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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1923)
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MORE LOCAL MATTERS.
Band practice Tuesday night.
J. B. Donohoe submitted to an
operation for hernia at an Omaha
hospital last Friday, and is reported
to be improving nicely.
The regular band meeting of the
O’Neill Concert band will be held on
Tuesday evening this next week in
stead of Monday night as formerly.
Mrs. August Kruger died at her
home about three miles south of In
man, Wednesday afternoon. She was
the mother of Mrs. Garence Berg
Judge and Mrs. R. A. Baker, of
Ainsworth, came down the first of the
week and are visiting at the home of
Mrs. Baker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Wolf, and other relatives in this
John Donohoe, son of Mr. and Mrs.
T. J. Donohoe, is quite ill in an Omaha
hospital where he submitted to an
operation for hernia last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Donohoe went to
Omaha (Wednesday fronting. !Late
word from the hospital is encourag
Chief Game and Fish Commissioner
George Roster and Superintendent of
Hatcheries Gus Butenbeck visited
O’Neill Thursday morning in the state
fish car, Angler, attached to No. 6.
They left several thousand bass and a
like number of croppies, which were
planted in the Elkhorn south of town.
Mrs. Mae Stracke, residing south
west of Stuart, was charged in two
county with selling intoxicating liquor
in a complaint filed by County Attor
ney Julius D. Cronin Saturday. The
purchases were made by Sheriff Leon
ard of Rock County. Mrs. Stracke had
a hearing before Judge Malone Thurs
day, pled guilty and was fined $200.00
Rev. J. A. Hutchins returned home
Tuesday evening from the Methodist
nference which has been in session
in Grace church at Lincoln during part
of last week and the fore part of this
week. Rev. Hutchins wishes us to an
nounce that he will be in the pulpit at
the Methodist church Sunday morning
at the usual hour and will preach the
first sermon of the new conference
Mrs. H. J. Hammond and Mrs. W.
H. Harty entertained forty-four ladies
at a seven o’clock dinner at the Gold
en Thursday evening, followed by
Monte Carlo whist. The decorations
were garden flowers—asters being the
principal table decoration. Miss Grace
Hammond won the first and Mrs. L. C.
Chapman won the second high score
4 prizes; Mrs. W. J. Hammond won the
A number of the officials of the Bur
lington railroad are scheduled to ar
rive here early Monday morning and
will remain in the city until 9:30.
They would like to meet each business
man personally during their stay in
the city. Among those who will be in
the party are: E. Flynn, general
manager; L. B. Lyman, general su
perintendent; F. Montmorency, gen
eral freight agent; N. C. Allen, divis
MRS. ELIZABETH FINNIGAN.
Mrs Elizabeth Finnigan, formerly
of this city, died at the home of her
•daughter, Mrs. M. J. Dailey, at Salt
Deughtpul Face Powder
Jonteel in handy ca\e
form. So much easier to carry
-doesn’t spill-so there’s no ,
waste. Fragrant, velvety pow
der that goes on smoothly and
j sticks—not easily brushed or
blown off. Tints that match
all complexions. In chic box,
complete with puff.
Chas. E. Stout
“The Rexall" Store
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Liiltf Utih, FM*Vi September
21, 1928. Her remains were brought
to O’Neill and were laid to rest be
side her husband, Lawrence Finnigan,
who passed to the mher side about
ten years ago,
Mrs Finnigan, with her family came
to this vicinity and located upon a
homestead in 1879 where they made
their home until the death of Mr. Fin
nigan, when Mrs. Finnigan went to
Salt Lake City to the home of her
The children who were present at
the funeral were Mrs. M. J. Dailey and
daughter of Salt Lake City; Mrs.
Chas. E. Head, of McAllister, Okla
homa. The two sons were unable to
Funeral services were held at St.
Patrick’s church Monday morning at
nine o’clock, conducted by Father
Cassidy, and interment was made in
THE HOLT COUNTY FAIR
ATTRACTING LARGE CROWDS
The Holt County Fair is being held
this week and is attracting large
crowds from all parts of the county.
Wednesday the attendance was larger
than that of former years. Today
the attendance is much larger than
that on the corresponding day of last
The exhibits in each department are
much larger than in former years.
The total number of exhibits exceed
2,400 according to Secretary John L.
Quig, which is almost double that of
The base ball game between Atkin
son and Emmet resulted in a victory
for Emmet, 5 to 13. The batteries for
Emmet were Lane and Clark, for At
kinson, Snyder and Ford.
A number of excellent riders and a
large string of horses are here for the
Tomorrow will be childrens’ day and
a large crowd is expected.
HOLT COUNTY IS
More than twenty-five years ago,
long before the Wright brothers had
snatched the secret 01 flight where
Langley had missed it, Omaha got all
excited over mysterious lights that ap
peared in the sky. Reputable citizens
testified to having noted the phenom
enon, and much speculation was in
dulged as to the meaning of the por
tent. The easiest was that some un
known inventor had mastered flight,
and was giving his ship mysterious
tests after nightfall. Beatrice came
to the front to back this up, one of the
enterprising residents of Gage county
having discovered the ship at rest be
tween its den in Kansas and its goal
at Omaha. That passed in time as a
new wonder came up to occupy pubic
Holt county comes forward now
with another, and seemingly different
3et of lights to mystify beholders. The
Omaha light looked like a huge lan
tern hung in the sky; the Holt county
lights are ghostly manifestations,
traveling in groups, and behaving
after an uncanny fashion. Explana
tion so far evolved are but guesswork,
and do not contain a suggestion of the
If it were Indians alone, one might
think they had been worshiping too
devoutly the god whose service re
quires the indulgence in peyote. No
drug, not even hasheesh, is provoca
tive of such weird dreams as follow a
mild dose of peyote, and when too
much is taken ghostly lights are the
least of what one sees. But we do not
suspect the whites of Holt county fol
lowing an Indian fashion, and some
other cause must be sought.
Whatever it is, the portent is not
horrid, for the life of the region goes
on otherwise, following its placid, or
derly course. We suggest that Mar
shal Denny Cronin give his office to
one of his subordinates for a few days,
while he goes back to O'Neill and sets
things in good running order again.
They never had lights while Denny
was sitting on the lid.
John Davenport will start to grind
sorghum this week.
Mrs. Ray Williams, of Gillette, Wy
oming, is visiting at the home of her
sister, Mrs. Stanley Soukup, this
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Murray, of
O’Neill and Mrs. Delmar Peterson, of
Page, were Sunday visitors at the
Stanley Soukup home.
Miss Vivian Hayne and Miss Con
stance Grass were O’Neill visitors last
Clyde Streeter and Joe McKingstry
were Brunswick visitors last Sunday.
John Nichol lost two good milch
cows Sunday night from eating too
much green corn.
Miss Viola Eickhoff, of Page, spent
Wednesday evening with Florence An
Stanley Soukup and family were in
O’Neill on business last Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Morby, of Spo
kane, Washington, are visiting with
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Anderson. Mrs.
Moley was formerly Jennie Anderson.
Pantomime 22 Centuries Old.
The word “pantomime” Is about
twenty-two centuries old, says the
Cleveland Plain Dealer. It originally
meant an actor and not the act. Lit
erally, the word means the “mime” or
Imitator of everything, and imitate
everything the old Greek and Roman
actors could and did. Their plays were
usually In dutnb show, and movements
and gesticulations formed the actor’s
Later, the pantomime—whlcfi now
has come to mean the act—was con
tinued Into the Middle Ages in the
form of the play of Pantaloon, Col
umbine and Harlequin—Clown was a
later addition-—who are supposed by
some scholars to represent the ancient
deities of the original pantomime. A
little Later still, pantomime had turned
into a ballet, still without words and
still centering round Harlequin and the
I Murder in Hi*
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By CHARLES E. BAXTER
(©, 1923, We*t«ra N«vr»pap«r Union.)
ROGERS knew that Howells would
meet him ait Gross Point. The
two men were farmers, living la a
rather scattered community, und Crdss
Point was midway bctweeh their
farms. It was a lonely spot, and had
rather an unevlafyhB reputation; there
had been a coupjfe of hold-up® there
during the past year. Still, Howells
Howells ha<Lsrmortgage on Rogers’
farm and was threatening to fore
close. Rogers had telephoned Howells
that he Could raise the money in time.
He asked him to meet him nt Gross
Point to receive It. AshvlUe, where
his bank was, ldy In the opposite di
So far, so good; but Rogers had his
alibi all prepared. No need to speak
of that. It involved setting two or
three clocks a little forward—but he
had thought all that part of the plan
out carefully and apprehended no dif
ficulties. When he met Howells he
meant to stab him and to throw his
body into the stream. He was staging
a holdup in fact, and the very bold
ness of his telephoning Howells was in
order to lay emphasis upon this fact.
Then he would spring his alibi.
Perhaps it was not close-woven
enough to escape a merciless cross-ex
amination, but then Rogers was a
typical farmer of that region, ignor
ant, opinionated. He felt that Howells
ought to die, rather than that he and
his should be dispossessed. He went
to Cross Poiat and waited.
The night was intensely dark. One
could hardly see one’s hand before
one’s face. There was a strong wind
blowing, and the tree-tops were full of
sound. Rogers, who had been brought
up religiously, remembered a phrase
out of the Bible. “And the Laird went
before them In the tree-tops.” He al
most regretted his scheme then, but
he thought of the mortgage, and he
was quite calm and collected when at
last he saw the lights of Howells’
buggy rounding the curve of the road.
Once he thought he heard voices
near where he lurked, but he put that
down tto nerves. He watched th)G
lights nearing him. They were ve^y
near now. When they reached the
dark outlines of a tree across the road
Rogers was going to hall Howells.
Howells would rein in. Then Rogers
would go up to the buggy, Clftnb In,
and stab Howells to the heart. It was
all quite clear In Rogers’ mind.
The lights came nearer still. They
were almost opposite the tree. And
suddenly somebody else hailed How
ells. The buggy stopped. There fol
lowed a shout, shouts of men * * •
Rogers, infuriated at being balked
of his prey, ran blindly forward, rie
saw two men trying to pull Howells
out of the buggy. Immediately he
knew what had happened. Something
else had been staged to take place at
Cross Point that night—a hold-up. The
two men were foetpads. .
Before Rogers reached his man
Howells had come tumbling out of the
buggy. The frightened horse galloped
madly away, the buggy clattering be
hind it. Then Rogers was in the thick
The nearest man, a tall ruffian
wearing a mask, released Howells and
turned toward him. Rogers drove the
knife tome Into his shoulder. With a
howl of pain the ruffian fled. HI*
1 companion, a smaller man, snapped a
pistol In Howells’ face. The bullet
whistled past, and Howells, dropping
his knife, wrested the pistol out of
the man’s hand and struck him a stun
ning blow across the head with it.
The man whined like an animal and
went stumbling away across the fields.
Howells lay on the ground. He had
been struck and stunned. Rogers
leaned over him. He picked him up
and carried him to a patch of grass
beside the hedge. He listened and
heard Howells breathe. He called him,
but Howells did not respond. Some
thing was lying on the ground. It was
And suddenly Rogers realized how
splendidly things had turned out for
him. Now he could stab Howells to
Aleath. and his death would be ascribed
to the footpads. Rut somehow—
Howells opened his eyes and in a
moment or two began to understand.
He recognized Rogers. “It was a hold
up,” he mumbled. "Just came in the
nick of.time, Rogers. Meant to tell
you . * . . don’t worry about that
mortgage if you didn’t raise t lie money.
No matter . . . between friends.”
Howells’ head dropped on his breast,
he grow unconscious again. Rogers
picked him up in his arms and started
toward Howells’ home.
Royalty Keeps Marriage Veils.
English princesses keep their wed
ding veils after marriage, for there ia
an old superstition In the royal family
that It is unlucky for a member of it to
lose her bridal veil. Queen Mary’s veil
is carefully preserved at York cottage.
Queen Alexandra has hers at Sandring
ham and Princess Mary takes good care
of hers at Chesterfield "house. The
same superstition prevailed In the now
vanished German royal family. In
deed, the superstition Is believed to be
of German origin.
“Confound that fellow, Pumpellyl”
snarled Gideon Gadgrlnd. “I’ll never
take him motoring again. This after
noon I took him for a spin In my new
Riproarer, and he actually said that
as near as he could gather there were
several other cars almost as good ns
miue!”—Kansas City Star.
o'Neill people attend,
OPENING OF 'THE SOCIAL
SEASON in omaEA
The formal opening of tlie winter
social season of the Omaha Athletic
club was held Saturday evening with
a dinner-dance which was attended by
400 members and their guests.
One party was composed of Mr. and
Mrs James H. Hanley, Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Byrne, Judge and Mrs. R. R,
Dickson of O’Neill, Nebraska, Miss
Marjorie Dickson and Charles Duff.
REV. J. A. HUTCHINS
RETURNED TO O’NEILL
Those who attend the services at the
Methodist church in this city will be
pleased to learn that the former
pastor, Rev. J. A. Hutchins, has been
returned to this charge for another
year by the Methodist conference
which just came to a close in Lincoln.
Many of the pastors in this part of
the state were returned to their for
mer charges. In fact all the Methodist
ministers of Holt county have been
returned this year.
Rev. Z. M. Bressler will be located
at Niobrara and Victory; Rev. Miner
Gerrard has been returned to Bristow
and Gross> C. F. Steiner goes to Wy
not; Rev. J. E. Jones who was the
pastor at Page for several years, has
been returned to his former charge at
Neligh; Rev. R. M. Fagan, who also
preached at Page for a couple of years
will be located in St. Paul this year.
An eight piece High School Orches
tra has been organized.
A party, given in honor of the
Freshman class, will be held at the
High School Auditorium, Thursday
The Palmer Penmanship class time
Wednesday was devoted to the writing
of the movement drills for exhibition
The enrollment in the Sixth and
Seventh grade room is thirty-five;
twenty-five of the number are in the
Seventh grade, and ten in the Sixth.
One of the subjects taken up by the
Fourth grade this year is Physical
Training. So far the time has been
devoted to the simpler drills which
teach the pupils order and s'peed.
At the Freshman class meeting the
following officers were chosen: Presi
dent, Chaster Cromwell; Yjce-Presi
dent, Ruby Haney; Secretary-Treas
urer, Ardis Dgwney; Class Sponsor,
There are twenty-two pifpils in the
Fourth grade this year. Every pupil
is doing his best to make this grade
the leader in enthusiasm and industry.
The class room is pleasing to every
one and each pupil feels responsible
for its cleanliness.
The Seniors held a class meeting
last week to elect officers and a spon
sor. The following officers were
elected: President, Albert Herrick;
I BARGAINS — I
Vice-President, Bennett Gilligan;
Secretary-Treasurer, Leslie Smith;
Sponsor, Mrs. Suhr.
The Foods class has an enrollment
of 15 girls. The first two lessons were
s^ent in cleaning the laboratory. The
?irls have been learning ways of cook
ing and canning vegetables and fruits
which are now in season. Not only do
the girls learn to prepare certain
dishes, but they are also taught the
food value, the place in the diet, the
:ost, and the way of serving each.
Wednesday morning, September 12,
1923, at 9 o’clock the wedding of Mr.
Edward Weber and Miss Ida Doyle,
both of Stuart, was solemnized in
Saint Boniface church, Rev. Father
These young people need no intro
duction to Stuart folks as they are
both well known here and have many
friends. Mr. Weber Is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. George Weber and Mrs.
Weber is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
The young folks will make their
home on the groom’s farm northeast
of Stuart where we wish for them
much happiness and prosperity
(First publication Sept. 27.)
Notice is hereby given that sealed
bids will be received by the Board of
SiJpervisors of Holt County, Ne
braska, for the construction of one 16
foot Steel Bridge located between
Sections 4 and 5, Township 29, Range
14; and the furnishing of material in
connection therewith at a specified
sum per lineal foot for all piling used
in the substructure, %nd specified sum
per lineal foot for the superstructure,
all in accordance with plans and speci
fications provided by the Department
of Public Works, State of Nebraska,
and now on file in the office of the
County Clerk of Holt County. Said
bids must be submitted on bidding
blanks furnished by the Department
of Public Works, State of Nebraska,
and must be accompanied by a certi
fied check in the sum of One Thous
and Dollars ($1,000.00), said check to
be upon a solvent bank in Holt
County, Nebraska. As a guarantee,
the successful bidder will execute con
tract within ten day£ of such award.
All bids must be plainly marked on
the outside of the envelope “Proposal
At the same time and place as here
in above specified, bids will also be re
ceived for the furnishing of all labor
and material for the construction and
repairs of all wood, steel and concrete
bridges and culverts in said County
of Holt, for the period of one year, as
necessity may require, and at the dis
cretion of the Board of Supervisors.
Said bids, as requested above, will be
received up to 12 o’clock noon on the
26th day of October, 1923, at the of
fice of the County Clerk, at O’Neill,
Nebraska, and will be dpened by the
Board of Supervisors in their office at
O’Neill, Nebraska, at their next
The Board of Supervisors reserves
the right to accept or reject any bid,
or reject all bids.
Done by order of the Board of Su
pervisors of Holt County, Nebraska,
this 26th day of September, 1923.
L. C. McKIM,
Chairman of the Board.
E. F. PORTER,
17-5 •» County Clerk.
(First publication Sept. 27.)
To the Defendants, C. A. Hohman, W.
O. Hatten and his wife, .
Hatten, Real name unknown:
You and each of you are hereby
notified that plaintiff, C. C. Criss, has
filed his petition in the District Court
of Holt County, Nebraska, against
you and each of you as defendants, the
object and prayer of which petition is
to foreclose a mortgage executed by R.
C. Alderman and Daisy D. Alderman
in the sum of Twelve Hundred Fifty
($1250.00) Dollars on the North-east
Quarter (NE-14) of Section Eighteen
(18) Township Thirty-one (31), Range
Fifteen (15) Holt County, Nebraska,
which mortgage was recorded on the
twenty-second day December, 1922, in
Book 134, Page 57, of the Record of
Real Estate Mortgages for Holt
County, Nebraska, and which note and
mortgage are now owned and held by
plaintiff and are wholly unpaid.
Plaintiff asks foreclosure of said
mortgage and a decree barring you
and each of you from all interest in
You are required to answer said
petition on or before the 12th day of
17-4 C. C. CRISS.
My Second Annual
Sale to be held at my farm joining O’Neill on the north
Friday, Oct. o
Sale Commences 2:00 p. m. Sharp
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p| k ' • 1 £
50 ead ot ogs
The offering of Fifty Head Consists of Fall Boars, Spring Boars, Spring
Gilts and Sows with litters. They are big growthy pigs out of my three herd
boars, Oriental Giant, Sensation King and Model Cherry King. Plan to attend
this sale and pick out a good herd boar early.
4 Milch C< >ws
As I expect to go into the Holstein Cattle business, I will sell my four milk
cows at this sale
TERMS OF SALE: 10 months’time on approved security.
Col. James Moore, Auctioneer. O’Neill National Bank, Clerk.
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