The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, July 31, 1924, Image 8

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    The Founding of O’Neill,
By General John O’Neill
History of Nebraska
I jshal) dot, in this (pamphlet!,
attempt to describe Nebraska, her
soil, cliimate, productions, etc. but,
such questions as have been asked
from time to time in the numerous
letters which I have received. Those
who desire further information about
tha State, or who want to buy land,
» should write to JHon. George L.
* Brown, State Secretary of Immigra
tion, or to Hon. O. F. Davis Land
Commissioner, both of Omaha, Ne
braska, who will furnish maps, pam
phlets, etc. I shall continue to an
swer letters in the future, the same as
in the past; but all letters requiring
an answer must be accompanied by
a three cent postage stamp, and
those who want a copy of this pam
phlet must send an additional three
cent stamp. I have never asked a
man whom I brought out to the
settlement for a dollar and have
not, heretofore, asked any of my
numerous correspondents for a post
age stamp and, while some were
thoughtful enough to send a stamp
>ery many forgot all about it. I
am willing to furnish all the infor
mation I possibly can, gratuitously,
but correspondents should not require
me to pay postage.
I ^received a number of letters
last year which I was unable to an
swer for want of time, but as I sent
the parties pamphlets, circulars, etc.,
which contained the information asked
for I hope they will not attribute
my silence to any lack of interest
in their welfare.
Where To Locate
Persons going out with this col
ony who desire to locate at or near
O’Neill City, or Atkinson, can do so
as we shall pass through both of
these settlements. Nearly all the
land close to O’Neill City, is taken
up, but persons can get claims close
to town of Atkinson, called after
Colonel John Atkinson, lof Detroit,
Michigan, who bought out Father
Fanning’s interest, twenty miles west
of O’Neill City. Mr. John F. Kelly,
of Washington, D. C., and Patrick
K. Ryan, of Chicago, are interested
with me in this town. It is located
upon half a section of land, 320 acres,
and contains about 1200 lots, which
are to be disposed of as follows:
ir>0 lots for the building and support
of churches and schools, 150 to be
given away to men who settle around
the town, 150 to be sold to assist
and 150 to be sold for the cause of
immigrants who may need assistance
It is only forty miles from the pine
timber. There is an immense quantity
of good land all around it, enough for
at least a thousand families. Persons
going to Holt county to settle should
see this land before selecting their
claims, Mr. Charles Donnelly and
John J. McCafferty, who have claims
adjoining the town, will take pleasure
in showing the land to all who may
call on them. This summer a church
and school, with stores, hotels, etc.
will be erected in the town.
I expect to be able to sell a number
of lots in Atkinson this summer, to
assist immigrants who may want to
settle around it.
I desire to caution persons going
to the settlement against professed
friends and designing knaves whom
they will meet on the way going up
4he valley, and particularly at or near
the settlement. As a general thing
the native born Americans and those
of other nationalities along the road
are very friendly, and are pleased to
see our people go there, but there are
a few, very few fanatical bigots who
would as soon see the Old Boy go that
way, as to see an Irish Catholic, and
with serpentine ingenuity they man
age to see and have a talk with every
body going into the settlement, and
when they find out that they are not
of their own class, and that they have
gone there to join the colony, they do
all in their power by systematic lying
to dissuade them from doing so. There
is nothing too mean or contemptible
for them to resort to in order to ac
complish their purpose. This is par
ticularly the case with the late post
master, and on account of his mean
ness I had the post office taken from
Provisions For The Hoad.
Bring along a good sized lunch
basket, packed with good plain food.
You can always get a cup of hot
stations. As to drinking, be temperate
road, and, if you can afford it, you can
get good meals for 50 cents at dining
stations. Os to dringing, be temperate
in all things, even in the use of water.
If sick or exhausted, you can have a
4 Days - July 23-24-25-26
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For Those Strawberries |
Delivered Morning and Evening |
^Phone 84. F. H. LANCASTER, Owner J
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Parts Supplies Hemstitching
The Singer Shop
New and Second-Hand;Sewing Machines
All Makes-Cleaned and Repaired
W. A Guy, Manager
O'Neill, Nebraska
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Hv' O I3ER,
I Farm Loans; Fire, Lightning, Tornado, Wind
storms, Cyclone, Hail, Auto, Compensation, Public
Liability, Property Damage, Collision, Accident,
Health and Life Insurance, see
Phone 9. L. G. GILLESPIE, O’Neill, Neb.
I Dr. J. S., Rogers, Specialis^l
lounge or bed in one of the palace cars
at small expense. Mark your baggage
distinctly on both ends of each article
with your name and destination. Do
not trust to locks alone, but strap and
cord each article securely, and take
nothing with you that you are not
sure is worth transportation. You
will have to pay for all luggage over
one hundred pounds. Avoid all middle
men, all confidence men and those who
seek to make you purchase what you
do not need, and pay what you ought
not to. Beware of pickpockets and
avoid showing your money, watch or
jewelry in the presence of any one
needlessly. Men of doubtful character
aie about when you least think of it.
Those who go out to stay should
bring whatever money they may need
along with them, as it takes too long
to send after it when they get there.
If they do not wish to carry it about
them, they can get a bank check or
send it by express.
Persons should pay no attention to
the ridiculous stories that may be told
them by friends, either at home or on
the way. There is no more danger to
be apprehended from Indians in Holi
county, than there is in New York
Money Necessary.
Heretofore, have not advised any
man with a family to go to Holt
county with less than from five to six
hundred dollars—now, however, with
tilre certainty of getting work imme
diately on the railroad, to be built
from Sioux City to our settlements,
and the prospects of getting work in
the Black Hills, I have no hesitation
in advising any man having from twc
hundred and fifty dollars upward to
go out there,take up his claim and put
in a crop, and then go to work for
six months at a time. Single men can
get a start in the same way on from
seventy-five dollars upwards, of course
the more money a man has the easier
he can get along and the sooner he
can procure everything he needs on a
'What is absolutely necessary the
first year:
Temporary house .$50 to $75
Team of oxen . $80 to $125
Breaking plow . $24 to $30
Hand corn planter. $1.50 to $3
Other tools. $10 to $15
Stove . $24 to $30
Cooking utensils . $10 to $20
Cheap furniture . $20 to $30
Cash for current exp.. $50 to $100
$269.50 $408.
Those who have the money can also
get a wagon costing from $75 to $95,
and there are many other things de
sirable but not absolutely necessary
where a man would find use for
Persons who cannot afford it need
not buy a yoke of oxen or a plow the
first year, but can get their land
broken for $2.50 per acre. There are
plenty of teams at or near the settle
ments for breaking land.
Routes Of Travel.
If you should go by way of Omaha
call on Mr. Donovan, proprietor of the
Donovan House, Harney Street, who
will furnish you with all necessary in
formation about the route. From
Tmaha to O’Neill City, by way of the
Elkhorn Valley is a little over two
hundred miles, and the fare, emigrant
ate«, is $8.50. You travel by railroad
"> Wisner, a distance of about one
n Ired miles, and the balance of the
■ V by stage. If you go by way of
oux City, Gall on Judge John Bren
m, who will furnish the necessary in
formation about that route. Sioux
City is about one hundred and twenty
miles from O’Neill City, and it will be
necessary for you to have your own
team to travel with, as there is no
railroad or reguar stage on this route
If you should go by way of the Mis
souri Valley Junction, to Wisner, call
upon Mr. McMillan, proprietor of the
Elkhorn Valley House, who will
furnish all necessary information.
The much dreaded grasshoppers
which did some damage in Nebraska
in 1874, which was greatly exagger
ated by itinerant solicitors^ for relief,
did little or no damage to our settle
ment, either in 1874 or 1875, and from
the best information that I can get on
the subject, did but very little damage
last year in the state generally. I
can speak from a personal knowledge
of the Elkhorn Valley, and with the
exception of two small settlements,
where they had at least half a crop,
the hoppers did no damage worth
speaking of, and it is now the general
belief among scientific men and others
who have observed their movements,
that the days of the grasshoppers in
Nebraska are numbered, at least for
many years to come.
Sending Money To Parties Whom You
Do Not Know.
I do not think it advisable to send
money to parties whq,m you do not
know who may demand it for selecting
a claim for you. There are many men
in this business in the west who can
not be relied on.
Any part of Nebraska where it
would be advisable for an Irish
Catholic family to locate must be
known to some one of the Prfests of
the State: and before acting upon the
idvice or suggestions of any person
whom you do not know, it would be
•Advisable to write to a Priest and ask
him if the man is reliable, and if it is
-afe for you to send him money, either
e pay for land or to select a claim for
ou. The party writing to you, if he
■s a proper person, will not object to
sending you the name and address of
come Priest who knows him.
advantages Of Locating In Colonies.
Men of means, wlio can afford to
buy land near railroads and towns in
a settled community, can go out
singly, or two or three families to
gether, and settle where they will be
convenient to churches, schools, etc.;
—but men whose circumstances force
them to locate in a thinly settled
county, should go out in colonies, so
that they can soon build their own
towns, churches, schools, etc. As for
the railroads, they always follow set
tlements, as it is to their interest to
do so.
Reasons For Devoting So Much Time
To The Western States.
My great object in commencing this
basinets was to assist and encourage
poor people in getting away from the
overcrowded cities of the East—the
cellars and garrets of New York and
other large cities, and get them upon
land but I find from experience that
it is necessary to have a few men of
wealth who have been accustomed to
farming to settle amongst those poor
people for where all are poor, no one
can assist the other, hence I have de
voted a good deal of attention to the
western states this winter. Many
western farmers who have been rent
ing and others who owned small farms
which they sold to good advantage,
and who have large families of grown
up boys and girls, have either gone
or are going out this spring. These
men have considerable money which
will give them a good start in a new
country where they can get land for
nothing, and they will be of immense
service by t'heir advice and example to
those who have no practical experience
either in farming or in western life.
Timber Claims Near O’Neill City.
Persons who have timber claims at
or near O’Neill City, can have them
attended to by writing to Thomas N.
J. Hynes, Notary Public, O’Neill City.
Farms For Sale.
I have received a number of letters
from parties asking me to buy land
for them. I have not heretofore at
tended to any business of this kind.
Now, however, I will be able to de
vote some attenton to it, and on my
return to Nebraska will carefully ex
amine farms for sale, and all who
want to buy land can write to me on
the subject.
Buy Ice Cream in Brick or Bulk at
Reardon Bros.
At 5 o’clock p. m. on motion board
adjourned until May 29, 1924, a 9
o’clock a. m.
L. C. McKIM, Chairman.
E. F. PORTER, Clerk
O’Neill, Neb., May 29, 1924, 9 a. m.
Board met pursuant to adjourn
ment. All members present but Lar
son. Board called to order by Chair
man. Minutes for May 28, 1924, read
and approved.
The following claims were audited
and on separate motion allowed on the
Bridge fund:
J. P. Connelly, work with team
on bidge . $10.50
T. J. Murphy, work on bridge
No. 533 ....,. 3.00
Frank Valla, work on bridge
No. 149 . 4.50
The following claims were audited
and on separate motion allowed in the
Road Dragging fund:
Wallace Ream . $1.80
Guy Cole . 33.00
The following claims were audited
and on separate motion allowed on the
General fund:
L. E. Skidmore, board session
and mileage . $14.20
John Sullivan, board session
and mileage . 15.50
C. B. Nellis, board session
and mileage . 22.00
L. C. McKim, board session
and miscellaneous work . 57.80
C. E. Havens, board session
and mileage . 19.40
E. Gibson, board session
and mileage . 19.40
Otto Gardner, Mdse, for
county poor ..„. $40 32
J. h Holcomb Mfg. Co., court
house supplies . 23.70
H. B. Hubbard, court house
supplies . 1.50
Walrath & Sherwood, coal for
county poor . 39.25
W. N. Coats, casket, burial suit
and hearse, county poor .... 77.50
M. Campbell & Son, coal for
county poor . 19.25
Trent Emblem Co., G. A. R.
Emblems . 15.17
Fair Store, groceries, county
poor .—- 18.75
Scott & Harman, casket, embalm
ing, hearse, poor . 100.00
E. R. Baker, groceries for
county poor . 17.25
Ambrose Slatery, work, tearing
out gutter . 6.00
J. IE McPharlin, East Part,
County Crow Hunt share .... 100.00
Frank Valla, work, tearing out
gutter .. 6.00
Moses Campbell, West Half,
County Crow Hunt, share .. 200.00
Aug. H. Smith, school house,
FTimary election .. 7.60
C. L. Sturdevant, medical as
sistance, county poor,
Deeder ...,. 286.00
Barbara Ballon, room, county
poor, Dierk .. 51.75
James C. Graham, groceries,
county poor, Deeder . 15.40
C. J. Barnum, funeral expenses,
county poor, .-. 58.50
Harry Bowen, salary claim,
May . .. 110.00
John F. Johnson, election work,
1922 .v. 2.00
Roy Snyder, services on Primary
election . 3.90
Galena Lumber Co., coal, county
poor, Swanson . 18.00
John W. Hiber, canvassing
Primary election .v- 20.00
James Vargarson, groceries,
Goree . 7.75
Dustless Brush Co., bushes,
count house . 9.30
Hilyard Chemical, court house
supplies .._. 63.35
Rudolph Adams, witness fees 6.20
Peter Litzen, witness fees . 6.20
J. A. Vargison, meat, county
poor . 11.05
F. L. Wilson, M. D., medical
services, Wondercheck . 17.50
C. J. Malone, witness fees . 12.50
E. F. Porter, issuing certificates
election . 60.00
W. O. Feezer, lodging and meals,
Damero, poor . 52.50
Dr. W. J. Douglas, medical
services, Deeder . 20.00
J. I. Gray & Co., groceries, poor,
Roinbie-Wakenvan (..._. 44.08
Geo. Bay, serving warrants — 9.99
T. V. Golden, maps... 3.00
J. W. Bennie, births and
death report . .25
W. H. Briggs, birth and death
report . 3.50
W. G. Fletcher, births and
death report . 25
H. W. Hubbard, birth and death
^report .. 5.75
P. J. Keating, birth and death
report . 8.50
H. E. McGinijie, birth and death
report . 1.60
Wm. W. Noyes, birth and death
report . 1.50
Elizabeth O’Malley, birth and
death report . 10.00
M. C. Palmer, birth and death
report . 4.75
J. W. Rhodes, birth and death
report . 4.50
Mrs. A. B. Wallace, birth and
death report . .25
Wm. P. Weber, birth and death
report . .26
Ross E. Harris, groceries for
county poor, Deeder . 53.87
Ross E. Harris, groceries for
county poor, Deeder . 20.29
Ross E. Harris, groceries for
county poor, Deeder .. 47.00
Nye Snyder Jenks Co., coal for
Deeder family . 10.40
Nye Snyder Jenks Co., coal for
Deeder family . 5.50
H. E. Pelcer, meals for Dan
Dierks . 24.80
H. E. Pelcer, meals for Dan
Dierks... 48.80
Remington Typewriter Co.,
balance on typewriter . 72.50
Remington Typewriter Co.,
typewriter ribbons . 33.00
Scott Hough, making cement
guttelr . 705.20
The following claims were audited
and on separate motion allowed on
the General fund:
W. S. McDonald. $3.90
W. T. Dexter .30
Wm. Carpenter ...;. 6.30
H. S. White . 6.30
H. M. Banks . 6.00
Albert Klinger . 6.00
J. B. Fullerton . 6.00
Casper Larson ...„. 4.80
Ed Welton . 4.80
Louis W. Barthel. 4.80
J. B. Jonas . 5.40
F. G. Boetcher . 5.40
F. J. Dorovolny . 5.40
Clara B. Miles .... 3.90
Otto E. Clevish . 3.90
Ed L. O’Donnell . 3.90
J. W. Hiber. 3.00
W. P. Curtis . 3.00
Mrs. T. D. Hanley. 3.90
Andrew Schmidt . 3.90
Eva T. Harman ... 3.90
M. F. Cronin .. 3.30
W. J. Biglin . 3.30
Harry Ressel.. 5.40
Hugh Carr . 5.40
D. J. McCarthy... 5.40
C. H. Johnson. 5.10
O. F. Huston. 5.10
Adelbert Fauquier . 5.10
T. J. Wilbern . 5.10
W. P. Simar . 5.10
Roy Woods . 5.10
Claude V. Wicks . 3.90
N. J. Tuller . 3.90
F. J. Brady .~. 3.90
A. O. Weber . 3.90
J. J. Nachtman . 6.30
F. C. Watson . 8.50
Mike Mullen . 6.00
G. S. Williams . 6.00
J. B. Fullerton . 4.50
Bernard Gardpelwski . 4.80
Lillie C. Bruner.— 4.80
(Continued on page four.)
Best on earth for the money.
2-tf O’Neill Variety Store.
First publication July 24.)
By virtlue of an order of court di
rected to me by the District Court of
Holt County, Nebraska, on the re
port of the Referee appointed by said
court, in the case wherein Anna B.
Schmidt is plaintiff, and Anna E.
Newman, Nee Schmidt, et-al are de
fendants, to sell at Public Vendue at
the Front door of the Court House in
the City of O’Neill, Holt County, Ne
braska, the following described real
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The’ South 45 feet of Lota 9, 10, 11
and 12 in Block 17 of Hazeletts Ad
dition to O’Neill, also beginning at a
point 35 feet South and 45 feet East,
of the S. W. comer of Block 17 of
Hazeletts Addition to O’Neill, Ne
braska, Thence South 225 feet, thence
West 45 feet, thence South 203 feet
more or less to the section line on the
South side of Section 30, Township
29 North Range 11 West 6th P. M.,
thence East along said Section line
602 feet, thence North 428 feet, thence
West 557 feet to the place of begin
ning, being a part of the W% of the
S. E. y* of the S. W. % Section 30,
Township 29, North Range 11 West
6th P. M. being all of Blocks 19 and
20 of Hazelets Addition to O’Neill,
except Lot 8 of said Block 20 as sur
veyed and recorded, for cash, and in
compliance with said order I will offer
said real estate as above described
for sale and will sell the same to the
highest bidder for cash in hand on
the 4th day of September, 1924, at
the hour of 10 o’clock A. M., at the
front door of the Court House in the
City of O’Neill, Holt County, Ne
Dated this 23rd day of July, 1924.
8-5 Sole Referee.
(First publication July 17)
Estate No. 1677.
In the County Court of Holt County,
Nebraska, July 10, 1924.
In the Matter of the Estate of Frank
Jugler, Deceased.
Notice is hereby given to all per
sons interested in said state that a
petition has been filed in said Court
for the appointment of Inez Laveme
Danielson as Administratrix of said
estate, and wlil be heard August 6,
1924, at 10 o’clock A. M., at the
County Court Room in O’Neil, Ne
(County.Court Seal.)
7-3 County Judge.
East Bound— West Bound—
No. 6—2:15 a. m. No. 13—*7:16 a. m.
No. 22—10:00a.m. No. 11—3:35 p. m.
No. 2—2:00 p. m. No. 3—11:26 p. m.
Everything In Road Machinery
Western Representative
O’Neill Nebraska
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Physician and Surgeon j
Glasses Correctly Fitted.
Office and Residence, Naylor Blk.
-Phone 72
W. F. FINLEY, M. I)*
Phone, Office 28
O’Neill Nebraska |
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George M. Harrington I
In the Roberts Barn
in connection with the
Feed Barn. All kinds of
feeds and hay carried
in stock. We make de
We do custom grinding.
Office, 336. Res. 270 or 303
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“Abstracts of Title”
Physician and Surgeon
Special Attention Given To
Phone 304. Day or Night.
Meet Monday night of each week at
band hall at 8:00 o’clock.
Clifford B. Scott, Leader.
, E. D. Henry, Secretary-Treasurer.
The Public Library will be open
each day except Sunday and Monday,
from 2:00 until 6:00 p. m.
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Sunday Services: First Mass 8 a.
m., Second Mass 9 a. m., High Mass
at 10.30 a. m. Vespers 7:30 p. m.
Daily Mass 8 a. m.
Catechetical Instruction for First
Communicants 3 p. m. Tuesdays and
Confession, Saturday from 3 p. m.
to 0 p m. and from 7 p. m. to 9:30
p. m. Children’s Confession, First
Thursday every month at 1:30 p. m.
Very Rev. M. F. Cassidy, Pastor.
Sunday School at 10 o’clock.
Preaching service at 11 o’clock.
Sunday evening at 8 o’clock.
Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock
biblo study.
You are welcome to all of these
Please note the change of time and
change in the order of the services.
Sunday Morning Service, 10:00 a.
m., Sunday School 11:00 a. m., Young
People’s Service 7:00 p. m., Evening
Service, 8:00 p. m.
Midweek Services: Tuesday, 8:00
p. m.; Young People’s Prayer Ser
vice Wednesday 8:00 p. m., Regular
Prrayer Meeting, Thursday, 8:00 p. m.
Rev. J. A. Hutchins, Pastor.