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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (March 12, 1925)
I). H. CRONIN, Publisher.
W. C. TEMPLETON.
Editor and Business Manager.
Entered at the postoffice at O’Neill,
Nebraska, as second-class matter.
PROMISE TO HARNESS
NIOBRARA RIVER SOON
Spencer, Neb., March 10: Promised
by a representative of the North Ne
braska Ppwer company, incorporated,
that work on a water power plant with
a sufficient capacity to furnish all the
towns in this part of the state with
electricity would be started by April
16, the Spencer council last night
signed a contract with the power com
pany to furnish light and power to the
city at a considerable reduction under
The company’s representative said
that the dam woujd be located eighty
rods west of the Whiting bridge on
the Niobrara. He declared that a
good-sized force of workmen would
push the project through rapidly and
that the company would be prepared
to furnish current before many
It was not announced here who is
behind the North Dakota Power
It is said that several other towns
have been solicited to make contracts
with the new company.
AMERICAN LEGION DRIVE
INCREASES MEMBERSHIP TO 81
In last week’s issue we gave the
membership of Simonson Post No. 93
at 73 but the drive not ending until
Saturday night, that was increased by
eight more members which now brings
the total up to 81.
The members signed up since the
last issue are:
Edgar E. Stevens.
Edmund L. McKone.
This does not include all the ex
service men in this neighborhood and
the post does not expect to let up
on the membership drive until all
available men are signed up as we
want every ex-service man to become
a member of the American Legion
this year. ,
MAJOR OWEN R. MEREDITH
WRITES LENGTHY ARTICLE
ON STABILITY OF INFANTRY
The February 22nd, issue of the
Columbus (Georgia) Ledger, contains
an article covering a number of col
umns written by Major Owen R.
Meredith, a former resident, and the
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Meredith of
Major Meredith of Chemical War
fare Service, strongly upholds the
idea that the Infantry is and always
will be the "strong arm” of the United
States Army, and that the infantry
will be the main factor in the next
war in spite of the many inventions
and discoveries being brought to the
attention of the government.
An article waa published in a Kan
sas City paper last January that In
ferred that the next war would be
fought, not by trained soldiers upon
the field of action but through
aviation. The writer thought that
planes would use chemicals and ex
plosives that would wipe out entire
cities and non-combatant population.
It was in reply to this article that
Major Meredith penned the article re
In regard to' Major Meredith the
editor of the Columbus Ledger has the
following to say:
Major Meredith is an accomplished
Mflcer who knows whereof he speaks.
He is an expert on machine guns and
their use. Besides -his training as an
Infantry officer, he has had wide ex
perience in the chemical warfare
He has commanded Edgewood ar
senal, the greatest chemical warfare
plant in the United States, and was
also instructed in machine guns at the
His varied experience in the army
give weight to his ideas, and this
article may be profitably read and
studied by army officers as well as by
THE GRANTS SURPRISED
ON SILVER WEDDING
Saturday, March 7th, being Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Grant’s twenty-fifth wed
ding anniversary, the ladies of the club
oi which Mrs. Grant is a member,
planned a surprise for them.
The Grant’s are now living in a
small house near the ranch house
while Frank Cook and family are yv
ing on the ranch.
Through the kindness of Mr. and
Mrs. Cook the guests were invited to
the ranch house and at eight o’clock
about twenty-five ladies and gentle
men gathered at Mr. Cook’s and then
invited Mr. and Mrs. Grant over to
spend the evening. Mrs. Grant insist
ed she was expecting company but
Mr. Grant confessed it was a com
plete surprise to him.
A short program was tendered, con
sisting of songs, readings and con
numdrums; Mr. Grant played the
guitar and sang several old time
songs, which everyone enjoyed. Mr.
and Mrs. Grant were presented with
a silver jelly kr.ife by the club as a
At 11:30 lunch was served and at
twelve o’clock the guests departed, all
agreeeing Mr. and Mrg. Cook were
royal entertainers and hoping Mr. and
Mrs. Grant would have another silver
Elizabeth Wermstrum and Carl
Grant were married at Harris, Iowa,
in 1900. They have spent the greater
part of their married life in Ne
braska, living at Lynch, O’Neill, Ann
car and Dorsey.
We take this opportunity in saying
we welcome Mr. and Mrs. Cook to our
community most heartily.
DEATH CAME itf ACCIDENT.
Supreme Court Decides Disputed
Banker Found Dead In Fasture and
Court Says Inference Properly
Drawn That Accident
,, (Lincoln Journal, March 7.)
A judicial determination that Eu
gene H. Smith, former head of a state
bank at Page. Holt County, came to
his death as the result of an accident
was entered Friday by the supreme
court. On the morning of July 6
1920, Smith was found dead in his
pasture, where he had gone to milk a
. cow. Close by a fence which he hatl
to mount to get into the pasture wai
a half barrel embedded in the grounc
and partly filled with water. Arounc
the fence on the pasture side it was
muddy and slippery.
When a neighbor found Smith his
body was bent over the edge of th«
barrel and his head immersed in the
I water. Rigor mortis had not set ir
, so that death had been but a fev
t minutes before. Smith carried a $5,
\ 000 policy in the National Accident o1
, Lincoln. The company disputed th<
theory of accident.
Developments following Smith’i
. death disclosed that his bank had beei
, insolvent for some time. The theorj
j of the defense was that he had eithei
k committed suicide because of worrj
l ur)d the dread of exposure or that in
. had had a return of an old hear
, trouble while bent over the tank. Th<
' theory of the beneficiary of the policy
[ was that he had slipped in the muc
. »nd had fallen against the tank ant
then his head, while he was uncon
i scious, had fallen into the water
, where he was suffocated or drowned
The defense objected to a decisior
based on building up one inferenct
upon another, but the supreme courl
j says that any of the several infer
ences justified the conclusion of acci
dent. His hat and glasses were stil
| [n place. On his forehead, just when
he might have hit his head against tht
tank, was a discoloration. The courl
■ says that if he had had an attach
of heart trouble the circulation woulc
Snow Adds to the Problem
Of Providing Telephone Service
After a deep snow, tele
phone service is often taxed
to the utmost. At such
times, people have difficulty
in getting about town and
more than ever rely upon
Furthermore, when trans
portation is more or less
tied up after a snow, it is
difficult for the telephone
operators to get to work
v And heavy snow, if ac
eompanied by wind, fre
quently tears down poles
and wires, shutting off both
local and long distance tele
telephone service is our con
stant aim, but occasionally
conditions arise which are
temporarily beyond all hu
man control. At such a time
we especially appreciate the
patience of our pati >ns un
til the situation can be met.
Our constant endeavor is to famish reliable
telephone service at the lowest possible charges.
® B*u. System'
Northwestern Beu Telephone Cohmnv
have stopped and there would have
been no discoloration. ' The claim of
suicide was not pressed very hard, and
the court says this was highly im- \
probable in view of the testimony that «3
he had been cheerful the night before \
and the circumstances surrounding his )
WILL ROGERS f
ADVERTISING WRITER E
When Will Rogers’ bones are inches *
beneath the sod, his stone will bear a J
new epitaph. There will be no men- *
tion of his fame as cow puncher, no .
praise of his gift of humor, no eulogy 1
of his career before the Follies bright
lights and the movie Kleig lights. It’s
going to be an original epitaph, the
one and only one in the world. It will
WILL ROGERS I
“An Honest Ad Writer”
Will hung out his shingle in the 1
advertising profession by agreeing to (
write Bull Durham advertising. For
the first time in the history of the (
printed word, a copy writer was given c
carte blanche to say whatever he \
wished about a produck Rogers was
to write as he felt.
The first startle he gave the ad- ;
vertising world was to write a tes- '
timonial advertisement about Bull !
Durham, in which he talked of noth
ing but cross word puzzles. '•
“Everywhere you go, everybody is
figuring out Cross Word Puzzle.
Nobody is working or even exercising.
America will lose the next war but
win the next puzzle contest. It’s the
greatest craze that has hit the country
“People says to me ‘Why Will, you
don’t understand. It’s an education.
It learns you more ways to say one
word.’ If you know one way to say
a word, what do you need to know any
more for. Nobody is going to give
you something for nothing. I don’t
care how many ways you ask for it.
This puzzle has done one thing. It
has learned us which is horizontal and
which is vertical.”
This paper is fortunate to be among
those in which the Bull Durham ad
vertising is running. The next time
you see an advertisement headed the
“Bulls Eye”—read it. We guaran
tee it will make you laugh, no mat
ter if you’re suffering with chronic
William Meyer and Bessie Randell,
both of O’Neill, were granted a mar
riage license in Council Bluffs, Iowa,
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lee, Mr. and
Mrs. Van Robertson, Dr. and Mrs. J.
, W. Gill, T. H. Osborn, Hylas Farrier,<
David Holcomb and Rev. R. E. Carl-:
yon attended the Masonic reception
held at O’Neill Saturday evening,
March 7th, in honor of Judge R. R.
Dickson, grand master of Masons of
Nebraska. The illustrated lecture by
the Rev. C. M. Shephard, of Lincoln,
was greatly enjoyed by those present
as was also the musical numbers, and
Judge Dickson’s words of response.
■ The luncheon was a real treat.
i Edna Hansen, of Amelia, who has
been confined to ber home since last
i November, is now getting along nicely
i and will soon be able to walk. Edna
■ had the misfortune to be thrown from
• a horse and sustained a fracture of
' tbe right leg which was mending
> satisfactorily when she fell and opened
; up the old fracture.
' Through the courtesy of T. V. New
house, radio dealer, a radio was tern
‘ porarily installed in the Chambers
1 public school Wednesday, March 4th,
to give the pupils an opportunity to
' hear the inaugural address of Presi
■ dent Coolidge.
Mrs. E. V. Sageser, who accom
panied Mr. Sageser to the hospital at
Grand Island, returned to Chambers,
luesday. Mr. Sageser will remain at
the hospital a few weeks longer.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCarrol, of
1 Creek, moved their household
effects to Chambers last Tuesday and
are nicely located on the Jack Tag
_Mr. and Mrs. Aca Hubbard enter
tained the Masonic club at their home
Wednesday, March 4th. A dainty
luncheon was served.
OLGA KRIEGER SCHLEEF. *"
The community, atid especially the
members of the Lutheran church, are
deeply grieved over the death of the
beloved wife of their pastor, Rev. A.
H. Schleef, of Chambers.
**ad been in failing
health for some time. She submitted
to nn operation January 19, 1925, at
Chicago. March 1st, she contracted
Influenza, complication set in and in
her enfeebled condition she was un
able to stand the strain. She was
taken to Norfolk Saturday, March
i th, but she passed away about seven
mUes from the Lutheran hospital
where it was hoped she would find
. 0,Sa.Krie<fer was bom at Milwau
kee, Wisconsin, July 13, 1895, and
passed away March 7, 1925, at the age
of twenty-nme years, seven months
and twenty-five days.
She was baptized and confirmed in
the Lutheran church and has always
been a willing worker for the king
dom of God. She was a talented
musician. She leaves to mourn her
loss her husband, Rev. A. H. Schleef,
°nj <Jau?hter, Florence, her mother ,
and father, of LaGrange, Illinois, ,
four sisters and three brothers, and .
aged grandparents. The sympathy of <
the community goes out to the be- ,
reaved husband and to the little ,
daughter who will miss a mother’s i
loving care. ;
Funeral services were held Mon- f
day, March 9th, at the Lutheran i
church at Chambers; twelve ministers e
from neighboring towns were in at- (
tendance, only two taking active part c
in the services, which were very im- v
pressive. The remains were taken to r
Chicago where interment will take i
Thomas McLaughlin, one of the
ery early settlers of Holt county,
ied at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
V. H. Carrigg, in Sioux City, Iowa,
Wednesday afternoon about three
Mr. McLaughlin was about ninety
our years of age. The remains will
rrive in O’Neill tonight.
Funeral services will be conducted
rom St. Patrick’s church Saturday
lorning at nine o’clock. Burial will
e made in Calvary cemetery.
An obituary notice will be published
n The Frontier next week.
Edwin Ross, died at Valentine, last
lunday and the remains were brought
o O’Neill Tuesday and were taken to
tlackbird, where funeral services were
eld in Marquette Chappel and burial 1
/as made in the cemetery nearby.
Tie services were conducted by Rev.
leorge Bressler of O’NeiH.
Edwin Ross was born in Boone
Jounty, Iowa, and was fifty-two years,
ight months and four days old at
he time of his death.
The deceased spent about sixteen
rears as a resident of the northeast
irn part of the county, moving away
ibout eight years ago.
He leaves a wife, three brothers
tnd two sisters.
’’RANK BANASH ESCAPES
SERIOUS INJURY IN
OMAHA AUTO ACCIDENT
Frank Banash, residing about eigh
teen miles northwest of O’Neill, es
caped serious injury in an auto acci
lent while in Omaha last week, where
be was called to attend the funeral
services of a brother, Joe. In the car
that was wrecked was also C. U.
Yantzi, of Milford, Nebraska, a for
mer resident of this vicinity, who also
escaped serious injury. The follow
ing account of the accident appeared
in the Omaha Bee and is printed be
(Omaha Bee, March 5.)
Eight persons escaped death by a
miracle Wednesday afternoon, when
the automobile in which they were rid
ing crashed into an electric light pole,
breaking it off, and continued until if
battered itself to pieces against a
tree, at Forty-seventh and Miami
Louis Pessell, 3741 Forty-third
street, the driver of the car, was the
most seriously hurt. His injuries con
sisted of lacerations of the hands and
His seven passengers, relatives and
friends of his, suffered only minor
bruises and cuts.
Pessell wrecked his machine in at
tempting to turn out of the path of
two speeding cars which he met at
the intersection. He had been "driv
ing west on Miami street, and at the
intersection of Forty-seventh he met
one car going south on Forty-seventh
street and another going east on
Miami street, both traveling at high
Pessell attempted to turn south on
Forty-seventh street, but in doing so
his car leaped over the curb, knocked
down the light pole, and came to a
stop only after hitting a large tree.
Those riding with Pessell, were his
wife, who suffered cuts on the head;
his brother, Edward Pessell, of Mil
ford, Neb., who was slightly cut by
glass; his sister, Dora, of Omaha, who
was bruised; F. Banash, of O’Neill;
Mr. and Mrs. John Bcnash of Dakota
City, and C. U. Yentzie of Milford,
who were unhurt.
GRAND MASTER DICKSON
IN NORFOLK TUESDAY
Norfolk, Neb., March 10.—Masons
in north Nebraska honored Andrew
H. Viele tonight with a surprise ban
quet, the affair being in celebration
of Mr. Viele’s fiftieth anniversary as
a member of the Masonic lodge. The
past grand master’s jewel was pre
sented to him by A. B. Carpenter of
the Norfolk lodge who was master of
The meeting of the lodge was
originally called to receive a set of
Masonic history which E. O. Good
man of Omaha presented to the Nor
folk lodge. Robert R. Dickson, grand
master of Masons in Nebraska, past
Grandmaster Harry E. Cheney and a
large delegation of Masons from over
the state were present.
Mr. Viele was born in 1853, at
Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, and
made a master Mason in a Portland
lodge in 1875. In 1903, he was made
master of the Norfolk lodge. He
served the grand lodge of Nebraska
as grand junior deacon, grand senior
deacon, grand marshal, grand junior
and senior warden, deputy grand
master. He now is assistant to the
At a special bond meeting held at
Emmet, March 10th, for the purpose
of voting a transmission line bond, the
people showed that they were ready
and willing to improve their town by
turning out and voting 100 per cent
for the bonds. This is only a further
evidence that the people of Emmet
ire in for improvements if the op
portunity is presented to them in a
nay that they may have a voice in
he matter. Although there has been
several companies trying to interest
Emmet in electric lights this is the
irst time the people have ever gotten
i chance to show how they felt. We
inderstand that the village board are
onsidering a proposition offered
hem to put in water works and
ewerage. If this is done it will put
is on the same basis with our neigh
boring towns in an up to date way.
"here is no reason why a person
hould have to move to a city to have
few modern conveniences. How
yer, we hear that the Ghost Lights
HI people are going to put down an
u well some where south of town and
re are hoping that it will be very
ear, and in the very near future. If
reP<>rt happens to prove true we
nil soon be a city.
WITH HIS STEPMOTHER
AFTER A LONG SEARCH
The following article clipped from
he Omaha News of last Tuesday
evening, recites the story of the re
jniting of Frank Riser, of Milford,
Nebraska, with his step-mother, who
aas been conducting a search for him
for a number of years. Riser was
located by L. C. Peters of this city
for the Omaha News.
Frank Riser, as many of the older
residents of this vicinity will remem
ber, was adopted from the Nebraska
Children’s Home Society by Mr. and
Mrs. Dave Riser, then residing north
west of O’Neill, about thirty years
ago. The O’Neill people who were
?iven as reference at the time of the
adoption of Frank Riser have all pass
ad to the great beyond or have moved
from O’Neill; they were O. O. Snyder,
Fannie C. Morris, Alberta Uttley, Mrs
Minnie Cole and Mrs. E. H. Cress.
Mrs. Minnie Cole accompanied Mr.
Riser to Omaha and brought the child
rranx grew to mannooa upon tne ^
’arm and later was united in marriage
:o Miss Letha Cromwell of this city, '
md personally conducted the farm for
several years. During the land boom
Mr. Riser sold the farm and moved
to Milford where he again purchased
a farm six miles north of Friend and
Frank took charge of the operation of
the place and upon which he and his
family still reside. Frank and family
moved from O’Neill about four years
ago. They were in O’Neill during the
summer of 1923 and spe it some time
visiting with relatives here.
Frank is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs.
J. U. Yantzi of this city..
The Omaha News article follows:
A twenty-year search for her step
son, to locate whom she came to
Omaha recently, is over today for
Mrs. Frank Brandt, of El Reno, Okla.
The two-decade hunt, in which the
woman has spent a small fortune in
advertising in newspapers and in
traveling expenses to interview over
fifty persons in various parts of the
country, suspected of being the mis
sing step-son, ended when Mrs. Brandt
took into her arms and wept over
Frank Riser, farmer, whose place is
twelve miles southwest of Milford,
The meeting, which took place on
the Riser farm Monday afternoon, was
dramatic, Riser had no idea that he
was being sought, and the meeting
was the biggest surprise of his life.
The finding of his step-mother
means for Frank Riser that he now
has first news of his real father and
will in the near future, meet his
brother and sister for the first time
since they were small children. The
brother and sister are in Oklahoma,
whither Mrs. Brandt returned Mon
day evening from Lincoln after her
successful trip to Nebraska.
When Frank Brandt was two years
old his mother died. For a short time
he lived with his grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Brandt of Gretna, Ne
braska. Then he was placed with the
Nebraska Children’s Home society,
Omaha. Later he was adopted by Mr.
and Mrs. J. D. (Dave) Riser of Mil
ford. They lived near O’Neeill and
had been the parents of three child
ren, who died. Frank was reared as
their only son and took their name.
In the meantime Frank’s father,
sister and brother moved to Okla
homa. The father remarried. It was
his second wife whose tireless efforts
finally have reunited the family.
Frank Riser’s brother is Henry P.
Brandt, 34, of El Reno, Oklahoma, and
his sister is now Mrs. A. R. Rabhi, 33,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Brandt while in Omaha on her
search for Frank Brandt (Riser),
stopped at the home of Mrs. C. Dohr
man, 3715 South Twenty-eighth street.
The final clew that brought about
the meeting of Mrs. Brandt and her
stepson Monday was the record of
the Nebraska Children Home society
“Frank and Henry,” Mrs. Brandt
said, “lock just alike.” To Han'y slie
is carrying the news that his brother,
whom they thought dead for years, is
a bright, above the ordinary man,
with a comely wife and four sweet
children: Veronica, 8; Lois Evelyn,
7; Cleta Irene, 6; and Francis
Frank, overjoyed at learning of his
blood relations, despite his love for
his foster parents, plans to drive to
Oklahoma this summer to visit his
At one time in her search, Mrs.
Brandt became convinced that Joe
Sesto, in the state penitentiary for
There is s reliable harness
| man near you who sella H. B.
Brand harness. He has prob
ably sold it for years, knowing
it s honest value. Made of finest
leather by expert harness mak
ers, H. B. Brand outwears and
outworks ordinary harness.
Costs less in the long run. A
style for every purpose. Reason
able prices. Your H. B. Brand
dealer will be glad to show them
to you. Get a copy of our 1925
catalog from him or write us.
horse stealing, was her husband’s lost
son. She came from Oklahoma to
assist in obtaining a parole for him
and decided to take him home. - To re
move all doubt, however, she came to
Omaha, sought Y^ur Muny Agent of
The Omaha Daily News and, with the
assistance of the latter, she was per
mitted to examine the records of the
Nebraska Children’s home.
These records showed that Sesto
was not Brandt’s son, revealed that
the boy had been adopted by Riser and
gave the clew that resulted in finding
Frank Brandt (Riser).
“I have been wondering for years
who my blood relatives could be, or
if I had any,” Riser said. “I didn't
know what my name was, so I had
no place to start from. I’m not even
sure whether I’m 31 or 32 years old.”
“I’ll find out and you know,” prom
ised Mrs. Brandt.
Frank Riser, records of the Ne
braska Children’s home revealed, will
be 32 on April 9.
Frank asked about his real mother.
She was Miss Emma Hijka, Bruno,
Nebraska, whose brothers, Jerry and
Frank Hijka, are said to still live
Editor and QeneratManaqer
_WILL ROGERS J
THE fourth of March is
a Politician’s uncertain
day. He is either coming in
or going out. If he is staying
in it’s because they haven’t
got wise to him yet. I have
always said Office holders
should be elected for life
(subject, of course, to im
peachment for neglect or
dishonesty). Then they
could give their work all of
their time, instead of worry
ing about how to stay in,,
and that would do away en
tirely with the biggest so
cial problem we have to face
in this country. And that is
the thousands of Individuals
who go through life just try
ing to get in office. If we
could get their mind off of
fices, and get ’em to working
at something useful. But
what’s the use talking about
a Heaven on earth. We got
to die to get rid of the Office
seeker, and then I bet you
we will find them, either
wanting to have Saint Peter
impeached, or to get a job as
Superintendent of the Fur
nace. Oh Yes, I like to for
got ‘Bull’ Durham. It will
Be on sale in both places, no
advance in prices.
P. S. I’m going to write some more pieces
that will appear in this paper. Keep look*
ing for them.
MORE OF EVERYTHIN6
for a lot less money.
That’s the net of this
Bull’ Durham propo
sition. More flavor—
alot more money leftin
the bankroll at the end’
of a week’s smoking.
TWO BAGS fur 15 cent*
100 cigarettes for 15 cents
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