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VOL. LV. O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1935. No. 51
* PIONEER COUPLE
Mr. and Mrs. Ft. FF. Murray FFave
TFieir Entire Family Here For
Surrounded by their family of
ten children and a score of grand
children Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Mur
ray of this city celebrated their
fiftieth wedding anniversary last
Sunday. That day will always
stand out as one of the most en
joyable in the lives of this pioneer
couple as they kept open house
during the day and evening, and,
surrounded by their children, they
greeted their hundreds of friends
who called to pay their respects.
R. H. Murray was born in Mon
roe county, Iowa, where he grew to
manhood. Shortly after reaching
his majority he came to this county
and settled on a homestead 10 miles
east of this city, fifty-one years
ago last March. About the same
time that Mr. Murray came to the
county the Roche family also ar
rived and settled a short distance
from the home selected by Mr. Mur
ray. In the Roche family was a
daughter, Julia Agnes and on May
6,1885, Richard II. Murray and Miss
Julia Agnes Roche were united in
marriage, the ceremony being per
formed in the Catholic church in
this city by Father Brophy.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray took up
their life together on the home
stead of the groom where they
made their home for thirty-five
i years, until they retired from active
farm life and moved to this city
in the spring of 1920. Mr. and
Mrs. Murray are the parents of
ten children, all born on the home
place and all of whom are living,
enjoying good health and were
present at the wedding anniversary.
The children are: Mrs. Ellen
Blomberg, Gill, S. D.; Mrs. Mar
♦ garet Hagen, Sheridan, Wyo.; Mrs.
J. E. Perkins, Page, Nebr.; Mrs.
Mattie Soukup, O’Neill; George
Murray, Lead, S. D.; Mrs. Lauretta
Burshek, Newell, S. D.; Mrs. Gert
rude Streeter, O’Neill; Mrs. Anas
tasia Williams, Gillette, Wyo.; Mrs.
Elsie Streeter, Page; Mrs. Wini
fred Matthews, O’Neill. Mrs. Geo.
Murray, of Lead, accompanied her
husband here and was present at
the anniversary festivities. Mr.
and Mrs. Murray have twenty-two
grandchildren and one great grand
In order to start the day prop
erly Mr. and Mrs. Murray and their
ten children attended 8 o’clock Mass
in a body. After Mass they re
paired to their commodious home
on east Douglas street where they
were at home to their many friends
during the balance of the day.
Their home wras beautifully dec
orated for the occasion, white and
gold predominating. These colors
were also carried out in the table
decorations. At high noon a three
course wedding dinner was served.
At this dinner Monsignor McNa
mara and Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Bauman, who recently celebrated
their fifty-third wedding anniver
sary, were honored guests. Fifty
five relatives were present and en
joyed the bountiful repast that had
been prepared and partook of the
mammoth wedding cake. The wed
ding cake decorations were those
that were used on the wedding cake
at the marriage of their youngest
daughter eight years ago.
Among the decorations used in
the home was the wedding bell that
hung in the bride’s home at the
celebration of her wedding to Mr.
Murray fifty years ago. This bell
was also used seventenn years ago
at the double wedding celebration
of two of their daughters, held at
L their farm home.
The following out of town guests
were present for the anniversary:
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Baker and daugh
ter, Elma, of Plainview; Mrs. Por
ter Streeter, Mrs. Jack Smith and
son, Harry, and Mrs. Frank Far
rell, of Brunswick; Mr. and Mrs.
Adam Pilger and son, Pilger; Mrs.
George Fields, Newport.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray were the
k recipients of many beautiful and
’ useful gifts among which was $50
presented to them by their child
There is no family in Holt county
that stand higher in the estimation
of their many friends and the
people of the county generally than
the family of Mr. and Mrs. R. H.
Murray. For thirty-five years he
w'as one of the largest farmers in
the county and among its most
prosperous. As the years passed
he kept adding to his original
homestead until at the present
time he owns 800 acres of splendid j
farm land, adjacent to his old
While he was always attentive
to his own affairs he also took an
active part, in the earlier years, in
the political and civic affairs of his
precinct and county. In the early
nineties, on account of his integ
rity and positive convictions, he
was recognized as one of the polit
ical giants among the farmers of
the county who dabbled in politics.
His word was always good and he
commanded the respect and admir
ation of all his friends and neigh
The writer has known Mr. and
Mrs. Murray for nearly a half
century and wishes to join their
many friends in wishing them many
more years of wedded happiness
TO AWARD TRIPS
IN 4-H CLUB WILD
Prizes To Be Awarded To Forty
Club Members and To Eight
Leaders In Nebraska.
Forty 4-H club members and
eight local leaders in Nebraska will
be awarded prize trips to a wild
life conservation camp this sum
mer, it wras announced this week as
details of a new club project—con
servation and restoration of wild
life—arrived at the office of Agri
cultural Agent Reece. One boy,
one girl and one local leader at
tending the camp will be further
recognized by being given a schol
arship or national trip.
The increased interest in wild
life and the extensive conservation
program carried on by the Nebras
ka Game, Forestation and Parks
Commission makes this an excep
tionally favorable time for taking
up the new 4-H project, L. I. Fris
bie, state club leader says. All
club members are eligible to com
Rural boys and gnus will write a
story entitled, “My Contribution to
Conservation of Wild Life,” as a
part of the requirements. Reports
and stories are to cover the activ
ities of individuals and clubs be
ginning not earlier than March 1,
and ending July 1. The state con
servation camp will be held late in
Suggested activities for clubs
and individual members include
preventing and eliminating unnec
essary burning of nesting grounds
and game cover, making a survey
of wild life of the community, hav
ing a club campaign for obedience
to game laws, making conservation
and restoration of wild life a fea
ture of each monthly program. In
dividual club members may take
part in such activities as locating
and saving pheasant’s nests when
cutting alfalfa, winter feeding of
birds and game, planting wild flow
ers and trees, and erosion control
Prospects Good For
Blue Grass Seed
Rlue grass is said to be growing
rapidly in the pastures and mead
ows in the southern part of the
county and residents therein are
looking forward to getting a good
bunch of mazuma from seed houses
when they come here next month
on their annual seed harvest. A
resident of southern Holt, who has
sold seed for several years, says it
looks now as if there would be
the greatest crop of blue grass
seed ever harvested in this county
C. V. McReynolds
C. V. McReynolds, who has been
the director of the FERA for the
counties of Boyd and Holt with
headquarters in this city, has been
promoted to the position of dis
trict engineer with headquarters at
Ainsworth. He left for his new
post last Sunday. We understand
that a Mr. Stuart from Burwell
will arrive shortly to take the posi
tion made vacant by the promotion
of Mr. McReynolds.
Bernard Fitzsimmons came up
from Omaha last Saturday evening
and spent a couple of days visiting
old time friends here, returning to
EWING HIGH WINS
IN COUNTY TRACK
MEET HELD HERE
O’Neill Places Second W ith Fifty
two and One-half Points
Against Ewings 62'j.
The annual Holt county track
meet was held in this city last Sat
urday afternoon. The meet was
won by Ewing, who scored 62Va
point; O'Neill second with 52^
points; Inman third with 19 points;
Stuart fourth with 11 points; Page
fifth with 8.
The results of the various events
were as follows:
Discus—Won by W. Snyder, Ew
ing; Crosser, Inman, second; A.
Bois, Ewing, third, and Green,
880-yard run—Won by Baten
horst, Stuart; Gaskill, O’Neill, sec
ond; A. Leach, O'Neill, third; Cole
man, Inman, fourth.
Shot put—Won by Snyder, Ew
ing; Crosser,Inman, second; Green,
O’Neill, third; A. Bois, Ewing and
Pilger, O’Neill tied for fourth.
110-yard low hurdles—Won by
Bergstrom, O’Neill; Cadwell,
O’Neill, second; Cheney, Stuart,
Javelin—Won by Snyder, Ewing;
Hoibeck, Ewing, second; Calvert,
O’Neill, third; Crosser, Inman 4th.
100-yard dash—Won by R. Pol
lack, Ewing; Snyder, Ewing, sec
ond; B. Kunz, Ewing, third; Mc
Graw, Inman, fourth.
880-yard relay—Won by Ewing;
O’Neill second; Inman, third.
High jump—Won by Cadwell,
O’Neill; Halleck, Ewing, W. Kin
der, Ewing and T. Sodka, Page,
tied for second.
One mile run — Won by N.
George, Ewing; Calvert, O’Neill,
second; R. Murray, Page, third;
D. Thorin, Ewing, fourth.
Pole vault—Hart, Inman, first;
Clevenger, O’Neill, Cadwell, O’Neill
and Hove, Stuart, tied for second.
Broad jump—Won by Cambre,
O’Neill; L. Woods, Page second;
W. Snyder, Ewing, third; and C.
Hoedeck, Ewing, fourth.
60-yard high hurdles—Bergf
strom, O’Neill, first; Ashwell,
O’Neill, second; Crosser, Inman,
third; A. Bois, Ewing, fourth.
220-yard dash—Won by P. Pol
lock,Ewing; LoiusCambre, O’Neill,
second; W. Snyder, Ewing, third;
Cole, O’Neill, fourth.
McManus Store Broken
Into, And Attempt Made
At Golden Rule Store
Some light-fingered gentry broke
into the P. J. McManus store last
Tuesday morning by prying the
lock off the front door. There was
about $2.00 worth of dimes and
nickles in the cash drawer and they
took all the money except three
dimes, which were left in the till.
Mr. McManus says that he be
lieves they did not take anything
Parties sleeping in the Fox hotel
across the street, say they heard a
noise and looking out the window
saw a man standing on the side
walk in front of McManus’ store
and a Chevrolet car standing near
the curb and that it was 5 o’clock
in the morning.
An attempt to get into the Gold
en Rule store that night was also
made. They succeeded in breaking
the lock on the rear door, but there
was a heavy bar across the door,
which barred their entry. They
started filing the bar, but whether
it was too hard, or time too short
they gave it up and did not succeed
in gaining an entrance.
Sign Large Contract
Last Friday this office signed up
the largest advertising contract
ever signed in the county. It was
between The Frontier and the A &
B Drug Stores, Inc., and calls for
1,500 inches of advertising to be
used between May 1, 19.35, and De
cember 31, 1935. Fifteen hundred
inches means 75 columns of adver
tising during a period of eight
months, more money than has been
spent for advertising by several
firms who have been in business
in this city for years.
Anderson and Beckman opened
their drug store in this city last
October in charge of the junior
partner, H. F. Beckman. Henry
is a firm believer in the value of
printer’s ink and has been a per
sistent advertiser. He says that
he is firmly convinced that if a man
wants to sell merchandise these
days he must let the people 4cnow
w hat he has to sell and the price he
wants for it, and the best way of,
informing the public of these facts j
is through the advertising columns
of the local papers. Bearing out1
his belief in advertising Mr. Beck
man says that their business has
increased every month since they
started and he looks for a splendid
business the balance of the present
The Frontier is naturally pleased
that this firm selected this news
paper as the medium in which they
are going to carry on this adver
tising campaign, but we can assure
him that this newspaper goes into
more Holt county homes than any
other newspaper published in the
county, and therefore is more valu
able as an advertising medium.
Try it Mr. Merchant, and convince
Gerald Graham had his tonsils
removed Friday, May 3, and went
home the following day feeling
Mrs. Ed. Cornelies was taken
home Wednesday afternoon where
she will remain in bed several days,
convalescing from an operation for
The public is invited to attend
National Hospital Day, May 12.
There will be open house at the1
O’Neill hospital from 2 to 5 in the I
afternoon. The program follows: .
2:00—Selections, Public School;
3:00—Reading by Miss Doris
3:30—Selection, Public School
4:00—Songs by St. Mary’s Acad
4:30—Chambers Quartet No. 2.
5:00—Selection, Public School
The program is to be held on
the hospital lawn.
WHAT’S DOING IN
By James R. Lowell
Approval of a 50-member plan
for the one-house legislature by the
house of representatives and the
liklihood that the senate will con
cur leaves the legislature in sight
of the goal so far as this law
making body is concerned. Now
what can Nebraska look forward
to in 1937?
Political prognosticators who
have studied the unicameral set-up
say that one of the outstanding
features will be the elevation of
the small town newspapers to a
new sphere of importance in pol
itics. As the legislature w'ill be
non-partisan, there will be no party
issues to confront the voters, so
the issues to be decided at the polls
will be proposed laws.
The effect of this will be to make
the legislative session merely a
laboratory period for making into
laws the will of the people. Lobby
ists instead of congregating at the
state house to push their various
causes will have to convince the
people out over the state prior to
the election, and this means that
the newspapers of each legislative
district will be the mediums thru
which issues are cussed, discussed
At the primary election the two
candidates receiving the highest
vote will enter the run-off at the
The legislature will become vir
tually the board of directors of
“Nebraska, Inc.” None of the state
officers of the legislative sessions,
nor the supreme court will have
any power so far as the legislature
is concerned, and bills may be in
troduced at any time.
However, the supreme court, the
governor and other state officials
will be in close contact with the
law-making body thru an execu
tive secretary of the legislature
who will be on duty the year
around at the state house. He will
serve as a clearing house agent for
the distribution of information to
the legislators, and they will be
kept informed thru him of issues
that may arise during the ad in
A speaker of the house will be
selected when the legislature con
venes and he will preside in the
absence of the lieutenant governor.
About 100 employees, including a
(Continued on page 4, column 1.)
MAY FETE HELD
Programs Held On School Grounds
In The Afternoon and At Night
In The School Auditorium.
A May Pay fete was celebrated
on the public school grounds last
Wednesday afternoon, enjoyed by
all the pupils of the high school as
well as those of St. Mary’s acad
emy, and a very large crowd of
the parents of the children.
The program began at 2 o’clock
with a band concert by the O’Neill
public school and St. Mary’s bands.
From the quality of music fur
nished it is evident that O'Neill
will be able to furnish their own
band music in the future for all
public doings. Then followed:
Crowning of the May Queen, a
very pretty and impressive service.
Military drill by the first, second
and third grades.
A ribbon dance by the first, sec
ond and third grades.
A Maypole dance by the sixth
and seventh grades.
There was a very large crowd
in attendance and many comments
were heard as to the excellence of
the program rendered. At the con
clusion of the program many of
the parents visited the various
rooms where the work of the dif
ferent classes were on display.
Another performance was given
that evening in the high school
auditorium, which was also well at
tended. The evening performance
commenced at 8 o’clock.
The first was two numbers by
the orchestra, which were very well
received. A little playlet, “Bulla”
was given by the Ceaser class.
This was followed by an orchestra
number and then a playlet, “A
May Fete,” given by the fourth and
fifth grades. The eighth grade pre
sented facts of Nebraska, which
was followed by Miss Elizabeth
Graves who gave Facts of the
O’Neill Public School.
City Council Meets
And Is Organized
The City Council organized for
the year’s business last Tuesday
night. The only change in the per
sonnel of the council is in the
councilman from the second ward,
John Protivinsky taking the place
held for several years by Frank
H. E. Coyne was elected presi
dent of the council for the ensuing
Mayor Kersenbrock presented the
following appointees to the council
and on motion they were unan
City Attorney, Emmet A. Harm
on; Police and Poundmaster, Chet
Calkins; Engineer at pump station,
Jess Scofield; Medical Advisor, Dr.
L. A. Carter.
The mayor named the following
committees for the ensuing year,
and they were on motion approved:
Street Commissioner — H. E.
Streets and Alleys—Coyne, Prot
ivinsky and Harty.
Lights—Uhl,Brennan and Harty.
Water—Brennan, Protivinsky and
Sewer—Protivinsky, Coyne and
Walks and Crossings — Harty,
Coyne and Yantzi.
Parks—Yantzi, Coyne and Prot
Auditors—Harty, Uhl and Coyne.
Custodian of city property—Levi
Finance Committtee — Brennan,
Coyne and Harty.
A financial statement of the city
was read disclosing the city’s fin
ances to be in good condition and
an estimate of the expense for the
ensuing year was prepared and ap
Dug Hunt was selected, without
opposition, to his old position on
the streets. *
The Frontier was selected as the
official paper for the ensuing year.
Referendum To Decide
Wheat Program Future
Talk about what the next wheat
adjustment contract will be is all
speculation because the next wheat
program has not been written, F.
M. Reece, agricultural agent, is as
suring all what growers of this
county in a series of community
The important question to be
settled by the referendum is wheth
er or not the wheat growers of the
county want a future contract
drawn up for their consideration.
Any future contract will be volun
tary, not compulsory, and voting
favorably on the secret ballot in
the referendum has no connection
with the acceptance of a future
contract if it is offered.
Officials in the state and federal
offices of the wheat program have
urged farmers of this county to
send in their ideas about what a
future contract should contain. A
few improvements can be made in
the present contract in the light of
two year’s experience. Ideas of
the wheat producers will be care
fully considered if a future con
tract is prepared. Suggestions
from this county are being as
sembled at the county office to be
sent in to Lincoln where state of
ficials wilt summarize them to go
O’NEILL HIGH TO •
Class Has Twenty Young Women
And Thirteen Young Men; Ex
ercises To Be Held May 2.'f.
The O’Neill High School gradu
ation exercises will be held on
Thursday evening, May 23. The
class this year comprises thirty
three, twenty young ladies and
thirteen young men. This is the
largest class graduated from the
high school since 1930.
Following is the program of the
exercises on that evening:
Procession, music by the Or
Invocation—Rev. H. D. Johnson.
Vocal Music—High School Girls.
“Education on Trial,” a short
play by members of the Senior
Presentation of Eighth grade
Presentation of Diplomas to
Graduates—Dr. H. L. Bennett.
Benediction—Rev. H.D. Johnson.
The Bacculaureate exercises will
be held at the Methodist church on
Sunday evening. May 19, 1935, at
8 o’clock with an address by Rev.
A. J. May.
Following is a list of the gradu
Girls—Augusta Adamson, Lora
Aim, Norine Barker, Hazel Brede
hoft, Muriel Brittell, Garnet But
terfield, Hattie Chimel, Margaret
DeLong Margaret Hamilton, Helen
Hendrick, Orletha llolz, Marge
Hunt, Helen Knapp, Helen Murray,
Violet Pinkerman, Doris Powell,
Ethel Schulz, Margretha Nelson,
Lola Stauffer and Anna Toy.
Boys — Bernard Allen, George
Cook, Orville Green, Harold Jones,
Mervin Kee, John Luben, James
Marsh, William Martfeld, Beach
Medlen, Donald Pilger, Gene Rum
mel, Robert Smith and Merle
Bids Called For On
Post Office Building
Under date of May 4, 1935, the
Government has advertised for
hids for the construction of the
postoffice building in this city. Bids
are to be received in Washington
and publfely opened in Washing
ton, D. C., on June 4, 1935, for fur
nishing all labor and materials and
performing all work for the con
struction of the building. Upon
application one set of drawings will
be furnished free to each general
contractor interested in submitting
If the contract for the building
is let on June 4, it is possible to
have the building completed and
ready for occupancy possibly by
the first of the new year.
(Jets Sentence of One
Year For Chicken Theft
Louis Tomjack was before the
district court last Monday charged
with chicken stealing, to which
charge he plead guilty and he was
sentenced to one year in the pen
itentiary, to which place he was
taken Tuesday. Tomjack is 31
years of age and was accused of
stealing ten chickens valued at $10,
which he sold for $7.00.
Work of excavating for the new
Parker building on Douglas street
commenced last Monday and by the
end of the week the basement will
be ready for the cement workers.
WIN IN NIOBRARA
VALLEY MEET HERE
Robert Calvert Sets New Valley
Conference Record of 5:9
For The Mile Run.
O’Neill won the Niobrara Valley
conference track meet here Tues
day by scoring 60 points. Lynch
was second with 28. Butte scored
23, Spencer 9, Inman 9, Stuart 5V4,
Anoka 3V6, Chambers 3 and Bris
Robert Calvert, 16, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Calvert of this city,
hung up a conference record for
the one mile run, 5:9. The form
er record was 5:11. Results of the
100-yard dash—Won by Nelson
of O’Neill; Cambre, O'Neill, sec
ond; Ray Zink, Lynch, third, and
Ritterbush, Chambers, fourth.
220-yard dash—Won by Nelson
of O’Neill; Ray Zink, Lynch, sec
ond; Alexander, Spencer) third, and
Ritterbush, Chambers, fourth.
440-yard dash—Won by Spindler
of O’Neill; Robert Zink, Lynch,
second; Collins, Lynch, third, and
Kunz, Stuart, fourth. Time, 59.5
One-half mile run—Won by Ha
geck of Lynch; Batenhorst of Stu
art, second; Greeno, Anoka, third,;
Gaskill, O’Neill, fourth. Time, 2:13.
One-mile run—Won by Robert
Calvert of O’Neill; Sedlacek of
Spencer, second; Spangler, O’Neill,
third,and Bartling, Bristow, fourth.
60-yard high hurdles — Berg
strom of O’Neill and Stutzman of
Butte tied in first and Cadwell of
O’Neill and Crosser, Inman, tied
for third. Time 8:8.
110-yard low hurdles—Won by
Bergstrom of O’Neill; Stutzman of
Butte, second; Cadwell, O’Neill,
third, and Alexander of Spencer,
fourth. Time, 13 seconds.
Pole vault—Cadwell, O’Neill and
Johnson of Butte, tied for first;
Stutzman of Butte and Chaney of
Stuart tied for third. Height, 9
feet, 9 inches.
High jump—Won by Cadwell of
O’Neill; Dennis of Butte, second,
Greeno of Anoka and Stutzman
of Butte tied for third. Height.
5 feet, 3 Vi inches.
880 yard relay—Won by O’Neill
against Lynch and Spencer. Time,
Broadjump—Won by Louis Cam
bre, O’Neill; Stutzman, Butte, sec
ond; Craig, Lynch, third, and Asby
of L>4nch, fourth. Distance, 18
feet, 11 inches.
Shot put—Wlon by Ray Zink of
Lynch; Crosser, Inman, second
Green, O’Neill, third, and Juttte,
Chambers, fourth. Distance, 37-ft.
Discus—Won by Crosser, Inman;
Stutzman, Butte, second; Ray Zink
of Lynch, third, and Jutte, Cham
bers, fourth. Distance, 108 feet,
10 Vs inches.
Stuart Farm Hand
Is A Suicide
Glenn Wilson, 45, a vteran of the
W’orld War, hung himself last
week in a barn at the E. J. Eby
farm seven miles southwest of
Stuart. He had been employed by
Mr. Eby about two months. He
came from Kansas and is said to
have worked in the vicinity of
Chambers for a time. He carried
an American Legion membership
card, indicating that he belonged to
a Kansas post.
Plan Building New Houses
Several residents of the city are
contemplating erecting new houses
in this city this spring, provided
they can get water mains extended
on some streets so as to get wate
for the residences. The residences
are to be built for the purpose cf
renting and without city water
they would not be very valuable for
that purpose. O’Neill needs se-v
eral new homes as there are not
sufficient houses in the city to take
care of the demand. If at all pos
sible the city dads should provide
the necessary water extensions, so
that the city can grow.
Any person or persons caught
loitering around the city jail or
getting in contact with prisoners
confined therein, without permis
sion of the chief of police, will bft
Chief of Police.
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