The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, September 05, 1935, Image 1

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The Frontier
One Hundred And Six Students
Are Tuition Pupils From
County Districts.
The O’Neill Public Schools open
ed Monday morning, with a great
increase in the number of pupils
in the High School. The high
school has shown a steady growth
every year for the past four or five
years, but the number of pupils
enrolled this year exceeds that of
any other year. T^ie High School
enrollment last year, during the
first week was 193. This year, in
the first week, it has reached the
220 mark and there will probably
be several additional students ad
ded during the coming we^k.
The High School this year is
running on a new schedule. School
opens at 8:45 in the morning with
three one hour periods, from 8:45
to 11:45.
The afternoon session opens at
1 o’clock with one one hour period
and three forty minute periods,
closing at 4 o’clock.
The school session is longer this
year than that of any other year.
The one hour perfods, Superin
tendent Carroll say 3, is meeting
with the hearty approval of both
the students and teachers.. The
hour is so arranged that the pupil
has twenty to thirty minutes of
supervised study and he finds it
much easier to prepare for his next
days lesson.
Following is the number of pup
* ils in the high school and in the
various grades:
High School -220
Of this number 106 are tuition
pupils from the country districts
of the county.
First Grade --— 31
Second Grade . .... — 28
Third Grade - 30
Fourth Grade --—. 27
Fifth Grade- - 36
Sixth Grade - 25
Seventh Grade .—.— 28
Eighth Grade .—- 19
Kindergarter ..—. 13
Total _457
John Addison Celebrates
His Seventy-Ninth Year
A large group of relatives and
friends gathered at the Scottville
hall to help John Addison, of Op
portunity, celebrate his 79th birth
day anniversary. The celebration
was a complete surprice, arranged
by his children, most of whom
were present.
It took a great deal of persuad
ing to get him to attend the event
and upon his arrival at the hall
when he was greeted by the large
crowd assembled, he was surely
The evenings dancing program
was opened by John and his daugh
ter, Kiva Taylor, dancing the
Shamus O’Brion waltz, after which
they all joined in and helped him
celebrate right. He took part in
all the dapces, music being furnish
ed by Gene Grenier and son, Verne.
Lunch was served at midnight,
consisting of sandwiches, pickles,
coffee and cake. The table was
decorated with three large birth
day cakes, two of them being for
John’s birthday, one a large angel
food and the other a cocanut lay
er cake with 79 candles decorating
it. The third cake, a cocanut
layer cake with 21 candles for his
daughter Freida, who was also
celebrating a birthday that day.
The birthday cakes with the candles
were baked by his daughter, Lemo;
the angel food cake being baked
by Twinkle Wertz.
The children present were: L.
Robinson husband and sons, of At
kinson; Kiva Taylor and children,
at home; Marguerite, of Merriman,
being unable to be present; Casper
wife and sons; Freida Robinson
husband and son of Terraville, S.
D.; John H. wife and daughter, of
Lead, S. D.; Delbert, at home.
Those unable to be present were
Margery Orr, of Terraville, S. D.;
i Clifford, of Lead, S. D.; Lloyd, of
Deadwood, S. D.; Frona, of Sidney,
Mont. Mrs. Casper Addison’s
mother, Mrs. Henry Brownell, of
Allen, Nebr., was present..
The merrymakers tripped the
light fantastic until the small
hours of the morning, when they
all departed for home wishing John
many more happy birthdays.
John Addison has been a resi
dent of Holt county for 50 years,
coming here in the early eighties |
and taking a homestead, on which
he has lived for over fifty years,
except for five years when he lived
in Page. He endured all the hard
ships of the early day pioneers
and he is still hale, hearty and act
ive despite his advanced years.
Star Mail Route To Be
Established Between
Omaha and O’Neill
Within the next thirty days, a
star mail route, with Omaha con
nections, will be started to carry
mail from Fremont through Nor
folk to O’Neill, according to infor
mation received here from J. F.
Riordan, Omaha, chief clerk in the
United States railway mail service.
The mail on the star route will
leave Fremont at 12:30 a. m. daily,
arrive in Norfolk at 3:30 o'clock
and O’Neill at 7 a. m., Riordan
said.—Randolph Times.
Local postal officials have re
ceived no word of the proposed
establishment of the above men
tioned star route, but they say the
matter was talked of some time
ago. If the above star route is
established it is probable that the
busses that now carry the daily
papers from Fremont to O’Neill
every day would get the contract
for carrying the mail. These
busses have been carrying the
daily papers for the past three
years from Fremont, arriving in
O’Neill at 7:30 every morning, but
have been carrying only papers
and light freight.
4-H Conservation Camp
That Nebraska 4-H Club Memb
ers and local leaders are anxious to
help protect and conserve wild life
was indicated in the first annual
statewide conservation camp held
last week at Seward for four days.
Attending from Holt county was
Howard Grims.
The rural Nebraskans, determin
ed that game laws shall be observ
ed and wild life protected, showed
unusual interest in the program
which was devoted to the study of
birds, fish, plants and. wild animals.
It was the first time any such camp
had ever been held in the state and
me< such an enthusiastic response
that another is planned for next
year. Charles L. Horn, of Minne
apolis, Minnesota, is the financial
backer of the camp, it was revealed
at Sewrard.
Many prominent state officials,
agricultural college authorities and
members of the state game and
forestation and park commission
appeared on the program through
out the week at Seward. L. I.
Frisbie, state club leader at the
college of agriculture, wras in gen
eral charge of the encampment.
K. C. Fouts, agricultural agent in
Seward county, had charge of local
Auto Sales Falling Off
The dry hot weather of August
had an effect upon the sale of new
automobiles in the county. During
the month of August there were
only 26 new cars registered at the
office of the county treasurer, the
lightest month since last March,
when only 23 new cars were reg
istered. The total regisration of
new cars in the county since Jan.
1, 1935, now total 301, divided by
months as follows: Jan. 26; Feb.
27; March 23; April 48; May 55;
June 35; July 61; Aug. 26.
AAA Rye Program
Many farmers are interested in
watching the outcome of the pro
posed AAA rye program. Meet
ings have already been held with
AAA officials regarding the advis
ability of having a rye program.
Definite information will be avail
able in the near future.
Hugh O’Donnell and Mr. and
Mrs Credle and daughter, Judith,
of Omaha, came up last Saturday
night for a visit at the home of
Hugh’s and Mrs. Credle’s parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. O’Donnell and
with other relatives here. Hugh
arid Mr. Credle returned to Omaha
Monday, while Mrs. Credle and
daughter remained here for a pro
tracted visit.
John Ballon, one of the pioneers
of Atkinson, passed away and his
funeral is being held in Atkinson
this afternoon. He was about 70
years of age and had been in fail
ing health for the past few years.
Funeral Services For Mrs. Elkins
Held Thursday At Chambers
Baptists Church.
Olive May Elkins died at her
home, about 14 miles south of this
city, last Tuesday morning about
6 o’clock, after an illness of sev
eral months of cancer, at the age
of 38 years and one day. The fun
eral was held at 2 o’clock Thursday
afternoon, services at the Baptist
church in Chambers, Rev. Nye of
ficiating and burial in the Cham
bers cemetery.
Olive May Martin was born at
Danbury, Iowa, on September 2,
1897. When she was one year old
the family moved to this county
and she had been a resident of the
county ever since. On Dec. 26,
1915, she was united in marriage
to Clyde Elkins, at Inman, Nebr.
Nine children were born of this
union, who with the husband are
left to mourn the passing of a
kind and affectionate wife and
mother. The children are:
Vernon, Stanley, Eldon, Donald,
Gordon, Harold, Arlene, Bernadine
and Nadine.
She is also survived by her fath
er, Charles E. Martin, of Cham
bers, and three sisters and two
brothers. The sisters are: Mrs.
Jones, of oMntana; Mrs. W. Jutte,
of Chambers and Mrs. Flora
Knight, of Opportunity.
Her brothers are: Walter Martin
of Tolar, N. M., and Edwin Martin
of Missouri.
Mrs. Velder Chairman At
Montana Carrier’s Meet
The Seattle Post-Intellonger of
Aug. 25 contains a notice of a
meeting of the Montana Star
Route Mail Carriers Association,
held at Great Falls on Aug. 25, at
tended by about sixty of the star
route mail carriers of the state.
According to the dispatch the
meeting was presided ov$r by Mrs.
Katherine Velder, of O’Neill, Nebr.,
secretary-treasurer of the National
association. State organizations
have now been completed in 24
states of the union and the officials
of the organization expect to org
anize every state, as soon as pos
Acquires Medlin &
Son Meat Market
Kenneth Kimbrough, of Geneva,
arrived in th^city last Monday and
on Tuesday morning took posses
sion of the Medlin & Son meat
market, which he will operate in
the future. Mr. Kimbrough is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Kim
brough, for many years residents
of this county and city but who
left here in 1931 for Geneva, where
they have since made their home.
Kenneth left here in 1929 and
says that he notices many improve
ments in the city since he left here.
The Frontier welcomes him to the
ranks of O’Neill business men.
Another set of odd items which
have actually gotten into print is
going the rounds. Here are a few
of them:
“His first venture into the an
tique field was in Asheville, N. C.
There he met his wife.”
“He is described as having brown
hair, turning gray, and all his sup
per teeth are missing.”
“Doctor Jones, formerly of Mem
phis, has completed a revival at
the First Church here, during
which tight members were receiv
“A young woman wants washing
and cleaning daily.”
“Green colored girl wants work
until after Christmas.”
“While trimming a cottonwood
tree Monday, Bill Smith suffered a
severe blow on the head, when a
large branch turned and struck
“Harry Taylor, school principal
here, has a stone applejar that has
been in the family 109 years. Next
year it will be one hundred and
ten years old.”
“Young Lady—Eighteen years
old as beginner in respectable office
or otherwise.”
Mrs. Nellie Brennan and sons,
Robert and James, returned to
their homes in Durango, Colo., the
latter part of last week, after
spending the summer at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Brennan.
The Weather
Temperature Mois
High Low ture
Aug. 30 . 60 37
Aug. 31 .. — 6S 52
Sept. 1 Cl 52 .3D j
Sept. 2 -66 46
Sept. 3 65 50 .12 j
Sept. 4 - 09 40
by James R. Lowell
The threads of the 1936 political
pattern are slowly but surely
weaving in and out, with an in
creasing number of aspiring poli
ticians taking up their knitting as
autumn approaches.
Starting at the top of the list,
the political prognosticators find
only one Nebraskan of presidential i
timber—Senator Norris, but few j
nersons are in evidence to bet that
the senior senator will be our next |
At McCook last spring “Norris
for-president” petitions were being
circulated, but the matter was
“dropped for the present” upon the
urgent request of the senator.
Another incipient presidential
boom has been lurking in the Corn
husker background, with John R.
McCarl, U. S. comptroller general
and another “McCook boy who
macfe good,” as the head man. The
first McCarl - for - president Club
was formed in Lincoln early this
summer, with George Kline, repub
lican progressive, as the promoter.
Lately, the McCarl movement has
resembled a “hush” rather than a
“boom,” however. McCarl, a grad.
uate of the state university and
former private secretary to Sen
ator Norris, will retire from his
present position July 1, 1936.
Some people who know Mayor
Charley Bryan of Lincoln pretty
well, venture the opinion that if
he were asked to run for president,
he would blushingly accept. Tc
date no one has asked him.
In the matter f supplying a vice
president, Nebraska comes a little
nearer to occupying a front seat.
President Roosevelt is reputed to
have mentioned that he would like
to have Senator E. R. Burke for a
running mate in 1936. Burke stood
squarely with the president against
the Patman bonus bill during the
recent session in Washington,
whereas Vice President Garner ad
opted a noncommittal attitude.
S. R. McKelvie, former governor
and strong Hooverite, also is men
tioned as likely material for the
vice-presidency on the republican
ticket. It is pointed out that if a
western man is needed for that
spot, McKelvie would be willing
and is admittedly an aggressive
stump campaigner.
Again the name of the willing
Mayor Bryan enters into the con
jecturing, and again the chief ob
stacle is the liklihood that no one
will ask him to run for vice-presi
dent—this despite the fact that he
has had previous experience as the
opponent of Charley Curtis of
Greater political interest is at
tached to the question of who will
run for U. S. senator next year, as
Nebraska is sure of seating some
one in that job. The uncertain
plans of the incumbent Norris hold
the spotlight at the present time.
The school of prognosticators is
broken up into two camps as re
gards Norris' intentions — those
who say he will retire from poli
tics after 1936, and those who have
the idea he will run for governor in
order to insure the right kind of a
start for the baby-one-house legis
lature. Apparently the prognos
ticators have failed to consider tne
possibility that Norris might run
for re-election as senator.
In case Norris does not run for
re-election, there are a number of
Nebraskans willing to serve as top
hand in the senate.
Republicans generally assume
that Robert G. Simmons, 1934 G. O.
P. candidate, will be a candidate to
replace Norris, and Simmons prac
tically has clinched the assumption
by vehemently declaring after last
year’s defeat that he was “thru
with politics.” He made the same
declaration repeatedly after being
ousted as congressman from the
Fifth district by Young Terry Car
penter of Scottsbluff.
Editor Dwight Griswold of Gord
on, is a republican dark horse and
he has shown more strength while j
twice being defeated as candidate
for governor than most men show
(Continued on page 5, column 3.)
Firm ot Butterfield & Johnson, of
Burwell, Say Well Will Bring
500 Gallons Per Minute.
The firm of Butterfield & John
son, of Burwell, have been in the
city the past week digging test
wells in various parts of the city,
trying to find a location where the
city would be able to secure an
adequate supply of water. Several
test holes were put down in the city
which failed to give promise of a
sufficient supply of water and then
they went south of town to the
Peters farm, a couple of miles
south of the river, and they have
a well there that Mr. Johnson says
he is positive will pump 500 gal
lons per minute, if not mofle. If
this is true it would settle the
water question for the city for
some years to come. Of course it
will be a little expensive to install
the water mains to carry the water
that distance, but, if water cannot
be found within the city limits in
sufficient quantity to meet the
needs of the city, there is nothing
else to do but to put the well there.
Butterfield & Johnson have had
a greatdealofexperiencein the well
game. In the summer of 1933 they
came over here and put down sev
eral test holes, as they' contem
plated putting in a bid for digging
the well that the city had adver
tised for. But after putting down
several test holes, one only a little
way from the well put down by
Mr. Shaner a short time ago, they
refused to submit a bid on the well,
as they were convinced that they
could not bring in a well in the
city limits that would meet the
provisions of the contract, 300 gal
lons per minute for a forty-eight
hour period.
The city has been suffering from
a shortage of water for several
years and city officials, as well as
the residents of the cit.v, are hoping
that at last they have found a
place wrhere an abundant supply
can be secured.
Sam McKelvie On
Potato Control Act
The following on the potato
control act, recently enacted by
congress, is from the pen of Sam
R. McKelvie in the last issue of
his Nebraska Farmer:
“We didn’t take what we had
cornin’ from the government when
we quit the pig business about two
years ago. We have joined heartily
with ranchers in opposing a pro
cessing tax on cattle. We sold no
cattle under drouth relief.
“This is not said in criticism of
those who accepted such so-called
favors. Nor was it because we
could not use the money. We just
wanted to run our own business.
So we stayed out. Now it looks as
though we’re in, whether or no.
“In the 15,400 word amendments
to AAA which Secretary Wallace
repeatedly referred to as merely
“clarifying” there is a section re
garding potato control. It provides
that if you haven’t been growing
potatoes for sale you can’t. If you
have been one of the three million
farmers that grow more than 5
bushels you’ll be licensed and have
a potato quota.
“If you exceed the quota it will
cost you 45 cents a bushel to sell
’em. Furthermore they must be
put in the kind of a box the potato
controller says and carry a gov
ernment stamp.
“If you violate any of these rules
—and a good many more—it will
cost one thousand bucks for the
first offense. For the next offiense
you are off to the hoosgow—Leav
enworin or /mania.
“If you find a buyer for your
illegitimate spuds, or one who even
“offers” to buy 'em—the same pen
alty goes for him.
“All of which includes us. The
only land we have that is not in
grass is the potato patch and gar
den. Without much success, we
have tried to raise our own supply
of spuds and a little more. Last
year they dried out. This year
they washed out. We planted ’em
the last time late in June. Looks
like they’ll make a crop. So that
puts us in for next year.
“Now, brethern and sistern,
when that boy with his bag of
tricks comes around to tack his
license on the potato patch gate I
expect it will be somewhat of an
interesting session. Lookin’ ahead
a year or so no tell in* what our ad
dress will be. But if I’m any judge
of human nature and American
independence we’ll have plenty of
“Which reminds us that 90 per
cent or more of the farmers were
assured by their “spokesmen” that
the AAA amendments were harm
less. Just made to catch the big
boys. Mussolini and Hitler are
pikers compared with what can be
done under those amendments.”
Figures Show Decline of
Exports and Increase of
Imports on Food Stuffs
“There was a large increase in
the imports of foodstuffs, partly as
the result of higher domestic prices
following the drouth of last year,”
reports the monthly foreign trade
bulletin of the U. S. Department of
Commerce, which then proceeds to
show that the value of our exports
for the first six months of 1935
declined approximately $12,000,000
while the value of imports increas
ed $130,000,000.
The official figures disclose that
in the main imports showing an in
crease were agricultural commod
ities. Prior to the advent of the
New Deal, the United States ex
ported on an average 1,500,000
bushels of corn annually. During
the first six months of this year
corn imports reached a total of 17,
020,195 bushels. Only 99,060 bush
els were exported.
In 1932 the United State export
ed 54,000,000 bushels of w'heat; in
the first six months of the current
year our wheat exports amounted
to 68,022 bushels, but our imports
of Wheat for those six months
totaled G,438,476 bushels. In other
words, our wheat imports were
nearly 100 times our wheat ex
Similar showing is made as to
cotton, lard, tobacco and other
farm commodities. Fprced curtail
ment of American production und
er AAA regulation, reversed the
balance of trade in farm commod
ities. As a consequence, no small
part of the “farm relief” designed
for American farmers is now' being
enjoyed by the farmers of other
lands, whose production costs and
whose standard of living are way
below' even the depression scale
prevailing in the United States.
Receive August
Gas Tax Money
The state treasurer has distribu
ted $324,288.52 to the counties of
the state, the money being their
share of the monthly gas tax re
ceipts for August, minus $216,192,
or one cent which goes to state
relief and $18,766 refunded to
dealers. Holt county received as
their share of the August collect
ions $3,310.71.
Hospital Notes
Erwin Sanders, of Ewing, came
in Friday the 30th for treatment
for obstruction of the bowels. He
went home Saturday evening, much
Mrs. O. W. Holmes was brought
in Saturday morning at 2 o'clock.
She was treated for lacerations and
bruises obtained in an auto acci
dent. She was able to go home
Tuesday evening.
Eugene Porter, 7-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Porter, had
his tonsils and adenoids removed
Saturday morning.
Mrs. Thomas Hill, of Atkinson,
underwent a minor operation Wed
nesday morning.
James Wayne Shipman went
home Monday feeling much better.
Stuart Hartigan is slowly im
Andrew Crookshank, of Blair,
was in the city last Tuesday on his
way home from a visit at the home
of his brother at Golden Valley,
I N. D. Mr. Crookshank visited
I here at the home of his sister, Mrs.
' M. A. Summers east of this city
and left for home Wednesday morn
I ing.
-“ “
Harry Clemens was a caller at
this office Tuesday morning and
extended his subscription well into
next year. Harry says that he
j just has to have The Frontier so
that he can keep posted upon the
1 doings of the citizens of this and
surrounding counties.
Harry Haffner, of Norfolk, was
'looking after business matters in
this city last Wednesday.
i Faulty Application Given As The
Reason For Rejection of
The Application.
Word was received in this city
last Friday from Washington t'iat
the application of Holt county for
a grant of federal funds for the
purpose of building a new court
house had been rejected, because
of a faulty application. The county
officials have received no direct
word from Washington officials.
The daily press the first of the
week contained a list of applica
tions that had been rejected, and
among the number was that of
this county. Dawes county, which
also had an application in for a
grant for a new court house and
juif, was also in the list of those
that had been rejected.
The Lincoln Journal this morn
ing contains a special AP dispatch
from Washington to the effect that
Representative Coffee, of Chadron,
announced that a revised appli
cation for a grant for a new court
house and jail at Chadron had been
prepared and approved by the Pub
lic Works Administration.
Word comes from Washington
that the objections raised to the
form of the Holt county applica
tion had been removed by an
amended applicaton nndthechances
were very favorable now for its
approval by the board some time
within the next few days.
Soy Bean - Bindweed
Field Day To Be Held
Considerable inquiry has been
made from time to time on the
adaptability of soybeans to Holt
county soils. Last spjring several
farmers near Page planted small
fields of soy beans. In order to
see first hand the most desirable
methods of planting as well as the
kind of crop to expect from the
different methods of planting we
have arranged a field day Monday,
September 9. This will be conduct
ed in the form of a tour and wiU
start from the Merwyn French
farm, half a mile north and two
miles west of Page at 1:30 P. M.
Arthur Peterson from the agricul
tural college will be present to as
sist with the program. Mr. Peter
son will also conduct a bindweed
control demonstration after visit
ing the farms having the soybeans.
Everone interested is urged to
attend as the route is short and
the first hand information will be
well worth the time spent.
9 Miles An Hour Was
Once A Dizzy Pace
From the Forty Years Ago col
umn of the Norfolk Daily News:
“Section 2 of ordinance No. 66
says: It shall be unlawful for any
person to drive or ride thru or
upon any street in the city of Nor
folk at a dangerous or reckless or
unusual speed, or at a greate rate
than 8 miles an hour. Any person
or persons violating this ordinance
upon conviction thereof shall be
fined in a sum not exceeding ten
dollars and shall pay costs of pro
“This ordinance is violated every
day by drivers of delivery wagons
and the sooner that an example is
made of some of them for their
reckless driving, particularly on
side streets, the better.”
O’Neill had ’em, too. And it was
fun to whiz past the 8 miles an
hour limit signs at the dizzy nine
miles an hour clip.
Judge R. R. Dickson, Ira Moss,
J. D. Cronin and Rev. A. J. May
drove down to Neligh last Tuesday
to attend the funeral of Mrs. Me
Elhaney, services for whom were
held at Neligh and burial in the
cemetery at Orchard. Mrs. McEl
haney was for many years a resi
dent of this county, living in the
Dorsey neighborhood. For the
past few years she had been mak
ing her home with her son in
Omaha, where she passed away
last Saturday.
Jack Arbuthnot came home last
Monday night from Washington,
D. C., for a ten day vacation with
his parents and other relatives
here. Jack has been in Washing
ton for several months where he
has a position in the agricultural
department and is taking the law
course at Georgetown University.