The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, September 19, 1935, Image 1
’ Neb. State Historical Society vo, LVI O'NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1935. No. 18 FUNERAL SERVICES 1 FOR ERZA W. COOKE HELD AT THE HOME Mr. Cooke Had Served As A Mem ber of Both Wheeler And Holt County Boards. , The funeral of Ezra Cooke, Holt county supervisor, who died in a hospital at Norfolk last Wednes day, was held from the family home in Chambers last Friday and was ! largely attended, several from this city going down to attend the services. Mr. Cooke was one of the pione er resident of the southern part of this county and the northern part of W7heeler county. In the latter county he served for several years as a member of the county board and was elected a member of the Holt county board last fall. He was a good citizen and a valuable* and able public servant. His death is mourned by a large circle of friends over the county. Red Bird Wins Over Atkinson Saturday At Atkinson Festival Playing at Atkinson last Satur day before a lively, good natured fall festival crowd, the Red Bird baseball machine processed At kinson nine 4 to 3. The Red Bird battery was Bill Alder and Ernie Schollmeyer, while the battery for the Atkinson performers were Mike and Bill Troyshinski. Hits Red Bird, 11; Atkinson, 5. Struck out, nine of the Red Birds were i fanned and 11 of the Atkinsonites. Errors, Red Bird 2; Atkinson 4. Red Bird, not satisfiei to take Atkinson in camp, a strong nine composed of superb players and fine fellows generally, entered a contest Sunday at Lynch wherein the cream of Holt county baseball —Red Bird—and the All Stars of Boyd county mixed on the diamond r at Lynch and again Red Bird came out on top with a score of 16 to 10. The Red Bird battery, Tomlin son, Karr and Schollmeyer; All Stars, Bartling, Axberg and Whit ley. Hits, Red Bird 13; All Stars 9. Six on each team fanned the ozone while trying to connect. Er rors, Red Bird 4 and the heavenly sparks 12. There are three things Red. Bird can do better than any community in this section. The three are baseball, baseball, baseball. Next Sunday Red Bird plays Orchard out at Midway, and Orchard is in for a methodical drubbing. Holt County Corn Husking Contest Several inquiries have been re ceived at the agricultural agent’s office regarding a corn husking contest. While the corn prospects on many farms would not keep very many huskers busy there are several places that would qualify for an event of this kind. The National Contest will be held Nov. 8, in Fountain county, Ind., and the State contest Nov. 4, the place not having been decided upon. This means that a county con test would have to be held some time toward the latter part of Oc tober. If sufficient interest devel ops and a suitable place can be located a County Contest will no doubt be held this year. Anyone interested in entering or holding the contest on their farm should get in touch with Agricul tural Agent F. M/*. Reece as soon as possible. Federal Aid For Court House Definitely Out ! From the latest reports publish ^ ed in the daily press from Wash ington, it seems as if Holt county would not be granted the money to erect a new court house. The daily papers again carried a list of rejected applications and among them was listed applications for new court houses for Dawes and Holt counties. Not only were the court house buildings turned down but dozens of applications for sev eral other projects in the state were also rejected. Take Trip Boosting iO’Neilfs Free Day Wednesday evening about fiifty auto loads of O’Neill people, head ed by the High School band and Mayor John Kersenbrock, drove to Stuart to attend the annual fall festival held in that thriving little city. The O'Neill band played a few selections for the Stuart crowd and with their neat and attractive appearance and the quality of the music rendered won the plaudits of the people assembled at Stuart. The band and the O’Neill dela tion were advertising the O’Neill Free Day. On their way home they stopped at Atkinson, where the band also rendered a few selections and the people of that city were reminded of the Free Day celebration to be held in this city next Wednesday. Bush Which Produces Wheat Rust Found In The Center of Town About two years ago James W. Rooney, who then was Holt county agricultural agent, now secretary treasurer of the O’Neill Production association, minutely described common barberry brush to a news-, writer who walks much in the country. For two years this walker j looked in vain. Last Saturday while walking to the business sec tion here, in an alley, he found a seven-feet-high common barberry bush with a half dozen trunks and the elongated red and yellow ber ries making a pretty sight. This barberry propagates a parasitic plant that causes stem rust in wheat and an intensive campaign of eradication is under way where ever wheat is grown. It might be a good plan to have children, those from the country especially, view this bush, in fruit now, before it is destroyed. F. M. Reece, Holt county farm agent, has been noti fied of the find. Gust Johnson Gust Johnson was born April 26, 1871, at Randolph, Kansas, and died August 28, 1935, at Alliance, Nebraska. He spent his childhood in Kansas coming to eastern Nebraska at the age of 18. He joined, the Lutheran church during his boyhood. On April 19, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Laura Carlson, and to this union there were born eight children, five sons and three daughters.. He lived in western Nebraska until the spring of 1930, when he moved to O'Neill, where he and his family lived for five years, engaged in farming northeast of that city. He is survived by his wife, who lives in Alliance, and the following children: A. F. and Hai'old John son, of Oakland, Calif.; Oscar John son, of Hastings; Everett and Ray mon Johnson, of Alliance; Mrs. Henry Sandy, of Lakeside, Nebr.; Hazel Johnson, of Alliance. Funeral services were held in Alliance on Sunday, September 1. * * * SCHOOL NOTES Holt county schools are observ ing “National Constitution Week” this week. A nation wide move is being made to support the consti tution. Nearly all of the Holt county schools are now in operation, and we are expecting a very good school year. Teachers wages for the most part have shown a slight tend ency over the county to raise. This condition is perhaps more true in the case of town schools than in regard to rural schools. We have one new school house being erected at this time. Dis trict No. 87, south of Chambers. This school is a modern tile and stucco building, which will be able to qualify as a standard school. District No. 11, in the Cleveland neighborhood, is making a number of improvements on their school and will likewise become a stand ardised school. Teachers Institute will be held on Friday, October 4. We are making plans for a good institute, and city schools will not be com pelled to attend, since most of them feel that they are obligated to attend the district teachers con vention at Norfolk. We have completed posting our j school exhibits and the building I will be open on Free Day. We have an unusually fine school ex hibit this year and it is our hope that many people will take advant ! age of the opportunity to see our exhibits. CountySuperintendent. — Miss Nancy Dickson left Sunday for Wayne, where she enters the Wayne Normal for her last year. SIXTEEN PROJECTS ASK FEDERAL AID OUT OF WPA FUNDS First Two Project Applications To Bo Filed Have Been Awarded —Work To Start Soon. Sixteen projects with an estim ated total cost of $298,871.81 have been filed with the local emergency relief office here. The projects are construction projects, mostly for building of roads, and of the total sum, $235,896.71 is asked of the Federal government, to be furn ished out of WPA funds. The remaining $02,975.10 is to be furnished by sponsors of the projects. Nearly half of the total expend iture would go in the payment of wages for labor, and a third would go to rental of equipment for doing the work. The remainder would go to material and other costs. Projects Number 45-1 and 45-2 have been approved in Washing ton and construction on these two should start within two weeks time. The balance of the proposals are in the Washington office awaiting approval, and it is hoped to have notice of approval on the earliest submitted within a week. Construction of these projects are contingent upon the amount of available relief labor in the local ity in which the project is located. After the project is approved, con struction will start as rapidly as the relief load increases, making the necessary labor available for the prosecution of the work. Ninety per cent of all men em ployed on each project must come from the relief rolls. Following is a list of WPA pro ject proposals which have been submitted thru the local emergency relief office: projects 40-1—construction oi t miles Ewing-Chambers road; labor, $7,112; material and, supplies, $2, 643.37; equipment rentals, $5,730; other costs, $150; total, $15,635.37. Federal funds, $10,237.37; spons ors contributions, $5,398. Approved. Project 45-2—Construction of 6 miles Inman west road; labor, $7, 020; materials and supplies, $2, 217.80; equipment rentals, $5,152. 10; other costs, $500; total $14, 889.90. Federal funds, $9,725.00; sponsors, $5,164.90. Approved. Project 45-3—Construction of 2 blocks curb and gutter in Stuart; labor, $678; materials and supplies, $549; equip, rent, $235.20; total, $1,462.20. Federal funds, $1,114; sponsors, $348.20. Project 45-4 — Manufacture of articles of clothing for Holt coun ty relief clients; labor, $13,872.00; mat. and sup., $8,578.80; equip, rentals, $324; other costs, $960; total, $23,734.80. Federal funds, $22,690.80; sponsors. $1,044. Project 45-5—Extension of City Water Works, Atkinson; labor, $1,952; mat. and sup., $1,656.52; equip, rentals, $70; other costs, $680.60; total, $4,359.12. Federal funds, $2,780.26; sponsors contri butions, $1,578.86. Project 45-6—Construction 4 Vi miles road, 7 miles south of At kinson; labor, $9,140; mat. and sup., $1,897.50; equip, rentals. $9,113; other costs; $500; total, $20,650.50. Federal funds, $16,352; sponsors, $4,298.50. Project 45-7—Construction 19 Va miles road, Stuart south; labor, $15,759; mat. and sup., $3,204.51; equip, rent, $16,729; other costs, $500; total. $36,192.51. Federal funds, $28,399.31; sponsors contri butions, $7,793.20. Project 45-8—Construction of 4 miles road, Red Bird south; labor, $16,068; mat. and sup., $5,297.94; eqiup. rent, $12,904; other costs, $500; total. $34,769.94. Federal funds, $27,359.94; sponsors contri butions, $7,410. Project 45-9—Construction of 5 miles road, Ewing south; labor, $13,014; mat. and sup., $4,129.95; equip, rent, $9,804; other costs, $250; total, $27,197.95. Federal funds, $21,815.95; sponsors contri butions, $5,382. Project 45-10—Construction of 12 miles roa4, Atkinson north, lab or;$15,008;mat and sup., $4,134.64; equip, rent, $12,824; other costs, $500; total $32,466.64. Federal funds, $24,372.88; sponsors contri butions, $6,444. Project 45-11—Costruction of 10 miles road, Emmet north and south ; labor, $16,758; mat. and sup., $5,206.88; equip, rent, $8, 352; other costs, $500; total, $30, 816.88. Federal funds, $24,372.88; sponsors contributions, $6,444. Project 45-12—Construction of 6 miles road, Parshal bridge south; labor, $12,420; mat. and sup., $3, 595.60; equip, rent, $7,996.10; oth er costs, $250; total, $24,261.70. Federal funds, $19,613.60; spons ors, $4,648.10. Project 45-13-Remodeling Smith Hughes building. Page, Nebr.; lab or, $512; mat. and sup., $259; total, $771. Federal funds, $496; spons ors contributions, $275. Project 45-14 — Building town hall and water works extension, (Continued on page 8, column 5.) BRIEFLY STATED Raymond Shoemaker, of Plain view, and Miss Lucinda Fleek, of Chambers, were granted a mar riage license in county court Thurs day morning. The citizens of Meadow Grove put on a free day last Saturday and, according to reports, they had a crowd of 4,00d people in their little city on that day. Last Sunday the Burlington freight pulled out J.6 cars. Reports in daily papers haw said the Bur lington and Union Pacific are the only Nebraska lines now making a considerable profit on their in vestment. James P. Harte, J. S. Jackson, Karl Keyes and Arthur Tomlinson, of Inman, and E. J. Mack, of At kinson, have been selected from this county to serve on the federal jury at Norfolk during the next term of federal court, which will meet dtfout October 1. Sometimes a man should think this note might apply to us here in Holt county: “My friend, we're strangers here; is that the moon or the sun? We have a bet on this.” The native replies: “I don’t know; you see, I have been here myself only 79 years.” According to the daily press, Arthur F. Mullen has filed a bill for $160,000 as attorneys fees for representing the two big power projects in southern Nebraska. If this is a sample of the size of fees earned by attorneys in the capitol city no wonder Arthur opened up an office there. Eldon McPharlir, of Iowa City, Iowa, arrived in the city last Thursday afternoon to spend a few days visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Mc Pharlin. Eldon is attending the Iowa State Unive 'if, where he is taking the law course. He left for Iowa City Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Howard left here last Sunday for Lincoln, where Mark will spend a few days looking after business, while Mrs. Howard is visiting with relatives. Mrs. Howard returned home Wed nesday eevening, while Mr. How ard was called to Neve York city on business and will not be home for several days. R. R. Morrison, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Dorothy, left last Thursday for Winona, Minn., where Miss Dorothy enters St. Theresa’s college for a four year course. Mr. Morrison then went on to Rochester, Minn., where he went thru the Mayo clinic for a thoro medical examination, returning home Wednesday. Frank Nelson, living in the Meek neighborhood, returned last Thurs day night from a weeks visit with relatives in Omaha. Mr. Nelson says that the corn crop in eastern Nebraska is about the same as it is up this way, very spotted, but that pastures are not nearly as good in that section of the state as they are in this county. — Mr. ar.d Mrs. Bill Schroder were called to Colome, S. D., last Thurs day afternon by the death of a nephew, Donald Patterson, 3 Vi, who was run over by a truck. His father, Oscar Patterson, a brother of Mrs. Schroder, had left his oil truck parked beside the house and it started to roll, knocking the lad down and running over him. Japjes Walling, who has been an employee of the Gamble Stores for the past year and a half, left last Friday morning for Aurora, Nebr., where he will install a Gamble Agency. Jimmy is a hust ling and energetic young man and will no doubt make a marked suc cess of his business venture. Mrs. Walling will remain here for a time until he gets located. Mrs. Leighton Lindes, Mrs. Sal lie B. Simon and Miss Eliza beth Merzig, of Philadelphia, Pa., arrived in the city last Saturday afternoon for a visit with Miss Merzig’s mother, Mrs. Merzig, and with her sister, Mrs. Walter O’Mal ley, at the O’Malley home. The ladies drove thru from Phildelphia, making the trip in four days. They expect to remain here two weeks. BIRTHDAY MADE A DAY FOR GENERAL PICNIC AND VISIT | Large Group of Friends Gather Sunday At William Storts Home To Celebrate. — Last Sunday, Sept. 17, was the 70th birthday anniversary of Wil liam Storts, Holt county pioneer, \ and friends from all sections gath-, ered to help him properly celebrate the event, at his ranch home south of Emmet. The day will long be remembered, j by those who participated in the j event, as the gathering was one of the largest ever assembled in that section of the county, over 100 persons being present. They start ed coming early in the morning, - each bringing a lunch basket welli filled with all the delicacies of the! season. The forenoon was spent visiting and at noon they all en joyed a splendid feast. Al ter dinner they enjoyed a base ball gave between- the Whip Poor Wills and the Never Sweats. The latter namy was a little out of order for the team Sunday, as many of them sweat as they had never sweat before, but they won the game with a score of 7 to 0, so they did not mind a little thing like that. The teams were com posed of everyone from 6 to 60 and it is needless to say that they had a very pleasant game and the spectators had several good and hearty laughs. Henry Benz, better known as Shorty, was master of ceremonies and speaker of the day. Shorty filled the ’position with great cred it to himself, and during the day he rendered several very appro priate recitations in a very able manner that won for him tumul tous applause. Mr. Storts has been a resident of Holt county for about 54 years, coming here when in his teens and has seen this county grow from a prarie wilderness to one of the brightest spots in this grand old state. That he has a host of friends in the county was evidenced by the large crowd that gathered Sunday to celebrate his three score and ten anniversary, and there would have been hundreds of others present if all of Bill’s friends had known of the event. The following guests were present: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Burge and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Slat tery and family, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Earls and family, Charles Earls, Mr. and Mrs. Cly^e Hershis er and family, Mr. and Mrs, Fran cis Clark and, family, Andy Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stoecker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Welsh and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bead and family, Frank Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gardner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pettijohn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Wayman and family, Joe Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Hershiser and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McPharlin, Mrs. William Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Schaf fer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Em ory Harding and family, Lee Her shiser, Wesley Sanford, Pearl Gif ford, Charles Connaro, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Storts and family, Mrs. James McCaffrey, Mrs. Hattie Con naro, Henry Benz, Tiny Welch and Ernie Wagner. James Flannigan To Be Paroled On December 15 James Flannigan, of Stuart, has been granted a parole by the state board of pardons. The parole will become effective on December 15. Flannigan was serving a sent ence of from five to ten years for accepting deposits in an insolvent bank. He entered the penitentiary on Sept. 22, 1933, and will have served nearly 27 months at the time his parole becomes effective. First Checks Arrive On 1935 Corn-Hog Contracts Over 50 thousand dollars^ repre senting approximately the first payment on seven hundred 1935 Group I corn-hog contracts, has been received'by Treasurer Frank Allen. These checks will be dis tributed to producers and their landlords as rapidly as possible. Individual notice will be mailed to every contract signer whose check has been received. Most of the Group II contracts were sent to Washington from Lin coin after their pre-audit there the first of the week. Checks should be received on them around the first of October. Payments will be made as fast as the contracts can be cleared thru the pre-audit section at Lincoln, and sent on to Washington. « Very few contracts remain in the county office at the present time and these are waiting for technicalities to be cleared up. Two Federal Prisoners Held In Jail Here On Auto Stealing Charge Deputy U. S. Marshal Frank] Harnish was in the city last Sun day bringing two federal prisoners here to take them before United States Commissioner F. J. Dishner. The men, Glenn Les Scott and Milo Walter Smith, were arrested at Valentine charged with the theft of an automobile from the state of Kansas. They pled guilty to the charge before the Commissioner and were bound over to the federal court, bail being set at $2,000 each, in default of which they were com mitted to the Holt county jail. The latter has been designated as a federal jail by federal auth orities, and hereafter federal pris oners arrested in this section of the state will be committed to the Holt county jail, where they will be kept until their trial. Turner-Cleary A very lovely wedding was sol emnized Tuesday, September 10, at Emmet with Father Byrne offi ciating when Helen Cleary hecame the bride of John Turner. Follow ing the ceremony a delicious break, fast was served at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cleary and the groom is the son of Mrs. J. Turner of Phoenix. They were attended by Lois Sullivan and John Cleary, jr. Patrica Turner was the ring bearer. The bride wore a dress of white satin, with a veil and carried a boquet of roses. The bridesmaid’s dress was of peach taffeta with white acessories. She carried a boquet of carnations. Patrica’s dress was of pink organdie. The groom and his attendant were both dressed in conventional blue. After a short visit in eastern Nebraska Mr. and Mrs. Turner will move to Atkinson where they will make their future home. *** Hospital Notes Charles Cooper, of Page, went home Saturday morning. Stuart Hartigan, of Inman, went home Saturday afternoon. Mrs. R. C. Brachman, of Chamb ers, came in Sunday evening and was operated on for chronic ap pendix Monday morning. She is convalesing nicely at present. Borti, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nie mand, of Chambers, Wednesday morning at 5:30, a son weight 9 pounds. All are doing fine. Former O’Neill Girl Wins Public Speaking Contest The state public speaking con test sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation was held at the 4-H Club building at Lin coln during the Nebraska state fair. The winner of the contest this year was Mrs. C. C. Marr, of Walthill, Nebr. Mrs. Marr will be sent to Chicago the first week of December to compete with women from over the country for national honors. Mrs. Marr was formerly Helen Sauser of O’Neill. She is a gradu ate of St. Mary’s Academy and taught school near this city for (several years. After leaving O’Neill,'she attended Wayne State j Normal and the University of Ne braska and taught in the high schools at Allen and Walthill. She now lives on a farm near Walthill. The Weather High Low Sept. 12_ 85 55 Sept. 13_ 90 49 Sept. 14 .... 90 55 Sept. 15 . 92 60 Sept. 16 .. 88 58 Sept. 17_88 * 55 Sept. 18_ 92 49 Thomas Marwood, of Clearwater, was in O’Neill Saturday attending to business at the court house. O’NEILL FREE DAY EVENT TO BE HELD NEXT WEDNESDAY Merchants of City Have Prepared Good Program of Sports And Other Forms of Fun. Everything is in readiness for the great O’Neill Free Day, which is next Wednesday, and if you want to spend a delightful day and witness some splendid entertain ment, do not fail to come here that day and be the guest of the busi ness and professional men of O'Neill. This is the Third Free Day cele bration put on by the citizens of O’Neill and both of the former were splendid successes from every point of view and we can assure you that the committee in charge this year have tried hard to make this the best one yet. So do not fail to be here. The committee in charge of tha entertainment is headed by Mayor John Kersenbrock and he has as his lieutenants W. H. Harty, Peter Todsen, Jack Heitman and Charles E. Stout. This committee has been assisted by other committees and in fact about every business man in the city is working for the suc cess of the event and trying hard to make this a bigger day than either of the preceding ones. St. Mary s Academy will give its pupils a holiday on that day as will the O’Neill Public Schools and the rural schools of the county, so there will be a lot of little folks in town that day and the committee has provided entertainment for them. The streets in the center of the city will be roped off so that the little tots will not be in danger of being run over. Free rides will be provided for the Kiddies, all day commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning, so they will be sure to enjoy themselves, and it is all Free! Plenty of music will be provided I during the day, by four bands. Heading the list of bands will be the O’Neill Public School band, the Osmond band, the Norfolk Drum corps, which made such a decided hit here a year ago, and the Ger man band. The program will start at 10 o’clock in the morning, with a par ade of the school children, from the city and rural schools. This will open the day’s festivities and these will be followed by foot and bicycle races for both fats and leans; a grease pole climb, and a baseball game between Atkinson and O’Neill at 1 o’clock, p. m. This will be followed by a foot ball game between the O’Neill High school team and that from Platte, S. D. After the ball games there will be 16 rounds of good fast boxing, for those who love this sport. The management say they have some good bouts arranged and this promises to be one of the winning events of the day. Another event that has never been witnessed in this city is also billed. A Sokol drill by 23 athletes from our neighboring county of Knox. Do not miss this exhibition. In the evening all those who wish to trip the light fantastic will be given the opportunity, as there will be; a free pavement dance com mencing at 9 p. m. Come one, come all, both great and small if you want to enjoy yourselves. You are assured a good time, in a darn good town. O’Neill Popular As A Place To Get Married O’Neill is becoming a regular Gretna Green for those seeking to enter the bonds of wedlock. For the past several weeks there has hardly been a week but what a couple comes to this city, from towns in this state, South Dakota j and Iowa, and are joined in wed j lock here. On last Saturday Arth I ur Gleason and Mrs. Beulah Hart leib, both of Battle Creek, came up here, secured a mar-riage license in the county court room and were later united in marriage by Rev. D. S. Conrad. Postmaster Impi'oving Postmaster M. R. Sullivan is still in the hospital at Stuart. Word from there is to the effect that he is getting along nicely and it will not be long before the genial Mike is back on the job. Jack Heitman made a business trip to Norfolk this morning.