The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, October 31, 1935, Image 1

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Picks 16.96 Bushels of Corn In A
Wet Field To Win County
Husking Title.
Wednesday afternoon, before a
crowd of 125 people, Orville Thor
son, of O’Neill, picked 16.96 bush
els of corn in 80 minutes to win
the Holt county corn husking con
test. Joe F. Mlnarik, Jr., of Ew
ing, was second with 12.79 bushels.
The contest was held on the A. L.
Borg farm 17 miles north of this
city. A cold wind and mist made
the corn damp and hard to snap,
cutting down the speed of the husk
ers, and increasing the weight of
husks, further cutting down on the
net weight of the picked corn, as
husks and corn left on the stalks
are deducted from the gross total.
The field where the contest was
held only produced about 20 bush
els of corn per acre, which was an
other handicap.
Thorson was the winner in the
contest held in 1933. That year he
picked 20.02 bushels of corn in an
hour and 20 minutes.
The four contestants with their
gross and net amounts follow:
Orville Thorson, first; gross, 1,
260.5 pounds; deduction for glean
ings and husks, 72.9 pounds; net
total, 1,187.6, or 16.96 bushels.
Joe F. Mlnarik, second: gross,
1.153.5 pounds; deduction for husks
and gleanings, 188 pounds; net to
tal, 965.5, or 13.79 bushels.
Elmer Devall, third: net, 1,111
pounds; deductions, 334 pounds;
net, 767 pounds, or 10.95 bushels.
Guy Hull, fourth: net, 1,141.5
pounds, deductions, 419.5 pounds;
net, 722, or 10.3 bushels.
Mrs. Simar Sells Her
Shop to Neligh Woman
Miss Agnes Griffen, of Neligh,
the latter part of last week pur
chased Helen’s Hat Shop of Mrs.
Helen Simar, taking possession on
Monday morning. Miss Griffin was
a resident of Neligh for many
years and served the people of An
telope county for two terms as
county clerk, retiring from the
office at the conclusion of her sec
ond term a little over a year ago.
She said that she has long been an
admirer of the city of O’Neill, be
lieving it to be one of the best busi
ness towns in Nebraska and deci
ded to make her home here should
the opportunity present itself. On
a visit here a short time ago the
opportunity presented to purchase
Helen’s Shop and as she always
wanted to become an O’Neillite she
grasped the opportunity to become
an O’Neill resident. She is having
a sale to clean up her stock and
says that it will be her ambition
to carry in stock all the latest cre
ations in ladies ready to wrear.
Notice her advertisement in an
other column.
Holt County Farmers
Favor AAA Program
The counting committee of the
Holt county Corn-Hog referendum
completed their work Tuesday
evening by counting all mail votes
postmarked Saturday, October 26.
The signers voted for the program
by a vote of 766 for and 195
against. The non-signers voted 37
for and 59 against. The counting
committee consisted of Frank Al
len, Fred Mack and D. F. Scott for
the signers and John Jones and
John J. Grutsch representing the
Allotment committees from the
Sixth district ,in which Holt county
is located, met Tuesday and select
h ed two delegates to go to a meeting
in Grand Island Thursday. The
meetings there consisted of 12 del
egates from over the entire state
and a representative of the Exten
sion service, state board and statis
ticians office. These men will
draw up Nebraska’s recommenda
tions for a new program. Sugges
tions from this state will then be
combined with suggestions from
other states from which the new
program will be finally developed.
Escape Serious Injury
In Collision With Horse
Prof. Jordan and a young lady
teacher, both of the Valentine
schools, while returning to their
homes from the Teachers’ Asso
ciation meeting at Lincoln lastSun
day night ran into a horse on the
highway about eight miles south of
town about 8:30. The car went
into the ditch, turning over, the
horse being killed. The driver re
ceived a bad cut on the face and
the young lady was badly shaken
up. They were very fortunate in
escaping with their lives. A party
of O’Neill hunters came along just
after the accident and they were
brought into town, where their in
juries were attended to and a
wrecker sent for the car. The
horse belonged to Fred Butterfield,
farmer, living close to the scene of
the accident. The young people
took the night train for their
Seventy-five Thousand
Allotted to County For
Various Road Projects
According to word received by
this office from the Works Progress
Administration at Lincoln allot
ment of federal funds totaling
$75,249.00 has been made for five
work projects that are to be start
ed in this county.
One of them is the construction
and surfacing of 7 miles of farm to
market road seven miles south of
Ewing. This will provide a high
way for residents of southeastern
Holt and northeastern Wheeler
counties, who have no good roads
at the present time. It is figured
that this work will give employ
ment to 44 men for a period of
| eight months. The federal funds
I allocated to this project is $21,816.
Another road project for which
$25,823.00 has been allocated is the
construction of a farm to market
road starting seven miles north of
Atkinson, a distance of twelve
miles. It is figured that this pro
ject will give 51 men employment
for a period of eight months.
Construction of a farm to mark
et road to Ewing which will employ
46 men for five months, to which
has been allotted $9,968.00
Construction of a farm to market
road beginning four miles east and
four miles north of Page, thence
south four and a half miles, which
will employ 33 men for five months
and which has been allotted $11,290.
Construction of a farm to mark
et road from Atkinson, four and a
half miles, will require 50 men for
five months. For this there has
been allotted $16,352.00.
Legion Plans Celebration
Here For Armistice Day
Committees of the local post of
the American Legion are making
elaborate plans for the observance
of Armistice Day, Monday, No
vember 11.
There will be a parade, program
at the K. of C. Hall, noon luncheon,
foot ball game in the afternoon
and a grand Armistice ball in the
evening at Danceland.
An attractive wedding was cele
brated last Saturday morning, Oc
tober 26, at 7 o’clock when Miss
Beatrice Welsh, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Welsh, of Emmet,
became the bride of Ernest Weg
ner, son of Mr. and Mrs. August
Wegner, of Creston, Nebr. The
ceremony was performed by Rev.
M. F. Byrne, pastor of the Catho
lic church of Emmet.
The bride was lovely in a dress
of brown crepe with accessories to
match. Her bridesmaid, Miss Bon
nie Welsh, sister of the bride, was
her only attendant. She was at
tired in a plum colored crepe with
brown accessories. The groom was
attended by Mose Gaughenbaugh.
Both men wore dark suits.
The bridegroom formerly work
ed for the Emmet Hay co., until
recently he accepted a position
with the Corn Belt Lumber Co., of
Ainsworth, where he and his bride
will make their home.
Following the ceremony a three
course breakfast was served at the
home of the bride’s parents to
twenty guests, consisting of relat
ives and friends of the bride and
groom. Following the breakfast
the happy couple left by auto for
Creston and points east.
The bride and groom are both
well known in this community and
their many friends wish them lots
of happiness and that prosperity
may attend them as they travel
through life together. ***
Special Revival Meetings
On next Sunday, November 3 the
Presbyterian and Methodist
churches begin a series of three1
weeks Special Meetings with Rev.
F. Le Roy Enslow. formerly of
Danville, Illinois, where he was
pastor of a church of 800 members
for six years.
Rev. Enslow is a great preacher
and also a sane Pastor Evangelist.
You will get a lot of good in each
service and the two churches are
anxious to do a real service to the
community at large in these special
The service will begin Sunday
1 evening in the Methodist church.
Each church will hold their ow’n
, service in the morning at 11 o’clock.
Rev. Mr. Enslow will direct the
singing and do the preaching and
program from day t oday.
The churches invite one and all
to attend these special meetings.
Several farmers from different
parts of the county have been in
the city the past week inspecting
the court house, in order to satisfy
themselves as to whether a new
court house was necessary in the
county at this time. Without ex
ception the farmers who made the
examinations were convinced that
in order to safeguard the records
of the county, as well as to insure
the safety of the county officials
and employees, that a new court
house was needed and they returned
to their homes to do what they
could for the passage of the bonds
at the election on November 12.
Anyone who is in doubt as to the
necessity for a new building should
visit the court house, make an ex
amination and they will be con
vinced, as others were, that a new
building is badly needed.
Despite the lack of a good corn
crop in this county automobile deal
ers in the county are enjoying a
good business, as is evidenced by
the fact that twenty-five new cars
have been registered in the office of
the county treasurer during the
month of October. This brings the
list of new cars sold in this county
this year over the 300 mark, or
more than one new car a day. To
the average man it would seem as
if this would be a mighty good bus
iness in any year. With the new
I models now on display, and more to
be displayed the first of the com
ing month the indications are that
the coming month will show a
greater registration of new cars
than this month has.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Sweitzer and
son, of Milford, left for home last
Sunday morning after a weeks vis
it with relatives and old friends
here. They were residents of this
county for many years, Mr. Sweit
zer operating a blacksmith shop on
his farm about 14 miles northwest
of this city. They left here about
a quarter of a century ago moving
to Milford where they have since
made their home. Mr. Sweitzer
says, however, that he still looks
on this as his home, as he spent the
best years of his life in this
county. He says that the com ’rop
in his section of the state is about
the same as it is here, some places
there is a little corn and on others
there is none.
Mrs. Ralph B. Mellor received
work Tuesday that hergrandfather,
F. B. Wood, had passed away at
his home in Eagle Rock, California,
that morning. Mr. Wood was 93
years of age at the time of his
death. His wife, also 93, is still
living and they planned on cele
brating their seventieth wedding
anniversary next January. Mr.
Wood was one of the pioneer sett
lers of Springview, where they re
sided until twenty years ago when
they moved to California.
New sidewalks have been built
in front of the public library and
the resndence of W. J. Biglin. The
walks have been brought up to
grade and are much appreciated
by walkers in the east part of town.
The Meals residence in south
east O’Neill, now occupied by Wil
liam and James Dailey and their
families,has been painted outside in
We wish to express our sincere
thanks and appreciation to our
many friends for their sympathy
and kindness extended to us at the
death of our beloved husband and
Mrs. Nelle Ryan and family.
On Board The Portland Rose,
Boise, Idaho, Oct. 12, 1935.
Conductor got off the train at
Cheyenne. He’s deadheading back
to North Platte. Tells us he will
retire in a few years. He bought a
farm last week. It’s located south
of North Platte. Has a lake on the
place and some running water. He
thinks when he retires he’s going
to harness that water—have his
own water power plant, a few pigs
and cows, and i&vite his friends to
come and see him and after he re
tires he will live happily ever after,
wards on his own farm. The con
ductor says he got the farm so
cheap he’s ashamed to tell what he
paid for it. He says lots of rail
road agents, operators, conductors,
and even printer® always want to
buy a farm and Save something of
their own for their old age, but
most of them juatstay in the print
shop or on the railroad and never
get a farm.
Talking about water power. We
had a lot of copies of the North
Platte paper on board the train.
The front page is full of glowing
stories about how Nebraska will
have a TVA of its own thru the
combining of the present or per
haps future PWA water power and
irrigation projects. Folks on the
train read this report with interest
and felt that the. days of cheaper
electric power are here.
We are the only congressional
party on this train and we are
bombarded with telegrams and
special letters from the Commer
cial Club and business men at Spok
ane, Wash. They tell us not to
stop off in Seattle too long and
that they want us to come to Spok
ane and at their own expense they
will take us all around the Grand
Coulee. The Telegrams are invit
ing, but Nebraskans representing
farmers who are asked to reduce
their crops are. not interested in
spending five hundred million dol
lars of taxpayers’ money to put
thousands of acres of desert sands
into production thru irrigation, so
we are not going to the Grand
The conductor tells passengers to
get up at five-thirty tomorrow
morning. The train will be close
to the Bonneyville dam. That’s
about forty miles from Portland.
The PWA is doing a lot of work
there with a gigantic power pro
ject. It’s one of the new show
places for the train crew to point
out. -
Portland business men are com
peting with Seattle business men to
attract visiting congressmen and
senators to stop in their towns.
Telegram from the Kiwanis club at
Seattle wants to hear all about the
third Nebraska district for a fea
ture for their noon-day meeting
Oct. 16. That’s the day before the
steamer sails for Japan. The Ne
braska congressman will tell the
Kiwanis club of Seattle all about
There are beautiful roses, red
ones, at each table in the dining
car. All literature in the club car
would indicate that these roses are
the product of Portland. Conductor
tells us that all the roses going
west are bought from a big florist
in Council Bluffs and that the
roses going east sometimes come
from Portland.
From Pocatello, Idaho, fresh
trout are featured in the dining
car. They loaded fresh trout on
the train there and every passen
ger was told about it.
Passengers on the train are start
ing to talk about the Phillippines
and Japan. An army officer on
the train who has spent many
years in the Orient ventures the
remark that the Phillipines will
never go out of American hands.
Portland Oregon: Frost has not
hit this country. Roses are in
bloom in the parks. Altho this
climate is more moderate than in
Nebraska, the hillsides are turning
into fall colors. The trees are
bright red, gold and yellow.
The Duwamish valley is still
green with miles of vegetables,
mostly grown by Japanese gard
eners. They are harvesting cab
bage and carrots. Trees are filled
with apples. They sell for 69 cents
a box—the winter variety. Many
herds of Holstein milk cows thru
out this valley.
Railroad men here say they are
not getting the silk shipments from
Japan that they used ^o. One of
the biggest shipments of silk came
into Seattle a few weeks ago but
it didn’t all go over the railroads
to the east. Some of it was un
loaded into other boats and sent
down thru the Panama canal. Rail
road men say much of the silk is
now going direct from the Orient
thru the Panama canal. They say
it's cheaper to send the silk by
water than to unload it in Seattle
and send it overland by rail. Not
withstanding that, quite a few silk
trains are going thru from this
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Seattle'Washington: The Presi
dent Grant, the ship on which the
congressional party sails to the
Orient, is in dock being loaded.
Congressmen are told they can put
their baggage on board but can’t
take possession of their staterooms
untid Wednesday morning, Oct. 16.
Seattle newspaper men are ask
ing every senator and congressman
this question: \
“If the presidential election was
held today would Roosevelt be re
They also want to know how
strong Borah and Lowden are in
the middle-west—whether Senator
Norris would run for President?
If Norris is going to run for the
senate again? If Norris will run
for governor?
They seem to be interested in
Senator Norris for many reasons.
One is that this part of the country
is municipal light and power mind
ed. The town of Tacoma has the
cheapest light and power rates in
the country. They sell electric
power from their own plant for one
cent per kilowatt. Seattle rates
run from two to five cents per kilo
A man named Burke Taylor, who
used to live at Lincoln, Nebr., and
who is manager of several big
buildings, says he has a seven
room house all run by electricity.
His average bill is around six dol
lars a month. Arlo Vopnr, a Union
Pacific tlegraph operator, has a
six-room house and runs it all by
electricity and pays about $4.00 a
The Good Ship President Grant
sailed out of Seattle harbor today
with practically every leading de
partment of the House and Senate
on board. About 27 congressmen
and 18 senators and their wives,
and some distinguished people are
on board. They are bound for the
Phillipine Islands, to be present
there on Nov. 15, to help inaug
urate the new commonwealth. The
party is headed by Vice President
Garner and Speaker Joe Byrnes.
The Phillipine government is
paying all of the railroad and
steamship traveling expenses and
many of the party, after the cere
monies in the Phillipines, are going
to continue on around the world,
most of the traveling expenses be
ing paid by the Filipinos. Some
estimates are made that the ex
pense to the Phillipine government
will run close to 400,000 pesos,
which is about 2,000,000 American
Twenty-two prominent news
paper writers and publishers are
also on board the ship as guests of
the Phillipine government and in
vitations to the newspaper men
were issued thru Francisco Dellado,
junior commissioner from the Phil
ippines, with the assistance of a
prominent eastern publisher.
On Board U.S.S. President Grant
October 19, 1935.
Members of the party and their
wives are wondering why and
wherefore some other senator or
congressman has a better state
room. A lot of the members have
staterooms without bath and find
that some members who are not
members of the insular committee
have rooms with bath. Rank and
seniority and time served in the
congress seems to have had much
to do in making up the seniority
list and the assignments of the best
rooms. So even here on the high
seas on board a boat bound for
Manila the rank, seniority and the
minority and majority party pow
er predominates.
A lot of Seattle newspaper men
are on board the ship and will say
goodbye in Victoria, B. C., the first
port of call.
(Continued on page 4, column 3.)
Hospital Notes
Conna Lou Williams had her ton
sils and adenoids removed last
Monday, going home the same
Joseph Koppy, of Yakoma,
Washington, had his thumb treated
and dressed Friday morning. It
had been smashed with a blow
from a hammer.
Charles Wrede was in the hospi
tal a few days last week for medi
cal treatment. On Tuesday morn
ing he had some teeth extracted.
Mrs. Haynes was taken to her
home the last of the week. She
was feeling some better.
Millard Peterson was brought in
! Monday suffering an attack of
| pneumonia. He is doing as well as
could be expected at the present
Terrance Caulfield, 17 year-old
son of Mrs. Mattie Caulfield, of
Inman, was brought in Tuesday
very ill with pneumonia. He is
resting fairly comfortable at pres
Miss Mamie Shoemaker was con
fined to her room for a few days
this week with an attack of intesti
nal “flu."
Draws $125 Fine For
Liquor Law Violation
Glen Davis, of Page, was before
Judge Malone in county court this
morning, on complaint of J. L.
Lund, of Norfolk, state agent, who
charged Davis with selling whiskey
without a license from the state
commission. The complainant was
represented by County Attorney
Cronin while the defendant was
represented by Emmet Harmon.
The defendant plead guilty to the
charge and was fined $125.00 and
costs of the action, amounting to
$20.00. This is the first prosecu
tion in the county und&r the law
passed by the last legislature,
which created a state liquor com
mission to license the selling of
intoxicating liquor.
Regular Officials Will
Serve At Bond Election
The judges and clerks of election
in the various precincts, who served
at the last general election, will
also serve as judges and clerks of
the special elction to be held on
November 12, according to County
Clerk John C. Gallagher, except in
cases where there are vacancies,
in which case the vacancies will be
filled by the county clerk.
Business Plenty—If
You Go After It!
Barnhart’s Market opened for
business in this city about the first
of October. Since that time they
have sold here eight carloads of
vegetables and fruits that was
shipped in by rail and about one
carload that came in by truck.
The carload shipments were divid
ed as follows: Two carload of
cabbage; three carload of apples;
two carload of potatoes; one car
load of oranges; one carload of
pears that were trucked in. When
it is considered that every grocery
store in the city handles fruits and
vegetables it gives a person an idea
of the amount of fruit and vege
tables sold in the city every year.
Barnhart has been doing a splen
did business since he started
here and he says he looks for
the business to get better as the
months go by and the people recog
nize the high quality of the fruits
and vegetables that he handles.
By buying in carload lots he is able
to make very attractive prices to
the consumers.
Grattan Project Club
The Grattan Project Club met
at the home of Mrs. Lawrence Bar
rett Wednesday afternoon, Octo
ber 30.
A lesson on Christmas sugges
tions was given by the leader,
Mrs. Wolfe and Mrs. Barrett and
it was enjoyed and appreciated by
all. A delicious lunch was served
by Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Matthews.
Fifteen members were present.
The next meeting will be held
at the home of Mrs. Albert Miller.
Dr. Erwin Gallagher, of La
Crosse, Wis., arrived in the city
last Sunday evening from Waubay,
S. D., where he had been pheasant
hunting with a party of La Crosse
friends. Dr. Gallagher will spend
a week here visiting at the home of
his mother, Mrs. M. Gallagher and
with other relatives and friends
here, in his old home town.
Mrs. Fred Gatz Dies At Her Home
Wednesday—Funeral To Be
Saturday Afternoon.
Mrs. Elizabeth Engel Gatz died
at her home in this city about 12:10
Wednesday afternoon, after an ill
ness of five days of a paralytic
stroke, at the age of 77 years, &
months and 18 days. The funeral
will be held from the Presbyterian
church Saturday afternoon at 2
o’clock, Rev. Vahle, Lutheran min
ister of Atkinson, officiating, and
burial will be in Prospect Hill
Mrs. Gatz had always enjoyed
good health, much better than the
average woman of her age. She *
was down town Tuesday of last
week and felt fine. On Thursday
night she suffered a paralytic
stroke from which she failed to re
cover, passing away about noon
Elizabeth Engel was born at
Middleton, Ohio, on January 12,
1858. When she was a young lat
her parents moved west and settled
at Columbus, Nebr., where she
grew to womanhood and was
married to Frederick C. Gatz on
October 24, 1880. To this union
eleven children were born, eight
of whom survive, four sons and
four daughters, and who with their
father are left to mourn the pass
ing of a kind and affectionate wife
and mother. The children are: Mrs.
F. G. Clift, Long Pine; Mrs. A. J.
Schroder, Omaha; Mrs. F. Steven
son, Columbus; Mrs. J. E. Vincent,
O’Neill; William E., Edward E.,
and Clinton J., O’Neill, and Charles
of Niobrara, all of whom are ex
pected to be present at the funeral
of their beloved mother. In ad
dition there are several grandchild
ren who will mourn the passing of
their dear grandmother.
She also leaves two sisters and
two brothers, Mrs. Anna Anderson,
of Hollywood, California; Mrs.
Fred Lackey, of Columbus, Nebr.;
William Engel, of Columbus, and
George Engel, of Central City.
Her brother, George Engel and his
wife arrived this afternoon and
the others are expected for the
Mrs. Gatz was one of the pioneer
residents of this city. She came to
O’Neill as a bride in the spring of
1881 and for nearly fifty-five years
she had been a resident of O’Neill.
She was a charming lady, a splen
did neighbor and a kind and loving
wife and mother. Her entire life
was devoted to the welfare and
care of her loved ones and she was
blessed with a devoted and loving
family. In this city where she
lived for so many years she was
loved and admired by everyone and
she will be missed, not only by her
own immediate relatives but by
hundreds of others who have
known and admired her for many
years for her many womanly
graces and her devotion to those
near and dear to her.
The Frontier joins the many
friends of the family in extending
condolence in their hour of sorrow.
Firemen Receive Reward
An insurance company owning
the farm occupied by Harley Fox,
four miles east of here, where the
residence and contents burned on
the night of October 1, 1935, sent
Gerald Miles, fire chief here, for
the city fireman, a check for $15.00
as a material “thank you” for sav
ing other buildings on the farm
the night of the fire. The firemen
here are prompt in answering calls
for assistance in the country when
possible but they were agreeably
surprised, at receiving the check.
On learning that Gerald Miles
received the check, John Kersen
brock, in fun, called Miles and
phoned: “You understand, of
course, that the $15 goes in the
city treasury?”
“Kind of a funny place to put it,
aint it?” Miles replied.
“I agree with you,” Kersenbrock
Everybody reported a good time
at the party.
We desire through the columns of
this paper to thank our friends
and neighbors for the many deeds
of kindness shown us during our
sad bereavement.—Mrs. M. R. Sul
livan and family.