The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, April 09, 1936, Image 1

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f Oeorge Bay Elected Police Judge
Over Tom Coyne. Mayor
Write-in Fails.
What promised to be a very quiet
city election was enlivened Tues
day by a write in campaign, which
had been brewing a couple of days
prior to the election. General
knowledge of the write-in cam
paign was not known until noon
when some one, who was supposed
to be right, gave the snap away.
At that time there were but 13
votes cast in the First ward and it
looked as if there would not be a
handful of votes cast in the entire
city, but things picked up after
lunch and a fair vote was cast for
any election where there was but
one ticket on the ballot.
Those opposed to the adminis
tration of Mayor Kersenbrock
picked on one of the most popular
citizens of the city as their candid
ate for the write-in-campaign,
Frank J. Biglin. We understand
that Mr. Biglin was approached
Monday with the request that he
permit his name to be used and
that he become a candidate for the
position, but he absolutely refused
to consent or have anything to do
with the campaign. He assured
them that he was not and would
not be a candidate under any cir
cumstances and that if he were
elected he would refuse to qualify
for the position.
Frank had a funeral out in the
country that afternoon and left
town before noon, so that he was
^Unaware of the campaign put on
until after his return to town late
in the afternoon and it is needless
to say that Frank is very well
pleased with the way the election |
turned out.
Taking it all in all the vast maj
ority of the citizens of the city are
very well satisfied with the out
come. Mayor Kersenbrock has
made a splendid Mayor and we are
tOnvinced that there is not a cit
zen in the city who could have
defeated him for re-election. He
has a few enemies, that is true,
but show me a man who holds an
executive position in a city the size
of O’Neill for two years who is
without enemies. You know there
is an old saying: “The man who
does things is bound to have en
emies, the man who does nothing
has the friends.”
There was no opposition for
members of the school board and
H. J. Birmingham and Ben T.
.Winchell were re-elected to the
school board.
The only contest for a member of
the city council was in the Third
ward where Eli Hershiser tried to
take the mantle of Alderman away
from Levi Yantzie, who has filled
the post for the past two years. It
was a friendly content, Yantzie
emerging winner with a vote of
122 to 76, or a majority of 46 votes.
There was no candidate on the
ballot for Police Magistrate and
the voters wrote in the name of
their favorite for the position. As
the votes were being counted it
was soon apparent that it would be
a contest between George Bay and
Thomas Coyne. Bay emerged vic
torious the vote standing 128 for
Bay and 55 for Coyne.
Following is the vote by wards:
For Mayor— 1st 2nd 3rd
John Kersenbrock 139 98 162
Frank Biglin . 43 38 43
For Police Magistrate—
George Bay . 52 33 43
T. J. Coyne_ 14 22 19
Councilman, Third Ward—
Levi Yantzie .122
Eli Hershiser ... 76
There was no contest in either
the First or Second wards and
Francis Bazelman was elected in
the First and Harold Lindberg in
the Second ward, the former suc
ceeding Ben Harty and Lindberg
succeeding Thomas Brennan.
1 O’Neill Hatchery Wins
In National Contest
Ralph N. Leidy, of the O’Neill
Hatchery, has just been advised by
j Allied Mills, Inc., manufacturer of
Wayne Feeds that he has been
*, awarded second prize in their
rational Barn-E-Gram contest for
.the month of March,
w More than 3,000 Wayne Feed
pflealers throughout 34 states east
of the Rocky mountains are eli
gible to compete for the prizes in
this contest each month.
The Barn-E-Gram is a monthly
service bulletin, prepared, and dis
tributed by local Wayne dealers.
These bulletins were judged from
the standpoint of originality and
worthwhile information presented
with the idea of helping the live
stock producers and poultry raisers
to get more profitable results from
their feeding activities.
In addition to a cash prize Mr.
Leidy also received an engraved
Certificate of Merit from Allied
Mr. Walters Fails To Recover
From A Serious Operation
At Stuart Hospital.
William F. Walters passed away
at the Stuart hospital last Satur
day afternoon after an illness of
about eight days, at the age of 56
years, 1 month and 25 days. The
funeral was held Tuesday after
noon at 2 p. m., with services at
and interment in the cemetery
the Pleasant Valley church, Rev.
A. J. May of this city officiating
at Pleasant Valley. The funeral
was very largely attended, attest
ing the esteem in which the deceas
was held in the section where he
lived practically all his life.
William F. Walters was born
on February 9, 1880. at Milwaukee,
Wis., and when he was two years of
age his parents came to this county
and he had been a resident of the
county practically all his life, liv
ing on the Eagle about twenty
miles northwest of this city. On
February 26, 1902, he was united
in marriage to Miss Christina
Johnson, the ceremony being per
formed at Joy, Nebr. To this union
three children were born, one son
and two daughters, who, with his
beloved wife, are left to mourn the
passing of a kind and indulgent
husband and father. The children
are: Henry W., Mrs. George Nel
son and Mrs. Sam Robertson, all
living in the Meek neighborhood.
Mr. Walters was a good citizen
an honorable and upright man who
had a host of friends in this city
and the eastern part of the county
where he was known and esteemed
by everyone. He served as janitor
of the O’Neill public school for a
time a good many years ago, but
preferred life on the farm.
He was ill but a short time and
about eight days before his death
he went to a hospital in Stuart
where he submitted to an operation
for an obstruction of the bowels.
For a few days after the operation
he got along splendidly, then came
a relapse and he sank rapidly until
the end.
Probably no man in the north
eastern part of the county had
more friends than Henry Walters
and there will be genuine regret at
the passing of this splendid citizen
in the very prime of life, not only
by his immediate relatives but his
legion of friends throughout north
ern and northeastern Holt county.
Another pioneer has been added to
the departed list of old timers,,
which list has been rapidly grow
ing during the past few months.
The Busy Hour Club
The Busy Hour Club met at the
home of Mrs. Henry Wayman on
April 2, with all members present.
The time was spenb- playing games
and making over fifty quilt blocks
for the hostess. After the busi
ness. sewing and games were over,
a delicious lunch of cup cakes, fruit
salad and coffee was served. Mrs.
John Schmohr won the prize for
this month.
Our next meeting will be held
on April 30 at the home of Mrs.
Ed Wayman.
“Bob” Morrison Is Home
R. R. Morrison returned from
Omaha last night where he had
been confined in a hospital for the
past six weeks recovering from a
broken elbow that he suffered in a
fall on the icy pavement in front
of his home on Feb. 24 Bob is
feeling good, but, of course, is still
carrying his arm in a sling and it
will be some time before he is able
to toss around a sack of potatoes,
or take up his customary duties at
the grocery store.
Dr. Robert Magirl, of Jackson,
was in the city Wednesday visiting
old time friends.
A write-in attempt to make F. J.
Biglin mayor, against his wishes,
fell far short of the mark, and Mr.
Kersenbrock was returned to the
head of the city’s administration.
Patrick Kelley Found
Dead Last Week In His
Home At Casper, Wyo.
O’Neill relatives were notified
last Thursday evening that the body
of Patrick C. Kelley had been
found that afternoon in his home
j at Casper and that he had appar
ently been dead for about four
days. The body was shipped to
this city, arriving Saturday morn
ing and the funeral was held from
the Catholic church Sunday morn
ing and was largely attended by
the old time friends of the deceased.
Patrick C. Kelley was born at
Calumet, Michigan, on November
20, 1873, and he was a little over
62 years of age at the time of his
death. He came to this county
with his parents in 1878 when he
was about five years of age. His
father took a homestead about two
and one half miles northeast of
this city and here Patrick grew to
manhood. What education he re
ceived was secured in the country
schools with a couple of terms in
the O'Neill High school.
As a young man he took a great
interest in politics and shortly
after reaching his majority he was
elected township clerk of Gi'attan
a positon he held for about four
years. He later took an examin
ation for railway clerk, passed
successfully and was for a couple
of years in the mail service, with
headquartei’s in Omaha. Disliking
this line of work he x-eturned to
O’Neill and was shortly thereafaer
appointed deputy county clerk by
the late S. F. McNichols and at the
conclusion of his chief’s term in
office, he not being a candidate for
re-election, Mr. Kellley filed for
the democratic nomination for this
office, was nominated and elected
at the general election in the fall
of 1914 and served two terms in
office. He was a competent and
faithful official and gave universal
satisfaction in the administration
of the office.
Shortly after his retirement
from the office of county clerk in
January, 1919, he went to Casper,
Wyoming, where he made his home
up to the time of his death. When
he first went to Casper he engaged
in the newspaper business and for
a couple of years was one of the
owners and publishers of one of
Casper’s daily papers. After his
retirement fi’om this business he
entered the expert accountant field
which he followed, very success
fully up to the time of his death.
Mr. Kelley X’emained a bachelor all
through life and he leaves to mourn
his passing one brother, John C.
Kelley and his sister, Miss Mai-y,
who are living on the old homestead
northeast of this city.
Pat Kelley was a genial and
companionable man with all the
love of the people of his race for
the political game and was rec
ognized for many years, before his
election to the office of county
clerk, as the democratic leader of
Grattan township. While his edu
cation was limited he possessed
great natural ability, was an indus
trious student and a great reader,
and in this way he made up for the
slight education received in the
country schools of the pioneer days
and became as well posted as any
one in this section on current
affairs. His natural forte was
bookkeeping and being a splendid
penman it was but natural that the
later years of his life was devoted
to his chosen profession.
Hospital Notes
Kenneth Kestenholtz, 13, of In
man, came in Thursday with a
ruptured appendix and was oper
ated on at once. He is getting
along as well as could be expected.
David Cole, of Witten, S. D.,
went home Saturday feeling fairly
Mrs. John Lee. pf Dallas, S. D.,
went home Tuesday feeling some
i better.
Clark Standiford,' of Kearney,
who was seriously injured, is con
valesing nicely at present,
Ralph Oppen, who is attending
the Nebraska Medical school at
Omaha, came up Wednesday night
to spend the Easter vacation with
home folks.
! Ralph L. Sherman and Miss Mary
j Tonic, Glenn E. Kellison and Misa
j Lillian G. Block, all of Lake Andes,
S. D., came over last Saturday
morning, visited the court house
and secured marriage licenses.
Robert E. Moore was passing
around the cigars Wednesday morn
ing on the arrival of a son at their
home at 8.20 that morning. This
is the first son in a family of three
children and Robert is naturally
; delighted.
Robert Biglin, who is attending
Creighton University, came ' up
from Omaha Wednesday to spend
the Easter vacation with the home
folks. He will return to his school
duties next Tuesda.v.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Colman, ac
companied by Mrs. Donald Enright,
drove to Norfolk last Sunday. Mr.
and Mrs. Colman returned to this
city Monday, Mrs. Enright remain
ing at Norfolk for a two weeks
visit with her mother.
William Beha received a message
from his son, Joe Beha, of Min
neapolis, announcing the birth
of another daughter, born last
Thursday morning. Grandpa Wil
liam was strutting around a little
livlier than usual after the receipt
of the message.
E. S. Lingo, of Mills. Nebr., is
in the city today interviewing the
citizens r-egarding his candidacy
for the nomination for the unicam
eral legislature. Mr. Lingo has
the firm conviction that he will
lead the field of candidates at the
primary election.
S. J. Weekes returned Tuesday
night from Omaha where he had
beeij attending a meeting of the
board of directors'of the Occidental
Building & Loan association and
also attending to his duties as a
member of the loan committee of
the Regional Agricultural Credit
Horace Davis, state Fire Marshal
of Lincoln, was in the city Wed
nesday investigating the fire at the
McClellan second hand store a
week ago Sunday night. Mr. Davis
was for many years engaged in the
newspaper business in Valley
county and is an old friend of the
editor and he favored this office
with a pleasant call while in the
We desire to express our sincere
thanks to the many kind friends
and neighbors for their help and
sympathy expressed to us during
the illness, death and burial of our
beloved mother and for the many
beautiful floral otFerings. Your
kindness to us will ever be re
membered.—Henry and William
Storjohann, Mr. and Mrs. August
Storjohann and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Johring and family, Mrs.
Emma Butzke and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Will Devall and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Goeke and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Hans Storjohann and
We wish to express our thanks
to our friends and neighbors for
the sympathy and floral offerings
during the illness and death of our
wife, mother and sister.—Lloyd K.
Brittell and children, Harold Rea
gan, Mrs. F. N. Johnson.
1 wish to express my sincere
thanks for the splendid endorse
ment of my administration as
As I assured you after my
election two years ago it would
always be my aim and ambition
to work for the best interest of
the city that we all love, and
that promise I have faithfully
adhered to. Now that election
is over let us all forget our dif
ferences and work together for
a bigger and better city.
Mrs. Loiuse Van Cleve, 84, Dies
From Burns Received While
Alone In The House.
Mrs. Louise C. Van Cleve, 84,
was fataly burned Saturday after
noon in a fire of undertermined
origin while members of the fam
ily were out doing the chores. She
was burned while seated in a chair.
Her clothing and the chair were
burned and her body quite badly
burned. Medical aid was summon
ed from this city but she had pass
ed away before the arrival of the
physicians. Funeral services were
held Sunday afternoon in the M. E.
church at Atkinson, Rev. John H.
Bishop officiating.
Mrs. Van Cleve was born on
October 9, 1851, at Audobon, Iowa,
and came to Holt county in 1881.
For the past few years she had
been making her home with her
daughter, Mrs. Otto Sydow, a few
miles east of Phoenix. She was
the widow' of a civil war veteran.
Six children are left to mourn her
passing. They are: Mrs. Otto
Sydow, Spencer; Jasper Van Cleve,
Custer, S. D.; Arby Emery and
Darwin Emery, Canada; M. E. La
Rue, Beebe, Mont.; and Mrs. Anna
Englehaupt, step-daughter, Cham
Double Wedding At
Methodist Parsonage
A very pretty wedding was cele
brated at the Methodist parsonage
last Saturday morning, April 4,
at 11 o’clock, when Ralph L. Sher
man and Miss Mary Helen Tonic
and Glenn Edgar Kellison and Miss
Lillian Gertrude Block were united
in marriage by the Pastor, Rev. A.
J. May.
The double ring ceremony was
used and each couple were official
witnesses to the sacred ceremony
for each other. These young
people were from Lake Andes, S.
D., and were all life-long friends
and pals from early childhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Kellison will be at
home to their friends at Verdel
where Mr. Kellison has a position,
and Mr. and Mrs. Sherman will
take up their residence at Dead
wood, S. D., where Mr. Sherman
will be employed.
Northeast Nebraska
Bankers Meet Here
Fifty bankers from the locality
surrounding O’Neill met at the
Golden Hotel Tuesday evening.
The meeting was arranged by J.
O. Peck of Creighton, Nebraska,
who acted as chairman, with T. B.
Strain of Lincoln, Nebraska, mak
ing the principal address of the
Representative of banks from
the following towns were present:
Springview, Creighton, Elgin,
Wausa, Ainsworth, Omaha, Spald
ing, Lincoln, Atkinson, Neligh,
Clearwater, Emmet, Tilden, Bas
sett, Stuart, Ewing, Sioux City and
We are, indeed grateful to the
many neighbors and friends for
kindness shown and sympathy ex
tended to us in the hours of sor
row following the receipt death of
our beloved husband and father,
the late William Walters. We
trust that each and all may accept
this expression as personally ad
dressed.—Mrs. William Walters
and children.
Lawrence Chapman came up
from Omaha last Thursday night
and spent Friday looking after
business matters in this city.
New Low Temperature
Record Is Set For April
The month of April, continuing
1 the freakiest and record breaking
months of January and February,
set a little record of its own last
Friday night when the thermom
eter dropped to 5 below zero. As
far as known this established a
record for all time for this month.
We have had April storms in the
past when we had very heavy
snow falls but the thermometer
came quite a ways from reaching
the zero point, much less dropping
to five below'.
The weather still remains cool,
but a few farmers are at work in
the fields and other anxious to get
started, as they are afraid the
season will be a late one.
High Low Mois.
April 2 18 8
April 3 30 —5
April 4 36 26
April 6 .j 36 20 .02
April 6 39 10
April 7 51 12
April 8 . 55 37
April 9 55 37
Carl Grant Dies At His
Home of Heart Attack
Carl W. Grant, 59, dropped dead
in his home northeast of Star last
Friday morning. Funeral services
were held at the Dorsey church
last Monday afternoon, Rev. H. D.
Johnson of this city officiating and
the body was shipped Tuesday
morning to the old family home
at Sibley, Iowa, for interment.
Carl W. Grant was born at Sib
ley, Iowa, on January 4, 1877, and
grew to manhood there. He came
to thi3 county with his father in
1909 and they located in the north
eastern part of the county where
he made his home up to the time of
his death. He leaves to m|urn his
passing his belived wife and two
daughters, Mrs. R. L. Curran, of
Crofton, Nebr., and Mrs. H. V.
Hansen, of Decatur, Nebr., and one
sister, Mrs. A. E. Smalley, of
Kimball, S. D., as well as a large
circle of friends and acquainten
ances in the northeastern part °f
the county.
Mr. Grant always appeared in
good health but his intimate friends
have known for some time that he
was afflcted with heart trouble,
but no one realized the seriousness
of it. He was a good citizen and
his death will be deplored by many
who were admirers of his sterling
His wife and two daughters, ac
companied by their husbands,
drove to Sibley Monday evening
to attend the funeral.
Wounds Finger With
A Small Caliber Rifle
Last Saturday while Dale But
terfield was out target practicing
with a .22 caliber rifle near the old
McEvony farm, on which now re
side a family named Bowers, he
reached his left hand to flick a bit
of mud off a front sight, reached
too far and the rifle discharged and
a bullet passed through the flesh of
the first joint or index finger of
his left hand.
A local physician looked over
the wound with an X-ray, deter
mined the bone was uninjured and
then dressed the wound and no fur
ther serious consequences are look
ed for. Dale is a son of Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Butterfield, highly res
pected farmers on the Parker place,
one and one-half miles east of the
Northwestern depot.
Arrest Driver of
Overloaded Truck
Nodman Du Pue, Page, Nebr.,
trucker, was arrested by Sheriff
Pyle Wednesday for carrying a
load more than 20 per cent in ex
cess of the carrying capacity upon
which registration fee had been
paid. It was found that he was
hauling 8120 pounds of corn or
2120 pounds more than was lawful.
He was arraigned before Judge
Cherry on the afternoon of the
same day and was found guilty as
charged and was fined $10 and
costs, $4.77, which he paid and was
discharged.—Winside Tribune.
Injured In Fall From Loft
John A. Robertson, former state
senator and prominent farmer of
the Meek neighborhood, fell from
the loft of his barn last Friday and
sustained a fractured collar bone
and a severe shaking up. He will
be in a cast for about six weeks,
but late reports are to the effect
l that he is getting along nicely.
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Peter Kiewitts Co., of Omaha Gets
Contract For Building On
A Bid of $81,890.00
About 5 o’clock this afternon the
board awarded thv contract for the
erection of the building to Peter
Kiewitts & Sons, Omaha, for $81,
890.00. The contract for the heat
ing, plumbing and ventilating was
awarded to E. L. Rodwell, Omaha,
for $9,974.00. The contract for
the wiring and electric fixtures was
awarded to the Sterling Electric
company of Omaha for $2,236.00.
The district court room in the
court house was filled this after
noon with the representatives of
contractors who filed bids for the
construction of the new court
house, as the hour of 1:30 arrived,
the hour set for the submission Of
bids. In addition to the represent
atives of the contracting firms a
large number of brick salesmen,
salesmen for electrical supplies and
various other lines that go into the
construction of a building of this
character, were present.
The government was represented
at this letting by a former O’Neill
ite, J. Parnell Golden, of Omaha,
while the affairs of the county
were looked after by the architect,
Frank Latenser, of the firm of La
tenser & Sons, Omaha.
Twelve bids were received for
the construction, which indicates
that the larger contracting firms of
the country are out for the busi
ness, A careful perusal of the
figures disclosed the fact that the
contract for the construction of the
building will be awarded to one of
three firms, for at the hour this is
written, 4 p. m. Thursday, the
county board and their architect
had not completed a checking of
the bids. The three firms, who
seem to have the edge on this con
tract, on account of the lowness of
their bids are: Peter Kiewitts Co.,
Omaha, who filed the lowest bid,
$81,890; Newstrom & Davis, of
Denver, who were second low, with
a bid of $82,700; and Ernest Rok
ahr & Son, Lincoln, who was third
low, $82,841.
The following firms bid on the
contract and the amount of their
bids follows:
Atwater Co., Gr. Island $83,600
Beckenhauer Bros.,
Norfolk 86,300
Ed Cekel. Beatrice 88,479
John Gilmore, Omaha 91,821
V. Ray Gould, Omaha 84,881
Green Bros., Hastings 83,120
Peter Kiewitts Co.,Omaha 81,890
Newstrom & Davis
Denver 82,700
Olson Construction Co.,
Lincoln .. 85,590
Ernest Rakahr & Son,
Lincoln.. 82,841
John L.Soderberg, Omaha 83,495
Fred H. Webber .. 88,900
For the plumbing and Heating
there were five bids received, the
lowest being submitted by E. L.
Rodwell, Omaha. James Davidson,
local plumber, was the third lowest
on the list. Following are the bids
on the plumbing, with address of
the bidders:
E. L. Rodwell, Omaha -_$ 9,974
James Davidson, O'Neill 11,400
John A. Anderson,Omaha 13,974
Hagen & Co., Sioux City 15,100
E. A. Seifert, Norfolk.. — 10,985
There was more of a contest on
for the electric wiring and fixture
than for the plumbing. For the
latter seven bids were submitted,
the lowest bidder being the Ster
ling Electric Co., of Omaha. Fol
lowing is a list of the firms bidding
on the electric w’iring and fixtures
and the amount of their bids:
Sterling Electric Co.,
Omaha . $24130
E. A. Joos, Omaha 2,431
Henry Miller, Omaha. 2,491
Quelvog & Son, Norfolk 2,700
Van Aldrich 2,750
Elkhorn Elec. Co., Norfolk 3,090
Krueger Elec. Co., Norfolk 3,-JO
The estimate for the building
completed will come well within
the estimate and the contracts will
be let this afternoon. Many friends
of a new court house were fearful
that the bids on the building might
go over the estimate, which would
cause a further delay in the letting
of the contract for its construction,
but that danger has been eliminat
ed in the bids offered today.
Miss Marjorie Dickson drove
down to Norfolk this morning
where she will meet her sister,
Mis3 Nancy, who is attending the
Wayne Normal, and she will bring
her home this evening where she
will spend her Easter vacation.