The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, October 29, 1936, Image 1

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    Neb. State Historical Society
The Frontier
School Room Wrecked
By Pulling Up Desks and
Throwing Books About
J^ast Friday night some vandals
broke into the school house in th£
Garret Janzing district and pro
jjpieedeJ to wreck the place. They up
•'fcct the seats and tossed the books
and papers all around the room,
r When it was brought to the at
p tention of the school board they at
*■ once offered a reward of flOO for
information leading to the identity
l and. conviction of the culprits.
It might be fun for young people
to pull stunts of this kind, but they
should remember that they are de
stroying property of the people of
the district, as well as interfering
with the successful conduct of one
of the greatest institutions in this
great country of ours, our free
schools. Should the guilty ones be
caught they should be punished in
conformity with the seriousness of
the offense committed.
Cattle Continue Upward
and Hog Prices Sagging
Report of Atkinson Livestock
Market, cattle and hog auction on
Tuesday, October 27:
Cattle: Receipts 765 head.
Cattle prices generally scored
further advances over last weeks
good upturn, showing as much as
50 cents to in some instances 1.00
a hundred higher over two weeks
ago. Three loads of calves and
light yearlings were bought to go
to Oregon. Best fat cows at 4.75
to 5.65; good cows at 4.30 to 4.65;
cutters at 3.75 to 4.00; canners at
jfe.85 to 3.25; best steer calves at
^.90 to 6.85; good calves at 5.00 to
6.00; choice heifer calves at 5.50
to 6.50; yearling steers good at
5.50 to 6.25; fair kinds at 4.50 to
5.25, very few selling below 4.50.
Yearling heifers at 4.50 to 5.25—
plainer ones on down to 3.76; bulls
at 4.00 to 6.00. Plainer cattle are
sho%ving the most advance.
Hog receipts 800 head. Hog
1 prices continued to sag, all kinds
and weights showing fresh down
turns over a week ago of from 35
to 50 cents a hundred. One load
of feeder pigs was shipped to
Klamath Falls, Oregon. Pigs
weighing from 50 to 100 lbs sold
at 4.50 to 5.75; from 100 to 130
lbs. at 5.00 to 6.75; 130 to 170 lbs.
at 7.00 to 8.35; 180 to 200 lb. aver
ages at 8.50 to 8.90. Sows at 7.00
to 8.50. Next hog and cattle sale
will be held Tuesday, November
3rd. Big special horse and mule
sale Monday, November 2nd.
Federal Government
Can Tax Real Estate
Numerous political speakers have
asserted thruout the present cam
paign that the Federal government
was without power to levy taxes
upon real or personal property and
that therefore the average citizen
who owned land would have none of
the present debt to pay.
Passing over the obvious fact
that everyone will have to pay and
pay in indirect and concealed taxes,
it now appears that the Federal
government under the constitution
has the power to levy direct taxes
upon lands and improvements and
that in the past that power has
been exercised. The Lincoln Journ
al of Wednesday, Oct. 28, contains
this article:
“A reader of The Journal, as
tounded to learn that many very
good lawyers hold that there is no
bar against the federal government
imposing a property tax on the
holdings of all its citizens, wants
to know why, if such a tax is pos
sible,, it has never before been im
“The best answer, of course, is
that the question is based on an
unsound premise. It has been done
before. This authority has been
“Ruling case law, Vol. 26, page
78, See. 56. ‘Direct taxes were
imposed by congress in 1798,
1813, 1816, 1816 and during the
Civil war. In the earlier years
the subjects of this tax were
lands, improvements, dwelling
houses and slaves; in 1861 the
tax was levied on land, improve
ments and on dwelling houses.’
“Ruling case law, Vol. 26, Page
78, Sec. 56. In the case of Vea
zie Bank v. Fenno, 8 Wall. 533,
19 U. S. (L. ed) 482, the su
preme court of the United States
in an opinion rendered in De
cember, 1869, said:
^ “ ‘And nothing is clearer, from
the discussions in the conven
tion and the discusssions which
preceded final ratification by the
necessary number of states, than
the purpose to give this power to
congress, as to the taxation of
everything except exports, in its
fullest extent.’
“ ‘This purpose is apparent,
also, from the terms in which
the taxing power is granted.
The power is ‘to lay and collect
taxes, duties, imposts, and ex
cises, to pay the debt and pro
vide for the common defense and
general welfare of the United
States.’ More comprehensive
words could not have been used.
Exports only are by another pro
vision excluded from its appli
“And these citations ought to
answer the question, by showing
that it has been done before, and
that what was done is a matter of
national reaerd. What^has been
done may be done again.”
Will Give Farm Oper
ators Short Course
Designed for farm boys who find
it impossible to take a regular col
lege course, the annual Farm Op
erator’s Short Course will open at
the Nebraska college of agricul
ture on Nov. 16. Given over to
practical study of farm manage
ment in all its phases, more than
100 boys from all parts of the state
will probably enroll.
Some Holt county farm boys w'ho
have taken the course in past years
are Yulan Adams, Amos Fisher,
Glenn White and Jean Lambert.
Dr. T. H. Goodding, director of
the short courses at the college of
agriculture, says inquiries regard
ing the farm operator course have
been greater than ever, indicating
an increased enrollment. The boys
are at the college for six months
out of the winter studying animal
husbandry, forge and woodwork,
farm accounts, poultry husbandry,
farm machinery and motors, mark
eting and various other subjects.
Most of the work is done in the
Young men who are interested in
attending this short course should
contact Mr. Goodding or their
county agent for further informa
Most of the Town
Goes After Pheasants
O’Neill was nearly deserted Sun
day forenoon and most of the aft
ernoon. A large share of the
younger folks, with a sprinkling
of elderly ones, started out early
in the morning hunting for the
elusive pheasant. Some of them
came back with broad smiles, an
nouncing they had secured the limit
in a very few hours, while others
came trailing in later in the day
with the announcement they had
not even secured a shot. Probably
the latter were more truthful in
their reports of the days hunting
than some of the others. Many out
of town people were guests of var
ious O’Neillites for the day and
enjoyed the opening of the season.
Two Holt 4-H Baby
Beeves at Ak-Sar-Ben
Two Holt county 4-H Baby Beef
club members participated in the
show at Ak-Sar-Ben this week.
They were Edward Grimes, of
Chambers, and Vernon Landholm,
of Dustin. The calves of both boys
were in excellent condition and
prices received were satisfactory.
Several boys and. girls are quite
interested at present in a cow and
calf club whereby the member will
raise feeder calves in place of fat
calves. The high cost of grain is
making this club and the ewe and
lamb club more desirable for next
Marriage Licenses
William L. Nelson, of Ewing, and
Miss Novella Keeler, of the same
city, were granted a marriage lic
ense in county court Wednesday.
Ben Kindlund, of Geddes, S. D.,
and Miss Hattie Grenier, of Op
portunity, were granted a marriage
license on Tuesday.
A social and business meeting of
the Woodmen Circle was held at
the home of Mrs. G. A. Miles last
Thursday evening. There were
eight members present. Politics
was one of the main topics of dis
cussion. At the close of the meet
ing a dainty lunch was served by
the hostess assisted by Miss Beryle
Hospital Notes
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James
Cronk, of Inman, Thursday evening
at 9 o’clock, a son weighing nine
pounds. All doing fine.
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Copyright 1936, by The Chicago Tribune
—Reproduced by Courtesy of Chicago Tribaue
Rev. B. J. Leahy Has
Pastorate At Genoa
Rev. B. J. Leahy, for many years
assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s
church in this city has been named
pastor of the Catholic church at
Genoa, Nebraska, and took up his
new pastorate last Sunday. That
afternoon he drove to this city and
visited his many friends here for a
few hours then went over to Boyd
county to hunt pheasants for a
few days.
Former Publisher at
Niobrara Is Dead
E. A. Fry, who for the past nine
years has been the editor of the
Herrick News, passed away at thp
Burke hospital at Burke, S. D.,
on Tuesday night of last week,
after an illness of two weeks, at
the age of 85 years. Mr. Fry was
engaged in the newspaper business
at Niobrara at the time we started,
in the newspaper game forty-five
years ago and since then has pub
lished papers in several points in
Nebraska and South Dakota. He
was a native of Connecticut and
came west as a young man and had
a prominent part in the up-building
of the west. The paper Mr. Fry
was publishing at the time of his
death was once owned and pub
lished by Dr. Lubker, for many
years a resident of this city, but
who left here a little over a year
The Junior Project Club met at
the home of Mrs. L. A. Carter with
15 members present.and four visit
ors. The visitors were, Mrs.
Strickland and Miss Peterson, of
California and Mrs. Pace and Mrs.
Simonson, of O’Neill. After the
meeting lunch was served by the
hostesses Mrs. Carter and Mrs.
Quigg. Our next meeting will be
November 11 at the home of Mrs.
Knapp, Mrs., Cowperthwaite as
With Your Congressman.
Gene Gailey of Elgin is one of
the grand old men of pioneer days
in this district. Mr. Gailey, not
withstanding the fact that he is
over 80 years old, is still actively
engaged in the grain business.
Years ago he drove the stage coach
from Wisner to Norfolk before the
railroad came. He was among
those who can still remember the
late stage driver Terry and others.
Mr. Gailojr has the distinction of
loading the first car of grain ever
shipped out of Antelope county.
Polities is pretty hot these days.
The issues are being discussed
pretty freely. That there will be
a large silent vote on November 3rd
is noted by discussions in the var
ious towns of the district. Many
people admit that they have not
made up their minds how they will
Many farmers say political
speakers are wrong when they
state that the farmer is better off
today. They admit that statistics
may show that the farmer is getting
more money for what he ha3 to sell
these days, but so far as a majority
of the farmers in the Third Con
gressional district are concerned,
they are not better off, for they
have very little to sell. If we had
a corn crop, conditions would be
entirely different. Many farmers
are on relief. Many cannot pay
their taxes or their debts. Many
have lost and are losing their
farms. For that and many other
reasons, the farmers in our district
are not better off, and as a result,
merchants m towns who are de
pendent upon the farmer for their
trade are learning that the towns
can enjoy only normal and good
times when the fanner has some
money or something to sell.
Amelia, Nebraska, is a friendly
town and the people there all join
together to make people feel at
home when they visit Amelia. The
town i3 about twelve miles south
of Chambers. The olcUfachioncd
“hitching post” is on the main
street of Amelia, and there is a
flowing well that offers excellent,
fine cool water. It is to be found
near the filling station.
Emerson people are highly elated
over the completion of the new
overhead pass on highway No. 9.
It is well illuminated by electric
lights and has added beauty and
safety to the town.
August Fisher, retired Road Mas
ter of the M & O railroad, lives at
Emerson, and is a great home town
booster. Mr. Fisher was at one
time a member of the city council
in Norfolk. He is in good health
and sends greetings to all his old
tie friends.
(Continued on page 4, column 1.)
Terrazzo Floors In
New Court House
Probably one of the most inter
esting phases of construction on
the Holt county court house, the
preparation of the terrazzo floors,
is expected to get underway here
within the next few days. It also
will be the first terrazzo floor and
base job in O’Neill.
Terrazzo consists of a process
whereby a beautiful floor, resemb
ling polished stone, is made by
mixing small marbe marble chips
in cement, pouring into place like
concrete and then grinding and
polishing to a mirror like surface.
The resulting floor is fireproof,
waterproof and dustproof.
Main and branch corridors and
rest rooms on all three main floors
in the building are to have terrazo
floors and base. The terrazzo sub
contract is part of the general con
tract which was let directly with
the contractors by Holt county.
Ambrose Rhode Council
Oak’s New Manager
Ambrose Rhode, who has been
assistant manager of the Council
Oak Store for the past two years,
has been appointed manager to
succeed the late Edward Gatz. Am
brose is a Holt county bo^ who
was raised in the nortern part of
the county and has been an em
ployee of the Council Oak store for
the past six years. He is an agree
able young man, with a good busi
ness head and has a host of friends
in this city and community and we
predict he will continue to hold the
store in the forefront of the busi
ness houses of the city. We extend
congratulations on his promotion,
which he has justly earned.
A very beautiful home wedding
occurred on Wednesday of this
week at 11 a. m., at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Yarnell when
Earl Bruening and Miss Gemisca
Ayars, both of Hendley, Nebr.,
were united in Holy matrimony,
Rev. A. J. May, pastor of the M.
E. church of this city officiating,
using the impressive ring cere
To the strains of the wedding
march played by Miss Geraldine
Yarnell, the bride and groom, ac
companied by Mr. and Mrs. Yarnell
marched to their places under a
canopy draped archway where the
happy couple received the mar
riage covenant. 4
The bride was attired in a lovely
green dovetine with beautiful de
signs of pcrsian banding. The
groom appeared in a striking ox
ford grey.
The bride is the grand daughter
of Mrs. Ida Ayars who has been a
mother to her since childhood and
who wus present at the wedding.
The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. R. W. Brucning, a grain deal
er at Hendley.
After the wedding Mrs. Yarnell,
aunt of the bride, served a lovely
dinner at 12 o'clock in honor of the
bride and groom and the immediate
family and Mrs. Ida Ayars and Rev.
and Mrs. A. J. May.
The bride and groom left that
afternoon for a honeymoon trip to
Sioux City, Omaha and Lincoln.
They will be at home to their many
friends at Hendley, Nebr., after
November 1st.
Their many friends extend to
them the very best wishes for a
long and happy life together. xx
Omaha Druggist Buys
Beckman’s Drug Store
I. W. Johnson, of Omaha, pur
chased the Beckman drug store and
arrived in the city the first of the
week and is getting the store ready
for opening for business the latter
part of next week. Mr. Johnson is
a registered pharmicist and has
been employed for several years in
various Omaha drug stores. He is
a genial young man and says that
it is his intention to make this city
his future home and it will be his
ambition to make his store the
leading drug store in this section
of the state.
Mr. Johnson is married and ex
pects his wife to join him in the
city the forepart of next week. He
is very favorably impressed with
the city and its business possibil
ities. J he Frontier welcomes him
to the ranks of O’Neill business
men and hopes that his fondest
dreams will be realized.
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Senator Norris Speaks
Here But His Former
Friends Aren’t Present
Senator George W. Norris was in
the city last Saturday,arriving here
from the west, and delivered an
address that evening at the K. C.
Hall to a good sized crowd. The
one thing noticeable at the hotel,
as well as in the audience at the
hall, was the absence of many of the
Senator’s old time Holt county
friends. The official greeters were
mostly New Dealers and members
of the democratic machine in this
county, people who heretofore, in
the thirty -years the Senator has
been running for the senate, never
supported him, but are backing
him this year, even if he is not a
democrat or on the democratic
There is an old and trite saying
that politics makes strange bed
fellows, and it was never more
forcibly brought to mind than at
the meeting last Saturday night.
The West Side Project Club met
Thursday, October 22, for a social
meeting at the home of Mr, and
Mrs. John Schmohr. All of the
members were present except Mrs.
John Miller who was ill. The
guests were Mrs. Henry Wayman,
Mrs. Ed Wayman and Mrs. Martin
Maloney, of Beaver City, aunt of
Mrs. J. W. and Mrs. P. V. Hickey.
Mrs. Otto Lorenz carried home the
prize. All were treated to a de
licious luncheon of sandwiches,
cookies, pickles and coffee and all
spent a very pleasant afternoon.
The next meeting w-ill be*held on
November 19, with Mrs. Ralph Er
The Happy Hour Project club
met at the home of Mrs. William
Ilrueke on Oct. 21. The topic of
“The Important Job of Homemak
ing” was discussed by the eight
members present. A delicious lunch
was served by the members at
the close of the meeting. The next
meeting will be at the home of Mrs.
John M. Grutsch.
Irl Tolen, of Lincoln, director of
assistance for the state of Nebras
ka, addressed a small crowd at the
court house last Monday night on
the assistance act. Mr. Tolen did
not mention, the fact that he had
asked for an increase of salary of
$2,000 per year.
Funeral for City’s Outstanding
Young Businessman Held
Wednesday Morning.
The citizens of this city were
shocked and saddened last Sunday
morning when it was learned that
Edward E. Gatz dropped dead that
morning while out hunting with
his brothers, William and Clinton,
and Bob Moore and George Micltel,
of Omaha, who had been here visit
ing Boh Moore. The boys were
walking toward some favorable
looking pheasant cov^r, being
strung out to cover as much ground
as possible. After going a little
ways they missed Eddie and Wil
liam walked bnck and found him
lying on his face on the ground,
with his gun stretched out in front
of him. He was put into a car and
taken to Ewing, where medical aid
was sought, then to Page and on to
O’Neill, reaching here a little after
11 o’clock.
Eddie had always enjoyed good
health and was feeling exception
ally good that morning as he had
planned for several days on having
a nice outing. His sudden death
was a shock to the people of this
city and county, where he was
widely known, respected and loved.
Edward Erwin Gatz was born in
O’Neill on Nov. 1, 189G, son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Gatz. He
lived in this city all his life and was
educated in our schools and started
his business career here. When a
young man he entered the C. E.
Stout Drug store where he was em
ployed for a number of years.
When the Robert E. Moore stores
started here eight years ago
last April he entered their employ
as manager, a position he retained
up to the time of his death.
He was very successful in the
conduct of the company’s business,
so much so that about a year ago
they made him supervisor of their
stores in this section of the state,
which included stores at Atkinson,
Ainsworth, Valentine, Ord and Bur
well, and he made weekly trips to
the various stores looking after the
interests of his employers.
On April 29, 1925, he was united
in marriage to Miss Mabel Morton,
the ceremony being performed at
Springview, Nebr. He leaves sur
viving him his loving wife, three
sisters and three brothers, who are
left to mourn the passing of a kind,
affectionate husband and brother.
His sisters are: Mrs. F. G. Clift
and Mrs. J. A. Vincent, O’Neill;
Mrs. A. J. Schroeder, Omaha. The
brothers, William E. Gatz and
Clinton J. Gatz, O’Neill, and Charles
of Niobrara. All of his brothers
and sisters were here for the funer
al rites.
Eddie Gatz was one of the finest
young men eve: raised in this city
or community. He had a pleasing
and agreeable manner, couplet!
with a winsome smile that captiv
ated all. We had known him all
his life and he was an exemplary
young man. He was unusually
successful in business, possessing
good business judgment and was in
a position to become one of O’Neill's
wealthiest citizens. With his broth
er, C. J., he was interested fin
ancially in several business proper
ties in the city, all of which were
successful. In his death O'Neill
loses one of its outstanding young
business men and one that will be
missed from the business and social
life of the city.
The funeral was held Wednesday
morning from the Presbyterian
church in this city, Rev. William
Vahle, pastor of the Lutheran
church at Atkinson, conducting the
rites. The funeral was very large
ly attended, the services being in
charge of the Masonic order of
which the deceased was a member,
having risen in that order to the
rank of Knight Templar. In re
spect to the memory of the de
ceased all business houses in the
city', as well as all the offices in the
court house, were closed during
the funeral services.
The Frontier joins the many
friends of the family in this city
and county in extending to the be
reaved relatiyea its sympathy in
the loss of their beloved one.