The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, March 13, 1941, Image 1

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By Romaine Saunders
I understand we enjoy the privil
ege now of going in debt sixty-five
billions of dollars. Another social
Opponents of the measure to re
peal the property lien clause of the
Nebraska old age pension law have
argued that property such as pen
sioners may have, consisting prob
ably of a little home, should not
revert to sons and daughters who
have contributed nothing to the
maintenance of the old folks. Sons
and daughters are doing pretty
well to support themselves.
It is the valued opinion of my
neighbors that the southwest is the
wetest it has been in many years as
spring approaches. Water, slush,
or iCe—depending on the tempera
ture of the day—covers the prairie
as the result of regular and fre
quent snow storms throughout a
long winter. Nebraska voters have
repudiated the country’s political
follies and now nature smiles upon
this great corn and cattle state.
Americans showed a preference
for spirits over the spiritual in the
expenditure of 800 per cent more
for liquor than for religion during
the last year of available statis
tics. God bless America!
Who said Nebraska farmers were
not getting the breaks ? Now those
triple A conservation checks are to
be supplemented with a mattress
on which we can pass the pleasant
summer hours in the shade. No
more digging in the dirt out in the
hot sun foT me.
Frank Brady’s idea of tax econ
omy begins at the wrong end. Pre
cinct assessors are drawn from the
farms of the state, thus affording
an opportunity once a year for one
clodhopper in a precinct to run up
an account against the county that
will affect his taxes. The pruning
process for economical reasons
might start with the surplus group
that is on the pay roll from one
new moon to another.
Has it come to this ? That classi
cal American character who made
the rounds of newspaper compos
ing rooms from New York to San
Francisco, who set his “string”
alike in the little country outfits
that were still pulling a Washing
ton hand press or in the big plants
with Webb perfectings, who hob
nobbed with statesmen in legislat
ive halls or the traveling gentry in
freight cais, who was proud to be
known as a “tramp printer”—has
fallen from that high estate. It is
uow “itinerant printer.”
Former President Hoover, Gen.
Pershing and scores of less notables
are doing much .to get relief to
starving peoples in the countries
the, “liberating” armies of Stalin
and Hitler have deprived of bread.
Contumely was lavished upon Mr.
Hoover as president though in such
places as Holt county bis relief
agencies furnished many citizens a
better livelihood than they had pre
viously or since. It may be justly
said not alone the former presi
dent’s sympathy but his helping
hand reaches:
“From realm to realm with cross or
crescent crown’d,
Where’er mankind and misery are
Budding pension plans continue
on the increase. With the amazing
logic of which those of the ancient
and honorable profession of law are
capable we learn it would be both
economical and efi'ieiency encour
aging to pension the judges of our
state courts and fix a retirement
age. The proposition «omes from
members of the bar association and
whatever the legislature may think
of it the laymen will hardly favor
such additional consideration lor
an already amply paid and none too
hard worked group of officials. But
if the plan was approved and en
larged to include country editors
1 would, be the last to suggest that
It’s here—the O’ Club’s annual
event, the Boxing tourney, will be
held in the O'Neill High School
Gymnasium on Tuesday and Wed
nesday, March 18 and 19. Thirty
bouts, 90 rounds of fast hard hit
ting, amateur boxing. You know
the thrills of seeing these boys
fight it out for top honors in their
respective classes.
This year’s crop of O’Neill’s
leather throwers promises to be
better than ever.
The winners of the different
weights will make up O’Neill
High’s boxing team. The team is
making negotiations for meets with
Atkinson, Bassett, Creighton, Val
' entine and Stuart.
The following are early candi
dates for O’Neill’s boxing team:
Jack Dempsey, John Etherton,
Dean Oberle, Alvin Clyde, Frank
Burival, Junior Jereske, Junior
Cavanaugh, Don Elkins, Clifford
Burival, Gene Wolfe, Leslie Bosh
art, Bill Perry, Bennie Wetzler,
Dale French, Ted Manzer, Rex
Oberle, Wayne Bowers, Archie
Bright, Ervin Kloppenborg, Zane
Cole, Tex Richard, Edward Young,
Harold Calkins, Orville Lewis, Don
Vequist ar.u Lloyd Wyant.
Male A Capelia Chorus
Of Nebraska Wesleyan
Here Next Saturday
O’Neill will have the privilege of
enjoying a rare musical treat this
week end. The Nebraska Wesleyan
Male A Capelia Chorus, which this
week begins its 35th annual tour,
will be in O’Neill all day Saturday.
During this concert tour which
will extend over about two weeks
time, the chorus will sing approxi
mately tifty concerts in four states
.—the high spot of the tour being a
radio broadcast in Kansas City,
Missouri. The chorus sings as
many as five concerts in one day.
While here in O’Neill, they will
sing two complete and different
concerts at the high school auditor
j ium. The first concei t will be at
; 2:30 P. M. and the second at 8:00
P. M. The program will consist
j of numbers by the twenty-four
! voice chorus, vocal and instrumen
I tal solos, male quartet selections,
and readings.
These concerts are open to the
public for a very small admission
charge—10c and 15c in the after
noon, and 10c and 20c in the even
ing. This will be a program which
no one will want to miss.
Donald Bowen, an O’Neill boy, is
j a member of this chorus.
We wish to express our sincere
thanks for the many kind acts and
words of sympathy during our re
cent bereavement.—Mrs. Catherine
Shorthill, Mrs. James Shorthill and
Miss Lorene Letzel has left for
a visit with friends at Valentine.
the old age pension in Nebraska is
now available to superannuated
citizen and official alike.
Mrs. William Fryrear was host
ess to eighteen members of the la
dies Helping Hand Club and several
invited guests last Thursday. Din
ner, such as nowhere outside a
circle of competent country ladies
is ever encountered, was served
soon after noon. An interesting
program of novel riddle reading,
word contests and similar mental
exercises, supplemented by pleasant
social conversation ran through the
afternoon. A plate of the choicest
from the dinner table was taken to
Mrs. Riley, an invalid in her home,
whose birthday was the day pre
vious. Mrs. Fryrear graciously re
membered the Breezes editor by
sending him a plate of cake. The
club meets fortnightly, the previous
meeting date being stormy, but a
goodly number turned out te at
tend at the hospitable home of Mrs.
Fred Watson. The next meeting,
March 20, Mrs. Fredricl^s will be
the hostess.
Had Been Actively Engaged In The Furniture And
Undertaking Business Nearly Forty Years
E. J. Kilmurry, pioneer furniture
dealer and funeral director, of At
kinson, died at his home in that
city last Thursday evening about
7 o’clock as the result of three
heart attacks that day. Mr. Kil
murry was raised and grew to
manhood on a farm one and a half
miles north of this city, his fam
ily coming to Nebraska from Con
necticut when he was very small,
about 1879. He had many friends
in this city and over the county
who were shocked to learn of his
sudden death. The following ac
count of his passing is taken from
last week’s Atkinson Graphic:
“Edward J. Kilmurry, 68, one of
Atkinson’s leading business men,
died at his home in this city
Thursday evening about 7 o’lock.
He succumbed to a series of heart
attacks, the first of which came
Thursday morning while he was in
a local barber shop. A second,
and more severe attack, came later
in the morning when he was alone
at his place of business, and a
third last night resulted in death.
“Funeral services will be held at
St. Joseph’s Catholic church here
I Monday morning, March 10, at 10
o’clock. The rites will be conducted
by the Rev. A. A. Lehmen.
“Thursday morning Dr. W. J.
; Douglas went to the furniture |
j store to make a purchase and he |
i discovered Mr. Kilmurry, evidently
in great pain, sitting at his desk
in the rear part of the store.
"The doctor asked him what was
the matter, and Mr. Kilmurry re- j
plied that he had a severe pain ii*
his heart and in his arm. Realizing
the seriousness of his condition,
j Dr. Douglas took him to his home
at once and put him to bed. On
j the way home, Mr. Kilmurry told
the doctor that he had suffered a
similar pain, but very slight, ear
lier in the morning while he was
at a barber shop.
"Mr. Kilmurry had been in the
furniture and undertaking busi
ness here for nearly forty years. He
was one of the community’s most
public spirited business men, and
one of its best loved citizens. Kind
ness and tolerance were the foun
dation of his reasoning, and loyalty
to his community, his church, his
friends and business associates was
the guidepost of his activities.
"He was born October 2, 1872, at
Waterbury, Conn., the son of Rich
ard and Katherine Kilmurry. The
family came to Holt county in the
early days, and from 1892 to 1899
he worked on a farm near O’Neill
with his father. He spent three
years doing electrical work at
Butte, Mont., and in 1902 came to
Atkinson and established the fur
niture and undertaking business
which he operated until his death.
“On November 24, 1908, he was
married to Miss Rosalia Loecker
at St. Joseph’s Church, Atkinson.
He is survived by his wife; one
daughter, Leona, music and history
instructor in Atkinson high cshool,
and one son, Edward H., an attor
ney in Racine, Wis.
“Also surviving are two brothers
and two sisters, Richard, who lives
in Alaska, Patrick W., of Atkinson,
Mrs. Ralph Merriman, of Sioux
City, and Mrs. R. R. Morrison, of
“Mr. Kilmurry was a member of
the Atkinson Service Club and
served on the board of directors of
that organization. He was also a
member of the Knights of Colum
Board of Education Hires
New Commercial Teacher
[ Mr. Robert Houtehens has been
' elected by the Board of Education
to serve as commercial instructor
in the O’Neill High School. Mr.
Houtehens took his training at
Kearney State Teachers College,
and has started work on his Mas
ter’s Degree at Greeley, Colo. He
has had three years of successful
i teaching experience and has been
teaching in the Genoa High School
I until the end of this week.
Mr. Houtehens will begin in
i structing here on Monday morning.
! Besides teaching commercial, he
I will serve as assistant coach in box
ing and track for the remainder of
! the school year. It is fortunate
that it has been possible to secure
the services of Mr. Houtehens at
this time.
For the past two weeks the
commercial classes have been in
structed by Superintendent Grill.
! Arrow Stage Line Is Now
| In Daily Operation
The Arrow Stage Lines com
menced their operations between
| South Sioux City and O’Neill last
t Saturday and two busses a day are
run over their line. The first bus
leaves here at 7 a. m., arriving in
South Sioux City at 9:55 and Sioux
City, Iowa, at 10:00. The next bus
leaves here at 4:15 p. m., and ar
rives at South Sioux City at 7:35
p. m., and Sioux City, Iowa, at
7:40 p. m. West bound the first
bus leaves Sioux City at 11:30
a. m., and arrives at O’Neill at
3:15 p. m. The second bus leaves
Sioux City at 5:15 p. m., and ar
rives at O’Neill at 8:25 p. m.
Mrs. M. F. Cronin Dies At
Home In Brooklyn, N. Y.
O’Neill relatives received word
last Mondway that Mrs. M. F. Cro
nin, formerly of this city, died at
her home in Brooklyn, N. Y., last
Monday afternoon, after an illness
of several months. Mr. and Mrs.
Cronin left here for the east some
twenty years ago and since that
time have made their home in New
York City and Brooklyn.
; Red Cross Members Held
Meeting Last Saturday
A meeting for the American Red
Cross was held in the Golden Hotel
dining room on Saturday after
noon, March 8. The meeting open
ed with an expression of thanks by
Mrs. Dishner to the ladies who have
been s>o willing to do the Refugee
Sewing Work as requested by the
National Organization. This was
followed by a report of the next
quota of work to be done as soon as
the materials arive. A short style
review of the dresses and sweaters
and caps made by the ladies were
modeled by the Misses Helen Harty,
Catherine Ann Golden, Mary Lou
Conard, Maxine Golden, Helen Ku
bitscchek, Constance Biglin and
Vem Coyne. Following the revue
a lovely tea was served by some of
our local ladies and our visitors
were able to enjoy a social hour and
look at the display of the many
garments completed and ready to
be sent in a short time.
| Holt County Bull Wins
Grand Championship At
Valentine Hereford Show
R .E. Lucas was in attendance at
the show and sale of the Northwest
Nebraska Hereford Breeders as
sociation, held at Valentine last
i Monday. Mr. Lucas had Prince
Diamond, a summer yearling bull,
from his herd entered in the show
and Prince Diamond walked olf with
the honors as Grand Champion.
After the show' he was sold by Mr.
Lucas to A. C. Bayers, of Twin
Bridges, Mont., for |l,.‘iOO.
Mr. Lucas had five head alto
gether at the show and he sold
them all at an average of $521.UU,
which is a very nice price for five
head of young bulls. This is the
sixth consecutive year that Mr.
Lucas’ herd has won the Grand
Championship at the Association’s
show, which is fine for any breeder.
The price paid for Prince Diamond
was the largest ever paid for a
Grand Champion during the twen
ty-nine yeai’s of the association’s
history, which is another plume in
the hat of Mr. Lucas and his herd
of Herefords.
Friends and relatives gathered
at the home of Mrs. Wm. Menish
Sunday, March 9 to help her cele
brate her ninety-second birthday.
A delicious dinner was served at
one o’clock. The afternoon was
spent playing cards and Chinese
checkers and visiting. Mrs. Men
ish was one of the pioneers coming
to Holt County sixty-three years
ago, and can tell some very inter
esting stories of pioneer days.
Those present were Mrs. J. B.
Donahoe, Mrs. Lizzie Donahoe,
Mrs. T. J. Donahoe, Mr. and Mrs.
Janies Donahoe and Jo Ann, Mr.
and Mrs. W. A. O’Malley, Gene
Donahoe, John O’Malley, Edd Men
ish and children, Mary and Joe,
Mrs. R. J. Marsh, Mr .and Mrs. W.
P. Dailey and Mr. and Mrs. John
Gifts, cards and letters from
friends and relatives were received
and the guests left wishing her
many more Happy Birthdays.
St. Mary’s Students Will
Present Entertainment
On Sunday, March 16
On Sunday, March 16, St. Mary’s
Academy will present the St. Pat
rick’s entertainment, "Who Pays
The Rent,” at 8:30 p. m. at the
Public School Gymnasium.
Cast of Characters
Mary Flynn .... Beverly McCarthy
Mrs. O’Grady .— Jean Sadler
Patrick O’Grady James Golden
Michael Flynn. Robert Wallace
Eileen Flynn . Patti Reiser
Setting: Living room of the
Flynn home.
Scene I: St. Patrick’s Eve.
Scene 11: Later that same night.
Scene III: Two days later.
Musical Numbers Presented
During The Play
"Let Us All Be Irish Tonight"—
Kenneth Kissinger.
Four Handed Reel — Dorothy
Hamilton, Ann Harty, Bonnie
Hynes, Maxine Golden, Nancy Froe
iich, Margaret Hickey, Lou Ann
iler, Lenore Reka.
"Broth of a Boy’’—Patti Reiser,
Robert Wallace.
“That Old Irish Mother of Mine"
—Lou Birmingham, Dorothy Froe
Irish Jig—Betty Gallagher, Ann
Harty, Lois Hoffman, John Trout,
Devine Brennan, Jerome Gallagher.
“God Put the Green in the Rain
)x>w>’_Kathloen Flood, Irene Baz
elman, Donna Clements, Alice Big
lin, Janet Enright, Marilyn Moore,
Ethel Suchy.
Variety Top—Helen Kubitschek,
Patti Reiser.
"The Son ol' an Irishman”—
Dormy DeBacker, Dorothy Hamil
ton, Bonnie Hynes, Lenore Reka,
Ann Harty.
Three Jumps and a Top—Lois
Hoffman, Robert Wallace.
Jaunting Down to Kerry—Jackie
Davis, Helen Kubitschek, Tom
Harty, Dennis Kissenger, Bernard
“Erin”—Lou Birmingham, Chor
Announcer . Gene Brennan
Accompanist .... Mrs. Tom Brennan
Holt County 4-H Members
Honored This Week
Kach year the Crete Mills com
pany offers one trip to club week
and three 100 bags of feed to the
counties with the largest number
of club members competing in 4-Ii
beef, dairy, swine and poultry pro
Holt county stood at the top in
beef club completions with 142
boys and girls turning in their fi
nal reports.
Boyd Bessel, of Chambers, was
awarded the trip to club week and
100 pounds of feed were given to
Wayne Hoffman, of Atkinson, Billy
Sitz, of Atkinson, and Larry Schaf
fer, of O’Neill.
Cedar county stood at the top in
swine and second in beef cattle. In
dairy club completions Burt county
was first with Hamilton second
and in poultry completions Adams
was first with Howard second.
St. Mary’s Wins District Championship. Officials
Who Presided Selected Tournament Team, of
Which St. Mary’s Draws Four Members
St. Mary’s of O’Neill and Atkin
son High School won their way to
the finals of the Class B basketball
tournament played here last Fri
day night, St Mary’s by defeating
Long Fine in the semi-finals on
Thursday night 36-27, in a battle
in which the St. Mary’s team was
definitely not up to par, and Atkin
son by defeating Butte, the pre
tournament favorite, in a hotly con.
tested game.
Wood Lake and Chambers start
ed the evening’s play in a game
which was very exciting the first
half, but then the Wood Lake team
showed their superior strength, and
began hitting the basket at all
angles, with Wood Lake winning
the right to represent this section
in the Class C tournament at Lin
The Atkinson-St. Mary’s game
kept the crowd yelling all the time,
but from the opening whistle, the
outsome was never in doubt, St.
Mary’s going into the lead at once,
and never relinquishing it, and
with a superior brand of playing,
both defensive and offensive, cleur
ly showed they were the best
The finals in the Class It basket
ball tournament, between St. Mary’s
of O’Neill, and Atkinson High
School were held in O’Neill, last
Friday evening, in the gymnasium
of the local High School, with the
i largest crowd to witness any sport
| iiig event in llolt county in recent
i yeurs, in attendance, with slightly
I over twelve hundred paid admis
sions. The final score was 35-24 in
I favor of St. Mary’s, this being the
laird time this year, they have
.successfully downed Atkinson.
During the half time intermis
sion, Superintendent C. F. Grill, of
the O’Neill Public School made a
short talk explaining the various
trophies winch were given, one do
nated by Lne Nebraska High School
Activities Association, given to the
winner of the Class B finals, and
the otner two, donated by the busi.
ness and professional men of
O’Neill, one to be given to the loser
of the Class B finals and the other
to the winner of the Class C finals.
He then read the tournament
team, which was picked by the two
officials refereeing the games, Pat
terson, of Bassett, and Christensen,
of Wausa. Four men from St.
Mary’s team are represented on
this all-tourney selection. The ones
picked are as follows: Herbert Ad
kins, Butte; William Kruse, Long
Pine; Dale Kersenbrock, St. Mary’s;
Neal McKee, Atkinson; William
Kyan, St. Mary’s; Robert Tomek,
Butte; John Shoemaker, St. Mary's;
Merritt Warren, Atkinson; Ted
Sirek, St. Mary's; Weldon West,
Semi-Finals Class B
St- Mary'a (36) f* it pf
Ryan, f . 6 3 2
Parkins, f . 0 0 0
Hammond, f .. 0 0 1
Shoemaker, f .0 1 2
Sirek, c f.1 0 2
Kersenbrock, c.3 2 2
Miles, g ........ 3 0 1
Kubitscheck, g._0 0 0
Hickey, g.3 0 1
Kleinschmidt, g .0 0 0
Totals .—.15 6 11
Long Pine (27) fg ft pf
Arksmith, f..._...l 0 3
Dewell, f . .0 0 0
Luehrs, f_._1 1 1
Hall, f . 0 0 0
Krause, c..... 4 12
Wheeler, c_ 0 0 0
1 Johns, g. 2 2 1
McNally, g . 0 0 0
Odbert, g.3 1 2
\ Smith, g...—0 0 0
Totals.11 6 9
Officials—Patterson and Chris
Finals Class B
St. Mary’s (35) fg ft pfj
Ryan, f.4 1 1 j
Parkins, f . 0 0 0
Hammond, f.,.i 0 1
Shoemaker, f . 2 2 2
Sirek, f ........3 1 1
Kersenbrock, c . 1 1 4
Miles, c .. 1 0 1
Kabitschek, g .0 0 0
Hickey, g .2 0 3
Kleinsmith, g . 0 0 0
Totals . 15 5 13
Atkinson (24) fg ft pf
McKee, f . 0 2 1
Schutz, f . 1 0 0
Babcock, f.1 1 1
Pock, c f. 0 0 0
H. West, c.2 7 4
W. West, g .0 1 3
Miller, g . 0 0 0
Warren, g . 2 11
Smith, g. 0 0 0
Totals ..6 12 10
Officials—Patterson and Chris
Due to a delay at the factory,
the trophies that had been ordered
for the Class B Tournament did
not arrive until Saturday. These
trophies are now on display in the
window at the Herre Jewelry Store.
The championship trophy goes to
St. Mary’s, the runner-up trophy
to Atkinson, nnd the trophy for
the winners of the Class C play-off
to Wood Lake.
These splendid trophies and the
programs handed out at the tourna
| ment were made possible by contri
| but ions from business people of
The tournament was an outstand
ing success. The gross gate re
ceipts exceeded those of last year
by $76.76. The receipts of Dis
trict Basketball Tournaments are
pro rated among the participating
schools, the host school, and the
Nebraska High School Activities
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Livestock Prices Go Up
Under Brisk Demand
The general market tone was
very good at the local livestock
auction last Monday. The day’s
liberal receipts met with a sharp
increase in price and the demand
was very active on practically all
Calves with quality were quite
plentiful and the bes£ reached a
top of $12.25. The long end of the
steer calves brought from $11.50
lto $12.00. The top on heifer
calves was; $10.20 with the fwUt
ranging from $9.00 to $9.75.
Yearling steers were here in
rather light supply. The best
kind cashed at $11.20 and $10.00
and $10.50 caught the long end of
the day’s receipts. Yearling heif
ers were scarce and prjces ruled
about steady with a week ago.
Cow receipts were heavier than
usual and prices were higher. The
extreme top of $7.20 urns paid foa
fat cows with $6.00 to $6.50 being
paid for the bulk of the beef cows.
Canners and cutters sold for less.
More bulls than usual were here.
They brought prices ranging from
$6.50 to $7.20.
The hog division showed about
normal receipts. Extreme top on
butchers was $7.35 with a practi
cal top of$7.30. Feeder pigs paid
the usual good prices of the past
few weeks.
About 60 horses were sold with
prices some lower than two weeks
The next regular sale will be
held Monday, March 17.
We desire t# express our sincere
and heartfelt thanks to the many
kind neighbors and friends for
their many acts of kindness and
sympathy expressed during the
illness and following the death of
our beloved father.—Mr. and Mrs.
Harry L. Page and family.
Dr. J. P. Brown made a business
trip to Omaha on Wednesday.