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VOL. LXI O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1941 Number 51
By Romaine Saunders
A militant group wants to fight
their battles—a sympathetic group
wants us to feed “starving Eur
ope.” In heavens name, let them
starve until they come to their
senses over there. The axis pow
ers are responsible. Why load
responsibility on us?
Well, our precinct assessors are
stil functioning. Rafe Shaw, who
has inventoried Swan to the satis
faction of all since the memory of
man runneth, was around early
A April to see what this corner of
the precinct harbored that the tax
gatherers could get a crack at.
The defense and lease-lend pros
perity still leaves the country with
nine million unemployed, say labor
leaders. And if they decide to lay
down their guns in the war zone,
what sort of an industrial crash
will overwhelm us? Prosperity
built upon the accumulated billions
of national debt for the purpose of
lengthening the black shadow of
death and broken bodies of man
can in no sense become a perman
The boys and girls who have
been loping by on their ponies on
the way to school with a cheery
wave of the hand as they pass will
now be missed. Last week closed
the term in two districts of this
neighborhood. Miss Foss, the
teacher in the Berry district, en
tertained the pupils and their par
ents at a quiet picnic gathering
on the school grounds Sunday.
The forecast of horticulturalists
and nursery men that the early
freeze up last fall meant death to
fruit and shade trees that were
caught in full foliage proved to
be erroneous as to this community.
Apple and Elm trees that had
carried the dead leaves all winter
are now budding to another sea
son of leaves and blooms. Plum
bushes have put forth early blos
soms. Cottonwoods are the earli
est to wave a green plume in the
spring and the last to embrace
the frosty air of autumn in nude
A gentleman offering incense
on the altar of Nehustan, tells
Nebraska farmers among their
best friends are the native snakes.
The claim is based upon the sup
position that these crawling crea
tures destroy rats and other rod
ents. The Nebraska prairies have
been my dwelling place for well
nigh a lifetime. I have saved
Ogg8, young chickens, birds and
frogs and toads from the fatal
embrace of the subtle serpent but
1 have yet to run onto a streak
of mottled ugliness with a rat go
H. L- James came out from the
city Sunday with bulls to turn into
the herds at the ranch- When un
loaded from the truck a rope had
not been removed from one of the
animals. H. L. caught up the rope
to hold the bull but his White
Faced Excellence kept on going,
with the result that Mr. James
was thrown and dragged into the
unpleasant mire of a cow corral.
There is a fellow sufferer over
here who sustained a bunged-up
shoulder because of an obstreper
ous heifer. We might have been
able to ride the Chisholm Trail
with the best of them in our day,
Jess, but have grown too cumber
some and slow to be playing at
the cowboy stuff.
Art Doolittle has made a start
at tree planting in his section of
the ranch country by putting out
a thdisad trees this spring. There
are many magnificent groves in
the southwest bearing their mute
witness that the tall grass coun
try also produces tall timber.
After 111 years of continuous
publication, the Boston Transcript
announced it would expire on April
30. Great papers, like great men,
have a period of popularity, in
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Getting Ready For
Golf Season Opening
The golf course of the O’Neill
Country Club is attracting num
erous golfers who are enjoying
the beautiful weather and the
healthful sport. Ladies in increas
ing numbers are appearing on the
course and are reporting scores
that may well be compared with
the scores of the best men players.
It is believed that, if the ladies
continue to show increasing inter
est, a tournament may be arrang
ed for them. Possibly some of them
will enter the state ladies golf
tournament which will be held at
Norfolk this season.
A membership drive will be held
during the month of May, and it
is anticipated that the membership
will reach a new high in 1941. The
club offers a varied entertainment
with highlights as follows:
Opening dance, May 22,
Invitation tournament, June 15,
16 and 17.
A Fourth of July celebration.
The weekly dinner parties, and
The stag party.
The ladies Spring Tea, held
each year by the ladies, has been
set for May 14. At this affair
activities for the year will be dis
The purpose of the O'Neill
Country Club is for entertainment
only. Newcomers to O'Neill will
find a hearty welcome awaiting
them at the club and new avenues
of acquaintance will be open to
them. The club is the center of
social activities for the summer
season and is by no means an ex
clusive organization. Any citizen
in O’Neill is welcome to join. R.
M. Sauers is the membership chair
man and will gladly explain the
system of dues, which prospec
tive members will find to be very
Among the ladies who are play
ing an unusually good game for
this early in the spring are Mrs.
Fred Harper, Helen Biglin, Ber
nadette Brennan, Mrs. Max Wan
ser and Mrs. Robert Smith. Play
ers who are turning in remarkable
scores and are sure to be a defin
ite threat in the June tournament
are Norman Gonderinger, Allan
Jaszkowiak, Gerald Classen, Max
Golden, and Rev. Beyersdorfer of
St. John’s Nebraska.
Dr. Merle W. Hunt, mayor of
Battle Creek, and Miss Gladys Oet
ting, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Oetting, Battle Creek,
were married Saturday afternoon
at 5 o’clock at the home of the
bride’s uncle, the Rev. W. J. Oet
ting, Madison, who read the mar
Attending the couple were Rich
ard Thomsen and Miss Norma Oet
ting, sister of the bride, both of
The wedding came as somewhat
of a surprise to the couple’s many
friends as Dr. and Mrs. Hunt had
previously announced plans to be
married in June.
Dr. Hunt is a graduate of O’Neill
high school and Creighton univer
sity dental school. While at Creigh
ton, he was an outstanding football
player. When he moved to Batie
Creek nine years ago, his future
bride was employed as his office
assistant. She later attended
Wayne college, and for the past
few years has been employed as an
assistant in the office of Dr. Hollis
Askey at Lincoln.
Dr. and Mrs. Hunt will make
their home in Battle Creek.
—Norfolk Daily News.
fluence and usefulness, pass from
the picture and are gone, the mem
ory of them drifted over by life’s
Activities and follies of the pass
ing years. But few will even now
remember such notable papers as
the Chicago Inter-Ocean, the O
maha Bee and many others that
wielded a powerful influence over
a passing generation, and are now
no more. Time—slow, inexorable,
brings changes which men like to
think of as progress. “All flesh is
as grass and the glory of man as
the flower of grass. The grass
withereth a»d the flower thereof
falleth away. But the word of the
Lord endureth forever.”
Assist National Defense
Recent announcements of a na
tion wide drive to produce every
possible egg from present laying
flocks this spring and summer will
offer farmers in Holt county an
opportunity to take part in the
national defense and aid to Britain
programs according to information
received by county agent, Lyndle
R. Stout. The announcement that i
the department of agriculture i
would support long time egg prices
at on average of about 22 cents
at Chicago and indications that if
necessary corn will be released
from the present loan to insure
feed will give incentive to poultry
raisers to increase egg production
by feeding for higher production,
culling to remove disease carriers
and the use of better flock manage
Comments by poultry men from
the Nebraska agricultural college
are that where possible it probably
will pay to hold over old hens for
a second year and to hold pullets
which would otherwise be market
ed as broilers.
May hatched Leghorn chicks of
fer great®* possibilities for egg
production than heavier breeds
but hatching after May 15 will not
prove profitable at current prices,
because of poor hatches and death
Livestock Prices On
Local Markets Steady
Last Monday’s offering of live
stock stacked up prices fully steady
with last week’s and the demand
was broad on all kinds. Receipts
were about normal and the qnality
was better than a week ago. Brisk
action prevailed througout the sale.
Good lightweight steer calves
sold from $12.00 to $12.75 with
medium grades placing mostly in
the $10.50 to $11.50 brackets.
Heifer calves were scarce and the
best that were here brought from
$9.75 to $10.75. Plainer kinds sold
One load of good steers averag
ing 510 lbs. changed hands at
$11.65 per cwt. Bulk of the year
lings ranged from $10.00 to $11.00.
Cows were in good demand, es
pecially milch cows. Good young
beef cows brought $6.90 easily.
Others not quite so fancy sold
from $5.80 to $6.70.
Bulls reached an extreme top
of $7.05 with the bulk of these
selling from $5.50 to $6.95.
A sprinkling of sheep were on
hand and sold at fairly good prices.
Hogs were here in heavier supply
than last Monday. An extreme
top of $8.40 was paid for butchers;
practical top was $8.20 to $8.25.
Pigs sold as high as $10.35. Sows
ranged from $7.00 to $7.60.
The next regular auction will be
held on Monday, May 5.
O’Neill High Track Team
Makes Good Showing
O’Neill High School’s 1941 track
and field team makes up in qual
ity instead of quantity.
Placing only four men in the
Holt County meet, O’Neill return
ed home with eleven points. Ted
Manzer took a first in the 880 yd.
Tun; Dale French ran in 3rd place
in the mile event; Erwin Klopp
enhurg put the shot into 4th place
and Gene McKenna hurled the dis
cus 100 feet for 4th position.
At Bassett last Tuesday, Zane
Cole soared 5 ft. 3% inches to
place 5th in the high jump, while
Manzer had to be satisfied with
2nd place in the l/z mile. 22 schools
competed at Bassett.
Coach Segel will trek to the Al
bion Invitational Meet come Fri
day, May 2nd.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to express our heart
felt thanks and appreciation for
the acts of kindness and messages
of sympathy received from our
kind friends and neighbors during
our recent bereavement in the loss
of my beloved wife and our dear
George Sanders, Ervin, Flora,
Ethel, Floyd, Velda and Thelma.
Mrs. Nellie Maring
Mrs. Nellie Maring died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Levi
Yantzi in this city, Thursday morn
ing at 4:45 o’clock, after an ill
ness of about three months, at
the age of 66 years, two months
and sixteen days. The funeral will !
be held from tke Catholic church
in this city on Saturday morning
at 9 o’clock and burial in Calvary
cemetery at the side of her hus
band who passed away last Octo
Nellie Murray was born in Col
fax county, Nebraska, on Febru
ary 14, 1875. In the latter eigh
ties she came to this county with
her parents and she grew to wom
anhood in this section. On May
23, 1900, she was united in mar
riage to Joseph Maring, the cere
mony being performed in this city.
Three children were born of this
union, two of whom preceded their
mother in death leaving one daugh
ter, Mrs. Levi Yantzi and four
grandchildren to mourn the pass
ing of a kind and affectionate Moth
er and grandmother. She is also
survived by one sister, Mrs. John
Cleary and three brothers, Law
i-ence, Thomas and Henry, all of
Mrs. Maring was a loveable
woman and had been a resident
of the county for nearly fifty
years. The family lived south of
Emmett for several years, then
moved to their farm north of this
city where she resided until the
death of her husband last fall when
she moved to this town and had
since made her home with her
daughter, Mrs. Yantzi.
She had a host of friends in this
city and adjacent territory who
will regret to learn of her death
as it was not generally known that
her condition was serious.
County Project Clubs
Meeting Last Week
The project clubs of Holt coun
ty held their annual achievement
program at the auditorium of the
O’Neill Public School last Thurs
day with 230 members and guests
attending the event. During the
morning each club in the county
prepared an exhibit of their work
during the year and the annual
business meeting of the leaders
At noon a covered dish luncheon
was served by the home economics
class of the O'Neill High School.
The afternoon program which was
in charge of Mrs. George Rector,
the present county chairman, con
sisted of musical numbers from
both the O’Neill Public School and
St. Mary’s Academy. The after
noon feature was presented by
Miss Elin Anderson from the Ne
braska Extension Service who
brought some very vital facts con
cerning rural health and medical
facilities which have such a close
connection with the national de
The afteroon -program was con
cluded with the candle lighting
recognition service and the pres
entation of a gift by the O’Neill
and Stuart groups to Miss Verna
Glandt whose services will no
longer be available to the county.
A similar recognition was made by
the Chambers group to Miss Glandt
at a current date.
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Lumbermen Held Annual
The annual meeting of the mem
bers of the Northeast District of
the Nebraska Lumbermen’s As
sociation was held in O’Neill on
Wednesday evening at a six-thirty
o’clock dinner at the Golden Hotel,
with about fifteen of the members
present from this district.
Arthur M. King, of the Galena
Lumber Company of this city, was
elected as a director from this
district to the State Board.
Herber Killdare, President of
the State Association, and Phil
Ruynon of Lincoln, Secretary,
were present at the meeting, and
both briefly addressed the gathr
Folowing the dinner and the
business meeting about two hour*
of colored film, depicting the lum
ber industry was shown.
Honors Old Resident
And Church Benefactor
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“On April 29,1907, the congre
gation of the Presbyterian church
of O’Neill^Nebr., was most agree
ably surprized in the gift of a bell,
“This was a gift of Mr. Neil
Brennan, a worthy townsman and
a member of the Roman Catholic
Church. The bell weighs 1000
pounds net, and will be placed in
the belfry to be rung on Sunday
morning, May 12th, for the first
time in memory of the 33rd Anni
versary of the doners residence
here, and I rather think the found
ing of O’Neill as a town.
“On Sunday morning, the 12th of
May, 1907, the bell was rung for
the first time and all were very
much pleased with it and resolu
tions were passed by the congrega
tion thanking Mr. Brennan for his
hadsome and useful gift.”
F. C. Hullhorst, pastor
At a regular meeting of the
pession of the Presbyterian Church
on Monday evening, April 21, it
was regularly moved and seconded
and the motion was unanimously |
carried that May the 12th, 1941,
and each May 12th from now on j
be called — Neil Brennan Day —,,
and that the bell be rung five (5)
minutes in appreciation of the gift
and in honor of the donor.
R. H. Shriner, clerk
C. E. Yantzi
B. T. Winchell
R. M. Sauers
Dr. J. E. Spencer, pastor
O’Neill High “O” Club
Have Successful Party
More than 100 merry makers
took to the floor of the small High
School auditorium, Wednesday
evening, to dance the light fan
tastic, sponsored by the “O” Club,
an O’Neill H. S. organization com
posed of athletes, who have earned
their letter in competition.
Several enjoyable hours were
spent by the students of both St.
Mary’s and O’Neill High Schools.
Prancing to the tunes of a “Nico
lodian,” interspersed by circle
dances, gymnastic interpretations,
tag dances, a grand march, and a
prize dance, everyone went merrily
on his way at 10:30 p. m., report
ing a happy evening.
O’Neill Public School
May Festival Next Week
On Friday evening, May 9 at
8 o’clock in the high school gym
nasium, the children of the public
grade school will have a May Fes
tival. The program will feature
choruses of the first six grades
and the kindergarten rhythm band.
Also there will be May dances and
poems. There will be aMay King,
and a May Queen and attendants
chosen by the children themselves.
Following the program the grade
teachers will hold open-house in
then- rooms so that the parents
and friends may visit them if they
There will be no admission
charge and the public is cordially
invited to attend this grade pro
This section of the state has
been blessed with some real wet
weather the past week, the mois
ture amounting to .57 of an inch,
up to this morning for the week.
This brings the total rainfall for
the month of April up to 4.09 in
ches, as compared to 3.26 inches
for April of 1940.
Following is the weather chart
for the week:
High Low Prec.
April 24 63 34
April 25 72 43
April 26 71 50 .02
April 27 71 45
April 28 68 47
April 29 68 62 .06
April 30 .49
Total for the month of April,
1941, 4.09 inches. Total for the
month of April, 1940, 3.26 inches.
O’Neill High Boys
Win Honors At Lincoln
The Crops Judging and Identifi
cation team, the Crops and Soil
Management team, and the Live
Stock Judging team, with their
instructor Mr. Mathis, left for
Lincoln last Thursday morning,
April 24, to participate in the
Twenty - Seventh Annual State
Sixty schools were represented
in this contest, making a total of
seven hundred and fifty boys. The
contest lasted three days and was
held at the Agricultural College.
The boys on the Crops and Soils
Management team, Francis Mur
ray and Clifford Burival, received
a Superior rating as a team. Fran
cis Murray also received an Ex
cellent as individual in this same
contest. The Crops Judging and
Identification team, Rex Oberle,
Clifford Burival, and Francis Mur
ray, received an Excellent rating
for their fine work. Francis Mur
ray placed Superior in this as an
individual. The Livestock team,
Bob Hanley, John Etherton, and
George Hendrick, also participat
ed in this state contest.
Superior and Excellent ratings
are the only ratings given at this
contest. Any ratings below Excel
lent are not given.
O’Neill can boast that only one
team went to this contes which
did not bring back a placing. Even
if this team did not place, it was
excellent experience for the boys,
and we believe that the education
al valu gained was indeed worth
Considering the number of
schools entered in this state con
test. our boys are to be commend
ed highly for their fine work.
Annual Home Coming
At Center Union
The annual Home-Coming at the
Center Union church will be held
'Sunday, May 4th. There will be
an all day service and basket din
ner at noon.
11:00 Devotionals Clarence Ernst
10:30 Exposition of the Sunday
School lesson Ralph Ernst
Duet Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Hubby
11:00 Sermon .
Rev. Hallgrimson of Ainsworth.
12:00 Basket dinner and fellowship.
1:30 Devotional . .
Rev. Harold Scaggan of Spencer,
2:00 Sunday School Reminisen
ces ..J. K. Ernst
Message in Song ..
Center Union Male Quartet
2:30 Sermon —--—.
Rev. P. S. Kindchi, Mitchel, S. D.
8:00 Devotional -G. M. Hubby
8:30 Sermon .—.—.
Rev. R. L. Gowan, Page
Everyone cordially invited.
O’Neill Bus Center Of
This Section Of The State
O’Neill is getting to be quite a
bus center. With two busses runn
ing between O’Neill and Sioux
City; two from Grand Island to
O’Neill and two busses running
between O’Neill and Aisworth,
daily, three each way daily between
O’Neill and Norfolk and a
bus running from thiis city to
Bonesteel, South Dakota, each day
the traveling public in this section
of the state is pretty well looked
after in the matter of transporta
tion. Improved highways make this
bus transportation possible, but it
is hard on the railroads.
Busy Hour Club
Busy Hour Club met at the home
of Mrs. Art Given on April 24th.
Roll call was answered by giv
ing a household hint. These were
Games were played, Mrs. Ruby
Wayman, Mrs. Glen Splinder and
Mrs. Lowell Johnson receiving
The remainder of the afternoon
was spent in playing “Bunco” and
sewing for the hostess.
Next meeting will be with Mrs.
Lizzie Schmor May 23rd.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gatz spent the
week end visiting relatives in 0
THE DAYS OF
Fifty-Five Years Ago
The Frontier, April 22, 1886.
John W. Wertz has purchased a
half interest in the Stuart Ledger,
and already the paper has assumed
a brighter, livlier appearance.
The Frontier, April 29, 1886
Milt and Sol Henoch, of Sham
rock, were in town the first of the
The rain of last Sunday waa
worth thousands of dollars to Holt
County. By some, it is claimed
that seven rainy Sundays always
follows a rainy Easter.
Fifty Years Ago
The Frontier, April 23, 1891
Eighteen hundred and ninety
five carloads of hay has been
shipped out of this county during
the past shipping season. Hay
sold last fall for $4.00 per ton and
brought from $11.00 to $14.00 per
ton during the winter and spring.
Tracy Gwin started for Omaha
Tuesday morning. He has secured
a position in one of the large pack
ing plants in south Omaha.
The Neligh Leader says that no
Italian war ships have been seen
to sail up the Elkhorn yet.
The Frontier, April 30, 1891
G. M. Cleveland has fully de
cided to move from O’Neill to Hot
Springs, S. D. He had been a
resident of O’Neill for about a
dozen years, engaged in the prac
tice of law and for a time in the
The Item, April 23, 1891
C. S. Handlan is building an
addition to his residence in the
northern part of the city..
This issue of the Item contains
a column article about the antics of
County Judge Lowe and a woman
companion. The paper demands
the resignation of the Judge after
giving his side of the story. It
was the sensation of the year in
Married, on Tuesday, April 22,
at Sioux City, Iowa, Geo. Merritt
and Miss Nellie Holden, both of
The Item, April 30, 1891
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Wel
ton, on Sunday evening, April 26,
! a boy.
On last Monday evening Barney
Mullen left for Hot Springs, S. D.,
where he has contracts for erecting
four large buildings this summer.
He took George Trigg, Jack Davis,
John LaBue and J. H. Pine with
him to work on the buildings and
two from Atkinson and four from
Long Pine. -
F®rty Years Ago
The Frontier, April 25, 1901
The carpenters have about com
pleted their work at the court
house and have two well finished
and commodious rooms added to
the up-stairs section of the bufld
The O’Neill National Bank open
for business yesterday morning.
It is organized with a Capital of
Mrs. Jane Mullen died at her
home in this city Tuesday morning
at the age of 75 years. She had
been a resident of the county for
The Frontier, May 2, 1901
The first meeting of the City
Council, after it passed from a
village organization, was held
May 3, 1889, twelve years ago.
John McBride was elected Mayor
and I. R. Smith, J. P. Weekes, M.
M. Sullivan, Will Canton, Frank
Campbel and H. Heinerickson were
members of the council. For the
succeeding years, up to date, the
J officers vcere as follows: 1890—
Mayor, John McBride; City Clerk,
W. McK Slocum; Treasurer, Dave
Adams; Couneilmen: C. C. Mil
lard, J. C. Harnisk, Dave Stannard,
(Continued on page 4)
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