The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, May 15, 1941, Image 1

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    The Frontier
By Romaine Saunders
A few cases of sleeping sickness
among horses are developing out
this way. The monetary value of
the horse has greatly depreciated,
but the man on the land feels the
loss at a twenty-dolar horse the
same as if he would sell for a
The James ranch last week sus
tained the loss of a splendid Bel
gian stallion. He came up to the
barn from pasture covered with
sweat and shortly was dead. His
pedigree showed him to 'be a son
of what had been pronounced the
most beautiful horse ever brought
to Holt county, which died in a
similar manner and was the prop
erty of the late John Addison of
“When candy is passed at the
end of dinner, where should one put
it down.” is a question appearing in
a column on mannerisms. Depends
to whom it is passed. If passed
to a 7-year-old he’ll “put it down”
his throat and ask no questions.
A Nebraska rancher, according
to what got into the papers of his
testimony in court apparently a
little less crazy than a bedbug,
has been sentenced to the peni
tentiary for life upon conviction
of the murder of a sheriff. Another
accused in the same case gets 25
years. Had their victim been a
nobody instead of a duly elected
county official it will be assumed
that the same vigor of prosecution
aud zeal to uphold the peace and
dignity of the state of Nebraska
would have been manifest.
John went to his garden for
supplies for dinner. At the en
trance lay a mottled coil with the
deadly trianglar head of a rattler
poised for the death stroke. John
backed away and went to neigh
bor Tom’s. “Tom,” he began, “\
went to my garden to get provis
ions for dinner, but at the entrance
lay a ceiled rattle snake. Now I
have come to get what I need from
your garden.” “You are welcome
to it, but let’s go and kill the
rattler,” replied Tom.
Why the allegory?
In making some observations
concerning a brief paragraph in
this column on May 1, Rev. P. J.
Vanderlaan of Ewing writes me a
cordial letter and encloses a con
servative document issued by a
national committee interested in
supplying starving peoples of Eur
ope with food supplies. The object
in writing to me is that I may
become informed of the plan and
purpose of this committee.
I have nothing to retract from
the paragraph I wrote concerning
feeding Europe. Not that my
heart or hand or purse is closed
to the cry of a hungry child. God
pity poor suffering, broken, bleed
ing, dying men and women and
boys and girls in this war mad
world. Not that America—debt
burdened and industrial problems
of our own—hasn’t abundance.
Groin molds in warehouses, sur
pluses from field and fruit tree
are carted to dumps and destroy
ed, cattle browse in vast numbers
over our prairies; we are fed to
the full. On top of abundant
meals, all day long we are putting
things, unecessary things, in out
mouths and have grown to be a
nation of gluttons.
If there was a way to keep it
from the sinister clutch of the
despoiler of mankind in Europe;
if it were famine or disaster from
natural causes, we by all means
should hold out the helping hand.
As it is we would but add ou»
cargos to the plunder of a Satanic
Monster. The promises, the
agreements, the “word of honor’’
of Herr Hitler’s government are
made only to be broken, and it
would be tragic for a group of our
sympathetic citizens of lofty
motives to become his dupes.
Just one of the tons of bombs
or bullets to find the right mark
and the world would emerge from
its blood and tears to smile again.
The head of the rattler must be
Commencement Speaker
Noted Nebrask; ;
Ray E. Ramsay is a resident of
Lincoln, Nebraska. He is prom
inently identified with the social, I
civic, educational and religious life
of his home city and state. He
served five years on the University
of Nebraska Faculty and ten years
as Executive Secretary of the
Alumni Association.
As a Chautauqua and lyceum
lecturer and entertainer on U. S.
and Canadian circuits, Mr. Ramsay
became a speaker who was in great
demand. As a commencement
orator, after-dinner humorist, ban
quet speaker, lecturer on commun
ity and educational occasions, he
has had wide contact with the
people of the Middle West. He
has a sincere interest in his fellow
men and is qualified to bring
thought provoking and inspiring
messages to the lecture platform.
Mr. Ramsay’s versatile endow
ments and diversity of interest and 1
achievements have provided his
usual preparation to gather au
thentic information in many fields.
As an actor on the New York
stage, as a licensed aviator, as
radio program director, writer,
publisher, business executive, trav
eler, he has gained insight into
the American Way.
Although leading an unusually
active life since university gradua
tion, Mr. Ramsay has never been
too busy to respond to calls for
public service. At present, in ad
dition to heading his own private
business, he is sponsoring an ed
ucational tour to Mexico, serving
as Vice-President of the Liberian
University Movement—to found a
school for the natives of Liberia,
West Africa; is producer of a play
which is being used to raise funds
for a children’s hospital and is ac
tive in various other capacities in
church and community life.
Mr. Ramsay has been referred to
as the “Will Rogers of Nebraska.’’
He is a speaker to whom it is a
pleasure to listen and who never
fails to leave his audience some
thing worthwhile.
Lod Janousek
Building New Home
Lod Janousek, who has owned
the old William Fallon home,
northwest of St. Mary’s Academy,
has had the same tom down and
is building a new home thereon.
The tract of land owned by Mr.
Janousek is two lots short of
one block and is an ideal place for
a nice home. The house will be
40x26, with a full basement and
will consist of six rooms and will
be modem in every respect, in
cluding oil heat. The basement
will be completed by the end of
the week. Harden Anspach of
Inman has the contract.
Mrs. Earl Beulow of Racine,
Wisconsin, returned to her home
on Wednesday, after spending the
past few days here with her par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Harring
Mrs. Emma A. Fuller
The body of Mrs. Gus Fuller,
who died at her home at Sterling,
Nebr., was brought to Amelia
last Thursday, funeral services be
ing held in the Methodist church
there that afternoon, conducted by
Rev. Mr. Petersen, pasto.- of the
White Free Methodist church, who
also administered last rites at the
grave in the Chambers cemetery
where deceased was interred. Mrs.
Fuller was one of a family of very
early pioneers of Holt county, be
ing a daughter of the venerable
Charlie Thompson, one of the first
settlers at Inman, later removing
to the Swan Lake country and
now making his home in Burwell.
Owing to his advanced age, he was
unable to attend the funeral. Mrs.
Fuller was a sister of the Thomp
son boys and Mrs. Fred Watson of
this community and also a sister
of Mrs. William Carpenter of
Burwell. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller
formerly lived in Swan precinct,
leaving here some years ago. Her.
death is the second in the Thomp
son family very recently. She was
a sister of Mrs. Chas Leireman
who died a short time ago in
O’Neill. 1
The Charles Carroll of Carroll-!
ton Council of the Knights of
Columbus, of this city, initiated
the first class in several years in
this city last Sunday, when thirty
four candidaes from O’Neill and
the surrounding towns were form
ally inducted into the organization.]
A large delegation from Omaha !
headed by Charles J. McDonald
were in charge of the initiation!
ceremonies. Following the initia
tion, a banuet was held at St. Mary’s
Academy at seven o’clock on Sun
day evening, with about two hun
dred present. In addition to the
initiation team from Omaha, a
large delegation from Norfolk was
present, as were many others from
the surrounding towns.
Julius D. Cronin acted as toast
master at the banquet, and
the principal speeches were given
by Father O’Brien of Emmet, Rev.
Richard Parr of O’Neill and Al
bert Kjar of Lexington. The toast-1
master also called upon numerous
members present at the banquet
table, who gave short talks. Pat
J. Norton, of Omaha, manager of
Boys’ Town was present and gave
a short talk saying how pleased
he was to be in O’Neill, as St.
Patrick’s parish was the first as
sistantship ever held by Monsgr.
Flannigan of Boys’ Town.
Following is the list of candi
dates inducted into the order:
Robert J. Early
James M. Corkle
Stephen E. Wallace
Joseph E. Stutz
Leo J. Hausman
J. Ehimett Carr
Gerald M. Classen
Owen Davidson
John P. Conway
Francis Valla
Clark E. Wilson
Robert E. Shoemaker
J. Bennett Grady
Lawrence Hanna
Neil Ryan
Gustav DeBacker
Frank Clements
Francis J. Clark
Rev. Richard Parr
James Carney
Ambrose V. Rohde
Norman Gonderinger
Leonard Shoemaker
Cletus V. Sullivan
Gerald S. Graybiel
Joseph Cuddy
Clyde L. Wilson
John E. Rotherham
Max Wanser
Lyle P. Dierks
Alfred J. Sanders
Charles Regan
John Walker
Junior-Senior Banquet
The annual Junior-Senior ban
quet for O’Neill High, served by
the M. & M. Cafe, was held in the
dining-room of the Hotel Golden,
Monday evening, May 12.
The theme, patriotic, was very
appropriate. The dinner program
Theme.“I Love America’’
Invocation . Clara Lowery
“God Bless America”
Toastmaster .Patricia Schaffer
Welcome .Patricia Schaffer
Response .Bob Mitchell
“Ambition” ..Dale French
“Manners” .Mr. Grill
“Errors” .Margaret Halva
“Retreat” .Larry Kirwin
“Infantry” .Gertrude Worford
“Conscience” .Jerry Toy
“Aeroplanes” .Mr. Martyn
“America, I Love Yeu” ....
... Genevieve Graves!
Folowing the banquet a prom,
in honor of the Seniors, wras held
at the school house. La Vein Borg
and Dale French, elected by pop
ular vote of the Junior Class, were
crowned queen and king of the
banquet. Betty Williams, Flor
ence Bowers, Margaret Reimer,!
and Margaret Halva were the at- i
Pendants for the queen and king.
Mrs. Henry Lohaus entertained,
the Martez Club at a seven o’clock
dinner folowed by cards at her
home on Tuesday evening.
Annual Meeting of
Sandhill Cattle Producers |
A well filled court room of
ranchers greeted the call for the
annual meeting of Sandhills Feed
er Cattle Producers in Valentine,
April the 26th. In the three years
of its existence this association
has become the largest of its kind
in the United States, having now
over 500 members owning over
400,000 cattle.
The purpose is to advertise and
promote the sale of Sandhills feed,
er cattle. There are many ways
in which this has been accomplish
ed, and members were so well
pleased with the progress made
that they heartily endorsed carry
ing the work on.
Mr. John S. Campbell of the
marketing service in Chicago for
the U. S. Department of Agricul
ture sent a statement to be read
pointing out that while cattle num
bers are approaching an all time
high he did not forsee a decline in
prices for feeder cattle this season.
More people employed at better
wages and other factors incident
to the war probably would support
meat prices at high levels for
another year or so he thought.
Mr. P. C. Shockley, Sec’y-Mana
ger, reported total receipts of
$7,639.63 at the beginning of the
fiscal year, and a balance of $1,
155.63 on hand now with all bills
paid. A large percentage of last)
years members have expressed,
their intention to join this year, j
and every one present at the meet
ing said he would get one new
Sam R. McKelvie. who has been
president of the association since
it was organized, told the story of
how it has grown. It was his i
opinion that, the time would come, j
and it is not fa* distant, when
ranchers would need the associa
tion a lot more than some of them
seem to think they need it now.
The membership fee and dues are|
only $3.00 plus 2 cents per head an
nually for the cattle they own.
Directors elected were: J. Boone
Stotts, Cody; E. H. Boyd, Alli
ance; R. H. Brennemann, Hy
annis; Waldo Parsons, Harrison;
D. J. Cole, Merriman; Walter E.
Cole, Broken Bow; William L.
Dudley, Stapleton; W. B. Higgins,
Atkinson; Honorable R. M. How
ard, Flats; Floyd Lackaff, Bas
sett; P. C. Shockley, Browlee;
Roy Ross, Gordon; Dewey C.
Schaffer, O’Neill; Dr. C. R. Wat
son, Mitchell; Arnold McKeag,
Arthur. A Director’s Meeting will
be held during the annual meeting
of the Nebraska Stock Growers at
Ogallala June 11, 12, 13.
Country Club Membership
Drive Now On
The membership committee
headed by R. M. Sauers, chairman,
is making a drive to increase the
membership of the O’Neill Coun
try Club. From present indica
tions theTe will be many new mem.
bers and it is expected that at
tournament time the membership
will be the greatest of any in his
The O’Neill Country Club is a
community affair. Dues are reason
able and it is hoped that anyone
interested in joining the club will
seek information from the chair
man of the membernhip committee.
This season the club offers a varied
program of entertainment which
will be confined to those who join
the club. The club is in no sense
an exclusive organization, but of
necessity, it is required tha4
those participating in activities be
members. The reason for this is
that the club depends upon the
dues for the upkeep and enter
Many golfers are taking advan
tage of the beautiful spring weath
er to play the beautiful and in
eresting game of golf. Ladies
especially are active on the course
and among those who are improv
ing their game are Anna O’Don
nell, Mary Harty, Mrs. Ed Gallag-j
her and Mrs. Alan Jaszkowiak.
Among the men who are playing a
very fine game are Rev. Wright.
Carl Wiebe, John Watson, Bill:
Waters, Joe Kocina and Father!
O’Brien of Emmet.
Another old time landmark is
being tom down this week to mak- i
room for a new building. It is the
old hotel building, which has been j
run as the Western Hotel for the
past several years and for years
was known as the Evans Hotel,
which was known all over the
states in the latter eighties and
early nineties, when Wes Evans
was the landlord. The building
was built in the early eighties by
F. C. Gatz and several times en
larged by him, until he had a good
sized hotel. It is expected that
the building will be down by next
On the ground where the Hotel
has stood Mr. and Mrs. Jack Vin
cent the owners, will erect a brick
and tile building 22lix90 feet, the
same size as the building they
erected on the lots just west last
year. It will be two stories high.
The wall between the building erec
ted last year and the new building
will be tom out and the building
will be one room, 45x90 feet and
has been rented by the Council
Oak stores, who expects to be
able to move therein by September
1st. The upper floor will be fitted
up and added to the Western Hotel
and will give them a nice fireproof
building of 25 sleeping rooms.
Manager Rohde, of the Council
Oak store, says that his company
will put in entire new fixtures,
including lighing fixtures and that
everything will be streamlined so
that when they get located there
in they will have one of the finest1
grocery stores in the state of Ne-i
braska. The great increase in:
their business in this city made it
necessary to get additional floor |
space. Joe Carlson, of Laurel, a
contractor for the Council Oak.
people, has charge of tearing
down the old building and the erec
tion of the new and it will be built
as they desire it for their business
having taken a long time lease
thereon. This will make quite an
addition to the south side of Doug
las street.
Commercial Club
Holds Large,
Interesting Meeting
The largest gathering of busi
ness and professional men and
women of the city to ever get to
geher in a meeting met in the din
ing room of the Golden Hotel
last Tuesday evening for the regu
lar monthly meeting of the O’Neill
Commercial Club, seventy-three,
out of a membership of 115 being
present. The business people of
O’Neill, if they get together and
work in unison, can perform won
! ders for this city and the commun
; ity at large and it looks as if we
! have finally secured an organization
i that is going to function.
President Rooney presided at
the meeting, after the dinner and
reports from the various com
mittees were received and adopted.
The committee on constitution and
by laws made their report, and
with a couple of amendments, sug
gested by the committee, they
were adopted as presented. Un
der the constitution and by laws
the president is auhorized to ap
point several committees to look
after the varied interests of the
club. They may be announced
next week.
The Omaha Chamber of Com
merce Boosters will be in the city
next Tuesday evening, and will re
main here for the night. The chair
man appointed the following com
mittee to make arrangements for
the reception and entertainment
of our guests: A. Rohde, chair
man; Gerald Miles, assistant
chairman; A. Marcellus, Gus De
Backer, S. J. Weekes, Norb Uhl,
Ed Campbell, Frank Biglin, Pete
The following were appointed as
members of the ticket committee
for the next dnner of the Club,
next month: Ben Harty, chairman.1
William Hanna, Ralph Rickley.
The meeting decided to incor-!
porate the club and the followin';
committee were appointed to dra’A
up articles of incorporation: J.
D. Cronin, chairman, William Grif-:
fin, Norman Gonderinger.
St. Mary’s Senior
Class Play
Tuesday evening. May 20, at 8
o’clock, in the new High School
Auditorium St. Mary’s Seniors will
present their class play, “The
Student Queen.” This three act
comedy presents a picture of mod
ern high school life with its in
tricate problems. Two schools, in
friendly competition, hold an an
nual Student Week ending in coro
nation services. One school selects
a king, the other a queen. When
Castleville High chooses an ugly
duckling for queen, both towns
are up in arms. The ugly duckling
finds herself under fire, and
sparks fly in every direction. The
situation becomes more involved
when Castleville’s most popular
boy lends his support to the ugly
duckling. Both young people are
ingenious and the interest centers
around the way these two solve a
public and a personal problem.
The cast includes the following:
The Student Queen ....
..Dorothy Dalton
Mrs. Loring, helping with
preparation .Dorothy Valla
Bob, her son . Robert Parkins
Doris, her daughter, with
ideas . Mildred O’Malley
Chuck Wentworth, who
spreads banana oil on troub
led waters George Oammond
Diana Benson, the ac
knowledged queen .
. Mildred Cavanaugh
Evangeline, a runner-up for
nomination Constance Biglin
Patty, with a little sense
.Catherine McNichols
Mac, who goes where
Patty goes .. Ted Sirek
Marlene, a gay teen-ager
.'....Eileen Kelly
Hal, also of the clique Bill Ryan
John Hawkins, a fanner
and a gentleman .
... Junior Shoemaker
Miss Driscoll, a beauty
specialist.-.Verne Coyne
George Benson, President of
of the school board Robert Miles
Miss Haley, there’s one in
every town.... .Leone Mullen
Don Patterson, king for a
week.Francis Hickey
Tickets 20 cents.
Joseph Harry Otto
Joseph Hairy Otto dropped dead
in his home in this city last Sun
day morning, about 4:15 while on
his way to the bathroom. Physic
ians were at once called, but he
had passed away. Funeral ser
vices were held last Tuesday morn- i
ing in the Catholic church, Mon-:
signor McNamara officiating and
burial in the Catholic cemetery at
Norfolk that afternoon.
Deceased was born at Beving
ton, Iowa, on December 21, 1897,
where he lived for several years.
On May 16, 1916, he was united
in marriage to Miss Dorothy
Tabor, the ceremony being per
formed at Summerville, Mo. Twi
children were born of this union,
both daughters, who, with their
mother are left to mourn the
passing of a kind husband and
father. The children are: Mrs. Mel
vin Hafner, Pierce; Mrs. Mar
garet Vandelinn, Norfolk. He is
also survived by his father and
mother, four brothers and three
sisters. He was 43 years, four
months and 20 days eld at the time
of his death.
Harry Otto moved to this city
four years ago, coming here from
Norfolk and during his residence
here he drove a bread wagon and
was well and favorably known to
the merchants in this section of
the state, which he visited daily.
He had not been feeling good for,
the past couple of months, but I
his condition was not considered [
as serious and he made his daily
deliveries every day until the day
of his death. Merchants here, who
were patrons of his, speak very
highly of him as a man and several
of them attended his funeral at
Miss Bernadette Brennan drove
to Sioux City on Thursday, where
she met Mrs. P. M. Brennan, who
as been visiting for the past
month with her husband, Lieuten
ant Colonel Brennan at Fort Knox,
List week’s issue of the Fron
tier, May 8, 1941, was the last
issue o>f Volumne 61, it iming Num
ber 52, which completed sixty-one
years of service by this paper for
the city of O’Neill and Holt county
and this week we start on Volume
Although long on tnis terrestial
sphere The Frontier has had fewer
owners than most papers of its
age in the state, and there are not
many that have breasted the
storms of sixty-one years. The
paper was established by the late
W. D, Mathews in 1880, he having
come to this county from Wiscon
sin. About five years late* he sold
the paper to James H. Riggs. In
February, 1892, Mr. Riggs sold the
Frontier back to Dr. Mathews, who
was then engaged in the banking
business in this city. Mr. Math
ews also purchased The Item,
which was owned by Clarence Selah
and had been moved here from
Ewing a couple of years before,
and was run by King and Cronin
for one year, Mr. Selah refusing to
renew his contract with us for an
extension of our lease. The Fron
tier Printing Company was then
organized and consisted of W. D.
Mathews, Clyde King and D. H.
Cronin. Mr. Mathews took over
The Frontier in February, 1892,
and The Item the same month and
March 1, 1892, King and Cronin
took over the business management
of the Frontier Printing Company.
Mi-. Mathews retired from the
company in a couple of years and
Mr. King sold his interest in the
paper to Mr. Cronin in 189fl and
since that time the latter has
1 been the owner and in control of
j The Frontier.
Last February marked our fif
tieth year in the newspaper busi
ness in this city, for in February,
1891, Clyde King and myself issued
the first copy of The Item under
our management ami control. A
year later we went into the Fron
tier Printing Company and next
March will mark my Fiftieth
year on The Frontier.
During the years we have been
in the newspaper business in this
city we have recorded many happy
events and many sorrowful ones.
We have recorded the advent into
the world of many of the younger
generation of this city and county
and have grieved with relatives at
the departure of their loved ones.
We have recorded malfeasance in
office and infractions of the law
committed by residents of the
county, not because we were glad
to do so, but with sorrow over
the downfall of our fellow men,
but a newspaper owes a duty to
its readers and that is to furnish
the news, when it is news, and
it must do so in a fair and impar
tial manner if it is to retain the
respect and support of the reading
public. We have tried to give you
a readable paper, filled with news
of your city, county and state and
we are glad to state, that, judging
from our large list of satisfied
readers, many of whom have been
, readers for a half century, we
t have, at least in a small way
succeeded. We earnestly hope that
the dark days of the past ten years
are over and that this section of
the state will again blossom and
bloom as it did in the days whe»
we took charge of The Frontier
and that we will again have a
prosperous, happy and contented
people within the confines of the
Eloquent Preacher At
Amelia Catholic Church
Next Week
The Reverend Anthony Huber
O. SS. R., noted Redemptorist
Missionary will conduct a mission
at St. Joseph’s Church of Amelia
beginning Sunday morning, May
18, at 10:3(T, and concluding May
25th. Evening services daily at
7:45 P. M. The sermons will be
most interesting to you, and you
are welcome.
Mr. and Mrs. James Matron an
nounce the birth of a son, Thomas,
on Sunday, May 11th.