The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, August 07, 1941, Image 1

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The Frontier
VOL. LXII O NEILL, NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, Auprust 7, 1941 Number 13
By Romaine Saunders
The evening of August 1st lightn
ing struck down a horse in the past
ure across the road, one of Bernard
Kennedy’s work stock.
The AAA has wrought wonders
on the farm. The present day far
mer is ten times more efficient than
his fathers. Mr. Wallace says so.
Just the same, our fathers produc
ed abundance where you can't raise
a fuss now and they had no expert
advice from Washington nor con
servation checks to encourage idle
The free-trader used to say the
consumer pays the tariff. By the
same token the tax payer and not
the government is putting up the
money for these copious grants of
public funds.
The tall gTass country captivated
the fancy of sister when she was
with us several weeks this summer.
Her home is in a charming little
city in a charming little valley in
California. Miss Meals also is
familiar with many of the nation’s
beauty spots, so as she thrilled to
the simple pleasures of wc prairie
dwellers, the glow of sunset, the
swaying of the tall cottonwoods
green plumage, a vast landscape
spread in summer garb to a far
horizan and exclaim: ‘This is a
beautiful country!” I wondered if
citizens of our community half
understood the beauty, the value
the great opportunities, out here far
from the maddening throngs. The:
water in the tall grass country had
a special appeal for Laura. Dwel
lers in most cities have poor water J
and dinking fom living fountain?
out this way is to them as sipping,
nectar of the gods.
-Some say it was two inches,
others 3. I have no rain gauge,
but after nearly two hours rain in
this community, not in drops nor
slanting lines, as the poets say, but
in mighty waves carried before a ]
violent wind which roared out of j
the north in the'early evening of
August 2; after two hours,- as we!
started to say, thi new riiown mead
ow out across the creek was a lake,
two bushels of apples had been i
shaken from the trees and a winter]
windbrake at the barn was torn
from its moorings. Corn, gardens j
flowers, potatoe vine needing rain
and a two or three inch visitation
has now supplied that nped. There
was an attendant loss of young
The old town undergoes changes.
Where the cabin stood from whence
that aristocratic and most always
sober cowboy, Bob Ingersoll, stole
a bride and made-off on one of the
town’s sensational elopements, there
is now a thrifty place of business.
Where John Horriskey challenged
all comers at the handball alley the
gap is now closed with an imposing
glass front] Where Odie BigUn
rang the bell just about every shot
at Dave Tierney’s shooting gaHery
there is now no place to hang a tar
get. Where either a fight or foot
race amused the loafers green and
red lights now direct traffic. Where
Sherd Simmons rode Hay McClure’?
"“Dynamite” you can’t find a park
ing place. Where the arena was in
which Col. Doyle layed an imported
wrestler low now stands a row of
bungalows. Where stood a black
smith shop in which government
agents found the dies of a counter
feiter the eounty has a building
housing school activities. And
then a gloomy picture. The comer
wh ere Joe Cowperthwaite, Bill Fal- j
Ion, George Bowden, Con Keys and
other stock buyers held forth re
minded one of the South Omaha
stock exchange is now deserted,
#ames carved on the brick wall
Standing out like the ghosts of a
bygone age.
Presbyterian Church
Dr. J. E. Spencer, pastor
I Bible School every Sunday mom
[Z at 10:00 A. M. C. E. Yantzi,
Morning Worship at 11:00 A.
. The sermon subject will be,
3w to Obtain and Retain the Best
Two Worlds.
The C. E. Society will meet Sun
y evening at 7:00 o’clock.
The Missionary Society will meet
the home of Mrs. Ray Sauers on
lesday evening at 8:00 o’clock,
rs. MMler will be the topic leader.
Eighteen Young Men
Selected For Induction
On August 22
The following named men have
been selected for induction by this
board. They shall report to this
Local Board at O’Neill. Nebraska
at 1:00 A. M. on August 22nd. 1941;
whereupon they shall be sent to
| an induction station of the United
States Army at Fort Crook.
Order No. Name
502 Victor Bredehoeft
18 Robert Gaskili
415 John Gifg
439 Richard Hovey
442 George Latze!
446 Ernest Brinkman
465 Ervin Wilson
471 Ralph Jungbluth
479 Dan McKenzie
501 Victor Frickel
512 Donald Witt;
523 Kenneth Hunt
525 Lyle Henifin
557 Louis Peter
559 Kieth Abart
584 Dale Stearns
590 William Crawford
1323 Albert Derickson
Frank J. Biglin
Local Board Member, j
Maynard Wayne Putman
Maynard Wayne Putman died in
an Omaha hospital at 1 a. m.. on
July 1, 1941, after an illness of a
little over a month of Pulmonary
tuburculosis, at the age of 11 years
two months and fourteen days
The body was shipped to this city
last Friday morning and the funer
al was held Sunday afternoon from
the Pleasant Valley church, north
of this city, conducted by Rev. V. C. j
Wright of this city and burial in
the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Deceased was born in this city on
May 17, 1930, and had been a resi-;
dent of the city all his life. He is
survived by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Putman and three broth-;
ers, Dwayne, Ronnald and Leveme
Visits Old Town
After Long Absence
Frank O’Connel and his brother
Jerome, of Chicago, arrived in the
city last Saturday and put in a
couple of days visiting old time
friends in this city, while on their,
way to Denver to visit relatives.
The boys were residents of this city
in the old “horse and buggy” days
leaving here some twenty odd years
ago, since which time they' have
made their home in Colorado and
Illinois. Frank said that he was
surprised when he drove into this
city last Saturday evening and felt
that he had got tangled in his di
rections and was evidently heading
into State street in Chicago, instead
of the O’Neill that he remembered. ■
“You residnts do not know the
great change that has taken place
in the appearance of the town,”|
said Frank, “you have to be away
a few years and then come back
to observe th* great change in the
town.” The population of the city
has nearly doubled since the boys
left and Frank said that out of
every ten people he would meet on
th street nine of them would be
strangers, although for several
years he was one of our most prom
inent business men and knew prac
tically all the residents of the town
and the surrounding country.
National Youth
Representative To Be
Here On August 19
Helmer E. Wolkow, Represent
ative of the National Youth Admin
istration will be in O’Neill, on Tues
day, August 19, at the courthouse
between the hours of 2:30 and 5:00.
Youths between the ages of 17
and 24, out of school, and in need
of work experience who desire in- j
formation about any phase of the
NYA out-of-school program may
make application for part-time
work or may have questions answ
ered by seeing Mr. Wolkow while
he is in the city, or by writing to
the NYA Area office at Norfolk
Opportunities for part-time em
ployment are available at resident
and local projects.
Clerical tests will be given tc
all youth working on clerical pro-1
jects and those interested in being
assigned to clerical work.
Robert Lansworth of Seattle. |
Washington, who has spent the
past two months with his aunt, Mrs
Carl Widtfeldt, went to Omaha
Saturday where he will join his
mother, Mrs. P. J. Lansworth, Jr.,|
ari dwith her will return to their j
home in Seattle.
Holt County Boys
Purchase Purebred Rams
On Friday, August 1, Mr. A. L.
Mathis, the O'Neill Vocational Agr
iculture instructor, took Robert
Thomas, Bstelin Thomas and Fran
cis Luben to Lincoln to the pure
bred ram sale. The all-day pro
gram consisted of a sheep shearing
contest, showing and judging rams
wool grading and a talk by H. C
Filley on prices.
In the afternoon the purebred
rams were auctioned. These boys
bid on the rams that they thought
were best and the results was that
they bought a Hampshire from
the Waldo Kruse flock. Florence
Nebraska and Robert Thomas’s
is from the Fred Feeken flock
Crete. Nebraska. Both of these
rams are from very good sires.
This year these boys bought some
Colorado western ewes. With the
rams they will have better off
spring. Francis and Robert are
increasing their flock of sheep
every year and they have found a
need for better sires. If they con
tinue to improve their flocks, they
will be able to supply this part of
the state with some good sires.
Seek 500 Young Men
To Be Trained For
Skilled Work
The Norfolk local office of the
Nebraska State Employment Ser
vice will interview applicants and
give tests in connection with an
order for aircraft workers to be
placed in a west coast defense plant
according to manager Steffen.
“The State Employment Service
has an opening order for 500
Trainers,’ that is, men 18 years or
over who meet the tests, and also
an order for semi-skilled and skil
led workers,” he said.
In order to quality for the “Train
er” group, applicants must (1) be
18 or over. (21 pass physical tests
and (3) pass tests to be given by
aircraft company representatives
indicating mechanical aptitude and
general ability.
Men available to take such job
if accepted, should inquire at their
nearest local office or at one of
its itinerant points at once. Ac
ual testing of applicants will be
done during the week beginning
August 11.
Manager Stefien said young men
who have been in. defense training
courses, NY A training courses, CCC
or any other classes may apply.
However, it is not necessary to
have had training or experience
if the tests are successfully passed.
The men to be selected in the
skilled and semi-skilled group must
of course, have experience.
This method of selecting workers
is called the “pooled interview."
and aids in curbing unnecessary
migration to defense sites. ‘‘It
is our first big opportunity of en
abling machanically inclined youths
to do something for defense and to
find opportunity for placement
without, having had previous ex
perience as skilled workers. Man
ager Steffen said.
Workmen Landscaping
Court House Grounds
The grounds of the new court
house are being landscaped by the
WPA as a project sponsored by
the Holt County commissioners.
All of the old dirt on the north side
where the old court house stood
is being removed, and new dirt be
ing hauled in. A well is being
dag which will furnish the water
required, and more shrubs and a
new lawn is to be planted. A
new side walk leading to the north
is also to be put in. This improv
ment is one that has long been
needed and will add much to the
beauty of the building.
The landscaping project was in
cluded in the original project of
tearing down the old court house
and rebuilding the new annex, but
wofk was delayed, pending the com
pletion of the annex, and until fall
to plant the new lawn.
Large delegations of O’Neill
people went to Atkinson Mondaj
and Tuesday afternoons and even
ings and took in the Atkinson Hay
Day celebration being held in that
city. O’Neill visitors say they had
a large attendance at all their per
formances and that the event was
a success from every point of view.
The next big event in this section
of the state is the O'Neill Free Day
next Wednesday. If you want to
put in a good day come to O’Neill
and partake of the entertainment
furnished you by the business and
professional men of this city.
On account of the shortage of
water, residents of the city are
earnestly requestlM to shut off
their lawn sprinklers when the
fire alarm sounds. This ordet
to be in effect until further
John Kerseahr vk. Mayor
Mr. and Mrs. Lett Johnson en
tertained twenty-four euesu at a
picnic supper followed by tee
cream, cake and lemonade at their
home last Sunday evening.
Major H. R. Turner and Colonel
W, E. McConnaMyhe;. of Lincoln
conducted a meetih- of the chief
clerks of the draft boards of nine
counties of the Selective Service
in O’Neill on Wedae-isy afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. ^Claude Johnson
and daughter, Barbara, of Sioux
Falls, S. D., a rived on Friday to
spend their vacation here visiting
at the home of their parents, Mr
and Mrs. L. Johnson and Mr. and
Mrs. John Protninsky,
Alien Jasxkowiak left on Satur
day for RushviUe, Nebr’. where his
wife and daughter had been visit
ing relatives and then drove to
Scottsb luffs, Nebr- where they vis
ited, and Mr. Jaskwwiak entered the
annual golf tournament Held there
The Cathitie Daughters enter
tained at a 1 o’clock luncheon at the
M and M cafe Ml Tuesday, honor
ing Mrs. Emmet Hickey of Los An
geles. Cal., who is National Grand
Regent, and who is here visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burge drove tc
Norfolk cm Sunday where they
spent the day visitiqg. Mrs
Burge’s mother. Mrs, E. W Sar
gent, who had bee**, visiting there
for the past wees, returned home
of O’Neill.
Mrs. H. J. Hammond and her
daughter. Miss Mary Lois, returned
on Friday from Denver, Colo.,
where Mrs. Hammond had been
visiting for the past ten days, and
where Mary Lois has been living
for the past year.
Come to the O’Neill ITioto Com
pany and have a Family Group
taken O’Neill Day. You will all be
together and it will only take a
few minutes of vour time. Soon
the family will be scattered. A
$2.00 deposit will hold your order
for later delivery.
Bill Ryan, who has been attend
ing a training school at Norfolk for
aircraft workers, returned on Mon
day evening and then left on Tues
day morning for Baltimore, Md.
where he has accepted a position
in an airplane factory.
Mrs. M. E. Slattery, Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Turbey and John Slat
tery, Jr., of Washington, D. C-,
left on Sunday for their home after
spending a few days here visiting
at the home of Mrs. Slattery’s
daughter Mrs. Edward Gallagher,
and Mr. Gallagher.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed,.Campbell and
son, Eddie, left on Sunday for them
vacation trip. From harp they
went to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they
will be joined by Dr. and Mrs. De
vine and then will go on to Salt
Lake City, Utah, where they will
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Winched will
celebrate their fiftieth wedding an
niverisary on next Sunday. The an
niversary will actually occur on
Friday, August 8, but the celebra
tion will be held on Sunday, and all
of the children are expected to be
home for the event.
Albert Rummel of Sheldon. Iowa,
drove here on Sunday to visit his
parents. Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Rum
mel. He left on Sunday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Rummel accom
panying him to Sheldon, as Albert
was to inducted into the army on
August 4th. Mr. and Mrs. Rumme)
returned home on Tuesday.
Dr. and Mrs. G. W. French and
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sauers returned
on Friday from Minnesota, where
they spent the past two weeks fish
ing, while on their vacation trip
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Todson and child
ren and Mrs. W. I. Blaine, of
Mexico, Mo., who accompanied
them home, remained here visiting
until Sunday miming.
Kitten Ball Players
Active Past Week
The Knights of Columbus Soft
ball team got into high gear and
won two contests in the city League
this week by defeating the O’Neill
All Stars 15 to 11 or Monday night
and topping the Brown McDonald
outfit Wednesday, 7 to 6.
In the first game the K of C boys
got a four run lead and held it
throughout the affair. Poor field
ing and 10 errors led to the los
ers defeat.
Box Seore-K of C 15 runs, 13 hits.
5 errors- Battens, Flood and Valla.
; All Stars. 11 rum 15 hits, 10 errors.
Batteries, Halva, McDonough,
Jack Vincent
The bottle Wednesday was more
of a even match. The K of C
team tied the score in the third with
a four run outburst and cinched
the game in the first of the seventh
• with a home run by Bob Shoemaker
Box Seore-K of C 7 runs. 13 hits.
4 errors. Battens, Flood and
Brown-MeDonald. 6 runs 9 hits
2 errors. Battens. Lowery and
These teams will again meet
Sunday afternoon to play the sche
duled game rained out August 1st.
Art Wedburg and daughter
Artier of Fremont, visited at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Widt
feldt. last week.
Abe Saunto returned Saturday
from Sioux City. Iowa, and Cohnnh
us. Nebr.. where he visited rela
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jones drove
to Norfolk on Friday where they at
tended a picnic of the Central Fin
ance company employees.
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Bob Burks, who has been here
visiting his mother, Mrs. Laura
Burks for the past month, left
Thursday for San Deigo. where he
will rejoin his ship.
Misses Nadine Neal and Helen
Ullom of Hastings, who have been
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Widt
feldt the past two weeks, returned
to their homes Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry G <iak left
Monday for their home in Omaha
after visiting here for the past
month at the home of Mr. and Mrs
Francis Bazelman.
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Thomas of
! Brady, Nebraska, arrived here on
Saturday to spend a few days visit
ing at the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John Protivineky.
John Mullen and son. John Jr„
left on Sunday for West Point, and
Omaha. Nebr.. where they will visit
before returning to their home at
Hobbs, New Mexico.
O’Neill Day August 13.
Stamp Photos taken for one day
only 25c a dozen; two positions
Finished three honrs after they are
taken. O'Neill Photo Company
Miss Hazel Schwisow left on
Tuesday for her home in Omaha
after spending the past two week?
here visiting her father, Paul Sch
Ted Sirek, who completed a two
month course in a Norfolk training
, school the first of the week, left or
Tuesday for Baltimore, Md., wherr
he has accepted a position in an
airplane factory.
Mrs. W. J. Bro. of Nebraska
City, Nebr., arrived on Sunday tc,
visit at the home of her daughter
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emmet
Miss Mildred O’Malley of Chamb
ers, arrived on Sunday and will
spend the week here visiting hei
sisters, the Misses Edna and Isa-:
bella O’Malley.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Streeter and
Clyde Streeter and daughter. Bar
bara, drove to Brunswick Sunday
and spent the day there visiting at I
the home of their mother.
Mrs. Ruth McCafferty of Kansas
City, Mo., arrived Monday and willj
visit here for the next two week
at the home of her sister and her
i family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Me-]
j Kenna.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnkersenhrock
, Ray Schriner and Jesse Scofield
drove to Norfolk on last Sunday
and spent the day there vi. the
ard taking in the ball game in .he
C linic For Crippled
Children To Be Held
Here On Saturday
Under the auspices of the Divis
ion of Child Welfare and Services'
for Crippled Children an extension
clinic is being held at the O'Neill
High School in O'Neill, August 9
1SM1- from 7:3© a. m.. to 4:06 p. m
AU registrations should be com
pleted by 11:06 A M Dr. Wm R
Hamsa will be the examining ortho
pedist in attendance at the clinic1
and Dr. G. E. Robertson is the pedi
atncian who will examine aB nee
cases being considered for Services
for Crippled Children as well as
cases referred for consultation only
Children who aTe not now recei
ving service under the program of
Services for Crippled Chidren may
« be admitted to the dink when re
ferred by the local physician, or
m certain cases at the request of the
child’s parents or guardian.
The clink is for diagnosis con
sultation. checkup and aftercare
services on cases receiving treat
ment. Children admitted to the
clinic for consultation or prelimin
ary- diagnosis will not receive treat
ment under Services for Crippled
Children unless formal referral
m made and the child found to be
Orthopedic cases may receive
treatment if care cannot be arrang
ed through private resources Ped
iatric cases will be accepted by *
the clink for the purpose of con
-■jltation and diagnosis only and
should be referred only by the
family's own physician.
The Norfolk Elks Lodge is fura
ishing without cost, a noon lunch
to all children and their parents
who are registered for the clinic
O’Neill Boosters Visit
Boyd, Western Holt and
Eastern Rock Counties
The O'Neill Boosters, headed by,
the High School hand made the
first O’Neill Day Booster trip last
Wednesday morning, leaving here
about 8 a. m. From here they went
to Redbird. then to Lynch. Bris
tow, Spencer and Butte, where the1
party had lunch. At each of the
towns the hand furnished inspiring
music and the residents were told
of the entertainment provided for
their amusements in this city
on O’Neill Day.
Leaving Butte they headed west
for Naper, then south to Stuart
west to Newport and Bassett, then j
east to Atkinson. Emmet and home
arriving back home about 5:55. At
each of the towns visited the Boost
ers were met with an enthusiastic
group of residents and the bands
and the clowns furnished a lot of
amusement for the young folks
of the several towns visited. An
other Booster trip will be made
Friday afternoon, east and smith
leaving here at 5:30 p. m., and re
turning home about 10 p. m. If
you can furnish a car for this trip
notify one of the members of the
committee of your willingness to be
of assistance.
The Weather
There has been no break in the
heat wave which has continued in
this part of the state, although
the eastern half had a definate
break with Omaha and Linooln
both reporting temperatures in the
lower seventies, while O’Neill and
vicinity sweltered in 104 degree
heat. Some corn, especially that
in the northeast part of the county,
which is planted in gravel, has be
gun to fire and curl, but the western
part of the county is still in good
shape. The weather report for the
past week is as follows:
High Low
July 31 98 62
August 1 93 65
August 2 87 65 '
August 3 97 68
August 4 101 70
August 5 104 71
August 6 98 70
Marriage Licenses
Marriage licenses issued by the
office of the County Judge during
the past week.
Leonard La Porte Hansen of j
Thruston, Nebraska and Geneva]
M. Lamb of Witchita, Kansas, on
August 2nd.
Wilbur M. Spangler and Thelma
Grnfft, both of Ewing, on August
Pale Perry and Virginia Hop
kin1;, both of Inman, on August 2nd.
Harold L. Wickersham and Velma
Pritchett, both of Lynch on August
Fifty-Five Years Ago
The Frontier, August 5, 18AS
Fine run» on Monday and Tues
day. Corn is an assumed crop.
Sidewalk are being boih from
the skating rink to connect with
the one on the west side of the
Presbyterian church, making a can.
tinuoas line from the main street
to the church.
The carpenter work on the mill
being about finished the mill
wrights are busy putting in the ma
chinery. This work will take about
two months. The mill will have
twenty-two seta of rollers.
Fifty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 6. Infill
Thomas Carl on has removed his
law office to the McBride building
occupying the two front rooms up
Died, at bis home ;n O'Neill on
Saturday, August 1, 1MI, James
Coughlin, aged SI years. He is
survived by his widow, who was
the widow of Genera] John O'Neill
the founder of this city. He is also
survived by two children and three
step-children, by her former mar
Butte City has been designated
by Governor Thayer as the county
seat of the new county of Boyd.
The Item. August 6, 1891
P. Fahy and A. D. Watson went
up to Long Pine Wednesday to bear
Hon. J. Sterling Morton, who spoke
there that evening.
Romaine Saunders, one of the
typos on The Frontier force, is ly
ing at his home quite ill. We hope
however, that in a short time he
will be back at his post all right.
Last Monday evening the young
men of the city got together and
completed the organization of the
“O'Neill Eagle Chib.” The officers
elected are: President, H. E.
Murphy; vice president, J. J. Mc
Manus; secretary, Fred Swingley;
treasurer, Jake Hershiser. The
Club starts out with a membership
of thirty, bat they expect to in
crease to 100 within a few weeks.
Forty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 8, 1901
It rained. Not a roaring, tu
multous tempest with hghtening's
red glare painting hell in the sky.
It came gently, fell steadily with
scarcely less noise than the evening
dew. It rained about four hours
and .85 hundreth* of an inch fell
It was of vast benefit to the corn
Thirty Years Ago
The Frontier, August S, 1911
The race meet will be held in this
city cm August 9, 10 and 11th. A
large number bf horse* are already
on the ground and an excellent meet
is looked for by the officers in
The settlers of northern Holt and
southern Boyd county have organ
ised a permanent Old Settlers As
sociation. Ed Larson of Meek has
been elected secretary.
Twenty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 4, 1921
This county and section of the
state was visited last Sunday and
Monday with another splendid rain,
which insures the largest corn crop
in the history of the county.
Senator D. H. Cronin, editor of
The Frontier, was endorsed by the
Nebraska delegation in congress
for the position of United States
Marshal for the District of Ne
Ten Years Ago
The Frontier, August 6, 1931
The government weather report**
for O’Neill show that for the past
week ending last Saturday the aver
age temperature for the week was
108 degrees.
Miss Clarissa Teaquist. who has
been cheif operator at the North
western Bell Company for the past
three and a half years, resigned
her position, effective the first
of August, and her place has been
taken by Miss Ruby Edlund. of
Holdrege, Nebraska. Miss Tea
quist is to be married at her home
at Spencer, Nebraska, on Thursday,
August 7th.