The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, August 21, 1941, Page FOUR, Image 4

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    The Frontier
D. H. Cronin. Editor and Owner
Entered at the postoffice at
O’Neill, Nebraska, as Second
Class Matter. ___
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Fifty-Five Years Ago
The Frontier, August 19, 1886
O’Neill new nasby, Frank
Campbell, will take possesion the
first of September. Tom Camp
bell, brother of Frank, is now
in the postoffice learning the
mysteries of the business, that he
may take charge when the time
O’Neill people were excited
over the possibility of the Union
Pacific building a line into this
County, coming north from Al
bion to Neligh and then west
and northeast to O’Neill and
northwest from here and would
cross the Niobrara in the vicini
ty of Dustin or Grand Rapids.
The dream never materialized.
Fifty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 20, 1891
O. O. Snyder and Co. of Allen,
a station on the Short Line, have
purchased the Barnett and Frees
lumber yard at this place and
will take possession soon.
There is a possibility that Ed.
May, the obliging manager of the
Potter, may take charge of a larg
er and more commodious hotel
to be built in O’Neill soon. (And
| we wafted about twenty-five
! more years for it.)—Editor.
A heavy rain last night and
again today will bring on the late
com in good shape.
Fred Gatz is building a large
addition to the Hotel Evans.
The mail route between O’Neill
and Fort Randall, Van Turner,
; Sizer and Spencer, has been per
manently located and Charles A.
Moore awarded the contract.
Service will start September 1.
The postoffiee at Minneola has
been discontinued and the mail
will go to Star.
The Item, August 20, 1891
The first populist convention
was held in Atkinson last Satur
day morning. The senior mem
bers of the Item was in attend-;
ance and witnessed a real circus.
There were about 110 delegates
accredited to the convention, and
as all preciniets except four were
represented there was present
about 100 delegates and of this
number about ninety were candi
dates for office. After an after
noon and part of night balloting,
the work being slow on account
of the large list of canidates, the
following tickets was nominated:
C. M. Smith, Sheriff; J. P. Mullen,
treasurer; Conger, County Clerk;
William Bowen, County Judge;
George W. Lessinger, Clerk of the
district Court; John C. Morrow,
County Superintendent; Phillips,
County Surveyor; H. A. Skelton,
More than one hundred and
fifty teachers have enrolled for
the institute. More coming next
Forty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 22. 1901
The Holt County Teachers In
stitute covened Tuesday. There
is an enrollment of eighty.
The woven wire fence enclos
ing the court house premises is
now completed. There are seven
ty rods of fencing at an estimated
cost of $1.25 a rod for the mater
The First National Bank people
have filed articles of incorporat
ion, for a bank at Inman.
Mr. Reka, our enterprising cigar
manufacturer, is the first O’Neill
man to venture an automobile
He has one ordered and is look
ing for it any day.
Guy M. Green and Miss Eva
Lewis were married at Meadow
Grove on Monday. They arrived
here Tuesday and will make their
home in the southern part of the
Thirty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 17, 1911
The most successful race meet
ever held in this city was brought
to a close last Saturday afternoon.
A very pretty wedding was sole
mnized at the Catholic Church
last Wednesday morning when
Rev. Father O’Sullivan perform
ed the ceremony that united Ed
ward Donohoe of Stuart to Miss
I*Mlie Brennan of this city.
Judge Malone issued a marri
age license last Wednesday to
John W. Walters, of Chambers,
and Miss Matilda Liermann, of
Conrad C. Reka died at his
home in this city last Monday
after an illness of two months of
paralysis of the throat. He was
forty-nine years of age and had
been a resident of this city for
twelve years.
Work on the addition to St.
Mary’s Academy is completed.
Painters are now busy putting on
the finishing touches.
Mrs. E. H. Thompson passed
away at her home in this city
on August 13, at the age of
seventy-three years. She came
here with her husband and fam
ily in 1873.
Twenty Years Ago
The Frontier, August 18, 1921
Miss Florence McCafferty en
tertained at cards Monday even
ing, twenty-five guests being
present. Miss Mae Hammond
won the honors at auction.
State and Federal engineers
last week inspected the Whiting
bridge site on the Niobrara river
between O’Neill and Spencer and
are now preparing plans and esti
mates for a proposed new State
Aid structure.
The nomination of Dennis H.
Cronin to be United States
Marshal for the district of Ne
braska was confirmed by the
United States senate last Thurs
day. He will take office Septem
| ber 1.
Another fine rain visited this
j County on Friday and again on
i Monday. A couple of weeks and
| corn will be safe from frost.
Mike Harriskey has applied for
a patent on a new system of
finding lost golf balls. Mike paints
’em with luminous paint and then
goes out after dark and picks’em
Ten Years Ago
The Frontier, August 20. 1931
Col. James Moore has opened
a gas filling station on West
Douglas street.
John Enright celebrated his
nintieth birthday anniversary last
Thursday. He came to Holt
County in 1876.
L. C. Walling, district manager
of the Interstate Power company
left for Chicago this morning op
a business trip.
A chronic heart ailment caused
the death of F. J. O’Neill at) Cas
per, Wyoming, last Thursday
afternoon. He was a son of the
late Senator Hugh O’Neill and
was born at Leonia, this county.
He was thirty-five years of age.
Many letters have been receiv
ed here asking questions about
Albert Engel—the one-man army
camp investigating committee.
Engel is a member of congress
from the State of Michigan. He
is a members of the House Com
mittee on Appropriations and also
a member of the sub-committee
which handles appropriations for
the War Department. He saw
service with the A. E. F. in France
during the last war and he made
statistics a hobby. Many members
who know him intimately believe
he is probably more completely
informed regarding the details of
expenditures in the War Depart
ment than any other member in
the House today. He is a Re
publican, but often consulted by
members of both parties. He
has confidence of members on
both sides of the aisle and they
know that no matter what party
his statistical information affects,
he lets the chips fall where they
When the committee began re
ceiving request for huge appro
priations for national defense,
Engel detrmined that the waste,
and inefficiency of the first world
war should not be repeated.
When the War Department began
building new camps, Engel de
termined to make a personal in
vestigation. He served notice on
his colleagues that he feared the
cost-plus program of construction
would result in great waste of
money and he proceeded to go
out and get the facts.
He first requested committee
approval of his action and that
was promptly accorded. He sec
ured official permission from the
Adjutant General to inspect the
camps and then he formulated his
plans of procedure and started
The result has been that he
has, without contradiction, devel
oped the fact that out of an ex
penditure of $800,000,000 in the
building of army camps about
$250,000,000 has been wasted.
Certain changes in plans were
made and correction of some of
the abuses has been made by leg
islation. He has made it possible
to cut the engineering costs from
11 percent to 7 percent. He has
unearthed a wealth of informa
tion which has aided the elim
ination of waste and inefficiency
and he is now reporting to Con
gress those who have profited by
commissions on insurance and
bonds in connection with the
building of these camps. He has
shown that the waste in camp
construction up to this time
amounts nearly the total cost of
the entire camp construction pro
gram of the first world war. To
stop further waste and ineffici
ency he is continuing his work
and is taking the floor of the
House frequently to point out
constructively how costs can be
held down and how efficiency
can be promoted.
Engel has not yet submitted his
bill to Congress but he has told
firends that the entire cost of his
investigation is $248.00 What he
has saved the government in ex
posing useless waste and ineffici
ency will undoubtedly amount to
many millions of dollars. Fre
quently, leading democrats have
come to Engel and praised him
for the work he has accomplished.
Following Engle’s reports to
: Congress the Naval Affairs and
| Military Ahairs Comittees have
; started investigations. These will
: be more expensive but with the
foundation laid by Engel, it is
believed that additional savings
can be accomplished for the bene
fit of taxpayers.
It must have been quite a sur
prise to the commanding officers
of the various camps when they
were suddenly confronted by this
lone Congressman and asked to
produce the information he re
quired. Engel’s procedure was
unique. He drove his automo
bile from Washington in the very
early morning and arrived at
camps at about 6:30 A. M. After
driving around the camp, by him
self, until about 9 o’clock, he
made his appearance at the office
of the commanding officer. By
that time he had taken many
pictures of the buildings and had
counted the trucks and machines
going into camp. His first in
struction to the commanding offi
cer was to direct the public re
lations officer to give no publicity
to his visit. He then called in the
construction engineer, the con
tractor or his representive and
the ordinance officer for a five
hours session during which he
asked questions. Frequently he
had the engineers and contractors
alone. Many of his questions re
lated to the recommendations the
engineers and contractors had
made to the army and he also
fully developed the facts about
recommendations that the army
had rejected.
In eighteen days he had visited
thirteen camps and not one word
of publicity came out until he
had finished his investigation and
reported the results on the floor
of the House of Representatives.
To date his figures have not been
disputed. He has shown that
there has been waste and that
there has been inefficiency and
that there have been rackets. Tax
payers will be glad to learn that
Congress is listening to these re
ports and has demanded that the
money being expended for na
tional defense be watched more
carefully and that we get a dol
lar’s worth of defense for a dol
lar spent.
Heavy underwear; a heavy
dress; two sweaters; shoes and
overshoes and a fur coat and a
life belt. That is what Miss Mar
ion McGill of Tekamah wore
when she was plunged into the
icy North Atlantic last June when
her ship was torpedoed. Her thril
ling adventure# are going to be
told in exclusive stories soon to
be published.
Waitresses in some of the sea
food restaurants here make as
much as fourteen dollars a day.
That, of course includes the big
tips which liberal visitors give
for special service. Washington
is the number one tipping town.
No tips—no service. Even clerks
in stores say they get liberal tips
from customers. It is no longer
a question of selling here. Ne
braskans get the impression that
clerks feel they are doing the
customer a favor if they wait on
A lot of army fliers that have
returned from foreign obesrva
tion are in town urging Congress
to do something about a separate
and unified air force. They be
lieve that Germany’s sucess in the
air with unified air force should
not be ignored by Uncle Sam.
Many of the suggestions to alter
the established system in the
Army and Navy encounter the
resistance of generals and admir
The "Union Now” advocates
are not fooling. They are ser
ious and sincere in their beliefs.
The president of the convention
of Federal Union, Inc,, says:
"There is at least a possibility
that we are right in believing
that we can neither maintain the
essentials of our constitutional
system even here at home, nor
win the war without establishing
a provision federal union with
the British.”
Col. Wedgewood, member of
the British Parliament, when he
was here said: "From the war in
which accounts between Britian
and America are now getting
somewhat mixed, the step for
ward to a common army, navy
and air force—and taxation to
pay for them—is not far distant.
We in Great Britian have all to
gain from a union, and the invit
ation must come from America.”
Those opposing these ideas say
that “union now” means renunci
ation of the Declaration of In
dependence, and a "shooting”
participation in the war by the
United States.
Filipino leaders who have
fought all moves to extend the
protection of the United States
over the Philippines after 1946,
now say that the invitation to ex
tend that time must some from
the United States.
While soldiers in foreign lands
are fighting, great diplomats are
developing political strategy be
hind closed doors. Statements
by men in high offices are made
only after long conferences in
secret diplomatic chambers. What
the soldiers do usually follows
the decision of these diplomats.
In answer to questions about
the interest we pay on bur nation
al debt, it can be said that the
annual interest payment now is
around one billion one hundred
and twenty-five million dollars
based on a debt of fifty billion
dollars. Next July, that indebt
edness will be around 62 billion
dollars and the annual interest
payments must be correspond
ingly higher.
The vacation of Lord Halifax
has not been unexpected in
Washington. Some of his critics!
say that he has not been discreet-'
ly tactful with Americans who
feel that too many Britishers have
talked out of turn and have left
the impression of the assumption
of superority and in some cases
have tried to tell American of
ficials how to run their business.
From now on more dipolmacy
will be used by the thousands of
Britishers here working in close
co-ordination with our govern
About 300 new restaurants
have opened in town. Thous
ands of girls have joined the dan
cers and entertainers who are
trying to make the visit of thous
ands of soldiers to Washington
The Federal government is un
dertaking to discourage Washing
ton’s effort to procure conven
tions this year. There is no room
left for conventions. Conven
tions have been bringing about
five million dollars a year to this
town and the Board of Trade
here is always on the job to get
more business. That organization
is fighting the decentralization
program which has started.
Army maneuvers which start
ed last May, will continue thru
to November 30th next. A
number of members of the House
have been asked to attend some
of these maneuvers and stay in
the camps with the soldiers for a
week or ten days.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rooney drove
to Spalding, Nebraska, Monday
on business.
Mr. and Mrs. John McManamy
of Council Bluffs, Iowa, spent the
week end here visiting relatives.
Mrs. G. O. Racely returned on
Saturaay from a vacation trip
to the west coast.
Attorney W. H. Whalan of
Hastings, Nebraska, was in O’Neill
Wednesday on business.
Mrs. H. J. Hammond, daughter,
Mary Lois, and Henry Grady
made a business trip to Sioux
City, Iowa, on last Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richter,
Jr., announce the birth of a son,
James William, on Friday August,
Miss Ruth Scott of Marti, South
Dakota, spent Sunday here vis
iting at the home of Miss Ber-,
nadine Protivinsky.
Mr .and Mrs. Pete Swanson, of
Herman, arrived the last of the
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F. H. Parkins and son, Bob.
returned on Monday evening from
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Mr. and Mrs. William Martin
left on Sunday for the Black Hills
of South Dakota, where they will
spend a weeks vacation.
Jesse L. Myers is visiting at
New Market, Va., while on a
motor trip through the Shen
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Miss Vivian Eidenmiller re
turned on Friday from Omaha,
where she spent several days vis
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