The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, November 06, 1941, Image 1

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    • Neb. State Historical Society
By Romaine Saunders
It doth appear, from the noises
I hear morning and evening, that
; most of the pheasants eluded the
hunters. The harsh call of the
male birds indicates that there are
a lot of pheasants left over to
generate the broods next next
Many of the workers in struck
factories and mines would prefer
to stay on the jobs but are called
out by union bosses, whose proper
treatment would be good stiff fines
and a few years in a penitentiary.
There is said to be ten million
horses in use on the farms as
against twenty million a score of
years ago. Maybe therein lies an
answer to the ‘‘farm problem."
Alaska’s contribution to the
country’s fish supply is 1,241,000
cases of canned Salmon as the
season's pack. But this is a story
I was told by a friend who visited
an Alaska Salmon cannery:
Signs hung plentifully around in
dicating strict sanitary regula
tions, but he saw a chap at work
packing the cooked Salmon into
cases as he thought no one was
looking squirted his tobacco stain
ed spit into a can and filled it with
the red flesh of the Salmon.
Mr. and Mrs. George Meals,
Melvin and Marvin, and Mrs.
Hannah Meals, were out Sunday
from their home near Atkinson.
I learn from them that Frank
Meals, a native of O’Neill, com
mander of a cutter in the coast
guard service, was on patrol duty
in these cold and dangerous wat
ers around Iceland in August and
when last heard from, a few weeks
ago, was along the coast of a deso
late and uninhabitable region of
Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Baker spent
Sunday evening at the home of
the Breezes. Mrs. Baker and Mrs.
Saunders gave their conversation
al attention to matters of feminine
fancy, while Tom and I settled
the map of Europe. Tom is native
of Bristol, England, and I am a
British sympathiser in this in
stance, so we settled it as two
such would. In the meantime the
tragic horrors are not preceptibly
lessened. The violent wind of the
Sunday previous furnished Tom
with a job ot setting to rights a
wagon and lllhd of hay that had
been blown over.
A subscriber came into my
newspaper office in a little Ne
braska town and announced he
was there to pay his account,
after greeting me with the famil
axity of one who had grown up
with me. I was new in the com
munity and did not know many of
my readers, so as I turned to my
records resorted to that miserable
suberfuge, “Let’s see, how do you
spell your name?’’ I was about
floored when he drawled ouL
“S-m-i-t-h,” but escaped confus
ing embarrassment by saying,
“Some spell it ‘‘S-m-y-t-h-e.’’
The late John Horiskey, ever
alert to the need of the moment,
saved a country lady from what
might have been an embarrassing
situation one day on the street in
O’Neill. She passed John and I
as we stood in front of the old
post office when we noticed that
her dress had come unfastened
and was sagging ominously to
earth. John took in the scene,
realized its seriousness and step
ped gallantly to the rescue, in
forming the lady of the situation.
The weather was hot, but little
clothing was worn and no telling
what a few steps more might have
meant to that sister.
The valuable state historian
down at Lincoln, A. E. Sheldon,
proposes that the survivors of the
populist national convention held
in Omaha July 4, 1892, get to
gether again in that city on the
50th anniversary of that gather
ing of westerners next year. Who
was in at that convention from
Holt county I do not know but our
prairies and gulches were as thick
with eligible patriots as lice in an
army camp. Of those who iden
tified themselves with this prairie
fire movement Dan Cronin, Jim
Harrington and Miks McCarthy
have survived the wreck of time
and are best known. The move
ment, built upon the ashes of dis
appointed hopes to transform the
prairies of Buffalo Bill into corn
fields and inspired by implacable
hatred of republicans who held all
O’Neill High Trims
Gregory High School
The O’Neill Eagles came roar
ing back in the second half to
down Gregory High School 19-7
on a slippery field at Gregory,
South Dakota, on Octobtf 30.
In their first out-of-state game,
the O.H.S. outfit had to come
from behind in order to gain its
margin. From the first kickoff, the
! Eagles drove to a touchdown but
| failed to make the point. The score
was made by Wetzler on a pass
frmo Manzer. Gregory rebounded
to repeat the O’Neill drive and
scoie a touchdown, making the
7-6. as the try for point was suc
cessful. This brief flurry gave the
only scores in the first half.
In the third quarter, O.H.S.
went on a drive which netted a
score when Burgess broke loose
for a long broken-field run. Wetz
ler scored the extra point on an
other pass. On a fake line plunge
in the closing minutes of the quar
ter Manzer took a lateral bnd
skirted the end for the last touch
Besides the scorers, outstanding
for O’Neill was Calkins, multi
threat fullback, whose psses
punts, runs and tackles contribut
ed brilliantly to the Eagles vic
tory. He prevented two touch
downs by the opponents when he
overtook Gregory backs who were
in the clear.
O’Neill completed three of six
passes, Gregory one of four.
Council Oak Had Grand
Opening Last Week.
The Council Oak opened thpir
new store, in the new Vincent
building last Friday, and held an
open house that day and Saturday
to hundreds of customers and
other hundreds of prospective
customers. The new store is a
beauty and is one of the largest
country grocery stores in the
state. Manager Rhode, and a
large force of efficient clerks were
busy last week attending to the
wants of their many customers
and new friends and expressed
himself as highly pleased with
the reception accorded their new
store, and the business transacted
during their two days opening
sale. Council Oak stores solicit
your patronage by the liberal use
of printers ink. They tell you
what they have to sell and the
price asked for each item, which
is putting their cards right on the
table. Visit their store, when you
are in town, this week, you will be
surprised at it’s beauty, and the
; enormous stock of seasonable
merchandise they carry. From
Manager Rhode down they will
, all be glaal to see you.
At a candle light ceremony on
the evening of September 27, Miss
Cleta Riser of Lincoln, youngest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Riser of Friend, Nebraska, became
the bride of Mr. A1 Spadt of Lin
coln, son of Mrs. Katie Spadt. The
ceremony was performed at 8:30
by Rev. Henne at his home with
only the immediate families at
The bride wore a brown street
length dress suit with plaited skirt
and striped trimming. Her
shoulder corsage was of gardenies.
The couple were attended by
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Peterson of
Lincoln, close friends of the bride
and groom. Mrs. Peterson wore a
gray street length dress with wine
accessories with a shoulder cor
gage of roses. Mr. Peterson and
I Mr. Spadt wore convenitional dark
A reception followed the cere
mony, at the home of the bride
groom’s mother.
Mrs. Spadt is a graduate of the
Friend High School with the class
of ‘36, and has been employed in
Lincoln for the past four years.
Mr. Spadt is employed by a
Motor Company, and the couple
are at home at 1121 North 29th
Street, Lincoln.
the offices, developed some not
able if not picturesque characters
in Nebraska, among the great or
near great of whom was Mike
Harrington of O’Neill, and J. P.
Mullen of Emmet, who became
known locally as the Idol. From
county surveyor to governor of the
state, all officers were swept un
der the control of the populists,
but we still had to pay taxes,
work for a livlihood, suffer loss
from hot winds and experience
the biting penury of industrial
S. J. Weekes, Pioneer
Banker and Holt County
Resident, Passes Away
Stephen John Weekes passed
away at his home in this city this
morning at 6 o’clock, after an ill
ness of about four months of a
heart ailment, aggravated by an
asmethic condition, at the age of
73 years, four months and twenty
three days. The funeral will be
held Saturday afternoon at 2:00
o’clock, from the Presbyterian
church, with Rev. J. Spencer
officiating and burial in Prospect
Hill cemetery. The funeral will be
in chrge of the Masonic lodge.
Stephen John Weekes was born
at Waterloo, Iowa, on June 13,
1868. When he was eleven years
of age in 1879, his parents moved
to this county and lived on a
ranch northeast of this city for
about three years, when his father
disposed of his investments there
and they moved to O’Neill in the
spring of 1883, and this city had
been his home ever since, with the
exception of one year that he
spent on the Pacific coast, but noti
satisfied, with the climate there,
he returned to the land of his
On June 12, 1901, he was united
in marriage to Miss Emma Dickin
son, of Tekamah, Nebr., the cere
mony being performed at Tekam
ah. No children were bom of this
union and Mrs. Weekes is left to
mourn the passing of a kind and
affectionate husband. He is also
survived by two sisters, Mrs
Maud Curl, of Los Angeles, Cali
fornia and Mrs. Frank Martin, of
Riverton, Wyoming. He is also
survived by several nephews and
John Weekes, as he was gener
ally known, was one of the most
beloved residents of this county, of
which he had been a resident for
over sixty-one years. When the
family moved to this city from
the ranch John attend the O’Neill
High School graduating with the
class of 1888. After his graduation
from school he served as a clerk
and later deputy treasurer in the
office of the county treasurer. In
1894 he entered the real estate and
investment business in this city,
in which he was unusually suc
cessful. He continued in this busi
ness until 1897 when he was ap
pointed registrar of the United
States land office in this city, a
posittion he held for practically
ten years. It was after his retire
ment from this office that he went
He returned to O’Neill within a
year and entered the O’Neill Na
tionl bank as cashier in 1908
thirty-three years ago. He served
as cashier of thu, bank until 1920,
when he was selected president of
the bank a position he held at the i
time of his death. He was recog-'
nized as one of the ablest bankers I
in the state of Nebraska, and was
held in high esteem by the mem
bers of that profession all over the
During the years of his resid
ence here, he was always active
in civic affairs and worked con
stantly for the advancement of
the city he loved *and for its re
sidents. He served as a member of
the School board of his Alma Ma
ter for eight years, then retiring..
He was often importuned to serve
the city In other capacities, but he
preferred to remain in private life,
but was always willing to do what
he could, financilly or otherwise,
for its advancement.
In the death of John Weekes the
writer loses his oldest and best
friend. We were boys together
here sixty years ago, grew to man
hood here, attended the
same school and #ere both mem
of the same graduating class of the
O’Neill High School, but the
writer was com§>elled to leave
school before graduation. During
the years of our manhood, we have
been close personal and political
friends. During the years of our
acquaintance, we have known
John to dip into his pockets many
times to help others in distress
and he performed this duty with
out a blare of trumpets or hope of
reward. There are many in this
city and county who can testify to
his wholehearted generosity. He
was one at the most influential!
residents of the c:*y, and when it
became necessary to promote any
thing for the benefit of the city or
county, John Weekes was the first
man to be interviewed to get his
reaction to the proposition, and
when his ok„ had been secured
victory was always in sight.. Th^re
is no man in O’Neill, or in this
section of the county who had,
more or loyal friends, and while |
his death had not been unexpect
ed, the knowledge of his passing
will be received with regret by,
hundreds of the people of this city,
county and state. Good Bye.
J6hn. You lived a useful and
not a selfish life and we hope that
your many good deeds while on
earth will bring you happiness
hereafter. You have been gone
from us but a few hours as this is
writtn and already we have heard
so many expressions ofsorrowthat
we know that you will live long in
the memory and hearts of the
people of your home city, county
and state.
Holt County Boy Wins
Trip To Chicago
■ ■ '■"
Ralph Allyn of Stuart received
notice this week that he was
awarded a trip to the National
4-H Club Congress in Chicago
during the International Livestock
Show. The trip awarded by the
Chicago and Northwester Railway
Company and the National 4-H
Club Congress wil be attended by
4-H members from every state in
the United States. The National
Club Congress is one of the high
est honors that can be earned by
a 4-H member and has been given
to Ralph because of his outstand
ing 4-H club work over the past
five years.
The Nebraska 4-H Congress de
legation will leave Omaha on
Saturday, November 29 to be en
tertained throughout the follow
ing week in Chicago returning to
Omaha on December 4.
This high honor is one which
has been earned by outstanding
efforts and is an achievement for
which Holt County can be proud.
Captains For The Coming
Red Cross Drive
Captalins for the Red Cross
drive for 41-42 have been chosen.
The following ladies will act as
Captains for the drive, which will
start Wednesday November 12.
Northeast quarter, Mrs. Wm.
Southeasst quarter, Mrs. Clinton
Northwest quarter, Mrs. Ed.
Southwest quarter, Mrs. James
Go To Iowa To
Attend Funeral
Mrs. M. A. Whaley, received
word Wednesday of the death of
D. A. Whaley of Marshalltown,
Iowa, of a heart ailment. Al
though he has had failing health
for many years, he was able to
attend the funeral of his brother,
Marion Whaley in O’Neill last
This is the third death in Mrs.
Whaley’s close family within the
past two months. Mrs. M.
A. Whaley and Mr. and Mrs. L.
A. Whaley leave tonight for Mar
shalltown to attend the funeral.
John Andrus Atkinson, arrested
by Patrolman John T. Meistrell,
charge of delinquent operator’s
license, date: October 30. Plead
guilty, fine $1.00, costs $3.10.
Leonard Pate of Butte, arrester
by Patrolmn C. C. Brandt, charge
Speeding, date November 1. Plead
guilty, fine $10.00 costs $3.10.
William Robinson of Missouri,
arrested by Patrolman C. C.
Brandt, charge Recklesss Driving,
date November 3. Plead guilty,
fine, $10.00, costs $3.10,
H. L. Hollenbeck, Inman, ar
rested by Patrolman John Meis
trell, charge delinquent operator’s
license and driving without a tail
light, date November 3. Plead
guilty, fine $1.00 and $2.00, costs
Due to the fact that Tuesdy is
Armistice Day, the Commercial
Club meeting will be held Wed
nesday of the following week.
Livestock Receipts Heavy
Prices About Steady
Receipt of livestock were heavy
last Monday both in the cattle and
hog divisions. Buyers were here
from several states and the in
creased supplies found ready out
let. Prices held about steady tho
there was some tendency for
prices to ease off on the plainer
A few choice steer calves paid
$12.50 or more, but the supply of
this kind was rather limited. Bulk
of the lightweight steers cashed
from $11.00 to $12.00. Heifers were
plentiful and sold as high as $10.
75. However, the long end of the
heifer calves turned at $9.00 to
Yearling steers cashed most
from $9.00 to $10.00 with a few
reaching upwards to $10.50. Sev
eral straight load sold at prices
ranging from $9.65 to $9.85.
An unusually large supply of
cows was here. Fat cows took from
$7.00 to $8.00. Feeding cows sold
mostly from $5.50 to $6.50. Bulks
paid from $7.25 to $7.85.
Hogs receipts were consider
ably increased with about 40
head on sale here. Butchers
bulked at $10.00 to $10.10. Sows
ranged in price from $9.35 to $9.75
Heavy feeder pigs had a price
spread from $11.15 to $12.25.
About 35 sheep completed the
day's offering.
The next regular action will be
held on Monday, November 10.
A very pretty wedding was
solemnized at the Dorsey Presby
trian church on Sunday, October
26, when Olive Virginia Derickson
became the birde of Wallace Lun
The ceremony was performed
at 4 o’clock by Rev. Wright of the
Methodist church of O’Neill.
Preceding the cermony, Mrs.
Lee Brady Jr., sang “O Promise
Me.’’ The Lohgrein wedding
march was played by Mrs. Lee
Brady Sr.
The bride wore a deep wine af
ternoon dress fashioned on the
princess lines. She carried a bou
quet of yellow roses.
Mrs. Frank Bren Jr., of Omaha,
the bride’s niece, was matron of
honor, Miss Sadie Derickson, the
bride’s sisiter, maid of honor, they
carried a bouquet of tea roses.
Miss Vera Arylene rnd Olive
Darylene Pickering of Lynch, Mil
dred Derickson of Star, Virginia
Derickson of Dorsey, the birde’s
nieces were bridesmaids. They
carried yellow carnations and
wore brown and green dresses
with matching accessories.
Walter Lundeen served as best
man, the ushers were Lester Der
ickson, Iroin Nightingale, Jack
Brady, and Carl Peterson. The
flower girl was Mabel Derickson.
The reception was held at the
home of the brides mother, Mrs.
Samuel Derickson of Dorsey. The
brides father was unable to attend
because of ill health.
The couple left immediately
after the reception for their new
home in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
Hammie Allen
Funeral services were held Sun
day Nov. 2nd at the Biglin Funeral
Home for Hammie Allen who
died, Friday, at a hospital in Iowa
City, Iowa.
He leaves a twin brother Ed H.
Allen of Des Moines, Iowa, D. H.
Allen, Emmet, Nebr., and three
sisters, Mrs. Charles Ison, Al
cester S. D., Mrs. Henry Millard
Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Bert
Gaffney of Emmet Nebraska.
Out of town relatives and
friends attending the funeral were
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Allen of Des
Moines, Iowa, Guy Ison and
daughter laura of Alcester, S. D.,
Mr. and Mrs. George Jacobson of
Beresford, S. D., Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Keene of Huron, S. D., and
Mr. and Mrs. Doc. McNaley of Ha
warden, Iowa.
The pall bearers were Pat Mc
Ginnis, Guy Cole, Pete Duffy,
Wiliam Dailey, Charles Withers
and James Ryan.
Rev. Peacock conducted the
services and interment was in
Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Earl Woodworth of Venus, pat
ient Sunday and Monday.
Dorothy Dalton, admitted Sun
day and dismissed Monday.
John Vitt, Jr., patient Saturday.
Mrs. Richard Tomlinson a son
born Sunday.
Mrs. Forest Henderson, a son
bom Monday.
O'Neill Men In Auto
Accident Near Bassett
While on their way to Ains
worth, last Monday night, a car
driven by L. G. Gillespie, with
Archie Bowen and Leon Sargent,
turned over near Bassett, with the
! result that Mr. Gillespie and Mr.
: Sargent were taken to a hospital
there, while Mr. Bowen, who was
considerably bruised and suffered
a broken left wrist came home
that evening. Mr. Gillespie, suf
fered a severe cut on the head and
is suffering from shock and bruis
es. Mr. Sargent suffered a few
broken ribs and is also suffering
fromshock and bruises. It is ex
pected that they will be in the
hospital until possibly Sunday.
The boys were on their way to
Ainsworth to attend a meeting
of the I.O.O.F. lodge. When a little
ways this side of Bassett there
was a pickup truck on the high
way, without flares or lights. Jt
had evidently been loaded with
potatoes for near the center of the
highway there were 3 sacks of po
tatoes that had been taken from
the truck. In attempting to go
around the sacks the wheels of
the car hit a sack and threw it
into the ditch, and it turned over.
The car is said to have been badly
Marriage Licenses
Conrad Bott, Oskosh, Gertrude
Miksch, Stuart, November 1.
John Marvin Gallagher, Inman,
Velda Jennette Kemper, Page,
November 3.
Melvin Ramon Poeschl, Norfolk
and Leslie Elaine Bishop, Pierce,
November 5.
- i
Mrs. Margaret McCormick, of
Valentine, spent Saturday night
with her cousin, Mrs. Wilbur Han
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barkus and
daughter, of Plainview, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Yo
cum and family Sunday.
Mrs. F. N. Brennan, Mrs. Fran
cis Cronin, Mrs. Pat Harty, and
Misses Marie Biglin, Bernadette
Brennan spent Friday in Sioux
City, Iowa.
A group of schoolmates and
friends had a farewell party Mon
day evening, at the home of Miss
Bernadette Brennan in honor of
Miss Lenore Reka, who left Tues
day for Omaha to make her home.
Games furnished the evening en
tertainment, and a lovely lunch
was served at the close of the eve
Miss Mary Harty, returned from
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday,
after spending several days there
visiting friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rickly,
moved Saturday to the home for
merly occupied by Mrs. Theresa
Connelly and family.
Howard Graves and Robert
Lowery, left Thursday, for Balti
more, Maryland, where they have
secured employment.
Louis Jones, arrived Sunday,
from Miles City, Montana, and is
visiting at the home of R. H Mur
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCormick
and Ernest Foster of Valentine,
spent Saturday night and Sunday,
with Mrs. Frank Hunter and Mrs.
Joe Hunter.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hart and
son, Jerry, spent the week-end in
Grand Island, visiting his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Schultz and
family, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Schultz
of Atkinson, Miss Sybil Harmon of
Bassett, were guests of Mrs. Helen
Simar Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Beilin entertained
a group of friends Sunday eve
ning. Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt
won high score at Pitch and Mr.
and Mrs. Virg Kline received low.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Youngs
; worth, of Lincoln, were week-end
j guests at the of Mr. Younsworth’s
sister, Mrs. Paul Beha.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Liddy and
children, came down from Long
Pine, Saturday, to visit his mo
ther, Mrs. Goldie Liddy. Mr. Lid
dy, returned to Long Pine Tues
day, but Mrs. Liddy and children
remained for a longer visit.
District Court
Met Monday
The fall jury term of the Dis
trict Court of this county opened
Monday with District Judge D. R
Mounts on the bench. This is the
first jury term held by Judge
Mounts in this county since his
A criminal case entitled The
State against Clarence Tasler was
the first case to be tried. Tasler, a
farmer living southwest of Atkin
son about ten miles, was charged
with stealing a calf from Dvorak
Brothers, who are also farmers
living in that locality, on the af
ternoon of April 15th last. A jury
was empaneled Monday and the
reception of evidence started that
The evidence offered by the
state was to the effect that Tasler
on the afternoon of April 15th,
stopped his car near an alfalfa
field in which Dvorak Brothers
had some cattle, climbed over a
fence and drug out to his car a
newly born calf; one of the Dvo
rak boys was in the field in a car
looking at the cattle and seeing
the car stop and the man enter
the field drove that way honkling
his horn; Tasler seeing the ap
proaching car dropped the calf
got in his car and left, with Dvo
rak in pursuit. Other evidence re
lated to the two cars passing dif
ferent points between the alfalfa
field and the Tasler home. Joe
Dvorak, Mrs. Clarence Grieg, Mrs.
Lillain Heying, William Marsoun,
Alfred Haying and Arthur Kaplan
were the chief witnesses for the -
Mr. Tasler, on his part, denied
being on the road near the al
falfa field on the afternoon in
question and denied taking the
calf or having anything to do with
it and called several witnesses in
his behalf. The case went to the
jury about 4:30 Wednesday and
the jury returned a verdict of
guilty about ten o’clock that night.
Mr. Tasler has three days to file
a motion for a new trail which
must be acted upon by the Court
before sentence can be passed.
Judge J. J. Harrington represent
ed the defendent Tasler and
County Attorney Julius D. Cronin
the state. The case created more
interest and attracted more specta
tators than any case tried here in
recent years; the court room in
cluding aisles were completely
filled each day long before Court
opened and the doors locked leav
ing many in the halls unable to
get in.
Thursday morning the case of
Williard Schroeder of Keya Paha
county against William Stor
johann of this county growing out
of an automobile collision near
Stuart, sometime ago came on
for trial and was submitted to the
jury, late Thursday afternoon.
Schroeder is asking damages of
Storjohann, because of injury to
his truck and its contents. About
two hundred dollars is involved.
Francis D. Lee of Atkinson, re
presents Schroeder and Judge J.
J. Harrington Storjohann.
The last case for trial at this
term and which is expected to be
started Friday morning is that of
! J. L. Fisher, formerly of Ewing,
but now of Norfolk, against Ora
Keeler, of Ewing, based upon a
promissory note given by Keeler,
some years ago. It is expected
that the trial will take a day and
a half. Fred Deutsch of Norfolk,
and Julius D. Cronin, represent
Fisher and J. J. Harrington, Keel-%.
Holt County
A. C. A* Notes
Educational meetings are being
held this week throughout the
county for the purpose of ac
quaint farmers with the new 1942
AAA and Farm Defense Program.
At a later date community com
mitteemen will contact the farm
ers throughout the county.
Holt County has been asked to
make the following increases in
Milk and dairy products— 11
per cent in 1942 over 1941.
Eggs—8 per cent in 1942 over
Chicken—27.5 per cent in 1942
over 1941.
Hogs for slaughter—11.9 per -
cent in 1942 over 1941.
Prices on these foods will be the
best since the World War. Claude
R. Wiekard, Secretary of Agricul
ture, states that one billion dollars
has been set aside to keep these
foods up to 85 per cent parity.