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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 4, 1941)
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Neb. Slate Historical Societ>
VOL. LXII O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 1941 NUMBER 30
By Romaine Saunders
C. E. Addison took Mrs. Ad
dison to a hospital in Omaha last
Friday for surgery. Cap also ex
pected to have some minor sur
Ranchers of the southwest who
were tempted to do a little farm
1, ing in addition to the normal
I program of hay and cattle have a
whale of a crop of corn. James
Fredricks and Kennedy, in my
f neighborhood, have more com
piled up than has been seen in the
county in the last five years.
A fundamental fact of society
was stated by Christ in a few
I words: “The poor ye have always
I with you.” And the noise of the
shouting of many voices, political
and social nostrums by organized
groups, books and papers by
starry-eyed reformers and plain
nuts, daily brainstorms by syn
dicated columnists are unable toi
alter that fundamental fact.
A gap in the columns of war j
stories, defense propaganda, union
pralk-outs and football scores
was made to make room for an
unusual romance down in old i
fabled Texas. A 25-year-old par
son took for his bride a 70-year
old matron. Spinsters thirty pass
ed need not despair.
The steady roar of the motors of
an invisible airplane over the
big hills far to the southwest just
after sunrise Sunday morning,
with the frequent report of
shooting, indicated one of three
things—the chase was on for a
white tail deer, a mess of ducks
or the pelts of the dun-grey
coyotes, the latter probably being
| the true explanation.
“And thou shalt take no gift:
for the gift blindeth the seeing.’’
Wonder what that half-million
dollar election gift from the
funds of one group of union labor
has had to do with the one-sided
attitude at Washington in the
widespread union sitdowns and
Orlan Frynar rode the sand
hills Sunday searching out bad
ger and polecat dens. What luck
he had in snaring them with his
lasso I don’t know, but he at
least stirred up a mighty smell
that floated this way on a mild
A letter from Charley Bausch
revive memories of happy days,
early associates and conditions
prevailing in O’Neill in that period
of the six-shooter and supberb
horsemanship. Charley’s mind
runs particularly to the nights
when he and Barney McGreevy
oonstituted an orchestra at the
dances held in McCafferty’s hall,
access to which was effected by
ascending a long stairway on the
outside of the building. That hall
and the old rink, now both gone,
. held memories of the social and
amusemnt life of a people who
had few equals as business or
play, politics, music, literature or
oratorical flights to the clouds. It
is by writing of these things that
the memories of the human side
of community life of a people are
The glow of the Townsend
vision has become dimmed but
•cross the horizon has lately
flashed a new-halo of hope for
gray heads. This is a book that
tells us how to "Look Eleven
Years Younger.” Physiologically,
bodily change is said to be ef
fected every seven years, but
here is a proposition from an up
to-date Pone de Leon to put these
processes in reverse on eleven
year basis. About the time the
town of O’Neill had begun to slip
into middle age, Bill Lakey, a local
patriot lately become a widower,
began to preen and groom to cam
aflag the marks of time. Dyed
moustache and hair—a dead give
away—daily shave, boots polished,
a sudden interest in young ladies
fooled nobody. Steve McNichols
was trying it out too. Bill gave it
up. admitted to me he was grow
ing old. “I fit it off as long as I
could—but there is no use!” This
cry of dispair of Bill’s—or was it a
happy recognition of his arrival
at the mellow years of mature
life—echos out of the past and
tells us the Old Timer can’t kid
Turning to Frontier files of any
date in the 80’s will be found
Heavy Run of Livestock
And Stronger Prices
A firm undertone prevaded the
livestock market here last Mon
day and prices ruled stronger on
all classes. Receipts were much
heavier than had been expected
but buyers were plentiful and
radily absorbed the day’s offering.
An extreme top of $13.85 was
paid for a short load of light
weight steer calves and a lot of
calves sold from $12.50 to $13.00.
Heifer calves brot as much as
$11.50 with the bulk selling from
$10.50 to $11.00.
One straight load of yearling
steers cashed at $11.05. A few
lightweights brot more but the
long end of the yearlings sold
from $10.25 to $10.75. One load of
yearling heifers reached $9.50.
A straight load of 2 year old
steers collected $9.80 with smaller
packages in this class bringing
A heavy supply of cows showed
up. A few good fat ccows reached
$8.00. The bulk of the run drew
from $6.25 to $7.25. Several loads
of breeding cows were here and
these sold by the head. Bulls
were stronger in price.
A heavy supply of hogs was
here, an the extreme top of $9.80
was paid for butchers, but the
popular price on these was $9.75.
Sows paid from $9.00 to $9.30.
Pigs were here in increased num
bers and sold from $6.00 to $7.00
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Kurtz Dairy Going
Into Big Time Business
R. M. Kurtz who has operated a
dairy here for the past seven or
eight years, has leased the O’Neill
Locker Plant and is now in pos
session. Mr. Kurtz will also buy
eggs and cream and will retail
them at the plant, north of the
Golden Hotel. He also expects to
put in a pasturizer and will be
able to sell pasterized milk to
those who wish to buy it. Mr.
Kurtz has made a success of the
dairy business, and he still retains
his milk routes, but has added the
locker plant as a business expan
sion. If anyone can make a suc
cess of it he can. Here’s wishing
him all kinds of luck in his new
Mrs. Walter Kopejtka and baby,
Mrs. Agnes Pettijohn, not much
Alexander Hamilton, of Kansas
City, will be dismissed soon.
Bernice Green of Chambers, dis
Constant Burchell of Wood
Lake, and Miss Minnie Pelster,
of Johnstown, November 26th.
Edward Waterman, of Orchard,
and Miss Martha Olson, of Bur
well, November 28th.
Raymond Joe Kerbel and Miss
Mary Katherine Koerber of
Spencer, December 2.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Harris of
Lynch were O’Neill callers Wed
among the 1-inch professional
cards that of Dr. C. D. B. Eise
man who had a double in the
person of L. T. Shanner, an early
homesteader in what is now Ver
degris precinct, later a merchant
in Inman, then a resident of
O’Neill and an early represent
ative of this section in the upper
house of our state legislature. A
settler from off the prairie met
Shanner one day on the street,
mistaking him for Eiseman and
addressed him as doctor, request
ing that he examine one of his
ears that was troubling him.
Lew looked the ear over and with
a show of professional wisdom
directed the prairie dweller to get
a cake of castile soap and when
he got home bathe the ear
thoroughly with warm water and
soap. Lew collected a dollar for his
advice and in telling of it said if
people called him doctor they had
to pay him the doctor’s fee. Dr.
Connally, a contemporary of Dr.
Eiseman, drove into our prairie
home one dark night a little worse
for sampling the contents of a
bottle from Billy Ryan’s. He want
ed to know where he was and also
to trade a roll at sausage he had
in his buggy for a sour pickle.
When the doctor was in his cups
it was best to pacify him. The
folks seemed to think so anyway
as there was sausage on the none
j too elaborate homestead menu
for a few days.
Mrs. Wilhelmina Stein
l Mrs. Wilhelmina Stein died at
her home northwest of this city
last Thursday morning at 1:45 a.
| m., after an illness of about six
1 years, during which time she had
i been a semi-invalid, of arthritis,
I at the age of 85 years, 4 months
i and 14 days. The funeral was held
j Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at
I the Pleasant Valley church, Rev.
J. E. Spencer officiating and
burial in the Pleasant Valley
Wilhelmina Lendt was born in
Chicago, 111., on July 13, 1856. Her
family moved to Minnesota where
she grew to womanhood and there
on May 18, 1876, she was united
in marriage to Ernest H. Stein.
They remained in Minnesota for
i four years after their marriage,
and on October 23. 1879, they
"moved to this county and located
north of this city, where she had
made her home for a little over
sixty-two years. Mrs. Stein was
the mother of nine children, all of
whom are living and are left to
mourn the passing of a kind and
affectionate mother. Mr. Stein
passed away on May 7, 1927. The
children are: Mrs. Ella Storm,
Owanka, S. D.; Mrs. Frank Karel,
,0’Neill; Mrs. Cellia Richter,
O’Neill; Mrs. Laura Karel, O’Neill;
Herman Stein, Hatfield, Virginia;
Mrs Clara Woidneck, Spencer;
Mrs’ Dora Elshire, O’Neill; Wal
ter Stein, North Hollywood, Calif.;
Mrs. Maria Kuhns, Boulder, Colo.
She is also survived by one
brother, Fred Lendt, Fort Cal
Mrs. Stein was one of the real
pioneers of the county. When she
came here with her husband in
1^79 there were very few settlers
ii) this section. But notwithstand
ing the hardships of the early days
they persevered and built up one
of the nicest places in that section
of the county and raised a splen
did family of men and women,
i many of who are still residents
of the county. She was a charm-,
ing lady and had many friends
among the old timers of the
Federal Judge Munger
Judge Thomas C. Munger, one of
the judges of the Federal court
for the district of Nebraska, pass
ed away at his home in Lincoln
last Friday night, following a
heart attack suffered a couple of
weeks before. He was a little over
eighty years of age at the time
of his death.
Judge Munger was appointed to
the Federal district court by Pre
sident Theodore Roosevelt in 1907
and was the oldest presiding judge
of the Federal courts in the United
States, having put in thirty-four
years on the bench. He was noted
for his ability as a jurist and was
looked up to for his ability and
integrity by all members of the
bar of Nebraska as well as those
of surrounding states. Outside of
his ability as a jurist he was a
splendid citizen and a man and
in his passing Nebraska has lost
one of its distinguished and val
uable citizens and the bench of
the state one of its keenest legal
O’Neill High School
Presents A Play Monday
On Monday evening December
8, at 8 o’clock in the High School
Gymnasium the Vocal and Instru
mental Muic Departments of the
O’Neill High School will present
a varied program for your enjoy
ment. This is the first formal ap
pearance of these groups for the
season and it will feature the
Band, Boys Glee Club, Girls Glee
Club and Mixed Chorus.
The program will include such
well known compositions as
Light Calvary Overture—Von
Suppe and Reverie—Debussy. As
a climax to the program the com
bined band and mixed chorus will
do an arrangement of the Victor
Herbert selections including such
numbers as Gypsy Love Song,
Italian Street Song, The Irish
Have a Great Day. Tonight and
others. The entire program will
be an hour and a half in length.
A small admission will be
charged which will go to the
school Music fund to help with
contest expenses in the spring.
Tickets will only be sold that
night at the window. See the adf
vertisement in this paper.
Come and bring your friends.
Your support for this fine program
will be very much appreciated by
the young people in our com
B. J. Shemwell, of O’Neill, ar
rested by Patrolmen John T. Meis
trell on delinquent operators
license, November 29, fined $1.00,
Beauty Operators Have
Meeting, Elect Officers
The unit of the NSNHCA had
an election of office: s for the
coming year at the Mrs. Leola
Peterson shop in Atkinson Mon
day evening. Mrs. Bernice Platt of
Chambers was reelected Pre
sident; Mrs. Elma Evans, of
O’Neill was re-elected vice pre
sident, Mliss Dorothy McGoech
of Atkinson, 2nd vice president;
Miss Veramae Landis, of O’Neill,
Secretary; Mrs. Anna Brook of
Atkinson, Treasurer; Miss Esther
Gruenbery of Atkinson, Mrs. Eva
Bordson, of Spencer, and Mrs.
Margaret Clausen of O’Neill
membership committee. Those at
tending the meeting from here
were: Mrs. Elma Evans, Mrs.
Margart Clausen and Miss Vera
Miss Doris West spent Thanks
giving with her parent* in Scotia.
Mrs. C. F. McKenna entertain
ed the Martex club at 7:00 O’clock
dinner at the MM cafe, and cards
at her home. Mrs. Max Golden,
Mrs. C. E. Stout and Miss Helen
Biglin, won the prizes.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zutz and
family, of Burke, S. D., Miss Vi
vian Harder, Ira Harder, and
Kenneth Hamm of Gregory, S. D.,
were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Dwight Harder Thanksgiving Day.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Martyns
and children returned Sunday
from Lincoln, after spending
Thanksgiving vacation/ with re
Billy Kubitschek- returned to
Omaha Sunday, to resume his
studies at Creighton University,
after spending Thanksgiving with
his parents, Dr, and Mrs. F. J.
Mrs. D. F. Stout and Mrs. R. W.
Ford of Atkinson visited at the
home of Mrs. Ford’s daughter,
Mrs. Francis Murray Wednesday.
Mrs. Dwight Harder entertain
ed the Tuesday bridge club at her
home Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. J.
R. Miller, won high, and Mrs. Har
rison Bridge, second high
Mrs. Fred Sauton entertained
the Emmet bridge club at her
home Tuesday evening. Mrs.
Clyde Allen won high, Mrs. Har
old Givens low, Mrs. Frank Fore
man traveling and Mrs. Jess Wills
Mrs. Harry Bright returned to
Orchard Friday after spending
several days at the home of her
son, Raymond Bright.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bright of
Orchard spent Thanksgiving at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Mr. and Mrs. George Hirsch re-i
turned to Dayton, Ohio, Monday
and Mr. Hirsch’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jake Hirsch, accompanied
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rohde and
son Walter, and Mr. and Mrs.
Mike London of Wewela, S. D.,
spent Saturday and Sunday here
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Seiler, Mrs
George Krikac and Mrs. Brad
street of Butte, were O’Neill call
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Byers, of
Omaha, visited at the home of
Mrs. Byer’s sister, Mrs. C. E.
Yantzi from Saturday until Sun
Mr. and Mrs Fred Drayton of
Orchard and Mr. and Mrs. Spatz
of Piainview were Thanksgiving
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Moore and
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Harty spent
Thursday in Sioux City.
Mrs. R. V. Johnson of this city
and her mother, Mrs. Haynes, of
Page, were in Wayne Tuesday vis
John Cotton, who is working in
Valentine, was here Sunday visit
ing his family.
Mrs. Ned Allendorfer returned
Saturday from Newport, where
she had been visiting her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lane for sever
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Cole and
children, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Mc
Ginnis and Mr. and Mrs. John
Conard and daughter, of Emmet,
were guests of Mrs. Esther Harris
Sherriff Peter Duffy returned
Wednesday from Aberdeen, S. D.,
where he was attending Federal
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Reimer
went to Omaha Wednesday to
attend the funeral of a relative.
Mrs. Elton Johnson of Central
City, visited at the home of her
sister, Mrs. Mart Hickey, from
Thursday until Saturday.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to express our sinc
cere and heartfelt thanks to the
many kind friends and neighbors
who were so kind to us during
the sickness and death of our be
loved husband and father, Harry
Fox, and for the many beautiful i
flowers. Your thoughtfullness will
us in our hour of sorrow will
ever be held in grateful remem-1
brance.—Mrs. Harry Fox. Mr. and i
Mrs. Charles Fox and children.
MONEY in bank
here means you
have cash for instant
use at any time, while
we assume the re
sponsibility for keep
ing it safely in the
Capital, Surplos and Undivided
This Bank Carries No Indebtedness
mi Officers er Stockholders.
Mam bar l-adaral Dapoait Inauranca Corporation
Mrs- Mary A. Uttley
Mrs. Mary A. Uttley passed
away at the Stuart hospital last
Friday night, about 11:45, after
an illness of several months, at
the age of 72 years 5 months and
! 12 days. The body was bought to
this city and the funeral was held
Sunday afternoon from the Pres
byterian church, Rev. Dr. Spen
cer officiating and burial in Pro
spect Hill cemetery.
Mary A. Payne was born at
Solon, Iowa, on June 16, 1869
The family moved to Keya Paha
county in the early eighties and
she came to this city in 1892 and
accepted a position on the law of
fice of H. M. Uttuey as a steno
grapher. On November 23, 1898,
she was united in marriage to Mr.
Uttley, who at that time was one
of the leading lawyers in this sec
tion of the state. About ten years
after their marriage Mr. Uttley re
tired from active practice of law
and moved to a farm southeast of
this city where they lived for
about ten years, then moved back
to this city, where she had made
her home up to the time of her
death. Mr. Uttley passed away in
Mrs. Uttley had always taken
an active interest in civic affairs
and was for several years pre
sident of the WCTU of this county.
This organization had charge of
the funeral services at the grave
of their deceased leader. She
leaves to mourn her passing four
sister, Mrs. Alice Oamek, River
side, Nebr.; Mrs. Lottie Hamman,
Jamison, Nebr.; Mrs. Marie Hicks,
Inola, California; Mrs. Violet Jen
sen, Arlington, Washington.
Holt County Pioneer
Raises Great Com Crop
William Grothe, one of the
largest and most successful farm
ers of the Emmet township, was a
pleasant caller at these headquar
ters last Saturday and was the
firat Frontier reader to take ad
vantage of our new offer of two
years subscription for the sum of
$3.00. Bill says that he has been
reading the Frontier as long as he
remember, his father having taken
the paper when he was a little
shaver and he has taken it
himself ever since he reached
manhood's state and says that it
would not feel like home, with
out the weekly visits of The
Bill says that he raised 3,500
bushels of corn this year and that
it is the finest quality corn that he
had ever raised in the county, He
had a field of hybrid corn that
average fifty bushels to the acre
and of very fine quality. His small
grain was also good and of a very
fine quality, so that all in all the
year 1941 treated him fairly well
Here’s hoping that the year 1942
will be even a better for Bill and
the rst of the farmers of Holt
county. They have had several
years of tough sledding and per
haps the tide has finally turned.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Psotta and
daughter, Shirley, and son Char
les, of Pilger, were gueats at the
home of Mrs. Psotta’s sister, Mrs.
Frank Clements, Thanksgiving.
Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Reid of Or
chard spent Thanksgiving at the
home of thnr daughter and son
in-law, Mr and Mrs. Joe Bazel
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Vandersnick
of Ewing spent Tuesday at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Miss Mabelle Osenbaugh re
turned to Lincoln Sunday after
spending Thanksgiving vacation
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Francis Valla a student at the
college of engineering at the Uni
versity of Nebraska, returned
Sunday to Lincoln, after spending
Thanksgiving with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Valla.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to express our sin
cer and heartfelt thanks to the
many kind friends and neighbors
for their many acts of kindness
to our beloved sister during her
illness and to us following her
death. Our hearts are overflowing
with gratitude to the people of
O’Neill and Holt county.— Mr.
and Mrs. M. G. Hamman, Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Oamek, Mr. and Mrs.
W I. Hicks, Mrs. Violet Jensen
and family, Mr. and Mrs. William
Wolfe and family.
Former Holt County
Boy Killed On Way Here
To Attend Funeral
While on the way to the funeral
of his uncle, Harry Fox, last
Saturday morning the car driven
by Lester Rausch, of Akron, Iowa,
hit loose gravel and Mr. Rousch
was instantly killed and his wife
seriously inpured. Mr. Rausch was
26 years of age and was well
known in the Meek neighborhood
as he had made his home with
Mr. and Mrs. Fox for about three
years. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fox,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fox, Ed
ward Kaczor and Mr. and Mrs.
Preston Jones left Sunday to at
tend the funeral which was held
at Akron, Iowa Monday afternoon.
St. Mary’s Basketball
Schedule For 1941-42
5 Long Pine, there
7 Sacred Heart of Norfolk, there
15 St. Joseph’s Hall of Atkinson,
19 Inman, here.
7-8-9 Holt County Tournament
11 Spalding Academy, here.
16 Page, here.
20 Plainview, here.
23 Butte, there.
25 St. Joseph’s Hall, there.
30 Orchard, there.
2 Atkinson, there.
6 Long Pine, here.
8 Spalding Academy, there.
13 Ewing, here.
17 Inman, there.
20 Plainview, there.
22 Sacred Heart of Norfolk, here.
Mrs. Horace Henifin
Mrs. Rose Viola Record Henifin
was born at Osceola, Nebr., Febr
uary 6, 1873, and departed this life
at Fort Collins, Colorado, Monday
November 24th, 1941, at the age.
of 68 years 9 months and 18 days.
On February 20, 1887 she was
united in marriage to Horace
Homer Henifin at Niobrara, Nebr.,
where they resided until 1892,
when they homesteaded in Hok
county, Nebraska, where she has
spent the greater part of her In*.
Her husband preceeded her in
death August 8, 1932. Surviving
are nine cmidren, Lester, O’NeiU;
Mrs. Myrtle Johnson, O’Neill;
Edward, Brainard, Minn.; Madi
son, O’Neill; Calvin, Lyden, Wash.;
Mrs. Mary Hansen, O Nein,; Freu
O'Neill; George, Bellingham
Washington; and Arthur, Fort
mzo surviving two stepsons El
Wiu ana £.iuy and one sister, Mrs.
Jane siioemaxer, Fort Cotuns,
twenty-eigm graxxdcxiiidren ana
six great granucnuaren.
She was a kind and loving mo
ther, ready io lend a nexpmg.
hand where ever ueedeu. one
was loved and nignly appreciated
by all who knew ner.
Out of town relatives attending
the funeral were: Mr. ana Airs.
Edward Henifin and Marvin, Mr.
and Mrs. Orville Henifin ail of
Brainard, Minn., Mr. and Mrs.
Julius Erickson and Abby of
Niobara, Nebr., Mrs. Clara Kin
kaid of Winner, S. D., Mrs. Hattie
Carr and daughters of Williams,
Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
Luber of Anthon, Iowa.
Mrs. Minnie May Turner
Mis. Minnie May Turner passed
away at West Point, Nebr., last.
Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock
after an illness of about three and
a half years, at the age of 69 years,
nine months and sixteen days. The
body was brought to this city and
the funeral was held from the
Catholic church here last Satur
day morning at 9 o’clock, Rev.
Father O’Brien of Emmet, officiat
ing and burial in Calvary ceme
Minnie May Hunt was born at.
Adel, Iowa, on January 30, 1872.
In the early eighties her parents
moved to this county and located
in Saratoga township, where she
! ™Tanhood °n Decem
ber 23, 1890, she was united in
marriage to Thomas Coleman
the ceremony being performed in
this city.. Her husband passed
k feW yearS and on March
7, 1898, she was united in marriage
to Fred C. Turner, the ceremony
being performed at Chelsea, Nebr
She was the mother of four child
ren, four of whom are living The
™drf,n Mrs- Bertha Vequist.
O Neill; Edward Turner, BuhL
Idaho; John Turner, O’Neill.
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