The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, February 19, 1942, Image 1

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Neb. State Historical Society
The Frontier
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By Romaine Saunders
A deep blanket of snow Sunday
replaced what the sun peeled off
the day previous.
The sugar bins will be empty
long before the country school
teacher’s four-months vacation
runs out.
The president says the paracites
should get out of Washington. In
case of general compliance, who
will be left?
It is said the facts of Pearl Har
bor are to be with-held from the
public. The public has a way of
tracing out the cause from effect
without official announcements.
Out of the New Deal camp
voices are raised in a call to per
petuate the party majority in con
gress. Perpetuating the slogan:
Moab, to the spoil!
Because of higher living costs
the C I O’s want more money.
Nothing has had as much to do
with making higher living costs
than this same C I. O.
So the actors, song writers, radio
performers, horn footers and what
have you are offering their "tal
ent” for defense. Have the re
cruiting officers run out of guns?
We have sniffed the fumes of
gasoline too long to revert to horse
drawn vehicles. If the automo
bile is ever crowded off the road
it will not be by the horse and
The honorable secretary of Agri
culture is telling farmers to get
out of debt. Another government
agency, the Farm Security Ad
ministration, says come on and get
in debt so you can produce more
to eat. ;
Three men are serving sentences
in the Nebraska penitentiary on
conviction of criminal relations
with a young girl. At the trial the
girl named fifty other men that
were involved in the offence.
Where are the fifty?
It has been many moons since
public sentiment struck the ham
mer blows that are being dealt
the pension for members of con
gress and the executive. Now we
will see what the public’s senti
ment can do with its public’s
Cut the first one foot off a yard
stick and lay it to the other end.
It’s still a yard long. Setting
clocks ahead an hour adds nothing
to the period of daylight. With
war industries operating twenty
four hours a day, where does any
saving come in?
That other great war brought
a period of sobriety to America
and our troops marched to victory
over a fallen foe. In this greater
war the beverage of madness
flows unchecked in amber streams
across the land, while the milk
man must shift as best he can to
reach the cottage doors of the
nation. Those silken bantiers on
walls of home and office flaunt
their mockery of prayer, “God
Bless America,” when it seems
more fitting to say, Lord be merci
ful to us sinners—beat back the
tide of soul defilement, of boast
ful bigorty, of greed and gluttony,
of lust and crime, and receive us
More and more uses are being
found for the country’s weeds.
Some years ago it was thought
you ought to be shot at sunrise if
a Russian thistle was found on
your place. Live stock nutrition
experts maybe have gone a little
too far in their claims for the this
tle as a feed but its value is com
monly recongnized. See those
bunches around over the prairie in
the sandhills district that resemble
pineapples and have a root as
tough as a mule’s jaw? Soap
weeds. Yes, and a very dainty
but efficient toilet soap is now
out that has its back ground in
our Nebraska soap weed. If you
have crossed those deserts out to
ward the Pacific Coast you have
seen the desert plant a scientist
says is to save us from a rubber
famine. And nothing has been
found for pasturage for sheep that
quite equals sandbur grass.
A week ago nature decorated
the southwest with a scene of
matchless charm. No pink glow
O’Neill Pioneer Dies
Last Wednesday In Omaha
William J. Dobbs, 87, with his
wife accidently overcome by gas
in the bedroom of their home, 6736
Florence boulevard, Saturday,
died Wednesday morning at Nich
olas Senn hospital.
Mr. Dobbs, a retired auditor,
was employed at the Masonic
temple. He was a Mason, a Royal
Arch Mason, and a member of
Nebraska Veterans of Free
Mrs. Dobbs, still in the hospital,
survives.—Omaha World-Herald.
Mr. Dobbs was a resident of this
city during the eighties, being
agent for the Northwestern rail
road. He was always very promin
ent in the civic affairs of the city
in the early days and had much
to do with the settlement of this
section of the state. He prepared
several state fair exhibits, with
the cooperation of O'Neill business
men and in some cases these ex
hibits were shown at state fairs
in Illinois and Iowa. He left here
in the early nineties and since that
time had been a resident of
American Legion
Auxiliary Elects Officers
The American Legion Auxiliary
met Monday night and elected the
following officers: Mrs. John
Davidson, president; Mrs. Axel
Borg, first vice president; Mrs.
George Rector, second vice presi
dent; Mrs. J. M. Higgins, secre
tary; Mrs. Ralph Fritton, treasur
er, Mrs. Ed Flood, chaplain; Mrs.
Dean Streeter, historian; Mrs. Roy
Karr, sergeant at Arms. On Tues
day night they met with Mrs. Jane
Larson of Pilger, district presi
dent, and she yrstalled the officers.
Also present was Mrs. Fred Sel
lery and Mrs. Kreigler of Neligh.
Any ladies in O’Neill or vicinity,
that are qualified to join, may
make application to any of the
above officers or to any member
of the organization.
Hospital Notes
Harry Hollenback admitted
Monday and is getting along fine.
Richard Sholes admitted Mon
Richard Sholes admited Mon
day and is fine.
Mrs. Lloyd Hoerle of Chambers
admitted Wednesday for medical
Leonard Young dismissed Wed
Mrs. Harold Parks admitted
Sunday and is a medical patient.
Mrs. Phil Ziemer admitted Wed
nesday for medical care.
Mrs. Ralph Reynolds and son,
Mike, of Stockton, California, Mrs.
Frank Dvorak and daughter, Kay,
of Atkinson were guests of Mrs.
Francis Murphy Friday.
of sunrise at break of day; an
overcast sky through early morn
ing hours had ridged the prairie,
the trees and bushes, roofs of
buildings and wire fences inch
deep with frost. The day remain
ed calm and the decorations
clung in powdered beauty until
the sunshine of another day trans
formed it to sparkling gems that
presently melted away. The night
sky had been studded with glow
ing celestial embers, the shining
bands of orion high in the south
east heavens, and while the gloom
of early morning spread a curtain
jover the planetary scene, the
brush of nature touched the earth
with a delicate loveliness. God
had alloted us another picture and
another day.
No doubt the life span of a
large number of persons has been
lengthened beyond a few hours
in infancy because some unsung
representative of medical science
knew what to do at the critical
time and did it. This often under
primitive conditions far removed
from the conveniences and pro
fessional setting of the modern
hospital. In the Charley Smith
family down toward Burwell a
girl is now coming into young
womanhood whose life was in the
balance when an infant of a few
hours. Dr. Gill of Chambers at
tended the mother at the birth of
the child. At a later call he found
that the only hope to save the
baby was a blood transfusion. And
these under primitative conditions
the mother who gave it life gave
of her blood to save the life of her
child. I don’t know how many
cases of this nature Dr. Gill has
had since then, but he did a like
service last week for a new born
son in the Fredrich home in this
community, the blood of the father
| being transfused to his little son.
A district Class “C” basket-1
ball tournament will be held |
in the O'Neill High School Gym
nasium next Wednesday, Thurs
day, and Friday nights. At the,
meeting of the coaches and
superintendents last Saturday
morning it was decided to seed
Butte, St. Mary’s, Spencer and
Page. The remaining teams were
placed by drawing for the first
round Wednesday starting at 6:30
P. M. On the first night Butte
will play Springview, St. Mary’s!
versus Stuart, Spencer against
Spalding, and Page will oppose:
The semi-finals will be played
Thursday night starting at 8:00
P. M., and the finals on Friday,
night with the losers of the semi-1
finals playing at 8:00 P. M. for
third and fourth places. The;
Championship game will start at:
9:00 P. M.
It was decided at the meeting
last Saturday to have an all tourn- j
ament team to be selected by the |
referees, the official time keeper
and the official score keeper.
The referees for the tournament
are Mr. Hornby and Mr Burgess
from Martin, South Dakota.
The Nebraska High School Ac
tivities Association is providing
the trophy for the Champion team.
The O’Neill Commercial Club is
presenting a beautiful trophy to
the runner-up team. The winning
third place team will be awarded a
appropriate trophy by the O’Neill
Public School. Members of the
Junior Class are decorating the
gymnasium with a new scheme to
add to the color of the tournament
and fittingly entertain the schools
and fans that will be the guests
of O’Neill.
The winner of this tournament
will be paired with the winner of
some other District Class C toui -
nament for a play-off game the,
following week at a District B or
A tournament. The winner of the
play-off game will go to the Class
C state tournament during the
second week of March.
Board Of Directors
Elect Officers
The Board of Directors of the
O’Neill Production Credit Associ
ation held their organization meet- j
ing at the association offices in
O’Neill on Tuesday, February 10.
The following were elected: D. C.
Schaffer, O’Neill, President; C. F.
Clark, Burwell, Vice-President;
James W. Rooney, O’Neill, Secre
tary-Treaurer; and Edith J. David
son, Assistant Secretary-Trea
The Executive Committee elect
ed by the board were D. C. Schaf
fer James W. Rooney and M. F.
Gribble of O’Neill. The other
members of the board of directors
of the association are Otto
Krupicka of Spencer Otto Oberg
of Ericson.
Rouse-V andegraf t
The marriage of Miss Hazel
Rouse and Robert Vandegraft of
O’Neill took place at 9 o’clock
Saturday evening February 14th,
at the Methodist Church in Ewing.
The Rev. George M. Carter read
the Services, using the single ring
The bride was attired in a rust
color dress, street length, and her
accessories were brown.
The couple were attended by
Miss Lucille Johnson and Melvin
Henry of this city.
Mrs. Vandegraft is the daughter,
of Mr and Mrs. Horace Rouse and
is a graduate of the O’Neill High
School of the class of ’39.
Mr. Vandegraft is the son, of
Mrs Bertha Vandegraft of Cen
tral City and is a graduate of the
Central City High School of
the class of ’36, and a graduate of
the Chillicothe Business College.
He is employed as an operator
at the Western Union.
They are residing at the Western
Mr and Mrs. Vandegraft have
many friends in this city who wish
them many years of wedded hap
piness and prosperity.
Mrs. Matt Beha entertained
fourteen guests at a miscellaneous
! shower in honor of Miss Hazel
Rouse at her home last Wednes
day evening. The evening was
spent playing games and a de
licious lunch was served by the
hostess. Miss Rouse received
many lovely gifts.
O’Neill High continued on the
I road to glory the past week as
i they tucked two more wins under
! their belts and they are sure of
winning the Class B district bas
ketball tournament
Saint Mary’s won one and lost
one the past week to hit 500 per
cent. Last week I made a mis
take and never picked the two
games O’Neill was to play. I
picked O’Neill to beat Oakdale,
but they do not play until tomor
row night. I picked both of the
St. Mary’s games right, so that,
gives me 1,000 per cent for the;
This week I pick O Neill to beat
Oakdale tomorrow night, as I
picked them last week, and to
defeat Butte Monday night and
keep up their fine record of hav
ing won fourteen out of fifteen
games, and that is a fine record
for any school.
St. Mary’s will play two tough
I teams this week, when they meet
Plainview there Friday and play
the last game of the season here
against Sacred Heart of Norfolk
Sunday. I predict that both will
be hard fought games but St.
Mary’s will defeat Plainview and
lose to Sacred Heart.
Here are my predictions for the
Class C district tournament to be
held here next week, starting at
6:30 Wednesday evening and end
ing with the last game being held
at 9:00 p. m., Friday. A detailed
report of the coming tournament
will be found elsewhere in this
issue of The Frontier. I pick Butte
to beat Springvifew, St. Mary’ to
defeat Stuart, Spencer to defeat
Spalding and Page to beat Lynch.
In the semi-finals on Thursday
night I pick St. Mary’s to defeat
Butte and Page to defeat Spencer
and on Fridiy evening for the
second yeat straight Saint
Mary’s to be the District
champs. I hope I have picked
them as good as we did in the
Holt Copnty Tournament, but you
can never tell.
Butte, St. Mary’s, Spencer and
Page are seeded and I am sure
that the people of O’Neill will be
there to cheer their home town
team on to victory.
Next week I will predict the
district championship of Class B, j
in which O’Neill High will play. |
So long until then.
Saint Mary’s won one and lost,
one the past week. Friday night j
they were hosts to the Ewing
Tigers and they defeated them
22 to 13. Tuesday night the Car
dinals traveled to Inman where
they lost a good game 40 to 30.
Marriage Licenses
Clyde Neal of O’Neill, age 18,
and Pansy Porter of Atkinson,
age 17, on February 12.
Howard Barnes, age 42 and Mrs.
Mae Lewis, age 36, both of Elgin
on February 13.
Robert Vandergrift, age 23 and
Hazel Rouse, age 19, both of
O’Neill on February 13.
St. Mary’s won one and lost one
the past week. Friday they were
hosts to the Ewing Tigers who
they defeated 22 to 13. Tuesday
night the Cardinals traveled to
Inman where they lost a very good
game 40 to 30.
Friday St. Mary’s started slow
and at the end of the quarter they
were behind 6 to 3. In the
second quarter St. Mary’s played
swell basketball to score six points
,while holdiing their (opponents
scoreless, and so at the half the
Cardinals held a 9 to 6 lead.
In the third quarter Ewing
showed a little more pep, making
five points while St. Mary’s made
seven points. In the last quarter
St. Mary’s again played real ball
allowing the visitors only two
points while they added six more
points to their score and the final
score was twenty-two to thirteen.
St. Mary’s played good ball the
whole game and it looked like
they want to be district champs
for the second straight year.
TUesday night the Cardinals
played poor ball the first half, but
came back after intermission and
put in six points before Inman
knew what they were doing, but
Inman was not licked and they
made a few more points to win 40
to 30. It was a good game but the
Cardinals did not have the power
to win.
Mr. And Mrs. R. H. Parker
Have Great Southern Trip
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Parker re
turned last Sunday from an ex
tended trip to the southland. Mr.
Parker was on a business deal
which required his presence in
Birmingham, Alabama, and Mrs.
Parker went along for the sight
seeing trip. After the conclusion
of his business they made a tour
of Florida, visiting all sections
of the state. They also drove
through the states of Missouri,
; Tennesee, Alabama, Georgia, Lou
isana, Arkansas, Oklohoma and
Kansas, taking six weeks for the
trip. While away they visited
several large training camps, in
cluding Naval training and air
, training quarters, watching twen
* ty and thirty airplanes in the air
at one time going through their
manouvers. Ryland says that is
was a sight to enthuse and
strengthen the backbone of any
American as to the untimate out
come of the war.
Lloyd Smith went to Grand
Island Saturday to get Mrs. Smith
and son. They returned home
Sunday and Mrs. Smith’s mother,
Mrs. A. Ingeal of Riverside, Cal.,
accompanied them home for sev
eral month’s visit.
Mrs. C. C. Raymer of Atkinson
was in O’Neill Saturday visiting
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
Capita!, Surplus and Undivided
Profits, $140,000.00
This Bank Carries No Indebtedness
of Officers or Stockholders.
Member hederal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Scottvillc Ladies Aid
Raise $100 For Red Cross
The program and social, which
was held at the Scottville hall on
Friday evening February 6th and
sponsored by the Dorsey Ladie’s
Aid proved to be a grand success. |
After an hour or more of a very
interesting and well rendered pro
gram, which consisted of a num
ber of patriotic songs, including
duets, trios, little boys quartet and
young men’s chorus, besides sev
eral selections of instrumental
music and tap dancing, intersper
ceed with a few patriotic readings
the boxes were sold by Jack
Brady. By his very efficient man
ner and untiring efforts the boxes
sold exceedingly well, for which
we commend him very highly.
After deducting expenses we had j
$100 for the Red Cross.
We wish through the columns
of this paper to thank each and
every one who helped us make
this entertainment a success. Es- j
pecially do we wish to thank those j
who came from neighboring com- i
munities, helping with both the
program and social.
The Dorsey Ladies Aid.
J. H. Shultz
J. H. Shultz was found dead in
his bed in his room about 1:30
yesterday afternoon. It is pre
sumed that he had a heart attack
during the night and passed away,
at the age of 79 years, four months
and twenty-five days. The fun
eral will be held tomorrow morn
ing at 10 o’clock. Rev. V. C. Wright
officiating and burial in Prospect
Hill cemetery.
Deceased was born in Ringold
county, Iowa, on September 23, j
1862. He came to this county in
1914, coming here from Stanton
county, Nebraska, and, with the
exception of a couple of years,
had made his home here since
that time. When he first came]
to the county he farmed for a few
years north of this city and until
the past couple of years had been
interested in some residence pro
perty in this city. He has two
daughters living, Mrs. Modge
Felsch, Stanton, Nebraska, and
Mrs. Helen Hansen, of Omaha,
both of whom arrived Thursday
afternoon to attend the funeral
The home of L. N. Nelson of
Lynch was the scene for a very
pretty wedding, Monday after- j
noon at 2 o’clock when Miss:
Kathryn G. Nelson of Bristow!
became the brid«e of Orville Green
of O’Neill on the fiftith wedding
anniversary of the brides Mother,
Mrs. Tena Nelson.
Miss Lou Ann Nelson, neice of
the bride, sang “Love’s Old Sweet
Song,” and played the wedding
march as the bridesmaid, Miss
Adeline Green, sister of the groom,
marched slowly down the winding
stairs followed by the bride on
the arm of her brother, Clifton
Nelson. She was met at the foot
of the stairs by the groom and
best man, Howard Manson. They
marched to an archway of blue
and white streamers where Rev.
Varcoe joined them in holy wed
The bride was attired in a
lovely powdered blue suit with
navy acessories. She wore a gar
denia and sweet pea corsage. She
is the youngest daughter of Mrs.
Tena Nelson, of Bristow and a
graduate of the Bristow High
School and the past few months
has been employed in Lincoln.
The groom was attired in a teal
blue suit with a carnation bout
oniere. He is the youngest son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Green of
O’Neill; a graduate of O’Neill
High School, he attended South
Western College at Kansas for two
years and the Nebraska Trade
School at Milford. This month
he enlisted in the U. S. Navy
Reserve as a Pattern Maker. He
will leave immediately for his sta
The bridesmaid wor a wool
dress of olive green and a cor
sage of gardenia and sweet peas.
After the cermony a buffet lun
cheon was served to the guests.
The three tier wedding cake, bak
ed by the groom’s brother, Lyle
Green, was a center piece.
Wedding guests included: Mrs.
Tena Nelson and sons, Chester
and Clifton; Bristow; Mr. and
Mrs. N. P. Nelson and sons Jack,
Andrew and Junior, Bristow; Mr.
and Mrs. Varcoe, Bristow; Mr. and
Mrs. John Green, O’Neill; Mr.
and Mrs. Lyle Green, O’Neill; Mrs.
Laurance Temborg, O’Neill; Mrs.
Howard Manson, O’Neill and Miss
Elizabeth Harkiins, Atkinson. ***
Friday the thirteenth proved no
barrier to the O’Neill Eagles as
they added victory number 13 to
their record with a fast 38-23 vic
tory at Plainview, whose Pirates
received their seventh defeat.
The Blue and White team, play
ing its best game of the year,
buried their opponents under an
avalanche of baskets from start
to finish. The game was barely
five seconds old when Harold Cal
kins, Eagle guard, broke under the
hoop in an oft-rehearsed play to
give the Eagles an advantage
they never relinquished. The
Eagle attack clicked to perfection
while the score mounted. The O.
H. S. second team entered the
game shortly before the second
period. Going into that quarter
O’Neill led 13-4. The Pirates
sliced the gap to six points before
the half time.
Led by Gene McKenna, the
Eagles broke away again with the
opening of the third period and
before the Plainview five could
stop the surge, O’Neill was away
to a 32-17 lead. The Blue and
White five held its lead in the last
Guard McKenna took scoring
honors with ten points. Scoring
was divided almost equally among
the rest of the quintet.
The starters for O’Neill were
Burgess, Manzer, Calkins and
McKenna. The second five, which
saw much action, consisted of
Wolfe, Yantzi, Wetzler, Vincent
and Osenbaugh.
Baton twirlers from Plainview,
accompanied by their band, gave
a precise, almost faultless exhib
ition at the half.
The O'Neill High basketball
team added another victory to
their long string last Tuesday
evening in the local gymnasium
when they defeated Spencer with
a score of 33 to 19. While the
score was a little one-sided it was
a good game to watch with both
teams fighting for points all the
way through. ,
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County Court
Donald Miller of Ewing was
arrested by Patrolman John T.
Meistrell and charged with over
load. He was before the County
Court on February 18. 1942, pled
guilty and was fined $10.00 and
costs of $3.H).
Lawrence Nelson of Valentine
was arrested by Patrolman John
T. Meistrell and charged with over
weight. He was before the Coun
ty Court on February 18, 1942,
pled guilty and was fined $10.00
and costs of $3.10.
Melvin Henderson of Valentine
was arrested by Patrolman John
T. Meistrell and charged with
over weight. He was before the
County Court on February 18,
1942, pled guilty and was fined
$10.00 and costs of $3.10.
Frank E. Buckles of Merriman
was arrested by Patrolman John
T. Meistrell and charged with
overload and Delinquent Oper
ators License. He was before
County Court on February 19,
1942, pled guilty and was fined
$18.00 for count I, and $2.00 for
count II, costs of $3.10.
James McNally of Johnstown
was arrested by Patrolman John
T. Meistrell and charged with
overload. He was before the
County Court on February 18,
1942, pled guilty and was fined
$10.00 and costs of $3.10.