The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, March 26, 1942, Image 1

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    , NUMBER 46
By Romaine Saunders
Orland Fryrear sustained a
broken ankle bone in an upset
which resulted when a rope broke
that was attached to a young nag
he was breaking to lead.
A cow in the Art Doolittle herd
gave birth to a calf with two
heads. It survived for a few
hours out seemed to protest the
vicissitudes of its short existence
in blatant cry from two open
Hugh L. James has bought a
fine young Belgian stallion and
sent him out for the boys on the
ranch to look after. Jesses old
country traditions survive amid
the motorized trends and he re
tains his faith in the practical
utility and natural beauty ol
Mr. Burke, at one time a Roose
velt supporter but now registered
as a republican, is a patriot and
statesman with ability to repre
sent Nebraskans in the senate but
he has wisely decided that be
tween a $25,000.00 a year job and
the uncertainity of politics fust
choice is the $25,000.00.
A once notable circle of demo
cratic bigwigs at the county seat
has apparently faded out. We
hear of no move in that quarter
to invite some of the vast millions
coming into the state for defense
factories. It would be hard
to find a more suitable site
than the gravel flats out from
O’Neill. Down in Platte and Hall
counties there are alert and
functioning groups who have got
As a remarkable example of
practical patriotism note the story
in this short paragraph from a
Lincoln paper: “Marcellus
Schaaff, son of a Holt county far
mer, has resigned his $250 a month
job in an airplane factory in
Kansas and has enlisted at $21 a
month. He had been given defer
ment, as he was an airplane fac
tory worker. He says that he
didn’t feel that it is right for him
to be drawing big pay for his
work while many of his friends
and neighbors have to serve at
army pay. He added that he
would go back to the defense plant
if put there on an army pay basis.
A payroll patriot, addressing a
small group of Nebraska farmeis,
told them they were unpatriotic
if they produced a surplus on their
farms. The late John A. Rob
ertson used to say he believed in
having an extra crib of corn. I
believe in having one extra bis
cuit when the meal is over. But
this triple A gentleman would
class as unpatriotic those who
hold such views. The principle
of plenty is as old as the human
race. Given a garden of beauty
and abundance, Father Adam and
Mother Eve were told to “freely
eat” of the products of all but
one lone tree. And that lone
tree is the symbol and the embodi
ment of material and spiritual
poverty that has haunted the
pathway of man.
Burnished gold flammed across
the cloudless sky as the celestial
furnace sank behind the western
hills. The day had been calm,
snow melted and the earth warm
ed by the high ascending sun of
early spring. While it was yet
early morning the roar of an air
plane was heard and far to the
south the plane could be seen
heading westward. High over
head, the noise of wings causing
one to look up, passed in stately
formation, a flock of wild ducks,
their feathered outline reflecting
silver tint in the sunlight. The
song of larks, myriads of black
birds and the cautious crow hunt
ing for a bit of carrion. A lone
squirrel dodges behind a tree and
makes for the topmost boughs.
Before evening riders race by on
their cow ponies in a hurry to get
somewhere. A little chat with a
rancher from out of the hills to
the southwest who has come along
and the premises looked over to
formulate plans for the season’s
operations has made life interest
ing this day of early spring and
as day merges into night aglow
with celestial splendor the prairie
dweller stands in admiration and
awe of the creator of these wond
ers and the Father of us all.
P. A. Lindberg
Peter A. Lindberg died at his
home in this city last Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o’clock after an ill
ness of about four months, of
ailments incident to advancing
years at the age of 82 years eight
months and twenty-four days.
The funeral was held Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o’clock from the
Methodist church, Rev. V. C.
Wright officiating and burial in
Prospect Hill cemetery.
Deceased was born at Chris
tanstad, Sweden, on June 29, 1859.
He grew to manhood in his native
country and came to America
when a young man and came to
this county in 1884, coming here
from Weeping Water, Nebraska,
and this had been his home ever
since, a period of 58 years.
On March 29, 1887, he was
united in marriage to Miss Gus
tav Widtfeldt, the ceremony being
performed in this city. Eight
children were born of this union,
seven of whom and their mother
are living to mourn the passing
of a kind and affectionate hus
band and father. The children
are: Mrs. John H. Olson, Minden,
Nebraska; Fred W. Lindberg,
O’Neill; Mrs. Fred Enquist, Hart
ington, Nebraska; O. F. Lindberg,
Los Angeles, California; Elinor,
H. L. and Esther Lindberg of
All of his children were here for
the funeral except Oscar, of Los
Angeles, who could not come, but
he and his family were here dur
ing the winter for a couple of
weeks visit.
Pete Lindberg was one of the
real pioneers of this county. Com
ing here in 1884 he homesteaded
about seven miles north of this
city, where he lived for many
years until he moved to this city
about eight years ago where he
had since made his home. He
was a very agreeable and com
pionable man, one who had a
word of greeting for his many old
friends in this city and county and
he had a host of them. He had
always enjoyed good health until
about four months ago when he
was taken with a severe spell and
and for a time his life was des
paired of, but he rallied and for
a time it was thought he would
recover, but the sands of life were
running low and he quitely pas
sed away last Monday afternoon.
His passing adds another to the
list of old pioneers who passed
away during the past few years.
A man who was a hard worker,
frugal in his habits and one who
done his share to make this great
county of ours what it is today,
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Former Resident Injured
In Automobile Accident
Many folks in Northern Holt
will remember Arthur Turner,
brother and Mrs. Wm. Carson and
Mrs. John Brady.
While coming to Lincoln from
his home at Wilber, Nebraska, to
be with his sister after her hus
band’s death he was quite serious
ly injured in a car accident. Mrs.
Carson’s son-in-law was driving
the car and due to very slippery
roads the car skidded and turned
over three times.
Mr. Turner recieved a cracked
vertibrae at the base of the brain |
1 and numerious scratches and
bruises but the driver, Fred Wick
' ham got off with only minor I
bruises, however Mr. Turner was'
lable to-attend the funeral tho his'
neck was in a cast.
At an 8 o’clock ceremony Friday
evening in the parlors of the First
Presbyterian church in Lincoln, |
Nebraska, Miss Marjorie Morris
of Cozard, Nebraska, became the
bride of George T. Robertson of
Lexington, Nebraska, son of Mr.!
and Mrs. George C. Robertson ofi
.this city. Rev. Thomas A. Barton
read the marriage lines.
The bride wore a powder blue
street length dress with blue ac
cessories. Mr. and Mrs. Richard |
Orth, sister and brother-in-law of(
the groom, were the attendants.
Mrs. Robertson, who is a gradu
ate of the University of Nebraska,
is commercial teacher in the High
School at Osceola, Nebraska.
Mr. Robertson is a graduate of
Hastings college and has taken
post graduate work from the Uni
versity of Nebraska and at the
present time is an assistant sup
ervisor in F. S. A. and is to be
located at Lexington, Nebraska,
where they will make their home
after June 1.
Mrs. Homer Mullen spent the
week-end in Scribner visiting her
Mr and Mrs. Stephen Hicks, Members Of Pioneer
Families, Celebrate Their Golden Wedding
Anniversary Tuesday.
On a spring day, March 24,
1892, in O’Neill the marriage of
Gertrude Hubby and Stephen
Hicks was performed by Rev.
Lowery at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry DeYarman. On Tues
day, March 24, 1942, in O’Neill,
Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
Hicks celebrated their Golden
The bride of fifty years ago was
as pretty and becomingly attired
as the day of her wedding, fiifty
years ago and she wore a corsage
of yellow roses.
At 12 o’clock a dinner was
served for relatives and Rev. and
Mrs. John E. Spencer, followed
by an open house from 2 o’clock
on through the day, and, carrying
out the hospitality that was
known here fifty years ago and
which Mr. and Mrs. Hicks have
been known for all these years
each and all of the guests were
greeted and made to feel perfect
ly at home. The home was beau
tifully decorated with spring
cut flowers. One hundred fifty
guests were received and served
a lunch of ice cream and cake.
The three tier cake, which was
beautifully decorated with gold
icing and a minature bride and
groom was baked by the bride of
fifty years. The ice cream was
frozen by the groom.
Mrs. Nettie Bradstreet of Butte,
sister of Mrs. Hicks, had charge
of the guest book.
Their three children, Clarence
of O’Neill, Mrs. Ed Hubby of
Butte and Mrs. Adeline Bowden
of Oklahoma City, Ok., was pres
ent. They have eight grandchild
ren of whom three were present
and four great grandchildren, of
whom two were present.
Those attending the wedding
fifty years ago, who were also
present, are: Belle Bradstreet,
Spencer; Nettie Bradstreet, of
Butte and son, Howard of Spen
cer; Joe Schollmeyer of Dorsey;
May McGowan and Addie Wrede
of O’Neill. Old schoolmates
present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ernst
Beaver of Deaver, Wyo.; Belle
Bradstreet, of Spencer; Nettfie
Bradstreet of Butte; Addie Wrede;
Mamie O’Neill; Carrie Borg and
May McGowan, of O’Neill. Other
out of town relatives and friends
attending were: Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Bradstreet and son, Keith
of Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. M. Hub
by of Atkinson; Mr. and Mrs.
John Carson of Redbird; Mr. and
Mrs. Gus Sisler, Mrs. Frank Hub
by, Mr. and Mrs. George Kirkac
and daughter, Wilma, and Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Hubby, all of Butte;
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Beaver of
Cheyenne, Wyo., Mrs. Alice Mil
ler of Boone, Iowa, and Miss
Aileen Kerns of Coffey, Mo.
The honored couple received
many lovely gifts and congratu
The following poem was com
posed by a former schoolmate,
Mrs. Esther A. Roberts, nee Esth
er Hansen of Pomona, Cal.:
On Your Golden Wedding Day
You always hold an open house
just as your folks would do;
God bless those memories, every
one; the Hicks’ and Hubby’s too.
Those fifty years of married
bliss have had their ups and
With kindly patience, love and
care, you’ve donned the Golden
“No Gifts,” you say, “Come cele
brate, come friends, from far
and near,
But place your savings into bonds
to keep our homes from fear.”
‘Twas ninety-two, long years ago,
(when we were young and
We thot„ “My what a team ‘Twill
make, if Stephen marries Ger
The neighborhood approved the
match and watched you pull
Took note how Wisdom led your
acts, thru fair and stormy
You’ve seen your children’s child
ren, now; what more could one
May they raise up to bless this
day, and each new day inspire.
If friends have brought you sun
shine, rare, and roses in the past;
May fragrance fill your hearts,
anew, as long as life shall last.
And when those chimes ring 2
o’clock, we’ll see you in true
Our thoughts will travel o’er the
miles and celebrate with you.
We’ll lay aside our work and care
and drink a TOAST that
It’s rays will touch you from the
west with California’s fingers.
We’re sending songs, ORIGNAL,
to read when day is O’er,
And may we “see you later” upon
the GOLDEN shore.
High School Students
Will Handle Salvage
Collection of waste paper and
other salvage material will begin
hi O’Neill on next Saturday,
March 28th. The committee in
charge is John Sullvian, Ambrose
Rohde and Ira Moss. Volunteer
6chool boys will help with the
work and the City truck will be
used to collect salvage material.
Material will be collected from the
business houses and from private
Salvage material to be collected
will consist of paper, metals of all
kinds, rags and rubber. The need
for scrap metal and rubber is very
urgent. All materials donated
will be sold and the proceeds do
nated to the Red Cross.
If possible newspapers should
be tied in bundles. Loose papers
should be put in boxes or sacks.
Do not mix metal, paper, rags and
rubber. Do not save waxed paper,
cellophane, carbon paper, butcher
paper or paper which contains
oil, grease or paint. Do not save
rags which contain oil, grease or
paint. Please put your salvage!
articles on the front porch of your
Rural people wishing to bring
in salvage materials can leave it
at the Bazelman Lumber Yard.'
The key will be left at Matt’s
Cafe. Do not bring in tin cans.
They are not wanted as salvage
We desire to extend our sincere
and heartfelt thanks to the many
kind friends and neighbors for
their many acts of kindness dur
ing the illness and following the
death of our beloved husband
and father. Your kindness and
thoughtfulness in our hour of
sorrow will be held in grateful
remembrance.—Mrs. P. A. Lind
berg and Family.
Can Get Training: For
Jobs In War Industries
The all-out-war program calls
for recruitment of more young
men and women to be trained in
Nebraska for jobs in war indust
The Norfolk Office of the Unit
ed States Employment Service
can take the applications of young
men and women interested in
such training. These training
courses are offered by the Federal
Government at no cost to the
trainee. These are National De
fense schools and are administer
ed by the State Department of
Vocational Education through the
local School Boards. Some courses
are offered by N. Y. A. at resi
dent projects.
Women between the agees of 19
and 40 can be trained at Norfolk
or Omaha for jobs at the Glenn
L. Martin factory in Omaha. In
order to qualify, women must be
single, must weigh between 115
and 140 pounds, and be from five
feet four inches to five feet nine
inches tall. A physical examin
ation is required and tests are
given to determine aptitude for
such work.
Training for young men in a
number of trades is offered at
Norfolk, Kearney, Bellevue, Mil
ford and Omaha. At the Norfolk
Defense School only aircraft sheet
metal is offered. At Kearney and
Bellevue the following trades can
be learned: Machine shop, weld
ing, radio, auto mechanics, forg
ing and sheet metal. Those courses
are for boys from 17 to 25 years
of age.
Young men and women who are
qualified and want to do this type
of work to help win the war
should write to the Norfolk Office
of the United States Employment
Service for detailed information.
Subscribe for The Frontier
Pioneer Resident
Ends Her Life Sunday
Mrs. Ida Belle Storts died by
her own hand sometime before
midnight last Sunday night in a
pasture on the Walter Puckett
farm one mile north and a little
west of her home. She left home
about 3:30 Sunday afternoon,
leaving a couple of notes in the
house before she left. One of
these notes was addressed to her
daughter, Mrs. Francis Clark and
the other to Biglin Brothers in
this city. In this letter she told
that that she wanted them to take
care of her body and gave direct
ions for the funeral. Then she
apparently went north and west
from the house and into the past
ure on the Puckett farm where
she cut her throat with a razor.
When the folks returned home
Sunday evening and found the
notes they organized a searching
| party of several dozen neighbors
and they looked for her all night.
Mr. Puckett was with the search
ing party during the night, going
home in the morning to do his
chores and was on the way back
to the Clark home, about 7 a. m.,
when he discovered the body.
The seaching party had passed
within thirty feet of where
the body lay the night before.
There seems to be no question but
that she suffered a sudden mental
lapse that caused her to end her
life. The funeral will be held
Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in
the Biglin Parlors, Rev. Wright
officiating and burial in Prospect
Hill cemetery..
Ida Belle Hershier was born
at Waterloo, Iowa, on June 1,
1873. In March, 1890, she came
to this county with her parents,
her father having come here the
fall before and purchased a farm
a mile and a half west of town,
now owned by Con Keyes, and
since that time she had been a
resident of the county.
In November, 1897, she was
united in marriage to William
Storts, the ceremony being per
formed in this city. Three child
ren survive, one son and two
daughters, who with their father
are left to mourn her passing.
The children are: Sam, Olney,
Oregon; Mrs. Ida Terry, Wood
land, Washington; Mrs. Francis
Clark, Emmet. The children will
all be at the funeral. She is
also survived by two brothers and
one sister, Jake Hershiser, of San
Diego, Cal.; Mrs. Tom Shively of
Norfolk and Eli Hershier of this
, city.
Mrs. Storts was a splendid
j woman, a good wife and mother,
a splendid neighbor and a loyal
friend. A daughter of one of the
pioneer settlers she had under
gone many of the hardships of the
early days in the county. They
had acquired a competence and
were now in a position to enjoy
life after many years of labor.
Only a week ago they purchased
the C. C. Millard property in this
city, Mrs. Storts looking after1
the business and they were
figuring on coming to town and
taking life easy, but apparently
such was not to be. Her many
friends in this city and county
regret her tragic death and join
The Frontier force in extending
condolences to the bereaved rela
tives in their hour of sorrow.
Holt County Farmer
Comments On Defense
While we believe with “Selec
tive Service,” in last week’s Fron
tier, that there is and has been
enormous waste of men and work
hours in defense industries and
that men in those industries
should be inducted into service
same as the soldier and at the
same wage, without excessive
profit to owners,” we don't see
how tney can do other tnan com
ply with orders from “higher up.”
Ranchers and farmers left will
■ just have to do what they can in
forty hours, then sit down or go
I fishing until the next week unless
paid time and a half, then threat
en to strike and not work at all if
congress interferes. Perhaps F. D.
R. and Donald Nelson would get
| chummy then and offer bonuses,
or give honor marks to the man
who could sack the most hay or
plow the most corn in a forty
hour week.
Our boys on the battle fronts
might have to go with-out meat
and potatoes, but they would be
glad to do that as long as the the
folks back home didn’t have to
give up social gains.
Sincerely, Fay A. Puckett.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Casey and Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Graybiel spent
Sunday in Neligh.
Arrangements Are Being Made To Handle Large
Crowd Of Musicians And Music Lovers Here
During Contest Next Month.
The O’Neill division of the
State Music Contest will be held
at the O’Neill Public School and
St. Mary’s Academy on Friday and
Saturday, April 17 and 18.
The order of performance in
regard to soloists and small
groups will be changed from pre
vious years. In the past soloists
and small groups from all schools
appeared on the program of the
first day and the large groups
from all schools on the final day.
This necessitated two trips for
many schools or the added expense
of maintaining students at the
contest center overnight.
This year all soloists and small
ensembles from Class C schools as
well as large groups in this class
‘will appear on Friday; and solo
, ists, small ensembles and large
j groups of Class B and D schools
will appear on Saturday. By this
I procedure no school will be re
quired to attend on, both days
j and time, and money and tires
will be conserved.
The Classification of schools is
determined by the enrollment of
the High School.
Class D high schools having an
average daily attendance of 75 or
Class C high schools having an
average daily atendance of 75 to
Class B high schools having an
average daily attendance of 150
to 300.
Class A high schools having an
average daily attendance of over
j Soloists and small groups com
pete irrespective of class. Large
j group competition is limited to
like classes although any school
i may move up one class if it so
j desires.
Last year O’Neill was host to
more than 1600 contestants from
! twenty-four schools. So far this
year seventeen schools, have
signified their intention of enter
; ing this competition.
The members of the District
Managing Committee are: Rex |
Gay, Superintendent of schools,
Creighton; E. L. Hansen, Superin
tendent of schools, Walthill; O. R.
Bell, Superintendent of schools,
Ainsworth. These gentllemen
have secured able and competent
judges in sufficient numbers to
insure a deliberate audition for
every contestant.
O’Neill citizens are anxious to;
participate in aiding the visiting
schools in every way.
Local business firms furnish
stenographers and other clerical
help free of charge. O’Neill citi- j
zens are active on all contest'
The public schools and St.
Mary’s Academy are only a half
block apart. The contestants
have access to three auditoriums,
25 pianos, ample numbers of prac
tice rooms and other facilities in
Other accomodations in O’Neill
include four hotels and more than
a dozen restaurants.
Superintendent C. F. Grill of
the O'Neill Public Schools, will
have complete charge of the ad
ministration details of the contest.
All letters relatives to the O’Neill
district should be addressed to
The following are the the com
mittes appointed and the members
Housing—Dr. J. E. Spencer,
Chairman, Mother M. Virginia,
R. M. Sauers, Ralph Rickly, Mrs.
J. D. Osenbaugh, Martina G. Dish
Stenographers—Ted McElhaney
Chairman, R. E. Moore.
Entertainment of Judges—Mr.
and Mrs. H. J. Birmingham, Dr.
and Mrs. L. A. Burgess.
Door Committee—Mrs. C. E.
Lundgren, Mrs. J. P. Brown, Mrs.
H. E. Coyne, Co-Chairmen.
Good Will Committee—Rev. V.
C. Wright, Mayor John Kersen
brock, Co-Chairmen. Members:
'judge Lewis Reimers, I. W.
Johnson, J. J. Harrington, G. L.
Bachman. Jerry Miller, J. M.
Hayes, Max Golden, C. E. Jones,
R. H. Parker, C. W. Porter, D. H.
Clauson, Edw Campbell, Harrison
Bridge, Jack Arbuthnot, O. M.
Herre, James Carkle, Mrs. Helen
Sirek, Seth Noble, Miss Elja Mc
Cullough, Mrs. Georgia Rasley,
H. E. Coyne, F. J. Biglin, Dr. L.
A. Carter, Merle Hickey, Ray
Shellhamer, Clark Wilson, Mrs.
Carl Asimus, M. J. Wallace, Alva
Marcellus, Melvin Ruzicka, Art
King, G. C. De Backer, D. H. Cron
| in, H. A. Yocum, Father Richard
Parr, G. E. Miles, Mrs. Jack Vin
cent, Mrs. George Rector, Mrs.
D. C. Schaffer, Dr. H. L. Bennett,
Fred Harper, John Sullivan, W.
H. Harty, L. C. Walling, F. E.
I Parkints, H. J. Lohaus, Robert
Armbruster, Ambrose Rohde, Dr.
O. W. French, L. W. Smith, Allen
Jaszkowiak P. V. Hickey, J. M.
Higgins, C. E. Stout, Paul Beha,
H. L. Lindberg, C. E. Lundgren,
C. E. Yantzi, Esther Downey, A.
E. Bowen, Mary Horiskey, Wm.
Brugeman, L. M. Merriman, C. J.
Gatz, P. B. Harty, B. T. Winchell,
Anna O’Donnell, Tony Asimus,
L. D. Putnam, Francis Bazelman,
Anna McCartney, Helen Simar,
Mary C. Meer, J. A. Mann, Edw.
W. Gallagher, J. D. Cronin, Ira
Moss, Dr. J. P. Brown, Dr. J. L.
Sherbahn, Dr. F. J. Fisher, Dr. F.
J. Kubitschek, Dr. F. A. O’Connell,
Mrs. D. Stannard, Anton Toy,
Fred Saunto.
Hospital Notes
Mrs. S. Bosn a 11 pound boy,
Tuesday, March 24.
Mrs. H. Krugman of Opportun
ity, a girl, Saturday March 21
and dismissed Tuesday.
Mrs. Clarence Gokie a boy,
Saturday March 21, and dismissed
Mrs. Mable Tomlinson of Star
a medical patient.
Mrs. Lavern Stevens and baby
dismissed Saturday.
Mrs. Lawrence Murray and
baby dismissed Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Kazda,
boy, Monday, March 23.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Bosn, boy, Tues
day, March 24.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gokie,
boy, Saturday, March 21.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Krugman, of
Opportunity, girl, Saturday,
March 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Krugman, of
Opportunity, girl, Wednesday,
March 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cork of
Page, girl, Thursday, March 26.
Looking For Office
George B. Clark of Chambers,
filed for County Attorney on the
republican ticket March 23, 1942.
John Sullivan filed for re-elect
ion for Supervisor in the third
district on the Democratic ticket,
March 20, 1942.
Marriage Licenses
William Charles Morsbach of
Omaha and Lola Mae Harvey of
Orchard on March 21.
The Weather
Date H L M
March 19 48 32 .18
March 20 38 29 .56
March 21 44 20
March 22 66 27
March 23 73 34
March 24 71 34
March 25 51 27 .58
National Four H
Club Mobilization
Holt County will take part in
the National 4-H Club Mobiliz
ation week from April 5-11 an
nounced County Agent, Lyndle R.
Stout, under whose direction 4-H
work is carried on in the county.
Every boy and girl between the
ages of 10 and 20 will have an
opportunity to join a 4-H club
during this week. The public is
to see how 4-H club members
have an active part in the all im
portant food production necessary
to win the war.
All clubs in the county should
make a special effort to be organ
ized by this special week in order
that they may take part in the
national activities.
Mr .and Mrs. Ray Verzal and
son, of Wayne, spent the week
end with Mrs. Verzal’s parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Quinn.