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VOL. LXII O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1942 NUMBER 49
By Romaine Saunders
P. J. Kennedy is among neigh
bors again after most of the win
ter spent in Nevada and Califor
Patron’s day was observed at
the Watson school last Friday, a
program of interest to the parents
who attended being rendered by
the pupils, who after two weeks
more will be released from books
and school discipline.
In an interesting volume a
gentleman of of the cloth laments
the homesickness of small ideas
and calls for ideas “as large as
the whole world.” Some of us
had just that and look what we
Public opinion, expressed defi
nitely and repeated, has accom
plished what the administration
couldn’t or wouldn’t. Strikes
have been called off by both the
A. F. L. and C. I. O. and workers
in automobile and aircraft factor
ies have surrendered on the point
of overtime pay.
A noted humorist prefaced his
remarks with the alibi that all
he knew was what he read in
the papers. This same source
gives out repeatedly information
or misinformation of labor short
age. Recently down at Lincoln
sixty men out of 500 applicants
were hired on a job.
April has seen some tree plant
ing in the southwest grass belt.
Early in the month a truck load
of men, trees tnd shovels worked
their way through a snowdrift
or two while growling about the
roads and proceeded to Blaine
Gatewood’s to plant a shelter
belt. C. E. Addison is putting
out a thousand or so cottonwoods
and we are trying a few more
apple trees at our place. An
apple tree in full bloom in May
is among the first of spring's
floral adornments to perfume
its tinted beauty. As a tree it has
been the theme of poets and in
early autumn the bending boughs
of red-ripened fruit are handed to
you free of charge. Chinese elms
have been much exploited. The
few that survive make a beautiful
tree—after many years. The honey
locust outgrows anything, has a
sweet-scented flower. Cut the
roots twenty-five feet from the
tree and a cluster of young trees
come up and grow six feet during
the season. Cottonwoods are
popular in the grass country, at
taining great size and are the first
in foilage in the spring and the
last to loose it before winter.
In early dawn, the deep
purple of the morning sky touch
ing the eastern horizen, streaks of
crimson cutting through the pink
shadows of coming sunrise, the
feathered denizens of the prairie
sound the call to awakened life
and a new day’s activity. The
prairie chickens, the meadow
larks, the many and varied bird
groups, all atune to each in
dividual’s musical note, make the
morning a bewitching hour on
the prairie—the prairie in dun
grey outline now taking on a
back ground of emerald tint. It
is spring, the time of songs of
birds, of growing things, of awak
ened life. The lordly eotton
woods are in bud to unfold a
glittering sheen or foilage that
ripples in the breeze. The south
west is mustering its prairie re
sources for another season—a
season that brings a call, a clamor,
for our utmost productive efforts.
And when we tread the last mile,
when the last golddn sunset
closes the summer of sweat and
toil and the harvest moon glows
in silent majesty above the quiet
land may our hopes, our plans,
our labors have bloomed into
full and bounteous fruition, under
the blessing of Heaven.
Blaine Garwood was around
last week signing up Swan patri
ots for “Victory Gardens.’’ It’s
about time for Rafe Shaw to show
up to list what’s worth assessing.
And if Frank Brady has h's way
it will be a pretty poor stick of
wood that escapes the tax rolls.
Gardens will be nothing new out
in this community but that word
“Victory” supplies a bit of ro
mance and patriotism in some
Quarters. Hayseeds of Holt
(county know what it is to battle
Tveeks and sandburs under a
blazing sun; know what it is to
March 3rd, 1942
Council met in regular session:
Present Mayor Kersenbrock,
Councilman: Alfs, Yantzi, John
son, Phalin. Minutes of the pre
vious meetings were read and ap
City Treasurers statement for
the month of February read and
Upon motion the following bills
On The General Fund:
Consumers Public Power $231.94
Mbnly Haglin _,_9.60
Cahs Snowardts ___, 9.60
Con O’Connell__ 5.00
Edith Castleman_. 5.15
Chester Calkins _ 100.00
Norman Gonderinger_ 30.00
Roy Lowery_ 35.00
Ernie Harris_. 9.60
Art Hayford_ 9.60
Uhl Transfer .. 9.80
O’Neill Fire Dept._52.00
Frank Greiner_ 80.00
C. W. Porter_20.00
G. E. Miles_ 4.00
On The Water Fund:
Jesse Scofield_ 100.00
Consumers Public Power 12.50
C. B. & Q. R. R_5.00
Ralph Scofield_ 14.40
| Pittsburgh Eq. Meter_ 2.32
Neptune Meter Co._20.05
C. W. Porter_10.00
R. E. Calvert_5.00
E. H. Hagensick_18.65
N. W. Bell Tele. _ 4.13
H. J. Hammond._ 14.47
Upon motion the Council ap
proved the Insurance policy No.
219243. Liverpool and London
and Globe Ins. Co. in amount of
$2500 on pump house and equip
ment premium $17.47. Period of
January 8th, 1942 to January 8th,
1943, H. J. Hammond Agent.
Motion by Johnson, seconded by
Yantzi, that the date of hearing
on all Liquor and Beer applica
tions be set as of the date of April
8th, 1942 at eight o’clock P. M.
Upon motion the Council ad
journed subject to the call of the
Clerk Pro tern.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Pongratz,
boy, Friday, March 10.
Mrs. Bernard Pongratz, a boy,
Friday, March 10.
Mr and Mrs. Hugh Carr, girl,
Wednesday March 15.
Mrs. Earl Bollen and baby of
Page dismissed Saturday.
Mrs. Erde Renner and baby
Miss Nona Beha, who spent a
month here with her parents and
brothers, left Friday for Brooklyn,
N. Y., where she will resume her
duties as nurse in the King’s
The Sunday Evening Dinner
club met at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. James Walling at a 6:30 din
ner and bridge. High scores were
have a promising garden waylaid
by grasshoppers, withered by
scorching winds and ravaged by
bugs and worms, and still come
out on top with a fair mess of
produce. Amateurs not inured
to the vicissitudes in garden grow
ing, are in for some experiences
not foreshadowed in the club
meetings. Frank and Vince
Suchy can give the city patriots
some valuable help in how to
have a garden. Through that
reliable medium of information,1
“they say,” tin cans will not be
available for the canneries this
season, but there are mountains
of sand from which to make glass
jars. John Green can make a
garden as well as spot an old
piece of furniture. What he has
grown on those lots on the west
ride of town would give any
family an opulant feeli:.g of se
curity. One of the really great
gardens of a bygone day
in O’Neill was the senior John
Mann. He came to th old Fron
tier office, back of the postoffice,
at one time to get me to go with
him to see his garden, particularly;
a new variety of bean. Toe bean i
vines did not impress me but the
lay of the garden, the fine assort
ment of vegetables, the flov/ers
and the fruit trees did. It was a
scene of abundance, beauty and
fragrance, and it would be inter
esting to know if his son, Joe,
continues this fine tradition.
Mrs. Joseph Wise
Mrs. Flora Wise died at her
home in this city last Saturday
afternoon at 12:15, after an ill
ness of but one week, at the age
of 80 years, 10 months and 11
days. The funeral was held last
Monday afternoon from the Pres
byterian chuich. Rev. Dr. Spencer
officiating end burial in Prospect
Flora Gertrude Bentley was
born at Landsdown, Canada, on
June 15, 1861. When she was
a little girl her parents came to
ine United States and they lo
cated at Butlei, Green county
Iowa, where the family remained
for several years until they came
to this coumy m the spring of
1884 and this county had been her
home for fifty-eight years. The
family lived on a farm northeast
of this city for about five years
then moved to this city, where her
father opened up the first bakery
in O’Neill, which he successfully
conducted for several years, in a
building that stood where the
Simar Style Shop is now locat
ed. Flo and her sister, Agnes,
worked in the bakery and they
had a host of friends in this city
and community. Agnes, Mrs.
Charles Pettijohn, passed away a
couple of months ago and Mrs.
Wise was the last member of her
On January 18, 1910, she was
united in marriage to Joseph
Wise, the ceremony being per
formed in this city. Mr. Wise pas
sed away in 1931 and since that
time Mrs. Wise and her sister
made their home together in the
old family residence on East Ever
ette street. The writer had known
Mrs. Wise for over a half century.
She was a charming woman and
had a host of friends. With her
passing another of the real old
timers has gone on the long, long
trail and one who spread sunshine
in her path while on earth.
won by Mrs. James Rooney and
C. E. Lundgren.
Marie Salsbery of Brunswick
came Monday and is spending the
week here on business.
Miss Doris Gannon of Los An
geles, California, arrived here last
week-end and is visiting her par
ents, Mr. and Ms. Roy Gannon for
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hayes mov
ed Friday to the Melvin Klingler
apartment house on Fremont
Sam Bosn, son, Ray and daugh
ter, Marion and Melvin Henry'
took Miss Margaret Bosn to Lin
coln Sunday, after spending a
week here with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Bosn.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur King spent
lest Thursday and Friday in Sjoux
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clooker
and daughter, returned Sunday
from Stanton and Pierce, where
they had visited relatives for sev
Miss Jenny Lockman of Stuart
has accepted a position at the Ben
Franklin store, and started work
Mr. and Mrs. Art Dexter and
family spent Saturday and Sun
day at Amelia visiting his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dexter
Mrs. Laura Baker and Howard
Jeffrey of Omaha spent Saturday
and Sunday at the home of Mrs.
Baker’s brother and Mr. Jeffrey’s
mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wolfe.
Mrs. C. J. Gatz entertained her
Bridge Club at her home Friday
evening. High scores were won by
Mrs. Harry Walling and Mrs.
Mrs. James Rooney entertained
the R. E. H. bridge club at her
home Monday evening. High
scores were won by Mrs. Francis
Murphy and Mrs. Max Wanser,
J. R. Miller went to Grand
Island Monday to attend a first
aid meeting of the Northwestern
Bell Telephone Company em
Miss Lucille Hartford of Sioux
City, Iowa, spent the week-end
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Dale Asher of Page, has
accepted a position at the Ben
Franklin store and started work
Harold Lindberg and H. C.
Kruse were in Norfolk Sunday on
Mrs. Catherine Keiser and
daughter, Patti, returned Sunday
from Sioux City, Iowa, where!
they visited friends.
Mrs. Frank Oberle returned last
Thursday from Ainsworth, where
Due to the Music Contest to be
held on Friday and Saturday of
this week, there will be no col
lection of waste paper on Satur
O'NEILL ENTERTAINS MUSIC
CONTESTANTS IN THIRD
DISTRICT THIS WEEK END
The Musical Contest This Week Promises To Be
One Of The Biggest Ever Held In This Section
Of The State Of Nebraska.
The O’Neill Public Schools
and St. Mary’s Academy play
host again to the District III Music
Contest opening here Friday at
8:00 A. M. and continuing Sat
urday. It is the second consecu
tive year that O’Neill has been
chosen to entertain the Contest.
C. F. Grill, superintendent of
O’Neill Public Schools and local
manager of the Contest, has an
nounced plans to accommodate a
large crowd estimated at more
than 1,600 entries from 21 schools.
Arrangements have been made
.to save as much as possible on
traveling expenes. To reach this
desired end, offieals have set up
the Contest with Class “C” schools
participating on Friday and Clas
ses “B” and “D” on Saturday.
Nine Class “C” schools take
part in the program Friday: Butte
Ewing, Orchard, Page, Spencer,
St. Mary’s (O’Neill), Stuart, Ver
digre, and Keya Paha County H.
S. (Springview). Starting at 8:00
A. M., instrumental soloists and
small groups play in the High
School New Auditorium. Friday
morning at the same time, vocal
soloists and small groups sing in
the St. Mary’s Academy Auditor
ium. Friday afternoon at 1:00 in
the New Auditorium, instrumen
tal small groups are scheduled un
til 2:30; then Boys’ Glee Clubs,
Girls’ Glee Clubs, and Mixed
Choruses follow. Friday evening
at 7:00 the Class “C” bands’ ap
pear with Stuart the first entry.
Seven bands are entered in this
division; St. Mary's plays second
at 7:30. Piano solos will be play
ed starting at 7:00 in the St.
Seven Class “B” and five Class
“D” schools will meet Saturday,
Ainsworth, Atkinson, Creighton,
Neligh, O'Neill, Rock County H.
S. (Bassett), and Valentine are
the “B” entrants. Bristow, Cham
bers, Inman, Long Pine, and
Wheeler County H. S. (Bartlett)
are in Class “D”.
»On Saturday morning, starting
at 8:00, instrumental solos and
small groups play in the New
Auditorium. At the same time
vocal soloists and small groups
will sing in Room 8 at the High
School. Starting at 9:00 in the
Academy Auditorium, piano solos
and a piano duet will be played.
Saturday afternoon in the New
Auditorium at 1:00, vocal numbers
are to be sung. Quartettes, Sex
tettes, a Madrigal Group, Glee
Glee Clubs, and Mixed Choruses
will feature the afternoon pro
Saturday afternoon at 3:30,
Class “D” bands play in the St.
Mary's Auditorium, followed by
a Girls’ Glee Club at 5:25. There
are two Class “D” bands.
At 7:30 Saturday evening the
Class “B” bands play. There are
four bands in this division. The
O’Neill band plays at 9:00.
The contest judges, selected by
the managing committee are Mr.
Edward Kurtz, Iowa State Teach
er’s College; Miss Alvina Palm
quist, Sioux Falls College; and
Mrs. Leo Kucinski, Momingside
she had spent several days at the
home of her daughter and son-in
law, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith.
Miss Mary Harty visited friends
in Grand Island Saturday and
A. E. Bowen, Kenneth Martyn,
Harry Clauson, L. R. Stout and
R iy Spindier attended a Masonic
Convention in Norfolk Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard FerrL
and son, Gene, spent the week
end in Pierce visiting relatives.
Miss Delia Gunn of Norfolk
spent the week-end with her
mother, Mrs. Catherine Gunn.
Mrs. Dwight Hammerlin of
Columbus spent Sunday with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bos
Chas. Jeffery, Thomas Wyant
and Wayne Bowers left Wednes
day for Portland, Oregon, where
they have employment.
Mrs. Kellar of Bassett was here
on business Saturday.
The O’Neill Women’s Club met
at the home of Mrs. L. Tompkins
in Inman Wednesday.
Circle 1 of the Presbyterian
Church met at the home of Mrs.
R. H. Parker today. Mrs. Harry
Walling was assisting hostess.
Mrs. Gene Kilpatrick of Norfolk
was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. O. A
Kilpatrick Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Catherine Keiser went to
Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, where
she will visit friends for a few
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Curtis re
turned Wednesday from Sioux
City, Iowa, where they had spent
the past week visiting relatives.
Mrs. W. J. Froelich and daugh
ter, Nancy, and son, William, Mrs.
C. E. Stout, and John Lee Baker
spent Friday and Saturday in
Sioux City, Iowa.
Mrs. H. W. Tomlinson enter
tained the Last Minute bridge
club at her home Wednesday af
ternoon. High score was won by
Mrs. Harden Anspach, traveling
Mrs. Cleda Brady and low Mrs.
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Miss Thelma Leinhart and
Jack Vincent, Jr., both of Omaha,
were married at 8:30 P. M., on
Saturday, April 11, in the Pres
byterian parsonage at Platts
mouth, Rev. McClousky read the
marriage lines using the single
The couple were very attract
ively attired in twin, tan flan
nel suits with matching acces
sories. The bride wore a gardenia
corsage and the groom a white
carnation boutonniere. They were
attended by Miss Irene Leinhart
of Omaha, sister of the bride and
Frank Tomley of Lincoln.
The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and f *-s. R ly LeiiJ'art of
Chambers and is a granuate of the
O'Neill High School, class of '36.
She taught three successful terms
in rural districts near Chambers
and is a graduate of the Lincoln
Cosmetology school. She is now
employed in the Crystal Beauty
Salon in Omaha and will continue
in this position.
The groom is the eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Vincent of
O’Neill and is a graduate of the
O’Neill High School class of ’37.
He attended the University of
Nebraska at Lincoln for four years
where he received his B. S. de
gree. While attending the Uni
versity he was a member of the
Comhusker football team. He
is now attending the Nebraska
School of Medicine in Omaha and
is affiliated with the Alpha Kappa
Kappa Fraternity. Mr. Vincent is
a second Lieutenant in the regular
U. S. Army.
A dinner was served after the
wedding for the memebrs of the
bridal party and relatives at the
Rose Lodge in Omaha. A lovely
three tier wedding cake was bak
ed and beautifully decorated by
the groom’s mother.
They will make their home at
820 S. St. in Omaha.
I Those present at the Ceremony
I were, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Vincent
and son, Keith of O’Neill and Mr.
and Mrs. A. J. Schroeder of
St. Mary’s Students
During Music Contest
St. Mary’s Academy will again
present its students of music in
the annual Music Contest of Dis
trict III to be held in O’Neill on
April seventeenth and eighteenth.
Following is the program:
Clarinet Solo Donna Gallagher
Cornet Solo_James Golden.
Trombone Solo_Bert Brennan
Girl’s High Voice _ Mary
Jewell Walker, Stella Wohl
gemuth, Sheila Barrett.
Girl’s Medium Voice.. Vera
La Pointe, Dorothy Moore.
Girl’s Trio_Nancy Froelich,
Patti Reiser, Helen Kubits
Girls’ Sextette_Martha Jan
ousek, Kathleen Flood, Agnes
Meyer, Patti Reiser, Stella
Wohlegemuth, Mary Miles.
Girls’ Quartette_Sheila Bar
rett, Patti Keiser, Nancy
Froelich, Stella Wohlgemuth.
Cornet Trio-Edward Camp
bell, Betty Gallagher, Thom
Clarinet Quartette ___ Donna
Gallagher, Marilyn Moore,
Margaret Ryan, Yvonne Sirek.
Brass Sexette_Bill Brennan,
Jack Harty, Bill Froelich,
Thomas Harty, James Golden,
Sheila Barrett, Marion Bosn,
Stella Crowe, Reba Cuddy, Darla
Davis, Bernadette Donlin, Roberta
Donlin, Della Dalton, Kathleen
Flood, Dorothy Froelich, Shirley
Ganser, Constance Golden, Donna
Gallagher Mary Hickey, Chickie
Iler, Lou Ann Iler, Martha Jan
ousek, Lois Kaup, Patti Keiser, j
Hazel Kobarg, Dorothy Lewis,1
Vera La Pointe, Agnes Meyer,!
Mary Menish, Dorothy Moore,
Mary Mellor, Mary Miles, Mary
Helen Martin, Patricia O’Donnell,
Geneva Pribil, Tillie Peter, Mar
garet Ryan, Rosemary Ryan,
Thelma Reefe, Alvara Ramm,
Jean Slaughter, Miriam Schmidt,
Mary Ellen Schaaf, Margaret
Sauser, Mary Jewell Walker,
Maxine Winkler, Pauline Winkler,
ST. MARY'S BAND
Nancy Beha, Donna Bauman,
Patty Brennan, Alice Biglin,
Gene Brennan, John Baker, Lou
Birmingham, Joe Biglin, Bill
Brennan, Bert Brennan, Edward
Campbell, Nancy Froelich, Bill
Froelich, Jack Gatz, Betty Gall
agher, James Golden, Donna Gal
lagher, Jack Harty, John Hynes,
Margaret Higgins, Dorothy Hig
gins, Ann Harty, Tom Harty, Pat
NEW OFFICERS ’\
The regular monthly meeting
of the O’Neill Commercial Club
was held last Tuesday evening
and the officers for the ensuing
year were elected. The follow
ing are the officers for the ensuing
J. D. Cronin, president; Dr. O.
W. French, first vice president;
Melvin Ruzicka, second vice pres
ident; Bennett Grady, treasurer.
The folllowing were elected as
directors for three year terms:
Anton Toy, Helen Sirek and
There was a splendid turnout
at the meeting and considerable
interest is being manifested in
the work of the Commercial Club.
N eitfenf ind-Robi nson
At a pretty wedding Saturday
evening at 8 o’clock at the First
Methodist Church in O’Neill, Ne
braska, when Miss Gladys Lou
Neigenfind, youngest daughter of
Mrs. Elizebeth Neigenfind of Page
became the bride of Mr. Ornie
Robinson, son of Mrs. Ida Robin
son, of Beemer, Nebraska. ,
Marriage lines were read by
Rev. V. C. Wright in presence
of relatives and friends.
Maid of honor was Betty Single
ton friend of the Bride, who wore
an Aqua Blue dress. Bridesmaids
were Verna Henzler and Carolyn
Miller, who wore pink dress and
carried a bouquet of Sweet Pea’s.
The bride was attired in a Gray
blue satin dress with silver
slipper and carried a bouquet of
Roses. The only jewelry worn by
the bride was a Heart Locket
given her by the groom.
The grooms attendents were
Jesse Hewett of McLean, Nebras
ka, Mr. Gerald Beltz of Osmond
and Bill Carstens of Norfolk. Af
! ter the ceremony they all went to
| Page where a wedding dance was
Out of town guests were Char
ley Nieman, Mr. and Mrs. John
Fiala and duaghter, Mary, Mr.
Frank Musil and children, John
Musil all of O’Neill, Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Louie Schott and
son, Roy, Betty Singleton and Mr
and Mrs. Jack Barrett and family,
all of Page, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Storjohn of Spencer, Nebraska,
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carstens and
son, Bill, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Brozek and daughter of Norfolk,
Mrs. Maggie Beltz and sons of
Osmond, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Beltz of Brunswick and Mr. Jess
Hewitt of McLean.
Bob Larson Given
A Surprise Party
A surprise party was given
at the Bob Larson home Monday
evening, honoring Bob on his
At midnight a delicious lunch
was served and then all departed
wishing Bob many more happy
O’Neill Women’s Club
Entertained At Inman
The Woman’s Club of O’Neill
met in Inman Wednesday after
noon at the home of Mrs. Leon
Tompkins with Mrs. Ezra Moore
Mrs. Moore had charge of the
program. “Ladies Do Your Best”
and “Common Sense Education”
were the topics used. A wide
discussion followed as to whether
the world will have a more Com
mon Sense Education or not and
our view points were well aired.
A lovely lunch was served by
Mr. and Mrs. George Ries and
son, of Atkinson, were dinner
guests at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Ivan Pruss Monday.
Hickey, Mary Hickey, Helen Kub
itschek, Corine Kubitschek, Patti
Keiser, Mary Miles, Edward Mar
tin, Mary Mellor, James Merri
man, Beverly McCarthy, Mari
lyn Moore, Patricia O’Donnell,
Margaret Ryan, Yvonne Sirek,
Robert Wallace, Stella Wohlge
Piano Solo-Betty Flood,
Lois Kaup, Jean Slaughter.
Flores, Mr. Ira George.
Brennan, Mrs. Ed Gallagher.
St. Mary’s Academy extends a
cordial welcome to all visiting
schools, to their patrons, and to
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