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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (June 18, 1942)
By Romaine Saunders
Miss Maria Saunders of Ta
koma, Md., is visiting her parents
in the home of the Breezes.
Mr. Justice Murphy feels that
sitting in the judicial circle is no
place for a fighting Irishman at
a time like this.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Robyler of At
kinson, former residents of Swan
precinct, visited in this commu
nity last Thursday evening.
For one day laying aside the
driving cares of ranch life at this
season, Mr. and Mr. Tom Baker
joined the bargain hunters in
Maybe the bloody hand that
started it has become weary of
slaughter, but “face saving” will
prolong the work of destruction
until the mighty Ceasars fall
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. James of
Atkinson, joined by a brother of
Mr. James, from Yutan, Nebr.,
were out to the ranch last Thurs
day and stopped a moment in go
ing by for a handshake.
Time it was soaking in the al
lied chiefs that wherever a Jap
can get a toehold, on a rock, vol
canic peak or dot of desert is
land, he will make a go of it and
flourish on bugs and bits of veg
A heartening tragedy touched
the fountain of tears for little
Paul James one day recently. He
had a pet lamb that his uncle
Lloyd had given him which had
become his chief pleasure in life
on the ranch. The lamb was
crushed to death under the
wheels of an automobile backing
out of the yard.
Blue grass stripping and start
ing the cultivators were simul
taneous undertakings Monday
out this way. A large acreage of
grass goes under the strippers
this year in this section. Grass in
general is the best in many years,
furnishing more feed than the
present supply of stock can stow
Daily instalments showing pic
tures of Nebraska boys in mili
tary and naval service now run
ning in the papers show as fine,
clean-cut group of young fellows
as any country ever produced.
The intelligence, patriotism, de
termination inspiring these
splendid specimens of American
youth will weigh heavy against
our frenzied foes.
Now Hastings gets two large
fists in the federal millions com
ing into Nebraska for war pur
poses. The south Platte country
always did put it all over us in
such matters. North Nebraska
did have a few government own
ed Arabian horses up in the
northwest bad lands, and now
they have been taken to Califor
nia. But north Nebraskans are
getting in on the melon cutting
in their oWn way, numbers of
them having gone to the various
scenes of defense'activities.
There has been a pretty gener
ous response to the call for old
iron and tires, but country dwel
lers cannot find time in a day
crowded from daylight to dark
with necessary farm and ranch
work to rake the place with a
comb and then haul the gather
ing twenty or thirty miles to town
where it sells at a “ceiling” price
that doesn’t pay for the gas, real
izing those connected with the
industry into which the scrap
iron and rubber goes are being
So far we have no need for ir
rigation, refrigeration or straw
hats. For the past half century
or more Nebraskans have had a
periodic ferver for irrigation
schemes when Jupiter Pluvius
opens up and gives the country a
good wetting. A few years ago
when drouth and heat withered
our crops and cracked our hides
we were thinking maybe we
were to be buried under the
drifting sands and powdered soil
to join in the oblivion of past
centuries that buried a city and
civilization over there at Lynch.
But instead God has visited our
' community at a time of great
need and the earth is bringing
forth by handfulls.
Lester, the 11-year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smith, living
seven miles north of Amelia,
was killed in a cave-in Monday.
He, with a Jarvis boy from At
kinson, had gone into the sand
hills to dig a cave. A bank of
sand gave way and buried young
Lester completely and the other
boy partially but to an extent he
was unable to do anything to
save his companion. When he
was able to work out of the sand
he crawled to the house to tell
what had happened. The funeral
will be held after the arrival of a
son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith who
is in the army stationed in Cali
fornia. Lester was a cousin of
Mrs. Bernard Kennedy of this
Early Tuesday morning the ar
tillery of the sky let loose a barr
age of shrapnel over a limited
area that battered gardens, grain
fields and the blue grass to earth.
The storm lasted but a few min
utes but left a track of shredded
vegetation and broken windows,
and we happened to be in the
track of the worst of it. Our
Victory garden this Wednesday
morning is a crushed and broken
reed and those new potatoes that
I had expected in another week
look to be ruined. The lady
gathered the ripe strawberries
during the afternoon and I had
pulled a few turnips, so that
much escaped the hail. It was
not the ordinary pellets of ice,
but large, irregular chunks and
a few minutes had covered the
warm earth with a layer of ice
from which arose steam that ob
scured the vision.
Victory Home And
1,280 Holt county families who
signed the Nebraska Victory
Home and Garden pledge last
spring received the latest infor
mation on the control of garden
insects this week. Those families
who have indicated their desire
to take part in this prgram will
be furnishsed with timely infor
mation on growing and conserv
ing the family food supply
throughout the year. The need
for increased home production of
the family food supply has be
come even more evident as tfte
year progresses. Those families
who wish to receive the informa
tion being given Victory signers
may receive it free by writing the
county agent’s office in O’Neill.
Steel Creek C*lf Club
The Steel Creek Calf Club held
their June meeting Saturday
night, June 13 at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. F. L. Knight. All mem
bers were present and meeting
was called to order by the pres
ident. We had a true and false
test on how to take care of our
calves in summer. A motion was
made to pick up all scrap rubber
around the farm, and Mr. Ray
Siders, our leader, donating his
truck to deliver it. The next
meeting will be held Sept. 18 at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. J.
Revell. After the meeting lunch
was served.—Club Reporter.
Daughter Of Former
O’Neill Couple Is Honored
Mrs. Fannie Gallagher return
ed from Sioux City Sunday even
ing after a two weeks visit with
her daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Neil Ryan
While in Sioux City Mrs. Gal
lagher attended the graduation
exercises of Briar Cliff College,
where her granddaughter, Miss
Frances Ryan, received her B. A.
Miss Ryan had the distinction of
being listed in “Who’s Who of
American Colleges and Universit
ies,” receiving the highest aver
age in her class and finished her
college course in three years, hav
ing just completed a successful
year as teacher in a rural high
school in Dixon county. She
left immediately following her
graduation for Des Moines, where
she has accepted a civil service
Saturday Night Concert
Star Spangled Banner.—Key.
March, “The Huntrfess.”—King.
“The Waltz You Saved For
Novelty, “The Mouse and the
Vocal Solo, “Silver Threads
Among the Gold."—Danks.
“Characteristic Kentucky Sun
“Popular Wishing.”—De Sylvia.
Hymn, “Abide With Me.”—Monk.
March, “American Legion,”—Par
4-H Club Organization
Continues In The County
4-H club organization in the
county has been continuing at a'
steady pace in recent weeks.
There is still time for new groups
to organize in time to start the
year’s programs." Those commu
nities which have boys and girls
of 4-H club age who are not as
yet organized are urged to con
tact County Agent Lyndle Stout
for information or assistance.
4-H club work is not only play
ing an important part in the in
creased food production cam
paign, but it is furnishing a much
needed community social activ
ity, so necessary to the mainte
nance of morale at this critical
At the pressent time 4-H clubs
are organized in fifteen commu
nities with several more planning
to get under way in the next few
days. Among the recent groups
to organize are the Holt Creek
4-H Calf Club, led by E. E. Got
schall; the Steel Creek Calf Club,
with Ray Siders as leader; the
Emmet Elkhorn Valley Club, led I
by Gaines Rzeszotarski; the Sand
Hills Club, with Dewey Schaffer
as leader, and the Blue Ribbon
Heifer Club, led by C. V. Robert
son. The new clubs organized re
cently include the Eagle Creek
Calf Club, led by Mrs. Arthur
O’Neill, and the Victory 4-H Sew
ing Club, with Mrs. Levi Yantzi
As has been the case in the
past, 4-H calf clubs are leading
in enrollment to date. In many
cases there are boys and girls
within the neighborhood of clubs j
already organized who should be
encouraged to take part in 4-H
County-wide activities are be
ing reduced to a minimum this
year in the face of conditions af
fecting travel. No group should
decide to abandon their 4-H work
because they feel they will be
unable to take part in county
W. C. Brown of Valentine was
arrested by Patrolman Meistrell
and charged with overweight ca
pacity. He appeared in county
court on June 15, pled guilty and
was fined $10 and cots $3.10.
Ernest Kernin of Johnstown
was arrested by Patrolman Meis
trell and charged with over
weight on capacity plates. He ap
peared in county court on June
15, pled guilty and was fined $10
and costs $3.10.
Louis Putman of Spencer was
arrested by Patrolman Meistrell
and charged with overweight on
capacity plates. He appeared in
county court on June 17, pled
guilty and was fined $10 and
Lyle Orr of Bassett and Bessie
Stahl of Newport, on June 15.
Albert M. Engle of Pittsburgh,
Penn., and Agnes E. Russell of
Page, on June 16.
Vernon Richard Parks and
Marjorie Viola Stevens, both of
Page, on June 12.
Wm. M. Edcumbe of Sioux
City, Iowa, and Mayme K. Holli
day of Jefferson, S. D., on June
Lawrence Marcus Jennings of
Mitchell, S. D., and Bernadette
Lanners of Farmer, S. D., or. June
Neil Ray Williams and Virginia
Ann Baxter of Johnstown, on
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ferris, a son,
Saturday, June 13.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fox, a son,
Tuesday, June 16.
Mrs. Charles Fox, a boy, Sun
day, June 14.
Tommy Pager of Inman admit
ted Tuesday and dismissed Wed-*
Merle Hickey admitted Mon
day and dismissed Tuesday.
Mrs. Robert Young of Orchard
Eagle Creek 4-H Club
The Eagle Creek 4-H Club met
at the home of Walter Sires on
June 14 with all the members
present. One new member, Mary
Joan Hynes, was voted in. The
record books were given out and
a demonstration by Walter Sires
was given after the meeting. The
next meeting will be at the John
Hynes home on June 28.—Max
ine Mitchell, Club Reporter.
Miss Idell Spangler, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Spangler
of Star, Nebr., and Mr. Ronald
Dodd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Dodd of Stuart, Nebr., were uni
ted in marriage at Las Vegas,
Nevada, on Sunday. June 7. At
tendants of the bride and groom
were Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kurtz
of Pasadena, Cal. Mrs. Kurtz is
a sister of the bride.
The bride was beautifully at
tired in a light blue suit with
white accessories and wore an
Mrs. Kurtz was attired in a tan
suit with brown accessories and
wore a corsage of gardenias.
The groom and best man wore
dark blue business suits.
The double ring ceremony was
performed at 12:00 noon by Jus
tice of the Peace Brown in the
wedding chapel of the Las Vegas
Dr. J. E. Spencer. Pastor
Sunday School at 10:00 a. m.
Morning Worship at 11:00 a. m.
This is Father’s Day. The subject
of the sermon will be, “The So
cial Value of a True Man.”
The Young PeoDle’s Society
will meet at the church at 2:30
Sunday afternoon to go to the
Bethany Church for their after
noon and evening program. It is
desired to have all present.
Circle No. 1 will meet at the
home of Mrs. J. H. Patterson on
Thursday afternoon, June 25.
The Children's Day program
last Sunday evening was well
given and highly pleasing to all.
The large attendance and splen
did attention of all was much ap
Steel Creek 4-H Club
Delivers 3,100 Pounds
The Steel Creek Vh Calf Club
led by Ray Siders of Opportunity,
combined 4-H Club Judging Day
with the national war effort when
nine members collected 3,100
pounds of scrap rubber from their
farms and delivered it to O’Neill
last Wednesday as they attended
the 4-H Judging Day activities.
Proceeds derived from the sale
were used to purchase War Sav
ing Stamps for the members. The
collection of this amount of scrap
rubber required the fullest co
operation of the members and
families in the club and is an
other example of some fine \*a>rk
being done by the 4-H clubs over
Members of the Steel Creek
Calf Club are Lois and Andree
Siders, daughters of the Club
leader, Allen, Glen and Bena
Knight, children of Mr. and Mrs.
F. L. Knight, assistant leader,
Raymond Revell, son of E. J.
Revell, Harold Krugman, son of
Ed Krugman, Bill Brady, son of
W. L. Brady and Kenneth Berg
land, son of Mrs. F. Bergland.
The members of the Steel
Creek Calf Club have been very
active in 4-H club work for the
past several years and have been
very prominent in both county
and state activities.
The club and its members are
deserving of the highest compli
ments for their activities and it
is hoped that their initiative along
this line will be an inducement to
other 4-H groups as well as ev
eryone else to save and collect
materials which they are being
asked to save in the war effort.
Members Attend 4-H
Judging Day In O’Neill
Seventy-five Holt County 4-H
members were present to take
part in the 4-H judging day activ
ities at the O’Neill Public School
last Wednesday. The training
was in charge of Miss May Stan
ek and Mr. W. W. Derrick of the
Extension Service *in Lincoln.
Home Economics judging was
carried on at the school, while
55 members of livestock clybs
were taken to nearby farms of
Clarence Ernst and Hugo Holz,
where classes of livestock were
arranged by County Agent Lyn
The attendance, although smal
ler than in previous years, was
very pleasing to those in charge,
in view of the travel difficulties
and labor shortages being exper
ienced in many 4 H club homes.
Judging day is only one of the
instructive activities carried on
through the 4-H club program.
Boys and girls in every commu
nity are being encouraged to or
ganize clubs now to continue the
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Shriner
went to Ute, Iowa, Sunday.
Holt County Pioneer
Passes Away In Omaha
Mrs. Mary A. Kelley died in St.
Catherine’s Hospital in Omaha
last Sunday morning at 11:30
o’clock, after an illness of ten
days of a heart attack, at the age
of 62 years, five months and eight
days. The body was brought to
this city Monday night and the
funeral was held Tuesday morn
ing at 9 o’clock from St. Patrick’s
church, Monsignor McNamara
officiating, and burial in Calvary
cemetery at the side of her hus
band, who passed away in Feb
Mary A. Harmgton was born at
Calumet, Michigan, on December
8, 1879, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Daniel Harrington. She
came to this county with her
parents in 1881, and this county
had been her home ever since,
except for a few summers she
spent in Illinois looking after
property she owned in that state.
On May 1, 1900 she was united in
marriage to John D. Kelley. They
made their home on the old
homestead, about four miles
northeast of this city, until 1912
when they moved to this city.
Mrs. Kelley is survived by two
brothers and two sisters. They
are: D. D. Harrington, Wisner,
Nebr.; James L. Harrington,
Whittier, Cal.; Mother M. Cle
opha, St. Teresa’s Shrine, Colum
bus, Ohio; Mrs. H. E. Snyder, Co
Mrs. Kelley was a charming
woman and had many friends in
O’Neill and vicinity. Practically
her entire life was spent in Holt
county, as she was but two years
of age when her parents moved
here from the copper mines of
northern Michigan. Like all the
old pioneers she endured all the
hardships like all children of
the pioneers, but like many oth
ers kept faith intact as to the fu
ture of this section of the coun
try. For the past forty years she
had nothing to worry about along
financial lines, being very com
fortably well fixed at the time of
her death. She always seemed to
be in good health, but for the
past few years had been suffering
from Dropsy, which affected her
heart, which caused her death.
The many friends of the fam
ily tender sincere condolences to
them in their hour of sorrow, in
which The Frontier joins.
The following relatives were
here for the funeral: Dr. and Mrs.
H. E. Siyder, Columbus; Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Wilrodt and daugh
ters, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. D. D.
Harrington, Wisner, and daugh
ter, Mrs. Burke, of Topeka, Kan.;
William Kelley and sister, Miss
For County Office
Mike Kirwin filed on June 15,
for county assessor, on the dem
Peter W. Duffy fiiled on June
13 for sheriff, on the democratic
After Twenty Years
Visits Old Home Town
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Evans ar
rived in the city Wednesday eve
ning, up from Grand Island, after
a visit with his mother and sister
at Payette, Idaho, and spent
Thursday visiting among old
time friends here. Mr. and Mrs.
Evans are now living in Chicago,
Ralph having a civil service pos
ition in the government survey
service, a position he has had for
the past seven years, and he was
enjoying his vacation. Ralph is
looking fine, but he said he wa3
surprised at the improved ap
pearance of the old town since
his last visit here, some twenty
years ago. He noticed a marked
improvement in business build
ings and residences over the city.
They leave for home Friday
Date H. L.
June 11_84 67
June 12_88 55
June 13_67 44
June 14 67 47
June 15_70 51
June 16 _ 70 54 i
June 17 _ 72 59
June 18 81 56
Moisture for the week was 1.92.
McKinley Simonson resigned
his position with the Works Pro- j
gram Administration and has ac
cepted a position at Alliance with
the construction of the Air Force
Training school plant. He left
here Sunday and started to work
on Monday. Mrs. Simonson and
children accompanied him and
visited there until today. They
will not move at present, as they
are unable to find a place to live.
Reverend Richard Parr leaves
Friday, being transferred to St.
Peter’s church in Omaha, and
Reverend Daniel Brick of Omaha,
a newly ordained priest, is being
sent here to replace Father Parr.
Miss Luree Abart returned
Tuesday from Kansas City, Mo.,
where she had been visiting her
brother, Dercy, who is in the U.
Ensign Harry Wright, who is
in the U. S. Navy, arrived Tues
day from SanDiego, Cal., to spend
until Saturday with his parents.
Rev. and Mrs. V. C. Wright. He
will return to Brunswick, Maine,
where he will be stationed.
Mrs. Wm. Brugman entertain
ed the Last Minute bridge club
at her home Wednesday after
noon. High score was won by
Mrs. Jack Davis, Mrs. Brugman
traveling, and Mrs. Frank Clem
Mrs. D. D. DeBolt and children
left today for Newport to visit
her parents and to atend the
wedding of her sister on Sunday.
Mrs. Marvin Johnson enter
tained eighteen little girls and
boys at a birthday party at her
home Wednesday afternoon hon
oring her daughter, Carole, who
was three years old. The after
noon was spent playing games,
and lunch was served. Carole re
ceived many lovely gifts.
Word has been received here
that Oliver Gene Cromwell of
Creighton and Maxine Johnson
of Albion were married at Pen
der on June 1. Mr. Cromwell is
an employee of the O’NeilJ Photo
Company, and they are at pres
ent making their home in Omaha.
Mrs. Tom Walsh and Mrs. Jack
Grady of Stuart were in O’Neill
Wednesday afternoon visiting
relatives and friends.
Miss Mary Harty leaves Friday
for Portland, Ore., where she will
spend the next two weeks visiting
her brother, Jimmy, and other
Mr. and Mrs. John Harrington
and sons John and Jimmy, and
daughter, Marlene, came Friday
from Washington, D. C., to visit
Mrs. Harrington’s mother, Mrs.
Tom Donlin. Mr. and Mrs. Har
rington left Sunday for Chicago,
III., where they will make their
future home, and the children re
mained here for a longer visit
with their grandmother.
Miss Luree Abart will return
to Portland, Ore., Friday, after
spending the past week visiting
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Abart, and family.
Mrs. A. Kirks of Spencer vis
ited relatives and friends here
John Sullivan, John Gallagher,
James Gibson, Joe Schollmeyer
and Thad Saunders attended a
county officials meeting in Nor
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Berg
strom will take their son, Pvt.
Leonard Bergstrom, to Omaha on
Friday and he will leave for Or
lando, Fla., after being here on a
ten day furlough from the U. S.
Army and spending it with his
parents and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. George Reed and
Mrs. J. Pfund of Lincoln arrived
Wednesday to visit relatives and
Mr. and Mrs. J. Kelley and
Mrs. Fred Bazelman will take
Mrs. Alvin Bausch and Miss Ei
leen Kelly to Grand Island Fri
day and they will leave from
there for Woodland Hills, Calif.
Mrs. Bausch has been here for
the past several weeks visiting
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Bazelman, and Miss Kelly plans
on making her future home there.
The happy couple are now
making their home at 740 South
Fetterly, Los Angeles, where Mr.
Dodd is employed by the J. C.
Card of Thanks
To the many kind friends and
old neighbors who so kindly as
sisted us during the illness and
following the death of our be
loved father, Michael A. Engle
haupt, we desire to express our
sincere and heartfelt thanks.
Your kindness will ever be held
in grateful remembrance. — The
Ruled Steady Monday
Livestock prices maintained
healthy levels here on Monday
as moderate receipts met with
a ready outlet. The general
market undertone showed consid
erate strength — probably bol
stered by the lighter receipts at
all merkets this week. Action
was good and prices were fully
The best lightweight steer cal
ves paid upwards to $13.40 but
the bulk of the supplies ranged
mostly from $11.50 to $13.00.
Heifer calves were not too plenti
ful and the best sold at $12.00.
Yearling steers cashed upwards
to $12.25 on the better grades of
light weights with the long end
of the supplies selling from $10.50
to $11.50. Heifers in this class
were rather scarce and the top
piest scaling 600 pounds reached
Cow receipts were heavier
than last week and the best beef
cows sold upwards to $9.25 in a
few instances. Bulk of the cow
offering placed from $7.50 to $8.
Bull prices showed strength as
several were sold at $10 or more.
Around 400 hogs were on sale
here. Butchers cashed at $13.55
! to $13.60. A few choice weight
sows sold at $13.70 to $13.80 but
the bulk of this class paid $13.00
to $13.35; gilts $13.30 to $13.40.
Stags brought from $11.50 to
$12.00. Feeders scaling around
80 pounds paid an extreme top
of $17.50. A considerable number
of pigs sold at fancy prices.
Next auction on Monday, June
The employees of the Tele
phone company held a picnic at
the City Park last Thursday
evening in honor of Miss Grace
Quilty and Miss Delorig Bach
man. They were each presented
with a lovely gift.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stolte and
daughter, Karen Lee, of Chicago,
[ arrived Saturday and are visiting
Mr. Stolte’s parents at Atkinson.
Mr. and Mrs. Stolte and daughter
were dinner guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Clausen Tuesday
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. DeBacker
took Mrs. J. T. Keough, Mrs. Ed
Crennen and Tommy DeBacker
to Grand Ilsland Monday and
they left from there for Denver,
Colo. Mrs. Keough and Mr.
Crennen are sister and brother
of Mrs. DeBacker and have been
visiting here for several weeks.
Mrs. Crennen and Tommy De
Backer will visit in Denver for
Mrs. Mary Wolfe, of Winner,
S. D., and daughter, Neva, of
Sheridan, Wyoming, spent last
Thursday and Friday at the home
of Mrs. Carrie Hunter. Mrs.
Wolfe went to Redbird Friday,
where she will visit relatives and
Miss Neva Wolfe left Saturday
for Cheyenne, Wyo., where she
plans on securing employment
for the summer.
Joe Mann left last Sunday for
San Diego, Cal., to spend a
couple of weeks visiting at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. George
Stannard and family. Mr. and
Mrs. Stannard have been coming
here for the annual golf tourna
ment, every June, for several
years, but being unable to come
this year Joe decided that he
would go out there and make
them a visit and incidently see
the sights around the big air
plane factories in that section of
C. F. W. Lehmann, one of our
successful ranchmen and farmers
of the southern part of the county
and one of our old time settlers,
was an O’Neill viitor Monday and
made this office a pleasant call,
extending his subscription to The
Frontier. Mr. Lehmann has
been a resident of the county
since 1883, fifty-nine years, and
we thoroughly enjoyed a visit
with him Monday, when we dis
cussed the early days of the
county; days when you had to
wade through water most of jthe
way if you wanted to make a
trip to the south country during
the months of May or June. It
is not that way now, but Mr.
Lehmann says that it is nice and
wet in the south country this
year, but that it will never again
be like it was in the old days as
graded roads, north and south,
east and west, with deep ditches
on either side gives the water a
chance to drain off, instead of
remaining until it soaked away
or was absorbed into the air.
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