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One lady tells me she doesn’t get it done as she has to rest on Mon day from being worn out cooking and entertaining company until a late hour on Sunday. It is quite probable a lot of good folks wear out their welcome at other places also. The Glen Doolittle assaulted -with three charges of shot as he -was at work in a field on the farm 12 miles south of Lincoln a day last week is a nephew of Tom Doolittle of Amelia. Glen was cultivating corn when the shots were fired by someone concealed in a fringe of timber along the field. He was struck in the head, arms and back, but not fatally hurt. Cap Addison was the first t.o start a mower in the meadows of this section, and with rain and clouds about every day to hinder, most of last week he was occu pied at D. L. Withers in the Inez neighborhood. The man with a tractor mower is in great demand this season. This Monday morn ing forecasts a good week for haying out this way. “I said I would and so I will! I’m Honest John from Bunker Hill!” A declaration like that coming from one of a group clus tered about one of those contrap tions that you hit with a maul to see how stout you are had an ap peal to a 10-year-old boy out to celebrate the 4th. Bunker Hill! Wasn't that the biggest thing as sociated with the 4th of July? And here was an Honest John di rect from there. Nothing of that 4th of July remains in the mem ory of that 10-year-old boy but that one center of attraction on a street in a Wisconsin town. John was an artist among his kind. With a lingo to outclass any auc tioneer he kept the yoeman from the country districts flocking about him like flies on a bowl of sweets. When a husky belted the shaft to or above a given figure, the magnanimous John would reach for a cigar in a box and with a flourish hand it to the strong-armed gent as he declared “I said I would and so I will! I’m Honest John from Bunker Hill!” The 4th of those long gone years was a day of contests, noise making, social contacts, lemonade and peanuts. As we come into an other 4th we are in a grave hour, ’ an hour in which we sense anew our obligation to sustain at any Cost—again the cost of blood and tears and treasure—the national heritage bequeathed us by Amer ican patriots. The passing of Dick Murray re moves about the last of the pio neer dwellers who more than a half century ago drove the home stead trails out across the open flats leading in to O’Neill from the east, what is now known as the Page country. Parker, Haines ville. Middle Branch and a little to the north Minneola, were the community settlements of our fathers. It was a tossup as to dis tance from my father’s landed in terests to either Parker or O’Neill and there was much wagon, horseback and foot traffic by our “front yard.” Dick Murray was among them on periodic trips in to town. And there was Bill Pet tis, George Haynes, Jim McTag ert, Alex Boyd, Nick Grass, and others whose names have faded from the fog of the past. Even the kids liked Dick Murray. When children put their trust in one of mature years there is nothing more to say. Dick Murray was one of the stalwarts of a breed of /Stalwart men and women—men ¥ and women who “had what it ' takes,” as a picturesque wording FOUR HOLT COUNTY PIONEERS | PASS AWAY DURING PAST WEEK R. H. Murray, Henry Cook, Mrs. John Boshart and Miss Nora Sullivan Laid To Rest Since Last Week. AH Were Pioneers Of Holt County. R. H. MURRAY R. H. Murray passed away at his home in O'Neill June 25, 1942, after a lingering illness, at the age of 86 years, four months and four days. He was born in Ty rone, Iowa, on February 22. 1856, and came to Holt county in 1884 and homesteaded east of O'Neill ten miles where he lived until 1920 when he retired and moved I to this city. In 1885 he was united in mar i riage to Agnes Roach. To this union ten children were born. One daughter preceded him in death in 1935, Mrs. Margaret Hagen of Ashland, Mo. The , children are as follows: Ellen Blomberg. Gill, S. D.; Catherine Perkins. Ainsworth; Annastasia Williams, Seattle, Wash.; Lauret | ta Jones, Miles City, Mont.; | George E., of Lead, S. D.; Wini fred Matthews, Lincoln; Mattie ! Soukup, Gertrude Streeter, Elsie Streeter, all of O’Neill. Mrs. Murray passed away Jan uary 28, 1937. Since that time Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Streeter and family have made their home with Mr. Murray, in his home I on east Douglas street. He was president of tne u IMeui National Farm Loan Association O’Neill for several years and at the time of his death he was a director of the organization. During his earlier years in the county he always took an active part in the county’s political affairs and the civic affairs of his township. For thirty years he served as treasurer of School District No. 23; a member of the county board for several years. He was a devout and faithful member of the Catholic church. Those who attended the funeral , from out of town were: Mrs. Agnes Parkis, Mrs. Nellie Knowles and Mrs. Maniel Day, all of Melrose, Iowa, nieces of Mr. : Murray Charles Knowles, of Omaha, nephew; Mr. and Mrs. John Sutherland, of Ponca; Mrs. P. Streeter, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Baker, Frank Farrell and daugh ter, Donna, all of Brunswick, Nebr. Mr. and Mrs. Murray celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniver sary on May 5, 1935, and all of the children were home at that time. They were all in attend ance at the funeral except Mrs. Ray Williams and she arrived home Monday from Seattle, Washington, for a visit. xx HENRY J. COOK Henry Cook died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Donohoe, north of this city, Mrs. Donohoe is a sister of Mr. Cook, Wednes day morning at 9 o’clock, after an illness of five years, at the age of 87 years and twenty-seven days. The funeral will be held to morrow morning at 9 o’clock from the Catholic church in this city and burial in Calvary cem etery. Henry J. Cook was bom in Scranton, Penn., on June 10, 1855. In 1878 he came to this county and had been a resident of the county ever since, a period of 63 years. On his arrival here he took a homestead about eight miles northwest of this city, where he made his home for many years. He was a good far mer and prospered. He was fru gal and industrious and accumu of our day defines the solid citi | zen. He was direct, straight-for ward and to a tranger brutally i frank. I saw him run once. We were branding cattle. A 3-year old got up from the sizzling iron ; and made for Dick, leaning on ' on a pitchfork nearby. He brought the fork into action but the steer kept on coming. It was then Dick dropped the fork and run. An apostle of good cheer, blending I the humorous with the serious fact of life, in this instant discre I tion proved the better part of ! valor. Time, inexorable, relent I ess, remorseless time moves on : without haste, without slacking the motion. The lengthening shadows are gathering over the remnants of those who started the homes, the farms, the ranches of Holt county’s vergin sod. We would want our tribute to the j memory of the dead, to the honor of the living, to be something deeper, wider, more enduring I than sentimental gesture—an im i perishable gratitude for an heri tage of courage and fortitude 1 transcending time and space. lated a competence and at the time of his death was the owner of about a section of good land as well as some city property. Henry never married and he is survived by two sisters. Mrs. Nell McHugh, of Butte, Mont., and Mrs. T. J. Donohoe of this city, and several nephews and nieces. His sister. Mrs. McHugh, is coming from Butte for the fu neral services. Henry rented his farms and moved to town in 1906 and he was a resident of this city until j 1927, when failing health caused him to move to the farm home of. his sister, Mrs. T. J. Donohoe, i where he made his home until his death. Henry Cook was one of the real old timers of the county. Thei first colony came out here in 1874 with General O'Neill and Mr. | Cook was a member of a colony that came from the coal mines of, Pennsylvania four years later, practically all of whom took homesteads northwest of this city. They were all hard workers and the colony prospered. There is but one of the real old settlers of the Pennsylvania colony left, Mrs. Menish, who is well along | in the nineties, but in splendid health, mentally and physically alert and active. Henry was one of the real char acters of the early day. He was an Irish gentleman of the old school, with politeness and a sense of humor one of his great characteristics. Like all the other old timers he went through many hardships in the early days of Holt county, but he persevered and prospered and until his health be gan to fail enjoyed himself. For i the past fifteen years his health has been poor and for the past five years he has been bedfast. He had many friends among the residents of the county, who will regret to learn of his passing. MRS. BARBARA BOSHART Mrs. Barbara Boshart passed away at a hospital in Yankton, S. D., last Sunday afternoon, following an operation on Thurs day, at the age of 82 years, three months and sixteen days. Big lin’s ambulance went over and got the body and brought it to O’Neill. The funeral was held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Dr. John E. Spencer officiating, and burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery at the side of her husband, who passed away in January, 1934. Barbara Erb was bom in Can ada on March 12, 1860, and she grew to womanhood in her native country, and on September 10, 1878, she was united in marriage to John Boshart, the ceremony being performed at Wellesley, Ontario, Canada. Eight children were born of this union, three sons and five daughters, two of whom, a son and a daughter, have passed away, leaving six children to mourn the passing of a kind and affectionate mother. The children are: Mrs. George Reichert, Hereford, S. D.; Ed ward Boshart, O’Neill; Mrs. Wil liam Phillips, Viewfield, S. D.; Aaron Boshart, O’Neill; Martha Boshart, O’Neill; Mrs. Clarence Wrede, O’Neill. She is also sur vived by eighteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters. Shortly after her marriage the family came to the United States and settled at Seward, Nebraska, from which place they came to Holt county in the spring of 1884 and this county had been her home ever since, a period of 58 years. In fact she spent the past 58 years of her life on the farm they secured when they Best came to this county, about ten miles north of O'Neill. After the death of her husband in 1934 the child ren wanted her to make her home with them, but she pre ferred to remain on the old place where she had lived for so many years, and with her daughter they made their home there. During the summer months she would visit her children, but always wanted to be back home in the fall and winter. She had always enjoyed good health until the past few months. She was taken sick last Tuesday, while in South Dakota, was taken to Yankton by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wrede, for medical treatment. She submit ted to an operation on Thursday, Mrs. Wrede being with her at the time, and she appeared to rally splendidly from it. On Saturday her sons, Aaron and Edward, drove over to Yankton and visit ed her and she seemed to be get ting along nicely. But the shock and infirmities due to advanced years proved too much and she passed away Sunday afternoon. In the death of Mrs. Boshart, Holt county loses another of its real old pioneers, who suffered many hardships in the early days in this county and helped to build it into a garden spot of the west. She had a great many friends in the northeastern part of the coun ty who will regret to leam that another of the pioneers has join ed the ranks of the others who have passed on. MISS NORA SULLIVAN The funeral of Miss Nora Sul livan was held from St. Patrick’s church last Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock, Monsignor J. G. McNa mara officiating and burial inCal vary cemetery. The body was shipped here from Butte, Mont, arriving here Monday morning. Miss Sullivan was a native of Ireland and was bom on October 18. 1846. She came to the United States in May, 1870, and settled in Hancock, Michigan, where she had some relatives who had come to the United States a few years before. She lived there for sev eral years and then came to O’Neill in the early eighties, and this city and county was her home Until 1926. After the death of her brother, Timothy, she went to Butte. Mont. She lived in Butte but a short time and then went to Jeffers, Mont., to make her home with a niece, Mrs. Kather ine Mitchell, where she was liv ing at the time of her death. She leaves surviving a sister, Mrs. Julia Young, of Hurley, Wis.; seven nieces, Mrs. Nell Mc Mullen, Miss Johanna Sullivan, Mrs. Mary Carney, all of Butte; Mrs. Neil Tierney, in Seattle, Mamie Young, in Hurley, Wis.; Mrs. Katherine Stoddard, in El gin, Wis., and Mrs. Mitchell of Jeffers. Also a nehew, William Young, in Elgin, Wis., and several grandnieces in Butte and Seattle. Miss Sullivan was a remark able woman and one of the real old pioneers of this county. For many years she lived in the Mich igan settlement, northeast of O’Neill, until her removal to town, where she made her home for many years. She was sick but a week before she passed away and, despite her age, she was very active up to the last week. Her mind was clear and she could relate incidents of the early days in the county, and in northern Michigan with remarkable ac curacy. So another of the real old timers has passed to the great beyond! Staff Sgt. Hugh McKenna ar rived Sunday from Los Angeles, Calif., and will visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. McKenna, un til Thursday, when he will leave for Fort Warren, Wyo., where he will attend Officer’s Candidate School for three months. Notice Stockmen! Due to heavier runs of livestock from now on, we hope to start the hog auction at 11 o’clock a. m., beginning Monday, July 13th. We will appreciate your cooperation in get ting your hog consignments into the stock yards by 10 o’clock a. m. Monday, thus help ing us to get off to an earlier start. O’Neill Livestock Com. Co. Kenneth Wherry Seeks United States Senatorship Wherry said that “the first ob jective of the Amercan people and their representatives should Kenneth S. Wherry who oper ates farms, a law office, a Ford agency and a hardware, furniture and undertaking business from an office in a corner of thq Wherry Brothers Store in Pawnee City, has announced his candi dacy today for the United States Senate on the Republican ticket Wherry, whose 1940 candidates caravan and intense party organ ization received national recogni tion and secured for him the ap pointment by National Chairman Joseph W. Martin of Western Director of the party in 22 states, told the State Central Committee meeting at Hastings that he was resigning as State Chairman to make the Senate race, be to overcome and disarm those nations whose political philos ophy is aggressively incompatible with the American form of gov ernment, American standards of living and individual freedom. ! America's most powerful weapon is overwhelming production and this power should be developed to its fullest extent by efficient, courageous, and united effort c every American. The necessary efficiency in the war effort which will bring the war to a suceessfu termination at the earliest mo ment with a minimum loss of American lives and property, can only be accomplished if political leaders abandon their efforts to burden the war effort for political 1 advantage and to sponsor contro versial political, social, and eco nomic reforms. “I believe that my long exper ience as a merchant and farmer gives me an understanding of the , problems of the small business | man and farmer. That at the present time the representatives of these people should exert their energies to secure equal distribu tion of the business benefits of the war effort so that wherever possible the small business man will be assisted in surviving mer chandise shortages during the war period. Members of Congress should carefully scrutinize every limitation placed on small bus iness and available supplies so that only restrictions absolutely necessary to victory be imposed. After the war, business should be given the benefit of American 1 free enterprise to its fullest ex tent.” I Continuing, Mr. Wherry said: “Now and after the war the mem bers of Congress should make ev ery endeavor to insure the Amer i ican workingman a job in Amer ! ican industry unrestricted by gov ernmental controls, doles substi tutes, or payment of exorbitant fees for the privilege to work. “We should lighten the present heavy burden placed on agricul ture by the war. The farmer should be assured of the fullest benefit of the American market, American invention and indus try. One of the country’s greatest contributions toward winning the war is by Nebraska’s farmers, i They are helping feed not only our fighting men but those of our | allies. When the war has been won they will help feed the world | during the period of readjust-j ment. It is essential that agricul ture be strong. Since the nation that has the food w. 'l have the advantage in writing the peace, it is necessary to the securing of a just and lasting peace that we not slacken our support of those! measures strengthening agricul ture. We will not hesitate to exhaust our resources to win the war. To make certain that we win, we must refrain from non-essential spending. Non-essential expendi tures can lose us the war and, wreck the financial stability of our nation. “Even now the American peo ple should be looking forward toj the time when present adminis tratlve emergency powers should be returned.. There should be a minimum of federal bureaucratic control. In this way alone Amcr ica will reap the benefit of de mocracy which our people are now making tremendous sacri fices to save from foreign aggres sion. “As to the question of the peace, it should be dictated by the leadership of peoples' govern ments and in the peace-making the United States should have a major part. It should be a peace that will live and let live, which is the only kind of peace that will endure." Mr. Wherry has long been prominent in Nebraska politics, having served in the Legislature of the State in 1929 and 1931. Hi was a candidate for the Repufc iican nomination for governor i 1933 and United States senator i 1935. He was president of Repub lican Founders' Day in 1938. In the first World War he was in the Naval Flying Corps. He is Ne braska born and educated, is mar ried and has two children. Fifty-Four Young Men Left Friday For Army The following fifty-four young men left here last Friday for in duction into the U. S. Army at Fort Crook: Cletus Vincent Sullivan, O’Neill John Clifford Harding, O’Neill John P. Pribil, O'Neill William G. Schultz, Atkinson Yulan Cook Adams. Dustin Alvin John Heiser, Atkinson Leonard Eugene Bazelman, O'Neill. Dale William Foster, Stuart Burt is Wesley Wood, Stuart Floyd E. Burge, Emmet Bernard Otto Baumeister. Dus tin. Melvin Edward Riley, Stuart Edward Lyle Kozisek. Stuart Foster Frank Farrand, Dorsey William Alfred Gross, Atkinson Francis Dennis Hynes. O’Neill Elvin Raymond Johnson. O'Neill Gilbert Henry Echtemkamp, Inman. Jay Benjamin Larson, Atkinson Elwin Owen Neal. Dorsey Richard William Bollwitt, Ew ing. Lester Ernest Riege. Page Edwin Hiram Hubbard. Cham bers. Wesley Charles Taylor, O'Neill Claude Vernon Hamilton. Page Otho Russelll Johnson. O'Neill Robert Ward McCartney, Stu art. Eugene Walter Roth, Chambers Maxwell Wolfe, O’Neill Jay Comstock Butler, Ewing Raymond Earl Hoxsie, O'Neill John Thomas McTaggart, Stu art Ravmond Francis Wilkinson, O'Neill. Melvin Leroy Hood, O’Neill Leo Bernard Valla, O'Neill Clinton Smith Doolittle, Amelia William Emanual Farr, Emmet Charles Henry Dugan. Atkinson Albert Straka, Stuart Francis M. Anderson, Atkinson Sylvester Joseph Schrad, Ew ing. Don Robert Med calf, Chambers Charles E. Fridley. Ewing Douglas Wayne Smith, Atkin son. John Thomas Sullivan, O'Neill John Keith Cunningham, At kinson. Silven Blohoveck, Stuart Harold James Frohman, Atkin son. Woodrow Wayne Douglas, At kinson. Transfers-In. Bill Bryan Taylor, O’Neill William Francis Dahl, Atkinson Nathan Vere Butler, Inman Lyle Lee Schuelke, Atkinson Edward Harold Moos, O’Neill O'Neill Boy Champion Rifle Shot at Ft. Warren Pvt. John Carl, of O’Neill, now at Fort Warren, Wyo., is the championship rifle shot of that Fort as he outshot 4.500 soldiers, using a 30 calibre U. S. Army rifle at 200 yards. He scored 97 bulls eyes out of 100, at rapid fire. He won the medal and also a “jack pot.” Carl is a first class mechanic in the Army. ST. JOHN'S THANK YOU The Pastor and people of St. John’s are deeply grateful to their O'Neill friends who helped to make our War Time Nickel Day a success. "Thanks a heap.” Father Beyersdorfer. Glen Spindler, who is guard at the Ordnance plant at Grand Is-1 land, came Saturday morning af ter his wife and son. and returned to Grand Island that afternoon with his family, where they will make their future home. 1 (leorge Agnes Falls Dead In Lumber Yard, Norfolk O'Neill residents were shocked last Saturday morning, when word was received that George Agnes dropped dead in the Joyce Lumber Co. yard at Norfolk, by whom he was employed as city salesman. For seventeen years George was a resident of this city, being manager of the Seth Noble lumber yard and had many friends in this city and county, where he was well known, and the announcement was a shock to them. The funeral was held from the Sacred Heart church at Norfolk, Nebr., Monday morning, his son having come from Cali fornia by plane Sunday morning. The following account of his death is taken from the Norfolk Daily News of Saturday: "George S. Agnes. 57. 507 South Sixth street, city salesman for the Joyce Lumber company here, dropped dead after a heart attack while in the company's yard about 8:15 o’clock this morning. "He apparently suffered the at tack while in the office and start ed toward the alleyway in the lumber yard. Just after reaching the door, he collapsed and was dead when three employes, Har old Alstadt William Spom and Elmer Uttecht reached him. "He came to Norfolk a few years ago after having been in the lumber business for many years. For seventeen years he was manager of the Seth Noble com pany yards at O'Neill, and later managed a yard at Petersburg. "Mrs. Agnes, who is a sister of Federal Judge J. A. Donohoe of Omaha, directs activities of the Newcomers club in Norfolk. “Surviving are his wife, one son. George. Jr, who is in the coast guard at Alameda, Calif.; three daughters. Mrs. E. J. CHem, Omaha; Misses Virginia and Lorraine, at home, and one sister. Mrs. Frank Coughlin, of Plankington, S. D. “Funeral services will be con ducted at Sacred Heart church here, probably Monday or Tues day morning, depending on the arrival of the son. The rosary will be said for Mr. Agnes at 8:30 p. m. by the Rev. Robert Bums, church pastor, at the Berge-Then haus-Howser-Swoboda Home for Funerals. "Burial is to be made in Pros pect Hill cemetery.” Attend Silver Jubilee Of Her Sister Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. George Pongratz and daughter, Armella, and Mrs, . Harold Given, of Emmet, went to Grand Island Tuesday to assist in the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Sister M. Gereona at the St. Francis Hospital. Sister Gereona is a sister of Mrs. Pon gratz. Other relatives attending were. Sister Marcellosis, Sister Edwma, Sister Floreberta and Sister Francesca, nieces of Sister Gereona. Claussen-Y amall Miss Deloris Claussen and Phil. lip Yamell, of Englewood, Calif, were married Sunday. June 28, at the Methodist church at Gar ! dena, Calif. Miss Bonnie Yamell of Lyn wood, Calif., sister of the groom, was bridemaid, an d W lllard Claussen, brother of the bride, was best man. Mrs. Yamell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Claussen of this city, and is a graduate of the O'Neill High School with the class of 1940. For the past two years she has taught in the rural schools of Holt county and has. been a very successful teacher. Mr. Yamell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Yamell of Lyn wood. Calif., and is a graduate of the O’Neill High School with the class of 1940. Mr. Yamell is work ing in the defense plant at Engle wood, Calif., where they will make their home. Filings For Office William L. Hanley filed July 1 for Supervisor in the third dist rict on the Democratic ticket. Ira H. Moss filed June 30 for Clerk of Court on the Republican ticket. Julius D. Cronin filed June 30 for County Attorney on the Re publican ticket. L. G. Gillespie filed July 1 for County Assessor on the Republi can ticket. John Alfs filed July 1 for Coun ty Assessor on the Democratic ticket. Jack Arbuthnot filed July 2 for the Democratic nomination for County Treasurer.