The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, July 02, 1942, Image 1

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By Romaine Saunders
Patriotic citizens like to have
confidence in their leadership.
That leadership has done but lit
tle these many months to inspire
Tom Baker recently received a
letter from his brother in England.
They have their spies and traitors
to deal with, but there is no other
thought in the minds of English
citizens but press on to victory.
Many and June have been
about the dampest period this
section has experienced in many
years, and unless the sun breaks
through and dispells the mists it
is going to be difficult to take
care of a whale of a hay crip
Hanging the family washing on
the line Monday is a tradition of
the American housewife. 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
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
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
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 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,
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 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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
“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,
Dale William Foster, Stuart
Burt is Wesley Wood, Stuart
Floyd E. Burge, Emmet
Bernard Otto Baumeister. Dus
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,
Jay Benjamin Larson, Atkinson
Elwin Owen Neal. Dorsey
Richard William Bollwitt, Ew
Lester Ernest Riege. Page
Edwin Hiram Hubbard. Cham
Wesley Charles Taylor, O'Neill
Claude Vernon Hamilton. Page
Otho Russelll Johnson. O'Neill
Robert Ward McCartney, Stu
Eugene Walter Roth, Chambers
Maxwell Wolfe, O’Neill
Jay Comstock Butler, Ewing
Raymond Earl Hoxsie, O'Neill
John Thomas McTaggart, Stu
Ravmond Francis Wilkinson,
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
Don Robert Med calf, Chambers
Charles E. Fridley. Ewing
Douglas Wayne Smith, Atkin
John Thomas Sullivan, O'Neill
John Keith Cunningham, At
Silven Blohoveck, Stuart
Harold James Frohman, Atkin
Woodrow Wayne Douglas, At
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.
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
"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
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
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
Jack Arbuthnot filed July 2 for
the Democratic nomination for
County Treasurer.