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YOU LXIII O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1942 NUMBER 9
By Romaine Saunders
Ted Frederich took a load of
fat cattle to Omaha last Thurs
day, the consignment bringing
within a quarter of top market
price for the day.
As, now tormenting cattle in
b warms, are fine examples cf en
ergy, industry and persistency.
Brush them away and back they
come to renew the attack.
Ruth T. V. Johnson of Lincoln
has made a bad start to go before
the republican primary for the
nomination for state auditor. The
lady may be thoroughly compe
tent, but to enter the contest as
“R. V. Johnson” instead of under
her usual name savers of the
tricky. That thing has had dis
astrous results to others seeking
Henry Cook is another to join
the silent majority. He belonged
to a generation that saw more
humor than tragedy in life, the
dramatic to them was comedy. A
winter morning Henry stepped
out on a dreary and nearly de
serted street in O’Neill and head
ed across to Sam Thompson’s for
breakfast. He encountered a
warm-hearted traveling man who
took him for one of that numer
ous body of penniless men roam
ing the country at the time and
handed him the price of a meal.
Most fellows with Henry’s re
sources would have been insulted
but he saw the humor of it and
had no scruples about the price
of his breakfast being thus furn
Navigating along with the traf
fic gang of strangers in a great
city there comes a throb of pleas
ure if you spot just ahead a
license plate from “back home. ’
In a letter from our daughter
from that crowded California
community — Glendale, Los An
geles, Burbank, and a few other
spots that had to be divided off
to keep track of the multitudes—
Breezes readers will be interested
in this paragraph: “The other day
as I was driving down the street
I noticed a Nebraska car with a
couple in it. I came along side
and said, ‘Hello, Nebraska.’ and
we talked a little. It developed
it was Bill Hammond of O’Neill,
and he told me to tell you about
it when I wrote.” Perhaps our
daughter has an excuse for being
out in that country, but Mr. and
Mrs. Bill belong in O’Neill.
A formidable list of candidates
for state and congressional hon
ors will confront the voters next
month. I think the boys here at
home that I am interested in are
all safe, so I’ve about concluded
to pass up the primary. Never
believed in it anyway. It is a
heavy expense on the taxpayers
to accomodate about 25 per cent
of the citizens. A number of dem
ocrats seek a seat in the national
congress, a few of them able,
constructive men of experience
along with quite a list of light
weights, who have entered the
contest on the theory that the
millions of dollars brought to Ne
braska from the U. S. treasury
means a big democratic vote this
fall. If we are allowing our voters
to be controlled by the flow of
funds from the public- treasury
we ought to be licked to a frazzle
in this war.
Our Capital City has loosened
up somewhat in its zeal to “en
tertain” some 20,000 soldiers.
Most communities have their
busybodies who feel called upon
to run things on occasions like
the present. Perhaps the reputa
tion as a beautiful city, high
standard of community life and
well - ordered government had
something to do with Lincoln be
ing chosen for such a military
center and to lower the bars that
have held in check the carnal el
ements not only casts its shadow
across the city but is tantamount
to say the young manhood gath
ered from various sections of
America demand it—an implica
tion that they no doubt will re
sent. In view of what young men
in training are facing on bloody
fields of conflict, maybe our
splendid Capital City should u»
vite the informed guests to spend
their Sunday evenings in the
house of prayer rather than dance
halls, gaiety gatherings or the
synagogues of Satan.
( The artillery of the skies hasn t
* defeated the Victory garden—not
yet A five-minute beating with
lumps of ice out of roaring clouds
a few weeks ago left a sorry spec
tacle. Recovery has been rapid,
though not complete. And now I
challenge cooks and dieticians to
contrive a dish comparable to
creamed peas and new potatoes
that your own hand has gathered.
And when the lady comes along
the path with a bunch of lettuce
like a bale of hay, a few onions
and a dish of berries, while young
roosters and pullets run at large
and dive for a festive grasshop
per, you swell with a sort of
opulence that nation-wide ration
ing programs are not for you.
Potato and pea vines were ap
parently ruined by that unusual
hail but have made a gallant
stand to bear their fruitage. The
greatest individual loss from the
hailstorm was the blue grass
seed, we realizing less than half
the yield there would have been
had the stripping been done be
fore the storm.
O’Neill Boy Is Radio
Operator In Air Force
Francis Valla, son of R^r. and
Frank Valla of O’Neill, was one of
those who received a diploma as
radio operator and mechanic from
the “Radio University of the Air
Force” at Ft. Scott, 111., on July 3.
Valla enlisted in the Air Force
January 30 at Lincoln, where he
was a student at the College of
Engineering in the University of
Nebraska. He was well known in
this vicinity, having been em
ployed by the American Gear
Company for three years, and a
graduate of St. Mary’s Academy
with the class of 1938. At pres
ent he is not sure where he will
Mike A. Peterson
Mike A. Peterson died at the
home of his son in this city Wed
nesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, af
ter an illness of six months, of
cancer, at the age of 67 years,
three months and seven days. The
funeral will be held Friday morn
ing at 10:30 from the Methodist
church in Inman, Rev. Charles
Sodersten officiating, and burial
in the Inman cemetery at the side
of his wife who passed away in
Deceased was born in Germany
on April 1, 1875. While in his
teens he came to this country and
came to Holt county in 1891, com
ing here from Norfolk, and locat
ed at Inman. On January 26, 1895
he was united in marriage at In
man to Miss Hattie Crosser. Two
children were born of this union,
Emery C., of this city and Mrs.
Harris Rowland of San Francis
co, Calif. He is also survived by
Mr. Peterson was one of the
old timers of the Inman section
of the county. Since he came to
the county in 1891 he spent three
or four years in Omaha, and in
1932 he went to Neligh, where he
lived for eight years, until after
the death of his wife, when he
came back to Holt county, and
since then has been living with
his son here and at Inman. He
was a good citizen and had a host
of friends in the eastern part of
the county, where he was well
John B. Graves and Dorothy
Bohnet of Naper, July 3.
Don Smith of Page and Mar
jorie Ratliff of Atkinson, on June
Following is the precipitation
for the first six months of 1941
and 1942, as compiled by Elmer
Bowen, federal weather observer
at the court house:
Jan. _.80 Jan. .20
Feb...53 Feb. .79
Mar. _.58 May 2.16
April _4.09 April-.48
May_1.74 May - 6.50
June _3.50 June-3.88
Total _11.24 Total-14.11
Tom Joyce arrived in the city
last Sunday morning from Long
Beach, Calif., for a months visit
with old friends in his old “home
town.” Tom went to California
four and a half years ago, going
to Long Beach, where he and his
sisters purchased an apartment
house, and Tom is kept busy look
ing after it. He is looking fine and
says that he is feeling the same
way, but was mighty glad to get
back to his old stamping grounds
for a visit with friends of bygone
years. Tom says he is surprised
at the improvement in the ap
pearance of this city during the
past four and a half years.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clocker
and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Ferris and son spent the
week-end at Pierce and Plain
view with relatives.
CANDIDATES FOR j
Complete filings for the state
primary election to be held Aug.
11 were released Thursday night
by Secretary of State Frank
Marsh a few hours after the
deadline. Those seeking nomin
ation are listed below. Legisla
tive aspirants in this district are
United States Senator
Hugh B. Ashmore, Palisade,
William Ritchie, Omaha, dem
George W. Olson, Plattsmouth,
Harry B. Coffee, Chadron, dem
Kenneth S. Wherry, Pawnee
Lawrence W. Moore, Omaha,
John C. Mullen, Falls City,
Foster May, Omaha, democrat.
Voyle D. Rector, Omaha, re
Terry Carpenter, Scottsbluff,
Dwight Griswold, Gordon, re
Roy M. Harrop, Omaha, dem
Charles W. Bryan, Lincoln,
Stanley D. Long, Grand Island,
Charles J. Warner, Waverly,
John McArthur, Lincoln, re
Rufus M. Howard, Flats, re
Harry L. Reed, Lincoln, repub
Roy W. Johnson, Sumner, re
William L. Randall, Omaha, re
Harvey E. Gladfelter, Central
Edward G. IJosek, Lincoln,
Wm. H. Smith, Seward, dem
Harry >P. Conklin, Scottsbluff,
Jack Devoe, Lincoln, republi
Secretary of State
Frank Marsh, Lincoln, repub
Leo N. Swanson, Omaha, re
Harry R. Swanson, Omaha,
Phil H. Kohl, Wayne, demo
John S. Samson, Omaha, re
Lloyd C. Constable, Wymove,
George L. Williams, Linco'n,
Auditor of Public Accounts
Ray C. Johnson, Lincoln, re
W. Marsh, Lincoln, democrat
R. V. Johnson, Lincoln repub
O. M. Campbell, Omaha, re
Henry Behrens, Lincoln, repub
L. B. Johnson, Omaha, repub
Walter H. Jensen, Lincoln,
C*rl G. Swanson, Aurora, re
W. M. Miller, Blair, republican.
Horace M. Davis, Lincoln, dem
Walter R. Johnson, Omaha, re
Michael T. McLaughlin, Lin
John W. Cooper, Omaha, re
O. H. Brinkman, Lincoln, re
Ray R. Larson, Wayne, repub
Roy J. Mandery, Grand Island,
John Knickrehm, Grand Is
Percy Peterson, Seward, re
William M. Maupin, Clay Cen
ter, democrat. '
O. W. Johnson, Lincoln, dem
F. A. Good, Lincoln, democrat.;
C. A. Ross, Lincoln, republican.
Fred E. Risk, Lincoln, repub
Lloyd E. Peterson, Nebraska
Albert S. Johnston, Lincoln,
A. R. Edmiston, Lincoln, re
Harry H. Johnsen, Omaha,
Paul Halpine, Omaha, demo
crat. __ , _ . I
C. E. Mashall, Lincoln, repub
M. A. Larson, Central City, re
James O. Kerns, Lincoln, re
Clarence M. Davis, Ord, repub
Congressmen 4th District
Bert Howard, Scottsbluff, re
Earl Rasdal, Ogallala, republi
Sam S. Diedrichs, North Platte,
A. L. Miller, Kimball, repub
Tom Lanigan, Grand Island,
H. G. Wellensiek, Grand Is
William A. Stewart, Lexington,
E. F. Myers, Broken Bow, re- ;
Guy F. Doran, Sidney, demo
Lloyd C. Thomas, Kearney,
Wayne O. Reed, Nebraska City.1
Barton L. Cline, Gothenburg.
Charles W. Taylor, Lincoln.
P. T. Johnson, Barneston.
Conrad Jacobson, Holdrege.
Lowell S. Devoe, Plattsmouth. j
28lh Legislative District
Stanley Soukup, O’Neill.
Tony Asimus, O’Neill.
William Lloyd Brady, Dorsey.
Emerson E. Wakefield, Anoka.
Adam L. Koenig, Spencer.
Farmer W. Withers, Atkinson.
Ross Amspoker, Springview.
Crist Anderson, Bristow.
For County Treasurer
J. Ed Hancock. Republican,
Jack Arbuthnot, Democrat,
Fay A. Puckett, Democrat, both
O’Neill; T. L. McDonald, Demo
Walter G. Sire, Republican,
John C. Gallaghe-., Democrat,
Register of Deeds
Esther Cole Harris, Republican,
George B. Clark, Republican,
Julius D. Cronin, Republican,
Peter W. Duffy, Democrat,
L. G. Gillespie, Republican
Mike Kirwin, Democrat, John
Alfs, Democrat, both of O’Neill.
Clerk of the District Court
Ira H. Moss, Republican,
Tom Higgins, Democrat, O’Neill
Elja McCullough, O’Neill.
First District—J. C. Stein, Re
Third District—John Sullivan,
William L. Hanley and John Alfs,
Fifth District—H. W. Hubbard,
James W. Gibson, Democrat,
Seventh District—Ed J. Matou
sek, Republican, Atkinson.
Holt county threshermen will
be interested in learning of the
new supply of threshing machine
tags available at the county
agent’s office in O’Neill.
The Nebraska Weed Law re
quires that every threshing ma
chine and combine operated in
Nebraska bear one of these no
tices containing the provisions of
th^ law relative to cleaning the
machine after threshing grain on
farms infested with noxious
In some localities in the coun
ty bindwind and some other nox
ious weeds are spreading at an
alarming rate. Every thresher
man is encouraged to obtain these
tags, to comply with the law and
to reduce the spread of these
weeds from farm to farm.
New Grain Storage
“Small Grain Storage Struc
tures” is a new publication of the
Nebraska Agricultural Extension
Service which give much detail
ed information, including draw
ings, about construction of bins
of various kinds for small grain.
A temporary bin made of snow
fence or wire cribbing, lined with
two thicknesses of building paper
and having a wooden floor, is il
lustrated and described. A free
copy of “Small Grain Storage
Structures” can be obtained from
the county extension office. Ask
for Extension Circular 723.
UNITED STATES IS
FAR IN THE LEAD
Army Chief of Ordnance Camp
bell, speaking at Salisbury, N. C.,
said “Our tanks are superior to
anything the enemy has. Type
by type, our tanks have heavier
guns, heavier armament and
greater speed. . . Our high-veloc
ity 75 millimeter guns in our M-3
tanks far and away outrange the
best the Germans have . . . and
we can fire this high-velocity 75
when the tank is in motion, which
is more than any enemy tank,
whatever its size, can do.”
Gen. Campbell said the so-call
ed “New German 88-MM. Gun"
is “About as secret as a daisy
water pistol. It has been known
to us and our Allies for at least
10 years. We outmatch this gun
with several of our field and anti
tank guns.” He said the German
88 is effective as an anti-tank
weapon only within its limited
U. S. Machine Guns, Gen.
Campbell said, will “outfunction
any enemy gun under the most
adverse circumstances — in other
words, they will keep firing when
enemy guns have to shut down
to change barrels.” The United
States “Can build a better auto
mobile, a better typewriter, a bet
ter icebox and we can build—and
are building — better machine
weapons,” Gen. Campbell said.
“The enemy cannot outdo Amer
ican design and production and
The WPB reported the dollar
value of war shipments from 430
automotive industry plants total
ed $350 million during April, an
increase of 46 percent over Feb
ruary. Army Services of Supply
Commander Somervell instructed
Civilian guards at 11,000 war
plants organize an auxiliary to
Army’s Corps of Military Police
| as a further protection against
1 enemy saboteurs.
The Maritime Commission said
shipbuilding has not yet equaled
total sinkings, but delivery of 66
ships totaling 730,000 tons by
American shipyards in June set a
new world’s record for steel ship
construction and represented an:
increase of 450 percent in volume
of construction since Pearl Har
bor. The War Shipping Adminis
| tration reported the U. S. will op
! orate between 2,200 and 2,600
| merchant vessels this year.
Miss Eunice Hunt of Omaha
spent the week-end with her par-!
ents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Hunt, [
A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. I
Charley Thompson on Sunday,
| July 5th.
Mrs. Jack Davis entertained
the Last Minute Bridge Club at
her home Wednesday afternoon.
High score was won by Mrs. Wm.
Bruegman, Mrs. Frank Clements,
traveling, Mrs. Harden Anspach,
Miss Mary Harty returned
Tuesday from Portland, Ore., and
| Los Angeles, Calif., where she
had been visiting her brothers,
Jimmy and Gene, for the past
Miss Ruth Osenbaugh and Ca
det Robert Vanderbush of Lin
coln, and Warren Steele of Wa
hoo spent the week-end with Miss
Osenbaugh’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Osenbaugh, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fangman
and children of Omaha spent the
week-end at the homes of Mrs.
1 Fangman’s sisters, Mrs. C. ,J.
j Gatz and family, Mrs. H. J. Lo
I haus and family and mother, Mrs.
Mary McLoed. They returned to
j Omaha Sunday and their son,
1 Bruce, remained for a longer
Mr. and Mrs. Seth Noble re
turned last evening from a visit at
Plankington, S. D. While there
Mrs. Noble was entertained at a
Incheon given by friends from
California, who were visiting
Mrs. Katie Switzer, Mrs. Eliza
beth Yantzi, Mrs. Dan Erb, Mrs.
Hattie Runty and daughter, Ida,
and Joel Erb returned to Milford
last Thursday, after attending
the funeral of Mrs. John Boshart
Warren Thompson and Joe
Curran of Rapid City., S. D„
spent the week-end with Mr.
Curran’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
James Curran, and friends. Mr.
Thompson was a former teacher
in the O’Neill public school.
Walter Stein and sons, Johnny
and Paul, left today for their
home at Los Angeles, Calif., after
a ten day visit with relatives and
friends here. Miss Rita Higgins
accompanied them as far as Den
George Syfie was in from Phoe
nix Tuesday. He says they had
no rain out in his country Mon
day night, but that everything
was in splendid condition and
that they had some of the best rye i
he ever seen any place. Corn,
while a little late, George says is;
coming fine and all fields are
clean and he looks for an im
mense crop from present appear
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lind berg
and daughter, Lois, returned Fri
day from Omaha, where they had
been to make arrangements for
Lois to take Nurse's Training at
Emmanuel hospital. She will en
ter the hospital the first of Aug
Miss Eileen McKenna and Max
Chapman went to Sioux City,
Iowa, Wednesday after Miss Mc
Kenna’s mother, Mrs. Ambrose
Slattery, who had been at St.
Vincent's hospital recuperating
from a major operation.
The Alpha Club met at the
home of Mrs. James McNulty
Wednesday afternoon. Their
meeting started by having roll
call, "What has Taxes Provided
for Me” and their program con
sisted of various topics and gener
al discussion. After the program
cards were played. High score
was won by Mrs. Ray Karr and
Mrs. George Rector, low.
Mrs. Ray Williams and daugh
ter Colleen, of Remington, Wash.,
who is here visiting relatives,
went to Ainsworth today to visit
at the home of her sister, Mrs.
Catherine Perkins, until Sunday,
when she will return for a longer
Mrs. Charles Yarnell entertain
ed twelve girls at a tea at her
home Wednesday afternoon.
Holt County Boy Is
Safe In Australia
The many friends of Wm. E.
Hansen, formerly of Star, will be
pleased to learn of his safe ar
rival in Australia. His parents,
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Hansen of Ve
nus, Nebr., received a cablegram
Friday, May 22, stating he arriv
ed safely and was well. No date
or place was given.
P. F. C. Wm. E. Hansen left
O’Neill October 6, 1941. He was
first stationed at Camp Roberts,
Calif., then moved to Fort Lewis,
Wash. On March 17 he was sent
from Fort Lewis to San Fran
cisco, where he boarded a ship.
Bill, as his friends call him,
was well known in this vicinity,
having played baseball with the
O’Neill club last season, and the
seasons previous with the Red
Livestock receipts were lighter
at the local auction last Monday
as most farmers and ranchers in
this vicinity launched into the
busy harvest season in earnest.
However, a fairly good supply
was here and prices looked fully
steady with a week ago.
The top steer calves paid up to
$13.40 with the bulk ranging in
price from $12.00 to $13.00. Heifer
calves reached $11.50 on 480-lb.
Yearling steers sold mostly
from $11.00 to $12.25 with a few
lights reaching a litle higher.
Heifers in this class were not too
plentiful and the prices were
steady, with last week.
A few two-year-old steers
showed up and cashed around
$11.00 to $11.50.
Good beef cows weighing 1250
pounds sold at $9.00. Others not
quite so good made $7.50 to $8.50.
Heiferettes paid $9.10. Good
milch cows sold by the head at
attractive prices. Bulls weighing
1350 pounds went as high ajs
$10.40 and a considerable number
sold above $10.00.
A few choice buscher hogs
made an extreme top of $14.10
with the bulk selling from
$13.90 to $14.00. Sows cashed
mostly at $13.65 to $13.75 with a
few 250 lb. weights topping at
$13.95. Feeders went at $14.50.
Little pigs sold by the head at
A few horses completed the
Next auction Monday, July 13.
O’Neill relatives have received
word that W. D. Hammond is
moving from Los Angeles to
Stamford, Conn., where he has
accepted a position as consultant
engineer with the Armament
Company that will manufacture
his sub-machine gun. His wife
and little son left by American
Air Lines Thursday to meet him
in New York-City.
Mrs. Pete Heriford entertained
the Pinochle club at her home
Friday afternoon. High score was
won by Mrs. Nora Knapp.
Thirty-six Holt county boys,
who went to Omaha on June 25th
and took their physical examin
ation for entrance into the U. S.
Army, will leave Saturday after
noon for Fort Logan, Colorado.
The boys that passed successfully
were inlucted into the army in.
June and then permitted to come
home for fourteen days and they
Arrangements have been made
for a send off for the boys here.
The O’Neill High School band
will give their Saturday evening
concert on the streets Saturday
afternoon this week. The pro
garm will start at 3:30 and the
bus will leave for Grand Is
land with the boys at 4:15. Fol
lowing is a list of those who will
Cletus Vincent, Sullivan, O'Neill
William G. Schultz, Atkinson.
Alvin John Heiser, Atkinson.
Leonard Eugene Bazelman,
Dale William Foster, Stuart.
Burtis Wesley Wood, Stuart.
Floyd E. Burge, Emmet.
Bernard Otto Baumeister, Dus
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
Otho Russel Johnson, O’Neill.
Robert Ward McCartney,
Maxwell Wolfe, O’Neill.
Jay Comstock Butler, Ewing.
Raymond Earl Hoxie, O’Neill.
Raymond Francis Wilkinson,
Melvin LeRoy Hood, O’Neill.
Leo Barnard Valla, O’Neill.
Francis M. Anderson, Atkinson.
Charles E. Fridley, Ewing.
Douglas Wayne Smith, Atkin
John Thomas Sullivan, O’Neill.
Bill Bryan Taylor, O’Neill.
William Francis Dahl, Atkinson
Nathan Vere Butler, Inman.
Lyle Lee Schuelke, Atkinson.
Edward Harold Moos, O’Neill.
“Stretch” Sugar For
Sugar isn’t rubber, but it can
be “stretched” so that the can
ning ration will go further. Ways
of doing this are suggested by the
county agent’s office in O’NeilL
1. Add a small amount of sug
ar to the fruit’s own juices, in
stead of making the usual sugar
syrup. Fruits naturally contain
much water, and you can make
best use of your sugar by sweet
ening this rather than by adding
more water in the form of a
2. Heat the slightly sweetened
fruit carefully in a sauce pan.
This draws out the juices, shrinks
the fruit, and drives out the air,
making it possible to pack gener
ous amounts of fruits in each jar.
There should be enough juice to
cover the fruit completely.
3. Honey may be used to re
place up to one-half the sugar
called for in canning, and corn
syrup up to one-third.
4. Fruit juices are not provided
for in sugar-rationing allowances,
but they may be bottled or put
up in jars with little or no sugar.
When sweet and tart juices are
mixed together no sugar is need
ed. Fruit for juice is processed at
simmering rather than at boiling
temperatures to keep the natural
Extension Circular 9950 on
“Ways to Save Sugar When You
“Put-Up” Fruit” may be obtain
ed free from the county agent’s
office in O’Neill.
Mrs. Robert Gartners of Cham
bers dismissed Sunday.
Mrs. Lawrence Storjohnn and
baby dismissed Friday.
James Carney dismissed Thurs
Gerald Waring of Redbird dis
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vandergift
returned Friday from Central
City, where they had been visit
ing relatives and friends a couple
of weeks. Mr. Vandergift has re
signed his position with the West
ern Union and has accepted a
position with the Union Pacific.
He will leave for his new position
on July 24.
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