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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 15, 1942)
VOL LXin O’Nl n L NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER IS, 1841 no 23
By Remain* Saunders
A good turn done us may soon
be forgotten. An injury, how
ever slight, real or imagined, lives
Riding boots with the ornate
tops are quite the thing for little
tots or grownups, Who'd have
thought a crummey old puncher
would ever set the style in foot
Less than two weeks until
election and one candidate has
been to see us. So times change.
In the days of transportation by
team and buggy candidates cov
ered the county from Swan to
Scottville, from Dustin to Deloit
and gave every voter the glad
hand, saw' our citizens as they
were and when the voter went
to the polls he felt thaf he knew
With the flower of American
manhood now offering its life
blood on the altar of freedom, it
is hard for decent citizens to say
what is adaquate to deal with
the 400 despisable workers in a
great factory devoted to turning
out equipment for the men on the
firing lines who as one man defied
the rule prohibiting smoking
during working hours, w'ere dis
charged, and the 2,000 who walk
ed out in “sympathy." Is it not
time the country was dealing
with the arrogant, bulldozing, evil
element of organized labor?
They are devoid of patriotism; the
appeal of a Washington, a Henry,
a Lincoln would fall, on blocks of
stone. Only a ruthless hand can
deal with such. Cannot the
foundations of public sentiment
be shaken until this source of
natnonal disgrace is crushed to
The federation of Nebraska
labor unions, numerically unim-i
portant and for the most part non
existent outside of Omaha and
Lincoln, keeps at its head a gent
who assumes to say how labor
will vote. Usually it is violently
anti-republican. This time it is
Norris. I recall when the Lin
coln Central Labor Union, of
which I was at the time a mem
ber, published a sheet for the ap
parent purpose of throwing mud
at Sam McKelvie who was the
republican nominee for govern
or and was elected hands down.
Mr. McKelvie was always a
friend of union labor, employing
none other in his publishing plant.
The violent opposition of the pro
moters of that sheet, falsely
claiming to represent the senti
ment of union men, was account
ed for on the ground of unreason
ing partisan prejudice. This
now prevails in the state feder
ation. But unions are in none too
Flowers have faded, the wind
hurries through tree tops bereft
of foilage, dead leaves flutter
across the path, com fields are
yellow and dry, the prairie is
clothed in autumn’s brown blank
et, thrush and barn swallow are
gone, yellow jackets are restless,
herds are driven off the summer
ranges, young America races to
and from the little old school
house on handsome ponies and
teacher walks sedately by morn
ing and evening. The summer is
ended, the long lazy days of sun
shine, bright blossoms and green
verdure have merged into the
season of changing colors and
gold and crimson sunsets. It is
the season of rest on the prairie
after the sweat and toil of sum
mer—a summer that has given a
storehouse of material blessings
to diligent workers. And now
marching down the calander
come the brief days and long
evenings when we sit in the fire
light, counting it “luxury divine”
to “dream the old dreams over,”
while in fancy faces of the friends
that we have known float from
out the deepening shadows.
And so there is to be “better
understanding” among men after
this war? Just where are we to
anchor our faith for such fruition
from the present flow of blood
and tears and treasure? Didn’t
we hear that before, only in fewer
words—the world safe for democ
racy. “Better understanding”
implies better men. They are
made at the foot of the cross, not
on battle fields. Vanquished and
victor are left on battle fields, the
one sullen and revengeful, the
other arrogant and boastful.
History, revelation and the exper
ience of mankind holds little hope
for the fullfilment of the imagi
nations now afloat respecting the
future. “That which is born of
the flesh is flesh”—an inexorable
fact. The weapons of this great
warfare are carnal and if a spirit
ual rebirth grows out of it some
thing new will be known. A
Frenchman, not long before the
collapse of his nation, was quoted
as saying: ‘‘Unfortunately the
! weapons of the spirit are not
strong enough to defend our
homes today. It is time to close
! the Bible and open the statute
book” France said yes, and Hit
ler walked in. Better under
standing and a better world—“tis
a consumation devoutly to be
wished,” but the first job of those
who dream is to strive to make
| better1 men.
Hoys* and Dirls' Hemp
Drive Whs Hiit Success
The children of the O'Neill
Public School and those of St,
Mary's Academy gave the grown
ups a lesson in scrap collection
on Wednesday of this week when
they gathered and deposited on a
vacant lot on Fourth and Douglas
streets 210.112 pounds of scrap, or
a little over 105 tons Of this
amount 125,818 pounds was col
lected by the students of the pub
lic school, while the students of
St. Mary's collected and hauled to
the scrap center 84.294 pounds.
This great amount of scrap makes
about 178 pounds for each pupil
of both schools, which was a
splendid record and one that the
older people will have to hustle
to be able to beat at their Scrap
Day next Saturday. The scrap
collection campaign has been ex
tended for one week and will not
end on the coming Saturday, but
a week from Saturday. Bring
your SCRAP in this coming Sat
The O'Neill youngsters put on
a real campaign and they* worked
from early morning until late at
night gathering the scrap and
hauling it to the scrap yard. The
day was w'arm and some of the
boys were very weary in the af
ternoon. Mayor Kersenbrock ap
peared on the scene and furnish
ed the boys and girls with ice
cream, cake and cookies. Immed
iately thereafter increased activ
ity was seen in the ranks of the
youngsters, who sure appreciated
the treat from the Mayor.
Tri-State New Building
Going Up Rapidly
Great activity has been mani
fest at the plant of the Tri-State
Produce Company in this city the
past two weeks, since work of re
building the plant, destroyed by
fire Sept. 9, commenced Contract
for erection of the new building
was let to the Sorenson Construc
tion Company of Sioux City, and
he has a force of about forty men
working on the building and
great progress has already been
made in reconstruction.
The new building will be 148x
80 feet, being much larger than
the old building. The building is
being constructed of glazed tile
and will be a very beautiful
building. It will, have a full base
ment and one story above the
ground. The old building had
two coolers, while the new one
will contain three, giving them
nearly twice the cooling capacity
of the old plant. The new cooler
being installed will be 48x20 feet.
The other two coolers are 32x18
feet and 32x40 feet.
It is expected that the building
will be completed on or about
December 1, but they expect to
begin killing at the plant in about
two weeks, so that they can get
in on some of the holiday bus
Citizens of O’Neill, and in fact
residents of this entire section of
the state are pleased that the
building is being rebuilt, as they
paid out more money in this city
and territory than any other es
tablishment in this city or sec
tion, and its location here gave
the poultry raisers of this section
a home market for their products.
William Albert Conway and
Edna Eppenbach, both of O'Neill,
on October 14.
John Francis Kelly and Dor
othy Marie Dalton, both of O'Neill,
on October 10.
Bud Emery of Nenzel and Della
M. Stout of Crookston, on Octo
Daniel P. Page and Audrey L.
Worth, both of O’Neill, on Octo
Arthur A. Jurgensmeir and
Margaret Martin, both of O’Neill,
on October 8.
Max D. Chapman and Eileen
McKenna, both of O'Neill, on Oc
VETERANS - You men who fought
the last War-make this your job.
To see that no American boy shall
fall because a lack of scrap de
prived him of a fighting chance.
SCRAP SLACKERS CAN \
LOSE THDS WAR!
! -* __
It’* squarely up to you. The mills need
scrap to make the steel to go across the
sea as ships, and tanks, and guns. They
need it now—and in the months to come.
For all new steel must be 50% scrap—
and the mills are running out They haven’t
enough for even 50 days more production
—then they'll be shutting down.
Unless you get to work. Unless you go
into your basement and your attic and rout
out the junk that’s there. Talk about it to
your friends and neighbors—you men who
know what war is like. Tell them .. .“Don’t
be a scrap slacker. Get your scrap ready
for the drive that starts next Monday!**
Then get to work and help them do it.
We’re out to fill the junk yards—to make
every salvage depot a towering tribute to
out fighting men. And don't think the job
is done when the scrap starts piling up.
Because the war must end before the need
for scrap is over.
Do this to help make sure it ends om
Watch this paper for details of the big scrap drive aad what yea must do to help
NEWSPAPERS' UNITED SCRAP METAL DRIVE
Two O’Neill Couples Are
United, Double Ceremony
A lovely double wedding was
solemnized on Friday morning,
October 9. at 7 a. m., at St. Pat
rick's Catholic church in O’Neill
when Miss Margaret Martin be
came the bride of Arthur Jurg
ensmeier and Miss Eileen Mc
Kenna became the bride of Max
Chapman, Rev. Father Brick
performing the ceremonies.
Mrs. Jurgensmeier, the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Martin of O’Neill, was very at
tractive in a brown street length
dress and brown accessories, and
wore a corsage of gardenias. She
is a graduate of St. Mary’s Acad
emy with the class of 1938. She
is an employee at the telephone
office and will continue in this
Mr. Jurgensmeier, is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jurgensmeier
of Emmet, and is employed in
Atkinson as gravel checker for
the U. S. Government.
Mrs. Chapman is the daughter
of Mrs. Elsie Slattery and was
very becomingly attired in soldier
blue street length dress with rust
accessories and wore a corsage of
gardenias. She is a graduate of
St. Mary’s Academy with the class
of 1940. She is also an employee
at the telephone office and will
continue in that work.
Mr. Chapman is the son of Mrs.
Mae Chapman of O’Neill and is a
graduate of the O’Neill High
School with the class of 1940. He
was employed at the Ideal Market
for several years, until recently,
when he began working in Atkin
son as a gravel checker for the
U. S. Government.
Both couples are making their
homes in the Melvin Klinger
apartments on Fremont street.
Both these couples have many
friends in this city and vicinity
who extend sincere and hearty
congratulations and wish for all
four a long and happy married
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kopecky of
Inman, Mr. and Mrs. John Valla,
Mr. and Mrs. Vic Halva and Mr.
and Mrs. Lod Janousek and fam
ily of O’Neill were chicken din
ner guests at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Novak at Bristow
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tomlin
son spent Saturday evening and
Sunday at North Platte visiting
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
McNally, and other relatives.
HOLT COUNTY U. S. D. A.
WAR BOARD NOTES
A Holt County Farm Transpor
tation Committee will be selected
by the County USDA War Board
to assist in the new transporta
tion conservation program an
nounced recently by the Office of
Defense Transportation. The com
mittee will be headed by a mem
ber of the AAA committee, and
also will include two farmers, a
trucker and a farm supply dealer.
Committee headquarters will be
at the AAA office.
First job for the County Farm
Transportation Committee will be
to help trucks fill out applications
for Certificates of War Necessity.
Registration days will be October
22, 23 and 24. The towns for reg
istration are as follows: O’Neill,
Stuart and Atkinson, Chambers,
Ewing, Amelia, Page and Oppor
The following prices will be
paid for Scrap at O'Neill: Skin-j
ned steel, $7. 25% or less clean
or unclean cast with steel or mal- j
leable, $8. 50% or less clean or
unclean cast with steel or malle- j
able, $9. Cast with small amount
unclean steel or malleable, $10. j
Clean cast, $12.
The total scrap collected for the
county to date is 694,425, of which
Atkinson High School collected
97,747 pounds, or 622 pounds
per enrolled student, thus quali
fying them for the Ak-Sar-Ben
Harry E. Ressel, Chairman,
Holt Co. U.S.D.A. War Board.
Glen Williams of Omaha was1
arrested by Patrolman John T. |
Meistrell and charged with fail
ure to stop at a stop sign. He ap
peared in county court on Octo
ber 12, pled guilty and was fined
$10 and costs $3.10.
Ernest Cornish of Ainsworth
was arrested by Patrolman John
T. Meistrell and charged with
failure to stop at a stop sign. He;
appeared in county court on Oc
tober 12, pled guilty and was fined
$15 and costs $3.10.
Lloyd Cork of Page was arrest
ed by Patrolman John T. Meis- \
trell and charged with over-1
weight on capacity plates. He ap- j
peared in county court on Octo- j
ber 12, pled guilty and was fined I
$10 and costs $3.10.
Mr. and Mrs. John Stauffer, a
son, on Saturday, Oct. 10. Mr.
and Mrs. Glen Harris, a daughter,
on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Fellowship Clubs Join
In Pushing Scrap Drive
The Youth Fellowship and
Young Adult Fellowship of the
Inman Methodist church are co
operating w'ith the County AAA
Committee and rural and village
schools in sponsoring the scrap
drive for Inman Precinct. The
two Fellowship organizations
have been divided into two teams
and a contest between the “Com
mandos” and the “Scrappers” is
being staged. All scrap amount
ing to 500 pounds or more, which
is donated to the Fellowship or
ganizations, is being picked up on
request. Signs on the vacant lot
south of the Inman telephone of
fice indicate where donations to
the “Commandos" and “Scrap
pers” are being placed.
Those in charge of the drive
are very anxious that all avail
able scrap in Inman precinct be
either sold to Mr. Harkins at the
Finkbine Lumber Yard in Inman,
or donated to the Fellowship or
ganizations not later than Satur
day evening, October 17, which
is the closing date for the state
drive. Saturday, October 17, has
been designated as Inman Scrap
Rally Day, by which time it is
hoped that the entire community
wil co-operate by bringing in all
For details of the drive, contact
Rev. E. B. Maxcy, pastor of the
Inman Methodist Church, or Har
vey T. Tompkins, president of the
Young Adult Fellowship.
Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 p.
m., and 7 to 9 p. m.
Mrs. Nellie Caulfield dismissed
Wednesday. Francis Flood dis
missed Friday. Joe Spes dismis
sed Saturday. Raymond Tunen
der dismissed Friday. Mrs. El
bridge Maynard and son of Orch
ard dismissed on last Thursday.
Mrs. Chris Reimer and daughter
dismissed Monday. Mrs. Matt
Hynes a son on Monday. Mrs.
Leonard Shoemaker a son on
Tuesday. Mrs. Oswald Jindra a
daughter on Friday. Sam Fuhrer
underwent an emergency oper
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Grill enter
tained the Dutch Treat Club on
Wednesday evening at a 7 o'clock
dinner at a local cafe and bridge
at their home. Mrs. J. M. Hayes
won high score for the ladies and
F. E. Parkins won high score for
the men, and Mr. and Mrs. J. R.
Miller won the low scores.
American Legion and Auxiliary
Held Conventions Here Tuesday
The annual convention of the'
American Legion Auxiliary of j
Dist. No. 2, which comprises eight 1
counties in north central Nebras J
ka, was held in O’Neill on Tues-1
day of this week.
The convention sessions were i
called to order at 10 o'clock by i
Dist, President Mi's. Robert Lar
son of Pilger, after registration of;
75 delegates and visitors was:
The morning session included
Advancement of the Colors by
Pages; the Salute and Pledge to
the Flag, led by Mrs. Loa Hub
bard of the Chambers Unit; group
singing of the "Star Spangled,
Banner,” under the direction of j
Mrs. Luther Samuelson of New
man Grove, past department mus
ic chairman. After the joint reci
tation of the Preamble, the Wel
come was presented by Edith J.
Davidson, president of the O'Neill
Unit, and the Response by Dist.
President Larson, followed by a
report of Secretary-Treasurer Mrs.
Otto Oik of Pilger.
High lights of the work done
by each unit in the district was
presented in a condensed form
by the county chairman of each
county. These were all very in
teresting and it was found that a
great many hours work had been
devoted by the Auxiliary mem
bership in this district for Red
Cross knitting, sewing veterans’
hospital assignments, veterans’
gift shop, rehabilitation and child
Following these reports me
morial services were conducted
by the Newman Grove Unit for
twelve members of the district
who were called by death during
the past year. This very impres
sive service was under the super
vision of Mrs. Samuelson and was
added to very beautifully by the
deeply moving songs, "Lead Kind
ly Light” and "Taps,’’ well ren
dered by her young son. Master
Rodney Samuelson. At the close
54 Holt County Boys
I^eave On October 23
The following boys will leave j
O’Neill for Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas, on Friday. October 23,1
1942. These boys will please be
here at 8:15 a. m., as bus leaves'
at 8:30 a. m., from Golden Hotel
Walter Zahradnicek, Stuart.
Robert L. Vance, Ewing.
Andy O. Carr, Atkinson.
Ivan O. Baldwin, Atkinson.
William J. Morgan, Atkinson.
Carol J. Isaacson, Ewing.
Harold D. Kirkland, Atkinson.
Gerald D. Hansen, O’Neill.
David E. Stewart, Chambers.
John E. Grutsch, O’Neill.
Roy H. Schacht, Page.
Gordon R. Brittell, Inman.
John E. Naber, Atkinson.
Lawrence L. Thurlow, Atkinson.
Donald W. Moler, O’Neill.
George E. McCarthy, Atkinson.
Ross O. Barnhardt, Ewing.
Leonard E. Jungman, Atkinson.
Ronald A. Grass, Page.
John D. Alder, Opportunity.
Jeffery E. Smith, Page.
Clair E. Abbott, Amelia.
Jack M. Barr, Page.
Leon R. Hickerson, Amelia.
Marvin J. Lichty, Page.
Frank Kohle, Stuart.
George A. Kubik, Star.
Wayne E. Howard, Page.
Frederick G. Seger, Atkinson.
Ernst W. Rosenkrans, Dorsey.
Carl C. Coifack. Dustin.
Joe E. Luth, Emmet.
Edd R. Stewtrt, Page.
George Verzal, Atkinson.
Lester E. Bergstrom, Ewing.
Richard E. Albers, Chambers.
Martin L. Craig, Page.
John F. Kelly, O’Neill.
Cleveland M. Sigman, Amelia.
Kenneth J. Kestenholtz, Inman.
Joseph D. Price, O'Neill.
Edward E. Hanley, O’Neill.
Leo Straka, Stuart.
Lester C. Zarnfaller, Atkinson.
Richard Osborn, Chambers.
Gerald K. Barnes, Stuart.
Pius G. Ullrich, O’Neill.
Joseph J. Kalina, Inman.
Harold K. Brittell, Inman.
James C. Soukup, O’Neill.
Paul H. Ludington, Page.
Elmer V. Loeffler, O'Neill.
Vernon R. Parks, Page.
Louis J. Bartos, Page.
Bernard Van Vleck, Clearwater
Russell F. Angus, Butte.
Joseph E. Funk, Ewing.
Wayne W. Hickok, Atkinson.
Leonard D. Lines, Inman.
Harry E. Werner, Emmet.
Floyd J. Tucker, Ewing.
Lyle R. Eppenbach, O’Neill.
George E. Green, Atkinson.
| Gaylord Hodgkin, O’Neill.
of the service Taps were echoed
with the trumpet by Miss Dor
othy Lowery of O'Neill.
County caucuses were held to
select a nomination committee for
the presentation of candidates to
be elected in the afternoon.
A very fine luncheon was serv
ed in the church basement by the
ladies of the M. E. church, during
which the Salt and Pepper In
itiation was held under the direc
tion of the Norfolk Unit, and
some very clever gifts were pre
sented by Dist. President Larson
to those securing ten or more
1943 memberships. Mrs. Opal
Keating of Atkinson won the
prize for high score in the con
The afternoon session opened
with a "War Medley” presented
by the brass sextette, under the
direction of Prof. Ira George.
George Hammond then presented
the very beautiful vocal solo,
“The Lost Chord,” by Sullivan,
with Miss Marjorie Graybiel as
After this very pleasant enter
tainment program, the conven
tion business continued with the
annual report of Dist President
The honor guest of the day,
Mrs. Blanche Starr of Alma, de
partment president of the Auxil
iary, presented a very fine report
covering all activities of the Aux
At this time Department Com
mander John Curtis of Lincoln
extended greetings from the Le
gion and expressed appreciation
of the work the Auxiliary has
done. Fritz Sellery, district com
mander, of Neligh. and Ivan
Marsh, service officer of the Vet
erans' Hospital of Lincoln, also
extended greeting to the conven
After the election of officers,
which unanimously re-elected
Mrs. Robert Larson of Pilger as
president, and Mrs. W. H. Har
rison of Norfolk as vice-president,
there followed presentation of
awards and gifts, the retirement
of the colors and adjournment.
At seven o’clock a very sumpt
uous banquet was served in the
high school auditorium by the
Catholic Daughters to approxi
mately 200 Legion and Auxiliary
members and their friends. The
banquet room was beautifully ar
ranged with long white tables on
which centerpieces of late fall
flowers and flags were the only
decoration. Nutcups and favors
presented by the O'Neill Unit
were clever arrangements of a
‘ship and sailor boy’ and a tank
and soldier’ combination.
During the banquet an excel
lent program of band music was
presented by the combined O'Neill
and St. Mary’s Academy bands
under the direction of Prof. Ira
George. Then in spectacular
marching form the combined glee
club of St. Mary's Academy and
the O’Neill High School entered
the banquet hall singing as the
band played “The Army Air
Song." They rendered some very
Miss Davene Loy presented a
lovely vocal solo, “Sympathy,”
and Miss Kathleen Flood sang
very sweetly her solo, “When the
Lights Go On Again All Over the
At this time the O’Neill Clown
Band made their appearance and
performed in their inimitable
style under the direction of var
ious guest leaders. The three
Hoff sisters, Trena. Marcella and
Lois, presented their Tumbling
Act, which was well afid enthusi
astically received. A vocal duet
was presented by Marvin Holz
claw and Donald Persons, with
Gerald Graybiel at the piano.
After this splendid array of
home talent, J. D. Cronin, toast
master, introduced distinguished
guests and local, district and de
partment officers of the Legion
and Auxiliary, following which
Department Commander John
Curtis presented an exceptionally
fine address. Mr. Curtis is a very
talented speaker and while the
address was very entertaining,
he gave everyone present some *
things to think about. It was felt
that all who heard him cannot
help but become better and more
useful citizens as a result. His
never-to-be-forgotten address was
a very fitting climax to a fine
and educational convention.
Robert Moore, who is an avia
tion machinists mate third class
in the U. S. Navy, has been trans
ferred recently from the Great
Lakes Naval Training Station in
Illinois to Norfolk, Va.
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