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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 31, 1942)
Neb. State Historical Society
By Romaine Saunders
Atkinson, Nebr., Star Route No. 5.
Coyotes over Ray Bly’s way
went into the winter well fed.
Seventeen head of lambs and 100
turkeys were scooped up on the
Bly ranch. Mr. Bly says some
of the turkeys may have been
stolen, yet the hungry work of
coyotes was in evidence on both
turkeys and sheep.
Along with organizing and con
ducting the classes of a district
school with a full variety of the
grades, our efficient teacher, Miss
Winkler, found time and had the
thought to mail the season’s greet
ings to the homes in the district.
Simple, inexpensive, but through
the medium of art and color em
bodied in a Christmas card there
is the priceless touch of fellow
ship of friend with friend.
One of the pleasures of Yuletide
came my way over at Chambers
a day last week when Charley
Martin hailed me and we met in
the middle of the street for a
handclasp accompanied by hearty
words of greeting. Charley im
parts a glow of friendliness that
is refreshing, with a twinkle of
merriment and merging into seri
ousness. “Worthless and good
for-nothing as I am,” said Charley,
“I thank the Lord that he lets me
live.” A lot of us with more
reason might feel that way. An
other old timer and substantial
citizen of southern Holt, Dan Per
kins, was about town the same
day and gave me the glad hand.
It is always a pleasure to run
across Dan, whose sane outlook
on life leaves its inspiration.
I don’t know that I ever made
a New Year’s resolution. Not
that I would look with contempt
on those who do, but have known
of men who threw away their
plug of tobacco in the morning
and before night were hunting for
it. A resolution at any time em
bodies a confession that you are
on a wrong course and propose
to abandon it. What’s wrong
with that? Not a thing—only
just stick to the purpose. None
stand out as a paragon of per
fection. Maybe January 1 is as
good a time as any to “turn over
a new leaf.” And then ‘‘let us
hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: fear God and keep His
commandments; for this is the
whole duty of man.”
The grim reaper cuts deep into
the ranks of enfeebled mankind
during the winter months. When
pneumonia lays a pale hand on
one of our neighbors there is little
hope that life will survive. This
community learned of the death
of H. L. James from this dread
disease with sincere regrets. His
home was in Atkinson though
he retained interests in Swan pre
cinct Where he formally resided.
Like all men who do things, have
a mind and a purpose, he had
opposers; but he had friends.
As a neighbor I found Jesse warm
hearted, open handed, generous,
friendly and accomodating beyond
what some will show. He was
a native of Wales and in our
rambles together along the prairie
highways he would sometimes
sing the Welsh songs. He had a
strong baritone voice that had
been trained during his youth in
choir singing in the old country.
Ethically and otherwise, by train
ing and education, we were far
apart on many things, but in the
plain line of duty and simple
justice I once took his part and
he never forgot it.
Freedom from want, freedom
from fear, freedom of speech and
freedom of religion—a large order
said to be under way down at
Washington to belt the whole
globe. We have been at it now
for ten years for our oWn small
section of the race and have
achieved neither. If we can’t
bring it to a hundred and thirty
million people how are we to go
to the two billions of groaning
humanity with this fantastic pro
gram. Fear, want, persecution—
a trio that has haunted the foot
steps of mankind since the father
and mother of the race bowed
their heads in shame and walked
from the garden of Eden. Our
own efforts to eliminate fear have
only resulted in multiplying the
greatest of fears—a monumental
load of debt. “The poor ye have
always with you,” is as true today
as when Christ so stated. Our
jails are scarcely ever free from
some hapless and misguided chap
who thinks he has a divine mis
sion. Perhaps Mr. Wilkie thought
there was something yet to do
about “freedom of speech” when
that egg took him in the eye
during an address the last presi
dential campaign. Freedom from
fear, from- want; from perse
cution—ideal, grand aspirations,
something men who dream may
see flickering as a light in the dis
tance but not for this present cold,
Howard Taylor died at his home
in Page at 8:45 last Sunday even
ing, following a heart attack suff
ered three days before, at the
age of 77 years and nine months.
The funeral was held Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o’clock from the
Gospel Tabernacle in Page, Rev.
Ivan Turner officiating and bur
ial in the Page cemetery.
Deceased was born at Victoria,
Illinois, on March 27, 1865. He
never married and of late years
had been making his home with
his brother in Page. He came to
this county in 1910, coming from
Johnson county and had been a
resident of the eastern part of the
county ever since. He is survived
by one brother, Cecil Taylor of
Page and two sisters, Mrs. Belle
Haywood, Tecumseh, Nebr., and
Mrs. Blanche Snyder, Portland,
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anspach
and family spent Sunday at the
John Conard home in Emmet.
A S we look out upon I
the winter scene we see the year in
review—the sunny days, the rainy days,
the cold days and the snowy days when
the good folk of this town have come
into this store, helping us to carry on. In
wishing you a Happy New Year we have
all this in mind, and pledge anew our
determination to serve you still better
Thirty-six Boys Left
For Army Wednesday
The following Holt county
boys, who were inducted into the
army last week in Omaha, left
Wednesday morning for Fort
John E. Flood, O’Neill; Richard
F. Sholes, Inman; Laverne A.
I Morrow, O'Neill; Kenneth E.
; Dobry, Stuart; Francis H. Schrad,
1 Ewing; Clarence M. Hammill, At
kinson; Arthur H. Leach, O’Neill;
Robert Cadwallader, Stuart; Mar
vin A. Yarges, Stuart; Elmer D.
Hull, Stuart; Joseph L. Cavan
augh, Chambers; Lester S. Angus,
Ewing; Chauncey V. Wood,Cham
bers; Richard W. Wyant, O’Neill;
Warren W. Wood, Page; Domin
(ick F. Kubik, O’Neill; James C.
Kirkland, Amelia; Richard Kra
mer, Stuart; Carlton E. Johnson,
Spencer; Alphonse J. Herbers,
Stuart; William H. Newton, Em
met; Byron W. Grenier, Oppor
tunity; Jack N. Sutherland, Ew;
ing; Lloyd L. James, Atkinson;
Walter F. Kaup, Stuart; Lawrence
W. Rudolf, Stuart; Victor F. Mat
ousek, Atkinson; Donald D.
Adamson, O’Neill; Lloyd G.
Brady, Dorsey; Neil E. Hipke,
Stuart; Howard E. Tielke, Stuart;
Chester E. Jungbluth, Chambers;
Aloizen D. Mudloff, Star; Glea H.
Wade, O’Neill; Bernard D. Stew
art, Page; Victor P. Funk, Ewing;
Floyd C. Black, Ewing.
Mrs. Mary Braddock
Mrs. Mary Celestia Barnhart
Braddock died at her home in
Page last Tuesday morning at
5:30, after an illness of about two
years of a heart ailment, at the
age of 88 years, 8 months and
twelve days. The funeral was
held this afternoon at 2 o’clock
from the Methodist church, Rev.
Beebe officiating and burial in
the Page cemetery at the side of
hen husband, who passed away in
Mary Celestia Barnhart was
born at Decatur, Indt, on April
17, 1854. She grew to woman
hood there and on June 2, 1872,
she was united in marriage to
John Braddock, the ceremony
being performed at Decatur.
Three sons were born of this
union, two of whom, with her
husband, preceded her in death.
Her surviving son, Edwin, resides
near Page. She is also survived
by four grand children and seven
great grand children.
Mrs. Braddock came to this
county with her husband on
March 15, 1902, from Howard
county and they located near
Page, and ever since that time
she had been a resident of that
section of the county, over forty
years. She was a charming wom
an with a host of friends in the
eastern part of the county and
their family has been and are
gmong the prominent residents
of the eastern part of the county.
On Decerpber 21, 1942, at the
home of the bride’s uncle and
aunt, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. France,
Kansas City, Mo., occurred the
marriage of Mary Frances Gillian
and Second Lieutenant Gailard
Abart, of Fort Monmouth, N. J.
Following a short honeymoon in
Kansas City, Lt. Abart left for
Fort Monmouth, where he is tak
ing special training in the signal
corps. , .
Mrs. Abart is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gillian of
Urich, Mo., and for the past two
years has been employed by the
Chase Bag Company of Kansas
Lt. Abart is the youngest son
of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Abart of
Emmet and is a graduate of the
Atkinson High school, class of
1937. Before joining the army he
was employed as an electi ician
for the Union Pacific railroad at
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Abart t)f
Emmet, and son, Keith, of Kansas
City, Mo., attended the wedding.
Holt County Donation
To U. S. O. Growing
A letter receive by Edward M.
Gallagher, Holt County U. S. O.
chairman, is as follows:
“Enclosed is a check for $250.00,
as a contribution to the U. S. O.
fund, coming from the O’Neill
schools as follows: O’Neill Pub
lic School, $125.07; St. Mary’s
The above amount was sent to
National U. S. O Headquarters at
the time received.
In addition to this contribution
to U. S. O., $62.50 was sent to
National Headquarters as a con
tribution from Stuart, Nebr., on
December 14, 1942.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McClurg
and daughters, Marilyn, and Joan,
spent Christmas with relatives
in Stuart. They returned home
A daughter was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Fay Brittell of Chambers on
December 27. The Brittell fam
ily formerly lived in Inman. Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Miller drove to
Chambers Monday to see their
new grand daughter.
Anna Chudomelka returned to
Omaha Monday, after spending
Christmas with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Chudomelka.
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Hartigan
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Watson on Christmas.
A family gathering was held at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Keyes on Christmas. Those
present were: Mr. and Mrs. Karl
: Keyes, son, Donald, of Omaha, and
| daughter, Jean; Herbert Rouse
and 'family; Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Keyes and daughter, Murl; Mrs.
C. D. Keyes and daughter, Mild
|red; Mr. and Mrs. G. Reiser and
little son of Stuart; Mr. and Mrs.
Bud Hansen and son, of Creigh
The Tomlinson family, about
twenty in all, were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. James Coventry on
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor, of
Beatrice, drove up the day before
Christmas to spend a few days
with Mrs. Taylor’* parents, Mr.
and Mrs. G. E. Moqf. On Christ
mas day, Mr. and Mrs. Moor and
Dr. and Mrs. Taylor were dinner
guests of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Wat
son. Dr. and Mrs. Taylor re
turned to their home Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Butler and
daughter, Mary, of Neligh, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. N.
Butler on Christmas.
Sarah Conger returned to Oma
ha Sunday, after spending Christ
mas with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Lee Conger.
Bill Watson left for Lincoln
Saturday, after being home on a
ten day furlough’* from Deming,
New Mexico, where he is station
ed. He visited his grandparents
in Lincoln until Monday, before
returning to Deming.
Donald Keyes and Arlan Caster
returned to Omaha Sunday, after
spending Christmas with their
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Tompkins
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.
A. Tompkins on Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller and
Mr. and Mrs. George Colman had
dinner together Christmas day at
the Coleman home.
A family gathering was held at
the John Reimers home Christ
mas day, when they had their
children and grand children with
them. Those present were: Mr.
and Mrs. Chris Reimers and child-1
ren, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kruger
and family, and their son, Rein
hold, who was home on furlough
from Craig Field, Thelma, Ala
bama. He left for Alabama on
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Cooper and
son, of Orchard, and Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Brittell were dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson
Tournament Next Week
The annual Holt County Basket
ball Tournament will be held at
O’Neill on January 7 and 8. The
teams participating all show
promise of making a strong bid
for the championship. This will
undoubtedly be a tournament
with thrilling plays and close
The first round of games come
on Thursday night, beginning at
7 p. m. The semi-finals will be
played Friday afternoon at 1
o’clock and 2 o’clock. Losers of
semi-finals will play for third and
fourth places Friday night at 8
o’clock. The championship game
will come at 9 o'clock. See the
advertisement in this issue for
The splendid support of the
O’Neill business people makes it
possible to have a printed official
program for the fans attending
the tournament. Your contrib
utions have also made it possible
to award an appropriate trophy
to the team winning third place.
The O’Neill Commercial Club is
presenting the championship
trophy and the Holt County Ac
tivities Association the runner-up
The officials for the tournament
are Earl Hurst, from Orchard, and
B. H. Mead, from Spencer.
Clifford Sobotka, who attends
the State University at Lincoln,
is spending his vacation with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis So
Miss Elsie Kruger and Mrs.
Harry Moor went to Lincoln
Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Clar
ence Bergstrom of O'Neill to at
tend the funeral of their uncle,
William Krueger, who died Sat
urday at Roca, Nebr. The fun
eral was held in Lincoln Tuesday.
Miss Marjorie Mossman, who is
attending business college in
Omaha, spent Christmas with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Moss
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Davis enter
tained their Bridge Club on Wed
nesday night at their home.
Forrest Smith and daughter,
Ardith, went to Sioux City
Christmas day to visit Ernest
Trowbridge, who is in the Metho
dist hospital there. Mrs. Smith,
who had been there with her
brother, returned home with them.
Mrs. Jennie Wilcox went to
Stella, Nebr., last week to spend
Christmas with her son, Elmer
Rogers and family. She expects
to be gone for some time.
Mrs. Sarah Sholes was called
to Orchard last week by the death
of her brother-in-law, B. Brodie.
She will stay with her sister for
A group of Odd Fellows from
O’Neill came down Tuesday night.
Several members were given the
Third degree by the Inman De
gree Team. Lunch was served
after lodge and a social hour en
Pvt. Bill Taylor, of Camp Car
son, Col., returned to camp Sun
day, after visiting relatives and
friends for the past week.
gfrNKS Agg Tlfp
STRETCHING out over the United States is
O a great network that is helping win this
war. It is the American Banking System. Here
is a vast array of specialized experience
and ability, housed in some 16,000 banks,
peopled by a trained staff numbering over ^
250,000 men and women, working endlessly
to hasten Victory. As separate units and as a
system, banks serve by keeping the economic
machine running, financing war production
and providing a host of financial services to
the government and nation. Can we help you?
O’NEILL NATIONAL BANK
Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Word has been received here
that John Kazda, Cron Stannard
and Joe Stutz have arrived in
Alaska. They are in the U. S.
J. H. Dailey, of Winner, S. D.,
spent Christmas visiting at the
home of his brother-in-law and
sister, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Biglin.
Miss Kathryn McCarthy, of
Grand Island, spent Christrfias at
the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. M. H. McCarthy.
Miss Lanone Miles, of Grand
Island, returned Sunday after
spending Chrdistmas here at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
G. E. Miles.
Miss Virginia Loeffler and Miss
Regina Clauson went to Norfolk
Tuesday, after spending her
Christmas vacation here with rel
atives and friends.
J. B. Ryan came home Monday
from Chicago, 111., where he spent
Christmas with relatives and
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith and
son spent Christmas in Grand
Island visiting relatives and
Lloyd Smith made a business
trip to Norfolk Tuesday,
Mrs. Bob Kurtz and daughter,
Connie Kay, o$ Wausa, Nebr., are
visiting her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Cecil Brown.
Ed O’Donnell left for his home
in Okmulgee, Oklohoma, Monday,
after spending Christmas here
visiting relatives and friends.
Miss Kay Coyne, of Chicago,
111., returned to her home Satur
day, after visiting her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. H. E. Coyne and other
relatives and friends.
Miss Mona Melvin returned to
St. Louis Mo., Monday, after visit
ing her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John
Melvin and other relatives and
Miss Nadine Coyne, of Chicago,
111., returned to her home Mon
day, after visiting her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Coyne and
other relatives over Christmas.
H. F. Gilday went to Fairbault,
Minn., on Friday to visit relatives
and friends for a week.
Mrs. Palmer Schulz and son, of
Portland, Oregon, are visiting
relatives and friends here.
Eddie Campbell, Billie FroeJich
and Jimmie Merriman made a
business and pleasure trip to
Omaha Saturday. They returned
Miss Ruth Pribir returned to
Sioux City Tuesday, where she is1
a student nurse at St. Vincent’s
hospital, after spending Christmas
here with relatives and friends.
John Watson and Keith Mc
Graw entertained eight guests at
a dinner at a 'ocal cafe Friday
evening in honor of Sergeant Bill
Watson, of Fort Deming, N. M.
Miss Geneva Pribil, who is a
student nurse at St. Vincnt’s hos
pital in Sioux City, returned there
George Syfle, of Phoenix, was
looking after business matters in
the city the first of the week.
Lois Stuart, of Lynch, is spen
ing the week visiting Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Cook.
Mrs. Palmer Schulz and son,
Karen, of Portland, Oregon, were
dinner guests Monday at the Bob
Miss Margaret Smith, of Nor
folk, visited Miss Mildred Cavan
augh over Christmas.
Howard Jeffery left Sunday for
the Great Lakes Naval Training
Station, at Great Lakes, 111.
Mrs. Howard Jeffery left Mon
day for Marion, S. D., to visit her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Pro
Miss Arlene Elkins, of Norfolk,
spent Christmas here visiting rela*
lives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Bridge
and Miss Veramae Landis spent
Tuesday in Omaha.
Ensign Darrell Bright, of Chi
cago, 111., is visiting at the Dale
Cross home in Bloomfield.
Pvt, Ainie Mace, Jr., of Saros
ta, Florida, is visiting his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Arrlie Mace, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Yocum went
to Fremont Thursday, to visit
their daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Swanda.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sauers, of
Fullerton, Cal., left for their home
Monday, after attending the fun
eral of Bob’s mother, Mrs. Roy
Roy Sauers and Mr. and Mrs.
Bob Sauers of Fullerton, Cal.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Finley,
of Tilden, were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Clausson on Sunday.
The announcement of t h ^
coming marriage of Joseph
Stejskal, O’Neill’s popular tonsor
ial artist, and Miss Louis Fern
Hogan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
T. Hogan of Norfolk, has been
announced. No date has been set
for the wedding, but it will be in
the near future.
O’Neill Schools Donate
To U. S. O, And Red Cross
The scrap metal collectel by the
young people and adults in this
community in October has been
sold and the income amounted
to $500.28. This amount was con
tributed to the U. S. O. as fol
I St. Mary’s Academy _$125.07
Public School _ 125.07
and to the Holt county chapter
of the American Red Cross as
Public School _ $125.07
St. Mary’s Academy_125.07
This is one way of making our
multi-purpose in achieving ob
jectives desired by each of us and
our nation as a whole.
George Robertson spent Tues
day in Atkinson on business.
Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Jones, of
Rosebud, S. D., visited Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Clausson Wednesday.
Pfc Karl Nelson of Camp Car
son, Col., left Sunday for his post
of duty, after visiting friends and
Mr. and Mrs. John Cuddy and
son, Jimmie, of Sioux Falls, S. D.,
are visiting relatives and friends
Judge D. R. Mounts went to
Omaha Monday to attend the an
nual meeting of the Nebraska Bar
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jones are
entertaining a group of their
friends at a watch party at their
home New Year’s eve.
Miss Noreen Murray and Miss
Mary Jane Moler spent’Christmas
in Kearney, visiting Noreen’s
sister and brother-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Waldrop.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Bergstrom
went to Lincoln Monday, to at
tend the funeral of Mrs. Berg
strom’s uncle, who died Sunday.
Clear Golden, of Cheshire, Con
neticut, arrived Thursday to visit
relatives and friends for a few
Mrs. George Robertson enter
tained a group of ladies at a tea
at her home Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Miller spent
Christmas in Scotia, visiting Mr.
Miller’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Heriford
spent Christmas in Brunswick,
visiting Mr. and Mrs. Roberts.
Mrs. W. J. Bro, of Syracuse, re
turned to her home Wednesday,
after a couple of weeks visit with
her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. .
and Mrs. Emmet Moore and
Technical uorporai ueonara
Bazelman arrived home from
Camp Carson, Col., last Thursday
evening for a few days visit with
the home folks. Leonard is in
the armoured artificers supply
department and says that he likes
the army fine.
Lt. Norris Coats of Stuart, whor
has been stationed at Fort War'*
ren, Wyo., for several months, was
in the city Monday on his way
to his home at Stuart for a couple
of days visit. He has been trans
ferred to Fort Belvoir, Va.» a few
miles south of Washington, where
he will be stationed for several
weeks and then he expects to be
returned to Fort Warren.
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