The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, December 16, 1943, Image 1

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Another Pioneer Settler
Passed Away Tuesday
Mrs. Anna Pauline Lansworth
died at her home northeast of this
city last Tuesday afternoon at 1:15
after a short illness, at the age* of
84 years and four days. The fu
neral will be held Friday afternoon
from the Presbyterian church in
this city, Rev. Dawson Park of
ficiating, and burial in Prospect
Hill cemetery.
Anna Pauline Engebretson was
born at Christiani, Norway, on
December 10, 1859. She lived in
Norway until 1877, when she was
eighteen years of age, when she
came to the United States and lo
cated in Wisconsin in 1877. In
Madison, Wisconsin, on May 12,
1882, she was united in marriage
to Peter J. Lansworth. To this
union eleven children were born,
four sons and seven daughters,
who with two step-daughters are
left to mourn the passing of a
kind and affectionate mother. The
children are: Mrs. Clara Van
Hove of Bristow: Mrs. Ella Man
son of O’Neill; Mrs. Mae Kerns
of Coffey, Mo.; John A. Lans
worth, Mrs. Goldie Liddy, Harry
Lansworth, Mrs. Nellie Boshart,
Mrs. Pearl Widtfeldt of O’Neill,
Peter J. Lansworth of Silverdale,
Wash.; Mrs. Grace Hammerlun of
Anoka; Robert Lansworth of Om
aha. Her step-daughters are: Mrs.
Addie Wrede of O’Neill and Mrs.
Isa Brundage of Omaha. She is
also survived by twenty grand
children and twelve great grand
children, and two sisters, Miss
Jennie Andrews and Mrs. Louise
Wilson of Seattle, Wash.
Mrs. Lansworth was one of the
pioneer settlers of Holt county,
coming here on June 11, 1882, a
month after her marriage to Mr.
Lansworth, coming here from
Wisconsin. Mr. Lansworth took a
homestead northeast of O’Neill
and that had been her home ever
since, a period of 61 years. Mrs.
Lansworth was a charming wom
an and had a host friends in the
northeastern part of the county,
where she was well known and
universally admired for her many
sterling qualities. Thirty, forty
and fifty years ago the Lansworth
home was one of the most popular
spots in that section of the coun
ty. With a lot of young people
there, young folks loved to con
gregate there and they always
found a hearty welcome from
Mrs. Lansworth as well as her
late husband.
She lived through all the trials
and tribulations of the early days
that pioneers in any section have
to endure, but she did it unflinch
ingly and spent her time looking
after her large family and she was
blessed with a family of fine men
and women who firmly believed
that their mother was the finest
mother on earth. The circle of
real old-timers is getting smaller
and smaller as the days roll by
and the death of Mrs. Lansworth
will be sincerely regretted by a
large number of friends in Holt
county who had the pleasure of
her acquaintance.
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O’Neill Student In
Christmas Fantasy
Miss Corrine Kubitschek, daugh
ter of Dr. and Mrs. F. J. Kubit
schek of O’Neill, took part in “A
Christmas Night’s Dream,” a song
and ballet phantasy presented by
the Associated Fine Arts Groups
of Duschene College in Omaha on
Thursday evening, December 14.
The phantasy, based on Tschai
kowsky’s famous “Nutcracker
Suite," took the audience to a
fairyland whose wondrous inhabi
tants greeted a poor little girl
with music and dance, her escort
being her only Christmas gift, a
nutcracker transformed by her
dreams into a fairy prince. Miss
Kubitschek danced in the Chi
nese, Russian, and Soldier ballets,
and was particularly attractive in
her Russian costume of royal blue
with wide borders in oriental pat
John Davis. Technical Instruct
- or at the Western Service Com
mand at the Lincoln Air Base for
the past fourteen months, with
his wife and son came home last
Friday afternoon and are again
located in their home in this city.
John has been granted an extend
ed leave and is back again at his
old job at the Midwest Motor Co.,
of which he is one of the owners.
John is lboking fine and says that
his fourteen months service,
Which was spent in the engine de
partment, was very enlightening
and will be very useful to him in
the years to come.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Grenier, of
Riverton, Wyo., arrived here last
week and will make this their
future home. 1
Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Burgess and
Mrs. J. P. Brown made a business
trip to Sioux City on Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hagensick
spent Sunday in Sioux City on
business. They returned home
that night.
Mrs. Esther Cole Harris return
ed Friday from Omaha, where
she had attended a meeting of
county officials. i
Miss Herbertta Russ and L. G. |
Gillespie went to Bassett on Wed
nesday to attend a county assess
ors’ meeting.
Miss Mary Harty, of Chicago,
arrived home Wednesday to visit
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. II
ty and other relatives and
u .ends.
O’Neill Commercial Club
Entertained Farmers
The O’Neill Commerce i Club
held their first annual Commer
cial Club Get-to-Gether for the
farmers and ranchers of the
O’Neill trade territory on Tues
day night, December 14th. The
meeting was held at the high
school auditorium.
The O’Neill School Band play
ed a concert from 7:30 to 8:30. The
concert was enjoyed by everyone
Ted McElhaney acted as master
of ceremonies. He introduced Dr.
French, president of the Club,
who welcomed the guests of the
W. W. (Bill) Derrick, livestock
specialist with the Extension Ser
vice, talked to the group. His re
marks concerning the livestock
situation and problems confront
ing the farmer and rancher were
timely and well presented.
A lunch of turkey sandwiches,
baked beans, salad, doughnuts and
coffee was served by the members
of the Club. Even the gobblers
were carved by such past masters
of the carving art as “Col.” Wall
ing, “Slats” Beha, Lyndle Stout,
Mike Kirwin and Harry Peterson.
Due to the extremely cold
weather, there were only 125 pres
ent. It is hoped that the next an
nual Get-to-Gether can be held
when the weather is more favor
The members of the Club en
joyed the visit with their guests
and hope to entertain them again
next year.
St. Mary’s Cardinals Win
Their First Two Games
The St. Mary’s Cardinals bask
etball team traveled to Lynch
last Friday where they trimmed
the Eagles by the count of 29-23.
It was a good game and with
more polish the Cardinals should
develop into one of the best teams
in this section of the state. Froe
lich was high point man for the
Cards with 10 points; next in line
were Golden and Baker with 6
and 5 respectively. * The second
team also came through with a
20-13 win to make it a victorious
start. Ryan was high point man
for the second team with 10. Bosn
was second with 4.
Tuesday night the Cardinals
went to Page and came home
with their second straight victory.
The Cards started out with a bang
and they were never behind al
though their lead was usually
about four points. It was a very
good game and showed that the
Cardinals are improving stead
ily. Grady took the high point
honors with 7 points, while Camp
bell and Froelich shared second
with 6 points each. The second
team was not so fortunate and
the Page boys won 14 to 5. Ryan
scored all five points for the Cards
and played a good floor game, as
did Streeter.
What A Stockman
He Would Make
With so many seemingly nutty
ideas originating in Washington,
how can a person escape believing
the following “opinion,” publish
ed in the Ainsworth Democrat
last week: “Heard one the other
day that should hold for sometime
to come. According to the story,
one of our ranchers had better
than one hundred head of steers
ready for the market. He did some
figuring and discovered that if he
sold at that time he would lose
considerable money. In despera
tion, he sought advice from some
Washington authority, explaining
his dilemma. To his surprise,
some white-collar replied that “he
should keep the steers and raise
some calves.” The rancher, ac
cording to the rumor, fainted.”
An instructive and entertaining
program has been arranged for the ■
next meeting of the Lions Club
to be held Wednesday, Decembef
to be held Wednesday, December
22, at the Golden Hotel, R. M.
Sauers, president of the Club has
Sound motion pictures of war
production will be shown at 8 p.
m., to which the public are in
vited, and a representative of the
W^r Manpower Cimmission will
give a talk.
The members of the Eastern
Star, at their regular meeting last
week, elected the following offi- j
cers for the ensuing year: A. E.
Bowen, W. P.Mrs. Margaret
Clausen, W. M.; Mrs. Lila Sher-,
bahn, A. M.; Harry Clausen, A.;
P.; Mrs. R. H. Shriner, Conductor;!
Mrs. Esther Cole Harris, Associ- j
ate Conductor; Mrs. Agnes L.
Bright, Secretary; Mrs. Edna
Kruse, Treasurer; Mrs. Hazel Bur- i
gess, Trustee for three years.
Mrs. M. V. Jordan and daugh
ters. Hazel Jean and Golda Mae,
of Butte, Nebr., visited relatives
and friends here on Monday.
Pvt. John Brennan returned to
Cincinnati. Ohio, last Friday, af -
ter spending a few days here with
his mother, Mrs. F. M. Brennan,
and other relatives and friends.
He is a member of the Army Spe
cialized Training at the Univer
sity of Cincinnati.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Bergstrom
returned Saturday from Lincoln,
where they had spent a few days
on business.
Ed Hall Disposes Of
His Ranch Property
Last week Ed Hall sold his
ranch northwest of O’Neill to Jess
B. Mellor of Stuart, who will move
thereon next spring. The ranch
consists of 1200 acres of deeded
land and is located on Honey
Creek, about 12 miles northwest
of O’Neill. It was formerly known
as the William Clevish place,
where the buildings are. Mr. Hall,
having purchased the O’Neill
Livestock Commission Company
in this city, decided that he could
not devote sufficient time to the
ranch, so disposed of it, so he
1 could give his entire time to the
Livestock Commission Company.
Mr. Mellor is a son of George
Mellor of Redbird and has been
engaged in ranching in the coun
ty for several years in the vicinity
of Stuart and he has met with
marked success in the business.
The ranch is one of the excep
tional good ones in the northern
part of Holt county and we pre
dict that Mr. Mellor will make it
one of the outstanding ranches in
the county.
Walter G. Morrow
Walter George Morrow passed
away Tuesday night, December
7, 1943, in the University Hospital
in Omaha. The body was brought
to this city and the funeral was
held last Saturday after ..oon at
2 o’clock from the Pre oyterian
church, Rev. Kenneth Scott offi
ciating and burial in; the Paddock
cemetery at Meek. Pall bearers
were: Al Sauser, Marvin Clouse,
Fred Perry, Emil Adamson, Clar
ence Ernst and Hugo Hiatt.
Walter G. Morrow was bom at
Monticello, Illinois, on December
8, 1871, and. was 72 years, 11
months and 29 days old at the
time of his death. At the age of
16 years, in 1887, he moved to
Cameron, Nebr., with his mother
and brother.
On August 31, 1902, he was
united in marriage to Miss
Leathea Forest Smith, at Grand
Island, Nebr. To this union nine
sons and four daughters were
born, one son preseding him in
death at the age of 16 years. In
1907 they moved to Holt county
and settled on a farm northeast
of O’Neill. Five years later, in
1908, they moved to Winside,
Wayne county, where he lived on
a farm for fourteen years, until
1922, when with his family he
again came back to Holt county
and resided on farms north of
this city up to the time of his
He leaves to mourn his passing
his wife and twelve children, all
of whom were present for the
funeral except one son, LaVeme,
who is in the army some where
over seas, who are left to mourn
the passing of a kind and affect
ionate husband and father. The
children are: Cecil Morrow. Ryan
Park, Wyo.; Pfc. Virgil Morrow,
Leavenworth. Kansas; LaVerne
Morrow, U. S. Army, over seas;
Mrs. Alma Gruhn, Chicago; Mrs.
Ruth Cherpinsky, Seattle, Wash.;
Edith Morrow, Grand Island;
Leonard, Orville, Dorothy. May
nard, Lyle and Ralph, O’Neill.
He is also survived by one grand
son and one brother, Robert Mor
row, Winside, Nebr.
Mr. Morrow was a fine gentle
man and had a host of friends
in this city and county. He was
a kind and loving husband and
father, a good citizen, neighbor
and friend. All his life ht had
been connected with the Evan
gelical church and through life
he closely followed scriptual
December 16, 17 and 18 again
finds the army trucks from the
Ainsworth Air Base gathering the
scrap in Holt county. The army
is NOT buying this scrap but is
cleaning up piles which have been
out-standing during several scrap
drives. This is proof that every
one should dispose of all scrap—
or have it disposed of for them.
Harry E. Ressel, Chairman
Holt County Salvage Com.
County Court
Vincent P. Weber of Butte was
arrested, by Patrolman Walter on
December 10th and charged with
speeding. He was fined $10 and
costs of $3.10.
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Frank Pierce, one of the pioneer
settlers as well as a prominent
farmer and ranchman, of the
Amelia country, was in the city
Monday and made this office a
pleasant call and extended his
subscription to January 1, 1945.
Mr. Pierce has been a Frontier
reader for a good many years and
says that he thoroughly enjoys
its weekly visits. He has been
a resident of the county for nearly
sixty years, coming here when a
little shaver of ten and thinks
there are a lot worse places than
old Holt and the flowing well belt.
Sheriff Peter Duffy left Monday
for Milwaukee, Wis., to attend the
funeral of his cousin, Mrs. Frank
A no host dinner was held at
the M and M Cafe Wednesday
evening followed by a theatre
party. The party was given in
honor of Miss Yvonne Sirek. who
with her mother, Mrs. Helen
Sirek, will leave tomorrow for
Lexington. Ky, to spend the
holidays with their son and broth
er, Aviation Cadet Ted Sirek.
IBy Romaine Saunders ‘
Atkinson, Nebr., Star Rt. No. 5 j
Twelve below on the prairie
Tuesday morning.
They say there is a whiskey
famine. That’s good news to the
drys and about the best thing that
could happen for the old soaks.
Japanese and German propa
gandists have become, not scien
tific, but very crude liars. The sit
uation on the home fronts must
have become extremely desperate
with them.
In the old town's wildest mo
ments, when straight - shooting
boys came in from the cow trails,
there was a certain respect for a
day of rest. There functions seven
days a week at the county seat
and in most every town social
groups of cultured transgressors
who have their fun regardless of
a world in agony. “Ephraim is
joined to idols, let him alone.”
Among a group of nine recent
ly inducted into Mu Phi Epsilon,
national music sorority, at the
University of Nebraska, was Thera
Mayne, neice of Mrs. Charles Mc
Kenna of O’Neill. Her mother,
Lucille Meredith, was reared in
O'Neill and died some two years
ago in Lincoln. Miss Mayne’s
father, Frank Mayne, was a citi
zen of Swan precinct, this county,
and Lucille was a teacher in the
schools out this way previous to
their marriage.
The Frontier refers to W. F.
Grothe as “one of the most suc
cessful farmers and stockmen of
Emmet precinct” No doubt the
editor will agree to make that
still broader in scope. From what
I know of the Grothe family lay
outfit in north Nebraska. There
outfit in in north Nebraska. There
are more extensive ranch opera
tors in the county, but none sur
pass the head of the Grothe plan
tation in the production of good
stuff from the fields.
This is what Pathfinder, for 50
years published, at the nation’s
capital, thinks of the handouts
called subsidies: “Since most
Americans are well able to pay
their grocery bills these days, this
subsidy plan seems to be of pretty
doubtful merit. Most of us would
rather pay for our own meals
now than have the privilege of
charging them to the boys, for
payment after they come home.
Sending out a few million subsidy
checks might make a lot of votes,
but, under the circumstances, it
doesn’t make much sense.”
“Blood and guts”—a revolting
combination but maybe not out
of place in the job one of our
commanders has on the battle
front. The civil war produced a
Confederate cavalry commander
of the same type, Our greatest
military commander, who won our
freedom with an army of raga
muffin patriots, was ever sympa
thetic and gentle with his men.
Washington, magnanimous and
great, kind, humble and brave,
performed deeds for his country
men that forever enshrines his
memory in the annals of the na
tion. I wonder if some stalwart
Yankee private some day may not
challenge an arrogant officer to
take off his uniform and step out
side. Who wouldn’t like to see the
subsequent proceedings?
As a young boy I lived at the
foot of a hill in a Wisconsin town
of hills. From early December un
til mid-March that hill was a
glare of ice with youngsters scoot
ing down it on sleds from the time
school closed until called in to go
to bed. Fights were rare among
the coasters, though frequent and
furious at school. But one night
two of the older boys got into a
knockdown. One, got the other
down and was administering boy
ish blows with mittened fists when
the lad underneath prone in the
snow gasped “I got enough.” They
got up and shook hands. None of
us regarded the victor as a hero
or the vanquished as disgraced.
The boy knew he was “licked”
and that settled it. Our Axis an
tagonists realize they face defeat.
It would seem to be good sense to
cry, “Hold, enough!”
The prairie, brown and dead,
wind-swept and deserted, flowers
long faded and song birds flown,
winter stealthily and inexorably
reaching our way with a grip of
ice. Long months to liva in warm
idleness in the glow of firelight,
with the treasures and wisdom of
the ages in valued ami revered
volumes for companions. Work is
elorified— industry, sweat, toil.
Thank God for the seasons of rest,
wearied limbs and strained mus
ow n repose; the seasons of men
tal and soul revival, (a time to
dream and float in airy fancy be
yond terrestial limits. Without
surcease of grinding toil life holds
no smiles and song.
“The heavens declare the glory
of God, the firmament showeth
his handiwork.” That passage was
an anchor of faith to Rev. N. S.
Lowrie, an early-day pastor of the
Mrs. Catherine Smith
Taken By Death
Mrs, Catherine Smith passed
away at the home of her son-in
| law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
James S. Smith of Grand Island,
| Nebraska, at six o’clock Tuesday
evening. December 7, 1943. Death
wras attributed to complications
attending the infirmities of her
age. The funeral was held Friday
afternoon at two o’clock from the
Presbyteriap church in O’Nejll,
Rev. Vahle of Atkinson officiat
ing, with burial in the family plot
in Prospect Hill cemetery, CVNeill.
Catherine Grutsch was born in
New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada,
on October 24, 1853, and was 89
years one month and 14 days of
age at the time of her death. She
grew to womanhood in her native
land and on December 5, 1872 she
was united in marriage to David
A. Smith of Ontario, Canada. To
this union three children were
born, one son and two daughters.
Mrs. Smith came to Holt coun
ty. Nebraska, in the spring of
1885 and with the family located
on a farm northwest of O’Neill,
being among the pioneers of that
section. In the spring of 1892 she
moved to O’Neill, where she made
her home until 1931, when she
moved to Grand Island to be with
her daughter.
She leaves to mourn her pass
ing: one daughter, Martha A. Ev
ans; four nieces: Mrs. Wm. Eck
ert and Mrs. Sidney Mitchell of
Stratforn, Ontario, Canada; Mrs.
Anna Kirwin of Sioux City. Iowa,
and Mrs. Marie Ross of Detroit,
Mich.; two nephews: John M.
Grutsch and William Grutsch and
their families, of O’Neill, Nebr.
Mrs. Smith was a splendid wom
an, one of the real pioneers of the
early days, she endured all the
hardships and privations of pio
neer life but never complained,
she ministered much to the sick
and was never wearied when be
ing helpful.
Odd Fellows Lodge Held
District Meeting Here
The I. O. O. F. Lodge had a
meeting at the high school audi
torium Wednesday with delegates
present from Neligh, Oakdale, In
man, Page, Bassett, Newport,
Ainsworth, Atkinson and O’Neill.
Dr. L. A. Carter presided over
the affair. Speeches were given
by the Grand Master, Mr. Noll,
of York, and the Grand Secretary,
Mr. Sapp, of York.
Initiatory and second degrees
were conferred. A luncheon was
served by the Rebekahs. One
hundred and fifty persons were
Robert Armstrong, state tax
commissioner, A. T. Lyon, deputy
state tax commissioner, and Harry
W. Scott, county assessor of Lan
caster county, were in the city
today and were pleasant callers
at this office. The tax commis
sioner, accompanied by his deputy
and Assessor Scott are holding a
series of meetings over the state
with the assessors of the various
counties and the members of the
various county boards. A meeting
was held yesterday at Bassett for
counties in this section. Mr. Arm
strong says that there is a great
deal of interest in these meetings
and that they are well attended.
James Mullen, who is employed
by the Harding Cream company,
had the misfortune to have his
left foot severely scalded this
afternoon while at work. He was
given immediate medical atten
ion but he will be confined to his
home for some time.
John B. Slate, a representative
of the Traveler’s Insurance com
pany, transacted business here on
Homer Mullen, of Scribner,
spent the week end here visiting
his wife and other relatives and
Mrs. E. A. Norquist and daugh
ter, Verna, and Mrs. C. Grainger,
of Butte, visited friends here on
Circle No. 1 of the Presbyterian
church, held their annual Christ
mas party Thursday afternoon at
the home of Mrs. John Ostnbaugh.
Presbyterian group at O’Neill,
Kellar and Lambert. Its sublime
import came to me a morning last
week when I was out at a time
the full December moon rested in
lunar grandeur on top of a prairie
noil just before lowering behind
the earth’s western rim. The
starry handiwork was fading from
the firmament, while the moon’s
yellow disk hung a moment
longer, bathing in pale light the
frost - mantled morning, tinting
with delicate gold a feathery
cloud that seemed to hang as a
banner of glory amid the celestial
scenp. Thp psalmist, a shepherd
keeping lonely vigil on dark Ju
dean hills, saw the glory and
handiwork of the creator spread
across the heavens. If men would
look up to the glories in the
firmament, the follies, the turmoil
and work of ruin might be aban
don. Longfellow wrote of the
moon as a symbol, in the smooth,
appealing verse of the master of
As long as the heart has passions,
As long as life has woes—
The moon and its broken reflec
And its shadows shall apoear,
As the symbol of love in heaven
And its wavering image here.
Large List To Be Inducted
During December
Following is a list of the Holt
county boys who will be inducted
during the month of December.
Harold Benjamin Johnson
Ivan William Seger
Donald R. Davis
William Paul Dexter
William Oscar Keithley
Charles Harold Kubart
Leo Arden Stevens
Arthur James Brinkman
Oliver Dewayne Anson
Harvey Jack Parshall
Lloyd Elmer Johnson
John David Conard
Melvin Bernard Richardson
Lee Edward Osborn
Bernie Virgil Daily
Raymond Albert Munson
Eldrey Ed Gaskill
Herbert Ervin Pfeil
Robert Richard Smith
Fred Raymond Snowardt
Lynis Lloyd N orthouse
Donald John Enright
Robert John Jonas
Eugene LaVern VanEvery
Basil Elenathen Boies
John Burk McGraw
Walter Carl Kopejtka
Leroy Tomjack
Dean Ray Kahoe
George Henry Hodgson
Steve William Paine
James Thompson Bolen
Ward James Flannigan
Howard Arthur McWilliams
Wilbur Gene Jackson
Thomas Bartholomew Rother
William Leonard Leidy
Leslie Clayton Perry -
James Austin Donlin
Clifford Wayne Sawyer
Earl Hoerle
Paul Monroe Singleton
Alden Russell Bremer
Harlan G. W. Spath
Leland Ernst Lieb
John Bilistein
Clyde Wm. Doolittle
Vote Of Thanks Due Holt
County Rationing Board
The Price Panel of the Holt
County War Price and Rationing
Board has been functioning for
six months and the public, both
merchant and consumer, owes
them a vote of thanks for their
fine volunteer work in this war
The Price Panels were set up
for the purpose of helping both
buyer and seller to a better under
standing of price regulations and
to receive and handle reported
price violations. The Holt County
Price Panel is making every effort
to get compliance with war price
measures in this communty.
To help the price panel in mak
ing various surveys in the county
the Board has recently added six
new price panel assistants. The
scheduled surveys of all business
places made by the price panel
assistants are proving very help
ful to both retailers and con
sumers, and are creating a friend
lier understanding between all
groups affected by price regula
Many people are a bit confused
on where to go when confronted
with price and rationing prob
lems. You may either make a
call at the board office or write
a letter stating your problems to
the Holt County War Price and
Rationing Board No. 6536, O’Neill,
Sioux City Youngster
Crowns Himself
Orville Meyers, a commission
man at the Sioux City stockyards,
rode up town one recent after
noon on a streetcar. Sitting be
side him on the “jump seat” was
a lad with a huge paper sack over
his head. It had holes cut in it in
the proper places to take care of
such necessary things as breath-!
ing and vision. He admits that it
was an intriguing sight and that
he devoted considerable time star
ing at the boy. We can imagine
the mischievous grin that the pa
per bag hid, but the boy couldn’t
hold himself any longer. “Bet you
don’t know why I’m dressed like
this,” he declared. Meyers ad
mitted that it would be interest
ing to know the reason. “I got
two beans up my nose,” the
youngster announced proudly,
“and while mother was dressing
to take me to the doctor I put the
baby’s pottie over my head—and.
—now we can’t get it off.” His
mother entered the conversation
at this point “The bag was the
only thing I could think of to
hide it. I had to get up town in
a hurry, because I was afraid the
beans might strangle him Now. I
suppose the doctor Will have to
get that thing off, too.”—Ains
worth Democrat.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Stout and
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Froelich re
turned Wednesday from a ten
day business and pleasure trip to
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Riesing and
family, of Hastings, moved to
town last week and will make
their home in the R. J. Rakmvski
I residence. He is an employee of
j the International Harvester Co.
Hold Soil Conservation
Referendum Dec. 18
With December 18 as the date
for the referendum on whether
Holt county shall be recognized
I as a Soil Conservation District,
i mail balloting is already under
The mail ballots may be secured
from now until December 18 at
the following places in the county:
First National Bank, O'Neill
National Bank, O’Neill Farm Loan
Association, O’Neill Production
Credit Association, O’Neill; Atkin
son, First National Bank; Page,
Cooperative Credit Assn.; Inman,
Postoffice; Dorsey, Postoffice; Ew
ing, Farmers’ State Bank; Star,
Postoffice; Chambers. Chambers
State Bank; Emmet, Emmet State
Bank; Dustin, Postoffice; Stuart,
First National Bank; Amelia,
Polling places will be open
from 3:00 to 7:00 p. m., Saturday,
December 18, at: Stuart, Ameri
can Legion Hall; Atkinson, Mem
orial Hall; O’Neill, Court House
Assembly Room; Page, City Hall.
Only owners of land in Holt
county can vote and a three
fourths majority is necessary for
the proposal to carry. Decision
to hold this referendum was
reached by the State Soil Con
servation Committee, composed
of Dean W. W. Burr of the Agri
cultural College, Director W. H.
Brokaw, of the Extension Service
and Dr. G. E. Condra, Directer
of the Conservaton and Survey
division of the University of Ne
brraska, after public hearings
were held in Atkinson and O’Neill
about a month ago. Sentiment
at these hearings, which were
called as a result of 116 landown
ers signing a petition, was prac
tically unanimous for creation of
a district.
While farmers in Soil Conser
vation Districts get assistance and
surcvys for contouring, terracing,
irrigation, strip cropping, seeding
low producing land and other soil
and moiseure conserving practices,
particular interest was shown at
both hearings in trees and tree
planting machines, which the con
servation district can make avail
able to the farmers and ranchers.
In answer to the question re
garding tree planting. E. G. Jones,
of the Soil Conservation Service,
stated: “The Prairied States For
estry project or Shelterbelts was
discontinued and that program
was turned over to the Soil Con
servation administration. While
the Soil Conservation Strvice has
not been granted funds to work
in Soil Conservation districts and
make trees and tree planting
machines available to farmers.”
Herald Millen. who represents a
number of SCS districts at Albion,
reports that better results were
obtained with a mechanical tree
planter than by hand. He also
reported that a farmer or rancher
is given the opportunity of select
ing his own varieties and location
of tree plantings under the dis
trict program.
Several auestions on irrigation
were brought up at the hearings,
E. H. Doll, Extension Conserva
tionist explained. If a farmer is
interested in a well for irrigation,
he will be given information as
to whether his land has sufficient
water bearing gravel and whether
it is advisable to put down a test
well and the oroper location.
Farmers in Soil Conservation dis
tricts are receiving surveys to
properly lay out irrigation canals
or ditches with respect to kind
and type of soil and slope of
their field.
Altogether farmer* in Nebras
ka have organized 45 soil conser
vation districts since 1936 when
the state law made this organiza
tion possible. In this section of
the state districts have been in
operation in Custer, Valley, Gree
ly-Wheeler. Boone and Antelope
counties. Farmers and ranchers
in Garfield and Loup counties or
ganized a district this fall.
Hospital Notes
Arlene Beckwith, of Emmet, an
accident patient admitted Sunday.
Sam Coover, of Page, admitted
on Wednesday.
Mrs. Max Wanser, a son, Thom
as Patrick, born Friday.
Mrs. John Gallagher, a son,
born Saturday.
Delbert Carl of Ewing, dismiss
ed on Sunday. „
Dwayne Adamac, of Page, dis
missed on Friday.
Mrs. M. D. Landreth dismissed
on Friday.
Dwayne Finch dismissed on Fri
Mrs. Walter Christon, of Or
chard, dismissed on Thursday.
Mrs. Esther Cole Harris of
O'Neill, Mrs. Guy Cole and Mrs.
John Conard, both of Emmet, en
itertained twenty-four guests at &
7:00 o’clock dinner Tuesday even
ing at the home of Mrs. Cole.
Following the dinner the guests
played bridge. High score was
! won by Mrs. O. W. French, sec
ond high by Mrs. Ted McElhaney,
i all cut by Mrs. Johnson and low
score by Mrs. Ar'n Hiatt.
Ensign Anton Toy, Jr., left Sun
day for Yorktown. Virginia,
j where he will attend the Aerial
School of Mines, after a visit with
his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Anton
Toy, Sr., and other relatives and
Corporal John Sullivan return
I ed Sunday to California, after
; visiting relatives and friends here.