The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, December 16, 1943, Image 1
LXIV O’NEILL, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1943 NO. 32 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. _ ■ - 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 tern. 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 present. Ted McElhaney acted as master of ceremonies. He introduced Dr. French, president of the Club, who welcomed the guests of the meeting. 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 able. 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.” LIONS NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 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 announced. 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 death. 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 teachings. SCRAP NOTES 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. ■ ' -- 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 Elberfeld. 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. ! BREEZES FROM J THE SOUTHWEST! 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 present. 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 Tuesday. Homer Mullen, of Scribner, spent the week end here visiting his wife and other relatives and friends. Mrs. E. A. Norquist and daugh ter, Verna, and Mrs. C. Grainger, of Butte, visited friends here on Monday. 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 letters. As long as the heart has passions, As long as life has woes— The moon and its broken reflec tions 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. Atkinson 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 Emmet Lloyd Elmer Johnson John David Conard O'Neill 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 Ewing Basil Elenathen Boies John Burk McGraw Walter Carl Kopejtka Leroy Tomjack Dean Ray Kahoe Stuart George Henry Hodgson Steve William Paine James Thompson Bolen Ward James Flannigan Howard Arthur McWilliams Wilbur Gene Jackson Inman Thomas Bartholomew Rother ham William Leonard Leidy Leslie Clayton Perry - James Austin Donlin Clifford Wayne Sawyer Chambers Earl Hoerle Page Paul Monroe Singleton Alden Russell Bremer Harlan G. W. Spath Leland Ernst Lieb Amelia 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 service. 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 tions. 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, Nebraska. 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 California. 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 way. 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, Postoffice. 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 day. 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 friends. Corporal John Sullivan return I ed Sunday to California, after ; visiting relatives and friends here.