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VOLUME 70.—NUMBER 31. O'NEILL, NEBR.. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7. 1950. " “ PRICE 7 CENTS
, 24 PAGES THIS ISSUE
i n November
The total of 1950 personal and auto, taxes collected during the
month of November was $286,669.89, this amount being 45.6 percent
of the 1950 personal and auto taxes levied.
The total collections for the month of November, including
taxes, miscellaneous receipts, auto receipts, drivers’ licenses and
? school land receipts, was $338,788.49, according to County Treasurer
J. Ed Hancock.
Two thousand two hundred and fifteen 1950 tax receipts were
. The total collections for November, 1949, were $283,598.47.
Below is a break down of the 1950 tax collections for November
as levied by each subdivision.
L State general fund ... . $ 29,598.80
State veterans aid .-.—.—.—.-. 2,552.81
State care of insane patients-1- 8,141.40
State care of feeble-minded patients-- 1,793.87
State special building fund --r- 7,589.44
County general fund _2--- -- 13,798.97
County bridge fund _ —. 11,039.18
County road fund - 551.96
County soldiers’ and sailors’ relief fund . -- 137.99
County unemployment relief and assistance supplement 3,587.73
Total state and county funds- 78,792.15
Labor tax, to townships and villages __, 1,861.50
Old age assistance fund (to state) - 3,245.00
Precinct tax _ 19,277.42
Library tax 707.87
School tax (general and bond) ----— 110,511.12
|. pillage tax (general and bonds) -- 23,440.19
Free high school tuition ___ _ 17,070.42
Intangible tax (to state, county, school and village) 10,714.00
Blanket school tax (new law 1949) to schools_ 21,046.51
Special bee tax- 3.15
Noxious weed tax _______._ .56
Total 1950 tax collections in November _$286,669.89
Most for Campaign
Fred J. Jungman, Atkinson
; livestoekman and hay dealer,
fr spent the most money of all can
didates in the recent general
■ election. He was unsuccessful in
| his second attempt to defeat
Frank Nelson, O’Neill farmer,
for the state legislature. Both
waged campaigns in the four
i county district — Holt, Rock,
| Boyd and Keya Paha.
I Jungman spent $265.20, accord
ing to his expense report filed
with Holt County Clerk Ruth
Hoffman. Nelson spent $112.65,
as previnously announced.
Other candidates reported as
Joe Judge, of Atkinson, $15.00;
J. Ed Hacock, of O’Neill, $22.50;
Ruth Hoffman, of O’Neill, $30.85;
E. L. Watson, of Inman, $97.04;
I Ira M. Moss, of O’Neill, none;
Leo Tomjack, of O’Neill, $103.00;
William W. Griffin, of O’Neill,
Due to lack of a quorum, no
n%eeting of the O’Neill city coun
cil was held Tuesday night. It
: was to have been the regular
; monthly session.
Easily the severest cold wave
of the year moved into the O’
Neill region late Monday accom
panied by snow borne by a
strong northwest wind.
The icy temperatures gripped
the region through Tuesday and
Early Wednesday morning the
mercury stood at 14-degrees be
low zero, according to the offi
cial reading by Government
Weather Observer Elmer Bowen.
Snow fell early Saturday a
mounting to .14 of an inch pre
More snow fell Monday night
but there was not enough to tie
up traffic, although driving con
ditions became hazardous.
Returns from Sioux City—
Miss Mary E. Carney return
ed Wednesday, November 29, af- i
ter having visited her sister, Mrs.
Marguerite Curtis, and daughter,
Miss Marilyn Jean Curtis, of
Sioux City. Miss Carney left O'
Neill Saturday, November 25 for ,
the Curtis home.
Give The Frontied for Xmas!
Fifth Annual Christmas Shopping Edition
Do you want to make this coming Christmas the
best and happiest that you have ever experienced?
Then you’ll take Santa’s advice.
Don’t lose a single moment Don’t be lulled into
careless thinking by a glance at the calendar. We know
Christmas is several weeks away yet.
Better start your Christmas shopping early! Start
Don’t lose any time.
As a matter of fact you can start immediately,
while you are holding this Christmas Shopping Edition
of The Frontier in your hands.
To help you start your Christmas gift planning list
without delay, is why this gift guide is being brought
to you early by Santa with the cooperation of his en
thusiastic corps of O’Neill aides. More than four thou
sand copies of this issue of The Frontier are being mail
ed this week and will reach virtually every rural home
in Holt and Boyd counties as well as the usual city and
town distribution in 20 towns in the area. This is The
Frontier’s fifth annual Christmas Shopping Edition.
Pore over its pages. Study the many fascinating
gift suggestions you’ll find in it, with thought of your
friends and loved ones in mind.
Read the announcements of our leading stores as
published in this edition. They are all ready with their
preparations to help you start your Christmas shop
We’re all going to need more time this year to com
plete our Christmas gift giving lists, if we want to make
sure that no one is forgotten.
Most families are bigger this year than ever be
fore. Remember the bumper crops of babies, the great
er number of marriages that have taken place during
the past several years.
Many of the babies of yesteryear are grown chil
dren now' and you won’t want to forget them. More
marriages have expanded our circles of both relatives
and warm friends.
We don’t want to forget any of them.
And very, very important indeed, are the gifts we
must choose for our men in the armed services.
Some are in foreign lands, some in combat, some
closer home in camps, many are on ships and in the air.
No matter where they are we do not want them to
be without a gift from "us for Christmas. That means
especially early shopping.
The expansion in our gift lists is going to put an
extra heavy burden on our stores this year. The supply
of some eagerly wanted gifts may be exhausted before
the late shoppers can get around to them.
Those who shop early will find fresh, unbroken
assortments of gifts from which to make their selec
tions. O'Neill stores were never better stocked. A tour
of the town will convince you that O’Neill today is a
throbbing little city, and this Christmas shopping sea
son it is prepared to serve you as well or better than
many cities several times its size.
Those who shop early will find clerks less-harried
and less hurried and therefore better able to help them
in choosing the gifts they want to buy.
Wise Christmas shoppers will make it a point to be
in the stores soon to look over the wonderful col
lection of gifts Santa has brought to town. Remember,
O’Neill stores will be open on Thursday evenings, De
cember 7, 14 and 21, to accomodate those who come
from-a distance to the O’Neill livestock sale and those
who find it impossible to get to O’Neill by day.
Wise Christmas shoppers will make it a point to se
lect at least one gift a day—maybe more—and tuck
them away for giving on Christmas day.
This is the way to make sure that for your friends
and loved ones, that Christmas, 1950, will be bright and
CORN FOR YOUNG
Aid Pair Who Lost
Son in Picker
CELIA— The Good Samaritan
story was reenacted in grand
style in this community last
Thursday and Friday.
Neighbors went to the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Young, who
live 20 miles north of Atkinson,
and finished the cornpicking for
It was their son, W. Walter
Young, 29, who got his arm
caught in a cornpicker on No
vember 15 and died 30 minutes
after reaching the Stuart hos
pital. Death was caused from
On Thursday, 15 men went to
the place and on Friday 12 were
there. Edward Heiser, Milton
McKathnie and Fred Tesch, jr.f
each brought their cornpickers,
and John Schwindt took his trac
tor, which was used on the
Others who helped with the
corn were Alvin Heiser, Ray
mond Dobias, Stanley Johnson,
Don Raymer, Bernard Stems,
Fritz Naber, Ed Bausch, Willard
Ratliff, Fred Tesch, sr., Gerhardt
Vanderhoe, Jim and Hans Laur
The women also helped. They
DIES IN MISSOURI
Word has been received by rel
atives of the death of Mrs. May
Throckmorton, 77. She passed a
way November 27 at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Nelson,
at Barnard, Mo. She was former
ly of Dorsey.
Early last spring she suffered
a stroke which left her partially
paralyzed. After several months
of suffering and helplessness, al
though still somewhat crippled,
she was again up.
A fall in which she broke her
hip proved fatal.
Survivors include: Daughter— '
Mrs. Edna Nelson, of Barnard, [
Mo.; son—Albert, of Inglewood,
Calif.; two brothers, two sisters
,14 grandchildren, 23 great- ;
Small Fry Yule Wants Vary
I One of Santa’s helpers took a
telephone tour of the town the
She talked with scores of O’
Neill’s small fry with a view to
ward easing Santa’s problems
come Christmas eve.
Wants ranged from the usual
dolls and bicycles to trains and
road graders (real ones).
Santa's helper came up with
these Christmas wants straight
from the youngsters them
Mary Susan Harbottle, 216
year-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Harbottle: “Toys, doll, i
doll buggy, other toys.”
Patrick Grutsch, almost 2, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Grutsch:
Orin Spry, 6-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Spry: “I
don’t know. Just a minute, I’ll
ask Mom.” (Pause.) “A - a -
Happy Jack knife and a Happy '<
Sue Ellen Tomlinson, 7-year
o1^ daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Dick Tomlinson: “Cowboy and
girl doll, skates, color book and
colors and I want something for i
my baby brother, Casey — some
Mary Jo Walker, 4-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
H. Walker: “I don’t know — a
book and a phonograph.”
Donna Asher, 7-year-old daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Asher:
“A cowgirl suit and a little roller
Richard Hill, 5-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Hill: “A gas
station, a holster. I want a barn,
John P. Miller, 216 -year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs- Marvin Mil
ler: ‘A toy, a book, a fire truck,
a choo choo train and poker
Roberta Becker, 6 - year - old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A.
Becker: I don't know. A big bug
gy. a doll, doll clothes and a suit
Larry Wayne Bourne, 3-year
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry
Bourne: “A train. Sister wants a
Charles Hill, 4-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Hill: “A air
plane and a ditch digger. I want
Santa Claus, too”.
Clarence Hill, “6-going on 7”
year - old son of Mr. and Mrs.
Bennie Hill: “I want one of those
guns. It has a paper cap and when
you pull the trigger it comes back
and hits the cap. If you don’t have
that I’d like a six-shooter with a
black handle and the rest of it
Linda Gildersleeve, 3-year-old
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. D.
Gildersleeve: “A dolly, ironing
board to iron on, and a horsie
and a car and a real baby like
Kathy Lynn. I want a new coat
and hat. I want a new snowsuit”.
Ronald Janzing, 9-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Janz
ing: “Oh, a train, electric”.
Richard Brinkman, 4-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Brink
man: “A ruck and a raterpiller
Bobby Dean, 4-year-oid son of
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dean: I
want a gun and a car. I want a
track for a train and a truck. I
want to racer and a little fire
truck. I don’t have any”.
Richard (“Rickey”) Hill, 4-year
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie
Hill: “A drum with a big stick, a
little ferris wheel and a little
(Continued on page 23.)
--—— —— I
LIBRARY BUSINESS BRISK . . . Even under-school-age children
are making regular trips to Grattan township library nowadays—
evidence of mounting interest in the Carnegie foundation institu
tion. T> pical of these children is Christine Herley, 4%-year-old
daughtei of Mr. and Mrs. Reed Herley. Miss Bernadette Brennan,
librarian, takes time to enlist Christine’s interest in a new book.
Other youngsters who rank high for frequency of visits are: Mary
Lou, Beth, Charlotte and Nancy Yarnall, Michael Hammond, Sue
and Mary Gonderinger, Suzanne Lee Stewart, Danny Saunto and
Michael Gallagher. They usually visit between 4 and 5:30 p. m.
Their favorite subjects: Animal and adventure books.—The Fron
VAN DYKE BEING
HELD IN JAIL
May Be Charged in
Charles W. Van Dyke, 28, who
has been working as a laborer
for a construction firm at Ne
ligh, was arrested Sunday by
Deputy Holt Sheriff A1 Sipes.
Van Dyke is being held in the
Holt county jail awaiting
A friend of Elmer Lee Payton,
the man who was arrested last
week in Charleston, W. Va., in
connection with a series of
North-Nebraska robberies, Van
Dyke may be linked with Pay
ton in charges.
County Attorney William W.
Griffin was out of the city
Monday, Tuesday and Wednes
day and was not available for
Cherry County Sheriff Art
Jones and Sipes went to Charles
ton last week to return Payton
to Nebraska. They reached O’
Neill at 4:30 p. m. Saturday but
Jones took Payton on to Valen
tine where Payton is now in jail.
Sipes said Payton admitted a
series of robberies at Valentine.
Van Dyke has admitted to Sipes
participation in Valentine rob
beries and one at Stuart.
Authorities may charge both
in connection with the New Out
law grocery robbery here March
27, but both have denied this.
Payton used the alias Jim
Smith while headquartering in
O’Neill during the summer wh£n
the robberies were perpetrated.
Merchandise stolen from several
stores was found later to have
been in his possession.
Will Be Open
Dec. 7 . 14 - 21
ATKINSON— Adverse weath
er conditions Saturday, Decem
ber 2, delayed the running of
the roof preparation for Atkin
son Memorial hospital. Work
will be resumed as soon as
weather conditions permit.
The first story is completely
enclosed and ready for interior
work. The heating, plumbing and
wiring jobs have been finished.
Part of the original acreage
purchased by the committee has
been sold to Walt Ries and con
struction of the Ries home has
begun. Mr. Ries bought three
John Osenbaugh, jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Osenbaugh,
sr., of O’Neill, is now working for
Gilligan & Stout drug store.
John graduated from the Uni
versity of Nebraska school of
pharmacy last June.
McManus Home Goes
On Auction Block
The fine two-story frame home
belonging to the late P. J. Mc
Manus will be sold at auction on
Saturday, December 16. The
home, one of O’Neill’s finest, is
located at the corner of Fifth
and Everett streets.
E. C. Weller, of Atkinson, will
be the auctioneer. (See adver
tisement on page 24.)
Also on The Frontier’s sale
calendar is the public sale of per
sonal property belonging to
Wayne Petersen and C. F. Dal
legge, both of Chambers. They
will sell farm machinery, cattle
and household goods on Satur
day, December 9. Col. Ed Thorin,
of Chambers, will be auctioneer.
(See advertisement on page 6.)
NEW ST. PAUL’S
Rev. Ankeny Served
in Ohio and
CHAMBERS—-The new pastor
for St. Paul’s Lutheran church
arrived Sunday from Hamlet,
Ind. He is Rev. Claude D. Ank
Reverend Ankney will be in
stalled in a special service Sun
day, December 10, at 7:15 p. m.
Rev. Walter Hartman, of Ains
worth, will be the installing of
ficer, assisted by pastors of cir
cuits 6 and 7.
The new pastor succeeds Rev.
L. A. Dale, who left September
1 for Pratt, Kans., to accept a
call from Zion Lutheran church
there. During the interim the
Chambers pulpit has been filled
by Rev. R. W. Olson, of Christ
Lutheran church at O’Neill.
Reverend Ankney, who is mar
ried and is the father of a son j
and a daughter, graduated from
Concordia seminary at St. Louis, j
Mo., in 1944. He served Mt. Hope j
parish in Cleveland, O., from
1944 to 1948, and St. Matthews
at Hamlet from 1948 to 1950.
A reception will be held in the
St. Paul’s church basement fol
lowing the installation service.
BIDS SOUGHT FOR
Drainage System Will
Be Installed on Hill
Bids for the reconstruction and
relocation of more than 7 miles
of U. S. highway 281 between
Spencer and O’Neill will be talc
en at a letting December 21, ac
cording to an announcement by
the state highway department.
The work will extend from
state highway 2, east of Spencer,
south 7.a miles. The northern
part of the highway will be re
; located about three-quarters of a
mile east of the present route
but the southern-most 2% miles
of the project will follow the ex
[ A new bridge will be built a
| cross the Niobrara river, east
and downstream from the pres
The new river crossing will
be of steel girder construction
and will be 384 feet 6 inches
long. The bridge will have a
concrete roadway 26 feet wide.
About 20 tons of steel will be
required for the construction
of the structure.
In cutting down the hills and
filling in the draws so that all
inclines on the new route will be
no steeper than about five per
cent, 526 thousand cubic yards
of earth will be excavated.
In tests made before the plans
for the new highway were
drawn, soils engineers of the
highway department found one
very difficult drainage problem.
The engineers discovered that a
hill which is to be cut through
has a top layer of sand which
holds pockets of water and be
neath the sand is shale which
does not drain the water. To
keep the water from collecting
on the road at the point where
the highway crosses downhfil
from the sand to the shale, a sub
drainage system will be nMi.ll'
ed beneath the highway. Beneath.,
the roadbed at this point, 6-inch
perforated pipes will be imbed
(Continued on page 5.)
Girl Scouts 5-Years-Old Here
Wednesday afternoon at 4 p. m. 1
the four Girl Scout Troops cele
brated their fourth birthday an
niversary at a party at the Metho
dist church basement.
Each girl and each leader who
had paid her registration fee,
blew out a candle on the huge
birthday cake. Seven new Seou.s
were presented with their tender
foot pins. About 30 members re
ceived a gold star for attending
meetings for one year.
These four troops grew from
inspiration and hard work of two
mothers, Mrs. Merle Hickey and
Mrs. F. M. Brennan, who four
years ago, started Girl Scouting
in O’Neill. At a previous time, a
troop had been started in O'Neill,
but was subsequently discontin
Mrs. Hickey and Mrs. Brennan
were approached in 1946 by three
girls, who were interested in Girl
Scouting. After making inquiries
the ladies found there was much
enthusiasm among girls of
Scouting age. They held their
first meeting at St. Mary”s acad
emy in September 1946. There
were 34 girls of all ages in the
In order to enable each Girl
Scout to have a uniform, Mrs.
Brennan and Mrs. Hickey sold
subscriptions to a magazine
and made enough to purchase
20 uniforms for girls who
couldn't afford them.
About the first of November,
1946, each Scout had a uniform.
They appeared in uniforms for
the first time on Girl Scout Sun
day. They had a breakfast at the
M & M when they all wore their
In about a year, the troop was
divided into a senior troop for
older girls and a troop for the
younger girls. Mrs. Dean Streeter
was the first leader for the
younger Scouts and, in short
time, were earning badges and
were entering into new fields of
learning. One was first aid, taught
by Dr. W. F. Finley, who gave up
his Sundays to instruct the girls
and leaders. These girls adso sent
nine kits to Germany to needy
families. By this time, other
mothers became interested and
Mrs. William Beha took over
a troop at the public school about
two years ago. She was assisted
by Mrs Lowell A. Johnson, Mrs.
Brennan and Mrs. H. L. Lindberg.
A reorganization of the groups
(Continued on page 4.)
Mrs. F. N. Brennan (left) and Mrs. Merle Hickey . . . brought
Girl Scouts to O’Neill. — The Frontier Photo.
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