The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, March 29, 1951, Image 1

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STATE 800 *1
Sentences for
Trio Increased
A - - -
Roberts Bros. & Hines
Appear in District
Court Here
The burglarizing trio of the
Roberts Bros. & Hines appeared
before Judge D. R. Mounts m
Holt county district court Wed
nesday afternoon, March 28, and
drew additional punishment.
The famous threesome already
* had begun serving sentences m
the state penitentiary and mens
reformatory for burglaries m
Antelope county.
Sentences were pronounced as
Gene W. ("Red") Roberts, 25,
of O’Neill, 5 years in the state
penitentiary, charged only
connection with the Emmet State
bank burglary.
Richard D. ("Slim") Roberts.
22. of O’Neill, 3 years in the
men’s reformatory, charged m
connection with the Emmet State
4bank, Dankert service station
(Chambers) and Marcellus Imple
ment company (O’Neill) burglar
Dale L. Hines, 20. of Inman, 3
years in the men’s reformatory,
charged same as Richard.
Sentences in the case of the
younger Roberts and Hines
will run concurrently and for
all three will run concurrently
with the Antelope county sen
; At Neligh the elder Roberts
drew 3 years, the others 2 years
i each.
L “Red” Roberts was not charg
' ed with the Dankert and Marcel
lus jobs because he had his leg
in a cast as the result of a roller
skating accident.
The three were captured at
Clearwater early February ^
and later confessed a series ot
burglaries in northcentral and
northeast Nebraska.
The courtroom was filled to
| near-capacity for the trial. Coun
ty Sheriff Leo Tomjack escorted
each prisoner into the courtroom
to be tried alone.
A guard from the penitentiary
and a guard from the reforma
tory brought the prisoners to O -
Neill. They were lodged in the
county jail until 2 o’clock—time
for the hearing — and were to
have been kept overnight, return
ing to Lincoln early today
Meanwhile, The Frontier learn
ed that “Red” Roberts and Hines
appear to be in for further trou
They submitted to a lie-de
tector test in Lincoln last
weekend and during the lest
confessed they had also brok
en into and robbed the Kuehn
tavern in Stanton on Novem
ber 5.
This may have been their first
undoing. , «.
i Total loot in merchandise,
checks and cash was about two
thousand dollars, The Frontier
‘ learned, none of which was re
\ Stanton county officers mdi
i cate they are interested in the
\ elder Roberts and Hines and may
f bring charges. . _ . _
Neither implicated Richard U.
(“Slim”) Roberts. Hines ^attended
high school at Stanton in 1947.
' O’Neill Men Get
j Reserve Orders
Several reservists this week
have received orders to report
| fof active duty with the armed
\ f°LtS'c. R. (“Bob”) Hill, Holt
county soil conservationist, has
been ordered to report at Ft.
i Warren, Wyo., on April 2. Lieu
tenant Hill, who has been at O
Neill nearly three years, was an
„ air force navigator with heavy
* bombers during World War II,
having been stationed in Eng
land. He is married and has three
children. .
Robert (“Bob”) Eby has receiv
V ed notice to report to the nay?1
station in San Francisco, Calif.,
on April 9. He has been m the
active reserves, served during
World War II. ,
4 Dr. Jack Vincent, who has a
practice in Ft. Dodge, la., and his
brother, Dr. Keith Vincent, who
(is interning at City hospital in
| St. Louis, Mo., have received
their orders to report for active
I dUDoctor Jack is to report the
first of April and Doctor Keith is
& to report after his internship has
■ <j>een completed, which will be a
P bout July.
It • They are the sons of Mrs.
* Amelia Vincent and the late J. E.
.J Vincent.
Runover by Machine,
Man Is Uninjured
Ray Fernholz, about 35, escap
ed without serious injury early
Wednesday in an unusual acci
dent on the Frank Peters place,
17 miles southwest of ONe’ill.
Fomholz, who was pitching
ay off the rear of the under
hung, slipped and fell. Two of
the wheels ran over his legs.
- The soft ground was credited
with preventing a serious injury.
Fernholz was taken to O’NeUl
for medical attention in Biglin
iros. ambulance.
Wins Recognition for
‘Pioneering Radio*
in Weekly Field
The Frontier was recipient of
one of two journalism awards
Issued during the past year by
University of Nebraska school of
The Frontier’s award was bas
ed on “pioneering radio as a sup
plement to a weekly newspap
er’s news and advertising ser
Since this newpaper inaugu
rated its thrice-weekly schedu
led radio program in Decem
ber, 1948, 18 Nebraska weekly
newspapers have adopted a
similar practice in cooperation
with various radio stations.
The “Voice of The Frontier”
went on the air with scheduled
broadcasts on Dcember 5, 1948,
by means of direct wire with ra
dio station WJAG at Norfolk
(780 kc., 9:45 a.m., Mondays,
Wednesdays, Saturdays.)
Dr. William Swindler, head of
the Nebraska university journa
lism department, made the pre
sentation to Carroll W. (“Cal”)
Stewart, editor and publisher of
The Frontier, at the annual
meeting of the Nebraska Press
association Friday at Lincoln.
Ten other Nebraska newspapers
and two out-of-state newspap
ers have received Nebraska uni
versity awards in previous years.
Receiving the other Nebraska
‘U’ award at Friday’s convention
was the Nebraska City News
Press, a daily paper, for “pre
eminence in editorial writing”.
R. F. Kennedy, publisher of
the Columbus Daily Telegram,
is the new president of the
Nebraska Press association,
succeeding Fred R. Zimmer, of
Hartington, publisher of the
Cedar County News.
New members of the board of
directors are: Reed O’Hanlon, jr.,
editor-publisher of the Blair Pi
lot-Tribune; W. E. Buechler, <rf
Ogallala, publisher of Keitn
County News; and J. E. Hauge,
editor-publisher of the Meadow
Grove News.
Stewart was reelected to the
i The Atkinson Graphic was
given an Ak-Sar-Ben award for
^community service”. Ralph J.
Kelly, editor-publisher, received
the plaque.
Among weekly newspapers in
Nebraska now using the radio
supplement are: Neligh News,
Dakota County Star (South Sioux
City), Blair Pilot - Tribune, Cent
ral City Nonpareil, Stanton Reg
(Continued on page 5)
1951 ARC Drive
Begins with Gusto
Holt county’s 1951 American
Red Cross membership and fund
raising campaign got underway
in earnest Monday morning—
slightly behind the national
schedule but with full enthus
iasm and gusto.
Holt countyans traditionally go
over the top with their response
to the ARC’S needs.
Mrs. Thomas J. Sullivan, of O’
Neill, drive chairman, said that
early contributions were “espe
cially gratifying” and that she is
confident the 1951 campaign will
be a success.
Holt’s quota this year is $2,
035—slightly higher than a year
Mrs. Sullivan explains that
some of the enormous tasks fac
ing the ARC this year are: Pro
viding for instant use tremendous
amounts of blood plasma; train
ing some 20 million persons in
first aid; instructing 100 thou
sand women and girls to serve as
nurse’s aides; teaching many
more thousands home nursing
skills; recruiting more than a
half-million additional volunteers
to aid local defense units and to
serve in expanding military in
“Only your support can make
these vital activities possible,”
Mrs. Sullivan said.
Each community in Holt coun
ty has a community chairman
and every citizen is urgently ask
ed to give to thi Red Cross this
year. _
M/Sgt. John C. Watson, who
reached Japan a fortnight ago
after having been recalled to ac
tive military duty as a reservist,
expects to return to the United
States immediately and be sepa
rated. Sergeant Watson is a vet
i eran of World War II fighting in
Family Dinner
at Hugh Rays—
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ray enter
tained their children and their
famil es at a dinnet Sunday. The
guests were Mr. and Mrs. McCoy
Rhodes and Vivian, of Cody, and
Mr. and Mrs. Elgin Ray and
Mrs. A. R. Wyant and grand
son, Larry Wayne Bourne, went
to Columbus Monday afternoon.
9 - Mile Link Might Be
Finished This Fall,
Governor Says
Grading, graveling and con
struction of a 60-foot bridge on a
9-mile stretch of State Highway
108 was tentatively promised a
delegation of Holt and Wheeler
county representatives in confer
ence Friday with Gov. Val Peter
son and State Highway Engineer
Fred Kleitsch at the statehouse
in Lincoln.
Five miles of the proposed im
provement would be done in Holt
The Holt - Wheeler delegation
made the junket in behalf of the
north-south road that would link
108 with State Highway 53.
Holt and Wheeler will have
to help finance the improve
ment in order to get the state
to let the contracts.
Holt county’s board of super
visors in session Tuesday approv
ed the idea and Wheeler county
officials have yet to act. Wheel
er’s share may be raised by sub
scription instead of drawing on
the county’s road funds.
Making up the delegation were
seven Holt countyans: Holt Su
pervisor Chairman Frank Cronk,
of Page; Lyle Dierks, R. G.
Rockey, John D. Walker, Joseph
Knievel, Gail Boyes and M. B.
Huffman, all of Ewing.
Peterson and Kleitsch told the
delegation, following a 90-minute
conference, that if Holt and
Wheeler fulfilled their part of the
bargain, contracts would be let
this fall.
Improvement would begin at
a point 7 miles south of Ewing
and extend for 9 miles pre
viously not regarded as a high
way. Except for a correction
line, the road is straight.
The improvement will serve
the Deloit community. Five miles
of the stretch is in Holt county.
Peterson promised the im
provement would be made dur
ing his term of office.
Three of the Wheeler delega
tion included county commission
ers—W. A. Summers, F. C. Krun
torad and E. H. Hoefener—and
the county attorney, Arthur O.
Auserod, who arranged the con
Children Choked
by Smoke—
O’Neill firemen were called
early Saturday to a fire in the
Bud Schneider apartment near the
corner of Fifth and Adams
streets. The Schneiders, who were
not home at the time, suffered a
complete loss of their furniture
and the inside of the apartment
was gutted by the flames.
The Charles Yamall family,
living in the other part of the
duplex, was smoked out by the
fire. Their four children discov
ered the fire by waking up chok
ing from the smoke.
The Yarnalls removed all of
the children, preventing what
could have been a real catastro
It is not known whether insur
ance covered the loss or not.
The Schneiders were preparing
to move to Ewing.
The house is one of O’Neill’s
oldest dwellings. It is owned by
Mrs. J. J. FYenking, of Omaha,
and Mrs. John Melvin.
13 CONFIRMED . . . Thirteen young people
confirmed Easter Sunday, March 25, at St.
Paul’s Lutheran church in Chambers. Left-to
right, back row — Larry Lieswald. Kenneth
Harley, Edward Pavel, Rev. C. D. Ankney,
Clifford Walter, Ronald Haake, Roger Harley;
front row—Lawrence Henderson, Sylvia Loseke,
Gloria Jean Pavel. Dorothy Haake. Marilyn
Walter, Vivian Harley and Robert Loseke. —
O’Neill Photo Co.
Orders Rescinded
for 6 Selectees
Six Holt county selective ser
vice registrants were notified
Wednesday that their names
have been removed from the list
of those scheduled to report for
induction on Wednesday, April 4.
Originally 11 men were on the
order, but a reduction in the Ne
braska quota enabled the Holt
officials to rescind orders on six.
The five who will report as
scheduled are: Jerome Gallagher,
of O’Neill; Elwin E. Haynes, of
Page; Kenneth Ziska, of Stuart;
William R. Vanderbeek, of Stu
art; Paul Johnson, of Amelia.
Those whose names have been
withdrawn but probably will be
included in the next draft quota
are: Norman E. Wayman, of O’
Neill; Gerald Thompson, of At
kinson; Raymond E. Hamik, of
Stuart; Edwin W. Wabs, of Spen
cer; Frank J. Murphy, of Stuart,
and William J. Murphy, of O’
By April 4 Holt county will
have furnished 55 men to the se
lective service since last fall.
Mrs. Magaret Dobrovolny
Buried Wednesday
in Atkinson
ATKINSON—A lifelong Holt
county woman, Mrs. Margaret
Dobrovolny, 69, was buried Wed
nesday, March 28, in St. Joseph’s
cemetery here following funeral
rites in St. Joseph’s Catholic
Mrs. Dobrovolny died Monday,
March 26, at the Stuart Com
munity hospital following a
week’s illness.
Rev. A. A. Lehman officiated.
Pallbearers at the 10 a.m. rito
were H. E. Miller, John Vinzenz,
J. J. Carroll, William Morgan, C.
M. Gonderinger and Alex Cleary.
The late Margaret Hoffman,
daughter of John and Mary
Fisher Hoffman, was born at
Stuart on May 10, 1881. In 1899
she married Henry Shald. They
became the parents of 11 chil
Following Mr. Shald’s death
she married Thomas Dobrovolny,
who also preceded her in death.
The late Mrs. Dobrovolny had
been residing in Atkinson during
late years.
Survivors include: Daughters
—Mrs. Ralph (Dorothy) Leonard,
of Grass Creek, Wyo.; Mrs. Law
rence (Agnes) Murphy, of Alli
ance; Mrs. Leonard (Evelyn;
Jungman, of Atkinson; Mrs. John
(Mary) Baum, of Rockville; sons
—Henry Shald, of Lander, Wyo.;
Ferdinand Shald, of Gordon;
Ralph Shald, of Stuart; step-sons
—Bruce and John Shald, both of
Stuart; step-daughters — Mrs. J.
Brown, of Bassett, and Mrs. Her
man (Lucy) Batenhorst, of Cas
per Wyo.; brothers—John Hoff
man, of Stuart; James and Thom
as Hoffman, of Nebraska City;
George Hoffman, of Martin, S. D.
Two daughters, Sister M.
(Margaret) Edgar and Mrs. Je
rome (Nora) Krueger, and two
sons, Gary Shald and Paul Shald,
preceded her in death.
All of the sons and daughters
were present at the funeral.
Gordon Woman, 75,
Dies Following Crash
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The eastbound car in which Mrs. Minnie Lefler. 75. of Gordon,
was fatally injured Monday night was totally demolished. The
driver. Walter Lefler. 59. was critically injured. Another occupant.
Miss Ruth Lefler, 49, escaped unhurt. (Story at righl.)Staff Pnoto.
Withdraws from
School Board Race
There were several important
developments during the week
relating to the Tuesday, April 3,
municipal election in O ’Neill.
A petition in behalf of Larry
Johnson, power company em
ployee, was filed with City Clerk
O. D. French at 10 p.m. on Fri
day; March 23—two hours before
the deadline. The petition wou!d
| have placed Johnson’s name on
| the ballot as a candidate for the
O’Neill board of education.
By Tuesday. Johnson i n
writing had asked to withdraw
from the race. Lohaus is
the only candidate for filling
of a two-year vacancy on the
j board.
i The vacancy was created by
I the resignation of George Shoe
maker, who has moved from the
A development was taking
shape Wednesday when Lowell
Culver was being boosted for the
board as a write-in candidate.
F. N. Cronin and Ira H. Moss,
incumbent board of education
members, are unopposed for re
election for three-year terms.
M. J. ("Max") Golden and
A. E. ("Archie") Bowen are
First ward candidates for the
city council post. The incum
bent, A. W. Carroll, declined
to be a candidate for reelec
There is no race in the Second
ward where Marvin Johnson is
the only candidate. J. L. McCar
ville, sr., incumbent, is not seek
ing reelection.
In the Third ward the incum
bent, Norbert Uhl, will be oppos
ed by W. B. Gillespie. Gillespie’s
petition was filed late Wednes
day, March 21, after last week’s
issue of The Frontier had gone
to press.
O’Neill voters will have an op
portunity to vote “for” or "a
gainst” a 15-thousand-dollar bond
issue in connection with a pro
posed new, modern fire truck for
the city.
Voting will be done at the us
ual places: First ward — Holt
county courthouse; Second — A.
Marcel!us garage; Third — city
Liquor by Drink
to Be Tested—
EWING — Voters here next
Tuesday will have an opportuni
ty to vote "for” or "against” li
quor by the drink.
Ewing now has package liquor
on sale.
Candidates for the Ewing
board of education are: J. L. Pru
den, R. G. Rockey, Lionel Gun
ter and Edgar Jensen.
Pruden is an incumbent and
William Spence, another incum
bent, is not a candidate for re
election. Two positions on the
school board will be filled.
Village board candidates in
clude W. E. Davis, J. D. Walker,
Julien Sojka, Richard Shain, R.
G. Rockey and Jack Brenneman.
Davis and Walker are incum
bents. Davis, Walker, Sojka and
Shain will compete for two 2
year - terms and Rockey and
Brenneman will compete for a 1
year term to fill a vacancy.
Board Chairman
Wants to Quit—
PAGE—E. J. Bild, 75-year-old
chairman of the Page village
board, expects this year’s munici
Eal election to be a quiet affair,
ut he sincerely hopes he is de
feated and he can quit.
“Let these younger fellows run
the town,” Mr. Bild says.
board candidates are
Bud, Gerald Lamason, Antone
Nissen, Harry Harper and Otto
Two will be elected for 2-year
terms. Bild, Lamason and Nis
sen are incumbents.
Family Leaves for
Africa Interior
i ATKINSON—Mr. and Mrs. Er
nest Green and their four chil
dren, Eldon, David, Roger and
Patricia Ruth, sailed from New
York City Thursday, March 22,
for Leopoldville, Africa.
Mrs. Green is well-known in
this community, having graduat
ed from Atkinson high school
She is the former Hallie Houts,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Houts, of Atkinson.
The Greens are being sent as
missionaries to Africa by the
Berean missions. They expect to
be gone 5 years.
The place at Which they will
serve is several days’ journey in
to the interior. They will travel
part of the way by car and the
remainder by boat.
The annual meeting of the O’
Neill Production Credit associa
tion was held Wednesday at the
American Legion auditorium.
Robert L. Cheshire, treasurer of
the Omaha Production Credit
corporation, was principal speak
Coroner's Inquest Will
Be Held Here
A 75-year-old Gordon woman,
Mrs. Minnie Lefler, died in an
ambulance late Monday follow
ing an automobile crash 3% miTfes
west of Emmet on U.S. Highway
She became the first high
way fatality in Holt county in
1951. Last previous fatal high
way accident occurred on May
30. 1950.
The aged Lefler woman was a
front seat occupant in a 1949
five - passenger car driven by
Walter Lefler, 59, also of Gordon,
a nephew of the deceased. Anoth
er occupant, Miss Ruth Lefler,
49, also of Gordon, a sister of the
driver and a niece of the woman
who was fatally hurt, escaped
from the wreckage with minor
cuts and bruises and suffered on
ly from shock.
The eastbound Lefler machine
plunged into the rear of a parked
truck, according to Patrolman
Frank Dineen, of O’Neill, who
investigated. The truck, owned
by Ross Transfer, of Omaha,
driven by Harry Green, 31, of
The Ross truck had stopped,
Dineen said, to aid a Buckingham
Transfer truck which had devel
oped mechanical trouble.
Details of the accident will be
brought out at a coroner’s inquest
scheduled at 10 a.m. today
(Thursday) at the courthouse. An
earlier inquest was scheduled
late Tuesday but could not be
conducted because key witnesses
were lacking.
The truck that figured in the
accident was a White tractor.
The accident occurred about
9:30 p.m. L. F. Burgess. Emmet
farmer, summoned the Seger
ambulance from Atkinson and
notified the state safety patroL
Burgess had been helping the
Buckingham trucker repair a
damaged fan.
When the ambulance arrived
ull three occupants had been re
moved from the wreckage. The
injured two were on seat cush
ions beside the wreckage.
Impact of the passenger car »
gainst the parked truck caused
the car to bounce back about 20
feet and off the side of the road.
The machine was badly demol
Mrs. Lefler, who died before
the ambulance reached O’Neill,
is reported to have suffered »
skull fracture, lacerations around
the head, a broken arm, a brok
en leg and a crushed chest
Walter Lefler suffered a punc
tured lung. His condition until
early Wednesday was listed as
“fair” at O’Neill hospital. H»
breathing was being aided arti
ficially. Wednesday attendants
said he had shown "improve
The three Leflers were enratt v
to Omaha where the aged women,
had an appointment with an qyfe
specialist for an operation.
The deceased woman’s hus
band died several years ago. She
had no children. Survivors In
clude several nieces, nephews^
sisters- and brothers-in-law. 'TOw
body was taken to Seger mortu
ary at Atkinson and was to have
been forwarded from Atkinson
to Gordon early today (Thurs
John G. Bauer, 75, of Ewmz,
died in a Norfolk hospital fol
lowing a Memorial day accident
last year—the last fatal accident
prior to the Lefler death.
The driver of the truck was not
held by Holt authorities.
County Attorney William W.
Griffin said there appears to be
j some controversy over the place
; ment of flares around the truck.
Members of the coroner’s jury
impaneled Tuesday were Henry
Schacht, Pete Laursen, Charles
Richter, James Mullen, John
Grutsch and Frank Froelich. The
jury was taken to Atkinson to
view the body.
Amanda Green, 86,
Burial in Atkinson
• .
ATKINSON — Mrs. Amanda
Green, 86, who had been a res
ident of the Amelia and Atkinam
communities for many years,
died at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March
23, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Grace Chambers, at Mead
ow Grove.
Funeral services were held on
Monday, March 26, at the Seger
funeral chapel and burial was in
Wood Lawn cemetery. Rev. Asa
Wood officiated.
Mrs. Green went to Meadow
Grove last fall to reside with her