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VOLUME 70.—NUMBER 49. O'NEILL. NEBRASKA, THURSDAY. APRIL 12. 1951. ___ PRICE: 7 CENTS
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U to Obtain Car
Machine Bought Here
Wrecked in Wichita;
A strange story of an illegal
automobile purchase, a wreck,
the injury of a child, and the
search for the principals in the
Ease is being untangled by au
thorities this week.
^ Mr. and Mrs. John Doyle went
»to the Outlaw Implement com
- pany on Friday, April 6. They
I* purchased a 1942 model Ford car.
For down payment they produced
a $225 check on the First Nation
* al bank, of Atkinson, bearing the
signature “Walter Ferris.”
Ferris is an Atkinson garbage
hauler and drayman.
Ferris, however, claimed his
signature was forged. Holt
County Sheriff Leo S. Tom
jack staled that Forrest and
Irvin Clark, stepsons of Ferris,
signed statements declaring
| that the signature was forged.
Ferris’s stepsons were with
Doyle and his wife when the car
The Doyles, the two Clark
boys and the Doyles’ 3-year-old
daughter were aboard when the
1942 car headed south.
Tomjack, learning that Doyle’s
mother lived in Wichita, Kans.,
asked Wichita authorities to look 1
out for the car. About 11:30 p.m.
w Saturday Wichita authorities tel
• ephoned that the car had been
I found— wrecked, the child had
been taken to a hospital to be
treated for injuries, the two
a Clark brothers were being held
4 i for questioning, and the Doyles
I had vanished.
i Monday the Wichita police re
-iportcd the Doyles were not yet
The child was not seriously
hurt and by Wednesday was
ready to be dismissed from the
hospital—but had no parents
there to claim her.
Meanwhile, the search for the
Doyles has spread to Oklahoma.
The Doyles came to Atkinson
several months ago. Mr. Doyle
worked with a hay baling crew.
Mrs. Doyle was on parole from
the Kansas women’s reformatory.
The Doyles also have a small son.
< Tomjack said that the Doyles
were being hunted in connection
' with a financed car deal in Wich
*, = jta
Transportation of a stolen car
is a violation of the Dyer act in
* l which the Federal Bureau of In
vestigation could step into the
i Collins Schedules
Lloyd Collins, well-known O’
Neill implement dealer, has
scheduled another gigantic farm
machinery sale to be held in O -
1 Neill on Saturday, April 21.
The sale will begin at 12:30
p.m. and will go on as scheduled
v —rain, snow or shine.
This is the fifth auction of this
w type to be sponsored by Mr. Col
% lins. Previous auctions have been
held on the east outskirts of the
city. However, the April 21 sale
will be held on the Collins lots,
2 blocks south of O’Neill’s prin
cipal downtown intersection.
There is plenty of parking
space to be found, Collins said.
Included in the offering will be
used tractors, combines, plows,
power mowers, hay rakes, ham
mermills, one-ways, cornpickers,
and many miscellaneous items.
Watch for the big pink handbill
and a full-page advertisement in
the April 19 issue of The Fron
tier, Mr. Collins said.
V Into New ‘Home’
The Gilligan Rexall drug store
is now in its new “home” on the
south side of Douglas street, 3
doors east of O’Neill s main inter
Ben Gilligan, proprietor, and
his staff are readying the store
for a big Rexall 1-cent sale to be
gin next Wednesday, April 18.
Mr. Gilligan, a native of O
■ Neill, returned here in the fall of
P 1948 to establish a drug store.
For a little more than 2 years he
operated in a building owned by
his uncle, Charles E. Stout, and
the firm carried the name Giiu
gan & Stout.
The new building, owned by
14 Homer F. Mullen, is modern in
every detail and has been built
especially for Gilligan’s drug re
The store is north-Nebraska s
newest — and probably finest—
drug store. (A big advertisement
announcing the sale will be
found in next week’s issue of The
A portable hand-wound phon
ograph machine was reported
stolen Tuesday night from rural
school district 174 (Boyle school),
7 miles southeast of O’Neill. The
machine had been purchased by
(the teacher. Miss Catherine Boyle,
and pupils. The school has been
left unlocked as a matter of pol
* icy as it had been broken into
frequently and repair bills were
NAGEL COMING ... Fran Na
gel, quarterback on the 1950
edition of the University of Ne
braska Cornhusker football
team, will be a guest at the an
nual Holt county athletic ban
quet to be held in O’Neill on
Wednesday, April 25. Nagel
played in the East-West game
at San Francisco, Calif., and
climaxed his college football
career in the all-senior North
South game at Mobile, Ala. Na
gel was ranked as one of the
best football passers in the
FOUND DEAD IN
Mrs. Sadie Brion Jones,
Former Ewing Woman,
EWING—A former Ewing res
idendent passed away unexpect
edly in a Tampa, Fla., hotel room
Wednesday night, April 4. Dead
is Mrs. Sadie Brion Jones.
Mrs. Jones, of Sarasota, Fla.,
was attending a meeting of the
Eastern Star in Tampa when
She was found dead on the
floor of her room by a bellboy
who had taken her a cup of cof
fee she had ordered a few min
She was a sister of Pete Bri
on, well-known Ewing resident
who died a few months ago.
Funeral services were held at
Ewing Tuesday, April 10, at the
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Louis Jones.
Among those attending the
funeral were Mrs. Esther C.
Harris, of O’Neill, and Mrs. Guy
Cole, Mrs. John Conard and Mrs.
P. W. McGinnis, all of Emmet.
30 Out of 36 Pass
Thirty out of 36 Holt county
selective service registrants, who
went to Omaha Wednesday, April
4, for preinduction physical ex
aminations, were found fit for
Meanwhile, Mrs. W. H. Harty,
chief clerk for the Holt draft
board, announced that nine men
have been ordered to report for
induction on May 2.
Already 56 Holt me have been
furnished for the draft. The May
2 quota will raise the total to 65.
Snow Squall Forces
Motorists to Go Slow
The winter isn’t over—yet.
O’Neill has been visited by
snow squalls twice during the
Early Saturday there were
snow flurries in the air. Motor
ists traveling on U.S. highways
20 and 275 Saturday morning
between 9:30 and 10:30 o’clock
were obliged to slacken their
speed and proceed with lights on
in the Inman and Ewing vicini
ties. Snow was so thick visibility
was restricted to a thousand feet,
rhe snow melted when it touched
the ground. .
About midnight Tuesday night
more flurries filled the air and
the ground was covered with
snow early Wednesday. Official
low temperature Tuesday night
was 27 degrees.
The snow fall and last Thurs
day’s rain netted about an inch
Heard on Air—
Miss Mary Louise Birmingham,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J.
Birmingham, appeared in Mar
tha Bohlsen’s place on a pro
gram called, “Martha's Cup
board,” radio station WOW, O’
maha, Monday at 10 a.m.
Miss Birmingham was on the
air for a half an hour.
She also apDears regularly on
television shorts over WOW-TV.
Last fall she appeared on the
“Voice of The Frontier” program
(WJAG, 780 k.c.)
Mrs. Alice Bridges left Sun
day for a three weeks vacation
in California. At Los Angeles
she expects to visit friends and
in San Francisco, she will visit
MRS. M. H. DIERKS
BURIAL AT EWING
Dies Thursday Evening
EWING—Mrs. M. H. Dierks, a
longtime resident of Ewing, died
Thursday evening, April 5, at
9:15 after a lingering illness.
Funeral services were held Sat
urday, April 7, at 2 p.m., in the
Ewing Methodist church with
Rev. C. C. Chappell, church pas
tor, officiating. Burial was in the
Survivors include: Widower;
daughters —Mrs. Laura Adrian,
of Neosho, Mo.; Mrs. Viola Mau
pin, of North Platte; Mrs. Gene
vieve Tressler, of Ogallala: Mrs.
Wilda Carr, of Holdrege; sons —•
Lyle P. Dierks, of Ewing; John
Dierks, of Nebraska City, and
Robert Dierks, with the navy,
and who left Ewing only a few
days before his mother’s death;
21 grandchildren; 10 great-grand
chiidren; sister — Mrs. Nettie
Hutchins, of Ft. Scott, Kans.
Lelha Lulu Glassburn,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lem
el O. Glassburn, was born No
vember 1, 1876, at Valparaiso.
She died at the age of 74 years.
When she was 4-years-old her
parents moved to a homestead 2
miles west of Deloit, in Wheeler
county, where she lived until her
marriage to Merton Henry
Dierks, June 16, 1897.
The couple lived on a ranch
near Goose lake until they mov
ed to Ewing in 1914. The family
has lived here the past 37 years.
Eight children were bom to the
couple, one of whom died in in
Mrs. Dierks was a lifelong
member of the Methodist church
and active in its work. She was
superintendent of the Sunday
school the past 22 years. She was
a member of the Woman’s Soci
ety of Christian Service, Order of
the Eastern Star, and of the Past
Matrons club of the latter organ
Among the out-of-town rela
tives and friends who attended
the Dierks funeral were:
Mrs. Ernest Stidaham and Mrs.
C. G. Hutchins, of Ft. Scott,
Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. John Dierks,
sr., Mary and Jerry, Mrs. Mary
Mullen, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Mul
lin, all from Nebraska City; Mr.
and Mrs. John M. Dierks, jr., of
Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ad
rian and Kay, of Neosho, Mo.;
Mr. and Mra. Howard Spencer
and Mr. and Mrs. John Cantrell,
of Wichita, Kans.; Merton and
Myra Waupin, of Lincoln; Mrs.
M. M. Maupin, of North Platte;
Mrs. Wilda Carr, Mary, Connie
and Pat, of Holdrege; Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Wresseler, of Ogal
lala; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mul
lin, Ed Verzel, Miss Anna L. O’
Donnell, all of O’Neill; Mr. and
Mrs. Jay Hixon and daughter, of
Long Pine; Mrs. Elizabeth Hon
eywell, Mrs. John Honeywell,
Mrs. Steven Shavlik, and Mrs.
Donna Hubbard, all of Cham
Appear in Program—
The Women’s association of
First Presbyterian church met
on Thursday, April 5. Mrs. C. E.
Yantzi, president, conducted the
Students from Hastings college
had charge of the program. Miss
Helen Horr led the devotions.
Her subject was “Prayer.” Miss
Edith Allstadt entertained with
two violin selections and was ac
companied by Miss Rose Bremm.
The speaker of the evening was
Miss Tatiana Nazuro, a DP stu
dent at Hastings college
Hostesses were Mrs. L. A. Bur
gess, Mrs. Harden Anspach, Mrs.
L. A. Carter. Mrs. Guy Cole and
Mrs. K. C. Hunt.
The program was presented in
the evening for the young peo
Feted Upon Departure
For Navy Duty—
Mrs. Richard Minton was hos
tess Friday evening at a party
given in honor of her son, Dick,
who recently enlisted in the navy.
The 16 guests included Leon
ard and Tommy Troshynski, of
Cpl. Tommy Troshynski, who
is stationed at El Paso, Tex., is
home on furlough.
To Hear Book Review—
The O’Neill Women’s club will
meet at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday,
April 18, at the home of Mrs.
JHugh Ray. Mrs. Harold Lind
berg will give the book review.
J. B. Grady drove Mrs. Grady
to Sioux City Saturday, where
she boarded a bus for Ft. Dodge,
la. She is visiting her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John Pray.
Mrs. William J. Biglin was cal
led to Jackson Saturday by the
illness of her mother. She re
turned in a few days.
Linda Sue Trowbridge, 2(4
months-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert M. Trowbridge, of
O’Neill, was found dead in bed a
bout 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 11.
The child had been ill on Tues
day but late Tuesday evening the
parents felt she had “improved.”
She was born January 30 in
O’Neill. The mother is the former
Marion Pauline Boyle, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. James Boyle, of
Survivors include: Parents;
brothers—Robert Ray and Mer
ritt James. The body is at Biglin
A graveside burial rite will be
held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday).
Howard Dean to Take
Prin. Howard Dean, of O’Neill
public school, this week announc
ed that he would leave the edu
cational field at the end of the
current term and enter into the
Dean will locate at Carroll,
Harlan or some other city in that
section of western Iowa.
A month ago he was re
elected to the principalship of
the O'Neill school but had not
accepted the reelection.
Dean has spent a total of six
years in the O’Neill school sys
tem. He came here in 1941 and
taught until 1945, when he went
into military service. He return
ed in 1949.
Mr. Dean is married and is the
father of two children.
Meanwhile, the board of educa
tion as yet has signed no
successors for either Supt. Ira
George, resigned effective Aug
ust 1, or for Mr. Dean.
The board met Wednesday
night, April 11, to sign pacts
with grade school teachers.
About 1,500 high school stu
dents are taking part in the mu
sic festival now in progress here
Piano entries were heard Wed
nesday, beginning at 3 p.m. The
critic was James Reistrup, who
is chairman of the piano depart
ment at Morningside college,
Other critics are Edward Kurtz,
chairman of the music depart
ment, Iowa State Teachers col
lege, Cedar Falls la.: Paul Mc
Collin, chairman of the vocal de
partment, Morningside college,
Sioux City; Elwood Keister, vocal
department, Iowa State Teacher§
college, Cedar Falls, la.
The festival will continue
through today (Thursday) and
Friday, with most of the instru
mental soloists and small groups
giving their performances in the
high school auditorium.
Most of the vocal selections
will be heard in the St. Mary’s
auditorium or the St. Mary’s rec
Class D bands, Royal, Page
and Meadow Grove, will perform
this morning (Thursday) at the
high school auditorium.
Class C bands, Orchard, Atkin
son, Stuart, Ewing and St. Ma
ry’s, will be heard this evening
starting at 7 o’clock.
The festival will close with
the performance of the class B
bands Friday evening. The bands
to be heard are Rock county,
Neligh, Valentine, Ainsworth and
John Carl Draws 30
Days for Assault
In Justice II. W. Tomlinson’s
police court Friday, John Carl,
45, of O’Neill, was found guilty
of assault with intent to do bodily
harm. He was sentenced to 30
days in the Holt county jail and
must pay court costs.
Carl was lodged in jail about
1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3,
following an incident at the cor
ner of Fourth and Douglas
Billy Mohr, of O’Neill, the vic
tim of Carl’s assault, was taken
to O’Neill hospital for treatment
and was kept in the hospital for
several days. Carl must also pay
Mohr’s medical expenses in con
nection with injuries that result
ed from the incident.
There will be a regular meet
ing of the Eastern Star tonight
A LITTLE GIRL WITH A BIG HEART . . . Betty Lou Knower, 3,
granddaughter of Mrs. Frank Pribil/ of O’Neill, was all smiles
having made her contribution to the Greater Lynn, Mass., 1951
heart campaign. This photograph of Betty Lou appeared in sever
al Massachusetts newspapers. She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Russell Knower, of Lynn. Mrs. Knower is the former Ann
Pribil, of O’Neill.
L. M. Diehlman . . . files res
ignation.—The Frontier Photo.
Departure from O’Neill last
Thursday of L. M. Diehlman
leaves a First ward vacancy on
the O’Neill city council.
Diehlman filed his resignation
in writing at a meeting of the
council Wednesday night, April
Manager of the Tri-State Pro
duce company plant here since
February, 1948, Diehlman will go
to Phoenix, Ariz., to enter the
wholesale egg business for him
Mayor J. E. Davis said Wed
nesday no appointment had been
made to fill the vacancy. The
appointee will serve for one-year.
to Be Heard—
Maj. Clayton M. Wallace, of
Washington, D. C., will speak at
2:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the
Major Wallace’s appearance is
under the auspices of the Tem
perance League of Nebraska, Rev.
V. R. Bell, church pastor, said.
! Five new members were initi
j ated into Eden Rebekah lodge
Friday evening. They were: Mrs.
i Carl Schenzel, Mrs. Lloyd Lied
ke, Mrs. Roy D. Johnson, Mrs.
Melvin Klingler and Mrs. Harold
Edward Henry Albrecht, 24, of
Atkinson, and Miss Marion
Blanche Gibson, 21, of Mawer,
Sask., Canada, April 4.
Gilber John Shald, 26, and Miss
IMary Lorraine Ulrich, 18, both
of Stuart, April 6.
Tommie Frank Boska, 26, Miss
Deloris Arlene Black, 19, both
of Spencer, April 9.
Move Recently —
Mr. and Mrs. Raymand Eby
and sons are now in their new
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lorenz
and Loren and Lorene, of Nor
folk, visited Mr. and Mrs. Dale
Red Cross Drive
Moves into Stretch
The annual American Red
Cross membership and fund-rais
ing drive this week entered into
the final stretch, according to
Mrs Thomas J. Sullivan, of O’
Neill, county chairman.
“In O’Neill the drive is well
over the half-way mark,” Mrs.
Sullivan explained, “but greater
rural response is needed in order
to assure a successful campaign.”
Holt county rural people have
been solicited by direct mail.
Mrs. Virgil Laursen heads the
door-to-door canvas in O’Neill.
The downtown committee in
cludes: Mrs. Gene Cantlon, Mrs.
Heigh Reynoldson, Mrs. Vern
Reynoldson, Mrs. Robert Kurtz,
Mrs. Norman Gonderinger, Mrs.
Courthouse committee: Mrs.
Group II: Mrs. Bernard Allen
(chairman), Mrs. Clyde Bates,
Mrs. John Havelka. Mrs. Charles
Lawrence, Mrs. Dale Fetrow,
Mrs. Levi Fuller, Mrs. Lynus
Group III: Mrs. Elgin Ray
(chairman), Mrs. D. D. DeBolt,
Mrs. Fred Saunto, Mrs. Earl Rod
man, Mrs. Noel Long, Mrs. John
H. McCarville, Mrs. W. W. Wal
ler, Mrs. Harrison Bridge.
Group IV: Mrs. Lee Brady
(chairman), Mrs. Arnie Dooming,
Mrs. Norbert Clark, Mrs. Dwight
Harder, Mrs. Arlo Hiatt, Mrs.
Norman Medcalf, Mrs. Orville
Cromwell. Mrs. Reed Herley,
Mrs. Joe Stutz.
Group V, Mrs. Palmer Skul
borstad (chairman), Mrs. John
Donohoe, Mrs. Floyd Wilson, Mrs.
Larry Johnson, Mrs. M. E. Si
monson, Mrs. Theodore Strong,
Mrs. E. F. Adamson, Mrs. George
Klein and Mrs. Samuel Gras
Promoted in Firm—
The J. M. McDonald Co., ol
Burlington, Colo, announces the
employment of George S. Layh,
of Ainsworth, as assistant man
! ager. Mr. Layh has had several
years experience in the retail
dry goods and furnishing busi
ness. He spent three years with
the J. M. McDonald Co., store
here prior to his entry into mil
itary service in 1945. After com
pletion of his service, he return
ed to the company for nine
Mr. and Mrs. Layh have a 216
year-old daughter, Lynn. He is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. George
Reports to Duty
Aboard USS Powell—
Alford L. Rockford, fireman,
USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A.
Rockford, of O’Neill, recently re
ported for duty aboard the des
troyer USS Powell, operating
with the Pacific fleet.
Rockford entered the Navy
September 24, 1947, and receiv
ed his recruit training at the na
val training center, San Diego,
Frontier for printing.
Motorists Find Many
Bad Spots on U.S.
Extensive deterioration of
hardsurfaced highways in the O’
Neill region is causing wide
spread concern among motorists.
Most of the damage is attribut
ed to frost “boils”—the result pf
frost coming out of the ground
and softening the oil surfacing'—
and “breakouts.” Traffic aggra
vates the situation and repair
crews will he hard pressed to
keep up with the deterioration.
West of Emmet on U.S. high
way 20 there are several "bad
spots," one through the bot
tomland extending for about •
mile and a quarter.
U.S. highway 281, south of O’
Neill, is troubled with “boils,”
particularly near Dry creek. Qn
the gravel portions of 281 the
“boils” are so numerous they
cannot be counted.
As a result, the road has been
closed the past week. Most of
the difficulty is to be found be
tween the Chambers junction
and the Holt - Wheeler county
There are two bad “boils” on
highway 275 west of Ewing, and
numerous spots between Ewing
A spokesman for the highway
department explains the "boils”
as a result of “hydraulic” action.
There is surplus underground
water. Pressure brought on by
“ forces the water up.
Frost coming out of the ground
produces a similar softness.
State highway 1J «OUfh of
Alkinaon parallels 281 literally
and in regard to deterioration.
A highway department con
tract for maintenance gravel re
surfacing 14 miles of highway 11,
south of Butte, was awarded Fri
day to Atkinson Sand & Crave!
The Atkinson firm is to receiyp
$4,708 for supplying and placing
about 2,200 cubic yards of gravpl
from the intersection of highways
11 and 12 near Butte south 14
EWING— The new fellowship
and education hall of the United
Presbyterian church of Ewing
was dedicated Sunday marking
the fulfillment of a long-cherisn
ed plan of the congregation. Rev.
Harold E. Lobaugh, synodical su-.
perintendent of missions for Ne
braska and Kansas, was the prin
A fellowship dinner followed
the morning service, after which
the congregation went to the
sanctuary for the opening of toe
dedication rites. Mrs. Elaine Mil
ler, of Orchard, sang “Bless TbJs
House," after which Mr. Lo
baugh spoke on the subject, “The
Worth of the Church.” »
After the congregation had re
tired to the new addition Ralphs
Shrader, chairman of the build
ing committee, gave a history if
the building project. Rev. John'
Graham, minister of the churcjt}t
expressed appreciation to those
who had assisted in.the project
and then offered the dedicatory
prayer. The congregation sang
“Blest Be the Tic that Binds,’
nfter which Mr. Graham gave
Claryce Johnson to
Go to Girls’ State
Miss Claryce Johnson, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce John
son, of Walnut, has been chosen
as Cnrnhusker girls’ state repre
sentative by Simonson unit 93 of
the American Legion auxiliary.
Girls’ state will be held at Lin
coln in June.
Miss Johnson is an O’Neill
high school junior Her alternate
is Miss Shirley Tietsort, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Tiet
Fix Date for
Thursday. April 19, Is the date
set for the carnival and dinner
sponsored by the Altar Society .of
St. Patrick’s Catholic church.
The carnival festivities will be
gin at 2:30 p.m. in the gymna
sium at St. Mary’s academy and
the dinner will be served from
5 until 8 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
to Confer at Norfolk—
A district meeting of disaster
officials will be held at Norfolk
on Tuesday. April 17.
Glea H. Wade, of O’Neill, Is
Holt county’s disaster chairman.
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