The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, October 02, 1952, Image 1
i •• - • v. ■ •. - ,, ten PAGES ONE SECTION M i _ PAGES i TO 10 INorth-Central Nebraska’s BIG Newspaper Volume 72.—Number 22. O’Neill,'Nebr., Thursday, October 2, 1952. Seven Cents Three big tents . . . steady flow of "customers." 5,000 Servings in City’s First Pancake Festival Closson Wins Trip to Kansas City Will Be Guest at FFA O Convention Russell* Closson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Closson, has been selected as one of the Bur lington award winners in Ne braska. This award is based on the achievements made in Future Farmers of America projects and other FFA activities. Each year that railroad makes these awards to outstanding FFA boys in the territory served to encourage Future Farmer work. The Burlington will be host at the national Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo., on October 14 at a breakfast given in honor of all Burlington award winners. Russell was selected as a winner because of his out standing leadership abilities and his farming program de velopment. He has completed four years of vocational agri culture while attending the O'Neill public school. Through his vocational agri culture and Future Farmer work he has built up a herd of 10 beef cows, four sows and litters, 300 chickens, and was farming ap proximately 40 acres of corn and oats. Russell* served as vice-pres ident of the O’Neill chapter of the FFA for two years and was recently elected as district IV chairman of the Nebraska asso ciation.. He was promoted to the state farmer degree in April. The Nebraska official delega tion will leave Lincoln by train on Monday, October 13, and will return on Friday, October 17. Russell graduated from the O’Neill public school in May. He is now attending the Nebraska university college of agriculture. 3 Sales on Frontier’s Auction Calendar Three public auctions are list ed on The Frontier’s sale calen dar involving livestock, farm machinery and household goods. They are: Friday, October 10: Elmer Coolidge and the estate of the late Harry Coolidge, Amelia; 116 head of cattle, farm machinery, etc.; Col. Ed Thorin of O’Neill, auctioneer; Chambers State bank, clerk. (See advertisement on page 6.) Friday, October 17: Joe J. Jeli nek & Sons registered Hereford production sale, Creighton live stock sales pavilion. Friday, October 17: William and George Fink, one-half mile south and 3% miles west of Page; 55 head of cattle, complete line of machinery and furniture; Col. Ed Thorin of O'Neill and Col. Buv Wanser of Page, auctioneers; Farmers State bank, Ewing, clerk. O - Dakota Kidnapper Faces Charges Sherwood Franklin Strauser, 38, kidnapper of a 13-year-old Hot Springs, S.D., girl, is facing first-degree kidnapping charges in Custer county, South Dakota. Strauser and his hostage, Ruby Pond, spent September 11—af ternoon and evening—in O’Neill in a flight across several states. Strauser two days later was ar rested at Sidney and is now in custody in Dakota. Maximum penalty is life imprisonment. Gradys Return from Ozarks— o Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Grady re turned Monday from a week’s vacation trip which took them to the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Their son, James, remained with Mrs. Grady’s parents, the Prays, at Ft. Dodge, la., while his par ents were visiting in the South. Polio Victim Is Improving' — STUART—Mr. and Mrs. Flor ian Scholz went to Grand Island Sunday, September 28, to see Lois Givens, who is a polio pa tient in a hospital there. Lois is "improving.” Cubs to Organize — The organizational meeting of the cub scouts will be held to day (Thursday) at the court house annex at 7:30 p.m. All cub scouts who plan to join the club must bring one parent with them of they will not be admitted, a spokesman explained. Try FRONTIER want ad vs! Five thousand servings of pan cakes were consumed between 1:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in connection with O’Neill’s pan cake day celebration. Serving was carried out under three big tents on North Fourth streets. Other statistics: Six hundred pounds of sausage were used; 120 gallons of Mead ow Gold milk and cream went into the batter and coffee; 500 pounds of Pillsbury pancake flour found its way onto the hot griddles; 480 bottles of Vermont Maid syrup were consumed; 250 gallons of Nash coffee was serv ed. The sausage was readied by the M&M staff. In addition, 960 prizes consist ing of 114-pound Pillsbury pan cake flour packages were dis tributed by O’Neill business firms. The affair was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber officers and members of the retail trade com m i 11 e e Wednesday issued a statement: “We want to thank the business and professional men of O’Neill for their gener ous help and cooperation in help ing to make pancake day a big success.” A long queue of people could be found at the serving tents throughout the day and the grid dles and staff were taxed to ca pacity throughout the day. Miss Sadie Derickson, 65, of O’Neill won the pancake eating contest for the women, devour ing nine in five minutes. Honors in the men’s division went to Chester Hicks, a high school senior, who downed 14 in five minutes. Vic Halva was revealed as the entertainer who formerly was employed by “Buffalo Bill” and Henry (“Hank”) Tomlinson en tertained as master - of - cere monies. Chester R. Bowden Expires at Yuma Chester R. Bowden, 67, died Thursday, September 18, in a hospital at Yuma, Colo. He was born on a farm north of O’Neill on August 5, 1885, was reared near here, and on Novem ber 25, 1966 he married Effie Spelts. After residing north of O’Neill several years they moved to Yuma. Survivors include: Widow; son —Walter; daughter — Lovena; mother — Mrs. Della Bowden; brothers—Clyde of O’Neill, Har old of Chico, Calif., and Elvin of Elko, Nev.; sisters—Mrs. Andrew j Wettlaufer of O’Neill and Mrs. Await Spangler of Star. Among those from here at tending the funeral at Yuma were: “Grandma” Bowden and Clyde, Mrs. Audrey Bowden, Gene Closson, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wettlaufer, Mrs. Harold Strong, all of O’Neill; Mrs. Joe Madura of Dorsey, Mr. and Mrs. Await Spangler and Delmer and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnson of Star. New Well Gets Okay Now in Production O’Neill’s latest municipal water well was tied into the water sys tem at 4:30 p.m., last Thursday, giving a normal 300-to 400-gal lons-per-minute boost to the water pumping facilities. City Supt. L. C. Anderson said a purity test submitted to the state of Nebraska health labora tories certified the water as “ex cellent” for human consumption. A frame building has been erected at the reservoir (stand- I pipe) site to house all pump con- I trols and automatically operate the system. Firemen Respond to Two Calls— O’Neill firemen this week re sponded to two calls—one rural and one city alarm. At 8 o’clock Monday morning they were sum moned to a combine-tractor blaze north of O’Neill. The rig, totally I destroyed, was owned by Dewey j Marks of Kansas City, Mo. An overheated water heater at the Mrs. Charles Karel residence in north O’Neill accounted for a 7 p.m. Tuesday alarm. There was no damage. NEW STREET ARCS BUTTE—Butte, the capital of Boyd county, soon will join with a number of other north Nebras ka cities and towns with a mod em new street-lighting system. The old street lights now are be ing removed and the work is be ing pushed rapidly. Tuesday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lanman were Mr. and Mrs. George Mellor and family of Atkinson. Hearings on Basin Plan Grow Near _ Niobrara Project Will Cost $214,875,000; Holt Is Represented Highlights of a $214,875,000 plan for developing the Niobrara river basin were unveiled Tues day at Ainsworth. They were contained in a re port to the annual meeting of the Niobrara River Basin Devel opment association. Holt county’s officials of the association were on hand: James W. Rooney of O’Neill, delegate at-large; Lyle P. Dierks of Ew ing, John F. Dick of O’Neill, and Walter Reis of Atkinson, all di rectors. Some phases of the plan to bring irrigation to the valley brought protests, mostly from ranchers who want to make cer tain that water levels will be maintained in their hay mead ows. The principal objections raised to the proposed plan came from Cherry county ranchers. They were concerned over a 52-mile canal from the proposed Merritt dam on the Snake river to the edge of the Ainsworth area. The ranchers wanted to be certain there was neither seep age from the canal nor exces sive drainage. They were told that it is plan ned to line the canal for 21*4 miles where there is the most danger of seepage. The meeting Tuesday heard a report of part of the features of the six-year study just complet ed by the bureau of reclamation. The full report has not yet been released and still is preliminary. But some of the essentials were described by Clyde E. Burdick, area engineer for the bureau of reclamation at Ainsworth. A copy of the report will be submitted to Gov. Val Peterson for review. He is expected to call for public hearings. Recommended for early devel opment, according to the study, are two projects: 1. A pumping plant south of Gordon, to serve 3,150 acres of land on the Lavaca flats. 2. A dam on the Snake riv er southwest of Valentine which would provide water for irrigation of 44 thousand acres. Here are some of the other fea tures as reviewed by Mr. Bur dick: A dam on the Niobrara south | of Hay Springs to provide irri gation for some additional land in connection with the Mirage Flats project. A main stem dam south of Eli (in northern Cherry county, west of Valentine) which would develop power and store water for irrigation. Dams at Kilgore, Crookston, Valentine and Sparks which would be primarily for hydro electric power. A dam at Meadville for both irrigation and power, with water from this dam supplying the O’Neill irrigation unit. A dam on Ponca creek neai Anoka which would store flood waters to be used later for irri gation. Mr. Dierks commented in O’ Neill after the meeting and said the basin development is “pro gressing all along the way.” He said the officers hope that hear ings can be set up yet this year probably at O’Neill, Ainsworth and Gordon. Vern P. Lindholm, former sec retary of the Ainsworth Cham ber of Commerce and veteran secretary of the basin association, was elevated to the presidency, succeeding E. A. House of Ains worth, who was made a director. Mr. House has been in delicate health the past year. O'Neill Minister, Family Back from Coast— Rev. M. H. Grosenbach, Mrs. Grosenbach and family returned late Friday frOm a three weeks trip to the West coast. They ac companied Rev. and Mrs. Ferdi- j nand Witthuhn to Long Beach, Calif. The Witthuhns soon will be leaving for missionary work in Haiti. At Nampa, Ida., the Grosen bachs visited Reverend Grosen bcch’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Grosenhach. The O’Neill minister’s Wesley an Methodist church pulpit was filled by Rev. A. W. Martz of Long Pine, Rev. W. B. Lamb of O’Neill, and several of the ladies of the missionary group. Valentine Moves Clocks Back — Valentine, one of the few Ne braska cities on daylight savings time, Wednesday moved clocks back one hour. Actually Valen tine gets the daylight time effect by changing time zones. When daylight time prevails elsewhere in the U.S., Valentine is on cen tral time. While standard time prevails elsewhere, Valentine is on mountain time. The city is near the time zone border. John Dalton, 60, Dies Suddenly Burial Wednesday for O’Neill Man Funeral services were con ducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 1, for John Dalton, 60, an O^Neill men who died sud denly at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sep tember 28, at his home north of O’Neill. The rites were held at Biglin Brothers funeral chapel with Very Rev. Timothy O’Sul livan, pastor of St. Patrick’s Cath olic church, officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. The pallbearers were Donald McKamy, Melvin M'arcellus, Floyd Luber, Fred Lindberg, James Kelly and Ralph N. Leidy. The late Mr. Dalton was born January 19, 1892, at Helena, Mont., a son of Thomas J. and Hannah Tierney Dalton. He was married to Myrtle Howell at Spearfish, S.D., on December 1, 1919. The late Mr. Dalton farmed in Antelope county, north of Neligh, for a number of years, coming to Holt county in 1926. He resided for a time southwest of Ewing. Later the family moved onto a farm north of O’Neill, purchasing the former Hicks estate. Survivors include: Widow— Myrtle; daughters—Mrs. Gerald (Darlene) Hansen and Mrs. Wil liam (Dorothy) White, both of O’Neill; and Mrs. Della Hemel strand of Denver, Colo.; son— Earl of O’Neill; mother—Mrs. Hannah Dalton of O’Neill; step son—George Hallock of Rapid City, S. D.; brothers — Frank, and Daniel Dalton, both of O’ Neill; Thomas of Omaha; sister— Mrs. Ralph Davis of O’Neill. Residential Building Site Being Readied l A sauare blotk in West O’ Neill, situated immediately west of Ford’s park and bordered on the west by U.S. highways 20 and 281, is being readied on pa per for residential building sites, it was announced Wednesday by Bill Bowker, an O’Neill realtor. The property, known as the Beha block, has been divided into 13 lots, six of which will face west. Nearby Ford’s park is five blocks from the schools and post office, Mr. Bowker explained. (See advertisement on page 4.) Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Gehring returned Sunday from a week’s vacation. They visited in Denver and other points in Colorado and western Nebraska and toured the Black Hills region in South Da kota. ••***:. wrT MP'*“ .'JP'VT * * - •»~~ •«»» ■■■?<*■: D. D. Cotton, 62, Burial at Atkinson ATKINSON— DeWitt Dexter Cotton, 62, a World War I vet eran who died from a heart ail ment Sunday, September 21, in Atkinson Memorial hospital, was buried Wednesday, September 24. Rites for the lifetime farm resident were conducted from the Methodist church at 2 p.m., with Frank Murry, lay pastor, officiat ing. Farley-Tushla post of the Am erican Legion provided military rites. The late Mr. Cotton was born near Stuart on February 12, 1890. He spent all of his life in the same home except for the time he served with the army during World War I, including many months in Europe. Survivors include: Widow—the former Audrey Amerine of Stu art; nieces—Mrs. Lewis Havran ek of Atkinson and Mrs. James Dvorak pf Oakland, Calif., who h*d mode then -with the Cottons; brother—John of Long Beach, Calif.; sisters—Mrs. Earl Halligan of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Mrs. Ross Grenier of Denver, Cola, Mrs. Robert Shields of Omaha, Mrs. Harland Whitwell of Hibbing, Minn., and Mrs. James Miller of Katrine, Ont., Canada. 5 Holt Men Among Air Force Enlistees The army-air force recruiting station at O’Neill has announced the following recent voluntary enlistments: For the regular army: Gordon F. Oakes of Ainsworth, Myron W. Koenig of Center, Richard H. L. Schulz of Tilden and Verne T. Kenan of Wood Lake. These men have gone to Camp Crow der, Mo., for processing and training. For the air force: Ernest L. fMIcBride of Ainsworth. Kenneth L. Cornell of Springview, Jerry R. Fox of O’Neill. James L. Dor sey of Newport, Leo L. Kalkow ski of Lynch, Clark H. Koppel mann of Bloomfield. John L. O’ Connell of Emmet, Dale D. Hur tig of Orchard, Melvin J. Hamik of Stuart, Ronald R. Lee of Springview. Edward A. Pavel of Ewing, Richard G. Hull of Lvnch, Wilbur Elsasser of Lynch, Amos L. Leder of Atkinson. Darold L. Trease of Orchard and Robert E. Wbitmer of Orchard. Thf^e pir force ^n^tees have gone to Parks air force base, Pleasanton, Calif. Hastings People Here — Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Brown of Hastings are here visiting Mr., and Mrs. Bob Kurtz. Hog Embargo Off; 21-Day Quarantine Stockers, Feeders Sell Here Today The state agricultural depart ment Monday lifted the ban on swine shows and hog auctions effective October 1. Monday’s action elminiated the last of the restrictions imposed July 29 to stamp out vesicular exanthema. The hog disease made its first Nebraska appearance during June. Slaughter of nearly 11,000 animals under quarantine was completed last week. An indem nity program was authorized by the legislature. Feeders and stocker hogs may be sold through auction bams and public markets, beginning Octo ber 1, after inspection bv an au thorized veterinarian. The hogs must still be held in quarantine by the purchaser for 21 days be fore being allowed to run with other hogs. Hogs of all types will be sold as usual today (Thursday) at the O’Neill Livestock Market. Buy ers, however, will be instructed that purchased hogs will have to be retained for 21 days and kept segregated from other hogs. Fat hogs have been marketed at O’Neill straight through the emergency but stockers and feed ers were restricted from the sale rings. WEATHER SUMMARY Week’s weather summary for 24-hour periods ending at 6 p.m. daily follows: Hi Lo Prec. September 24 _77 41 .01 September 25 _83 44 September 26_84 40 September 27_94 49 September 28_82 55 September 29_83 44 September 30 _89 40 October 11 _67 47 Visit Dakota — Mr. and Mrs. Dave Loy, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grenier and Mr. and Mrs. Preston Jones were Sunday vis itors at Lake Andes and Picks town, S.D. Return from Oklahoma — Mrs. Mildred Wyant returned to O’Neill Wednesday after hav ing spent the past ten days va cationing in Oklahoma City, Okla., Fredricks, Okla., and Fre mont. Mrs. Marie Salisbury drove to Oakland Sunday. She was ac companied by Miss Effie Stevens, who remained there to visit a week with her brother. TUCK OVERTURNS ... A Lusk, Wyo., trucker with a load of cattle enroute to Omaha failed to negotiate a turn early Thursday morning at the junction of U.S. highways 20 and 281, north west of the city, and overturned. One cow was killed, others fled and had to be rounded up. The driver was unhurt. I .. 1 " . SI. Anthony's hospital dedication rile ■ . . Julius D. Cronin. master-of-ceremonies. i, pictured addressing a portion of the crowd’ t - ~ -----±r + + ‘Firsts’ for New Hospital Noted St. Anthony’s hospital for mally opened its doors Friday morning to receive patients. Promptly the honorary hon ors for “firsts” were passed out. Roy Engene Grenier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vem Grenier of O’Neill, arrived at 3:50 p.m. Friday—the first infant born in the new hospital. He weigh ed 10 pounds 8 ounces. Sharleen McClellan of O’ Neill was the first minor sur gery patient, submitting to a tonsilectomy on Friday. John Arthur Smith, 13>. of O’Neill was admitted late Tuesday and submitted to an appendectomy Wednesday morning—the first major sur gery case. Even before the new hospi tal was officially opened and while open-house observance was in progress, Mrs. Gladys Cunningham of O’Neill was received as an outpatient and received X-ray treatment. Mrs. J. L. McCarville, jr., of O’Neill was admitted as a maternity patient before the hospital was opened. Induction for 5 Holt Men Oct. 20 I I - 1 j Six Holt county selective serv I ice registrants departed early Wednesday morning for Omaha | whetre they were to receive ; their preinduction physical exam inations. They were: Jess Mellor of At kinson, Wayne R. Hoffman of Ewing, Reginald B. Pinkerman oif Dorsey, Roland J. Kunz of Stuart, Stephen S. Turay of O’ Neill and Eldon F. Dohnal of O’Neill. Meanwhile, five registrants have been ordered to report for induction on Monday, October 20: Thev are: James F. Sicheneder, of Atkinson, Daryl M. Beckwith of Emmet, Norman K. Trow bridge of Page, John N. Kamo haus of Amelia, and Donald H. DeGroff of Amelia. 'Teen Time' Production at O'Neill High— An all high school variety show entitled “Teen Time,” will be presented by the O’Neill high school on Tuesday, October 14, at 8 o’clock in the auditorium. “Teen Time” is a comic strip review using all types of talent. A few of the skits are “Pop iJenks on Saturday Night,” “Lit j tie Iodine,” and “Terry and the ’ Pirates.” More than 50 are in the cast. Proceeds will be used to help buy a spotlight for use in the auditorium. Republicans Speak On O'Neill Streets— Several candidates of the re publican party were here Friday afternoon to address public gath erings on the streets. Those here were Gubernator ial Candidate Robert Crosby, Sen. Hugh Butler, Dr. A. L. Mil ler, Former Governor Dwight Griswold, Mrs. Edna Donald and Mrs. Arthur Bowring. BUYS BOWLING ALLEY Freeman L. Knight this week announced that he has purchased the OTNeill bowling alley from Harold Humrich. Mr. Knight rtook possession last week. He says he contemplates a full schedule of league bowling for men and women. Clean-Up Day— PAGE—The Methodist church sponsored a clean-up day last Thursday. Men mowed the lawn and repaired plaster. Mr. and Mrs. Bud Snyder of Columbus visited Mrs. Snyder’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Lang an, over the weekend. 1,800 Tour Hospital at Open House Patients Arrive Before Formal Opening of 37 - Bed Institution An estimated 1,800 persona Wednesday, September 24, toured the new St. Anthony’s hospital following the dedication rites, j Eight hundred persons signed the guest register but more than twice that many persons in spected the new half-million-dol lar health center during the open-house observance. The in spection began immediately fol lowing the dedication program and continued until 9 o’clock in the evening. Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan, head of the Omaha Roman Catholic archdiocese, was the principal speaker at the 2 p.m. ceremony. He lauded the com munity for its accomplishment in building an institution dedi cated to the saving of lives. He contrasted this purpose with the manmade machines that aro destroying lives. Julius D. Cronin, O’Neill at torney, was master-of-ceremonie* and presided from a specially erected platform immediately in front of and to the east of the front hospital entrance. Music by the Page high school band and the combined O’Neill band—composed of O’Neill high school and St. Mary’s academy musicians—preceded the formal program. Mayor J. E. Davis praised the efforts of those who had madu possible the hospital and spec ifically singled out the work of James M. Corkle and L. D. Put nam. Rev. J. Laverne Jay, northeast Nebraska district superintendent for the Methodist church, stressed that O’Neill’s new hospital was the product of community effort. He said his church likewise owns MAGAZINE STILL AVAILABLE A limited number of St An thony’s hospital magazines, published in supplement form by The Frontier a week ago, are still available at the circu lation counter for 25 cents per copy. These will be mailed pre paid to any address in the U.S. The magazine contains 38 large pictures of O’NeiH’s new hospital. and operates hospitals and he told the audience he knew something of the difficult problems in oper ating a modem hospital. “It is a dream come true,” Rev Jay said. “This significant achievement is the result of the generosity and loyal devotion off many people. I have never seen a finer and more completely equipped hospital anywhere.” Verne A. Pangborn, director of the division of hospitals, Nebras ka department of health, told the* audience he had been intimate with the new O’Neill hospital from its earliest stages. “I find it difficult to find even a single thing wrong with his fine new institution,” he explained. Dr. E. A. Rogers, acting di rector of the Nebraska depart ment of health, presented to* Mother Bertrand of the Sisters of Sj. Francis, the necessary li censes that had been issued to Si, Anthony's. A mixed chorus composed of O’Neill high school and St. Mary’s academy students accom panied the band in “God of Our Fathers” and “America, the Beau tiful.” Both Mr. Corkle and Mr. Putnam spoke briefly. A dedication banquet was held at noon at the American Legion auditorium. District Judge D. R. Mounts was principal speaker. Archbishop Bergan also spoke. A male quartette sang. Voices were those of D. H. Clauson, John Dick, C. E. Yantzi and Roy D. Johnson-. The benefit $2.50-per-plate ban quet netted about $750. The “Voice of The Frontier” special events unit brought the proceedings to radio listeners in a 45-minute program (WJAG, 760 k.c.) from the hospital. Broadcast - ing began at 1:45 p.m., with George Hammond, William Froe lich, jr., and Evans Meier at the microphones. Through a compli cated engineering arrangement, listeners were able to listen to re marks of all the speakers, visit the heating plant and major sur gery rooms, hear an interview from the hospital's “front office”' with Mother Bertrand, and EVans Meier of the WJAG staff, perched-, atop the hospital entrance, pick»i ud the music from the band and chorus and did a descriptive from his lofty vantage point. The “Voice’s” engineering booth was in the hospital sewing room near the Sisters’ cloister, directly be hind the speakers’ platform. MARRIAGE LICENSES Francis L. Cox and Ednah Cox, both of Omaha, on Septem ber 24. Married the same day by Rev. Wallace B. Smith. James Edward Urlaub and Miss Dorothy Faye Iler on Sep tember 25. Mrs. Agnes Gaffney expects to leave Friday for Marion, la., to visit her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ed Allen.