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North-Central Nebraska’s BIG Newspaper
Volume 72.—Number 26. 0 Neill, Nebr., Thursday, October 30, 1952. Seven Cents.
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"County clerks", juniors from Holt county high schools, prove
attentive students in the office of County Clerk Ruth Hoffman
during Monday's county government classes. Left-to-righi (clock
wise) are: Katheryn Hoffman of Chambers, Miss Hoffman (stand
ing), Kay Johnson of Atkinson. Marilyn Fetrow of O'Neill. Naomi
Ross of O'Neill, Shirley Steele of St. Mary's (O'Neill), Lois Finch
of Stuart, Nancy Ziska of St. Joseph's (Atkinson), Anna Mae
Wiseman of Page and Jeanne Welke of Ewing. — The Frontier
Likes Open Spaces
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Doctor Douglas . . . 2,400 de
liveries.—The Frontier Photo.
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Monday Is Set Aside
ATKINSON—The venerable Dr.
William James Douglas, dean of
north-central Nebraska physicians
* and surgeons. Monday was hon
ored by a grateful community,
• which he has served over 51
A solemn high mass at the
doctor’s church—St. Joseph’s —
opened the special day. Open
house followed at Doctor Douglas’
offices where he greeted scores
of persons whose health he has
safeguarded down through the
There was a parade in the af
ternoon and 225 persons attended
a banquet in the evening in the
Knights of Columbus hall.
Taking part in the celebration
were many of the 2,400 persons
• Doctor Douglas welcomed into
the world. Some of the “babies”
are now grandparents.
“For 51 years Dr. Douglas has
been working and fighting for all
that is good for this community,”
said Toastmaster Charles E.
Chace at the dinner program.
“We owe him a debt which we
will never be able to pay.”
“We have received many bene
fits from Doctor Douglas, aside
from his professional services,”
said Mayor Francis D. Lee.
The mayor praised Doctor
Douglas’s efforts for better roads
in this area.
Other speakers included Mrs.
Opal Keating, the oldest of Doc
tor Douglas’s “babies” present;
James Nightengale, who became
Doctor Douglas’s patient soon
after the doctor arrived in Atkin
son, and Newspaper Columnist
Blanche Spann Pease, listed in
the doctor’s baby record 43 years
A daughter, Mrs. David Adler
of Winnetka, 111., attended the
program. Mrs. Douglas died
several years ago.
Doctor Douglas came to Atkin
son after practicing for a year at
Tilden. A graduate of the Univer
sity of Nebraska medical college,
he served with the army medical
corps in World War I.
He served for 26 years as At
kipson’s mayor and has beeh a
leader in Red Cross activities. He
has served as post, county and
district commander of the Amer
Lions Vote 8-1
for Parking Meters
The Lions club met Tuesday
evening at the Town House with
15 members present.
The Lions discussed parking
meters and voted to recommend
to the city council installation of
meters immediately in order to
take care of the Christmas rush.
The vote was 8-to-l in favor of
the meters. Six members did not
to Be Heard —
The regular monthly meeting
of the O’Neill P-TA will be held
in the band room of the O’Neill
public school Monday evening,
The topic will be the church
working in cooperation with the
school. This will be discussed by
a panel of ministers consisting of
Rev. Wallace Smith, Rev. Wayne
A. Hall, Rev. R. W. Olson. Rev.
Melvin Grosenbach, Rev. Samuel
Lee and Rev. John Thomas.
This panel discussion should
prove to be very interesting, a
Rubinoff, the internationally
famed violinist, visited O’Neill
late Tuesday and early Wednes
day while the city slept. I
Accompanied by his famous
Stradivarious violin (reputedly
valued and insured up to one
hundred thousand dollars), his
pianist and a chauffer, the mae
stro was enroute from Wayne to
Winner, S. D., while on a concert
First tip that a “name” person
was in town was told by the
license plates on his big limousine
parked in front of a hotel. The
car bore Texas license plates with
simply a figure “O” in the mid
Manager M. J. Golden of the
Golden hotel relieved Night Clerk
Art Tibbetts about 7:30 Wednes
day morning. Golden, not know
ing his hotel had been host to a
well-known concert stage and
radio personality, spotted an
elaborate alligator - skin violin
case laying atop the registration
He asked Tibbetts:
“Who does that belong to—
Before Tibbetts could answer
a thick-tongued stranger said,
“That’s right, Rubinoff!” And he
picked up the case and started to
waltz out of the hotel. «
The perplexed hotel man got
back on his feet and introduced
“What are you doing out in the
sticks?” asked Mr. Golden, an
O’Neill city councilman.
David Rubinoff, an emigrant
from Russia, explained he was on
tour and insisted he enjoyed
every moment of it. A colored
painting of a violin hangs in the
hotel lobby and the Mr. Rubin
off registered keen interest.
Golden drew out of the famous
musician some comment on his
radio experiences with Eddie
Cantor, Jack Benny, and others.
“Those comedians . . . they
make all the money in radio,” the
At the M & M cafe, where he
had breakfast, several waitresses
were aware of the identity of
their guest and engaged him in
“I love these wide-open spaces”
h e said. “These plains and
ranches are wonderful,” he ex
Late Tuesday night he dined
at the Town House.
An effort on the part of the
“Voice of The Frontier” special
events unit to induce Rubinoff to
appear on the Wednesday morn
ing program (WJAG, 9:45 a. m.)
failed to mesh with the artist’s
! travel plans.
He exhibited a giant watch
! that had been given to him by the
late Will Rogers. Rubinoff jok
ingly referred to Mr. Rogers as
“the greatest of all violinists.”
Of course, Rogers was a cowboy
philosopher and his violin play
ing ranked with the ordinary
hillbillies. However, Rubinoff and
Rogers had enjoyed a warm
At Wayne he attracted good
sized crowds at tw^o concerts. He
spoke and played.
ATKINSON — Mrs. Rosa
Bausch, 90, a resident of Holt
county for 50 years, died here
Monday afternoon after a year’s
The funeral service will be
held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m.
in Atkinson. Burial will be in
Wood Lawn cemetery with Rev.
E. G. Hughes, Methodist pastor,
Rosa Schneider was bom at
Watkins, la., on March 29, 1862.
Her husband preceded her in
death by 20 years.
A son, Weaver Bausch Of At
kinson, is one of the survivors.
Perusing the files in the office of Clerk of
District Court Ira H. Moss are five Comhusker
boys' and girls' county government students:
Beverly Platt of Chambers, Patricia Bauer of St.
Mary's (O'Neill), Ruth Miller of Page, Dennis
Brewster of Stuart, and Joan Berigan of St. Jo
seph's (Atkinson). Mr. Moss looks on (extreme
right).—The Frontier Photo.
Funeral Hour 9 A.M.;
Retired Rancher, 68,
Native o f Ireland
Funeral services will be con
ducted at 9 a. m. today (Thurs
day) from St. Patrick’s Catholic
church for John A. Carr, 68, re
tired O’Neill rancher who had.
been ill for nine years. He had
suffered a paralysis during the
latter part of his life.
Very Rev. Timothy O’Sullivan,
church pastor, will officiate and
burial will be in Calvary ceme
1 A rosary was offered Wednes
day evening at Biglin Brothers
funeral chapel. \
The late Mr. Carr was born
in Glendoan, County Donegal,
Ireland, November 21, 1883, a
son of Hugh and Ann Carr.
He came to the U. S. as a young
man. Mr. Carr and his brother,
Hugh, came to Holt county while j
the other brothers and sisters !
stayed behind in Ireland or j
stopped to live in New York.
On November 21, 1927, in St. j
Patrick’s church here, he married :
Margaret C. McCarthy. The nup
tial rite was performed by the
late Rt.-Rev. M. F. Cassidy.
Pallbearers at the funeral will
be Charles Cavanaugh, F. N.
Cronin, Norbert Uhl, H. E. Coyne,
all of O’Neill, John Gallagher of
Inman, and Jerry Stoneman of
The late Mr. Carr farmed 12
miles southeast of here for many
Survivors include: Widow;
brothers — Patrick and James,
both of New York; Hugh of O’
Neill; Joseph of Ireland; sisters—
Anna Lennon, Rose, Mary, Ellen
i Diver, all of New York; Cather
ine of Ireland.
6 Will Report
Six Holt county young men will .
report next week for induction !
into the armed forces. Five are
being drafted by the selective
service, according to Mrs. W. H.
Harty of O’Neill, chief clerk of
the Holt draft board, and one
will be a volunteer.
Those who will be inducted on
Monday, November 3, include:
Patrick J. Boyle of O’Neill, John
D. McClenahan of Ewing, John
P. Tielke of Stuart, Bernard D.
Janzing of Atkinson, Richard G.
j Reed of Chambers. Robert J. Koci
1 of Chambers is the volunteer
J member of the group.
Those registrants who will re
ceive preinduction physical ex
aminations on Wednesday, No
vember 12, are:
Carl L. Ernesti of Clearwater,
Bernard O. Luben of Atkinson,
i Phillin J. Christiansen of Ewing,
and Chester D. Anderson of At
> William J. Froelich, jr., of O’
Neill, who has been a member of
a navy reserve unit at Creighton
university, Omaha, for the past
year, will report to Great Lakes
i naval training station November
10 for active duty.
135 ‘Officers’ on
Job for a Day
One hundred and thirty-five
; juniors from nine Holt county
; high schools, having been “elect
ed” to various county “offices”,
Monday took part in the annual
Cornhusker boys’ and girls'
county government activities.
l A. W. Carroll, commander of
Simonson post of the American
> Legion, said it was “one of the
; most successful days of its kind
ever held here.”
> The Holt Legion organization
sponsors the program in cooper
, ation with county and school of
Holt’s regularly constituted of
ficials unanimously praised the
t interest of their eager students.
Kay Johnson of Atkinson high
’ aptly stated the thinking of many
of the students:
“Everything is so complicated,
checked and rechecked too much.”
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David and his mother ... lad has ghastly wound.—The Frontier Photo.
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Boy Falls Astride Gun Barrel
David Roby, 12, son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Roby, living 30 miles
south of O’Neill is in “fair” con
dition in St. Anthony’s hospital
recovering from a tortuous injury
that could have proved fatal.
About 9:30 o’clock Saturday
morning the youth, a strapping
youngster for his age, set out by
himself on a hunting excursion.
David is an enthusiastic hunter
and frequently sets out with a
He leaned the rifle against a
haystack, situated about one
hundred yards from the Roby
home, and scaled to the top of
the stack. In a playful mood,
he slid down the stack and fell
astride the gun barrel.
The barrel entered his body to
Dies in Korea
Sgt. Hanford Hovda
BUTTE—Rev. and Mrs. L. M.
Hovda of Butte have received
word from the department of the
navy of the death of their son,
Marine Sgt. Sanford Hovda, who
was reported killed October 17 in
an accident in Korea.
Sergeant Hovda was 21 and was
serving as a mechanic in an ar
tillery unit. He enlisted in the
marine corps December 28, 1950,
and had been serving in Korea
since December 5, 1951. No de
tails of the accident were given
by the navy.
The family is awaiting further
information before making final
Sergeant Hovda was born at
Concord, 111., March 21, 1931.
At an early age he became a
member of the Baptist church
at Fosterburg, I1L, where his
father was pastor.
He moved to Butte with his
parents in the fall of 1947 and
finished high school with the
class of 1949.
Survivors include: Parents;
sisters — Mrs. Eunice Werts of
Minneapolis, Minn.; Miss Barb
ara, a student at Taylor univer
sity in Indiana, and Miss Audrey
of Mitchell, S.D., a student nurse;
brothers—Eugene of Bemidji,
Minn.; Philip of Minneapolis,
Minn., and Donald of Butte.
A memorial service was held
Sunday at the Butte Community
church. Rev. Lawrence McElher
an of Chambers delivered the
sermon. The American Legion
post had charge of the service.
Auctions on The Frontier’s sale
calendar include: Friday, Octo
ber 31—Wanser & Suttcliffe milk
cow dispersion sale near Inman;
Friday, October 31—Lloyd Clem
ens sale of real estate, shop
equipment and household good*
at Amelia; Wednesday, Novem
ber 12—Mrs. Harold Leise sale of
livestock, farm machinery and
household goods north of O’Neill;
Monday, November 17—Charley
Ross estate sale, north of O’Neill,
Frank Nelson, executor; livestock
and personal property.
a depth of about one foot. None -
of the inner organs was punc
tured but tissues and. linings were
Dr. H. I. Downs, a Sioux City
surgeon, flew to O’Neill 'for an
emergency operation. The doctor
said straw, sticks and dirt were
removed from the wound.
The fair-headed boy had with
drawn the barrel from his own
body and ran to the house.
“It’s an almost humanly im
possible feat to remove such an
object from one’s own body,”
Doctor Downs told the parents.
Mrs Roby rushed the boy to O’
The drop from the stack was
about eight feet, Mrs. Roby said.
David is an eighth grade pupil
at Goose lake school, taught by
HURTS ARE MENDING . . .
Joe Cavanaugh (above), well
known midwest rodeo an
nouncer, is recovering from
serious injuries suffered during
the Ak-Sar-Ben rodeo in Om
ahao. Joe abandoned the
“mike” to show ’em how to
ride a bull and was tramped
against a fence. He suffered a
broken shoulder and a bad fa
Miss Maureen Mahoney. The
teacher and four other pupils j
have been intensely anxious about
David has spent his entire
life on the Roby p ace. located
1 miles north of Goose lake.
Dr. .7. P. Brown, who has been
attending the boy, said Wednes
day the bov is “doing well.’ He
described it as a ghastly injury
that “invites all kinds of compli
Mrs. Roby teaches the Robert
Strong school. She has been at
the bedside of her son since the
accident. Mrs. Strong has been
suostituting for her and con
ducted the annual Hallowe’en
party and carnival Tuesday night.
20 Absentees in
Polio Epidemic Is on
SPENCER—The Spencer t>ub
lic school resumed classes Mon
day morning after being closed
for 10 days because of a polio
epidemic. There were two deaths
among the students during the
Ardeth Loree Loock, a junior,
I died October 10 in an iron lung
i at Grand Island, and Paul Nich
i olson, a senior, died October 1G.
| Supt. Leo Marx said Wednes
day there are approximately 20
i absentees out of 105 enrollment
I in the high school.
Those, students who are in the
I aolio wards of the Grand Island
| hospital are Darlene Prokop,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome
Prokop; James Hambeck, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hambeck;
Ellsworth Clyde, son of Mr. and
Mrs. C. E. Clyde, and Kay Mc
Quistan, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Laurence McQuistan.
An older Prokop boy, who no
longer is in school, has been ad
mitted at Grand Island.
One boy, Bernard Holmberg,
a junior, is in St. Joseph’s hos
pital, Sioux City.
Burches Enjoy Good Health
Tuesday, October 28, was the
golden wedding day for Mr. and
Mrs. H. B. Burch of O’Neill.
Throughout the afternoon and
evening they held open-house at
their home on East Fremont
street and received numerous
relatives and friends.
It was an occasion to recount
the details concerning that wed
ding day—October 28, 1902.
Mr. Burch and Miss Mae
Butler exchanged nuptial vows
in a simple home ceremony at
Central City. Rev. D. C. Win
Mr. Burch was born at Stew- j
artsvilie, Mo., about 20 miles east
of St. Joseph. His 4 bride was
bom and reared in Merrick coun
ty. Her parents had homesteaded
The couple met in Merrick
county. You might say the
meeting was unintentionally ar
ranged by relatives.
The newlyweds resided about
18 months near Chapman, and 49
years ago they moved to Lynch
where Mr. Burch did some work
as a collector for half a year. Mr.
Burch earlier had attended Fre
mont Normal and when vacancies
developed in the Page and Cham
bers school system he took the
Asked to compare the school
children of a half century ago
with those of today, Mr. Burch
“There’s no great difference in
the students themselves. School
kids have been simply school kids
as long as I can remember. It’s
when they become grownups the
real changes take place.”
Asked what classes he taught,
he replied: “All of them!” Teach
ers weren’t specialized in those
days like they are now.
For 21 years Mr. Burch
manned a rural mail route out
of O'Neill. He spent a total of
36 years in rural mail delivery
work at O'Neill and Chambers.
Both Mr. Burch and his wife
enjoy “good health.” “We’ve
never had many doctor bills,”
mused Mrs. Burch. But Mrs.
Burch practically last her voice
during a brief illness Sunday.
Voice or no voice, she thoroughly
enjoyed the golden wedding day.
The Burches were seated at a
highly-decorated dining room ta
ble adorned with flowers, gifts,
cards and wedding cakes when
they posed for The Frontier
The tablespread was of a gold
en hue and the erysanthemums,
hardy type, were predominately
gold. Wedding cakes were baked
by Mrs. Warren Wulf and Miss
Mabel Perkins, both of Ains
The Burches became the par
ents of one son—Howard. He
died in 1939 at the age of 34.
The couple has lived in retire
ment here the past several years.
Among out-of-town guests were
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Wulf, Wal
ter Wulf, Miss Mabel Perkins and
Mrs. George Madison and daugh
ter. Mary, all of Ainsworth;
Bassett; Rev. and Mrs. O. A.
Fortune, Gene Fortune and son,
Ricky, all of Genoa, and Mrs.
Wendell Townsend of Ainsworth.
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The Burches . . . simple home wedding ai Central City in
1902.—The Frontier Photo.
The “Voice of The Frontier”
special events unit, in cooper
ation with radio station WJAG
(Norfolk) and the management
of Simonson post 93 American
Legion club and the Town
House, will provide direct wire
election results on Tuesday
night, November 4.
Starting at 7 p.m., the elec
tion information will be
“piped” into the “Voice” stu
dios here and relayed to the
Legion club and Town House
where the results will be heard
through a public address sys
tem. National, state and coun
ty results will be carried.
Choice recorded music will be
heard throughout the evening
with the election news inter
The public is invited to
phone The Frontier — number
51—for up-to-the-minute elec
tion news at the national, state,
and county levels. The circuits
will be kept open until at least
1 a.m. Wednesday.
‘Dave’ Beck Dies
Enroute to Hospital|
Retired Rancher, 78,
were held Wednesday, October
29, at 2 o’clock in the Methodist
church at Atkinson for D. E.
Beck, 78, a retired rancher.
Mr. Beck had been visiting at
the home of a son, Orville, at
Springfield. He became ill on
Wednesday, October 22, but had
! seemingly recovered. About noon
Saturday, he suffered a heart at
j tack and died enroute to an,Oma
Dave, as he was affectionate
ly known to his friends, had
been a resident of Holt county
for 54 years.
' He and his wife, the late Amy
Davenport, came to Atkinson
1 snoruy alter tneir marriage on
April 24, 1897. For a short lime
tney lived on the Jack Meals
place about three miles southwest
of Atkinson. Later they moved
to their ranch in the Green Val
ley community wnere they re
sided until they retired and
moved back to Atkinson in 1947.
Following the death of his wife
in 1948, he spent the summer
months in Atkinson and the win
ter months with his sons and
daughters at various other places.
Mr. and Mrs. Beck had ce.e
braled their golden wedding an
niversary in April, 1947.
The late Mr. Beck was born at
Glickten, la., on August 14, 1874,
a son oi Stewart and Virginia
Wiggens Beck. He grew to young
Survivors include: Sons—Mer
rie.d of Seaside, Calif.; Orville of
Springfield, and Lloyd of Sheri
dan, ore.; daughters—Mrs. Frank
(June) Gapen of D’Hanis, Tex.;
Mrs. Jack (Gladys) Baker of
Crawford, and Mrs. Inez Hayes, of
Atkinson; sister—Mrs. Elizabeth
Morgan of Seattle, Wash.; broth
ers—James of Atkinson and Har
old of Bremerton, Wash.; 16
grandchildren and 18 great-grand
He was preceded in death by
his wife, two sons and one daugh
Over 10,000 Ballots
Printed for Next
Holt countyans will trek to the
polls—very possibly in record
numbers—next Tuesday, Novem
Interest has mounted steadily
as the presidential campaign—
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ver
sus Gov. Adlai E. Stevenacm—
grinds to almost a blasphemous,
Over 10 thousand ballots have
been printed by The Frontier's
commercial printing department
for the 1952 presidential election
—which probably will be record
ed in the history books as one at ■
the titantic vote-getting struggles
of all time—certainly the costli
There are no local issues con
fronting Holt voters. But local
issues aren't needed to stimu
late interest in this one.
Ike dnd Adlai, reinforced by
fellows like Sens. Robert Taft, Jo
seph McCarthy, President Harry
S. Truman and Estes Kefauvca
are in heated battle.
All voting places In the county
will be the same as usual.
In O’Neill, Grattan township
and First ward’voters will use the
courthouse basement; Second
ward, A. Marcell us garage; Third
ward, town hall.
There are two races in county
affairs in a three-way battle for
county supervisor in the Second
district. Kenneth Waring, was was*
appointed by the board last
spring to fill a vacancy created by
the resignation of Axel Borg, is a
petition candidate for election.
Republican victor in the primary
was Roger Rosenkrans; democrat,
George D. Hansen.
There is a nonpolitical struggle
between Louis W. Reimer, incum
bent county judge and Ralph H.
Walker, the challenger.
Above the county level is the
race between State Sen. Frank
Nelson, incumbent, who is op
: posed by Harry Copeland of Rock
i county. Nelson has come to be
regarded as one of the ablest leg
islators in the unicameral.
Robert B. Crosby, republican*
and Waller R. Raecke, democrat,
heading their respective state
slates, are meriting more than
usual interest in their ms
Nebraska, traditionally a re
publican stronghold, is expected
to go overboard in a big way few
Eisenhower with the state repub
lican ticket rolling along hand-in- •
hand. (See thumbnail sketch an
state candidates on page 2.)
Six amendments will confront
the voters. (Official publication
of the amendments may be stud
ied on page 2.)
Men and women in the armed
forces, abroad and elsewhere in
the U. S., have created an un
usually heavy demand for absen
tee ballots at the Holt county
clerk’s office. More than 150 ab
sentee ballots have been mailed.
See condensed unofficial bal
lot on page 7.
Here Next Thursday
The annual Holt county
achievement day program for ex
tension club members will bo
held in O’Neill next Thursday,
Mrs. Vern Sageser of Amelia,
will have charge of the program.
Program, to be held at the O’
Neill public school auditorium,
Arrangement of booths during
Covered dish luncheon at noon.
Afternoon program, starting afe
1 o’clock, will feature “every
body sings,” ltd by Mrs. Edgar
Stauffer of Page; county chair
man’s report, by Mrs. Albert
Caraon of Redbird; announce
ment of the three prize safety
booths; reading contest report, by
Mrs. E. R. Carpenter of Cham
bers; an international pageant, by
the Chambers Center; report ok
the state council meeting; report
of national council meeting by
Mrs. Sageser; “A Day in the
Home” skit, by Golden Rule chib
of Page; installation of officers
The public is invited to the
activities, according to Mrs. Hel
en Kreymborg, Holt home agent.
Mrs. Sageser, who was sched
uled to speak at the national con
vention of project clubs in Chi
cago, 111., last week and wrw.»
scheduled to attend a parley Ma
North Carolina, was unable *tO
complete the trip.
While enroute to Chicago she
received word that her sepfatber,
Mr. M nter, had suffered a stroke
at his home in Council Blufi£,
la. She returned to Council
Bluffs to help care for him and
reached Amelia Monday.
Arthur D. Rux of Greeley and
Ellen Crouch of Ord on October
28. They were married the same
day by Judge Louis W. Reimer.
Leave for Kansas —
Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Lamb de
parted Saturday noon for Le
compton, Kans., where they will
make their home for the winter.
They expect to return April 1.
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