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Volume 73. Number 4. O’Neill, Nebraska, Thursday, May 28, 1933. Seven Cents
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New Cabinet Member
Speaks His Mind;
O’Neill Eyes 1954
Only one man stands in the
way of a most promising annual
convention in Omaha. That in
dividual is the weatherman—for
the program will be there.
In offering the strongest an
nual program ever, the Nebraska
Stock Growers’ convention com
mittee believes its 1953 meeting
will be the most versatile of any
in its 64 years. Heralded as a
fortunate accomplishment is that
of bringing a member of the
president’s cabinet to Nebraska—
specifically, the appearance of
Ezra Taft Benson, United States
secretary of agriculture.
The other speakers, ranging
from congress, from the diplo
matic front, from the agricultural
press, and from the practical and
scientific aspects of the cattle in
dustry, will provide a pleasant
Schaffer . . . program plan
ned for stockmen.
and wholesome blend of infor
mation conceived to be of inter
est to every Nebraska rancher.
"Anyone engaged in the pro
duction of cattle should feel
that this program was planned
for him," Dewey Schaffer of
O'Neill, the association presi
He emphasizes that all cattle
men and their families are wel
come to the annual meeting and
advises them to contact the Om
aha hotel of their choice for res
ervations as soon as practicable.
The FonteneUe hotel will be
convention headquarters. Mr.
Schaffer advises all who can, to
take advantage of early regis
tration that starts in the Fonte
nelle lobby at 2 p.m., Wednes
day. June 10.
Commensurate with his proc
lamation designating live stock
week as June 7-13, Nebraska
Gov. Robert B. Crosby will offi
cially open the convention at 2
p.m., the afternoon of June 11.
Mr. Benson will then address
If was Benson who reluct
antly accepted the offer from
President Eisenhower to take
the agriculture post. Some
cries and howls of protest over
Benson's famous "first 100
days" have issued forth. How
ever, Secretary Benson pursues
a persistent way and speaks
his mind on farm problems.
Two things are said to identi
fy the 53-year-old secretary’s
code of ethics. These are free
dom from regimentation and a
government floor under the
prices of farmers as a protection
against hardship. Benson quotes
the Bille to show how he ap
plies his ideas to farming, not
through government handouts.
Other convention speakers in
clude W. W. Chaplin, National
Broadcasting company reporter
who does spot assignments for
“News of the World”; Kirk Fox,
editor of Successful Farming
magazine; Paul R. Leach, jr.,
midwest manager of the exten
sion division for duPont; Nebras
ka’s Carl T. Curtis of Minden,
member of congress; Jay Taylor
of Amarillo, Tex., chairman of
the National Livestock and Meat
board; Dr. Kenneth McFarland
of Topeka, Kans., nationally
known educational consultant
and lecturer, and Mrs. Anna May
Wilson, author and speaker.
James W. Rooney will head an
O’Neill Chamber of Commerce
committee at the convention au
thorized to invite the Nebraska
Stock Growers to hold their
June, 1954, convention in O'
Dies at Sheridan
Eldest in Family of
Henry Schollmeyer, 59, eldest
in a Holt county family of 16
children, died Monday evening,
May 25, in a Sheridan, Wyo.,
hospital where he had been a
patient. He had been ill for some
time, suffering a heart ailment.
Funeral services will be con
ducted at 2 p.m., today (Thurs
day) in Sheridan and burial will
be made there.
The late Mr. Schollmeyer
was born near Dorsey, a son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Scholl
meyer, sr„ a well-known re
tired farm couple now residing
He was educated in the Scott
ville school, and later farmed in
that vicinity. He moved from
> Holt to Sheridan 18 years ago
I and had been employed by a
seed and feed store.
Survivors include: Widow, the
I former Erva Crawford of north
I east Holt county; daughters —
i Virginia and Guila Mae; parents
I —Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scholl
| meyer, sr., of O’Neill; brothers
—Charles of Scottville, Herman
of Scottville, Ernest of Crofton,
i Joseph, jr., of O’Neill; sisters—
Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Tomlinson
and Mrs. Leo Harte, both
of Inman; Mrs. Willis (Vera)
Butterfield of Star, Mrs. Jack
(Ida) Hughes of Dorsey, Mrs
Emma Axburg of Gross, Mrs.
Francis Neely, Rosie, Dorothy
and Minnie, all residing on the
One brother, Fred, was killed
in an accident at the age of 13
and one sister, Virginia, died at
the age of 6-months.
The late Mr. Schollmeyer
farmed with his father for a
number of years before moving
to Wyoming and lived for a time
on the old Murnan place.
Several carload of Holt county
relatives left this week for Sher
idan to attend the funeral. The
parents of the deceased, how
ever, did not undertake the trip.
Plan Big Reunion
296 Tickets Sold for
CHAMBERS— The Chambers
high school alumni committee
met at the home of Mrs. D. E.
Gillette Monday evening, May
25, with all officers present. The
meeting was called to order by
the president, Mrs. Jame? Platt.
The treasurer was asked 10
give a financial report at the an
nual business meeting following
the alumni banquet, May 29.
Report was received from the
nominating committee which has
prepared ballots to be used to
elect officers for the coming
Report was given by the chair
man of the table committee who
exhibited the decorations and
booklets to be used at the ban
quet. Letha Cooke and James
Platt were appointed to check in
the tickets at the banquet. It
was reported that 296 tickets had
been sold and $7 had been re
ceived in contributions from
those unable to attend the ban
Since the school needs more
space in wnich to hang the pic
tures of the recent graduating
classes, it was suggested that the
older pictures be taken down
and stored in the school so that
they would not be destroyed.
The president reported that
the chairmen of the various com
mittees have been working with
their committees and plans for
the banquet are complete. The
affair, the first of its kind, is
expected to be the biggest sociai
event in several years in this
[ south-Holt community.
32 St. Mary's Seniors
; Receive Diplomas—
Thirty-two St. Mary’s academy
seniors received diplomas in
commencement rites Wednesday
morning at St. Patrick’s Catho
lic church. Valedictory honors
went to Mary Lou Wilson, Rose
mary Corkle and Mary Jo Ma
honey; salutatory honors to Hel
TO IOWA POST
James Bastian, O’Neill grade
and high school vocal music in
structor for the past two years,
has accepted a similar post at
Carroll, la. Mr. Bastian left O’
Neill Saturday for his home at
Grand Island. He plans to attend
summer school at Northwestern
university, Evanston, 111.
Spanish Influence Told
The sixth annual rural youth
spring banquet was held Thurs
day, May 22, at the American
Legion hall in O’Neill.
The Southwest theme was
used, with Pedro sitting under a
o big cactus, and with his shack
in the middle of the floor with
tables arranged in a circle.
Rev. Frank Payas of Atkin
son, a native of Spain, was the
guest speaker. He told how the
Spanish people influenced the
history of this country. Mr. and
Mrs. Edgar Stauffer of Page
showed slides taken on the
"WOW sponsored tour through
Mexico which they took last Sep
tember. One contrast they show
ed was the elaborate buildings
for the livestock to the workers
who care for them. The average
day laborer gets three pesos a
day, or in U.S. money 30 cents.
All the work is done by hand.
On the whole thrip through Mex
ico they saw only one tractor.
The tables were decorated with
green cactus candles, the place
cards were sombreros and the
nut cups were little donkeys with
Joe Livingston of Atkinson
was toastmaster. The program
consisted of Mrs. Woodrow Me
lena’s tap dancing class; Duane
Braasch played “Strawberry
Roan” and “On Top of Old Smo
key” on his harmonica; Murray
Mellor, who dressed at a mate
dore, presented a mock bull fight
minus the bull (Murray had seen
an actual bull fight in Mexico
last summer); Mrs. Howard Man
son played tfie piano for group
singing of Mexican songs.
Helen Martens presented the
special award to Mr. and Mrs.
Harry E. Ressel for outstanding
cooperation in youth work.
The ladies of the auxiliary
The remainder of the evening
was spent doing folk dancing.
Car Hits High Tension Line, Burns
Glenn Beardsley, 28, of Moline, 111., enroute
west of O’Neill to Alliance, can’t explain what
happened but he thought for a moment finis was
being written for him about 10 o’clock Wednes
day morning. His late-model car went out of con
trol while traveling about 55-mph on U.S. high
way 20, near the John Dick farm, five miles west
of here. The car went into the ditch, struck an
electric power pole, bounced in the air, came in
contact with a 33,000-v. high tension line, landed
upright, caught afire and was destroyed. Beards
ley was taken by ambulance to O’Neill and
treated for minor chest injuries. One tire, which
later was bum^i, may have blown out and
caused the accide^jp Two O’Neill fire trucks an
swered the alarm. Beardsley explained that the
contact with the high tension wire created the
fireworks. The car struck a pole, knocked it
down, and severed an insulator (see in photo)
from the pole. Beardsley is a CIO organizer.—
The Frontier Photo.
Two - Headed Calf a Curiosity
Charlie Sigman (left), who is handy in the
veterinary business, was in O’Neill Tuesday ex
hibiting a mounted two-headed calf. A cow at
the Wade Davis place gave birth — after four
hours of manual assistance — to the freakish
two-headed animal which was dead upon arriv
al. The heads were “salted and stuffed” by Mr.
■Sigman and attracted widespread attention.
Both heads were well formed except there are
three ears—one ear common to both heads. There
are four eyes. The heads joined at the neck.
Maurice Cavanaugh (right) points out the com
mon ear.—The Frontier Photo.
Bill Is Filed
Introduction of a grazing per
mit bill — a counter act to a
South Dakota law—was permit
ted Monday by the state legis
lature, which is heading down
the final stretch.
The South Dakota legislation
provides that cattle from anoth
er state brought into the state
for grazing shall be assessed at
$1.50 per head for such rights.
The proposed Nebraska law,
offered by Sen. Frank Nelson
of O'Neill and Senators Cole
and Bixler, also from the cat
tle country, would be the same
thing so far as cattle brought
into Nebraska are concerned.
The money would go into the
general fund of the county con
cerned and the law would be
administered by the counties.
Sen. Dwight Burney of Hart
ington suggested the law might
be a good way of calling South
Dakota’s attention to a “mis
take,” and Senator Lillibridge of
Crete took note that some sena
tors had called it a reciprocal
law and said “let’s call it retal
iation, that’s what it is.”
Senator Nelson, accompanied
by Romaine Saunders, author of
The Frontier’s “Prairieland
Talk,” spent the weekend at O’
Neill. Senator Nelson spoke at
commencement exercises at Bris
tow high school Friday evening.
While in his home district
Senator Nelson discussed the
“counter act” with several live
stock men who use Dakota pas
Atkinson Site of
The annual home extension
club picnic will be held in Atkin
son city park on Thursday, June
11. Mrs. George Swanson will
demonstrate cake decoration.
Allen Martin spent the week
end of May 15-17 at O’Neill with
his mother, Mrs. Henry Martin.
He also attended the 45th reun
ion banquet of St. Mary’s alum
ni where he served as toastmas
Attend Club Week— ene Backhaus, all of O’Neill, and
The following are attending 4- Gerald Ruroede of Ewing.
H club week at Lincoln from
Holt county: Doris Pierson, Alice Edward Bridges is staying at
Young, Richard Boyle and Jean- the Guy Cole home in Emmet.
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Sketch Shows Proposed New Paving
This artist’s sketch by James Thorbum of Norfolk, project
engineer, shows the proposed location of eight blocks of paving
now being undertaken in the city. Shaded streets and intersec
tions indicate affected areas. Costs for property owners are shown
in hand-lettering. The tax is figured on a 10-year-pay basis but
does not include interest. The city council already has establish
ed two improvement districts to provide for the paving. An in
formal poll of property owners in the two districts suggests about
80 percent of the owners are in favor of the improvement.
District Judge Mounts
Chosen Speaker for
Observance at Page
PAGE—Memorial day rites at
Page will be carried out under
the direction of the American
Legion and auxiliary. The ser
vice will begin at 2 p.m., in the
The invocation will be offered
by Rev. C. E. Wilcox, Methodist
pastor, and the address will be
given by District Judge D. R.
Mounts of O’Neill. Music will be
provided by the Page band.
Rites at Ewing—
EWING—Program plans have
been completed for the memor
ial day services to be held at 10
a.m., at the school auditorium
on Saturday, sponsored by the
American Legion and auxiliary
of Sanders post 214.
Ralph Munn, Legion command
er, will be master of ceremonies.
The following program will be
Advance of colors; flag salute
by Milan Welke; invocation by
Rev. P. F. Burke; band selections
by the Ewing high school band;
Gettysburg address by Jeanne
Welke; address by Rev. W. J.
Bomer of the Presbyterian
church; solo, “The Holy City,” by
grade school girls; “My Buddy,”
Paul Gunter; in memoriam by
by girls’ trio; benediction by
Rev. P. F. Burke; retiring .of co1
Immediately following the pro
gram services will be held at
the Elkhom bridge, north of Ew
ing.. and at the cemeteries
Lightning struck the John Un
derwood residence in the north
east section of the city, on North
Third street, about 7:20 a.m.,
Wednesday. All flu stops in the
chimney were blown out and
soot spread. No one was injured.
Severe electrical disturbances
accompanied over a half-inch of
Week’s weather summary:
Hi Lo Prec.
May 21 __.. 62 38
May 22 __ 65 46 .30
May 23 _ 69 50 .01
May 24 .. 83 50 .60
May 25_ 85 60
May 26_ 73 50
May 27 _ 76 51 .65
Total _ 1.56
Mrs. Kevin Kocina of Creigh
ton arrived Tuesday to visit Mrs.
Kocina’s mother, Mrs. W. H.
Harty, and to witness the St. Ma
ry’s academy graduation. Miss
Helen Harty was a member of
Charles B. Claussen . . . born
and spends life on same farm.
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Fatal to Claussen
Funeral Today for
will be conducted at 2 p.m., to
day (Thursday) from St. John’s
Lutheran church in Atkinson for
Charles B. Claussen, 65, a life
long Holt county resident. He
died Monday morning, May 25,
at his.home three miles north of
Emmjst. Death came about 12:45
a.m./Rev. R. W. Olson of O’Neill
will- officiate in the funeral rites.
The late Mr. Claussen had
been bedfast 2 Vi years because
of a heart ailment.
Survivors include: Brothers—
Henry, Edward and Rudolph, all
of Atkinson; John and William,
both of O’Neill; Otto of Ingle
wood, Calif.; sister—Mrs. Mary
Lewis of Atkinson.
He was born on the original
Claussen home place—the same
farm on which he died. He was
educated in the Hillside school
and never, married.
His birth date was April 25,
His parents were Peter J. and
Wilhelrnenia Bresewitz Claussen,
both of whom were German im
migrants. The parents made the
trip from Lancaster county, near
Lincoln, to Holt with a team and
Pallbearers will be Casper
Winkler, Carl Hoppe, Ed Ether
ton, William Mullen, Homer
Mullen and Ardell Curran.
All members of his immediate
family expect to be present for
Methodist Pastor Will
Speak in Service
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Most business activity anct
normal workaday tasks wiVl
come to a halt Saturday as 0
Neillites prepare to pay tribute
to their war dead.
Simonson post of the American
Legion, as is customary, has ar
ranged a memorial day observ
At 10 o’clock a parade wili
move west on Douglas street
from the Legion auditonun
The parade will be headed by'
the colors and the Municipal
band, under the direction of
Charles Houser, and the Legion’^ o
Also expected to participate
in the parade are present and
ex - servicemen, both in and
out of uniform, auxiliary mem
bers. auxiliary flower girls.
Scouts and possibly other
Following the parade there
will be a memorial rite at the
auditorium with Rev. Wallace R.
Smith, Methodist church pastor,,
delivering the address.
The firing squad later wii.
march to the cemeteries and con
duct military rites in the tradi
Many former residents are ex
pected to return to O’Neill tc»
pay respects to the graves of
I loved ones—a time-honored cus
tom on memorial day.
CHAMBERS—Rev. Basil Am
cr.-.uti of Columbus, well-kno - .
minister, a native of this region
and now a radio executive, wilt
deliver the memorial day address
at Chambers. The rites will com
mence at 2 p.m., in the towni
The band, under the direction:
of John W. Blezek, will oper;
the program with a march fol
lowed by the processional. Rev -
erend Anderson will offer invo
cation, the audience will singr
“America” and a musical group
will sing the “Hymn to a Hero.''
Included in the group will be?
Vivian Harley, Jean Hoffman,.
Chloe Ellen McKay, Rose Marie
Gibson, Kay Eisenhower and
A vocal duet will be offered
by Stanley and Thbmas Lambert
followed by the address.
The sextette will do "Let’®
Bring New Glory to Old Glory'
and the audience will sing "Star
Spangled Banner.” This will be
followed by the benediction and
the retiring of the colors.
Memorial day services will be
held at the Paddock Union church
Saturday afternoon, May 30, at
2 o’clock. Rev. Wayne Hall wifi
be the speaker. There will be
Youth Charged with'
James Fritton, 17, Friday was
charged with “willfull reckless
driving” in Justice H. W. Tom
linson’s police court. The com
plaint was filed by Officer Joe
Fritton’s vehicle struck a pole
on North Third street after
rounding a corner. His arm was
Justice Tomlinson found youfiV’
Fritton guilty, although the 2w>'
did not admit guilt. He was frnee
$50 and costs—$4—and his driv
er’s license was suspended for'
Pool Nears Finish
LYNCH—Residents here have
been busy as beavers as volun
teer workers have assisted with
the town’s swimming pool, now/
Cement was poured continu
ously on two days last week axicn
one night on the walls.
It is hoped the pool, which is?
being financed privately by Dr
R. E. Kriz, will be completed by
June 1. Doctor Kriz originally
offered to provide five-thousand—
dollars for the pool.
Reaches 'Frisco Today—
INMAN—M/Sgt. Cecil F. Keyes?
of Inman is scheduled to read*
San Francisco, Calif., today
(Thursday) abroad the transport.
General Brewster, which is ar
riving from the Far East.
Mrs. Emma Martin and Mrs
Ola Ermer spent Tuesday eve
ning visiting (Mr. and Mrs. Wal
ter Martin and Mrs. Dora La
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