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Volume 73.—Number 25. O Neill, Nebr., Thursday, October 22, 1953. Seven Cents
‘Trick or Treat Will
This Halloween, for the first
time in O’Neill’s history, child
ren will be raising money instead
of havoc. Their cry will be “tricK
or treat. ’ But the treats this year
will be for the world’s underpriv
ileged children, helped through
UNICEF—the United Nations in
ternational children’s emergency
fund. This will be Friday eve
ning, October 30.
The idea of “trick or treat for
the world’s children” developed
two years ago among a number
* of church groups. Last year, many
communities took it up, with
schools and civic groups coopera
ting. This year, the project is be
ing sponsored by the United
States committee for UNICEF
and indications are that children
Jn hundreds of more cities and
towns will join in.
The Methodist church introdu
ced the idea here. Through it’s
efforts, all local schools and chil
dren’s groups are planning a big
evening of fun for themselves that
.will benefit the world’s children.
„ Hallowe’en night, the youngsters
like small goblins or irt interna
will make their rounds, dressed
tional costume. But instead of
sweets, they’ll ask for coins. Later
on they’ll have their own party
at Hie churches and Legion audi
torium, and between bobbing for
apples, and other Hallowe’en
games, they will count up their
collection, and send the money
on to the UNICEF.
Teenagers are also in on the
fun. Students of St. Mary’s and
O’Neill high schools are being
invited to be guests of the Ameri
can Degion auxiliary and rural
youth at the Legion hall at a
square dence party. Miss Elsie
Peters and George Peters will be
in charge of the evening’s enter
tainment there. O’Neill stores are
giving space for window displays
of “trick or treat” posters.
' Hallowe’en will be just as much
fun as ever. But the young people
themselves have changed it from
a destructive occasion for upturn
ing- trash cans and soaping win
dows to a constructive effort.
Pennies, dimes and quarters
pressed into the hands of the
town’s healthy, laughing children
will help UNICEF reach out to
those in need.
The' fund provides vaccines,
penicillin and DDT to help con
trol diphteria, malaria, tubercu
losis, and other diseases that crip
ple and kill countless numbers
every year. It helps set up clinics
in areas where children and mo
thers get no trained care. It pro
vides milk and fish-oil capsules
lor the hunger-sick youngsters.
For this extensive and despera
tely needed work, however, UNI
CEF depends entirely on volun
tary contributions—from govern
ments and also from private or
ganizations and individuals. With
a eomparitively small sum it can
do a great deal. For example, i
each $1 O’Neill children collect
will pay for enough powdered
milk to give nine children a glass
every day for a week, enough
fish-liver oil capsules to fortify
13 infants against rickets, enough
vaccine to immunize 24 children
against tuberculosis, or enough
DDT to safeguard 13 people
against malaria for a year.
The Methodist church is spon
(Continued on page 6.)
The pheasant hunter is really
going to be up against it this sea
° son, according to Lloyd Vance,
supervisor of game for the Ne
braska game commission. The 38
day season opens Saturday at a
half hour before sunrise.
It’s going to be harder to get
birds this year than in many,
many years,” Mr. Vance says.
Early com picking is going to
give the pheasants an edge over
• the hunters, Mr. Vance believes.
“The ringnecks will be able
to spot the hunters much easier
this year,” Mr. Vance said. “So
the birds are certain to be wild,
flushing well ahead of the guns.”
At this point, the commission
■worker estimates Nebraska’s
pheasant population is “down
20 percent” as compared with the
Holt and its adjoining counties
are open. Because of dryness
there is considerable apprehen
sion among most farmers and
ranchers because of the fire
threat Many places are posted
with blaring “no hunting” signs.
Mr. Mlinar ... 69 years in
Ihe same community.
(Story at right)
Roy Raitt Elected
Batson Chief Speaker
at Hay Springs
Roy D. Raitt, Ainsworth real
tor, Tuesday was elected presi
dent of the Niobrara Basin Devel
opment association in the annual
meeting held at Hay Springs.
Holt county was represented at
the meeting with four delegates
—three from O’Neill and one
Other officers: J. D. Borman
of Gordon, reelected vice-presi
dent; James W. Rooney of O’
Neill, reelected director-at-large
(three-year-term); Walter Ries
of Atkinson, relected Holt coun
ty director; John Jamison of
Bassett, Rock director; E. A.
House of Ainsworth, Brown di
Rail! succeeds Vern Lindholm
of Ainsworlh, who was not a
candidate for reeledion.
Priorities recommended for
Niobrara development, provided
the bureau of reclamation’s plan
hurdles the congressional appro
priations committee, follow:
First—Ainsworth unit, appro
priations anticipated in 1954 fis
cal year, construction to start in
1955 fiscal year.
Third—Mirage flats extension
(a portion of this project has
been in operation five years).
Four—O’Neill unit, largest de
velopment contemplated in the
Attending the meeting from
O’Neill were Rooney, District
Judge D. R. Mounts and Lyle P
Dierks. Atkinson’s representative
Avery Batson, director of the
reclamation bureau’s Denver
(Colo.) regional office, was prin
cipal speaker. He indicated the
Ainsworth branch office of the
bureau would be kept open in
spite of cutbacks. He praised
Clyde Burdick, district reclama
tion engineer, for his six-year
survey work which has made
possible the presentation of the
plan to congress. Raymond Lund,
agricultural agent for the North
Western railroad, also spoke.
It was pointed out that an 87
acre improved tract in the Mirage
flats project was purchased for
$6,300 in 1948, the owner put on
$6,300 worth of improvements
and recently the tract sold for
(Continued on page 6.)
Donald More Gets
Promotion at ‘U’
INMAN — Prof. Donald C.
More, assistant professor of phvs
ics at the University of Nebras
ka, Lincoln, and a former resi
dent of Inman, Saturday was
named acting chairman of the
department of physics at the uni
versity by the board of regents.
The promotion was accompan
ied by a S500 per year increase in
Meets Bob Burk—
Keith E. Vincent, M.D., is now
in the navy and is residing at
2122 21st avenue, San Francisco,
Calif. He recently met and visit
ed with another ex-O’Neillite,
Chief Robert (“Bob”) Burk, USN.
Hey, Kids! Swimming Pool Takes Shape
Here’s an up-to-the-minute view of O’
Neill’s new municipal swimming pool, which
is now under construction in Ford’s park. It
will be ready for heavy duty come next June.
Resident of Atkinson
Locality 69 Years;
Rites Set Friday
will be conducted at 2 p.m., Fri
day, October 23, for Joseph A.
Mlinar, 83, retired farmer who
died at 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oc
tober 21, in Atkinson Memorial
hospital. He had been ill sev
Rev. E. G. Hughes will officiate
and burial will be in Wood Lawn
The late Mr. Mlinar was born
at Ringold. la.. March 9. 1870.
He was one of 14 children. Mr.
Mlinar spent his early years at
Ringold and on February 8.
1898. he married Miss Libbie
Kubart in Atkinson.
Mr. Mlinar was a resident of
the Atkinson community 69
years, residing for many years
southwest of Atkinson. Since re
tirement the Mlinars have been
residing in the north part of
In 1952 the Mlinars observed
their 54th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include: Widow; sons
—Charles and Edward, both of
Atkinson; daughters—Mrs. Clar
ence (Mildred) Johnson of Stu
art, Mrs. George (Helen) Beck
of Atkinson, Mrs. Merlin (Evai
Quigley of Bellevue and Mrs.
Dwaine (Hazel) Lockmon of Stu
art; brother—Fred of Atkinson;
sisters—Mrs. Charles Davis and
Mrs. Cora Tasler, both of Atkin
son; also seven grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
CDA Holds Initiation,
The Catholic Daughters of Am
erica held their initiation Tues
day evening at the Knights of
Columbus hall. Twenty-five new
members were admitted into
Court of St. Michael Gi>7.
A potluck supper was held at
6 o’clock followed by a reception.
The following are new mem
bers: Mrs. Mark Muff, Mrs. John
Vitt, Mrs. L. R. Ridgeway, Miss
Mary Ellen Boyle, Mrs. Louis
Vitt, Miss Bridget Boyle, Mrs.
Edward Panowicz, Miss Jeame
Thoendel, Mrs. Felix Roberts, Mrs.
Thomas Schoberg, Miss Patricia
Mullen, Mrs. W. J. Nelson, Mrs.
Edward M. Gleeson, Miss Marie
Schneider, Mrs. Floyd Hershiser,
Mrs. Leo Schneider, Miss Rosalie
Boyle, Miss Winifred Vander
snick, Miss Marilyn Ries, Miss
Ramona Schneider, Miss Mary
Four former members also were
reinstated: Mrs. E. N. Flood, Mrs.
G. C. DeBacker, Mrs. John J.
Harrington and Mrs. Edward J.
The state grand regent, Mrs.
F. G. Bruening of Hartmgton,
and Mrs. Fred Dostal of Creigh
ton, district deputy, were present,
also Very Rev. Timothy O’Sulli
van, Rev. Kenneth Carl and Rev.
There were visitors from
Creighton and Atkinson courts.
Mrs. Dostal installed the follow
Mrs. Frank Clements, grand re
gent; Mrs. M. A. Schelkopf, vice
grand regent; Mrs. Delbert Rob
ertson, prohpetess; Mrs. Herman
Janzing, lecturer;- Mrs. Russel
Moler, financial secretary; Miss
Agnes Claire Hickey, treasurer;
Miss Kathleen Wameke, histor
ian; Mrs. Loretta Hynes, monitor;
Mrs. Ed Dirmpert, sentinel; Mrs.
L. A. Becker, organist; Mrs. Fred
Heermann and Mrs. Gilbert W n
Children in First Communion
Sunday was first communion day at St.
Patrick’s Catholic church for a ’large class
(above): In the picture are (left-to-right): First
row—Reynold Bosn (attendant), Johnny Bob
Pruss (attendant), Eileen Corkle, Carol Low
ery, Sharon Kallhoff, Suzanne Stewart, Joanne
Miles, Ellen Stutz (attendant), Beth Bowker
(attendant), Joseph Gilg (attendant), James
McCarthy (attendant); second row—Terry Tom
jack, Joe Shoemaker, Tommy Joe Drueke, Lin
da David, Claudelle Wildes, Rita Murphy, Rose
mary Lyons, Margaret Conway, Sue Gonder
inger, Marilyn Donohoe, Larry Gokie, Michael
Hammond, Richard Pribil, Michael Gallagher;
third row—Jerry Donohoe, Patsy Pribil, Carol
Ann Drueke, Judy Curran, Jolene Stutz, Helen
Gokie, Jean Lohaus, Beverly Steskal, Norman
Mudloff, Billy Joe Pruss; fourth row—David
Pritchett, Vern Grenier, Dickie Wanser, Rickey
Perry, Kathy Bosn, Joe Harte, Ronnie Zakr
zewski, John Helmer, Jim Peter, Donald Hav
ranek, Larry Moos; rear row — Rev. Kenneth
Carl, assistant pastor; LaVern Pritchett, Thom
as Head, James Becker, servers, and Very Rev.
Timothy O’Sullivan, church pastor.—The Fron
tier Photo by John H. McCarville.
Sales Coining Up
Blacks At Atkinson,
Two registered cattle sales are
on schedule this weekend,
• On Friday, October 23, 44 head
of registered Aberdeen - Angus
will be offered at auction by the
Holt County Aberdeen - Angus
Breeders’ association at the At
kinson Livestock Market. The
offering includes 21 bulls and 23
females. It will be the first an
nual fall sale although for sev
en years the organization has
been holding annual spring sales.
The sale will start at 1 p.m.
Members of the sale committee
are Blaine Garwood of Amelia,
Glenn Lorenz of Ewing and Harry
E. Ressel of O’Neill.
The annual fall show and sale
of the Holt County Hereford
Breeders’ association will be held
the following day — Saturday,
October 24—at the O’Neill Live
stock Market. James W. Rooney
is sale manager. Show will start
at 10 a.m.; sale at 1:30 p.m.
Hereford consignors are F. L.
Anderl of Inman, D. E. Bowen &
Son of Page, C Bar M Hereford
ranch of O’Neill, Forrest Farrand
of O’Neill, Waldo and Grace
Frost of Stuart, Troxel and
Vendla Green of Chambers, Ken
neth Hoerle of Chambers, River
view Hereford ranch of Butte,
Elwyn Robertson of Chambers,
George Rowse & Son of Cham
bers, M. L. Sageser & Sons of
Amelia, Marvin Snyder of Page,
H. A. and R. E. Van Horn of
Page, Whitaker & Whitaker of
Chambers, and Henry Wood of
Angus consignors are Elaine
Garwood of Amelia, Arthur
Hibbs, jr., of O’Neill, Fora Knight
& Sons of O'Neill, Glenn Lorenz
of Ewing, Ray Siders of Inman,
Rolland Miller of Middlebranch,
E. L. Miner & Son of O’Neill, E.
J. Revell & Son of O’Neill, and
Ralph Van Buren of O’Neill.
The members of the Angus as
sociation convened Tuesday eve
ning and elected officers: Harry
E. Ressel was elevated from vice
president to president, succeeding
Ray Siders; Blaine Garwood was
named new vice-president, and
Evert Miner, secretary. Miner suc
ceeds Freeman Knight as secre
tary. Glenn Lorenz was elected
director for a two-year term.
Off io Far East—
Miss Mary Louise (“Lu”) Birm
ingham, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs H. J. Birmingham of O’Neill, i
has completed a course at Amer- !
ican university in Washington,
D.C., in preparation for Red Cross
overseas social work.
The group left by rail for San i
Francisco, Calif., where they will
await orders to fly to Far East
Mrs. Birmingham and Miss Pa
tricia O'Donnell met Miss Birm- j
ingham in Omaha while her train 1
had a half-hour stopover early j
SPENCER—Rev. Thorde John
son, president of Luther college
at Wahoo, is to be guest speaker
at a Lutheran rally to be held at
Rosedale Lutheran church near
Bristow on Sunday, October 25,
at 8 p.m.
Iowan Dies at
Ray Archer, 75-year-old Villis
ca, la., resident, died at the steer
ing wheel of his car about 8 o’
clock Thursday morning, Octo
ber 15, about five miles west of
O’Neill on U.S. highway 20. Mr.
Archer, accompanied by his
wife, had left O’Neill where they
had spent the night and were
enroute to Springview.
A heart attack proved fatal
to the driver and the car ended
up in the ditch. Mrs. Archer was
The body was forwarded the
same day to Villisca for burial.
The couple’s only son died sev
eral years ago from polio.
Stuart Woman Awaits
STUART— Mrs. Alice A. Ax
tell, aged Stuart -woman who is
looking forward to her 102d
birthday anniversary on Novem
ber 25, Tuesday entertained Mr.
and Mrs. John Deming of An
oka, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Sexton of
Hot Springs, S.D., and Mrs. Arm
field, also of Anoka.
Mrs. Axtell resides in Stuart
with her daughter, Miss Pearl.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred McNally of
Denver, Colo., arrived Tuesday to
visit until today (Thursday) in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rich
Mr. and Mrs. Don McClellan
spent Sunday and Monday, Oc
tober 12 and 13, in Omaha and
Wednesday and Thursday in
saJSsm&Mitxime-.vte* . m .. — „
Mrs. Joe Thramer,
111 1\ Years, Dies
Rites Saturday at
DELOIT— Mrs. Joseph Thra
mer, 54, of Clearwater died at
1:30 o’clock Thursday morning
in a Norfolk hospital. She had
been a patient there 2% years,
since February 7, 1951. She suf
fered a stroke at that time and
a series of subsequent strokes.
Mrs. Thramer is survived by
her husband, three daughters and
three sons, all of the Clearwater
Funeral services were held at
9:30 o’clock Saturday morning
at St. John’s Catholic church,
southwest of Clearwater, with
burial in St. Patrick’s cemetery,
near the church.
St. Mary’s to Crown
St. Mary’s academy will reveal
it’s homecoming royalty in half
time ceremonies tonight (Thurs
day) at the SMA-Sacred Heart
(Norfolk) game to be played in
Candidates for king are Duaine
Weier, George Tomlinson, Michael
London, James Schmitz and Rich
ard Graham. Queen nominees are
Emile Verzani, Shirley Steele and
Mary Ann Winchell.
Frontier lor printing!
John Blair of Clearwater, son
of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Blair, re
siding northeast of Clearwater,
has received an army citation
for acting in the capacity of a
medical technician on an emer
gency ambulance call to Man
Without the benefit of pro
fessional training or advice, he
assisted in the delivery of an
infant under extremely diffi
cult conditions, the citation
said. The wife of Sgt. James
Collins of Ft. Riley, Kans., was
being removed from Ft. Riley
to the Manhatten hospital.
Finish in State
Good Yields Found
Picking of the 1953 corn crop
may be completed in some Ne
braska counties by the end of the
week, according to the weekly
state-federal crop reporting ser- |
About 52 percent of the crop
had been picked at the close of
last week with the percentages
harvested by districts as follows:
Northwest, 8 percent; north cen
tral, 38; northeast, 55; central, 53;
east central, 55; southwest, 34;
south central, 39, and southeast,
49. Rains and higher humidity
readings in the east, but not
around here, improved the condi
tion of the corn for harvest by
So far it appears that the state
average yield may be better than
the 27.5 bushels to the acre in
dicated October 1, the service
Farmers are reporting good
yields in Holt county. An area
north of Stuart has produced
some good corn averaging ahou*
35 bushels to the acre. Mahlon
Shearer reports his corn will
average 40. Frank Cronk, near
Page, estimates 40 bushels; Fran
cis Tunender, northwest of O’ •
Neill, 30 bushels, and Maurice
Graham, northwest of O’Neill,
has a small field that will aver
age between 55 and 60 bushels.
Trophy to Winner
An age aid rivalry will be re
newed in Carney park at 8 o’clock
Friday night when the O’Neill
nigh Eagles, idle last weekend,
go against the Neligh Warriors.
To the winner will go the
Frontier - Neligh News trophy,
which annually goes into the pos
session of the winner. The trophy
has been on display the past 12
months here by virtue of O’Neill’s
easy conquest of the Warriors a
The Eagles hold an on paper
edge over Neligh for the 1953
STREET GETS OIL
SPENCER— Seventeen blocks
of streets in Spencer have re
ceived a coat of oil surfacing.
The postoffice has issued an
announcement urging patrons to
mail overseas packages between
October 15 and November 15 to
insure delivery to servicemen in
time for Christmas.
Laymen Conduct Presbyterian Worship Service
worship services at First Presbyterian
church Sunday were in charge of church lay
men with D. E. Nelson, Men’s council presi
dent presiding. Among the men participating
were (left-to-right): Front row—Harry E. Res
sel, Mr. Nelson, Ray Bettcnhausen, Claude Wi
ley; second row—Dewight Harder, Charles Fox,
George Robertson (not visible), Robert Pearson,
D. H. Clausen, R. G. Shelhamer, Rev. Samuel
Lee, church pastor; back row — A. A. Hiatt,
Glen Burge, J. H. Patterson (not visible), Harry
Petersen, Hurley Jones, Guy Johnson, Clayton
Burge. Not in picture are William Artus, choir
member, and Melvin Ruzicka and Stanley Sou
kup, ushers.—O’Neill Photo Co.
Drought Broken i n
Most of Nebraska;
.04 Recorded Here
Ground-soaking rains fell in
most portions of Nebraska Tues
day night and early Wednesday.
But the O’Neill area continues
dry. Intermittent showers early
Wednesday did produce .04 of an
inch precipitation here, breaking
a prolonged drought. The dry
ness was anything but helpful
for fall crops and pasture.
By noon Wednesday Valen
tine had reported 1.39 inches;
North Plate, 1.37; Long Pine, 2
inches; Stuart, 1.25; Winner, .25;
Herick, .10; Grand Island, .31.
Cloudiness, showers and colder
weather were forecast Wednes
day night and today (Thursday)
! and Holt countyans had reason
! able assurance from the weath
erman the drought would be fi
nally broken up.
The weather bureau also pre
dicts strong, shifting winds
today and rain turning to wet
snow in western and north-cen
A cold front was moving down
from Idaho, Montana and Wyom
ing late Wednesday.
5,000 Served Here *
During Pancake Day
Five thousand persons were
served during O’Neill’s second
annual Pillsbury pancake day.
The serving began at 1 p.m., and
gained momentum as the day
In spite of cloudy skies, light
showers and strong winds, hun
gry visitors to the city flocked
in from miles to consume ail the
flapjacks and trimmin’s provided
by O’Neill business and pro
fessional firms in cooperation
with Pillsbury Mills and the
Chamber of Commerce.
An estimated 1,500 more serv
ings were provided than a year
ago, according to General Chair
man Henry Lofflin.
Iowan, 40, Held on
C. B. Sharp, 40, Sioux City
electrical worker, was arrested
Wednesday night, October 14, by
O’Neill police and arraigned in
Justice H. W. Tomlinson’s court
Thursday on charges of disturb
ing the peace.
He was fined $10 and $4 in
costs and escorted out of town.
Later that day, however, the
mother of a 6-year-old O’Neill
girl brought charges against
Sharp alleging he had contribut
ed to the delinquency of a minor.
Sharp was picked up that after
noon by authorities at Randolph
and returned here.
He waived preliminary hearing
to the latter charge and was
bound over to the district court.
Meanwhile, he is being held in
the Holt county jail. A psychi
atric examination for Sharp is
St. Patrick’s Parish
Paving of one block or East
Benton street, which would in
clude the frontage of St. Patrick’s
Catholic church, the rectory and
about one-half of the St. Mary’s
academy property, was discussed
at 2 p.m., Sunday in a meeting
of men belonging to the church.
The meeting was called by Very
Rev. Timothy O’Sullivan, church
Father O’Sullivan reported a
representative group of parish
oners was present and it was de
cided to ask the city to incorpor
ate the block of improvement in
a street improvement district..
The parish and the Sisters of St.
Francis own the property affected
on both sides of the street.
to Be Here Saturday
Nebraska’s Fourth District Con
gressman A. L. Miller of Kimball
will conduct a clinic in O’Neill
on Saturday afternoon, October
| 24. He will spend a portion of the
day at Greeley. He is sounding
out voters in the sprawling Four
th district on current government
problems. Congressman Miller
is conducting similar clinics
throughout the state before re
turning to Washington on October
30. At 5:30 p.m., that day, he will
address the Holt County Young
Republicans in a dinner meeting
here. John O’Neill, chairman, is
in charge of arrangements.
Donald D. Graham, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Graham, depart
ed Monday for military service,
having volunteered through the
Holt county selective service of
fice. He attended Creighton uni
versity, Omaha, last term.
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