The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, October 29, 1953, Image 1

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North-Central Nebraska’s BIG Newspaper
Volume 73.—Number 26. O Neill, Nebr., Thursday, October 29, 1953. Seven Cents
Mr. end Mrs. Otto Knoell . . . left'with only the clothes they
were wearing. (Another picture on page 6.)—The Frontier Photo
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fire Destroys Home
While Family Away
Hereford Bulls
Average $218.30
Prices Sharply Lower
in Purebred Sale
(Photos on page 3.)
A fair-sized crowd greeted
Charles Corkle of Norfolk Satur
day as he opened the annual fall
sale of the Holt County Hereford
Breeders’ association held at O’
Neill. Fifty-seven cattle sold for
$10,672.50—-an average of $187.25.
Thirty-eight bulls brought $8,
295, an average of $218.30; four
bull calves sold for $367.50, an
average of $91.70 each; 10 cows
brought $1,615, an average of
$161.50; five heifers sold for 4-H
work sold for $395, an average of
$79 per head.
Dr. C. R. Watson of Mitchell
chose HW Baron Domino 4th, a
double bred Domino bull, shown
by Henry Wood of Ewing, as the
grand champion. He was a deep
bodied, blocky, thick, meaty in
dividual. He was purchased by
Joe A. Ziska of Emmet for $510.
The reserve champion, V Helms
man 5th, a double-bred WHR
bull, was shown by Vern Sageser
of Amelia, and was bought by ’
Lawrence Bowers of Spalding for j
Second top-selling bull, Polly’s
Baron D, was consigned by Wocd
and sold to August Vogt of Win
netoon for $330. Mr. Wood also
had the third top-selling bull,
HW North Star 68th, purchased
by Lyal Crosby of Spalding for
George Rowse & Sons of Cham
bers sold Real Eclipse 2nd and
Domino WHR to Robert Gartner
of Chambers and Charles Cool
idge of Chambers for $300 each.
M. J. Wrage of Wood Lake
bought VH Brilliant Baca 57th
from H. A. & Robert E. Van
Horn of Page for $300.
Vern Sageser of Amelia show
ed the champion and reserve
champion females, Aladdin’s Lass
14th and Miss Regent 6th. Clar
ence Ernst of O'Neill paid $250
for the champion female. The re
serve champion female was pur
chased by Bobbie Clifford of At
kinson for $165.
The second top-selling female
was sold by F. L. Anderl of In
man to George Rowse of Cham
bers. Mr. Anderl also sold a cow
for $170 to Alex Koch of Wynot.
Gus Goelter of Orchard purchas
ed a cow with a bull calf at side
from Forrest Farrand of O’Neill,
for $175.
Bonnie Clifford of Atkinson was
the purchaser for $165 of Mary
Regent, shown by Vern Sageser.
Perry and Larry Dawes of O’
Neill bought for $100 the first
prize 4-H heifer, Lady Empress,
shown by George Rowse & Sons
of Chambers. Hugh Troshynski of
Page purchased the second place
4-H heifer, HW Dandy Lassie,
for $95 from Henry Wood of Ew
ing. Other purchasers of 4-H
heifers were Merle Krugman of
O'Neill, Elenor Noonan of Spald
ing and Leon Redinbaugh of
Purchasers were able to buy
cattle at sharply lower prices
and in the opinion of many ob
servers there were many bar
gains. James W. Rooney is sec
retary -of the association and sale
Prices were sharply off at the
Holt County Angus Breeders’
sale held the day before in At
kinson. No show was held for the
Lieutenant Krotter
Returns to U.S.—
SPENCER—1/Lt. Robert Krot
ter, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Krotter, is now visiting his par
ents here, having recently return
ed to the U.S.. from the Far East.
He landed at Seattle, Wash., Oct
ober 19. Lieutenant Krotter was
an engineering officer in the air
He expects to be separated soon.
He has Ijeen assisting at the Wm.
Krotter Co., stores in Spencer
and O'Neill.
The O’Neill public school class •
es were dismissed Wednesday
afternoon at 3 p.m., for a two-day i
recess. The teachers will be at- I
tending the annual institute ses
sions, most of them planning to |
attend meetings at Norfolk and
A fire of unknown origin Fri
day morning reduced to ashes
the once-comfortable farm dwell
ing on the Otto Knoell place, lo
cated 15 miles northeast of O’
Neill in the Opportunity locality.
Mr. Knoell was picking corn in
a field about a mile south of the
house when he first noticed the
Mrs. Knoell and their infant
daughter, Judy, 10-months-old,
had gone to the nearby rural
school to visit where Judy’s broth,
er, James, 5te, is a first grader.
The fire broke out about
10:30 aun., and quickly con
sumed the one-story dwelling
with a part-basement. Nor
mally, the baby would be
sleeping alone in the house at
that hour while the mother
was doing outdoor chores.
Joe Pritchett, a neighbor, saw
the fire. Other neighbors whose
attention was attracted and came
to help were Mr. and Mrs. Ev
erett Vandover, Paul Zakrzewski
and Judd Knoell, Otto’s brother.
By the time Otto reached the
scene, all that could be done was
to remove a washing machine
from the porch and hitch a trac
tor onto a fuel tank and tow the
tank away from the danger area.
The handful of neighbors pre
vented the fire from spreading.
The O’Neill firemen were called
by phone from the Ralph Young
place, but the dwelling was gone
before help could arrive.
The Knoells farm a 320-acre
place purchased in 1951 from his
parents. Mr. Knoell said he was
considerably in debt on the place
as well as on some of the machin
ery and other personal property.
“I had some insurance on the
house but it won’t cover our loss.
I don’t know what we’re going to
do,” he told The Frontier. “I’m
not going to give up the place,
though,” he declared, “even if 1
have to ‘work-out’ in addition to
farming this place.”
Mrs. Knoell is the former Agnes
Ruther of Inman, daughter of
Mrs. Anna Ruther. Mrs. Knoell
and the children are temporarily
residing with Mrs. Ruther.
Mrs. Fred Frerichs, a neigh
bor, advised The Frontier that
a miscellaneous shower is plan
ned Sunday, November 1. for
the Knoells. The shower will be
held at the district 127 school
house in ihe neighborhood.
Only clothing the Knoells have
is that which they were wearing
at the time of the fire. Every
piece of furniture and household
goods they owned burned. Mr.
Knoell weighs 175 pounds, wears
a 15V5* shirt; Mrs. Knoell wears
size 16 women’s clothes.
Any gifts for the Knrells may
be left at the district 127 school,
with Mrs. Frerichs, with the
Ruther families at Inman, or at
The Frontier office.
“Thank God the children were
n’t in the house,” said Mr.
Knoell as he fondled some of he
toys that were charred beyond
“I have no idea how the fire
started,” he declared. “I think
a mouse must have gotten into
some matches. We had a gas
heater going, but I’m sure it was
working okay.”
Unique Hallowe’en
Awaits City’s Kids
A unique evening of fun is in
store for O’Neill kids this year
on Hallowe’en—thanks to some
of the leaders in all of the city’s
Instead of resorting to usual
Hallowe’en devilment and pranks,
the O’Neill youngsters are invited
to participate in a citywide col
lection for underprivileged chil
The cry will be “trick or treat,"
according to custom, but the
properly identified children will
be authorized to accept coin con
tributions for distribution through
a United Nations agency. Under
privileged children throughout
the world will benefit.
Sponsors urge residents to con
tribute only to children who have
the “official” identification and
coin receptacles.
The canvass will be made on
Friday evening, October 30.
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Robert
son visited on Sunday and Mon
day in Lincoln. They also stopped
in Norfolk on their return.
Miller Says
Waste Is
District Congressman
Addresses Young
GOP Gathering
The Holt County Republican
club held a dinner meeting Sat
urday, October 24, in O’Neill.
During the business session, Nor
ma Lou Foreman of Emmet was
elected as assistant secretary for
the club.
Guests of the meeting were Ne
braska’s Fourth District Repre
sentative A. L. Miller; Kim Kara
batsos, assistant to Representa
tive Miller; Frank J. Brady of At
kinson and Earl J. Collins of At
kinson, active members in the
senior republican organization.
Congressman Miller spoke to
the group on the progress of the
Eisenhower administration since
its inception.
Said Representative Miller, “We
have cut the budget, which will
result in a cut in income taxes.
The federal payroll is being cut,
and the Hoover reorganization
plan is being prepared to elimin
ate the dead wood and waste in
government. We have top busi
nessmen in office now—men who
will try to do a good job for gov
Continued Representative Mil
ler, “Communists in government,
coddled and protected by the for
mer administration, are now be
ing ferreted out. Eighty-five com
munists have been indicted by
the courts, and l,45d security
risks have been fired. The Eisen
hower administration has set up
a security committee that• is
screening the people coming into
Representative Miller conclud
ed, “You folks should be proud
you are living in America. In
years to come, atomic energy—
used for peaceful purposes—will
open up a new age, and younger
people are going to be a part of
that period of progress.”
Oklahomans Here—
Hollis Gallup ana Jack Sumner
of Stratford, Okla., came Satur
day, October 24, to visit Mr. and
Mrs. Pat Gallup and son. They
plan to remain for a week. On
Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Gallup, ac
companied by their guests, vis
ited Mr. and Mrs. Gene Taylor
and son of Battle Creek.
Return to Texas— ,
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Westcott of
Rockport, Tex., who have been
visiting their daughter, Mrs. John
J. Harrington, and family for the
past three weeks, left Wednesday,
October 21, to return to their
O'Neill Visitors—
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reichart of
Bruening visited Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Boshart in the Joy commun
ity on Monday. Mr. Reichart re
sided northeast of O’Neill until
1911. He is a retired farmer.
ATKINSON — Postmaster and ■
Mrs. A. G. Miller of Atkinson are
attending the National Postmast
ers convention being held in San
Francisco, Calif.
Go East—
STUART—Mr. and Mrs. E. T.
Miller departed Wednesday for
Washington, D.C., where they
will spend the next several
Neighbors Aid
Tom Engelhaupt
CHAMBERS — The follow
ing neighbors hauled hay for
Tom Engelhaupt on Monday,
October 19, while he was a pa
tient in St. Anthony’s hospital
in O’Neill: Ray Beed, Howard
Beed, Ernest Young, Wade
Davis, C.arence Grimes, Ed
Harvey and Alfred Maas. On
Sunday night Clarence Young
and LaVern Hoerle did tne
chores. On Monday, October 26,
the following gathered at the
Engelhaupt home where they
picked the corn and sawed the
wood: Herman Cook, Eugene
Baker, Henry Weber, Gene
Halsey, Art Miller, Melvin Bell,
Howard Beed, Ed Harvey, Ro
land Harvey, Wade Davis,
Calrence Grimes and Mr. and
Mrs. William Jutte. Mr. Engel
haupt suffered a heart attack.
Elberta Spindler
Dies in Norfolk
Miss Elberta Spindler, 69, died
of a heart attack early Tuesday
in her apartment in Norfolk at
the John E. Nelson residence.
She was director and cashier of
the Durland Trust company, Nor
She had been in failing health
the past two years but continued
to be active with the firm where
she had been employed since 1917
—a period of 36 years. She had
left the office at 6:30 Monday
Funeral services will be con
ducted at 2 p.m., Friday. October
30, from the First Congregation
al church at Norfolk. Burial will
be in Prospect Hill cemetery un
der the direction of Biglin
The late Miss Spindler was
born December 26, 1883, in Holt
county. She was a member of the
Congregational church and Order
af the Eastern Star.
Survivors include: Brother —
Roy of O’Neill; severtl sisters.
To Wyoming Post
Joel H. Lyman (above), O’
Neill high school principal now
in his third term here, has sub
mitted his resignation to the
board of education. He will ac
cept the principalship of the
Shoshone, Wyo., public school,
which has a faculty of 31. The
move is considered a promo
tion. Mr. Lyman was reared at
Wakefield, graduated from
Midland college, Fremont, and
took graduate work at the Uni
versity of Wyoming. Mr. and
Mrs. Lyman and three children
will move to Shoshone about
November 16.
Portion of Student ‘Officers’ for a Day
.riciurea vaDove; is a portion of the scores of junior class
members from nine Holt county high schools who converged
Monday on the Holt county courthouse for the annua] all-day
Cornhusker boys and girls’ county government study. The pu
pils were elected to the various county positions in their re
spective schools, they reported for “work” Monday alongside the
regularly constituted officers for a practical civics lesson. This
picture was taken in the courtroom at the climax of the study,
which is sponsored by the American Legion in cooperation with
the county officers. (Other photos on pages 4 and 9.)—The Fron
tier Photo.
St. Mary’s Royalty Crowned
At a ball in the St. Mary’s academy gym
nasium last Thursday night, following the foot
ball game between the St. Mary’s academy
Cardinals and the Sacred Heart Knights of
Norfolk, the homecoming king and queen were
crowned. The queen was Emile Verzani of
Ponca and the king was George Tomlinson.
First attendants were Richard Graham and
Shirley Steele of Clearfield, S.D.; second at
tendants were Michael London and Mary Ann
Winchell. The crownbearers were Little Leona
Winchell and Little Jerry Donohoe. Left-to
light (standing): Miss Winchell, Miss Steele,
Mr. Graham, Mr. London.—The Frontier Photo
by John H. McCarville.
Abstractor Hammond . . . O'Neill's Will Rogers.—The Frontier Photo.
★ ★ ★ ★★★ ★★★
Half-Century in Same Office
Herbert J. Hammond, 66, vet
eran Holt county abstractor, this
week rounds out 50 years occu
pancy of the same office which
his father, the late A. J. Ham
mond, established in 1885. The of
fice is located on the second floor
of the First National bank build
Mr. Hammond joined his father
in the abstracting business on his
16th birthday anniversary—Octo
ber 24, 1903. His father died in
When the Hammond Abstract
ing Co. was originally established,
the late T. V. Golden conducted a
real estate business in the same
room, although there was no
connection between the two
firms. Mr. Hammond, whose very
natural appearance strikingly re
sembles the late Will Rogers, says
more details are now required
in abstracting compared to the
pioneer days.
One courthouse official sug
gested thal Mr. Hammond has
covered every parcel of land in
Holt county, paper-wise, over
these many years.
Early abstracting was pains
takingly done by hand. Now the
work is turned out much faster
on electric typewriters. Even
though the process has been
speeded up the vigilance against
mistakes has to be more careful
ly watched, Mr. Hammond points
The Hammond firm has been
bonded by the famous Lloyds of
London since long before the turn
of the century—probably the only
firm in north-Nebraska with a
similar unbroken record. A. J.
Hammond was a native of Eng
Mr. Hammond has been record
ing secretary of the Knights of
Columbus since 1910.
Mr. Hammond and his wife
reside at 111 East Douglas street.
They have one son and two
daughters, Mrs. Charles E. Chace
of Atkinson, Mrs. William Bowker
of O’Neill and George of O’Neill.
Mr. Hammond’s wife is the for
mer Charlotte Grady.
'Child Care' Movie
ai P-TA Meeting—
The Parent-Teachers’ associa^
tion will meet Monday, Novem
ber 2, at 8 p.m., in the public
school band room.
Why it is important for a
young child to have plenty of
time to dress himself? Do you
believe that a child should have
definite tasks to do around the
home? How much supervision
should parents exercise over the
movies, radio and television pro
grams that a child sees and hears?
For answers, yours and those
of experts, the P-TA officials urge
you to see the movie, “Child Care
and Development’’, to be shown
at this meeting.
R. E. Mathews, district account
ant for Consumers Norfolk dis
trict. has been named controller
for Consumers Public Power dis
trict, reolacing R. C. Ellefson,
who died recently, according to
an announcement made by Guy
Stinson. Consumers’ president. \
Auto Hits
Rail Car;
Man Hurt
Hoffman’s Car Goes
Out of Control in
Inirian Rail Yards
W. H. Hoffman, about 70, was
critically injured about 7 a.m,
Wednesday iyhen the automobile
he was driving went out of con
trol at Inman, left U.S. highways
20-275, careened through a ditcn
and into the Chicago & North
Western railroad rightofway
where it struck a stationary rail
freight car on a siding.
The impact forced Mr. Hoff
man’s body against the steering
wheel of his car and he suffered,
serious chest injuries.
Earl Watson, Inman resident
who witnessed the accident, sum
moned Deputy Holt County Sher
iff James Mullen, who investigat
ed. The accident occurred imme
diately west of the Inman depot.
The front end of the auto was
badly damaged.
Sheriff Mullen brought the in- =
jured man to O’Neill in his auto
and he was admitted to St. An
thony’s hospital, where his con
dition late Wednesday was de
scribed as “critical.”
Mr. Hoffman’s daughter, Max- .
ine Hoffman of Spencer, was ad
vised of the accident.
Sheriff Mullen said the injur
ed man suffered considerable
chest pain, bruises on the right
side of his face and a bruised
right eye. v
1,000-Acre Holt
Ranch to Be Sold
The following auctions are list
ed on The Frontier’s sale calen
Monday, November 9: J. W.
and Harold Manhalter, 12 miles
south of Butte on highway 11,
lMs mile west; one thousand acre
ranch, personal property; Thorin
Bowker Agency, O’Neill.
Tuesday, November 10: Lloyd
Hoerle, residing southeast of
Chambers; 88 head of cattle in
cluding high - grade dairy herd;
machinery; household goods; Col.
Ed Thorin, O’Neill, auctioneer;
Chambers State bank, clerk.
Saturday, November 14: Sixty
four head of registered Hereford
bulls offered by North-Central
Nebraska Hereford Breeders’ as
sociation, Bassett. (For catalog
printed by The Frontier, write:
Tug Phillips, sale manager, Bas
Friday, November 27: Joe J.
Jelinek & Sons of Walnut will of
fer 48 registered Herefords at the
Creighton Livestock M-'a r k e t,
Creighton. (For catalog produced
by The Frontier’s commercial
printing department, write the
Jelineks, Walnut.)
Wednesday, November 18: J.
C. Rasmussen, residing northwest
of Chambers, will offer his live
stock and personal property; Col..
Ed Thorin, O’Neill, auctioneer;
Chambers State bank, clerk.
Hurts Neck in
Fall from Wagon
Fred Carey, 77, O’Neill farm
er, jammed his neck and suf
fered a broken rib Friday morn
ing in a fall from a wagon load
of corn.
He was taken to St Anthnnv’c
hospital by ambulance. Mr. Carey
Wednesday was reported “getting
along fine.”
Rural School Pupils
Visit The Frontier—
A total of 16 rural school pu
pils, representing district 165.
taught by Lavonne Rieck, and
district 212, taught by Shirley
Farrier, Friday morning visited
The Frontier newspaper and
commercial printing department
and the ““Voice of The Frontier”
radio studios.
Pupils in the group were Gale
Holcomb, Darold Ertner, Bonnie
Peterson, Karen Ermer, Pat Mc
Connell, Deloris Prlbil, Joan
Peter, Richard Pribil, Melva
Rieck, Jim Peter, Sharon Kall
hoff, Yhona Melcher, David Pri
bil, Ronnie Kallhoff, Gary Stow
ell, Mary Ann Melcher.
Servicemen Coming
Allen Martin and Ted Lindberg
of O’Neill, now stationed at Ft.
Sill. Okla., spent a recent week
end in Witchita Falls. Tex., sight
seeing and visiting Allen’s uncle
and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. George
Martin. Pat Hickey, Ted Lindberg.
Allen Martin and John Joe Uhl
expect to arrive in O’Neill by
plane this weekend from Ft. Sill.
October 22 61 39
October 23 54 33
October 24 _ 50 22 .16
October 25 58 34 .07
October 26 _51 25
October 27 _ 53 28
October 28 62 28
Pfc. Harlan Kloepper spent the
weekend visiting his mother, Mrs.
A. Kloepper. He returned to
Camp Carson, Colo., on Mondav.