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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 29, 1953)
Prairieland Talk . . .
Tighten Belts, Take Losses
By ROMAINE SAUNDERS, Retired, Former Frontier Editor
. LINCOLN—Farm price supports — and so
.long as such are maintained so long will inflated
• prices of everything continue.
Not so long ago the family that had an 80-acre
farm, four horses, a few cows and a flock of
-chickens was satisfied and happy, managed their
affairs without help or hindrance from state and
federal boards and bureaus and
were as independent as a hog on
Products of the farms, live
stock and fruits and grains are
too high. Everything is priced
crazy. Salaries and wages are
too high and much of life’s ne
cessities are priced beyond the
ability of many to buy.
If the American dollar is
ever restored to its true value
farmers and wage and salary
, earning classes along with all
. lines of industry must take a cut Saunders
in income which would also mean a cut in out
. . go, and $50-an-acre corn lands and $5-an-acre
. grass lands get back to just that with town and
city property restored to normal values.
Have a bunch of babies taken over the cattle
raising industry? Imagine Holt county ranchers
like Charley Blabon, Sam Elwood, Hay McClure
or Riley Brothers going to government officials
to bellyache about the ups-and-downs of their
business! If one year’s operations spelled a loss
they tightened belts, swung the lariat over the
horns of a few more and went at it to make a
profit the next year. I had an investment or two
that were not so good. Maybe Secretary Benson
should make up the losses. But as I and others
who have been stung from time-to-time took it
on the chin, the 1953 cowpunchers should take the
losses and build for the future on a lower level
of cattle prices.
I saw in a store window today “Beef roast
49 cents pound.” This just after learning cattle
in Kansas bring nine cents a pound.
Maybe the fellow at the meat block should
be dealt with.
I saw them yesterday, two lille shavers
rushing out shouting, "Daddy! Daddy!" as
daddy came into the yard after being away all
day at work, and the wife and mother stood in
the doorway and smiled. Just a glimpse of
American family life at its best.
• • •
Two blocks over from where Prairieland
Talker’s typewriter is parked is a flower garden
retaining color and fragrance as the season of
the fallen leaf marches on. Hoar frost has not yet
come to lay its jeweled sheet across the land.
Trees are fast becoming bereft of the silken garb
of summer and the yellow leaves of autumn are
wind-blown along the open way to gather in fence
corners or spread a blanket over yard and lawn.
Each changing season has charm. Autumn colors
and early sunsets that flash to us a goodnight in
letters of gold. The south wind blows today,
sweeping leaf and fallen twig before it, remindful
of the approach of long winter evenings when
Godfearing men and women with their children
about them see visions of glory in the flickering
firelight as they pop corn and eat apples. The past
season has not been overly fruitful on prairieland
but there is enough and we are grateful.
Conservation—the act of preserving from de
cay, loss or injury; to conserve. Nebraska, with
other states, is divided into what are known as
conservation districts. Just what is being accom
plished by this setup? It has neither brought
fruitful seasons nor prevented the results of
drought. Most of the state’s farm lands have been
a failure this year so far as crop yield is concern
ed. What will next season be? Maybe the conser
vationists should provide a few stacks of hay to
spread over denuded fields in the event of an
other visitation of hot winds. I read much about
conservation but not one word to indicate an
additional bushel of corn as a fruitage of all the
talk. Certainly patriots are not just beating the
air. And water-soaked irrigation links up with
conservation. If you would rather raise an ear of
corn than a calf and must irrigate, put down a
well, but as Sam McKelvie says, palsied be the
hand that spoils another acre of Nebraska’s God
given cow country. We are busy promoting the
schemes and plans and programs of men and
probably always will be, “But the Lord is in His
holy temple: Let all the earth keep silent before
* * *
A lordly cottonwood is responsible for a
quarrel between neighbors. A householder com
plains that the tree on his neighbor's lot clog
ged his drains with falling leaves, the roots of
the tree caused cracks in his driveway and
walls, and goes to court hoping to collect $5.
» * *
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Mullen, newlyweds,
arrived on Saturday night’s train a date in July
50 years ago. Mr. Mullen at that time was serving
as county attorney of Holt county, but he got his
bride in eastern Iowa. He had bought one of the
Kinch properties on what is now North First
street just north of Douglas and he and his bride
established a home there. . . A day in July that
year Glen Nap, 9-years-old, met up with and
killed a wolf single - handed near the parental
home about five miles northeast of O’Neill. If a
kid did that now he would be given a free trip
to Paris and back. . . Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zim
merman became grandparents that year when a
daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sturdevant of
Spencer, Mrs. Sturdevant being their daughter,
Clara. . . And J. J. McCafferty came over from
Spencer (where he had started a hardware store)
to celebrate the Fourth with others in the com
munity that claimed his first love.
♦ * *
Our neighboring state to the south has suf
fered more than once because of rainless days
during the growing season and again they suffer
on Kansas soil because of a dry summer. Re
sponding to the question as to what the past sea
son has produced agriculturally in the section of
that state where he makes his home, the one ad
dressed replied, “Nothing.” Cornfields are nude
so far as an ear of corn is involved and the stalks
have been cut and gathered for fodder. Farmers
are selling their cattle and ranchers are broke,
cattle selling at nine cents a pound. Wells have
given out in some communities and it has be
come necessary to haul in water to supply certain
towns with a little to keep them going.
* * *
Twelve miles out from Washington, D.C.,
the government carries on its biggest agricul
tural experiments on a farm of 11,030 acres,
956 buildings and 2,000 husky "farmers."
Editorial . . .
Miller Says He Didn ’t Say It
Fourth District Congressman A. L. Miller
(R-Nebr.) was widely - quoted in the press last
week as joining in the clamor for Secretary of
Agriculture Ezra T. Benson’s scalp. The dis
patches emanated from Washington and in these
columns it also was stated that Miller thought
Benson should quit.
Congressman Miller, visiting in O’Neill over
the weekend, insisted in clinics he was conduct
ing and in an interview with The Frontier that
the Washington dispatches had erroneously quot
ed him from a television program on which he
“I think Secretary Benson is doing a good
job,” said Doctor Miller, the Kimball physician
who is now a veteran congressman representing
Nebraska’s sprawling Big Fourth. “I think it is
rather unfortunate that several of the press clip
pings have said I’ve asked for his resignation. I
“I was on a TV program and I did say that
I thought the opposition had labelled Benson
as a symbol of lost confidence among the farmers
and that he (Benson) might have to resign. I in
dicated that Benson’s staying would depend up
on the president’s success in reassuring the farm
er and the cattleman as to the administration’s in
terest in their welfare and the administration’s
intentions to preserve it. I never did ask that he
“I think Mr. Benson is a fine Christian man
doing a good job. The present farm program is the
same as we’ve had in the last two or three years
—support prices of 90 percent on corn, cotton,
rice, peanuts, wheat, and tobacco. I think the
cattlemen who descended on Washington Monday
were making a mistake to ask for price supports
—because if they get price supports they will get
1 m holding clinics in 38 courthouses around
the Fourth district. I find about 25 percent of the
farmers and ranchers I talk to want supports, but
they don’t know just how they want it — what
grade, cows, calves or steers. The agriculture com
mittee is out now listening to grassroots opinion
and I think they’ll have a pretty good idea what
supports are wanted when they finish up and go
back to Washington. Certainly the administration
is not going to let them down—and not Ezra Taft
“I think that while Benson may have to re
sign, because the opposition has been able to
smear him, he is sort of a lost confidence symbol,
put he is still doing the best job he can under
“I think the politicians are more worried
about it than the farmer himself. Some of the
Farmers Union groups are the main ones who are
finding considerable fault with the administra
■ tion’s program, including many new dealers who
are on the outside looking in.
“If things go on the way they’ve been going,
Mr. Eisenhower after the next election may very
well have a democratic congress.”
In addition to the popular Benson subject,
Congressman Miller offered his views to The
Frontier on the prospects of Niobrara river basin
development. (Doctor Miller is chairman of the
house interior and insular affairs committee which
passes on reclamation bureau activities.)
“The reclamation bureau’s final report is in
Washington now. I’m rather discouraged in the
budget bureau’s attitude to get these projects ap
proved. Such a project needs not only the interior
department’s approval but also the budget bureau’s
approval. The budget bureau is pretty stubborn
about approving seven or eight projects in the 17
Western states—projects that I think ought to be
approved. I'm going to see them (budget bureau)
again in mid-November. I’m going to try to con
vince them we have some projects the people
want, they’re willing to pay back the cost of the
project, and if it is feasible we ought to go ahead
and have them.”
The student county government program,
sponsored by the American Legion, appears to
gain more-and-more enthusiasm and interest each
year. There are a good many adults in this world
who haven’t a clue as to the machinery, prob
lems and principles of government at any level.
The Legion and cooperating county officials are
to be congratulated for taking youthful minds
behind the scenes and exposing them to county
government in a very practical—although very
The Otto Knoells, who lost their farm home by
fire of unknown origin, are up against it. Cer
tainly neighbors and friends will come to their
aid in this time of need. Mr. and Mrs. Knoell
and their two small children are a worthy young
farm family trying to get established and the
fire loss places them in a difficult position.
Happiness is the greatest paradox of nature.
It can grow in any soil, live under any conditions.
It defies environment. It comes from within.
Happiness consists not of having, but of being;
not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm
: glow of a heart at peace with itself.—Contributed.
Except for a shortage of cement the paving
contractors here say the eight blocks of new pav
ing now under construction, adjoining the main
business district, would have been completed
about three weeks ago.
Despite so much drought we’ve heard about
there still seems to be an abundance of corn be
Best news of the year is that the cattle prices
have taken an upturn these past few days.
Ever notice the number of television antennas
to be counted in O’Neill nowadays?
CARROLL W. STEWART, Editor and Publisher
Editorial & Business Offices: 122 South Fourth St,
Address correspondence: Box 330, O’Neill, Nebr
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Audited (ABC) Circulation—2,200 (Mar. 31, 1953).
Capt. Roy L. Dickerson of
Atkinson (above) recently was
assigned as commander of the
33d field artillery battalion’s
battery A in Germany. Capt
tain Dickerson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. I. R. Pickerson of Atkin
son, formerly served with the
first infantry division’s artil
lery headquarters in Erlan
gen, Germany. He entered the
army on his present tour of
duty in October. 1950, and
wears the bronze star medal
and the army of occupation
medal for service in Ger
many. Dickerson, whose wife,
Mildred, lives at 1511 Lake
ave., Lawton, Okla.. arrived
overseas last May. He is a
1942 graduate of the Univer
sity of Nebraska.—U.S. army
Mrs. Echo Hanna of Wood Lake
arrived Friday for a visit with
her brother and sister-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Ralya, and family
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Maxine Jehorek of Omaha
spent last weekend at the parent
al Martin Jehorek home. She re
turned to her work Monday via
Robert Maly left Monday morn
ing, October 19, for the army.
Mrs. Josefa Sedivy of Spencer
spent 'Sunday. October 18, at the
Vac Jedlicka home.
Mrs. Ethel Mulhair spent last
weekend at the Dale Mulhair
home in Sioux City.
George Kalkowski .was a busi
ness visitor in Crofton Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dryak and
family and Mr. and Mrs. William
Veseley and family all of Pishel
ville were Lynch visitors Sunday.
Mrs. Tillie Novak and son,
Louis, spent Sunday, October d8,
visiting Grandmotner Cerny at
Mrs. Hattie Me Callister, a for
mer Lynchite, now of Estes Park,
Colo., spent last week visiting
old time friends here. She left
for Omaha on Friday where she
will visit this week.
Mrs. Gradys Spencer and Mrs.
Lloyd Spencer spent Thursday in
Spencer on business.
The Wayne Christensen family
moved into the Hewitson lesi- j
dence which they recently pur
chased and remodeled.
Mrs. Albert McDonald and fam
ily were Sunday dinner guests at
the Frank McDonald home in
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bernard and
son, Lloyd, and wife all of Hart
ington, spent Tuesday, October
20, at the Wallace Courtney home.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerly Sixta spent
Sunday, October 18, at the Allen
Koscan home in Butte.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Hickey
and Miss Hazel McDonald, all of
Los Angeles, Calif., visited at the
Albert McDonald home here last
Gerald Mills and family came
Saturday, October 24, from Riv
erton, Wyo., for a visit at the
Lloyd Mills and Guy Norwood
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Anderson
and family of Niobrara were
Lynch visitors Sunday, October
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Referee's Sale of Land
1282 ACRES HOLT COUNTY
, LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF CHAMBERS. 3 MILES EAST OF AMELIA
Monday, Nov. 9,1953
As ordered by the District Court of Holt County, I will sell at
public auction to the highest bidder for cash, at
10 o'clock A.M., at the Front Door of the
Courthouse in O'Neill, Nebraska
WILL BE OFFERED AND SOLD IN ONE TRACT OR AS TWO UNITS
IF DESIRED BY PURCHASERS
Unit No. 1
Known As The Old
Legally described as NWVi Section 9. Township 26. North
Range 13, Holt County, Nebraska; 160 acres more or less ac
cording to Government survey.
j Good 6-room stucco house; 1 milk and wash house; 1
medium size lean-to cattle shed; 1 garage in good condition;
U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that 80 acres of
this land is particularly adapted to the raising of grain and
tame hay crops: also 80 acres particularly adapted to native
grasses for the production of native hay and pasture.
Unit No. 2 —1122 Acres
Legally described as WVi and SEVi Sec. 5; W'i and
WViEVi Sec. 8; NEVi Sec. 9. all in Township 26. North
Range 13. West of the 6th P.M., Holt County, Nebraska.
Good 6-room house with porch; large barn in good con
dition; lean-to cattle shed; good chicken coop; good milk
US. Department of Agriculture indicates that 600 acres
of this land is particularly adapted to grain and tame hay
crops consisting of com, alfalfa sweet clover and timothy;
522 acres particularly adapted to native grasses for the pro
duction of native hay and pasture. Practically all of this land
is seeded down at present time.
TERMS OF SALE: 20 percent cash on day of sale; balance payable in cash upon
confirmation of sale. Possession given purchaser on March 1, 1954. Abstract of title
available for examination at the office of the Clerk of the District Court in O’Neill,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. WRITE
FRANCIS D. LEE, REFEREE, ATKINSON, NEBR.
JULIUS D. CRONIN, Attorney, O’Neill, Nebraska
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