The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, April 22, 1954, Page 2, Image 2

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    Prairieland Talk ... j
Devoted Mother Guided Griswold
By ROMAINE SAUNDERS. Retired. Former Frontier Editor
LINCOLN — Born in Sioux county in the
northwest extremity of Nebraska in the year
1893, Dwight Griswold was ushered into a
scene of rough pioneer life where two-gun guys
strutted in arrogant insolence _
but were kept a little subdued
by soldiers at the government
fort. Out of this environment,
Mr. Griswold told me once he
was guided by his devoted and
understanding mother into paths
that led to a life of personal
His school days were finish
o ea in the University of Nebras
ka. His fuller education began
in military service, rounded out Romeir.e
as editor of a small town news- _ ,
, , Saunders
paper in western Nebraska,
with repeated appearances on the election bal
lots for governor, finally winning the nomination
and election for governor, where he served three
terms. °
After a government mission to Greece, pri
vate business occupied nis attention, with ever a
lively interest in political matters. And the life
history of that Sioux county baby of the long ago
ended as United States senator—an example of
what a Nebraska native has done.
Mr. Crosby announces he will complete the
term as governor to see some things through his
administration is interested in as beneficial to
the state. At the same time he settles the ques
tion of another term as governor by becoming
a candidate for the United States senatorial
0 nomination in the forthcoming primary. This will
°be for the six-year term beginning next January.
Political dopesters had it that Mr. Crosoy
could have ^sidestepped his responsibilities
brought cm by his taxation proposals by resign
ing and accepting the appointment to serve the
remainder of the term made vacant by the death
of Senktor Griswold. "With the clear vision of the
statesman - politician, Mr. Crosby stays on the
job to which Nebraska voters elected him until
3 his term expires. He has appointed a citizen—
o- Mrs. Arthur Bowring—to fill out the remainder
° of the Griswold term. She is one who is not m
“ 0 terested in opposing him in the primary by
seeking the nomination for the senatorial seat for
a six-year stretch. The primaries already are ov
errun with candidates for that GOP nomination.
• The first to toss his sombrero into the senatorial
ring cwas that erstwhile democrat and late dele
gate to the lepublican national convention which
nominated President Eisenhower,0 State Sen. Ter
ry Carpenter of Scottsbluff.
That a level-headed, well-balanced Nebraska
patriot like the late Mr. Griswold should succeed
the dead in ihe United States senate for the long
term is devoutly to be wished.
5 O * * *
The dust-blown sections of Kansas were
made for the cow, not the plow. The buffalo
grass sed replaced by wheat field has resulted in
& ruined country.
* * *
The State Bar association proposes changes
in Nebraska’s method of selecting men to occupy
the bench in our courts, the lawyers thinking
o Missouri has a better system. The way has always
been open in Nebraska for men feeling qualified
to seek the^ office of judge and for the most°part
has been satisfactory. The people like to have
o their say about who is to hold public office. The
o “Missouri plan” seems to deny the voter that pre
rogative while making you think you’re having
your say.
We now hunt tne city over to iina tne type
writer ribbons that we once procured most any
where for 50 cents. And when the right one is
found we dig up a dollar, but they are no better
than when sold for four bits. . . How did “Opera
tion Honesty" make out with you? . . As I turn
ed on the radio this morning the first word to
greet us was that Sen. Dwight Griswold had
collapsed at the steering wheel of his car, Mrs.
Griswold by his side took over, drove to where
she could call an ambulance, and the senator
died minutes later. . . Our two remaining terri
tories are ready and entitled to join the Union
as states. One man in the lower house of con
gress from a jealous state blocks the way' to state
hood for Alaska and Hawaii. . . An enterprising
gent who nas dope to sell under the classical
classification of chemicals would have us believe
nature will not germinate seeds planted in the
good prairieland soil unless the seed has first
been given the sacred rite of immersion in the
stuff he is trying to sell. . . A Nebraska farm pa
triot was found dead where he was gathering up
earth to level off his wife’s grave.
* * *
“In All Its Fury,” a publication issued from
time to time by the ’88 Blizzard club, has a pic
ture of a sod house that stood once near Burwell
and housed the Bunnel family. That sod house
was the girlhood home of an O’Neill women
whose remans for many years have laid to rest
in a grave up on the hill. She was the wife of
Henry Mills and mother of Jess and Ada, the lat
ter being R. R. Dickson’s office girl. Henry Mills,
who died some years ago in Portland, Ore., where
his daughter, Ada, lived at the time, probably
brought in more wells and installed more wind
mills than any other such operator in Holt coun
ty. Mrs. Mills had a brother, Tim Bunnel, W?ro
lived in O’Neill for a time and followed the cow
trails with the Lamont and other outfits. The Bun
nel sod house was built in 1882 or ’83 about the
time Burwell got going as a pioneer trading post
All that survive the sod houses once seen here
and there on prairielad are the fading photographs
salvaged from the wreck of time.
* * *
Follow the highway up the Rio Grande valley
from Santa Fe, N.M., Denver, Colo., among other
wonders forming nature’s picture, the highway'
crosses a stream known as Dirty Woman creek,
said to have acquired the name from an unwashed
dame who once lived near the creek but shunned
its cleansing tide, defied both raiding redskins and
snooping palefaces. Holt county has a Louse
creek. Maybe Henry Tomlinson can give its his
tory, as he was among the pioneer kids of nortn
east Holt. Cache creek, over south, is said to have
acquired the name from a party of government
surveyors making their getaway from a band cf
Indians who buried their duffel by the first stream
they came to. Dry creek is simple—dry more than
wet. Holt county is watered by two rivers, a dozen
or more smaller streams, some sizeable lakes and
a flowing well belt.
* * *
When the Grim Reaper sounds the bugle
call to eternity for some notable personage,
printers are put to work all over the country
setting headlines from the largest type they have
in their cases. Who would question it? Ai the
same time appear a few lines under a one-line,
one-column head telling of a cargo of monkeys
unloaded for experiments with polio1. And from
toying with these comical little creature; may
come developments transcending in importance
to mankind the losses sustained by the passing
of any one individual however great such losses
may be.
Editorial . . .
We’re Glad It’s Over
In an extraordinary session of the city coun
cil at 8 o’clock Friday morning a final position
(jvas taken by the city fathers in the matter of
the controversy between persons who want the
two federal highways kept on their present
routes through the city as opposed to those who
0 were willing to keep the highways except for
the sacrifice and cost. There are a lot of variables
involved and we have no intention of discussing
them here. ° 0
On occasion the controversy got rough and
some persons knocked themselves out in oratory,
occasionally indulging in personalities.
We're glad it’s over.
A preponderance of interest and enthusiasm
was directed at the council to keep the highways
at any cost. Most of the critics were willing to
have one or two councilmen become martyrs to
their cause, end only one or two critics were
willing to stand up and be counted.
On that basis the council did the only thing
;t could do—went along with the people who
overflowed the council chambers on occasion—
ine people who were Johnny-on-the-spot at a
series of meetings in which highway location was
° the chief topic.
First Ward Councilman M. J. Golden dis
° sented in his voting and in his thinking all
along, and we admire him for voting his convic
tions and staying by his guns. Third Ward Coun
cilman Norbert Uhl voted both ways, talked
° both ways and, finally, cwas caught in a dramatic
pinch. We think Uhl was subjected to far more
pressure than called for. Numerous ramifications
factored in his switching position from time-to
time, and' we’re not° censuring him either.
°We sincerely hope the whole affair proves
an object lesson to all of us. We hope that our lo
cal government won’t again tolerate such a sit
o nation in which personalities are bandied around
recklessly and harsh words are spoken—later to
0 be regretted. Yes, we’re glad it’s over and most
city officials and citizens are glad it’s a closed
Gronin’s Boosters Are Legion
Governor Crosby saw fit to appoint one of
Nebraska s wealthiest women—Mrs. Arthur Bow
ring fill the five months vacancy in the
U S. senate created by the unexpected death of
Dwight Griswold. In so doing he passed over O’
Neill’s Julius D. Cronin, distinguished Nebraska
lawyer, current president of the state bar asso
ciation, and for manyoyears active in Nebraska
republican rtrcles.
A movement was started at O’Neill in behalf
Q of Cronin for the senate seat. The move gained
proportions of a ground-swell in party, legal and
publishing circles.
Difficulties plagued Cronin’s backers, how
ever, because Crosby made up his, mind early
withdrawing into seclusion and protecting him
self from 15 avowed “candidates” as well as
Cronin entnusiasts. Cronin himself would offer
no comment and no assistance.
Persons boosting Cronin for the senate (the>
were legion) nevertheless paid him high tribute
with their enthusiasm, and no question but what
he would have made an outstanding statesman
whether as an interim appointee or a “long
Crosby has decided to go for the six-year
nomination himself on the GOP ballot, and there
by couldn’t very well appoint a strong personal
ity who might oppose him at the polls. By ap
pointing Mrs. Bowring he has accomplished that
(she’ll retire in five months); he has made a bid
for women votes in the state, and he has disap
pointed some and pleased others.
We’ve just read the army’s report on the
Schine affair made public well in advance of the
McCarthy-army hearings, and we’ve just been to
the Royal theater and seen “The Glenn Miller
Story.” The current screen hit conveniently points
up that preferential treatment was given to Miller
and at least a dozen musicians during World War
II, but no hullaballoo came of that. That preferen
tial treatment has been commonly practiced un
der the heading of “talents being properly utilized”
is old stuff, as anyone who has been in the service
knows. If it could have been arranged for Mr.
Scfiine to keep building fires under communists,
it would be of greater importance to the national
interest than having him improperly classified in
the ranks. Some people, like Glenn Miller, are
tabbed to make music; others are chosen by rea
sons of physical fitness and aptitude to fly air
planes, and Schine has demonstrated his ability to
seek out commies, and, for our money, should be
ding just that—in or out of uniform. What’s all
the rumpus about—unless it is to divert interest
from the main issue? s
* * *
We know one man who was so elated with
Sunday night's showers he walked around in the
rain for an hour.
CARROLL W. STEWART, Editor and Publisher
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Audited (ABC) Circulation—2,258 (Sept. 30, 1955)
When You and I Were Young...
Balloonist Unhurt
as Outfit Collapses
Later Trip, ’Chute
Jump Successful
50 Years Ago
The balloon ascension was a
failure owing to the collapse cf
the aeronaut’s car. When just at
the tops of the buildings, the
balloon collapsed and let the
young man down rather sudden
ly. He escaped injury and at
once announced to the crowd of
spectators that he would make
another attempt two days later.
The latter trip was a very suc
cesful ascension and parachute
drop. . Mrs. R. J. McGinnis
departed for her home at Cody,
Wyo., after several weeks vail
ing here. . . John and Betty
Damero, Bert and Ethyl Ander
son, Ralph and Jessie Cobum,
A1 McMain and Matt Classen
were the crowd from Phoenix
who attended the barn dance at
C. H. Christensen’s at Ray. \
good time was reported. . . The
First National bank now has a
gasoline street light on the cor
ner to illuminate the dark nights
and it does a good job of it
within a radius of several rods.
. . . Messrs. P. J. McManus, A1
Brimmer, M. R. Sullivan, the
Misses Ruth Evans and Mamie
Morrow were among the O’Neill
people to attend a ball given at
Atkinson last week.
20 Years Ago
Prof. E. E. Schramm of the
University of Nebraska received
a letter from the Lubbock, Tex.,
Chamber of Commerce stating
that he should see to it that Ne
braska sand is kept in Nebraska.
It seems to be a state of barter
—Nebraska returned a favor—as
a year ago eastern Nebraska, it
v/as laughingly figured, was en
riched $25,000,000 by a sou*h
wind that brought rich red allu
vial soil from Texas. . . Gertrude
G. Graham left for Los Angeles,
Calif., where she will spend the
summer and visit her brother,
Edward, and sister, Mrs. C. C.
Jackson. She expects to return
to O’Neill this fall. . . Seven
boys were awarded letters at St.
Mary’s academy. Father J. Lea
hy presented the letters to the
10 Years Ago
P. J. McManus, probably the
eldest business man in O’Neill
and this section of the state, re
tired after 53 years in the mer
cantile business. . . Paul L. Beha
has been appointed county sal
vage chairman with Joe Winkler
of Emmet as assistant chairman.
. . . Holt county nearly doubled
its quota in the recent Red Cross
drive. . . Telephone employees
here are given buttons from the
United States office of civilian
defense in Washington, D.C., as
a result of the company’s re
ceiving the national security
One Year Ago
Winners of a 14 group elim
ination contest will compete
here in the Holt county grade
school spelling tournament over
the weekend. . . Sleeping car
service on the C&NW will be
curtailed. The westbound train
will carry a pullman on the even
dates and the eastbound tran
will have a pullman on the odd
days. Though sleeping car ser
vice will be offered only on al
ternate dates, the two trains will
continue to operate as usual.
The O’Neill Saddle club now in
its third year has been invited
to perform at the Nebraska state
MYF Rally
Planned at Page—
The Methodist youth fellow
ship of the northeast district of
the Methodist church in Nebras
ka will be having a rally at Page
on Sunday, May 2, beginning at
2:30 p.m., with registration.
Plans call for a special speak
er from Nebraska Wesleyan uni
versity, pictures of last year’s
summer camps, a moving picture
cn stewardship, recreation,- sup
per and election. All young peo
ple of the district who are of
high school age or college age
are invited to attend.
“It promises to be an out
standing affair,” says the district
director, Rev. Wallace B. Smith
of O’Neill.
Chambers News
E. C. Conger visited a few
days last week with relatives at
Sunday dinner guests in the
Edwin Hubbard home were Dr.
and Mrs. C. M. Eason of O’Ne'11,
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Shavlik and
Pamela and Mr. and Mrs. H. W.
Hubbard of Chambers.
Easter Sunday 6 p.m., dinner
guests in the L. V. Cooper home
were Mr. and Mrs. Sewell John
son and family, Jim Puckett and
Don and Carroll Frickel of At
kinson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Friedrich and family of Spencer
and Arnold, Marie and Erna
Zuehlke of Chambers.
The Louis Neilson family at
tended Park Center Congrega
tional church near Elgin Easter
Sunday, then had dinner in the
Edith and Mabel Kinney home.
The Les Jenkins family were
also guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart and
son, Roland, of Bismark, N.D ,
spent Saturday and Sunday with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theo
dore Moss, and brother-in-law
and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Miss Katheryn Newhouse nf
Neligh spent Easter with her
! parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. E.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Carpenter
were Easter Sunday dinner
guests in the Dean Stevens home
at Atkinson.
Mary and Jacqueline Taggart
came from Omaha to spend Eas
ter with their parents, Mr. and
Mrs. L. W. Taggart, and family.
Mrs. H. C. Walter and Mrs. E.
R. Carpenter attended the coun
ty home demonstration council
in O’Neill Tuesday, April 13.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spath cf
Chambers and Mr. and Mis.
George Fullerton and family of
Amelia were Easter Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Spath and Elaine. The occasion
also was in observance of the
birthday anniversaries of Mrs.
Fullerton and Frank Spath.
John Daas and Kay Eisen
hauer returned Sunday to Lin
coln to resume their duties at
the university after spending a
week with their parents.
Mrs. Nellie lawman of Or
chard came last Thursday and
visited until Wednesday with
her son-in-law and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Potter,
and family.
Miss Shirley Kirwin of Ames,
la., who is taking nurse’s train
ing at the university school of
nursing in Omaha, was a week
end guest in the Clarence Young
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tho’in
received a telephone call Sun
day from heir son, Pfc. Charles
Thorm* who had docked at
Camp Kilmer, N.J., on Saturday.
Private Thorin has spent the
past year in Korea, returning
with the 45th division. He didn’t
know hew soon he would be
Sunday dinner guests in the
William Turner home were
Clem Payne of Lincoln, mis
sionary on leave from Morroco.
Rev. and Mrs. L. M. McElheran
and children and Judy and Su
san Thomson.
Mrs. Richard Harley and son
spent Easter with relatives at
the Ed Dexter home.
Mr. and Mrs. William Jut^e
and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Martin
were surprised by friends and
relatives Sunday evening at the
Martin home. The occasion was
the wedding anniversary of both
couples. The evening was spent
playing cards. Lunch was serv
Mr. and Mrs. William Jutte
were surprised at their home on
Saturday evening when a group
of friends came to help them
celebrate their 42nd wedding an
Chaffins Move
into New Home
CELIA—A number of friends
and relatives gathered at the
Leonard Chaffin home Tuesday
morning, April 13, with trucks
and cars to help the Chaffins
move to their new home, four
miles northeast of Atkinson.
After the trucks were loaded
toey drove to the Joe Hendricks
home where dinner was served.
Hostesses were Mrs. Joe Hend
ricks, Mrs. Lawrence Smith,
Mrs. David Rahn, Mrs. Harry
Mitchell and Mrs. Jesse Hupp.
Those helping with the mov
ing were Mr. and Mrs. Mark
Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Hipke, Mrs. Omer Poynts, Jesse
Hupp, Orville Orr, David Rahn,
Lawrence Smith, Geoirge Me
lor, Harry Mitchell and Joe
Emil Colfack spent a day
hauling hay to the new location
a few days earlier.
Other Celia News
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Livingston
and Mrs. Feme Livingston and
sons, Joe and Zane, were Easter
Sunday dinner guests at the
Bob Martin home.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Francis
and Mr. and Mrs. F. Caauwe of
Norfolk were Sunday, April 11,
guests at the Ray Pease home.
Mr. Francis was formerly a ra
dio announcer at WJAG radio
station, Norfolk.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hendricks
and family visited in Butte
Wednesday night, April 14.
Hillside chapel had an Easter
service and program, followed
by a picnic dinner. Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Margritz of O’Neill were
Louis Klasna of Spencer visit
ed at the D. F. Scott home last
Mrs. Gene Livingston and
Mrs. D. F. Scott were O’Neill
callers Wednesday, April 14.
R. M. Pease of O’Neill was an
Faster Sunday dinner guest at
the Ray Pease home.
Mrs. Joe Hendricks visited at
the Rev. Charles Phipps home
Monday, April 12, and assisted
with work of the home. Mrs.
Phipps is recuperating from a
recent operation.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lauridsen
and children were Monday af
ternoon, April 12, guests at the
Hans Lauridsen home.
Henry Heiser has been spend
ing quite a bit of time at his
ranch casing for the herd of
Augus cows he recently pur
Bobby Lauridsen, son of Mr.
and Mrs. H. Lauridsen, was an
overnight guest of the Alfred
Schaaf children Tuesday, Apr-1
Connie Frickel and children
watched the ball game on tele
vision Tuesday evening, April
13, at the Ray Pease home
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Colfack
and children called on the Irene
Boyens and Wilford Arp families
Friday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Stall and .
son of Atkinson visited at the
Perry Terwilliger home Sunday
evening, April 11.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ernst and
children, Anne and John, of Mil
tonvale, Kans., spent the Easter
holidays at the home of their
daughter and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hendricks and
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