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Volume 75.—Number 33. O’Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, December 15, 1955. Seven Cents
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STATE HIST SOC
Robert Gaylor of Atkinson (right) exhibits a buck deer
brought into the O’Neill checking station Saturday afternoon. Tag
ging the deer is George Schildman of Lincoln, who staffed the O’
Neill station during the four-day season.—The Frontier Photo.
$20,000 Fire Destroys
St. Anthony’s Not
Included in Windfall
Half-Billion Grant Is
Shared by Others
St. Anthony’s hospital—a half
million-dollar health center here
—was not included in the one
half-billion-dollar grant for Unit
ed States hospitals and universi
ties announced Tuesday by the
The move by the Ford trustees
is the largest single grant in the
history of philanthropy.
Gifts to colleges and universi
tied total 210 - million - dollars
«nd were given to 615 regional
ly accredited privately supported
institutions in the country. Two
hundred-million-dollars was di
vided among 3,500 privately op
erated hospitals and 90-million
dollars was set aside for private
ly supported medical schools.
Mother M. Coronata, who has
been chief administrative offi
cer at threc-year-old St. An
thony’s, said the grants came
as a “complete surprise” to her.
Mother Coronata has been in
charge here only a few months.
She said St. Anthony’s will im
mediately investigate possibilities
of being included in the windfall
The superior said: “I can think of
lots of uses for such a grant.”
At Atkinson Memorial hospi
tal, which is to receive 10-tbou
sand dollars according to the
initial announcement, officials
Tuesday were “pleasantly sur
umer nospuais in me area wim
Ford grants earmarked are:
Neligh .$10 000
Our Lady of Lourdes,
Plain view General,
Plain view .$10,000
Frank Ulrich, 65,
Expires at Kearney
ATKNSON—Frank Ulrich, 65,
who was a serum pig buyer at
Stuart for many years and a res
ident of Kearney the past four
years, died Tuesday, December 13,
at Keamev. He had been ill sev
eral months. The remains are be
ing forwarded to Atkinson today
A rosary will be offered at 8
o’clock tonight at the Seger fu
neral chapel. Funeral services
will be conducted Friday morn
ing, December 16, from St. Jo
seph’s Catholic church in Atkin
son. Burial will be here.
The late Mr. Ulrich was the
youngest son of the late Leo
pold and Mary Ulrich.
He married the former Pearl
McLain at Fremont.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, two brothers—Hen
ry and Fied, and two sisters —
Mrs. H. F. (Clara) Nightengale
and Sr. M. Lepooldina of Colum
Survivors include: Widow —
Pearl; brothers—William of At
kinson, who had been near him
at Kearney for several months;
Doctor Charles of Kenosha, Wise.,
and George of Scranton, Pa.
Nephews include two priests—
Rev. Carl Ulrich of Scranton, Pa.,
and Rev. Francis Nightengale of
CLEARWATER — Insurance
| adjusters Tuesday were studying
j the ruin and rubble at Johnnie’s
I Grocery, Meat Market and Lock
er Plant, which were virtually
destroyed by fire which started
about 8:30 p.m., Sunday.
John Hoffman, youthful owner
of the establishment for the past
two years, roughly estimated the
loss in the neighborhood of 20
thousand-dollars. He said the loss
was partially covered by insur
Fixtures and merchandise
were damaged beyond recogni
tion. Townspeople Monday and
Tuesday went to the aid of
young Hoffman by helping clear
the water-logged debris.
Only the walls and fronts of the
two buildings remained, and they
were damaged. The buildings are
connected by a passageway.
Clarence Potter of O’Neill saw
smoke pouring from the front
windows and asked a party in the
tavern to sound the alarm. Fire
nen were hampered because of
delay in getting equipment to the
scene and because of several
breaks of the water hose in the
cold weather. Firemen from
Clearwater, Ewing, Orchard and
Neligh battled the flames until
Potter said he saw bolts of
flame near the ceiling. The store
was heated by a ceiling-type gas
heater, which Hoffman believed
to have been defective.
Investigation showed a hole
in the ceiling above the heater
and flame damage to the floor
below near the heater.
Mr. Hoffman purchased the
store from Miller Brothers about
two years ago. The burned build
ing is located on the east side of
main street next door to Reese’s
tavern. Adjoining buildings were
saved, although there was some
smoke damage in the tavern.
The fire was the costliest in
Clearwater in recent years.
Hoffman was attending a show
in Neligh when the fire broke
Hoffman’s mother and father
are in University hospital, Om
aha. His mother is gravely ill
and his father, formerly the
town marshal, is seriously ill.
The young merchant says he
hopes to reopen the firm some
time in the future. Contents of
the locker boxes were destroyed
as well as the insulation. He esti
mated he would have to butcher
over 250 beeves to refill the lock
ers even after the store is re
Late Tuesday he trudged home
ward, tired and dejected, ponder
ing the titanic job ahead of get
! ting back into business.
Goes Up in Flame
SPENCER—A fire which broke
out about 3 o’clock Friday morn
ing destroyed the John Galbraith
Phillips 66 service station here.
H. McNulty, who lives near the
station, noticed flames lapping
from the roof. He aroused a
neighbor, Marlowe Johnson, who
phoned in the fire alarm.
Origin of the fire was not de
Spencer volunteer firemen were
successful in keeping the blaze
Louis ScheinosLis owner of the
Nelson Gibson of Atkinson,
formerly of O’Neill, who had been
paroled to Holt County Sheriff
Leo Tomjack, was taken into
custody late Monday by Tomjack.
Gibson is being held here.
Former O’Neill Man
Driver of Auto
Which Hit Truck
CLEARWATER — Oscar Pru
den, 53, village marshal here for
the past two years and formerly
a proprieter of the Moore hotel
at O’Neill, died at 1:30 a.m., Mon
day, December 12, in Antelope
Memorial hospital at Neligh.
He was injured about 11 o’
clock Saturday morning when the
westbound car he was driving
slid on slippery U.S. highway 275
on the curve at the west edge of
Oakdale. His machine struck the
rear of a Clark Bros, truck being
driven by Virgil David Klug, 25,
Four other persons in Pruden’s
car were hurt, one seriously.
Mr. Pruden was conscious
most of the time until his
death. Physicians doubted if
surgery could have saved his
life. He suffered severe chest
injuries from the steering
Mr. Pruden had driven to
Beemer to meet relatives. The pas
sengers in his car were Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Steinbeck, sr„ of Marsh,
Mont., their sons, Fred Jerome,
jr., and Kenneth Cornelius. The
Steinbecks were enroute to Clear
water to visit relatives.
Funeral services will be con
ducted at 2 p.m., today (Thurs
day) from the Clearwater public
school auditorium. Rev. Lee Brig
den, Methodist pastor at Ewing,
The late Mr. Pruden was born
Survivors include: Widow —
Mae; stepsons—Robert and Doyle
Keller, both of Beemer; Mrs. Ed
ward (Arlene) Kirkpatrick of O’
Neill and Mrs. Jack (June) Van
Ness of Omaha and Mrs. Floyd
(Maxine) McManigal of Beemer;
sisters — Mrs. Benjamin Lar
son of Ewing and Mrs. Mary
Malone of California; broth
ers — J. L. Pruden of Ewing
and Henry Pruden of California.
He was preceeded in death by
a son, Larry.
Mr. Pruden and his wife, the
former Mae Keller, operated a
hotel at O’Neill four years.
Funeral Today for
Former Holt Resident—
CHAMBERS—Mrs. Z. W. Roth
child, 74, of Neligh, formerly of
Chambers, died Monday, Decem
ber 12, in the Antelope Memorial
hospital in Neligh.
Funeral services will be held
today (Thursday) at 2 p.m., from
the Church of Christ in Neligh.
Survivors include the widower
and seven children.
Large Crowd Hears
Largest crowd yet to witness a
presentation by the O’Neill Civic
Chorus heard a three-part pro
gram Sunday afternoon at the O’
Neill public school auditorium.
The program was designated as
a community Christmas chorale.
First portion included music
from the cantata, “When the
Christ Child Came.” The second
part featured the Atkinson high
school girls’ quartette and the St
Mary’s academy girls’ sextette.
The final portion included ex
cerpts from Handel’s oratorio,
“The Messiah,” including the Hal
An instrumental ensemble and
band members from the public
school and St. Mary’s academy
assisted. Charles B. Houser was
John Hoffman, who had operated Johnnie’s Meat Market, Grocery & Locker Plant at Clear
water for the past two years, surveys the charred ruin of his store. Loss was estimated at 20-thou
sand-dollars.—The Frontier Photo.
This is the wreckage in which Oscar Pruden, 53, of Clearwater was fatally injured. Pruden was
driver of the car which crashed into the rear of a truck.—The Frontier Photo.
Dislikes Winter Travel
PAGE— Mrs. Raymond Heiss
is convinced that arrangements
can go sour when it comes to
traveling in winter.
Early Monday, December 5,
she expected to leave Inman
by train about 12:35 a.m., to
go to Lincoln. That night the
plumbing on the Pullman of the
eastbound Chicago & North
Western froze up and the train
was held in the O’Neill station
five hours. She sat in the In
man station that cold night
waiting for the tardy train to
arrive. The train was loaded
with passengers and all Pull
man berths had been sold out.
Mrs. Heiss was called to Lin
coln to help care for the fam
ily of her son, Don, while his
wife was in a hospital for sur
She decided to return home
this week by bus. Roads had
been made slippery and treach
erous by ice and snow.
The bus was following close
ly behind a big truck that ran
berserk on the ice and ploughed
into a Neligh residence. The
dwelling was moved off its
foundation by the impact and
the front porch was sheared off.
Mrs. Heiss got an eyeful of that
“Winter traveling is not to
my liking,” explains Mrs. Heiss.
Her daughter-in-law was re
leased from the hospital Sun
day and is recuperating at
Annual Party Planned—
The annual children’s Christ
mas party for pre-school children
will be given Sunday, December
18, at the Knight’s of Columbus
hall. Movies will be shown and a
program will be presented. Santa
will visit and present gifts and
candy to the youngsters.
St. Anthony’s Hospital auxil
iary held a meeting at the hospit
al Monday evening. The new
ceiling-hung drapes are being
made. Mother M. Coronata was
in charge of the meeting.
Maj-£NRi™Slh» Chorus soloi*ts‘ • • • Richard Smithson, baritone; Mrs. Lane Griffin, soprano; Miss
g m, soprano; Rahe Johnson, tenor, and Mrs. Smithson, contralto_Frontier Photo.
of Atkinson Dies
were conducted at 2 p.m., Mon
day, December 12, from th£
Methodist church here for Mrs
Anna M. Dickover, 81, who died
Saturday, December 10, in Atkin
son Memorial hospital. She had
been hospitalized about three
weeks. Mrs. Dickover was a pio
neer resident of the Atkinson
Rev. E. G. Hughes, church pas
tor, officiated at the funeral rites
and burial was in Woodlawn
Mrs. William Schorn and Mrs.
Dean Fleming sang hymns. Pall
bearers were J. J. Carroll, Lewis
Humphrey, C. C. Raymer, Peter
Ramold, Daniel O’Connell and Z.
The late Mrs. Dickover had
been a Methodist continuously
for 70 years and she taught
Sunday-school in Atkinson 47
years. On Easter Sunday, 1954,
she was presented a lily in rec
ognition of her work.
She was bom August 15, 1870,
at Naperville, 111., and her maid
en name was Anna Bruder,
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Bruder. Her family mov
ed to Milford when she was three
She was married to G. E.
Dickover at Hot Springs, S.D.,
in 1888. They lived at Hot
Springs, Atkinson and in the
western states, returning to
Atkinson 35 years ago.
Mr. Dickover and one child
preceded her in death.
Survivors include: Sons— Le
roy of Ashland, G. L. of Miami,
Fla., and Lloyd of Omaha; daugh
ters—Mrs. Claude (Vera) Hum
phreys of AtkinsOn, Mrs. Thomas
(Alta) Campbell of Atkinson,
Mrs. Venice English of Omaha;
sisters—Mrs. Fay Scripter of At
kinson and Mrs. Grace of Val
entine; brother—William Bruder
of Atkinson, and two brothers
living in South Dakota; nine
grandchildren and 20 great
Roy, G. L. and Mrs. English
had been called to Atkinson last
week to be near their mother.
The wife of G. L. Dickover died
two weeks ago in Florida.
Tune in “Voice of The Fron
tier”, Mon., Wed., Sat, 9:30 a.m.
Former Stuart Man
Expires at Fremont
STUART — Asberry Clayton
Perry, about 68, died at 3 a.m.,
Tuesday, December 13, at Fre
mont. He left Stuart a number oi
years ago to work at the Mead
ordnance plant near Fremont and
had been employed the past sev
eral years as a night clerk in a
The body will arrive in Stuart
Friday and funeral services are
, set for 2 p.m., Friday, December
16, at the Community church
here. Burial will be at Stuart.
The late Mr. Perry reared his
i family at Stuart where he was
I employed for many years by the
| [ Coats firm.
jji Survivors include: Widow; son
I —Robert of Fremont; four daugh
ters (three of whom are married)
41 Deer Checked
at Station Here
Lynus Howard Bags
Thirty percent of the holders ol
deer hunting permits. were suc
cessful during the deer season in
area four. The hunt opened Sat
urday and closed Tuesday night.
Area four included Holt, Knox,
Dakota, Cedar, Boyd and Dixon
counties. Forty - seven percent
were successful last year.
Seven hundred fifty permits
were issued in area three, which
included Brown, Cherry, Hcoker,
Rock and Keya Paha counties.
Forty-one deer were weighed in
at the O’Neill station; Butte, 41;
Bassett, 65; Ainsworth, 102; Cen
ter, 32; Hartington, 11, and
First buck weighed at O’Neill
was brought in by Mrs. Agnes
Stevens of O’Neill. Lynus Howard
of O^Neill accounted for the big
gest — a 105-pound mule deer
bagged near Bristow.
Shooting of females was nol
authorized in either area, accord
ing to Game Conservationist Fred
Salak of O’Neill, although eithei
sex was permissive in northwest
Thirty - five mule deer werr
turned in and six wh'itetails.
Checking in deer included:
Donald Eugene Beckwith of O’
Neill, Roy Donald Buschart ol
O’Neill, Edgar Ivan Bulau ol
Atkinson, Neal Davis of Atkinson
Harold Freemeyer of Page, James
Frost of Arcadia, John R. Galla
gher of O’Neill, Robert Gaylor ol
■ Atkinson, Shirley Hamik of Stu
art, Arthur Hinricksen of Ew
ing, Garry Howard of O’Neill,
Lynus Howard of O’Neill.
Agnes Krobot of Stuart, Harold
Melcher of Page, Amy Mellor of
Spencer, Jesse Mellor of Atkinson,
Earl Parks of Page, Louis Prange
cf Stuart, Mary Revell of O’Neill,
Raymond Revell of O’Neill, Larry
Root of Atkinson.
Lawrence Rouse of O’Neill,
Charles Small of Atkinson, Albert
Sterns of O’Nenll, Agnes Stevens
of O’Neill, Leslie Strong of Om
aha, Ludwig Pagel of Ewing.
Charles Tasler of Atkinson, Don
na Mae and Richard Trowbridge
of Page, Fred Uhlir of Verdigre.
Mrs. George McCarthy of O’
Neill was declared winner in the
annual yule window unveiling
contest which was held a fortnight
ago. She correctly guessed the
non-related item in 30 out of the
36 contest windows, according to
G. C. DeBacker, who was in
charge of contest arrangements.
Second place honors went to
Mrs. John Donohoe of O’Neill,
who correctly picked 29. Miss
Jackie Norman of O’Neill had 27
correct. Mrs. McCarthy’s prize
will be $25. Second place will be
awarded $15 and third place, $10.
Meanwhile, Santa Claus will
buzz into town Saturday, Decem
ber 17, with his annual bag of
treats for all. Santa’s arrival by
jet plane is scheduled for 3 p.m.
He will be met at the airport in
the customary manner — by the
Checks to the window guessers
will be presented by Santa at
| the school.
Meanwhile, the bogus dollar
days event was acclaimed a huge
success. (Photos on pages 3 and
Friday, December 16: Real es
tate and personal property be
longing to the late J. A. O and
Victoria Woods, in Chambers;
Col. Ed Thorin of O’Neill, auc
tioneer; Chambers State Bank,
Tuesday, December 20: Mr. and
Mrs. George Oetter, 23 miles
south of O’Neill and two miles
east; ranch closeout; 95 head of
cattle; ranch and haying equip
ment; some household goods; Col.
Ed Thorin of O’Neill, auctioneer
Chambers State Bank, clerk. (De
tails on page 11.)
Wednesday, January 4: John
and Cora Claussen, farm closeout
north of O’Neill; Cols. Wallace O’
Connell of O’Neill and Max Wan
ser of Ewing, auctioneers; O’Neill
National Bank, clerk. (Details in
Mark D. Howard, 74*
111 Several Years;
Rites Here Monday
Mark O. Howard, 74, a retire**
O’Neill realtor and a pioneer
resident of the Page community,
died at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, De
cember 10, in St. Anthony’s hos
pital. He had been in failinc
health for more than two years
Funeral services were conduct
ed at 2 p.m., Monday, December
12, from the First Presbyterian
church with Rev. Olen Kennel!.
I church pastor, officiating. Burial
was in Prospect Hill cemetery un
der the direction of Biglin’s.
Pallbearers were Merwyn
French, sr., Raymond Heiss, Har
old Heiss, and Cordes Walker, aSM
of Page, and Loren Nelson and L._
M. Merriman, both of O’Neill.
Miss Nancy Kennell was organ
The late Mr. Howard wa»;
bom May 30, 1881, at Aurora,
Hamilton county, a son of Hen
ry Clay Howard and Rhoda
At the age of three he accoEt*
panied his parents to Holt county .
The family settled on a home
stead northeast of Page. He at
tended rural school in the Dorr
district and later took a business
course at the Fremont Norma I
He married Mary Josephine
Soukup at Page on October It*. "
For many years Mr. Howard !
was a real estate dealer at Page.
About 20 years ago the couple
moved to O’Neill where Mr. * '
Howard continued to be active
in real estate affairs until about
seven years ago, when he re
He formerly was a member
the Royal Highlander lodge..
Survivors include: Widow •—
Mary; daughter — Mary Dawis
Howard of New York City; sis
, ters—Mrs. Laura Walker of Fre
mont and Mrs. William Tuckti
of Central City.
He was preceeded in death fat*
his parents, who are buried ah
Page; also by one sister who die»:
in infancy and another sistes
Mrs. Charles Anderson of Oregon
who died in 1948.
Among those from a distanoe
attending the funeral were* Mfc
and Mrs. Elmer Reddick of Wood’
Lake and Mrs. Howard Miller
State Board Wants
to Hike Interest
SPENCER—Members of the ac
tive Commercial club here Ta«c
Thursday evennig were brought
up-to-date on the village of Sjpen— ,
cer’s efforts to refinance II»~
thousand-dollars worth of out
Dr. Donald David reported that
the Nebraska board of education
al lands and funds, longtime hold—
er of the town’s paving-water-- «
power bonds, has offered to refi
nance the paper for another 2f>
years at an interest rate of 2%
percent. For years the state nas
been receiving pay at the rate oS °
1 percent, and the bonds come
due January 1. The towr baa.
sought to refinance at the same'
rate and continue to whittle a way
at the 35-year-old obligation
Arrives from Abroacf,
Visits Joe Daas
CHAMBERS — George Otte ot
Beit Lahia, Lebanon, Asia Minor',
arrived in Chambers Friday oni
business. He is a cousin of Jot
Daas and is a guest in the DaaE
home. Other relatives in tite
United States are his cousins, Jim:,
Salem of Omaha and Abdou Sa
lem of Lexington. His stay her*
Army Nnrse Receives
First Lt. Donna Shellhase. ma
army nurse, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. C. G. Shellhase of O’Neill,
was promoted from second tcj
first lieutenant on November 25
An Atkinson high graduate she
served in the WAVES during
World War II.
Lieutenant Shellhase has beem
stationed in Sendai, Japan since
May. Her address is: 11th Evaci*
ation Hospital, APO 547 Saan
SPENCER—The annual wmtfcir
concert by the Spencer public
school band will be played Hi- *
day night at the Community Ham
m Spencer, starting at 8 o'clock.
OFFICE TO BE CLOSED
The draft office will be closed
from Monday, December 19, nrw.
til Thursday, December 29, ac
cording to Mrs. W. H. Harty, chief'
Ralph Van Buren of O’Neill
was admitted to the Methodist
hospital in Sioux City Monday
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