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Volume 79-Number 9 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, June 25, 1959 Seven Cents
Trophies and smiling ami pensive faces were evident before the final rounds of the O’Neill Dad's
Day annual tournament were ended. Fox, of Albion, the champion is shown in the inset. Mr. and
Mrs. D. A. Kersenbrock are shown looking the tro|diies and score tallies over. The smiling gentleman
between the Kersenbroeks I: Harold Connors uf Greely. The Frontier Photo and Kngrnving.
Albion Mon Wins Golf Tourney
Bill Fox, veteran golfer of Al
bion, is the new champion of the
annual Dad's Day open golf tour
nament in O'Neill.
He defeated Howard Story of
Plainview Monday afternoon.
Tournament officials reported
an excellent turn-out as 104 golf
ers registered for the .18-year old
Of the seven flight winners, on
ly two were from O'Neill. lX>n j
Bunker in the third and Dick Nel- |
son in the fourth. Several second |
places and consolation trophies,
however, stayed home.
In first flight competition, Gale
Whitney o f Ainsworth defeated
Henry Fowler of Enid, Okla. for
Mike Burney of Neligh defeated
Gordon Drayton of Orchard for
second flight honors.
Don Bunker of O'Neill defeated
Vern Reynoldson in the finals of
the third flight.
Leon McCoy of Neligh was de
feated ,by Richard Nelson of O'Neill
In the fourth flight finals.
In the fifth flight finals, Les
Gillespie of Neligh defeated Fred
Appleby of O'Neill.
Bert Brennan of Ft Leaven
worth, Kans., defeateil Gary Gil
lespie of O'Neill in the sixth flight
The complete results of the tour
nament are on the inside pages.
Membership Is Up
LYNCH The Methodist church
membership here has shown an
outstanding growth (hiring the past
year. In January, 1958, the little
church had a membership of 56.
On June first the records show 90
meml>ers. an increase of 34 new
members. This is lielieved to be the
highest percentage gain in any
Methodist church in the state
Twenty-eight members were re
ceded through confession of faith
and six by transfer.
Rev. Lester Spragg of Bassett
has been the pastor the past year
and has l>een reappointed recently
for the coming year.
BOY SCOI'T PICNIC
Family members of O’Neill Cub
Scouts were guests at a family pic
nic pack meeting at Scout 40 Tues
Thanks to the city who mowed,
and Fred Heerman who sprayed
the Scout acreage, the Safari theme
planned by the boys to entertain
their families, was successful.
Pot-luck supper was served with
wieners and buns provided by the
Fourteen boys received Scout
Record Attendance at
3-Day O'Neill Rodeo;
Butte Cowboy Is Tops
A record attendance was esta
blished here by rodeo-goers as ap- ]
proximately 6,000 persons came to
O'Neill’s three-day rodeo.
Jack Reiman, a young cowboy
from Butte, is now the proud hold
er of the silver all-around cow
boy award. He also received the |
silver buckle for the Brahma bull
riding competition and won both
the first and second go-around for
total purse money of $i.'17.
Other silver buckle winners and
their purses included Veldon Mor- I
gan of Gordon who won in three j
sections of the saddle bronc rid
ing and total purse money of
$110.50; Art Noble of Cody bare
back bronc riding, $80.80; Don
Mattern of Chambers, calf roping,
$128.80; Bud Johnston of Dunning
and Stan Barent of Seneca who
split honors for first in bull dog
ging, $164 each; Sharon Harms
of Valentine, ladies barrel race,
Other purse winners who did
not receive buckles were Orville,
Gallino, $80.80, Howard Parker, |
$34, and Roliie Glouse, Dunning,
Benze Funeral Held
In O'Neill Thursday
Funeral services were conducted
today (Thursday) at 9 a m. at St.
Patrick's Catholic church in O Neill
for Henry F. (Shorty) Benze, 69,
who lived south of O'Neill. Father
Kucera will officiate. Rosary will (
be held Wednesday evening at 8:00 !
at Biglins Chapel.
He died suddenly of a heart at
tack Monday evening on his ranch
He was one of the real full-time
cowboys left in the country. He
was also a veteran of World War
I, in the infantry in France-Ger
jnany and fought against own coun- '
trymen because he did not become
a citizen until 1918.
Survivors include his widow,
Pauline; 3 daughters, Mary Helen,
17, Carmen Florence, 14, Nancy
Jeanne, 8. one son, Patrick Hen
ry, 12, all at home and two half
sisters in Germany.
Pallbearers chosen were:
Charles Fox, Jerome Gallagher,
Andy Clark, Russel Yuston and
Stoecker In Operation
AMELIA—Neil D. Stoecker, ma
chinist's mate fireman, USN, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Stoecker
of Amelia, took part in Operation
"Granite Creek”, May 25 to June
1, while serving abroad the attack
aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the
Gather at Home
For Annual Reunion
EMMET Ten children of Mr.
and Mrs. William Klinetobe gath
ered at their home on Sunday,
June 14 for the annual reunion.
Present were Mr. and Mrs. Jim
Coner of Houston, Tex., Mr. and
Mrs. Billy Klinetobe and family
of Platte. S. D., Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Colfack and family of Al
bion, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Johnson
and family of Verdel, Mr. and
Mrs. Dean Klinetobe and family of
Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Max Bahr
and family of Fremont, Mr. and
Mrs. lyonnie Klinetobe and Mr.
and Mrs. Wayne Klinetobe, both
of O’Neill, Mrs. and Mrs. Paul
Menkens and family and Carol
Jean at home.
Unable to attend were Mr. and
Mrs. Warren Klinetobe and daugh
ter, Gwendolyn of San Diego,
Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kline
tobe and son of Omaha and Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Klinetobe of Car
roll, la., who were home on va
cation last month.
Also present were two brothers
of Mr. Klinetobe, Mr. and Mrs.
John Klinotolx? of Neligh and Mr.
and Mrs. Gordon Klinetobe, Merle
and Arlene of Rapid City, S.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Claussen
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Mr. Claussen and Mr. Comer were
A cafeteria style dinner was
served at n(x>n, the afternoon was
spent visiting and taking pictures.
There were no deaths in the fam
ily the past year. There was one
birth, A son, Kenneth Dean was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Max Bahr of
Fremont on March 23.
There has been two marriages
in the family. On February 22,
Wayne to Cleone Cole and Lonnie
to Mary Ellen Boyle on May 1.
Grant Is Announced
By McDonald Firm
J. M. McDonald jr., president
of the J. M. McDonald Foundation,
Inc., and head of the store chain
announced that a grant in the vi
cinity of $150,000 has been made
to Hastings college toward con
struction of a classroom admini
The foundation was established
in 1952 by the late James M. Mc
Donald of Corland, N Y. The capi
tal funds were gifts principally
made by him during his lifetime
and the bequest of a portion of
his estate. He had for many years
been active in charitable work.
O'Neill Man Charged
With Statuatory Rape
Ralph Ferris, a 31-year old O'
Neill man, was extradited to South
Dakota after being charged at
Lake Andes with statuatory rape
according to Holt County Sheriff
He was returned there Tuesday
afternoon by South Dakota officers
who appeared with extradition
papers signed by Governor Ralph
Ferris is married and has a fam
Well Known Musician
Dies in Bassett;
Plan Memorial Concert
Chester C. ‘‘Chet" Stockwell, life
long resident of Rock County, died
early Tuesday morning at the Bas
He was stricken Monday evening
while conducting rehearsal for the
Bassett city band and never re
gained consciousness Funeral ser
vices will be held Friday afternoon
at 2:30 at the Bassett bandshell.
Chet was widely known through
out the area for his interest in mu
sic and his interest in the youth of
the area who made up the bands.
He had directed the Bassett city
band for 56 years starting at the
age of 16. He would have been 72
years of age next week.
A memorial concert will be
played next Tuesday evening at 8
p.m., at the bandshell. Musicians
from the area who have sat under
his baton are invited to participate
A rehearsal will be held Monday
evening at the grade school in
Bassett. The concert will be played
without a director, it was announc
Chet retired this year after hav
ing served 40 years as county clerk
of Rock county. He was the dean
of clerks in Nebraska at his re
He also had taken an active part
in road promotion. At the time of
his death he was a director of
Highway 183 association.
Naper 18-Year Old
In Custody Pending
Investigation of Death
BUTTE — Boyd county sheriff
Claude Collins is holding an 18-year
old Naper youth in the county jail
pending an investigation in the
death of Frank Vanderlinde, 21, of
Vanderlinde died, according to
informed sources, as a result of
injuries suffered when a steel drill
bit, which was in a brace, entered
Vanderlinde’s head above the ear
and went through his head.
County attorney W. P. Wells or
dered an autopsy and an inquest
was started at 4 p.m. yesterday
(Wednesday). The inquest was ad
journed at 8 p.m. last night and
was scheduled to begin again this
Wells would not comment further
on the case pending completion of
IIOI.T COUNTY EXHIBIT
Holt County School Exhibit will
hold Open House June 27 and 28.
2 to 5 p.m. You are invited to come
and see the art work done by the
children of Holt County. This is
one of the best exhibits on display
for years with 88 more superior
ratings and 203 more excellent ra
tings than last year.
'Telephone Taxes Up
4 Times Since 1941'.
A check for $5,287.44 is being
delivered to the Co. Treasurer for
the second half of the 1958 person
al property taxes, according to
Harry Petersen, manager of North
western Bell Telephone Company
here. The total 1958 telephone pro
perty tax payment in this County
Petersen pointed out that total
telephone taxes in Nebraska in
1958 averaged $3.12 per month per
telephone. This is an increase,
from taxes alone, of $2.34 per
month per telephone, compared
with the total tax of only 78c pet
month per telephone in 1941. The
present total tax of $3.12 per
telephone per month is four times
the 78c in 1941.
j; Ex-Stuart School Superintendent
Sentenced for 1958 Embezzlement
Russell Person, assistant county agent, measures Jti I itch com north of O’Neill. The irrigated
corn Is doing well and is about average for tills time of year. The non-lrrigated com is below average
oeeodlng to the agent’s office. The Frontier Photo and Engraving.
Elements Get Tough;
Crops in Holt Area
Suffer, but Average
Holt and surrounding county
crops are being kicked around by
the elements according to a crop
report by the office of the Holt
Between heat and lack of rain
fall in the immediate area, and
severe hail to the south, the prai
rie took a beating last week.
Russell Person, assistant conn
ty agent, said the hay crop looks
good in those areas that are ir
rigated but looked “fair to poor”
where not irrigated, lie said con
ditions looked the poorest north
of the Elkhorn river.
» Ireenbug damage is taking a
toll of the oats. Serial blight has
set in some areas as a result of
Most corn at this time ranges
from four to 16 inches in height and
is average for this time of year,
The agent's office reported a
below average stand of bluegrass
—a frost in early May took some
Cleaiwater and Orchard received
heavy rain, hail and high winds
early this week and in isolated
areas, rye and oats fields were
badly damaged. On the Si Berry
farm, knee high corn was left
with only stumps. Other farms
(with heavy losses were those of
Dwight Morrison, Sylvia Zigen
ibein and Crandall Hopkins.
* A severe hailstorm battered
crops in the Orchard and Royal
areas Sunday evening.
Near total losses of corn were
reported by several farmers. Hail
112 inches deep was measured at
the Hopkins farm. He estimated
la loss of 200 acres.
Gardens and trees also suffered
heavy damge. An observer said
peas in the Orchard area gardens
were actually shelled from their
pods by the hailstones.
CHARTER NIGHT AT ELGIN
A newly organized Lions Club at
Elgin was honored Monday evening
by Lions members from Clear
water, Norfolk, Neligh and O’Neill.
A banquet preceded the program at
i which a state charter was granted
I the group.
Polka Tots, local instrumental
group, furnished music for the pro
Attending from O’Neill were: Mr.
and Mrs. K. L. VanVoorhis, Mr.
i and Mrs. A. L. Patton, Mr and
j Mrs. Kenneth Curran, Mr ‘and Mrs.
Howard Manson and Mr. and Mrs.
Willard Solfermoser is attending
the annual convention of the Am
ateur Radio Relay League this
week in Galveston, Tex. The con
vention is the annual meeting of
owners and operators of "ham”
Special Election Called
To Redistrict School
Valerie Weighs In
A 'Hefty' Two Pounds
ATKINSON Little Valerie Joan
Reis, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George J. Reis jr., didn't set a
record at the hospital here, but
she did cause some excitement.
She weighed 2 pounds, 10 oun
ces when she was born Saturday.
She is doing fine according to
the Sisters. The record smallest
delivery is still held by Mrs. Harold
Newbanks of Stuart. Their child
weighed one pound, eight ounces.
Skillet Sisters Win
Rodeo Float Contest
Imagination and art were com
bined last week to produce winning
floats for the annual rodeo parade
Friday evening. Skillet Sisters club,
headed by Mrs. Wally O'Connell,
took the first place award of $100.
Happy Helpers 4-H club led by
Mrs. Clay Johnson jr. and Ante
lope Saddle Club of Neligh were
•awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes of $75
and $25 respectively.
Prize money was donated by the
O’Neill Lions club. Three judges,
members of the Clearwater Lions
club, chose five floats for honor
able mention including: Eagle
Belles Extension Club, Cub Scouts,
Willing Workers 4-H Club, Nation
al Guard and Civil Air Patrol.
CommerciuJ floats were not elig
ible for prize money but many
businesses participated. See photos
Final citizenship papers were re
ceived by three Ainsworth persons
Tuesday morning by District Judge
D. R. Mounts.
Those who were sworn in were
Maria Magill, 36, and Olga and
John Possyka, the 12-year old
tw'ins of Mr. and Mrs. Wassyl Pos
syka, all of Ainsworth.
Those from a distance for the A.
B. Hubbard funeral at Chambers
Thursday: were: Lt. Allen Porter
of Perrin Air Base. Tex., Mr. E. E.
Hubbard of Gillette, Wyo.; Ralph
Parker and son of Panama City,
Fla.; and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
j Porter and family and Mr and
Mrs. Ned Porter of Columbus.
A special election which could re
sult in the reorganization of five
school districts into Page District
2 has been called for July 6 by the
office of the county superintendent.
The called election is the result
of the Holt county reorganization
committee’s plans to merge dist
ricts 57, 97, 138, 110 and 2.
If the plan is accepted by voters,
the Page grade school will receive
29 more students, 12 from District
57 and 17 from District 97. At the
present time 17 children in Dist
ricts 138 and 110 are already at
tending grade school classes in
If the districts are reorganized
by vote of the citizens of the dist
ricts, all assets and property will
become that of District 2 as well as
Polls will l>e open from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m. at the Page town hall.
Several weeks ago, Merwin
French, jr., president of the re
districting committee said approx
imately 10 mills would be dropped
from the 53 mills school levy paid
at present in the Page District if
the plan is accepted. The mill levy
in the outlaying districts, will,
however, increase somewhat.
French told The Frontier 'at that
time that he thought the voters
would accept the plan this time.
According to the county super
intendent’s office, utilization of ex
isting school houses will be deter
mined by the legal voters of Dist
rict 2. It was stated that the pres
ent school building of District 2
will be adequate with the remodel
ing of one elementary room and
the hiring of another teacher.
Elected Vice President
Miss Carlene Schoenle of Kan
sas City was elected vice presi
dent of the student l>ody for the
coming year at St. Mary’s college
in Kansas City. She is now ser
ving as vice president of her jun
Miss Schoenle is a former O’
Neill resident and daughter of Mrs.
Geraldine Schoenle of Kansas City.
Four students and two sisters of
St. Mary’s Academy last week at
tended a summer school of Cath
olic Action in Mankato, Minn., Re
turning Saturday from the week
long session were Alice Schaffer,
Bill Putnam, Clem Gokie, Jean
Sullivan and Sisters Florence and
One to Two Years
Keith A Doss, 33, former super*
intendent of the Stuart
school was sentenced from or* la
two years in the state penitentiary
in Lincoln by District Judge D B.
Mounts Wednesday afternoon
Doss entered a guilty i>!r» %
charges of cmliowiing 5570 hum
the school activities fund and ram
County Attorney WiIlium W Grib
fin filed the criminal charges s»
Doss had admitted gulls a»
the charges In a prelimtawy
hearing In county court and warn
hound over to district court- •*
hail posted a seven hundred mm
lars appearance bond.
Doss has served as high schrwi
principal at Shelton and was signed
by the Stuart board oi educate*
to heud the school when Superim
tendent Warren Peterson resign**
Doss was superintendent ni 0m
school from September, 1957 ta
June, 1958. Several months *c*
Doss walked into the office o4 Hml
county sheriff Leo Tomjach ami
volunteered to be confined "far a
A board of education member
estimated, at the time Doss w»
fessed, that the superintends
could have handled in e*cesn *0
ten-thousand dollars In cash Im
ing a single school year- Wlm
Doss became superintendent, 0M
activity fund IumI a halan<» at
!KK» dollars. When not re-elrrbed
to the 1BBH-1959 school year, bm
left Stuart to he hospitalised h*
a time at Norfolk. He then »»U
When full accountings wen* rwt
being made by Doss of the srito*
itics (basketball, football, plana
etc.) receipts and the lunch mow®
members of the board of edurnnf**
began an investigation.
Doss is married and has tsm
TO PUBLISH EMU
The Frontier will go to per*
early this coming week ber-anm
of the Fourth of duly hoHBm
All advertisers and corn-ram*
dents are asked to send On*
copy In as early as possible.
Ken Curren Heads
O'Neill Lions Club
O’Neill Lions roared their ap
proval of eight local club me mi***
in elections held at a noon roe**
Kenneth Curren, manager at tto
local Kansas-Nebraska gas cote
pany, was named president to n»
ceed Howard Manson Other »fe
ficers elected were: Tom Crate*,
1st vice president; Dale Witoa*.
2nd vice president; Joe Stutz, *»
retary-treasurer; A. L. Patlon, di
rector; Joe Ollendick, director;
Rev. A. S. Gedwillo, tail twister;
and Robert Pappenheimer, to*
Stutz resigned following electa*
stating that he didn’t think to
would have the time needed to *
vote to such an office since fen
election to president of the Cbam
her of Commerce.
In other business, the club tens
ed the parade held in conjunct**
with the rodeo a success a*§
thanked all those who helped amt
Jim Champion, co-publisher A
The Frontier, proposed that tto
Lions Club and The Frontier ro
sponsor a Kids Fish Day to he hr*
sometime in August. The cldb ap
proved the proposal, but no drfe
inite plans have been made as ytt
Accepted at Northwester*
Dean Towle, a graduate in to*
June graduating class of the to*
year medical school at 1he Uram
sity of South Dakota at VenniDn
has been accepted in Northwester*
University of Evanston, III. to noa»
plete work toward his Doctor ti
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One of the most imaginative floats this year at the pre-rodeo parade was entered by the Skillet Sisters headed by Mrs. Wally
O'Connell. The float took first place honors and flOfl. The Frontier Photo and Engraving.
These O'Neill cub scouts didn’t win a prize but were given an honorable mention by the pre-rodeo parade Judges. See the comply
story of the parade on this page. The Frontier Photo and Kngrarh*.
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