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'The Voice of the Beef Empire"
Volume 79—Number 11 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, July 9, 1959 Seven Cents
STATE HIST SOC
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The Frontier Sponsors
Madison Trip Again
The Frontier is again sponsoring
a bus caravan for a day at the Ma
rti on races.
Friday. July 17, has been de
signated as O'Neill Frontier Day
at the races.
Air-conditioned Grayhound bus
ses will leave O’Neill at 12, noon,
and arrive at Madison Downs well
in advance of the first race O
Neillites will have grandstand
scats and will be honored. There
will tie an O’Neill handicap feature
race a.iU a blanket will be ore
sented to the winner by a member
of the caravan
The return caravan is expected
to reach O'Neill by midnight. The
total package price this year will
be J6 50 The figure includes the
fare, grandstand seats and din
The Schmidt = grocery' store of
Spencer has been purchased by
: the Shelhamer Foods of O'Neill.
1 Plans to remodel have begun and
an opening date will be announced
soon The store will remain open
during the renovation or the build
Iowa Corn In Holt County?
The corn was higher Ilian Kenneth Wettl.uite h -ad on the Fourth of July anil It couUI be the
tallest la tlolt county. He lias 225 acres of corn under irrigation two miles northwest of Page, and if
tilings go like last year, one field of 120 acres will m ke 150 bushels to the acre. Kenneth ex|dalned ttjat
this corn had the advantage of urn |*>uuds of nitrog i and on pounds of phosphate. He and his two
oldest sons, Norman, It!, and Danny, 12, are kept busy for long hours during the day just carrying around
the Irrigation pipe. The Frontier Photo and Engraving.
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It might be a mighty small pony, but It give * the (leorge Mellor children big fun. He was only
21 Inches high when he was born on the farm home 20 miles north of O’Neill. The children, from left,
are Barbara, C.eorgla Kay and Richard. 1,hot<> and Engraving by The Frontier
Members of the O’Neill committee forming the "Point After
Touchdown Club" In O’Neill are, from left, Stewart Panooe, Lowell
Nesbitt, Carroll Zaniba, Fred Appleby, aad Kenneth Ourren. Allen
Jankotriak, not shown, Is also a member. See story on page 1.
Retired O'Neill Farmer
Funeral services were conducted
Wednesday, July 8. at 10 am.
at St. Patricks church in O Neill
for George F. Shoemaker, 86. re
tired O'Neill farmer. Burial was
in Calvary cemetery. He passed
away July 6 at 2:10 a m. at St.
Anthony’s hospital in O’Neill.
George Francis Shoemaker was
born November 1, 1872 at Ottum
awa la., to Frank and Mary Cody
Shoemaker. They came to Holt
county in 1886 from Villisca. Ia.
He was married November 2. 1902
to Nellie Joyce of O'Neill at St.
Patrick's Catholic church. To this
union three children were born.
One son is deceased. Mrs. Shoe
maker preceeded her husband in
Survivors include: One son.
Leonard of O'Neill: daughter, Le
ona (Sister Georgei of Denver.
Colo ; two brothers, Bert and John,
iioth of O'Neill and two sisters,
Mrs. Casper (Clara' Pribil, O
Neill and Annie Burk.
Two brothers and two sisters
Pallbearers were: Hugh Coyne,
Ed Gallagher. Neil Ryan. Louis
Vitt. Frank Sullivan and P. C. Don
Welch Rites Held
Monday in O'Neill
Funeral services were conducted
at 10 a.m. Monday for James
Welch, 80. who died Thursday at
St. Anthony's hospital after an ill
ness of only six days.
Services were held from St. Pat
rick's church with Rev. Timothy
O'Sullivan officiating. Burial was
in Calvary cemetery.
Rosary was recited at 8 p.m.
Sunday evening at Biglin’s.
The pallbearers were Jack Ar
buthnot, Robert Miller. Willis But
terfield, William Derickson, Harry
Johnson and Ben Vanosek.
The late Mr. Welch was born
Juno 6, 1879, near Creston. Ta. He
was the son of Patrick and Mary
Hanaberry Welch. In 1884 his fam
ily moved to a farm east of O -
Neill. A couple of years later the
family settled on a farm 30 miles
northeast of this city. There James
grew to manhood. He then purch
ased a farm across the county
ltne in Knox rlunty and resided
there the l’est of his life.
On October 11, 1911 he was unit
ed in marriage to Ethel Irene
Brinsmead at St. Patrick’s church
in O’Neill. They had two children.
His son. Thomas, preceded him in
death. . , , , .
Mr. Welch is survived by his
widow; a daughter—Mrs. Edward
(Grace) Vejvoda of Grand Island;
three grandsons—Jack Welch, Wil
liam Vejvoda and Gary Vejvoda;
a sister - Mrs. Margaret Dodge of
Joe Stutz Assumes
Past-president Ray Eby sur
rendered the helm of the O Neill
Chamber of Commerce to Joe
Stutz Monday night at the Cham
ber’s monthly meeting.
Since so few members were
present, committee reports were
short and little business was trans
acted. State Senator Frank Nelson
gave a short resume of the past
legislative session and answered
a few questions.
In other business the Chamber
elected to give the O'Neill Little
League Association the $125 asked
for at an earlier date. The request
was tabled at the June meeting.
President Stutz stated that new
committees will be drawn up be
fore the next meeting and commit
tee members will be notified.
A supplementary' budget report
was given and the meeting was
Tliree O’Neill golfers, "Scovie”
Jaszkowiak, Henry Lphaus and
Max Golden, will travel to Yank
ton, SD., this weekend to enter
the Yankton Golf tournament.
The men plan to take their wives
along for an outing on the Lewis
and Clark lake at the Gavins Point
O’Neill firemen were called to
put out a fire which burned the
engine section of a car driven
by Roger Bennett early Wednes
day morning. The electrical fire
was put out in a matter of min
NEW POOL HOURS
The O’Neill sWimming pool man
agement has announced that the
new pool hours are from 1:30 to
Thunderstorms and cooler
weather is forecast for the Great
riains and the Sandhills for the
I ext five days. Genera) highs are
expected in the mid-80s, and the
lows in the low 00s. The immedi
ate forecast also calls for cooler
temperatures throughout the
City Tax Levy Down 2 Mills From 1958
The O'Neill city council set a
15.0 mill levy Tuesday night, a
decrease of two mills from last
The effect of the decrease will
mean that a home which has an
assessed valuation of $5,000 will
have a tax decrease of approx
* imately $10.
The decrease was made possi
ble, according to a council
spokesman, because of the $13,
ooo increase in revenue from
the head tax and the Class A
and B intangible property.
The valuation of city property
is up approximately $150,000 and
is set at $4,086,162.
The following taxation levies
were made: General purpose, 3.
mills; Maintenance of streets. 3.
mills; parks, 0.5 mills; fire de
partment, 0.5 mills; advertising,
0.2 mills; airport improvement,
1. mill; street lighting, 1.1 mill;
sewer bond sinking fund,. .5 mill;
water bond sinking fund, .5 mill;
park improvement and sinking
fund, 0.5 mill; street widening
sinking fund. .7 mill; intersection
paving band sinking fund, 3.0
In other council action, a com
plaint concerning outhouses in
the residential section of O’Neill
as well as poultry and livestock
in the same area was heard.
City Attorney John Gallagher
said notices will be served on
property owners who have out
houses within 180 feet of a sew
er line. An ordinance requires
such owners to hook up to a sew
er line if they are within that
Gallagher said there are cer- |
tain sections of O’Neill that are |
zoned against poultry and live- i
stock, particularly the central |
section of the city.
On the outskirts, residents may
raise poultry and some livestock
if they do not live closer than
150 feet to their neighbors.
The city council heard repre- I
sentatives of Kirkham and Mich- j
aels engineering firm and were
further advised on paving and
Mother Denies Augering Steel Bit
In Son's Head-Cries Defiant 'No!'
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I |f[ Pride of St, Anthony's
Hate arc six little record Weakers and they are growing older. They were all born on the same
day, July 3, 1954, at St. Anthony's hospital and were all logelher this July 4 for the first time since their
hirths. Tlie record of (> still stands. It lias been a Frontier tradition to take their pictures each time
most of them get together. Their parents and the children celebrated the Fourth of July together in
O'Neill at Ford park. The 5-yaar olds are back row, ,irom left, Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Rihbs of O’Neill; Scott, son of nr. and Mrs. Duane <’. Miller of Emmet; Warren, son of Mr. and .Mrs.
Claude Wiley of 3439 Decatur, Omahaufront row, Marsha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Stauffer of
Page; Katherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.yle Childers of Elgin, and Vlekl Holz, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Francis Holz of O’Neill. The Frontier Photo and Engraving.
29 More Students
For Page District 2
PAGE An Overwhelming appro
val of school redistricting was seen
here during the past week as vo
ters approved the reorganization
of five school districts.
The plan, accepted by a 107-0
vote for redistricting in the Page
district, will result in the addition
of 29 more grade school students
to Page District 2.
Those districts which will be a
part of the Page school will be
57, 97, 138 and 110.
In these rural districts, the vote
was 62 for reorganization and 22
against. A majority of both units
was needed to carry the plan.
Rural District 110 has been dis
banded and the building sold. They
have contracted with Page for the
past four years. District 138 still
has equipment but sent the stu
dents to Page in 1950
Districts 97 and 57 were still ac
tive at the time of the election.
Local officials believe that it
had become essential that Page
have more taxable land and pro
perty, particularly after Page lost
a part of their school by fire in
Merwin French, jr., is the chair
man of the school district reorgani
zation board, which set up the
Lions Club to Push
Scout Troop No. 198
An organization meeting for a
new Boy Scout troop of O’Neill
will be held Monday at 7 p.m. The
meeting will be in the old high
The boys and their parents are
invited as well as other persons in
terested in the scouting program.
Boys 11-years old are eligible if
they have completed their Cub
Scout requirements. The minimum
age requirement for boys who have
not had Cub Scout training is 11V2.
The troop is being sponsored by
the O’Neill Lions club. A scout
committee, made up mostly of
members of the club has been
formed and has met with the Sand
hills District Scout executive, Lar
ry Martin of Bassett and has
made application to be known as
The annual convention of Amer
ican Legion Posts in Holt county
will he held Monday at 7 p.m. in
William Cousins and James Ear
ly have been nominated for the
commandership for the coming
All members of the Posts of Holt
county are urged to attend the
election meeting and those who
have paid their dues and have a
1959 membership card will be ac
cepted as delegates and are en
titled to vote.
Registration will begin at 5 p.m
with a charge of 50 cents.
. Joseph E. Thornton, officer in
charge of the Federal Bureau ot
Investigation in Nebraska will
A firing squad contest will fol
low at 9 p.m. Trophies will lx?
Auxiliary members will also reg
ister at the Post and hold their
Candidates for vice commander
are Ed Hanley and Duke Kersen
brock, for Sgt. at Arms, Earl
“Short” Hunt and Fred Appleby,
for chaplain, Ralph Lindberg and
Archie Bright, past commander,
will automatically be seated on the
executive committee. Nominees in
clude Ed Young, Roman Phillips,
Bill Petsche, Darold Graham, Rudy
Morrow, Harold Mlinar, Vern
Reynoldson, Emil Adamson, Joe
Grutsch, George Janousek, Dr. C.
M. Eason and Don Martin.
MRS. LOWERY DIES
The funeral of Mrs. Louisa Mary
Lowery, 87, who died July 5 was
held Tuesday at the Baptist church
in Chambers. The full obituary is
on page 7.
Former O'Neill Girl
Will Represent 1800
Miss Beverly McCarthy of Oma
ha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George McCarthy of O'Neill, spent
the week of June 21st in Cleveland,
O., attending the 21st Annual CWA
convention. Beverly was one of
four delegates elected by the mem
bers of Local 7400 (Omaha) to ■
represent the 1800 telephone work
While in Cleveland Beverly was
elected to serve on the NWB
Bargaining committee which is
composed of four members of the
rank and file with a full time
union representative serving as
chairman. Beverly was also elect
ed alternate for the national policy
making committee irom District
7 which covers the States of Ne- ;
braska, Iowa, Minnesota, North
and South Dakota.
This is the fourth year Beverly |
has attended the convention from
the Omaha local where she holds
the office of vice-president.
Holt Retail Sales
Up During April
Retail sales in Holt county dur
ing April of 1959 took a sharp
jump of five percent over the same
time a year ago.
During the same month in 1958
retail sales were -0.2 percent be
low average, and were up to 5.8
percent over average during April ,
'JL illjrcai . ^
The statistics, released by the i
University of Nebraska depart- 1
ment of business research, shows
that the entire state experienced •
a retail increase “amounting al- )
most to the threat of a boom.”
According to the bulletin, the j
physical volume of business in
April for the state was up 34.7 ,
percent over April of last year.
$496,930 Loaned i
To Boyd, Holt Farmers
Farmers Home Administration’s
county office in O’Neill loaned
$496,980 to farm families in Boyd
and Holt counties during the year
ending June 30, 1959, according to
Jay O. Walker, county supervisor.
Of this amount, $303,600 was
loaned for livestock, machinery <
and farm operating expenses, and 1
$193,380 was used to purchase or
re-finance real estate, construct or '
repair farm buildings, and for ir- '
Farmers in Boyd and Holt coun- -
ties repaid $282,446 on their FHA
loans during the past year.
Walker said the FHA makes
loans to farmers and ranchers who t
are unable to obtain the credit <
they need from other sources. i
Mother and Son
Bound Over to
BUTTE Mrs. Sadie DicKen*®,
19, denied “augering” a brace and
bit into her son’s head at the pre
liminary hearing held for her and
tier other son, Nyal Franch, 17,
before County Judge J. P Cla»
The Boyd county courtroom wan
filled to capacity as Judge Class®
bound the pair, charged with fin*
legree murder, over to appear
before a district court judge id
As a result of “sufficiently con
flicting testimony” in the hearing
i»f Mrs. Dickerson, and because
similar testimony “would he giv
en for and against either party,”
according to Judge Classon, the
preliminary hearing of Franch
Or. Robert Waters, an O'Metn
physician who examined the
body of V&nderlinde, told IJbe
court he believed that ihr young
man died as a resnli of “the
interruption of vital brain func
Authorities contend that Vander*
linde died as a result of a brace
and bit wound in the head.
The physician said the wound in
Vanderlinde’s head was from
"four to four and one half inches
Mrs. Dickerson, when called to
the stand denied admitting the
murder of her son. Earlier, Boyd
County Sheriff Claude Collins and
Gerald Tesch, investigator for the
State Patrol, said Mrs. Dickerson,
when Iteing questioned in custody,
told them ‘‘yes, I did it."
Nyal Franch, also calird to
the stand told the court under
examination that he and Yaitder*
linde had arguments in the past
and that the day Vanderllnde
died, they had argued at sail who
was to do some welding on the
farm nine miles northwest of
Franch told the court that Van*
delinde struck his thumb with a
welding rod and it was after this
that he hud thrown the brace and
lie was then asked by the at
torney to show the injury to the
judge which he did.
When asked by prosecuting at
torney J. D. Cronin (hired by the
county to assist County Attorney
William Wills) if she had ‘sat
istride" Vanderlinde after he was
in the ground and “augered the
lit into his head,” Mrs. Dickersoa
:ried a defiant "no" in the court
In earlier testimony, whea
Dr. Waters was being question
ed. Cronin asked Dr. Waters if
his investigation revealed hone
splinters on the inside of the
skull "similar to that you would
fnd on the inside of a Itoard be
ing bored." The physician said
Mrs. Dickerson testified that she
md Franch had discussed Vander
inde's death before either had
leen arrested and that she sug
gested “telling people" that the
leath was an accident.
Mrs. Dickerson said she thought
hen of "saving Nyal.”
The 58-year old mother of the
wo boys appeared very nervous
ind cried at times through the
learing. Her son, Nyal Franch,
nanaged only one faint smile dur
ng the two-hour, preliminary
learing of his mother.
'Point After' Club
Being Formed Here
Carroll Zaruba, a University of
Nebraska senior and halfback on
he Cornhusker football team, is
n the Holt county area forming
he “Point After Touchdown" club.
The club membership fees of
!1 goes into a scholarship fund for
ithletes. Zaruba poinied out that
he scholarship that Larry Tomlin
lon received came out of such a
Representatives of the club from
5’Neill will go to Inman, Page,
Swing and Orchard in addition to
:anvassing the city.
Committee members serving in
he club from O’Neill are Allen
faszkowiak, Stewart Pascoe, Low
>11 Nesbitt, Fred Appleby and
6-6 Record Held by
O'Neill Midget Team
The O'Neill American Legfon
nidget baseball team has split
2 games this season to date.
During the past week the boys
ron 3 of 5 games defeating Plain
iew. 3-1, and Chambers by for
eit twice. They lost to Creighton,
-1, and to Stuart, 10-6.
The Junior Legion team has a
/in-loss record of 2 wins and 6
During the past week they lost
0 Plainview, 7-0, and were rained
ut here in the fourth inning in
1 game with Creighton.
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