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Volume 79-Number 15 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, August 6, 1959-S*”n_ *nt1..
Says He Will Ask
For Venue Change
BI'TTB—William Brennan, court appointed defense attorney for
.Mrs. Sadie Dickerson and her 47-year old son, N’yal Franch, both
accused of first degree murder, told a Frontier reporter he would
ask for a change of venue in the case of Mrs. Dickerson.
The pair were charged after the death of Frank Yanderlinde,
21, the half brother of accused Franch and the son of Mrs. Dick
At this same time Tuesday, two U. S. District Judges, D. R.
Mount* and Lyle Jackson set a trial date for Sept. 14 in Butte.
A change of venue is a defense 1
plea, the decision upon which is
made by the judge hearing the
case, which charges that the per
son accused cannot get a fair trial
in the community where the trial
is to take place.
Brennan told a Frontier reporter
that he felt that adverse and un
favorable publicity was given in
the case of Mrs. Dickerson during
preliminary proceedings but did
not mention the name of the news
agency or agencies.
If a change of venue plea is
made by Brennan and if it is suc
cessful. it will be up to the trial
judge to determine the new loca
tion The defense is allowed to
Boyd county judge J. P. Clas
sen said the first drawing of
jurors for September has been
made but that a final drawing will
not bo made for several days.
Judge Classen, who no longer
has jurisdiction in the case, said
either Judge Mounts or Judge
Jackson could hear the case.
The information of murder was
filed by Boyd county attorney
William Wills following an autopsy
The prosecution maintains that
Vanderlinde died as a result of
a brace and hit wound in the head
on June 21 administered by Mrs.
Dickerson and Nyal Franch, her
Boyd county authorities have re
ported that Mrs. Dickerson has
been sent to Lincoln and that
Franch is still being hold in (lie
county jail at Butte.
For complete obituaries
turn to the inside pages.
SISTER M. FIDES (PAI I.E),
BA, ot O’Neill, at Creighton Uni
versity Omaha, August l. Fun
eral held Wednesday at St Pat
rick’s in O’Neill.
SAM FEE IRE TOOO. 73, of
Neligh. at his home, August 1.
Funeral held Wednesday, 2 p.m.
at the Methodist clnireh in Ne
((FORCE CONNIE FFNK,
82, Atkinson, at Atkinson Mem
orial hospital, duly 30. Funeral
services were held August 1 at
the Methodist church in Atkin
(TIARI.ES F. PRIOR. 82. of
Atkinson, at Atkinson Memorial
hospital. August I. Funeral was
held Monday at St. John's Eu
thcran church in Atkinson.
SATURDAY, Aug. 8: Real estate.
1:00 p.m.; Dora Rosno, just north
of Ewing Creamery.
FRIDAY. Aug. 14; real esta’e
and personal property; 2 p.m. lo
cated 4 mile south of Page Park;
Mr and Mrs. Harvey and Mabel
August 19 Mr. and Mrs. Don
Frilz, 20 miles northeast of O'
Neill. Farm, personal pro|>orty and
livestock. YYu.eh for ad and sale
bills. Col. Ed Thorin. auctioneer
and real estate broker. I
O'Neill Lucky on
The O’Neill city council, after
a four-hour long meeting Tuesday
voted to accept the paving bid of
the Missouri Valley Construction
Co. of Grand Island.
And according to disinterested
speculators men who did not bid
but were there to see what other
bidders were doing in this area—
O’Neill came out much better than
One speculator told a Frontier
reporter that “O’Neill has had
a very fortunate night tonight.”
lie said the bids were far be
low what the council normally
had a right to expect.
Six companies turned in sealed
bids and at least two of the bids,
including the winner and Booth
and Olsen, were substantially be
low the engineer's estimate.
The Missouri Valley company
received the go-ahead after they
turned in their bid of $164,007.
This is $39,414 below the $203,492
estimate of the engineers.
The council was assured by
rompany representatives that they
‘wish to get to work on the 11
districts just as soon as possible,”
and that it would he a matter of
hours before their first crews
I tooth and Olsen represent®
lives, although not receiving the
I MU , Mini* U ill
$171,SIM, also well below the en
gtneer’s estimated. Several ob
servers at the scene believed
Booth and Olsen would be the
winners and were surprised at
the winning hid.
The winning company’s repre
sentative said the work should be
completed before the first frost.
He told a councilman that it would
be too expensive for the company
to begin work this fall, to inter
rupt it and then begin again next
To Face Charges
In Justice Court
A bond of $300 was posted to
release David Nekolite, 25. of
O'Neill from county jail after he
was charged with two traffic
counts and assault and battery
during the week.
Holt county sheriff l.<eo Tomjack
-aid Nekolite will face Justice of
the Peace Ralph Walker at 10
a m. Friday in police court.
The two traffic charges are
driving under a suspended driver s
license and reckless driving. Coun
ty Attorney William Griffin said.
The sheritl said arresting offic
er Orville Miller “fired two shots
in Nekolite’s general direction”
New Secretary for
Chamber of Commerce
Howard Manson, clerk of the
district court, has been appointed
by the Chamber of Commerce to
take over the secretary position
elective August 15.
He replaces Morgan Ward, an
O'Neill tax consultant.
These top selling blaeks bought Tuesday by Morgan Rasmusftbn.
veteran cattle feeder, averaged 551 |>ounds and sold for $3*.
If Atkinson Auction Is Forecast,
Cattle Prices Look Good for Fall
The first large run of fall calves
at the Atkinson Livestock Market
appears to give an indication of
a good area-wide market this fall
Over 1,000 head of cattle were
sold in a few minutes at the first
special fall sale Tuesday.
The top selling calves, averag
ing 551 pounds '.see picture) sold
for $38 per cwt., to Morgan Ras
mussen, a veteran cattle feeder.
They were consigned hv Circle E.
Ranch of Atkinson, William Froe
lich of O’Neill, owner. The heifer
mates brought $33 per cwt.
Observers who lined the fenced
yards in Atkinson said there was
a very active interest among
buyers and that they felt this
wts a good sign for the suppliers
of all markets in tlie area.
The O'Neill Livestock Market
is also reporting increased ac
tivity. For the first time in sev
eral weens, well over 300 cattle
were being prepared fur sale Wed
Cattle buyers in the area in
generaf report excellent prospects
for the seller this year.
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4n</ Deborah's ^0rners,one
S Pl0"eer Heri,age
When little 8-day old Deborah Theresa McGinn,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McGinn of
O'Neill goes to church for the first time Sunday,
part of the church will have already been 50 years
For just 50 years ago the cornerstone at St.
Patrick's Catholic church was laid.
And although Deborah, who is to be baptized Sun
day, doesn’t know it, her great-great grandfather,
James Ryan attended the first divine services held
in £olt county.*
Since that time, three Catholic churches have
been constructed—the latest in 1909.
While settlers attended their first services in
dugouts and soddys, it only took them three years
to build their first real church.
In 1877 the parishioners constructed an 18 by
86 foot frame structure at a cost of $1,200 and
according to early editors and pastors, this wras
expensive. The nearest railroad was 125 miles
distant and material was brought here by oxen.
For seven years the band of Irish settlers went
to a church with no pews and no bell.
In 1884 the second church was constructed—see
picture on the inside pages. This time the church
was heated and pews were added and a few years
later a bell-tower was constructed. Cost of the then
new by 100 foot structure was $5,000.
The present structure was built in 1909, is 50
by 186 feet and was built in line with a traditional
Roman architectural design at a cost of approxi
These, then, were the churches that Deborah’s
falhcr, grandfather, great-grandfather and great
great-grandfather attended in O'Neill. And just
who were they?
James arrived here with the first Irish settlers,
the great-great-grandfather May 12, 1874. His son,
Jim, who died just a few years ago, was the great
grandfather. Most of us know Neil, Deborah’s grand
father, and her father, Jerry McGinn.
■'Editor’s note—Historical records made by an
early pastor but several years after the parish was
lounded tell of a mass held at the home of Jcfcn
O’Connighan in the summer of 1875. It was des
cribed as being the first mass held in the parish.
Earliest Frontier editors reported a mass held a
year earlier in 1874 in Holt county at the home of
Thomas Cain, several miles from O’Neill. Both were
reported to have been celebrated by a Father Bed
ard (first name not recordedt. Deborah’s great-great
grandfather and grandmother (Mr. and Mrs. James
Ryan) were reported by the early editors to have
attended the 1874 mass, the same year the first
of the Irish settlers arrived in O'Neill If anyone
has more specific information on either of these
two dates, The Frontier editor would appreciate
hearing from you and seeing documents, letters,
or whatever early historical material you have
on the very first residents of O'Neill.
All three sister-nuns graduated from St. Mary’s Academy before entering the Order of Saint
Francis. From left, they are Sister M. Spes of Alliance, Sister M. Caritas, who died in 19.'>7 and
Sister M. Fides, whose funeral was held Wednesday morning.
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'Not Rabid' Reported
By Lincoln Veterinarians
LINCOLN State health depart
ment officials here are nearly
certain today (Thursday) that the
cat which bit Mrs. Paul Bourne j
and little 3-year-old Kim Binkerd
did not have rabies.
Dr. Carl Olsen, a public health
veterinarian said the mice in
jected with serum prepared from
the brain of the cat were still
alive and quite healthy.
Dr. Olsen said they would keep
the mice penned for one more
night fa total of 21 days and
nights) and if they showed no
signs of sickness, a report would
be made to the local physicians
In the meantime, both Mrs.
Bourne and the Binkerd girl had
| received most of their rabies shots.
Sister M. Fides
Dies in Omaha
The funeral of Sister M. Fides,
65, a well known nun and teacher
at St. Mary’s Academy was held
at 9 a m. Wednesday at St. Pat
She died Saturday at Omaha
whi!e attending refresher courses
in mathema’ics and philosophy at
She was one of three sisters
in a family who became nuns.
One sister preceded her in death
Sister M. Caritas in 1957. An
other, Sister M. Spes is as
St- Agnes Academy In Alliance.
Sister M. Fides came to O’Neill
to teach for the first time ir
1938, remained to 1951 when she
was assigned to Alliance, ther
was re-assigned to St. Mary’s
Academy in 1956 where she taughl
un’il her death.
Sister Fides was a mathematics
and science teacher and was the
sophomore home room teacher
and sponsor in O’Neill and Alli
ance. She professed the order ol
Saint Francis in 1914. •
A solemn high, requiem mass
was said Wednesday morning
and was celebrated by Sister
Fides’ brother, the Rev. Joseph
Pauli of San Antonio, Tex.
In addition to Sister Spes and
the Rev. Pauli, Sister Fides is
survived by brothers. Vincent anc
Leo Pauli, both of Knox, Ind.
3,600 Holt Students
To Enliven Schools
In Holt Schools
Well over 3,600 students in Holt
county are expected to be enrolled
in rural, city and parochial schools |
during the next three weeks. !
Most superintendents expect
small increases and some have i
reported seating problems.
High on that list is Stuart’s St.
Boniface, a grade school with an
expected maximum attendance of
107. Father Pachang, pastor,
said the problem was critical and
that 135 students last year regist
Both O’Neill high schools have
reported less serious seating prob
lems although an extra high school
room has been added in the O’
Neill public school and the seventh
and eighth grades have now been
split up at St. Mary’s Academy.
Mother Agnesine, superintendent
of St Mary’s and Miss Alice
French, Holt county superintend
ent, said enrollment for the com
ing year would be about the same
as last year.
St. Joseph's of Atkinson reports
an expected substantial increase
in both the grade and the high
school. The school had a total at
tendance of 183 students during
tiie 1958-59 school year. They re- j
ported no seating problems.
Miss French said it was too
soon to tel! whether there would
he an overall enrollment increase
in public schools but that it was
Here are the enrollment figures
for last year With the exceptions
already mentioned, approximately
the same number \vilj begin school
| this fall:
Holt county high schools 697
Holt county secondary 1.023
Holt county rural schools 1,159
SMA high school 150
SMA grade school 300
St. Joseph’s high school 61
St. Josephs grade school 122
St. Boniface grade school 107
Nelson Says 'No'
Senator Frank Nelson nailed up '
lis own no hunting sign on a sug- ,
Cestion that the Chamber of Com- ‘
nerce take part in a promotion
>f Holt county as a resort area
or outside hunters and fisher- j
The senator spoke to the Cham- '
jor Monday when a form letter 1
rom State Game Director Melvin
Steen suggested that Chambers
>f Commerce in Nebraska review
their own area's possibilities to ^
provide the outside hunter and
fishermen with information.
“I don’t think the Idea is a
wise one,” he said alter the
Chamber reviewed the letter
which suggested that they pro
vide the Came Commission with
a report on game In the area.
“After all, we have to look to
our own hunters and fishermen
first and my experience based on
a look at my own home country
around Amelia shows me that
there isn’t enough for outsiders,’’
he said. “I believe this is true
throughout the area.”
The senator said he believed the
outside hunter would lie disap
pointed with the lack of game in
the area. "We wouldn't be pro
moting ourselves at nil under
those circumstances” he added. 1
The Cham tier then voted to
write Director Steen a letter turn
ing down the suggestion hy the
Slate Game Department.
In other Chamber action,
committees were formed for the
coming year und a decision was
made to publish the financial
statement of the organisation.
Chairmen and their committees
are, highway, Carl Goldapp; tele
vision, Joe Contois; civic im
provement, Joe McCarville; air
port, Dewey Schaffer; stockor
feeder, Harry Ressel; good rela
tions, Ren Grady; retail trade,
Melvin Ruzicka; membership,
Dale Wilson; new industry, Ray
Eby; irrigation, James Rooney:
auditing, John Watson; Christmas
decorations, Tom Cronin and ad
vertising, Harry Peterson.
Dates Are Set
Next 3 Weeks
While many Holt county sta
lents will begin school Sept %
•egistration for some will begin
is early as August 25 and as late
is September 2 for others.
Registration for liotli high an#
;rade school students at the
5'Neill public schools will hr
tept 2 at 9 a.m Classes will tee
;:n the following day at 9 a.m.
Registration for St. Mary"*
V.ulemy has been spread over
our days. Seniors and freshmen
fay stud on s will register Angus*
!6; junior day students, August 71.
sophomore day students, Angus*
18 and borders, August 31. Tl»
imos from 9 to 11 am., 2:35 te
1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. wiB
no open for registration during aB
Registration for all SMA grade
students will be August 27 at •
ii.m. Classes will begin for holla
high school and grade school
Registration for both St. Jo
sophs and Atkinson high and
grade schools will he from 8 a.m.
to noon August 31.
Classes will begin Sept. 1 for
all schools both grade and high
Registration for students ex
pecting to attend Chambers high
school will be August 25 from *
a.m to 4 p m. Grade school stu
dents will regis or August 3L.
Casses for both the high and the
grade school will begin August It
Registration for Stuart high and
grade school students will he Aur
ps, 31. Seniors will begin at S
am., sophomores, 9:45 a.m., jun
iors at 10:30 a m. and freshmen
at 11:15 a.m.
Classes will begin for both the
grade and high school the follow
ing day, Sept 1.
Watch your coming edition* at
The Frontier lor the times at
rc'"s ration and school opening
dates for Inman, Page, Emmet
and Ewing. Definite arrangement*
have nol been made as yeJ v»
MRS. BERNARD PRESS
... St. Catherine’s
MAltY JOAN IIONIJN
... St. Klizabotli'N
MARGE Mo ELY A IN
... St. EUzabeth'a
3 O'Neill Girls
Three former O’Neill girls and
graduates of St. Mary’s Academy
were graduated from nursing
schools today (Thursday).
Diplomas from St. Elizabeth’s
School of Nursing in Lincoln were
presented to Mary Joan Donlin,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs
James A. Donlin of O'Neill and
Marge McElvain, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McElvain.
Mrs. Bernard Pruss, the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. George Mc
Carthy of O’Neill, received her
diploma from St. Catherine’s
School of Nursing in Omaha.
Mrs. Pruss is the former Bar
bara Jeanne McCarthy. At St.
Catherine’s she was treasurer of
the senior class and queen of the
| annual spring prom.
All three girls expect to re
main at their respective schools
and hospitals after graduation.
Marge McElvain and Mary Joan
Donlin received their diplomas
from the Most Rev. James Casey,
Bishop of the Lincoln diocese.
Mrs. Pruss received her di
ploma from the Most Rev. Gerald
T Bergan, Archbishop of Omaha.
The Annual Wesleyan Methodist
Conference will begin Tuesday with
services each evening through
Saturday. Site of the annual meet
ing is near Atkinson.
Legion Holds Meeting
American Legion post No. 93
will hold a meeting Tuesday, Aug
ust 11 at 8:30 p m. at the Legion
| Hall in O'Neill.
Chamber's Artistic Coach
Wayne (jesiriecb, industrial arts teacher at Chambers high school
displays a coffee table he made in a woodworking class this summer
at Wayne State. An unusual feature of the table is an inlaid ceramic
tile top with dozens of tiles laid in by hand and mortared, (iesiriech,
who is studying for a master’s degree, worked about 40 hours oa
the table, which Dr. Jay Ijogue, instructor, rated as an excellent
example of craftsmanship. Oeslriech Is a native of Bassett. Ills
brother, Harley, will be a senior at Wayne State this fall.
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