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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 6, 1959)
With Saw, Hammer, Square
By RQ MAINE SAUNDERS, 4110 South 51st St, Lincoln 6, Nebr.
With saw, hammer and square in hand, he has
taveled the path of life for four-score years. He
toforms this writer that the union carpenters of
9*s Beef State's Capital City draw $3 an hour when
at work Three dollars an hour, $24 a day means
to build a six-room house the homemaker must
*g up about $1,500 to pay the classical gents with
aw and hammer and square, probably more than
tos lumber costs him. But first he must dig up a
tousand dollars for a few feet of "city lot" on
which his six-room castle for wife and kiddies is
to rest. The sodhouse pioneer put less than $50 into
doors and windows and floor for his homestead abode
where he was "happy as a clam in this land of
Uncle Sam” and was not at all alarmed when he
heard the "hungry prairie wolf come sneaking up
■rough the grass." The operator of a clean, order
to place where I sometimes get a meal, pays $125
a month rent for the quarters his business place
accupies -which means he must serve 125 dollar
toners to just pay the rent.
The saw and hammer and
^uare gents here in the Capital
Gty pull down three dollars
wr hour. Reminds Prairieland
Talker of a carpenter in O’Neill
to the long ago who was growi
ng a bit over working at his
trade for three dollars a day
tostead of five that he got when
ant in a Pacific coast city. Rut
being reminded that be was
tonng better here on three dol
tors a day than he did out
toere when he received five a day, he decided to
■pend the rest of his saw and hammer and square
days right here in O’NetIL So now the bones of
Alex Boyds lay up on the hill in the abode of the
• • •
She had arrived at her rooming place at 2:30
■as morning after a night’s work at one of the
■ty s leading public dining halls. Three hours’ rest
■■I up at work again at another public eating place,
an the job until 5 o'clock, then back down town for
another night’s work. Slow up, that is over doing
to she was told. Have to, she replied, to earn the
naney to pay the lawyer Why a lawyer to pay?
Hr lady is the mother of two young boys. Life with
■er husband, the father of those two boys, and a
designing mother-in-law in the background became
no longer endurable—a legal separation, and oddly
anugh. the boys were taken from their mother,
■ton a lawyer is on the Job seeking court decrees
to restore the custody of those two young boys to
toetr mother. So a mother's love keeps that woman
an the go night and day to earn the cash needed
to -buy” back her bays. Fbreign aid, Honorable
toe? How about a handbill of it for a needy one of
The honored gentlemen who sene at our State
House to adjust (raise but never lower* farm val
ues for taxation, have decided to get more tax
money out of farms in counties up this way. May
we suggest that equalization board members go
to the hills of Wheeler and Garfield counties and
try their equalization skill as farm clodhoppers for
a season or two.
• » *
A kindly letter comes to me from Esther M.
Reka, once a citizen of O'Neill, now caught in the
net of southern California charms, her home being
in lovely Glendale where no human with black
skin may appear on the streets after sundown.
Esther writes in glowing words of the pleasure
The Frontier's Prairieland Talk brings to her each
passing week. As we all do, she notes with regret
that so many we had known have come to the end
of life's journey- And out there is another one
who would, and maybe does, in fancy step away
from the centers of crowded human haunts to stand
once more where the green-robed prairie reaches
to the distant horizon and looks again up to the
deep blue sky above—our wide, extended prairie
land touched by nature’s artist Hand The lady en
closed a bit of poetic humor she found in a Los
Angeles paper that is very pleasing to read. Glad
to hear from you, friend Esther, and I am glad
you find my Prairieland Talk of interest to you.
• • •
It is estimated that the population of the United
States is increasing at the rate of three million a
year, mostly in the centers of industry and manu
• • •
As it appeared in a recent number of The Fron
tier, pioneer homesteader Smith got five dollars for
his load of hay when he pulled up at DeYarman’s
bam at Fifth and Douglas streets. How the intelli
gent compositor could make "five” out of "TWO”,
is anybody’s guess. Five dollars for a hay-rack load
of hay 70 years ago? No—a dollar and a half and
two dollars for a load of hay those days.
• • •
Nothing can stop the hurrying throng as it goes
rushing on. Nothing can remove the loafer as he
sits there looking on.
• • •
As I sat today in the shade of a tree a few feet
from the concrete foot path where human feet are
on the go, a young girl of about 13 years of life’s
experiences came to me and asked if I knew how
and where she could earn money. Thus, early in
life she was out looking for a job. After a few words
as to employment, the young miss went on her
way. By now she may have become a money earner,
and thus another child of fate reaches a hand for
that which is needed to get the things that sustain
Jacob's Journey Revisited
Just 50 years ago a dream of the Rev. M. F.
Cassidy came true. A oomerstane of the present
9t Patrick's Catholic church was laid.
Even then, 50 years ago, the parish had come
a long way. A long way tram the little sod shanty
■here a missionary priest. Father Bedard, said the
first mass in Holt county.
A long way, too, from that time when the
pamtiioners were fortunate enough even to have
the priest come at two or three month intervals
The Rt. Rev. J. J. Keane at the diocese of Chey
«k. Wyo., a gifted and well known orator at the
Jay "held his audience spellbound”, as was re
ported in The Frontier at that time.
Few words could be more fitting than those he
mufce at 3:30 on that afternoon:
He took his text from the first book of Moses
m Geneses, where Jacob sacrificed his time dur
agg that noted journey in the desert, on his way to
_ . • 1 _ IB]__ » -2m L m nn/l t/\ fKn
TOTVJi*iLauu<i, uy ptHUB ■ — a-—— —~ —
0ory of his God—when Jacob immortalized him
■s by saying: "God was in this place and I knew
Rt Rev. J. J. Keane Own went an:
"What Jacob did in the desert was more than
wm here today," he said. "Far while Jacob sac
nBced his time in his poverty, yon have conse
ansted the cornerstone of this future temple ot
dhane warship in the saaifice of your small means
and. time, embalmed in the endurance of your
■■dying faith in the great Jebova and in His only
"Faith is the greataat of aD motive powers when
we are prompted by natural instincts to build
rttarhes because of the ■tperoatural grace of
Sod." he said.
* Justice - Two Heads?
From to* 0*1 4B
We wish someone would adk os to describe Jus
Woe in Western terms aadl Out we could base our
description on current events to Central Nebraska
ton enforcement circles.
■ asked we could sajr: “Justice is a two gaited
■g that moves at eitter a den* run or slow walk—
IT gait seemingly dependent an the prestige
at tor riders."
rrwmrr A: Five ar ago bare an un
ite young » stat®
where he_ tar law
Driving back to CM Mb aar stopped. The stop
gap occurred near a toad aar tat An examination
So be walked over to up a battery
Bant a car there, and I moved back
to tas car when the up
Justice moved with speed. Twenty
toar hours after the _ had picked up the
BaBcry he was back la jad. tas parole revoked,
toe rest of bis taintanm la da.
EXHIBIT B: May U toe Stole Banking Depart
MBt at Nebraska ctaaed toe Bartlett State Bank
to Bhrtlett saying there had heto irregularities.
Within the next two mantes, untfl July 13, the
banking deparment issued only the barest details
on what was wrong at the bank and when pressed
by newsmen for an explanation said there wasn’t
sufficient time to determine the shortage, that in
accuracies were involved, etc., etc., etc.
Well, two weeks ago after two months of groan
ing the mountain labored and gave forth a mouse.
The State Banking Department filed a petition (get
that word!) in Wheeler county court which asks the
court only to halt the sale of all property that may
have been stolen.
Many persons who scan read newspapers were
taken in by the “petition” story published in area
dailies three weeks ago and have assumed they
filed for criminal prosecution, a point that wasn’t
underscored by any of the state’s three leading
newspaper editors—we don’t know why.
Well, here are our contemporary examples of
the speed which Central Nebraska Justice moves
in (a) a case involving the theft of a $2 battery
Qnrl fhi q paco im’nlt;incr thn fhnft nf f¥¥l from
Looking at both with even the broadest interpre
tation one would have to conclude that there’s
more truth than humor in that old saying that goes:
“Steal $100,000 and get a medal. Steal a loaf
of bread and you’ll get life!”
How Can You Fail?
From the Neligh Leader
Numerous failures by this country’s rocket ex
perts are usually minimized by spokesmen who
say, “Despite the failure, much valuable informa
tion has been gained.”
Such explanations are a lot like the boy who
was showing dad his prowess with a bat:
"Hey, Dad, watch!” was the boy’s eager cry.
He threw the ball into the air. There was a ter
rific whiff—and a miss.
“Wait, Dad—watch this one,” cried the boy,
again throwing the ball up. For the second time he
swung and scored a clean miss.
“Here’s the one, Dad,” he called out. Again
he threw and missed.
“Three strikes-and out! he shouted happily.
“Gee, Dad, aint I a great pitcher?”
JAMES CHAMPION. Co-Publisher
JERRY PETSCHE, Editor
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Entered at the postoffice in O’NeiD, Holt coun
ty, Nebraska, as 9econd-class mail matter under the
Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. This newspaper is
a member of the Nebraska Press Association, Nation
al Editorial Association and the Audit Bureau of
30 Years Ago
August 4, 1909 the cornerstone for
the new St. Patrick's Catholic
church was laid by the Right Rev.
J. J. Keane, bishop of Cheyenne,
Wyo., assisted by 25 other clergy
men . . . Elijah Jacobs, attending
school at Parkville. Mo , visited his
father. Rev. Jacobs, of Meek . . .
Hay McClure was up from Ewing
and made this office a short busi
ness call . . . John J. Kelley and
daughter, Miss Agnes, returned
from a six week's visit in southern
California, Seattle, Wash, and
Butte, Mont. . . . C. E. Hall and
William Froelich, president and
secretary of the Holt County Fair
association, went to Norfolk to in
terview several of the horsemen
there in the interest of the race
meet to be held . . . A. T. Potter
was thrown from a horse and re
ceived a pretty severe shaking up.
. . . Dr. G. M. Berry, a leading
O'Neill dentist for 12 years, dis
posed of his interests to Dr. J. A.
Devine of Omaha ...Deaths: Mrs.
Mary Shea, at her home in Grattan
township, northeast of this city.
20 Years Ago
Miss Neva Wolfe, Lynch, who was
a teacher in the O'Neill public
school for nine years, teaching the
seventh grade, turned in her resig
ation to the school . . . Dwight
Harder of Valentine was appointed
Uloll iVl OtAlV 3 11IUIIU5V1 UIC J. V M
eral Land Bank, succeeding the
late O. A. Witchen ... Mr. and Mrs.
William Derickson celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary ... Mar
ired: Miss Frances Jane Cleary
and Clinton E. Cronin, son of Mr.
and Mrs. D. H. Cronin . . . L. C.
Walling was elected vice president
of the Interstate Power Company of
Nebraska. He previously was Dis
trict manager at O'Neill for 10
years . . . Fire of unknown origin
destroyed the contents of the Bob
Allen home at Emmet ... A pre
nuptial shower was held by the S.
S. ladies at the Paul Nelson home
in honor of Miss Margaretha Nel
son . . . Mrs. Helen Simar, Mrs.
Creola Carney and Mrs. Lyle Jack
son went to Kansas City where they
purchased merchandise which they
will move to their new store build
ing . . . Death: Miss Catherine
Hynes, 80, at the home of Mrs.
Alice Minton at O’Neill.
10 Years Ago
Sister M. Rosalie ol St. Mary’s
academy celebrated her silver an
niversary as a nun in the Roman
Catholic St. Francis order . . . Dr.
C. M. Eason, formerly of Cham
bers, announced the opening of a
dental office in O’Neill . . . Mar
ried: Phyllis Jean Parks, O'Neill,
and Eugene Leo Gesiriech, Atkin
son, at O’Neill; Miss Inez Detter
man and Charles Weichman, both
of Atkinson . . . Miss Raquel Ot
ero of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico vis
ited O’Neill with her college class
mate, Kathleen Flood . . . Atkin-1
son made plans for its annual Hay
Days celebration held in August
. . . At a family dinner, little
“Corky” Farr celebrated his sec
ond birthday anniversary. He is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Farr.
. . . The two Ruther children, Mil
dred, 15, and George, 13, of Ewing
died as a result of an automobile
accident. . . . The Diamond Jubi
lee committee of the Chamber of
Commerce met to discuss plans for
the celebration in October ... A
two car accident near the Bill O’
Connor place near Emmet involved
a Mr. Myers of Lincoln and Lewis
Prussa of Atkinson. No one was in
Five Years Ago
Consumers Public Power District
celebrated their 15th anniversary.
A. J. (Andy) Ramold began his
new duties as operator of the Stand
ard Oil Company's bulk delivery
products at O Neul . . . ine t) Neiu
Bank made plans to prepare for
their appearance at the Burwell
Rodeo . . . General Motors an
nounced that Robert Krotter has
been appointed to serve as G.M.
community relations chaiman for
O’Neill and vicinity . . . Hail the
size of quarters or a little larger
fell at the Mark Hendricks home
16 miles north of Atkinson. It did
very little damage . . . Robert E.
McNichols, 26, O’Neill, escaped
with bruises and shock when the
semi-trailer truck which he was
driving rolled down a 20 foot em
bankment in a heavy rain, four
miles west of Plainview . . .
Deaths: George E. Park, 61, Page
died suddenly while putting up hay
at the Buxton farm near Page;
Mrs. Thomas J. Donohoe, 82, O'
Neill farm woman died at her
aome six miles northwest of O’
Neill; Mrs. Mattie M. Johnson, 94,
mown as "Grandma” Johnson,
died at the Atkinson Memorial hos
pital; Mrs. Frank Dailey, 76, at
ler home in Jerome, Ida. Michael
5\ O’Sullivan, 65, Phoenix, Airz.,
’ormer O’Neill resident.
FRI. SAT. ' AUG. 7-1
"Hoppity Goes to Town"
Full Length Feature Cartoon
Songs by Hoagy Carmichael
rhe Award Winning Jungle Epic
»UN. MON.-TUE8. AUG. S-U-U
rhe Picture you have waited for
Russ Tamblyn, June Thorbum,
Alan Young in
Tom and Jerry Cartoon
iVED.THTRS. AUG. IMS
Vith Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry ■
CROWDED OI T LAST WEEK
Ms. J. L. McManamy, Albuquer
que, N.Me.v, left for her home Sat
urday after spending a few weeks
with her mother, Mrs. Susan Ku
bichek. and at the homes of her
sisters. Mrs. Kieth Abart and Mrs.
Ed Hancock and families.
Mrs. Wayne Fox, Sherry and Rex
of Emmet spent Thursday at the
J. C. Bazelman home.
Rev. and Mrs. Kennicott return
ed last Friday from two and one
half weeks vacation in Minnesota
in which they combined fishing and
visiting wdth relatives. The first
week was spent on Round Lake in
northern Minnesota, near Park
Rapids. The Kennicotts spent this
week in the company of Mr. and
Mrs. Reed Herley and daughters,
Christine and Sally of O’Neill. At
the close of the week the Herley
family returned to O’Neill and the
Kennicotts drove down to southern
Minnesota and spent most of the
remaining time at Elmore, Mrs.
Kennicott s home town, with her
parents. A few days were spent in
Iowa visiting relatives. The Ken
nicotts report an enjoyable vaca
tion with plenty of fish to eat. The
weather was cool and pleasant and
the state of Minnesota was beau
tiful with sufficient rainfall and
crops well along.
Eleven members of the Birth
day club entertained for Mrs. O.
\V. French in her home for her
birthday July 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cronin
and Cassie Stevens attended a
Safeway employee’s picnic at Co
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Rossman
and Delbert of Atkinson were
guests Monday evening at the Har
old Mlinar home.
Lorna Marcellus and Carol John
son spent the weekend here from
Mrs. Paul Tallon, Mike and Pat
of Omaha visited last week at the
home of her mother, Mrs. O. W.
French. Mike stayed on for a two
week visit with his grandmother.
Guests at a picnic at the Bud
Krugman home July IS honor
ing the Eric Krugman family of
Delmar, New York, were Mrs.
Laura Reiners of Bloomfield and
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Krugman. The
Harold, Fred and Paul Krug
man families called later in the
Mrs. Sam Jeffries was here from
Burwell July 21 at the home of
her daughter and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Dermot Erington,
Mrs. Guy Cole returned Sunday
from a week at Moville, la.
Weekend guests at the Bud Krug- i
man home were S-Sgt. and Mrs. Ar- i
[run Kumrn, Jim and Rita from Lin
Mr. and Mrs H. L. Layton of
Mountclair, California, and Mrs. |
and Mrs. D. N. Loy were visiting ,
in Grand Island Saturday and in
York Sunday for the wedding of
their grandson. ,
Mr. and Mrs Louis Pishna and
family of Burwell wore guests Sun
day at the Dermot Erington home.
Mrs. Pat Harty and Miss Bern
adette Brennan returned Friday
from a three week trip which took !
them to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I
where they visited Mr. and Mrs. 1
Edward B. Donohoe. to Gettys
burg, Wheeling, W. Va., Mil
waukee, Wis., and Necnah, Wis..
where they visited the Thomas
Hartys and Joseph F. Ryans, and
to Evanston, 111., where they visited
with Mrs. E. A. Doyle.
Mrs. Carl Waugh of Sioux City
visited Last week at the home of
her daughter and family, Ur.
and Mrs. Geroge Cardens. Mrs.
Cardens entertained at a coffer
, for her mother Saturday morn
Steven and Roy Fox of Emmet
were dinner guests Sunday of their
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Char
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Krugman and
Mr. and Mrs. Walt Timmerman of
Creighton returned Thursday from
a week's fishing trip to Clitheral,
Minn. Enroute home they visited at
the Clem Cleary home at Sleepy
Eye, Minn., and the Charles Aidus
ers home at Madelia, Minn.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mlinar and
girls were in Atkinson Sunday for .
a picnic at the Bernard Rossman I
home honoring the Rossman s son.
Delbert, who is home on leave from
his Air Force base at El Paso,
Mrs. Bennett Gillespie and Diane
and Mrs. E. J. Eby were in Omaha
last week at the Robert Eby home.
Mrs. Ike Van Every and boys of
Perry, la., returned to their home
Saturday after visiting the George
Van Everys and H. G. Kruses.
Gene and Jim Chace of North
Platte returned home Monday after
several day’s visit with Mrs. H. J.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Klein
and Gretchen of Harlan, la., were
here Sunday and Monday where1
hey visited with her parents. Mr.
ind Mrs. Arthur Aim and her bro
her, the Bill Aim family at Lynch,
diss Clara Aim, Mrs 11. V. Ros
mkrans of Lynch, the Don Maws,
he Bill Alms and the Kleins were
ill guests Sunday evening at the
Arthur Aim home.
Kim Marie Binkerd celebrated
ier third birthday last Sunday eve
ung. Those attending were Mr. and
drs John Fiala, Joe, Frank and
Mary. Ice cream and sandwiches
cere enjoyed by the group.
Mrs. M. B. Marcellas and 1-or
na visited Saturday at 4he R. F.
Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Crosser and
;on of Tekamah, Mr and Mrs.
Dave Morsbach and Mary of In
nan. Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Brittell
and daughters of Atkinson Mr „i
Mrs. Dickie Fem.au an i
Valentine. Mr. and Mrs !
tell. Mr. and Mrs Amu- M
son and Mr*. Etta Hi
nicked at the park here Sm
Mr. and Mrs. 11. L. U,;
Mountelair, Calif., are \p
with her parents, the P N l Ns
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