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Volume 79—Number 17 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, August 20, 1959 Seven Cents_
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Brutus II, a nine-month-old purebred Angus bull, made an
unannounced arrival at the W. J. Froelich farm here last week,
having made the trip from Pennsylvania in a late model unmarked
truck. Accompanying the “surprise package” were two Pennsyl
vania herdsmen. Brutus is a highly-bred and well cared for fellow.
Fnderstanduble. He came from the Gettysburg farm owned by
George Allen, whose place ad joins President Elsenhower's farm.
Ike and Allen conduct joint livestock operations. Allen has been
a member of the White House inner circle through the successive
terms of Roosevelt, Truman and Elsenhower, and is a longtime
friend of l>lr. Froelich. Allen consigned Brutus to the new home.
Admiring the newcomer are neighbor children: Mary Berigan,
Kittle Berigan, Scott Stewart, Ituth Ann Watson and Nancy Watson.
Miss Marilyn Perry won two
tickets to the "Holiday on Ice"
show in Sioux City for her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Perry, last
week. Her winning sentence, en
tered in the Cartoon Time contest
at KTIV in Sioux City, was dic
tated to an older sister and was
selected from other entries
throughout the KTIV area. Mr.
and Mrs. Perry attended the ice
show Thursday evening.
4.*»0 SEE PLAY
Approximately 450 people attend
ed the O’Neill Players first pre
sentation, "The Tender Trap”
Saturday and Sunday. Members
of the cast as well as the audience
were happy with the results of
their first community-wide efforts.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nejedly and
son, Frank, of Creighton were
guests Monday evening at the
Stanley Holly home.
Haying Bee For Stanley Chmiel
Farmers and ranchers from a
wide area gathered at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Chmiel
early this week to cut hay.
The haying bee got underway
when it was learned that Mr.
Chmiel, 75. was suffering from a
blood disease and would not he
able to care for his crop.
The men cut and stacked over
400 acres in one day.
Those who took part in the neigh
borlv deed were Mr, and Mrs. Ed
and Joe Kaczor Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Chmiei, the couple's son and
daughter-in-law, Fritz and August
Schwager, Erwin, Lanny, Danny
and Gary LaRue, Walter Woeppel
and George Neckolite. Several
neighlior ladies helped prepare
food for the men.
Amy Kersenbrock Is Winner
Amy Ker sen brock walked away
with championship honors in the
Ladies City Golf Tournament last
week for the third time in the 5
year history of the tournament.
Dorothy Yantzi was runner-up
in the championship flight and
Chickie Artus won the consolation
final match in that night. Tourna
ment finals were played Sunday
at the O'Neill golf course.
Other trophy winners were as
First flight: Winner, Helen Gil
dersleeve; runner-up, Millie Wer
ner, and consolation, Mary Pet
Second flight: Winner. Sheila
Wanser; runner-up, Betty Strake;
consolation, Lorraine Becker.
Third Flight: Winner, Mary
Reynoldson; runner-up, Ruth Wil
son; consolation, to be played be
tween Betty Watson and Alice
Fourth Flight; Winner, Eliza
beth Gallagher; runner-up, Car
Icon Carstens: consolation, Elea
Fifth Flight: Winner to be play
ed between Pat Cleveland and
Clara Carroll; consolation, Mary
Second in a Series
Over 3,000 Miles of County Roads
Monumental Maintenance Problem
By JERRY PETSCHE
If there is such a thing as a universal concern
among farmers and ranchers outside that of favor
able crops and weather, it would be the roads they
must travel in his day to day work.
Needless to say, Holt county farmers and ranch
ers are no exception. Whether they are moving
machinery from one spot to another or just out
to get the mail, the condition of the roads at the
moment is high on the list of concerns that he has.
Hut before we go any further, let us take a look
at a monumental problem a problem that the
board of supervisors wrestle with just about every
time they meet with road problems in mind.
There are well over 3,000 miles of Holt county
maintained roads. This is far more than the aver
age county has. Some are in very good condition,
some of them are in not so good condition. They
will all be improved in due time.
Each of the supervisors is responsible for his
own area and therefore becomes the individual’s
greatest concern when he thinks a road adjacent
to him should lie improved. The supervisor is an
elected official for just that reason.
Chances are very good that the road adjacent
to the average rancher and farmer is not even a
county road there are very many more township
maintained roads than county roads and these
roads, with the exception of mail routes, can not
be maintained by the county.
Add this to his problem: A road, for example,
that must tie built through sand and run over a
hill can cost the county as much as $6,000 per mile.
The average, of course, will bo less, but it wouldn t
take many of these to break the back of the county
Some of the supervisors have problems inci
dental to their own area. Strips of surface sand
across the county make some districts so difficult
to maintain that the average crew of two men,
costing the county from $5,000 to $7,000 in salary
(with nearly the same amount of equipment as
the more fortunate districts) creates a problem
that is all that the best of supervisor can do to just
keep at a minimum.
In the past two years the state has turned back
46 miles of what was formerly state improved roads
to be kept up by the county. And here’s another
rub: There are 93 counties in this state and yet
Holt county was forced to take back 10 percent of
all miles of roads turned back to counties during
The supervisors themselves, as well as several
other farmers this writer has spoken to, believe
that the county is maintaining these roads better
than the state did. But we pay dearly for the state's
move since it is just one more unexpected burden.
How would it work to turn all township roads
over to the county — say let there be only one
agency, only one road tax here, only one super
visory body to administrate the roads?
The concensus of the supervisors shows that,
if, in addition to mail route roads, other township
roads were taken in by the county wholesale, the
immediate result would be that of dissatisfaction.
‘‘Of course everyone you ask might have a dif
ferent answer for that,” one supervisor said.
“But what would probably happen would be
Continued on page 10, column 3
O'Neill Women's Club
Schedules Flute Recital
And Teacher Reception
The O'Neill Women’s Club has
announced that their first program
this fall will be a combination pub
lic reception for O’Neill teachers
and a flute recital by Marty John
son. daughter of Mrs. Robert
The recital is scheduled for
September 3 at the O’Neill high
schtiol auditorium The program
will be free of charge with the
public invited to attend. A tea
will follow the recital by Miss
Johnson and a silver offering will
be taken to be contributed to the
library fund, a project of Women’s
Miss Johnson graduated from O’
Neill high school and attended Ob
erlin Music School in Oborlin, O..
j for one year. She is presently
attending the Eastman School of
I Music, in Rochester, N.Y., pre
I paring for a career as a concert
flutist. Miss Johnson also attend
ed the Interlochen music camp in
Interlochcn, Mich., for three sum
Has Hard Luck
SPENCER — William Connot,
farmer living a few miles west of
Spencer, was scheduled to under
go a major operation Monday, hut
he postponed it.
He had his reasons. Everything
else had already happened to him.
Mr. Connot and his family have
been victims of a series of seri
ous misfortunes in the last month
To begin it all, last July 14 Mr.
Connot lost a billfold containing
more than $1,000 in cash.
The severe hailstorm of Aug. 9
in this vicinity wiped out his crops,
| the estimated loss being $10,000.
Last week the Connots’ son, Ron
nie, was hospitalized for treatment
after an appendicitis attack.
Friday, Aug. 14, Mrs. Connot
was injured in an automobile ac
cident near here. She was cross
ing a county bridge which was
slippery, and when she applied
the brakes the car skidded.
It went over the edge of the
I bridge, dropping about 20 feet in
, to a mudhole, which had about
three feet of water and mud in
The car landed on its top, but
Mrs. Connot managed to kick open
the door and crawl out.
Mrs. Connot was later hospital
ized and treated for shock and
Mr. Connot decided his opera
tion could wait a little longer.
If whoever finds Mr. Connot's
billfold will return the $1,000, the
money will come in handy.
Tomlinson Will Play
End On All-Star Team
Special to the Frontier
FREMONT — Larry Tomlinson,
former St. Mary’s football star,
will play both offensive and de
fensive end at the annual Shrine
All-Star game in Omaha.
The game will begin at 8 p.m. |
August 22 at the Omaha Municipal '
stadium where the northern Ne
braska high school all stars will
take on the best the southern!
schools put together.
Larry, since the beginning of|
workouts here at Midland college,
has lost 10 pounds and is down to
183 pounds. He has been told by
his coach, Jerry Lee, that every
one will play the same amount of
time in the game.
Larry will have at least two
more workouts before the game.
Name Knights' Officers;
Mattern to Head Group
The list of Knights of Columbus
officers for O’Neill has been an
nounced with William Mattern, the
I Grand Knight.
Other officers include George
Janousek, Deputy Grand Knight;
James J. Mullen, recorder; John
McCarville, financial secretary;
Patrick Gallagher, treasurer; Nor
man Gonderinger, advocate; Stew
art Pascoe, chancellor; Bob Clem
lents, warden; Ben Bazelman, in
side guard; Phil Haverkamp, out
side guard, and the Very Rev. T.
J. O’Sullivan, chaplain.
Don Bunkers is again the general
One Car Accident
The state highway patrol was
J called out early this week to in
vestigate a one car accident that
hospitalized briefly two Stuart
Patrolman Robert Gude said a
t car driven by Ivo Shald, 26. of
Stuart went off highway 281 and
rolled Sunday night.
Two passengers, Jack and Bob
Tielke, were taken with minor in
juries to St. Anthony’s hospital
in O'Neill. Neither the driver nor
another passenger, Bob Weber,
were hurt, Gude said.
TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Mary Elizabeth Gatz, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Gatz, is
attending the national convention
of the Catholic Theater Conference
at Notre Dame, Ind., this week.
She represents the College of St.
Mary’s and the campus chapter
of Alpha Gamma Omega at the
national meeting ending Friday.
TO MEET THURSDAY
St. Patrick's Altar society will
meet Thursday (tonight) at St.
Mary’s gym. St. Elizabeth’s guild
with Mrs. Robert Lowery as chair
man will entertain.
The Frontier is co-sponsoring a
scholarship program in coopera
tion with The Ford Motor Com
pany and Nebraska Press Associ
ation. Announcement was made
by W. E. Buechlcr, Ogallala
publisher and president of the As
sociation. It is open to all high
, school students in The Frontier
I circulation area who arc interest
ed in a newspaper and journalism
Two young high school stu
dents from the up|>cr part of
their classes in O'Neill have al
J ready applied for the scholar
ships and will participate !n the
contest, -lint Kenze the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kenze
and Bill Shoemaker, the son of
Mrs. Leona Shoemaker, will par
Any high school student that has
| shown writing talent and who is
| in the upper part of his class schol
astically is eligible to participate..
Contact Jerry Petsche, The Fron
tier editor, for further information
.before August 22.
The Nebraska winner will re
ceive an all-ex|iense air trip to
Detroit, Mich., September 23-25
to preview the 1900 Ford auto
mobile line and to partici|>ate in
Ford’s Teen-Age Press Confer
While in Detroit, state winners
will participate in various contests
and 5 national winners will be
named. The top 5 winners will be
awarded college scholarships. The
scholarships are worth: $8,000,
first place; $2,500, second place;
$1,500, third place; $1,000, fourth
place; $800, fifth place.
The Frontier’s former plant sup
erintendent, W. Irl Todd, 43, of
Page, has announced the purchase
of the Sutherland Courier, a week
ly newspaper west of North Platte.
He has been associated with
The Frontier twice, once when
formei editor-publisher Cal Stew
art purchased the paper and again
a year ago.
Todd will move with his family
j to Sutherland September 1.
He will be joined in the publi
cation of the newspaper by his
son Gary, who with his family,
will move to Sutherland after his
release from the Navy Air Force
the end of August.
Todd, an experienced printer and
machinist, got his start in news
papering at the Neligh News,
under the late E. S. Scofield. Since
becoming a journeyman printer
i he has worked on several weekly
and daily papers in Nebraska as
well as being machinist on the Wal
la Walla, Wash., Daily Union-Bul
; letin for several years and assist
ant mechanical superintendent of
the Daily News-Miner in Fair
banks, Alaska, for three years.
During the war he was chief
physical test engineer at the Glenn
L. Martin Nebraska Company at
Ft. Crook, near Omaha.
Soldier of Month
Award to Devall
Bennett. Devall, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Elmer Devall of O’Neill
was selected soldier of the month
at Pirmasens, Germany.
He was cited by his command
ing officer for outstanding per
formance of duty with the 7th 1
Army in Europe.
The ‘‘Company Soldier of the
Month" is awarded to the soldier
displaying leadership potential and
. . . outstanding soldier
who has shown skill in his job,
military bearing as well, as a neat
The commanding officer wrote
the parents: “These qualifications
Bennett recently fulfilled and in
competition with four other can
didates, before a board of his
peers, he was selected as the most
outstanding and hence ‘Soldier of
Mrs. M. B. Marcellus and Lorna
visited Sunday at the Noland De
Losh home in Stuart.
Paving Crew Breaks
Ground on 2nd Street
A long needed improvement got
underway in O'Neill as workmen
of the Missouri Valley Construc
tion Company took the first "bite"
of dirt Monday in preparations of
paving 32 city blocks.
Large concrete culverts are be
ing layed, part of the network for
a storm sewer that will drain a
wide central section of the city.
Company men on the scene at
Second street believe the work is
going faster than anticipated and
that no serious trouble has been
encountered in the past four days
A spokesman for the Missouri
Valley Construction Company in
Grand Island told a Frontier re
porter that the 32 blocks of pav
ing in O'Neill would be completed
in 30 to 40 days.
The spokesman said from 50 to
60 men would arrive in O’Neill
within the next few days to liegin
the actual paving.
Most materials for the paving
will lie txxight locally by the con
tracting firm the gravel and filler
from near Atkinson. ‘We will buy
everything locally that we can,”
the spokesman said.
T. B. Gibson, the company sup
erintendent in charge of the O’
Neift job will arrive with the large
paving crew. Barring difficulties
in weather, the men are exjH-cted
to have the major portion of the
roads covered within two to three
weeks after they begin.
City traffic is not expected to
be badly impaired during the lay
ing of concrete, although some
sections of the city will require
drivers to go several more blocks
than normal. The pavement will
not be ready for traffic immed
iately upon completion, but should
be open eight to 10 days after
workmen are finished.
Workmen lower large sections of concrete culvert on north Second street in preparation for
the paving crew of 50 to GO men. The Frontier Photo and Engraving.
Holt county fair’s grand champion baby beef was an Angus lielfer shown by Cora I,ec Schmlser,
the daughter of .Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schmlser of Rwing. Her sister, Marcene, also did well.
(See more pictures on inside pages). She showed the best of class in the Hereford breed.
Cora Lee Schmiser Shows Angus;
Top Holt County Fair Baby Beef
CHAMBERS — A 17-year old
Ewing girl will bring home grand
champion baby beef honors at the
Holt county fair.
Cora Lee Schmiser, the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Schmiser won the coveted ribbon
with an Angus heifer. Earlier in
the contest her heifer was chosen
as the best of breed among the
Her sister, Marcene, also did
well at the show and won the best
of class in the Hereford breed and
was also in competition for the
all-around champion breed.
The best of breed in Shorthorns
was shown by Janette Clemens,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs
Milton Clemens of Amelia. (See
more fair pictures on the inside
In open class judging, the grand
champion Hereford bull (over all
breeds) in the junior division was
won by Harold Melcher. E. L.
Miner showed the reserve cham
pion bull (an Angus).
In the senior division, E. L.
Miner showed the champion and
reserve champion bulls.
A Hereford cow shown by Milan
Welke, was the champion over all
breeds at the fair.
Blue ribbons for beef cattle were
won by the following youngsters.
Their clubs’ precede their names:
Swan Lakers- Gaylen Warden;
St. John’s Purple Prospects Cora
Lee Schmiser, Marcene Schmiser
and Jack Pagel; Pine Grove
Hustlers — Jackie Doolittle and
Janette Clements; Eagle Hustlers
- Becky Beelaert, Jimmy Melcher
and Tommy Melcher; Dairy May
Leubcke, Jerome Crumly and
Thomas Scheinost; Martha Club—
Jeanette Klabenes, Robert Kla
benes, pebbie Eisenhower and
Wayne Larson; Prairie Wranglers
—Ruth Ann Blake; Happy Hollow
Guests from St. Francis, Colome,
Wewela, Dallas and Gregory, S.D.;
New York state; Massachusetts
and Spencer, Spalding, Columbus,
Valentine and Omaha attended the
London-Langan family annual pic
nic held Sunday, Aug. 9, in Ford’s
park. One hundred sixteen were
Roy Rotherham a former Ewing
policeman, has been appointed by
the city council as night policeman
He replaces Orville “Stub” Mil*
ler who resigned several days
Rotherham is an experienced po
liceman according to Police Chief
Chris McGinn and is now on duty.
Reverend and Mrs. Don V. 01 in
stead are begining their third year
with the local Wesleyan Methodist
church. The reappointment was
announced at the church’s annual
conference near Atkinson last
Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Cronin left
Saturday for a week’s vacation at
Lake Okoboji, la.
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