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Volume 79-Number 26 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, October 22, 1959 Seven Cents
Mary Gonderinger, Patricia, Poese
Win Bicycles In Safety Contest
Winners in the first O’Neill bi
cycle safety program were an
nounced last week by Mrs. Louis
Wray, publicity chairman for VFW
auxiliary 926, sponsors of the pro
gram with the cooperation of Po
lice Chief Chris McGinn.
Mary Gonderinger, 7th grade
daughter of Mr and Mrs. Norman
Gonderinger, won first place and
a bicycle for her essay on bicycle
safety. Carol Lowery, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lowery, won
second and Cheryl Jackson, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jackson,
Patricia Poese, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Gilbert Poese, won first
prize and a bicycle in the slogan
division with her slogan; "Keep
to the right when tiding your
Judy Horner, daughter of Sgt.
and Mrs. Rex Homer, won second
with the slogan "To stay alive,
keep alert”. Judy won a Cinder
John Richter, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Richter, w'on third
prize of a basketball and goal set
with his slogan "Make your brakes
stronger and you’ll live longer".
Poster winners announced by
Mrs. Wray are: Grades 1, 2, and
3, Jim Melena, 1st; Jerry Wray,
2nd; and Debra Sivesind, 3rd.
Grades 1, 5 and 6: Virginia Wal
ker, 1st; Nancy Harshfield, 2nd;
Linda Coates. 3rd. Dick Clyde,
Linda Hunt and Nancy Longnecker
received honorable mention.
Grades 7 and 8: Jolene Stutz,
1st; Margaret Conway, 2nd; and
Duane Winkler, 3rd. Ellen Artus
—i ■ bii imini".~ riPTY'Mi-- il-il'l wiiii mil
and Patrick Benze got honorable j
The Thursday parade winners
were, for funniest bike, Jim Hum
rich, 1st; Jot> McLeish, 2nd; and
Terry Cleveland, 3rd. Prettiest
bike winners were Marilyn Peter
son. 1st; Janet Spelts, 2nd; and
Virginia Walker, 3rd.
Earl and Mike Peterson won 1st
in the children s marching, Jerry
Wray was 2nd and David 01m
stead was 3rd.
Mary Gonderinger's winning es
I say is printed as follows;
“Safety is important to every
one. Bicycle safety is important
mostly to children Children must
always obey the rules of safety.
Rules are necessary so people will
not be injured. Some rules you
should follow are:
"Have only one person riding on
a bike at one time. Make sure your
bike is in good condition. Ride on
the right side of the road. Have a
light in front and a red tail light
in back. Wear something white if
you ride at night. Never hitch
rides on cars or trucks.
“These rules are very necessary
because if we follow them care
fully we are not as likely to get
hurt. Many children are injured
or even killed every year because
they did not practice bicycle safe
ty at all times.
“You may have fun on bicycles
if you do it safely. When a group
gets together with their hikes, a
bike ride is fun. But some of the
most dangerous accidents result
from clowning with a group. They j
may show off by swerving out j
aero s the street and back again.
Or they may duck in and out of
cars or other parked automobiles.
"Another danger is hitching
rides on moving cars or trucks.
You should not hitch rides because
if the car or truck stopped sudden
ly you would keep on going and
run into the automobile. You
could also be swept under the
"One of the most common rea
sons for accidents is two or three
on a bicycle. This is dangerous
because the person riding cannot
see and thus could run into some
thing. Two or more on a bike also
is dangerous because it throws the
bike off balance.
"Keeping your bike in good con
dition is very important. For ex
ample if you are coming down a
hill with a car coming and your
brakes don't w'ork. there is danger
of an accident. If you cannot steer,
you could easily run into something
and injure yourself.
“Having lights is also important.
Lights in front allow’ you to see
any holes or objects that could
cause an accident. Red or yellow
tail lights allow cars approaching
from behind to see you. Wearing
a jacket or shirt that is white is
good because light on it will show !
“Bicycle safety is important to
all, whether they ride a bike or
’ •••• - ■ —.n ' ' • t
Waiting to get started in the first O’Neill bicycle parade are, from the front, Virginia Walker,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W’alker, Nancy H irshfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Harshfield,
and Frances Eppenbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eppenhaeh.—The Frontier photo and en
graving „ __
By Sarah Michaells
Down at Inman there is a gen
tleman whose interests are many
and his jobs varied.
Ho is Elwin Smith, who most
of you know as the local telephone
exchange operator. He is a genial
fellow always ready “with a bit
of a joke” as the occasion arises.
Elwin has been with the ex
change since 1923, starting out by
helping his mother. Mrs. Charles
Smith, who operated the locally
owned operation at the time.
At present. Elwin acts as oper
ator line foreman, engineer and
clerk for the exchange which has
about 85 subscribers.
Though many of the surrounding
towns have gone to the dial sys
tem. Elwin feels that the Inman
exchange will stay the same, al
though many subscribers are put
ting in new desk type phones with
the ringer mounted on the front of
He says, however, that many
still have the wall type phone
with the ringer on the side.
A great improvement to the ex
change has been the carrier sys
tem added to the long distance,
service With this improvement,
several conversations may be car
ried at the same time over the
same pair of wires.
Elwin says that he doesn't use
climtiers anymore to service the |
line anil has switched instead to
the ladder in making repairs.
Mr Smith is assisted in his work
by his wife, the former Maurine
Harkins, who he married in 1939.
In addition to his duties at the
exchange, Elwin has many hob
bies to keep him busy. Gardening
occupies a good share of his time
and since he completed his green
house a few years back he has
turned it into a profitable hobby
In the wintef months he builds
boxes—big boxes and little boxes.
Then in the spring he starts tomato
plants and other vegetables, trans
plants them to the boxes and sells
them to many grocery stores and
He likes to experiment in his
greenhouse and last year he even,
Elwin Smith . . . 3fi years on the phone at Inman. Frontier
photo and engraving.
grew some tobacco which he
claims a fellow over l y Page gets
md really smokes.
He also has a very large garden
and during his spare moments
you will find him there.
In earlier years Elwin did con
siderable photography and photo
At present. Elwin is interested
ir. old phonograph records and has
quite a collection of the tubular
type of years gone by He has an
old phonograph on which he plays
the records and I listened to one
by “Uncle Josh” telling about
buying his first car.
Another collectors item is a
home-made radio dating to the
early '20’s. In those days of few
radio stations, Elwin says that
he r >utd pick up Ohio, Pennsyl
vania. Texas, California. Cuba and
Canada on the set. It has been 36
years s nee Elwin has taken a va
cation and as he puts it he "prob
ably wouldn’t know what to do
with my time if I did have one”.
Deadline for renewing drivers
licenses is noon. Oct. 31.
County Treasurer J. Ed Han
cock said that there are about
1,000 licenses that have not as
yet been renewed. He said that
all licenses issued between Sep
tember 1, 1957 and September 1,
1959 expired the first of Septem
An examination is necessary to
obtain a new license if drivers
forget to get their license before
To Help Pray
The Presbyterian church of O’
Neill has added a new service for
its parishioners and friends.
An automatic prayer answering
device designed to allow friends
to call the number and have a
prayer read to them over the
phone was installed Tuesday.
It was pointed out by Rev. John
Hart, pastor, that the device is
not in any sense to replace per
sonal prayer but rather to supple
ment such prayer.
At times the automatic device
will only suggest things to pray j
for. The majority of prayers re-1
corded will be for personal and
spiritual growth, designed to meet
the needs of everyday living.
The device was installed after
a meeting of the church session at (
which members felt that many
people feel the need to have their
thoughts led in prayer.
The prayers, strictly non-sec
tarian in content, will also be for
events of the civic year, such as
The number to call, 800, may be
used anytime, day or night.
Schaffer Gets Award
David Schaffer, son of Mrs.
Clara Schaffer, O'Neill, has been
awarded a scholarship by the
Lewis and Smith Drug Co. Schaf
fer is a pharmaceutical student at
Creighton University. Schaffer has
also been named vice-president of
the student branch for the Amer
ican Pharmaceutical Association.
McGinley Can't Visit
Holt County Now
Congressman Donald F. McGin
ley informed the Frontier yester
Itiy that he will not be able to
visit Holt county as scheduled on
October 29. McGinley stated that
inforeseen personal problems and
congressional work make it nec
essary to postpone the visit.
Congressman McGinley did not
say when he might visit the coun
ty. but stated that he hopes to
be in Holt county to tour proposed
reclamation projects sometime in
FRIDAY, Oct. 23—Livestock,
furniture, machinery, Mrs. Stan
ley Chmeil, 16 miles south of O’
Neill on highway 281 and 514
miles east; 12:30 p.m. Col. Ed
Thorin and Col. A1 (Pug) Horn,
SATURDAY, Oct. 24— Land auc
tion, 320 acres, Nicholas Ries, ad
ministrator, 4 miles north of O’
Neill Drive-In theater on highway
281 and 1 mile west; 1:30 p.m.,
Col. Wallace O’Connell, auc
TUESDAY, Oct. 27—Registered
Hereford Bulls, H. A. and R. E.
Van Horn, 16 miles southeast of
O’Neill on highway 20 to sign and
2>4 miles southeast; 1 p.m. Char
les Corkle, auctioneer.
TUESDAY, Oct 27 — Livestock
and machinery sale of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Blair located 1 mile
east and 5V4 miles south of Cham
bers. Col. Ed Thorin, real estate
broker and auctioneer in charge.
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ciiaiuucis oiaw uaim, v-iti rv.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28-90 head
of Herefords, hay and feed, ma
chinery, furniture, Fred Lomez,
lVfe miles southeast of Inman
along highway 275 on south side
of railroad, 12 noon sharp; Ed
Thorin and George Coleman, auc
SATURDAY, Oct. 31—D. J. Mur
phy furniture sale of complete;
household goods. Located at the
corner of 9th and Douglas. Col. j
Wally O’Connell, auctioneer.
MONDAY, Nov. 2 — Livestock
and machinery farm sale of Ro
bert and Emma Krokaugger
Verne Reynoldson, auctioneer and
Virgil Laursen, broker. See next
week’s Frontier for big ad.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4 — Live
stock and machinery sale of Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Fullerton located 1
mile south and 1 mile east of
Amelia. Col. Ed Thorin, real es
tate broker and auctioneer in
charge. Chambers State Bank,
SATURDAY, Nov. 7—Holt Coun
ty Hereford Breeders Association
sale of 49 registered Herefords.
Show at 10 a m. Sale at 1:30 p.m.
TUESDAY. Nov. 17th—Mr. and
Mrs. John Jeffrey. 3 miles west
4 miles north and Vi west of
Chambers. Selling livestock, Ma
chinery, hay, grain and furniture.
Col. Wally O’Connell and Merlin
Grossnicklous, auctioneers, Ed
To Study Body
Defense attorney in the Sadie
Dickerson trial, William Brennan,
has filed a motion to exhume the
body of 20-year-old Frank Van
District Judge Lyle Jackson has
granted permission for the body to
be exhumed for further study into
the cause of death.
Brennan and another defense at
torney, George Johnson of Gre
gory, asked for the action during
a three hour meeting here Mon
day. Boyd County Attorney Wil
liam Wills questioned the right of
the court to order the body ex
Wills said that a complete au
topsy was performed at the time
of the death and should be suf
ficient to determine the cause of
Brennan says that he has con
tacted a Dr. Holyoke of Omaha
who has conducted experiments
from which he can tell, by the
hole in the boy’s head, whether
the bit was thrown or drilled into
Consequently, the trial of Mrs.
Dickerson, originally set to begin
Monday, will be delayed.
Will Ask Families
To Record Shows
Beginning October 25 a number
of Holt county families will be
keeping special diaries of their
television viewing habits.
The testing service, American
Research Bureau, will select the
families which will begin to keep
a week’s record of the programs
they watch, which members of the
family view each program and
how long they watch the show.
The information received will be
compiled and will give the major
networks an indication of the type
of programs being viewed in Holt
Ten Homes Seen
By School Group
At Open House
The Sunday open house sponsor
ed by the Friends of St. Mary's
was a success, Mrs. Rynold Cim
fel, chairman, reported this week.
The open house was a fund rais
ing project for the organization.
O'Neill homes open to the public
for the day were the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Don Cleveland, Mr.
and Mrs. H. N. Mullendore, Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Gallagher, Mr. and
Mrs. Francis Gilg, Mr. and Mrs.
H. J. Lohaus, Mr. and Mrs. C. J.
Gatz, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gallagher,
Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Wichman,
and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berigan.
In addition to these homes, St.
Mary’s Academy held an open
house, with sisters and teachers
in the rooms to receive and talk
to the parents. A tea was served
at the Academy, with Mrs. George
Hammond in charge of the table.
Mrs. D. A. Kersenbrock was in
charge of the open houses.
PTA Carnival Planned
For Saturday Night
O’Neill PTA members are com
pleting arrangements this week
for their carnival to be held in the
high school auditorium Saturday
Booths selling everything from
candy to magazines will be set
up and a variety of games are
planned, including a dart throw,
string pull, fish pond, basket
throw and many others. A white
elephant auction wdll be held and
a freak show is planned. For the
children, movies will be shown.
Lunch will be served througn
out the carnival. Everyone is in
vited to attend.
Petsche Leaves Frontier
Jerry Petsche, editor of the
Frontier, has left the employ of
this newspaper and has given his
address as Lincoln.
Until another editor can be hir
ed, Jim Champion, present co
publisher, will act as editor.
Petsche had been with the Fron
tier since February.
Ericson Woman Shot
A 33-year-old Ericson woman
was shot to deatii Sunday at an
Ericson cafe where she worked
Her estranged .husband, Virgil,
who was arrested'and held in con
nection with the shooting, slashed
his wrists yesterday at the Whee
ler county jail where he was be
ing held. Ronzzo is in critical con
dition at a hospital at the present
O'Neill Coed To Tour
Fifty-three singers have been
named to the 1959-60 Hastings Col
lege touring choir. Included in
the altos in ihe choir are Jane
Peterson of O’Neill and Gary Doh
bins of Burwell. The organization
will make a three-state tour the
end of March during the spring
recess, according to director Al
Miss Betty Shultz is a flutist in
the college symphony orchestra.
The first concert is scheduled for
4-H Camp Money Raised
At Achievement Day Here
Pictured above are some of the Holt County extension council
■■ :>r> They are, front row, I to r, >lrs. A. T. Cruinly, Page, re
mit chairman; Mrs. Edgar Stauffer, Page, secretary
■ in Mrs. E. Pruden, Ewing, new county chairman. Back
i . I i r, Mrs. Harold Mlinar, 1 11 chairman; Mrs. George Mellor,
t.i . c chairman; Mrs. Donald Nissen, health chairman; Mrs. Fred
>. ,s, A.'.nison, publicity chairman.
‘lo i'.c more of the Holt County extension officers presented
. A ..:evemeiit Hay Tuesday: Front row, I to r, Mrs. G. H. Grimes,
("lumbers, past county chairman; Mrs. Gene Zimmerman, Ewing,
group chairman; Mrs. Floyd Butterfield, Atkinson, county extension
hoard. Back row, 1 to r, Mrs. George Kiedei, Stuart, group chairman;
Mrs. Dale Stauffer, Page, group chairman; Mrs. Don Cleveland,
group chairman; and Mrs. Norbort Clark, reading chairman. *
T. D. Hutton, Inman,
Logs 45 Years with
Railroad as Agent
Mr. T. D. Huttoh, Inman, pass
ed another milestone in service to
Inman residents and Chicago and
Northwestern Railroad this month
when he logged 45 years as agent
at the depot there.
Mr. Hutton will receive a gold
and-enamel lapel pin designating
the number of years he has been
in the railroad’s employ.
William' Roberts, president of
the C and NW veteran’s associa
tion, said that the railroad takes
great pleasure in presenting this
mark of distinction to Mr. Hutton.
Loup Valley Firemen met Mon-’
day night at Chambers with re
presentatives from Burwell, Ord,
North Loup, Scotia and Chambers
Bishop Watts Critical
Bishop Bascomb Watts of the
Methodist church is reported to
tie in critical condition at Bryan
Memorial hospital in Lincoln.
Bishop Watts suffered a stroke
early in the year. Then a diabetic
condition became acute and now
he has suffered a series of heart
No other information was avail
able at press time concerning the
Retail Sales Increased
Holt county retail sales for the
month of August showed a de
cided increase over that of the
same month for the preceding
The county had a 10.9 per cent
increase over August of 1958 and
a big jump of 19.8 per cent over
the month of July.
/uk’ui *>w women uurrkjnr ur
Holt County Achievement 1 ty twee
Tuesday at which J128 wu> ramod
to go toward the buildup at ftp
State 4-H camp at Halsey
The theme of the meets* warn
centered around bread. I
guest was Mrs. Peggy
IJncoln, of the wheat h
Mrs. Walton showed filnu
trip to the International
L air at lajceme, Swit/erlj
which she prepared and
strated the use of convt
Also a guest speaker was Mis.
Joy Tooley, IJncoln, with CtnS
Mills, who told of product* pre
pared from wheat by that c*m
pany. The money for the 4-H
camp was raised from broad odes.
The day’s program nriudn*
group singing, led by Mrs Gewrjse
Mellor, Silencer, ami Mrs Fred
Roberts, Atkinson; install..mm at
officers and skits by group cen
ters. The skits, preserv'd by
Chambers, Ewing and O'.NeO,
were "The Little Red Hen’ TJH
Women in the Shoe ”, .rad “U
Could Be You".
The following officers were in
stalled: Mrs. J. L. Pruden nunty
chairman; Mrs Joe Rocle vice
county chairman; Mrs. Kdgar
Stauffer, sec.-treas.; Mrs Fred
Roberts, publicity chairman. Mrs.
Donald Nissen, henlth ch ■ rman;
Mrs. George Mellor. musir chair
man; Mrs. Harold Mlinar, 4-11
chairman; Mrs. G. II. Grimes,
past county chairman; Mrs. A T.
Crumly, retiring county rhair
man; Mrs. Norbert Clark, wading
chairman and Mrs. Floyd .'hitter
field, extension board member.
Group chairmen are Mrs. Fred
1>.4. A 41.1 as.. * a
..J, isinuiowil, .IM4. II.
Grimes, Chambers; Mr* Gear
Zimmerman, Ewing; Mrs. Don
Cleveland, O’Neill; Mrs Dale
Slauffer, Page and Mrs. Georgr
The committee in charge df at
rangements included Mr* Tom
Lambert, Ewing; Mrs. tartes
Beilin, O'Neill; Mrs. Joe ftoche.
Atkinson; Mrs. Dan Troshytiafei,
Page; Mrs. Vearl Tuttle, Clear
water, and Mrs. Jerome Weber,
Corsages and centerpieces were
made by Mesdames Charles HeMin.
Norbert Clark, Richard ltovey.
Car] Schenzel, John Belli! Jay
McConnell, lion Wecker arid Edf
The Scott Community and Elk
horn Extension clubs had charge
of the tables and noon lurw-neon.
Skit. participants were as fol
lows : Mrs. Gene Zimmerman,
Mrs. R. Alhers, Mrs. l"<>rrocr
Hahllrcck, Mrs. Bud Wrigtn, Mr*.
Jerry Rotherham and Mr*. Dean
Pofahl, all of Ewing; Mrs G. 1L
Grimes, Mrs. Frank Tracy, Mrs.
Edwin Hubbard, Mrs. Stan Lam
bert, Mrs. Shirley Svatm Mrs.
Melvin Belt, Mrs. Richard -Sunder
man, Mrs. Bernard Hoffman, Mrs.
Verne Sageser and Mrs. BiB Craw
ford, all of Chambers; Mr* Mar
lin Luber, Mr.s. Clay Johnsoa jr..
Mrs. Duane Philbrick, Mrs Frank
Eppenbach, Mrs. Dale Perry.
Mrs. Donald Cleveland, Mrs. Chr
rol McKay, and Mrs. Joe Sive
sind, all of O’Neill.
Robert Murphy ParoAcd
For Two Years by
Judge Mounts Monday
Robert Murphy, 16, was pat on
parole to area parole officer EL
E. Cumings as a result at mataor
vehicle homicide charges filed to
connection with the death at Was
Lois Schaaf September 13.
Mun>hy, the driver of (be ear
in which the accident oocuredL am
placed on parole for two yearn by
District Judge D. R. Mounts.
Another case heard by tbe judge1
was that of Vernon Strang.
was sentenced to the Boy** tntoto
rial School at Kearney until to w
21. Strong was charged with unto
He’s a big one alright. Dewey Schaffer shl pped this 2,800 pound giant Monday morning. Mk
didn’t figure to get top market price on him. Dewey has had the biack-whiteface for a iiimibm «*•
years and has used him as a leader in transferring other animals around his ranches.—The Fraklk
photo and engraving
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