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Volume 80—Number 11 O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, Thursday, July 7, 1960 Seven Cents
School Board Approves
Budget of $179,935
An estimated budget of
$179,935 00 had been announced
for the O’Neill School District 7
for the coming year. This repre
sents an increase of some
$19,000,00 over last years budget.
The largest increase in this
years budget is an increase of
$9,900, which was added to meet
the cost of additional elementary
teachers. The next largest addi
tion was $6,900 granted for pay
ment of salaries for high school
teachers. A total of 30 teachers
have la-en hired in the O'Neill
public school system this year.
The next largest increases in
• order are: an increase .from
$2,500 to $4,200 for textbooks and
worklxjoks; an increase from
$1,000 to $2,100 for repair and re
placement of plant equipment;
an additional $600 was granted
for upkeep of the grounds and
$400 was added for athletic equip
ment. Smaller increases were
granted in other departments. A
complete tabulation of expendit
ures will be found elsewhere in
this week’s issue of the Frontier.
A complete listing of teachers
for the coming year for the O'
Neill public schools has also been
released. They are:
Lower elementary: Mrs. Grace
Petersen, Mrs. Mary Langemeier,
Mrs. Catherine Fritton, Mrs.
Florence Kersenbrock, Miss Cleta
Murray, Mrs. Lorine Smith and
Mrs. Nuyla Sanders.
Intermediate: Mrs. Clara Hai
ley, Mrs. Edna Jeffrey, Mrs.
Elizabeth Spelts, Mrs. Leona Show
maker, Mrs. Josephine Bright ami
Mrs. Theresa Ernst.
Upper elementary: Mr. James
I.uft, Mrs. Nona Beckwith, Miss
Helen Martens and Mrs. Ruby
High school teachers: Milton
Baack, superintendent; Marvin
Miller, principal; Stanley William
son, Science and mathematics;
Gerald Hawley, mathematics and
physical education; Edwin Rech,
mathematics, science and foreign
language; Donald Kokrda, science
and social studies.
Charles Smith, science and
social studies; Duane Miller,
band; Donald Larson, com
mercial; Vernon Carpenter,
vocational agriculture and gui
dance counselor; ,Mrs. Eileen
Seger, home economics and
English; Mrs. Diis Tompkins,
English and foreign language and
Alvara Ranun, music.
For Carl Clay
Hie trial was begun Wednes
day in Holt county court in the
case of the State of Nebraska
vs. Carl Clay.
Clay, who lists his address
as Taylor, Nobr., was charged
with unlawfully and maliciously
taking and carrying away one
White auto truck motor engine,
one truck trailer axle and fifth
wheel, one motor radiator, a
road sanding device and one
truck tractor frame valued at
$95. The property belonged to
Clay had appeared in a prelim
inary hearing in Holt County
court on June 8 and pled not
guilty. He was released on a
$200. appearance bond.
Clay’s attorney is John R. Gal
lagher and the attorney for the
state is Holt County attorney,
William W. Griffin.
The jurors for the case were
William Claussen, Lloyd Gibson,
Pete Peterson, Arnie Mace, Ed
F. Quinn and Bill Schroeder.
Mrs. M. Pickering Rites
Conducted at Dorsey
Mrs. Myrtle Pickering, a resi
dent of the Dorsey community,
died Sunday, July 3 at the home
of a daughter, Mrs. Clarence
Johnson who lives northeast of
Spencer. She had been ill for a
The late Myrtle Ivory Pickering
was born October 18, 1878 at
Keswick, la., a daughter of John
K. and Arrilda France Connelly.
Her husband, William C. P.cker
ing preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held
Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Dor
sey Presbyterian church. Inter
ment was in the Dorsey cemetery.
Six grandsons were pallbearers.
Chamber to Meet
The O'Neill Chamber of Com
merce will meet Monday, July 11
at 6:30 p.m. at the M & M Bakery
for the regular monthly meeting.
Duke Kersenbrock Hits
D A “D.ike Kersenbrock ac
complishcd the “golfers dream"
Sunday at the O'Neill Country
Club by shooting a hole-in-one on
tlie 113-yard fourth hole.
Duke, who has been playing
golf for 20 years, used an easy
7-iron on the hole. Witnesses, re
ported to be reliable, were his
son, Bobby, his wife, Amy, his
brother-in-law, Harold Connors,
Judy Wanser and Bob So.ifal
Bobby was caddying for his dad
for the first time.
No records have been kept of
hole-in-ones at the O’Neill club,
but following is the best list that
can be obtained: John Conard, A!
Carroll. Dale French, Hugh
Coyne i2> Joe McCarville, Homer
Mullen, Ed Campbell, Father
Richard Brick. William Bigiin,
Don Hill. Gib Milnitz and T. V.
In the Sunday and Monday,
July 4 golf tournament. Bob Axtel,
Jack Everitt. Lawrence Haynes,
Edward Campbell and Harold
Connors won Sunday’s Blind Bogue
On Monday, Ben Grady and
Henry Lohaus won the Blind
Bogue. Other tournament winners
are Tom Cronin, for closest to
the pin on 7; Jack Everitt, closest
to the pin on the second shot on
9; and John Dewitt, best scratch
game of 69.
Tournament directors Bob Ro
berts and Dr. Ed Gleeson stated
that the prize money could be
picked up at the First National
Funeral services will bo con
ducted at 2 p. m. today (Thurs
day) at the Immanuel Lutheran
church at Spencer for Helen Mar
garet Ellermeier, who died Mon
day, July 4.
Miss Ellermeier was born Oct.
11, 1910 at Spencer, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eller
The body will lie in state at
the Jones Funeral Home in Spen
Pallbearers will be Bernard,
Reinhold and Elmer Kaczor and
Oscar, Herbert and Arthur Boet
Survivors include her parents:
sisters, Mrs. Tom (Jennie) Pok
orny of Lesterville, S. D., Mrs.
William (Irene) Ruff of Spencer
and Mrs. Bruno (LaVem) Boett
cher of Spencer.
Burial wQl be at Immanuel Lu
theran cemetery at Spencer under
the direction of the Jones Fun
Mr. and Mrs. Nels Lindquist
and children were Monday eve
ning guests in the Lysle John
His Fondest Dream?
To Walk by Christmas
“To have an artificial leg by
Christmas.” True, an artificial
leg doesn’t sound like much of a
Christmas present to most people,
but to little Bobby Krutz, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ford Krutz of Or
chard, it's just about the most
important thing in the world right
Bobby, who lost his leg recent
ly in a tractor mower accident
is hoping that he can be fitted
for the artificial limb and be
enrolled in school in time for
second semester next year.
Bobby is cheerful and optimis
tic but even after he regains
his strength, more surgery lies
ahead of him before an artificial
leg can be fitted.
A fund has been started for
Bobby. If Bobby’s friends and
Frontier readers will match his
cheerful outlook with dollars and
dimes the road for both Bobby
and his parents can be relieved
of much hardship and worry.
Donations may be sent to the
Frontier or to the Bank of Or
chard. The Frontier will publish
the amounts of the donations
and the names of each of the
givers. Some donations have al
ready been received. These will
be listed in next week’s issue.
We would sincerely like to see
Bobby walk again on Christmas
day. Wouldn’t you?
SPENCER Funeral services
were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday
morning at St. Mary’s Catholic
church at Spencer for Charles
Havranek, who died Friday, July
1 at Sacred Heart hospital at
Mr. Havranek had spent most
of his adult life farming northeast
of Spencer and in the Fort Randall
community. He moved to Spencer
in 1948 where he has lived since.
Rosary was held at 8 p.m. Sun
day at St. Mary’s church. Burial
was in St. Mary’s cemetery at
Spencer under the direction of the
Jones funeral home.
Pallbearers were Melvin Jaco
by, Carl Schmidt, Charles K. Sed
lacek, Elmer L. Foster, Thomas
Donlin and Edward M. Krbel.
Survivors include his wife, the
former Helen Hamling; one
daughter, Mrs. Hans Gehlsen of
Bristow: two grandchildren; his
mother, Mrs. Millie Havranek of
Spencer; one sister, Mrs. Anton
(Rose) Soukup of Spencer; three
brothers, William of Bristow and
Edward and John of Spencer.
PAGE A fire at the George
Wettlaufer home about 2 a.m.
Tuesday melted the rotor on their
TV set, burned the drapes and
did considerable damage to the
living room furnishings with the
added smoke and water damage.
Since the phone was out of
order the Wettlaufers doused the
fire with water until they brought
it under control.
Lightning was thought to be the
Madison Race Trip
We’re sorry, but lack of in
terest in the Frontier’s annual
trip to the Madison races has -
forced us to cancel this year's
excursion. We’re not sure, but
we believe that it may have
been tin* promise of expert
advise by our racing consultant,
i Jim Champion, that made some
people hesitant to take the trip
ROYAL—Voters at Royal turned
out for a special election Tuesday
to decide whether or not to pass
a $20,000 issue bonding school
Eighty seven votes were cast
with 61 votes in favor of the issue.
The Great Plains Supply company
of Orchard will be in charge of
the construction of the new
building, designed to serve as an
auditorium and gymnasium. The
proposed building will be appromi
mately 100 ft. by 44 ft. and will
be one story high.
This is the latest step taken by
the patrons of the Royal school
district to retain their high schooi.
The Royal school, because of its
inadequate facilities and small
enrollment, has been in danger
of being dropped from the list of
schools elegible for state funds.
Joan Wilson, daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. Rex. W. Wilson, of O'
Neil! has teen accepted for ad
mission at Christian College in
Across our desk each week
flows a multitude of letters, pam
phlets, illustrated brochures and
other neatly typed and illustrat
ed missies addressed to “The Ed
itor’’ and marked’’ for immed
The content of these literary
masterpieces ranges from inter
esting facts about the solar sys
tem to informative articles tell
ing “How to Kill a Nebraska
Without these pieces of mail,
we would doubtlessly remain ig
norant of the fact that Saturn,
the Earth and the Sun form a
straight line with the middle of
the Earth, Jupiter and the Moon
occuping the same portion of the
We would also be ignorant of
the fact that a certain Chicago
firm now supplies an anesthesia
designed for use in slaughtering
With these facts firmly in
mind and with the belief that
some of our readers may also not
Old Settlers Meeting
The Old Settler* Picnic As
sociation will hold their annual
meeting at the Midway school
house on Monday evening, July
II. at 8 p.m. Everyone who
i* Interested in reviving the an
nual picnic is urged to attend
the meeting, tieorge Mellor I*
the secretary’ of the group.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday (today) at the Presby
terian church for Stanley Soukup,
69, who died Tuesday at his home.
He had been an invalid for
several years. Military rites will
be conducted at graveside by
American legion Simonson Post.
Rev. Earl Schwenk, pastor of
the Baptist church in Chambers
will officiate. Burial will be in
Prospect Hill cemetery.
The body lay in state from 3 to
9 p. in. Wednesday at Biglins and
at the church from 11 a. m. un
til the funeral hour.
Stanley A. Soukup was born
October 18, 1890 at Octavia. His
parents Anton and Anna Vidlak
Soukup were natives of Bohemia.
The family came from Knox
county to Page in 1903. He was
reared and educated in Holt
On April 10, 1939 he married
Elsie Sparks at Papillion. The
couple have since made their
home in O’Neill.
Mr. Soukup was a retired bar
He was a veteran of World War
I and a member of the American
Survivors are: Wife, Elsie; son
—Francis of Denver and five
grandchildren. Also sisters--Mrs.
Mark (Josie) Howard of O'Neill,
Mrs. Elmer Reddick of Woodlake,
Mrs. M. A. Gordon of Denver and
Mrs. Hazel Isler of Juneau,
Alaska; brother—Leonard Soukup
of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Of District MYF
VERDIGRE—Jo Ellen Farnik.
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Farnik of Verdigre was recently
elected president of the northeast
district of Methodist Youth Fel
Miss Famlk has served us
sub-district president, has at
tended national conventions at
Purdue University Youth School
of Missions and Christian Ser
vice of Nebraska Wesleyan
University at Lincoln. She lias
served three years on district
camp councils at Ponca and
Fremont. She also has been
superintendent at the begin
ner’s department at the Verdi
gre Methodist school, has
served as church organist and
been a member of the choir.
She also is an honor student at
the Verdigre high school.
There are 54 Methodist churches
from Sioux City to the Woodlake
area. Others elected were Rita
Mundcnhenke of Ainsworth, vice
president; Ruth Norling, Spring
view, secretary and Alvin Crumly
of Page, treasurer.
be aware of these earth shaking
developments, we feel that it is
the duty of the Frontier to place
all the news before its reading
Therefore be it known that
Bruce J. Rehbcrg, henceforth
known as “The Editor”, will
take it ujwn himself to seper
ate the wheat from the chaff
and present whichever he deems
most interesting in this column
along with other comments and
We’ll leave you with these lit
Arrested for pilfering shipments
valued at $50,000 from freight
cars, several midwestern railroad
employees filed claims or un
employment insurance the day af
ter they were released on bail.
They collected despite the fact
that they were found guilty and
Since 1953 Uncle Sam has been
forced to expel an average of
three Russian diplomats a year
for espionage activities. An Kru
schev is yelling because we sent
an airplane 70 thousand feet ov
er his homeland.
And if you’ve ever wondered
what happened to old CCC uni
forms, out in the WPA built Tim
berline Lodge in Oregon, there is
a storeroom of unusual types of
art. One such art is hand-woven
rugs, made of rags and scraps
from old CCC uniforms.
City Council Hears Drainage
Complaints; Raises Taxes
Hie O’Neill city council mat
Tuesday night and set the mill
levy at 1675, an increase of
1.75 nulls over the 1959 budget
but still 25 down from 1968.
The mill Increase was iIihsu
ed nee«'ssary due to (hr new
Intersection paving and the
storm sewer bond.
Jn other action the council heard
complaints from property owners
in tiie south part of town whose
yards and basements are being
flooded due to what they teraied
”impmper drainage facilities" on
some of the newly paved streets.
Dr. J. P. Brown, 223 E. Ever
ett, said that hi fore the pave
ment was put in it usually tick
alxiut 2 inches of rain to flood his
yard. Now it takes only half an
inch to ilo so. Mrs. lna Wolfe
complained of water in her base
ment after every rain.
The council then heard Bruce
Meier, a representative of Kirk
ham-Miehael enginnering firm, say
that a survey is needed to deter
mine the drainage before the pro
blem can toe solved.
The council deckled to have the
Contracts for the city gas and
oil were then let to two O’Neill
firms. D. A. Kersenbrock receiv
ed the contract for diesel, grease
and tractor oils while Graham
service contracted for the gas and
oil for the cars and vehicles.
ATKINSON Funeral services
for Alex McConnell, 87 year old
retired famier-rancher were con
ducted Wednesday morning in the
Methodist church with Rev. Glenn
Kennicott of O'Neill officiating.
Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.
The late Mr. McConnell was
I tom September 20, 1872 ut
Jamerson, Mo., a son of Eli and
Polly Ann McConnell, lie grew to
manhood in the Gallends Grove
community near Dunlap, la. As
a young man he cared for his
widowed mother and brothers and
sisters. He and a friend came to
Holt county in the 1890’s trailing a
h. id of cattle fO 1TTf tSwnn Lake
On December 28, 1904 he re
turned lo Iowa where he was
united in marriage to Miss Hattie
Wheeler of Dunlap. The couple
returned to Emmet where they
settled on a ranch. They resided
in this community for 52 years.
Mrs. McConnell preceded her
husband in death in September
1957. A son, Howard died in May
1957 and an infant son in 1912.
Survivors include: Son Eli of
Atkinson; daughters Mrs. Wal
Mrs. Harry (Harriet) little of
Omaha and Mrs. Fred (Maxine)
Saunto of O’Neill, 13 grandchid
ren and 14 great-grandchidren.
Escapes Injury In
PAGE Saturday noon while
Kenneth Wettlaufer was changing
his tractor from wide to narrow
front end the tractor upset. The
four-row cultivator was still at
tached to the tractor and kept it
from crushing Kenneth. He suf
fered deep cuts and bruises.
Mrs. Roy Judge
Funeral services were held
Tuesday, July 5 at St. Patrick's
Catholic church in O'Neill for Mrs.
Roy D. Judge, 66. Msgr. Timothy
O’Sullivan officiated at the 9:30
a m. service. Burial was made in
St. Joseph’s cemetery at Atkin
A rosary was recited at 8 p m.
Monday at Blglins.
Pallbearers were nephews:
Larry Minton, Jack Minton, jr.,
William Shorn, Jim Minton,
Francis Troshynski and Jack
Jane Agnes, daughter of John
and Alice Barrett Minton was born
May 19, 1894 at O’Neill and died
July 2 at the home of her daugh
ter, Mrs. Harold Krugman in O'
She was united in marriage with
Roy I). Judge of Atkinson, October
17, 1922. To this union six children,
four daughters and two sons were
Survivors include three daugh
ters: Mrs. Harold (Margaret)
Krugman and Mrs. William
(Kathryn) Petsehe, both of O’
Neill and Mrs. Wayne (Patricia)
Pollock of Ewing. Three brothers:
Patrick Minton of Lincoln, John
Minton of Omaha and Richard
Minton of O'Neill.
Mrs. Judge was a telephone
operator and a bookkeeper before
Mr. and Mrs. Judge lived on a
farm near Atkinson all of their
married life. Upon the death of
her husband she retired to a home
Mrs. Judge was a member of
the Altar Society.
Those attending from a distance
were Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Jensen
of Sioux City, la., Henry Barrett
of Council Bluffs, la., Mr. and
Mrs. William Barrett of Neligh,
John Minton sr. and J. Minton,
jr., of Omaha, James Minton and
Mrs. Elinor Mullaly, both of Fre
mont, Pat Minton of Lincoln, John
Minton of Dakota City, M/Sgt.
John Judge of Newfoundland and
reatives and friends from Atkin
Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Bartak
observed their Golden Wedding
anniversary on June 28, with a
gathering of relatives for a 6:30
The Bartaks have one daugh
ter, Mrs. Walt (Blanche) IX>b
richovsky, one son, Robert, and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bartak
and children of Lafayette. Calif,
were present for the occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Bartak were
married in Verdigre on June 28,
1910. The attendants were a sis
ter of the bride, Mrs. Anna Tom
sik and Joe Turkan.
Mrs. Bartak came to Verdigre
from Minnesota in 1904. She
graduated from high school with
the first graduating class in 1905.
She took a teacher’s course in
Fremont college. She taught in a
rural school for two years and
in the Verdigre school for three
years. She has also taken part
in many community affairs.
Mr. Bartak moved to Verdigre
with his parents from a farm
seven miles west of Verdigre. Af
ter graduation from Verdigre high
school he learned the harness
trade from his father who operat
ed the harness and saddlery shop.
In 1907 he bacame his father’s
partner. After the death of his
father, he continued in the busi
ness until 1952.
On January 2, 1958, Mr. Bar
tak received a “Meritorious Ser
vice Award”. This certificate was
issued by the Nebraska Volunteer
Firemens Association. He was
presented a wrist watch by the
Verdigre firemen. At the last
firemen’s meeting he was reelect
ed treasurer for the forty-eighth
year. He was a charter member
He served as treasurer of the
school board for 20 years. He was
a member of the Town board
Township board, and Commercial
club. For 33 years he was finan
cial secretary of the Western Bo
hemian Fraternal association. He
was a member of the Verdigre
Military band, and was on the
baseball team in his younger
Both the bartaks are in good
health and are living in Ver
Throe accidents clouded the
[Killco records this week Two ac
cidents were reported to the O'
Neill police department on Satur
day. At about 3:45 p.m. Saturday
cars driven by Vernon G. Beck
with of Page and W. A Cbnwuy
of O'Neill were involved in an
accident at Second and Benton.
The Beckwith auto was north
bound on Second and the Conway
vehicle was traveling oast on
Renton. Considerable damage wait
done to both ears, The mishap
was investigated by police chief
The second accident Monday in
volved cars driven by Robert N.
Hodsclaw and William Putnam.
Holsclaw was driving a ear tie
longing to Ray Sehuchman of O’
Neill and William Putnam was
driving an auto belonging to L. D.
Putnam. The collision oecured at
the intersection of First and
Douglas streets. Roth autos were
severely damaged. Hob White was
the investigating officer.
An accident was reported Tues
day when cars driven by Alice
French and Mrs. Ena Fox, both
of O'Neill collided at Fifth and
Clay streets. Roth ladies drove to
the police station to report the
damage to the chief of police.
Considerable damage was done to
the left rear bumper of Miss
Frenohs car and to the front and
left fender of the Fox vehicle.
$1,415 Collected In
Fines During 1960
A total of $ 1,415.00 was collected
in Holt County court here for the
month of June. The fines amount
ed to $915.00 and the scale fines
All of the general fines arc
prorated to the schools of llolt
county. .Seventy-five per eent of
the scale fines go to the state
of Nebraska and the other
twenty-five per cent goes to the
county general fund for bridges,
roads, and salaries of the suiter
visors. All court costs and fees
charged for marriage licenses,
etc. go to the general fund.
A comparison of the totals for
the first six months of this year
and last year shows $6,212. col
lected in 1960 and $6,716. in 1959.
$3,747. in general fines and
$2,465. in scale fines wore collect
ed in 1960 up to July 1 and $3,111.
in lines and $3,605. in scale fines
last year. Seventeen marriage
licenses were issued in June and
fifty-one during the first six
months. Hast year sixty licenses
had been issued by July 1.
The Fourth of July brought a rare blue Australian shepherd puppy
to the Larry Schaffer family. The five-week old pappy named
“Smoky” is a natural bob tail and has all four colors of whip-, black,
copper and blue. He also has blue eyes. Larry purchased the pup
from a kennel at Littleton, Colo., and will use him at the ranch when
he is a grown dag. In the meantime, Dewey, 0 years, and Beth, 22
months, are enjoying his company.
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