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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (July 14, 1960)
"Tragedy on the Streets"
By HO MAINE SAUNDfcrtS. 4110 South bist St.. Lincoln 6. Nebr
Tragedy awaits on streets and highways. A
child at play crushed by a last moving truck here
on the streets of our Capital City. Mr. Owen of the
Shadey Lane ranch of northern Holt county run
down and killed on the highway
in distant Nevada; the wife of a
Lancaster county district judge
picked up dead on the highway
out in the state; a near life long
respected citizen of O'Neill
among the recent victims of
travel. It has ever been. Eighty
years ago little Jimmie was
thrown from the wagon drawn
by runaway horses, his head cut
open by a wagon wheel and Remain*
Jimmie's brain there in the dust
of the road. Grandma Chapman aun er*
froze to death in a blizzard as she traveled the road
headed for Stuart. Baret Scott dragged from his
buggy by a group of killers, hung from the bridge,
the rope then cut and down he went a winter day
into the icey waters flowing under the bridge. Trage
dy forever uwaits some along life’s way, be ready to
jump if it comes your way.
• • •
I sit alone for three weeks starting just before the
F’ourth, the other two of the household "vacationing”
In a distant state. Vacation time comes every year
to the moderns. In the long ago Denny Cronin and 1
knew no such thing as vacationing, Jim Riggs kept
us on the job ten, twelve or more hours a day six
days a week. And then for a "vacation” this typo
grapical arts took to the saddle and out on the open
prairie. It was a night and day job. Yes, alone now—
but all is well with Prairieland Talker.
• • *
To get to or from airports you go on wheels ten
or more miles. Sixty years ago we got off the train
at south F'ourth street, walked three blocks to our
home on south First street. But in those days it was
a half week trip to Pacific coast points, while now
just a half day.
* * *
Governor Brooks proposes and promises to cut
down highway killings in our state. That this pro
nouncement will be more fruitful than the governor’s
promises to reduce taxes is devoutly to be wished.
But what can an honored dinitary in the chief execu
tive’s chuir do with citizens at the steering wheels
on streets and highways?
* * *
On a pillow in a box lay a new born baby girl
found in an ally in the business district of our Capital
City. What mother could thus act toward her own
offspring, or did she leave her baby there and walk
away with a broken heart and a prayer that baby
would be found and given a home. It was. What a
wuy for a human being to start life, but if baby lives
and grows she may be a good one.
"Kicked and Cuffed by a Big Brute ’—a startling
headline in an issue of the O'Neill Sun a week in
1890 And who was the Big Brute that did that job
of kicking and cuffing? D. A. Doyle. And who was
his victim? C. C. McHugh, editor of the Sun. Doyle
and McHugh were both Democrats, the Sun editor
leaning one way, Doyle another way. and the Sun
had something to say about it that Doyle took as an
insult. Then the kicks and cuffs. That was politics
among us 65 and 70 years ago. But Ool. Doyle carried
his bombasity still farther, and while being a mem
ber of St. Patrick’s church he was at logerheads
with the then pastor, Father Cassidy, whom nearly
everyone in the community highly regarded. Doyle
came to Holt county from Michigan and returned
there some 50 years ago, now dead. He had served
as mayor of O’Neill and at the first council meeting
had the saloon men there to tell them how to run
their grog shops, coming down with a clenched fist
as he concluded, if you think I don't mean it you
reckon without your host! The O’Neill Sun folded
up, Mr. McHugh left for other parts.
• * *
Rain much of it during the month of June And
the last day of June went out wet. During the month
of June sixty years ago, Weather Man Cole in O’
Neill recorded 27 inches of rain that one month.
* * *
The county treasurer of Lancaster county, of
which Lincoln is the county seat town, reports a
business of two million dollars in one month just
recently. Yes, he collects the ta&es and pays the
salaries of county job holders.
* * •
Nothing much can be done these days without
a pocket full of money. Churches must have it, too.
Now there is to be added to the considerable struc
tures of St. Patrick’s congregation up on Benton
street some new buildings and the money raising
for this needed work is soon to be on. It was a day
in the long ago foundations were being layed for
what eventually became St. Mary's Academy, citi
zens of all faiths and no faith stood about looking on.
Patrick Hagerty was commissioned by the one in
authority to take up a collection, get all he could
out of that group of onlookers. In those days as the
collection plate came your way you put in a five or
ten cent piece. But Mr. Hagerty called for dollars.
I a young fellow then didn’t have a dollar but I had
25 cents. And the dollar demanding Pat accepted
my two-bit piece when he came my way. The Catho
lics of the community have a nice church and other
fine buildings where Father Smith holed up in a
one-room abode 80 years ago.
* * «
Another star glows in our nation's flag as
Hawaii, that little island beauty spot far out in the
Pacific is welcomed as our 50th state. We started
with 13 and in less than 200 years have become this
world's greatest nation.
Spending Is Not Growth
Politicians hopeful of obtaining public money for
their pet projects now are unaminously claiming that
more government spending means more economic
Economic growth is something we all want and
need. But government projects are dependent of the
economy and do nothing to spur growth. When they
become too expensive they actually stunt it.
Americans never had to worry about long-term
growth until recent years in which government was
increasing its tax receipts eight times as fast as
Americans were increasing their national income.
This tax load has made it harder for individuals
and businesses to save money. Economic growth
always has come from savings that people invest in
new and expanding businesses. And that is the only
way that economic gi wth can occur.
Many of the things that government spends
money for are desirable and necessary. All of them
are at the expense of economic growth or at the ex
pense of private consumption by American families.
Tbe American people are willing to make these
sacrifices for worthwhile and necessary governmental
services. But they will not long be fooled into confus
ing government spending with economic growth.
And they will do well to suspect the honesty or
the sanity of any politician who tries to fool them in
Look Out, Western Nebraskans!
Sheridan County Shir
The opening guns have already been fired in
what will be a major attempt in the 1961 legislature
to revise all of Nebraska's 43 unicameral districts.
The 1960 census figures show Douglas county
(Omaha) senators have an average of 18,000 people
in their districts and that Lancaster county (Lincoln)
senators each represent an average of 50,000 people.
By contrast most other unicameral districts contain
far fewer people.
Naturally the Omaha and Iincoln ^roup want to
revise the districts in accordance with population
which would mean more senators from Omaha (they
now have 7) and from Lincoln (they now have 4)
and of course this would mean each out-state senator
would have to represent many more counties than
at present in order to make an average of 50,000
voters in each district.
Right now we have 43 state senators and it takes
only a majonty, or 22 of them, to pass any law for
the entire state. If Omaha’s 7 senators and Lin
con's 4 stick together they have 11 votes or half of all
it takes for a majority. Of course giving the two big
cities even more senators would make it even easier
for them to dominate the legislature.
And therein lives the great fault in Nebraska's
unicameral system representation is based ONLY
on population. Every other state in the union and the
United States itself has TVVO houses—one elected on
a population basis and the other on an area basis.
In the U. S. Senate little Utah has two senators just
like big California and that is the only reason Utah
can get any consideration—because the U. S. Senate
must agree to any bill passed by the House where
California has far more representatives on a popula
tion basis than Utah.
Nebraska is the only state which has no such
safe-guards for thinly populated areas. This makes
it nice and convenient for the Omaha and Lincoln
senators to get together and pass the kind of laws
about school land, about gas tax fund distribution and
about school redistricting that will do the most good
for the city voters they represent.
And this same situation rmikes it dam near im
possible for any out-state senator to get a single law
passed over the opposition of Omaha and Lincoln.
Despite the fact that the average person in the thinly
populated central and western counties probably
pays more taxes than 100 salaried men in Omaha be
cause he has property to be taxed, the Omaha sena
tors like to keep reminding us that "cows don’t
vote” (thats right, they only have to be taxed!)
Once we had a revolution in this country over
"taxation without representation”—if this revamp
ing of the legislative districts goes through we’ll be
needing some kind of revolt in out-state Nebraska.
And We Quote
To any and all candidates who this year are seek
ing election to public office, I hereby serve the fol
lowing notice: I will cast my vote, positively pledge
it, for whichever candidates do not promise me a
single, solitary “benefit;” conversely, I will vote
against any who promise to improve my lot. I've
been improved all I want to be and, by golly, my lot
can’t afford any further improvement.—Donald I.
Rogers, Editor of the New York Herald-Tribune.
The only thing higher than our standard of living
is the cost of it.
By the time a man learns what’s going on, he’s
forgotten why he ever cared.
Our neighbors abroad know what we pay in
taxes—they’re spending it.
JAMES CHAMPION, Co-Publisher
BRUCE J. REHBERG, Editor
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50 YEARS A«JO
Workmen commenced laying
the foundation for the North
western passenger station last
Monday morning, and as soon as
the foundation is completed the
brick layers will arrive and com
mence work upon the building
proper ... A large party of O'
Neill young folks are enjoying
themselves this week on the lakes
near Stafford. There are about
forty young folks in the party . . .
Pat Harty left this morning for
Shellsburg, Wis„ where he will
visit his parents and other rela
tives for a couple of weeks . . .
Dr. A. H. Corbett will leave the
first of the week for Denver
where he goes to attend the
Nation Dental association as a
delegate from the Nebraska
25 YEARS AC.O
A1 Sauser of this city and Miss
Nora Cronin of Omaha, were
united in marriage at St. Peter’s
church in Omaha on Tuesday
morning, July 9, 1935. Monsignor
Stenson officiating . . . One of the
loveliest social affairs of the
season took place Monday evening
when Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Dishner
and Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Morrison
entertained about one hundred
guests at reception honoring Mr.
and Mrs. Frederic Malloy of
Chicago . . . Men s and ladies city
tennis tournament will be started
Sunday, July 28 . . . Deaths:
George Tomlinson. James Henry
McAllister and William Francis
10 YEARS AGO
A. W. Carroll of the O'Neill
Auto Supply, has been appointed
to succeed Hugh Ray, O'Neill
lumberman, as First ward city
councilman . . . O’Neill’s prosperi
ty during the past 10 years will
be the theme of a two-day Ameri
can Legion-sponsored celebration
here Saturday and Sunday, July
15 and 16 . . . The long anticipat
ed date for ground-breaking at
the site of St. Anthony’s hospital
is Sunday, July 16. John Curtis of
Lincoln will be the principal
speaker. Mother M. Erica will
turn the first shovel of dirt . • •
Lt. John Lee Baker, son of Mrs.
H. J. Lohaus of O’Neill, on July
2 was reported stationed on an
advance jet air base on Okinawa
preparatory to swinging into the
5 YEARS AGO
What may have been a small
twister swished through O’Neill
about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. Damage
was not great and nobody was
hurt. A hay bam on J. B. Ryan
Hay company property near the
railroad tracks was completely
demolished, power and telephone
lines were snapped within the
city and at least two automobiles
were damaged by falling tiees
. . .The Atkinson Whisker club has
begun plans for the 1955 Hay Days
celebration. August 7 the town
will observe its 75th anniversary
. . . Dr. Heinz Lettau, inter
nationally - known meteorologist
who was chief scientist at the O’
Neill wind test site in the summer
of 1953, arrived in O’Neill late
Wednesday for a two-day visit
The Long Ago
50 YEARS AGO
Last Friday Mrs. Mary J.
Sageser entertained a party of
friends and relatives at dinner,
the occasion being her birthday
. . . Miss Eisle and Miss Fern
Wyant who have been visiting
their aunt, Mrs. Cox returned to
O'Neill Wednesday . . . Rev. C.
W. Miller will preach his fare
well sermon in the Baptist church
next Sabbath evening . . . Bon
Hubbard is working for Charles
and Graham . . . Mrs. C. E. Far
rier visited her parents at
25 YEARS AGO
George Thomson and W. D.
Reninger returned Tuesday from
Omaha where they went to in
vestigate a proposition of install
ing talkie movies in Chambers, i
Nothing definite was done but
the matter is still pending. Repre-;
sentatives of the concern will i
visit Chambers within the next
few days . . . Mr. and Mrs. Dewey
Schaffer are the happy parents
of a girl born on July 10 . . .
Postmaster Clair Grimes and
family left Tuesday for different
points in South Dakota and Wyom
ing where they will spend their
vacation for the next ten days.
Thru JULY 19
No Racing Mon,Julyl1
Will be Racing Mon., July 18
8 Races Weekdays
9 Races Saturdays
Sponsored by Madison County
By J. C. Kudd
Things are pretty puny along the
Crick this week. Never saw such
a mess. Everybody's cattle is out
or raising cain in general. It’s
been powerful hot anti not wind
enough to keep the mills turning.
The kind of weather that sure
clabbers up folks' dispositions
The thing that's really took
the rag off of the hush at our
house Is that Lena's been took.
Hasn't left her bed (flat on her
back) for the last six days.
Yours truly has been chief cook
and bottle washer, storekeeper
and he-nurse all during that
It came on Lena all of a sud
den last Friday. She'd just got
home from the Seemly Seamers
at Mrs. Willie Kells and was fix
ing to make some baking powder
biscuits for supper when all at
once it hit her She couldn't stand
up and she couldn't sit down just
sort of doubled up into a wild cat
Took her to that now Doc up at
the County Seat and as near as 1
can figger out from what he said
she’s got the “Maybes”. Just
looked her over and kept saying
“Maybe it's a pinched nerve, or
it maybe a stretched muscle, or
it just may be a slipped disk."
"Mavbe all three.” he says. Writ
ing out a perscription. (It sure
cost plenty.)) “Now go homo and
go to bed and stay there." He
She went and did. Still is. Yours
truly has been on the jump ever
Widow Barker came over Sun
day and offered to stay and help.
Said the kids was up to their
grandma's for the week and not a
reason in the world why she
Lena turned over in bed (must
have hurt like blazes) and got a
load of the widow’s reduced fi
gure, tight dress and new bleach
ed blonde hair do and announced
real peevish that she don’t need
any help, that J. C. was getting
along fine. Wasn't I?
For once I was smart enough
to say yes.
The heat is stirring up neighbor
hood trouble. Alex Gory is
threatening to sue Little Joe
Hinch. Seems a line fence is the
cause of the fracas. The fence
has about had it and the cattle
keep visiting back and forth. Ac
cording to Alex, Little Joe won't
help fix it nor help pay for the
fixin’s. He's been telling everyone
what a cheap chiscler and no
good cheat the Hinch boy it.
Little Joe won't give an inch,
just listens while folks relay the
good word then grins like a dog
eating mutton tallow and says,
“Alex sure oughta know, it takes
one to know one.”
See you next week.
Mrs. Joseph Nekuda of Omaha
accompanied her son, Elmer
Juracek Friday. They called at
the Clarence Juracek home at
Orchard enroute. On July Fourth
Mrs. Nekuda joined Mr. and Mrs.
Leonard Juracek, Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Juracek, Lyle and Irma,
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Anderson of
Lincoln. Mr and Mrs Albert
Derickson. Gregory- and Pamela.
William Meyler of Laugham.
South Wales. Briton and William
Derickson sr. at Ford park at
O'Neill for a picnic dinner.
Mrs Nels Lmquist was sur
prised last Sunday evening when
a group of neighbors remembered
her birthday anniversary. Cards
furnished the entertainment. Mrs
Jerome Allen and Lysle John
son received the high score pri
zes and Mr. and Mrs Soren Sor
ensen jr. took home the low score
tokens. Home made ice cream
and cake was served following
the wiener roast. Guests were Mr.
and Mrs Eddie Ritts, Mr. and
Mrs Ewalt Mibler, Mr and Mrs.
Lysle Johnson and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Soren Sorensen jr. and
daughters and Georgia Sorensen
of Norfolk. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome
Allen of Page. Ben Miller and
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Timmerman
spent last week-end with their
daughter, Mrs. Jim Freriehs at
Salina, Kan. Mr. Freriehs is In
service at Anchorage, Alaska.
Deceptive drug, device and cos
metic advertising leads the
parade of the 1960's most danger
ous phony deals according to a
recent news release.
Topping the list is of couise
health rackets, including weight
reducers, cancer cures and arthri
tis and rheumatism aids. Vibrat
ing machines have been sold to
some five million sufferers and
"glorified aspirin" medications
whose beneficial effects are
questionable, have been used to
dupe an equal number of suffer
Another currently thriving rac
ket derives from the get-rich
quick lure of the vending ma
chines. Anyone who has read the
want ad section of most news
papers has seen their bait ads.
"Earn $300 to $500 dollars per
month in your spare time. Low
investment. Quick profits."
A good vending machine route
can net 3 per cent or 4 per cent
profit out of the gross take and
an exceptionally well run and
profitable route can net as much
as 10 per cent, but that's rare.
The vultures in the business
ignore these figures an in ex
travagant prose promise that
the net profit may be 200 per cent
or 300 per cent.
They dupe the elderly and the
people of limited savings with as
surance that they can’t lose, that
an $800 investment may produce
$200 a month and that only a few
hours of work a week are required
to enjoy such rich pickings. This
is an empty promise.
Legal steps have been nnd are
being taken to curb such prac
tices, but these steps come to
naught without the assistance of
one irreplacable cog in enforce
ment machiners—the public. Un
less people take the time to ask
questions and investigate, the
fraud artists will have another
big year at the expense of the
public and the great majority of
businessmen who are honest.
A Congressional report notes
that the Teamster Union, under
the presidency of Jimmy Hoffa,
spent $242,951 on lobbying activi
ties last year.
This is 100 thousand dollars
Do You Know Your Neighbor?
"Know Your Neighbor” is not a contest There are no prizes given
for correctly identifying the person pictured. Tin' only reward is the
satisfaction of knowing your neighbor.
3 X. . _ ill—
This follow of course is Don Meyer of the Midwest Furniture Co.
Hire’s a smart cookie who's doing nil right in O’Neill.
more than any other organization
that lias lohhists in Washington.
A study of these figures shows
that 177 thousand dollars was
spent during the third quarter of
1959. It was at this period that
the Landrum-Griffin bill was
under consideration by Congress.
When the Senate Labor Rackets
Committee was studying the
activities of the Teamster Union,
time after time it was revealed
that the truck drivers within a
number of locals within the union
had very little to say about how
their money was spent.
It would be interesting to learn
just how many Teamsters were
told that the international presi
dent was spending 177 thousand
dollars in union funds to defeat
legislation that was designed to
bring honesty within the same
—B J R
Here are two items that we1
believe could be added to the list I
of things that Uncle Sam could
A swimming pool in the new
Senate office building.
Spending 50 thousand dollars in
Federal funds with Cornell Uni
versity to be used in research on
Money To Loan!
Property, t'nrs, Trucks,
Household Hoods, Personal
Loan and Investment
wmitf puts £000 MILES
A MONTH ON CORVAIR
THINKS ITS MARVELOUS
GAS MILEAGE “OUT OF THIS WORLD"
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kahelin of Plant City, Florida,
couldn’t be happier with the way their new Corvair has
worked out as a combination family and business car. On
their newspaper distribution route alone they travel more
than 400 miles a week over all kinds of roads. Little wonder
they’re so pleased with the gas mileage they’ve been getting
—“at least twenty-three miles to the gallon with an auto
matic transmission . . . and we’ve had no trouble with
our Corvair.” The Kahelins have equally good things to
say about Corvair’s easy-going comfort and unique con
venience features. They especially like the way the fold
down seat doubles as a built-in baby sitter.
If you haven’t driven it yet, you don’t know what a
delight driving can be. Its steering, response, traction
and roadability are unique because it's a unique car
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See your local authorized Chevrolet dealer for economical transportation
A. MARCELLUS CHEVROLET CO.
127 North 4th St. O’Neill, Nebr. Phone 100
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