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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 16, 1961)
THE FRONTIER, O'Neill, Nobruka, Thurmlay, November 16, 1861
"Bus Ride Costs 25 Cents"
By ROMAINE SAUNDERS. 4110 South 51*t St.. Lincoln 6. Nebr.
Added to the high cost of living down here in the
Capital City comes the high cost of riding. City
txjses at first hauled one from one part of the city
to another street comer for 5 cents. Then it was
raised to 10 cents, then 15 and
now 25 cents to ride a city bus.
The cost of walking is up, too.
Today $15 for a pair of $3 shoes
to walk in. But we still sleep
in our own beds.
• • •
Aft«T days of clouds, rain and
gloomy weather the sun shines
in all Its golden glory this
November morning. Autumn
days will soon pass away and
another winter with its north R«»malne
winds sullen moan. This must Maunder*
be to bring another spring and summer time, the
prairieland landscape robed again in velvet green,
silken leaves on lofty trees fluttering gently in the
breeze and birds singing as they fly about. But
winter days now just ahead, but no longer bobsled
rides to the music of sleigh liells as we glide over
* • *
Killy McNichols, Montana Jack Sullivan, Mike
Horiskey, Frank and Killy Biglin are today but
memories for a few of us. Yes, those friends are
gone, gone the way of all mankind, from babyhood
to the grave mankind marches on. But our dear
friends leave behind memories that help the living
along life’s highway. Mike, where are you today
but up there on the hill where I saw you laid to
rest a few years ago, and you and I and that lady
friend of us both travel no more down to the Swan
1-ake region, but I go it once more today in memory.
Rest in peace, Mike, Billy, Jack, Frank and Billy.
Anri may we meet again in a better world beyond
this Vale of Tears.
* * •
At noon Novemtrer 3 the radio weather man
told us in the Capital City that there were seven
inches of snow up at Atkinson, my home town some
years ago. Atkinson always did things in a big way.
* * *
The fun goes on over at Berlin. When it will
break out into a great tragedy is today unknown.
Through the centuries one group of earth’s in
habitants have had another group by tbe throat. Kill
and conquer and we of the genus homo go strutting
down the highway of time.
* * *
Printer-Editor-Captain Stewart now has a post
office lw>x down in Capital City. I have not, yet,
bumped into Cal, but hope to any minute.
In the 1880's O'Neill's principal store was run I
by M. M Sullivan at midway of the block west of
the First National Hank building. Sullivan was doing
a big business when all at once it was learned that
he was "broke” and the store closed up, and com
mon town gossip had it that two of M. M.'s half
dozen or more clerks had robbed him and thus
put him out of business. At that time there were
five other bits of grocery and dry goods stores
doing business, Mann & Hecker, Hagerty, a store
where the M and M now is, Schram Bros., across
the street south of where the bus depot now is and
Mack and Grey's little store across the street from
the Sullivan store. In front of that Sullivan store
there stood at times a beautiful saddled pony that
the grandfather of Neil Ryan rode in from his
ranch in the Emmet country, the rider stopping
his mount in front of the store, dismounting and
dropping the bridle reins to the ground. Cow ponies
would stand thus without being tied, and we young
fellows looked on with a bit of envy. The Sullivan
family lived in rooms above the store. The last I
knew there was one of that family now in O’Neill
u/hn l»nm in th;it «;tnrn hiliMint*
* * *
The sun shines out of a cloudless sky this
morning. May our walk along the highway of life
today, radiate that which may cheer a fellow
traveler going our way.
* * *
Grandma Adison, a pioneer wife and mother.
We cherish the memory of our pioneer men who
contributed much to the development of the region
we know today as Holt county. But little is said or
written concerning the pioneer women without
whom the pioneers would have been helpless. Grand
ma Adison and her husband were early day settlers
a few miles northwest of the village of Mineola,
settling out. there before the Mineola community was
thought of, lived there and Grandma was the mother
of three daughters and two sons, one of these three
daughters becoming the wife of The Frontier’s first
printer, later editor of the Dustan Dispatch, and then
editor of the O’Neill Item. After their sons and
daughters were grown and gone all but the youngest
son, Grandma's husband died, she sold the farm
and moved into O’Neill, having a home built on
Fremont street between Second and Third streets.
Her son, Fred, having taken to carpenter work,
built the house for himself and mother to live in.
There Grandma Adison made her home from about
1900 until her death some 50 years ago, and she a
pioneer wife and mother now no more, her remains
in the abode of the dead upon the hill, one at least
in the person of Prairieland Talker cherishing her
Please...No Forced Redistrictinq!
An effort is being made by the state association
of school boards to determine the feeling of indivi
dual school l»oard members on compulsory forma
tion of K-12 units throughout the state.
The questionnaire asked if school board mem
bers favored or opposed a law requiring that all
children in Nebraska must attend a K-12 unit by
As we understand it, the association is NOT ad
vocating that this be done. It is seeking to deter
mine the feeling of individual members only.
The vote among O’Neill school board members
was 2-2 and one abstention. This is probably in
dicative of the vote throughout the state, although
a preponderance of favor could be expected in the
We hope no law is ever passed to require com
pulsory redistricting of the state in all K-12 units.
We don’t oppose K-12 units ... we just oppose the
method. Force redistricting, while effective, will
cause so much grief and dissension between neigh
bors, friends and families that it will take years to
heal. And such a law could cause endless delays in
law suits, injunctions and intentional violations that
it could be rendered ineffective.
The problems involved in enforced redistricting
are staggering. Transportation . . . always a big
factor in our area of the state, would render pro
hibitive the attendance of some small children.
The cost of getting small youngsters to school
through snowy periods would be staggering and the
situation will grow only worse as our rural popula
tion continues to drop.
There is a spot of hope, however.
By a normal attrition the number of school dis
tricts in the county have been reduced. This same
factor will reduce still more districts, until one day
the K-12 unit for each child will become a reality.
Stiffened teacher requirements along with
higher salaries and other ever-increasing costs will
bring along a more voluntary type of redistricting.
Several cases can be cited of small rural dis
tricts consolidating to form a slightly larger dis
trict. These are the first steps in the direction of the
all-K-12 plan. Within a few years, we predict that
these recently consolidated districts will again con
solidate and for still larger districts either within
themselves or by joining a town school.
Admittedly this is a slower process but one much
more in keeping with the democratic process.
We are seeing far too much of the government
in school, business and the rest of our everyday
life now. This enforced redistricting could be the
big wedge that would put the government in the
school business in a big way . . . forever!
Enforced redistricting could work such financial
hardships on rural communities that they, in des
peration, would have to turn to federal aid to com
ply with the state law. This, we believe is the think
ing behind some advocates of enforced redistricting.
As it stands now, schools are able individually,
to decide which books their students will use. If and
when our schools come under the control of a federal
administrator (which could happen if the federal
aid idea gets much more widespread) then one un
attainable man will make the decisions. Within a
decade the textbooks could be teaching the con
cepts of the party in power whether we liked it or
Time To Wake Up
One of the mysteries of the times in the United
States is why such a large percentage of butchers,
bakers and candlestick makers, figuratively speak
ing, turn socialistic when elected to public office.
Before they became public officials, they would
have screamed their heads off at the suggestion of
the state or federal government setting up shop in
competition with them. But once they don the dress
.if officialism, too many of them change and vote
to have the government compete with or eliminate
their neighbor’s business.
The Dallas Morning News recently said edi
torially, ‘‘The nation's doctors . . . stand against
government (socialized) medicine. In this fight they
have been in the front lines since the 1930’s, and !
what they are doing is the biggest story in your
lives: Will you and your children remain free, or
will the government take you over?
“So when doctors fight to protect themselves,
they are fighting to protect you and your right to
invest in a business of your own and run it as a free
“Through the years . . . The News has warned
that the Tennessee Valley Authority was only the
starter of a government effort to control the utili
ties. Now the government manufactures a fourth
of all power. We warned that ‘minor’ federal pro
grams, like school lunches, were only a springboard
... to federalized schools. Were we wrong?
“We warned that bureaus like CAB and POC
would eventually be used to control the affairs of
private airlines and programing for TV and radio
Yes, your turn may be next unless you oppose
the extension of federal and state competition with
The Way To Oblivion
A man from Mars listening in on world argu
ments as to freedom and peaceful coexistence would
be completely confused. Half the people of the
world don’t know the meaning of freedom. The
other half have become so used to having it, with
out any effort or sacrifice on their part, that they
accept political trends that would destroy it, with
Centralized authority that emerges from the
welfare state and government in business in com- i
petition with its owti citizens, evolves eventually!
into socialism and communism. In the name of'
freedom and liberation of a people, government
then tells the individual what to do, and shoots him
if he resists.
When people become mere sen-ants of public of
ficials rather than their masters, freedom no longer
exists. A government that guarantees freedom is
one that protects individual opportunity and owner
ship of property, not one that restricts and destroys
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
When people forget this they are on their way
BILL RICHARDSON. Publisher
BRUCE J. REHBERG, Editor
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50 YEARN AGO
Joel Coykendall, 87, resident
of this county since 1880, died at
his home in the western part of
the city Thursday morning . . .
Last Saturday afternoon and
night the mercury registered
about 4 below zero and the wind
blew at a 60 mile clip . . . Joe
Mann entered into a contract
the first of the week with the
firm of Morris, Mann & Reilly of
Chicago and will enter into their
employ January . . . W. K. Hodg
kin, who graduated from the law
department of the State Uni
versity last spring, has opened
up a law office in tthe rooms of
Judge Kinkaid over the Nebraska
State Bank and has entered upon
the practice of his profession.
23 Y KARA AGO
According to plans outlined by
the state highway department
the close of 1937 will see a hard
surfaced road from O'Neill to
Omaha over highway No. 8 . . .
O'Neill high wins over Neligh
gridsters 27 to 6 ... A large
crowd of ex-service men. their
relatives and friends were in the
city Wednesday to help the boys
of 1918 celebrate properly the
18th anniversary of the great con
flict; practically all the business
houses closed at 11 a m and re
mained closed . . . The OHS
class of 1926 held a reunion of 11
members Wednesday evening at
the home of Mrs George Mc
10 YEARS AGO
Two hundred guests help Mr.
and Mrs. William C. Kelley cele
brate their 55th wedding anni
versary Sunday . . . November
24 Mrs. Joseph Axtell, Stuart,
brought to the midwest by her
parents in 1866 for her health,
w 11 reach her 100th birthday an
niversary . . . Eleven Holt county
selective service registrants will
leave today for induction into the
armed forces . . . Otis A. Kil
patrick. 72. O’Neill cattle buyer,
died Tuesday morning. Nov. 13. at
Sacred Heart hospital In Lynch
after several months hospitaliza
tion . . . O'Neill business firms
will unveil Christmas windows
November 28 ... A west-Holt
county pioneer, Martin Miksch
Sunday was honored in celebra
tion of his 91st birthday anni
5 YEARS AGO
Diagonal parking Saturday was
restored to Douglas street and
South Fourth street after an ab
sence of more tluin a year . . .
Jim McGinn and Gene O'Neill.
St. Mary's academy grid main
stays, landed berths on the all
Niobrara Valley conference my
thical grid team . . . Mrs. Ida
Noble, 92. who had been in ill
health about a year, died Wed
nesday . . . Mrs. Tony Lech. 50.
died late Sunday in a Norfolk
hospital . . . The Balers of At
kin-on high and the visiting O'
Neill high Fugles battled to a
7-7 tie Friday night in a North
Central conference game.
The Long Ago
SO YFAKK A<iO
The Womans CTiristian Temper
ance Union will meet at the home
of Mrs H F Dyke November
23 . . . Ony Anderson will run the
hotel ami telephone central at
Amelia this winter . . Mr IJen
hart has moved into his new
house ... A party of young
jieople from this vicinity attended
the dance at Chambers Friday
night . . . F. 11 Leonard has
bought a farm in Missouri . . . E,
L Feyerherm, Amelia, is re
covering from his recent illness
. . . Albert Adams. Plain City.
O , brother of Edward Adams of
Chambers, died at his home last
Saturday evening . . . Gladys
Baker, Ha/el Bell. Edna Gleed
and Grace Robertson who spent a
short vacation at their homes
last week returned to their
»,,«».mt . .i j
school in O'Neill Monday . . . Mr.
Whipple bought a bunch of shcev
of Mr. Mietke Monday
S3 YEARN AOO
Miss Margaret Marshfield. At
kinson. tiecnme the bride of Mr.
Ronald Watson. Amelia, at 11 o'
clock the morning of Armistice
Day at the Methodist parsonage
m Atkinson . . . The T. S. and
Art Doolittle families. Maurice
Kennedy. Ann Mlkus and Alhert
Smith helped Karl t Audit tie cele
brate his birthday Wednesday
night . . Members of the (iood
Cheer Workers club met with
Krma Illy Friday and worked on
Christmas gifts for the Ortbopoe
dic hospn.ii Sams of the
seniors students are planning te
take teachers' exams next Sat
urday at O'Neill Chris Mad
sen is retiring from ranching and
moving to Oregon He is plnnniiAK
a public sale November 25.
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