The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, January 20, 1956, Page Two, Image 2

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0. P.P.D. Lists 1955 As Biggest Year
In History
Business was good at the Omaha Public Power District again in
1955. This fact was brought out as General Manager Frank J. Moylan
made his preliminary year-end report to the Board of Directors Thurs
day. The District's audited Annual Report will be published April 1.
Revenues Up
Operating revenues for the year totaled $20,487,717 — an increase
af $1,587,116 or 8.4% over 1954. Of the total, $18,256,821 came from
the sale of electricity, and the balance from the sale of steam and
miscellaneous revenues.
With the exception of electric sales to the Street Railway Company,
Mr. Moylan said, revenues from all classes of customers were up over
Expenses Up
OPPD operating expenses for 1955 totaled $10,985,103. This was
8.8% or $884,468 higher than 1954, and was due to the increased
volume of the District's business and other increases in operating
Net income for the year was $4,525,341, the highest in the history
of the District. It exceeded 1954, the previous high year, by $233,470,
or 5.4%. This net income is available for the retirement of bonded
indebtedness, and for improvements and extensions to the property.
The District’s net bonded indebtedness at year-end was $74,000,000.
Healthy Growth
Both customer demands and the number of customers reached
new highs.
A milestone was passed during the year when kilowatt hour sales
for 12 months exceeded one billion. Sales for the year amounted to
1,097,152,300 kilowatt hours, an increase of 105,272,600, or 10.6%,
over 1954.
Tne number of customers served by the District increased
to 110,118 during 1955. This represented 4,091 new customers,
for a 3.9% rise.
KWH Per Customer
Increased kilowatt hour use per residential customer continued
at a high rate in 1955. The average annual use per customer
amounted to 3,197 KWH, as compared to 2,904 KWH in 1954.
This represents a gain of 293 KWH per customer, or 10.1%.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates the national annual
average to be 2,755 kilowatt hours per residential customer. The
District's average customer uses 422 KWH more per year, or 16%
more electricity, than the national average.
Rates Below Average
On the other hand, OPPD residential rates were well below
the average charged throughout the United States. Average cost
per kilowatt hour for homes served by the District was 2.33c.
The national average (agarn estimated by the Edison Electric In
stitute) was 2 64c. Thus OPPD’s rate was 11.7% below the na
tional average.
Other highlights of 1955 operations included:
1. A total of $8,312,815 was spent for extensions and addi
tions to generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and
general property.
2. Maximum hour requirements of customers soared to 243,510
kilowatts on August 26—a new record.
3. Gross monthly requirements set a new record of 127,881,
900 kilowatt hours in July.
4. At December 31, 1955, the District had 1,040 regular em
ployees, as compared with 984 at the close of 1954.
100,000 KW Addition To Cost $16,500,000
Directors of the Omaha Public Power District Thursday auth
orized the construction of a third generating unit at the utility’s
North Omaha Power Station. It will be a 100,000 kilowatt addition
and will be known as Unit No. 3.
Pioneer Service and Engineering Company, Chicago, Illinois,
was awarded the contract as engineers for the project.
Completion date for the project is May, 1959. Cost has been
estimated at $16,500,000.
Unit No. 2, also a 100,000 kilowatt addition, is now under
construction and will be in operation by May 1, 1957.
69% More Power
Upon completion of the two additions, OPPD’s total generating
capacity will be boosted by 69%, to a total of 490,000 kilowatts.
Present capacity of the system is 290,000 kilowatts.
Cost of the new addition, including the structure housing it
and the substation, will be $15,500,00. The river intake will
cost an additional million dollars. This intake will be large
enough to serve Unit No. 3 and one additional future unit.
Power Demands Soar
Decision to build Unit No. 3 at North Omaha came as
a result of a booming 61,000 kilowatt peak load increase in the
past two years. This, plus a load growth estimate for the next
three years, shows that if the new unit were not built, OPPD
would be short up to 41,000 kilowatts of reserve capacity by 1959,
and the system load would exceed the District’s total capability
by I960.
Directors pointed o ut that any capacity of the new unit not
immediately required by OPPD will be available for sale to in
terconnected utilities for a limited period of time.
No Bureau Power
OPPD directors made every effort to purchase needed firm
power from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Missouri River hydro
electric plants before they authorized the construction of the new
North Omaha unit. However, the Board was advised in October
by Harold R. Lee, Regional Superintendent of Power for the Bureau
of Reclamation, that no power will be available to OPPD from
the Bureau in 1959 and 1960. Initial generation at Oahe Dam is
scheduled for December, 1961. Procedure governing the disposi
tion of this power “has not been determined,” Mr. Lee said.
However, directors made it clear that before any future OPPD
units are built beyond present planned construction, complete in
vestigations of the availability of Bureau power will again be made.
Atomic Power Ruled Out
The new generating unit will be a conventional fuel-burning
er piant Atomic power for the needed additonal OPPD gen
erating capacity was ruled out for several reasons.
President J. M. Harding pointed out that Nebraska will have
one demonstration nuclear plant in the future (the Consumers |
Public Power District’s unit at Hallam, Nebraska) and that all
electric utilities in the state will profit from the experience gain
ed during its construction and operation.
More important, however, Mr. Harding said, is the fact that OPPD
needs the new unit by 1959. “We do not believe we could construct
a nuclear-fueled plant by that time. An atomic energy plant would
necessarily be a completely new installation constructed outside Oma
ha’s city limits. The new Unit No. 3 can be an addition to the present
North Omaha Plant,” Mr. Harding said.
It was also pointed out that cost of constructing a conventional
fuel-burning plant is far less than a nuclear-fueled plant of equal
Pioneer to Engineer
Payment to the Pioneer Engineering and Service Company will
not exceed $780,000, according to the contract, and any savings under
this amount will be allowed the District. The proposal has a 30-day
cancellation clause protecting OPPD.
As with Unit No. 2, now under construction, Pioneer will be re
sponsible for preparing all specifications for materials and equipment
and will analyze and evaluate all bids received for contracts. The firm
will furnish structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers, as well
as a project manager and assistant to supervise construction.
Power for Industry
Omaha’s ability to attract new industry through ample electric
power was another factor in the decision to build the new 100,000
kilowatt unit.
“It has been our policy never to let a power shortage develop in
this area,” Mr. Harding said. “This new unit will prevent such de
velopments. The additional low-cost power that this new Unit No. 3
will supply will continue to place Omaha in an enviable position in at
tracting new business to this area,” he said.
News Around Nebraska
One of the most unusual musical concerts presented in a long
time took place at Ogallala last Friday evening. Seven electric
organs were assembled and all played simultaneously to produce
a tremendous chorus of tonal effects never before experienced
by many of the audience. The concert leaned heavily to semi
classical numbers and created a very interesting evening, the Keith
County News stated.
* * *
It’s a little cold to be thinking of such things right now, but
Scribner is laying plans to have a new bathhouse at its Municipal
Swimming Pool. The proposed 18 x 72-ft. building will cost that
community nearly $20,000 the Scribner Rustler stated last week.
Construction work will start as soon as weather permits.
• * *
The town of Ponca in the northern part of the state, is already
making plans for a two-day summer festival. The Nebraska
Journal-Leader reported the date set for June 25 and 26 and the
theme of the affair is “Days of ’56”. Some of the special attrac
tions have already been hired to make certain that there will be
ample entertainment when the date arrives.
* • •
And looking still further into the future is the Chamber of
Commerce at David City which has announced its Christmas Com
mittee for next year. The group is already planning decorations
and trade-getting schemes to make David City a popular place
in 1956.
• • •
At Arapahoe there is a man who can probably make the in
come tax men lift their eyebrows. In a single year he has an
nexed four extra tax exemptions, and they are all his own.
During the past twelve months, his wife has given birth to
two sets of twins, bringing the family total to six girls and three
boys. The high cost of living is going to be something of genuine
concern to that family when the youngsters get a little older.
* * *
Chadron is looking forward to a new east-west airline service
in the very near future, according to the Chadron Record. An air
line has made application to be permitted to stop regularly at
Chadron, bringing a new service to that community.
At the present time, Western Airlines has a permit to stop
there but never does because the airport facilities are not tip to
the standard which their planes must have. This inadequacy is
one of the reasons Chadron voters are going to vote on a $25,000 j
bond issue January 31st. The money would pay the city’s one
fourth share of a $100,000 for a paved runway improvement pro
gram. The paved landing strips are needed to induce the better
and larger airlines to stop there regularly.
* • •
At Ord there is a mov,e on foot to build new school facilities
but owners of adjoining property are objecting to selling their I
property. A condemnation suit has been started to force the
home owners to a slfbwdown and so the battle is on. Sale of
$320,000 worth of bonds, the money from which is to be used to
erect the building, has been completed, indicating that the project
is to go through regardless of the wishes of the adjoining property
* * *
An airforce tanker plane, which hauls as much fuel as a rail
road tank car, lost the huge pipe which is used to connect the
tanker to another plane when refueling take splace during flight.
The lost pipe, known in aviation circles as a “boom” was found re
cently on a farnr near Schuyler. The pipe had been driven into
the ground four feet by the impact and a wrecker from the Lin
coln Airbase was needed to pull it out of the ground. The Schuy
ler Sun showed pictures of the damaged boom as it appeared while
stuck in the field and after it had been loaded onto a truck.
Apparently, for some reason, the planes drifted apart after
contact was made, sheering loose the refueling boom and causing
it to fall to the ground.
Fortunately, the incident took place over an open field rather
than over a town where there could have been heavy damage to
• • #
Aurora has received bids on a new high school building. A
Grand Island contractor has been awarded the work at a figure
of $462,000, according to the Aurora News-Register. Work will
start when warmer weather permits.
Also in the news at Aurora is a thank you note received by
some Aurora foks from some Korean children to whom clothing
had been sent some time ago. The “thank you” came in the form
of a framed certificate which not only bore the words of thanks,
but also the pictures of the Korean children pasted around the
The note has been placed on display in an Aurora Gift Shop
so that those who took part in the drive may see the faces of
some of those who received the clothing.
• * •
The Boy Scouts at Lexington are teaming up with the Lexing
ton Fire Department as auxiliary aids in the event of any type of
major disaster. The boys will assist with First Aid Communica
tions, will serve as radio operators and messengers. About thirty
Scouts will be used in the unit, the Dawson County Herald stated
last week.
* • *
The new hospital at Pender held an open house a week ago
last Sunday and more than 3000 persons visited the hospital to ;
see the facilities offered there. The hospital is a 20-bed unit,
complete with all needed departments.
* * *
The Chamber of Commerce at Loup City appears to be
plagued with the same trouble Blair has. Too few attend the
meetings and the same few come every time.
As an experiment to see how this could be remedied, the Loup
City C. of C. recently held a breakfast meeting. The group met
at 7:00 A.M. at a Loup City Hotel. At the meeting the matter of {
attendance was put squarely to those attending and each was asked
to state his version of why the Chamber was experiencing so
poor attendance. No one came up with anything definite, but
it set lots of members to thinking.
* • *
The Ord school board has approved sending the Ord High
School band and the Ord Singers to Enid, Oklahoma to participate
in a national high school music contest. There’s a catch to it,
though. The band has to figure out some way to raise $2000 for
expense money.
Third Annual City-Wide
Basketball Tournament At
Kellom January 27-28-29
Continued from page one
Mayhue-4 0 8
Burgess_4 0 8
Nared _0 2 2
Love-3 17
Stallworth-2 2 8
Barnes - 2 15
Harrington - 3 0 8
Nero -2 3 7
Total _ 20 9 49
Harrington - 3 0 6
Harnest-10 2
Tughe-4 0 8
Marouseh - 0 2 2
Beaton -10 2
Journ-2 5 9
Fontenelle-3 0 6
Total_ 14 7 35
Jones_12 4
Fulkesson - 15 7
Poore_4 0 8
Mongerson - 0 2 2
Storey _ 10 2
Sevianes _— 113
Kulter_10 2
Total _ 8 10 28
Secret _ 3 0 6
Patterson - 2 15
Lee_3 17
Jackson _5 2 12
Moore _ Oil
Total _ 13 6 32
O’Connor _ 9 0 18
Whilmey _0 2 2
Skymanski -- 4 2 10
Semin _ 0 4 4
Roberts -0 3 3
Zdka _ 2 0 4
Total _15 11 41
Pruitt_10 2
Titsworth _ 2 0 4
Lang_2 0 4
Landers _ 3 1 7
Merritt _ 4 0 8
LaFayette - 12 4
Total _ 13 3 29
Purple Tide
Winter _ 3 0 6
Buckles_2 0 4
Butera-5 0 10
Nares_10 2
C’ullrwin _ 10 2
l rwin ___,_,_ 12 4
Total__ 13 2 28
Blue Trotters
Fosse _ 6 2 14
Pay.nor _ 2 0 4
Heenan _ 3 3 9
Stuher _ 10 2
Nolan _4 2 10
Mahoney _ 3 0 6
McCormick_2 7 11
Marasco _ 2 2 6
Total _ 23 16 62
Main Christ Child Upset
In the YAL night basketball
league, the unbeaten string of
Main Christ Child came to a sud
den end as the second place Du
puties avenged a previous defeat;
with a 31-29 victory. The Main
Christ Child team had won six
staright games and was the only
undefeated team in the league.
In other games: The Knights lost
their seventh straight game, four
of whic hhave been only by one
point, to the Nationals 25-24; and
Cm c’crs had too much height
and speed for the Browns as they
wor hardily 28-7.
Wednesday League
In action in the YAL Wednes
night league, the Golden Knights
are still the team to beat as they
have posted five straight wins.
Closely pressing the Knights arc
the Browns with a 4-1 record.
Three teams, the Rosebuds, Sac
red Heart, and the Red Raiders,
are tied for third place with a
2-2 record.
In the scoring department Char
les Skaggs of the Browns is lead
ing the pack with 57 points in 5
games for a 19.4 average. In
second is Ronald Allen, Rosebuds,
55 points; third is Bill Connolly,
Sacred Heart, 54: and fourth is
John Hunter, Browns, 42.
Saturday League
A seven team Saturday morning
league for 5th and 6th grade
boys got underway last Saturday,
as Lake Junior High “Y”, the
Kellom Jets, and Sacred Heart
sixtt grade all won games. This
week’s schedule will pit the Mis
sion Knights against the Kellom
Jets at 9:00; Lake Junior High
“Y” against Sacred Heart 6 .it
10:00; and Sacred Heart 5th
grade against Social Settlement, j
City-Wide Free
Throw Tournament
The Annual City-Wide Free
Throw Tournament will begin at
Kellom on Tuesday, January 24,
at 7:00 p.m. Divisions wPl be
held on the 24th for boys 12 and
un ier and 13-15; on January 31,
for girls and women; on Feb
ruary 7 for Senior boys and men.
The finals will be Tuesday, Feb
ruary 14. All events will start at
7:00 sharp.
Win Match
11. All league matches wm do
held on Friday nights starting at
6-15 pm. in the Kellom gym
Next week’s matches will find
Kellom against South Onv_ -
Boystown against Florence, Y
against Omaha Home for ’ •
and Benson against Christ C r ..
Club News
The Cool Cats have org
a cheering squad for the
day morning basketball league.
The Saturday Morning Tap Class
is planning to hold its recital on
March 14 in the center’s audi
torium at 8:00 p.m. Miss Judy
Samuelson our former tap teacher^
j wiii return to help with the re
cital. I
| The Senior Citizen Club began
their first craft project last meet-,
ing. The club is still anxious to j
secure more members. Any one
50 and over is eligible for this
club which meets at the center,
every Thursday evening at 6.00 j
Pm- __ I
Big Events
Are Planned i
At Kellom
_— '
Several important city-wide
events will be held at the Kellom
Community Center during the
month of January. All of the
events will be open to the general
public and anyone who wishes to
participate in a particular event
may do so by simply contacting the
Kellom Community Center’s office
JA 1116, 24th and Caldwell St.
Here are the list of events.
January 24-31: 7-8 o’clock—City
wide Free Throw Tournament for
midget and junior boys and girls.
January 28-29: 2-10 o’clock— |
City-Wide Table Tennis Tourna-'
ment for boys and girls and men
and women in all age groups. En
try fee required.
January 28-29: 12-10 o’clock—
City-Wide Open Basketball Tourn
ament for men teams. Entry fee;
Beginning January 13 from 6:30
to 10:00—Novice Wrestling League
for 7, 8, and 9th grade boys.
Forms 2
New Leagues
Two new basketball leagues will
begin play on Saturday mornings
at 9:00. There will be a league for
boys in the 5 and' 6th grades, 121
years and under and a league for
girls 14 and under. There is still
a chance to enter a team in these
leagues or to join a team. Contact
Bob Radin at the Center.
Sewing Class
A doll sewing class for girls in
the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be
gin February 7, 1956. Classes will
be conducted after school in the
craft room by Pat Norman. Watch
this column for further inform
YAL Boys
Are Sporting
New Suits
All teams in the YAL league
are sporting new suits. The boys
look mighty sharp as they trot out
on the floor to begin their warm
ups. The suits were presents
from the YAL committee and
remains the boy’s property so
long as he keeps it clean. At the
end of the season the suit auto
matically becomes the boy’s.
In Tuesday night’s game, Main
Christ remains undefeated as they
won their 5th straight game with
a 25-14 victory over the Nationals.
In a second game, Crusaders re
venged an early loss from the
Deputies 30-28.
In the Wednesday night league,
the surprising Golden Knights
continue to hold down first place
as they swamped Rosebuds 54-22.
In other games, Sacred Heart
beat Red Raiders; Hope Lutheran
lost to 13th Street Eagles; and
North Christ Child beat City Mis
Kellom Girls BB Team
The Kellom girls basketball
team moved into a tie for second
place in the Florence Girls Bas
ketball League with a 19-18 vic
tory over Florence II. Heroine
of the Kellom victory was Annie
Adkins who patted two free
throws with less than J.0 seconds
left in the game.
Whitley High Scorer For The
After five games the Kellom
squad shows a 3-2 record having
won their last three games. High
scorer for the squad is Jo Ann
I Whitley with 23 points. Other
totals: Violedora Johnson 18,
I Velma Johnson 10, Shirley Gross
ley 6, Annie Adkins 3, and La
Vonne Rodgers 3.
Club News And Classes
The Saturday morning tap
dancing lessons have resumed
! after a lay-off for the holidays.
! The classes are getting ready for
| their recital which has tenatively
: been set for the first of March.
The Cool Cats club is engaged
| in a new project of embroidering
! guest towels for their homes.
The club is also forming a
cheering squad to encourage the
boys participating in the Sunday
morning basketball league for
midget boys.
The Youth Council is making
plans for their annual Valentine
Party. This year’s party will be
held on February 13 at a location
known only to the program com
mittee. Each council member
will be allowed to invite one
The Kellom Jr. Rifle Club
started the New Year with a
bang. At a special shoot the boys
competed for candy bars and
sacks of candy. Each bar and
sack of candy was suspended from
a string. To get the prize the
shooter had to cut the string in
one shot. The prize shooter of
the lot was Orville Hall who hit
candy bars twice. He went right
after the prize!
Nothing At AM
Nothing reminds a woman of
all that needs to be done around
the house like a husband taking
life easy._
For the Home
Silence Weather Stripping
'JPHERE'S nothing quite so
annoying as a whistling or
vibrating metal weather strip
on a door. A strong wind will
cause the noise. This nuisance
can be stopped effectively by
Weather stripping
inserting a thin strip of felt or
rubber between the leaves of
the spring, according to Popu
lar Mechanics.
Fit the strip and make sure
the door will close snugly
against the weather stripping
without binding. Then cement
the felt or rubber into place j
or fasten it with brads.
A few drops of OUTGKO® bring blessed
relief from tormenting pain of Ingrown r.ail.
OUTGRO toughens tne skin underneath the
nail, allows the nail to be cut and thus pre
vents further pain and discomfort. OUTGKO
is available at all drug counters.
Points Four
| A bipartisan foreign policy vve
had always thought, meant ’one
policy for both parties and not a,
currently interpreted, two ’for
The Time To Start
Hitchhiking from Santa Fe to
Alburquerpue, N. M. in the late
afternoon, I was finally picked
up by a man in a big convertable
There was little traffic and we
isped along without much talk.
Suddenly the driver threw on his
brakes, stopped and then backed
up for about 100 yards. XJn'o-k
ing the glove compartment, he
pulled out a revolver. As 1' froze
in my seat too scared to yank
open the door and get away he
said. “Son, never leave a rattler
in the road —alive!”
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