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[ f blis " d e hThursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. [ at t48 East Third Street, P.O. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 [ SubgCril~ti0n rates are $27 per year in Nebraska, ~, $28.50 per year in Kansas. Otfier States $38 per year. Bill Blauvelt, Publisher E-mail : Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday, January 8, 2015 Page 2B • who the trucker was. . into it and there is another Nun." It Here is the result: was cold, windy and icy but I was Letter:to Editor The trucker followed the sweatingaslgotoutofmycaband - , stretcher and medics into the X- begin to count Nuns. I thought I Editori Ray room shaking his head and was on Highway 14 north of I read with interest the item in saying, "I thought I must have Nelson, but had I had an accident, the last issue about the station missed a curve in the road and hit my head and come to in an- wagon accident involving the nuns driven right out of the fog in to the other world?" which happened 50 years ago. The heavenly cl ouds." I was reminded of this day when same', day I'read the item I was "What else would explain see- I read a 50 year ago item in last given an assignment in my writ- ing what appeared to be a Nun week's paper: ing class to write something about directlyinfrontofmeandheaded Seven Nuns from St. Mary's "weather" for this week's class, my way? But wait! There are two School at Grand Island were Just thought you might be inter- of them." The fog was thick, but slightly injured when their station ested in ttreresult. Wish I knew not so dense that I couldn't see wagon skidded on icy pavement , T " • . north of Nelson. They were trav- eling to Concordia. The Nuns were brought to Brodstone Memorial Hospital where I was working. We X-rayed several and they were given any emergency care needed before they were transferred to the care of their own hospital and doctors. No one was seriously injured, but it made an exciting beginning to what might have been an other- wise dull wintery day. The truck driver was still shak- ing his head, muttering and count- ing nuns when he left the hospital. In fun, Esther Headrick '" ~ By Chuck Mittan Editor: • • I've been hearing some nega- I "typica!ly~ keep good enough track of the We knew there was snow in the forecast, but tive thoughts expressed towards weather that I.don't often find myself driving in it didn't sound like it would amount to much. By Superior. For example, the prices dangem'us cOnditions. Twice in the past week, the time we left (about 8:30 p.m.), however, it of things, the lack of things to do, that hasn't been the case. was a total whiteout for most of the stretch from changes being made that people Last Friday, I watched the weather carefully Chester to Superior. That half of the trip home don't agree with, people telling us whiie at ~vdrk in the afternoon, vowing to leave took an hour, twice as long as usual. The prob- to clean up our properties. I will agree. I don't always see for home. if the freezing rain in the forecast lem was the strong north wind blowing the snow eye to eye with everything being actt~alfy m~iterialized. I apparently stopped pay- already on the ground. After reaching Highway done, but I give a lot of credit to ing attention, and at about 4:30 I noticed the 136, it subsided a little, every group, individualororgani- street was weL Not frozen, yet, but the tempera- I think the difference was there had been a lot zation trying to do something. I ture was 29 degrees and falling, so I knew I'd less snow the further west we traveled, so there look at Superior in such a positive bettor gei oh the road. wasn't as much blowing around. The whole trip way. What other towns our size As I walked to my truck, I noticed the side- home took two hours, just about double what it haveaswimmingpool, rollerskat- ing rink, bowling alley, theatre, walks and streets were not slippery, but the metal should have. two parks, a beautiful 9 hole golf sign posts' were caked with ice. I hoped to get Remember my recent columnabouthow long course, locally d wned newspaper home.before• it became hazardous, but I missed it's been since we've had any deer collisions in and radio station; a new ball field, that opportunity by less than an hour, I think, the family? That came to an end at about 1 a.m. a state of the art hospital, new When I braked to turn west on Highway 136, I Saturday when Kathy was on her way home school, beautiful homes for the slid'rJghtpast and had to turn around. From there from work. She said she glanced down to adjust elderly, awinery, amuseum, beau- to Red Cloud was a slow, white knuckle drive in the heater or defroster or something, and when tiful library, tennis courts, track field (with nice restrooms con- my small, two-wheel-drive pickup, she looked back up, there were five deer in the structed only because of a corn- This past. Saturday, I went with my whole road. This was inside the Red Cloud city limits, mittee joining together to make it family tO visitwriter friends inChester. Iscreened east of the implement dealership, happen), a band shelter to hold my s.hort documentary, "Shakespeare With Shesaid shecameto acomplete stop without concerts and events ..... and so No6dles,"ifor them to get some feedback, then hitting any of them, but one of the young does many businesses! we watched?a horror film from New Zealand was startled and sprang right into her front driver- I'd like to see more for our called "Housebound." The real purpose of the side fender. It apparently fell down, stood back town, and it all takes volunteers! If you have a passion about bowl- trip was for me and Andrew to lock down the up, shook off the impact and bounded into the ing and would like to have a junior outline for a horror script we are writing together, trees with:he others. There was no damage to her league or a couples league start, which We dii:l, car. •. " By Bill Blauvelt I'm amazed by the amount of construction work that now goes It hasn't always been that way. on during the winter months When I was a youngster, most con- Earlier this week, I prepared two stories for this issue which struction shut down during the winter, and those employed in the report on the way it used to be. In one of the stories, a truck driver construction-trade were often without work. I remember the time from Ruskin was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from the when my dad sold a new boat to a construction worker. The payment heater he was using in his truck's cab. Unlike today's heaters plan had fo be structured so payments were only due during the which draw heat from the engine's cooling system, I suspect the trucker's heating system employed a fire that wasn't properly summer months. I heard the bu~gl-.~¢!l m~fa~err"I'!llmake sure you are paid for the boat but I woff't b*e°able to make payments in the vented. winter months when i'm not working." " " In another story, a woman born. 125 years ago told about I' ve:been combating the cold by layering my clothes and I have trying to keep warm with heated bricks and baked potatoes. ari:insid~b. I only go out when absolutely necessary. The cold has While I neither rested my feet on a hot brick or warmed my no); stopp~d the exterior work on the new Casey's store. With hands with a baked potato, I have used lighter fueled hand completion of the project nearing, this week The Express contains an warmers. My grandmother's closet contained bricks she warmed in the oven for her children to use as bed warmers and Dad told advertiseinent seeking employees for the new store. Tuesday morn- about using the hot potato alternative. ing I observed two tanker-trucks unloading fuel into the new store's My father offered for sale at his filling station and store a t a~nks. When work to remove the old storg and construct the new one gasoline fueled catalytic heater. The heaters were used in duck b~egaiaAn September I Scdffed whenlold the company planned to blinds and occasionally• as auxiliary heaters in station wagons or op.~n the'ne~ store in January. I didn't think the timetable allowed farm machinery cabs. The salesman demonstrated the heater's fire tor winter delays• safety by showing how it would char but not burn paper. We had I.should not have been surprised had I consideted that last year to take his word about the low carbon monoxide danger. worked continued through the winter on the Superior East develop- When Dad sold the gasoline station, he gave me one of the ment• heaters and suggested I use it an auxiliary heater in the newspaper One.winter I watched as the contractor building the Superior delivery van. The first year to two the heater rode in the van on Library" set up portable shelters so the construction work could super cold days but one spring I took it out and put it away where continue. I was inside that shelter to take pictures and found it much it remained for probably 35 years. This fall I found the heater while like a greenhouse and the men working in shirtsleeves. Without a cleaning the garage loft. The heater has never has never been lit shelter, the men on the Casey's project haven't been working in but since the can was filled 45 years ago, all the fuel has evapo- shirtsleeves but they have been working. This week they have been rated. up in the air assembling the canopies.~ - I'm having a little trouble determining an application for the Perb.aps they are wearing heated clothes• plug-in clothes. When I was a youngster riding a horse to country When first told about electric clothes. I was skeptical. I have school, I Would have liked to have all the electrically heated since don'e some research into the design and uses of such garments, clothes gloves, coat, pants and socks. But where would I have Heated gloves, coats, vests, pants and socks are now available, plugged them in? My horses didn't come with electrical outlets Deperiding fipon the application,, the heat may be supplied by a and I can not see working outdoors while tethered to an extension rechargeable battery pack or a vehicle's 12-volt electrical system, cord connected to the nearest electrical outlet. I go talk to Mike, see what can be done with your help. If you would Country s like to see a men's softball league or co-ed softball, what's stopping By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli you from forming a committee and getting the ball rolling? There are many empty farmhouses along the now call the "master bedroom." It shouldn't be"whycan't Su- country roads. Most are in poor repair and have The only other small room on the main level perior do something like that" it been neglected for many years. Glass in the of the falling house is in the back that still had should be"hey we could do some- windows is mostly gone, letting in cold winter air "S" shaped coat hooks driven into a board nailed thing like that".,, get involved, and allowing access for animals to winter inside. love your community and make a Some of the siding is missing and the once sturdy difference. People say, I never get called wooden floors are buckled and split. The roof to help, it's always the same that once kept the family sheltered is missing people, shingles and holes appear, allowing the weather Most of the people who do to have its way with the interior of the house• something do so because they just They may lean to one side or the other and the get involved, they aren't called, porch where families once sat on warm summer I don't have all the answers, nights is now falling down. believe me, but I have the passion and can maybe help you find the It makes a person wonder who lived in the old rightpeople with theanswers! Get house. Years ago, it was a well maintained home' s "our town!" for a farm family that took pride in their dwelling. Susan Peterson It was not just a house, it was a h~me where they were protected, felt secure and comfortable. The Editor: I enjoyed reading the story in kitchen that is now falling in with age was once the last issue about Superior's a busy place where delicious meals were pre- Eighth Street being named pared. The chimney in the kitchen indicates that Boettcher Road back in the 1950s. once a wood burning stove was there for baking My mother's father worked for bread, frying eggs and bacon and providing other IdealCementCompanyduringhis menu items from its days of use in the 1930s or lifetime. His first position was 40s. The small room that still has flowered wall manager of Ideal's gypsum op- eration in Hanover, Mont., just paper must have been the living room or parlor. outside Lewistown, Mont. The parlor also has a chimney for a pot bellied Hanover was a company village stove to keep the family warm on cold winter much like the village that used to nights. If you use your imagination, you can see exist next to the Superior cement children and adults gathered around a table play- plant, ing games, or maybe a parent was reading a book When my mother was in high to the children. There is no bathroom inside the school, Charles Boettcher, the founder of Ideal Cement Com- house, so outside plumbing was the only source pany came to visit the gypsum and water had to be carried into the kitchen in a plant and mine and my mother bucket. The little wooden building not far from had an opportunity to meet him. the house served for other bathroom needs. No The former home of CK electrical wiring goes into the old house so there Boettcher, the son ofCharles, has was no television or modern lighting. There been the Colorado governor's mansion since 1959. would only be oil burning lamps for night time RJ Wallis lights in this house. A small room was just offthe Wenatchee, Wash. kitchen with only one window, probably what we to the wall and a homemade cabinet with a hand pump bolted to the top. This room was probably what we would now call a "mud room," where they came in from farm work and chores, hung up their coats and hats and washed their hands. There are remains of small planks that made up a narrow stairway from the parlor to the second story. There in one wide open room on the second floor, where the children probably had all their beds. The plaster is falling off the walls and the light flows in through the holes in the roof. Did the children have toys in this room? Did they once run down the stairs in a hurry to eat breakfast and then walk to the nearest country school? Who once lived here? Why did they leave their farm and home? Was it because the farmer could not make a living anymore on his 80 acre farm? Did the family decide to move into town? Did the children all grow up and leave home and eventually the parents died or moved away? This house was prob.ably once filled with love and laughter. The father once kept the house in good repair and the mother devoted hours to making their farmhouse clean and neat. Now it is empty and silent. Bushes and trees have gone beyond their boundaries and now invade the house. A large tree branch now rests on the roof and a trumpet vine grows into what is left of the siding. A sad feeling comes over visitors to the current house. They wish they could turn back the hands of time and see how the house once appeared and what went on inside. There is a saying: "If only these walls could talk," they could tell the story of this place that was once a family's home. I dedicated the first four days of my new year to perfecting the art of snorting, sneezing, hacking, groaning and whining like a middle aged man with a hangnail (no offense to whiny middle aged men). Besides, a hangnail can at times be quite painful. And the "average joe" upper respiratory crud can be quite miserable, though mercifully brief. Knowing my cold-like symptoms are temporary hasn't stopped me from verbalizing my misery to anyone unfortunate enough to cross my path my husband, Marty, or anybody unaware enough to call me on our cell phone, such as my mother or my daughter. When Marty is sick, as he recently was, all discussions regard- ing mucous are banned by me. I don't want to talk about his mucous, I don't want to hear about his mucous, and I especially do not want to see mucous, or any suggestion of mucous in piles of used tissues. Now that I have been sick, afll I Want to do is talk about rfiy mucous• I've also taken to overdramatically expressing my misery because I feel horrid, want every, person I come in contact with to know this, and because it is one of those rare times in my life when I don't sound like a two year-old girl. Perhaps the only good thing about being congested with. a scratchy throat is that I temporarily have one of those husky female movie star voices that men sometimes call 1-800 numbers to hear. Marty does not seem impressed with my vocal changes, my expressive sickness dramatizations or my suddenly open discus- sions about mucous. When people are sick, I imagine there are those of us who think of how nice it would be to have our mothers doting and fussing over us. My mother was busy cleaning her closet and sorting items to give to our local thrift store. She only called me on our cell phone to see if I wanted an unworn t-shirt from when I took her and my daughter to see the musical,"Grease," about 15 years ago. And then she called again to see ifI would like to have the box of baby cards received from friends and family when I was born. Had my mother not been so preoccupied, she might have been more interested in my four day convalescence, noticed my movie star voice and suggest I use Vick's. Of course, normally, I tell her I don't like Vick's and refuse to use it. That is a lie. I use Vick's Vapo Rub frequently, even when I am not ill. I just don't admit that to my mother. To my mother, Vick's Vapo Rub is a cure-all. As it turns out, my mother may not be entirely wrong. With no one near to hear my sneezing or guttural throat noises, I filled a recent late night void by the By Tonya R. Pohlman researching the history of my mother's tried and true bluejar0f vapory magic. I was surprised to learn Vick's Vapo Rub did not initially come from a sterile pharmaceutical laboratory as it seems most medicines do nowadays, but rather from a human being -- a father, who also dabbled in remedies and liniments. According to internet sources, Lunsford Richardson, who was born in Selma, N.C., in 1885 made powders and poultices which he sold from his drugstore for various ailments. It was from a chest poultice and lamp vaporizer he made to treat his children for a cold, that Vick's Croup and Pneumonia Salve came to be. It was a mixture of menthol, camphor and oil of eucalyptus which Richardson named after his brother-in-law, Dr. Joshua Vick also an easy name to remember. Richardson's Croup and Pneumonia Salve became Vick's Magic Croup Salve and then Vick's Vapo Rub. After •samples were widely distributed, Vick's Vapo Rub became a popular remedy:'During the Spanish influenza'epidemic of 1918, sales of Vapo Rub went from $900,000 to $2.9 million in one year. Proctor and Gamble purchased Vick Chemical Company in 1985 and marketed Vick's Vapo Rub as "The only thing more powerful than a mother's touch." My own mother would agree. But she would also be sur- prised to know I use Vick's Vapo Rub not only for cold symptoms, but on my feet, my legs, up my nose (not a recommended use), on the side of my nose, above my eyes, under my ears, on my temples and, sometimes, I even get Vick's Vapo Rub in my eyes, which is when the fun stops. This is also why I have taken to using a milder form of Vick's in the product Vick's Baby Rub which contains a milder mixture of the original Vick's Vapo Rub plus the added ingredients of lavender androsemary. And when I get the mixture in my e.yes, as I inevitably do, I am not temporarily blinded and screaming from the burning pain. I originally discovered the Vick's Baby Rub for our grand- son, but it works great for grandmas as well, and I smell slightly less like a cough drop factory than before. It has been close to 125 years since the birth of Vick's Vapo Rub. Considering how far we've come since those days, and though Vick's is now manufactured in more sterile environ- ments in Mexico and India, it is still the simple mixture in a blue jar of magic that I seek for whatever temporary ailment or discomfortI might have. Maybe they should just call it "Mom in a Jar." Or would that be considered distasteful? Olive Hill David Watters Sunday Sunday School ... 9:30 a.m. Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. % . I~cated five miles south and two miles west, of Superior Proclaiming Christ Since 1876 Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402J879-4391 Pastor Jeff Kimberly Sunday Fellowship ...................... 10 a.m. Morning Worship ........ 10:30 a.m. First Wednesday of month Meal & Movie ........ 6:30 p.m:" (~ther Wednesdays, Bible Study.....7'p.m. ,- Trailsportatlon and Nursery : , ' FirSt Presbyterian Church ,Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Worship ...... .............. 8:30 a.m. Fellowship and Sunday School ......... 9:30 a.m. Rev. Mark Diebl, Pastor Formoso Community Church Nondenominational Bible Teaehin9 Pastor Gene Little Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m. Weekly t lome Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, Formoso, Kan. • 785-794-2490 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor Rev. Breen Sipes 8T: .'PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy, Neb. : Phone 402-279-3205 or 402-236-8825 Sunday Worship ......... 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour ........ 10 a.m. "\\. Sunday School ..... 10:15 a.m. " First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jocelyn Tupper Sunday Services Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Bible Study Thursday...9 a.m. Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church Superior, Neb. Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Mass Schedule Dally Masses 7:30 am. Saturday ......... 6 p.m. Sunday .......... ; 8 a.m. Nelson Sunday.... ..... I0 a.m. Father Brad Zitek First Baptist Church 558 N. Commercial (@~ Superior, Neb. r ~"--I~- Interim Pastor t'mx David Sherwood ~-~" Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship ................... 1 1 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ................ 4 p.m. Jewell Trinity United Methodist Jim Rice, pastor Sunday Sunday School : .......... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship .., 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Kids for Christ ............. 3:45 p.m. Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of Superior mmml ~.,I" 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Sunday Sunday School ...... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Prayer Time ........... 6 p.m. Altlillated with the Evangelical Free Church of/~mrica Jewell Christian Church "A family you can belong to" 111 Main, Jewell Dan Daniels, pastor Church • 785-428-3657 Parsonage • 785-428-3323 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ & Ir, High Youth Groups Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Sunday Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Pastor Roger Wails Christian Church of Mankato 1 18 S. Commercial Mankato, Kan. 785-378:3707 Sunday School ...... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Thaddeus Ji Hinkle, Minister 785-378-3938 Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church .~¢. 99 W. pearl, JeweU, Kan. EFC,\ Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Sunday SchoOl ................. 9:15 a:m. Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service ........... : ........ 7 p.m. A.~ff~ted uffth Ore Etrdngelicol Free Church of America First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 LCMC ®NALC Sunday Worship ................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ..... 10:15 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church Phone 785J647-8841 Located eight miles '~" north Of Burr Oak al ,~om,=wes~ Sunday Sunday School ........... 10 a.m. Worship ...................... l I a.m. Pastor Jonathan Harkness "Where The son Always Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Winter (Nov.-April) Sacred Heart, Esbon 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday. 6:30p.m. 2nd, 4th Sunday .............. 10 a.m. St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Pastor Father Joseph Kieffer Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central • Phone 402-879-3S14 Sunday Worship Sern-ice .................. 10:30 am Evening .%elxit,e ........................ 5 [except 4lh and 5th Sundays) Wednesday Christian Development Nigh : Adults and Children : ................. 7 pro. R(~k St)lid Youth Group .............. 7 pm. Radio Prllgraln. KRF.S AM Sunday Mornin~ ................... 8:30 a.m. .Ion Albrecht. Senior P~|slor Palsy Busey. Associate Pastor United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato I larmony ,. Worship, 11 am. Sun. ,"k'h., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ...................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch, 10:30 a.m Esbon ...................... Worship, 8:15 am. Burr Oak ................. Worship, 9:3(} a.m. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. 402-879-4067 https : / / Dr. Jeff Col('ms, Minister Sunday (no evenin.q services) Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service .......... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study for All Ages ...... 7 p.m. Salem Lutheran Church [EI,CA} Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday Forum and Sunday School .................... 9 a.m. Worship ............................. 10 a.m. Communion .; ..... 1st & 3rd Sunday Don & Margaret Olson Interim pastors Day 1 Radio Program KRFS AM 1600 • SLmday • 8 a.m. Superior NewHope Connection 505 N.-~nsas St. Superior, Neb. 402-879-5884 Sunday Service ........ I 1 a.m. Church dinner after every service Pastor Deanna Disney Centennial Lutheran Church {Missouri Synod) 855 N. Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Sunday Sunday School-9:30 a.m. Worship ... 10:45 a.m. Worship with us via live broadcast each Sunday on'KRFS Radio Please call for additional worship and Bible study opportunities. #