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00The Su00Hor Express ] lblished each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. I ai 148 EastTh[rd Street, p.o. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 I Subscription rates are $26 per year in Nebraska, K,$27.50 per year :!n Kansas Other States $37 per year. Bill Blauveit, Publisher E-mail tse@superiome.com Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at superimne.com Thursday, Pebmary 13, 2014 Page 2B ! Editor&apos;s Notebook By Bill Blauvelt when a laundromat was located around the corner from the newspaper office, we used to wash our siwp towels' and aprons there It Was fairly easy for a staff member to take our dirty laundry there and return towork. We knew about how long it would take and wouldreturu to find clean clothes awaiting in the washing machine. Didn't vorry if we were a bit late as we didn't expect anyone would want tO steal our ink and grease stained laundry. BUt Whenthe laundromat moved more than a block further away we invested in a used washing machine. I've not paid much attention to laundromats since. But this week, I have been reading the yellow pages, conduct- ing interuet searches and asking friends as to where I might find a self-service dry cleaning shop. The laundromat located in the. newspaper block Offered such services. Unlike the soap and water machines which were available when an attendant was not present, the dry cleaning machines could be used only when an attendant was present. They were nice for cleaning sweaters and coats. Dry clean only clothing is not as popular today and it has been a long time since I had enough dry clean garments to justify a trip to an out-of-town self-serve dry cleaner. That isn't true today. I've been cleaning closets and sorting out clothing I want to give away. Some of the garments are dry clean only and need to be cleaned before being worn again. I don't want to spend much to have them cleaned and would like to visit a cleaning shop when out-of-town on other business. Thus far I haven't been able to locate a self-service dry cleaning shop. But I learned how the self-service laundry business has changed since I considered being apart of it. Before building Superior's first automatic car wash, I had an interest in laundromats. One, of the manufacturers offering to supply car wash equipment was promoting the idea of combing car washes and laundromats in smaller communities. The automatic equipment of the day was not as fool proof as the manufacturers claimed plus many people had never used car wash equipment and didn't understand how it worked. It was thought by putting a car wash and laundromat together, there would be sufficient business to justify an attendant. Other companies were promoting the combination of car washes with gasoline stations, automobile dealerships and liquor stores. I knew of one town that had a combination car wash and body shop. That probably made sense because some people lost their driving skills when they tried to enter the car wash and left with mangled fenders. About everything that could be hit was hit while the Blauveit family owned the car wash. A few drivers even ran into the building before getting inside. It was not uncommon tO be in the equipment room doing maintenance work and hear the squeal of burning tires. At those times it was hard to know what to do. Step outside and be run over or stay inside until the vehicle crashed through the concrete block wall and into the equipment room? Generally investigation found the driver had gotten the vehicle's wheels turned and was flooring the accelerator trying to push the automobile over a stop designed to keep it in place. The majority of drivers who didn't know where.their vehicle was were driving too far to the right. If they drove on the highways like they did in the car wash, we should never have to report a head- on accident. Hitting bridge railings and roadside signs, should be the leading cause of automobile accidents. When considering building a car wash, the first consideration was combining it with a gasoline station. That idea was soon discarded. Water and sewer problems made adding a car wash to Blauvelt's Hill impractical. At least three locations in Superior were considered. Inad- equate sewer service nixed locations near the present Velvet Rose and Superior Outdoor Power businesses. City officials encouraged the selection of a West Third Street location. We were told residents in that area were not putting enough water down the sewer and added water from a car wash would improve the sewage flow. We were able to buy a 50-foot lot at Third and Colorado. It ws barely adequate for a car wash but the house to the north was occupied by an elderly lady. I anticipated having an opportunity to b@ the house when the lady died. She was receptive to the idea of having a car wash and did not object when we wanted to build near th property line. In fact she suggested a tree be removed from her property so she cotild more easily watch the car wash activity from her living room. Superior had a laundromat but the building which housed it wsin bad repair and the owners didn't seem to be interested in making the needed repairs. I expected it would close and when the house next door came Area Church Directory J From the files of The Superior Express.:. George Spohn, a chaher mem- rior was to be increased by 130,000 ber of Tadmor Chapter No. 27, bushels with the addition of four Royal Arch Masons, was honored round concrete grain tanks., as the principal guest of honor at a The Smyrna 4-H Club was or- banquet. J, Warren Keifer, Bostwick, Spohn and James Fair, Hardy, are the only surviving char- ter members of the organization. A pet police dog bit Eugene ganized at a meeting at the Beaverville schoolhouse. George Sund, Bostwick, was president of the Nebraska Here- ford Hog Breeders Association. Sullivan, his master, on the lips Cpl. James Ferebee, Nelson, which required a few stitches to returned home after serving over- Mary Hale, 64, a Hardy resi- seas in England for 17 months. Superior's Ideal Market. The Crest Theatre was show- ing "Mogambo," starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Fifty Years Ago Jerome Christensen was ap- pointed acting postmaster at Ruskin. couples. The Federal Communications Commission granted a construc- tion permit for a semi-satellite television station to operate as Channel 4, Superior. The 1,000 foot tower was located southwest of Ruskin. A low-cost public housing Roy Young, Formoso, died in- project was approved by Nelson , stantly whenhispick-uptruck was : voters. The project was to be paid broadsided by an eastbound Rock for with revenue bonds and de- Island freight train west of Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday lellowshtp ...................... 10 a.m. Morning Worship ........ 10:30 a.m. Women's Blby Study ......... 6 p.m. Wednesday Youth Group " 7 p.m. Transportation and Nursery www.superiornazarene.org up for sale, I would have an opportunity to buy it and expand the car wash and perhaps add a self-service laundry. The next door resident died but the house was never listed for sale. The roof did collapse on the former laundromat building and that business was relocated. Without an attendant, supervision of the car wash was time consuming. Multiple trips a day were made between the newspa- per office and the wash. Somebody had to be stay around town whenever the wash was open to take the trouble calls. When the laundromat owner learned the Biauvelts were planning to build a car wash, he offered a bit of advice. "If you ever want any time,to yourself, don't put in a pay phone. People will be calling you night and day. I put one in and that was big mistake." We were ready with an answer. No phone but we would provide post cards which could conveniently be deposited in the mail collection box maintained at the corner of Third and Colorado by the postal service. Sounded like a good plan that day but later learned the mail box wasn't so desirable. It was in the way of snow removal and more than once the post office reminded me it was my responsibility to clean the walks around the box even though I didn't use it. Times have certainly changed. With nearly everyone having a cell phone calls would come 24/7 without installing a pay phone. But technology is not all bad. Most of the trouble calls were related to coin mechanisms not working. Today the coin operated mechanisms are being replaced with prepaid cards. The new mechanisms make it easy to adjust prices on a daily or even hourly basis to encourage use during slow times. No longer would I have to go to the car wash to see if the equipment is working or check for vandalism. Security cameras would transmit video from the car wash to a monitoring computer or my desk at the newspaper, or a cell phone. Have the improvements compensated for the customers' inability to follow directions? For example, we had large signs which explained each step. At the entrance to the building, a sign with numbers and dent for 40 years and the town librarian since its 'opening, died. A wood cutting bee was held in Beulah for the Rev. McFarland. About 20 men took their dinner and spent the day cutting down trees and sawing them into stove length pieces. Waffle irons were $5.95 at the local Southern Nebraska Power Company office. The Lyric Theatre was show- ing "Mr. Skitch," starring Will ]Rogers. Seventy Years Ago Elton Semke, 21, received his navy "Wings of Gold" and was commissioned a second lieuten- ant in the Marine Corps reserve. The two Hebron newspapers were consolidated arid the paper was renamed the Hebron Journal- Register. W. F, Adams died He was a fireman at Superior Floral Com- pany. The family of Lt. Omar Headrick was notified by the war department that the possibility of his survival was no longer consid- ered. He had been missing in ac- tion in the South Pacific for more than a year. Tiger coal was $8150 per ton at Superior's Valley Lumber Com- pany. The Lyric Theatre was show- ing "In Old Oklahoma," starring John Wayne and Martha Scott Sixty Years Ago The capacity of the Scoular- Bishop te .rminal elevator in Supe- Lettuce was 10 cents a head at signed for elderly low-income Formoso. d, A Different Slant By Chuck Mittan "In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter, long ago." So goes the first stanza of probably the best- known poem by Christina Rossetti, a 19th Cen- tury English poet. I picked it because it reminds 60 (or thereabouts) in the living room-- provid- ing the temperature doesn't drop too far below 20. When I went to bed Wednesday night, the temperature in the living room had already fallen to 50. When I woke up Thursday morning, it had dropped to 45. Needless to say, there are a lot of winter days i me of last week. It was still quite cold the day I that we aren't able to be in the living room. wrote this column, but if the National Weather Thankfully, we are able to create warm spaces Service forecast is correct, it should be a little elsewhere in th house for activities such as more pleasant outside by the time you read this. television, homQvork and sleep. And Kathy I also picked it because of the two references tends to bake a 1o in the winter. Nothing warms up the house like having the oven on for several to mid-winter. I have a coworker here in the newspaper office who begins talking about how February signifies to him that winter is nearly done. Around the first of February, he begins to talk about how many days are left until spring. This poem  and last week's weather serve as a shivery reminder that in fact most of the month of February is technically mid-winter. In other words, you may think you see a light at the end of the cold, dark tunnel, but it is frozen over and won't let you pass through. Apparently, a record was broken last Wednes- day night. Weather observers at the Hastings Municipal Airport recorded an overnight low of 14 below, breaking the record of 13 below estab- lished on that date in 1914. I knew it was cold because of my living room. With our high ceil- ings, 135-year-old windows and patchwork of underpowered heating sources, we can maintain hours of baking pes, cookies, bread, pizza and cake. I have to adnit, there are days when the Outside temperatur$ affects our meal plans: "It's really cold. How alout meatloaf and baked po- tatoes?" , As a young boy inWisconsin, I was willing to go sledding or ice skating or bowhunting for rabbits with my friends with little regard for the temperature. For several days one winter, how- ever, i remember parents were advised to keep their children in the house, as the brutally cold -temperature was deemed unsafe. I believe it was somewhere between 30 and 40 below in the middle of the afternoon. We put on our warmest coats, hats and mittens, wrapped wool scarves around our mouths and noses, ignored the televi-i sion and went outside. We were back inside drinking hot cocoa within minutes.. 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 a0n. Rev. Mark Dlehl, Pastor Formoso Community Church Nondenominational Bible Teaching Pastor Gene Little Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m. Weekly Home Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, Formoso, Kan. 785-794-2490 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor Rev. Breen Sipes ST. 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 44S N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jocelyn Tapper Sunday Services Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Bible Study Thursday...9 a.m arrows pointing to the north explained the first steps a customer was to follow. Once in the building, a similar sign with arrows pointing east to the description explained the next steps. To my knowledge a potential customer never interpreted the sign to mean he should turn right and drive into the neighbor's house. But at l.east one customer saw the interior sign and thought it meant he had to exit the building turn around and re-enter through the exit door. When he smashed a fender, he thought it was the fault of the car wash owner. The new features are nice but I no longer am interested in operating either a self-service car wash or laundromat. I learned long ago such enterprises require more than a strong ar m to haul the money to the bank for there still are mud pits to clean and machines to repair. Which brings me to the story about the high school student Life, Beyond the Ranch Have you thought much lately about chloroform? Do you ever just randomly look up references on the interuet on how to do things you never really intended to do? I mean, haven't you ever wondered how to make chloroform, for example? You know, chloroform  the stuff the bad guys on the television always use to subdue, kidnap, torture, maim and kill people. Sure, duct tape and sharp objects are a plus. But it all begins with the chloroform, don't you know? I was searching the interuet recently. I don't even remember what it is I was searching for because as I was researching"how to mother was happy to leave with the ring in her possession. Another day the cold weather had caused the sewer line to freeze. It was a bright sunny day and many people wanted to wash but several inches of standing water was trapped on top of the mud pit by ice. A high school student was desperate to wash her automobile. As she pleaded for permission she said, "My Dad told me not come home until I washed the salt off the car." She willingly parked her car and began wading in the ice water as she tried to wash every bit of salt off the vehicle. The strangest request may have come during the opening weekend of hunting season. A light rain was falling and I thought it would be a good time to close the wash and clean mud pits. About noon an out-of-state hunter asked to use the wash. When I told him we were closed he said, "I got stuck and my daughter helped push the vehicle out. She is covered in so much mud we can't go to the cafe. Please let me wash my daughter. After giving the okay, the young woman crawled out of the vehicle and stood calming as her father moved the wand up and down washing the mud from her coveralls. who lost his new class ring in a mud pit. When his mother called to make" something and before I typed my final word of the search report the loss I told her I would open the pit but I wasn't getting in ouer" the automatic fill in otion "---"ed u" with the number one .  ., -  l'-'l'q " 1" to look for the lost ring. When I went to open the pnt, mother and son, .y[h:n:that .... reWl m^st-e0-1e on the internet want to know how . _..l  appa ty u p 1.1 were waiting. She made the young man wade into the pit. The , to make -- chloroform. treasure hunt was successful. I'm not sure son was happy, but Am I the only one who finds it a bit unsettling to know there are Letters to the editor welcome Readers of this newspaper are invited to submit letters to the editor. Letters must be signed and in good taste. The Express reserves the right to determine which letters will be published. Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Chttreh Superior, Neb. Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Mass Schedule Daily Masses 7:30 am. Saturday ......... 6 p.m. Sunday ......... '.. 8 a.m. Nelson Sunday ......... 10 a.m. Father Brad Zitek First Baptist Church ,.,<:. 558 N. Colaxnercial (( Superlor, Neb. Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship ................... 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ......... :- ..... 4 p.m. Jewell Trinity United Methodist Jim Rice, pastor Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of e Superior 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Sunday Sunday School ...... 9 a.m. Morning Worship I0 a.m. Prayer Time ........... 6 p.m. Aflllllated with the Evangelical Frt Church of America 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 & Jr. High Youth Groups Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. -- Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Sunday people out there trying to figure out how to make chloroform? In fact, it would seem there are enough people curious about this topic, that it is the first thing to pop up on how to make something. I would 4ike to learn how to make German potato salad or a knitted cap in the shape of a shark fin. But I've just never really thought I needed or wanted to knOW how to make chloroform, until now. According to Wikipedia (the interuet foum of knowledge), chloroform is a colorless, sweet-smelling, dense liquid, and is considered hazardous. You don't say? Chloroform was discovered by three separate researchers and first reported in 1831 hy French chemist, Eugene Soubeiran. Its first use as an anesthetic was discovered on Nov. 4, 1847, when Scottish obstetrician, James Young Simpson, and several of his friends were experimenting with "different substances on them- selves in search of a replacement for ether as a general anesthetic." According to Wikipedia, Simpson "was so astounded by the success of his own trial that the next morning he hireda chemist and within the next few days was administering it to his patients during childbirth." Wow, scientists in the good old days had all the fun. They were "experimenting" with different substances on themselves? Back then I guess that would get you a patent. Nowadays it'll get you at least a fine or a slap on the wrist, unless there's enough to warrant "attempt to distribute," and that might get you a felony conviction Christian Church of Mankato 118 S. Commercial Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3707 Sunday School .... .. 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Thaddeus J. Hinkle, Minister 785-378-3938 Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church . 99 W. Pearl, Jeweli, Kan. 785-428-3266 EFCA Wayne Felgal, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. Afflillated wlth the Etuellcal Free Church of America First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Momlng Worship I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer By Tonya R. Pohlman carrying three to five years. Chloroform must be one of those gateway drugs. First it's chloroform, then it's the Lifetime movie network-- television for women. Chloroform is often portrayed in Hollywood as being used by criminals to instantly subdue their victims. But there's a catch. Hollywood and reality do not always mix. Chloroform does not have an instant effect. Wikipedia also mentions that "in 1865, as a direct result of the criminal reputation chloroform had gained, the medical journal, Lancet, offered a 'permanent scientific reputation' to anyone who could demonstrate 'instantaneous insensibility' using chloroform, and no such demonstration has been forth- coming." ' " Sorry to disapiint allof the wanna=be bad'guys outthere, but chloroform takes an extended period of inhalation to be effective. Once a person is subdued by the chloroform, it must be ontinuously administered at a certain dose to keep the person unconscious. And the persons airway must be moni- tored because obstruction from the tongue can lead to death. So, chloroform is bad, okay? Yes, there are interuet sites which give instructions on how to make chloroform, for use as a solvent. No, I am not going to give, the instructions here. If you are so criminally inclined, because I know of no one who really needs a solvent at the moment, then you can research the interuet just as I did. You also can join me on the FBI's list of persons of interest for the cornucopia of odd internet searches. If you really want to cause a ruckus, you might check the chloroform sites and then sign into the duct tape warehouse, followed by a knife retailer. After that, I suggest a visit to your local library where you will no doubt find a copy of Catcher in the Rye. Though I jest, to be on the safe side, the next time you want to talk with someone you are interested in, I do not recommend the following pick up line: "Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?" Oh, and on a side note, happy birthday to my dad  75 years young on Feb. 10. Dad, I'm sorry that all of the good "how to make a birthday card" ideas on the internet were taken. But there was this one"how-to" siteI noticed. So, I made you some chloroform. Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. ........ 785-378-3308 -- Sunday Worship ....... . ......... 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ..... 10:15 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church hone 785-647-8841 Located eight miles north of Burr Oak . and two miles west. Sudny Sunday School ........... 10 a.m. Worship ...................... 11 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Sunday Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10:30 a.m. Jewell County Catholic Churches Summer (May-October) St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Ist, 3rd, 5th Saturday. 6:30 p.m. 12nd, 4th Sunday .............. 10 a.m. Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3614 Sunday Xorshlpqlee ................ am. , - -- Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. (except 4th and 5th Sundays) Wednesday \\; Christian Development Night: ] Adults and Children .................... 7 p.m. ' Rock Solid Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. Radio Program, KRFS AM Sunday Morning ..................... 8:30 a.m. Jon Albrecht, Senior Pastor Patsy Busey. Associate Pastor united Methodist Churches Schedules for "Sunday Schools and Worship Service Maa kato Harmony ... Worship, 11 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ......................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. . Sun. Sch., 10:0 a.m. Esbon .................. ... Worship, 8:15 a.m. Burr Oak ................. Worship, 9:30 a.m. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. 402-879-4067 superiorchurchofchrlst.org httl://mtw.hcebk.cm/Superl0tChurr.h0fChrlst Dr. Jeff CoUins, Minister Sunday (no evening services) Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m. Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA) Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday Forum and Sunday School .................... 9 a.m. Worship ............................. I0 a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Don & Margaret Olson Interim pastors Day 1 Radio Program KRFS AM 1600 * Sunday 8 a.m. Olive Hill Church David Watters Sunday Sunday School... 9:30 a.m. Worship .. ..... 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior lllaiminQ Christ Since 1876 Centennial Lutheran Church Wednesday Kids for Christ ............. 3:45 p.m. Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Pastor Roger Walls Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational , Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday ................................ 8" a.m. Pastor Father Joseph Kiefler Worship Service .......... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, for All Ages ...... 7 p.m. (Missouri Synod) 85S N. l)tkota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 , Saturday Worshlp ...... 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worshlp Service 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class .......... I0 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship wlth us vla live broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radio Please caU for addltlonal worship and BOle study opportunes.