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I Published each rsday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. I at 148 East Third Street, P.O. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 I Subscription rates are $24 per year in Nebraska, %$25.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $35 per year. Bill Blauvelt. Publisher E-mail tse@superiorne.coln Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday March 4, 2010 Page 2B Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvelt Mike Edgecombe, publisher of the Hebron Journal .and Jim Edgecombe, publisher of the Minden Courier corne from a 1 ong line of newspaper people. They have followed in the tbotsteps of their lather, John Edgecombe. the publisher of the Nebraska Signal who also followed in the footsteps othis father and grandfather as publisher of the Geneva newspaper. The family has been a part of the Fillmore County newspaper circle, since the late 19th century. It isn't uncommon to find people working in the newspaper industry like the Edgecombes who represent the third and fourth generation to be in the business. When people not familiar with my family background learn I'm a fourth generation Blauvelt to live and work in this area they incorrectly assume my family roots are anchored to the newspaper business. They are wrong. I'm the first to work for a newsPaper though i had an uncle who worked several years as a television broadcaster. Like his lather. Uncle Les had experience in a number of things. He was in the food preparation business at least three times if you count the cafe he and his wite operated in conjunction with the livestock auction barn they owned on Lincoln's West O Street. He was associated for a time with his lather here in the operation of a stateline gasoline station and independently operated a Skelly gasoline station in Lincoln. He also was an auctioneer, real estate broker and Methodist minister. My grandfather tried the gasoline business ,everal times. He was part of a partnership that brought the first sell-service gasoline to Superior. The one-pump fuel outlet was located in the alley behind the Union Hotel. probably about where Superior Bowl is now. His brother-in-law owned gasoline stations in both Superior and Nelson and since the two men often were involved in business ventures, I suspect grandfather kept close watch on the stations. Eighty years ago, The Express reported W. A..Blauvelt sold his stateline station to,J.O. Hill of Hardy. J.O. was the founder of the Hill Oil Company, a company which eventually claimed to the largest independent gasoline marketer in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. When grandfather built his first Kansas station, it was located where Highway 14 turned west along the Kansas-Nebraska stateline. In those days the highway left Superior on Second Street, crossed the Republican River about where it now does, then turned west to near Cottonwood Cottage is now located. The highway turned south again to the stateline before turning west. On the section line east of the farm home of Harold and Lorna Wilton. the highway turned south. It went through the hills linking up with the present route just east of the new home now occupied by Janis Ward and her daughters. The route through the hills was abandoned when the new road was built about 70 years ago. A portion of the Nebraska route tom Superior to the stateline was paved and the balance surfaced with gravel but in Kansas the route was just a dirt road But it was a good dirt roadl Andy Wyatt regularly graded it with a horse or mule pulled grader. Later he operated a grader pulled bY a tractor. The road was not'oilEd llhtil 1949. My father recalls wat:h ing from the gasoline stattonas Andy came offthe hills and approached the s'tateline. He wasn't going fast but he must have dozing at the controls as the tractor pulling the grader continued across the stateline and into the ditch on the north side. The first station was located at the end of the Nebraska route. If a southbound motorist failed to make the turn his vehicle went into the station drive. The stanon lacked modern electric lights and other conve- niences of its up-town cousins but gasoline was cheaper in Kansas and a lot of gasoline was pumped each day. And It was pumped by hand into a glass vessel on top of the pump and then allowed to flow by gravity intothe vehicle. The gasoline was shipped by railcar into the northern Repub- DirectoryOf ' Area :Churches Little Blue Christian Fellowship 01d Pleasant View School (7 miles No. Of Nelson) Sunday Worship Service ...... I0 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study ........ 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor and MrS. David Sellers Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rev. Daryl Nelson PMA Connie Raess ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy, Neb. Phone 402-279-3205 or 402-236-8825 Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Pastor Dave Coleman Sunday ' ' Sunday School ................. 9:45 a.m. Morning Service .............. 10:45 a.m. Children's Program. Youth Group Meeting ............ ; ...... 6-7 p.m, Wednesday Adtdt Bible Study 6:30-7:30 p.m: Transportation and Nursery First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879'3733 SUNDAY Fellowship coffee ........... .. 9:15 a.m. Worship .............................. 10 a.m,' Sunday School .... 10 a.m. sunday Worship... 9 a.m. Rev. Mark Diehl, Pastor Our Redeemer Lutheran Church , Fellowship Hour .. 10 a.m. First United Methodist Church 448, N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Dorthea Fairbanks Sunday Services Regular Worship .... 10:30 a.m. Bible Studies: Tuesday...5:30 p.m. Tlmrsday... 10 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. Sunday Morning Worship .. 8:45 a.m. Sunday School ....... 9:45 a.m. Opinions... lie community of Warwick and unload into Hill's bulk plant. Hill then hauled the gasoline to grandfather's station. The trucks were smaller but some day s business was so good multiple loads were required. Grandfather' s two el der sons. Glenn and Leslie. tired of all the work associated with the business and wanted to do other things. So grandfather considered the offer fi'om J. O. to buy the business. Grandfather was a reluctant seller so he and J.O. made an agreement that oalled for the Blauvelts to stay out the business br five years. After that time. they were free to get back in. Grandfather soon regretted his decision to sell but J.O. rejected all offers to sell the station back Instead he told grandfather to build another station. And so. almost five years to the day alter selling out. grandfather and his youngest son. my father were back in business. This time the station was located along the state line west of the first station. The Blauvelt family home was located east of the firsl station (Just west of the present home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Baker.) This time rather that selling fuel shipped by railcar to Warwick, the fuel was trucked fi'om the Globe refinery south of McPherson. Traiasport size had grown to a whopping 3,000 gallons. Three months after the second station opened, the 1935 Republican River flood nearly destroyed it The station was washed off its foundation. The tanks floated out of the ground and down river. They were found filled with mud and lodged in trees near Warwick. Access holes were cut in the tanks and the mud scooped out. Before being welded shut. the tanks were taken to the Farmers Union Creamery and steam cleaned. The Blauvelt and Hill stations operated side by side for about six years Until Kansas rerouted Highway 14. Then they were moved to new locations on the same quarter section of Kansas land. Though it doesn't look like it. The Hill station (the one on the bottom now operated by Petro Plus) and located on the west side of Highway 14 is in the east half of the quarter section. The Blauvelt Stati on was located on the east side of Highway 14 atop the hill in the west half of the section. At this point the story is a bit confusing. The Hill Station wasn't the one on the hill and the station on the west side of the road is east of the stati on located on the west side of the road I had better change subjects before I make this story lnore confusmg. From the files of The Superior Express machinery Bud Wade. Nelson. has been engaged as machinery salesman and service man. Ellis Garrison, who is manag- ing the Hartford Cream Station at Auburn, Neb.. vi sited home folks. Seventy Years Ago The Superior Fire Department' s resuscitator was put to good use when Richard McKinney, mechanic at the Knapp garage, was overcome by monoxide gas. A ragged Superior quintet fi- nally registered enough points to squeeze past Aurora. 30 to 29. Two regulars. Dean Nicholson and Bob Chestnut were absent because of illness. There is an old time dance at the Superior Legion Hall every Wednesday evening. Hansen and Christensen Implement. Ruskin. sold out their stock of farm machinery at public auction. Elwood Jordan Grocery has Texas oranges, 10-pound sack for 39 cents: head lettuce. 9 cents; 2 pounds fig bars for 23 cents: Eighty Years Ago William Blauvelt sold his in- terests in the stateline filling sta- tion to J. L. Hill, Hardy. Mr. Blauvelt built his station about eight months ago and has been assisted in the operation by his sons. Glen and Leslie. Arrow Aircraft and Motors Corporation representative from, Lincoln. Neb.. were in Superior to present a plan for establishing an airport at Superior. The Valley Lumber Company unloaded its first car load of farm Country Roads By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli mama cows. Schools are beginning track and golf prac- tices signalling hope for more outside activities. The golf carts and four wheelers are brought out of storage and repaired in anticipation of the coming season. "Snowbirds" are making plans to return to their homes. Each day the newspaper office re- ceives address change orders from the snowbirds that sought a warmer climate for the winter months. The country roads are beginning to dry up and only a few patches of snow can be seen in the protected areas along roadways and in the fields. Of course the tall mounds of snow remain that have been pushed off streets and driveways. County residents are talking of having to get back into shape in preparation of the coming yard, garden, and farm work. A promise of better days ahead weather wise 1s looked forward to, My calendar reports the first day of spring is only 20 days away. But my hopes are dashed when I hear the long range tbrecast calls for more snow on the weekend. If it does sriow, I hope it is the last tbr this winter. It looks like spring, it smells like spring, but am I getting nay hopes up too soon'? I know I'm rusl{ing it but I want spring to come. Ever)one I talk to agrees they are more ready for spring to come this year. than any other past year. This winter has been longer and harder than any we have experienced in many years. Robins are sounding their song of spring. In Jewell, a protected area revealed the first appear- ante of the year for the daffodils. The geese are flying north and on some of the lilac bushes buds are appearing. The stores are showcasing supplies and decorations, the Easter holiday that will be ob- served in about a month. The seed catalogs arrive regularly, showing their flower and garden possi- bilities, Other catalogs show the latest in spring apparel and in the latest spring colors. Even farm magazines are featuring the latest in herbicides and seed offerings. Spring brings more farm auc- tions and the newspapers are filled with aucnon ads. Farmers are beginning to list of all the spring farm work that needs 'to be done. Calving season is here and the baby calves are wobbling around the pastures, following their A Different Slant By Chuck Mittan Omaha. There are narrative features, documen- taries, short films, short films by Nebraska film- makers and a special category for dark horror films. Many filmmakers will be present at the screenings of their work during the festival. A lot of the films screened during the week will be shown again the second weekend, and many films are only scheduled for the weekend, so I will get to see a lot of fihns even though I will only be there the two weekends and not the week days between. After the final film on Sunday, March 14, there will be an awards ceremony at the movie theatre, during which they will present the awards tor the films and the screenwriting contest. Most of the parties and there are a lot of parties scheduled also happen during the two weekends. Many large cities in the U.S. have had film festivals for decades and now cities like Omaha. Des Moines and Oklahoma City are getting into the act. It is estimated the number of annual film festivals in this country has more than doubled in recent  ears. This will be the fifth annual Omaha Film Festival. About 3,500 people attended the various events at last year's OFF and organizers say they hope to top 4,000 this year. This will be the first film festival I've at- tended arty where. The big story of this week has some unexpected twists but it is easier to understand Girls basketball teams from Superior. Sandy Creek and Lawerence-Nel son high schools are headed to Lincoln today for the state basketball tournament. I expect the county will be noticeably quiet the rest of the week as a significant number of people will be following the tearn to Lincoln and those of us at home will be listendng and watching for updates. It's an exciting time and I hope the teams do well. What a great way to finish out the winter. Three local teams playing in the state tournament and snow in the weekend forecast. Last August, when t was time for school to start and the Superior team was without a coach. I didn't expect the Wildcats would reach the state tournament. But the team and the coaches came together to compile an impressive record. Fridaythey scored 72 points to take the win for their 72-year-old coach who came out of retirement as a till- In. Win or lose in Lincoln. this 3ear's team will have a prominent place in the school's athletic history. Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Worship Sevlce .................... I0:30 a.m. Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. (except 4th and 5th Sundays) Wednesday Christian Development Night: Adults and ChiMren ........ " ........... 7 p.m. Rock Solid .Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. ladio Program. KRFS AM Sunday Morning ..................... 8:30 a.m. Palsy Busey. Pastor Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church 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 ff: 558 N. Commercial /, ,,, Superior, Neb. Rev. Floyd Richardson -k (S -- Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship ............... 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ................ 4p.m. Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA) Highway 14 North; Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday Forum and Sunday School ............. 10:15 a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Pastor Scot Mceluskey Day 1 Radio Program KRF Sunday 8 a.m. Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of j Superior lhsml Ik  423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Home. 402-879-4145 Sunday Sunday School ......... 9 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10 a.m. Prayer Time ............. 6 p.m. Mfilllatcd with lilt' Evangelical Free ClLIfCh o['Amcrlea 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 Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School . 10:30 a.m. The Omaha Film Festival (OFF) begins this weekend and runs through March 14 Because I made the finals in their screenwriting contest, the festival people are giving me two tree all-access passes to the festival, which I intend to use. I was actually planning to go anyway, but not having to pay for anything besides popcorn and Milk Duds will be icing on the cake. The first weekend, all day Saturday and Sun- day, is a screenwriting and filmmaking confer- ence.held on the campus of Creighton University. Alnong the presenters will be Mike Hill. who grew up in Omaha, graduated from Burke High School and UNO. and has been a filll edilqFfor Ron Howard since 1982. Hill hasbeen nOmi- nated for four Oscars for fihn editing and wire the statue lor "Apollo 13." Another presenter will be Dana Altman. grand- son of legendary filmmaker Robert Airman. Altman graduated from Wayne State College, moved to Hollywood to begin his career, and moved back to Omaha to start his own studio and raise a family, He is founder and chairman of North Sea Films in Omaha. The screening of the dozens of films offered by the festival this year begins Monday after the conference and continues through Sunday alter- noon at the Great Escape Stadium 16 Theatre in First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Steve Matthews, Pastor Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. David Watters Sunday Sunday School... 9:30 a.m. Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Olive Hill Centennial Church Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 855 N. Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Saturday Worship ...... 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Service 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class .......... I0 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship with us via live broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radio Bible Centered Nondenominational 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. HinMe, Minister 785-378-3938 Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church . 99 W. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. "T- 785-428-3540 EI.A Wayne Feigal, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. I0:30 a.m. Evening Service ..................... 7 p.m. Affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of Amerfca Proclaiming Christ Since 1876 Evangelical Lutheran Church =,:iNi q) 201 South Center ....... Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 Pastor Katharine Redpath Sunday Worship ............. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church ; Phone 785-647-8841 I.Td- Located eight miles north of Burr Oak and two miles west. Sunday Sunday School ........... 10 a.m. Worship ..... : ..... . .......... 11 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Winter Hours (Nov.-Apr.) St, Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Please call for additional wo'sho) and Bible study opportunities. Form0so Community Church NondenomthaHonal Bible Teacht'n 9 " PastorGene 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 Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday .............................. 10 a.m. United Methodist Churches Schedules for. Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony ... Worship, 11 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ......................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 a.m. Esbon .. ........ ' ............. Womhip, 8:15 a.rn. Burr Oak ................. Worship, 9:30 a.m. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street, Superior, Neb. 402-879-4067 Jim Stark, minister Wednesday Evening FBI: Ages 3 through Grade 6 IFalthful Bible lnvestigators)..7 p.m. Thursday Evening Adult Bible Study ................ 7 p.m Sunday (no evening services) Worship Service ........ 9 a.m. Sunday School ............ 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... l0 a.m. Worship ................... 11 a.m. Bible Study ................ 6 p.m. Wednesday Jewell Trinity United Methodist Montrose United Methodist Jim Rice. pastor Jewell Trinity Sunday School ............... 9:15 a.m. orning Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ- Wednesday ................... 3:45 p.m. Montrose Mornin Worship .............. 9 a.m. Fellowsnip Hour. ............. 10 a.m. Pastor Roger Walls Discipleship Training 6 p.m. Father George Chalbhagam, CMI YoUthyoathMeeting&. Bible stuchj .................... & small groups5 p.m. ...................................................................... ,.., '."xW'-i."  _ .......... ']".'.2 .................. w,2,_ ',,," - '--,=. ..... ' ..Qll church for ioformation coffee, 3-pound bag for 37 cents. Fifty Years Ago Merlin Baldwin retired after 41 years at the Superior post of- rice. The mercury dipped to 16 be- low for March 1. The lowest Marcia reading on record for Su- perior. The new manager replacing Fred Mundt, at the Superior- Deshler Propane Gas Company plant in Superlor is E. A. Lillich. Superior' s Corner Grocery at Second and Bloom is closed. The stock is moving to 10th and Da- kota where the business will be known as Tenth Street Superette. Some prices atthe Ideal Mar- kel/were eggs, 33 cents: salmon, 1 tall can, 49 cents; 2 pounds Butternut coffee, $1.37; 3 cake mixes. 89 cents. Forty Years Ago Tom Joy is the laboratory tech- nician at the Nuckolls County Hospital. Marlene Meyer has enrolled at the Lincoln School of Com- merce for the spring term. Many attended the Superior High School musical. "My Fair Lady," under the direction of Gordon Harper and John Mills. Joe Mazour has acquired twin goats and trained them to pull a carriage that has seating for two. Thirty Years Ago Gary Holling came home to Sfi- perlor with a gold metal, won at the Class B Nebraska High School Wrestling Tournament. He is a junior'and wrestles at 105 pounds. Cloud Nine Waterbeds installed a waterbed for Mrs. Arlbce Cox. She has multiple sclerosis. Cindy Delka was named FHA Sweetheart and Kent Stenson FFA Beau at a roller skating party held following FFA week. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Madsen returned from a trip to Las Vegas, a gift from their children for their silver wedding anniversary. Twenty Years Ago Bird watchers are gathering at Lovewell Reservoir to see the eagles and the waterfowl migration Firemen battle fires at the Doug Hiatt home and a wooden shop building at the Earl Bushnell resi- dence. Superior street and parks depart merit workers have joined together to begin construction of a rest room facility for Lincoln Park Arlo Doehring is retiring after 26 years at the Farmers State Bank. Superior. Sixteen members of Joyce Erickson's quilt making class held a show at the fabric store. Ten Years Ago About 70 area residents attended a townhall meeting with Tom Osborne in Superior Friday. Coffee drinkers flooded the Git- A-Bite Care in downtown Superior last Saturday afternoon to help Jack McCorkle celebrate his 96th birth- day. A medical benefit for Diane Sole will be held at the Nelson Legion Hall Frank Harris. 84, and Ralph Bottenfield. 92. Nelson. plan to play golf at least once every month of the year. They were pictured at the Nelson course Monday. Five Years Ago Friday members of the Superior fourth grade class dressed in period clothing and impersonated a presi- dent or his first lady. Nancy Meyers and Carol Warneking are the teach- ers. Delbert Bird. Esbon, built the "doctor' s buggy" now on display at the Nuckolls County Museum. Other equipment from Bird includes plows, mowmg machines, disc plows, cultivators, walk behind planter and a 10-blade John Deere disc. Funerals were held for Adella Gebers, Donna Mary Hornbusse!. Douglas Graham and Wally Lambrecht. One Year Ago BRAN riders are coining, iv Superior in June. The Chester auditorium is 70 years old. The Village of Chester will have a soup and pie supper to celebrate. Letters to the editor welcome This newspaper welcomes let- ters of reasonable length and local interest from our readers. We believe the letters column is a excellent way for readers to express their opinion and com- ment on items of general interest. However. some rules must be tbllowed when submitting Let- ters to the Editor. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, grammar, clar- ity, accuracy and taste. All letters must be signed and include the author's name and address. Let- ters which are not signed will nei- ther be read nor printed. If re- quested we will consider with- holding the author's name from publication but preference is given to those letters which are pub- lished with the author's name rather than a pen name. Letters are not to be.libelous, obscene, con- tain advertising or endorse politi- cal candidates. All letters should .be in good taste. We reserve the right to select letters for publica- tion. Address letters to: The Editor The Superior Express P.O. Box 408 Superior. Neb. 68978