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- • I . _.- ,. '' • '~ ~ Superior/'or the purpose of pur- chasing sites for future industrial Thirty Years Ago Bill Blauvelt, Publisher "~ plants #nd fu~hering industrial Lisa Weis, 18, was killed in an Seven head of cattle were killed" stalled at the north entrance of the. l advancement ih Superior. automobile accident. She was a when a semi-truckslammedintoa Nuckolls County Courthouse at [ '.. " , , E-mail [ Jev?ell Russell, 49, died, He 1986SuperiorHighSchoolgradu_ herd on a fog-shrouded road east Nelson. I Pu. d S uper!orPt~blishing Company, Inc. Selected portions of the newspaper available | was a/WWll veteran and resided ate. of Hardy. Edna Epley, Superior, cel- l at.Jq~t:asrlnlm.~treet, v.u. ~ox 40~, ~uperior, Nebraska 68978 on the web at - l in the Webber community. Burglars entered seven busi- A BurlingtonNorthentrainde- ebrated her 90th birthday. | Subscription rates are $26 per year in Nebraska, .... 1 A.M. Chamberlain, 91, died, nesses in Nelson and Superior, railed five cars on the line between DaveHealeyobservedhis30th " He as ~, $27.50 per Kansas. Other States $37 ver year. : Th,,,~,, ~,,-,-h O "m,7 Do,,, "m] W a Superior resident, taking money and merchandise Superior and Red Cloud.anniversary of service at Supe- r_. i . . . , . , ~ ~; .... ....... ~ ................ s,- ,-~, ~ Kraft Cheese Whiz was 20 Jim and Mildred Buresh, Dav- John and Wanda Adams, Su- rior's Agrex elevator. : F,I ; •-.-• --I. -r .t ,,, ' cents for an eight ounce jar at enport, celebrated their 50th wed_ perior, celebrated their 50th wed- AmoldSmith,88,died.Hewas from me Plies O1 1' " Superior'sldealMarket dinganniversary dinganniversry, a Superior resident. • he Superior E The CrestTheatrewasshow- x r s S The Crest Theatre was playing The Nebraska social services The Crest Theatre was show- ing "John Carter" and "Red Tails." ,. Eighty Years Ago., . Seventy Years Ago ,I. _r" ,Many; /s!a ingEm stBorgnine office at the Nuckolls County ing "Fools Rush In" and "The worg was unaerway on me L.J. 5cnericla resigned his no, Mild cure bacon s-uares were at Consumers Market in Su- ann tsetsy Blair, :Courthouse, Nelson, was closed Beautician and the Beast." One Year Ago constructibn-of concrete bleach- sition as superintendent of t he 18 cents per pound at t he Superior per or. 7? Fifty YearsAgo: Lena Craig Willcox, 85, died. Ten Years Ago TheSuperiorHighSehoolLady ers at-the new football field for Superior Light and PoWer depart- Safewav The Lyric Theatre was show-'.. Thieve netted$100inabreak- She was a lifelong Superior resi- Danielle Whitmore was ap- awardCats receivedat the c-2thestateSP°rtmanshiPbasketball Superior:High Sqhool at Lincoln ment. He had served in that Canine- Mv~a' Skeels Bixbv 75 died in~"The Killers "starrin~ Edmond m at the Hardy school shop build- dent. i pointed as Nuckolls County Clerk tournament where they finished in ParR... : Ity for six years. She had been a Hardy resident O Bnen and Ava Gardener. rag:_. Turkeys were 79 cents per of the District Court.fourth place. Doan,e/K~echel.was selected as The SuperiorAmericanLegion since 1884 Sixty Years Ago S 'Lierald Decker' principal of pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Pauline Harkins, Superior, eel- Brodstone Memorial Hospital leader, o~. the .NJackolls...County post aonated$750 00 to the Ever. ' Mabel Vine ne t Long, 68, died": Members of the Superior Li- uperlor's r~orth and South Ward. . Food Center. ebrated her 100th birthday, undertook a multi-year building - • • • sc ools subm Supday Schoo! Assocmtlon. green Cemetery memorial fund. She was a musician and a Superior ons Club and Kiwanis Club at- h , !tted hlsreslgnation, ,, The Crest Theatre was playing Elsie Grummert, Superior, eel- project.New maintenanceandspe- T-he Lyric Theatre was playing The fu.nds will be used to ei'ect a resident, tended a banquet at Superior's !¢f,fective at the end of the present Over the Top," starring Sylvester ebrated her 80th birthday, cialty clinic buildings were part of "winterset,"' starring Burgess memorial to WWI and WWII ser- Aircraft buckwheat l ancake Hotel Dudley. !.,school year. Stallone. Fern Pedersen Miller, 91, died. the upgrade. Merdith and:Margo, vicemen, flourwas38centsforathreepound A corporation was formed in ; TheRev. George Feismer was Twenty Years Ago She was a lifelong Hardy resident. Gary Roe, 76, died. He was a /installed as pasty at Salem Lloyd Rust submitted his res- , The Crest Theatre was playing Superior resident. Lutheran ChUrch. / ignation as mayor of Superior. ' Because I Said So.' he television antennas that had been installled on Superior homes. ~re-glasses I didn't understand why my parents enjoyed riding about ;uperior noting the homes to which television service had been added. But with glosses, .1 sa.w/'or the first time the television antennas my parents had been seeing. If a home had a television antenna, it prob- ably also had a televi~ion. When 1 was a youngster most soft drinks came in returnable glass bottles. The bottle deposit was at least 2 cents, sometimes 3 cents. I had. a/Carea along Highway 14 and the .imgation.canal that I regu- larly palrolled searching for discarded bOttles ..... ~ ," Qn the way home from town with, m~ glasse~; Iispotted a trea- sure tro-v]e of discarded bottles glistening in the sun. I qersuaded my father to stop and help me retrieve the bottles. We fou0d so many, that Dad took offhis shirt and tied it into a sack so we had ~ way to carry the bottles back to his pickup truck. Nfter being fitted with new glasses, I liked to climb the wind- • . ~-'. '•" '~ Rayoma Lowery Sykes, 96, Emma Kruse Buckert, 85, died. Mike.Damon, president of the Five Years Ago died. She was an Oak resident. . •. . She wasa resdient of the Oak and Superior City Council, took over A commercial-grade hydrau- ,, The Crest Theatre was playing • " " • ' ............... ......... ~ ........... : Nora communities, as mayor, lic vertical platform lift was in- The Revanent. ..... !i~ Bill Blauvelt ; A 32 ounce bottle of L_!sterine ": " ' • • • " ' ' • - , was 97 cents at Superior s Ideal thesu~St~kio~n~emdr:°gelea~iP~c~rer~he~firoS~g~:dess?nlcavmg ~ _Inthe, early years, I had a pirate s-style spyglass in my toy Market: ~ A I):tfferent Slant . , . g p g • " tmx. It didn t help my vision but it did spark my imagination. On: : The Crest Theatre was show- . I haven .t asked the youngster what he thinks about Superior special ocassions my father would lend me the well worn monocu- ing "lV£urderer's Row," starring By Chuck Mittan since being fitted with glasses but I remember how thrilled I was with lay he kept in a box with spent ammunition casings he saved as from Dean artin and Ann-Margret what I- saw for the first time in Superior after receiving not only my World Vv'ar II. : . • Nearly every year since we began attending in of the meeting. Then she has to work with all her Forty Years Ago 2010, our wedding anniversary has arrived dur- siblings and their spouses to schedu!e the meet- followfirst pair .... of extra.•."eyes" but many of the upgrades in the years to I still haveAS a youngsterthat glass andI feltsometimesgrOwnup whentake itI gOtout tObutUSei, veDad'Sneverglass'un- andFarmersjeffersonincountiesNUCk°llS'wereThayernego- ing the annual Omaha Film Festival, and we've ing. She hopes that by "living there for several With only two exceptions, I was always eager for new glasses derstood why my father used it. Perhaps it is a difference in our tiating to buy back land which managed to incorporate the event into our eel- weeks prior, she will have an easier time con- and the improved vision .... ' , eyes but it dosen't help my vision at all. runs along the abandoned Rock ebration. Or vice versa, perhaps. This year. not vincing him a live-in caregiver is a viable solu- . One the excepti°ns was the time I received myfirst bi-focals. The story changed when he bought a pair of adjustable bin- Island Railroad line. only are we not attending the festival, we weren't tion. I wasn't a.good softball player before and I was, terrible after getting Oculars. Those really helped bring distant subjects up close. To this Mr. and Mrs WernerRitterling, even together on our 24th anniversary, which At the same time Kathy is gone, youngest the glasses. The bifocals messed up my depth p ception so bad that day, I enjoy going into the country with the binoculars. 'Byron, celebrated their 50th wed- was Monday. daughter, Molly, is having an extended visit with one time ~ Was c, er/.ain I was catching a fly ball. In'stead I was hit and .... knocked out by the ball. " • This week, while going through some things my parents had ding anniversary. , Last month, while we were in Omaha filming her sister at Peru State College. Molly left UNO Another time a change in the size of the lens made straight lines saved, I found a shaving permit button my father kept from Superior's ' lr. and Mrs Eilert Bargen, 'Eskimo Kisses," Kathy and her sister decided it after her freshman year and is (we think) consid= curve in addition to messing up the depth perception, I found it diffl- 1967 celebration of the Nebraska Centennial. Nora, celebrated their 60th wed- was time to schedule a"family meeting" with her eying attend!ng PSC next year. All this means the :ult to walk down the post office steps.. Superior hasn't done so in ding anniversary, dad and their three brothers concerning several 'empty nest I have been discussing for the past After getting the first pair of glasses, I was s~rprisedto see all the more recent years but for the Lawrence Rasmussen,78,died. pre-WWlI Calvacade, 1950 Dia- mond Jubilee, 1967 Nebraska Centennial, 1972 Nuckolls County Centennial and the 1975 Superior Centennial, the men had three choices, grow a beard, buy a shav- ing permit or risk being hauled up before a kangaroo court. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Nebraska State- hood and the committee organiz- ing this year's LadyVestey V!cto- rian Festival has seledted, 150 Years in the Making" as the festi- Shave permit button al theme. I m glad there hds'~een~o talk of requiring men to grow V ' ~ ' beards for the festival for I have never wanted to grow one. mill tower and gtud2 the Republican River Valley that spread out But I'm hopeful at festival time many people will choose to below BIauvelt'~ Hill. It never failed, I always discovered a new fea- dress in pioneer style clothing. Wearing and seeing people in period ture I had previously been missing, costume add a lot to festival excitement. I undestand why many of 1 ~l!dn't!reserve climbing the windmill tower to those days I had the women ~,onsider Viclorian clothing to be uncomfortable. I new gl~ses, l regularly climbed the windmill tower and studied the wouldn't want to wear a Victorian era corrset. But the pioneer style count~side th-at spread out-below: .............. attireAs.moreeasily adapted to our 2017 figures. Remembering Life in Superior HewasafarmerandSuperiorresi- issues, mainly convincing him to stop driving year or so has greatly intensified. I thought it was dent. and to entertain the possibility of a live-in quiet last year when Molly went off to college, Superiors B & S Tire Market caregiver, at least part-time. Kathy is planning at leaving just the two of us in the house. But now, sponsored a win a hog contest, least two weeks up there, but it may be a lot until either ofthemcomeshome, it isjustmeand The Crest Theatre was show- longer by the time the "intervention" actually the critters, of which there are 17. Two dogs and ing "Burnt Offerings." occurs. First she has to introduce the mere notion 15 fish. It's awfully quiet. A common ease'used to teach abota r6s ipsa 10qttit r inv01ved a Mouse a Coke bottle - - Even tOday, firemen fight grass fires using more modem methods. ? """ " - - By R[char411, , rn l . -- which from roofofa building h e - aspasskng Last year at this time3he biggest wi!dfire in Kalasashitstorymoved For many years Superlbf-h d : lT f /vo k I was. elI awa of the" j n the b6ttle case. Qne Clay.. , .qu y from Oklafio a into the h a ndar." Medi,c dLodg'e. By the, grapeandothersoftdHnks.Thecontainer I drank iCoke out ofa bottle and was startled to see a white mess ""eiad March 2016, vinds had moved the fire so far that it had of choice was the !glass bottle which has now "been replaced by in the bottom of the empty bottle. Thankfully it was not a dead destroyed almost 400,000 acres. An Easter snow was said to help aluminum cans and plastic bottles, put an end to the terrible fires. Today, as this is being written, there The glass bottles were reusable and you could turn in the empty animal. Upon investigation it turned out to be a paper napkin bottles and get a few cents per bottle. When the empty bottles were which the power washer at the bottling works had failed to flush are two wildfires being fought in the Hunter and Downs area. The returned to the' b0tfling plant, they were sent through a high power out of the empty bottle. No one saw it and it was refilled, capped local volunteer firemen are having to battle these local fires along with 40 MPHwinds. washingmachinewhich gottheresidueandotherstuffoutofthebottle and sen :ouhfor sale, It is easy to imagine someone drinking a to m sanital?.y for reuse. This worked ell most, of the but. Coke at a picnic, taking a paper napkin and stuffing it in the neck Pioneer farmers dealt with strong winds as best they could. : " -" ;" "' - " " - - ;., ..... • Some tried to utilize (_he winds by building windmills to aid in the there were" e,2eeptrons. " .............. of the bottle instead of throwing into a trash barrel and causing , pumping of water into tanks. They also planted rows of hedge trees Early in la'w ollege, we leatned0f ihe" d6etri e 6f tes il sa th s chain of events: - to pi'otect ,their farmland and farmhouses from the strong wind IoqUiter'" which is Latin for "The thing s aks for itself." Normally ididn,tgetsickanddidn, tsueCoca_Cola, but idid thinkofthe when a person sues another for a wrong, the person suing must prove during the summer and winter months. Often-wor 'en hung their , • ,,- • • .'. : • mouse in the b6ttle incipient and my stomach did heave for an that the other party neghgent by commttfihg acts or allowlng clothes on a cloth'es lirie fo but when the strong winds came, the omissions.which caused theharm. Resipsa 19quiter w as an excep-, instant. " clothes were quickly brought in 9if.thee lines or else they would nonto the rulethat y6u had toprove negligence. There are certain . "The Coca-Cola bottles had the name of a plant castinto the b!ow to the neighbor s fields. There ar ell knowing sayings when situationswhenfiarmoccurswherecomm0thse esa jstheinjt/ry bottomofthebottle EachplantthroughouttheU.S, had its share, dealing with the wind---7 "hold on to your hats, or maybe this wind could not have happened withoutsomeonebeingnegligent in some The bottles were reused by the local plants without sorting them ...... out and s ndinglthem b ick tO the home plant. We found '.'Atlanta" will "blow't!p a storm." respect. (home ofCoca-Cola)"Des Mo'ines," "Denver" and other bottles An in'¢ention in Kansas in the early 1860s that capitalized on wofiaan who drank a bottle of Coca-Cola. TheCoke was a dark amber liq uid and you could not see through:it. When sh drained the used in Superior. Kearney also had a Coca-Cola bottling plant as did Lincoln, and their bottles were also common. I have a "Lincoln";• small bottle (10 oz) of Coca-Cola still unopened and if anyone in Superior has a "Superior" bottle, full or empty, I'm willing tO buy :it for nostaigia's sake. .S By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli bottle she noticed a,grayobject at the bottom,of the ,bottle which up m investigatiom proved to be a srhall dead/nouse.'The Womari became •violently ill. threw up and it was days before she could eat Strong winds are common in the plains this time of year. There spotted by a guard at Fort Kearney as it approached the fort at is common knowledge that during the month of March strong 8 a.m. with a strong breeze from the east. northeast, filling the winds will blow, either making the month come in like a lion and tall sail. The guard said it looked like a ship at sea. The wagon go out like a lamb, or the other way around• had a large lamp in front so it could travel at night. A crank and This state was named after the Kansa Native Americans, and the band wheels allowed it to be propelled by hand when the winds tribe's name meant "south wind people." The strong winds of and tide were against it. Though this wind wagon was admired Kansas haveplayedarole throughout the state's history including the tried and true horse and oxen driven covered wagons the book and later the movie, "The Wizard Of Oz." which told a tale remained the popular mode of pioneer traveling. In 1877 the that started with a Kansas tornado sending Dorothy on an unforget- Kansas Pacific used sails on its handcars extending Peppard's table trip. first wind wagon idea. In 1910 it was reported that a "sailing When the pioneers first came to the plains they met with the schooner" had been invented in Kentucky, but those who strong winds of the prairie. They often fought the winds that spread remembered the Kansas invention knew better. wildfires using blankets and buckets of water to put out the flames. Besides the well known Kansas tornadoes, there was also the well known Dust Storms of the plains during the 1930s. . During those times terrible droughts .hit Oklahoma, Kansas, ffestern Colorado and pa s of Nebraska. making the topsoil blow long distances. In 1932 there were 14 reported dust storms on the plains. By 1934 it was estimated that 100 million acres of farmland lost most of tts topsoil. Then on Black Sunday, April 14. 1935. winds were clocked on the plains upwards of 60 MPH, blowing the topsoil and sand so high and strong that it developed the worst dust storm. Strong wind continued to move the dust storm northward and eastward and eventually the dust clouds moved into Washington. D.C. It was thought that experiencing this storm in the nation's capitol caused the congf6ss to finally pass the Soil Conservation Act that same year. It was also this dust storm that brought about the well known term, "Dust Bowl." • In recent years, the winds of Kansas are being harnessed creating wind energy. Wind towers can be spotted in many areas across the plains. Wind blows through Kansas power- fully enough to meet the state's electricity needs more than 90 times over. As I look out the windows of our house, tree branches sway with strong south winds, electrical lines swing with the flow and suddenly the electricity goes off and on. With the lack of moisture, dust on the rock roads is blowing and the air looks dirty with the dust and possibly some smoke from the fires strong winds "was when a man named Samuel Peppard made a "wind wagon." Tfiere is a record of this invention in the Kansas Historical Society,. The wind wagon had a wagon bed three feet wide'by eight feet long. lt was six inchesdeep and weighed 350. pounds. There was a cloth sail placed over the center of the front axle. It would go about 15 MPH with speeds up to 40 MPH. It was burning south of here. or ~oca-Cola and pledge&.2th~doo~f!.~u~/o~e~j~a~ : ~ Editor's Note: Thequthor, RichttrdSchmelingwasraisedin saidthatlatei'more.ofthese wagons werebuilt so people could get Weather forecasters say the strong winds could continue loqul er. Sinea" healthy verdict, using th'at legal fhe6r . Sfipedor, HeJeft Superior following high school graduation, from eastern Kansas to Colorado faster during the gold rush there, through mid-week. Itis hoped that soon spring rains will come ( ther examples of yes ipsa [oq iter were the easeoflhe,can of Now reti edand living in Lincoln, Neb., he frequently recalls for It was recorded that one of these wind Wagons wentfrom Kansas and settle the dust and calm the March winds. We in Kansas peas which contained the, seye :etl erld human fmgePand the- the rea .,{s of this new paperstoriesfrom his growing up years City to Denver in 20 days, skimming over the prairie. A newspaper should be used to these winds by now, after all they are part of cast of a man walking dow t ,4 sid v !k who was hit a bohrd in Super'for. • told the story about the arrival of one of these wagons as it was our history. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor Rev. Breen Sipes ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy, Neb; 402-236-8825 Regular service time begins Sept. 18 Worship * 9 a.m. Fellowship • 10?.m. calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church ~F~c.f 99 .W. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. • 785-428-8042 \ Jerry White. Pastor Wednesday' " Prayer Meeting .................. ~ ...... .7.:30 Sunday., ~ " Sunday School ........... ...... 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. I0:30 a.m. Evening Service .......... ~ ...... i.. 7 p.m. A ffiiliated w~h the Eva~u3elical Free Church of Ame~ca First C0mmu ) ity Church ' Oak, Neb. i"~ Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday ~ ' Sun-day School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship I0 a;m.: Sunday Prayer + .° Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered , , Nondenominatlonal " Evangelical Lutheran Church " 201 South Center . Mankato, Kan. • 785-378-3308 LCMe ®NALC Sunday Worship ............. .... 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ..... I0:30 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church Phone 785-647-8841 .I.T, . Located eight miles~ norm of Bun- Oak and • . two miles west.• Sunday • Sunday School ...: ....... 10 ram. Worship ..................... L 11 a.m. Pastor Jonathan Harkness "Where The Son Always Shines" Jew ell County Catholic Churches St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday .. ............................. 8:00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Esbon Saturday ...'. ........................ 6:30 p.m. Pastor Father Damian Richards Pastor Father David Micheal 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 d. Hinkle, Minister 85-378=3938 • 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 ....................... Worship, 8:15 a.m. Bui'r Oak .................. Worship, 9:30 a.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. Formoso Community Church Nondenominational Bt'b[e Teaching Pastor Daniel Waide Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m. Weekly Home Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, Formoso, Kan.o785-794-2490 Jewell l hristian 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.mi 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. i~ Office 785-361-2664 k.~ Res. 785-527-1540 ~I~ Pastor Darrel Herde Sunday Fellowship ............... 9 a.m. Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Bible Study ............. 7 p.m. '( i ' Area'dhiwehes .~ ~,~• encourage you i;' I~OfA, to,attend the :: ~W'~ ':~ :church Of',~' . • 11 1 your cnotce ' e" i i'th0fise Communj i " " Chiitchofthe Nazarene " ]. ~"