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Midlands Edition 24 Pages Three Sections Plus Supplements Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper I I Our 112th Year, No. 10 I Polar Corner car hop recalls day the shelf fell According to S-weet's account of the Cavalcade celebration, and infor- mation gleaned from Stan Sheets' book, The First I00 Years: A Reference His- tory of Superior, the celebration was sponsored as a fund raiser by the Ameri- can Legion and featured multiple pa- rades, dramatic presentations and other forms of entertainment throughout the community. Plans for the Cavalcade were first announced in April, 1940, and a sec- ond one was held in 1941. In the weeks leading up to the event, Superior resi- dents wore western attire on Wednes- days and Saturdays, and a special store was opened where the Nuckolls County food pantry is currently located to sell all the supplies associated with the celebration. These early community celebrations were much larger than such events nowadays but there were more people living not onlyh in Supe- rior but in the adjoining countryside and communities. Evelyn left the Polar Corner to work at the Hested variety store for about three years, then married, Everett Sweet. When Mr. Dodds retired, Keith Eiel and a partner purchased the busi- ness. The ice and locker business was discontinued in the 1950s and the build- ing extensively reworked to house the Ideal Market. Ice cream manufacture continued under the name, Superior Ice Cream Company. Ice cream was sold at retail and delivered by car hops out of a small store front that has since been taken into Ideal Market. Eiel eventually sold the ice cream business to Abbott's Dairy, a Hastings com- pany, and the retail store was closed. Eiel went on to operate a custom slaugh- ter and locker plant where the laundramat is now located. That busi- ness closed in the late 1960s when he purchased W. C. Hall's Chrysler-Ply- mouth agency at Nelson. Earl Spillman, Glenn Jackson and Steve Bruns were to operate a milk, ice cream and frozen food distribution business at Superior with ties to the Hastings dairy. After John Pettigrew sold his Supe- rior Bakery to Larry McCord and the bakery closed. An ice cream store simi- lar to the old Polar Comer operated for a time in the former bakery building. Price 50 National Edition Member of Nebraska Press Association and National News paper Association 24 Pages in Three Sections i I III I II I II I ISSN 0740-0969 2011 Su 3erior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Thursday, March 10, 2011 Superior, Nebraska 68978 I I ,,,,,, , , , A turkey hunting program filmed in Superior last Spring is airing on national television this week. Last year Nebraska regulations were relaxed to allow youngsters 10 years old and older to hunt turkeys when accompanied by an adult hunter. The National Wild Turkey Federation commissioned a videographer to accompany Ben Price on his first turkey hunt. Ben (center, front) is pictured with the turkey he shot, his father, John D. Price Jr. (center back) Dennis Conger(left) regional director for Eastern Nebraska with the National Wild Turkey Federation and Jon Aaseng, camerman, on the right. National television features beginning hunter's first trip It won't be hard for Ben Price to remember the year he was 10 for that was the year 10-year-olds were first allowed to hunt turkeys in Nebraska. Not only did Ben get to go on his first turkey hunt at age 10. he shot his first turkey and in doing so got to be on a national television program that is air- ing this week on cable networks. Ben's father. John Price Jr., is an active member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and when the fed- eration was looking for a 10-year-old Nebraska youngster to feature in the planned television program, federa- tion members came callin at Supe- key Federation, and a federation staff member accompanied the Prices as they went hunting. The film shot in the When most people think of car hops, they immediately think of the 1950s, the birth of rock and roll and roller skating girls delivering drive-in fare right to customers' cars. In fact, that stereotypical purveyor of cheesebur- gers and chocolate malts was merely the evolution of an occupation that had been around just about as long as Ice cream and the automobile. Evelyn Sweet, rural Hardy, worked as a car hop at Dodds ice cream parlor located at Fourth and National in Su- pertor between 1937 and 1939. She graduated from Superior High School in 1937 and said she went right to work at the ice cream parlor. The G. R. Dodds Company oper- ated an lee cream factory and manu- factured ice plant where Ideal Market is currently located. The company op- erated delivery trucks which served nearby communities. The company also delivered ice to customers through out Superior before home refrigerators were common. Superior also had a railcar icing station, at least in part because of the poultry processing and butter manufacturing plants, and it too was supplied with ice from the Dodds plant. The company also had lockers for rent in the two-story building in the area now occupied by Ideal Market. Next to the alley east of the Dodds plant was a building that housed Superior's first electrical generating plant. By the 1940s the building housed the Farmers Union Cream Station and Yohn Dairy. It was later torn down and the space incorporated into the super- market. In the southwest corner of the Dodds building was the ice cream parlor known as the Polar Corner. Car hops bustled in and out of the business as they took and filled the ice cream or- ders and made change from the pock- ets of their aprons. Inside the parlor, which featured an old-fashioned foun- tain-type bar, there were only places to sit for about eight customers. Evelyn said the limited seating wasn't usually a problem. "You entered the shop from the south and there were windows along the west wall." she said. "I believe there were only about eight seats, but most of our business didn't begin until about 7 p.m.. and it was mostly curb service." It was sometimes difficult to keep orders straight in her head, she said, because of the different flavors offered and different number of scoops, but she learned quickly and most of the customers had their favorites, includ- ing a local physician who preferred a line of home-made and hand-stirred ice cream malts Mr. Dodds called "home styles." Back seats of the auto- mobiles would be filled to capacity with children, and everyone wanted somethingdifferent, she said. There was another small parlor on the north side of the building, With more seating opportunities -- small round tables and chairs but Evelyn said people didn't seem to use it much. Evelyn's boss at the ice cream par- lor was Ila Hasemeyer, (known as Ila Koken after her mamage to Ralph Koken) and the two of them pretty much ran the show "She had recently become a widow and was about 10 years older than I was," Evelyn said. "She had worked at Knothe's Drug Store with my sister before that. and when she hired me at the ice cream parlor, she thought she was hiring my sister. She got a surprise when I showed up. but she was real good to work for and we became great friends." One event that sticks out in her mind about her days at the ice cream parlor was the frightful day an enor- mous wooden shelf came crashing to the floor, nearly burying her in the rubble. "It was a Sunday morning, which was a good thing," she said. "On a busy Saturday night, someone might have been hurt. I was making some homestyles when I saw it coming. It vas amess. It was large and held most of the glassware and the malted milk machines. They pulled me out and I was pretty scared." Evelyn said she remembers being helped out of the debris by Ila Hasemeyer, Dr. (William) Florea and by Mr. Dodds' wife's brother."I ducked just in time, otherwise I'd have been squashed," she said. Near the end of her first summer, she said she began wondering what she would do in the winter, when the ice cream business slowed down. As luck would have it, she waited on a couple in their automobile who hired her to sell tickets at the Lyric Theatre during the winter months. The following sum- mer, she returned to the ice cream parlor. During her final year at the lee cream parlor, she became friends with a young man who worked at the Penney's store. They teamed up and entered the costume contest in the pa- rade held in with Superior's "Caval- cade" celebration. They won first place. Evelyn remembers it was difficult get- ting her skirt throutzh doorways. The 'really big storm' wasn't much here to be out of the area Tuesday but Wednesday morning a brief but in- tense show shower reminded area resi- dents of the unpredictable nature of our weather. We got the 10 percent, not the 90 percent. We understand areas to the west and north got more. We didn't receive a report this week from Lynn Wilton, the Superior area observer but we expect her report would have been much like the one from Larry Gillette. Larry called The Ex- press Wednesday morning to report Burr Oak received 1.5 inches of snow and. 19 inches of precipitation. It was billed as the biggest storm of the winter season. Two back-to-back fronts were coming through. One on Monday and another on Tuesday. The Weather Service put the chance for moisture at 90 percent and warned we should expect a foot or more of wet snow and blizzard conditions. Schools closed, meetings were cancelled. Some 0eople chose not to go to work. And so we hunkered down and waited, and waited, and waited. A little snow fell Monday but it didn't amount to much. It pretty much melted as it came. Tuesday was gloomy but it didn't even snow. The weather was supposed Former resident learns "You never leave home' By Esther Headrick Manhattan, Kansas Of course I knew when I sent the moving van north 800 miles from "deep in the heart of Texas" that I was return- ing to my roots. I was raised in north- west Kansas-Norton to be exact and attended college in Manhattan, mar- ried, lived in Jewell county 32 years and then 30 years in the sunshine of New Braunfels, Texas. My husband died ! 0 years earlier and I was ready to come home and be closer to family. I had visited Meadowlark Hills, a retirement community for seniors a year earlier in the fall of 2009. There were several choices for independent living arrangements: houses, duplexes and apartments. Dining rooms, the- ater, community center, pub, exercise room and a general store for on campus shopping were all a part of the ameni- ties. I met office staff, waitresses, per- sonal from transportation, health care and maintenance and I noticed groundskeepers busy with fall plant- lng and upkeep. It seemed ideal for me and I was ready to begin anew the next decade of my life! By the time my house sold and the big van was rolling north toward Man- hattan with a signed contract promis- ing $6,000 plus for the job of getting my "stuff" into a duplex, I knew where I was headed and expected no sur- prises. But I was wrong. One of the moving-in services was assistance from maintenance to hang pictures when I was ready. I called for an appointment and a pleasant young man arrived on schedule. He began the task and was making great headway when I heard him shout"what is this?" I hurried to see what the shout was about and found he had just hung an advertising thermometer from Supe- rior, Neb. He asked, "do you know Superior!" I said. "Yes, we lived near there and my husband, children and some of my grandchildren graduated from high school there." "Me too" he said. And then I looked at his name tag. ft read: Cecil LoveweU. I was filled with questions, "You are Cecil from Webber? Did vou attend the Methodist Church there:? Do you remember at- tending a youth fellowship party at the Olive Hill Church south of Superior in Kansas?" "Yes, yes. it had a Hawaiian theme. And you and Mr. Headrick were the sponsors. It was a great party. I' 11 never forget it," he added. "There weren t that maby parties to go to when I was growing up," And then from me, "You and your brother made the event special We had real Hawaiians there! Now there is one more job for you: You can't leave until you hang one more painting. This watercolor is entitled 'Deserted Street: Kansas'." One look at it and Cecil said, "It's Lovewell, Kansas isn't it?" I answered. "Yes. The artist was Ann Day, wife of Superior native George F. Day. George graduated from Hawaii University and while they lived there Ann had a one- woman show. This was part of that exhibit." Lovewell, Kan., and the large man- made lake nearby were named after Cecil's grandfather. So you see you never leave home. Or is it that home finds you wherever you go? rior. A videographer hired by the Tur- Superior area has been incorporated into the program first shown Tuesday night. It is scheduled to be repeated several times this week and will be archived and available via the interact. Once it is available on the internet, this newspaper hopes to provide a link from the newspaper's photo archives page to the internet program. The program aired on Dish Net- work channel 240 and Direct TV chan- nel 608 at6 p.m. Tuesday and again on Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m, It is scheduled to be shown again on the satellite channels on Saturday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday central times. It may Internet versions of the show are expected to be posted later at The NWTF' s Turkey Call website which is magazines/ turkeycall-tv....html and at http:// www Apparently the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was pleased last year with the experiment to lower the hunting age. This year there is no mini- mum age for Nebraska hunters who want to hunt either turkey or deer. They must purchase a $6 license and hunt with a licensed adult. Does Ben plan to hunt turkey again? He sure does. Ben is the son of Clara and John Price Jr. and a student at Superior's North Ward School. The Prices live in the woods along Lost Creek at the northwest comer of Superior. Among the family's business activities is the operation of the Wild Woman Lodge which in recent days has booked by goose hunters. State grant will provide walking route to school Superior Public Schools has been educationsessions, andencouragement "Instead of the speed limit on Eighth awarded $66,891 from the Nebraska programs). Street increasing in front of the School Department of Roads Safe Routes to "It really is a reimbursement pro- as it does now, it will be25 m.p.h, until School Program. gram rather than a grant," Supt. Charles west of the school." TheNebraskaDepartmentofRoads Isom said. "It simply means they wilt "'The city has agreed to pave the has awarded approximately $450,000 reimburse us up to $66,891 for the gravelroadthatgoesfromEighthStreet in federal Safe Routes to School Pro- sidewalk, street-crossing improve- around the softball diamond to the gram funds to communities for five ments and traffic diversion that we put dump station and on around to the statewide projects to encourage and in place.'" south sideofthe school buildings mak- better enable children to walk and bike "We will have a sidewalk from Sixth ing it two lanes." Isom said."The drive- safely to school, and Park Street that will go through way from Eighth Street to the new Theprogram is 100percent funded Lincoln Park to the south side of the elementary building will be one way bythefederalgovernmentandrequires new elementary building," lsom said. going north to south. At this time the no matching funds by local entities. "A three way stop is planned for the junior and senior high school will still The funds are divided into two catego- Sixth and Park intersection." use the driveway in front of the cun'ent ries: infrastructure (sidewalkand street- "Where the flashing lights are now school building." crossing improvements, traffic diver- on Eighth Street, we will have new "The City of Superior, the Parks sion and bicycle facilities) and non- speed zone lights with built in radar 13epartment, Police Chief Perry Free- infrastructure (promotional materials, which will let people know the actual man. Larry Brittenham, Scott Butler stadent bicycle and pedestrian safety speed they are traveling at," Isom said. and Peggy Meyer have all helped with this project," Isom said. Superior population "The improvements will help a great deal to provide safe routes to school for our students," Isom said. drops below 2,000 Rocuicremcalled to treat The 2010 Nebraska census figures released Thursday reveal a continued decline in the state' s rural areas. Nuck- oils was among the 69 Nebraska coun- ties to report a population decline. Only 24 counties show population growth but that growth more than offset the declines on a,statewide basis. Much of the growth is focused on the fish-hook corridor created by In- terstate 80 as it crosses the state. With the new census numbers available, it is apparent that 36 of the state' s 49 legis- lative districts Will require boundary changes. When looking at the report on a percentage basis, two Nuckolls County towns reported population gains. Nora was up 5 percent and Oak 10 percent but the number of people added to those communities was not large. The Oak population increased by six from 60 to 66. Nora is up one from 20 to 21. For the first time since the early days of the commumty, Superior's population dropped below the 2000 mark, falling from 2,055 'to 1.957. The count for Superior has been down con- sistently since peaking at more than 3,200 in 1950. Blue Hill, Sutton and Hebron re- ported slight population growth. Blue Hill. a bedroom commtmity, increased from 867 to 936. up 69. Hebron is from 1.565 to 1,579. Nearby Deshler dropped from 879 to 747. adecline of 132. Nelson dropped from 587 to 488. a loss of 99. Lawrence fell from 312 to 304. Ruskin declined from 195 to 123. Red Cloud is down from 1.131 to 1.020. Guide Rock is down 20 to 225 from 245. Edgar dropped to 498 from 539. Byron losl 61, down from 144 to 83. Chester went from 294 to 232. Deweese sank from 80 to 67. Davenport fell from 339 to 294. Sutton was a bright spot, up 56 to 1.502. Markets Wed]esday, March 9, 2011 Toda3 's Price New Crop Corn .............................. 6.62 5.56 Milo .............................. 6.15 5.35 Wheat ............................ 7.68 7.89 Soybeans ..................... 12.91 12.68 highway but it wasn't for a snow problem Snow plows and ice trucks didn't have much to do in this area Tuesday when the promised biggest storm of the winter season failed to materialize. However, highway workers were called out to help clear away a different prob- lem. Late Tuesday afternoon the Nuck- oils County Sheriff was alerted to pos- sible accident near the north junction of Highways 136 and 14. Officers re- sponded but didn't find any vehicles. Instead they found a mess on the road. At first it appeared to be lime but on closer examination they determined a truck hauling distiller's wet grain had sprung a leak and distributed the live- stock feed from Nelson south on High- way 14 and then east on Highway 136. But what to do with it? One suggestion was to have the Nelson Fire Department try to wash the material off the roadway. But with temperatures near the freezing mark. it was feared the water would freeze and cause more problems. County's surplus heavy equipment will sell at auction on April 13 Gary Warren, Nuckolls County highway superintendent, reported to commissioners at Monday's regular meeting the road and bridge department's surplus motorgrader and crane will be sold at auction on April 13. The motorgrader, a 1973 Caterpil- lar 120 with attached Roanoke high- way cutter, and 1966 Link-Belt HC77 crane and career were declared sur- plus last month and Warren was m- structed to take steps to liquidate them. He said they will be included in the April 13 Big Iron auction. In other business: The board discussed a request from the Village of Ruskin to gravel a dirt road for traffic to use while streets in the village are worked on. No action was necessary yet because the request is contingent on Ruskin receiwng grant money for the road project. It was announced the electronic equipment recycling event sponsored by the Trailblazer RC&D will be April 19. from 2 to 6 p.m.. at the city main- tenance yard in Superior. Chuck Tuttle. who was appointed temporary emergency manager last week, was officially hired as a tempo- rary, part-time county employee. His former status was that of an indepen- dent contractor who provided jail se- curity. Mark Mainelli, the county' s engi- neering consultant, discussed a bridge in Bostwick with the board. There is apparently a dispute with the Bureau of Reclamatiorl regarding the future of the bridge. Gary Warren said his crew was performing truck and trailer mainte- nance and the county's sign truck and crew was busy. He also said" gravel bids will be let on March 28. The board approved renewal of service contracts for voter registration, election and marriage license programs for the county clerk's office. The commissioners held their,first discussion of the season about the up- coming lawn service contracts. The county received $24.900 m federal reimbursement for employing a certified emergency manager during the specified dates. Late Monday, Exayix (5) (left) and Aiden (2), the sons of Earon and Tina Cone -. Su# = '; {:,. :. historic This winter, the rocket was repainted and several safety features added including a enciose..l -=ose. I he project is part guide nes ;;t tale.City Park. ; to meet the safety