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e@e Tht 2B With wheat still be harvested and storm damaged to be repaired, Friday will appear like another day of work for many area residents. But it will still be a special day for it is the day we traditionally consider to be the anniversary of this nation's estab l ishment. True freedom from European dominance did not come on July 4, 1776, but on that day the eourse of history was changed. On that day a committed group of leaders focused on a goal. It would take cars of sacrifice but eventually their dream was realized. We need only read the reports of what life wa:; and i~ like in Last week's rain may have accomplished what railroad man- agers had previously been unable to do--close the former ~. Burlington line between Superior and Wymore. For more than 50 years the line's owners have been reducing service and performing only minimum maintenance on what once was a busy main line linkiW Dcnv.:r and Kansas City. In more recent times the compa,L', had taw, J d,.c line's eastern links and tried to remove a mid-section. From Red Cloud to Oxford the line has not been in service since shortly after the Burlington and Santa Fc merger. The merger of the two railroads sparked hope for the future of the line Stories about 12 or more trains being routed through Superior each day circulated. The line from Red Cloud to Oxford ~, as returned to service and a few trains arrived in Superior from both the east and the west for transfer to the Santa Fe line. A company leader talked about the former line's potential as an alternative route around the congested Kansas City and Lincoln yards. But derailments west of Red Cloud apparently caused the company to abandon plans for that section. The I,ester Junction wye was rebuilt and the line north to Hastings returned to service. Nothing was done to the line from here east and the service ~ontinued to decline. ~;arlicr this year the train which in recent years had provided Iraq to realize ho~, ; ,Jtunate we are to be living in a counUy like the United States. It ~; hard for us to compreh,.nd a government which had so little regard for the lives of those it governed. "l'h~m~,.h coalition forces supposedly defeated the Iraqi gov- ernment, it appears those loyal to that government are still willing to make the people oPlraq suffer. This Independence Day we challenge all Americans to stand in support of our country and the dreams for a free society introduced by those brave men who on July 4, 1776 signed the D,. :l:watior, ~ ludependence. Wheat harvest is here and this harvest is definitely different from the prior three. The attitudes of the farmers are much better : .l ~ould ouly be made better if the price of wheat was higher. '['he wheat farmers are harvesting their rewards that have been shorted in the past. Weather reports are checked every morning as the farmer wakes with the sun. Late night hours delay the bedtime, sometimes well past midnight, if the wind keeps blowing. A ft,ll day of cutting is hoped for, but this depends a lot on the weather and on combine and truck break downs. A truck stalls at lhe elevator and a call is made to the local mechanic'with hope the problem is not serious. Seventy Years Ago Blosser Motor Company has moved to 308 Commercial, Su- perior, the former location of the Swanson Motor Company. Wilma Worden and Ray Ely Member Net~aska Press Assoclatt~ MEMBER Superior PubliMll~ Company, Inc. 148 East Third ~, PO Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 PRIZE WINNING NATIONAL NEWSPAPER E-mstl ASSOCIATION Subscriplfon rates: $20 per year or three years/or $54 payable In advance in Nebraska. year or three years for $57.40 (includes sales tax) Other states $28 per year or three years fo tri-weekly service from Wymore to Superior and twice-weekly weremarriedJune27atthehome were shivareed at their home in service to Red Cloud was removed. As needed the company was of the bride's parents, Mr. and ' Lovewell. Mrs. Frank Worden. Forty Years Ago using locomotives normally overnighted in Superior to serve the Members of the women's A new doctor, Dr. J. S. Fergu- brick,yard at Endicott. kittenball team playing on the son, has purchased the home and This week the line from Superior to Wymore is officially out- 4th of July and outscored the of-service. Cars in the Superior yard destined for Endicott have Nora women, 15-12, were wi.ves report problems with meal deliveries, as the farmer keeps cutting and does not quit to eat, leaving the wife sitting in the field. One wife told of delivering a meal to field and the combine was cutting in an area she couldn't reach with her vehicle. She radioed her husband and told him she was leaving the food in a box at the end of the field and then left. The combine operated dedided to delay eating untiShe was done with the field. As he finished the field and was moving to the next he didn't remember the lunch until he ran over it. The dutiful wife fixed a second supper when he reached home late that night. Farm children grow up with good memories of harvest lunches in the field. They tell of climbing into the truck boxes and walking been taken to Hastings and given to the Union Pacific for delivery MarionWait, MartinaAnderson, to the brick yard. Alice Fenimore, Myrtle Ander- We haven't discussed the question with railroad officials but son, Mrs. Ray HarboR, Mrs. King Cruse, Mrs. Carl Davidson, Mrs. we expect flood damage is so extensive the railroad may riever Harold Henderson, Mildred Hill, operate a locomotive on the line east of Superior. Mrs. l.,ester Miller, Mrs. Herb The line's business prospects may not be sufficient to justify Danielson, Mrs. George Wilson the repair costs. However, we believe the closure of the line is not and Norma Huffman. in the best interests of this nation's security. A reliable rail network is still a key component of this nation' s Bob Oltman, 13, Nora, died after defense plan. With the current threats to the nation's independence, being injured while chasing a fly ball and he crossed Highway 3 the old Burlington line offers an alternative route across the and was struck by a car. heartland and the Missouri River. It is a route that misses the Elmer Lull, about 50, was congested Kansas City, Lit, coin and Omaha freight yards and the found shot to death in the attic of terrorist threat those locations pose. his farm home southwest of Su- We believe keeping the line in operating condition is in the perior. best interests of our national security. Fifty Years Ago A bumper wheat crop in part But how do we pay the bill? The railroad won't want to and of Nuckoils County with yields probably should not be expected to do so. of 50 bushels per acre are re- ported. Marriage licenses were issued to Harlan Heier and Shirley By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli Larsen and Ben Shaw and Geraldine Stineman. Nine young men going to the army in July are Duane Drohman, A new tire is ne~ for't on sal. The , ,baref0ot in the wheat barefoot, of hopping into combines, and large fucl tanks are t~ited repeatedly and it seems fuel prices trucks for rides with their dad. With the long days and nights in the field, such moments are often the only chance the children have visit with and see their dads. With the larger yields, the trucks are having trouble keeping up with the combines. It is a miracle there are not more accidents on the narrow country roads as drivers hurry between elevator and field. Occasionally they even meet a gazebo. Our prayers are with our harvesters. This year they are able to finally reap what they sowed. Happy harvest! increase during the busy farming months. The combine reels turning, but never fast enough as dark clouds appear on the horizon. The hope is for just one more load, ,just one more round, and then a clap of thunder is heard and the rain drops call a halt to the harvest sounds. The next morning, the dew is heavy and harvest does not resume until well into the afternoon. A suitable place must be prepared to save the seed wheat for fall planting. The second cutting of alfalfa is ready, but harvest time does not allow the hay to be put up just yet. Early morning hours are for cattle checking, preparing the harvest trucks and combine, chores and checking the mile for bugs. Meals are taken to the fields and many farm wives look for new ideas. They want recipes that are easy to fix, taste good and easy tbr lhe harvester to handle and eat in the field kitchen. Some The driver of a horsedrawn carriage obviously had a sense of humor when hc hand lettered a sign and placed it on the rear of the carriage. The sign read, "Energy efficient vehicle, runs on oats and grass. Caution do not step in exhaust." Colnc fall I hope implementation of a new federal law will improve the energy efficiency of this newspaper and the editor's home. I have been wasting a lot of energy taking unwanted telephone calls. With the development of the national do not call list, I hope to reduce that energy loss. Friday was the first day people could ask to have their names put on the list and by Sunday 13 million had done so. The do not call list was created tby Congress to limit telemarkelers calls. Registration began Friday and telemarketers By Bill Blauvelt another telephone station in the pressroom. My workday has become a series of telephone calls. There are days when I,would like to unplug all the telephones and concentrate on cleaning and organizing my desk. Thirty-years ago our suppliers provided postage-paid post- cards. If we wanted to place an order, we wrote out the order and mailed the card. Now we pick up the telephone. Today I called sales representatives in Texas, North Carolina, Omaha and St. Louis placing orders. In some instances the suppliers have called back to report on their ability to fill the orders. Yesterday was similar. The system has advantages and disadvantages. Thanks to the telephone the merchandise arrives more quickly but from a time invested perspective, the post card was more efficient. Now, I not only place the order but also chat a bit with the person on the end. Today I learned "Autumn" is looking forward to a three-day ' weekend but she won't be shooting any fireworks for they are illegal in the city in which she lives. Some years, though, she goes to a country location where fireworks are legal. Heather plans to attend a fireworks show in her community. .Thus far I have resisted temptations to use either cell or portable telephones. Before cell phones were available, I did try a portable phone. Hoping for a 5-bloi:k range, I installed an outdoor an- tenna. I could roam a block or two from the base station but I never got much more. And I quickly developed a dislike for having to pack a phone. At home g'e have one telephone mounted on the wall near the division of the living and dining rooms. Invariably,just when I get settled in my easy chair and engrossed in my reading, the telephone rings. For Rita the phone rings when food preparation requires her full attention. Many times no one is there when we reach the phone. If there is, nine times out of 10 the callers are telemarketers. For several years I have followed a policy of not buying from or contributing to anyone who calls on the telephone. If a m:u k c Icr w~mts to reavh ,,,~, ~hc3 are told to mail the information. Few ever do. If they insist on talking, I hang up. NOw with the new law in place, I will have the option of reporting them to the federal government. Just because we have a telephone does not mean that gives telemarketers the right to call. We have telephones to serve our customers and stay in contact with family and friends. If a potential advertiser or someone with a news tip calls, that is different. I want all of those calls. The national no call list telephone number is 888-382-1222. 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