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(The Superior Express I Published each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. [ at 148 East Third Street, EO. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 I Subscription rates are $26 per year in Nebraska, $27.50 lr year in Kansas. Other States $37 per year. Bill Blauvelt, Publisher E-mail Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday, July 3, 2014 Page 2B 1 From the files of The Superior Expres:s:;, Eighty I Years Ago Earl Cotman suffered a broken cheekbone When he was kicked in the face by a horse, Margaret Grandy, superinten- dent of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital, was the millionth visitor on the Burlington Zephyr speed train. She rode the train to Chester and Was awarded a free trip to Chicago, The City of Superiorconfirmed that one of its wells had dried up. The water commissioner believed another well would have to be put m. Nearly 2,000bushels of shelled corn crashed through three floors at the Superior Mill, leaving a hole 16 feet across. No one was in- jured. Gasoline was 17.8 cents per gallon at Standard Oil stations in Superior. The Lyric Theatre was playing "Manhattan Melodrama," stamng Clark Gable and Myma Loy. Seventy Years Ago Lt. Leonard Meyer, who had been reported as missing in action over Germany was declared killed in action. He was co-pilot on a B- 24 Liberator bomber. Lt. Don McDowell, a former Hardy resident, was reported miss- hag in action. He was P-51 Mus- tang fighter pilot. Mary Jeuring, 37, died. The Hastings resident was killed when she was struck by the Burlington Zephyr in Sutton. Life, Beyond the Ranch By Tonya R. Pohlman Recently my husband, Many, and I were in Grand Island and in search of a way to occupy ourselves for three hours before an appointment. That's when Many heard me speak the words he'd been dreading to hear since the moment I walked into his life for good, with my chubby me in the craft paint, I could do a counter- clockwise marathon through the entire store, browse, and arrive at the craft paint at or slightly before Marry found his way there. That did not work quite as well as I planned. And I am Still hearing about it. Lt. Jack Lee was reported miss- ing in action over North Africa. The bomber pilot was married to Lois Ensign of Superior. A 40 pound bushel of Colo- rado cherries with stems was $5.85 at R. J. Stephenson' s Superior gro- cery store. The Lyric Theatre was playing "Jack London," starring Michael O'Shea and Susan Hayward. Sixty Years Ago The Citizen's Building, Loan and Savings Assn. of Superior, nearly as old as Superior itself, reached a new high of more than $400,000 .in assets, mostly loans on Superior real estate. Dale Surratt opened a new shoe repair shop in Superior in the build- ing formerly occupied by the Lad 'N Lass Shop. The wheat yield in Nuckolls County was reported as 30 bush- els per acre with many yields in the 40 to 50 bushel range being reported. The early cut wheat tested well over 60 but hot weather re- Scouts, Pickups, and Sprinklers By Daris Howard My scouts were adamant about wanting to ride in the back of my pickup, and Gordy was their spokesman. "Riding in the front of a pickup is stupid," he said. "Riding in the back is awesome." When it comes to working with scouts, a person has to pick his battles. Some battles are worth fighting head on, for others an alternate way should be found, and then there are those that should not be fought at all. I found this to be a good philosophy, especially in my case with the 18 boys in my troop. They were hard working farm boys, and there were things they would really dig their heels in about. I consider riding in the back of a pickup as dangerous. However, when I was scoutmaster, there was no rule against it, so I knew that particular battle would be one based solely on my own opinion. With all of these ideas in mind, I took some time to consider my options before I answered. As I was thinking, Gordy tried to strengthen their position. "We've been working so hard that we really need a chance to cool off." I had to admit the boys had worked hard. We had done a service project, mowing and raking widows' lawns. Finally, taking everythttg into account, I decided I would let them ride in the back, on the codition they sat down. I also told them I would drive slower than normal. They agreed, even though they were anxious to get back to the church to play basketball. The boys packed into the back of my pickup, stuffing their rakes under their feet. We started down the road at about 30 miles per hour. Then I saw something I thought might help the boys reconsider the joy of riding in the back of a pickup. It was a huge center pivot sprinkler with a high volume end gun that was putting out gallons of water every second. I could see the huge stream of water booming out like a water cannon, and it was moving toward the road. I slowed my pickup to synchronize it to the distance and speed of the sprinkler. The boys didn't see the sprinkler. They only had one thing on their mind, and that was basketball. As expected, the water hit them with the force of a fire hose. In seconds it dumped tens of gallons of water over them. As they hollered, I slowed my speed to about 5 miles per hour, matching the turning speed of the sprinkler. I worked the gasoline, brake and clutch pedals making the pickup stutter, and lurch, finally coming to a complete stop just as the back of the pickup finished filling with water and the sprinkler turned away: from the road. . I started the pickup back up, and we headed on our way. And, can you believe it, there was another sprinkler that hit the road just as we went by with the exact same experience, except that the boys saw it coming this time and were hollering before it hit them. You may not believe in coincidence, but we had an unimaginab!e third one hit us before we finally arrived at the" church. - - After parking in the church parking lot, I opened the tailgate and water poured out like I was opening a flood gate: I smiled as the boys slogged out and tried to dry off so they could go inside to play basketball. Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvelt At this time of the year I'm always nostalgic for the fireworks the sparklers. Corgi, Bear, and a well-worn"Jaws" DVD. While he suggested we peruse the local garden center, instead I said, "Let's go to Hobby Lobby." Many groaned and we agreed neither of us likes Hobby Lobby stores. I promised him I would not take long; I only needed to look for greenery used in model railroads, and then we would be done. To Marty' s surprise, when we finally emerged from Hobby Lobby, it was still daylight, and there was still time to eat lunch and then peruse the garden center before our appointment. But I guess for Many, it seemed like an eternity had passed. I have apparently developed a new way to take up more time in a store than I intend to or promise. The third time Marty did laps around Hobby Lobby in search of me, I promised him I was almost done and simply needed to look at the craft paint while we were there. He became distracted for a moment, and I took the scenic route to the craft paint. Because I walk quickly, I figured by the time Many noticed I was gone and went in search of Many and I have one cell phone between us at present because mine is broken and I haven't been in the market yet to replace it. So the usual method of Many using his cell phone to call my cell phone when I am missing in a store no longer works. Many may not be able to call me for my location, but I suspect the next time we are shopping in a large store, he will attempt to tag me with some sort of electronic tracking device, or maybe even a tiny shock collar or bracelet. That way when I start to wander, he can simply press a button and deliver a husbandly reminder that says, "No, I'm not going to look for you for two hours while you wander to each and every corner of the store this time." Of course, it would seem Hobby Lobby and similar stores are a special kind of torture for most men. Many said, and I quote, "The male brain is not wired to accept the amount of cute contained in one Hobby Lobby store." He makes me giggle. I figure it will be at least a year before I will be able to coerce him into another round of"But I just need to get this one thing from Hobby Lobby. It won't take long." duced that number to 50 to 54. Pearle Cramer, 76, died. She was a longtime Hardy resident. Center cut pork chops were 5'i cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market. The Crest Theatre was playing "How to Marry a Millionaire," starring Marilyn Monroe and Wil- liam Powell. Fifty Years Ago The Superior alfalfa dehydrat- ing plant was badly damaged by fire and was put out of operation. William C. Templeton, 87, died, He was a longtime newspa- perman. The Rev. Myron Grams was installed as pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Byron. Henry Kimminau, 96, died. He was a resident of the Lawrence community for 84 years. Chit-Chat Barbeque Crackers were 39 cents a box at Hardy's Hespen's Market. The Crest Theatre was show- stand. Two years after my birth, my family opened their first fireworks stand and for the next 24 years the fireworks stand was a family operation. The stand for a comer of the gasoline station to include summer jobs for parents, grandparents and cousins. For the first two years the fireworks stand was nothing more than a few items located between the candy case and Coca-Cola machine in the original gasoline station building. That ended when the fire marshal came frowning and quoted a rule that specified the minimum distance requirement for the separation of fireworks and gasoline. By the next year my father had constructed a mobile building built exclusively for use as a fireworks stand. Seven years later the mobile stand was replaced by a larger, fixed structure that in the off season doubled as a spacious garage for the family automobile. From mid-May until July 5, my family's focus was on the fireworks business. Every spare moment went into getting ready. The stand had to be prepared and the general appearance of the home place spruced up. And then there were eight wild days with the fireworks stand open from 7 every morning until 10 o'clock or later every evening. Starting July 1 and continuing through July 4 the stand was probably open until nearly midnight. Closing time was set by when the customers quit coming. Soon after the close of business on July 4, the stand was disassembled and we left for a family vacation, often a fishing trip It was particularly fun to show offthe giant sparkers. Though our shelf only appeared to be about a foot deep, I would extract with a flourish, much like I envisioned a magician would do, the number 24 and 36 sparklers. Sparkler numbers approximated their size. Number eights were about 8 inches long. I thought they burned so quickly to not be worth the trouble of lighting. Number 10 sparklers were about 10 inches long and the number 24 and 36 sparklers were about 24 and 36 inches respectively. They sold for 10 and 25 cents each. Though most customers didn't buy the big sparklers, it was fun to watch the youngsters' eyes as they were awe struck by the giant sparklers drawn from a box resting on a shallow shelf. I tried to make them magically appear. (I never told the younsters about the hole in the shelf-that allow the sparkler box to extend into the store room - A warning accompanied the sales pitch for the big sparklers. A burning giant sparkler would have a wire so hot it couldn't be held by a youngster. We advised not trying to hold the giant sparklers. We told our customers to stick the giant sparklers into the ground before lighting and leave them there to bum like a fountain. Some folks bought the big sparklers and allowed their : youngsters to light the smaller sparklers off the big one. Most customers considered sparklers to be among our safer items. I considered them to be among the most dangerous. A Different Slant , By Chuck Mittan When Gen. Norman SchwarZkopf, on the:eve of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, told the Un{ted Nations. "Going to war withdt/t FranCe is like going deer hunting without an accordion," we all laughed. It's a great line. After the initial chuckle, however, I felt guilty. Like I had betrayed my heritage. I am of French ancestry, after all, and "Mittan" is a French name. Or is it? Growing up, I had been taught to ruffle my feathers at being called "Mitten," em- phasis on the first syllable, like the things chil- dren wear on their hands in the cold. "It's pro- nounced MittAN. My grandfather is French!" I was even told his family was among the first to arrive in the French settlement east of Red Cloud. Recent genealogy work done by my brother has uncovered a startling fact. Our name was originallyMitten, but when they arrived (from England!) in the colonies in the 1600s, the spell- ing was changed to Mittan. My grandfather, it turns out, originated from near Fairbury. My brother found his parents' and grandparents' graves along with a few uncles in an abandoned cemetery in Jefferson County. His wife, my grandmother, was a hodgepodge of northern European ancestry. Or so I was incor- rectly told. Her maiden name was Dain, and it turns out. she was entirely English as well. My Grandpa Dodge, whose house in Red Cloudq now occupy; was mostly Irish, I was told. The legend of my family even went so "fat. as to identify County Cork as the place of his origin. When we were in County Cork a few years back, I considered doing some genealogy work there to find his ancestors. Boy am I glad I didn't waste any valuable Guinness-swilling time on that. Turns out, he was entirely English as well. Andmy Grandma Dodge, whose maiden name was West, was English, but we knew that all along. So, English on all four sides. That explains my bad teeth, love of tennis and British sports cars and fascination with the Tudors. My wife's maiden name is Mulcahy, like Father Mulcahy on the TV show, M*A*S*H. On her father's side, she is completely Irish. But when her father's father's ancestors came here, their name, McLeahy, became severely garbled and transformed into Mulcahy. There are cur- rently a few Mulcahys in Ireland we know because we found them however, they are not natives, but transplants who moved with their bastardized name back to the Emerald Isle. Her father's mother's maiden name was also a tradi- tional Irish name, Browne, but when they came here, they dropped the "e" and it became Brown. All this makes me want to break into a Gilbert and Sullivan song. You know the one. It's from "H.M.S. Pinafore." ing "Captain Newman," starring Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis. Forty Years Ago All open burning was banned in Superior because of hazardous fire conditions. David Powell, 19, drowned at Lovewell Lake. The Hebron resi- dent apparently lost h{s balance and toppled 40 feet into the water from a spillway wall. Attempts to rescue him were unsuccessful. Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Hinz, Ruskin, celebrated their 50th wed- ding anniversary. Ruth Smith, 66, died. She was a lifelong Guide Rock resident. A wheel alignment was $9.50 at the Superior Tire Company. The Crest Theatre was show- ing "Huckleberry Finn, a musical adaptation." Thirty Years Ago Mel Diehl handed over the reins of the Superior floral Company to his son, Mark. He had worked at the greenhouse for 48 years. The area wheat harvest got un- derway with the prospect of a poor to fair harvest because of severe winter weather. Esther Shimic, 87, died. She was a longtime resident of the Guide Rock community. Cora Pederesen, 88, died. She was a longtimeRuskin resident. Ice Cream sandwiches were $3.99 for a baker's dozen at the Kurly Kone in Superior. The Crest Theatre was show- ing "How to Frame a Figg." to Minnesota but some years e opted instead for a stay in the cool Colorado Rockies. Fireworks stands and Minnesota cabins had something in common, neither had air conditioning. Our stand was arranged so three clerks could work at once, elch with a cash drawer. Prices were set to end in either 5 or a zero and often the orders were tallied in the clerk's head. :" We had a prepared sal speech to explain our items. For example, floralshells went high oveead and broke into colored streaming balls of dazzling light. While meteoric showers also went high over head but they broke into streaming stars of bright, colorful lights. The two shells were similar but made by different manufac- turers. We usually stocked both in three different sizes, selling for 25, 50 and 75 cents each. I was partial to floral shells and they were the bigger sellers. As we described our merchandise, we also offered instructions on the safest way to shoot the various products. Occasionally we got a product in that we considered too dangerous to sell. One I remember was a parachute that could be shot at night. Parachutes were generally a daytime item which fired a projectile into the sky which opened into a parachute which slowly floated down to the ground. Youngsters liked to chase the parachutes and perhaps recover the little man which served as a weight. But the ones we refused to sell, were lit for nighttime use. They were to shoot a burning parachute that would drift through the nighttime sky. The first two or three we lit didn't go up. Instead they stayed at the edge of the highway and burned a hole in the asphalt. The decision was made to destroy the parachutes rather than have a customer hurt or a building destroyed by a burning parachute that fell back to earth before the fire was out. Nearly every customer order contained a few packages of sparklers. Eight number 8 sparkles sold for 10 cents. Twenty-five cents bought a box of 10 number ten sparklers in the customer's choice of red, green, gold or silver colors. Though sparklers burn with a flame as intense as a cutting torch. Children, often barefoot and dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, enjoyed running around waving They certainly were dangerous to store. Get one of the large overhead shells wet, and all you had was wet powder that didn't burn. Get a sparkler wet and you had a time bomb. For fear a summer storm might blow water into the fireworks stand and soak the sparklers which were kept on the west wall near an open window, we kept our sparkler inventory enclosed in plastic bags: Let a sparkler get wet and as it dries it will spontaneously combust--or at least wewere told the ones we sold more than 40 :- years ago would. I never wanted to see it happen. The red hot wires also burned many a youngster and sparks flying from a sparkler often were blamed for setting off the fireworks the family was not yet ready to shoot. This year Big Brother has come to our rescue. Wire sparklers are no longer legal for sale in Nebraska and a number Of other states. Instead the sparklers which can legally be sold this year are mounted on wooden sticks. Hopefully, this year's wooden sparklers work good. A year or two before I left the fireworks business, I had an pportunity to stock our stand with a selection of wooden stick sparklers.l liked the apparent safety of the design and bought a large supply. I tried hard to sell those suckers but I was the sucker. Few customers were willing to try a sparkler of a new design. I will admit, the wooden sticks didn't have the same pizazz. When compared to the American made Miss Liberty wire spar- klers, the oriental made sparklers with wooden sticks appeared to be inferior merchandise. Today's wooden sparklers probably don't have the appear- ance problem of the originals. Most if not all of the fireworks now offered for sale appear to have been made in the Orient. And with only wooden sparklers the customer doesn't have a chance to select an American made wire sparkler. I predict the new wooden sparklers are probably a stand's most popular item just as thewire sparklers were our stand's most popular item. Have a Happy but Safe Fourth of July! LOVEWELL LAKE WORSHIP SERVICES Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day 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. 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 Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Pastor Jeff Kimberly Sunday Fellowship ...................... 10 a.m. Morning Worship ........ 10:30 a.m. Women's Biby Study ......... 6 p.m. Transportation and Nursery www. s uperiornazarene, org Evangelical Lutheran Church in Axnerica 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 Baptist Church 558 N. Commercial (. Superior, Neb. at '' "J Interim Pastor ( David Sherwood Church 402-879-3534 Sunday Worship ................... 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study ................ 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Worship ........... 10:30 am. Fellowship ............... 9:30 a.m. Rev. Mark Diehl, Pastor First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jocelyn Tupper Sunday Services Worship .... S: 15 & 10:30 a.m. Bible Study Thursday...9 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. Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of IA Superior Ilmm xt  423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Sunday Sunday School ...... 9 a.m. MomlngWorship 10 a.m. Prayer Time ........... 6 p.m. Affllliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America Christian Church of Mankato 118 S. Commercial Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3707 Sunday School ...... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship I0:30 a.m. ' Thaddeus J. Hinkle, Minister 785-378-3938 Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 NALC Sunday Worship ................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ..... 10:15 a.m. Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Worship Service .................... 10:30 a.m. Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. {except 4th and 5th Sundays) Wednesday Chrlstlan Development Night: Adults and Children .................... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. Radio Program. KRFS AM Sunday Momtng ..................... 8:30 a.m. Jon Albrecht, Senior Pastor Patsy Busey, Associate Pastor Salem Lutheran Church {ELCA) Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday Forum and Sunday School .................... 9 a.m. Worship ............................. tO a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Don & Margaret Olson Interim pastors Day I Rad/o Prograra . " KRFS AM 1600 Sunday * 8 a.ra. Jewell Christian Church "A family you can belong to" 111 Main, Jewell Dan Daniels, pastor Church 785-428-3657 Parsonage 785-428-3323 Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church 99 w. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. 785-4211-3266 EFCA Wayne Feigal, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Northbranch Friends Church Phone 785-647-8841 i ' Located eight miles north of Burr Oak and two miles west. Sunday United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony ... Worship, I l a.m. Olive Hill Chm'ch David Watters Sunday Sunday School ... 9:30 a.m. Worship ....... 10:30 a.m. 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. Pastor Roger Walls Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. Ad]tatated wffh the Evangellcal Free Church of Amerlca First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2264 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Morning Worship I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Sunday School ........... I0 a.m. Worship ...................... I 1 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Summer (May-October) St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday. 6:30 p.m. 2nd, 4thSunday .............. 10 a.m. Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Pastor Father Joseph Kieffer Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia ......................... Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 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 https: / / Dr. Jeff CoUins, Minister Sunday {no evening services} Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service .......... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study for All Ages ...... 7 p.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Proclaimlng Christ Sinc 1876 Centennial Lutheran Church {Missour/Synodl 855 N. Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402.879-3137 Saturday Worship ...... 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Servlee 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class .......... I0 a.m. Pastor Brian Earl Worship wlth us via live broadcast eada Stmd on KRFS Radfo Please call for addltonal worship and Bible study opportunttles. .) . . - .- i # -:";'"* :G,':::...':,U. ,G .::'-5:: ..=:':c' ;::-, s:;:: ...o: ,+: -,-'-' ,:,,,--;-'.. ll ....... -, .......... : ...... ". ]::-