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8 B TIlE SUPERIOR EXPRESS /! f "i Thursday, July5, 1973 Arlo W and Elizabeth L. and discharge ot administrator. Doehring to Loren and Avis Estate of George L. Whitney, Hoskins; Part Lots 5 and 6,deceased; petition for deter- Block 31, O.T. Superior. mination of inheritance tax, Real Estate Transfers Edwin F. and Donna Mary order determining and Edwin H. and Viola R. RoggeHornbussel to Mid-Amer:ica assessing inheritance tax and to Mary and Herbert Jensen; Lots 10, 11 and 12, Block 8, O.T. Dairymen, Inc.; Lots 4, 5, and 6, certificate to county treasurer. Ruskin. Block 41, O.T. Superior. Estate of Richard J. District Court Stephenson, deceased; final Edward L. and Clara R. Dorothy M. Deuel vs. Keith decree, discharge. Editor's Note: A story, reprinted from The At the time, area farmers were finding it in- Janda to John A. and Rose M. W. Deuel: petition for Estate of Clarence A. Bailey, Osborne County Farmer, tells about Carl convenient to process grain for railroad cars, Janda; NWt.4, NELl, 14-4-8. dissolution of marriage, deceased; petition for final Thomas, anativeofEdgar. His father was at one having to resort to scooping wheat by hand. They Norman Shepherd, et, al, toNancyJ. Schoenrockvs. Arlo settlement, report and final time an employee in a butcher shop in Hardy. wanted to build an elevator and pursuaded the Dean Jones; SW~4 and NE!4,R. Schoenrock; petition for account, order for hearing, far Thomas is a son of Joseph Thomas, a brother dad to run it for them. 19-1-7 and SEI.4, 18-1-7. dissolution of marriage, agreement for sale of real of the late Mrs. Franz Langer of Superior, and is Later, J. R. Burrow, president of a Smith Olive S. Stephenson, et. al, to In The County Court estate and settlement and a cousin of Clay, Carl, Glen and Albert Langer Center bank, askedhim to go along with him on a Elizabeth R. Asmussen and Probate Department hearing on July 23, 1973, at 10 and tars. Pauline Harkins of Supe[ior, Roy plan to open a bank at Portia. Burrow was to .Helen M Della Pietra; Lot 6, Estate of George B. Hell, a.m. L.anger of Guide Rock and Bob Langer of Ken- become a millionaire subsequently as the head of e Block 44, O.T. Superior. deceased; inventory. Estate of Joseph J. Kotinek, sington, Ken. The Dynamos of Portia was the a Topeka bank. Marguerite Burton to Estate of Archie C. Jones, deceased; application for best team in north central Kansas and the At the time Portis was without a hank and had Raymond R. and Agnes A. deceased; final decree, determination of inheritance Dynamos from Hardy was the best team in south been since the1890s when The Portis Bank closed Oldham; Lots 1 and 2, Block 23, Estate of Edward tax, order determining and central Nebraska. during anextremelydry period. That institution East Superior. Jaworowski, deceased; receipt assessing inheritance tax and orginally opened in 1877 across the street from The small First State Bank building at Portia the present building. might appear to a bank robber as a push over. In 1887, a new structure went up and The Portia And, the number of attempts to rob the place Bank moved to the First State Bank location. might bear this out. After it closed, it was the site of a millinery shop However, the experience of those who have and real estate office before it once more housed tried would be that though it is easy to try, it is a bank in 1904. mighty hard to get away with and even Joseph Thomas served as cashier of the First dangerous to one's health. State Bank until the 1930s when a group of Portia Carl Thomas, the president of First State, has area people purchased the Burrow interests. He a carton of newspaper clippings about the remained active until 1940 and died in 1947, Carl happenings of uninvited guests who have had taking over the reigns of the shop. their day of trying to help themselves to the A story of Carl Thomas would have to include bank's resources, the saga that brought much pride to Portia and A year ago last January, an ambitious holdup the county starting in 1915, . . team entered the bank and told Carl's wife, Carl played basketball while attending nign Faye, to hand over the receipts. She gave them school, graduating at Portis in 1913. J. E. Kissell $1,383, as a later count revealed, was at the time publisher of The PorUs In- Nearby at the Portia elevator, an employee dependent and he got the idea to put together a wandered out of the office and wondered if town team of basketball players. something unusual wasn't taking place over at As coach and promoter and with Carl a charter the bank. And, he guessed he was right when a member, the famed Dynamos cage quintet waiting car roared off south. He called the began play and soon became the scourge of the sheriff at Osborne. plains, leaving victims sprawled on the sidelines Shortly before the get-away car reached as they marched to Northwest Kansas basketball Downs, a highway trooper had the robbers under championship. surveilliance and it didn't take much effort on his Kissell's teams soon became a conversation part to run them into the arms of a group of of- piece for athletes around the state and are still ricers at a roadblock set up near Lucas. remembered by old time players and fans when When the dust settled, it was decided the bank swapping tales about the era. was out of a dime, but a further search of the Athletics didn't altogether rule out learning vehicle turned up the ten cent piece bringing the commerce and Carl went to business college in net loss to naught. Salina and smiles when he says he was named Back in 1963, burglars entered the bank in the assistant cashier in 1915. It was a nice title, but wee hours of the night and brought along an he was expected to keep the floor swept, the acetylene torch with hopes of cutting the bottom windows and spittoons polished along with half of the vault door out. After making agood tending the hard coal base burner that was later slice across the unit that was installed m 1887, a traded for a steam furnace utilizing Kansas coal. loud bell began to ring and the bandits left in He proved a good faithful employee and such haste, they left behind the tools of their followed in his father's footsteps to become trade, president of the bank in 1940. Stock in the First The holdup July 2, 1942 made Carl something of a hero among his financial counterparts around the country. After the robbers left the bank, he grabbed a high powered rifle and waited as they came, drove around the block and then opened fire. He put six bullets into the vehicle, hitting one of the men in the leg. Within two weeks, the robbers were apprehended in Denver and most of the $2,900 returned to the bank. The first time the place was robbed was in 1920, when burglars burrowed a tunnel under the bank and punched a hole through the vault wall. Apparently they were not safe men as they rifled the safe deposit boxes and didn't try to open the strong box. A native of Edgar, Nebraska, he was tmrn January 8, 1894 to Joseph Thomas and the for- mer Ella Florence Morgan. Carl's dad was a 16-year-old apprentice but- cher when he immigrated from Germany. He worked in Chicago but didn't think much of a strike of packing house employees and for a spell followed farm labor. He finally reached Hardy in the Cornhusker State and found employment in a butcher shop until hard times caused the business to drop off. While there he met his bride, They came on to Smith Center in 1895 and then learned there might be opportunity for a butcher shop at nearby Athol. State is controlled by area residents. Aside from banking, he operates an 800-acre spread growing wheat on I00 acres and remainder treed for rental grazing. Affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, he has been active in the Methodist Church as a board member. He formerly did some fishing, but hunting is his real pleasure, having nothing to do with shooting bank robbers. He has gone on big game hunts in Wyoming and Montana and scored on antelope and deer. However, so far his luck in hunting elk has not been good. Another part of his life has touched trap and skeet shooting. In 1928 he was a member of the Kansas rifle team that competed in the tough competition at Camp Perry, Ohio. He is also interested in photography and has many negatives of early scenes around the area. Carl is a pretty regular sort of fellow and he likes being a banker. It has provided a good life in what he thinks is a pretty good little com- munity for living and raising a family. He and the former Faye Rube have two daughters and six grandkids. The girls are Betty, married to Dr. Kirk Dutton, a Topeka dentist, and Norms Jeanne, who lives in Olympia, Wash., with her husband Fred Crook, an architect for the state. He says that when the bank was robbed in 1972, the insurance company reported it one of the few times in history that all the money to the "dime" was recovered. He hopes to quit on that record, Sugar 'N Spice 4-H Club The Sugar 'n Spice 4-H club met in the home of Lends and Debhie Guilkey on June 25 for their ninth meeting. The nine members present answered roll call by naming their favorite baked dish. Judy Bargen gave a demonstration on seam finishes and leader Mrs. Guilkey quizzed the group on sewing terms and equipment. The next meeting will be held July 2 at 2 o'clock in the home of Margaret Mullet. Frank H. 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Phone 879-3288 IIIllllllll AT THESE ml ii mm certificate to County Treasurer. Small Claims Farmers State Bank vs. Ed and Bonnie James; suit on account. Farmers State Bank vs. Randy Drew; suit on account. Civil Department Clarence and Marvin Gebers d-b-a Byron Service vs. Harry Placke; suit on account. Superior Traffic Court State vs. James Nelson; speeding, $10.00 and costs. Traffic Court State vs. Vernon J. Quy; speeding, $50.00 and costs. State vs. Ernest L. Barnes; speeding, $25.00 and costs. State vs. Arthur R. Storms; speeding, $15.00 and costs. State vs. Charles J. Ocobeck; costs. State vs. speeding, $15.00 State vs. speeding, State vs. Nelson speeding, State vs. speeding, State vs. Steven inspection sticker, costs. Marriage Depal Allan Lynn Marjorie Lee married June 24 by McCamley with and Kathleen witnesses Leslie Dean Joetta Darlene married June 24 minor in possession, $100.00 and ward J. Hiller. 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