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'Published each Thursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. [ at 148 East Third Street, P.O. Box 408, Superior, Nebr~ka 68978 [ Subscription rates are $27 per year in Nebraska, k,,,,$28•50 per year in Kansas. Other States $38 per year. Bill Blauvelt, Publisher E-mail Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday, October 20, 2016 Page 2B Twenty Years Ago Kim Hickrnan was appointed as Superior City Clerk. The Nuckolls County Board approved a lodging tax on travel- ers staying overnight in commer- cial lodging establishments located in the county. Dale and Marjorie Adamson, From the Files of The Superior Express • Eighty Years Ago Fifty Osteopathic Surgeons meeting in The Cone Shop, Superior, Kansas City. closed for the winter. Milk from Mullins Dairy, rural EdwinShackleford, 80, died. Superior, was 12 cents per quart at He was a resident at the Nuckolls local grocery stores. County poor farm. The Lyric Theatre was playing An early harvest apple tree, "Easy to Wed," starring Van owned by George Fisher, a Supe- Johnson and Esther Williams. rior mail carrier, was bearing a Sixty Years Ago second crop of apples as large as Clifford Nicholson, a rural Su- hickory nuts. perior mail carrier, retired with 36 Fancy new crop rice was 19years of service with the post of- cents for three pounds at Elwood rice. Jordan's Superior grocery store. JuliaLowry Keifer, aBostwick The Lyric Theatre was playing resident, celebrated her 100th "Anthony Adverse," starring birthday. Frederic •March and OliviaA group of neighbors held a DeHavilland. corn picking bee at the farm of Seventy Years Ago Harry Persson, The group assisted W. J. Feller announced the sale with the harvest of corn and milo of Feller's Superior Hatchery to as Persson had been ill. He lived in Arthur Huge, Holdrege. the Superior community. The 1946 pheasant season The Superior post office in- openedin Nuckolls County. There stalled a drive-up mail box. was a daily limit of seven birds Leon Whartman, 93, died. He and no hens could be taken, was an Oak resident and grocery John Silver, Superior, wasstore operator. awarded a. 50 year badge at the The 1957 Chevrolet automo- Superior Masonic Lodge. bile models were on display at Dr.W.E.Florea, Superior, read Superior's Alexander Chevrolet a paper at the American College of Company. S Years Ago Nelson, celebrated their 50th wed- ding anniversary. Edward Sansom, Jr., 88, died. the site of the former Nuckolls He was a Superior resident. County Poor Farm. All the win- While preparing the Jewell County Memories columns for this newspaper, I've read about the activities of those employed to teach the rural schools of Jewell County a century or more ago. I let my imagination fill in for what wasn't reported by the newspaper writers. It was customary for the schools of that era to primarily employ single young women. There were some excep- tions. My Grandfather Wrench was one of those exceptions. After completing the tenth grade, received a teaching certificate and was hired to teach a rural Mitchell County school. I remember him talking about his experience teaching a school that included students older than he was. At that time, it was common for farm boys to skip school when their help was needed on the farm. Consequently, it often took more than. the prescribed 8 years to complete grade school. My father was 16 when he completed grade school and 20 when he received his high school diploma. I don't remember how old Grandfather Wrench was when he started teaching but I suspect he wasn't much more than 16. Soon after school started in 1896, a Jewell County editor commented in more than one issue about the versatile teacher who not ordy kept school but was breaking horses on her daily ride to and from school. Apparently, the "school marm" was relying upon a "green broke" horse that added some excitement to the trip to and Members of the First Method- ist Church, Guide Rock, surpassed their fund raising goal of $18,000 to fund the construction of a new parsonage. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grummert, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. dow glass, two plated glass door The Crest Theatre was playing windows and some window sashes The Spitfire Grill," starring Ellen ~urstyn. were damaged. Beer bottles wereTen Years Ago used to break the windows. A ground breaking ceremony • Illrty It ¢ar~/~go The manager of the Mid- was held at the site of a proposed America Dairymen's Superior ethanol plant to be constructed plant told members of the Supe- near Carleton in Thayer County James Matthews, 75, died. He. rior Chamber of Commerce the TheBurlingtonNorthemSanta was a Superior resident company was in Superior to stay. Fe Railroad installed a new com- The playgrounds serving munications tower atWebber. Tyree Chapter 226, Order of Superior'stwogradeschoolswere The Superior Public Library the Eastern Star at Oak, presented resurfaced by Wemer Construe- installed wi-fi. two members, Minnie Washing- tion, Hastings. The company was Fred Troudt, 100, died. He was ton and Myrtle Moore, with 50 repaving Highway 14 from Supe- a Superior resident. year pins at a special meeting, rior south to the state line. Five Years Ago Security National Bank, Supe- Marie Hansen Sorensen, 82, Four grain hoppers broke free rior, was offering five per cent died. She was a lifelong resident from the end of a west bound interest on time certificates of de- of the Hardy community• Burlington Northern SantaFetrain posit. The first copies of Superior and one of the cars derailed near Superior Junction. Nebraska Gov. Dave The Crest Theatre was playing author Richard Kistler's book, "Born Free." "The High Plains Route, " were Forty Years Ago being distributed. The book Swine flu vaccination clinic chronicles the history of the Chi- were organized throughout the cago, Burlingtonand QuincyRail- area. There was no charge for the road McCook Division. injections. A front end alignment was Vandals struck the Luther $18.95 at Superior's B & S Tire League Retreat House located on Market. By Bill Blauvelt On a nice spring or fall afternoon, hikes were among my favorite school activities. In the name of science and learning about nature, it was fun to go hiking with the teacher and fellow students. At least once we went to see a prairie dog town. As we approached the prairie dog town, a lookout sounded the alarm and all of the animals took cover in their tunnels• So the wise teacher had us lay in the grass and remain motionless making nary a sound for what seemed like an eternity. I was sure a rattlesnake or coyote would sneak up and carry one or more of us off. That didn't happen, theprairie dogs got over their fright and left their holes and I still remember the hike. Another time we visited a long abandoned farmstead. We explored the house, barn and all the outbuildings imagining what the people must have been like who once lived there. We hiked nearly two miles to examine the irrigation canal. Found water running in a creek and I suspect most of us got a little wet and muddy before returning to school• Several pupils rode horses to school, and if one of the horses got loose, the teacher helped with the roundup. Some days when recess came the teacher had to stay inside and grade papers, but I preferred those days when the teacher By Donna Christensen At one time, I worked in the clerk's office in When we accept the sacrifice Jesus gave for our the Red Willow County Courthouse. I was as- redemption, we are freed from the binding force signed work on some old documents which were of sin, but it is an accomplishment to be able to outdated. They were stapled together but it was separate ourselves from those old ways. beneficial to preserve the information on them, to Sometimes, we may become offended when be saved more effectively by modern methods, others try to convince us to turn from our past like microfilm, and improve our future by trusting in God's The pages had been stored for many years, handling of our lives. untouched in the dark files of the office. They had In much the same way as those old documents become fragile by the time I dealt with them, and are better preserved by being microfilmed, we tedious to separate, can benefit by breaking away from the old habits At times, it seems, our relationships and that would bind us, and stepping into the boun- lifestyles are much like those old documents, tiful freedom Christ offers every believer• Slant By Chuck Mittan A short time ago, a fllmmaker friend of mine Even though most of the film was shot on loca- asked for advice on Facebook regarding a viable tion in southcentral Kansas, he was grateful location to shoot a few scenes for a short western enough for the help he received from both the he's directing. Apparently, what he needs is an museum and the chamber of commerce that he old-west main street to be used for his wide, wanted to hold the film's world premiere in "cstablishin/¢' shots. Befu~c I could type a re- Grand Island• Fortunately, they have a nice little sponse, several other friends answered in the film festival there every year. Heineman spoke at a ribbon-cut- manner I was planning to: that the Stuhr Museum Our film, "Leaving Kansas," screened to a ting ceremony which marked the in Grand Island has such a main street• So, nice crowd the following morning• During the completion of a project which re- instead, I added a comment saying I knew the question and answer session thatfoilowed, some- placed more than 500 street lamp museum had a long history of allowing films to one in the audience said, "Obviously, you used fixtures in Superior with energy- be made there, a real cop and cop car. How did he feel about the efficient light- emitting diode lamps. Later, I got to thinking. I hoped that was still way he was portrayed in the film?" What a LaVern Heitmann, Byron, correct. Iam aware of several film projects to use compliment that was, considering we had used raiseda 10pound, oneouncesweet the museum as a location, however, the last one neither a real cop nor a real cop car! We were, potato. The average sweet potato I was aware of was the adaptation of Willa however, helped by a "real cop" to overcome weighs 10 ounces. Cather's "My Antonia," filmed way back in some of the challenges of making such a scene One Year Ago 1995. look good. Brad Baker, Nuckolls County Sher- The Superior City council FridaynightatthePrairieLightsFilmFestival iff, helped immensely with his donation of sev- joinedseveralmralpowerdistricts in Grand Island, we watched a creepy but good eral items and is appropriately credited in the to protest the manner in which the feature-length film called "Bender," from Los film. Nebraska Public Power District plans to calculate rates in a new Angeles. Knowing every film at Prairie Lights "Backwash," a science fiction short Kathy contract it is presenting to its must have a Nebraska connection, I wondered acted in, was among the films that screened wholesale power customers, how this film from southern California about Saturday night to the largest crowd I've ever Initial steps were undertaken events that tookplace in Kansas qualified for the seen at the festival• The Prairie Lights Film for a recall election in Nelson. An festival. Surprisingly, the director was in atten- Festival is held each October at the Grand The- affidavit was filed to recall Vicky dance, all the way from L.A. He said his search atre, a beautifully restored Art Deco movie house Garner, a Nelson city council for an old west town to use for his "wide shots" in downtown Grand Island• Like the Crest The: member. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wehrman, had eventually led him to the Stuhr Museum, by atre in Superior, it is operated as a nonprofit Jr., Nelson, celebrated their 60th way of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. organization by volunteers• wedding anniversary. By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli S Traveling along the rural country roads, one can't help but notice the many abandoned farm houses, barns and outbuildings here and there. Years ago, there was a family residing on every quarter section, but times have changed, along with farming prac- tices. Farms have gotten larger in order to support the farm families remodeling was done, a new roof replaced the older one and the exterior was painted twice• A patio was added onto the east side of the house where the rich White Rock Valley could be viewed• Many memories were made in that house. As we became "empty nesters," eventually my husband and I made from school, came out to play• Some of the teachers played much like the of today. The older farmers have retired and moved into town and the decision to purchase a Victorian house in town and soon we While several of pupils rode horses to the country school I students. If the game required running or rolling on the ground, some of the farmsteads are never used again, left the farmhouse behind• Visits were made to the farmhouse attended I never, hada teac -whoqi.ved withiaxidinsdistance,My teacher did so. Tl/e tea qher's trength was appreciated on There ngthi/ag worse than watching what once was a well kept from time to time but as life moved on and unexpected changes father, however, tOlffa story tbt tirt feac r:wl d¢lt0m tm htg',, oSe"days when ow i'0tt " liad heavy balls of farmhouse slowly deteno te as;tl days and years fly by. Once a' : tiapp6ned in:my life, my attention shifted to other priorities. norse. .... ~" ~ ....,:- ....... ~ ............. snoW to lift i~t6,pl~'t~~:r~ "~' '~'~" ~:~." ~ ............... happy~home,to~affamil.yis,now.empty and silent: Roofs of these Now decisions have to be made about the old farmhouse. I As I remember the story, the young teacher had implored her We challenged a neighboring school to a softball game but abandoned houses are sagging, back doors swing loose in the avoided thinking about the practical options. Maybe a metal pupils on opening day, "Please don't embarrass me when we have company!" Though the pupils were gloating about running the prior year's teacher off, the new teacher soon had their support. She played with them during the recess periods but demanded and received their attention during class periods. As her home was about 5 miles from school~ throughout the week, She boarded with another family and walked each day about a mile t0:school. The:day she rode home double with my father, a blizzard had blown in and she didn't want to set out on foot after school. Instead she accepted an offer of a ride. Dad had previously offered to take her home but she had professed to being afraid of his horse which often bucked and cutup when starting out for home. Dad confessed to me that he and the horse were just putting on a Show. When they had an extra passenger, there was none of that nonsense displayed. This week I read an item about a teacher who, in spite of a strong wind and blowing dust, kept her word and took her pupils out for a Friday afternoon hike. I could see that happening when I attended Pleasant Valley School. Special activities were often planned for Friday afternoons. Somedays we got to put our books aw iy early and help the teacher clean the school house. Other times we haight have art class, play softball or go for a hike. As a grade school pupil I often considered my teachers tO be "old" but most were probably in their 30s. the game was rained out. Rather than make us attend class that afternoon, the teacher dismissed school early• Because we expected to have visitors on the school grounds who might excite our horses, none of us rode horses that day. After dinner, the teacher loaded us in her automobile and attempted to take us home. The roads were not well graded and none had any gravel• That trip also made memories. One recent Sunday afternoon, Rita and I drove part of the route. As a grade school student, I never doubted the teacher would make it with her old Chevrolet and some bigger boys to push. But after attempting it that afternoon, I understand why she later bought a Jeep. Wish I had a picture of her Jeep. I know the rural mail carrier that served the school drove a Jeep to which a Model A Car body had been attached. As I remember, the teacher's Jeep had a homemade body. I suspect both Jeeps were WWII surplus that left the factory with canvas tops. After the war, conversion shops modified the all purpose vehicle for civilian use much like the more recent shops that converted the plain jane vans the factories were turning out into mobile party yachts with swivel chairs, tables, refrigerators, sinks and even sleeping arrangements. Today the factory has added lots of options and ginger bread to the WW II Jeep. I'm not sure what has happened to the fancy Conversion vans but they appear to have lost favor. Kansas wind and windows are cracked and worn. Exterior paint is peeling and tall weeds surround the house that once was a show place. Such was the fate of the empty farmhouse I called home about 40 years ago. Longing to become a farmer, my husband began discussing purchasing a farm near our hometown during the early 1970s. After several disappointments we were finally able to purchase a farm on contract from an older farmer who was also a friend of my parents. Our sons at that time were five years old and one year old and we were rentinga house in town. I assumed we would continue to live in the comfortable town house while we farmed, but I was not aware of what challenges•awaited me. There was an older house on the farm, but it had not been lived in for 20 years. The doors had been left open and the local wildlife had started calling it their home. My parents, in-laws, and husband kept telling me the wooden floors and decorative woodwork were in such "good condition" and the house had "good bones•" They all ganged up and began telling me "this" and "that" could be done to make it livable once again. So, keeping an open mind, I agreed to help bring the house back to life. Blood, sweat and tears went into the restoration project, making the old house into the family home of our dreams• We proudly moved into the house within a year. As the boys grew older, more space was needed, so a new addition was built with a fireplace that I always dreamed of having• In the 20 years we lived in that beloved house, wallpapering was done, roof could be added and with my love of "decorating" it could be turned into a rental hunting lodge• Putting pencil to paper, the cost far out weighed the profit• Maybe I could fix it up and it could be a "summer" or "get-away" home, but that too was crossed off the possible list. There was no other option left. It has to be removed. Removed sounds much better than saying torn down or destroyed• Seeing it falling down hurts so much more than having it removed. Discussion was held with my son and, with his encouragement, along with my husband's encour- aging words, arrangements were made. On a recent weekend, my son, his wife and their two daughters, along with me my husband, came together at the old farmhouse. Our camper trailer was brought up and we held a picnic. The girls laughed and played out in the farmyard as my son shared some of his childhood memories with them. We all pitched in getting all out of the house that needed rescuing• What I had thought might be a sad time was turned into a fun time. Family memories continued to be made on the farmstead that weekend• I'm sure that in the future, even without the old farmhouse being there, family visits will continue to be made as the farm yard will be maintained• I can see ahead to some camping times, picnics, wiener roasts and some great adventures for the granddaughters and their parents. All creating continuing fam- ily memories• Guide Rock Baptist Church Corner of High and Grang•Street Pastor David Sherwood .' Sunday Bible Study ................ 9 a.m. Morning Worship ..... I0 a.m. The Lighthouse Community Church of the Nazarene 558 N. Commercial Ave Office Phone 402-879-4391 or 402-519-0570 Pastor Jeff Kimberly Sunday Fellowship ...................... 10 a.m, Morning Worship ........ I0:30 a.m. p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies Adult ...... 558 N Commercial Ave. Young Adult ......... 224 Collett St. (church parsonage) First Presbyterian Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Fellowship ................ 10 a.m. Worship .............. 10:30 a.m. g7 16 ', Olive Hill David Watters : . Sunday Sunday School...9:30 a.m. Worship..~ ..... 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Pro¢laiming. Chri~t Since 1876 : Li ring Faith Fellowship / Wo~d of FaithChurch ~315 N• ~.entral .,Phone 402-879-3814 " Sunday Worship Service .................... 10:30 a.m. Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. • (except 4th and 5111 Sundays}. Wednesday Christian Development Night: Adults and Children .................... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group .............. 7 p.m. Radio Program, KRFS AM .Sunday Morning ...................... 8:30 a.m. • ~Jon AIUrecht. SenlorPastor Patsy Busey. Associate Pastor First United Methodist Church 448 N~ Kansas Street • 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. ,Fathe~r Brad Zitek Centennial Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 85[$ N. Dakota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Pastor Robert Hopkins Sunday • Worship - 9 a.rn. • Adult Bible Classes , Sunday School "' ~' 10 a.m. Sept. - May Worship with us via live broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radio Please call for additional worship and Bfble study opportttrtities. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street i Superior, Neb. 402-879-4067 https://www.faceb00k.c0m/Superi0rChu~- ---- Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of Superior ~mml ~¢p 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 S~nday Sunday School ...... 9 a.m. MorningWorshlp 10 a.m. Prayer Time ........... 6 p.m. Affllllated with the Evangelical Free Church of America Salem Lutheran Church (ELCAI Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday Forum and Sunday School .................... 9 a.m. Worship ' 10 a.m. Communion ....... 1st & 3rd Sunday Day 1 Radio Program KRFS AM 1600 • Sunday • 8 o.m. Superior New Hope Connection 505 N. Kansas St. Superior, Neb. 402-879-5884 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 a.m. Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Churcll ' 99 W. Pearl, Jewen, Kan. "~" 785-428-8042 EFCA Jerry White, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 Sunday Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m, Sunday Worship Service. 10:30 a.m. Evening Service .................... 7 p.m. Affiiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America First Community Church Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Karl. 785-378-3308 LCM~ ®NALC Sunday Worship ................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ..... 10:30 a.m. Northbranch Friends Church Phone 785-647-8841 ~~', . Located eight miles north of Burr Oak ]] and [~ • two miles west. Sunday Sunday School ........... I0 a.m. Worshlp ...................... 1 1 a.m. Pastor Jonathan Harkness "Where The Son Always Shines" Jewell County Catholic Churches Sacred Heart, Esbon Sunday ......................... 8:00 p.m. St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Saturday ........................ 6:30 a.m. Christian Church of Mankato 1 18 S. Commercial Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3707 Sunday School ...... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Thaddeus J. Hinkle, Minister 785-378-3938 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. Burr Oak ................ Worship, 9:30 a.m. Jewell Trinity United Methodist Formoso Community Church Nondenominational Bible Teachin9 Pastor Daniel Waide Sunday School ........... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ...... 10:30 a.m. Weekly Home Bible Studies 203 Balch Street, Formoso, Kan. • 785-794.2490 Jewell Christian 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.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. !Kids for Christ &Jr. High Youth Groups Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. Superior, Neb. Rev. Dorothy Smith, Pastor : Sunday Services Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..... 10:30 a.rn. Wednesday Clas~es ............... 7 p.m. Sunday Service ........ 11 a.m. Church dinner after every service Pastor Deanna Disney Oak, Neb. ' Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .... 9 a.m. Momlng Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Pastor; Father Damian Richards Jim Rice, pastor Sunday Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10:30 a.m. VV'e(h~,!s,,t;~ y Kids for ('h~ist ............. '~:J~ [,,m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. .-- Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-527-1540 Pastor Darrel Herde Sunday Fellowship ............... 9 a.m. Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night 13it~le ,%hi~!y ............. 7 p.m.