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...... Th [ ~ Pub~h ~e'ach ursday by Superior Publishing Company, Inc. [ at 148 East Third Street, P.O. Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 I ~. SubscriPtiOnrotes are $27 per year in Nebraska, ~,,f28.50 per year in Kansas. Other States $38 per year. Bill Blauvelt, Publisher E-mail tse@ Selected portions of the newspaper available on the web at Thursday, November 3, 2016 Page 2B From the Fil of The Superior Express i Eighty Years Ago Mary Yearick Long, 79, died. Fonda. Delia Damell Leger, 66, died. Representatives from 15 She was a Superior resident. Seventy Years Ago She was an Oak resident. Nuckolls County Clubs met at the Lewis Brodstone traveled to A large barn and all of its con- Abekia Jackson Meredith, 89, Hardyconimunity hall for the an- the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., tents was destroyed by a fire on died. She had been a Lawrence nua! meeting of the County Fed- wherehehadexploratorysurgery, the Fritz Schulter farm east of resident since 1886. eration of Women's Clubs. His sister, Lady Evelyn Vestey, Hardy. The cause of the fire was An electric egg candler was A special.train was arranged London, came to see him. thought to be lighming. $1.49 at Superior Tire and Elec- on-the Missouri Pacific Railroad A 15 pound cloth sack of sugar More than 200 rural and busi- trio. to bring Concordia High School was 55 cents at R. J. Stephenson's ness women gathered for the an- The Lyric Theatre was playing football team supporters to Supe- Superior grocery store, nualcooperativedinnersponsored "Night and Day," starring Cary rior for the game between the two The Lyric Theatre was playing by the Superior Professional Grant and Alexis Smith. teams. "Spend Thrift," starring Henry Women's Council. ~- "~ By Bill Blauvelt i onl a recent Sunday afternoon Rita and I went out into the stopped to remember how the farmstead was layed out. The C0untrY in sea/ch oftumips. We had a destination in mind forafriend barn's concrete floor remains along with a few pieces of lime- had advised in which field he had planted a cover crop mixture which stone that had been associated with the house or other included turnip and radish seeds but hoping to avoid harvesting outbuidlings. Trees have pretty much taken over the former operations, we didn't take the most direct route building site. Like many things, farming continues to change. When I was a As I looked at the barn floor, I tried to remember how the YoUngster, the goal was to have a plant free field. After harvest, barn was laid out and recalled good times I had playing with farmers plowed their field and cultivated regularly to keep unwanted friends in that barn. plants from growing. This was thought to preserve both soil moisture As a youngster I longed to have a real barn. All my father and plant nutrients. Plus the planting equipment needed a clean seed had was sheds and they weren't any fun. I often saddled my horse bed to work properly, and rode to a neighboring farm that had a real barn. Sometimes Now that has all changed. Planting equipment has been rede- I put my horse in one of the Stalls and then began exploring. I signed and no longer needs a clean seed bed. Agricultural scientists wished the barn could tell me its stories but instead I made up advocate always having a crop growing. Turnips are among a stories about thepeople and animals who had been there before mixture of crops farmers often plant after wheat harvest. Now me. The hay mow was my favorite place with ladders to climb following soybean harvest, many farmers are drilling wheat. In some and ropes to swing on. instances they plan to harvest the wheat but in many cases the wheat I often suggested to my father that he buy a barn and move is just a Cover crop that will be replaced in the spring with com. it to our place but he didn't see the the practicality of that. Often those farmers who planted a cover crop following wheat I've never attended a barn party but I have sat on the hay harvest expect that crop will provide fall and winter pasture for their and tried to imagine what it would have been like to hold a square cattle, dance in a hay loft. Cattle had not yet been turned into the field where we gathered As a young boy, I could scramble up the barn ladders to the turnips but there was lots evidence deer had been enjoying the reach the hay mow but how did the older people climb into the farmer's crop. We knew it was best if we got there before the cattle loft? I suppose they had to use the same ladder nailed to the barn as turnips are one of the first things grazing cattle will eat. supports that I climbed. It wasn't a problem for me but how did Before starting to gather our turnips, we walked through a pasture to reach our favorite observation point. With adequate rain old people like my grandparents do that? What I failed to consider was that people of my grandpar- this past summer, the grasses grew well. The fall colors were spectacular. The slow pace of our walk, allowed us an opportunity to ents' generation were probably in their 20s and 30s when absorb the beauty. I always enjoy standing on that hilltop and looking attending barn dances and able to go anywhere I could go when at the land which spreads out below. I was in grade school. Perhaps better as their legs were longer. Our walk took us past an old building site. The buildings When they were going to barn dances, they weren't the elderly disappeared long ago but a family once called the place home. I people I knew them as. Sixty Years Ago surgery and thanked his neighbors Superior, celebrated their 60th ThestockholdersoftheWebber ,for their help. wedding anniversary. Mutual Telephone Company voted ' A six-horse hitch of Clydes- Ethlye Stofer Dahl, 75, died. to authorize the sale of the corn- !dale horses and a wagon from the She was a Hardy resident. iWilson & Co. meat packers was at A 10 pound bag of Gold Medal panl~r, and Mrs. A. M. Reid, Su- Superior's Ideal Market. flour was $1.59 at Superior's Ideal perior, celebrated their 50th wed- Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Marpel, Market. ding anniversary. Nelson, celebrated their 50th wed- The Crest Theatre was show- Several skunks, thought to be ding anniversary, ing "The Gnome-Mobile." infected with rabies, attacked and Two dozen medium eggs were Thirty Years Ago killed several kittens and chased a 89 cents at the Superior Safeway. The Dupaco packing plant at lady farmer into her house and The Crest Theatre was playing Mankato was shut down. The clo- tried to get into a house south of "Battle of The Bulge," starring sure left 80 employees without Superior. Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw. jobs. Dr.WilliamMcHemywashon- Forty Years Ago Arnold and Lydia Hansen, ored by the residents of Nelson for Dr. Richard Kimball, Mankato, Ruskin, celebrated their 50th wed- his 50 years of community service and practicing dentistry in the com- munity. Slusher Furniture Company, Su- perior, held a water damage sale. The Crest Theatre was playing "Tea and Sympathy," starring Deborah Kerr. Filly Years Ago Temperatures ranged from 79 degrees to 10 above zero over the course of two days. A crew of 40 men, 19 com- bines and 17 grain trucks harvested 119 acres of milo on the Torbeck farm northwest of Byron. Torbeck was recuperating from a recent Letters to the Editor Editor, Each week I read the Superior Express on-line. I especially en- joyed the column, "Country Roads," this week. As a bride, I made my first pumpkin pie, but forgot the sugar! I can relate to being an empty nester. I learned to make gravy for five people and that's it. Our three children are long gone from home, but still, the big bowl of gravy remains the same for just the two of us. I grew up on a farm in Nuckolls County, where my sister and I learned to cook the basics while my parents spent that winter fin- ishing the walls and woodwork in their new farmhome. I suspect4- H cooking instructions probably saved the day many times. -- Marjorie Gmssman announced he would no longer ding anniversary. deliver babies at Brodstone Me- Marjorie and Dale Adamson, morial Hospital. Nelson, celebrated their 40th wed- A fire at the Carroll Alexander ding anniversary. farm destroyed 3,000 hay bales Ward and Rosella Stansbury, and severely damaged apole barn. Nelson, celebrated their 50th wed- Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gmmmert, ding anniversary. Perky turkey's were 98 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center. The Crest Theatre was playing "One Crazy Summer." Twenty Years Ago Sandy Dickson and Randy Boden purchased the Oak Cafe from Cheryl Jensen. The estab- lishment was renamed the Oregon Trail Cafe. Lilly Scheufer Tietjen, 83, died. She was a Deshler resident. Edwin Hombussel, 82, died. He was a retired rural mail carrier and a Superior resident. The Superior High School Wildcat football team defeated Central City, 28-13, to advance in district play. The Crest Theatre was playing "Fly Away Home" and "The Phan- tom." By Chuck Mittan By the time you read this, another Halloween tionable choice, but that's what I did, and I admit will be in the history books --- hopefully without my "take it or leave it" attitude toward Hallow- the ice storm that plagued so many Halloweens een made me pretty much the antithesis of the while our children were growing up. typical college drama student. I remember Hal- This year, Kathy and I had an "empty nest" loweens in college when I was doing a play, and Halloween. Which is to say we turned the lights everyone else wanted to put on Halloween cos- off, watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie tumes and go out after the show. My thoughts Brown" on DVD with the volume turned down were, 'Tve already been wearing a costume for low and pretended not to be home. It isn't that I three hours; I think I'll just go back to my dorm didn't want to go to the store, buy several big room and watch 'It'stheGreatPumpkin, Charlie bags of candy and waste my entire evening giv- Brown' on Betamax. I bought a player when it ing it away to, essentially, trespassers. Wait, it is became clear it was going win the format war exactly that, in a nutshell, over its inferior rival, VHS." Even as a youngster, Ididn'tsharem0stofmy And it's not that I don't enjoy seeing every friends' zeal for the holiday ~ friends who child in town wearing costumes and make-up would devote weeks, sometimes months, to de- demonstrating a wide variety of skill and ere- signing and building their costumes (and often ativity level. Wait, it is exactly that, in a nutshell. props). No, if I participated at all, which wasn't As a graduate of that theatre department I just every year, I did so half-heartedly. I would typi- alluded to, I have a bachelor's degree in what cally wait until it was too late to do something amounts to wearing silly costumes and seeking remotely good or creative, then demand my attention. Maybe that's the approach I should friends and family bail me out and help me come take from now on: "As a professional, I'm not up with something. My older brother, who used allowed to do this at the amateur level." to seriously get into Halloween, was usually the If you want to join us for "Charlie Brown" one to help fix me up. next year, you're welcome to. Bring quiet snacks In light of all that, it seems like being a college and come to the back door. The porch light will theatre major might have been a somewhat ques- not be on. Remembering Life in Superior By Richard Seluneling I missed seeing the Express crew at Belvidere when Union Pacific steam engine 844 came through. I got a photo similar to the one which appeared on the front page of The Superior Express. The photo caption and story about the engine were essentially correct. However, even though the 45 engines built for Union Pacific in produced a series called "We Are One" about immigrant families coming to Nebraska. I got the role of a "background artist" in one of the segments which used the steam train which used to run at Stuhr. The scene involved the train pulling into the station, stopping, the father getting off the train and buying a basket of apples, reboarding the train and offering the apples to his wife and three separate orders were designed for high-speed passenger children as the train departed. By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli service, the advent of the diesel electric locomotives soon demoted The scene lasted all of four minutes in the final version, but that Anotherfallharvestisalmostinthebooks!Hopefully,ifallgoes another elevator further away. The distance of the grain eleva- the 800s to secondary passenger trains. As passenger service simple scene took at least 10 "takes' and all day to get it right. well, the last of our fall crops should be cut and delivered at the end tor has to be considered along with the grain price being patronage declined in the 1950s, the 800 class engines were off the First, the train stopped too far along the platform. Then, the next of this day. It has been a long and drawn out fall harvest this year offered. Once they get to the grain elevator the trucker had to passenger trains for the most part, but the railroad still had many time the maintenance man was running his power mower nearby for, the farmers,J-laving abuad0nt a lFv4pid a often wait more than an to be u.. nloaded, and some farmer :steam enghes" dnniiig' d' the 800s were triedin: freight service, which the.sound picked Up and we had to get the fellowtoshut AUgust and Coiitifiuing into SeptehilE~er Was unus~ial and certainly reported having to wait tWO.hOUrS, x ne waiting time is cruciar delayed things. T.he,ground 1,emaira~wet a~d.theiplanting of 4he during the harvest as the trucks must return to the field as soon ...... :They~ .w0rk~! w, ell in ~e flatlaad~aff Nebraska and Kansas and down the mower and back the train up and.pull into ~ station wheat did not get done on time. Just like a domino, there is one duty as possible because when the combine bin is full, along with the many Were still in use by the late 1950s when diesels finally again. The scene was going well until the sound men reported a jet replaced them even on the freight trains, was going overhead and they were picking up jet noises. Back the that always follows another in the busy fall. The delay of planting grain carts, the wheels of harvest come to a stop until the trucks Your comment about the 844 appearing like new requires comment. The 800s were originally all delivered as coal burners, but a 1946 coal miners' strike saw them converted to burn oil. A woman at Fairbury where the engine stayed overnight was puzzled because she could not see any coal in the tender. I had to explain to her that the fuel bunker on 844 now contained oil which made the steam. You will notice the 844 has metal shields on the front of the boiler along the sides. These are "smoke deflectors" commonly known a "elephant ears." The crews complained about smoke and steam coming along the side of the boiler and blocking their view ahead, especially when the engines were drifting and the exhaust was not as strong. The engine ears were fitted to all the 800s starting with U.P. 838 in 1945 and by 1952 all of the 800s had them. Thus, the 844 strictly speaking does not appear as it did when it was new. I saw the 800s and photographed them in Grand Island and North Platte and along Highway 30 on freights when I was a teenager. They worked well as freight engines on the flatlands. Their larger and more powerful sisters, the Challengers and the Big Boys were used west out of Cheyenne over Sherman Hill and through the mountains to Ogden, Utah. Regarding Chuck Mittan's mention of the main street at Stuhr Museum being used for various film and video projects, there was one Chuck did not mention. Nebraska Educational Tele Vision train went and we did it again. My "part" was to board the train and walk to a seat along the aisle as the father handed out the apples. I didn't understand that the video camera had little depth of field. In the final version, I was a blurry blob, but I got a photo credit in small type with the other nonspeaking extras and I knew it was me even if no one else could make me out. Unfortunately, although the track is still there, the steam engine is gone and no trains run through the pioneer village. The old director supported the train, but the new director didn't want it and the museum experience has suffered since the steam engine left. Maybe we will some day get a new director who understands that having an operating steam train would pull in thousands of more visitors and a new steam engine will be bought. P.S. We went three miles east of Belvidere and the coal train was catching up with the steam special. We worried about the coal train blocking our shots, but it held back. It hit red signals a bit further east and the U.P. 844 surged ahead and beat the coal train to Fairbury. Editor's Note: The author, Richard Schmeling was raised in Superior. He left SuperorfoUowing high school graduation. Now retired and living in Lincoln, Neb., he frequently recalls for the readers of this newspaper stories from his growing up years in Superior. caused a delay in fall harvesting. The soybeans seemed to be ready for harvest but some of the corn was not. Finally the soybeans were harvested and then the dryland corn was ready to harvest in some fields but not in others, so some farmers had to move on to try out the milo. As uSual, some fields were dry enough to cut and some were not, so fields had to be sampled. Harvest machinery was moved back and forth from field to field trying to find dry milo the grain elevator would accept. Now it S the first of November, a time when most fall harvests iffyears past had been finished for a couple of weeks. Thankfully, recent weather has cooperated and the Indian Summer was ex- tended, providing spring like temperatures and no rainl They are saying this fall harvest was a"bin buster," meaning the yields were higher than normal, which makes a farmer feel like he has done a good job. Yet, the farmer also wishes grain prices were as reward- ing as the yields were. Not the case this year. Since wheat harvest, the farmer has been taking a hit with low grain prices. Hopefully this price pattern will change as it will probably cause a ripple effect in the farm economy. Grain elevators are at full capacity with larger piles than any other year being dumped on the ground. Some elevators stopped accepting milo almost at the start of the harvest. So plans had to be ,.:hanged for the trucking schedule and grain had to be hauled to return. Patience comes hard to find under these conditions for a farmer. Break downs with the machinery also can cause a delay in the harvest schedule. Either the farmer has to see if he can make the fix himself or if time is lost by calling the trusted mechanic to come to the field. There are flat tires that happen on grain trucks and the trucks have to be taken to the nearest place that makes tire repairs, but sometimes those places are distances away. Fall harvesting usually can not begin until the afternoon, so the farmer tries to cut as late as possible. The morning hours are devoted to delivering loaded trucks and getting machines serviced ready. The noon meal is usually a packed lunch and then supper is usually delayed until the harvest day is done. It' s always a good feeling when the fall harvest is completed as the farmer and his family know with the coming of winter, the fast pace of spring, summer and fall is at an end. There is a short relaxing time right after the fall harvest, but soon the farmer must sit at his desk and begin paying bills. Next comes cleaning the trucks and combine and storing them, and moving cattle home from the pastures. Bales have to be transported to the cattle lots, and then there is getting everything ready for the winter weather to come. Guide Rock Baptist Church Corner of High and Grant Street Pastor David Shenuood Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. The'L!ght 6use Community Church0tthe Nazarene 558 N. Commercial Ave Office Phone 402-879-4391 or 402-519-0570 Pastor Jeff Klmberly Sunday Fellowship ...................... I0 a.m. Morning Worship ........ 10:30 a.m. 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies Adult ...... 558 N Commerc/al Ave. Young Adult ......... 224 Collett St. Ichureh parsonagel First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 SUNDAY Fellowship ................ 10 a.m. Worship ............... 10:30 a.m. 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 Proclaiming Christ Since 1876 Living Faith Fellowship Word of Faith Church 315 N. Central Phone 402-879-3814 Sunday Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church Superior, Neb. Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Mass Schedule Dally Masses 7:30 am. Saturday ......... 6 p.m. Sunday ........... 8 a.m. Nelson Sunday ......... 10 a.m. Father Brad Zitek Grace Community Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3308 Worship Service .................... I0:30 a.m. Evening Service ........................... 5 p.m. lexcept 4th and 5th Sundays| Wednesday Christian Development Night: Adults and Children .................... 7 p.m. Rock Solld Youth Oroup ....~ ......... 7 p.m. Radio Program, KRFS AM Sunday Morning ..................... 8:30 a.m. Jon Albrecht, Senior Pastor Patsy Busey, Assoclate Pastor First United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Dorothy Smith, Pastor Sunday Services Worship .... 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Centennial Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 1555 N. Dltkota Street, Superior, Neb. Phone 402-S79-3137 Pastor Robert Hopkins Sunday Worshlp - 9 a.m. Adult Bible Classes Sunday School 10 a.m. Sept. - May Worship with us via llve broadcast each Swzday on KRFS Radio Please call for additional worship and Bible study opportunities. Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb, 402-879-4067 https://w~daceb00k.c0m/Superl0rChurch0fChrlst Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Classes ............... 7 p.m. Evangelical Free Church of Superior llmml ~I~ 423 E. Fifth Street Superior, Neb. Pastor David Johnson Office, 402-879-4126 Sunday Sunday School ...... 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m. Prayer Time ........... 6 p.m. Afltfliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America Salem Lutheran Church [ELCA) Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday Forum and Sunday School .................... 9 a.m. Worshlp ............................. I0 a.m. Communion ....... Ist & 3rd Sunday Pastor Kathryn Bates Day I Radio Program KRFS AM 1600 * Sunday 8 a.m. Superior New Hope Connection 505 N. Kansas St. Superior, Neb. 402-879-5884 Sunday Service ........ l I a.m. Church dinner after every service Pastor Deanna Disney 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 Church ~ 99 W. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. 785-428-8042 EFCA Jerry White, Pastor Wednesday Prayer Meeting ........................ 7:30 8undsy Sunday School ................. 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. I0:30 a.m. Evening Service ................ .... 7p.m, Af3111iated with the Evangelical Free Church of Amer~a First community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday Schoql:... 9a.m. Morning Worship I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer Meeting ..... 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominational Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ...... I0:30 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~ ..... : ............... I I a.m. Past0r 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. Pastor: Father Damian Richards Christian Church of Mankato I 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. ~h., 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 Jim Rice, pastor Sunday Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Kids for Christ ............. 3:45 p.m. 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. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. ~~ Office 785-361-2684 Res. 785-527-1540 Pastor Darrel Herde Sunday Fellowship ............... 9 a.m. Worship ............. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Bible Study ............. 7 p.m.