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6A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, November 28, 2002 O , women moves ard lOOth birthday By Kathie Jensen .: Schicrmcycr celebrated her :hday on Oct. 3. Her friends ,ter a card shower. She received than 100 cards along with flow- ed gifts (to include 48 large cans aches, one of Mary's favorites) ar, has many friends. Mary was born on Sunday, Oct. 3, t 9()3 at 8:30 p.m. to Michael C. and Susan MacNamara in Washington County Kansas. She was one of 9 children and touts herself as also being "the orneriest of all of them!" Webster defines the word ornery as having an irritable .disposition or being cantan- kerous. Though she puts on a good show, Mary Schiermeyer is far from either of those definitions. Anyone who knows her knows a kind-hearted, lov- ing woman who is strong in her faith with determination and an enthusi- asm for life, even at 99. Mary came to the Superior area in at the age of 15 and worked for Trumbull Dairies. Although her du- ties primarily revolved around the dairy operation she also assisted Mrs. Trumbull (Asenath) with housekeep- ing and cooking. Mary attributes much of what she knows of housekeeping and cooking to her experiences with Mrs. Trumbull. She eventually mar- ried one of the Trumbulls' sons. To hat union came three children, George, Mary Isabelle and Wilma (Billie, to most Iongtime Superior residents who knew Billie Thurber) Those three chil- dren provided Mary with 13 grand- children, 17 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Follow- ing a divorce from Mr. Trumbull, Mary married Fred" Mac" McCormick. To- gether, they operated the Abdal Eleva- tor in Abdal, Neb. During this time the McCormicks also bought machinery and sold it to government iron buyers to be used in the war effort. In 1949, following Fred's death, Mary married Melvin Schiermeyer. Melvin and Mary lived in Colorado and in Kansas before returning to Superior. They worked together in construction, building their own home from plans Mary drew. They did it all, from the construction to the plunabing and electrical to the roofing. While in,Kansas City they built a church. While in Colorado, they built a school next totheirchurch,a Lutheran Mission Church. The church had a parochial school program but classes were being held in the church building. Melvin and Mary felt the students needed a building of their own so, true to their giving nature, they donated their time and talents to constructing a school building next door on some land that the church owned. In 1981 Melvin and Mary returned to Superior where Mary began clerking for the sale barns. Earlier, she clerked at many area auctions. " A calculator wasn't used back when I started clerking at auctions," remarked Mary. "I did all the math in my head and was g)d at it too! Math was something that was always easy for me, even as a i i small girl. In school we had arithmetic matches, similar to spelling bees. I always won." Mary became a familiar face in the auction world. She attended auctions as a buyer. "At one time, that building out back (she motioned to- ward a detached s/,ructure behind her home) was so full of items I'd pur- chased at auctions my own family was becoming alarmed as to what we were going to do with all of it." she said. "But we're finding places for it and it's better." While she was attending auc- tions, Mary claimed Auction No. 9 as her own. Recently, she was informed that No. 9 had been assigned to another buyer so she was given another num- ber, No. 99, in honor of her longevity. Her reputation as an auction 'guru' follows her. Even today it's said if you can't find it, ask Mary Schiermeyer. If she doesn't have it, she can probably tell you where to get it. Mary doesn't get around these days like she used to. She doesn't drive anymore. Her eyesight is failing her. She's unable see to read or watch television. She does have her radio though. Holding up a small transistor radio that she keeps near her favorite chair, she said, "I don't miss the T.V. so much. I can listen to church, ball games and Party Line and that's all I need." Mary still actively ties quilts. In her 99 years, she has tied and quilted about 2,000 quilts. A glance around her dining and living room, revealed three quilts in various stages of comple- tion. Mary's sister-in-law, Hilda Gerlack, 95, a resident at, Superior's Good Samaritan Center, quilts with her. "It's a joint effort," said Mary, "Hilda usually does the quilting and I finish them up with the tying." Mary lived at Good Samaritan tbr three months when health concerns prompted her physician to prescribe nursing home care. "I didn't like it!" she said. "I wasn't about to stay there ! As soon as I was able, I escaped from that place and came home. I have a home health person that comes to the house here every so often so I don't have to make the trip to the doctor. It's sort of like the days when doctors made house calls. And I have my right hand man, Steve Diehl. He's a won- derful help. I couldn't be in my home if it weren't for him." In her lifetime, Mary has seen a lot of progress and a lot of changes. When she was a school girl in Bellaire, Kan., she played on a girl's basketball team. "People today probably will be sur- prised that we had girls basketball back then but we did," she commented. "We wore bloomers of course, but at least we got to play sports. Later on, girls weren't allowed to be involved in sports. It's nice to see they have women's sports again." Mary didn't getato finish high school. She lacked two points of graduating. Family fi- nances forced her to leave school and find work in order to help provide food and shelter for her younger siblings, a situation common to the era. One of Mary's lifetime passions has been dancing. Among her favor- ites musicians are Lawrence Welk and Tommy Dorsey's Band. " I showed up at every dance in the area I could. I loved dancing." she said. "But I never could bring myself to wear those saddle oxfords all the girls wore at the time. Didn't like 'em then and don't like them now !" While Mary's seen an incredible number of changes and improvements over the last 99 years, she coniders the telephone and electricity to be the most amazing. "I never had either un- til I worked for the dairy." she com- mented. It was something else!" Mary attributes her long life to hard work and her faith. She's never put much stock in age. She and husband, Melvin were still roofing when she was 85 years old. "I almost missed my 90th birthday. Didn't even realize it was here until my family reminded me of it." she chuckled. Her grandchildren visit her regu- larly. Grandson, Virgil, "comes for a visit every other Thursday from Deshler. Hardly ever misses a visit! And hadn't better either!" she quipped. She thoroughly enjoys her family and they her. Grandson, Mike Thurber and wife, Linda, were visiting at Mary's home during this interview. They both admit they admire Mary's generous spirit. " When Mike and I were living in campus housing for married students at Kearney State College," Linda said, "I made a passing comment on how difficult it was to keep up with household chores and our studies. The next thing we knew, a dishwasher, was delivered to our door. We knew instantly that Grandma had something to do with it! She was constantly doing things like that for other people. She's always been such giving person." Mary thinks she's been around this long because of hard work." People back then worked hard and tended to their own business" she said. "Today, people don't have to work so hard because of all our modern conveniences and they spend too much time, med- dling where they don t betdfig! ' Anyone who sits dowtiand visits with Mary Schiermeyer will find her as ornery and fiesty as she claims to be, but with an real zest for life even at 99. She doesn't have any expectations for the coming year, other than she says she's going to finally take it easy. She's looking forward to her 100th birthday. i Fafllrt BLII'emLI AUTO HEAL TH COMMERCIAL FARM HOME Finally Marlice Sullivan, Agent r In the Vestey Center 449 N. Central f Superior, Neb. L 402-879-3377 BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska Farm Bureau representatives are authorized health insurance agents of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebreska, a Not-For-Profit Mutual Insurance Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Steven lleadrick 1-877-796-4277 Toll Free i i i i ii i i i P S T CAREER FAIR ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN AGRICULTURE? IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE? DO YOU WANTTO GET PAID TO BE YOUR BEST? Progressive.Swine Technologies is a global leader in pork production. This progressive company is committed to its' people. PST provides state of the art facilities and working environment for its" team members. Facilities are located near the Nebraska communities of Platte Center, Humphrey, St. Edward, Wolbach, Cedar Rapids, Hastings and Bartlett. Plan now to attend our Career Fair to learn about a great career in livestock production. TUESDAY, DEC. 3 6 to 9 p.m. H 00STINGS: VFW HALL 1053 Wabash Hastings, Neb. 68901 P* S" T Career Benefits: Cor@'titve wages and incentives Advancement opportunities Health care-benefits More time to spend with family Work closer to home P.S-T Progressive Swine Technologies will be served starting at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 402-564-0407, Extension 21. Superior elementary students chosen as Kiwanis Terrific Kids for the month of October are (back row, from left) Lacey Ward, Austin Shipman, Jesse Beale and Cody Butler (front row) Kirsten Unruh, Wes Clyde and Tanner Stenson. Not pictured is April'Carter. I I Deweese By Lavon Black The pro-planned house bum Satur- day was in conjunction with the emer- gency conferences held at Sandy Creek. There were local firemen as well as several firemen from different city departments through out the state. Suzi Kohmetscher. Lawrence, and Amanda Skalka were Saturday dinner guests and afternoon visitors of Norton Jean Skalka. Several from this area were among those attending the dinner-concert at Sandy Creek. Volunteer mcnlbers of the Assump- tion Church recently painted the churches class rooms and hallways. The rest will be painted after the first of the year. Kyle Holcman. Christy and chil- dren were Saturday evening guests of Marilou and Rick Holeman, Hastings. Clarence and Marjorie Swearingen met her sister and husband, Nonna and Norman Venama of Pahnyra, in Wilbur where they had lunch together. On their return home. they visited his niece and husband, Christy and Scott Most, Tobias. Dan and Stephany Black, Megan, Treytyn and TaKayla, Fairfield, were Monday supper guests of Grandma Lavon Black. A large crowd attended the surprise birthday party Saturday evening held at the Horseshoe hm. Dean Kennedy turned 60. The evening was spent sing- ing, playing music and dancing. Megan Black, Fairfield, was a Sun- day supper and overnight guest of her grandma, Lavon Black. By Rose Hansen As I sit here listening to the radio I am also watching emergency and fire squads gather at the property lormerly owned by Dan Black. Not tower D, it is a Saturday morning pre-planned house burn. It is amazing how our mind can ramble bringing nostalgia thoughts to us, even when it comes to an old house. It is 10:30 a.m. and the first smoke from the house is visible. The people I remember living in this house was Mr. and Mrs. Ed Carroll. They had no fam- ily. He was a dray man, the first in the area to replace his horses with a Model T Ford truck for his business. By the way a dray is a long, low wheel-less cart usually without sides used to haul goods, thus dray man. The next family I remember living there were Mr. and Mrs. Art Hayes and family. Their family is Vona Jean Klatt, Verda Beryl Wehrman, Superior; Vayle Hayes, Clay Center, Neb., and Bill Hayes, Doniphan. After the Hayes family moved and Frank and Rose Mazour retired from farming and lived there. Their family was Albert, now deceased, and George, Lincoln. For the next 12 years this house was home to Bob and Lana Black, Bobble Jean and Ryan. They then moved to the Frank Vap house and now are living in Fairfield. Dan and Steph Black and family were the most recent occupants but now are also living in Fairfield. It is now about 1:30 p.m. and the house has been consumed and the fire- men are picking up their equipment. The property and the pile of rubble belongs to Norma Jean Skalka. She recently purchased the property, as it is adjacent to the south of her property. 1/I I School Menus i Superior Jr-Sr. High School Lunch Menu Dec. 2 through Dec. 6 Monday: Chicken and noodles or beef and noodles, whipped potatoes, salad bar, rolls with margarine, Tuesday: Breaded pork steak or fish nuggets, corn, salad bar, bread sticks with sauce. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets or burrito, green beans, strawberry shortcake. Thursday: Sloppy Joe with bun, baked potatoes with fixings, salad bar, Jell-O. Friday: Peppeggni pizzaor beef and cheese with bun, peas, salad bar, rice crispy bar. Superior Elementary School Monday: Chicken and noodles, whipped potatoes, pineapple tidbits, rolls with margarine. Tuesday: Breaded pork steak, half orange, corn, bread sticks. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, green beans, strawberry shortcake. Thursday: Sloppy Joe with bun, baked potatoes, sliced pears, Jell-O. Friday: Pepperoni pizza, peas, half apple, rice crispy bar. m,,. i - Kile Veterinary Clinic Dr. Darrell Kile 2 1/2 miles east on Highway 8, Superior, Nb:68978 402-879-4060 Small and Large Animals Services .Grooming Appointments Available House Calls ,Country Calls *After-Hour Emergencies Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. ,NOon, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - Noon We will I;yron By Jean Crouse Recent visitors of Elmer and Diane Holmes were Jean Larkins, Bey George, Elmer and Luella Dittmer, Layne and Karrie Holmes and family and Bud Holmes. Harvey and Deloris Hoops spent the Nov. 17 weekend with their son s family, Kerry and Cheryl Hoops and children of Freeport, Ill. On Saturday they attended a sub-state swim meet which their granddaughter Valerie's high school swim team won and quali- fied for the state swim meet in Chicago last weekend. Other guests in the Hoops home were Chris and Amanda Debrick and Stephanie, Milwaukee. Saturday evening guests of Roger and Jo Ann Bohling, were Dan and Brigette,Brianna and Brittany Bohling, Columbus; Josephine Bohling, Hebron, Harvey and Deloris Hoops, Duane and Susan and Darin Saunders, Kevin and Paula Hoops, and family, Layne and Sheri Hoops and family. They all came to celebrate the first birthdays of Brianna and Brittany. Lonnie and Paula Hoops were Sunday afternoon visitors of the Bohlings. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Duensing vis- ited Jane Jurgens, Seward, on Sunday afternoon. Thursday morning visitors in the Elmer Holmes home for rolls and cof- fee were Ron Mumm, Doyall Hartley, I Nora By Meta Stiles Virginia Lewis attended the Kountry Quilters meeting Thursday evening. Andy and Lisa Baalman, Salina, were Saturday overnight and Sunday visitors of her parents, Irvin and Murlene Schleufer. Other visitors af- ter attending the benefit dinner at noon were Dana and Julie Schleufer, Katie, Crystal and Jonathan, rural Beatrice, Beulah 'Ray and Mr. and Mrs. John Ray and Jason, Superior. Many from this area attended the soup and dessert benefit dinner for Jared Shroyer Sunday at the Salem Lutheran Church. Alfred and Mary Ann Meyer at- tended a Lutheran Brotherhood Twin River Branch supper at Nelson. Later they attended a South Central Cattle- men meeting also at Nelson. Jerry Lynch met Tayler and Lakin, Macon, Me., who are Thanksgiving week guests of their dad, Jerry, and grandma, Melba Lynch. The Cadams Club met last Wednes- day at a Superior cafe. Those present were Ruth Thayer, Grace Erickson, Helen Marie Erickson, Lillian Thayer, Dorothy Corman and EstherRenz.Next meeting will be Jan. 15. Don and Helen Gebers entertained with a card party.Guests were -LaPs' and Bonnie Pedersen, Gene and Twilla Frerichs, Ken and Jo Schiermeyer, Dale and Pat Frahm and Alfred and Mary Ann Meyer. Tuesday night Don and Helen attended a Lutheran Brother- hood supper at a Nelson cafe. Steve and Diane Gebers and Jamie, Don and Helen Gebers and Ethan and Dana Epley were among the many attending the state football champion- ship game at Lincoln Friday. Alfred and Mary Ann Meyer at- tended the presentation Sunday night put on by the Nelson-Lawrence and Sandy Creek drama members. Health Insurance Cost Effective Affordable For The Self-Employed We Will Be Thursday, Nov. 28 For ThanksgMng Farmers and Merchants Bank Central National Bank Superior and Lawrence, Ne!;b  Superior, Neb. 00BANK Horizon Bank The Commercial Bank .... i Superior, Neb. Nelson, Neb. Laminating while you wait We now have the capabilily to.laminate both sides of documents up to 8 1/2 inches wide by any length while you are in our office We also can laminate up to 25 inches wide but we'll make your wait longer for that service Su00dor Publishing. Co. 148 W. 3rd Superior, Nob. 402-879-3291 Twins," Brianna Bohling have observed birthday. Dick Childs, My and Bud Holmes. Evelyn Hebron; and Harold and Holmes, Rochester, Minn., were urday afternoon callers. Fairbury 5th graders LBNRD poster contest The 2002 Little Blue Natt sources Districts Poster Landon Schmidt diate School, Fairbury. The fifth grader will receive medal, certificate and his into a bookcover for next year entire district. The theme this year was the Drought using end place winner is 1 sixth grader of Brunin will receive $50, and her poster will be placemats. Third place Morgan Jacobi, fifth Michael's of Hasffn will be made into placemats. The following medal and certificate: 4. Sacred Heart, Lawrence, fifth 1 Danielle Harms, Sandy grade; 6. Lacy Schardt, eran, sixth grade; 7. Emily cred Heart, Lawrence 8. Jessie Sadd, Blue 9. Kurt Burken 31ue eran, six grade. Schools participating Intermediate, Fairbury, Hastings; Sandy Creek, Deshler Lutheran, Sacred Lawrence; Silver Lake, Bruning-Davenport, Peter's Lutheran of Longfellow of Hastings. Extension News By Doug Anderson, Extension Education During this year it is sometimes good back and take stock of all things in one's life. be here soon which is t we are suppose to be should be thankful more than. day of the year. We all have things t for and whether the, they are worth noting. time of year to do this, putting to rest the last season and The perennials in your have spent the fall starches, in the plant. Holding the new growth. A engineering. Starting with a contains all the roots, ste petals, leaves and parts plant. Through the plant produces these pans plus put for next years' already produced the buds emerge as the new during this time of rest, take a moment tO be what) year. Now for a bit of fion. The weather this into abit of this do not have a good frost in so if you have put mulch perennials it would be rake it back a bit so the area' Mulches do but also protects from warm: important that we do not J there is a goocl, frost in Temperatures at not cause can be detrimental warmth and moisture the crown area of plants. On a side note wim underway. It is worth caution when cidences of chronic wastlJ deer has been handle of Nebraska. No disease has this area but it still Use rubber gloves the deer to avoid contact fluids and wash after and soap. The main thing to is to use common sense. M& and Tax Se 454 N. Bloom Street P.O. Box Superior, Nel0 mrbkkeeping Marilyn