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~.THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, December 20, 1973 o.[ Happenings Hubbell, Byron, phone loan OK'd Upgradeing of equipment serving telephone subscribers at Byron and Hubbell thru a $648,000 Rural Electrification administration loan to the American Communications Co., has been approved by the Nebraska Public Services commission. The loan will allow the company to replace aerial cables with underground cables and to upgrade six and eight party lines, However, the commission has decided to pursue "short- comings" in service provided those exchanges by Lincoln ~'elel~one and Telegraph CO., according to Herb Sherdon, commission communications chief. The shortcomings include an average 25-second completion time for calls and excessive delays before action is taken on trouble reports. "We're going to find out what LT&T's plans are for that area," Sherdon said, The check could involve a public hearing, but Sherdon said the first inquiry would be by letter. Commission engineers in a report on service to Hubbell, Byron, Red Cloud, Chester, Riverton and Reynolds called service features "wholly un- satisfactory," despite a general rating of "good" service for rural areas.--Fairbury Jour- nal -News. New chimmey gets to hot; firemen ca lied Things got a little hot at Gordon Johnson's Sunday when he lit a fire in his new fireplace for the first time. They got so hot the O'Neill Fire Department had to be called to help cool things down. By the time firemen arrived at the Johnson farm 16 miles northwest of O'Neill, however, Johnson and neighbors had the fire in the chimney nearly out. Johnson said the fireplace was not completely finished but he had put some hay bales around the outside until he could finish the project in the spring. Sunday he lit the fireplace and it got so hot that the bales caught on fire, burning part of the exterior of his house, causing an estimated $300 damage.--Frontier and Holt County Indenependent. A tragic death for 2-year-old News of the death of little two- year-old Tammy Muck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Muck of Lincoln Township, was a shock Monday to residents in the southeast part of Smith County. Tammy, two years old the day she died, was found dead of exposure south of the Muck farm home when her parents returned home during the early morning hours after spending the weekend in Kansas City. With Tammy at the time of her death was her sister, Rita, who will be four Jan. 25. Rita also suffered from exposure but is getting along well at this time. Older sisters Kathy and Debbie were caring for the younger sisters during the parents' absence. When the parents returned home they found the front door of the house open and, upon checking, found the two little girls gone. It is believed the girls awoke after everyone was asleep in the house, became frightened, and started to the Lewis Wehr home a short distance south on Highway 181. They were unable to arouse the Wehrs. Ap- parently the little sisters started to return 'home, when little Tammy became exhausted and could go no further. Her sister tried to carry .ansas her and also became exhausted. The sympathy of the entire area goes out to the family. Memorial services for Tammy were Wednesday morning from the United Methodist Church in Downs. Interment was in Downs Cemetery.--Smith County Pioneer. One of oldest businesses sold It was officially announced this week that the Platt and Frees Lumber Company of Red Cloud was sold to Hugh Doyle of Hebron effective Jan. 1, 1974. The sale of the Piatt and Frees firm marks the end to the oldest business in Red Cloud having been under the same family management for a period of 95 years this month. It was founded Dec. 17, 1878, and since that time has always been under the control and management of some member of the family. Approximately four years ago the firm purchased the stock and inventory of the Malone- Gellattly CO., which stood on the present location of the new Peoples-Webster County Bank. Benjamin M. Frees of Chicago, Illinois, and David M. Platt, of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, were the original incorporators. After a few years, D. M. Platt retired and was succeeded by his son, Charles J. Platt. In 1901 a two story brick office building, which many will remember, was erected on the same corner the original small office building had been built. In the early 1920s B. M. Frees retired from the firm and Edward D. Platt became a partner in the firm with his brother, D. J. Platt. In December, 1942, Edward D. Platt, or Ed as everyone knew him, bought his brother's interest in the business, as C. J. Plait wished to retire. $ In Otcober, 1943, the yard was wiped out by fire. The next morning, E. D. Platt, assisted by C. J. Platt, commenced rebuilding the present brick office building, also warehouses, lumber sheds and coal houses. C. J. Platt (~ed in March, 1944. About three years later, on the sudden death of Ed Platt, his widow, Jennie Cotting Platt, ably assisted by a son-in-law, Cecil J. Yost, continued the business.-The Red Cloud Chief Bomb threat disrupts school A bomb threat halted school at Crete early Tuesday af- ternoon. A call to the junior high office warned that a bomb in the schools would go off at 2 p.m. Children throughout the school system were dismissed. Firemen, local police, state patrolmen and a bomb squad from Lincoln searched the buildings but found nothing. Supt. Keith Wiederspan said he assumed it was a hoax but said they had no choice but to clear the schools considering the safety of the children. He cited dangers of excusing so many young children unex- pecte(gy to homes, many of which would be unattended during a time both parents might not be home. Children were dismissed prior to 1:30 and the bus routes activated. This meant that attendance centers at Denton, Sprague-Martell and HaUam were also interrupted since they are tied into the bus routes.-- The Crete News. Who's to pay for new jail? About 20 persons were present at a meeting Tuesday evening in the county court- room in the new Sheridan Countv Jail to determine who is to pay for boarding the prisoners and how the cost is to be divided between the three towns on Highway 20, Gor- don, Hay Springs and Rushville. Formerly the prisoners went through police magistrate and were considered either city or county prisoners depending upon which court they went through. Now under the new county court system, all prisoners go through one court, thus bringing up the subject, who pays for which prisoners board and transportation and how is the cost to be divided between the three towns.--Rushville News Star. Coon and coyote hides bring premium price Coon and coyote hides are selling for attractive prices and you don't even have to skin them. Prices early this week ranged as high as $8 for a coon and $10 for a coyote, of course, the price depends on size and quality. Some hides don't command those prices. Gene Nixon of Gene's Fur Center reports the prices are the highest they have been since the 1930s. He terms the situation quite unusual and doesn't know all of the factors that have led to the increase, tlowever, he says there seems to be a trend in fur fashions toward real furs rather than artificial.--Smith County Pioneer. Chamber alert fails test on counterfeits The new Chamber of Com- merce alert system was not very successful in its trial run, according to Chamber of Commerce manager Pat Dickinson and Police Chief Wayne Kruntorad. The system, which was announced last week, was to be tested in early December. However. before the trial run, it was needed Friday night, December 7, when counterfeit travelers checks allegedly were passed in Seward, Wahoo and Fremont. The Better Business Bureau in Lincoln called Mrs. Dickinson after receiving a call As the beloved carols ring out once again, our hearts are filled with hope that a lasting peace on earth will become a reality---a peace that will be echoed in every heart, everywhere. At this Christmas season, may we take the opportunity to wish our many good friends the best of everything. A joyous Noel! Phone 879,3310 Superior, Nebraska from the First National City Bank in New York City. Mrs. Dickinson then notified the Seward Police and started the chain calling to notify all businesses to, watch out for the counterfeit cl~ecks. However, the call system took two hours and ten minutes, and some of the 72 businesses possible not notified at all. Mrs. Dickinson said some people who answered the phone did not know they are supposed, to continue the call, and others did not know that immediate action is so essential.--Seward In- dependent Band drive nearly over The Crete High Band Mothers and band members have completed a nearly six-month long drive to raise $11,642.50 to send the Crete Cardinal Band to the El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl Parade. The Band Mothers, coor- dinating with their money raising projects, raised $10,500 and this week it was announced that the Crete school will pay the remaining amount.--The Crete News. Bus fire on 1-80 burns packages, Packages, including many Christmas presents bound for the east coast were pulled from the blazing luggage com- partmen of a Greyhound bus which caught fire on Interstate 80 near Aurora Saturday night. An over-heated bearing ap- parently set one of the large tires on the 1955 model bus on fire. The driver used two ex- tinquisbers on the blaze but was not able to get the flames under control. The blazing tire soon set three more tires on the right rear on fire and the blaze spread to the luggage compartment and interior of the bus. Aurora Fire Chief Wendell Stenson estimated damage to the bus at around $8,000. There was no estimate for the damage to the freight.--Aurora News Laxative products have no A value in reducing weight. H IN'ALTH Massage is not recognized as having any fat or weight- TIP reducing value. Massaging devices will not "reduce in pneu~s~.~ slbots" or remove bumps or ~'Almmmm#u. ~moA~ bulges. Belts and girldes may make a person look slimmer, The essential cause of obesity but actually do not remove fat is overeating. Lack of exercise or reduce weight. Neither is may be a contributing cause. But, reduction of the amount of sweating an effective or per- food consumed by careful and manent method of weight reduction. propex eating is essential. The Nebraska Medical The Nebraska Medical Association reports that Association suggests you work products advertised to reduce out any weight reduction plan weight by curbing the appetitie with your physician to achieve , should not be used unless ap- an energy balance for your proved by your physician, proper weight. We bring to ::: you the heartiest of greetings. "Merry Christmas'" 8 East in 11119. Superior, Nebraska II III IB "How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv'n!" May that gift of love given to the world on the first Christmas bless your home ...may it abide with you in the coming year. Roland, Beth and Roslyn Wages Dorothea Rogers, Beulah Strnad, Ferne Combs, Phyllis Donna Mary Hornbussel Moore It's our favorite time of year and one of the most enjoyable customs of the season is greeting our many good friends and patrons and wishing them the that fife has to offer. Merry Christmas to you all! IC~/. II~. 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