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THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS

From our early files

Nuckolls County Courthouse News

Interesting news from 1937

Museum will help celebrate Statehood Day



From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
An epidemic of influenza and severe colds struck the Superior area.
Fred Howard sold the Clay Center Sun newspaper to KMMJ Broadcasting Company. He continued to write his weekly Sunbeam column.
Mary Mann, 84, died. She had been a Nuckolls County resident since 1880.
Rev. John Haupt, pastor of Superior's United Presbyterian Church since July, 1933, accepted a call to the United Presbyterian Church at Goldfield, Iowa.
A bottle of 100 aspirin was 49 cents at Fisher Drug in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "The Devil is a Sissy," starring Freddie Bartholomew and Jackie Cooper.
Seventy Years Ago
The Superior Municipal Airport was allotted more than $40,000 in federal funds.
A meeting was held in Superior to discuss the organizing of a Farmers Union Elevator company. Oswin Keifer was named temporary chairman.
The first big wolf (coyote) hunt of the 1947 season was scheduled in northern Jewell County.
John Reiman, 74, died. He was a Nora resident.
Baby chicks were available at the Bossemeyer Hatchery in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Of Human Bondage," starring Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker.
Sixty Years Ago
The closing of the Superior Armour plant, which employed betwwen 65 and 85 persons, was announced. The plant processed poutry and eggs. It was operated by the Henningsen Produce Company before it was purchased by Armour in 1928.
Mr. and Mrs John Batchelder sold their Webber store to Mr. and Mrs Robert Switzer. The Batchelder's opened the store in 1907.
Mrs. J. O. Hamel, 74, died. She was a Bostwick and Superior resident.
Fred Meyer, 77, died. He was an Oak resident.
Fairbury skinless weiners were 89 cents for a three pound package at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Love Me Tender," starring Elvis Presley and Debra Paget.
Fifty Years Ago
Dick Rempe was elected president of the Superior Chamber of Commerce.
Howard Chambers, 21, was shot to death, along with two women, at Clay Center. The alleged shooter shot himself. Chambers was a Superior resident.
Willis Winebar, 61, died. He was a Superior resident. He owned a plumbing and heating business.
The Superior plant of the Farmers Union Co-op Creamery Compnay was producing 1,200,000 pounds of powdered milk for the Commodity Credit Corporation.
California lettuce was 10 cents per head at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Agony and the Ecstacy," starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison.
Forty Years Ago
Superior radio station KRFS added new FM equipment and began broadcasting on a FM frequency.
Howard Crilly, retired publisher of The Superior Express, was presented a certificate by the Superior Chamber of Commerce for being a 40- year member of the organization.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Penninger, Oak, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
Margaret Moorhead Sheets, 90, died. She was a Nelson resident.
Heel roast was $1.29 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Drum," starring Warren Oates and Isela Vega.
Thirty Years Ago
Law enforcement authorities from Nebraska and Kansas were seeking the thieves who made off with 280 hogs from a confinement area west of Webber.
The Dubuque Packing Company plant at Mankato, and a livestock dealer were charged by the USDA with false weighing of livestock purchased for the Mankato plant.
Daisy Dawson Smith, 87, died. She was a Superior resident.
Friedrick Knehans, 91, died. He was a Superior resident.
Smoked picnic hams were 99 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Top Gun."
Twenty Years Ago
Steve Renz was elected president of the Superior school board.
Tyson Stichka, a 16 year old Ruskin resident who attended Deshler High School, scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. He was one of two Nebraska students to accomplish this feat.
Harold Simpson, 83, died. He was a Guide Rock resident.
Leona Paulsen retired from Mid-Nebraska Individual Services, Superior, with 15 years service.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Turbulence" and Daylight."
Ten Years Ago
The Guide Rock Medical Clinic reopened,
The Superior Good Samaritan Center opened an Alzheimer's special care unit.
Ronald and Lois Lewis, Ruskin, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Adolph Eitzmann, 89, died. He was a Byron resident and a WWII veteran.
The Crest theatre was playing "The Nativity Show."
Five Years Ago
Davenport's Frontier Bank was purchased by Cornerstone Bank, York.
Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosted a controlled burn workshop at the Thayer County Fairgrounds, Deshler.
The annual sorghum cropping profitability seminar, hosted by the Nebraska Sorhum Producers Association and Grain Sorghum Board, was held at Red Cloud.
Eldon Sorensen, 85, died. He was a farmer in the Ruskin community.
The Crest Theatre was showing "New Years Eve" and "Hugo."
One Year Ago
Hilda Marquart, Superior, celebrated her 95th birthday.
Justin Weaver, 27, died. He was a Red Cloud resident.
Timothy Gruszka, 43, died. He was a Hardy resident.
Melissa Guilkey, a Superior High School graduate, was teaching English in Bilboa, Spain.
The Crest Theatre was screening "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News


County Court, traffic
Speeding - Tori L. Ehlers, Superior, $10; Ronald M. Menke, Lawrence, $25; Kelly K. Ficken, Edgar, $25; Brett Allen, Superior, $85; Jeremy D. Rich, Aurora, $125; Tesley A. Zehner, Hastings, $75.
Brock Allen Gillaspy, Nelson, speeding, $75; no motorcycle operator's license, $75.
Colton T. Miller, Superior, muffler required, $50.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services, Inc., vs. Heather Karr, Nelson, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. David M. Youngs, Superior, criminal mischief $0-$500, $300.
Real estate transfers
Mary Mercedes Zikmund to Timothy D. Zikmund Lots 9 and 10 in Block 18, Original Town of Nelson.
Mary Mercedes Zikmund to Timothy D. Zikmund Lot 16 in Block 16, Original Town of Nelson.
James Wheeler Sr., Jeanine L. Wheeler to Justin Saathoff Lot 1 David Guthries Sub of 36-1-7 of Superior; Lot 13 David Guthries Sub of 36-1-7 of Superior.

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Interesting news from 1937
Following are some of the stories we found interesting from 1937:
Fourteen slot machines were confiscated at Lyons and $123.20 in nickels were taken from them and added to the general fund.
Seven head of horses drowned in the gravel pit west of Norway when the ice gave way with them. Eight head took refuge in the pit from the snow storm and their weight on the ice caused it to give way letting the entire number go under in more than 20 feet of water. All but one was caught under the ice. The remaining horse was pulled out with the aid of a truck.
The Courtland Journal reported deep snow covered boards over a 35-foot deep well gave way allowing one of Harley Cook's horses to fall hindermost into the well. Lanterns were lowered in an effort to see the horse as Mr. Cook though it best to shoot the horse but steam made it impossible to see. All efforts to relieve or extricate the animal failed.
One advantage of the horse and buggy days. If you broke down two miles from a house, you could ride a horse after repairs.
In 1936 10 people lost their lives in Kansas while building fires with kerosene and 14 deaths were caused by people using gasoline about the home.
Robert Smith of Delphos was sure the fire was out in his stove so he poured kerosene into it to start a new fire. When the explosion came, he was badly burned but saved his life by rolling in the snow.
Buddy Melstrell of Plainville started for school during a storm but went back and asked his father to take him in the car. On their way to school, the windshield became frosted and their car collided head on with another. Father and son were killed.
An apparent suicide pact was uncovered at Chester when a 19-year-old
man and an 18-year-old girl were found in a car. Death was caused by monoxide gas which was run into the car through an inner tube. A trunk on the back of the sedan was opened and a part of the back seat was removed to allow the tube which was connected to the exhaust pipe to run in.

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Museum will help celebrate Statehood Day
The Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic invites those in the area to celebrate Kansas Day at the museum.
Next Friday, Statehood Day in Kansas, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lobby art gallery will feature the works of George Catlin, Charles Bird King and Darrell Combs. The group, "Friends of the Pawnee Indian Museum," will serve refreshments at the museum from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum is among the locations throughout the state operated by the Kansas Historical Society.

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