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Douglas County Past: Boy, dog survive fall from car going 60 mph

A young entrepreneur opens an in-home movie theater and other stories from Douglas County's past.

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One of the last old-time lumber camps run by the county. Upper left, a scene at the county’s lumber camp near Chaffey, where 50 men, mostly county residents, are given employment. Upper right, a towering Norway pine on the scene where the lumbering is taking place. Lower left, the rejuvenated cook shanty. Lower right, the cook himself, blowing the men into dinner with Paul Bunyan’s old horn.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb. 6, 1931, Telegram

Feb. 4, 1931

Boy falls out of car going 60, dog follows him; neither hurt

Five-year-old David Nye, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Harold N. Nye, is displaying a bump on his head and some scratches on his hands these days as a grim reminder of what might have happened.

David was riding in the back seat of the Nye automobile on a trip to Chicago when he fell out the right, rear-door of the car which was traveling between 50 and 60 miles an hour at the time. The mishap occurred near Rice Lake.

By the time Rev. Nye stopped and looked back, fearful of the worst, David had picked himself up and was running toward them.

The family dog also figured prominently in the incident. The dog, Buzie, has a penchant for dashing out of the car every time the door is opened, and when he saw his youthful master go out the open door, he followed, abandoning ship, as it were, unmindful that the car was moving at a fast rate of speed. Buzzie, too, escaped injury, although by the time the car had stopped, the dog was heading back toward Superior as fast as his legs could carry him.

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Fortunately, says Rev. Nye, the boy was wearing a lot of heavy clothes because of the cold weather, and was bundled up in a couple of warm snowsuits, which gave him lots of padding. He had his mittens off at the time, or probably would not have had his hands scratched.

David, giving his version of the incident, told his parents that he was going to open the window to throw away his gum. Instead of turning the crank to open the window, he took hold of the wrong handle and the door flew open, carrying David along with it.

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It was summertime in Superior last Sunday and here’s the proof: Myrtle Cushman, left, and her brother, Sumner, donned swimming suits Sunday afternoon at their home at 1517 E. Third St., remaining outdoors in their beach attire for more than an hour until Mrs. Cushman decided the wind was turning stronger and the temperature was beginning to drop from its perch around the 50-degree mark.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb. 5, 1931 Telegram

L. Nebagamon men in denial

Walfred Hanson, 24, Lake Nebagamon and Frank Androsky, 18, Superior, denied their guilt in municipal court Tuesday when they were arraigned on charges of violating the state game law.

Charges of killing a deer out of season and hunting on the Brule River game refuge were preferred against Hanson, and Androsky was charged with killing a deer out of season.

Vern and Walnar Anderson, also of Lake Nebagamon, pleaded guilty in court here Tuesday afternoon to charges of hunting on the state game refuge. Vern’s case was dismissed when it was found he was only 16 years old.

Feb. 4, 1947

Production to begin at new hosiery plant

Operation of the Superior branch of the Phoenix Hosiery Company is scheduled to get underway Wednesday, Gardner Friedlander, general manager of the factory located at 2111 E. Fifth St., announced Tuesday.

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The firm, which expects to employ approximately 200 persons when it reaches full scale production, will begin operations gradually because of the time required to train operators of the circular knitting machines.

The Superior branch plan of the Phoenix company will be devoted to the manufacture of men’s hosiery.

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Production of men’s hosiery at the new Phoenix Hosiery plant in East End got underway Wednesday, as experienced instructors began the job of training girls in the operation of highly complicated knitting machines. Checking one of the machines with Manager Gardner Friedlander, left, is Mrs. Bernice Mattson of Superior, one of the company’s instructors.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb. 5, 1947, Telegram

Feb. 5, 1931

11 arrested in liquor raids

Summit town resident in toils of feds

Raids by federal prohibition agents and city police Wednesday resulted in the arrest of one man on a charge of violating the national prohibition act and 10 men and women on charges of violating the city liquor ordinance.

Gregory Konik, Town of Summitt, was nabbed by federal agents Wednesday afternoon and charged with manufacture and possession of moonshine whiskey. Konik, according to federal agents, is the third member of the family to be arrested on federal charges this year. He has one brother now serving time at the house of correction in Milwaukee and another awaiting trial in Superior.

A federal agent and Police Secretary Hector Berg and Detective Ole Peterson swooped down on 10 establishments in the city and as a result two women and eight men were charged with city liquor law violation in municipal court.

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Capt. Chester A. Massey, 1710 21st St., Great Lakes captain and ship owner, has filed an application with N.A. Linderberg, Duluth, acting collector of customs, to change the name of the ship, Lake Arline, which he owns and operates, to J. Floyd Massey Jr., in honor of his 6-year-old nephew, shown above, of New York City. Floyd has been a passenger on his uncle’s steamer on many trips.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb 6, 1931, Telegram

Warden’s cabin at L. Amnicon is destroyed

Fire, believed to have started from an overheated stove, razed the small frame cottage of Thomas McNaughton at Lake Amnicon Wednesday afternoon.

McNaughton, who is deputy sheriff, game warden and custodian of cottages on Lake Amnicon and Lake Dowling, had gone to get his mail at the corner mailbox a half-mile from his home. Before leaving, he told friends, he had placed two pieces of wet tamarack in the stove. He said he thought they were too wet to burn immediately and that his purpose was to dry the wood out.

When he returned he found his home in flames.

Feb. 6, 1931

Central park lad runs movie that pays its way

Serious competition to Superior’s established theatrical business is developing in the person of William Peddle, 701 E. Seventh St.

William is only 16 years old, but he now operates a moving picture establishment at his home that actually pays its expenses. As yet the young theater manager runs only silent pictures, but he declares that as soon as talkie equipment can be found suitable for his needs, he will install it.

The new enterprise began last November, when William bought himself a projector, film and a screen, and commenced operations. He now gives shows every week on Friday evening to the very young generation of his neighborhood. Sometimes, William says, a picture is so good that he has three performances. A new film is shown each week.

William has but one employee, his sister, Dorothy, 10, who acts as usher.

Taxi carried jail breaker from Superior

FOND DU LAC, WIS. – En route to his home in Superior, Patrick MacGregor, taxi-driver, passed through here Friday with nothing but a lot of miles on the speedometer of his machine to show for his work since last Monday.

MacGregor took on a passenger who claimed to be a railroad claim agent at Superior Monday. They drove southward and stopped here, where the passenger visited with a woman he said was his wife.

They continued their trip and arrived in Milwaukee. The railroad office was closed and the passenger told MacGregor he would have to wait until morning for his money. They went to a hotel and the next morning MacGregor discovered his passenger had disappeared.

Later, MacGregor learned that his passenger was Al Jennings, wanted in a number of states on various charges, including a jail break from an Idaho prison.

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The Bryant School nutrition class, the only one of its kind in the city, is pictured above.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb. 6, 1931, Telegram

Bryant School nutrition class only one of its kind in the city

All pupils from the kindergarten through ninth grade attend the class held every morning from 10:15 o’clock to 10:40 o’clock. At present, there are 64 pupils in this class. Of these, 27 buy milk at 15 cents a week, 24 receive milk free, furnished by the Parent Teacher Association, and 12 bring their milk from home. All pupils eight pounds or more underweight are either given milk or if able to buy milk are urged to do so. Pupils who are under-nourished are also considered for this class. Each child is given a graham cracker every day with a glass of milk.

The class includes Marie Anderson, Jack Anderson, Charles Anderson, Mary Budzak, Alice Berg, Shirley Brown, Beverly Barrett, June Carlson, Madeline Coss, Joyce Corcoran, Emimly Ann Campbell, Shirley Chaffey, Lorraine Cook, Douglas Drolsum, Rose Dumas, Dorothy Englund, Charles Fagerlin, Eileen Goodin, Elaine Harris, Wallace Jacot, Claude Koenig, Carol Koenig, Marjorie Larson, Violet Lemponen, Alpha Landin, Helen Mathixson, Betty Jane Mathison, Dorothea Martionson, Glen Nelson, Joyce Nelson, Frances Nicoski, Joyce Oesterreich, Fern Oesterreich, Arthur O’Herron, Leslie Olson, Doris Peterson, Verna Peterson, Margaret Peterson, Irene Peterson, Aileen Peartree, Lorraine Rassmussen, Marion Severson, Elaine Smith, Daisy Suikhonen, Tiny Suikhonen, Ralph Smith, Ethel Stroozas, Agnes Swanson, Lawrence Tills, Mildred Udean, Helen Udras, Mary Varden, Hattie Wilner, Jeanette Wilner, David Williams, Margaret Whittier, Lorraine Waselewski, Ernest Williams and Lawrence Williams.

Articles and pictures courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet with the Superior Public Library.

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The 14 Superior school children who were awarded blue ribbons for 100% health records at the close of the 1930 summer health round-up last autumn, were presented to the Superior council of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. They are, left to right, Donald Boggs, Howe; Adele Goldstein, Nelson Dewey; Neil Carlstrom, Cooper; Marjorie Mathison, Bryant; Curtis Carl Wicklund, Blaine; Orvald Soper Jr., Cooper; Illa May Larson, Howe; Peter Dens, St. Anthony; Roy Aspdal, Blaine; Lucille Budnick, St. Anthony and Roger Johnson, Blaine. Not pictured were Beverly Kemp, Howe; Rachel Maynard, Pattison and Thomas Pearson, Pattison.
Contributed / Superior Public Library / Feb. 6, 1931, Telegram

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