Douglas County Past for Jan. 21
Stories from the Superior Telegram archives, courtesy of the Superior Public Library.
Jan. 21, 1926
Superior holds tonnage place
During the 1925 navigation period of 246 days, during which time 11,553 vessels entered and departed from the Superior-Duluth harbor, more freight was handled than in any other harbor in the United States save one, the Greater New York port. A total of 51,334,641 tons of freight, valued at close to half a billion dollars, was handled in the local harbor.
The record for 1925 exceeds that of the previous year by 5,917, 685 tons, or approximately 13%.
Taught 37 years
After 37 years of teaching, John S. Roeseler, age 66, Howe School teacher, who will be retired on a pension at the end of the semester, today told a Telegram man who interviewed him that, had he the opportunity to live his life over again, he would again choose the teaching profession as a career.
“My greatest joy has been dealing with students and moulding their character,” said Mr. Roeseler.
When 16 years old, the age when most boys are in high school, Mr. Roeseler began teaching school in a little one-room log schoolhouse in Dodge County.
After retiring from a position of county superintendent, Roeseler came to Superior at the close of the World War. He felt the urge to teach school and accepted a position at the Howe.
Jan. 22, 1926
Ernie Nevers coming back to see the folks in the morning
Greatest grid player of all returns home
Ernie Nevers is coming home.
The news, formally announced today, has sent a thrill through every small boy in Superior and has brought to the highest point interest in the dedication of Normal’s new gymnasium.
Nevers, the most famous athlete among famous athletes who attended Superior Central High School, will arrive Saturday morning from Madison where he has been the guest of Paul (Putty) Nelson, his old team-mate of Purple and White days.
At the invitation of Coach I. I. Tubbs, who was his teacher at Central, Nevers will be an official in the basketball game to be played between Normal and Oshkosh Normal Saturday night.
A hero ever since his sophomore days at Central, liked even more than the average Central High athletic star, thousands of Superior people and many from Duluth look forward to his homecoming with paternal eyes. To Nevers, it will be “a visit to see the folks,” but to the city it can mean nothing less than a triumphant return of its own greatest football warrior.
68 mile gale hits Superior
A 68-mile gale from the northwest with a temperature of 10 degrees below zero recorded in Superior early this morning brought what seemed the most intense cold of the year, although it was four degrees colder in Superior on the night previous.
Windows in various parts of the city were blown in by the wind but no reports of any great damage were made either to police or fire department headquarters. Some signs were blown over and garbage and rubbish containers on Tower Avenue corners were, many of them, blown for several feet.
Jan. 23, 1926
Pontiac arrives in Superior
Pontiac, “the chief of sixes,” is here. The first arrival of this new General Motors automobile, manufactured and distributed by the Oakland Motor Car company as a companion to the Oakland Six, has been placed on display by Sarazin Motor Company, 1020 Ogden Ave., local Oakland dealer.
The new Pontiac Six is being made in two body types, a five-passenger coach and a two-passenger coupe. Both models list at $825.
Jan. 23, 1947
Nab two suspects in theft of gasoline from big tank
Martin E. Gilbert, 50, of 1208 Winter St. and Clayton T. Wells, 37, 1303 N. Sixth St., were scheduled to be arraigned in municipal court Thursday afternoon presumably on a charge of grand larceny, involving theft of close to 8,000 gallons of gasoline from the Shell Oil company over a period of four months.
Officials of the Shell company said they have been losing gasoline at that tank, located between the Great Lakes and Carnegie coal docks below Winter Street, since sometime last October, and they felt that it was being stolen, but nothing could be proven.
At approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday, headquarters received a call that there was a tank truck loading gas at the tank, and two squad cars were dispatched. Both roads leading in or out of the area were covered, and police surprised the men, who were alleged to have been drawing gas out of the tank with a hose and filling their tank truck.
Jan. 24, 1947
Prize doll in third generation
IRON RIVER — Remember the Evening Telegram dolls of two decades ago? Handed down for a second time is the dark-haired beauty now the proud possession of 4-year-old Darlene Merry Carol Lemke, daughter of the Bert Lemkes, who received it for the occasion of her birthday and Christmas, which are celebrated on the same day.
The doll came into the possession of Mrs. Willis Ingle, mother of Mrs. Lemke, upon selling a certain number of year’s subscriptions in The Evening Telegram back in 1925. There were hundreds of the life-sized playmates distributed throughout the upstate area at that time. Mrs. Ingle says she has had the doll for 21 years. It was handed down to her daughter, now Mrs. Bert Lemke, when she was but 8 years old.
Articles and pictures courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet with the Superior Public Library.