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Douglas County Past: Gordon men escape injury in crash; Superior youth attempts jail break

From the Nov. 21, 1947 Telegram: "His attempt to escape imprisonment frustrated by Terre Haute, Ind. police officials, Robert McCusker, 18, of Superior was again in custody at the Indiana city Friday, destined to serve a five-year sentence in the federal reformatory at Chillicothe, O., after a brief fling of freedom."

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Nov. 18, 1937

Cemetery toilet work is proposed

Work is expected to start soon on a WPA project calling for construction of toilets in every Douglas County cemetery, James Mace, Sixth Ward supervisor and county board project committee chairman said Thursday.

Mr. Mace said health officials and funeral directors have been contacted and have approved the sanitation project.

The project will be submitted to WPA and county board officials for approval.

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Farmer’s Union at Hawthorne elects heads

HAWTHORNE — The Hawthorne local of the Farmer’s Union met in the town hall Tuesday evening. Anton Levine called the meeting to order and Mrs. Lasch read the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports.

Listen: Portrait of a Superior hero

Election of local officers then took place and were as follows: Anton Levine, re-elected to the president’s chair; vice president, Henry Johnson, and Pearle Osborne had the majority of votes in the informal balloting, and when they were voted on the formal ballot, they tied each other with 10 votes apiece. The members and the nominees decided to flip a coin. Mr. Osborne was to have heads and Mr. Johnson to have the opposite. Mr. Johnson won. Alvia Davis was elected doorkeeper.

Mr. and Mrs. Pearle Osborne, Mr. and Mrs. John Forness and Mrs. Anton Levine were voted in to act as delegates for all quarterly county farmers union meetings for the coming year.

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Members of the cast of the play “The Wonder Hat,” to be presented Thursday at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at East high school by the Speech club are shown here as they rehearsed one of the scenes in the one act play. From left to right are Betty Lent as Columbine; Leonard Peterson, kneeling, as Punchinello; Howard Hart, as Harlequin; Lee Fonger as Pierrot and Barbara Corbett as Margaret. Nov. 19, 1947 Telegram
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Game warden warns about gun carrying

A warning that there will be no rabbit or hunting season in Douglas County and that no gun may be carried in the woods five days prior to the deer hunting season was issued Thursday by Warden James McNaughton.

The game warden also warned parents of Superior children who have been hunting in the vicinity of 28th Street, South Superior and Billings Drive during the past few weeks.

“The boys who have been hunting with .22 caliber rifles and guns of slightly larger gauge are not of age and cannot be given hunting licenses,” he said. “In addition, there is great danger of accident when two or three boys are using but one gun. We will take the gun away from them."

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Nov. 18, 1947

Four Gordon men escape in mishap

Four Gordon residents escaped injury Monday night when the auto in which they were riding rolled over and landed in a ditch on highways 2 and 53 about four miles east of Superior.

Driver of the vehicle was John Lynch, 39, who had with him as passengers Elmer Youngquist, 45; Stanley Nelson, 38, and Francis Alamang, 35. County Traffic Officer John Kane said the mishap was the seventh occurring on that particular stretch of highway in the last 48 hours due to slippery road conditions.

Nov. 19, 1947 

Award medal posthumously

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Michael Harvick, 706 Tower Ave., is shown receiving the first Victory Medal to be posthumously awarded in Superior for his son, First Lt. Lloyd S. Harvick, U.S. Marine, who was killed in the second day of the invasion of the island of Saipan during 1944. Major Stanley J. Paciorek, commander of the Superior army and air forces recruiting area, presented the medal to Harvick Tuesday afternoon at the Superior recruiting office. A photo of the late Lt. Harvick is shown on the table in the foreground. Nov. 19, 1947 Telegram
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Michael Harvick, 706 Tower Ave., is shown receiving the first Victory Medal to be posthumously awarded in Superior for his son, First Lt. Lloyd S. Harvick, U.S. Marine, who was killed in the second day of the invasion of the island of Saipan during 1944. Major Stanley J. Paciorek, commander of the Superior army and air forces recruiting area, presented the medal to Harvick Tuesday afternoon at the Superior recruiting office. A photo of the late Lt. Harvick is shown on the table in the foreground.

Lt. Harvick was born in Superior July 4, 1916, and lived here most of his life. He graduated from Central high school and Superior State college. The Harvick family formerly lived in Billings Park.

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The purple heart was awarded to Lt. Harvick for wounds received in the invasion and capture of Tarawa.

Before entering the marine corps reserve in December 1942, Lt. Harvick was a buyer for a large St. Paul store.

Nov. 20, 1937

Clerk’s office open nights for hunters

To accommodate sportsmen in Douglas County who will not be able to purchase their deer tags and hunting licenses during the day time, the county clerk’s office at the courthouse will remain open from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, S.P. Gray, county clerk, announced.

Contrary to reports that deer season starts Saturday, Nov. 27, the season opens Friday, Nov. 26 and will close the night of Nov. 28, Mr. Gray said.

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Above is the architect’s sketch of how the new Beacon theater being built at 14th Street and Tower Avenue will look to Superiorites in several weeks. The $100,000 structure is being built by Roy McMinn, Capitol theater owner. The Beacon, when completed, will be the “last word” in cinema houses. Construction plans call for completion of the work before Jan. 1. Nov. 18, 1937 Telegram
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Nov. 21, 1947

On way to federal reformatory, Superior youth tries jail break

His attempt to escape imprisonment frustrated by Terre Haute, Ind. police officials, Robert McCusker, 18, of Superior was again in custody at the Indiana city Friday, destined to serve a five-year sentence in the federal reformatory at Chillicothe, O., after a brief fling of freedom.

McCusker, who was sentenced by Federal Judge Patrick T. Stone at Madison Tuesday, on a charge of stealing government checks from the mail, Thursday night slugged a Terre Haute jailor with a pop bottle. He then took the jailor’s keys and fled from the jail. He was captured 37 minutes later in a junkyard less than 100 yards from the jail.

Bean sprout jury weighs evidence

Jurors in whose hands the decision in the “bean sprout case” rests continued their deliberations Friday as they sought to reach a verdict in the complicated suit and countersuit involving the Poplar Canning company and the Bean Sprout Growers association of Duluth.

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Raymond Hapy, left, and Robert Hebert, right, president and vice president respectively of the sophomore class of the Cathedral High School were co-chairmen for the program the English II class presented Monday afternoon commemorating National Book Week. Nov. 19, 1947 Telegram
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Some of the steps taken to repair a damaged or worn book at the Superior library are pictured here in these behind-the-scenes views. Upper left, a new identification is stenciled on a book cover by Elisabeth Thompson. Upper right, fresh from the re-binding hospital is this book examined by the trained and expert eye of Mrs. Elizabeth Sullivan. Lower left, holes are drilled in a book, preparatory to sewing, by Lorraine Dugan. Lower right, a new backing is measured up by Winnifred Mahoney. Below at right, newspaper files are checked and small rips and tears repaired by Mary Witt. Nov. 18, 1937 Telegram
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Juanita Walker, foreground, and Mrs. Alex Sprowls, children’s librarians, check out books to Bob Reibold, age 5, left, and Tim Bergstrom, 7. The small fry choose their own books with care and take responsibility for their care and return. Nov. 18, 1947 Telegram
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Bernard Eastman, 329 John Ave., at left, and Joe Hizinski, 131 Banks Ave., ninth grade students at Central High School, complete a study assignment at the library. Nov. 18, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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Sandra Gross and her cousin Douglas Barton, standing, come to the library with her little brother, George Gross, in tow. Sandra is minding the younger Gross while they make their choice from the thousands of books in the children’s library. A highchair for the younger children is soon to be provided so that the youngsters may read in safety while their guardians select reading matter. Nov. 18. 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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Shown stepping out of this trim-looking craft is 1st Lt. Edward S. Silvers, 46 Bayview Court, liaison pilot for the 173rd Field Artillery Battalion, Wisconsin National Guard unit. This ship, called an L-11 “Navion,” a four-passenger job, has been assigned to Major General Jim Dan Hill, commanding general of the 32nd Infantry Division, for use in carrying out administrative duties on the division staff. With the arrival of the plane here late last week, the Superior guard unit is the first in the state to have an airplane as part of the equipment. Two more planes are expected to be assigned here at a later date, one each for the Headquarters Battery and the second for the Headquarters company, 128th Infantry, Lt. Silvers reported. Nov. 19, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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Appearing in the play “Prince and Rags” by J.A. Fraser and under the direction of Richard Krantz, are Miss Marjorie Ehrhardt and Louis R. Polish. The play is being held in the Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church parlors. Other members of the cast are Mrs. Carl Freed and William Goldsmith. Nov. 18, 1937 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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More than 10,000 envelopes for the city’s forthcoming Christmas Seal sale have been addressed during the last two weeks by young typists of Central, East and Cathedral high schools. Among the volunteer workers are those pictured above in Mrs. J.C. Peter’s Central typing class. Left to right, seated are Donelda Meysman and Betty Zelma and standing Geraldine Saladis and Lois Nelson. Nov. 19, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

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

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.
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