Douglas County Past: Man faces charges following Hawthorne shootout; Body of boy, 9, found in bay

From the May 19, 1933 Telegram: "Williams, while he admits his part in the Hawthorne job and says he will plead guilty, has steadfastly denied that he had an accomplice."

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May 19, 1933

Superior News in brief

Park cleaned up — It was cleanup day at the Brule Co-op park last Sunday when about 100 workers busied themselves with the task. Flowers and bushes were planted. The park is open to all for use in camping and fishing along the Brule river, Jacob Perala of the park entertainment committee said Friday. The committee is sponsoring a summer season opening dance Saturday night to start at 9 o’clock.

Up and down the street

Miss Jane Webb, winner of the 1932 women’s golf championship and all-around athlete, unofficially opened the swimming season at Solon Springs last Sunday, it was learned Friday. Miss Webb replied “Brrrrrrrrr!” in response to a query regarding the temperature of the water.


Harry Williams May 19, 1933 Telegram
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Williams to plead guilty, he tells Sedin

Harry Williams, 62, wounded early Wednesday morning during a gun fight with Louis and George Efaw when he attempted to rob the Hawthorne post office and store operated by Louis Efaw, told Deputy Sheriff Arthur Sedin that he will plead guilty when he is taken into court to answer for his burglary attempt.

Williams, while he admits his part in the Hawthorne job and says he will plead guilty, has steadfastly denied that he had an accomplice. It was believed by Sedin that Williams was driving a stolen automobile when he drove into Hawthorne.

May 19, 1943

Ex-Superiorite heads naval flying school

First Lieutenant Robert L. Banks, brother of John L. Banks, has been made officer in charge of a U.S. Naval flying school in Mankato, Minn., it was learned here Wednesday.

Lieut. Banks was transferred to Mankato from Wold-Chamberlain Field at Minneapolis, where he was previously stationed. He is vice president of the First National Bank of Superior and was in the banking business at Antigo, Wis., before entering the navy. He is a former Superior resident.

May 20, 1943


Here’s upstate’s ace pilot

Here is the most recent picture of Wisconsin’s top-ranking ace, First Lieut. Richard I. Bong, of Poplar, who has shot down 10 Japanese planes in the southwest Pacific area. This picture was taken of Lieut. Bong in New Guinea on the day he became an ace.

Here is the most recent picture of Wisconsin’s top-ranking ace, First Lieut. Richard I. Bong, of Poplar, who has shot down 10 Japanese planes in the southwest Pacific area. This picture was taken of Lieut. Bong in New Guinea on the day he became an ace. May 20, 1943 Telegram
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Lieut. Bong enlisted at Wausau May 29, 1941, and was sent to the Rankin Aeronautical Academy at Tulare, Calif., for primary training. He was transferred in August, 1941, to the army basic training school at Taft, Calif., and on Nov. 1, was set to Luke Field, Phoenix, Ariz., for advance training. He received his commission on Jan. 29, 1942.

Serving as an instructor at Luke Field until May 1, 1942, he was sent to Hamilton Field, Calif., for more training on fighter planes and then left the United States in September, 1942. Lieut. Bong is a graduate of Central high school in Superior and attended Superior State Teachers college before enlisting. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bong, Poplar.

Superior wartime wedding attracts worldwide attention

Up and down the street

Undersheriff Floyd Christie, Lake Nebagamon, can’t exactly be accused of killing time, but he certainly “jammed the works” while driving home this week.

Ray Smith, president of the Fair and Square baseball leagues, shakes hands with Chester Zawacki, manager of the Junior Cubs, who was the first manager to enroll his team in the Fair and Square baseball league. Managers met at the Y.M.C.A. last Monday to elect officers and formulate plans for the league. May 20, 1933 Telegram
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En route home, he pulled out his gold watch and flipped the case open to see what time it was. In attempting to close the lid and keep one eye on the road, he inadvertently snapped his thumb through the watch crystal, smashing the glass to pieces.

Annoyed at the accident he snapped the lid shut firmly and dropped the watch in his pocket until he could get home to clean out the broken glass, but when he opened the watch at home, he found it was all “wound up.” the minute hand had caught on the glass, while the center post had kept turning. The result was that the minute hand had wound completely around itself a number of times.


May 21, 1943

Legion makes school awards

Winners in the American Legion’s annual Americanism contest were presented with awards by five speakers from the Legion who appeared at various schools of the city during the past week.

The two winners at each school, designated as “first citizens,” were picked by the teachers on the basis of honor, courage, scholarship, leadership and service.

Winners at each school and the name of the speaker who presented the award are as follows:

McCaskill school, LeRoi Anderson and Rose Mary Johnson, awards presented by George Mcdonough.

Cooper school, Ralph Mathison and Arlene M. Peterson, presentation by George Munroe.

Ericsson school, Byron S.Goldstein and Petranella C. Axelsen, presentation by George E. Shaw.


Bryant school, Floyd West and Alice Austin, presentation by Arthur Taylor.

Pattison school, James Taylor and Marie Ann Erickson, presentation by Leo Finn.

East high school, Donald Faye and Armi Koskinen, presentation by George Munroe.

Quintuplets help launch 5 cargo ships in Superior during World War II

Man wins divorce from wife in Russia; May wed again

Two divorces with a background of international complications were granted in superior court Friday morning by Judge Archibald McKay.

Granted freedom from their mates were Jaken Kiriljuk, also known as Jacob Karsluk, 59, of 4113 East Third street, and his housekeeper, Antonet Szurek, 52, who lives at the same address.

Charging desertion and nonsupport, Mrs. Szurek was given a divorce from her husband, Stanislaus Szurek, whose whereabouts are unknown, Clerk of Courts Peter E. Johnson announced.

Her employer, Kiriljuk or Karsluk, who is an ore puncher on the Great Northern ore docks, was granted a divorce from his spouse because she has refused for 32 years to leave her home in Russia and join him.


Whether Karsluk and his housekeeper would wed, now that they both are free, was not disclosed, but court attaches said it looked like a possibility.

May 22, 1933

Body of boy, 9, thought to be runaway, found in bay

The body of Frank Soroski, 9, 119 Banks avenue, missing from his home since Thursday afternoon, was taken from Tower bay slip Monday morning by the United State coast guard.

Young Soroski, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Soroski, had wandered from his home early Thursday afternoon. When he did not return that night or Friday or Saturday, his parents thought he must have run away from home. They did not think he might have been drowned until Monday morning when they learned that he had been seen on a raft in the bay Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Soroski told police to call the coast guard Monday morning after they learned that George Bergman, Berthiaume Brothers employe, had seen a small blond boy on a raft near the Northern Pacific railway bridge about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Young Soroski was last seen about 7:30 p.m. Thursday by Arthur Cigard, 218 Banks avenue, who said he had seen a boy out on a raft outside of the slip from where he was working in his garden.

Left to right, Mrs. Henry Nelson, Mrs. O.B. Olson, Mrs. G.O. Roessler, Mrs. Martin Sollie and Mrs. W.B. Howard are members of the general committee arranging for the all-guild musical tea and quilt display which Concordia guild will give June 2 at Concordia Lutheran church. May 20, 1933 Telegram
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Work started on new tavern


James Morrison, owner of Dreamland dance hall that was destroyed by fire two years ago, has begun construction of a new building on the site of the burned structure at the former end of the pavement at the foot of Sam Anderson’s hill.

It is to be 80 feet long and 40 feet wide with basement under the kitchen. Concrete work is practically completed and a crew of carpenters will be put to work before the end of the week.

The design of the new tavern, Mr. morrison said, will be similar to that of station WEBC’s new radio buildings at 42nd street and Tower avenue.

Superior parents see son in Telegram photo

Putting two and two together wasn’t difficult for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Novack of 2814 East Third street, when they saw the picture in Thursday’s Telegram of the American troopers preparing an Aleutian base. The Novacks’ son, Pvt. Theodore (“Dick”) Novack, has been in the Alaskan area for a number of weeks according to several letters received from him from that point. There’s no doubt in his parents minds that the boy wielding the spade in the Associated Press photo is their son, according to Mrs. Novack.

Pvt. Novack left Superior for army service in May 1942, and was shipped out for the Aleutians early this spring.

Officers of the newly-organized junior safety councils from three Superior high schools are shown above. First row, left to right, Traffic Officer Thomas Allen; James Hengel, president; Richard Chandler, vice president; Lorraine Schiller, secretary and Leonard Idziorek, sergeant-at-arms, all of East high. Second row: Ronald Beaton, president; Dorothy Bartleme, vice president; Dorothy Gordon, secretary; and William McDonough, sergeant-at-arms, all of Cathedral. Back row: Donald Paquette, president; Lillian Widness, vice president; Merrill Thompson, secretary and Joe Dunnigan, sergeant-at-arms, all of Central high. May 19, 1933 Telegram
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Here are the first three recruits being sworn into the Port Security Force as officers by Commander A. Lawton Ford, captain of the Port. Left to right, Bob Ridder, ensign, public relations officer, William Forsyth, lieutenant (jg), head of the Superior unit and Herbert Sorenson, lieutenant (jg) administrative officer in charge of the training school. May 19, 1943 Telegram
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Meet the Russell Creamery bowling team of the Junior Commercial league, champions. This aggregation won 47 games and lost 37 playing heavenly matched teams throughout the season. Left to right in the picture, top row: Lynn Prideaux, manager and Bernard Pawlik. In the front are Ray Pawlik, captain and Edward Nord. Members of the team not in the picture are John Murkovich and Louis Allen. May 20, 1933 Telegram
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Articles and pictures courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet with Superior Public Library.

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