Douglas County Past: Monitors curtail wandering at Parkland Health Facility; City adds new ski trails

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

Feb. 17, 1933

High school club presents Drinkwater play

There are eight players in the cast of “Bird in Hand,” John Drinkwater’s comedy, which the Dromio club of Central high school will present in the school auditorium next Monday at 8 p.m. The above picture was taken during a dress rehearsal. The plot of this side-splitting comedy revolved around the romance of Joan Greenleaf, played by Miss Priscilla Page, and Jerald Arnwood, son of Sir Robert Arnwood, played by Burdette Hart. Their plans to be married are somewhat interrupted by the fact that young Arnwood is the son of nobility.

Members of the cast of “Bird in Hand,” presented by the Dromio club of Central high school, from left to right, are Mrs. Greenleaf, played by Miss Mary Lawton Whealdon; Mr. Greenleaf, played by Harry Hadley; Godolphen Barrister, played by Randall Buckley; Mr. Blanquet, a traveling salesman, played by William Hotzfield; Sir Robert Arnwood, played by Louis Martin; Cyril Beverly, another salesman, played by John McEachern; Joan Greenleaf, played by Miss Priscilla Page and Jerald Arnwood, played by Burdette Hart. Feb. 17, 1933 Telegram
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Miss Lavin Feb. 17, 1933 Telegram
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Won song contest

Miss Tressie Rae Lavin, six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Lavin, Iron River, Wis., is the girl who won first prize of $5 last month for offering the most suitable title for an Oriental song composed by T.L. Hoff and played over station WEBC by the Superior Teenie Weenie band. Little Miss Lavin, who is a member of the Iron River Teenie Weenie band, submitted “Chant of the Chinese War God” as the winning title.


Feb. 17, 1983

Hay ride

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A smiling group enjoys the fun of winter as they ride along on an old-fashioned hay ride around Amnicon Lake driven by the Stalvig family. Feb. 17, 1983 Telegram
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This is the first year that Roger and Debbie Stalvig have been providing hay rides for clubs, organizations and private parties. They enjoy the hobby so much that they plan to continue it through the summer.

Several times a week, they hitch a team of horses to a hay-covered wagon and carry groups of people on pulsating five-mile-long rides around frozen Amnicon Lake near Four Corners in Douglas County.

Members of the Northwoods Harness Club, Roger and Debbie raise horses on their small farm near Amnicon Lake.

‘Politics’ charged in delayed code changes

“Politics” is responsible for a delay in City Council action on revision of the city’s liquor code, a proponent of the move charged Wednesday night.

Councilor Ed Stein, 10th District, has been involved in re-drafting Chapter 5 of the city’s code of ordinances which governs how liquor licensees here conduct business.


Stein has been a frequent critic of the manner in which the council administers the liquor code and last year led a successful fight to eliminate the extra hour of operation formerly allowed Superior bars during daylight saving time.

A draft of the revised code was completed in October but there has been no council discussion since. The Superior-Douglas County Tavern League requested time to study the proposed changes and action was delayed until January.

Feb. 18, 1933

Central high bowl will be dog race site

The complete list of entrants, starting times for all events, rules, judges and committees in charge of the 15th annual Rotary dog derby were announced Saturday by Charles De Frehn, chairman in charge.

Two more aspirants to the Rotary dog derby cup in the persons of Bernard Peil, left, 13, 512 Cumming avenue with “Ranger,” a German police dog, and Frank Penny, 15, 1110 Fisher avenue, with “Dick,” a shepherd. Frank won the consolation prize in last year’s dog derby. Feb. 18, 1933 Telegram
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It has been definitely decided the races will be held at the Central high school bowl, starting at 2 p.m. The races are open to all boys and girls in the county 16 years old or under, but registration must be made with Mr. De Frehn before 6 p.m. Monday.

Those entered Friday afternoon were Roderick Hoard, Walter Corbin, Earl McCain, Frank Penney, James Kirkwood, Bernard Peil, Richard Selander, Leona Moffat in the first event and Chester Frost, Alvin Frederick, Vernon Finn, Bernard Hansen, Frederick Riddell, Gene Rankin, Nathan Seeley and Ray Huebner in the second event.

Feb. 18, 1983


New trails available for X-country skiers

Mid winter temperatures, good prices on equipment and a free, centrally located trail have made cross country skiing a very popular sport this season. The sport has become so popular that a new set of trails has been added to the Superior Forest Ski Trails off 28th Street in Billings Park.

Jon Stephenson, a member of the Superior Ski Club, believes attendance is up this year because he has seen more wear and tear on the trails this year over previous years.

Superior's Grand Opera House was indeed grand

Jeff Vito, of Superior’s Parks and Recreation Department, said trail use is definitely up this year. Vito said he checks the parking lot daily and finds “no less than 12 cars during the week and the entire lot filled on weekends, with overflow parking on 28th Street.

To accommodate the influx of new skiers, the Superior Forest Ski Trails have been expanded. An out-and-back-type trail on Dwight’s Point has added approximately six miles to the existing trail system.

Cooperative venture with CEP alleviates problem

When the administrator of the Parkland Health Facility was recently confronted with the prospect of paying, on the behalf of the county, thousands of dollars in fines, he decided to do something about it.

Parkland is located south of Superior on County Trunk Highway Z in Wentworth and is an extended health care facility for mentally and emotionally disturbed adults, the majority of whom are elderly.


The problem — wanderers. For one reason or another — confusion, boredom, a compulsion to escape from the care of the facility — some residents just tend to wander away from Parkland; not many, but enough to cause some concern.

Jeff Larson, left, from South Range and Mike Stark, from Superior, take time out to talk to one of the Parkland residents as they go about their work as monitors. Feb. 18, 1983 Telegram
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“We have about nine or 10 people who are a problem in this regard,” says Roy Shuemaker, administrator of Parkland. The institution houses about 110.

He conceived of the idea of having personal monitors whose only duty would be observing the activities of those who tended to wander away. This would leave the regular staff free to provide full service to the other residents of Parkland.

Three young men were chosen and placed on Northwest Wisconsin CEP’s Work-Experience Program – Mike Stark of Superior, Jeff Larson of South Range and Dean Moore of Wentworth received training as resident monitors.

How has this worked out?

“Excellent!” says Shoemaker.

There is also an unexpected fringe benefit, he went on to say. There has been a definite improvement in the emotional health and outlook of those residents who were monitored.

“They were getting the one-to-one counseling, the reality-stimulation they need," he said.


Feb. 20, 1933

Drink parlor swept by fire

Fire said to have originated from a defective stove in the bar room gutted a drink parlor at 1316 Third Street at 5:31 a.m. Monday. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

No one was in the establishment at the time, according to Assistant Fire Chief Henry Anderson. He said when firemen arrived the flames had already gained considerable headway.

The building is a two-story affair with a one-story lean-to owned by F. Parker. Firemen said it was occupied by H. Reynolds. A passerby discovered the blaze and telephoned headquarters.

The NW Middle School 7th grade basketball squad is (back row), left to right, K. Anderson, T. Brown, P. Morgan, D. Anderson, C. Walker, A. Koveleski, Coach George Olson; (front row) B. O’Hara, D. Cook, T. Mattewson, D. Williams, S. Anderson, J. Graves, M. Culver, R. Wermter; (kneeling) L. Holmich and J. Hebb, managers. Feb. 18, 1983 Telegram
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The Superior Senior High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America again racked up impressive scores in the regional FBLA conference at Washburn. Superior received first place for the most outstanding chapter in the region. First place winners included, from left, Kris DeVinck, clerk typist I; Pam Adamson, Ms. FBLA; Kathy Monaghan, advisor; Warren Wicklund, accounting II; Cathy Lindegren, office procedures, and Allyson Brew, business math II. Feb. 18, 1983 Telegram
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A mini-course day was held Thursday at East Junior High School. In the left photo, Rob Miller, instructor, demonstrates the proper techniques in carving a wooden spoon. Observing the demonstration, left to right, are Mike West, Eric Hoff and Jason Sharpe. Debbie Romenick, right photo, uses a curling iron to style Mary Petroske’shair. The girls also learned how to apply makeup during the mini-course session. Feb. 18, 1983 Telegram
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Bobby Zimmerman, above, was winner of Pack 229’s Pinewood Derby races. Second was Benji Downey and third was Philip D’Abato. Feb. 17, 1983 Telegram
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A program of Scandinavian music will be presented when members of the American Lutheran Church Women Assembly meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fellowship Hall of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Superior. Mildred Olsen, left, and Gladys Nelson, right, accompanied by Edna Fox, center, will sing Scandinavian music during the program, as well as show slides of Norway and Sweden taken this pasts summer by Mrs. Olsen and Mrs. Nelson. Feb. 18, 1983 Telegram
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Stalvig’s son, Roger, 10, makes sure that the horses are fed before a ride around Amincon Lake. Feb. 17, 1983 Telegram
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Three of the monitors working at Parkland, along with Administrator Roy Shoemaker (at head of table). From left to right — Jeff Larsen, South Range; Dean Moore, Wentworth and Mike Stark, Superior. All three young men are participants of Northwest Wisconsin CEP, Inc. Work-Experience Program. Feb. 18, 1983 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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