Douglas County Past: Superior barber tops state in checkers; first female bow hunter bags doe
From the Nov. 4, 1947 Telegram: "Believed to be the first woman archer ever to bag a deer in Wisconsin, Mrs. Nellie Jordan, 1608 E. Sixth St., shot a doe near Murray Lake in the southeastern part of Douglas County."
Nov. 4, 1932
Gardens saved city big sum
Maintenance gardens planted by 1,165 families saved the city poor relief department a total of more than $10,600 in July, August and September, according to a report compiled by Mrs. Gertrude Gates, relief administrator.
With the produce from their gardens, 276 of the 1,165 families were able to get along without receiving food orders from the city. They did, however, receive milk and flour. This saved the city $2,042.40, Gates said. The other 889 families, with the aid of gardens, were able to get along receiving only staple groceries from the relief department, saving $8,621.
The city spent a total of $1,476 or an average of $1.27 per garden for plowing and other expenses.
Gardeners raised 34,950 pounds of beans, 23,300 pounds of peas and 17,475 pounds of swiss chard. The potato production amounted to 9,600 bushels worth $2,400.
Superior news in brief
Butter charge brought – An employee of the Moose Lake Creamery company was found guilty in municipal court Thursday afternoon to selling adulterated butter. He was arrested on complaint of A.J.Roycraft, state inspector, and paid a fine of $50 and costs.
Errant bird caught – A partridge, believed to be the same one that was seen on Tower Avenue last week, was caught by C.L. Berg in the used car lot at the Larson Chevrolet company Friday morning. Mr. Berg took the bird into the country and released it.
Operated on – Miss Mildred Johnston, Solon Springs, underwent an operation Thursday morning at St. Mary’s hospital.
Nov. 4, 1947
Modern Maid Marion
Believed to be the first woman archer ever to bag a deer in Wisconsin, Mrs. Nellie Jordan, 1608 E. Sixth St., shot a doe near Murray Lake in the southeastern part of Douglas County.
A novice bowhunter, Mrs. Jordan did not take up archery until this fall. She uses a bow with a 45-pound pull and estimates the range at which she bagged her quarry at about 10 or 15 yards.
Mrs. Jordan is a native of Jerusalem and is of Swiss-German descent. She came to the United States seven years ago with her husband, Michael H. Jordan, who had left Superior to work in a Middle East oil refinery before the war. Enthusiastic about Upper Wisconsin’s lakes and forests, she bagged a buck with a rifle during the regular deer season three years ago.
Cathedral frosh to present book week pageant
The freshmen of Cathedral High School will present a book week pageant Wednesday at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. The pageant consists of the dramatization of parts of books or personification of characters from great books and poems. The cast includes: Uriah Heep, Victor Vugrinec; Don Quixote, Pat LeSage; Sancho Panzo, James Lally; Don Bosco, Jack Cooke; Miss Emily Dickinson, Colleen McCarty; Jane Austen, Gloria Drinkwine; Jane Eyre, Frances Bugel; Little Women Jo March, Bernice Grew, Amy, Delores Kulus, Beth, Geraldine Gerzic, Meg, Rose Alice Belland; Rip Van Winkle, Frank Gesen; Ichabod Crane, John Rindo; Romeo and Juliet, James McGil and Marilyn McArthur; Lady Macbeth, Mary Dungan; Paul Bunyan, Robert Herubin; David Copperfield, John Klassen; Mark Anthony, George Crow.
Nov. 5, 1932
First three schools were in East End
The most absorbingly interesting period of Superior’s history, to the writer, is from 1854-1878. But I did not share in it. Read Mrs. Clara Lenroot’s interesting reminiscences to appreciate these fascinating days.
“We had no ‘school system,’ but much more choice education. To sit on one end of a log with I.W. Gates on the other, was a ‘liberal education.’
When I came here, June 6, 1883, Superior straggled along the bayfront; in places it penetrated to the second growth as far as Sixth Street. There were about 1,500 people here. There was not a building at the West End.
The school buildings were three two-story frame structures: one at the corner of Carlton Avenue and Third Street, one on the present site of the Lincoln school and one at Baker Avenue and Fifth Street. All were heated by stoves. Even from 1884 to 1886, when West End began to develop, school buildings were primitive.
In 1880, most teachers held only third grade certificates. Anyone could and did teach. In high school, science was often taught by any youth who could read a textbook on physics or chemistry. Few schools had even the beginning of a laboratory. Libraries containing supplementary reading were exceptional."
Nov. 5, 1947
Distance doesn’t interfere in champion’s checker game
When it comes to making the right move on a checkerboard, Otto Box, veteran South Superior barber, is tops. In fact, his ability in this time-honored game has won him the Wisconsin State Checker championship after a lengthy playoff series with other top-ranking state players.
The state tournament is conducted by mail and the participating players reside in all sections of Wisconsin, carrying on their contests with the help of Uncle Sam’s postal service
Checkers — noted as a time-consuming game — naturally take considerably longer when conducted via mail, and tournaments run for several months.
Nov. 6, 1947
Five groceries, two bakeries are listed unsanitary
Five grocery stores and two bakery establishments were found in an unsanitary condition during September on inspections made by Oscar H. Hope Jr., meat and food inspector.
He also found that three grocery stores were found to carry imitation maple syrup and benzoate of soda cherries. One grocery store was found with imitation black pepper and one grocery store proprietor brought into court for selling wormy candy. The case was adjourned 30 days.
Nov. 7, 1932
Superior news in brief
Cars for voters — George W. Lee, Douglas County Republican chairman, announced Monday that the county Republican group has arranged for cars to carry all voters to the polls that wish rides. Anyone ill or incapacitated in any way, explained Chairman Lee, may call Broad 629, the headquarters of the Republicans in Superior. Or people may call East 39, Hawardens, and obtain rides to the polls, Mr. Lee said.
Communists rally — Superior Communists will observe the 15th anniversary of the Russian revolution at the Vasa temple Monday at 8 p.m. Maurice Karson, Minneapolis, will be the speaker. Walter Harju and Harold Olmstead, Communist candidates for lieutenant governor and sheriff, will also speak.
Articles and pictures courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet with Superior Public Library.