Douglas County Past: Superior man escapes the law for a fifth time; Patzau stores hit by flames

From the Jan. 30, 1933 Telegram: "Lambert’s string of escapes from the law include one from the Douglas county work farm, two from the Douglas county jail and one from Sheriff John Hepfler of Chippewa county."

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

Jan. 27, 1898

How Evening Telegram pictures are made

1 year later, the history of the century-old Superior buildings lost to fire

The art classes of the Broadway high school and several of the pupils of the art classes of the Nelson Dewey yesterday took their first lesson in the “art preservative of arts” and graduated out of the course with laurels. A representative of the Evening Telegram, together with the Evening Telegram artist, gave the drawing classes some facts about making cuts and pictures for newspapers, magazines and books and illustrated by actual work the chalk plate process used by the Evening Telegram in making the cuts and cartoons which are an exclusive feature of the paper.

The Evening Telegram artist explained the chalk plate process and drew some pictures for the classes. Some of the pupils were then given a chance to try their skill at applied art.

Jan. 27, 1933


Bill Gray one of youngest ‘big time’ curlers

Bill Gray. Jan. 27, 1933 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

Probably the youngest skip among the topnotch curlers of the United States is Bill Gray of the Superior East End club. He is only 23 years old, but he finished in a tie for first for grand aggregate honors in the 39th annual Northwestern Curling Association bonspiel here last week. Art Anderson of St. Paul was awarded the grand prize, however, after an argument over the system of draws.

When Bill Gray was only 21, in 1931, he won first place in the annual Manley-McLennan bonspiel after a playdown in Superior when the local clubs defeated Duluth rinks in the preliminary series. Despite his youth, Gray is a veteran where curling is concerned. He has been curling since he was 14 years old and has been a skip for the past four years.

Jan. 28, 1933

Names husband in suit

Mrs. Fannie Lurye, wife of Harry Lurye, 1514 Eleventh street, filed suit Saturday in circuit court against her husband for $15,000, alleging she was injured in an auto accident July 5, 1931, so badly that she was compelled to spend a year in a state institution. Shock to her nervous system is alleged.

News in brief

To Nebagamon — Judge W.E. Haily of county court will spend the coming week at his fur farm at Lake Nebagamon.


Coal being stolen — Police Chief A.E. Buchanan has received several complaints the past several days of coal being stolen from homes in the Third and Fourth wards. Coal is being stolen from some families that are on city relief, the chief was advised. He has instructed all patrolmen to keep a stricter watch in the alleys where complaints have been coming from.

Jan. 30, 1933

Duluth sheriff hurt as Percy Lambert flees

Percy Lambert, a former Superior man, escaped from the hands of the law again Sunday, just when a St. Louis county deputy sheriff had him within his grasp in Duluth. It was Lambert’s fifth escape. He drove away from Deputy George McDowell under fire from the deputy’s pistol.

“Dreams,” Douglas county’s contribution to the district play tournament held at Menomonie Wednesday, was adjudged winner over representative productions from five other counties, according to word received Friday at the office of Mrs. Vera C. Rehnstrand, county superintendent of schools. The play was the entry of Poplar, who won over Rockmont and Solon Springs last Friday in competition held at the latter town. It will be presented during Farm and Home week at Madison Friday evening, February 3. Above is a scene from “Dreams” and left to right are Mrs. William Long as Mrs. Miller, Harvey Benson as Eddie, the helper, Mrs. C.R. Olson as Estelle Miller and James I. Mealy as Dorr Miller. Jan. 27, 1933 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

Lambert’s string of escapes from the law include one from the Douglas county work farm, two from the Douglas county jail and one from Sheriff John Hepfler of Chippewa county.

He ran out of the work farm while at work one day three years ago. He escaped from the Douglas county jail once by rushing out when a messenger boy brought him some medicine and again when a brother came to visit him.

Superior hosts Norwegian Royals twice during the World War II era

Early last year Lambert ended a year’s term at Waupun prison, where he had been sent from Superior on a forgery charge. While being returned to Chippewa Falls by Sheriff Hepfler to answer another charge of forgery, he succeeded in getting the sheriff to let him go into a drugstore to bandage a wound on his leg. While a sheriff’s deputy stood at the front of the drug store, Lambert went into the rear room to bandage his leg. He went out the back door and was still free from the law until nearly taken Sunday in Duluth.

Patzau stores hit by flames


PATZAU, Wis. — Fires of undetermined origin caused damage to two buildings here over the weekend.

The first conflagration was discovered about 10:30 o’clock Saturday night when Earl Holmes returned from a play at the town hall to find his general store and feed warehouse adjoining in flames. He managed to put the fire out and at 3:30 o’clock Sunday morning smelled smoke again.

Believing the flames had again started, he rushed to the store but found the fire was in the pool hall and lunchroom next door, owned by William Erickson. The South Superior fire team was summoned but by the time it arrived the building was in total ruin. Firemen estimated the loss at $1,000.

Prof. H.E. Lunholm and Miss Lillian Berg will be guest organists at the organ dedication concert to be held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran church, John avenue and 18th street, Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Installation of a new 600 pipe organ was recently completed. Jan. 28, 1933 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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These cuts were made before the Broadway art classes by the Evening Telegram artist. The pupils saw the work from its start to the casting and printing. The lines were made by the pupils. Jan. 27, 1898 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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Some first attempts. Chalk plate drawings by members of the Broadway (high school) Drawing Classes. Jan. 27, 1898 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

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

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