Douglas County Past: Superior's last Civil War veteran laid to rest; paving of Tower Avenue completed

From the Oct. 31, 1947 Telegram: "Final rites, with full military honors, were accorded Thursday at Lake Nebagamon cemetery for Colonel Charles Louis Hooker, 107, Superior’s last surviving veteran of the Civil War."

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Oct. 28, 1932

96 present at concrete road opening event

Under the auspices of the South Superior Civic Club a celebration marking the completion of paving of Tower avenue was held Thursday night at the 59th Street M.E. Church. There were 96 men in attendance at the banquet.

Sigurd Lee was appointed toastmaster by Ben Gallinger, president of the club. Mr. Lee called upon the following for brief talks: Carl Bayless, former county board member from the eighth ward Clarence Hartley, president of the Upper Wisconsin Association for Road Improvement; Clare L. Wildner, secretary of the Superior Association of Commerce; Assemblyman Joe Westlund; Paul Skamser, business manager of The Evening Telegram; Conrad Hanson, county highway commissioner; Andrew Ekstrom member of the state unemployment commission; Fred Seguin, former state highway commissioner and Mayor George E. Dietrich.

Van Nosdall asks arrest of Fagan, his opponent


“I want to swear out a warrant,” George A. Van Nosdall, Maple, Democratic nominee for the assembly from the second district told Police Chief A.E. Buchanan Friday morning.

“Who for?” asked the chief.

“For Alvin Fagan,” answered Van Nosdall. “He’s driving his car without proper license plates.”

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“Right this way,” said the chief, as he showed Van Nosdall the rear stairway leading to municipal court.

On Van Nosdall’s complaint Judge F.S. Parker issued the warrant and it was turned over to police to make the arrest.

Fagan, who lives in South Superior, is an independent candidate for the assembly from the second district and Van Nosdall and he have been conducting a lively campaign against each other. Fagan ran as a Progressive Democrat against Van Nosdall in the primary and lost out by a few votes.

Oct. 29, 1932

Superior news in brief


Hen house looted

John Linski, 370 Water Street, reported to police Saturday the theft of 10 geese and 10 chickens from a coop in the rear of his house.

Needs stove

A stove that may be used for cooking and heating purposes is needed by a South Superior man who is unable to get one for himself. Anyone having such a stove which he is willing to donate is tasked to communicate with Mrs. Thomas Fairfax at Broad 3058R.

The recreation room at the Middle River sanatorium has been converted into a school for young patients at the institution. Miss Ruth Branstrom, State Teachers college graduate, shown in inset, is the teacher. Through establishment of the school, boy and girl patients at the sanitorium can keep up with their studies until they recover and return to their homes and the public schools. There are 10 patients ranging in age from 8 to 14. In the front row, from left, are Arne Walimaki, Waino Walimaki, Gilbert Mack, Renal Bosworth. In the second row, left to right, are Eileen Hanson, Elaine Willie, Ada Hanson, Phoebe Mack. Vernon Arfstrom and Evert Walimaki are shown in the back row. Oct. 29, 1932 Telegram
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Oct. 29, 1947

Superior man gets bopped for questions

Siinto Wessman, 1512 16th St., former Evening Telegram reporter now employed on a Duluth newspaper, questioned an international representative of the Retail Clerks’ union about a report that clerks of Duluth’s Glass Block were discussing a meeting for ratification of an agreement to terminate their lengthy strike, and in return for his pains got punched in the neck.

Wessman said he approached the labor leader in the routine manner of a reporter, but that the international representative, identified as Philip Koerner, verbally lashed out against newspapers and reporters. Wessman said he tried to explain that he had come to the Labor temple “to get authentic information in the most logical place to find it,” but that the labor leader grew louder in his denunciations and then struck him in the neck.


Wessman pointed out Wednesday that the life of a newspaperman is not always a garland of roses — sometimes he gets it — oh well.

Oct. 20, 1947

Douglas County Scout leaders name Mrs. Lynch president

GORDON — Douglas County Scout Leaders got together at a recent meeting of scout leaders and troop committee members in institute at Superior and elected the following officers for the year: Mrs. John Lynch, Gordon, president; Mrs. Opal Anderson, Brule, vice president; and Mrs. Mar Elm of Wentworth, secretary-treasurer.

As part of their citizenship training, intermediate Girl Scouts of Brule arrived in the city recently and made a tour of a few places of interest in the city. They are shown taking a tour of the Superior Water Light and Power company plant by Ivan Sorenson, at left. Pictured are, first row, left to right, June Gruelle, Kathrine Weyandt, Peggy Lundeen, Clover Miller, Mrs. Opal Anderson, leader, and second row, Caroline Anderson, Mrs. Hattie Bundgaard, Mary Weyandt, Virginia Weyandt. Oct. 31, 1947 Telegram
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Leaders and troop committee members at the meeting were Mrs. John Lynch and Mrs. Dale Benson, troop leaders, and troop committee members Mrs. Roy Lawler, chairman, Mrs. Ray Wieland, Mrs. Fred Lawler and Mrs. Ray Smith.

Former local girl killed on honeymoon

A former Superior girl and her husband of three days were found dead Wednesday in the cabin of an auto court at Pleasant Grove, Utah, the victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an oil heater.

The former Frances Ann Germano, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Germano, 1807 John Ave., was found on the bed of the cabin and on the floor nearby was the body of her husband, Earl Lloyd Davis, 23. Mr. Germano is the proprietor of the Androy barbershop.

Oct. 31, 1947

Laid to rest

A special firing squad was organized Thursday to take part in ceremonies honoring the late Colonel C.L. Hooker, Superior's sole surviving Civil War veteran who was buried with full military honors at the Lake Nebagamon cemetery Thursday. The squad is shown here as they fired the volley in tribute to the war hero. Members were W. G. Warn, Wilbur White, Thomas Egdahl, Harry DeRoo, A. Fearlo, Al Showers and Frank Majeski. The group was under the direction of Fred Stoner. Oct. 31, 1947 Telegram
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Final rites, with full military honors, were accorded Thursday at Lake Nebagamon cemetery for Colonel Charles Louis Hooker, 107, Superior’s last surviving veteran of the Civil War. The Rev. J. George Senty, minister of Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church, officiated.

In charge of the service were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Richard I. Bong Post 435, American Legion and the Spanish-American War.

A firing squad under the direction of Fred Stoner fired a volley and buglers sounded taps in tribute to this colorful war hero. A funeral procession of nearly 30 cars made the journey, under police escort, from Superior to Lake Nebagamon.

Final rites, with full military honors, were accorded Thursday at Lake Nebagamon cemetery for Colonel Charles Louis Hooker, 107, Superior’s last surviving veteran of the Civil War. The flag-draped casket is shown here at the grave with the Rev. J. George Senty, minister of Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church, officiating. Oct. 31, 1947 Telegram
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Planting a few of the tulip bulbs received in Superior from Amsterdam, Holland, are the people pictured above. O.C. Gradin, park superintendent, holds a few bulbs for examination for Mrs. F.E. Walde, Mrs. C.E. DeMars, Mrs. Robert Brandser and Mrs. Harvey Sargent. The bulbs were ordered by the Superior Garden Club as a part of the plan for city beautification. Oct. 31, 1947 Telegram
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This cute little fellow, peeking over the top of a jack-o-lantern with a look of amazement on his face, is 2-year-old Larry Ortenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mortensen, 1827 Ogden Ave. He is one of thousands of Superior youngsters who are excitedly looking forward to the fun-provoking day of the year which falls on Friday — Halloween. Oct. 30, 1947 Telegram
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SOLON SPRINGS – Mrs. Arnold G. Kioski and children, Gregory, Kay and June, left recently for Tokyo, Japan, where they will join their husband and father, Sgt. Kioski. Their sailing point was at San Francisco. Oct. 29, 1947 Telegram
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Northwestern University must have a good football team, because the burly gentleman in the above picture, Elmer Anderson of Superior, is just a substitute for the Wildcats. Anderson was formerly a big gun in the attack of Superior Central’s football team, playing guard, tackle and fullback in three successive seasons and captaining the team in his last year. His younger brother, Verner, is a candidate for the Northwestern freshman team with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, another former Central player. Oct. 29, 1932 Telegram
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Articles and pictures courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet with Superior Public Library.

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