Douglas County Past: Water toboggan slide opens in Solon Springs; Bennett hens are top producers in state

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

May 27, 1927

Solon resort site improved

With the summer resort season about to get into its full stride and the eyes of hundreds at the Head of the Lakes and Upper Wisconsin residents turning toward recreation, resort places over the entire northern part of the state are putting on the finishing touches. From Solon Springs comes announcement of new recreation equipment at the beach for the use of the public.

Miss Florence Hoffmier, 1922 Iowa Avenue, is the first Billings Park girl to enter the race for “Queen” of the American Legion Fourth of July and Homecoming celebration. To date, 16 Superior girls have entered the race and more nominations are expected during the next few days. The winning girl will receive a new sedan car as prize together with being the queen of the entire celebration. May 30, 1927 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

The beach on the site of the former Lucius and Waterbury park is being equipped with a water toboggan slide. The slide has an elevation of 30 feet above the ground at the highest point and inclines toward the water for a distance of 75 feet. Eighteen toboggans running on roller bearings with safety devices to prevent them from leaving the track are supplied for patrons. One of these toboggans will glide along the surface of the water for a distance of from 75 to 100 feet.

A water wheel has also been purchased, to be installed in water three and one-half feet deep. It is equipped with steps leading to a platform over the top of the wheel and as soon as one steps on the wheel it will move forward and throw the rider into the water. A water slide 20 feet long will be placed in the water and on the sand a so-called wave slide will be built.


Knot contest starts

All Boy Scouts of Superior are urged to compete in a knot distinguishing contest that is being conducted at the Columbia Clothing Company store which started this afternoon and will continue until Saturday, June 4. There are 65 different kinds of knots arranged on a board and displayed in the Columbia window.

Escaped inmates of asylum are caught

Two inmates of the Douglas County insane asylum at Parkland who affected their escape from the institution by filing the handle of a table knife into a key Wednesday night, according to police, were arrested Thursday afternoon and returned to the asylum.

It is believed that the men worked for several days filing the knives into keys. The handmade keys were found on the men when the police arrested them downtown.

Above is Arthur Wagner, disabled veteran of the World War and member of Superior Post No. 65, American Legion, making poppies to be sold by the Legion auxiliary in Superior Saturday. The poppy has a deep significance for Wagner, a veteran of Chateau Thierry and St. Mihiel, just as it has for thousands of other disabled veterans throughout the United States. The manufacture of the flower has come to be the symbolic emblem of the battlefields of France. May 27, 1927 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

Trial adjourned

The civil action in which Z. A. Downs, Douglas County coroner, is plaintiff and Eleanor Zeller, defendant, arising out of a funeral bill of Charles Dittmer, whose widow claimed the body two months after her husband had died unknown to her, which was scheduled to be tried in municipal court this morning, was adjourned until 2 p.m. this afternoon.

May 27, 1927


Frost boils are still problem on county roads

Frost boils are continuing to hamper Douglas County’s highway network, Highway Commissioner Conrad Hanson said Tuesday.

Usually gone and virtually forgotten by Memorial Day, the soft spots in the highways are continuing to put in a belated appearance due to the lateness of the spring in general, Hanson said. Recent rains are expected to alleviate the situation, however, and the current “crop” of boils is expected to be the last—at least, for this year.

Moy Bing Wah, 601 Banks Ave., left, takes the oath of allegiance to the United States, administered by Circuit Judge Carl H. Daley, thus becoming Superior’s first Chinese resident to achieve U. S. citizenship. Moy Bing Wah, in this country since 1917 when he came here from Canton, China, applied for U. S. citizenship as soon as immigration laws permitted it two years ago. He plans to bring his wife and two children to Superior from China. Moy Bing Wah is currently employed in Minneapolis as a chef. May 28, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

May 30, 1927

Bennett hen is best producer

Of the 15 poultry farmers in Douglas County reporting their productions to the state, four have been mentioned in the report for the month of April as received by J. M. Walz, county agricultural agent. In the average production for 10 highest record flocks of less than 100 hens, Mrs. A. M. Young of Bennett received the highest rating in the state with an average production of 27.03 eggs per hen. In this same class W. A. Wondrowitz of Solon Springs received the fourth highest rating with an average of 24.23 per bird.

In the average production of 15 highest record flocks of 100 hens or more, V. A. Riesdasch of South Range placed fifth with an average of 23.33 per bird. Leonard Pleski, South Range, was also mentioned in the report with a production of 22.52 per bird. These records were made with S. C. W. Leghorns.

Suit starts Tuesday


The damage suit of Walter K. Setosky vs. the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic railway company will come up for trial in district court, Duluth, on Tuesday. Mr. Setosky is suing for $25,000 for alleged injuries sustained by his 11-year-old son, Leo, when the latter was a passenger on a Brule school bus that was hit by a Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic train on the Winnebijou grade crossing on November 10 last, during which wreck two children were killed and five injured.

May 30, 1947

Field of 25 dogs entered in retriever trials here

A field of 25 dogs including two field trial champions have been entered in the retriever trials, being sponsored by the Northern Retriever club in the Billings Park area June 7-8.

Champion retrievers entered are “Tiger of Clipper City,” a Chesapeake, owned by Nelgard Kennels, Evanston, Ill. and “Fire Le’s Hornet,” a black labrador, owned by H. E. LeGear, St. Louis, Mo. “Fire Le’s Hornet” won second place in the field trials here last year.

Members of American legion Post No. 65 prepare veterans graves for Memorial Day services, decorating them with flags and wreaths. Among those who assisted in the work were, left to right, Arthur D. Nelson, commander of the post, Fred Stoner, Dr. H. E. Girzi and Harry Deroo. They are shown as they decorated the graves in Soldiers’ Circle, Greenwood Cemetery. May 30, 1947 Telegram
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Pictured above are the winners of the first four places in the rural school declamation contest held at the courthouse Friday. Left to right are Miss Fern Skooglund, Lake Nebagamon, who won first place with her selection, “Mr. Pickwick’s Proposal”; Mabel Johnson of the C. E. Johnson school was second place winner; Florence Gustafson, Lake Nebagamon, third and Byron Armogost, Lake Nebagamon, fourth. May 27, 1927 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
Having a hobby to pass the long nights as a worker on the railroad seemed to be the problem of Ben Cramer, 1420 Broadway Street, before he became adept at wood carving. He started to do the carving last July when he began working as flag man on a night tower for the railroad. A display of his work has been in the public museum. May 27, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

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

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