Douglas County Past: Superior native vies for 'Miss America'; poundmaster, citizen wrangle over cow

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Aug. 4—Aug. 5, 1947

Finnell gets $303 fine for whiskey sales

Otto Finnell, Lake Nebagamon tavern operator, was fined $300 and costs of $3 Tuesday afternoon on a charge of selling liquor to minors by Acting Municipal Judge John J. Fisher.

Finnell pleaded guilty to the charge, in which District Attorney Andy Borg and Assistant District Attorney Douglas Moodie said the Lake Nebagamon tavern keeper had sold intoxicating liquor to Donald J. Soderberg, Donald R. Bredahl and Robert G. Marshall on the night of June 12.

Alfred Anderson, 56-year-old Lake Nebagamon resident, died of injuries resulting from a brawl in the village of Lake Nebagamon on June 12. The victim was en route home from a lodge meeting when he became involved in a fight near the Christie filling station. Floyd Christie, former undersheriff, also was badly beaten.

Soderberg faces a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death, and Bredahl is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Russell Ennis, proprietor of the Garden Tavern where the youths had obtained liquor earlier in the evening, paid $250 and costs on his appearance before Municipal Judge Claude Cooper shortly after the death of Anderson.

Pushmobile derby short on wheels

A shortage of wheels has caused the annual pushmobile contest being sponsored by the city recreational department to be postponed until some future date.

Julius Juel, city recreational director, said Tuesday that the chariots have been under construction by the children of the playground and are about completed with the exception of the wheels and axles.

Even scavenger hunts have failed to produce the necessary wheels and as a last resort Juel has appealed to the public to give the children any wheels they may have around their premises. Anyone with wheels and axles from wagons, tricycles, scooters, buggies, etc. is asked to call 3993 and members of the recreation department will call for them.

Aug. 6, 1902

City news

Capt. Brennan's automobile — Street Commissioner Brennan will hereafter do less walking and wheeling in making his rounds of the city streets. He has made a dicker with the city whereby he is allowed the use of one of the cast off fire department horses. He is to furnish barn, buggy and harness, while the city pays for the feed.

Another job for street car company — Main Street on Connor's Point is in need of replanking and the city wants the street car company to do the work. City Attorney Lyons and Mayor O'Hare are looking up the legal phase of the question to determine whether the company can be compelled to do the work.

The first hunting license — The first hunting license of the season has been issued by the county clerk. It went to Robert Anderson of South Range and was issued on the 31st of July. On the same day the clerk issued one to William Frederickson, also of South Range.

Aug. 6, 1947

Former Superior girl to enter national competition

When the "Miss America" contest gets underway in September at Atlantic City, New Jersey, Superior will again be in the spotlight. For one of the most attractive contestants will be Miss Jo Ann Amorde, 20, who was recently crowned as "Miss Oregon" and is a native of Superior.

Jo Ann, who is now a school teacher instructing in science and music at Sutherlin High School, Seaside, Oregon, was born in Superior, graduated from Central High School and attended Superior State College.

The combination that led to her being chosen as Miss Oregon, according to reports from Seaside, were her blond beauty, brains and "soulful" singing of "Alice Blue Gown."

Aug. 8, 1902

City news

Long distance chess — George Hughes of the East End is in the midst of a chess game which is interesting the devotees of that game in this city. He is playing a close match with Fred Dole, formerly of Superior, who is now in Arkansas. They are at about the 20th move. Superior players have recently carried on several correspondence games. Some of them last for several months.

Bad boys from old town — Four boys coming from the East End were lined up before Judge Haily this morning charged with sweeping wheat and being mischievous in general. Three of them were sized up by the court for pretty good boys and were let off on probation. William Kline, the oldest one, being 19, was given a sentence, however. He was accused with being an all around loafer and was given 15 days or $8.

Poundmaster on war path — Poundmaster Maxwell of the West End today got out a warrant charging P.H. McNally of 1523 Clough Ave. with interfering with a poundmaster in the discharge of his duty. The poundmaster's story is as follows: He was taking up a cow near the Normal School and had her tied to his wagon when Mr. McNally came along and proceeded to take charge of the animal. Notwithstanding the fact that the poundmaster administered a few cuts with his whip the recipient stuck by until he got possession and walked off with the cow in tow.

'Sick' man runs away

Edward Collins, supposed to be sick abed at St. Francis hospital, this morning jumped out of bed, attacked his special deputy guard and made his escape. Deputy Sheriff Hiland, who has charge of the East End jail, and to whose care Collins was committed pending his appearance in circuit court, has had men hunting him all day but so far with no success.

Collins was arrested early in July, charged with highway robbery at Foxboro in March, 1901. He was soon taken ill and sent to the hospital while awaiting his hearing in the municipal court.

Aug. 8, 1947

$45,000 now available for deer feeding

The state conservation department has at its disposal $45,000 for the purchase of deer feed for the feeding program throughout the state this fall.

This information has been received by Senator A. A. Lenroot Jr., Superior, chairman of the Douglas County Conservation Congress in answer to an official game questionnaire for this year in which Douglas County recommends a more aggressive deer feeding program.

DDT to spray for rid fair of flies, bugs

The Tri-State fair will be one of the healthiest places in the city next week as the result of the use of a fog-spraying system of applying DDT to the grounds and buildings, according to W.L. Kimmes, president of the fair association. The fog-spray machine is towed by a Jeep. The equipment is also used to spray dairy and stock barns.

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