Douglas County Past: Fire destroys Oliver school

Mar. 9—March 8, 1979

Former Oliver school destroyed by fire

The old school building in Oliver fell victim to fire of unknown cause early Thursday morning. The Village of Oliver Volunteer Fire Department responded to the alarm at about 5 a.m. but firemen were unable to reach the structure due to deep snow. The former Oliver Junior High School was not occupied at the time of the fire, according to Mary Sajec, town clerk.

The fire resulted in a total loss of the structure with only the brick walls standing.The former school building housed a Taco-Si Chip factory from about 1968 to March of 1974, according to Sajec. At that time the firm was moved to Poplar.

No monetary loss was available.

Somerville loses, drops to 4th place

A seasoned Washington rink skipped by Gary Helem appeared unbeatable going into the final four rounds of the U.S. Men's National Curling Championships here, easing past Wisconsin's Bud Somerville foursome, 8-7, Wednesday night at Wessman Arena. Shooting with consistent accuracy, Washington is maintaining a perfect 7-0 record in the series, with two draws remaining on each Thursday and Friday.

The Somerville rink dropped to fourth place at 5-2.

Other results of Wednesday's late draw included Nebraska 7; Connecticut 5; Minnesota 8; North Dakota 3; Illinois 6; Ohio 5; Alaska 8; New York 6; and Massachusetts 7; California 5.

March 9, 1979

Husband blamed in wife's death

"Kymm Susan Olson was given a severe physical beating and died as a result of the conduct of Alan Olson by conduct eminently dangerous and evincing a depraved mind."

That was the finding of Douglas County coroner's jury Thursday following the inquest into the Feb. 18 death of a 22-year-old Superior woman.

Alan Olson is the husband of the deceased and was not present for the inquest.

Kymm Olson was found dead on the floor of an apartment at 1517 Tower Ave. at about 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 by Douglas County ambulance attendants, summoned there by her husband.

Superior Police Department officers, notified by the ambulance crew, arrived on the scene a few minutes later. Several testified Thursday that Olson told them Kymm had fallen down a flight of stairs and he had carried her back up to the apartment.

Duluth pathologist Dr. R.C. Froehling testified that Kymm suffered multiple injuries prior to her death including a brain hemorrhage, multiple and severe rib fractures on both sides of her body, a fractured sternum, multiple bruises and lacerations and gastric aspiration which he found to be the cause of death.

Mortorelli given UP sports honor

Americo (Mertz) Mortorelli, who has served the University of Wisconsin-Superior as athletic director and coach since 1954, will be inducted into the Northern Michigan Hall of Fame at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. on March 17.

Mortorelli has already been inducted into the UW-Superior NAIA Football Coaches, NAIA District 14 and State of Wisconsin Wrestling halls of fame.

An outstanding athlete in high school and at UWS, where he was the first athlete from the school to sign a professional football contract, Mortorelli helped develop an athletic program that grew from two intercollegiate sports in 1954 to 11 male sports by 1966.

Snow Week royalty crowned at East Jr.

Last Friday night the re-scheduled Snow Week dance took place. The theme of the dance was "Everytime I Think of You."

The highlight of the dance was the crowning of the Snow Week Royalty. Congratulations to Cheryl Anderson, queen; Dennis Nolan, king; Jean Larson, princess; Jon Berg, prince; Tammy Silberg, duchess and Tony Wiechert, duke.

Tammy Silberg and Barry Johnson were selected as this week's students of the week.

Tammy's classes include language, German, orchestra, gym, choir, math, social studies, home economics and science.

She is involved in Student Council. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing with her dog, riding her horse, sewing and exercise.

Barry likes all nine of his classes. They are math, science, choir, gym, health, band, social studies, English and industrial arts. He is also on Student Council. Outside of school he plays on the Washington School basketball team. In the summer he plays baseball with the South Range Rangers.

March 10, 1924

Carrier pigeon in fast flight to Minneapolis

The homing instinct of a carrier pigeon was remarkably demonstrated to Superiorites recently when a young bird released at the Union depot here returned to its cote in Minneapolis in two hours and 12 minutes.

The exact distance by rail from Superior to Minneapolis is 147 miles.Local pigeon fanciers state that the average speed of a flying carrier pigeon is between 40 and 45 miles per hour.

The pigeon, one of four owned by a worker in the Great Northern roundhouse at Minneapolis, was entrusted to C.J. Whereatt, 1720 John avenue, engineer of the Gopher, Great Northern passenger train running between here and the Twin Cities.

Mr. Whereatt carried the four pigeons to Superior in a crate in the pilot of his engine and let them loose upon his arrival at the station here. The birds flew to the roof of the station, circled about it for a few minutes and then took a beeline for home.

All of them were six weeks old, according to Mr. Whereatt, and were making their first long distance trip. The three stragglers arrived within 15 minutes of the first one, the owner told Mr. Whereatt.

Superior news in brief

Steal fixtures — A report to the police by C.L. Wildner states that within the last ten days the building at 715 Tower avenue has been entered by thieves and electric lighting fixtures, wash basin, facets and other accessories removed.

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