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Columbus Telegram, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Columbus, NebraskaIon sympathy Hittig i part from he Irwin it sup Palm i with materials for Louii set Vinson number 164 ninety fifth year the Telegram weather Outlook sunny continued hot today sunday around 100. Cloudy tonight Chance of thundershowers lows 70 of 75. Member associated press Columbus Nebraska saturday july 13, 1974 14 pages today by new j men Rui Daft a. Bay. Lotsof and chill Len inc is Hojio area youths agree provides rewarding Tim mimick modern haircut amid antique surroundings Bicentennial feature shop s fixtures reflect remarkable career by Irene o Brien before morning a Hundred plus Columbus kids Are crawling out of bed dressing in jeans or tops and sneakers in order to meet the trucks i hat arrive at the court House at . They re carrying a variety of lunch buckets thermoses coolers and canteens and their destination is com Field Nebraska. It s Detas seling season and Lime for the City kids to go to the Aid of their country they re doing just that and More. They re enjoying the Early morning they re listening to the gentle Breeze As it rustles the leaves of Corn and they re becoming belter Young adults through the accomplishment of hard work and the comradeship of the Crew. Jim Flynn of the Flynn hybrid seed company in Schuyler is the Boss. The company grows about acres of Corn for Prairie Valley in grand Island and Fontanelle of Flynn told us most of the Corn we grow is used for seed. We were the first company to hire boys and now girls to de Tassel and 1 myself have Deta sled for 31 Rich Jenkinson teacher of District i Richland spends Liis summer months managing the kids. He does the hiring firing occasionally and gives the promotions. His right hand Man is Dan Brock a very reliable by Tim mimick the building at 2317 Lith Street is Moersen Barber shop. It could easily pass for an antique shop or an exhibit al a museum. Most everything inside the dates Back to Early 1900 s says owner Bill Moersen. The a Roll top desk two show cases and a Huse Barber Shell with Glass mirrors goes Back to 1900 the floor was Laid m 1917. A hard Coal stove was used to heat the until 1930. The Gas hearer installed that year still provides it Barber chairs were also bought in 1900 and Are in top the Koch Model chairs Jive genuine leather upholstery and Hydraulic moving parts. The oldest furnishings Are six wooden sting chairs bought from the Columlus Board of Trade Iri is the Board had purchased sys. Admiral Dewey carved on it but he traded it in around 1910 and pc lived credit. The oddest antique is a Fostoria Brand Light bulb dating bade to at least 1900. The bulb is in daily use until 1905 when Sto bulbs were installed. The a bulb was kept and i every the now As even. Much Light but served Tju Roose of those Days. Still has the Barber utensils his father used m Ogemaw and in Columbus when and Cut the hair of of the first settlers of this Srur Unity. They include straight Edge razors a razor if rapt Combs hair brushes shaving Brush and Mug and hair clippers Moersen pulled open a drawer to reveal some interesting Nazers. One was a blueprint Jrsn 1910 for the proposed viaduct Over the Railroad tracks. The Structure was to begin in an Alley by the Heynan lumber co fear 23rd Avenue and shh Street. The end was to be on 25th Avenue Between 12m and 13th streets which was the Road on the East Side of the Oxford cafe the proposed Structure was designed to have a shape if viewed overhead similar to a backwards the department of agriculture s weather Bureau printed weather forecasts and sent them daily through the mail. Printed on a 4 x 7 Inch card the forecast for the evening and the next Day was delivered each afternoon. Moersen would Lack the card on the hat rack or Wall for customers to read. Of the few forecasts Moersen has he oldest states for Nebraska november 8 1920 unsettled and cooler tonight rain East portion tuesday partly Cloudy cooler East and Central Bill said ape r clipping he wishes he had from the Omaha world Herald in the Early 1900 s. It was an and which stated Barber wanted a week wages boozers and cigarette fiends need not apply Bill said the reason cigarette fiends were not wanted was the smell of nicotine on their fingers was unpleasant to customers when shaving. The reason for not hiring boozers . Bill has Sorne antique stories in the Barber shop too. He tells a factual Story about the blizzard of 88 when his father was bartering in Sioux. Falls . The blizzard was beginning and a Sioux Falls Butcher wanted to go the slaughterhouse. He was warned not to go but said he thought the storm would be mild. The nest Day he was found standing Frozen of death Between two mules which were also Frozen. He probably had tried to stay warm by standing Between the mules. Bill s father Theodore was a Barber from Germany who came to America in 1884. He lived in Iowa South Dakota and Oregon before moving to Columbus.in-1892. He bought the shop and was part of Columbus growth for Many years. In 1905, Charlie Pollock owner of Pollock s drug store later sold Locharles had offered to pay Bill s Way through Creighton University if he would study pharmacy. When Bill would graduate Pollock would give him a Job at the drug store or find him another Job at a pharmacy. Bill thought it Over for two weeks but decided against the offer. Bill began working in 1007 at Gray s mercantile but soon became a clerk at Oehlrich s hardware and grocery i n Columbus. Two years later he joined his father As a Barber al Moersen s. When Theodore retired in 1931, Bill became the owner. These were the hard times of the depression. He said in was during this time he would barter a shave or haircut for a dressed Chicken. The regular Price for a haircut and ionic was Cut to 15 cents. In the 1920 s in had been 70 cents 75 cells if imported Oil was hair was easiest to Cut in lire 40 s and 50 s because it was worn Short and Cut Moersen said. He added today men a hairstyles Are in masculine. And look Bill is a k i n g from experience he has Cut six generations of hair. Ladies first came into the Barbers iop in 1922 or 1923. They would get Short haircuts called fashionable names like a King Tut a pineapple Bob or a natural curly Shingle women were a lot different to give a haircut Moersen said. In reference to female s gift for conversation he said they talked Moersen said his most unique customer was a lady he shaved in St. Mary s Hospital during the Early 1960 s. He thought she was joking when she asked for a shave but a few Days later he Cut her Quarter Inch Long fuzzy he still gives a haircut As fast and Good As Ever. He credits hard work and Long hours for his excellent health. He walks wherever lie goes. The Barber shop was busiest in 1909 and three Barbers were employed. The shop was open on saturday from 7 . To Midnight or even 1 . Sunday was a work Day also shop open from 9 a a. To 1 . Bill said he never worked on sunday. Today Only Bill Moersen remains cutting hair at his shop. He said he would listen to any offers for the furnishings but would keep inc Walls ceiling and floor if he did sell. He would replace them with modern fixtures. Bill has no intention of retiring though. When you own an expensive comfortable shop Are in great shape and doing what you want to do Why retire supervisor a few weeks before Rte Masseling begins Jenkinson starts making phone Calls. He contacts the supervisors who in turn Call in the Straw Bosses. The seven supervisors Are kids who be had three to four years experience in the Field and the Straw Bosses have been on the Job at least one year previously and usually two. This Bunch goes out a couple of weeks ahead of the Detas Selers to do the Rogu eing and get in a Little training session. Rogu eing is chopping out the weeds and the Volunteer Corn which if allowed to grow will spoil the Quality of the pure bred seed. Flynn s Delass cling started Aboul the 5lh of july. It s in full siring now and will last another three or four weeks. During the Peak they hire around 180 to 200 kids from Columbus Richland Monroe and Schuyler. The Corn is planted in rotation six rows of. Female and then two rows of male. Only the female rows Are Deta sled to prevent them from s e 1 f pollinating. And yes the people in the Field can Tell the difference the male plants vary from the female ones by coloration size and Leaf shape. Two types of Corn Are chosen for Cross Breeding one for a Strong Plant and the other for ils resistance to blight and bore. Improvements Are constantly being made and new each year. Today the Corn yield is bigger and Beller than Ever before. On location the Crew six kids to each Straw Boss takes one female Section and starts Delas seling. The process is Quick for the experienced and easy to learn for the beginner. As we a faster Crew we noted the sound o f Delas seling much the same sound As pop Corn popping. At the finish end nobody goes to the next Section until the beginners or slower ones have been dug out or. Helped to catch up. Then the whole group moves on. It takes about 45 minutes to make a Complete round. The Straw Boss makes sure the kids Are not getting Loo Many leaves More than three or four decreases the Quality of the they also try to catch the missed tassels and rogue where necessary. The supervisors follow the Straw Bosses for the same sections and appoint the rows for discarded tassels. The tassels Are dropped in every other Furrow. And irrigating is done through the Clear one. Ideally Delas seling is done just before the plants silk Oul the Fields Are slate inspected periodically and without notice. They cannot have Over two per cent tassels or on stalks they cannot have Over 40 tassels left. Hymns have never had a Field rejected and though the Crews can do about 90 acres in three Days they go Over the Field six or seven More times and that takes about a week. Jenkinson told us Hal the supervisors also Ratcli to make sure the kids Are taking the they give them frequent Brief Breaks. Water is always available and a 45-minute lunch break is a fun Lime. The kids relax and let their hair Down. One Cooling process is a Good Waler fight and other activities help the kids get ready for the afternoon. When we asked the kids Why they de Tassel the popular answers were school i e n they make an Wui and at the end the season the kids pick up a Check for two to three Hundred dollars. Jenkinson told us we still need help and anyone interested can Call me at Monroe 495-2297." sure it s hard work Ami hot but after a Shower and a Good night s rest those kids Are ready and willing logo again. They re Young and Strong and the name of the game is Delasses after a hot Day heading for Home 1171 a Arclo by pm of by Terry sheriff Oon Franzen holds All Budt ind of a during 55 Fri met my prisoners Leuw have if Given the county jail future is still in doubt the plate county jail the site of numerous escapes within recent years is closed at least until necessary repairs Are made if they Are made at All. County sheriff Don Franzen is presently asking for bids to repair the outdated facility. The latest of incidents listed As reasons for closing the jail was the flooding of the court House by prisoners on june 25. At that time five prisoners Tore Metal straps and removed a pipe from the Shower after turning All posse water outlets on. The sheriff s department with help from the Columbus police department brought Ilic rebellious inmates under control without injury. Lale the next morning. District judge c Thomas while ordered the jail closed and All prisoners transferred elsewhere until repairs had been made. Since alien several of these same prisoners have been included in an uproar at the Merrick county jail necessitating repairs to that facility also. Franzen says the major extent of the tentative changes in the jail Here if it is to be reopened at All will be to extend some of the Walls so that prisoners will not be Able to climb on top of the cells or go Back behind them. Presently the prisoners can do Holh making 11 sometimes impossible of see them when the guards attempt to Check. Another major repair involves the broken Waler pipe in the North cell Block under a .22-Inch Concrete floor. Instead of trying to Lind the break by tearing into the floor a bypass pipe will be installed. Also in the plans is the hiring of three Security guards to be used for night duly. Use of this remodeler jail would t be needed for Long As the addition to the Hall of Justice includes space for a new and More secure jail along with offices of the sheriff state patrol and cily police. Plans for the completion of this building however Are not finalized. Today s editorial 5 co mkt amt Nanti sports to farm Lati he in torrid summer weather recalls fhe ice Rhian by Mary Mackinnon most Days this past week it s been so hot you could wish for a cake of ice to sit on and Cool off ice has been sold around Columbus at least since 1888 when the Baker Brothers Fred and Otto started in the ice business and in 1914 when the Columbus brewing company put in an artificial ice plan that manufactured 18 tons of ice a Day. On March 31, 1313, Columbus fuel and storage co. Bought out the Bakers began to deliver ice to businesses and Homes and supplying Railroad cars with tons of ice. What the company did t buy from the brewing company it got out of Wagner lakes each Winter. All the ice found 97 per cent pure by stale chemists. Joe Frisch Hob present owner of Columbus fuel and storage came to the company in 1924 As a bookkeeper but found himself out on the ice routes up at . Some mornings. Frischholz can remember picking up the manufactured ice from company and making the rounds dropping it off at restaurants saloons and meat markets 2-3 Ion delivery placed in a business s Large ice Box to keep a week. Delivery was also made of Swift and co. And two ice Cream Jersey ice Cream co. And Harding ice Cream co. Frischholz might accompany Spence Rice who always drove a team of belgian horses on his Roules even after the company converted to solid tire trucks in 1927. Rice would get up at 4 am. Six Days a week working on the Job until perhaps 8 . For a week. Sunday was a Day of rest he would Wash Down the horses Hal Day. He finally quit the ice business in the 1930 s at the age of 77, after 39 years. Frischholz also mentions two other Early ice men i n Columbus Ray Brigham and Ide Brindley. The greatest amount of ice business in Columbus however was t delivering to residential and business ice boxes it was dealing Wilh the Union Pacific. Columbus was a n important Ici Rig Lalion in the i920 s and 30 a supplying up to a mile of Railroad cars with 12 ions of ice and pounds of Salt to each car so bananas and oranges would t perish in route the company also handled Coal Sand feed and provided dry and Cool storage. The ice that went into the Railroad cars came from Wagner lakes each Frischholz said. The lakes then were "30 to 60 feet deep Spring fed contained no growing vegetation or Bob Rice Foreman would hire 150-200 men during the culling season of 3-5 weeks mid Winter the men working As lawmen floaters h Kokmen horsemen and pile men to get the ice from the lakes to the five ice Bouses in town. Cutting ice began around the first of february when ice. Was judged thick enough. A Hole was drilled in the ice. With an Auger and the depth measured. When the ice was 13-14 inches plus f our More inches cutting began. Though horses and men weren t allowed on the ice until it was at least six inches accidents did happen a lot of men falling in and returning to town for dry clothes. When horses fell through they were dragged out by ropes. Because of the dangers involved Frischholz said the men could t get insurance though the company never lost a Freak weather would cause instant warm up o r Chinook winds would come up and the ice would melt. Men would be called off the ice when lightning developed. It Wanned up and started raining like Frischholz said Aboul one year of cutting ice. The cakes of ice kept going Down and Down and one year it had t been cold enough and the company was forced to Cut ice out of Pete Shmit s Creek North of town Shell Creek where sch Mil ran a grist Mill. Chunks of ice 22x22x13 inches were Cut in the ice with an or saw in the 1800 s. Later gasoline powered saws were used to Cut within four inches of the water. A group of men would loosen the ice with Spud or Needle bars. Using Doles another group would float the ice Down the River to a ice Chute where the ice was dragged by a learn of horses up the Chute and chopped up into smaller blocks Fri Frischholz photo by ipod another set of men worked with the ice calling it into the pieces so when the ice was stacked in the five ice houses in town it fit snugly. Packing it tightly helped to keep the ice from one season to another. By the end of the cutting season each House contained tons of ice covered with Straw and sawdust. Another 750 tons lying beside the Lake was used first and lasted until april. Some men worked through the night wafer so it would t freeze up and could be used to float Frischholz said. One year the men were working with a gasoline powered saw weighing about pounds. The saw dropped through the ice and fell some 47 feet to the Bottom of he. Frischholz said he men built a Pontoon of Oil barrels and worked several Days to fish out the valuable saw. I in he said the in was so thick we Cut the blocks of ice 22x24x22 inches. The ice was Pul into the ire House on 21st Avenue. That year we did t use the last three rows of it and piled on the ice the next season. We were still using the 1936 Batch four years later. Thai s How Well the ice other ice houses were found by Wagner lakes the viaduct and one was located where the Platte county courthouse now stands. The houses were on Railroad tracks leading up close to them. The Railroad was the biggest user of natural Frischholz said As he placed a Bah Back on a shelf after. A demonstration of its use. When the Railroad quit using ice there was t much ice business led. Their cars Are All refrigerated he said. In 1b53-m the Columbus fuel and storage co. Quit using Wagner lakes for natural ice and purchased the artificial ice Plant from Columbus brewing co. They began using the 180 steel cans to make 300 Pound blocks and manufactured 18 ions a Day until 1971. All ice now sold by the company comes from Lincoln the Only place in the state now manufacturing artificial ice. The times they change. Most of the ice Frischholz s company Sells is for social functions or for icing Down horses following a race. Air conditioning was t a fact of summer life during the hot Nebraska Days in the 1920 3 and 30 s. And it got hot Back then Loo. Bui. They had ice then for their be Lea and for making ice Cream and maybe perhaps to sit on

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