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Articles written by Richard L. Schmeling

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Pulling More Weeds

In addition to digging the dandelions out of the lawn at my parents’ home in Superior, there were other invaders to contend with. As I was digging the dandelions, I was also dealing with them. Another unwelcome visitor was bindweed. Bindweed had...

 

Canvas Mail Bags

Often while growing up in Superior I would go to the Burlington Depot and watch the motor car trains come through town. The eastbound arrived at 9:15 a.m. and the westbound was through about 5:30 p.m. The trains carried lots of express packages handl...

 

Digging Those Dandelions

When I was growing up in Superior, just about everyone’s lawn had a bright yellow flowers which my mother told me were dandelions, a weed that didn’t belong in a lawn. My father, the practical banker, wanted our lawn to set a good example. At...

 

Diminishing Chocolate Easter Bunnies

The Easter holiday as I was growing up in Superior included coloring Easter eggs and a time for those yummy chocolate Easter bunnies. As I have aged, I still look forward to the Easter bunny treat, but through the years the solid chocolate Easter...

 

Beacon on the Prairie

For many years the tall stacks of the cement plant west of Superior sent a plume of smoke into the sky. The kilns that turned crushed limestone into cement operated at high temperatures. In the winter, the smoke plume was thick when the hot air hit...

 

Summer Band

One of the most difficult tasks for an instrumental band instructor is how to keep band members practicing their instruments during the summer months. School is not in session and the lure of playing baseball or softball, hanging out at the swimming...

 

Happy new year in Superior

My parents always spent New Year’s Eve with the couple’s club that got together to play bridge once a month. They scheduled the January session for New Year’s Eve. This left me home by myself, although when I was younger Aunt Lena came to stay...

 

White Sidewall Tires

Recently I saw a 1950s era Ford stationwagon fully restored to “as new” condition. As a part of the restoration, the stationwagon had white sidewall tires. When I was growing up in Superior, white sidewall tires were popular. These tires cost...

 

Remembering Peter Rabbit

Recently, while visiting a Lincoln book store, I found a display of children’s books in a prominent position near the checkout stand. One of the books was a Peter Rabbit book. I almost bought it on impulse. Growing up in Superior, I had a lot...

 

Day Lilies

We had no day lilies at the Schmeling home at 1127 Kansas Street. I remember seeing them around town. The large Kate Scoular house on the southwest corner of tenth and Commercial streets had some and the “ghost house” south of the new, modern...

 

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