SUPERIOR — Like towns across rural America, Superior is dotted with landmarks that local and area residents associate with certain families and their role in the community across generations.
One such landmark in Superior’s business district is the building at 160 W. Third St., which was owned for many years by John Price Sr., and was used for memorial monument sales by Megrue-Price Funeral Home.
While there hadn’t been much activity around the building in some time, a new occupant now has revived it as a place for commercial activity — and he’s none other than a Price family member, who has repurposed the location for a brand-new venture.
Ben Price, a 2018 Superior High School graduate, returned to town in January after attending Southeast Community College in Lincoln, where he completed an 18-month welding program.
Ben has established his own new business, Lost Creek Welding, out of the former monument location.
Price is the son of John Jr. and Clara Price. His father is the funeral director at Megrue-Price Funeral Home and at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson, with monument sales continuing to be part of the family business.
His mother is manager of Main Street Floral in Superior.
Ben said he is happy to have identified a business opportunity for himself in Superior even though he hasn’t followed his father and his grandfather into the mortuary profession.
“I have thought about this occupation all my life,” Ben said. “Now, I have the opportunity to establish my own business in an empty building with which I have been acquainted all my life, located in my hometown.”
Lost Creek Welding specializes in cattle panels, plus customized welding projects and fabrication. Price’s other products to date have included deer stand platforms with easy-access ladder and railing.
Additional Price family ventures in the Superior area include the Crazy Woman Lodge northwest of town, a single-unit rental house that provides a homey residence away from home for visitors to the region.
Earlier this year, Bill Blauvelt, publisher of the Superior Express newspaper, wrote a story about Price that traced the history and many uses of the property at 160 W. Third St.
According to Blauvelt, the building was constructed in 1941 to house a machine shop operated by Stacey Barker. Later, it housed Chester Webber’s Superior Hide and Fur Co.
Other occupants through the years have included Seever Pontiac, Byfield’s Garage, a Honda motorcycle dealership, a title company called Abstracts Inc., Keith Eiel Motors and Pursell’s Liquor Store.