Mrs. Alice Mary Davey

lm_vala Member Photo

Clipped by lm_vala

Mrs. Alice Mary Davey - i Search for Dog Food Brings English Visitor AT...
i Search for Dog Food Brings English Visitor AT HOME OF DR. JONGEWAARD Unusual Story of Trip To U.S. Began In English Fish Shop During World War II A newspaper wrapped around j some fish purchased in a market j in Watford. England, in 1947, has resulted in a fabulous trip to the United States for Mrs. Alice Mary Davey. The story of Mrs. Davey's trip to the United States v and to the home of Dr. Jean Jongewaard of Jefferson, began with the death of her mother, following a buzzbomb at- in! tack in 1945. in her will that 50 pounds should Dog Lovers Mr. and Mrs. Davey had always been dog lovers. When Mrs. Davey's mother died, she stipulated be left to Mr. Davey to buy whatever he wished. Mr. Davey purchased a Welsh Corgi dog. one of the finest and most expensive of purebred cattle dogs. The Daveys' became great dog lovers in spite of the fact that with war hardships, rationing became a serious problem in fact so serious a problem that food for the dog became almost impossible to find. she sat down and wrote a letter to the editor of the Des Moines newspaper explaining how it was impossible to acquire dog food in England and also impossible to send English money to America to purchase any here. She asked the editor if it would be possible for him to find someone who could send her some dog food and she would in turn send them something of value in place of the money which the English government refused to let her send to America. Receives Letter Upon receiving the letter, the editor placed it in the newspaper and within a few days Mrs. Davey had received 50 airmail letters from dog loving lowans promising her an adequate supply of dog food. In another few days more than 500 letters arrived by boat. Mrs. Davey was amazed at the response, but through that response from many lowans began friend-! ships which have lasted through j the year. One of the first packages received was from Dr. Jean Jongewaard. Somehow, however, in the Atlantic crossing, all of the name became illegible except the Dr. and the waard. For six months, Mrs. every One day Mrs. Davey walked into, Davey. who acknowledged ..^ fish rationing line and purchased , letter with thanks, wrote to Iow*ns supply of fUh. She noticed that asking if they knew of anyone i t A ft*** 4ft»AWA W A t A«.M. _ . _ . . ! . _ » 1 _ !·_ . I » * the fish were not wrapped in the usxial London newspaper, but rather in an oM DM Moinet Tribune. As she dumped the fish into the sink, her eye fell upon an advertisement for doc food on one of the Impulsively, M she expMM now, » * whose last name ended in waard and who was a doctor. Finally a Boon* lady wrote to her and stated that it sounded at if it might fee the kindly Dr. Jean of Jtffmen. Finding out that the MM correct, Mn. Dm*? MI* Dr. one of (he HIM litter. She also sent another of the dogs to a man in Deep River. More and more dog food was sent to Mrs. Davey throughout the ensuing months. Unable to use ail of it herself, she gave it to dog lovers in Scotland, Wales. Ireland and England who were in somewhat the same predicament. Through the letter to the Des Moines editor asking for dog food Mrs. Davey acquired hundreds of pen pals with whom she kept a regular correspondence. One of her early contributors were Mr. and Mrs. Gavin o* Des Moines of the Gavin real estate firm. Last fall, Mr. and Mrs. Gavin journeyed to London, with one of their first stops being to visit with Mrs. Davey. Recently Mrs. Davey decided to ro to America to visit with her hundreds of Iowa pen friends. Making the journey on the Queen Elizabeth, one of her first stops was at the Des Moines Register and Tribune to visit with the editor who had been responsible for the hundreds of parcels of dog food and other hundreds of new found friends. Early Stop Another of her early stops was the home of Dr. Jean, where she spending the week. Coming to the United BtaMs with considerable misgivings, it- cause of the currency rettrfctlOM on Britith money brought mt« the country, Mn. Davey to the reception wWeh the ha* received. 0he Mated that 4w MM (GMMMM M

Clipped from
  1. The Jefferson Bee,
  2. 06 May 1952, Tue,
  3. Page 1

lm_vala Member Photo
  • Mrs. Alice Mary Davey

    lm_vala – 24 Mar 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in