The Jefferson Bee Jefferson, Iowa Tuesday, February 18, 1964 p4
to Co., living to In last week's Bee. the editor suggested in one of his editorials of publication drawing to a close, of publication drawing to a clase, it would be interesting to hear from some of the long-time subscribers--to know how many years some families have been reading The Bee. First response came from Mrs W. T. McCormick of Jefferson, who says that she has been a Bee subscriber for more than 50 years. Mrs McCormick showed us a little notebook, in which she has written some of her memories of the past. One of the things we noted was a continuing interest in schools through the years. Her parents, Philip and Margaret Scollon, who both came from Ireland and were married in Gen- Â·va. N.Y., "on the day Lincoln was assinated," came to Jefferson by train hi 1873. They settled in neighboring Calhoun County, but Jefferson was their trade center. "Father would so often tell of his worthy friends in Jefferson, the Heads, the Milligans. the Bofinks. McCarthys and Dr Enfield," writes Mrs McCormick. her late husband were married in 1905 and lived near Churdan, and it came time for their daughter Pauline to start to school, Mrs McCormick was conceerned because there was no kindergarten there. So, she set about teaching her daughter herself. Pauline h a d learned about phonics, and was adept at reading before she ever went to school. The McCormicks moved to Jefferson in 1921, and one of the things they liked about the move was the chance to send their daughters to school here, and to be able to use the public library. 4 THE JEFFERSON Jefferson, la., Tues., Feb. 18, 1964 Now, still vitally interested in schools, Mrs McCormick can look out her window at the site for the proposed new Jefferson Community High School, because the McCormick acreage at the south edge of town was sold to the school district last winter for this purpose. is really an interesting one, and we'd guess it will be treasured her daughters (Mrs Daniel Russell and Mrs Dean Baker) and her grandchildren, Mary Jo and Bill Baker. Candy Hanson hosts Happy Highlanders The Happy Highlanders met Feb. 10 at the home of Candy Hanson. The 4-H Pledge was led by Ann Rutherford. Twelve girls answered roll call which was, "A color I can wear and why." The club elected Glennis Thede and Candy Hanson as county officer candidates. Barb Lundy explained to the club about winter camp and the county citizenship project. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ann Brody. Verna Dolph gave an illustrated talk on "Wardrobe Planning." Patti Higgins and Becky Roberts gave a demonstration entitled, "Sewing Something Simple." Tuo other talks, "Color notes for you" by Barb Lundy and "Beauty Aids" by Glennis Thede were also given. After group singing, lunch was served by the hostess.' Writing of her parents' experience when they settled in Calhoun County, Mrs McCormick says "In the early days, there was no"school house. The county said 'We can get you a teacher if you and a few of your neighbors can put up a ' school house.' The lumber was 'hauled from Milligans at Jeffer-' son." So, the school house was built. Mrs McCormick's little notebook also contains many interesting and amusing notes on the past. Such as the time she went 10 the circus, and uhen she and her sister got home. "Oh the bumps on my poor head We were standing up. tryins to ride the horses like the show gals." - SEE HUTCH1NSON INSURANCE SERVICE And after Mrs McCormick and And. there's a funny stor\ about the day a pig fell into the barrel of molasses which had been stored in the cob and coal house. One of Mrs McCormick's brothers pulled the pi? out, covered the barrel again and "said he did not eat any. but the best of it was thai he never ' told about it until the molasses was all gone." Mrs McCormick's little notebook ' I N A Home Owners Dial 386-4416 107 So. Wilson Ave.