The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 11, 1966 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 11, 1966
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It is getting a bit out of season, but I received more cards and letters which 1 know will be of interest, From my cousin Edwin Cady and wife Marie of Houston, came a subscription to the Ladies Home Journal which they have given me for some time and the promise of a telephone call soon. * * * Jeanette Goeder's card was printed at the top Sam and Jean, so it makes me think she tired of the longer name. Her last name is Bush. She said, "Mother (Mrs. Elsa Goeders) is getting around pretty well and we're all going out to Linda's for Christmas Eve. Linda is Jeanette's daughter. * * * A card from Mary Cady Rubenstein, State College, Pa., had her pen drawings of a kitten, six cute positions. * * * And Lizzie, bless her, took enough time from her full schedule to send me greetings. * * * I had messages from .Marie Wehler Falkenhainer, Oakland, Calif., and her brother Raymond of Klamuth, Calif, at about the same time, so I wrote a letter to Marie and told her to send it on to Ramie. He greeted me by my old nickname, "Hi, Red, or is it gray now?" I wrote back, 'Doit's auburn, just as it used to be- and it's the truth!" Well, we and Wehlers had a lot in common school, neighborhood, orchestra - and I tol'd them how pleased they and their folks would be at the changes-in the old neighborhood. The Comparatively new Miller house, the new Dau home next door east, the new Wittkopf house across the street, the 0. B. Laing home east of the Ferguson barn, the barn torn down and a fine new home there and the Love home on the corner, the former Annis house, and the new Keith home south of the rest home. New business fronts, and all the new places east of the old North Western railroad tracks. Algona certainly has taken on a "new look." * * * A cute true story was told me about a little boy who was with a group of carolers at St. Ann hospital. A nurse cautioned the group to be quiet in the halls as one woman was having a baby and a man was dying. The little fellow said, "What an awful place to end up in." Now they weren't quite certain just what he meant - so they favored the meaning that it was an awful place in which to sing their last songs. * * * I was talking with Mrs. Gail Towne the other day and we spoke of floral arrangements. She said her daughter Betty had learned in Japan when living there while her husband, Lt. Col. R. E. Clapper was in the service. The Clappers now live in Omaha, but he is still in service. * * * Mr. and Mrs, Karl Kiilsholm have been here at various times playing for friends on the second floor. Christmas Eve they played on the three floors, Mr, and Mrs. KiUsholm singing, the young boys play clarinet and cornet and the daughter Bonita plays the flute. The boys are Edward and Tim. * * * I wonder how many persons who read of Mrs. Stella Barker and the mince meat recipe will remember that she is a former Algonan. After leaving here, the family moved to Des Moines and for several years she bought and ran the Grace Ransom Tearoom. I believe Mr. Barker was county agent here. * * * The Orville Wicks and Barbara spent Christmas at Kanawha with relatives and the son Larry Wicks and wife were assembled at Inglewood, Calif, for a family gathering. Larry phoned the family here and both groups had a nice visit - the conversation coming in clearly over all the miles. Wonderful, isn't it? * * * When I read of the children playing in the John Cowles attic in Des Moines I recalled the many times I have played with Bertha, Florence, John and Gardner, Jr. and other children in the Cowles attic. Later it became the Ferguson attic and since Arthur was of high school age, it was given over to parties. * * * I was so pleased and surprised to see .Don Akre Dec. 28. He and his family came from Jefferson, Mo. to spend Christmas at Clear Lake with Mrs. Akre's parents and they were in Algona for the day and were to be dinner guests of Dr. and Mrs. John Schutter, relatives of Don's wife. His visit wasn't , half long enough to cover everything, but we hit the high spots. He came here from Posts and it brought back memories of the many card games his mother, my mother, Lizzie and I had together. He looks wonderful but just a little plumper in the face. The waist line has not expanded. His sister, Hazel Paar, lives at Woodland, Calif., but lives very quietly - doesn't care to travel. A year or so ago, she went via plane to Jefferson but didn't like that mode of travel and took the train home. * * * Mabel Hutzell has such a bad case of laryngitis I didn't recognize her voice this morning. Velma Hagg has been on the sick list, too. Of all times when one wants to feel one's best, I hope both are 0. K. by the time this reaches print. * * * It has kept me busy keeping track of the personnel around here - vacations to be with relatives, enforced vacations because of sickness, but we have done very well, no one neglected, but all missed. It gets to be sort' of a big family here. Annabelle Elbert was on vacation while her son Terry and family were here from Los Angeles. Mrs, John Helmers went to Ft. Dodge expecting to have a happy family gathering and wound up ill. she has suspected a gall bladder ailment for some time, but so far we have had no word as to the exact trouble. Thelma Sires had to take time off to nurse the flu, Olive Herbst went to California to see her sons Ben and Joel and families and to attend a Southgate family reunion, She got back Jan. 4. Pat Groen had a few days vacation, too, but it won't be long till we are back in regular routine. ' * * * The Pink Ladies met Dec. 28. New officers elected for a year are Mrs, Don Smith, Sr,, president; Mrs. August Slagle, vice president; Mrs. Leonard Maasdam, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Ralph Markla, devotions; Mrs. Ann Presthus, overseer of parties. Volunteer members will be very welcome and attendance at one of the meetings or information from any of the members would give one a clear idea of this very worthy organization. The price for membership is very low and the return in gratitude from the residents so great. Many are unable to write letters and do not have relatives or friends nearby, so a letter written by a "Pink Lady" means much. * * * Dec. 30 - Well, I've patted myself on the back that midst all the flu around here I have escaped, but I have to retract. I am a wreck this morning, a queezy stomach, headache and all the rest, so here's for the bed awhile and see if I can oversome it more quickly. Food I Ugh It! Well, I DID live but for awhile I didn't care m;ch one way of the other! • •i Algona, (la.) Upper DM Moinet Tu*day, January 11, 1966 And here is a topper - a Russian, Shirali Mislimov, claims to be 160 years old and is said to be the oldest man in the world, Well, it's another case of just seeming longer because of living in Russia. He claimed his good health is due to mountain air and physical labor. Head for the hills, boys, and get out the hoe I * * * Another gift was delivered today. I have thanked the donor, suggested that we have a chat some day and the accompanying card was so pretty - a basket violets. Which reminds me of the spring we won't have for awhile, but so far we can't complain of this winter. Hope 'it continues mild and snowless. * * * Last, but by no means least my thanks to the Congregational Couples Club for the calendar. It is fun to read about birthdays and wedding anniversaries. * * * Not quite last after all, for this afternoon, Sunday, I had a phone call from my cousin Edwin Cady and wife Mamie, Houston, Tex. It is always so good to hear their voices and we had a nice chat. It was 78 there. Edwin asked about our weather, and being -a" native lowan, he know just how pretty it is today with our snow-covered trees. Bui his wife, a Mississippian and he having lived in the south so long, would freeze In our temperature. * • * * Another Christmas card. This from Hazel Sabin, whose mother- in-law, Mrs, Estelle Sabin, was a neighbor of the Ed Haggs and us years ago. Also in the neighborhood were Mrs. Keziah Bradley, Rosa Jones and Merton Wooster, who married a Mrs. Fox. We used to be amused at seeing Merton walk up town with this group of widows Saturday evenings, sort of looking after his "flock." Well, he was a fine fellow and when he first came into the neighborhood, his brother, Ed and maiden sister Lydia, lived together in a new home later added to by the Harry Wards, niece and husband of the Woosters. * * * Another item I read which seemed a little far out was about the longevity of insects separated from female. The writer conceded that in humans, married people may live longer than unmarried ones - but I thought of the old gag, maybe it just seems longer. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••I* Electrical servants... at your command How many times a day do you call on electricity to serve you? Ten? Twenty? One hundred? Whenever you call on electricity, you have the equivalent of many valu- able servants at your command. Skilled technicians and modern equipment make possible this dependable service, when and where you want it. Electricity is ready to do almost every chore around your home, efficiently and at low cost, every day of the year. Algona Municipal Utilities

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