Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 20, 1968 · Page 7
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 7

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Friday, December 20, 1968
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1968 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON*. ILLINOIS Santa Was Poorer Christmas Not So Good In Old Days GOP HOUSE LEADERS—Speaker Ralph Smith, R-Altou, announced Rep. Jacn Walker, of Lansing, center, would be Republican majority leader, and Rep. William Walsh, of LaGrange Park, right, would be assistant leader. (AP Wirephoto) Robert Frost wrote poetry from boyhood but his first book, "A Boy's Will," was not published until he was 38, living in England. DON'T LET | Hearing Loss % ROB YOU OF 8 CHRISTMAS JOYS! $ «5 Steffie Not Worried Expressway Will Leave Old Spinster Homeless Discover how newest Beltone Hearing Glasses or Aids may bring you the Merriest Christmas ... the Happiest New Year of your whole life! Come in, phone or write for fascinating FREE book that tells how. SO. ILL. SURGICAL APPLIANCE CO. Ill West Main Street West Frankfort, III. 932-5919 PHILADELPHIA (AP; — A wind-swept, abandoned house on the Philadelphia waterfront, being razed for an expressway, leaves a 70-year-old spinster homeless. The state contractor boarded the lower part of the three-story house. Upstairs Stefanie Murawska snapped a piece of wood and tossed it into a stove. Wind whistled through the narrow dwelling, which will be demolished soon. Stefanie says she's independ-j ent and doesn't worry about her plight. The Polish immigrant has lived in this section of the city since coming to the United States as a teen-ager. She says she is used to living in abandoned quarters, without lights or electricity. For years she roomed with iamilies in this neighborhood while she was drawing a weekly salary of $40 for rolling cigars. Later she went on Social Security. She continued working for a while as a domestic and began seeking abandoned houses for shelter. Whatever belongings a family left behind, she had' a use for. "Steffie," as she is known, explained "I don't like to stay in one place. I like to be on the move." Not too long ago, a Roman Calholic priest arranged for her to live in a home for the elderly. She didn't stay. The Welfare Department tried to convince her to board with a family. She resisted this, too. "I'm happy," Steffie said. "I go and come as I please. I don't worry—it's no good to worry." BARBS By Folk segment of good freeway If the a kiss hand — ber. PHIL PASTORET who consider a four- cloverleaf to be a sign luck haven't driven the recently. -X- -X- -X— wife greets you with and your slippers in check the house num- By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) -"Toll me what Christmas was like in the old days, Daddy, when you were a little boy." .. "Did you hang up your stocking like kids do now?" Oh yes, indeed, and we were terribly afraid of what we might find in it. "What was that?" A lump of coal. We were told that if we had been bad all that Santa Claus would leave in our stocking would be a lump of dirty coal. "What did Santa Claus leave in your stocking." Oh, nuts and figs and red- striped candy and apples and— —the nicest surprise of all—a big golden orange. "What's so wonderful about getting an orange?" Well, in those days oranges didn't seem to be so plentiful. Except for Christmas, about the only time we saw an orange was when we got a stomache ache. Then we'd have to take castor oil, and they'd squeeze some or- ang juice in it so it wouldn't taste quite so awful. "Did you have Christmas trees in those days?" Oh, yes. But we didn't have so many store-bought decorations. We did most of thedeco- rating ourselves. We'd cut out little angels and make a star out of tinfoil to put on top of the tree, and we wound the tree with homemade necklaces of cranberries and popcorn sewn on long threads. "My, that sounds like fun. We ought to do that now sometime. What restaurant did you go to for Christmas dinner." We ate at home always. It would take mother days to fix the meal—getting everything ready. "Didn't that make her tired?" It sure did, but she liked the excitement. Each year she'd say, "never again," but each year she'd insist on doing it all over again. She said she'd feel funny eating Christmas dinner anywhere except in her own house. "Did you get many presents?" Not usually. Each of us boys got a sweater, or a pair of mittens. Then there would be one big present—a sled or a wagon that we all had to share. "I don't think that would be much fun, having to share presents. I'd rather have my own presents." I guess we would have liked it better, too. But Santa Claus wasn't so rich then. He didn't have a credit card. Well, I've told you what Christmas was like in the old days when I was a little boy. What do you think of it? "Well, I don't, think I'd better | say, Daddy." Why not? "Well, I'm afraid if I tell you the truth I'll wake up on Christmas morning and find a lump of coal in my stocking." Saturday Blastoff Minor Snaa In Moon Trip Countdown CAPE KENNEDY. Fla. (API — The lengthy Apollo 8 countdown hit its first technical snag Thursday, but it was a minor one and was not expected to affect Saturday's planned blastoff of three astronauts toward an orbit ; around the moon. The problem cropped •• up as the launch crew prepared to pipe supercold liquid hydrogen into the three fuel cells that will produce electricity for Apollo 8. A valve in the pumping system did not respond and had to be replaced. A spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the problem delayed the fueling operation about four hours. He noted, however, that several aspects of the countdown, which started Sunday, were ahead 1 of schedule and there was plenty of time to make up for time lost because of the faulty valve. The spokesman said the launch team expected to catch up during a planned built-in hold of more than five hours, scheduled this afternoon before the so-called terminal countdown staiis at 8:51 p.m. This is one of six such periods worked into the countdown to handle such contingencies. During flight, the, fuel cells combine liquid hydrogen, at a temperature of 423 degrees below zero, and liquid oxygen, at 297 below, to produce electricity and a byproduct of water for astronaut drinking. The three astronauts who will fly. the mission slowed their rugged training pace as Saturday's launch neared. They climbed into a spacecraft trainer in the morning and planned to huddle with launch officials in the afternoon. BRIDGE COLLAPSES IN FLORIDA—One sections of this bridge at Tarpon Springs, into the water. A sister span was Hosed m person died mid five were injured when three Fli».. collapsed dropping u truck and several cars i precaution. (AP Wirephoto) Re-Elect Hoffa As Local Head DETROIT (AP) Members of Detroit Local 299 voted nearly 4 to 1 to retain international Teamsters President James R. hoffa, now in prison, as head of the union's home local. Hoffa, serving an eight-year federal prison sentence at Lewisburg, Pa., for jury tampering, has continued to hold both local and international positions. He becomes eligible for parole in 1970. Hoffa was elected to a three- a vote of ."3 .S56 to Fewer than 8,000 of the lo- 18,000 members voted, defeated Andy Proven- \ear term by 1 107. .id's Hoffa zilio. The largest major group in the animal kingdom are the beetles, according to the Ency­ clopaedia Britannica. HOW DO AAA INSURANCE RATES RATE? GREAT! The wassail bowls of old England were made of lignumvitate, a material tht "never wore out." Often they held boiling hot liquids nd were banged against stone without damage. INSURANCE DUE? BEFORE YOU PAY CHECK M.F.A. Homeowners, Auto, Life and Health "SEE KEN" Your M.F.A. 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