Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 25
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 34, 1968 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS 5-C Canyons Are Streets in Giant Gify Park At the south edge of the great Wisconsin ice sheet whose grinding, gouging, smoothing action levelled off a great deal of the once rugged surface of Illinois, there lies an area untouched by- the Ice. In a once remote bowl in the Ozark foothills of southern Illinois, about nine miles south and two miles east 'of C a r b o ndale, there is a strange, rocky country called Giant City State Park, in which a large part of the rock formations, unsmoothed by the long- vanished glacial ice, stand weathered, ancient, and interesting to the the hiker and naturalist alike. Geologically, the park is composed of shale overlying sandstone, topped with wind- blown loess deposited during the Wisconsin Ice Age. The Makanda sandstone in the park, formed by a quiet sea early in the Pennsylvania period, was laid down to a depth of some one hundred feet and as covered with Drury shale which erodes easily under the action of rain, heat, and cold. The lower parts of almost, pure sandstone weather out neatly and stand as vertical cliffs which are plentifully ornamented with mosses, lichens, liverworts, algae, ferns, and other small, shade- loving plants. In the friable, crumbling surface of the north sides of the cliffs one may find the frea- test variety of ,plant material on the cool, damp sandstone walls. Botanizing in such a location is unique, for the plants, which are largely stemless, grow flat on the vertical surface of the rock, cling with a delicate growth of root- like $ It's a wonderful time of > a year to thank you for your K patronage. And do have a « Merry Christmas! f I Merle-Norman Studio i I 830 Main —Mt. Vernon, III. | We wish you a jolly, rollicking Christmas— filled with merriment, full as Santa's pack! parts, produce their curious fruits and multiply in a locality in which few other plants could survive. -O- -O- -O- ' The cutting power of streams carving deeply into the shale, and sandstone produced these vertical walls in which the sandstone is often pitted, ridged, and honeycombed by the presence of iron oxide deposited among the sand grains. It was Giant City Creek which very likely produced the strangest formations of all, in what is one of the most dramatic rock strongholds in Illinois. Here is the "Giant City" itself the creek wore down through the softer shale and the resistant sandstone. A slump in he underpinning caused the masses of sandstone to further separate and stand apart in well- d efined "streets." Avenues bisect each other in a labyrinth of passages, like some Old World city. Down in here, even the the birds are few and quiet and sunslight seldome comes. There may be the quick utterance of a phoebe whose nest, ornamented with moss, is plastered oh a ledge; or the sudden twitter of a rough- winged swallow in summer; or, on a chilli November day, there may be no bird- sounds at all. Walk through the narrowing, echoing aisles of the rock city. Climb the trails on to the high places. Stand amazed at the balancing rock and the Devil's stand i table, admire the rosettes of grey- green lichens on the crumbling sandstone, for all this in Giant City State Park. -o- -o- -c- Giant City, made into a state park in 1927, comprises some 16 acres. New though it may be to most of the inhabitants of Illinois, the remote, grotesque area was known long ago. It is said that during the Civil War certain southern sympathizers had their headquarters here. Secure against discovery, the Knights of the Golden Circle supposedly operating out of here to stimulate resistance to the draft when President Lincoln was urgently calling for soldiers, carried on an extensive spy ring for the South, and turned out treasonable publications which were slyly circulated among men in the Union troops. The Knights of the Golden Circle were never apprehehended. The winding little hill- road leading to the dark canyons and awesome cliffs was little traveled and was shunned by the m6re timid, to whose ears had come awful rumors of what went back there in the hills. The Knights of the Golden Circle have long since gone away. Now Giant City State Park is one of the most interesting of the state park areas whicl: has been set aside by the State of Illinois as a perpetual place of recreation for the public. j soent quietly at home — thai lis as quietly as firecrackers I and other noise making devices. I would permit. If not thus spent thf family would go visitins jihe farm wagon. Even then it was "cut to grandfather's house |h?'ll go," with the children settled snugly in hay or straw I on the wagon box floor and , wrapped in old quilts or blan- j kots. When not visiting, the fa-; ' mily generally expected compa-,' I fly- j It \v;>s a day of memories i i a- d kind thoughts and convi-' vality. ! SUGGESTED NAME FLOWER CHILDREN should appreciate this evening outfit which features trousers and hip-length blouse covered with three- dimensional flowers. The costume, designed by George Halley, was shown in New York as a spring item. Christmas Mai-tin Waldseemuller, in a book he wrote in 1507, requested that our mainland be called America "because Americus (Amerigo Vespucci) discovered it." Though Vespucci's claim that he l'eached America a year before Columbus was never completely verified, Waldsee- muller's suggestion took hold. POLLY'S POINTERS Her Shower Free DEAR POLLY — At a recent baby shower, I hit upon the idea of a gift certificate for 24 hours of free baby- sitting as my gift. I know this gift was greatly appreciated. It is going to be used while my friend is in the hospital. She has small children at home and no relatives in this city to help care for them. MARTY DEAR POLLY — Will you ask if any of the readers know of clever ways to keep extra table leaves close at hand and easily available when there is no closet for storing them? I once read of a way to use them as shelves but have forgotten how it was done. Does anyone know? —MRS. E.F.M. DEAR POLLY — We were going to have a wiener roast and Gift Baby Sitting OF THE SANDS OF TIME! C. W. (CURLY) RANKIN DISTRIBUTOR FALSTAFF BEER The little boy sat on his grandfather's lap and stared at two red marks on th epridge of the elderly man's nose. "What caused those?" he asked. "Glasses," the grandfather replied. "Glasses of what?" the boy ^g^^^^^s^^^a^^^ asked. ^ One of tke special joys we IW *t Christmas time (along witb trimming the tree and exchanging gifts) is reflecting on all tke woncUtful friends we Lave...and wisning eack and everyone of you a most deligktful koliday season. HOLMAN Motor Co., Inc. Your Friendly Ford Dealer and Employees Mt. Vernon, Illinois Nostalgia JOHN W. AIXEN Southern Illinois University Christmas is a season of anticipation for children and memories for adults. Thoughts of those who have enjoyed many Cbristmases turn to past ones. It is time of mild nostalgia. The holiday then was only one day long — unless it came on a Saturday or Monday and was blended with Sunday. Work went ahead on Christmas Eve as it did on a Saturday, with the afternoon off for going to town. Commercialism was not so rampant. There was no selling campaign that began at Thanksgiving and was boosted along iv many sales "simmicks." The "lay away plan" was unknown and there was no , forebodings of the after Christmas "marked down" sales. The age-old custom of Christmas feasting was observed, how- 1 ever. Special foods and tidbits j wore among the seasonal pur- ' chases :nade at the store. There would be the invariable dozen or so oranges from which the pee] was carefully removed , dried and later grated like nut meg for flavoring. -o -o- -o- There would be cocnuts with their three queer eyes that mnde a monkey face. These eyes were pierced to drain the water from the nut into a cup to pass around for sipping. The shell was cracked and "removed from the "meat" which was thinly pared and broken into portions. Sometimes the top of the shell would be sawed away and the lower portions filled or scraped smooth to form a dipper or bowl. Apples were sought and sometime a whole pack of them would be bought at the store. Generally, however, neighbors went to "Uncle" Felix's for these. His were cheaper and he gave very liberal measures. Viewed form this distance we are sure it was his way of saying "Merry Cristmas." There was the usuai purchase of red striped peppermint candy at about 11 or 12 cents a pound. If eggs, store checks or due biJJs would permit it, a bag of chocolate drops was added with a fewsticks of "Long Tom" chewing gum and tubes of licorice, called "liquish." Some i boys got an extra nickel for a package os Sen -Sen of odoriferous memory. Should the above runshort there always was moslasses candy, popcorn and popcorn balls to partially filled cavities in youth. -o -o -o"Boughten toys generally included popguns for boys and always the naked, China-headed doll that immediately began to bleed sawdust, for the girls. A major purchase would be a play-wagon, to be used by both boys and girls. Some fathers made this wagon, using short sections of a black gum log for wheels. There were fircrackers in flat packages with plaited fuses, wrapped in bright red paper which was covered with queer Chinese printed characters. No southern Illinois celebration would have been complete without their fizzing and booming. They made the noise that was the contribution of our South. There were torpedoes •that exploded when hurled a' gainst a firm hard surface. Roi mar candles gushed fountains of sparks with occasional colored fiery balls that soared away. -o -o- -o- Chistmas day genei'ally was could not find the wires we usually use to hold the wieners.. My son came up with the bright idea of using the wire lawn rake. We washed the tines very good and slipped wieners on each tine. This made a good holder, as you can slip the wieners down over tine bend of the tines and they cannot slip off as they sometimes do with a wire. More wieners also can be roasted at one time and only one person has to hold them — MRS. T. R. DEAR POLLY - I save the ring tabs from pull- open drhik cans, flatten them out, crochet around the rings, then push the stems up into pot holders and crochet all around the pot holders. These rings make pretty, sturdy hooks for hanging them, LOTTIE DEAR POLLY - Patricia will find it easier to keep her swimming pool clean if she puts a bucket of water by the pool and has the children rinse their feet off before gomg in the water. Also, put them to work while they are in the pool by giving them big strainers to catch bugs, grass, leaves, etc. A plastic cover can be bought to cover the pool at night. -PEGGY It is our pleasure at this joyous time to wish all our friends and neighbors a very happy Hc ! Uy Season. NU BOWL K 17th & George St. Ph. 242-0300 FROM OUR EMPLOYEES Fern Kirkpatrick, Donna Echols, Ruth Hoell, Gerry Renn, Alice Willmore, Opal Rector, Imogene Biundy, Lucille Dale, Hattie Marlow, Sue Nordin. Kermit Willmore, 9th St. Mgr. — J. R. Winters, 10th St. Mgr. 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