Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 29, 1976 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, April 29, 1976
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'Fourth R—Reminiscin" Recalls Memories of Many Retired Teachers By Jean McCay (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES - Memories of many retired Iowa teachers have been gathered in "The Fourth R — Reminiscin," a publication of the Iowa Retired Teachers Association. The book's purpose "is not to give a history of education in Iowa but to give a description of teaching in early Iowa," said A.E. Burton of Newton, chairman of the IRTA's Pride in America Committee. Burton said work on the book began a year and a half ago. At that time the National Retired Teachers Association urged each state group to compile such a book for presentation at its bicentennial conference in Houston, Texas, in May 1976. After an appeal in the group's newsletter, Burton and his editing committee received 400-500 manuscripts. The result — a 200-page, softbound book with illustrations — will be'sold by mail after May 1 for $3.50 each. "It's a limited edition of, 3,000 copies," said Burton. "It's not for profit, just to cover printing costs." The memories of the 308 contributors depict a wide range of topics and time. "Some of the people are in their 90s," said Burton, "and they're telling stories told by their parents or grandparents. So it goes back pretty far, even before Iowa was a state. Some of 'the teachers have done a lot of research, especially those in Burlington." Each of the book's nine chapters deals with a different subject. Included are stories of the earliest Iowa schools; the Normal schools and programs at which lowans prepared for teaching careers; effects of consolidated school districts, and orgahizatioruof teacher unions. Burton said one chapter contains memories of now famous pupils. "For x example, people like Harry Reasoner, Times Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, April 29, 1976 Consumers Can Fight it Out in the Small Claims Courts By Louise Cook Associated Press Writer An increasing number of Americans who can't get satisfaction despite the growth in complaint agencies are taking their grievances to courts and arbitration boards. The most popular legal step is to fight it out in small claims court, with alternatives in- The Iowa Bookshelf THE AUCTIONEER. By Joan Samson. (Simon & Schuster, $7.95) This short novel, Ms. Samson's first, is a real rouser if the reader accepts Foxfire characters as typical of present-d-ay rural New Englanders. The story's about a gigantic, nearly successful rip-off, run by a con-man real estate developer. eluding class action lawsuits and arbitration boards set up by the Better Business Bureaus. The atmosphere in small claims court is much more informal than in regular court. You usually don't need a lawyer (some states even ban attorneys). And it won't cost much. Small claims courts are de- The anti-hero, working the old protection racket, acquires family possessions, land, and finally grabs children, for profitable city-folk auctions. The proceeds buy police cars, guns, deputies and state officials to enforce grandiose schemes of a countrywide recreation area and tourist trap. Eventually, the hero, a simple son of the soil, awakens neighbors from lethargy and the mass resurrection is on, starting with arson. All this is too much, except for satire, which this novel isn't. — Kelly Adrian signed for those cases where it simply wouldn't pay to get a lawyer and invest a lot of time; the costs would be more than the damages involved. Rules for small claims courts vary from state to state. The filing fee is relatively small — generally between $10 and $50 — and the amount of damages you can recover runs from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. "It is a poor man's court," said County Court Judge Thomas O'Connell of Dade County, Fla. O'Connell's duties include hearing small claims or summary procedure cases as they are called in Florida. John Nelson, clerk of the civil division of the court — the part in which O'Connell works — reported 24,329 small claims cases were filed in 1975, compared to 20,904 in 1974 and 18,163 in 1973. Why the increase? No one is sure. Nelson said a 1973 change in the law transferring some cases to small claims court that previously had been heard elsewhere might be part the newsman, and George Washington Carver are remembered by Iowa teachers."he said. Memories of national organizations with Iowa foundings, such as 4-H clubs, and early teaching contracts and tools, such as "bell, blackboard and hickory stick," are also in the book, said Burton. Burton, who "taught music and string orchestra all my life in Newton," said the book is a Bicentennial gift to the country. "We hope that when the Tricentennial comes, this book will help people studying of the reason, although that wo,uld not account for the increase from 1974 to 1975. "Or," he said, "it might be the economy." The theory that people are more likely to go to court in hard times is supported by figures for the first part of this year when the recession had eased. Nelson said 3,443 small claims cases were heard in January and February this year, compared to 3,638 in the same period of 1975. If you need legal advice dur : ing the case, you probably can get it from the court itself. O'Connell heard nine cases in a recent morning. They ranged from an argument over a broken windshield to a case involving a used car loan.. , (The annual interest rate on the loan, clearly stated in the contract, was 27.1 per cent. "Usurious," O'Connell said. "They didn't get a chance to open their mouth because they didn't have to. All I had to do was look at the contract.") Small claims courts, of course, serve businesses as well as consumers. Landlords take tenants to small claims court. Finance companies try to collect on debts. In Dade County. O'Connell said, most of the cases involve companies suing individuals. teaching in the 19th and 20th centuries, "he said. Martha Anderson of Chariton contributed an article to the book in which she remembers many events of her 46-teaching career. "I attended a town school, so it was different teaching in a rural schoolhouse. I was just 18 and there were boys nearly my age and much taller. One time I gave them their choice of punishment and they said "paddling." I hated to, but I had to keep my word. Several years ago I found out from one of them that I was framed. They were testing me. They'd already run out one teacher but it didn't work with me," said Miss Anderson. That first year of teaching, 1922-1923, was not easy for Women's Club Meets In Arcadia Times Herald News Service ARCADIA — The Arcadia Federated Women's Club met Tuesday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Albert Hinze, Carroll. The meeting opened witn devotions followed by the flag pledge and the American Creed. Roll call was answered with a Mother's Day reading. Presiding was Mrs. Wilbur Schroeder. president. Announcements were made of the G.F.W.C. commemorative plates final purchase date of June 15. On July 4 all molds for these plates will be destroyed at a ceremony at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. A book "Discovering Historic Iowa," a 1975 American Revolution Bicentennial Edition by Leroy Pratt has been purchased to present to the Ar-We-Va School. A skit on the bicentennial was presented by Mrs. Schroeder, Evelyn Hoick and Mrs. Warren Andersen. Also featured on the program was a Mother's Day skit. Lunch was served by the hostess. 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Main St. s 1102 2nd St. Drawing for our Hamilton Digital Watch (retail value $250) will be held on Mother's Day, May 9th. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW— — — — — DES MOINES 1911 Army Post Road 2552 E. University EAGLE GROVE 1002 S. Commercial FT. DODGE 2928 S. 5th Ave. CTH Miss Anderson. In March, the Chariton Rural Grove School burned. As she wrote in her article. "Nothing was saved. All my patterns and art supplies from Normal Training has gone up in smoke! How could I begin again? I wasnoartist!" "The 'Cook Shack' of a construction company was secured and we were to begin school the first week in March. A blizzard arrived and filled the new 'schoolhouse' which had to be scooped out and dried. We used it the rest of the term about freezing that month and smothering'the next in that low shack," she wrote. Miss Anderson also taught rural school in Coon Rapids. She said she realized then what a community expected of its teachers. "They didn't allow teachers to folk dance. If you attended a dance, you were automatically dismissed,"she said. Zelma Grimm of Cedar Rapids was an Iowa schoolteacher from 1926 to 1963. Her contribution to the book is a collection of memories she gathered orally from other teachers in her area. In response to a written inquiry. Miss Grimm said she didn't feel her teaching experiences were very different from those of other teachers of the time. She did. however, comment on teaching during the Depression and World War II. "In the Depression days." she wrote, "we were paid very little, sometimes not even by checks, but by warrants which might or might not be immediately cashable. We had barely enough to live on during the school year, and nothing for summer vacation time. Therefore, loan companies prospered at our expense, carrying us through the summer but bringing in the added problem of repaying the loan when the next school year began." "During World War II," Dreessens Host Mariners Times Herald News Service WALL LAKE — The Mariners Group of the Trinity Presbyterian Church met Sunday evening for a potluck dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dreessen. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson drove to Holstein Saturday afternoon where they were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wollesen returned home last Monday evening after spending the Easter weekend in the home of Mr. 'and Mrs. Harvey Peters at Selby. S.D. Kaye Willhoite and Dennis Konkel, St. Paul, Minn., were weekend guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Willhoite. For Mother's Day, Get her something to remember you... something like FAMILY RINGS 90 Available in 10K white or yellow gold. Ring will hold from 2 to 7 birthstones.. $21.50 Plus $3.00 for each stone LOEHR'S JEWELRY WestgateMall Miss Grimm wrote, "morning opening exercises consisted largely of singing war songs, such as: 'Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition. Praise the Lord.wc're not a 'goin' fishin'. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition And we'll all stay free.'" Every day schedule included a time for selling savings stamps and war bonds. And, of course, the schools and teachers were facilities for carrying out the rationing programs. But. I should mention that, to my knowledge, there was no doubt in minds of the young people at that time that our country was worth saving!" Miss Grimm wrote. Edith Pollock, IRTA president of Sioux City, taught in Iowa from 1929 to 1968. Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, "the Friedman twins," were two of her several now-famous English pupils over the years.' Her article deals with the financially hard times she and fellow teachers experienced during the Depression. It also reflects the scarcity of teaching positions at the time and Miss Pollock's eagerness to be hired. "I eagerly signed the probationary contract with the Sioux City School System before Supt. Clark could change his mind. After all, there were only 1,500 applications for the nine openings in the junior schools of the city that year," she • wrote. "Later with awed respect. I hung on every word of my principal-to-be as he explained the assignment at East Junior High School — a homeroom, six classes of 40 or more students in English, hall and lunchroom duty and a service club. As I rose'to leave, he added.'Oh, yes, Miss Pollock, I shall expect you to teach a Sunday School class. In fact, there is an opening right now at my church. Teachers are expected to be a social and moral force in the community, you know.' Reaching for the telephone, he continued, Til make the arrangements. Report to the Sunday School office on the Sunday before the opening of school in September,' " Miss Pollock wrote. " 'But Sir,' I stammered, 'I'm a Methodist. Would it be permissible to teach a Sunday School class in my own church?' " Miss Pollock wrote. 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