The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 20, 1967 · Page 42
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8-Algona (la.) Upper Des Maine* Thursday, July 20, 1967 ..by Evelyn July 4 - If it weren't for the calendar, one would never know it. Nary a crack or hang from the old firecracker days - just peace and quiet like a Sunday. I dunno, I think Pd like to go back to the days of a little banging. That terrible fire at Spencer back in the thirties put an end to celebration accessories and my good sense tells me these days are safer and saner, for it was a rare Fourth that didn't have a casualty of some sort-burns and injured eyes, so I'll submit to the new era. * * * I was always afraid of firecrackers except the teeny inatch- sized ones and a pistol and caps satisfied my craving for noisemaking, much to the satisfaction of my parents. Dad supervised the evening's wheels and rockets. Then to bed after a typical Fourth of July dinner. Later, there were family picnics, usually at Grandma Henderson's. There was such a nice shady east lawn, a hammock, and plus Uncle Lute, there were Frank and Mary Henderson and Melvin to join dad, mother and me at the picnic dinner and supper. + * * Then came celebrations at the fairgrounds - horse racing, stands of all kinds, some to eat at, others to buy trasli that at the time looked tempting, and, of course, the gypsy fortune teller. Families scattered under the trees eating fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad arid all the trimmings, usually a huge watermelon and flies by the millions. The usual crowd at the ladies rest room, but the old porch was nice and gave a good view to the ball game, the races and entertainment in front of the grandstand, which was always filled to capacity. Then came the bigger celebrations when fireworks were added. Such booms and bangs and whimpers from frightened babies, and I don't wonder they found it frightening. Not far from the floral hall was a place where one could get a drink, wash sticky hands, and if it happened to be too distant, many are the times I've seen a mother moisten her handkerchief with her good home made moisture - saliva - and give her offspring a daub to a sticky little loved face. Maybe that is whore we get the phrase "spit bath"! Then I remember one year when the celebration was held on State street. Merchants had booths built in front of their stores witli seats so a weary mother and her brood could rest under the protecting roof. That is all past and gone, never to return, although a few towns put on celebrations. People can get away to the lakes, go fishing, or vacationing far from home. The advent of cars has made a great difference and for we older people, the zest has gone and a quiet day at home, probably joined by families, is about our stride. However, in my heyday, I've had some particularly nice celebrations - Bancroft, Emmetsburg and Clear Lake. I won't bore you with the details which were such fun, with close friends involved, so I'll merely saywehadaWHEE of a time. The two homes joined for a picnic dinner at the older Good Samaritan Home, those who are able and so desiring, being brought up here. I am making inquiry as to the gnat and mosquito situation, for if it's bad, I'll remain indoors. The pesky pests stem to have a particular liking for rne and will hunt me out 500 miles awa\. I wonder if they are gentlemen for if they are it's true they prefer blondes. As to the state of my health — The hot packs were abandoned several days ago, thank goodness, temperature stays normal, again thanks - appetite still not up to par and that is O.K., too - I just MIGHT reduce the waistline an inch or two. Pep is still lacking, but at my age I don't expect it to be what it once was - and believe me, I had a super-abundance of it for 22 years! I renewed my youth a bit the other day when Myrtle Melville Johannsen was here from Waverly. We have quite a few things in common, chief of which is arthritis, though she can get around with two canes and wasn't hit as hard as I was. But it gives us an excuse to talk about "our operations". On the good side, we have known each other since childhood, have so many mutual friends, were in school together and there is so much ground to cover we didn't have half time enough to visit. I hope she can come again soon and have a longer time to spend with me. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Sophie Pertl, was with her and conducted herself very admirably for one who has to listen to tales of someone she never knew. Hans joined his brother-in-law Lawrence in the car after a brief chat, but man fashion, he was uneasy and wanting to be on the go. Well, Myrtle, you come again and we'll really have a ball! It was so good seeing you. When I read in the Register a few days ago about a couple at Oskaloosa being married, he 83, she 84, I marveled that romance doesn't die. I suspect this is a desire for companionship, and finding each other compatible, took the plunge. It mentioned she was a good cook. You know the old saying "The way to a man's heart is through the stomach." Well, it never HURTS one's chances to be a good cook, and I'll admit I CAN cook a good meal if I have to- thatlspre-arthritis days, but I think Pd be using a lot of TV dinners. I was always more interested in a broom and dust cloth and left the cooking to mother. She was a very good one, I might add, I recall Grandpa Cady saying "Let Elsie make the bread." No Grandma wasn't offended.' She admitted mother was the better bread-maker and the frying of steak was always turned over to mother. Grandma said "I can't suit Marve and you do it just the way he likes." Lucille Crose, who never cave any help in the kitchen while Grandma Jeanette lived, because Jeanette was queen of that domain, turned out to be one of the best cooks on record and loves it. Um-rn-m. The good things I've eaten in their home. Makes me drool! Still July -4, but now 4:15 o'clock. Just got up from my siesta as I didn't get down at my usual 1 o'clock. We had a picnic dinner on the south lawn and a good sized group of residents were brought up from the new home. There was a long table and a couple of card tables. I ate at one of the card tables with Rhoda Bonar, Mrs. Alex Nielsen and a charming Mrs. Carter whose home was at West Bend. Then I joined Elvira Monlux and Grace French after dinner and two women came to talk with me - persons I hadn't seen in ages. One was Ethel Ward Gardner, the other Mrs. Fitch, who was a sister of Eva Clark Potter whom I knew so well. There were others too, and I was indeed glad to see old friends. Elvira told me Edna Cole Nelson had died at Ames. It was in this morning's Register, but I had been too busy to read the paper. Dr. Nelson, a veterinarian died several years ago and was a relative of Elvira's. Both are former Al- gonans and Edna will perhaps be better identified if I explain she was a sister of Renon Cole. Charley Ostwinkle was not far from me and confessed to one of the nurses that I looked so famil- iar, but he just couldn't name me, though I called "Hello Charley." That's what being dressed up and glamourized does for a female! The food was delicious - fried chicken, the best potato salad, relishes, etc., and apple pie. It was a lot of work I am sure, getting the tables out, the chairs, many in wheel chairs, etc. There is to be a coffee later in the summer. I shall look forward to that, too. Mrs. Kyle Keith added to the festivities by bringing roses for the tables. Mr. Nasby rang the dinner bell — or shall I call it Liberty bell- we sang America, then Mr. Nasby led devotions which he sang. I find my thin soprai.o is thinner than ever - partly from disuse, maybe - but more to age I am afraid! * * * And so with a brief TV program this evening, my celebration ends, a highly satisfactory one - a safe and sane one as well as happy. Class Of '57 Has Reunion At Bancroft BANCROFT - St. John's graduating class of 1957 had a reunion Saturday, June 24, at Hands Park with a cocktail hour and dinner. Twenty of the class of 30 were present. They were: RitaAtoine, Rockville, Md.; Lyle Baas, California; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hendrickson, Algona; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grandgenett, Mankato, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bjustrom (Marilyn Haupert), Whittemore; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Briggs (Marianne Nurre), Algona; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Poppe (Carol Lee Rahe), Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schneider, Algona; Mr. and Mrs. James McCarthy, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Schiltz, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. David Kollasch, Madison, Wise.; David and Diane (McGee) Schiltz, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Elsbecker (Geraldine Meyer), Mr. and Mrs. James Goche, JoAnn Hellman, Tom McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. James Vaske, Richard Goche, Bernard Fox, all of Bancroft. Letters were read from those who were unable to attend. Those present decided to have a mass read for the deceased members, Cletus Menke and Darrell Grandgenett. ORGANIST Lucia Roggman, B.A., B.M., of Garnavillo was honored on the occasion of her 65th anniversary as organist of the St. Paul Ev. 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