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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 19

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 14, 1967
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tO-Algeria, (la.) Upp«r Des Moinfti Thursday, Sept. 14, 1967 EDITOR'S NOTE: This edition of Woman's World is a reprint from the Tuesday, April 22, 1952 issue of the Algeria Upper Des Moines. "HOW MUCH MONEY IS A FARM wife worth to her husband over a life time?' was the jack-pot question on the Double or Nothing radio program one day last week. The correct answer, according to the experts, is $70,000. I don't know exactly how they arrived at such a figure - it seems it would be hard to calculate- but all the contestants guessed that the answer would be much higher. Some of them thought a farm wife was worth several hundred thousand dollars. - o THERE IS PROBABLY A CLOSER business partnership between a farmer and his wife than between most married couples because the home is in the place of business. The line of distinction between homework and job is not so definitely drawn as in the case of town dwellers. But we town wives like to think we are quite valuable to our husbands, too. liven if they have been known to complain about how much their wives cost them. - o MANY A GIRL WORKS FOR A WHILE after she is married, but when the little ones start coming along she usually trades her place at an office desk for a stand at the kitchen sink. Instead of nursing other people's children in a hospital or teaching them at school she raises her own and practices herprofession on them. The change is all to the good, I'm convinced, because homemakingand rnc"ierhood are the finest of all careers for women. But there's one thing we all miss when we give up working outside the home and that's the regular pay check coming in, earned by our own efforts. - o - THERE IS SOMETHING MIGHTY satisfying about receiving pay for your work. A gal feels she can be more free about buying what she pleases if it is her own money. The wages of the homemaker are more apt to be of an intangible nature- things like a well-fed, reasonably clean family and a decently run home. Often it's difficult to see any good results for all our labors, but we hope they will be a little more apparent when our family is grown. On those days when we feel unappreciated, we ought to get out our pencils and figure, not how much cash our effort brings into the family pocketbook, but how much we save from going out by doing our jobs. Maybe all of us are worth $70,000 to our husbands even if we don't live on a farm. - o- TAKE THE HEAVY HOUSEHOLD CLEANING. Most of us, under ordinary circumstances do that ourselves, but if we hired a woman to come in it would cost us cold cash. I haven't hired any cleaning, but I think the current rate isabout 65? per hour. Eight hours of uninterrupted cleaning per week should do it, if you don't count the picking-up and tidying, and that's $5.20 we save the family every week. - o - THERE WAS A LAUNDRY ADVERTISEMENT some weeks back offering a special of $1 for doing a bushel of clothes, damp-dry. At our house, there are at least five bushels of laundry each week and sometimes it runs closer to ten. The least this could be done outside the home would be for $5.00. $3.25 would pay for about five hours of ironing, making the laundry cost $8.25. If any one cares to mention at this point, the expensive automatic washers and ironers our husbands buy us to make all this work so easy, just be quiet! I'm ignoring those because I'm trying to make us poor, overworked housewives feel valuable. - o IT'S HARD TO FIGURE HOW MUCH we save by doing our own cooking. Most of us don't deserve chefs wages, and all of us accomplish lots of other tasks while the meals are in progress, but it should be worth a couple of dollars a day. Fourteen more added to our imaginery pay check. - o - IN ANY BUDGET, THE MISCELLANEOUS department catches the most individual items. So it goes with housekeeping. Errands, chauffering, sewing, entertaining, shopping service and all the rest of the things we wives do should add up to at least $1.55 each week. Besides, this brings our imaginery weekly wage to fifty dollars and Grace is better at nice, round figures. - o - FIFTY DOLLARS PER WEEK MAY be either more or less than the current rate paid to down-town workers. After all, it's been nearly ten years since I was a wage earner, but I know that is bigger than any check I ever received. And a year of those checks add up to $26,0001 By the time a couple celebrates their golden wedding anniversary, the little woman should be worth $230,000! - o - ALL DURING THOSE YEARS SHE has received in return, her board, room, clothing, entertainment, medical bills and most all of the other things in this world that cost cold cash. That runs into a very sizable amount, but compared to the value of the things she has received that can't be determined in dollars, the sum is paltry. Who can place a price on things like a baby's kiss, a husband's devotion or a family's shared experiences? For that matter, who can count how much rearing a family costs the husband or wife in either dollars and cents or worry and heartache? - o I'M STILL CONVINCED THAT THE whole deal of homemaking is very worthwhile, though I'm apt to lose sight of this philosophy once in a while in the ordinary hurly-burly of family life. Lots of people seem to be in the same boat for large families are now the rule rather than the exception. Two children were once the ideal American family where now it runs more like three to five with families of seven and eight being more the object of admiration than curiosity, if I am to believe the women's magazines. - o - LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE LIVED through rearing families and still have come out with a reasonable portion of sanity, financial security and even youthful appearances. Besides, I may as well take the optimistic viewpoint. It's too late to change now. - o AT OUR HOUSE, THE LITTLEST one is still talking about the first movie she has ever attended. "Snow White and the Seventy Wharves," she tells me it was entitled, We prepared her for the witch scene that was quite frightening even for grown-ups by telling her it was "scary" but it wouldn't hurt Jeannie. She viewed it with sophisticated detachment. After all, she is a graduate of two weeks of television viewing when she took her vacation to Minneapolis. - o - YESTERDAY OUR HOUSEHOLD WAS increased by three orphans- little bunnies that Daddy rescued while working in the country. They scorned the medicine dropper method of feeding in favor of lettuce and are now at home in a cardboard box complete with individual tin- can burrows. Mary Ann, who loves all animals, named them Getaway, Runaway and Hopaway - all very accurate descriptions. If they survive the cai esses of our children, plus the unusually heavy traffic of neighborhood visitors it will be a surprise to me. GRACE Lose Barn, Crib, Hay & Pigs The Jongewaard family were Wednesday evening dinner guests of the John Kramers in Garner. The George Seabergs and their son Dwight and family have exchanged houses recently. Both houses are on the George Seaberg farm northwest of Wesley. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Seaberg spent the August 20th weekend in Clark, S. D., visiting relatives. They came home through theDu- luth area, Lake Superior Drive and along the Mississippi River to Redwing, Minn. Mrs. Jo Meurer and Jim spent the Labor Day weekend in Ollie A LARGE BARN containing about 1,500 bales of hay, some sows and 75 little pigs, a corn crib and some minor equipment were destroyed in a fire that struck the farm tenanted by Dennis Haverly, six miles north of Wesley, shortly after noon, Saturday. The smoldering hay from the barn is shown above. A granary was also badly damaged by flames. The farm is owned by Dr. H. H. Raney of Wesley. Mr. Haverly and four children were home, Titonka drove in and Mrs. Merle Peterson, lire department was called immediately, but by time of arrival, the buildings were too far gone to save. The Wesley fire department in fact drove its truck in close in an effort to save the barn, but had to move to a safer distance when the flashing signal light atop the vehicle melted and the tires began to smoke from the intense heat. A tractor in the corn crib was driven out by Mr. Haverly during the fire and saved. Ho said he had been in the barn about 11:30 a. m. and things seemed O.K. at that time. Mrs. Haverly was helping at a church affair at the time the fire was discovered. Insurance partially covered the loss. just preparing to eat, when Don Gerdes of said smoke was coming from the barn roof. About the same time, a neighbor, called in to report the same danger sign. The Wesley Yvonne Tjaden Of Lakofa Is Thilges, Valeria Thilges of Algona and the Hubert O'Briens of St. Joe. One-year-old David Rockwood was a guest of his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Rockwood. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Metzgar and family of Camanche spent the Labor Day weekend in the Dr. Jongewaard home. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lehman and daughter of Des Moines were Thursday evening guests of the Dr. Jongewaards. with her twin sifter, Mrs. Sue Bramble. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Klein returned the first of the week from a week's vacation trip to Minnesota and Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Klein of Spirit Lake were staying in the Dave Klein home with their grandchildren. Sheri and Mary Klein stayed with their maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gladine Miller and family. The George Lickteigs spent the Labor Day weekend at Lost Island. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schrauth and their houseguests, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Schrauth of Geneva, spent Sunday Sept. 3rd with the George Lickteigs and the Bernard Schrauths at Lost Island. The Cornelius Schrauths left Monday for Brownsville, Minn, to visit Mrs. Mike Goetz following several day's visit in the Ben Schrauth home. The men are brothers. Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Otis and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Larson attended a Director's Conference at Vacation Village, OkobojiSept. 4-6. The men are directors of the Farmer's Coop Elevator Co. They're Coming! Thursday, Sepf. 21 The New 1968 Oldsmobile at DAU'S GARAGE - Algona AMWMMMA Wed Aug. ft f Yvonne Rae Tjaden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Tjaden of Lakota, and Ronald Joseph Zolin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zolin of Ontario, Calif., were married Aug. 26 at Ramsey Reformed Church near Titonka. Rev. John Janssen officiated at the double ring ceremony. The bride had her sisters, Mrs. Gary Nowak as matron of honor and Mrs. Errol Quick as bridesmaid. Best man was Gary Nowak and Jon Hauge, cousin of the groom, was groomsman. Cousins of the bride, Thomas Whitney and Paul Heyes, carried the rings. Nuptial music was provided by Mrs. Forrest Harms, soloist, and Mrs. Donald Tapper, organist. A reception followed in the church parlors. The bride is a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing at Des Moines. The groom is stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. After a honeymoon trip through the Black Hills and Yellowstone Park, the couple will live in Marysville, Calif. Wesleyans At j Old Thresher, f Settler Show WESLEY - Mr. and Mrs. Er- I nest Hemmingsen of Storm Lake ~ spent Saturday night, Sept. 2, with i his brother, Harold Hemmingsen 5 and wife. On Sunday they all | drove to Mt. Pleasant where | they attended the Mid-West Old j Settlers and Thresher's Festival. I They returned home Monday night = and reported a huge crowd at- I tended the festival where over 100 f old steum engines, many antiques | and classic curs were on exhibit. J MEMBERSHIP PARTY I The American Legion Aux- I iliary held its annual member- | ship party Tuesday evening, Sep- I tember 5, with 26 in attendance. 9 Lorraine Goetz's name was I drawn for the free membership. ! Joan Grandgenett, president, i announced that the Fall Confer- I ence will be held at Humboldt X September 24. Mrs. Bill Goetz I reported on the Department Con- 6 vention which she attended July i 20-21 in Des Moines. Mrs. f Grandgenett was asked to be one | of the Pages at the convention in | Humboldt. A potluck lunch was served after the business meeting. 500 was played. Mary Forburger and Josie Uckteig were prize winners. Agnes Stevens, Gloria Friis and Marjorie Goetz were on the kitchen committee. Elsie Kunkel and Peggy Rasmussen were on the entertainment committee. - o - Minnie Frimml entertained her auction bridge club Thursday afternoon in Al's cafe. The Bill Rockwoods spent toe Labor Day weekend at Lake Okoboji with her parents, the Herman KNOW 1 TOWN& COUNTRY Les Wildin Of Riverdale Twp. LES WILDIN, this week's "Good Neighbor", farms about 400 acres of land in Riverdale Twp., 3 miles west and 5 miles south of Algona. It is a family farm, where he was raised and has lived all his life with the exception of five years spent in naval aviation. He graduated from Algona High in 1946. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wildin and are still living. He also has a sister, Sharon, living in Indianola. Les' wife is the former Phyllis Ristau of Algona, They have three children, two daughters, Dawn, 14, and Terri, 11, and a son, Doug, 7. The farming operation is entirely grain, corn and soybeans. But Les is pretty well-known for his hobby, which is stock car racing, and he's been at it for the past 11 or 12 years, competing on a number of tracks in this general area. Irons Heating & Plumbing "Completely Equipped To Serve You Completely" Plumbing - Heating Sheet Metal Gas or Oil Units Pumps Water Systems Complete Fixtures Phone 295-3640 ALGONA Algona Implement Co. Your Friendly International Harvester Dealer FARM EQUIPMENT MOTOR TRUCKS SALES & SERVICE BUSCHER BROS. IMPLEMENT 1015 No. Main Algona, Iowa Phone 295-3588 Phone 295-3501 ALGONA BRADY BUSCHER BROTHERS pack twelve years of expe7ience and knowledge into their location on North Main Street. Gib and Dick Buscher know the wants and needs of area farmers. They handle only the very best in farm equipment . . . brand names you know and trust . . . including Minneapolis-Moline, Kelly-Ryan, New Idea, Papec and Knipco. Stop in and see BUSCHER BROTHERS today! Buscher Brothers Impl. Minneapolis Moline - Kelly-Ryan - Papec New Idea Farm Machinery f Sales f Services 9 Friendly & Courteous Always N. Main St. Phone 295-3451 Ernie Williams John Deere Farm Machinery BOTH QUALITY & SERVICE Located east of Algona on highway 18. Phone 295-3561 ALGONA Joe Bradley Equipment South Hotel Algona Form Machinery — Trucks — Tires GEHL STANHOIST OLIVER CMC trucks FIRESTONE tires Phone 295-2421 ALGONA

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