The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 24, 1967 · Page 3
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 3

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 24, 1967
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don smith GOOD columnists, they say, don't write about members of their family. If so, there aren't many good columnists around. However, from time to time in the past, I have included items about our little group and other times I have paid tribute to friends in the area (and in some instances well-known persons I have only read about) when they died. That's why I feel it's proper at this time to pay tribute to my own mother, who as her many friends know, died here Oct. 18. IT would be very easy to go overboard and write reams of copy about one's mother. I don't plan to do that, but rather present just a few items that might be of interest to some of you readers. MOTHERS are easy to come by — we all have them (or have had them) — but good ones like mine aren't very numerous. Of course, my opinion is biased, but from personal experience, and having known mothers of friends of mine while growing up, mine certainly ranked among the best. ALL humans have pretty good memories, that is we can remember things that occurred in the deep, dark past way back to a very young age. Til never forget the only time I had my mouth washed out with soap. Who did it? My mother. At the age of about five or so, I managed to slip out a swear word while playing with a group of neighborhood buddies - and I think it was my brother, Craig, who reported the incident to "Dot" (mother's nickname). If it wasn't he who reported it, this little tale will get me in trouble. At any rate, the soap didn't taste too good, and as a result, I managed to control my language pretty well. SHE and my dad were always avid sports fans. Her interest probably stemmed from his participation in baseball and basketball when they first knew each other — and remained with her as long as she lived. Shortly before her final trip to the hospital, she attended the Algona- Clarion football game here as school officials gave the folks special permission to park their car near the stands so she could be more comfortable. The privilege made her very happy -and she really enjoyed the game. DAD'S great reputation as a golfer was also partially responsible, no doubt, and when this writer reached high school age and managed to put in some time on the football, basketball and track teams, although a reserve most of the time, her enthusiasm for my participation was such that you would have thought I was Wilt Chamberlain or somebody. She probably knew I wasn't too great (in fact not great at all), but she didn't ever let on - and her support was sure appreciated. SHE and dad scraped and saved so I could attend college, which I did for two years at Cedar Falls — and I let them down somewhat by not taking full advantage of the opportunity. I'm sure it hurt them more than they let on — and of course, World War II came along in that same era, so that took some of the sting out of that angle. AND there were lots of times when I stayed out late and probably put most of the gray in her pretty head of hair as she figured I had been in an auto accident — or something. Fortunately, that never happened, but I will go through the same fears very shortly when my children reach the going- out age - and I'll try to keep her in mind and not be too severe with them, although Pll feel like whacking them around a bit. I well remember lots of times spent in my little chair behind the closet door (not closed inside) in the dining room of our house — time spent there because I had done something way out of line. And, for quite a few years, she tried a number of tilings to get me to stop biting my fingernails. Her efforts were finally rewarded, although not until there'd been a lot of time spent on it. - ? SHE was one of the best listeners I ever had. Dot enjoyed a joke about as well as anyone — and in later years, I used to get a kick out of feeding her a line, getting her to believe it, then telling her the truth. These items never included anything of a serious nature. SHE was a very good cook — and one reason I married Trudy Jensen was because she is in the same category. Her culinary artistry was quite well known — and I can still remember the delicious pheasant chow mein she used to put together after dad had gone out and brought in his limit. One of her favorite guests at those dinners was Dutch Lorenz, who could really put it away. Her baked beans, done the old-fashioned way with salt pork, were a delicacy and something a person who eats out all the time will never enjoy. DOT was also very active in many dubs, etc., church groups and was employed for a number of years at various firms here. She worked for quite a number of years at Christensen's before she and dad both retired in 1956- he after 48 1/2 years in the local post office. And here's one for the books - I never heard her say a hateful thing about anyone, a fact that undoubtedly resulted in her having so many close friends. I want to tell you all now — her husband and sons and their families are joining with those many friends in deep sorrow at her passing. To say she will be missed is the understatement of the century ! MUSKIE Roger Stevenson of Osage had a most successful fishing expedition earlier this month. Roger brought back a muskie which weighed 28 Ibs., three oz. and was 46 1/2 inches long. 30th Anniversary Observed By St. Joe Couple ST. JOE - Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Becker observed their 30th wedding anniversary with a family at the Starlite restaurant, Ft. Dodge, Saturday evening. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Becker and Mary, Mr. and Mrs. James Larsen, St. Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Don Besch, Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zetnan, Ottosen, Lori Becker, Humboldt, and Joseph Becker, Jr., Eagle Grove. Sunday the family gathered at the Becker home and the anniversary cake was served with an enjoyable day observed. - o - Lisa Kunkel, year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kunkel, was taken to Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Monday for medical aid. Mr. and Mrs. Don Besch and Stephen spent last week here in the maternal Joseph Becker home and the paternal Ed Besch home at Whittemore. Round Robin five hundred club sponsored by St. Joseph's Catholic Daughters of America will begin their series following the November meeting. Anyone desiring additional information or in joining the group, contact Mrs. Joe Sinwell or Mrs. Paul Erpelding. -100- Mrs. Rose Barnard, Osceola, celebrated her 100th birthday there on Oct. 5. Mrs. Barnard was born and raised near Weldon. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 196? Algona (la.) Upper Dei Moinet-3 Tom Dailey Of Algona Weds MRS. TOM DAILEY Mr. and Mrs. George Erickson of Thief River Falls, Minn., announce the marriage of their daughter, Jan, to Tom Dailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Dailey of Algona. The marriage took place at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Presbyterian Church at Burley, Idaho. Attendants to the couple were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Campbell. The newlyweds are both employed as medical technicians and are at home at Burley, Idaho. 2 Pledge Drake Fraternities DES MOINES, IOWA - Chris Conn, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Conn, Algona, was recently pledged to the Drake University chapter of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, one of ten national social fraternities on the Drake campus. Rollie Perkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Perkins, Whittemore, Iowa, was pledged to Uie Drake University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. Total atmospheric pressure on your body is between 30 and 40 thousand pounds. THE FLAG IS FLYING IN MEMORY OF SP/4 ROGER D. JOHNSON KOREAN WAR - U. S. ARMY EASTLAWN MEMORIAL GARDENS 708 S. Phillips — Algona Phone 295-7153 Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 Noon Sunday: 1 - 5 p..m. Meetal%8 "youngmpbile" from Oldsmobile. MAftK OF [KCCUENCt New that _ you've been introduced, why not get together? Why not take the wheel of this Cutlass S — youngest of the "youngmobiles" from Olds. A new 350-CID Rocket V-8 delivers more power at lower operating cost. (And does it more smoothly and quietly, as well.) You say you prefer a Six? Olds has a 250-CID Action-Line 6, too. These a re only opener s.You can tailor Cutlass S to your fancy and finances. 4-speed stick to stereo to sporty pinstriping. Front disc brakes to dual exhausts to Rally Sport Suspension. (All the new GM safety features are standard.) What it adds up to is this: If you like cars with a lot of pizzaz in the way they look — cars with a lot of moxie in the way they drive — your Oldsmobile Dealer is the man to see. They're the only kind he carries. See your nearby Oldsmobile Dealer DAU'S GARAGE, Algona, Iowa

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