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ft-Algona, (la.) Upper Det Moines Thursday, Nov. 2, 1967 ittw»iitiiiiiii!iiiiiii«^ ..by Evelyn October 25 - Ugh, a cold, blustery day with a wicked northwest wind, a forerunner of what we'll have at intervals from now on till April. Night before last I should have had a remote control for my window - first too warm, then too cold, and I kept my bell busy and Thelma Sires, too, trying to get the right temperature. But looking on the cheery side, we can set our clocks back Saturday night and not be getting up in the dark. - o - I am reminded of an old school song- "The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow, and what will the robin do then, poor thing." I've forgotten the next line but it ended "he'll hide his head under his wings, poor thing." The song was all wrong actually, for robins have sense enough to go south before these wintry winds "doth blow." - o - I had interesting callers yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Farwick of Pipestone, Minn., brought here by Velma Hagg. My acquaintance with Mrs. Farwick, nee Esther Strayer, goes back a long way. The house across the road west from my little brown house will always be the Crammond house to me, but was purchased many years ago by the late Hugh Post. It has been rented to many families over the years and one I recall in particular, Clarence Macumber and his late wife Leona who had two small sons. Esther was hired as "sitter" for the lads, and time moved on. When I came to Good Samaritan, a nurse looked so familiar to me, yet I couldn't remember her name. Finally, I said, "You look so familiar but I just can't remember your name." "Why Evelyn," she said in astonishment, "I am Leona Macumber and was your neighbor." "Of course I" I replied. During her last illness, I phoned her from time to time as she had said she iimtniHi loved hearing about what was going on over at Good Samaritan. I think nothing has ever moved me more than when she said, "I hope I can see my Tommy before my time runs out." He was in service abroad, and I am so thankful he got here in time. - o - All of this leads up to the subject I started. Yesterday, I saw Esther, who is now an R. N. and manages a rest home at Pipestone, Minn. Her husband is employed at the second home there and when we spoke of our food conveyor, he said he knew all about them as he drives one. - o - Esther does quite a lot of writing and had with her an article entitled "Please Dunk My Toast." It has appeared in the Catholic World and World Herald of Chicago and it is highly possible it will be printed in Reader's Digest. It explains so well conditions found in rest homes and covers pathetic cases; some persons who cannot feed themselves. Every home has them. I believe there are eight here and it is pitiful to see many lying so helpless. - o - Speaking of families reminds me that Don Smith, in his column in Tuesday's Upper Des Moines, quoted that a good columnist doesn't write about their families. That may be true, and if it is, he and I don't qualify as the best of columnists as we speak of our relatives frequently, he of his little sons and darling little daughter, Martha, and I of my parents and relatives. In my conversations with friends, I mention my parents so frequently quoting what they said, what they liked, and many personal things. Somehow it seems to make them seem not so far away nor gone so long, Dad since 1922 and mother since 1951. Don painted a very good word picture of his mother and there is much I could add as a friend. So many memories of the good times we had as teenagers as well as talks between grownups. I think the older one grows, the more we live in the past. Memories are so precious. - o - This goes back many years, too, for when I read of the death of Genevieve Bowyer Field, Farndaugerkamp, England, I noticed no mention was made of her sister Edith, Mrs. Walter Whiffen, who was an accomplished pianist and gave many concerts over the U. S. Mr. Whiffen was a newspaper correspondent, sent to places to garner the big stories. She accompanied him when possible, but on one mission to Russia, he thought it was too dangerous for her to be with him. - o Then there was a red-headed brother Ambrose, whom I didn't know as he was several years older than I, but he must have been a mischievous fellow for he was likened to "Peck's Bad Boy." He never got into serious trouble, but didn't quite follow the pattern his parents wanted. But the joke was on them after all, for he went to Chicago, entered the publishing business, amassed a good size amount of worldly goods and married a charming young woman. Gwendolyn was also musical and her mother once remarked that if she had been given the advantages Edith had, she would have been the better musician. For years she played in a Chicago theatre and there married Claude Norrie. They moved to Algona and took over the Call opera house for awhile. I shall never forget the pride Gwendolyn exhibited when she introduced me to her few weeks' old daughter Muriel. I think I never saw a more wizened child, wrinkled, red, and I despaired of her ever looking like anything. The Norries went away from here not long afterward, and a few years hence came back on a visit. I could hardly believe my eyes. Muriel had grown into one of the loveliest little girls I ever saw. - o - Gwendolyn was enough older than I that she wanted to take me to school one day with her to "visit" - a custom common at that time. I wasn't very keen on YOU BET YOUR WE HAVE 'EM! ALL SIZES • ALL PRICES • ALL NEW WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S BOOTS AND OVERSHOES (BOTH BOYS & GIRLS) FASHIOWISE WEATHERPROOF » o Priced from S 6.95 to S 18.95 "THE STORE WITH SHOES SMART SHOPPERS CHOOSE" ALGONA, IOWA the project. I'd much rather have been home with mother, but she let me go and supposed I would be home at four when school was out. From our house mother could see up the street east and saw me with Gwendolyn and Mamie Orr and left the window fully expecting I would be home in a very short time. Well, when I didn't arrive, she looked again and I was nowhere in sight. I got home at six and mother was not in a very happy mood. Gwendolyn had taken me to Mamie's - kid fashion - just fooling around and loitering on the way. I remember that I was never allowed to "visit" school again and when another girl tried to bribe me with an orange, I refused. Mother didn't approve of me going but she didn't say a word. She let me make my own decision, but I'd had enough of visiting school and wild horses couldn't have made me go again. - o - My experience of taking a visitor ended unhappily and I never took another. My cousin, Edwin Cady, was my guest. He had eaten pumpkin pie for dinner and it didn't agree with him. He threw up on the floor and the janitor had to bring some ashes, an old dust pan and broom, or something, and clean the aisle. I was so embarrassed and it ended my enthusiasm for visitors. - o - Marjorie and Genevieve were also musical arid being near the same age, were almost constant companions. Marjorie married a Mr. Berle and I saw them several years ago. Genevieve's husband was an Englishman and was an Army man. Zada Brunson and I knew the whole family so well and Zada, after she began teaching, went abroad with a group of teachers on a conducted tour. She was invited to visit Genevieve and her husband in China and enjoyed it very much. Zada said she associated with members of the English and American legations and was hardly aware she was in China except for the rickshaws and servants. Genevieve loved the life and climate of China and was not too keen about England. He confided to Zada that in a short time he was going to have to tell Genevieve she would have to return to England as military troubles in China were anticipated and he wanted his wife safely at home. I have a very good picture of Zada in a rickshaw. Also one aboard ship as it entered San Francisco harbor. - o - Mr. Bowyer was a jeweler here and the family lived on South Dodge street in the house at the top of the hill. Years ago, a foot bridge crossed the ravine and many are the times I have gone over it to take my violin lesson at Kate Smith's across the road and a little further south. Then they moved to rooms over a store about where Sid's Cafe is. Soon thereafter, Mr. Bowyer being deceased, the family moved to Hollywood, Calif, where Edith was living and where she died, the first of the children to pass away. Genevieve is the sole survivor of the family. - o To continue with family news- A letter from my cousin Julia Cady of Mason City said "the Cadys have sure had the breaks of late." No, not money, unfortunately, but bones. Her grandson, David, son of Pat of near San Francisco, fell off a retaining wall and broke his arm. Later his cousin Glenn, son of Dr. Jerry Cady of San Diego, collided with a player in his Little League team and dislocated his jaw, losing six teeth and will be a year getting them fixed. His brother Gary was tackled playing football and broke his collar bone. Then Glenn had additional trouble playing touch football and dislocated his shoulder. Then to top it off, David fell again, this time at School, and broke his other arm. Jerry and wife Jeanne are leaving soon for Honolulu where Jerry will attend a western states orthopedic meeting. Luckily, Jeanne's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Doty, formerly of Mason City, have moved to Laguna Beach and will look after the children during their parents' absence. Jerry was at Denver, Colo, a few months ago and presented a paper at the armed services orthopedic meeting, subject A-0 Plate-whatever that is. Julia was in a fog about it, even though she typed it for him. - o - One tiny tot to another watching mother at cosmetic-laden dressing table, "It's supposed to retard spoilage." Ah, if only it would 1 Council Study Of Highway, Rat Problems The city council met here Wednesday night and discussed varied items of business, with rat control at the dump and the proposed location of highway 169 through the city among top items, Lloyd Ashland of the Arwell Co. gave suggestions to the council which he said will aid in control of the rodents. 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The council granted permission to Gary McDonald to make a sanitary sewer tap in the southwest portion of the city; clerks and judges for the coming city election, Nov. 7, were approved; the telephone company was granted permission to install underground equipment; the resignation of Don Meyer, assistant fire chief, who is moving to Perry, was accepted; and the council agreed to terminate a lease with Francis B. Gisch for land near the sewage treatment plant in other matters. Class C beer permits were granted to Hood's Super Valuand Swanson's supermarket. Mason City Mishap A Thursday mishap at Mason City involved a car going west on Highway 18 being driven by Mrs. Jerold Pingel, 20, Algona. She suffered minor injuries when her car struck a utility pole west of Pierce Avenue. Mrs. Pingel said an unidentified westbound car turned in front of her, forcing her to apply brakes which sent her car into the pole. Her car had damage to its grill, hood and bumper. 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