The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 7, 1967 · Page 7
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..by Evelyn I bad callers Sunday that I had not seen in a very long time, and old times were brought back, one story tumbling over another. It was Bob McDougall, his wife, Holly and two sons, Jay and Andy. The oldest, a daughter Kristine, was not feeling well and had stayed In Mason City with her grandmother, Evalyn McDougall. The purpose of the trip to Algona from Mason City was to get the former Cady melodeon from the Glen Grahams where it had been "boarded out" till such time Evalyn would have room for It. Alter her husband Wally'sun- timely and sudden death, she sold their home here and took an apartment in Mason City and a job as receptionist at Park hospital. She is now located in the home of her late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tubbesing. * * * When Bob was about four, Mac had a Standard Oil station here with Bob Danson. They first took an apartment at the Frank and Ruby Thorpes, but one of the youngsters came down with scarlet fever and Evalyn hustled Bob back to Mason City and stayed with her parents while Mac went "househunting." Our apartment had just been vacated, it looked good to him, so Evalyn and Bob Joined him at once. We fell in love with the family and Bob was a little honey. We "baby sat" with him and they did the same with my grandmother Henderson who was living with us. Many are the times Bob, when he reached school age, was supposed to have been in bed at nine. But we'd get into some amusement that kept us all up till barely time to be abed before his parents got home I Mother's arm chair was a favorite spot, he sitting on the arm of it and the other day he said, "This is the SAME chair/' as indeed it is and memories flooded over us. * * * Mac went to work for Botsford Lumber Co. and after seven years with us, was transferred to Minnesota. There were various promotions and at one time when they were living in Winona, Hazel Lusby, Lizzie Post and I were on one of our trips. We stayed at the hotel overnight but had luncheon at the McDougalls the next noon. Evalyn is an excellent cook and was super-efficient at rolls. I might add, too, that she and Mac still had a davenport in Winona they had re-upholstered at our place. And what a wonderful job they did. However, it had been assigned to the screened-in porch and a new one had taken possession of the living room. * * * Time passed, and Mac was promoted to manager at Botsford's here and after a short period of apartment living, moved into the new house they had built on South street. Alas - the time was far too short when Mac died suddenly. I still can't feel it was right. He was such a fine fellow, such fun, so full of vim and good spirits it seems not right for such a young life to be ended so soon. * * * Now comes the history of the melodeon. It was bought in Boston by my grandfather Cady for aunt Eva and brought with the family from Peninsula, Ohio, where they lived, to Algona. Aunt Eva moved to Bancroft after her marriage to Uncle Bert Goddard and in the meantime acquired an old-fashioned square piano. The melodeon was built just like it, but smaller and had less octaves. So the melodeon came back to Algona and was kept at Grandma Cady's until my cousin, Edwin Cady, Mason City, began lessons. He too outgrew it, and back it came to Grandma's and later to our house. In the meantime, I had arthritis and couldn't play it, mother didn't play it much either, and when Lucille Brown, wife of the former county agent, saw it, she fell in love with it and bought it. After her death, Roy gave it to Evalyn. It needed some repairs and Mac undertook the job and did a perfect one. the Glen Grahams have been wonderful "caretakers", and after Evalyn goes to mortality, Bob and his wife will treasure it. It will eventually land in the Minneapolis Historical Museum, a fitting and dignified resting place, but I hope it will be identified with the original owners, the Ohio-Iowa Cadys. * + * I always read the statistics in the Register and take particular note of deaths in towns 1 have friends or relatives in. 1 was sorry to read - Clear Lake, Earl Colburn, 78. He is a relative of mine, a second cousin if I have my ancestors straight. May Colburn Walker, who was here recently, was house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hutchison. She is my mother's cousin, hence my second cousin. Amos Colburn, father oi Earl, was her brother. He died some time ago, but Pve met his wife's Aunt Mattie, who has been deceased several years. Mother and I, Grandma Henderson and Uncle Lute Henderson were dinner guests there one time and what a wonderful cook she was. * * * This brings to mind a family joke. Mary and Frank Henderson, her sisters, Myrtle and Austie Pelleymounter, mother and I had taken a cottage just back of the Lake Shore Hotel for a week. Dad wasn't able to join us because of his work, and Frank, who was then Kossuth county recorder, could spend only the weekend with us. Myrtle and her fiance, T. Y. Williams, and Austie and her "boy friend," whom we called Casey because that was his home town, made up the rest of the party. Frank had to leave at 4 a.m. to reach Algona Monday morning by train. T. Y. slept on a lounge in the living room, Frank and Mary had one bedroom upstairs and the rest of us had the big bedroom with double beds. Frank had asked T. Y. to call him at a quarter of four, so T. Y. was the alarm clock. He was an Englishman who never discarded his mode of speech so he called, "Frank, if s a quahtah to foah," and all through the years, we'd repeat it in memory of him. He had finished college in England, came to the U. S. and wanted to get into a small college for some extra work and also a chance to preach, as he had been ordained. Myrtle was a ' graduate of Cornell and had been retained as English teacher. It was a case of love at first sight and ere long they were married, moved to Chicago, then to the East Pre-Christmas Savings on Children's Coats Choose from a large selection of both girls' and boys' coats now priced low for pre-hbliday savings. New styles in all sizes. Algona, Iowa where f. Y. (Thomas Yaoman) took further work at Yale. And now of the group, I am the only pae left. Austie did not marry Mr "Casey" and remained single. T. Y. switched from minister to, I believe it was corporation attorney, and Austie was an R. N. many years and practiced mostly in Des Moines. She took a case here once for a friend whose doctor was our esteemed Dr. Cretzmeyer. She said she had worked under many doctors on obstetric cases, but he was the best she had ever worked with. * * * From my friend, Maggie Pannkuk, Fairmont, came this clipping called "Lines by Lyle." 1 think it is worth quoting. "WhatKindofa bone are you? Someone has said that membership in any organization is made up of four kinds of bones. There are WISH bones who spend all their time wishing someone else would do all the work, there are JAW bones who do all the talking and very little else. Next there are KNUCKLE bones who knock everything anyone tries to do. And finally, there are BACK bones who get busy and do all the work." * * * There was also another one written in 1936 by Edgar Guest and titled "Taxes Always Were Unpopular." I wonder what he'd think of present conditions? * * * The outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in England reminds me of the scare California had in 1924 when mother and I spentthe winter there. Dips in the pavement were blocked on the sides by sand and we'd drive through creosote mixture, going slowly through it so as not to spatter the car, roads to the mountains were patroled by soldiers so the disease would not spread to deer, etc. A man who was delivering grain to Uncle Waif s ranch could not leave the highway, but had to carry the sacks to the feed barn. The scare didn't last long after Uncle Sam got on the Job and as I recall, not too many animals were lost. Right now this state of affairs means a lot to England and I hope it is soon cleared up. * * * I was so sorry to learn of Hazel Seely's death. She has been in frail health for some time, but friends remark on how cheerful she.ajlways was., Howard and|my h'Melvin Henderson wire . boyhood friends and I sent a ' clipping to Melvin's daughter who will in turn pass it on to her grandmother, Edna Stebbins. My sincere sympathy, Howard, and to the son, Craig. * * * Yep — if s begun! I mentioned one number last week and a day or so ago I heard Bing and his "Walking in a Winter Wonderland." I've a notion to list the times we hear all those old and a little frayed numbers. * * * Hazel Lusby*s trip via plane to Corona Del Mar, Calif., for a visit of a month with her daughter, Marguerite Dalziel, has all the earmarks of a comedy TV show. She went via jet but heavy fog entered the picture and the two found their careful schedule greatly upset. They finally got together O.K. and "all's well that ends well," which it did. * * * The Newton Heiters have a canary that was singing his little head off when I phoned there the other day. We had one once upon a time. We called him Billy and occasionally he got so enthralled Grandma would throw an apron over his cage to make him think it was bed time, It was fun watching him take his bath and we missed him when he died, but never replaced him. * * * How many more shopping days till Christmas? Large Crowd About 122 couples, including 26 couples from Mason City, attended the Algona Square Dancers' Night Owl party at the V.F.W, Hall Saturday evening. The next get-together will take place at the K. C. Hall Dec. 9, with a free lunch, New officers will assume duties in January, with incoming presidents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe King; vice-presidents, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Gerber; and secretary-treasurers, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylor, Woodrow Johnson of Irvington is now president of the club. Training Program Three representatives of the Emmetsburg Production Credit Association have completed the second phase of a three-part development training program for PC A management personnel. Staff members taking the training included Richard Wardell, field office manager, Algona. Work Of Iowa Artist Displayed In Algona Bank The Security State Bank of Algona is currently displaying an exhibit at work done by a well- known Iowa artist, Richard Leet. Leet is currently the director and resident artist of the Charles H. MacNider Museum in Mason City. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and holds a master's degree in art from the same school. The artist has studied under eight noted artists and has illustrated several publications and organized a number of art associations in Iowa. Leet has exhibited his work throughout the state in group, competitive and one-man showings and has been honored with numerous awards. His oil paintings and water colors have drawn favorable reviews from the Waterloo and Des Moines newspapers and the Art Review Magazine. Leet's work was praised most recently by Des Moines Register art critic George Shane in November of this year. The exhibit will remain at the Security State Bank through Dec. 29. Bond total F. L. McMahon, Algona, volunteer county savings bonds chairman, reported that October sales of Series E and H bonds and Freedom Shares in Iowa were over $700,000 higher than September sales. The total for October was $7,440,212, giving the state a ten- month total of $83,767,405 for 69 percent of its 1967 goal. Octo- Thurjdoy, Dee. 7, 1967 Algena (la.) Upptr DM MolfiM-7 ber sales in Kossuth county were $51,126, boosting the ten-month total to $593,504 for 76 percent of its 1967 qyota. Beginning The labeling of raincoats as "mackintoshes" started in 1823 when Charles Macintosh used the gum of the rubber tree to ceme.nt two pieces of cloth together, thus waterproofing the two layers of doth. Transparent Plaitk STORM WINDOW KIT COAST TO COAST STORES ED WOLF, OWNER ALGONA STOP'/ DRAFTS EASY TO INSTALL Inside or Outside Complete 72" i 36" Plastic Sheet with molding and nails. M Hardware * lumber $ fe * tverywhere * SAVE NOW ON YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS! Sale Of Floor Sample GRUNDIG STEREOS & SEWING MACHINES We are now offering for sale all floor sample stereos and •.""•'" » sewing machines^ used for displayTby bur dealers. Some slightly marked — others in perfect shape. All sales on first come, first serve basis. Grundig Stereos Finest stereos in the world today. Made in West Germany and beautifully finished. Many floor samples from which to choose. Various styles and prices. New Home Sewing Machine Famous of all sewing machines now offered after demonstration use, Ideal present for the homemaker. Excellent machines that can save the family money on clothes. NORTH IOWA SEWING MACHINE CO ALGONA, IOWA

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