The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 25, 1968 · Page 5
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 5

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 25, 1968
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This column of Woman's World Is a reprint from the Tuesday, March 6, 1954 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. \ MANY EDUCATORS, CHILD psychologists and juvenile cor- fection officers are all steamed up about the evil influence of comic books. There's too much violence in them, they tell us, And children may get a wrong sense of moral values from them. Although Right usually triumphs in the end, a lot of lurid details fitre given along the way and if Junior is planning any crimes, a comic book might have a few tips to give him. * o - i 1 PERSONALLY, I CAN TAKE COMIC books or leave them alone And the youngsters at our house seem to feel the same way about them. I never buy comic books for the kids but they have a way ,pf turning up around here, anyway. Our kids have an ample supply W good books and magazines and there are lots more waiting for 1 iem down at the library. Sure,.they like to read comics, but our ook of Knowledge set, the Boy's Life and Children's Activities magazines receive a lot more of their reading attention than do the comics. The one absolute ban I put on comics is that I refuse to tead them aloud for I think this is the most difficult form of oral reading. j. RECENTLY THE LADIES HOME Journal ran an article on the $vils of xomic books and I must confess it made me think, so I decided to find out just what is in those paper-backed books the Children read that should be so bad for them. The kids must have Cihosefr the right comic books for the ones I inspected seemed a very Innocuous form of reading material. No murders or crimes Of passion, just Donald Duck and Pluto the Pup getting into asinine Situations. But, I thought, if what the children read can influence their jives so much, perhaps I'd better do a little censoring on all their forms of literature. S •:'• - o - [ JEANNIE LOVES FAIRY STORIES and I read them to her, thus hringfng, pleasure to both of us. They are the same ones I Icved as a child - sweet, charming little tales that always end up with everyone living happily ever after. Surely there is nothing harmful or violent In them, but in my new role of juvenile literary censor, Jj decided to make like McCarthy and investigate just the same. - o - THE FIRST STORY I CAME TO was about Hansel and Gretel. liven though it is an old favorite it had to be marked "censored" alter the first few paragraphs on the grounds of being too violent. TJjhe story starts out with the mother and father worrying about feeding their family. All four of them are threatened with starvation, so this sweet and gentle pair of parents decide it's better {for two of them to die then all four so they take their kids out in ithe woods and lose them. The parents kept what bread they had for themselves. CINDERELLA IS A STORY WITH a moral- the mean and selfish "'sisters meet their undoing and the virtuous Cinderella gets the Prince* There's nothing wrong with this story - excepting if a rtas a stepmother; Stepmothers in fairy tales are always and vicious and this portrayal of them could complicate 'things immeasurably for Father's second wife especially if the ".child has been reading Cinderella. The story of The Three Bears ,'-ls fine unless you look at it from a censor's viewpoint. Goldilocks sifras a notorious housebreaker. She walked right into the bears' "house without knocking, she ate up the little bear's breakfast, broke ; his chair, slept in his bed and then left without so much as saying, j^'Thank you," - o % ,/ ;. RED RIDING HOOD WAS A NICE little girl but her story could Keorijribute to juvenile delinquency for she didn't mind her mother ywh^3he£,stopped to talk to the wolf on the way to Grandma's. In i£thi>'.orig$jial version, Grandma fared even worse for the wolf ate -^eVMlVei w^ich should be a violent enough ending for any sadist. there's 'plenty of violence in Jack and the Beanstalk, too. The ; r pgre fairly chills one's blood when he roars, "Be he live, or be ,4e dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread." i -°- $ SNOW WHITE WAS A STRICTLY non-violent girl but she had •''A Queen against her that was the meanest of meanies. Just fpr f'good measure, the Queen was also her stepmother. 'And if a (•reader is looking for plans for murder the Queen has some that dillies. She first tried to kill Snow White by having a hunts- kill her and bring her heart to the Queen in a box. This was so she tried to strangle her with hexed ribbons and poisoning her with a comb. Snow White successfully , these attempts but when she ate the poisoned apple $verybodwought it was "curtains" for her for sure. Just in 'case yo$;dori't remember, I'll tell you how it all ends - happily, 'because'^now White wasn't really dead and when Prince Charming jjcissed her she woke up and you know how they lived ever after. V- . •• - o - fti '! SOME StORffiS HAVE TO BE ruled out on the grounds that they lare contrary to the American democratic ideal for in these tales, Ifcrinces and Princesses are always several cuts above the common .$erd., .Their royal blood makes them this way. A princess can ^masquerade as a goose girl or a kitchen maid but her sensitivity •and noble birth always give her away. In the case of the Real princess, the prospective mother-in-law wanted to know if her 'son waS'treally getting royalty for his bride. So she placed a pea Wide.? twelve layers of mattresses on the bed where the Princess .ijleptr to the morning, the little lady complained that a lump had *ept',he,r av/fike all night. This cinched the deal. The mother-in- &w 'announced that anyone with skin that sensitive couldn't help Jt»ut be a princess. •« - o - - EVEN THE NURSERY RHYMES must be ruled out if we are & keep our youngsters from stories of violence. Humpty Dumpty fractured his skull in a fall from a wall, the farmer's wife cut off 'jthe tails of the three mice, even though they were blind. Deedle Deedle Dumplin' met an old man and kicked him down the stairs jyid Rock-A-Bye Baby's mama hung him up in a tree so he could Jail down when the bough broke. Even the old woman who lived ip a shoe was violent, though I can't say I blame her, what with all those children. She evidently hadn't heard you should be impartial to children for to some of them she gave "broth without any jfread" and the rest, "she spanked soundly and sent them to bed." S.J <• 0 ,i\ v I•' AFTER CHECKING OVER THE fairy stories, I have come to the conclusion that the comics have nothing on the traditional children's literature when it comes to violence. Maybe the only tay to keep kids from reading harmful stuff is to let them grow up like little dummies and never learn to read at all. Even then tley'd absorb many things that aren't exactly gentle through i£adio, television, the movies, and Just possibly, through the (actions of their elders, Just by observing nature a child can feet the knowledge that everything isn't always sweetness and m- IT SEEMS TO ME THAT A child should learn to develop his own critical powers in his choice of reading material. Let him be exposed to comics and classics, fairy stories and science facts, great literature and historical documents. Parental guidance is a must, lest he spend too much time in the wrong fields but there's lots of violence in this old world and our youngsters are not the tender little blossoms we sometimes think they are. How can they appreciate the really good things in reading without at least a nodding acquaintance with the trash ? GRACE Vicky Olson Of La koto To Wed Feb. 24 VICKY OLSON Mr. and Mrs. Lee Olson of Lakota have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Vicky Lynn, to James Parks, son of Mrs. Teresa Parks of Mason City. A Feb. 24 wedding is being planned. I OTTOSEN | m By Mrs. Donald Usher I IlllllllliS Oscar Williams, who had been a surgical patient at Lutheran hospital, returned home Monday. American Lutheran church women met Wednesday with Mrs. Howard Hellickson hostess. Mrs. Charles Welter had the lesson. Mrs. Conrad Johnson attended a shower for Mary Miller at Bode Saturday night. Miss Miller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Miller. Mr. Miller is the former Twin Rivers' superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kemna and family attended funeral services for her mother, Mrs. John Mersch at Eagle Grove Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Clem Ludwig and Mrs. Mary Leitl also attended. Sunday dinner guests at the Richard Krause home at Lu- Verne were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zinnel, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jacobson and family and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Telford and Larry. They celebrated Mrs. Zinnel's birthday. Cindy Struthers was nine years old Jan. 25 and her sister, Kari, was two years old Jan. 18. Sunday, their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hanson of Humboldt came to help them observe the occasion at the Eugene Struthers home. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Anliker attended the wedding of her cousin, Virginia Ruger, to Gary Potter at Mason City. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zinnel were Wednesday night visitors at the Louis Jacobson home to help Mr. Jacobson celebrate his birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tofteberg and Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wehrspann were Sunday visitors at the Dan Palsic home at Osage. Mrs. Anna Honn and Mrs. Cora Laursen of Humboldt were Sunday visitors at the home of Mrs. W. G. Cooper. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Enockson were Sunday supper guests at the Cooper home. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Christianson and Jana were Sunday supper guests at the home of Mrs. Jennie Bratland. Mr. and Mrs. Nick DeFrancisco spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jacobson. Naomi Struthers visited at the home of Mrs. W. G. Cooper Thursday and Friday she called on Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Schneider, West Bend. Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Fowler visited his mother, Mrs. Mark Fowler, Humboldt, at Lutheran hospital Saturday. Sunday Mr. and Mrs. James Fowler visited her. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Johnson and family were Sunday visitors at the Conrad Johnsons. Mrs. Harold Sundet of Algona was a Wednesday visitor at the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Longseth. Mr. and Mrs. Antone Speich visited his sister, Mrs. Celia Wigan at Humboldt Wednesday. Mrs. Neal Olson visited her mother, Mrs. C. W. Haviland, Humboldt, Friday. Bob Thacker, who attends Ft,, Dodge Junior College, is spending the semester break, Monday and Tuesday, with his mother, Mrs. Helen Thacker, at the Arthur Petersen home. Sunday dinner guests at the Milford Zeman home were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Zeman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zeman, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zeman, KLEIN'S FARM SUPPLY RECOGNIZES Marvin Reding, Livermore, Iowa as an OUTSTANDING HOG PRODUCER Marvin Reding farms 160 acres north of Livermore. He feeds out several hundred hogs each year. Marvin recently sent to market a group of 61 hogs on which detailed records were kept. These hogs averaged 50.7 Ib. per head at start and weighed 221.8 Ib. at market time. This was 171.1 Ib. gain in the 102 day feeding period or 1.68 Ib. average daily gain. Feed conversion on these hogs was excellent, using only 3.06 Ibs. feed to produce 1 Ib. of gain. Wayne Pig Balancer "400" with its high antibiotic level kept these hogs gaining very efficiently all the way. For More Information on the Wayne Hog Feeding Program contact WAYNE FEEDS KLEIN'S FARM SUPPLY Phone 295-5206 Algona, Iowa Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Zeman and Norman and Marilyn Zeman. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and. Mrs. Robert Zarley. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pentico were Sunday dinner guests at the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Niewald, Emmetsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Delano Grimm and family were Sunday guests at the James Banwarts. PORTLAND = 1 By Mrs. Victor Fitch Portland Progress club was postponed a week because of the funeral of Ray Fitch and will be held Jan. 25 in the home of Ethel Smith, .with Myrtle Zwiefel assistant hostess. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ringsdorf and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Walker drove to Des Moines Wednesday and took a jet to Tampa, Fla. on a Farmland Industries Coop tour. They visited the Green Bay Phosphate Fertilizer Plant, Cyprus Gardens, Busch Gardens, Tiki Gardens and the Aquatorium of sea animals. They returned home Saturday. They spent most of their time at Tampa and St. Petersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Andreasen called at the Harold Andreasen home Sunday after church, then went to the home of Mrs. Clarence Christensen where they were dinner guests. Mrs. Cecelia Scott returned home Sunday evening after FOR PLUMBING HEATING COOLING INSTALLATION - REPAIR OR REMODELNG WE'RE AT YOUR SERVICE Phone 295-2104 LAING Plumbing-Heating-Cooling 12 No. Dodge, Algona spending a few wet'ks with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lloyd. While there, they flew to California where they visited relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Stewart went to Fairmont Wednesday where they visited their daughter and family, the Robert Donnellys. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Harms visited in the Johnny Harms home Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Harms and family visited Friday evening in the Wilbur Spear home, Titonka. Mr. and Mrs. Timer Harms and family visited Sunday in the home of Mrs. Dwight Ruse. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fitch and Judy visited in the Arthur Hix home at Sexton Sunday and. also called at the Ole Frendahl and Elmer Stebritz homes. Visitors in the EuClair Meyer home Sunday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Harms and family. "It is better to tryand fail than to fail to try." Algono, (la.) Upfttr fat Mdfftti* f Thursday, Jan. 25, IIRVINGTONI : I By Marguerite Hay«s B. 0. Davis returner] Monday after spending a week with relatives in Ottumwa. Mrs. Davis spent Sunday and Monday at Em- metsbtirg with their daughter and family, the Fellins. Mike Fellin has been a patient at the hospital there with pneumonia. Charleen Klein was hostess to a slumber party at her home Jan. 19. Guests were Gloria Debbie Boulten, Sheryl Eagle* barts, Cindy MerrymanandSusi* Walker. Their midnight snack was pizza and pop. Mr. and Mrs. L. Pearca at Britt were Sunday guests at the home of Mrs. Florence Coiweil. Local rural mail carrier Jack Guy has returned from hlfi two* week vacation. He and his wife drove to California, taking his parents the re to spend the balance of the winter with relatives. Bill Wickett serviced the route during the two weeks. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S FAVORITE NEWSPAPERII «•••••••••••••••••••••••••••• mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm^ OUR ANNUAL January PERMANENT SALE Save dollars on quality waves that add softness, body and holding power to your hair. MONDAY ONLY REG. $12.50 REG. $15.00 SALON WAVE PROTEIN HODY WAVE SC95 $034 $ 6 8 10 Haircuts Included At These Prices During Jauuary Telephone - or come in any time - -An appointment not always necessary. SHEAKLEYS BEAUTY SALONS Downtown Salon 5-3477 New Salon 5-5162 PLYMOUTH'S ver Win-You-Over Barracuda Special includes ail of the following equipment at our special reduced price Barracuda Hardtop: • Floor-mounted shift lever (HURST for manual, console for automatic transmission) • White Streak Wide Oval tires • Vinyl roof (choice of 3 colors) • Chrome-plated grille insert • Red reflective tape on deck lid • Deluxe wheel covers • Simulated •vood-grain steering wheel » Custom sill moldings • Accent striping • It's all included at a price you can't resist! ANDTHE BEAT GOES ON ? KEN'S AUTO SERVICE • 1107 N. Main • Algona, Iowa CATCH THE ROAD RUNNER HERE AUTHORIZED DEAUER8

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