The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 20, 1957 · Page 19
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 19

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 20, 1957
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A good way to break into the free-lance writing field is said to be with a confession story You flick some lurid episode out cf the past, describe the stages of sin, suffering and repentance and then send it off to an editor. You dont get a by-line with such a deal but the money is good. And since I'd much rather be rich than famous, I'm considering confessing to a magazine. I have decided which of my guilty secrets I am going to send. » * * Exposing one's soul in a story of this type is not without its dangers, we're always reading where some reporter or some magazine is being sued for digging up an old scandal. 1 am fully aware of these danjtft* — in fact I expect to face ^even greater hazards when I tell my story for one of the co-shaJ-Ms of my guilty secret is my mother. And she will simply clobbei me! V • • • , : < .; : For nearly thirty year* Jhis skeleton has been locked "away in the family closet. It was supposed to remain there and go with its sharers to their graves. But now one of the less scrupulous members of the clan (a gal by the name.of Grace) is shamelessly digging it up and exposing it to the ridicule of the world. Disgusting, isn't it, what some people will-stoop to in the effort to collect a fast buck? * * * The night when my saga begins was cold and dreary. Our little family was huddled around the supper table, heads bowed while we gave thanks, but each eye looking speculatively at the extra pork chop on the plate. At the head of the little band was Mother, a temporary, valiant, poor-but-honest widow. Temporary widow, that is, because Father was equally valiantly paying for the pork chops by working for the Power Company in Arkansas, * •• * Excepting tot an occasional pilfering of a handful of peanuts from the open jar in the grocery store or the squandering of Sunday School offerings or jawbreakers, none of us kids had yet taken to a life of crime. But Little Did We Realize that this was the night for the fatal blow to fall. None of the four of us could sit still at the table. Wo squirmed, we wiggled, and we scratched. "My Darlings!", Mother-exclaimed, dramatically, "You: kids all act lik(* Jrpu've got the Savdb. Year Itchl'ff She in vestigam Wehadit.jVf I tell you, Mama wai simply crushed. What had s&e ever done t6 deserve this iawfill calamity? We.had never had anything very fancy at Our houiej -but, by golly, we .were, clean! >• Had it been worthwhile 5 for her to live Up to hefr firmly instilled God- fearing ^principles? Were her beliefs that virtue would be .rewarded, that green vegetables were healthy for us and that nice people didn't get the Itch, but hollow mockeries? These thoughts weighed heavily on her heart and the; knowledge that the four persons for whom she had gone down into the valley- of-the-shadow to give life were sitting here digging where it itched under their winter underwear was an overwhelming burden. But even more terrifying was the thought that somebody outside the family would find out about it! |THESE WOMEN! »««•» •OTTOSEN By Mrs. Knut Oppedahl j Mrs Kenneth Larson of Scotts I Bluff, Neb. visited this past --iif» ^^B^ !» ™ p ' ^ — "1 like a man with something tender about the legal kind I" GALLONS AND GALLONS OF HOT WATER AT LOWEST COJT Although Mama hated to be the sender of sad tidings, she decided that because Daddy was the father-of-her-ohildren and her legally-espoused husband, he had a right to shoulder some of her grief. So she wrote a letter to Arkansas telling the awful truth. If she had had any appropriate stationery it would certainly have been a letter-edged-in black but it did have a warning to immediately burn the contents upon reading. It wasn't that Mama feared Pop would be infected by mail it was because there might be spies among the stenographers at the power company. And if the information that her kids had the Itch got into the wrong hands and drifted back to .Iowa she would be disgraced for Ife. • • • The female of Ihe species is always ferocious when it comes to fighting for the protection of her young. You never did see anybody more militant than Mama whan she set out to lick that Itch! Seven Year variety? It didn't last that long at our house. With Mama around, it didn't dare! * * • When I was young, consultation with a physician was reserved for emergencies lik£ Aafc- ing out'tonsils or getting us- a new baby sister. But • drastic developments call for 'drastic moves so when we had the Itch, Mama sent us to the doctor. We had to be sneaky about it, though, and if any of our pals were to come around as we were going in the door we were instructed to pi-etend we..were just loafing. Nowadays when I see episodes of black market dealings on television, I always think of the trip to the doctor's that time we had the Itch. With a'JOHN WOOD' Gas Water Heater Oh, the treatment that guy prescribed! I'm sure one of the miracle drugs they have now could have taken care of it much more painlessly. The yellow soap, how it smarted! Ouch!, how that green ointment burned! And I can still feel the nightly tubbing and scrubbing with a stiff brush. Just for good measure, Mama added a remedy of her own—sulphur mixed with lard. After we went to bed she washed and boiled our underwear, our dresses, our shirts and our socks. The coats and other clothes that weren't washable she baked in the oven. It was a moot question which would give out first— the Itch, our skin or our garments. We kids wore laying odds that it would be our skin. * • * We went Jo school every day even though we had the Itch. Staying home'without a Measles sign on the door, would be a dead-give-away. Besides, Itch never comes out on the face, hands or othei parts not covered by clothing so our affliction didn't show. However, we did smell peculiarly antiseptic and all the teachers seemed to keep the windows open a lot that winter. Each morning we left the house with the dire warning from Mama — "Now, no matter how- much it itches, don't you dare scratch in school." * * * My confession story has a happy ending. We were raw and sore from the boiling and scrubbing but we did get rid of oui malady and in record time too! And long afterwards, by the pro cess of exchanging secrets pecu liar to little girls, I found out that we had not been alone in our trials. For when the awful truth became known, almost everybody had had the Itch — from the banker's son to the Wetherbce kids who went with a sideshow each summer because they all had six fingers and six toes! * « * So now you, loo, know my top secret. Do you think it has possibilities for a confession magazine? You must admit that it has sin in it, for our malady itched like sin. It has suffering in it both physical an4 mental as witness^ ,%->tKe "worry and the scrubbing. .• The repentance is, yet to' coite but I'm expecting to do a great deal of it right after Mama reads the Algona Upper Des Moines this week. And she's probably going to do a little repenting herself. She'll be sorry she ever gave birth to such a blabber mouth as I am! As long as I'm in a confessing mood, I might as well confess I swiped this week's recipe from Kitchen Klatter magazine, published at Shenandoah. It's for Scrumptious Cheese Pie and it is easier and quicker to make than it sounds: 1, 9 inch unbaked pie shell 1, 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese \k cup sugar 2 tablsp. flour 3 eggs 1/3 cup milk Hi teasp. vanilla Put cheese in mixing bowl (be sure you've let it stand at room temperature for several hours) and add sugar gradually, creaming it in. Now add flour, unbeaten eggs, beat thoroughly and then add milk and vanilla. Continue beating until mixture if perfectly smooth. Turn into pi* shell and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until knife blade inserted comes out clean. Chill. Strawberry Glaze 1 pkg. frozen strawberries 2 tablsp. sugar 1 teasp. cornstarch 2 tablsp. cold water Put frozen berries into pan over low heat. Cook until ice crystals are gone and berries are free in juice. Add sugar, cornstarch that has been disolved in the .water, and cc-ik only until fruit at the H. J. Nielsen home Mr and Mrs Donald Cooper and family and Mrs Helen Campbell were Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mrs Essie Cooper. Mrs Helen Rasmussen was a Sunday dinner guest at the Donald Usher home. Pastor and Mrs L. C. Jensen of Humboldt visited Sunday afternoon, June 2, at the Rev. Harold Mountain home. Mr and "Mrs Antone Speich and family visited Saturday evening at the Robert Speich home 1 in Algona. Mr and Mrs W. G. Cooper visited Sunday with their son and daughter-in-law, Mr and Mrs Keith Cooper, at Webster City. Mrs Essie Cooper left Sunday afternoon for several days visit with a son and daughter-in-law, Mr and Mrs Ralph Cooper, ana family at Sutherland. Sunday visitors at the Loran Daniel home were Mr and Mrs Keith Daniel and family of Boxholm and Mr and Mrs Harvey Snyder of Boone. Mr and Mrs Don Wehring of Des Moines have returned to their home following a visit at the Sam Kropf home. Sgt. Charles W. Donath of Norfork, Virginia and his fiance Nancy Jo Isaacson of Waterloo visited Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Charles Ellingson home. He is a brother of Mrs Ellingson. Mr and Mrs Oscar Oppedahl, Mr and Mrs Peter Enockson and Mrs Bertha Jacobson and Wanda attended Commencement exercises at Dodger Stadium in Fort Dodge Thursday evening. Mrs Allan Wehrspann and infant daughter returned home Thursday evening from Lutheran hospital in Fort Dodge where the baby was born on June 4. The baby weighed nine pounds nine ounces and has been named Jana Sue. Sunday, June 16, the members of the Presbyterian Church will were hosts to the Youth Fellowship of the larger parish. The meeting was held in the church beginning at 3 p.m. Mr and Mrs Hanson of Ackley were guests at the meeting of the members of the Presbyterian Women's Organization when that group met Friday afternoon in the church parlors for their regular meeting. Hostesses at this meeting were Mrs Essie Cooper and Mrs Caroline Telford. Mrs Ralph Richards had the lesson. The next meeting will be June 21 with Mrs Sam Kropf and Mrs Mike Frohling as hostesses.' Mrs M. Bratland returned Friday following a four day trip to Kenneth, Minn, where they visited at the home of Mr and Mrs Hans Gangstad and with other relatives . Mrs Robert Speich was honored at a post nuptial miscellaneous shower Saturday 'afternoon in the Lutheran Church parlors. Seventy-one pursts were present for the occasion. Among those present at the Antone Sprich home for a picnic dinner Sunday were Mr and Mrs Paul Berning'haus and Mr and Mrs Robert Speich of Algona. Monday evening Mr and Mrs Earl Long were guests at the Arnold Bratland home in Bode to help Kathy and Kenneth Bratland celebrate their birthdays. SAVES INFANT The grandson of Mr and Mrs Ted Thoma, LeMars, recently saved the life of a 21-month old infant, in Chicago. Jimmy Thoma, 12, saw the youngster crawl out on the ledge of a window and managed to break his fall enough that the child will recover. , JUM 20, 1$S7 Algofta ffa.) Upper Btt M*tfi»i-5 PHOHt fit 4-343S - YOUR STOP RAT DAMAGE! JA-COtt GUARANTEE 1 *»*»,*. it goorontttd to deifrdy • '*••*• rah and ft!e» en y6vr property or your monsy back. Acein no tviimim:fcJSLt* At. W tx,H A* Advertised In Form & Home Section KOHLHAAS HARDWARE FOR SALE ?'"= 108.45 Acre Kossuth *'•'•• •' r '" ! t. County Farm and • 7Rm. House in Algon a The farm is described as the NV*, NW/4-1-95-30 (Whittemore Township). The house is located on Lot 5, Block 86 of the original plat of Algona. For further information or for inspection of the properties, contact the Referee: L W. NITCHALS OR This is the time of the year you will need hot wpter more than ever. And your hpt water worries are over when you have a JOHN WOOD GAS WATIR HEATER installed in your home. Hot water seconds after you turn it on , . . and it costs only a few cents a week to buy. Let*us show you several models on display now in our showroom. LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS ON YOUR GAS BILL CENTRAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY PIAl is transparent and thick. Add a few drops of red coloring. Cool. When completely cold, spread over the cheese pie and chill several hours before serving. —GRACE. LINNAN & LYNCH ATTORNEYS 101 West State Street Algona, Iowa Bring on the mountains! 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