The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 28, 1968 · Page 8
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 28, 1968
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When Loved Ones Gather It's Thanksgiving Day On this Thanksgiving Day, many a family will give thanks for loved ones who have returned from Vietnam and other shores. Still others will remember sons who are on duty there or elsewhere with our armed forces. This brings us to the thought that Thanksgiving and the celebration of it are both born of vigilance. Many a father and son stood guard, we recall, against attack by hostile indians during those bleak days preceding any thanksgiving. In fact, corn was planted, historians tell us, over graves, so that the resting places of those who had perished, in that early pilgrim land, would not be disturbed. Hymns were often sung, not only for thanksgiving, but for courage. Perhapsthe reminder of all these things. . . that Thanksgiving also is faithfulness and forbearance in the face of hostile conditions and peoples, is a very special gift at times like these. The Staff, Womens Department 'IP 'ill By VEDA GRAVES Staff Writer There was a festive air, and a homey atmosphere about Thanksgiving in the earlier days of the Palm Beaches which, alas, seem to have vanished with the affluence. Abundance doesn't always result in Thanksgiving, apparently-. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kettler of 319 Buckingham Road, who will be having a wedding in the family, plan to go out together for Thanksgiving, as many do these days. Mr. Kettler remembers his early-day Thanksgiving celebrations with a bit of nostalgia. He came to the Palm Beach area in 1901, and just around Thanksgiving time, on his 18th birthday, Nov. 12th. In a way, he was a young pilgrim, ready and eager to make his way in the American tradition. He went to work immediately, and soon he was in the grocery store business (Glenn grocery stores) helping others enjoy their Thanksgiving. The biggest sale items, the youthful clerk (who had worked in produce concerns in New York) was grits-and-bacon. "It was popular with everyone, especially the common folk," he recalls, "I soon found o"ut it was just hominy, and it was definitely a part of Thanksgiving." Did they have all the traditional "goodies" and trimmings? Yes, said Mr. Kettler, in fact, turkey ad cranberries and sweet potatoes, better known as yams, whatever the technical differences. How about jams and jellies? Oh, preserves they were called, and they were wonderful quality. People in Pain Beach ordered from us regularly. What about the day of Thanksgiving itself? It was a family occasion, and people would have their dinners, and many public gatherings, such as in Flagler Park. "We would hobnob and tea would be served, and some sold candy. It was all wonderful," he recalls. A pioneer group used to put on the festive affairs. Carl Kettler and his wife, Posie, are thankful for their life here, and he said that he loved it so much when he came he never went back to New York. He is retired and taking it easy, and enjoying fairly good health, which he counts as a blessing. The earlier days of Thanksgiving had a special flavor, take it from one who remembers. Mr. and Mrs. Stetson 0. Sproul Sr., 717 39th St., will be having this year's Thanksgiving celebration with a daughter, Mrs. Emil Rybovich of West Palm Beach, and her family. Mr. Sprout's first Thanksgiving in Palm Beach was in 1900, but he was just a baby and doesn't recall much. Later, he said, his mother ran a boarding house at the corner of 4th and Dixie. "She was a marvelous cook," he said, "and of course we had turkey and all the trimmings. She made marvelous pies, and one of her specialties was chicken-and-dumplings. Thanksgiving meant, in a boarding house, a big gathering family-style, with a lot of work and preparation." m,iir mBL tu g-Ttt n i r w . TBI , m -am j .urn mw m r , .srj mv ink r r1 if a So' - ' ' ' I II OMEN Thunday.Nov.28,1968 A8-Palm Beach Post w t " " Her Hobby's Creating Own Heirloom Jewelry Y , . - '.r f j- j -- f -13 I 1 1 t? .m J. LADY LAPIDARIES - Mrs. E. E. Hussey (left) picks up some pointers from Mrs. Fred George as they prepare their original jewelry designs to go on exhibit in the Gem and Mineral Society Show Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the West Palm Beach Auditorium. By SHEILA TRYK Staff Writer Amethysts, rubies, topazes, and garnets. Coral and turquoise, jade and citrine. Gold and silver, lovingly embracing the stones in imaginative settings. All the jewels women dream of having in exotic abundance rings, pendants, bracelets, and brooches, glittering with rainbows of color. A cascade of glowing gems, tumbling from jewel chests. . . The average woman can only gaze longingly in shop windows on Worth Avenue, and wish in vain for just one niagnificient piece. The lady rockhound, however, approaches the problem another way, and may end up with a hoard of heirloom jewelry, of her own or her husband's creation. . Mrs. E. E. Hussey of West Palm Beach got started that way. In 1965. she read an article about rock hounds (in The Post-Times, of course! ) and, intrigued, she attended a meeting of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches at their well-equipped clubhouse at the Palm Beach International Airport. One glimpse and she was hooked by the hobby. "What's so nice about rock hounding is that it's a family hobby," says Mrs. Hussey, the attractive blonde wife of an Autec engineer. Like most avid rock hounds, Ruth Hussey now spends her vacations in spots where she can hunt for rocks. One "hound tells another, they exchange maps, they trade information, and off the family goes to Tampa for fossilized coral, to Lakeland for jasper, to Mexico for opals, to Oregon for agates, to New Mexico for turquoise, to Brazil for amethysts, to New York for garnets. . . Sometimes the families form caravans to go out on field trips Mom and Dad Rockhound accompanied by their equally fascinated pebble pups. Some members concentrate on acquiring crystal formations. Others look for fossils (Howard Converse, a local member, has found the jawbones of an extinct mammoth in northern Palm Beach County.) Still others search for geodes. And of course, most female members keep their eyes open for stones to use in jewelry. Soon after joining the club, Ruth Hussey was making her own equipment a tumbler to polish small rocks and pebbles, and a cabachon machine, which she built for under $10. using a plastic tub and an old washing machine motor. The next step was jewelry. Mrs. Hussy began working with Sue and Fred George, members who conduct jewelry-making classes. "We use the 'lost wax' process," she explains, describing her particular technique, which is just one of several ways to fashion jewelry. "First the design is created in wax, with the use of an 'electric needle' soldering iron," Mrs. Hussey explains. "The work must be carefully done, because even a fingerprint can be reproduced in the final design! " The carved wax perhaps a ring, a brooch, a pendant, or even a small sculpture is set up in a cannister, and surrounded with "investment", a very fine type of plaster. This mold is then heated for several hours, for the wax to burn off, and get "lost". At this point, the mold is ready to fill with gold or silver, and here another home made machine is used, one that utilizes centrifugal force to get the molten metal into every tiny corner of ffiie mold. The filled mold is plunged into DELICATE WORK - Ruth Hussey delicately fashions fine gold wire around a polished gem to make an individual dinner ring. t I... .vara ' :m0 I V t1 cold water, the plaster cracked off, and voila! A beautiful piece of jewelry! Sometimes the stones are cast directly into the piece, and other times, they are added afterwards, especially if the heat is likely to alter their appearance or quality. "We can repeat design's we want to," explains Mrs. Hussey, "We vulcanize it in rubber, to make a new mold. That way we have a form in which to make a new wax model. This is particularly handy for something like earrings." Sue George has gone further, experimenting with live orchids as "models" for earrings, and an eroded seashell for a stunningly different finger ring. The elegant jewelry, along with examples of fossils, fluorescent rocks, exhibits from all over the world, and the largest known faceted topaz, will be on display at the West Palm Beach Munci-pal Auditorium this weekend when the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches has its annual show. On November 30, the hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on December first, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members will demonstrate everything from rock tumbling to slicing. But it goes without saying that most women will soon gravitate towards the jewelry displays. And soon, no doubt, there will be more families joining the Husseys on those rock hunting expeditions! if:' ':': Dear Abby Bells Not Same For All HISTORICAL FIND -Howard Converse (above) displays jawbones of an extinct mammoth excavated in northern Palm Beach County. They are estimated to be 10,000 years old. wife and teen-aged children, know nothing about our marriage and babv. He savs he prelers to keep it that way lor the time being as they may be bitter or angry with him. This is so hard for me. Abby. I should think his family would be happv to know that he is not alone, but happily married and the father of a beautiful baby girl. Should I take it upon myself to send them pictures of me and the baby? Or should I wait until he is ready, which could beinavearor more? BEWILDERED DEAR BEWILDERED. Don't send any pictures of yourself and the baby. I think vour husband is being childlish to "hide" the truth from his family, but if that's the way he wants it. let it lay. disappointment. I find that my wile's obstetrician does not permit the husband to be present in the delivery room to witness his wile giving birth. I would like to know from whom these OB doctors expect to get paid for their services. RESENTFUL DEAR RESENTFUL: The husband usually pays, I'm sure. But he pays for the services the doctor performs not for a front row seat to the "performance." DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are in our forties and this is the second marriage for both of us. We were recently blessed with a beautiful baby girl who was born 5 months earlv. She is now 8 months old.) My husband's whole family, including his ex- By ABIGAIL VAN BL'REN DEAR ABBY: Is it possible for a 50-year-old woman to still hear "bells'' ring when she meets the right man? I have a friend who has had many opportunities to marry, but she has held off because she was waiting to hear "bells" ring. Should she wait any longer? Or should she settle lor less0 CONSTANT READER DEAR READER: Those "bells" don't ring out the same message to everyone. To some it signals "the last call for supper'' while to others, it's a prelude to a heavenly romance. Some bells are cracked, and some listeners have a hearing loss, so tell your friend not to wait too long or she's apt to wind up with the Good Humor Man. DEAR ABBY: To mv great THEIR HANDICRAFT -Rock hounds turn their talents toward jewelry making with handsome results.

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