Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 21, 1960 · Page 15
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 15

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 21, 1960
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MinMftfeMftuKHftfcfcfcftkkfeftftkkftfefcfeafcfcfcfcKfeft], | Christmas Holiday Was Once Forbidden iy, many good you and your ily for a season tying ipinM and' cheer. w Christmas has not always been }| a "legal" holiday in this country, m In 1659, the general court of Mass- j| achusetts Bay colony passed this R resolution: "Whosoever shall be found ob- R serving any such day as Christmas S or the like, either by forebearing Jj; labor, feasting, or any other way, I as a festival, shall be fined five ^ shillings." ft j The first "legal" observance in * * * D & J ELECTRIC Postvi »»si »**a**a»«*»i*a****aa»i***>i*»aaa*fc»ta»> Nothing but ^ the very best is what we wish all our good friends this Christmas POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, December 81, I960 this country is believed to have taken place in Boston in 1686 when Governor Andros conducted services in the tbwn hall. And it was still many years later, in 1856, that the State of Massachusetts officially passed laws which permitted the observance of Christmas. BELLS HAVE LONG BEEN PART OF CHRISTMAS DAY Practically every nation has its special Christmas dish, and since Americans represent people from all parts of the' world, it is not surprising that one finds different holiday menus in the various parts of our country. Two menu headlines, however, have thoroughly American pedigrees . . . turkey and cranberries. Indians ate wild turkey, cranberries, and pumpkins before the first European colonists arrived. The turkey on present-day holiday tables is a domesticated variety of the native wild turkey. Though thoroughly American, the bird acquired a name indicating foreign origin. It is believed this happened because the gobbler was mistakenly identified with the guinea cock, a bird imported from Africa by way of Turkey. Biff Business. Raising domesticated turkeys is an exasperating business, producers say. The birds are dull- witted, sometimes will not eat for no apparent reason and stampede at the slightest provocation. Cranberry growers flood their bogs in winter to protect vines from cold and insect pests. Machines grade cranberries by their bounce—berries with plenty of bounce are firm and good. Among other foods on the holi day table, olives and celery are foreign-born. Celery first made its appearance in France, in the 17th century. Olives probably or iginated in the- region extending from Syria to Greece. Potatoes, corn, lima beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and garden peppers claim to be American, born and bred -j— but most of them first grew in South America, rather than North America. HOLIDAY CUSTOM In Czechoslovakia, the Christmas tree is the center of much attention during the holiday season. The tree is decorated with many candles, assorted candies, nuts and fruits and is surrounded with singing and dancing until the New Year at which time the children eat the goodies before the head of the household discards the tree. **»aa *»***aaaaMa **a**»»»a *»»aa*aa:fca&**>i»ai»>*:»>**»a Our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Electric Motor Shop J. F. HART, Prop. Postville, Iowa A CHRISTMAS LEGEND Quaint'and curious are some of the old Monkish stories about the first Christmas. One of the charm ing legends relates that at the moment of the Nativity everything and everybody stood still. The birds paused for an instant in midair, rivers ceased for the time to flow—in short all the movements of men and things everywhere were suspended for a brief space. The spells of witches and wizards— an idea which was, no doubt, at the root of Shakespeare's reference to Christmas time as being so holy that then "no fairy tales, nor witch hath power to charm." FRESE GARAGE ED FRESE, Prop. Postville, Iowa we nine so highly. f POSTVILLE FEED MILL Bier Ponsar, Prop. Postville, Iowa g jjaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassaaaaaaaaa At this joyous season of giving and receiving, we take pleasure in extending to you our heartfelt good wishes for a very Merry Christmas! We hope that you and all your loved ones enjoy every minute of this happy holiday! Louis Schutte & Sons LARGEST STOCK OF FURNITURE IN NORTHEAST IOWA Postville, Iowa this festive season gets into full swing, we take pleasure in wishing you a full share of its joys and blessings. ALLAMAKEE COUNTY SERVICE COMPANY AGENT — EARL RUCKDASCHEL Phone 86 4-3615 Postville, Iowa »*aaa»aaaa»»***»aaa*aaaaaaaaa »aaaaS5aaa3jaa *a*aaa »»i[ »fc»»»*»s»a**»a*»aa*a»»aaaaaa»aa&a»aa»aaaaaaaaaaMi» Tk e pleasure is all ours when it comes to thanking our many kind jriends and patrons and wishing them the best of everything throughout the holiday season! | WILLMAN REAL ESTATE | Postville, Iowa s i asaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasaaaaaaas-sasiSiasaaasiaasi The magic of Christmas is in the air...and we sincerely hope that its spirit brightens your whole Holiday Season. POSTVILLE AUTO SALES L. H. Hofer, Prop. CHRYSLER CORPORATION CARS Postville, Iowa :1 Ml Kyi

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