Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 10, 1970 · Page 21
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 21

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 10, 1970
Page 21
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All About Toivir House Beautiful-Creative Style: the Collison Home by dot monahan One of the things we have discovered in nearly two years in Carroll, is an unusually large number of creative persons. Diane Collison was brought to our attention for her musical ability on the violin. We found her to be interested in libraries, history, and many other of our own interests, but mostly we were impressed with Diane because she is of the now generation. Alert to our times and its problems, she expressed her concern for her children's world. We visited her home to discuss a story we plan to do over the holidays with Diane. Her home reflected her creative nature, and we asked if we might do a two-part story. What follows is a tour of a house, made beautiful, not by large expenditures of money, but her clever use of materials at hand. We feel it only fair to warn you, if we get carried away in our description of the home of Diane and David Collison, and their six children, it is because many of their treasures have come from the attic of the old family farm home. We developed a theory on an elevator in Brandeis downtown in Omaha a few years ago, concerning home furnishings. We saw a long-slung perfectly at- slouching-ease, Danish modern chair, sitting next to a dignified, stately Queen Anne. Now if you shouldn't be familiar with Queen Anne styling, these are the chairs used in the movie library scene usually at the beginning of a mystery movie. The wealthy old patriarch is seated in a deep Queen Anne next to a crackling.' fire. His voice is heard speaking to his loyal butler, and our next scene finds him sprawled on the library floor with a carving knife inbedded in some strategic organ, usually the not-too-strong ticker. If the killer had only waited, the murder wouldn't be necessary, but then there wouldn't be a story and we wouldn't have an example of a Queen Anne chair. So-o-o-o, we viewed the two chairs side- by-side, and the Queen Anne seemed to be looking down on the Danish modern, and saying, "My dear, you simply haven't lived yet." Now, with years, the Danish modern will have developed character, but we are just too old at this point to wait for that. 4-H News Activities of Carroll Area Boys, Girls Clubs ROSELLE - The monthly meeting of the Rose Valley Ramblers and Rosebuds 4-H Clubs was held on Nov. 3. Roll call whih was "One of the nicest things someone has done for me" was answered by 28 members. The club discussed the Christmas party which will be held on Dec. 8 and Christmas caroling which will be held on Dec. 12. The Christmas party will consist of a potluck for parents and daughters. A presentation was given by Nancy Sibenaller on "Making Gelatin". A talk was given by Susan Gehling on "Fruit for Salads, Snacks and Desserts." The initiation of new members was held. New members include Brenda Reiman, Michelle Rupiper, Gail Hoffman and Bonnie Goetzinger. Hostesses for the November meeting were Mrs. Earl Wittrock and Mrs. Leo Staiert. The Manning 4-H Clovers met on Nov. 4 at 7:30 at the home of Gail Hoffman. Roll call was "A Common Table Courtesy". Jane Hacker led the pledges, foMowed by the secretary's report; bills were paid and a thank-you card read from the Amos Kusel family. The girls volunteered to make programs at 1:30 on Nov. 6 at the Felker home. Mrs. Mervin Christensen will be the new sewing project leader. Plans were made for a Christmas party, with a 50 cent gift exchange. Girls who attended the music training school in Carroll reported on that event. Talks were: Using silverware by JoAnn Struve; Please Be Seated, Lori Gross and Janet Herbers; Please Pass —, Ann and ,Mary Felker; Let's Set the Table, Starre Christensen. Dr. Felker talked on proper irU'ilion for humans and live- s'rek. Officers installed before c :ournment were: Ann Felker. resident; Amy Brotherton. v'c3 president; Carol Struve, secretary; Susan Halbur, treasi: M*rlys .Sfoelk, historian; Jul Eseher, reporter. So unless you share a love of the old, you may not find our homemaking stories to your taste, but let us hope so. It is a warm fall day as we follow Highway 30 west out of the city, miss our directions, get lost, meet a muddy farm dog and finally double back east and arrive at last at the Collison home. We once read that our choice of color betrays our degree of happiness. If this be so, Diane Collison is hysterical, for her home is a charming feast for the eyes. We chose to enter at the rear of the home, nearest the drive. Diane's mother, Mrs. Mike Wittrock Sr., was visiting that morning. A number of years in the Collison family and once the subject of a play by one of its inhabitants, the old house had been the home of a bachelor great uncle. Six years ago it was typical of a bachelor home. And then when the decision was made to redo the house, Diane's husband and another fellow opened an attic window and took shovels and began tossing the things into a truck below. Mrs. Wittrock stood below crying out, "Oh, no. Don't throw THAT away". She caught the things as they left the window. What did she catch? Let us step inside the foyer of what was the original kitchen, now utility room. As we close the door behind us, we met with two priceless brass coach lamps, and an old blue tin bin, marked 'roasted peanuts'. At one time, Diane used her roasted peanut bin for an end table. Where else, but in her home, could we turn a corner and find several bright shades of olive, and framed water colors done by Diane, a crib for the new baby son, Michael, and oh, yes, a washer and dryer. What had been the music room and old dining room is now a kitchen-dining-family room that extends the width of the home's center. With the ceiling paneling and wainscoting intact, the room's plate rails separate the lower portion from a field of tiny yellow-hued flowers that creep up the walls and cover the ceiling. The table and chairs are heavy, antique pieces of another era, sturdy enough to keep six little Collisons from tipping. With Diane's enthusiasm brimming over onto your scribe, we rushed from one attic treasure to another. With Mrs. Wittrock smiling quietly from the side, we left Colin ensconced in the playpen, wearing a bewildered expression at how he came to be there. Mrs. Collison is asking Pauly, her four-year- old, to entertain Colin, and we disappear with one hand on the notebook, and one ear out for a baby's 1 cry. It does not come. Once into the living room, forgive us, Colin has left our thoughts, for we are in the midst with : a love affair with a fireplace. The fireplace is covered with a tinplate of long ago, boasting a carved figure of a girl among flowers among ornate flowers. Above which was blue tile in the shape of small brick, but the fireplace itself was the object of our love-at- first-sight. In Diane's favorite shade of olive in a blue and white room it dared to take the center of attention, with its three bookcases with glass doors. This is where one expects to find a mantel, and Diane has set it off with old books and china. The bright blue carpet, window seats and Austrian-style curtains are a perfect setting for a conversation corner's lad- derback chairs and beyond Diane's baby grand piano. The carpet carries us to the open stair where, fickle art-lover that we are, we forgot the fireplace momentarily and fell in love all over again with six old black and white French lithographs, that all but lead one up the stairs. The prints, and paintings of Diane's are mingled with those of other artists and, keep in mind, we are met with warm color everywhere we turn. Among Diane's own works is a primitive of the home with children and a dog running on the lawn. Diane's personal contentment is reflected in her home as she sees it, with children and pets, and a house alive with ideas. Among the attic treasures, were a complete canister set of eight or more pieces in blues and whites similar to the onion pattern. A collage of attic finds set in an old frame also from there — a 1917 draft card of one of the Collison brothers, a fancy gold can top, an invitation to a 25th anniversary party in 1892, "At which you and your lady are requested . . .", a small oval picture, a quaint old watch. And, while the Collison children are yet quite young Diane is instilling in them a love of history and family pride. A favorite pastime for the six children has and will be exploring the attic. Only the day before our visit, the children had brought a high school diploma of a long ago graduation class, and hung it on their kitchen wall, near their collage. At the top of the stairs, we saw what might have been a page from a decorator's magazine. With an old trunk from the attic done in antique red and glazed with burnt umber. This houses the family sweaters and sat outside Lucia's door. Lucia is the only daughter and Diane has used her imagination well in creating Lucia's feminine little world. The eight-year- old sleeps in an ornately carved iron bed, painted a bright pink, repeated again in pink and white striped wallpaper. This too was an attic find, as were the old coins two of the boys have framed for their wall. One of the most beautiful finds, was a pair of deep picture frames rarely seen even in choice antique shops. Lucia's taste runs to Picasso, but Mommy has used Velasquez prints to set off the deep frames, which she has set on facing walls in a corner of the master bedroom. The master bedroom also boasts a corner where we find a quaint little table and two ice cream chairs done in white and covered with pictures of the Collison children. Everywhere a visitor is reminded this is a home of children, for children. The bath done in black and white, with fire engine red towels, was our favorite room. Why? We were shown several groupings of honeymoon pictures of David and Diane Collison. And in an old frame, six small baby pictures. Diane laughed, "I spent so much time arranging the four pictures just the way I wanted them, and then we had two more children, Times Herald, Carroil, la. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1970 and I had to do it over." We told Diane how much we had enjoyed seeing the house, and she remarked, "Mother is responsible for many of my ideas. She did all my windows, shutters, and curtains. And my maternal grandmother stayed with me this late summer when the baby came. She, too, is adept at decorating in California where they now live." Wherever the credit lies, we hope you have enjoyed our visit with Diane Collison. Of course, we saw many, many things we haven't room to 'show' you. In the master bedroom, the maple four poster is covered with one of four spreads, not unlike plush, belonging to Diane's great-grandmother, which she buried underground, during the German occupation. And at the edge of the fireplace, we saw a Cabboars marble holy water font, held up by two cherbus, not in the least modest. And a gorgeous Swiss antique clock, a gift of friends. There was an up staircase and a down staircase, and we asked if the children chased one another up and down them. "Of course," she laughed. What has been seven rooms on the second floor is now a roomy four-bedroom upstairs. We descended again to the lower floor where we found Colin in toys to his fourth rib. Pauly had entertained him royally, with the help of Alberta Wittrock. As we drove away from the Collison home, this time in the right direction, we saw a side of the house we had missed, and we were looking at a water color come to life. We will be visiting with Diane Collison again over the holidays, and we assure you Diane Collison, the musician-artist, will be every bit as intriguing. Just wait and see. Thursday, we will take you back in time. Don't miss it. Staff Photo Mrs. Diane Collison You're Buying Dad A Chair for Christmas... Isn't W, You Bet it is... And A Fantastic Value! it Rocks!*- it Vibratss!.. f inesf * Comfort beyond belief ' * Three position vibrator to ease tension * Built-in heater for back therapy and soothing warmth * Back, seat and leg rest adjust to any position you wish * Slim lean lines designed for modern living * Triple fabric backed butter soft Naugahyde cover or 2-tone with Naugahyde arms and pillow and decorator styled fabric * Choices of rich colors, black, avocado, gold, brown. fj| You Must Read Every Word to Realize Why This Value is Far Superior to Any Other Recliner Anywhere Near its Price. Relaxing Massage: Vibrator Unit For sitting, T.V. Reclining and Full Reclining Restful Rocking Action OR TWICE IN A chair for Dad. bo WE'LL GUARANTEE TO DELIVER IT, GIFT WRAPPED FREE BEFORE CHRISTMAS $5.00 DOWN WILL LAY IT AWAY, OR BUY ON EASY PAYMENTS, NO PAYMENTS UNTIL JANUARY PROBABLY ONLY ONCE LIFETIME will you buy naturally you want it to be a good one, one Dad himself would pick for comfort, for durability, for value. Well, here it is. Utterly superb in every way. Sure to please Dad on Christmas. Certain to make him think tenderly of you each time he settles into its relaxing comfort through the years. Yes, this is a noble chair indeed. Some recliners are a wee bit skimpy for total relaxing, but not this one. It's a full 43 inches high, a generous 32 inches wide. The seat is a roomy 2 feet wide. Perfect support in any position, thus, whether Dad leans back to watch TV or reclines fully for a snooze, the back and seat adjust perfectly to assure him total comfort. Some chairs feel pretty hard after you have been sitting for awhile, but not this chair. It's "foam lavished." Yes, every point of contact is deliciously foam padded, from deeply tufted back to the 8 inch thick foam seat. Even the arms and footrest are comfortably foam padded. And every ounce of foam is effectively supported and permanently anchored to always stay in place without becoming lumpy. Oh, this is a handsome chair too. Dad will surely be the envy of his friends when they see it. They'll be proud you gave it to Dad, proud of the way it looks in your home. The butter soft durable Naugahyde cover has the appearance of fine leather, but is really a far more practical fabric backed man-made cover. Not just ordinary vinyl, mind you, but supple Naugahyde that's tough and resistant to snags. Easy to keep clean too. Just wipe clean with a damp cloth. The colors are rich and clear. Like we said, this is THE recliner Dad wants. We bought enough to get the price waydwon, so you can buy for Christmas giving at a sharply reduced price. But the VALUE here is so sensational, our supply won't last forever. So don't disappoint Dad—Don't miss this FANTASTIC RECLINER VALUE. Make your selection NOW . . . Phone your order if you can't come in right away. We'll deliver it before Christmas, and it will be GIFT WRAPPED without charge to you. CREATING Beautiful Rooms for the '70's gjg BIERL PARKWAY FURNITURE CARPET . . . DRAPERIES East of Carroll Hwy. 30 BUY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS . . .EASY PAYMENT PLAN, NO PAYMENTS UNTIL 1971 STORE 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wed. fir Fri. HOURS 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Phone Orders to Carroll 792-4318

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