Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 26, 1945 · Page 1
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POSTVILLE HERALD A LIVE NEWSPAPER IN A LIVE TOWN. Fifty-Fourth Year. POSTVILLE, IOWA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1945. Number 8. ill Iowa Observe 00th Anniversary f Statehood? No Plans Formulated As Yet for Observance; Schools Plan Celebrations Trial and Grand Jurors Drawn for January Term On Dec. 28 Iowa will be 99 yenrs old d plans arc underway to observe state's 100 year anniversary next lor. However, it seems apparent . Jut the observance will be somewhat ^^krtailed because no committee was j;i§pointed during the war to get to /work on the centennial that other jftates have made so much of. •mmiBov/cvcr, hundreds of people all i ^over Iowa are ready to go to work on .i'.vJ 'tbe project the minute a committee be- glns work on it at Gov. Robert D. V: Blue's direction. The committee will have the plans formulated and carried out by the Iowa territorial centennial committee to, follow if it wishes. Otherwise, it wltt have to start afresh, One committee, as reported in this column previously, is already at work. It-Is a school committee named sometime ago by Miss Jessie M. Parker, state superintendent, to formulate the public school observance of the event. ; . f'Many schools arc planning to fly the Iowa flag from their flagpoles during the entire year of 1946. In Texas this • is a commonplace sight but in Iowa, •few people actually know what the State flag is like and some people might not even be aware that the state has a flag of its own. •The flag is made up of blue, white . * arid red vertical bars with the white considerably larger than the blue and red. An eagle appears on the white bar flying with a ribbon on which is ''Written Iowa's motu*—"Our liberties .: we prize and our rights we will maintain." •i' The flag was designed by Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt. Actually it is the tri-color of France reversed with the eagle and ribbon taken from the greut SealiOf Iowa. I vs &Wjr persons who are interested in . more details of how Iowa's flag was designed, it can be found on page 50 ofi '.yol. 2 of a boo*, entitled "Lindlcy, Lindslcy and Linsley Families." ILLEGAL? ..,'According to a statute found by statehousc officials recently, Iowa's 1 board of control was technically il- 'sljlej^il from July 1 to Dec. 15 of this fi|M|«ljr because two of the members were '''*"j|roli\ the same congressional district 4ithe Second. MCfa July 1, E. W. Carlson, Elkader, 'Cfl9pt;on 'he board as Governor Blue's appointee. On Dec. 15, Dave McCreery, Ced^r Rapids, resigned from the board. During the time both of them were on the board, the board had two members fronvthe Second congressional district. "A'state law which, apparently, no on^ know anything about, came to . v,llg\)ji Jast week which prohibits the board from having two members from , i, the' same district Js, p l^Qftvernor Blue said he was unaware > >iaf >the law. Apparently the senate, in- J^lflUdlng the 22 who aro attorneys, also unfamiliar with it for that body A»jJH|hflrmed Governor Blue's appoint- I 'ment of Carlsen. ffg£tje attorney general's staff ap- . '\PBWntly knew nothing of it either and C* fffffljihnt matter, neither did the board ".•ymejnbers themselves nor did the news •per boys who are covering the state- lie, else the story would have !|en into print much sooner. Ijghnt can be done about acts of the during the period it was acting |ally—through no fault of its own- Jlon't profess to know. Be thing may result, however, the Jgjjent probably will serve to keep OjMjals on their guard in the future WHp making appointments. Harlan Fools of Post township and Dan T. Snitker of Ludlow are among the grand jurors chosen for 1948 in Allamakee county. They' are to report for duty January 7, 1948. For trial jurors at the January term of district court in Allamakee county to report for duty January 14, the following from this community have been drawn: Anna Sebastian, Harry Davis, Clara Miller, Leo Drelcr, Ethel Meyer, Robert Foels, Ethel Sanders, Esther Chamberlain, Vern Thornton, and Elmer Heins, all of Postville; Martin Halverson of Franklin township and Edgar Hcnning of Ludlow township. FIRE DAMAGES TRUCK. The Are truck was called out to the Walter Plaht farm north of town Saturday forenoon where the truck caught Arc when TVIr. Plaht attempted to thaw out frozen oil lines. Considerable damage resulted to the truck in the blaze. Servicemen Recall Their 1944 Christmas When. War Raged Ij |is just another case that some there are so many laws that |can escape the notice of virtually one. OT PATH? ^will be interesting to watch the 'gross of the Iowa State Education (Continued on Page Two) Next Week's Herald Out On Monday. Because New Year's Day falls ijn Tuesday which will break up he routine of our office, the next Herald will be published on londay. ,<• All hews, advertising and cor- iespondence copy should be in pur hands by Saturday of this veek for next issue's inclusion, ?nly late happenings can be pared for Monday morning. We shall appreciate your co- pperation,. We asked ex-service men we met on the street this week where they spent Christmas last year and here's what they told us: SGT. DEAN HAMMEL: "My outfit was just making the landing on New Guinea. It got rather cold Christmas day—the temperature dropped to 100 degrees, which was a decided change from the torrid weather usually found down there." Dean has been discharged and Friday was up buying the flrst haircut for his little son he hadn't seen until he arrived home. SGT. HARRY TYLER: "I had been in on the invasion on Leyte in the Philippines—we went in on a small landing boat. On Christmas day we had secured the operation and all the boys took it a little easier. I'm glad to be here with my wife and son this Christmas." Harry's the new barber up in Bobbie Sebastian's shop. CPL. VICTOR MEYER: "We had all plans made for a swell Christmas, that is, as swell as it would bo pos- iblo so far away from home as Love- ich, Germany. But our plans were knocked into a cocked hat, so to speak. The Germans, you will remember, got all hepped up over their success in the "battle of the bulge" and about 11:00 o'clock we were ordered to retreat. The Germans crowded us back about 20 miles before we halted—and then there was no thought of Christmas for us. We didn't as much as eat that day. I'll always remember Christmas of 1944." SGT. LE ROY GASS: "You know, I was in the German prison camp, Slalag. III-B near Frankfurt an der Oder, last Christmas. This Christmas seemed like a long way off, but I'm glad it Anally caught up with me. Last year Christmas was just like any other day. We got no different rations than were given us at any other tune. However, toward evening a shipment of Red Cross parcels came to our camp and the boys all yelled, 'There IS a Santa Claus.' We had trimmed a tree some of vis bribed the Germans for with igarettes. We used the wrappings off Red Cross packages and it looked pret ty nice to us. At least, it reminded us of better days at home jvhero the tree gets a'prominent place in our homes Also to make up for other Chrlstmases, one of our boys was chosen to act as Chaplain and he conducted Protestant service and we sang carols. Then later a Polish priest held services for the Catholic boys. Protestants and Catholics attended both services—so it was Christmas after all. You tell 'em, I'm glad it'll be different this year— it's my flrst one home in five years. CAPTAIN ROBERT HARRINGTON: "I was in Karachi, India, last Christ mas and we had to fly our P-51's the same as any other day. One of our officers was killed on his flight and it threw the place into sorrow. In the evening we had a dinner party at the officers' club, however, at which we discusBed our chances of where we would be-' on Christmas day, 1945. So you see, we've-been looking forward to this particular day for some time." SGT, ROBERT MARTINDALE: was aboard a troop train that was taking me through Virginia and to an em barkatlon port to head for overseas All of us boys were down In the dumps, because for most of us it was the flrst Christmas we had missed away from home. The people enroute were good to us and at Richrrtond we were allowed to get out and stretch Wo had our dinner, such as it was, on the train. I didn't think then that r be home for this one. But here I am and I hope Santa Claus knows I'm back, My brother, Don, is expected home early In January, so we'll have another Christmas party for him when ho arrives." • Churches of Postville will again of fer a variety of services at Christmastime starting with programs by the children of Sunday Schools Christmas Eve in the United Brethren, St. Paul 's Lutheran and Community Presbyterian churches. And on Christmas day St. Paul's will have church services at ten o'clock a. m., while at St. Bridget's church three masses will be in order Christmas morning, starting at six o'clock, with the children's choir singing during the 9:30 mass. Complete programs of events at the various churches in Postville will be found on page three of today's Herald. ***** At St. Faul's Christmas Eve. Children of the Primary and Junior departments of St. Paul's Church School will present the following program Christmas Eve in the sanctuary of the church: Song—Little Children Can You Tell. Trimming the Tree—Mrs. Palas' class. In The Hearts of Men—Mrs. Gericke's class. Bethlehem—Pearl Kuhse's class. Away in A Manger—The Primary Department. Christmas At Our House — Mary Helen Eberling's class. Most Beautiful—Mary Helen Eberling's class. Christmas Baskets — Mrs. Lennon's class. j Little Christmas Trees —Mrs. Ed. Schroeder's class. Song—Silent Night, Holy Night. Concluding the program will be a presentation of the story, "Why the Chimes Rang," given by the Intermediate Department and the choirs. Based on the legend that the chimes in the great cathedral will ring on Christmas eve only when the right gift is laid in the right spirit on the altar, this pageant portrays the bringing of gifts to the King of Kings by all classes of people, rich, fashionable and talented. Even the King lays down his precious crown on the altar. But still the bells in the great cathedral arje silent. Only when "Little Brother" sneaks down the aisle of the great church and humbly gives his mite, do the bells break their silence and joyously proclaim the fact that this small Below-Zero Temperatures Ushering in the Yuletide gift, gratefully given to the Christ Child, is acceptable on this Day of ive Christmas Tree for Heroes l The Club of the Hour has decorated the big evergreen tree on the southeast corner of the Community Presbyterian church property and will see that it is illuminated throughout the Christmas season. ] —ThlS—projcct is being carried out here Jo conform with a request made by the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs who are urging that a live Christmas tree be dedicated in each community as an appropriate living memorial to our war heroes. It is not convenient to plant a tree t this time, so the Club of the Hour members have arranged to use the one at the church property. But some time in the future they hope to plant a flr or spruce tree which will be designated as a community Christmas tree and will be fittingly dedicated as a memorial to our war dead. Christmas Eve at Community Church. Piano Prelude, Trinity Chimes—Dixie Cook. Invocation—Mr. Elmer Weihe. Candle Light Exercise — Christina Gamble, Nancy Krambeer, Mary Lou Turner, Ann Webster. The Story of the Shepherds, Luke 2:8-16—Philip Peterson. Songs by Beginners' Department: Away in a Manger. Cuddles and Tuckie. A Little Star. Jesus Birthday. Popping Corn. Snowman. Prayer—Beginners' Department. Recitations: We Love Him—Donna Schupbach. Christmas Eve—Valerie Luhman. A Christmas Speech—David Grove. A Happy Time—Linda LaVelle. Just Try It—Jenanne Schroeder. A Little Girl—Diane Gregg. Merry Christmas—Richard Falb. A Happy Child—Mary Lou Frese. Christmas Day—Kaye Cook. Because I Love Him—David Kicsau. Big in a Way—Larry Enyart. Happy Christmas to All—Joseph Thoreson. Waiting for Santa—Karen Kceslar. Songs by Primary Department: Why Do Bells for Christmas Ring? (With duet by Judy Gregg and Janet Overecn.) Let's Make it a Merry Christmas. Silvery Starlight. All Sorts of Children— Rita Krambeer, Donald Kerr, Karon Cook, John Falb. Jolly December—Jackie Hangartncr. Christmas Weather — Anna Louise Schupbach. The Strangest Tret;—Robert James. Douglas Ruckdaschel. John Schultz, David Schutte, Allen Severn. For God so Loved the World—Zoe Thoreson. A Christmas Recipe?—Judy Gregg. Dolly's Presents—Janet Ovcrcen. My Wants—Danny Bruns. The Christmas Story—Dick and Jerry Klingbeil. O. Little Town of Bethlehem—Mr. Roberts' class. Different Faces—Mrs. Weihe's class. "The Names of Jesus"—Mrs. Kenneth Kerr's class. Beautiful Saviour — Harriet Mayer and fifth grade girls. All the color we usually attach to Christmastime is hero as below-zero readings and a blanket of snow made their appearance during the past week. Temperatures have been all the way down to 10 below zero the past week, and the weatherman predicts no relief in sight until after Christmas. Postville was filled with shoppers in the final days before the year's greatest holiday and all stores report brisk buying, especially in the food lines. GIFTS TO HOSPITAL ARE AGAIN ACCEPTABLE As in previous years, gifts of canned fruit and foods to the Postville Community Hospital will again be gratefully received. Mrs. Edna Dummermuth, superintendent, should be contacted for these and she will accept and give proper credit for those brought to the hospital. Merry Yuletide In More Homes As Sons Return Under-the-Wire Arrivals Bring Gladness to Kin After Long Absences also planned to place a marker near the tree. As the community annually renews its pledge of "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men," this tree will be a living symbol more beautiful than any monument of stone or iron. \ ODD FELLOWS WITNESS WORK BY THEIR MONONA BRETHREN Thirteen Odd Fellows drove to Mo- norfiTTast Monday to attend lodge and to witness the conferring of the initiatory degree. In the party from Postville were Arthur S. Burdick, Burr Cook, Everett Cook, Leonard Pearson, Arno Schutte, G. A. Brooks, Lorence Reinhardt, Laurence Hofer, Milo Meyer, Otto Sander, Elmer SandeiyJElliott It is I Schroeder and Luver C. Schultz. \ eerio POSTVILLE HERALD Erwin BILL Marie Christmas Setting This Year Different From One Year Ago . . . Snow was falling. Belgium had relaxed and the atmosphere around the countryside was like a peaceful prelude to Christmas—now only a few days away. Shadows pooled around the edges of this setting, however tanks crouched; guns waited, ominous Then, suddenly, the peaceful atmos phere exploded, the shadows leaped Christmas saw the Battle of the Bulge. This is not a particularly happy reference at this stage of the season, but sometimes contrast enhances our sense of appreciation; and with the approach of Christmas this year we can find deeper meaning for its message of peace and good-will by paxising a moment to look back. For, despite ruffled currents of international controversy, war has rolled off the horizon of our daily lives. It is remote for most of us; and. yet. when we look back, we remember that Yankees died last Christmas and that the tide of Allied victory had turned and was running in reverse. That was in Belgium. On the other side of the world other Yanks were dying; and, while the victory march | many was gaining momentum, it was still far short of the final tempo which sent the Japanese crashing to defeat. So Christmas, 1944, was anything but peaceful. Germany's bloody fist had striking power left, and in the Pacific even the most optimistic military forecasters saw the war with Japan as dragging on for several years. Violence remained; the two-throated rumble of weapons and industry drowned out the meaning of the season; and, mankind forgot. But that was 1944, and now the emphasis is on the home front again. Some of us had overlooked the nearness of the other things, but now as we readjust ourselves we find the value of the contrast. For, while we still have ruffled currents here, as well, we have the reality of peace. We also have Christmas ahead of us—in the full meaning of the word and season, which symbolizes peace. We remember the other things, too, but not as shadows on this Christmas; we remember them as reasons for full enjoyment and appreciation of peace. For the peace is the Christmas gift of 1945. It is a gift from mankind, and ourselves. We fought for it; we won it; and now finally it is ours. And finally, too, we can be merry with traditional Yuletide spirit, while remembering that the only reason for perspective is to keep that peace. Eighth War Loan Drive To Close December 30th The final chapter in the war financing program is being written this week and on December 30 the books for the Victory loan will be closed. As this is being written, Allamakee county is in 16th place among the counties of Iowa in the standing for sales of E bonds. But it is hoped that this position can be improved during this cloS' ing week. Work of checking pledges against purchases continues in the office of Secretary Emmet C, Sullivan at Wait kon and it now appears that a 100% compliance will be made on pledges, signed on the first day of the drive, before the closing date. . Iowa has had a very fine record in all War Loan drives, and Allamakee county has been consistently one of the leading counties in the state. The citizens of our county might well take pride In this achievement, for tholr at tltude on thrift and saving as these have been brought out in the war loan drives. The slogan for the closing week of the Anal war loon drive is, "Can Iowa Lead the Nation In the Victory Loan Drive—We Hope So," Pfc. Delbert Reincke arrived here Saturday morning, having been given a one -way ticket at Ft. Sheridan, 111., after receiving his discharge from the army in which he had served since September 1942 ?"7Delbert was with the 76th Geh'er&r Hospital and served in England, Ireland, France and Belgium during the war. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reincke, he wears the Victory medal, the good conduct medal, ETO ribbon with three combat stars and the American defense ribbon. When asked where he spent Christmas, 1944, Delbert replied, "In Leige, Belgium, and boy, it was plenty tough ! I'm lucky to get home just in time for this Christmas." Norman Amundson Out. Captain Norman Amundson, sun of JWrnind Mrs. Martin Amundson of south of town, last week telephoned his wife that he had arrived at an east coast port and that he would_soon be home, hopefully by Christmas. ' Norman arrived here Saturday morning from Camp Grant, Rockford, 111., with his discharge safely tucked in his inside coat pocket. He served in the Coast Artillery and had been in service four years, serving overseas in France, Belgium, Germany, Czeeho-Slovakia and finally in Austria. When he arrived home Saturday ho saw for the fust time his seven months old son, Norman Mark. Norman Schultz Returns. Norman H. Schultz. son of Mrs. Harry Lenth. received his discharge last week at Camp Grant, 111., after serving for 35 months in an Engineers Combat battalion headquarters and service company. He entered the army in January, 1943, and after his basic training at Camp Swift, Texas, and in Louisiana and California, was sent in January, 1944. to Glasglow, Scotland. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-day plus one, and served in France, Belgium and Ger- He was at Leipzig when the Germans surrendered. In July he was sent to Berlin with the temporary occupation forces and on November 8 received orders to return to the states. Leaving LeHavre, France, December 4, he landed at Staten Island on the 14th. He wears the American campaign ribbon, the victory medal, good conduct ribbon, and the European Theater of Operations ribbon with five campaign stars. Christmas day of 1944 he was in Veireveres, Belgium, the Americans haying been pushed back by the Germans from the Hurtgen Forest sector. It was a hectic day, he says, but they did get in on a turkey dinner. . — Leo Boese Discharged. i,^A_ .bulletin from Great Lakes Naval separation center to this office states that Leo Boese, Signalman Third Class, was discharged from the navy last week s Leo, a son of Mrs. Robert Boese, has served in both the Atlantic and Pacific zones of action during the several years he was in the navy. _.. Leo Arrives In V. S. Sgt. Leo Foels last week notified his wTfe~who is living at Elgin that he had arrived in California and that he expected to be home for Christmas? Leo has been in the service for several years, for the past 18 months being in the Philippine Islands. ,i Dean Meyer In V. S. JMr, and Mrs. A. C. Meyer received a message from their son, Dean, of the Navy Seabees Saturday stating that he had arrived in the U. S., at Seattle, Wash., from the Pacific war theater, and that heexpected to be home in about 15 daysT\ Edwin Monroe Is Home. Pfc. Edwin Monroe arrived here last Wednesday after a year 's service in Europe with the 80th Infantry Division of Patten 's Third Army. He has reenlisted for another three years army service and expects to be sent (Continued On Page Eight) Tell Us About Your Holiday Guests. Christmas is a time for family reunions, dinners and parties, when homes are more or less busy entertaining and renewing old acquaintances, Here at the Herald office we may not know of your guests and would like to have you give us a ring on No. 200, so we can make mention of their being with you. Will you help us? Please send your items in as early as possibe.

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