Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1970 · Page 86
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 86

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 18, 1970
Page 86
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Many Holiday Functions Under Way in 1920— Carroll a Lively City as Christmas Approached SO Years Ago By Jewel Tooley (Staff Writer) It was the start of a new decade, the 1920's. The United States, a nation of 105,710,620 persons, had not yet revved up to the speed of the "Roaring 20's" — indeed, the gears scarcely had shifted to the pace of peacetime living following World War I. Prices were still high and many retail merchants offered lower prices in valiant efforts to bring the cost of living down. Skirts were not high — they were a length known today as "midi". The year 1920 was an election year and Warren G. Harding, Republican from Ohio, was chosen to be the nation's 29th president. In Carroll County he carried a majority of votes over the Democratic candidate James M. Cox. - By late November, election fever having subsided, Carroll "Shifted gears to start its trip to the Wonderful World of Christmas, a trip which steadily gained momentum until the BIG DAY arrived. The city's population, according to the offiial census taken in the spring, was 4,254. Mrs. R. M. Moehn, chairman of the Christmas Seal sales in Carroll County, and her assistant, Helen Jeffrey, were busy preparing promotions for the annual campaign. This was the first year that the sales were under direction of the Iowa Anti-Tuberculosis Society, prior to that it had been under auspices of the Red Cross. A lively sales campaign was carried out, involving school children as well as adults, with $3,000.00 as the goal. At the Carroll Public Library, Sadie Stevens, librarian, was busy compiling a long list of books recommended for children's Christmas gifts. Among them were picture books such as "Story of Little Black Sambo"; "Arabian Nights" and "Aesop Fables" in the category of fairy tales, fables and legends; "Joan of Arc", "Boys Life of Lincoln", "Making of Iowa" as non-fiction; and "Little Women", "Heidi", "The Bird's Christmas Carol" and "Little Lame Prince", in the fiction group. In December, the Commercial Savings Bank opened its Christmas Thrift Club for the fourth season. The bank, which was open Saturday evenings, offered 15 plans for a 50-week period, among them a one-cent progres­ sive plan which would pay $12.75 at the end of the time. The Iowa Trust and Savings Bank had filed articles of incorporation and was anticipating opening for business on Adams Street on Jan. 1, 1921, with a capital of $50,000.00. Incorporators were G. H. Bartels (bank president), E. A. Wissler (vice president), A. J. Graham, J. A. Schollenberger and B. B. Vorse. Organizations were having Christmas functions. The United Commercial Travelers, for example, took in three candidates at their December meeting, and then a grab bag was opened with a gift for every travtlT and lady. A buffet lunch wound up the evening. The Carroll UCT then had a membership of 125, the largest in the state for a town of comparable size. The Carroll Opera House planned its re-opening for Dec. 20, billing its presentation of Otis Oliver and an all-star cast in "The Un-Kissed Bride" as a "stupendous scenic production and a guaranteed attraction". Seats cost 50 cents, 75 cents or $1.00, all plus war tax. The movie on Christmas Day at the Irving Theater, where prices always were 15 and 30 cents, was "The Westerners"; and at the Royal Theater, Bryant Washburn was starring in "Too Much Johnson". Local talent also provided holiday-time entertainment. "The Feast of the Red Corn", an Indian operetta, was presented by the Girls' Glee Club at the high school auditorium. Heading the cast of characters was Wilma Mohler as "Weeda Wanta", queen of the Wanta Tribe. Accompanists were Eleanor Cook, piano, and Catherine Pierce, drums. Reserved seat tickets were available at Tyndale's Rexall store. The year 1920 was not one of particular extravagance. A little squib in "The Carroll Herald" (weekly newspaper published by J. B. Hungerford & Sons) went like this: "Don't you think holidays tempt us to be extravagant?" "Not at all. If you will study the pictures of Santa Claus you will observe he has on the same old clothes he has worn for years." Well, let Santa wear the same suit forever, but Carroll merchants were in favor of selling new clothes as Christmas gifts for everyone in the family. Then, as now, businessmen advertised extensively in the newspaper. • i J. Nockels & Sons had finest silk shirts in various shades and patterns, and men's suits and overcoats were priced from $27.50 to $47.50. For the traveling man, Nockels suggested collar bags. The J. A. Strohm Company, in the Masonic Temple building, featured fur pieces, dainty holiday lingerie and several types of blouses, including tailored pongee with high or low collars, georgette trimmed with Venise and Filet lace, and French batiste with fluted ruffles and drawnwork. Children's coats could be bought for $4.00. Plush coats tailored according to New York styles were offered by Lipsman Manufacturing Company over the Royal Theatre. Silk underwear was "a most practical gift" at E. C. Bryant Company. This firm also advertised georgette, satin or crepe-de-chien chemises in shades of flesh, maize and orchid, and petticoats with jersey tops and pleated taffeta flounces. Rettenmaier & Becker was prepared "as never before" to provide sensible and useful Christmas gifts such as silk and wool dress goods, hoisery and gloves. Martin's Optical Store, operated by Dr. E. W. Martin above the Holley Music Store, Timet Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1970 suggested a pair of perfect fitting glasses as a "perfect surprise for Christmas". A fine gift for the whole family might be the New Edison, "the phonograph with a soul", available at the Carroll Music Store. An even better gift would be an Oldsmobile coupe equipped wtih bumper, extra tire and rim, foot warmer and motometer, which could be purchased from the Franzwa Garage. J. A. Dougherty was offer* ing an auto insurance policy as "a new kind of Christmas gift". And the toys! They were in abundance at Black & Hansen, among other places. There one could buy a tin doll cart for 35 cents, T a tool chest for 50 cents. For the boys there were Mutt and Jeff handcars and for little homemakers, laundry sets with reels, tubs, glass washboards and clothespins. Christmas in 1920 must have been as exciting for the little folks as it will be in 1970! As the community shifted into an even higher gear the last few days before Christmas, churches were getting ready for their special services, Sunday Schools were set to "render" their Yule programs, and excitement mounted among the small fry. Many a Carroll homemaker was busy preparing for house- guests or a holiday gathering. There was cleaning to be done, and food shopping. At the Carroll Bakery (E. E. Brubaker, proprietor) she could buy a 20-ounce loaf of locally made "Cream Nut" bread for 12 cents, a 20 per cent saving over the cost of shipped-in bread. Just before Christmas the baking and wholesale department of the bakery opened in a new location at the corner of Fourth and Main, where a new oven had been shipped from Chicago and installed at enormous expense; the retail store of the "daylight bakery" remained on Fifth Street, just west of the Royal Theatre. The busy homemaker may have bought her meat at Beiter's, or perhaps at Jacobs' Grocery and Meat Market (E. M. Jacobs, proprietor) at the "head" of West Street. For the holiday dessert she probably ordered special Christmas ice cream from the Carroll Creamery Company, managed by C. C. Roberts. She may have asked her husband to stop at the E. J. Ries Candy Store to pick up a bag of mixed Christmas candies or a box of chocolates for the nibblers in their home. People were coming and going, students were home from colleges, and there were numerous holiday parties before and after Christmas. Mrs. G. S. Thomas and children had come from Philadelphia to spend the holidays at Hie G. W. Thomas home, where Mr. Thomas joined them until the weekend after Christmas. Harold Pelsue of Rock Island, 111., visited his parents, the E. J. Pelsues. Earl Crackling came from Mason City to spend the holiday with his parents, the John Cracklings, and then left to attend to business matters in California. Margaret Geising and Hilda Rettenmaier spent Christmas with friends in Chicago and planned to visit in Milwaukee before returning home. Coming from Dallas, S. D., for the Yule holidays was Mrs. Edward Dopheide. Mrs. L. J. Rohner gave a card party in her home after Christmas in Mrs. Dopheide's honor. Kenneth Holley, son of the E. B. Holleys, was home from St. John's Military Academy. Between Christmas and New Year's, he and his sister Eunice entertained at a dancing party in the Ries Annex. Among other students home for vacations were Ralph Baumhover, from Dubuque; Arthur N. Neu from Northwestern University, Evanston, 111.; Walter Anneberg, Marvin Kennebeck and Ted Galloway, from the university at Iowa City. Arriving home from the South shortly before New Year's Day were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kruse, whose wedding took place on Christmas Day at Eustis, Fla. Another Christmas season flew by and became history; and history seems to repeat itself again and again where Christmas is concerned. "A few glad days of Christmas time and the old year is gone," stated a Christmas greeting advertisement placed in the newspaper by the American Savings Bank. The greeting went on to say that the "Bank wishes you — for Christmas and the whole New Year — nothing more nor less than HAPPINESS. It is the completed wish — including all the others: health, prosperity, good cheer, friendship, ani — well, it's just HAPPINESS. That's all." And Carroll shifted its gears into the year 1921. 'In' Gift of the 1970s is House Gift A new trend in Christmas gift-giving is gaining popularity with people in the know who welcome a switch from the old gift c 1 i c h e s. More and more shoppers are passing up the personal doo-dad for the tabletop radio or for the table itself, the cardigan sweater for the elegant silver candle snuffer and the proverbial black lace negligee for a dressing table or headboard. The 'in' gift of the 70s is the house gift, one that can be used and enjoyed by all. It opens up a whole new area of Christmas gift possibilities. For her, there is china, crystal, linens, loveseats, lamps and pictures, to name just a few. And for him, consider gourmet cooking equipment, an easy chair, power tools, electric blanket, desk or desk accessories or the always welcome bar. 1 MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CANDLES Festive candles are easy-to-make. Seem to glow and shimmer from within. Slow-burning last for years. Glo-Wax, 5 lb $1.55 Wick _ 1 ft. .10 Vial of Glitter - » .35 Crayon Color .02 Instruction Book _ .10 JOE'S PAINT CENTER Weft of Court House Parking — Carroll |j —Staff Photo GETTING AN EARLY START on making their Advent Lanterns are, from left, Janet and Joyce Johnson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Lee F. Johnson, and Barbara Otto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Otto. Making the Advent Lanterns for their homes is an annual project for all Carroll Girl Scouts. These girls are members of Brownie Troop 191 which meets at the St. Lawrence Church basement. Mrs. Otto and Mrs. Arnold Meyer are the leaders. Customs of Holiday Are Catalogued Although many traditions are now lost in time, there are other Christmas customs that have been recorded for posterity, observes Anne Winfield, Woolworth's home adviser, who traced the origin of Christmas decorations. Here are two of the many she uncovered: It has been said that there was no candle to light the stable at Bethlehem. But from time immemorable tapers have been placed in windows to light the way for the Christ child. Anyone who came to the door was invited to enter and there were those who believed He would appear, concealing His identity, to learn the extent of their kindness. Candles contribute to the feeling of reverence and play an important part in holiday decorations. Christmas wreaths may be traced to the customs of Advent season, the four Sundays before Christmas, a period of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. The Advent wreath is made of evergreen branches intertwined with red ribbon. Four candles are affixed to the wreath. Christmas Money Problems Solved Right Here Quit worrying about Christmas right now because the answer to your mony problems is right here. Just stop in and we'll arrange for a quick easy to pay loan that will bring your family a truly glorious Christmas that they deserve. You won't have to worry about charging, you can get "BETTER DEALS" by laying out the cash and all of your Christmas obligations will be concentrated right here with just one payment, pattern payments that please you and won't cast your paycheck into the high heavens. Debt Consolidation Loans Home Equity Loans Appliance Loans Emergency Loans Delbert Patrick, Manager CARROLL BRANCH \ finance company ( Clubs Offer Painless Way to Save Cash By HARRY STEINBERG (AP Business Writer) NEW YORK (AP) — One of the favorite ways of saving for Christmas gift-giving is still the Christmas Club. Last year more than 16 million people saved over $2.2 billion at 10,000 banks through the United States. Here's how tht typical Christmas Club works: A member opens his account and gets a booklet of 50 coupons, one for each week. The accounts are usually opened at the start of October, and continue to the end of the following October. The bank operating the club sends the member a check for the amount saved in November. Booklets are available with coupon denominations from $1 through $6, $10, and $20. This makes it possible to save from $50 to $1,000 during the course of the year. Most banks pay no interest, though the trend hi recent years has been toward paying some interest on the accounts. Why have the Christmas Clubs been so successful? "No one has really ever been able to figure it out," says James Shea, marketing manager of the Bowery Savings Bank in New York. Shea adds that "vacation clubs," based on the same principle except that the money saved is used for travel, have never had the success the Christmas Clubs have had. "Ift convenient, and a pain less way to save," says Shea. The 20,000 Christmas Club members saved about $2 million at the Bowery last year, Shea said. Richard Field, assistant vice president at the First National City Bank of New York, says that the chief attraction of the Christmas Club is that "it is a forced vehicle kind of savings." "There's no temptation to take money out, its not like a regular passbook where there's a big withdrawal column," he says. Fields adds that money can be withdrawn from a Christmas Club account, but that many members don't know this. Fields also explains that banks don't offer interest on Christmas Club accounts because the amounts are often small — the First National City average is $150 per account. First National City's Christmas Club had 150,000 members who saved $22 million in 1969, Fields said. He also explained that the expenses of administering the accounts, printing up the special coupon books and checks used in paying club members eats up whatever profit the banks may make by not paying interest. "SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN" the song says, and these Girl Scuts from the combined junior troops of fourth, fifth and sixth graders at St. Lawrence School plan on helping the jolly little man. All 55 girls in both troops have been busy making toys for the Carroll County Association for Retarded Chidren, pre-schoolers and St. —Staff Photo Anthony Hospital. Shown with some of their handiwork are, from left, Judy Drees, Cindy Boes, Lisa Steenson, Diane Reiling and Kim Sailer. Troop leaders are Mrs. Rufus Boes and Mrs. Howard Drees, assisted by Mrs. John Hoogetrat, Mrs. Cal Bliss, Mrs. Richard Steenson and Mrs. Leonard Sailer. This Helpmate Can Begin Working on Christmas Day The concept of the Christmas Club was developed in 1910 by Herbert F. Rawll, an English printing salesman, who special- 1 ized in bank stationary. Clever Santas know that nothing pleases milady more than a gift that's handsome, enduring and useful every day of the year. Home appliances, like today's revolutionary types of vacuum cleaners, fit that description perfectly. Of all household appliances considered for holiday gift selection, homemakers rated vacuums as the most important in helping them maintain • beautiful home the year around according to a national survey by the Home Care Institute. If she is fortunate enough to find this number one helpmate under the tree, she can put it to use immediately picking up stray bits of tissue, ribbon and other debris left over after the last gift has been opened, In minutes — and with little effort — the room will be neat and sparkling again, and she'll be a relaxed hostess ready to receive holiday callers. No matter which type of vacuum is selected, you can be certain it will protect precious, furnishings and carpets, keeping them fresh and clean all year long. One of the most popular gift selections is an adjustable lightweight cleaner. Perfect for kitchens, baths and fast effective inbetween cleanups, these slim vacuums weigh less than 8 pounds and store simply. Powerful little hand-vacs go anywhere and solve a variety of cleaning chores. They tidy up cars, carpeted stairs, clothing, upholstery and one even has a pet grooming attachment that air cleans and combs the fur on the family cat or dog. For homes with carpeted stairs or large areas of hard surface flooring, experts recom- jmend a powerful suction canis- ter cleaner. The attachments that accompany canisters take care of all above-the-floor cleaning tasks. Many models con­ veniently carry their attachments in a special tray under the lid or, like the Empress, in a lid-top Tool-Pak. j NEW FOR CHRISTMAS 1 NORMA FOLK GUITARS Model FG-13 $24 *5 Model FG-10 *22 95 ALSO COMPLETE LINE OF ELECTRIC GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS % BALK'S I CLOTHING—FURS—CAMERAS—GUITARS 3 CARROLL, IOWA g

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