Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1970 · Page 95
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 95

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 18, 1970
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Centuries of Yule Timing in Watches Imagine yourself as a Christmas shopper in the Fifteenth Century. The disadvantages only begin with not having "wheels" to take you where you want to shop. Let's say you have decided to present that special person in your life with the gift of a timepiece. Do you know what it would have been? A portable sundial! Now you progress to the Sixteenth Century. A Yuletide gift of time for your loved one might have been a clock if you were very wealthy, but this is before the pendulum was introduced, and you would have needed a sundial along with it to keep the clock reasonably on time' The first watch was also invented in the Sixteenth Century. It was not exactly a watch as you know it today. Referred to as a Musk-Ball the watch of the 1500s was spherical in shape, awkwardly large, and pierced to give off the scent of perfumed musk which was carried in the case. The noblemen and dandies of that era, who could afford watches, wore them on chains around their necks and apparently liked the idea of perfume. If Musk-Balls were still in vogue, you could probably forego the gift-wrap and just camouflage the present by placing it among the ornaments on the branch of the Christmas tree! Watches of the Sixteenth Century, though still a great novelty, offered many more conveniences than their forerunners. To tell time in the dark, tiny raised knobs above each numeral enabled the owner to "feel the hour" without lighting a candle. Then came the addition of a minute hand in 1675. By the Eighteenth Century you could have given a watch as a Christmas present with a second hand. This feature had been widely introduced to give doctors an accurate means of measuring the pulse. Your present, of course, would have also included a key for winding. You could not have given a watch for the wrist as a Christmas present until the early part of the Nineteenth century. The first wristwatch was developed for soldiers in the front lines during World War I because the routine of unbottoning the watch pocket and taking out the watch to see the time was inconvenient. Throughout the Twentieth Century, technologists have worked towards perfecting the delicate mechanism of the watch for greater accuracy and convenience. Since the Fifteenth Century, time has certainly come a long way! Today, for Christmas, 1970, you can give your loved one the ultimate in accurate timekeeping—an electric makes a beauty. It never has to be wound, on or off the wrist. Just turn it on, it will keep accurate time for a year, powered by a tiny replaceable energy cell. The electrics come in an assortment of styles, with sweep-second hands, in white or yellow cases and with stainless steel backs. If there is a woman in your life who likes to make every minute count, the manufacturer offers the perfect Christmas suggestion—a ladies' electric wrist, watch. It comes in a graceful shieldishape case of 10K rolled gold plate (white or yellow). And because this isn't the Fifteenth Century, you won't have to depend too much on "wheels" to help you find an Electric! The timepieces are available at watch counters of leading stores. -Times Herald Newa Service Photo Hobby Shop at Lake View Her Yule Craft Hobby Turns into a Business By Mrs. Mel Broich (Staff Correspondent) LAKE VIEW - Mrs. Herman Mesenbrink started her gift and hobby shop a year ago in June. She is very busy getting her Christmas things ready. It all started when the family spent the winter in Brownsville, Tex. To pass the time she Santa Claus Has Origins in America Hear them? They're sleigh- bells — and we all know what that means! Santa's here, and with him arrives one of the oldest, happiest, and best loved traditions of the Christmas season. Today, of couse, it just wouldn't be Christmas without Santa Claus, but it is interesting to ponder just where the jolly old gent got his start, and it might be surprising to learn that it wasn't really the North Pole. The name Santa Claus, itself, is an American derivation of the name St. Nicholas, an early fourth century bishop in Asia Minor, according to the editors of the Encyclopedia International. Santa was first brought to this country by the early Dutch settlers, who called him Sinter- klaas. These Dutch burghers portrayed him as a merry old man, sometimes even with a wife they called Molly Grietje. Santa also looked a little different then, and he wore a wide- brimmed black hat, short Dutch breeches, and smoked a long clay pipe. Later, the British brought their own Father Christmas to America — a happy, roly- poly Falstaffian figure. Inevitably, Sinterklaas and Father Christmas became one. Add to this the Norwegian's Kriss Kringle, with his sleigh and reindeer, and the picture is nearly complete. It was finally the task of American artists and writers to create an image of Santa Claus such as we know today. Washington Irving, among others, contributed to the concept of Santa as a jolly holiday figure, while Clement Moore, in his famous "Visit from St. Nicholas" (" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas"), added to the concept. However, the notion of Santa Claus which really captured the imagination of young and old alike was drawn by the American cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1863. Yes, that's Santa all right, with his fur-trimmed suit, shiny black boots and long white beard. Just the way we've always known him — or so it seems. collected shells and started making things. When she and her husband, Herman, returned to Lake View she continued making articles, until her friends urged her to start a hobby shop. She didn't think she would but the more she thought about it, the more she liked the idea. She just happened to own a building up town which was a beauty salon at one time and was empty. So she painted and fixed it up, set tables around in the front room to display and worked in the back. The first two months were very slow; word did not get around that Mable had opened her shop. She worked and added more items, most of them her own ideas. She uses no books or instructions. At Christmas time- last year business began to pick up. She got busy this summer with people from the camp grounds; many from out-of-state took handmade souvenirs home from Lake View. She doesn't want to take all the credit, she says, because her husband helps and a 14- year-old granddaughter, Linda Mesenbrink, also helps one day a week. Now that Linda is in school she works on Saturdays. They have added glass show cases and shelves all around the wall. "It isn't a hobby, anymore," Mrs. Mesenbrink says, "it is business." It's hard to imagine the color and beauty of all the handmade things — Christmas tallies, notes, pins, a big Santa cookie jar, candles, tree ornaments, decoupage, plaques, pictures, candle holder made from table legs, Mr. and Mrs. Beesely. One thing that stands out is a big Santa made from a bleach bottle, cut out in back to fill with Christams goodies. • Food Column (Continued From Page 3) dozen cookies. * » • A nut bread is a good addition to any holiday buffet, and is nice to have on hand for unexpected guests. This recipe for pineapple nut bread is easy to make, and just plain tastes good. Pat's Pineapple Nut Bread 2Vi cups flour % cup sugar VA tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder Vz tsp. soda % cup chopped nuts V-k cups crushed pineapple 1 egg 3 tbsp. melted shortening or oil Mix in order given. Bake in a greased 9 X 4-inch loaf pan at 350 degrees for approximately lVi hours. Turn out onto wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf. Let Her Play %ove Game 9 and Put Him in a Bentley By ANN HENEKEN (Associated Press Writer) NEW YORK (AP) - Christmas Eve finds some women clawing their way to the men's department at their local department store — in search of the perfect tie. It finds some men gesturing frantically to the sales lady behind the lingerie counter, asking for "something frilly." Ties and lingerie are still presents, considering the mind- boggling choice available today. But why not add something different this year? That goes, for the children and grandmother, too. Gadgets and games are always fun. Try a "Love Computer" (under $8) for your teenage daughter. -She can gel a "surface indication of compati­ bility" with her current beau, according to Miner Industries. On a more serious note, you can buy grandmother annual membership in Computerlife for $20. This computerized system can immediately transmit an individual's complete medical history on a physican's request from anywhere in the world. This system, in round-the- clock operation as a medical data bank, has been introduced by Compumedic Controls Corp. There's a home astrology computer, the Aquarius 2000 for $30. According to the manufacturer, it gives a "complete personality portrait and daily as well as monthly forecasts." For rich kids, there's an enormous life-size stuffed St. Bernard dog for $250 at F.A.O. Schwartz. Just think, you don't. have to feed it! Outdoor types might appreciate the kiddie-size $645 pre-fab log cabin with lookout tower and porch. For a mere $1500 you can give your car-conscious child a small 1925 Bentley which runs on an electric battery. The whole family could enjoy the Combo-Cruiser, $10,795, a mobile houseboat designed for both land and water. The 23-foot unit can be towed by any standard automobile — and it floats! It sleeps six, has wall-to- wall carpeting and complete j bathroom facilities. If there's a blind person in your family, they might appreciate an FM/AM radio with Braille characters on the operating controls — by RCA. An instruction booklet printed in 18-point braille is included. Optional retail price is $79.95. In the Holiday Mood— Carols Tell Story of Reverence and Joy "O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels!" "Adeste Fideles" or "Jingle, Bells," "Silent Night" or "White Christmas" — across the years, hymns, carols and songs have been mankind's way of expressing the joy of Christmas. From simple melodies sung in the family circle to the majesty of Handel's oratorio, "The Messiah," music and song seem to be the natural way to celebrate Christmas. Singing of the first Christmas carol is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and his followers, in the 13th century. St. Francis arranged a Nativity scene and led the singing of songs of praise to the Christ Child. Subjects and themes for early carols were many and varied. English people sang of the holly and the ivy and the wassail bowl. More religious in theme were the English songs traditionally sung between scenes of mystery and miracle plays. In Germany, France and Belgium, the visit of the Magi was a popular theme for carols. Other carols told stories from the Bible or legends from nature. From the 15th to the 18th century, Christmas music found a particularly eager audience in Germany. Martin Luther, who believed music was a form of worship, helped to encourage the composition and performance of Christmas hymns. Luther himself wrote the words for "Away in a Manger," and the music for "Unto Us a Boy Is Born" and "Good News from Heaven." Grouped into a choir, his children sang these songs. The joyous songs of Christmas fell upon hard times in 17th century England. An act of Parliament, in 1644, forbade the observance of Christmas as a feast day. Long after the custom . of Christmas was revived, the art of carol singing languished. A happy change occurred when, in 1719, Dr. Isaac Watts Times Herald, Carroll, la. C Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1970 wrote and introduced to his congregation the carol, "Joy to the World." This was the forerunner of modern Christmas carols. Christmas music for the concert halls began to be created after the Reformation. Italy introduced the Christmas concerto, during the 17th and 18th centuries. Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" is perhaps the best known of this kind of Christmas music. In Puritan England, the oratorio became a popular form of music, thought to represent the righteousness in man. Handel's "Messiah" was performed and admired for this expression of pious sentiment, with little consideration for its relationship to the story of the Nativity. It was not until about 1900 that "The Messiah" began to be performed primarily at Christmas time. In America, the composition of carols began to flourish during the 1800's, and three fav­ orite carols sung today are from that period. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," one of the earliest American carols, was written by the Rev. Edmund H. Sears (1810-1876) as a poem. It was later set to music. "We Three Kings of Orient Are," was first published in 1859. The Rev. John Henry Hopkins, Jr., wrote both thv words and the music. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written by Bishop Phillips Brooks in 1868, as an expression of his feelings after a visit to Bethlehem. Music for the carol has been attributed to Lewis H. Redner, an American organist, and also to a tune from early English hymnals. .•y.Wy.MiW'.VA^W.'T.'T,"^.*;'. CRANBERRIES by the truckload are needed to meet the demand of this colorful compliment to turkey dinners. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune) TO CUSTOMERS OF CARROLL STORES STARTING NOVEMBER 18 THROUGH DECEMBER 16 Anderson Shoes B&H Super Yolu Bierl's Parkway Furniture Bluebird Grocery Brenny't Market Charley's Place Coast to Coast Community Jewelry Dearduff's Drees Plumbing & Heating Ellerbroek's Fab N' Trim Fareway G-Store £ Garden of Gifts Hallmark Card & Gift Shop Joe's Paint Center Juergens Produce & Feed Jung's Bakery Kelly Shoes Kloser Seed Store Lee Store Loehr Jewelry Earl May Seed & Nursery Store Moore Brothers Nockels Clothiers Penney's Peters Motors Eddie Quinn Clothier Sernert Family Center Sharp Florist Sherwin Williams Paint Spurgeon's Uptown Sporting Goods The Vogue Western Auto Store Wilke Drugs Witt Hardware Woolworth's the Merchants of Carroll will be giving away BONUS BUCKS in a big Christmas Dollar Bonus Bonanza. So come to Carroll every Wednesday afternoon and you may be the BIG BONUS WINNER! . . . Registration Centers are shown below. WEEK PRIZE IN SCRIPT CARROLL EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN You don't have to be present to be a prize winner. You Can Win Bonus Bucks Without Being Present Here's How It Works There will be one winner each week. The name of the weekly winner will be drawn from the previous week's registrations that have been received at the Registration Centers prior to 5 P.M. each Tuesday preceding that week's drawing. Starting next week registrations received after 5 P.M. on Tuesday, will be eligible for the following week's drawing. I All registrations will be destroyed after each week's drawings. Participants must register each week to be eligible for every drawing. Winner will be announced at 3 P.M. every Wedesday over KCIM. __. If the person whose name is drawn does qualify for the prize, they will be awarded $100 in script or whatever the amount of the current prize If the person whose name is drawn does not qualify for the $100 prize, he will receive a consolation award of $25 in script. If the week's winner recived only $25.00 in script, the $75.00 in script that was not awarded will be added to the next week's prize. All prizes will be claimed at the Carroll Chamber of Commerce office. Only parsons sixteen years of age and older will be eligible to win these prizes. Decision of thv judges in all cases will be final. Owners and managers of Carroll Retail establishments and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this promotion. Carroll Retail establishment employes are not eligible to register in their own establishment of employment. r i CLIP THIS COUPON TO REGISTER IN ANY PARTICIPATING STORE REGISTRATION CARROLL CHRISTMAS BONUS BUCKS BONANZA | Name - ~ I I Address - - ' City I Telephone i To Be Deposited at Any Carroll Retail Store Registration Center

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