Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 24, 1970 · Page 9
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But for a Few the Holiday Holds Little Meaning— Most Carroll People Count Blessings as Thanksgiving Nears i By Jewel Tooley (Staff Writer) Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. Carroll schools and stores will close, churches will open, doors of homes will be opened to relatives and friends and the city will fold its hands and bow its head in thankfulness. Residents of Carroll will join other persons throughout the entire United States of America -in giving ifchanks for the freedom that the nation enjoys today. It's been a long time since the Pilgrims and Indians sat down together for a feast to celebrate a bountiful harvesit and the very survival of the Pilgrims in their new land. The three-day celebration had been proclaimed in October, 1621, by the Pilgrims' leader, Gov. William Bradford. Indian Chief Massasoit and other friendly Indians brought fish, turkey and deer to the feast. On that first Thanksgiving on American soil, was it possible li.at Gov. Bradford or any of his people envisioned the future of their land? In their wildest dreams, could they have foreseen its geographic expansion from coast-to-coast and even beyond? The millions of men, women and children who were to become its citizens? The progress that was to be made in many areas of life including science, education, medicine, agriculture, business and industry? Could they have imagined the ways in Which man would travel on land, through the water and in the air — indeed through outer space and to other planets? Were they able to foresee the tragedies that were to come — the wars both within and outside the national boundaries for which countless men would give their lives in the cause of freedom? The Pilgrims had left their homelands and made a long, difficult journey across a vast ocean in search of freedom. When the frail seacraft, the Giving Thanks Thanksgiving, as portrayed in this, silhouette of a Carroll boy, is remembering the Pilgrims, dreaming of the future and being thankful today "For health and food, for love and friends . . ." Mayflower, finally landed at Plymouth, Mass., in 1620, they did find freedom — and little else except land, trees, skies and Indians. They worked hard and suffered much ih building their new, free life. That first winter was nearly unbearable. In the first year nearly half of the people died and were buried secretly by night lest the unfriendly Indians learn of their diminishing numbers. With the help of friendly Indians they were able to raise crops. With the toil of their hands they built (homes and their church. With faith in their God and courage beyond belief, they survived. It was no wonder, then, as they approached their second winter, that they were extremely thankful for their blessings and bountiful harvesit, despite the hardships which still existed. Other Thanksgiving celebrations were held from time to time in our country's early years. A day of national thanksgiving was proclaimed in October, 1789, by President George Washington. Governors of various states gradually adopted the custom of an annual Thanksgiving, but it was not until Abraham Lincoln occupied the White House that it became a national observance — he established the 4th Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. This month, 349 years after the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving and half a continent away from Plymouth, Thanksgiving has a variety of meanings to persons living or working in Carroll. A cross-community survey revealed that most are thankful for something, few for nothing. A clergyman commented that Thanksgiving is a special time for us to be grateful for life's blessings, but we really should be thankful every day throughout the year. "Even in the face of world tragedies, national and personal trials and conflicts, if we will only look we can find many things for which we can be thankful." A homemaker — wife of a businessman and mother of four — said, "Thanksgiving means that I am thankful for my family and the happiness and the goodness that we have as a Make Her Christmas Whiter With a New Maytag MAYTAG INT HALO - OF-HE AT* Dryers Fast dry clothes at low temps. PERMANENT PRESS CYCLE provides wrinkle-removing conditioning period after clothes are dried — means less ironing. a gentle circle of low, even heat means soft virtually wrinkle-free clothes in minimum time. Saves Ironing. Model DE90 ONLY $1 5900 REVOLVING LINT FILTER is highly efficient. Filters 100% of ex."-*.. 1» haust air. Snaps in. ^•••VlsS:, Snaps out. 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The co-worker, asked for what he is thankful, replied, "Not very much of anything." A teacher expressed his gratitude that in the local public school system he can teach without being told exactly what, how and when to teach his subject. This is not the case in all Iowa schools, the nation or foreign countries, he pointed out. He is thankful for the freedom to choose'the textbook best suited to his goals, to use his own approach and even to alter the material to fit the needs of his students. "This time of year one should reflect on the fact that v/e live in a democracy," the educator declared. In the midst of a fast-moving world, a Carroll businessman and civic leader is glad that there is one day when he can pause and give thanks for all of the blessings that have happened to him. He is thankful for his wife, his health, his opportunities. "I am thankful for the Carroll community and the many fine Christian people who live in it," he added. School-age children always look forward to Thanksgiving v a c a t i on s. One youngster, thankful for the same things that most children are, is learning as the grace for his family's Thanksgiving dinner these lines from the pen of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends, Father, in heaven, We thank Thee." The mother of three children — two of them in school — has expressed gratitude that her children are healthy, that her husband has a job and that "we can have a nice Thanksgiving". Another woman, whose four children are pre-school age, also is thankful for a number of things this year, particularly for the A.D.C. money they are receiving through the Iowa Department of Social Services while Times Herald, Carroll, la. Q Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1970 * her husband is out of work. "We are thankful that we still have our religion — many people have no faith in God," was the Thanksgiving observation of a "parent alone", Who has been both mother and father to her children for many years, supporting them by doing cleaning work. "I'm most thankful for my parents, the earth — and just everything!" a bubbling-with-enthusiasm teen-age girl exclaimed. A high school senior, she is one of a family of nine children. Living in a small town where she does not have to be afraid to walk down the street because of crime ranks high on the thankful list of a career woman who has been working here in her home town for some 20 years. She is thankful that she lives in the United States "where we have freedom." As the h o 1 i d a y season approaches, a recently-widowed woman is thankful for memories of happier years, for her children — now grown into fine adults with families of their own — for her education, her home and ability to travel. She is grateful for many friends who are interested and care enough to include her in various activities to help fill her hours of loneliness. Married more than 50 years, a Carroll couple said that they thank God every day for their health and the privilege of living together this long. They recall and are thankful for the "good life" they had on the farm, despite lean years such as 1936 when crops failed because of drought. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren fill their lives with pleasure in their retirement years. A "senior citizen" is especially grateful for her good health which enables her to maintain i her own home, in which she j lives alone. She is thankful, too, j for the love shown by her fami-; ly. ! Thankfulness radiates from another, younger woman who also lives alone and expects to be alone on Thanksgiving Day. Her cheery outlook on life, her smile and vitality overshadow the hesitancies in her movement and speech. Having worked hard for years to support herself and her children, she underwent surgery which left her half-paralyzed and, for a time, unable even to speak. Now, a dozen years later and through therapy and determination she has regained many of the abilities which most people take for granted. While Thanksgiving Day itself does not mean much to her, she exclaimed without hesitation that "I am thankful, always, for every day since my operation . . . I'm a most fortunate person, especially now after a trip to Camp Sunnyside!" She had spent several weeks at the Easter Seal- sponsored camp where Iowa's handicapped children and adults are given therapy, recreation, training and special equipment. Thursday will be Thanksgiv- Thanksgiving . . See Page 10 CHRISTMAS CARDS STONE'S Printers Stationery K. of C. 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