Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on December 24, 1971 · Page 5
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Estherville, Iowa
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Friday, December 24, 1971
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in 1842 By CHARLES ROBERTS Associated Press Writer Fat brown doughnuts and a few scraps of gaily colored calico — not battery-powered fleets of trucks and skillful dolls that speak, walk and dance — captured the hearts of pioneer Iowa children nearly 130 years ago. The archives of the Iowa Historical Society, especially the society's volumes of The Pa-, limpsest historical magazine, recall the Iowa of pioneer days and the Christmases that were, of necessity, family affairs. Families were often too widely separated for any attempt at community gatherings to note the holiday. The Palimpsest reported the Christmas memories of Mary Miller in 1924. She shared with the magazine recollections of her fifth Christmas — in 1842. That was the year her family's log cabin and the rough clearing around it were covered with a soft blanket of snow on Dec. 24. For weeks, she remembered, the Miller youngsters had been anticipating opening carefully hidden presents and enjoying a Christmas feast her mother would spend days preparing. Clad in warm night gowns to protect against the chilly wind blowing off the nearby Mississippi River at the site of what is now Clinton, Mary and her brothers and sisters "all hung up our stockings." The Miller children were early risers — especially on Christmas morning. "We were gleeful at finding in each stocking a nice fat brown doughnut and some pieces of gaily colored calico," she said. The calico scraps held a special significance for Mary. "I was very happy because I knew that my elder sister would make and dress a rag doll for me, just like the one with which she played." After examining their Christmas treasures, the Millers downed a quick breakfast and the children, bundled up against the cold were sent outdoors to play. Available space in the Iowa frontier cabin on the banks of the Mississippi River was taxed to the upmost as.Mary's mother put the finishing touches on the holiday feast. Sugar cakes and mince pies browned in the Dutch oven, and berries gathered during the warm "days of summer and dried during the fall also were set before the hungry Millers, along with a wild turkey shot by Mary's father. "After we had stuffed ourselves with turkey and roast venison and roast pork," Mary recalled, "we sat in front of the TV Tonight . . . fireplace and listened to stories." The children heard their father speak of still earlier Christmas celebrations in his native Indiana, and of the perils of the journey by oxcart to frontier Iowa. Toys were practically unknown in early Iowa rural pioneer families, although youngsters living in the state's fledgling communities often found playthings under the Christmas tree instead of more practical gifts. The arrival of a shipment of toys prompted this news item on the Dec. 22, 1870 edition of the Ottumwa Copper Head: "Al Bonney, of the Post Office News Department has received and now has for sale all kinds of Christmas toys for the little folks such as dolls — yes dolls that actually open and shut their eyes, horses, carriages, locomotives, trains of cars, jumping jacks, boy's picture books, girl's picture books, good boy's annuals, chessmen, checker boards, trumpets (such as you can blow and frighten nervous people with) and in fact all kinds of toys, suitable for the holidays." If toys and more practical gifts topped with apples or cookies gladdened the hearts of the young during early Iowa Christmases, it was the traditional feast that drew families together. The Christmas meal prompted the editors of the Winterset Madisonian to print this tribute in I860: "Turkey dinners seemed to be the order of the day, and judging others by ourselves, we have no doubt but that ample justice was done both to the occasion and the turkeys. We-feel like joining in a petition to congress to enact that Christmas shall be observed at least twice a year." School Gyms Open for Winter Play ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, FRL, DEC. 24, 1971 Page 5 (By Club Reporters) JACK CREEK The Jack Creek Happy Hustler's entertained their mothers Saturday at a holiday buffet dinner. It was served in the dining hall of the Immanuel Lutheran Church south of Gruver, which was appropriately decorated for the occasion. The serving table covered with a white linen cloth and green net was centered with an attractive snack tree and lit candles on either side. Anita Prather offered the table prayer and Vicki White acted as dining room hostess. Vickie and Cindy England were in charge of the serving. The following program was then presented by the club girls. Welcome by Cindy England, club president. The group sang "Hark the Herald Angels sing". A skit "Give it away line" was given by the junior girls with Cindy Christensen as leader. A reading Christmas Eve at our house was given by Mrs. Lowell Christensen. The skit "This is Christmas" was presented by the older girls. Mrs. Ray Fry was narrator and Mrs. L. P. Mork furnished background music. "Joy to the World" was then sung by all. The girls gave gifts of Xmas card place mats to their mothers, then their own gift exchange and presented their leaders with a gift of money. Those present were Mrs. Gilbert England, Vickie, Cindy and Lynda, Mrs. John Prather, Anita and Korene, Mrs. Lowell Christensen and Cindy, Mrs. Russell iDominy and Patricia, MrSi Darrell Cummins and Lois, Mrs. Merle Flindt and Becky, Mrs; Arnold White, Vickie, Jean and Mary, Mrs. Clarence Weis, Marquita and Monica, Mrs. Gerald Schmitt, Janice and Cindy, Mrs. Allen J. Birkland and Marcia, leader, Mrs. Ray Fry, and the Rev. and Mrs. L. P. Mork. Club Reports MERRY MAIDS The'Estherville Merry Maids 4-H club met at the Rosewood Manor to go caroling Tuesday, Dec. 14. We then went to the home of Dr. R. N. Lepird for our regular Christmas Exchange. Kathy Bose, Pam Lepird, Valerie Poyzer and Mrs. Doyle gave talks. Sixteen members were present. They talked about the new meeting places for next year's meetings. Reporter Annette Petersen LUCKY LASSIES TERRIL — The regular meeting of the Lloyd Lucky Lassies 4-H Club was held December 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Terril Legion Hall. Marge and Shirley Rouse were the luncheon hostesses. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Diane Kelly. Present were thirteen members, two leaders and six visitors. The girls received their share of the profit from the carnival. They talked about making headbands at the next meeting, with the juniors in charge of the project. Kay Brant made the motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Shirley Rouse. The gift exchange was held following by the playing of several games. Lunch was served by Mrs. Norman Rouse, Marge and Shirley. Jolene Cushman, reporter. Teacher Job Openings Continue 3-Year Decline The Estherville Community Schools will open the Roosevelt and High School Gymnasiums for winter weekend activity for students in grades 7-12. Members of the school teaching faculties will supervise the two areas on the designated weekends. Junior high school students, grades 7-9, will be permitted to use Roosevelt gymnasium between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. according to the following schedule. Students should enter Roosevelt gymnasium through the northwest door of the building. Senior high students, grades 10-12, will use the senior high gymnasium and enter through the southwest door of the building. Changes in this schedule of times available will be announced at school. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2-5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 30, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 8, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 9, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 16, Not Available; Saturday, Jan. 22, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 29, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 30, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 5, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6,2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 26, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-5 p.m. Youth Rally Dated Here December 28 IOWA CITY - For the third year in a row the number of job opportunities at all levels of teaching continued to drop, with a dramatic 50 per cent decrease in vacancies over last year (196970), according to the annual report just completed by the Educational Placement Office at The University of Iowa. Miss Judith Hendershot, U of I educational placement director, said that last year her office recorded 56,365 vacancies for teaching positions. The 197071 report showed only 28,085 vacancies.. These figures'con­ trast , with the high number of vacancies reported foril967i6&^;a 85,676, a 67 per cent decrease in ' thVee'yeaW The U of Ts Educational Placement Office, located in East Hall, is a service provided to all alumni and prospective graduates interested in teaching. The office helps job applicants find teaching positions in colleges, high schools, elementary schools and in the area of special education throughout the United States. The 1970-71 report extends from Sept. 1, 1970, to Aug. 31, 1971. "We had a record number of 2,600 applicants register with our office during 1970-71," Miss Hendershot said, explaining the meaning of the figures, charts and lists in the placement service's report. "This is 524 more than the number of registrants just four years ago; yet we had almost two-thirds (66 per cent) fewer vacancies than in 196667." Fem Lib Featured Saturday Presented by COMMUNITY TV SIGNAL CO. FRIDAY SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS Special: Holiday music performed by soprano Leona Gordon, the Jimmy Joyce singers and the Glendale Symphony Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Independent Cable Channel 7. J.T. — Drama — Special: Loneliness is never more real than at Christmas for J. T., a shy black youngster in New York's Harlem. Jane Wagner's sensitive, award-winning story follows J, T.'s attempts to help a new-found friend — a one- eyed, half-starved alley cat. Robert M. Young filmed on location. 7 p.m. CBS. BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION — Special: "Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein." Leonard Bernstein leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a bicentennial tribute to Beethoven, taped last year. 8 p.m. CBS. ODD COUPLE - "Dickens' Christmas Carol" gets the comic treatment: Oscar's dreaming that he's Scrooge in a nightmare populated by Felix and their poker- playing pals. 8:30 p.m. ABC. CBS NEWS SPECIAL - Special: "A White house Christmas with Julie Nixon Eisenhower." At press time, scheduled segments were expected to include. . . Julie leading visitors on a candlelight tour of the White House; trimming the family tree; and spreading holiday cheer at Children's Hospital. Also: a visit with Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower. 9:30 p.m. CBS. HEART OF CHRISTMAS Special: Skitch Henderson conducts a program of holiday music. Included: the Robert Shaw Chorale with songs from Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of the Carols," and Robert Maxwell performing Handel's Concerto for Harp in B flat. 10:30 p.m. NBC. SATURDAY LAWRENCE WELK - A family Christmas celebration. Meet the Welk family and families of all the wonderful people who entertain you each week on the show. 6 p.m. ABC. ALL IN THE FAMILY- Fem lib strikes the Bunker home, but it's not Archie who's the male chauvinist. It's Mike, who has Gloria ready to pack up and move out. 7 p.m. CBS. GOOD LIFE — Comedy — Slapstick story of Albert's fumbling efforts to foil the gardners' cheat-the-boss schemes. 7:30 p.m. NBC. MOVE — Drama — "Far from the Maddening Crowd," Part 1. A beautifully filmed impressively cast romance. Thomas Hardy's 1874 pastoral novel centers on Bathesheba Everdene, a headstrong farm owner who shares fateful relationships with three men. 7 p.m. CBS. ALFRED HITCHCOCK Drama — A baby sitter lets her teen-age friends rob the house where she's working. 10 p.m. Independent Cable Channel 7. DAVID FROST - Norman Mailer on women's lib, vs. Attorney Brenda Feigen Fasteau and Anselma dell'Olio, senior associate producer of the New York TV show "Woman!" Also appearing: Actor Billy Frick flie played Hitler in TV's documentary — drama "Appointment with Destiny: The Plot to Murder Hitler") singers Bobby Goldsboro and John Rowles. 10:30 p.m. ABC. SUNDAY PRO HOCKEY - The Minnesota North Stars take on the Red Wings in Detroit. Joe Boyle and Hal Kelly report (Live) 6 p.m. Independent Cable Channel 7. THE WORLD OF DISNEY Disney songs are as famous as his movies, and there's a large offering of both in this updated version of "Cavalcade of Songs," first telecast in 1955. Walt Disney and Peggy Lee are seen in re-enactments of song-writing sessions for the "Three Little Pigs" (1933) and "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) Also featured are songs and excerps from "Snow White" (1937) "Pinocchio" (1939) "Song of the South" (1946) and "Mary Poppins" (1965) 6:30 p.m. NBC. BONANZA - Chief Dan George ("Little Big Man") and Forest Tucker are the adversaries in a drama about possession of a war bonnet lost in battle. 8 p.m. NBC. BOLD ONES - Lawyers: Will Geer as a dying attorney out to right the only mistake of his career. "The Letter of the Law" is a suspense drama about a lawyer's devilish plan to mete out justice to a killer he successfully defended. 9 p.m. NBC. ALFRED HITCHCOCK Drama — A college boy gets drunk and passes out, his fraternity brothers think they'll pull a practical joke on him. 10 p.m. Independent Cable Channel 7. MONDAY JEANNE — Comedy — Jeannie turns NASA's astronaut chimp into a human (played by comic Larry Storch), but top brass want their monkey back. 6:30 p.m. Independent Cable Channel 7. GUNSMOKE - "P. S. Merry Christmas," or: How seven orn- hans, a drifter and the citizens of Dodge warm up the cold hearted, headmistress of an orphanage. 7 p.m. CBS. HERE'S LUCY - Comic calamities start brewing when Harry gives Lucy a very unexpected $50 raise. 8 p.m. CBS. NORTH-SOUTH SHRINE GAME — Special: The 26th annual North South Shrine Game from Miami. North: Iowa State coach Johnny Majors has strong-armed QB's in Northwestern's Maurie Diagneau (12) and his own Dean Carlson (10); Wisconsin's Alan Thompson (22) leads the ground game. South: Tennessee coach Bill Battle will feel right at home with his own star RB Curt Watson (31) and AU-American DB Bobby Majors (47); Utah receiver Fred Graves (86) caught 45 passes this year. Frank Gifford and Don Meredith report the action (Live) 8 p.m. ABC. SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR — Return: An operatic spoof titled "AllintheFamilius" launches Sonny and Cher's new season. 9 p.m. CBS. JOHNNY CARSON - Returns from a week's vacation. Tentatively scheduled Tony Randall and Joan Rivers. 10:30 p.m. NBC. There will be a youth rally, a Christmas Jesus Happening, to be held in the Community Room of the Clay County National Bank, 2nd and Grand Ave., Spencer, Dec. 28 at 7-29 p.m. The "Sonshine" will again be singing and playing. They are former rock and roll musicians, who with several others, will be sharing their testimonies of changed lives through Christ. A young man and his wife from California will be relating their experience with Christ in a Christian commune in Northern California. They formerly were in show business and have sung registered with our office didn'tM gr ° u ?* «. ...u 4 _„ find jobs (as of August, 1971)— however, half of these, or nine per cent, wanted only certain geographical locations, or they were looking for some other special conditions," Miss Hendershot added. The director also said there were fewer recruiters on campus this year, less than half the number of four years ago (518 to 251); but more interviews were arranged between employer and prospective employe (2,420 to 1,501 in 1966-67). The number of credentials, personnel records and references sent out increased from 14,786 in 1966-67 to 23,826 this year. Also, more than 40,000 notices of vacancies were sent to registrants in 1970-71, nearly double the figure of four years ago. "These figures indicate that four years ago a person interested in a teaching position could send out a few applications and probably get a job," Miss Hendershot said. "Now, however, job candidates have to follow up many more vacancies before getting a job." "If you consider all the problems this office and the job seekr ers faced this past year-the economic squeeze, more school tax proposals defeated, a decrease in the number of personnel in many schools and the leveling off of the school population- then I'd have to say that we were relatively successful," Miss Hendershot said. The youth who are sponsoring this happening state that everyone is invited and that there is no admission charge. Christmas Returns To Attica Daily: 7 & 9 p.m. Sun. Mat: 2 p.m. GRAND THEATER-ESTHERVILLE Admission $1.25 THE SATURDAY THRU TUESDAY DEC. 25-26-27-28 SUMMER OF '42 IS THE HIT OF One of Three Trees Synthetic NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly one of every three U.S. Christmas trees brightening this holiday season is likely to be ersatz evergreen. This year U.S. residents were expected to spend an estimated $210 million for 35 million natural trees and an estimated $90 million on 4.5 million plastic trees, industry sources say. But sales of natural trees leveled off in recent years while the sales of plastic trees, which may be kept from year to year, has quintupled in five years. The artificial tree industry, therefore, estimated that nearly 15 million homes across the country would be decorated with fake fir trees this year. "All the forces are working against natural trees," said Terry Hermanson, treasurer of Mr. Christmas Inc., an artificial tree maker. "Many apartment houses will not permit natural trees because of the fire hazards involved," said a clerk at Mln- The 3 R's to Sing at Ceylon ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) Christmas services will be held Saturday morning in the mess hall at Attica State Prison, an institution still scarred from an inmate insurrection. Each of the more than 1,100 Chrismas packages — left unwrapped to facilitate inspection— will contain toothpaste, two bars of soap, candy canes, a pocket calendar and various books and periodicals. "Where we know about the need, we are supplying food vouchers and toys for the families of inmates," said Major S. Morris Richardson of the Salvation Army, which also distributes Christmas presents to the prisoners each year. Wallingford Mrs. George Gunderson, Mabel and Nina' Jostad are at Rochester to be with Mrs. Gunderson who had surgery Dec. 17. CEYLON - A concert by the 3 R's will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church here. The 3 R's are three boys, Rick, 14, Randy, 13, and Ron, Pack 21 Shows Christmas in Many Lands Cub Scout Pack 21, sponsored by Kiwanis, recognized Christmas of many lands at the meeting held Tuesday. Each den told how Christmas was celebrated in a foreign country. Carols were sung between skits. Countries represented included Denmark, Holland, Norway, England, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico. At the conclusion of the skits, a pinata was broken, with candy for all the boys. A social period and lunch followed. Awards were presented to Steven Johnson, artist; Ronald Monson, artist, craftsman, and David Beaver, citizen, scientist. A goodwill offering was collected for the World Friendship fund. This is used to help developing nations start and improve Scouting programs. Training programs, books, materials for tents and uniforms are some of the ways help is offered. Yule Party at Ringsted School RINGSTED - The multi-purpose room of the high school was the center of activity on Monday evening when the students of the junior high gathered for their Christmas party. The room was decorated with the colors of Christmas pink, silver, and white, enhanced with Christmas trees, candles and mistletoe. The evening was spent dancing, followed by the singing of Christmas carols and a gift exchange. Refreshments were served from a beautifully decorated Christmas table. Mrs. Riley served punch. Faculty sponsors were Marvin Toft and Mrs. James A. Sorensen. Parent chaperones were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Riley and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Johnson. Richard Naeve, high school counselor was a guest. 11 who are vocalists accompanied by their father, Donn Mattson, director of vocal music at Marshall, Minn., High School. The group sings many styles of music from religious to love songs, novelty numbers and popular tunes. They sing trios, duets and solos, using brass, electric guitar and electric piano for accompaniment. They have performed over 50 times in the past year, many times at noted conventions in the Upper Midwest. The public is invited. A free will offering will be taken. Mayne to Be At Ayrshire Mayor Ball AYRSHIRE — Conformation was received from U. S. Representative Wiley Mayne of Iowa that he would be attending the Inaugural Ball, Jan. 3, honoring Jody Smith, Ayrshire, the nation's youngest mayor. Other honored guests who have indicated they will attend the ball are: James M. Thompson, mayor of Emmetsburg, James Ausland, mayor of Curlew, A. W. Schuller, mayor of Mallard, Mrs. Joseph Knoer, mayor of Rodman. The swearing in ceremony of the new mayor will take place in the Ayrshire gym at 11 a.m. Several TV stations will televise the swearing in along with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Rotunda Open for G.E.D. Test Days The Rotunda Building in Estherville will be open days only for G.E.D. testing during the Christmas holidays, it was announced today by the department of Continuing Education of Iowa Lakes Community College. The center will be open Monday through Friday on this basis until Jan. 3, when the regular schedule will be resumed. There will be no G.E.D. testing on the south campus at Emmetsburg during the holidays. Latest figures released by the United States Department of Agriculture notes there are more than 4.7 million bee colonies in America with the average colony yielding 41,9 pounds of honey a year. neapolis' Dayton Store, which sold some 1,500 artificial trees this year. "Also, people don't have the bother or the mess that is involved with a natural tree." Millions of Americans have found the artificial trees make their Christmases less hectic. Most of the fake trees are reusable, easy to set up, flame re- sis tent and don't shed their needles. In addition, their forms are nearly perfect. Still, most artificial tree buyers choose a variety that "looks real." Green is by far the most popular color now, although there once was a vogue for silver and blue metal ones. "About three years ago, white flocked trees were popular, but that has disappeared for a more natural looking tree," said a spokesman for L. S. Ayres department store in Indianapolis where artificial trees cost from $2.50 to $125. While the artificial trees are expected to last from one year to the next, salesmen said a recent trend among some people to buy a second tree after a season or two should keep sales brisk. "A lot of them are two-tree families now. The first tree goes down to the basement recreation room, and the new one Is put up in the living room," said a clerk at a Midwestern variety store. Wooiworth said artificial trees were its biggest item this season, and Jordan Marsh of Boston reported it almost sold out of a "very real looking Hong Kong tree" that retailed for $60. Inflation Mars Thanks Dad, and Merry Christmas. We lived in an old gray house on a country road just outside a small midwestern town. And every year on the Saturday before Christmas, my father would pile my sister, my two brothers and me into the cab of his pickup truck and drive us into town. We all had money saved and ready to spend on Christmas gifts. Dad would shop with us for a while, helping us pick out gifts for mother and advancing our allowances when our eyes got bigger than our budgets. Then usually just before noon, he'd say he had some special shopping to do and that he'd better get to the bank before it closed. When Christmas morning came, we'd gather round the tree and open our presents. And when we were finished unwrapping the trains, trucks, dolls and clothes; when Mom had thanked us each twice for the gifts we'd given her; and when we'd emptied our socks down to the last orange; my Dad would point to four small envelopes nestled in the tree. There was one for each of us. And every year for as far back as I can remember, each contained the results of his hurried trips to the bank on the Saturday before Christmas. A U. S. Savings Bond. It's Christmas time at my house now. A house that's far away from that small midwestern town. A house that I could buy because I cashed in some old I.'. S Savings Bonds I had to help with the down-payment. A house where two little kids are going to find envelopes in the Christmas Tree this year. Envelopes that contain L'. S. Savings Bonds. Original Gift NEW YORK (AP) - One of the original Christmas gifts- gold, frankincense and myrrh- would show the effects of inflation this year. Frankincense—its trade name is olibanum gum—and myrrh cost J:? same as last year, but gold is way up. The price of myrrh is 70 cents a pound and frankincense ranges from 25 to 47 cents, depending on quality. Despite troubles in the Middle East sources of supply, the price range has been unchanged for 12 months. But gold, which was only $37.90 an ounce last Christmas, is now up to $43.05 per ounce* Take stock in America. Now Bonds pay a bonus at maturity. — Shirley Neppl E. H. S. Happy Holidaying in this 2-piece velveteen and crepe hot pant outfit by Peggy Barker. The vest and pants are wine colored and the blouse is powder blue. Perfect for your Christmas merry-making. By PEGGY BARKER Hot pant outfit $23.00 Shop McCleary's for your gifts and holiday wear. Merry Christmas from all of us! WcCL IN ESTHERVILLE I '•' »*»9

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