Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 44
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 44

Carroll, Iowa
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Saturday, November 18, 1967
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Welsh Pioneers Led Hardy Lives in Carroll County— Small Band of Settlers Celebrated Christmas of '80 in New Church By Betty Eckard (Staff Writer) Eighty-seven years ago a small but ardent group — the Welsh Congregational Church- celebrated Christmas in their modest church in Section 12 of Eden Township. There the children gathered for their community Christmas tree, and the families worshipped, confident that their zeal would survive the rigors of the pioneer life of Carroll Counts'- One can imagine the occasion when the young people met to decorate the church for the season. Some sort of tree was brought in from the timber and .installed in a corner and adorned with strings of popcorn and cranberries and ornaments which the children made. It may not have had candles, because one didn't spend money needlessly, and candles were dear. But the church was the center of attraction for the little band, whose background was Welsh. The parents and many of the children were natives of that country. The first Christmas cele- brated In the new church was in 1880, when the Evani, Edwards, Lewis, Davis, Hughes, Morgan, Christmas, Thomas, Williams and other families met for their holiday celebration. At Christmas time 33 years later, in 1913, a note in the paper of Dec. 24 reported that W. J. Davis of Eden Township bought "the wreck of the old Welsh Church which went down in the storm last March . . . For many years the church had regular services. But of late, on account of the removal of so many of its members, it was not used much. The land on which the church stood by terms of the will (of Thomas Isaac Davis) reverted to the heirs, Jacob Davis and others." The "Atlas of Carroll County," published in 1906 by the Iowa Publishing Co. at Davenport, shows the location of the church, then situated at the far southwest corner of Section 12 of Eden Township, on ground owned by the Jacob Davis estate. William J. Davis had 40 acres immediately north of the 139 acres in the Jacob Davis estate property. The 140th acre was the acre devoted to the church. Across the road west was 80 acres belonging to Elizabeth Davis. Samuel Hughes had 160 acres at the southwest corner of the intersection and 200 acres to the southeast. Down the road were properties of Jermima Christmas, Sarah Lewis, Emma Craddock, William and John and Elizabeth Guy. In the neighborhood were properties belonging to the James, Morgan and other names from the early list, but already the Welsh element was disappearing. One of the early members, Dr. R. R. Williams, lived at Manning. His wife was a member of the Morgan family. Writing about them in 1913, the Herald editor commented that "There are but few of the Welsh citizens left in that settlement (Eden Township). Those who survived the lapse of 40 years (since they came from Wales) have, many of them, moved to other parts of the state. They were a thrifty religious people, and contributed largely to building up that progressive section of the county." The church was never entered in Carroll County records as a corporation, and many residents of the area may not know such a church existed, let alone remember anything about it. Thomas I. Davis (Known as "Big Tom"), was a man of considerable land and means, having title to Section 12 and part of Section 13 of Eden Township. He donated the land, approximately an acre, and supplied some funds for the church, although he never saw completion of the project. He died in late March or early April of the spring the church was built. Reminiscing about the construction of the church, Ben Edwards of Ames wrote in late 1913 that the first load of material for the c h u r c h was hauled the last of February, 1880. Included in the load were oak blocks about one foot in diameter and about four feet in length. They were set endwise in the ground and formed the foundation. This material was <^5>»»l»t»1»J>»i>>»l*>i>l)fc»^ GIFT PLANNERS KODAK INSTAMATIC 154, 104 FILM MEN'S BILLFOLDS ALL STANDARD BRANDS OF ELECTRIC RAZORS LADIES' BILLFOLDS CLUTCH PURSES All Prices JEWELRY BOXES GIFT STATIONARY In The Very 4- Latest Styles For Christmas Giving CIGARS PIPES CIGARETTES SHOP LATE WE'RE OPEN EVENINGS BEAUTIFUL VANITY SETS CHRISTMAS CARDS SINGLE OR BOXED 5c $3.50 , 0 $35.00 THERMOMETERS HYGROMETERS BAROMETERS ALL PRICES We Have a Complete Line of GIFT WRAPPING PAPER BOWS & RIBBONS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY THIS CHRISTMAS SHOP EARLY \ MEN'S TOILETRIES Currier & Ives Russian Leather YD Spanish Galleon Kings Men Cricket Burley Hai Karati Dante And Many Others COSTUME JEWELRY BEAUTIFUL SELECTIONS EVENING IN PARIS—SHULTONS BLANCHARDS— Conflict, Jealousy & Evening Star PEARLS IN WINE— Don't—Hi Note & Gardenia CHANEL No. 5— LENTHERIC— Old Spice Desert Flower ARPAGE— COTY— WHITE SHOULDERS— THE ORIGINAL MILK and HONEY "RwflMMp" CHOCOLATES .., mt fttortmtnt for tvtry Uttt , p*tktd in iolorftJ, g*y ttft p*tk*gis . . . for * vtry Mtrry Cbristmatl Located at 519 N. Main, Carroll Phone 2671 i PRESCRIPTION SPECIALISTS 1 htf A ««««««««««««'44t<c««<c«W£tM««m^ Early Role in Festivities for Fireplace When Santa Claus comes sliding down the chimney on Christmas Eve, where will he land? Right In the fireplace, an area that has been a traditional part of Christmas for more years than Santa has worn a red suit! Before the turn of the century, Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, frequently wore a blue robe, although Clement Clarke Moore, in "A Visit from St. Nicholas," pictured him as "clad all in fur, from his head to his foot." But for centuries, the fireplace has been a treasured and often vital part of the home. The fireplace as it exists today — that is, the firebox along the wall, with a chimney instead of an open fire in the middle of the room — dates from about 1066. Early fireplaces were built of wood or wicker, but they proved so dangerous that in the year 1419 the City of London decreed that henceforth fireplaces be made of tiles, stone or plaster, under the penalty of being demolished. A greatly improved system of making tiles was adopted by the Dutch from the Spaniards following the Treaty of Breda in 1609, and paved the way for more elaborately decorated ceramics on fireplace facings, walls and mantels. The use of such tiles for fireplaces soon spread to England, and then to the Colonies. Skilled Dutch craftsmen decorated ceramic tiles with designs of oranges, grapes, tulips, vases of flowers, ships, sea monsters, landscapes, horsemen and royal portrait. The English used similar pictures and added many charming scenes designed by renowned artists, including Kate Greenaway, famed for her Christmas card deisgns. These tiles were used both to line the fireplace and on mantels anl other surfacings, Times Herald, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 given by Robert Malloy and hauled to the church site by Griff E. Thomas and Mr. Edwards. Other men and their families who donated money and labor were Richard Evans, John Edwards, William Lewis, Samuel Hughes, Roland Hughes, Jacob Morgan, John M. Morgan, Thomas Morgan, Daniel Christmas, John M. Lewis, Henry Thomas, Ebenezer Evans, Dr. R. R. Williams, Daniel Davis, David R. Edwards and "possibly one or two others." After raising all the money they could, they borrowed $100 from Daniel Davis, and the note was signed by David B. Edwards and John M. Morgan as officers of the church. Morgan was the first deacon and Edwards, the first treasurer. "Well do I remember the struggle the old settlers had in raising the few hundred dollars required to build the church," Mr. Edwards recalled. "It would be much easier to raise a thousand dollars today (1913) than a hundred dollars in those days. "Crops were not very bountiful on account of but 1 i 111 e prairie having been broken, and the prices received from farm products were very low." He said that wheat sold at 50 to 60 cents a bushel; corn at 12 to 14 cents a bushel; hogs $2 to $3 per hundredweight; butter 5 to 8 cents a pound, and eggs 2 to 4 cents a dozen. "Fat cattle usually brought a fair price," he noted. "I remember having helped Daniel Christmas drive four steers to Carroll, on which he received $7 per cwt. This was in 1878 or '79. With these extremely low prices and the settlers trying to pay out on their lands, it was no small task to raise the necessary few hundred dollars with which to build a church." In Thomas I. Davis' will, filed with the Carroll County clerk of court in 1880, provision for the church was made, as follows: "I give and bequeath to the Welsh Congregational Church of Eden Township for their use so long as used for church purposes by them and kept by them in good repair and fenced, a square piece of ground in the SW J /4 of the SWV4 of 12-82-35 in the South West Corner 12 rods by 12 rods, the same to revert to and become a part of the Home farm and subject to all the provisions made herein relating thereto if not so used by said church or if they fail to comply with the conditions thereof or cause to use the same for church purposes for said church." So it is that today's county atlas shows no reference to either the Davis "home place" nor the Welsh Congregational Church. Residents of the south half of Section 12 as shown on today's atlas are Dennis Trech- er, Leonard Wessling and Leonard Riesberg. Wrappings Set for the Christmas Stage By AILEEN SNODDY (Newspaper Knterprlse Assn.) NEW YORK - Opening night is not too far away in millions of American homes. Families develop their own gimmicks to get the Christmas gifts unwrapped quickly. Some open a present each evening for a week before Extra Shaver ... in the office permits executive to get a touch-up at any time. It's battery operated. setting a precedent for modern fireplaces In America, the Pilgrims built crude stone fireplaces, then constructed their log huts around them. Today, as in those earlier years, ceramic tile remains a practical and decorative surfacing material for fireplaces, and the home owner has a far wider choice to work with than did early home builders. More than 250 different ceramic tile sizes, shapes and textures are supplied by American manufacturers, says the Tile Council of America. Just as in the early days, special decorative tiles give the fireplace a distinctive touch of elegance to greet Santa when he arrives, via the traditional route. JAPANESE TREE Many Japanese have adopted Christmas as a secular holiday devoted to the love of children. This has happened during the 20th Century as a result of their familiarization with products made in Japan for world distribution. —staff Photo Help With Drive . .. Girl Scout Cadette Troop 279 was one of two Carroll troops assisting the Jaycee- ettes in the 1967 Christmas Seal campaign. Shown around a table stuffing envelopes for mailing are (from left) Cynthia Olberding, Diane Goreham, Barbara Schachtner, Mary K. Mosher, Karen Schmitz, Mrs. Kenneth Schwarzenbach (troop leader), Amy Hall, Mary Hagedorn, Janie Casey and Fay Heese. Christmas morning, which was once the traditional time for unveiling. Others with small children give in and open one present Christmas Eve ... a ploy to get the wee ones to bed. Even though most children recognize Santa-around- town as being from the Salvation Army or the local department store, the play-acting continues. It can be fun for all in a family. One way to enliven one's spirit, often tired from too many parties and shopping sprees, is to create special wrappings. Children, especially, like interesting gift boxes. When these are done as fairy-tale characters, the gift boxes can go under the tree early. Youngsters can set them up as a pre- Christmas show cast and play games . . . without opening them. Make a stage of ordinary cardboard boxes wrapped in foil or decorated paper. Small boxes"> rapped in gold foil serve as the footlights and a valance or curtain is held up by paper roll cores. The curtain is of ribbon streamers. All the stars which the children <:an help create to fill the stage or make an under-the- Storybook Characters ... set the stage for Christmas. The stage and friends from Alice in Wonderland are made of boxes and trimmings. Designs by Tie-Tie. tree audience start with boxes. Clowns are popular and can be in any shape or size. Use a short, squat boxed: gift, for example, and wrap it in a solid color with heart cut-outs for the body in a contrasting color. Hands, feet, head and hat are cut from cardboard, covered with paper or foil and stapled or glued to the box. Don't for"get the nose, eyes and mouth, drawn on with a felt-tip marker. . Alice in Wonderland char- acters are fun to make, too, and in some way fit the season. Or, have a child suggest his favorite storybook or television character and create it simply as the clown was made. Cut-outs from newspaper ada, letters from headlines, figures from the weekly or Sunday comic strips all may be used to cast a different grouping of Christmas characters. The cost is little but the effect worth any small expense. SPORTSMAN AND HOBBYIST FOR THE • • • • k •_•• •% • H LI N I r R v • IWI^ I klX. 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