The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 29, 1955 · Page 22
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6-Algona (la.) Upper Des Mofnes Thursday, Sept. 29, 1955 It lakes a great deal of strength to tear a telephone book in two. It takes quite a bit of courage to face a pair of hungry lions in an arena and it takes infinite patience to carve the Lord's , Prayer on the head of a pin. It requires the same sort of strength, courage and patience to live through a children's birthda> party. , . , Birthday parlies are fun, though, for both the kids and Mama. Every year, I tell each of the kids that this one will prob- I ably be the last or else we'll have to cut down drastically on the affair. But as each natal day approaches, we find we are haying another party and when it is over I am exhausted but I always vow I've had just as much fun as the kids. It's sort of like the Little Moron who kept hitting himself in the head because it felt so good when he stopped! # * * The first slep in a birthday party is compiling the guest list. When the youngsters are three or thereabouts they don't have much to say about who comes to their parties. It's always the little cousins, the kids in the neighborhood and some of the classmates. from Sunday School. At that stage tfcie mothers are invited also and for the hostess it means a double party. One cake lo serve with Kool-Aide for the youngsters and another cake to serve with coffee for the grownups. * * * .-Once the children gel in school, their- circle of friends enlarges and so does the guest list at the birthday party. But now you don't have to invite the mothers because the kids are capable of being out on their own. You don't dare make the invitations out too far in advance because the bosom pal of this week is liable to be the mortal enemy of next week and the gracious little host wouldn't have him to his birthday party even if he brought a complete Davy Crockett outfit, » « > From birthday number I until about birthday number 7, the guest list is composed of both and girls. Birthday number 8 tends to run to all 'boys for a boy host and all-girls for-a little hostess, with a sister or cousin or two of the opposite gender thrown in because Mama thought it best to invite them. It keeps up this way for a number of years when, Wham!, all of a sudden it's a boy and girl party again and they've gotta have some records for dancing. We haven't yet reached that stage at our house, but when we do I may find myself wishing for the good old days when a birthday party was plain, old fashioned' bedlam without the complications of pairing off into couples # * * . When you are very young, the prime object of a birthday party is the loot you receive. It is probably the prime object when you get older too, but by that time you've been cautioned anu cajoled into conncealing it. The old saying, -"Gentlemen (or ladies) Are Made, Not Born"; was never more true than when applied to a little host at a birthday party. ^ ^ ^ The natural impluse is lo grab the package from the guest at the door without any .nonsense about come-in-and-take-off-your- coat. Before - hand maternal coaching, sometimes a whole lot of it, insures that each gift-giver be cordially thanked for his offering. If Mama is really lucky she will not have to sink through the floor while her little pride- and-joy remarks that he already has six color books exactly like the one he has just received. One little girl that I heard of was bending over backward to be gracious at her birthday party. When she opened her gifts she said, "Oh, a pincushion. Jusv, what I've always wanted. Only not very bad!" « * * Guests at a birthday party come in for their share of maternal coaching. You are supposed to tell the host and his mother you had a good time even if you did not. You are also supposed to keep your party dress clean and your undergarments from showing even if they are brand new and all ruffled. You are supposed to let the birthday child open his own gifts even if you know you could do much better yourself on the knots. It is frowned upon to ask, "when do we eat?" and second helpings should not be solicited unless offered by the mother .in-char-g&r -No fair taking a swipe at the frosting of the cake while it is being displayed at the table and you must not fight qr wrestle at a birthday party, il some kid takes a pinch at you, settle it later for mothers have a secret wey of spying on you and even if they aren't at the party they have a way of finding out; And you sure catch heck when you get home. * * « ' I am a veteran of a greal many birthday parties, and although they are all rugged for the birthday child's mama, I'm convinced that the ones held out-of-doors are the most fun for everyone concerned. You need more food but less entertainment. The kids can wear their old clothes and they run off lots of energy that might otherwise be vented on your furniture. Some of our best parties have been Hobo or Cowboy affairs or just plain picnics and by far the best method of transportation has been the back of a pick-up truck. Some of these affairs have been SO successful we thought we'd never get the guests home. On the return trip, everybody wanted to be the last one to get out. * *' *. Mary T. Beslenlehner gave a birthday party for her little daughter a while back and it was a howling success. The guests all came dressed in their mothers clothes, complete with ; lipstick, and they played, "Ladies". A long time ago Betty Vmson gave a party for her son, Tom who was then about 8. ' It had a pirate theme, the invitations were in invisible ink and there was •<> treasure hunt. The last time I talked with Esther Smith she was toying with the idea of giving a 'birthday party for her daughter and teaching the group the Bunny Hop. Fall birthday parties make a big hit when you take the guests to a football game, a good movie is always. in order and for early teen-age girls you can't beat a slumber party. * •* * The all time high, or maybe 1 should say low, for complicated birthday parties goes to Grace McGraw for an affair she endured four or five years ago on her son, John's birthday. An account of it was carried in this coltirrtn and some of us, especially Mrs McGraw will never forget it. They were in the process of building a home and the basement in which they were living was covered with a tarp in preparation for the addition of the new stories. Several • of the guests got the wrong day for the party and arrived a day early. Everything went fine until it started to rain. The tarp, which was supposedly rainproof, wasn't. Pans and buckets were procur- red, set out and emptied at intervals and the party continued full blast. Of the six or seven preschoolers present, only two fell into the drip tubs. In between driving off calming .tears and emptying buckets Grace prepared lunch and a good time was* had by all with one possible exception. THESE WOMEN! By d'Alesslo "Never mind WHAT the men say! Just ke«p lellinf yourself you HAVE brain*!" Meanwhile, al • our house we were getting the Measles. I hact built up the party and Mary Ahh wasn't going to let a little rash stop her from going. The guests who had the right day- x for the McGraw party were already, arriving while I was still arguing with my daughter. She wasn't very sick so finally I talked three of the neighborhood children who planned to go to the party to come to our house instead. All three had already had the Measles. We had cucakes with cam!!ss and ice cream'and midway in the party we called up John and sang Happy Birthday over the telephone. John said it was one of his best birthdays. Two parties at his house and one at our's! * * * This week the column is being written early for a good reason and it fits in with the theme. We're .having a birthday party at our house. Mary' Ann will be nine years old and it's my birthday, too. But I'm not telling my age. Recently, in an attempt to be humorous, I told our children I'd be 23 on my next birthday. They said, "Gee, Mom, that's awful old." So we'll let it go at that. « * • Mrs John Dullon, (Marie lo most of us) phoned that she was pleased to receive one of the prizes for her Golden Dairy Soup in the recipe contest last week. However, Marie hope that nobody ! makes the~ soup until this correction appears. Somehow the 2% cups of milk that it needs '"*»•' Smith-Corona • Remington • P O R T A ^^& Ha. B9 ^ A TV Underwood ITERS ON DISPLAY NOW AT THE UPPER DES MOINES PUB. CO. For Better Grades In School or College! For Neater And Faster Letters at Home! For Clean And Handy Storage When Not In Use! Down Payment Will Buy a New Portable UPPER DES MOINES Phone 1100 PUBLISHING CO. OFFICE SUPPLY DEPT. was omitted on the recipe contest page. It calls for the chicken broth alright, but you need more liquid, so add 2% cups milk. —GRACE. New Daughter For Lashbrooks PENSACOLA, Fla.—A baby girl weighing 6 pounds and 7 ounces was born Sept. 13, to Mrs Lucile I. Lashbrook, wife of Navy Lt. (jg) Durwood E. Lashbrook at the Naval Hospital here. Lt. tig) Lashbrook, who is serving here at the Naval Air Station is the son of Mr and Mrs Jess Lashbrook of 619 S. Moore st., Algona, Iowa. Mrs Lashbrook is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs Luther H. Loesch of 607 E. Elm st., Algona. The baby is the first child for the Lashbrook family who reside at' 13 Lincoln dr., Warrington, Fla. Hobby & Croft Day Here Oct. 21 Plans are being made for Hobby aAd Craft Day to be held in the basement of the Methodist Church in Algona, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 21 according to Dean Barnes, Kossuth County Extension Director. Women who have special ,abilities with many different crafts and hobbies are being invited to come to the all day event. They will set up a display of their various craft Work • and hobby material and those attending the event will be able to see the displays and get instructions and. information regarding any particular hobby or. craft they might like to work on, according to Barnes. / The various crafts and hobbies that have indicated they will^ be present are — Block Printing, Aluminium tray making, Armenian lace making, cake decorating, ceramics, wood fiber flower making, textile painting and Swedish Weaving,, according to Barnes and he also says that anyone having a craft or hobby other than those mentioned, that they would like to present at this event, should contact him. . \ Cooperating in sponsoring this event are various Kossuth Coun- tv Home Economics Clubs, Farm Bureau Women's Clubs and the County Extension Service. Whew! Asi Clifford Welder of Madrid operated a drag-line near there recently, the rig gave 'way and toppled. He was thrown out of the machine, which came down on top of him. He missed being crushed to death by mere inches. Named Member Shsrthorii AiS'n Kenneth Seely and Call. street, Algona, elected to merftbershirK ift .the American Shorthorn . breeders Association, oldest breed recording group in America. •Purpose of the organization is to collect, Verify and preserve pedigrees of Shorthorn cattle and to promote greater use of the br Originally known as Durham cattle, the breed 'took the name Shorthorn from the popular ^expression after it was found that by crossbreeding, the old Western Longhorn cattle grew short horns. Straw and cornstalks make good winter bedding for cows. ST OftiMQ Cd*toi*fAttpN gives you mow edhVlWene*. &hd cftm- forl than atty dihe* , ebmblflaHoti window I RttSCO BOOH, HOOBS AND WINDOW CANOPIES add greatly lo ihe faeaufy of you* home I Charles Miller SALES Phone 741- W.afier 6 p.m. Display at 116 So. 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