The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 12, 1956 · Page 17
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When we celebfaie Father's Day next Sunday, wo might concentrate on giving the old boy the same treatment mother gets on Mother's Day. We've been honoring her with a national festival ever since 1907, but it was not until 1924 that somebody finally got around to thinking of Father. And, as Dorothy Thompson says in her Ladies Home Journal editorial, "Mother certainly has the edge over father when it comes lo celebrating the 'days' that have been assigned If) her." * * * Right from the start in celebrating his day, father has been getting the .short end of the sheet. When the Chicago man who launched the idea called upon President Coolidge to promote it, Silent Cal said, "The widespread observance of this occasion is calculated to establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and also to impress upon fathers the lull measure of their obliga- lions." Mother's Day celebrations were and are devoted to expressing gratitude to her, but when they got around to honoring Pa, they tried right away to reform him. * * * A National Father's Day Committee was eventually formed, but it took some time even to pick the flower for the occasion. Mothers already had the carnation—a red one for a living mother, a white one for a mother who had passed on—and father finally ended up with red and wh'te roses for his day. But before that, a committee who had been working on the project suggested the dandelion as the most appropriate flower for Father's Day. The reason, "the more it is trampled on the faster it grows." Miss Thompson says, "The hardy but despised dandelion as the symbol of daddy is still not far oft the mark." * * • This year the National Father's Day Committee has worked out a set of ten commandments for Pop to be place beside his plate at the table. The menu for the clay is also official — soup, i-hii-ken, ice cream and cake. Pop may much prefer shrimp cock- tail, steak and apple pie, but the committee doesn't allow that. The commandments pretty well cover the subject of what is expected of a paternal parent, but there isn't one word about the duties of children and wife to father. * » * According to the commandments he must: 1. Instill into his children a sense of brotherhood; 2. Teach them good sportsmanship by his own fair play; 3. Set an example of family solidarity: 4. Make pals of his children; 5. Impart to them a burning desire to love, honor and obey their country's laws; 6. Encourage them to apply themselves to difficult tasks; 7. Lead in community affairs; 8. Promote self-reliance and do-it-yourself activities; 9. Prepare for the furture security of the family and thus develop a sense of responsibility; and, 10. Guide and prepare the children rbr the; duties and responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. • • * Now, there is nothing wrong that I can see with these commandments, but they hardly honor father. Miss Thompson suggests that every member of the family write his own set of commandments and concentrate, not on what father ought to do for them, but on the ways thej can help faher. Here are mine: * * * 1. Buy Pop a father's day present—a tie, a shirt, or a new pipe, but don't go overboard on it. Dad usually has to foot the bills for his own gifts and he may not be able to afford anything fancier. A better present would be for the whole family to resolve to cut unnecessary expenses and then do so. * * « 2. Be a good sport. Play fair with father. If he wants to watch the fights on television, when the rest of the family would prefer something else, give in to him gracefully. He doesn't have as much time as Mom and the kids do to sit at home and relax because he's out earning the money to support the family. He's the guy who paid for the TV set in the first place. * * * 3. Be all for family solidarity. MILITARY TAX EXEMPTION Some changes were made by the 56th General Assembly , in chapters 427.5 and 427.6 Code of Iowa, relating to military tax exemptions. Beginning Jan. 1, 1956 all claims for military tax exemptions must be filed on or before July 1, with the county assessor instead of with the county auditor, also any claim filed shall be effective to secure exemptions only for the year in which the claim is filed. These changes in effect mean that instead of filing one application with the county auditor, veterans who have taxable property must, beginning Jan. 1, 1956 file with the county assessor each and every year. As in the past no claims may be accepted after July 1 and any changes in designation of property on which the exemption is to apply MUST be filed with the COUNTY ASSESSOR and COUNTY AUDITOR on or before August 1. Honorable discharge and separation papers must be recorded in the county recorders office in the county where claim for exemption is being made before the veteran can make his application. This is especially important in case of Korean veterans. The county assessor's office will gladly make every effort to obtain the exemption for eligible veterans, however, it will be the responsibility of the veteran himself to see to it that the necessary information is available and that the claim is filed by him within the required time limit. In order to be entitled to tax exemption on his property a veteran must have been honorably discharged or honorably separated from one of the wars named in Section 427.3, Code of Iowa, 1954, as amended by the 56th General Assembly. Dates of service required to qualify for military service tax exemption: Spanish-American War veterans who served from April 21, 1898 to August 13, 1898, inclusive. World War I veterans who served from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918, inclusive. World War II veterans, who served from December 7, 1941 to September 2, 1945, inclusive. Korean Conflict veterans who served from June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1953 are now eligible for military service tax exemption. Veterans who served in the Army of Occupation in Germany from November 12, 1918 to July 11, 1923, inclusive. Veterans who served in the Nicaraguan Campaign with the Navy or Marines in Nicaragua or on combatant ships from August 27, 1926 to January 2, 1933, inclusive. DISCHARGE FROM DRAFT: The Department of the Army, Office of the Adjutant General has held that anyone who was inducted inte the military service and later given a discharge from draft and did not actually serve in the war with Germany never in fact became a part of the United States military forces and is not entitled to veterans exemption on his property. Leo J. Immerfall County Assessor THESE WOMEN! NOTES Of SERVICE MEN "Slop wincing, Sam! Answer yes or no — did the man, •ay these new slip covers are washable?" but keep Pop in his rightful place as the head of the house. Back him up on his aims and don't undermine his purposes. Nine times out of ten, when you hear some wife complain that her husband doesn't have much gumption, it's because the reins of authority were taken over'by Mama and the kids long ago and the guy is just drifting along anyway he can to keep peace in the family. * * * 4. Let Father have some pals his own age and let him play grown-up games with them. Pick on somebody your own age to play marbles with. This father- and-child pal business ,is just fine and Pop can be the best friend a kid ever had. But he should be a friend on a higher plane of authority than a member of a child's gang. Somebody a youngster can come to for advice and discipline. * * * •5. Obey father once in H while. Even if he is your husband. This will surprise the heck out of him and you'll probably get your own way after all. * » * 6. Encourage him. He is the most difficult task in the family. Mother brings the JittJe ones into the world, but father keeps them there by getting the wherewithal for the daily bread, the clothes on the back, the education and the luxuries. There are lots more young widows than there are young widowers which should be ample proof that father's job is exhausting, physically, mentally 'and nervously. , 7. If Pop wants lo be a community leader, go ahead and co operate with him. But if he shrinks at going around asking people for donations or prefer<being a big wheel at home to a little cog at a committee 1 meeting, accept the fact and don't push, him into activities merely In promote the family's prestige. * * • 8. Do il yourself. Maybe Father doesn't want to help witli the dishes. Why should he'.' 11. has already dune his share of the day's labor. It won't hurt the kids to learn to wash pots and pans and if Mama can't accomplish this, and is too tired to wash dishes alter the evening meal not too much harm is done by leaving them until next morning. They never disappear. They'll wait for you. * * • 9. Help father prepare for the future security of the family Putting aside a little for a rainy day develops a sense of ivspons • bility and Father shouldn't bo the only one to have to do this. His sense of responsibility is already developed about as far as it can no. * * » 10. Love father, end let him know that you do. He pretends to abhor sentiment, but a decent word of appreciation now and then can buck him up. Ki-i-p the nagging down to a very bare minimum. He's not perfect, bui du you know anyone who is? * » » Let's stop trying to reform father on Father's Day. Fatherhood does not of itself endow anyone with even the more common virtues, and the same is true of mothers. Yet we ignore tha' fact eveiy May when we have Mother's Day and eulogi/c every woman who has given birth as u saint. Can't we do a lntU- <•!' the same for fathers 1 .' As I> >r- othy Thompson says. "The cu.i;- mon possession of the living World is a mother and a cumnKT. possession is also a father, wit'i- out whom there can In- ri> > motherhood " * # • For Mother's Day, my gifl was a recipe bonk tlu- youngstei - in Mary Ann's fourth grade at Bryant prepared. This Straw* berry Part'ait Pie. contributed by Donald Sc-hnuU. was in it and it might be goud to serve fur Fa ther's Day. 1 ' i cups hot water 1 pint vanilla or jtrav. bi-r: v ice cream I 1 -.- cups sliced fre-i. ui fn>/en strawberries Dissolve Ji-IIu in h"! waU-r in a 2 quart saucepan. Add ice cream in spoonfuls --tin-in .^ until •nelied. <V:,J! un'i! t h :>-ki-.';< d but nut set. (15 'i. lln mi:, i F M in drained »i: ir.vberrii-s. Tii::i into baked 9 inch pie shell. Chill until firm, 20 to 25 minutes. —GRACE. Hippocrates was the first doc tor to lake mental condition into consideration in observing a pa- 1ST CAV. DIV., JAPAN—Pfc. Dennis H. Sehulz, son of Mr and Mrs Herman H. Schulx. LuVerne, i-; a member of the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan. The division has been in the. Far East since World War II, Schulx, a radio operator in Headquarters Battery of the division's 82d Field Artillery Battalion, completed basic training at Fort Chaffee, Ark. —o— FORT RILEY, KAN. — Sgt. Dick D. Eklund, son of Mr and Mrs Leroy E. Eklund. Whitte- morr, recently took part in £\ night field training exercise with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. The "Big Re'd One" division returned to the U. S. in October 1955 after 13 years overseas. A squad leader with Company A of the division's Engineer Battalion, Sergeant Eklund entered the Army in July 1950 and completed basic training at Fort Orel. Calif. He has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Ribbon. NORFOLK, VA.—•Ronnl'l tor Foster, fireman apprentic son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Foster of Algona, is now at the U. S. Naval Receiving Station. Norfolk. Virginia, awaiting transfer to USS Northampton, CLC 1. FORT RILEY, KAN—Pvt. Herman A. Koester, 22. son of Miami Mrs Adolph Koester, Route 2, LuVerne, Iowa, is a member of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. The "Big Red One" division returned to the U. S. in October 1955 after 13 years overseas. Koester, a cook in Battery C of the division's 7th Field Artillery Battalion, entered the Army in September 1955 and completed basic training at Fort Chaffee, Ark. i"-1 Tuesday, June 12, 1956 Algona (Id,) Upper Oe* 3 ROTC Students To Summer Camp Three Iowa State College students from this area. Guy Carlson. Jr., Wesley. John Teeter. Hurt, and Loren Christian. Ring- steel, arc among 151 ROTC cadets who will report to throe army posts for summer camp and further training. All three arc in the contingent which will go to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The first daughter of a President to be married in the White roe. The wedding to Samuel L. Gouverneur of New York took place in 1820. 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