Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1971 · Page 2
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 24, 1971
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Woman When many in Algona and from throughout Kossuth County think of past trips to the old Kossuth Hospital, as well as St. Ann, the name of "Gertie" immediately comes to mind. Ask for Gertie's last name and few could come up with it, but to say "Gertie the Nurse" gets immediate recognition and always, a smile. Gertie's home town was Burlington and this is where she received her degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1930. These were the days of Depression and Jobs were not easily had, so for the next nine years she worked with a team as a "Visiting Nurse", in Burlington. Times were hard and this team made trips into the homes to help those who could not afford the medical attention they really needed. Many had no electricity and facilities were inadequate for the sterile hospital atmosphere, but at least care was at hand in the time of need. A call in the middle of the night sometimes meant immediate surgery right at home and without electricity this could pose a problem. Many times a car was driven up to a window, its lights turned on to furnish the light, instruments "boiled up" to sterilize and the surgery completed. These were also the days of more babies being born at home than in a hospital. Gertie's first job, which started on Christmas Day, the day after her graduation, was to sit for six weeks with an extremely ill old gentleman. During the entire time there was no bed available for her and she slept in a chair. Discouraged? No, this eager young dedicated nurse just became more determined to help others in spite of the ungratefulness of many of the patients she assisted during those nine years. It wasn't until 1939 that she came to Algona where she worked at the old Kossuth Hospital under the management of Nita Isaacson Boswell. TO leave her home town of Burlington seemed absolutely impossible to Gertie, but the job opening here needed to be filled immediately and she had no choice, if she wanted a steady job. There was something to be gained from working here with what proved to be "one big hospital family." The complete concern and cooperation among the employees made working a pleasure and fun, in spite of occasional sadness which must intrude with illness. TO care for and make comfortable those who needed help was the aim of all who worked there. Give the patient a pleasant memory of his hospital stay and he will not mind returning, if the need arises. The "old" hospital had some inconveniences, such as three floors and no elevator. How did the patients get to the second and third floors? If they were not able to walk up the steps, they were carried by the nurses and this occasionally did prove to be a challenge. There were trays to be served three times a day and this, too, was a duty of the nurses. Took a lot of practice to learn to carry a tray with one hand and it wasn't accomplished without mishap ... but the real professional touch was when she could carry a tray in each hand. The humorous things that happened in 40 years of nursing could fill several volumes, and Gertie quickly laughed when she recalled the old fellow who always fell out of bed. One of the nurses went up on third floor to waken him for breakfast but stopped quickly when she saw he wasn't in bed, then let out a blood curdling scream. The old fellow was lying on the floor and had promptly bitten her in the leg. Too, there was the lady who made a hurried trip to the hospital to have her baby. A short time later in the delivery room, alter the baby was born and the confusion had died down, someone noticed the new mother still had her hat on. The closeness of that nursing staff with their manager has continued through all these years, even though they have made residences elsewhere. Those who can, still get together for birthdays. Gertie left Algona in 1946 for two years of nursing at Webster City, but Algona was "home" and she returned to become office nurse for Dr. Robert Lee, the pediatrician who left here a year later and moved to Ft. Dodge. By this time St. Ann was open and there she stayed for 13 years, in 1962 park Hospital in Mason city was where she went, but she always maintained her apartment in Algona so she could come home on her days off. Last year Gertie decided to cut down on her working hours and now her home is a comfortable, homey trailer at the Hillcrest Trailer Park. She will go back to floor duty at Park Memorial during the month of June while others are vacationing and is looking forward to it. So, to many, the smile they show on recollection of a hospital stay with "Gertie" Oetkin there to care for them, is the memory of a nurse's compassion for her patient. DROP ORANGE CHOCOLATE CHIPPERS 1 c. shortening 1 c. sugar 1 3-oz. pk. cream cheese 2 eggs 2 T. grated orange peel 2 tsp. vanilla 2 cup sifted flour 1 tsp. salt 1 6-oz. pk. chocolate chips Cream together shortening, sugar and cheese; add eggs, orange peel and vanilla. Beat well. Sift together flour and salt, add to creamed mixture. Stir in choc, chips and drop from tsp. 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven 12 min. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Makes4doz. FUDGE MELT AW AYS 1/2 cup butter 1 sq. unsweetened chocolate (1 oz.) v 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 egg 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 cup coconut 1/2 cup chopped nuts 2nd layer: 1/4 cup butter 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 oz. unsweetened chocolate Melt butter and chocolate of 1st mixture, blend in other Ingredients. Press in 9x9x1 1/2 pan and chill. Cut before entirely cold. CHINESE CASSEROLE Serves 8. Brown together over medium heat 2 Ib. ground beef and 1 c. chopped onion. Add all at once; 1 c. chopped celery 1 c. uncooked rice (regular) 1 can cr. mushroom soup 1 can cr. of chicken soup 2 T. soy sauce 2 T. Worcestershire sauce 2 C. water Put.in a 3 quart casserole and top with Chinese noodles. Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. Union Twp. Mothers Club Oldest Rural Group In Iowa •^•^^••l^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JL THIS PICTURE of the Union Township Mothers Club taken in 1911, shows many of the club members on the lawn of the Lizzie ' Salisbury home. It was donated to the club history book by Minnie Schryver Sarchet. Left to right in the back row is Julia Dearchs, Agna Stoulenburg, Jennie Montgomery, Ida winkie, Jr., Lizzie Salisbury, EdithTavlor and Mayme Steiman. * * * The Mothers' and Daughters' Club of Union township met May 13 at the Home Federal Community room in Algona for their Mothers' Day Tea and to celebrate their 65th anniversary. This is the oldest rural club in the state of Iowa. The club colors of gold and blue were used in the decorations with a display of antique items for everyone to view and enjoy. A wishing well with a wooden bucket was the main attraction. The hostesses and program chairmen were dressed in long dresses and old bonnets. The hostesses were Helena Dodds who was taking the place of Delores Dodds, Mae Schenck, Maureen Hovey and Mary.Gisch,.,. with Neva Shipler and GwehHaas the program chairmen. '•'" Hilaria Erpelding, club president, opened the meeting and the members sang their club song. Eighteen members were present and with their guests, the group numbered 35. A poem "The Good Old Days" was read by Neva Shipler after she welcomed the group to the Mothers' Day Tea and anniversary celebration. Others who participated in the program were Gwen Haas, Julia Taylor, Mae Schenck and Mrs. Fred Geigel. Helena Dodds sang "May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You" and led some group singing. Special recognition was given to Nellie Jenkinson for her outstanding efforts in helping others Neva Shipler lit a candle, read a poem and offered a prayer in memory of Helen Vogel, a member who died last year. A vase was then dedicated in her memory. A number of gifts were given to those whose names were drawn from the wishing well before the meeting was closed with a Mother's Prayer. The tea table was decorated in the club colors and president, Hilaria Erpelding, presided. Ada Hofius has been a member longer than any other, she attended the club's first meeting with her mother and joined five years later, in 1911, shortly after ,she was married. She has attended almost every meeting s^ince that time. Seated nn ***« /»*.«..-^ »__•.. _ __ and son, Garner "Gertie" in Rare Moment of Relaxation TUESDAY, MAY 25 7:30 p.m, - REBEKAH LODGE meets in the Izaak Walton League Hall. Be sure to bring your wrapped Bingo prizes for the I.O.O.F. Home at Mason City. Bertha Spear and Betty Galbraith are on the committee. WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 2:00 p.m. - PLUM CREEK HOMEMAKERS hostess is Delores Bode who is assisted by violet Benschoter. 6:30 p.m. - T.O.P.s. meet at St. Ann Hospital, clara Keith is leader. 7:00 p.m. - RAINBOW GIRLS meet at the Masonic Temple. Jeri Nielsen is Worthy Advisor. 1:00 p.m. - BEL CANTO luncheon meeting at the home of Vera Graham. Social and entertainment committees are in charge. THURSDAY, MAY 27 2:00 p.m. - UNION TOWNSHIP Homemakers hostess is Hilaria Erpelding. Roll call will be a Flower Exchange. Dorothy Vigdal is the lesson leader on Preserving the Foundation of Society. 6:30 p.m. - TRIM-LINERS meet at St. Ann Hospital. Minnie Walker is the leader. Drake Degrees To Algona Girls DES MOINES - Two Algona girls, Sandra Harmes and Anne Penton, graduated from Drake University here May 16. Sandra, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Harmes, 404 Fairlane Dr., received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts, she has a sociology major. Anne, daughter of Mrs. Marie Penton, Route 1, received a bachelor of science degree from the College of Education. She majored in elementary education. Union 4-H Tea The mothers of the Union Alethean Girls 4-H Club were honored by their daughters at a tea held April n at the Farm Bureau Building. Mrs. Fred Fantz, Bode, showed slides and spoke of her husband's and her experiences in Turkey as Peace Corps volunteers. A delicious lunch was served by the girls, special guests included the Union Township Homemakers club, and two former leaders, Mrs. Robert Dodds and Mrs. Glen Jenkinson. Mary Lou Nitchals, reporter. T 2 - Ko»uth County Advanct Monday, May 24, 1971 Divorcee needs lawyer's advice By Abigail Van Buran IO mi by Ckltttt TrlkHM'N. Y. Ntm lm«., IJK.J DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old divorcee with four teen-aged boys to support. It's four years since I've been divorced, and my ex-husband owes me $6,000 in back support. Because of this, I am deeply in debt, could soon lose my home and have my wages garnisheed. If this keeps up I will be forced to file bankruptcy. My "ex" has remarried and has a wife plus two children to support. He has no interest in our four children, and the only time he visits them is when one of the boys calls him and begs him to come. The girls at work say I must still love him or I'd have put him in jail long ago. My family says I am crazy. What is your advice? PERPLEXED DEAR PERPLEXED: See a lawyer. And If yon don't take this advice, see a doctor. [Psychiatrist type.] to a guy in »K- n ABBY: What is the the following situation? You are out on a date, and he is nice, but you wouldn't want to go out with him again. When you say good night, he asks you for next weekend. I'm afraid if I say I have otter plans, he will ask me for the next free weekend «,f LSI!- Want . to hurt his feelings, but T don't want to go Bta Wto. agam 6 ta "*• me i!> a way "* ' don>t t0 Say ' Abby " ' am sure other '"""• NO GUTS N ° GUTS *" y°« —* »• PtmpOon enough to am complimented that yon want to take h fir "vr her •" - ---« wh^co In more than a aliterly way. I think you're nice, bat W» a brother-ilster deal. Okay?" IP fi A«^ if u I. Toni Sarcone Is Bride Of David Martin, Ames screaming mothers. *-~*~~—••*—•_ m ^ m Trenton, N.J.; Robert Martin, Mt. Vernon, la., brother of the groom, and John Marks, Ames. The guests were ushered to their seats by Paul Martin, Algona; Mike Narey, Ames; and Roy Frontz, Nevada, la. The candles were lighted by jimmy Avis and Jim Martin, nephew and brother of the bride and groom. The vocalist was a friend of the Sarcone family, Mr. H.John- son of Des Moines. The reception in the church parlors was hosted by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Sarcone entertained at a reception in the afternoon at the Bavarian inn in Des Moines. The bride is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and Iowa State University, majoring in foreign languages and journalism, she was also a cheerleader at ISU. Mr. Martin graduated from Algona High School and Iowa state SYLVIA •—'——••• University where was a tele- communicative arts major. He has been employed for the past year by Harold Nichols, ISU wrestling coach. Following a honeymoon trip to the ozarks, they will be at home in Ames. Miss Toni Sarcone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sarcone of Des Moines, became the bride of David Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Martin of Algona, on Saturday, May 15, in the Presbyterian Collegiate Church at Ames. Rev. John Davies officiated at the double ring ceremony at ten o'clock in the morning. The bride, escorted to the altar by her father, was attended by her sister, Mrs. Randy Avis, Des Moines, as matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Holly Jennings, Des Moines; Mrs. William Krum, Ft. Dodge; Denise Palandri, Minneapolis; and Unda Martin, Algona, sister • of the groom. William Krum, Ft. Dodge, attended the groom as best man and the groomsmen were Dan Gable, Ames; Tom Peckham, IT'S SUPER SAVINGS MONTH ON LAWN MOWERS! I c 8 ; In stock Now Starting « NO Engine Adjustment. $67.88

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