The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 4, 1950 · Page 19
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I seem to have started a collection of recipes or samples of | the results of the old fashioned housewife s skill. First it was the . buckwheat pancake recipe Mrs. Murtagh sent me, and 1 now have | samples of can sorghum and homemade soap. * . The sorghum was sent to me by my grandfather who liv«s in the eastern part of the state. For • those who have never Had the privfege of tasting sorghum, it is a syrup similar to molasses, only lighter in color, a bit different in flavor and infinitely better I tasting. It adds the final touch to I pancakes or hot homemade bread. Better even than homemade maple syrup. Grandfather is a retired farmer about 80 years old but he still grows his little patch of cane every year to run through the sorghum press. It is an old family joke that grandpa insists on raising cane every summer. I'm glad he does. Ever since I can remember there has always been sorghum on their table. Many people in his community have tried to buy sorghum from grandpa, but he [makes only enough for his own table with perhaps a bit left over I to share with his children. * • * It was a little surprising to find I that so many people still make I their own soap. Perhaps the act I was revived 'during the wartime [soap shortage. C. U. Pollard I makes the soap for his family land is very proud of his results. [Maybe he has a few hints on jsoapmaking he will pass on to I us. * • * A relative of mine in another I town claims she makes all her (own soap as an economy measure. I She returned from a winter vacation in Florida, got out the grease (drippings she had been saving, land made a batch of soap in the [kitchen of her highly modern, I new, home. * * • My local soap making relative [gave me a recipe but she warned I me that anybody who makes I soap already has a good recipe | and anybody else probably [ wouldn't be interested. But she [ did suggest that I tell you about Mrs. Walter Geilenf eld's addition to the soap recipe found on the lye can. Mrs. Geilenfeld uses Vt cup borax, Vi cup amonia, Vi cup high test gasoline and 1 table- I spoon oil of sassafras (for a nice smell). This is added to the .amounts ofjye, grease and water i of the original recipe. Did you [know that soap contained all [these ingredients? The only thing (I have ever had to do with soap making is to contribute grease I have saved and to help out with I the half hour of constant stirring that is required. But the soap is wonderful to use in the laundry and the commercial brands do not come up to it. However, it does seem a little queer to use old fashioned homemade soap in my new automatic, push-button washing machine. * * * When I read the excerpt* from Florence Call Cowle's "Early Algona, 1 ' published in the Des Moines Register after her recent death, I could only wonder how the pioneer housewife accomplished so much. So many family necessities which we never give a thought except to add them to our shopping list, were all made at home by Mother or under her direct supervision. Nowadays we keep busy most of our waking hours running our homes in spite of all our electrical gadgets, semi- prepared food and ready-made clothing. One thing the pioneer housewife did have that I envy her and that is that hired girl who would come in for a couple of dollars a week and her "keep". Then, too, the children contributed more to the family chores than they do today. Ophelia the Kitchen Cynic, thinks the secret of the pioneer housewife's success is that her children didn't require so many elaborate birthday parties. She says, too, that the family didn't take so many baths as we do today either. Nor did the feminine members have to have their hair put up in pin curls daily. And the pioneer mother never heard of child Psychology; if the kids needed it, they received a paddling without all this time-consuming reasoning with them over why they should behave. I think we still do the best we can whin, it comes to running our homes and that's exactly what the pioneer women did. * * » A new box elder bug remedy was sent to me by my Cedar Falls reader, Mrs. E. L. Rekers. She says it is only a suggestion that was given to her and that she has never tried it because she isn't bothered with the bugs. It is a germicide called Germtrol and the lady who told her about it said to put a little of the liquid in bottle caps and set them about the room where the bugs are and you will find that the pests will soon disappear. If you wish to know who makes this and where to buy it, write to Grace in care of the UDM. This, I hope, will bring me some mail and still avoid giving the product any free advertising, which this paper, like most newspapers, is somehow not anxious to do. The T. C. Hutchison* received a parakeet as a gift recently. They didn't know much about the bird so they called our local bird man, Dick post, down to see it. Somehow when Dick is around, things just naturally start happening, and this evening was no excep- Shower Honors St. Benedict Girl To Wed April 12 St. Benedict — A shower was held in St. Benedict's Parish hall Sunday for Miss Rose Mary Arend, who will be married April 12, to Phillip Danglesser of near Sexton. The bride-to-be received tnany useful and beautiful gilts. Phyllis Arndorfer won the door prize. Mrs. Mary Arndorfer returned home Wednesday after a few weeks of staying with her da ugh ter, Mrs. Clarence Seimer of Irvington. Mrs. Arndorfer has not been so well of late. Mrs. Emil Arndorfer, daughters Marlene and Theresa, and Mrs. Nick Arndorfer were in Mason City, Wednesday. Miss Theresa Arndorfer was home Sunday evening to help celebrate her brother Ronnie's birthday. She has been working for the Joe Elberts this winter and also attending high school at LuVerne. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Daley and daughters of -Algona were Monday evening visitors at the home Of Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Thilges. Mrs. Bill West of Goodell and Mrs. Lou Ricke of Wesley called at the Art Rosenmeyer home one day last week. Mrs. Sim Hirner, Mrs. Al Rosenmeyer and daughters, Joan and Jean, and Henry Arndorfer, Jr. were Ft. Dodge shoppers last week Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Simon, daughter Marian, and Larry Johnson are here from San Diego, Cal., visiting relatives. Oscar is on leave from the navy. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mescher and family of Algona, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Green and family of Bancroft spent Sunday at the home of the Oswald Thilges'. Mrs. Fred Ericksor. accompanied Marjorie Lickteig of Wesley and Mrs. Lauren Larson of Irvington to Mason City, Friday, to attend the teachers' convention. Emil and Nick Arndorfer and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Carroll went to Naperville, HI., Sunday to the funeral of Mrs. Mary Reiser and also visited Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reiser of Downers Grove, 111. Mrs. Reiser is the former Deanne Arndorfer of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest DeFrance of Newton were visitors at the John Arend's, Sunday. They came especially to attend the shower of the letter's sister, Miss Rose Mary Arend. Mrs. Frances Miller received a telephone call from her son, Robert of Des Moines, that she had been made a grandmother for the second time, a daughter having been born to her son, Robert and wife, on Mar 23. Mrs. George Steil has moved here from Algona and is living in the house recently vacated by the Gene Colwells, who moved to a small house near Irvington. Gene communles back and forth to his place of business here operating his locker. Word has been received by Mrs. Mary Rosenmeyer that her son, Lyle, who is in the army, that he was in New York on a mission with his group and at Fort Jay. He was having a chance to also see the sights of the big city. He is stationed regularly at Fort Bragg, N. Car. Behind The Movie Sets WITH BUDDY MASON DEER South central Iowa residents were treated to the sight of wild deer near their homes recently. Apparently driven out by flood waters along Iowa rivers, deer were reported in the vicinity of Marshalltown, Des Moines and other places where they are not normally reported. Did you ever see a policeman in a rose-pink sarong? Some police officers wear 'em—and I can prove it by Bert Offert. Bert is a wardrobe technical adviser. He specializes in uniforms, particularly police wardrobe. Offert is responsible for the correctness of such costumes worn on the screen. , Mr. Offert has traveled all over the world collecting data on wardrobe. He assures me that pink sarongs are what the well dre.ssed policemen wear in Man- dafay, Burma. To top these gaudy sarongs, they don British officers' service tunics and Sam Browne bells from which dangle infantry officers' swords. They wear no socks with their elaborate outfits, but they do go in for red Morocco slippers with turned up toes and PINK turbans! * * * According to the well informed Bert, Costa Rico cops wear a star ' badge on the right breast of a navy blue uniform and carry a 16 inch para rubber billy-club with a steel core in the center. This club is worn on the right side like a sword. The police of Cairo, Egypt belong to the only police force in the world using an 18 inch hickory stick with a finger-grip handle. This handle has a leather- covered, steel hand guard. The knuckle shield comes in handy for parrying thrusts from scimitars and swords which many natives carry concealed beneath their robes. * * * Bert asserts thai American police have worn some rnther odd uniforms in the past. In the days when the bicycle was considered a speedy means of transportation, New York had what was known as a "Scorcher Squad." As late as 1905, these speedy, bicycle trouble shooters raced to riots and emergency calls in the Metropolitan District. Clad in knickers, long stockings, high button-shoes, and "iron-hat" helmets, these devil-may-care guardians of law and order raced about Manhattan keeping the peace. When a movie deals with the New York scene in periods between the 1830's and '50's, Bert sees to it that his actor policemen are equipped with regulation stovepipe hats. Police efficiency must have been at a low ebb on a windy day. Between chasing hats and pursuing crooks, they must have had a merry time! * * Jk Prior to this period, the Metropolitan Police Force did not exist as such. The law was upheld by a law enforcement group called "The Watch." These guards, or members of the Watch, wore tri- cornered hats. They were the pride of the 1700's. Horses were Tuesday, April 4, 1950 Atgonet Upper Dot Mofnes—7 assigned to the "Flying Squads" who never dreamed that one day the swift bicycle would speed from their station houses. * * * Bert Offer! is also an expert on modern and ancient weapon". He'll explain the construction of a siege catapult or the fire power of a blunderbuss in accurate detail. If a director wishes to know what type of helmet was worn by the Saracens during the Crusades, or how many buttons adorned the winter great-coat of a Chicago policeman in the Gay 90's, Bert has the correct answer. But Bert is a down-to-earth fellow. He may collect odd bits of information for a living, but on the side he has a practical hobby. He designs wearing apparel for trained monkeys and dogs! * » * Phyllis Isley is known around these parts as Jennifer Jones! Ledyard Girl In Senior Chorus At Winona College Winona, Minn. — Catherine Sullivan of Ledyard was a member of the Major Chorus which appeared in the "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" of Jacapone da Todi, presented by the senior class of the College of Saint Teresa, recently. Miss Sullivan is the daughter of Mr. am) Mrs. J. F. Sullivan, Ledvnrd. Iowa. YOU WILL WfAR. OUR. PATRONS TELL OF THIS COAL WHICH SERVES THEM WELL C te.'2*ig?> Let us tell you WITH RESULTS about your prompt and clean deliveries, and about the remark- ble heat qualities of our coalII COAL CO tion. The bird, its wings clipped so that it couldn't fly very well, was perched on Dick's finger. It became frightened and flew to the top of.a built-in corner cupboard. The bird found a small opening at the top, flew into it and became stuck deep down between the wall and the cupboard. To rescue the pet, the dishes had to be removed, the cupboard torn out and a section of the woodwork taken up. The latest reports say the bird is doing nicely but he has a new menace in the form of the family dog. The dog is very jealous of the attention paid to the bird and protests every time anyone even goes into the room where the bird is kept. — GRACE IF MOVING OR STORING YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS—contact BRADY TRANSFER & STORAGE COMPANY FORT PODGE, IOWA Agents, Allied Van Lines, Inc., in your locality. Excellent equipment, competent and courteous service. .Phone or write for estimate on any moving problem. The Better Your Home The Better Your Living DON'T JUDGE THINK of Us When You Think of QUALITY For QUALITY is Ail We Ever Think of When We Think of Youl Furniture By Its Looks ... 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