March 16 - Everyone seems so apprehensive that we may have another duplicate of last year's March 17 snow storm, I will be glad if we can get fooled by the weather and have the rest of the month as lovely as it is this morning. And it's good that it is a nice day, for it is "moving day" here and already clothing and odds and ends have been taken to the new home. Those I know definitely are moving are Sidney Cunningham, Mrs. Viva Lease of Wesley, Mrs. Homer Lindhorst, Mrs. Mary Buenger, Mrs. K. D. James and Mrs. Myrtle Dalley. I have heard several rooms have been spoken for already, new ones coming here as replacements - but as to details, I ask no questions. The Nasbys are too busy to have me bother them, and certainly they have been working like beavers. P. S. Our blizzard arrived March 22. * * * The open house was an overwhelming success, both from the standpoint of numbers and the program. There was a hookup to our speaker system here, so we heard the program too. It is wonderful that so much interest is taken in the place and everyone votes it a beautiful place. I held open house too, so to speak, as so many came here to call after having been at the new home. * * * 1 was glad to hear from Mrs. John Shay of Bancroft and she cleared up the Crose-Erickson situation a Mrs. Delores Walker of Natchez had asked about in the interests of data on her "family tree." She says "George Crose was my uncle and married one of my father's sisters. My father's name was Herman Erickson. My mother was Carrie May Cole. My sister living here, (Anna) Mrs. Perry Torino, remembers the cousins and some relatives better than I, so she wrote to Mrs. Walker and said they were third cousins. When I read your article about the E rick- sons I knew it must have been us. I read about Lucille Crose Andersen in your column and have often wondered if she could be a relative. I like to read your "Tidbits." Thank you Mrs. Shay, for your information and your kind remarks about my writings. Spring is here for sure, for now is the time parsnips are being dug out of the ground after their freezing which makes the flavor so good. Mrs. Leonard Maasdam dug one from her garden the other day and it measured 19 inches long. Who can top that? And it proves frost is coming out of the ground. Hurray! * * * Such a nice surprise yesterday afternoon - a phone call from my cousinGayle Henderson Kier- luff of Pomona, We had a very interesting subject to discuss and it was wonderful hearing her voice, When mother and I were there in 1939 she was a darling child about two, When I'd get up from my chair, she'd hand me my crutches, put her little hands on my leg and say "Hup-hup" which meant "help", * * * * By this time, the Paul Seeleys are probably back from their trip to Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Fla., then to camp Hood, Tex. where special ceremonies were held. At this time, her brother, Staff Sgt. Neill Hlntz, was to be dismissed from service after many years of duty. He has not been too well the past few years, has had a throat ailment, which will possibly mean surgery, but it is hoped it will be found not necessary. * * * I tried out my thin soprano March 15 by singing, "Happy Birthday" to Hattie Burlingame that morning. Festivities had been held for her previously by members of her family, the Merriams, and as the old papers used to add, "A good time was had by all." The celebration was held at the home of her niece, Mrs. Joan Baas. * * * A card from Florence Patterson Howard, Phoenix, Ariz., says Alice Ditsworth and Grace Jackman (Cruikshank sisters) have been with me the past seven weeks and we sure had a time talking about old times and Algona. Will sure miss them. They are going from here to Orange, Texas to visit Grace's daughter. A line at the bottom of the card said "be seeing'you in April. Grace and .Alice." The card was a picture of the Methodist church Florence attends - a beautiful structure of Spanish architecture I'd say, and the street lined with palm trees, the tall kind with tufts of leaves at the top. * * * Another card I had was from Minnie Matern. She is a well- known former Algonan and for a time owned the "Little Store" across the street from Good Samaritan. It was known first as "Don'sTeeneyWeeneystore" and belonged to DonCook. Finally Jim Allen bought it and now it is rented to a couple of young bachelors. (Down girls!) Mrs. Matern wrote, "reporting from Lake Tahbe, the weather is pretty, but cool, as the altitude is 6,000 feet. Come here quite often as Pat, my daughter's husband, has a summer home here but winter coats feel good. Have been in California since January and will be home around April 1." Mrs. Matern's home is now at Stewartville, Minn, where a son lives. * * * Mrs. Nat Bangs brought her Sunday school class in to see me the other day. They are cute youngsters and are Sara Chrischilles, Jody Chrischilles, Pamela Kuhn and Mickie Schlievert, The Chrischilles cousins have the typical blonde hair and blue eyes of the paternal side. * * * The Sunday Des Moines Register March 13, had a picture which gave me a good idea of what I had written previously about Mr. and Mrs, Gail Towne being at Forney's. Mrs, Towne had told me about it and when I saw the picture, I called to ask if they had seen the write up about it, Gail said "Yes," and also mentioned having been at Union Slough recently and seeing the many dead carp, I've heard the carp are caught, shipped east and sold as some fancy kind of fish - I've forgotten what, carp is scorned here by the average fisherman, as I understand it, unless he intends to commercialize on them. Going back to the item on Forney's lake, It was estimated 175,000 geese were there and more arriving daily from their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico. The lake is the stopping place on their way to their nesting places in Artie Canada, * * * I was glad to see Patricia Groen of Burt and Jeanette Wichtendahl of Lone Rock when they called recently. They are now at Fort Dodge and Pat says if she doesn't like it there, she'll go on to Council Bluffs where she has a sister. Jeanette has Texas relatives she can fallback on if she gets restless. * * * Members of a sewing club have donated 26 more dish cloths to the new home. What I really mean is tea towels. Members of the club are Mesdames George Spongberg, J. F. Hofius, A. R. Cruikshank, John Baas, Fred Will, Kristine Didriksen, Wilbur zeigler, W. C. Taylor, Ralph Morgan, Claude Dearchs, Effle Teeter, Howard Platt, Elmer Potter and Harvey Rath. * * * What a pity it is Mrs. Ethel Gilles is not well enough to remember friends . She was so fond of Rev. and Mrs. H. S. Algoha, (la.) Upper Des Maine* Tuesday, March 29, 1966 Hammer when she lived in Swea City and he was her pastor. They stopped here the other day for a brief call and would have gone to see her, but 1 told them it would be useless. It is so sad and while she remains sweet of disposition she just doesn't recognize friends. * * * "Older Algonans get fewerand fewer as the years pass and the name Prof. J. C. Gilctarist is merely a name I have frequently heard. It will be-of Interest to quite a few that Mrs. Joe H. Allen, 92, died at Detroit Lakes, Minn, in February. She was the daughter of Prof, and Mrs. J. C. Gilchrist and the former founded the Northern Iowa Normal School that flourished in Algona in the 1880*8 and early 90*s. Her aunt, Tillie Cramer taught primary at the old central school (now the high school site) She was notable for her unique methods of teaching (the Polliwog Pond) and her schoolroom, decorated with paper chains, etc. Mrs. Allen lived in the Pocahpn- tas, Laurens area, later in Des Moines. Joe Allen was mayor of Des Moines at one time, I believe. He was very active in Iowa politics. My brother William went to Miss Cramer during her last year in the public schools. You probably just escaped her but surely you have heard of her." This quotes from a letter I had from Margaret Durant. Yes, I knew of Miss Cramer but never had her for a teacher. * * * pat and Jeanette mentioned having met a Mrs. Sedgwick at Fort Dodge. She is the former Charlotte Sweeny, also a teacher here many years ago. She was a very good friend of Marie Murtagh and I recall seeing her, but never had her as a teacher. She had a slight limp. * * * March 17 - since I am Irish 'It Is appropriate the day began with my first hearing of robins singing early this morning and I saw at least a dozen on the south lawn. The trees begin to take on a tinge of green on the south hills and Nature is awakening. But Iowa should have a big white mark for having had such a wonderful winter. As John Arndorfer said when I went to his room to see the birds, "I don't know when we have had such a nice winter." At his age he has seen a good many. * * * Well, Mabel Paxson has at last been persuaded by her son Charles to move to the new home. She had a lovely room here but there were differences of opinion between them-minor of course, and sometimes a change looms up much larger than it really is. OFFER TO "LOVE-BIRDS; • f -\ove-birds" of any age pining If you're a pair of ^ e bu ^^ & ^ for a new home , • • ™< l > fmance the home mu m down payment . . -T rsona U 7 .ed your dreams with a home loa i . ^ your budget <' ren ^ ri ™Uy, helpful home fc»n Home Federal Savings & Loan Assn. All Accounts Fully Insured to $10,000 Save From The 15th — Earn From The 1st SINCE 1917 — ALGONA, IOWA All Savings Accounts insured up to $10,000 by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation of Washington, P. C.
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