TEACHING IS A PROFESSION much like any other job. It's sometimes difficult to tell how much good you are doing. There's a lot ol routine plugging for every time you manage to get through to someone and often you wait many years to find out you have inspired a student. But when a teacher Is about to retire after more than thirty years of doing her best, people should certainly remember to express their appreciation, no matter how belatedly. - o I WAS REMINDED OP THIS in a letter from Mary Ann this week. She'd talked with Helen Comfort who asked her to tell me both Esther Quinby and Hattle Wilson are retiring soon. "They were both your and Dad's teachers weren't they, Mom ?' she wrote. Indeed they were, and they also taught a couple of our youngsters. I wish 1 could be at the reception the Algona Education Association is giving for them at the Annex next Sunday. - o- MY FIRST CONTACT WITH EITHER of these fine ladies was In 1931. We had just moved to Algona and the fabulous new high school was about to open, as the inscription over the front door says, "to all who wish to learn." In fact, it was the electrical contract on the construction of the building that caused us to move to Algona. Miss Quinby had been teaching at the old Bryant building for a year or so before and thus missed having me for Algebra. (She doesn't know what she missed). However, she did have Father and he's good at math. - o MISS WILSON HAD BEEN at Algona high a couple of years before that. When I first knew her she was teaching normal training. Several of my friends were studying under her to learn to be country school teachers. Prospects for them were good. The hours were long, but the pay was $40 per month I Pretty high when you consider some of the commercial department grads were working for lawyers at a salary of $5 to $8 per week! - o MISS QUINBY'S LUCK HELD out all during my high school career for she never did have to have me in a class. But I came under her influence, anyway for the newspaper room where I held sway as editor for a semester or two was right next door to her classroom. Some of the most glamorous boys in the school, to my way of thinking, were writing sports, editorials, columns and news for the paper. After class hours they'd have to deliver their copy to the editor. When we got the journalism business taken care of and I was just getting the conversation to more personal matters, Miss Quinby would appear at the door and close the interview for me. Even then, I had to admit that although her supervision wasn't exactly welcome at that point, Miss Quinby was eminently within her rights and what's more she was courteous and fair about it. - o - WHEN 1 WAS A SENIOR, I had Miss Wilson for my first bout with the subject of psychology. The students weren't all normal training girls - in fact, there was a lovely majority of boys In the class. Although I would rather have died than admit it at the time, I was absolutely fascinated with psychology, too! I studied hard and in one particular test, my grade was well up in the 90's. The trouble was that the two boys sitting on either side of me had several of the same answers on the exam and we all ended up with Cs for the grading period. I protested rather tearfully to Miss Wilson who, of course, wasn't sure who had done the copying. She said, "Well, If you can remember anything about the course In years to come, that will be more valuable than the grade you received." She was right, for I still know something of Mendel's Law and still use the How to Study method when I am preparing a report. But back in 1934 I would much rather have had an A. - o - IN LATER YEARS, Miss Quinby went on to do some fine work in visual education and Miss Wilson, in elementary supervision coordination - both Innovations In the Algona school system, I believe. And I was privileged to know both of them on an adult friendship level. I even learned to call Miss Wilson, "Hattie" when we were members of the same church circle. There, I also learned to appreciate her good sense of humor, her deep Christian faith and her Biblical scholarship. - o - NEITHER MISS QUINBY nor Miss Wilson seem to me old enough to retire. But It's a fine thing to have a little leisure while you can still enjoy it and I imagine both of them will keep busy. And I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing them many happy years. - o - RECENT MAIL HAS INCLUDED letters from Mrs. Lawrence Gade of Whittemore, Jan Zerfass Verveer of Downers' Grove, 111., who reminisced about the chocolate, marshmallow nut sundae WP used to buy at James Drug for 15? (but who had the 15?? asks Jan) and Arlene Kenyon, who is busy mothering a new pup. I sure do like to get fan mall! - o - DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 15 through May 21 people having birthdays include Harlan Haas, Mary Adine Lynch, Barbara Haggard, Pat Conn, Rose Sigsbee, Jean Marie Zender, Shelley Schenck, Jim Arend, Jim Andreasen, Diane Harris, Cathleen Johnson, Jimmy Utt, Mrs. Larry Wicks, Judith Lynn Parrott, Lawrence Wlnkel, Chet Schoby, Ruth Cassel, Maxine Hill, Pat Watson, Midge Kuester, Jim Hershberger, Thomas Rich, William Ott, Larry Plummer, Carla Harig, Cally Bangs, Michael Diamond, Andrew Crawford, Shirley Pratt, Russ Waller, Martha Nash, Olive Herbst, Marcia Hinken and Brian Stalzer. Wedding anniversaries include, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. Al Buchanan, Mr. and Mrs. August Slagle, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Norton. - o - THIS WEEK'S RECIPE IS for Ginger Ale Salad. 1 can Royal Anne cherries i No. 2 1/2 can crushed pineapple thuMday, May 19, 1966 Algona (la.) Upper DM Moln«»-7 1 cup chopped nuts 1 1/2 cups ginger ale juice of 1 orange juice of 1 lemon 1 pkg. lemon gelatin. Drain juice from pineapple, heat and dissolve gelatin In It. Add ginger ale, orange and lemon juice. When mixture jells slightly, add fruit and mold. Serve on lettuce leaves. GRACE Mrs. Verne Waechter, was confirmed Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul's Catholic church at West Bend. Sunday night supper guests at the Waechter home in honor of Steven were his baptismal sponsor, Max DahlhauserofWest Bend, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Waechter and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Waechter and family Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Benson accompnaled Mr. and Mrs. Frank Benson of Ft. Dodge to Bancroft Saturday where they attended funeral services for Rueben Olson, 63. Mr. and Mrs. AntoneSpelchaad Edwin called on Mrs. S. T. Johnson at Story City Sunday. Clocks and Radios Transistor and Electric. Large display of many styles. OTTOSEN By Mrs. Donald Usher Debbie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Olson celebrated her eleventh birthday Sunday. Dinner guests for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Olson of West Bend, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Osborn and Jon and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Osborn of Cy-' Under. Mr. and Mrs. Lenhard Holden visited Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brockway and family at Sunnyvale, Calif., from April 5 to May 3. Mrs. Essie Cooper went to Humboldt Saturday where she helped Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Cooper move to their new home In Dakota City. Mrs. Cooper returned home Sunday. Krlstie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Struthers, was confirmed Sunday at the Methodist church at West Bend. Kristie's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hanson of Ankeny, spent the weekend at the Struthers home. Sunday was also Watson Strutter's eighty-second birthday. He was an afternoon visitor at the Eugene Struthers home. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Struthers and family were also visitors to help celebrate the two occasions. Six former schoolmates from the West Bend school had an enjoyable reunion Thursday when they went to Glldden to visit another classmate, Mrs. Eicke, the former Carol Jean Vohs. Those who went were Mrs. John Goldtrap, Mrs. Richard Bormann, Mrs. Harold Montag of West Bend, Mrs. Kenneth Besch of Algona, Mrs. Bill Kennedy of Bancroft and Mrs. Victor Meyer. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Larson, accompanied by Mrs. Leona Daniel of Humboldt, attended funeral services for a cousin, Mrs. Andrew Smith at Ft. Dodge Saturday. :., Steven, eldest son of Mr. and Dorm Shirts with Pants IN MACHINE WASHABLE FABRICS <S>tCW,INC. Individual pieces or matching combinations. Old Spice — Mennon Citation — Currier and Ives By George — His. 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