Evelyn I don't remember who it was who wrote "What is so rare as a day in June', but I do know so far there have been darned few "rare" days he had in mind. Here we are headed for the 21st, longest day of the year, and we've had about 2 summer days. One was last Friday when the "The Muskateers" had their first "citing." We went to the new Good Samaritan Home first as I had not seen it and Hazel and Lizzie hadn't had a really good look at it. It is a beautiful place, modern to the Nth degree, all matching furniture and a magnificent view south. The first person we saw was Mabel Samson, who was sitting all alone in the huge room. Long corridors led from this room and bedrooms were on each side of these. We saw "Peg" James and her roommate Mrs. Dailey, "Peg" looks just fine. It is a pity we had so little time to chat, but there were others we wanted to greet and then take off for a drive around town. We saw Mabel Paxson and Mrs. Mary Buenger briefly. Mabel looked so well and pretty- her hair done so nicely but Mrs. Buenger wasn't feeling quite up to going to the dining room for supper I heard her tell a nurse. Mrs. Lindhorst was reading and then I saw my Mr. Cunningham. He is so content in his quarters and looks robust and well cared for. I saw another man in the hall, a new resident - and others were there whom I had never met. I had a brief chat with Miss Mclntyre, Leighton Misbach's aunt. She had come to the reception room. Several, new residents have entered. Mrs. Kristine Didriksen is the latest resident there while convalescing. * * * I have had an experience just like Mr. and Mrs. George Slagle, brother and sister of August, who have been here from Milwaukee, Wis. They drove off, leaving their suitcase behind. A relative is driving through here soon and will be in Milwaukee vicinity so the case will, eventually reach the owners. I was in Des Moines a few years ago and my suitcase was left on the sidewalk at the Kirkwood hotel. As soon as my friends unloaded their luggage and discovered mine was missing, I phoned the hotel, described the contents, and luckily it had been taken to the storage room and was sent to me the next day. * * * We have a new food conveyor- a white affair and the noon and evening meals are prepared at the new home and brought up here. Breakfasts are prepared for us here. The system is working very nicely and the food is just as warm as though just taken from our kitchen, * * * Clark Redfield, Des Moines, read my item on wanting the address of Lyle Stebbins so he could be contacted for attendance at his class reunion, Clark did not have Lyle's address, but he did know the address of his gister Faye, Mrs. Gerry Rock, St. Paul, Minn., and was certain she could furnish the desired information. I passed the address onto Alma Pearson. I had a little visit with Helen Murtagh who has recently returned from abroad-her second trip in two years. She says she'd like to go back again and be able to spend more time at the places she found so interesting. She returned via San Jose, Calif, and brought home two of her grandchildren, Stephan, 10, and Molly, 7, children of Sue and John Carroll. Other children in the family are Charles 12, Joe, 4, and Sarah, 2 1/2. Stephan was not feeling well and Helen feared it was a case of chicken pox which Molly will probably take. * * * I got side-tracked on the trip Friday and failed to mention we drove south and turned around to see the south view of the new Champ Martin apartment being built. It is a beautiful building from the front and rear is lovely too. Picture windows in the lower apartments and stairs leading to a balcony clear across the rear of the top apartments. What a lovely place it will be to catch the summer breezes and look out to the ponds and hills. We took a look at the Tietz model house too - and decided Algona is so full of lovely places it would hard to choose given a fat pocket book. The cemetery was very pretty, too, and so well kept. Since it was by that time nearing my supper hour I said "Lef s eat out", which we did. * * * Another thing which added to the enjoyment of the day was a visit from Mrs. Mamie Dacken, Winona, Minn., who was my-companion just before coming here. She looks just fine and as vigorous as ever. She was always so full of "wim and wigor". At present, she has an apartment at Winona, Minn., but I think she toys with the idea of coming back to Algona where she has so many friends, and in the Lone Rock area, where she lived until after the sudden death of her husband. I hope she eventually makes her home in Algona. * * * A telephone call from Mrs. Clifford Etherington, nee Nettie Grubb, informed me Miss Coate taught one year in the new high, school. Nettie was sort of a protege of Miss Coate, and was a fine Latin student which would warm Miss Coate's heart. I do recall now that Miss Coate said she missed the old assembly room we had in Bryant. * * * Well bless me! So Donnie Smith was on radio at Minneapolis recently I Good! I was almost on Tommy Bartlett's "Welcome Travelers" program in Chicago a number of years ago when I think of the loot I might have won, I am quite chagrined that when one of his "crew" interviewed me, I had to say I was leaving for Ohio as soon as the program was over. I am SURE he meant to use me for next days program- they were done by transcription, but I had agreed for a certain price for a certain number of days - so I went merrily on to Ohio, * * * I had a call Memorial Day from Lois Newton Scott (Waiter) of Perry. We have known each other since childrood and her grandparents the Weavers and my grandparents the Hendersons were close friends and neighbors in the pioneer days. * * * 1 was sorry to read of the death of Carl Mortensen at Armstrong. He was a resident here for some time and suffered a stroke which made his left hand useless. He was courageous enought to use a walker for a short distance, but it was a difficult procedure. I had lots of admiration for his determination to be better, but some things simply cannot be overcome. He was a World War I vet and had many interesting expreiences he told me about. He had been in the Vets hospital at Des Moines and had learned how to weave yarn squares on a frame and had made over 300 hot dish pads which he gave away lavishly and sold a few. He moved to Armstrong to be closer to a brother and a friend who took him fishing, a thing he dearly loved to do. * * * Years ago something went wrong with the heating plant at Bryant and Zada Branson said, "Let's kill some time by visiting Central" (a grade school where high 'school is now). It didn't strike me as a particularly thrilling thing to do, but I finally agreed. We went to room 2 where a girl called Maggie was called upon by the teachers to "do this - or that" and we never did learn her last name until years later. Now this same Maggie and I are living under the same roof, and how I'd love to tell "Bruntz" about it. * * * On the day we "muskateers' were out, we drove through the park and there were several picnickers. Among them were Stanley and Dorothy Muckey and two children. Dorothy was turned half way so we said "IS it Dorothey ?" We decided we might come back to town and report" Did you know Stanley Muckey is in the park with a woman we didn't recognize?" Of course we'd admit that the children were along. A chat with Dorothy a few days later proved it was really she and since she didn't have her glasses on, she couldn't be real sure but she said to Stan, "Why I believe that was Evelyn Cady" She said had we stopped, she'd insisted that we share the hamburgers, etc. * * * Bed bugs to Viet Nam I Well, that would have suited my mother! Of course these mentioned recently the bugs were to be used as an alarm. It sounds fantastic, but as written might be reasonable. But any bug resembling a bed bug always upset my calm, sweet natured mother. * * * Connie and Clarence Stewart and their daughters, Katherine and Joan, will be remembered by those who lived here 30 years ago. Clarence died suddenly and Connie has moved to various places and has been a frequent visitor at the home of her brother, Ray Beamish and his wife Bernice, She also has a brother Jess who has been here at various times, At one time, Connie was employed in the I.O.O.F. orphange at Mason City. Both girls are married now, Joan living in Arizona and Katherine is Mrs. Ralph Fish, Mountainside, N, J. Katherine and Ralph wanted a family but Doc Stork just turned up his beak at them and flew right on past, 'The Fishes were, smarter than the TuMclay, Jun* 14, 1966 Algona, (la.) Uep«r Des Moin«t stork so they adopted not ONE child, but a pair of twin girls. A year or two afterward, they adopted another little girl. Then a few years later, Doc Stork relented and brought a little girl strictly Fish "merchandise'' . They named her Kerrle. Having brought you up to date, I will now reach the climax. July 1, Connie and a friend who was house mother she met at University of Illinois are joining a party of 30 members of the Bible Lands Seminal Odyssey Tour of Europe and the Holy Land. * * * The group takes a jet flight from New York to Spain and after two days in Madrid and environs, goes to Rome and then to Egypt. After visits to Cyprus, Venice and London, they fly home arriving in New York Aug. 2. Connie plans a visit to Iowa upon her return home. I hope she remembers to come see me. Plum Creek Elite Plum Creek Elite 4-H club met June 4th, with Norma Bode hostess. The following dates of importance we discussed: Achievement Day, August 1, County Demonstrations - Aug. 2-4 Work Meetings - every Monday afternoon. Talks were given by Patrice Bode. Lorelei Keith & Diane Bode gave demonstrations. The next meeting will be July 9 with Dixie Kieth. To Paris Harriet (Holly) Benschoter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Benschoter, left June 8 for New York. 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