The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 21, 1966 · Page 6
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 21, 1966
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Tutftdey, Jun» 11, 1966 Al e ena, (la.) U p p*r DM Mdiftes Evelyn When I read in the paper a banquet was to be given for Spanish War Vets, I wondered how many are left. I don't believe Algona has any and I wondered about Kossuth county, Iowa, and the U. S. I have a vague remembrance that my grandmother Henderson was quite perturbed that her youngest son, Frank, might be called. I can remember lolling on the old fashioned lounge in her home that now belongs to Ted Larson and I remember I was not greatly interested - war was such a nuisance I gathered. I remember mother's assurance that it would be over soon. Mother was right, though of course not clairvoyant so Frank was never called. * * * Also in the same paper, when 1 saw the picture of the china cupboard in the restored home, my heart did a flip-flop. It was nearly identical to ours, I confess I had to use a hankie to daub away a tear or two. What pride we took in placing our best dishes just right, cleaning shelf by shelf in order to get the dishes back in just the right places. Oh women, women 1 * * * One by one the old favorite movie st^rs pass on and it was recently I read of Ethel Clayton's death. She was older than I had thought and I remember 'how much we enjoyed her and House Peters in "The Great Divide." That was back in the old Call theatre era and I believe it was the first movie' of full length as we have now. Up to then, a two-reeler was about the limit, but this covered a full story, a western minus the "injuns." Another old thriller was "The Shiek" with Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bankey appealed to mother and me but until I told Dad he'd miss seeing some Arabian horses, he wasn't interested. But the word "horses" was enough - he went and I doubt if he paid much attention to Valentino and his ardent lovemaking, it was the horses dashing over the sands that took his eyes. * * * That woman with the white mice crawling on her arms well, it made quite a story but I'd like to tell her about our two SINGING mice. If s too long a story to go into, but we did have two at different times, and many persons can vouch to the truth of my statement that they sounded just like canaries only not as loud. Harry Nolte lined a bird cage with screen, brought a cotton-lined box, and with his wife Millie's aid, we got the first one settled in his home. We had them at separate times, got tired of cleaning the cage, the novelty wore off, so they were freed to be caught by some alert cat. * * * Mother and her brother, Frank Henderson, had close contact with a mouse. They had gone for a sleigh ride and when they got home, a mouse jumped out of the overcoat sleeve of Uncle Frank, I'll bet that mouse figured he'd sure been taken for a ride. * * * This story almost out-does the mouse story. Uncle Lute Henderson was a girl-shy fellow but he did muster up courage one day to take a girl buggy riding. All at once they heard a clucking in the back of the buggy where the top could be lifted, much like the space in cars for carrying luggage. The buggy had been in the barn, the hen took Up "housekeeping" there, and the top must have fallen down. So there was the captured hen, clucking her dismay - and Lute, poor fellow, was so embarrassed, he never took the girl out again. Today a couple would have a good laugh and think nothing of it. The Gay Nineties weren't so gay after all, in my opinion. Things were taken too seriously. * * * I think Ed Hagg should carry a rabbit's foot. After several weeks of being at home with a severe cold virus, he went back to his work at his Algona Machine Shop and managed to break his left thumb. One can't do his work with one hand, so here he is again with time on his hands as well as a darned sore thumb. * * * If the old German belief that great blessings fall on a couple whose wedding day is rainy, the marriage of Ann Seger and Roger Wright should be super. It was on that extra rainy night the wedding took place in the Methodist church and the wedding party had trouble getting together because of the deluge. The groom in this case was "waiting at the church" while his bride was trying to get in from her rural parental home. Mrs. Newton Coughenour, who was providing the marital music, was almost at wif s end playing such a long time awaiting the arrival of the "party of the second part." Mr. and Mrs. Wright are now back at school at Iowa City. * * * Their wedding was a little like Mike McEnroes. His bride was long over-due and finally it was announced the bride would arrive as soon as her conveyance could be moved out of the mud. She was about half-way to church and in the days of ungraveled, unpaved roads, rain was frowned upon on gala occasions. * * * Thanks to Ethel Potter for the popcorn which I enjoyed a la TV movie. * * * Which brings me to the interesting story Elmer Kelley told me about his marriage to Tracy Zittritsch May 15, 1912. Their attendants were the bride's brother and sister, Joe Zittritsch and Elizabeth Zittritsch (Mrs. Hugh Post). Elmer, mechanic for years, even back to the Ed Fargo days, drew the magnificent sum of $15 per week and paid $7 per month house rent. Eggs at that time were 10? per dozen, a quarters worth of meat would amply feed a family of four or five persons, coffee at a peak price of 250 per pound. Oh, it all sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Father Halpin performed the nuptials and an outdoor pavilion was to have provided the wedding celebration - a few snow flakes fell and the dancing was done indoors. Buddies of Elmer and in his age bracket are George • Yeoman and Bert Muckey. It I was fun talking with Elmer about the old times, which were darned good times. * * * I get SO mad 1 Why are they ALWAYS suggesting that women dye their hair to be more attractive to their husbands, and creams to keep that school girl complexion and the skin you love to touch ? Don't they ever stop to think husbands age, too, and are not as attractive as they might be^ They get wrinkles, too, but all one ever sees or reads about them is something about razors, and now and then a lotion. Men lose their looks and get gray hair, too. Why not begin a campaign on men ? And speaking of old times, age, etc. In our last Friendship Haven pamphlet there was a picture titled "West Group" and the first person reading clockwise around the table was Tom Weatherwax. I feel certain he is one of the four Weatherwax boys of Charles City who as a quartet did entertaining at chautauquas, etc. He and Buena Reed were teenage heart-throbs. Buena's family moved back here and she was a classmate of mine as well as a member of "our crowd" and close friend of Dot Carlon Smith. Tom is a widower, Buena married Carl Dodge, a relative of Dot, and went to Nevada to live. She has been a widow for many years. * * * There' was notice of the death a few weeks ago of Dora V. Johnson. I was asked if she was Dora Pelleymounter, half- sister of my Aunt Mary Pelley- mounter Henderson. No, they are not the same - for this week's paper mentioned the death of Mildred Pelleymounter at Pontiac, Mich., June 2. Minnie Kylen and Dora Johnson of Swea City and Lakota, respectively, were mentioned as among the survivors. Which settles the question. * * * I have received an announcement of the graduation June 16 of Michael Kenneth Johnson from Santa Ana high school in California. There was an accompanying picture. He is a nice looking lad, resembling both parents, Peggy Freeh Johnson Abbas and Doyle Johnson. Mrs. Fannie Lee and Mrs. John Rich are his aunts. I've not seen him since he was a very small child. * * * I've heard remarks which make me think there is more truth than poetry in the following - "A certain grandma was so delighted when she heard her grandchildren were coming for a visit she gave five dollars to the church. The following Sunday, after the children left, she put in ten dollars." 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