The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 21, 1966 · Page 9
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 9

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 21, 1966
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Campfire Girls Of 50 Years Ago, Algona, Reunite In Florida Al»ono, Mdin«« futtdoy, June at, 1966 Happy Memories, the trea- ures of a jewelled past, were revived June 17 in Margate, Florida. Fifty years ago, a group of 19 young girls in the little town of Algona, Iowa, formed a unit as Camp Fire Girls. They chose the name, Lu-Ho- Sho. This they considered a more or less Indian-name version of Lucky Horseshoe, a bend in the Upper Des Moines river where Algona is located. According to popular legend, Algona's location removed it from the threat of tornado. The area particularly appealed to the band of romantic young girls for whom the name is still associated with laughter, sun and happy memories. "Weena" Martha Dewel, who subsequently married Burton A. Thorpe, has been the guiding light of this closely knit and now widely scattered group. She chose her name fortuitously. It expressed her ideals, for its meaning signified "Purity of Mind and Spirit." Describing her Camp Fire days, the then-guardian, Mrs. Thorpe, says, "The girls were proud to be members of Camp Fire Girls, and we had wonderful times. As I look back, we learned the real meaning of democratic living in making the necessary adjustments, especially while camping. "I was young then and had no LEGALS IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF IOWA IN AND FOR KOSSUTH COUNTY Probate No. 8949 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM EIMERS, Deceased. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF William H. Elmers Deceased: 1 You are hereby notified that on the 9th day of June, 1966, the last will and testament of William H. Elmers deceased bearing date of the 3rd of March, 1959, was admitted to probate in 'the above named court and that Mathilda A. Elmers and Harold H. Elmers were appointed executors of said estate. Notice is further given that any action to set aside said will must be brought in the district court of said county within one year from the date of the second publication of this notice, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against said estate shall -fille them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance; and unless so filed within six months from the second publication of this notice(unless otherwise -allowed or paid) such claim shall thereafter be forever barred. Dated this 9th day of June 1966, Mathilda A, Elmers, Fenton, Iowa, Harold H. Elmers, Ringsted, Iowa, E xecutors of said E state. McM anon & Cassel Attorneys for said Executor Algona, Iowa Date of second publication 21 day of June, 1966, (46-47) other responsibilities • even the boys had gone away to World War I. We did Red Cross work, adopted a French child, gave a Christmas party for less privileged younger children, collected 1500 books for distribution to men at an army camp, planted and tended victory gardens, and for the needy we made 16 pairs of black sateen bloomers from cast-off choir vestments I" Their most vivid memories were of wonderful days and nights camping in the open, cooking on reflector ovens, hiking and enjoying and learning about nature, rowing and canoeing to the accompaniment of lively laughter and girlish pranks. Of the original group of 19, all of whom married and folio wed trails in various parts of the United States, there are now 17: Mrs. Burton A. Thorpe, 6149 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate, Fla.; Mrs. Donald Allen, 1900 - 44th St., Des Moines, la.; Mrs. R. A. Burrows, 6304 Hertzen Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Charles Hickman, 220 Monroe, Lake City, la.; Mrs. Fred Bunker, Toledo, la.; Mrs. H. M. Buck, 609 Belmar Circle, Peoria, m.; Mrs. C. F. Drummond, R. R. #1, Blowing Rock, N. C.; Mrs. Lewis Reding, 404 So. Wooster St., Algona, la.; Mrs. Maurice Cullen, 3 Johnson Place, Ft. Dodge, la.; Mrs.W.G. Benjamin, 803 3rd Ave., S. W., Pipestone Minn.; Mrs. Gladys Tribon Paddock, 2139 West Northern Ave., Phoenix, Arifc.; Mrs. Helen Knudsen, 2146 Fel- spar St., San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Allen Salisbury, R. R. #1, Algona, la.; Mrs. Helen Stillman, 2508 Cummings Drive, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mrs. Roy Whitney, 1571 Elm St., Green Bay, Wise.; Mrs. G. B. Turner, 9935 La Joila Circle, North, Sun City, Ariz.; Mrs. Edward L. Smith, Star Route, Kernville, Calif. They will spend a week at Pompano Beach where th.eir activities will of necessity be somewhat modified by the passage of years. "Weena" still plans to appoint two women as cooks for each day as she did during their camping years. For the most part, the "girls" will bring each other up to date since their last reunion in 1943. And, once again, they will take to the water, in less strenuous fashion than of yore, enjoying the beach more and the water less. Again, they will sit around the campfire and sing the sentimental melodies which hold a special place in the hearts of Camp Fire Girls, then as they do now. Once again "Weena" will ring a bell for quiet time which she feels they will need more now than they did as girls. There will probably be no early morning dips or evening swims for the 12 "girls" who arrive June 16 from California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and North, Carolina. Said Mrs. Thorpe, "I'm so excited I can scarcely sleep. We are to be guests of the Everglades Council of Camp Fire Girls at a weiner roast on the beach, then there will be an authentic and solemn council fire. Today's girls in pull-overs and Bermuda shorts will join us "bloomer girls. 1 | ST. JOE j Riverdale Units 1 and 2, served for the Catholic Daughter's Mother - Daughter bano^et, setting the tables and preparing the food. Also they had a short meeting on how to compile their record books. Bernadette Hilbert gave an illustrated talk on proper foundations. Mr. and Mrs.'John Thul spent Wednesday with a niece, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kramer and family at Riceville. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bormann and their house guest, Susie Naber, Spirit Lake, spent Sunday and Monday with Mrs, Anna Bormann at Alta Vista. Mr. and Mrs. Aloysius nig, Avoca, Minn., were Monday afternoon callers here in the home of cousins, Mr. and Mrs. George Wagner enroute home from a weekend visit with their daughter and family at Aurora, m. Harlan Weydert, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Weydert, arrived here Wednesday from Chanute Air Force Base at Rantoul where he attended eleven weeks of Jet Aircraft Technical School. On July 2 he reports at Offtitt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebr. Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Kohlhaas accompanied Mrs. Math O'Conner and Arlyn, Parsons, Kans., and Mrs. Paul McGannon, Patty, Paul and Mary from Kansas to spend the week with Mr. and Mrs. Don Sedlar, LaCrosse, Wise. Mrs. McGannon and Mrs. Sedlar are daughters of Mrs." O'Connor and Mrs. O'Conner, the former Stella Bormann, is a sister of Mrs. K. L. Kohlhaas. A Bormann family gathering was held on Friday evening in the local K. C. hall with Stanley Klein showing slides and movies taken while in service of his country. Stanely recently received his army discharge, the past year spent in Viet Nam. A social hour followed the presentation of the slide tour. Mrs. Bob Anderson, Shawn, Amy and Marc left on Thursday afternoon for their home at Ashland, Ohio, after the past week spent here in the home of Mrs. Anderson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Wagner. They were accompanied by Mrs. Anderson's sister, Barbara, who plans to spend a month in Oliio. GOT A HEART? ! WARM IT WITH THE HAPPINESS FROM 'TtieSINGING NUN' STARTS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 PULLING POWER it's the r Be* JWoine* KOSSUTH COUNTY'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER CIRCULATION ... in offset-printed clarity and with color anytime 8lgona Thank January - 38 New Subscribers February - 106 New Subscribers March — 35 New Subscribers April - 73 New Subscribers May -211 New Subscribers TOTAL - 463 ICE-A-WEEK Tuesday — in attractive Tabloid Size Thursday — in full Metro page size

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