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Tuesday, July 12, 1966 Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moines • . . by Evelyn I clip my "Tidbits" and enclose them in letters - it saves a lot of writing for they tell what I've been doing, etc. I re-read the one about a group of us camping at Irvington. But how for goodness sake did I fail to mention Dot Carlon Smith, our chaperone, who qualified as one of us over the years as well as chaperone, as she and Don had recently been married. Don't- gather any ideas that she overlooked "Madam Grundy." She was just as insistent as other chaperones we had other summers. Ten o'clock was the "deadline" and our boy friends cooperated like the perfect gentlemen they were. Then there was Marie Wehler, Florence Patterson, Linda Heise and Hazel Fellows, whom I later remembered. J -should have remembered Linda in particular for we said she had the prettiest legs in camp. And who were the boys who came? Oh, Ray and Day Potter, Bill Nugent, Fernley Nicoulin, Theo Chrischilles, Roy Keen, Arthur Ferguson, Ed Clark, Harry Weidman, Don Smith of course, and at the present I don't recall others. * * * * When I was introduced to the father of the Sisters who called on their uncle, Casper Thilges, 1 understood the name to be Fields. I repeated it and the tallest Sister said, "Yes." Well, she must have misunderstood me, too, for the name is Gales Chris Gales of Irvington. Mrs. John Altman and Mrs. Walter Elbert are his daughters, too, and naturally sisters of these Sisters from Illinois. lam sorry both of us made the error. * # * How fast youngsters grow up. It seems only day before yesterday Steven Ostwinkle was born, and here he is nine and celebrated his birthday July 6 instead of the 5th as Mom was too busy to make the cake he wanted. He didn't mind postponing it till the next day. * * * After reading of the Des Moines storm, I called Helen Dingley to ask how her sister Zaida and husband BUI Nugent had fared. They were out of town, but Helen said there apparently was no damage, or the son, Father Frank Nugent, would have let her know. * * * I have learned a little more about the picture of the orchestra in which my father was the first violinist to the right. The tall, good-looking lad next to him was August Sterzbeck and the clarinetist was Fritz Granzow identifications told me by Albert Granzow and Hazel Lusby. I hope some more people will come up with information. * * * Oh, what blessed coolness! It may not last long, but is being enjoyed to the fullest while it lasts. * * * It was interesting reading about the terrible Spencer fire of 35 years ago and brings back memories of friends from there who were living in Algona while at work on the high school - Jack and Hattie Williams were living in our apartment, another couple lived in the Hugh Post apartment and we became well acquainted with Jens and Caroline Sondergaard and their relatives. The name of the lad who caused it by accident had been kept a secret for some time, but it was disclosed in this item, the lad was Billy Kilpatrick, who since then served as Captain in the Air Force in World War n. Leo Dailey, whom I knew very well and was a former Algonan, was then secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and he got a message through to Des Moines for help. After ten days of cooling, it was found that a million dollars in money and securities were intact in the bank safe. I saw the town shortly after the fire. It was a sad looking place and at the time we wondered if my uncle Frances Cady'shotel would burn, too. Only half of it was left from a fire of many years ago and Uncle Francis and Aunt Mary decided against rebuilding. They fixed up the part that was left and had ample room for living - in fact much more than was needed. Seeing the town now is a greater contrast as the buildings replacing the old are much nicer. * * * Linda Frederick has found a good place to put the bird food I put out - bits of bread and little things I don't clear up. Why let it go to waste when the birds like it. She puts it on the metal disc under the-feeder and I have the fun of watching them squabble for the food, and sometimes they behave like ladies and gentlemen. Frequently they carry away bits which probably go to nestlings. * * * I have discovered that Russell Frazee, new owner of the Johnson House, and I have a mutual friend, Jens Sondergaard of Spencer. Jens was hospitalized a while for a heart attack, but is now recovered and driving around. His wife died a few years ago. The older son, nicknamed "Jiggs" is Spencer's mayor. * * * I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the Camp Fire Girls who recently held a reunion in Florida. Mattie Dewel Thorpe was their counselor and looks even younger than some of her "girls." It would have taken me a little while to figure out who some were, but Isabel Hutchison Drummond looks like her late brother, Tedo, Helen Vinson resembles her late brother, Howard, Elizabeth Dickinson looks so much like her mother, the late Mrs. E. C. Dickinson. What a wonderful time they must have had. * * * Charley Ostwinkle loaned me his Saturday Evening Post so I could read the detailed account of the kidnapping of Peggy Ann Bradnick of Pennsylvania. What a horrible experience - enough to turn her hair gray overnight. * * * I shall miss seeing Myron Alderson going up and down the hall carrying his electric shaving equipment. He shaved several times a day, or perhaps he was careful that it didn't get misplaced. At first, he walked quite sprightly for a man his age, then he had a fall and from then on he used a walker. He was always very courteous to me. One day I had gone in his room and thought he was asleep, but he raised his head to thank me for the letter I had quoted from a relative. And I shall remember his gentlemanly way of introducing John Arndorfer to me. We get to be sort of a family here and miss the ones who pass on. Myron died Thursday afternoon at St. Ann where he was taken after suffering a probable heart attack here one day recently. I shall miss my chats with his son, Arnold, who came to see his father every day and also took him for auto rides frequently. When I read that the Max Millers are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and that she is a native of Emmetsburg, I phoned her my good wishes and we found we had mutual friends at Emmetsburg. Hazel Lusby, Lizzie Post and the Longs called on the Millers when he was still associated with John Deere in Davenport. They had the cutest house and pretty yard. But Algona tugged at their heart strings and they returned here as soon as Mr. M. was retired. Funny how this little town gets under one's skin. No matter where I've been, it's always good to get "HOME." * * * That lot mentioned as a possible site for a historical building is the site Pve been told where Asa Call and my great aunt, Sarah Heckart, had their cabin and it was there my grandmother Henderson lived with her sister until her family, the John Heckarts, came from Elkhart,. Jnd. It is a fitting, site for such a museum. I had a caller today who had been referred to me as possibly knowing details of that gypsy cemetery of which so much has been written. He is from Nebraska where a man lives - a gypsy - who is searching for evidence of a sister belonging to this tribe that settled here. I knew so little about it - he had been told about the Gladys Tribon and Beth Annis write-up and all I could do was refer him to persons in the vicinity of the burial grounds. He had seen most of them, so I suggested he talk with Harry Ward. We mentioned the Indian burial pit at Salina, Kans., and I am glad to know the road has been improved and the place made a real tourist attraction. Of course it was that when Elizabeth Libott, mother and I went to see it enroute to California, but the road leading to it from the highway was sort of a cow path between corn fields. We felt a little skittish about going on, then had a good laugh when the first person we saw was a highway patrolman. His wife was doing the excavating. I had quite a chat with him about it and he said many of the skeletons showed arthritis existed even then. Bone structure proves it and I suppose all our diseases existed back over the centuries. * * * Isn't it typical how we build up an idea about people and then suddenly something happens to change the picture? I am referring to Bob Burlingame to whom I have listened many times. But after all, as one paper put it, "He was only reading news items put out at the radio station", so if we put wings on him, it was our own doings, (the latter remark is mine). That's one nice thing about TV. We see the people "as is" plus a little makeup perhaps, but with radio, we build up a picture in our minds and are disapix>inte>l when we see them. "Fibber McGee and Molly" is a gocd example. And "The Great Glldersleeve." I am sure "Pepper Young" is an announcer now for foods, I've forgotten which, but I am sure I would know his voice. He'd probably be a disappointment, too, if seen. Typically female - "What 1 really want is to be swept off my feet by someone 1 can dominate." * * * Myra Ostrum brought me a newspaper saved by her late husband, Frank, and dated Jan. 19, 1921. Mention was made of a community dinner the Good Hope ladies aid had served at the Mr. and Mrs. Will Annis' home (Beth's parents) at which nearly 80 were in attendance. Hagg Post was to have a Minstrel show Jan. 25. The cast included Luke Lenan (misspelled for we know it is Linnan), Joe Harig, Horace Clapsaddle, Earl Peterson, George Holtzbauer, and the chorus was composed of Ray Potter, Matt Bestenlehner, Wm. Eickelkamp, Roy Cowan, Fred Streit, Milton Morgan, Alf Kresensky, Mark Simmons, Jack Stewart, Arthur Sorensen, Chan Dailey, Leonard Nelson, Clem Nugent, Clifford Dehnert, Clarence Bowman, William Spear, Joe Meuer, Henry Newman, Gene Schemmel, Harold Gilmore, Russell Peterson and Joe Zitt- ritsch. 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