The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 21, 1966 · Page 14
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 21, 1966
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(la.) Upper Des Maine* Thursday, July 21, 1966 A BUNCH OF US WERE sitting around the other evening talking about worms. The conversation didn't start that way - it was originally about fishing but it got around to types of bait. Since almost everybody down here is originally from another part of the United States there was quite a variety of bait. I was completely lost In the part where they were talking about artificial lures but when somebody got around to night crawlers, I at once became an authority. After all, I once attempted to holp our boy worm his way through college by catching night crawlers! - o - NIGHT CRAWLERS ARE PRACTICALLY unheard of down here. All they've got outside of the professional worm farms are skinny old angle worms 1 Shucks, when Bill and I used to catch our worms they were so big it only took eight of them to make a dozen. - o - WHEN BILL WAS ABOUT 11 he went into the live bait business as so many Iowa kids do. He collected the night crawlers, stored them in a tank of dirtand sold them to people who fish for bullheads. Business was brisk in the spring and early summer and Bill wasn't always home when the customers called, so I got to count out the crawly creatures. I also got to crawl around the yard after dark on my poor old hands and knees and help catch worms. As long as I was spending so much time with the worms, I figured I might as well get acquainted with them and find out what kind of creatures they are. So I did some research and I found out that worms are really quite fascinating. - o - THERE ARE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of kinds of worms and they come in all shapes and colors, but of all the branches of the worm family, there is only one clan that is respectable and worth a hoot. This is the earthworm and the earthworm is the least picturesque of all. My pals, the night crawlers are earthworms. - o - EARTHWORMS ARE MORE PECULIAR than most of the people you and I know. They have a real zest for living. If you cut one in two, you don't have two pieces of dead worm, you have two separate live ones. You have to be a little, careful, though, about where you cut them. Earthworms have most of their vital organs in the forepart of their body. If the tail is cut off, a new tail will easily grow; but the old tail cannot grow a head and a whole new set of organs. If just the head is cut off, leaving the organs with the tall part, then the tail part will grow a new head, but the old head will die. If you can't make head nor tail out of this, don't worry too much. We will go on with our lecture, anyway. - o - ANOTHER FASCINATING ARRANGEMENT earthworms have is that each and every worm is both male and female. Even another worm can't tell whether that charming creature wriggling along beside it is a girl worm or a boy worm. To most of us, this would be extremely confusing, but the earthworms don't seem to mind one bit. They just go merrily about their business and never have to spend any time courting and making love. However, you never find an earthworm handing out cigars because he's just become a proud father because chances are he also has just become a proud mother. - o - YOU'D THINK, WOULDN'T YOU, that with this absence of love life there wouldn't be much incentive for a blessed event. But there's a whole new generation of wormlets down in the burrows every ninety days. It is reckoned that there are about fifty thousand earthworms to every acre of land, but that must be everywhere but Florida. I used to meet several thousand of these every time I would help Bill collect night crawlers. Td meet them, but it was only a nodding acquaintance for about 90 per cent of them got away. Night crawlers are about the quickest things around. To hunt them you need a flashlight, a tin can, a strong back, and a lightning grab. - o - NIGHT CRAWLERS HAVE NO EYES, but they can detect the difference between light and dark and they much prefer darkness. The minute the flashlight beams on them, they zip back into the ground, leaving the hunter muttering with a handful of grass. If they are already part way into the ground when you grab them, they'll use all of their considerable muscle power to pull themselves into the burrow. Nine times out of ten, the worm wins. I used to get some king-sized backaches out of the sport, but I still consider it a lot of fun. - o - SURELY THERE ARE NONE OF my readers who don't know by this time that we have our very first grandchild. A boy I While it is not true that all Sigsbee males are born with a fish- pole in their hands, most of them seem to acquire one very soon afterwards. Grandpa is already dreaming of the day he can take little William Mark fishing. Grandma thinks it would be a great deal of fun to take him night crawler hunting 1 - o - DURING THE WEEK OF JULY 17 through 23, people having birthdays include James Stanton, Pat Kenyon, Virginia Hinken, Glenn Graham, Jeri Nielsen, Lowell Smith, Florence Beardsley, Sue LaBarre, Dee Erickson, Kathy Hatch, Gene Chrischilles, Celia Deal, Frances Herbst, Eugene Murtagh, Diana Levy, Dennis Hanson, Donna Jean Harmon, Ray Gilbert, Cindy Sheakley, Jeffrey Zeigler, Cathy Lloyd, Kimberly Scuffham, John Robinson, Brenda Merryman, Michele Montag, Terry McGuire, Darlene Stephenson, Linda Nitchals, Judy Bickert, Bobby Farrell, Benora Harcey, Greg McDonald, Danny Owens, Dick Cowan, Jean Klein and Keith Christie. - o - ALTHOUGH I AM NOT YET ENOUGH of a southerner to enjoy hominy grits for breakfast, I do have this recipe for a good casserole using grits: 1 can - 8 oz. tomato sauce 4 cups water 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 cup hominy grits 1 cup grated cheddar cheese In a large saucepan, stir together the tomato sauce, water, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits; cover and cook slowly, stirring often for 25 minutes or until the grits are thick. In a greased round oven glass 1 1/2 qt. casserole (7 1/2 by 11/2 inches) spread a layer of the cooked grits; sprinkle with some of the grated cheese. Make 2 more layers in the same way using the remaining grits and cheese. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Makes 6 servings. GRACE Alan Mathers Honored With S-City Fete SWEA-EAGLE - Mr. and Mrs. Alan Mather were guests at a reception in their honor July 7 at Fellowship hall of the Methodist church, Swea City. Mrs. Mike Grabianowski registered the guests, and Virginia Grabianowski, Walece Kracht and Ellen Mather had charge of the gift table. Mrs. Art Kracht and Mrs. William Mather, Jr., aunts of the groom, served punch, and Mrs. William Mather, Sr., grandmother of the groom and Paulette Kracht, a cousin, presided at the coffee service. Hostesses included Mesdames William Mather, Jr., Claude Hagg, Andrew Brones, Truman Johnson, Mervin Johnson, Harold Krantz, Warren Brones, Frank Smouse, Mike Grabianowski, Dean Swanson, Lawrence Hanson, Arthur Kracht, Mancil Hurlburt and Ronald Johnson. - o - Dr. and Mrs. Earl DeZeeuw and family of Orion, ni., came Saturday for the wedding of her brother, Terry, and Judy Hansen of Ringsted, which was Sunday. The DeZeeuws are house guests of her parents, the Truman Johnsons. To join them Sunday for dinner were Mrs. Johnson's brothers, Sherman Bromley and Marcia, Lakeview, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bromley, Clinton. Mr. and Mrs. Art Peterson and grandson, Minneapolis, were July 4th weekend guests at the Walter Magnusen home. Sharon Magnusen and a girl friend from Minneapolis came Thursday evening to the Walter Magnusens to visit before going to Los Angeles, Calif., where the girls plan to seek employment. Friday evening visitors at the Walter Goraczkowski home were his brother and sister-in-law, the Paul Goraczkowskisof Rome, N. Y. They had been house guests at the home of his mother, Mrs. Victoria Goraczkowski, Armstrong. Sunday at the Walter Goraczkowski home were Mrs. Christine Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swanson and family, Mrs. Otto Larsen, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey C. Larsen, James and Julie, toria Goraczkowski, Armstrong, and Mr. and Mrs. David Goracz- kowski and family. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Rippentrop and family attended th» Sleper family reunion at Buffalo Center recently. David Ostergaard, Armstrong, spent Sunday at the Agusut Robison home. Mr. and Mrs. .Merle Lockwood and family, and the Peter Koencks of Fenton joined the Lyle Hansons at their home at Ringsted for a picnic Sunday. Sunday evening at the Ole Peterson home at Fenton were a family of four generations. The Petersons have two daughters, who with their children and familes were present. The guests numbered about 50, which included the entire number of descendants of the Ole Petersons. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Lockwood and family were there from this area. Mr. and Mrs. Mancil Hurlburt attended the dinner for the President in Des Moines recently. Dennis Newlin and family and his mother, Mrs. Gene Newlin, all of Harlan, we re July 4th weekend guests at the home of Mrs. Fred Newlin. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Magnusen were at the Richard Magnusen home at Marshall, Minn. Sunday. The names of Mrs. Walter Magnusen and Mrs. Leo Guerdet were inadvertently omitted as hostesses for the shower of Pat Fox at St. Mary's church, Armstrong. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison and Barbara, Chelmsford, Mass., were Friday to Wednesday guests of her parents, the Walter Goraczkowskis. They spent some time with his parents, the Homer Harrisons at Lake Vermillion, Minn., and were going to Marshalltown to visit relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Truman Johnson were hosts to a rehearsal dinner Saturday evening for the wedding of their son, Terry, and Judy Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hanson, Ringsted. Guests included Terry and Miss Hanson, Cathy Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. William Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stewart, Kansas City, Kans., Ronald Reid, Ringsted, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Mather, Vicke Wiley, Ringsted and Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Johnson and Kanclis. Mrs. Nels Godfredson, Mrs. Ben Wibben and girls, Algona, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Godfredson, Humboldt, Mrs. Collin Myers and sons, spent the weekend near Stanley, Wise., where they attended the 50th wedding anniversary of the elder Mrs. Godfredson's brother and sister- in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Isenberger. The Isenbergers are former Burt area residents. ^iiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiwiiiiiniiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiimiiiii^ Farewell Party sate WESLEY - Earl Robinsons were honored at a farewell party Friday evening by a group of neighbors. They moved over the weekend to a farm house on the McGregor road southwest of Wesley. He is employed at Weidenhoffs on the night shift. First Paper The first newspaper published in the United States appeared in Boston in 1690. Publisher Benjamin Harris called the four-page paper "Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick." This emblem ta the key to absolute safety here. 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