Now spending her "summer vacation" in Estherville is Marv Holmgren who has completed two years of missionary teaching in Liberia, Africa. Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Holmgren, Estherville, says it is summer in Liberia, the dry season when the natives clear out a farm in the jungle for planting. She will spend the holidays with her family and several weeks or a longer period depending on arrangements as her school which have not yet been determined. Wedding plans are sometime in the future for Mary and her fiance, Dave Meyer, who had served at a nearby mission ir, Liberia. Dave, a widower with three children, is now living in Estherville. Mary began her career as a librarian for a junior high school in Des Moines, she says. She had a degree in elementary education with a minor in library science from Kearney State College in Nebraska. When she heard of an opening teaching in Liberia as a missionary, "I felt that Jesus Christ is a very wonderful friend and guide and we can share Him in other places of the world too." She went without special training to a mission for the Jeadepo (pronounced Get- tepo) tribe more than 140 miles from Monrovia. The nearest road to the mission could be reached by plane from a nearby airfield or a long day and half walking, she says. She was given a three- month training period and made principal of the school of about 175 students, kindergarten through 9th grade. There are four large rooms in the school and because of the shortage of space, she says, the children are taught in two shifts, morning and afternoon. With her duties as principal, she also taught various subjects to sixth through ninth grades. Two other American missionaries were on the teaching staff with five Liberians. Two of the Liberians were "student teachers," that is, students who were putting themselves through junior high school by teaching elementary grades. While some of the students boarded there, many were from the area having as far as an hour's walk to reach school, she says. They came by "jungle trail, climbing over huge trees, wading across rivers, or swimming." They came to kindergarten knowing no English, she says, which was the only- language used in classes. The books used were American textbooks, written for children of another environment. "So much in their books, they can't relate to—many of them have never been to a city, lots of people have never ridden in or seen a car. "The majority of them had to struggle, partly because of the culture gap, partly the language barrier," she continued. When she arrived in Liberia she had to become accustomed to pidgin English with its different accent and different expressions. "Now 1 find myself using them all the time here," she laughs. "When a customs officer asked what I had in a bag, instead of saying 'a few,' I said, 'small, small'." The farmers there raise rice, clearing a new section of jungle each year, she says, because the topsoil of last year's farm is carried off in the rainy season. "They must cut down big trees and they do it by cutlass and axe." The trees are burned and unburned logs lie in the field and crops planted around them. Their meat is mostly wild game as they raise only a few chickens and occasional bullocks. Other food may be casava, a starchy root, and palm butter made from the nuts of the Ml palm and heavily peppered. Pepper is much used, even for disciplining the children, she laughs. "They celebrate Christmas there too," Mary says, "especially caroling. They get up between 3 and 4 in the morning and start caroling on Christmas." She plans to tell of her experiences in Liberia in a talk at the Calvary' Gospel Assembly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. "The experience as a whole has been very- rewarding and enriching. I found the people very enjoyable, very friendly. I like to work with them." In 'Country Dress 9 of Liberia Mary Holmgren, and Dave Meyer, who have served as missionaries in Liberia, Africa, pose in their tribal costumes. Liberians dress in western clothes but wear "country dress" such as these for special occasions, Mary says. Meyer's costume was given him when he was honored by being made a paramount chief. Photo and Story by Carol Higgins MERRY CHRISTMAS . . . ! KSTIIKIIVH.LK DAILY NKWS, Kill., PKC. 22, 1972 Page 2 Junior High Student Parry *Junior High students and faculty joined in a Christmas program of music and skits Thursday for parents and the student body. Mrs. Ruth Hansen, speech teacher, directed her class of 50 in various presentations, including reading of original letters to Santa, and choral reading of "Twelve Days After Christmas" and "Christmas Collage." Other skits were " The Toys' Revolt," "Impersonation of Elvis Presley" and "Santa's . Visit." Scenery was painted by Steve Mason and Neil Pospisil. Roger Bai foot was in charge of sound system. Paul Clague directed the junior high band in "Adeste Fideles," "Christmas Shopping," and "White Christmas." The Junior High combined chorus of seventh, eighth and ninth grades, including 250 students, sang "Child of Hope," "Amazing Grace" and "Jingle Bells." Faculty members were presented "appropriate" gifts by tfae students, such as a nail studded paddle for the principal, Les Aasheim. Faculty members responded with presentation of a skit, An Outstanding Young Woman Carol Higgins, Editor Ellsworth 4-H Club Meets Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H Club met at Mary Enerson's for their Christmas meeting with 11 members present and 11 visitors. Three new members were welcomed into the club, Becky Richard, Annette Lausen and Rebecca Hecht, There was installation of 1973 officers: Sue Richard, president; Delaine Harris, vice-president; Diane Rosburg, secretary: Kiroberly Howard, treasurer; and Audry Ahrens, historian. Mrs. Gary D. Ernst, the former Mary- O'Brien of Estherville, has been selected to appear in the 1972 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. Now of Cedar Rapids, she was chosen "in recognition of outstanding ability, accomplishments and service and will now compete for the national title. She is the daughter of Mrs. J. H. O'Brien of Estherville and the late J. H. O'Brien. Mary and her husband, Gary, have two sons, David Brian and • Matthew James. She was cited as a homemaker and teacher and for civic work. After earning a B.S. from Mount Mercy College in 1965, she worked in business offices as well as doing teaching from 1965-69. She taught in Pocahontas Community School, Bevier Community School, She lis burg Community School and Kirkwood Community College, where she had adult education classes and was vocational evaluator. She was also a civic leader at St, Matthew's Catechism for Retarded Children from 1961-65, and was instructor of the Commerce Club at Mount Mercy College one year. Other community work included participation in fund drives for multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and heart disease. She served as chairman of the Mount Mercy College fund drive during the past year. CORRECTION Mrs. Oscar Engebretson par- ticinated in the program of the Current Topics Department of the Woman's Club Monday, giving a reading on Jesus. The Woman's Club report gave the name as Mrs. Stephen Engelstad. MARY O'BRIEN ERNST <5 We pause in Hie bustle of this jolly season to greet our dear friends and patrons with good wishes. Thank you. m LAKES SEWING CENTER AH UI * apprnarij % araium at prate anil gaab will. vat gratrfitllg rprarmhrr our many frirnba. Aag tips gmttng rarrg nur brflt uiifitjFB, anb our fjfarty tbankfi to •« ant una all. BLASS SKELGAS and APPLIANCES INC. A Christmas Greeting BY CAROLYN WALZ Acting Librarian The staff and board would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We still have some Christmas books and records left, so why don't you come in and check them out for the holidays? Also, have been receiving many new books each day. Next week I will be putting out several new fiction, as well as a variety of non-fiction. To temp you I offer these four: The best sea story of World War II since "The Caine Mutiny" has just arrived at the library. DUST ON THE SEA by Edward L. Beach will probably be the last great novel of World War II for anyone who kenw and fought in it. This book was written by one of American's most knowledgeable submariners. He tells the taut, dramatic story of a perilous undersea wolfpack patrol as it preys on Japanese shipping in the closing days of the war. Edward Beach is also author of "Run Silent, Run Deep." You won't be bored one moment with this book in your lap. MacKinlay Kantor , author of "Andersonville", "Spirit Lake", and dozens of other novels, has now written a book to honor his wife as well as all of us. I LOVE YOU, IRENE is a powerful love story set in the'20s about two people triumphing over adversity. GREYGALLOW by Barbara Michaels in a Gothic romance story.' The blackened shell of the house still stands on the edge of the moor. Ivy crept over the rough stone, veiling the ugly marks of fire, blurring the stark squares of emptiness that once were doors and windows. And so begins the story of "Greygallows." These are the days when you men enjoy sitting down with a good book about a well-known football player. Lance Rentzel writes his own story as a 29- year-old wldo -rcMtlvor for lliu Los Angeles llnnm. WWW AM, THE LAUGIITKK DIr.'fJ IN SORROW Is a irue story of a man who had everything; brains,talent, a brilliant career and a lovely wife; and how his psychological flaw almost ended a/1 of this for him. He offers the facts of his life, through his triumphant school days, the first stages of his career with the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, his family relationship, his marriage and the glamour of Hollywood. THE 10CKH0RNS 12-22. IT OUST SEEM6 5ILLY TO SAVE FOR A RAINY PAY. I NEVER GO SHOPPING ON RAINY PAY5, M GREETINGS To our fine patrons, sincere thanks, and warmest greetings to your .and yours for a Merry Christmas. La Charm Beauty Salon Shery I-Sharon-Ruth BIG WINTER CLEARANCE fiUl Starts Tues.. Dec. 26th PTO 1 PRICE AND MORE! DRY GOODS - WEARING APPAREL ESTHERVILLE — PHONE 362-211© Get The Most For Your Christmas I Money!
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