The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 18, 1966 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

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..by Evelyn Oct. 12 - Today It looks as though our beautiful tall is going into a decline, but wasn't it wonderful while it lasted those several weeks? And all things must come to an end and now begins the raking and burning of leaves. *** Things are humming in the neighborhood. The finishing touches are being put on the Martin apartment and across the street the foundation is done and the beams, or whatever they are called are being laid on the walls. A machine has been digging ditch- water mains perhaps - but Fm merely guessing. No need for me "Mikes" and "Pats" of Ireland who years ago dug ditches. But maybe that was just an old Irish joke. * * * Am I the only one who is hind the times? Until a few days ago I never heard of Johnny Apple- seed, and lo and behold, I now have two stamps in his memory. Fairie Kuhn sent me a clipping to get me wised up on the fellow and I'll give a brief resume for the benefit of you other dull ones who never heard of him. It seems this Johnny Appleseed was one of Ohio's remarkable characters. His history was recalled by B. Frank Elzay, of Ada, Ohio where Fairie has relatives, and I believe lived there at one time. Johnnie's real name was Jonathan Chapman who had a summer home near a spring on the Elzay's farm on the south banks of Black Fork creek in Richland county. The Ada nonagenerian still has a keen memory of the spot Johnny called home when he was not traveling far and wide passing out apple seeds to start orchards. He migrated from his home in Connecticut to the apple country in Pennsylvania, then moved to Ohio where he cleared a spot in the virgin forest and planted his seeds, herbs and roots. That was the first nursery established in Ohio. Later, he traveled westward still starting orchards. On one of these trips he died at Fort Wayne, Ind. where a large boulder and plaque marks his grave and a club house and museum nearby axe reminders of his exceptional contributions. The land Johnny cleared in the woods near Coulter has never become overgrown. There is still an old apple tree standing on the spot, a grapevine still bearing fruit and horehound growing on top of 4he hill. Further information on Johnny can be had from Henry Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio. * * * Speaking of apples — remember the Stacy apple orchard east of the Northwestern Railroad tracks? And the press they used to have under the old grandstand at the Kossuth County Fair where they squeezed out fresh juice by the gallons? They had some hunting hanging down from the stand to glamorize the place, I stood too near the damp cloth and got a nice red spot on the front of a white dress I was wearing. Mother and Dad were close friends of Jim and Ada Stacy and Ada always had a dish of apples around to nibble. I always chose russets. What has become of them? One never hears about them. The skin was tan which I suppose gave them their name. * * * Which reminds me that Katherine Gilmore is wondering where she can get an old cider press. She wants to make some cider, too, and so far has only been able to get a sort of chopper thing. She wants a press. Can anyone give her information on one? * * * I was glad Hazel Lusby remembered me with a card from La Crosse, Wis. when she and her daughter Irene Hutchins and husband Gene were at Whitewater and Milwaukee visiting the .Hutchins' son David, who teaches in the Whitewater university. I called Hazel to tell her "them thar hills" looked mighty familiar. She says many motels have sprung up since the "mus- kateers" went a travelinl And lo and behold! In Milwaukee they ran onto other Algonans — Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Graham. Again I quote "It's a small world." * * * A little chat with Dorothy Muckey the other day revealed that "misery likes company* for both of us were like a little boy who once said to Dad, "My nose won't stay wiped." I've always said a cold is an invention of the devil. * * * Mrs. Nick Fisch was here the other day and left some cards Christmas greetings - to be delivered to the new Good Samaritan Home women are buy making place mats. She keeps me supplied with african violets from time to time as age creeps on them and they go into a decline. But it takes a few years for them to reach that stage. She was amazed to see mine, a pink and a blue and white one, a mass of blossoms. She said I must know just how to care for them. I said, "I don't do a thing except water them twice weekly * * * A recent letter from my cousin Julia Cady of Mason City said she had received a letter from her son, Dr. Jerry Cady, a Navy doctor and assistant orthopedist at the Navy hospital, San Diego, is going to Washington, D.C. for a six week course at Bethesda hospital. She had hoped he could stop in Mason City but he said they fly navy jet, nonstop, so no lay overs. Very disappointing. ** * I am expecting company Nov. 1. A letter from Estelle and Sherman Little of San Rafael, Calif. Algona, (la.) Upp«r DM Mo!n« TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 1966 said they are leaving Oct. 20 from Atlantic City to attend the National Dairy Convention for a week. Then will go to New York City and after four nights and three days will fly to Chi- caog, then to Mason City and will pick up a U-drive car and arrive in Algona Tuesday evening. I have a dinner date as their guest, Wednesday and we plan to drive around to all the old places Sherm knew and also see the many improvements. * * * It isn't very lucky to fall out of a tree and break an arm, but it IS lucky when if s the right arm and the lad I have in mind, Eric, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyie Rledinger is left - handed. He fell, Oct. 11 and was sent to a specialist at Fort Dodge for the setting. The break is near the elbow. One nice thing is that bones of children knit rapidly, but I'll bet it was "hurty" at that. * * * Things just won't be the same around here when Knute Mehl leaves, which may be before this gets in print. He has been so helpful in every way, is such an intelligent, good dispositionecl young lad and my greatest hope is that he will come out of his Navy service unscathed. Oh for peace and goodwill among all men and nations. The managers, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Nasby, and personnel of the Good Samaritan homes gave a farewell dinner Wednesday evening for Knute and presented him with a purse. After a brief time with his parents at Newel, he will go to San Diego, Calif., for a few months of schooling, then to San Francisco for several months more of schooling and his final objective will be assignment to a ship. As he says, his forbears are a noted sea-going people and it's in the blood. * * * From experience I know how interesting it is to be with a group of people with similar handicaps, so I know how enjoyable the party was which was given at the Paul Halversons a few weeks ago. Mrs. Halverson was assisted by Mrs. Bob Steven and Mrs. Bill Norland who are not afflicted as were the guests who were Mrs. Jack Purcell, Algona, Maureen Shannon, Fort Dodge, Mrs. Jens P. 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