Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 24, 1947 · Page 8
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 8

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 24, 1947
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PAGE EIGHT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD. POSTVILLE. IOWA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER y ( ]„ 'The kids certainly turned out again for (he freeNnovies Louis Schutte & Sons treated them to Saturday afternoon. The SRO sign had to be hung out for both performances, and from the whoopin' and hollerin' inside, the kids must have been right royally entertained by the pictures Manager h. E. Palmer had selected for the occasion. As the children left the theater, they spotted Santa Claui over in front of Hoth Bros, hardware store, brought to town by that firm. They were given a candy treat and the assurance that old Santa would be visiting their homes Wednesday night or Christmas day. • * • • * The mixed chorus from high school who went caroling Wednesday night caught us in our shirt sheeves and "pantoeffeln" or clacks to the uninformed. Even so, we enjoyed the singing of the Christmas carols by the group .... and they can come again next year, that's how good they were. • * * * * The post office force has been in a dither the past week or more, all because of the Christmas rush. Veteran postal worker Keith Gray said yesterday, "in ail my 35 years in the office. I think I never saw so much traffic go through the local post office as we handled this year. Every one of us are glad it's about done with." Keith, Ace and Jack had a little extra work thrust onto them when the boss-man. Harvey Douglass, had the sidewalk come up and meet his .shoulder with sufficient force to fracture it tthe shoulderi which has kept him off the job except for being a sort of errand boy around the busy place. • • * • » It isn't the fault of the town fa- there that the proposed ice skating pond isn't all set for the great outdoor winter sport. They got Billy Behrens and his bulldozer to get the site graded up preparatory for flooding when the cold snap hit them and Bill's machine became frozen fast to the landscape. However, the {haw over the weekend enabled moving the blooming thing out of the quagmire and it is hoped to have the place ready pronto. Then all that will be required is a little cooperation on the part of the weatherman to "slick" things up for the skating enthusiasts. ***** The boys of the Postville Gun and Rifle Club who assemble in the basement of Memorial Hall weekly for target shooting, are telling a good one on Wesley Thoma, veteran of the recent war. "Butts" was a newcomer in the ranks of the local gun club and members took his marksmanship boasts a bit lightly. Ribbing him, Marvin Suckow handed Butts a rifle with a telescopic range finder on it and asked him to hit the fly which was If we could— we would say "Merry Christmas" to each of you personally. Since we can't, the next best thing is to put our greetings in print. Turner Insurance Agency Complete Insurance Service TIME TO HANG OP YOUR STOCKING! Whether it's Santa Claus, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, let us hail the patron saint of children on this day of days. Christmas is the season that, above all others, turns the thoughts of mankind back to the all- enveloping innocence of childhood—away from the pure selfishness and commercialism of the every-day world towards the joys of giving and sharing. It is in that true spirit of Christmas that we wish for you all the blessings of this joyous season. Falb Motor 6» Implement Company Sales and Service AUTOMOBILES FARM MACHINERY crawling across the target. Urr- daunted, Wesley raised the,firearm, took a hasty bead on the target and pulled the trigger. .We must take Suckow's word for it. but he declares that Butts hit the fly squarely and blood splattered on the edges of the hole in the target proved that his marksmanship was accurate. No wonder the Japs surrendered so soon after Butts and his regiment arrived near their home islands. * • * * THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS ! (The following Christmas classic first appeared as an editorial in the New York Sun in 1897. The little girl who wrote the letter referred to below is still living in upper New Yqrk state and has children of her own. While we have reproduced this classis on several occasions, we feel that it is as new and refreshing today as it ever was.) "We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: , 'DEAR EDITOR: I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "if you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON.' "Dear Virginia: Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the bound­ less world about him, and measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge. "Yes. Virginia there is n Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas ! how dreary would be the \yorld if there were no Santa Claus ! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith, then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this ex istence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight The eternal light with which childhood tills the world would be extinguished. "Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies ! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not sec Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world. "You tear apart a baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, or even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real pinnuffliiiiiM TO OUR MANY FRIENDS . . . AND MAY THE SPIRIT OF THIS DAY LINGER ON, BRINGING CHEER AND COMFORT LONG AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY ITSELF IS GONE. Fred J. Thoma Jack Sprat Grocer The Thoma Cafe Lunches and Fountain Service AND THE SAME OLD WISH • TO YOU • We wish we could send a gift to each of you in appreciation of your confidence and friendliness during the past year. Instead, however, we must content ourselves with extending the simple wish that you may enjoy the best life has to offer now and in the months to come. Abernethy Clothiers Outfitters of Men and Boys IIMI1M and abiding. "No Santa Clans! Thank God he lives, and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now. he will continue to make glad the heart, of childhood." ***** It's that time of the year when the conductor of this "colyum" joins with the entire Herald force to extend the season's greetings to one and all .... For ail favors during the past year, we give thanks. . . and believe us when we say ... A Very Merry Christmas and Happy, Prosperous New Year to each and every one of you. 100 YEARS. J. P. Martin of Sutherland received recently 11 birthday present of a bo.\ of cigars, which had been made up especially for him by a nationally known cigar company as a present from the Sutherland Legion post. Mr. Martin was 100 years old last month; his birthday present, made especially for him, was a few weeks late in arriving. BEST FRIEND. A pet dog possibly saved the life of Bruce Lybarger, Osage farmer, when Mr. Lybarger was attacked by a bull in his barnyard last week. The bull attacked without warning, knocking his ' owner down and mauling him. A son-in-law quickly whistled for the dog, which drove the animal off. We'll be seeing you at the big outdoor Christmas tree next Wednesday—we can hardly wait to see Santa Claus ! ^4 dtar in ike db a light in the window, and hope in the heart! It's Christmas again, good folks of this community ... the season when even strangers nod at you and smile. So we are sending you these wishes for Christmas cheer and happiness in your home. North Side Dairy Mr. and Mrs. Paul Waters ANOTHER YEAR has passed. Again glad bells are.pealing out the Christmas story. Happy children and parents arc planning for the day in the glorious old-fashioned way. Everyone is thrilled by the magic spell of Christmas for they know the spirit of the Christ Child is in the land. While glad bells peal out, while children make merry, while carols are being sung and the Christmas story is being told and retold, wc join in the joyous occasion by expressing best wishes for a Wsihhi^ gJvri&jbnaA. Jht jzadv and, ovohi^ onsL Louis Schutte & Sons Largest Stock of Furniture in Northeastern Iowa A MERRY CHRISTMAS! May the spirit of the First Christmas gladden your hearts this Christmas season. Postville Lumber H. J. MEYER, Manager food

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