The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1966 · Page 5
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 8, 1966
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ALL OVER THE COUNTY, PEOPLE are getting ready for Christmas* Decorations are up, merchandise fills the stores, and lines are already forming in post offices. It seems everybody has their Ynletlde preparations well underway excepting me. What I'm waiting for, I guess, is a nice white snowfall, or a good Christmas program. - o - THE OTHER DAY I GOT TO thinking about the Christmas programs of my youth. It seems we started getting ready for (them shortly before Thanksgiving. There were a few obser- jvances of Christmas at school in those days --we drew names ; for a 10? gift exchange and had a party « but the really big Christmas program was at Sunday School. Those were really productions I - o i i i MY FIRST APPEARANCE IN A Christmas program came when I was two year sold, my mother tells me, and I can faintly remember it myself. I stood on a little red chair so the audience could see toe and recited an epic poem to a Teddy bear about being good for Christmas. Brilliantly performed, I am sure, and knowing what a "ham" I am it was undoubtedly done with appropriate gestures. ; -o- ; • A LITTLE LATER ON, but still while I was very young, I got in on the production end of the Christmas program game. It was my privilege to help Mrs. Crawford-Shatz select recitations, dialogues, trumpet and vocal solos and duets for the Christmas program, '-always saving a particularly choice bit for myself. Once during a planning session, Mrs. Crawford-Shatz was making home-fried doughnuts. I ate so many of them hot I threw up all over a proposed wand drill. We always saved the most dramtic recitation for a boy named Jimmy Peterson who was most talented in that line. This was in West Union, and it may be that this is the same Jimmy Peterson who now lives in Algonal ; . '•'.:;. - o - OF THE HIGH POINTS OF the Christmas program was that • no . matter how bitter the cold, nor how prevalent the bouts of tonsilitis, we kids got to roll up our winter underwear so that it wouldn't show under our lisle stockings for the program. That was a rare treat, and the only time our legs didn't look bulky all winter. '•,..•; • , . - o - THE BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREES in the community were always in the churches. The church Christmas trees of my earliest recollections had real lighted candles on them — a thing we never had at home because of the fire hazard. There were lots of real glass ornaments on them compared to the rather sparse ones at home. Our trees were always rather long on strings of popcorn and cranberries and red and green chains made of construction paper and flour and water paste. Surely, those church trees of my early youth weren't really IS feet tall, but they seemed that way to me. - o- FOLLOW1NG THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, the honest-to- goodness Santa Claus made his appearance. The church Santa didn't have a gaudy red suit like the make-believe Santas we oc- casionaly saw, but a big fur coat and long white whiskers. He talked to many of us, and mentioned some of us by name 1 This always scared me to pieces if he singled me out. Once I remarked to my parents, "I know that Santa Claus wasn't Just a lie because they had him in church and they don't lie there." I wondered at the time why they seemed so embarassed after I said that. - o - SANTA ALWAYS HAD A BIG BAG of candy, Including chocolate covered vanilla drops which we kids dubbed "Mary Candy", some nuts, an orange and an apple for every child. Some of the kids also got real presents from under the church tree sometimes as big as a doll or an electric train. My Christmas was always tinged with envy of those plutocrats for although Santa never failed to do just fine by me, he always brought my presents sometime during the night to our home. And some kids, also got presents from their mothers and fathers. Our's always came from Santa Claus. - o - MY FAITH IN SANTA CLAUS in the traditional concept, didn't last much beyond my sixth year. My older brother happened to receive a new sled from Santa dropped "from an airplane in the sky" just because it happened to snow a few days before Christmas and that was what he had ordered. I was pretty gullible, but I couldn't quite stomach that. So I asked Mamma to tell me the real truth. She was pretty worn out with my inquisition so she confessed all. But it never really took any of the charm out of Christmas for me. - o- I AM STILL ENCHANTED with Christmas, but part of the wonder this year is lost in the confusion. I had planned to spend a part of the holidays in Algona — in fact I have airline reservations for the trip. Now, the unpredictability of Uncle Sam's Air Force may make it necessary to change the wedding date and if that weren't enough there are rumors of airline strikes I Oh, well as I said before I'm sure the marriage will be a good one. If we can just get everybody together long enough to have the wedding. - o- DURING THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11 through 17, people having birthdays include Gerrold Goodman, Peg Fowler, Dr. Louis Snyder, Clara Zender, Dean Parrott, Kim Christie, Irene Kollasch, Matt Frankl, Jo Ann Erdman, Sheila Winkel, Karen Baker, Phil Anderson, Eugene Schattschneider, Mark Conn, Tony Woods, Chuck McCabe, Leighton Mlsbach and Mrs. August Schmidt. Wedding anniversaries are Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Rowley, Mr, and Mrs. Tim O'Brien, Mr. and Mrs. Erman Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rich, Mr. and Mrs. Gary McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Don Nelson and Dr. and Mrs. D. J. Shey. K? $ YOU'RE INVITED TO PURINA OPEN HOUSE FARMER'S SERVICE CENTER ALGONA, IOWA DEC. 10 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. FREE DOOR PRIZES 525 SO. PHILLIPS ST. SATURDAY (WIN) (ENJOY) REFRESHMENTS ALL DAY (SHOP) SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON MERCHANDISE /LEARNS ABOUT BULK DISCOUNTS, GRAIN BANK, v ' GRINDING MIXING, AND DELIVERY SERVICES STOP IN! HAVE FUN! $99 our line of famous Purina Chowi and Health Aids. Meet our people - hear about the services we offer. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND SERVING YOU I x*:*:-:*; IT ES TIME TO THINK ABOUT filling up the cookie jar for gifts and holiday treats. This week's recipe is for Chocolate Pecan Squares. 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate 1/4 cup butter 2 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 11/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 cup milk 1 cup sifted cake flour 1 cup pecans, chopped tine. Melt the chocolate and butter together over hot water. Mix well. Beat the eggs until light and lemon-colored, then gradually beat in the sugar. Stir in salt, vanilla and milk. Gradually add four. Add melted chocolate and butter. Stir in pecans. Line a buttered 8x8x2 inch pan with waxed paper cut to fit and lightly buttered. Pour in the batter. Bake in a preheated moderate over (350 degrees) for 30 minutes or until a toothpick Inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Cut the cake into 1 1/2 inch squares before removing from pan. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes 25 squares. GRACE Thurtdoy, Dw. 8, 1966 Algona (la.) Upp«r D« MolnM-S SENECA Brian Johnson, son of the Claude Johnsons, left by bus from Humboldt Thanksgiving morning in company of four 4-H girls and three boys to attend the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Hoeppner of Lakota were chaperones for the group. Thanksgiving dinner guests of the Clifford Gangsteds included Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Olsen, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Olsen and family and Mr. and Mrs. William Olsen. Thanksgiving weekend guests of the Paul Hassels included Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hassel and their granddaughter, Joan Mammen, Ottawa, 111. They were joined Thanksgiving Day by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Duer, Ringsted. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Krause, Hollee, Heidi and Helesia, also Mr. and Mrs. Herbie Kay Krause of Mason City were Sunday dinner guests of the Otis Englands, Ringsted. This was their Thanksgiving get-together. The Seneca Thursday Club will meet Dec. 9 at 2 o'clock at the Home Cafe at Ringsted. The group will observe their annual Christmas party at this time with a gift exchange. Mrs. Delmar Fischer will be hostess. LONE ROCK Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Olson and Mrs. Gilbert Nissen have been recent visitors at the home of the Curtis Olsons of Lone Rock. Mr. Olson is recuperating from recent surgery. Mrs. Roger Jensen entertained Wednesday evening to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Kenneth Jones. Other guests present were Mrs. Milton Madison, Mrs. Harlan Blanchard, Mrs. A. A. Krueger, Mrs. Kenneth Jackson, Mrs. E. A. Lee and Mrs. Jesse Blanchard. Give Your Wife A KIRBY VACUUM CLEANER For Christmas. Special Chrittmat tew Prices In Effect. FOR SALES A SERVICE CALL 295-7198 if no answer, call \ 295 3164 * i **#**#*#********#**###^ # 1 j: •i • •i ' j: M Norge Gas Dryer j Caloric Gas Range jj Brighten her holiday with a new Norge Gas Dryer . . . several models to choose from in several price ranges. 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