The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 15, 1966 · Page 10
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aigona dipper jlotnes; SECOND SECTION AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER IS, 1966 VOL. 101 NO. 95 ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE was a town that thoroughly deplored the commercialization of Christmas. "This year let's avoid all the mad dash and rush to get everything done", said the mayor. "Let's do away with the endless lines of people mailing cards and packages" said the postmaster." - o "I THINK £••» WE SHOULD HAVE a real old-fashioned Christmas", said the president of the Woman's Club — "one that is quiet, inexpensive, simple and devout." The fire chief came up with the considered opinion that wreaths, candles, and Christmas trees are fire hazards and it would be well to abolish them. The librarian volunteered the information that Christmas trees are pagan customs, anyway, originating with the ancient Romans, Druids, and Egyptians." - o THEY PUT IT TO A VOTE AND the concensus was that this year, Christmas would be absolutely without commercialization. - o FIRST PEOPLE TO REJOICE over the edict were the pastors. "Ah, at last", they said, "Christ will be back in Christmas and the celebration of His birth will be truly religious'.' Privately, they also hoped the Building Fund would swell because the parishioners wouldn't have the excuse that they needed their money for luxury gifts. They expected that they needed their money for luxury gifts. They expected huge turnouts at the worship services all during the month of December. - o IT WAS TRUE THAT THE first Sunday in Advent some of the churches had to put up extra chairs and at another there was a rush of confessions from their once-a year members because prospects were they wouldn't be doing much sinning during the holidays anyway. But the next few Sundays there seemed to be an epidemic of the flu or else everytbdy slept late. People paid their pledges pretty well, but there were none of those anonymous envelopes in the offering plates, prompted by hearts full of the joy of the season. - o WHEN IT CAME TIME TO PUT up the Christmas lights on Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce was willing, but the merchants balked. Seems that without the prospect of a surge of December buying they simply couldn't afford the $30 assessment. - o THE TOWN'S LEADING DEPARTMENT store, heretofore noted for Its animated Christmas scene- with the blue lights and the running waterfall, decided to use the window space to get the jump on the competition for the January White sales. The one lone pine tree in the courthouse square remained undecorated and unlighted. - o EVEN THE FILLING STATION down the street, although never noted for its artistic Christmas effects, decided that the string of bulbs over the gas tanks and the Santa Sleigh over the ladies' rest room could be eliminated and the sign about the tiger in the tank could just as well be left up. Main Street was certainly non-commercial looking that Christmas, but it was also rather dark and cheerless. - o AT SEVERAL ESTABLISHMENTS, the Boss, whose kind are notably very crusty characters excepting for the week or so around Christmas, never did mellow that year, because December business was so poor. No employee got either a turkey or a bonus. - o AT THE NADY WIDGET COMPANY, that stodgy little junior executive didn't get around to proposing to the plain little file clerk. They were made for each other but there wasn't any mistletoe over the water cooler and each had sort of counted on that to use as an excuse to kiss and thus overcome their mutual shyness. - o OVER ON SIXTH STREET, the mean little kid who lives second door from the corner, kept right on being mean. It used to be that everybody enjoyed a pre-Christmas period of his comparatively angelic behavior because the street corner Santa promised to bring lots of presents if he would behave. - o WHEN THE SALVATION ARMY rattled their kettles and the names appeared in the paper of the people who were not on relief but who could use some Christmas help, people got out their pencils and started figuring how much they could give without exceeding the 10% on the short income tax forms. The kettles and the baskets remained a little short. - o TEENAGERS HOPING FOR A grown-up party dress for the Snow Ball had tweed skirts waiting for them since this was supposed to be the sensible Christmas with just gifts that could be afforded, Right up to December 23, Mable Malarkey, was still seething at her next door neighbor Susan Schabel. There's a lilac bush on their lot line and they feud about it constantly. Customarily, they mellow and make up either while waiting in the line at the post office or while sitting on the bench resting their feet from Christmas shopping. Then there used to be a warm exchange of good greetings and sample of each other's Stollen, fudge and cookies. This year their kitchens smelled^mostly of corned beef and cabbage. - o BUT EARLY ON DECEMBER 24, the town realized that they were missing a great deal. The people decided that Christmas could be both religious and fun. - o - THE POSTMASTER ANNOUNCED that he wouldn't mind long lines at the post office so long as the packages mailed brought a little cheer to the receivers. The librarian did some further research and said it was her opinion that Christiantiy had already absorbed and rechared the vistages of Druid feasts. The fire chief said that although Christmas lights could be dangerous, he'd be willing to supervise decorations for safety. In what was a rare mood of philosophy for him, he said the lights could very well be symoblizing the coming of Jesus, the Light of the world I - o •• THE PASTORS HURRIEDLY REWROTE their sermons. They said that they didn't think they needed to put Christ back into Christmas because He had never really left it. The only way He can be cut out of it is in the privacy of the individual heart. Those who have ears to hear will always hear the message of Christmas and those of us who are on the fringe area in religious belief cannot help but benefit from a few days of universal good will. - o SO IMMEDIATELY EVERYTHING became very hectic. You never did see such a last-minute Christmas rush. Lights went up, "Jingle Bells" blared from loud speakers, the merchants opened up the stores and everybody bought presents. Goodies were hurriedly concocted in kitchens and Santa was flagged down and asked to stop at all the childrens' homes — even the ones who really hadn't been very good. - o IT WAS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS after all. Some say it was the best they ever celebrated. GRACE Engagement Of Algona Couple Is Announced JEAN CHRISTIANSEN Mr. and Mrs. Mads P. Christiansen of Algona, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jean Marie, to Dennis R. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Miller, also of Algona. Both are students at Iowa State University at Ames. The couple plan a spring wedding. Ex-Livermore School Supt. Rites Sunday Funeral services for Lowell E. Cockrill,74, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian church at Livermore with the Rev. Ralph Hindman officiating. Further services will be held at La Grange, Mo., with burial in Dover, Mo., cemetery. Mr. Cockrill, a former longtime superintendent of the Livermore Schools, died Thursday at a hospital in Rochester, Minn., following a short illness. Mr. Cockrill was born and educated in Platte County, Mo. He attended William Jewell Academy at Liberty, Mo., and graduated from State Teachers College, Kirksville, Mo. He received his master's degree from Iowa State University, Ames. He taught in Cincinnati, Iowa, Weldon, and in 1928 he came to Livermore as the superintendent of schools, retiring in 1958. In 1918 he married Anna Lillard who died in 1958. Surviving are three sons, David, Rochester, Minn., John, Chicago, and Sam, LaMirada, Calif.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild, and three brothers, Tom, Smithville, Mo., Everett, Porington, Wyo., and Robert, Platte City. C.D.A., St. Joe, Annual Xmas Party, Dec. 14 ST. JOE - The Catholic Daughters of America will hold their annual Christmas party during their regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14. 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