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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 51

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• ft * * DMMOINISSUNDAY MCtSTER • Aatmt 31,1978 /«... Antique buffs had to buy a big old house for their treasures By MARY BRYSON PORT DODGE, lA.-When you start collecting antiques, you get carried away. Von don't buy a German highboy or a towering Victorian headboard because you have just. the place for them in your house. You see them and bring them home — then start wondering where to put them. After the house Is filled, the overflow starts stacking up in the garage, and the family car lives unprotected on the driveway. When the garage is full, what do you do? You buy a bigger house, of course, with a bigger garage, and within a few years, the new garage is stacked full of old furnishings — a Boston rocker waiting to be glued together, a pine chest with half the drawers missing, old Gone-With- the-Wind lamps without matching bulb-shaped shades. At least that's the way it is with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Struve of Fort Dodge, who have been bringing home antiques — begged, borrowed or purchased at auctions — for-25-years. -liWe-didn't start out to collect antiques — and some of the things weren't even thought of as antiques, just second-hand furniture," Dorothy Struve explained. "But after you have stripped and sanded and varnished and waxed furniture ~baclr~to its original beauty, you can't just throw it away. Or even sell it. It, would be almost like giving your children away," she explains. Photos by CARL VOSS Victorian loveseat, purchased for $3.50, was wobbly and had broken springs, now is upholstered in flowered cut velvet. It stands in the Struve's parlor. Don Struve bought the secretary, at right, for $7. blocks from downtown. It remained in (he Lcighton family until 1946, and structurally was in good shape when the Struves bought it. But the old white paint was scaled and peeling, the front porch, pillars had rotted away and the interior had not been redecorated for years. The Struves used 125 gallons of varnish and paint remover to strip all the doors and woodwork in the house. Beneath the scratched old dark varnish, they found yellow pine, which now is refinished in a natural tone. "Actually, we put a faint green tint and a speck of black walnut stain in the ^dull-gloss varnish to help steel wool. "It took me two long days just to strip the newel post on the front stairs, so you can see we put in a lot of hours refinishing the woodwork v'-BoFethy- explained . Furnishings in the mister bedroom are family treasures or item* found »t sales and auctions. Spool chest at left was in Mrs. Struve's father's store. The loveseat was purchased for $1.50 about 20 years ago. Red painted house with sparkling white gingerbread trim was built in 1901 by a Fort Dodge businessman. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Struve have restored it as it was in its youth. The couple also refmished floors and stripped five layers of old wallpaper from walls and ceilings. They papered rooms in reproductions of patterns popular in Victorian days. Red exterior They painted the exterior red and bought porch posts and gingerbread trim from a three-story house that was being demolished-. The trim now dresses up the porch roof. "We tried to make the house the way it probably was in its youth," Don said. "Our two daughters were grown and away from home when we bought the house, and many of our friends thought it didn't make sense to buy an old neglected house this size for the two of us. Bargains "You also can't resist buy- % abring out the grain," Don ing more old furniture when't' said, you see what you think is a ,, when most s hear bargain, Do n adds. the word,'pine.'they think of The Struves solved the white pine ; which r ^ ally isn ' t problem of too much furni- a very interesting wood. Yel- ture by buying a big old house built at the turn of the century, and have spent the last six years restoring it with the same meticulous attention they lavish on their antique furniture. The house was built in 1901 by E. I. Leighton, founder of the Leighton Supply Co. in Fort Dodge and is three Reservations for home tour The Donald Struvcs' house is one of five chosen to be on the second annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Fort Dodge chapter of the American Association of University Women. The tour will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Pat Milefchik, 1705 Sixth Avc. N,, Fort Dodge, is in charge of ticket reservations. The Struve home was selected because of its interesting low pine, however, is a nice . do-it-yourself restoration of both house and furnishings, wood, with a distinctive grain, somewhat like oak," explained Don, who is an appliance salesman for Sears Roebuck in Fort Dodge. The Struves put three coats of the tinted varnish on all the doors and woodwork, rubbing each coat down with THE BEDFORD Large Ifi 'vby 15'a room has space eaten up by angled hutch and table in one corner and snack bar angled nil' counter. Rknee, also, is angled in corner to balance design. Tlen'y of storage and counter space makes it functional. A kitchen like the one pictured here can be yours uhen you send lor ".My Dream Kitchen 1 Portfolio. " It's packed with hundreds of ideas and lips that will help you and your professional kitchen specialist design the kitchen you've always wanted. Don't wait. Step into the world of creative kitchens designed with a flair by filling out the coupon below. \' Choose even-type plaid for skirt Sew simple By EUNICE FARMER DEAR MRS. FARMER: Do some plaids make a better bias skirt than others? The one I just made didn't come out the way I wanted it to at the center front and back. - Mrs. T.B. MRS. FARMER SAYS: For a perfect "chevron" at the center front and back of a bias skirt, the plaid should be an even-plaid. That means that the blocks of the plaid should fprm a perfect square. If they don't, it's better to use a pattern without a center front or back seam — just side seams where you also will apply your zipper closing. Return to wool Perhaps the number one fabric this fall is the return to woven woolens or wool blends. There are many types of wool, some as smooth as silk, others that are wiry and suitable for coats only. Today, we also have many wool blends. Since wool is a 'living fiber," it doesn't require cleaning as often as the miracle fibers of today. I usually suggest you depend on a reputable dry cleaner to keep your better woolens looking perfect. Yes, there are washable wools, too. Be sure to check the fiber content and the washability when you make your purchase. Perhaps you would want to "wash slacks, skirts, shirt jackets, etc., that haven't been tailored like jackets and coats. Again, I recommend pre-washing before construction. Many of you have askerMf wool needs to be pre-shrunk before construction if you are going to have your garment dry-cleaned., In most cases, no. Better wools that are available for, the home sewer are ready for the needle. If you purchase wools from foreign countries when you are on a trip, or if a friend should bring you some, play safe and either pre-shrink it yourself or take it to the dry cleaners and have them pre- shrink it. Skirts and pants of wool are seldom underlined. Instead, if you don't want the wool close to your body, you may apply a separate lining to skirts, hemming each separately. Also apply a separate lining to pants, catching it to the waistband and zipper; Mm it loosely to the hem of CALL TOLL Mil 1.100.3*2-2104 IN DES MOINES Call 310-1140 Gracious Living With r Nu OPIN DAILY MON thru mii o AM t« IPM SAT) 9 AM III 5 fM »UNi UflliPM Kitchem 5317 N. 2nd Av«., DC* Molnts 50313 Vi Mil* N. of 1-10 Acreu from U.S. Hortiti PLEASE SEND "MV ORE«M KITCHCM PORTFOLIO •4 »«•*, Sa Dtffwnt KltclMni, Illut tMUd with V. " Sc«l« Floor Plant NAME. ADDRESS. IjOL 112 [NC10W II 00 ttUt M* rM MANMJNQ WEIGHT WATCHERS DID YOU KNOW . . . . . We Have Relocated Our Merle Hay Center Classes To: United Federal Plaza 3839 Merle Hay Rd. Suite 1220 (Across from Merle Hay Mall) CLASS SCHEDULE: Monday, 10 a.m., 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m., 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. L FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 265-3297 "WEIGHT WATCHER!" ANP ($ AR[ REBIf TERED TRADEMARKS OF WEIGHT WATCHER} INTERNATIONAL, INC., MANHASSCT. N.Y. (c) WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL. 1>75 However, we enjoyed every minute of the restoration work and we do live all over the house. It's lovely when the children and grandchildren come home for visits. "In addition to the spacious rooms on the first and second floors, there is a three-bedroom apartment on the third floor. We just turn that over to visitors," Dorothy said. Variety wallpaper Downstairs all the walls are covered with white textured wallpaper, except for the front hall, which is in a red damask pattern. Bedrooms on the second floor are in provincial prints and calico patterned wallpapers, which make warm and colorful backgrounds for the old furniture. ing old furniture In the early years of their marriage when they needed a dining room table and couldn't find one they liked at the price they could pay. They refinished ah old table that had been in the family for years. "We were thrilled when we removed^the^layers of old varnish and found beautiful wood beneath," Dorothy said. Hooked From then on, they were hooked and have attended auctions and sales and worked on furniture together with that special joy that only antique furniture buffs know. It used to be easy to pick up old furniture for pennies, but it's hard to find now. A choice piece, an Early American .secretary, now filled with a china collection, The Struves began acquir- was purchased out of an old house for $7. A ceiling high cabinet was purchased for 50 cents. Treasures in garage "We couldn't use these items in our other house because the ceilings weren't high enough, so they just sat in the garage for years," Don said. He found a stained glass window for $2 in an old house and it now covers a ceiling fixture above the breakfast room table. He traded a player piano he had just purchased ("My wife probably wouldn't have let me move it in anyhow, it was in such poor shape.") for the big Victorian bed in the master bedroom. Another bedroom has an old brass bed, a piano stool that serves as a seat at the dressing table and a wicker chair, now painted blue, all purchased for a few dollars. A complete set of dining room furniture also stood in the garage for years. Ornate and probably German in origin, it was purchased at an auction. Wife bidding "I wasn't particularly impressed with the rather heavy looking furniture, but thought I might go up to $25 for the entire group, which was foui chairs, a big table, a massive highboy and a long sideboard," Don said. "Then I heard someone bidding $100 — and realized with a shock it was my wife. We got a lot for the money, but we didn't have a place to put it." "That's why this house is like a dream to us," Dorothy added. "We finally have a setting for our old furniture.." the pants, allowing at least Vi inch ease to avoid pulling. Interfacing for wool coats and jackets should have some hair in it to keep the fronts from becoming too stiff; also it will allow the lapels'and collar to. roll nicely. One 1 like is called Aero. Press seams with your steam iron; however, faced edges must be pressed carefully with a chemically treated press cloth. A beautiful wool garment should be tailored to perfection. If possible, take a good course in custom tailoring to help you with techniques about which you are unsure. You never want that "loving-hands-at-home" look in a tailored earment. Sewing questions Eunice Farmer answers often asked questions in her leaflet, "Twenty Questions." For a copy, send 26 cents and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Eunice Farmer, Box 4994, Des Moines, la. 50306. ,v Food discovery Mince a garlic clove and add it to the butter or margarine in which you are pan- frying slices of zucchini squash. DANCE STUDENTS ONE STOP Ffll ALL Wll DANCE SUPPLIES Ballet — Tap Shoes — Baton; — Toe Shoes — Leotards — Tights Marching Boots Pom Pom$ GYMNASTIC SUPPLIES 01$ MOINES Theatrical Shop 14S »*, WON 177-217), 1II-4 JJJ Reports drugs used as anesthetic with acupuncture By DR. WILLIAM J. WELCH; Western His Chinese colleagues, he laymen, and said, freely agreed with him ighly profes- lonal observ- ters as well, lave reported [their amaze- ient at the (apparent effectiveness of acupuncture anesthesia for major surgery. Still photographs and moving pictures of serenely relaxed, chattering young people, blithely drinking tea and orange juice as their chest walls are cut into or their abdomens laid open, seemed to attest to the miracles of acupuncture anesthesia. Dr. Arthur Taub, professor of anesthesiology and director of the section for study and treatment of pain at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., visited China as one of 10 members of an acupuncture anesthesia study group. He says that as it is actually employed, acupuncture anesthesia is really more drug-than needle-induced. He observed techniques used from the viewpoint of a skilled anesthesiologist. Almost all patients who are operated on with acupuncture anesthesia, according to Dr. Taub, receive preoperative sedation with barbiturates, as is customary in the Western world. The patient also gets phenobaibitol (in full dose intravenously), narcotics such as demerol (full doses intravenously) and atropine to reduce smooth muscle irritability. Moreover, he found that no secret was being made of the liberal use of local anesthetic agents such as novocaine to block nerves that ordinarily transmit pain impulses from the operative area. In addition, he observed that the electrical current passed between acupuncture- needle electrodes produces electrical anesthesia by a fatigue response of nerves and skin. ihat this is in fact the fami- lar and widely accepted phenomenon of electrical < anesthesia and is riot properly to be considered acupuncture. Dr. Taub found that in general, Chinese anesthesiologists do not .depend on acupuncture and 90 per cent of the time produce anesthesia with local or regional nerve blocks. In making his report, it was not, I think, Dr. Taub's intention to debunk acupuncture anesthesia so much as to make a coolheaded examination of a technique that falls within his area of special competence and which has been the subject of much misunderstanding. Psoriasis leaflet Psoriasis is one of the 10 most common diseases of the skin. For information about its treatment, send 25 .cents and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Dr. William J. Welch, Box 4994, Dept. DSR, Da Moinei, I». iOID*. So easy to sew ALICE SCHWEITZER M186: Sizes 8 through 18 No waist seam, zipper or even a buttonhole! Fop this dress over your head and be ready to go. It's easy to sew, easy to wear. The original is a silky knit blend. Consider also polyester-cotton blends, sheer wool jersey or tweed. Printed Pattern M186 by Alice Schweitzer comes in Misses' Sizes 8 through 18. Size 12 (bust 34) takes 2% yards of 60- inch fabric. Send $1.25 plus 10 cents for handling for Printed Pattern M186 to The Des Moines Sunday Register. Pattern Dept., Box 59, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10011. Please print name, address, zip, style number and size.

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