The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 5, 1957 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 5, 1957
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,,Jr lar ? nce Barrow once said, The first rmlf of our life is tyrannized by our parents, and the second half by our children." Its a true sUitomcnl but one that bears n liltlc cogitation. When I was a youngster I could hardly WHjt lor the day when I would grow up. Then, 'I thought, nobody' 'would toll me when I had to fio'lo bed at night or when I hnd tb get up in the morning. If I wanted a new dress it would be entirely up to me. not Mamma. I thought, it would be pretty slick to-nave my own house with ,-i kitchen, a bedroom and a living room to use. decorate iind arrange all nccording to my own tastes and in my childish innocence, I also thought that \yhcn 1 became a parent, I could listen to any program on the radio that caught my fancy. I planned on h a v i n g a whole houseful of children, and I, with some shuht cooperation from their father, was going to be dictator of their welfare. * * * The years passed. They went very slowly while 1 was growing up but since attaining my majority they've passed with the speed of sound. I caught myself a man, (little girls plan these things almost in their cradle) and the houseful of children also came my \va.v according to schedule. But those dreamed-of peroga- tives that were supposed to come with being a parent are still eluding me. * * • This business of getting up in the morning. It conforms with the time the kids have to be in school, with how much noise they make early in the morning on vacation days and how much I have to accomplish during the day. v Ncver with how ready I am to be up and about. At night, lots of times I would like to go to bed earlier but I can't very well do so if the kids are still lip and fighting. * * * Now that I'm a parent, ii is true that my mother has very little to say about my purchasing a new dress. Furthermore, I get an occasional check from my outside work so I have that peerless boon to housewives — a little money of my own. But when I endorse those lovely little slips of paper, the kids are standing around with their tattered Ivy Leagues, their too-short Bermudas and then- scuffed up rock- and-roll shoes and the extra cash falls into the hungry, bottomless pits of family finance. I think I liked it better when Mom whipped up a new dress for me on her sewing machine. * * * I was right about another of my youthful at.pirations. To have n house of your own — a kitchen, bedroom and living room to decorate, arrange and use as you please is pretty slick. When we were married Father and I -had great fun picking nut the i'urru- ture and we were very careful to have our horfie express our tastes. Seventpcn", years later, we are still UMIIJ.; tlie same furniture and while it no longer expresses our idea of good taste, it does tell quite a bit about the life we lead. We've got kid*. ..,„ .» >| • A kitchen is (supposed to pro- Vide a maximum of efficiency with a maximum of decorative beauty. 1 read that all of the time in the house-beautiful sections of the magazines and I'd stake quite t bit that the premise is true. Vhen. what am I doing in a kitch- in in whiwh the oven door is jammed from too much slam- Ming, in which the can opener works only part of the time and in which the decorator colors on the cupboards arc smeared with small fingerprints'.' And what is that l)lou:-;ctul of plums swiped from the neighbors doing on that chair? The only excuse I can give is that we've got kids. * -4 » The Master bedroom of a home is supposed to be sort of a retreat •— a place to go for a little privacy and, if you are lucky, catch a quick nap. Our Master bedroom is a retreat. It's right off the living room and the kids retreat there all of the time to leave their school books, their bows and arrows, their paper dolls and to flop down on the bed. Occasionally, I get to use it for a quick nap — but only after removing from the bed, two jackets, four comic books, one sling shot, a pop bottle and a blouseful of plums swiped from the neighbors. I come to the conclusion thai we've got kids. ••r * V A living room is supposed to be just thai a place for living and it's supposed to be gracious living if your tastes run that way. Mine do. As a prelude to dinner, small crystal glasses filled with tomato juice, topped with a crescent of lemon, accompanied by a tray of dainty canapes, and served j'n the living room, sets the scene for a quiet, intimate evening at home. The coffee table is the center for such goings-oil and we've got a coffee table. If you look in on us at any night before dinner you'll find us having our prelude to dinner. The coffee table is our center. It's filled with partially consumed Kool-aide. in' jam glasses and topped with half-eaten oranges from tin- refrigerator. The cana- pes are the crusts left from two or three peanut-butter sandwiches and there's bound to be some apple coi t-.s in the ash trays. Back of the davenport there's the iiicvH.ililv t-'ka^'cUil ol plums swiped from the neighbors and the kids have eaten enough to spoil their supper for sure. There's no doubt about it — we've got kids. • • * When 1 was young, it seems to me we always listened to Amos and Andy on the radio because that was Dad's favorite program and if he had had an especially trying day, we shut the contraption off altogether. Either my memory is faulty, or it could be that television has brought in a different set of family customs for nowadays the entertainment fare around our house runs exclusively to cartoon shows, Mickey Mouse, Wyatt Earp and other TV presentations dearly beloved by the small-fry. If our Daddy wants to watch the fights, he has to go downtown to do so. And as for shutting the contraption off altogether—well, that's parental punishment akin to stretching on the rack. You see, we've got kids. They can be little tyrants. » * * Mr Darrow's statement lhai the first half of our life is tyrannized by our parents is true only if you have a long memory. After you become a parent, it's* a little easier to agree with the second part that we are tyrannized by our children. Either way, it's a tyranny of love and it's been going on for a long, long time. I know now that many of the rules my parents set down for me were for my own good. I also know that I'm a willing slave to many of the things my own children demand of me. I wouldn't trade any of them for the whole world. But does anyone want to make me an offer? • » • I know who Olive Reid is. It's Mrs Harvey and she lives in the country. I hadn't even received the paper in the mails yet when the phone calls started coming. I've lost the list I started making but I know for sure I talked with Evelyn Cady, Phyllis Bray, Net- THESE WOMEN! the syrup made of the sugar, vmrgar and the spices, tied in a bag. Simmer until heated thoroughly. Lot stand overnight. Heat through again and cook until barely tender. Seal in hot sterilized jars. Especially good with meat or fowl. — Grace. VPotatoes? Hmm . . , well, put some on the plate—it'll be interesting to see who'll win the hmlet" tic Etherington, Beth Annis and Margaret Reed. And Olive Reid would be flattered to hear all the nice things they said about her. She reads a great deal, is active in the League of Women Voters and it's her son, Allan — whose tenor vocal solos we've enjoyed so much in the high school concerts. » * * Afler finding oul who Mrs Reid is, there was another incident that left me feeling that the power of the press has great potentialities. That same day the paper came out Dot Smith turned up with a big sack of overgrown cucumbers. "I read in your column you were looking for these", said Dot. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I mentioned that cucumber relish recipe but I did make it and I did think that if hinting worked so well on over-grown cucumbers why not try it on other things. By the way, I'm all out of nylon hosiery, size ten, any nice color. If this works I shall try my luck hinting about diamond rings and fur coats. * * * If your kids have swiped some plums from the neighbors you can use this week's recipe. It's for spiced plums and it came from Mrs Clayton Ditsworth of Fenton. 1 gallon plums 7 cups sugar 2 cups vinegar 1 teasp. whole cloves 1 stick cinnamon 1 tablespoon whole allspice Pierce plums with a needle to prevent bursting and add to SALES and SERVICE from HOME Air Conditioners STORE COMPLETE Refrigeration SERVICE Walk-Ins We Offer New and Used Sales - AND EXPERT SERVICE - Here's A Sales Sample YORK Home Air-Conditioner 199.95 ALGONA Refrigeration S. Phillips Algona CY 4-2693 465 Enrolled In Swea City Public School Swea Cily — Superintendent Edward Stewart has announced that a total of 465 students enrolled for the opening of classes, August 27. Of this number. 326 are in the grades and kindergarten, and 137 in high school. Last year's enrollment in the grades was about the same. 330: thero is an increase of 24 in high school. Fifteen students from the Grant district helped boost the hifih school enrollment. Largest grade is the first grade, with 49 pupils divided in two classrooms. The freshman group with 42 is the largest high school class. Mrs George Baker and children of Chicago are visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs Lowell Roberts and at the home of Celeste Baker. St. Ann Circle meets Sept. 5 at the home of Mrs Wayne Christensen with Mrs Art Doocy as co-hostess. Members who are on the serving committee for the meeting of St. Mary's Altar Society on Sept. 12 are Mrs Eddie Kollasch. Mrs Melvin Krumm. Mrs Maurice Koliasch. Mrs Art Doocy, Mrs Mary Rockier, Mrs Wayne Christensen and Mrs William Pech. Mr and Mrs Elmer Swanson, Sarah and David, returned Tues- dav from a two weeks vacation. Bill Christensen ;md Mr ant Mrs Mike Olson of Cedar Rapids snont the weekend in Minneapolis where they attended the lair and visited relatives. H. V. Jones purchased the John Bruce house in the north part of town which was sold at auction August 24. Guests for dinner Friday evening at the home of Mr and Mrs E. L. Hansen were Mrs Fern Peterson and Mr and Mrs Howard French of Phoenix, formerly of Titonka. Mr and Mrs August X. Peterson left Tuesday for DCS Moincs to visit friends and attend the fair. He is on vacation from his duties with the State Highway Commission. E. L. Hanson returned last week from a fishing trip in northern Minnesota. Others in the group were H o w a r d French, Phoenix; Wendell French and Lyle Mathis, Algona; and Herb French. Rossie. ' Sunday visitors at the Baumer Rest Home at Eslherville were the Rev. and Mrs S. H. Hammer, Mrs Aletha Ecklund, and Mr and Mrs Glen Curtis. Mr and Mrs Walter Schumacher and family of Coon Rapids visited from Thursday to Saturday at the Glen Curtis and Frank Smouse homes, also with relatives in Buffalo Center. Lundquist Construction Com- thursdoy, Sept. S, 1957 Algona (la.) Upper (tot Mo»n«~S pany has been awarded the contract for paving a strip across the Rock Island tracks north of the Northern Lumber Company. The work is expected to be completed in the near future, weather permitting, according to Mayor E. L. Hansen. Mr and Mrs Richard Stevens have moved from the Pehrson estate house to the Robert Bell house near the school. Mr and Mrs P. H. Steffens and son Jeffrey spent Sunday and Monday with her folks the Curtis Kl tigers. The Steffens are moving from Chicago to Fort Wayne, where they have bought a home. Steffens is a radio and TV engineer with Magnavox, and his wife is the former Elaine Kluger. Mr and Mrs E. L. Hanson and Mrs Fern Peterson spent Sutday visiting in Des Moines. All New The Modern Way to Invest in Your Family's Future THE MACCABEES' Family Guardian Plan •K Insurance to Age 21 on the Children with conversion Privileges Life Long Protection on Dad Protection to Age 65 on Mom PLUS •fr Liberal Dividends Reduce Costs Disability Options •K High Cash Values for Retirement These features, and many, many more are now available to you in our FAMILY GUARDIAN PLAN. Gel more information on this amazing new plan today ! THE MACCABEES-A Life Insurance Society B. R. MCALLISTER, Algona Dist. Mgr. 607 East State Street Ph. CYpress 4-4413 11 * in 30 DAYS or less. with a BUTLER steel building Your cash register will play a profitable tune month* •ooner if you build the Butler way. 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