October 24,1957 Igona Bpprr October 24,1957 Garry-Lloyd Wedding At Ledyard, Saturday, Oct. 12 L*dya*d—Sacred Heart church of Ledyard was the scene of a beautiful wedding Saturday morning, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. when Rita Eileen Garry, daughter of Mrs Alice Garry, became the bride of Donald Wayne Lloyd, son of Mr and Mrs Warren Lloyd. Rev. Father Montag read the double ring ceremony. Mrs Harold Inglet, sister of the bride, was organist and also accompanied Thomas Garry, broth' er of the bride, who sang. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Paul. She was attended by her sister Ruth, Mrs Carl Schanbeger as Matron of Honor. The groom was attended by his brother Marvin Lloyd. The bride's gown was of silk illusion lace over taffeta. The lace bolero jacket was styled with a tiny collar and long sleeves ending 1rt points at the wrist. The very fu^l skirt of net was Covered with tiers of lace ruffles from the waist to the hem line. She wore a finger tip veil of English Illusion net attached to a crown of net and irredescent sequins and pearls. Her only jewelry was pearl ear rings a gift of the groom. She carried a bouquet of pink and white rosebuds, with stephanotis and white ribbon streamers and carried a crystal Rosary. Little Kathy Schanbeger, niece of the bride, was flower girl. Michael Inglet, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer. Mass servers were Danny Inglet and Roger Green. Ushers were Bob Hamilton and Vernon Haag. Following the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlors for 150 guests. Pearl Dahl of Swea City cut the'wedding cake. Mrs J. J. McDonald was dining room hostess. Punch was served by Mrs Lyle Johnson, aunt of the bride from Minneapolis and Mrs Frank Diers of Bancroft. Mrs Frank Rotterman and Mrs Leona Johnson poured. The ladies of the Rosary Society prepared the meal. Merribel Mino of Swea City had charge of the guest book. Mrs Paul Garry, Mrs Thomas Garry, Mrs Vernon Haag, and Mrs Robert Hamilton had charge of the gifts. The flowers on the altar were arranged by Miss Vivian Irish. Waitresses were Ella McDonald, Patricia and Mary Ellen Farrow, Madonna Sullivan and Regina Bender. A reception was Held in the afternoon for the families at the Legion Hall. The bride and groom left after the reception for a ten day wedding trip through the East after which they will be at home in Rock Island, 111., where the groom is employed as Terminal Manager for the Brady Transfer Co. Both the bride and groom are graduates of Ledyard High School. The grom was in service two years, spending 1^ years in Germany. The bride has worked for the past 7% years in the Swea City State Bank. Plan Variety Show The Ledyard American Legion Auxiliary met at the Legion Hall Monday night, Oct. 7th. Mrs Ted Green, president, presided. A report was given by Mrs Georgia Engelby on the number the Auxiliary will present at the Variety Show on Nov. 13th. The members voted to present the Gold Star Mothers with their membership cards again this year. The members are to bring cookies or candy* to the next meeting, Nov. 4th, wrapped in aluminum foil ready to be sent to Woodward. The rehabilitation chairman, Mrs Marvin Lloyd and Mrs John Manthei are to purchase a doll for the Veteran's Gift Shop. This will be taken to the next County meeting which will be held on Nov. 12th at LuVerne. The Unit has received a certi- ficate of appreciation from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for the contribution made by group through the proceeds from the Polio Bake Sale. New Time For Milwaukee Road Morning Train Conclusion of daylight saving time in the Chicago area this Sunday, Oct. 27, will affect arrival time of The Sioux, train number 11, at Algona, according to officials of the Milwaukee Road. The Sioux, which has been arriving here at 7:59 a.m., will now reach Algona at 8:19 a.m., while the evening train, headed for Chicago on the Milwaukee, will not be affected. It will arrive here at 8:43 p.m. from the west each day. . . PUMPKIN Mr and Mrs Lyle Ealy of Belle Plaine have a cherry tree that grows pumpkins. One, of the pumpkin vines, planted about five feet from the trunk of the cherry tree, found its way up the trunk and up through the tree. When it came time for the vines to bloom the whole cherry tree was covered with^ pumpkin blossoms. . :' : Trend Toward Fewer Farms Near Ringsfed Ringsfed—Time Marches On! Another farm home is rapidly being pushed off the map as a large caterpillar is pushing over the large trees as well as 'the small ones on the fonner Harry Vahldieck and Wally Blinkman farm west of Ringsted. Brush is burned and tree trunks buried until a few farm buildings stand naked on top of a knoll. The farm house had been moved this last spring to 1he Willard Bannister farm and unless the storage bin and barn are retained, another farm will be obliterated from the landscape. It has bedn but a short two or three years ago when a complete farm disappeared in a weeks time and the land adjacent to the north of Vahldicks farm. One of Mack Groves farms. An alarming number of farm places are standing vacant with a full set of buildings. As many as 24 farm 'houses are standing vacant or have been moved or destroyed in the last ten years in the Ringsted community. Peter Thorson, Seneca Pioneer, Tells of Early Settlement Woes Ringsfed — According to Peter Thorson, one of Ringsted's pioneer residents, there was time to visit and a real feeling of friendliness in the "good old days." Peter volunteered this observation in an interview he gave to the Pallesens for use with Mrs Officers Are Installed By Greenwood 4 - H The October meeting of the Greenwood girls 4-H club was held at the home of Karen Wilhelmi and featured installation of new officers. The new officers are Gwen Baker, president; Georgia Heldorfer, vice president; Mary Kollasch, secretary - treasurer; Rachel Menke, historian; and Madeline Baker, reporter. The club, which meets the second week of each month, has four new members, Joan Wilhelmi, Virginia Heldorfer, Sylvia Kollasch and Mary Lee Renger, and a new assistant leader, Mrs Erwin Heldorfer. A lunch was served following the business meeting by Mrs Wilhelmi. Palleson's Cub Scout Den wm'ch studying homesteading and is pioneer days. Peter was born July 12, 1870, in Kasson, Minn. His home there was a dugout. When only a few" years of age, his family, along with the Hans Andersens, Lars Evensons, and Hans and Chris Fossom and family, came to Iowa in covered wagons and settled in the Seneca area. This area was very sparsely settled then with only two families in the whole region and no one lived in the area between Seneca and Wallingford. Prairies and sloughs greeted the eyes of the new settlers. Indians had left the region about two years before. The railroad had come through and it was the railroad companies which were anxious to get the area settled. No one really knev# who owned the land where they settled. Later it was learned that the railroad owned it, but they were anxious to sell for as little as four dollars an acre. Sod Houses Built The immediate job was to build a sod house. 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Gti, 69c WINDOW ClOTH Budget bvyl Tightly wevtn, COTTON MESH Oood quality }4* cet. top B8»h b*IWMH el«gj plot's. 3$*wW«, VUNMiUSS «»oj|ty WIREMESH Our tail 9 toytn «f dbor citato »v«r J4« ALWAYS BETTER BUYS AT GAMBLES • l The sod was cut with a breaking plow. Sod blocks were cut about two feet long and twelve inches wide, but only about one and a half inches deep. The grass seemed to be the secret for making them rain-proof. The sod bricks were piled up seven feet high. There were no boards for roofs; so they got branches from the river. Sod bricks were piled upon the stakes and branches. Peter reported that, though the houses were warm, the roof often leaked, making a muddy floor. The town of Algona had just begun and it was possible to get glass there for one window which was stuck between sod bricks. Peter's father had been a carpenter in Norway. He brought along his tools which proved valuable many times. He nailed together boards he had brought from Minnesota and a few he bought in Algona to make a door for the new home. The single room was lighted by" a bowl of tallow in which a burning rag was placed. The old iron cook stove served for both heating and cooking. Beds were made by nailing boards together. There were no springs, and hay, straw, or corn husks served for mattresses. They raised sheep, and wool placed between- cloth made warm quilts. The few cows brought behind the covered wagon from Minnesota saved their lives the first year as milk and meat were the only foods. The next spring sod was broken with a walking plow and corn planted and that fall there was corn meal ground in a grinder similar to a coffee grinder. After a few years they obtained some pigs from another settler. Wheat was grown later and taken to Algona where it was ground into coarse flour at a water mill. The home boasted no modern . conveniences. Clothes were washed in cold water taken from the shallow wells dug for drinking water. In rainy seasons they caught rain water or obtained soft water from the sloughs. Soap was home made from the fats saved from meats. Learn English Language : Pej,er attended school'in a sod school house, on a knoll just west of Jhe.. Blakjer Church near Seneca. His" sister carried he? barefoot'bro|her across the slough' so he could; attend school. HJs first big task wfis to learn th$ English language, It is hard to say how much help the children obtained from their teachers. 'The only qualification for teaching was ability to read. They enjoyed watching the gophers running across the dirt floor, but slithering snakes near their bare toes were a bit frightening. Ball games at recess added to the desire to be at school daily. In those days everyone went to church. Church going was an event looked forward to from one service to another. There t was no regular pastor, Settlers were served by a traveling pas* tor who came only a few times a year. He drove about in a buggy pulled by Indian ponies and services were held in the homes. Each family was expected to pay three dollars and a shilling (12%c) a year to the pastor. All famiUes tried to make it $3.25. Though a few families had horses, oxen were more commonly used in traveling. There were no roads. Wagons went the most * direct route over the prairies. After cottonwood groves, which! settlers planted from seed, began to grow, these were used for helpful landmarks, Winters brought disaster, tooj in severe blizzards. The col weather forced people to sear/ for woods along the avers. S</..«, froze to death trying to find their way back. Long Walk For Matt Grasshoppers were another plague of settlers. At one time they ruined crops two years in a row. Peter's father was forced to return to Minnesota to get work to support his family. There he was paid forty dollars for a summer's work. Peter was five then and when his mother thought there might be a letter from her husband, little Peter trudged three miles across the prairie to a home that served as a postoffice. Mail came by train to Algona and a mailman on horseback brought it out once a week. Peter followed wagon trails and groves of trees as land? marks. He was thrilled to reach home at last. But a few days later his mother answered the letter and he repeated the long trip again. One of the great fears of early days was severe illness. Scarlet fever and diphtheria were great killers. Doctors had no drugs to fight them. Indians doctors made their own medicines of roots and herbs. The lives these pioneers led were difficult. They called for great courage and perseverance. Those of us who Jive in ihi» modern ege find it hard, to com* prehend aU that went into the settling of this are». Tajes «te)i as only pioneers like Peter Thar* son can tell help us to appreciate our way of life today.
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