The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 8, 1965 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 8, 1965
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Evelyn Thursday, May 27 -Themess- age which read, "Mel passed away suddenly yesterday. Letter to follow," left me stunned when it was read to me. I have not received the letter yet, and am so anxious to know what happened. I placed a phone call to Leeta, Mel's wife, but there was no answer. She may be with her mother at Pomona for awhile, or possibly at her daughter Gayle's in Covena, so all I can do is wait and I am very impatient. But I can realize how upset Leeta must be, and am making allowances. His passing leaves me with just one close relative - another cousin, Edwin Cady in Houston, who is not well. There are four cousins in California, Hendersons, but I have seen so little of them, though Lola and I do write once a year at Christmas. With Melvln it was different. We grew up together and our families were very close. The first time I saw him he was only a day or two old. I was just a little girl, but was permitted to hold him, sitting back in a big rocker. He was a ten pounder, and after a few minutes let out a lusty "Wooow". We grew to be good friends in a short time and one afternoon he was taking a nap at our house and his mother had some things to do at home. I volunteered to take him home in his buggy later. He pointed to the white circle of moon one sees often in late afternoon and said "Noon-Noon". There was a large tin elephant advertising the WJS. Steele store atop a wooden wall where the fining station is now, across from "The Hub". He always called it "elephanette". Evelyn was quite a mouthfull for a small lad, so I was "Ahum and her pum", pum being my violin. He was such a darling little fellow with bright red curls which finally had to be sacrificed to his "young manhood", but they were cherished and placed in a glass and wooden case to be preserved by a doting mother and father. And so it goes - memories of holidays, picnics, Sunday dinners, a winter spent in Pomona with the family, another visit after he had married Leeta Stebbins and had the little daughter, Gayle. Freddie came on a few years after, and I am glad to have so many pictures taken over the years and some taken when he and his family were back on visits. He was so good at writing frequently - always newsy and full of his family's doings. I shall miss them so much. And telephone calls and I'd talk with the four of them. Memories are wonderful and I am glad to know be had a happy life and devoted family. Thanks to all of you whc have sent cards and telephone messages, * * * I always look forward to a visit from Maggie and Clarence Pannkuk Memorial day, but a letter from her a few days ago said she didn't think they would be able to come this year, Clarence hasn't been very well and it is too far for him to drive. It may be she can get some one to drive her down. She has never learned to drive, a mistake some women make. * * * Joe Esser, across the hall and one room down, has an arm chair that rotates on a base and rocks back and forth, It has developed a squeak that reminds me of the rocker mother used to rock me to sleep for my after- Algonon Is Engaged To Victor Girl noon nap. It was sort of sooth- Ing apparently, for I recall I seldom failed to "drop off' in a short time. * * * I was surprised to learn of Eleanor Fraser's death in Washington, D. C. I thought she was in the south, seems to me it was Texas where her mother died and I thought of her as being there or Arizona. * * it- Charles Palmer is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Palmer.They have received word from him that after 18 days in Hawaii he is back at the Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. And very glad to get back, I might add, as where he was located was not the glamorous Hawaii we have in mind. * * * Hazel Schneider has been going around with a squeaky voice and I have done a little wheezing to keep her company. We make quite an orchestra, but she is better now and after a dose of my medicine, I was back to normal. This darned humidity gets us all down. * * * Work has been started on the Kyle Keith house south of us. Excavating has been started. I watched for awhile, but it will be more fun to see when the framework goes up. And the new rest home site is a beehive of activity, too. * * * Diane Schoby works here from 5 till 9 and came in my room last night waiting for the rain to abate a little. It was fun hearing about the arrangements they have made. They bought the Ferguson house you know, the Fred Schoby Jrs. With a family of nine children they are able to spread out and are enjoying the place very much. I knew the home from the time the Cowles family lived there and it is a lovely place, * * * Mrs. Clarence Fraser and I got talking about old fashioned dishes and things. She has a lemonade pitcher with a cover that really must go back years and years. I can remember a pin cushion my grandmother Henderson had. She treasured it because the youngest child, a dau- tber Minnie, who died at the age of six, had found a broken lamp and brought it home. The base was of glass and grandma made a round, ball-like top, made a "crazy quilt" pattern top and lace frill for it. It did make a good pin cushion and always sat on the bay window ledge, close to where she kept a work basket of mending and tattingr. * * * June is the month of brides, but isn't it strange, we have no June birthdays here? We have so many in August and they will be observed in the usual manner, Since there are none in June, Mrs. Presthus is going to serve cake and coffee, anyhow, * * * A call to the Haggs in Monrovia, Calif., was answered by tli3 operator, who said, "That number is temporarily discontinued by request," Some of us are wondering if they are on their way back here for a visit. We understood it was sort of thought JANET RlflNEHART Mr. and Mrs. David Rhinehart of Victor announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet, to Danny McConnell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis McConnell, of Algona. Both are employed in Des Moines. An August 28 wedding is being planned. of, but not till later, but maybe they changed their minds and are coming sooner. We'll have to await developments. * * * I had a charge of a call to Kanawha, and I don't know a soul there. It was an error of course, and I turned it over to the company to untangle. I haven't been in Kanawha, but once since about 1911, except to drive through with Ab and Blanche Long with Hazel Lusby one time when we went to see the zoo at Clear Lake. Ab had a relative living there, but the party was not at home and I don't even remember the name. Jennie Christensen and I played at a program there in 1911, actual PAY for the four numbers I did on my violin. She accompanied me on the piano and I don't remember what I charged, but I know I said we'd have to have our expenses paid, too, so that was train fare on the M and St. L, dinner and supper at the hotel, the night's lodging and breakfast. A doctor there hosted us at a mid-night "snack" and all together we had fun, but when Fernley Nicoulin asked about it, we embroidered on the whole deal to make it seem a bigger affair than it was. * * * Olive Reid and I had a chat the other day. We miss Harlan Miller and wish he'd write a column now and then to tell us where he's traveling, what the B.W. has been doing, with whom he has been dining and on what, and what the "red head", the "Lt" and Q are doing. We read his column so long he got to be sort of our "family". * * * Hazel Lusby, Lizzie Post and I made our first trip to Davenport to visit with the Longs about this time of year back in 1952 and for nine consecutive years drove there. What fun we had, but what changes have taken place, none of them good. When I read Marion and Cedar Rapids had been hit by the tornado, I wondered about Ab at Crest View Acres Rest Home at Marion and his son Jack and family at Cedar Rapids. I can remember one night at Davenport when we were playing cards, tornado warnings kept us looking out at the clouds every now and then. Fortunately, nothing developed. How we en- Joyed the lovely parks, Credit Island, the arsenal and that grand old Mississippi even if it did go on a rampage this year. It wasn't the river's fault. Just too darned much rain] * * * Yes, the best to beguile "When it comes to men, most women prefer the strong, solvent type." And it's best to stay shy of "The last man to leave a cocktail party hardly can." * * + Then here's the kind to avoid, too. It would be too hard to keep him filled up and I don't especially like to cook. Joe Esser wa'S at his son's home for supper thejrther night and I heard him tell he ate NINE bullheads! He went fishing yesterday with his son and three grandchildren. They had fair luck, considering the cold day. 1 wonder how often Carl Mortensen, who was here, gets to go fishing. He went to the Armstrong rest home in order to be nearer a brother and a friend who would take him fishing. He was nice to visit with, was a World War veteran, first war, and he had many interesting tales to tell of his experiences when I got him on the subject. * * * Well, here we are, headed for daylight savings time again! No, I don't like it, but after all, I suppose it shouldn't make too much difference to me. I've got lots of time on my hands! And golfers will love it, and those who work on yards, etc., at home. So many re-broadcasts of course, but I can always use another channel. * * * Wliile Claude Ruark had business not far from Cedar Rapids, his wife accompanied him and stayed with their daughter, Geri and husband John Sires Jr. Mrs. Ruark was there at the time the tornado hit the city and Marion. John's car was missed by about ten feet from a fallen tree which would have crushed it Other trees laid across the streets and many trailer houses were demolished. Houses and other buildings were ruined and it is an experience none of them wish to have duplicated. * * * Here's something to tell your grandchildren. Kiddles playing out doors May 28, 1965 wore mittens. Yes, it was a cold day all right, yet it had an amusing side too, for Mrs. Miles Sloniker was going up town to get her SPRING coat which she had shortened, the children were wearing mittens. James A. Raney, Buena Vista B.A. STORM LAKE, IOWA - One hundred sixty-five students are candidates for graduation from Buena Vista college Sunday, June 6. Of this number, 18 fulfilled their graduation requirements in January, and 147 will fulfil theirs in June. James A. Raney of Algona will receive his B. A. degree. Of the total number, 141 are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree, and 24 are candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree. Commencement will be held outdoors at the Victory Arch. Twister Ripped Seneca Farm SENECA - The twisters that were prevalent in north west Iowa last week ripped through the Seneca area and took the roof off of a large machine shed at the Gene Bollfg farmstead. A new boat that was housed in the shed sustained a broken windshield. The Bollig boys, who saw the twister coming, reported that it just missed the corner of the Henry Looft farmstead. Others seeing the twister took refuge in their basements. REAL ESTATE • SALES ft APPRAISEMENTS • ADVICE ft MANAGEMENT (Farm A City) CHOOSE A LOCAL MEMBER OF THE KOSSUTH COUNTY REAL ESTATE BOARD. They are licensed for Real Estate Transactions and will handle your Real Estate problems to your complete satisfaction as they are experienced and capable. The following licensed Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen are members of the Kossuth County Real Estate Board and, as such, cooperate to your benefit on all Real Estate matters. These members "keep up" with curreffl markets and regv- larh/ meet to study and discuss Real Estate problems in order to better serve you. So, if you are SELLING or BUY* ING REAL ESTATE, looking for Management, need an Appraisal, or iust seeking advto, CONTACT A MEMBER tl$T» ID BELOW: LIST OF MEMBERS: ALGONA A.F. Agena Nels J. Anderson Allen K. Buchanan s $liver S. Carlson** 1 * Bill Conn Karl G. Ewoldt Leo Frankl Jim H. Geelan Joel M. Herbst Ted S. Herbst Kyle D. Keith C.R. LaBarre Leon H, Laird Jerry M. Lewis Murray Mowers A,J, Ricklefs Paul M. See ley Mark A. See ley FENTON Lloyd M. Berkland** Gerald H. Voight BANCROFT A.J. Berens A.W. Kennedy Kenneth Mulligan Maurice J. Wolfe BURT H.E. Rachut LAKOTA Robert Hamilton I.E. Wortman* LONE ROCK Kenneth Jackson LU VERNE Emmett Knary SWEA CITY A.J. Bilsborough Virgil W, Biomster L.W. Davidson Gifford P. Smith Harold Fischer TITONKA Gordon Hansen * President ** Vice President *** Secretary-Treasurer

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