The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 22, 1965 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 22, 1965
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Tottdoy, Jon. 22, 1965 A , (|a>) u „„ Moines ' rr June 4, 5 and 6 were big days for members of the 1915 class. Wouldn't Miss Coate have enjoyed it? Of course the details have been written up, I doing some, Donnie Smith some more, so Til take it from a personal view point. 1 had calls from Maroa Keith, Vill- onova, Pa., Georgia Rawson, Chicago, who leaves soon with a friend for a visit to the Scan- danavian countries and Switzerland, Nellie Brown, also of Chicago, Vivian Miller, San Mareno, Calif., andDrusillaCoughlin,who though not a member of the class, came from Grand Island, Neb. to help her sister, Alfred Schenck, FrancesWrightofEagel Grove and Stewart McFadden with some of the details. I had a fine telephone talk with Alice Moline, Miami, Fla. She went from here to Rochester, Minn., for heart surgery. She had been under such stress the two days she felt she had to let down a bit, but our talk was very satisfactory. I have used the women's maiden names as Algonans will remember them best that way. * * * Nellie Brown was always such a cute, vivacious girl and she has lost none of her girlhood qualities, except for pure white hair. 1 was so glad she and Helen Fal- kenhainer Pletch got together at the Lawrence Gillespies for a good visit. Years ago, Helen and Theo Herbst, Nellie andTom Gillespie made a high school "crush" foursome. The husbands of both women were present and probably learned a lot about their wives they never knew before! * * * Vivian Miller resembles her mother so much. She has a sister Irene and the Millers moved to California many years ago. R. H. Miller was a druggist here and employed Harry Lecky, husband of Zoe Millis of Burt. Mr. Miller also had an employee by the name of Thornton who played traps for an orchestra in which others were Tbeo Herbst, clarinet, Raymond Wehler, cornet, Fernley Nic-. oulin, violin, Jennie Chiistensen, pianist, a Mr. Johannas, cornet and director, and me, violin. Tom Gillespie played traps some of the time. * * * Speaking of the orchestra, Jennie, Fernley, Tbeo, Mr. Job- annas, Mr. Thornton and Iplayed for a Thanksgiving dance at Bancroft. We went in an open Ford car and were so bundled up, if the car bad turned over in a ditch we were so well padded none of us would have been injured. After Mr. Johannas had been paid, early in the evening, he said, "Go out and have a good time." A lad had asked our driver for an introduction to me, so I left Fernley to hold the fort and bad several dances with Frank Ingham who said his sister was Mrs. John Fisher, Tttooka, I knew Mrs. Fisher from childhood. * * * I also had a call from Mamie Harrison and ber husband of Saline, Kan, We discussed the Indian burial pit near there which mother, Elisabeth Ubott and I saw en route to California. We also ate a picnic lunch on the school grounds. The wind blew disagreeably and the area was so dry it looked as though there had been no rain since Noah's day. The Balers said the wind blows and blows day after day and there isn't much rainfall. About two weeks after our seven weeks in California, I picked up the paper and there was a picture of our school house surrounded by several feetof WATER. * * * A certain pastor and I had the best laugh over a recent happening. It was at an affair of solemnity, but when he placed his hand on the girls hair, it went down and down and down, much to his chagrin, and her's too probably. Well, the up-do became a down-do. Let it be a lesson to you gals who have such a "build up". * * * Barbara Wicks was anxious to have a sun-tan in a hurry and over-did it till she landed at St. Ann, in misery and regret. Sun lamp directions MUST be regarded to the letter. A bad burn is serious business. She is at home now, a sadder and wiser young woman. * * * Brigitta Whittemore is going to Germany soon to further her credits at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant. She will be at Deutsches Haus where only German will be spoken, German foods served and German table manners used. Our way of eating is to cut one bite of meat ( with a knife in the right hand, fork held in the left, and when the food is eaten, the fork is transferred to the right hand. The German way is to eat with the left hand, the knife may be used as a "pusher", a thing we'd never think of doing, and small children are taught to eat with a small hoe-like table "tool" actually called a "pusher." I have knownforsome time we Americans are looked upon as persons who do a lot of shifting of table service, but Mrs. Whittemore's explanation of the German manner of eating was a new one on me. I wonder about the. English. I do recall picture- movies, I mean, of royalty tearing off portions of fowl and eating by hand. Well, in a sense this has come back for it is now considered OK if chicken or ribs are taken in the bands, but I cling to the old knife and fork method. I have an aversion to greasy or sticky fingers, and alas, the individual finger bowls are not in vogue any more. * * * Going back to Nellie Brown- her family lived across the road from us in a house which stood where the Roy Hutzells live. Our house was on the Hazel Lusby lot. Lela Peck lived in a house which stood on the Myrtle Turnbaugh place and the Peck's had the best barn to play in. We neighborhood kids used to have so much fun there. And it was so easy to get to the loft, as a regular stairway led to it. We'd raid the "pieplant" patch and green apples added, with salt on the side, was everything from "soup to nuts" for our "make believe" meals, Nellie and ber husband have bad a dress shop j in Chicago many years, called j "The Pint Siop". They carried i garments for small women. There are many Japanese, Chin- f ese, Hawaiian*, as well as many very small women who find it impossible to get garments, so this was a great boon to wee people. They have retired now and will probably locate in California, possibly in one of the "Senior Citizen" units. Nellie's sister, Grace, lives at Riverside and Mabel still clings to Chicago. * * * Mrs. Olive Herbst has been visited by her daughter, Adele, Mrs. Warren Morris and family, of Carrsboro, N.C. The little son has been named Warren Joel Herbst Morris. When Adele asked her mother if she thought there were too many names, Olive answered, "Well, if royalty can have several names, OUR baby can too, for he is royalty too." * * * Dr. and Mrs. Ray Potter were in Ames to attend his class reunion. It is 50 years since he graduated as a veterinarian and his late brother Day, also. Some were there who had graduated 60 and 65 years ago, but the one who graduated 70 years ago was "high score winnah". * * * Girl Scout troop 438 with Mrs. Jean McAtee and Mrs. Chris Nielsen came to Good Samaritan the other day with an afghan they had made for use in the home. It was made of knitted squares of different colors, each girl having made one, some had made several. It is very pretty and on behalf of the Nasbys and Good Samaritan residents, I say "Thank you." * * * Geri Ruark, who married John Sires several months ago, was a nurses aide here and a very good one. She liked the work so well, she went to Cedar Rapids to take a course in practical nursing. John went down to see her, found a good job and so they were married and I hope they "live happily ever after." Yesterday when I was up town I dropped in Mrs., Ruark's new shop, "Mode-O-Day" and her daughters Claudia Schafer and little daughter Lynn, and the other daughter, Edith Ruark, were in the shop. Little Lynn, a year old and a cute little tot. was having fun walking under the counters. * * * Also heard someone say "Hello Red I" and he asked, "how does that sound?" I said "GoodI" That was my nick-name in school and it was Raymond Irons, whom I have known for years, who called to me. 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