The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 14, 1965 · Page 2
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, September 14, 1965
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Algona Girl Enjoys Visit And Schooling In Mexico (la.) Upp«r DM MofiMt Tuwday, Sftpt, 14, 1965 [Notes Of I (Servicemen BY RUTH SHERK Sharon Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Smith, has returned to Algona after spending the summer in school in Guadalajara, Mexico. She participated in a program sponsored by Stanford University, established to meet the needs of American university students desiring to study in a Spanish- American country. With a population of 1,500,000," Guadalajara is the second largest city In Mexico. It is located on a plateau in the mountains, with an elevation of 5,200 feet. The climate is mild, although Sharon was the re during the rainy season. She described the foliage as lush and very green. Sharon says the city is extremely clean, with streets swept daily. No motorized equipment is used, but men sweep with large brooms. She stated many of the streets are boulevards, with the center areas being planted with trees and many flowers. There are fountains throughout the city and a large number of parks. Most contain plantings. Some, at which one pays to visit, contain collections of tropical birds. Guadalajara Is one of Mexico's most fascinating cities, dating back to the colonial period. It is rich in architecture, murals, painting and sculpture. It has tile and blue glass factories, potteries, murals and native looms. Sharon knew of two American factories, one a subsidiary of a car manufacturer and the other a Karo syrup factory. FAMILY LIFE Sharon lived with Senor and Senora Miguel Rodriguez, who have four children, ages 1 1/2, 4, 5 and 7 years. The Senor could speak some English and his wife just a bit. He is an architect during the summer and a nuclear physicist and professor at the University of Guadalajara during the school year. They ate with the Rodriguez family. Breakfast is just like ours, with juice, cereal, eggs, milk and coffee. The children ate spearately, not with the family. Dinner, their big meal, was served at 2:30 p. m. in courses. The soups were always clear and included spinach, vegetable or onion, and were followed by a rice dish, which Sharon em- joyed. Usually the rice was steamed and served plain. The main course consisted of meat, and vegetables, together with a salad. The dessert was usually fruit. The cakes were not frosted, but the bread was often sugared. Chill was served often, and according to the Senora, the reason there is no polio in Mexico is because of the chill. With eating It, polio shots are not considered necessary. Sharon enjoyed the Mexican dishes. Lime and salt is served with fruit, melon, potato chips and almost . everything else. With French-fries or chips, it takes the place of the catsup served in America. All of the water and milk is boiled before using or drinking. Sharon explained that the taste of the milk is completely different from our milk and she much prefers ours. The evening meal was light, consisting usually of a sandwich and fruit. SHARON SMITH HAVE HOT DOGS No hamburgers were served in the Rodriguez home, but Sharon said that there are drive-ins, with men who serve dressed in colorful costume, where hamburgers and chips or French-fries are served. She also saw some frankfurters or "hot dogs" served. Coca Cola is available in Mexico. Sharon attended the University of Guadalajara, where she had one class in conversational Spanish, in which there were eight students, and another class in Spanish grammar, in which there were 20 students. Sharon spoke Spanish in the Rodriguez home and she related how much the Senor tried to assist her in learning the correct application of her vocabulary. Sharon described the system of education as being much different from ours. The children start school at the age of three. Not, as in the United States, in a nursery school, but with the study of mathematics and learning how to write at that age. They, like the European countries, have primary and secondary education, then university. In Guadalajara, there is a government-supported university and another at which tuition is charged. The Mexicans are eager for education and appreciate their opportunity to learn. The country is engaging in a five-year plan to better education and the circumstances of the people. Illiteracy has been drastically reduced since public schools were opened. U. S. STYLES Sharon stated many times that the Mexicans are trying to emulate the people of the United States and hope to be as well educated and universally as well- off. They are up-to-date in style of dress and hair styles, again emulating the American fashions. Concerts, plays and ballet are well-attended, since the people enjoy cultural endeavors. There are some American movies shown and some French, both of which have Mexican sub-titles on the screen. Sharon saw "The West Side Story" with Mexican sub-titles. The theatres are metropolitan and beautifully decorated. They also have drive- in movies. Sharon attended a number of dances and found that the music is, for the most part, Mexican, with a little American music at times, The boys knew the American dances, which are about one year behind what Is being danced here. Sharon liked participating In the Mexican dances. She also saw and enjoyed performances of Mexican folk dances and songs, which are internationally famous. Sharon also saw a soccer game, with one of the four teams of Guadalajara against Czecho- slavakia. Tickets to the stadium are cheaper for the side where the spectator sits in the sun than on the side where he would be in the shade. Asked about dating, Sharon replied that the Mexican girl is chaperoned. Her parents must know the family of the boy with whom she has a date. On occasion, the chaperone is a relative or member of the immediate family, and the young people do not date as a couple. Rather, they double-date or go in groups, which they seem to enjoy. Sharon abided by the same rules while she was there. She described the families as being much closer than in the United States. They enjoy participating in activities together and traveling as a family. ATTENDS CHURCH Sharon attended the Catholic church with the Rodriguez family and the mass is said in Spanish rather than Latin. Sharon expressed her aversion to the number of beggars one finds in most parts of the city and she said that there is much poverty in Mexico. She stated there are jobs, but that there are many who would rather beg than work. She very much enjoys the Mexican people, and said that although there are different classes, the break between them is not prominent. Sharon took a side-trip to Tequila, about an hour by bus from Guadalajara, where she went through the plant which makes „ the drink, Tequila, which is made from a plant eight years old. The juice is fermented in large vats. She brought home some wood carvings and a lovely pottery vase. Also, a sterling silver bracelet, with the silver inlaid in ebony. She brought home a hand-woven wool rug of various colors in a geometric design. She also bought some statuettes, some of pottery and similar to the Hummels, and some which were carved out of wood. She bought few clothes there, but did bring home a hand-embroidered blouse and sombrero. She also visited Lake Chapala, just over the mountain from Guadalajara and also about one hour by bus. The lake is 40 miles long and surrounded by mountains. She was among a group who took a plane on a 2 5-minute flight to Puerta Vallarta on the Pacific Ocean. It is a resort town but not as commercialized, according to Shiroa, as is Acapulco. The mountains drop right down to the sea. Sharon spent two nights there and enjoyed touring and swimming in the ocean, In Guadalajara, in response to a letter, Sharon called on and later dined in the home of Mrs, Ruth Berghouse, a former teacher at Forest City and Garner. Mrs, Berghouse had read a newspaper article about Sharon's forthcoming trip to Mexico and wrote to her, Mrs, Berghouse now teaches English in the Cultural Institute. Her daughter is one of the dancers representing Mexico in its exhibit at the World's Fair. Regular classes ate taught at the institute, In addition to the Arts. From 2,400 to 2,600 adults participate in classes in the evenings and children attend the school during the daytime. Sharon left Algona June 24, traveled by train to Tucson, where she boarded a plane directly for Guadalajara, a flight of about 6 1/2 hours, She returned by bus to El Paso, Texas, and by train to Kansas City, from which she traveled by car to Garner. She arrived home August 9 and the next day the family left for Philadelphia and the World's Fair. Sharon will be a senior this year at Iowa University in elementary education. She is to be a desk clerk in the dormitory this year. Her sister, Diane, who graduated from Algona high school in May, will enter the University as a-freshman, also in elementary education. Arthritis Group Urges Support Of United Fund With another United Fund drive coming up shortly, Algona residents were reminded this week of the work done by the Arthritis Foundation with its share of money each year. It is called the number one crippler In the city and the foundation is dedicated to finding the cause and cure for this oldest disease known to mankind. The organization uses its funds for research and therapy and an educational program. The Arthritis Foundation has made it clear that it appreciates all of the help local citizens give to it in the form of funds in the annual United Fund Drive and urges the support to continue. PRINTING THAT PULLS and doe* Justice to your buslnesi, fairly priced. Upper Des Molnes USS FREMONT (APA-44>~ Marine Corporal Albert E. Fosnaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Fosnaugh of 210 E. Elm St., Algona is serving with Landing Force Mediterranean 2-65 aboard the attack transport USS Fremont, currently operating with the Sixth Fleet In the Mediterranean. Deployed to the Mediterranean since June 4, the landing force has been undergoing extensive training In amphibious operations in the Mediterranean while serving as the landing force of the Sixth Fleet. ALGONA TUES. -WED. SEPT. 14-15 The. love affair at a convention in New M GLENN FORD 6ERALDIHEPA6E dear Heart BEHIfS FALL CHANGEOVER SPECIAL 1. OIL CHANGE - YOUR CHOICE 2. LUBRICATION 3. CHANGE OA FILTER 4. INSTALL ORP ANN-FREEZE 5. ROTATE TIRES OR MOUNT SNOW TIRES 6. ADJUST MAKES CONFUTE U.99 Qff*r Expire* 3«Pt. 30,1965 SERVICE CORNER OF JONES i STATE

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