United Presbyterian Home
Friday, June 14, Ray and Carla Carter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in the Town Center surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ray and Carla were high school sweethearts and both think that the past 60-plus years have gone by very quickly.
Folk singer and storyteller Mike Anderson visited the United Presbyterian Home on Thursday with his historical recount of the life and times during the Civil War and the leader of the North, Abraham Lincoln. Mike uses the banjo and numerous handmade musical instruments including one piece called the jawharp to teach history through the classic songs of that time. The audience loved the manner in which he entertained as it brought back memories of songs their parents and grandparents used to sing to them.
Hazel Johnson and her daughter, Lori Krieger, traveled to Davenport last week to hear Shawn Johnson and her mother speak at an awards ceremony that honored young women of achievement sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and Women’s Connection. Although they are not related, Hazel has been a fan of Shawn’s since following her success at the 2008 Olympic Games and her Dancing with the Stars competition. Hazel says that it was a delight to see Shawn be the inspiration for many young girls in attendance, many of whom performed dance and tumbling routines that day.
Jane Vetter was pleasantly surprised when her friend from West Liberty came for a visit. They visited about all the good things that have happened through the years, their families, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A large crowd of fathers, their families and guests enjoyed dining in the Main Dining Room on Sunday at the Father’s Day buffet.
Jeanette Miksch read to Health Center residents Monday morning and in the afternoon they all enjoyed an ice cream sundae party in honor of Father’s Day. They topped their ice cream with fresh strawberries, caramel, chocolate, nuts, whipped topping and, in true sundae fashion, added a cherry to the top.
Residents watched part two of the John Deere movie this week featuring stories about the folks who love John Deere equipment. Loyalty to John Deere is passed from generation to generation. One of the reasons for this loyalty came about during the Depression when the John Deere Company gave farmers extra time to pay for their equipment. The farmers remain loyal to this day. That’s why at farm shows all over the country you see vintage John Deere tractors lovingly restored and proudly driven. The movie has footage of tractors and combines from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Jeanette Miksch has been pleased to have her daughter, Julia Bates, visiting this month. Julia was also instrumental in bringing her son, Tobias, his wife Candice and daughter Esme for great-grandma Miksch to get acquainted with. Though Toby and family could only stay over the weekend, they managed to get relatives together on Sunday for a celebration. Julia enjoyed getting in touch with former classmates, graduates of Mid-Prairie High School and participating in activities at the United Presbyterian Home. She leaves mid-week to meet her husband and attend their 40th college reunion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
A colorful new gardener has been seen in the UPH community gardens this week. She is Ms. Scare Rabbit and she intends to ward off critters that find garden produce tasty and to bring good spirits to the area. She is very fashionably dressed in a green print skirt and matching green top with garden gloves. She sports a sunbonnet and appears to wave to those passing by. Be sure to wave back when you are near the gardens or walking trail.
Classics Et Cetera for June 20 included the Overture to “Acide and Galatea” by Joseph Haydn; “Goin’ Home” sung by Lawrence Tibbett, baritone; Finale of Piano Trio in G Minor by Clara Schumann; “Goober Peas” played by 1st Brigade Band; 2nd & 3rd Movements of Oboe Concerto in C Major by Mozart; “At the Inn” from “Forest Scenes” by Robert Schumann; “The Standard of St. George,” a march by Kenneth J. Alford.
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) was 37 when her husband Robert died after many years of recurring mental breakdowns. Both she and Robert were gifted composers. She had mixed feelings about women being in that field, however, in keeping with 19th-century morals. For that reason, she composed relatively little, and none at all after Robert’s death. Instead, she became an internationally known concert pianist and was able to support their family of eight children with her artistry.