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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2018

Resident news and updates

By UP Home | Aug 31, 2018

Dorothy Winchip has wonderful family pictures to share following the Saturday wedding of her grandson, Carter Hesseltine to Jordan Stout. Dorothy and each of her daughters posed for pictures before the wedding which included the mother of the groom, Toni Hesseltine and Gail Rathmel, Washington; Shelly Kinneer, of Ames; Kristi Myers, of Eldora; Jan Bendixen, of Coralville and Becky Sternglass of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Dorothy’s sister, Ruth Smith, of West Des Moines, also attended the wedding and visited with Dorothy.

A large crowd of residents attended movie night in the Campbell Room on Saturday evening to watch “I Can Only Imagine,” a faith-based story of a singer’s troubled relationship with his father. J. Michael Finley plays Bart Millard, the singer-songwriter who wrote the song by the same name detailing his relationship with his father played by Dennis Quaid. The song is the best-selling Christian single of all time as reported in USA Today. Residents enjoyed the makeshift movie theater and intend to gather for more movies in the future.

Esther Bordwell was pleased to have a visit on Sunday from her niece, Kathy McKelvey, from Mobile, Ala. She was in Amana for a family wedding on Saturday. Kathy brought Esther a box of brown sugar pralines, a candy made famous by bakeries in the south.

Jackie Bower shared birthday treats with friends and neighbors in the Town Center on Monday morning.

The Cottagers’ potluck on Monday was a full house with lots of delicious food. The committee, Clarence and Pauline Brown, Skip Speece, Connie Eberline and Esther Fickel, created an autumn theme with table settings. Carl Chalupa gave an inspiring prayer. New residents Charlotte (Pencil) and Dick Magdefrau were the guests of Darwin and Dorothy (Magdefrau) Widmer who are their next door neighbors. The Widmers also brought friend, Don Woodbury, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Guests of Ted Stewart were Bev and Michael Harrar. The Harrars worked with Ted for many years in Papua, New Guinea, at the Ukarumpa School. They also work for Wycliff Bible Translators; Michael is an illustrator. The Harrars are now working in Jos, Nigeria. August birthdays were Darwin Widmer, Martha Chalupa, Mary Atwood and Joyce Huff. Mary Atwood then led the group in singing This Land Is Your Land and School Days. New officers and committees were approved for the coming year. Carol Ray filled in for President Myron Shields, who is retiring early.

Bonnie Richardson was honored recently for her 25 years of service at Greiner Crop Service in Keota, where she did everything from bookkeeping to running a forklift. A retirement party was held for Bonnie in conjunction with a fall customer appreciation day Thursday, Aug. 23, in which she was the recipient of many kind and appreciative comments from farmers and business people. Owner Cory Greiner reports that Bonnie was a valuable asset to his business as she knew each customer by name and always greeted them with a smile.

Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 30, included “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite” by Karl L. King; “Under the Double Eagle” by J.F. Wagner; “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss. Jr.; “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore; Waltz from “The Return of Maxim” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “Kentucky Sunrise” by Karl L. King; Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “The Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa; “The Bird of Paradise Waltz,” performed by 1st Brigade Band; “National Emblem” by Edwin Eugene Bagley.

Karl King (1891-1971) was a national figure in band music. Born and raised in Ohio, he left school at age 14 to work as a printer’s assistant. He had two pieces of music published when he was 17. At age 19 he started his life in circus bands as a baritone player, and after three years in various bands he joined the Barnum & Bailey Circus Band. He was 23 when he became director of the Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill Combined Shows Band. By age 24 he had 150 compositions in print. He became director of the Barnum & Bailey Circus Band (the top of the circus business) when he was 26. At age 27, he left circuses and moved to Ft. Dodge for the rest of his life. And they’re still talking about him.

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