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United Presbyterian Home

May 29, 2014

The United Presbyterian Home celebrated Senior Prom with a Caribbean-pirate theme on Thursday evening in the Main Dining Room made accessible by walking the plank to enter. Residents dressed in costumes of stripes, eye patches, bandana do-rags and lots of jewels to partake in the festive grub and drink. They mingled among a treasure chest of valuables and tables of drink bottles, coins and jewels. Many residents and employees had their pictures taken in the photo booth with many pictures posted on the United Presbyterian Home Web site. David Draheim provided the keyboard dance music. The creative talents of Elizabeth Tschantz, Carol Enfield and their committee members provided the fun decorations and service.

Jean Wells attended prom along with her granddaughter Taylor from Platteville, Wis., and a friend who was here for a visit at the time. Jean’s daughter, Lynn of Madison, Wis., was a recent visitor also.

Janet Sharp of Matlock, Wash., spent two weeks visiting her mother, Marion Cuddeback. Janet’s visit included Marion’s birthday celebration, Memorial Day and time spent with family members.

A memorial service was observed in the Health Center on Friday conducted by American Legion members and UPH veteran residents. Dave Stauffer gave the opening comments followed by Marion Turnipseed who read the names of UPH veterans who have passed away in the last two years. Wayne Brock reminded those in attendance the importance of instilling in the younger generations that the honor and respect earned by our veterans should never be forgotten. Mike Orris ended the ceremony with the iconic Taps on the bugle. Fresh bouquets of mums were given out to those in attendance, compliments of Jim and Shirley Clegg.

Marjorie Fullerton attended her high school alumni banquet on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Winfield Iowa. Marjorie’s daughter and son-in-law, Jocelyn and Butch Morgan attended the banquet with her. Marjorie is the last living member of her 1933 Winfield class. Marjorie’s mother, Alma Cora Roberts Rickey also graduated from Winfield High School with one of the earliest classes.

On May 16, 2014 Corinne Duvall and family were in St. Louis to celebrate Ashley Wilson’s graduation from law school at Washington University. Those attending included Brian and Nancy Wilson and Jessica Wilson of Fargo, North Dakota; Colton Wilson of Iowa City; and Claire Wilson of West Chester. Ashley will take her bar exam in July.

Corinne Duvall had a busy Memorial Day weekend as she attended the graduation festivities at Mid-Prairie School for her youngest grandchild, Claire Wilson, of West Chester. Corinne’s entire family was present to help Claire celebrate. Friday evening was awards night at the high school and Saturday afternoon was the big party with many friends, family and good food. On Sunday Mid Prairie graduated four valedictorians and two salutatorians, a very intelligent class. On Memorial Day the Duvall family attended the Elm Grove Cemetery program and spent the rest of the day in Iowa City at the Caleb Wilson home for a cookout and games. Ron and Christine Lee of Bella Vista, Arkansas were present for the weekend activities.

The Cottagers' Potluck was held in the Campus Center on Monday evening. Mary Atwood prepared patriotic songs in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and Richard Henningfield gave a salute to our veterans. Seventy-seven veterans presently reside at the United Presbyterian Home. Richard read each of their names, pausing between each name the same length of time that it takes for a guard at the grave of the Unkown Soldier to take a step in his path past the tomb. Richard shared much trivia with those in attendance about the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier which he learned on his recent Honor Flight trip to Washington DC. He concluded with a poem he received on the Honor Flight, I Am A Vet. Hosts for the event included Jim Reid, Wilma Snakenberg, Kathy Knutson, Linda Boston, Ted Stewart and Esther Bordwell.

There is a new show in the UPH Gallery of recent work by the art class. There is a nice variety of art work including- for the first time- drawings by Betty Beenblossom and Marion Turnipseed. Betty was curious about drawing after all the painting she’s done and Marion was ready for something new. Both have been very successful, as you will see. Carolyn Dixon and Connie Bauer were both working on dramatic landscapes during the Easter season and produced works they called “Easter Sunday” and “Good Friday” even though there is nothing specific except for the amazing light and dark. They are shown side by side. Ella May Ruppert is back from Arizona and brought an Arizona landscape with her to show. Joy Bennett did some interesting experiments with stained-glass patterns; Sarah Hanna has continued with water color studies of flowers. Jackie Bower has two colored pencil studies of birds – we hope that she will be back in class soon. Esther Hess is represented with tow abstract drawing in colored pencil. Marlene Blick has a landscape and a work make from her study of a Vincent Van Gogh portrait. This exhibit will be up through June.

Six members of the book club discussed Dristin Hannah’s Home Front. This novel is about a young mother in the National Guard who served as a helicopter pilot in the Iraq war. She was shot down and lost a leg. The plot deals with the war’s effect on her husband and children and how she dealt with the physical aspects of her service. Everyone liked the book and felt that Hannah did an excellent job of writing about the terrors of war and the problems of returning soldiers. It was an upbeat book with a happy ending for the woman’s family. Next month’s selection will be a mystery, The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittrig Albert.

Classics Et Cetera for May 29, 2014 included the overture to “Undine” by Albert Lortzing; 18th Century American Dances performed by the Abaca String Band; “Bridal March from Telemark” by Edvard Grieg; “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; “Poliouchka Polie” played by The Stars of St. Petersburg: 2nd Movement of Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”) by Robert Schumann; “Orpheus Quadrille” by Johann Strauss II; “Royal Bridesmaids March” by John S. Castro


In 1942, the conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra asked American composers to write a fanfare for orchestras to play as a patriotic effort during World War II. A total of 18 fanfares were submitted, but the only one remaining in the repertoire is by the Dean of American Composer at the time, Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Copland gave his stirring piece the title, Fanfare for the Common Man, having been inspired by a famous 1942 speech by Iowa’s Henry A. Wallace, then vice president under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaiming the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man”.


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