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  • Originally published in the Dec. 27, 1961 edition of the Kiowa County Signal
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  • Originally published in the Dec. 27, 1961 edition of the Kiowa County Signal
    Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Caywood announce the engagement of their daughter Janis Jeanne to John Floyd Carson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Carson. All are of Mullinville.
    Miss Caywood and her fiancée are attending Kansas State Teacher’s College at Emporia.
    Mullinville News
    Pre-Christmas dinner at Aldrich home
    Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Aldrich entertained at a pre-Christmas dinner Sunday, in honor of their children and their families. Mr. and Mrs. H.M. (Brick) Aldrich and family of Salina, Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Greene of Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kesterson and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Aldrich and family of Pratt, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Aldrich and family of Emporia, Mrs. Lawrence Aldrich and children of Mullinville, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fisher and family of Sterling were unable to be here.
    Mullinville News
    Cheerful Homemakers have gift exchange
    The Cheerful Homemakers H.D.U. met Dec 13. at the Scout House with Mrs. Bonnie Fellers as hostess, with several other members helping as they were the losers in the contest.
    Linda Coy played the piano and Shirley Lampkin and Joan Miller sang several Christmas songs.
    Mrs. Mabel Hammer and Mrs. W.H. Ruth gave a shirt Christmas play.
    Mrs. Eloise Towle gave a demonstration “cutting up an uncooked turkey.”
    Fourteen members enjoyed the gift exchange.
    Mullinville News
    The Bon Tres Club hears Christmas Story
    The Bon Tres Club met Friday Dec. 15 at the C.S. Sloan home with Mrs. Sloan as hostess.
    The president, Mrs. Clarence Ralstin opened the meeting with all present repeating the club collect. A free will offering was taken for “CARE.”
    A Chirstmas Story “Miracle in Texas” was given by Mrs. Lowell Herrick. A playlet entitled “Neighbors,” the characters Mrs. B.W. McFadden, Mrs. Clyde Caywood, Mrs. Norval Ralstin, Mrs. C.H. Ralstin and Mrs. George L. Ralstin was timely and much enjoyed by all. Sixteen members and the following guests were present: Mrs. Clair McElwain, Mrs. Edith Alford and Mrs. Curtis Hargadine.
    Haviland News
    by Besse Bradley
    Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Meireis, Loudelle and Sharalyn, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schmidt, Catherine and Evelyn and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Lyon attended the wedding Saturday of David Lyon and Miss Sonja Hendricks of Winfield.
    Rev. and Mrs. Weston Cox, Lynette and David spent Christmas day with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Francis Jones.
    Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Brightup of Kansas City are spending Christmas vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark and Joyce and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brightup and family, Liberal.
    Page 2 of 3 - Rev. and Mrs. Weston Cox Lynette and David and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Cox, Kevin and Kim enjoyed a pre-Christmas dinner Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Cox of Wichita.
    Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cooke, Ponea City, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rinkel and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kendall Jr., Gerri and Kelly, all of Englewood, Colo., were dinner guests Christmas Day of Mrs. Ella Cooke.
    Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Dick Barstow, Beverly andf Janet and Mr. and Mrs. Don Raymond, Greensburg.
    Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark and Joyce entertained with a family dinner Monday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Brightup, Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Wooten, Ann Norris and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Worden and family.
    Mullinville School News
    We made the decorations for our Christmas tree.
    Mrs. Ralph Brown, Alan Brown and Debbie Fisher visited school on Tuesday. The Mullinville Kindergarten class wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
    Second Grade
    We wrote our letters to Santa last week.
    Mike Price wanted an Army gun and an electric train.
    Ricky Sherer wanted BB’s.
    Troy Koehn wanted an electric train.
    Carla Hogan wanted a doll.
    Donnie Parris wanted a helicopter.
    Denise Liggett wanted a doll.
    Lana Jo Bender wanted a Dalmatian puppy.
    Paul Chadd wanted a BB gun and an Alamo set.
    Randy Edmonds wanted an Army set.
    Lee Dirks wanted a BB gun.
    Raymond Rose wanted a BB gun and BB’s.
    Terry Kilgore wanted an electric train.
    Dennis Brown wanted an electric train, a BB gun and BB’s.
    Debbie Hardesty wanted a name bracelet.
    Greensburg School News
    Byron Miller, Student of the Week
    For student of the week the National Honor Society has chosen Byron Miller for his outstanding accomplishments in scholarship. Byron qualified for the Bahmerfield Scholarship finals, which is one of the greatest honors a Kansas student can earn. Last week Byron went to the University of Kansas to take the final examination. It consisted of a rigorous aptitude test and extensive interview with the Scholarship Committee and Placement Bureau. There are no results yet, but we are certain Byron did well and wish him the best of luck.
    Honorable mention is awarded to Jim Clark and Jerry Heidrich who, along with Byron Miller, qualified for a took the Washburn University scholarship tests in Topeka. To them we also wish the best of luck.
    What Christmas Means to me
    by Weaver L. Fleener
    Page 3 of 3 - December 1961
    A friend asked me to tell you
    What Chirstmas means to me.
    It means many things, not just the turkey,
    the tinsel of the tree.
    It means the singing of the carols
    By the young and by the old
    And the stories of the Christchild
    And the lessons that are told.
    It means all of those fond memories
    When I was just a lad
    Exchanging gifts with sisters and brothers
    And a loving Mother and Dad
    It means that Sunday School Teacher
    Like and Angel, how she could fix
    A truth in the mind of us little folks
    While at the age of five or six.
    It means to turn from the seasons rush
    And away from it’s mad gift
    For the real true Christmas Spirit
    We should take time to cultivate,
    It means the joy of giving
    And all the fun to share
    As we gather around the Chirstmas tree
    With all our family there
    But it’s not the high priced gift
    That I get from friends and brothers
    But all of those unselfish little things
    That I might do for others
    Christmas means that the Star of Hope
    Hovers over every land
    And to us it means the joy we get
    By lending a helping hand
    It means that “Peace on Earth”
    Cannot in this world shine
    Unless “Goodwill to men” is born
    First in your heart and mine
    Christmas means, if I’ll not forget
    When the hours of that day start
    That my best gift is not under the tree
    But what is in my heart
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