By now my Reunion enjoyment is over for the year and I am in full swing of teaching. But gee, didn't we have a wonderful time? It sure helped me to start my year's work full of vim and vigor. Since I had only visited Pontiac once before and never in Mt. Pleasant I surely met a lot of nice new faces along with renewing old acquaintances.
Mrs. Verna Thomas, Dwight Illinois, the Violet Lady, as my hubby always calls her, gave me a receipt. She suggested I could pass it on to our readers who are interested in raising Violets. It is a Violet fertilizer 1 T ammonia; 1 T saltpetre; 1 T epsom salts; 1 T baking powder. Put in a gallon jug and fill with soft water. Use one cup in each quart jar of warm water once a month. Hope it may do others some good. I am going to give it a try.
So sorry I missed meeting the owner of the engine, Reeves double simple, which I had the privilege of running through her husband's courtesy, Mrs. Doris Lindenmyer. May the little one she was expecting at that time have arrived and both mother and baby doing well!
Then too, I have Mr. Joe Wisehaupt to thank for sharing his engine with Elmer and me in the Parade. We later learned that he was taken to the hospital with a heart attack. May God's blessing be his. Another man, whose name slips me just now, gave us full possession of his Frick double and Elmer and I took a joy ride. Mr. Wilbur Collins permitted us to take the Kitten across the grounds. Elmer enjoyed that one.
These moments are always highlights to me since we don't have our engine close enough home to enjoy it often.
The Cooking School at Mt. Pleasant was very enlightening and seemed to be enjoyed by all present.
The last afternoon we shared in seeing an amateur program. Here we had the privilege of being a judge. Those youngsters surely have the talent out there
The C. of C. of Mt. Pleasant certainly is to be congratulated. They realize how a woman's day is complete when she can go into stores, especially strange ones and shop. Even just window shopping is fun. So they furnished bus service free to and from the grounds every half hour.
The warm, friendly atmosphere was surely contagious in all directions. It was wonderful to be a part of it at least for several days.
The Presbyterian Church group followed through with this good feeling by allowing us to use their tent later in the evening of September 5th to celebrate my boy friend's seventieth birth anniversary. I would like to have included all present but this was impossible. So about 30 of us gathered for a surprise to him. The usual ice cream and cake was served after which the Gilmar Johnson's shared some of their pictures with us. The group gave Elmer a monetary token and he is now selecting a gift for himself.
It was the first time I've ever had the privilege, since we're married that I could be with Elmer on his birth anniversary. So I felt it warranted a little celebration. Hope all had fun. We did!