THE LADIES PAGE


| January/February 1960



Country Echoes

By MAE BABER R. D. 2, Brandon, Wisconsin

Most all of us, I am sure, have some cherished memory from childhood which one can no more separate from one's self than your own personality.

When I was a child we went often to visit an aunt and uncle. The aunt was my father's only sister. As my mother's relatives lived at a distance Uncle Jim and Aunt Maggie were quite special in my life. Aunt Maggie made the most delicious sugar cookies my young mouth ever watered for. She often served these on a white milk glass plate with open-work edges. Now and then, percheda top the plates beauty was an elegant round layer cake. Through all the intervening years from then until now I have searched for a plate like that one that is until Mount Pleasant had its reunion, and we attended. Walking through the building where many antiques were on display and some for sale I spied my plate one day. I couldn't believe my eyes but here it was! 'Is it for sale?' I asked timidly. In a few moments it was mine. Perhaps it is not a perfect duplicate but near enough to satisfy me entirely. As I examined it the saleslady explained it was not a reproduction and I found it to be true as the marks of the knife cutting cake had left small cuts.

After twenty-six years of family togetherness Alfred and I are on our second honeymoon. Only once before, nineteen years ago, did we have a short trip together. To find this plate too, is just an extra bonus of happiness happiness mixed with smoke and whistles and friendliness and, of course, pop-off valves. This is Mount Pleasant. WHUPS a Wood Brother's almost ran over me. Perhaps I am too absorbed about the little pink pig family I just bought for seventeen-year-old Ginny. She likes everything pink, so why not pink china pigs from Iowa?

Mount Pleasant has some very interesting permanent displays and there will be more added from year to year. There are the old-time depot and the old-time school house.

On display in the large building they have constructed there, I found some interesting displays. Warren Holland of 500 W. Monroe in Mount Pleasant had an arrow head collection of about 1000 pieces. He has some duplicates, he told me, and will gladly exchange with other collectors. The doll display kept me very interested for an hour or more. For you ladies with old china doll heads hidden away in your attic here is an opportunity. On display was one brown-eyed china doll head on which the price was $150.00. These are very rare, Alice Lesley explained to me. When this head is put onto a body and dressed in her very special way it would retail for around $800.00. Mrs. Lesley runs a Doll Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. That is all the address you will need if you wish to contact her. She went on to say that the hair-dos are important on these china doll heads. They are named according to their hair-dos. The names she mentioned are Edith, Bertha, Mabel and Helen.