The Ladies Page


| January/February 1963


Country Echoes

By MAE BABER

R.D.2, Brandon, Wisconsin

It is Monday morning in late October as I write this. My automatic washer doesn't want to cooperate with me this morning so it shall be Column Time, quite unplanned. The summer has been such an eventful one. Let me tell you about it.

Recently my husband and I attended the banquet held by the Wisconsin State Antique Steam Club, at Fond do Lac. There were around one hundred and eighty people present. The food was excellent and we had two or more steam whistles for threshing day atmosphere. Bernhard and Dorothea Klein Schmidt were busy people getting the plans laid and had things working well. Dorothea had picked up sawdust and bark from logs waiting to be sawed when Mr. Otto Lanzendorf had his threshing day about a month ago. I had no idea they would appear on a banquet table.

I wish I could show each one of you ladies the table decorations made out of these. Plastic bottles which had held detergent for dishwashing were the receptacles. The one my husband won as a table prize was a bottle laid on its side with an oblong hole cut in the upper side. This was filled with sawdust and a bit of bark was used on top. Two of the nice washable flowers were set in bottle caps and buried in the sawdust. Some bottles were straight side up, but cut off, with an artificial orchid blooming from their tops.

I forgot to tell you she collected oats too. It was on the stem and mixed with flowers. These bouquets were chosen first by the winners. Isn't it amazing what can be done with inexpensive things that we often throw away? It could be a winter project for some of your pre-school children. Let them make a soap container bouquet.






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