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^mb^n^euin ^ us <w, Ohi0 NORTH CANTON, OHIO, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1959 7e p PER COPY Christmas Memories "And there were shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night." Each of us has his or her own Christmas memories. Memories that often because of things that were and are no more, keep us from a full recognizance of the Day of Days. Perhaps your memory is of songs and laughter and a full gathering of family around a festive board. Perhaps it is of a fir tree gay with candles. Perhaps it is the crustiness of snow and the sheen of stars against a deep blue sky as you walked home from midnight service. Mine is the verse with which I began, and which my Mother always opened the holiday. If I shut my eyes I can smell the piney fragrance of the Christmas tree and see the sheen of her hair in the candlelight and feel the sureness of her hand holding mine. "And there .were shepherds abiding in the fields keeping watch over their f.ocks by night. And the angel of tlie Lord came upon them. And the angel said unto them. Fear not for behoid I bring you good tidings of great joy." The years may have passed. Sorrows may have come upon us. There may be longing in our hearts. But Christmas remains and if we will but let it in, it can bring our hearts fragrance and joy. Christmas is a day not to be celebrated, but to be kept. It is not dependent upon moeny, but upon love. It is a day not for one, but for all. It is the day of proof that love is the strongest thing in the world — stronger than,hate, stronger than evil, and stronger than death. None of us is too poor or too lonely to keep Christmas. We can share that which we have with those who have less. There is no price tag on well-wishing or on friendly speaking or kindly doing. The gates of our hearts can swing wide at a touch. We can each of us bring cheer to some lonely child..or a word of friendship to the lonely and forgotten men. For no one can keep Christmas alone. As Henry Van Dyke wrote in his great Christmas prayer: "Teach me that I am not alone, But that many hearts all round the world, Join with,me through the silence, While I pray in His name. Amen." Keyboard Artists Equally At Heme In Solo or Dyo Performance Twenty Finaers u A Certain Samaritan97 Dr. Thomas A. Dooley, the 32-year-old physician from St. Louis, now famous as the "jungle doctor of Laos", paid a hurried visit to his native land in recent days, received plaudits and prizes from admiring and distinguished fedow citizens and is rushing away again because, in his own words, "I want to be home for Christmas." ' Having included in his trip to the homeland a stop for a cancer operation and the assurance of a 50-50 chance of living another year, the urgency of getting "home" and getting on with the work he has started is understandable. The high point of the young doctor's trip was his attendance as guest of honor at the fiftieth anniversary dinner of Mutual of Omaha in the Nebraska metropolis when he was presented with the company's Criss Award of $10,000 and a gold medal a man could just about squeeze into his hip pocket. Presentation before the 2,000 dinnei guests was made jointly by Dr. Char.es Mayo of the world- famous Mayo clinic who is chairman of the Award's board of judges and V. J. Skutt, president and board chairman of Mutual of Omaha. In praising Dr. Dooley's five years of devotion to the medically underprivileged of the tiny southeast Asian kingdom of Laos under the guns of Red China, Dr. Mayo called it "a truly remarkable manifestation of a free man helping other free men on a person-to- person basis." But Dr. Dooley has done considerably more than this. In 1957, in collaboration with Dr. Peter Commanduras, he set up the Medical International Cooperation Organization, More briefly known as "Medico," for the purpose of bringing medical facilities to the world's most backward areas. Since * that time six such facilities have been established and Dr. Dooley announced on receiving the Criss Award tha; he is giving the $10,000 to the Medico hospital in* Kenya, Africa, p which is under the direction of a native doctor. In honoring Dr. Dooley, Mutual of Omaha honors that great body of selfless medicos scattered about the world who have put- aside personal ambition and comforts oi home to serve the most neglected of their fellow men. Word To The Wise Holidays, generally speaking, are pleasant occasions. Holidays also are times when death and tragedy. stalk the celebrants. This is especially true during.long Christmas and New Year's weekends such as most Americans will have this year. The other day the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators sent out a few remarks on the subject. Its release contained these chilling sentences: "Indication , are that the year 1959 may become the most grisly year in the history of U.S. traffic fatalities. A toll of nearly 40.00C is considered to be a strong possibility by safety officials." Whether or not the nation sets a new record in traffic deaths will depend, obviously, on what happens in December. Most particularly, it will depend on events during the crucial holiday weekends. Traffic studies show that over holiday periods the percentage of fatal accidents involving drinking drivers is almost double the year-round average. The percentage of auto deaths involving speed too fast for the conditions also virtually doubles in holiday periods. Many are not wise, and even for the wise a word is not always sufficient.-•■ Nevertheless, we offer the word in hopes that someone, will profit bg it. Just as music is a very important feature of thr Christmas Holiday season, it is also an integral part of the lives of two North Canton women. These two talented ladies, although each very, compet tent in her own right, often combine their abilities ii duets for the pleasure of the North Canton community. Most recently the piano-organ duo of Wehl and Mathie performed Friday night at- the Zion E & R Men's Brotherhood Christmas program held at the church. Goldie (Mrs. Ward) Mathie has been studying piano and organ since she was eight years old, was organist at the Zion E & R Church for 21 years and taught -piano for almost 30 years. Her keyboard partner, Blanche (Mrs. Clarke) Wehl began play ing piano at the Cairo Church when she was in the eighl. grade, played for the Zion E & R Sunday School classes 18 years and has been a member of the church -choir 40 years. Bo<*h women, although accomplished musicians, have never considered the field as a profes- sio\ reserving their music for their own enjoyment and the entertainment of their friends and neighbors. And both have been inspirations for many younger North Carton musicians who had their first piano lessons from one of the two teachers. Born Oct. 15, 1900, to Albert and Artie Fullmer Allison, Mrs. Wehl was graduated from Hartville High School with the same class as Andrew Cordier. She started her music lessons while in school and kept them up when she went to work in the order and billing department pf The Hoover Co. After studying under teachers in Canton, Akron, Greentown and Cleveland, Mrs. Wehl went on to teach others. She gave piano and voice instruction in this community for 25 years, quitting about eight- years ago. Just this summer she was honored by the Zion E & R church for her 40 years as a member of the choir. In addition to playing for the Cairo Church before her marriage and for the Sunday School here 18 years, Mrs. Wehl also directed - h e chi'dren's choir of the .hureh five years. She, too, plays the organ, but is more familiar with the jriano. Mrs. Wehl is acti've in the Eastern Star, where she has been the organist for the last five years, is a charter mem- (Continued on Page 17) lilted toy $ai An eight-year-old Nort!* Canton youth was struck and killed by a station wago* north of town late Tuesday afternoon. Dead on arrival at Mercy Hos pital after being rushed there i* Lewis & Karlo ambulance wa- Marvin Kandel, son of Mr. anc Mrs. Loren Kandel of 1051 Or chard Dr. Marvin was with his 12-year old brother, Steven, a newspapo* carrier, picking up papers at the time of the accident. The boys were on the east side of Api legrove Rd. and Marvii (Continued on Page 17) Early Again Again next week, because of the New Year Holiday, the Sun will go to press early in the week. All news items should be into the Sun office by noon Monday. Church Robbed Sash Box Taken The melodious music of the organ-piano duct tc_m jl Mathie and Wehl has thrilled North Canton area residents for many years. Both women are noted in the area for their solo work along with the duo performances. Shown here playing for the Christmas program of the Men's Brotherhood of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church Friday night, are Mrs. Ward Mathie (front) at the organ and Mrs. Clarke Wehl at the piano. Community Shares Seer et of Christina •Christmas 1959 — no bright tree, an empty stocking, a skimpy dinner, no bright smile. This could have been the picture. However, the wonderful Christmas spirit of giving which prevades the North Canton community has painted a far brighter Christmas scene. Local organizations and individuals have been busy the few weeks preceding Christmas planning a cheerful Chrismas for those in need Too numerous to ment-ion are all of the community projects that light up the Stark County glow. Among the projects which Guild Greetings Sev.enty-two women at the Stark County home will receive a special treat this Christmas from the Women's Guild of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Women of the church fixed fancy little personal boxes for the women and fitted them with toilet articles and other small gift items. All packages were gaily wrapped and tied with ribbon to add to the cheer. With the packages are two of the chairmen in charge, Mrs. Paul V. Helm (left), wife of the pastor, and Mrs. Russell Youtz. Assisting them was Mrs. Ralph Brown, co-chairman, and, the women of the church, have warmed the hearts of young and old alike are the following: The Women's Guild of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church has prepared 72 Christmas boxes with small gift items for the women in the Stark County Homo for the Aged. Taking colorful cont-ax pa.rer, t-he women of the church covered cigar boxes and placed dainty toilet articles and other smal. gifts in the boxes, to be wrapped and tied with ribbon. Chairman in charge of the iroject were Mrs. Ralph Brown, Mrs. Paul Helm Jr. and Mrs. ptussell Youte. The North Canton Farm Women's Club donated money to- .vard Christmas activities at the "airmount Children's Home and he Applecreek State Hospital. The organization also gave to the Christmas Seal Sale and as- •isted Mrs. Mervin H. Saylor iii her work with the mentally handicapped. The Women's Missionary So- :icty of the Zion E & R Church ■ent gifts and clo-hing to a boy md girl .in the Winnebago In- lians Children's Home in Wis .-onsin. The society has financiall; adopted two orphans of thc .iome. Members of the sophomore Hi-Y canvassed the neighbor .iood, selling Christmas wreath: .or the YMCA world Service or ganization. Shut-ins were the special pro jeet of the Senior Citizen: group. The county home was the year ly project of t-he North Canto: funior Woman's Club. Be_aus. )f others taking a special ir •erest in the home at the Yule ide season, the club devote most of their Christmas effort-L '.n the direction of the Massil on State Hospital. Members of the Pre-'Schoo" Mothers Club are donatin- cookies to t h e Stark Coun ;y Home. The North Canton Social Wei fare Committee is preparing Christmas food baskets for several needy North Canton families and children of these families ' joined Elks Club youngsters at a part-y Saturday afternoon at the Elks Lodge. Boys and girls attending the Community Building Christmas party on Saturday 'brought 25 cent gifts for t-he mentally retarded boys and girls of Stark County. Possible the biggest effort a! Chris-mas giving vvas found at Glenwood High School where tho school's 1,139 sluents collected and wrapped 6,191 gifts to make many, many Christmases brighter—including their own. The community has found the secret of the wise saying: "Giving is better than receiving." Closed For Christmas The Canton Village Hall will close at noon Dee. 2-1 for the Christmas holiday. Offices will reopen for business Monday, Dec. 2S. Christmas Star Shines Yet Today Nearly 2,\)00 years ago a bright star shone in The East. ...-■• Wise men, shepherds, little children followed the star's beam and came lo an inn in the tiny village of Bethlehem. There, as the story goes, they found the small baby ■Tesus "wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the manger," with his Mother Mary and Joseph, her husband. Many anniversaries of the birth of this Christ Child have past since that memorable night and still the wonderful message brought by the Babe is as fresh and new as the first cry of an infant born this Christmas Day 1959. Rich men, laborers, boys and girls still share the joy of that blessed Event as they give a little of themselves as God gave of Himself to make Christmas possible. Many special services have been planned by area churches for this holiday season. The Christmas Eve Candlelight service of the Community Christian Church will be at 7:30. Traditional 11 o'clock Candlelight Services will be held in the Evangelical and Reformed and Zrion Lutheran churches. Two choirs presented special music at the Christmas vesper service of Faith Methodist Church held Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. Subject for the Methodist service was "The Gift of Light." The chancel choir will sing "Sing Ye Noel" by Dash and "O Holy Night" at the Zion Lutheran Christmas EVe program. The worship service wilL include the Litany to the Christ Child. At the candlelight service in the Zion E & R sanctuary, the chancel choir will present a program which will include: "Carol of the Doves", arr. by Gaul; "Guest from Heaven," arr. by Overby; "Carol of Russian Children," arr. bv Gaul;. "Alleluia Noel," by Ball. The youth choir will join the adult singers in "I Wonder as I Wan. der," arr. by Niles. The chancel choir will be under the direction of Paul Whear in presenting the Christmas Eve service at Community Christian Church. Selections to be sung by the choir are "In the Bleak Mid- Winter" by Hoist, "While by Our Sleeping Flocks" arr. by Jungst, "Behold a Star from Jacob Shining" by, Mendelssohn, "Rejoice and Sing," "Beside Thy Cradle," "Ah Dearest Jesus," "Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light," all by Bach; "A"d t-he Glory of the Lord." "For Unto Us a Child is Born," and "The Hallelujah Chorus," all by Handel. Soloists will be: O. P. Kidder singing "Comfort Ye'> by Handel; Mrs. Charles Cockerham singing "Magnificat" . by Mr. Whear; Mrs. Ri-chard Sanderson singing "Behold a Virgin" by Handel and Mrs Karl Kidder singing "Rejoice Greatly" by Handel. Mrs. L. G. Shilling will be the organist. There will be a Christmas Day service at the Zion Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Tlie chancel choir will sing "Let Our Gladness Know No End" by Handrich Selections (Continued on Page 17) The North Canton Zion Evangelical and Reformed ■"Ihurch was broken into last week and an undisclosed _mount of money was taken from a filing cabinet in the hurch office. North Canton police, investigating the robery, said that *-ey loand no clues. The theft was discovered by Paul Strausser, church custo- lian, as he came to work Thurs- lav morning. It is estimated that the thief must have broken in sometime between 9:15 Wednesday night' nd Sam. Thursday. Bofh 'he secretary's a"d pas- 'or's offices had been broken in- *-o and were left in shambles by the robber who was evident- allv searching only for money. Desk drawers were emptied and files overturned in the attempt to find the cash. Other than the tool marks left on fhe doors which the thief pried or en there were no other clues, no suspects and no witnesses. Police are investigating. T@s The Season Tor Carolling The still air suddenly rings with son_. It's Christmas, and it's carolling time. Carolling groups have been visiting North Can+on area shuf. ins, Home for t-he Aged and hnsnitals the past week bringing Christmas cheer through •p-o-'g O-p Wednesday night, Dec. 16, members of the Delta Tri-Hi-Y -L»a**hered in front of the Communis Building at 6:30. T'-ere they boarded a trailer, hauled by a truck, and headed U1* for a night of carolling. Af*er stops at the homes of shut-ins. a visit to the St*ark County Home, the group headed back to the building for a Christmas party and gift exchange. Driver of the truck was John Blemler, husband of the group's advisor. The girls meet at the CB the first and third Wednesdays of each mon*"h. Their December activities will climax with the S o-Ball Formal Saturday, Dec. 26. Joining for a carolling party this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. will be the Luther League, Youth Choir and Senior Catechism class of Zion Lutheran Church. Carollers On Wheels Carollers on wheels saved shoe leather and covered a lot more -territory- members of the North Canton Delta Tri-Hi-Y piled onto a trailer hitched to a truii nesday night, December 16. Transportation was furnished by John Blemler,._of_ 7Q4 ■ husband of the group's advisor.
|Title||The Sun, 1959-12-23|
|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton Public Library|
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