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SAGU/0000CHE CRESCENT VOLUME LXIV SAGUACHE, COLORADO THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 1943 NUMBER 51 GOLDEN WEDDING .TO BE CELEBRATED ON CHRISTMAS EVE Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Johnson will celebrate their golden wedding an- niversary on Christmas Eve at their home, the Eureka Hotel in Saguache. The couple was married December 24, 1893 at Akinsville, Me., where Mr. Johnson was employed as a teacher in the Public Schools. The bride, the former Gertrude DeVinna, was attended by Miss Alpha Irey as bridesmaid and J. A. Dudley, who now resides in Saguache was best man. On Dec. 21st, 1911 they arrived in Moffat, Colo., where they made their home until they moved to Saguache in August 1918. Their six children and their fam- ilies plan to be with them for the Anniversary and thru' the holidays. They are Ivan N. Johnson of Gunni- son, Mrs. Walter Dilley, Del Norte, Mrs .John Wallace, E1 Reno, Okla., Mrs. S..B. Bonney, Carlsbad, N. M., Raymond F. Johnson, Denver and John F. Johnson, Jr., Colo. Springs. There are eight grandchildren, Charlotte and Arlene Johnson, Frank- lin and Donald Gene Dilley, Mrs. Walter McFarland, the former Betty LeMarr, Robert Bonney, Maurine and Russell Johnson. W. Franklin Dilley HA l Ic , U. S. Navy and Mrs. Walter McFarland are the only members of the family who will be unable to attend. Miss Mary DeVinna, Mrs. John- son's aunt, of Center, Colorado and Dorothy Clary of Del Notre will be houseguests. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson will hold open house from 2 p. m. until 4 p. m. on Frdiay and all their friends are invited to call. "SHIRT SLEEVES" PRESENTED TO APPRECIATIVE CROWD Presented before a well-filled auditorium, Shirt Sleeves , Senior and Junior play, was well received Friday night with creditable acting by the cast under the direction of Robert R. Tarbell. The play provided moments of ex- citement and amusement for the audience. On the whole, the charac- ters were well portrayed and the cast carried out the plot with praisewor- thy smoothness. Between the acts, selections were given by the band and orchestra un- der the direction of Thomas Drys- dale. Miss Piedad Archuleta gave the plot to the play and between one of the scenes Delrrrar Dale, Senior class president, presented Mr. Tarbell with a lovely billfold. Miss Pearl Hazard and Ralph Vavak played a flute and piano duet and Miss Patsy Sanchez sang "White Christmas" which were enjoyed by the audience. Those taking part in the play were Virginia Trujillo, Delmar Dale, Con- stance Johnson, Ralph Raby, Wayne Madison, Betty Alexander, Ruth Mar- ion Lamb, Frances Garcia, Leila Torrez, William Solomon, Fidelino Chacon, Sammie Chacon, Laurence Potts, Betty Burch, Santana Sanchez, Polly Curtis, Cy Maez, Pauline Pach- eco, Inez Roach, Helen Mac Michaud, June Werner, Floriene Achuleta, Juanita TrujiUo, and Anna Men- dragon. ARCHAEOLOGICAL NOTES The Saguache Chapter of the Colo. Archaeological Society will hold its next regular meeting on Wednes- day evening, Jan. 5th, 1944. The series on Maya culture, by Miss Gleckler, will be continued. EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Christmas service will be held in the Episcopal Chapel on Friday morning, Dec. 24th, at ten thirty. Holy Communion, with Rev. Norris Twitchell officiating. Everyone will be welcomed. The Christmas Eve dance has been cancelled due to the fact that Mr. Heller's cai" is undergoing repair work and the new parts have failed to arrive. PNEUMONIA VICTIM EDMUND NATHAN WARD SR. DIED DECEMBER 18, 1943 Edmund Nathan Ward, Sr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ward was born in Saguache, Colorado, September 8, 1904. He attended the Saguache schools and assisted his father in carpentering, during his early years. He was later employed in the Civil Service Department for the State Highway in Saguache, Rio Grande and Conejos counties. Edmund was married to Miss Ethel Edwards of Del Norte, Colorado, October 10, 1932. To this union three sons were born: Everett Lee, Edmund Nathan Jr., and John Her- bert who died in infancy. Edrrfund departed this life, Dec., 18, 1943 at St. Joseph's hospital in Denver after several months illness which was borne with great patience and cheerfulness. In October 1942 he received an eye injury and was recovering from that when on Jan. 10, 1943 he ac- cidentally got his right hand in a power saw. The injuries resulting from this mishap caused him to be under the doctor's care these past ten months. On November 18th he underwent an emergency operation and hadn't recovered from that until he was stricken with pneumonia, two days preceding his death. Besides the bereaved parents, wife and two sons, he leaves to mourn his passing two uncles, an aunt and several cousins most of whom reside here, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Wells:Burress Chapel, Wednes- day morning Dec. 22 at 11 o'clock bb Rev. Twitchell of Alamosa, Colo. Music was rendered by Mrs. J. C. Freedle, Mrs. Thomas Ashley, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Werner and Walter Slane. Favorite songs were, "Abide With Me", "The City Four Square" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye". Pallbearers were Sidney Hall, Shel- don Dilley, Glen Hunt, Horace Mar- old, LeRoy Coleman, and Herschel Lockett. Edmund was a good neighbor-- cheerful, kind and considerate. Al- ways doing more than his share and ever alert for an opportunity to help someone, less fortunate than him- self. 1944 MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSES NO 1944 LICENSES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL JANUARY 2, 1944 All persons now having a 1943 Colorado plate will be furnished a 1944 validating tab. Persons having 1943 plates from another state or no 1943 Colorado plate will be furnished a 1943 Colo rado plate and 1944 validating tab. In all cases owners will be issued the regular registration certificate (license card) which will have the 1943 plate number and the 1944 tab number. Material for both the validating tabs and the license cards was re- ceived late, hence  the late date of issue of licenses. CARD OF THANKS We wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our friends and neighbors for their kindness, words of sympathy and beautiful floral offerings during the illness and death of our beloved hus- band and father. Mrs. C. C. Hoffmann Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Hoffmann and Jimmy Mr. and Mrs. Ivan McDaniel DECEMBER BEAUTY Jack Frost gave us very beautiful winter scenes last Thursday when all the trees and shrubs were covered with a thick sparkley whiteness. Mr. and Mrs. K. D.' Saliba returned to their home in Saguache last Thursday. They had been in Trini- dad caring for their daughter's fam- ily while she and her husband were i in California. The Mike Salibas are locating in California. A GLOBAL CHRISTMAS ........ JD WITH THE COLORS Pvt. Jack Gray has been moved from Camp Harrahan, at New Orleans La., to Camp Jesse Turner at Van Buren, Ark.   Apprentice Seaman Stanley Smith t has been transferred from Norfolk,} Va., to Columbia University at New I York to take his midshipman's train- 1 rag. '  Among other things Pfc. Ernest I Hayes is sending his mother a hand i made ash tray and a native grass skirt as souvenirs. She is wonder- 1 in, if it will fit ! ! Cpl. Dan Hayes of Fort Dix, N. J.,! arrived home Sunday and will re- I main until after Christmas. tie says I our Colorado weather is far better I than that in New Jersey. 1 Lieutenant Arthur H. Aekerman is a Christmas houseguest in the Ray Woodard home. He is on furlough from the Marine Air Corps training EARLY MORNING ]"ME THINKS" ..... ' '-'2"  station at CorpushcChristi, Texas. FIRE I SAGEBRUSH "T][]' I John Joe Cordova, Johnnie Louis /l Galvez and Ermin. Albert Abeyta left Monday after spending their fur- The fire department hurried out[ - I loughs with homefolks. These boys There are too many loved ones had completed their Naval Basic missing from the family circle for Training at Farragot, Idaho. Monday morning about 5 a. m. to put out a fire that destroyed the old log barn at the NE corner of the iY[artin garage lot. Their prompt arrival and quick work prevented the buildings across the alley from going up in smoke. The fire is of undetermined origin although several small fires have started at that place last summer and fall owing to ashes and trash carelessly dumped from the south  side of the alley. Extreme caution i should be pra___cticed these winer days. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Angus and] daughter, Earlene, are now located in I Clearwater. Nebraska, having moved] there from Monte Vista. Virginia Whitten writes that she spent last week confined to her bed with flu. She and Helen Rominger are planning to spend Christmas with homefolk even the' there is no va- cation at the University in Boulder. making the peace as quickly as possible so that all fear ridden people enslaved by suffering may walk the path of freedom once again. One day the thick doors of hatred shall be broken and replaced by the doors of hope guarding the dreams of a new beginning for all who have lost the way. God grant us patience at this special time in the knowledge that the Prince of Peace shall some da have His way, and so with an abiding "joy for the gift of life let us join in the hope for a lasting "Peace on earth" and "good will to men' 'this Christmas Day. ---Helen Ashley Anderson this to be a really Merry Christmas,.[ ANOTHER SAGUACHE BOY but it can be a kindly one with / ,,  [IN THE BATTLE FOR TARAWA "Good Will to Men Thougn we ,'. of/. After two months of waiting the are at war 1 .... ]s ior ne purpose [Hayes famdy received a short letter EIGHTH GRADES FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVENTH, and PRESENTS "l00hristmas and the Four Freedoms" AN OPERETTA IN THREE ACTS GIVEN BY THE GRADE SCHOOL UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THOMAS T. DRYSDALE THE THIRD AND FOURTH GRADES WILL SING SPECIAL YULETIDE SONGS BETWEEN ACTS THURSDAY evening December 23, 1943 at FREEDLE AUDITORIUM THE CAST OF CHARACTERS GOOD ELVES Santa Claus ........................... Edward Alexander Tolerancce ................................ Gloria Garcia Liberty .................................... Shirley Baby Valiant ................................... Mary Stratton Plenty .................................... Patrica Jones BAD ELVES-- Bigot ....................................... Ralph Curtis Taboo ..................................... Billy Whitney Fear ........................................ Billy Lujan Want . ..................................... Junior Myers Three Wise Men .... Elifas Salaz, Nathan'Read, Dick Arehuleta Shepherds .. Leo Samora, Benjamin Manchego, Glen Alexander Joseph ................................... Roland Timney Madonna .......................... Georgie Marie Hazard Messenger ............................... Elobio Pacheco THE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA "Our Director" March .......................... Orchestra "Blue Danube Waltz" ........................... Orchestra "Just For Fun" March ........................... Orchestra THE SAGUACHE SCHOOL BAND Will present 'the following program preceeding the Operetta I "The Fleet" New March--By Laucend'eau II Medley of Christmas Songs III"Primrose" IntermezzoBy Holmes IV "The Sky Pilot" Ove'rtureBy George Bernard V "Sincerety Overture" ByLaurens ASSISTING THE DIRECTOR from their son Pfc Harold Hayes worded in part, that he was at the i Hawaiian Islands in a hospital and recovering from a "scratch" over his eye, that he had received at Tarawa. He was with the 2nd Marine Division there. Lt. A1 Simpson, guard on the Uni- versity football team in 1938 and 1939, was the third American inva- sion soldier to set foot on European soil. Landing in Italy with the as- sault troops on Sept. 3, Lt. Simpson and Capt. Grizard, Atlanta, Ga., hoisted the first American flag there. In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Simpson, 304 S. Solano, Albuquerque, New Mexico, he said he had been one of five American of- ficers to receive promotions immedi- ately after the landing. He was ad- vanced to first lieutenant and made I chief police officer for an area half 1 the size of New Mexico. [ Lt. Simpsonsaid he has about one 1 million Italians under his jurisdic- tion. Lt. Simpson entered the Army as a private Oct. 13. 1941. He is now in the military government di- vision. Lt. Simpson will be remembered as "Son Simpson" and lived with his parents in Saguaehe several years J ago. Mrs. Jack Gray recently received !three very pretty paintings from North Africa as a Christmas remem- brance from her brother-in-law, Sgt. Calvin C. Gray, who is now "some- where in Italy." Calvin writes some interesting facts about Africa, "The Arabs do some farming, but it is most- ly done by the Spaniards, French and Italians, who live in Africa. The Arabs are used mostly as slaves. However, we do find some in busi- ness. There is a lot of farming, but of course, not in the desert. They raise wheat, rye and barley, some corn, a little cane, flax and clover, a good variety of vegetables and melons, etc. Grapes and plerty of them to make (Veno). Oranges, apples, tangerines, cherries and a large variety of nuts. It would take one sometime to starve to death there especially in the fall of the year. The Arab's camels are just as tame as our cows, horses and mules and tlere are lots of them." They also "use burros and oxen, two wheel wagons and carts. There are a lot i of good horses, mules, cattle, sheep and goats. The cities are quite different than those in the states. They are usual- ly--and most alwaysdivided into i two parts, one part having a huge rock wall around it, being called the medena, which is the original Arab l city (dirty). The other part of the Miss Bessie Corlett, Miss Ruthella Dodge, Mrs. Doris Whitney order of American towns or cities Miss Jenny Gleckler, Mrs'. J. C. Freedle, at the Piano, and The population consisting mostly of George E. Bureh. French and Spanish. The French land Spanish are especially friendly with the American soldiers. We are CHRISTMAS BY WILLIAM SAROYAN First I would like to say to you, "Merry Christmas." It is like this--when I say it I want it to mean what it means. Not just words under a picture on a card, dropped in the mailbox on the corner, or handing you some- thing wrapped up in red paper which I have bought. I want it to say what it says, the way a child says it. Christmas is looked forward to by a child with even greater excitement than the excitement with which he looks forward to his own birthday, because Christmas is everybody's birthday, with the party going on all over the world. Christmas is to every child, in his own way, the wonder of the world and the light of life. Christmas is odors, brought in from the cold to the fire, a great laughing blend of perfume made of the scent of snow mingling with the scent of sanctity, of holly and fir mingling with the gifts of new clothes and new shoes; of Christmas candy and the bright, painted toys mingling with the unmistakable scent of happiness that comes out of people at Christmas, no matter how deeply it is buried. Christmas is soundsthe talking and tl]e laughing, the shouting and the singing of childhood's hymns the tinkling of the music box, which says "Hosanna" in the child's lang- uage of gladness, no matter if it i' s only saying, "This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes!" in English. Christmas is tastes--the round, golden taste o the orangethe taste of the perfect sphere, which has hung among the green leaves in the warm sun. It is the red-and-white- striped taste of peppermint. It is the sharp, sweet juice of the apple from the toe of the stocking. Many tastes must blend to make the taste of Christmas. ' Christmas is sights; but who can tell of the sights of Christmas re- fle'cted in the eyes of a child? Christmas is being together-- gathering together. It is the time of the heart's inventory. It is the time of going home in many ways. You do not have to tell a child what this means, and at Christmas, if at no other time, all men are children. Because it is the child's day, the coming of Christmas up the white steps of December transforms moth- ers and fathers, through old and win- % try leger-demain, into the children they once wereand still are, for that matter, and must always be-- until at last, on Christmas Eve, their caroling beside the tree is with the earnest voice of childhood. And the tears in their eyes are once again the tears caused by great expects-" tions of wondrous things to come--- expectations stirred in the infant heart of humanity, and someday, as sure as the sun, to be fulfilled. If children could speak--or if any- body could--what would be said on Christmas Day would be the book that all books would be. But who ca'n say, with words, what children feel, what Christmas means to them and to us? There are no words for it. And yet children say it all--with meaning straight and clear--when they say only, "Merr Christmas." And so, as one of them, and one of you, and one of us, helpless with the clumsy words, I say to them and to you: "Merry Christmas." I say it as a child says it.--clipped from the December issue of the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. RED CROSS NEWS COLUMN often invited into their homes and offered the best food and drinks. As a whole the French people are very clean and nicely dressed. Some of the girls aren't a bit bad to look at. s I haven't been in Italy long enougb to talk much about that. There are a lot of small villages in this country in which most of the farmers live. They go out each day to their farms, which is seldom more than an acre. Each farm has a well with which they use to water their crops. They raise practically the same crops as in Africa, ,,, ,