1956-12-20; Saline Observer
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These Saline Youngsters Are Representative of All Members of the Lollipop & Bubble-Gum Set Who Eagerly Await Santa Claus 8 SALINE: THE CITY OF OPPORTUNITY PHONE SALINE 37 FOR WANT ADS A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE, CIVIC. ENDEAVOR AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRESS IN THE SALINE AREA VOL. LXXIV No. 46 (Meimtoer of Salin§ Chamber of Commerce) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1956, SALINE, MICHIGAN 5c PER COPY The Christ Child or Santa Claus? f Neighbor, To those who are a bit trouble! about the question of whether Santa Clans is crowding the Babe in tlie Manger out of the true meaning of Christimas for our children, we like to tell of how this was settled for us and our two little boys nineteen years ago with tiie assistance of early Sunday school training and a grandmother who, even in tlie rush of holiday plans.for family reunions, always found time to real and retell the story of Christ's birth'to all the grandchildren who clustered around with their endless questions, which might not otherwise have been fully and carefully answered. Our 'Almost Four' and 'Almost Five' were watching us put the final touch, a* haloed angel, on the top of the Chri-t- nr_s tree. This climaxed a day which had included a visit to see Santa Claus. Almost Four turned to Almost Five and asked a blunt question which we had not .aticipated. "Don," lie said, "who do you like best, Jesus or Santa Claus?" Almost Five didn't hesitate at all. He knew the answer. "I like Jesus best, Bob," he said, "because Jesus takes c.»re of us all the time, aud Santa just helps us celebrate Jesus' birthday." "Out of the mouths of babes—" How coull we have answered that all-important question with such perfect faith and simplicity? To those who are hurt by the loss of a loved one, especially a child, at this time of year, and who "achlngly seek to find an answer lo that unanswerri-Ie "Why?", we want to tell ahout these same two, little boys on the Christmas which followed the abo\:**/iiiVi&>nt.-._. .--, " , .-. --?■*-_-• „ ■ "■. i ■--...* *t ■*,-. - ■-. *%**--_.j*.y*_ *-*-."* -■ - -'- 4.-':- * Eighteen yerrs ago, just two days before Christmas, four uncles carried the littlest boy, then Almost Five, up a snowy hill and placed his small white casket down beside mounds of flowers and one small gaily-decorated Christmas' tree, brought to the cemetery by a favorite aunt. The.p_4-.t0r spoke a few words, and we walked back down the hill. The ' last thing we saw, when we looked back, was _>ur littlest boy's brave little Christmas tree, as bright a^id shining as any tree lie had had during his four Christmases with us. * , * * Two morning-, later there was only one rocking horse under our Christmas tree, and only one Teddy bear in one small rei chair. Only one small stocking had been left for Santa Claus- Only one small boy had waited for-Santa's visit and listened while we real '"Twas the Night Before Christmas—" ^ We tried to make it a. Merry Christimas for Almost Six, but u was he who took much of the hurt out of the experience for us. Only once we broke down in front of him and cried, "But Bobby was so little, and he'll m_ss us so much!" Almost Six knew the answer. He looked at us amazed that -Jig People could be so very, very stupid. "But he won't really miss us much. Don't you remember?" he sail, "Gra-idmia said that there isn't any night in Heaven, ever, and he'll thirik, when we get ■there, that we came the ssame day he .did. He can't miss us much, not for just part of a day!" Just a few words of perfect faith, and we hope that they bring a bit of comfort to someone, su they did for us, during that Christmas season eighteen years ago. "" During tlie past eighteen years, our Almost Five has run iiappuy, we know, to welcome many members of '-lis faimily" irom his loved Grandma to tiny b«.y __gmmy, to his small comer of Heaven. Someday he'll run to meet us. His halo mil probably be crooked on his blond .curly head, and his sandals, as we so well remember, will be on the wrong feet, and We hope, selfishly that he has missed us just s*< bit and <<wl Sa>' as he so often -J*1-' when we were away too long; "hy didn't you come home sooner?" Services Of Obse rvance * *.* *-,_-. To ^ our rea(3ers we wish the merriest of Christmases and a naPPy, prosperous New Year. No Shortage Of Natural as Forseen For Saline 40 Prizes For Kids In CC Contest * More than $200.00 worth of prizes will be awarded to 40 wanning youngsters in the special . Children's Christmas Bonus contest now being conduced under ^ the sponsorship of the 'Saline Chamber of Commerce for the Christmas shopping season. -The contest is for children under ten years of age, and there will be prizes' awarded to "the 20. girls with /the most votes^,and -to_20rtpg.b_""j-, wi'i-aers. The 'contest began -on December 7 and will close at 9 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Merchants participating in the contest are displaying posters in their windows. Customers making, purchases' in the sponsoring business places are given ballots enabling them to vote for the -child of his choice. One 'vote is allowed for each ten-cents worth of merchandise sold. The minimum number bf votes on a ballot is five for a fifty-cent purchase, and 1,000 votes for a $100.00 purchase. *** ■Ballots are being deposited by each voting customer in a ballot box at the southwest corner of US-112 and Ann Arbor Street. Top leaders among "the girls in the contest at the December 16 counting were: D. Sheats, 2,837; S. Dieterle, 2,652; L. Johnson, 1,076; N. Starling, 1,060; T. Bonich, 1,016; S. Dechert, 997; S. Yuha_, 889; L. Robinson, 862; S. Wacken-. hut, 741; 0. Gable, 732; S. Seitz, 705; D. Fritz, 628; S. Karn, 610; I. Rosander, 605; A. Larson, 598; R. Martin', 586; S. Milkey, 554; C. Lindemann, 546; A. Beckington, 561 and R. Bernard, 540. Top winners among boys' in the contest were: P. Burkhardt; 5,430; C. Meyers, 4,794; R. Michalke, 1,203; N. Girbach, 1,144; M. Armbruster, 1,117; J. Finkbeiner, 976; S. Burdick, 891; K. Anderson, 751; B. Campbell, 725; T. Hollister, 668; A. Rhodes, 667; R. Rogers, 676; J. Reid, 596; R. Frey, 595; M. Green, 530; C. Fritz, 572; S. Hoeft, 521; G. Sloan, 491; D. Feldkemp, 440 and F. Milkey, 410. A listing of all contestants with more than 100 votes has been posted in both drug stores. Merchants participating in sponsoring the contest are Adair Paint and Wallpaper; A&M Chevrolet and! Oldsmobile; Anderson's Clothing; Burkhardt Real Estate; Cut (Continued on Page 3) Tableau Depicts Christ Child's Birth The life-size tableau of the Nativity is one of the mafai attractions for both adults and children at the annual Christmas Fantasy exhibit at the Ford Rotunda, and annually attracts more thara 600,000 visitors during the month the exhibits are open to the public. The Christmas Fantasy Exhibit, which includes jnany animated characters of fiction _md fairy tale, doll exhibits, trains and toy displays, will continue through Christmas Eve. Sermons, Pageants And Carols To Tell Of of Christ The annual Christian observance of the birth of the Christ \ Child in a humble manager in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago will he cbja_memorated and celebrated in all area! churches in services of _K>_h word and special Christmas music this week end. .■■•'■*. j In many churches, ^children's choirs will present special j hymns of praise in progf-ains in. conjunction with the a ult ob-j servances. ] A special invitation has been ex- tented by the various congregations' and church officals to local residents who are-not now affilated jvi^^sY^kT&i^a^T^bvsp^ to _o_S them at their holiday services. Visitors will be welcomed. Saline amd the 110 other communities served by Michigan Consolidated Gas Company are .assured of plenty of natural gas for every present and future heating "eec* — regardless of how serious the world fuel shortage may become .as a result of the Middle East Oil crisis, a. spokesman for -he Company announced today. To householders concerned by shipments of huge quantities of Americail oil to Europe and rising °u prices, Fred A. Kaiser, vice president and general sales manager, made this pledge; ''No one wiE be fprced to go- without adequate heat in the 110 communities served by Michigan Consolidated. . . The Gas Company is taking up mediate steps to make sure that every request for fuel, whether for homes, industries or commercial uses, will be met promptly." To carry out this pledge, the new American Louisiana Pipe Line Company which supplies Michigan Cons'olidaed with natural gas announced that it has purchased an additional 250 billion cubic feet of gas on Louisiana to augment its reserves. Also work is being rushed to. .increase the delivery capacity of 'the big pipeline to Detroit from 300 to 260 million cubic feet of gas daily. - At the same time, Michigan Consolidated engineers are, -completing plans' for a- muli-million dollar construction program* in 957 to expand gas service. "No matter what happens to the (Continued on Page 3) Area Home Displays. Will Win Prizes Three homes, in Saline will be picked, by a judging committee of Jaycees, Saturday evening, as? winners in the -'.'Make Saline Beautiful This Christmas" contest for outdoor decorations and displays at homes of the village. Three prizes will be awarded. Winner c_ first place will receive $15.00, second place winner will receive $10.00 and $5.00 will be given to winner of third prize. Judging will be based on originality and .beauty in the outdoor 'decorations in keeping with the Christmas theme. Hungarian Relief Fund Nears Goal — The fine response from throughout the county to the American Red' Cross Appeal * for Hungarian Relief has achieved more .than.80 per cent of its goal with $3'675 already collected. This is part of a $5,000,000 National ..Appeal, to provide the funds needed ;to assist 'refugees m*Austria, and pamp*Kil- mer and to participate.!-- the International Red Cross program in Hungary* where limited Red Cross convoys continue to help stave off starvation. ". The chapter chairman; Law- rence Ouimet, urged that contributions be sent inpromptty. -he;*_,ct ive appeal is scheduled to end *&-•-• week,. but-*; additional .contributions are needed^ ',.**' Mr. Ouimet also announced that Red Cros's recreation j^nd welfare staffs will be provided for the three TJ. S. Navy transport ships assigned to bring refuged to.'our country. Red Cross reception teams at the Brooklyn docks.and'at Mc- Guire airforce base as well as welfare teams? at staging areas in Europe will assist in this gigantic humanitarian,task.'These services were Requested by Tracy S. Vbor- hees, the President's coordinator for Hungarian Relief. Saline residents who wish to contribute .to the drive may leave their contributions with. Miss Luella Lambarth, local Red Cross chapter treasurer, at the Saline Saving Bank, and donations will be promptly sent to the county headquarters. Truck-Car Collision Kills Two Detroiters Two.' Detroiters lost their lives Saturday morning in a ihead-on truck-car .collision on fog-shrouded US-12 in Saline Township, two miles west, of Saline. Driver of the car, Wilfred Cleveland, 48, and his passenger, Rhoda Fletcher, 51,.were .killed instantly when their - car hit an automobile- oarrier driven by Arthur Elkin, 42, of Coldwater. .Elkin who was unhurt in the accident, told State police from the Clinton post that he swerved his rig as far to one side as he could to avoid the collision. However, the car''hit the truck almost head-on. State troopers said that. Cleveland apparently was attempting to pass another car and could not see the truck in the dense fog on the highway. The car was completely, demolished. ;The two deaths bring the traffic Xmas Decorations ' In Business Section Add Holiday Spirit \ iCongatratulations are due to the public-spirited SaEnites who have cooperated in decorating the shopping district of the -village with greens' roping and red festooning ori light poles and across the streets. • .The roping was furnished by Saline Chamber of Commerce,, the red streamers- by Katz Brothers and the village of. Saline furnished lights and labor'-putting up the holiday decorations. " • • toll for Washtenaw County ito 56 during the current year. This equals the mark set in the county in 1953 for the' entire 12-month period-. Women Hurt When Car Rams Pole Mrs. Donna Jean Huffard 22, of 9910 Stoney Creek Rd. Milan, was slightly injured Saturday morning at 10:30, when she was involved in an accident on the Saline- Milan Rd. near the intersection of Milkey Rd., about two and one-half miles south pf Saline. The accident occurred when Mrs. Huffard, who was traveling south, attempted to afvoid meeting an oncoming car on a' narrow bridge. As she applied the brakes the car went into a ditch and broke off a telephone pole. Her husband was summoned to the scene and transported her to Dr. G. J. Prout's office in Saline, where she was treated for facial injuries and cuts on the leg and released. The other car did not stop and the driver is unknown'.- Saline Police Officer Earl Kirby investigated the accident.' . Damage to the car was estimated al?5W, METHODIST CHURCH The pupils of the Church School including the Junior * Choir will present a Christmas program at the Methodist Church on Sunday evening at 7:30 p. m. The program will include the following numbers: Organ' and Piano Duet - "Christmas Fantacy" by Sally Stimpson and Pat Johnson. Brass Choir - Christmas Carols -led by Pat Johnson. Vocal Duet,-"0 Holy Night" Susan and Carol Coates. Professional by the Junior Choir - "O Come All Ye Faithful"'. The Christmas Story presented in Bible reading, carols, and tableau. Reader, Mrs. Cecil •Davenport. Singing iby the Junior Choir. Song by the Primary Class, "Away in a Manger". Song, "We Three Kings of Orient Are", Elwin Strait. Tableau cast: Mary, Marcia Struble, Joseph, Donald Jeppesen; Shepherds, James Struble, John. Parsons, Stephen Miller; Wisemen, Allen' Coe, Larty Carr,. Edwin Strait and Angels, Beth Ann Volz and Debbie Carr. The White Gift Offering which is an annual gift to the Methodist Children's Home at Redford, Mich, will be presented at the Morning Service and in the Church School. •Following the Christmas program the young people of the M. Y. F. will go out caroling. ST. PAUL'S CHURCH Rev- Alvin Siemsen, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church has chosen the topic "Silence Before God," as the theme for the pre-Christmas worship service Sunday morning at 10 a. m. •Sunday evening at 7:30 p. m. the'annual Christmas program will be presented by the members of the nursery, kindergarten, and lower junior departments. John Miller, superintendent of the Sunday School is in charge of the general program- and is assisted by department heads, Mrs. Ray Carlton, Mrs. John -Miller, Mrs. Milton ■Finkbeiner, Mrs. Erwin- Sehmid and Mrs. M. Hartman.- The Christmas Eve program, will be presented by the combined youth groups of the church. Included in the service wil be music by the choirs, a pageant, on the Symbolism of the Christmas Tree and carol singing by the congregation. A Candlelight service will foe held at 11:30 Christmas Eve, and music wOl be provided by the members of the girls chorus.*" BETHEL CHURCH *- The story of Christ's birth will be the theme of the regular morning services at Betel .Church Sunday, December 23. Worship ser. -vices'are at 10 a. m. aad Sunday school classes-are at .11 a. m. A Christmasi|>ageant, "The Holy; Nigftt'K-.will the*-presented ,by the, •yo-l-fe^-ups ' of tlfe church on Christmas Eve at 7:80 p. m. More than fifty young people will take part in the presentation. Tor his Christmas morning service, Rev. T. W. Menzel, will; preach on "Christmas Joy". There; will be Holy Communion at this: Service. The adult choir and the junior choir, under the direction of Mrs, Menzel, will furnish special pro-; grams of carols at both services.: FEDERATED CHURCH Christmas Worship Services will bte held at.Federated Church on Sunday, December 23, at 11:00 a.m., and again at 8:00 p.m., when the annual Christmas musical by the adult choir will be presented.1 The. pastor's morning theme will- be "Earth's Gto-eatest Moment,". and the Order of Service will include the rites of Baptism for children. The adult choir under the: direction ol Harold Brown will' Sing special Christmas anthems' and Christmas organ music will' be played by Mrs. Carl Geddes. Anthems under the direction of' Mr. Brown will include: "Be Joyous, O Judea!" by Peery; "A Savior is Bona," by Baar; "The" Prince' of Peace," by Wilson; "Nazareth," by Gounod; "What Child is This?", an English carol; "Sleep of the Noly Child," by Gevaert; "Gentle Jesus," by Moats; "As Lately We Watched," an Austrian carol; "Sing Ye Noel," XVn Century melody; and "The Angels' Hymn," by1 Beethoven. The public is invited to attend. both of these Christmas Services. The annual Christmas Eve program presented by the younger children of the Church School at Federated Church will hegin at 7:30 p.m. according to announce^ ment of the superintendent, Archii bald Preston. The younger pupils will be assisted in the program by the Junior Choir under the direction of Mrs. Carl Geddes. The teachers of the Nursery, Beginners and -Primary departments, led by Mrs. Arthur Lutz, primary superii*. tendent, have constituted 'the committee in charge of arrangements for the program, and will entertain the pupils from those departments at a Christmas party following their final rehearsal on Saturdny afternoon. -; ■The program consists of a dramatic presentation entitled "Christmas Around the World," for which Ruth Lutz will serve as narj- rator. The preliminary program will include' an orchestral ensemble by members of the Austin families, "Ave Verum Corpus," by Mozart, carol singing hy -the congregation led by James Austin, Choral Call to Worship by the Junior Choir, Invocation by Superintendent Preston, carol by the Junior Choir, "There's, a Star in the Sky," orchestra ensemble offertory, "Christian Medley," by Dalley. ,.
|Title||1956-12-20; Saline Observer|
|Publisher||LeBaron & Nissly|
|Description||An issue of the Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1880. No longer published.|
|Subject/Keywords||Saline (Mich.) - Newspapers; Washtenaw County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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