Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Dec. 31, 1974
One Woman Fights ‘Chauvinism’ in Micronesia
By Robert C. Miller
TRl’K, Micronesia (UPI) — Male chauvinism reigns supreme in the American-governed Trust Territory of the Pacific, despite the incessant hammering of Joanne Bridgeman’s tiny, clenched fists.
Hawaiian-born Mrs. Bridgeman has been carrying on a determined one-worn an campaign on this beautiful central Pacific atoll 632 miles south of Guam to liberate Trukese women, who, like most other Micronesian women, live under the near total domination of their men.
“The biggest battlefield is birth control,” she said. “Traditionally the Trukese demand big families. It's a sort of security blanket for them.
Children Mean Love
“The men think the more children his wife produces, the more she loves him. Then he can go around trailing his children behind him and show the rest of the men that he has a loving, obedient wife.”
The trouble is that the big families are gradually impov
erishing the atoll because of inflated prices and a gradual land shortage Unemployment is rife* and, as Mrs. Brugge-man has tried to explain, the smaller the family, the better the living.
“But I’m not making much progress,” admitted the petite mother of two mischievous blonde tots.
“The women explain to me that if they don't produce about a child a year, their husbands take this as evidence of fading affection. It causes the men to lost1 face among their friends who will pointedly ask why he has so few children.”
Mrs. Bruggeman, wife of the manager of the atoll’s biggest hotel, the Truk Continental, says she gets little help from the church authorities on Truk, where most of the people are Roman Catholic. Church officials have not encouraged the dissemination of birth control advice.
Father Dominic, S. J., of the all-male Xavier high school, says there are cracks appearing in the masculine-dominated society and points to the election of the first woman member of the congress of Micronesia. •
Xavier, which has been the Notre Dame of Micronesia, is being pressured to admit girls to the previous all-boy school, Father Dominic said.
Farther west, on the island of Yap, the Catholics have taken the lead.in attempting the emancipation of the Mi
cronesian women by offering scholarships for Yapese girls to mainland American colleges.
Can't Eat With Men ,
The island, 514 miles southwest of Guam and 1,146 miles from Truk, brags about even greater discrimination against its women. On Yap, the women are still forbidden to eat with the men. they cannot use the same utensils and traditionally walk a few paces behind their husbands when seen in public.
All packages and burdens are, of course*, carried by the women. A former German colonial headquarters, Yap is still one of the few Pacific islands where grass skirts are worn and bras are found only in dictionaries.
Cosmetics and beauty aids are another no-no on Truk.
“The Trukese live by the Old Testament,” Mrs. Bruggeman said. “They believe that no married woman should look attractive or in* an enticement to any man. even her husband.
“Thus there are no attempts to fix themselves up, use makeup or dress in pretty clothes. Keeping a wife is probably pheajKT in Truk than anywhere else* in the world right now, but with the influx of tourism and improved communications with the outside world, I fend certain that things will change eventually, for the betterment of the Trukese women.”
Going to Her Head
Ali, a one-year-old macaw, sits on top of the world recently from its vantage point atop actress Trudi Van Doom’s head. Miss Van Doom was a guest judge at the Talking Bird contest at London’s Alexandria Palace. Ali, who is valued at $7,000, was one of the contestants.
Shay-Saunders Vows Said
Marriage vows were exchanged at Kenwood Park United Methodist church during a 2 o’clock ceremony Saturday between Miss Deborah Ann Shay and Richard Gordon Saunders. The Rev. Clifton El-lerbeck officiated.
Parents of the bridal couple are Mr. and Mrs. Francis Shay of Central City and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Saunders of Waterloo.
The bride selected a gown of ivory maraeaine jersey with crystal pleating edging the V-neckline and cuffs of the sleeves. The silhouette skirt extended into a ehapel-length train. A ribbon-trimmed plateau headpiece held her fingertip veil and her flowers were red sweetheart roses and ivory and green carnations accented with holly.
Winners of the rubber bridge game played Monday at Noelndge Park Christian church are: North-south — Grace Eyman and Shauna Fitzgerald, first, and Mick! Siewert and Sue Butschi, second; east-we*st — Chris Chit-tick and Bella Wolfe, first, and Pat Howard and Shirley Moore, second. Over-all winners were Mrs. Eyman and Mrs. Fitzgerald The next game will be played Monday at 9 at the church.
BABY SHOWER GIVEN FOR MRS J D. SHIVELY
A baby shower was given Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Jerry D. Shively, 424 Thirty-first street SW, by Mrs. Jack Babe of Blairstown. The event took place in the social room at St. Patrick’s school. Thirty guests shared the courtesy.
JoAnne Shay of Shawnee Mission, Kan., attended her sister as maid of honor and other attendants were Susan Saunders of Des Moines, sister of the bridegroom, and Mrs. Jean Paul of Omaha. Their empire A-line gowns of Nile green jersey w ere sty ltd with wide collars, tie-back belts and cuffs of emerald green velvet. Each carried a bouquet of light green carnations and dark green starflow-ers.
Best man was Robert Saunders of Iowa City. Michael Conrad of Ankeny and James Schlitz, jr., were groomsmen and Babette Diane Shay of Misawa air base, Japan, and Kenneth Saunders of Waterloo, brother of the bridegroom. seated guests.
Following the ceremony a
Large Baby' Becomes Twins
HANFORD, Calif, (CPI) -W?hen Mrs Clara Loya of LeMoore entered Sacred Heart hospital here recently, she expected to give birth to what her doctor said would be “a very large baby.”
The doctor was half-right. She gave birth to two large babies. Jo lent* Nicole was born about 2 am. and weighed 8 pounds even Eight minutes later, her brother, Janson Michael, arrived and weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Dr. Eugene Haslett said that they were the largest twins ever recorded in Kings county. Mrs. Loya has two other children, aged 7 and 3.
In 1973, 49 percent of all women in tin* country over the age of 16 were working. That’s nearly 40 percent of the U.S. labor force, according to the World Almanac.
reception for 200 guests was given at the church.
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trip through the Southern states, the newlyweds will reside in Shull hall, Cedar Falls. The bride is a senior student at the University of Northern Iowa and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Torch and Tassel honor socieli<*s. The bridegroom received his BA and MA degrees from UNT and is residence hall director there.
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Society for Women
Miss Waters Is Married
IOWA C ITY - Nuptial vows were exchanged Saturday by Miss Pamela Sue Waters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wendell Waters, and Murry Uh* I^angfitt. All are of Iowa City. The 7:30 ceremony at First United Methodist church was performed by the Rev. Paul Akin.
The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Winifred l^angfitt of Iiiurens.
Fbr her wedding the bride chose a gown of sata mist accented with Yenise lace on the portrait neckline, Bertha collar and court-length train. Her fingertip veil, edged with matching lace, was caught to a Camelot cap and her flowers were a cascade* of red roses and pink daisy pompons.
Barbara Ann Coffey attended as maid of honor and bridesmaids were Vicki Finke and ( herri I^angfitt. Their empire gowns of ruby velvet were styled with portrait necklines and puff sleeves trimmed with ivory lace. Each carried a huricanc* lamp arrangement of pink daisies and burgundy-tinted baby's
Morris Pit luck served as lH*st man and groomsmen wert* Steve* Just and Mike*
Prentice. Marvin Nicola and Kevin Uingfitt seated guests.
A reception for 150 gue*sts was given at the Highlander supper club following the* ceremony.
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The couple will make their
home in Iowa City where the bride, a graduate of the University of Iowa, is employed by Robert Lucas elementary school. Mr. Lungfitt, a student at the U. of I., is an employe1 of the state hygienic laboratory.
Deborah Covington Wed
Cedar Christian church provided the setting Monday evening for the* marriage of Miss Deborah Jo Covington, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Lyle J. Covington. 161 Nineteenth street NW, and Gearld Dee Purifoy. He is the son of Millard Purifoy of Hope, Ark., and Mrs. A. J. Rials of Gilmer. Texas.
The 7 30 ceremony was performed by the Rev. Neville G. Clayton. Following, a reception for IIN) guests was given at the church
The* bride's gown of polyester was designed with a collared V-neckline and full chiffon sleeves accented with pearled ^-embroidered lace and marked at the hemline with matching lace ruffles. A
pearled he*adpiece held her elbow-length veil and she carried a Bible topped with a lavender orchid.
Terri U*e Covington attended her sister as maid of honor and Mary Joan Corwin of Janesville jvas bridesmaid. Their gowns of lavender polyester were trimmid with ivory lace and purple velvet ribbon and were styled similarly to that of the* bride. They wort* lavender flower headpieces and carried Bibles with arrangements of lavender and white daisy poms and carnations.
James B and Jerry I). Covington. brother of the bride, were lest man and groomsman, respectively. Guests were seated by Tom L. Sutton of Brandon and Brian L Klein of Swisher.
The* bridegroom was grads
ated from Southern State college in Magnolia. Ark Both the* bride and bridegroom are specialists serving with the* army at Fitzsimons hospital in Denver. Colo. They will Im* at home* in Denver after Jan. 15.
Eta Phi member! of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will not meet Thursday as reported in The Sunday Gazette. The meeting is scheduled Jan. 9 The Gazette regrets the error.
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Miss Levenhagen Becomes Bride of Danny Ray Davis
NEWHALL - Dunn)! a 7 o’clock ceremony Saturday at St. John Lutheran church, Miss Jennifer Louise Lcven-hagen became the bride of Danny Ray Davis. The Rev. E F. Dohrmann officiated.
Following, a reception was given at the* Newhall Legion hall.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Levenhagen and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Davis, all of New hall.
The bridal gown of Chantilly lae*e was styled with a high neckline, long slee*ve*s and a chapel-length train. Matching lace edged her ehapel-length mantilla and her flowers were a cascade of white mums and red carnations.
Lynorc* and Gretchen Levenhagen attended their sister as maid of honor "and brides-maid, respectively. They wore emerald green velvet gowns trimmed with white lace on the nc*ckUne*s and cuffed sleeves.
Ted Davis served his brother as I lest man and groomsman was Gary Davis, another brother. Matthew and Michael Levenhagen, brothers of the* bride, seated guests.
EulUwiug a wedding trip ie
Missouri, the couple will make their home in Newhall.
Mary Vida Is Bride of G.G. Hunt
Miss Mary Susan Vida of Boulder, Colo., and tier? Id G. Hunt, jr., also of Boulder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hunt of 3811 Redbud road NE, were married during a ceremony at 1:30 Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic church. Vows were said before the Rev. Bernard G. Collins.
The bride, daughter of Mrs. Ambrose R Vida of Aurora, III., selected a jacketed floor-
Mrs. Hunt, Jr.
length Italian knit gown of off-white with a striped bodice. She carried a yellow rose.
Honor attendants were Mrs. Duncan Bailey of River Vale, N J., sister of the bndc*groom, and Thomas N Vida of Dubuque. Mrs. Bailey wore a hunter green pantdress of knit fabric.
Robert VV. Baile*)’ served as ring bearer.
At 2 o'clock, a reception was given at the home of the bridegroom’s parents.
The bridal copple will reside in Boulder following a brief wedding trip The bridegroom a graduate of Iowa State university and the University of Colorado in Boulder, is an architect. His bride was graduated from Alverao college in Milwaukee and is presently employed by the Boulder Vallt*y public schools.
By Abigail Yan Buren
DEAR ABBY: I used to be one of your most devoted fans, but not anymore. How dare you say that people who don’t iron their bedsheets, pillow-case's and towels are just plain lazy!
Abby, haven’t you ever heard of permanent press fabrics? When they cann* in. the ironing of bedsheets and pillowcases went out at my house. And nobody irons towels anymore. The*y just fold them.
DEAR EX: Ytu (and a lot of other people) have confused me with my twin sister — Ann landers. You read that in HER column — not mine. I spoke with her a few minutes ago and she s reconsidered She s now doing penance — complete with sackcloth (un ironed) and ashes.
DEAR ABBY: Maybe I’m still a child, but I like the* element of surprise on Christmas morning. My husband insists on knowing what I want. lh* says he would rather gc»t me something I want than spend mone*y on something I don't want.
I kc*ep telling him to surprise* me, but he nags at nu* until I finally tell him Then he orders it right in front of
His mother is the same way. She asks me what I want for Christmas, too It take*s all the fun out of it for me.
I never ask anybody what they want. I use* my imagination and enjoy shopping around to find things, lf I'm wrong. I ll take my lumps, lf I'm right, I II tape your answer on my husband's nose* next year.
DEAR JENNIE: Not every body likes surprises, but if you do, then your husband should surprise you. But dou’t grumble lf he surprises you with a little nothing for which he spent two much.
DEAR ABBY: I need your help. I am 19 and I’ve tn*en seeing a guy who is 3(1. But that’s not all. He’s married and has two children How I got involve*d with him 1 11 never know.
This has got to end because* there is not any future in it for me. I have tried so hard to tell him, but he keeps calling me and calling me and he won t take* no for an answer.
Will you help me* write a letter to him? I want to get it across that I don't want to continue our affair and to ple*ase leave me alone. Thank you.
VV ANTS OUT
DEAR WANTS: Dent put anything incriminating in writing. (You never can tell where a letter will end up ) Tell him ii plaiu English that ytu’ve seen him fwr the last time and dent stick arwund far a debate, (lf be calls you again, hang up en him >
Everyone has a problem. What s yours! For a personal reply, write to ABBY: Box 69700, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069. Enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope
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