Cedar Rapids Press Newspaper Archives Dec 22 1969, Page 1

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Cedar Rapids Press (Newspaper) - December 22, 1969, Cedar Rapids, IowaWow Iowa s youngest editor 1969 loneliness at one of the loneliest places to be at is behind prison Walls. The staff of the state Reform Story for men in Anamosa will try to take something off the Edge of that bring a measure of warmth and Joy of. The Holiday into the lives of the inmates. All inmates will be relieved from at noon dec. 24 and Given the Chance to relax flyer eve. Catholic and protestant religious services Are scheduled for eve and Day. Movies will also be shown. The dining Hall is brightly decorated in the traditional Holiday colors a project of a commit tee comprised of staff and in mates. When the men gather for their noon meal of Turkey with All the trimmings on Day they Wilt enjoy the simple luxury of a table cloth at each table. At the noon meal every in mate will receive a package donated by Iowa stale industries and packed by the wives and daughters of staff members. The packages contain such i terns As fruit Candy and a pack of cigarettes. A number of groups have come into the Pri son to sing carols. The Warden at the Anamosa reformatory said that most of the prisoners have received pack Ages from their families. Of course there Are always some forgotten he explained. Some have no relatives or friends. Others have relatives who refuse to Send any thing to the men do their Best to conceal their inner feelings at this time of year. They Don t want to express feelings that might not seem masculine. But the men there have some pretty Low moments at it s certain. Changeless spirit the Candle in the poinsettias aflame in the Pinata Hung High Over the Heads of laughing family gathering together for the Reading of the Are customs of . Drawn from our Rich heritage of tradition they have become for each of us symbols of our sentiments enriching our Observance of the Day. In a very special Way they recapture for us remembrances of christmases past and create for our children memories for to come. It is this returning to the cherished Cus Toms of bygone years which makes each always the same yet Ever changeless spirit in a changing world a wonderful by Mary Brooks we were determined to take a Chance. So with zest we packed bundles of warmth sleeping bags Thermal underwear thick sweaters Wool socks ski jackets boots and quantities of heavy Mit tens and scarfs. And jammed in with them we had loads of books a week s sup ply of food and a 100-Pound bag of Coal which turned out to be a in High spirits we pulled out of the driveway eager to be on our Way to fulfil a dream of Many years. We were going to spend our in an unfurnished not winterized Cabin at an Altitude of feet in the Rocky mountains of Colorado. Although we would not have All the comforts of Home since the Cabin had no source of heat other than a fireplace our dream was to get the feel of the mountains in a Winter setting. The Plains were Dull Brown and that Bohills were Bare but As we wound up through the last Canyon at dusk still climbing we hit the Snow country. Each mile brought deeper Snow and the accompanying g anxiety As to whether we could make it to the Cabin. Finally in the darkness our headlights revealed the Road ahead trackless Snow filed and unbelievably husband gun Ned the motor and we roared up and up each passenger mentally Sti dining and pushing to help until we rounded a curve and were bogged Down by a two foot Drift. Then it hit us the one thing we had forgotten to bring was a Snow shovel. Undaunted our two teenagers hopped out and started digging vigorously with their hands. Again and again we tried to keep going but we eventually had to accept defeat. We could t reach the Cabin by car. Substituting plan b for plan a a favorite Way of teaching the children to be we prepared to carry things to the Cabin. By juggling almost everything in the trunk my husband with the inadequate Aid of a flashlight finally found All our boots which an ingenious woman would have put inside the car. We spent the next two hours struggling through the Snow Back and Forth from car to Cabin in the silent Forest. Continued Page four 10 cents Cedar rapids press volume 7 edition number 19 it s Good to be Home for the holidays it s Good to be Home for . Winter comes to the mid West As everyone prepares for the Holiday. Snow sifts from Pine branches in the cold win Ter wind and provides a Lustre of brightness to the country Side. Snow blankets the Valley and creates a strange impermanence silvering the Ponds dusting the fences and tinting Blue the Hills alongside the Road. Farmers pull Large Christ Mas Trees by tractors or buy them in stores unlike bygone Days and erect them in farm Homes to be decorated by e electric lights. Apple Wood Burns on the Hearth Bayberry candles glow Many Holiday features articles pictorial in and the last minute preparations Are made in the Kitchen. Familiar carols play in the background from a radio. The time is near for when the family dressed warmly will depart for the eve candlelight services at Church. Every member of the family treasures memories of continued Page two

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