Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Granny works liard to stay on ball of trapper stands as link with past BRANTFORD, Out. (CP) Most baseball fans are delight ed when they attend a game and are lucky enough to field a stray ball hit into the stands, but to Susannah Shooter, the sight of all those balls going astray is upsetting. Mrs. Shooter, after all, is not a true baseball fan, but her job (or the last 50 years has been sewing ttw leather coven on baseballs. "Sometimes I watch baseball on television, but I get upset whea I see so many bails going into the stands and I think of all the work that went into says the Bl-year-old grandmother. S2.H A DOZEN Mrs. Shooter works at home and is one of Jll outside base- ball sewers for Spalding of Canada, the sporting goods company that produces about balls a year for sale in Canada. The company also has another 101 inside workers at its baseball plant here. Baseballs for the professional leagues in the United States are manufactured in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Mrs. Shooter earns for eadi dozen baseballs on wWch she sews the horsehide covers. It takes her about 20 minutes to sew the 106 figure-eight- shaped stitdbes jo each ball and she bandies about seven dozen balls every hro weeks. PENSION CUT "Years ago, I used to do se- ven dozen in a week, but lately I've been slowing says Mrs. Shooter. "But sewing baseballs keeps me alive because it gives me something to do, especially since my husband passed away eight years ago. We were married 57 years, you know. "Because I earn ray nwn money, my old age pension is cut down to f80 a month, but I don't care about that. The sewing occupies my time and keeps my mind busy; that's important when you're al alone in the house. "My arms are as strong as ever, yet there are some morn ings when by body aches anc it would be nice to stay in bed But, if I didn't get up and ge started on my baseballs, I'd lie in bed all day and that's wba makes people invalids, you know." SEWING BASEBALLS KEEPS ME ALIVE Mrs. Susan- nah Shooter, 81-year-old Brantford great grandmother, lews horsehide covert on baseballs for Spalding of Can- ada. Working in her home, Mrs. Shooter earns SJ.58 for each dozen baseballi and it takes about 20 minutei to sew each one. She'i not Jetting rich, but keeping buty, she says, has helped keep her alive. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, January 27th Sponsored by ladlw1 Aid of St. Pel.r and St. Paul'i Church STARTS SHARP-PARISH HALL CORNER 12lh STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Startt at and it Won Every Thursday 5lh-7 No. Jackpot Pot oj Gold 2St PER OR 5 FOR SI.00 ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE P.rioni 16 yean not allowed a Bissell ELECTRO FOAM RUG SHAMPODER day rental per day rental (with purchau ihamswst) HOYT'S NORTH IETHBRIDGE 324 13th St. N. Phont 328-4441 WELLINGTON, Ont. (CP) The threshold over which Daniel Reynolds carried hii 15-year-old hride about 200 years ago still stands in this community about 15 miles south of BeuVville. For that matter, the stone house connected to the threshold still stands, making it the oldest Ixmse in Prince Edward County on Lake Ontario. Reynolds, a fur-trader and trapper from Albany, N.Y., and the first white settler here, orig- inally constructed a crude log cabin as a base for his fur busi- ness before 1770. After gaining the confidence of Indians In the area, he used their aid in building his stone house in 1770. The walls are solid stone, two feet thick; a basement extends the length of the house and the floor is supported by 18-inch square timbers embedded in UK walls. The upright and cross timbers were hand-hewed by the Indians and the floor boards were secured by wooden pins. When the house was com- pleted, Reynolds travelled to New York Slate to fetch a bride Watt, wbo bore him six tons and two daughters, KNOWN AS OLD SMOKE It is recorded that in 1792 Lt.-Gov. and Mrs. Sirncoe vis- ited the area and white there Mrs. Slmcoe was taken ill. Leg end has it that the friendly Indl ans cured her with, herb cines. Reynolds became known as Old Smoke because of his friendship with an Indian chief named Smoke. The area soon became known as Smokeville, name retained until about 181, when a post office was opena and named Wellington after the Iron Duke. Reynolds died in 1828. Some of his descendants still live in Prince Edward County. Mrs. Harry G. Robinson, who bought the house in 1954, feels that the locally-accepted date o construction, 1770. is too early. Prom records she has been able to trace she feels that the house was built about 1786. She has traced a record of Rey< nolds' marriage date as 1791. IA FORUM ABOUT MATURE WOMEN GET MOVING Dear Margaret Brookfield: I've been a widow for about ftro months. I never before had the time In interest myself in charity, club work, etc., be- cause my husband always needed me and wanted me with him. Now I find myself with all the time in the world and nothing to do. If I don't become nterested in something soon, I'll fall apart. I desperately need some help. M.H. Dear M.R.: Why not begin by taking an inventory of your skills: Did rod have any work experience lefore your marriage? Did you lelp your husband with his work? Do you know how to drive a car? Did JTOI ever learn to type? Are you -better at working with people or with things? To get some sense of what your aptitudes and Inter- ests might be, list every re- ated activity you can think of; whether you did it for a long time or a short time, whether rou were paid for It or not. Then think about the hospitals, nursing homes, schools or other ustifutions that might be glad to get a volunteer with your specific abilities and get in touch with them. Or contact your local Community Chest or Jnited Fund to see if there's a volunteer clearing house in towp. Don't just sit there. Set moving. ONE MOTHER'S PROBLEMS Dear Margaret Broofeield: I was married when I was 33 years old and now am 40. I lave very young children a girl of 6, who's in kindergarten and two boys, 4 and 3. As a result I constantly find myself in the company of very young mothers and by contrast I feel almost ancient. Whenever have to go to a school meeting or even to the park, I dress very carefully. At home, I think 1 look just great but then as soon as I'm in the company of those young mothers, I feel so infer- ior in looks and dress. (It's not as though I'm trying to com' pete with them, because I don't dress I just can't shake this awful feeling even though I know I'm a youthful 40. And I keep thinking that if I feel this way now taw am I going to feel when our daughter is 16 and I'm SO. Oh dear. N.M. Dear N.M.: Certain things in life are changeable; and others not. The calendar fits into the second category. So you might as well learn to live with it in- stead of getting into such a dither. (Stewing about your age is only going to take the starch out of your youthful attitudes. Then where will you What if you are older than the other mothers? You may also be wis- er, better company, etc. So stop putting yourself down. Concen- trate on what's positive in the situation and ignore the rest. After all, you're not that un- usual. Bing Crosby didn't have his present family until he was 50, and then some. LOST ON TRAINS LONDON (AP) Unclaim- ed items lost on British rail- roads, and offered at a recent auction, included a slot ma- chine, five commodes, 2 pairs of hot pants, 6 packages of bra straps and one bust developer. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "I 'd rake off my overshoes, but I 'm afraid some- one might sell them as hats." JEN'S UNIFORM CENTRE BIG UNIFORM SALE Now In Progress 50% off Uniforms Pant Suits or Colored or Colored Jen's Uniform Centre 404 3th St. S. Upitairt 328-3431 Jwwary 17, THI UTHMIDOf HttAlO DUE FOR MOVE This 400-year-old Tudor mansion owned1 by London solicitor John Hodge will be bodily moved half a mile to a new site wifh a better view. The house, Ballingdon Hall, is in Sudbury, Suffolk. It will be put on 26 gigantic wheels for the trip across a farmland rood (hat includes rwo tricky 5-furns. Married 76 years KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Seventy-two years ago, Marian r. Warwick and Esco E. Ousley addled their horses and rode to be married at the home of Isaac Gentry, Union County's justice if the peace in 1899. The wedding, held on the ront lawn at the Gentry home, tad the blessing of both i'ami- ies, although Miss Warwick was only 16 and Ousley 17. If anyone thought the mar- riage might not last, they wisely rept it to themselves, says Iilrs. Ousley, 38. They are still married children, 13 grandchil- ren, 55 great-gi andchildren, and two great-great-grandchfl- ren later. Their oldest son, one of 11 children still living, was 71 years old Sept. 19. He lives in Washington, D.C. If being married 72 years has taught Mrs. Ousley nothing else, she has learned not to offer ad- vice to other women on how to keep husbands happy. "It's something they have to figure out for she said. Wives might take note, how- ever, that Mrs. Ousley has nevsr cooked a frozen TV din- r.ir for her husband, 89, or made him wash dishes. "He sleeps a lot and works in the garden she said. Ousley retired 20 years ago after working 47 years for the Southern Railway but he didn't give up driving his own car until this year. 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