Category Archives: Things

Beaded wrist band

Tidying up again (when am I not?) and have been moving this old beaded wrist band around from one office surface to another.

When I was young and had a very tiny wrist, someone must have bought it for me when we were in Wisconsin. I remember wearing it and I think I must have found it at my Mom’s at some point. It was something typically found in souvenir shops in touristy towns in Wisconsin. They also sold belts (I had one of those too). They were purported to be made by “Indians” — I surely believed that when I was a kid. This one was made in Hong Kong according to some very faded blue letters on the back.

It’s falling apart, something you cannot see in the photo. At one time I planned to make small beaded items out of beads from my grandfather’s beaded belt and give them to my cousins. That never happened and who knows where all of that went. I’m betting kneewall!

Anyway, I wanted to get this up here so I can put this wrist band away.

Note from Mary Woiwode

Several years ago I wrote a blog post I titled Regret. It was about regretting that I didn’t get to dance with Larry Woiwode at his sister Mary’s wedding. Mary was a student teacher in my 6th grade class and her brother came to class and discussed what it was like to be a published author. Read the original post if you want to learn more.

This post is just about the sweet note she wrote me.

Our class must have done something for her. Maybe for the wedding, maybe just as a goodbye gift. It was sweet that she sent each of us a personal note.

National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week Poster

Mom (standing, far right) was awarded an honorable mention in the 1953 National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week Poster contest and a local Elgin newspaper (Courier News?) reported on it i a September 24, 1953 edition.

Nine people, some with posters, stand in a September 24, 1953 Newspaper photo. See post for more information.

Text from photo caption: Winners and others who participated in the National Employ the Physically Handicapped week poster contest at Elgin High school are shown in this group. Those standing at the left are, left to right, Lloyd W. Siegler, ag judge; S. John Wise, publicity chairman; Orville Behrens, adjutant of Richard F. Jacobs Post 54, Disabled American Veterans; and (kneeling) Robert L. Ross, a judge. The others are, left to right, seated, Elaine Behling, Lynn Heilemann and Paul Plath, first, second and third prize winners; standing, Arlene Dodds and Patricia Ann Green, winners of honorable mention. The winning posters will be judged next week in the statewide contest.

I wish I could see the poster more clearly!