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im NANCY stands with her older sister Virginia (Kaercher) Kolb in this 1935 photograph. Editor's Note: The follow- ing article, written by Nancy (Kaercher) Zuehlke, was pub- lished in a Jan. 19, 2011 Wor- thington Daily Globe column titled "Celebrating the Curve of the Bow." Born and raised in Ortonville, Nancy now lives in Worthington. This past year I've gone nostalgic by setting out old photographic al- bums. Our kids had fun looking at them during Christmas break. They got a kick out of an old picture of yours truly from 1935. My older sister Virginia and I are standing by the back stairway of our home in Ortonville. You can tell that depression times were still close at hand. I told my kids ! still remember my mother saying I couldn't have my pic- ture taken until she recombed my hair and tied a big bow on top. Never mind that ! had been outside playing in the mud. (Notice the rubbers worn over the brown leather shoes.) Never mind the old, wool, shrunken sweater. Never mind the old step background. But lis- ten here, I had a new bow in my hair! A big new ribbon made me dressed up! Hair bows were popular then and have been for years past. Old family photos of the 1800s and 1900s show confirmations, graduations and wed- dings with lots of big hair bows. The creativity was endless. The hair bows of my childhood were usually made of taffeta. The crisp, lustrous fabric usually had a plaid design. This type of material was easily puffed up to appear really big and full. If girls had long hair braids, the big bow had to be tied close to the head to achieve the correct balance. This was done by bending the end of the braid back under to form a loop. How delightful is the ribbon bow that adorns a gift. Be it Christmas, birthdays or weddings, the bow may be the first and last thing we touch. Well, my dear friends, fashions come and go, but often the bows pre- vail because of the eye-catching curve. The curved twist of fabric was the se- cret discretion of the fashionable head turban of the early 1940s. The famous Carmen Miranda was queen of the tur- ban. The curve of the hair was another 1940s fashion. The bow was small, but helped tie up the hair in a sexy "snood." With the Hollywood look, the American girls could strut their stuff. The 1940s were filled with fun fashions. Next came the fascinator, a lacy scarf that was a like a big bow around your head. It truly had a "sub- Rosa" effect. The newest twist of the curved look is once again the scarf. No, not a bow, but a nice twist! A pair of jeans, a tee, a jacket and a twist of the scarf pre- sides over the bow. But the bows will return again. The bow of ribbon has been and will for- ever be loved. After all, it is the best form of a curve. And other places I've a thinking, intelligent person like you hung out over the years still accept the Christian faith?" etc.) By Arlo Janssen In a friendly way I reminded that pro- While I was attending the fessor of what the great author of University of Arizona in the 1960's, I satire, Jonathan Swift, answered a had my faith tested in any number of friend who asked him, "Won't you be ways. Interestingly, it was not so surprised, Jonathan, if you die and much in the science classes, but in there's" nothing?" Swift's answer: English Literature classes. Several of "Not as surprised as you will be if you those literature instructors took the die and there'ssomething,t'' liberty to ridicule religion, especially Fortunately, I didn't get on 'the Christianity, and they championed the wrong side' of that instructor. I was British authors who had done the still able to get a good grade from her. same. That was very important in earning After I listened to one of my litera- credit on the graduate level. (Maybe ture professors spend a whole class down deep she appreciated it when hour telling us why she was no longer someone stood firm in what he a Christian, I asked her (in her office) believed.) if a Christian could get 'equal time' in Signed copies of Arlo's book about the class. I knew what the answer growing up in Odessa are available at would be, but I asked anyway. Otrey l_z~ke Gallery in Ortonville. If Her response to my question was you would like to contact him, write to to challenge me, since she had me PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- one-on-one in her office. ("How can mail: arlojanssen@gmail, com ........ 7, ...................................... , ALL SMILES AND HAVING FUN were the Wee Kix, Just For Kix dance group, at halftime of the Ortonville/RCW girls basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Trojan Gym. The group is made up of second and third graders from the area and are under the direction of Kerry Klepel. Arctic Open Golf Tournament on Lake Eli =Saturday, The 32nd Arctic Open Golf Todd Sandberg, the Rock'n Roll Tournament will be held on snow- Farmer will again entertain at the covered Lake Eli in Clinton on Sweetheart Dance to be held Saturday, February 12. Saturday evening at the Clinton The 2011 Arctic Open Chairman is Memorial Building. Randy Stattelman, who invites every- A large number of prizes have one to get out and enjoy North ~ again been donated for the big Raffle. America's longest running winter Tickets for the Arctic Open, which golf tournament, includes the Raffle, are on sale from Mark Botker is this year's Head CCSC members and at local Clinton Groundskeeper. businesses. The Kids' tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with the Adult tournament following. Nature Adventures to present at Ortonville School The Nature Adventures team is Natures Adventures will be pre- sweeping the Midwest,talking to stu- senting a lyceum at the Ortonville dents, groups, teachers and parents. School on Wednesday, Feb. 9 begin- The hosts of the series,Terri Lawrenz ning at 9:30 a.m. Ortonville along and Todd Magnuson, will bring with Big Stone City students will be nature to you in this fun and interac- attending. This was originally sched- tive presentation. Attendees will get a uled for last week but was postponed chance to get up-close and personal due to the weather. with various reptiles! 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