"Ramsey Home Visitor" – March 1942
The Church Takes a Page - It was five years ago this week that the first stakes were driven into the ground to estimate about how large the rebuilt church would be. Those stakes gave an impression of an exceedingly large building. Actually another 20 feet were added after the architect had been consulted. For 4 1/2 years we have been worshipping in the building and a few observations ought to be made.
First: The Ramsey Church is one of the few large and well constructed open country churches in Iowa. It stands as living proof of the faith and confidence which the people of this community have in the future. Seldom does a week pass in which less than eight different meetings are held in the building. It is not merely a one day a week (Sunday) church, but it is a church which functions every day of the week.
Second: We, the people of the church, have grown accustomed to our church building. We need to remind ourselves of several items which have to do with church conduct. The sanctuary of the church is peculiarly dedicated to God. It remains a place in which we show reverence toward God. People (men and boys) entering the sanctuary, whether a service is being held or whether the church be entirely empty, should always remove their hats. Children ought never be allowed to race up and down the aisles of the sanctuary. Loud laughing and talking should be curbed.
When the present Pastor first came to this community, certain people of the church were afraid that we would turn the church into a theater by using theatrical methods. He was warned against that in case he were thinking of such a thing. Today, he tells this reporter that it wasn't the Pastor who needed this warning – rather it is the people who need it. Certain theaters encourage gum chewing, pop-corn and candy eating etc. during the program. THE CHURCH DISCOURAGES SUCH TENDENCIES. To chew gum, to eat candy, and to smoke in the church sanctuary is a distinct disrespect toward God. All parents ought to forbid smaller children to chew gum or eat candy during services. Young people ought to be examples to others in refraining from this practice. If people are so hungry that during the hour of service this becomes necessary, a cantine will be opened in the church kitchen an hour before service and the hungry will be fed. Please, do not use the bottom of the pew or the floor of the church for discarding gum.
Third: The matter of fees for the Pastor comes to the attention of the people. Our present Pastor wishes it understood that so long as the people continue to pay him an adequate salary, he will continue to refuse all fees for administering the sacraments. Recently people have been offering to pay him for performing baptisms. If people wish to give a donation for this they should make it for missions. The Pastor will refuse such fees. This also holds in regards to funerals. Several times people have forced a fee upon the pastor for conducting a funeral, he has turned the money over to missions. Please do not offer him money for funerals. In case the funeral demands distant driving, the family may provide the travel expense, otherwise nothing will be accepted.
Fourth: The Pastor is always ready to serve his congregation. If anyone wishes to speak with him either in his study or at home, he is never too busy to receive them. This is part of his church work and he is anxious to perform it.
WHEN A COUPLE CONTEMPLATES MARRIAGE, they, both the girl and boy, (woman and man) should come to the Pastor at least a week before the date of the wedding. It is always desirable that the Pastor have an hour’s consultation with the couple before the day of the wedding. There are times when the Pastor has an important meeting and if he is not consulted early enough, he may not be able to perform the ceremony.
"Ramsey Home Visitor" – June 1940
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BONACKER'S FOOD STORE: Mr. Bonacker has improved the lighting in his store considerably. His new lights make all his goods look just as they would in the sun light. Now with the busy haying season just ahead farmers will want good substantial lunches. Bonacker's Store has just what it takes to make those lunches on sale at reasonable prices. Buy quality foods at right prices.
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Accidents will happen, so says the TITONKA SAVINGS BANK and we all know it is true. If you become involved in one, rest assured that you have the best possible protection if your car is insured through the Savings Bank Agency. They also offer special rates to Farmers. That ought to interest us farmers.
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GAMBLE STORE – The Gamble Stores are in line with Mail Order Houses on prices. Show simple it is for us to stop in and see the goods we are buying. When buying your everyday necessities in the Titonka Gamble Store you buy at the lowest prices in town.
DOWNS IGA Store – In spite of the continued cool weather, Mr. Downs is sure that summer will soon be upon us. So he advises us to come in and buy a cool STRAW HAT. He has them for men, women & children. You'll be buying graduation presents and other presents at this season, Downs have a fine selection from which to choose.
HAMILTON HATCHERY AND PRODUCE have a piece of good advice for the FARMERS. Here is what they say: Better get that order in for those CHIX if you want them before June 1st, it is getting late and the chix are selling fast for future delivery. They also want you to drop in and see their display of electric brooders. For brooding cix from now on through June they just can't be beat. They are the most economical way to brood chix. Ask the man who own one. Call the Hamilton Hatchery and Produce, Phone 38, at Titonka for culling – they have free culling service at any time.
WHITE ROSE products are GOOD products. If you need Gas, Oil, Tractor Fuel, Kerosene, grease etc you need merely to call the FARMERS OIL COMPANY at Titonka and in a very short time the trucks will be out to serve you. At the filling station you may have tire service, battery attention, grease and oil jobs, just as your car may need these.
The FRENCH LUMBER COMPANY at Titonka has a mighty good supply of fencing materials on hand at present. Of course they have lumber and building supplies too. But at this time you may be especially interest in Fence. The new row of posts between the Ramsey Church parking grounds and lawn came from the French Lumber Company.
TITONKA IMPLEMENT COMPANY invites you to come in and consider their complete line of McCormick Deering Machinery & International motor trucks.
SATOFF 66 SERVICE: All those connected with the Philips Station where "Quality Pays the Dividends" are specialists in caring for cars; they are ready to serve you with Car washing, greasing, battery and tire service. Probably your car needs an oil change - let Sathoff's Station take care of it for you.
HOFFS GRIMSRUD SHOE CO.: Mr. Hoff is now established in his new location and doing business as usual. His men's shoes sell at $1.79 and up, Boys' and Children's Shoes at 89¢ and up. He also has rubbers, overshoes, and gaiters for men, women and children. He repairs shoes, harnesses and leather goods.
BATT & SMITH still make your head and face their business. So when you need a haircut or a shave, drop in at their barber shop.
W.J. DENTON, Druggist at Titonka urges those people who have Royal Chinaware from him to call for it NOW. Time is limited.
TITONKA CAFÉ serves good wholesome food for meals and is always ready to serve you with pop, ice cream, lunches, or smokes.