ATTENTION GENEALOGISTS AND FAMILY HISTORIANS! Our Archives Department has recently cataloged hundreds of letters-to-the-editor of the Malvern Leader, the late Allen Wortman, from local servicemen stationed away from home during WWII. The list for servicemen whose last names start between I through Z will be published in next month’s column. We now have available the following list of those servicemen with last names starting between A through H, along with the number of letters for each serviceman we have on file:
Adams, Keith (8); Alberts, Maurice (1); Allen, Ira B. (19); Alley, John (1); Alley, Theo R. (1); Anderson, Alfred (1); Archer, Russell H. (1); Arnold, Donnice M. (1); Atkinson, Theron (2); Atteberry, Elven E. (1)
Baer, Bill (5); Baldozier, Clifford (1); Ballain, Myron C. (5); Bare, Kenneth (2); Barns, John R. (1); Beals, John (1); Beals, Robert (1); Bell, Gene K. (3); Bell, Ira (1); Benedict, George J. (2); Bennett, Alfred Leland (6); Benton, A.T. "Tom" (1); Biggerstaff, Clarence A. (3); Biggerstaff, Delmar (3); Bingham (1); Bird, Rolland N. (2); Birdsall, Edward L. (1); Bishop, Marlin LeRoy (1); Blackburn, Carroll M. (1); Boos, Clarence E. (1); Bradbury, Alva (2); Breeding, Garold (2); Brewer, Charles (1); Brown, Elven N. (1); Brumbaugh, Norman (1); Bryan, Dan (4); Buesing, John H. (1); Burgoin, Donald (1); Butterfield, Irwin (1)
Carlson, Gilbert W. (1); Carlson, J. L. (1); Carson, La Verne (1); Chaney, James (1); Clark, Harold R. (1); Clay, Neil L (1); Conner, Dudley (5); Conner, Richard (5); Conrad, Harry L. (5); Costello, Charles D. (5); Cross, W. (1)
Davis, Delbert (2); Dawson, Joe (34); Dinville, George (2); Donner, Auren R. (2); Dooley, Clarence (1); Dougherty, Dale M. (2); Doyle, Maurice (2)
Eacrette, L. Roy (2); Eastwood, Donald E. (4); Edding, C.R.H. (1); Edie, D.K. (1); Ellis, Earl J.P. (1); Ellis, Wayne (1); Evans, Robert L. (1)
Fickel, Jack Danley (2); Fickel, Richard (1); Fletcher, Carroll W. (1); Foster, Harry (1)
Galliher, Paul L. (1); Gass (Goos?), Darwyn (1); Gearhart, Howard C. (1); Gidley, Tom (1); Gilbert, Dorothy R. (1); Glenn, Wilbur L. (3); Graves, Darby (2); Graves, Ellis Reed (1); Groff, Ora J. (2); Groff, Darrell E. (1)
Hall, Charles (1); Hall, Eric (2); Hall, Joe R. (1); Hall, John O. (5); Hall, Raymond (1); Hall, Stewart (2); Hambsch (?), L. Roy (2); Harbor, W.A. (1); Hardy, Orville V. (1); Harold, Virgil E. (1); Haslup, W.G. (1); Hasselquist, Sidney (2); Hatfield, Everett (1); Hatfield, Forrest (1); Hatten, Clyde Jr. (2); Hays, Alvin (2); Hedding, W.A. (1); Henderson, Daniel M. (1); Hensley, Stanley G. (1); Hering, Jack D. (1); Hering, Jim (1); Hertz, Clayton "Bud" (3); Hickman, Marion (2); Hicks, Lloyd (2); Hillyer, Dale (1); Hilton, Harry (1); Himbaugh, H.E. (1); Hites, Elmo (8); Hites, Gladys (1); Hites, Ray (3); Horn, Harold (1); Huey, DeWayne (2); Hummel, Max L. (2); Hutchings, Sam (1)
If you are interested in receiving a copy or copies for your family records, please call the Malvern Public Library at (712) 624-8554 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our volunteers will make copies for area locals to pick up at the circulation desk. For out-of-towners, copies will be made and mailed. This service is free, but donations will be gladly received.
You are cordially invited to our first annual “A Christmas Carol Celebration” on December 9th @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Come by all dressed in your Victorian best (this, of course, is optional)! Party activities include: a reading from “A Christmas Carol”, our Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Christmas Caroling! Please contact the Malvern Public Library's Director at 712-624-8554 by November 29th if you would like sign up for our Secret Santa gift exchange!
Malvern Public Library Halloween Party Showcases Local Youth Talent
By Rebecca Bassich, Library Director
The library’s Comics & Cosplay Club had their first annual Halloween Party on the night of October 27th, 2016, and what a wonderful time it was for all! The party was attended by costumed kids of all ages, each having an enthusiasm for learning and having fun while doing it. Headed by Director Rebecca Bassich, the events of the night kicked off with a whirlwind lesson on Japanese vocabulary for Halloween. You see, a shared passion among our Comics & Cosplay Club members is Japanese media and culture.
“Here’s my favorite Japanese Halloween word for pumpkin. Everyone, repeat after me: Kabocha!”
With smiles all around, partygoers did their best to learn and recite aloud the new Japanese vocabulary together as a group. We learned such words as obake (ghost), majo (witch) and Harowin (Halloween). This was all done as a warm-up to the first big event of the evening: Japanase Karaoke.
Everyone was provided with booklets containing lyrics to a variety of Halloween-themed tunes sung in both Japanese and English. Each Japanese song posed a new challenge to even the most seasoned Comics & Cosplay club members: attempting to sing in Japanese! Partygoers danced, sang and laughed their way through even the most difficult of songs. We learned some new Japanese words and, best of all, had fun while doing it! To conclude karaoke, everyone received a special gift package containing a variety of Japanese-themed treats and merchandise to enjoy.
With the Halloween spirit now in full swing, we began the main event of the evening: the Cosplay Contest.
Cosplay is a unique form of costuming that involves building your own character suit from scratch and, once completed, performing as that persona. This contest provided participants the opportunity to not only show off their artistic talents but to compete for a grand prize package containing surprise anime-related goodies and a cosplay costume-making guidebook. Each contestant had a 5-minute time allotment to not only model their costume but to put on an in-character performance. Contestants were judged on overall stage presence, entertainment, look and construction. We saw anime characters, monsters, rock stars and pirates. There were skits, choreographed dances, speeches and a lot of talent! The grand prize winner of our Cosplay Contest, Serenity Torkelson, built her very own costume from scratch and put on an awesome show at the party for her audience.
To conclude the night’s festivities, librarians Janet Vanatta and Rebecca Bassich hosted a Halloween movie night complete with pizza and plenty of treats. By the end of the party, everyone was abuzz with plenty of sugar and the Halloween spirit. We of the Malvern Public Library would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended and made this party the amazingly fun-filled event that it was. We are already looking forward to seeing your cosplay creations at next year’s Comics & Cosplay Halloween Party. From all of us at Malvern Public Library to you, we would like to wish you a most Happii Harowin!
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