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December 9, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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AN UNMARRIED GIRL, with the help of the Independent Mothers of Mason County, makes a home for her illegitimate child. A Unwe By JAN DANFORD l.et's call her Nelda, which isn't her name. It is important to her that she not be identified by tar-away family and friends who might read her story. While a freshman in high school, Nelda met her first and only love, a young man five years older than herself• They"enjoyed their emotmnal involvement to the fullest extent. Because they intended to marry, no precautions against "'We were in no hurry to tie ourselves down," Nelda explained, "but we b()lh wanted children and had agreed that if 1 became pregnant we would marry right away." She became pregnant. Her lover was eager to legalize their relationship, but Nelda was no i hmger sure that he was right for her. Somewhere along the way the boy had begun to change, nnperceplibly at first. He sought friends among a group too wild for Nelda's taste, tte sampled drugs. By the time Nelda's pregnancy had been medically conlirmed her boy-friend was hooked. Moreover, he insisted that Nelda travel the same route. , "In just a few short weeks," she said, "he changed from a real sweet guy to a shiftless, pot-smoking hippie. He lost his job; he lost his car and his furniture; he was sold on the hippm life and wanted me to join him in it." Nelda left the father of her lorming child in the third month of her pregnancy. "I knew ~t was better to raise my child ahme than in such a situation," she declared. tter schooling came to an end, and with it her dream of becoming a nurse "1 wish 1 could have finished school," Nelda sighed. "If I had a diploma I'd be a nurse by now, and 1 could easily support myself and my baby." She has no word to say against her early upbringing. She believes that her parents were "just right"neither too strict nor too lax. "1 was allowed to attend only one dance while 1 was a junior high student," she recalled, "and as a high school freshman and sophomore 1 had to be home by • midnight, or maybe 1 a.m. on special occasions." Nevertheless, it would seerfi that much was lacking in Nelda's home life, Both parents drink er constantly, and are promiscuous; their evenings are habitually spent in taverns, and family money goes for partying. Meals consist of peanut butter sandwiches. When Nelda's parents learned of her condition, her mother was prepared to be helpful, but her father was adamant - he insisted that she relinquish her baby. Friends gave showers, and she was soon supplied with everything she needed except the parental permission to keep her child• After the birth of her son, she obediently signed the preliminary papers for his relinquishment; but she could not bring herself to sign the final irrevocable document. Her baby was placed in a foster home. Nelda didn't know which way to turn. For the next six weeks she stayed with her parents. She cried constantly. "Okay!" shouted her father at long last. "Get your kid! But you can't live here!" With the assistance of relatives and friends, Nelda moved into an apartment with her small son. She was lonely. She accepted a blind date, with whom she Local A sample of households in this area will be included in a nationwide survey of employment and unemployment to be conducted the week of Dec. 1 2- 18 by the Bureau of the Census, U. S. Department of Commerce• John E. Tharaldson, Director of the Bureau's Data Collection Center in Seattle, in announcing the survey, said that results will be used to calculate the number of persons in the U. S. who have jobs, the number looking for work, and the percentage unemployed this month, an important measure of the Nation's well-being. The survey is conducted monthly by the Bureau for the U.S. Department of Labor. The October survey showed that the total number of ela e accompanied a girl friend and her escort to a tavern. Nelda, unaccustomed to drinking, soon reached a state of helpless intoxication. "The man didn't really rape me," she admitted, "l was aware, but just too drunk to control the situation." When pregnancy was indicated after two months, Nelda simply refused to believe it. Not until the sixth month did she face facts and seek a doctor. "I didn't tell anyone but a girl friend," Nelda said. "She was a student nurse, and she helped me." Nelda, a large girl, did not show her pregnancy. Her one thought was to leave her home town before her family became aware of her condition. "I didn't want to hurt them," she explained, "'and I knew that most people would consider me j ust a tramp. They might understand a single birth out of wedlock, but never two." Nelda, pregnant and an 18-year-old unwed mother of a 1 9-month-old boy, was referred to the Independent Mothers of Mason County only to find that the g~ ' ,'p s To employed persons increased by 320,000 (seasonally adjusted) to a record level of 79.8 million, and the number of unemployed dropped to 5.8 per cent of the labor force from 6.0 per cent in September. The December survey will also ask questions about any farm work done for wages or salary in 1971 and will provide up-to-date statistics on the number of persons doing farm work. Census Bureau interviewers who will visit households in the area are Mrs. Alene Riehle, Tacoma, and Mrs. Linda Mae Smith, Olympia. ANGER: the seducer of thought. No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. George Jean Nathan CORRECT FORMAL WEAR Complete Tuxedo Rental Service Men's ~ Women's 409 Hailroaa Page 20 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, December 9, 1971 Clinic Possibility: The alarming number of illegitimate births in Mason County has prompted a group of local citizens to host an exploratory meeting on the possibility of opening a Family Planning Clinic in Shelton. The public is invited on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center, 2nd and Grove, to hear Ralph M. Mero, Jr., Training Director of Seattle's Planned Parenthood. Mero will discuss the concept of family planning, birth control and what a planned parenthood facility could do for the community. Funds are available thru the Mason-Thurston County Health Dept. for a sattelite clinic, and it is hoped that this clinic could be set up in Shelton. Yet to be settled are problems of nursing time, a physician, and volunteer time, according to Mrs. Kay Boyd, Vice President of Independent Mothers, who is sponsoring the meeting. Independent Mothers in working directly with unwed mothers and theM, children, has been made aware of the tragic aftermath of lack of birth control education. Board members have long felt the need for more readily-available birth control information and a community education center• Mrs. Boyd declares "We'd like to see our organization put out of business by proper birth control measures, There are too many tragic cases in Mason County where a young girl's life has been interrupted, her future jeopardized, and her unwanted child thrust upon the community, often to be supported all its life by various Welfare organizations." nning Shelton residents are at present referred to the Olympia Family Planning Clinic, which is overcrowded and understaffed, and presents a transportation problem to many local residents. Hopefully, Shelton could duplicate what the Olympia clinic offers: counselling, lab work, pregnancy testing, V.D. testing, and a class on birth control with discussion of various forms of contraceptives and how to use them. Clinic workers would be available to help families who are unable to have children, as well as those who do NOT wish to have children. Trained workers would counsel on unwanted pregnancies, termination of pregnancy or adoption. Mrs. Thomas Cook of Lacey, who helped to organize the Olympia Family Planning Clinic, states "We are getting too many crisis situations now, with six or seven pregnancy tests each clinic. Most of them are already pregnant. We should have reached these girls sooner. We need to get birth control into the schools and community. Those who come to the clinic in a crisis situation (already pregnant) take twice as much of the available staff time as those who simply need counseling on preventive measures". Questions may be directed to Mrs. Gordon Craig, 426-6098, or Mildred Welch, 426-8550. In the evenings information may be obtained from Mrs. Kay Boyd, 426-2870, or Mrs. Helen Hans•n, 426-8176. Your Guide to Expert Services in Mason County Auto Glass Expert Installation JIM PAULEY, INC. Mt. View Kneeland Center Ph. 426-8231 "loor Covering --Linoleum --Carpeting --Tile --Formica REX FLOOR COVERING Mt. View Ph. 426-2292 Auto Repairing -- Major Overhauls -- Brakes & Ignition -- Welding & Tune-ups ED'S SERVICE 219 So. Ist 426-1212 Barber Gunsmith • Repairing Modern and Antiques • Precision Scope & Sight Mounting • Shotgun Choke Alterations, all gauges • Shooting Supplies. WARREN A. GIRARD RoUte 2, Box 795 Phone 426-2501 r or' nome was no longer avauable. (The home, which operated for several months to provide living quarters for unmarried mothers who wished to keep their children, has been temporarily closed until a new location can be found.) Late in June Nelda and her little boy became members of the household of a woman who is actively involved in the Independent Mothers of Mason County. Nelda had never cooked a potato; she didn't know how to use a measuring cup; she had never eaten 'square meals' herself, and she had been rearing her child on baby food and peanut butter sandwiches. She has now learned about nutrition and proper child care; she has quit smoking, and she no longer indulges in even an occasional glass of beer. Her thoughts are all for her child and her actions are based on the setting of a good example for her small son. Her second baby has been born. A period of extreme depression followed the relinquishment of the new child, but Nelda had decided that only by this act could she hope to make a home and to provide a good life for her first-born. Established now in an apartment shared with another young woman, she holds a job and works toward a future career in nursing. "I'm on my way to a good and decent life," she stated, "because Independent Mothers cared about me." ~ Menus for Shelton J Elementary i Schools and ! Shelton Senior ! Hig,h School 1 Week of Dec. 13-17 MONDAY -- Hot dog on buttered bun, cheese slices, mixed vegetables, cinnamon rolls and milk. TUESDAY -- Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, whole kernal corn, sandwich, cranberry crunch and milk. WEDNESDAY -- Chili con carne, peanut butter sandwich, lettuce wedges, rhubarb cobbler and milk. THURSDAY -- Pizza, cabbage and carrot salad, fruit jello with whipped cream, iced graham crackers and milk. FRIDAY -- Clam chowder, oven grilled cheese sandwiches, vegetable tray, apple cake with caramel icing and milk. Supplement your child's diet with Plenamins from Prepp's Rexall 133 Railroad Ave. Phone 428-4642 Men's Hair Styling * Razor Styling * Shampooing * Regular Hair Cuts * Scissor Contouring BERNIE'S HAIR STYLING For Appointment Call 426-2072 1618 Olympic Hwy. S. Insurance Tired of Shopping? Let us do it for you! A uto-Home-Boat-LIfe-Heait h Business-Preferred Risk? We locate the lowest cost. Insurance is our only business. ARNOLD & SMITH INSURANCE AGENCY 116 N. 2nd. 4~>6-3317 Beauty -- Complete Hair Care -- Wigs - Wiglets - Switches -- Merle Norman Cosmetics -- Pennyrich Bras ELAINE'S BEAUTY SALON 6th & Laurel 426-4582 Janitor * Carpet Cleaning * Building Cleaning and Maintenance * Residential - Commerical Shelton Janitorial Service Adolph Rapecz Route 3, Box 725, Shelton 426-8936 Building OLYMPIC VIEW CONSTRUCTION CO. Paul Brown Wes Dosser 426-4312 426-8427 Builder Masonry New Homes! -- Fireplaces Remodeling! -- All Brick and ~ -- Block Work Home Building Remodeling Plan Service G. H. PARKER - BUILDER Licensed * Bonded * Insured 1714 Stevens 426-2810 MASON'S MASONRY Phone 426-2278 1 I I SPRAY or BRUSH I Painting -- Taping -- Texturing. I Wall Papering i Woodwork I Pre-finlshed iLiŁealsl~d & Bonded I Free Estimates J HEINITZ PAINTING COMPANY I Chuck HelnJtz 426-4841 :able TV For Service Call i Remodeling Carpentry -- Remodeling Kitchen Cabinets Roofing -- Painting Free Estimates KEN COOTS Phone 426-6602 Carpet Cleaning -- Carpets, rugs, walls -- Floors, Furniture -- Housewide Cleaning AL FURNISH ServiceMaster of Mason Co. Phone 426-1121 Chain Saws New and Used-Rentals Oregon Chains & Accessories Rental Service Almost Anything Anywhere Bulldozers-Loaders-Pumps Folding Banquet Tables & Chairs, Hospital Beds, Etc. LEW RENTS 2216 W. 4th, Olympia, 357-7731 Sewing Heaven Small motor tune-up & repairs Fabric & Trims altering, Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily mending, zippers and pockets replaced. Mike's McCulloch Shop SEWING HEAVEN 2215 Olympic Hwy. N., 426-4639 317 S. tst 426-8190 Concrete ..... Shoe Repair -- Ready-mix Concrete * Polishes & Laces of all Kinds -- Concrete Culverts & Blocks , * All types of boots and shOeS -- Sand, Gravel, Brick & Stone repaired. -- Fireplace Screens & Tools EXPERT SHOE • GRAYSTONE of SHELTON REPAIR SHOP ~-...--~-~75h & Park 426-3344 ,, 311 Grove Street ign Painting 1 Custom Painting' ] I • A. Types I I Spray or Brush J I * Truck Lettering I Lowest Reasonable Cost I * Cartoon Illustrated Signs I Exterior & Interior I * Personalized Business Card & I S.N. Schouvillier I Letterhead Designs I Star Rte. 1, Box 855 IPhil Sharp• 323 S. Front St. I (Twanoh Falls) / Phone 426-2661 I Belfair, Wn. CR5-2807 L _Between 6 & 9 p.m. t Dry Wall Travel Complete Drywall Service --- Air - Rail - Steamship Supplied hung, taped --- Bus - Hotels - Tours textured and glittered' ceilings. No Extra Charge for Our Service Free Estimates State licensed and bonded. Angle Travel Res. Center NORTHWEST DRYWALL 401 Railroad Ave. 319 W. Harvard 426-1948 426-8272 426-4134 Dr. /i -- Helena Rubinstein I -- Cosmetics I -- Prescriptions J -- Hypo-Allergic cosmetics NELL'S PHARMACY .~th & Franklin Ph. 426-3327 THIS SPACE CAN BE HAD How About You? Church 910 East Dearborn LEWIS B. WYSONG, Pastor Sunday School .... 9:45 a.m. MorningWorship . . 11:00 a.m. C. Y.'s & Cadets .6:00 p.m. Evening Service .... 7:00 p.m. Bible Study (Wed).. 7:00 p.m. Mt. View Alliance Sunday School . . . 9:4 Morning Worship . ~ 11: A.Y.F ........... Evening Service . . . Prayer Hour (Wed.) AYF (Wed.) ...... EARL EVERS Past FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 5th and Cota Downtown Shelton DECEMBER 12, 1971 Sermon Topics a.m. "THE PRE-EMINENCE OF CHRIST" p.m. "A QUESTION OF ETERNAL IMPORTANCE" Pastor: Dr. A. M. Halvorsen 9:30 a.m .... Sunday School * 11:00 a.m.Morning Worship 7:00 p.m .......... Evening Gospel Hour Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. * The Morning Worship is broadcast live over KMAS, 1280 kc. OVERWEIGHT? -- GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD! Prayer alone was enougl heal two women and being overweight. Listen their experiences. Broadcast this SundaY over: KXA 770 Kc 8:45 a.~. KGY 1240 Kc 10:lSa.~' the that A Christian Scle United Methodist Church G and King Streets REV. WILLIAM ANDREWS, Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. Church School begins at 9:15 a.m. U.M.Y. at 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LATTER DAY Connection & 12th Sts. Phone 426-2805 9: Priesthood Meeting ............................. 11 Sunday School ................................. Sacrament Meeting .............................. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Arcadia and Lake Boulevard ED CHAMBERLAIN, Bible School ...... 9:45 a.m. Family Service ..... 7:30 P'° Worship ......... 11:00 a.m. Wecmesday -- Bible Study and Prayer -- 7:30 p.m. Child Care Service Available at 1 l:00 Service First Church of Christ, Scientist 302 Alder St., Shelton, Wash. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. -- Church 11-.00 a.m. Wednesday evening testimony meetings 7:30 p.m. Reading room located in church. Reading room hOUrS 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon. & Fri. ISt. David's Episcopal Church Fourth & Cedar, Shelton, Washington 8:00 a.m. -- Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. - Family Service 11:45 a.m.- 1st & 3rd Sundays: Holy Communion (Prayer Book) 2nd & 4th Sundays: Morning Prayer C~ The Church is always open for meditation and prayer. MT. OLIVE LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD 206 E. Wyandotte ROLAND H SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1971 Divine Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 THE FRIENDLY CHURCH SHELTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1521 Monroe St. Mason YounglU Sunday School -- For The Family . 9:4 Morning Worship ............................. 1 Christ's Ambassadors ........................ Evangelistic Service .......................... Wednesday -- Family Night .................... REVIVALTIME~ Sunday, KGDN ............... Faith LutheranChurch 7th and Franklin WORSHIP 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL 9:00 a.m. Christian" " Worship, Fellowship, Education, ServiCe6 Be'' Kenneth Robinson, Pastor Phone 42 " ii Fishermen's Club P.U.O. AUDITORIUM - 3rd & Cote / From 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday i SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1971 Bible Study: LELAND WILKINSON, Minister Speaker: TO BE ANNOUNCED of SHELTON CHURCH the NAZA Located in Memorial Hall, 2nd and Franklin .29s Lowell Keene, Pastor Phone 426"1 Sunday School ........................... 9: Morning Worship ........................ 11: Junior Fellowship ........................ 6:~ Evening Service .......................... 7:1 P~ayer Meeting, Wednesday ................. 7: