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PAGE 6 THE OBSERVER FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1961 Why were the Saints Saints? records compiled in the chapterlily unit and the caller dropping offices of the National Founda-lin for an unannounced visit is Because they were cheerful ion rs R ' "' t . M . Melva Jean yan s taware of a spirit of accomphsh- when if was {llIIIEUl[ m De l " Cheerful --- patient when it is engthy. Let's look at the rec-lment and the faith prevail- ord was difficult to be patient-- ling m the household. Two daugh- ] After spending eight months leers and a son help make the d I And because they pushe on in the life-saving iron lung, the lwheels go round Gavl, 13, Rae, when they wanted to stand ec " s and phase of possible re-112 Billy, 11 reqmre the usual Still ---- an(I Kep~ silent wnen icover was "a '1 'r ~ ' ' ' thor wanted ta talk. andJ Y 0 y-tme t ansIerlanswers to youthful problems were a~reeable" whe'n' the~ to a "rocking-bed", alternated[and help with homework, They wanted to be disagreeable with the chest respirator' earlyengage in .r t.ztine activities ' i wnicn attend the growing up e,~emng ot eacn nay orougn~ a : . . process and accept thew dutms ltl,~t w,~m ~L~. i~e~urn to.the .lung for.the mght. and responsibilities as members It was -uite sim"le, and UL ~" e .rocKmg vea-cnes~ resplra- of a unit willingly and unselfish- ,~ v ' tmn-~ron rang treatment con- 1 " ways will be. ;tinued until May of 1953 when ~' Those who know Jean Ryan would agree that for her, the above must have been intend- ed. The world seemed bright and wonderful to the William J. Ryans in August of 1952, for they were happily engrossed in the work of building a new home. Early October seemed a rea- sonable date for occupancy- what tim for the children! There would be time to get settled be- fore the holidays-- Pleasant thoughts and con- jecture were rudely halted for Jean Ryan in the simple gesture of reaching out to a child with arms that would not move. Poliomyelitis had inter- rupted still another bright fu- ture ! Record of Disease The pattern of a dreaded disease is all too familiar to its victim and family. Those who have not been touched might the third phase, full-time trans- fer to the rocking bed, became ~the daily pattern of progress until October, 1954. Today, at home, most of Jean Ryan's day is spent in the rock- ing bed. A portable respirator makes breathing possible; she can sit up in a chair for as long as two hours, wearing a special garment supporting the useless abdominal muscles which con- trol exhalation. Returns Home After more than two years in hospitals, Jean resumed her role in the new home, to which she returned in October of 1954. In February of the following year she was baptized a Catholic by the Rev. John F: Regan, then pastor of St. Catherine church, Dundee, and in April, 1957, Bishop Loras T. Lane visited the Ryan home to confer the sacrament of Confirmation. The Ryans have accomplished in eight years what few accom- plish in, a lifetime. They have determinedly overcome obsta- cles in establishing a satisfac- tory routine for an entire faro- learn that pattern by a study of case histories and assistance n port. B,tt .tl Gas Service] r . derson Ave. -- Ph, ADams 3-1713 Sales Service MURPHY & GUSTAFSON, INC. Phone A:~ 3-1216 Freeport GUSTAFSON & SCHINK, INC. Phone 136 Elizabeth J. H. PATTERSON CO. Telephone ADams 2-7132 324 East Stephenson St. FREEPORT, ILLINOIS dlll Established 1886 Lumber and Building Material Fuel, Paint and Hardware Runs Gift Shop The Ryan home was built on property adjacent to the country school which Jean attended as a youngster. Today, on route 31, Dundee, it is still "The Coun- try School" -- a gift shop, plan- ned and managed from a rock- ing bed, and staffed by Gayl, Roe, Billy and several faithful friends. Many of the gift items for sale in the shop have been made by SUPER KEMTONE RUBBER WALL PAINT and KEM GLO ENAMEL THOUSANDS OF COLORS NEWBERRY WALLPAPER AND PAINT CO. Florence'S Dining Room Now Under N w Ownerhsip of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Walker Who Cordially Invite Their Many Catholic Friends Through- out The Freeport Area to Stop In for Luncheon or Dinner. For Reservations -- Phone AD 2.7713 115 So. Galena (Rte. 20) Freeport, IlL Gochnaur's Fashion Shop 20 W. Main Freeport, IlL OUR TRADITIONAL JANUARY SALE INVITES YOUR SELECTIONS COATS--trimmed and untrimmed. Fabulous Mink White, Black, Cerulean, Ranch, Autumn.Haze. SUITS--superbly.styled, with or without Fur, and hand.detailed. DRESSES-the latest in design and tabric and a large eolian. faction of halt-sizes. Casual . . . Tea.Time . . . and "A/ter 5". SPORTSWEAR--skirts and sweaters to match . o . slacks, blouses, Deacon Vests & Cashmere's. LINGERIE AD 2-4313 MILLINERY who have been victims of polio, lwith victims of the disease and At present, she is offering as-ta personal knowledge of the sis,once in two major projects magnitude of the financial bur- to benefit the National Founda- den assumed by the National tion -- the NEW MARCH OF Foundation. For those who have DIMES. not been close to the situation, let's look at another record. March of Dimes i. 3tudv KeDort The Dundee township commit- ~ tee f,~r th^ a~arch "* Di~''" un The Kane county chapter of . ~. . " the National Foundation as- tier the chairmanship of Wilham sumes the care of polio victims J. Ryan and Thomas Falese, is within its jurisdiction. In a re- sponsoring two events of currentport .submitted by Richard J. interest to residents of Kane Schneli, Foundation chairman county. On Jan. 20, the second for Kane county, a total expen- annual WINTER CARNIVAL diture of $334,817 from 1953-1960 BALL will be held in Elgin, at the Blue Moon ball room. A social Chips 'N Dips hour is planned for 8 p.m. and danc- ing to music of Frankie Mas- ters' orchestra will be from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. A donation of $2 per person offers the possi- bility of taking home a door- prize, and a promise of an eve- ning well spent. Others besides Mrs. Ryan who are working to promote the Winter Carnival bail, are Dundee - Carpenters- RECEIVES CITATION--Polio officials Dale E. Boehm, state representative, and Richard J. Schnell (standing), Kane county chairman, present Mrs. William J. Ryan Illinois Polio Mother of the Year citation. (Photo by ELgin Courier-News) aandicapped persons whose ac- ville - Elgin volunteers, Mmes. quaintance has been made Dorothy Hyland, Edwin Vnigts, n Donald Blanken, Gerald Green mrougn aean s ow 1llness, /hUSl- ~. . ~ -- ,-. ~' IVllltOn /~owaros, l~lcnarfl ~uno, ness details and Correspondence l Leslie Ream. present no probem to Jean; through physio-therapy, she was Wheelchair Game taught the tecnmque o~ mant- pulating the keyboard of an An exhibition WHEELCHAIR electric typewriter with her toes. BASKETBALL game featuring She has developed skill in paint- the University of Illinois Gizz ing in oil on wood, by means of Kids, is scheduled for Wednes- a mouth stick; these artistic el- day, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m in Dun- forts have taken their place dee high school gymnasium. among other shop items. The Gizz Kids, paraplegics, are While the head of the house- well known in the sports world hold is engaged in pursuit of and participated in the Olympic a livelihood and the children are games in Rome in 1960. On. Feb. in school, Jean Ryan is busily I, they will have as their op- occupied with the challenge of ponents the Dundee State Cham- devising means of helping others plan- basketball team of 1938, who will also be paying in :REEPORT YOU'RE CORDIA LLY INVITED TO TOYLAND COMPLETE STOCK YEAR 'ROUND Freeport's Only Store Devoted Exclusively To Toys wheelchairs. Captain of the team Don Blanken is one of the Dundee Jaycees who have volun- teered assistance to the chair- men for this event. Donation for the exhibition game is $1; tickets for either benefit may be procured by writing NEW MARCH OF DIMES, P. O. Box 185, Dundee, Ill. The zeal with which these Dundee township chairmen and others, attack the problem of wiping out the fear of polio comes from a close association helped maintain the lives of 294 men, women and children af- fected. Nine of these were resi- dents of Dundee. Assistance provided four of the nine during the period is as follows: Kathy Sue Ream, $1,239.79; Diane Putfpaff, $4.641.36; Robe/'t G. Swanson, $26,278.04; and Jean Ryan, $33,235.02 -- a total of $65,394.21. Dundee is ONE of 16 com- munities of Kane county; Kane iiiiiiili!i!~,~ ~iiiiiii: '~NE,~s~xL~MrsRyan::/::ir:e:i!w'~ :I~' !' sii::i a: ::i:,::: :~'ewr ,er .*h,r,o since she was crippled by polio. Shown with her is her son, Billy. (Photo from Carpentersville- Dundee Review) could have been greater, how-[county Chapter's files nor are she was named '1958 Polio ever. Hospitalization insurancelthose of the county chairman, * Mother of the Year'. The cita4 carried by marly of the patients secretary, treasurer, or the tion read in part, "in recogm- covered part of the original ex- countless numbers of volunteers tion of her courage and deter- pease of illness but without the who have joined forces t h.elp ruination in combating the ra- continued help of the Founda-J:?Pti:n Itam:~roa ,: v : ~,- --s~C~rm"~u:~'tY= rages of polio; in maintaining , lJ tion it ls doubtful that many of idisease Together, they have her rightful place as mother, the families involved could have!been the inspiration for the homemaker and citizen; and is one of 11 counties in the Rock- remained financially solvent, steady march of dimes which her inspirational example to ford diocese Multiplied by the Besides the help given for have been poured into the great: other young mothers fighting to remaining number in the state medical care, the Foundation est research program of a cen- regain a functional role in life." tury which has produced the (90) and in the nation, the goal makes provision for the neces- life-saving Salk vaccine, the The National Foundation -- of a March of Dimes campaign can be approximated, the need sary attendant whose function it Sabin oral vaccine and freedom NEW MARCH OF DIMES -- has understood, the zeal of the Dun- is to assist the patient and per- from fear. extended its research program form any duties which maintain into the causes of serious birth dee township volunteers ap- household routine. Beyond this Mother of the Year defects and the cause and con- preciated, and it is to be hoped the financial burden is assumed trol of crippling arthritis. It is duplicated, by the family. A comparativeJean Ryan is aware of all this for this extension of research and modest estimate of the in- and more. For over two years also that Jean Ryan spends 294 Victims creased ratio of living expenses she has actively participated in wakeful hours, grateful for the Local March of Dimes cam-because of a prolonged illness the campaign and despite her mechanical aid which permits paigns have been largely respon- of one or another parent is one breathing handicap, spent wake- breathing, grateful because of sible for medical care given to third to one half. ful hours devising ways and the help of a Foundation, she the 294 polio victims of Kane! The sacrifices of a family are means of helping others, of re- IS maintaining her rightful place county. The Chapter's burden'not statistically recorded in a paying a debt. Two years ago as mother, homemaker, citizen. Silhouette Corset Shop SEMI - ANNUAL Registered Corsetieres :11]1|1|| "Specializing in Medical&Style. Garments" I 1125 N. Galena -- AT 4-0381 -- Dixon, Ill. ,l"u m~M"utu~," BOYS' AND GIRLS' WEAR IlURP SUPER MARKET GIRL'S COATS -- REAL SAVINGS J reg. 26.95 NOW 18.85 reg. 34.95 NOW 25.85 I Serve Your Friendly " I Yourselt Independent reg. 29,95 NOW 20.85Sizes 3 toreg'l 4 39.95 NOW 28,95 I nnd Sara Grocer ! BOY'S -- JACKETS -- GIRL'S FINEST IN MEATS reg. 12.98 NOW $.B5 reg. 12.95 HOW ~.BS reg. 14.98 I~OW 9.85 re~. 14.95 NOW 9.$$ We Give $&H Green Stamps reg. 16.95 NOW 11.85 reg, 15.95 NOW 10.85 Brinton at Bradshaw Dixnn, III. reg. 17.95 NOW 12.85 reg. 16.95 NOW 11.85 reg. 22,95 NOW 17.85 reg. 17,95 NOW 12.85 , reg. 25.95 NOW 19.85 reg. 19.95 NOW 13.B$ reg, 29.95 NOW 22.85 reg. 22.95 NOW 15.BS , BOYS' Sizes 5 ,o I2 Girls' Sizes 3 to ,4 ~ Why Not Make A Car e e r O u t o [ %. L " t HIGH.CREST CENTRE Alpine & Highcrest Rd. January Store Hours: Man. & Fri. 10"to 9 --- Other Days 10 to 6 18 S. CHICAGO AVE. Since 1934 14 South Chicago Avenue 16 South Chicane Avenue ATLAS SERVICE Tires Batteries Accessarie~ Adams & Winneshiek Phone AD 2-8010 Freeport Sporting Goods Paint end Hardware 128 E. Stephenson~Freeport Go' Painting Paper Hanging Dry-Wall Taping And Finishing RESDENTIAL--COMMERCIAL Phone: ADams 3-1916 841 S. Liberty--Freepod Dr. P. N. Hardinger Quality Memorials CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Phone: ADams 2-7166 668 W. Stephenson St. FREEPORT, ILL. FLACHTEMEIER Monument Works FREEPORT, ILLINOIS E. H. erown--W. H. grown, Owners 807 S. Adams ADams 2-2312 In FREEPORT Diaper Service For A ~uality nnd LOW COST Dial ADams 2-4S13 PLUMBING & HEATING 512 S. Cherry Freeport, III. Dial ADams 2-5316 CONVENIENT CREDIT TERMS! 4 FLOORS OF FURNITURE, BEDDING AND CARPET BARGAINS FURNITURE and FLOOR COVERINGS 84-86 GALENA ENROLL NOW FOR A CAREER IN ONLY 6 MONrHS A New Class In Beauty Culture Will Start On December 13, ! 960. Open To Men and Women. Bring Your Diploma---Three 3xS Photos And Marriage Certificate (If Married). G. !. APPROVED --- STATE ACCREDITED Sterling School of Beauty Culture, Inc. Veda I. Tmcy DIXON PHONE AT 4-0441 14 W. Third St. --- MA 5-0248 ~ Sterling, IlL AND INC. PLUMBING &HEATING CONTRACTORS 1037 THIRD ST. DIXON, ILL. . . . As Seen On TV's "lACK PAAR SHO~" 1ST & GALENA DIXON, ILL. These Distributors in our Diocese recommend "Little Joe" New 7 oz. Bottle First in the Thirst Parade The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famoue Schlitz for All Occasions Buchmann-Hall Beverage Co. 1611 Seminary Street --- Rockford Tops In Motoring. Pleasure Hartmann 219 E. Exchange Fmepatt Lennon McHenry Yale a THEM AT e Hal 80 Galena Ave. --. Dixon Chevrolet . Corvair . Cadillac Peoria at Everett Dixon, Illinois Vitale, 260 S. Highland Ave. -- Aurora