Friday, December 30, 2011

Mary Louise Reeves

December 30 -- Mary passed away the evening of December 30th.  We will all miss her so much.  We were all blessed by her friendship -- by the joy she showed when sharing good news with her, her compassion for us when we were in pain -- her loyal loving spirit, which she shared everytime we were together.  Thank you God, for giving us such a good friend.

From Darlene and Sheryl:
We have losted a great friend and sister: Mary Louise‏ went with the angels at around 10:30 Friday Dec 30, 2011 May she send all of the answers to our genealogy problems.
God rest her soul.  More later on services.

Note: She is being cremated. I think they are planning the services for Saturday, Jan. 7, 11:00am, at the Christian Church with lunch to follow. If this is not correct, I will e-mail you back. The family has asked that there be no flowers, instead Mary Louise had many projects going so they would like the memorials to go in her memory to one of these projects. One that she was working hard on recently was the furnace fund for the Christian Church. She was appointed curator at the Russell Museum so there are projects there. We now have another "Genie Angel" to look over us.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wayne Manufacturing in Chariton, Iowa

Most of the people in Chariton don't even realize they have a Christmas Decoration manufacturing plant on Albia Road near the Chariton School District with all its yellow buses.  This is a 10,000 square foot factory and this time of the year it is silent.  No  hum of machinery, no voices, nor trees or Santas waiting to be shipped.  Their work for year 2011 is done.  The company is owned and operated by Ken Burger of Russell and it has over 7,000 customers.

Wayne Manufacturing began its business in a basement in 1974 by Ken's father.  Ken has operated the business for 22 years.  It has grown from a small distributing company to a $1.5 million dollar business. 

Each year, starting in January, Ken and  his father, now 80 years old, call every city in virtually every state to find out if they are in the market or not for Christmas displays and decorations, whether they want to replace or add to what they have, and whether they would like one of their catalogs that describes the multitude of colorful products to enhance the community's holiday season.  The company also has a well maintained Website.  There is no middle man to eat up the profits.  No showroom is necessary because they are not open for individuals to come by and pick out light strings or other decorations.  Ken does all the traveling, usually during February and March and sometimes in the fall.  Summer time is no time to be thinking about Christmas.  He carries samples of the items available for the coming year.  Their sale time is in January and February.  Shipping on orders can be delayed until November.  April will be the month to start production again.  At the height of production, he employs as many as 15.  Some employees come back year after year.  Four or five have worked as many as 12 years and are multitrained so they can run the specialty machines that can cost $100,000 and up.  A lot of the work is done by hand.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Donation to Circle of Life Hospice

On Friday, Dec. 9, the US Bancorp Foundation donated a $1,000 check to Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton.  The money will be used towards the completion of the tree planting being done at Legacy Lodge Hospice House.  So far 17 trees have been planted at Legacy Lodge and six more large trees will be planted.  At the left is Chariton US Bank Branch Manager, Bob Stump, presenting the check to Circle of Life Administrator, Sherry McDonald.  (Bill Howes photo).