How NORAD Came to Track
In 1915 our old dirt floor cellar was a storehouse far superior to today’s Schwan’s Grocery Store on wheels. The one entrance to our cellar was through a large pull up cellar door that swung open on hinges on the Southwest comer of our house.
Many trips daily were made to bring up milk, cream and butter for cooking and table use. Every morning and evening the separated cream was cooled and added to the cream can whose contents were sold weekly at the local cream station.
Built in wooden bins stored a wagon load of potatoes that kept solid until planting time in the spring. We had smaller bins of hubbard squash, heads of cabbage, carrots, and rutabagas all ready for use.
Two twenty-gallon crocks of sauerkraut cut and cured tempted our appetites when the twelve hogs were butchered and cured in early February.
The west cellar wall held wide shelves that stored one-gallon bottles of tomatoes sealed with a cork and sealing wax canned the open kettle method of boiling the vegetables until completely cooked. Two quart, one quart and pint jars were sealed using jar rubbers and Mason lids that preserved tomatoes, beans and carrots.
Our desire for sugar was met by jars of peaches; pears, apples, plums, blackberries, raspberries and elderberries made into sauce, jellies and jams.
Our large wooden stave barrel chum stood on a special platform built to hold the chum as we turned the handle to separate the sour cream into butter and butter milk. Pa wouldn’t help churn if the sour cream wasn’t room temperature as it might take hours before the butter came. The quality of butter today seems very solid using a different process, I am sure. The chum had to be kept in a damp place or the staves would dry up and fall apart.
The Texas Tenors with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra — tickets on sale November 26, 2018
Tickets for the The Texas Tenors Christmas Concert will go on sale Monday, November 26 at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center Box Office.
The Texas Tenors will be performing on Saturday, November 23, 2019 for a special Christmas concert, “Deep in the Heart of Christmas.” The Texas Tenors will be accompanied by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dubuque Arts Council and is sponsored by the Falb Family Foundation. This is the fourth performance of the Tenors in Dubuque and all previous shows have sold out.
Tickets are $35-$50 plus fees and may be purchased at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street. or more information, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-SHOW. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.
The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and an enthusiastic fan base, including three Emmy Awards for the PBS special “You Should Dream.” They have performed more than 1000 concerts around the world including a 24-city tour of the United Kingdom and China, and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies in the United States. They were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world according to Billboard magazine, and recently made their Canadian debut at the world-renowned Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music.