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Page Fifty-One The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS @ @ @ Th Christmas Tree Tradition HERE did the Christmas tree tradi- tion originate? Who transplanted it to the Umited States? According to tbe most reliable tradi- tion, and evergreen was first used as a symbol of the birth of Christ in Germany. But the one who was responsible for what is ow regarded as a German in- stitution was a foreigner--possibly an :Irishman. Likewise is was a foreigner-- again possibly an Irishman--who is cred- ited with introducing this custom to the New World. St. Boniface, the Apose to Germany, was a Benedictine Monk who received in baptism the name of Winfried, or Win- frith. Like Ireland's own apostle, St. Patrick, there is a controversy as to the place of his birth. Neither the date nor the place of Wlnfried's birth is known. Crediton in Devonshire, England, is sup- ported by most modern writers as the claim hin as a native son. When t. Bontfacewent to preach the Gospel to eighth-century Germans, he noted that the pagans on festival occa- sions decorated oak trees with fruit and furs and other symbols. The apostle saw no objection to the tree wa beautiful Christian symbol for many reasons--but he selected a different species of tree; and he offered his followers a great and lasting reason for making the change. "The oak," said St. Boniface, "like most other trees and shrubs, changes color and loses its foliage according to the season. But consider the evergreen family. These trees never change color, nor do they shed their foliage. They are, therefore, the more worthy of considera- tion for religious ceremonies." The evergreen was likened by St. Boni- face to the unchangeableness of the true God; and the decorations of the tree, un- der his guidance, heeame community gifts symbolizing the bounty of God. For many years the clhim of Wooster, Ohio, a the site of the first Christmas tree in this country. He found evidence of six trees that antedated the Wooster tree and believes that further research may reveal still others. SMITH TROY Attorney General State of Washlngton ASK FOR OLYMPUS BUTTER and ICE CREAII I "Quality Counts" Olympia Creamery Co. BURNIR OIL--4TOVE OIL FUEL OIL STOKER COAL--WOOD ACME FUEL CO. PHONE 6667 i Greetings Capital Savings & Loan Ass'n Olympia c ................................. The Wooster legend concerns a young German tailor, August Imgard, who came to this country to join his brother. The approach of Christmas 1847 turned his thoughts to his homeland and its cus- toms. So, he set up a spruce tree in his brother's home and decorated it with paper ornaments which he made. The star for the top of the tree was fash- ioned by the local tinsmith. Among the first information brought to light by Mr. Schreiber's research was that a church in Rochester, N.Y., had a Cristmas tree adorned with lights, toys and sweetmeats as early as 1840, and another Rochester church in 1847. But personal memoirs of the Krausnick faro-- fly in Cincinnati, Ohio, mentioned a Christmas tre in 1835; and records un- earthed in Philadelphia indicate that in 1834 a German doctor, Constantin Hering, and a teacher  friend, Frledrich Knorr, ferried across the Delaware and biought back fir trees from New Jersey which they carried through the streets of Phila- delphia on their backs. But the oldest tree of all, it seems, was at Fort Dearborn, Michigan, in 1804. As reported in the Fort Dearborn Magazine in 1920, Captain Whistler "ordered a tree from the grove of pine and spruce on the hills that skirted the lake shore to the north of the river," and some of the soldiers draaged it across the icy river "by means of ropes to its place of honor amongst the festivities." Captain Whist- ler had come originally from :Ireland where the Christmas tree was not eus- to/nary in the eighteenth Century. One suggested explanation is that he learned of Christmas trees from Hessians who fought in their country during the Revo- lution. :It does not seem at all unlikely that the very first Chtristmas trees in the United States may have been set up and trimmed by Hession soldiers whose thoughtslike those of all soldiers far from home at Christmas tlme--turned back to family traditions. THREE'S NO CROWD (Continued from page 50) in that bed for fifty years. No other bed would feel so comfortable. "Chairs: one small walnut rocker." One small walnut rocker! That was Jen- nie's rocker, one he had made for her himself. How could he sell that rocker7 "Grandpar' The door burst open, and a slim girl flung her arms around his neck. "Janie, Child! Where did you come from ?" "I came straight from the city, and :I have to go right back tonight, but I Just had to come home and tell the news. You know what, Grandpa?" "What, Janie ?" "Jim's on his'way home! And as soon as he gets things set we're going to get married. And, Grandpa, do you know what we want to do?t' "No; what, Janie?"" "We want you to let us live here. Jim wants to finish his 'course at the Uni- versity, and he could commute from here, and we both love it here. Until he can get started back to school we could farm 'this little place. It's Just big enough, Just the right size of a little place for us to start out with. You'll let us come, won't you, Grandpa? We won't crowd you, will we?" "Why, no, Janie, you won't crowd me." Janie had caught sight of Grandpa's "For Sale" list. "Why Grandpa Brew- ster!" she said. "You would never sell Grandma's little rocker!" "No, Janie," said Grandpa, happily "I guess I'll not be selling anything right IIOW." He wrapped Jennie's .old shawl closer around his knees. ":I'm a stranger, :I'm a pilgrim," he hummed. The pilgrim didn't need to be on the move yet, however. He settled back comfortably in the old s- ging rocker and thought he  saw Jennie beaming down on him. "My son," said the pater, who was ad- dicted to moralizing, "this is the age of specialists. Is there any one thing you can do better than anyone else in the world ?" "Yeth, thtr," lisped the lad, "I can read OLYMPIA FATHERS ST. MAI00TIN COLLEGE LACEY, WASHINGTON wish, you CHRISTMAS PEACE and JOY Season's Greetings JOHN F. FORBES Road Building Contractor Bithumlnous and Macadam P. O. BOX 174 PHONE 3490 A. G. HOMAN GENERAL CONTRACTOR Specializing in Commercial Construction Estimates Gladly Given 112 N. Franklin Phone 8158 I EVERGREEN tIEAT MARKET We Specialize in Grain Fed White Faced Steer Beef 415 East Fourth Phone 3885 CHESTER ZEIGLER RELIABLE PLUMBING AND FURNACE WORK Phone 62.01 613 State Street NELSON CLEANERS Quality Work Ahvays West Olympia Phone $031 CAPITOL CITY FORGING WORKS Implement,Dealers, Blacksmiths, Welders, Machinists Phone 3065 A.P. PLANTENBERG Mnaer B06 Water Street KIHCY' HARDWARE C0. Gould's and Falrbanks-Morse Water Systems Duothsrm OIl Hsatin9 Stoves National Lead Paints - Builders' Hardware 512 E. 4th AVE. PHONE $586 A. J. PHILLIPS LUMBER CO. A. J. Phillips Construotion Company A Complete Building and Remodeling Service 402 W. th Phone 3701 I I Season's 6vssti.gs I OLYMPIA FEED I Phone 7795 t .... t CO. Olympia Monument Works A. EKE. Prop. Foreign and Domestic Granite and Marble Memorials P. O. Box 25, Olympia Phone Q03S i MILLS & MILLS L, O.,SWENSON -- A. P. MILLS Funeral Directors Dial 7212 Olympia CAPITAL LAUNDRY and CLEANERS ZORIC Garment Cleaning System 514-516 East Fourth Ave. Phone 7767 OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON HErE BROS. GROCERY INDEPENDENTLY/ OWNED SERVICE STORE -- FREE DELIVERY Phone 6616 and 6617 Fourth at Columbia OLYMPIA CREDIT BUREAU, INC. Adjustment Dep't. of Olympia Credit Bureau Credit Reporting and Collections 214-15 First National Bank Bldg. COPELAND I.UMBER CO. Lumber Building Materials 4th and Water Phone 6653 CAPITAL CHEVROLET CO. e Warren Simon|, Gen. Mgr. A Complete Repale Service for All Makes of CaPs tth and Cherry Phone 5516 OLYMPIA CLEANERS Quality Work I14 East 9th Phone 3413 CAPITAL SHEET METAL WORKS ROOFING & HEATING Dial 3542 107 N. Columbia IK. BUT YOU CAN DO BETTER at MOTTMAN'S OLYMPIA, WASH I SEASON'S GREETINGS I OLYMPIA SUPPLY COMPANY ; Phqne 6659 . . . 525. CQlumbla .Stmt_ ........ ; Page Fifty-One The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS @ @ @ Th Christmas Tree Tradition HERE did the Christmas tree tradi- tion originate? Who transplanted it to the Umited States? According to tbe most reliable tradi- tion, and evergreen was first used as a symbol of the birth of Christ in Germany. But the one who was responsible for what is ow regarded as a German in- stitution was a foreigner--possibly an :Irishman. Likewise is was a foreigner-- again possibly an Irishman--who is cred- ited with introducing this custom to the New World. St. Boniface, the Apose to Germany, was a Benedictine Monk who received in baptism the name of Winfried, or Win- frith. Like Ireland's own apostle, St. Patrick, there is a controversy as to the place of his birth. Neither the date nor the place of Wlnfried's birth is known. Crediton in Devonshire, England, is sup- ported by most modern writers as the claim hin as a native son. When t. Bontfacewent to preach the Gospel to eighth-century Germans, he noted that the pagans on festival occa- sions decorated oak trees with fruit and furs and other symbols. The apostle saw no objection to the tree wa beautiful Christian symbol for many reasons--but he selected a different species of tree; and he offered his followers a great and lasting reason for making the change. "The oak," said St. Boniface, "like most other trees and shrubs, changes color and loses its foliage according to the season. But consider the evergreen family. These trees never change color, nor do they shed their foliage. They are, therefore, the more worthy of considera- tion for religious ceremonies." The evergreen was likened by St. Boni- face to the unchangeableness of the true God; and the decorations of the tree, un- der his guidance, heeame community gifts symbolizing the bounty of God. For many years the clhim of Wooster, Ohio, a the site of the first Christmas tree in this country. He found evidence of six trees that antedated the Wooster tree and believes that further research may reveal still others. SMITH TROY Attorney General State of Washlngton ASK FOR OLYMPUS BUTTER and ICE CREAII I "Quality Counts" Olympia Creamery Co. BURNIR OIL--4TOVE OIL FUEL OIL STOKER COAL--WOOD ACME FUEL CO. PHONE 6667 i Greetings Capital Savings & Loan Ass'n Olympia c ................................. The Wooster legend concerns a young German tailor, August Imgard, who came to this country to join his brother. The approach of Christmas 1847 turned his thoughts to his homeland and its cus- toms. So, he set up a spruce tree in his brother's home and decorated it with paper ornaments which he made. The star for the top of the tree was fash- ioned by the local tinsmith. Among the first information brought to light by Mr. Schreiber's research was that a church in Rochester, N.Y., had a Cristmas tree adorned with lights, toys and sweetmeats as early as 1840, and another Rochester church in 1847. But personal memoirs of the Krausnick faro-- fly in Cincinnati, Ohio, mentioned a Christmas tre in 1835; and records un- earthed in Philadelphia indicate that in 1834 a German doctor, Constantin Hering, and a teacher  friend, Frledrich Knorr, ferried across the Delaware and biought back fir trees from New Jersey which they carried through the streets of Phila- delphia on their backs. But the oldest tree of all, it seems, was at Fort Dearborn, Michigan, in 1804. As reported in the Fort Dearborn Magazine in 1920, Captain Whistler "ordered a tree from the grove of pine and spruce on the hills that skirted the lake shore to the north of the river," and some of the soldiers draaged it across the icy river "by means of ropes to its place of honor amongst the festivities." Captain Whist- ler had come originally from :Ireland where the Christmas tree was not eus- to/nary in the eighteenth Century. One suggested explanation is that he learned of Christmas trees from Hessians who fought in their country during the Revo- lution. :It does not seem at all unlikely that the very first Chtristmas trees in the United States may have been set up and trimmed by Hession soldiers whose thoughtslike those of all soldiers far from home at Christmas tlme--turned back to family traditions. THREE'S NO CROWD (Continued from page 50) in that bed for fifty years. No other bed would feel so comfortable. "Chairs: one small walnut rocker." One small walnut rocker! That was Jen- nie's rocker, one he had made for her himself. How could he sell that rocker7 "Grandpar' The door burst open, and a slim girl flung her arms around his neck. "Janie, Child! Where did you come from ?" "I came straight from the city, and :I have to go right back tonight, but I Just had to come home and tell the news. You know what, Grandpa?" "What, Janie ?" "Jim's on his'way home! And as soon as he gets things set we're going to get married. And, Grandpa, do you know what we want to do?t' "No; what, Janie?"" "We want you to let us live here. Jim wants to finish his 'course at the Uni- versity, and he could commute from here, and we both love it here. Until he can get started back to school we could farm 'this little place. It's Just big enough, Just the right size of a little place for us to start out with. You'll let us come, won't you, Grandpa? We won't crowd you, will we?" "Why, no, Janie, you won't crowd me." Janie had caught sight of Grandpa's "For Sale" list. "Why Grandpa Brew- ster!" she said. "You would never sell Grandma's little rocker!" "No, Janie," said Grandpa, happily "I guess I'll not be selling anything right IIOW." He wrapped Jennie's .old shawl closer around his knees. ":I'm a stranger, :I'm a pilgrim," he hummed. The pilgrim didn't need to be on the move yet, however. He settled back comfortably in the old s- ging rocker and thought he  saw Jennie beaming down on him. "My son," said the pater, who was ad- dicted to moralizing, "this is the age of specialists. Is there any one thing you can do better than anyone else in the world ?" "Yeth, thtr," lisped the lad, "I can read OLYMPIA FATHERS ST. MAI00TIN COLLEGE LACEY, WASHINGTON wish, you CHRISTMAS PEACE and JOY Season's Greetings JOHN F. FORBES Road Building Contractor Bithumlnous and Macadam P. O. BOX 174 PHONE 3490 A. G. HOMAN GENERAL CONTRACTOR Specializing in Commercial Construction Estimates Gladly Given 112 N. Franklin Phone 8158 I EVERGREEN tIEAT MARKET We Specialize in Grain Fed White Faced Steer Beef 415 East Fourth Phone 3885 CHESTER ZEIGLER RELIABLE PLUMBING AND FURNACE WORK Phone 62.01 613 State Street NELSON CLEANERS Quality Work Ahvays West Olympia Phone $031 CAPITOL CITY FORGING WORKS Implement,Dealers, Blacksmiths, Welders, Machinists Phone 3065 A.P. PLANTENBERG Mnaer B06 Water Street KIHCY' HARDWARE C0. Gould's and Falrbanks-Morse Water Systems Duothsrm OIl Hsatin9 Stoves National Lead Paints - Builders' Hardware 512 E. 4th AVE. PHONE $586 A. J. PHILLIPS LUMBER CO. A. J. Phillips Construotion Company A Complete Building and Remodeling Service 402 W. th Phone 3701 I I Season's 6vssti.gs I OLYMPIA FEED I Phone 7795 t .... t CO. Olympia Monument Works A. EKE. Prop. Foreign and Domestic Granite and Marble Memorials P. O. Box 25, Olympia Phone Q03S i MILLS & MILLS L, O.,SWENSON -- A. P. MILLS Funeral Directors Dial 7212 Olympia CAPITAL LAUNDRY and CLEANERS ZORIC Garment Cleaning System 514-516 East Fourth Ave. Phone 7767 OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON HErE BROS. GROCERY INDEPENDENTLY/ OWNED SERVICE STORE -- FREE DELIVERY Phone 6616 and 6617 Fourth at Columbia OLYMPIA CREDIT BUREAU, INC. Adjustment Dep't. of Olympia Credit Bureau Credit Reporting and Collections 214-15 First National Bank Bldg. COPELAND I.UMBER CO. Lumber Building Materials 4th and Water Phone 6653 CAPITAL CHEVROLET CO. e Warren Simon|, Gen. Mgr. A Complete Repale Service for All Makes of CaPs tth and Cherry Phone 5516 OLYMPIA CLEANERS Quality Work I14 East 9th Phone 3413 CAPITAL SHEET METAL WORKS ROOFING & HEATING Dial 3542 107 N. Columbia IK. BUT YOU CAN DO BETTER at MOTTMAN'S OLYMPIA, WASH I SEASON'S GREETINGS I OLYMPIA SUPPLY COMPANY ; Phqne 6659 . . . 525. CQlumbla .Stmt_ ........ ;