Oldest Settlement in Scott County------Buffalo, Iowa
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Volume 16, Issue 10 December 15 – January 14 free
We spent 93 Man-hours responding to 40
emergency calls in November. We responded to 29
EMS calls, 2 Grass Fires, 4 Vehicle Accidents and
Miscellaneous calls for an Alarm Malfunction, 3
Citizen Assists and a Sort on a Power Pole. The
members also spent 24 man-hours performing
station and vehicle maintenance with their assigned
Now that we are well into the holiday season and
Christmas is just around the corner. The firemen at
the BVFD thought it would be a good idea to once
again decorate one of our Engines as a way to wish
all of our Citizens a very Merry Christmas.
We will have it out around town on three different
evenings, December 22nd, 23rd and 24th. We will
start around 6:00 pm and cover the entire town and
if you listen real close you will probably hear a
Christmas carol or two that you may remember. We
hope everyone has a chance to see our Christmas
Engine. If you should miss us the Officers and
Members of the BVFD would like to take this
opportunity to wish each and every one of you a
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Respectfully submitted by:
Terry Adams, Fire Chief
Visit us at
Fish Fry’s - St. Alphonsus Church
Holding our 36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry's
February 16, 23, and March 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2018.
The menu includes:
Baked or Batter Fried Fish, Baked Potato,
French Fries, Onion Rings, Coleslaw,
and choice of Beverage.
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are available.
There is also a wide variety of Delicious Desserts.
Serving from 4 pm to 7 pm in the cafeteria
2626 Boies Ave, Davenport
Our meetings will resume
again in March!
During the Months of December, January, and
February, the museum is open by appointment
Call Chris at 381-8074 or 579-3588 if you
If you know of a potential 1800’s privy, and
would like to see what might be in it, please
contact Chris 563-579-3588.
Donate or loan some historical items to our
museum to get your name in the paper!
We are on Facebook!
When you stop believing in Santa, you get
Sweetland United Methodist Church
1709 Sweetland Road (1 block south of Hwy 61)
Muscatine, IA 52761
“The Small Church With the Big Heart”
Please join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus,
And to remember the reason for the season.
This will be a retelling of the Christmas Story through
Saint Peter Catholic Church
Join us on Sunday’s at 9:00 am
Religious Ed: 8 a.m.
For preschoolers through 5th grade
(not on the last Sunday of the month)
First Friday Rosary and Communion service
406 4th St.
P.O. Box 488
Buffalo, IA 52728
Phone: (563) 322-0987
Buffalo Community Center
We would be very happy to host
your next event!
Buffalo Community Center, please call
Dinner will be held
on 21 December
potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes
green beans, salad bar, and desserts.
Can do carry outs. Call church if
you are elderly and/or you or you
know of someone in need of
Christmas Eve Services
9am and candle light service at 9pm
Calvary Lutheran Church,
THE TRUE SPIRIT OF
Buffalo Library News
your Buffalo Library!
The Library will be closed for the Holidays
on Saturday, December 23 and Monday,
December 25, then Saturday, December 30
and Monday, January 1.
Story Hour and Teen Reading Group are
Library Quote: “He sprang to his sleigh, to
flew, like the down of a thistle…” - ‘A Visit
from St. Nicholas’, Clement C. Moore
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm, then 2:00-
Saturday: 9:00 am to Noon 381-1797
BUFFALO TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE
the East side of town?
ANSWER TO LAST MONTH’S TRIVIA
The original Dolese Brothers quarry
was one of the big employers in Buffalo,
operating until the mid-1930’s, and
while the Linwood
Quarries brought in Croatian and
Bulgarian workers, there was always
room for Buffalo men there.
1106 W. Front St.
Great food! Great prices!
Come in and try our tasty homemade
Great place for family & friends!
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Therapy, Standard Process Products,
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Dr. Taylor Overmohle
SEVEN LAYER CASSEROLE
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. water
2- 8 oz cans tomato sauce
3/4 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
4 strips bacon
salt and pepper to taste
1 C. drained whole kernel corn
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place
ingredients in layers
in 2 quart baking dish. Cover
tightly and bake 1 hour.
Uncover and continue to bake
Many of the vintage recipes are from an old Buffalo women’s’
late grandmother, Virginia Carson. See
Jan/Feb 2013 edition for more info)
Peace on earth will come to stay,
The Colors of Christmas
Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for
thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the
long dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come
and that winter wouldn't last forever!
The Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a
sign of good luck. The ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches
into their houses during the mid winter festivals.
In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were
performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who
couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the garden of eden in the play was
normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.
Now the most common use of green at Christmas are Christmas Trees.
Cartoon drawing of Santa Claus
on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays.
Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood
of Jesus when he died on the cross.
Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St.
Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform!
A gold five pointed star
winter. And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to
keep you warm.
Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of
the wise men and traditionally it's the color used to show the star that
the wise men followed.
Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a 'warmer'
White is often associated with purity and peace in western cultures. The
snow of winter is also very white!
White paper wafers were also sometimes used to decorate paradise
trees. The wafers represented the bread eaten during Christian
Communion or Mass, when Christians remember that Jesus died for
is covered with a white cloth (in the Russian Orthodox Church Gold is
used for Christmas).
The color blue is often associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. In
medieval times blue dye and paint was more expensive than gold! So it
would only be worn by Royal families and very rich people. Mary was
often painted wearing blue to show she was very important.
Blue can also represent the color of the sky and heaven.
During Advent, purple and sometimes blue is used in most churches fort
he color of the altar cloth (in the Russian Orthodox Church red is used for
Buffalo History 101
Feb. 2, 1894
Theo Kautz came to Buffalo with a load of coal the other day. While
in Buffalo he took a chill and was taken to the home of his father-in-law
John Branbecker. Dr. L.C. Moore was summoned and found he was
suffering from a severe attack of lung fever, which might develop into
typhoid. He was forbidden to be removed to his home.
A NEW ENTERPRISE.
Mr. Carlisle of Muscatine is in Buffalo making preparations for
opening a drug store. The people of Buffalo are doing all in their power
to help Mr. Carlisle in this new enterprise. The correspondent of THE
LEADER wishes him success.
Hugo Hoffbauer the new postmaster of Buffalo, took charge of the
postoffice on the 1st of February. His daughter, Miss Louisa Hoffbauer,
was appointed assistant postmistress. She is a highly respected young
lady, was born and raised in Buffalo and is well qualified for the
position. Hereafter the patrons of the P.O. will receive their mail at H.
and E. Hoffbauers' general merchandise store.
Teams are crossing the ice at this point. It is from eight to ten
Freshmen Class of 1954
I have had too many
eye surgeries and it feels
as if my head is having
problems. It is a two-
month wait for doctor.
Dec. 29th. Part of getting
older I guess but think I
am crazier than
check newspaper to see
date. One more laser to
prepare scar tissue so
can see better but finding
my reading glasses over
and over to read or see
phone is waste of time,
so I go out and make
sure critters are happy.
Super news is Randy
has Halo off and getting back to normal. Sure did miss him. He
loves the great white horses as much as me. Wants to drive white
Poco after she has foal. Made awesome stall in tent at bottom of hill
so I can see from kitchen window.
Nativity activity this week. Hay in barn but no round bales yet.
Hay at 1st sale was only 28 loads and one that was super rounds
went for $90. Each. Load of 10. Next was grass rounds for $85 ea.
No thanks. Will wagon load small bales to hay rings.
Hope everyone has a Wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy
Here is my photo of Rowdy Joe and I at San Diego in 1998. I
found German photo holder Rowdy got when we were in Germany
at Christmas in 1984.
ps. Rowdy made the Christmas Tree in Grade School and It will
always be my only tree..
Your Senior Farmer on the Hill.
“Jingle Bells”, have been used to adorn horses worldwide for
centuries. Horse bells attracted good luck; protected against
disease, injury and evil; flaunted the owner's wealth and
status; and enhanced the horse's natural beauty.
Horse bells have always had a practical purpose as well as a
decorative one. They warned pedestrians and other drivers to
the approach of oncoming vehicles and alerted potential
customers that street vendors and delivery wagons were in the
North American makers were manufacturing horse bells as
early as the 1700s, but U.S. production rates were modest
until the mid-1800s.
In the 1800s, horse bells were used for wintertime recreation
as well as for work. Winter pleasure drives required
fashionably warm clothes, handsome sleighs, well groomed
horses, and nicely polished harness and bells. This strong
association of horse bells with Christmas and winter fun led
people to gradually call them "sleigh bells" instead.
Sleigh bells became a part of popular culture, leading to
songs, stories, and poetry about them. The most popular
example is the song "One Horse Open Sleigh", known today
as "Jingle Bells". It was written by James Lord Pierpont in
1857. Another example, not as well known, is the poem
"Sleigh Bell" written by Yakov Polonsky in 1854.
The U.S. sleigh bell industry began to grow strongly in the
early 1800s. William Barton is credited with starting the sleigh
bell industry in East Hampton, Connecticut, USA, about 1810.
Barton's willingness to teach the sleigh bell trade to others was
a key reason why East Hampton earned worldwide fame as
"Belltown" or "Jingletown" in the 1800s.
By the late 1800s, bell foundries throughout the East and
Midwest produced a dizzying variety of sleigh bells and many
different ways to put sleigh bells on horses and their vehicles.
With the invent of the Model-T in 1908, the horse rapidly
disappeared as the major means of transportation, as well as
the decline in the sleigh bell industry. A small handful survived
through the 1950s, but only the Bevin Bros. Mfg. Co. in East
Hampton, Connecticut, remains in business today.
Horse bells are now used for home decoration and to set a
festive tone for a pleasure ride in a horse-drawn sleigh,
carriage or wagon.
Many people enjoy owning and using vintage bells
manufactured in the days when horses and their bells were an
integral part of people's daily lives. We hope to make that a
more-common occurrence by restoring vintage bells for
Others choose to purchase new bells. Although all cast-brass
sleigh bells are made overseas, a number of U.S. businesses,
including Classic Bells, are still using time-honored techniques
to produce new sleigh bell straps with these bells.
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From my Saddle, Senor Esteban
THE MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE!
In the 1880s Woolworth stores started
selling glass ornaments imported from
Germany and some were in the shape of
various fruit and vegetables. It seems that
pickles must have been among the selection!
Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a very
old German tradition and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the
Christmas tree and then the first child to find the pickle got an extra
present. However, the claim that it's an old German tradition seems to be
a total myth! Not many people in Germany have even heard of the
Christmas Pickle! Some families now have the tradition of hanging the
pickle on the tree, with the first person/child to find it getting a present. But
it probably didn't start in Germany!
There are two other rather far-fetched stories linking the pickle to
One features a fighter in the American Civil War who was born in Bavaria
(an area of what is now Germany). He was a prisoner, and starving, he
begged a guard for one last pickle before he died. The guard took pity on
him and gave a pickle to him. The pickle gave him the mental and physical
strength to live on!
The other story is linked to St. Nicholas. It's a medieval tale of two Spanish
boys traveling home from a boarding school for the holidays. When they
stopped at an inn for the night, the evil innkeeper, killed the boys and put
them in a pickle barrel. That evening, St. Nicholas stopped at the same inn,
and found the boys in the barrel and miraculously bought them back to life!
There is an old legend about St. Nicholas rescuing boys from a barrel but
the barrel was originally holding meat for pies - not pickles!
So it's most likely that an ornament salesmen, with a lot of spare pickles to
sell, invented the legend of the Christmas Pickle!
The American city of Berrien Springs, MI (also known as the Christmas
Pickle Capital of the World) has an annual pickle festival held during the
early part of December.
Catherine Spies December 21st
Jordyn Veal December 23
Nathan Hansen December 23
Tom Spies December 25
Kendra Sue Smith December 26
Katherina Van Tuyl December 26
Mercedes Mendez December 27
Bob Vick December 28
Cindy Meldrum December 31
Jebediah Collins January 1
Shane Riley January 1
Mary Kauffman-January 5
Steve Stebbins January 7
Faye Carson January 7
Evy Hutchison January 9
John (Jack) Carson January 12
Judith White (Deierling) January 12
Jane Gadzick January 15
Ethen Teel January 15th
Charles & Jeanie Buchanan December 23
Martin & Lisa Buffington December 23
Earl & Judy Mead January 3
Our sincere sympathy to all who have lost a
Note: We would love to share some of your
family and/or pets pictures. Please submit
them with names and info to
Sally Rodriguez 563-210-3462
Art Bartleson 563-210-5389
Dave Stickrod 563-275-9271
Joe Buffington 563-676-7541
Olin Meador 563-940-5901
Iowa! As I
to life. This
She lived in Kingsport Tennessee
her whole life, until she had a
brain aneurism 9 years ago, after
which she stayed here in Buffalo
with my mom. Although this was
tragic, God has a way of turning
bad things into good. Although I
always loved her and had fun
visiting her in Tennessee, had she
not needed to live with my mom
here in Buffalo, I never would have
gotten as close to her as I have.
She had a big role in working on
our house here at Echo Bluff
Ranch. She spent many days and
weeks here, stripping wallpaper,
clearing and burning brush,
tearing down walls, ripping up
carpet and linoleum, sanding,
painting, scrubbing, etc. This
woman could work circles around
10 men. She never complained
and her strong Faith was the most
amazing thing about her. She
could hold her tongue under the
most trying circumstances! In her
later years, however, some of the
things she would say kept us
laughing for hours! She would
often tell me that my husband,
Steve, secretly winked at her when
I wasn’t looking, or when my dad
would leave the room, she would
whisper to me, “I think Jack is
drinking again!” Each night when I
would tuck her into bed, she
wouId tell me that she had no
money to pay me for helping her,
but she would come down and
clean my house when she got
better. I thank God for the time I
have had with her, but pray that
her days of laying in that bed will
end soon and peacefully.
She is one of a kind.
We love our life on this little farm!
Chris and Steve Thornton
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Specializing in Fresh, Home-made, Locally Grown
Hours: 11am – 2am Tue-Sat, 11am – 10pm Sun
CALEndAR OF EVEnTS
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
FREE CLOTHES 9-12
FREE CLOTHES 9-
Free clothes 5-7
Hist mtg 6:30
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
FREE CLOTHES 9-
Food Pantry 9-12
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CITY HALL!
City offices will be closed on December 25, 26,
January 1, and 2
December 27 the week of Christmas and
Wednesday January 3 the week of New Years.
For residents who may have a hard time paying
Community Action 563-324-3236 for possible
It’s the season for water main breaks-If you
at your home please contact City Hall 381-2226
or Public Works 381-3530.
Remember WHEN SNOWFALL OCCURS.
December 4th), snow plowing will be done on the even-
numbered addressed sides of the street. (Example is 402
Third Street.) Even-numbered sides of the streets are the
north sides and the west sides of all streets.
2. On odd-numbered calendar days (example:
December 5th, snow plowing will be done on the odd-
numbered addressed sides of the street. (Example is 409
Third Street.) Odd-numbered sides of the streets are the
south sides and the east sides of all streets.
3. These rules are in effect when a snowfall of two (2) or
more inches occurs.
4. All vehicles must be moved from the side of the street
that is being plowed and not be returned to that side
until the snow is plowed to the curb.
5. Any vehicles not being moved may be towed by the
city at the owner’s expense.
Energy Reduction Hints for Homeowners Make sure attic
projects are suitable for many do it yourselfers and there
are many qualified contractors that specialize in
insulation work. During the winter, keep your curtains
open during the day to capture the sun's energy and
close them at night to help retain heat. Lower your
thermostat. There is a 3% reduction in heating costs for
every degree you lower it. Consider the purchase of a
programmable thermostat. Seal around doors and
windows with caulking or weather stripping to keep
warm air from leaking out of your home. You may be
able close the door and isolate unused rooms in your
home to reduce the overall space heated. Change your
furnace air filter regularly. Check to see floor supply
registers are clean and not blocked by furniture. Hire an
energy consulting company to conduct an audit of your
SERVED M-W-F AT NOON
IF YOU NEED DELIVERY,
CALL 48 HOURS AHEAD:
PHONE NUMBERS- 324-9085, 381-4594, 563-484-3108
Or call Chris at 381-8074
By the 10
of each month.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more