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By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

As we drift into the holiday season, hopefully we will be able to go back to some of our familiar traditions of visiting with family and friends, some maybe from out-of-town.

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If that is the case, and especially if they graduated from any of the Sisters of St. Casimir schools, it might be nice to take your guests to see the SSC Legacy Room sometime during the upcoming weeks. You may like to check it out yourself.

The museum, so to speak, takes you through the history of the congregation with well-chosen memorabilia, pictures and newspaper clippings and ends with a recreation of Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas’ bedroom, which features the original furnishings and personal possessions set up just as they were when she was living there.

To schedule a tour, call Communications and Project Coordinator Daina Cyvas at (773) 349-8064 or email [email protected]

During the holidays last year, I posted a picture of a Christmas ornament originally made by St. Rita of Cascia Parish in anticipation of the 100th anniversary back in 2005. A lot of folks inquired about purchasing one when they saw the post. As a matter of fact, the picture itself was so well-received that St. Rita Pastor Father Homero Sanchez decided to recreate it, tweaking and upgrading it, so both alumni and current parishioners would be able to get one.

Sanchez went through his connections and found an artist in Poland to hand-paint a rendering of the church with shimmering accents and then also hand-paint a depiction of St. Rita herself. In doing this he created an ornament far superior in quality. Both images are set on a glass ball amid a blue background. This is a limited edition and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Anyone wishing to purchase an ornament (donation $29) can do so at the rectory office, 6243 S. Fairfield, or call the rectory at (774) 434-9600 if you would like to arrange shipping.

The Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, is open on Sundays for our convenience, from 1 to 5 p.m.

This Sunday, Nov. 21 is the Second Annual Coquito Tasting at the Monarca Event Room from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (773) 701-5000.

Next Sunday, Nov. 28 is the Annual St. Adrian Seniors’ Christmas Party at Garden Chalet in Worth. All members are invited to attend the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Adrian Church, 7001 S. Fairfield, which will honor deceased members of the club over the last several years.

Now let’s go back to the 1950s/60s where we find it is time to do some grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving feast. Last week we decided we would be going to the Certified store at 3150 W. 59th St. How many of you remembered the name of the store? I have a copy of a sale paper from 1956 which shows the name as Powers (which is what I was looking for). Gen D. was the first to come up with that name. Her family lived down the street and as a little girl she remembers the sale signs with a picture of Raggedy Ann on them throughout the store.

However, John O. came up with something I had totally forgotten. Later on in the 1960s this was the home of Meyers Super Foods before they moved to their larger store on Kedzie.

Let’s take a quick peek at that ad from 65 years ago. A few names jumped up at me that I don’t think we see on the grocery shelves anymore. How about a Rath Blackhawk six-pound canned ham ($5.69); Teen Age Country Eggs (39 cents/dozen); Appian Way Pizza Mix (3 packages for $1, and this also came with a free pizza pan); Rinso Soap Powder (2 packages for 47 cents)? When was the last time you saw a jar of spiced crabapples? I think I would like those.

The ad did not list the price for turkeys but cranberry sauce was 10 cents a can, yams were 5 cents a pound, and butter was 67 cents a pound. I’ll snap a picture of the sketch of the storefront featured in the ad and post it on the Chicago Lawn Historical Society Facebook page along with some of the prices listed if you’d like to take a look

Fifty years ago this coming week, one of our local institutions once again made history. Anyone remember what that would have been?

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