Officers' Mess

1951 Kiwanis Christmas

1951 - Dec. 2, 1951; Vol. 1 No. 2; Kiwanis theater party for students of Provo School and pre-school age children. After the movie the younger set got treats.
Planning, Stock Control and Transportation employees have Xmas party at Officer's Club.
High School Christmas Program
Faculty Xmas party - filled candy sacks for students
Grade School Christmas Program
Jan. 4, 1952; Vol. 1 No. 3; Kiwanis Xmas Party photo.
Personell and Safety combined party
Maintenance Division party
Boy Scout Xmas party with girl scouts - photo

1952 - The Walrus; Dec. 26, 1952; Vol. 1 No. 51; page 4; Shown above is the cast of the
Provo grade school's presentation "The Shepherds' Christmas". Approximately 225 pupils
took part in the pageant, the above group consisting of second, third and fourth graders.
Directing the play was Miss Bowker, assisted by Mrs. Aderholt, Mrs. Little and Mrs. Gayhart.
Fourth Grader Amy Johnson was the student director. The play was presented for the public in
the Provo High School Auditorium last Friday morning.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 18, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 51; page 3; Graders Bring Christmas To Life In Annual Yuletide Offering Today

The theme of the grade school Christmas Program, to be held at the High School Auditorium at 9:15 this morning, is "Living Pictures of Christmas Music" and the annual presentation will be ushered in with the choral reading, "Twas The Night Before Christmas" with Clarence Richardson as Santa Claus, and James Resseguie and D. Dappen as the children. Choral readers will be Joan Catlett, Judy Schook, Diane Drapeau, Benje Segura, Cathy Schmidt, Heather Tinsley, Judith Massery, Linda Hedglin, Diana Thomas and Cherry Robb.

Following is the balance of the program: "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Raindeer', Chorus, Fourth Grade; Mrs. Maxine Syverts and Mrs. Rachel Keane, teachers.

"Christmas Toys", First Grades; Blocks, Shirley McCoy, Phyllis Pourier, Patricia Strange, and Pamela Firnekas; Tin Soldiers, Leslie Dyer and Dennis Brafford; Clowns, Noel Rickard and Larry Schiffner; Bells, Barbara Moore and Deborah Bordeaux; Tops, Monte Mowry and Steven Olson; Drums, Billy Massery and Robert Bush; Dolls, Rita Henderson and Geraldine Schuler; "Neath the Christmas Tree" and "Up on The House Top", Chorus, First Grades; Mrs. Bohart, Miss Dorothy Lynn, Mrs. Belva Hipsher and Mrs. Juliet Shedden, teachers, "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly", Third Grades; Decorators, Jesse Sears, Thomas Elsasser, Roger Bohart, Jane Lachelt, Mary Cottrell and Bonnie Holy Rock; Mrs. Elva Hurley, Mrs. Isabelle Theisen and Mrs. M. Reeves, teachers.

"Oh Tannenbaum" and "White Christmas", Sixth Grader; Center Tree, Rita Kumholz, Donald Hoar, Donald Harbaugh, Kirk Rose, Patty Barron, Patty Ann Heier, Carol Gripp, Warner Calvert, Paul Dappen, Danny Davis, Kay Strange, Pearl Ann Robb, Lilla Bettelyoun, Norma Nelson, Karen Catlett, Lyle Rostad, Marvin Perry, Kenneth Arpan, Russell Bohart, Roger Wickstrom, and Bigsby Schultz; Mrs. Madalynne Gisie and Mrs. Willa Richey, teachers.

The Christmas Story

"While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night', Seventh Grades; ; Shepherds, David Calvert, David Martinez, Larry Nelson, Cecil Jones and Ronald Hagen; Miss Lois Hermann and Mr. Paul Scissions, teachers.

"Away in a Manger" and "Silent Night". Second Grades: Mary, Sharon Sokol; Joseph, Russell Throwbridge; Mrs. Loraine Lapinsky and Mrs. Nancy Frost, teachers.

"We Three Kings of Orient Are." Fifth Grades; Wismen, Doublas Miller, Robert Wold, and Dallas Stewart; Mrs. Geraldine Mann and Miss Grace Bailey, teachers.

"Oh Holy Night" and "Angels Chorus" Eighth Grades; Madonna, Judith Breen; Angels, Jane Miller, Dorothy Muhm, Rita Rose, Mary Ann Berens, Donna Imme, Jerry Thompson, Joan Wickens, Norma Sue Huntley, Ann Ruby, and Carmen Lolley; Mrs. Edna Hinrichsen and Mr. Arnold Syverts, teachers.

Scenery painting, Larry Nelson, Arnold Monroe, Philbert Montileauz, Cecil Jones and Danny Benoist.

Accompanists for the program are Mrs. Dagny Bauer and Mrs. Esther Little.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 18, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 51; page 8; Kindergarten Kids Strut Stuff In Christmas Program Igloo's little tots "strutted their hour upon the stage" Tuesday afternoon and wednesday morning, and performed like seasoned veterans of the theatre during the presentation of the Kindergarten Christmas program.

Teachers of the very small fry, Mrs. Jean Heer and Mrs. Dorothy Garvis put the afternoon youngsters thru their paces on Tuesday afternoon and the morning classes on Wednesday at 9:15.

Both programs were the same with Toy Band, Brownies in Santa's Workship, Dolls in the Toy Shop, The Christmas Pie and The Real Christmas.

The petit performers in the Tuesday production who depicted Dolls in the Toy Shop were: Vallera Thorstad, Susan Whestone, Joyce Forney, Sharon Boltz, Connie Barritt, Marie Herman, Wanda Moldenhauer, Arlie Farrell, Shelley Purinton, Diane Pourier, Donna Rae Parks and Margaret Burnison. In the Wednesday program, Annette Remington, Sherry Conway, Kathleen Wegner, Rita Schroch, Raeleen Penor, Kathleen Aadson, Bonnie Flanagan, Sharon Stewart, Donna Underwood, Robert Ecoffey, Linda Grischkowsky, Linda Demski, Ann Gibson, Joan Petersen, Connie Wagner, Bonnie Irvin, Lana Williams, Margaret Shepherd, Donna Moore, Carol Paulzine and Cheryl Hendrix.

Tiny thespians in the Christmas Pie for Tuesday were: Bakers, Scott Hunter and Jackie Schoch; Father Bird, Paul Valandra; Blue Birds, Gary Erickson, Richard Black, Jon Fastwolf, Leland Bordeaux, Jerry Heier, Bernard Campbell, Larry Ladner, Michael Goreham, Richard Lee, John Haas, Freddy Schuler, Gerald Herrold, Joe Wright, Ronnie Ladner, Dickie Badmilk, Loren Pogreba, Andy Wright, and Stephen Poritz.

Wednesday's cast was composed of the following tots: Bakers, Ronald Mayer, Craig Lenz; Father Bird, Danny Heer; Blue Birds, Leonard Johnson, David Barron, Chris Lenz, Ray Hatfield, Michael Moriarty, Pat Hicks, Charles Schmidt, Craig Schmidt, Todd, Vikander, Billy McKee, Van Vermillion, Jon Gordon, Ronnie Balliet, Danny Garvis, Pat Giago, Junior Hughes and Jimmy Stanley.

"The Real Christmas" players in Tuesday's show were: Mary, Marie Herman; Joseph, Andy Wright; Angels, Wanda Moldenhauer and Connie Barritt; Shepards, Leland Bordeauz and Ronnie Ladner; Kings, Richard Lee, Dickie Badmilk and Jerry Heier. In Wednesday's nativity tableau the following took part: Mary, Lana Williams; Joseph, Pat Hicks; Angels, Sherry Conway and Bonnie Ervin; Shepherds, David Barron, Ray Hatfield, and Van Vermillion; Kings, Ronnie Balliet, Danny Garvis and Leonard Johnson.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 1; She's Awe'd, Wide-Eyed and Happy - It's Santa In Person! 1953 Vets Club Christmas Well, what do you know? It's SANTA HISSELF! Little Daveen Graybeal of Igloo experiences that greatest of juvenile thrills - meeting the fabulous, red-robed, bewhiskered old gent that's just the greatest guy ever! At a children's Christmas party this week, given by the BHOD Veterans Club in their Igloo club rooms, photogenic Daveen was one of 1042 youngsters who took advantage of the magnanimity of old Santa - and the Vets Club. Daveen, who is two, is the daughter of Mr. and Mr. Jay E. Graybeal.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 2; Versatile Firemen Help Santa Make Needy Kids Happy Members of the local Fire Department becam Santa's helpers this week as they repaired toys for Igloo children. Don DuBois, "chief helper", said then firefighters were spending their off duty time on the project which would net over fifty-five toys for Christmas baskets being distributed by the Community Chest. Baskets have been distributed to 23 needy families of depot workers.

Toys were donated by Igloo residents to the Fire Department employees who volunteered to undertake the project.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 3; Junior Small Fry Make Concert Debut Kindergarten Christmas Program These cute little guys and gals made their concert debut at the kindergarten Christmas program last week. Under the capable direction of the kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Victor Garvis, the future Philharmonic stars, equipped with drum sticks, bells and tamborines, presented their cacophonous, but rhythmic, version of "Jingle Bells" and other festive yuletide tunes. Lacking a brass section, the melody was supplied by kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Edgar Heer. The program which also featured dances and tableaux, was thoroughly enjoyed by the tots' proud mamas.

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 3; Santa's Letter Box; (Editors note: Having been a personal friend of dear old Santa for many years, the perennial purveyor of presents drops me a line occasionally. In a recent letter to your editor, he enclosed several missives, sent hopefully by the small fry of Igloo and suggested that the WALRUS might publish them.) -------------------------- Dear Santa Claus I wish you would bring me a little table and chairs, and a dolly with hair I can wash and comb and a high chair for the dolly. I have been a good girl most of the time. My sister Margaret wants a bicycle and Marsha wants a record player. We live at 210-A. Joan Ann Richardson --------------------------- Dear Santa, I want a doll and a train and a green and yellow dump truck and a farm for Calvin. And a roadgrader and a steam shovel and a farm for Tommie. I was good sometimes and my brother was good too. Thanks for the record player last year and for the records too.I like school. I made a picture of you and three dwarfs and we made Rudolph. I live at house 204-A Igloo. I hope you like my letter Santa. Merry Xmas. Calvin and Tom Gaebler --------------------------- Dear Santa Claus How are you and Mrs. Santa Claus. I am fine? I am going outside as soon as I finish writing to you and play in the snow. I want a sled, a farm set, a truck, a set of building blocks, a blackboard, a gun and a few records and books. Santa if you don't have enough for all the little boys and girls who want the same as I do please give to the children who don't have as much as I do as I can wait until next Christmas or some other time for them.  Love Lee Jones P. S. Santa Claus I will have a lunch set on the radio for you when you come to my house. ----------------Dear Santa Claus. I am four years old, I go to school next year to Kindergarten. I will be a nice little girl, my name is Patty Lou Gabriel. So will you please bring me a sled and dolly with hair. Bobby wants toys too please don't forget him he's my brother. Don't forget to stop at my house and bring toys.Goodby we hope to see you at Xmas. Love Patty Gabriel --------------------- Dear Santa I have been a good girl so I want a big dolly with a pink taffeta dress and golden curls, a set of dishes and a musical rocking chair. My brother Jerry wants a bicycle and army training center. Good bye Santa. Jody Lanphear -------------------- Dear Santa Claus, I like you My old wagon is broken. I want a new wagon. Will you have me a new wagon and Merry Christmas to you. Your friend, Paul Meier ------------------- Dear Santa Claus I have been a good boy. Please come and see me. I live in Igloo too. I want a orange steam roller for Christmas. I also want a garage for my cars. Do you have one with a door on it. I want to park my cars in the garage. My little brother Bobby has been a good boy too but he cries too much. He wants some blocks for Christmas. Thank you very much. Love, Billy Begert

1953 - The Walrus; Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 3; The Gals In 105 Toss Party In Dorm Lounge; The girls in Barracks 105 enjoyed a Christmas party on Wednesday evening in the lounge of the Dormitory. Christmas decorations added to the festivities of the occasion and after an exchange of gifts colorful refreshments were served. This was followed by singing of Christmas carols by the group.

1953 - Dec. 25, 1953; Vol. 2 No. 52; page 4; "More Blessed To Give . . ."; (photo); The Depot's janitors made a gesture this week that truly reflects the Christmas Spirit. Like other groups of BHOD employees, the members of the Custodial Section started plans for a Christmas party when Enoch E. Carlson hit upon an idea that will undoubtedly bring much more happiness to the group than a party. Enoch suggested that each member of the unit give $2.00 and present the total of $24 to the West River Crippled Children's Hospital in Hot Springs toward a Christmas party for the Polio Center's striken kids. Shown above is Carlson handing the donations to John B. Sweeney, Civilian Executive Assistant, for transmittal to the hospital. Looking on are, left to right, Judd C. Robinson, supervisor; Robert A. Wilson and Harrison M. Reeves, custodians at the Headquarters Building. Others who gave up their party are Robert A. Zimiga, Richard Abrams, Lyda A. Axemaker, Esther L. Dye, Frank J. Bollwerk, Chester N. Kidder, Hermit E. Stokes and Arthur L. Sylvester.
The Walrus

The Walrus

Vol. 3 No. 1 page 2 Jan. 1, 1954

Santa Visits Officers' Club
Officers' Club Christmas Party

also on this page mention of ice sculpture at Fire House and a photo of the grade school christmas program Ice Sculpure Display Thrills Fire House Visitors; (also in 52, Local Ice Sculptor Displays Work, Jan. 2, 1953) Eight Graders Bring Christmas Music To Life. Eight Grade Christmas Program

1954 - Dec. 17, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 51; page 6; Grade school Christmas Operetta To Be Presented Here Wednesday

The Provo grade school Christmas operetta will be given next Wednesday afternoon, December 22, at 1:00 p.m. Grades one, two, three, and four will produce the operetta this year. The cast of characters includes:
Old Women ......................... Sharon Sweeney
Her Children .................... Sylvia Lee, Tom and Ted Facklam, Linda Newman, Jon Gordon, Pamela Turnquist and Connie Barritt.
Pierre ......................... Michael Davis
Mr. Jack Spratt ............... Gary Jackson
Mrs. Jack Spratt .............. Tonia Buhn
Simple Simon .................. Kevin Beauvais
Queen of Hearts ............... Linda Hagen
Mistress Mary ................. Mary Yunko
Santa's Helpers ............... Robert Schick, John Hipsher, Alvin Eastman and Charles Stokes.
Birds ......................... Monte Mowry and Calvin Gaebler.
Rabbits ....................... Donald Heer and Henry Haas.
Christmas Star ................ Diane Bauer
Cranberries ................... Candice Purinton, Sharon Sokol, Sandra Himmerich, Bonnie Calhoun, Nina Mace, Barbara Wickstrom, Marilyn Stein and Carolyn Stein.
Snow Crystals ................. Joyce Forney, Connie Wagner, Geraldine Schuler, Rita Skroch, Bonnie Irvin, Bernetta Hagel, Raeleen Penor, Sheryl Hendrix,
Nancy Witter, Sandra Tinsley, Pamela Firnekas and Sharon Mizner.
Popcorn Ladies ................ Dorothy Wing, Bonita Stuen, Cassandra Brave, Luckie Shepherd, Helen Barney and Paulette Meier.
English Walnuts ............... Jesse Rodriguez, Zane Arpan, Harry Mickelson, Duane Dugan, Dale Blatezore and Richard Mohr.
Christmas Lights .............. Billy Irvin, John Pourier, Harry Wiedenmeyer, Paul Meier, Dennis Olmstead, Jerry Sears, Phillip Balliet and David Thompson.
Director ...................... Mrs. D. Bauer
Stage Setting ................. Mrs. M. Reeves
Assistants .................... Provo High School Dramateers
Panel Decorations ............. Grades five, six, seven and eight.

All parents are invited as well as other friends of Provo School. The Operetta will be given in the school auditorium.

1954 - Dec. 17, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 51; page 1; Santa To Make Three Visits Here

Santa Claus is coming to town. The Igloo "Vets" Club announced today that Santa Claus will make his annual visit to the Vets Club on Tuesday 21 December 1954. He will be on hand to greet the pre-school children at 1:15 and he is expecting a good sized gathering from these youngsters. Kindergarten children and children in grades one through four will be greeted by Santa the same afternoon, and he is busy making arrangements with the teachers of those respective grades for the time when they are to come to the club. So just don't forget kiddies that Santa will be around to see you and give each of you one of his "goody" treats next Tuesday at the Vets Club.


Santa Claus has included the BHOD Officer's Open Mess in his pre-season activities with one visit completed and one more scheduled.

Last Sunday St. Nick visited with club members's children, taking letters, listening to requests and just getting acquainted with the youngsters. About 80 children took advantage of the opportunity to talk with Santa.

The next Sunday two children's parties will be held at the Officers Club. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., club member's children of pre-school age and those in grades one through four will be entertained with games, food and presents from Santa.

An evening party from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., is scheduled for members children and their guests in the fifth through eighth grades. Entertainment will include games, dancing and refreshments.


President Frank Martinez and Program Chairman, George Fletcher of the Igloo Kiwanis Club announced today that final plans have been made with Santa Claus for his annual visit with grade school and pre-school children.

This big event for the kiddies will be held on Friday afternoon, December 24, at the Post Theater.

Activities will get under way with a free movie for the children, and then Santa Claus and his helpers will distribute Santa Claus treats to them. Starting time is announced as 2:15 p.m.

1954 - Dec. 24, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 52; page 1; Santa Treats Nearly 700 At Vets Club
Santa Claus brought a multitude of joy to approzimately 700 children when he appeared at the Igloo "Vets" Club on Tuesday afternoon, December 21. From the "ooooh's" and "aaaah's" heard while the jolly old gent was busy distributing treats to the children we know that the treats were really appreciated by the small fry.

1952 Vets Club Christmas

The Walrus; Vol. III No. 53; Dec. 31, 1954; page 1; In the large picture, Santa is having some difficulty in getting David Boltz, age one year, interested in his treat which Santa brought to the Vets Club. Saint Nick's helper at the Vets Club visit was Bill Hotchkiss who aided in passing out 800 sacks. Prior to his Vets Club visit, Saint Nick had his picture snapped at the Officers' Club with some other Depot cuties. In the insert, left to right, are Mary Hipsher, an unidentified child, Mickey Lorenz and Kathy Sweeney. Stub Bohart looks on at the left.

The Walrus; Vol. III No. 53; Dec. 31, 1954; page 1; Community Chest And Fire fighters Give Santa A Lift; The BHOD Community Chest helped Santa make forty-six Igloo youngsters happy over the holidays.

Toys were distributed to this number by the Chest from an array of toys repaired by the depot Fire Department. The Community Chest also distributed eleven baskets to needy Igloo families.

The Hot Srings Crippled Children's Hospital also benefited from the Firefighters work as six tricycles, one wagon, one auto car and three boxes of small toys were sent there.

The Community Chest Fund is supported by the contributions of local residents during the annual United Charities Drive.

The Christmas distribution committee included, Jim Stewart, Chest Chairman, Don DuBois, Oscar Krebs, Chet Nafziger and the recreational assistants at the Community Building.

1954 - Dec. 31, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 53; Sage Hens Ext. Club Xmas party

Surveillance Xmas party

Dec. 24, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 52; page 5; Santa Distributes Gifts At BHOD Officers' Club; Santa Claus had a busy afternoon at the Officers Club, last Sunday as 101 youngsters received pre-Christmas presents.

The afternoon party started with games for the various age groups and finished with the rumbling of dump trucks, the beating of drums, the banging of pistols and other assorted sounds made by the toys that St. Nick distributed.

Sunday evening the fifth through eighth grade set took over the club for their annual party. Forty-eight boys and girls attended with games, dancing and food as the main attractions.

Dec. 17, 1954; Vol. 3 No. 51; page 7; Kindergarten To Give Christmas Programs;

The afternoon group Kindergarten Christmas Program will be presented to the public Tuesday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. The morning group will give thwir program Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. Both events will be held at the Child Care building.

The Grade Christmas Program for the public will be on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

1957 - annual Kiwanis theater party, Justa Club party, Home Room Decorating Contest,

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