The Urichs

Like 202 N. Belmont
and 609 N. Dunton,
the Urichs two-story house
at Vine and Highland
had history.
It took on life as a barn.
Later, Pop Muller used it to store
his sweet beverages.
After it was moved to
its Vine location,
Mr. Urich bought it
for his family,
with three lots to the north.
Mr. Urich was making milkcans
at Creamery Package.
"Imagine," he said to his children proudly,
"I get ten cents
for every hour I work there."
Steve was raised
in the house with history.
His first car was a Model T.
When he wearied of cranking it,
he got fifteen dollars
on a trade
at Lattof's, new to town.
He bought a secondhand Model A
for sixty-five dollars.
No more cranking.
Pretty jazzy.

The Chautauqua Movement
began in Methodism.
The town library
began with
Methodist ladies
in a Chautauqua reading group
who talked of a library book collection
on a bitterly cold day
in 1887. And made it happen.
It's unsurprising
that the Methodist Church
and the town library
were spliced closely
as a sailor's ropes
into the 1950s.
Young Methodist Tri-Sigmas
collected 1,000 books
and 1,000 dollars
and organized the referendum
for the town's first tax-supported library.
Effie Shephard, whose living room on Dunton
housed the first library, was Methodist.
Nellie Best, Methodist, dominated
the library when it lodged at North School.
"If you wanted to take a book out
and Mrs. Best thought it was unsuitable,
she wouldn't let you have it."
Board members were
largely Methodist.
Librarians were Methodist.
The close ties "seemed funny at times,"
to old-timers.
Methodists saw their labor
as gift to the community.
That it was.