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Icon music review - Five awesome songs about work

I take solace that my daily grind now starts and stops at my door

Reviewed/Written by Craig Hoffman 
My long work day got the best of me one late evening. I spent a good number of minutes griping to my lovely wife. I complained about my company, my boss, my coworkers, and even my lunch. 

“What would you like me to do about all that?”
“I don't know. Sympathize? Empathize?”
“What difference would that make?”

“Heigh-Ho”- The Seven Dwarfs, Disney (1937)

Workers around the world can relate to this classic tune. The daily slog can get the best of even the most dedicated of employees. 


Rudolf, Gotthard and Henry Althaus

Our Swiss connection - part 29

This is the 29th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

Three Althaus brothers Rudolf, Gotthard and Henry, each born in Landschaft, Bretzwil, Canton Basel, Switzerland, came to the America separately in the 1840s and 1850s. The village of Bretzwil is located about 25 miles south of Basel, Switzerland.

Rudolf lived in Bluffton. Gotthard and Henry lived on farms in the Swiss Settlement.


What I’ve learned this year

As a high school columnist on the Icon

By Amelia Alexander
Ada High School Icon columnist

I have learned so much from writing here in the Icon, so I wanted to reflect on this school year and everything that I have learned from this experience so far. 

1-  Giving myself grace and pushing through my own short-comings
I’ve had to learn how to produce two articles a month on top of school and sports. If I really needed to, I could take a break from this column, but I really want to stick with it, so I haven’t. 


John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger

Our Swiss connection - part 28

This is the 28th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

This column's focus is John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger.

Elizabeth's parents were Johannes and Elisabeth Müller Moser were both born in Switzerland. 

Johannes Moser was born in the late 1700s. He is not to be confused with Rev. John Moser (1826-1908), who was a minister in the community.


Dr. J.J. and Susan Lugibihl Sutter

Our Swiss connection - part 27

This is the 27th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

An earlier column in this series focused on Abraham and Anna Locher Lugibihl. This column features Abraham and Anna’s daughter, Susan, and her husband Dr. John J. Sutter.

Susan married Dr. John J. Sutter. His parents were Johannes (or John) and Elizabeth Waltï Sutter.


Icon music review: Five hot songs about coffee

I’d cut down on drinking caffeine, but these songs make me thirsty for more coffee

Reviewed/written by Craig Hoffman 
If my heart stopped at this second, the police would find some change, a health insurance card, and a coupon for a free cup of coffee on my person. My potential demise aside, here are some great songs about my favorite morning beverage. Do you agree? Let the Icon know in the comments!

“The Coffee Song”- Frank Sinatra (1946)