The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1918
Stronghurst Graphic, August 8, 1918
CONTINUOUS SERVICE: An order was issued by the Public Utilities Commission at Springfield which seems to promise a speedy answer to the citizens of Stronghurst who have worked to secure adequate and efficient electrical service for the village. The Commission ordered that a certificate of convenience and necessity be granted to Western Illinois Utilities Co., authorizing the construction, operation and maintenance of a electric transmission line extending from a point near Disco to Stronghurst by a reasonably direct route. The ruling also authorizes the purchase of the present local electrical utility property at a stipulated sum agreed upon between the parties...
STOP THAT LIQUOR: Senator O.F.Berry of Carthage made a brief call in Stronghurst. Just now a determined effort is being made to put a stop to the sale of liquor by bootleggers on the Illinois shore opposite Burlington and Mr. Berry was in Oquawka to conduct a prosecution as the representative of the Attorney General. The defendant pled guilty and agreed to not engage in the business in the county again. The thoughts of what he will get if he violates his agreement will probably cause him to retain a wholesome respect for the law.
WEDDING BELLS: At the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grier Mathers, Miss Merle Mathers was united in marriage to Mr. Everhardt of Ohio. Mr. Everhardt is at a training station in Texas and is here on a short furlough. The wedding was a quiet affair with the immediate family and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McIntyre as only witnesses.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mrs. Ray Miller of Nebraska is spending the summer with her sister, Mrs. Clyde Dixon. Miss Marjorie McIntosh who took the civil service exam was called to Washington. Mesdames F.E.Abbey and O.M.Ervin motored to Burlington in the Stevens car recently purchased by Mr. Abbey. (Women were driving those new fangled machines.) Mr. Everett Pendarvis and Miss Beulah Dowell of Stronghurst were united in marriage at the First U.P.Church in Monmouth. Terry's Uncle Tom's Cabin was shown here. They displayed a ten star service flag and a 100 % Red Cross banner; it was labeled the best traveling show that had ever been here. Reeder Garret left for Syracuse, N.Y. where he will serve as a guard at points of embarkation. Mr. Albert Brouse is the owner of a new Hupmobile purchased from Pence of Gladstone.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Don Brent are rejoicing over a fine baby boy; Mrs. Brent is the former Fay Galbraith, daughter of Ralph Galbraith. The Graham brothers and family are visiting; one is from South Dakota and one a solider boy on furlough. The Graham band of father, two sons and a daughter gave a concert on the street Saturday evening. Two of the brothers are Salvation Army workers and they held a meeting at the U.P.Church Sabbath evening with their little band. Miss Jessie Galbraith returned home from visiting the soldier boys at Camp Dodge. Oscar Johnson, one of our soldier boys, visited his parents , Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, who live west of town.
Letter from Archie Boughton somewhere in France to his mother: " As I have a little time, will write a few lines to let you know that we arrived O.K. We had a fine trip across the pond (ocean). It was a little rough for two or three days but not bad. We are in a good camp, but it is raining almost all the time. Mother, we certainly saw some fine country on our way, but things look awful odd to us now. I suppose we will get use to them. Mother, don't know if you can send anything over here or not, but I think you can so I want you to get me about 4 cartons of Campbell's cigaretts. We can get cigaretts over here, but I can't find any I like...Gee! I wish Jack could have come with us for he was with us so long. I guess he did not care to come yet. The trains here look like toys beside the ones we have over home.-Archie Boughton, Co.3, Cody June ARDA
NEIGHBORHOOD HAPPENINGS: About 600 women and girls are employed at the Rock Island Arsenal. The business section of Industry, McDonough County, suffered a serious loss by fire about 2 o'clock Tuesday morning. The entire north side was fire swept and the loss is estimated at $35,000. The Blandinsville Star-Gazette reports a yield of 1800 bushels of wheat on a 40 acres field belonging to Mrs. David Strand down near the county line. Ray Coffman of Blandinsville has been discovered. Hog cholera has attacked herds at Bowen, Augusta and LaHarpe. They are being vaccinated under the direction of
County Agent Lloyd in a strenuous effort to stop the disease. Dean Franklin, former McDonough county judge, is now editor of the Chicago magazine called "Popular Finance."
Between 1500 and 2000 bushels of oats in the shock in fields belonging to Rex Watson and Glenn Meacham near Roseville were burned up in a fire which originated from sparks thrown out by a passing locomotive. Chauncey Brooks and his company passed through Stronghurst on their way
from Fort Kearney, San Diego, Calif. to New York. In the last seven weeks he has been taken from San Diego to Washington and back and now to New York, making over 6,000 miles. He has been on the road more than half his time.
People in this section have been sweltering and the country has been scorching under a heat wave of unusual intensity, the mercury having gone in some places to 104 degrees or higher. The corn has stood the terrific heat remarkably well, but more or less "firing" has occurred in many fields.
AMONG THE SOLDIER BOYS: Lyman Ross has returned to Hampton Roads, Va. Howard and Harold Weddington and "Red" Walker are home from Deming, N.Mex. on a visit. Mr. and Mrs. C.R.A. Marshall received word that their son Glenn had arrived safely in France.
LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Regan has only two of those refrigerator bought last fall and will save you money if you buy now. Mrs. Ida Black Akin and daughter of Youngstown, Ohio are visiting relatives in the Olena area. N.B.Curry left for Kansas where he will look after farming interests. Grady Fort has accepted a position as teacher of chemistry in a college at Nebraska City, Neb. The position is a good one and carries quite a liberal salary to begin with. Thirty-one children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. I.V.D.Perrine gathered at their home last Sunday. The tent in which J.H. McKinney and his crew of vault cleaners were quartered north of the railroad near Logan Street was destroyed by fire while the men were away. Wearing apparel and other personal effects were destroyed by a camp fire left burning. Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth and her trimmer, Miss Helmar, left for Chicago where they will inspect the fall millinery displays. Emiliot Cogetta, a 33 year old resident of the Mexican village at Fort Madison, died at the Santa Fe Hospital in that city from injuries sustained when struck by a train in the rail yard. His head was badly crushed but he lived for nearly 33 hours after the accident. It appears the man was sleeping in some ties alongside a track. In his sleep he rolled over near the rails and an engine struck him. Ralph Rankin left to look after his farming interest at Portageville, Mo. W.C.Ivins and wife drove over to Ivesdale to visit their daughter, Mrs. Robert Milligan. Frank Hobbs has been appointed engineer of the Henderson Co. Drainage District and will occupy the former Carthage Lake Club House which is located a few hundred yards from the present club. Mr. Hobbs has been engineer at the Leopold Desk Co's plant for the past year. Several years ago her was engineer of one of the pumping stations north of Burlington.