The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1918 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1918

Stronghurst Graphic, Sept.12, 1918 

WOUNDED IN ACTION: Joe Baxter was wounded in a hot engagement in France more than a month ago. Joe stated that it was the fiercest fighting he had seen. A shell dropped near him and when he regained consciousness, he was in a hospital.

FARM BUREAU MEETS: At their meeting the situation concerning the new draft was discussed and it was learned that this county is in need of about fifteen per township of skilled farm laborers. Other things discussed were corn huskings and the price to be paid this fall. It was general opinion that prices last year ranged from 4-6 cents per bushel. Expected price to be paid this year should not exceed 5 cents per bushel.

WEDDING BELLS-HARTQUIST & ROBERTS: At Peoria on Sept.4th were married Edgar Hartquist and Miss Jessie Roberts. They went from Blandinsville to Peoria on the morning train and were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Hardin Bughman and returned home the next evening. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hartquist of Stronghurst and will farm a part of his father's estate near that town. He had played with the Blandinsville football team for several years.

The handsome bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Roberts and has been her mother's right hand and mainstay in the arduous household duties incident to providing and caring for the welfare and comfort of a large family. They will go to housekeeping near Stronghurst in the near future.

1893 GRAPHIC: List of business firms in Stronghurst: Groceries-W.E.Salter; H.F.Turner; S. Nevius. Implements-W.E.Coquillette & Son, Campbell and Tinkham. Drugs-Doty & Salter. Harness-J.H.Baker, Butler & Atwater. Meats-Ingersol & Hillman. Clothing-J. Yeast, Johnson, the tailor. Blacksmithing-H. Chase, A.Weir & Son, Chas. Gilbert. Lumber-L.M. Loomis. Grain-Wilshire & Silsbee. Livery-Curry & Ragan. Undertaking-T.J.Hunter.

Photography-S.W.Carothers. Millinery-Harriet Cooksey. Gen.Mdse-Dunsworth & Ivins. The professional men were E.J.Rohrer, dentist; W.,E.Salter, Physician. The tonsorial artists(barbers) of the village) were A.L.Beaver and Geo. Thrush.

Miss Hortense Harbinson began work as a teacher in the Oquawka schools. One man was killed and a number injured by a cave-in at the Gladstone rock quarry. A reunion of the Dunsworth family was held here.

VILLAGE BOARDS PROCEEDINGS: Bills were presented and paid. Dr. I.F. Harter was named executive officer of the village Board of Health. A petition presented by B.F.Dowell and signed by a considerable number of citizens requested the board to order the Santa Fe to lower the culvert passing under its tracks a few rods west of the Broadway crossing in order to afford proper drainage for cellars and cess pools located south of the tracks and west of Broadway was read. After some discussion, the petition on was laid on the table as the Santa Fe had shown that the culvert was low enough to afford an outlet for all drains reaching its right of way in that vicinity. An ordinance proposing a franchise by Western Illinois Utilities Co. for constructing and operating an electric service system was discussed and after more suggestions it was decided that a new franchise ordinance should be drafted.

DIED FROM BURNS: Harold Campbell, who made his home here and at Decorra last year, attended the Stronghurst High School, and was employed part time as an extra clerk at the Jones grocery, met his death last Saturday as result of a terrible accident at Silvis, Ill. where he was employed.

Harold Campbell, the oldest child of George A. Campbell and grandson of J. Amos Campbell of LaHarpe, died Saturday in a hospital at Moline, Ill. from burns received that morning when a kerosene can he was handling exploded. Harold had been working at the oil house in the Silvis yards of the Rock Island Railroad. According to testimony given at the coroner's inquest by F.M. Hitchens , foreman of the oil house, he had ordered the boy to take a leaky steel kerosene barrel to a place where they put the empties, but that the lad instead took it to the dump where there is always more or less fire from burning rubbish.

The barrel exploded when Harold threw it on the dump and he was immediately enveloped in flames. A train crew witnessed the accident and they rushed to the aid of the boy, pulling off his burning clothes and rolling him on the ground to extinguish the flames. A special train was hastily made up and the victim taken to the hospital. He was terribly burned about the face, breast and hands and attending physicians say he died from shock.Harold was born in LaHarpe, Feb.27, 1903 but had spent the greater part of his life in Oklahoma and Missouri. The family moved back to this vicinity about three years ago and after finishing last year's schooling at Stronghurst, Harold went to Rock Island to work, his father already being employed in that city. He is survived by his father, one brother, Z.A.Campbell, and a sister Goldie of LaHarpe. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church in LaHarpe with burial in the LaHarpe Cemetery.

***OBITUARY***NELLIE S. JOHNSON -Nellie Segnie Johnson was born in Stronghurst August 25, 1896 and died Sept.7, 1918 at the age of 22 years and 12 days. With Nellie's departure from this life, the mother has lost her fifth child, they who have gone before are Ida Marie, David Herman, Albert Theodore and George Richard. The father, John Alfred Johnson, died last year on 26th April. The widowed mother has lived to see her two daughters, three of her sons and her husband laid to their final resting place on earth.

Nellie is mourned by her mother, three brothers, Charles William, John Edwin and Oscar Leonard. John Edwin is now on the ocean going over to the battlefields of France.

Nellie was quiet and unassuming and unusually bright in her studies.. She was a member of the confirmation class of 1912 and a graduate of the Biggsville High School. Burial was in the Stronghurst Cemetery.

LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: George Kern returned to Great Lakes after a visit with home folks. Clifton Shafer has gone to Hornick, Iowa to visit relatives and get a job at $5 a day on the farm. Mrs. Julia Long Francis of Olena country has received word that her husband, Howard Francis, has arrived safely in France. Dr. A.E.Lauver returned from visiting relatives at Paton, Iowa. Gid Bailey, who had been in Colorado to improve his health, returned to register for the military service. The Burlington papers are reporting a great slump in bridge tolls on Sunday as a result of the ban on joy riding. Very few cars are in use on this side the river for any purpose on Sundays and the custom of letting the flivvers(cars) rest in peace is becoming almost universal. Miss Bernice Tucker is pursuing her studies at a training school for nurses at Oskaloosa, Ia. William H. Bliss, former cashier of the First National Bank of Dallas City, was found guilty of embezzlement of the funds of that institution by a jury in the U.S.Court at Quincy and sentenced to serve a term of seven years in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kans.

Dr. E. E. Bond has been advised of his appointment as First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps with instructions to report for duty at Fort Oglesby, Ga. by Nov.5 or earlier. He expects to leave as soon as he can get his business in shape and make arrangements with some physician to take over his practice.

Mrs. F.V.Brokaw says her daughters, Martha and Delia, have both been promoted with an increase in salary since beginning their work in Washington, D.C. Living expenses there are abnormally high and the good salaries paid by the governmental departments are really much in demand. A.L.Beaver made a good investment a year ago when he bought a Ford car. He paid $380 for it and had a good many recreation trips with it, but he made no effort to establish new speed records. He took good care of it and a few days ago sold it for $500. It has changed hands twice since then and each time at a profit. A very competent unicycle performer picked up various and sundry dimes and nickels by giving an exhibition of his skill on the street here Monday. Miss Irene Chinn, who held the position as stenographer and private secretary to Farm Advisor J.H. Miner, has tendered her resignation and returned to her home at Clarence, Mo. She expects to take the civil services exam and go to Washington. She is succeeded her by Miss Dorothy Brown. John Fort, who had been at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., passed through Galesburg on his way East to the seaboard to sail for France. His father was in Galesburg and could have had a brief visit with him in the interval that the troop train stopped, but he was not aware of the fact that John was there.