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, Oct.17, 1918 

EPIDEMIC SUBSIDING: The crest of the wave of influenza seems to have passed and it is hoped that the number of cases will diminish. The latest death attributable to the epidemic was Carl Lind. The public school will remain closed the remainder of the week and churches were all closed last Sabbath.

***OBITUARIES*** H.W.CORTELYOU -Harvey W. Cortelyou passed away at his home in Stronghurst after an illness of about two weeks. Neuritis is given as the cause of his death. Mr. Cortelyou moved to Stronghurst from his farm southwest of Raritan about four years ago since which time he has lived a somewhat retired life. The serious nature of his illness was not known the news of his death was a shock.

Harvey Wyckoff Cortelyou, the fourth son of R.V. and Catherine Cortleyou was born Sept. 30, 1885(this date is wrong but is what was printed)in Somerset Co., N.J. and died Oct.12, 1918 at his home in Stronghurst. At the age of two years, he moved with his parents to Raritan, Ill. where he resided until 1914 when he removed to Stronghurst. He was married on Jan.22, 1880 to Miss Addie Simonson of Bushnell, Ill. To this union were born four children, Earl, who died in infancy; Gaius, who died June 25, 1914; Dean, residing on the old home place and Florence at home. He is also survived by one brother, C.W.Cortelyou of Fremont, Neb. and by four grandchildren.

In youth Mr. Cortelyou united with the Reformed church at Raritan and held his membership there until his removal to Stronghurst where he transferred to the United Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Reform Church in Raritan with interment in the Raritan Cemetery.

HOMER CRANSTON DOAK - Homer Cranston, only son of Freeman V. and Della Bainter Doak, was born near Old Bedford, Illinois Dec.24, 1894 and died at Great Lakes, Illinois Sept. 30, 1918, aged 23 years, 9 months and six days. His father was with him during the last days of his illness and accompanied the remains to his home near Stronghurst. Funeral services were held at the home with the body interred in the Stronghurst Cemetery.

Cranston attended school in Stronghurst graduating from the high school in 1914 in a class of 17. Six of the eight boys of the class being in the service of the U.S. at the time of his death. In September 1914 he entered Knox College and the following year studied agriculture at the Illinois University. He enlisted in the navy May 25, 1918. In 1911 he united with the M.E.Church of Terre Haute, Ill. and remained a consistent member until his death. (This is a much longer obit.)

CARL OSCAR LIND - Carl Oscar Lind was born near Stronghurst July 3, 1901 and passed away Saturday morning, Oct.12, 1918 at the age of 17 years, three months and nine days. He leaves to mourn his devoted father, Charles Lind, and two loving sisters, Frances and Esther. The mother departed this life August 30, 1908. Carl was a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church of Stronghurst, having been confirmed with the class of 1915. He attended Stronghurst high school.

(In this issue are longer obits for Dr. Edward Bond, Mrs. Caroline Curry, and James Ralph Simonson, which were covered in previous columns.)

FIRE ON THE FARM: The Ed Stine farm south of the village was the scene of a destructive fire when the cattle and hay sheds and cribs on the place together with 1000 bushels of corn, 30 tons of hay and other property amounting to $3,000+ were consumed. A call was sent to town for aid, but the chemical engine was out of order. The Blandinsville fire department, however, responded to the call for help and arrived in time to help save the remaining buildings.

TROUBLE, TROUBLE, TROUBLE: While on the way to Dr. Bond's funeral in Roberts, Ill., George Dixson and party met with an accident in Peoria. The car he was driving collided with another at a street intersection and was thrown against a hydrant with such force as to smash front wheel and damage the radiator. No one was injured and the car was left at a garage for repairs and the trip completed by rail. Mr. Dixson went to retrieve his car several days later.

Those in the Kaiser car also experienced trouble on the return trip. They were obliged to put up for the night at Farmington on account of muddy roads and the following morning the car refused to start. A repair man was summoned from Peoria and Albert was obliged to drive him back there as he had missed his train. The party returned to the village that night.

1893 GRAPHIC: James Rezner moved to town from Berwick to take over the draying business (hauling) from Frank Cooksey. R.F.Robinson of Monmouth was arranging to open a law office in town. Ed Salter and son Ney went to the World's Fair in Chicago. J.A.Bliss, formerly of Industry, Ill. opened a feed and exchange store on Mary Street. The finest business block in LaHarpe was destroyed by fire. Among those sustaining losses was that of the LaHarper plant owned by J.C.Calhoun. Will Stine and Miss Jessie Campbell were married in Burlington, Iowa. Mrs. John H.Burdett died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Foote, west of town

LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Chesley Towler came home for several days furlough from his duties at Lewis Institute. Mr. and Mrs. James S. Dilts, former Raritan residents and now living at Winfield, Kan. are visiting old friends. The sale of pure bred swine by the Henderson Co. Swine Breeder's Association at Biggsville was a successful affair: 53 head of Duroc Jersey, Poland-China and Hampshire hogs brought $3,430. Frank Silebee, who is one of the government's confidential adviser regarding the production and consumption of oil, resides in Washington, D.C. Miss Ruth Davis is employed as clerk in the Stronghurst Post Office. Mrs. Bert Putney received word that her son Virgil arrived safely overseas. Miss Ella McQuown took her departure for Red Oak, Iowa, where she will spend the winter with her brother. Mrs. Inez Doty and daughter Helen left for Ames, Iowa, where Helen has employment and where both will make their home for some time. W.T.Weir is making arrangements to spend the winter in California. J.P.Dobbs was exhibiting some monster potatoes about town raised by his son-in-law, Bert Wheeler, in Montana. The potatoes were remarkably smooth and perfect and one specimen weighed 1 3/4 pounds and grown in the Judith Basin country.

***OBITUARY***PETER AHLBURG: The funeral for the Mr. Peter Ahlburg was held at the U.P. Church in Gladstone. He was killed by a train running over him and cutting off one of his legs. He was taken to Burlington Hospital and died shortly after arriving there. The funeral was conducted by the Swedish minister from Monmouth, Ill. and the remains were laid away in South Henderson Cemetery.

Mr. Ahlburg was 75 years of age and highly respected. He had lived in this area for 41 years. He leaves a wife, two sons, Herman of Burlington and Charles of Gladstone and two daughter, Mrs. Anderson of Joy, Ill. and Mrs. Johnson of Gladstone, besides many grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his departure.

GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: The Fourth Liberty Loan went over the top and will be good news to the boys fighting "over there." Frank Johnson is very ill at his home with little hopes of recovery. At the M.E. Parsonage in Biggsville on Oct.3rd occurred the marriage of Miss Jennie Tweed and Mr. Earl Kessinger. They were accompanied by their mothers, Mrs. Mabel Kessinger and Mrs. Hattie Tweed who acted as witnesses. The groom has lived in the vicinity for about 10 years and the bride is from Keithsburg, Ill.

MEDIA MEANDERINGS: E.G.Lewis and Herbert Cook shipped a car load of hogs. Miss Mildred Welch came down from Galesburg for a couple of weeks while the Brown's Business College is closed on account of the influenza scare. About ten car loads of Mexicans have been working on the tracks here. Oscar Nichols is moving his household goods up near Smithshire. E.G. Lewis and Samuel Mathers made a business trip to Peoria. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jones and daughter, Imogene, Mt. Sterling, Iowa and Mrs. Robert McKeown and Mrs. H.A.McKeown and son of Biggsville, visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pendarvis.