The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1919
Stronghurst Graphic, June 19, 1919
FARMERS' OUTING: County Farm Advisor Miner, accompanied by forty or fifty members of the Henderson County Farm Bureau, left Wednesday afternoon on an excursion to Urbana, Ill. where they will be the guests of the Illinois University authorities and shown what the state is doing in the way of promoting its great agricultural interests.
The itinerary will include an inspection of the state experiment fields where farmers will see the comparative effects of different systems of crop rotation, comparative results from the use of various kinds of fertilizers, including clover and also will exam and witness the demonstration of all kinds of farm machinery and modern appliances. The pure bred dairy herd of the state will come in for its share of attention from those who are interested in this important branch of animal industry. The results of different methods of feeding and fattening beef cattle and the advantages derived from the modern silo will be shown.
It was intention of those going to leave on the Santa Fe Train NO.8 Wednesday afternoon, but when it was learned of a wreck somewhere in Missouri had delayed this train, the plans were hastily changed and the bunch of farmers were taken by autos to Biggsville where an afternoon train was caught. In the hurry, the printed white badges, which were to distinguish the Henderson County visitors at the University were left behind. The greater part of the men will return Thursday evening, but Mr. Miner will attend a meeting of limestone crushers in Edgar county on Friday and a state meeting of farm advisors at Urbana the first of next week.
TEACHERS INSTITUTE: The annual teachers' institute for the county will be held in Oquawka, June 23-27th. The following instructor are expected to attend: Miss A. Lulu Hill of East St.Louis; Miss Mary Emma Craig of Kirkwood; Miss Ruth Laidlaw of Carthage; Prof. J.G.Ames of Jacksonville; Miss Grace Osborne of Springfield and others. Prof. Ames will deliver the address to graduates. All those who expect to teach in the county during the coming year, unless they are attending summer school or are otherwise excused, are expected to attend because this is one of the requirements for keeping their certificates in good standing. A.L.Beall, Co. Supt.
STRIKE UP THE BAND: A number of business men met in the Stronghurst Club rooms for the purpose of promoting the interests of the Stronghurst band and the giving of weekly Saturday evening concerts in the village. Mr. G.C. Rehling was elected as manager and Foster Lazear as secretary and treasurer of the Auxiliary organization. They decided to campaign for funds for the erection of a suitable pavilion in which to give the weekly concerts and to ask the village board for permission to have it placed in the center of Broadway mid-way between Main and Nichols Street.
The first concert of the season was given in the village park last Saturday evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by a large number of the people of the village and surrounding area. The group believed, however, that more people would get the benefit of the concerts if they wre held in the business section of the village. (At this time, Saturday night was the weekly shopping excursion.)
VIEW OF THE DETROIT FORD PLANT: Elmer Steele, who formerly worked in this vicinity and who is now employed in the Ford works at Detroit shared this letter with Postmaster J.F.Mains: "A great strike is on now at the D.U.R.R., but traffic goes now by auto; Ford has 23,000 autos carrying his 40,000 out of the Highland plant. There are 58,676 employees working at his many plants here in the city.
His last call was for 10,000 and 8,300 volunteered on May 20th; so you see how his heart is with the thousands who come here to get employment at the Ford plant. Many blind and crippled persons get employment. There are 9,000 physically handicapped men employed at the Highland Park Plant. Every citizen of the U.S. ought to make a visit to the plant here and see the beautiful boulevards and avenues and "Log Cabin Park" just northwest of the Highland Park Plant. The Fords are putting out 5,000 autos and trucks daily now. I am here as a student from Elizabeth, Ill."
***OBITUARY***MRS. JENNIE MAYNARD: Mrs. Jennie Maynard, widow of the late L.P. Maynard, died at her home in Dallas City July 11th, aged 79 years, 10 months and 6 days. Mrs. Maynard was well known to many who will sympathize with the children in the loss of a devoted mother and companion. The Children are Dr. George Maynard of Clovis, N.Mex., Mrs. Sudie Knappenberger and Miss Ruth Maynard of Dallas City. Funeral services were conducted in the home with interment made at LaHarpe
VULCANIZING MACHINE INSTALLED: I have received my new vulcanizing machine and installed it in my shop in the Chant building. Bring your auto tires, either casings or inner tubes which need repairing and let me demonstrate to you that they can be made practically as good as new. The machine will take care of any casing from 3 to 6 in. and is so arranged that several tires can be handled at the same time. Ed Logan
FOOLED THE PAYMASTER: from the Monmouth Daily Review, June 14th-The Y.M.C.A. Hut at the Forwarding Camp here (LeMans) has a remarkable pair of cooks. "Pair is used advisedly, for each is the exact duplicate of the other. One is Howard and the other Harold Weddington of Stronghurst, Illinois. When they are together, it is impossible to tell Howard from Harold and when they are apart, it is impossible to tell Harold from Howard.
A new army paymaster was completely fooled the other day. Some time after Harold had been paid, Howard's name was called that twin promptly stepped forward to claim his month's stipend. The captain recognized him at once, only he recognized him for the man whom he had just paid and indignantly threatened to put him into the guardhouse for impersonating his brother. Only after the two brothers were ranged side by side for the inspection of the puzzled paymaster, could he be convinced that he was not being imposed upon.'
CRASH! Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dixson, their daughter Mary, Mrs. Mary Miller and Miss Blanche Russler visited friends in Dallas City making the trip in the Dixson Dodge car. When returning in the afternoon as they rounded a turn in the road a short distance out of Dallas where the view is obstructed by a high hedge, an auto driven by Wes Byers of Dallas suddenly loomed up in front of them coming from the opposite direction. In endeavoring to avoid a collision, the driver of the approaching car became "rattled" and after making two or three quick shifts of the steering gear, turned his machine in such a way as to strike the Dixson car broadside, smashing the fender and shoving the car several feet sideways.
Fortunately, the auto was not overturned and the occupants escaped with only a number of bruises and a general shaking up. Mr. Byers also escaped injury, but his car was badly wrecked.
MID-SUMMER SOCIAL: A social will be held on the lawn of the Chas. O'Gren residence in the east part of Stronghurst next Saturday evening, June 21st, under the auspices of the Dorcas Society of the Lutheran Church. Ice Cream, Cake, Coffee and other refreshments will be served and the public is invited. J.O. Lindstrom, Supply in charge.
1894 Graphic: C. R. Boggess was held up by two highwaymen in the bottom lands near East Burlington and relieved of 35 cents and a pocket knife. He had $34 secreted on his person which the road agents failed to secure. Andrew Carothers, a former well known and esteemed resident of Olena, died at his home in Hiawatha, Kans. The contract for a new bank building at Media was let to Monmouth parties. J.H.Baker advertised double team harness at $25 per set and single buggy harness at $11-12. Ed Hardin just completed a residence described as one of the handsomest in Stronghurst. Hon. C.R.Gittings of Terre Haute stopped here during the week while on a bicycle tour of the county.
WEDDING BELLS-Brokaw-Gunter: Geo. E. Brokaw, one of this community's well known and popular young men and former Stronghurst High School athlete married Miss Mary Gčnter of Kirkwood on June 11th.
"The home of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Gunter, two miles southwest of Kirkwood, was the scene of a pretty home wedding last evening at 8 o'clock when their daughter, Miss Mary Gunter, was untied in marriage to George E. Brokaw of Stronghurst. The ceremony was performed by the bride's uncle, Rev. J.B.Gunter of Corydon, Iowa, who used the simple ring ceremony.
The couple was unattended. Miss Mildred Smith sang " The Sunshine of Your Smile," and also played the Lohengrin Wedding March. The bride was beautifully attired in white crepe de chine and wore a veil. Her bouquet was of bride's roses and ferns. Following the ceremony congratulations were extended to the bride and groom after which a delicious four course dinner was served. The home was decorated in pink and white blossoms and the same color scheme was carried out through the entire dinner.
Mrs. Brokaw is well known in Kirkwood, having spent the greater part of her life there. She attended the Kirkwood School, completing her education with the class of 1916 from the high school.
The groom has been engaged in farming and makes home one and one-half miles west of Raritan. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Brokaw of Stronghurst. The couple will be at home to their many friends at the home near Raritan.
MEDIA MEANDER-INGS:Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Wilson, who had been visiting with the latter's mother in Virginia, returned home. Fred Bogby of Macomb has been deepening the new channel for Ellison Creek near Walnut Grove Bridge; he did the work with dynamite and certainly moved a lot of earth.
The road from Media to Stronghurst has recently been graded and put in fine shape. Mr. Len Steel went to Burlington and purchased a Saxon 6. A car load of electric light poles was unloaded here and they are being hauled out on the line that is to run from here to Biggsville. O.W.Lee is putting in the line.
A class of five girls and two boys graduated from the public school here. Prof. Drew of Knox College delivered the address. Mrs. W.P.Terry went to Burlington to see her daughter, Mrs. Clyde Westlake, who is quite ill at the home of her brother. Mrs. Pearl Leinbach and daughters, Beulah and Hazel and Mr. George Bigger motored to Smithshire Sunday evening and attended Children's Day Exercises at the M.E.Church.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Walter Detrick and Joe Marsden's families are having measles while several new victims of the mumps are reported.
Mr. and Mrs. G.E.Lant of Stronghurst vicinity entertained quite a bunch of young people complimentary to their son Archie, who recently returned from the occupational army in Germany.
Relatives gathered at the Lant home on Monday evening at a farewell social as Archie is expected to leave for Wisconsin where he will have employment. Chas. Fisher of the Navy returned to his home in Hopper. Wilbur Huston, who has been in occupational army in Germany, has landed safely in the U.S. Jeff Reynolds has been mowing the grass and doing some other needed work at the Olena Cemetery. George Fort had a fine monument placed by his wife's grave in the Cemetery. John Lant is delivering to the Stronghurst market a fine bunch of young hogs at 20 cents the pound.
CARMAN CONCERNS: The marriage of Carl F. Busse of Burlington and Miss Gertrude Brown of this place took place Wednesday afternoon at Burlington's First German Evangelical Church. The bride is a niece of Mrs. Wm. Coffman with whom she has made her home since the death of her mother several years ago. The groom, who recently returned from service in France, is employed at the West Burlington shops. They returned home of the afternoon train accompanied by the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Busse and son and daughter to the William Coffman home where a wedding supper was served to immediate relatives.
They will make their home this summer with the groom's parents in Burlington. Mrs. Fred Crane entertained the Wednesday Afternoon Club of Lomax at her home. Miss Hazel Stewart, who has been teaching school at Colfax, Wash., came for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Stewart. Accompanied by her father, she left for a visit with her brother Byron who is attending school at Champaign.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Bub Curtis who had a paralytic stroke some time ago, was taken to the Burlington Hospital. Lee Galbraith went to Camp Dodge, Iowa where he has employment for the summer. Sam Duncan went to Chicago with a car load of hogs ready for market. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Kemp from West Point, Iowa, visited his brother Charles Kemp and family. Misses Gladys Shaw, Iva Cisney and Virginia Lewis have gone to Macomb, Ill. to attend summer normal school. Oiling will occur on the blue grass trail and on the main streets this week. (Where is the blue grass trail?)
LOMAX LINGER-INGS: Joe Smiddy, who has been overseas for some time, came home for a ten day furlough. S.E.Vaughn has purchased the Jesse Clark property and will move there in the future. Dr. Emerson's was the scene of much excitement Sunday evening when a tank of gasoline caught fire from a lighted lantern. Outside of the building and gasoline, very little damage was done. It was a close call for the doctor and might have been very serious for him.
LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Rev. K.R. Anderson is confined at home with the mumps. Mr. and Mrs. John Staley attended the funeral of Zack Staley at Biggsville last Saturday; the deceased was a long time resident and much respected citizen of that village. Paul Salter, who had been employed in Chet Steffey's store at Basco, Ill., arrived in Stronghurst and has taken a position in Beardsley Bros. Store. Norton R. Marshall, one of Stronghurst's Navy lads, who has made a dozen trips across the Atlantic in transport service, has received his discharge from service and received a hearty welcome home from friends. J.W.Stine is adding to the convenience and appearance of the home he recently purchased from Perry Cooper by the erection of a commodious porch on the east side of the house and the repainting of the entire structure. Friday afternoon the ladies of the Stronghurst U.P. Church will hold a tea at the home of Mrs. C.E.Fort. Serving will be Misses Florence and Jennie Fort, Mrs. R.W.Upton, Mrs. Vida Annegers, Mrs. J.M.Fort and Mrs. K.R.Anderson; all ladies of the community are invited.
The string of hitching posts which were located along Nichols Street on the south side of the Chant harness shop have been removed in order to allow proper grading of the street at that point. The increasing use of automobiles is making it possible to materially reduce the number of unsightly hitch racks which have been a prominent feature in the business section of the village. R.T.Darby, the expert "tree surgeon" from Burlington with his work force have been busily engaged in trimming up the shade trees which line the street; he also will remove some of the trees from the village park making it more attractive.
Through the courtesy of Congressman William McKinley, The Graphic office has been supplied with a complete copy of the peace treaty submitted to Germany by the Allied nations in council at Versailles. The document covers 54 pages of the Congressional Record and we will not attempt to publish it, but anyone is free to look at it at the Graphic. Mr. Geo. W. Barnett expects to leave for a three month's visit on the ranch of his brother-in-law, C.H.McWilliams of Buffalo, Wyo. An automobile trip to Burlington and picnic dinner at Crapo Park was enjoyed by 15-20 young girls, members of Mrs. C.M.Bell's U.P.Sabbath School class.
This is reported to be the best strawberry season ever experienced at Oak Grove fruit farm over 1,000 crates having been picked up to the beginning of this week. Over one hundred pickers were at work in the berry field last Monday.
A big soldiers' reunion participated in by returned soldiers from this section of the state is being planned in connection with the Farmers Picnic to be held in Blandinsville on July 17th. An address by Col. Henry J. Reilly, late of the Rainbow Division is to be one of the features and a big banquet for the boys is another. The big attraction at the Lyric Theatre Saturday evening will be an unusual one, the big musical comedy, "Fancies and Follies" being given by a company of Burlington people, a number of whom are prominent in social circles in that city. Mrs. Hattie Bakewell arrived here from Cheyenne, Wyo. for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H.Bowen; she says that fortune is smiling upon herself and husband in the Western city where they reside. Mr. Bakewell recently has been promoted to the position of Chief Division Accountant of the U.P.R.R. with headquarters in Cheyenne.