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Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1919
Stronghurst Graphic, May 8, 1919
NEW VILLAGE BOARD: The old board met long enough to approve minutes of the last meeting and report the election canvass. The new president, Mr. G.Q.Fort, then assumed the chair and a roll of new board members was called: C.H.Davis, G.C.Rehling, W.R. Dobbin, B.G.Widney, and Jas. Sutliff. The chairman appointed new committees and various issues were discussed and tabled.
DECLAMATION CONTEST: Four young ladies and four young men contested at the UP. Church for the honor of representing the Stronghurst High School in the declamation events in the "Triangular" meet at Dallas City and the Bi-County meet at Biggsville. Miss Ardie Hicks will represent the school in the Bi-County having won first place in the contest as a whole. Miss Esther Lind was awarded second place in the young ladies class and will represent the school at Dallas City. Harold Bainter won first place in the young men's class and will represent the school at Dallas City.
A PRE-NUPTIAL SHOWER: A very pleasurable social event this past week was the pre-nuptial miscellaneous shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H.Davis and family on May 6th by Misses Ruth Davis, Merna Vaughan and Dorothy Bainter in honor of Miss Mabel Jones whose marriage to Guy Sanderson will taken place Thursday in this place. The guest of honor received many beautiful and useful gifts and the afternoon was delightfully spent in company of young ladies present. Previous to their departure a two-course luncheon was served by the hostesses. Besides the guest of honor, those present included Dorothy Bainter, Ruth Davis, Merna Vaughan, Marquerite Wheeling, Juliette Wheeling, Leafa Vaughan, Grace Chandler, Alice Chant, Verdi Decker, Mary Dixson, Lucile Jones, Esther Marshall and Martha Davis.
ROUSING TRACK MEET: Contesting with 26 other high school in a meet in which there were 161 entries, the local high school athletic team succeeded in capturing 6 points in the Second Annual Interscholastic Track Meet held at Lombard Field in Galesburg, tying for 6th place with Roseville. The good work of Kirby in the field events won the six points, his mark of 5 feet, 3 inches in the high jump not being reached by any of his competitors and giving him first place in the event. He also placed third in the pole vault. Jack Regan made a good showing in the preliminaries for the 50 and 100 yard dash, winning two heats but lost out in the finals. The meet was won by LaGrange team which had 17 points. . .
MEETING NOTICES: The Civic Committee would like to meet the Victory Girls and Boy Scouts at the Community Club room to arrange plans for summer's work in beautifying the town. Local swine breeders will meet at the Lyric Theatre to discuss organizing a Henderson County Swine Breeders Association. All members of the Stronghurst Camp No. 1189 of Modern Woodmen of America will meet at the I.O.O.F. Hall to vote on new rates as submitted by Head Camp.
NEW VILLAGE ADMINISTRATION: At the meeting following the election, the old board and mayor were present to approved the minutes and then the new president, G.Q.Fort assumed the chair and asked that the roll of the new board be called: C.H.Davis, G.C.Rehling, W.R.Dobbin, B.G.Widney and Jas. Sutliff. Committee appointments were made and the selection of village marshal was presented and tabled. A.E.Jones was named village treasurer; Ralph Butler made water commissioner; and A.L. Russler and George Dixson appointed Fire Marshal and assistant respectively. Bills were presented. An ordinance regulating traffic in the village was passed. Ralph Butler applied for a plumber's license; J.W.Stine asked for and was granted a new cement walk by his residence in the southwest portion of the village.
WHO WON THE CONTEST: Four young ladies and four young men contested at the U.P. church last Thursday evening for the honor of representing the Stronghurst High School in the declamation events in the Triangular meet at Dallas City and the Bi-County meet in Biggsville.
In accordance with the decision of the judges, Miss Ardis Hicks will represent the school in the Bi-County meet, she having been awarded first place in the contest as a whole. Miss Esther Lind, who was awarded second place in the young ladies class, will represent the school at Dallas City. Dallas City contest will have both a young ladies' and young men's contest while the Bi-County allows only one representative per school. Harold Bainter won first place in the young men's class and will be at Dallas City. Judges were Miss Young of Burlington, Ia., Mrs. Uhe of Oquawka and Miss Burnside of Abingdon.
The names of pupils and their pieces are as follows: Mary Dixson, "The Commodore;" Esther Lind, "Cupid and Dickey;" Ardis Hicks, "Penrod, the Little Gentleman;" Evelyn Hartquist, "Dickey, Jr."; Frank Ford, "The Probationer;" Russell Jaggers, "Freckles;" Marion Forbes, "Pease of the Navy;" Harold Bainter, "Her Little Brown Boy."
WEDDING SHOWER: A very pleasurable social event was the pre-nuptial miscellaneous shower given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Davis and family by the Misses Ruth Davis, Merna Vaughan and Dorothy Bainter in honor of Miss Mabel Jones whose marriage to Mr. Guy Sanderson is to take place Thursday. The guest of honor was made the recipient of many beautiful and useful gifts. Previous to departure, guests were served a delicious two course luncheon. Besides the guest of honor, there were present the Misses Ruth Davis, Dorothy Bainter, Merna Vaughan, Marguerite Wheeling, Juliette Wheeling, Leafa Vaughan, Grace Chandler, Alice Chant, Verdi Decker, Mary Dixson, Lucile Jones, Esther Marshall and Martha Davis.
1894 GRAPHIC: Stronghurst's first village election following re-incorporation made necessary because of legal flaw in former proceedings, was held on May 3rd and resulted in the election of the entire "Citizens" ticket: Village Pres.-C.C.Butler; Trustees- E.W. Salter, J.M.West, C.W.Kessler, H.B.Harter, G.R.Butler, C.L.Dunsworth; Village Clerk-L.A.Wilson.
Marion, the little 8 year old son of Rev. Holmes attempted to jump on a moving freight train at the local station and was thrown against a mail crane in such a way as to cut several gashes in his head. His escape from death was very narrow. The greatest revival ever held in Stronghurst was brought to a close at the M.E.Church. The meetings were conducted every afternoon and evening for four weeks by the Rev. Haney. There were sixty-five professed conversions.
James Rezner had just purchased the Wes Ward residence in the east part of town. Pete Groome, night operator at the local station, had gone to the Santa Fe hospital at Topeka for treatment. The Christian church tabernacle was completed and opened with services on May 8th by Elder Magee. A geological specimen of ore found in the limestone quarry on the Edmunds farm near Terre Haute, had been forwarded to the state geologist who pronounced it zinc ore. Cattle were selling on the Chicago market from $3.50 to $4.75; Hogs from $4.00 to $5.50; wheat at 57 cents; corn at 37 cents and oats at 34 cents per bushel.
CAME IN 6TH: Contesting with 26 other high schools in the state in a meet in which there were 161 entries, the local high school athletic team succeeded in capturing 6 points in the 2nd Annual Interscholastic Track Meet held at Lombard Field in Galesburg tying with Roseville for 6th place. Good work by Kirby in high jump of 5 feet, 3 inches was not reached by any of his competitors.
He also placed third in the pole vault. Jack Regan made a good showing in the preliminaries for the 50 and 100 yard dash, winning two heats. In the finals, however, he was pocketed by the other runners and lost out. The meet was won by LaGrange with 17 points.
NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES: The Methodist of Dallas City are planning to erect a new house of worship during the coming summer at a cost of $18,000. Of this amount, $10,110 in pledges and money has already been secured. The Baptist minister in Blandinsville, who is conducting a revival at his church, went with his singer after the close of services one evening to the Dreamland Theater where the young people of the village were having a dance. The two men paid their admission of 50 cents each and after watching the dancers for awhile, asked permission to speak. The request was granted and the minister and his helper knelt in the middle of the dance floor and offered a prayer. The orchestra then struck up a waltz and the dancing was resumed.
Henry Cox, a retired colored farmer and ex-slave who was recently killed by a passenger train at Elmwood, Ill. left an estate of over $75,000 consisting mostly of real estate in and about Elmwood. Meredith G. Davis, one of Blandinsville' best known business men, died May 4th after a brief illness from intestinal trouble. Wilma May Junk, an eight year old child whose home was at Bowen, Ill. was so badly burned as the result of her clothing catching fire at a wiener roast given for the children of the public school that she died the following day of her injuries.
SCHOOL GROUNDS BEAUTIFIED: The grade and high school pupils of Stronghurst have taken the initiative of doing the actual work in the "city beautiful movement" by using $75.00 which they made through recent entertainments. Under the direction of a landscape gardener from Burlington, Ia., a variety of shrubs and foliage plants have been set out according to a design which takes into consideration the general effect desired.
LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Prof. Spence has been a victim of the mumps for the past week and prevented from attending to his duties as superintendent of the Stronghurst schools. Robt. Milligan and family from Ivesdale, Ill. visited Mrs. Milligan's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C.Ivins on the Sabbath. On Monday they stopped in Biggsville to visit Mr. Milligan's parents. Ralph Painter, H.N.Vaughn and Ed Stine went to Octava, Neb. to Smith Bros. Polled Hereford sale. They brought back 14 head and then bought 7 more. The Stronghurst boys did not get top cows, but they bid $2,850 for a good 3 year old heifer which sold for $2,900 so you can see why Stronghurst is noted for its Poll Hereford herd away from home.
County Farm Advisor Miner was in the Eastern part of the state and visited the famous Firke goose farm near Mansfield in Piatt County. Mr. Firke, who is known as the Illinois "Goose King" makes a specialty of buying young geese and fattening them for a class of trade which he has developed and found to be a source of large profit. He claims to have furnished the foundation for the Thanksgiving dinner of over 90,000 people last year.
Dr. Marshall has purchased the Ed Stine property on Mary St. vacated by C.C.Butler. C.C. and wife took their departure for Galesburg where they own a nice residence. Mr. S.V.A.Simonson received word from Halstead, Kansas of the death of his grandson, Frank Simonson, 30 years of age who made his home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Simonson of Halstead, Kansas. Lieutenant M.L.Evans, Jr., who lately returned from France where he was connected with the artillery service and saw considerable actual fighting in the vicinity of Metz during the closing of the war, arrived here and is staying at the Old Evans homestead near Decorra.
State Veterinarian Dickerson, who has been in this county for several weeks inspecting cattle for tuberculosis, has examined over 1,000 head in this immediate vicinity. This work is done free of charge and any one can have their cattle inspected by making application on proper blanks to county farm advisor J.H.Miner. A hammered brass vase made from the casing of a French 75 MM shell and designed by K.E. Yoakam, our jeweler now in France, is on exhibition in the Hunter and Regan show window. The bas-relief work on the vase is war emblemistic and show much artistic talent on the part of the designer. (Anyone own this item?)
George Peasley, who has been attending a school for maintaining "Four Wheel drive" Automobile Co. in Clintonville, Wis. came home for a short visit before taking up work in North and South Dakota as a traveling salesman for the company. Oliver Cooper of Crandon, Wis. has accepted employment with the Stronghurst Telephone Co. in its construction department. Mr. and Mrs. W.E.Hurd have purchased from Mrs. Sarah Penny the property in the post office block in Stronghurst, adjoining the burned out Loomis building on the north. A.S.McElhinney reports the sale to Ed Stine of the N.W.Quarter of Sec.11 in Terre Haute Township(part of the old Bruen tract) who will use it as a Polled Hereford cattle farm.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mrs. Allie Bruce visited her mother, Mrs. Wm McIntyre. Mrs. Richard Gould is enjoying a visit from her cousin from Canada. Fred Palmer delivered a CopperClad range in Biggsville; James A. Callow & Co. made the sale. Mrs. Anna Sutton was appointed village treasurer. Joseph C.Gilman, assistant Pathologist of Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa visited Charles E. Pendarvis. Mr. Gilman is working on various plant problems in Iowa. George Sutton has improved the looks of his residence by giving it a coat of paint. Mrs. Gladys Martin received a telegram from her husband saying he had safely landed in this country. Little Vincent, son of Mrs. Pearl Leinbach, is very sick in the west part of town with pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Emory Everhard are rejoicing over the arrival of an 8 lb. girl. The mother was formerly Miss Myrtle Mathers. Dance-Thursday evening with music furnished by Wylies famous jazz Band of Galesburg.