The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1920 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1920

Stronghurst Graphic, Jan. 8, 1920 

POLAND CHINA SALE BIG SUCCESS: Messrs. Negley, Gray, Lee and Brokaw, leading breeders of big type Poland-China swine conducted what is conceded to have been the best public auction of swine of this breed ever held in Henderson County at Evergreen Drive Farm, 4 miles southeast of Stronghurst.  The offering consisted of gilts and tried sows, bred to some of the most noted sires of the breed, including the famous Illinois Yankee and Orange Leader. . .(list of purchasers and price paid found in this issue).

***WEDDING BELLS*** Miss Alice Rankin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.A.Rankin of the southeast neighborhood and Mr. Charles Schroeder, son of Mrs. Ed Schroeder of Media, were united in marriage at Burlington, Ia. Jan.7th.  The ceremony was performed at the rectory of Christ's Episcopal Church.  The only witnesses were Miss Grace Ingerson and Mr. Ernest Negley.

COUNTRY CLUB NEW YEAR DINNER: The members of the South Country Club and invited guests celebrated New Year's Day at the commodious and finely appointed home of Ed Stine and family four and a half miles south of Stronghurst.  The principle feature of the day was a sumptuous feast, the material for which was provided by the club members.  The fine, pure bred livestock for which South Grove Farm is famous was inspected and admired by the guests during the day, which was one of rare pleasure and enjoyment for all who were present.

***OBITUARIES***MRS. MARY GROVE: Mrs. Mary E. Grove died at LaCrosse, Ill. at the home of her son, Herbert Grove Tuesday evening of this week.  The deceased will be remembered by many as a resident of Stronghurst with her son Herbert for several months' years ago.  She was in the 83rd year at the time of her death and is survived by four sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Her remains will be interred in Pilot Grove Cemetery there.

***MRS. ELIZABETH CORTLEYOU*** After gradually failing health for the past two months, Mrs. Elizabeth Cortleyou died Jan.1st at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.A.Bailey near Raritan, Ill.  She was 89 years, 5 months and 22 days of age.

Elizabeth McDowell Field was born at White House, Hunterdon County, New Jersey on July 10, 1830.  Her parents were Michael and Frances Field and she was one of a family of twelve children.  On Dec.8, 1852 she married William H. Cortleyou at White House, N.J. in 1855 they came to Henderson County, Ill. and made their home on a farm one half miles north of Raritan.  A few years later they moved to the present homestead one and a half miles west of Raritan.

In early life Mrs. Cortleyou united with the Reformed Church at White House, N.J. and on coming to Illinois, she became a charter member of the Reformed Church of Raritan.  The first services of this church were held in a blacksmith shop but within a short time the present church edifice was erected.  In 1895 she and her husband retired from actual farm life and took up their residence in Biggsville, transferring their church membership to the United Presbyterian Church there.

Mr. Cortleyou died in 1908.  Mrs. Cortleyou is survived by their four children, Mrs. Elmma E. Simonson of Louisiana, Mo.; Mrs. J.A.Bailey, living on the homestead; A.W.Cortleyou of Kansas City, Mo.; and Lyman D. Cortleyou of Abingdon, Ill.  There were eleven grandchildren, two having preceded their grandmother to their heavenly home.  There are also three great grandchildren; also one sister in Philadelphia and a brother in California.  Funeral services were held in the Raritan Reformed Church with the interment in the Raritan Cemetery.

FARMING NEAR BLANDINSVILLE: Cleo and Dale Stine, sons of Ed Stine, have rented the Gardiner farm 2 miles north of Blandinsville for a term of years and will engage in the pure bred livestock business.  The boys already have a fine herd of Hereford cattle containing some of the best blood of that breed.  Dale also has a herd of fine Poland-China hogs.  This farm was fitted up by Mr. Gardiner for his well known herd of black Polled cattle and is an ideal stock farm.  The boys moved to the farm last week.

HIGH PRICED FARM: The 80 acre farm belonging to the W.T.Delaney estate, situated on what is known as the Delaney corners, 2 miles south of Media, was sold at public auction at the Media State Bank for $29, 695, which is $363.68 per acre($4,324.16 per acre in today's values).  The farm is all level, rich, black, corn land well improved and well located in regard to markets and improved highways.  The purchaser was Robt. M. Thompson who is the owner of considerable other real estate in the immediate vicinity of this farm.

1895 GRAPHIC: Charles Barnes, the 8 year old son of Editor and Mrs. E.O.Barnes of Raritan, died on Jan.5th from hydrophobia, resulting from his being bitten by a stray dog one morning during the previous October.  At the Senate caucus at Springfield on Jan.8th, Hon. J.O.Anderson of this county was made Sergeant-at-Arms of the Illinois Senate.  Rev. Cornelius, pastor of the Stronghurst Baptist Church, had received a call from the congregation of the Bloomfield, Ia. Baptist Church.  W.L.Bell of Tarkio, Mo. and Miss Sadie Mekenson of South Henderson were untied in marriage on Jan. 1st.  Congressman Gen. Philip Sidney Post of Galesburg died at a hotel in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6th.  The fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Silas W. Bell was celebrated by a large assemblage of friends at their home near Biggsville, Jan.2nd.

***OBITUARY***MRS. C. Z BLACK: Mrs. C. Z. Black, widow of the late Samuel Black passed to her eternal reward on Jan.7th at the family residence, 3 miles northwest of Stronghurst.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Olena church with interment in the Olena Cemetery.

GLADSTONE GLEANINGS. Harold Galbraith, the census enumerator, is real busy taking the census.  Forrest Chatterton of Chicago visited his sister Mrs. D.S.Bryans the past week.  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis moved to near Kingston.  Miss Margaret Porter, who has been very ill at her home was taken to the Burlington Hospital to have an operation performed for appendicitis.  A social was held at Bryan's Hall given by the Gladstone Dancing Club.  J.Z.Tate is lame with rheumatism.  Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stevenson had a call from the stork which left them a fine baby boy.  Fred Pence, who was in the Burlington Hospital, is home very much improved; he was suffering from sciatic rheumatism. 

CARMAN CONCERNS: The I.O.O.F. held initiation of officers at their hall.  Officers for the ensuing year are Noble Grand, Chas. Kirby; Vice Grand, E.A.Cowdrey; Chaplain, Fred Crane; Secretary, Harry Wisbey; Financial Sec., R. Rehling; Treasurer, Willie Pendry.  Afterwards oysters were served.  George Marsden left for Peoria to serve on the petit jury for the federal court.  A new furnace has arrived for the church.  The annual cemetery meeting was held at the I.O.O.F. dining hall and was largely attended.  Mrs. Tempa Clark is quite poorly.  W.H.Johnson will have a public sale at his residence, one mile east of Carman; the ladies of the community will serve lunch with the proceeds going to church expenses.  The Woodman elected their new officers.

MEDIA MEANDER-INGS: The E. G. Lewis Seed Co. was closed a few days owing to the death of Mrs. Lewis' mother, Mrs. J.E. Mathers.  Miss Cash of Jacksonville commenced teaching at the Academy.  Mrs. Bice, who has been very low for sometime, remains about the same. The Women's Community Club meets again Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. John Lawyer.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Asa Worthington entertained at a 12 o'clock dinner in honor of out of town relatives. Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth recently purchased the B.L.Tucker residence.  Mr. Tucker went over into Iowa to decide on a location there where he will again engage in business.  Miss Sophia Livermore, a former Raritan girl, completed a 3 year training course for nurses at Monmouth on Jan.5th.  Elzie Gilliland and family are making preparations to go to Basco, Ill. soon where Elzie will make a trial of the mercantile business with his brother-in-law, Chet Steffey and in case the trial proves satisfactory, he and his family will locate there permanently.  The Stronghurst Grain and Mdse, Co. have invited stockholders to an all day meeting on Jan.14th to be held at the Lyric Theater.  The ladies of the Community Club will serve luncheon at the club dining room at noon where covers will be laid for 110.  The morning will be a business meeting with election of officers and the afternoon features speakers, W.M.Stickney of Chicago, Herman Danforth of St. Louis, and W. T. McDermott of Peoria.

Otto Steffey is in Michigan making preparations for moving next month to the farm he recently purchased.  John Saw purchased 160 acres from Widney and Wallin, formerly a part of the Nat Bruen farm.  Members of the Slater and Ivins families have been quite ill with something similar to ptomaine poisoning, but all are reported as recovering.  Mrs. Grace Lant and little daughter Hazel departed for their home in southeast Missouri after spending several months with her mother, Mrs. Helen Burrell.  The musicale held by the Womens' Club at the home of Mrs. H.D.Lovitt was much enjoyed.  Mrs. Upton and those assisting in the program made it evident that Stronghurst has musical talent.  Miss Flo Shaw of this place and Albert Myers of Biggsville were married recently at the Jos. Woodward home. 

Mrs. Eleanor Gibb and Mr. and Mrs. W.H.White attended the funeral of Miss Jane Gibb of Biggsville who passed away at the Burlington Hospital Saturday.  The remains were brought to the home of her mother, Mrs. Ellen Gibb in Biggsville, and funeral services were conducted in the U.P. Church there. 

The carload of Ford cars which was received last Monday is all gone.  Another carload is due sometime next week.  If you want one, you had better get your order in now.  Deliveries for the future are uncertain.-Johnson's Garage

LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Editor P.T.Rowley of the Biggsville Clipper visited his brother Ross in Kramer, Ind.  Ross is quite ill and in the Mudlavia Hospital; he is improving.  W.J. McKeown returned from a visit to his brother, Rev. Sam McKeown of Burchard, Neb.  Sam is rapidly recovering from a serious operation he underwent at the city hospital at Pawnee, Neb.  The service flag in the Biggsville U.P.Church was demobilized with appropriate ceremonies.  A congregational dinner was given to the veterans of the late and the Civil War; about 300 guests enjoyed the pleasing occasion.  There were 24 stars on the service flag.  Harry Winters, who disposed of his stock and farm implements at public auction some time ago, has purchased an interest in a hardware store in Maysville, Mo.  He and his family left for their new home. 

Twenty-eight hundred dollars in dividend checks, payable to the stockholders of the Stronghurst Grain and Mdse. Co. are on display in the front window of the County Farm Bureau office here.  Lowell Parish returned to his work with the Chicago Portrait Co.  Tom Pape, who is now traveling out of Quincy, Ill. for the Illinois Stock Food Co. called on old Stronghurst friends.  Isaac Neece, who was sent to the Illinois State Penitentiary from this county several years ago for the murder of his wife, has been paroled to J.C.Powell of Avon.  Rev. V. A. Crumbaker attended the Henderson-Warren Ministerial Association meeting held in the new Y.M.C.A. in Monmouth.  A committee was appointed to arrange for a conference of high school boys and other older boys of the two counties to be held in Monmouth next spring.