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The 1920 Graphic

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

Stronghurst Graphic, Feb. 19, 1920 

***OBITUARIES***CHARLES A. GLAD: Carl August Glad was born in Sunds Parish in the Province of Lindkoping, Sweden Oct. 5, 1844.  He was married in Sweden to Miss Charlotte Aspegren.  They immigrated to America in 1872 and settled in Burlington, Ia.  There he lost his wife and two children during an epidemic of cholera.  He was remarried on Aug. 27, 1874 to Mrs. Mathilda Nelson, who had lost her former husband during the same epidemic.  The family afterwards moved to Strong-hurst in the vicinity of which Mr. Glad spent many years in farming.

Mr. Glad was a charter member of the Stronghurst Lutheran Church and has served as deacon for 27 years.  He also served as trustee, treasurer and S.S. Superintendent in the early history of the congregation. 

About Feb. 10th he took sick and after an illness on only one week was called to enter his heavenly home on Feb. 16, 1920 being 75 years, 4 months and 13 days old.  He is deeply mourned by his wife, Mathilda, who has been confined to her bed for many weeks by illness; one son, Charles, Jr. and 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters and one brother, namely, Mrs. Hilda Lyng-strom of Burlington, Ia., Mrs. Louisa Johnson of Hillsboro, Ia., Mrs. Amanda Benington of Dallas City, Ill. and Mr. Gust. E. Carlson of Red Oak, Iowa.  Funeral services were conducted at the Stronghurst Lutheran Church with interment in the Stronghurst Cemetery. 

WAYNE D. GRANDEY: After a long, brave struggle against the ravages of a most insidious malady, the spirit of Wayne Grandey, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R .Grandy of Stronghurst, took its flight to the realms beyond on Feb. 18th.  A severe sickness in early years had left Wayne in a somewhat frail physical condition and when he took sick several weeks ago, it became apparent that the fight for life would have to be made against discouraging odds. 

Wayne D. Grandey was born at Marceline, Mo. Sept. 22, 1909 and his short span of life was spent in that city, at Streator, Ill. and in Strong-hurst, his coming here with his parents when his father resigned his position as traveling auditor for the Santa Fe Railroad to engage in the mercantile business here.  Wayne was student in the Stronghurst schools and a member of the M. E. Sabbath School.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mildred and Dayle, and by an infant brother.  Funeral services will be at the M.E. Church with the remains laid to rest in local cemetery.

WEDDING BELLS: An event the news which will perhaps come as a surprise to many of the friends of the principals in the affair, was the marriage on Wednesday of Mr. Joseph Ross and Miss Alice Chant, both well known and popular young people of this vicinity.  The ceremony was performed at the parsonage of the M. E. Church at Galesburg.  The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. John Marshall of Stronghurst.  Following the ceremony the bride and groom left for a brief honeymoon trip.  They will be at home after March 1st on the Wm. Ross farm south of Stronghurst where Joe is engaged in farming with his father. 

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Chant, a graduate of Stronghurst High School, and has recently taught a number of successful terms of school in the county.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Ross of Terre Haute Township and is a graduate of Ames, Ia., Agricultural College.  He is thoroughly equipped for a successful farming career.

CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY: At the attractively appointed home of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Rankin 4 miles southeast of Stronghurst, a birthday dinner was held Feb. 10th in honor of Mr. S. V. A. Simonson, the father of Mrs. Rankin.  Mr. Simsonson has been making his home with his daughter for some time and his declining years are being made as comfortable and pleasant as possible.  Only members of the Rankin and Simonson families were present at the birthday feast.  Mr. Simonson is one of the very few remaining pioneers of this section of the state and he has a host of friends who will join in congratulating him on his safe arrival at the 90th milestone of life's journey. 

1895 Graphic: As the culmination of a romance which had been furthered exclusively through the use of the mails, Mr. Gear Putney and Miss Agnes Leland of Kansas City, Mo. were united in marriage by Squire Geo. J. Morgan on Feb. 18th.  Mrs. Harriet Cooksie and family moved to Blue Mound, Kans.  Mrs. H. M. Graham, a sister of Mr. E. D. Rankin, died at her home in Monmouth on Jan. 17th.  Miss Sarah Hamburg and Mr. Claude Hail of Kirkwood were married in Monmouth Feb. 19th.  S. V. Powell died at his home in Stronghurst on Feb. 19th.  Miss Emma Annegers and Mr. Elmer E. Mark were married at the home of the bride on Feb. 12th.  Frederick Douglass, noted colored orator, diplomat and advisor of Lincoln, died at this home in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20th

***OBITUARIES***JAMES HAROLD HICKS: He was born Sept. 8, 1901 and was summoned to his eternal home after a brief illness from pneumonia, Feb. 13th, 1920, aged 18 years 5 months and 5 days.  About 5 years ago he was baptized and joined the Roman Catholic Church of Gladstone, Ill.  He was a member of the young people's Bible class of the Olena M. E. Church and a regular attendant at divine worship there.  Deceased is survived by his affianced bride, Miss Thelma Peterson, his father and mother, 8 brothers and two sisters, one sister Mrs. Bessie Campbell, having preceded him to the better world.  The sisters left behind are Miss Hazel and Mrs. Walter Deitrick; the brothers: William, Jerry, John, Charley, Frank, Max and Roy of this immediate neighborhood and Harry E. Hicks, residence unknown.  Funeral services were conducted in the Olena M. E. Church with burial in the Olena Cemetery.

***MRS. LAURETTA COQUILLETTE*** Lauretia Fitch was born in New York state, Sept. 20, 1827 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ada Headen in Stronghurst, Ill.  Feb. 17, 1920.  In her early childhood she left her native state and came West or what was known in those days as western country, to the state of Ohio, where her father thought to regain his health.  He died, however, soon after.  She grew to maturity in this state and in her early twenties she came to Illinois.  On Nov. 3, 1850 she married William Coquillette, which union was blessed with three children: Irene, who died at three years of age; Mrs. Ada Headen of Stronghurst; and Harry of Bonaparte, Iowa.

Mrs. Coquillette has lived in Franklin, McHenry County, and Webster and La Harpe in Hancock County.  About a year and a half ago she came to the home of her daughter where she has been carefully cared for until her death by old age, being 92 years, 4 months and 16 days old.  Funeral services were conducted at the Headen home with burial at La Harpe, IL.

***JOEL MASON*** A resident of the Smithshire neighborhood, Joel Mason, living a mile and a half south of town, succumbed to pneumonia.  He had been quite sick for the past five days and while the death is a great shock to his wife and friends, it was not altogether unexpected.  The Funeral is to be held at the home with interment in the Roseville Mausoleum.

Joel Mason was born on Sept. 29, 1842 at Cincinnati, Ohio.  He and his wife, who was Miss Almeda Ingerson, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in July last.  They were not blessed with any children but with the widow there survive a number of nieces and nephews, living at Lomax, Davenport, Iowa and other places.  Mr. Mason was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

STRONGHURST TO HAVE MAUSOLEUM: Mr. R. H. Churchill, superintendent for the Heister Mausoleum Co., was in Stronghurst looking over the ground and seeing about the material preparatory to going to work on the Stronghurst Mausoleum.  This mausoleum will consist of five ten crypt and one five crypt family tombs.  It has 205 standard crypts.  This building contains more family tombs than any mausoleum they have built. The exterior is Bedford Indiana Limestone and the interior is polished marble.  It will not only be a solid, substantial, but also a very beautiful structure when completed.

The Mausoleum mode of burial is the last word in the taking care of the bodies of departed friends and the satisfaction shown at their other buildings have proven this to be a very popular mode of burial.

There are a few crypts still to be subscribed for and Mr. Smith, who has been in Canton for the last 60 days, is now in Stronghurst and will close them out in the next two or three weeks after which work will began and the building will be built.

SETTLES FIRE LOSS: Mr. H.N. Vaughn has obtained a settlement with the Santa Fe Co. for the loss of his farm buildings and livestock by fire last summer.  It appears that Mr. Vaughn had secured evidence which seemed pretty conclusive that the fire, which was one of the most disastrous farm fires that ever occurred in this locality, had originated from sparks from the engine of a freight train which passed his place shortly before the blaze was discovered.  A suit for $30,000 in damages was instituted by Mr. Vaughn against the company and it seems that rather than permit the case to come to trial, the railroad offered to compromise for the sum of $15,000.  While this hardly represented one half of his actual loss, he concluded that it might be better to accept the offer than to trust to the uncertainties of a suit at law.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. John Annegers, the former Edna Troxel, passed away on Feb. 12th.  She was born in Burlington, June 9, 1890, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Troxel and two years ago became the bride of John Annegers.  William B. Southwell, president and publisher of the Burlington Hawkeye died at Augustana Hospital in Chicago following an operation which he underwent for a malady with which he was afflicted.  He was 57 years old.

R. W. Upton returned from Springfield, Ill., where he attended the funeral of Dr. Hogue, an old friend.

DIES BY OWN HAND: John Dye, who with his wife living on the Thos. Galbraith farm north of Olena, shot himself with a 22 cal. rifle at about 2:30 o'clock last Wednesday morning, the bullet entering the center of his forehead and penetrating the brain, causing instant death. 

Mr. Dye and his wife were both ill with the malady which has been so prevalent here and were being looked after by an uncle of Mr. Dye's who had come from Missouri to visit them. Early Wednesday morning Mr. Dye arose from his sick bed and unobserved by any member of the household, made his way to the kitchen where he secured the small rifle and ended his existence by putting the muzzle to his forehead and pulling the trigger.  The report of the rifle and the thud of the falling body aroused the other members of the home, but when they reached his side, life was extinct.

Mr. Dye was a man of past 50 years having been born in 1869 in Ohio.  The only near relatives known are his wife and one brother, Warren Dye, who lives near Biggsville.  Funeral service was conducted at the home with burial in Oquawka.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The boys and girls of the Junior classes of the M.E. church held a pleasant social in the church parlors Thursday evening.  Mrs. Lulu McIntire arrived from Kansas City to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Cooper of Raritan.  Otto Steffey accompanied his shipment of household and farm effects to Michigan last week and Mrs. Steffey accompanied by her father, Mr. C. H. Davis, left this week for their new home.  Burton, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wallin, was severely scalded about the face and arms last Monday evening when he pulled a bowl of hot gravy from the dining table while the family were preparing the evening meal. Harry North at the Lyric Theater supported by a big cast will commence a week's engagement offering a very select repertoire of Metropolitan successes the first of which is a play, "The Great John Ganton."

STRONGHURST HIGH WINS TRIANGULAR DEBATES: In the debates which were held at La Harpe, Biggsville and Stronghurst between teams representing the high schools of the three towns, Stronghurst captured first place by winning on both the affirmative and the negatives sides of the question debated, which was: "Resolved that the Senate of the United States should ratify the League of Nations Covenant without reservations." The Stronghurst affirmative team of Miss Hazel Long and Frank Ford won the debate at La Harpe over that school's team by unanimous vote of three judges while the negative team composed of Miss Mary Dixson and Marion Forbes won the debate with Biggsville at that place.

The success of the Strong-hurst teams was earned through much careful study of the question at issue, by the debaters and the splendid training which they had received at the hands of their high school instructors.  Judges of the debate here at the U.P. church were Dr. Elder and Professors Whitford and Williams, all of Knox College.

GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Chalmer Graham on furlough from Camp Grant where he is in training as a regular army soldier visited home folks.  Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Galbraith have been very ill with the flu but are now reported better.  The many friends of Master Dennis Ahlburg gave him a surprise Friday evening at Bryan's Hall, it being his 17th birthday.  He received many nice presents and there were refreshment served and music and dancing to make the occasion enjoyable.  Howard Sandy, who joined the regular army several months ago, will soon go south to somewhere near the Panama Canal.  The baby boy of Charles Bigger died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Galbraith. Miss Iva Cisna is teaching school this week from Mrs. Lena Pence who is quite ill with the flu.  As there is so much sickness around, there will be no church service or Sabbath School on Sabbath Day.  Mrs. Peirson, who lives in the northeast part of town, died of pneumonia following the flu.  The many friends of Aunt Nancy Graham who was 86 years old Thursday gathered at her home to remind her of that date and surprise her.  A fine lunch was served and the afternoon was spent in games and a social good time.

LOMAX LINGER-INGS: W. H. Wyatt remains very low.  A good number of cases of flu are about town.  Chas. Baldwin is doing carpenter work about town.  L. M. Neff is assisting the Pioneer lumber office in Dallas.  Lonie Eckhardt, Jr. bought the Russell property in the north end of town and will move there after his sale. 

CARMAN CONCERNS: Arbin Vaughn of Lomax and Miss Maude Breen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Breen of Carman were married Feb. 12 with the Rev. Father Landreth officiating.  The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.U. Vaughn and is an industrious upright young man.  The couple will go to housekeeping on the groom's father's farm near Lomax.  Mr. Lee Burnett of Rock Island was called here to attend the funeral of his uncle, Mr. William Wyatt at Lomax. (Within one column, the gentleman died.) I. L. Williamson and son have gone to Burlington to work with the Leopold Desk Co.