The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Jan. 6, 1921:
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION MEETS: The January meeting was held at the H. D. Lovitt home with President Mrs. Ida Wood in charge. Mrs. John Staley opened with devotions which were followed by a business meeting. Mrs. Paul Wallin was elected superintendent of music and Mrs. Asa Worthington superintendent of gold medal contest. The group decided to observe, Sunday, Jan. 16th as 18th Amendment Day by a union service in the evening. Francis E Willard Day, Feb. 17th will take the place of a February meeting. At the close a round table conference on "the result of the 18th amendment" with illustrations from various industries was held. This was followed by singing by Miss Alice Wax and Opal Billups accompanied by Jean McElhinney.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Will Gould, who is farming near Fall River, Minn., visited his parents at Media. Edwin Ericson, who has held the position of bookkeeper of the Media State Bank for some time, has gone to Rock Island to complete a business course. The village of Oquawka has succeeded in securing as an ornament for the court house square a 3.2" gun, Model 85-97, with carriage. The ordinance piece was used as a coast defense gun at Narragansett Bay and will be donated to the village by the War Dept.; the only expense being cost of transportation. The house on the H. F. McAllister farm between Oquawka and Gladstone, occupied by Fred Saben and family, was burned down with the occupants barely escaping with their lives. The furniture and household goods were all destroyed entailing a loss of about $2,000 with no insurance. Hon. Frank E. Abbey has disposed of his grocery store at Biggsville to R. E. Gladson of Burgess, Ill. This store has been maintained by Mr. Abbey for the last 37 years and was the second oldest business in the village. Mr. Abbey will continue in the grain and elevator business there.
Mrs. C. H. Curry has been quite ill for some time from neuralgia of the heart. Roy Rankin and family of the east country spent Christmas holidays at Mrs. Rankin's former home at Altoona, Ill. John R. Peterson, who has been farming the old Joshua Rankin farm east of town, is moving his family to the farm he recently purchased near Loraine in Adams County. Daniel Leinbach and family of Media Township are moving to a home near Ulysses, Neb. Dan's father, Henry, will accompany them. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Worley have purchased the Schenck residence in the village recently vacated by George Warren and family. Fred Steingraber of Dallas City, a student at the State University at Urbana, was taken ill with a severe attack of appendicitis on his return home from the holiday vacation and was taken to the Burlington Hospital where he underwent a successful operation. Ray Rankin and family have leased a flat in Monmouth for the winter. Miss Alice Wax has decided to not return to her school work at Bloomington and will be the housekeeper for her father. Mrs. Minnie Peterson left for Garden City, Kans. to take care of her father, whose home is in that place and who is in a feeble condition. In Lomax several of the local men have been employed by the Prairie Oil and Gas Co. to unload pipe for a new oil pipe line being built.