The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Oct 14, 1920
RECALLED THE PAST: A large company of guests was present at the Lyric last Saturday afternoon to witness the "Century of Dress" display by the ladies of the Community Club. The director of the affair was Mrs. C. R. A. Marshall with arrangements in charge of Miss Lucretia Bruen and Mrs. W. C. Ivins as director of music. At the appointed time to the music of the Grand March played by Miss Faye McMillan, pianist, the ladies in costume filed upon the stage led by Mrs. B. G. Widney, president of the club, dressed in a costume of Royal Purple Brocade of the Civil War period. Mrs. J. W. Decker wore a Martha Washington costume; Mrs. Paul Wallin, a bridal costume of lace trimmed satin with train, veil and orange blossoms; Mrs. A. C. Yaley, a bridal costume which had been worn by her mother, Mrs. H. M. Allison "Mrs. W. H. White, Mrs. R. A. McKeown, Mrs. K. R. Anderson, Mrs. J. C. Brook and others wore costumes dating from a century back up to the present time, all going to make up a very elaborate display.
The program of the afternoon was opened with a piano duet by the Misses Lucile Butler and Gladys Mudd; this was followed by vocal selections by Mesdames Wallin and Widney, readings by the Misses Gayle Brook and Mildred Grandey, a solo, "Waters Passing," by Mary Apt accompanied by Francis Smith as pianist. Mrs. W. C. Ivins at the piano led the whole audience in singing "Auld Lang Sine." At the request of the ladies, Miss McMillan played Lohengren's Wedding March while those dressed in bridal costumes again presented themselves on the stage. Two little girls, Lucille Butler and Gladys Mudd, rendered another duet in costume after which guests were invited to visit the Community Rooms where a display of antiquities had been placed on exhibition.
Ladies in costumes led the procession to the Community Rooms were they found rare pieces of pewter and china ware, etc. The spinning wheel of the early period with its products of linens and bedspreads were especially of interest to guests of the younger generation. Rare pieces of furniture and articles of wearing apparel dating back to the past century were also included in the exhibit as were old family portraits of past generations. Also a number of relics of the late war gathered from European battlefields were shown. Miss Lucretia Bruen, dressed in a linen garden costume, received the guests and explained the history of various articles. Mesdames Chas. Davis, Chas. Peasley and H. D. Lovitt served light refreshments with Mrs. J. W. Decker as Martha Washington pouring assisted by Mrs. W. H. White in a bridal costume.
The Biggsville Country Club and Community Club were especially invited guests and before leaving for their homes, extended an invitation to the local club to be their guests at the Chrysanthemum Show and Chicken Supper to be given soon in Biggsville. Decorations for both the Lyric and Community Rooms were autumn leaves.
URGES WOMEN TO VOTE: Mrs Alice O. Curran of Macomb, chairman of the 14th Congressional Dist. Illinois Republican Women's Executive Committee, accompanied by Mrs. Ivabelle Stewart of Biggsville, chairman of the county organization, were making a tour of the county seeking to impress women voters of the necessity of their going to the polls on Nov. 2nd and casting their ballots for the Republican candidates. She says she finds many instances of ignorance amongst the voters of her own sex regarding the fact that a peace with Germany has never been declared and that still many of American boys in the Army are overseas. She says that it is the duty of every woman who desires real peace and a return to normal conditions in this country to vote the republican ticket.
ANOTHER PAPER DIES: Another newspaper has given up the fight against the tremendous odds which now face the publishers of country papers because of the changed conditions in the newspaper world.
The Little York Ensign, established 35 years ago, suspended publication last week. The paper was founded by Judd McCormick and those who have succeeded him in its management have been William Bryant, R. S. Hook, Frank Porter, Harry Purcell, O. A. Aiken, Frank R. Hays, Ralph Heasley and G. T. Durell. It is not probable that any one will be found who is willing to take up the self-sacrificing and unremunerative task laid down by Mr. Durell and the equipment of the paper will be offered for sale.
1895 GRAPHIC: Evangelist Bell closed a successful series of meetings at the Stronghurst U. P. Church with fifteen accessions to that church. Albert McElhinney had just completed a course at the Elliott business college in Burlington. As indicating for how long a period the construction of hard roads has been in the experimental stage, the following item appeared in the paper: "Many townships after incurring great expense in making roads of gravel or broken stone have been sorely disappointed in seeing the mud below and the gravel above change places.. The fact is as all experience has proven that so called macadam roads without under drainage, are so short lived as to be of little value. A better roadbed can be made of burnt clay than of either gravel or broken stone without proper drainage."C. E. Peasley had just opened up a rock quarry on his farm near Decorra. Mrs. S. S. Slater purchased the M. A. Nevius residence property west of the Salter grocer store.
Oquawka's board of trustees had passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of cigarettes in the village.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES: Although some of the people in town think the football team was not holding true to the school standards heretofore set, the high school students know they are if not higher than before. The team defeated Monmouth's seconds with Gilliland, Salter and Putney making the touchdowns and Smith kicking the goal twice. A few of the "pep" team were there to watch the first victory the boys have won this season-small in number but mighty in spirit.
Members of the Senior Class enjoyed a picnic luncheon at Foot Prints after school. It had been planned that they go nutting with the faculty as chaperons, but sacks were forgotten so had to be content to roam over the hills, rid themselves of burrs, and eat fried chicken and drink "whistle."
The Class of '23 entertained the freshmen and Faculty at the school house. A dainty lap supper was served by the girls of the sophomore class together with their sponsor, Miss Husky. Quarterly tests were given this past week.
OBITUARY: JOHN LEE JARVIS: John Lee Jarvis was born in Mercer County, Illinois, Nov. 14, 1867 and died at the St. Francis Hospital in Burlington, Iowa, Oct. 7, 1920 following an attack of appendicitis with which he was stricken at his home in Dallas City, Ill., Sunday evening Oct. 3rd.
Mr. Jarvis was one of Dallas City's most highly esteemed business men, being engaged in the furniture and undertaking business there with Ed Martin. Mr. Jarvis was married in 1908 to Della Babcook of Carman, Ill. They made their home at Milton, Iowa for something over two years and then came to Dallas City where they have since resided. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons by a former marriage, Ray W. Jarvis of Ft. Madison, Iowa, and Clem G. Jarvis of Stronghurst. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church in Dallas City with interment in the cemetery there.
WEDDING BELLS: WOLFORD-JACKSON- At eleven o'clock Oct. 11th Miss Edith Wolford of Decorra and Mr. Stanley Jackson of Keokuk, Ia., were untied in marriage at Monmouth, Ill. After a short auto trip they returned to the bride's home where they were welcomed by 40 friends. They have left for their new home in Keokuk where the groom has employment in a garage.
DICINSON-FORT: Dr. R.H. Dickson and Miss Annie J. Fort, both of this place, surprised their many friends Oct. 7th by quietly slipping away to Media where they were united in holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was performed by Rev. R. J. Kyle, the only witnesses being Mrs. Kyle and Prof. Hoffman of Media.
The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Sarah A. Fort and practically her whole life has been spent in this community where she is very highly esteemed for her excellence of character, her modesty of demeanor and many other graces which go to adorn true womanhood.
Dr. Dickinson is at present proprietor of the Dickinson Cafˇ and restaurant here. He is also associated with Mr. H. N. Vaughn in the new Stronghurst hotel enterprise and expects to move into the new structure when it is completed. He is a veterinarian by profession and was sent here about two years ago by the federal government to conduct tuberculin tests in the many herds of pure bred cattle for which the community is noted. He gave up his practice last spring when he purchased the restaurant business formerly owned by Wax and Tucker. Both bride and groom have a wide circle of friend and these all will unite in best wishes for their futures happiness and success in life.
BIG HEREFORD SALE: Stronghurst has had a number of sensational sales of pure bred Hereford cattle during the past few years and has acquired the reputation of being the center of the Hereford breeding industry.
It is safe to say, however, that the big sale pavilion of the Henderson County Hereford Association here has never housed a finer collection of animals of the breed than that which is now quartered there awaiting dispersion under the hammer of Col Fred Reppert, the famous Hereford expert and auctioneer.
The offering is from the widely known South Grove Stock Farm of Ed Stine and Sons and consists of 65 head of the choicest progeny of the great Polled Hereford herd bull, Marvel's Pride, who stands at the head of the world's list of sires of his breed:
WAGES FOR CORN HUSKERS: At a meeting of farm bureau managers from the various counties in the Corn Belt section of Illinois held at Decatur, it was decided that a fair price to be paid cornhuskers this year would be 5 cents per bushel with board and 6 cents per bushel without board. This is one cent per bushel lower than the price decided upon last year.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mr. George Fort has gone to Fairfield, Ia. to visit his daughter, Mrs. Kemp. Mr. George Flood of Lebanon, Ill. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mueller of East St. Louis, Ill. have been visiting the Dug Billups home. Mr. Flood is a brother of Mrs. Billups and Mrs. Mueller is a daughter of Mr. Flood. K.E. Yoakam is in Chicago representing the local Masonic lodge at the annual Grand Lodge meeting; Mr. J. D. Butler of south country is also attending as a delegate from Raritan. Herman Grulbs, the Oquawka child who was recently placed on a hot stove by his mother to cure him of the habit of bed wetting, has been removed from the custody of his parents and committed to the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society by Judge Gordon. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Tucker and family are moving to Roseville. Mrs. J. C. Weddington, mother of Rev. Harry Weddington, former pastor of the Raritan Baptist Church, was killed in a railroad accident near Barry, Ill.
Lloyd Whiteman, son of Wm. Whiteman of Biggsville neighborhood, has gone to Chicago to be examined by specialists in regard to a case of spinal meningitis contracted while in the U.S. army. Mr. Ralph Rankin returned from New Mexico where he has been looking after farming interests during the past few months.
He brought with him a sample stalk of fine cotton from a field of 25 acres on his ranch in the Pecos Valley; it is on exhibition at the Morgan & Lukens barber shop. Mrs. B. G. Widney, Mrs. Ida Wood and Mrs. G. W. Worley, members of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union went to Quincy to represent the local union as delegates at the annual state meeting. A reception in honor of the school teachers of Terre Haute and vicinity was held at the R.T. Painter home in the south country; there were about 150 guests who enjoyed a fine feast of peaches and cream and cake provided by the hostess served in cafeteria style.
What was probably the first importation of Percheron horses to this country since the war put a sudden end to the business several years ago, reached New York. It consisted of a number of Percheron stallions consigned to the Truman Pioneer Stud Farm at Bushnell, Ill. Mrs. Marion Evans of Decorra started to Stronghurst in the Evans closed car. A rain which had just fallen had made the roads somewhat muddy, and while coming down the hill near the A. R. Brooks home, the car skidded and was thrown over on its side against the bank by the side of the road, Fortunately, Mrs Evans escaped injury and the car was but slightly damaged. Mesdames Isaac Brokaw, Adda Cortelyou, Burnham Fort and Miss Ida Davis were guests at the Bertie Russler home in the south country and attended a meeting of the Dorcas Society of the Raritan Reform church there. Twenty-eight ladies were present and the time was spent in quilting. A covered dish dinner was enjoyed by all at noon.
John Norwood of Peoria spent the weekend with his sons and his sister, Mrs. John Salter and family. Columbus Day was observed in town in a very quiet way; both banks kept their doors closed, this being the only public observation of the day. Mrs. Carol Jacobson, who has been at Augustana Hospital in Chicago for several weeks recovering from a very serious surgical operation, has returned home
LOCAL NEWS: Mrs. Lelia Johnson has accepted a position in the office of the J. Trump Mercantile Co. of Kahoka, Mo. and will move there with her family at once. She has rented her residence here to Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Lovitt. W. E. Salter has been exhibiting some sample stalks of rice on the stem sent to him by his son Ney and grown by the latter on his irrigated ranch in the Sacramento Valley of California. Mr. Salter says that Ney writes that the rice will average 45 bags per acre which at the present price ought to make the crop a very profitable one.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mrs. Keener and daughter Emma expect to move from the Dr. Bailey residence into the Crofton house vacated by the Knutstrom family. Mrs. W. B. Jamison returned from a pleasure trip to visit her son Jess and wife in California. Mrs. Caroline Graham visited her son Frank and wife in Bushnell. The Farmers Telephone exchange of Kirkwood and Biggsville has changed hands and is now the Illinois Western Telephone Co. Grover Rehling is the new manager of the new company that will serve Biggsville, Kirkwood, Ponemah, Rozetta, Gladstone, Media, Stronghurst and Carman; some of these town have no central office. Rev. Sailor, the new Methodist minister has moved into the parsonage. Rev. Harry Russell and family moved to Smithshire; Charlie Knutstrom and family and Miss Winnetta Nicely moved into the vacated house. Mrs. Maggie Beggs is having her house painted by the Dyson brothers. The pulpit of the United Presbyterian Church was occupied last Sabbath by a Gospel team from Monmouth in the morning. A taffy pulling was pulled off last Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer VanTine north of town. Wm. Weir of Coloma had the misfortune to fall down the cellar stairs breaking a couple of his ribs and puncturing his lung; he was taken to the Burlington Hospital. H. P. Foster and family drove down from Monmouth; Mrs. Foster and little son spent the day with relatives in town while Mr. Foster with his father, G. C. Foster, his brother, H. N. Foster and Mr. Will Sanderson who drove them to the bottoms where they spent time fishing.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Dale Galbraith is the owner of a new Sedan car in which to go joy riding. Vernon Long was taken to the army hospital at Chicago to be treated for tuberculosis. Mr Len Ditto moved into Mrs. Law's house in the east part of town. Mrs. John Kidd of Longansport, Ind. visited her brother Henry Rhoads. Electric lights are now on the street corners of the village. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith and Miss Grace, who were visiting in Minnesota for two months, came home; while there they were in an auto wreck in which Mrs. Smith sustained a broken arm. She is still unable to use that member.
Fifty dollars was realized at the food sale at the P.O. building; it will be used to buy new books for the library of the Gladstone High School. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stevenson of Kenet, Mo. visited his mother, Mrs. R. M. Stevenson.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mrs. J.P. Riggs plans to sell her house and furniture at public auction. Some of the teachers are planning to attend institute at Galesburg. Messrs. T.B. Palmer and Edd Barry sawed wood, Perry Heaps doing the work with his tractor. A Ford car belonging to a traveling man was taken one night last week. The car had been left standing out in front of the Campbell Hotel.
CARMAN CONCERNS: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dannenberg of Kansas City are spending their vacation on the farm. Harry Wisbey is attending the Masonic Grand Lodge in Chicago. Mrs. L. Brown entertained the Larkin Club and served nice refreshments. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Babcook of Glascow, Md.; Mr. Everett Harris of Chicago and Mr. Golden Babcook of Peoria all attended the funeral of their brother-in-law, Lee Jarvis of Dallas City Sunday.