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The 1920 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, Dec. 9, 1920 

FOOTBALL BANQUET: Whether "tis more pleasant to give than to receive" is the question foremost in the minds of the football team and the girls of the senior class. The banquet given by the girls to the football boys was indeed an event long to be remembered by all who were present. It was occasioned because of an appreciation of the honors brought to Stronghurst High School by the football team. But as stated by their captain in his response to a toast of welcome, "on the road to success, encouragement adds a very great share of strength to the progress made by the physical labor."

So it behooves one to consider the two outstanding features which made the event a great success: first, the wonderful spirit of the girls in making possible such an event and secondly, but equally as great of course, the joy of the victories of our warriors. Mothers of some of the students of the high school showed very great culinary art in preparation of the banquet and four girls of underclasses acted as very graceful little waitresses.

After the sumptuous dinner had been duly partaken of, toasts to the team were given and enjoyed by all. Responding were Mr. Larson acting as toastmaster; speech by Ardis Hicks; response by Captain Sanderson; "Our Warriors by Lois Shaw and further toasts by Misses Kurrie, Huskey and Larson.

Letters were presented to each member of the team who had proved himself worthy. It was announced during the evening that Sanderson had been chosen to pilot the team of 1921.

W.C.T.U MEETING (Women's Christian Temperance Union) The W.T.C.U. meeting was held in the Community room. While the attendance was not as large as might have been desired, the meeting was very interesting.

The devotional exercise was in charge of Mrs. John Staley and following this was the re-election of all the superintendents of the various departments. Mrs. G. W. Worley gave an interesting report of the state convention. Money was pledged for the Jubilee found and Mrs. B. G. Widney was given authority to raise the amount in whatever way she thought best. Refreshments were served by Mesdames Worley and Widney.

TUBERCULOSIS SEAL SALE: The Tuberculosis Seal Sale is now under way under the direction of Mrs. J. T. Whiteman of Biggsville. The seals have been sent out by the Illinois Association who distributed them to appointed township chairman and school districts in the county. An effort is being made to reach each and every person who will use them for their Christmas letters and packages in the month of December:

In previous years the money has gone for state work, but this year the larger part will remain in the county. If the county subscribes $1,000, seventy per cent of it or $700 will be used in the county as may be needed:Seals will be placed on sale in the post offices through the county and at other convenient places. No letter or package is complete without one of these cheery seals at this season of the year:Another feature of this year's sale is that the schools of the county are asked to give benefits, entertainments or socials and will be awarded bonds for the amounts they turn in to the fund.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. McDermitt of the south country, who has been indisposed for some time, is being cared for in the Burlington Hospital. Cliff Kessenger and bride of Hillsdale, Ill., who have been visiting relatives here, have rented the Wilcox property and set up housekeeping therein. G.B. Lanphere and family have left their farm and gone to Monmouth to spend the winter. A pipeless furnace is to be installed in the Davis building in which the Community rooms are located. Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Allison left for Butler, Mo. to spend the winter with their son Will and family.

Howard Marshall, who has been in the hospital in Burlington for several weeks recovering from an appendicitis operation, is expected to return home soon. Mrs. Carrie Burg and son Roy returned from Albuquerque, N.Mex. Roy's health appears to be greatly improved and he has increased much in weight during his sojourn in the Southwest. Clyde Garner left for his old home in West Virginia where he was called by a telegram bearing the intelligence of the death of his aunt. Rae Nordstrom and family drove over from Rushville in their Ford card before returning home, a round trip of something like 140 miles. John Tracy and wife who are employed by the Des Moines County officials to look after the inmates of the country farm near Burlington visited Stronghurst friends.

In a very clever and artistic manner which held the close attention of her audience at the Lyric theater, Miss Hettie Jane Dunaway presented an adaptation from "Daddy Longlegs." In response to the request of the ladies of the women's club, Rev. Crumbaker preached on the subject of Motherhood and Infancy at the M. E. Church last Sabbath morning.

WILL REMAIN HERE: Considerable interest was developed amongst farmers in the county in the voting contest which closed Saturday afternoon to decide the location of the central office of the Henderson County Farm Bureau for another term. Stronghurst and Biggsville were both aspirants for the honor and the vote was conducted by postal card ballot. 638 members sent in ballots and of these 391 were in favor of Stronghurst and 247 in favor of Biggsville.

1895 GRAPHIC: Miss Nettie Drew, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Drew of Stronghurst and Mr. Fred Timmerman of Letty, Ia. were married at the home of the bride's parents on Dec. 11th.

An ordinance prohibiting the owning or running of billiard tables or other games in places of public resort was passed by the Stronghurst village council at its regular meeting on Dec. 6th. The firm of Dunsworth and Ivins dissolved with Mr. Dunsworth taking over his partner's interest and announcing his intention of closing out the stock of merchandise which was being carried. Newt Hardin traded his home and 11 lots in Stronghurst to James Hicks for the latter's 22 acre farm near Olena.

In this day when the abbreviated skirt has come to be accepted as the proper form of woman's attire for both business and social purposes the following excerpt from an article which appeared in this issue will perhaps cause a smile of two: "It is predicted by those who ought to know that women will soon be wearing short skirts half way up to their knees. A prominent ladies' tailor said recently, "It seems likely that the short skirt will be used for a business dress. It is hard to know how the business dress is to come into vogue because there has been no settled pattern laid down.

But the feeling is increasing that women must have a dress for business and that it must be something that will give the greatest freedom to the movements. If the skirts are short, high shoes like those seen in Canada in winter must be worn.

Then the women can wear bloomers under their skirts and be comfortably and tastefully clad." (In Paris Sept. 2010 the style is a skirt about 5 inches above the knee worn with stiletto heels.)

OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Rather a gloomy morning but all things considered have made nice fall weather, which has been a great factor in helping the farmers garner their corn crop, for which there seems to be little or no market even at the low prevailing prices. The oyster supper given in the church was fairly well attended and a neat sum realized to be used in helping defray the running expenses of the church. Rev. Sailer will bring his new Victor Safety Standard moving picture machine to the Olena church Friday evening, Dec. 10th. Admission is free, but silver offering will be taken to help defray expenses. Mr. Soliard, company representative, will operate the machine. If you appreciate something chase and pure, bring your offering and come. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Carlson are spending a few weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Galbraith of Gladstone vicinity. Elmer is husking corn there and Mrs. Carlson is helping care for her mother, who has been quite sick but is now convalescent. Mr. White and young daughter of Omaha, Nebr. visited the Oscar White home west of Olena. He was accompanied home by his niece, Miss Ethyl White, who will remain there during the holiday season. The 16th annual reunion of the Lant families was held Thanksgiving Day at the Charles Lant home. Covers were laid for 35 and all the good things to eat were in evidence. Miss Golda Booten remains quite poorly at her home; she was the secretary and treasurer of the Sabbath school and regular in attendance as long as her health admitted. Young Ernest Fisher issued the paper an invitation to an entertainment to be given by the Hopper school under the direction of their teacher, Miss Viola McClinton. Jesse Fort has purchased the Tinkham property in Stronghurst just south of the James Hicks home and he intends to become a permanent resident there.

GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. James E. Porter, one of the areas's worthy farmers, and Mrs. Mamie E. Scott went to Monmouth Nov. 30th where they were united in marriage. The first enormous blast in the huge stone crushing plant east of town will be set off on Dec. 15th. 10,000 pounds of dynamite will be used. A big dinner will be served to all the stockholders and their families and the employees. Spectators from many places are expected to be here when the blast goes off; great things are expected to come from the rock crushing plant. A masquerade ball in the hall will occurred Friday evening and an oyster supper with a bazaar will be given at the U. P. Church Thursday evening. Moving pictures will be shown at the M. E. Church Wednesday evening. Mrs. Walt Smith was taken to the Burlington hospital sick with typhoid fever. The hard time dance at Bryan's hall Friday night was well attended and some quaint looking costumes were worn.

CARMAN CONCERNS: Troy Vaughn, who narrowly escaped being run over by a Santa Fe train at Dallas City, is busy husking corn. Mr. Hugg of Burlington visited his farm east of town. Mr. John Marsden of Terre Haute called on friends in the north country and going over to Burlington in the afternoon fell into the hands of some of that town's numerous sharks.