The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 29, 1921
SEND HEREFORDS TO MEXICO: Mr. J. H. Mahony, a large ranch owner with holdings of something like 30,500 acres in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, left for his home after spending some three weeks or more there investigating the Hereford cattle proposition and inspecting the various herds of this famous beef breed to be found within a radius of a few miles from Stronghurst. Mr. Mahony has been in Mexico for 20 years or more is thoroughly familiar with political and social conditions there and is a very interesting gentleman to converse with. The State of Oaxaca where his large ranch is located and which is in the extreme southern part of Mexico is a rich agricultural state and Mr. Mahoney is very enthusiastic over the possibilities which are presented there for the development of the breeding of high grade beef cattle. He is extensively engaged in the raising of native cattle but desires to improve the size and quality of these cattle by crossing them with some pure bred animals of the beef type from the United States.
Before leaving for Mexico, he made tentative arrangements with the Henderson County Polled Hereford Association to ship him a carload of Hereford cattle consisting principally of bulls. The proposition which he made to the Association mentioned was that if the members would furnish him with these bulls and cows free, he would cross them with the native cattle and give the Association one-half of the progeny at the end of 5 years, he standing from his own half of the increase all losses incurred by death amongst the herds. The consummation of the plan will depend upon the result of investigation now being made regarding the risk to be assumed from the standpoint of the international relationships now existing between this country and Mexico.
If the plan is found to be feasible and practical and the cattle are shipped to Mexico, Mr. Erman Dodds of this place will probably accompany the shipment and remain in Mexico to assist Mr. Mahoney in the management interests of the Henderson County Polled Hereford Association.
Mr. Mahoney stated that the population of the state of Oaxaca was largely of the native Indian class and that they were less inclined to be antagonistic to people from the United States than the Mexicans of Spanish or mixed descent; but Erman says that he is going to satisfy himself that his life will be comparatively safe in Mexico before he commits himself fully to the proposition as tentatively agreed upon.
ORGANIZE ILLINI CLUB: Henderson County graduates and students of the Illinois State University to the number of 13 gathered at the NuVon Hotel and participated in a banquet served by the management of that hostelry. During the course of the evening an Illini Club was organized by the election of the following officers: President, F. M. Bane; V. Pres., Byron Stewart; Sec.-Treas. Genevieve Adair.
CIRCUIT COURT OPENS: The October term of circuit court in Henderson County will open at Oquawka on Oct.3rd with Judge W. F. Graham, newly elected, presiding. The docket is an unusually long one, there being 15 new law cases and 16 chancery cases in addition to those what have been pending for some time. Stronghurst Township will be represented on the grand jury by Chas. Fort and A. F. Kaiser.
GOVT MONEY TO LOAN: With the opening of the Federal Land Bank and the Fist Joint Stock Land Bank loans can now be made on approved real estate up to $100 per acre for 34 ½ years at a rate of 6%. B.G. Widney, Sec.-Treas. Stronghurst National Bank, Farm Loan Ass n. (In today s values that would be $1,242.96.)
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Miss Ethel Brokaw has resumed her position as teacher in one of the Peoria schools. A few cases of influenza have been reported by local physicians. S. V. A. Simonson is reported to be very critically ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Worthington, southeast of town. Miss Pauline VanArsdale of Point Pleasant Township in Warren County and Miss Esther Perrine of Raritan are attending Central College at Pella, Iowa. Herbert Cook of the country east of Stronghurst received first prize on his display of 10 ears of yellow corn at the Monmouth Fall Festival. A considerable amount of corn is being shelled and shipped from the local station. Freeman Doak consigned four car loads. In the assignment of M.E. pastors to charges in the Galesburg district, Aaron Duncan, a Raritan boy who has been a student at the Moody Institute in Chicago, was given the New Boston charge. David Lamdrith has bought the blacksmith business of D.S.Bryan in Gladstone and is prepared to all kinds of woodwork and blacksmithing. While playing a practice game against the regular High School football team on the school grounds, Donald Rankin sustained a fracture of one of his arms near the elbow when he attempted to stop James Sanderson with a flying tackle.
1896 GRAPHIC: A big political demonstration was staged here by the republicans on the afternoon and evening of Sept. 27th with speakers being Mrs. Fannie Worthington of Sterling, Ill. and L. W. Armstrong of Chicago. A big parade featured marching clubs from various surrounding towns and an address by W. W. Meloan of Macomb in the evening. The gold standard versus free silver was the main topic discussed by the speakers.
The work of bringing Broadway Street in the village up to an established grade where it passes through the business section of the village was begun. James Pollock, who came to Henderson County, from Ohio in 1854, and lived here for a period of nearly 49 years, died at the home of his son at New Salem, Kans. on Sept. 1st. He was a Civil War veteran and lost one of his lower limbs in the fighting about Atlanta. James Marshall of this place was successfully operated upon for appendicitis at a Keokuk hospital; this was one of first operations of the kind ever undergone by a resident of this section and the case attracted considerable attention. R. B. Chase and Frank Cooksie were raking in the shekels (dollars) with the phonograph with which they were entertaining crowds at political rallies and other public gatherings. Wm. Krohn of Ponemah and Miss Sallie Gibson of Media were the principals in a midnight wedding at the office of Squire Morgan on Sept. 30th. At a county Prohibition convention held at Gladstone, Ralph Rankin was nominated for circuit clerk and J. M. Fort for county commissioner.