The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, March 9, 1922
PARENT-TEACHER MEETING: The Stronghurst-Parent Teacher Association met at the school Monday evening. In absence of President Upton, the Vice President, Mrs. F. M. Bane presided. Mrs. Sterling Simpson, instructor in music gave a demonstration of her method of teaching vocal music using the audience as her pupils and drilling them on a couple of songs. A quarette consisting of Mrs. Simpson, Miss Larson, Prof. Larson and Chas. Fort gave two fine numbers and Miss Landon rendered some piano selections.
The leading feature of the affair was an address by Prof. Kilpatrick, who briefly reviewed the history of the Parent-Teacher movement and suggested ways to which the local group could be made an instrument for good not only in the home and school but also in the community. A round of discussion followed. While most of those who took part were inclined to lament the fact that sufficient interest by parents of the community was lacking, they believed the work should continue.
NEW MANAGER OF THE GRAPHIC: Beginning with the March 23rd issue, the management of the paper will pass to Mr. Lucius McAndrews to whom the plant has been leased for one year. This does not mean the present manager is giving up the newspaper work, but frankly with all the demands upon one's time, temper and mental resources, it is a fascinating game and the 15 years devoted to the work have derived both pleasure and profit.
The gentleman who will steer the course over the waves of the journalistic sea during the next year is one who is well known to readers. He is no stranger to newspaper work having been associated before the late war with his father in the publication of the Dallas City Enterprise. He has also had some experience as a writer for other publications. As a veteran of the world war he served overseas.
After returning home, he came to Stronghurst and has for the past two years been employed in the E. R. Grandy store. Mr. McAndrews is now familiarizing himself with the work in the Graphic office.
OIL PROSPECTING SITUATION: Pope Brothers, the oil operators of West Virginia who have been endeavoring for several months to get a sufficient block of territory to justify the drilling of five wells to test for oil, have again left for the East. They stated that the taking of leases would be left in the hands of local parties. They expect to return about the 17th and if the required territory has been secured, they will have two drilling equipments and material on the ground to commence drilling the early part of April and would expect to have the five wells completed before June 16th. The Messers Pope have made great outlay of time and money to secure territory and are very enthusiastic over the oil outlook in this vicinity. It is to be regretted that the land owners have not been more responsive in leasing. It is feared by many of the boosters who have the welfare of the town and community at heart that we may lose a real opportunity to have the Stronghurst dome thoroughly tested. The Messers Pope stated that the future of the project depended upon the results of the leasing during the next few days.
Nothing in a community will out ready money and prosperity quicker than a genuine oil boom. The men have made a bonafide and guaranteed proposal and have placed the money in our local banks to back it up so let's back them up and have a bustling city where the village of Stronghurst now stands.
WEDDING BELLS*LINKS-O'LEARY: A social event occurring in Monmouth was the marriage on Feb. 27th of Mr. Hollis Links of this place and Miss Alice O'Leary of Monmouth. "A quiet wedding ceremony was performed at the Catholic rectory by Father Peter Owens when Miss Alice O'Leary of this city and Hollis Links of Stronghurst were united in marriage. The couple were attended by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Keane of Raritan.
Mrs. Links is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O'Leary and graduated from the local high school with the class of 1917. Later she attended Western Normal School at Macomb and since that time has been teaching school. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Links of Stronghurst. He graduated from the Stronghurst High School and afterward attended the Agricultural College at Ames, Iowa. Presently he is farming with his father. Mr. and Mrs. Links left for Chicago where they will spend a few days after which they will home on the farm near Stronghurst."-Monmouth Review
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: John Oberly of Oakville, Iowa, visited relatives for several days. Frank Curtis moved from the Arthur Gray farm to the Ward place. Harry Whitmore moved his family from Monmouth to the Cisna house in the east part of town. Chas. Kemp purchased the Dan Logan place east of town for $3,500 ($47,390 in today's values) and Lou Lox moved from town to the place where he will farm this season. The stork called on Mr. and Mrs. L. Galbraith at the home of Mrs. Galbraith's mother, Mrs. Dan Cook, and left a fine baby boy. On March 5th, the M.E. Church began the Lincoln Highway contest for increased attendance and activity in the school. Miss Florence Galbraith of the Burlington Hospital nurses force spent Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Galbraith. Everett Lewis bought the Tweed property from the heirs of the late Mrs. Lucy Tweed; he has moved to the property. The quarantine for diphtheria was lifted Monday from the Cloyd Robbins and Landis homes and now there is not diphtheria in the village.
***WEDDING BELLS***PAINTER-GITTINGS: From the LaHarper: "Ralph Ernest Painter of Terre Haute neighborhood and Miss Vera Florence Gittings of Lomax were married at the Christian Church parsonage Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16th at 3 o'clock. The ceremony was witnessed by the bride's sister, Miss Nellie Gittings and Oswald Smith.
The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Painter and is an industrious young farmer and stock raiser. He had assisted his father on the home place since finishing school and now takes charge of the farm his father recently bought from Frank Bradshaw west of town. The bride is the oldest of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Gittings' family. She was born near Lomax and has lived in that community all her life. She has been very active in church and Sunday school work."
***FARISH-DETTMAR***Lowell Parish, son of Mrs. Ella Parish of this place, and Miss Caroline Dettmar of Dallas City were married at Carthage, Ill. on Feb. 15th.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Stine have moved to the Will Stine farm north of Biggsville. Friends of Dr. John Mudd will be sorry to learn that he is again confined to his home by an attack of sciatica. Mr. and Mrs. John Ross of Smithshire have moved to their new home on the former Mudd farm south of Stronghurst. Al Justice, who will operate Widney, Park, Chant farm in Adams County, loaded out his goods for that place. Herman Calvin, who moved from the G. M. Foote farm to Chillicothe, Ill last year, will operate the Foote farm this year.
A loss of something like $250,000 was incurred in a fire at the Fort Madison penitentiary last Friday which destroyed the chair factory and wareroom and the big dining department of the prison. A mortgage for $30,000,000 was filed by the C.B. & Q. railroad in Monmouth and Oquawka this week for record. The recording fee in the Warren County clerk's office was $95.05, the largest ever received there. ($1,286.98 in today's values). Rev. Nels Olson, who has been ill with typhoid fever, is now reported to be making a satisfactory recovery. The huge ice gorge in the Mississippi River above the Keokuk dam threatens to seriously interfere with the operation of the huge electric power plant and may cause temporary suspension of electric service in the cities and towns supplied from that source. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Huff are moving to the Keener house on the east side of town. Frank McKim, a former merchant of Biggsville, died at his home in Tarkio, Mo. The regular meeting of the Women's Christian Temperance Union was held at the James Brewer home. Mrs. Hannah Kamber who has been nursing at Raritan has returned to her home here. Elwood Corzatt and his sister, Mrs. Sara Alphaugh both of Raritan, are said to be in a very critical state of health. Mrs. Percy Buckley and daughter Rose Mary of Lomax visited Miss Byrd Porter at the NuVon Hotel. Mr. J. G. Farley, an oil man from the Wichita, Kans. field is investigating the local oil prospecting situation. Miss Margaret Rankin of the north country is a patient at Burlington where she recently underwent an appendicitis operation. Mrs. J.A. Mahaffey, wife of Rev. Mahaffey, was taken to the Burlington Hospital and on the following day underwent an operation for appendicitis. The new Weir mercantile company is delaying its opening on account of sickness. Lard cracklings make excellent food for chickens; call at the Logan Meat Market for a supply. A. S. McElhinney and family are at Gainesville, Florida but are homeward bound.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: The all day sewing by the missionary ladies at the home of Mrs. Ericson was quite a pleasant affair. Nine were present at dinner with a number coming later. Three comforters were tied and some quilt blocks sewed. Oscar Fritts, who has spent the winter here with his sisters, Mrs. Ralph Stewart, Mrs. Jack Stevenson and Mrs. Perlie Dixon left for his home in Oregon. Coming home from the Burlington Hospital are Mrs. Bert Liby, Mrs. Carl Hector and Miss Agnes Glenn. Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Lormier, who have spent most of the winter here with their son, left for their home in Indiana. Some 34-40 men enjoyed the Booster Banquet at the U.P. Church basement. The big house of the Wm. Rankin place caught fire from sparks from the chimney that blew on dry leaves under the tinning and which scattered and burned a hole in the roof. Had not plenty of help been at hand the house would likely have gone up in smoke owing to such a high wind.
BURIAL IN CARMAN: The remains of Mr. Ed Moony of Burlington were brought here for funeral services with interment in the Carman Cemetery. Those in attendance from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Newman of Quincy; Mr. and Mrs. Tucky Kemp of West Branch, Iowa; and several Burlington friends and neighbors. The pall bearers were from Burlington.