The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Nov. 18, 1921
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The Mercer County Fair Association reports a deficit of $15.000 ($178,350 in today's values) this year due to limited attendance during fair time on account of continuous rains. The Women's Club and the Parent-Teachers Association of Monmouth have made arrangements to provide a daily 10:15 lunch for all of the children in the city schools who are reported underweight and undernourished. Edgar Churchill has been appointed highway commissioner of Raritan Township to succeed A. D. Atkins, who recently resigned on account of ill health. Sergeant Albert Picou, who accompanied the body of Harry Clark here from Chicago, spent several years on sentry duty on the Mexican border and related some very interesting stories of the army. Dr. I. F. Harter accompanied Mr. Richard Marshall to the Galesburg Hospital where he will receive treatment for his fractured elbow. An X-ray revealed that there were no less than four fractures of the bones surrounding the elbow joint.
The appearance of the Lutheran Church is being improved by a fresh coat of paint. John Tracy has purchased an 11 acre chicken farm at West Burlington, Iowa, and is moving there from Stronghurst this week. Chas. Cann of Raritan neighborhood, who has been seriously ill from influenza for several weeks, has entered the Monmouth Hospital for treatment for after effects of the disease. R. N. Clifton of Dallas City opened up a new meat market in Stronghurst in the room in the Chant Building formerly occupied by the Henderson County Farm Bureau. A number of people hereabouts, who had purchased apples from a dealer at Biggsville, were somewhat disappointed recently on learning that the car of apples from which he had expected to supply them, had been rejected by him on account of the fruit being of an inferior quality.
Lawrence Williams of the south country has returned to his home from the Monmouth Hospital considerably benefited. W.F. Allison is in a hospital at Rich Hill, Mo. recovering from an operation for appendicitis.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: The Ladies Missionary Society of the U. P. Church will serve supper in the church dining room Friday evening, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.. The menu will be as follows: fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, escalloped oysters, pickles, jelly, preserves, light rolls, butter, fruit salad, cake and coffee. A free patriotic program will be given in the church auditorium later. The books for the circulating library from Springfield which the Community Club ordered have arrived and anyone desiring to read them can do so by calling on Mrs. George Sutton, who has charge of them. Members from Henderson County who were present at the organization of the Warren-Henderson County Historical Society at the court house in Monmouth were C. R. Pendarvis and Charles Pendavis from here and Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Whiteman, Mrs. Dr. Henderson and Miss Emma Folmer of Biggsville. The Grand Union Tea Company man from Burlington was delivering goods in town.
A BIG PARTY: The seniors, junior and sophomore classes of the Media High School entertained at a "kid party" in the Academy Friday evening in honor of the freshman class. Everyone, including the teachers, appeared in "kid" costumes. Pop corn and taffy were served and "kid" games were played during the evening. The hosts and hostesses under the direction of Miss Culberson pulled off a very pleasing stunt in the form of a wedding of "Mr. High School' to "Miss Class of '25." Preceding the wedding ceremony, Misses Edythe Sutton and Evelyn Garrett sang very sweetly, "I Love You Truly." Immediately afterwards the wedding party entered the room to the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march played by Mrs. Hoffman. The ushers led the way to the altar followed by the maid of honor, then the bridesmaids, the flower girl and the bride leaning upon the arm of her father. All took their place before the minister and were joined by the groom attended by his best man. (What followed was the traditional wedding ceremony in fun.) The bride was charming in a lovely gown of white silk with veil of the same material and carried white chrysanthemums. The groom wore the conventional black. The maid of honor wore a charming dress of green silk voile while the pretty bridesmaids wore dainty gowns of blue organdie and carried purple chrysanthemums. Cast: the groom-Clifford Adair; the bride-Mary Sullivan; the flower girl-Ruth Howell; maid of honor-Violet Lant; bridesmaids-Waneta Howell and Eleanor Wragg; Father of the bride-Loren Ross; best man-Bennie Heap; minister-Ben Howell and ushers-Carl Leftwich and Roy Anders.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: All roads are leading to the corn field these frosty mornings; corn is making a fair average but more or less damaged. Regular preaching services in the village Sabbath P.M. and the church was decorated with the stars and stripes in memory of our soldiers dead and also to commemorate the Armistice Day, Nov. 11th. The health of the community is fairly good. Plenty of rain in making wheat and rye field show up in fine shape and pastures are exceptionally good for so late in the season. Some are enjoying new garden produce-onions, lettuce and radishes. A literary society was organized in the village church with a quite interesting program. Mrs. Allen, the village storekeeper, has purchased a car and she and Mr. Allen went to Galesburg while Miss Tona Hult looked after the store. Mr. and Mrs. John McCartney welcomed a new son to their home. A young son is also reported at the Art Hedges home west of the village. Mrs. Ruth Browning is nursing both the mother and son.
The church people had quite a busy day last Thursday, the men excavating the basement preparatory to moving the furnace, and the ladies preparing them a good warm dinner. Friends are planning to go to Frank Hicks' to help with corn husking.