The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Oct. 20, 1921
HARD ROAD FOR COUNTY: The early building of the state bond issue paved road on route No.(3 or 8 number unclear) through Henderson County seems new to be assured. Contracts for the grading on sections 5A, 6A and 7A, which make up the route from a point in Warren County about 5 ½ miles east of Biggsville to a point in Gladstone Township near the Crystal Lake Club house, have been let as has also the contract for the big bridge which is to span Henderson Creek in the bottom on the south side of the village of Biggsville. The total mileage included in the three sections of the route is 16.96. The firm of McAndrew and Hannah of Keokuk, Ia. was awarded the contract for the grading on section 5A (the eastern section) on their bid of $20,533.33 ($244,141.30 today s value). The contracts for section 6A(the middle section) being $39,625.22 ($471.143.87) and 7A (the west section) being $35,637.41
($423,728.80), both went to the firm of Lamoreaux Bros. of Omaha, Nebr. The contract for building the big bridge on the new piece of road south of Biggsville went to J. R. Stephens Co. of Kirkwood, Ill. on their bid of $24, 248.68 ($288,316.80). . .
The proposed paved road will extend in a straight line from east to west through the center of Biggsville Township on highways already established with the exception of about a half mile on the south edge of Biggsville, which will be a new road. The route follows the Biggsville-Gladstone road for a distance of a mile and a half west from the east line of Gladstone Township to the point where this road turns to the north, just west of the Weir fruit farm. From this point a new highway will be opened up leading in a southwesterly direction until it strikes the Burlington road about 2 miles east of Crystal Lake, which road will be followed to the end of section No. 7A near the lake.
From the figures given it will be seen that the total cost of grading the 16.96 miles and the building of the Biggsville bridge will be $120,044.64 ($1,427,330.70) and to this will of course have to be added the cost of paving, the contracts for which have not been let as yet.
RACES TO DEATH: Mabel Cline, aged fifteen, was instantly killed and her sister Mary, aged nine, was fatally injured in an auto wreck which occurred last Sunday morning on a country road southeast of Sciota, Ill. Another sister Margaret, aged seven, was thrown clear of the wreckage and escaped with only slight injuries. The three girls were on their way home from Sunday school in a Dodge car and the accident was the result of racing with a Ford car driven by Donald Gills. Mabel Cline, the driver of the Dodge car, apparently lost control of the machine and it plunged into a bank by the roadside, turning a complete somersault.
OBITUARY***JESSIE IRENE GIBB*** Jessie Irene Gibb departed this life at the Burlington Hospital at 4 p.m. Oct. 13, 1921, aged 28 years, 9 months and 24 days after a brief illness following a surgical operation.
Irene was born one-half mile north of Media, Ill., Dec. 19, 1892, the fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gibb. All of her life was spent in the Media vicinity. In early life she united with the U. P. Church of Media. She was a devoted daughter and loving sister and though her life was short, it was sweet, she was always ready with a pleasant smile for everyone; her thoughts were always for others.
She is survived by her father and mother and four sisters and five brothers, Mary, Hugh and Robert at home; Will of Roseville, Ill.; Mrs. Frank Bowen of Stronghurst; Mrs. Chas. Rankin and Charley Gibb of Raritan Mrs. Fred Palmer and Fred Gibb of Media. One sister, Hannah, preceded her in death.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Asa Suydam, formerly of Raritan neighborhood who has numerous friends in the vicinity, is a patient at the Monmouth Hospital. The beautiful new home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lynch north of Raritan is now said to be completed and is being furnished for occupancy. L. R. Duncan and Charles Fort were representatives of the local I.O.O.F. lodge at the Grand Lodge meeting in Chicago; George Brokaw represented the Raritan Lodge. The attendance at the sale of pure bred Poland China swine held by Earl Brokaw was not very large, but the prices realized were quite satisfactory in view of the present financial conditions. The 16 head sold brought an average of $29. 66 ($352.66). (Farm prices were depressed after World War I.) Mrs. Claire White, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Marshall and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. A. Marshall and family, Mr. and Mrs. Colyer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reynolds, Mrs. Hettie McLain, Mrs. C. M. Bell and son Paul, and Mr. A. D. Armstrong, all of this village, attended the community John B. Crose, the 70 year old resident of Bald Bluff Township who was found guilty of burglary and larceny in the chicken stealing case was sentenced to a penitentiary term of from one to twenty years by Judge Graham of Oquawka. A representative of the Heister Marble Co. of Bushnell was here placing inscriptions on the Doak, Bainter, Marshall and Voorhees crypts in Hope Abbey mausoleum. Adna Atkins, road commissioner for Raritan Township is said to be in a serious condition from cancer at the home of his son James in Galesburg. He recently took radium treatment at the Mayo Bros. Hospital at Rochester, Minn. but received little benefit therefrom.