The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1921 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, Oct. 27, 1921

OFF TO THE SUNNY SOUTH: A. S. McElhinney and daughters Jean and Margaret accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Milligan and Miss Cliff Rankin of Burlington, Iowa left on an auto trip which will take them through several of the middle and Eastern states with Orlando, Florida as their objective point. 

The tourists expect to make the trip by easy stages, camping each night by the way and visiting points of interest as their fancy dictates. 

They will follow the National Trail through Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., Wheeling, W. Va. and Hagerstown, Md. to Washington, D. C. and from there their route will probably be through the Eastern seaboard states to Florida.

The outfits in which the two families will travel are designed to reduce the amount of discomfort and inconvenience incidental to such a trip to the minimum, the Milligan car which the owner had especially constructed for the trip being a veritable home on wheels, containing all the facilities for eating, sleeping, cooking, heating and protection from the elements while the McElhinney Ford Coupe will pull a Curtis two bed all purpose trailer which is a marvel in its way and designed to furnish nearly all the accommodations to be found in a first-class Pullman coach.  The two families expect to derive much pleasure from their extended outing.

SHE’S A BRIDE: Former Stronghurst girl, Miss Helen Doty, who has made her home the past few years with her mother, Mrs. Inez Doty at Ames, Ia., and Mr. Frank B. Howell were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Kirk, uncle and aunt of the bride, in Des Moines, Ia on Oct. 22nd at high noon, Dr. Charles S. Medbury, officiating.  After the ceremony in the presence of a few relatives and friends, the guests repaired to the Harris Emery tea rooms where a wedding luncheon had been prepared.

The bride wore a navy blue tricotine traveling suit with corsage bouquet of rosebuds and lilies of the valley.  After a short wedding trip, they will be at home at 519 Main St., Ames, Iowa.  Miss Doty has been the bookkeeper for the Lowry Pharmacy there for the past three years.  Mr. Howell is in the employment of the Highway Commission at the Iowa State College.

BODY ON THE WAY:  Mrs. Clara Clark received notice from the war department that the body of her son Harry, who was killed in action in France during the recent war was on its way to America and would probably arrive at Hoboken, J. J. on Oct. 29th.  From there it will be re-shipped to Stronghurst.  Of course, the arrival date is not definitely known but word will be sent when the remains are started on their final journey.  In the mean time preparations for a military funeral for Harry will no doubt be made.

“OBITUARY” EDMUND KELLY: Edmund Kelly, a highly respected citizen of Biggsville, passed away at his home there on Oct. 23rd from a complication of disease from which he had suffered for several years.  Mr. Kelly was born at Cameron, Ill. June 3, 1868.  His early life was spent in that vicinity, but for the past 45 years, his home has been at Biggsville.  He is survived by his wife, Hattie Dixon Kelly, and three children, namely, Alvah Kelly of Davenport, Ia., Branson Kelly of Biggsville and Mrs. Lucile Newman of Wyoming.  There are also two surviving two brothers, George and Clark Kelly of Biggsville and one sister, Mrs. Lorene Pearson of the same place.  After funeral services the body was interred in the Biggsville Cemetery.

GARNERING SUPPORT: Gillman Thorell of this vicinity is one of the leading workers in the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium campaign which in the plus drive this fall netted $300,000 among the University’s 3,500 freshman, swelling the student total to the million mark as practically $700,00 pledged in a similar drive on the campus last spring. 

In addition to serving on one of the major committees, Mr. Thorell worked practically night and day soliciting funds.

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: All papers have been signed and engineers in charge of the hard road came and will soon be at work as they want the road to stand and settle till spring when the cement will them be put on.  Word of the death of Mrs. Jake Cramer at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willis Louden in Kirkwood reached town.  Mrs. Page Randall and baby returned to their home in Iowa after a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Graham.

1896 GRAPHIC: Mrs. Mary A. Crist, wife of Adam Crist, well known land owner of Raritan Township, died at her home near Raritan on Oct. 27th.  Jos. Atwater had traded his stock of merchandise in Stronghurst to Marion Rodman for a residence. 

Thos. Rankin of the country east of Stronghurst was operated on at a Chicago hospital for the removal of a cancer on his jaw.  Joseph Thompson and R. W. Marshall returned from Canton, Ohio loaded to the gunwales with McKinley enthusiasm. 

On Oct. 26th wheat made the greatest single day’s advance in price on the Chicago market that had been recorded in 20 years and “Dollar wheat” had become a slogan