The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, April 6, 1922
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Peter Schuettler wagons are best on the market and Dixson sells them. Two carloads of cattle were shipped to the Chicago market: one by Frank Johnson and one by John Simonson. Nat Curry, knight of the clipper and shears and erstwhile tonsorial artist (he was a barber), is again able to be about after being confine to his home with a cold. Acetylene welding is done at Reynolds' shop. Window glass for sale at Worley Drugstore, all sizes. The Illinois Oil Co. is installing a gasoline service station in front of the Curtiss taxi station.
REWARD: I will pay a reward of $50 ($677 in today's values) leading to the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who cut a large tree recently on my farm on Section 19, Township 9-4, Henderson County-Jas. Milligan. (Wood to burn was important at this time as well as limbs for fencing.)
LOMAX LINGERINGS: Mrs. Lewis Wyatt returned to her home at Douglas, Wyo. after visiting relatives for several weeks. The Lomax Boiler Company shipped ten of their boilers. The Nazarene church has moved to their building which they recently bought and fitted up for church purposes near the town hall. There was regular preaching at the Christian Church by the pastor, Rev. Leftwich, on Sunday. N.C. Sikes failed to have his picture show Saturday eve as the reels did not prove up as desired; seemingly none were for the same show.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Clarence McCormick, who has been at the hospital with infantile paralysis, has been reported better. Miss Mary Millen has been confined to her bed with pneumonia. Ed McGee, who arrived here from Missouri, left for Chicago where he has gone to look for a job. The new bakery that started work last Thursday, H. S. Wiegand, proprietor, received word from his bakery man that he would not be back so the bakery is closed until a new man can be found. Mrs. Ivabelle Stewart entered her second son, John Harold, in the Western Military Academy at Alton, Ill. Captain H. E. Suhre, an instructor, was here to make arrangements. John Harold returned with him.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: The Declamatory contest at the High School was well attended despite the bad roads. It brought out good talent with the winners as follows: 1st prize-$10 in gold-Albert Swanson; 2nd price, $5 in gold-Evelyn Garrett; and 3rd prize, $2.50 in gold-Ruth Howell. Albert Swanson and Evelyn Garrett will represent the school in the county contest to be held in Stronghurst in May.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. and Mrs. John Markam are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine boy born last Saturday. Little Chester Robbins, who has been in the Burlington Hospital, was able to return home. Mrs. Fred Daves of East Burlington, who is very ill, was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer for care. Dr. W. C. Sensibaugh of Chicago, the Jewish evangelist, is planning to be here at the official opening of the new M. E. Church. Last week, Rev. Van Sullins and a committee from Stronghurst M. E. Church official board visited the new M.E. Parsonage and inspected the buildings, its plumbing system, etc., which is considered a model for small town ministerial homes. In fact, many towns in the conference are contemplating erecting similar buildings as soon as possible. The new laundry outfit arrived and is being installed in the new M.E. Parsonage. It is one of the very latest that is on the market and no detail was overlooked in perfecting it as a labor saving device. (The ringer washer?)
NEWS OF THE STATE: The American Medical Association gives Chicago the lowest death rate from typhoid fever of the 69 largest American cities. A wild boar was captured on a farm near Mason City after a hard fight: it had tusks five inches long. Following a series of crimes in Peoria the last few weeks and with a view of ridding the city of all undesirables by breaking up gangs which frequent pool halls and assemble at "street corner" hangouts, Chief of Police Martin put a curfew law into affect with a midnight deadline. Elgin's mayor has decided that policewomen must be without fear and have the ability to handle rowdies, who gather on street corners and pass insulting remarks to the passerby. However, she is to let spooners (lovers) in the parks go unmolested. It is said that several applications for appointments have been made.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS MEET(BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN); Stronghurst business and professional men believe that in union there is strength and have revived the commercial club and put it in good running order. At a banquet at the NuVon Hotel the club undertook to include all those who are at least directly interested in promoting the interests of the town. Two long tables were arranged in the dining room and when all had assembled, more than 80 were present to enjoy the occasion.
President Grandey presided and after a brief prayer by Rev. J. A. Mahaffey of the U.P.Church all enjoyed the elegantly prepared feast. At the conclusion of the repast the speech making program was opened by C. R. A. Marshall, county superintendent of highways, who spoke on the subject of oiling roads. He said the county is planning to oil more than 60 miles of roads for which contracts for 168,000 gallon of oil were to be let. It is estimated that to oil a strip 8 ft. wide will cost approximately $164 per mile.
Discussion followed concerning having the streets oiled to the city limits to connect up with the oiled country highways.
One of the objects of the meeting was to arouse interest in the athletic meets to be held in the spring. Prof. Kilpatrick said he thought that school athletics were well worth encouragement and proved his assertion by presenting logical facts.
George Pope, one of the men interest in the development of the local oil field, spoke in a humorous vein stating that he would be his delight to put Stronghurst on the map by the discovery of oil in paying quantities.
Rev. Mahaffey gave an impromptu talk suggesting that the club be known as the "booster club" in place of the Commercial Club. Among the smaller towns he thought Stronghurst enjoyed a reputation for enterprise that was not often surpassed, but warned against falling into a "rut" and deciding that the town was large enough...
Attorney W. C. Ivins, the closing speaker, gave the men a real heart-to-heart talk on what it takes to make a successful commercial club.(Long list of those present at this banquet; if interested read the microfilm at the Henderson County Library).
$10,000 DAMAGE SUIT: Mark Vaughn filed suit in district court Burlington, Iowa for $10,000 ($135,400 in today's values) against William and Hugh Frazier, charging them with negligence in connection with an accident in which Vaughn lost his right hand. Vaughn, according to the petition was an employee of the Fraziers on the latter's farm in Henderson County, Ill. On Feb. 24, 1920 Vaughn caught his arm in the corn shredder and it was serious enough that his hand had to be amputated.
(Long article in this issue of the high school fundraiser for support of the athletic association.) Big ad for the Lyric Theatre showing five reels of the thrilling, action packed world championship fight between Dempsey and Carpenter-two nights and one matinee.
TRAIN LOAD OF NEW AUTOMOBILES: A special train of 36 steel cars, loaded with 180 Durant touring cars from Lansing Mich. to Kansas City passed through on Saturday. The train load shipment was consigned to the Hathaway Motor Co. at Kansas City being the the first distribution contract negotiated following the organization of the sales department of the Durant Motor Co. of Michigan. On each car was a large banner reading as follows: "Michigan to Missouri; 180 Automobiles for Hathaway Motor Co. of Kansas City. "Durant Prosperity Special"
PRESIDENT HARDING TO BE IN GALESBURG: On April 8th, President Harding will visit Knox College and review the 300 R.O.T.C. members with special costumes who have been secretly practicing for the big day.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Blanche Sullivan was operated on for appendicitis at the Burlington Hospital. Mrs. Gris Sawyer was taken to the Burlington Hospital by Dr. H. L. Marshall where she underwent an operation for appendicitis and gall stones. Mrs. Charles Peasley was taken suddenly ill with an attack of appendicitis but is now reported as being out of danger and improving rapidly. Mrs. James Mahaffey, wife of Rev. Mahaffey, who underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Burlington Hospital returned home and is feeling as well as could be expected. (Was there something in the water or did the Burlington Hospital give a special on appendix removal? At this period of time this was the most prevalent operation.) Mrs. E. Z. Cornwell returned to Chicago after a five weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. Katherine Ross, who has been seriously ill at the Harry Ross home.
A representative of the Howe Fire Apparatus Co. of Anderson, Ind. made the town board a proposition on a fire truck should they some time desire to invest. Dallas City recently purchased one of their trucks and will be delivered there soon. The Radio Dealers Electric Co., dealers in Radio and Radio equipment, is the latest business enterprise; the company was organized by J. C. Fisher and Lester McMillan. The growing popularity of the Radio phone and the demand should make this a successful adventure. The Willing Workers Tea served in the church basement was attended by about one hundred.
Alva Wade is working on a farm near Smithshire. John Fisher, local electrician, was called Blandinsville to repair some electrical trouble. Olivia Gregory while playing with some school mates fell and broke her arm in two places. Work on the new grist mill north of the Stronghurst Grain Co. is well under way although handicapped by the continuous rains. Eugene Wilson came home from Galesburg suffering from a badly infected foot. He has been confined to his bed and is under the care of Dr. H.L. Marshall who has lanced the foot twice. (Note is made in this issue about the unusual amount of moisture in March: 3.79 inches of rain, 5.1 inches of snow and a thunderstorm on March 25th.) M. E. Beardsley, manager of the Lyric Theatre, has booked some real moving picture productions-Oliver Curwood story, "The Courage of Marge O'Doone" and the "Dempsey and Carpenter Fight."