The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, July 6, 1922
TRAGEDY: RUN DOWN BY A CAR: While on her way home from an excursion of the river Sunday night at Burlington, Iowa, Miss Kathryn Watson, 16 year old girl, who resides on the Wapello Road was run down and fatally injured by a car driven by Henry Taeger, son of Fred Taeger residing in Wapello.
Edward Setterberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Setterberg, who was accompanying Miss Watson was knocked down by the machine and painfully injured. Thomas, the girl's brother, a member of the party, escaped injury by jumping into a ditch at the side of the road.
Another brother, Ernest Watson said that the three had only gone a short distance up the road when they noticed the headlights of an approaching automobile. They all crowded over the edge of the right side of the road to allow the car to pass. As the auto neared the three, it appeared as though they would be run down and when the car was but a few yards away, Thomas Watson leaped into the ditch. At the same time Setterberg and Miss Watson attempted to run to the left side of the road for safety. The car struck them while they were crossing the road. Taeger stopped the machine as soon as possible and backed up to the scene of the accident. Miss Watson was lying on the road covered with blood and dust and at the point of death. Setterberg's clothes were ripped and torn and he was cut and bruised in numerous places.
"I tried my best to turn out of the road and avoid hitting the girl, but they ran right in front of the car," said Herbert Taeger. "I stopped and went back to see what could be done, but everyone was excited and we put the girl in another car and brought her to Burlington."
"We feel just as bad about it as her parents," said Fred Taeger, father of the young man who was driving the car. "Of course, we cannot bring back the life, but we are ready to anything we can. The accident was apparently unavoidable."
Miss Watson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Watson and was born at Olena, Ill. on August 12, 1906. She was a member of the Methodist Church at West Burlington, Iowa. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with interment in Aspen Grove.
OBITUARY-MRS. FRANK SPIKER: Mrs. Spiker passed away at her home in Joliet, Ill. on July 3rd. Funeral will be held at La Harpe today. Mrs. Spiker was a sister-in-law of Mr. W.L. Spiker of this city.
CAUGHT THEM RED HANDED: Sheriff McDill arrested four men and seized a gallon and one half of what is alleged to be moonshine whiskey near Biggsville. The men gave their names as M. C. Antrim, Jack Payne, Frank Myers and one Garret.
The sheriff was standing along the roadside when a car bearing the four men passed. Observing that the clothing of one of them was stained with blood, he commanded them to halt, but they failed to heed his instructions. He then jumped into another car coming along and overtook them.
When McDill started to place the quartet under arrest, one of them made an attempt to attack him and he had to resort to slugging his prisoner. The sheriff said that the men were intoxicated and evidently had been in a fight. Antrim's head was injured and Mc Dill got him to jail and a physician was called to dress the injuries.
Myers, who was driving the car, lives in Biggsville. The other three have been working on the state hard road in Henderson County. Charges for transporting intoxicating liquor will probably be lodged against them.
RARITAN MOVIE HOUSE: Raritan has an excellent opera house where you can plainly see from every seat in the house. Next, they have the very best equipment that money can buy--the newest style projecting machine with a Madza light equipment that insures a clearer, plainer and steadier picture than is possible to produce with any other lighting device. Their music is unexcelled as they our outfitted with a $1,800 piano which adds fully 100 % to the evening's entertainment. (This was before "talkies.") Their pictures are the best that are released by any film company and for July include such features as "The Inside of the Cup" and "Experience," two of the greatest pictures ever released by the Paramount organization and Priscilla Dean the screen's most magnificent actress in "Reputation" and the greatest super western pictures ever filmed staring Harry Carey in "The Fox." Comedies will be shown with each feature such as Mack Sennet and Century, two reels and some Star and Paramount Magazine, also some International News reels.
Programs are from 7-10 rolls in length and prices are children 10 cents and adults 25 cents and 30 cents which includes war tax. Shows are twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday nights with only one show per night beginning at 8:15 p.m..-Respectfully submitted by manager, Edgar Churchill
PUBLISHES HAND BOOK: Miss Lena C. Ahlers has compiled an Excelsior Classic as a 30 page hand book containing a review of famous women from the time of Cleopatra up to the present. The book is published by the D.H. Kuerolton Co., Farrington, Maine, and is to be used as a reference book in public schools. Miss Ahlers who resides in the country south of Stronghurst has written many articles for publication which have appeared in different current periodicals.
OILING COUNTRY ROADS: Several car loads of oil are now on the Santa Fe siding and work of oiling the country roads started yesterday. The first road being oiled is the west road leading to Burlington. People are warned not to travel on roads ordered closed and will be fined if caught doing so. (Roads were dirty and dusty.)
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: The Glorious 4th has come and gone once more. Some of our citizens celebrated at nearby towns, but the most remained at home. From the loud report of fire crackers, etc. that came to our ears from all directions throughout the day and evening, we think our youngsters at least had a good time. Mr. and Mrs. Olin Palmer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Palmer and Kenneth, Waldo and Paul Ericson and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mathers spent the day in Galesburg at the automobile races. C.R. Pendarvis, Chas Stansbary and son Ernest drove to Beardstown to attend to business at Mr. Pendarvis farm there and enjoyed fishing in the Illinois River. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard White and Mr. and Mrs. George Wax of Stronghurst left for a week s outing at Starved Rock. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Callow are the happy parents of a 7 ½ lb. daughter who came Friday to brighten their home. Mr. J.E. Lawyer has presented his family with a fine new player-piano. (Hot time in the Lawyer house tonight!) Mrs. Joe Campbell has gone to housekeeping in one of the John Pogue tenant houses. Prof. and Mrs. Hoffman and baby departed to spend the summer with relatives at Walnut, Ill. and Vicksburg, Mich. Mrs. J.P. Riggs will occupy their rooms while they are away. Miss Waneta Howell returned to Peoria to resume her work at a business college. Master Roy Basket is suffering with a badly burned hand which he caught in a rope while putting up hay. Mr. Spiker of Stronghurst redecorated the interior of the M. E. Church.
As Mr. and Mrs. Park of Kirkwood were coming to spend the day at the home of their son Roy and family, they had the misfortune to have their Ford sedan upset with them while coming down a large hill just east of the large railroad bridge east of town. Mrs. Park was slightly injured while Mr. Park escaped entirely. The car was but slightly damaged. Messers. Dan Campbell and H. Drain are on guard at the railroad bridge east of town during the day and Ralph Drain, Harry Long and Mr. Atwell have the night shift. (During WWI this bridge was guarded and this practice was continued as they were guarding against anarchists. )
RARITAN REPORTS: Ralph Rupert and Miss Fern Dowell were united in marriage Wednesday. Corzatt Bros. were on the market with cattle. An ice cream social on the Belford lawn drew a large crowd and realizing close to $125. A number of people celebrated and enjoyed the 4th of July in Burlington with a pig roast in Crapo Park.
CARMAN CONCERNS: The 4th was generally celebrated by home gatherings and a few fishing parties on the river. Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Milne of Chicago, Mrs. Addie Gludy of Burlington and Thos. Clark were guests of Mrs. Liza Brown. Mr. Chris Seigworth and niece, Irene Siegworth, were visitors with the Clyde Gittings family.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: An alarm of fire was sent in about 10 o clock yesterday morning from Herman Calvin who lives on the Geo. Foote farm two miles south of town. Quite a crowd gathered to give what assistance might be needed, but the fire was soon extinguished by the first to arrive. The origin of the blaze which was confined to the roof is not known. It is reported that a Negro caught stealing chickens was shot on a farm down near the bottom road.
Sterling Simpson who has been employed at the W.C. Regan store for the past two years has resigned and will leave in a short time for one of a choice of positions that he has been offered. Many people have been wondering what is causing the white color which has appeared on the leaves of the clover and some trees. The Farm Bureau office informs us that it is a powdery mildew. No particular alarm need be felt over its existence. As far as is known it is not dangerous to livestock and the material damage done to the clover crop has been comparatively slight. The extremely wet spring accounts for the presence of this mildew. It is rather out of the ordinary for us to have between 16-17 inches of rain crowded into the three spring months. .
The La Harpe papers are advertising for bids for a three story brick hospital building to be built there. The 4th passed off quietly in town with no fatalities to mar the pleasure of the day. Quite a few attended the celebrations held at Biggsville and La Harpe and dances held in the evening at the Oquawka Beach and other places. Many picnic parties were held in the country and at Lake Fort. The beautiful grounds adjacent to town attracted many from a distance. The local baseball team played La Harpe at La Harpe and was defeated by a score of 6 to 0. At Biggsville, the home team beat Oquawka by a score of 10 to 0.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: As a result of a fight which occurred Sunday on the Thos. Nichol's farm on the site of the old Orchard City Club house in Henderson County across from Burlington, six persons are alleged to have been injured, one of whom may die. The trouble is said to have begun last winter when Will Buchanan and his brother-in-law, Donald Logan, were farming together and then split up. Logan is said to have been forbidden to ever set foot on the farm again. It is reported that he went back again Sunday evening accompanied by his step-father, a man named Melrose, who lives in Henderson County, and Matthew and Philip Logan and Ted Ertz of Burlington. He went into the barn and claimed that he had come back for some harness. Logan and Buchanan are said to have gotten into a dispute and a bloody free-for-all battle with pitchforks, guns, clubs, fists and feet ensured. Wm. A. Buchanan, a man 72 years of age, is most seriously injured and is confined in Mercy Hospital at Burlington.
In Quincy, Ill. seventeen of the 29 Greeks recently found guilty of the death of Sheriff Lashbrook of Schuyler County were sentenced to the Joliet penitentiary by Circuit Judge Wolfe. New trials in the cases of ten others were granted and cases against two others were dismissed. On Thursday afternoon the Loyal Women's class of the Christian Church motored out to the home of Mrs. Maude Dodds where they wee entertained by Mrs. Dodds and daughters and Mrs. Clara Clarke. Mrs. Wm. Gibson, formerly Miss Laura Enwall, very pleasantly entertained the members of the Luther League and the Martha Society and a few other intimate friends at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. O. Jacobson. About 75 guests were present and the evening was pleasantly spent. This was a farewell gathering as Mr. and Mrs. Gibson would be departing for their new home in LaGrange, Oregon.