The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1921 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, June 15, 1922

DRILLING TO RESUME:  Pope Bros., who are drilling the test well for oil and gas on the A.V. Brokaw farm, are expecting to start the drill again the coming week after being shut down for a shortage of coal due to the strike.  The well was stopped in the Niagara limestone at a depth close to 400 ft.  The same parties are moving another drilling equipment from Colman to the Jon. D. Lynch farm in section 18, Raritan Township and expect to have drilling operations under way on that location in the next ten days.

THEY GRADUATED: The closing and crowning event connected with the closing of another year in the Stronghurst High School came Friday evening when a class of 18 seniors were handed their diplomas by Supt. Larson at the U. P. Church after they had listened to some excellent advice from Dr. Tilden, president of Lombard College. . .

Supt. Larson announced that Miss Veda Headley had received the highest marks and therefore the highest honors in the class so was chosen valedictorian with Miss Gail Brook being chosen as salutatorian.  The two young ladies then delivered their addresses to their classmates, teachers and patrons acquitting themselves in a manner which brought forth high hearty applause from the audience. . .

BUY HOME MANUFACTURED CIGARS:  Do you enjoy a good smoke?  If you do you will now be able to buy the best five cent cigar on the market-call for  Seco or the  Yours Truly at two for fifteen cents.  These are the cigars the Stronghurst cigar company has now placed on the market and they are good ones.  In smoking these cigars you will not only be getting value received, but you will help to build up a home industry which will mean much to the town as the greater its growth the more help will be employed which ultimately means more people and more homes.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS FOR THE NEXT YEAR: C. E. Larson who has been superintendent of schools here for the past three years will return next term.  Miss Helen Landon will also return.  Miss Grace Frietag of Minear, Ill. has been engaged and O.L. Dawson of Hettick, Ill. has been hired as history teacher and coach.  One or two vacancies are yet to be filled.

LARSON NOW CHAUTAUQUA MANAGER:  Carl E. Larson has accepted a position during vacation with the Central Community Chautauqua Co. as manager and left for Indiana where he will start the circuit.

PLAYGROUND NOW OPEN: The play ground sponsored by the Stronghurst Women s Community Club with Mrs. Nell Widney as chairman was opened yesterday for the benefit of the children of the town and community.  Miss Ruth McMillan will be in charge at the grounds having been engaged for the season.  The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 12 and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Today, it is hard to realize in 1922 they believed that  play must be conducted scientifically and therefore, a knowledgeable manager must be hired.  Previously, letting children  play was thought extremely odd.)

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The Dorcas Society of the Lutheran Church will hold its annual lawn social at the Charles O Gren home Saturday evening, June 24th.  Ice cream and cake will be served-everyone welcome.  Mrs. Sterling Simpson advertised vocal lessons beginning June 12th. The First National Bank was advertising Federal Land Bank loans at 5 % with a maximum loan to any one man, $10,000.

SPORTS WRITER: GENE VEIOCK DIES: Jack Veiock, nationally known sports writer died after five months illness.  He contracted a severe cold covering the Army-Navy football game, which was played in a down pour last fall and it developed into tuberculosis.  He entered newspaper work in St. Joseph, Mo and went from there to Indianapolis where he served as the Sport Editor of the Times before leaving for New York.

Jack Veiock, locally known as Gene Veiock, lived in Monmouth during his boyhood days and received his early newspaper training there.  During the last half dozen years he was sport writer for the International News Service and his articles appeared in all papers using the Hearst Service.  He was nationally know in the world of sports and was regarded as an authority.  His special articles which appeared daily treated sporting events from all angles and were widely red by all fans.

Gene was a member of the class of 1907 of Monmouth High School and rose rapidly in the newspaper game.  He went to St. Joe, Mo. where he wrote for three years before going to Indianapolis, Ind. where he remained until he was secured by the International News Service as their chief sports writer. .

Arrangements for the funeral have not been announced but it may be that his body will be brought here to rest beside that of his father in the Monmouth Cemetery.  In addition to his widow, he is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Marie Keith of St. Joe, Mo. and Mrs. Lawrence Lynch who lives near Raritan.Monmouth Atlas.

TRI-COUNTY FAIR-CHANGE IN PREMIUMS: Fifty stock breeders of Hancock, Henderson, Warren, McDonough and Fulton Counties met at the Country Club at the invitation of the Tri-County Fair Assn. Owing to the fact that the state appropriation for fairs is only made every two years and there were so many new fairs started last year, the state aid on premiums will only amount to 40% of what it was last year.  Desiring to be fair with the breeders of swine and cattle they were asked to voluntarily increase their entrance fee and also leave the first premiums as they were but to make slight cuts on second and third premiums. 

At least three fourths of the pens and stalls in the show barns were reserved and without doubt there will be more stock shown this year than last.  With large number of breeders of neighboring counties who are becoming interested in the Tri-County Fair, which has been truly named the Fair of Progress, La Harpe is rapidly becoming the center of the cattle and swine industry in Western Illinois.

FORD AND FORDSON SOLD WELL: The report of sales of the Johnson & Co. in the past several weeks show quite an improvement over conditions in the automobile business of a few months ago. The following people are the new Ford and Fordson owners: Elzie Gilliland, Coupe; Ray Salter, O. A. Rankin, Alice Finch, Clyde Douglas of Biggsville, Sedan; Tom Clover of Carman, Ford touring and Fordson tractor. The following are the new Fordson owners: Bert Liby, Biggsville; Henry Adair, Frank Lant and James Johnson, Carman.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Archie Shick who was taken to Chicago to the Wesley Memorial Hospital to have a tack removed is recovering nicely as Dr. McClay of Chicago removed it successfully. The ball game between South Henderson and Stronghurst in the Sunday School League played at Sanderson's field was a one sided affair with Stronghurst on the big end with a score of 20 to 2. Dr. and Mrs. I. F. Harter returned from their winter stay in California. Mrs. Ralph Millen and two sons of San Fernando, Calif. are on an extended visit here at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Rankin. The Lomax Boiler Works Co. has gone into the hands of a receiver. The Economy Manufacturing Co. there, which made brooms is moving to Quincy; Lomax seems to be fading into oblivion. Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Davidson and son Channing of Susanville, Calif. stopped here to visit home folks on their way to Thorell, Ontario where Mr. Davidson has accepted a lucrative position with the Conigas Production Co. Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Barker of La Harpe left for Los Angeles, Calif. to attend the American Osteopathic convention. Drs. Henderson & Henderson of Stronghurst will occupy their office while they are gone. John Albertson, the Keithsburg marshal who shot Charlie Shouts when Charlie tried to kill him, has written a Thank You letter the sheriff thanking him for the gun Shouts used; it was given to the marshal as a souvenir

Miss Clidean Simpson has been employed in the K.E. Yoakam store for the summer. Miss Mary Dixson arrived home from Knox College is prepared to give music lesson to anyone desiring such instruction. Jim Strickland has rented the garage formerly occupied by Emmet Milliken. Miss Doris Dixson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dixson underwent an operation for the removal of tonsils at the Burlington Hospital. Stronghurst would have been an ideal place Saturday for a motion picture firm desiring to photograph a sand storm scene. All we lacked was a sheik and a caravan to make it an ideal desert scene. It is estimated that about fifteen farms blew through town during the day. Let us hope that the oil will get here before the wind changes and blows them back.

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mrs. E. D. Rankin returned home from Mt. Carol where she has been visiting her mother. Mrs. Eddie Sloan went to the Burlington Hospital with her son Wendell who is ill with typhoid fever. Mrs. Chas. Whiteman went to the hospital to be treated for Bright's Disease. Quite a fair crowd attended the cemetery tea at the home of Mrs. D. W. Henderson. Clarence McCormick has so far recovered from his infantile paralysis as to be able to ride out in his car and can also walk around some in his home. A son was born at Colfax, Wash. to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hook; Mrs. Hook formerly was Miss Hazel Stewart. The Woman's Missionary Society met at the U.P. parsonage. Small aprons were sent out to members who were to put pennies as to the inches of their waist measure. The aprons were brought in Saturday with a nice sum realized as well as some interesting stories told.

RARITAN REPORTS: Mrs. Lenard Livermore cut an ugly gash in her hand while sealing a fruit jar. The top of the jar broke resulting in the cut. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Crist on June 8, 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Crist attended the graduation exercises of their daughter Opal at Macomb. Glen Ray is helping in the C. E. Perrine store. Loretta Shick arrived from Pueblo, Colorado, to spend the summer with home folks. She has been engaged in teaching there for the past several years. She reports the area is recovering from the flood of last year. S. E. Corzatt is very low and no one is allowed in the room except immediate relatives.

OLENA OBSERVATIONS: On Sabbath Day, June 25th, Judge Gordon of Oquawka will deliver his lecture "On the Legal Trial of Jesus Christ." Cherry picking is now on with a splendid crop; the fruit is free of worms. Rev. Sailor announced a service in the Olena Church Friday evening to organize a class in biblical instruction and song service. A young son was made welcome at the home of Elbridge Fort. Dr. Milligan of Burlington, Iowa, was the attending physician with Mrs. Peyton as nurse. Quite a number from here attended the opening swimming pool at East Burlington Sabbath p.m. Mr. Leslie Lyon is quite poorly. Mr. Charter and family are now riding in a spick and span new Ford car. Mrs. Deitrick sold one of her houses in the village to Mrs. Allen who torn it down and transferred it to the Allen home. A pair of twin mules is attracting attention at the Wm. Hicks farm west of the village.

GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mrs. Dr. Day of Cheyenne, Wyo. visited her mother, Mrs. Rose Stevenson. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jackson and family left for Minnesota and expect to make the trip overland with a team. Misses Florence Lewis and Ruth Forward left for Macomb to attend the summer Normal. Mrs. Orville Gray who has been in the Burlington Hospital for treatment of her ear came home.