The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Augus 3, 1922
THIEVES STRIKE TOWN: About 4:30 Tuesday morning, Pat Billups, who is employed at the NuVon Cafe was on his way to work and when coming around the corner at Yoakam' Jewelry Store, he saw two men getting in a Hudson Sedan in front of the George Dixson hardware store and drive quickly away. The fact that he was used to seeing cars pass at all hours of the night, the incident was soon forgotten. About noon that day he met George Dixson and asked him if they had left their gasoline pumps unlocked the night before. George said that the pumps were always locked when they left the store at night. After being told of the incident an investigation was made and they found that the thieves had broken the lock on the high test pump and evidently helped themselves and further investigation revealed the fact that they had pushed in a small place of glass in the broken window of the spare room and had taken several cans of cream separator oil, probably using it as a substitute for cylinder oil. Several empty cans were found near the pump. The sedan had white wire wheels and in all probability it was the same car that was stolen in Monmouth the night before.
The Monmouth Daily Atlas of Tuesday had the following to say regarding the incident: "R. E. White is mourning the loss of his Hudson sedan today which was stolen last night from his garage back of his home on North First Street. The car was in the garage at eleven o'clock last night this morning at nine o'clock it was gone. The thief was able to get the car out of the garage and into the street without making any noise as none of the family heard anything out of the ordinary. The sheriff and police today notified nearby towns of the theft."
CHAUTAUQUA TO BE GREAT: With the arrival of Mr. Frank H. Nelson, special Redpath advance agent, the Stronghurst Chautauqua committee will put on the finishing touches in preparation for a splendid Chautauqua this year. According to Mr. Nelson, the program is exceptional not only in quality of its individual numbers but also in the well balanced arrangement of the whole course. Each number exceeds the other is quality working up to a final climax in the last two nights in the play, "Friendly Enemies" and the Fan Brown Trio...
FREE PICTURE SHOW: A large crowd attended the free picture show given by the Stronghurst Commercial Club on the street last night. This was a try out stunt and if they will be continued, different arrangements will probably be made to handle the crowd and in a more comfortable manner.
MOVE A LOT OF WHEAT: The Farmers' Co-Operative Grain Co. have shipped 50,000 bushels of what since July 17th and there is still a few thousand bushels in the country to be threshed.
FIGHT ON BROADWAY: An old quarrel renewed when the opponents met face to face on Broadway last Monday afternoon resulting in a fistic encounter that was fast and furious for a few seconds. The principles were non-residents of our peace loving community. One hailed from Olena and the other from La Harpe, the latter being employed on a farm near town. We did not get the ringside weights when they weighed in, but from a causal observation we would judge the "Bone Crusher" from Olena has the edge on the "Kid Soakan" from La Harpe by 30 pounds.
Before the beginning of the first round, the opponents forgot to shake hands. No starting gong was gonged and the hot July sun burned down on the oiled arena and the two gladiators were about to settle their difficulties.
The first part of the first round consisted of 99% slugging and 1 % science. The last minute of the 2nd round, the "Bone Crusher" heaved a mighty heave at his opponents countenance, but the "Kid" ducked and landed on the "Crusher's" anatomy which gently assisted his downward course and after stars had ceased dancing in the air and the meteors no longer lit up the heavens, he arose from his reclining position, but this time with a knife in his hand. He started for his opponent, but a spectator interfered and stopped the fight. All sympathy was with the La Harpe lad who was much smaller and fought in self defense and who was the master of the situation up till the time the knife was brought into play.
FREE CHILDREN'S TICKETS FOR THE CHAUTAUQUA: Beginning Saturday at 12 o'clock Chautauqua tickets will be given to any child under 12 years of age for the asking. This is the way to get them: Six businessmen in town have one ticket each. No one knows who they are and in order to find your free ticket, you must ask everyone you see on the streets "Have you bought your season ticket?' If you ask the right man, you will receive your ticket.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Reynolds gave a dinner in honor of Chas. Hardest of California, Mrs. Reynolds' cousin. Galesburg defeated the local team by a score of 3 to 1 in what was by far the best game of this season. The fast Oquawka team with the Dixson twins will be here the first day of the Woodmen picnic, Aug. 11th. They defeated us once this year in the old sand hole, but a different story is expected this time. Vincent Eugene Leinbach was taken to the Burlington Hospital by Dr. Harter and underwent an operation for appendicitis. Vincent is the youngest son of Mrs. Pearl Leinbach.
FRONTIER JUSTICE WON'T WORK: Kalamazoo, Michigan-More than $600 in fines were imposed by Justice Herman Simmonson of East Saugatuck on the participants in the party which tarred and feathered Bert Lenters, a farmer, because of alleged circulation of stories concerning alleged relationships between a pretty young woman in a congregation of a church near Saugatuck and the minister.
APPLES AT WEIRS': A very large crop of summer apples-Dudlers, Wealthy, and Maiden Blush are here at $1 per bushel for a very fine grade and 50 cents for a good second grade. Also a crop of peaches is available but the best varieties are not ripe yet. Prices on peaches range from $2 to $2.75 per bushel according to variety. Second grade is half price. (Please do not call Jane Weir; this is what was being sold in 1922.)
CHILDREN'S PARTY: It is doubtful if any one ever reaches such a degree of success that a world of sincere commendation is not an inspiration to further and greater efforts, and it is certain that when our first endeavors are not appreciated, we are easily discouraged and sometimes cease to make further effort. But it is not for this reason alone that we would give a word of praise to the little ladies who entertained us so pleasantly at the hospitable home of Dr. and Mrs. Harter last Friday evening.
The occasion was a party given by the members of Mrs. C. M. Bell's Sabbath school class, primarily to entertain their parents, but the list of guests was later lengthened and included the following persons: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Brook, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith and Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Jones and Fannie, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Beardsley and Milton, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Bell and Paul, Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth, Mrs. Fred Reynolds, Mrs. Theo. Knutstrom, Mrs. Grace Lant, Mrs. Ralph Rankin, Mrs. Hattie McLain, Mrs. S. S. Slater. Mrs. Ellen Gibb, Mrs. Anna Lant, Miss Lucretia Bruen, Miss Grace Slater, Mrs. W. C. Ivins, Mrs. M.M. Johnstone and Donald and Vincent Upton...The games which followed the program were entered into with zest by old and young-a mistake-there were no old people there; the only way to distinguish the older from the younger was by observing the gray hairs which adorned the heads of some. The most exciting event was a paper cutting race between four youthful dames whose combined age number 335 years. Mrs. Mc Lain walked away with the prize, but Mrs. Slater was a close second. The little hostesses served a dainty lunch in charming style and a piano solo by Donald Johnstone closed the evening program.
WAR ON THE MORMON FLY IN BURLINGTON: Declaration of war upon the Mormon fly by Dr. C. P. Frantz has the united approval of the people of Burlington. None is too proud to fight and all have enlisted under the doctor's banner for the campaign. But the modus operandi, which is Latin for how the devil to go about it, confounds them for with the exception of Major General Billy Bongert, none seems to have any feasible plan leading to the eradication of the pest and a consequent comfortable downtown Burlington at night.
General Bongert, in discussing the subject this morning, stated, "Since the building of the Keokuk Dam, the Mormon fly has been coming hither in increased hordes each summer. This summer it would seem that every Mormon fly in creation is spending the season here. If you will visit the willows below town in the day time, you will see that they are covered by the pests, which just as soon as the lights of Burlington show up in the evening, flock this way. I believe that these flies should be treated like the mosquito in the South. Get them in their breeding places with coal oil. Nearly every night we are compelled to turn out most of our lights at our store which is disagreeable to customers and apt to be costly for us for several times. I have caught myself in the nick of time handing out Havana Judge Cigars for Black Hawks."
E.S. Phelps is disposed to blame the increased downtown illumination for the increased hordes. "When I first started rowing 45 or 46 years ago with the B.B.A. there were Mormon flies, but never in such quantities as nowadays. Then there were few lights to attract them."
W. W. Lilly says that he remembers Mormon flies in Muscatine 45 years ago and John Curran says that they never used to come further north than Ft. Madison. As both Mr. Lilly and Mr. Curran have time-tested reputations for telling the truth telling, the reader can take his choice.
A new variety put in an appearance Saturday night. The newcomers are smaller in size and lighter in color. Unlike their big brothers and sisters, they did not fly around the lights, but fell to the walk or fastened themselves on the walls of buildings and upon show windows. Store fronts Sunday morning were plastered with them.
It might be well for citizens to follow Dr. Frantz' example and write Congressman Kopp to get busy with the wiseacres at Washington to see if they cannot forget their concern for the billy gar, the carp and catfish long enough to relieve then suffering humanity here in Burlington-Burlington Gazette
***WEDDING BELLS***Word was received in Oquawka of the marriage in Chicago of Ruth Emily Robinson, the daughter of Judge and Mrs. R. F. Robinson to Richard A. Craig. The nuptials were solemnized at the Robinson home in Chicago. The groom is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a position with the Western Electric Co. in New York where the couple will make their home. Friends of the bride remember her as a resident of Oquawka.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Born to Dr. and Mrs. W. R. Salter on July 30th a son. The A.T.S. Sunday School Class of the M.E. Church will hold their monthly meeting at the home of Dorothy May Mooore. See the new A. B. C. Electric Washing machine at Dixson's.(Wow, don't you bet on Saturday night ladies would be sure to check this out!). Mr. and Mrs. Emory Cavins of the east country were dinner guests of Oscar Schroeder and family of Hopper last Sunday. Mrs. Geo. Mahaffey and daughter Loujean of Pittsburg, Pa. visited the A. S. McElhinney home. Announcement was received in Oquawka of the marriage last Thursday in Chicago of Ruth Emily Robinson, the daughter of Judge and Mrs. R. F. Robinson to Richard A. Craig. The nuptials were solemnized at the Robinson home in Chicago. The groom is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a position with the Western Electric Co. in New York and the young couple will make their home there. Messers. W.C. Ivins, B. G. Widney, G. T. Chant and Roy Park left for a week's outing on their farm near West Point, Ill. Work of excavating under the residence of Mrs. Addie Cortelyou is now being done by workmen for a commodious furnace room and basement. Ernest Putney has resigned his position in the meat department of the Farmers' Co-op store and has accepted a position with the Lem Logan meat market.
The Community women will conduct a market at the Holingsworth building beginning at 10 o'clock. Fruit, vegetables, chickens, butter, eggs, cream, buttermilk, cake, bread and other food will be on sale. The Monmouth Hospital School for Nurses offers a course to young women who wish to enter the profession of nursing. Next class will enter in September. L. M. Miller of Media had the misfortune to break his arm while cranking a Ford truck.
NEWS OF HENDERSON COUNTY: Harry Long has gone to Knox to take charge of the Santa Fe depot. Jacob Ford is not well. A fine new coal house has been erected near the depot by the Santa Fe carpenters. Miss Jean Mekemson, who is bookkeeper for the Lewis Seed Co., departed for her home at Biggsville for a month's vacation with home folks and relatives and friends in Xenia, Ohio. Miss Gladys Mathers has charge of the office in her absence. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Gibson and sons of Biggsville spent several days at the home of his brother, Chas. and family canning blackberries. Elgie Ray, who is mail carrier from here to Raritan, has so fully recovered from his recent attack of typhoid fever as to be able to be on duty part time. A 10 lb. daughter, named Clydine, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Graham at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Mathers.
RARITAN REPORTS: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wells and children of Wisconsin are visiting Mr. and Mrs. F.I. Wells of this place. Thomas C. Rooney of Patterson, New Jersey came to visit the John Goud home. E. F. Hamilton suddenly took ill at his home and was taken to the Macomb hospital. He expects to undergo an operation in a few days. Mrs. Jennie Melvin and son Lynn, the Misses Loretta Schenck and Glenna Wasson and Rev. Ihrman left for a three day outing at La Salle.
WEDDING BELLS: Lormer Runner of Blandinsville and Miss Edith Gearhart of Raritan were united in the hold bonds of matrimony in Burlington on July 31, 1922 by Rev. M. Tuttle. They were accompanied by the bride's parents and sister. The bride is one of Raritan's young ladies and has spent her entire life in the community. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Runner of Blandinsville. He has been engaged in teaching school and has taught the Sunny Ridge School the past year.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman and children from Burlington spent the weekend at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ralph Kemp. Frank Figg visited the home of his sister, Mrs. Clyde Galbraith. Mr. and Mrs. Clair and son from South Dakota spent time in the home of Mrs. Nancy Graham and other relatives.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: The health of the community is very good at this writing. Mr. Leslie Lyons remains quite poorly, some days feeling quite well and others suffering considerably. (How ironic to say" very good" and follow it by" someone suffering.")
The Home-Coming picnic was held on the church grounds last Saturday and despite the rain and weather was quite well attended and a social and financial success. The meeting of new friends and renewal of older friendship was truly worthwhile. Had not the rain interfered, it would probably have had one of the largest crowds in many years. The splendid chicken dinner at 30 cents a plate made $33.40. The young people's booth was also doing a land office business and reported $16.50 while the main stand has not yet been able to report on account of some goods to return.
As the people were late (on account of rain) the speaking and literary program was canceled and the entire afternoon given over to outside sports and social fellowship. Among some of the stunts pulled off are the following: the drawing contest for a beautiful hand rug donated by the J.C. Penny Co. of Burlington was handed down to Mrs. Anna Johnson; the hand bag donated by the John Boesch Co. of Burlington went to Mrs. Minnie Peterson; hand bag from Schramm Co. was won by Miss Thelma Peterson in the cookie eating contest; slow Ford race was won by Keith Hicks, who wears a spick and span new neck tie from Ringold & Co. of Burlington; fishing tackle from Nichols & Co. Hardware Store went to Acil Dowell in the pie eating contest also cuff buttons from The Hub; Loren Peterson won a neck tie donated by Mr. Grandey in running the 12-14 race; face powder donated by Mr. Grandey of Stronghurst went to Daryn Dowell and Leo Deitrick in the three legged race. Vanna Dowell won beads from Bicklen Co. and perfume from Grandey in the girls 12-14 race; Garnet Cross was presented a purse from Woolworth Co.; Lillian Jacobs won beads from Bicklen Co.; Bessie Davis won beans in a running race from Woolwoth Co. and stationary by Bicklen Co.; Virgil Davis, Jr. won a knife and chain from Woolworth Co.; Mrs. George Detrick is renewing her youth by means of a nice hand mirror as the oldest lady on the grounds donated by Mrs. W. Hicks; prize for the youngest baby present went to baby Jacobs and was presented talcum powder by Mrs. Joel Marsden. Other donations from Burlington were 2 lbs. coffee by Iherer & Sons; 5 lbs. sugar by Atlantic and Pacific Tea & Coffee Co
Among those from a distance were Mrs. Dora Richey McQuown of Sandwich, Ill.; Mrs. Mamie Carothers Lee of Roseville, Ill.; Mrs. Hunt of Raritan and many from Stronghurst, Biggsville, Gladstone, Carman and Decorra.