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The 1923 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, Feb. 15, 1923

CRACK DOWN ON NO LICENSE PLATE: Secretary of State Louis L. Emmerson is asking police chiefs to enforce compliance with the licensing and inspection law.  Many owners of cars, he said, seem to have the impression that if they get their new licenses any time within the first three months of the year it will be all right.  No such provision is made in the law.

LIVERMORE LAND SETS NEW MARK: Farm land values in Warren County are looking up if the price paid for 161 acres of land with no improvement four miles west of Roseville is any criterion.  The land was a part of the W. T. Livermore estate and was sold by George E. Cox, who is acting as special master in the settlement of the estate, for $237.25 per acre ($3255.07 in today's values).  The purchaser was R. W. Davis.

This is said to be a better price than land has sold for around here for many months and is taken as an indication that the slump which has been suffered since the war period is about passed.  Out in Iowa there is a similar revival of prices for land, a quarter section not far from Tama, Iowa, with almost new improvements brought $450 per acre.  John Patterson stock farm including 218 acres five miles southeast of Greenbush was sold at a master's sale for $105 per acre to A. W. Wray of Avon.  While the price is nothing like that given for the Livermore place, the land is rough and a good part of it is not tillable although would be excellent for stock raising and feed. Monmouth Review

VALENTINE PARTY: Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMillan delightfully entertained a number of friends at a Valentine party Wednesday night.  The home was prettily decorated with streamers red and white, cupid and hearts.  Progressive 500 was the chief diversion of the evening after which the guests were served an elaborate luncheon prepared by culinary experts.

Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lynch; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Davis; Mr. and Mrs. Foster Lazear; Dr. and Mrs. Highfield; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Kaiser; Miss Erma Kaiser; Miss Opal Stine; Mr. Chas. Fort; Mr. John Fort; Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Lovitt; Miss Ruth Mains; Miss Ethel Hartquist; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Widney; Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Widney; Drs. F.M. and Lucy Henderson; Mr.  and Mrs. L.E. McAndrews; Mr. K. E. Yoakam; Mr. Joe Peasley; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beardsley and Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Wallin. 

BIRTHDAY PARTY: The birthday group comprising Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Grandy, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Decker and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Regan were entertained at a seven o'clock dinner in honor of Mrs. J. W. Decker's birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Regan Wednesday night.  Being Valentine's Day the color scheme of red and white was carried out in the table decorations.  Dainty hand painted Valentine place cards were found at each guest's place at the table.  After the sumptuous feast, clever games and a radio program was the chief diversion of the evening.

WHAT SHOULD THEY DO? Sheriff Tanner, State's Attorney Siebenborn and Hancock County Judge Orr are somewhat puzzled as to what action to take in the case of August Nonmeier, an aged bachelor farmer of the Basco neighborhood.  He walked into Basco last Sunday barefooted, carrying an umbrella and armed with a double barreled shot gun.

He was disarmed and taken to the Hancock County Farm where he is being cared for.  As he has some land and other property, he is hardly a county charge and it is expected his relatives, particularly a niece, will look after his welfare as soon as the niece or other relatives can be located.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Theo Knutstrom drove a Buick six sedan from the factory at Detroit last week. Mrs. Johanna Wheeling left for Wapello, Iowa where she will visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. T. Schierbaum. Mrs. Ed Simpson, who has been at the hospital for some time since the burning of their home, is now able to be removed to their new home being cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Mabel Van Tassel of Washington, D.C. Deputy C.E. Pendarvis of this Peoria Division Internal Revenue office will be in Stronghurst on February 23rd and 24th. He will be stationed at the First National Bank on the 23rd and at the State Bank of Stronghurst on the 24th to give instructions and assist in making 1922 income tax returns. John H. Voorhees accompanied a shipment of cattle to Chicago. Mrs. W. H. Cross has been a very intense sufferer during the process of the removal of two imbedded wisdom teeth. Mr. Clarence Richey had a closing sale of his farming interests and will retire; his sons, Thomas and Raus, continue to farm and feed cattle on the place. J. Neff of the south country has just returned from a visit at the old home in Virginia. Miss Audrey Rezner has been very ill of appendicitis at the Phil Wilson home at Raritan. Earl Brokaw is taking his consignment of Poland China hogs to Monmouth sales pavilion for his sale tomorrow.

ROBBERY AT DENTIST OFFICE: Sometime Sunday night the dental office of Dr. J. F. Highfield was broken into and the uninvited guests departed with a quantity of Cocaine and 20 pwt. of gold. It is thought to be the work of some one that was well acquainted with the arrangement of the office as nothing else was disturbed.

RARITAN REPORTS: A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Payne Feb. 12th.

Rev. Camp of Chicago, who has spent eight years in India as a missionary, gave an interesting talk in the M. E. Church Sunday. Carl Johnson was on the market with a shipment of hogs. Mrs. Roy Van Arsdale was taken to the Macomb hospital. Robert Harden is the owner of a new Ford car purchased last week. Mrs. Glenn Meredith, who was operated upon in the Monmouth Hospital for the removal of a tumor, is getting along nicely.

LOMAX LINGERINGS: Several from here attended the funeral of John Walker at Pontoosuc. Mrs. Geo. Reams has been quite sick. Mrs. Carline Ziegler has returned home after spending several weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Schultz. The Lumber Company received another car of Franklin County coal last week. Geo. Hoover and family received the sad news of the sudden death of Mr. Hoover's sister, Mrs. Frank Scott of Chariton, Iowa. The funeral was in Chariton with interment at Carthage, Ill. The play and oyster supper was postponed on account of Ramah Hoover aunt's death- Ramah being in the play.