The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 28, 1922
FIRE DESTROYS BREWER BARN: Last Thursday afternoon the large barn and contents on the Jim Brewer farm about 4 miles north of Stronghurst was completely destroyed by fire. The family was not home and the discovery was not made until the return home of Mrs. Brewer about five o'clock. She soon gave the alarm and in a short time a large crowd of neighbors and people from town were on hand to help, but the building was too far gone and in a short time was leveled to the ground.
The contents destroyed were 40 tons of hay; 500 bushels of corn; 600 bushels of oats; one new wagon; one trailer; seeder; hay rack; pitchforks; one buggy; 5 sets Concord harness; 2 sets of double harness and one set of single harness. Insurance was carried but will not cover the loss.
SMALL BLAZE AT JOE DIXSON'S: Fire from a burning trash pile caught fire to the garage at the Joe Dixson's farm last Saturday afternoon and was discovered just in time to avert a disastrous fire. A bucket brigade aided with fire extinguishers that were taken to the fire by George Dixson soon had the blaze under control. The east side of the garage and a small portion of the roof were practically ruined.
WEDDING BELLS: Mr. Walter Wood of Orville, Ohio, and Miss Gladys Rankin were united in marriage at Monmouth last Thursday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Parks. Immediately afterward, the happy couple departed for a short trip to Chicago before going to their future home in Ohio. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Rankin. She was educated in the Stronghurst schools and later attended Knox College and Bradley Polytechnic School at Peoria. The groom is a jewelry man and is employed in a large jewelry store in Orville. He is a young man of sterling character and worthy of the one he has chose for a life partner.
BRINGS HOME HONORS: I. H. Brokaw and Sons, raisers of full blood Duroc hogs, exhibited their fine stock at the Macomb fair and the La Harpe fair and took all honors against strong competition. At Macomb, they took 6 first, 1 jr. champion. 2 senior champions and 1 grand champion. At La Harpe, they received 6 firsts, 6 seconds, 2 thirds, 1 junior champion, senior champion and one grand champion.
LOST THE GAME: Stronghurst was defeated in the last game of the season last Sunday by the Keokuk Colored All-Stars by a score of 7 to 1. Dillon pitching for Stronghurst pitched a good game, but it was "jinx" day for the balance of the team with practically every man registering an error and the colored boys got away on everything. Stronghurst has had a fairly successful season winning a large per cent of the games and losing a few by a close margin.
BURLINGTON EPIDEMIC: It is reported that there are many cases of diphtheria in Burlington. Quite a few of have proved fatal.
HERE LIES BURIED: Automobile tourists going through Wheeling, W.Va. are confronted with the unusual spectacle of wooden grave markers placed at various points along much traveled highways. They are of wooden construction with vivid black lettering setting forth the date of a recent fatal accident at that particular spot...Within the corporate limits of Wheeling the safety committee has placed 20 of these, 18 of which represent actual fatalities, the two others being located at the apex of a particularly dangerous hill. (This predates the crosses we see along present day highways.)
NO TRIAL NEEDED: The case of assault and battery against Harry Royse which was set for last Thursday morning was settled by the attorneys and Justice R. A. Board without being called to trial. Harry pleaded guilty to assault on L. M. Loomis, the complainant and was fined $20 and costs. This was the easiest and cheapest way out of the matter for all parties concerned.-Dallas City Review
TOWN WATCHES A BANK ROBBED: Blandinsville, Illinois, Sept. 22-While a number of residents of this little town looked on, too terror -stricken to offer resistance, a band of four men in an automobile swooped down upon the First National Bank, dynamited the vault and escaped with between $5,000-$10,000 ($66,700-$134,700 in today's values). (With the advent of the auto, criminals became more daring. Today, a similar situation is seen on TV with the crash and rob of businesses and banks.)
MT. VERNON DUPLICATED IN ILLINOIS: The new home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ackert at Lake Forest, Ill. is practically a duplicate in style, structure and furnishings of Washington's Mount Vernon home. The home contains many relics of the Revolutionary period. (Does it still exist?)
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Ida Wood has accepted a position in Burlington and will reside there this winter. Col. J.W. Decker was at Viola, Ill. where he assisted in the pure bred Poland China sale of J.M. Nesbit and son. This makes 12 years in succession Col. Decker has assisted in the Nesbit sales. The October meeting of the Woman's Club will be held in the club rooms; the program will be "Women Writers."
The button factory at Dallas City, which closed down last winter, will reopen again the first of October. Rock Island is to attempt to raise $1,000,000 for a new hospital. This was the same town that was going to produce $80,000 for the removal of Hedding College and in the wind-up was able to report $8,000 subscribed.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mrs. Clyde Stanberry was hostess at a delightful little party in honor of her little niece, Dorothy Jane Graham. The following mothers and babies were present: Mesdames James Callow and Mary Elizabeth; Winfred Keith and Mary Elizabeth; Harold Graham and Dorothy Jane' Lewis Miller and Edyth Marcella; B. A. Hoffman and Robert George. Dainty refreshments were served and each little guest was presented a large ivory teething ring by the hostess. Miss Wanetta Howell is assisting Judge J. W. Gordon in his office work this week; last week she helped County Clerk Barnes.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mrs. E. L. Claybaugh will take charge of her son's children while their mother, Mrs. Sam Claybaugh, seeks treatment for rheumatism in Clay Springs, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Garrity left for Des Moines, Iowa where the will attend the Soldiers encampment. Mrs. Fannie Bailey and daughter, Miss Bessie of Stronghurst are in Biggsville having the house repapered. Word was received of the marriage of Paul Henderson and Miss Esther Ban at her home in Little York last Saturday. The Herman Dixon family is moving into the John Dixon home with his father. Ralph Kirbbridge who has been employed at the Wiegand bakery has accepted a position at Kankakee and has already taken his job. Mr. Wiegand will discontinue his bakery for a time. Martha Smith, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Smith, west of town, had the hard luck while at school to fall while swinging on the rings and broke her right arm in two places. She was at once taken to the office of Dr. Babcock where the fracture was reduced. Later, she was taken to Monmouth for X-ray. A nurse came last Friday to care for Mrs. Jack Stevenson who is quite low. Mrs. Dr. Henderson returned from Little York where she had been called the middle of the week by the death of Mrs. Ban.
RARITAN REPORTS: Mrs. Doren Perrine, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Voorhees, departed for her home in Idaho. Luola Schenck, who has spent the past four weeks in Colorado, returned home. Mrs. Jennie Melvin and son remained. Corzatt Bros. and Dean Cortelyou were on the market with a shipment of hogs. Dean and Cornelius Corzatt accompanied the shipment. Mr. and Mrs. Downs and baby of Clinton, Iowa were called to the Ben Livermore home by the sudden death and burial of Peter Livermore. Don Voris and Louis Cavins had a collision just north of town Monday evening when the two cars came together causing the Louis Cavins car to receive a splintered axle. The Ford driven by Don Voris was badly broken up, but no one was injured.