The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Jan 4, 1923
BREAKS HIS NECK: Benjamin Clark Alvine, ex-soldier and former resident of Burlington, was killed in Gladstone last Friday afternoon when his clothes were caught in some cog wheels in the machinery at the Lone Tree elevator where he worked and his neck was broken before his body clogged the machinery. When the machinery stopped, Arnold Ditto, nine year old lad, was sent to the engine room to see what the trouble was. He discovered Alvine's body with the clothes almost torn off, jammed against the cogs and his neck had been broken. The lad spread the alarm.
Alvine came to Burlington after being discharged from the army and worked at the West Burlington shops until the strike when he moved to the Ditto home in Gladstone to reside. He married Marcelie Guerbinot while in France and his wife and baby survive him as well his mother who at present is a patient in the St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services were held from the U.P. Church with interment in the Oquawka Cemetery. Alvine married in France during his oversea service and a little daughter, Suzanne, was born following his return to America with his war bride.
Bridge Club Banquet: The ladies of the Bridge Club entertained their husbands and friends at a banquet given at the NuVon Hotel Tuesday evening. After the elaborate dinner, the guests went to the Foster Lazear home where 500 and bridge was played the balance of the evening.
MODERN WOODEN INSTALL: Monday evening the newly elected officers of Stronghurst Camp #1189 Modern Woodmen were installed at which time the families of the members were invited guests. Following the service, supper was served, the guests being seated a long table filled with tempting eats served by the brother hosts. During the meal a very pleasant program of music and reading was given. Miss Francis Worley singing and John Stine, a student of Columbia School of Expression, a reading-each pleasantly responded with an encore. Orchestral music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Bowen, Roland Davidson and Douglas Prescott. New officers were the following; Venerable Consul-L. Dec. 31D. Fornell; Worthy Advisor-D. O. Stewart; Basker-Oliver Wolford; Clerk-Douglas Prescott; Escort-Harry Gilliland; Watchman-G. Hoffeditz; Sentry-A. B. Mills; Manager-Ed Brewer; and Physician-I. F. Harter. (This was a period of time when belonging to a lodge was part of the social scene.)
***WEDDING BELLS***KEENER & VAUGHN: Miss Mabel Keener of Stronghurst and Mr. Ray A. Vaughn of Media were united in Marriage Dec. 31, 1922 at 4 p.m. by Rev. John Cudlipp at the First M. E. Church parsonage in Burlington, Iowa. The single ring ceremony was used. This ceremony had been postponed on account of the bride's illness. Miss Sarah White and Mr. Walter Mrs. Vaughn is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Keener. She is a charming young lady and loved by all who know her. Mr. Vaughn is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Vaughn. He is an industrious farmer. The couple will reside with his parents who live went of Media.
OFF TO CALIFORNIA: Mrs. Mary Dixson and grandchildren, Dixson and Lucille Jones, leave for Los Angeles, Calif. for an extended visit; Dixson will stop off enroute at Albuquerque, N.M. for a short visit with his friend, Lloyd Chant.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: G. W. Worley has purchased a fine Buick Four sedan from T. C. Knutstrom. The infant child of Mrs. Wadsworth of the Wadsworth Hospital who has been very ill, is now improving. Mrs. Vera Detrick Carner whose marriage to Mr. Frank Carner occurred last week, was given a miscellaneous shower at the home of her parents near Olena. Lee Stewart drove down from Blue Mountain, Wis., for a visit through the holidays with his wife who is teaching the Piper School and spending the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hicks. Max Barnett of the Navy Training School at Portsmouth, Va. came home for a holiday visit with his father, Geo. Barnett. He returned yesterday. Max says he likes the navy life fine and is very much interested in his work of pharmacist mate. Mr. and Mrs. Ed CLaybaugh and daughters, Miss Jessie and Mrs. Truitt of Lincoln, Neb., visited the Sam CLaybaugh home north of town.
RARITAN REPORTS: The New Year's dance which was held in the opera house Monday evening was in every way a success. A large crowd was in attendance of which at one time there were two hundred people dancing. Oysters were served and the amount realized was $140 ($1,895 in today's values). Evra Monroe, Esther Perrine, Dorothy Watson, Pauline VanArsdale and Gwendolyn Hixson spent Christmas vacation with home folks and returned to Pella, Iowa to resume their studies. Mrs. F.I. Wells has the misfortune to fall injuring her hip which caused her to be confined to her bed for a few days. Nothing serious is though will result from the fall.