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The 1923 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, June 21, 1923

RABIES IN THE COUNTY: Last week, Samuel Mathers and wife of Media Township were taking treatment at the Pasteur Institute in Chicago and Veterinarian John Mudd, Russell Mathers and the latter's hired man are taking the Pasteur treatment from a local physician as a precautionary measure against the results of possible infection from contact with the saliva of a young calf on the Samuel Mathers' farm which developed a case of rabies more commonly called hydrophobia. The animal, a young sucking calf, had been acting strangely and frothing at the mouth for some time before Mr. Mathers called the veterinarian. In the mean time he had allowed the calf to have access to its mother and had also milked the cow while the saliva from the calf's mouth was present on the udder and teats.

Dr. John Mudd of this place who was the veterinarian called by Mr. Mathers, diagnosed the ailment of the calf as rabies, and on advice of physicians, Mr. Mathers and his wife left as soon as possible for Chicago to take the Pasteur treatment. The calf was killed on Thursday of last week and the head sent to the University at Urbana for microscopical examination. On Saturday, Dr Mudd received a telegram from the university stating that the tests made had shown that his diagnosis of the case was correct. Fearing that he himself might have become inoculated with the virus from the rabid animal, Dr. Mudd went to Chicago Saturday evening and was given an initial treatment at the Pasteur institution. He returned the first of this week bringing a supply of the virus used in the treatments back with him, and this is now being administered to him and the other two mentioned, who may have been exposed to the infection.

The animals on the Mathers farm are all being closely watched and any which show symptoms of rabies will be promptly killed. While an epidemic of this dreaded malady which affects both man and beast is not anticipated, it would be well to see that all unmuzzled dogs found roaming about are killed. Stronghurst, at this time has its full quota of roaming and apparently worthless canines which the village authorities should see are put where they can do no harm.

THEY DID IT! Last Monday, in the county court at Oquawka, thirteen young men of this community who had allowed their conception of what the honor of their school and the good name of the womanhood of the town demanded of them or prompted them to engaged in an unlawful demonstration against a certain individual, stood up and plead guilty to a charge of riot. They did this on the advice of their parents and of some of the older and wiser heads in the community who realized that a law had been violated and that an open and manly admission of this fact, with a statement as to the circumstances which had provoked the deed, would work to their own advantage and to the best interest of the community than a denial of the charge. There is no doubt but that this attitude of the boys prompted the leniency which Judge Gordon exercised in suspending sentence and placing them under probation of a definite period.

The consensus of public sentiment in the community seems to be that if the individual against whom the demonstration was directed made the slanderous and foul mouthed statement attributed to him regarding the school and the womanhood of the town, he richly deserved a much larger punishment than the boys had in mind when they staged the demonstration against him. There is, however, in the community, an established spirit of respect for law and order and it was this that prompted the advisers of the boys and which we believe adopted by the boys themselves in confessing to an infraction of the law in his case. (They egged a man who was against building a new high school.)

***OBITUARY*** SAMUEL CURRY: Samuel Curry, an old time resident of this vicinity, brother of the late Charles Curry and uncle of C. H. Curry and N. E. Curry of this place, passed away at this home in Roseville, Ill. last Thursday evening, June 14th.

Obit from the Monmouth Review Atlas: "Another of the aged veterans of the Civil War answered the final summons when Samuel Curry passed away at his home in Roseville. Mr. Curry had been in failing health for several months, but his condition had been critical for several weeks owing to a paralytic stroke which he suffered early in May. He was one of the most well known and respected residents of this community and his passing on will be received with sadness.

Samuel Curry was the son of Samuel and Emma Whiting Curry. He was the eighth child of a family of nine children and was born in Taunton, Somersetshire, England on Jan. 13, 1842. In March 1848 at the age of six years he came his parents to America. (Actually, he came with his mother landing in New York City; his father had come to Henderson County much earlier.) They located in 1851 near Stronghurst, Ill. and were living here when the Civil War broke out. Mr. Curry answered his country's call at the age of 20 years, enlisting in Co. C. of the 91st Illinois Volunteers Aug. 8, 1862. He was a corporal for three years. This regiment was in many skirmishes and forages, taking part if the siege of Spanish Fort. He was mustered out of service at Camp Butler near Springfield.

Mr. Curry united in marriage to Emeline C. Rodman Oct. 9, 1866 at Chariton, Iowa. In 1871 they settled on the farm southeast of Roseville where Mr. Curry passed away which was his home for many years. They were the parents of seven children: Mary E. Enfield, Roseville; Charles W., Hagerman, N. Mexico; Lulu H. at home; Hattie E. Beaver, Pharr, Texas; Lydia Rachel Dilley, deceased and Alva W. Curry of Laura, Ill. George Robert died in infancy. Mr. Curry was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 65 years, uniting at the age of 16 years.

***OBITUARY***MRS. CATHERINE GOVE: Catherine Joan Cook was born at Hoppers Mills, Henderson County, August 28, 1843 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.N. Marston in Blandinsville, June 14, 1923, being 79 years, 9 months and 17 days of age.  Practically all of her life was spent in Henderson County until the last four years, during which time she has lived with her children.  She was united in marriage to Rodney Gove Jan. 8, 1861, who preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1918.  To this union were born six children, the oldest, a son, died infancy.  The other children are Laura Esther Marston of Blandinsville; Nellie Ethelin Dalton of Smithshire; Ben Gove and Abbie Ellin Pendarvis of Keosauqua, Iowa and Frank Gove of Mt. Sterling, Iowa.  Eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, one brother, A. A. Cook of Stronghurst, and one sister Sarah J. Bothel of Decatur, Ill., are also left to mourn her death.  She was converted and joined the M. E. Church in 1870 and lived a consistent Christian life.  About four years ago she fell and broke her hip and has been a cripple ever since but bore her affliction patiently.  A short service was held at the Marston Home in Blandinsville and the body was taken to Raritan where funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church.  Burial was in the Raritan Cemetery beside her husband.

HARVEST TIME PRICES: One hundred thresher men and farmers of Fulton County met in Canton to determine prices for threshing and a uniform harvest wage.  The prices set for threshing were as follows: wheat-6 cents a bushel; oats-3 cents; rye-6 cents; barley-5 cents; timothy-30 cents.  These prices are 30 days cash with 7% for time over 30 days.  The uniform wage for harvest labor was set at $3 a day including dinner and supper; for afternoon labor, the worker is to receive 40 cents an hour' Avon Sentinel

***WEDDING BELLS*** An event which occurred nearly two weeks ago, but which has failed to be known to the paper, was the marriage of Miss Hazel long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Long of the vicinity to Mr. Lyell Lancelot Hill of Oley, Ill.  The marriage took place June 9th at Olney where the bride has held a position with a seed concern for the past year or more and where the groom is the manager of a chain store.

The bride graduate from the Stronghurst High School a few years ago and had many friends here whose respect and admiration she won by the determination she showed in making the most of the opportunities afforded her for the development of her talents.  Mr. and Mrs. Hill will make their home at Olney.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Dr. E.E. Henderson of Hallowell, Kans., is visiting at the home of his brother, Dr. F.M. Henderson in this village.  Mr. and Mrs. E.M. McClelland of Dixon, Ill., who were in this locality looking for a farm and to visit the Mahaffey home.

Mrs. Rays Richey and three younger children expect to leave this afternoon for Chicago where they will be joined by Mr. Richey, who accompanied a shipment of cattle to market yesterday.  The family will then go to Dorset, Ohio to visit relatives. Nauvoo fruit growers are advertising strawberries at $1.00 per 24 qt. crate if picked by the purchaser.  The annual ice cream supper at the old Bedford congregation will be held in the church grove on June 26th.  Miss Evelyn Hartquist is home from Northwestern University for the summer.  Misses May and Eva Bell of Detroit, Mich., stopped off here to visit a few days with their aunt Mrs.. Jas. Rezner, while enroute to visit their mother in California who is in very poor health.  James A. Beckett of Golden, Ill has been a guest at the home of his nephew, O. W. Beckett.  Mr. Beckett, a Civil War veteran and a highly esteemed citizen of Adams County, is a brother of the late Joseph Beckett, Sr.  About 35-40 friends of Miss Susie Voorhees were entertained Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Perce Veech in honor of Miss Voorhees' birthday.  Mr. Manly Staley and wife moved into the house recently vacated by Carl Kennett in the east part of town.  Former residents of town, Mr. and Mrs. J. Howard Miner of St. Johns, Mich., are rejoicing at the birth of a son.  The Western Illinois Lumbermen's Club will hold its annual picnic at LaHarpe, Ill.  The Tri-County Country Club building and fair grounds will be thrown open to the visitors and a chicken pie dinner served by the ladies of the LaHarpe Christian Church. 

The Burlington papers of last Monday contained rather sensational write-ups regarding the arrest near New London, Ia. of a resident of Burlington, formerly of Stronghurst, who was caught with four jugs containing 20 gallons of peach brandy in the car which he was driving.  Miss Lucile Maxey is taking the summer school course at the Macomb Normal.  Mrs. S.S. Slater and daughter, Grace, who spent the winter in Kansas City, Mo. returned to their home last week. The members of the Stronghurst B.B Club are enjoying their annual outing today on the banks of the Mississippi south of Carman.  Mrs. Zulu Allison had a fainting spell last Monday evening at her home east of Stronghurst and fell from the porch steps of the residence to the ground.  She received some severe bruises about the face and has suffered considerable from the effects of her experience, but is now recovering.  The carcasses of 114 ground hogs and 16 crows were brought to town to Clerk Prescott by Wm. J. Long and son.  As the bounty on these pests is 25 cents for ground hogs and 10 cents for crows, the sum realized from the catch amply repaid for the time and labor involved to say nothing of the sport enjoyed by the hunters.

Lieutenant R. Hicks of the U.S. Navy, who has been stationed for some time at Coronado, Calif., arrived here accompanied by his wife.  They will have a short visit with home folks before he leaves for Annapolis, Md. where he expects to take a post graduate course at the U.S. Naval Academy.  The real and personal property assessment list for Terre Haute Township is published in this paper.  A comparison with the list published four years ago shows that there has been an average reduction of 20% in fair cash value of unimproved real estate.  The assessed value of all property will be found to be greater, however than it was four years ago, the assessed value at that time being figured at 1/3 of the fair cash value while this year s list it figures at .

GALESBURG STORE INSTALLS SPRINKLER SYSTEM: What is claimed will be the first installation of an automatic fire prevention system in this section of Illinois is to be made soon by the O.T. Johnson Company of Galesburg. The system, when completed, will include about 2100 automatic sprinkler heads, over four miles of wrought iron pipe varying in size from 3-4 to 6 inches, a complete fire alarm system which operates automatically in connection with the fusing of a sprinkler head and a large number of shut-off valves, gauges, air compressors, etc. It is claimed that while the cost of the system will be approximately $25,000 ($343,000 in today's values); the saving insurance will be so great that it will pay for itself in about five and one-half years. . .

BANK MERGER IN KIRKWOOD: The assets and liabilities of the First State Bank of Kirkwood, Ill. were taken over by the first National Bank of Kirkwood between the closing hour of Saturday, June 16th and the opening hour on Monday morning, June 18th. The First State Bank has been in financial straits for some time on account of heavy loans, especially to the Monmouth Stone Co...

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Bill Brown left for parts of Colorado where he hopes it will benefit his health. Samuel Holmes left for the same state where he will visit his son George and family. Rex Kelly, who has been in the Navy and stationed at Honolulu, is visiting relatives here.

A freight wreck occurred on the track just east of town last Sabbath afternoon when an empty freight car attached to a train going west left the track and was broken into kindling wood. The north track was blocked for several hours until the wreckage was cleared away. The music students of Miss Emma Folmer held a recital last Friday afternoon at her house. John McHenry is now carrying the mail from the depot. Some 125 husbands and their wives attended the social given by the men's class at the U.P. church last Friday evening.

***OBITUARY***JOHN C. DAUGHTERY: Mr. Daughtery, a highly and respected citizen of Lomax, passed away at his home early Friday morning, aged 84 years, 5 months and 27 days. The funeral was held at 2:30 by Rev. W.T. King with burial at the Crane Cemetery. His aged wife died last March. Six sons and four daughters and other numerous relatives survive him.