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The 1923 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 27, 1923

WHAT A PARTY: Mr. and Mrs. Asa Worthington were hosts to a party of a dozen friends who were very pleasantly entertained at their home four miles southeast of Stronghurst.  A sumptuous dinner was served at 6 o’clock and novelties in the way of entertainment were begun in the method used for selecting partners for the dinner.  The favors were a tiny sunflower at each plate and to the stem of each was fastened a slip of paper on which was written the subject about which the guest should discourse at the close of the meal.  This led to much merriment for the speakers seemed generally more inclined to levity than oratory, this being in spite of the fact that two of the guests were ministers.  The menu included a long list of toothsome viands clustered about a bounteous supply of fried chicken.  The evening was spent in lively conversation and with various present day popular amusements.  The Worthington home is one noted for its genuine hospitality and the guests will long recall the pleasure of the occasion.

Those present were Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Mahaffey, Rev. W. H. Cross, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McElhinney, Dr. and Mrs. I. F. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lukens and son Robert, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Decker and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mains.

HURT IN A CRASH: Mrs. Minnie Peterson, formerly of Stronghurst and for the last year or two as housekeeper for R.G.Sinclair of Galesburg, sustained very serious injuries in an auto accident in that city at about 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon.  It was feared for a time that Mrs. Peterson’ injuries would prove fatal, but latest news from the Cottage Hospital at Galesburg to which she was taken following the accident are to the effect that her recovery is now hoped for.

Mrs. Minnie Peterson, 39, housekeeper in the home of R. G. Sinclair, 194 North Academy Street, lies in Galesburg Cottage Hospital in a serious condition as the result of injuries received when a Ford sedan in which she was riding with Louise Sinclair was struck by a Stanley Oberg Grocer deliver truck piloted by Ralph Roseberry, 1026 North Cherry Street at the intersection of Academy and Losey Street at about 3 o ’clock Friday afternoon.  Immediately following the crash Mrs. Peterson was carried into the residence of T. W. Sessions near the scene of the accident and a short time later was taken to the hospital in the city ambulance.  An examination showed that Mrs. Peterson was suffering from a ruptured spleen, a deep gash cut in one side inflicted by a piece of splintered glass which almost penetrated the abdomen, severe lacerations about the arms and hands and head wounds and bruises.  Several of her teeth were loosened as the result of a cruise and cut across her lips.

Dr. A. F. Stotts, the physician on the case, found it necessary to operate on the woman that afternoon.  He stated today that he found her abdomen to be filled with blood as the result of her internal injuries and declared that her condition is very serious.  He stated that he would perform a blood transfusion operation this afternoon in an attempt to save the woman’s life.  She lost an enormous amount of blood as the result of her wounds.”— Galesburg Evening Mail

CIRCUIT COURT TO MEET: Circuit court will convene at Oquawka on Oct. 1st for the fall term.  The docket is one of the longest to occupy the attention of the court for several terms there being five criminal cases, 45 common law cases and 72 chancery cases.  The number of debt cases is unusually large.  One case which is of special interest to the people of the community is that which is entitled, “The People ex rel Geo. W. Barnett et al vs. Wm Hartquist et al, quo warranto.”  This is the case involving the legality of the proceedings relative to the building of a new Community High School in Stronghurst, and the issue will be awaited with a great deal of interest. (A list of Grand and Petit Jurors follows this notice.)

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Miss Ethel Hartquist is teaching at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  Miss Leone Burrell has accepted a position as bookkeeper for the firm of Jacobi and Mack at Galesburg, Ill.  Mrs. S.L.Kauffman, a sister of Dr. I. F. Harter arrived here for a visit.  Mrs. T. R. Marshall and Mrs. Ed Lant visited at the Monmouth home of their cousin, Mrs. J.L. Riggs, who has been quite ill.  Friends have received the announcement of the birth of a young daughter on Sept. 20th to Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Gibson of LaGrande, Ore; she has been named Elizabeth Lou.  Mrs. Gibson was formerly Miss Laura Enwall of this vicinity. 

The subject of Rev. Mahffey’s discourse at the U.P. Church next Sabbath morning will be “Sleeping in Church.”  The evening service will be dismissed in order that the congregation may join with the M. E. congregation in welcoming their new pastor.  Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Chant and Mrs. C. S. Wheeling drove over to Wapello, Ia. and spent the day at the Schierbaum home.  George says that Wapello, although a town of but 1,600 people is putting in 24 blocks of boulevard paving in the residence district and that a $150,000 community high and grade school building is nearing completion.  There is evidently the proper spirit of civic and community pride and enterprise over there.  T. E. Walker drove over to his farm near Keosauqua, Iowa, a distance of 140 miles, and brought home some very fine peaches.  Max Sanderson is hobbling around on crutches as the result of an injury to his foot caused by contact with a mowing machine guard some time ago.  Mrs. Clara Adair suffered a stroke of paralysis at her home in Raritan.  The Sunday School at the Christian Church posed for their picture last Sunday, there being 71 present.  Elder Leonard of Blandinsville Christian Church is conducting revival meetings at the Old Bedford Church.  A.E.Moore has a contract and is building a fine new modern home for Charles H. Johnson of the south country.  This farm was formerly owned by the Wasson estate.  E. G. Ewing, who recently sold his produce business to W. H. Cross, has located at Pittsfield, Ill.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Owing to the lack of an adequate water supply at Galesburg, that city is considering a plan for laying a 12 in. water main from the Mississippi River to Galesburg at an estimated cost of $1,500,000 ($20,500,000 in today’s values).  Roll Grate of the Old Bedford neighborhood, has succeeded W. H. Cross in the Delco Light agency for the Brown Lynch Scott Co. of Monmouth.  Mrs. Emil Peterson has purchased the property in the east end of town formerly owned and occupied by the late P.A. Peterson, father of Emil Peterson who lost his life last summer by drowning in the Mississippi River.  The annual reunion of the Burrell family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Burrell.  The members of the Stronghurst band met and re-organized for the ensuing year.  They decided to keep up regular practices during the winter and also give an occasional public concert for benefit of the band’s exchequer. 

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mr. and Mrs. Page Randall of Kingston, Iowa, are the happy parents of a baby daughter that arrived last Friday at the home of the lady’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Graham.  An enthusiastic meeting was held by a large delegation of the Farm Bureau, preparatory to the membership drive.  The meeting was in charge of farm advisor Bane and L. E. Frazee, campaign manger of Carthage.  Some eighty members signed up during the day.  Dinner was served free to all present by the Farm Bureau in the dining room of the U.P.Church by the members of the Ladies Aid.  Friends learned of the marriage of Elizabeth, daughter of Mrs. Emma Brook to Joseph Pinkney at the home on Sept. 14th at Wichita, Kans.  Their home will be at Ford, Kans. where the bride has been teaching English.  Herman Dixon moved his family to Media where he has gone into the barber business.  John Vaughn who recently moved to the Thomas Boyer house has purchased some ground and two houses in the east end of town from C. C.West.  Mr. and Mrs. West expect to leave soon for California to make their new home. 

OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Miss Audra Marsden of near Olena is a student of the Gem City business College in Quincy, Ill.  Roy Hicks has resumed his studies in the Fort Madison Business College.  The Misses Nellie Johnson, Mitta White, Pauline Marsden and Golda Davis are attending Stronghurst High School.  Miss Nellie is a junior and the other three are sophomores.  Mr. Lyman Ross and helper have been filling his silo.  Mr. John McCartney has been bailing straw and hay for a number of farmers.  Quite a large acreage of wheat is being put in notwithstanding the low price.  Mrs. Virgil Davis is in receipt of a letter from her son Wilbur who several months ago enlisted in the Navy and is now located in Portsmouth, Virginia, stating he had just returned from Philadelphia and Brooklyn and was again attending a school of pharmacy in Portsmouth.  He was well and enjoying life but feeling just a little safer on land. 

MEDIA MEANDERINGS: The facility and students of the high school had a most delightful time at a weenie roast in honor of the Freshman Class in the timber on the Gibb farm north of town.  The Campbell Hotel was entered Friday night, but the burglars were frightened away before anything was taken.  Mr. Clark Dennis of Richland, Ia. spent the weekend here with his wife.  Mr. Dennis is coaching athletics and teaching mathematics in the schools there.  Prof. Murtland and William in company with Harold Rankin drove to Weir’s fruit farm after school and brought home some fine Grimes Golden, Delicious and Jonathan apples.