The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Dec. 13, 1923
REVIVAL MEETINGS: The revival meetings of the Christian Church began Wednesday evening under the direction of Evangelist R.H. Heicke of Springfield, Ill. A good audience was present and much interest was manifested. Evangelist Heicke is a forceful speaker and delivers sermons that are practical and scriptural. He strives for the benefit of the whole community and is here to assist in every way, every good work.
MEALS AND LUNCHES: Having retuned to Stronghurst, I am again prepared to serve meals at the old stand, 3 doors north of the post office in Stronghurst. Regular dinner every day and short order breakfasts, supper or luncheons.-Mrs. L. Mahnesmith.
FIRE AT SMITHSHIRE: The most disastrous fire in the history of the village of Smithshire occurred Dec. 10th when the principal business buildings of the place, together with their contents, fell pray to the devouring element. The fire, which appeared to have had its origin in the general store of Worden and Brown, was discovered at about 2 o’clock a.m. and had gained such headway by the time that all attempts to control it proved futile. A call for aid was sent to Roseville, but before the fire department from that village reached the scene, the fire had practically burned itself out. The buildings burned were the Worden and Brown Store, the Smithshire State Bank Building, offices of Dr. P. E. Kimery, the old post office and a large warehouse near the store.
The Worden and Brown loss is estimated at $10,000 and that of the State Bank at $3,000 on building and $3,000 on stock and fixtures. The fireproof vault of the bank withstood the attack of the flames and all of the valuable papers and currency of the institution were saved. The bank was able to resume business within 24 hours after the fire by renting temporary quarters. The loss on the warehouse adjoining the store is estimated at $4,000. This warehouse and the doctor’s office were owned by G. R. Thompson.
No definite clue as to the origin of the fire has been discovered although the fact that a nearby tool house had been broken into and several steel bars taken has led to the suspicion that a burglary of the Warden and Brown Store had been attempted and the fire purposely or accidentally started by the burglars. The disaster falls as a heavy blow upon the thriving little village, but no doubt efforts will be started at once looking toward the rebuilding of the burned district.
IT WAS REALLY GOOD: The comedy-drama, “All a Mistake” which was presented by local talent under the direction of Mrs. Geo. Widney at the Lyric Theatre last Friday and Saturday nights proved to be both an artistic and financial success. The cast was composed of W. C. Ivins, L. O. Dawson, Geo. Widney, Chas. Fort, Mrs. L. O. Dawson, Mrs. Geo. Widney, Mrs. Vera Highfield and Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth; all of whom interpreted their parts in a manner which would have done credit to veterans of the stage. The play, which was in the nature of a comedy of errors, abounded in ludicrous situations which kept the risibility of the audience stirred up to a high pitch throughout the entire performance. Features which added much to the enjoyment of the two evenings’ performances were the orchestra selections which were given and the singing by a quartet composed of Mrs. Geo. Widney, Mrs. L. O. Dawson, K. E. Yoakam and Prof. Nicholas. The play was given under the auspices of Rebekah Lodge No. 373 and the gross receipts were around $155.
FRACTURED HER HIP: Mrs. P. C. Bainter fell at her home on Thanksgiving Day and fractured her hip. Since then, she has been lying practically helpless requiring the attendance of two trained nurses. The many friends of this aged and highly respected woman are sincerely grieved over this sad affliction which has befallen her.
ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE CELEBRATES: The following account of a celebration held at Galesburg on the evening of Dec.6th in honor of the 10th anniversary of Rev. G. W. James as district superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League is taken from the Republican Register of Dec.5th: “Urging the dry voters of the 43rd Senatorial District to promote the election of a dry delegation to Illinois General Assembly from the district to give the Rev. G. W. James loyal support in his effort to bring this about F. Scott McBride, Illinois Superintendent of the League in his address at the 10th anniversary celebrations of Rev. Mr. James as district superintendent, disclosed the political situation in Illinois and the necessity of the down state dry voters, men and women, seeing that the majority of the drys in the Legislature is maintained. He depicted the situation as critical and calling for the utmost efforts of the drys due to the large number of wet members that Cook County will nominate and elect.
This appeal was the culminating feature of the anniversary celebration for Mr. James at which twelve counties of his district were represented either by person or by letter. Not a small part of the audience that gathered was from outside. Galesburg
***OBITUARY***MRS. J. Y. GEARHEART: Mrs. J. Y. Gearheart of Raritan passed away at Monmouth Hospital Wednesday morning of this week as the result of an operation which she underwent of Dec. 7th. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Hixson, who were amongst the early settlers of the Raritan community. She was married to J. Y. Gearheart in 1889 and was the mother of three children: Mrs. Edith Runner and Raymond Gearheart of Raritan and Mrs. Maggie Smith of Kirkwood. These with her husband survive. She had been a member of the Raritan Baptist Church since childhood.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The new high school at Fort Madison was heralded ad one of greatest events in the history of that community by O. T. Corson, Cleveland, Ohio when he addressed an audience of more than 1,200 at the formal dedication exercises held in the auditorium of the new building. I. H. Brokaw and his son-in-law, Bert Russler, went to Missouri on a cattle buying trip. The members of the local I.O.O.F. Lodge held a fish fry at the I.O.O.F. building Thursday night. Publication of the Alexis Argus, which has been suspended for a long period, is about to be resumed with a man by the name of Acuity in charge. The Alexis people are no doubt hoping that the new editor will not endeavor to live up to his name. J. C. Brook was in Kansas looking after his ranching interests. Miss Francis Worley of Stronghurst was one of the 14 out of a class of 16 who successfully finished the probationary period as nurses at the Burlington Hospital. She is now a regular member of the staff.