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The 1924 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic March 20, 1924

OBITUARIES: MRS. BERTHA C. BILLUPS:  Bertha Cordelia Raine was born in Scotland County, Mo. April 23, 1879 and departed this life at Galesburg on March 11th, 1924, aged 44 years, 10 months and 17 days.  She had been ill for about a week and on Sunday was operated on at a Galesburg hospital for gall stones.  All that human aid could devise was done for her, but God called her home.

She was married to Richard M. Billups at Gorin, Mo. on Sept. 12, 1895 and to this union three children were born: Mrs. Nona Berg of Stronghurst; Mrs. Opal Liby of Long Beach , Calif. and Chancy who died in infancy.  In addition to the husband and two children left to mourn her departure are one step-daughter, Mrs. Nettie Peterson of Gorin, Mo.; two grandchildren, Richard and Beth Berg; one step grandchild, Violet Peterson; four brothers, Joseph, James and David Raine of Gorin Mo.; and Martin Raine of Coal City Ill.; four sisters: Nancy Allutt, Sarah Lease, Elizabeth Benge and Artie Benge, all of Gorin Mo.  One brother, Philip Raine, and three sisters, Mary Syphers, Martha Lease and Bessie Raine, preceded her in death h

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Billups lived a short time in the vicinity of Gorin and then moved to Henderson County, Ill., the last 22 years having been spent in Stronghurst.  Mrs. Billups united with the U.P. Church in Olena afterward transferring her membership to the Stronghurst M. E. Church.  She was active with the Loyal Women s organization of the Christian Church and for the past few years she has ministered to many people of this community in the capacity of a practical nurse.  Funeral services were conducted at the Stronghurst Christian Church with interment in the Stronghurst Cemetery .

OSCAR CAMPBELL: Oscar Campbell who was a resident of Stronghurst for a few years ago died at his home in Monmouth, Ill. Wednesday of this week.

Death came suddenly to Oscar Stevens Campbell about 9 o clock this morning when he passed away without any warning in the room just back of the Champion Shoe Repair Shop where he and his wife made their home.  Mr. Campbell, who owned and operated the Champion Repair Shop on South First Street next to the Van Valkenberg hardware store, arose at his usual hour this morning and after eating breakfast went for a short walk.  Upon his return he entered his living quarters and a few minutes later dropped dead.  Medical aid was immediately summoned, but when the physician examined the body, he stated that death had been instantaneous.  Mr. Campbell had been in failing health for two years or more and of late had been under the care of a physician.  Heart trouble and hardening of the arteries are given as the cause of his death.  In as much as he had been under a physician s care, the case did not require a coroner s inquest. .

Oscar S. Campbell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Campbell, was born in Oquawka on Dec. 31, 1871 . His father preceded him in death a number of years ago.  On Sept. 34, 1896 he was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Thomas, who survives him.  No children were born to the union.  Funeral services have not been arranged as word is being awaited from the brother in Oklahoma . -Monmouth Daily Review

LOSES A HAND: Gene C. Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Graham, who live 4 � miles north of Stronghurst, and who went to San Diego , Calif., about two years ago, had his left hand completely severed at the wrist while working with some piece of machinery. He had been in the employ of a coast line shipping company at San Diego for the past year or more.  He was married recently and lived at 757 Eleventh Street , San Diego .

LETTER FROM NEVADA: Earl Mahnesmith employed as an agent by the Southern Pacific Railroad at Moapa, Nev. sent this letter.  A radio is considered an interesting thing out on the desert, but I will walk away from a radio concert any time to glance over the old home town news (Stronghurst Graphic).  We are having wonderful weather around 70 to 80 degrees every day and the fresh garden truck is being shipped out of the Moapa Valley by the hundreds of cases.  We have one rancher that is shipping 50 carloads of lettuce this year.  In fact, about all you see in the valley are garden truck, Indians and turkeys.  We shipped about 6 or 8 thousand turkeys out of here the past year.  The valley is about all Mormons except about a dozen people so I am about as welcome as the small pox.        

Note: C. M. Bell received a telegram from Bozeman , Mont. bearing the sad intelligence of the death of the eight year old son of his brother Walter and wife.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The new Community High school at Bowen, Ill, was damaged to the extent of about $20,000 ( $287,200 in today's values) on March 22nd by a fire which resulted from exploding chemicals in the laboratory. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Baldridge of Council Bluffs, Ia. Mrs. Baldridge was formerly Miss Esther Richey of this vicinity. Judge W. F. Graham of Monmouth has been under treatment in a Chicago hospital for some time following a nervous breakdown. He has been advised to so South for his health and he and his wife will leave for Miami, Fla. soon for a visit of several weeks. Van Brokaw accompanied two carloads of cattle of his own feeding to the Chicago market. The ladies of the Christian Church are busy making arrangements for a waffle supper at the church Friday evening. Vernon Long has given up his position with the Farmers Cooperative Store here and taken employment with a Galesburg wholesale house. Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Hamilton of Raritan celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on March 19th with a reception at their home. Mrs. E. D. Walker and three children arrived from southeastern Missouri and the family is now at home in the former Worley property which Mr. Walker recently purchased. The pageant, "In the Name of the King," presented at the M. E. Church attracted a large audience. Ralph Staley has been employed by Mrs. Ida Wood to make some alterations in her dwelling house in the west part of town to be occupied soon by her son Verne and family. Mrs. Germanicus Bowen of Terre Haute, who is taking medical treatment of Dr. Lauver, came over to her daughter's, Mrs. Geo Shafer, to consult the doctor in regard to her eyes. Mr. Chas. Peterson, formerly of this place and who now makes his home with his son Albert on the Curts farm near Carman, is reported to be seriously ill and practically helpless, requiring constant care and attention. Oliver Foote and wife of Washington State are staying at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Foote. As the parents are in poor health, they will probably stay with them during the coming summer. Harry Ross shipped two loads of cattle and Frank Johnson one load of hogs from Decorra; they accompanied their shipments.

A tragic accident occurred at Galva Saturday night when a Chevrolet car in which five young men of Galesburg were riding was struck by a C. B. & Q. mail train, instantly killing Lawrence Minehan, 23 and injuring Mathew Canfield, 25 to such an extent that he died at St. Mary's Hospital early Sunday morning. The driver and the other two occupants escaped with only minor injuries. Dr. J. W. Gay of Dallas City celebrated his 84th birthday with a dinner at his home with several of his old comrades of the Civil War as guests. Paul VanArsdale of Raritan neighborhood was taken to the Monmouth Hospital and was expecting to undergo an operation for appendicitis. Arthur Forbes, accompanied by his father, C. S. Forbes, went to the Burlington Hospital where he expected to submit to an operation for hernia, a case of which has been troubling him for some time. E. R. Grandey has been confined to his home here for almost a week by a rather severe disorder in the nature of LaGrippe. He is taking serum treatment, which it is hoped will render him immune from a recurrence of the trouble. Word was received by telephone by her parents that Miss Mary Dixson, who is a student at the Illinois State University at Urbana, had suffered a sudden nervous breakdown on returning from her classroom that morning and that she had been taken to a hospital for care and treatment. Her father, George Dixson, left for Urbana on the afternoon train.

CARMAN CONCERNS: On account of shortage of cars, the C.B. & Q. have taken off one of their freight trains on the Quincy branch. Arthur Roberts I employed out at Dannenburg Bros. helping them haul small grain to market. Paul Pendry returned home from Galesburg where he will remain for 30 days as work on the railroad is very slack at this time. Mrs. Clark Seins and family moved their household goods out on a farm northeast of the village; she will now be neighbor to her son John and family. T. P. & W. sidetracked a car off here containing one J. I. C. tractor and plow from Peoria for Dannenberg Bros. who are agents for said firm and sold it to Mr. Shaw of Stronghurst. Several of our farmers are going to Burlington and coming back with new harness-a sure sign of spring. Clarence Dixon and George Wells have been carring corn for W.H.Babcook. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowlyou are the proud parents of a baby girl arriving on March 15th. Clair Dixon has employed John Haley to help him farm this coming season.

CELEBRATES A BIG BIRTHDAY: Mrs. Almira Janette Bacon celebrated her 93rd birthday very quietly at her home with her daughter, Mrs. Florence Mathers on March 17th. Mrs. Bacon seems to be in the best of health, helps with the house work, reads and sews and occasionally brings in a bucket of coal. It is quite interesting to hear her tell of the many changes which she has seen. She enjoys music and company and is able to sometimes attend services at the Media M.E.Church of which she is a member. Living with Mrs. Bacon and her daughter is her only grandchild, Mrs. Gladys Mathers Heap, who has a baby girl, Margaret Fern, which makes four generations living in the same home, a fact most remarkable and seldom, if ever, heard of. She has spent practically her whole life in or near this community and her many friends hope she may be spared many more years.

LOMAX LINGERINGS: W. M. Cook has moved to the property vacated by Lawrence Nixon and will work for Nixon and Scott. Ola Daugherty and family have been living on the Dean farm and have now moved to the A. T. Vaughn farm south of town and will work there the coming year. Roy Moore and family of Burlington expect to move back to Lomax and he will work for the Lomax Canning Co. John Williams and family who have been living on the Gittings farm, will move to Lomax and occupy the Henry Daugherty property.

MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Scott White have received word of the marriage of their granddaughter, Miss Jessie Frye of Lomax to George Roth of Iowa City, Ia. The ceremony was witnessed by W. T. Frye, father of the bride, and Mrs. John Howell of Burlington, sister of the groom. Mr. Roth is an evangelistic singer and the courtship began last fall when he was singing for a meeting at the Lomax Christian Church. They will make their home with Mrs. Roth's parents. Mesdames Dan Campbell and F. I. Baskett very pleasantly entertained the members of Media Community Club at the Campbell home. At the next meeting they will sew rags for the soldier boys who are in hospitals. Miss Farre Mathers is teaching near Maquon. Wm. Bricker accompanied his son Earl to a Galesburg hospital where he was operated upon for appendicitis the same evening. Mr. and Mrs. Dana Burkett, who moved to Tennessee last fall, have returned to Illinois and have located on a farm near Monmouth. Mrs. George Wax has a nice display of "Easter bonnets" at the Farmers' Co-operative Store. Mr. and Mrs. John Pogue and family enjoyed a visit from their nephew Arthur Smith of Oak Park. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Palmer have moved to a farm northwest of Stronghurst.