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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.