The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, March 6, 1924
***OBITUARIES***EMMA HARDIN NEVIUS: Emma Hardin, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hardin, was born April 2, 1860 on what is now the Charles Hardin farm situated four miles southeast of Stronghurst. Here she grew to womanhood and on Jan. 4, 1882 married Richard D. Nevius. Mr. and Mrs. Nevius made their home for about 20 years on the Nevius farm 3 ½ miles southeast of Stronghurst, now owned by Chas. Lind. From this farm they moved to Lamar, Colo., where they resided for seven years, going from there to Long Beach, California which was their home at the time of Mrs. Nevius death. Five children were born who along with the husband survive: Dennis and Harry Nevius of Colorado; John and Merton Nevius of California and Amy who lives at home. A surviving brother, Harry Hardin, lives at Santa Cruz Calif. and a sister, Mrs. Delia Gamble, died several years ago. Mrs. Nevius death occurred Feb. 24th at Long Beach.
MRS MOLLIE MOCK: Mollie Mary Rutledge, daughter of Mathias and Rachel Rutledge, was born Jan. 20, 1857 in Washington County, Va. and departed this life Feb. 29, 1924 in Stronghurst, Illinois at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 9 days. She was married to Henry M. Mock in October 1885. To this union four children were born: Jannette Jane and James Clinton who preceded her death; Sallie Florence Mink and Henry Strader Mock who survive besides two brothers, two sister and five grandchildren. Her husband died Aug.6, 1892.
After her marriage, she and her husband went to Tennessee to live and after his death; she went in 1902 to Humeston, Iowa, where she resides for some time. Several years ago she came to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Mink and it was here she passed away&
LOOK OUT, CALVIN (referring to Calvin Coolidge): Eli W. Dunham, a former County Judge of Hancock County, now living on a farm near LaHarpe, has according to the Carthage Republican, filed his petition as a candidate for the nomination for President of the United States on the Republican ticket. The newspaper mentioned that after serving one term as County Judge, Mr. Dunham suffered an attack of typhoid fever and sleeping sickness. While he has evidently wakened up, there is nothing in evidence thus far to show that he ever speculated in oil stock (reference to Teapot Dome Scandal). This should help his cause a little.
SEED CORN SITUATION IS WORST SINCE 1918: Tests just completed at the College of Agriculture, University of Illinois on 16,844 kernels of corn representing 166 different lots of seed sent in by farm advisers from 44 counties of the state indicate that more than one sixth of the average seed corn in the state this spring is worthless as seed. This is the worst seed corn situation since 1918, according to J. C. Hackleman, Crops Extension Specialist, under whose direction the tests were made.
Results of the test show that farmers who sack-picked their seed early from the standing stalks and stored it where it would dry out quickly and then cared for it during the remainder of the season, have corn that will germinate better than 90%. Other lots of seed picked at husking time and dried out rapidly either by being stored in well ventilated places or fire dried, in most cases will make good seed. Farmers in central and southern Illinois have little chance of finding good seed in their cribbed corn. Individual ear testing to make sure that the kernels on every ear will come up will be more important this year than since 1918. 8.
***OBITUARY***MRS. S. P. DAHL: Mathilda Gustava Dahl was born in Kassagard, Alsheda Congregation Jenapings, Lan, Smaland, Sweden on Oct. 6, 1857. She was confirmed and became a communicant member of said congregations of April14, 1873. Mrs. Dahl immigrated to America in 1881 and arrived at Bloomington, Ill on Feb.6, 1890. She was united in marriage to Mr. S.P.Dahl and they made their home in Chicago 12 years, uniting with the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Englewood. Mr and Mrs. Dahl came to Stronghurst in 1902 and have been faithful members taking delight in the services and hearing the Word of God. Mrs. Dahl's health had been failing for the past three years. In the spring of 1921 she became ill and was never restored to robust health. As a thunderbolt from a clear sky came the news that she had passed away on Feb. 27th at 2:30 pm. She was at the time of her death 66 years, 4 months and 18 days old. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, S.P.Dahl, two sisters and one brother in Sweden and a few relatives besides a host of friends.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. I. F. Harter received a beautiful box of spring flowers from Mrs. Thomas White of Mississippi. (Think how hard it was in this time period to transport flowers that far.) Mr. G. W. Worley sold his residence on the corner of Nichols and Elizabeth Street to Mr. E. D. Walker, the new Henderson County Farm Adviser. Rumor has it that Mr. Worley will build a new home on the lots which he owns in the southeast part of the village. O. E. Burg, former Dallas City man who went to the Rio Grande Valley country in Texas several years ago is reported by the McAllen, Texas Daily Press to have begun cutting crop of cabbage which will amount to about 100 car loads. Charlie Johnson, living a mile south of town, is having considerable trouble in getting moved to a farm he has rented near Biggsville on account of the almost impassible condition of the roads. As Mr. Corley is anxious to be moved to the farm Charlie is vacating, the latter is storing his goods in town at his brother, Frank Johnson, until roads are in better condition. Dr. and Mrs. Gent are moving from Mrs. Ida Wood's house in the south part of town to the Mrs. M. J. Green home on the north side where they have secured furnished rooms. A dozen or more of Mrs. Gent's old neighbors joined in a little surprise party at her home. Vern Wood and family are moving into his mother's house in the west part of town vacated by Dr. and Mrs. O. R. Gent. Russell Woodward and family of Roseville are moving to the G.B. Lanphere farm southeast of town which Woodward rented for the coming year. Homer Justice and family are moving from the old Wm. Rankin farm in Biggsville Township to the W. B. Weir farm near Crystal Lake in Gladstone Township. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Negley will move to the Tom Dodds farm.
Nancy Matilda, beloved wife of John Bundy, passed away at her home in La Harpe, Ill on March 1, 1924 at the age of 61 years, 7 months and 12 days. Donald J. Melvin, son of Milton Melvin of the La Harpe neighborhood and Miss Gracie Burrow, daughter of Mrs. Emma Burrow or La Harpe were married at Keokuk, Ia. on Feb. 27th. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Long left for a visit with friends at Batesville, Ark. If they like the country, they might move there. Walter Boyd, a Hancock County farmer whose home is near LaCrosse, is in the La Harpe Hospital recovering from a bullet wound in the abdomen inflicted by a neighbor, John Whittaker, who objected to Boyd coming on his premises to remove some corn which had been purchased at public auction by Floyd Kilgore of La Harpe and resold by the latter to Boyd. Whittaker fired three shots at Boyd from a 38-calbire revolver, only one of which took effect. E. G. Ewing has sold his interests at Tipton, Ia. and will engage in the produce business in La Harpe in the future.
The "Kumjoynus" Class of the M. E. Sunday School met at the home of Mrs. Frank Johnson. This is an organized class of women and they meet the first Monday night in each month at 7:30 pm. They are studying the "Nameless Women of the Bible." . Mr. and Mrs. GW. Voorhees and family are moving soon to the Tubbs farm east of town vacated by Roy Park. The ladies of the Christian Church will serve a waffle supper in the church basement Friday evening. The largest distribution of the Scriptures ever made in the history of this country in a single year is reported by the American Bible Society for 1923 when more than 2,395,000 copies in over 100 languages and dialects were distributed. Percy Veech received a very painful injury in trying to stop a hog from passing through a door. The hog struck Percy's foot in such a way as to dislocate his knee and as a result he will have to resort to the use of crutches for awhile. Mr. F. J. Murphy states that while he was employed at Elmhurst the past winter in the lumber yard of which his son-in-law, S. D. Hitchner, is manager, in one day in February Mr. Hitchner closed the contract for material for 40 dwellings, making a total of 63 since the first of the year. A man by the name of Delmont, charged with robbing the Milan, Ill. post office on the night of Feb. 2nd, is being held to the federal grand jury at Peoria under $10,000 bond. With him at the time of his arrest was his 19 year old bride of a month. She is also under bond of $2,000, charged with being accessory to the crime. Delmont is thought to be the man responsible for robbing the banks at Alpha and Rio last fall.
DEATH OF JOHN WEVER: Mrs. M. D. Drain received word of the death of her step-father, John Wever, at the hospital at Watertown where he has been a patient for two years, Mr. Wever had attained the age of 80years and had spent practically all of that time in this community where he was highly respected by all. Although feeble and frail in health for some time, he and his wife continued to live on his farm here until two years ago this spring they moved to Kirkwood where he was permitted to live only a short time as his condition became such that he was taken to Watertown. He is survived by his wife and little adopted daughter, Helen, two step daughters-Mrs. M. D. Drain of Media and Mrs. John Drain of Los Angeles, Calif.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Bernard White was leader of the Men's Bible class Sabbath morning. Some music was furnished by Eldon White at the piano and H.B.Dixon with the cornet. Thomas Howell is leader for the next week. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Park and her mother, Mrs. Ida Sutter have moved to Kirkwood. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Norville is quite ill of pneumonia. A nurse from Burlington is in attendance and his condition is some what improved. The stork left a fine baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lant Tuesday night. George Wax and Sam Mathers went to Oquawka to sit on the Grand Jury. The high school boys are busy since the spring like weather practicing athletics and getting in trim for the county track meet. The ladies of the U. P. Church are having an all day quilting at the church. Mrs. Lewis Cavins has been quite ill for several days having been threatened with appendicitis; she is better.
RARITAN REPORTS: Lynn Melvin is a victim of pneumonia. A large crowd attended the B. H. Huston sale. Roy Vernoy and family moved to the Bill Thompson farm; he will work for his father-in-law, W. B.Van Doren. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gearhart are the proud parents of a baby girl born on Feb. 29th. John Vaughn and family are now domiciled in the Emma Livermore house recently vacated by Glen Ray and family.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mr. and Mrs. Page Randall, who have lived in Kingston, Ia. the past two years, will make their home with the lady's father, Mr Stephen Graham. Mrs. August Wiegand, who has spent the past year in Galesburg, came with a truck load of furniture and will again take up a residence in Biggsville. Mrs. George Jamison received word that her brother, Floyd Heichel, had undergone an operation at Jackson Hospital at San Antonio, Tex for the removal of his appendix. He had left last fall for the South to benefit his health.