The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Jan. 17, 1924
***WEDDING BELLS** BUSCH-AHLERS: Miss Millie Ahlers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ahlers, who live 5 miles southeast of Stronghurst and Mr. Chester Busch of Burlington, Ia., son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Busch of Athensville, Ill., were married in Galesburg, Ill. on Jan. 14th by Justice of Peace Kost using the ring ceremony. The bride was attired in a gown of navy blue Canton crepe with beaded trimmings, black stain slippers and wore a corsage bouquet of American Beauty roses.
Mrs. Busch attended school in the Cox District in Raritan Township and took one year's work in the Stronghurst High School. She afterward engaged in teaching in Fulton and Henderson Counties. She was employed as teacher for the Fitz School in Terre Haute Township this year but was obliged to cancel her contract on account of being quarantined at the Y.W.C.A. in Alton, Ill. where she was engaged in library work when an epidemic of influenza broke out in that city.
The groom was raised on a farm near Athensville and followed the pursuits of a farmer. For the past few months he has been employed in the Showers furniture factory at Burlington where his brother resides. The marriage is the culmination of a romance which began in 1918 when the bride was teaching in Madison County, Ill. The happy couple will make their home in Burlington where Mr. Busch has a furnished home awaiting his bride.
THEY DONATED: Mrs. G. W. Worley has received a letter from the management of the Christian Home Orphanage at Council Bluffs, Ia., stating that the institution desired to acknowledge with gratitude the receipt of a donation of $15 on behalf of the W.C.T.U. and the P.M.H. club of Stronghurst.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Alton Vaughn is reported to have gone to Great Lakes, Ill, and joined the Navy. Frederick Fitz of the Decorra neighborhood has been employed as a teacher of science in the Cambridge, Ill. high school. The Willing Workers of the Stronghurst U. P. Church have arranged to hold their annual apron and food sale on Feb. 14th. Mrs. Mary Miller, her daughter Mrs. Geo. Dixson and Miss Mattie Tate of Korea were weekend guests at the S. W. Carothers home in Dallas City. Dr. J. F. Highfield is in Chicago attending the clinic of the Chicago Dental Society. Allie Bruce and Arthur McIntyre have leased the NuVon Hotel and are endeavoring to render service which will make that well known hostelry a popular institution with the transient public. Mrs. C. F. Heisler and Mrs. T. A. Richey entertained a company of ladies at a luncheon in honor of their mother, Mrs. Edgar Rankin, who is expecting soon to leave for her new home in California.
Arch Britt, a former merchant of Raritan and more recently a rural mail carrier out of LaHarpe, died last Friday evening at the home of his brother, Clifford Britt at the Antlers Hotel in Monmouth where he had made his home for the past year. The deceased was a son of the late Horace Britt, a well known farmer of the Old Bedford neighborhood. Dallas City is considerably stirred up over the mysterious disappearance of Frank Ferguson, a well known citizen of that burg. He left Dallas City for Burlington on the morning of Dec. 27th and has never returned. He is known to have gone from Burlington to Quincy, Ill. by way of Montrose, Iowa on the afternoon of Dec. 27th and to have told a friend at Quincy that he was bound for Kansas City. Nothing has been heard from him since that time. His relatives and friends are considerably worried over his strange action. George Kemp, Jr. has moved from Decorra to Keosauqua, Iowa where he has rented a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wheeling are the parents of a son born Jan. 3rd at their home. The young man will be known as Ivin. The large plate glass front window of Dr. H. L. Marshall's office was shattered by a stone from a snow ball thrown by one school boy or another during the noon recess hour. Mrs. John Brown, a well known resident of Monmouth, Ill., passed away at her home last Sunday evening after a two days illness. Mrs. Brown was formerly Miss Alice Pendarvis of Media Township, Henderson County, being the daughter of the late W.G. and Sarah Pendarvis. Although John Baker has vacated his business site, he will continue to repair shoes and harness at his home on Nichols Street. About 60 friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Charter were entertained in their hospitable home near Olena one evening last week. The gathering was in the nature of a surprise on Mr. Charter who after the first shock, composed himself and entered heartily into the spirit of the occasion. The evening was pleasantly spent with music and dancing. Cecil Billups and Harry Gilliland while assisting in putting up ice at Lake Fort one day last week had the unpleasant experience of falling into the water which was about four or five feet deep at that point. (During the winter, ice was harvested to cool food in the ice boxes in town. Blanch Galbraith remembered Charley Fort hauling ice in the early days of the town. Refrigerators were things of the future.) Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stine are at home in their new quarter in Chariton, Iowa. They had the good luck of securing a fine, up-to-date house; the owner and family were leaving to spend the winter in Florida leaving the Stines in charge at nominal rent with everything furnished.
The village of Kirkwood has received the honor of having its name bestowed upon a new variety of apple discovered and preserved by H. L. Everett of that place. Prof. Holsinger of the pomology department of the Iowa State College found the apple to be a distinct variety from any known at present and he and Jonah Smith christened it the "Kirkwood" at the Farm Products Show in Burlington where it was exhibited and attracted much attention on account of its beauty. (Do any still exist?)