The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Jan. 31, 1924
***OBITUARY***MRS. ALICE REZNER: Alice M. Bradshaw was born near La Harpe, Ill. June 28, 1861 and died at Stronghurst, Ill. on Jan. 23, 1924, aged 62 years, 6 months and 25 days. She spent her youthful days in La Harpe neighborhood. She married Joseph Moore in 1883 and to this union three children were born: Albert E. Moore of this place and Arlo and Lela Moore, both deceased. Mr. Moore met his death in a railroad crossing accident in Stronghurst on Jan.1, 1892. In 1897 she married James H. Rezner of this place who preceded her in death by only a few weeks, he having passed away Dec. 24th, 1923. The entire married life of Mr. and Mrs. Rezner was spent in this vicinity with the exception of two years spent in Canada. To the latter union three children were born: Dewain, Audrey and Isel Rezner, all of this place.
Early in life Mrs. Rezner united with the Christian Church at Old Bedford and when the Stronghurst Christian Church was organized, she transferred her membership to that organization, becoming a charter member. In addition to the children mentioned, the deceased is survived by three sister, Mrs. Pearl White of Raritan, Ill., Mrs. Eva Bell of Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Grace Stout of La Harpe, Ill; also two brothers: Sherman and Ed Bradshaw of La Harpe and by two step children: Marshall Rezner of Media, Ill. and Mrs. Lena Pepper of Rosetown, Sask. Can. There are also four surviving grandchildren.
HE RETIRES: F. M. Bane finishes a three years term as Farm Advisor for Henderson County and also retires from that profession to take up insurance work in Bloomington, Ill. During his three years of residence in the county Mr. Bane has given his close attention to Farm Bureau affairs and has done much toward keeping this county in line with other counties of the state in the matter of agricultural improvement:
***OBITUARY***ALVA HULET: William DeAlvarado Hulet, son of Madison J. and Annie E. Hulet, was born at Gladstone Ill., Feb. 2, 1887 and passed away at his home in Blandinsville, Ill., Jan. 26, 1924 following an illness of ten months. Last April while plowing, Alva met with an accident which seemed on no importance at the time but later developed into neuritis and sciatic rheumatism. He took treatment at the Macomb Hospital and also at Hot Springs, Ark. without being benefited. In August he underwent an operation at Kirkville, Mo. from which he received only temporary relief. He was a very patient and resigned sufferer and always thoughtful of the comforts of those around him
On Jan. 12, 1910 he married Katherine Garmer of Blandinsvile, Ill., since which time for ten years he has been engaged in farming near that place. The last year he has worked in partnership with Shelby Spillman on his stock farm. He was honest in all of his business dealings and ever ready to assist where help was needed.
Surviving is his wife, father and mother and step-father, John Francen; five sisters: Mrs. John Wessel, Weaver, Iowa; Mrs. Dave Pendry, Carman, Ill.; Mrs. I. N. Mapes, Chadwick, Mo.; Mrs. Guy Cogswell, Ft. Madison, Iowa; Mrs. John Siens, Carman, Ill.; two brothers, Paul Hulet of Raritan, Ill. and Guy Hulet of Stronghurst. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blandinsville with interment in Glade City Cemetery at Blandinsville.
BOY SCOUTS ORGANIZED: The Board of Directors of the Better Stronghurst League recently appointed as the new Boy Scout Troop committee Delbert Dixson, chairman; Ralph Butler and Foster Lazear. The committee appointed the Rev. R. C. Myers as Scoutmaster and took the matter of appointing an assistant Scoutmaster under consideration:
BREAKS ALL RECORDS: The Ford Motor Co. made 2,200, 682 automobiles, trucks and tractors in 1923-775,059 more than in any other previous year according to production figures. The production of more than 2,200,000 automobiles in one year probably is the greatest feat in manufacturing ever accomplished, especially in view of the fact that the Ford Co. controls the complete manufacture and raw material supplies for a large proportion of everything that goes into the make up of its products.
***OBITUARY***MRS. STEPHEN GRAHAM: Mrs. Stephen Graham died suddenly at her home northeast of Gladstone Tuesday at about 4:30 pm her death being due to heart failure following a severe cold. The deceased was 58 years of age and had been a resident of Henderson County all of her lifetime. She is survived by her husband, one son, Stephen Graham, Jr.; Four daughters: Mrs. Mary Sandy, Mrs. Daisy Cleek, Mrs. Delbert Swedlund all of Gladstone and Mrs. Page Randall of Kingston, Iowa. She is survived by two brothers: Geo. Lewis of Gladstone and Earl Lewis of Iron Mountain, Mich. And two sisters: Mrs. Chas. Appleby of Galesburg and Mrs. Frank Shaw of Gladstone. Her aged mother, Mrs. George Lewis of Gladstone, also survives her. She was a fine Christian woman and highly esteemed by a host of friends.
SET IT ASIDE: Creditors and defendants in the Worden vs Rayburn Case wherein the sale of 834 acres of drainage district land in Mercer County is involved have asked to have the recent sale of this land at Master in Chancery sale set aside on the grounds that the price bid for the land was far below its actual worth. This land was purchased by R.L.Watson and Wm Layman at about $81 per acre, and the objectors claim that it is easily worth from $150 to$200 per acre.
FROZEN STIFF: The frozen body of C. R. Mackey, a railroad mechanic of Galesburg, was found last Sunday morning lying along the Santa Fe Railroad tracks a short distance east of Nemo. The man is supposed to have fallen from a train while on his way to Ft. Madison to seek employment at the railroad shops there. It is though that he was stunned by the fall and froze to death before recovering consciousness.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. L. Johnson at their home one mile south of Stronghurst. Miss Frances Zack was a visitor at the home of her sister Mrs. J. W. Stine. Earl Huppert, who has been working out of Chillicothe, Ill. as a Santa Fe brakeman has been transferred to Wellington, Kans. George Widney and Gilbert Simpson are in Chicago looking over the new models and getting pointers on new developments in the automobile industry at the big show now in progress. G. Q. Fort, H. N. Vaughn and Ralph Painter and possibly one or two other Hereford cattle breeders from this locality have been in Des Moines, Ia., attending the big Hereford show and sale which is an annual event in that Iowa City. Each had consignments of cattle at the show and sale. Orville Boyd was in attendance at the funeral of his uncle, Frank Tadlock, at Biggsville. A 9 lb. boy came to gladden the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Davidson of this place.
At a special election held in Warsaw, the proposition for a new high school building carried by a majority of 125 votes. The issuing of bonds for $46,000 for the building purposes was also authorized. John Shick sold his residence to his brother-in-law Ralph Reynolds and left with his family for a reported destination in Michigan. The recently opened Shuler Coal Mine near Alpha, Ill., was the scene of a fatal accident when two miners, Charles Coltman and his son-in-law, Vincent Gulich, were instantly killed by a dust explosion in the mine. Bert Putney, who with his wife has been cooking for a signal line construction gang at Ormonde, has been laid up at his home here with a crushed toe and complications arising therefrom. John Stine has gone to Fayetteville, Ark. to spend a week in rehearsals and then will go to Washington, D.C. for two more weeks of the same work. Afterward he will join the Sprague Players Co., who will open Chautauqua work in Florida soon. Edward R. Boswell, recently appointed postmaster at Carthage, Ill., committed suicide last Monday by shooting himself. His dead body was found after a long search in the loft of the stable on the premises where he resided. Mr. Boswell was 38 years of age and unmarried. His mind is supposed to have been deranged by grief over the death of his mother last October. The local King's Daughters Circle held their regular meeting at the home of Mrs. Harvey Lant. Some time was spent in the study of Women Bible Characters after which dainty refreshments were served and the usual social hour enjoyed. Mrs. Vera Gerverier came up from Ft. Madison to attend the funeral of Mrs. James Rezner. Mrs. Walter O'Neill of Nebraska visited with relatives; she is a niece of Sam Leinbach. Mrs. James Leinbach is making satisfactory recovery in the Monmouth Hospital from a recent operation. The high tension transmission line which the Illinois Power and Light Corporation is preparing to build from Keokuk, Ia., to Galesburg and which will pass through Stronghurst, will cost about $10,000 per mile($143,600 in today's values). P. W. Taylor and family moved to La Harpe and the residence on North Broadway vacated by them has been leased to A. A. Cavins. Little Max Doyle, who has made his home with his grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Rezner since the death of his mother, was taken by his father, John Doyle of Galesburg and placed in the home of his brother, Ernest Doyle near Media.
At a receiver's sale of the holdings of the Perfection Tire Co. at Fort Madison the sum of $275,000 was realized. As the claims against the company amount to nearly $3,000,000, the failure of this concern will go down in history as one of the most disastrous which ever occurred in this section of the U. S. A group of six Stronghurst high school girls took advantage of their leap year prerogative Wednesday evening and entertained an equal number of young men with a movie theater party at the Lyric followed by a luncheon at the Nuvon Hotel. After eating, they escorted the young men to their homes.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Louis Bergren has the misfortune to fall at his home hurting his knee. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hill, Jr. of Kirkwood moved the middle of last week to the Herb Jamison farm. Mr. Jamison and family had moved to Burlington. The Eldeen Book Club north of town held their annual dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Foster. With decorations of pink, a chicken dinner was served to 40 people. A program in the afternoon featured a piano duet by Mrs. Carl Johnson and Mrs. Roy Cochran; history of the club by Mrs. Ed Bergren, a group of violin numbers by James Cochran accompanied by Mrs. Harvey Foster, a piano solo by Mrs. Cochran and two quartette numbers by Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Glenn and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cochran. An all day sewing will be held at the home of Mrs. Mabel White, this division having pieced a quilt which will be put together. Sam Glenn disposed of his 70 acres east of town to Glenn Edwards. Mrs. Stephen Graham is confined to her bed with pleurisy and heart trouble. Clarence Gibb shelled corn and hauled it to the Clarence Richey farm. A three-act play entitled "Mother Mine" will be given at the high school by the Zetetic Literary Society and under the direction of Miss Bertha Hyslip of the English department.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Rev. Bartram preached an able and interesting sermon to a good audience on the Sabbath. Wood for the church was donated by Mr. Albert Dean with the following men donating their time getting it ready for the furnace: Joel Marsden, John McCartney, Virgil Davis, Arthur Dowell, Ed Carlson and Keith Hicks. A community sale was held at the Frank Veech home northwest of Olena with Mr. Lefler crying the sale. He proved himself no amateur. Acil Dowell acted as clerk. Oscar White recently made a trip to Kansas City and bought a car load of cattle for feeding purposes, The cattle, he reports, are not doing so well as they should on account of being dehorned prior to shipment and climatic changes. Mrs. Chalmer Perdue is kept very busy these days weaving rugs and some are turning out as beauties. Word has been received from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher and daughter, who left quite recently for California, that they had reached the golden state. They went hoping that the climate might be beneficial to Mrs. Fisher's health. Charles Lyons is nursing a badly crushed toe and Elmer Carlson a swollen arm, probably a case of poisoning.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howell entertained at dinner in honor of their daughter Miss Waneta's birthday. Miss Gwendolyn Hickman is carrying her arm in a sling. She had the misfortune to slip and fall tearing a ligament badly. Dan Gilliland, Lucy Admire, Cleta Smith, Eva Dixon, Robert Beall, Arlene and Everett Heap, Mabel Drain, William Laurence and Mac Pogue are confined to their homes while entertaining the "mumps." All seem to be getting along nicely so far. Mrs. Thomas Howell has returned from Oquawka where she has spent several weeks helping County Clerk Barnes get the tax books ready for the treasurer. The books for Media Township are at Media State Bank where the tax may be paid at any time.
Installation of pneumatic stop apparatus on the Santa Fe between Galesburg and Ft. Madison will begin in April following the completion of the automatic signal control which has been in progress since December 1st. V. Thomas, assistant Santa Fe signal man, estimates that it will take until June 1st to properly install the device after which time intensive work will be commenced on the Santa Fe between Chillicothe and Chicago.
RARITAN REPORTS: The revival meetings which were held at the Baptist church for four weeks closed last Friday evening with eight conversions. They were baptized Friday evening by pastor, Rev. Riddington. Owing to the fire Monday evening which destroyed the village school, the pupils of the upper room will attend school in what is known as the Odd Fellows room over the poultry house and the lower room in the Boyd Building west of the hotel. Miss Erva Monroe is a victim of the measles. Amos Cavins moved his household goods to Stronghurst where he is operating a moving picture machine.
LOMAX LINGERINGS: The revival meetings that are being held at the Nazarene Church will continue this week. E. Arnold is installing an electric transformer in his garage. H. G. Crane and family are enjoying a radio, having one installed in their home Saturday of last week.