The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic: May 22, 1924
MEMORIAL DAY PLANS: The various committees appointed to arrange for a fitting observance of Memorial Day in Stronghurst on May 30th have completed their work and announce that Attorney, W. C. Ivins will serve as orator giving a patriotic address. The exercises will be held in the U.P. Church at 2 p.m. and will include, Martial music, singing of the national anthem, special music by the choir, reading of the roll of honor, martial music while the children march from the church bearing flowers for soldiers' graves, children's drills and exercises at the Cemetery (this is precision marching), decoration of soldiers' graves, taps and ending with a benediction by Rev. Myers.
POLL TAX NOTICE: All able bodied men in Stronghurst Township between the ages of 21 and 50 years are liable to a poll tax of $2.00 ($28.72 in today's values) for the current year. The poll tax must be paid to D. Prescott, clerk, or C.H.Curry, supervisor, on or before June 1st, 1924. (If you wanted to vote, you paid up.)
SUDDEN DEATH OF CARMAN AREA MAN: William A. Stewart, life long resident of Henderson County and prominent farmer of Carman Township, passed away suddenly at his home 4 miles north of Carman on May 21st at about 3 o'clock. He had been in rather poor health for several months, but his condition was not considered serious and on the day before his death, he was able to be about the place and attend to his usual work. He arose from his bed at about 3 o'clock and going out into the hall was heard to fall by members of the family. They immediately went to his assistance and carried him back to his room and placed him upon the bed. He quickly lapsed into unconsciousness and before medical aid arrived, had passed away.
Mr. Stewart was the son of Samuel and Eliza (Rankin) Stewart and was born on a farm south of Biggsville on April 30, 1863. His wife was Elizabeth Wilson of Biggsville Township. The family resided in the same vicinity until a few years ago when Mr. Stewart became the owner of 360 acres of land in the drainage district in Carman Township and established a fine home there. Mrs. Stewart passed away Jan. 3, 1922.
The deceased is survived by two daughter-Mrs. Theresa Johnson of Kansas and Mrs. Hazel Hook of Red Oak, Ia.; also by three sons-Wilson of Gladstone, Lee of Iron Mountain, Mich. and Byron at home. Three brothers-Ralph and Cecil of Monmouth and Charles of Oquawka; and four sisters-Mrs.Ella Smith of Carthage, Ill., Mrs. Jennie Cooper of Gladstone, Mrs. Elizabeth Doane of Oregon and Mrs. Nettie McQuown of Red Oak, Ia.. Funeral service will be conducted at the Biggsville U. P. Church with interment of the remains in the Biggsville Cemetery.
BEEN REALLY BUSY: The work of getting out 800 new directories for the Stronghurst Telephone Co., the printing of posters, programs, tickets and score cards for both the Bi-County and the Henderson County high school meets in addition to the usual run of job work and the regular newspaper work, has kept the Graphic force on the jump for the past two weeks. On Tuesday morning a hurry up order for 200 posters, 500 score cards, 500 auto tags, 100 contestant's tickets and 400 programs for the county meet at Biggsville and in less than 12 working hours the work was done; the jobs were completed and forwarded.