The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic: April 17, 1924
HONORS PIONEERS: The home of Dr. and Mrs. I. F. Harter in Stronghurst was the scene of a very pleasant social gathering last Friday evening when a score or more of the first settlers of Stronghurst assembled to attend a party given in honor of Mrs. R. C. Henry who was soon to leave for Calgary, Alberta, Canada, after having spent the winter at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Kaiser. Mrs. Henry was one of the first residents of Stronghurst, her husband R. C. Henry, being a member of the firm of Henry & King, who were engaged in the lumber business here about 35 years ago.
All guests having been residents of the village at that early period and in some way actively connected with the development of the town; it was very natural that thoughts should go back to those stirring times when life was new and hopes were high. It is useless to say that the evening was spent in a most delightful manner. The guests finally were all assembled in a circle about a large room and an hour was spent in reciting incidents of the early days, much after the manner in which the soldiers indulge in what they call "camp fire" stories. Those who contributed to the entertainment were William Graham, Walter Dobbin, Miss Naomi Cooper, Mrs. Henry, J. F. Mains and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ivins. The latter read an original poem written for the occasion and it was composed in Mrs. Ivins' best vein of humor. Dr. Harter broke away from traditions and displayed his histrionic ability by reciting a poem.
A delicious luncheon was then served and after the singing of one of the old time songs by a quartet composed of W. C. Ivins, C. E. Fort, W. J. McElhinney and J. R. Mains, the guests departed for their home. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dee Headen, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Fort, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dobbin, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McElhinney, Mr. and Mrs. Will Graham, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Kaiser, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mains, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ivins, the Misses Hortie (Hortense) Harbinson, Grace Salter, Naomi Cooper and Mrs. R. C. Henry. (All of those present had a part in settling early Stronghurst.)
***OBITUARIES***CHARLES O'GREN: Charles O'Gren, who has been a resident of Stronghurst for a number of years, died at his home in the east part of the village April 16th at about 10:00 o'clock. While it was generally known that Mr. O'Gren was in failing health, the seriousness of his condition was not realized by many and the news of his death came as somewhat of a shock to the community. The deceased was 66 years, 10 months and 6 days old. Funeral services will be conducted at the Swedish Lutheran Church with the remains interred in the village cemetery.
***ANNA WEIR***Mrs. Anna C Weir, wife of W. T. Weir, owner of the Oak Grove Fruit Farm in Gladstone Township, died at her home on the farm on April 16th at about 9:15 o'clock following a long illness from tuberculosis. Mrs. Weir was 55 years, 3 months and 5 days old at the time of her death. She was the daughter of John and Christina (Fost) Knutstrom of Gladstone and had been a lifelong resident of the community. She is survived by her husband and three children, Hazel, Bessie and William, Jr., all of the home. Funeral services will be conducted at the home with interment in the Biggsville Cemetery.
***JOHN A. EDMUNDS***John A. Edmunds, a well known and highly respected farmer of the Terre Haute neighborhood, passed away at his home on April 9th at the age of 60 years, 3 months and 21 days. He is survived by his wife who was formerly Miss Laura Squires of LaCrosse, Ill. and by three sons: John E. of Galva, Ill.; Gene S. of LaHarpe; and Lester A. at home. Two brothers, Sherman of Bulges, Sask., Can., and Bert of Lomax Ill. survive him. Funeral services were held at the Terre Haute M. E. Church with interment in the Terre Haute Cemetery.
***MRS. J. E. SPIKER***Mrs. J. E. Spiker, a former Raritan resident where her husband was a merchant and also postmaster for a time, died at the home of the family in Bushnell, Ill. on April 12th. Funeral services were held at the home and the remains entombed in the Bushnell mausoleum.
A RUNAWAY: A very exciting runaway was staged in the east part of town in which Harold Allison and a span of young mules were the principal actors. The team was hitched to a lumber wagon and in passing a home where some rugs were hanging on a clothesline and flapping in the wind, the team became frightened and started to give an exhibition of their speed. One line broke at the beginning and Harold's pulling the other line caused the team to circle around Dave Stewart's house and across his garden once or twice, upsetting a building and finally coming to a stop when they ran against Dave's store house. Harold jumped out in the early part of the game and escaped injury. The team also escaped serious injury.
NOTED FOR HIS VOICE: A Bloomington, Ill. daily paper in an account of a concert given in that city by the Illinois Wesleyan Glee Club made note of the part taken by Mr. Herbert Fitz of Decorra. "The seventh number was a Spanish episode, Miss Emily Frazier was the willing to be wooed senorita and after her song, the caballero in the person of Herbert Fitz appeared and pleaded for her favor. Mr. Fitz's voice is very well suited to the dramatic form of singing and he ably upheld his place. He sings freely and evenly with a quiet control that is exceptionally pleasing."
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The Earl G. Gordinier Stock Co. is playing a six day engagement at the Lyric Theater presenting a repertoire of unusually clever and entertaining plays. The play, "A Full House," given at the Lyric theatre by local talent under the auspices of the Women's Community Club was a very successful affair both from an artistic and financial standpoint. The cast, which was composed of Mrs. George Widney, Mrs. W. C. Regan, Mrs. L. O. Dawson, Mrs. Maxine Simpson, Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth, Mrs. J. W. Decker, Clidean Simpson, Chas. Fort, L. O. Dawson, James Curtis, Manly Staley, Ray Salter, Dixson Jones and Harry Gilliland rendered their respective parts in a manner which evidenced natural ability combined with careful training.