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The 1924 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, July 3, 1924

Come and Get Saved: The battle against the entrenched forces of sin and iniquity in Stronghurst community was opened by Grady T. Cantrell evangelistic party last Sunday evening in a union meeting of the village churches in the big tent which was erected the latter part of the week in the village park. In addition to the congregations of the churches here there were many people present from Lomax, Dallas City and LaHarpe, where the evangelist has demonstrated his power to move men and women to turn from the way of evil and to seek the higher and better way of life. At this opening meeting Mr. Cantrell emphasized the need of personal work and of re-consecration on the path of God's professing children if they desired to see a real raising of the community to a higher plane of living and a revival of pure and undefiled religion:.

On Wednesday evening the use of the tent where the meetings are being held was given over to a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan at which a national speaker for that order expounded its principles and purposes. This evening (Thursday) the evangelist will preach on the Bible as the Word of God and on Friday evening, July 4th will speak on "Americanism."

The spirited singing led by L.E. (Red) Pcaut is an important feature of each service. Mr. Pecaut has the happy faculty of getting people to sing without "fussing" or coaxing and this makes this feature of the services especially enjoyable:

HOW TO PICNIC 1924 STYLE: CIRCUS COMING TO BURLINGTON: Circus enthusiasts of this community are keenly interested in the appearance of the John Robinson Circus and Trained Wild Animals appearing in Burlington on July 7th afternoon and night as no circus creates so much pleasure and joy among its patrons as a visit of the "Oldest and Best." The John Robinson Circus and Trained Wild Animals are now on the 101st annual tour and the program embraces features and novelties never presented before by any tented organization. Thousands of dollars were spent this year in purchasing trained animals from European as well as African and Asiatic dealers and with assistance of old "Dr. Stork" at the winter quarters in Peru. The John Robinson management asserts its superiority to savage training beasts and also the largest baby zoo in the universe:

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mrs. Hattie Plummer has returned from a several days stay at the home of her son Harry in the country. Mrs. Adam Smith entertained a few of the little folks last Saturday afternoon at her home in honor of her little daughter Jane's 5th birthday. Eight little girls were present to enjoy the occasion where ice cream cones, cake and lemonade were served. A bag of pressed popcorn, fudge and dimity(light weight, sheer cotton fabric in this case may have been a handkerchief) were given each guest as the left for home. Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Garrity were in Monmouth where they attended a soldiers' reunion. Mr. and Mrs Ed Berry and daughter from Albuquerque, N.M. came last week making the trip by auto and are enjoying a visit with relatives. The home of Miles Oaks northwest of town was badly torn up during the storm-big trees falling on the roof causing the roof to break in and all the windows on the west side to be broken. James Stevenson also had their roof lifted and carried away and the sleeping porch on the east side destroyed. Miss Jennie Jenkins, an instructor at the high school at one time, spent several days in the Albert Menchoff home. Mrs. Clarence McCormick was hostess to a number of friends in honor of Mrs. W.C.Becker of Chicago who before her marriage was Miss Lulu Mickey of Moline. A shower of presents was given her which adds much to the young lady's housekeeping. The salute to the flag will be a part of the patriotic program given by the Biggsville Community Club at its next meeting.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Ruby Butler has rented the property vacated by the Huff family and moved her household effects Tuesday. Joe Huff and family are moving to the home they recently purchased in the west part of town where Mr. and Mrs. McAndrews have been living. Quite a few people drove out to view Ellison Creek north of town the next morning after the deluge of last Friday night. It was quite an unusual sight the water running in a solid body from hill to hill each side of the stream. Mrs. P. C. Bainter received the sad news of the death at Adamsville, Ohio of her sister, Mrs. Sarah Harris. The deceased lady was 88 years of age and Mrs. Bainter is in her 93rd year.

The Stronghurst band has been engaged to furnish the music for LaHarpe's Fourth of July celebration which means that there will be nothing lacking in that feature of the program. From Joliet, R. T. McDill writes as follows: "I am here on my old job. I have charge of Solitary. The population of the prison is the largest in its history, 2092. They are building a new prison which when completed, will be the largest and most modern in the U.S. The wall encloses 60 acres on the state farm of 2000 acres, the labor on which is performed by prisoners." With no public celebration here of the nation's birthday tomorrow, Stronghurst citizens will observe the day in such manner as appeals to their individual fancy.