The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic: Feb. 19, 1925
CIVIL WAR SOLDIER DIES: Henry G. Garrity of Biggsville passed away at his home there on Feb. 14th at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 8 days. Funeral services were held at the U.P. Church in Biggsville on Feb. 17th Rev. J. A. Renwick of Olathe, Kansas, a former pastor of the deceased, officiating. Mr. Garrity was one of the few surviving Civil War veterans in Henderson County and a military escort comprised of comrades Mekemson of Biggsville and Hess of Kirkwood with a color bearer from the Naval Recruiting Station and a squad from American legion of Monmouth, Ill. acted as guard of honor as the flag draped casket was born from his home.
HELP WITH INCOME TAX RETURNS: Mr. C. E. Pendarvis of Peoria, who is a special agent of the revenue department of the state will be in Henderson County next week to assist tax payers in filing their income tax returns for 1925 and to answer any questions along these lines. He will be at the Media State Bank all day on Feb. 25th and during the forenoon of Feb. 26th. On the forenoon of Feb. 27th, he will be at the Stronghurst National Bank and in the afternoon at the Stronghurst State Bank. (Income tax was a new thing, authorized in 1913; help would have been appreciated.)
DAIRYING MEETING: Feb. 24th the Farm Bureau will hold a meeting for men who are interested in dairying. C. S. Rhode, Dairy Specialist of the University of Illinois will be present and will lead the discussion. This is not an attempt to turn Henderson County into a dairy center, but it is intended to give those men who are somewhat interested in this subject some information concerning their various problems. This should interest a man with two or three cows as much as one who is making dairying a specialty:
FIRE FIRE FIRE: Falling sparks from flues burning out came near causing the destruction of two farm homes in this vicinity during the past week. Last Saturday morning the roof of the house on the I. H. Brokaw farm in the Raritan neighborhood was discovered to be in flames by a neighbor, John Butler, who was passing. He quickly gave the alarm and prompt action on the part of neighbors who soon arrived resulted in the damage being confined to the burning of a large hole in the roof.
On Monday forenoon G. W. Beckett discovered a blaze in the roof near a chimney on his residence south of Stronghurst. Quite a stiff breeze was blowing at the time and the fire was making rapid progress when discovered. Mr. Beckett succeeded, however in quenching the blaze by the application of several buckets of water before the arrival of other assistance.
CHICKEN PIE SUPPER: The ladies of the Christian Church will give a Chicken Pie Supper at the Ladies Community Club Room on the Thursday evening Feb. 25th commencing at 5:30 o'clock. The menu is as follows: chicken pie, creamed peas, mashed potatoes, slaw, jelly, hot rolls, coffee and pie alamode. Price for the supper is 35 cents (about $5.17 in today's values). Your patronage is solicited. (Why did I include this ad in the column? This is how organizations made money in that time period. It also gives us a glimpse in what kind of menu was expected. Today, we depend on soup suppers, spaghetti dinners or maidrites.)
HE DIED: Mr. Charles Weddington passed away at his home in the west part of town this morning shortly after midnight following an attack of pleurisy. The news of his death came as somewhat of a shock to the community as it was not generally known that his condition was serious.
MARRIED-Frank J. Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Morris of Biggsville, and Miss Susie Magee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Magee of Stronghurst, were united in marriage Tuesday evening, Feb. 17th at the Christian Church parsonage by Rev. W. H. Cross
OBITUARY: GEORGE BOND BECKETT: Republican Record of Carrollton, Mo.-"George Bond Beckett was born in Henderson County, Illinois, 52 years ago. He spent his early life in Illinois and was married to Miss Kate Schaffer, 32 years ago. In about 1900 the family move to Iowa and they remained in that state for approximately four years. In 1904 the Becketts came to Carroll County and settled on the Harvey Kelly farm, some ten miles and north and east of Carrollton.
Mr. Beckett lead a busy life attending to his agricultural duties and entering into the activities of the community. About five years ago he purchased the farm known as the Brown farm, two miles east of Carrollton and lived on his farm until last spring when failing health caused him to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The change in climate did not restore him to health and he had been gradually growing weaker until the Death Angel finally claimed him.
His wife and sons, Ellsworth and George, Jr., were with him during his weeks of his illness. He also leaves two daughters in Carroll County: Mrs. Hal. P. Rea of Carrollton and Mrs. Louis Miller of Standish. Ellsworth Beckett, a brother, lives in North Yakima, Washington; Oscar and Joe Beckett live in Stronghurst, Illinois and Chas. Beckett, another brother, lives on the Kelly farm east of Bosworth. One sister died some time ago. Two sisters, Florence and Ollie Beckett, live in Stronghurst, Illinois. Mr. Beckett was highly respected in every community in which he was known and had many friends." (Many who had tuberculosis tried a warmer, dry climate and usually to no avail.)