The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, April 9, 1925
MAYOR FORT MARRIES: Charles, E. Fort, Jr., Stronghurst's popular village president , and Miss Dorothy Foster of Wapello, Ia., were untied in marriage at Burlington on April 2nd, From the Burlington Gazette: "At the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church at one thirty o'clock this afternoon, occurred the marriage of Miss Dorothy Foster of this city and Mr. Charles Fort of Stronghurst, Ill. Rev. Archibald Cradle officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster of Wapello, Iowa and a graduate of the Burlington Hospital Training school and is very popular with her friends and associates. Mr. Fort is a prominent young business man of Stronghurst.
While the lady whom Mr. Fort has chosen as his life companion is known to comparatively few of the Graphic's readers, "Chuck," as the groom is familiarly called by his friends, which means practically everybody in the community, is too well known to require any word here concerning the traits of character which he possesses. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Fort of this place and has for the past year or two been engaged in the ice business here, making his home with his parents. He is a graduate of the local high school and of Monmouth College, at which latter institution he specialized in vocal music and art in which he is especially proficient. Following his graduation, he engaged in the profession of teaching, holding principalships in various schools in other states.
When the world war broke out, he entered the Reserve Officers' Training School at Camp Custer, Mich. receiving a commission as 2nd Lieutenant after his term of training. He was then sent to Georgia where he was assigned to duty at Camp Hancock training troops for service during the remainder of the war. Since returning to Stronghurst, he has been engage in farming operation on the C. E. Fort farm adjoining the village and the management of the ice business which is an adjunct of the regular farm activities .Two years ago Mr. Fort received the honor of being elected to the office of President of the Stronghurst Village Board, a position which he has filled very acceptable to all concerned. Although importuned to accept the nomination for re-election this spring, he did refused to allow the presentation of his name for the office. He did consent, however, to become a candidate of the Citizen's party for the office of village trustee at the coming village election. Mr. and Mrs. Fort are now at home in their friends in the former J.T. Breen residence in Stronghurst which Mr. Fort purchased and furnished previous to his marriage."
DR. W. O. BUTLER HONORED: From the Wilkie, Sask. Press of Wilkie, Canada: A surprise banquet tendered to Dr. W. O. Butler on the occasion of his 75th birthday honored the former LaHarpe citizen and popular dentist well known to practically everyone in Hancock and Henderson Counties was held at the Prairie Lodge No. 57 A.F. & A.M. of Wilkie and was attended by over 30 Masons. Congratulatory speeches were delivered by a number of guests and a program of songs, etc. carried out in connection with the serving of the banquet which was held in the Rex Cafe. Of Wilkie:
SHE WON: First honors in the exclamatory contest held at the U.P. Church last Friday evening went to Miss Hazel Stine, a member of the Senior Class of the local high school who by virtue of the decision of the judges will represent the school in the declamatory contests held in connection with the coming Bi-County High School Meet at Alexis, Ill. and the County Meet at Media. Miss Hazel, who was the last of nine contestants to appear on the platform, won the decision by her rendition of "Lilac Time,"a selection well suited for the display of the elocutionary talent which she possesses. By a somewhat singular coincidence, Miss June Smith, who preceded Miss Stine and was eighth on the list of contestants, won second place with the selection, "The Big Lie." Third and fourth places were awarded to Miss Gladys Lant and Robert Mathers:
FREE ENTERTAINMENT DOWNTOWN: On Saturday evening, April 18th an open air entertainment under the direction of the business men of Stronghurst will be given from the band stand located on Broadway just north of the Main St. crossing:Features for the evening will include musical numbers, both instrumental and vocal, two reels of educational and two reels of comic moving picture film, addresses on community building, etc. It is proposed to rope off Broadway for a block north of Main St. in order to allow the use of both the sidewalks and the roadway for the audience. The canvass for the moving pictures will probably be stretched across the street just north of the band stand so that the pictures may be seen from either side of the street.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: J. I. Wolf and helpers are busy reshingling Mrs. Addie Cortelyou's house this week. Miss Evelyn Hartquist came home from Northwestern University for a vacation visit with her parents and friends. Glen Marshall, manager of the Stronghurst grain and Merchandise Co., reports having received a car load each of oil meal, molasses feed and coal the past week and some grain is beginning to come in. Bernie Breen is said to be seriously ill from tuberculosis at the Monmouth Hospital. Rev. Elmer J. Holt and family arrived from Canton, Ill. and are now at home in the Lutheran parsonage. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Jones accompanied their daughter, Mrs. Mabel Sanderson with her young son, Keith, to Rochester, Minn. to consult the Mayo Brothers in regard to the condition of the child, who is afflicted with something in the nature of infantile paralysis. They returned home. The doctors expressed the belief that he will outgrow the trouble.
IT WAS BURNING: The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crenshaw in the east part of town came near being destroyed last Sunday morning. Only prompt action on the part of the volunteer fire department prevented the catastrophe. A little before 10 o'clock passers by discovered a blaze spreading rapidly from a spot on the roof on the south side of the house where a spark from the chimney had evidently fallen and ignited the shingles. An alarm was quickly turned in and within a few minutes a large crowd had gathered to render any assistance possible in saving the home.
When the firemen arrived, the flames were sweeping over nearly the whole south roof of the house and the situation looked serious. A lead of hose was attached to the hydrant at the corner of the street diagonally across from the Crenshaw home and in a few moments a deluge of water was being poured on the flames. This had the desired effect and within 15 minutes from the sounding of the alarm, the fire had been completely extinguished.
While the interior of the house was undamaged by the fire, the water which had been poured into the attic seeped through the ceilings and floors in a number of places requiring the removal of most of the carpets and furniture. Mr. Crenshaw says, however, that he does not believe the damage from water will be as extensive as would naturally be supposed since the ceilings, on account of their excellent nature, were able to withstand the effect of the soaking which they received and will probably only need repapering. Had the fire originated in the night, it would probably have gained sufficient headway before being discovered to make saving the home impossible. Much credit is due the firemen for the prompt and efficient service which they rendered, The value to the village of the water works system has again been demonstrated.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gibb are the proud parents of a nine-pound boy that arrived at their home Saturday and has been named Donald Lee. A family supper was held Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Millen. Those present were Steve Graham and son Steven, Mrs. Mary Sandy and little son Jack, Mrs. H. J. Millen, Misses Mary and Dorothy Millen, Mrs. Frank Lant and daughters, Helen, Ruby, Ruth, Jean and Mary Gail, Henry Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Swedland and daughter Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cleek and little son Russell and Mr. and Mrs. Page Randall and children. (Doing family history? This list is a starter.) Mrs. Bert Liby returned home after spending the winter in California. Bert will make the trip overland in their car. The Junior Department of the U.P. Church with their leader, Mrs. Beth Glenn, held an outdoor picnic in the pasture west of town; some twenty of the society were present. Games were played and sandwiches and pickles were served. Dr. Alvina Mekemson has begun to enlarge and remodel her home on the north part of town; Clark Kelly is doing the work. Bob McDill expects to move his family into the Sam Holmes house in the near future. Bob has bought the barber business from Ed Parish.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Prof. Neil Ausmus was called to Camp Point by the death of his mother who has been in poor health for some time. The high school was closed Friday in order to show respect to Mr. Ausmus and his family. Miss Mary Dixon and her botany class visited the Monmouth greenhouse. Chas. Stanberry had the misfortune to hurt his back quite badly while working and lifting on a car in his garage.