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The 1925 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic: April 23, 1925

INTER-CLASS TRACK MEET: With a record-breaking crowd present, the Senior Class won the second annual inter-class track meet of Stronghurst High School.  Until the meet was half over, the result was in doubt as the Sophomores and Juniors were close on the heels of the Seniors but an upset of the dope bucket(?) occurred in the low hurdle race when the Seniors took the event and from then on the Senior steadily piled on a lead.  Excellent records were made in nearly all events with the most sensational being the time of 22 9/10 seconds made by Frank Wilcox, Senior in the 220-yard dash.  This is considerably better than the bi-county and county records for this event. Several other records of last year's meet were broken.  Clarence Burrell, Senior, broke his own pole vault record by vaulting 10 ft. 7 inches.  Clifford Mills and Max Veech tied for first in the high jump at 5 ft. 5 inches, raising last year's mark and Mills broke the javelin record with a throw of 149 ft. 10 in.   Wilcox raised his own record in the running broad jump with a leap of 20 ft. 10 inches.  The two girls' events in which 12 girls competed saw marks set that will be difficult to improve.  The 30 yard dash was won by Garnett Burrell in 4 2/5 seconds and in the baseball throw, Alma Mills made a toss of 138 ft. 4 inches& (A long list of other winners is included in this article which will be found on microfilm at the Henderson County Public Library, Biggsville.)

BANKERS DISCUSS PROTECTION: A meeting of the Henderson County Bankers Association was held at the State Bank of Stronghurst with the following bank officials and directors in attendance: P. P. Linell and R. B. Parsons of Oquawka; F. A. Strickler of Lomax; J. K. Barry of Media: A. J. Pierson of Gladstone; J. C. Brook of Media; Frank Crenshaw, C. H. Curry, R. W. Marshall, C. R. Kaiser, D. Prescott, A. F. Kaiser, C. E. Peasley, B. G. Widney and J. F. McMillan of Stronghurst. P. D. Linell was elected as president for the ensuing year; B. G.Widney as vice-president; and R. B. Parson as secretary. Doug Prescott was selected as the delegate to the bankers group meeting to be held in Moline, Ill. in June. The principal matter discussed was that of better protection against day-light hold-ups and raids.

While no definite plans were formulated, it was decided to hold another meeting at which time R. C. Saunders, the man who organized a protective system for Iowa Bankers which reduced bank robberies to a minimum in that state last year, is expected to be present and explain the Iowa system to the Henderson County men.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: We invite you to drive up and inflate your tires with the new air hose which we have installed for your convenience. If you need a new tire or repairs may we serve you.-Ed Logan (Autos were here to stay.)

CHIROPRACTORS ASK FOR RECOGNITION: Opposition from certain quarters to Chiropractic practice in this state has manifested itself recently in the arrest and fining of a large number of practitioners of this particular system of healing under the medical practice act. This has aroused the members of the Chiropractic profession in the state to the necessity of protective measures of some kind and a bill is being prepared for introduction in the legislature asking for recognition of Chiropractic as a legitimate profession and providing for regular examinations under state supervision of applicants who wish to engage in the profession and providing also for the issuing of licenses to applicants who successfully pass such examination.

DEATH OF ROSS KING: Ross T. King, a former resident of the Raritan neighborhood and well known to many, passed away at his home in Galesburg, Ill. last Tuesday Funeral services will be conducted at Galesburg on April 24th at 11 o'clock A.M. The remains will then be brought to Walnut Grove Cemetery northeast of Stronghurst where interment will be made. For the benefit of any who may desire to be present at the interment, it is stated that the funeral party is expected to arrive at the cemetery at about 2 P.M.

LUTHERANS CELEBRATE NEW PASTOR: A very pleasant reception for the new pastor of the Stronghurst Lutheran Church, Rev. E. J. Holt and his family was held at the church Friday evening. The affair was in the nature of a surprise to them as they had been invited to the country for supper and returning about 8 o'clock to be present at choir practice.

When they entered the church, they found almost the entire congregation assembled along with Rev. and Mrs. Lorimer of Monmouth. Rev. Lorimer, who has been the vice pastor of this congregation for almost a year, expressed in a very pleasing manner the happiness of the congregation in again having a minister of their own. At the close of his remarks, he presented Rev. Holt with an envelope containing a substantial sum of money contributed by the members of the congregation.

Although taken completely by surprise, Rev. Holt responded in a very able and appropriate manner and expressed the thanks of himself and family for their manifestation of kindness. After the singing of a familiar hymn, all present were invited to the beautifully decorated dining room of the church where a delicious two course luncheon was served.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Myra Fort, who has been confined to her home by illness for several months, was taken to Rochester, Minn. for treatment at the Mayo Bros. institution. C.S.Brokaw, who has made his home at Colorado Springs, Colo., for the past few years, arrived here and will again take up farming on his old place southeast of Stronghurst. Mr. Daryl Dowell wishes to thank the finder of the suitcase containing clothing and to the Graphic for making it possible for him to recover his property. Harold Fornell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Del Fornell of Stronghurst is in a rather critical condition at the Burlington Hospital where he underwent an operation for tuberculosis of the bone in one of his limbs.

Amounts unpaid on Stronghurst Village water system assessments will become delinquent after April 30th. Advertisement and sale of property assessed will result form failure to meet these payments by that date-W.C.Regan Collector (Guess you better pay up or lose your land; they just didn't mess around back then.) At a meeting at the NuVon Hotel Tuesday evening, a number of businessmen interested in the free street entertainment proposition decided to give another open-air entertainment sometime within the next two weeks; the exact time is left to a committee on arrangements and program selected.

George Decker is prepared to accept lawn mowing and other odd jobs. "April's Group" invites you to come out Friday night to the show at the Lyric Theatre and hear some good orchestra music by the high school. The high school and grade school district boards are in session considering bids and proposals and listening to representatives of various construction, plumbing, heating and lighting concerns preparatory to letting contracts for the erection of Stronghurst's proposed new school building.

W. T. Love of Gladstone has been interviewing some of our business men concerning a plan which he has for building a large city on a tract of land south of the village of Gladstone and in which the "garden city" idea, which has proved successful in England, will be carried out. Mr. Love reports, we are told, he has already secured options on about 1,600 acres of land in the district mentioned. (This is the same W. T. Love was an entrepreneur at Lomax in 1912. Read Lomax, A Pictorial History, 1912-1930 by Glen Smith and Bill Lionberger at the Henderson County Public Library. The pictures are fascinating.)

OLENA OBSERVATIOS: Rev. M. L. O'Hara, superintendent of the Galesburg district, gave a most interesting and highly appreciated sermon in the Olena church on Sabbath p.m. April 12th. A large crowd was present to hear him as he is one of the most dearly beloved of the pastors who have served the Olena and Stronghurst charges. He spoke along the line of the world service of the Methodist Episcopal Church and its great need and about $50 ($741 in today's values) was pledged to this noble work. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper was observed at the close of the sermon: Mr. and Mrs. Homer Justice of the drainage district spent Easter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Deitrick(as spelled in paper). Mrs. Margaret Peyton is nursing at the Peterson home near Decorra. Mr. Parley Peyton, her son, is trying out a car he recently purchased. A number have found employment on the new road and bridge work west of Olena.

The regular school election of the Olena district was held in the village with Mr. Oscar White re-elected for the long term and Mr. Wm. Brown for the unfinished term of Mr. Simonson who moved out of the district. They join Mr. Lon Lagel on the board. In the Burrell district, Mr. Likely was elected to take the place of Mr. Charter who did not wish to serve any longer. In the Heisler District, Frank Lant was elected to take the place of Mrs. Browning who wished to retire. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller of Biggsville and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schroeder of Media ate their Easter dinner at the Jesse Lyons home and attended preaching service in the village at 3 pm. Mr. William Hicks has purchased a team of horses. The recent showers have started the grass and other vegetation, small grain is looking good and fruit trees that were not winter killed are beautiful in their variegated bloom. Mrs. James McDermitt of Galesburg spent the past week with her granddaughter and her family, Mr. and Mrs. James Brewer, returning to Stronghurst to visit relatives.

CARMAN CONCERNS: Mr. Paul Pendry who is again a patient at the Burlington Hospital, is some better he has Bright's disease. Mrs. Mary Seins is still a sufferer with ear trouble at the Burlington Hospital and was operated on this week. Mrs. Carrie Rehling was a Ferris, Ill. goer to help drill the Memorial staff for the Rebekah district meeting at LaHarpe May 25th. She was accompanied by Mrs. Mary Bradley of Lomax, who is the Rebekah district present. Mrs. Charles Tharp's son Roy has the chicken pox. Ben Johnson of California, formerly of this place, preached a very fine sermon Monday evening which was enjoyed by his old acquaintances and friends.

DALLAS CITY SCHOOL COURT CASE: Objectors to the Dallas City Community High School, who started their legal battle against the community plan of the school at the October term of court, 1922, had their hearing in Circuit Court last week. Also, of course, the proponents of the community school were present and active and a real legal battle was on before Judge Frank. Both sides agreed to waive a jury in the case:The objectors, Charles Bartlett and others, filed a quo warranto proceedings against James Vass and the other members of the school board requiring the board to show, in court, why the board assumed its authority as such and proceed to conduct the community school:

(In this issue is a notice for bids on the Olena bridge giving particulars as to materials needed.)

LONG TRAIN: A freight train of 127 cars passed east over this division of the Santa Fe. The limit for east bound trains is 125 cars, but the train was still within the limit by weight of 3,240 tons. (This was very unusual in 1925 but no so today.)

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: At the meeting of the Ladies Aid, captains were named for the five divisions: Mrs. Elizabeth Sterrett, Mis Mary Millen, Mrs. Edna Liby, and Mrs. Beth Glenn, one captain is to be selected later. Rev. Wilson of Monmouth preached at the United Presbyterian Church. At the close of the service, the congregation voted to call Rev. Caughey of Red Oak, Iowa. The Eldeen Book Club met at the home of Mrs. Beth Glenn. After books were exchanged, the afternoon was spent socially discussing chicken raising. The hostesses served a luncheon of chicken sandwiches, lettuce salad, pickles, angel food cake, pie and coffee. Mrs. Chas. Whiteman and Miss Gothard Newton were guests. Joe Robbins moved his family from near Gladstone into the Jim Wilson property on the north side of town. The oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Robbins was taken to Lincoln, Ill. and placed in an institution where he will be treated and cared for.

The Presbyterian Women's Missionary Society held their regular meeting last Friday afternoon with Mrs. Letha Rowley, Mrs. A. P. McHenry being program leader, "India" being the foreign topic and "Our Colored People" the home topic. Articles on the world's missionary convention held at Washington, D.C. were read by Miss Olive Nose and Mrs. A. W. Martin. The Methodist Missionary meeting was at the home of Mrs. John Gibson, The president, Mrs. George Kelly, led the devotionals. Mrs. Churchill was program leader. Mrs. Mary Jackson had charge of the mystery box. "China" was the topic of the day. Relatives received word of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Reid Everett of Kirkwood. Mrs. Everett formerly was Miss Maude Gridley. Miss Jean Mekemson returned home from Memphis, Tenn. where she had undergone an operation on both hips. The Junior-Senior banquet will be held at the Blue Grass Hotel. Mrs. White will serve the meal. Mr. and Mrs. Claude Renwick are the proud parents of a baby boy born at the Alf Renwick home Monday.

MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Rev. W. H. Cross and S. Mathers attended the meeting of Monmouth Presbytery at Kirkwood. John Suydam, who has been in Burlington for some time taking treatments for the removal of a cancerous growth from the back of his hand was able to come home. The treatments were successful and the growth removed. Mac Pogue was nine years old Sunday and on Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Chas. Pogue invited a number of his schoolmates to help him celebrate at their home west of town. The afternoon was pleasantly spent in various games after which refreshments were served. Those in attendance were Ernest and Kenneth Stanbary, Harold Drain, Harold Powell, Wayne Moon, Margaret and Ruth Norville, Elizabeth Kimball, Charlotte Cross, Carolyn Campbell, Gazella Lawyer, Carolyn Beall, Mabel White and Fern and Gayle Collins. A surveyor from Monmouth surveyed the track for the County High School Athletic Meet which is be beheld here Friday, May 22. The county declamatory contest will be held here the evening of the same day. The track has been skinned and is being put into excellent condition for the meet.

Some time ago, the village purchased a tract of some 4 or 5 acres of ground in the west end of town from the John Wever estate for a village park. The work of filling in and grading was begun. Trees and shrubbery are to be planted and it is hoped to have a pretty and attractive place in the near future. It has been named Wever Park in honor of the founder of Media Wever Academy. Mr., and Mrs. Raymond Mathers and little son are staying in Kirkwood while he is doing some road grading near there. D. H. Gilliland is on the sick list. The high school students are having an inter class meet after school Thursday afternoon. Mrs. R. G. Gould of Warroad, Minn. and her son John of Batavia, Ill. were here attending to business affairs. Friends were sad to learn that Mr. Gould is not well. Miss Florence Gram and her pupils went to the woods north of town to hunt spring flowers and returned with hands full of pretty ones. M. D. Drain, the assessor, were assessing Stronghurst people who have land in Media Township. The Senior Class play, "In Search of Carolyn," by Beulah King will be presented under the direction of Miss Gladys Frank at the Academy Friday evening, May 1st.