The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1925 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic, June 11, 1925

FIRE SIREN DISCUSSED: At the meeting of the Better Stronghurst League, the matter of the purchase of an electric fire siren for the village was discussed. A notification from the Fire Inspection Bureau whose recommendation as to insurance rates are accepted by most of the fire underwriting companies of the country, was read in which it stated fire insurance rates in Stronghurst would be advanced unless certain requirements were met. One requirement was providing of an electric siren connected so as to be operated from the telephone exchange to sound fire alarms. Members of the village board present stated that the board was willing to do everything in its power to meet the various requirements of the Fire Inspection Bureau, but that they believed in view of the heavy expenditures which would be entailed in the purchase of the new fire engine and equipment, that there would not be available funds left sufficient for the purchase of a siren.

Various plans for raising the money were suggested-the most feasible of which seemed to be that of asking each fire insurance policy holder in the village to agree to a prorate assessment up to the amount of their policy. The fund so raised would be used for the purchase and installation of a siren. A committee composed of A. E. Jones, W. C. Ivins and E. R. Grandy was appointed to arrange for the canvass necessary to estimate the rate of assessment required to raise the sum needed, which it was thought would be about $700€¦The advantage to the village of a fire alarm is so obvious as needed no argument. In most cases it would mean from 15-20 minutes saved in getting a stream of water or chemicals on a blaze and the saving in some cases no doubt of thousands of dollars' worth of property.

CULTURE COMES TO THE "MAGIC CITY:" The ladies of the Community Club last Saturday afternoon proved to be a very interesting as well as edifying affair. A large number of specimens of art work of various classes on exhibition which included rare paintings, tapestry work, decorated china ware,etc. were displayed. The lecture on picture pioneer resident of Dallas City, his placing to insure effectiveness and harmony with surroundings, was given by Mrs. E. D. Walker with the assistance of lantern slides shown by Miss Marsden of the Farm Bureau office was an instructive feature of the occasion.

HE'S A LAWYER NOW! Charles E. Fort, Jr., who recently passed a successful bar examination at Chicago, went to Springfield and will appear before the Illinois Supreme Court today to receive the required credentials for the practice of the legal profession.

CLUB CALF TOUR: The members of the calf club and their parents and friends enjoyed a tour of the county, the purpose of which was to inspect all of the calves that are on feed. The boys and girls from the Terre Haute and Biggsville clubs assembled early in the morning and drove to the farm of C. W.Cooper at Bald Bluff where the inspection began. In the forenoon, calves being fed by Leslie Cooper, Russell Darrah, Catherine Rowley, and Stephen Graham were looked over and at noon a picnic lunch was enjoyed. In the afternoon the remainder of the prospective beeves were inspected belonging to the following club members; Russell Whiteman, Roscoe T. Galbraith, Lillian Malmberg, Fred Painter, Walter Drain, Harry Kern, Wendell Wetterling George Painter and Irven Painter.

When the trip was finished, everyone seemed to feel that they had had a mighty good time and several expressed that belief that when the calves were finished, they would make a real show. In addition to the club members those who made the trip were Pearl Dixon, C. C.Painter, J. E. Painter, Lowell Painter, Fred Seigworth, J. A. Mafhaffey, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rowley, Elizabeth Rowley, C. W. Cooper and C. E. Peasley.

HENDERSON COUNTY ATHLETE WON SECOND AT STAGG MEET: Jack McIntosh, Biggsville high schools high jump artist, won second honors at the Stagg Track Meet in Chicago last Saturday, clearing the bar at 6 ft. 1 5/8 inches, being beaten by only 3/8 of an inch by the winner. R. Whiteman, a team mate who was also entered in the meet, tied for fourth in the high jump at 5 feet, 11 inches. The significance of the records made by the two Henderson County boys can be understood when the fact is considered that the best school athletes in the state participated in this meet.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Miss Marie Rankin of Monmouth, a student of Columbia University in New York City, is home on vacation. Prof. Nichols was guest of honor at a social gathering held at the U.P. Church parsonage participated by members of the church and their friends. Prof. Nichols, who is soon to leave on a vacation to Colorado, has acceptably filled the position of choir director of the U.P. Church during the past few months. He was made the recipient of a purse of money in gratitude. Mr. Geo. Fort went to Chicago accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hicks to consult an expert occultist in regard to the removal of a cataract from his eye. They were advised that the operation would be performed with safety and that the chances were that it would result in the restoration of the patient's sight. Mr. Fort will probably have the operation in the near future. Ernest Baker, a pipe line employee at Dallas City, drove a Ford car onto the Sycamore crossing of the Santa Fe Railroad Saturday morning in front of a freight train which was approaching. The car was struck and dragged and rolled a distance of 121 feet, the driver being carried with it for 80 feet. He was picked up and found to be in a semi-conscious condition but with no indication of broken bones. Later, he was taken to the Santa Fe Hospital in Fort Madison where his recovery was predicted.