The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1925 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic: July 16, 1925

FATAL SHOOTING AT MONMOUTH: Police Chief Irey of Monmouth shot and fatally wounded Philip Dennison of that city and seriously wounded Eddie Dennison, brother of Philip, last Saturday night at about midnight near South C Street and W. 8th Ave. after they had refused to obey his command to halt.  According to the account of the affair given by the Monmouth Review Atlas, the police chief and two other officers had been called to the scene of the shooting by residents of the neighborhood who reported that there were prowlers about.

Chief Irey, when he arrived, saw two men who had been sitting down get up and separate in such a manner as to place him between them.  He called upon them to stop and not being obeyed and believing them to be armed and about to shoot, he fired twice at each man.  One of the men stopped, but the other continued running followed by the officer, who soon overtook him and brought him back to the scene of the shooting.  Here it was found that the first man shot was in a serious condition having been shot in the arm and through the lungs.  Both men were taken to the Monmouth Hospital where Philip Dennison, the first man shot, died at about 4 o'clock Sunday morning.  It was found that the brother, Eddie Dennison, had been shot in the right side and that the ball had coursed around a rib to the front of his body.  His recovery is expected.

Both men were found to be unarmed when captured and the version of the affair given by Eddie Dennison was that he and his brother had been in a near by grocery store for some ice cream and that they had stopped and sat down to rest and talk awhile.  When they saw the officer approaching, they got up and started off not knowing that he was an officer and not hearing his command to halt.

Philip Dennison, the man who was killed, was employed at Western Stoneware Company's plant No. 1.  He was 36 years of age and leaves to mourn his death a wife and five children, the eldest being but 12 years of age.  He came to Monmouth from Cave City, Ky. about a year ago and had only recently recovered from a railroad crossing accident in which he was injured last year.  A coroner's inquest held on Monday and Tuesday the verdict was that the effect that Dennison came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted b a police officer while the latter was in pursuit of his duty.

AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCE FOR PASTORS: The agricultural conference for rural portions of western and northern Illinois which was called at Galesburg July 8th by the College of Agriculture of the University of Illinois was attended by a number of the pastors and rural workers of Henderson County.  The purpose of the meeting is perhaps best defined in Dean Mumford's words.  He said, "This conference has been arranged because of the conviction that intelligent and cordial cooperation between the farm and home advisors, the farm and home bureaus, rural pastors and the rural church, teachers of vocational agriculture and the rural schools may profoundly affect the economic, social and religious life of farmers.  Frankly, the object of this conference is to promote such cooperation."

SURPLUS EARNINGS OF COUNTY OFFICERS: According to figures which have been furnished the Graphic, it appears that during the four years ending Nov. 30, 1924, the amount of excess salary turned into the circuit clerk, county clerk and sheriff, respectively, totaled the sum of $7,164.42 (in today's values=$107, 460).  Following are the figures as furnished by showing receipts and excesses for the three offices named for the four years.  W.P. Martin, Circuit Clerk: fees received=$13,286.95; excess salary paid county treasurer, $4,286.95.  J.J. Barnes, County Clerk: fees received, $13,355.16; excess salary paid county treasurer, $1,805.99.  R.T.McDill, sheriff: fees earned, $8,169.30; excess salary paid county treasurer, 1,071.48.  E.L. Davenport, Sheriff, two years, fees received $2,816.35; salary two years, $3,200.00 (People were taxed but not all was paid out.)

NON-HIGH SCHOOL TUITION FEES:  The Non-High school district board of Henderson County met at Oquawka as July 10th and audited and allowed tuition bills for pupils residing in the district and attending high school elsewhere as follows:  Oquawka-$693.09; Biggsville-$3,529.21; Stronghurst-$1,575.00; Gladstone-$2,304.90; Lomax-$2,662,65; Dallas City-$800.00; Terre Haute-$336.00 and Media-$2442.00. (other schools listed were Rushville, Little York, Seaton, Monmouth, Kirkwood,  and Blandinsville). 

PARKING ORDINANCE NO.133-Essentially, this is what it said: "It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to leave any motor vehicle parked on Broadway St. between Nichols St. and the Atchison, Topeka and Sant Fe Railway unless said vehicles were parked at the side of the street at an angle of about 45 degrees to the curb, the right side of the vehicle being nearest the curb.  Motor vehicles shall not park in sections designated "No Parking" or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant."-effective July 3, 1925. (Has this been repealed?)

HE WAS ROBBED:  The driver of a Cannon Ball Motor Transportation Co. bus was relieved of about $30 cash (today's value=$450.00) last Sunday morning at about 12:05 o'clock by two bandits who signaled to bus to stop and boarded it at a point near what is known as the Pape railroad crossing between Monmouth and Kirkwood. After forcing the driver, Fay Stanford, to hand over the cash which he had collected, the bandits put the bus temporarily out of commission by cutting some wires in the motor and the made their escape in an old Ford car which they had in the waiting nearby.

Being about midnight hour there were no passengers in the bus at the time of the robbery or a larger haul might have been made.  Officers at Monmouth were notified of the occurrence as soon as they could be reached and a hunt for the bandits started.  There are little prospects, however of their being caught. 

WEATHER REPORT: After several days of intense, sweltering heat during which the mercury has hovered between 90 and 100 in the shade, the cool breeze from the north today is calculated to cause the reflection that after all, Illinois weather, taking it on the whole, is not been of the dry scorching variety which causes vegetation to wither and die.  The face of nature never presented a fresher appearance at this time of the year in the locality than it does at the present.