The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

The 1925 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic: June 25, 1925

OIL ON THE STREETS: Four car loads of road oil were distributed over the streets of Stronghurst last Friday by the Monarch Asphalt and Road Oil Co. of Peoria.  Although a considerable quantity of the oil, which had not been allowed sufficient time for penetrating of the ground was carried off into the gutters by the heavy rains of Sunday night and Monday, enough remained to insure freedom from dust to our citizens probably for the remainder of the year.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Garnett Burrell has gone to Chicago to spend a few weeks at the home of her brother, Dean Burrell and family.  A. V. Brokaw accompanied a shipment of cattle to Chicago and will visit his daughter, Ruth, while in the city.  Mrs. Edgar Rankin and daughter Lucile arrived here from Palms, Calif. for an extended visit with relatives and friends.  Miss Doris Dixson, who  was offered a $100 scholarship at Carthage College, will probably decide to pursue her further studies at Monmouth.  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hurspool of Wala Wala, Wash. visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Brokaw.  Mrs. Hurspool is a sister of Mrs. Brokaw.  Huriff Flanegin left for the University of Chicago where he expects to complete his course of study in civil engineering interrupted by illness last year. Perry Cooper was taken from his home at Crandon, Wis. to Augustana Hospital in Chicago where he underwent an operation for the removal of an internal tumor.  He is reported to have stood the operation very well, but his condition is still quite critical.  Mrs. W. W. Ross was  hostess at a children's party in honor of her little granddaughter, Catherine Ross.  About 40 guests were present including the mothers of the children and several other invited guests.  After an interesting program of recitations and songs by the little guests the afternoon was spent playing various games on the lawn.  Delicious refreshments were served. Fred Kershaw has accepted employment with the signal service department of the Santa Fe and will go with the crew now working here to Fort Madison.  Miss Helen Beckett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beckett of the south neighborhood left on the Santa Fe for a western visiting and sight seeing trip which will be extended to California. 

Notice has been served on the creditors of Fred L. Mudd, formerly of this place, that he has been adjudged a bankrupt and that a meeting for the presentation of claims and the appointment of a trustee has been set to held at Peoria on July 3rd.  The identity of the young man who was killed by a train at Gladstone on June 4th has never been established and the remains are to be laid to rest the latter part of the week in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Burlington with Catholic rites.  The expenses outside of those connected with the interment will be born by Henderson County as no money was found on the person of the victim of the accident when it occurred.

FIRE IN BIGGSVILLE: A fire at the Walter Hazen home yesterday morning did considerable damage to the interior of the house and the furnishings.  Mr. Hazen was making ready to go to Oquawka on business and Mrs. Hazen who has relatives there, decided to go with him.  In haste to get ready, she forgot to turn out her kerosene oil stove which she had been using.  Some time later her brother, Earl Trimble, working in the Hazen garage next door noticed flames issuing from the kitchen window.  The fire was quickly extinguished and it was found that some of the woodwork and furniture in the kitchen had been badly charred while walls, ceiling and furniture all over the house was covered with the kerosene smoke.  It was thought the stove had exploded.  The loss will be considerable.

BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Verna, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Millen, is able to be about again having been confined to bed after she stepped on a nail and was quite sick.  Leo Menchoff and Miss Bessie Jenkins, a former high school teacher here, drove to Iowa City where they visited the Gail Edwards home.  Rev. White of the extension Department of the Moody Bible Institute will begin a series of Bible study Wednesday at the U.P. Church at 8 o'clock; everyone is invited to attend. Miss Edith Wilson and Miss Louise McCoy left last week overland for Boston, Mass., where they go to represent the Woman's Missionary Societies of Monmouth Presbytery at the general convention; they expect to visit New York City and Washington, D.C.  Friends received announcement of the marriage of Miss Gladys Stevenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stevenson to Ralph E. Fuger at Galesburg. 

OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Mr. Charles Watson and family who have been residents of Olena the past several months, are moving to a tenant home on the Bert Yaley farm where Mr. Watson has secured employment.  Mr. Charles Hicks and family will move to the property vacated by Mr. Watson and owned by Mrs. Robert McCartney.  On Tuesday afternoon Mrs. Myrtle Davis entertained a few of her friends in honor of her birthday.  Those present were Mrs. J. Peterson, Mrs. Ed Carlson, Mrs. Clas Carlson, Mrs. Charles Lyons and Mrs. J. Lant.  A good social time with a regular talkfest was in evidence throughout the afternoon.  Nice refreshments of sandwiches, coffee cake and peaches were served.  Mrs. Davis received some very nice present as remainder of the occasion. (Not only do we discover who lived in the neighborhood but also what would be served as such a gathering.) Roy and Keith Hicks motored to Monmouth Sabbath morning to join an excursion to Chicago.  The frequent hard rains have resulted in quite a loss of young chicks amongst the farmers wives of this community. (This was notable as chickens  not only ended up as fried chicken on the dinner table but also gave the farmer's wife income when she brought her eggs to town to trade for groceries, etc.)

MEDIA MEANDERINGS: D.R. Gilliland who has been seriously ill for the past week is thought to be resting some easier, but his condition is still very grave. Phonso Beall is running one of the John Pogue farms near Colchester this year.  Mrs. Winifred Keith is suffering from an attack of tonsilitis.  Prof. Neil Ausmus departed for Chicago where he will spend the summer attending Chicago University. 

LOMAX LINGERINGS: Mr. Gene Babcock of Carman area is now employed at the pumping station at Carthage Lake working at night as they are required to work day and night to take care of the supply of water.  A son was born to LaVern Starkey and wife on June 22.  Willard Myers of LaHarpe has opened a barber shop in a room adjoining to B. L. VanDruff pool room.  Mrs. Ermil Logan left for Davenport, Iowa, where she will take treatments.  N. H. Vaughan and wife returned from six weeks stay at Hot Springs, Ark. Lee Porter and family are driving a new Chevrolet coach.