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The 1926 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic: February 11, 1926

COL. SMITH TO TALK: Col. Frank L. Smith, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois will visit Stronghurst on Feb. 18th.  As he is scheduled to visit several other towns in Henderson, Warren and Mercer Counties the same day, the Col’s visit will necessarily he brief.   He has promised, however, to spend enough time with us to enable all who care to do so meet him and also to deliver an address covering 15-20 minutes at the Community Club rooms. Republican county chairman, C. R. Pendarvis induced him to come to town.

COMMUNITY CLUB MEETS: The Community Women’s Club met at the club room on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6th with member of the local chapter of the D.A.R. in charge of the program, “Colonial Days.”  Devotionals were conducted by Mrs. H. M. Allison and Mrs. R. N. Marshall.  Following these there was a display of old-fashioned costumes with living models.  Mrs. H. M. Allison participated by wearing the dress she wore as a bride nearly 59 years ago. Mrs. C. R. A. Marshall was dressed as Martha Washington representing colonial times.  Mrs. J. C. Brook in a hoop skirt that antedated the Civil War and Mrs. Guy Sanderson and Misses Stella and Esther Marshall wore extremely long gored skirts and basques and large sleeves , the fashion of 30 years ago.   Several shawls were shown by Mrs. W. J. McElhinney including a handsome embroidered black one being over 100 years old.  Another item of interest was an exhibit of forty or more Indian arrows which were tastefully arranged and loaned for the afternoon by Mr. C. R. A. Marshall, most having been found on his farm.  Mrs. Marshall also sent in a photo of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary McMillan Marshall, who was a real daughter of the chapter as she was the daughter of Daniel McMillan, the revolutionary soldier.

Six young ladies, the Misses Margaret McElhinney, Lorraine Anderson, Dorothy Knutstrom, Florence Ma Findley, Ida Ruth Sandy and Lena Morey, charmed the audience by dancing the beautiful minuet and Virginia Reel to the tune of old melodies played by Mrs. Marjorie Mudd.  The accurate manner in which these young ladies executed these intricate steps reflected great credit upon their instructor, Mrs. Alice Wax Painter.  The closing number was an illustrated lecture, “Our Country in the Making,” given by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D. Walker in a splendidly efficient manner.

PURCHASED ROAD OIL: Road commissioners from several townships in Henderson County together with County Highway Supt. C. R. A. Marshall met representatives of seven road oil companies at Biggsville Wednesday morning and negotiated for a large quantity of road oil to be used throughout the county during the coming season.  The successful bidders were Monarch Asphalt Road Oil Co. of Peoria and the Armould Oil Co. of Hamilton.  Commissioner T. R. Marshall, representing Stronghurst Township and the village of Stronghurst contracted of 101,000 gals of oil, 67,000 of which will be used for oiling township roads and 34,000 gal. for oiling the streets of the village.  The contract price for 80,000 gallons of oil purchased from Armould Co. is .0619 per gal. spread and the price to be paid the Monarch Co. for 21,000 gallons is .0619 spread.  The revenue derived by Stronghurst Township from the special 3 mills tax which was voted two years ago will be available this year for applying upon the oiling expense.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Henry Marshall and George Dowell, students at a Quincy business college, were home visitors.  Mrs. John Huppert has been an inmate of St. Francis Hospital in Burlington for the past week where she is expected to soon undergo an operation for goiter.  Mrs. C.M.Bell returned from the Burlington Hospital and her condition is considerable improved.  John Huppert was called Burlington by the death of his aged mother who lived in that city.  Funeral services and interment took place on Tuesday.  Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Brokaw and Mrs. Albert Griffiths were guests at the I. H. Brokaw home.  Mrs. Griffiths left after an extended visit that same evening on the midnight train for her home at Rocky Ford, Colo..  Mr. W. J. McElhinney went to Bloomington, Ill. to attend a convention of the Mutual Fire Insurance Companies of the state.  Mr. Glenn Marshall represented the Stronghurst Grain and Mdse. Co. at Peoria at the annual meeting of the Illinois Cooperative Grain Dealers’ Association. Friends here have received word from Mrs. Nellie Haben that her mother, Mrs. John Flatley, is lying at the point of death at her Little York, Ill. home.  Mrs. Haben is there assisting in her mother’s care. Mrs. Ed Links of the neighborhood south of Stronghurst is reported to be very ill at her home. 

Sparks from a chimney set fire to the roof of the dwelling in the north part of the village occupied by Chas. Wheeling and family.  An alarm was quickly turned in and the fire department quickly responded to the siren’s shrill call.  The blaze was soon subdued by the use of the chemical apparatus.  Beyond the burning of quite a hole in the roof, little damage resulted from the fire.  Mr. Cliff Fares of Winnipeg, Canada visited at the C. E. Peasley home.  Mr. Fares is a son of W. H. Fares, prominent Canadian rancher and stock man, known to many people in this community.  The elder Fares is very ill at present.  The son is connected with a large packing concern in Winnipeg as buyer and stopped off here to see his friend, Joe Peasley while returning to Canada from a business trip to Kansas City.

From the Media Record in the Stronghurst Graphic:

OBITUARY-MRS. MINNIE CALHOUN: the entire community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Minnie Calhoun last Thursday, a beloved resident of Media Township.  Her death was caused by pneumonia and peritonitis.  Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Raritan with interment in the Raritan Cemetery.  Mrs. Calhoun spent the greater part of her life in the community south of Raritan and has always been an ardent church member.  She is survived by her husband, George Calhoun, and an only son, Elbert.  She is also survived by three brothers, Amos George and Fred Cavins.