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The 1926 Graphic

Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross

Stronghurst Graphic: January 28, 1926

OBITUARY  MRS. LOUISA WORTHINGTON: Mrs. Louisa Augusta Worthington, widow of the late William R. Worthington, passed away on Jan. 26th at the family home in Raritan Township,7 miles southeast of Stronghurst on Tuesday morning at about 1 am following a long period of declining health.  Her age at the time of her death was 85 year, 3 months and 22 days. Mrs. Worthington’s early home was in New Brunswick, N.J.  She was the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Van Middlesworth) Applegate, of that city and was born Oct. 4, 1840.  She received her education in the New Brunswick public schools and a private Girls’ Seminary. She then began teaching in the public schools of her home city following that calling until 1870.

On March 9, 1870 she united in marriage to William R. Worthington, also a native of New Jersey, who had come to Illinois and become the owner of a farm in Point Pleasant Township, Warren County 2 ½ miles east of Raritan.  This was the home for the family until 1888 when Mr. Worthington sold the place and purchased the southwest quarter of Section 21 in Raritan Township where the deceased continued to make her home until her passing.  Mr. Worthington was called from his earthly labors in August 1904 since which time the farm has been under the management of the son, Lewis A.Worthington, who has made his home with his mother.

Three children were born to the couple, all of whom survive: Lewis A. and Asa A. Worthington of this vicinity and Mrs. Maggie R. Worley of Blandinsville, Ill.  There are also three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  One Brother, Asa Applegate and one sister, Jennie F. Applegate, both of New Jersey survive her.

Mrs. Worthington was a woman of culture and refinement, quiet and unostentatious in her manner of life, kindly disposed and filled with the spirit of true charity toward everyone.  She led a sincere and devoted Christian live, having confessed Christ and united with the 1st Reform Church of New Brunswick, N.J. in her young womanhood.  On coming to Illinois, she became a member of the Raritan Reform Church and was active in its affairs and a faithful attendant upon its services until invalidism and advancing years made her a “shut-in.”  During her period of active work in this church, she taught both in the primary and adult divisions of the Sabbath School.  Funeral services were held at the Raritan Reform Church with interment in the Raritan Cemetery.

***OBITUARIES***EUNICE M. COOK: Eunice M. Cook, daughter of S. A. and Sara Livingston, was born near Terre Haute, Ill, Dec. 13, 1865.  In the early eighties she was married to Wiley Cook, living for a time on a farm near Raritan.  From there they moved to Kansas and later Missouri and Arkansas.  She came to the home of her sister, Mrs. J. H. Foote in Stronghurst Jan. 25, 1925 and about a week ago was taken sick, passing away about noontime on Jan. 22th.  She leaves behind her husband, Wiley Cook of Arkansas and one son Orville, two sisters-Mrs. Maude Foote of Stronghurst and Mrs. Viola Straub of Summerfield, Kansas and one brother, Oliver Livingston of Kansas City, Mo.  Four grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces survive.  Funeral services were conducted at the J. H. Foote home with interment in the local cemetery.

***WILLIAM T. PATTERSON: William Thomas Patterson, second child of a family of nine children, was born to David Augustus Patterson and Mary Payne Patterson at Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois on Jan. 26, 1841.  He passed away Jan. 20, 1926 at the age of 84 years, 11 months and 26 days.  At the age of four years, the family moved to northern Illinois near Chicago.  Two years later they located in Adams County, Ill. where William grew to manhood and spent his life time until he came to live with his niece, Mrs. Mae Hunter Morgan at Stronghurst.

In 1862 he enlisted as a Union soldier in the Civil War entering as a private in Co. B, 78 Illinois Volunteer Infantry where his record was most exemplary.  He participated in the battles of Rock Face, Ga. on May 9 & 10, 1864; Resaca, Ga. On Ma 15th; Rome, Ga., May 17th; Kennesaw Mountain on June 27th.  He also engaged in a skirmish July 17 on the east side of the Chattanooga River and at Peach Tree Creek on July 20th.

At the battle of Janesboro on Sept. 1, 1964 he received injuries in the hand and wrist and was removed to a hospital for treatment and recovery.  His injuries proved to be of such severe nature that he was destined to continue life with but little use of his right hand.  On Feb. 25, 1864, he was granted an honorable discharge from the army at the U.S. General Hospital at Quincy, Ill.    He was united in marriage March 11, 1869 to Sarah A. Hinds who competed her earthly tasks on Jan. 18, 1914. Two sisters, Mrs. Ann Maria Gerard of Ursa, Ill. and Mrs. Lenora Garrison of Butte, Montana and two nephews and five nieces survive him. 

“Uncle Will” as he was familiarly known was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.  He was a most congenial and beneficent spirit.  He faced life’s problems squarely and accepted its issues with an attitude that made his family’s burden seem lighter and always lived a life as a wonderful opportunity to smile and spread a word of cheer.  Every child who knew him was his ardent friend and adults admired his glowing cheer and optimistic nature…

CELEBRATED 35TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: The Charles E. Swanson home east of Stronghurst was the scene of a happy event on Jan. 22nd when the children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Swanson with a few relatives, gathered at the home to help this estimable couple celebrate their 35th anniversary of their marriage in fitting style.  The visitation came as a surprise to the couple, but they were relieved from any anxiety regarding the preparation of a meal for the self-invited guests as the latter brought baskets filed with the ingredients for a sumptuous repast, which was served at the noon hour. A handsome “bride’s bouquet” was presented to Mrs. Swanson to remind her of the happy occasion of 35 years ago.  She and her husband were also presented with a fine mantle clock as a memento of the anniversary gathering.

The married daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Swanson who were present with their husbands and children were Mrs. Wm. Ottoson, Mrs. Bert Johnson and Mrs. Chester Erlinson.  The unmarried daughters present were Hilma, Esther and Evelyn.  The sons who are at home are Carl, Arthur and Roy.  In addition to these children and grandchildren also present were Gust. A. Swanson and family, Charles Johnson and family and Anton Nelson and family.

TOPS THE CHICAGO MARKET: Emanuel Peterson of Oquawka topped the entire cattle trade at Chicago Jan. 18th when he cashed a fancy shipment at $11.00 per hundred weight.  It consisted of 44 head which averaged 1,186 pounds in weight.  They were Western branded Herefords and a fine qualified meaty lot from end to end.  The report from the market stated that it was the only sale at the price with 11,000 cattle on sale from five or more states, bulk of which changed hands from $1.00 to $2.50 per hundred weight lower.  This shows that premium that is paid for well bred stock with a good corn crib cross such as the Peterson beeves were.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: J.W. Opie of Trivoli, Ill. was in town on business connected with the Stronghurst feed mill of which he is the owner.  Mrs. William Boock of the Bald Bluff neighborhood died on Sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rock Island following a long illness.  John Anderson, an aged resident of the Good Hope neighborhood in McDonough County, was killed on Jan. 23rd by an automobile which struck him while he was waiting on the hard road near his home.  One hundred and fifty voters of Raritan Township have signed a petition asking that Illinois senators and representatives, place themselves on record as against the U.S. joining the World Court. John C. Allen is representative of this district. Mr. and Mrs. Reimer Laham of Monmouth celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with a dinner at Hawcock’s restaurant last Sunday.   Mr. Laham is past 83 years and Mrs. Laham is past 81.  Mr. Laham acquired a comfortable fortune through the cigar manufacturing business which he conducted in Monmouth for 35 years.

LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Samuel Hagen an 82-year-old resident of Gladstone and a Civil War veteran, dropped dead from heart disease at his home last Monday morning shortly after he had arisen for the day.  Archie and Eddie Shick returned to their home in Decatur, Mich. after three weeks visit with relatives.  Henry Adair shipped five car loads of cattle and the local Shippers Association one load of hogs to Chicago from this point on Monday.  Mrs. J. A. Mahaffey has been on the sick list for several days, her illness keeping her confined to her bed.  A series of revival services are to begin in the Biggsville U.P. Church on Sabbath evening, Jan. 31st with Dr. Luther Peacock, a well-known revivalist in charge.  The ladies of the Christian Church will hold a Food and Bake sale at the NuVon Hotel on Feb. 6th commencing at 1:30 o’clock.  Arthur Forbes, who has been assisting his father with the draying business for the past week or two returned to Lockport, Ill. where he has employment.  Leslie Lovitt went to Chicago to represent the Shippers Association at the annual meeting of the Chicago Shippers Association in session there.  A big banquet was one of the features of the gathering. R. H. Kirby, a well-known citizen of Dallas City, suffered a paralytic stroke while he was in the Farmers’ State Bank and had to be taken home in a taxi.  His entire right side is said to be affected although he is able to sit up and talk fairly well.  John Wymans, former well-known farmer in the Reed neighborhood and later a resident of Oquawka, Little York and Monmouth, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nola Salmons in Monmouth at the age of 77 years. 


We individuals in Media Township would not be willing to see the community building back in the state it was two years ago and without it for double its cost.  There is not a farm or business which pays as big dividends as this added improvement.  Yet, there is a danger signal staring us in the face.  Whenever our boys play basketball, they have to go two blocks for a dressing room.  This is very dangerous.  If we lose one boy through this neglect, we have lost something money will not replace.  Why not add a dressing room and shower bath to the gymnasium?  This would not be an expense; it would be an investment.

The young people of the United Church of Media will present a home talent three act comedy-drama, “A Kentucky Belle,” Tuesday evening Feb. 2nd at 8 pm in the high school auditorium.  The ladies Bible class served lunch at the farm sale taking place at the Cleve Hickman residence. The Lewis Seed Co. office has been greatly improved by some interior decorating and the installation of a new furnace.  This work was done by Stanbary and Graham, interior decorators.  Another community frolic will be staged Friday evening, Jan. 29th in the Media public school auditorium to which the entire community is invited.  Mr. C.R. Pendarvis spoke a few words Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour to the effect that a Bible normal instruction course would be given in Biggsville from May 30th to June 13th and urged all Bible school teachers to attend.  Mr. Pendarvis also presented the plan of having a Children’s Daily Bible class during the summer vacation which can only be advanced through the cooperation of the parents.