The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1913
Stronghurst Graphic, May 29, 1913
THE STRONGHURST HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI BANQUET: The third annual alumni banquet was given at the high school building with Mrs. Eliza Smith as caterer. The menu was as follows: strawberries on stem, powdered sugar, jellied veal, French peas, creamed chicken patties, radishes, new potatoes, Parker House rolls, orange marmalade, spring salad, bread and butter sandwiches, brick ice cream, angel food cake, coffee, and mints. (Those who have attended a recent banquet can see that the menu has changed considerably.) Covers were laid for 85 and at each plate was a neatly printed program, which also gave the menu courses. At the close of the repast, Attorney D.C.Dobbin, president of the association, expressed his pleasure at seeing so many graduates present and read telegrams of greetings from Misses Mary Monteith and Laverna Dixson, who are attending college at Oxford, Ohio. He announced that Mrs. Flo Tillotson would act as toastmaster for the occasion. After a brief introductory speech, she introduced Miss Lucile White, who responded. Miss Ellen Hartquist welcomed the members of the class of 1913 on behalf of the association and Chalmers Fort responded. W.C. Ivins gave the toast, "The Eats," and there is no doubt that the former principal did justice to both the subject and the object. (He ate a lot!) Mrs. Gertrude Upton gave a piano solo and then Mrs. Lois Tulsen responded. A vocal solo by Edward Fort, Jr., closed the evening.
New officers elected were Miss Clelie Beckett, president; Miss Orpha Veech, secretary, with Earle Brokaw as assistant secretary; Allan Annegers, treasurer; Ellen Hartquist, 1st vice-pres.; Claude Doty, 2nd vice-pres.; and Mrs. Ella Kirkpatrick, 3rd vice-pres. Program committee was W.C. Ivins, Mrs. Maude Yaley and Mrs. Flo Tillotson.
OBITUARIES:****Francis Gibb**** Francis Gibb, who was stricken with apoplexy on May 14th, passed away at his home in Stronghurst last Friday morning. The stroke which he suffered was on the right side and rendered him completely helpless, although he was partially conscious at intervals. He had been a resident of Stronghurst for over 5 years and was greatly respected by all the citizens of the community because of his integrity of character and admirable traits as a man and as a citizen. With his wife he retired from his farm near Biggsville some 5 years ago and bought property here. Mr. Gibb was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1837 and was 76 years of age at the time of his death. He came to this country with his parents when he was 15 years of age , the family settling near Biggsville. He was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor R. Hull on Nov.18, 1864, and is survived by his companion of 50 years and five children: Mrs. Sadie Rankin, Mrs. Margaret R. Rawhouser and James H. Gibb of Biggsville, David R. Gibb of Media and Mrs. Jennie G. White of LaPlata, Mo. Two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Beebe and Mrs. Agnes Bergreene, both of Biggsville, and 9 grandchildren survive...Funeral services were conducted at the U.P.Church in Stronghurst with the remains laid to rest in the Biggsville Cemetery.
****Mrs. James Parkins****Rosa Belle Dixon died at her home three miles southwest of Gladstone on May 17, 1913, after a week of intense suffering with gall stones. The funeral was held from her late home and her remains were laid to rest in the Carman Cemetery.
Rosa Belle Dixon was born near Carman, Ill., on Oct.1, 1877, and was united in marriage to James H. Parkins Feb.6, 1897. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are living and the youngest being a baby girl of twelve months. In early girlhood she united with the Methodist Church at Hoppers Mills, Ill.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: A young daughter has arrived at the Roscoe Deitrick home. Ed Carlson and family and Mrs. Virgil Davis are having a siege of measles. Several have lost stock: Mr. Arthur McKeown lost a good work horse and a young colt; Mr. Class Carlson lost a very sick cow; and Peter Johnson had two cows and a young heifer die. Mr. Terry, of Media, is supplying the busy farmers with their groceries and also buying eggs.(Is not the circle coming round again when today's people in Chicago can jump on the internet at peapod.com and have groceries delivered to their front door.)
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Fowler & Clark's Famous Dog and Pony shows promise a free street parade at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Chas Burchard of Ottumwa, Ia., died at a Galesburg hospital following an operation. The deceased was the daughter of Mr. Jeff Reynolds of this vicinity and married a man by the name of Hobbs. She was married the second time about a year ago to Chas. Burchard of Ottumwa. The funeral and interment was in that city.
Mrs. Luther Ogden has been taken to the Galesburg hospital; she is reported to be suffering from cancer of the bowels. Dr. J.P.Riggs of Media is an applicant for the job of Chief Chemist of the agricultural department of the government. This is the position which brought Dr. Wiley into prominence and here's wishing success to the Henderson County man who aspires to the vacant place. May he win out and find in the position the ladder by which he shall mount to fame. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Avery of Olena. Lyman Fort is one of the honor men in the graduating class of the University of Illinois and has been selected to deliver the "hatchet" oration. Work has begun on the remodeling of the building on the corner of Main and Mary St. recently purchased by Messrs Davis and Cable to be converted into a garage. Henry Smith and his brother, Joel, of Wells, Texas,are visiting in the area. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Waterman of Hopper neighborhood are the parents of a girl.
In Gladstone, Sam Stevenson has a new runaround car. Ira Ward has moved to Burlington. Mrs. M. Ellis is having a new cistern built at her home.
LOMAX LINGERINGS: Business is going along in spite of bad weather. Rev. Davis' new home on Fifth Street is beginning to go up pretty fast. Bert Anderson accompanied his wife to Rochester, Minn., where she went for operation for a tumorous growth on the neck. She stood the trip nicely but word has never come as to whether the operation is over or not. The funeral of Mrs. West of Iowa Junction was held at the Christian Church with burial in the Crane Cemetery. She left to mourn her loss 6 little children and a husband who will certainly miss her tender care. A babe of 2 years preceded her about 6 weeks ago. The new jeweler will soon open his business. Mrs. Geo. Hoover was called to Adrain on account of her little daughter, Ramah, breaking her arm.