The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, February 6, 1913
PROFITABLE CLOVER CROP: F.V. Doak of the south neighborhood is feeling pretty good over the returns from an 80 acre field of clover. He recently marketed the seed and realized $3,739.60 which would be at the rate of $46.71 per acre... The land on which this crop was grown was purchased from Mr. Geo. Chandler at $150 an acre and some thought the price too high. However, this year's crop proved Mr. Doak exercised good judgment in the purchase. He plans to plant 160 acres in clover this year.
OBITUARIES **Frank Cargill** Frank, the 17-year-old son of James Cargill, Sr., of Carman, died at the home of his brother, James Cargill, Jr., near Olena. He was a sufferer from tuberculosis.
**Issac Prugh** Isaac Prugh, the veteran undertaker and one of the oldest and best respected citizens of Burlington, Ia., passed away at his home in that city. He was the owner of a fine farm near Lomax and was well known to a large number of Henderson County people.
**John P. Hawkins** John P. Hawkins was born in Indiana, Dec. 2, 1835, and departed this life Jan. 22, 1913, aged 77 years, 1 month, and 20 days. He was the third child in a family of nine children. In 1845 he came to Illinois, settling near Basco where he has since resided with the exception of three years which were spent in McDonough County.
On March 1, 1857, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Clark of Basco and to this union were born nine children: J.W. Hawkins of Stockport, Ia.; T.L. Hawkins of Little Rock, Ark.; H.H. Hawkins of West Point; Mrs. Rose Mourning of Basco; Mrs. Hugh Smith of Larmar, Colo.; Mrs. Douglas Steffey and Mrs. Byrd Collins of Stronghurst; and Addie of this village; Walter J. dying in infancy.
When the war of rebellion broke out, Mr. Hawkins felt the call of his country and enlisted in the Union Army at Basco on Aug. 15, 1862. On Sept. 1 the company left there for Camp Butler. He was mustered into service on Nov. 1st and left for Memphis, Tenn., later arriving at Vicksburg on Dec. 26 where his company rendered valiant services at Haine's Bluff. In August 1863, he was discharged and returned to Basco. It was during his service as a soldier that he suffered the loss of one eye.
The deceased followed the trade of brickmaker and carpenter and for a few years was in the merchandise business here and at Blandinsville. In 1887 he united with the Methodist church for which he was a consistent member. For the past seven years, Mr. Hawkins has been quite feeble and was confined to his home.
He is survived by a loving wife, two sisters, Mrs. Jane Tanner of Norfolk, Neb., and Mrs. W.H. Barnaby of Basco, also twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren... Funeral services were conducted from the Basco M.E. Church with interment in the south cemetery.
**Mrs. B.P. Blincoe** Mrs. B.P. Blincoe died Feb. 1st at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Humphrey, on the N. Bruen farm, southwest of Stronghurst. Lucinda Mitchell was born on the West Fork of the Monangahela River, West Virginia, on the 28th of May, 1834. She married Mr. B.P. Blincoe in Oct. 1860. He with an only daughter and thirteen grandchildren are left to mourn. She spent most of her life near Cuba, Missouri... Interment was made in the Bruen Cemetery.
GOES TO THE PEN: The jury in the Herman Chockley murder trial at Monmouth, returned a verdict of man slaughter after being out nearly nine hours. The prisoner was given an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment at Joliet and was taken there last Monday. The crime of which he was convicted was the shooting of Chas. T. Taylor of Point Pleasant Township in Warren County at the latter's home about a year ago. The alienation of the affection of Chockley's wife by Taylor furnishing the motive for the deed. In a former trial the jury disagreed and the case has cost Warren County in the neighborhood of $10,000 to prosecute.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mayor C.H. Curry left on a trip to the Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas. He expects to be joined at Galesburg by his uncle Chas. Curry of Roseville who has a farm in the valley. Dr. Bond has purchased the Bennington property on the corner of Nichols and Division Streets now occupied by Jos. Davier. He will remodel the house and occupy it as a residence. A few blazing shingles on the roof of Rae Nordstrom's house in the north part of town caused a fire alarm, but a number of buckets of water thrown on it rendered the service of the department unnecessary. Gus Carlson, employed by David Strand, was kicked by a horse and has been laid up for two or more weeks. He holds a policy in the Woodmen Accident Association of Lincoln, Neb., and recently received a draft for $20.25 for 14 days total and 3 days partial disability. (This was a way of drumming up insurance business. While the sum seems meager today, in 1913 when subscriptions to the Prairie Farmer, The Graphic, Vegetable Grower, Corn Magazine, and Family Magazine all together only cost $1.65 per year, Gus' check was substantial.)
Roy Peterson, accompanied by his brother-in-law, G.L. Mahnesmith, went to Rochester, Minn., to consult specialists in regards to Roy's condition. The doctors decided that he was suffering from cancer of the stomach and thought an operation might bring relief. The patient remained in the hospital, but Mr. Mahnesmith returned home and then returned to Minnesota. Mrs. Mahnesmith received a telegram stating that the operation had been performed, and it was feared that the patient would not rally. Immediately, Mrs. Peterson and the children left to be at his bedside. However, another telegram reported that his condition was much improved and prospects were favorable for his recovery. (The Mayo Clinic had a growing reputation in 1913 and was felt to be the best medical center available in the Midwest.)
Howard McCleary of Vegreville, Alberta, is visiting relatives. 240 acres of the W.A.M. Crouch farm in the north part of the county sold at public auction for $155 per acre. Oliver Chandler who is located at Ft. Collins, Colo., and extensively engaged in stock raising, came in with four car loads of cattle which he will fatten on the land which he owns near Terre Haute. The Golden Wedding Anniversary of James Kane, Sr., and wife, who reside near Media, was celebrated by a large gathering of neighbors, friends, and relatives. A purse of $50 in gold was left with the couple as a token of esteem.
It is reported that Chas. Ralston of Burlington and his nephew, Mr. Worden of Smithshire, are negotiating for the purchase of the opera house building owned by R.L. Taylor & Son and contemplate opening a new general store on that corner. A number of boys either maliciously or accidentally set fire to some dry grass in one of O.J. Sanderson's fields and the fire communicating with a hedge fence, burned out about 20 rods of the same before being discovered by Mr. Sanderson and extinguished. He is now serving notice that in the future, trespassers upon his land will be prosecuted. Next Friday night is the big dance at the Sikes Building in Lomax; come and bring someone with you. In Terre Haute, Vernon Lovitt assisted in invoicing at the B. & M. Store.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Mrs. Zach Hathaway, who has been quite sick with pneumonia, is now able to sit up. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stansbury have given up the idea of moving to Biggsville where Clyde expected to work in the stone quarry. Mr. W.C. Winders has purchased a loom and set up shop in the building west of Mr. Terry's store where he is prepared to weave carpets and rugs. Mr. Jack Davidson is attending the auto show at Chicago. Mr. Ben Harbison has donated a bell to the M.E. Church.
CARMAN CONCERNS: Another sudden drop in temperature caused everyone to stay indoors as much as possible. We presume the ice man and coal dealers are wearing a smile anyhow. Quite an excitement was created here by a man wandering around town and the corn fields. No one seemed to know him or where he came from. Roy Stimpson and Miss Anna Siens were quietly married at Burlington. The Sunday School will give a box social at the M.W.A. Hall (Modern Woodmen of America, a lodge). A party was given at the Jim Pendry home in honor of their daughter, Fern's, sixteen birthday. Mr. Fred Marsden from Montana is visiting in the area. His sister, Miss Sarah, accompanied him as far as Council Bluffs, Ia.