The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, January 16, 1913
WEALTH OF HENDERSON COUNTY: Six banks located in Henderson County have deposits aggregating almost one and a half million dollars. Based upon the 1910 census returns, that would be $144 for every man, woman and child. We doubt if there is another county in the state which can make an equal showing; using census bureau figures, Henderson County is shown to be the third richest county per capita in the state... (Article lists the banks and their newly elected officers and boardsÑThe State Bank of Stronghurst, First National Bank of Stronghurst, Media State Bank, First National of Biggsville, First National of Oquawka, and the Union Bank of Raritan. The newly formed Lomax bank was not included.)
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The Stronghurst Military band fell dead two months ago, but under Dr. P.V. Oiker's care, they revived and are now prepared to give a better entertainment than ever the evenings of Jan. 16, 17, and 18th. (This might not seem too news worthy today, but in 1913, this was major entertainment.) Miss Ruby G. Fryrear, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Fryrear of Olena neighborhood, and Robert Galbraith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Galbraith of Gladstone, were united in marriage at Burlington, Ia., on Jan. 15th. After the ceremony, the couple left for a two week visit to Chicago. M.E. Beardsley has gone to Chicago to buy fixtures for the new store and merchandise for the spring trade. Mistakenly last week, John Marshall was listed as a Olena Cemetery trustee; it should have been John Carothers. Ewart G. Culpin, Secretary of Garden Cities and Town Planning Association of Great Britain, will deliver his first American lecture on these subjects at Lomax on Jan. 24th. The present hotel accommodations there are limited, but special arrangements will be made to take care of all those who come if they will apply to The Lomax Herald by letter or telegraph two or three days in advance of the lecture. I.S. Akers of Stronghurst carried off 10 prizes at the recent poultry show at Monmouth. He makes a specialty of the Single Comb Rhode Island Reds.
Burlington, Ia., is having one of its periodic spasms of building a railway and wagon bridge on paper. (The Burlington merchants could see all the revenue such a bridge would bring to the city but were reluctant to part with the cash required. Every so often someone would propose such a scheme, but being the tight Germans they were, they would all agree that it was a good idea and that was that.)
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Melvin, who have been employed at the Reynolds restaurant here, have leased the hotel property at Biggsville and took possession yesterday. Roy Skinner, a resident of Burnside, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a shot gun in the hands of Ollie Hainline, a barber of the same town. The two were hunting rabbits at the time. The entire load of shot from the gun held by Hainline passed through the throat of Skinner, almost severing the head from his body. Ed Fort, Jr., after an absence of nearly seven years spent in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Marion Fort. Ed has disposed of his holding there and is now located in northeastern Louisiana which he believes to be a country of great promise as an agricultural district.
Mrs. Del Dixson has been suffering from an attack of appendicitis for a number of days but is now improving. A number of farmers hereabout have been shelling corn this week and the golden grain has been pouring through the local elevator in a steady stream. G.M. Wheeler and son, Mack, arrived in town; they recently purchased the Hollingsworth stock of jewelry and opened up for business.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: We wish to correct some error made; it was Verdi Black instead of Verdi Drain who was operated on for goiter, but her condition was such that she could not survive and she died the next morning. This was an unusually sad death owing to the fact that only a few months ago her older sister, Mary, died of the same disease. (The local editor tried to give the correct information but had to rely on his various sources which sometimes proved to be gossip instead of gospel. Imagine how Verdi Drain must have felt when reading the previous week's paper. Today, we seek the medical information on our families in order to be aware of a propensity toward a condition.) Mr. Norman Barresford is having a well on his farm drilled deeper; Mr. Colgrove is doing the work.
NEWS OF THE COUNTY: The post office in Terre Haute was moved; C.A. McCoy is postmaster. Ed Barnes of Indianapolis, Ind., visited his mother, Mrs. Philip Edmunds, and his sister, Mrs. Mary Edmunds. S.J. Louden has returned from his trip to Texas.
In Carman, F.C. Crane, the tax collector, has his books ready for business. Those desiring to pay their taxes can do so by calling on him at the depot.
Fred Mickey, who has been working as switchman in Clinton, Ia., has gone to Texas in hopes of regaining his health. In Olena vicinity, the George Brewer sale was well attended, but his belongings went cheap. The Dalton brothers have been shelling corn for different ones and it is being marketed in Gladstone and Stronghurst. Farell Graham went to Topeka, Kans., to enter business college of telegraphy. The Mr. Steve Grahams, who live northeast of town, have a case of diphtheria; Dr. Kauffman of Oquawka has quarantined them. Dr. Ditto fumigated the Knudstrum home for diphtheria and lifted the quarantine. (Once the doctor pronounced that your family had the dreaded disease, your house would be posted with a notice and all avoided contact with the inhabitants. Guess this was better than the community pest house formerly used.)
LOMAX LINGERINGS: There will be speaking at the new opera house in the interest of the New City. Newt Sikes has opened his skating rink and the young people are enjoying it. The Waggener building is going up fast. Clate Logan and Dave Strand both shipped stock out of Lomax with the latter accompanying them. William Wyatt is in Hot Springs for his health. The new meat market is running full blast with Mr. Gardner as proprietor.
NEWS OF THE COUNTY: Lomax - Fred McKim went east on the Santa Fe enroute for Dunlap where he will accept a position in a general merchandise store. Bert Waggener has commenced his pool hall and bowling alley with Henry Tilton of La Harpe as contractor. Art Vaughn and wife will start for Los Angles, Calif. Mack Scott, our old telephone lineman, will start for California in the near future. Our ice man, Mr. Logan, will soon be putting up ice. Mr. Gardner, the new butcher, is now is town. W.Q. Cranes will be getting their new home soon. Our New City now has a new furniture store and an undertaker.
Terre Haute - Charles Painter of Terre Haute has gone to Columbia, Mo., where he will attend agricultural school. Joe Painter will attend the Burlington Business College.