The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, January 23, 1913
BAND FAIR AND ENTERTAINMENT: The fair and concert given by the Stronghurst Military Band last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings was successful both as a social event and financial enterprise. The business firms as well as many private citizens, who are interested in seeing a good band maintained, gave liberal support to the affair by the donation of many articles which were distributed to lucky ticket holders and a number of ladies in town contributed homemade candy which proved to be a source of considerable revenue. Oysters and ice cream and cake were served each evening and the patronage of the tables was liberal. The drawings, which were conducted nightly for the donated articles, created a great deal of interest and were also a source of considerable amusement. The contest for the prizes awarded to the most popular married man, married woman, single gentleman and single lady, grew into a very spirited affair toward the close of the entertainment and helped materially to swell the receipts. The persons receiving the highest number of votes in each class were as follows: most popular married man Nat Curry prize, ham from LeValley's market; most popular married lady Mrs. C.R. Kaiser prize, rug from W.B. Towler; most popular single gentleman John Mudd prize, man's sweater by M.E. Beardsley & Co.; most popular young lady Hazel Clark prize, set ring by A. Waugh.
The band discoursed excellent music each evening and many favorable comments were passed upon the improvement which the boys have made under the leadership of their new instructor, Prof. Oiker. The net financial returns to the organization will be something like $150.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: It is rumored that a new town site will be laid out in the Henderson County bottoms as soon as the drainage system has been put in. Grover Bowen is railroading in Montana. His brother, James, is located in Chillicothe. Mrs. Marietta Trimmer, who has been ill for a number of weeks, had a gall stone operation at the Galesburg Hospital. Squire Morgan is slowly recovering from an attack of grippe and pleurisy, but is still unable to be out. Dr. J.P. Gahm, a prominent La Harpe physician, died at a Keokuk, Ia., hospital where he had been taken to be operated upon for appendicitis. George Lovitt and wife are located in York, Neb. Marshall Rezner has purchased a draying outfit in Galesburg and will engage in that business here. Roy Hixson of Raritan delivered a shipment of hogs to the local stockyards.
MRS. BENJAMIN F. SELLS DIES: Malinda Evans Sells, a sister of the late John Evans, was born in Henry County, Ind., Dec. 14, 1833, and died at the home of her son, W.M., in Indianola, on Jan. 1, 1913. She moved with her parents to Henderson (then Warren) County in November, 1837, where in 1856, she was united in marriage to Benjamin F. Sells, who departed this life Jan. 5, 1893. After a few years' residence in Henderson County, they came to Iowa in 1866, locating in Marion County where they made their home until 1873 when they sold their home and the same spring moved to Fremont County, locating on a farm southeast of Randolph. This continued to be the home until the death of the husband and father.
To Mr. and Mrs. Sells, one daughter and three sons were born, one son dying while quite young. The living children are Mrs. John Marshall and M.W. Sells of Randolph, Ia., and W.M. Sells of Indianola. She also leaves to mourn her demise 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Interment was made in the Randolph Cemetery - Randolph, Ia., Enterprise.
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