Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 19, 1912
BIG HORSE SHOW: Thursday of next week promises to be one of unusual interest to the farmers of Henderson County and to the growers of fine horses. The first annual horse show will be held at Stronghurst with many of the nearby area working diligently for the success of the enterprise. The officers of the association are as follows: C.E. Lant, pres.; Carl Painter, vice-pres.; J.E. Amerman, secretary-treasurer. The executive committee is composed of D.A. Whiteman, H.N. Vaughn, Carl Painter, C.R. Kaiser, Geo. T. Chant, Frank Painter, A.C. Yaley, C.E. Peasley, and W.C. Regan. The committee of seats and stalls includes G.M. McGaw, C.H. Curry, and Dr. Frans. The committee on privileges consists of C.R. Kaiser, Dr. Frans and J.E. Amerman with the marshal of the day being C.B. Vaughn of Lomax. (A premium list follows.)
ROBBED IN CHICAGO: Judge Robinson, now occupying a position on the municipal court bench of Chicago, was a victim of the clever work of a pickpocket. The judge was waiting for a street car at the corner of Cottage Grove Ave. and 31st when one of the light-fingered gentry relieved him of a diamond-studded watch charm, a pocket book containing $2000 worth of promissory notes and an annual Santa Fe Railroad pass. The papers now report that the judge's lost property was returned to him by mail. (A city judge was not the person to rob; perhaps, the thief reconsidered his deed and thought it wiser to try other sources for income.)
GOT THEIR MAN IN DES MOINES: Sidna Allen and Wesley Edwards, leaders in the gang of outlaws that shot the judge, sheriff, states attorney and two spectators in the court room at Hillsville, Va., last summer were captured by detectives at Des Moines, Ia. It was reported that young Edwards' sweetheart had arrived that day to be wedded to the Virginian and that the detectives had followed her without her knowledge. However, a later report said that the young woman betrayed her suitor into the hands of officers and that she was well paid for it. Sidna Allen is a noted outlaw in his native state, but is said to be wealthy and has a beautiful home. Two of the shooters already have been found guilty and have been sentenced to die; it is probable that Allen and Edwards can expect a similar fate, for the crime was a most atrocious one.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Lawrence Eaton, lying hopelessly ill at the home of his brother-in-law, A.C. Keener, is thought not to survive the day. From Carman, news that a dredge is being taken out to the works on the drainage canal indicates that active operations in reclaiming the low lands along the river will soon be in progress. Miss Ellen Hartquist, who began teaching in the Allison district two weeks ago, was obliged to give up work for a few weeks on account of failing health. She and her father sought medical treatment in Chicago and she hopes to return to her duties soon. In her absence, Miss Vera Mudd will be the teacher. Dr. Lauver returned from a visit to his old home in Payton, Iowa. Dr. Henderson returned from Aroya, Colo., where he has made final proof on one of Uncle Sam's quarter sections and will receive title to it. G.W. Yaley has a limited number of pie plant roots for sale (rhubarb). Del Dixson, Henry Annegers and his son, Will, of Princeville left for a trip to Canada.
Work is being pushed on the new building for M.E. Beardsley & Co. The excavating has been completed and the bricklayers began laying the foundation walls. It is to 25Õ x 30Õ and will be a handsome building when completed. P.O. Munson and a crew of bricklayers from Galesburg are doing the mason work. George Barnett is trying an experiment on his farm 2 1/2 miles north of town. On Aug. 7, he sowed a 4-acre field to alfalfa and it is now about ten inches high. He started in the business without a book of rules and will ask the state experiment station at Urbana for a bulletin on the subject. If the weather turns warm, he may have to begin mowing in self defense. He may have as much trouble as most men have the first time they try to cook rice. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shultz.
TERRE HAUTE TALES: Will Kirchenslager and family are moving into the H.P. Mathews house. Frank Murphy of Stronghurst is building a hog shed and corn crib for T.B. Myers. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Berkshire, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Jenkins and Grant Miller leave for Canada tonight. L.E. Lovitt and Jess Elston are shipping stock to Chicago. Back from Canada are R.T. Painter and wife and R.M. Sloan; they report it a fine country with the prospect of a good crop.
CARMAN CONCERNS: Mrs. C.E. Hunter and little Robert of New Westminister, B.C. are visiting her father, Mr. R.C. Siens and family. Tom McIntire and Jim Edwards returned home from Canada. The drainage men unloaded their machine and are now moving their sleeping and cooking shacks out to the bottom where they will soon begin work.
MRS. JAKE RUST DIES: Mrs. Jake Rust died at her home and the funeral will be at the U.P. Church with interment at South Henderson Cemetery. She leaves an aged husband and 5 children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. She was born June 14, 1843, and married Jacob Rust in April, 1861. At the time of her death, she was 70 years old. She succumbed to cancer and was a great sufferer.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mr. Robert Watt of Brooklyn, New York, is visiting relatives in the area. Miss Rachel Graham left for Valparaiso, Ind., to resume her school work. The B.H.S. baseball team played the Reed team in a one-sided affair with Biggsville winning 20 to 6. The batteries for Biggsville-Henderson & Boyer and for Hazel Dell-Williams, Cochrane, and Shields. Mr. Lant broke his nose during the game. Miss Emma Folmer will teach music in the Oquawka schools this year.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Dr. J.P. Riggs left for his farming interests in North Dakota. Arthur Isaacson and Cyrus Bigger left for there to spend a few weeks sightseeing. Media now has a barber. F.A. Winders expects to commence building a new barn for Roy Pendarvis on his farm. The ninth day of October, the 41st anniversary of the great Chicago fire, was declared Fire Prevention Day by Governor Deneen.