The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1913
by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, April 24, 1913
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK MEET: As the LaHarpe team could not make the scheduled event, the Dallas City group was substituted. They outpointed the home team by a considerable margin, winning in the 50, 100, 220, 440 and 880 yards running events, the standing broad and running high jumps.
The home team won out in the discus throw, shot put, pole vault and running broad jump. While there is much good promising material in the Stronghurst team, the running events especially indicated that hard and persistent training will be necessary. We failed to learn the names of the various members of the Dallas City team, but they proved themselves not only a bunch of good athletes but gentlemen as well.
MORGAN GIVEN OLD FLAG: Squire Geo. J. Morgan became the possessor of an interesting relic of ante-bellum days and of the early history of Henderson County when Mr. A. A. Cook present him with a large flag which the republicans at Hopper, or Warren as it was then called, procured and flung to the breeze at a pole raising during the first Lincoln campaign. The flag is of bunting, 15 x 30 feet in dimensions and gives evidence of having been made and sewed by hand. It had been is the possession of the Hopper family for a long time and passed from them to Mr. Cook who in turn has given it to the custody of Mr. Morgan.
DEATH OF MRS. C.S. BROKAW: Mrs. C. S. Brokaw died April 17, 1913, at the Galesburg hospital where she had bravely been fighting a losing battle since Dec.24, 1912, against a combination of diseases which baffled medical skill. The remains were brought to Stronghurst and taken to the family home where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. A. Montieth. A large number of friends were present to pay their last tribute and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. The music was by a special choir selected from the Raritan churches and interment was in the Raritan Cemetery.
Mattie J., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hunt, was born near Raritan Nov.5, 1876, and spent her whole life in this community excepting 1878 to 1881 which were spent near Bushnell, Ill., where her father passed away Sept.13, 1881. She joined the Raritan Reformed church Jan. 1896, and has lived a conscientious member. She was given in marriage to Cornelius S. Brokaw of Raritan July 9, 1903, and after a trip to the coast settled down at home on the old homestead west of Raritan. Three children have been born: Cornelius Lyle, Martha Lucile and Lois Ann, and these three little ones live to mourn the loss of such a tender mother's love and to cheer and comfort the father's heart.
DEATH OF OLAF BROWN: Olaf Brown, a former Olena boy, died at his home in Joplin, Mo. April 17th. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown and a brother of Mrs. J. P. Long of Olena. His parents are both dead, but he is survived by his sister and one brother. He also leaves a wife and daughter. Olaf left Olena over 20 years ago and never returned to his native town.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Go to the Christian Church tomorrow evening and hear Elder Jordan on the secret workings of Catholicism. E. G. Russler of Bushnell is helping his brother A. L. with the brick laying work on the new Morgan building. Mrs. Inez Doty, Harry and Helen went to Basco to attend the funeral of Marcus Doty, brother of the late Edward Doty and last surviving member of a large family of brothers. C. H. Curry, Frank Crenshaw, A. E. Jones, J. E. Amerman, J. F. Mains, W. C. Ivins, Walt Dobbin and W. F .Allison made an automobile trip to Pontoosuc.
Nimmo Smiddy of Terre Haute Township brought 8 cub wolves to Oquawka and was paid a bounty of $24 by J. J. Barnes, county clerk. They had been captured near Honey Creek. The same day Zack Hathaway of Media brought 7 cubs, but sold 2 of them to Leonard Schell and received the bounty of $15 for the other 5. These were captured 2 miles east of Media.
The progressives elected their candidate for mayor in LaHarpe and the Times says it was by the aid of every illicit liquor dealer, poker player and tin horn sport in the place. Now what could have attracted the unanimous vote of that element to the candidate of a party of such professed high ideals? (LaHarpe was wet and Stronghurst dry-hence, the judgmental attitude of local paper.)
B. L.Tucker has made a number of changes in the interior arrangement of his meat market and bakery. Among the improvements which have been installed is a massive refrigerator meat counter with plate glass top and sides and containing white enameled racks for the display of meats. (A modern wonder came to town!) J. W. Stine and Andrew Davis went to Chicago where the former expects to purchase a new automobile. If the deal is made, they will return in the machine.
Fred Mudd left for Lang, Sask., Canada where he expects to take the place of his brother Rex, who went to that country several weeks ago. Rex, who was employed on a farm, has been engaged to teach a term of school in the vicinity.
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Stephen A. Douglas was observed with fitting ceremonies by the joint assembly of the Illinois legislature at Springfield. Judge Robt. D. Douglas of North Carolina, a grandson of the "Little Giant," Adlai T. Stevenson of Bloomington, Hon. W. L. Davidson of Lewiston and other well known and distinguished men who knew Douglas, took part in the exercises.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Mr. Knustrum from Stronghurst came up to overhaul and get in order Mrs. Carrie Reifschneider's automobile. Miss Hazel Stewart, who teaches the McArtney School over by Media, has been ill; her sister, Miss Thursa Stewart, has taught in her absence. Ivan Thomas' son-in-law, Arthur Gimpler of Aledo died of pneumonia; he leaves a wife and a six weeks old daughter.
LOMAX LINGERINGS: The new auto factory is going right along; they have their storehouse up and are on the telephone line. Men are busy digging out for foundations for the big building. (Be sure to buy a copy of Glen Smith's and William Lionberger's new book on Lomax soon to be published; it tells all.)
Chas. Smith and Ed Dehaven were viewing the sights in the New City. Julia Denker and little daughter of Dallas City spent Sunday in the White City. (White City will be explained in the new book.)
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Grandma Williams' house caught fire and burned to the ground. Everything was saved and the house was insured. Mrs. Williams lives alone and is 84 years old. Francis and Helen Poindexter from Burlington visited their grandma Mrs. C. R. Forward. Helen was broken out with the measles. Miss Fay Johnson is a nurse at the Monmouth Hospital. Mrs. F. M.Cooper has closed the hotel for a short time and is staying with her daughter, Mrs. Fred Galbraith south of town. John Duvall and Talor Galbraith shelled their corn and shipped it to St.Louis. John and his wife visited the New City in Lomax and looked over the improvements. (Various times the spelling of names or places is not what you expect, but it is what appear in the original copy.)