The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1915
Stronghurst Graphic, July 8,1915
FOURTH OF JULY 1915 STYLE: July 5th, the day which Stronghurst selected for her celebration of our nation's birthday, was ideal so far as weather was concerned; the absence of heat and dust minimizing the discomforts of the crowd. No elaborate preparation for the celebration had been made by the band boys and a large crowd of visitors was not expected.
The attendance, however, was a surprise, and it was somewhat regrettable that a more varied program had not been planned. Still, this enabled the people to have more time for social intercourse and all seemed to enjoy themselves despite the absence of the "thrills" which usually considered indispensable to the proper observance of the "Glorious Fourth."
The "merry-go-round" proved the main source of amusement for the younger element and for many of the children of larger growth while the ball game in the afternoon between the home nine and Oquawka attracted a goodly number. The game was exciting from start to finish. An unusual amount of chaffing, raillery and umpire baiting was indulged in by the "rooters" and the number of muffs, fumbles, and errors made by the players was by no means decreased because of this fact. The visiting team went to pieces in the first inning allowing our boys to accumulate five runs and this lead was never over come. The final score was 15 to 11 in favor of the home team.
The parade in the evening featured one or two handsome displays-the float of the M. E. Sunday School deserving special mention. The band discoursed excellent music throughout the day and gave a fine concert in the evening ending with a display of fire works.
CROSE-MARDSDEN WEDDING: A wealth of June roses, pink and white, made a lovely setting for the home wedding of Miss Vera G. Marsden and Mr. Willard W. Crose of Burlington, Iowa celebrated at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Marsden at Carman, Ill. on June 30th at 8 o'clock. The Rev. G.H. Smith, pastor of the Carman church, officiated with the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march played by Miss Lela Huppert of Burlington, a friend of the bride. The couple were attended by Miss Helen Babcock, who acted as flower girl dressed in white with a crown of white flowers and carrying a bouquet of flowers. The bride looked lovely in her wedding gown of white silk crepe de chine with a bolero of shadow lace. She carried a bouquet of white tea roses tied with chiffon. The bridal veil of white silk tulle was fastened with blossoms and fell to the hem of her skirt.
After congratulations a three course supper was served by four of the bride's cousins, Messrs. Dean Vaughn, Chester Adair and the Misses Opal Wilson and Mamie Adair, to family and friends...After a short visit of a week or ten days among relatives, they will be located at Kansas City, Mo., where Mr. Crose is employed as engineer for the drainage company.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: The Santa Fe Co. is putting in a new concrete walk along the west side of Broadway from the feed mill to the railroad tracks. Geo. Foote was here from Chillicothe looking after business interests. He reports that he and his wife spent the past winter at Long Beach, Calif.
By a vote of 5 to 1 the city of Burlington decided at a special election to levy a 20 mills tax on the people of that city to build a wagon, foot and electric car track bridge across the Mississippi at that point. It would look as through the long cherished dream of the merchants of that city would thus be realized. (Do you suppose they recovered their investment since until a few years ago everyone paid a toll?)
Mr. and Mrs. C.H.Curry and daughter Esther started on a tour of the western states. They will visit the Panama Exposition before their return which will not be before the early autumn. Miss Rena Rezner of Monmouth will accompany them. The ladies of the Terre Haute M.E.church will give a tea at the F.V.Doak home. Mrs. Ellen Finch will assist in serving.
J.W.Hicks returned from Annapolis, Md. After seeing his son Rex regularly enrolled as a student at the naval academy. He states that an operation to cure a slight defect found within Rex's nose was required before he was accepted by the board of medical examiners.
Mr. Hicks was greatly impressed with the evidences of the efficient methods which are employed at the academy in preparing young men for service in the navy and with the strict discipline which is observed. He says that the reports of the examination "cribbing" on the part of some students have been greatly exaggerated, but that it is probable that several will be expelled.