The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1916
Stronghurst Graphic, Oct. 5, 1916
CARMAN CONCERNS: Walter Howell and son Sam returned from attending the state fair in Springfield. Mr. Ervin Parks and Miss Georgia McCannon, eldest daughter of Mr. Geo. McCannon and wife, were married in Burlington. Mr. Parks has rented Mrs. Maggie Riegel's farm for the coming year.
***OBITUARY***MRS. HENRY GOFF: Sarah Ann Ervin was born in Madison County, Indiana Jan. 4, 1840. Her father moved to Henderson County and settled near Oquawka, Ill. She joined the M.E.Church and was ready to meet her Savior as she passed away Sept. 23, 1916 at the age of 76 years, nine months and nineteen days. She married Mr. Henry Goff July 27, 1868 and to this union were born seven children, three of whom died when small and Martha (her only daughter and wife of Charlie Headley) died about one year ago leaving four children.
Her aged husband and three sons, George, William and Martin are left to mourn the loss of a good wife and mother. Also two daughter-in-laws, the wives of George and William, four grandchildren and many relatives and neighbors and friends grieve the loss. Funeral was held at the church with interment in the village cemetery.
OQUAWKA OCCURRENCES: Chas. Ricketts is driving a new King "eight" car, purchased in Monmouth. Miss Sarah Root visited relatives in Buffalo, N.Y. The remains of Sybella Stark of Denver, Color. were brought back for burial; She is the daughter of Mrs. Anna Kaiser of this place. Misses G. Pease and Zelda Ryerson, Jay Reasoner and Earl Pape of Kirkwood attended the dance here Thursday night. Gus Stenzel is driving a handsome new car.
Several carloads of people enjoyed an outing on the river Saturday. Robert Trimble and Miss Vivian Campbell, both of Oquawka, were untied in marriage in Galesburg. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.Campbell. The groom is a son of Mr. Robert Trimble, Sr. and has lived here all his life. He owns a barber shop and is the director of the Oquawka band. Both are faithful members of the M.E.Church.
THEY CRASHED: Charles Heisler, Clarence Hartquist and Fred L. Johnson, all of this vicinity figured in an auto wreck Sunday afternoon on the angling road two miles southwest of Monmouth. The following account appeared in the Monmouth Daily Review:" Three young men from Stronghurst are today nursing wounds about the face and head as the result of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock on the Kirkwood angling road southwest of Monmouth.
Their machine skidded around the corner two miles out and went over a three foot ditch at the side of the road through a barbed wire fence and into the cornfield. The trio were coming to Monmouth.
Those in the machine were Clarence Hartquist, Charles Heisler, the driver, and Fred L. Johnson. Hartquist fared the worth of the three as he was sitting on the right side and either the barbed wire fence or glass from the windshield cut a gash several inches long that extended from below the right eye almost to the ear.
It required 26 stitches to close the wound. Heisler sustained a cut on his lower lip that was closed by three stitches and Johnson received a wound on the right side of his neck.
When Heisler attempted to turn the corner, the auto skidded. One member of the party said they were going about 15 mph. Heisler, in making an effort to get control of the machine, stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The auto shot across the ditch, through the fence and into the cornfield about 15 ft. They declare they were going full speed when they left the road. When the car stopped, all three of the young men were in their seats. It did not turn over as was rumored about town. Whether the members of the party were cut by the wire or glass from the windshield, they were unable to say...
The young men left the machine immediately and went to the road to hail a passing auto that they might come to Monmouth for medical aid. The first machine refused to take them, but the second going west turned around and brought all three to this city...
The car was not damaged to any great extent. The windshield was broken, fenders damaged and the hood and body scratched by the wire fence. The engine was in running order after the accident."
1891 GRAPHIC: R.B.Miller of Camden in Schuyler County assisted Amos Cavins in selecting a stock of goods for the new store. No.1, Vol.1 of the Roseville Enterprise, edited by W.P.Herberts, had just been issued. S.D.Parsons had been at Plymouth and Tennessee, Ill., conducting a notion store in partnership with Joe Bonham. The wheels of the new butter and cheese factory in Stronghurst were started Oct.5th with a large crowd of spectators present. C.E.Lant and father had just purchased the old John Bruen home farm of 200 acres for $6,000. The State Fair at Peoria had just closed. Chas. Raymond was putting the artistic finishing touches on a fine new residence built by Mr. Carnahan in the southwest part of the village.
THERE THEY GO: A rather exciting runaway occurred in the village Friday afternoon. C.E.Peasley was driving a pair of spirited horses to a light open wagon and when near the school house, they began to run. Mr. Peasley guided them safely around the corner into Broadway and they came down that thoroughfare at a terrific clip. The driver might have been able to check the frightened animals had it not been for a neck yoke strap broke allowing the pole of the wagon to drop down. Shortly after this occurred, the team swerved toward the sidewalk and headed straight for an automobile standing a few feet from the curb.
Rather than wreck that, Mr. Peasley concluded to risk a jump and landed safely in the road near the sidewalk while the team and wagon passed by without so much as grazing the auto. The rig came to grief, however, a moment afterwards when it collided with the box enclosing the gasoline pump standing in front of the Knutstrom and McKeown garage, which was badly wrecked. The team, freed from the wagon, ran to the north part of the village where they were captured.
LOCALS WIN THE GAME: The football team of the Stronghurst High School motored to Dallas City and met their team on their gridiron. The contest was hard fought and cleanly played as was evidenced by a notable lack of injuries to players on either side and ended with the score 12 to 6 in favor of Stronghurst. Steffey and Vaughan furnished the spectacular runs for Stronghurst while Stine was a tower of defense and Peasley pounded the line for consistent gains. Gracey of Dallas played first class football on both defense and offense.
WOMEN CAN VOTE FOR PRESIDENT: Women in Illinois have the right to vote for president. Last chances to register are Oct.7 and 17th. (The right for Women to vote was not added to the U.S.Constitution until Article 19 in 1920 was adopted.)
ALLISON-FORT WEDDING: An attractive home wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Allison, two miles east of Stronghurst, when they gave their daughter, Miss Bess Porter Allison in marriage to Mr. Elbridge Carothers Fort. The home was artistically decorated with an attractive setting of golden rod and pink roses together with garlands of greenery.
Relatives and guests numbered 45. Miss Hazel Lanphere of Monmouth, an intimate friend of the bride, took her place at the piano and began playing the wedding march from Lohengrin. The groom and minister entered from the dining room into the south parlor while the bride, carrying a shower bouquet of white roses and preceded by two little nieces, Mildred Gearhart and Gwendolyn Hixson as flower girls and little Everett Upton, a nephew of the groom, as ring bearer, entered the north parlor marching through an aisle of golden rods and ribbons to a tastily decorated arbor of roses and greenery in the south parlor.
Following the march, Miss Sarah McElhinney sang beautifully the wedding song, "I Love You Truly." The Rev. Kenneth R. Anderson, pastor of the United Presbyterian church of Stronghurst pronounced the marriage vows while Miss Lanphere played very softly, "Perfect Day."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Miss McElhinney sang, "Sweetheart." A delicious two course luncheon was served. The bride was charmingly gowned in a creation of white satin with an overskirt of tulle banded with satin ribbon and caught up with lilies of the valley. The gown was cut in short round length with a train while the tulle veil was fashioned into a becoming cap. The going away costume was a handsome tailored suit with a large velvet hat to match.
The wedding presents were numerous, well chosen and costly...Miss Allison attended the Stronghurst High School and spent two years in Monmouth College. The past two or three years she has spent at home. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E.Fort and is a successful young farmer of the community.
LIBRARY ESTABLISHED: On June 17, 1916 the library was established at the Municipal Waiting Room and 120 books were ready for circulation. Eighty-five of these were sent from Springfield to be loaned free of charge and the others were gifts from Stronghurst people or purchased by the department. The library is open every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon from 3:30 until 5:30 and Saturday evening from 8:00 to 9:30.
Beginning in September three librarians, Miss Erma Kaiser, Miss Grace G. Marshall, and Mrs. Grace Davis Johnson will be available. Any person wishing to borrow books from the rental library who would like to pay $1.00 a year for the privilege of reading any number of books instead of paying 12 cents a week for each book, may do so by entering their names on the list of regular subscribers...Over 300 books have been loaned since the books have been in circulation...
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Miss Ella McQuown returned from Red Oak, Iowa, where she visited relatives. Last week through the agency of R.W.Upton, J.W.Stone sold the old J.B.Lant farm near Olena to Chas. W.Johnson of Biggsville, and Geo.M.Foote sold the 40 acres adjoining the Stronghurst Cemetery on the north to Chas. Watson of Olena. W.R.Hainline, the breeder of fine Duroc-Jersey swine who lives 4 miles southeast of Blandinsville, Ill., was in town advertising his big public sale of swine to be held on his farm Oct.9th. Roland Davidson is among the 484 students registered at Knox College; this number does not included the
Knox Conservatory, which already has 193 students. Mrs. Jennie Wagy left for Amarillo, Texas, where she will make her home. Mrs. F.M. Henderson returned from spending the summer in Colorado recuperating lost strength; she is considerably improved. Her daughter Madge while staying with an aunt will attend high school at Alamosa, Colorado.
Last Saturday evening while the traffic on the streets was somewhat congested, (Saturday night everyone came to town to do their weekly shopping.) J.W.Schenck started to cross from the east side of Broadway to the west side at a point some distance south of the crossing at the intersection of Main St.. Oscar Hartquist, who makes his home at the Wm. Hartquist place and who was trying out a new car which he recently purchased, was coming around a corner from the east and was unable to check his car or turn aside in time to avoid hitting Mr. Schenck, who was thrown to the ground by the impact of the car and sustained a severe contusion on one leg and a badly bruised nose. His injuries were given medical attention and he was able to return to his home later in the evening. (Autos were new-fangled machines and learning to drive was an adventure.)
James Sutliff is the owner of a new International motor truck. Gid Bailey returned from a tour of the western states covering several months past. The ladies of the Stronghurst M.E.Church will hold their next tea in the church basement. G.E.Naftzger of the Dallas City Review recently suffered a slight paralytic stroke affecting his right side and his powers of speech.
He has slowly been regaining the use of his lost powers and will probably soon be able to resume his newspaper work. Thomas Williams was paroled from the Watertown and returned to his home accompanied by Mrs. Williams. He is reported as being somewhat better so far as his mental state is concerned; but is not so well physically as when he went to Watertown.
***OBITUARY***JACOB BRICKER: Jacob Bricker, an aged and well known citizen of the county, for a long time a resident of the Rozetta neighborhood but of later years of Oquawka, died at his home there. Funeral services were held from the Reed Church and interment made at that place.
STATE FAIR SCHOOL: Aug.29th I went to Oquawka and was one of three boys to take the exam to select two to represent Henderson County at the Boys State Fair School to be held in Springfield, Sept.15-23. I was one of two selected and in company with County Supt. A.L.Beall and two other boys started to Springfield Friday afternoon Sept.15th. We arrived late in the evening, stayed in town all night and went to the fair grounds Saturday morning. We then registered at the boys camp and were assigned to our tents and given our cots and blankets.
The camp is located on a hill in the southwest corner of the fair grounds near the auto entrance. Over one hundred tents were placed in rows or streets, with three boys to each tent. Our meals were served in a large mess tent accommodating between 250 and 300 at once. Our drills were given by Capt. Simmons and his assistants.
We had a regular routine of lectures, classes, drills and recreation. Most of the forenoons and part of the afternoons were given to classes and lectures while the remainder of the time was given us for writing notes and visiting the fair. We were given drills and exercises before our meals, which made us feel fine and always gave us a healthy appetite. The committee in charge decided to feed us on soldiers' rations, but when the church people who served added a few things to our menu, we had no reason for complaint...(the boys listened to many lectures by renown professors and speakers)
There were exhibits of every kind in the different buildings. In the livestock exhibit we found some of the best stock in this part of the country. In the Educational Department we saw some fine exhibits from different schools in the state, including the State Reformatory; and also some interesting and instructive pictures and examples of sanitation and better health. In the Art Exhibit were some fine paintings and old relics of all kinds.
In the line of farm tools and machinery we found nearly every kind of implement used around a farm. Perhaps, one of the most attractive displays was that of the automobiles. A person could spend considerable time in these different exhibits and still not see all of the minor things. (Autos were new and what a fascinating display this must have been to a boy from such a rural county.)
I think this trip is an opportunity any boy should be proud of. If more boys knew more about the Boys' State Fair School, it would not be such an easy matter to get to go. When the county is entitled to two candidates and only three take the exam, it shows a lack of knowledge of the opportunity, or a lack of interest in it. I think every one of the nearly three hundred boys in attendance had a week of study, lectures, and pleasure that will not be forgotten soon and received new ideas that will be helpful to him...Glenn Marshall
***OBITUARY***MRS. O.M. GORDON: Mrs. Elizabeth Findley Gordon, wife of O.M.Gordon of the Biggsville neighborhood, died at her home Tuesday of this week at the age of 60 years. She was the daughter of the late Alexander Findley and was born and spent all of her life in Henderson County. She is survived by her husband and four sisters, namely, Mrs. Sloan, Mrs. Wonderly, Mrs. Jamison and Miss Lina Findley.
LOMAX LINGERINGS: Laverne Emmerson will depart for his second term of medical school at Chicago. C.T.Porter, spent the summer at his old home in Missouri. G.W.Shanks has purchased of A.H.Lowery part of the latter' farm consisting of five acres and will build a modern home on it. Al Sherman of the south country has moved his family to the new city.(This refers to the industrial complex built under the auspices of Mr. Love and detailed in the Lomax, A Pictorial History by Glen Smith and Bill Lionberger.)
OQUAWKA OCCURRENCES: Miss Lillian Johnson and Harry Geompler were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.A.Johnson. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. A A.Geompler and is now employed in the local button factory. On return from their honeymoon in Indiana, they will be at home in Oquawka. The Republicans had a rally last Friday evening in the picture show tent; the Oquawka band furnished some good music for the occasion.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: The band boys gave a social and served a chicken supper at Bryan's Hall last Thursday evening to a full house. They played a number of selections on the streets, which were enjoyed by all. The new lumber company is getting their dry sheds up and will soon be ready to supply the public with lumber. Mr. Clyde Galbraith is improving the appearance of his house by the application of a new coat of paint. Wagon loads of crates are going out to the Wm. Weir fruit farm where the picking of winter apples for market is in progress.