The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1917
Stronghurst Graphic, August 16, 1917:
OQUAWKA OCCURRENCES: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart of Aurora visited relatives here. A great deal of excitement racked the town on Saturday when Perry Morris was found by his wife dead in his bed when she went to call him for breakfast. He had not been well for some time but seemed no worse than usual and the news of his death came as a shock to the community.
He had been a citizen of Oquawka for 17 years or more. Heart failure was assigned as the cause of death. He leaves a wife and small daughter to mourn. Funeral services were held at the home with interment in the Oquawka Cemetery.
Mrs. Ray Banta and Mrs. Conrad Radmacher returned from a visit with their brother Fred Sabin in Colorado. Mrs. Margaret Puland of Kansas City was called here by the death of her brother, William Pershin.
***WILLIAM PERSHIN*** William Pershin passed away at the Soldiers' Home at Quincy last Monday. He had his home with his daughter here until a few weeks ago when he became ill and wanted to go to the soldiers' hospital at Quincy. He was a Civil War veteran and had been a citizen of Oquawka nearly all his life. He leaves to mourn his three children: Clyde Essex of this place, Frank of Kansas City and a daughter in Oklahoma. Funeral was held at the Clyde Essex home with interment in the Oquawka Cemetery.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mrs. Fred Dutton is the proud possessor of a fine 5-passenger automobile presented to her by her father, Mr. Thompson of Brighton, Iowa. Miss Ruth Babcook, who for the past year and a half has been in invalid in the Burlington Hospital was able to be brought home.
She is unable to walk without crutches and is moved about in a wheeled chair. The ladies of the M.E.church went to the picnic at Olena and gave an entertainment "Aunt Matilda's Birthday," which was very much enjoyed. Henry Rhoads, having sold his place east of town, has bought the property of Mrs. Cora Knudstrom and expects to move there by Sept.1st.