The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1919
Stronghurst Graphic, Feb.27, 1919:
HEREFORD SALE NOTABLE: Stronghurst was the Mecca of Hereford cattle breeders from all parts of the United States last Monday and Tuesday and they showed their appreciation of the enterprise displayed by members of the Henderson County Polled and Horned Hereford Association in getting together one of the choicest offerings of cattle of the breed ever sent into an auction ring by leaving with the Association the sum of $55,455 in exchange for the animals which they took away with them.
The sale, which was the third thus far held by the Association, while not marked by any record breaking individual sales, was in many respects the best yet held, the average price realized of Polled animals on Monday was $694.00.(This is a long article ending with purchasers' names, what they bought and what they paid. For example, Ralph Painter, consignment No.59 ( a bull)-purchased by E.J.Rogers, Bushnell, Ill. $1,525.00.)
The big sale pavilion was crowded to its utmost capacity on Monday with an audience of men and women. The attendance on Tuesday was not so large, the very inclement weather prevented many from attending. . .
1894 GRAPHIC: I.F.Edwards, a Terre Haute citizen who had subjected his wife to extremely brutal treatment and attempted to run off with his stepdaughter, came near being lynched at the hands of an angry assemblage of La Harpe citizens . He was rescued by the Henderson County officials and taken to jail at Oquawka. Mrs. Slater was here from Hancock County helping care for the sick at the W.C.Ivins home. Mrs. Sarah J. Gilmore had just moved here from Corning, Iowa and was preparing to open a hotel in the Nevius building one door south of the Opera House. A vaccination order issued as a precautionary measure against small pox, followed by successive outbreaks of measles, mumps, and whooping cough, had interfered sadly with the work in the Stronghurst schools during the winter.
R.F.Robinson and J.F.Mains were having a partnership well sunk in the rear of their lots in the village in the hope of striking a supply of natural gas. Stronghurst's third vote on incorporation was taken on Feb.28th and the result was 106 to 12 in favor of the proposition. On account of irregularities in the proceedings, the incorporation which was effected previously, had been declared illegal. Mr. Edward Links and Miss Flora Stine were married at the Old Bedford Church on Feb.25.
LETTER FROM OVER THERE: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kane of Media neighborhood have received the following letter from William A. Spear, Jr. who is now with the A.E. Forces in Germany, relative to the injuries received in battle by their son, Pvt. George Edward Kane."I should have written to you long ago telling you all I knew about Ed's getting hurt, but we weren't allowed to write much about anything like that so I mentioned it in the folks' letter. Ed was hurt either the night before or early in the morning of Nov. 1st. I didn't get a chance to see him afterward for we were getting ready to go over the top and you can imagine I wouldn't have any chance to see him under those circumstances, but I saw the fellow that was in the same hole with him and he didn't think that Ed was seriously hurt although he had a deep cut in his arm and he thought that probably the arm was broken. I don't know which arm was hit, but I know he had plenty of chances to get hit any place. Ed saw some real shelling all right and quite a bit of it and he sure stood up fine under it. He was game all the way through.I haven't heard from him since he went to the hospital and I sincerely hope that he is home by this time and can tell you about it for himself. I certainly would like to hear from him myself but know that it was difficult to write under the circumstances. I was on the march through Belgium, Luxemburg into Germany and that's where I am now. Hoping that Ed is getting along fine and that you are all well"-William A. Spears, Jr. Co. C353 Inf. A.E.F.A. P.O. 761
RETURNED SOLDIERS WILL SPEAK: The evening service at the Stronghurst M.E. church next Sabbath will be given over to the soldier and sailor boys who have seen service overseas. Rev. Jaggers has arranged to have a number of these young men give short talks telling something of the experience through which they passed and explaining how modern warfare is conducted. Opportunity will be given the audience to ask questions.While it is planned to have the talks given by the boys who have been overseas, space in the front part of the church will be reserved for all the boys of the community who have been in the service in this country or abroad. The general public is invited to this service.
FRANCIS WILLARD HONORED: Tribute to the memory of Miss Francis Willard, who was for many years prior to her death the honored leader of the W.C.T.U. forces in America, was paid by the people of this community at a union meeting of the churches of the village held at the M.E.Church. A program consisted of music and readings appropriate to the occasion and a splendid address on the life and character of Miss Willard was given by Rev. K.R.Anderson. The meeting was in charge of the local W.C.T.U., the vice- president, Mrs. Jaggers, presiding.
CARMAN CONCERNS: Mrs. Earl Bennington of Little Rock, Ark. visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. Will Pendry. Mr. and Mrs. McQueen are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby boy. Mr. Jesse Showalter of this place and Miss Gladys McQueen of Sperry, Ia. where married in Burlington. Word was received of the death of Mrs. John Bevan, the former Hannah Johnson of this place. Mr. Cyril Good has recently been discharged from the army in Texas and surprised his many friends here by returning with a bride he met in northern Iowa before going to Texas. They returned to Iowa after a short visit with his mother and his brothers, Pete and James.
LOMAX LINGERINGS: LaVerne Nixon will commence school in Galesburg this week. Clarence Clark returned to Wyoming via Missouri. Lawrence Nixon returned home over the Santa Fe from Camp Grant where he received his honorable discharge for the U.S.Army. He saw the real war in France, having served seven months in the trenches. Orin Walker and Miss Bird Harvey were married at Galesburg; after a short honeymoon to Chicago, they returned home. Mr. Ernest Staley and family will move to the Belle Isle farm in the south country. The "flu" has come again to the community; The Jollies family and Virgil Logan are the latest cases.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. Charles Sliger has moved from Terre Haute to a farm in the bottoms a few miles west of town and will work for the Anderson brothers this summer. Miss Ethel Cook of Coloma, who took civil service examination in Burlington, has received an appointment as a mail clerk. Clyde Brouse went to attend the funeral of his uncle, Fletcher Marston at Dexter, Iowa. Orin O. Ogle of Keithsburg, Ill. passed through here en route to Stronghurst with 30 head of horses and mules where he was to have a sale on Feb.22nd.
HEDDING COLLEGE WILL NOT MOVE: The Educational Commission which met in Chicago after careful consideration recommended that Hedding be permanently located at Abingdon. They also recommended that the school raise a million dollars endowment-five hundred thousand to be raised by July 1, 1923. In the last few years, a dollar has so lost its purchasing power that colleges all over the country have awakened to the fact that it requires a much larger budget to take care of regular expenses. The Commission also recommended that Hedding be given an additional patronizing territory, the Quincy district. This will add over forty pastoral charges and ten thousand Methodists.
***OBITUARY***MRS. ROBERT CARNER: Joanna A. Duncan was born Aug.26, 1866 in Floyd Co., Va., the daughter of L.C. and Melinda A. Duncan. She passed away Feb.25th at her home in Ellison near Smithshire aged 53 years, 5 months and 28 days. On Dec.25, 1890 she married Robert H. Carner of Indian Valley, VA. and to this union were born seven children, namely: Mrs. Julia A. Thompson of New Ulysses, Kans.; Mrs. Lilly Fornell, Media, Ill.; Edward C.; Harry W.; Morris E.; Mary Louise, who dies in infancy and William J.At an early age of 11 yrs.
She joined the M.E.church at Wellis, Va. and remained a member of that faith until her death. At present her name is enrolled on the membership of the M.E.Church at LaHarpe where she lived for a number of years. She is survived by her husband and six children, one brother, A. Duncan of Pleasant Valley, Va and one sister, Angeline M. Keith of Indian Valley, Va. Funeral services were in the Stronghurst M.E.church with burial in the Stronghurst Cemetery.
***OBITUARY***FLETCHER MARSTON: Fletcher Marston, son of Nathaniel and Lois (Barten)Marston was born in Henderson County, Ill. Dec.31, 1841 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Spear, six miles south of Dexter, Iowa, Feb.17, 1919, aged 77 years 1 month and 17 days. He was the fourth in a family of ten. Three sisters and one brother remain: Mrs. Harriett Curry and Mrs. Frank Crenshaw of Stronghurst, IL and Arthur B. Marston of Dexter, Iowa.
In the spring of 1864 he enlisted as a volunteer in the Civil War, being a member of Co.C, 83rd Regt Illinois Volunteers. He was honorably discharge and mustered out in Oct. 1865 on account of a bullet wound in the knee, which rendered him lame the remainder of his life. He was a member of Wadsworth Post No. 36, Dexter, Iowa.
He married Martha McLain Feb.8, 1871 and to this union were born nine children of whom two daughter and four sons remain to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father: Elwin of Portland, Oregon; Bart of Braddyville, Iowa; Me?t of Reigent, North Dak.; Letha Carter of Winterset, Iowa and Cora Speer of Dexter, Iowa. Twenty-five grandchildren and one great grand child also survive him. He went to Iowa in 1869 and settled on a farm south of Dexter where he lived until the spring of 1899 when he moved to Dexter. Mrs. Marston died Feb. 6th, 1912. About forty years ago he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Dexter with Interment in the Dexter Cemetery. From this area attending were Mr. and Mrs. Orin Marston of Roseville, Ill; Mr Clyde Brouse of Gladstone, Ill. and Willard Baird of Red Oak, Iowa.
LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Rev. K. R. Anderson left for Clarinda, Iowa where he expects to undergo an operation for appendicitis. Mrs. A.E.Kessler, who spent several months in Washington state visiting her daughter, Mrs. W.A.Porter, says that while it is a wonderful state in many respects, the long stretch of cloudy and rainy weather which is characteristic of that portion of the Northwest becomes rather monotonous to one accustomed to the climate of Illinois (Weather forecasters there today always talk about "sunbreaks" while we hear the reports of "cloudy weather.") Virgil Putney, who has been in service overseas, arrived safely home from Camp Grant where he received his final discharge. He brought his gas mask home with him as many had never seen one. Will Marshall arrived safely home from overseas and was discharged at Camp Grant too. Will was in the Artillery branch in France and was engaged in fighting at the front from the latter part of May 1918 until the signing of the Armistice. Mr. Walter Gregory of Kahoka, Mo. has been visiting the town; he has acquired an interest in the Johnson Garage and will assume the position of manager within a short time. He will move his family here as soon as he can find a suitable residence.
C.L. Johnson who has been living on his father's, C.J.Johnson, farm east of town is moving into the village in the house formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. H.B.Fort, who will join Mrs. Fort's sister, Miss Ida Davis, in her residence. W.J.McElhinney, who has been rather poorly, went to the Augustana Hospital in Chicago accompanied by his wife, who will probably remain with him during his stay. Miss Charlotte Maxey, who teaches in District No.5, was obliged to give her work there on account of illness; she is under physician's care. Ernest Staley has decided to get into the farming game and has moved this family to a farm near Lomax. The tractor school conducted at the Geo. Dixson implement store was well attended, a class numbering as high as 100 at times. The instructor, Mr. McKenzie, explained the principles governing the working of engines and motors using gasoline and oil for fuel.
H. H. Peters, State Sec. of the Illinois Christian Missionary Society, was in La Harpe to assist in re-adjusting the affairs of the Christian church in that city. During his brief visit he raised the sum of $416 to pay off the church's indebtedness and persuaded members to call Rev. S. A. Cook of Polo, Ill. to become their pastor at a salary of $1,350 per years.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: On seven day furlough from Great Lakes were Perry and Herbert Heap. Mrs. N.J.Gram has been quite poor and expects to go to a hospital for treatment. John Kane shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago market.