The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1920
Stronghurst Graphic, Aug. 12 , 1920
NEW SEED MANGER FOR LEWIS: E. G. Lewis of the Lewis Seed Co. has secured Joseph McCracken to be the manager of the seed plant in Monmouth. It is the intention of the seed company to develop a mail order seed business in Monmouth dealing not only in farm seeds but in garden and flower seeds as well. In connection with these two departments a feed department will also be developed.
Mr. Lewis says that threshing will not be finished for 10 days more. In talking about the new wheat, he said that he is very well pleased with the way it has turned out. As a rule it is out yielding other varieties in this vicinity. The lowest yield of Kanred he has heard of is twenty bushels and the highest in 96 on Robert Clarke's farm near town. In some places it has even been doubling other Turkey red wheat.
Mr. Lewis thinks that the early oats this year around Media have yielded better than the late oats. Around his home 9/10 of the oats this year were early oats. They are gaining rapidly in popularity. He says that he fears the Canadian thistle is getting a hold in this vicinity. In the store he has a sample of this dangerous plant and frequently some farmer will come in and examine it and say that he has some of it on his farm. Mr. Lewis has a picture of a field near Media that is thick with this bad weed; it is very hard to eradicate.
A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Mrs. I. F. Harter entertained 16 friends at a 6 p.m. picnic dinner in honor of Dr. Harter's birthday. A huge angel cake formed a part of the refreshments. When the dining room was opened to the guests, a more bountifully loaded table never dawned upon the view of hungry guests than was spread before them. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ivins, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dobbin, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Bell and son Paul, Miss Grace Slater, Mrs. S. S. Slater of Stronghurst, Mrs. Ruby C. Bell of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Effie Johnstone and son Donald of Kansas City, Mo.
After dinner the guests were given a memory test, which proved quite exciting. The prize, a large Abalone shell from California ocean beach, was awarded Miss Salter, who had the largest number of correct answers. Donald Johnstone, who had the least, was given a beautiful little blue bird. When asked to whistle a tune on the musical bird, a delightfully cool, refreshing stream of water, clear as crystal, hit him in the face.
Mrs. S. S. Slater was guest of honor as she was Dr. Harter's first school teacher. We wonder how many children would treat their school teacher to such a lovely repast. (Contributed by Donald F. Johnstone, 10 years old son of Mrs. Effie Slater Johnstone of Kansas City, Mo.)
BRONZE TABLETS ARRIVE IN OQUAWKA: The bronze tablet in honor of Henderson County's soldier, sailors and marines who served in the great World War arrived at Oquawka and will be put in place at soon as possible. The tablet was purchased by the Henderson County War Service league with the funds that were left in its treasury at the close of the war. Every effort possible was made to secure a complete list of every man who went from this county in service of his country during the late war making a total of nearly 500 names that appear on the tablet. It is a beautiful piece of work and is a memorial that will endure for many years.
The tablet will be placed in the court house on the east wall of the lower hall immediately to the right of the entrance leading into the county clerk's office. Whether there will be any dedicatory ceremony later on, the committee is unable to say, but it will be put up some time this week.
Measuring five and a half feet wide and eight and a half feet high, the tablet weighs over 700 pounds. The names are in large sized, clear faced letters and are classified according to townships. The back ground has a dull finish and the letters are polished. When put in place, it will represent an aggregate of about $900.-Henderson County Journal
UP, UP, AND AWAY: The Curtis bi-plane from Galesburg again visited Stronghurst and several men availed themselves of the opportunity of realizing the thrill of "high sailing." The Sanderson field was used as an aviation station and during the afternoon they vived with the Voorhees Bros. threshing machine located nearby in attracting visitors. Mr. Geo. Dixson circled the air for the second time and enjoys the distinction of being the first citizen of Stronghurst to Loop-the-loop 2,500 feet above terra firma, do the tail spin 1,200 ft. high and look down upon his countrymen for 35 minutes. Mr. Dixson declares it has become tame as a thrill producer.
APPOINTED TO A POSITION: Robert N. Clarke, who lives east of town, has been appointed to a place on the committee of seventeen of the American Farm Bureau to formulate a plan for co-operative grain marketing by all farm organizations in the U.S.
1895 GRAPHIC: Dr. and Mrs. I.F. Harter and John Clover and sister, Miss Cina, of Carman were expecting to attend the Knight Templar Conclave at Boston. The sum appropriated to defray Stronghurst's municipal expenses for the ensuing year was $2,000. About half of this was placed in the general expense fund. $500 was appropriated for the purchase of the cemetery tract. Curry and Regan of the local livery stable had rented a team to a swindler whom the officers were hunting. After several days the horses and rig were located at Roseville; the man had flown. John Weir met with an accident which came very nearly costing him an eye. He was holding a piece of red hot iron and Roger Ward was pounding it when the hot iron flew out of the tongs and struck John in the eye.
OLENA OBSERVATIONS: Rev. Russell preached a splendid sermon Sabbath afternoon. Mrs. Margaret Peyton, Mrs. Lura Lant and Mrs. John Lant attended the quarterly conference in Biggsville. Mr. Thomas Stanberry of Biggsville was elected a delegate with Mrs. John Lant of Olena as alternate to the general conference which convenes in Dwight, Illinois the latter part of September. Harvey Lant met the early train from the West in Burlington to meet Mrs. Isaac L. Downs, her daughter, Mrs. Anderson and daughter of Fullerton, Nebr. Mrs. Downs is the sister-in-law of Mrs. John Lant and she and her husband spent their early married life in Illinois, leaving over 40 years ago. From here the spent a few years in Pottawattamie County, Iowa and later buying a farm near Fullerton, Nebr., where they have since resided. Mr. Downs passed away last winter A "bunch" of young people were entertained last Saturday evening at the Charter home north of the village.
Mr. Clas Carlson and family now ride in a new up-to-date Ford car. Oscar White and John McCartney are in Missouri looking for cattle and hogs. Mrs. Montroy south of Stronghurst was operated on in the Burlington Hospital and friends are hoping she may enjoy better health. New silos have been added to the Frank Pearson and Hartquist farms. George Fort has returned from visiting his daughter, Mrs. George Kemp of Fairfield, Iowa and his son Robert of Red Oak, Iowa.
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: Grover Loftus, formerly of Pt. Pleasant Township but now of Los Angeles, Calif. called on old friends. Those attending the Chautauqua at Stronghurst were Mr. and Mrs. George Wax, Mrs. Pearl Leinbach and Mrs. Len Steele. Friends and relatives went to the home of Mrs. David Gilliland to remind her of her birthday. The gathering was a complete surprise to Mrs. Gilliland and after she had welcomed her uninvited guests, a pleasant social evening was spent. She was presented with a set of dishes and dainty refreshments of ice cream and cake were served. George Wax, on account of illness, was unable to be in the store for a few days. Miss Thelma Campbell is a new clerk in the Co-operative store. Mr. and Mrs. John Lawyer are the parents of a little daughter born August 9th.
CARMAN CONCERNS: Threshing is almost finished in the township. Grain is of splendid quality but not of a very large yield per acre averaging about 5-30 bu. an acre, but oats are good and also rye. Mrs. Laura Allen and children returned to her home at Waterloo after several weeks visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Graham. Frank Dean, the last of our soldier boys, came home for a short visit being lately discharged from marine service. Fred Curts of Ekalaka, Mont., and sister, Mrs. Ella Calkins of Carthage, Ill. were looking over farms and collecting their rent. Mr. and Mrs. Benny Wisbey of Chillicothe, Ill. visited his parents B. F. Wisbey.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Howard Daugherty of Lincoln, Nebr visited his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Forgey are the proud parents of a baby girl. Mrs. Mary Driscoll, who had the misfortune to fall and break her collar bone, was able to be brought home for the Burlington Hospital. Mrs. Willard Graham and Jean Redsbaugh, who have been spending the past two weeks visiting with Grandma Graham, returned to their home in Chicago.
COLOMA NOTES: Geo. Morris returned for Colorado Springs, Colo. A new son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Delbengood last Saturday.
The Morris relations held their reunion at the Oquawka bathing beach. Mrs. Will Weir entered a sanitarium in Springfield; she was accompanied by Mrs. Hazel Weir. (TB was prevalent at this period of time and patients went to sanitariums for various health reasons.) Mr. and Mrs. Chan Whiteman and family left in their car for a tour through Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Smith Morris have moved to the Westlake property south of the village. Mr. and Mrs. Will Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. Sandstrom are planning to drive to Oklahoma. A community sing and special program will be held at the Coloma schoolhouse Thursday evening-the last program of the summer.