The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept.8, 1921
MEDIA MEANDERINGS: The Academy and Community High School opened for the term with the brightest prospects for a good year than they have had for a number of years. Thirty pupils are enrolled and a few more are expected to start next Monday. Mr. A. B. Hoffman is again filling the position as principal and Mr. Wallace Myrtland as commercial teacher. A Miss Calbertson is taking the position Miss Shrank had last year. Miss Eleanor Kyle entertained the members of the 7, 8th and freshmen classes at her home. Quite a number from here went to Burlington to the beach Sunday, some taking their dinners and enjoying a picnic there. Miss Jean Mekemson returned to Media to resume her office work at the seed company having spent a couple of months visiting friends and relatives. Mrs. Grace Kimble returned home after staying near Sciota to take care of a sick patient. Mr. and Mrs. Olin Palmer are the happy parents of a 10 lb. boy born to them Monday. The Methodist held a pie social on the church lawn.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Mr. L .D. Graham from Lucas, Iowa, and Miss Myrtle Cockrell from Burlington, Iowa, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Will Graham. Mrs. Margaret Hall from Keokuk, Iowa, is visiting her niece, Mrs. A.J. Ditto and family. Ernest Burrell moved into Mrs. Ashbury's house in the west part of town. Ralph Miller, who has worked in the Gladstone garage, moved to Burlington. He will manage the repair department for the Reliable Auto Co. Mr. Cartwright moved into Chas. Hedges house. Mrs. Nora Marshall from St. Louis visited her mother, Mrs. Nancy Graham.
CARMAN CONCERNS: All the schools of Carman Township began Monday: Crystal Lake-Earl Marsden, teacher; Ellison Valley-Walter Howell, teacher; Kirby School-Mrs. Minnie Wiegand, teacher; Carman Schools-Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lightner-in charge. The LaHarpe Fair, the Woodman picnic at Stronghurst, and the fair at Burlington, Iowa, were quite well attended from this township. A little son came Saturday to make his home at the Warren Dowell home; mother and babe are doing nicely. Mr. and Mrs. James Bevans returned from a few weeks visit with their daughter, Mrs. Thos. McIntire and family at Halfa, Iowa. Thos. Dixon was a caller on his sister, Mrs. Mary A. Parry. Gertrude Dowell is staying a few days at the Wright Smiddy home near Lomax.
Sept. 15, 1921 DEDICATED TO A NEW CAUSE: The Lomax Searchlight came out with an announcement stating that it had dropped its character as a village newspaper and had undertaken " A GREAT NATIONAL WORK" of promoting Employment and wages, Home Building, Land Subdivision and a County-Wide Program of Good Roads with non-profiteering public utilities in them to serve the country-all to stabilize the government and happily the people and bring prosperity to Merchants, Manufacturers, Farmers and all Workers; also to remove the Crown of thorns from the brows of the Profiteered-upon and Suffering Renters of the U.S.A.
The chief object of the endeavor hereafter will be the promoting of an organization called the "Pro-Bono Society," which seems to have had its inception in the fertile brain of Mr. Love, the originator of the "Greater Lomax" movement which a few years ago was attracting the attention of people in every part of the country, but which later suffered a collapse. (Read the particulars in this issue.)
SOLDIER'S BODY RETURNS HOME: Mr. Ira Foote received a telegraph from Hoboken, N.J., stating that the remains of his son Ernest, who was killed in action in France on July 15, 1918, would be started on its journey to Stronghurst on Sept. 14th and barring no accidents the body should reach here by Friday morning at least.
Ernest was the third Stronghurst boy to meet death on the battlefields of France during the recent war, Roy Foote and Harry Clark having preceded him in making the supreme sacrifice. So far as is known, the remains of the two latter mentioned boys still rest in foreign soil.
Ernest was the third child of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Foote born in Stronghurst Oct. 24, 1899 and died July 15, 1918, 18 years, 8 months and 21 days old. His whole life previous to his enlistment in the army was spent in and around Stronghurst. In the spring of 1917 he went to Burlington with a number of other young men from Henderson County and enlisted in Co.I of the Iowa State Militia. This company was afterwards sent to Camp Dodge for training and in the fall of 1917 was incorporated in the 168 U. S. Infantry, the famous "Rainbow Division" and sent to France. This regiment lost many men in the fighting which took place in the Chateau Thierry district in France in the summer of 1918 and the news of young Foote' death reached here on Aug. 14th when his father received a cablegram . . .
On account of the uncertainty regarding the time of arrival here, no funeral arrangement have been made. The services will probably be held in the Christian Church and conducted by Elder Catlin of Old Bedford. An effort has been made to have members of the American Legion Post at Burlington present to assist in the paying proper homage to the memory of the young soldier.
HE RESIGNED: Rev. K.R. Anderson surprised his congregation at the U. P. Church last Sabbath morning after delivering his sermon by announcing that he had tendered his resignation as pastor to the session and that the same had been accepted. He also announced that the resignation would be effectives as soon as Presbytery acted upon the formal application for a dissolution of the pastoral relation. A congregational meeting will be held on Sept. 25th when members will be asked to ratify the action of the session.
The retiring pastor assumed his duties May 1915 and has made marked progress both in matters temporal and spiritual. The membership has increased nearly 40%,
the house of worship has undergone extensive repairing and remodeling, and the contributions to missionary and benevolent enterprises, which constitute one of the chief evidences of real church growth, have shown a marked increase. Rev. Anderson has not decided upon the field of his future activities, but wherever he goes, he will carry the good wishes of the people of this community.