The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, Dec.15, 1921
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Peter Schuettier wagons reduced in price at Dixson's. The women of the Christian Church will hold a food, candy and popcorn sale in the window of the Co-operative store on Dec. 24th. Charlie Stine, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Stine who has been confined to his home by rheumatism for several weeks is able to be about again. Roy Van Doren and family moved to the house vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Grey; Roy will assist in farm work. Born to Mr. and Mrs. C.C.Painter at the Burlington Hospital on Dec.4th , an eight pound daughter named Carol Bernice. James Strickland and family are again residents of Stronghurst, having moved over from Burlington into the house on the north side recently vacated by John Tracy. Mr. Strickland will have charge of the Schell Oil Co. Station here. (At this time such news was indeed news as that is how everyone kept tract of their neighbors.)
Mrs. Anna Dickersen is chairman of the Christmas Seals sales in Stronghurst Township. John Simonson and Charles Lind spent several days in Missouri the first of the week buying feeding cattle. Dr. J.A.Bailey's residence in Biggsville was sold for $2,800; Mrs. Francis C. Bailey was the purchaser. Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Marshall and family are living at the J.C.Brook home since their home was destroyed by fire a week ago. Harold Sweasy of Point Pleasant (Warren County) is holding a closing out sale of farming effects; he and his daughter will reside with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Sweasy of Monmouth.
Raritan once again has a resident physician, Dr. L.T. Hoyt, who has been practicing at Beardstown, Ill. for some time. He has opened an office in the rooms formerly occupied by Dr. Cleveland. Dr. and Mrs. Hoyt will reside in the Reformed church parsonage. George C. Green, well known mechanic, electrician and garage man of Oquawka, died at the Burlington Hospital from diphtheria. Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. Foote left for Burlington where they will make their home temporarily while Mrs. Foote is receiving treatment from a chiropractor. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dixson's little daughter, Eleanor, has been quite seriously ill from diseased tonsils for some time and radium treatment for their removal is being employed. Miss Lucile Butler correctly spelled the 100 words in the preliminary contest for Stronghurst Township and will represent the township at the county contest at Biggsville. In Raritan Township Carroll Caldwell won first place and Elsie Ahlers of the Cox School won second. In Media Township Reva Vaughn won first.
Baker and Baker, a firm of bakers who baked at Oquawka, disappeared from their bakery a day last week leaving various creditors in the lurch. A Ford truck purchased from an Aledo firm and on which but one payment had been made disappeared with the baking Bakers. Sam Curry and family drove over to Winfield, Ia to visit with N.E.Curry and family. A basketball club has been organized by some of the young ladies of the community. Miss Alice Wax has been selected as director. The second story of the Co-operative store building has been fitted up for a court and the members of the club are looking forward to some good games and contest with clubs from other places. (Times were different; I suppose it would have been scandalous to use the school gym.)
***OBITUARY***J.C.TOLMAN: J.C.Tolman died after a short illness of pneumonia at his home in Kewanee, Ill. Mr. Tolman for nearly half a century was the druggist in Gladstone and ran a general store and was postmaster for a long time. He had friends all over the country who esteemed him as a fair minded and honorable gentleman.
He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Tolman of Oquawka. The deceased was born near Randolph, Mass. Sept. 7, 1846. On the maternal side he was a descendent of Thomas Tolman who settled in Mass. in 1630 ten years after the landing of the Mayflower. The family came to Oquawka in fall of 1871. To this union one daughter was born living only two years. He became a resident of Kewanee some years ago. He was a director of the Biggsville Bank at the time of his death and was the one time president of the bank in Gladstone. He was also a member of the Oquawka Mason lodge.
He was buried in Oquawka Cemetery with the Masons in charge of the service. GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: County Supt. Of schools, A.L.Beals, appointed Prof. Blackstone of Gladstone School and Miss Anna Burrus of the Lant School a committee to conduct the annual township spelling contest in the high school assembly room. Mr. and Mrs. Will Pence received a dispatch telling of the accidental death of their nephew, Mr. Albert Wall of Wilmer, Minn. Several laborers have begun work on the new hard road near the Fred Galbraith home south of town.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Oscar Fritts from Oregon visited his sisters, Mesdames Ida Stevenson, Willie Dixon and Effie Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Dave McDill observed their 50th anniversary. The Booster Club has been busy soliciting funds to finance a free Chautauqua for next summer. The Ladies Cemetery Association will present the play, "The Byrds Christmas Carol" during the week between Christmas and New Years. The husbands of the Country Club entertained the ladies at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Whiteman. A banquet and a womanless wedding were pulled off by the gentlemen.
FASHION NOTE: Velvet slippers promise to be prominent throughout the winter. The darker shades are relieved by bright colored inlays and stitching. And velvet slippers in vivid hues will make their appearance in the evening. Sometimes gold or silver cloth or patent leather is combined with bright colored velvet.