Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, Nov. 14, 1912
DEAD IN LOMAX: James R. Cozadd, a laborer who had been living in Lomax, was found dead lying in the creek bed near the Camp Creek, Santa Fe R.R. bridge east of Dallas City. He is supposed to have stumbled and fallen from the bridge some time on the previous night, striking his head on something in the descent with sufficient force to cause his death. He had been acting strangely for several days and had on the previous Monday night driven a team and wagon belonging to Clayt Logan, the Lomax coal dealer, over a high bank into Honey Creek and left the team to drown in about 10 inches of water.
GOES TO HER REWARD: Mrs. Martha Summers died at the home of her son, William, six and one half miles southwest of Stronghurst, Nov. 7th. The former Martha W. Penny was born in Maryland on Nov. 24, 1829, and was the oldest of 14 children. When she was 17 years of age, her parents left their native state and with them she journeyed down the Ohio River from Wheeling, W. Va., with St. Louis as their destination. The next year the family located in Pike Co., Mo.
In 1857, she married Thomas B. Summers and with him moved to Henderson County in 1882, and here both spent the remainder of their lives, Mr. Summers passing away in May 1900.
Mrs. Summers is survived by three children, namely Wm. H., Elizabeth N., and Mrs. Laura Yaley, wife of F.E. Yaley of Burlington. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Wright of Eolia, Mo., and Mrs. Ellen Finch of this vicinity. Mrs. Summers was a member of the Christian Church, holding her membership with the church of that denomination in Louisville, Mo.
Funeral services were conducted at the home of her son, William, with burial in the Old Bedford Cemetery.
MAIL CARRIER'S LOAD: Every rural route mail carrier is now required to keep an accurate account of the number of pieces of mail delivered and collected and also the weight of each class handled each day... (The three carriers were John N. Salter of Route No. 1, who delivered 6125 pieces weighing 948 lbs. 9 oz. and collecting 656 pieces weighing 16 lbs. 4 oz.; J.T. Maxey, Route No. 2, who delivered 5968 pieces weighing 863 lbs. 1 oz. and collecting 678 pieces weighing 16 lbs. 13 oz.; and J. Fred Hamburg, Route No. 3, delivering 6026 pieces weighing 935 lbs. 12 oz. and collecting 711 pieces weighing 19 lbs. and 1 oz.ÑDo carriers still have to do this?)
HE WILL BE THE HON. WM. HARTQUIST: Wm. Hartquist of this place will be one of the representatives of the 23rd senatorial district in the Illinois legislature for the next two years... Axel W. Hartquist was born at Jonkoping, Sweden, Nov. 2, 1860, being the sixth child of John and Caroline Monson Hartquist. His father was a farmer and William was brought up in that occupation. At the age of 19, Mr. Hartquist emigrated to America, coming to Burlington, Ia., where he remained a month. He then came to Henderson County, which with the exception of 7 years has been his home ever since. He first found employment on a farm near Raritan at wages of $16 per month. In January 1885, he rented a farm of 240 acres near La Harpe, Hancock County, on which he lived until the spring of 1892, when he rented the 1140 acres farm of Geo. M. Foote south of Stronghurst. Here he engaged extensively in the stock raising business and with such success as to be enabled in 1907 to purchase the 320 acre farm lying north of Stronghurst, situated partly in Media and partly in Stronghurst Township. This he has improved, making it one of the finest farms in this section of Illinois. Mr. Hartquist is an officer in the Swedish Lutheran Church. He is a director in the State Bank of Media and Stronghurst and his judgment is generally respected in financial matters. His family consists of his wife, whose maiden name was Helma Hansom, and whom he married in 1885, and three sons and five daughters...
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Oscar Schroeder, the son of Mrs. J.H. Schroeder of Hopper and Miss Lena Cavins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Cavins who live 2 1/2 miles southeast of Stronghurst, were quietly married at Galesburg on Nov. 6th. The marriage is the culmination of a romance begun while the bride was teaching the public school at Hopper.
Something out of the ordinary in way of entertainment will be furnished the patrons of the Lyric Theater the remaining 3 nights of this week. Prof. G. Monroe Hopkins will give a series of demonstrations in electricity, which will no doubt be instructive as well entertaining. He will be accompanied by a company of vaudeville artists.
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