The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1913
Stronghurst Graphic, May 22, 1913
CAUGHT BANK ROBBERS: Two of the North Henderson bank robbers have been captured by the Monmouth police and $732.55 of the stolen money recovered. Of this sum $92.80 was found on the persons of the two men when they were captured and $639.75 in silver was found in satchels hidden under a pile of corn fodder in a barn on the Richard Garrett farm, four miles west of North Henderson. There are several points of similarity between the North Henderson robbery and that which occurred at Swan Creek several years ago. In both cases, two of the robbers dropped into Monmouth and were nabbed by the police of that city and some of the loot found in their possession. It will be remembered that two of the guns which the yeggmen carried were found hidden in the haymow of the Kirby barn in Stronghurst. The men, now in custody in Monmouth, refuse to talk or to implicate others who, it is certain, had a hand in the robbery, and it will be called to mind that in the other case the two men captured refused to "Squeal" on their "pals."
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Rose McCleary, a well known resident of the east country, was found dead in bed in her home northeast of Raritan last Sunday morning. Mrs. McCleary was a widow and the mother of a large family of children, nearly all of whom are married and reside in Henderson and Warren Counties.
With a last despairing gasp the proposition for the road from Littleton to Stronghurst via Macomb has expired. Promoter E. L. Tobie cannot make good and the people who own the old Macomb and Western road, which was to be made a part of the new line, will wait no longer but, insist on cashing in on their property and will proceed to wreck the road unless negotiations for its purchase are closed at once. This has led to another effort on the part of the residents of the section through which the road runs to raise enough money to take the property over. ( The importance of railroad transportation in an area was vital to growth. Farmers needed access to markets and businessmen needed supplies. Alas, in this case, another railroad scheme fails.)
George Rankin of Tarkio, Mo., was called to Kirkwood for the funeral of his brother J. E. Rankin of Fairfield, Ia. David King of Blairstown, Mo., a relative of Mrs. Geo. J. Morgan and an old schoolmate of the Ôsquire's, whom he had not seen for 50 years, visited in the Morgan home several days. Through the effort of Mr. Alex Moir, an agricultural experiment station under the supervision of Prof. Moshier of the state university, will be established on the old Hostler place near Oquawka where a 20 acre plat of ground has been surveyed for the purpose.
John Lukens, a former well known official of Henderson County, is now practically helpless at his home in Monmouth as the result of paralysis.
In the Media area Miss Mary LaVelle closed her school last Friday. Harvey Welch is quite sick. George Drain has moved his family into the Stanley house.
In Gladstone, Theo Thompson is having quite a nice little house built where they tore down an old house which is better for the looks of the town. Mrs. Rose Dixon Parkins died at her home near town; she leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her departure. Burial was in the Carman Cemetery.
In Terre Haute C.A. McCoy has added a stock of men's shoes to his stock of groceries and dry goods and seems to be doing nicely judging from the shoes he is putting out. Jesse Elston shipped two car loads of cattle. Miss Nellie Peasley of Desota, Mo., has been visiting at the M. A. Peasley home; she will stop over in Burlington for a few days with her grandmother. The Dickson Orchestra Co. will give a musical entertainment at the M.E.Church.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: Schools competing at the annual track meet and literary contest of Henderson and Warren County secondary school league at Alexis are Biggsville, Kirkwood, Stronghurst, Alexis and Roseville. A special train will be run leaving Biggsville at nine o'clock. Biggsville bested Stronghurst 65 to 34 points in a recent track meet held here. Rev. and Mrs. H. P. Jackson were called to Seaton by the death of Clyde Rainey, who was struck by lightning while standing in the barn at his home, about four miles from there; he was seventeen years of age. Teachers chosen for the public school are Miss Ellis of Macomb as principal, Miss Edna James of Gladstone for intermediate, and Mrs. Grace Nesbit in the primary room again.