The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Note to the readers: Many times names appear to be misspelled in the original articles; I have copied them as they were written.
Stronghurst Graphic, January 30, 1913
MRS. B.J. HICKS DEAD: Cunningham, Kan.ÑA telephone message told of the death of Mrs. B.J. Hicks at her home in California. She was one of the old settlers of this community as she and her husband proved up the farm now occupied by Mr. Haden east of Cunningham, Kan. She had been living with her daughter, Mrs. E.H. Jewitt...
Belinda Jane (Dean) Hicks was born near Terre Haute, Indiana, on Aug. 6, 1830, and departed this life on Jan. 17 at Huntington Park, Calif. The remains will be brought to Cunningham, Kan., and laid to rest beside her husband, Jesse Hicks, who died April 27, 1896... She leaves a daughter, Emma, in Huntington Park, Calif.; a son, James (who accompanied the remains to its resting place), of San Diego, Calif; a son, George, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; a son, Ira Willis, of Seattle, Wash.; and a son, John, of Wichita, Kans., to mourn her loss.
BAINTERS CELEBRATE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Bainter south of Stronghurst was the scene of a joyous occasion Jan. 29th. Twenty-eight years ago upon that date, Mr. and Mrs. Bainter started to travel the pathway of life together... In the forenoon Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Bainter in response to an invitation went for a call at the Roy Mudd home and taking advantage of the absence of the regular occupants of the Bainter home, relatives, friends and neighbors to the number of about 70 took possession of the premises. The surprise was complete, but the couple readily adapted themselves to the situation and entered into the spirit of the occasion. The guests had brought baskets loaded with choice viands and a royal feast was soon spread.
The remainder of the day was spent in happy social intercourse. During the afternoon Rev. Monteith called the couple before the assembled guests and in their behalf presented them with a handsome oak and leather davenport as a token of esteem. The couple responded briefly with words of thanks for their kind remembrance. Congratulations were again showered upon the bride and groom of 28 years and later the guests departed wishing them many more joyous returns of the date of their marriage.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Calvin Lant, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Lant, recently enlisted in the military service of the U.S. at Denver. Lena C. Ahlers, who has been conducting the children's department in "Mission Work," a Maryland paper, has accepted a position in the department for fruit and poultry in the Kiger Poultry Journal of Donnelson, Ia. Mrs. Richard Dixon of Yale, Okla., has been visiting her mother and other relatives at Carman. Sheriff McDill arrested a young man by the name of Drain at Media who is said to be a deserter from the army. The sheriff took the young man to Fort Sheridan near Chicago and obtained the government reward of $50 offered in such cases.
The Macomb Journal states that the proposed railroad from Stronghurst to Littleton through Macomb will be built without a doubt and that the promoter, Mr. Tobie, is still enthusiastically at work on the plan which contemplates the completion of work within the time prescribed in the bonds. (Don't think he made it; haven't seen any train arriving from Macomb lately.) George Brewer and his two boys left for the state of Nevada, where George lived some 20 years ago. When he left there, he had an interest in some property which did not promise much in the way of returns, but the government has now made the land valuable and he has gone back to take some action toward resuming possession of it.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. W.H. Cortelyou of Biggsville had the misfortune to fall and dislocate her left shoulder. ~~S.C.W. Orpington cockerels for sale. The Orpingtons are the largest clean-legged chicken in the world. If you have no Orpingtons, the cockerels will increase the size of your chickens when crossed on any other kind of chicken.ÑC.C. Butler.~~ John Hayes, a farmer living about 4 miles east of Monmouth, was killed by a Burlington train at what is known as Sullivan Crossing. Mr. Hayes was attempting to cross the track with a team attached to a farm wagon when the train stuck him; both horses were also killed.
Edgar Lewis of Media and Buell Corzatt of Raritan returned from Champaign, where they have been taking a short course in the agricultural department of the State University. The young men report that the interest in the agricultural department of the University is rapidly growing and that it is an impressive sight to see the army of young farmers marching to and from the recitation halls on the campus. (College life was different.) Rev. Bear's driving horse died last Sunday; it had been ailing for some time. (For a poor minister this was a calamity; he might not have the funds to replace the animal and his work required transportation.) The parties who took the horse blanket from Clyde Murray's buggy in Stronghurst are known and in order to save trouble had better return the same at once. ÑMart Murray (Criminals be warned; you have an opportunity to escape the clutches of the law. These few sentences denote a simpler time when all knew their neighbors as well as their neighbors' business. Today, we meet people in the Jack & Jill or the Kone Korner and wonder, "Who is that?" )
One of the meat markets in Stronghurst was discontinued and the other changed ownership. The Melvin and Logan shop was closed and the owners will move their stock and fixtures to Lomax. E.G. LeValley sold his shop and fixtures and also his residence to a gentleman by the name of Tucker from Williamsfield. While Mr. LeValley has not decided as to his future plans, the probabilities are that he will move with his family to California where he has some land investments. 125 beautiful views of the land of sunshine and showers at the Lyric Theater. (This was the nearer thing to going to the movies for 1913.)
Mr. O.P. Colgrove of Media had a narrow escape from death when about twenty-five feet of iron casing fell on his head which rendered him unconscious for some time, but it is hoped that it will not prove serious. In the Carman area, Louis Cargill was attempting to take a slab off a log when the ax glanced, striking him between the ankle and knee, causing a severe wound. Dr. Emmerson examined him and thought the bone not hurt. He took three stitches. Brother Will will operate the saw mill during Louis' illness.