Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.
Stronghurst Graphic, Oct. 17, 1912
Oct. 17, 1912 APPOINTED TO SUPREME COURT BENCH IN WASHINGTON: John F. Main who was the principal of the Wever Media Academy several years ago and who married Miss Mary Crouch of Rozetta, has been appointed to the supreme bench of the state of Washington by Gov. M.E. Hay. Judge Main was born on a farm in Mercer County and received his education at Monmouth College and Princeton University. He was superintendent of schools in Mercer County for one term and also principal of the Aledo schools for four years. Since removing to the state of Washington, he has been a member of the law faculty of the state university.
OBITUARY***John Lewis Reynolds*** John L. Reynolds was born in Monroe County, Mo., June 6, 1850, and died at Stronghurst, Oct. 10, 1912. He moved to Illinois with his mother's family when quite a young man and made his home ever afterwards. He was married in 1876 to Miss Jennie Starkey and to this union were born five children: C. Meridith, Fredrick Gibson, Lewis L., Iva Ernest and Millie May, all who survive. Mr. Reynold's first wife died in April 1892 and he married in October 1896 to Miss Martha Rodman who is left with the children to mourn his loss.
Following his second marriage, Mr. Reynolds and his family made their home in Stronghurst. He is also survived by three brothers and four sisters: Jas. N. of La Harpe, Henry of Stronghurst, Jethro of Olena, Mrs. Kincaid of Missouri, Mrs. Dellie Grimes of St. Louis, Mrs. Ella Hutchins and Mrs. Melvin of Stronghurst. Interment was in the village cemetery.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Chas. R. Barnett and Sarah A. Tinkham, who were married on Oct. 12, 1862, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with relatives and friends. (Longer article on this event.) One of the best public sales of milk cows ever held in this section was conducted by Messrs. Hutton & Walter. Twenty-two cows and ten heifers were disposed of with the total for the sale being $2,273.50. The Sunday School Convention will be held at Biggsville M.E. Church. Bricklayers are rapidly running up the walls of the new Beardsley store. Marion Rodman is wondering what more misfortunes are to befall him. He has lost two horses under somewhat suspicious circumstances and when he traded his remaining horses off and got a pair of mules, they both took sick. He naturally wonders what will happen next and fears that it is the work of a secret enemy. John Simonson is reported to have invested in a section of Canadian land. John shipped five carloads of cattle and hogs to Chicago. He and J.F. McMillan accompanied the stock and took in the Cub-Sox baseball game. Rev. Sam McKeown has returned to his mission field in Liberia, Africa. The little Negro boy whom he brought with him to this country to be educated was left at a school in Chicago. Charles Peasley has returned from his stay in Canada, where he looked after the harvesting of 320 acres of flax on the farm he purchased a year ago. The boys and girls of the 7th and 8th grades in Stronghurst school perpetrated a birthday surprise on their teacher, Mrs. Flo Tillotson, by dropping in on her at her residence unannounced. They brought with them a handsome rug, a pocketbook, and a number of handkerchiefs, which they presented her as tokens of their esteem and appreciation. (That's what you gave teachers in 1912.) Miss Basquine Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Gordon of Rozetta area, was married at the home of her aunt, Miss Ida Gordon in Kirkwood, to Mr. Clytus Smith also of Rozetta.
BIGGSVILLE BRIEFS: The Biggsville High School nine played Gladstone and won by a score of 24 to 2. Wm. Wiegand is quite sick at his home north of town and Dr. McKitterick of Burlington was consulted. Pearle Dixson is firing a switch engine in Burlington. Ben Redfern has gone to work for the Q as a brakeman. C.P. Ervin and wife will spend the winter in North Carolina.
NEWS OF THE COUNTY: Elmer Pence, a former Gladstone boy and son of Will Pence, got his foot run over by the cars at Galesburg and had to have it taken off; he was in the employ of the railroad. Men are working at the M.E. Church basement in Gladstone and hope to have it completed soon. Arthur Isaacson and Cyrus Bigger of Media area returned from a trip to North Dakota; they report it quite cold up there with some hard freezes. While playing at school in Media, Johnnie Drain and Fred Hamburg were experimenting with serious results. Fred was holding a cap which had some powder in it while Johnnie touched a match to it just to see if it would burn. It did and blew the end off of three fingers and a thumb for Fred. Experience is a good teacher but the fees are heavy sometimes. Henry White is having a new corn crib with a cement floor erected near the elevator.