The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1915
Stronghurst Graphic, Dec. 30, 1915
NEW VET IN TOWN: A deal was closed whereby Dr. R. P. Frans disposed of his veterinarian practice and equipment to Reed Salter who has been engaged in his profession at Melrose, Iowa.
Reed will maintain his office at the same place his predecessor occupied, namely, the Sutliff barn. (Sutliff conducted business as the Broadway Livery Barn.) Dr. Frans plans are uncertain at this time.
***MRS. J. T. HUNTER CALLED*** The community was shocked last Friday morning when word was passed around shortly after 7 o'clock that Mrs. T. J. Hunter had passed away at her home on Mary St.
Although she was known to have been suffering from heart trouble for some time and that her condition had been quite serious several days past, friends of the family were unprepared for the news that the end had come and even members of the immediate family did not consider her condition especially alarming.
She had awakened earlier in the morning and conversed with those who were caring for her and had gone to sleep again about 6:30.
Mr. Hunter had gone to his place of business and about 7:30 received a telephone summons to come home immediately. Upon his arrival he found that Mrs. Hunter's spirit had departed as she slept.
Ellen Patterson, the daughter of David and Mary Patterson, was born in Marceline, Adams County, Illinois, Oct. 14, 1855 and passed away at Stronghurst Dec. 24, 1915, death due to heart failure.
She was the 9th child of her family of 10 of which Mrs. Maria Gerard of Marceline, Ill., Wm. Patterson of Stronghurst, Ill., and Mrs. Lenora Garrison of Butte, Mont. survive.
She married T. J. Hunter Oct. 15, 1874 and is survived by her husband and by three of the four children, namely: May Hunter Morgan of Stronghurst; Mrs. John Christian of Media, Il.; and George Hunter of Algonquin, Ill. A son, William, departed Aug. 22, 1876.
The deceased was converted in the winter of 1879 at Marceline, Ill. She moved with her husband to Stronghurst Oct. 15, 1888, where she united by letter with the M. E. Church.
Funeral services were conducted at the home with the following pallbearers: John Voorhees, B. L. Mudd, Chas. D. Wax, Chas. R. Kaiser, O. W. Beckett, George Dixson and Wm. Graham. Interment was in the Stronghurst Cemetery. (This is quite a lengthy obit and has been shortened to conserve space.)
****OBITUARY*** JOSEPH K. BROWNING: Joseph Kesner Browning was born near Lebanon, Virginia, April 28, 1873 and departed his life at his home in Winnebago, Nebr. Dec. 31, 1915 after an illness of five days from pneumonia, aged 42 yrs, 7 months, 23 days.
(Something is wrong! The paper is dated Dec. 30, 1915 so it is impossible for Mr. Browning to have died on Dec. 31st.)
At the age of 19 he came to Illinois and on Nov. 16, 1904 married Ruth Evaline Lant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lant of Olena.
To this union were born 7 children, the three eldest of whom died in infancy. In 1907 Mr. Browning moved with his family to Ashland, Nebr. And two years later established a home near Winnebago, Thurston County.
He leaves to mourn a wife and four children, namely: Joseph, Conley, Stewart and Jessie Virginia Browning, also one brother, Charles Browning of Darlington, Md and an aged mother who has made her home with the deceased for several years.
The remains where brought to Illinois and funeral services were conducted over the body at the Charles Lant home near Olena with interment in the north Olena Cemetery.
1890 Graphic: Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Groom gathered at their home to celebrate their 40th anniversary. A beautiful hanging lamp and an easy chair were given the couple.
A masque ball was given in the new opera house on Christmas night, the music being furnished by the Ideal Orchestra of Galesburg. The Wyman & Rand block in Burlington was destroyed by fire.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Ben Matska arrived from Canada where he is engaged in farming and will spend the winter with friends in the vicinity. Rumor is racing that a new bank will be organized at Media.
Frank Kessler and wife arrived from Sidney, Australia where he has been employed in telephone work. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Winters who have been spending the past few months in California and Washington, arrived at the home of the lady's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Steffey.
The Ranney opera house block in Little York was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. In addition the block contained the Dixson hardware store and the Jones & Thompson dry goods store. Both lost the greater portion of their stocks. The loss on the building is estimated at $13,000 and that on stock at an equal sum. The source of the fire is unknown.
The family of Jacob Neff of the south country have been feasting on wild goose during the past week.
One of these migratory game birds had been caught on a recent morning in a steel trap which Mr. Neff had set in a shock of corn fodder. The students of the high school put on an Indian pantomime in the assembly room. Mr. Richard Marshall and his sister, Miss Emma, have moved into their town property.
Mr. Evert Lewis and Miss Martha Lox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lox, were united in marriage Saturday in Gladstone. The school entertainment there and Christmas tree given at D.S.Bryan Hall was enjoyed by a full house. The $16.50 raised will go toward paying for the new piano in the school house downstairs.
Married in Burlington were Mr. Harry Coffman and Miss Pearl Rehling; Mr. Earl Marsden and Miss Ruth Gillis were married there on the same day, Dec. 22nd.