The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1916
Stronghurst Graphic, August 17, 1916
STEWART FAMILY REUNION: A reunion of the Stewart families and immediate relatives was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stewart southeast of Biggsville in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ora McQuown of Red Oak, Iowa, who were visiting. An elegant dinner was served at 12:30 cafeteria style and the afternoon entertainment consisted of piano music by Misses Madge and Beatrice Stewart. Short stories by H.W.Stewart preceded a toast to the "Stewart Family Tree."
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: CHARLES Fort left for Chicago where he will spend a few days and then go to Iron Mountain, Mich., where he will teach mathematics and athletics in the high school. H. F. Harter, a businessman of Ponca City, Okla., stopped to visit his uncle, Dr.
I. F. Harter. Mr. and Mrs. A. A. WORTHINGTON are bereaved by the loss of their baby boy. A short funeral was conducted at the home, 5 miles southeast of STRONGHURST after which the remains were laid to rest in the Raritan Cemetery. A prenuptial shower was given by Mrs. Harry Doty and Mrs. Lee Wilson at the home of their mother, Mrs. George Chant, in honor of Miss Hazel Doty, who will become the bride of Mr. Arthur Steffey the next day. Dr. Leaf C. Knight and Miss June Lovitt, both of Terre Haute, were united in marriage at Fort Madison with Elder Barnes, pastor of the Christian Church of that city officiating. Judge C.C.Craig of Galesburg was elected as director on the board of the First National Bank of Stronghurst filling the vacancy left by the death of John Carothers.
1891 GRAPHIC: "Old Settlers Day" was observed in Biggsville, Aug. 10th.
Efforts were being made to organize an I.O.O.F. lodge in Stronghurst. A pole ninety feet high supporting the stars and stripes was erected in the village. Mason Long, "the converted street gambler," gave two lectures here. The ladies of the U.P.Church held a benefit to increase the bell fund. Mrs. Thomas Morgan died at her home near Terre Haute on Aug.11th after a lingering illness.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Miss Margie Lefler who lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Lefler, 3 1/2 miles southeast of Media on the Adair farm, killed a large rattle snake in the door yard recently which measured 3 1/2 feet long and 6 inches in circumference and had seven rattles and one button. The Biggsville's annual Harvest Home picnic will be held on Aug. 24 & 25 with the Hon. Medill McCormick of Chicago as one of the speakers. The Blandinsville Picnic was a big success, the crowd being estimated at 6,000.
A lawsuit before Justice Hurd in which B.L.Mudd sought possession of the house on his farm now occupied by Len Eaten, attracted considerable interest. Mr. Eaten had refused to give up possession of the premises on the grounds that he hired with Mr. Mudd last March for one year and that he was to have the house to live in during the term of service.
He claims that he was recently discharge by Mr. Mudd without just cause and that under the terms of the agreement he is entitled to the occupancy of the premise until the full year is up. The case was tried before a jury, which after wrestling with the law and the evidence in the case for some time decided that they could not agree. The case will probably be retried in the near future.
A car of wheat shorts will be on the track in Stronghurst; you can save money by taking this feed from it upon arrival. Mahnesmith & Son. The First Presbyterian Church of Bushnell is preparing to erect a modern Sunday School building to cost $10,000. It will be three stories high and will contain rooms for social purposes, a gymnasium which will be open every evening to the boys of the city. The firm of Sprout and Rhykerd has dissolved. Mr. Sprout will retire from the firm and take his family on a motor tour of several states after which he will return to Stronghurst for the winter. In the spring the family will move to their farm in Warren County. In Gladstone a steel gang has engaged in putting down new rails on the railroad.
OBITUARY***MARY BECK*** Mary Beck died very suddenly at her home in Gladstone last Thursday morning. She had arisen and combed her hair and started towards a chair on which her clothing lay when she fell to the floor. Her brother Robert, who had been feeding the stock, came in a few minutes later and found her. He called their brother Hugh and they placed their sister on the bed and then went for a doctor and other help. She had, however, passed to her reward. The funeral services were held at the U.P.Church and the remains were laid away in the South Henderson Cemetery.
The deceased was born on the farm east of Gladstone in 1852 and had lived nearly all her life in this vicinity. She became a member of the South Henderson Church in 1868 later joining the U.P.Church here. She leaves to mourn her loss three brothersöRobert and Hugh at home and John of Yates City, Ill.; also two sister, Mrs. Lizzie Cunningham of Sandwich, Ill. and Mrs. Ellen Miller of Burlington, Ia.