The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1916
Stronghurst Graphic, June 15, 1916 1891
GRAPHIC: J.H.Silsbee of Smithshire replaced R.C. Henry as manager of the Midland Elevator Co. in Stronghurst. Herman G. Annegers died at the home of his son Herman near Decorra on June 14th. A Farmers and Business Men's Elevator Co. had just been organized in town with D.G.Lant, John Stine and John Marshall as a board trustees.
Mrs. J.W.Brook and one of her daughters were quite seriously injured and Mr. Brook narrowly escaped death in a runaway accident at the Burlington Ferry. The Fort Madison Opera House burned down on June 15th. Ritchie Campbell, an old pioneer who had lived in Henderson County continuously since 1828, died at his home near Gladstone June 9th.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: Mrs. Melvina Crane left for an extended visit with relatives at Red Oak and Emerson, Iowa, and Dewitt, Neb. Dr. Marshall, J. W. Stine, Albert Kaiser, Lloyd Rhikard, John Keane, Sam Mathers and Emory Cavins attended the 300 mile Auto Derby at Chicago and saw Darlo Resta set a new record for that distance by maintaining an average speed of 98.61 miles an hour. W.H.Spiker left for Ames, Iowa, where he will take a short course in stock judging; he already has established a reputation as a capable live stock auctioneer and is taking this course in order to further his efficiency. R.M.Billups had a light paralytic stroke, but soon rallied and is much better.
M. F. T. Schierbaum met with a painful accident while helping Ed Brewer fill the water tank of his threshing engine from a hydrant near the light plant. He was holding the hose while Ed turned on the water. The pressure caused the hose to straighten out suddenly and with sufficient force to throw Mr. Schierbaum against the tank wagon fracturing three ribs. The large box elder tree which stood near the center of the sidewalk in front of the Robb Caf on Broadway, fell victim to the woodman's ax. (Trees once lined the avenue-check the Stronghurst Centennial History for a view.) M.E.Beardsley has begun the installation of an air dome on the vacant LeValley lot on the east side of Broadway, and a canvass wall now hides from the public view the old cellar pit which has for a long time been our standing advertisement of a lack of civic pride.
John Voorhees was in Chicago with a shipment of stock and while there instituted a suit against the Santa Fe Railroad to recover the money paid to the company for cleaning stock cars during the prevalence of hoof and mouth disease. The suit will be brought to Sanagmon County court and probably transferred to federal court. H. N.Vaughn, Henry Adair, Ralph Painter and Ed Links have formed The Polled Hereford Association of Henderson County and have insured two cows for the sum of $2,100; cost of the animals to the association was $3,100.
Mr. Al Stotts sold his general store in Gladstone to Mr. Sam Duncan and Ed Stotts; it will be run on the same plan. Mr. Lewis Rehling, post master of Carman, resigned due to ill health. Mr. James Marshall of Olena vicinity has received the highest credit on the mail carrier exam and will take Route No.3 out from Stronghurst. John Kling of Lomax area is employed at the Gilmore Harrow Factory in Burlington.
***OBITUARY***MRS. CAROLINE BEGEMAN: Gladstone resident, Mrs. Caroline Begeman, died Thursday with the funeral being Friday at the home. She was laid to rest in the Oquawka Cemetery. The deceased was born in Germany Aug.10, 1838 and was united in marriage to Mr. Begeman in Louisville, Kentucky in 1858. To this union were born nine children of whom only one son survives, Mr. Gus Begeman of Burlington. She had been ailing for a long time and was thought to be better, but she passed away in the night.