The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1917
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 20, 1917:
A MERGER: The equipment, stock and good will of the Media Record were purchased by the Graphic and hereafter the two papers will be combined and printed and published in Stronghurst. Mr. Pendarvis, publisher of the Record, realized how difficult and practically impossible it was to continue to publish a paper in a town the size of Media...The Graphic will devote a page or department to Media affairs and to the use of Media advertisers. It is the desire of the combined paper to serve both communities.
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Mr. S.D.Hitchner, who has been local manager of the Stronghurst Lumber Co. has been transferred to Dixon, Ill. where the Midland Lumber Co. of which the local company is a branch, also operates a yard. Mr. Smith M. Ayres from Kirkwood will assume duties as the new manager here.
LOCAL AND AREA HAPPENINGS: Frank Crenshaw, C.R.Kaiser and C.H. Curry are attending the bankers'convention at Quincy. Perry Cooper and a number of farmers from the Media neighborhood left on a land inspecting tour in Wisconsin. Mr. And Mrs. Schierbaum and Miss Gross attended the recital on the new $8,000 pipe organ recently installed in the First M.E.Church of Burlington.
Mrs. W. H. Strong, wife of a LaHarpe baker, had her arm broken by getting that member caught in a bread mixing machine operated by a motor. 75,000 bushels of oats, 600 bushels of rye and 350 bushels of timothy seed is the record thus far made this season by Lewis Worthington of the south country with his threshing outfit. George B. Stewart has sold his 80 acres south of town at $151 per acre to Art McKeown.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart will retire from active life and become residents of Stronghurst. Miss Sara White has just received a new Brinkerhoff piano from the Guest Piano store of Burlington.The ladies of the Stronghurst U.P. congregation gave a social at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Del Dixson last Monday evening in honor of the boys of the community who have just been called to the colors.
The lawn was lighted up and decorated for the occasion and refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served. Games of various kinds were indulged in and a good time enjoyed by all. The ladies of the Lutheran Church held a social for the benefit of the Red Cross society at the home of Charles Lind south of town.
A government agent by the name of Capron was here investigating reports which had come to officials concerning seditious utterances alleged to have been indulged in by certain of our citizens in talking about the war. While no arrests were made, we understand that warning was given to one or two parties to be a little more guarded in the future in expressions concerning our relations with Germany. (With a first generation immigrant population, one could expect support for the Fatherland; however, at this time, society was not liberal enough to allow such expression.)
OQUAWKA OCCURRENCES: Dr. Gay of Winfield, Kansas is visiting his brother, Wm. Huss. The two twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. William Helton east of town are quite ill of scarlet fever. Howard McOlgan is quite ill with tonsilitis. Howard Hart of Aurora is quite ill at the home of his uncle, J.W.Braun. Charles Zeilke is very low with typhoid fever at his home near Reed; Dr. McKitterick of Burlington was called to see him. Wm. Morey has been having quite a siege of boils on his neck.
GLADSTONE GLEANINGS: Rev. Andrew Renwick of South Henderson addressed the boys who are called to go to training camp at Bryan's hall Thursday evening. The Gladstone band furnished the music to a full house. As Mr. Renwick is one of the old soldiers, he knew how to sympathize with the boys who are going to war. Supper was served at the stone hall after the speaking to all who were there, being nearly 250 people.
The boys called from here are Samuel Knudstrom, William Morse, Louis Lox, Ray Cadle, Albert Linburg and Frank Jacobs. Mr. Charles Watson, Sr. moved over near West Burlington on a farm he has just purchased. Mr. Chas. Watson, Jr. went to Galesburg to make his home; he has employment on the railroad.