Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley
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Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Newspaper Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.
Jan. 1, 1959: (no newspaper on file)
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Jan. 15, 1959: (no newspaper on file)
Jan. 22, 1959: (no newspaper on file)
Jan. 29, 1959:
- James T. CHARLTON, son of Thomas J. and Mary Catherine THOMPSON CHARLTON, was born in Ford Co., Ill. on Jan. 10, 1869, and died Jan. 19, 1959 at the Wutzler Nursing Home in Odin, Ill., where he had been a patient for the past 6 months. In 1902, he married Sarah SHAFFER. This couple engaged in farming south of Kinmundy until their retirement several years ago. He was preceded in death by two dying sons, Samuel and Homer and his wife, Sarah, who died June 15, 1957, after a marriage of 55 years. He leaves 2 sons, Henry of Villa Grove, Ill., and Jesse of Kinmundy; 1 daughter, Mrs. Mary LANE, Kinmundy; 3 grandsons, James and Carl Bernard LANE and Larry CHARLTON, of near Kinmundy; 1 granddaughter, Geneva MULVANEY of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 4 great-grandchildren, Kathy and Kevin LANE of Kinmundy, and Tommy and Gwendolyn MULVANEY of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 1 brother, John B. CHARLTON, Sr. of Odin.
- Three Marion county farmers, S. JOHNSON and Freddie MISELBROOK, Kinmundy, and Max QUANDT, Iuka are cooperating with Southern Illinois University on a special wildlife study.
- Ada F. BRASEL has been named 1959 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Kinmundy-Alma high school. She received the highest score in a 50 minute written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduating senior girls in her school. Each state Homemaker will receive a $1500 scholarship from General Mills, an educational trip Apr. 4 - 10 with her school advisor to Washington D.C., Colonial Williamsburg, New York City and Minneapolis.
- Mr. and Mrs. John TUTT have a daughter born Jan. 24 at Salem Hospital named Vicky Lee. The mother is the former Miss Karen BALLANCE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB are the parents of a daughter, Colleen Sue, who was born Jan. 22 at Salem Hospital. She has 6 brothers. Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB are the paternal grandparents.
- Mrs. Margaret Ann O’BRIEN of Centralia died there Saturday after 3 years illness. Services were held from St. Mary’s Church in Centralia with Rev. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. She was born and reared in Kinmundy, the daughter of John and Bridget ROONEY ANDERSON. Her first husband, Doug FREEMAN, died Feb. 22, 1927. On June 5, 1929 she married Michael O’BRIEN, who survives. Other survivors include 1 brother, William ANDERSON, San Francisco, Calif. Her only son, John O. FREEMAN, also preceded her in death a few years ago. Miss Thelma LYONS, Mrs. Amelia VALLOW, and Miss Cornelia O’BRIEN, of this city are cousins of the deceased.
- The Beardstown Rotary club nominated Miss Nell INGRAM for the teacher of the year contest, the winner which will be announced Feb. 16. (This article was taken from the “Beardstown Illinois Star”.) She is the daughter of I.D. INGRAM of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Anna MARLOW received a telephone call Sunday from her son, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Herman MARLOW and family that they had arrived in the states Saturday after spending 2 years in Ankara and Erzelbrum, Turkey. They will now make their home in Washington D.C.
- Mrs. Anthony LIEBIG of E. St. Louis died in St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 13. His survivors are his wife, May, and 1 son, Anthony. Mr. LIEBERG’s wife is a sister of Truman SPURLIN of Vandalia. She spent her early childhood days on a farm west of Kinmundy
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family visited Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY Sunday. It was Mr. MAXEY’s birthday.
- Brown: Several attended the charivari and shower at the Fenton NEAL home for Mr. and Mrs. Harold RIEMENSEHNEIDER Saturday night.
- Mrs. Howard HAMMER spent Wednesday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank KLINE of Alma. Their 53rd wedding anniversary was being remembered.
- Rev. and Mrs. Earl C. PHILLIPS attended the funeral services of their brother-in-law, Charley SMITH, at Fulton, Kentucky, Tuesday.
- Stork shower for Mrs. Russell BOUSEMAN of Carbondale held Monday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dewey RUGER. The co-hostess was Mrs. Garry OLDEN. (A list of those attending was included.)
Feb. 5, 1959:
- Miss Betty Lou SCHNEIDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard SCHNEIDER of Farina, and Burl Duane WHITNEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne WHITNEY of Kinmundy, were married in the Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church of Farina on Sunday, Rev. H.A. FEIERSBEND, performing the ceremony. The immediate family and a few friends attended the wedding. The bride chose for her attendants, Mrs. Sandie BERGMANN of Springfield, a friend; and Miss Marilyn SCHNEIDER, of Farina, a sister. The groom’s attendants were his brother, Ron WHITNEY of Kinmundy, and Don HANKS, a friend, also of Kinmundy. Louis MAXEY of Kinmundy was usher. The bride is a graduate of the LaGrove H.S. in Farina with the class of ‘56, and the groom is a KACHS graduate with the class of ‘54. A reception was held in the Farina American Legion Hall immediately following the ceremony. The couple will be at home to their many friends in Springfield where they both have employment. Mrs. WHITNEY is an employee at the State Capitol Building and Mr. WHITNEY is a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central Railroad.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. CRAIN have a son, Richard Lynn, at Salem Hospital on Jan. 30. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BEERY of Glen Ellyn are parents of a son born Jan. 27, named Mark Gregory. The mother is the former Barbara HOWELL.
- Mrs. Frank G. JONES, living northwest of Kinmundy, had the misfortune of failing on the ice Tuesday and dislocating her right shoulder. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
- Cecil ALLEN was released Friday from the Veteran’s Hospital in Marion on a 13 day pass. He has been a patient in the hospital for 5 weeks, being treated for burns received during the Charley LOWE fire.
- Patricia JOHNSON of Alma, and Charles BUNDY, of Kinmundy, were on the high honor roll at Southern Illinois University for the fall term.
- Ronald CHEADLE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE has enlisted in the Marine Corps. He left Sunday for St. Louis. He will fly from there to San Diego for his basic training. Ronald has a brother, Jerry, who is with the armed forces and is stationed at Sandofer, Germany.
- Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON announces the engagement of her daughter, Nancy, to Dane HENDERSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles HENDERSON, Sullivan, Ill. She is a Junior at the Univ. of Illinois, majoring in Home Economics, and her fiancé is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He is a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity and is now teaching Industrial Arts at J. Sterling Morton High School and Junior College in Cicero, Ill. Miss JOHNSTON is a granddaughter of Mr. I.D. INGRAM. (A picture of the bride-to-be was included.)
- Family Night was held at the Pleasant Grove Church Sunday night with a large attendance. Mr. Floyd SMITH, Farm Advisor, of Salem, was the guest speaker.
- A bridal shower was held at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth LUX on Jan. 29 in honor of Miss Sandra Kay BUSCH of Gilman, who will become the bride of James Ray LUX, March 8. The hostesses were Mrs. Gene JEZEK of Greenfield, Mrs. Merle HEICHER and Mrs. R.D. HANNA. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
- Miss Janet HELMS of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCULLEY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters, and Miss Marlis INGRAM attended a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and family in Salem in honor of little Mike SEE’s 3rd birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. David LEE and son, Rickie, and Mrs. Stella LEE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bob LEE and children, Sharon and Jack. David’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mesdames Esta ROBB, Pearl GARRETT, and Lillie SHAW visited Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY Thursday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and family Sunday afternoon.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ross SMITH attended the service Tuesday for Sam RUCKMAN at the Bethel Church with burial in Oskaloosa Cemetery.
- Meacham: Mrs. Grace DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, and Miss Beverly WILLIAMS were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Charles, Sunday, honoring Charles’ birthday.
Feb. 12, 1959:
- Dr. and Mrs. George GUNDRUM and 3 children of Dixon, Ill. were the honorees at a reception given Saturday in the Kinmundy Grade School gymnasium. Approximately 250 citizens of the community were in attendance. After the social hour, Dr. GUNDRUM met with the Medical Building Committee. In this meeting he expressed, his desire to locate in Kinmundy after the committee extended to him the invitation. There are a few minor details to be worked out with all concerned, which will take a little while. The present plans are for them to be here between Apr. 1st and 15th. While we are rejoicing over this, let us remind you that there is still and unpaid balance on the new medical building, and the committee will appreciate a few more personal loans to clear it.
- Mr. and Mrs. P.T. CURLEY were in Centralia Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. CURLEY’s brother, Levi H. SALISBURY, 57, who died suddenly Saturday evening from a heart attack. He was the owner of the Salisbury Heating and Plumbing in Centralia.
- Glen A. PARKER, son of Charles and Nellie EAGAN PARKER, was born in Kinmundy on March 20, 1896. He died in Pekin, Ill. on Feb. 4, 1959. He received his schooling in the public school in Kinmundy. In 1920, he married Lillie CHANCE. They had 4 children, two dying in infancy. His wife, Lillie, died in 1940, and his son Charles in 1952 at the early age of 25. He was also preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. Glen and Mabel FATHEREE PARKER were married in Peoria in 1943. This couple had resided in Creve Couer since their marriage. He had been in failing health for the past few years, but had continued his employment with the Commercial Solvents located in Peoria. He was a veteran of World War I, and a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign War in Creve Couer. His survivors include his wife, Mabel; 1 daughter, Mrs. Eileen ALTMAN, Manteno, Ill.; a stepson, James PADFIELD of Okinawa; 2 grandchildren, Sharon ALTMAN of Manteno, and Charles Parker, Jr. of Decatur; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mittie PRUETT, Belleville, Ill., Mrs. Mabel DISTLER, O’Fallon, Ill., and Mrs. Josephine HEMPHILL, Nokomis, Ill.; 1 brother, Clyde, of Manteno. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Myrtle SCHOOLEY received word yesterday of the sudden death of her brother, Sylvan MORRELL, 74, which occurred at his home near Martinsville, Ill. He has been in ill health for sometime but was able to be around. Death came as he was getting out of bed Tuesday morning. Mrs. SCHOOLEY left this morning to be with the family and to attend the funeral services.
- A birthday party was given in honor of Donnie KEEN’s 17th birthday at the American Legion Hall Saturday night by his mother, Mrs. George KEEN, assisted by Mrs. Darrell REESE, Mrs. Vernon ALLEN and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A picture was included of the Kinmundy-Alma High School basketball team’s first string. These boys are undefeated for the season, having won 22 straight victories. Pictured are: Quentin ROBNETT, Charles GARRETT, David LEE, Frank HELM, Gary OLDEN and Coach James WASEM.
- Charles SULLENS, 83, of Alma died in the Salem Memorial Hospital on Feb. 7. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. HUNT of Assumption, officiating. Interment was made in the Allmon Cemetery. He is survived by 5 daughters, Violet (Lyle) NOLLER, Chicago; Sybil (Harry) EAGAN, Pana; Helen (Walter) PICK, Centralia; Pauline (E.M.) DURHAM, Atlanta, Ga.; Beulah (Ola) ROBINSON, Abilene, Texas; and 2 sons, Basil and Harold, of Salem. His wife and 3 children preceded him in death.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE have purchased the F.G. PRUETT farm south of Kinmundy. There are 200 acres in the farm. The LANES have been the tenants for several years.
- Julia Ann JOHNSTON, one week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.M. JOHNSTON, of Kinmundy, died in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Feb. 6. Services were held at the Old Bethel Cemetery near Iuka with Bro. Robert KELLEY of Alma, officiating. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister, Sherry, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Max METCALF, of Alma; and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur JOHNSTON of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Mary SHAFFER, 73, died at the Opal Nursing Home, Odin, on Feb. 3. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Kinmundy, with Rev. W.M. REED, Olney, officiating. Interment was made in the Haven Hill Cemetery, at Olney. The survivors are: 2 daughters, Helen BRYON, New York; and Neta BURKETT, Odin; 4 sons, Stanley, Louisville; Michael, Riverton, Wyo.; Richard, Cherry Point, N.C.; Walter, McLeansboro; 1 sister, Mrs. Dollie SLANE, Kinmundy; 2 brothers, James KAGY, Kinmundy; and Charles KAGY, Chadwick; and 7 grandchildren.
- Kenneth FORD was slightly injured Sunday in a car accident which occurred in Centralia. He was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for cuts about the face and was released. The car in which FORD was riding, driving by J.R. WALKER of Alma struck an open manhole and the sudden stop threw Kenneth into the windshield. Gerald DOOLEN was also a passenger in the car.
- A birthday supper was enjoyed at the Evergreen Inn near Salem on Saturday night. The supper was held in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Nell TROUT. Other besides the honoree attending were Mesdames Eleanor BRUBAKER, Florence ROSE, Eloise MEYERS, Kate BARROW, Minerva SECHREST, Misses Dorothy McCULLEY and Mildred KLEISS.
- Watch your step - Kinmundy will be full of Scout cops Saturday afternoon: This is Boy Scout Week at the Sunday morning service for the Methodist Church, the local troop were presented with a new charter for this year. The Methodist Church is the sponsoring organization for the troops. Present to receive the charter were James EAGAN, Scout Master, and several of his Scouts. Saturday morning, Mr. EAGAN will escort his boys to Salem where they will make a tour of the courthouse, county and city jails and the fire department. On Saturday afternoon, the Scouts will take over the reigns of our city government. Mayor GRISSOM will stand up while Bill BOYD sets his chair for the afternoon. Garrel EAGAN will ask Rube CRAIN to turn over his badge of authority for the afternoon when he becomes chief of police. John DAY will be the fire chief and will stay pretty close to the fire house in case he has to make a run. Charles ELSTON will take charge of city’s finances as treasurer. John GRANT will be the city clerk; Fred HALL, the health officer (you may be placed in quarantine); Freddie GAMMON will be the jailer (if someone can find the keys to the jail); Ernest VANDEVEER will act as a county judge in order to assess the fines; Ronnie GRANT will act as sheriff just in case the city authorities can’t handle the case; and all the Scouts will act as policemen. The police department will be on the look out for lawbreakers. You may park your car wrong, or you may just be jaywalking, or you may block an alley, or you may be making too much noise, or you may be spitting on the streets, or you may be littering the street by throwing away waste paper, your cigarette or cigar butt, or you may not be doing a single thing for which you can be picked up on a vagrancy charge. If you are hauled into court, a small fine will be assessed against you, and all fines collected will go into the treasury of the local scout troop. It will all be in fun. So please don’t be offended.
- Mr. and Mrs. Alfred LEMAY accompanied their infant daughter home from Springfield on Saturday. Glenda Rae, weight 4 3/4 lbs. was born Jan. 21 in Vandalia Hospital. She now weighs 6 ½ lbs.
- Brown: Several families from this vicinity attended the funeral service of Lawrence LANE, Jr. Sunday at Galbreth Funeral Home in Centralia.
- Meacham: Several from this community attended the funeral at Linton Funeral Home Friday for Mrs. Mary SHAFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and son, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and daughter visited Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and sons Wednesday, it being Mr. BRASEL’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER attended the funeral services of Mrs. Harry KAPP of Greenville, Sunday.
- Sunday being the birthday of Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE, a number of relatives and friends gathered at the home and partook in a turkey dinner in her honor. The guests were her two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE, and their children Mr. and Mrs. David BALLANCE and little daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John TUTT and baby daughter, and Jerry and Tommy BALLANCE. Other guests were her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT, their sister, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughter, Loretta, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP, Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN of Mt. Vernon, and Mr. and Mrs. Willie MARTIN of Patoka.
Feb. 19, 1959:
- Roy ROCHAT, who resides on the Ben WAINSCOTT farm west of Kinmundy, has purchased the COLEE Building on the Square and has opened a first class blacksmith and machine shop therein.
- Jesse C. BROOM, 71, retired Illinois Central operator over 40 years, died Saturday in his home at Heartville, south of Effingham. He had been in ill health for about 4 years. On Jan. 28th he suffered a stroke and was a patient in Effingham Hospital, until the day he died, when he was taken to his home. Services were held Tuesday from the Christian Church in Edgewood, and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. He was born in Mason, the son of the late John M. and Mary BROOM. He served as station agent and telegraph operator at Edgewood for 37 years. While there, he was also a horticulturist and had a large acreage of apples and peaches. He was a member of the Effingham Christian Church, the Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges in Edgewood, Consistory and Shrine of East St. Louis, the Elks Club of Effingham, and a life member of the Illinois Horticulture Society. He retired from the railroad in 1954. He was married to the former Grace SCHERMERHORN of Ridge Farm, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons: Herschel F., Mason; Ralph, Greenville; Vail, Rantoul; and Warren, Kankakee; 4 daughters: Lauretta FRALEY, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Betty GUNDLOCK, Champaign; Sarah OWENS, Fullerton, Calif.; and Ann ANGLE, Buffalo, N.Y.; 3 brothers: John and Stanford, Alma; and Glenn, Harvey; 3 sisters: Stella LAYSON, Mason; Gertie BURCH, Cerro Gordo; and Minnie MOSS, North Wales, Pa.; and 16 grandchildren.
- Lewis RICHARDSON, 74, of Salem, but formerly of this city, died in Alton State Hospital, Monday. The body may be viewed at the Bowman-Hancock Funeral Home in Salem; Services will be held from the Funeral Home, Rev. Albert W. PERRY, officiating. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. He is survived by 5 sons: Newton, Clinton, and James, of St. Louis; and Harry and John, of St. Charles, Mo. The wife, Elsie, died in 1954.
- The Boy Scouts had a profitable day on Saturday, collecting $19 in fines. We don’t know if it just happened so on this particular day, or whether many are getting by with something on other days, but several arrests for violations were made by the boys. This money will be used by the local scouts. Those scouts participating in the day’s activities were: Leroy ALLEN, Bill BOYD, Donnie CARTER, Bill CRUTCHFIELD, John DAY, Garrel EAGAN, Bob ELSTON, Charles ELSTON, Freddie GAMMON, John GRANT, Bruce GRAY, Jack LEE, Royce McKITRICK, Bill OLDEN, Mike OLDEN, Philip SCHOOLEY, Carl TOCKSTEIN, Ernie VANDEVEER, David WHITE, Ronnie FOLLOWELL, Fred HALL and Larry BASSETT.
- Mrs. Katherine KOTECKI of Harvey died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Xon WILKINSON of this city on Feb. 10. Services were held at the St. Susanna Church of Harvey with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City. Besides Mr. WILKINSON, she is survived by another daughter, a son and 6 grandchildren. Those from here attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and daughter, Linda.
- Mrs. Ira HUMES, 83, died suddenly in her home west of Alma on Tuesday. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. She is survived by her husband; one son, Bert, of Salem; 3 sons, by a former marriage; Louis and Payne SPENCER, Monterey, Calif., and Rosewell SPENCER, Lombard; 3 stepdaughters, Mrs. Lena SPENCER, Biloxi, Miss., Mrs. Irma MOORE, Peoria, and Mrs. Mary ALIG, Kent, Ill.; and one brother, Dr. J.D. WILSON, Danville.
- Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY of Farina, were pleasantly surprised at their home Saturday evening when Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER and son, Richard, and Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and family arrived to help them celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Others in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. James WARE and Debra, of Fairfield, Mr. and Mrs. Larry LOY and Timmy, and Mr. and Mrs. Keith LASH and Trudy, of Farina.
- In Memoriam of Erman ALLEN, who died Feb. 23, 1958. Sadly missed by wife and children.
Feb. 26, 1959:
- Mrs. Margaret FELLER died her home near St. Jacob, Ill. on Feb. 19. Short services were held in Edwards Funeral Chapel in Troy, and remains brought to the Stonecipher Funeral Home in Farina. Services were held in the Methodist church in Farina, Rev. John ATTEY of Fillmore, officiating, and Dr. J.W.A. KINISON, assisting. Interment was made in the family lot in Elder Cemetery in Meacham twp. Margaret, daughter of Andrew and Christine WALZ, was born Oct. 7, 1864 in Karisrhu, Germany. When two years of age, she came to the United States with her parents. They made their home in Ohio where the father followed the trade of a cabinet maker and mechanic. We are told the pews which are now used in the Evangelical Church in Farina, were made by Mr. WALZ. After Margaret’s marriage to Theodore F. FELLER, they settled in Wayne County, coming to Marion County in 1890, where they purchased a farm in Meacham twp. After the death of the husband and father in 1920, she moved with her son, Waldemar, and daughters, Laura, Sophia, and Alma to St. Louis. 17 years ago, they moved to a farm in Madison County, near Edwardsville, later moving to the present homestead near St. Jacob. She is survived by 5 sons: Herbert, Seattle, Wash.; Albert, Menlo Park, Calif.; Harold, St. Louis; Waldermar, St. Jacob; and Ezra, Kinmundy; 4 daughters, Laura and Sophia, at home; Alma FELLER, St. Louis; and Elsie MILLICAN, Iuka; 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. All of her children were in attendance at the funeral except Albert, of California.
- Brenda Kay, 6 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave WOOLRIDGE of Farina, died Monday in the Vandalia Hospital. Services were held on Wednesday from the Linton Funeral Home, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment will be in Farina Cemetery. Besides the parents, Dave and Betty SILL WOOLRIDGE, she is survived by 3 brothers: David, Richard and Kenneth; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert SILL of Meacham; Dewitt WOOLRIDGE of Farina; and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd WISMAN of Leroy. One brother, Terry Lynn, preceded her in death.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene KELLER of Huntington Park, Calif. have a daughter, Kathy Joann, born on Feb. 22. The mother is the former Patsy Joann SHAFFER. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.
- George HAYS, a truck driver for the Alma Lumber Co. of Alma, had driven his car to work and parked it in front of the lumber yard, leaving the keys in the car. He had just finished loading his truck with sand and he looked up to see someone driving away in his car. At that, he hailed a passing car and pursued the thieves down to Farina where HAYS recovered his car and turned the thieves over to the authorities. The two thieves gave their address as Indianapolis, Ind.
- Charles F. McGEE, a retired farmer residing in Kinmundy, died in Feb. 17 at the Olney Hospital. He was born in Daviess Co., Washington, Ind. on Feb. 22, 1882, the son of John Wesley and Bird ALLEN McGEE. On Apr. 15, 1905, he married Hattie Mae LAMKIN. This couple then came to Illinois to establish a home. Two children were born to this union but one preceded him in death. His wife was called to her eternal rest in the year of 1948. He was married to Mrs. Lula COURSON on March 18, 1949. He was a member of the Brown Christian Church. His survivors are his wife, Lulu, of Kinmundy; one son, Earl, of near Omega; one grandson, Albert Junior of Salem; a foster son, Danzil BERRY of California, who he took from an orphanage and reared as his own son; 1 brother, James of Odin, Ind.; 2 sisters, Myrtle of Centralia, and Bessie of St. Louis; 4 great grandsons; 3 step-children, and 1 step-great-granddaughter.
- George E. MOTCH, 71, of Centralia, a painter for more than 50 years, died on Saturday at his home after a 7 year illness. He had been a resident of Centralia since 1919. He was born in Kinmundy to John and Alice (COZAD) MOTCH. On Sept. 13, 1924. He married Mable BRUCE at Mattoon, who survives. He served in WWI during 1917 and 1919 and was stationed with Company D at Camp Grant, Ill. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and Painters Local 124. Survivors in addition to this wife are a brother, F.A. of this city and 3 sisters, Mrs. P.F. HANDLER of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. J.R. MAHAN of this city; and Miss Edna MOTCH of Salem. Services were held from Queen-Boggs Funeral Home with the Rev. Farrell JENKINS, officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. The American Legion was in charge of the services.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY of Salem are parents of a son, Steven Bradley, who was born in Salem Hospital on Feb. 20. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY.
- The Kinmundy Hornets ended their regular season with a perfect record for school having 100% record, 25 to 0 in their basketball season.
- A shower will be held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Burl WHITNEY at the American Legion Hall on Feb. 27th.
- Warren SHUFELDT, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT, had the misfortune of falling while practicing basketball Monday evening, striking his head on the floor with such force as to cause a concussion. He collided with his younger brother, Robert, who was also practicing. He was taken to Salem Hospital for examination.
- Wednesday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. GREEN and sister, Mae, were Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM and son of Effingham, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALINSKY. Mr. GREEN’s birthday was being remembered.
- Saturday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD were Mr. and Mrs. Earl JACKSON, Mr. and Mrs. Logan PHILLIPS, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, Mrs. J.B. OWEN, and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl PURDUE, Dick and John, of Kell.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed Sunday at the home of Rosco OLDEN in honor of his son’s Alva’s birthday. Those attending were Leland OLDEN and son, Paul, of Arcola; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON and son, Randy, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son, Mike, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughter, Wanda, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and son, Bill, Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON and son, Donnie, Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN and daughter, Pam, Mrs. Pam WILLIAMS and Miss Ann MANGNER, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children, Steve and Tina, of Salem, and Mrs. Dan MANGNER of Alma.
March 5, 1959:
- Mr. O.V. GRAGG, who for the past 15 years, has conducted the O.V. GRAGG Equipment Company, Allis Chalmers Dealers in Alma, has sold his business to Robert L. WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS. Robert lives on a farm northeast of Alma. He says he intends to stay on the farm for the present. Mr. GRAGG will “hang around for awhile” as he says, to dispose of the used equipment he has on hand, and to get other business affairs straightened up a little. He says he has no other plans in mind for the immediate future. We are happy to see Mr. WILLIAMS step into business. We really need more younger men in the business world today.
- Homer KAGY, 86, of Alma, died in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Feb. 27. Services will be held from Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Grace, and one niece, Mrs. John SMITH of Alma.
- A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE in honor of their daughter, Karen’s, 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A surprise birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon DISS on Feb. 27 in honor of Leon’s father, Mr. Lowell DISS’, birthday. Relatives and close neighbors attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell J. DISS and daughters, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. BLOMBERG and daughter of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence GESSELL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Milton GIGAR, Mr. and Mrs. Albinus SCHAFER and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charley BLOMBERG and sons, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and son, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS and son, Miss Judy CONOUR and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and sons.
- Family Night Held: Family Night was held at the Pleasant Grove Church Sunday with a good attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON were in charge of the program for the evening. Special music was rendered by a quartet from the Brown Church. John SHAFFER and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER had charge of the devotional service. After the meeting was adjourned, refreshments were enjoyed.
- About 9 o’clock Saturday morning, Miss Eula CRAIG discovered her 1951 Chevrolet had been stolen sometime during the previous night. She had taken the keys out of the car and also had locked it when she parked it on South Jefferson St. after using it the last time. She immediately notified the authorities about the theft and the car was reported found about 7 a.m. in Decatur. It seems as though someone in Decatur became suspicious that the car was stolen when they noticed the license plates were being changed on it. Upon the authorities arriving at the scene the culprits fled.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on March 2 named Helen Marie. The mother is the former Ruth TATE.
- A birthday party was held in the Methodist Church Feb. 28th in honor of Billie SOLDNER’s 7th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Rev. and Mrs. Charles JOHNSON of E. St. Louis have a son born at Belleville Hospital on Feb. 22 named John Mark. He is at present in an incubator at a hospital in St. Louis. John Mark’s paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Russell BOUSEMAN of Carbondale have a son, Russell Wayne, born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on March 2. His mother is the former Beverly PHILLIPS.
- A2c Larry SULLENS arrived here Tuesday of last week having spent one year in Greenland. He visited a few days with his wife and daughters, and then reported to Scott Field where he is stationed until March 16, when he will receive his discharge.
- In a short note from Mrs. W.F. HOWELL, Des Moines, Iowa, she states, “As a fugitive from a freeway, I am leaving the place that has been my home for 40 years, and taking to the cliffs.” My new address will be Cutler Apts. 2419 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.L. JOHNSON attended the funeral of her nephew, Tony CLARK, at the Fredonia Church near Odin on Monday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON and daughters of Windsor. It was Miss Nancy JOHNSON’s birthday.
- Rev. and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW called on Mr. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS Tuesday. Evening visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem. Rev. Angus PHILLIPS’ birthday was being remembered.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Otis BROWN and daughters moved to the home they purchased east of the Brown Church, known as the BOSTON place.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. Evening visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma, Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Sunday afternoon.
- Misses Susan SHAFFER, Joanne HIESTAND, Roma and Judy BARKSDALE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and children. Diane’s 6th birthday anniversary was being remembered.
- Sam JONES of Chicago, John FORD of Alma, Jerry WALKER of Salem, and Gerald DOOLEN left Wednesday afternoon for Bakersfield, Calif., where they will attend drag races.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters were Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and son, Charles, and Miss Beverly WILLIAMS. Miss Donna COPPLE’s 18th birthday was being remembered.
March 12, 1959:
- Fred W. KILLIE, 82, died suddenly in his home on Thursday. He, in company with Mrs. KILLIE, had just returned home from town. He sat down in his chair and was stricken with a heart attack. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Fred W., son of Thomas Clayton and Elizabeth OSBORN KILLIE, was born at Hazel Dell, Cumberland Co., Ill., Oct. 21, 1786. (DFM note: Misprint in newspaper of birthyear - should be 1876.) The family moved to Farina in 1877, then to Terre Haute, Ind. in 1885, and then to Kinmundy in 1892. In 1900, he formed a partnership with Ed DEW and purchased the grocery store from Daniel GUNN. On Jan. 16, 1902, he was married to Miss Mattie STERN of this city. Soon after their marriage, he sold his interest in the grocery store and moved to Alabama, returning to Kinmundy the following spring. Again he entered into the grocery business with Daniel GUNN. This store burned in 1903. After the fire, he opened a store for himself. He continued in this store until 1919, when he sold it to Mr. J.B. MAHAN, and moved, with his family, to Centralia. After retirement, in 1947, Mr. and Mrs. KILLIE returned to Kinmundy to make their home. Besides his companion, he is survived by 2 daughters, Elizabeth, at home, and Helen WHITLOCK, of Centralia; 1 son, Richard, also of Centralia; 5 granddaughters, and 1 sister, Miss Evelyn KILLIE of this city. He was preceded in death by a sister, Fannie KILLIE EAGAN. Mr. KILLIE was a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M., having received his 50 year pin some time ago. With the death of Mr. KILLIE, we can’t help saying that another chapter of history has been closed for Kinmundy. He was a lover of music and the last remaining member of the Kinmundy Merchants Band, which was organized about the turn of the century. He also was a member of another band in Kinmundy at the same time of his moving to Centralia. Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Amos WHITLOCK, Mr. and Mrs. Richard KILLIE and children, and Mr. Shirley OSBORN of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Russell SEGESER, Xenia; and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph OSBORN, Clay City.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH moved Monday from the W.R. DOOLEN property in Kinmundy to the Lowell LOGSDEN property in Alma township on the Brubaker Rd.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT have purchased the Roy ROBB farm consisting of 43 acres, which lies in section 34 of Kinmundy twp.
- Mrs. S.E. SHELLEY, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. G.A. PARKER, in Glendale, Calif., is well and enjoys the Express each week. Mrs. SHELLEY celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 7th at the beach home of her granddaughter, Helena PARKER, near Santa Barbara. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. PARKER and their 3 children from Bakersville. Mr. PARKER is a grandson and the children are great-grandchildren. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. George A. PARKER of Glendale and another grandson, George A. PARKER, Jr., of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- BUSCH-LUX: Miss Sandra Kay BUSCH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George BUSCH of Gilman and James Ray LUX of Gilman, eldest son of Mrs. Elizabeth LUX of Kinmundy, were married at the First Methodist Church in Gilman on March 8. The couple was attended by Miss Janet KOETZ, a friend of the bride, as maid of honor, and Mrs. Miriam BUSCH, sister-in-law of the bride, as bridesmaid; Mr. Robert ________, a friend of the groom, as best man, and Ronald BUSCH, brother of the bride as groomsman. Candlelighters were Kathleen and Michael SHANNON. Ushers were Jack BUSCH, brother of the bride, and Charles LUX, brother of the groom. The bride is a graduate of Gilman High School with the class of ‘58, and is at present employed with Baxters Superway. The groom is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School with the class of ‘54, and is a telegrapher for the Illinois Central Railroad in Gilman. The couple will reside in Gilman. (A list of those attending the wedding was included.)
- March 8, several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON to help them celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. A potluck dinner was enjoyed at noon. A five-tiered wedding cake was presented to them by Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mrs. Hugh COPPLE, Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mrs. Hugh LACEY, and Mrs. Walter WEISS. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Jr., and son, Roy of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Charles EHRAT, Shobonier; Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie, of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Donna and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS and Peggy, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSTON and children, Francis and Virginia, Mr. Donald HAMPSTEN and the honorees. Mr. and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTEN and son, Donald, were evening visitors.
- Riley WILLIAMS Dies: William Riley WILLIAMS, 79, died suddenly March 5th in his home in Thompsonville. Services were held Sunday from the Baptist Church in Thompsonville and interment made in Mt. Zion Cemetery there. He is survived by his companion, Hattie CHANCE WILLIAMS; 2 daughters, Mrs. Fern CLEM, West Frankfort, and Mrs. Ruth DOOLEN, Kinmundy; 3 sons, Ira, Loren and Arlie B., all of St. Louis; 1 brother, Henry, of Alma; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS formerly resided n a farm near Alma. They moved to Thompsonville about 30 years ago.
- Walter Seth CONANT was born in Kinmundy on Aug. 29, 1909. He was the second son of George and Florence E. CONANT. He grew up and graduated from High School at Wilmore, Kentucky. He attended Business College in Louisville, Ky. He was married to Arlene E. TUCKER of Englewood, Colo. in 1932. A brain operation following sleeping sickness, left him partly paralyzed and he never recovered from this condition. He was a member of the Methodist Church. His father and one brother proceeded him in death. He leaves his wife, one son, George Edmund, a granddaughter, Cynthia, a brother, James, all of California. Also, his mother, Mrs. Florence FRANKLIN and other relatives of Kinmundy. Walter died on Feb. 14th. At this time, his mother was in California with her son, James and family. She was ill and could not make the trip back to Illinois. The body was held at the Linton Funeral Home. Mrs. FRANKLIN arrived home on Friday. Services were held at Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Otto MAULDING moved here from Beardstown, Ill., the latter part of last week. Their home is located on the corner of Monroe and Case Streets. Otto is a brother of R.C. MAULDING is a sister of Mrs. P.T. CURLEY.
- Charles JOHNSON, a former resident of this community and a sophomore at McKendree, is mentioned on the honor list.
- Misses Nellie HIESTAND and Ruth CURRIE spent Sunday with Miss Janet BARKSDALE helping celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL of Sparta spent Saturday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL of Sparta, Mrs. Bob FORD and children of Alma, and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were Centralia visitors Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and children of Alma were supper guests with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT Thursday. Mr. GARRETT’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB were host and hostess on March 8 to the 29th annual March birthday dinner celebrating the birthdays of Fletcher COLE, Mack ROBB, Sam LOWE, Tom HELPINGSTINE, and Marjorie GREEN. Present for the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce DONOHO, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Sammy, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE, and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN.
March 19, 1959:
- David M. SCHOONOVER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter SCHOONOVER, of Alma, was recently named research assistant in the Food Technology Dept. of the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture. He graduated from the U. of I. with a B.S. in General Agriculture in 1957, and will soon complete an M.S. in Agricultural Economics.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe SLOVICK and family will move March 25 from their home at Salem to Drumright, Okla., where Mr. SLOVICK has been transferred.
- Mr. O.F. GAEBE, former agriculture teacher in the Salem school, and former district director of 4-H Clubs for this district, and at the time of his death, state director of 4-H Clubs in Illinois, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday at Burnham Hospital. Services held from Urbana. He is survived by his wife.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Wednesday morning.
- A picture of Mr. and Mrs. James LUX, who were married March 8th in Gilman, Ill., was included.
- A birthday party in honor of the 10th birthdays of Miss Nelda REESE and Miss Linda WILKINSON was held in the Legion Hall on March 13th after school. Mrs. Kate KEEN and Mrs. Velma WILKINSON assisted Mrs. Mary REESE in sponsoring the party. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Ron SWIFT and daughters have moved from the John McCULLEY property on Monroe St. to the W.R. DOOLEN property on Madison St. vacated last week by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH and sons.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior YATES have moved to the Orval GORDON property on Case St. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KRUTSINGER moved from Meacham twp. into the property on Monroe St. vacated by the YATES family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and son, Curtis, and Miss Cathy DOOLEN were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES and son of Alma.
- A dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert OUTHOUSE Sunday in observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Those present for the dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur COURSON and family of Farina; Miss Doris ROTHE of St. Peter; Howard OUTHOUSE and daughters of Mahomet; Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE and Dale, and Mr. T.J. OUTHOUSE. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. E.C. GOODWIN and Mrs. Lois AUSTIN and son of Salem.
- Sp. 4 Gerald L. CHEADLE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE has recently been promoted to Sp5 (Sergeant). Gerald is stationed at Sandhofen, Germany. He entered the armed forces in November of 1957 and a year later was sent to Germany. He hopes to be back in the states in August.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert INGRAM of Altamont, have a daughter born at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on March 16. She has been named Sheryl Ann. The mother is the former Shirley BEARD.
- Miss Susan SHAFFER, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, who recently suffered an attack of hepatitis, is confined in her bed at home and probably will be for some time.
- Misses Karen MULVANEY and Janet FORD spent Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and children of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BECHTOLD and daughter, Robin, of Springfield, and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD. Earl’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE and David.
- Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY and son, Russell, spent Sunday with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Wes HEADLEY and family of Alma. Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY’s 83rd birthday and her grandson, Wes HEADLEY’s 3rd birthday were being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill SOLDNER attended the Farm Bureau meeting at the Grace Methodist Church in Salem Friday night.
- Mrs. Wes ROBB visited her sister, Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Friday afternoon.
March 26, 1959:
- A party was held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND in honor of their daughter, Joanne’s 5th birthday anniversary. Misses Diane FORD, Roma and Judy BARKSDALE and June and Kim WILKINS present in help her celebrate the occasion. Others present were Mrs. Bob FORD, David and Dale. Refreshments of cupcakes, ice cream and orange ade were served by Joanne’s mother.
- The square dance group sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON surprised Miss Lenora ALLEN on her 14th birthday on Saturday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A family reunion was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER in Meacham twp. Sunday. A dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. Those present besides the host and hostess were: Herbert FELLER, Seattle, Wash.; Alma FELLER, St. Louis; Laura, Sophia and Waldemar FELLER, St. Jacob; Mrs. Elsie MILLICAN and Margaret, Omega; Ben, Ada and Emma FELLER and Mrs. Minnie LEININGER, Cisne; Mrs. Alice HOLLMAN, Geff.; and Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughters.
- Mrs. Ethel MAULDING, 55, died from a heart attack on Monday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. MEISENHEIMER in Centralia. Services are being held from the Garmer Funeral Home in Centralia with interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Otto; 1 daughter; 3 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mrs. P.T. CURLEY of Kinmundy. The only son, Otto, Jr. was killed in WWII in 1944. Mr. and Mrs. MAULDING recently moved to Kinmundy to make their home, Mr. MAULDING retiring from the C.B. & O. Railroad.
- A dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE Sunday in observance of the 81st birthday of Mrs. COPPLE’s mother, Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina. Those present for the dinner besides the honoree were Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie, of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Miss Peggy WEISS, Mrs. Annie COPPLE and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Donna and Barbara. Walter WEISS was an afternoon caller.
- Miss Mary Lou DOOLEN, daughter of Mrs. B.C. DOOLEN and the late Mr. DOOLEN, was crowned Queen of the Second Annual Southern Arizona International Livestock Show. She received her crown from the hands of Tennessee Ernie FORD on March 13th.
- Members of the American Legion and Auxiliary and their families enjoyed a potluck supper at the Legion Hall March 17 in observance of the 40th birthday of the American Legion. 17 people of the Salvation Army of Salem were guests. Two beautifully decorated cakes were baked by James O. EAGAN and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN.
- Kinmundy-Alma grade students participated in the District 4 grade school Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 21. The following participate: Darlene MARSHALL, John DISS, Ruth Ann WINKS, Mark SWIFT, Judy GRAY, Larry MALONE, Buddy ALBERSON, Connie LEACH Dianne BARKSDALE, Sharon EBLIN, Larry BASSETT, Jack ALDRICH, Philip SCHOOLEY, David WHITE, John DISS. (Instruments and ratings were also included.)
- A miscellaneous shower will be held at the American Legion Hall on March 26th for Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON, whose home was destroyed by fire last week. The public is invited.
- The local fire department was called to the Vernon ALLEN home Friday afternoon to extinguish a grass fire.
- The fire department was called out Tuesday to the O.K. MILLER farm north of Kinmundy to extinguish a grass fire.
- The department was called est of Alma Monday afternoon to help with another grass fire.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otis TATE and family, and Miss Ina Mae TATE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson PITTMAN and family of Urbana. They called on Mr. and Mrs. Merle VANDYKE and children near Ivesdale in the evening. The VANDYKE’s daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jim HILDRETH of Urbana, also called. The birthdays of Mr. and Mrs. VANDYKE, Mr. HILDRETH, and Launa TATE were being remembered.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otis TATE and family, and Mrs. Gertie MULVANEY called at the Lash funeral home in Farina paying respects to the family of Dr. Glen WALKER Saturday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Victor DREWES of St. Peter, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN visited Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and children of St. Peter, Friday. It was little Howard GREEN’s 2nd birthday.
- Miss Betty BOYD was a Sunday dinner guest of Miss Linda DOOLEN. It was Miss DOOLEN’s birthday.
- Brown: Jim DILLMAN died in Salem Hospital. Services were held at Brown Church with interment in Parker Cemetery.
- Meacham: Mrs. Ida FOLTZ, Melvin FOLTZ, and Mildred BOSWELL were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus ADAMS and Connie remembering Mrs. FOLTZ’s birthday.
April 2, 1959:
- Jim ALEXANDER received his discharge from the army at Fort Lewis, Wash., March 24, and arrived home Monday.
- The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held in Sam LOWE’s Grove Sunday afternoon, with about 200 children present. The hunt this year was sponsored by the Lions Club and the Modern Woodmen of America, with Mrs. Marge BOYD, chairman. The children finding the golden egg, silver egg, and flowered egg in three different groups received a gift. Those finding the golden eggs were winners of an Easter basket. They were: In the preschool age classification: Terry Lynn JOHNSON; Grades 1, 2, 3: Larry SHAFFER; and grades 4, 5, 6: Shirley MULVANEY. The other winners in the first group were Jim BASSETT and David FORD; in the second, Darrell MULVANEY and Mike GORDON; and in the third, James BRUBAKER and Donna MIDDLETON.
- There will be a county wide meeting and potluck dinner of World War I veterans in the Legion Hall in Kinmundy on Thursday, Apr. 9, at 6 p.m. Come!
- The fire department was rallied to the John ILG farm and to the Cecil BAILEY farm Tuesday afternoon to extinguish grass fires.
- The “Friendly Neighbors” met Monday morning with Mrs. Maxine ROBB to help her celebrate her birthday anniversary. Two birthday cakes, cookies and candy with coffee and koolaid were served. Those present were: Mesdames Lou NEATHERY, Ruby SULLENS, Mary E. JONES, Julia RUGER and children, Jessie VALLOW, Millie BASSETT and children, Ferdie LEACH, Bernice ALBERSON, Carolyn DISS, Thelma GORDON and Sue, Marie JOHNSON and children, Alan PHILLIPS of Salem, Scott, Howie and Linda ROBB and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON of Omega, and Mr. Max KELLER of Gary, Indiana, attended the Sunrise Service on Bald Knob Sunday morning. They were privileged to turn a shovel of dirt in the groundbreaking ceremony. Max spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER.
- A party was held at the American Legion Hall Saturday in honor of Beryl KEEN’s 15th birthday. The party was given by Beryl’s mother, Mrs. George KEEN, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Sylvester S. WILLIAMS, 86, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George COLE on March 31. Services were held from the Baptist Church in Alma with Elder Eugene FORD, officiating. Interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery. Mr. WILLIAMS was a retired farmer and besides the daughter, Mrs. Flossie COLE, he is survived by 1 son, Relza, of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.R. SUGGETT moved to McHenry, Ill., Monday, having sold their property on Fourth and Fremont Streets to Mr. and Mrs. Robert BLACKBURN of Farina, who will move therein this week.
- A dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER of Alma, Sunday, in honor of Mr. MANGNER’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles MANGNER and daughter, Margaret, of Farina, Rosco OLDEN, Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, Mrs. Dale SULLENS and children, Mrs. Leona ZIMMER and the honoree, his wife and children, Paulette, Ann, and Sammy.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle observed the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON in their home Saturday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, Mrs. Grace DILLON, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and Barbara.
- Brown: Several attended family night services at the Brown Christian Church Friday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD of West York spent Wednesday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD. They attended funeral services of Mrs. Otto MAULDING in Centralia Thursday.
- Miss Shirley BAILEY of Urbana spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY. Other Easter guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son, and Gene BAILEY of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family. It was Mrs. Wayne ROBB’s birthday.
- In memoriam of Andrew J. JACKSON who died Apr. 5, 1955. Sadly missed by wife, Nelda, and children.
April 9, 1959:
- Seven children received their First Holy Communion at the St. Philomena Catholic Church Sunday morning at the 8:30 Mass. They were Elizabeth BACH, Melita BECKER, Theresa KRAMER, Candace RUBIN, Philip QUANDT, Douglas SIGRIST and Harold BECKER.
- Mrs. John S. FORD of Alma entered the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Thursday, and underwent major surgery Friday.
- The first meeting of the Kinmundy Wide Awake 4-H Club was held at the home of the leader, Mr. E.A. ERNST, April 1. Officers for the coming year were elected as follows: President - Mark SWIFT; Vice President - Darrell McCARTY; Sec.-Treas. - Walter PARRILL; and Reporter - Robert SHUFELDT.
- Gerald L. CHEADLE, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. CHEADLE, Rt. 3; Kinmundy, recently was promoted to specialist five in Mannheim, Germany, where he is a member of the 51st Ordnance Group. A supply specialist in the group’s headquarters detachment, he entered the army in Dec. 1956 and arrived in Europe the following November. He is a 1956 graduate of LaGrove Community High School, Farina.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ranny TORRENCE of near Patoka have a daughter born Apr. 5 at the Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, named Cindy Ann. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GREEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gary KLINE of Chicago are parents of a son, Marlin Scott, who was born at St. Lukes-Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Apr. 1. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE.
- The regular monthly meeting of the Kinmundy City Council was held Monday night with all members present. The meeting was attended by two visiting citizens, Fred KLEISS, President of the Cemetery Association, and Postmaster Raymond ATKINS. The reason of the visit of Mr. KLEISS was to report to the Council of the dangerous condition of a large cedar tree in the cemetery and asked that it be removed. Mr. ATKINS was in attendance to call to the attention of the council to the new existing law whereby cemeteries in the township could be given to the various townships for their maintenance. Other business was final payment on the water meters of $464. Now it’s paid and the city owns its own meters. City Clerk LEE reported that three petitions for Aldermen to be voted on at the city election to be held the third Tuesday were First Ward - Edgar JONES; Second Ward - Harvey HANNA; Third Ward - Jack DISS. A police magistrate is to be elected but no candidate. E.O. ZIMMER tendered his resignation as City Marshal and night watchman, and the Mayor presented the name of R.C. CRAIN, and on motion the appointment was approved.
- A large crowd attended Family Night at the Pleasant Grove Church Sunday. Dwight KLINE of Patoka was the guest speaker. Special Music was by Janice and Elaine PARRILL of Kinmundy and “Grandma’s Quartet” from the Zion Church. Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. BARKSDALE were in charge of recreation and refreshments.
- Tuesday’s election results in Kinmundy as well as the neighboring townships: In some places, the annual township elections were unusually quiet while in other places, there seemed to be quite a bit of spirit connected with them. In Kinmundy Township, very little interest was displayed as only 146 votes were cast in precinct one, and 140 in precinct two. W.L. GREEN, Dem., was re-elected supervisor without opposition. Cecil KEEN, Rep., was re-elected highway commissioner without opposition. In Meacham twp., there was a little more spirited voting than in Kinmundy. Loren COOPER, Rep., received 155 votes to highway commissioner, while his opponent, Pearl E. WHITE, Dem., received 52 votes. In Omega township, Harold SIMMONS, Dem., received 108 votes, and Edwin YATES, Rep., received 75 votes for highway commissioner. In Alma township, a full ticket was to be elected and it created quite a bit of excitement. The Republicans made a clean sweep. William BROOM, Rep., received 238 votes while Dan HIESTAND, Dem., received 135 for the office of Supervisor. For Highway Commissioner, Delbert R. SMITH received 239 votes, and Dayton CRUTCHFIELD, Dem., 134. Justice of the Peace, full term, William E. WILLIAMS, Rep., 212, and Ed McWHIRTER, Dem., 133. Justice of the Peace, unexpired term, Jesse REESE, Rep., 185, Walter SMITH, 134. Wiley CAREY, Dem., was elected Constable for a full term without opposition. Richard JOHNSON, Rep., was elected Constable for an unexpired term without opposition. In Foster twp., for Highway Commissioner, T.E. WILLIAMS, Dem., was running for re-election but was defeated by 8 votes.
- Mrs. Effie CRAIN was called to Rochelle, Sunday, due to her father, Mr. Charles DALE, 91, having fallen and breaking his leg just below the hip.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER returned their daughter, Kaye, also Norton SPENCER, and Barney BRUCE of Salem, and Charles ERNST to Charleston Sunday where they are attending E.I.U.
- Mrs. Robert FORD and children of Alma visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Sunday evening.
- Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS and children of Alma, and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children of Alma, Thursday morning.
April 16, 1959:
- Many students receive letter at Annual Athletic Banquet held last Friday night: A banquet sponsored by the PTA was held at the new grade school gymnasium April 10, in honor of the basketball and baseball athletes from the Kinmundy-Alma High School. The banquet was a potluck dinner and a large crowd attended. After the dinner, Mr. Virgil McKITRICK welcomed everyone and then turned the meeting over to Mr. WASOM, who in turn introduced the guest speaker, Mr. FLETCHER, basketball coach, of Olney, and who, a few years ago, had been Mr. WASEM’s coach at Patoka High School. After Mr. FLETCHER’s very interesting talk, Mr. WASEM presented letters to the following: Cheerleaders - Barbara GENTRY, Frances HIESTAND, Marolyn ALBERSON, Clara BRASEL and Joyce JOHNSON. The other cheerleader, Brenda HANKS, was not present to receive her letter; Managers - Ivan WILKINS and Larry LEACH. Freshmen and Sophomores receiving letters for basketball were: (Freshmen) David LINTON, Dale JAHRAUS and Denny GAMMON; (Sophomores) Charles LUX, Bill BALLANCE, Robert SHUFELDT, Lester CHEADLE, Denny GRAY and Bryce GEILER, Denny and Bryce were not present to receive those letters. The following received letters for baseball and basketball: (Seniors) David LEE, Garry OLDEN, Bud HELM, Gary GARRETT; (Juniors) Gene MONTGOMERY, Richard WINKS; (Sophomores) Quentin ROBNETT and Chuck GARRETT. Bruce DONOHO, a senior, and Warren SHUFELDT, a junior, received letters in basketball and Charles SOLDNER, a senior, and Denny GAMMON, a freshman, each received a letter in baseball. By vote of the first ten basketball players, Garry OLDEN, received a trophy as being the most valuable basketball player on the team this year. Gary OLDEN, with a .862 percentage in free throws received the honor of having his name engraved on a plaque, which remains at the school as the player having the highest free throw percentage for this year. Gene MONTGOMERY had the highest batting average in baseball. After the presentation of the letters and other awards by Mr. WASEM, Mr. McKITRICK introduced Raymond ATKINS, who in turn on behalf of several basketball fans, presented Mr. WASEM with a portable ice box and a gift certificate in appreciation for the fine work he has done this year.
- Henry WILLIAMS, 83, died at his home west of Alma, Apr. 13. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home this morning, Rev. Verle CLIFTON, officiating. Interment was made in Hill Crest Cemetery, Centralia. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Lorene WICKENHAUSER Salem, and Mrs. Lila ANDERSON, Centralia; and 2 sons, Loren, Alma, and Leo, Evansville, Ind.
- Jack MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS, of Flora, and grandson of Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, of this city, is a senior at Murray State Teachers College, Murray, Ky. He was honored recently by being named to the All Ohio Valley Conference Football team, and was selected the best full back from the ten college teams by the head coaches of the conference. He was presented with a trophy at an athletic banquet. (A picture of Jack was included.)
- Garry OLDEN was voted the most valuable basketball player in the Midland Trail Conference at a dinner held at the East End Café in Flora on April 8. Other players besides Garry, from Kinmundy, who made up the all conference 10 were: Bud HELM and Chuck GARRETT.
- The annual school election was held Saturday, and because of the number of candidates, the voting was rather spirited. There were three members of the Board of Education to be elected: Dale BROOM, Alma twp. was high man with 382 votes. Ray VANDEVEER, also of Alma twp., was second with 348 votes. Floyd JONES, Foster twp., was third with 292 votes. Floyd GARRETT of Foster twp. received 162 votes, and Dr. Dwight HANNA of Kinmundy twp. received 107.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER have a son born at Salem Hospital on April 8 named Rolland Lee. The mother is the former Lucille SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES have a daughter, Brenda Jean, born at Salem Hospital on April 11. Her mother is the former Neva RITTER.
- James FATHEREE, 86, died in Pekin, Ill. on Apr. 12. Funeral services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Dr. J.W.A. KINISON, officiating. Interment was made in the Parker Cemetery in Omega twp. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mabel PARKER, Creve Couer, Ill.; 2 sons, Noel, St. Louis, and Leslie, Harvey, Ill., and 1 sister, Mrs. Alva HOLMAN, Xenia. The deceased was a former resident of the Xenia and Farina communities.
- Tom CHEADLE received word on April 10, that his brother, Leon CHEADLE of Knox, Ind., had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He leaves his wife, Helen, a daughter, Lela, son-in-law and a granddaughter. Tom CHEADLE was unable to attend his brothers funeral services.
- Mrs. W.W. LOWE has received word that her sister-in-law, Mrs. Charley CARPENTER of Mt. Vernon died suddenly with a heart attack at her home on April 12.
- Mrs. John S. FORD returned April 13 from the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Mt. Vernon, where she had been a surgical patient.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Rosco OLDEN Sunday in honor of Mr. OLDEN and his great-grandson, Donnie THOMPSON’s birthdays. Those present besides the honorees were: Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children, Steve and Tina, and Mrs. Thelma INGRAM of Salem; Mr. Leland OLDEN of Arcola, Mrs. Dan MANGNER, Paulette, Ann and Sammy of Alma; Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and Wanda, Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and Mike, Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN and Pam, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Bill, Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS and Mr. Alva OLDEN. Afternoon callers were Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin, and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON and son of Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY were happy to have all of their children and grandchildren with them Sunday, Mr. BAILEY’s birthday was being remembered. A basket dinner was enjoyed with the following: Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters of Clay City; Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem; Mrs. Bob SAGADINE and Miss Shirley BAILEY of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, and Mrs. Pola ROBB and children.
- Ray BAILEY was recently appointed chief of the Air Force Electronic Standard Division at the Dayton Air Force Depot, Dayton, Ohio. Mr. BAILEY graduated from Kinmundy High School in 1942. Ray is the son of the late Bert BAILEY, is married and has three daughters, Reita, Terry and Patti.
- Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH of Centralia spent Saturday night and Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD. Mrs. ARNOLD’s birthday was being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lester QUANDT of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. August QUANDT of Iuka, and Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, enjoyed a birthday supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and children on Sunday. Birthdays of Lester QUANDT and his little niece, Miss Regina QUANDT’s 2nd birthday, were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Esta ROBB, Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER spent Sunday in Charleston with their daughter, Kaye, helping to celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB spent Thursday in Charleston with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and family. It was Harold’s birthday.
April 23, 1959:
- Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS announced to the local Methodist Church on Sunday that he will retire this year from active duty as a pastor. Dr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS own a farm on Rt. 45 between Louisville and Flora, on which one of their sons lives. They have built themselves a new home on this farm and will reside there after the conference year, which will be May 31st. Dr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS came to us two years ago. They were really no strangers to us as they had visited here many times. A brother, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, was a resident of our city, and they visited with them. Dr. PHILLIPS entered the ministry 44 years ago in M.E. Church South. He then transferred to the Southern Illinois Conference 5 years later and was appointed to the Farina Church, where he remained pastor for 4 years. During the past year, he has been invited to preach in the 7th Day Baptist Church on Saturday many times, as this church is without a pastor. (A more complete history, and a photo of Dr. PHILLIPS was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. S.A. PORTER of this city, quietly observed their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home Sat., April 18. They were the recipients of many nice cards.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill VALLOW of Salem have a daughter, Anna Marie, was born in Salem Hospital on Apr. 16. Mrs. Armelda VALLOW of this city is the paternal grandmother.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE, residing southwest of Kinmundy, purchased some chicks last week and in the bunch they found a chick having 4 legs. It is of the New Hampshire Red variety. Mr. REESE reports it is doing fine and all four of the legs are developing. Many folks prefer dark meat. This may be the starting of a breed which will produce more dark meat, who knows.
- Mr. Pat JAMES went back to his work as signal maintainer for the Illinois Central Railroad Monday. He has been off the job since Nov. 7th last due to ill health. He spent quite some time in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago. We are happy that he been recuperated enough to return to his work. During his sick leave, his position was filled by Mr. Harry GRAY, Sr. of Odin, who returned to his old post of duty on Monday, also.
- On Apr. 15, more than 100 friends and neighbors gathered and gave a farewell party for Mrs. Marie ROSE and her 6 children, who left Saturday for the northern part of the state where they will make their home. The evening was spent in social fellowship. Sandwiches, cookies, coffee and cold drinks were served along with a cake baked by Mrs. Freeman EAGAN, of Salem. A large electric skillet and a beautiful drip dry bed spread were given to the family.
- All 9 children of Mrs. Ida SMITH, and their families gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight ALEXANDER for a family get together on Sunday, Apr. 19. This was the first time in 41 years that all the children were at home at the same time. At the noon time a potluck dinner was served to 33 people buffet style. There were other relatives who called in the afternoon. The nine children attending were: Mrs. Gladys DEAL, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson SMITH, Harlingen, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Bert SMITH and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH and family, Centralia; Mrs. Hazel RAGEL, Chicago; Mrs. Faye RAYMOND and family, Breese; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOOVER, Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Irwin SMITH and family, Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight ALEXANDER and family.
- A pink and blue shower was held Apr. 18 in honor of Mrs. Keith DISS at the home of Mrs. Wayne BRANDT with Mrs. Pola ROBB as co-hostess. Mrs. DISS, with the assistance of her little niece, Teresa BRANDT, opened her gifts, which had been placed in an old fashioned cradle. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- John MOTCH, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, will receive high honors at the University of Illinois convocation on May 1. He is a graduate of Kinmundy High School.
- The Kinmundy Methodist Men held their regular meeting Thursday in the basement of the church with 12 members and 1 guest present. The meeting opened with the usual devotional period, hymns by the group, prayers by J.N. VALLOW and Merle KLINE, and Scripture Reading by Jesse George. Bro. Howard LYNCH of Salem gave the message. The nominating committee recommended the same officers be reelected for the ensuing year, namely, LaVerne AMBUEHL, President; Fletcher COLE, Vice President; and Francis Hammer, Sec.-Treas. The parsonage carport committee reported work was finished and the total cost of the same was $621.19 of which there was a deficit in the carport fund of $56.15. It was voted this deficit be paid from the treasury of the God’s Acres Project. The work on God’s Acres project was discussed some and plans made to get the crops planted. Glen BRASEL, Sam LOWE, and Frank GARRETT were named as project committeemen for the ensuing three years. It was mentioned the Every Member Canvass would be held soon and every member of the Methodist Men were urged to take an active part in the campaign. The committees for the May meeting will be Entertainment: Glen BRASEL and Merle KLINE; Scripture: Noble WESTFALL; Refreshments: Jamie McGEE, Frank GARRETT, Jesse GEORGE. After dismissal, the committee served mock chicken sandwiches, and Methodist kickapoo juice.
- Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. YOUNG of Carbondale have a son, Charles Stewart, born Apr. 18. His paternal grandmother is Mrs. A.J. YOUNG, a former resident of Kinmundy, but now living in Carbondale.
- Mrs. Fred SEE of Salem, Mesdames Charles KLINE, Orphia OUTHOUSE, Wyatt COLCLASURE, John McCULLEY, and Ray INGRAM enjoyed ice cream at the home of Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY Monday. They were celebrating the birthdays of Mesdames COLCLASURE, McCULLEY, and INGRAM.
- Miletus: Mrs. Gertie MULVANEY received word Monday that her son, SFC Doyle M. WILKINSON, who has been stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash. for about 3 years, left recently for duty in Korea. His wife and daughters will remain in Tacoma.
- Mrs. F.A. MOTCH was in Rantoul Friday and accompanied to Kinmundy by her son, Richard, who spent the weekend here with his parents and other relatives. He will leave Wednesday for Chanute Field at Rantoul for Moffett Field, Calif.
- A birthday supper was held at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth LUX on Apr. 19 in remembrance of the birthdays of Keith SCHWABE, Donnie Lee THOMPSON, George FEATHER, Sharon GRADY, and Mrs. Dwight HANNA. Those attending the supper were Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Kay, Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON, and son, Donnie, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON, Marolyn and Buddy, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, Carol, Kaye, and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA, Jan, Steve and Kaye, Mrs. Billie GRADY, Sharon and Diane, Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER, Marilyn and Johnny, Miss Patricia SCHWABE, Keith SCHWABE, and Mrs. Elizabeth LUX and Charles.
- Friday night, a party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DONOHO in honor of their daughter, Judy’s 14th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A basket dinner in honor of the 10 birthday anniversaries of the McCARTY family was enjoyed at the American Legion Hall on Apr. 19. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY and daughter Vickie of Iola; Mrs. Lottie STROUD of Fancher; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Teresa McCARTY and son, Stevie; Bill WAGNER and Linda WARD, Salem; Margaret JENKINS, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and son, Tom; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER Jr. and son, Bret, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART, Olney; Mrs. Helen McCARTY, Harvey; Mrs. Helen HAMMOND, daughter, Pamela, and son, Pete, Belleville; Mr. and Mrs. Dale McCARTY and sons, Jim, Bob, and Mark, Flora; Mrs. Morris McCARTY and sons, Kevin and Timmie, Mattoon; Mr. J.C. McCARTY, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY and son, Darrell, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY, Bob, Gwendolyn, Gloria Jean, Ronald and Ronda; Mr. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY and daughter, June; and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS, daughter Jane and sons, Clark, Larry, and Forest, Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER was very pleasantly surprised on April 13 when several members of the Twilight Circle of the Methodist Church arrived at her home to wish her a happy birthday. She received many nice and useful gifts. Those present were Mesdames Louise ERNST, Nelda JONES, Elsie McGEE, Peggy KLINE, Alecia WHITE, Pola ROBB, Millie BASSETT, Mary SOLDNER, and daughter, Virginia GREENWOOD and son, and the honoree. (Also listed were those sending gifts but unable to attend.)
April 30, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary Saturday and Sunday: Louie JEZEK was born Apr. 23, 1883 in Chicago, Ill. Bertha WICKENHAUSER was born Jan. 19, 1890 at Vandalia, Ill. They first met at the John MAZANEK Grocery Store in Alma and intimately became acquainted at the Greenridge Community Church. They were married Apr. 25, 1909 by Granville GAMMON in his home at Alma, Bessie WIKENHAUSER ARNOLD and Ira “Peck” CALDWELL stood up with them. They had their wedding supper at the John MAZANEK home and later in the evening attended church at Mount Moriah. To this union were born 9 children, 7 boys and 2 girls: James of Kingman, Kansas; Wilson of Marion; Clarine and Tiny Louie of Chicago; Edward of Alma; John of Westfield; Gene of Greenfield; Vernon of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Jo Ann of Salem. Saturday evening all the children gave a dinner for their parents at the Kinmundy-Alma High School Cafeteria. Those attending were: The Jim ELLIS family of Kingman, Kansas; the Wilson JEZEK family of Marion; the Stanley WILCOX family; and the Tiny L. ELLIS family of Chicago; the Ed JEZEK family of Alma; the John JEZEK family of Westfield; the JEZEK family of Greenfield; the Bill WALSH Jr. family of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Leo WIKENHAUSER, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore WIKENHAUSER, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. ARNOLD, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harvey WIKENHAUSER, Mr. and Mrs. Frankie DOUDERA, and Mrs. Anna MAZANEK ARNOLD. All 17 grandchildren attended this dinner. The Ladies Aid of Given’s Chapel served the dinner and after the dinner, a “This has been your Life” program for the parents was presented. The only member of the family not attending was T. Sgt. and Mrs. Vernon JEZEK of the U.S. Air Corps, who is stationed at Las Vegas, Nev. He called and talked to them Thursday night. They also sent a corsage of white Pom Poms for his mother and a boutonniere for his father. Corsages were presented to all the ladies of the family. Special music was rendered by a granddaughter, Elaine ELLIS, John ELLIS, grandson and Gene JEZEK, son. Open house was held Sunday at the home in Kinmundy. Mrs. Joann WALSH and Mrs. Clarine WILCOX were hostesses. Mrs. Edward JEZEK served the cake. Mrs. John JEZEK served the punch and Mrs. Gene JEZEK serviced the coffee. There were 101 who attended open house.
- Joseph N. BASS of Warrior, Ala. died Apr. 14 at the age of 77. He was born March 1, 1882 at Kinmundy, Ill. to Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary (HINDMAN) BASS. Dec. 11, 1904, he was married to Mary E. JONES, who preceded him in death. To this union, 10 children were born. One daughter, Mary, preceded him in death. Surviving are 7 sons, Archie, Joseph D., and Everett of Rock Falls; Elvin and Milledgeville; Pearl Eugene of Dixon; Robert of York, Neb. and Oliver of Decatur, Ala.; 2 daughters, Mrs. Malcolm (Elizabeth) RICE of Sterling, and Mrs. Charles E. (Vivian) MIATKE of Rock Grove; 39 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, John, of Bloomington, and Albert of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and 1 sister, Lucy, of Decatur. He was remarried in 1952 and his wife, Minnie, survives. Services were conducted at the Linton Funeral Home on Apr. 17, with Bro. Thomas WATSON of the Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of relatives and friends attending was included.)
- Mrs. Dave WOODEN suffered a light stroke, Apr. 16, and it is reported she is confined to her bed. Her daughter, Mrs. Bettie RICHARDSON, is assisting in caring for her.
- A letter was received this past week by the Medical Center Committee from Dr. Lelan E. STALLINGS, of Clifton, to which he stated that after due consideration, he and Mrs. STALLINGS had decided to locate in Kinmundy. They had visited the community on different occasions and was impressed by the proposition, offered them. He hopes to open the Medical Center about June 15th.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl HAMMER of Decatur have a daughter, Earline Lee, BORN Apr. 13. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN.
- On Apr. 24 in the Christian Parsonage in Alma, Miss Nora TUTT, daughter of Luther TUTT of this city, became the bride of Ron SMITH, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross SMITH of Meacham twp. Mr. and Mrs. John TUTT, brother of the bride were the attendants. Bro. Robert KELLY, pastor of the Alma Christian Church, officiated. The couple will reside with the groom’s parents. Both Mr. and Mrs. SMITH attended the local high school. The bride is employed in Salem with the Brown Shoe Co.. The groom is farming with his father.
- A family was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and family of Salem, Sunday. The birthdays of Paul and Sammy SHAFFER, Leon MILLER, Herbert ANDERSON and Mrs. Wilma VANDEVEER were being remembered, also the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER. Those present for the dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER and family, and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and son, John.
- T. Sgt. and Mrs. Denton BRASEL of Stead Air Force Base, Nevada, are the parents of a son, born Apr. 26. He has been named Denton, Jr. He has 4 sisters and his paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL.
- The City of Kinmundy is to be congratulated upon her progress. Again, she is scoring a first, as far as Marion county, is concerned. At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, our citizens will put their clocks ahead one hour. This decision was reached Monday evening when the City Council passed a resolution to this effect. No other city in the county has recognized “fast” time. On Monday morning, Mayor F.G. GRISSOM buttonholed all the business houses and didn’t get a negative vote. We were already observing the new time in our place of business. However, we were very happy to think that the old town was waking up. So we do wish to congratulate Mayor GRISSOM and his City Council doing this.
- Funeral services for Mrs. Edith WARREN HAMMER were held at the Linton Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl PHILLIPS officiating. She died at the age of 81 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Apr. 25. She had been a patient there since Feb. 5 when she suffered a stroke. Mrs. HAMMER leaves 2 sisters: Mrs. Grace KAGY of Alma, and Mrs. Mattie ALLEN of Chicago; step-daughter, Mrs. Esther RIVERS of Spicer, Minn.; stepson, Lowell F. WARREN of Centralia; and the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Lucille ELLEFSON, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Edith KESTNER, Venice, Fla., Dresden DORR, El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Josephine McWHIRTER and Leslie SULLENS, Alma; Francis SULLENS, Santa Ana, Calif.; Mrs. Ganell ROBERTSON, Granger, Wash.; and Orville and Earl ALLEN, Chicago. (A list of those attending the funeral from a distance was included.)
- Frank SULLENS, of Farina, died Apr. 27, at the Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. He was born and reared near Alma, and spent most of his life there. He had been in failing health for several years and had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Earl GERKIN of Farina, during this time. His wife, preceded him in death several years ago. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Devere GERKIN of Farina; Mrs. Grethel FORD of Kinmundy; 2 sons, Darrell and Carol of Chicago, and several grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday at Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Earl PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment will be made at Martin Cemetery near Alma.
- The first meeting of the Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club was held at the Meacham townhouse, Apr. 22. Officers for the coming year are: Pres. - Elaine PARRILL; Vice Pres. - Janice PARRILL; Sec.-Treas. - Jean LACEY; Recreation Leader - Mary Ann LACEY; Reporter - Joyce OLDEN. The Leader is Mrs. Ruth PARRILL, and assistant leaders are Shirley and Dorothy LACEY.
May 7, 1949:
- The annual Alumni Banquet will be held May 29. The following chairman and committees have been appointed.
Publicity Chairman: Mildred KLEISS.
Ticket Chairman: Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN, Co-Chairman: Mrs. Bud ROBNETT.
Program Committee: Mrs. Charles WHITE, Chairman; Mrs. Amelda VALLOW, Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and Donnie THOMPSON.
Initiation Committee: Fred GAMMON, Chairman; Charles BASSETT and See MILLICAN.
Nominating Committee: Mrs. Floyd GARRETT, Chairman, and Mrs. Ray INGRAM.
Decorating Committee: Mrs. Dale HULSEY, Chairman; Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
Chairs and Arrangement Chairman: Mrs. Wayne ROBB.
- Pfc. Ronald CHEADLE of the U.S. Marine Corps arrived home from San Diego, Calif. for 2 weeks visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.R. CHEADLE. He will then go to Memphis, Tenn. for further schooling.
- The K-A School Board employed three new teachers at a meeting held Apr. 29. They are as follows: Mr. Harold JONES of Foster twp., who has been the principal at the Farina grade school and the past 2 years; Mr. Jim WOODS of Centralia; and Mrs. Lura ROBNETT. Also at this meeting a new school bus was purchased. At a previous meeting, a new secretary, Mrs. Judy BROOM of Alma, was employed to take the position of Mrs. Jean BUCHKA, who resigned.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND in honor of their son, Dennis’ 7th birthday on May 3. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The 4th birthday of Miss Kathy ENOCHS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard ENOCHS, was remembered with a party at the home of her parents, May 1. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The Woman’s Club annual Breakfast was held May 2nd at the American Legion Hall with a large number of members and guests in attendance. The salute to the flag was given and hymn of the month was sung. Warren and Robert SHUFELDT entertained the group with a beautiful numbers on their clarinets accompanied by Miss Janet FORD of Alma, then a very appetizing breakfast was served. Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, Program Chairman, introduced Linda HITCH, of Farina, who sang solos with Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT accompanyist. Then, piano pupils of Mrs. O.I. LEACH played piano solos: Doris HIESTAND, Linda ROBB, Sue BAILEY, Linda DOOLEN and Veronica BROOM. District President, Mrs. Lawrence FRYE of St. Elmo, was introduced. Mrs. Paul CHANCE of Salem then installed the incoming officers for 1959-60. They are: Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY, President; Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Vice President; Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Secretary; Mrs. Hubert FISHER, Treasurer. Guests were from Farina, Kinmundy, Alma, Salem and St. Elmo. The breakfast committee consisted of Mesdames Claude WILKINSON, E.E. BROWN, E.F. HOHLT, Rodney SCHOOLEY, John HOLT, John ILG, and V.V. BARCROFT.
- Mrs. Emery TELFORD of Salem received a message on May 2, that his brother, Mr. Roy TELFORD, 75, had died that morning in San Diego, Calif. The funeral will be at the Greenwood Mortuary in San Diego. The survivors are his wife, Pearl; 1 son, Dr. Joseph WOODROW; 1 sister, Mrs. Nora GUST of Kinmundy; 3 brothers, Lester of Arkansas; Emery of Salem; and James MERRILL of Lansing, Mich. One son, Leroy, preceded his father in death. The deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph TELFORD of Alma, and he was born and raised on a farm east of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billie SHAFFER of Waukegan have a son, Eddie Dean, born Apr. 18. His paternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jim BRIM of this city.
- Benny D. BRASEL, radarman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL of Kinmundy is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt operating with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.
- Richard W. PIGG, chief aviation electronics technician, USN, son of Mrs. Herschell L. JOHNSON of Kinmundy, and husband of the former Miss Margaret L. PITTMAN of Cocoa, Fla., serving with Heavy Attack Squadron One, aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Independence with departed Norfolk, Va. Apr. 24 for a two month training and shakedown cruise in the Caribbean.
- On May 21, the entire personnel and Board of the Kinmundy-Alma School Unit honored Mrs. Jean BUCHKA who for 6 years has served both as school secretary and secretary at the Board of Education. A surprise party was planned at the Kinmundy Attendance Center, with all of the attendance centers participating with skits. A “This is Your Life” program was conducted by Mrs. Anna JONES in which Jean’s parents, brother, sister, nephews and husband surprised her with memories along with the school staff. A gift of a barbeque grill was presented as a token of appreciation from the School Board and the school personnel.
- Receiving 1st places at the Kinmundy-Alma Jr. High Solo and Ensemble contest in Greenville were John DISS, Darlene MARSHALL, Sharon EBLIN, Jack ALDRICH, and Larry BASSETT.
- The K-A Jr. High held their yearly athletic dinner sponsored by the PTA at the Kinmundy grade school gymnasium on Apr. 28 with a potluck dinner. Mr. Jim WASEM gave the speech that night. Mr. Richard G. ENOCHS presented the athletes with their awards. Boys receiving Varsity letters were: Bob LINTON, David WHITE, Bruce GRAY, Leroy ALLEN, Mark SWIFT, Jack ALDRICH, Donnie GORDON and Bruce CURRIE. Boys receiving minor letters were: Mike OLDEN, Larry BASSETT, Denny BASSETT, Bud ALBERSON, Danny GARRETT, John GARRETT, Keith WHITNEY, Gary MISELBROOK, Bill BOYD, Carl SHAFFER, Freddie GAMMON, and Ronald GRANT. Managers receiving awards were Philip SCHOOLEY and John DISS. Cheerleaders receiving awards were Connie LEACH, Nellie HIESTAND, Patsy ROSE, Diane BARKSDALE, and Judy DONOHO. The Warriors won 11 games and lost 7. They placed 3rd in the Conference and Tourney.
- Mrs. W.R. MIDDLETON and children of Rantoul came Sunday to spend until Saturday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER and other relatives. She will leave Saturday for McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where her husband has been transferred.
- Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE and children attended the wedding of her brother, Douglas GOODWIN and Clara GARRISON, both of Salem, at Harvey Point’s Christian Church near Salem on Sunday.
- Mrs. Marian CONLEY of Dix, Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE and children, Dickie and Joyce, and Miss Sherry CONLEY spent the weekend in Champaign with Mr. and Mrs. Forrest ROGERS and family, and attended the wedding of Don ROGERS and Miss Janet MACKEY. Dickie and Joyce were in the wedding as ring bearer and flower girl.
- John DISS spent Sunday with Mark SWIFT helping him celebrate his 14th birthday.
May 14, 1959:
- Meacham Home Makers met on May 6 at the home of Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON with 13 members and 1 guest present. The major lesson was given by Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and special feature by Mrs. Luther LACEY. The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Ervin STORCK on June 3.
- Howard DOWNEY of Alma was appointed as a trustee of the Kinmundy Fire Protection District by County Judge James McMACKIN effective May 1st. He supplanted Mr. O.V. GRAGG of Alma, who moved to Centralia and recently sold his farm equipment business in Alma to Robert WILLIAMS. Other trustees of the district are Carl DUNLAP of Kinmundy, and Ervin SOLDNER of Meacham twp.
- The State of Illinois Mobile Chest X-Ray Unit will visit Kinmundy and Alma next week.
- Com. (MC) Clyde B. CAMERER, Ret. USN, age 76, died in the naval hospital in San Diego, Calif. Tuesday following major surgery Friday. Services will be held there Friday. The deceased was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J.D. CAMERER, former residents of this community. He has many friends in this community. He leaves his wife, Martha, nee STEUBER. Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, of this city, is a sister to Mrs. CAMERER. Clyde was one of the 50 year members of the Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. (A picture was included with this obituary.)
- The Pleasant Grove Home Bureau Unit met recently with 12 members and 1 guest. Mrs. Mary BECK, Chairman, conducted the business meeting. It was voted to give some money to the Red Cross drive and 3 members volunteered to work with the X-Ray Unit when it was in Kinmundy and Alma. Mrs. Lila WILLIAMS and Mrs. Fred MOODY gave the lessons. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Lowell DISS and Mrs. Paul E. WILLIAMS.
- A stork shower was given in honor of Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT of Vandalia on May 9 at the home of Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN with co-hostesses being Mrs. P.H. ROBNETT and Mrs. Bill JONES. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Dr. and Mrs. Lelan E. STALLINGS and son of Clifton were here the first part of the week making arrangements to move to Kinmundy where they will make their home. They were houseguests of Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA. They purchased the Bertha PRUETT residence and will move therein as soon as they get possession. Mrs. PRUETT intends to go to California to make her home with her son, Carl, and daughter, Mrs. John BLYTH. Dr. STALLINGS has been released from his practice in Clifton and will devote all of his time getting the medical center equipped and in shape to open his office, which he plans to do June 1st.
- Mrs. Clara BRASEL was the honoree of a bridal shower held in the Methodist Church basement on May 2. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Meacham (from last week): Billie SOLDNER attended a party Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND for their son, Dennis’ birthday.
- Mrs. Effie ROBB was a mother’s day guest of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Virgil UPHOLD of Urbana, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE.
- In Memoriam of David H. BOUGHERS, who died May 17, 1956. Sadly missed by wife, and all who loved him.
May 21, 1959:
- The annual Baccalaureate services will be held May 24 in the new gymnasium at the high school. Dr. Earl PHILLIPS, Pastor of the Methodist Church, will deliver the address of the evening. Mrs. Maxine ROBB, Lloyd BAILEY, and Norman RHOADES will also appear in the program. Rev. Bob KELLEY will lead in the prayers. The Grade School commencement will be held May 26 also in the new gymnasium. Howard MILLER, Farm Director, WLBH, Mattoon will speak of his recent trip to Russia. Rev. Forrest CROUCH will lead the prayers. Mary Ann VANDEVEER, Dianne BARKSDALE, and Connie LEACH will provide the music. The High School Commencement will be held May 27 in the new gymnasium. Dr. Lewis BEAN, Pastor of the First Baptist Church will speak. The valedictorian, the Salutatorian, Mrs. Maxine ROBB, Lloyd BAILEY, Barbara ALLEN, and Rev. Tom WATSON all have a part in the program.
- Rev. and Mrs. Earl C. PHILLIPS were honorees at a basket dinner held Sunday at noon in the basement of the Methodist Church. The couple was presented with a $100 check from the Official Board of the Church, as well as smaller checks from the various Circles. They will move to their new home next week which is located on a farm near Flora. Rev. PHILLIPS is retiring, but will do work with public relations for the Conference.
- Evangelist Eddie MORAN is a patient in the Marion Hospital after a plane crash last week, and is in serious condition. He has conducted several revival meetings here in the Methodist Church.
- The annual Gold Star Tea was held in the American Legion Hall on May 14 with 50 members and guests attending. Mrs. Pearl HANNA, auxiliary president, opened the meeting with the pledge. Mrs. Herschel JOHNSON led the prayer. The meeting was turned over to the Gold Star Chairman, Mrs. Marjorie GREEN, assisted by Mrs. Lela Mae DOOLEN and Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY in presenting corsages made by Mrs. Ruth DOOLEN to the following Gold Star Mothers: Mrs. Lillie SHREFFLER, Mrs. Ethel HANNA and Mrs. Lena EAGAN, and the Gold Star sisters, Mrs. Donna WILLIAMS, Miss Mildred KLEISS, and Mrs. Helen QUANDT. Several Gold star mothers and sisters were unable to attend. The program included musical numbers and readings by: Linda ROBB and Darlene MARSHALL accompanied by Mrs. Ferdy LEACH, Karen KLINE, Marlis INGRAM and Nelda REESE, Gladys KLINE, Betty BOYD, Nancy SWIFT and Sharon DOOLEN, Dianne BARKSDALE, Connie LEACH, Mrs. Amelda VALLOW and Mrs. Jessie VALLOW. Mrs. Pola ROBB, in behalf of the unit, presented the Gold Star mothers mentioned above, who are members of our Unit, a gift. They were Mrs. SHREFFLER and a step-mother, Mrs. HANNA. Two mothers who were unable to be present (Mrs. Carrie PURCELL and Mrs. Belle BROOM) were sent gifts. The bell was dedicated in honor of all the Gold Star members and also in honor of the deceased God Star mothers, Mrs. Eva SPENCER, Mrs. Dora KLEISS, and Mrs. Ethel HILL.
- Darrell GARRETT received his discharge at Ft. Sheridan and arrived home Friday. Darrell had spent the past 18 months in Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT.
- G.H. COLCLASURE of Farina entered the Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, May 13, and underwent surgery for amputation of his leg Friday. He is father of Wyett COLCLASURE. It was necessary to remove his other leg about 2 years ago.
- William PERKINS, 63 year old farmer of Tonti twp., was killed Monday morning by being kicked by a horse. The PERKINS farm is located off an all weather road and a team was kept to haul milk out to the road to be picked up by a truck. Mrs. PERKINS was helping with the chore and had led one horse from the barn. The second horse was rather spirited and Mr. PERKINS was to lead him. Soon after Mrs. PERKINS left the barn with her horse, Mr. PERKINS came running and called to her, holding his chest. Before she could get to him, he dropped to the ground and died immediately. The second horse was not untied. There was no eyewitness, but from all appearances, it was evident he was kicked in the chest. The body was brought to Linton Funeral Home. An inquest was held and the verdict was that death was caused from a crushed chest injury which caused by being kicked over the heart by a horse. Services will be held from Marshall Creek (Fredonia) Baptist Church, Rev. HANEY, officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.
- The Pleasure Hour Club was entertained at the home of Mrs. H.M. FISHER on May 12. A delicious dessert was served and canasta was played. Receiving favors were Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, Mr. A.H. MILLER, Mrs. O.I. LEACH, and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH. The club was happy to have Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE present after an absence of sometime. Mrs. J.A. HOLT was a welcome guest. The officers for the new year are President, Mrs. H.M. FISHER; Vice President; Mrs. O.I. LEACH; Sec., Mrs. A.H. MILLER; Treas., Mrs. J.R. MAHAN.
- Miss Clara BRASEL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL, received the honor of being Valedictorian of the 1959 KACHS graduating class. Salutatorian is Franklin Eugene “Bud” HELM, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene HELM. (Pictures of both students were included.)
- Ten members of the Jolly Girls Club enjoyed their outing May 14 to Mt. Vernon where they enjoyed dinner at the noon hour. Attending were Mesdames Ruth ROBB and daughter, Kate KEEN, Betty WAGONER, Lillie MANGNER, Mary REESE, Velma WILKINSON, Hazel GEILER, Mable OLDEN, Adina LEMAY, and Helen QUANDT.
- Patricia JOHNSON of Alma is among the honor students at S.I.U.
- Memorial Services will be held at the shed at Sandy Branch on Sunday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m., fast time. Hon. Miles E. MILLS of Effingham will deliver the address.
- Pvt. Ronald CHEADLE of Marine Corps left for San Diego, Calif. Wed. after spending a two week leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and children were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family Sunday.
- Mesdames Clyde BASSETT, Effie ROBB, and Bob FORD and children called on Mrs. John FORD and Mrs. E.R. LOWE Wednesday afternoon.
- Mrs. Bob FORD and children of Alma spent Tuesday of last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- A pink and blue shower was held in honor of Mrs. Leon SIGRIST on May 12 at the home of Mrs. Wayne BRANDT with Mrs. Kenneth JASPER and Mrs. Shirley DREWES of Salem as co-hostesses. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
May 28, 1959: (No newspaper on file)
June 5, 1959:
- The annual Alumni Reception was held Friday in the new grade school gymnasium with approximately 150 present. After a nice dinner, served by the PTA, a short program was held. The meeting was in charge of Rada CALDWELL, the vice president, in the absence of the president, Charles WHITE. Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT was the sec.-treas. Mrs. CALDWELL welcomed the class of ‘59 into the association. The response was given by David LEE, president of the class. A saxophone trio by David WHITE, John DISS and Philip SCHOOLEY, accompanied by Harrision COLCLASURE, and a trumpet trio composed of Larry BASSETT, Sue EBLIN, and Jack ALDRIDGE. Dr. Carl K. GREEN, a member of the class of ‘38, now an instructor at E.I.U., gave the evening’s address. Three piano selections were rendered by Miss Patricia PRUETT, daughter of Mrs. Walter B. PRUETT, now a student at MacMurray College in Jacksonville. The roll call of classes revealed ten present, who have been members of the alumni for 50 years or more, namely, Pauline BAGOTT ‘97; Pearl FISHER ‘98; Laura GRESHEM ‘02; Alta BAGOTT ‘03; C.E. WILKINSON ‘04; Bertha PRUETT ‘05; Ted LOWE ‘08; and Rhea LOWE ‘09. The class of ‘34, with 10 in attendance, was celebrating it’s silver anniversary. Officers for the coming year are: Charles BASSETT, President; Clara DEADMOND, Vice-President; Barbara ALLEN, Sec’y-Treas.. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mrs. Elwin INGRAM, accompanied by her son, Robert, and her daughter, Elizabeth TONY, left Friday, starting on a three months journey through Europe, the Holy Land and Africa.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. FOLTZ, Las Cruces, New Mexico, had a daughter on May 30 named Ann Burke. The mother is the former Virginia SULLENS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Relzie SULLENS, of this city.
- Word was received last Thursday of the sudden death of Noel HOCKADAY in Sun Valley, Calif. on May 24. Facts of the sudden demise are limited. On Saturday, the previous day, Mr. HOCKADAY was married to Miss Lee GIBBS at Los Angeles. The reception was held at their newly established home there on Sunday afternoon. That evening, he suffered a heart attack, which resulted in instant death. Mr. HOCKADAY, who also observed his 54th birthday Saturday, was born in a community east of Kinmundy to the late Jake and Mary HOCKADAY. He attended the Kinmundy High School graduating with the class of 1925. He gained recognition during WWII by manufacturing Airplane parts and even manufactured his own plane, being the owner of the Hockaday Aircraft Corp. Besides his bride, he leaves 2 brothers, Fred of Colorado, and Billy of California. Services were held in Burbank, Calif with interment made in the family plot there.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert JENKINS are the parents of a daughter, Ramona Eileene, born Saturday in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham. Mr. and Mrs. JENKINS have 2 sons. Mrs. JENKINS is the former Sue JACKSON.
- Ronnie SEE, the 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE, was injured Sunday when the pony he had hitched to a cart run away. Ronnie and his cousin, Wayne SEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE, were thrown from the cart resulting in the injury to his right knee. He is now a patient in the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis where he underwent surgery today.
- Mrs. Josephine POTTER KELLER, 83, died in her home in Meacham twp. this morning (Wednesday). Arrangements have not been completed as we go to press. She is survived by her husband, Charles KELLER; one son, Max of Gary, Ind.; and two daughters, Mrs. Forrest (Vera) DOOLEN, Hammond, Ind; and Mrs. Merle (Marjorie) WALKINGTON, Omega twp.; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. She is the last of 5 children.
- A picture of Dr. and Mrs. Lelan E. STALLINGS as they appeared at the reception held for them on May 23. The doctor opened his office in the new medical building on Tuesday of that week, and had 13 patients that day.
- The Sunrise Circle of the W.S.C.S. of the Methodist Church met in the church basement May 28 with Mrs. Edw. HOHLT, Miss Alta BAGOTT, Mrs. Pearl FISHER, and Mrs. Anna MARLOW, hostesses. There were 13 members present. The election of new officers was held with the following being elected: Miss Alta BAGOTT, Chairman; Mrs. Anna MARLOW, Vice Chairman; Mrs. John HOLT, Sec.; Mrs. Pearl FISHER, Treas.
- In the Methodist Church on Friday evening, Miss Clara BRASEL became the bride of Richard DEADMOND of Alma twp. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS officiated. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, James BRASEL. Mrs. O.I. LEACH played the music, and accompanied Miss Ada BRASEL, cousin of the bride, sang. Miss Kathy O’DELL of Carbondale, was the bridesmaid, and Lewis MAXEY was best man. Both Mr. and Mrs. DEADMOND are graduates of Kinmundy-Alma H.S., the bride of this year’s class and the groom, 1958. Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL are the parents of the bride. The groom is the only son of Mr. Leo and the late Marjorie HIESTAND DEADMOND of Alma twp. A buffet supper was served in the church basement. Mesdames Sammy LOWE, James BRASEL, sisters of the groom, and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND, sister of the bride, served the 35 immediate relatives. The couple will be at home on the Jesse GEORGE farm, north of town.
- Services for L.E. GRISSOM, 71, were held Monday from the Johnson Funeral Chapel, Effingham. Burial was in Elder Cemetery in Meacham twp. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS was the officiating minister. Mr. GRISSOM died Friday in the St. Anthony’s Hospital after 3 years of illness. For 23 years the GRISSOM’s have been residents of Effingham. They are the parents of 2 children, Louis Earl GRISSOM of Duncan, Okla.; and Mrs. Jeanette JACOBS of Pontiac, Mich., who with their mother, survive. There are also 8 grandchildren. He was a printer by trade. His first newspaper work started with the St. Elmo Banner, St. Elmo. Then for several years he was editor and publisher of the Farina News. At the time of his passing he was in charge of the printing department of the Witte Hardware Co., St. Louis, Mo. Those attending the services from here was the deceased brother’s Mr. and Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM.
- Hamilton B. VANDEVEER, age 81, died in Salem Hospital on May 31. He was a resident of Omega twp. Services will be today in the Onstatt Church near Xenia, Elder B.T. STEVENS will be in charge. Interment will be in the Onstatt Cemetery. He is survived by 4 sons: Sherrill with whom he made his home; Rev. Joy, Goreville; Earl, Galesburg; and Lawrence, Washington, D.C.; 3 brothers: Dalton, Kinmundy; Pearl, Peoria; and Glen, St. Louis, Mo.; 2 sisters: Mrs. Rhoda EAGAN, Iuka, and Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Tuscola.
- Miss Sherry DOOLEN was the guest of honor celebrating her 11th birthday on Monday at her home with a wiener roast. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER enjoyed a family dinner with most of their children, some of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, June 1. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Larry LOY and daughter of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell MEYER and son of Assumption; Mr. and Mrs. James WARE and daughter of Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Howard SPENCER and son, Bill, of Metropolis; Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST. Afternoon callers were Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCE and family called on their parents Saturday evening.
- Appropriate services were held in Evergreen Cemetery Saturday afternoon in charge of Kinmundy, Post No. 519, American Legion. The Kinmundy-Alma School Band played before the services, Bobbie ELSTON gave the Gettysburg Address and Bro. Thomas WATSON gave a brief address. Taps were sounded by Larry BASSETT. Through the efforts of Fred KLEISS, president of the Kinmundy Cemetery Association, every lot was mowed. The city mowed the alleyways. Therefore the grounds were in better shape than for several years. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- A reunion of the SMITH and McCLURE families was enjoyed Sunday at the I.C. Lake. A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Pearl SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford HAWKEY and Mrs. Nettie REYNOLDS, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. John JAHRAUS and daughter, Mrs. Clarence SMITH of Farina; Joyce and Bud SMITH of Chicago; Adrain SMITH of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Rob SMITH and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle HAWKEY and sons of Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. Milton ELKISS of Henry; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice SMITH and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dean BRADFORD of Laclede; Mr. and Mrs. John McCLURE of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Rad McCLURE of Tampa, Fla.
- Mrs. Helen O’DELL of Sparta called on her aunt, Mrs. Wes ROBB, Sunday morning.
- On Sunday, a birthday dinner honoring Kenneth ROBB was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Bruce DONOHO, Mr. and Mrs. Harry CHEADLE, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and children, the host and hostess.
June 12, 1959:
- Gary ERNST, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene ERNST of Kinmundy, has been awarded the degree of Illinois State Farmer. This is the high degree granted by the Illinois FFA Association. Gary is a ‘59 graduate of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. He will receive his award on June 16 - 18. Mr. Jerald BINKLEY is the local chapter advisor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank SIMER of Omega twp. moved the past week into their newly constructed home in the east part of town.
- Mrs. Charles KELLER died at her home east of Kinmundy on June 3, 1959. Josephine Marshall POTTER was born Aug. 1, 1875, the youngest of 5 children of Thomas and Louisa Jane POTTER of Meacham twp. On July 15, 1903, she married Charles KELLER of Omega twp., by the late Rev. W.J. SIMER. They established their home close to her birthplace, and except for 2 years in Farina, she has spent her entire life in Meacham twp. They had 3 children: Max of Gary, Ind.; Marjorie WALKINGTON of Iuka, and Vera DOOLEN of Hammond, Ind. She united with the Methodist church at an early age. She is survived by her husband, the above named children; a daughter-in-law, Helen KELLER; two sons-in-law, Merle WALKINGTON and Forrest DOOLEN; 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.C. LOWE at the Linton Funeral Home. Interment was made in Phillips Cemetery located near the family home. (A poem was included, as well as a list of those attending from a distance.)
- Sunday morning in the Eaglin General Baptist Church, Miss Dorthy WAGGSTAFF of Patoka became the bride of Marvin TIPSWORD of Kinmundy. Rev. Floyd GRUBB of Salem, officiated. Miss Sue WAGGSTAFF, sister of the bride, and Leon FINKBONE of Kinmundy, were the attendants. Mrs. Rena MULVANEY of Kinmundy played the piano. The bride is the daughter of Floyd WAGGSTAFF of Patoka, but made her home with her aunt, Mrs. Nigel EASTMAN in Patoka. She graduated from Patoka H.S. with the class of 1959. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond TIPSWORD of Kinmundy. The couple will make their home in Patoka. The charivari and shower were in the groom’s home near Kinmundy Monday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Steven EAGAN have a son, Randall Gene, born in Richland Hospital, Olney. The EAGANs are now parents of 3 boys.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.T. SIGREST of Salem have a son born in Carmi Hospital named Lance Theodore. Mrs. SIGREST is the former Alice Marie ZIMMER.
- Girls 4-H Clubs Organized: June 8, some 20 girls met in the High School Cafeteria to organize 4-H clubs, both foods and clothing. Miss Marie BRITE, County Home Advisor and Mrs. Wilma VANDEVEER had charge of the meeting. The ladies who will help throughout the summer as leaders are: Mrs. Clara DEADMOND - leader, and assistant leaders, Mesdames Olga COPPLE, Marie ELSTON, Virginia GREENWOOD, and Charlene GORDON.
- Mr. and Mrs. David BALLANCE have a daughter, Kim Marie, born in Salem Hospital on June 4.
- Mrs. Grace CONANT has purchased the Margaret GRAY home from Fred SEE in the east part of town. After extensive remodeling, she with her son, Dale, will make their home there.
- Mr. and Mrs. John MOTCH and daughter will leave next week for Rochester, N.Y., where John will be employed by the Eastman Kodak Co., in the Research and Development Division.
- Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, enjoyed a picnic Sunday in Brown Park in Flora. The 8th birthday of Miss Lila JONES was being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY received an early morning call Sunday from Marion MAXEY of Polo, telling of the traffic and instant death of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin JENSEN of Rock Falls. Mr. and Mrs. JENSEN were killed about 7:30 Saturday night as they rode their motorcycle on their way to Peoria to attend a meeting. The cause, a tire blew out, throwing them into the direct path of an approaching car. They leave a small daughter. Mrs. JENSEN is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. MAXEY of Polo, Ill. Services for the young couple was held in Rock Falls. The relatives from here attending were Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, Mr. and Mrs. Omar MAXEY and children from Salem.
- Gary GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, Kinmundy received an honor award at the recent high school commencement. Gary’s grades averaged B plus or better throughout his four years of attendance at high school. His name was accidentally missed in reading of the honor students at high school commencement.
- A nursery shower was held for Mrs. James O. EAGAN at the American Legion Hall on Tuesday June 2nd. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- A few weeks ago, Charles BASSETT was a patient in the Salem Hospital for an appendectomy. He was hospitalized for some time and has convalesced slowly at home. Before Charles’ illness, he had plowed some ground he farms with the help of J.B. MAXEY and son, Louis. Since his return home, the following neighbors have finished plowing, discing, preparing the seed bed, and planted 45 acres of corn and beans. Those who have helped are Merle KLINE, Herbert and John VANDEVEER, Relzie SULLENS, and Gene ERNST.
- Neighbors, friends, and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE, gathered at the SEE home June 9, to finish putting in their crops for this season. There were 16 tractors used. These good people baled and stored 10 acres of hay and planted 110 acres of beans. Dinner for the men was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman JONES. The ones assisting were Marie and Jimmie COURSON, Shorty SULLIVAN, Jess CHARLTON, Lyman JONES, Earl and Robert LANE, Mont RITTER, Dean BAKER, Laurel YATES, Marshall CRAIG, Marvin DACE, Emil MEYER, Eugene KENLY, Dutch LINTON and son, Virgil SEE, Tony KNUFF of Carlyle, Cecil LANE, Charles MONICAL, Wayne, Eddie and Virl SEE, and John SHAFFER. Ronnie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. SEE has suffered the loss of a leg because of an accident last week when he was thrown from a pony cart. The amputation of his leg was performed this morning (Wednesday) in the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. (In the June 18, 1958 newspaper, an additional note was added: “On the list of those helping Merle SEE with farming, Gene MONTGOMERY was left off. Also these men helped Virl SEE with his planting.)
- Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER were called late Tuesday night to the bedside of Mrs. FEATHER’s father, Mr. Page PARRISH, in his home in Sparland. Mr. PARRISH died this morning (Wednesday) from cancer after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
- Mrs. Lillie MANGNER, Rosco OLDEN, Mrs. Chas. SIMPSON of Centralia, and Mrs. Lulu LINDER of Odin attended the funeral of Mrs. Lucy HOLTSLAW Sunday in Iuka.
- Mrs. John William McCULLEY and son, Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters helped Mrs. Fred SEE of Salem celebrate her birthday last Thursday in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER, with a potluck.
- T.A. McCULLEY, Mrs. John McCULLEY and Russell, and Mrs. Emma RICHARDS attended the funeral of a relative, Bobby Gene MINER, age 26, in Windsor, Thursday. Mr. MINER’s death was the result of a heart attack.
- A birthday party was given for Michael DISS by his mother, Mrs. Leroy DISS, last Thursday. He was 1 year old. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A baby shower was given in honor of Mrs. Barbara BALL of Salem at the home of Mrs. Robert LANE on June 2. The co-hostess was Miss Shirley SEE. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
June 18, 1959:
- Appropriate services dedicating the new medical building will be held Sunday afternoon in the city park. Postmaster R.R. ATKINS, president of the Kinmundy Medical Building Assoc. will be the master of ceremonies. The speaker of the day will be the Honorable John William CHAPMAN, Lieut. Governor. Our high school band, under the director of Mr. Norman RHOADES, and the choral group of young people under the direction of Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM will furnish the music. Barbara ALLEN will sing the National anthem, and Mr. N.H. DAVIS (representing Sears Roebuck foundation), and Senator Dwight P. FRIEDRICH will also be in attendance. (A picture of the medical building was included.)
- Among those receiving bachelors degrees at S.I.U. in June will be Patricia JOHNSON, Alma; Mikeral BUTTS, Lewis T. O’DELL, Keith DISS, Anna May RITTER, Kinmundy.
- A nursery shower was held for Mrs. Henry FOLLOWELL at the home of Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL on June 9. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- A nursery shower honoring Mrs. Judy DONOHO was held June 12 at the home of Mrs. Ruby DONOHO. Hostesses were Mrs. Ruby DONOHO and Mrs. Ruth ROBB assisted by Miss Judy DONOHO and Miss Mary Susan HARVEY. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- The FORD Reunion was held at the Kinmundy City Park Sunday, June 14. A basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. Those present were: Mr. Eugene FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Don FORD and children, Mary Lee, Franklin, and Jim, Mr. and Mrs. Bill DIPPOLD, of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, Diane, David, and Dale, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Walter FORD, of Waverly; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell FORD, Carla and LuAnn, of St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Ford EVANS, Mrs. Jana FORD, of St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD, Dwain and Darlene, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert FORD and Carroll, Mrs. Emma BALLANCE, Miss Sharon GRADY, Mr. George FORD, Mrs. Tillie HULSEY and grandson, Rickie, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HULSEY and Tara, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE of Kinmundy. The Committee named to plan next year’s FORD reunion was Charles Lee FORD, Marie and Edith FORD.
- Albert PERRY, 68, died at his home southeast of Kinmundy June 14. Services were held from his home with Bro. Thomas WATSON officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Survivors are three sisters: Miss Edith PERRY and Mrs. Lottie LANE of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Blanche COMBS of Farina; one brother, Clyde of Kinmundy.
- Mr. Page PARRISH, 70, of Sparland died at his home June 10. Services were held from the Baptist Church in Sparland. Survivors are his wife, Nora; three daughters, Mrs. Louise FEATHER, Kinmundy; Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON and Mrs. Grace MANNON of Sparland; 4 sons, Walter of Richmond, Calif.; Page, Jr. of Henry; William and Stanley of Sparland; 1 sister, Mrs. Louise JONES, Kingston, Mo.; 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. (A list of those attending from a distance was included.)
- An interview of Patricia JOHNSON, valedictorian of the Kinmundy-Alma graduating class of ‘55, was included. She will receive her Bachelor of Education degree in elementary education at SIU. The interview was conducted by Kathleen O’DELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL, who is a student in the School of Journalism at S.I.U.)
- Jim WASEM, social studies teacher and coach at K-A was awarded the Teacher of the Year trophy at commencement. For the past 3 years, the graduating class has presented the trophy to the teacher receiving this honor.
- High School students receiving Scholastic Awards with a B+ or better for the year were:
Seniors: Clara BRASEL, Ada BRASEL, Garry ERNST, Gary GARRETT, Bud HELM, Gayle KLINE and David LEE.
Juniors: Patsy BEARD, Marva COBB, Harrison COLCLASURE, Patricia CORRIE, Sue ERNST, Gene MONTGOMERY, Warren SHUFELDT, and Vervadene SLANE.
Sophomores: Becky HESTER, Joyce JOHNSON, Larry RITTER, Quentin ROBNETT, Nora SHAFFER, Robert SHUFELDT, Launa TATE, and Mary Anne VANDEVEER.
Freshmen: Patricia DEADMOND, Janet FORD, Sharon Grady, Mary Lee HELM, Susan KLINE, David LINTON, Karen MULVANEY, and Margaret ROSE.
- Special Senior Awards were presented to: Ada BRASEL - Home Economics; Bud HELM for Mathematics, English, and Science; Gayle KLINE in Commercial subjects; Garry ERNST in Agriculture; Charles SOLDNER in Social Science; Larry LEACH in Music. Other special honors earned were: Bud HELM - Bausch & Lomb Science Award; James JONES - Dekalb Award in Agriculture; Ada BRASEL, the Betty CROCKER Home Making Award; Clara BRASEL - Annual Editor Award; Helen BROWN - School Paper Editor Award; Donna COPPLE - Daughters of American Revolution Award.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charlie TOCKSTEIN have a son, David Scott, born in Salem Hospital on June 9. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Adolph TOCKSTEIN, Sr.
- Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marion HELM of Salem. Mr. COLE and Mrs. HELM’s birthdays were being observed.
- PFC Ronald DOOLEN of Ft. Gordon, Ga. called several times last week on his grandmother, Mrs. Lora BAYLIS. After completion of his furlough, he will go to Ft. Dix, N.J. from where he will be sent to France for duty.
- A pink and blue shower was held for Mrs. Leon DISS on June 10 at the home of Mrs. Wayne BRANDT, with Mrs. Leroy DISS and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jr. as co-hostesses. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
- The Kinmundy Menuettes 4-H Club met and elected the following officers on June 11 with 17 members present: Pres. - Sue WAGONER; Vice Pres. - Linda DOOLEN; Sec.-Treas - Karen REESE; Recreation Chairman - Connie LEACH; Refreshments - Betty BOYD; and Reporter - Linda ROBB.
- The 5th birthday party for Theresa QUANDT was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT on June 12. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Robert LEE and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN were co-hostesses to a party held in the Methodist Church basement June 12 in honor of their children, Sharon Lee and Leslie DOOLEN’s 6th birthdays. (A list of those attending was included.)
June 25, 1959:
- Approximately 250 gathered in the Kinmundy Park dedicating the new medical building. (A full account of the program was in an article this week.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, Mrs. Leland BRASEL, and Miss Fern GRAY were in Glen Carbon, Ill. on Saturday attending the funeral of Mrs. Mary ALLEN. Interment was made there. Mrs. ALLEN, 86, was the widow of the late John ALLEN, former residents of this community. She had been ill for about 6 years. She leaves a daughter, Mary, who lived with her, and a son, Jake, and his wife and 3 daughters.
- Albert E. PERRY, son of James and Izora “Bair” PERRY was born Oct. 11, 1890 in Kinmundy twp. He died June 14, 1959 at his home near Kinmundy at the age of 68 years, 8 months, 3 days. He was one of a family of 5 children. He lives 1 brother, Clyde, near Farina; 3 sisters, Blanch COMBS near Iola, Lottie LAR___, near Kinmundy; and Edith PERRY with whom he made his home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bruce DONOHO have a son, Rusty Gene, born in Salem Hospital on June 20. His mother is the former Judy ROBB.
- Frank SIMER handed us this news item regarding a relatives, Stafford L. SIMER, 67, retired teacher and former assistant Piatt County Supt. of Schools, died at his home in Monticello on June 3. He was also a nephew of the late Sarah WHISNANT.
- Drilling operations for oil were set in motion of the Robert Lane farm south of Kinmundy on June 17 and stopped Sunday. The hole was pronounced dry after being drilled to a depth of about 2500 feet. Harry FREIN, of Belleville, held the lease on the land, and we understand, did the exploring.
- Junior GORDON has bid in the depot agency at Roberts, Ill., and will move his family there soon. Junior is employed as a telegraphy operator for the I.C.R.R.
- Joann ANDERSON, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. ALBERSON of Salem, will be among 2000 teenage delegates to the 1959 Nation Convention of Future Homemakers of America July 13-17 in Chicago.
- Mrs. E.A. ALDERSON sold her property on South Washington Street to Mr. and Mrs. Guy HODGE of Joliet Saturday. She is to give them possession of same July 15.
- Brown: Several from this community attended the funeral for Loy___ ALDERSON at Odin on Saturday. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery.
- Mrs. Bob FORD and children of Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM attended the weddings of Joyce BARBEE and David HASTELING in Louisville on Friday, and of Carol CLARK and Don HESKETT in St. Elmo on Sunday.
- John BALLANCE has returned to Carbondale where he will attend summer school after a few days vacation here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. JONES and Bill.
July 2, 1959:
- Franklin E. HELM, Warren SHUFELDT, and Harrison COLCLASURE are three of the 810 high school students from 11 states selected to attend a pre-college science training program this summer at Southern Illinois University. The students, all juniors and seniors, were selection after recommendations from their high school principals.
- DISS Reunion: There were around 80 relatives attending the DISS reunion held at Kitchell Park in Pana June 28 with a basket dinner. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Keith DISS and son, Brian of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. BLOMBERG and daughter, Ann Marie of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and son, John; Mr. and Mrs. Leon DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Larry and Jim; Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS and Mikey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG, Sue, Nancy and Cindy; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, Donald Lee and Howard, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT, Teresa, Mike and Steve.
- Master Jimmie BASSETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, celebrated his 6th birthday June 25, at his home. His aunt, Mrs. Thelma BAILEY’s birthday was also being remembered. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Hulda Elizabeth MATHEWS DUNLAP, born Jan. 22, 1884 in Fairman, Ill., died in Salem Hospital, Salem on June 24, 1959. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Kinmundy. She married Albert Clarence DUNLAP Oct. 21, 1906 in Kinmundy. They had 1 son, Albert Carl. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Lela, one granddaughter, Dorothy Frances GEILER, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Lash Funeral Home in Farina, Bro. Thomas WATSON, pastor of the local Christian Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Sandoval Cemetery. (A list of relatives attending from out of town was also included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY have purchased what is known as the Airs CONANT property on West 4th Street.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT of Vandalia have a son, Ronald Wayne, born in Fayette County Hospital on June 30. His mother is the former Barbara DOOLEN. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. James CHANCE of Dyer, Ind. have a son, John Wayne, born June 29. His mother is the former Pauline LAMBIRD. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD of this city.
- A list of additional donors to the Medical center was printed.
- Warren SHUFELDT, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT was one of 1300 citizens of Premier Boys State during the 8 days from June 21 - 28 in Springfield.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin HOLZHAUER of Breese have a daughter, Kimberly Ann, born June 25. Mrs. HOLZHAUER is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin SMITH of Salem, and her paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Ida SMITH of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mac GARRETT are the proud parents of a daughter, born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Monday, June 29. She weighed 6 lbs. 9 ozs. and has been named Ann. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT.
- Emmett WAINSCOTT Dies: Cyril Emmett WAINSCOTT, son of Eldo and Lottie LYNCH WAINSCOTT, was born in Kinmundy, Sept. 9, 1912, and died June 23, 1959 in the Veteran’s Hospital in Hines, Ill. On June 10, 1930, he married Miss Francis McDANIEL of Champaign. They had 2 sons: Cyril Norman and Marcus. He was a veteran of WWII. Upon his return from the war, he resumed his business as an electrical contractor in Rantoul. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, the American Legion, and the V.F.W. Survivors are his wife, Frances, and his 2 sons, Cyril Norman, city editor of the Ashland, Ohio News, and Marcus, who was discharged from the U.S. Navy on the day of his father’s death. He also leaves a sister, Beulah WAINSCOTT BRANSON of Oceanside, Calif. Services were held in the Lutheran Church and interment made in the Rantoul Cemetery.
- Kinmundy was well represented at the Salem Reunion Amateur Contest, which was held last week on Wed., Fri., and Sat. The trio of Larry BASSETT, Sharon EBLIN, and Jackie ALDRIDGE directed by Norman RHOADES, with piano accompaniment of Harrison COLCLASURE, made it to the finals on Saturday night. The Quadrille teams of Kinmundy also participated in the contest consisting of Judy DONOHO, Mary Susan HARVEY, Jan HANNA, Sharon EAGAN, Donnie KEEN, Beryl KEEN, Charles LUX and Jerry GRAY. Group three of the Quadrille team consisted of Rita SULLENS, Karen REESE, Sandra SHAFFER, Lenora ALLEN, Mike SULLENS, Rob ELSTON, “Jake” McCARTY, and Billy OLDEN. The Grade School Quadrill team consisted of Betty BOYD, Linda ROBB, Connie LEACH, Kaye ALLEN, Donnie GORDON, Bruce GRAY, David WHITE and Buddy ALBERSON. Linda OUTHOUSE also entered her bird in the pet contest and won a prize for the most talking bird.
- At a special meeting of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M., July 3, the installation of officers will be held. The installing officer will be Bryce JONES of Louisville, and installing chaplain, R.L. POWELL, Salem. The following officers will be installed: Charles BASSETT (WM), Glen BRASEL (SW), James WILLIAMS (JW), C.R. ALDERSON (Treas.), Gilbert DOOLEN (Sec’y), Gene BAILEY (SD), Dale HULSEY (JD), Robert KERLEY (SS), Robert GEILER (JS), Albert MALINSKY (Marshal), Ed GREENE (Tyler), Robert BAILEY (Chaplain).
- The members of the Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club won 1st prize in the Share-the-Fun program held at Salem Oak Park School on Tuesday. They sang “Down in the Valley”. The girls were: Elaine PARRILL, Janet PARRILL, Jean LACEY, Mary Ann LACEY, Carolyn YATES, Vivian MILLER, and Joyce OLSON. Cathy PARRILL played the piano. The girls and their leaders, Mrs. Ruth PARRILL and Mrs. Shirley LACEY will compete at the State Fair at Springfield.
- Cpl. Larry WILLIAMS has returned to Ft. Sill, Okla. after enjoying a 10 day furlough with his wife and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and John, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT attended the SIU commencement June 17. Keith DISS was one of the graduates.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited their brother, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Thursday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale, Mrs. Charles WHITE, Chucky and Glenette, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn WHITE and David enjoyed supper with Mr. and Mrs. Chester MENDENHALL Monday. The birthday of Mr. MENDENHALL, and also the 30th wedding anniversary of he and his wife was being remembered.
- Army Pvt. Larry J. SMITH, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry SMITH, Alma, was recently assigned 92nd Engineer Battalion at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He is a truck driver in Battalion Co. C, and entered the Army in March of this year. He received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and attended Patoka high school and was employed by Harper Drilling co. in Campbellsville, Ky. before entering the Army.
- Sunday callers of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and sons.
July 9, 1959:
- The American Legion Auxiliary held it’s regular meeting July 6 in the Legion Hall with 22 members in attendance. President, Mrs. Pearl HANNA, opened the meeting. One stanza of America was sung in unison with Mrs. Laura GRESHAM, pianist. The opening prayer was by Mrs. Elsie REESE. The Sec. and Treas. reports were read by Mrs. Marceline GARRETT and Mrs. Velma WILKINSON, respectively. Mrs. Pearl LOWE, the chairman of the nominating committee presented the following officers for the coming year: Mrs. Edith BUTTS, president; Florence REESE, 1st Vice-President; Ferdy LEACH, 2nd Vice President; Treas., Gladys KLINE; Historian, Mary Esther JONES; Chaplain, Ethel HANNA; Sgt-at-Arms, Esther ANDERSON; and Assistant Sgt-at-Arms, Helen QUANDT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Guy L. BERRY observed their 40th wedding anniversary June 28th with a family dinner and open house. Over 50 persons attended of which were six of their seven children: Mrs. Raymond SIMPSON, Argenta; Mrs. Cecil CLIFTON, and Tom BEERY, Clinton; Mrs. Jack CLARK, Mt. Prospect; John BEERY, Glen Ellyn; and Carl at home. Mrs. Ray SMITH, Billings, Montana, was unable to attend. The couple has 18 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild which is Judy Ann DANISON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary DANISON of Clinton.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed CLARK of Decatur have a daughter, Cynthia Lou, who was born in Macon County Hospital on July 1st. Her mother is the former Dorothy SHAFFER.
- Saturday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BASSETT and children of Billings, Montana, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis O’DELL of Sparta, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- A bridal shower was held for Miss Brenda WILLIAMS, July 3, in the Christian Church basement by Miss Janice BARBEE, with Misses Amy Jo LEMAY and Patricia BARBEE, co-hostesses. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Billie OLDEN celebrated his 15th birthday with a party in the old school gym July 3. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN, were the hostesses assisted by Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG, and Merl JOHNSTON were in Centralia Tuesday attending the funeral service for Mr. GROTE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BASSETT and children, Mary Esther and Clyde of Billings, Montana left Tuesday after a week’s visit here with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BASSETT, and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and children of Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Jim REEVES and son of near Salem Monday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE attended the funeral service of Mr. THOMPSON’s brother-in-law, John JACOBS of Flora, Friday afternoon.
July 16, 1959:
- Another landmark gives way to progress in the Passing of the Old Passing Track: A large crew of workmen are laboring feverishly to do away with the northbound track on the Illinois Central Railroad in and north of Kinmundy. This is being done by converting the “passing track” into the main track. When the first rails of the Illinois Central Railroad were laid through Kinmundy, this sidetrack was placed there so trains could pass. With the laying of the second track, this track remained and was used by both north and southbound trains to let the faster trains pass. Thus it became known as a “passing track”. We have seen the time when this passing track was just about as busy as the main tracks. There was a freight train “in the hold” just about all the time. That was back in the days when the railroads were busy. With the coming of the new diesel engine, which are more powerful than the old steam locomotives, several changes were made. First of all, the old stand pipe was removed, and then later the water tank. The trains were made much longer and then the old passing track became a problem. A few years ago the railroad company increased the length of the passing track. This worked for awhile, but with the coming of the longer trains also came fewer trains, so the passing track has been used very little for the past few years.
- The local fire department was called to the Stella LEE home Friday to extinguish the flames leaping from an outbuilding used for storage. The building was ignited from a trash fire. It was a total loss.
- A bridal shower for Miss Joyce SMITH was held Thursday night. Those giving the shower were Dorothy SMITH, Mona TABOR and Janice BARBEE. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Word was received her last week by Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. of the death of Marshall E. CLOW, 71, of Prescott, Ariz., where he had lived the past 33 years. He was a former resident of Alma, and a member of the local masonic lodge. He leaves a son, Marshall J. of Tucson; and two grandchildren. His death occurred July 3. Funeral services were held July 7, and interment made in Prescott.
- Rev. C.C. LOWE was pleasantly surprised on his birthday Saturday when his brothers, W.C. LOWE of Arnold Chapel, Sam LOWE and family, his sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted LOWE, all of Kinmundy, enjoyed their noon meal and fellowship together, at the parsonage.
- A surprise birthday party was held for Herbert VANDEVEER, Thursday evening after the Little League ballgames when he, with his family, came home to find several neighbors already there from the game to sing Happy Birthday to him. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. David GODDARD, Rita and Steve; Terry and Dixie JINKS; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Larry, Dennis, Barbara and Jimmie; Micky SHREFFLER; Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON, Marolyn and Buddy.
- Bill SEE, a student at S.I.U. spent the weekend at home. Mrs. Laura ROSE was also a guest in the Virgil SEE home over the weekend.
- Sunday afternoon in the Christian Church, Miss Brenda Sue WILLIAMS, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Russell WILLIAMS became the bride of Robert Stacy WHITE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles RITCHIE of Claredon Hill, Ill. Mrs. O.I. LEACH played music, and Miss Barbara ALLEN sang. Gene MONTGOMERY played the wedding march. Bride’s attendants were Miss Rosealie GARDEN of Fairfield, and Miss Janice BARBEE of Alma. The groom’s attendants were Charles WILLIAMS and Kenneth BUNDY. The vows were read by Thomas WILSON, pastor at the church. The reception was held in the church basement. Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS, Miss Martha JACKSON, Miss Beverly WILLIAMS, Mrs. Dick DEADMOND and Miss Amy Jo LEMAY served cake and punch. Miss Patty BARBEE had charge of the guest book. Miss Patty WILLIAMS, Miss Rita GODDARD and Miss Clara WILLIAMS displayed the gifts. Richard WILLIAMS, Lewis MAXEY and Quentin ROBNETT served as ushers. The couple will reside at Oak Park, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE have a son born July 8 at Salem Hospital named Charles Ray.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jim HALL of Salem have a daughter, Deborah Lynn, born July 10. Mrs. HALL is the former Barbara LANE.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER and Mr. and Mrs. Bill SOLDNER attended the wedding of Bob WHITE and Brenda WILLIAMS at the Christian Church Sunday afternoon.
July 23, 1959:
- The third annual Homecoming of our city was a success. The festivities opened Thursday night with the crowning of the queen. The ages of the candidates were 11 - 13. They were judged on personality, poise, and beauty. Judges for this contest were James McMACKIN, Salem; Mrs. Vera COTTLE, Edgewood; and Mrs. Betty JOHNSON, Patoka. Those people chose Miss Faye ALLEN, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN. Her escort was Billy OLDEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN. As only one candidate was chosen, the others were Miss Kaye ALLEN, twin sister of the queen, and her escort was Mike SULLENS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Relzie SULLENS. Miss Loretta CRAIN, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN was presented by her escort, Donnie GORDON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON. Miss Ann HANNA, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob HANNA was escorted by Bob ELSTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON. Karen REESE, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE, was escorted by Bruce GRAY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles GRAY. Miss Joan MISELBROOK, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred MISELBROOK, was presented by Jerry BALLANCE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE. Miss Sue WAGONER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul WAGONER, the queen of 1958, with her escort, Danny GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT, placed the queen’s crown upon her head, by this ceremony, Miss Faye ALLEN became Home Coming Queen of 1959. Each candidate received a watch, and Miss Loretta CRAIN, having sold the most smorgasbord tickets for Sunday’s dinner, was presented with a large panda by her grandmother, Mrs. Rube CRAIN. Saturday featured a parade with 29 entries, and an evening program was a fine affair given by Professor WRIGHT and family of Casey. Their program was all in magic. Sunday at noon, over 300 dinners were served. At 2 p.m., the pavilion was packed for the Union religious services.
- An ice cream supper will be given in Omega Friday, July 31, by the young people of the Presbyterian Church for the benefit of Ronnie SEE.
- Neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Mary BOSTON last week and cleaned the surroundings of her home, cut weeds, and assisted in other ways. Those helping were Peyton McGIVNEY, Louisville, Albert LAMKIN, Xenia, and James BOSTON, Heyworth.
- Miss Joyce SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren SMITH of Alma, and Floyd CROW, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. CROY were married in the Alma Christian Church Tuesday with Rev. Robert KELLY, pastor of the church, officiating. They were attended by Miss Dorothy SMITH and Larry BRIAR. Only the immediate family witnessed the ceremony. The couple will reside in Salem.
- Ronnie SEE, has returned home from the Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, where he has been a patient for several weeks. Ronnie underwent an amputation of his right leg below his knee after an accident with his pony.
- The 3rd Meadow Branch School Reunion will be held Aug. 1 at the Kinmundy Lake with a basket dinner.
- Mr. and Mrs. Henry FOLLOWELL are parents of a son born July 30 at St. Mary’s Hospital named Michael Lee.
- Fred KLEISS has been busy the past few days seeking donations for an artificial leg for Ronnie SEE, who was the victim of an accident with a runaway pony a few weeks ago. Ronnie is the 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE, residing southeast of Kinmundy. He has collected $360 so far from the surrounding communities.
- MAHON and MOTCH, local grocers, this week have installed a new Thesco Meat Case. This firm of 37 years will now be able to serve their many customers better with this larger and more modern equipment.
- The Benson Rexall Drug Co. of Centralia, owned by Frank BENSON will open a prescription store here in the near future. The building formerly occupied by the CRAIN brothers as a barber shop is being made ready for this new store. Since Dr. Lelan STALLINGS has come to our community, he felt the need of having a registered pharmacist here. Since the death of Mr. E.C. BARGH, prescriptions had to be purchased out of town. Only prescriptions will be filled and sick room supplies sold.
July 30, 1959:
- Harry E. GRAY, Sr. has retired after 47 years with the Illinois Central Railroad. On several occasions, Mr. GRAY’s work has caused the couple to live elsewhere, but every time the opportunity presented itself, they returned to Kinmundy to make their home. On July 1st, Mr. GRAY retired. As for Mrs. GRAY, she says this is certainly not her retirement. She is going to be busier than ever thinking up things to keep Harry busy around the place. If he wasn’t doing something, he would be under her feet and she doesn’t want that. On the other hand, he says that sometimes he wishes he had never retired because he really hasn’t had a day he could call his own since his retirement. In fact, his retirement has been a lot harder on him than his work was before his retirement. As a little remembrance of the occasion, the children gave their parents a lawn settee. Mr. GRAY started his railroad career as a section hand in 1912 under the late William LYONS. At this time, he was paid $1 per day. A year later, he transferred to the Signal Dept. In 1916, he went to Odin as a helper. In 1924, he was transferred to Bellflower; in 1925, to the Signal Gang; in 1930, to Kankakee; back to the signal Gang in 1932; 1945 to Buckley; 1951 to Odin, where he rounded out 47 years of working for the Illinois Central Railroad. He never lost a days’ work on account of illness. He did have a few minor accidents, but lost no work from this cause either. Harry Earl GRAY is the son of Robert and Malissa HELM GRAY of this city. There is quite a significance here inasmuch as the senior Mr. GRAY is now, and has been for the past 22 years, receiving a pension from the Illinois Central, after working for 43 years. On Oct. 29, 1915 in Vandalia, Harry married Mary Ellen FRENCH of this city. They now have 5 children: Charles Robert, who has been with the Illinois Central for 23 years; Dorcas Eileen STEVENSON, Odin; Harry Earl, Jr., also with the Illinois Central for 18 years; Donna Jean COX, St. Louis; and Shirley Louise GREGORY, Odin. They also have 17 grandchildren. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Roy E. MILLER, 50, residing in the Zion community south of Alma, died Sunday in the Veteran’s Hospital in Hines, Ill., where he had been a patient for some time, being treated for cancer of the throat. Services were held from McMackin Funeral Chapel in Salem on Tuesday, Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Centralia and Rev. Mervin E. CHADBOURNE, of Alma, officiating. Interment was in Paradise Cemetery, south of Salem. He is survived by his wife, the former Harriet VANDEVEER; 4 daughters: Lois Jean EASLEY, Salem; Phyllis NICHOLAS, Chicago; Mary Jane LESTER, San Diego, Calif.; Barbara Ann ST. CLAIR, Flora. He also leaves so brothers and sisters in Indiana.
- On July 8, Brenda HANKS was honored at a baby shower given at the home of Alene LANE. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON and family will move July 31 to make their home in Roberts where Mr. GORDON has employment.
- Bill SEE reports killing a black snake 6 feet long last week in one of the trees in their yard. Although the snake was harmless, the folks didn’t care about having the viper around.
- Mrs. Virgil SEE received a letter last week from one of her pupils, Robert INGRAM, who is accompanying his mother and sister on a tour of Europe and Africa. The letter was mailed from Yugoslavia. Bob mentioned their next stop will be in Athens, Greece.
- Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE and children moved Saturday from their home on Grace St. to Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Dave BALLANCE and daughters moved the same day to the house vacated by the OUTHOUSE’s.
- Mrs. Belle LOWE observed her 86th birthday Sunday in the home of Mrs. Florence FRANKLIN where she is recuperating from a siege of shingles. Her daughter, Mrs. Mary HART, who had been taking care of her, was called to the home of a son in Maryland on account of the illness of the daughter-in-law.
- Jake McCARTY, residing east of Kinmundy, on the Kinmundy-Louisville road went blind rather suddenly Monday morning. He awoke soon after daybreak but thought he would lie for awhile. He says he did not go back to sleep but did close his eye. (For several years, he has had only one eye.) When he opened it, he could not see anything. At that, he arose, dressed, and felt his way from his house to the road. Upon reaching the road, he hailed a passing car, which happened to be Carroll CRAIN, who transported him to the home of his son, Glen, west of Kinmundy. He is now in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam FAHRENBACHER in Olney, where he is receiving medical treatment. At the present time, the doctors give very little hope of the eyesight returning.
- Henry O. “Dayton” ROGERS, 87, died Wednesday in Belvidere, Ill., where he has been making his home with his son. The remains were brought here to the Linton Funeral Home. Services were held from the Lovell’s Grove Christian Church south of Omega, Rev. Gerald DURRE officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. Mr. ROGERS has been a resident of the Omega community all of his life, until 3 years ago when he went to make his home with his son. Surviving are the son, Guy of Belvidere; a step-daughter, Mrs. F.O. WILLIAMS, Ventura, Calif.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Cornelia DAVIS, Xenia; and Mrs. Eva BEARD, Iuka; 1 granddaughter, and 2 great-grandchildren.
- Harry F. DENNIS died in his home Thursday, rather unexpectedly, although he had been in ill health for the past 11 years. He had spent several months in the Palmer Sanitorium in Springfield when he first became afflicted with tuberculosis. He had not been feeling so well the past few weeks, and decided to return to the Sanitorium for more treatments. He had planned on returning on the day of his death. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Saturday, Bro. Thomas WATSON, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Henry F., son of Dr. C.H. and Alzora PORTER DENNIS, was born in Kinmundy on July 20, 1889, and died in his home on July 23, 1959. On July 3, 1916 he married Miss Elizabeth SWIFT. He was a mortician for 45 years, working for 12 years in Paris, Ill. In 1941, he bought the Glardon Undertaking Establishment in Louisville. 11 years ago he was forced to retire on account of his health. At this time, he entered the Palmer Sanitorium after moving his wife to Kinmundy to make their home. He was a member of the Christian Church for 45 years and a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. for the past 48 years. Besides his wife, he leaves his aged mother, Allie D. NELMS, and 1 sister, Hallie ALEXANDER. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- SP6 and Mrs. Robert A. GRAY and sons arrived here July 22 after spending the past 3 years in Japan and Hawaii. They are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN have a daughter, Janet Elaine, born in the Salem Hospital on July 23. The mother is the former Wanda SHREFFLER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leon DISS are the parents of a daughter born in the Fayette County Hospital on July 26 named Cathy Lynn. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Louis BUCHKA of Farina are the parents of a daughter, Jill Ann, born July 22 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. The mother is the former Jean ALEXANDER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon spent Saturday night and Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- The American Legion and Auxiliary held a joint installation in the Legion Hall, July 27. Officers installed of the Auxiliary were: President - Edith BUTTS; 1st Vice President - Florence REESE; 2nd Vice President - Fernandine LEACH; Sec.- Bessie DISS; Treas. - Gladys KLINE; Historian - Mary JONES; Chaplain - Ethel HANNA; Sgt. at Arms - Esther ANDERSON; Asst. Sgt. at Arms - Helen QUANDT. A Past President pin was presented to Mrs. Pearl HANNA. Mrs. Sandra DeVORE, granddaughter of the newly installed president, presented a beautiful corsage. Officers installed for the American Legion were: Commander - Jim EAGAN; 1st Vice - Merle JACKSON; 2nd Vice - Fred BOYD; Adjutant - Oscar RUGER; Finance Officer - A.H. MILLER; Chaplain - Roy DOOLEN; Historian - Sam LOWE; Service Officer - Fred GAMMON; Sgt. at Arms - R.H. GREEN.
- The Nimble Thimble 4-H Club met at the home of Karen MILLICAN on June 20th with 6 members, 1 leader, and 4 guests present.
- The Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club met at Ruth PARRILL’s July 17.
- The Shriver Sewing Sircle 4-H Club met at the home of Joann and Mary Jane ANDERSON’s on July 20.
- 40 relatives and friends attended a basket dinner at Bryan Park in Salem Sunday to honor the birthdays of Orion BUTTS, Sandra LEE, Clarence Oren DeVORE, and Jerry LAMBIRD. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A basket supper was enjoyed July 21 in honor of the birthday of Chris JASPER. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER and children, Mrs. Shirley DREWES and Mr. and Mrs. Leon SIGRIST and family of Salem, and the honoree and his wife and their grandsons, Johnnie and Tommie JASPER of Braidwood.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS in honor of their son, Lowell, who’s birthday was July 24. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A wiener roast was held July 23 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY in honor of their son, Bobby’s 10th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
Aug. 6, 1959:
- Fred KLEISS was pictured in his tomato patch with vines 6 feet high. He says he has contracted his entire crop, except those kept for family use, to MAHAN & MOTCH.
- Miss Virginia Mae JAHRAUS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS, began her X-Ray training in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on Aug. 3. After her training, she will be a student in the St. Louis County Hospital.
- The Annual Homecoming of the Pleasant Grove Church will be held Sunday, Aug. 9. This will be the church’s 110th anniversary. Regular services will be held in the morning with Rev. Mervin CHADBOURNE delivering the sermon. A basket dinner will be enjoyed at the noon hour. Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER of Kinmundy will deliver the afternoon sermon. There will also be a special program in the afternoon.
- Baby Carolyn Sue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen HAMPSTEN was born in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia on July 30 and died July 31. Services were held with Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Phillips Cemetery. She is survived by her parents; 1 sister, Lois; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin HAMPSTEN of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. George KUDER of Salem, and several uncles and aunts.
- The tent revival held at the Mt. Moriah corner the past 2 weeks closed Sunday evening.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT in honor of their daughter, Teresa’s 4th birthday on July 29. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob BLACKBURN in honor of their son’s Mike’s, 9th birthday on July 29. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Paul SWIFT attended the funeral of Mrs. Claude MINOR in Windsor Tuesday of last week.
- The third annual picnic of the old Tickrow (Meadow Branch) school district No. 26 was held Saturday, Aug. 1st, at the Kinmundy Lake. A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon. Officers for the coming year are Walter SANDERS, Flora, President; Mrs. Grace BAILEY, Alma, Secretary. Next year we will meet the 1st Sunday in August. Those attending this year were Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS and grandchildren, Terri and Bobbi, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, Mrs. Lora BAYLIS, Miss Mae GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PYLE, Mr. and Mrs. Harry COMBS and Mr. Wm. GREEN (Teacher), all of Kinmundy. Those from Alma were: Mrs. Carl L. HINES and Louise Annette, Mrs. Marie KOLMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON, Mrs. Delsie FORD (teacher), Mrs. Elizabeth RAINEY (teacher),Miss Thelma WHITSON, Shirley WHITSON, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd HINES, Mr. and Mrs. Robert MARSHALL and Darlene, Mrs. Grace BAILEY, Mrs. Maggie EAGAN (teacher), and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY (teacher). Mr. and Mrs. Austin WOOD, Petersburg, Ind.; Dewey WHITSON, Jonesboro, Ind.; Mrs. Ruth ADAMS, Noblesville, Ind.; Mrs. Al De NAGEL, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Ruth PIERSTROFF (Marshall), Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Walter TAYLOR (Kathryn MARSHALL) and family, Summers, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER, Wilmington, Mrs. Ella GREGORY, Willisville; Mrs. Mildred WISEMAN, Champaign, Mrs. Violet BERRY, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Walter SANDERS, Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON and family, Salem; Mrs. Dorthy CANTRELL and son, Xenia.
- Word was received here that Mr. J.C. McCARTY, who was afflicted with blindness July 27, is not at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen MARQUART in Olney.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY of Tuscola have a daughter born in the Tuscola Hospital July 30 named Lauri Ellen. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale STALLONS of Mt. Vernon are the parents of a son, Dale Dwain. His mother is the former Deloris HECK. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wilson STALLONS.
- Michael Eugene was born July 28 at the Fayette County Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Louie WARNER, Vandalia. He is their first child. The mother is the former Jean SPURLIN. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN, Vandalia, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John WARNER, Bingham.
- Mrs. Mary WRIGHT, daughter of Mr. I.D. INGRAM of Kinmundy was graduated on July 31st from the Grandwohl School of Laboratory Technique, St. Louis, Mo. She will serve a 16 month internship in the lab of Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, and then be qualified as a medical lab. technician. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and a former school teacher.
- Mrs. Nancy Elmira ROBERTS of Urbana died July 22 at her home. She had been in ill health for some time. Services were held at the Renner Funeral Home with Rev. Edgar E. ATHERTON officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul. Mrs. ROBERTS was born in Kinmundy Jan. 15, 1879, daughter of Joseph and Mahala JONES. She married Joseph E. ROBERTS in Dec. 1896 in Clay county, moving to Urbana a few years later. She had been a resident of Urbana a few years later. She had been a resident of Urbana for about 40 years. Mr. ROBERTS preceded her in death in July 1958. Mr. and Mrs. ROBERTS for many years operated the Roberts Café in downtown Urbana. They retired from business in 1940. Surviving are a daughter, Beulah WHITE, Urbana; a brother, Frank JONES, Rantoul; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude MULVANEY of Gibson City.
- Rev. and Mrs. C.C. LOWE were given a reception in the basement of the Methodist Church Thursday. There were 75 present. This was Mrs. LOWE’S first appearance within the church since their appointment last May. She was brought in her wheelchair and carried down the stairs. On her return home, she insisted that she walk up the stairs rather than be carried. This she did with very little assistance. She is recovering from a major operation of about a year ago, which left her paralyzed on one side.
- Miletus (from last week): Word was received here Thursday of the death of Mrs. Nannie ROBERTS of Urbana.
- The winners from the Marion county 4-H Home Ec. Achievement Show were listed.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHOOLEY of Bellflower and Mr. and Mrs. Roy HORN of Champaign spent Saturday night and Sunday morning with the Charles BOYD, C.E. WILKINSON, and Mel BOYD homes. Then they attended the SCHOOLEY reunion at Boston Lake on Sunday.
Aug. 13, 1959:
- The winners of the 4-H Club Home Economics Winners at the Marion County Fair held last week were listed.
- Two Robberies: The BRASEL and O’DELL Standard Service Station was burglarized Thursday night or Friday morning. When Mr. BRASEL opened the station at 6 o’clock Friday morning, he found the door unlocked and a glass broken out of the door. A further examination revealed a glass broken from the back door but the locks would not be reached on this door. So it was evident that the burglars tried to gain entrance from the rear, and when they failed, they went to the front door. In looking over the situation, the firm found missing three silver dollars and three cartons of cigarettes. When Mrs. Mildred BARGH arrived at her store the same morning, she found her front doors open. Burglars had gained entrance by prying the bottom latch of the second door, thereby letting the other door spring open when pushed. They left the store by the back door. According to Mrs. BARGH, they took 2 wrist watches, 4 electric razors, 3 cigarette lighters, and $68 in silver.
- Otto MAULDING, 66, died in a hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Monday after being struck earlier in the evening by a car. Mr. MAULDING, in company with his son-in-law and daughter and their children, Mr. and Mrs. William MELSENHEIMER and family of Centralia, were vacationing. They stopped at a motel near Cedar Rapids Monday evening. Otto said he was going to a store across the road to get something. In crossing the road, he was struck by a car and died that night. The body was taken to Centralia for funeral services and burial. Mr. MAULDING retired from the C.B. & O Railroad last Feb., and with his wife, came to Kinmundy to live. Mrs. MAUDLING died March 23rd from a heart attack. Mr. MAULDING is survived by his daughter, Dorothy MEISENHEIMER; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ray of Kinmundy, and Morris, of Oklahoma City; and 4 sisters, Elsie MORRIS, Flora, Katie ARNOLD, West York, Mrs. Robert PHILLIPS, and Velma PUTNAM of Calif.
- Mrs. A.C. BLACK of Alexandria, Va., in company with her mother and sister of Decatur, visited her a short time Friday. Mrs. BLACK was formerly Miss Lora STREET, a teacher in our local high school 1924-26.
- Snake Wrecks Car: Miss Helen BROWN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick BROWN residing west of Kinmundy, was driving the family car to Patoka Saturday. While driving on the blacktop, she heard a noise and saw a snake drop from under the dash. The snake started up her leg causing her to lose control of the car. It went into the ditch and upset. Helen came out with a few minor cuts and bruises, the car was ruined, and we never learned what happened to the snake.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS have purchased the residence property on South Jefferson Street from Mr. and Mrs. Arlie SLANE. They will modernize it to some extent and move into it. Mrs. WEISS is one of the teachers in the local schools. Mr. WEISS will continue his farming operations by driving to and from the farm.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin JONES are the parents of a son born in Richland County Memorial Hospital, Olney, on Aug. 8. He was named Philip Gregory, and the mother is the former Donna SCHOOLEY.
- T. Sgt. and Mrs. Vernon JEZEK of Keesler AFB, Mississippi, announce the arrival of a son, Robert Wade, July 26. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK.
- Mrs. Grover FOGERSON received word Wednesday evening of the sudden death of her brother-in-law, Oll CARROLL of Flora. His widow, the former Emma WILKINSON, was born and reared in the Miletus community. Besides the widow, he leaves 2 sons, James of Flora, and William of Hammond, Ind., and 2 grandsons.
- Sunday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and children, Doug and Lana, of Alma were Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughters, Carla and Denise, of Odessa, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Al MALEKOVIC, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard JONES of Alma. It was the third birthday of Doug BEARD.
- Rusty BOUSEMAN of Centralia, Susan and Cathy ENOCHS, and Stanley RUGER enjoyed ice cream and cookies with Miss Diane RUGER at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER, Monday afternoon last week. It was Diane’s 2nd birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Russell BOUSEMAN and son of Centralia and Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. enjoyed birthday supper with Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER and children Saturday. Birthdays of Mrs. PHILLIPS and Mr. RUGER were being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER were among those from Kinmundy who attended the 37th BROWN Reunion at Lake Charleston near Charleston Sunday of last week.
- T. Sgt. Denton BRASEL and daughters, Rosemary and Millie, of Stead Air Base, Nev., arrived Monday for a short visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL and other relatives. Denton will leave soon for Camp Perry, Ohio, where he will still be shooting with the Air Force Training Command Rifle Team. His daughters will remain here until his return.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT and family accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Bill CALDWELL and children of South Roxana, enjoyed a basket dinner with other relatives in the park at Gibson City, Sunday. Mrs. SWIFT’s mother, Mrs. Bertha MULVANEY, who’s birthday was being celebrated, returned with them for a visit in the SWIFT home.
Aug. 20, 1959:
- A group of ladies were entertained in the home of Mrs. Paul MONICAL in Farina on Aug. 15, the occasion being in honor of Miss Pauline BAGOTT’s birthday. Guests enjoying the afternoon besides the honoree were Mrs. J.A. HOLT, Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Mrs. Len LEWIS, and Misses Hester HEATON and Alta BAGOTT. The honoree was a teacher for many years, and Mrs. MONICAL, Mrs. LEWIN and Miss HEATON were former pupils of Miss “Polly”.
- Don HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS, received his Master’s Degree at Southern Illinois University. He has accepted a position at the Centennial School in Decatur. Mr. HANKS is engaged to Miss Peggy BAHRO of Blue Island, and an October wedding is being planned.
- After a long illness, Evelyn Hope KILLIE, daughter of Thomas C. and Elizabeth OSBORN KILLIE died at her home Aug. 10, 1959. She was born near Hazel Dell, Cumberland Co., Ill. Dec. 16, 1874. The family moved to a farm north of Farina when she was 3 years old, later they moved to Terre Haute where they spent 10 years, moving to Kinmundy in 1892, where they added much to the community life. “Bird”, as she was affectionately called by her family and close friends, attended schools here and at Eastern Illinois College in Charleston where she qualified as a teacher. She taught in the Oklahoma, Salem, Odin, and in our local school, retiring after 30 years. The Methodist Church was her church home since 1893, she was a member of Kinmundy Chapter No. 606 Order of Eastern Star, and the Woman’s Club. She leaves a devoted sister-in-law, Mrs. F.W. KILLIE, two nieces, Miss Elizabeth KILLIE of Kinmundy, Mrs. Helen WHITLOCK, and 1 nephew, Richard KILLIE, both of Centralia.
- Celebrate Golden Wedding with auto trip: Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary which was Friday, Aug. 14, by taking a trip through the southern part of the state. They and Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN, of Mt. Vernon, spent Friday and Saturday visiting many places of interest in southern Illinois.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL recently purchased the property of Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON on the corner of Fifth and South Jefferson Streets, and have moved therein this past week, the GORDONs having moved to Roberts a few weeks ago.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT of Vandalia have purchased the property of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES on the Louisville Rd. Mr. and Mrs. JONES plan to remodel their country home in which they will soon be moving.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON have purchased the L.A. ALDERSON property on South Washington St. and have moved therein.
- Mr. W.L. GREEN and sister, Miss Mae GREEN, entertained to dinner Sunday, the following: Mr. and Mrs. Lyle GREEN and family, Seattle, Wash.; Dr. and Mrs. Carl GREEN and family, Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN and family, Tuscola; Mrs. Louise CHEATUM and son, Effingham; Mrs. Laura GARRETT and two daughters, Odessa, Texas; Miss Ann GREEN, Houston, Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. A.A. MALINSKY.
- Birthday Dinner: Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. WILLIAMS entertained relatives to a birthday dinner at their home east of Alma, Sunday, celebrating the birthday anniversaries of Clyde GARRETT, Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, and Mrs. Selby GARRETT. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale; Mr. and Mrs. Larry SHANAFELT of Streator; Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, of Kinmundy.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the Community Center Sunday. It was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gene KLINE of St. Joseph, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Harry CHEADLE of Kankakee. Those also present were Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, and Howie ROBB. Afternoon visitors were Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB and family, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SWIFT and Floyd GARRETT.
- Miss Carolyn ROSE, daughter of Mrs. Marie ROSE, of Belvidere, Ill., and Herbert CLARK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy CLARK of Swanwick, Ill., were married at the Free Methodist Church in Belvidere, Aug. 15. Bob WEEMS, uncle of the bride, gave her in marriage, and Vicki STAPLTON of Belvidere, carried the train of her gown. Miss Vervadene SLANE of Kinmundy was bridesmaid, and a cousin of the bride was best man. Miss Shirley ROSE, sister of the bride was maid of honor, and Bobby ROSE, brother of the bride, was groomsman. Larry ROSE, brother of the bride, was ring bearer, and Linda ROSE, sister of the bride, was flowergirl. Jerry ROSE, brother of the bride, was usher. A reception was held at Harmony, Ill. The couple will make their home in Omega. The groom is employed by his father and the bride plans to continue her last year of school in Kinmundy.
- The REESE Reunion was held at the Kinmundy Community Center on Aug. 16th. Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Beryl REESE of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth REESE, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Ben REESE, Jewell, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. August DRAKE, Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SCHREIER and Charles, Bunker Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Willard STRULLMEYER and Joe DEAN, Loogootee; Mrs. Mildred SUTTON, Winnotka; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE, Karen and Nelda; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and Eugene; Mrs. Florence REESE, and Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE and Dale, Kinmundy.
- Kinmundy-Alma Schools will begin Aug. 31. The faculty is complete and includes the following:
High School: Virgil McKITRICK, Supt.; Julian MORRISON, Math and Asst. Supt.; Richard ENOCHS, Science; Mrs. Betty BROOKS, Homemaking; Miss Louise HAUTH, Commercial; Mrs. Ruby O’DELL, English; Mrs. Maxine WILLIAMS, Library; Miss Crystal MADDEX, English & Library; Jim WASEM, Coach, P.E. & Social Science; Jerald BINKLEY, Yo-Ag; Jamie McGEE, Math & Social Science; Virgil McKITRICK, Supt. & Sociology; Norman RHOADES, Music; Harold KRUMMELL, Science
Junior High: Mrs. Bertha SEE, Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON, Mrs. Alice LEWIN, Mr. Harold JONES
Kinmundy Grade Center: Mrs. Alma ERNST, Principal; Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS; Mrs. Margaret SHUFELDT; Miss Alice READNOUR; Mrs. Florence WEISS; Mrs. Ruby SULLENS; Miss Hester HEATON; Mrs. Mary BRASEL; Mrs. Lura ROBNETT; Mr. Douglas WOOD
Alma Grade Center: Mrs. Grace JACKSON, Principal; Mrs. Lulu OWEN, Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS; Mr. Fred GAMMON.
New staff members include Douglas WOOD, Centralia, to teach 5th grade at Kinmundy; Mrs. Lura ROBNETT, Kinmundy, to teach 6th grade at Kinmundy; and Mr. Harold JONES, Kinmundy, to teach 8th grade at the Junior High School. Mr. Fred GAMMON has also transferred to Alma. Mr. Harold KRUMMEL, Donnelson, Ill., has been added to the high school staff to enlarge the science program. Lunches for grades 1-6 will be 25 cents, and high school lunches will be 30 cents this year.
- Mr. and Mrs. David LEE moved Tuesday to the Rodney SCHOOLEY property on the corner of 5th and S. Jefferson St.
- Mr. and Mrs. Douglas WOOD will move this week from Sandoval to the Clarence QUANDT property on North Jefferson St.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN moved Monday from their country home in Foster twp. to the Jeff BARBEE property on the corner of 2nd and Lincoln St.
- Several gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER Monday to honor Richard SPENCER’s 1st birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet of Alma, left Saturday for a vacation trip to Colorado.
- Debbie, Susan, Paula, and Howard GREEN of St. Peter spent Saturday night and Sunday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN. Other Sunday guests were the children’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN. It was Debbie’s 9th birthday.
- Misses Pauline and Alta BAGOTT, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Kaye. The birthdays of Miss Pauline and Francis were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER, Paulette, Ann and Sammie of Alma were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles MANGNER of Farina, celebrating Ann’s 11th birthday.
- Mrs. Helen CARRUTHERS and daughters of Murphysboro, and Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet of Alma, visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children Friday evening.
- The PARRILL Family Reunion held it’s 55th Reunion on Aug. 9th in the Legion Park in Farina with 63 relatives present. The high point of the afternoon was a report made by LaRue PARRILL of Prophetstown. He and his wife Jewel spent their vacation last fall doing research work on the PARRILL family. The searched courthouse records and talked to people in Ohio and the Virginias. They were able to trace the family back to Hugh PARRILL in 1744. They found Hugh’s will in Winchester, Va., and found 4 PARRILL men who had served in the Revolutionary War. (A list of those attending was included.)
Aug. 27, 1959:
- Army Pvt. Martin K. MERRITT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira G. MERRITT, Kinmundy, completed the engineer course Aug. 14 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. The 20 year old soldier entered the Army last Feb. and completed basic combat training. He attended Kinmundy-Alma H.S. and was employed by Bailey Drilling Co. before entering the Army.
- A basket dinner was held at the City Park dinner in honor of the 82nd birthday of Mrs. R.H. FEATHER. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond MARSHALL and granddaughter of Sims; Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter; Dr. and Mrs. Carl K. GREEN and family, Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle GREEN and family, Seattle, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Oran MILLER, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley GRIFFIN, Pekin; Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAWKEY and family, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN and daughters, Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard LEWIS and son, Farina; Mrs. Darrell FORD and daughters, St. Elmo; Mrs. Effie MELTON, Wayne City, Miss Ann GREEN, Houston, Texas; Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughters, Odessa, Texas; Burl BRUMFIELD, Vernon; Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM and son, Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and sons, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family; Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Miss Nina JONES; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and family, Mr. W.L. GREEN, Miss Mae GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and Kay, and the honoree.
- Mark Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry MORRIS, Centralia, was born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Saturday, Aug. 22, and died Monday morning. He weighed 4 lbs. and 5 oz. Services were held from the Galbreath Funeral Home in Centralia with interment in Baby Land in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Centralia. Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth PICKEL of Alma, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS of Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHAFFER are parents of a son, Richard Dale, born Aug. 16. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER on Aug. 21 in honor of the 10th birthday of their son, Frankie. Those surprising Frankie were Royce and Jerry McKITRICK, Charles GEORGE, and Timmie GAMMON.
- JOHNSON Sisters Wed HENDERSON Brothers: Miss Joyce JOHNSON was married to John HENDERSON and her sister, Miss Nancy Claire JOHNSON, became the bride of Dane Cole HENDERSON at the First Christian Church in Bethany. The brides are the daughters of Mrs. George JOHNSON of Windsor and the late Mr. JOHNSON. The grooms are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles HENDERSON of Sullivan. The brides are the granddaughters of Mr. I.D. INGRAM of Kinmundy.
- A birthday supper was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB in honor of their nephew, Dennis BASSETT’s 11th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Has 85th Birthday: Mrs. Neva JONES was the honoree at a dinner Sunday given at the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, with whom she is making her home. The occasion was her 85th birthday. Present for the day were her 4 sons: Sam of Bradenton, Fla.; Carl and his family of Chicago; Edgar and his family, and Lewis and his family of Kinmundy. The grandchildren with families present were: Mr. and Mrs. Sam JONES, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Leon JONES and family, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Jack COX and son; Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dean JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard JONES, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Don JONES and son, St. Elmo; and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight JONES, Wilmore, Ky. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Eberle NORRIS, Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES, Patoka; and Mr. H.H. JONES, Alma.
- The Senior Class of ‘60 of K.A.C.H.S. had a lawn party Aug. 19 at the home of Gene MONTGOMERY, in honor of Miss Beverly WILLIAMS, who is moving away soon. Those attending were Sue ERNST, Joann ANDERSON, Vervadene SLANE, Patsy BEARD, Viola O’DELL, Donna FORD, Phyllis YATES, Frances HIESTAND, Shirley SEE, Harrison COLCLASURE, Donnie KEEN, Richard WINKS, Jerry MULVANEY, Ronnie MULVANEY, Carrol MULVANEY, Ronald TATE, Charles SOLDNER, Wayne MULVANEY, the guest of honor, Miss Williams, the host, Mr. MONTGOMERY, and the class sponsor, Julian MORRISON.
- Mrs. Pearl KLINE, 65, died at the home of her son, Dwight, in Patoka, Aug. 25. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Robert HOLLIS, of Patoka, officiating. Interment will be in Summit Prairie Cemetery south of Kinmundy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren. She is survived by another son, Darrell of Salem; 3 grandsons, Keith of Salem, Randy and Stevie of Patoka; and 2 brothers, Carl and Irl BASOM of Salem.
- The annual L.W. TATE Reunion was held in Kitchell Park, Pana, Aug. 23rd, with 46 relatives and friends in attendance. Those attending were: Mrs. Charles HAYNES and daughters, Knob Noster, Mo.; Miss Sally TATE, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. Rose HILL, Pekin; Mr. and Mrs. H.O. DORRELL, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. John DORRELL and daughters, Bloomington; Mrs. Dorla McGUAGHEY and daughter, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. John TATE and daughter, Weldon; Mr. and Mrs. Sharon DONAN and son, and Mr. and Mrs. H.O. DORRELL, Jr., and daughters, Clinton, Mrs. Lora FOULK, Jim TATE and Jackie GARDENER, Normal; Mr. and Mrs. Fred McGUAGHEY, Waynesville; Mr. and Mrs. Ross SMITH, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee CANTRELL and daughter, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. James TATE, Misses Ina Mae TATE and Lottie Mae MULVANEY, Bobby PITTMAN, and Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and family, Kinmundy; and the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Walter HOEHN, Pana. The oldest member was Mrs. Rose HILL, 76, and the youngest, Chris DONAN, 8 months. The next reunion will be at Bryan Memorial Park, Salem on the 4th Sunday in August.
- Mrs. Roy DOOLEN was surprised at her home Aug. 21 when several came with well filled baskets to help her remember her birthday anniversary. Those surprising were Mr. and Mrs. Frank BALLANCE, Mrs. Betty JOHNSON and family, Mrs. Mark COX and family, Mrs. Grace CHANCE and Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS of Patoka.
- Meacham (from last week): Keith MERRITT came home Friday afternoon from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The MERRITT family had a family reunion Sunday for Keith. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAYS and family of Thomasboro, Mr. and Mrs. Dean FEAR and family of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Earl HASSEBROCK of Louisville, and Mr. and Mrs. Leon MERRITT of Farina.
- Carroll MULVANEY and Ronald TATE attended the farewell party for Miss Beverly WILLIAMS, who plans to move to Arizona, held at the home of a classmate, Gene MONTGOMERY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children of Alma visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD of Alma Sunday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER and children of Alma were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie MANGNER and daughter of Farina. Sammie MANGNER’s 9th birthday was being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY in Macon.
- Mrs. Jim BRIM received word Monday that her sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrtle LARKINS, of Peoria died that morning.
- Mrs. George SHREFFLER and daughters of Ft. Worth, Texas have been visiting a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER of Alma and other relatives. M. Sgt. George SHREFFLER came Tuesday night for a few days visiting here and his wife and daughters will return to Texas with him the last of the week.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Sunday afternoon.
Sept. 3, 1959:
- The 56th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN was celebrated at the Salem Park on Aug. 30, with a basket dinner at the noon hour. Those attending besides the honorees were: Mrs. Daisy BRIMBERRY, Mr. and Mrs. Joe BRIMBERRY, David and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HALL and family, of Alma; Miss Donna WILFONG, Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Everett NASH and family, Xenia; Mr. and Mrs. Gene COATNEY and family, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN and daughters, Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Charles COATNEY and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill HERRICK, Harvey; Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL and family, Mrs. Herbert HALL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL and Ronnie, Kay and Greg BELL and Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Bill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON have a daughter, Julie Kaye, born Aug. 27 in Salem Hospital. The mother is the former Linda JENKINS.
- Patoka is to have a new Postoffice built.
- The annual HOLT Reunion was held with a basket dinner in the City Park Sunday, August 30. Officers elected were: President - Bailey WILLIAMS, Vice President - George COLE, Sec.-Treas. - Irene GAMMON. The park committee appointed was: Raymond ATKINS, Jesse GEORGE, and Frank GARRETT, and the cemetery committee: John WILSON, George COLE, and Frank GARRETT. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDEL, Bill ZINDEL, Mr. and Mrs. Francis ZINDEL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack PERRYMAN of Moweaqua; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie ZINDEL, of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. Orville WINDERS and grandchildren, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Bailey WILLIAMS and family, Carterville; Mr. and Mrs. John BRANIK, Whiting, Ind.; Larry ROLLINSON, Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Earl MORRIS, Marshall; Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Mr. and Mrs. George EHRAT, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan LUSTER, Vandalia. Mrs. Richard MURFIN and son, Vernon; Mrs. James DePEW and daughters, Shobonier; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SPADE, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie BARRETT, Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, Mrs. Mag EAGAN, Mrs. Grace BAILEY, Lewis JONES, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and family, Mrs. Esther GEORGE, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Maude HOLT, Mrs. Laura GRESHAM, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. COLE, Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis BAKER, Mrs. Bertha ROBB, Miss Karen TAYLOR, Raymond ATKINS, W.R. DOOLEN, Relza WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, and Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY, of Kinmundy.
- Kinmundy-Alma Schools opened Monday morning with an enrollment of 594 students. The Alma attendance center enrolled 82, the Kinmundy Grade center 219, Junior High School 134, and High School 159. Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS, who has taught the combined grades of 1 and 2 at Kinmundy, resigned last week to teach in Mt. Carmel, Ky. Mrs. Mary SMITH, Xenia, has been employed to fill this vacancy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fenton NEAL, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence NEAL and children, Mrs. Hildred WILCOXEN and Mrs. Vera TATE were among those attending the funeral of I.N. WOOLEY in the Methodist church in Iuka Monday. He was the father of Mrs. Steward MONICAL of the Brown community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Wednesday.
- Cpl. and Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS left Aug. 19 for Wyandotte, Mich. to make their home. Cpl. WILLIAMS will be stationed in the Army there.
- Mrs. Joe ETHERTON and son, Dick, of Carbondale, and Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYD Sunday of last week. Mrs. BOYD’s birthday was being remembered. The BOYD’s grandson, Dick ETHERTON, had recently received his discharge from the Army.
- M. Sgt. and Mrs. George SHREFFLER and family returned to Ft. Worth, Texas Friday after spending his leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER and in Kinmundy with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN and family. In coming to Alma, they brought with them a sample of a Texas watermelon - one weighing 80 lbs.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith DISS and son of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Bill BONDAND and family of Wood River, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and children, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and son, and Mark SWIFT enjoyed homemade ice cream and cake at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James GREEN and family in Farina, Sunday. The birthday of Mr. GREEN and the 3rd birthday of Mike BRANDT were observed.
Sept. 10, 1959:
- The BUTTS Reunion was held at Bryan Park in Salem on Sept. 6 with 170 in attendance. At noon a picnic lunch was served. Prayer was led by Mrs. Myrtle GOEN. Prizes were given to the following: Oldest man and woman present - Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS; Couple married the most number of years - Mr. and Mrs. George BOSTON, Greenview; Newest newlyweds - Mr. and Mrs. Royce WHITE; youngest child in family - Philip YATES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew YATES of Alma; attending the farthest distance - Ralph and Nellie KESSLER, of Alta. Officers elected for next year were: President - Jack YATES; and Sec.-Treas. - Retha ALLEN. Those attending from Kinmundy were: Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES, Dicy YATES, Mr. and Mrs. James TATE, Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Elery BUTTS and Cindy, Mr. and Mrs. Larry WHITE and Mandy, Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES, Mrs. Rosetta HANKS, Marilyn and Marlin, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl WHITE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES, Danny and Denzil, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald BUTTS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS, Mrs. Eileen KRUTSINGER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Eura KRUTSINGER, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CRAIN and Julie, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow WILKINSON and family, Mrs. Lila STALLONS, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel KRUTSINGER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mr. and Mrs. Harry GEILER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jim LANE and family, Mrs. Retha ALLEN, Kaye, Faye and Lenora, Mr. and Mrs. Les WILKINSON, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil JAMISON and sons, Mrs. Charles LANE, Bobbie and Jimmie. Those attending from out-of-town were: Mrs. Delia SIMMONS and Mrs. Myrtle GOEN, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd ST. CLAIR and Janet, Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. Pete BUTTS and family, Altamont; Mr. and Mrs. George BOSTON, Greenview; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KESSLER and children, Alta; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BUTTS and children, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin VAUGHN and Rae Ann, Atwood; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew YATES and family, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Ray JAMISON, Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Jack TOWNSEND and daughters, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Bob BUTTS, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Paul SPEER and family, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Lenard GOODIN of Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Orval BOHNOLF, and Mr. and Mrs. Don WOHLTMAN, and Vicky, Dieterich, and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan SIMMONS and family, Peoria.
- Rev. Angus PHILLIPS: Angus Brady, son of James K. and Martha MAYS PHILLIPS, was born Feb. 24, 1880 in Shiloh twp., Jefferson Co., Ill., and died Sept. 2, 1959 in his home in Kinmundy. He was married May 13, 1903 to Miss Sena NULL of Mt. Vernon. They resided in Mt. Vernon for 3 years following their marriage, and then moved with Mrs. PHILLIPS’ parents to Arkansas where they lived for 2 years before returning to Mt. Vernon. In 1915, he felt the call to preach and entered the ministry of the M.E. Church South, exhorting under the late Rev. George CONANT. He has ministered in several communities since then (all of the appointments were listed), until he was appointed to Kinmundy in 1949, and retired in 1952. Since his retirement, they have made their home in Kinmundy. He is survived by his wife of 56 years; 2 daughters, Katie WHITESIDES, East Alton, and Myra ZYPH, Fairmont City; 5 sons: Marvin, Alexandria, Va.; Robert, Barstow, Calif.; Keith, Shawneetown; Allen, Edwardsville; and Theodore, Salem; 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters: Amy GREER and Lula PIERCY, Mt. Vernon; and Alma STONE, Herrin; and 1 brother, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, Flora. One son, Carl, died in Feb. 1926 at the age of 21. Services were held from the Methodist Church, Rev. A. Vance COMER of Louisville, officiating, and Rev. C.C. LOWE, assisting. Interment was made in Old Shiloh Cemetery near Mt. Vernon. All of the children except Robert were in attendance at the funeral.
- Charley ARNOLD Dies: Mr. Charley ARNOLD, 85, died at the home of his son, Charles, in Whitewall, Montana, Thursday, Aug. 27. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Patoka, Monday, August 31, with interment in the Patoka Cemetery. Besides Charles, he is survived by two other sons, Warren, of Spokane, Wash., and James of Bozeman, Montana. Mr. ARNOLD was a former resident of the Arnold Chapel vicinity but has made his home in the west for about 40 years.
- Pfc. Ronald CHEADLE, who is stationed with the U.S. Marines at Memphis, Tenn., spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE. Ronald was recently promoted to Pfc.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas BRUMETT, who coached the local high school some 9 or 10 years ago in which they said Tom, who had been superintendent of the school at Grass Creek, Ind. was promoted to Supt. of the Caston School District.
- Mrs. Elwin INGRAM and son, Robert, of this city, and daughter, Miss Elizabeth TONEY, of Christopher, returned home Aug. 28 after spending the summer in Europe, Asia and Africa.
- S. Sgt. and Mrs. W.M. SNOW and sons called on his mother, Mrs. Josephine SNOW and other relatives Monday. The SNOWs were enroute to Fort. Dix, N.J.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale spent Saturday night and Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn WHITE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and Sandra and Clarence DeVORE attended the MEYERS Reunion at the Farina Park Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pete BURKE of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT and daughter, Jane Ellen, of Sandoval, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE and Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters were Labor Day supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children in Salem. Bruce and Jane Ellen’s birthdays were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND and children enjoyed homemade ice cream and cake with Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and daughters Monday night. It was Miss Frances HIESTAND’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON, Freddie and Timmie, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON attended the GAMMON Reunion at the Salem Park on Sunday.
Sept. 17, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerald BINKLEY are parents of a son born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Sept. 9. He has been named Steven Kent. His daddy is the KACHS agriculture teacher.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard MUND of Champaign are parents of a son born in Burnham Hospital at Champaign on Sept. 3. He has been named Kenneth Dean, and his mother is the former Stella Mae NEAL.
- Steven A. PORTER, 77, died at the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on Sept. 13, after having been a patient there for 3 weeks. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Arlie MULVANEY, of Farina, officiating, with interment in Spring Hill Cemetery north of St. Elmo. He is survived by his wife, Mae, of this city, and one son, Leo, of Owaneco, Ill.
- Mrs. Ethel ALLMON, 69, died at her home in Alma on Sept. 4, after several weeks illness. Services were held from the Alma Christian Church, Bro. Robert KELLY, officiating, with Rev. Melvin CHADBOURNE, assisting. Interment was in Alma Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Earl; 1 son, Clifford of Alma; 1 daughter, Mrs. Clorine HARVEY of Alma; and 2 grandchildren.
- An appeal was made from the Medical Board in Kinmundy for additional loans. Now only $1300 remains to be paid on the total cost of the $23,000 medical center.
- Mrs. Louise (GRAY) RAMSEY, 74, died at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield on Sept. 8. Services were held at the Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Gaylord SHEETS, officiating. Interment was made in the Tuscola Cemetery. Surviving are: 1 daughter, Mrs. Larry SPRATT of Springfield; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jessie NEAVILL FEDLER of Whittier, Calif., and Mrs. Frankie COX of Kinmundy. Mrs. COX attended the funeral of her sister, returning to Kinmundy on Saturday. Mrs. RAMSEY visited quite often in Kinmundy with her sisters, Mrs. Bessie MUNDY and Mrs. Frankie COX. It will be remembered that Mrs. MUNDY died Sept. 8, 1957.
- Baby Karen Lea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garland BRIMBERRY of Tuscola, died Sept. 9 in Jarman Hospital in Tuscola. The body was brought to Kinmundy, where graveside services were held, Bro. Thomas WATSON, officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Besides her parents, she is survived by 1 brother, David; and 1 sister, Linda; grandparents, Mrs. Ruby WALL of Greenville; and Mr. and Mrs. Rollie BRIMBERRY of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank BLACK of Carbondale have a daughter, Rhonda Joy, born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Sept. 12. Her mother is the former Marilyn O’DELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES have a daughter, Cynthia Lee, born Sept. 12 at Salem Hospital. The mother is the former Mary FEATHER.
- James E. JENKINS of this city, who is employed by the O’Connor Construction Co., working on the new interstate highway near Effingham, was injured Saturday when the large wheels of an earth moving truck which he had been driving, ran over his right leg. In going up a grade, he tried to shift into a lower gear. The brakes did not work and the vehicle began to coast backwards. At this, he leaped from the truck, and one of the heavy wheels passed over his leg. He was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, where he has been a patient since, but hopes to return home this week. It was found there were no broken bones, but he has a badly bruised ankle and a wrenched back.
- The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON of Kinmundy, and the WILKINSON Reunion will be a combined celebration on Sept. 20th at the Bryan Park in Salem.
- On Sept. 8th, Miss Nettie Marie ARNOLD became the bride of Thomas Leon TOWLER at the Patoka Christian Church, Bro. C.W. GROVES performing the ceremony. Their attendants were Miss Evelyn Pauline TOWLER, sister of the groom, and William Kent CRAWFORD. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. ARNOLD, who live on a farm southeast of Kinmundy. The groom is the son of Mrs. Viden TOWLER of Patoka. The bride’s mother and sister, Miss Exie ARNOLD, also attended the wedding. The young couple will reside in Patoka.
- Mrs. Grace (SCHERMERHORN) BROOM, 71, a resident of Heartville, south of Effingham, died Sept. 11, after a 2 years illness. Services were held from the Christian Church in Edgewood, Rev. LEFFELMAN of Bloomington, officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. Her survivors are 4 sons: Herschel F. of Mason; Ralph of Greenville; Vail of Rantoul; Glen Warren of Kankakee; 4 daughters: Mrs. Lauretta FRALEY of Bonita Springs, Fla., Mrs. Betty GUNDLOCK of Champaign, Mrs. Sarah OWENS of Fullerton, Calif., Mrs. Ann ANGLE of Toronto, Canada; 1 sister, Mrs. Nellie BROOM of Alma; and 16 grandchildren. Her husband, Mr. Jesse C. BROOM and 2 infant sons preceded her in death.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES have purchased the property east of the Illinois Central depot. After some remodeling, they will move therein.
- Patricia JOHNSON of Alma is among 18 persons who will begin this fall 2 years of home mission service for the Methodist Church. She will go to Ft. Worth, Texas, as a social group worker. Born in Chicago, she spent her early life there and in Alma, and attended Kinmundy-Alma Community High School. She studied 4 years at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and graduated last June with a bachelor of science of education degree. She is a member of Alma Methodist Church.
- Miss Deanna BAYSINGER and Mark W. GARRETT were married Sept. 12 at the Kinmundy Christian Church by Rev. Thomas WATSON. Mr. and Mrs. William GRIFFIN of Alma, sister and brother-in-law of the bride, served as the attendants. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Charles BUNEY of Carbondale and Mr. G.J. BAYSINGER of Centralia. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll W. GARRETT of Centralia. A reception was held afterwards at the home of the groom’s parents. The bride is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School, and the groom is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma High School. They plan to make their home in Kinmundy, where the groom is engaged in farming. A charivari and shower will be held Sept. 19th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mac GARRETT.
- Richard William WAINSCOTT, 85, of Champaign, died Tuesday at his home. Services were held at Mittendorf Funeral Chapel, Dr. W.J. JARMAN officiating, with burial in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mr. WAINSCOTT was born in Kinmundy, Oct. 9, 1873, son of James Isaac and Mary Samantha HARRIS WAINSCOTT. He married the former Alta Carrie BOSTON, Jan. 22, 1895. She died Sept. 26, 1949. He had lived in Champaign 35 years ago and at the present address 5 years. He is survived by 4 sons: Austo B., Los Angeles, Calif.; Clyde A., Bellflower, Calif.; Ellis B., Dixon, Ill., and Earl E., Largo, Fla.; 2 daughters: Mrs. Estella Mae LANE, Urbana, and Mrs. Gladys Olive SEDELL, Cook, Minn.; 2 brothers, Lewis Wesley, Texas, and Jesse H., Champaign; 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. 1 son, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Mr. WAINSCOTT was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church, and Carpenters Local 44 in Champaign.
- Mrs. Rosemary (LOVELL) FORD, 43, died in a hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis., Sept. 9, after several months illness with cancer. Services were held from the Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc with interment in the cemetery there. Survivors are her husband, Kenneth; 1 daughter, Mrs. Marilyn SELLS, of Covington, Ind.; 2 granddaughters; K Ann and Stacy SELLS; her mother, Mrs. Ora LOVELL of Pasadena, Calif.; 3 brothers: Bill LOVELL, Sterling, Ill.; Russell LOVELL, Ventura, Calif.; and Lloyd LOVELL Jr., Van Nuys, Calif. The deceased was a resident of this community while her father, the late Lloyd LOVELL, was minister of the local Christian Church. Relatives from Kinmundy attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mrs. Emma RICHARD, and Thurman McCULLEY.
- A letter and newspapers that are 84 years old were found in the attic of the former John R. HENSLEY home. The letter was written by John R. HENSLEY to his wife when he was in Jacksonville, Fla. They were found by Ed GREENE, who found them in the attic of his home. The letter was given to Mrs. Bessie PARRILL, a granddaughter of the HENSLEYs. (The letter was printed in full in the newspaper article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER. In the afternoon, they all went to Charleston where Kaye remained to resume her studies at E.I.U. on Monday.
- Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, Harrison, and Mary Joh spent Sunday at the G.H. COLCLASURE home in Farina on Sunday. The Sept. birthdays were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB for the 45th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. ROBB. Supper guests Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce DONOHO and son.
- Bert ARNOLD of Clarinda, Iowa spent the weekend with his cousin, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BASSETT.
- Miss Rosemary ILG enrolled at Quincy College on Friday in Music Education. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John ILG spent Friday thru Sunday with her in Quincy.
- Mrs. Harry RAINEY and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD of Alma called on the Bob FORD home Thursday afternoon.
- Charles and Garry ERNST left Sunday for Charleston where they began their studies at E.I.U. Monday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE and David, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and children enjoyed a picnic dinner at the Carbondale Lake on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale were also present. It was Charles’ birthday.
- The 4th annual OWENS-CONANT Reunion was held Sept. 13 at Giant City Park. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Emmit CONANT and family, Brentwood, Mo; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy OWENS and family, St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Victor ELAM, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Abe OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Don OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Dan OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Ira OWENS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred OWENS and son, Mrs. Edith WAGNER and Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Nevels, of Dexter, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and family, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE, Mrs. Nola YUND, Mrs. Nora NEEPER and Mrs. Blanche SEE of Farina; Emmit and Fern GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT, and Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family of Kinmundy. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Phil FRAKES and family of Edwardsville.
- The MAXEY-HARVEY Reunion was held Sept. 13th at Miller Park in Bloomington, with 89 in attendance. They were from Lebanon, Ind., Salem, Alma, Kinmundy, Farina, Tuscola, Danville, Catland, Rutland, Rock Falls, Sterling, Polo, Rockford, Freeport, Bloomington, and Champaign. Mr. Bradford HARVEY of Danville was the oldest one present and Kelly Luann MAXEY of Tuscola was the youngest. Mrs. Helen SIPES of Lebanon, Ind. drove the farthest. Next year’s meeting will be at the same place and day, first Sunday after Labor Day. Officers for next year are J.B. MAXEY, Kinmundy, President; Mrs. Hazel CARR, Greenup, Vice President; Mrs. Olive SEALLOVER, Rock Falls, Sec.-Treas. Those attending from Kinmundy were Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, Louis MAXEY, Miss Barbara GENTRY, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER.
- The annual ROBB Reunion was held at the Kinmundy City Park on Sept. 13. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Robb GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bill DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES and Bill and John, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. Zella NEAVILL, Rev. Cecil LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, all of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD, West York; Mr. and Mrs. Henry RUSSELL, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Jim EAGAN.
- A wiener roast was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy ROCHAT and family Sunday in honor of their daughter, Miss Mary Ann’s 1st birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
Sept. 24, 1959:
- 203 Parents sign up for P.T.A. Monday evening, Annual flower and garden show held: A large crowd attended the P.T.A. and annual Flower and Garden Show at the Grade School gym Monday night. The president, J.B. MAXEY, called the meeting to order, followed by the P.T.A. prayer by Mrs. Mary BRASEL. After committee reports, the teachers of the grade school were introduced by Mrs. Alma ERNST. Mr. ENOCHS introduced the Junior High and Senior High teachers. Mrs. Louise ERNST, Chairman of the flower and garden show, reported that 206 students had exhibits in the show. (A list of all of the winners and categories was listed.)
- Stephen Arthur “Boa” PORTER was born Nov. 11, 1881 in Sephton twp., and died Sept. 13, 1959 in Vandalia Hospital, after several years of poor health. He was the son of Ellie and Delinda PORTER, and married Apr. 18, 1909 to Mary May BLURTON. To this union were added 2 sons, Jesse, who died 27 years ago, and Leo, of Owaneco, who is left to mourn his father’s death, also the wife and other relatives. Services were conducted from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Arlie MULVANEY officiating, and Amelda and Jessie VALLOW singing. Interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery north of St. Elmo in Fayette county. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- William Byron VALLOW, 62, died in Faith Hospital Monday after taking suddenly ill that same day. Services will be held Thursday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Louis. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in this city. He is survived by his wife, Helen; 3 sons, Robert, St. Louis; Charles, Homewood, Ill.; and William Byron, Jr., Salem; 1 daughter, Mrs. Jean KEEN, Tuscola; 4 grandchildren; 1 sister, Zelma VALLOW of St. Louis; and 2 brothers: A.L. VALLOW, East St. Louis; and J.N. VALLOW, Kinmundy.
- On Sept. 20th, 151 relatives and friends gathered in the V.F.W. Hall in Salem for the celebration of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON, R.1, Kinmundy, and the WILKINSON Reunion. All their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were present. They were 2 sons: Harold and Buran; 3 grandchildren, Shelby POLLARD, Larry and Deanie FOGERSON; and 3 great-grandchildren, Randy, Rickie, and Ronnie POLLARD. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Wyett COLCLASURE returned Monday after enjoying a week in Wyoming antelope and deer hunting. He reports the group he was with bagged six antelope and three deer. Mr. and Mrs. COLCLASURE and family will be enjoying antelope meat this winter as Wyett bagged one during his trip, and it is now being processed for the deep freeze.
- Surprise Dinner: A surprise basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Sunday in honor of Mr. FEATHER’s birthday anniversary. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. FORD, Sr., St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell FORD and daughters, St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and sons, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER, Alma; Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and family. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marlin MORRIS of Flora have a daughter Mary Christine, born in the Flora Hospital on Sept. 17. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY.
- Charles WILLIAMS has returned to his studies at the U. of I. At S.I.U. this year are: Jim JONES, John BALLANCE, Ivan WILKINS, Bud HELM, George EBLIN, Frank METCALF, Charles GRAY, Kathy O’DELL, Donna COPPLE, Larry LEACH, Charles SOLDNER, Charles BUNDY, Bill SEE and Nolan McKITRICK.
- The descendants of the late J.W. GARRETT met in the Kinmundy City Park Sunday for a family reunion and basket dinner. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family, of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Bob EAGAN and daughter, of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT and son, of Salem, Mrs. Lorene BENDER and daughter, and Danny and Johnny GARRETT, of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, of St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon, Mr. and Mrs. Larry SHANAFELT of Streator. Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, of Kinmundy. Afternoon callers were: Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE, of Carbondale, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and grandson, Mrs. Merle DUNCAN and son, Mrs. Ruth LANE and son, of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, of Vandalia, Mrs. Richard MURFIN, of Vernon.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle held it’s regular birthday party for Sept. in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER. It was Mr. SOLDNER’s birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Percy LACEY, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER and son and daughter, and Mrs. Grace DILLON.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters attended a birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph GILLIS and family of Salem, Sunday. The birthday of Garry Lyn GILLIS, and the 91st birthday of Mr. Alvin LUTTRELL, grandfather of Mrs. McCULLEY and Mrs. KLINE, were being celebrated.
Oct. 1, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON recently received a letter of congratulations to honor their 50th wedding anniversary from Gov. William G. STRATTON. The FOGERSON’s celebrated their anniversary on Sept. 26.
- The “Friendly Neighbors” enjoyed a family potluck supper on the lawn of the K.V. ALBERSON home, Monday evening. Mrs. ALBERSON’s birthday, Sept. 29, was being remembered as well as J.N. VALLOW’s birthday, Sept. 25, and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY’s wedding anniversary, Sept. 27. Those present were: Mrs. Lon NEATHERY, the Relza SULLENS, Wayne ROBB, Richard ENOCH, Oscar RUGER, John PHILLIPS, J.B. MAXEY, J.N. VALLOW, Charles BASSETT, O.I. LEACH, Richard GODDARD families; Mrs. Pola ROBB and family, and Miss Betty BOYD. Mrs. Keith DISS and son, guests in the ALBERSON home, also enjoyed the evening.
- George W. MILLER, son of Theodore and Sarah MILLER, was born in Kinmundy Apr. 18, 1896, and died Sept. 23, 1959 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Danville. He was a veteran of World War I, having served with the Engineers in France. Following the war, he and Charlene SEE were married and blessed with 7 children, 5 of whom survive. They are George, Donald, Harold, Phyllis, and Doris, and 11 grandchildren. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Walter A. LINCOLN, Nellie Mae WILSON, Decatur; Margaret REINHART, Los Angeles, Calif.; Theodore R. MILLER, Lansing, Mich.; William Henry MILLER, Tuscola; and Mrs. Clarence JOLLIFF, Centralia. Services were held at Linton Funeral Home with Rev. C.C. LOWE officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of Kinmundy Post No. 519, American Legion.
- On Sept. 16, Miss Brenda WEST became the bride of William WHITE at the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Marvin CHADBOURNE, performing the ceremony. Their attendants were Mrs. Bessie ARNOLD and Mrs. Marvin CHADBOURNE of Alma. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell WEST of Kinmundy, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Clarine WILCOX of Chicago. The bride’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ben BUTTS and Leonard WEST of Kinmundy. The groom is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK of Kinmundy. The couple is making their home west of Alma on his grandfather’s farm. A charivari and miscellaneous shower will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell WEST on Oct. 2.
- J.E. MORGAN Dies: Mrs. Iva MORGAN, widow of the late Gilbert MORGAN, of Chicago arrived here Saturday to spend a few days with Mrs. Pearl FISHER, Mrs. Laura GRESHAM, and other relatives. On Monday, she received a call from Chicago stating her son, John Eugene, had died in his sleep that morning. She left for home immediately to be with the family. Eugene, as he was called by his relatives, was 46 years of age, married, and has 4 sons. He died at his home in Palatine. He had been a victim of a heart ailment since birth. According to relatives, Eugene has not been feeling too well the past few months, but his death was considered rather sudden.
- Miss Mona TABOR, daughter of Mrs. Bessie TABOR, and Darrell YATES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES, were married Sept. 25th in the Christian Church in Kinmundy. Miss Helen BROWN and Larry SULLIVAN were their attendants. The couple will make their home at 305 S. Pearl St. in Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSS of Mattoon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sept. 27. Their dinner guests for this happy occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. Noah EAGAN and family of Mansfield; Mrs. Gladys EAGAN and Miss Debbie CROSS of Mattoon; and Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN and family.
- Miss Barbara GENTRY of Kinmundy became the bride of Louis MAXEY of Kinmundy in the Methodist Church Saturday evening. Rev. C.C. LOWE received the vows. The attendants were Miss Barbara ALLEN and James ALEXANDER, both of Kinmundy. The bride is the daughter of Thurman and Marjorie GENTRY. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY. The couple are both graduates of Kinmundy-Alma High School. A miscellaneous shower will be given in honor of the couple in the Methodist Church on Oct. 2.
- Lawrence Richard “Bud” DYER, 28, of Mason, an oilfield worker, died Saturday in St. Anthony’s Hospital, following an accident early that morning. DYER’s automobile ran into the rear of a semi-truck loaded with soybeans, south of Newton, at the junction of routes 130 and 130A. At an inquest held at the Garbel Funeral Home in Edgewood, his death was pronounced accidental. Services were held from the Gerbel Funeral Home, Rev. BYERS officiating. Interment was in the Edgewood Cemetery with full military honors. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (FOLTZ); 1 daughter, Dana Lynn who is 3 years old; his mother, Mrs. Lela DYER of Mason; 2 sisters, Mrs. Von WILSON of Mason and Mrs. Victor DORN of Newton. The deceased was preceded by his father, John, who drowned in a fishing accident in Wisconsin on Sept. 1. “Bud” as he was known to his friends, was a former resident of this city.
- The following was included in the “K.A.H.S. Chatter” column by Patsy BEARD: The second week of school, all 4 classes met to elect officers, and attend to other business. Officers elected were:
Senior Class: Pres. - Carroll MULVANEY; Vice Pres. - Gene MONTGOMERY; Sec.- Pat CORRIE; Treas. - Ted MOELLER; Student Council - Shirley SEE and Richard WINKS; and Sponsor - Mr. Harold KRUMMEL.
Junior Class: Pres. - Quentin ROBNETT; Vice Pres. - Mary Ann VANDEVEER; Sec.-Treas. - Joyce JOHNSON; Student Council: Bill BALLANCE and Charles LUX; and sponsors, Mr. WASEM and Mr. TAYLOR.
Sophomore Class: Pres. - Mary Lee HELM; Vice Pres.- David LINTON; Sec.-Treas.-Jan HANNA; Student Council: Karen MULVANEY; Sponsor - Mr. Norman RHOADES.
Freshman Class: Pres.- Mark SWIFT; Vice Pres.-Sharon EBLIN; Sec.-Treas.-Judy DONOHO; Student Council- June McQUILLIN; and sponsor-Mrs. Ruby O’DELL.
In the third week of school, the clubs began organizing and electing officers.
Library club: Pres.-Marva COBB; Vice Pres.-Donna FORD; Sec.-Treas.-Nora SHAFFER. Sponsors: Mrs. Maxine WILLIAMS and Miss Crystal MADDEX.
Future Nurses Club: Pres.-Mary Lee HELM; Vice Pres.-Sue ERNST; Sec.-Karen MULVANEY; Treas.-Margaret ROSE. Sponsors: Miss MADDEX and Mrs. WASEM.
Annual Staff: Editor-Sue ERNST; Copy Editor-Pat CORRIE; Photographer-Harrison COLCLASURE; Sports editor-Richard WINKS; Feature editor-Joann ANDERSON; Artist-Arline HARRELL; Advertising-Gene MONTGOMERY; Business Manager-Warren SHUFELDT; and sponsor, Mr. McGEE.
The Vespa Crabro, the school paper is expected this Friday for it’s first edition.
The Paper Staff includes: Co-Editor: Patsy BEARD; Business Manager-Ronnie MULVANEY; Feature Writer: Marva COBB; Reporters: Sharon GRADY, Quentin ROBNETT, Karen MULVANEY, Becky HESTER, and Frances HIESTAND; Typists: Sandra WHITE, Donna FORD, Vervadene SLANE.
Student Council: Pres.-Richard WINKS; Vice Pres.-Shirley SEE; and Sec-Treas.-Karen MULVANEY.
Cheerleaders: Joyce JOHNSON, Marolyn ALBERSON, Jan HANNA, Patsy DEADMOND, Judy DONOHO, and Ruth CURRIE.
- Raymond STORCK of Meacham twp., met with a painful accident Monday while chopping corn with his forage harvester. He was trying to unclog the machine and his right hand went in a little too far. He was taken to Vandalia Hospital where the hand was dressed. The nail was torn from one finger, and two other fingers lacerated very deep. He returned home from the hospital that afternoon, and considers himself very lucky.
- Mrs. Helen PHILLIPS, Kankakee, daughter of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT, Kinmundy, has enrolled as a Post Graduate at Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee.
- Locals from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND and children Sunday night.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY spent Saturday and Sunday nights with her grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY and daughters in Tuscola, returning home Monday. She attended the 50th anniversary of the 1910 class of Normal College in Danville, Ind. on Sunday. The late Mr. D.F. NEATHERY was a member of this class.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES of Patoka and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. O.M. CONANT Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Eddie FISHER of near St. Paul were evening callers.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kay. Mrs. L.J. HAMMER’s birthday was being remembered.
Oct. 8, 1959:
- Kinmundy has a nice little factory of which very few of our citizens know about. It is the McKITRICK Chemical Co., which specializes in the manufacturing of rat and mouse bait. Next spring, the company will also manufacture poison garden dust. The company is owned by Virgil McKITRICK, Supt. of the local high school. He is also a chemistry teacher. Being this is a branch of the teaching profession as well as an ag. teacher, he experimented with a formula recommended by Purdue University, which will kill rats and mice. After experimenting, he began to manufacture the bait. He found ready sale for it. Since then he has been adding to his equipment as business demanded. Now there are 9 employees in the establishment. However, his operation is seasonal, and only operates when orders come in. Here of late, they are working fairly steady. The Kinmundy Lions Club are interested in this establishment to the extent that they have mailed out 1000 letters to other Lions Clubs over the nation telling them of this wonderful rat bait. The McKitrick Chemical Co. is located on Madison St., in the John Harrell building, which was formerly known as the Charles West building.
- A 10-day revival service will begin this evening at the Methodist Church with Rev. C.C. LOWE, pastor of the church doing the preaching. Harold W. JONES of the Arnold Chapel Church, will lead the singing. (A photo of Rev. LOWE was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert GRAY quietly observed their 67th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3rd. They are at present making their home with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerald BINKLEY and children moved Saturday from the property of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT on S. Madison St. to the Mrs. Mabel FOX property on W. 4th St.
- Mrs. J.H. NELMS quietly observed her 96th birthday on Oct. 2. She was the recipient of several beautiful cards and flowers. Mrs. Elizabeth DENNIS, a daughter-in-law, was her dinner guest.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS of Centralia have a son born in St. Mary’s Hospital on Oct. 1 named Kevin Scott. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William SADLER of Chicago, former residents of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth BAKER of Mason have a son, Mark Wayne, born in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Oct. 4. His mother is the former Nancy BEARD.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HANKS have a daughter, Tammy Lynn, born in the Salem Hospital on Sept. 30. Her mother is the former Brenda GRAY.
- Richard WIMBERLY left Oct. 1 for St. Louis. He entered the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The First National Bank of Marshall, Illinois has been remodeled. Open House was held Oct. 1st. Mr. W.E. MORRIS, formerly of Kinmundy, is president of this bank.
- The annual McCARTY Reunion was held at Crystal Lake, Urbana, Ill. on Sept. 27. Those attending were J.C. McCARTY, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. K.E. McCARTY, Larry, Paul and Wayne, of Monee; Mr. and Mrs. K.L. McCARTY and Kendra of Orland Park; Mrs. Helen McCARTY, Harvey; Mr. and Mrs. Max McCARTY, Sue and Pattie, Markham; Mrs. Velva PETIT, Chicago Hts., Mr. and Mrs. Oran PLOWMAN, Tolono; Mr. and Mrs. B.E. McCARTY and Mr. and Mrs. Bill WAGONER and Stevie, Salem; Mrs. Helen HAMMOND, Pam and Pete, Belleville; Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and Tom, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie FEHRENBACHER and Brett, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART, Olney; and Mr. and Mrs. Neil McCARTY and Mary, Maywood.
- The family of the late Charles BELCHER held a reunion at the Patoka Park on Oct. 4. The reunion was in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BELCHER of Patoka, who will be leaving soon for Phoenix, Ariz., to make their home. Mr. BELCHER has recently retired from the Sonio Oil Co. Also present were: Mr. and Mrs. William COLTRIN and son, McLeansboro; Mr. and Mrs. E.B. TOWLER, Shobonier; Mr. and Mrs. Lester BELCHER, Wayne, Sue Ann, and Bill; Mr. Ronnie WILCOX and Dennis, Donna, Dolores, Donald and Johnny BLUNT, Tamalee; Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. JONES and Bill, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Morris BELCHER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd WEST and family, Keyesport; Mr. and Mrs. Fred TACKE, Central City; Mr. and Mrs. Cletus KIRK and Janice, and Mrs. Nellie BELCHER, Decatur.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON were pleasantly surprised when they received a letter of congratulations for their 50th anniversary from the Sec. of State and Mrs. Charles CARPENTIER recently.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children of Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Jim KENNEDY and daughter of Alma, Sunday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAWKEY and children of Peoria spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and Kay. Other Sunday dinner guests were Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family. It was Mrs. WHITE’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob BLACKBURN and children were at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete BLACKBURN of Centralia on Sunday, for Bob’s birthday.
- Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and Mrs. Robert FORD attended a shower at the Methodist Church in Alma Friday night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John W. FORD, who were married Sept. 18 in Mt. Vernon.
- Miss Joan HIESTAND spent Sunday with Miss Diane FORD.
- A shower was given at the Methodist Church basement on Oct. 2 for Mr. and Mrs. Louis MAXEY. Hostesses were Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Millie BASSETT, and Mrs. Kay LEE. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
- A charivari and misc. shower was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill WHTIE at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell WEST on Oct. 2, given by Mesdames Betty MULVANEY, Hazel McCARTY, Sadie McHATTON, and Effis BUTTS. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
Oct. 15, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM were in Miami, Florida Sept. 20 to 23 where Mr. INGRAM attended a Spanish War Veteran’s National Encampment. INGRAM was in attendance on the 21st when the Woman’s Auxiliary held a joint meeting with the veterans. While in Florida, the INGRAMS visited Mr. and Mrs. John HANAWALT in Ft. Lauderdale and Mrs. Josephine BUCK in Lake Worth.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ron SMITH of Atlanta have a son born in the Abraham Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln on Oct. 7 named Brian Robb. He has a brother, Greg, and a sister, Rhonda, and his maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER have a son born in Vandalia Hospital on Oct. 11 named James Scott. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER.
- Martha Ann PHILLIPS, daughter of Samwell and Mary COLMAN SHANAFELT was born in Fayette Co., IL on Apr. 14, 1882, and died Oct. 8, 1959. On Jan. 6, 1900, she was married to John PHILLIPS. She was a member of the Church of God. Preceding her in death were 4 infant sons: Seaburn, Archie, and twins, Olan and Nolan. She leaves as survivors: her husband; 3 daughters, Mildred WEST and Dorothy SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy, Avanell ALIS of Rockford; and a son, John Jr. of Kinmundy; two sisters, Lydia PHILLIPS of Kinmundy, and Ota WILLIAMS of Chatham; 3 brothers: Jake SHANAFELT, Kinmundy; Earl SHANAFELT, Odin, and Eura SHANAFELT, of Marion; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. C.C. LOWE officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those from out-of-town was included.)
- The annual BALLANCE Reunion was held at the home of Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE on Oct. 11. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank BOSLEY of Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON of Godfrey; Mr. and Mrs. Jim SPRINGGATE of Alton; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE and sons, Mr. and Mrs. David BALLANCE and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. John TUTT and daughter. Mrs. Laura GRISHAM was an afternoon caller.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and children moved Oct. 8 from their home on N. Church St. to Farmer City, where he has employment.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES moved Monday from the C.E. WILKINSON apt. on S. Washington to the Wayne BRANDT property on N. Church St.
- Keith SCHWABE has purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. P.W. PIPER, and will move therein soon. Mr. and Mrs. PIPER will soon move to Mt. Vernon. Mr. PIPER will be retired next year, and they plan to make Mt. Vernon their home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul WEST have a daughter, Debora Ann, born in Salem Hospital on Oct. 5. Her paternal grandmother is Mrs. Pauline WEST of Elgin.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE, Mrs. Orion BUTTS, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD attended the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald LAMBIRD, at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl LAMBIRD, in Collinsville, Oct. 10. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Bryas SHIKLES of St. Louis. Forty guests attended the reception at the groom’s parents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT and daughter at Sandoval. Mrs. Chester KLINE’s birthday was being celebrated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and family of Alma visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and children Sunday evening.
- Mrs. John W. FORD of Salem spent Friday with Mrs. Robert FORD and children, of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT returned Sunday after a 10 day visit with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughters in Odessa, Texas.
- Miss Mabel GARRETT left Thursday morning for her home in Corpus Christi, Texas after a 10 day visit with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT.
- The Young Married Folks class at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church will sponsor a pie and box social at the Brubaker townhouse Friday evening, Oct. 16, starting at 8 o’clock.
Oct. 22, 1959:
- Robert Lee GRAY was born to Nancy STEWART and James Harvey GRAY, Jr. on Dec. 6, 1872, and died in Kinmundy on Oct. 17, 1959. He married Mallisa BOUGHERS on Oct. 4, 1892. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters: Harry, Lelland, and Paul of Kinmundy, and Don, Bonnie Bell and Ruby Jane, who preceded him in death. He worked for the I.C.C. Railroad for 44 years, retiring Dec. 15, 1937. He was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, the 3 sons, 1 brother, Angus, of Salem; 15 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. Services will be held from Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Tom WATSON officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Fred Leon HEADLEY, youngest child of David and Hanna COLE HEADLEY, was born in Foster twp. on Feb. 5, 1885, and died in Salem Hospital on Oct. 17, 1959. He is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Mabel JONES, Kinmundy, and Mrs. Pearl DOOLEN, Vernon. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. C.C. LOWE officiating, with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Miss Shirley HILL of Effingham, daughter of Mrs. Rosena HILL, and the late Mr. HILL, and Mr. Mervin CHEADLE of Kinmundy, were married at St. John Lutheran Church in Effingham on Oct. 10. The attendants were Miss R. HILL and Mr. Lee HILL, sister and brother of the bride. The groom is employed as a machinist at the Effingham Re-Grinding Shop. The couple will make their home in Effingham.
- Mrs. Freda HEADLEY died at Overland, Mo. on Oct. 17, after several months illness. Services will be held from the Methodist Church at Vernon, Ill., on Oct. 20 with the Rev. Charles JOHNSON of the Kingsland Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, and Rev. Everett WEISS of Vernon, officiating. Interment will be in the Vernon Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, David. Three infant children preceded her in death.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE after school on Oct. 12 in honor of their daughter, Glenette’s 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Recognition of the 40th wedding anniversary of Rev. and Mrs. C.C. LOWE was made by the congregation of the Methodist Church, following Friday evening services. 90 persons gathered in the church basement for refreshments, followed with music by Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES, after which Rev. and Mrs. LOWE were presented with a lovely table lamp. Birthday recognition was rendered to Mr. Leland BRASEL and Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL, who’s birthdays were on Oct. 16 and 17 with all singing “Happy Birthday”. The children of Rev. and Mrs. LOWE, who were home for the happy occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Carrol LOWE and family, of Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. Richard LOWE and family of Mulberry Grove; Rev. and Mrs. Don LOWE and family, Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin ROGERS and family, of Jerseyville, and Mrs. K.W. YOUNG and children of Belleville. A gift of the children to their parents was a reclining-vibrator chair. They received from the church congregation and friends over 60 cards. (A list of others calling bringing flowers and cakes were included.)
- Pfc. Ronald CHEADLE of the Marine Corps, who was stationed at Memphis, Tenn., has arrived home for a 15 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE. When he reports back to duty it will be to Camp New River, North Carolina for helicopter schooling.
- October birthdays and weddings were celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN, Brenda and Denny, on Sunday. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Luther BARNES, Loren BARNES and Glen Dean, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd COOPER, Eddie BARNES and Carrie BELCHER of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BARNES, Terry and Donnie, of Greenup; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson LAUX and Scottie, of Carlyle; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BARNES, Jimmie and Ray of Granite City; Mr. and Mrs. John SHEPARD, Mr. and Mrs. LaRue BARTLETT, Nancy and Richard of Ramsey.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE have purchased the Edith WARREN HAMMER property on the corner of Second and South Jefferson Streets, and have sold their property on the Louisville Rd. to Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON.
- Miss Donna WILFON of Iuka, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Bill, Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN, Donnie, Beryl, and Dennis, and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER, Barbara, Judy and Denny were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN on Sunday. It was Eugene’s birthday.
- Miletus: Lindell WILCOXEN and a cousin, Forrest “Bud” MARTIN, who recently returned from army duties in Guam, were in Kinmundy Friday. Bud accompanied his sister, Mrs. Rusty MILLER and son, Marty, to Salem from their home in Iowa, arriving the latter part of the week. They and several others were dinner guests Sunday of their grandmother, Mrs. Maggie WILCOXEN.
- Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL of Sparta and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Robert FORD and children of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cohea B. DANIELS and sons, Baird and Robert, of Decatur, have purchased the 290 acre farm located east of Kinmundy about 7 miles, from Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS. The farm has been in the BUTTS family for over a half of century.
Oct. 29, 1959:
- For the past month or so, the local C. & E.I. Depot has been closed except from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The agent, Mr. E.E. KELL, at St. Peter, drives here to open the office. The St. Peter depot is open six hours per day. He is allowed one hour for his transportation, thus making him his eight hours per day. In trying to get the Kinmundy Depot open for 8 hours per day, as well as the St. Peter Depot, the General Chairman of the Order of Railroad Operators has written a letter of protest to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The Commission replied and said there had been no protests come in from Kinmundy or St. Peter. Now, if you are of the opinion that the C. & E.I. should keep the depot in Kinmundy open 8 hours per day, you write a letter of protest to Sherman Ganty, Sec. Illinois Commerce Commission, State Office Building, Springfield, Illinois.
- All A Company 326th Machine Gun Battalion of WWI men and their wives will hold their annual reunion meeting at the VFW Hall in Salem Nov. 1 with a potluck dinner. Come enjoy the day with your buddies.
- At a regular meeting, Oct. 19, the Boy Scouts and Explorers of Troop 276 held their regular election of officers for the coming year. Those elected were: Senior Patrol Leader - Freddie GAMMON; Scribe - Buddy ALBERSON; Quartermaster - Chuck ELSTON; Bugler - Larry BASSETT; Librarian - Bill BOYD; Crow Patrol Leader - Garrel EAGAN; Assistant patrol Leader - Jack LEE; Beaver Patrol Leader - Boyce McKITRICK; Assistant Patrol Leader - Mike OLDEN; Eagle Patrol Leader - John DAY; and Assistant Patrol Leader - Mike DARREL. Explorer Officers are: President - Bill CRUTCHFIELD; Vice. Pres.- Bob ELSTON; Treas. - Mike SULLENS; Quartermaster - Bill OLDEN; Sec.-Philip SCHOOLEY; Cabinet Reps. - Donald ANDERSON and Leroy ALLEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd NEBLETT of Midland Park, N.C., have a daughter, Deanna Sue, who was born Oct. 24. She has 1 brother, Mark. Her maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD of this city.
- Vandals visited the home of Mrs. Pola ROBB Friday while she and her children were attending the Junior Carnival at the school gym. They ripped out several window screens, breaking the frames beyond repair and cutting other screens with a knife. They also cut the electric cord leading to the porch light. It seems as though they tried to enter the house but failed to make it. The sheriff was called, and arrived on the scene the next morning. Clues were taken and we understand some parties under suspicion will be questioned.
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS Friday in honor of the birthday anniversary of her brother, Mr. Claude GARRETT. Those enjoying the dinner were the honoree and his wife and his five sisters: Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Orie ATKINS, Mrs. Tom BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS, and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Mrs. Bob GEILER and children.
- Miss Janice BARBEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard CRAIG of Salem, and Keith SCHWABE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER of Kinmundy, were married at the Methodist Church in Kinmundy on Oct. 24 by Rev. C.C. LOWE. The attendants were Miss Dorothy SMITH of Alma, and Donnie THOMPSON of Kinmundy. After a honeymoon in the southern states, the couple will make their home in the Paul PIPER property which the groom recently purchased.
- Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HANKS, Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and Gene attended the wedding of Don HANKS and Miss Peggy BEHRO at Tinley Park on Oct. 24. A charivari and shower the couple will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY on Nov. 7.
- The Junior class report a successful chili supper prior to the Junior Carnival and dance. Approximately 200 people were served chili, and they didn’t run out of the chili this year. Everyone enjoyed the carnival, especially the program, during which three of our teachers imitated chorus girls, and Mr. Richard ENOCHS was surprised on the Nora “Ralph Edwards” SHAFFER program, “This is Your Life”. The highlight of the carnival came at 10 p.m. when the Junior candidates, Terry HICKS and Leona HALL were crowned the 1960 Carnival King and Queen by the retiring King and Queen, Jerry MULVANEY and Patsy BEARD. Freshmen attendants were June McQUILLIAN and Jackie ALDRICH; Sophomore attendants were Jan HANNA and Denny GAMMON; Junior attendants were Sharon EAGAN and J.R. STEVENS; and Senior attendants were Arline HARRELL and Donnie KEEN. Other class Queens and Kings were: Seniors: Pat CORRIE and Richard WINKS; Sophomores: Susan KLINE and Bobby COBB; Freshmen: Judy DONOHO and Bob ELSTON.
- The K.A.H.S. Pep Club elected officers: President - Frances HIESTAND; Vice Pres. - Terry HICKS; Sec. - Rita LOGUE; Treas. - Darrell McCARTY. Dues of 10 cents were set for this year. - Mrs. Daisy SIMMONS of Kinmundy announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Patricia M. WILSON of Decatur to Paul R. ESPY, also of Decatur, son of Mr. J. Harrison ESPY of Lawrenceville. Miss WILSON is a graduate of Patoka H.S., and is employed at the Decatur Milling Co. Mr. EPSY is a graduate of Palestine H.S. and is employed at the Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Decatur.
- A farewell dinner was held at the Methodist Church Sunday noon for Mr. and Mrs. Paul PIPER, with more than 70 persons present. Gifts were presented the couple, and their favorite songs were sung by their son, John of Marion, and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD.
- Leroy DISS purchased the garage from Byron SILL Monday and now has complete charge of the same. He will welcome your car when it needs to be doctored. Mr. SILL will continue in the used car business.
Nov. 5, 1959:
- The chili supper and Halloween Parade held in the Kinmundy Community Center Saturday night were well attended. The judges were Alta BAGOTT, Alice HAMMER, and Norris VALLOW. Those receiving prizes were:
Gypsy: 1st - Kathy DOOLEN;
Hobo: 1st - Allen PHILLIPS; 2nd - David FORD; 3rd - Terra Jean HULSEY;
Clown: 1st - Jeanne AMBUEHL; 2nd - Bruce ROBB; 3rd - Donnie THOMPSON;
Twins: 1st - Stanley and Elizabeth HOLLEY
T.V. Characters: 1st - Stevie DOOLEN (Zorro); 2nd - Mike JOHNSON (Donald Duck);
3rd - Ricky STALLINGS (Bugs Bunny);
Animal Character: 1st - Dennis BINGHEIM; 2nd - Matthew HANNA; 3rd - Myron HANNA;
Story Book Character: 1st - Reed GARRETT (Robin Hood);
2nd - Dale FORD (Little Red Riding Hood);
Boy Dressed as Girl: 1st - Stanley ROBB; 2nd - Sterling ROBB
Miscellaneous: 1st - Johnny ROBB; 2nd - Linda BOYD
Witch: 1st - Becky MOORE; 2nd - Barbara BASSETT; 3rd - Margaret GREENWOOD;
Gypsy: 1st- Rita JOHNSON; 2nd - Kathy KLINE;
Hobo: 1st - Brenda MOORE; 2nd - Jerry McKITRICK; 3rd - Garry JENKINS;
Clown: 1st - Sammy MANGNER; 2nd - Tommy GREENWOOD;
Indian: 1st - Tommy BALLANCE;
Negro: 1st - Ray HANNA;
Twins: 1st - Kevin AMBUEHL and Debbie WILLIAMS;
T.V. Character: 1st - Rex GARRETT (Superman); 2nd - Jimmie BASSETT (Captain Kid);
3rd - Johnny HARVEY (Zorro);
Animal Character: 1st - Nancy SEE; 2nd - Larry MULVANEY; 3rd - Glenda GARRETT;
Story book Character: 1st - Mike GORDON; 2nd - Terry JOHNSON; 3rd - Diane FORD;
Boy dressed as Girl: 1st - Scott ROBB; 2nd - Marlin ROBB; 3rd - Steve HANNA;
Girl Dressed as Boy: 1st - Ella Fern MULVANEY;
Miscellaneous: 1st - Richard ROBB; 2nd - Louie GREENWOOD; 3rd - Butch KEEN;
Gypsy: 1st - Karen BANNING;
Hobo: 1st - Linda BRASEL; 2nd - Joyce McKITRICK; 3rd - Gayle G______;
Clown: 1st - Mike BLACKBURN; 2nd - Marlis INGRAM;
Indian: 1st - Karen KLINE;
Ghost: 1st - Connie JONES; 2nd - James RICHARDSON; 3rd - Karla WILLIAMS;
Negro: 1st - Roxey WEST;
T.V. Character: 1st - Becky GARRETT; 2nd - Lila JONES; 3rd - Sharon DOOLEN;
Story Book Character: 1st - Marla GARRETT;
Boy dressed as Girl: 1st - Cole WILLIAMS; 2nd - Floyd EAGAN;
Girl dressed as Boy: 1st - Cindy WILLIAMS;
Miscellaneous: 1st - Jim BOYD; 2nd - Charles GEORGE; 3rd - Royce McKITRICK.
Candy bars and toy airplanes were given to each child who took part in the parade.
- The Sectional Grain Show was held at Vandalia on Oct. 30 with several boys from Kinmundy showing. Those showing corn and receiving A’s were: Bobby COBB, Leslie JAMISON, Dale JAHRAUS, Carl JONES, Thomas PERKINS, and Larry WEST, and receiving a B was Walter WEST. Those receiving an A from their soybeans were: Donald HAMPSTEN, Larry RITTER, and receiving B’s were: Dale JAHRAUS, Carroll MULVANEY, Thomas PERKINS, Robert SHUFELDT, and Warren SHUFELDT. Those showing wheat and all receiving A’s were: Robert SHUFELDT, Warren SHUFELDT, and Jerry SHAFFER. Ronald TATE, Reporter.
- Mrs. Helen HANNA, K-A French teacher, has organized a French Club for her students. Officers elected were: Pres. - Janet FORD; Vice Pres.-David LINTON; Sec.-Rita LOGUE; Treas.-Earl WILLIAMS. They set their dues at 50 cents per semester.
- The Camera Club met and elected officers at the H.S. this week. Pres.-Wayne MULVANEY; Vice Pres.-Donna FORD; Sec.-Sharon EAGAN; Treas.-Leona HALL. The camera’s main project has been taking pictures with the new Polaroid Land Camera which they purchased. The club took pictures at the carnival.
-The new Driver’s Training Car arrived Friday. It’s a 1960 Chevrolet. The driver’s classes are glad to get out of the classroom and behind the wheel for a change.
- On Nov. 1, several friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY, Sr. in Kinmundy to help them celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary which was Oct. 29th. Mr. GRAY’s 65th birthday was also being celebrated which was Nov. 2. A potluck dinner was held. Those present were: Mrs. Bob GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY and sons, Dwane and Jerry, Mrs. Bonnie WIMBERLY and Charles GRAY of Kinmundy; Mrs. Dorcas STEVENSON and sons, Stanley, Dale, Danny and daughter, Connie Sue, and Mrs. Shirley GREGORY of Odin. Those calling in the afternoon were Mrs. Jean GRAY and daughter, Judy, Mrs. Alice LEWIN, Alonzo FRENCH, Mrs. Margaret ZIMMER and Harry GRAY, Jr., of Kinmundy; Mrs. Stanton ROBERTS of Farina, and Mrs. Alice SIGRIST and family of Salem.
- Darrell ANDERSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest ANDERSON enlisted in the Army and left Oct. 21 for Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., where he is stationed.
- A photo of the new building which houses the Marion County Farm Bureau was included. It is located on Rt. 37, north of Salem.
- Mrs. Margaret WANTLAND, 86, widow of the late Charles WANTLAND, life long residents of the Elder School neighborhood, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. See MILLICAN, in Omega, Sunday morning. Services were held from the Omega Presbyterian Church, Rev. HENNESSEY, and Rev. MILOY, in charge. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. She is survived by her daughter.
- Amelek BROOKS, 82, formerly of Alma, died Oct. 30 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Robert KELLY of Alma, officiating. Interment was made in Alma Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Florence of Wamejo, Kansas, and 1 son, John, of Salem.
- Ruben McCURDY, 44, residing in the Greenridge community, was killed Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision on Rt. 50 near Beckemeyer. His wife, Bessie, 39, is in the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, suffering from a broken wrist, cuts and bruises. They were alone in their car. The other car was occupied by Clarence W. TAYLOR, 58, and Gene CARPENTER, 33, both of Centralia, who had minor injuries. Mr. McCURDY’s body was brought to the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Robert KELLY, officiating. Interment was in Paradise Cemetery in Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul PIPER moved to their new home in Mt. Vernon Friday. We are sorry to see this couple leave our community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene HELM moved to the J.T. CHARLTON farm Friday.
- Burglars broken into the high school building Tuesday night by removing screen and breaking the window in the Commercial Room, which is located in the basement. They then broke the glass in the door to the principal’s office, thereby gaining admission. They did not get the safe open but broke the handle as well as the combination from the door. Evidently, they were after money because nothing else was missing. They had the opportunity of taking typewriters, adding machines, etc. The safe is covered by insurance. This seems to be a very common occurrence.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BASSETT spent the weekend in Sparta visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
- Photos of the local Agricultural 4-H Clubs were included.
From the Kinmundy Wide Awakes: Robert SHUFELDT, Garry ERNST, Mark SWIFT, Warren SHUFELDT, Walter PARRILL, Jimmy OLSON, Joyce OLSON, Darrell McCARTY, Sammy SHAFFER, Gale ERNST - Leader, Bobby McCARTY, and Ernest VANDEVEER.
From the Meacham GoGetters: Jean LACEY, Janice PARRILL, Pam YATES, Terry ENGEL, Fred JONES, Donnie ENGEL, Morris LACEY-Leader; Donald HAMPSTEN, Carl JONES, Gary SPORLEDER, Galon ENGEL, and Dwane ENGEL.
Nov. 12, 1959:
- Word was received here Thursday of the death of Mrs. Gertie McGRUE, 74, of South Bend, Ind. She was taken suddenly ill and taken to the hospital one day previous. However, she has not been in the best of health but her condition was not considered serious. Services will be held in South Bend, and interment made there. She leaves one half-brother Myron CRAIG of Alma, and one daughter-in-law, Martha HENSLEY MCGRUE of South Bend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hartzel POWELL of Clay City held a birthday dinner in their home Sunday, in honor of Cecil SHREFFLER’s birthday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. James EAGAN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Earl HOWELL of Vernon, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER of Alma.
- A wedding shower was given for Mary VAUPEL at the home of Mrs. Howard HAMMER Tuesday. A lovely gift was present to the honoree by the employees of the McKITRICK Chemical Co. Those attending were Mrs. Virgil McKITRICK, Mrs. Nora OLDEN, Mrs. Mabel OLDEN, Mrs. Grethel FORD, and Mrs. Helen VAUPEL.
- Mrs. Allie NELMS, 96, died at her home in Kinmundy on Nov. 11. Services will be held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. C.C. LOWE officiating, and Bro. Thomas WATSON, assisting. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. She leaves 1 daughter, Mrs. Hallie ALEXANDER, and 1 brother, Frank PORTER, both of Kinmundy. A few years ago she wrote the following sketch of herself: She was the oldest child of the late D.A. and S.A. PORTER, was born in Frazeysburg, Ohio on Oct 2, 1863. She came with her parents to Kinmundy when about 2 years old. She received her education in the public school and graduated from high school in the class of 1881. She married Dr. C.H. DENNIS on Nov. 8, 1885, and they had 3 children: Hazel (Oct. 1, 1886); Harry Fairall (July 20, 1889), and Hallie Mae (Dec. 8, 1891). Her husband died Apr. 6, 1906. She was married to John H. NELMS on July 17, 1911. He died Feb. 24, 1945. She has been a member of the Methodist Church since 1878. She was also a member of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service and the Sunrise Circle. She was a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
- Mrs. Eva HANKS, 72, of this city, is a patient in St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, where she is confined because of serious injuries received in a car accident which occurred Oct. 29th near Atwood, IL. Mrs. Effie LAMB, 79, of Bement, driver of the car, and a cousin to Mrs. HANKS, had visited Mrs. HANKS in Kinmundy that day, and was returning to her home in company with Mrs. HANKS who was going to visit. The car struck a bridge about a half a mile west of Atwood. As soon as she is able to be moved, she will be taken to the home a daughter in Lincoln.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior YATES have moved to the W.R. DOOLEN property.
- Wedding vows were exchanged here in the Methodist parsonage on Nov. 6th between Mrs. Allie MULVANEY of Salem, and Cecil POTTER of Mason. The couple will reside in Salem.
- Monday evening, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER entertained relatives at a dinner given for their daughter, Kay, on her 12th birthday. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and family, Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, and Gerald DOOLEN.
- Herschel WILKINSON, 64, died Nov. 11 in the hospital in Benton where he had gone a week previous for a checkup. He suffered a heart attack while in the hospital. His home was in Frankfort Heights a suburb of West Frankfort. Services will be held from the Baptist Church in Frankfort Heights. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary BUSWELL; 5 sons: Herschel Jr., West Frankfort; Bill and Joe, Rochelle; Charles, Louisville, Ky.; and Bobby, at home; 4 daughters: Katherine NIEMEYER of New Mexico; Virginia OTTERMAN, West Frankfort; Helen REDDIN, Wood River; and Mary DREW, West Frankfort; 1 sister, Pearl TELFORD, San Diego, Calif.; and 1 brother, Claude WILKINSON, Kinmundy.
- A banquet honoring the 37 Home Economics 4-H Leaders and the 21 Agricultural Leaders of 4-H Clubs was held Nov. 6 in the Farm Bureau Hall. Home Economics Leaders attending were: Mrs. Roy S. GARREN, Mrs. Grover MALAN, Mrs. Kenneth WAYMAN (1 year), Mr. and Mrs. Tracy SNYDER, Mr. and Mrs. Burl BOWEN, Mrs. Otto ROBINSON (1 year), Mr. and Mrs. Eldon BRANCH, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest MULVANEY, Mrs. Harold HENNE, Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD (1 year), Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth PARRILL (1 year), Mr. and Mrs. Luther LACEY (1 year), Mrs. Morris LACEY (1 year), Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Howard PHILLIPS, Mr. and Mrs. L.O. MEYER, Mrs. Raymond RICHARDSON and Debbie, Mr. and Mrs. Arlie MEADOR, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight CURRIE. Agricultural Leaders attending were: Morris LACEY, Mr. and Mrs. Richard HAYS, Mr. and Mrs. Frank DUNCAN, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie BRITT, Mr. and Mrs. Chris GERGENI (5 years), Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. ERNST (10 years), Mr. and Mrs. Omar M. KING, Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne ENGEL, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey MAY Jr., Mrs. Robert BRUCE (5 years), Mr. Robert BRUCE (1 year).
- United Farm Agency reps., Dick and Marge GODDARD, Kinmundy, announce the following real estate sales in the area: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS residing in Alma have sold their 20 acre improved farmette located on the Patoka blacktop to Mr. and Mrs. Roley BRIMBERRY, who have resided on the farm for some time. Baird E. DANIELS of Decatur, has purchased a 24 acre plot from Mrs. Dora HEICHER of Farina. This land is located about 7 miles east of Kinmundy, just off the Kinmundy-Louisville blacktop. The 115 acre farm of the Elmer WARNER estate, located near Iuka, has been purchased by R.F. GRAGG of Salem. He plans to clear some land for future development.
- Dr. and Lelan STALLINGS are caring for two foster children in their home. Darrell and Gary ARNOLD are 12 and 13 years old and are now students at Kinmundy Grade School.
- A family dinner was held at the home of Roscoe OLDEN and son, Alva, on Sunday. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON and sons of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children of Salem, Leland OLDEN of Arcola, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and son, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son, Mr. and Mrs. Gary OLDEN and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER and family, of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BASSETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and family spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD.
Nov. 19, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. GARRETT of East Peoria have a daughter, Dianne Ellen, born Nov. 12. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Manford ALLPHIN of Alma, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT.
- Warren SHUFELDT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT was honored Saturday by being presented the 4-H Key Club Award at the Achievement meeting. This is the highest honor to be bestowed within the county.
- A charivari and shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY on Nov. 14 for Mr. and Mrs. Pete BURKE of Lincoln. Mrs. BURKE is a sister of Mrs. McCARTY. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter BRIMBERRY and family have moved from the Jess REESE property in the west part of town to the Merle JOHNSTON property, formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON of Meacham twp. have purchased the house belonging to the late Mr. and Mrs. Otto MAULDING from Dorothy MELSENHEIMER of Centralia. The FOGERSONS plan on moving there in the near future.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and Fred KLEISS, Nell KLINE and Jessie VALLOW attended the funeral of Herschel WILKINSON in West Frankfort on Friday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT called on their son, Leo and family, to see the new baby in their home Thursday morning.
- Miletus: Mrs. Jessie WEHRICH, Arline HARRELL, and Launa TATE represented the Nimble Thimble 4-H Club at the Achievement meeting in Salem Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Otto TATE also attended.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT and family, and Mrs. Bertha MULVANEY spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER. It was Michael SWIFT’s first birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard ENOCHS and family visited over the weekend with her brother, Bill WILLIAMS, whom she hasn’t seen in 2 years, and he had just received his discharge from the Navy.
Nov. 26, 1959:
- Kinmundy Chapter No. 606, Order of the Eastern Star held public officers on Nov. 21 in the Masonic Hall. The following were installing officers of Farina Chapter: Kathleen CRANDALL-Grand Lecturer Installing Officer; Fred GAMMON, escort. Cleo WESTPHAL-Installing Marshall; Carl DUNLAP, escort. Dorothy BOUSMAN-Installing chaplain, Chas. GAMMON, escort. Jessie VALLOW-Installing Organist; Joe MALONE-Color bearer. Officers elected were: Nora OLDEN-Worthy Matron; Albert MALINSKY-Worthy Patron; Caroline YEAGER-Asso. Matron; Clifton LEMAY-Asso. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON-Sec.; Erma INGRAM-Conductress; Martha COLLIER-Asso. Conductress; Bertha MALINSKY-Chaplain; Nellie WILLIAMS-Organist; Irene GAMMON-Adah; Effie CRAIN-Ruth; Erma MALONE-Esther; Dorothy McCULLEY-Martha; Marjorie BOYD-Electa; Stella WILKINSON-Warder; Effie ROBB- Sentinel. Bertha CURRY-Treas. and Adina LEMAY-Marshal, were not installed due to illness. At the close of Installation, Mrs. Stella PRUETT was presented a 50-year membership pin. The retiring Worthy Matron, Adina LEMAY, will be presented her Past Matron’s pin at a later date. The Past Patron’s Pin was given to Clifton LEMAY. “The Touch of Your Hand” was sung by Mrs. Jessie VALLOW to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford OLDEN as this was their 22nd wedding anniversary.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earnest COHERNOUR of Pontiac, have a son, Kevin Earnest, born in the hospital there. The great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roland POLANKA of Pekin have a son, Joseph Ronald, born Nov. 19. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph POLANKA of Alma and Mr. and Mrs. E.A. ERNST.
- The Quadrilites held their regular meeting Saturday with all members and a large group of parents present. A special feature was that Karen REESE was also celebrating her 13th birthday. A decorated birthday cake was served by Mrs. Paul WAGONER and Mrs. Velma WILKINSON, and Pepsi-Cola was furnished by Raymond ATKINS. Next meeting will be Nov. 28.
- Mrs. Robert FORD entertained with a birthday party November 15 for her son, David, on his fifth birthday. Those attending were Jimmy SHAFFER, Roma and Allen BARKSDALE, Joan, Jean and June HIESTAND, Diane and Dale FORD, Mrs. John SHAFFER and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND. Refreshments of ice cream cones and cup cakes were served by the hostess. Favors of balloons, paper hats, and bubble gum were given to each child. David received several nice gifts.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP celebrated their grandson, Mark’s, first birthday in their home Nov. 23. Those attending were Mr. A.C. DUNLAP, Bro. and Mrs. Tom WATSON, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert GEILER, Carla, Sheila, and Mark.
- The Kinmundy Methodist Men entertained their wives to the annual Appreciation Dinner Tuesday evening. Bill BALLANCE sang two solos, accompanied by Mrs. LEACH. A report of work done at God’s Acres was given by Sam LOWE, treasurer of the project. It was a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, cooked by the wives of the Methodist Men, and served by the men. 55 were present for the occasion.
- Mrs. Roy ROBB of Lansing, Mich. died Nov. 23 after a lingering illness. Services will be held Wednesday in Lansing. She is survived by her husband.
- Thomas Allen NEAL, 89, a resident of Meacham twp., died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul BRASEL, in Alma. Services were held Tuesday from the Kinmundy Christian Church, Bro. Robert KELLY, of Alma, officiating and interment in Phillips Cemetery. He is survived by 4 daughters: Sylvia BRASEL, Alma; Lillie HAMPSTEN, Meacham twp.; Iva BEARD, Xenia; and Dollie WILLIAMS, Brownstown; 3 sons, Roy and Fenton, Meacham twp., and Ivory, Watson; 1 half-brother, Ira NEAL, Sullivan, Ind.; 1 half-sister, Daisy IMOBELL, Calif.; 25 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died Jan. 5, 1953, and by 3 daughters, Pansy, Goldie, and Daisy. (A list of out-of-town relatives attending the funeral was included.)
- Miss Sharon GRADY, daughter of Mrs. Billie GRADY, and Ray ALBERT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren ALBERT of Alma, were married Nov. 20 at St. Charles, Mo. They were accompanied by their parents and Sharon’s sister, Diane. The couple is living in the WILKINSON’s Apt. He is employed by the Alma Lumber Co.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.E. GREGORY formerly of Alma will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 1st. They are now living in Willisville, Ill.
- Five students from Alma, and 17 from Kinmundy are enrolled at Southern Illinois University this fall. Those from Alma are: Charles M. BEE, Donna Ruth CALDWELL, Marilyn Sue HEADLEY, James D. HESTER, and Frank S. METCALF. Those from Kinmundy are: John Arnold BALLANCE, Charles Lee BUNDY, Donna Marie COPPLE, George Leon EBLIN, Jean Alene ENGEL, Larry Lee ENGEL, Charles R. GRAY, Franklin Eugene HELM, James Robb JONES, Jr., Larry Franklin LEACH, Nolan E. McKITRICK, Kathleen M. O’DELL, Billy Dean SEE, Charles E. SOLDNER, James E. WHITE, Lowell Edmund WHITE, and Virginia L. WILSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY were host to the Jr. Club Woman and their husbands at a Thanksgiving dinner Sunday at their home. Turkey and dressing with all the trimmings were enjoyed by: Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Richard ENOCHS, Mr. and Mrs. Glen DOOLEN, Mrs. Pola ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER, Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE, Mr. Wayne ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Jerald BINKLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Louie BUCKHA, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. ROBNETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT.
- Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mrs. Maxine ROBB, Mrs. Millie BASSETT, Mrs. Marie JOHNSON, Mrs. Frances GRAY, and Mrs. Pola ROBB enjoyed a trip to St. Louis Thursday to honor Mrs. Pola ROBB’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD spent Saturday evening in Salem with Mr. and Mrs. John FORD.
- Meacham: Tom NEAL died Sunday at the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Paul BRASEL in Alma.
- Sunday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and boys, and Mr. and Mrs. Neil BRASEL of Effingham.
Dec. 3, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON have purchased the Virgil SEE farm and plan to move into their new home Friday.
- Mr. Noble WESTFALL reports killing a blue racer snake Tuesday morning with his car. The snake started across the road and Mr. WESTFALL ran over it. This happened on the east-west road past the Merle KLINE farm southeast of Kinmundy. There was snow on the north side of the road and the snake crawled from the snow.
- A bridal shower was held in honor of Miss Rosalie ALDERSON, Nov. 19, in the home of Mrs. Harold B. JONES of Kinmundy. The co-hostesses along with Mrs. JONES were Mrs. Eugene HELM and Mrs. Dwight KLINE. Miss ALDERSON will become the bride of Loyd MAXEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin MAXEY of Salem, Dec. 12. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND have a daughter born Nov. 29 at the Centralia Hospital named Cindy Jo.
- A family dinner was held Thanksgiving day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JONES and family of Oak Park; Miss Dortha JONES of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES, and Mrs. Harold B. JONES and sons. Mr. and Mrs. J.G. VALLOW and family of Mononk were afternoon and night guests also.
- A birthday dinner was held Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE, in honor of Mrs. DeVORE’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT and Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT entertained a group of friends at their home Nov. 28, in honor of their son, Darrell’s, birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday party was given for Buddy ALBERSON on his 13th birthday Nov. 25 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. Those helping Buddy to celebrate his birthday were Kaye and Faye ALLEN, Linda ROBB, Betty BOYD, Rita SULLENS, Connie LEACH, Gloria GRAY of Clay City, Keith WHITNEY, Freddy GAMMON, Jerry BALLANCE, Larry and Dennis BASSETT, and David WHITE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family Saturday night.
- Brown: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower at Roy WHITNEY’s home for Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITNEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and Joyce Sunday night.
Dec. 10, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Xon HANNA of Vandalia have a son born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Dec. 6 named Bradley Xon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS have a son, Russell Estel, born in Vandalia hospital on Dec. 2.
- Mrs. Bertha ROBB visited Mrs. Eunice SHRIVER in Decatur on Saturday. Mrs. SHRIVER returned with Mrs. ROBB for a few days visit. Other weekend visitors in the ROBB home were Mr. and Mrs. Ray BRATCHER and daughter, Karen, of St. Louis.
- The Women’s Council of the Christian Church met Dec. 3 in the home of Mrs. John W. McCULLEY. The meeting was opened with prayer by Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY. The business meeting was conducted by the president, Mrs. John W. McCULLEY. The nominating committee presented the following candidates: Mrs. Fred GAMMON-Pres.; Mrs. Paul WAGONER-Vice Pres.; Mrs. Ray INGRAM-Sec./Treas.; Mrs. Thomas WATSON-Missionary Chairman; Mrs. Lora BAYLIS-Reporter. Refreshments were served by Mrs. John W. McCULLEY and Mrs. Wyett H. COLCLASURE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles MANGNER of Farina moved to the Mrs. Lora BAYLIS farm Saturday.
- A stork shower was held in honor of Mrs. Lillie MANGNER at the American Legion Hall on Dec. 4. The co-hostesses were Mrs. Helen QUANDT, Kate KEEN, Mable OLDEN, Peggy JENKINS, and Velma WILKINSON. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Sp. 5 Gerold L. CHEADLE of the U.S. Army arrived home last Friday after completing 3 years of service. For the past 2 years he was stationed at Mannheim, Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE.
- Matthew and Myron HANNA, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, entertained their little Sunday School classmates at a supper party in their home Sunday evening. The occasion was Myron’s 2nd birthday. Their teachers, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL, led the group in games and singing Christmas songs. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Theodore WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Joe MAZANEK, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE of Alma enjoyed an oyster supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT and daughter of Sandoval Saturday night for Theodore and Dale’s birthdays.
- Mrs. Florence REESE was a dinner guest of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and family of Farina Sunday. It was Michael WILLIAMS’ 10th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER attended a birthday dinner at the home of Mrs. F.W. REINHARDT in Sandoval on Sunday, all having birthdays this week. Other guests from Centralia were also present.
- Mrs. Burdette McCARTY and Mrs. Xon NICHOLS of Salem and Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON were dinner guests of Mrs. Jennie JOHNSON of Alma on Monday. The latter Mrs. JOHNSON’s birthday was being celebrated.
- Mrs. E.A. ERNST returned Friday from Pekin where she had spent the past several days at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald POLANKA assisting in the care of her new grandson, Joseph Ronald Jr.
Dec. 17, 1959:
- Miss Rosalie ALDERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON, residing north of Omega, became the bride of Loyd MAXEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin MAXEY, residing in the Cubbage Chapel neighborhood west of Alma on Saturday at the Alma Methodist Church. Rev. Mervin CHADBOURNE officiated. Mrs. Dwight KLINE, sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Mrs. Wanda KEEL, sister of the groom, was bridesmaid. Jim ROMAC, a friend, was best man, and Fred COOK, brother-in-law of the groom, was the groomsman. Bud HELM, a cousin of the bride, and Dwight KLINE, a brother-in-law of the bride, served as ushers. Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE played the wedding music, and Bill BALLANCE sang. A reception was held in the church basement, with Miss Frances HIESTAND, Mrs. Doris FETGATTER, Mrs. Mary RIPPY, and Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER serving, and Mary Lee HELM in charge of the guest book. The bride is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. with the class of ‘50. She is also a graduate of the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in St. Louis with the class of ‘56. She is now employed in the office of Dr. Maurice T. HORSMAN in Salem. The groom is a graduate of the Salem H.S. and is now an instructor at the Salem airport. The couple will make their home in Salem.
- Gary A. KLINE, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary KLINE of Chicago was born Dec. 10 in St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital and died on Dec. 11. Linton Funeral Home was in charge of services, and interment was in Evergreen Cemetery with Bro. Charley PUGH of Vernon, officiating. Besides his parents, he is survived by 1 brother, Scotty, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon BURKETT of Saybrook, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE.
- Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of Sullivan spent Wednesday night and Thursday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES. Other Thursday afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN. The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. JONES, and also the birthday of Mrs. JONES was being remembered.
- The Kinmundy Boosters have erected a nativity scene in the City Park along State Route 37. We understand most of the art work was done by Dr. Dwight HANNA, and nephew, James DAVIS, of Chicago, and Miss Elizabeth KILLIE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and family visited Mr. and Mrs. G.H. COLCLASURE of Farina, Sunday. The latter Mrs. COLCLASURE’s birthday, was being remembered.
- Word was received here Dec. 11 of the death of Mrs. Mary BAYLIS that morning in her home at Rock Falls, Ill. Services were held in that city with interment in Rock Falls cemetery. She is survived by 2 sons, Lawrence, of Rock Falls, and Carl, of Sterling, and 2 grandchildren. The deceased is a sister-in-law of Mrs. Lora BAYLIS, of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT and children, and Miss Sherry DOOLEN were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT and family. Afternoon visitors were Mrs. Sammy LOWE and Joyce. It was Nancy SWIFT’s 13th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE and children were Sunday dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey COBB of Dix. It was Mrs. COBB’S birthday.
- Miss Linda HARVEY of Chrisman, and Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HARVEY of Ridge Farm spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and family for Cecil’s birthday. Other Sunday visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Harold HARICE of Champaign.
- Diane, David and Dale FORD of Alma spent Wednesday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Quadrilites held their regular meeting in the old gym. Most of the members were present. Nancy SWIFT’s birthday was being remembered. There will not be a meeting on Dec. 19 as the three older groups will be guests to a party in Centralia given by the Charleston Tappers. The next meeting will be Dec. 26th in the old gym.
- Mr. and Mrs. John W. FORD of Salem visited his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family Friday night.
Dec. 24, 1959:
- Esta Belle LEFFLER SUTTON died Dec. 16 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora. She was born July 11, 1880 in Clarksburg twp., Shelby Co., Ill. She was the oldest daughter of Abraham and Eliza Jane DIAL LEFFLER. She was married to Sanford SUTTON at Clarksburg, Ill. in 1900. He died on Apr. 2, 1941. They had 2 daughters, Neva Decema, died at the age of 3 weeks, and Mrs. Alta SNELLING, died Jan. 7, 1947. Two sisters, Mrs. Fern FISHER and Mrs. Maye STORM preceded her in death. Surviving are: 1 sister, Mrs. Bertha DILDINE, Clarksburg; 2 nieces, Mrs. Maxine SHAFFER, Windsor; and Geneva DILDINE, Clarksburg; and 3 nephews, Don FISHER, Windsor; Quentin STORM, Shelbyville, and Kermit STORM, Highland, Ind; and 1 aunt, Mrs. John DIAL of Nevada, Iowa. She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. C.C. LOWE, officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Charles EMBSER, 59, of Salem, died Monday from a heart attack. Services will be held today (Wednesday) from the McMackin Chapel, with Rev. Robert BIELENBURG, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Charles was the son of the late Peter F. and Anna KAGY EMBSER. He is survived by several cousins.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herman WAGONER have moved from the Wes ROBB property to the Jim BRIM property in the west part of town.
- Miss Fern FORD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George FORD of this city, became the bride of LeRoy BERNHARDT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter BERNHARDT, of St. Peter, in the home of her parents, Dec. 19, by Rev. L.J. WYSSMANN of St. Peter, with only the immediate families being present. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Dean BERNHARDT of St. Peter, brother and sister-in-law of the groom. Mrs. O.I. LEACH played the music, and Mrs. Charles WHITE sang. The bride is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘50. After her graduation, she accepted a civil service position in Washington, D.C., which afterwards took her to Germany for about 2 years. The groom has a plumbing and heating business in Farina. The couple will reside in St. Peter. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie COURSON of near Omega are the parents of a son, Russell Eugene, who was born in Salem Hospital on Dec. 21. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Marie COURSON.
- A party was held in the Methodist church basement on Dec. 17 in honor of the 5th birthday of Steven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Jimmy SHAFFER celebrated his 4th birthday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER, on Dec. 15. Attending were Judy, Gary, and Don BARKSDALE, Dale and David FORD, Joan, Jean and June HIESTAND, Roma and Allen BARKSDALE, and the honoree and his brother, Charles. Each child received favors of a miniature bat and ball set. Refreshments of cupcakes, ice cream cones and koolaid were served. Ladies present were Mabel SMITH, Nellie HIESTAND, Evelyn FORD, and Ruby SHAFFER.
Dec. 31, 1959:
- Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day. Those present to help them celebrate were their daughter, Mrs. Shirley DREWES of Salem; sons, Charles JASPER and family of Braidwood; and Kenneth JASPER and children of Salem, also Mr. JASPER’s brother, Arthur, and daughter, Evelyn.
- A stork shower was held in honor of Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS of Wyandotte, Mich. in the Kinmundy American Legion Hall on Dec. 23rd. The shower was given by Mesdames Kenneth ROBB, Bruce DONOHO, Hazel GEILER, Kate KEEN, Lillie MANGNER, Burdette JENKINS, and Ray OLDEN. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Oren JOHNSTON have a daughter born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Dec. 21 named Mary Annette. She was transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where she is reported as doing O.K. Her mother is the former Melba METCALF.
- Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN have a daughter, Sherri Lynette, born in Salem Hospital on Dec. 23. Her mother is the former Margaret BOUSEMAN.
- The winners of the Kinmundy Lions Club Decorating Contest were: 1st - Dr. H. Dwight HANNA; 2nd - Virgil LIVESAY; 3rd - Robert BLACKBURN; 4th - Harry RITTENHOUSE. Prizes were $15, $12.50, $10, and $7.50.
- A Christmas potluck and gift exchange was held by the Royal Neighbors on Dec. 22 at the hall. The following new officers were elected for the coming year:
Velma WILKINSON - Oracle; Irene GAMMON - Vice Oracle; Ruth DOOLEN - Chancellor; Betty WAGONER - Recorder; Blanche JASPER - Receiver; Adina LEMAY
- Marshall; Peggy JENKINS - Ass’t Marshall; Grace JONES - Inner Sentinel; Lillie MANGNER - Outer Sentinel; Vivian FEATHER & Peggy JENKINS - Mangers.
- Thomas WATSON, pastor of the local Christian Church, received word Sunday of the death of his brother, Richard WATSON, in the Gulf of Mexico near Ft. Myers, Fla. Richard, in company with an intended brother-in-law, were fishing in the Gulf on Saturday when their boat capsized. Two of the men clung to the boat until rescued, while Richard attempted to swim to shore. The body was recovered Sunday morning.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 3. Friends and neighbors may call from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Rev. and Mrs. Walter B. PRUETT of Auburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia, to Robert W. PROVART, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernis PROVART of Tamaroa. Miss PRUETT is a Junior in the school of Music at MacMurray College for Women in Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. PROVART will be graduated from Southern Illinois University in March 1960, and will be commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. No date has been set for the wedding.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL are in receipt of a clipping from the “Flight Times” published at Sparks, Nevada, giving the picture of their son, T. Sgt. Denton G. BRASEL being awarded the bronze USAF Excellence in Competition badge for his aptitude with a 45 cal. pistol. The award was for his record in the 1959 ATC pistol match. Sgt. BRASEL is stationed at Stead Air Force Base near Reno, Nevada.
- The DISS family held their annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG. A delicious dinner was held at the noon hour. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kay, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Leon DISS and Cathy, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and John, Mr. and Mrs. Keith DISS and Brian of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, Jr. and Ann of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS and Karen of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTIS, Steve and Mark of Charleston.
- Christmas dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD were Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. John W. FORD.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD visited Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma.
- Christmas holiday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim BRIM were Mr. and Mrs. Charles BRIM of Bethalto, Mr. and Mrs. Jim PRATHER of Mulkeytown, Mr. and Mrs. William RAMSEY of Zeigler, and Mr. Herschel BRIM of New York. This is Herschel’s 1st time to spend Christmas at home in 12 years.
Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Illinois Historical Library in the Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.
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