Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"

1930

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. 2, 1930:

- The announcement was received of the marriage of Mr. Sam LOWE and Miss Pearl McCULLEY. The ceremony was performed in Lansing, Mich. on Dec. 24.

- The announcement was received here of the marriage of Miss Harriett HUMPHREY and S. Wesley JOHNSON both of Denver, Colorado on Dec. 24, 1929. Mrs. JOHNSON was a former Kinmundy girl, graduating from Kinmundy H.S. in 1916. The couple will reside in Denver.

- Mr. and Mrs. S.D. HUGGINS celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary very quietly at their home on Dec. 29. Stephen D. HUGGINS and Lena CRUNDWELL were married at the Presbyterian church called Old Bethel, southeast of Salem on Dec. 29, 1874 by Rev. James LACKEY, Robert Wilson acting as best man and Alice FULTON as bridesmaid. The first 5 years of their married life was spent on a farm near Salem, after which they moved to Kinmundy and have resided here for 50 years. Mrs. HUGGINS has the distinction of having come from England, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean when there were only ships propelled by sails and it took months to cross, instead of the 5 or 6 days it takes now. Mrs. HUGGINS was at the time only 18 months old. Their son, Earl C. and family of LeRoy, Ill. spent their anniversary with them.

- Miss Mary MAXEY returned to Indianapolis Sunday where she is attending Indiana Business College after spending her vacation at the home of her mother, Mrs. Julia MAXEY.

- Elder School: Preaching at Pleasant Grove was well attended Sunday considering the bad roads.

Jan. 9, 1930:

- George LeRoy GRAVES, son of Frances Charlotte and Nelson GRAVES, was born in Moline, Ill. on March 7, 1857, and died at the home of his daughter, Lucille Elaine McCONNELL near Carthage, Mo. on Dec. 29, 1929. He moved to Kinmundy with his parents in May 1859. On March 27, 1883 he married Clara E. CREA, and they had 4 children, 2 dying in infancy. The 2 daughters surviving are: Lucille Elaine McCONNELL of Carthage, Mo., and Mrs. R.A. WILLIAMSON of Los Angeles, Cal. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Etta LACY of Detroit, Mich.; 4 grandsons, and 1 great-granddaughter. His wife died Oct. 11, 1912. The funeral was held at Carthage, Ill with interment in Park Cemetery in that city.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.J. SMITH announce the marriage of their daughter, Martha, to Lester JOHNSON of Rankin, Ill. on Dec. 31, 1929 at Effingham. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford HAWKEY, nephew and niece of the bride of Champaign. The couple will make their home in Champaign. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. SMITH of this city. She attended our high school and later entered Nurses’ Training at Burnham Hospital in Champaign. The groom is employed at the Model Laundry in Champaign.

- A letter was printed from Eva A. BLACK, democratic nominee for county treasurer.

- Laura MONICAL, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth MONICAL, was born Sept. 3, 1853 near Xenia, Ill. She married Solomon CONNELLY on March 15, 1882 and lived in this community until her husband died. They had 1 daughter, now Maude COMBS of Salem. In May 1866 she married Steward HANKS of Kinmundy, where she resided until her death. They had 3 sons: Fred of Farina; Guy of Kinmundy; and an infant son who preceded her in death. In recent years she has been a member of the 1st Christian Church of the community. She leaves a husband, Steward HANKS of Kinmundy; 3 children, 1 step-son, Lloyd HANKS of Kinmundy; a nephew, Charles MONICAL, who has made his home with her since he was 8 years old; 1 brother, Hameline MONICAL of Flora; and 16 grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home with interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- A Letter from Mat BRANSON of Salem, Ill. was printed concerning his candidacy of Republican candidate for Sheriff of Marion county.

- Mr. and Mrs. Gale McGRUE of South Bend, Ind. are rejoicing over the arrival of a 7 lb. boy born Dec. 28 named Dan Wayne. The mother is the former Miss Martha HENSLEY formerly of this city.

Jan. 16, 1930:

- There was a wedding Jan. 14, 1930 at the M.E. Parsonage when Mr. Cecil LANE and Miss Mary CHARLTON were married. Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER, sister of the groom, attended the couple. Mrs. LANE is the only daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. J.T. CHARLTON residing on a farm south of this city. Mr. LANE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cal LANE, also of this community, and a prosperous young farmer.

- Mrs. Mary A. BLISS, the widow of Henry BLISS, aged 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.M. CARMEAN in northwest Olney Thursday. She was born Nov. 14, 1842 and is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. J.M. CARMEAN of Olney; 1 son, James A. BLISS of Olney; and 1 brother, Levi Byrd formerly of Olney but now of Bridgeport. Services were held at Newton Christian Church with interment in Newton Cemetery.

- Miss Margaret WARREN entertained her girlfriends on Jan. 14, it being her birthday.

- Miss Anna DILLON was in Farina last Thursday attending the funeral of F.E. RICHARDSON, who died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was brought to his home in Farina for burial. He was the brother of Mrs. John DILLON.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.F. MAXEY announce the arrival of a 10 lb. baby boy at their home Jan. 13.

- John Wilson PRATHER was born in Tenn. on Jan. 10, 1849, and died Jan. 6, 1930 at Harvey, Ill. He moved to Christian Co., Ill. when he was a small boy. He was married to his present wife, Mrs. Lou LEWIS, in 1896, and they had 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls. In all he was the father of 19 children. The wife and 13 children survive, 6 children preceding him in death. He also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at the Church of Christ at Booker. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Camp Ground: Camp Ground and Booker School were dismissed Wednesday on account of the funeral of Mr. John PRATHER.

- Elder School: Mr. and Mrs. Lyman WALKINGTON received word of the death of their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Forrest WALKINGTON.

Jan. 23, 1929:

- Irene Henrietta GARDNER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George GARDNER, was born near Esmond, S.D. on Sept. 18, 1898. She spent her girlhood in this community. On Oct. 16, 1919 she married Forrest E. WALKINGTON, and for a time they lived in Brookings, but later moved to Huron, where a daughter, Lorraine Joyce was born to them Nov. 7, 1920. In the fall of 1926 they moved to Alamo, Texas, and here another daughter, Lois Marie, was born Jan. 11, 1928. After suffering for 2 years, Mrs. WALKINGTON died Jan. 9, 1930. She leaves a husband, parents; a sister, Nina; and a brother, Everette, all of Alamo, Texas; and a grandmother, Mrs. Sarah GARDNER of Esmond, South Dakota.

- Mary Estelle, youngest daughter of Wm. R. and Irene E. JACK, was born near Kinmundy on Apr. 3, 1904, and died Jan. 18, 1930. She was a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. in 1923 and from Carbondale Normal University in 1925, and taught 5 successful terms at school. She leaves a father, sister, and grandmother. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Kinmundy with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Ruth Hanna McCORMICK is touring southern Illinois making speeches in behalf of her candidacy for the nomination of U.S. Senator. She is the daughter of Mark HANNA and the wife of the late Medill McCORMICK.

- Camp Ground: A birthday dinner was given in honor of Roy BOUSMAN’s birthday. 14 relatives and friends were present.

- Meadow Branch: Wes ROBB and family spent Sunday at the NOCHMAN home.

- Swift School: Billie MORRIS, Jr., wife and daughter, Mack ROBB, wife and son, and Fletcher COLE, wife and children spent Sunday with Mark SWIFT and wife, it being the birthday of Mrs. SWIFT and Miss Helen WAINSCOTT.

- Swift School: Miss Lorene GARRETT is visiting a few days with Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS.

- Wilson School: Cecil LANE and bride called Wed. at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. CHARLTON. Quite a crowd from here attended the charivari given them that night at the home of Lester VANSCYOC.

- Wilson School: Fred STOCK and family of Effingham, and Mrs. Jennie STOCK spent Sunday with Fred KLEISS and family, it being the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. KLEISS, and the 15th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. STOCK.

Jan. 30, 1930:

- News was received of the death of Mrs. Harriett HINKLE which occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Susan SHUMAKE, of Stausburg, Ill. on Jan. 24. Mrs. HINKLE made her home here for 8 years with her sister, the late Mrs. Sarah PUFFER.

- Meadow Branch: Wess ROBB and family visited Sunday with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Willie GARRETT.

- Swift School: Selby GARRETT, wife and daughters, Lucille and Isabelle, Ren WAINSCOTT, wife and daughter, Helen, spent Sunday with Mack ROBB and family.

- Swift School: Selby GARRETT, wife and daughters, Rada, Lucille, and Isabelle, and Miss Treva GOOSETREE spent Saturday evening at the Ren WAINSCOTT home.

Feb. 6, 1930:

- Last Thursday word was received here by Mr. and Mrs. Ira MORRIS that their son-in-law, Charles BASSETT, was killed in an auto accident about 4 miles southwest of Astoria, Ill. on Route 31. Mr. and Mrs. MORRIS and son, Loy, and R.J. ANDREWS departed immediately for St. Louis, while Ray GEORGE, Billie MORRIS, Jr., and Elmer BASSETT departed for Astoria. Charles was identified by an identification card in his pocket. The undertaker at Astoria called Mrs. BASSETT in St. Louis who in turn called her parents, Mr and Mrs. MORRIS. Charles had been to Chicago on business and was returning to his home in St. Louis. From all reports, the pavement had been clear of ice all the way to Chicago. There was a small skiff of snow on the road and at this particular place, ice covered the road. The car skidded, turned upside down, and landed on Charles. He was driving a Ford Roadster. There were no eye witnesses to the accident but a man in a car was approaching him. He stated that he noticed a car with lights approaching in a distance of about a mile and then he noticed all at once the lights disappeared. He drove on and came to a car turned over with the lights still burning. He stopped his car and went to look and found Charles underneath it. He was practically dead then. The wind shield was broken and the top torn off. Otherwise the car was not damaged and was driven here by Billy MORRIS on his return Friday evening. The verdict of the coroners’ jury was that he came to his death at 6:30 o’clock Thursday night, near Astoria, because of shock, contributory causes being internal injuries received when his automobile upset. The body was accompanied by his father, Elmer BASSETT, and was taken to Peoria by motor, thence to Mattoon and thence to Kinmundy on the train, arriving here on I.C. train No. 3 Friday night. The funeral services were held from the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Monroe SMITH of Patoka, officiating, assisted by Rev. Orin H. YOUNG. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Charles was a friend to everyone and this fact was emphasized by the large floral tribute and the church being filled to capacity Sunday afternoon.

"Leaves have their time to fall;

And flowers to wither at the north wind’s breath

And stars to set, but breath

Thou hasn’t all seasons of thine own O! Death."

Our community was sadly shocked and grieved Thursday evening as the news flashed over the town of the sudden death of Charles BASSETT, which occurred four miles out from Astoria, Ill. on the State Highway No. 31, when his car overturned and he was pinned beneath. He was returning from Chicago to his home in Overland, Mo., when the accident happened about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 1930. In one unbroken caravan the myriads of mankind from creations dawn have gone out into the mysterious night of death. No single traveler has ever yet returned. There is no mystery like death, and we know too, that.

"Death is but a path that all must trod, If man would ever pass to God" - McWhirter

Charles, son of Elmer and Maggie BASSETT, was born on a farm nine miles west of Kinmundy, June 12, 1905, being at the time of his passing 24 years, 5 months and 17 days of age. Just in the Springtime of his life, when that life held such cherished hopes and ambitions, the death angel flitted by and closed the bright blue eyes and his soul drifted out upon the great ocean of Eternity. Thus we are brought face to face with realization "That in the midst of life we are in Death." On this farm and in the parental home he grew to young manhood, when he went to Chicago and entered the Ray Auto School. After completing his studies he accepted a position in that city where he remained until he transferred to the St. Louis County Water Co., and then to Wellston Motor Co, as night foreman of their plant. On Nov. 12, 1927, he was united in marriage with Miss Vera MORRIS of this city, and took her to Overland, Mo., where he purchased and furnished a beautiful home for her. In this new home they found great pleasure and were serenely happy and contented. This happiness seemed complete when God blessed them with an infant son, Dec. 15, 1929, the child being the delight of the found father and mother. They called him Charles Roy. This son, with the loving and devoted wife and mother are left to mourn their great loss in the passing of this, their most beloved one. He also leaves a kind father and indulgent mother, three sister, three brothers, and many warm friends. He was of a sunny and cheerful disposition, straight forward and honest, and made friends with all with whom became in contact. Thus his soul has returned to the great unknown from whence it came "That Beautiful Isle of Some Where." The work so early begun is finished, but the spirit lives on. This passing has brought great sorrow and desolation to the loved ones who mourn him deeply.

But -We know not where His islands life

Their fonded palms in air,

We only know we cannot drift.

Beyond His love and care?

- Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON, their only daughter, Georgia, married Ervin SOLDNER. The bride is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. class of ‘28, and graduate of Brown’s Business College in Centralia in ‘29. She held a position for several months as a stenographer in Peoria. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William SOLDNER of Kinmundy, and is a farmer. Forty were present at the ceremony. The couple will make their home on a farm near Chestnut, Ill.

- Martha Jane EAGAN was born in Foster twp, Marion Co., Ill. on April 27, 1875, and died at her home in Kinmundy on Jan. 27, 1930. She was converted at North Fork at the age of 15. She leaves 1 son, James of Kinmundy; Mary of Kinmundy, the little girl she took in as a little girl at the age of 7 weeks and loved as her own daughter; 3 sisters, Sarah of Kinmundy; Lucinda VICK of Mounds, Ill.; and Zella PARRISH of McClure, Ill.; 9 nephews and nieces; 1 aunt; and 4 uncles. Services were held at the home with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- George N. MORGAN died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday. He was born and raised on a farm 6 miles northwest of Kinmundy. After graduating from Kinmundy High School, he graduated from the University of Illinois. Then he practiced law in Chicago until about 10 years ago when he moved with his family to Phoenix. He is survived by his wife; and a daughter, Mae; sister, Sarah F. BALLANCE of this city; 2 brothers, Gilbert W. MORGAN of Chicago and Walter M. MORGAN of Denver, Colorado. He was 68 years and 6 months.

- Miss Thelma BOYD was 1 of 7 graduates from Nurses Training School of Weber Sanitarium in Olney, Ill. Jan. 23. Her mother, Mrs. Mel BOYD, and son, John attended the graduation. She graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in ‘24.

- Meadow Branch: Freida LENHART spent the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART.

Feb. 13, 1930:

- Juanita, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry SMITH of Alma, died at the family home Feb. 5 on her 24th birthday, after a year’s illness following a nervous breakdown. She leaves a father, mother, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. She attended Kinmundy H.S. in her junior year of school. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Alma with interment in Alma Cemetery. She was the niece of C.B. SMITH of this city.

- Feb. 8, Helen DUREE CURRY celebrated her 8th birthday with a party.

- Feb. 10th was a Helen Virginia BROWN’s 8th birthday. Ice cream and cake were served by Mrs. BROWN and Virginia’s grandmother, Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD.

- Along with many other great men, Mr. E.C. BARGH has the honor of having a birthday in Feb. And so to celebrate the happy event, his wife entertained a dinner Feb. 7th.

- V.V. BARCROFT announced that he has definitely decided not to become a candidate for County Supt. of Schools.

- Wilson School: The barn on the farm of Mrs. Fern SPEISE burned to the ground on Monday night.

- Wilson School: Several from here attended the kitchen shower of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE last Wed. evening.

- Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of near Alma, Ill. are the proud parents of a baby boy, who made his arrival Sat., Feb. 8.

Feb. 20, 1930:

- The 90 acre farm of the late Gabriel LACEY, located in Meacham twp. was sold at public auction here Tuesday and purchased by Ed HAWKEY for the sum of $5960. The taxes are to be paid by the purchaser and will be about $50, which brings the total sum up to $6010 which in turn figures to $66.77 per acre. This is the highest price paid for land in this vicinity for some time. We are glad to see the price looking up.

- The store of Ira C. MORRIS was broken into last Thursday and several articles taken. The culprits gained entrance by breaking the glass and then reaching thru unlocking it. There was $5.33 in the cash register, and several articles of clothing, and cigarettes taken. This is the 3rd time that Ira has suffered a loss from burglary since he has been in business.

- Elder School: Miss Helen WANTLAND entertained the young people in the neighborhood at home Saturday night, in honor of Miss Rada GARRETT.

- Camp Ground: A surprise party was given in honor of Anna COPPLE’s 50th birthday Friday night.

- Meadow Branch: Wes ROBB and family visited Sunday with T.E. ROBB and family.

- Swift School: Miss Rada GARRETT spent Friday and Saturday in Centralia attending the Teacher’s meeting.

Feb. 27, 1930:

- Harold STEVENSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar STEVENSON died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham Monday. He had been employed in Effingham for the past year, and about 5 weeks ago contracted a severe case of appendicitis. At the time he has such a heavy cold that he soon went into pneumonia and the surgeons could not operate. The appendix bursted, and infection set in which caused his death. Services were held in Salem. The funeral cortage motored to Alma where they boarded the I.C. Train #2, and brought the body here for burial. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. S.E. ROBB were agreeably surprised Thursday evening when a number of their friends arrived to spend the evening with them. Ice cream and cake were served. Mr. and Mrs. ROBB will soon leave for Ashkum, Ill. to make their home.

- The A. & P. Store of Centralia was found guilty of short weight last week in Marion Co. Circuit Court, and fined $125 and costs. Several weeks ago, this store advertised 3 lbs. of beans for 25 cents. A party purchased a 25 cents package and then weighed them. He found that the package weighed 2 3/4 lbs. He immediately reported the fact to the Chief of Police who went with the party to the store where they weighed the rest of the packages of beans that were selling for 25 cents. They found all of them weighing 2 3/4 lb. The case was handed to the State’s Attorney and the store was convicted. As you know, war has been declared on the chain stores, and with such crookedness as this being brought to light, they will surely have to quit business.

- Swift School: On Feb. 23, friends and neighbors to the number of 58 gathered at the home of Valinda CONANT to help celebrate her birthday. In the afternoon music was enjoyed, also a trip to the Camp Ground as it was an ideal day.

- Mrs. Julia MAXEY received word announcing the arrival of a baby girl Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SIPES in Indianapolis, Ind. The mother is formerly Miss Helen MAXEY.

- Meacham News: 33 neighbors of Ruben CRANE gathered at his home Thursday evening to surprise him and help him celebrate his (?) birthday. Games were played and refreshments of cake and coffee served.

- Mr. and Mrs. Pat JAMES spent the weekend in Chicago with relatives. They were accompanied home by a 2 year old boy, who will make his home with them.

March 6, 1930:

- The marriage of Robert W. MAXEY and Miss Edna Ruth CUNNINGHAM of Polo, Ill. occurred on Feb. 22, 1930 at Galena, Ill. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. MAXEY of this city, and attended the local high school here. The couple will live on a farm near Polo, Ill.

- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B. BRASEL are the proud parents of a 12 lb. son, who made his arrival, March 4.

- Brubaker: S.K. SPITLER and wife, and P.M. ROSE and wife motored to Salem Tuesday with a team of horses in front.

- Brubaker: Herschel, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. ROSE, had the misfortune of breaking his arm last Thursday while playing at school.

- Meacham News: Mrs. Charles MONICAL of near Brown Church, underwent an operation at the Olney Sanitarium last Saturday.

- Shanghai: A family dinner was given last Sunday in the home of Mrs. O.W. GEORGE in honor of Mrs. Kate LOCKES’ 74th birthday. Her home is in Kelleyville, Oklahoma. She is here on a visit with Mrs. GEORGE, her foster sister. Present were E.W. HANNA and family, Mel GRAY and family, and Jesse GEORGE.

- Swift School: March 2 being Fletcher COLE’s (?) birthday, his wife invited neighbors and friends in to help him celebrate. There were 38 present.

- Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Alice HUFF of Cartter, Ill. The funeral was held there.

March 13, 1930:

- The Basketball team of Kinmundy High School won the District Tournament giving the school and town it’s 1st District Championship. The tourney was held in Effingham. Kinmundy is the 3rd town in the county to have ever been District Champs, Centralia winning several, and Salem only once in 1928.

- A small blaze slightly injured the roof of the James WOOD residence Tuesday. The fire was extinguished before the arrival of the Fire Engine.

- Noah J. RHODES died at his home in Alma on March 8, after an illness of several months duration. Interment in Alma Cemetery.

- J.A. CURRY of this city has received word of the death of his brother, Robert CURRY, aged 66 years at the home in Los Angeles, Cal. on March 4, 1930. Services were held there with interment in Forest Lawn, Cal.

- March 5 being the 9th birthday of Albert JOHNSON, 21 of her little friends accompanied her after school. Ice cream, cake, and all day suckers were served by her mother and sisters.

- March 5 being the 70th birthday of Mrs. Lou BARBEE, she had as her guests her sister, Mrs. Nellie EAGAN of Pana, Ill., and Mrs. Ella WILLIAMS of Alma, and Mrs. WILLIAMS’ granddaughters, Lorene and Dorothy GWATHENY.

- A family dinner was enjoyed March 11 at the home of Mr. Theodore MILLER in honor of his 71st birthday. 26 were present.

- Mr. and Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM’s guests Sunday were Mr. GRISSOM’s mother, brother and family of Farina, and Miss Evangeline PARRILL. Dinner was given in honor of Mr. GRISSOM’s birthday.

- E.K. JUNKINS has sold his stock of merchandise to Paddy GRAY, who will continue business in the old stand.

- Meacham News: About 25 neighbors and friends went to the home of Mr. Dan MERRITT Sunday to help Mrs. MERRITT celebrate her birthday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Loren KLINE are rejoicing over the arrival of a 7 son born March 7.

- Mrs. Icy GARRETT is visiting relatives in North Fork this week.

- Mrs. L.N. KENNEDY reports she had a sudden increase in the relationship last Friday about the same time of day. A 6 lb. daughter was born to her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clark KLINE of Dayton, Ohio; an 8 lb. son born to her grandson and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Curren POWER of Mt. Vernon; and a 7 lb. son was born to her step-grandson and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Loren KLINE of this city.

March 20, 1930:

- Fred DORR, Jr. died at his home near Farina after an illness of pneumonia. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred DORR and a nephew of Mrs. Aires CONANT of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil POTTER announce the arrival of an 8 lb. daughter at their home on March 17.

- J.H. NELMS has purchased the Mrs. Ella HUBERT home. Mrs. HUBERT has gone to Centralia to make her home with her son, Harrison and family.

- Meadow Branch: Sunday visitors were Wes ROBB and family at the Willie GARRETT home.

March 27, 1930:

- Mrs. Opal HADDEN died Monday at the Weber Sanitarium in Olney after a brief illness. The funeral was held in Iuka, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.

- Mr. and Mrs. Guy SEE of Kankakee are parents of a 5 lb. daughter, Donna Maee, was born on March 12.

- Mrs. Sarah WHITE had the misfortune to slip and fall on Tuesday breaking her arm.

- P.A. SHRIVER of Sandoval underwent an operation last Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He’s in critical condition.

- A Father-Son Banquet was held at the M.E. Church Thursday evening with 100 men and boys present.

- The Kinmundy township specimen ballot for April 1, 1930:

Republican

Democrat

W.W. LOWE

Town Clerk

J.R. JACKSON
Robert MAXEY

Assessor

R.H. PIGG
R.L. INGRAM

Justice of the Peace

-
E. YUND

Constable

J.B. MAXEY
R.S. ROWAN

School Trustee

Abe BAYLIS

 

- Public Sale: A carload of good work horses, weighing from 1,000 to 1,300 lbs., aged from 4 to 7 years, will be sold at auction at my farm mile east of Alma, commencing at 1 o’clock on Thursday, April 3 All of the horses are broke to work. They are a nice lot of farm horses. TERMS: A credit of 7 months will be given purchaser giving note with approved security. Notes to draw interest at 7% from date. E.G. FORD.

April 3, 1930:

- Mrs. Eva Viola BLACK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus WILLIAMS, born at Alma, Ill. on Dec. 3, 1904, and died March 24, 1930. She became suddenly and seriously ill one week before she passed away at the home of her mother. She married Leslie Floyd BLACK on Dec. 24, 1921, and they had 5 children: Leslie Clyde, Katherine, Ruth, Evelyn, and George Junior. Leslie Clyde died at the age of 13 months. The husband and father have both preceded Eva in death. Besides the 3 daughters and baby son, Eva leaves a mother, Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS of Alma; 7 sisters, Mrs. Nettie GEORGE of Kinmundy; Mrs. Pearl McWHIRTER and Mrs. Louie STIPP of Alma; Mrs. Gail WARREN of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Lottie COLE of Kinmundy; Mrs. Lena SWIFT and Mrs. Yanda SULLENS of Alma; 3 brothers: Alva WILLIAMS of Alma; Forrest WILLIAMS of Kinmundy; and Loren WILLIAMS of Alma. Services were held at the M.E. Church in Alma with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Election Results: A very small vote was polled in the township election. Democrats elected were: J.H. JACKSON - Town Clerk; R.H. PIGG - Assessor; J.B. MAXEY - Constable; J.A. BAYLIS - School Trustee. R.L. INGRAM, Republican, was elected Justice of the Peace.

- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CRAIG were delightfully and successfully surprised at their home last Sunday in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary on March 28. Friends came with well filled baskets from which a delicious dinner was served. Owing to the snow drifts, many friends at a short distance were unable to attend.

April 10, 1930:

- Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Mary FELLAR, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio on Aug. 31, 1846. In 1851, Mr. and Mrs. FELLAR, with their children moved to Clay City, Clay Co., Ind. Elizabeth married Christian HILLER in 1870 at Enterprise, Wayne Co., Ill., and they had 10 children, and 3 died in infancy. 1 daughter, Amelia, wife of William SUTTON, died 1903 at 28 years of age. In 1915 she transferred her membership to the M.E. Church in Kinmundy. The surviving children are: Julia, now Mrs. WAGNER of Fairfield, Ill.; Bertha, Mrs. C.F. QUICK of Christopher, Ill.; Albert HILLER of Caseyville; Matilda, Mrs. J.R. REBER of Loveland, Ohio; Agnes, Mrs. B.J. ROTAN and Miss Pauline HILLER of Kinmundy. There are also surviving their sisters: Mrs. Mary SMITH of Terre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. Caroline HILLER of Chicago; and Mrs. Matilda ZINDLE of Moweaqua; 13 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Her husband died June 30, 1910. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Harry H. ADEN and Miss Annabel GREEN, both of Chicago, were married at St. Thomas’ parsonage on March 29, 1930. They were attended by Marjorie BUNDY and Wm. H. BORN. The wedding was followed by a dinner at the Terrace Garden Morrison Hotel and a theatre party. The couple will make their home in Chicago. Mrs. ADEN, daughter of Mrs. Nancy GREEN, who resides west of Kinmundy, is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘21. Since graduation she’s been employed in Chicago.

- A quite home wedding was held in Evanston on March 29, 1930 when Alice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Roscoe WEESE, married Merle Smith NIRIDER of Milwaukee, Wis. Miss Dosh NIRIDER, sister of the groom, was one of the bridesmaids. The couple will make their home in Milwaukee.

- Forrest DOOLEN is confined to a hospital in Lansing, Michigan being a victim of scarlet fever.

- Dr. Stephen A. FORBES, 85, veteran chief of the Ill. Natural History Survey and dean of state employees in length of service, died in Urbana on March 13.

April 17, 1930:

- Mr. Carl DUNLAP and Miss Lela GARRETT stole a march on their many friends Tuesday afternoon, April 15, by motoring to Centralia and being united in marriage by Rev. F.O. FANNON at His home. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS of this city, brother-in-law and sister of the bride, who were the attendants. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Icy GARRETT and a very popular young lady. She was a graduate from Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘26, and since graduation has been employed by the Bell Telephone Company as a local operator which position she has filled with utmost satisfaction. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP and a young man of sterling character. He is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘26. He is associated with His father in the plumbing and sheet metal business and is also manager of our local motion picture theatre. The happy couple will soon go to housekeeping in the residence property at A.C. DUNLAP’s just east of the Dr. MILLER office.

- Quiet Elections: At the school election held Saturday W.S. PRUETT was reelected Presient of the Board of Education and Tony YOUNG and J.R. MAHAN were elected members. The city election was held Tuesday with but very little enthusiasm. A.J. JACKSON was elected alderman in the 1st Ward; H.L. HANNA in 2nd Ward; and T.M. SMITH in the 3rd Ward.

- Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. NEAL are parents of an 8 lb. son born on April 14.

- C.B. MENDENHALL closed a deal with Mr. Frank TATE of St. Louis 1 day last week whereas Mr. TATE became the owner of Mr. MENDENHALL’s treasured clock. The consideration was $1,000. The clock is 286 years old and has been a cherished relic of the BOGART family for the same number of years. The clock still keeps accurate time. Chester delivered the clock to St. Louis Tuesday and was accompanied home by a new Dodge Sedan.

- Loren JOHNSON of Meadow Branch school won the Kinmundy twp. spelling contest and Alice BASS of Rockhold School won the Meacham twp. spelling contest, both held last Friday.

- Eva Emma HEICHER WEISS was born Sept. 22, 1907, the daughter of Carl and Dora HEICHER, and died April 9, 1930. In 1924 she joined the M.E. Church in Kinmundy. She married Arthur WEISS on Feb. 15, 1928. A son came to bless their home, but he preceded her in death. She leaves a husband, her mother, 1 sister and 3 brothers. She will now be reunited with her infant son, her father, and her brother who preceded her in death. Services were held at the Evangical Church in Farina with interment in Elder Cemetery.

- Swift School: Marvin CONANT and family, Mack ROBB and family, Ren WAINSCOTT and family, and Mrs. Valinda CONANT and son, Elvin, attended a birthday dinner at the Bill CONANT home Sunday in honor of Bill’s birthday.

- Edgar JONES and son received quite a jolt Monday evening when the buggy in which they were riding was run into and smashed on the hard road north of town. The boy received a cut on the eye but not severe.

- Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. BARGH are rejoicing over the arrival of a 11 lb. son born April 14 and names Joseph Pullen.

April 24, 1930:

- Harry C. KIRKPATRICK, 50, a well known New York Central Conductor in the freight service on the Elkhart-Chicago Division, died suddenly this morning in a telephone booth in the station at Hammond. He was stricken while at the telephone to receive orders in regard to the train of which he had charge. The body was taken to the Charles Walley Funeral home in Elkhart, Ind. He was born Oct. 16, 1879 in Princeton, Ind., the son of John and Nellie KIRKPATRICK. After living in Kinmundy, Ill. for a number of years, he was a resident of Chicago until moving to Elkhart, Ind in 1900 to make His home with His aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth SPILLMAN. On Oct. 26, 1904, he married Miss Ida WILSON of Elkhart. She and 2 children survive: Creatore KIRKPATRICK, and Miss Esther KIRKPATRICK.

- In the Monday evening edition of The Danville Commercial News appears a picture of a former Kinmundy boy, E.M. SCHERMERHORN, who was elected president of the Vermillion Co. Council of Religious Education. He is now of Ridgefarm.

- Swift School: Marshall WILLIAMS and wife are the parents of a baby girl born April 21.

- Swift School: Miss Rada GARRETT closed a very successful term of school at Swift Tuesday.

- Swift School: Wes ROBB and family, and Ren WAINSCOTT and family spent Sunday with T.E. ROBB and family

- Shanghai: April 19 was Frederic SEE’s 12th birthday and April 20 was Lora Agnes JONES’ birthday and they were honorees at a very fine dinner served to 22 persons at the home of Lora AGNES Easter.

- Mr. and Mrs. John N. DYER of Thebes, Ill., are the parents of a 12 lb. daughter, born April 19, at the home of Mrs. DYER’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE in this city, and named Joanne.

May 1, 1930:

- George Washington HEISTAND, son of Solomon and Martha HEISTAND, was born on the old homestead in Summit Prairie, Marion Co., Ill. on April 4, 1857. Here he spent His entire life until he died April 13, 1930. He was one of a family of 11 children, of whom all but 3 preceded him in death. He is survived by 2 brothers: Samuel H., now well beyond 4 score years; and Charlie, youngest of the family; and Amanda GIFFIN who made her home with George. After the death of His father, George became the main support of His widowed mother. A few years later when His sister, Amanda, was left a widow, it was to George she found a home. To His friend, Willis ROSE, His home has been shared like a brother.

- E.O. ZIMMER informs us that he will cease operating His bake shop this week due to the fact that it is a losing proposition. He is now baking 165 loaves of bread when he should be baking twice that amount. The overhead is practically the same for baking 1 loaf or 300 loaves. An inasmuch as it is a losing proposition, we don’t blame Mr. ZIMMER for quitting. This was brought on by our own people in demanding out of town bread and by the merchants handling out of town bread.

- Mr. and Mrs. Tom BALLANCE spent Sunday in Salem at the J. Lem BALLANCE home. They report J. Lem who has been suffering with blood poisoning to be getting along nicely.

May 8, 1930:

- Anna Belle HARPER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HARPER, was born Sept. 29, 1928 and died May 1, 1930. She leaves a father, mother; 3 brothers - Wilson, Ezra, and Virgil; 1 sister - Mrs. Wm. KIDDER; 1 brother-in-law - William KIDDER; 1 nephew - Junior KIDDER. Services were held from the home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- At the May meeting the P.T.A. elected the following officers for next year: President - Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON; Vice President - Miss Rhea HILL; Secretary - Miss Alice FRENCH; Treasurer - Mrs. R.L. THOMS.

- Mr. Fred A. BENKE announced that he would close his studio in this city May 28th. He says that business will not justify keeping it open after that time.

- Wilson School: Last Tuesday being one of the last days of school, the patrons of the district and several guests gathered at the noon hour and gave our teacher, Mrs. Ethel KNISELEY, a pleasant surprise with a delicious basket dinner.

- Meacham News: At Rockhold School pupils prepared a program and patrons brought well filled baskets for dinner. The teacher is Miss Florence REILMAN of Vernon.

- Shanghai: Mrs. Fay CRANDALL has been sick the past week. Her mother-in-law, Mrs. Dan CRANDALL, of Farina, has been caring for her.

- Shanghai: About 43 relatives and friends were present at the home of Mrs. Oscar YUND Sunday at a dinner given in honor of her mother, Mrs. Ike LANCEFORD’s 68th birthday. A fine dinner was served on the lawn at noon and a birthday cake was made by her niece, Mrs. King NEEPER. Mrs. LANCEFORD has spent her entire life in this vicinity. Those present from a distant were: Mr. and Mrs. C. BURKETT, Mr. and Mrs. Guy NEEPER, Mrs. King NEEPER, Mrs. John SEE and daughter, Eva, all of Farina; Chas. LANCEFORD and family of Vandalia, Mr. and Mrs. John LANCEFORD and twin daughter of Maroa, and John CONANT of Ridgefarm.

May 15, 1930:

- The body of Mrs. Addie BASS HUFF was brought to Kinmundy Tuesday from Peoria, Ill. with interment in Eastland Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ervin PERRY are the parents of a 8 lb. daughter born May 8.

- Seth Clark FOSTER of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly of Kinmundy, was born near Kinmundy on Dec. 4, 1860. Early in life he entered the employment of the I.C.R.R. and was station agent at Kinmundy at the time of his removal to Oklahoma where since 1903 has made his home. On Aug. 29, 1886, he married Miss Anna FENSTER of Kinmundy, and they had 1 daughter, Mary Edna. A sister, Amanda FOSTER, and a brother, Willis ROSE, also survive. The funeral was conducted at the home of Mrs. Kate SONGER, sister of Mrs. FOSTER, where her mother, Mrs. R.H. FENSTER also resides. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Meadow Branch: Mildred and Harold ROBB, Lorraine BAYLIS, Virgil and Bob MARSHALL spent Sunday afternoon with Loren JOHNSON.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Vivian DEWEESE closed a successful term at school at Meadow Branch on Friday. A marshmallow and wiener roast were enjoyed by the pupils and teacher, Miss Edith HINES.

- Swift School: Mrs. Selby GARRETT and daughters, Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT and daughters were calling as friends at Patoka Sunday afternoon.

- Swift School: Sunday dinner guests at the Ren WAINSCOTT home were Mack ROBB, wife and son, Kenneth, Selby GARRETT, wife and daughters, Red HEADLEY, and Tom GARRETT.

May 22, 1930:

- Mr. McKinley TURNER of Farina, and Miss Hazel BOUGHER of Kinmundy stole the march on their friends on May 17 by motoring to Salem and being married at the Rev. SHAFFER home. They were accompanied by the bride’s sister, Miss Wilma BOUGHER. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Katherine BOUGHER of this city, and a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. class of ‘23. Since graduation she has been employed as teacher in the rural schools. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert TURNER of near Farina, and is a prosperous young farmer. The couple will make their home on a farm near Farina.

- Charles HOLT, a prominent lawyer of Marion county died Friday at the home of his son, Ward HOLT, in Salem after several months of apoplexy. At 1 time he was a resident of this city. His wife, formerly Miss Fannie FOX, was a resident of our community. Besides his wife, he leaves 3 daughters and 1 son. Services were held at the M.E. Church in Salem with interment in Vernon Cemetery.

- Amelia, nee SCHMIDT, and wife of Chas. J. BARBEE, was born in Berlin, Germany on Jan. 28, 1868, and died May 17, 1930. In her youthful years she was bereft of her father, and the mother had to assume responsibilities of caring for her and her 2 brothers. When Amelia was 16 years old, the family migrated and came to America, and located in Fayette Co., Ill. After spending a few years in Fayette Co., she became the wife of August SCHWABE of Farina establishing their home in this community, and they had 6 children: Bertha, wife of Orville KEEN of LaClede, deceased; Orlando, of Effingham; Della, wife of Andrew PHILLIPS, deceased; Ora of Kinmundy; Neta, wife of John BARBEE of Champaign; and Myrtle, wife of Rex McCORMICK of Shelbyville. Abut 8 years ago the father of this family group died, leaving the mother and 5 children. After widowhood of about 3 years, she on Dec. 17, 1925 married Chas. J. BARBEE. The funeral was held from the family residence near Farina with interment in Farina Cemetery.

- Mrs. Sarah HARLAN died on April 6 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. August LOHMAN in Pasadena, Cal. She also leaves grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

- James BURKETT, age 71, died Monday at his home in Meacham twp. after an illness of several years. Services were held at Booker Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Ruth MARSHALL, a resident of Alma, and a former student and graduate of Vandalia H.S. received the highest honor that can come to a student at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. from a scholastic standpoint. She is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL of Alma, and granddaughter of Mrs. Lizzie COLLINS.

- Mesdames J.T. ARNOLD, Guy ARNOLD, Emmett JONES, and Elno BROWN were guests at a surprise dinner held at the Cecil LOWE home near Arnold’s Chapel in honor of Mrs. Sam ROBB of Lansing, Mich., who is visiting her father, Mrs. Chas. LOWE.

May 29, 1930:

- Mrs. August JASPER, formerly Emma Rosalia Carolina SCHNEIDER, daughter of Herman SCHNEIDER and his wife, Lina, was born April 11, 1879 in Kinmundy twp. In 1897 she married Mr. August JASPER, and except for a period of 3 years, the family has since lived in this community. In the course of the years, 9 children were born, 2 of whom, Laura and Elmer, have preceded their mother in death. She had attained the age of 51 years, 1 month, and 13 days. Those who mourn her passing are her husband, August JASPER, her children: John, Chris, Arthur, Ella, Mae, Eunice, and Harley; her sisters, Mrs. Henry JASPER and Mrs. Walter MILLER; 5 grandchildren, and her brother Herman SCHNEIDER. Two poems written by Mae and Mrs. John JASPER were printed. The funeral was held at the Evangelical Church with interment in Farina Cemetery.

- Over the Line: At about 12:30 last Monday night, the alarm came over the line that the home of John DAVIS was on fire. Several neighbors rushed to the scene but were unable to save anything as the roof had already fallen in. When John awakened the room so full of smoke that he had to get out thru the window. He afterward reached in and got his overcoat and cap which was all he saved.

- Elder School: The carpenters are busy working on Guy SHAFFER’s new barn.

- Meadow Branch: Mildred and Harold ROBB spent Monday afternoon with Lorraine BAYLIS.

June 5, 1930:

- The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER was looted Saturday evening at about 8:30 o’clock by a masked bandit. Mr. SOLDNER had come to town while Mrs. SOLDNER had remained at home. She was not feeling well and was lying down. She heard someone enter the kitchen door and arose to see what he wanted. A man wearing a mask greeted her, and demanded that she turn over what money she had in the house to him. She replied that they did not have any money in the house. At that he grabbed her by the wrist. She wrenched away from him and started to run. He then grabbed at the neck of her dress but that tore and she ran out the front door. She ran as fast as she could to the Tony YOUNG residence where help was summoned from town. When help arrived, the bandit had fled. Everything was topsy turvy. The only thing missing was a pair of new silk hose. It is the supposition of everyone that this is home talent and we are in hopes that eventually the culprit will be punished.

- The farm home of H.L. WARREN, east of Farina, occupied by Geo. CAMPBELL and family, was practically destroyed by fire 11 o’clock Monday night.

- Mayor and Mrs. C.W. WARREN returned home Tuesday from Chicago, where Chas. has been kept busy for the past 6 weeks. When they left here, we stated they were going to Chicago to visit, but His Honor informed us that he worked manual labor from daylight until dark everyday he was there, and has returned to Kinmundy, where he will do his visiting.

- State Police, Harold BIGALOW and Harry DUNCAN, were here Monday investigating some of the meaness that has been going on lately. They raked a few boys over the coals, and Mr. BIGALOW told the firm of F.A. PRUETT and sons, that he knew who it was who broke in the place of business sometime ago. Norman BRIMBERRY accompanied them back to Salem. Sheriff MAY called W.G. SNELLING Tuesday and told him to come to Salem this morning and they would go after the shot gun that was stolen from SNELLING’s Garage some time ago. The state boys were home again Wednesday and was accompanied back to Salem by Joe ZUMSTEG. Norman made the statement that he pulled the PRUETT deal by himself, and the statement was made by both boys that they pulled the SNELLING deal together.

- Swift School: A kitchen shower was held Saturday night for Mr. and Mrs. S.E. LOWE.

June 12, 1930:

- Miss Vivian BARBEE of this city and Kenneth TUCKER of Edinburg, Ill. were married June 2 at the Methodist Parsonage in Salem. They were accompanied to Salem by Mr. and Mrs. Earl BARBEE of this city, parents of the bride, who were the attendants. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl BARBEE, who at present are making their home in this city. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee BARBEE. The couple will make their home in Edinburg, Ill. where Mr. TUCKER is in business.

- Wilson School: Miss Emogene SHUFELDT entertained several of her schoolmates on Thursday for her 11th birthday.

- Swift School: Selby GARRETT and family, Marvin CONANT and family, Marshall WILLIAMS and family, and Ren WAINSCOTT and wife were Sunday evening callers at the S.M. ROBB home.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cord FARRIS entertained about 50 neighbors and friends at their home Monday evening in honor of their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Florence FARRIS, who expects to start Thursday for her home in Texas. Music, sandwiches, coffee, pickles, and lemonade were enjoyed.

- Raymond ATKINS returned home from Carbondale Friday where he had been a student at Southern Illinois Normal University. He will teach at Shanghai School the coming year.

June 19, 1930:

- Don JACKSON received a few bruises Saturday evening when his car upset with him near the Chas. DISS home northwest of this city. He was returning home to spend the weekend from Litchfield where he is employed by I.C.R.R. as a welder. He was going about 40 miles per hour when he seemed to be headed toward a ditch, and the steering wheel locked, sending him to the other ditch and upsetting. He was stunned and did not regain consciousness until sometime later. The car was considerably torn up.

- June 5, Miss Alice F. BALLANCE of Salem and Mr. Edwin STEVENSON of Alton, Ill. motored to Carlyle, Ill. where they were married. They were accompanied by Miss Helen BALLANCE, sister of the bride, and John PETERS of Meredosia, Ill. The couple will make their home in Alton, Ill.. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE of Salem, former residents of Kinmundy. The bride attended Kinmundy H.S. and graduated from Salem H.S. in 1926. She graduated from Southern Ill. Normal University in 1928, and has just completed teaching a successful term in the Salem school. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar STEVENSON of Salem, and for the past several years has been employed with Bell Telephone Company being recently transferred to Alton, Ill.

- Mr. J.T. ARNOLD received a message Tuesday announcing the sudden death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. M.V. ROBERTS of Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 16. She was formerly a resident of Kinmundy, and leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters.

- Elder School: Everyone is invited to attend the ice cream social at Pleasant Grove Church Saturday night, June 21st.

- Meadow Branch: Mildred ROBB entertained several of her little friends Friday afternoon, the occasion being her 12th birthday. Ice cream and cake were served by her mother, assisted by Miss Dorothy WANTLAND.

- Swift School: A birthday dinner was enjoyed Sunday at the George COLE home in honor of Mrs. Russell SWIFT and George COLE. There were 32 present to partake in the sumptuous dinner.

- Swift School: Miss Rada GARRETT returned home from Carbondale Sunday.

- Wilson School: A good crowd attended the Children’s Day Exercises at Pleasant Grove Church Sunday night. A good program was given by the children.

- Meacham News: Dow HARRELL and wife of Philadelphia, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. M.H. SEE of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Edward MARSH of Mounds, Ill., spent Monday of last week with their brother, Edwin HARRELL and wife. It had been 29 years since these brothers had met. Mr. HARRELL served 18 years in the navy. For the past 3 years he had been employed by the Curtis Publishing Co. of Philadelphia.

- Meacham News: Glenn D. BRASEL, wife and children spent Monday evening at the Ed HARRELL home.

- Mr. and Mrs. E. WORMLEY received word that their son, Eugene, would land in New York City this week. He is enroute from Guatemala, Central America, where his business has kept him for past 2 years.

June 26, 1930:

- On the morning of June 20, 1930, Tabitha Eliza BUDLONG BEAVER died. She was born May 7, 1848 in Norwich, Conn., and came to Illinois in 1863. On May 1, 1866 she married David C. BEAVER who died 7 years ago, and they had 9 children, 4 of whom survive: Frank W. BEAVER and Mrs. Alice YATES of Chicago; Mrs. Kate MEEKS of San Antonio, Texas; and Mrs. Nellie NELSON of Tolono, with whom she made her home with the past few years. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Tolono, with interment at Kinmundy in Evergreen Cemetery.

- A little son, Lewie V. Jr., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS, and he died Jane 22, 1930. A brief funeral service was held at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Monday. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Elder School: The ice cream supper was well attended at Pleasant Grove Saturday night.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS and daughter, Lorraine, visited Wednesday afternoon west of Farina with Mrs. John FORD and daughter, Clarabelle.

- Wilson School: Eighth Grade Commencement Exercises for the Alma twp. graduates will be held at Pleasant Grove Church Monday night, June 30. Everyone is invited.

- Mrs. A.S. PARRISH returned to her home in this city, Sunday, from St. Anthony’s hospital in Effingham, where she had undergone an operation several weeks ago. She is improving slowly.

July 3, 1930:

- Mr. Sam HENSLEY, who is making his home in the I.O.O.F. home in Mattoon arrived here Monday to spend the week with friends. He has just returned from Leavenworth, Kansas where he visited with his brother, James HENSLEY. Mr. HENSLEY went to Kansas City, Missouri on June 7 where he visited his niece. A week later he went to Leavenworth, Kansas where he visited his brother, James, in the National Soldiers’ Home. On June 18, James suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died 10 hours later. He had attained the age of 91 years. These 2 brothers had been separated for 62 years until 1 year ago when Sam found trace of James and paid him a visit.

- Grover F. CARMAN, son of the late J.B. and M.J. CARMAN, was born in Kinmundy Feb. 14, 1886. He married Barbara I. MASON on July 12, 1927. His childhood days were spent in Kinmundy, later moving to St. Louis where he died June 24, 1930. He leaves a wife, step-daughter, 2 sisters: Mrs. Joe McGEE of Breese, and Mrs. Rue HOSKINSON of Odin; 3 brothers: Bennett CARMAN of DuQuoin; Gid CARMAN of Centralia; and Ed HALEY of Livingston. Services were held at the Baptist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- On June 21, Miss Ruby HANNA of Kinmundy and Mr. Shirley B. LEE of Walnut Hill, Ill. motored to Decatur, Ill. and were married at the First Methodist Church. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. HANNA, and graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in ‘20. For a number of years she was an efficient grade school teacher in Bethany, and has just completed a successful term at LaClede H.S. The groom is the only son of Wm. LEE of Walnut Hill. For a length of time he was employed at the I.C. Shops in Centralia, but for the past 4 years has been with the U.S. Marines.

- W. Carl JONES of St. Louis and Miss Ruth Virginia MANN, of Anderson, Ind. were married June 21. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. JONES of near Kinmundy, and a brother of Sam P. JONES of Salem. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. MANN of Anderson, Ind. The couple will make their home in St. Louis where he is a traveling representative with the Remington-Rand Business Service Corp.

- Mr. Paul RAMSER died at his home in Urbana on Thursday. Interment was in Alma Cemetery on Saturday.

- Meacham News: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON attended a dinner at the home of Charlie COPPLE and wife of Omega, Sunday. It was in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary, also in honor of their son, Cleo and wife, who were married in Vandalia on June 27. About 150 people helped them celebrate.

- Swift School: Selby GARRETT and family, Bert GARRETT and family, and Mack ROBB and family spent Sunday evening with Mrs. Valinda CONANT.

- Meadow Branch: Elizabeth ARNOLD spent last Thursday with Mildred ROBB.

July 10, 1930:

- Alfred SHIELDS dropped dead Sunday evening at his home southwest of this city from heart trouble. He had been in poor health for the past year. Here of late, neighbors helped him do his chores, and that evening Lloyd WANTLAND was doing his chores for him, and he had just left the house to feed the chickens when he heard Mr. SHIELDS fall on the floor. He rushed to him but he was dead. Alfred SHIELDS was born in Decatur, Ill. on Feb. 23, 1862 and died July 6, 1930. He married Ellen PRESTON on Feb. 13, 1895 and they had 2 daughters: Mrs. Golda JONES of East St. Louis, Ill., and Mrs. Sylvia McROY of Posey, Ill. He also leaves 1 brother, Albert SHIELDS of Decatur, and 7 grandchildren. He had been a resident of Kinmundy for the past 30 years. In his early years he was a contractor and carpenter, but for the past few years he devoted all of his time to farming. Services were held at Nelms Funeral Parlor with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. Elno BROWN, while standing by the side of his car on one of the streets in Salem the morning of the 4th, was struck by an exploding torpedo thrown by a young man in a passing car. He was painfully hurt in his hand, besides cuts on his neck and leg, requiring the services of a surgeon. Such practices, as throwing explosives from passing cars or near people, endangering life and limb, should be prohibited.

- July 6th, being the 47th birthday of Mrs. Hattie WILLIAMS, a number of relatives gathered at her home in Alma with well filled baskets, and when Mrs. WILLIAMS returned about 11:30 o’clock with her son, Ira, from a trip in Zion neighborhood where he had persuaded her to go. She found about 60 relatives and 2 long tables filled with good eats on the lawn awaiting her.

- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine 9 lb. boy who was born Tuesday named John.

- Miss Mae JASPER of near Kinmundy and Glenn SIGRIST of near Farina were married Wed. afternoon June 25 at Charleston, Ill. The couple was attended by Miss Eunice JASPER, sister of the bride, and Theod SIGRIST, brother of the groom. A large number of relatives, neighbors, and friends gave the couple a miscellaneous shower on June 29 at the home of the bride’s father. The couple will make their home in Wisconsin.

- Mr. J.M. WILLIAMS received a message Monday from Columbia, N.C. announcing the death of his sister, Mrs. Victoria BLACKBURN. She was the youngest member of her immediate family.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.L. PERRY and daughter, Rosamay, entertained guests to Sunday dinner at their home in Villa Grove in honor of Mrs. PERRY, Mrs. C.E. HARVEY, and Mr. Owen Loyd, who each have a birthday this month.

- Newark: Funeral services of the late Thomas C. LUNDE were held at the H.J. Larson Funeral home Saturday. Burial was at Millington at Newark Cemetery. He was born Sept. 9, 1857 in Stavanger, Norway, and he died at his home in Marion, Iowa on July 9, 1930. He married Inger HOLVERSON who died 20 years ago.

- Swift School: Those who enjoyed the 4th at the home of Mac ROBB were Selby GARRETT and family, Charles FORD and family, Marshall WILLIAMS and family, Elvin CONANT and mother, Ren WAINSCOTT and family, and Jack BASSETT.

July 17, 1930:

- Peter A. SHRIVER died at his home in Sandoval on July 13, 1930 following an illness of several months. He was born in Pike Co., Ohio on Oct. 7, 1855, the oldest of 6 children of J.P. and Susan NOEL SHRIVER. When 17 years old, he moved with his parents, and brothers, George, John and Will, and sister, Mary, to Illinois. Jimmie died at the Ohio home. The family located near Kinmundy. On May 20, 1885 he married Miss Ada E. KNISELEY, and they established a home in Kinmundy where he was for some time a mine engineer. The couple having no children of their own, opened their home to a little nephew, Eugene COCKRELL, who lived with them a number of years. About 17 years ago, they moved to Sandoval where he was again employed as a mine engineer. He is survived by his wife; 1 brother, George W. SHRIVER of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and 1 sister, Mary SHRIVER of Kinmundy. Brief services were held at his home and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- James M. WOOD, son of George and Mary WOOD, was born March 18, 1860 in Missouri, and died at his home in Kinmundy on July 12, 1930. When quite young he with his parents moved to Sandoval where he grew to young manhood. On Sept. 18, 1878 married Miss Edna A. POTTER of Sandoval, and they had 6 children: Frank J. WOOD of Paris, Texas; Lotta WAGONER of St. Louis, Mo.; Grover WOOD of Chicago; Mary McGUIRE of Fort Smith, Ark.; Chas. N. WOOD of Champaign, Ill.; and Gail BARNES of Chicago. He came to Kinmundy with his family in 1900 where he engaged in the business of buying stock. He is survived by his wife, loving sons and daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers: Will of Woodlawn, Ill. and John of Sandoval, and 1 sister: Mrs. Dollie MATHEWS of Houston, Texas. Services were held at the Christian Church in Sandoval with interment in Sandoval Cemetery.

- Mr. H.W. SEE received quite a fall Tuesday morning while fixing his hay fork in the mow, breaking 2 of his ribs. He was putting hay in the barn. The fork ran back too far and it locked. In an attempt to unlock it, he put up a ladder and was on one of the uppermost rings when the ladder slipped causing him to fall across the joist and then to the floor.

- Mrs. C.K. McROY and babe of Posey, Ill. and Mrs. L.D. JONES of East St. Louis were injured last Friday morning when I.C. Train 24 hit their car at the tower crossing. They and their husbands came here to attend the funeral of her father, Alfred SHIELDS, last week. The car was completely demolished. The train stopped and picked up the occupants of the car and brought them to town where they were attended by Dr. MILLER. Mrs. McROY was driving the car and received a cut over the right eye. Mrs. JONES was holding the babe on her lap. She was bruised considerably with her right leg and knee cut, and some ribs broken. The 11 months old babe received a cut on the head and a cut on the body which extended thru the abdominal wall. They were taken to Centralia Hospital.

- Mrs. F.A. NEIL received a message this morning announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Lon BARNES of Centralia, which occurred yesterday.

- Last Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Paul PIPER and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. CHEADLE attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Mrs. PIPER’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. BURTON, at their farm home near Ina, Ill. A crowd of 250 - 300 persons gathered under trees at the old family home.

- Meadow Branch: Lorene GARRETT spent a few days last week with her aunt, Mrs. Wes ROBB and family.

- Meadow Branch: Milton BAYLIS and wife, A.J. BAYLIS, wife and son, Reindl, and daughters, Lois and Lorraine, spent July 14 at the Leslie McWHIRTER home, who with 18 others helped little Miss Helen celebrate her 9th birthday. Ice cream and cake were enjoyed, also winter coats.

- Miss Alecia MENDENHALL celebrated her 17th birthday by entering a party of friends at the C & EI Lake until 7 p.m. Swimming was one of the events with an all day picnic. All took home sunburns as souvenirs.

- Mr. George WILLETT of near Shobonier died suddenly July 9. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Belle WILLETT, who was formerly Mrs. Smith CONANT of this city.

July 24, 1930:

- Mary Louisa BRADLEY, daughter of George W. and Jane KENNEDY VALLOW, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio on Feb. 4, 1857, and died in Detroit, Mich. on July 19, 1930. Her early girlhood home was spent in Ohio, the family moving from Ohio to Martin Co., Ind. in 1867. She was the 3rd daughter and 5th child of a family of 10 children. When about 17 years of age, she, with the family, moved to Illinois, living in and near Kinmundy. On Feb. 10, 1879 she married William R. BRADLEY of Iuka, Ill., and they had 8 daughters, 4 preceding her in death. The husband died Dec. 20, 1927. The daughters are: Elsie, Mrs. J.B. SAGER of St. Louis; Leona, Mrs. H.O. BURROUGHS of Detroit; Gladys of St. Louis; and Fern, Mrs. E.D. McGUIRE of Carbondale. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Mrs. L.T. BERNERO and Charles Richard SAGER of St. Louis; and Vernon, Laurel, Vera, and Vinda BURROUGHS of Detroit; 2 sisters, Mrs. W.A. MAXWELL of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Wm. BATES of Shenandoah, Iowa; and by 2 brothers, Rev. J.L. VALLOW of Denver, Colorado; and E.A. VALLOW of LaJunta, Colorado. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. George BLACK received the announcement Wed. of the marriage of their daughter, Miss Bessie of Chicago to Mr. Corbett FOSTER, also of that city. Mrs. FOSTER is the employee of a Ford plant in Chicago, also a radio entertainer.

- Mr. Eugene SHAFFER and Miss Vernice HALL were quietly married in Salem on July 22. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. James BRIM residing north of this city. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank SHAFFER of this city.

- Victoria WILLIAMS BLACKBURN, wife of J.N. BLACKBURN, died Monday in Columbia, S.C. She was born Oct. 25, 1859 in Kinmundy, and married J.N. BLACKBURN on Dec. 1, 1879. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last December. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter and 2 sons: Mrs. Harvey ROOF of Lexington, S.C.; George H. BLACKBURN and C.A. BLACKBURN; 9 grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother: Mrs. Martha WHITSON of Salem, and Mrs. Elizabeth IATSHAW of Columbia, S.C., and J.M. WILLIAMS of Kinmundy. Interment was made in Mt. Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Lexington Co., S.C.

- Susan M. BARNES, widow of the late A.C. BARNES, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia where she had been a patient for the last several weeks at the age of 74 years, 9 months, and 20 days. Mrs. BARNES, nee GUNN, was born Sept. 27, 1855. She married Mr. BARNES in 1880 in Kinmundy. He died Aug. 29, 1929. She is survived by 1 son, James BARNES of Mt. Vernon; and 3 grandchildren: Mrs. Emery GREGG of Centralia; J.W. BARNES of MaComb, Miss.; and Alonzo H. BARNES of St. Louis; also a sister, Mrs. W.W. NEIL of Kinmundy. Interment was made in Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Her husband conducted a harness store for many years in Centralia.

- Joe INGRAM has a broken arm as a result of attempting to crank a Ford Monday.

- Mrs. Ray GEORGE underwent an operation at St. Mary’s Hospital Monday and is reported to be doing nicely.

- Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY of Champaign rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter born July 16 and named Marilyn Ann.

- Mr. and Mrs. H.M. PARKS of Forgan, Oklahoma have a new son born July 15 and named H. Mercer PARKS. Mrs. PARKS will be remembered as Miss Helen RICE, daughter of Nelson A. RICE who for a number of years an I.C. Agent here, and later in a Mercantile business here.

- Chas. FOX received word Monday that his nephew, Ward HOLT and wife are parents of a 7 lb. daughter born in Centralia Hospital.

July 31, 1930:

- Off for Colorado: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mrs. Wes ROBB and children, and Clyde GARRETT departed Sunday morning by motor for Center and Monte Vista, Colorado where they will visit relatives.

- J.N. VALLOW, wife and 2 children, and Web LOWE, wife and 2 children both left on a vacation and stopped on their way to see their brother, John CRAIG and family in Tripp, South Dakota. Very little has been heard from the pilgrims to Yellowstone except that they arrived at their destination and were having a fine time. They plan to stay there about a week and then start back home. Norris and Web are a little afraid for the women folks to be so close to Reno.

Aug. 7, 1930:

- Services were held for Mrs. Mary ARNOLD PRUETT at the Methodist Church in Wilmington, Cal. who died at her home there at the age of 79 years. She was born in Illinois on Feb. 25, 1851, and 13 years ago went to California as the wife of a Methodist minister. 1 son, Thomas A. PRICKETT, a niece, Mrs. I.A. MARTIN of Lousiana, and a nephew, Lee NICHOLS of Decatur, are the only surviving relatives. Interment was made in California at Roosevelt Memorial.

- Mrs. Mary L. MESSER was surprised last Saturday when a number of cars and drove to her home, bringing her son and daughters and other relatives and friends to remind her that it was her 68th birthday. At noon a sumptuous dinner was served which each had brought. Present were: N.H. BLACKBURN and family of Mattoon, Ill.; Mrs. J.D. PRUGH of Bronsville, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. BAYLIS of Columbia, S.C.; Mrs. Irene BRUCE and son, Miss Blanche SWISHER, and Miss Jean CAMPBELL of Humboldt, Ill.; Mrs. Ruth HUBBARD and family of Villa Grove, Ill.; Mrs. Ollie CATLIN of Monticello, Ill.; Mrs. Lora SHAW of Bement, Ill.; and Mr. J.A. BAYLIS and daughter, Miss Maude of this city.

- Chris MARTENS, pioneer Champaign Restauranteur and one of the best known and widely liked businessmen, died at Mercy Hospital in Champaign. Peritonitis, which followed intestinal influenza and poisoning, was given as the cause of death. He took sick last Thursday, and on Sunday was removed to the local hospital. He was 56 years old, and was born in Champaign on July 15, 1874. He had owned restaurants at various locations in Champaign for the past 28 years. Mrs. MARTENS was Emma BREWER of Kinmundy prior to their marriage on June 1, 1900. They had 1 son, William MARTENS of Champaign. He also leaves 2 sisters: Mrs. Ed STIPES and Mrs. Frank WEBBER, both of Urbana; and 2 brothers: Fred and Charles MARTENS, both of Chicago.

- Fire of an unknown origin completely destroyed the hangar, 4 planes and a glider at the Wright Flying School near St. Elmo Sunday night. The student quarters and a tool shed was also damaged. Total loss was estimated at $25,000.

- Misses Carrie and Gertrude SEE were hostesses at a chicken dinner Sunday at their home north of Alma. Dinner was made an occasion for the reunion of the SEE family, the circle being complete with the exception of Mrs. Lida SEE GAFFANEY and family of Hialeah, Fla. Present were Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN, Mr. and Mrs. Hillary SMITH and Misses Dorothy, Martha, and Hillary Marjorie SMITH of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Sam HOWELL and Lester HOWELL of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Joe MAZANEK and Gertrude Helen, Virginia and Mary Jane MAZANEK of Alma.

- Miss Marjorie BUNDY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom BUNDY, has sailed for Panama where she will be married on landing. From there she and her husband will go to South America, where they will make their home.

- E.C. HUGGINS motored to Leroy, Ill. Tuesday and accompanied his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. HUGGINS to Iuka where they attended the funeral of Mrs. HUGGINS’ brother.

- While threshing on his farm near Omega Friday, Frank SIMER suffered severe loss by fire. Damage was estimated at $2000 and was only partially insured. The fire started in the barn and with the exception of 1 mower and a set of harness everything in the barn was destroyed. Also burned was his $250 silo granary and all other outbuildings, and 80 acres of land. About 150 men helped to contain the fire.

- According to the St. Louis weather statistics, last month was the driest July since they starting recording 94 years ago. There was .25 inches of rain that month.

- F.J. NIRIDER returned home last week from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.

- Swift School: A few from this vicinity attended the Arnold Chapel picnic on Saturday.

- Miss Rada GARRETT left Sunday for Decatur for a visit.

- The DISS-WILLIAMS Reunion was held at Kitchell Park in Pana, Ill. last Sunday and was largely attended by relatives from far and near. Those attending from here were: Chas. DISS, daughter Beulah and Edith DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family, and Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD and daughter, Ruby.

Aug. 14, 1930:

- J.N. VALLOW writes about his family’s trip to Yellowstone National Park.

- C.I. DOOLEN received a letter Thursday from his son, Eli, who is a night clerk at the Tomahawk Hotel in Green River, Wyoming, and was held up. The robbers got off with $88. After they left, he sat down and called the police and sheriff. "After they caught him they said I’d given the best description of him that they ever had. I described everything but the gun. The Sheriff wanted to know what kind of gun he had and I told him I couldn’t give him anything definite about the gun as I wasn’t interested in what make he had. All I was worrying about was what would happen if he pulled the trigger."

- Miss Betty ATKINS was found in a semi-conscious condition on the floor of her home Wednesday morning by Mrs. ROWAN. She had noticed that Aunt Beth had not stirred about and went to investigate. The door was locked and it was necessary for her to pry a screen from the window. Dr. MILLER stated there were no symptoms of a stroke but there were many things which could have caused her to fall. She’s in serious condition.

- Mrs. Wm. B. ROSS of Salem was seriously injured in an auto collision near Teutopolis, when the Sedan she was driving collided head-on with a Roadster in which 4 young people were riding. She lost several teeth, had a scalp wound, and probably a fractured jaw. She was enroute to Casey to visit.

- Miss Lucy DEW received a telegram Wednesday from her sister, Mrs. George WATERHOUSE of Bridgeport, Conn., stating her husband had died Tuesday. Funeral and interment were in Bridgeport.

- Tuesday morning, a spark from the flue fell on the roof of the residence of H.K. JONES and family in the east part of town, and soon the whole house was in flames. Most of the contents were removed but the house is a total loss. The property was owned by Mrs. Helen MITCHELL.

- The PARRILL family reunion was held Aug. 10 at Rose Lake at Iuka, Ill. with 23 relatives attending from Vincennes, Ind., Denton, Texas, Kinmundy, and Iuka. Elected were President - A.J. PARRILL of Farina, and Sec-Treas - Evangeline PARRILL of Kinmundy.

- Mr. and Mrs. M.J. EDMAN and children has returned to their home in Great Bend, Kansas, after a visit here at the home of Mrs. EDMAN’s mother, Mrs. R.C. ROBB. They were accompanied to Great Bend by Mrs. EDMAN’s sister, Miss Florence DOOLEN, who will spend her vacation there.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Joe VANSCYOC entertained to dinner on Sunday in honor of her grandson’s 6th birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Cal LANE, Lester VANSCYOC and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE and Mr. and Mrs. George SNELLING.

- Wilson School: While threshing Monday, Ellis BUTTS had the misfortune of having his barn burned to the ground. The barn was filled with straw, hay, crop, harness, and many other articles. No insurance was carried. The origin was unknown but supposed it was caused by a match being dropped in the hay.

- Mrs. M.A. JONES of Caldwell, Ark. came Friday to visit her cousin, George BLACK and family. Later in the day, by chance, her brother, Earl BLACK and wife of California drove in. They had not seen each other in about 30 years.

Aug. 21, 1930:

- Word was received of the approaching marriage of Miss Thelma WITWER, formerly of this city, but now of West Palm Beach, Florida, to Mr. COKER of Chicago. She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. WITWER of West Palm Beach, Fla. She was born in this city and attended grade school here, then went to Champaign with her parents where she graduated from high school and attended the University of Illinois. She graduated from Ward Belmont School at Nashville, Tenn. She had recently been assisting her mother in a Lingerie and Hosiery Shop in West Palm Beach. He graduated from the University of Illinois in ‘23 and is in business in Chicago, being owner of a factory that produces parts used in automobiles. The couple will be married soon after Aug. 8 and will reside in Chicago.

- On Aug. 11 the wedding of Miss Margaret COUGHLIN of Chicago to Mr. Robert C. HILKERT also of that city at the Church of St. Thomas. She graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in ‘18, and is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. COUGHLIN.

- The 4th annual reunion of the BROWN families was held at the Wm. BAGOTT home Aug. 17, 1930. 63 relatives partook of the noon day meal. Eura E. BROWN, President, conducted the business meeting.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE received the announcement of the arrival of a son at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. CLARK at Chicago on Aug. 14. He weighed 8 lbs. and was named William David.

- Wilson School: On Sunday, Harold and Helen KLEISS entertained 16 of their little friends and schoolmates in honor of their 13th birthday.

- Miss Alta GARRETT returned to her home in Villa Grove after a visit here with her grandmother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT and other relatives and friends. She was accompanied home by Miss Kathryn LOWE who will visit there.

- Frank GARRETT and family of Mitchell, Ill. are visiting here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt JONES.

- Meacham News: On Monday, Ruben FULFER’s and Richard COLCLASURE and family visited their father and mother, it being Mr. Tom ADAM’s birthday.

- Miss Marcelline GARRETT of North Fork is spending a few days at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT.

- Meadow Branch: Ruth MARSHALL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL, returned home Saturday night after work in New York City during the summer. She had a scholarship which enabled her to teach part time in a settlement under the Federation of Churches in that city.

Aug. 28, 1930:

- Tuesday being Mr. William GARNER’s 74th birthday, his son-in-law, daughter, and granddaughter came from Villa Grove and gave him a dinner on Sunday. Those present were: Mrs. Sam WILLIAMS, Lorene and Dorothy GAFFNEY, and Buster Bender, Mr. and Leslie McWHIRTER and daughter, Mrs. Nellie EAGAN of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Sam PHILLIPS and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton BAYLIS of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. PERRY and daughter, Rosamay, of Villa Grove.

- The I.C. has the flashers working for the past week at the 3rd street crossing. Many of our citizens have voiced their sentiments on the negative side of the question, regarding the taking away the flagman, Robert GRAY. But don’t let this worry you as the City Council has seen that the school children are safe guarded with an ordinance requiring a flagman between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day during school season.

- Mr. and Mrs. Thos. SHAFFER entertained dinner Sunday in honor of her sister, Mrs. Jeff REDDELL of Jennings, Louisiana, and her daughter, Mrs. Eddie McCAULEY of Mamou, Louisiana, and the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas OLIVER and daughter, Stella; Mr. and Mrs. Ira SHAFFER of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER and daughters, Marjorie and Vera of Kinmundy; Mrs. Louisa KELLER of Xenia; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SHAFFER and babe of Iuka, and Miss Laura ROSE of Champaign.

Sept. 4, 1930:

- Miss Hattie ATKINS arose early Monday morning and found that she had passed the 69th milestone of her life. The day didn’t seem any different from any other day until 43 of her friends and relatives began to arrive for dinner with well filled baskets. Meat was served from a platter that had been in her family for 100 years.

- A Cox family Homecoming was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank COX on Sunday.

- David Benton SCHOOLEY, 86, died at his home in Elsworth, Ill. Wednesday. He was born at Gilmore, Ohio on July 21, 1844. He moved to Indiana in 1866 after he was discharged from the Civil War. In 1877 he moved to southern Illinois and in 1902 to his residence in Ellsworth. He married Cenith ORR on June 21, 1863, and they had 5 children: Leo SCHOOLEY, Mrs. Rose MARLOW, and Sanford C. SCHOOLEY, all of Ellsworth; Mrs. Emma GRAMLEY, who died July 1920, and one who died in infancy. His wife died 12 years ago. He also leaves 2 brothers: Elmer SCHOOLEY of Chicago; and Robert SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy; and 1 sister: Mrs. Mary TUCKER of Olney; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. He served 3 years in the Civil War. Services were held at the Methodist Church there with interment in Dawson Cemetery.

- A family reunion was held at the Lewis WILSON home on Sunday. All of the children were home except Charles, who lives in Lansing, Mich.

- A number of Kinmundy men were in Alma Monday attending the horse races.

- Yesterday a lone bandit entered the Vernon State Bank and commanded the cashier, L.E. GREEN, who was there alone, to stick ‘em up. Elston stuck ’em up alright, but he noticed that the bandit’s gun was not pointed exactly in the right direction, so he dropped down behind the counter and turned on the burglar alarm. The bandit began to shoot but his shots were wild. The way we understand it, Elston also began to shoot. The bandit emptied his gun and walked out. Elston then went to the door and saw the fellow walking down the street very much unconcerned. He tried to shoot at the bandit but his gun failed to shoot and he took after him, intending to crack him over the head. But the fellow turned around and gave himself up. Sheriff MAY soon had him on the road to Salem. The fellow gave for an excuse that he had a family of 8 children that were on starvation and felt he had to do something. Evidently he didn’t think of what would become of Elston’s widow and orphans if one of the bullets had struck him. Mr. GREEN was awarded $1000 for his bravery by the Banker’s Association for capture of the bandit.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS was pleasantly surprised Sunday night when several cars of neighbors, who had been invited by her daughter, Lorraine, drove in to remind her of her approaching birthday on Sept. 3. Music was furnished on the player piano by Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mrs. Milton BAYLIS with everyone joining in the singing.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Freida LENHART, who has employment in Vandalia, spent the weekend with home folks.

Sept. 11, 1930:

- Life History of Miss Mary Elizabeth ATKINS: Once again we pause in the daily activities of life to pay a last tribute of respect to a dear friend and loved one who has been called to a fuller and more perfect life with our Heavenly Father, and we find that one by one we are drifting out upon that unknown _____ to eternity. Mary Elizabeth, second youngest daughter of Nathan and Mary GARRETT ATKINS, was born in Foster township, August 16, 1863, and lived on the farm with her parents until their passing away. Then, after a few years, in company with her sister Katherine, she moved to this city to make her home. Here they lived very happily, until a short time ago when the beloved sister left her, crossed over the Great Divide and entered into that long sleep. Her lonely life was then brightened by the presence of her dear ones, for her home was their home. Miss "Bet" was one of a happy family of twelve children all having crossed the Sient River but a brother, Richard M. ATKINS, who deeply mourns the loss of a dear sister. In early girlhood she realized her need of a personal Savior and became a follower of the meek and lowly Jesus, and was a sincere and consecrated servant until the Great Master came and removed her from these earthly scenes on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1930, at 4:30 p.m. Early in life she united with the M.E. Church, South and later transferred her membership to the First M.E. Church of Kinmundy. She was always a faithful member and could be found at all services when health permitted. Her life was one of complete service and her faith never waivered. In this love and trust she found supreme joy, peace and rest, that rest which comes only to those who love the Lord. Though she is gone, her good deeds live on in our memories. The storms of time cannot efface them; they shall be as beacon lights along the journey. The tender memory of her kind words and patient ways is ever with us, prompting us to nobler deeds and better lives. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the M.E. Church, Rev. Orin H. YOUNG, officiating, and Rev. DEBOLT, assisting. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Dr. H.L. HANNA and Nora GUST, both of this city, were married Sept. 6, at the M.E. Parsonage in Salem. The couple will make their home in this city. Dr. HANNA is our local veterinarian.

- Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES, parents of a 9 lb. son, Charles Eugene, born Sept. 7.

- Pal, the canine pet of the W.S. PRUETT children, met with a fatal accident Tuesday when he was rundown by a car driven by Forrest THOMS. It was an unavoidable accident.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and daughter, Isabell, and Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES and family, spent the weekend in Mitchell, Ill. with relatives.

Sept. 18, 1930:

- The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. JONES celebrated at their home in Vernon on Sept. 14, 1930, and it was also the 10th family reunion. Mr. and Mrs. JONES were married Sept. 15, 1870 by Rev. SHEPHERD, Mrs. JONES being Amanda CHANCE, daughter of the late E.A. CHANCE. They had 5 children, namely: C.L. JONES of Hallsville; F.E. JONES of Kinmundy; Mrs. Emma MARTIN of Patoka; Mrs. Mary MEADORS of McLean; and Mrs. Sarah WILLETT of Shobonier; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Alex MASSEY and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ARNOLD were present having been wedded for over 60 years. Mr. and Mrs. I.W. DOOLEN were also present having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Among the callers in the afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Meredith DOOLEN, who will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary.

- The Radio Audition was held at the Christian Church in Salem with 4 men and 4 women in the contest. Mr. Harold BROWN represented Kinmundy and 1st was awarded to Miss IRWIN of Centralia and Mr. BROWN.

- Mrs. Frank V. DAVIS has received word of the passing of Mrs. Sarah A. HERRICK at her home in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sept. 14. She had been an invalid for 5 years, during which time she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Mable MARTIN, and she died at the age of 80 years. The funeral and interment was held in Indianapolis.

- Elder School: There will be a pie social at the Red Lick Schoolhouse, Sept. 24th.

- Elder School: J.H. BASS underwent an operation at Centralia Hospital last Thursday for a hernia.

- Swift School: Russell SWIFT and family and Ren WAINSCOTT and family had Sunday dinner at the Selby GARRETT home.

- Swift School: Jack BASSETT, Treva GOOSETREE, Rada and Lorene GARRETT, and Pete GRAY enjoyed ice cream with Marshall WILLIAMS and family Saturday night.

- Wilson School: Little Miss Melba SIPES entertained 8 of her friends Friday in honor of her 6th birthday. Her mother was assisted by her grandmother, Mrs. Floyd CRAIG.

- Mrs. Julia MAXEY was called to Indianapolis Sunday by the serious illness of her daughter, Mary, who underwent an operation for appendicitis yesterday morning. The operation was successful.

Sept. 25, 1930:

- The country home of Mr. and Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE was the scene of a happy gathering Sunday when relatives and friends numbering around 100 came with well filled baskets to spend the day with them and remind them of their 25th wedding anniversary. As Mrs. Ross HANNA played the wedding march, "Tom" and "Emma" appeared on front porch accompanied by Mrs. Hattie ATKINS, who attended them at their wedding 25 years ago. The bride was her original wedding grown and the groom a part of his wedding outfit. After dinner, sometime was spent socially and a short program followed.

- Mrs. Addie GILMORE, wife of the late G.W. GILMORE, and sister to Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of this city, died in a St. Louis Hospital on Tuesday.

- In honor of F.M. ROBB’s 83rd birthday, a reunion of the ROBB family was held Sunday at Schneider’s Springs. 127 were present to partake in lunch. All of Mr. ROBB’s immediate family was present except the only son, Eli, who lives near Watseka and was unavoidably detained. The daughters are: Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD, Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mrs. Emmett JONES, and Mrs. Frank JONES. Sisters present were Mrs. Jeems ARNOLD, and Mrs. Mary WALKER; and the brother, Mr. R.C. ROBB.

- Wilson School: Several attended the basket dinner at Pleasant Grove Church Sunday. A pleasant day was reported by all.

- Wilson School: The pie supper at our school last Thursday was well attended. Little Miss Melba SIPES received the box of candy for the sweetest girl, and Fred KLEISS the cigar for the heaviest smoker.

- P.F. ROBNETT has a gang of men busy wrecking the house he recently purchased from Mrs. Lillian SUGG. He will erect a filling station on the lot.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS and Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and daughter, Isabell, ate Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT.

- Swift School: Claude GARRETT and family, George COLE and family, John VANCIL, Rada, Lorene and Lucille GARRETT, and Helen WAINSCOTT of this vicinity attended the dinner at Tom BALLANCE home Sunday in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Oct. 2, 1930:

- It was announced at the Chillicothe Business Girls meeting at the college in Chillicothe, Missouri, that Miss Helen BALLANCE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE of Salem, but formerly of this city, is engaged to John PETERS of Meredosia, Ill. The couple met at the college there in the Illinois Club.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McWHIRTER and daughter, Helen, Wes ROBB and family, Will WANTLAND, wife, and daughter, Erma, and Mirl and Milton BAYLIS spent Saturday evening at the J.A. BAYLIS home and enjoyed cake and ice cream.

- Mr. and Mrs. G.W. NEWELL left Friday morning for Lawrenceville, to attend Southern Ill. Conference of the Methodist Church. They took with them 150 quarts of fruit - 100 from the Kinmundy Church and 50 quarts from the Pleasant Grove Church - for the Old Folks home situated in Lawrenceville.

Oct. 9, 1930:

- Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. BOSTON of Centralia announce the arrival of a 7 lb. son, Richard Ray, born on Oct. 4. Mrs. BOSTON will be remembered as Miss Edith PULLEN of Alma.

- On Oct. 5, James HESTER of Alma and Miss Marjorie WILLIAMS of this city, were quietly married in Salem. The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Gertrude WILLIAMS of this city, and was a student of Kinmundy H.S. until recently. The groom is the youngest son of H.P. HESTER of Alma, and a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. class of 1930.

- Mr. Newton RICHARDSON and Miss Marcella ROBERTS, both of St. Louis, were married at Waterloo on Oct. 4. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis RICHARDSON of this city, and attended the local public schools. The couple will make their home in St. Louis.

- On Oct. 4, the marriage occurred of Miss Ruth HANNA and Mrs. Fred NELLES of Chicago. The wedding took place at the home of Rev. SANBURG, District Supt. of McKinley Park Methodist Church. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Gray DAVIS, brother-in-law and sister of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.L. HANNA of this city, is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘25, and has since held a position in Chicago. The couple will reside in Chicago.

- William PATTERSON of Chicago and Miss Caddie SEE of this city were married Oct. 6 in Salem by Rev. SHAFFER. The couple was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. SEE and daughter, Leona, parents and sister of the bride. The parents live south of this city. The groom is a native of Chicago, and holds a responsible position of Yardmaster for the Grand Trunk R.R. Co. The couple will make their home in Chicago.

- Mr. Lee HAWORTH, who died at his home in Flora, Ill. on Monday, will be brought here today with services at the Christian Church and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He grew to manhood in this city, and for the past several years has been engaged in the Coal business in Flora. Besides the widow, he leaves a brother, George, of Salem.

- Meacham News: Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, with 9 other ladies of the Auxiliary of the Spanish American War Veterans of the State of Illinois, motored to Eldorado, Ill. last Friday and attended the District Convention held at that place. The Auxiliaries of the District were well represented but the delegation from Salem was the largest in attendance.

- Meacham News: Mrs. Caroline FINNEY, Mrs. Mattie HITT, Mrs. Frank WEAVER and son, Frank, and Mrs. Allen WEAVER of Casey, motored to the home of Mr. Frank HARRIS Wednesday to surprise Mrs. HARRIS on her birthday.

- Meacham News: Fred JONES is helping Ed HARRELL.

- Swift School: George COLE and family, John VANCIL and Carroll GARRETT ate Sunday dinner at the S.M. ROBB home.

Oct. 16, 1930:

- Fred John NIRIDER was born in Allen Co. 10 miles from Fort Wayne, Ind. on Oct. 23, 1862. He came to Kinmundy 38 years ago as a night station agent for the Illinois Central R.R., giving up this position when appointed Post Master. After his term of office expired he bought out the business which he held at the time of his death - that of a druggist. After coming to Kinmundy, Mr. NIRIDER was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth TOMLINSON, and they had 2 children: the first born dying in infancy, and Georgia, now Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT. By a former marriage, there are 2 children: Gilbert of Decatur, and Gail, now Mrs. L.A. SNELLING of Sheboygan, Wis. There are also 5 grandchildren: Merle, Dosh, and Fred John NIRIDER, Genevice SNELLING, now Mrs. LINDSAY, and Betty BARCROFT, and 2 great-grandchildren: Shirley Mae and Frank W. LINDSAY. He had returned some weeks ago from the hospital in Effingham, where he had spent 3 months. He died Oct. 13, 1930. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Farina Cemetery.

- Miss Helen BALLANCE of Salem and Mr. John E. PETERS of Meredosia, Ill. were married at Methodist Church South in Centralia, Sunday noon. The couple was accompanied by bride’s sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON of Alton. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE of Salem, former residents of this city. She attended the Kinmundy Grade and High School, and was graduated from Salem High School with the class of 1929. She and Mr. PETERS both graduated from the Chillicothe Business College class of 1930. They will reside in Meredosia.

- Miss Minnie TYNER fell and broke her hip while about her duties in the I.O.O.F. Old Folks’ Home in Mattoon. She was a long time resident of Kinmundy but for the past few years has had a position at the I.O.O.F. Home.

- R.N. MORGAN of Odin was here Wednesday and rented the Elder Building, just north of the First Nat’l Bank and will move a stock of Gents’ Furnishings, including clothing and shoes therein. The store will be opening next week.

- A gang of CIPS workers are in Alma this week setting poles, getting ready to give the village of Alma electric lights. As soon as the hard road is completed, they will set the poles from here to Alma.

- Ellis BUTTS, who has been employed in the building of the hard road, met with a very painful accident Monday while at work. A heavy piece of machinery was being lifted to be cleaned, and the support gave way, the blade striking Ellis’ toes. His big toe was almost severed and 1 or 2 others broken.

- Robert FLANNIGAN Sr. passed away at his home in Centralia on Oct. 8, death resulting from apoplexy. He was born March 7, 1871 near McLeansboro. He came to Centralia about 15 years ago and worked in a coal mine here for several years up until a few days ago. He was twice married, the first time to Miss Ella CLOW who died, and later married Miss Anna CASE 30 years ago in Vandalia. She survives him along with 1 son, Robert Jr. at home, and 2 daughters, Mrs. John WESTMAN and Mrs. Orval BLADES, both of Centralia; also a brother, Clarence of Broughton, Ill.; and 3 sisters, all living near Harrisburg. The funeral was held Thursday at Wamac Methodist Church with interment in Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. FLANNIGAN and his family were residents of this city a number of years.

- Mrs. Emma KIRK CUMMINS, wife of Rev. J.B. CUMMINS, died at the Methodist parsonage in Marissa, Ill. on Oct. 8th.

- Harold M. BROWN will sing over WGN in the Atwater-Kent State Audition Contest on Sunday night.

- The 11th annual picnic of the Kinmundy-California Association was held Sept. 28 in Victory Park, Los Angeles.

- Meacham News: Ed HARRELL had the wood sawers Saturday.

- Meadow Branch (from last week): Miss Rada GARRETT and boyfriend called on Miss Helen WANTLAND Saturday evening.

Oct. 23, 1930:

- Maurice Dudley SIPES, only son of Vernon and Helen CRAIG SIPES, was born Jan. 9, 1929, and died at the home of his parents Oct. 13, 1930. He leaves his parents, and a little sister, Melba, and 4 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gracen SIPES, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CRAIG. Services were held at the M.E. Church of this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. HAWORTH, was born in Kinmundy on Jan. 29, 1869 and died Oct. 6, 1930. He married Alta BRADLEY of Centralia on May 17, 1905. 18 years ago he went to Flora which has since been his home. He leaves his wife; 1 brother, George, of Salem; 3 nephews, Raymond and Donald HAWORTH of Salem; and Kleon HAWORTH of Shelbyville; 2 nieces: Evelyn McCARGER and Wanda MORGAN of California, the only surviving members of the HAWORTH family. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.

- Over the Line (from last week): The community was saddened to learn that little John BASOM suddenly died at Centralia Hospital Tuesday night.

- Miss Velma PATTERSON underwent on operation for appendicitis Wednesday. Mrs. Clyde PRUETT, her aunt, was called to Taylorville.

Oct. 30, 1930:

- On Oct. 25, Elvin CONANT, Carrie ORGAN, Ralph BASSETT, and Lorene GARRETT made a flying trip to Salem. On their return home they stopped in Alma, where Elvin CONANT and Carrie ORGAN were married at the M.E. Parsonage. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mrs. Martha Ellen ORGAN of near Oak Grove. Mr. CONANT is the oldest son of Mrs. Valinda CONANT and is held in high esteem in the Sandy Branch Community. They returned to the home of Mrs. Valinda CONANT for their wedding supper. The following day they were treated to a sumptous dinner by the groom’s mother.

- Mr. and Mrs. Martin METZGER very pleasantly entertained their children and their families at a sumptuous dinner Oct. 26, this being the first time in several years that they were all home together. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed KRAMER and family of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Walter LONGHENRICH and family of Kirkwood, Mo.; Victor METZGER of Pesotum, Ill.; and Ralph METZGER of Carlyle.

- At last our long dreamed hard road is actual fact. The contractors finished Wednesday evening.

- Mr. and Mrs. John DYER and daughter, Joan, of Topeka, Ind. are visiting here at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE. Mr. and Mrs. DYER had quite a narrow escape last Friday evening while on their way to LaClede, Ill. to attend the funeral of Mr. DYER’s father, when his car was hit broadsided by another car just after leaving Indianapolis. Mr. DYER was painfully injured but Mrs. DYER and babe escaped with only a few bruises. Their car was completely demolished.

- On Oct. 23, a surprise dinner was given at the home of Mrs. Mattie DOWNS in honor of her daughter, Thelma’s birthday. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. PATTERSON and the kitchen helpers of the G.P.L. Co. and their friends.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Lester VANSCYOC are parents of an 8 lb. daughter who was born last Friday.

- Meadow Branch: Last Wed., being Mrs. Esta ROBB’s birthday, Mr. ROBB and children planned a little surprise for her by inviting the neighbors. The evening was pleasantly spent with plenty of music on the piano. Refreshments of sandwiches, cocoa, and coffee were served. At a late hour all departed for their homes wishing Mrs. ROBB many more happy birthdays. Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER of Kinmundy were also present.

Nov. 6, 1930:

- Mary Samantha HARRIS was born in Tenn. on Feb. 11, 1848 and died at her home in Kinmundy on Oct. 31, 1930. She married Phelix CRAIG in 1867 and to this union was born 1 daughter, Elizabeth Jane, now of Marengo, Iowa. On Feb. 1, 1872 she married Isaac James WAINSCOTT who died July 24, 1929, and they had 8 children, all of whom are living except 1 daughter, Stella, who died in infancy. She leaves 8 children: Elizabeth Jane of Marengo, Iowa; Richard of Champaign, Ill.; Louis of Higgins, Texas; Charlie of Kinmundy; Eldo of Urbana; Ellis of Westwood, Cal.; Minnie of Xenia; and Jesse of Champaign; 1 brother, Wesley HARRIS of Kinmundy; and 2 sisters, Adeline FRAZEE of Ohio, and Eliza AKER of Marshall, Mo., besides a number of grandchildren. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Burdette WALKINGTON, who is attending school at McKendree in Lebanon, had a thrilling experience a week ago Sunday night. In returning from Tilden, where he had preached that evening, to Lebanon, he took a short cut to Mascoutah. In a rather desolate spot, 2 gentlemen who flashed guns in his face and ordered him to halt. Instead of halting, he stepped on the gas and the gentlemen began shooting. He succeeded in getting by them and they gave chase in their car. He run on into Mascoutah and there he stopped underneath a street light. The gentlemen drove up and placed him under arrest for a few moments but soon turned him loose. There had been a robbery at a filling station close to Tilden and these men were looking for the robber. No doubt but what Burdette can now say that he has had 1 thrill and didn’t have to go to a picture show to get it either.

- The entire Democratic ticket was elected this past election day. It is a political upheaval. The Republican administration is blamed for hard times and the people wanted a change. Kinmundy township, as well as Marion county, voted dry by large majorities, so from now on there will be no booze around the city, township or county. One of the issues voted on was whether women can sit on juries and the count was yes - 2579; no - 4898.

- The Halloween celebration was well attended in spite of chilly weather. The Grand Parade was staged and the following prizes awarded:

Best Masked Couple: Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL and Mrs. Fannie LOWE; Best Masked Lady: Opal BOOTH; Funniest Masked Lady: Margaret WARREN; Funniest or cutest Kid: Bennie DOOLEN; Best Kid Made up as an Indian: Laura GUST; Best Kid Made up as a Negro: Alberta JACKSON; Best Kid Made up as an Clown: Dorothy GORDON; Best Boy made up as a Girl: Frederic PRUETT; Best Girl made up as a Boy: Mildred KLEISS; Most Horrible Makeup: Norma JONES. Lloyd WANTLAND won the apple eating contest; Xon SCHOOLEY won the pie eating contest; Dale HAMMER won the pumpkin rolling contest. In the battle royal, Xon SCHOOLEY was declared champion and Bobbie HANNA, 2nd.

- Shanghai: Miss Josephine BRASEL underwent a serious operation at St. Anthony’s Hospital on Oct. 29. She is doing fair.

Nov. 13, 1930:

- While coming to school yesterday morning in their Ford Truck, the Guy BARBEE children were scratched up quite a bit when one of the hard road trucks hit them. Rolland BARBEE was driving the truck with his 3 sisters in the seat with him while Guy and Lyle were riding behind. They were turning of on Snelling Road when the truck behind them hit them. Dr. MILLER dressed their wounds. Guy said the front of his truck was completely demolished.

- Mrs. L.M. ROTAN received word Saturday morning announcing the death of her father, Judge M.A. FYKE of Kansas City, Mo. He had just passed his 82nd birthday.

- Mrs. Eula CALDWELL HOWELL, wife of George HOWELL, died at her home in Champaign on Nov. 5. Interment was made in Eastland Cemetery near Alma. Mr. and Mrs. HOWELL were former residents of Kinmundy.

- The residence of Mrs. James WOOD caught fire yesterday afternoon, the blaze being quickly extinguished but much damage was done. The fire was supposedly started from defective wiring.

- Meadow Branch: Mildred and Harold ROBB attended Bible School at the Christian Church Sunday morning.

- Meacham News: Mrs. Dora HEICHER and family attended Sunday School and Church in Kinmundy Sunday after which they attended the family reunion at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Dean PARRILL. Mrs. HEICHER’s 4 sisters were present as was their mother.

- Meacham News: On Nov. 9, a reunion of the LEONARD family was held at the home of Dean PARRILL. Those present were: L.E. HANBAUM and family of Pontiac, Ill.; John HEICHER and family; Mrs. Johnnie DIPPOLD and children; Mrs. Emma LEONARD and Miss Lou MILLER of Farina, Ill.; Mrs. Dora HEICHER and family; Art WEISS and Dean PARRILL and family of Kinmundy.

Nov. 20, 1930:

- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ARNOLD Married 61 Years: Mr. and Mrs. James W. ARNOLD, residing on a farm near Arnold Chapel, celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary Tuesday, November 18. About fifty relatives helped them make the occasion a success. A basket dinner was served at the noon hour and needless to say that from the looks of this dinner, there was no appearance of hard times in this locality. Mr. ARNOLD is 83 years of age, while Mrs. ARNOLD is 76. Both are apparently in good health except for a little touch of rheumatism. They have resided on their farm for the past 59 years. Their four children, Elmer, Sam and Ora ARNOLD and Mrs. Tack GREEN, were all present for the occasion. This day was doubly celebrated by Elmer, it being his sixtieth birthday anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD have 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mr. ARNOLD has two brothers and 3 sisters, namely, J.T. ARNOLD of this city: E.M. ARNOLD of Idaho; Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLEN of this city; Mrs. I.W. DOOLEN and Mrs. Alex MASSEY of Vernon. Mrs. ARNOLD, formerly Miss Amelia ROBB, has two brothers and one sister, namely, F.M. ROBB, R.C. ROBB, and Mrs. Mary WALKER, all of this city. Several couples have been granted the privilege of celebrating a golden wedding anniversary but very, very few are permitted to celebrate their sixty-first wedding anniversary. We join their many relatives and friends in extending congratulations and wishing them many more happy returns of the day.

- The Rainbow Division of the Methodist Ladies Aid held an all day meeting and served a noon luncheon at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth DUNLAP, on Nov. 14, in honor of Mrs. DUNLAP’s 82nd birthday.

- Mrs. Guy ARNOLD is receiving treatment in Dr. Mark Greer’s Sanitarium in Vandalia. Mrs. ARNOLD is threatened with blood poisoning from having run a splinter in the fleshy part of her hand.

- Mrs. Hattie MELTON and Mrs. Iva FEATHERLING of Centralia, and Dr. and Mrs. C.P. STEPHENS of Sandoval, spent Sunday at George FIELD’s home to celebrate Miss Mary’s 18th birthday.

- Swift School: S.M. ROBB and family and Ren WAINSCOTT and family visited Sunday with Wes ROBB and family.

- Shanghai (from last week): Fay CRANDALL and wife spent Sunday in Farina with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan CRANDALL.

- Shanghai (from last week): Miss Josephine BRASEL who recently underwent an operation in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, is improving.

- Elder School: Miss Bertha ROSE of Carbondale spent the weekend at home getting acquainted with her new baby brother.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Melvin HINES visited last week with her son, Gail, who had previously underwent an operation for appendicitis in Carbondale.

- Meacham News: George MERRITT had the misfortune of getting his arm broken Sunday night. Leading a horse in the barn, the snap broke and threw him against the barn breaking his arm near the wrist.

- The announcement was made of the birth of a baby daughter in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Erman ALLEN of Berwyn, Ill. on Nov. 12. She weighed 7 pounds and named Harriett Margaret. Grandpa ALLEN is wearing a broad smile.

- J.H. NELMS received a wire Tuesday announcing the birth of twin girls at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene CRAIG of Danville. The mother will be remembered here as Miss Martha NELMS.

Nov. 27, 1930:

- Alonzo BRADFORD, son of Henry and Martha EAGAN, was born in Kinmundy on Feb. 11, 1859, and died at the home of his daughter in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 18, 1930. His wife, Lucy BURLING, preceded him in death 11 years ago. They had 5 children: Henry, Hattie, and Charles, dec’d, Mrs. Emmett KIMBALL of Chicago in whose home Mr. EAGAN made his home, and Richard of Chicago, who during the past several years has been the support of his father. Besides these 2 children, he leaves 6 brothers: Albert of Centralia; Gustin of Alamosa, Cal.; Josiah of California; Isaac of Lindsey, Oklahoma; Kleon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Elmer of Petersburg, Ind. 1 sister died several years ago. Albert and Elmer were present at these services. There are also 2 grandchildren, Fay and Ruth KIMBALL of Chicago, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held at Nelms Funeral Parlors with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Fina GARRETT departed Sunday for Wheeling, West Virginia, where she will spend the winter with her daughter, Mabel.

- F.A. PRUETT and Sons Store was broken into last Thursday night and about $30 in cash and trade taken. There was $3 in cash, a case of eggs, some sugar, flour and canned goods. The robbers gained entrance by smashing a window in the basement.

- The First Nat’l Bank has in the past week had installed by the Burrough’s Adding Machine Co., a Burrough Poster, changing their bookkeeping from pen and ink to machine work. The only objection we have with the machine is that it shows up the overdrafts more readily than the old system.

- Nov. 25 being the 25th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES, 50 of their neighbors and friends gathered at their home last Sunday night to celebrate. Mr. JONES is the son of the late J.R. JONES, and Mrs. JONES is the daughter of F.M. ROBB of Kinmundy. The JONES and ROBB families are well known pioneer families of this part of the county. The couple has lived in this vicinity all of their life with the exception of 1 year in Colorado. A short program was rendered consisting of instrumental and vocal music and recitations. The wedding march was played by Mrs. Ross HANNA and the wedding ceremony was performed by G. Tom BALLANCE. He used the same ceremony his father used 25 years ago. They are parents of 7 children, all of whom were present except their oldest daughter, Dorothy, who holds a responsible position in Chicago. Refreshments consisted of sandwiches, coffee, pickles and apples.

- Meadow Branch: J.A. BAYLIS received an announcement of the birth of an 8 lb. son born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva BAYLIS of Champaign Nov. 23.

- Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE are parents of an 8 lb. baby daughter, who made her arrival at their home in South Bend, Ind. on Nov. 20, named Betty Ann. The mother is the former Miss Lizzie SWIFT, a former Kinmundy girl. Mrs. Lizzie SWIFT is at the HELPINGSTINE home helping care for her new granddaughter.

- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD moved their household effects to Champaign last week where Mr. ARNOLD is stationed as an operator.

- Mr. and Mrs. G.W. ROSS loaded their household goods on trucks Tuesday and left Wednesday for Terre Haute, Ind. where they expect to reside permanently.

Dec. 4, 1930:

- Miss Florence DOOLEN came home from Salem to be with her mother and family, the R.C. ROBB’s.

- Mrs. Icy DOOLEN entertained at a family party, Mrs. Hattie ATKINS, Mr. Charlie DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ora ATKINS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP, Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS, Cecil GARRETT and sister, Marcelline, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene GARRETT and family from Villa Grove.

- The W.E. HARPER farm residence caught fire from an unknown origin last evening and was completely burned, as was all of it’s contents. The family had come to town to do some trading, and the only things the neighbors could save was a bed and some chairs. Mr. HARPER is blind and has a rather hard time making a living for the family.

- Mrs. Florence SHRIVER received a telegram Wed. from Mrs. Earl BUCKMINISTER of VanBuren, Ark. stating her husband had died Nov. 25. Mrs. BUCKMINISTER was formerly Miss Bertha ALLEN, daughter of the late Samuel ALLEN, and sister of John and Uriah ALLEN of Chicago.

- Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd THRASHER of Chicago are the parents of a little daughter born Nov. 26 named Martha Louise. Mrs. THRASHER will be remembered as Miss Mary MORGAN.

- Mr. and Mrs. Anthony NOCHMAN are rejoicing over a 9 lb. daughter born at their home in Chicago named Virginia Marie.

- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and family of Mitchell, Ill. were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. GARRETT’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett JONES.

- Meadow Branch: Wes ROBB and family spent Thanksgiving with Willie GARRETT and wife.

- Meadow Branch: Wes ROBB and family and Milton BAYLIS and wife visited at the Herman SOLDNER home Thursday night.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Wes ROBB and daughter, Mildred, assisted the Dick ATKINS family with their moving Friday.

Dec. 11, 1930:

- Lon SWALLEY, son of Samuel and Annie SWALLEY, was born at Kinmundy Feb. 12, 1900, and died Dec. 8, 1930 as a result of an automobile accident which occurred near Sandoval Nov. 13, 1930. He leaves his father and mother; 1 brother, Burley of Pickering, Mo.; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Katie KAGY of Brubaker, and Cecil, now at home with her parents. When Lon was about 8 years old his parents moved to their farm near Omega. Here Lon grew to manhood and attended the district school, Sunday School and Church. Services were held at Iuka M.E. Church with interment in Iuka Cemetery.

- Charles FOGERSON, son of J.D. and Elizabeth FOGERSON, was born May 2, 1870 and died Dec. 6, 1930 at his home near Kinmundy. He was of a large family, all of whom preceded him in death except for 2 brothers: Ralph of Rantoul, and Jeff of near Kinmundy. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery.

- Rebecca Jane HENSLEY, daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth WILCOXIN, was born Sept. 2, ___, and died Dec. ___, 1930. Interment in Lovell Grove Cemetery. (DFM note: Unreadable portion of microfilm page.)

- Swift School: Selby GARRETT and family, Marvin CONANT and family, and Marshall WILLIAMS and family were Saturday evening callers at the S.M. ROBB home.

- Swift School: Cecil GARRETT, Marcelline DOOLEN, Clyde GARRETT, and Treve GOOSETREE spent Saturday evening with Sam LOWE and wife.

- Meadow Branch: Lucille and Cleta GARRETT spent Saturday nite and Sunday at the Wes ROBB home.

- Meacham: Mr. Charles FOGERSON died Monday after an illness of several years.

Dec. 18, 1930:

- John Franklin HELM, Jr., son of John Franklin and Margaret HELM, was born in Wyandott Co, Kansas on Dec. 11, 1868, and died at his late residence in Kinmundy on Dec. 15, 1930. He married Mrs. Amanda LYONS on Nov. 15, 1893, and was a very industrious man. Farming, carpentering, and merchandising were his chief occupations. On account of an affliction 3 years ago, he was compelled to give up his regular vocations. He leaves his wife, an aged mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 step-son, and 1 step-daughter. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Lizzie BORING, age 73 years died at her home in Chicago on Dec. 13. The body was brought to Alma on Monday to the home of her sister, Mrs. Jess RHOADS. The funeral was held Tuesday with interment in Alma Cemetery. She was a trained nurse.

- The farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. George NEAVILL caught fire yesterday noon. Mrs. NEAVILL was at home alone, Mr. NEAVILL having gone to the J.B. MAXEY home to assist in butchering. Mrs. NEAVILL was doing some chores when he noticed the fire. She immediately telephoned for help, but before help arrived, she had the fire put out. A good sized patch of shingles had burned.

- Mr. Dan O’BRIEN was presented a lifetime pass from an official of I.C.R.R. for faithful services of 42 years with this company.

- Over the Line: Dr. PHILLIPS of Farina, was called to see C.B. KLINE Wed. of last week. His condition, resulting from being crushed under a falling building, several weeks ago, was quite critical, but he is some improved at present.

- Omega: Mr. Douglas MARLOW and Miss Eileen HULTSHOUSE surprised their many friends last Wednesday by driving to Salem and getting married. The young people charivaried them as the MARLOW home Thursday night.

- Swift School: Robbie NICHOLS and mother, Rada GARRETT, Glenna MEADORS, and Helen NEILSON and boyfriend of Decatur spent Sunday with Marshall WILLIAMS and family.

- Elder School: The Pleasant Grove Sunday School are preparing a Christmas program.

- Robert GRAY and sons, Laverne and Paul, spent Saturday in Anna, Ill. with Mrs. GRAY, who is receiving treatments in the State Hospital.

Dec. 25, 1930:

- Leslie Eugene, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JAMES of Chicago, was laid to rest in Watson Cemetery Monday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Pat JAMES and son of this city attended the services.

- Mr. Elmer MARQUETTE of Marble, Minn. and Miss Helen McCARTY of the Pleasant Grove vicinity, stole the march on their many friends Saturday when they drove to Centralia and were married. He is employed as a steam-shovel engineer at Harvey, Ill. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake McCARTY, who resided on the POWELL farm near Pleasant Grove Church. The couple will make their home in Harvey, Ill.

- Mr. and Mrs. Frank KOLB are parents of twins, a boy and girl, born Dec. 21.

- Meacham News: About 54 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Emma COURSON Sunday to help her celebrate her 74th birthday.

 

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