Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"

1940

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. 4, 1940:

- Laura HUMPHREYS COFFMAN, a daughter of John and Margaret HUMPHREYS, was born in Springfield, Ohio on Sept. 5, 1861, and died Dec. 30, 1939. On Nov. 15, 1883, she married Albert COFFMAN, and they had 1 daughter, Clara Emma, who became the wife of Hallet SNELLING. She died in 1922. Mrs. COFFMAN came with her parents to Illinois when but a small child, and has since lived in this state. After her marriage, she lived with her family on a farm in Marion county, until coming to Kinmundy several years ago. She leaves a grandson, Elroy SNELLING of Chicago, and the son-in-law, Hallet SNELLING; also 3 sisters, namely, Mrs. E.F. JOHNSON of Newton, Ill.; Mrs. R.D. COCKRELL of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Nora WHITE of Salem; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and children entertained "The First Cousins" Sunday to a turkey dinner in honor of Mr. JACKSON’s (?) birthday. After dinner, the guests were entertained with contests. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence RETTINGER, Mr. and Mrs. Walter MATTHEWS, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry HUNTINGTON of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER and Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER and children. Several cousins were unable to come on account of illness.

- Mrs. Arthur BRIMBERRY met with a very painful accident this morning as she was returning home from work. She was walking on the hard road near her home which is by the C. & E.I. subway. She was passing a truck and the rear end of the truck skidded and struck her. She received a broken collar bone and some broken ribs. She was rushed to the Centralia Hospital.

- The many friends of Mrs. ATKINS ill be pleased to know that she is improving but it will be necessary for her to remain in the Alton Memorial Hospital for sometime yet.

- Mr. Chas. ALLEN is ill at the home of his son, Erman, suffering from a kidney ailment.

- The condition of Mr. W.R. JACK remains about the same. It will be remembered that he underwent an operation in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia for the removal of kidney stones.

- Carl VALLOW underwent an appendectomy in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Tuesday.

- Sarah E. SAPP, daughter of John Wesley SAPP and Sarah E. SAPP, was born Feb. 25, 1860 in Clay Co., and Dec. 27, 1939. She married Tom ADAMS on Aug. 16, 1883, and they had 5 children: Elmer, Wesley, and Mrs. Leona FULFER, all of Kinmundy; Mrs. Carrie COLCLASURE of Louisville, and Elza ADAMS of Xenia. Most of her life was spent in Clay county. In 1927, she joined the Pentecost Church at Oskaloosa. She leaves her husband; 5 children; 1 brother, Charley of Oklahoma; 1 sister, Jane GRAY of Centralia; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the Pentecost Church with interment in Oskaloosa Cemetery.

- Albert A. MALINSKY and Miss Bertha C. GREEN motored to St. Louis on Wednesday of last week where they were married. They were unattended. The groom is an employee of F.A. Pruett and Sons. The bride is daughter of the late Phillip and Nancy GREEN and since the death of her sister-in-law, has been the housekeeper for her brother, William L. GREEN and children. They will reside in the Malinsky home north of this city.

- Back Again: The many friends of Dale HAMMER will be pleased to know that he is again able to be at his place of business after being confined to his bed for the past month.

- Booker: Mr. A.N. COPPLE’s house was burned Tuesday, it being a complete loss.

- Swift School: The first P.T.A. in this district was held at the schoolhouse Dec. 22 with a good attendance. The pupils and the teacher had the schoolhouse very beautifully decorated, and had a pretty Christmas tree. A good program was enjoyed. The next meeting will be Jan. 11.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE Sunday evening.

- East Zion: The Ladies’ Club enjoyed an oyster supper at the Roy MULVANY home Thursday night. They enjoyed a good time and exchanging of gifts. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SOUTIER and son and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer FRIZZELL and daughters, Clara and Ethyl, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES and son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT and son, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MULVANY and daughter, Martha, Mr. Harry MULVANY and Miss Lucille MULVANY.

- Mr. and Mrs. James SCHOOLLEY had with them for dinner, Sunday, all of their sons - David and Glen of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice SCHOOLEY of Vandalia, Clyde, Clark and Xon.

Jan. 11, 1940:

- Mr. Ed BRASEL was agreeable surprised Sunday when all his children and families, and brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, spent the day with him in honor of his 66th birthday. Ed says he doesn’t mind having birthdays as long as he has as much to eat as he did on this occasion.

- Mrs. Hazel SIEMER had the misfortune to fall Monday, injuring her ankle to such an extent that she has not been able to be at her place of business.

- Mr. Loren SPURLIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman SPURLIN of Vandalia, but former residents of this city, and Miss Gwynettee CARTER of Vandalia, were married in St. Louis on Jan. 6. The groom will be remembered here by the younger social set. The bride is a native of Vandalia High School with the class of ‘35. The couple will reside in Vandalia where the groom has a position in the shoe factory there.

- The Ladies’ Aid of the Christian Church held their regular meeting and dinner on Dec. 28. The election of officers were: Mrs. Pearl ALEXANDER was re-elected President; and Mrs. Nelda JACKSON, Secretary and Treasurer. 12 quilts and 872 paid dinners were served last year.

- Swift School: Most everyone in this neighborhood attended the kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. A.A. MALINSKY at their home Saturday night.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT was in Salem Monday on the Grand Jury.

- Omega: Ray SCHOOLEY finished repairing the fire damage to his house last week. The roof and the upstairs ceiling had to be replaced.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ed SCRUTCHFIELD died Tuesday night at her home in Red Lick District. She had been confined to bed several months. She was a sister of Mrs. Ted EMBSER.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the kitchen shower and charivari at the Paul SEE home Saturday night for the newlyweds, Miss Inez SEE and Clifford DUFFET, who were married in St. Louis on Dec. 30.

- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Mark ARNOLD and daughter, and Elmer BASSETT called on Mr. Gage BASSETT and family.

- Pleasant Grove: George LONNON, accompanied by Mrs. Lois ALDERSON, attended the funeral of his cousin, Mr. Mat HESTER south of Salem on Monday.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Laura ROSE.

- 25 years ago from Jan. 7, 1915.

Jan. 18, 1940:

- Nancy Alice GRAMLEY was born Oct. 22, 1893, and died Jan. 13, 1940. On March 17, 1884, she married Charles SEE, who died March 15, 1939. He was buried on their 55th wedding anniversary. This couple spent their entire married life on the same farm. They had 4 sons, 3 of these preceding her in death. Mrs. SEE was a member of the Omega Presbyterian Church. She leaves 1 son, Lewin H.; a granddaughter, Mary Alice of Owensborough, Ky.; and 1 brother, Ed GRAMLEY of Ellsworth, Ill. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Ida A. RUTHERFORD died in the State Hospital in Anna, Ill. on Jan. 14 from pneumonia. The remains were brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where services were held, and interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased lived in our community almost her entire life. Her sister, Mrs. Sue R. BOWMAN is the only remaining near relative.

- Mr. and Mrs. P.W. PIPER announce the marriage of their son, Burton, to Miss Della McNEELY of Negreete, Louisiana. They were married on Christmas Day in Phoenix, Ariz. The couple will make their home in Ajo, Ariz., where the groom is employed as mill operator for the Phelp Dodge Corp. The groom is a graduate of our local high school with the class of ‘37.

- Mr. Jay WEST was thought to be injured internally while lifting on a hay frame Saturday. After completing the task, he fell in a faint and began to hemorrhage. He was taken to Mark Greer Hospital where examinations were made. The doctors found that he suffered from ulcers of the stomach.

- Mrs. Sarah BROWN, widow of the late William BROWN, died yesterday at the age of 86 years. She died in the O.E. CORNELL home where she had been making her home this winter. Services will be held at the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Pleasant Grove: Miss Edith SULLIVAN and Marvin DACE surprised their many friends by motoring to St. Louis and getting married. The expect to live in Salem where he has employment.

- Pleasant Grove: Guy and Will SHAFFER attended the funeral of Mrs. Lizzie HITE at the Old Baptist Church Sunday.

- Pleasant Grove: The Ladies Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Amy SIPES.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE in Kinmundy Tuesday afternoon.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES have a baby boy born Sunday.

- Meadow Branch: Joseph POLANKA, Sr. died Wednesday. The funeral was held at Baptist Church in Alma with interment in Martin Cemetery. He leaves his wife; 1 son, Joseph, and 1 daughter, Mrs. Porter MALONE.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE are the proud parents of a baby daughter born Jan. 12. She has been named Rosalyn Ann.

- Swift School: Norma Del GARRETT spent the weekend with Velma CONANT.

- 25 years ago from Jan. 14, 1915.

Jan. 25, 1940:

- Mr. R.P. McBRYDE died at the home of his foster daughter, Mrs. Fred KILLIE, in Centralia Saturday. Services were held in the KILLIE home after which burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. He was cashier of the First National Bank here for many years. On account of his health, he gave up this work in 1921, and he and his wife moved to St. Louis where they had an apartment house. About 2 years ago, ill health forced this couple to move to Centralia to be cared for by Mrs. KILLIE. At the present time, Mrs. McBRYDE is not very well, and was not able to accompany the body of her husband to the cemetery.

- Sarah C., daughter of Moses and Sarah SMITH, was born in Madison Co., Ill. on March 4, 1853, and died Jan. 17, 1940. On April 13, 1876, she married William E. BROWN of Pana, Ill., and they had 1 daughter, Amy M., the late Mrs. B.E. FURRY, who died Dec. 23, 1937. They lived in Pana, Ill. for several years, then moved to Kansas. In a few years they returned to Illinois and came to Kinmundy

about 47 years ago to make their home. On Jan. 10, 1893, they affiliated with the First M.E. church of this city. She was active in the Ladies’ Aid Society. Her husband died Aug. 4, 1933. The near relatives here are her grandson, William FURRY, her son-in-law, B.E. FURRY of this city; 1 brother, Chas. SMITH of Altamont, Kansas; 1 sister-in-law; and several nieces. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Miss Lois ROMINE and Mr. Lester SMITH of Iuka were married Jan. 24 at the home of O.E.. CORRELL, who tied the matrimonial knot. Mrs. SMITH is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will ROMINE of Iuka, and Mr. SMITH is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John SMITH of Iuka.

- On Jan. 17, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON entertained a few relatives in honor of the first birthday of their little grandson, Charles Frederick WILLIAMS.

- On Monday, the M.B. NELMS store was closed for invoicing. The store was again opened on Tuesday for business as usual, with the new owners, William COLE and G.R. ROLLINSON, taking charge. The new firm will be known as COLE & ROLLINSON. Mrs. NELMS has not said just what she intends to do but it was on account of her ill health that she relinquished her holding. She has successfully carried on this business since the death of her husband last fall. The new owners are no strangers to the people of this community. Bill COLE is a native, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE residing west of Kinmundy. Mr. ROLLINSON is a brother-in-law of Mr. COLE. For several years he was employed as a clerk in the Ralph ROLLINSON store here, later being purchased by Burge Bros.

- W.R. (Bob) HANCOCK has made his announcement for Coroner of Marion Co. (This article was accompanied by a picture.)

- Swift School: Marshall WILLIAMS and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Saturday evening with Raymond SWIFT and family.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK have a new granddaughter, Judith Kay, at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson JEZEK in Marion, Ill.

- Swift School: Bert GARRETT and family spent Sunday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB.

- East Meadow Branch: The baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle BRIWN underwent a minor operation in Salem Sunday.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Wes ROBB and Miss Dorothy WANTLAND attended the cooking school and also the show "Raffles" in Salem Monday afternoon.

- Campground: Our teacher, Miss Lucille HAYS, had the misfortune of falling into the creek one day last week. As there was no bridge, she attempted to cross it on the ice, and it was not thick enough.

- Green Ridge: Mr. Clyde OSBORN spent Tuesday with Mr. Jim BASSETT.

- Brown: Dr. DOUGHERTY was called Wednesday to see Miss Mary BROWN, who slipped and fell on the ice and broke her arm.

- 25 years ago from Jan. 21, 1915.

Feb. 1, 1940:

- Michael H. SEE, died at his home in this city after an illness of several months duration, aged 83 years, 3 months, and 24 days. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. About 28 years ago, Mr. SEE had the misfortune of having the scaffolding under him break while at work on the old Baptist Church in the southwest part of town which injured his back and finally caused him to lose his eyesight. With this handicap, he was able to make his own way about the streets and could find any business house in town, which was certainly remarkable. A list of those attending from out of town was included. Michael Henry SEE, the last member of the pioneer family of Henry and Judith ALLMON SEE, died at his home in Kinmundy on Jan. 29, 1940. He was born on a farm in Omega twp. on Oct. 5, 1856, and grew to manhood in the same locality. He was affiliated with the Southern Methodist church at Old Camp Ground, later transferring his membership to the Kinmundy church and its termination to the M.E. Church. In 1877 he married Miss Sarah Ann CRAIG, who died in 1889. They had 5 children. He married Miss Alice HARRELL in 1891, and they had 7 children. Mr. SEE engaged in farming and carpentering until failing eyesight forced him to retire. He is preceded in death by a son, Hobart H., who was killed in action at Fismes, France on Aug. 8, 1918; a daughter, Charlene, wife of George MILLER, and 4 children who died in infancy. He leaves: his wife; 2 sons, Ellis L. of Liberal, Kansas, Otis E. of Monmouth; and 4 daughters, Irene, wife of Glenn D. BRASEL of Hoopeston; Eunice, wife of John H. KETTLES of Chicago; Edith of White Plains, N.Y.; Winifred, wife of Fred C. LAMWERSICK of St. Louis; and 15 grandchildren.

- Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH and daughter, Miss Helen, entertained members of the family Sunday in honor of Mr. L.C.’s birthday. A turkey dinner was served with all the courses. From Kinmundy there were present: Mr. and Mrs. C.B. ROHRBOUGH and Misses Ruth and Virginia; Mr. Edwin WORMLEY and Miss Katherine; from Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Lou KING.

- Mr. R.C. GARNER, our congenial blacksmith, is confined to his bed after inhaling too much carbon dioxide gas Monday. He is much better now.

- Forrest JONES, who has been employed at Atlas Tire & Service Station ever since it has been in existence, has tendered his resignation. He has accepted a position with the H.A. HOWELL Motor Co. of Farina. He and Mrs. JONES will continue to live here. Clifford OLDEN will fill the position at Atlas Tire & Service Station.

- Mrs. Lida SEE GAFFANEY died at her home in Hisleah, Florida on Jan. 21 at the age of 59 from a blood infection. She had also suffered from arthritis for sometime. Services were held in Hisleah with interment made in Miami Memorial Cemetery. Her 2 sisters, Miss Carrie SEE of this city, and Mrs. Nellie MAZANEK of Alma, had been with her. Besides her 2 sisters, she leaves a husband, Oscar M. GAFFANY; 2 sons, Orcelas Clarence and Charles See GAFFANEY; 2 daughters, Miss Julia and Mrs. Mary RUSS, and 2 grandchildren. The deceased was born and reared in this community.

- Charles A. ALLEN died at the home of his son, Erman in this city Tuesday, aged 69 years, 5 months, and 22 days. For the past few years he has been a sufferer of a kidney ailment, which caused his death. Services will be held from the Christian Church with interment in Elder Cemetery in Meacham twp.

- Mrs. Amelia DENNISON celebrated her 95th birthday on Jan. 29th. She is hail and hearty, eats good and sleeps good, taking a nap each morning and afternoon. She is able to travel about the house and carries a cane, more for protection than for actual use. She has been a widow for more than 40 years, and is the mother of 4 children, Cecil and Irene (JACK), who have preceded her in death, Mrs. Edith FOYD, with whom she makes her home, and Mrs. Estella WILKINSON of Centralia. She has a good memory and her eyesight is still good, although she doesn’t read anymore.

- Mr. C.A. BOONE received word this morning of the death of his sister, Mrs. Florence E. LACEY of Effingham, which occurred this morning, following an illness of several months duration. Services will be held from the Methodist Church in Effingham with interment in Effingham.

- William R. JACK died in the Mark Greer Hospital on Tuesday aged 79 years, 8 months, and 6 days. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. It will be remembered that he underwent a major operation about 4 weeks ago for the removal of kidney stones. Services will be held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- On Jan. 20, in the study of Rev. HALL, Presbyterian Minister, St. Louis, Raymond Walter HOUSH and Miss Eleanor DANNER were married. The groom is employed at the Scruggs-Vandervort-Barney store as merchandise manager, and Mrs. HOUSH is employed as style director. Raymond is the youngest son of Ufa HOUSH, and as a small boy, came to live with his aunt, Miss Lera HOUSH when 7 years old. He finished grade school and 1 year of high school, when they moved to Urbana, where he finished high school. He received a degree in 1929 from the state university, and since that time has been employed as merchandising manager in Minneapolis, Minn. and Washington, D.C. before entering the employ of Scruggs-Vandervort-Barney store. The couple will reside in St. Louis. The groom is the son of Ufa and the late Nellie PRUETT HOUSH, and nephew of W.S. PRUETT.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Lois ALDERSON, Myrle LONNON, and Willadean SHAFFER attended the funeral of little Mable Claudean KAGY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar KAGY at the Old Baptist Church Monday.

- Pleasant Grove: James SIPES called Sunday at the Flora Hospital to see his girlfriend, Miss Phyllis MIDDLETON, who underwent an operation for removal of the appendix recently.

- Green Ridge: Mr. Tom DONOHO’s baby, Lulubelle, has pneumonia.

- Omega: This community was sorry to hear of the death of Grant ROGERS in Alma last week. Grant was a former resident of this community.

- Miletus: Mrs. Nettie GOEN returned home Friday after a 3 day stay in Olney Sanitarium. She is not much improved.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEADLEY have a baby girl born last week named Janet Kay.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and children of Granite City, Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES of Patoka, and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES of Kinmundy spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES and children, Floyd and Betty.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT spent Sunday with Mrs. BASSETT’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James OSBORN.

- Meacham: This neighborhood was saddened by the death of Mr. M.H. SEE and Mr. W.R. JACK, former residents of this community.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL spent several days in Kinmundy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE.

- Prairie Grove: Dewey COMBS and family attended the funeral of her mother, Mrs. David MILLER, Thursday. Mrs. COMBS remained with her father for a few days.

- Campground: Mr. and Mrs. Harold MULVANY have a baby girl born Jan. 25.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met with Mrs. Oran ALDERSON Wednesday.

- Mr. Bert GARRETT, Mr. Orie ATKINS, Mrs. Icy GARRETT, and Mrs. Charley ROBB were in Alton Monday visiting with Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS. They report her as getting along as well as could be expected, and that she would appreciate hearing from her friends.

- 25 years ago from Feb. 4, 1915.

Feb. 8, 1940:

- Mrs. Fred GRISSOM died Friday evening. She had entered the hospital in Lexington, Ky. 3 years ago last August, where she underwent a very serious operation, being on the operating table almost 2 hours. Since that time, she had been back to the hospital 6 times for operations and treatments, the last time remaining for a period of 6 weeks. She returned home on Dec. 26 resigned to fate. She was cared for by her husband, Mrs. Kenneth JONES, Mrs. E.R. LOWE, and Mrs. Florence CONANT. During this time she made all the funeral arrangements, selecting her wearing apparel, the pastor’s text, the songs that were to be sung, requesting that members of the old choir of which she was a member, do the singing, and selecting the pallbearers. Mrs. GRISSOM, nee Jennie A. BASCOM, the daughter of Rev. Schuyler B. and Caroline M. CARLTON BASCOM, was born in Ramsey, Ill. and moved to Farina when a small child. Here she grew to womanhood and graduated from Farina High School. After graduation, she taught school until her marriage. On Jan. 19, 1899, she married Fred O. GRISSOM by the late Rev. Naaman BASCOM, coming to Kinmundy where the groom was editor and publisher of the Express. And Kinmundy has been their home ever since. She joined the M.E. Church while yet a girl, moving her membership to Kinmundy as soon as she moved here. She was immediately made a member of the choir. She had helped with the music of about 1000 funerals. The only member of her immediate family now left is a brother, P.E. BASCOM of Vandalia. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. A list was included of those attending from out-of-town.

- Mr. John MILLER residing north of this city, had the misfortune of losing his barn by fire Sunday morning. He discovered the fire at 4 a.m. and barely had enough time to save his herd of cattle with the exception of 1 old cow. He also lost his 3 horses. All the feed in the bar, the harness and everything else was burned. The fire attracted the attention of some neighbors and with their help, fire was extinguished from other buildings as they caught.

- Charles Albert ALLEN, son of Martin and Sarah ALLEN, was born in Marion county, Ill. on Aug. 8, 1870, and died Jan. 30, 1940. His mother died when he was 6 years old. He "farmed out" as was the term in those days. This meant that he was to have a home, at least room and board, and a meager change of clothes. He attended the country school where the school term and the possibilities were very limited. He remained with this family for 12 years. He had known Hattie Margaret LACEY from his early boyhood. There grew up between them a binding and gradual love affair which culminated in their marriage March 17, 1897 at Salem. They had 4 sons: Erman of Kinmundy; Roland of Flora; Cecil of Brownstown, Wis.; and Charles Jr. of St. Louis, Mo. His wife died April 24, 1928. He attended Union Baptist Church in Meacham twp. He leaves 4 sons, already mentioned, their wives; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother, George of Union, Mo.; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Jessie GEORGE of Lansing, Mich., and Mrs. Jeanette BOUGHERS of St. Louis, Mo. Services were held at the Christian Church in Kinmundy with interment in Elder Cemetery in Meacham twp. Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were listed.

- On Jan. 30, 1940, at the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, William R. JACK died. He was the son of David and Mary E. ROSE JACK, and was born May 24, 1860 near Pittsburg, Penn. When he was 7 years old, his family came to Illinois, to make their home near Kinmundy. He was engaged in farming, and on account of ill health, he retired and moved to this city a year ago last fall. He married Miss Irene E. DENNISON in Feb. 1901, and they had 2 daughters, Florence and Mary. His wife died Jan. 13, 1919, and Mary died Jan. 18, 1930. Mr. JACK’s only sister, Mrs. Jessie POTTER, resides in Maple City, Kansas, and was unable to be here. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Kinmundy Lodge No. 398. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Wm. A. LACY, nee Florence E. BOONE, was born in Kinmundy May 26, 1872, and died at her home in Effingham on Feb. 1, 1940. She is survived by her husband; 1 son, George X. LACY; 2 daughters, Dorth and Lorraine LACY, all at home; 2 brothers, Carl A. BOONE of Kinmundy; George L. BOONE, who made his home with her; and 1 sister, Mrs. Daisy KNABB of Valley Park, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. LACY were married Jan. 31, 1897 at the Methodist parsonage in Effingham. She was a member of several lodges and societies. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Effingham with interment in the LACY lot at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends attending the funeral from Kinmundy were: C.A. BOONE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan PITTS, Floyd CRAIG, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. CRAIG and daughter, and Miss Florence STORRS.

- Mr. C.W. WARREN returned home Friday from St. Anthony’s hospital in Effingham, where he had been a patient for the past 5˝ weeks.

- A.J. JACKSON returned home Tuesday from the Dr. Tiernon Hospital in Pinelawn, Mo., where he had been a patient for about a week. He says his trouble has been corrected and he feels like a new man again. It was found that he was suffering from a partially paralyzed liver.

- Meacham: Owing to the sickness of the C.B.C., only 9 members were able to go to the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER and help them celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The evening was spent in playing games. Refreshments of pie and coffee were served.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER and Mr. Raymond SOLDNER attended the funeral services for Mrs. Shirley ROGERS in Farina Sunday afternoon.

- Green Ridge: The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom DONOHO died in Centralia Hospital Thursday at the age of 6 months. She has been in poor health since November when she contracted pneumonia.

- Prairie Grove: Arthur COURSON and family spent Sunday in Farina with her grandmother, Mrs. Katy OUTHOUSE and son. In the afternoon, Mrs. COURSON attended the funeral of Mrs. Shirley ROGERS.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Richard SCHWABE and son.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. J.F. COLE were dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD, it being the wedding anniversaries of Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, and Mr. and Mrs. J.F. COLE. The afternoon was celebrated in the ARNOLD home.

- Swift School: Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY spent Monday afternoon with Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.

- Swift School: Velma Jean CONANT spent the weekend with Norma Del GARRETT on North Fork.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters were shopping in Salem on Saturday.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Sunday with her parents, Bert GARRETT and wife.

- 25 years ago from Feb. 11, 1915.

Feb. 15, 1940:

- Charles Roscoe DODSON, son of Charles and Martha DODSON, was born near Salem, Ill., March 24, 1920. After a lingering illness he died at the home of his parents in Kinmundy on Feb. 11, 1940. He leaves his parents; 2 sisters, Jessie, now Mrs. Wilbur BROOM of East Chicago, and Dorothy, at home; and 1 brother, Delos, at home. A sister and brother preceded him in death. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- William FURRY and Miss Dorothy GORDON motored to St. Charles, Mo. Tuesday where they were married. They were accompanied by the bride’s aunt, Mrs. Clyde PERRY. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON residing north of this city. The groom is son of son of Mr. B.L. FURRY of this city, and is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘37. William is what you might term the "news butch" of our city, and is busily engaged delivering papers about town. They will reside with the groom’s father in this city.

- Glenn, the 1 year old son of Lester and Florence NOCHMAN died Monday in the family home in Lansing, Mich. Death was attributed to whooping cough. The body arrived here Wednesday, and was taken to the R.C. ROBB home, until services were held this morning at the Catholic Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Mae POLLOCK, only sister of Edwin WORMLEY, died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Feb. 4. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Alma where she had been a life long member. Interment was made in Alma Cemetery. A list of relatives attending the services was included.

- Richard LYONS, Republican candidate for Governor, will speak in Salem at the Court House on Tuesday night.

- In Memoriam of Ira C. MORRIS who died 3 years ago on Feb. 13.

- Mr. and Mrs. Roy SNELLING of Chicago celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3. As has been the custom of this fine couple, a celebration has been held in honor of the occasion each year since their 50th anniversary, but this year there was no celebration as they were just getting over the flu.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Herbie MONICAL was taken to Centralia Hospital Wednesday night suffering from gallstones.

- Omega: Wm. LOVELL, a former resident of Siloam neighborhood, died at his brother’s home in Missouri last week and was brought here last Wednesday for burial. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in the nearby cemetery.

- Omega: The Omega Telephone Co. held their annual meeting last Thursday and elected Will SHAFFER, President; P.M. ROSE, Sec.; and Roy MILLICAN, Treas. Mrs. PRATHER will operate the switchboard for another year.

- East Meadow Branch: The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester ROBB of Lansing, Mich. died. Mrs. ROBB was formerly Miss Florence NOCHMAN of this community.

- Wilson School: Harold, Mildred, and Helen KLEISS attended the birthday party for Miss Willadean KNISELY at her home near Centralia last Friday.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Louise MILNER has employment in the John McMACKIN home in Salem.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.

- 25 years ago from Feb. 18, 1915.

Feb. 22, 1940:

- C. Wayland BROOKS, Republican candidate for State Senator, and Richard J. LYONS, Republican Candidate for Governor spoke to an overflow crowd in Salem.

- Mr. and Mrs. Elnoe BROWN entertained with a family dinner in honor of Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD’s birthday. There were present: Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN and son from Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. Robb GREEN and 2 sons, and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, son and daughters. This celebration is a yearly affair.

- Editors met to talk about farm problems on Feb. 10, as 2 Republican and 2 Democrat newspaper editors told the KMOX-CBS audience what they would do for the farmers if elected to Congress. The broadcast was a portion of Charley STOOKEY’s coast to coast "Columbia Country Journal". The editors were: J.N. VALLOW of Kinmundy, Ill., Express (Rep.); L.B. SHELEY, Pinckneyville, Ill. Democrat (Dem.); Bruce McINTIRE, Vandalia, Mo. (Dem.); Clyde DUNCAN, Madison County Press, Fredericktown, Mo.; (Rep.). A picture accompanied the write-up.

- Mrs. Pauline T. ALEXANDER died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.W. RHEINHART in Sandoval on Feb. 17, aged 82 years, 5 months and 22 days. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Sandoval with interment in Odin Cemetery. She leaves 2 sons: Fred G. of this city, and Oran of St. Louis; and 3 daughters: Nora OVERLAND of Pueblo, Colo.; Della RHEINHART of Sandoval; and Mayme TYLER of Centralia.

- Leaving Hospital: We are happy to tell you that we have been informed that Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS will be able to leave he Alton Memorial Hospital this week and will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO in Hartford, Ill.

- Miletus: Mr. W.G. HAYS, teacher of Miletus School, dismissed at noon, Thursday, having been called to Centralia Hospital where Mrs. HAYS underwent a serious operation.

- Miletus: George BALLARD of Champaign is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt MULVANY helping care for his step-son, Noel BRAY, who is suffering from rheumatism.

- Miletus: Little Kenneth KRUTSINGER has been a victim of pneumonia the past week, and his father, Eura KRUTSINGER, has been confined to his bed the past 2 weeks with a severe cold and pleurisy.

- Miletus: Mrs. Mollie LANSFORD of Kinmundy died in a hospital in St. Louis Monday. She is a sister of Isaac JACK and Robert BOSTON, and Mrs. Charlene MULVANY, all of this vicinity.

- Meadow Branch: At the Valentine’s party given by the pupils of Meadow Branch, contest winners were Edward McINTOSH and Zella SCHOONOVER. Bobby JOHNSON won the prize for having made the best valentine.

- East Zion: Mr. Roy WILLIAMS and family are proud owns of a new 1940 Ford V-8.

- East Meadow Branch: Several from this community attended a farewell social at the Denard MERCER home Friday.

- Omega: The town board appointed Geo. LONG as commissioner Saturday to fill the vacancy caused by Les WILKINSON moving out of the township.

- 25 years ago from Feb. 25, 1915.

Feb. 29, 1940:

- Melvin Henry DOOLEN, eldest son of Wesley and Margaret DOOLEN, was born in Marion county, Ill. Jan. 12, 1876, and died Feb. 25, 1940. He grew to manhood here and taught school for a few years in this community. On July 13, 1898, he married Miss Della ATKINS and they had 10 children: Forrest, dying in infancy; Merle of Champaign; Keith of South Bend, Ind.; Clyde of Decatur; Merritt of Rock Falls; Darrell of Livingston, Montana; Earl of Sterling; Mrs. James WALKER of Alma; Mrs. Clyde GREEN at the home community; and Paul at home. A grandson, Donald DOOLEN, was taken into their home in his infancy, and was cared for as one of their own. "Mellie" as he was commonly called had been in falling health for sometime. He leaves his wife; 9 children; 13 grandchildren; his aged mother; 1 sister, Mrs. Fred LAWRENCE; and 1 brother, Floyd. Services were held at Arnold Chapel with interment in Doolen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Mary Ann LANSFORD, daughter of N.K. and Catherine BOSTON, was born Nov. 16, 1873, and died Feb. 19, 1940 at St. Louis. She married Alfred SMITH in 1892, and they had 2 sons, Clarence and Ernie. She was again married to W.R. LANSFORD on July 29, 1899 at Blue Mound, Ill., and they had 10 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death, Frank, Ivan, Anita, Marion, and 1 in infancy. She leaves her husband; 5 sons and 2 daughters: Cline LANSFORD, Harry LANSFORD, Jane EDWARDS, and Ernie SMITH of East St. Louis, Nell BRIEDY of Los Angeles, Cal., Clarence SMITH of Beecher City, Ill., and Jack at home; 5 brothers: Will BOSTON of Muskogee, Okla., Isaac, Jack and Robert BOSTON of Kinmundy; and George of Greenview; 1 sister, Ella MULVANY, of Kinmundy; 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. Her childhood days were spent in Marion Co., having moved to East St. Louis in 1901 where she lived for 37 years, returning to Kinmundy in 1937 where she spent the remainder of her days. She became a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of East St. Louis in 1919. Services were held from the home in Kinmundy with interment in the Courson Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN received the message yesterday announcing the death of their daughter, Ruth (Mrs. Clarence CONANT) in Denver, Colo. Ruth had been in ill health for the past 2 years. Services will be held in Denver and interment made there.

- On Nov. 11 at the parsonage of the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in San Bernardino, Cal., Russell SHAFFER married Miss Charlotte BELLINGER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BELLINGER, of San Bernardino, Cal. Immediately after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. SHAFFER were greeted at their apartment home by relatives. The bride, a native of Illinois, has resided in San Bernardino for 10 years, graduating from high school in 1937, and attending Junior College. She is employed by the Southern Cal. Gas Co. Mr. SHAFFER is also a native of Illinois, and has resided here for 2 years, being employed with Mrs. Gurr-Smith & Co. Russell is the son of the late Frank SHAFFER of this city and his a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘37.

- The Rosedale Rebekah Lodge No. 371 held their regular meeting Friday. After the business meeting, a surprise party was given Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD, in honor of her birthday.

- The "Happy Hustlers" Class of the Christian Church gave a farewell party for the 3 MERCER girls in their Class. Dorothy, Verna Del, and Gladys all receive a nice compact as a parting gift from the class. The group then went west to Bargh’s Drug Store, where their teacher, Mrs. Ruby LINTON treated them with ice cream and cake.

- John B. GARNER died at his home in this city Wednesday after an illness of several months duration aged 85 years, 11 months and 7 days. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. GARNER was one of Kinmundy’s oldest native citizen, and could relate much history of it’s founding.

- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON received word from their daughter, Mrs. Jack HONN of Champaign on Feb. 19, announcing the birth of a daughter named Charlotte Jane.

- Green Ridge: Mrs. Anna BASSETT spent Tuesday with Elmer BASSETT and daughter, Edith.

- Pleasant Grove: James SIPES in recovering from an attack of appendicitis.

- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Bert FORD returned Friday from the Palmer Sanitarium in Springfield, where she has been a patient for the last several months.

- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Minnie NORMAN, Harold VON BEHREN and family, and Bob WILKINSON and family of Farina and Elno HOHLT and family spent Sunday with Estus NORMAN and wife, helping Estus celebrate his birthday.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.

- Wilson School: Earl GREENWOOD, who is moving down from Gibson City, was a supper guest Thursday of his brother-in-law, Chester KLINE and family.

- Mrs. Bertha WOODEN and family were in Alma on Wednesday attending the funeral of her little nephew, Charles William, month old son of her brother, Chas. FRADENBURG and wife. The family were formerly residents in this vicinity.

March 7, 1940:

- In the special city election held Friday for the issuance of $1000 worth of bonds for the improvement of the fire engine and engine house, there were 120 votes cast. The tally shows 115 voted yes and 5 voted no. From what has been reported to us, it is the plan of the city council to purchase a new truck chassis and mount the pump from the old engine on it. This should make a good fire engine. We couldn’t ask for better work than is done by this old engine after it reaches the scene of fire, but it is necessary very often, to push it a part of the way at least. When the new truck is purchased it will be necessary to widen the doors to the engine room. Thus the necessary repairs to the engine house was included in the bond issue. As soon as this is all done, Kinmundy will then have some mighty fine fire fighting equipment.

- James N. BARNES, Sr., 60, a former resident of Centralia, who was a linotype operator at The Sentinel for about 10 years, died Wednesday in a hospital in Jackson, Miss. after an illness of several months. Services were held at the Roy T. Baldridge Memorial Home. He was born in Vernon, Ill. on Oct. 18, 1879, but lived in Centralia almost continuously until he moved to Mt. Vernon about 15 years ago. He had also resided in St. Louis a short time. He was son of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. BARNES and his father conducted a harness shop in Centralia for many years. 3 years ago he moved to Jackson, Miss. His wife, the former Charlotte HADDEN of Kinmundy, died several years ago. Survivors include: 2 sons, J.N. BARNES, Jr. and A.H. BARNES, both of Jackson, Miss.; 1 daughter, Mrs. Emory GREGG of Columbus, Ohio; a niece, Mrs. Guy TILLMAN of Centralia. Mr. BARNES was a former Kinmundy resident and edited the Kinmundy Journal for several years. He sold out to the editor of the Kinmundy Express, F.O. GRISSOM, who consolidated the 2 papers and then edited the Kinmundy Express-Journal. After 2 years the name was shortened to the present one, The Kinmundy Express.

- Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS took their infant son, Fred, to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia last week suffering from a severe case of catarrhal flu. The returned home with him Monday.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.C. ROBB went to Effingham Monday where Mr. ROBB entered the hospital for treatment suffering from a kidney ailment, and is in serious condition.

- Supervisor C.G. JACKSON had just got up from a severe attack of the flu last week.. A business errand called him to Farina on Wednesday, and in crossing the hard road, he was knocked down by a car, injuring 1 leg, and breaking a rib. He said he looked both ways but never did see the car. Cliff said he was tired lying in bed, so now he is going to try crutches for awhile.

- Miss Ruth HINES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES, was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Tuesday, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis.

- Kinmundy High School received a report from A.R. BEARD, President of Midland Institute of Commerce, about a former student, Ralph DAY, who is doing very high-grade work there.

- Mrs. Dan SCULLION, a resident of Beardstown for about 25 years, died at Schmidtt Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for several months. She was 50 years old, and was born in Kinmundy, uniting in marriage with Dan SCULLION 16 years ago. Her condition during the past weeks has been critical and blood transfusions were resorted to during the past week. Surviving besides her husband are; her son, Melvin HULZ of Beardstown; her mother, Mrs. Mattie DOWNS of Kinmundy, 1 sister, Mrs. Thelma WRIGHT of Kinmundy; and 5 brothers, John and Clifford, and Harry of Reno, Rube of Kanesville, Mo., and Tracy of Chicago. Preceding her in death were a brother, Joe, who was killed in action in France during the World War, a brother Charles, who died as a young man, a sister, Matabelle CARSELL, and her father, Melvin DOWNS. Services were held at the Catholic Church with interment in the family lot at the Catholic Cemetery in Beardstown.

- John B. GARNER of this city, died in his home on Feb. 28. He was born in Kinmundy on March 21, 1854, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin GARNER. His entire life was spent in this community. He barbered here for over 60 years. He had been in failing health for the last 3 years. In 1874, he married Miss Malita KING of Effingham, who preceded him in death. They had 6 children, 4 daughters and 2 sons. The 2 daughters preceded him in death. In 1929 he married Mrs. Alice BOYLES of Salem, who with 4 children, survive: Charles GARNER of this city; F.M. GARNER of San Francisco, Cal.; Mrs. Maude STREVEY and Mrs. Edna HUNT of Taylorville; 1 sister, Mrs. Nellie EAGAN of Vernon; grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- In Memoriam of Loy L. MORRIS who died March 7, 1933.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB and son, Richard, and Mrs. Gertrude WADE of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Robb GREEN and sons, Leroy and Keith, and Miss Anna DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON Sunday, helping 2 of the guests celebrate their birthdays.

- Meacham: Miss Geraldine HITT, teacher of the high school at Humbolt, Ill. came and spent Saturday and son with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS and helped Mr. HARRIS celebrate his birthday.

- Miletus: Harold PERRY was taken to Vandalia Hospital Monday p.m. in a critical condition. An immediate operation was decided necessary for ulcers of the stomach.

- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT ate Sunday dinner with Misses Lucille and Lela Mae NICHOLS.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, were business callers in Centralia Saturday afternoon.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. Harmon MILNER went to Shelbyville Tuesday to visit his sister, Mrs. Mamie PRICE, then intended to leave Wednesday for his home in Wisconsin, where he has employment.

- 25 years ago from March 4, 1915.

March 14, 1940:

- Mary Jane (Leslie) MILLARD was born in Pittsburg, Penn. on May 17, 1850, and died at her home in Kinmundy on March 6, 1940. She married George W. ARCHER at Princetown, Iowa on Nov. 27, 1868, and had 8 children: Louisa, who died several years ago; Ida, who died in infancy; May, who also died several years ago; Frank ARCHER of Kelso, Wash.; Orville and Harry ARCHER of Heppner, Ore.; John ARCHER of Kenosha, Wis.; and Mrs. Alice HABEL of Minneapolis, Minn. Alice, was with her mother the past 2 years, caring for her in her home in Kinmundy. Mr. ARCHER died in 1879. 16 years later in 1895, she married Walter MILLARD, who died in 1900. She was a member of the Methodist Church, bringing her membership to the Kinmundy Methodist Church in 1916, from Iowa. She also leaves several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Services were held from the Methodist church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Marilyn HUMPHREY, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HUMPHREY of Newton, Iowa submitted to an appendix operation in Skiff Memorial Hospital Thursday.

- Mr. R.C. ROBB, who is a patient in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, is in a serious condition with very little hopes of his recovery.

- Has Family Dinner: Sunday being Mrs. Icy GARRETT’s birthday anniversary, several of her relatives gathered at her home with well filled baskets to help her celebrate the occasion. Those present were Mr. C.I. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Eli DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and Mr. Raymond ATKINS.

- Edgar MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. MORRIS of Marshall, has been nominated as Third Alternate for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

- Lucille MAXEY of Sterling and J. Earl STEWART of Moline were married in the Methodist Parsonage in Davenport, Iowa on Friday. They were attended by Helen STEVENS of Rock Falls, and Edwin WOLFE of Sterling. The bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. MAXEY of Rock Falls, the groom’s mother, Mrs. Charles HAUGER of Polo, and the bride’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marion MAXEY of Rock Falls, also witnessed the ceremony. Mrs. STEWART graduated from Milledgeville Twp. H.S., and is employed in Sterling. Mr. STEWART graduated from the Sterling Twp. H.S. and is employed as machinist at the Rock Island Arsenal. They will make their home in Moline.

- Mr. and Mrs. Gray DAVIS announce the marriage of their daughter, Martha, to Mr. Thomas C. ANDERSON on March 9.

- Harold E. MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. MORRIS of Marshall, Ill., and Miss Wilba FINDLEY were married March 2 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry FINDLEY of Hoopeston, Ill. The couple will reside in Hoopeston. Mr. MORRIS has been employed in the city national bank in Hoopeston for a little over a year. On return of the bride and groom from their wedding trip, another wedding dinner was served at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. MORRIS of Marshall, Ill. It also being the 21st birthday of Mr. W.E. MORRIS’ nephew, Charles William ANDREWS, of Lawrenceville, a combination of wedding and birthday dinner was served. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Perry FINDLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. MORRIS, of Hoopeston; and Mrs. Bertha ANDREWS and daughter, Donna, of Kinmundy, and son Charles William, of Lawrenceville, and Miss Esther PRETZING of Altamont.

- Mrs. R.C. GARNER entered the Olney Sanitarium Monday and underwent a major operation yesterday.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Otis HINES went to Vandalia a week ago Tuesday, to be with her daughter, Ruth, who was operated upon for appendicitis last Wednesday.

- Green Ridge: There were several in this community who attended the funeral of Mrs. Priscilla REYNOLDS Sunday at Alma.

- Mrs. John DYER of LaClede and Mrs. Lillie SCHNEIDER are eating birthday dinner with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE today.

- Meacham: The C.B.C. met with Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Thursday for their regular meeting. The hostess had a quilt partly quilted in the frames, and it was finished by departing time. The usual pot luck dinner was served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Iris SOLDNER. The afternoon was spent in sewing and current events, which we all enjoy very much. Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG and Miss Lydia HULTZ were very welcome guests.

- Omega: Wes MULVANY, an aged and respected citizen of Omega twp., was found dead in the barn of his farm home east of Sunday.

- Miss Dorothy WANTLAND and Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON in company with Mr. and Mrs. Luther WHITSON, attended funeral of an aunt, Miss Priscilla REYNOLDS in Alma Sunday.

March 21, 1940:

- William COLE of this city, and Miss Amy Claudine BURNS of Dix, surprised their many friends by motoring to Jackson, Mo., last Thursday where they were married by the pastor of the Methodist Church of that city. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. BURNS of Dix, and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School with the class of ‘39. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, residing northwest of this city. He is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘34, and a member of the firm of Cole & Rollinson. The couple will reside in what is known as the Brewer property owned by Mr. Otto CUPPY in the east part of town.

- Mr. and Mrs. William BAGOTT at their home south of town, celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary, and also the 81st birthday of Mr. BAGOTT, last Sunday. With them were Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell BAGOTT, and Mrs. Fred FLETCHER, all of Charleston, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER.

- Chas. WANTLAND, residing in the Elder School District, southeast of this city, happened to see something falling from the sky Wednesday morning. He rushed to see just what the strange contraption might be. And after picking it up, he couldn’t tell just exactly what it was but he could read the label pasted to the outside of the box stating that a reward would be paid to anyone returning it to the Weather Bureau in St. Louis, and this he did. This box proved to be a weather meteorgraph. They are attached to a balloon and released. They go high into the air and record temperatures, humidity, etc. And when the gas in the balloon gives out, they fall. This particular meteorgraph was released in St. Louis on March 17.

- March 10, a birthday dinner was given Mrs. Theodore MILLER for her 81st birthday. A list of out-of-town guests was included.

- The school house at LaClede was struck by lightening Tuesday of last week, and totally destroyed. The strange thing about this fire, neither the teacher or pupils realized the house had been struck until the alarm was given by citizens who saw the flames. No one in the building felt any perceptible shock. The pupils were taken out in safety. Miss Anna YOUNG, sister-in-law of Mrs. A.J. YOUNG, was one of the teachers.

- Mrs. Nelson RICE, one of our former citizens but now of Hammon, Okla., after leaving the hospital where she had been a month, has been confined to her bed for 10 weeks, not able to be in her wheelchair, where she has lived for years. From her, there is never a word of complaint, her letters are as cheerful as if she were a part of outside activities, where she loved to be.

- Guin, the eldest son of your editor and wife, had the misfortune of having a 12 pound shot fall on his head while practicing for track at school Tuesday afternoon. He was in the act of picking up 1 shot when another shot, thrown by Earl BRIMBERRY, struck him on the head. The blow rendered him unconscious. Both Dr. MILLER and Dr. DOUGHERTY were summoned, and after a quick consultation, decided the best thing to do was rush him to a hospital. His mother was summoned, and in company with Coach PROVINES, made a hurried trip to Vandalia. However, Guin regained his senses before reaching Vandalia. His head was x-rayed at the Mark Greer Hospital, and much to the surprise to everyone, revealed no fracture, merely a small concussion.

- Mr. and Mrs. Wallace OSBORN of Farina have a baby girl born yesterday. The mother is the former Miss Geneve MALINSKY.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A farewell party was given for Mr. and Mrs. Jake McCARTY Saturday night. They expect to move this week to their son’s place east of Kinmundy.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): The Ladies’ Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Clyde HIESTAND.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Eura SHAFFER’s parents have moved in with them.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): The community was saddened of the sudden death of Wes MULVANY.

- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN, Mr. Charles ARNOLD, and Mr. Cyrus ARNOLD attended church at Vernon, Sunday night.

- Prairie Grove (from last week): Charlie MANGNER and wife have a girl born March 8.

- Omega: Ted LAMBIRD’s barn burned Sunday burning 4 cows, horses, and all his feed.

- Meacham: Mrs. Maude SHORT, wife of Harry SHORT, died Friday at Vandalia Hospital. She was taken seriously ill Wednesday and rushed to the hospital, where everything that could be done was. Services were held at the M.E. Church in Iuka with interment in Iuka Cemetery. She leaves her husband; 2 sons, Phil and Lee; 1 daughter, Miss Gladys. Those attending from the neighborhood were listed.

- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS were called to Maroa Saturday at noon owing to the serious illness of their nephew, Bruce ATKINS, son of Fred ATKINS and wife. He died Saturday with the funeral held in Maroa.

- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN and sons were Sunday guests in the Sam LOWE home. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Fletch COLE and Mrs. Mack ROBB. This dinner is an annual affair celebrating the birthdays of Messrs. Fletch COLE, Mack ROBB, Sam LOWE, and Mrs. R.H. GREEN. Afternoon callers were Cecil GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Word has been received by Mrs. Claude GARRETT that her sister, Mrs. Lewis MOCIAS, nee Marjorie BUNDY of Manilla, has a baby girl.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of the 20 month son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo EASTMAN at Mt. Carmel Church Saturday. He died Thursday after a few days illness.

- Pleasant Grove: Phillip GRIFFIN, Francis MYERS, Lyle BASOM, and Ruby CANTRELL were in a car accident Tuesday night. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, although Ruby is carrying her arm in a sling. The car driven by Phillip was badly damaged.

March 28, 1940:

- Luella REDBURN HARVEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Casey REDBURN, died at her home. She was born at Mt. Vernon on March 8, 1867. On March 11, 1888 she married William Franklin HARVEY, and they had 10 children, 3 having preceded her in death. She was a charter member of the local Christian Church. Surviving besides the husband are her 7 children: Elsworth of Ridgefarm; Mrs. Lillie McKENZIE of Brazil, Ind.; Mrs. Mattie FRAZIER of St. Louis, Mo.; Charlie of Grand Marsh, Wis.; Forrest of Anderson, Ind.; Clyde of Downs, Ill.; Mrs. Gladys MALINOWSKI of Chicago; the 3 deceased were Berry HARVEY, Mrs. Hattie CONANT, and Darrell HARVEY; 1 brother, Charles CARPENTER of Mt. Vernon; 1 sister, Mrs. W.W. LOWE of this city; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. A list of relatives attending from out of town was included.

- R.C. ROBB was born Dec. 25, 1861, and died March 22, 1940. He was born on Christmas Day, died on Good Friday, and buried on Easter. He was one of 8 children born to Samuel and Agnes PRUETT ROBB, all of whom have preceded him in death, except the youngest child, Mrs. Mary WALKER. When past 23 years of age on Apr. 16, 1885, he married Hannah I. SWIFT, who died May 31, 1925. They had 15 children of whom 12 live today. They are Thurman, Leroy, Wesley, Elizabeth, Martha, John, Mack, Bryan, Elihieu, Glen, Lloyd, Lester, Robert, Rhea, and Dora. Elihieu died in infancy, John died Oct. 7, 1936, and Martha died July 1, 1938. Mr. ROBB joined the Christian Church of Kinmundy. On May 4, 1927, he married Mrs. Effie DOOLEN. He has been President of the Mutual Fire Insurance Co. since it’s organization; served the township as Supervisor for 4 terms; has rendered extensive service to the State Bank of Kinmundy, and later has been serving the National Bank as Director for many years. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the services from out-of-town were listed.

- The OLDEN family reunion was held Easter Sunday at the home of Roscoe OLDEN in Kinmundy. A list of the 42 present was included.

- Mrs. Frank DOUDERA, Sr. died at her home in the Green Ridge neighborhood Tuesday. She had been in ill health for the past 2 years, but was able to be up and about most of the time. She did not feel any worse than common on Tuesday evening and went about her household duties. After she had finished, she sat down in a chair and death followed immediately. Services will be held in Green Ridge Church with interment in Martin Cemetery.

- Maude Bessie, second daughter of Ellet and Ida STEVENSON, was born near Iuka on March 4, 1895. She attended rural school at Bee Branch, and was converted and joined the M.E. Church when about 15 years old. She married Harry SHORT on Feb. 10, 1917, and they had 3 children, Phil, Lee, and Alice. In an attempt to relieve her suffering, she was taken to Vandalia Hospital where she died March 15, 1940. Besides her husband and children, she leaves her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. STEVENSON of Iuka; 1 sister, Mrs. Bertha TRINKLE of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; 1 brother, Elmer STEVENSON of Iuka; 1 niece and 4 nephews. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Iuka Cemetery.

- At a meeting of a group of representative business men held in the office of Alonzo CHURCH Tuesday, the Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce was reorganized. Alonzo CHURCH was elected President, D.J. ALEXANDER, Vice President, and William COLE, Secretary-Treasurer. The annual dues was set at $1.00 with meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. The first meeting will be held in Mr. CHURCH’s office. After that it is planned to have our meetings in the basement of the churches with a dinner served by the ladies of the church.

- A dance will be given on April 12 in the high school gym for the benefit of the Kinmundy Fire Dept. The newly organized Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the dance.

- A resident of this city rode the C. & E.I. train to Salem on 3 different occasions without paying his fare. This happened 20 years ago. The reason he did not buy the ticket, the ticket office was not opened and the conductor never asked for the fare. One day last week, this gentleman walked into the local station and told his story, and said he wanted to clear his conscience by paying these fares. After digging thru the archives of the station, it was found that the fare at that time was 36 cents from Kinmundy to Salem. He paid the $1.08.

- Pleasant Grove: An Easter Sunrise Service was held at Pleasant Grove Church Sunday by Rev. WIGHAM.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday.

- East Zion (from last week): The community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Bruce ATKINS of Maroa who died at the hospital after an illness of a few days on Saturday. He was married about a year ago to Miss Dorothy McKINNEY, a school teacher of near Maroa. Services and interment were at Maroa.

- East Zion (from last week): Dwight, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, fell on some wood, and cut quite a gash on his forehead Saturday morning.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and family spent Sunday with the Clyde BASSETT’s.

- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene HARRELL, who were married Saturday, are at home on their farm, where his uncle, Flavis HARRELL and family have been living the past 4 years. They will moved to a farm near Decatur Friday.

- Green Ridge: Saturday early callers at F.L. DOUDERA Jr.’s were: Mr. George DOUDERA and family, Mr. Forrest WILLIAMS and family, Mr. Tom GARRETT, Mr. HARTZEL, and Viola POWELL, Misses Bessie and Nelda THOMAS.

- Meacham: The C.B.C. were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL on Thurs. evening, March 14, it being their wedding anniversary and also several others having birthdays in the month. Several games and contests were enjoyed by all and at departing time, all declared the host and hostess to be ideal Circle members.

- Meacham: Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.

- Mr. and Mrs. A.S. FRENCH of Rocky Ford, Colo. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 2. They have 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Matilda MORGAN and A.S. FRENCH were married in Patoka, Ill. on March 2, 1890. They moved to Gilette, Colo. in 1896, the change in the climate being considered beneficial to Mr. FRENCH’s health, and resided there for 41 years. He held the position of Assessor of the county for years. They moved to Rocky Ford 3 years ago. All the children of the family were present, and grandchildren, except for 1. A list of those present was included. Mrs. FRENCH is a sister of Mr. W.H. MORGAN of Kinmundy, and an aunt of Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma.

April 4, 1940:

- Mrs. Frank DOUDERA died at her home March 26 in Foster twp. Josephine NEDEROST was born in Czechoslovakia on March 13, 1870. At the age of 11 years, she came with her parents to Chicago where she resided a few years before coming to Foster twp. She married Frank DOUDERA on Sept. 28, 1890, and they had 10 children. All are living except the youngest daughter, Lillian GARRETT, who died March 8, 1936. Mrs. DOUDERA is survived by her husband; 8 sons and 1 daughter, namely: Frank Jr., John, Joseph, James, Thomas, Edward, George, Mary OSBORN, and Harry; and 12 grandchildren. 2 grandsons have preceded her in death.

- Mrs. Emma HOWE and Albert HAMPSTEN were married March 30 in the Civil Court House in St. Louis. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL and daughter, Adina, Lela WAGONER, and Chas. HAMPSTEN. Monday evening a large crowd gathered at the home of the groom near Omega and gave them a rousing charivari.

- The delighted squeals of rats will be heard the length and breadth of the country side on April 25, for that is the day selected for the rat banquet to the rats in Marion county. Delicious foods, mixed with sed squill, will be exposed the same night on farms and other premises, resulting, it is hoped in the elimination of the dreaded rat pest from the county. The campaign is sponsored by Fred J. BLACKBURN and the Marion County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of biological survey.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest JONES and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN called on Mr. and Mrs. Fred MILLER to see little Miss Eileen, who was born last Wednesday. Mrs. Susanna JONES is staying with them. Mrs. MILLER was formerly Miss Avis JONES.

- Green Ridge: The old residence known as the Dave POWELL place burned Saturday night.

- Wilson School: On Thurs., several relatives and friends gathered at the home Mr. and Mrs. Emil MEYER and gave their daughter, Wanda, the bride of Vernon SULLIVAN, a charivari and shower. The newlyweds will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Earl FURRY where the groom is engaged in farming.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. Uriah SMITH witnessed an explosion in the Centralia Oil Field Saturday. A man living nearby rushed to warn his wife to put out the fire in the stove, and thoughtfulessly in the excitement, opened the door which immediately caused an explosion, killing him, his wife, and her father, who was living with them.

- Pleasant Grove: Some of the young folks from here attended the charivari at the Ora RITTER home Wednesday, for his son, Francis, and Miss Viola MULVANY, who were married Tuesday.

- Mr. M.E. HELM has charge of Mr. HAMMER’s furniture store when Mr. HAMMER is in Coffeen. Dale will divide his time between Coffeen and Kinmundy.

April 11, 1940:

- Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia on Friday of last week and underwent and operation on Saturday. The cause of her illness was found to be an abscess of the pelvis and the infection was spreading rapidly. She is in a very critical condition.

- Our citizens were awakened about 3 a.m. yesterday when the fire alarm was sounded. The barn of A.C. DUNLAP was all ablaze when the fire was discovered and soon burned to the ground. The fire was discovered by some of the local politicians who were waiting for the local election who were waiting for the local election returns. The barn housed about a dozen old hens which were burned, and a small amount of used lumber. Luckily the house or other buildings about did not catch fire.

- In the Primary Election for precinct committeeman:

In precinct 1 for the Democrats, Tom JONES won over Richard SCHWABE 107 to 72. In Precinct 2 for the Democrats, Billy MORRIS won over Marshall WILLIAMS 120 to 114.

- Miss Arlene ZIMMER entertained Class No. 2 of the Methodist Sunday School, and their teacher, Mrs. Maxine GEORGE, at her home March 30, the occasion being her 11th birthday. Various games and contests were enjoyed with prizes going to Misses Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Marilyn MILLER, Shirley GRAY, and Helen ROBNETT. Dainty refreshments of ice cream, angel food cake, mints and grape juice were served by Arlene’s mother assisted by Mrs. GEORGE.

- Mrs. Bertha ANDREWS is busy this week taking the 1940 census in this twp., with it’s multiplicity of questions.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES called Monday afternoon on Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT.

- Mrs. Chas. ARNOLD received word Wednesday afternoon, that her Aunt Lucy KLINGE of Stringtown was severally burned and on Thursday morning, she received word of her death. The funeral was held Saturday at Stringtown Church with interment in Farmer’s Cemetery.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Jennie HIESTAND.

- Pleasant Grove: Marvin BRUBAKER, the Census Enumerator, was making calls in this vicinity Thursday.

- Pleasant Grove: Phillip GRIFFIN received the Silver Medal given at the W.C.T.U. contest in Alma last Friday night.

- Miletus: Several friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gene HARRELL gathered at their home and charivaried them Monday night of last week. The treated the crowd to cigars and candy.

- Miletus: Mrs. Ella MULVANY was pleasantly surprised Sunday when a number of relatives gathered up with well filled baskets to help celebrate her 54th birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. George BOSTON and son; Edward BOSTON, wife and daughter of Greenview; Clarence SMITH of Beecher City; Addie LANDRETH, Alice MULVANY and Lillie and family of Shumway, Will CHASTEEN and wife, Morris CHASTEEN and wife, and a number of neighbors and friends.

- Mr. and Mrs. M.E. HELM were in Terre Haute Friday attending the funeral of the latter’s brother, G.O. BEEL, who died at his home in Tulsa, Okla. last Tuesday. Interment was in Roselawn Memorial Park at Decatur.

April 18, 1940:

- Harry SCRUBY died at his home in Pana, and the burial was in Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday. In the funeral party coming from Pana were: his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON, brother-in-law and sister of Mrs. SCRUBY from Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. HOMER and the minister from Pana; Mrs. Eunice KAGY and Mrs. Dora ALMA. Mr. and Mrs. SCRUBY were former residents of this community living on the George NEAVILL farm adjoining town.

- A potluck dinner was given the basketball squad on Wednesday in the local gym. There were about 150 present. After dinner, group singing was led by the cheer leaders. Coach PROVINES presented the following boys with letters: Wayne ROBB, Duane WILLIAMS, Bennie DOOLEN, Chas. SEE, Earl BRIMBERRY, Ralph JENKINS, Kenneth WRIGHT, and the manager, Xon WILKINSON. The cheer leaders, Helen PRUETT, Donna ANDREWS, and Kenneth JACKSON, also received letters.

- An election was held last Thursday in Kinmundy twp. to vote on the proposition "Shall bonds in the amount of $8000 be issued for road purposes?" This lost by 2 votes.

- Mr. Albert MALINSKY drove to Effingham Monday to meet his brother, Rev. Frank MALINSKY, who was on his way home in Elmira, Canada to St. Louis, to attend a church meeting. Besides Mr. and Mrs. MALINSKY at their home, where dinner was served and a family reunion that evening, were: Mr. and Mrs. E.F. MALINSKY, and Mrs. Lotta MALINSKY and daughter, Clara, of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. August BECCUE, and son and wife; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold BECCUE of St. Peter; Mrs. Frank HUMPHREY of Kinmundy; and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace OSBORNE and daughters, Joan, June and Jean of Farina.

- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Monday with an anniversary dinner.

- Mr. Mel GRAY was taken to the Olney Sanitarium last week suffered from a severe case of heart trouble. He is still in the hospital, and is a lot better.

- Many Kinmundy citizens motored to Farina Sunday to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. C.T. WADE, who were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Open house was held in the afternoon, and more than 200 friends called on them. Both Mr. and Mrs. WADE are enjoying good health. Mr. WADE has been in business for 50 years and has never missed 1 hour of his business on account of sickness. This is certainly a mighty fine record.

- Barbara Kaye, 8 1/4 lbs. was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER. If any further information is desired, please see grandpa HAMMER.

- Robert Keith, 6 lbs. was born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl SCHWABE on Wednesday. Daddy is walking on air while both grandpa SCHWABE and grandma GEORGE have slackened their pace considerably.

- John Robert, Jr., 7˝ lbs., was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert ROBB at Camp McCoy, Wis. on Tuesday. And now it is great-granddad NELMS.

- The Fireman’s ball given made a profit of $328.58.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin ARNOLD of Patoka spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus ARNOLD and son, Mac.

- Prairie Grove: Murrell REESE and wife have a boy born April 10 and named Dale Keith.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on his sister, Mrs. Alice SEE in Kinmundy Sunday afternoon, and called on Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON spent Sunday with Mrs. Gertrude WADE in Salem, and attended the reception in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. WADE who were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

- Wilson School: Mary MEYER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil MEYER, returned home Monday from Vandalia Hospital where she had submitted to an appendicitis operation.

April 25, 1940:

- Murray B. JONES, 52, of Salem, died in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Sunday from injuries sustained when he was struck by an automobile at the intersection of East Mitchell and South Rotan in Salem. The driver of the death car was Bert DENNISON of Seminole, Okla., local oil worker, who testified at the inquest held Sunday morning at the McMackin Funeral Home, that he had been drinking, that he was known to have struck Mr. JONES, but that he could not remember hitting a man just before driving the automobile into a ditch where it was wrecked. Mr. JONES, father of Assistant Editor of the Salem Republican, Ed JONES, was walking from the business section of the city to his home on South Marion Street when the fatal accident occurred, and DENNISON was apparently trying to shake Wilbur FINNEY off the running board of the car he was driving after FINNEY accosted him for driving into his parked automobile, a very few moments later. South Rotan is a dead end street after crossing East Mitchell, as there is no crossing over the B & O tracks at this point. After barging across East Mitchell at breakneck speed and running down Mr. JONES, DENNISON drove the car into the railroad right-of-way ditch, crawled out with only a slight bump on his head and made his way up town where he attempted to cash a check at Lyle MERRITT’s tavern. It was here that he was arrested by Police Officer, Gene KIRK. The death car was owned by Lawrence ROE, an oil worker, who resides in an apartment over Yohe’s Laundry. The verdict returned by the Coroner’s jury recommended that Bert DENNISON be held for action by the grand jury. Services were held at the First Christian Church in Salem with interment in East Lawn Cemetery. Mr. JONES was born Jan. 17, 1888, east of Kinmundy, and lived all his life in Marion county. He was a member of the American Legion, having served during the World War. Survivors are: his wife, Alice B. JONES; 2 sons, Edward M. and John Robert JONES; a brother, Grover of Kinmundy; and a sister, Mrs. Andrew MULVANY of near Omega. Mr. JONES was a former resident of Kinmundy.

- Leslie DOLL, born Oct. 10, 1891, three miles southeast of Kinmundy, the son of Samuel and Grace DOLL, died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mishawaka, Ind. on April 13 of pneumonia. His wife, Mary, survives with 2 daughters, Mrs. Cecil JOHNSON and Genevieve DOLL, also his mother, Mrs. Grace DOLL; a brother, Heron; 4 sisters, Nona and Ethel of Osceola, Ind., and Mrs. Alvin WALLS and Mrs. Samuel ADAMS of Detroit, Mich. Mr. DOLL was a veteran of the World War and was a member of the Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola. Burial was at Osceola Cemetery.

- Mr. Edwin WORMLEY and daughter received an announcement Saturday of the death of Mrs. WORMLEY’s brother, Mr. W.P. GROVE of Washington, D.C. Mr. GROVE’s death occurred April 19, with interment in Washington D.C.

- Mr. Mel GRAY returned home from the Olney Hospital Friday, where he had been receiving treatment for heart trouble.

- Mrs. Frances LOWE entered the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Monday where she is receiving treatment. "Aunt Sis" suffered a light stroke Saturday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT entertained at dinner Sunday at their country home in honor of Mrs. GARRETT’s cousin, Mrs. Ellis WAINSCOTT, nee Jennie HUMPHREY, of Westwood, Cal. It was a happy family reunion Sunday. Others attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER of St. Peter; Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ and Mr. and Mrs. Walter SIMPSON of Salem; Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HUMPHREY, Mrs. Anna SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. John F. MAGILL, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY, Mrs. George CONANT, Mrs. Carrie HEATON, and Miss Hester HEATON, all of Kinmundy.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ivory NEAL have a baby boy born April 16 at Effingham Hospital.

- Meacham: Mrs. Myrtle PERRY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul PERRY and daughter, attended the birthday dinner at the home of Mrs. Harold PERRY Sunday.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS announce the marriage of their granddaughter, Miss Norma Jean CHESBRO on March 30 in Yuma, Ariz.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON attended the funeral for Mrs. Marinda LACKEY at the M.E. Church in Farina Sunday.

- Meadow Branch (from last week): The school election was held Saturday and Otis HINES was elected to a 3 year term, and Ira MARSHALL for a 2 year term.

- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son, of the Swift School District, spent Sunday in the G. Tom BALLANCE home. Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD of Alma, and Dale BALLANCE and family were afternoon callers.

- Wilson School: Last Friday being the last day of our term, the patrons of the school gathered with well filled baskets and gave their teacher, Miss Marjorie FELLER, and pupils, a surprise basket dinner which was enjoyed. The spelling match was won by Mrs. Mary SHUFELDT. Miss KELLER has been reemployed for the coming year.

- Wilson School: Mildred and Helen KLEISS attended a birthday surprise on Francis RHODES at Altamont on Sunday.

- Miletus: About a month ago, Lyle WHITE, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE, was stricken with pneumonia, followed by congestion of the lung. He was taken to Olney Sanitarium Tuesday morning, and operated on in the afternoon, living a very short time. B.F. LINTON went to Olney Tuesday night after the body.

- Mrs. John CURRY, Miss Evangeline PARRILL and Mr. F.O. GRISSOM were in Farina Sunday attending the funeral of Mrs. Marinda LACKEY, nee SWITZER, wife of the late J.W. LACKEY.

May 2, 1940:

- Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD died in Vandalia Hospital on April 26, 1940. Hattie E. ROBB, daughter of F.M. and Julia M. ROBB, was born Feb. 22, 1868 near Kinmundy. She was the oldest of 9 children; 1 brother, Eli ROBB; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lou JONES and Mrs. Emma ARNOLD, who survive. She married LeRoy D. GREEN on April 19, 1889, and they had 4 children: Elston of Patoka; Robb and Mrs. Elno BROWN of Kinmundy; and Marian, who preceded her in death in March 1923. After the death of Mr. GREEN in 1897, she married J.T. ARNOLD in Aug. 1900, and they had 1 daughter, Vivian, now Mrs. Ralph FEATHER of Kinmundy. She united with the Methodist Church at North Fork later moving her membership with Mr. ARNOLD’s to the Kinmundy Methodist Church. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge and the Kinmundy Eastern Star. She leaves her husband, 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. Services were held the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. A list of those attending the funeral from out-of-town was included.

- Jimmy Ray, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William LUX, underwent a single mastoid operation in the Mark Greer Hospital Saturday.

- James CONANT, Senior, and Helen MILLER, Freshman, received high honors at U. of I.

- Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS was brought home by Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO. She has spent the past 4 months in Alton Hospital.

- Riley WILLIAMS left Monday for Terre Haute, Ind., in answer to a message announcing the serious illness of his brother, George WILLIAMS. The brother died while Mr. WILLIAMS was enroute to his bedside.

- Mr. Harry WARREN was in Shelbyville a few days ago where he sold one of his Limestone Conveyor. He also sold one in Oskaloosa recently.

- Mr. and Mrs. Nelson A. RICE of Hammon, Okla. have announced the marriage of their adopted daughter, Ruby Jo, to Mr. Merle HIATT, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. HIATT, of Strong City, Okla, which took place at the home of the bride on March 23. The bride is a graduate of Brickman High School and Oklahoma University at Norman. The groom is a graduate of Strong City High School and Oklahoma University.

- Miss Martha JACKSON is nursing a case of erysipelas in her face.

- Mr. and Mrs. H.M. FISHER were in Farina Thursday attending the funeral of Mrs. Fay CRANDALL, who died in Vandalia Hospital Wednesday after several week’s illness.

- Miletus: Lyle WHITE, son of Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE, who died in Olney Sanitarium Monday of last week, was laid to rest in Elder Cemetery. Services were held at Meacham Baptist Church.

- Miletus: Friday of last week was the last day of Booker School, and patrons gathered at the noon hour and surprised the teacher with a basket dinner. The afternoon was spent in spelling ciphering and a ballgame between Booker and Miletus School.

- Meacham: The community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. William TRACY of Platteville, Wis., the husband of the late, Mrs. Nita BALKE TRACY, who died about a year ago. He died April 28.

- Meacham: April 26 was the last day of this school year for Rockhold School, and patrons came with well filled baskets at the noon hour for Mr. HOWELL and pupils. In the afternoon, spelling and ciphering by the pupils was enjoyed.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. Paul SHORT and Miss SLATER were married at St. Louis on Saturday and are living at present at his father’s home. Paul lived in our neighborhood a few years. A kitchen shower and charivari were given them Monday at his home.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT called on Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd COX Sunday night.

- Pleasant Grove: The Ladies Aid met Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Ruby HIESTAND.

- Lyle GREEN of Kinmundy, student in Polytechnic-Intermountain College, Billings Polytechnic Institute will have the temporary starting line up the position on 3rd base of the Poly Baseball season.

May 9, 1940:

- The Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly meeting in the basement of the Kinmundy Christian Church Tuesday with 32 members and 3 guests present. Mr. A. GORMAN, Train Master, and Mr. FORTH, Traffic Agent of the Illinois Central Railroad of Champaign, and Mr. P.E. BRANCH of San Antonio were the speakers. A delicious dinner was served by the ladies of the church. In the business meeting, Carl DUNLAP reported that the organization of a volunteer fire department was underway.

- A tour of Evergreen Cemetery was made by 2 officers of the cemetery committee. Among the comments made about it’s beauty, it was noted that Evergreen trees need to be added since some have been struck by lightening.

- The special program which will be held at the Methodist Church for Mother’s Day was listed.

- Mrs. Lou ALDERSON died at her home south of this city early Saturday after an illness of several months. Services were held at Pleasant Grove Church with interment in Iuka Cemetery.

- Miss Katherine SCAWTHON has tendered her resignation as reporter for the Express, due to ill health. She has been with us for quite a long time.

- Mr. John L. KNIGHT was employed as superintendent of the local school for the ensuing term. He is presently employed at Enfield, Ill. J. F. HICKMAN, Richard PROVINES, A.M. JONES, and Eugenia BOYD have been employed at the high school. Margaret WISEHEART, Annie YOUNG, Hester HEATON, Margaret WARREN, and Alice FRENCH accepted positions as grade school teachers at an increase of $5 per month on their salaries.

- Omega: A number of our citizens saw "Gone With the Wind" at the Lyric in Salem last week.

- Prairie Grove: Miss Betty ADAMS closed a successful term of school, May 1. At the noon hour, patrons brought well filled baskets.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. LINTON closed her 3rd term of school here Friday, and we are sorry to give her up as teacher here. She has been a real mother to the children and taught them many things besides books. She and the pupils, with several of the mothers, took dinner and spent the day at Bryan Park in Salem Saturday.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil MARSHALL spent Thursday and Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL. Virgil has just finished his term of school at Lynnville, Ill. and was rehired for the coming year.

- Meacham: Mrs. Willie GREEN and children called on Mrs. Idela KAGY Sunday. Mr. GREEN is in Jefferson Barracks Hospital where he has undergone a second operation for a broken bone in his leg.

- Mr. and Mrs. Joe BACKENSTO were in Edgewood Monday attending the funeral of John GUY of Farina.

- 25 years ago from May 6, 1915.

May 16, 1940:

- George CAMPBELL, a farmer in Meacham twp., hanged himself early Friday morning. He arose a little later than common on this morning and went out to do his chores. About an hour later, when he failed to come to the house again, his wife went to look about him. She found him hanging in the wagon shed. None of the chores was done. He had been in ill health for the past few years and this was the only reason relatives could give for him resorting to this. He was 65 years of age. Besides his wife, he leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. Susanna JONES of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Emma WOOD of San Jose, Ill. Services were held from the Meacham Baptist Church with interment in Elder Cemetery.

- The new electric fire siren has been mounted above the fire bell and is now ready to go. When it was being tested last week, it could be heard for several miles, which is an improvement over the old bell. Arrangements are now being made with the Bell Telephone Co. whereby a switch can be placed in the telephone office to be operated by the telephone operators. There is also a switch at the bell tower. The pump from the old fire engine has been mounted on a new Ford truck chassis. The old chemical tank was discarded and was replaced with a tank which will be filled with water.

- A.S. PARRISH informs us that he will enter Barnes Hospital in St. Louis the latter part of this week for an examination of his eye. He has been suffering for the past 3 months with it. On Feb. 4, the end of a baling wire pierced the eyeball. He had cut the wire from a bale of hay. And he has had more or less trouble with it ever since. This eye, along with a leg ailment, has kept him from performing his duties as a rural mail carrier for some time. We sincerely hope that the examination will not reveal anything serious, although Mr. PARRISH states, that if necessary to get relief from his suffering, he will have the eye ball removed.

- Ethel WANTLAND ALDERSON, daughter of Thomas and Anna BRETZ WANTLAND, was born Dec. 24, 1872, and died May 4, 1940 at her home in Alma twp. She married L.A. ALDERSON on Oct. 5, 1893, and they had 6 children: 2 sons, Ole and Oran, who with their families reside near the parental home; 4 daughters, Mrs. Anna ROYAL, Mrs. Adda BREESE and Elsie, of Battle Creek, Mich.; 1 daughter, Lois, died at 11 months. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church for a number of years, and leaves her husband, 5 children; and 6 grandchildren. Services were held from the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church with interment in Iuka Cemetery.

- Mr. C.A. BOONE received word yesterday of the death of his brother-in-law, Mr. W.A. LACY of Effingham, which occurred in the hospital in that city. Services will be held in Effingham Friday. Mrs. LACEY passed away Feb. 1, last.

- The last P.T.A. meeting of the school year was held May 8. Officers for next year were elected: Mrs. B.F. LINTON, President; Mrs. W.B. VALLOW, Vice President; Mrs. Margaret WISEHEART, Secretary; Miss Margaret WARREN, Treasurer. The musical program was in charge of Mrs. Glen WHITE. A vocal trio with guitar accompaniment was given by Duana HANNA, Kenneth PIGG, and John PIPER. A piano solo by Marcia HIEL, a vocal selection, Shirley BAILEY (Shirley is a newcomer to our town and is only 3 years old.) Vocal trio by the BAILEY children. (These children are pre-school age.)

- Miss Catherine WALKINGTON, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WALKINGTON, became the bride of Mr. Donald MUCK, of Centralia, on May 8 in the home of the bride near Tunnel Hill. The bride graduated from Vienna High Twp. High School with the class of ‘37, and attended McMurray College at Jacksonville for 1 year, and Southern Illinois State Teachers’ College at Carbondale for a year and a half. Mr. MUCK is the son of Mrs. Mae MUCK of Centralia, and graduated from Centralia Twp. High School with the class of ‘36. He is now associated with the firm of Perrine Bros. and Walkington. A list of those attending the wedding was included. The bride’s parents will be remembered by many citizens of this community, Mr. WALKINGTON being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman WALKINGTON of the Elder School District, and Mrs. Lyman WALKINGTON as Miss Bessie KENNEDY, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L.N. KENNEDY.

- Omega: George Leon, a baby boy, was born at the Leslie EBLIN home last week.

- Wilson School: Mrs. Chas. FRADENBURG was taken Monday to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia where she was operated on for appendicitis. During the absence of their mother, her children are staying with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus MULVANY near Alma.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT had with them on Mother’s Day, their children, Mr. and Mrs. Fred FLETCHER, Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GUBBINS of Muncie, Ind.

- Mr. Eli ROBB was suffering from a spell of indigestion Sunday evening. Although his abdomen is sore as yet, but is able to work in the fields.

- Campground: Mr. and Mrs. John FINKBONE have a new boy.

- Supervisor C.G. JACKSON has taken to his bed for a month in hopes that he can regain his strength. He is in a rundown condition, one of the after effects of the flu. His father, Mr. Henry JACKSON, who is an invalid, is being cared for in the home of Emmitt GRAY, at present.

- Miletus (from last week): Friday of last week was the last day of Miletus School. Patrons gathered at the noon hour with their baskets. The afternoon was spent in ciphering.

- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER of Coffeen, spent Tuesday night and Wednesday with homefolks. Dale reports business is good in his new location.

- 25 years ago from May 13, 1915.

May 23, 1940:

- Frances Elizabeth LOWE, daughter of the late Daniel and Elizabeth DOOLEN, was born in Foster twp., near Kinmundy, on Sept. 29, 1855, and died in Mark GREER Hospital in Vandalia on May 20, 1940. She married Benjamin Franklin LOWE on Dec. 7, 1871, and they had 2 daughters, Minnie, who became the wife of Richard DARDEN, and who died in 1932; and Dora, who died at the age of 6 years. Mr. LOWE, the husband and father, died July 13, 1913. Mrs. LOWE lived the greater part of her life near and in Kinmundy. They lived for a time in Champaign. The past 25 years or more she has made her home in Kinmundy. She leaves a grandson, A.D. DARDEN of Memphis, Tenn.; and 3 great-grandchildren: Richard Dale DARDEN, Elizabeth SMITH and Mrs. Clara EPPES, all of Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. LOWE was a member of the Methodist Church, and a member of the Eastern Star. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Doolen Cemetery in Foster twp. A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.

- Word was received Sunday of the death of Mrs. Jennie BOSTICK of Mason, formerly Miss Jennie TYNER of our city. Those attending the funeral from here were: Mr. and Mrs. J.H. NELMS, Mrs. DONOVAN, and Mrs. BARGH.

- Mr. ___ W. HAYMOND, of San Dimas, Cal. was here Tuesday visiting with his cousin, Otto CRAYCROFT, in Sandoval. This was his first visit back here in 35 years.

- Word was received here last week by Mrs. Matilda MAXWELL, of the death of her brother, Rev. John VALLOW, which occurred at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 3. Services were held and interment made in Colorado Springs. He was reared in this community.

- Robert D. MAHAN is Valedictorian of the Class of 1940, and has been given a years subscription to "Reader’s Digest".

- Mr. Otis SMITH of Centralia, was injured while at his work in the Centralia Ice Plant Monday. His injuries were so severe, that it was necessary to amputate one foot Tuesday. Otis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. SMTH of this city.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JARHAUS and little daughter. Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS was a guest also.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HIESTAND have built a new room to their home.

- Greenridge: Mrs. Frona THOMAS died in Jackson, Mich. and was brought back for burial. Services were held at the Baptist Church in Alma with interment in Hickory Grove Cemetery. She was 49 years of age. She leaves 6 children: Cordis and Harry DONOHO of Jackson; Mary McQUIRE of St. Louis; Muchie PHILIPS of Hickory Hill; Phebie PUDCELL of Salem, and Martha FOSTER of Jackson; 9 grandchildren; 6 brothers and 1 sister.

- East Meadow Branch: John McCULLEY celebrated his birthday Wednesday of last week, and had Fred SEE as his supper guest.

- 25 years ago from May 20, 1915.

May 30, 1940:

$10,000 Fire in Kinmundy: Another one of Kinmundy’s old landmarks passed into history Sunday morning when this old frame building owned by C.B. ROHRBOUGH, H.L. WARREN, the ROHRBOUGH estate and George H. BARGH, was destroyed by fire. This building was occupied by John CURRY Barber Shop, R.J. FULFER Café, Dr. G.P. DOUGHERTY office, 2 vacant store rooms, and 3 sleeping apartments occupied by the FULFER family, Mr. Frank WILSON and Mr. Sam BANGS. Len LEWIN, who was at work at his cheese factory, noticed a blaze as if an oil stove had exploded in a back window of one of the upstairs apartments. The blaze soon disappeared and he thought no more about it until about a half hour later when he noticed smoke coming from the eaves of the building. Then he turned in the alarm. It was not long before several were on the scene. But the blaze could not be located. Soon there was an explosion and then the whole building appeared to be in flames. Then help from Salem, Farina and St. Peter was summoned and it was not long before they were on the scene. The 4 engines pumped water from the well on the square into which a pipeline was laid only last year from the Illinois Central Water tank. The firemen battled the flames from 8 a.m. until noon. The contents of the CURRY Barber Shop, FULFER’s Café, and Dr. DOUGHERTY’s office were mostly saved. Practically nothing was saved from the sleeping apartments. During the course of the fire, there were 2 explosions. The first came as we explained before. At that time there were several men on the roof and some just ready to burst in an upstairs window. But the blast sent them all hurrying to the ground. The second came when the fire was at it’s best. Just what this was, no one knows, but at the time there were small fragments of iron flying thru the air. Some were of the opinion that an old cannonball had exploded. Mr. ROHRBOUGH had old Civil War relics stored in his building and there was one of the old cannonballs cast hollow and filled with powder, and the heat exploded it. Taking everything into consideration, there is no question but what the fire really started in the apartment occupied by Mr. BANGS, supposedly from an oil or gasoline stove. The brick building owned by J.R. TELFORD just across the alley east was damaged considerably. The building north, owned by W.S. PRUETT and occupied by COLE & ROLLINSON was damaged considerably by water. A light rain aided considerably in keeping the flames from spreading. This building was one of the very first buildings built in the business district. As near as we can trace its history, it was built in the early 60's. And for the past 50 years, it has been considered a fire hazard, but it has seen some mighty fine brick buildings destroyed across the street. Under present conditions, it will not be rebuilt. Both the Bell Telephone Co. and the Central Illinois Public Service Co. sustained considerable loss to some of their equipment. Guin VALLOW had presence of mind enough to run home after his camera and during the scene, made 44 shots. It was estimated that 1000 visitors came from other towns nearby to witness the ruins. (Pictures of the fire were included in this issue.)

- The City Council has appointed Carl DUNLAP as fire chief of a volunteer fire department. He called some of the boys together Monday and the group selected 3 assistants, B.F. LINTON, 1st Lieut.; E.O. ZIMMER, Captain; and Ralph FEATHER, 2nd Lieut. Alonzo CHURCH was elected secretary-treasurer. Nozzel Men: Len LEWIN, Walter MURPHY, J.B. MAXEY, E.E. BROWN.

Hose: E.R. LOWE; Ora SCHWABE, Ralph LUX, R.J. FULFER, Wayne PIGG, James PIGG, George BARGH.

Engine: P.F. ROBNETT, W.G. SNELLING, Elwin INGRAM, Jim EAGAN.

Salage: Alonzo CHURCH, G.R. ROLLINSON, Lester HOWELL, J.N. VALLOW, J.R. MAHAN, F.A. MOTCH.

Coupling: Jesse GEORGE, D.J. ALEXANDER, William COLE, L.C. INGRAM.

Suction Hose: Harry BURGE, Elwin TROUT, and Richard SCHWABE.

A meeting will be held Friday evening at the City Hall. Those who are not there will be fined 25 cents. There will be a drill that evening.

- Relatives here received word of the death of Ed SHANKS of Centralia. He was an Illinois Central engineer, and was a patient in I.C. Hospital in Chicago at the time of his death. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Daisy EAGAN, and several children. Interment was in Centralia.

- Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M. celebrated their 75th anniversary last Thursday with several area lodges participating. A history of the lodge was read. During the Civil War, a group of men in and around Kinmundy decided their should be a masonic lodge in Kinmundy. And so on Oct. 5, 1864, Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Illinois, was chartered by the Most Worshipful Grand Master. The 9 Charter members were: B.H. BROADWELL, who served as Worshipful Master, E.R. RISEN, I.S. SWENEY, James POTICARY, Montgomery WILSON, J.H. ELKIN, Joseph O’BRIEN, W.R. BOOTH, and W.L. ARNOLD. The meeting place used by this group was the upstairs of Col. W.R. BOOTH’s home located on 4th street, and now the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Airs CONANT. After a short time, the membership was raised considerably and a hall was rented and fitted as a lodge room. The hall was located over BLAKESLEE’s Store which was located on the southwest corner of Madison and Third Streets, or across the street south of our present Nation bank. The next meeting place was in a hall over the Haymond Bank on Madison Street which was located between DUNLAP’s Store and the present telephone exchange. From there the Lodge was moved into the West Building just 2 locations south. Finally it was decided that we should have a home of our own. In 1901, a building committee was formed to construct the building and borrow the money for the same. This was a very beautiful temple, and stood on the same location as our present temple. The third floor was used as the lodge room and the second floor as the banquet hall. The 2 floors were built for a cost of $4, 465.13. It was dedicated on Jan. 10, 1902. The Lodge burned after almost 2 years along with the rest of the business block on Dec. 2, 1903, consuming all the property of the lodge except the ledger of membership, accounts and the record book. The meetings were then held again in the West Building, the furniture of the K. of P. Lodge being used. But they wanted a building of their own, and they wanted it on the 3rd floor, which in those days seemed more essential than it does today. A building committee was formed to build a lodge for not more than $2500. The lodge was moved into it’s own home in Sept. 1904. A continuation of the lodge followed.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the charivari at Mrs. Nellie WALKINGTON’s Thursday night for Mr. and Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON.

- Campground: One day last week occurred the marriage of Mr. Merle WALKINGTON and Miss Marjorie KELLER. They are both well respected teachers of Marion county and Mr. WALKINGTON is now Supervisor of Omega twp., and Mrs. WALKINGTON is employed to teach the Wilson School this coming winter. They were charivaried at the groom’s home last Wednesday.

- Meacham: The NORMAN family held a family reunion at the home of Mrs. Mary BALKE Sunday. A pot luck dinner was served at the noon hour. A list of those attending was included.

- The "Alma Eagles" boys 4-H club met at the home of Bob GRAY. 8 of the members were present. Mr. VALLOW of Kinmundy was present and helped the boys get started. The members decided to have 5 cents dues per person. Billy BROOM gave an interesting talk on "The Characteristics of a Feeding Calf".

- The "Handy Stitchers" girls 4-H clothing club met at the home of their leader, Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, and the following officers were elected: President, Annette VALLOW; Vice President, Josephine GILLESPEY; Sec’y, Wilma SHAFFER; Treas., Leta ATKINS; Reporter, Nancy LACEY; Recreational Chairman, Ruth Edna SHAFFER.

- The Kinmundy Menuettes met at the home of the leader, Mrs. VALLOW for the purpose of organizing and electing officers. The officers for the food club are: President, Annette VALLOW; Vice President, Kathryn BASSETT; Sec’y, Wilma SHAFFER; Treas., Donna BASSETT; Club Reporter, Arlene ZIMMER; Recreational Leader, Ruth SHAFFER.

- East Meadow Branch: Howard HAMMER who has employment in Indiana, spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Myron HAMMER. He was accompanied by a boy friend.

- East Meadow Branch: A family wiener roast was enjoyed by the SHANAFELT families Friday night. Mr. and Mrs. Bill MILBURN of Marlow, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Ace WIGGINS, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. FARTHING, Kenneth SHANAFELT, of Odin, Miss Mary SHANAFELT of Centralia, Dewayne WILLIAMS, Lester McWHIRTER of Alma, and Opal DeBAULT of Mason, were present.

- Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT spent the weekend in Chicago with friends and in Whiting, Ind. with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE. They were accompanied home by Mrs. LECKRONE for a weeks visit here.

- The Alma High School Commencement was held at the Alma Methodist Church Wednesday. Graduates were: Dwight DAY, Valedictorian, Margaret BEE, Maryann CLOW, Mary CHANEY, Bob GRAY, James OSBORN, Juanita OVERMAN, Dicie HOWARD, and Orville SULLENS.

- 25 years ago from May 27, 1915.

June 6, 1940:

- Two students from Kinmundy will graduate from the University of Illinois on June 10. James D. CONANT, B.S., Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Mrs. Florence CONANT of this city, and Francis O. ALEXANDER, B.S., General Business, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER of this city were among the graduates.

- The Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting in the basement of the Methodist Church, where the ladies of the church served a delicious dinner to 27 members and 8 guests.

- J.B. POSEY writes that there has been some house-breaking and robbery going on in Omega twp. While he was vacationing for his health, sneak-thieves kicked in his doors and knocked off locks, stealing his best suit and a lot of other things of small value.

- Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS celebrated their golden wedding anniversary June 2 at their suburban home just north of this city. Relatives and friends to the number of 76 were present at the noon hour for the sumptuous basket dinner held in the yard. In reality, the anniversary was on April 16, but in order to be assured good weather, the celebrated event was planned for June 2. In 1888, Riley WILLIAMS came from Harmony, Ind. to Kinmundy, Ill. to work in the coal mine. Here he met Miss Ida VALLOW and a courtship ensued. In the latter part of 1889, Mr. WILLIAMS went to Rich Hill, Mo. to work in the mines. After a few months, he sent for his bride-to-be and on April 16, 1890, this couple was united in marriage at Butler, Mo. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Indiana where they remained for a period of 1˝ years. Then they came to Kinmundy until 1905 when they moved to O’Fallon, Ill. and there they remained for 8 years, returning to Kinmundy in the spring of 1913 after purchasing a farm on which they reside today. Since then, they have been engaged in farming. Mr. WILLIAMS is 76 years of age and Mrs. WILLIAMS will turn 70 years next Tuesday. A list of those present was included. (A picture of the couple was also included.)

- South of town: Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE and children were in Champaign Sunday morning making necessary arrangements for Phyllis to enter the school of beauty culture.

- Omega: Sherrill VANDEVEER and Georgerette KNISELEY were married last Friday and were given a rousing charivari Saturday night at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. VANDEVEER.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Bertha SEE.

- Meacham: Memorial services were held at the Union Church Sunday. Rev. HILL of Pana delivered the address to a well filled church, and the decoration of graves in Elder Cemetery followed the address.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ed HARRELL spent Sunday evening with Mrs. Mary BALKE.

- East Meadow Branch: Dorothy McCULLEY began her duties as telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Co. on June 1.

- Wilson School: Marion SHUFELDT has traded cars and is driving a Hudson.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Kathryn MARSHALL graduated from YMCA Central School in Chicago as Valedictorian. She will attend Business College this summer there.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Myrtle EGGLESTON and children spent Sunday with homefolks and helped celebrate the birthday of her father, Mr. Wm. McWILLIAMS.

- Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Carl DUNLAP and wife spent Saturday in Villa Grove.

June 13, 1940:

- Kinmundy received another terrible shock Sunday when the news reached here that Miss Helen MORGAN had been killed in an automobile accident about 3 miles south of Ashley, and that Miss Florence JACK and Miss Alice FRENCH were seriously injured. Another occupant of the car, Miss Edith KELL of Salem, was also injured. Misses JACK, MORGAN, and FRENCH left Kinmundy at 5:30 p.m., and stopped in Salem with friends and to pick up Miss KELL, and they were on their way to Carbondale where they were to enter the summer term of the Southern Illinois Normal University. The accident happened when another car driven by Alex SNYDER of Ashley collided with Miss JACK’s car. Miss MORGAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN of this city, was killed instantly. She had severe lacerations about the face and a skull fracture. She was riding in the front seat beside Miss JACK and evidently, her head went thru the windshield. Helen had been a teacher in the Rock Island Schools for the past 15 years and was to have received her degree at the end of the summer at Carbondale. The other 3 occupants of the car were taken to DuQuoin Hospital where they are recuperating. Miss JACK, daughter of the late W.R. JACK, sustained a broken right leg, and a deep cut on her forehead and an injured knee. For several years, she has been employed in the Salem schools. Miss FRENCH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. FRENCH, and a teacher in the local schools, received several bruises about the face and a possible broken vertebrae. Miss KELL, also a teacher in the Salem schools, received a broken arm and several bruises about the face. She is also suffering from shock. Alex SNYDER, the driver of the other car, was taken to the Centralia Hospital where he remained until Monday. The body of Miss MORGAN was taken to St. Louis by B.F. LINTON where it was prepared for burial. It was brought here on Tuesday and services were held on Wednesday from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Helen, the 5th child of Wesley H. and Cora DOOLEN MORGAN, was born near Kinmundy on April 3, 1895, and in this vicinity, she grew to womanhood. Her education was gained in the local schools, graduating from Kinmundy High school with the class of 1915. After her graduation she entered Southern Illinois Normal University and graduated from there 2 years later. Since that time she has been doing special work in the summers and would have received her Bachelor’s degree at the end of the summer term. She had taught school in Kinmundy, Odin, Centralia, and the Rock Island schools, and was a member of the local Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by 2 infant sisters. Surviving are the invalid father and mother; 4 sisters and 5 brothers: Edith, Dr. John B., Dr. James, Genevieve (CURRAN) and Clyde of Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. C. Maurice of Texhoma, Okla.; Mary (THRASNER) of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Wesley H., Jr. of Houston, Texas; and Martha, now at home; several nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts. A list of relatives attending from out of town was included.

- A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.C. DOOLEN of Tucson, Ariz.on June 5.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN received a message last week that Bryan DOOLEN that he had graduated with the class of 1940 from Tucson Arizona College with his Master’s Degree.

- Dr. George S. CONANT, 52, endowment financial agent of numerous colleges, universities and religious institutions, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Fla. Dr. CONANT, a winter resident of Miami the past 2 years, was a brother of Lewis J. CONANT, a former executive of the Miami Chamber of Commerce. It began as a country minister in the Southern Methodist conferences, serving 6 churches in the vicinity of Dix, Ill. Dr. CONANT was born in Kinmundy, Ill., and attended the University of Illinois. He is survived by his widow, Florence E., of Kinmundy; 2 sons, Walter of New York City; and James D., a graduate this week of the University of Illinois; 2 brothers, Clarence C., attorney of Denver; and Lewis J. of Miami.

- For the past 2 years, Carrol LOWE, a sophomore at McKendree, has had one advantage over everyone else as he has been able to take his homework home and let his father help him. Cecil LOWE, his father, will graduate with the class of 1940. One of the most interesting experiences the 2 have had at McKendree is membership in the Philo literacy society. At times, "Lowe-the-younger" as he is called, has shown a more or less expected lack of respect to Lowe-the-elder, who usually is an officer of some sort. On one occasion, the society voted to have the latter "broom" his son in an effort to remedy this. The 41 year old minister did this with such agility and such precision that it was apparent that that wasn’t the first time such an event had taken place in the LOWE home, Carrol denies this. Cecil LOWE is what is called a "circuit rider", driving to 3 churches each Sunday and traveling more than a hundred miles from Lebanon. He had been a farmer most of his life when he decided to enter the ministry. He believed that education was necessary even for a preacher. He completed the high school work he had to abandon by examination and correspondence courses. In the of 1936, he entered McKendree. It is interesting to note that he observed all the freshmen rules, even down to wearing the notorious green cap - something none of the older students have ever been willing to do. This immediately made the McKendree students grow to love and respect their oldest student. In their eyes, "he was a regular fellow". Carrol LOWE, the son, is the oldest of 7 children, all attending school. He plans to coach athletics when he graduates from McKendree.

- A farewell social was given June 7 in the dining room of the church for the C.G. BLACKWELL family, who expect to moved soon to Sullivan, Ill.

- Funeral services for Albert COFFIN were held Sunday from his home in Alma twp. Interment was made beside his wife in the family lot in the Salem Cemetery. Mr. COFFIN had attained the age of 88 years. Most of his life was spent in Marion county and the 37 years has been spent on the present homestead in Alma twp. He held the position of supervisor for several terms and was on the building committee at the time of the erection of the present courthouse. He was a charter member of the Marion county Farm Bureau. He is survived by 10 children: William D., Mrs. Lulu VANDERVORT, Mrs. Ethel STEVENSON of Salem; Francis of Milwaukee; Harry of St. Louis; Clifford of Altadena, Calif.; Mrs. Anna PROUT of Vine Land, N.J.; Mrs. Erma McCRAY of Elmonte, Calif.; Dwight of Flora; Mrs. Winifred GOODMAN of Washington, D.C.

- Sandy Branch Clean-Up Day: Saturday, June 15th, has been designated at clean-up day for the Sandy Branch Cemetery. Everyone interested in the cemetery is requested to be present and help with the work. A basket dinner will be served at noon by the ladies, so let everyone come out. Our plan is to have the grass cut so a lawn mower can be used. A caretaker is to be employed and the cemetery is to be kept mowed. Trustees.

- Earl A. YUND, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. YUND of this city, graduated from Southern Illinois Normal University of Carbondale last week.

- The new census reveals a 25% increase in the city population in just a decade. There was a count of 1014 in 1940 compared to 818 just 10 years ago. This marked increase is due to the oil activity within this county. For one thing, Kinmundy has cheaper rent than our neighboring cities.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Nellie MAYBERRY had more than 150 small chicks carried away Tuesday by rats.

- Pleasant Grove: A kitchen shower was given for Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill VANDEVEER Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS. Several nice gifts were received, including two $5 bills.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the basket dinner at Mr. and Mrs. Clyde JONES Sunday in honor of her father’s Robert HUDDLESTON’s 63rd birthday.

- Swift School: Roy and Carl DOOLEN, Bill GARRETT and Wess HEADLEY left Saturday to spend 4 days in the Ozarks.

- Swift School: Bert GARRETT and family spent Sunday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB.

- Swift School: Cleda GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday with Velma Jean CONANT.

- Swift School: Clyde GARRETT and family spent Sunday afternoon with Clyde BASSETT and family.

- Mrs. Lenard LEWIN and Mrs. A.N. GRAY were in Brownstown attending the shower given for Mr. and Mrs. L. SAPP. He’s a brother of Mrs. LEWIN’s and was recently married.

- Prairie Grove: August GRANWENZ and family, Henry GRANWENZ and family, Albert GRANWENZ and family, Herman GRANWENZ and family, Albert BURGMAN and family, and Mrs. Ella MAGNUS from St. Peter spent Sunday evening with Charlie MANGNER and family, helping Charlie celebrate his birthday.

- Omega: A number from here attended the Alma twp. commencement exercises at Pleasant Grove Church Friday night.

- Meacham: This community was saddened by the death of Miss Minerva ENGEL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August ENGLE, in the Lacey District. Services were held Sunday with interment in St. Peter Cemetery.

- Wilson School: Mildred and Helen KLEISS entertained a group of young people at their home on Sunday with a linen shower in honor of Miss Mary LITTLETON, who is soon to be the bride of Paul TRAINER of Pontiac, Ill.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER attended the U. of I. Commencement exercises Monday. Their son, Francis, was one of the graduates.

- 25 years ago from June 3, 1915.

June 20, 1940:

- Charles B. GRIFFIN of Patoka, and Miss Anita Frances THOMPSON of this city, in company with Dale and Sam BRITT of Patoka, and Avanell PHILLIPS and Helen MILLER of this city, motored to Hannibal, Mo. on Wednesday of last week where they were married by the pastor of the Methodist Church of that city. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernie GRIFFIN of Patoka, and is employed in the Patoka and Vernon elevators. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold THOMPSON of this city and a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘39. The couple will make their home in Patoka where the groom has erected a new home.

- Clifford BRANSON of Chicago, and Beulah May WAINSCOTT of Urbana were married Saturday at the home of the groom’s parents in Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Anson BRANSON. The attendants were Clifford OLDEN of Kinmundy and Doris KOBEL of Champaign. The ceremony dinner was held at the BRANSON home. The couple will reside in Chicago where the groom is employed as an interior decorator. Guests included the groom’s parents; Mr. and Mrs. Skimmerhorn of Urbana, foster parents of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. Dick WAINSCOTT of Champaign, uncle and aunt of the bride; Mrs. Raymond PRUETT and daughter, Irene, of Salem, and Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS.

- Mrs. See MILLICAN of Omega has been seriously ill the past week with Rocky Mountain fever, caused from a tick bite. She was removed from her home to the Centralia hospital Sunday. According to latest reports, she is still very low.

- Theodore MILLER says one is 80 only once and he believes in a long celebration. On Decoration Day he had with him his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gene RINEHART and son of Chicago. The following week, Mr. and Mrs. Frank WILSON of Decatur and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. MILLER and children of Findlay were with him. And last Sunday as his guests, he entertained Mr. and Mrs. Ed MILLER and son of Indianapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Jim MONTGOMERY and Mrs. Stella McGEE of Breese, and Mr. and Mrs. A.N. GRAY, Mrs. J.H. JACKSON and Bert BAILEY and children of this city.

- Mr. D.W. HOLTSLAW of Iuka, and well known throughout the county, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A.F. KELLEY, early Sunday aged 91 years, 5 months. The cause of death was attributed to infirmities. Services were held from the Baptist Church in Iuka with interment in Iuka Cemetery. The deceased was President of the Iuka Bank for the past 40 years.

- Mr. D.H. VANDEVEER celebrated his 52nd birthday anniversary Sunday at his home southeast of this city. He received quite a surprise at the noon hour when relatives and friends to the number of 54 greeted him with well filled baskets. Needless to say there was plenty to eat. The entire afternoon was spent in visiting. Near chore time, the merry gathering parted for their several homes, wishing Mr. VANDEVEER many happy returns of the day.

- Congratulations to Bob MAHAN upon his winning the 4 year scholarship to the University of Illinois from Marion county. This was won in a competitive examination held in the office of the Supt. of Schools.

- Kind words of sympathy are being extended to Alonzo CHURCH and Jesse GEORGE after having spent Tuesday night on a camping trip with their boy scouts. It appears as thought he boys wouldn’t let them sleep but they should be consoled in the passage, "There shall be no rest for the weary".

- On June 18 a wedding occurred at the St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Kinmundy when Miss Mary LITTLETON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harley LITTLETON of Farina, became the bride of Paul TRAINER, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. TRAINER of Blackstone, Ill. Miss Helen KLEISS of Kinmundy and Waldo FRIERDICH of Belleville were the attendants. After the reception, a 4 course dinner was served in Farina at the home of Mrs. Neil COURSON, friend of the family. The bride is a teacher in the public schools and a graduate of the Urseline Academy in Springfield. The groom has employment with the State Radio Police and the Illinois State Militia. The couple will reside in Pontiac, Ill.

- A surprise birthday dinner was planned for Mrs. Robert GRAY June 16 by the children and friends. All drove to Salem with well filled baskets. Mrs. GRAY was unaware of the surprise that awaited her until she reached there. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Robert GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. Don GRAY of Brownstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lavern GRAY and family of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY and family of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Harold BOUGHERS, Mr. Frank BOUGHERS of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace ANDERSON, all of Salem.

- John MAGILL, who made his home in Kinmundy for the past few months, left Friday for Richmond, Mo. where he has a position on the Richmond Conservator. He held this same position for 25 years ago. Mrs. MAGILL will remain here with her mother, Mrs. Harriet DEVORE, for a few weeks after which she will join her husband.

- Mr. A.E. FRENCH and Mr. and Mrs. E.O. ZIMMER and 2 daughters were in DuQuoin Sunday visiting Miss Alice FRENCH who is a patient in the hospital there since the accident last week. They report all victims getting along nicely. They also reported the x-ray revealed Miss Alice has a fractured pelvis instead of a broken back as was formerly believed. Miss Florence JACK returned to her home here Tuesday via ambulance.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Joe THOMAS Thursday evening. Mr. THOMAS is ill.

- Swift School: Clyde GARRETT and family, George LENHART and wife, visited with Virgil LIVESAY and family Sunday.

- Meacham: Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, and she and Mrs. Allie SEE, and her daughter, Mrs. Winnie LAMMERFEIK and children of St. Louis, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. HARRELL at the C.B.C. picnic in Salem Sunday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WANTLAND and Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLICAN spent Monday in Centralia to be near their daughter and daughter-in-law, Mrs. See MILLICAN, who was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, Sunday afternoon suffering from typhus fever, contracted from the bite of a wood tick.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Maude FURRY as Mrs. See MILLICAN was unable to entertain them.

- Miletus: Mrs. Olive WILKINSON, Mrs. Mat KING and sons, Charles and George, and Ivan DeVORE attended the funeral of Mrs. Hattie DAVIS at Taylorville on Thursday.

- Miletus: Miss Virginia KRUTSINGER is staying with her aunt, Marie COURSON, at Oskaloosa, who returned home Saturday after undergoing an appendectomy.

- Prairie Grove: Jerry McCARTY had the misfortune of being thrown from his pony Saturday morning. He was taken to Vandalia where it was found he had a fractured arm.

- Prairie Grove: Marlene and Lyle HAWKEY and Richard BOUSMAN attended a party in Farina at the home of Mrs. BAILEY, honoring her grandson, Carroll FORD’s 5th birthday.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Evelyn JOHNSON is home for the summer having completed her 2 years teacher’s course at the Carbondale Normal. She will teach the coming year at Meadow Branch School.

- East Meadow Branch: C.H. HOWELL, Mr. H.H. HOWELL, Shirley, Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. BAYLIS, and baby, Ruth, attended a surprise birthday dinner at the VANDEVEER home Sunday.

- 25 years ago from June 17, 1915.

June 27, 1940:

- Ed HARRELL Finds Weather Detector: Mr. Ed HARRELL, residing east of this city, was cutting some weeds in his sweet clover field Monday morning when he came across a queer looking box. Upon examination, he found it to be a weather detector sent up by the U.S. Weather Bureau, Baltimore, Md. According to the plate, it was sent up on March 11, 1940. From it’s appearance, it had laid in the field for quite some time.

- Little Jean Marie BASSETT gave a party to several of her young friends at her home in the north part of town Tuesday in honor of her 8th birthday. Those attending were Billie Jean WYZE, Billy Jean BATIE, Billie VALLOW, Joe BARGH, Walley HULTS, Audrey HULTS, Lela Mae DOOLEN, Rachael BENCHOFF, Dickie GARDNER, Helen FEATHER, Frankie BASSETT, Zola BARBEE, Dorothy WASH and Gwendolyn WASH.

- Mr. and Mrs. O.B. JACKSON of Plainview, Texas gave their annual horse show at their stables on June 2. Over 70 horses were in the ring at one time or another. There were about 1000 spectators to witness the events. O.B. JACKSON is a brother of A.J. JACKSON and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER of this city. He left Kinmundy in 1910 and went to Texas. There he established a meat business which finally grew into a packing plant which he operates at the present time.

- Roy DAVIS received a real Father’s Day gift when his wife presented him with an 8 lb. boy, Bryan Roy, at St. Bernards’ Hospital in Chicago on June 15.

- Carroll ALLEN of Salem, and Ceasar J. CASOLARI and Howard REYNOLDS of Flora, who recently participated in the home talent show sponsored by the Elder Cemetery Club here, will appear on WLS on June 29.

- June 23rd being the birthday of Elmer ROSE, his relatives planned to spend the day with him. A nice dinner was spread at the noon hour. Needless to say, all had a good time. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ira BARRALL of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Noel SHAFFER and son, Leroy, Mrs. Eugene SHAFFER and children.

- East Zion: Marshall SOUTIER and family are owners of a ‘37 Ford V-8.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. Eli W. SOLDNER, Miss Anna DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB and son, Richard, of Salem, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN and sons, and Mrs. Gertrude WADE, helping celebrate the birthdays of Mrs. WADE and Keith GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. DILLON, and Mrs. SOLDNER, that came in June.

- Prairie Grove: Ellis HOWELL and wife, Mrs. Sell HOWELL, and Mrs. Lucille NORMAN attended the wedding of Mary LITTLETON and Paul TRAINER in the Catholic Church in Kinmundy Tuesday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD took their son, Donald to a doctor in Farina Sunday to have his hand dressed which was badly cut in a tractor cultivator. They were accompanied by Ralph HIESTAND and wife who spent the day with them.

- Swift School: Mrs. Kenneth ROBB left Friday to spend a few days in Michigan with her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and family.

- 25 years ago from June 24, 1915.

July 4, 1940:

- Mr. and Mrs. S.E. ROBB received a letter from their son, Wayne, this morning, stating that he had passed his final examination in St. Louis and would leave for Chicago this morning to train at Great Lakes Naval Station. James HAMMER and Dwight GARNER will leave next Monday for their final examination in St. Louis, and then will leave for Chicago. Wayne PIGG found that he will have to have a minor operation on his nose before he can pass his final test and this will delay him for a few weeks.

- Miss Donna BASSETT celebrated her 19th birthday last Friday in her home in the north part of town. Those attending were: Naomi BARRALL, George BARGH, Chas. DOOLEN, Kenneth PIGG, Kathryn BASSETT, Betty BARCROFT, Kathleen BROWN, Dwane HANNA, Linda OTT, Eileen EAGAN, Richard MAULDING, Francis KOLB, and Bruce OLDEN.

- Frank KLEISS, father of Fred KLEISS, died at his home in Pesotum on June 27, 1940 at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was born in Oldenburg, Ind. and at the age of 15 came to Champaign Co., Ill., where he resided until his death. 59 years ago he was married to Elizabeth BEHL of Woodward Co. and to them 3 children were born, Emma, now Mrs. Henry MAGSAMEN of Pesotum, Fred of Kinmundy, and William, who preceded him in death in 1925. He is survived by his wife, 1 son and 1 daughter; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, John KLEISS of Villa Grove and Charles KLEISS of Tuscola. Services were held in St. Joseph Church at Pesotum with interment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

- The Perry VANDEVEER family reunion met in regular session in North Irvin Park in Tuscola, Ill. on June 30, 1940, this being the 9th annual meeting. A sumptuous meal was served with 66 participating. After dinner the meeting was called to order by the president, Ray VANDEVEER of Kinmundy. The minutes of the 1939 meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. Pauline JOINES of Salem. Delmar WILLIAMS and Mrs. Orva OHLSEN, both of Tuscola, were elected President and Secretary-Treasurer for the ensuing year. A list of the program was included. Those attending from the vicinity were: Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER and sons, Ray, Herbert and Lester; Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON; and Miss Lucille SHAFFER of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. H.B. VANDEVEER and son, Mrs. Rhoda EAGAN and Mr. and Mrs. Art THOMAS and son of Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. T.A. JACKSON and daughter, of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Pete JOINES and Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLER and daughters, Salem. Perry VANDEVEER was born in southern Indiana in 1884 but moved to Illinois in early childhood. He was a Primitive Baptist Minister, and died June 29, 1914 at the age of 70 years.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.J. FULFER have opened a restaurant in the BARGH Building south of Grissom’s Hardware. The room has been redecorated and it is certainly a nice looking place. It will be remembered the FULFERs were burned out a month ago, and we are only too happy to announce they are in business again.

- William T. EAGAN of this city, and Mrs. Emma RUSSELL of Farina, surprised their many friends when they motored to St. Charles, Mo., Friday and were married. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. H.A. HOWELL of Farina. The groom is well known to everyone in this community and needs no introduction. The bride is the mother of Mrs. Raymond SWIFT residing west of this city.

- The oil well being drilled on the WHITTENBURG farm southeast of this city was spudded in last Wednesday. The hole was down to a depth of about 1800 feet. The fate will be known within a week.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family and Miss Irene LIVESAY were shopping in Mt. Vernon and Salem Friday.

- Omega: Alice MILLICAN received a message last week reporting the death of her sister-in-law near Vandalia. She and her husband attended the funeral Saturday.

- 25 years ago from July 1, 1915.

July 11, 1940:

- The oil well on the WHITTENBURG lease has been drilled to a depth of 2481 feet and is now at a standstill awaiting further instructions.

- Harold EAGAN and Miss Janelle YATES, motored to St. Charles, Mo. Saturday where they were married. They were accompanied by Steven and Thelma EAGAN and Mary YATES. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison EAGAN living near the C. & E.I. Lake. He is employed at the Ice Plant. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl YATES, residing northwest of Alma. They will make their home at present with the groom’s parents.

- The many friends of Mrs. Ada SHRIVER were surprised this morning to learn of her death which occurred last night at her home in Sandoval. She has been ill since Monday night. It is supposed that death was due to apoplexy. It is supposed that funeral arrangements will be held in Sandoval.

- Everett TATE, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert TATE of Meacham twp., had the misfortune of being injured on the 4th with a firecracker which will result in the loss of 1 eye. Everett lighted 2 firecrackers and put them in a can. He thought they both exploded at the same time but they didn’t. He picked up the can and look in it just in time for his eye to get the full blast of the other firecracker.

- Several hundred people visited Kinmundy last Thursday and witnessed the 4th of July celebration. The high school band played in the afternoon and evening. In the amateur radio contest in the vocal division, Mildred BOUGHERS and Dorothy WHITECOTTON placed 1st; Edith PHILLIPS, 2nd; Marion BOSTON, 3rd; Mary MEYER and Violet SULLIVAN, 4th; Thelma and Velma PERRY, 5th; and Homer MULVANY, 6th. In the Old Fiddlers’ contest, Marie KEEN placed 1st; Clarence SMITH, 2nd; James ALDERSON, 3rd; and Riley PHILLIPS, 4th. The fireworks display was more beautiful than any that has ever been shown in this community. One of the serial bombs failed to explode in the air and came down on Marion SHUFELDT’s car and exploded as it hit. It damaged the hood considerably and made a couple of blisters on Marion’s neck. It also burned Mr. and Mrs. Lester VANSCYOC’s 2 small children. Mrs. Nellie VANSCYOC also received a burned arm. All were treated by Dr. MILLER and went home. Then after the effect of the thrill of the fireworks was past, the fire alarm sounded. The roof of the coal shed on the Robert GRAY premises was supposedly set fire by some of the aftermath of the fireworks. The public address system used thru the afternoon and evening was rented from the Rural Youth and 4-H clubs and was efficiently commandeered by John SHAFFER and Phillip GRIFFIN, both members of the Marion county rural youth club.

- Mrs. George KNISELEY died at her home in Omega Saturday from a heart ailment of several months duration, aged 64 years. Services were held from the Omega Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery. The deceased was a sister to Tom PHILLIPS of this city and Mrs. Adelia MARLOW of near Omega.

- Alma Eagles Meet: The Alma 4-H boys met at the home of Howard BROOM last Thursday evening. All 10 members were present for the first time. Howard BROOM gave a talk on "Fighting Cinch Bugs on the Illinois Farm" and Bob FORD gave a talk on "Judging Sheep for Showing". After the meeting, games were played and refreshments were served.

- Mr. R.C. GARNER, our congenial blacksmith, had the misfortune of getting his left finger in his jointing machine and as a result is now minus a finger. He was planing some short 4 X 4's when the accident happened.

- James HAMMER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron HAMMER, and Dwight GARNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. GARNER left Monday for Effingham, thence to St. Louis where they passed their final examination, and are now in the navy. They are stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago.

- A birthday dinner was planned in honor of Mrs. Paul GRAY of this city and Mrs. Wallace ANDERSON of Salem, July 4th. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert GRAY and Mr. and Mrs. Avery BOUGHERS, Mr. Frank BOUGHERS, of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne GRAY and family of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace ANDERSON of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Joy ANDERSON and family of near Slapout.

- Mrs. Icy GARRETT entertained several relatives to dinner last Thursday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Elmo WILLIAMS and daughter of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN of Mt. Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. John STINE of Brownstown, Miss Nancy JACKSON of Springfield, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son of the North Fork neighborhood, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS and son, and C.I. DOOLEN of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS made a hurried trip to Vandalia Hospital where Mrs. WILLIAMS entered the Mark Greer Hospital. Early Wednesday morning, a daughter was born, but lived only 2 hours. She was given the name of Patricia Ann. The infant was brought here and laid to rest in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery where short services were held.

- Mr. C.E. BAILEY, an oil worker living in the H.M. FISHER property in the east part of town, had the misfortune of getting his finger under the "sand line" while at work on July 4. As a result, he is minus a finger. Mrs. BAILEY, who has been bedfast for the past week, was removed to the Mark Greer Hospital Friday where she is expected to undergo an operation today.

- A wedding took place June 26 when Miss Rosamay PERRY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. PERRY of Villa Grove, became the bride of Angi SAVOIA, son of Mrs. Maggie SAVOIA of St. David. Mrs. SAVOIA attended the schools of Villa Grove graduating in 1933, after which she entered nurses training in Huber Memorial Hospital in Pana. She graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1936 and for a time did private duty until a year ago when she received an appointment as supervisor at the state hospital in Manteno. Mr. SAVOIA attended the high school in St. David and for several years has been employed in the transport dept. of the hospital in Manteno.

- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BURGE and daughter, Bonnie, Mr. and Mrs. Robert MORTON and son, Russell, Mrs. Rosa BURGE of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Estle LUTTRELL and daughter, Treva, of Centralia, and Mr. Blaine PITTS of Odin spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Bryan PITTS helping Bryan celebrate his birthday.

- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS called on Mrs. Mary MAYER Sunday afternoon. They report her improving in health.

- North Fork: Carroll GARRETT and family spent the weekend in Peoria with relatives.

- North Fork: Frank and Mae GREEN visited Sunday afternoon with their sister, Mrs. Monroe LANSFORD and family.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Arlie FRAMBES and father of Salem motored near Shobonier last Monday night, where a search was being made for the body of Eli ALBERT who was drowned in the Okaw River Saturday night. Mr. ALBERT and Harry WARDEN of Salem were in a boat fishing when the accident happened. The body was found Tuesday morning.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Ted MAYBERRY and son, Feddie, visited Sunday with her son, Edward REPEC, and wife near Iuka to get acquainted with the new grandson, born June 30.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): The Aid met Wednesday with Miss Eula CRAIG and mother.

July 18, 1940:

- Mrs. Ada SHRIVER, who died at her home in Sandoval last Thursday, was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Sandoval.

- The Carl BLACKWELL family, who have resided in Kinmundy for the past 19 months, moved to Sullivan yesterday where he has a position as dispatcher for the C. & E.I. Railway.

- The 9th Reunion of the McGEE family was held July 14 at Brown’s Park in Flora with 43 in attendance. The oldest member present was Mrs. Theo MILLER of Kinmundy, 81 years old, and the youngest, Peter DAVIDSON, 2 years old. The basket dinner at noon was enjoyed by all, followed by the program. Officers elected were: President, Sam DAVIDSON; Vice President, John McGEE, Sec’y-Treas., Neil WILSON. The next reunion will be held at Washington, Ind. next July.

- Mrs. Martha DOWNS had the misfortune of falling Friday resulting in 3 fractured ribs. She was stooping to pick up a stone when her heal slipped, causing her to fall. She has been suffering quite a big but is reported as resting some better.

- A reunion of cousins was held at the home of Mr. C.I. DOOLEN and Mrs. Icy GARRETT yesterday. Those present were, Mr. and Mrs. Ed JONES and J.T. ARNOLD, of this city, Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLEN, of Vernon, and Mr. E.M. ARNOLD of Kimberly, Idaho. All the cousins were past the age of 70, with an average age of 77.

- Mr. and Mrs. Clifford JACKSON took their 2 daughters to Vandalia last week where the daughters had their tonsils removed at the Mark GREER hospital.

- Mr. W.H. MORGAN celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday. He received many cards and letters.

- The many friends of Mrs. Harold CASSIDY will be glad to know that she will return to her home this week and after being in the hospital since July 3 suffering from 6 fractured ribs, received in a car accident near Waterloo, Ill.

- Mr. and Mrs. James ADAMS (formerly Miss Helen CURRY) have a 7 ˝ lb. baby girl born last nite in Centralia Hospital. Grandpa CURRY is all smiles this morning.

- Land Mark Razed: The freight house of the I.C.R.R. is being torn down and shipped elsewhere. This is another one of Kinmundy’s landmarks. We understand this freight house was built before the depot. The company’s local freight business has fallen off for the past several years to such an extent that the freight house is no longer needed.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and children, and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were in Centralia Sunday afternoon attending the funeral of Mr. Joe THOMAS.

- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE of Whiting, Ind. spent last week with her parents, Orville GARRETT and wife.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Sunday with her parents, Bert GARRETT and family.

- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Emmett GRAY and daughters spent last Friday afternoon with Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Paul SHAFFER of this community and Miss Pearl HITE of Salem were married June 20 in St. Charles, Mo. They were accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Guy SHAFFER.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A large crowd attended the charivari of Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE Tuesday night at their home, which they recently purchased of Van MUNDWILER, known as the old BURNS farm.

- Miletus (from last week): Otis TATE, who has been a sufferer of cancer of the mouth for several years, died at his home, July 8. He had been confined to his bed about 2 weeks.

- Meadow Branch (from last week): Chas. BERRY and Miss Violet BUTTS were married June 29 in Kentucky. They went to housekeeping in Salem, where he is employed.

- Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Ross CHANDLER, Mr. and Mrs. Carl PRICE and mother, Mrs. BLUE, Mrs. Maurice PRICE, and Mrs. HANSEN were 4th of July visitors at the home MILNER home helping celebrate the 18th birthday of Howard MILNER. The cake was baked by his sister, Mrs. Naomi PRICE in 4th of July colors. Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL were afternoon guests.

- Omega (from last week): Emma KNISELEY, who died Saturday was interred in the Phillips Cemetery after services at Omega Presbyterian Church. Those from a distance were listed.

- Camp Ground (from last week): There was a large crowd attending a birthday dinner at Ace MULVANY’s Sunday.

- Meacham (from last week): The C.B. Circle and their families went to the home of Mrs. Idela KAGY to help her son, James, celebrate his birthday.

- Meacham (from last week): Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER received word Sunday that her brother, John, was hurt in an auto accident, and was in Alton Hospital, his arm being so badly crushed that it was necessary to amputate it above the elbow.

- Rex GAMMON, who is working with a seismographing crew in the south, is spending 2 weeks vacation here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON.

July 25, 1940:

- The 2481 foot hole in the ground on the J.W. WHITTENBURG farm has been plugged.

- Mr. Dale HAMMER had his tonsils removed in the Hillsboro Hospital last Friday. He and Mrs. HAMMER are visiting this week with here this week with home folks while recuperating.

- Mrs. J.L. BRYAN, nee Myrtle THOMPSON, and wife of Dr. J.L. BRYAN, died at her home in Xenia last Thursday.

- The presence of hog cholera is being reported in the county. Mr. R.C. CLUSTER, whose farm is located just south of Salem, has lost about 60 head from the disease. We are told William COFFIN, south of Alma, has sustained a similar loss and 2 other farmers near Alma have had outbreaks in theirs. All hogs should be vaccinated.

- The Marion County Soldiers & Sailors Reunion is attracting large crowds.

- The Kinmundy Roudies 4-H club judging team won the Marion County Fat Stock Judging Contest held Tuesday afternoon on the E.E. IRWIN farm east of Salem. There were 6 teams entered. The Tonti Wildcats won 2nd place, the Egyptian Willing Workers (Centralia) won 3rd, the Alma Eagles 4th, The Iuka Tigers 5th, and Prairie Grove Go-Getters, 6th. The teams winning 1st and 2nd will go to Urbana on Aug. 5 for the state contest. The Kinmundy team will be composed of Herschel ROSE, Junior GARRETT, and Lyle SWIFT, with Leroy GREEN as alternate. Herschel ROSE of the Kinmundy club was the highest scoring judge in the county. Junior GARRETT, also of the Kinmundy team, was second highest. Ross MAZANEK of Alma was 3rd. This was the second year in succession that the Kinmundy club has had this honor.

- Meacham: Mrs. Myrtle PERRY and Cleo and Maxine, and Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN and son, Gene, attended the birthday dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANY. A basket dinner was served to 67 guests.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS last Sunday night.

- Swift School: Addis WALTON and wife of Patoka Prairie called at the Virgil LIVESAY home Friday.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEADLEY and daughter, visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB.

- Swift School: Evelyn BASSETT and Gloria WILLIAMS attended a party at Jean and Joan ALEXANDER’s Thursday afternoon.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT, wife and 2 daughters were in Granite City Saturday and Sunday visiting with Frank GARRETT and family.

- Mrs. Elizabeth STEVENS of Portland, Ore. spent a few days at the E.K. JUNKINS home last week. She was enroute from Baltimore, Md., where she had been visiting her daughter. The JUNKINS’ and Mrs. STEVENS were old time residents of Bryant, S.D., and had not met for 32 years.

- Prairie Grove (from last week): Lowell REESE, wife and daughter, Dorris, called Wednesday evening at the George JARHAUS home to see the new boy.

- Omega (from last week): Last week, 3 couples from here went to Kentucky to be married. They were Lester MULVANY and Marie BRANSON, Byron SILL and Miss BRIMBERRY, and "Hop" BRIMBERRY and Miss BETTS.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A large crowd attended the charivari and kitchen shower given for Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER Tuesday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Little Rogene and Rosalie ALDERSON spent Friday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George LONNON.

- North Fork (from last week): Miss Donna HEADLEY of Michigan is visiting a few days with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.

- North Fork (from last week): Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and children spent Thursday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McNICHOLS.

- 25 years ago from July 8, 1915.

- 25 years ago from July 15, 1915.

- 25 years ago from July 22, 1915.

August 1, 1940:

- C.I. DOOLEN was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, Monday, suffering from an obstructed bowel. The trouble was cleared up Tuesday and he returned home yesterday. Before leaving for home, he was x-rayed for kidney stones, but the x-rays revealed none.

- Mr. E.C. HUGGINS of Leroy, but a former resident of this city, is at present confined to the Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis where he is receiving treatment for high blood pressure and nephritis. We know that "Dick" would be glad to hear from his old friends in Kinmundy.

- Mrs. Bertha ANDREWS, son and daughter, Charles and Donna, went to Vandalia last Friday where Mrs. ANDREWS had her tonsils removed at the Mark Greer Hospital.

- While sitting in his backyard last Thursday morning, Mr. Charles LOWE looked up just in time to see his purebred Guernsey bull going down in the barnyard well, back end first. The well is about 9 feet across the top and had a concrete slab covering it. But in the center of the slab is a 3 foot wooden platform with an upright box for air. Around the concrete slab is a chain to keep the stock off the platform. But this bull was rather nosey and jumped over the chain. He rooted the upright box and in turn moved the wooden platform a short way and then started to cross it. The front quarters made it alright but the round stakes were too much for the platform and down he went. Charles and his son, Harold, went to the rescue. But all they could do was just watch his head come up occasionally and how he would snort and blow water. The well is 25 feet deep and had 10 feet of water in it. Naturally the first thought was to keep the bull from drowning and in order to do that, the water must be pumped as quickly as possible. Consequently the fire department was called into action and soon the bull was enjoying the cool weather which generally inhabits the bottom of a well. But a bull is worthless at the bottom of a well. So the next step would be to get him out. But how? That was the question. Finally, a wrecker was summoned from Salem and was soon on the scene. Then the question was could the bull be brought up thru that 3 foot hole or would it be necessary to remove the concrete slab which was a mighty hard task. It was decided to try to bring him thru the small opening. Harold rode the tow line down, fastened a chain around both the front and rear flanks and put a long rope around his head. The chains were hooked so that he would come up head first. And they didn’t have a bit of trouble bringing him up. As soon as he as out, he as turned loose and went scampering to the pasture, not injured in the least.

- The regular monthly meeting of the Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce was held in the basement of the Christian Church Tuesday where members partook of a delicious fried chicken dinner served by the ladies of that church. Due to the extreme weather, the business session was rather brief. The 4th of July Committee reported $3.00 in the treasury. The extension at the Patoka Road was discussed.

- Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES and son, Cecil and daughter, Mildred, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and children, and Miss Beulah DISS and Mrs. Josie GREEN of Farina, left Sunday for Hooper, Colo. where they will visit a few days with the Marlin DISS family. A family reunion will be held there on Friday of this week.

- Mr. Seymour FRENCH of Garden City, Kansas, arrived here last week to spend a few weeks with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN and other relatives. Mr. FRENCH migrated with his family to Gillette, Wyo. about 40 years ago. He and Mrs. FRENCH are now living with their children, a part of the time in Rocky Ford, Colo., and a part of the time in Garden City, Kan.

- Mr. Mass ARNOLD and son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur ARNOLD and daughter, left Friday morning for their home in Kimberly, Idaho, after a visit in Champaign, Vernon and this city with relatives. While here they were guests in the John HOLT home.

- Mr. and Mrs. Bill NEAVILL of Palatka, Fla., arrived here Friday to visit his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Jim NEAVILL, and many other relatives and friends. This is their first visit home since they left here, 15 years ago.

- Charles BASSETT has been spending a few days in Foster twp. at the home of his grandpa BASSETT.

- Mr. and Mrs. Dan RUSSELL of Farina, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SWIFT and children, spent Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Wm. EAGAN, helping her celebrate her birthday.

- The Ras EAGAN annual family reunion will be held Aug. 9 at the supper hour at Salem Park. All relatives of Nellie EAGAN WILLIAMS are also invited to come.

- Mangner: Charles FORD spent several days the past week with his son, Gilbert FORD.

- Camp Ground: Dr. MILLER was called to see Mr. Jim LEWIS Sunday, and Monday morning, Betty, the small daughter of Mr. LEWIS, was rushed to the office of Dr. MILLER with an attack of appendicitis. She was taken to the W.G. Hays and that evening it was necessary to have the doctor for her again.

- Swift School: Mrs. Marvin CONANT, Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, Mrs. Mack ROBB, and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE assisted Mrs. Mary GARRETT cook for threshers Monday.

- Swift School: Kenneth ROBB and wife spent Sunday with her parents, Bert GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Jack GARRETT returned to his work in Sterling Thursday.

- North Fork: Carroll GARRETT and family, and Guy ARNOLD visited Monday morning with Mrs. Guy ARNOLD in the Vandalia Hospital.

- North Fork: Norma GARRETT helped Mrs. Clyde GARRETT cook for threshers Thursday.

- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughters spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART.

- Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER has been suffering from an infected hand caused by pricking it with a rose thorn Saturday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ruby HIESTAND, Mrs. Harry FARTHING, and Mrs. Lyle LECKRONE were in Chicago the first of last week to see their brother’s wife, who is seriously ill in a hospital there.

- Will SHAFFER and daughters, Lucille and Willadean, attended a basket dinner at the park in Salem, on Sunday, in honor of Mrs. Lester YOST’s birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES attended in the afternoon.

- Pleasant Grove: There will be an ice cream supper at Pleasant Grove Friday night, Aug. 2. An invitation is extended to all.

- Meacham: Relatives and friends of Mrs. Ira MERRITT gathered at her home Sunday to surprise her and help her celebrate her birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Carl GRUDEN of Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde FRANCE and daughter of near Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Dave COURSON, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur COURSON and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN and Gene.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Ira SHAFFER and son called at the Will SHAFFER home one day last week. He reports a daughter born in their home on July 8.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Lois ALDERSON.

- East Zion: They have moved an oil rig in on the Walter NEILSON land and are drilling for oil again. We hope they strike this time.

- 25 years ago from July 29, 1915.

August 8, 1940:

- Miss Ellen ROONEY died Friday, Aug. 2, 1940. She was apparently enjoying good health until within an hour of her passing and had spent the afternoon in her usual manner on the porch of her home conversing with members of her family and friends. Services were held from St. Philomena’s Church with interment made in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Ellen, the second daughter of William and Catherine ROONEY, was born in Reading, Pa. on May 5, 1857 and migrated westward with her parents and older sister, Bridget, when she was 2 years old. They located in Marion county, the home in Kinmundy where she died having been a part of her life for 81 years. In this house she grew to womanhood and remained to care for her aged parents during their advanced years, and later to make a home for her brother, Patrick, who died June 22, 1934. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Michael, and a sister, Mrs. Bridget ANDERSON. Miss ROONEY was a devout member of St. Philomena’s church of this city. Surviving of her family are: 1 brother, Wm. J. ROONEY of Chicago; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary DONAHUE of Oshkosh, Wis.; Mrs. Catherine CRAIG of Tolono, Ill.; Mrs. Anna LYONS and Mrs. Margaret O’BRIEN of Kinmundy; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret ROONEY of Franklin Park; and several nephews and nieces.

- All Day Meeting At Pleasant Grove: An all day meeting will be held at the Pleasant Grove Church south of this city Sunday, August 11. Rev. DYCAS will be present and preach. A basket dinner will be held at noon. All friends of the church are invited.

- Wayne PIGG underwent a minor operation no his nose Thursday in the Effingham Clinic. He returned home that evening and is back on the job at the linotype.

- Norma Gail ROBB, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles ROBB, fell from a tree while playing Tuesday evening, breaking her arm. She was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia where it was set.

- Joe Allen made his arrival to Coach and Mrs. Richard PROVINES on Aug. 1, at the home of Mrs. PROVINES’ parents near Olney.

- Frank SPENCER and wife of Salem have a 10 lb. boy born Sunday.

- A revival was held at the Christian Church in Kinmundy by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Waldo EMERSON.

- Last week, the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DISS of Hooper, Colo. was the scene of a happy reunion of the children of the late James R. and Mahala FOSTER JONES, who had not all been together since 1921. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. J.E. JONES of Orlando, Okla.; Mrs. J.W. GREEN of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES of Kinmundy; Miss Nellie JONES of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mrs. J.B. CROSLEY of Boulder, Colo.; and several grandchildren including: Russell, Irene, Dick, Jack, and Billie DISS of Hooper, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and children, Loretta and Keith, Mildred and Cecil JONES of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. K.E. STONE and Kenneth Jr. of Boulder, Colo. The week was filled with exciting events. One day a trip was made to San Luis Lakes where we made a big catch and a part of the fish were fried on M_____ Pass. After the fry, the crowd climbed the Sand Dunes. The next day, all attended the Ski Hi Stampede of Monte Vista.

- David Levi ORGAN, 78, well known farmer of near Waynesville, died suddenly, apparently from a heart attack, on Sunday. He was found unconscious in the hallway of the barn of his farm west of Waynesville. Mr. ORGAN had been in ill health and had been warned by his doctor on Thursday to remain quiet. He died from dilation of the heart. The funeral will be held in Waynesville Methodist Church with interment in Union Cemetery. Mr. ORGAN was born Oct. 22, 1862 at Kinmundy. His parents were William and Mary HADLEY ORGAN. When a young man, he came to Waynesville and was married to Miss Mary BARR, Feb. 22, 1893. She survives with 9 children, Mrs. Grace SMITH of Normal; Miss Edith ORGAN of Clinton; Miss Conifort ORGAN, nurse in Lincoln; Oren Ernest and Walter, of Waynesville; Chas. Clarence and Ruby at home. There are 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers, Elmer of Alma, and Henry of Salem, 2 sisters, Mrs. Rose MARSHALL and Miss Dora ORGAN of Alma. Mr. ORGAN was a member of the Waynesville Methodist Church.

- On July 31, Mrs. Ruth HUBBARD and daughters, Dorthie and Metty May, came to remind their mother, Mrs. MESSER, of her 78th birthday. They took her to Centralia, then to see Mr. John BLURTON, who is ill, and had a radio put in her home.

- Mr. J.B. MITCHUM, age 22, an employee of the drilling company, met with a horrible accident Tuesday night, and marks the first accident on what is known as Craig’s crossing since the completion of the Kinmundy-Louisville black top road. MITCHUM, in company with Frank HOYT, had just returned from spending the evening out-of-town. He had taken Mr. HOYT to his home in the east part of town, and was returning to his home opposite the White Star Filling Station. A southbound I.C. freight had stopped to take on water and had this crossing blocked. MITCHUM did not see the freight and smashed into it 20 cars behind the engine. The impact rendered him unconscious. The auto wedged itself between 2 cars and when the train pulled out, it dragged the auto along with it for about 1200 feet when it struck a switch stand. From all appearances, MITCHUM fell from his car before it struck the stand, falling underneath the train and dragged some distance. Mr. R.C. MAULDING, was walking along the tracks on his way home and saw the car hit the switch stand. Arriving at the scene, he found MITCHUM lying beside the tracks, unconscious and the right arm severed 3 inches below the shoulder. He summoned help and the Linton Ambulance took him to Centralia Hospital where he is in critical condition with very little hopes for recovery. The freight crew did not learn of the accident until they arrived in Centralia. MITCHUM has a wife and 1 small child and has lived in Kinmundy almost a year. (A picture of the car was included with the article.)

- Wilson School: Seymore FRENCH of Wyoming, and Noah KNISELEY called on Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT Saturday. Mr. FRENCH was an old friend and neighbor in this vicinity 50 years ago.

- Prairie Grove: Arthur WEISS, wife and daughter, and Mrs. Olga WEISS and daughter, Laura, attended the funeral of Mrs. Amil JASPER in St. Peter Monday.

- Prairie Grove: Audrey HANNBAUM and Adelia MARLOW spent Thursday with Dorothy COMBS helping her celebrate her 12th birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Eula CRAIG and mother.

- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas DOUDERA attended the funeral of her uncle, Dave ORGAN, at Wayneville, Tuesday.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family visited Saturday evening with Ren WAINSCOTT and wife.

- Swift School: Sam LOWE, wife and son, visited near Alma with Selby GARRETT and wife.

- Swift School: Thurman ROBB and family spent Sunday evening with Wes ROBB and wife.

- Swift School: Leah and Gloria WILLIAMS visited Friday and Saturday with their aunt, Mrs. Selby GARRETT.

- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil BROWN took their daughter, Aleta, to Centralia Hospital Monday where she underwent a tonsil and adenoid operation.

- Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS and daughter and son-in-law, and 2 children, Harry and June, of Akron, Ohio, came Sunday to spend a week with her nieces, Mittie PRUETT, Ruby LINTON, and other relatives and friends, also of Salem and Patoka. This is the first time Mrs. WILLIAMS has been back in 21 years.

- 25 years ago from Aug. 5, 1915.

Aug. 15, 1940:

- Lawrence A. DOWNS, former President of the Illinois Central Railroad, died Saturday in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago at the age of 68 years. His life history was detailed in this article.

- On Aug. 10 in St. Louis, Mo. in the residence of Rev. HAAS, Ray INGRAM and Miss Lora JONES of this city were married. The only attendants were Arno SMITH, formerly of this city, but now of Centralia. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES, residing west of this city. She is a graduate of our local high school with the class of ‘36. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM of this city, and is also a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘35. He is a licensed embalmer and is now employed at the Fred Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown, being stationed at Arenzville, Ill. The couple will reside in Arenzville.

- Mrs. Mary A. ROBB, a former resident of this community, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter STEVENS in Springfield on Aug. 12, aged 87 years, and 26 days. Death was caused by infirmities following a fractured hip received last February. She was a patient in the hospital until 2 months ago, since being cared for by her daughter. Short services were held in Springfield after when the funeral cartage came to Kinmundy. Another service was held in the B.F. Linton Funeral Home with the pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Since the deaths of her husband in 1916, the deceased had made her home with her son, Emmitt ROBB, until meeting with her accident in February. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. Katherine PEDDICORD and Mrs. Walter STEVENS of Springfield, and Mrs. Bessie KOCHENDORPHER of Pasadena, Calif.; 3 sons, Emmitt of Springfield; John of Tulsa, Okla.; and George of Detroit, Mich.; 4 stepchildren, Silas ROBB of Iowa, Mrs. Emma CONANT of Springfield; Mrs. Mattie TUCKER of Chicago; and Mrs. Jennie MAHAN of this city; 2 brothers, John METZGER of St. Louis and Charles METZGER of this city; 2 sisters, Mrs. Kate BOCKELMANN of Springfield and Mrs. Jennie STOCK of this city. A list of those attending the funeral was included.

- Joe W. MITCHELL, who sustained injuries in an accident here last week when his car collided with a freight train, died at the Centralia Hospital Saturday. The body was taken to Bridgeport, Texas, where services were held Tuesday and interment made there. He was born in Profit, Texas in 1914, and had lived in Kinmundy for about a year. Surviving are his wife and small daughter, Sheila Jo; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. MITCHUM of Chica, Texas; 3 brothers, Marcus H. and Bruce B. MITCHUM of Chica; and Homer T. MITCHUM of Salem; 4 sisters, Miss Jennie MITCHUM, Mrs. Lloyd MARIETT and Mrs. Pete TRUELOVE of Chica; and Mrs. Fred HEVIS of Cement, Okla.

- The Misses Florence and Katherine SCAWTHON have sold their residence property in this city to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN. Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEN reside west of this city. He is in the employ of the railway mail service, running from Carbondale to East St. Louis and from Carbondale to Memphis, working at present, as a substitute clerk. Misses Florence and Katherine SCAWTHON will go to Lawrenceville where they will make their home this winter in the Methodist Home. They truly hate to leave their friends here, but owing to the poor health of the both of them, they deem this advisable.

- Harriett ALLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erman ALLEN, had the misfortune of falling last Thursday and breaking her right arm.

- The PRUETT Reunion was held Sunday in Brown’s Memorial Park in Flora, Ill. A list of those attending was included.

- Mr. and Mrs. R.F. KILLIE of Chicago have a 5 lb. daughter born Monday. Buddie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred KILLIE of Centralia, but formerly of this city.

- The barn on the Clyde HIESTAND farm east of Brubaker caught fire Tuesday morning and burned to the ground. The farm is operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND, who sustained the loss of the hay and grain in the barn, his harness, and 20 sacks of grass seed. The Frank EMBSER threshing machine was threshing red top on the farm and blowing the hay into the barn. They had threshed the day previous and had threshed about 45 minutes that morning when the fire started. No one knows how the fire started but the barn seemed to be ablaze all of a sudden. 3 calves, 21 sacks of grass seed, and a tractor were rescued from the barn. The separator was hurriedly pulled away but not until after the blower was damaged beyond repair and a new one had to be made before threshing was resumed. Fires caused by threshing into barns used to be numerous but this is the first one to occur within the past 3 or 4 years in this community.

- Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER were in Coffeen Sunday visiting their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER and Mrs. Dora HEICHER and son, Merle, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday evening.

- Swift School: Velma Jean CONANT went to Decatur Sunday to spend a week with her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde CROWLEY.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB were dinner guests Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City were dinner guests at the Virgil LIVESAY home Sunday.

- Pleasant Grove: Halice Lewis and Francis SIPES attended the funeral of Mart KNISELEY in Granite City Tuesday. Mr. KNISELEY was formerly of this community.

- Pleasant Grove: Manford ALLPHIN accompanied Lyman WALKINGTON to Salem Wednesday of last week, where Mr. WALKINGTON, is taking electrical treatments for rheumatism, he being unable to drive his car.

- Pleasant Grove: Miss Myrle LONNON and Eugene HELM motored to Missouri and were married Wednesday morning and were charivaried Saturday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LONNON.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Bessie HIESTAND.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. Wes ROBB and Mr. Wm. McWILLIAMS called Thursday afternoon at the Ira MARSHALL home.

- South of Town: The members of the BOBBETT family held their annual reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS on Aug. 11. A potluck dinner was served at the noon hour. A list of those present was included.

- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SMITH of Salem have a daughter named Sharon Louise.

- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Barbara Kay, were in Coffeen, Tuesday, visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER.

- Wilson School: A good crowd attended the all day meeting and basket dinner at Pleasant Grove Sunday.

- Wilson School: Lois Marie KLINE spent the weekend with Norma GARRETT.

- North Fork: Mrs. Icy GARRETT spent Saturday and Sunday with her son, Mr. Claude GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Mrs. Carroll GARRETT helped Mrs. Bert GARRETT cook for threshers Thursday.

- 25 years ago from Aug. 12, 1915.

August 22, 1940:

- Misses Florence and Katherine SCAWTHON donated their piano to McKendree College at Lebanon. It was an old fashion square piano and was a very beautiful instrument. It is of the Grovestine & Fuller make and is more than 60 years old. Rev. SCAWTHON attended general conference in Cincinnati in 1880, and while there he purchased the piano for $800. It was shipped down the Ohio River to Metropolis, where the SCAWTHONs lived. It was purchased with the idea of Miss Florence, then a small child, taking lessons and becoming an accomplished musician. This she did, but after the passing of her mother, she used it very little. This piano made many trips on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and traveled on practically every railroad in Southern Illinois, until 1902, when the SCAWTHONs came to Kinmundy to make their home. Also, wishing to lave some kind of a memorial in the local Methodist Church, these sisters had their very best Axminister carpet placed on the floor of the Primary Sunday School room. Miss Katherine has been a teacher in that dept. for the past 32 years. The rug in this room was taken up a few years ago when the church was redecorated, to cover the piano and altar. But it was soiled to such an extent, that it was never put down again. Since then the scooting of chairs and shuffling of little feet has made it a noisy place. Miss Katherine felt as though it was needed there. This carpet was placed on the floor last week and the little tots thought so much of it Sunday, that they all abandoned their chairs and sat on the floor.

- Cub Scouts will be organized in this town on Aug. 29. Mrs. Rea GARDEN has taken the post of Den Mother.

- The prematurely born LONG triplets, who were born in Irvington on May 9, 1940, have graduated from the baby incubators which were furnished by the State Dept. of Public Health, and are doing very well. There are 2 girls and a boy, and have been taken home from St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. The 27 baby incubators owned by the State Dept. of Public Health are in almost constant use and the construction of 25 more is planned.

- GARRETT Reunion Held Sunday: The annual reunion of the GARRETT family was held Sunday at the home of Louie SULLENS and wife in this city. There were sixty-five members of the family present to partake of the sumptuous dinner held at the noon hour. The entire day was spent visiting and reminiscing. Those present were: Dow GREEN and wife, Mt. Vernon; Bob EAGAN and wife, Patoka; Mrs. H. BENDER and daughter, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and family, Mitchell; George NEWLIN and wife, Villa Grove; Russell ATKINS, Maroa; Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Tom BALLANCE and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Mrs. Noah THOMAS and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ARNOLD and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters, and Fred GAMMON, of this city. Next year the reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS.

- Mrs. E.K. JUNKINS was called to Iowa Friday night in answer to a message announcing the serious illness of her twin sister.

- H.L. WARREN and S.E. ROBB in company with Mrs. Laura GRESHAM and son, Billy, motored to Champaign Monday where they visited Mr. WARREN’s daughter, Mrs. Frank BOSLEY and family and Mr. ROBB’s daughter, Mrs. Otto BECK and family. Mrs. GRESHAM and son preceded from there to their home in Chicago. Mr. WARREN and Mr. ROBB returned home that evening. At Arcola, another car ran into them causing quite a bit of damage to Mr. WARREN’s car. No one was injured in the accident and Mr. WARREN came on home with the car, driving slowly.

- Lester HOWELL has accepted a position as teacher in the 8th grade in the Farina School. Farina recently voted in a community high school. The high school and grade schools will be both held in the same building again this year, but a new building for the a new community high school will be built next year.

- Aug. 19, Paul WRIGHT, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery WRIGHT, became voting age, and to celebrate the occasion, a surprise dinner was held on Sunday, planned by his mother. Although Paul was informed of the plans by a younger brother, the evening was enjoyed. Those present were Paul WRIGHT, Joe MALONE, Dale WRIGHT, Wayne PIGG, Helen MILLER, Irma WISEHEART, Frances KLINE, Gladys MERCER, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd WILLIAMS, and Mr. and Mrs. WRIGHT, and Kenneth, Ruth and Bill.

- The 12th annual reunion of the BROWN families was held Aug. 18 in Bryan Park.

- On Aug. 1, the Kinmundy Roudies 4-H Club met at the home of David SHAFFER. Denton BRASEL talked on "Preparing Lambs for Show", Junior GARRETT talked on "Feeding Oats to Pigs". Elwood SMITH and Carl VALLOW demonstrated how to save a person who had fallen across a broken electric power line. On Aug. 15, the Kinmundy Roudies 4-H Club met at Leroy and Keith GREEN’s, Floyd GARRETT gave a talk on "Marking the Litters", Lester VANDEVEER on "Methods of Identifying Ewes and Lambs", and Floyd JONES talked about "Insects affecting the Corn Crop and their control". Robert LANE and Floyd GARRETT demonstrated first aid on a person who has fainted.

- Mr. Hugh GILLEN, a retired engineer of the I.C.R.R. and a brother-in-law of Mr. C.B. FRENCH of this city, died at his home in Champaign Monday after several months illness. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis about 3 months ago. Services were held in Champaign with interment in Kinmundy’s Evergreen Cemetery. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Mayme BURLING of this city, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

- The fire siren was touched off Monday and the fire department responded to extinguish a grass fire in the east end of town which was threatening the F.O. GRISSOM barn. The fire wasn’t so big, but what could have been extinguished by means of sacks, but the boys needed the practice anyway. Luckily, we have not had any fires during the dry weather because we do not have very much water in the wells.

- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER of Coffeen visited here yesterday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. J.T. CHARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE and family, and Robert SMITH and family, spent Sunday at the Jess CHARLTON home helping their daughter, Geneva, celebrate her 8th birthday.

- Wilson School: Chester KLINE and family and guests, Robert HILKERT and family, spent Sunday with Hugh COUGHLIN and family helping celebrate their little son, Billy Pat’s 4th birthday.

- Wilson School: Sunday evening about 30 young people gathered at Sunny Slope farm and gave Helen and Harold KLEISS a very pleasant surprise in honor of their birthday. The evening was spent with music, games, and refreshments of a delicious iced water melon.

- North Fork: Bill GARRETT left one day last week for Peoria to find work.

- North Fork: Emmitt and Donna Mae GARRETT of Granite City spent Friday night with Clyde GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Several from this neighborhood attended the GARRETT Reunion at the Louie SULLENS home Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Grover WHITE have a 10 lb. boy born Aug. 10.

- Miletus: The wedding bells rang again in our vicinity when a young man of Salem and Ethel MULVANY were married.

- Pleasant Grove: Virgil ROBINSON of Centralia and Miss Martha June HIESTAND were married Sunday in Centralia.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Lester YOST and family visited at the Will SHAFFER home Sunday. Their son, Melburn, is leaving for Scott Field to take up aviation.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Gladys HIESTAND.

- Pleasant Grove: A kitchen shower was given at the Oren ALDERSON home Thursday for Mr. and Mrs. Jean HELM.

- 25 years ago from Aug. 19, 1915.

August 29, 1940:

- Family Reunions Still Numerous; HOLT, KENNEDY, and WATSON Families Gather: The 4th annual HOLT Reunion was held Sunday in the City Park with approximately 150 partaking of the sumptuous dinner spread at the noon hour. A brief business session was held after which the remainder of the afternoon was spent in visiting. A large and beautiful appliqued banner for the occasion was presented by Mrs. Ed ZINDLE, of Moweaqua. Those from out-of-town attending the reunion included: Mrs. J.L. DAVIS, Chicago; Mrs. Lou VICK, Mounds; Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO and daughter, Hartford; Mr. and Mrs. Howard QUICK and Wilbert QUICK, Sandoval; Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDLE, Mr. and Mrs. Jack PERRYMAN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn GALLETT, Laura McDaniels and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil TAYLOR, Moweaqua; Mr. and Mrs. Orville WINDERS, Salem; Mrs. Paul MONICAL, Farina; Ellis LANSFORD, son and daughter, Mason City; Mr. and Mrs. Carl HAMMER and children, Decatur; Mrs. Edred HANSON, Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Mr. and Mrs. Richard MURFIN, Mrs. Stella ARNOLD, Mrs. Mag EAGAN, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. JONES and daughter, Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. James DePEW, Mr. and Mrs. George EHRAT, Leslie and Clarence EHRAT, Miss June COOK and Miss Mildred FISHER, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Roy MEADOR, Maroa; Mrs. Susie KING, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHINNEMAN, Miss Marian SHINNEMAN, Dean SHINNEMAN and Ralph DAWSON, Weldon; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH and Howard SMITH, Loogootee; Mrs. Emma EAGAN and daughter, Pearl, Mrs. Gella HOPKINS, Mrs. Armell SIMCOX and daughter, and Mrs. Monroe HOPKINS, Patoka; and Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, Alma.

- A few of the WATSON family gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. WATSON, Aug. 25, for the12th annual reunion. Funerals accounted for the absence of many who otherwise would have been present. A list of those attending was included.

- The 5th annual KENNEDY reunion was held Sunday in Mt. Vernon. Dinner was spread in the Shelter house and 48 partook of the tasty viands. At the business session, the same officers were re-elected, namely, Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON, this city, president; Mrs. Jennie PITT, Oklahoma City, Okla., vice president; Mrs. Clarence WALKINGTON, Tunnel Hill, secretary; Mrs. Earl WILLIAMS, Benton, Treas. 4 members of the immediate family are still living, namely, Mrs. Margaret CREVISTON of Bell Fountaine, Ohio; Mrs. Sadie GILLIN of Bloomington, who was absent on account of illness; Mrs. Prudence WILKINSON of this city; and Mrs. Effie WINFREY of Nashville. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Martha KENNEDY of Hurst, and a niece, Mrs. Neil McCARREY of St. Louis were reported ill and unable to attend.

- Oscar W. JUSTICE, who has been a resident of our community since last November, has leased the Legion Hall for 3 months and has opened a skating rink therein. The rink will operate every night except Sunday and will be open on Saturday afternoon.

- 130 people gathered at the Lawrence Park in Sterling for the 4th annual southern Illinois picnic. A list of former residents and guests from Kinmundy was included.

- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. George HAINEY of Coffeen visited here Sunday.

- Mrs. Emma ZUMSTEG, wife of Mike ZUMSTEG, died suddenly at her home in this city aged 68 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Her death was caused from a heart ailment. Services will be held at St. Philomena’s Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. S.A. WHISNANT of this city celebrated her 80th birthday Sunday and entertained her guests, her son, Earl WHISNANT and family, a granddaughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Burton SHAFFER and 2 children, a grandson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Rollin WHISNANT, all of Virginia. On Monday, 2 other sons, Mr. and Mrs. George WHISNANT and son, of Cisco, and Noah WHISNANT and family of Argenta spent the day with her. Mrs. WHISNANT is enjoying good health, but the cutting of 2 cakes, each with 80 candles, was a big task for her.

- Entertains S.S. Class: Mrs. Clyde BASSETT entertained Mrs. Maxine GEORGE and her Sunday School Class Wednesday afternoon. Twelve members and two guests were present. Games and contests were played and prizes were given to winners. Delicious refreshments of ice cream and cake were served by the hostess and her daughter, Evelyn. Everyone had a delightful time and are looking forward to the next party which will be with Lea WILLIAMS sometime soon.

- Being Loy MORRIS’ birthday Aug. 21, Mrs. Lewella MORRIS accompanied by her grandson, Charles BASSETT, motored to Greenville, to Mr. and Mrs. Porter SIMCOX home and helped celebrate Loy’s 7th birthday. There were about 17 children gathered in the home in the afternoon, and brought many nice presents.

- Mr. and Mrs. S.E. STOKELY have a baby daughter born at the Flora Hospital Monday night, named Mary Sue.

- Mr. Leland ALDERSON arrived last Saturday to visit his parents and brother, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON and Roland, Sunday morning, they left for a vacation trip which will take them to Washington, D.C. by way of Niagara Falls. They will return by way of Virginia and Kentucky. Yesterday we received a card from C.R. picturing Niagara Falls. He must have been enjoying it, because all he said was "Work, you slaves".

- Mr. and Mrs. George HEEG announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennie Deona HEEG, to Donald Richard McNELLY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McNEELY of Springfield which occurred in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 3. They will make their home in Springfield. The bride is granddaughter of Mrs. Rebecca ZEIGLER.

- Meacham: Mrs. Alice SEE of Kinmundy was a Sunday dinner and supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.

- Meacham: A family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON, Sunday, with a basket dinner. A list of those attending was included.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Effis JOHNSON’s sons and daughters and their families, gathered at the home, it being the birthday of Mrs. Amy HINES.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Warren SMITH are the parents of a baby daughter born Aug. 17.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Uriah SMITH entertained the Aid Wednesday.

- East Zion: Around 190 friends and neighbors gathered at the Jamie CALDWELL home Sunday to visit with Jamie’s brother, Mr. and Mrs. Burl CALDWELL of Colorado, who have been visiting here a few weeks.

- North Fork: Miss Helen McNICOLS spent Tuesday night and Wednesday with her sister, Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: George LENHART and wife spent Sunday with Clyde GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Bert GARRETT and daughter, Norma, were business visitors in Salem Monday.

- North Fork: School started Monday with an attendance of 10, and Mr. Max METCALF as teacher.

- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER, Mrs. Walter B. PRUETT, and Miss Helen PRUETT were in Altamont Thursday to attend the wedding of Miss Doris MERY and Gehl DEVORE. The bride is the oldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. F.C. MERY, formerly of Kinmundy.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife, and Marvin CONANT and wife were in Springfield Thursday and Friday attending the Fair.

- Swift School: Norma Del GARRETT spent the weekend with Velma Jean CONANT.

- 25 years ago from Aug. 26, 1915.

Sept. 5, 1940:

- Mr. Art COCKRELL purchased the HAMMER Furniture Store in this city last week and this week purchased the store building known as the Tyner Building and occupied by Harve BRANSON. We understand he will keep the furniture store in its old location, the Gday(?) Building.

- Mr. and Mrs. D. Joe GUNNING of Tolono announce the arrival of a boy, who was born in Mercy Hospital in Champaign last Friday. Mrs. GUNNING will be remembered here as Miss Agnes CRAIG.

- Mrs. Clyde SIPES underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Withum Hospital in Lebanon, Ind. Tuesday at noon.

- 20 members of the immediate family of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. MINER(?) met at their home on Sept. 1 and with the exception of 1 regret (that all members could not there), the day was perfect. Those present were: Mr. N. TAYLOR and son, Harry, Mr. and Mrs. Everet TAYLOR, Mr. and Mrs. Earl TAYLOR, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh TAYLOR, and son, Joe, and daughter, Phyllis Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. TAYLOR and son Dickie Neil, all of Noble, Mr. and Mrs. George BOWER and son, Glen Edward of Olney, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. MORROW of Belleville. A round table letter was written to the only living sister, Mrs. C.F. CURTIS of Eustis, Fla., who is an invalid.

- Mr. Elmer GREEN was found outside his shack Friday night by some boys. Dr. MILLER was summoned immediately and pronounced it a heart ailment. He was taken on Saturday to the County Home by Supervisor C.G. JACKSON, where he will remain for about a month, and then, if able, will again return to his home.

- A list of those who attended the MORRIS reunion Sunday at the Bryan Memorial Park at Salem was listed.

- Next week, 3 former Kinmundy students will leave for Charleston, Ill. where they will enter Eastern Ill. State Teachers College. These are Shirley Carol MILLER, Kenneth L. FULFER, and Joseph LOVETT.

- William LYONS has moved his family here from Kankakee and they will occupy the Fina GARRETT property. Bill is son of Mrs. Anna LYONS of this city, and is no stranger to many of us. He is at present employed as an extra gang foreman for the I.C. which position calls him from place to place. Consequently, Bill says there is no better place to leave his family than right in Kinmundy.

- Mr. and Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH and daughter, Helen, and Mr. Ed BARENFANGEN, all of Salem, started to the Big Smoky Mountains Saturday for their Labor Day vacation. But 4 miles north of Henderson, Ky., another car pulled around a truck and struck their car head on. The front of their car was damaged considerably, but none of the occupants were injured. The other car turned over 2˝ times and a woman sprained her arm. The other occupant was her son, who was driving. The ROHRBOUGHS and Mr. BARENFANGER returned to Salem that evening via bus and E.C. stated that it was a costly 12 hour vacation.

- Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA moved to Anna Saturday where they are employed at the State Hospital.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN were happy to have with them over the weekend several members of their family, who were Mr. and Mrs. L.E. ETHERTON, daughters, Eugenia, Betty and Lora Jean and son, Louis Edward, Jr. of Murphysboro, Mrs. C. Jackson PEFFER and daughter, Susan, of Lebanon, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. GRAY, and son Charles and daughter, Nancy of Urbana, and Mr. and Mrs. C.R. KENNINGTON and son, Charles of Villa Park.

- Emma Mary DECKERT ZUMSTEG, daughter of Adam and Anna DECKERT, was born in Fayette Co., on March 20, 1871. Here on the farm, she grew to womanhood. Her mother died when she was but 6 years of age, but an older sister, Nettie, held the family together. On Aug. 28, 1898, she married with Mike ZUMSTEG, and they had 5 children: Louis, Oliver, Lenard, Marceline (SLOAN), and Wanda (WATERSON), all of whom with the devoted husband, survive. For 10 years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. ZUMSTEG lived on a farm north of this city, after which they moved to Kinmundy, where they have since resided. Several months ago, Mrs. ZUMSTEG was stricken with a heart ailment which caused her death on Aug. 27, 1940. Besides her immediate family, she leaves 5 grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Mary LUTZ of Macon; and 1 brother, Charles DECKERT of St. Elmo. Services were held from St. Philomena’s Catholic church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. A list of those attending the funeral from out-of-town was included.

- A detailed account of the trip of the C.R. ALDERSON family as they travelled thru the east in 10 states.

- Mrs. Merle KLINE was the hostess at a stork shower given in honor of Mrs. Virgil SEE at her home Friday. The afternoon as spent playing games with Mrs. Herman SOLDNER and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER winning prizes. Mrs. SEE received many gifts. Included was a list of those who attended.

- Meadow Branch: School commenced Monday with Miss Evelyn JOHNSON as teacher.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Effis JOHNSON and all her sons and daughters and families gathered at the home of her son, Fodreet(?) Thursday night, to celebrate his birthday and give a farewell party to their sister, Elua.

- Prairie Grove: "The Stitch and Chatter" Club met at the home of George JARHAUS and gave a kitchen shower for their son, Johnny JARHAUS and wife Thursday evening.

- Prairie Grove: Glen McCARTY and family attended a family reunion in the home of his parents, Jake McCARTY and wife.

- East Zion: A large crowd gathered at the Marshall SOUTIER home Sunday to see and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jim SLATER and children, who are visiting here from Montana. Mrs. SLATER was before here marriage, Miss Pearle SOUTIER. Everyone came with well filled baskets.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Jim BASSETT and son, Marvin, and daughter, Ruth, spent Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., with Mr. and Mrs. Tom NEAVILL. Miss Ruth remained for a longer visit.

- East Zion: Jones School opened Monday with Miss Ruth DOOLEN as teacher.

- East Zion: A large crowd attended a kitchen shower and charivari for Mr. and Mrs. Ted CRAWFORD at the Pid WILLIAMS home. Mrs. CRAWFORD was formerly Miss Eulaine WILLIAMS.

- Meacham: The SOLDNER reunion was held Wednesday at the park in Mt. Vernon on Sunday. A large crowd gathered at the noon hour, and the tables groaned with the load of fine eats. Those who attended were listed. George SOLDNER of Marion was elected President, and Mrs. Fred COOK of Kinmundy was re-elected Sec.-Treas.

- The annual NORMAN reunion was held with a noon basket dinner at Kitchel Park in Pana on Sunday with 85 present. A list of those attending from around here was included.

- Meacham: A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the hom of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BURKETT Sunday to surprise Mr. BURKETT and celebrate his birthday. About 65 were present, and a fine basket dinner was served at noon. A list of those present was included.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL had for their Sunday dinner guests, Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JARHAUS and daughter, Virginia Mae.

- Miss Marjorie BAILEY left Chicago Monday to attend Beauty Culture School. Her place in the local beauty shop will be filled by Mrs. Nora OLDEN.

- 25 years ago from Sept. 2, 1915.

Sept. 12, 1940:

- There was an article about L.E. WORMLEY, son of Mr. E. WORMLEY of this city, in the Monterey, Cal. Peninsula Herald which was printed about his making good in the teaching profession in Monterey.

- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son, and Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE left Sunday for a visit in Colorado. Mrs. E.R. LOWE will stop at Colorado Springs where she will visit her mother and brother, Mrs. Florence WHITE and son, Carl. The remainder of the party will journey on over the mountains to Palisade, where they will visit E.R.’s brother, Webster LOWE and family.

- The Annual Kinmundy-Los Angeles picnic will be held as usual at Barndall Park in Hollywood on Sept. 29. Bring your own plate, cup, knife, fork and spoon and be there at 12:30.

- Mr. James T. BROWN, in company with Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON, were in Steeleville Sunday attending the funeral of Mr. BROWN’s brother-in-law, August WHITBRACH.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.W. BAGOTT and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Barbara Kay, were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER yesterday in honor of Mrs. BAGOTT’s 78th birthday.

- About 250 friends and relatives attended the FEAR reunion at the Bryan Memorial Park Sunday in Salem. Those attending from Kinmundy were: Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN and children, Lillie, Thelma, Bruce and Alva, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. BOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN, and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond OLDEN.

- Mrs. J.B. MAXEY was tendered a stork shower by her friends last week.

- On Sept. 7 at the Hilton Memorial Chapel at the campus of Chicago University, Miss Shirley HOCKING, daughter of Mrs. Leslie BURR and Mr. Robert D. HOCKING of Chicago, became the bride of Walter E. BROOM, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM of Alma. The bride was attended by Miss Laura Jane DETRICHAS and Miss Mary MORRISON of Indianapolis, Ind. Richard A. BROOM, brother of the groom, was best man. Robert PALMQUIST of Chicago Heights, acted as usher. Out of town guests were listed, and included Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM, parents of the groom, a sister, Miss Elizabeth BROOM; 2 brothers, Richard A. BROOM of Alma, and Chas. M. BROOM of Lake City, Florida. Both the bride and groom are graduates of the University of Illinois, Class of 1940. The couple will reside in Alma.

- Mr. and Mrs. VAN SCYOC and family and Mrs. Nellie VAN SCYOC attended the VAN SCYOC Reunion in Neoga Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Stafford BUSWELL of Mattoon have a 5 lb. daughter born in the Mattoon Hospital, Aug. 31, named Mary Anna.

- Jean ALEXANDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, fell from her bicycle Sunday breaking her right arm just above the wrist.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MAHAN and son Robert, motored to Champaign Sunday where Robert remained to enter the U. of I. It will be remembered that Robert was presented with a scholarship to the University thru a competitive examination and he’s going to take advantage of it. He will study mechanical drawing.

- The Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce held their regular meeting in the basement of the Methodist Church Tuesday. A delicious fried chicken dinner was served by the Ladies Aid. Between courses, the BAILEY sisters rendered 2 vocal selections.

- At the Christian Church worship, Wayne PIGG was presented a Bible by Mrs. MINER from the entire Sunday School for his service as Sunday School Superintendent for the past 3 years. Wayne will be leaving soon for the Great lakes Training Station. Charley HOWELL was appointed Superintendent and Miss Elouise CHEADLE assistant.

- Wilson School: Marion SHUFELDT and family, Chris MEYER and family, Emil MEYER and daughter, Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SULLIVAN, and William MEYER spent Sunday near St. Peter attending the HOEHNE family reunion.

- East Meadow Branch (from last week): The Ibe SHANAFELT family moved Thursday from this vicinity to a farm near Odin. Mr. SHANAFELT will remain here until after harvesting of the late crops.

- Miletus (from last week): Herschel KRUTSINGER and Miss Ethel SIMMONS were married in Salem on Aug. 24. They were given a rousing charivari and shower Saturday night, and received many useful gifts. They treated a large number of people to candy and cigars.

- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. Fred KLEISS and family were in St. Elmo Saturday attending a double wedding of relatives - Leo and Francis KRAMER of Farina, who married two sisters, Lucy and Gertrude VOEGEL of St. Elmo.

- Wilson School (from last week): Fred KLEISS and family spent Sunday p.m. at the George SCRATZ home near Farina attending a wedding, charivari, and shower.

- Omega (from last week): The annual basket dinner at the Dr. LOGAN farm Sunday was attended by a large crowd. 20 gallons of ice cream and several cases of soda pop were enjoyed.

- Omega (from last week): Mrs. Audie SILLIS house caught fire last Monday but was extinguished without much damage done.

- South of Town (from last week): Mrs. Merle KLINE gave a stork shower Friday in honor of Mrs. Bertha SEE.

- Swift School: Miss Irene LIVESAY visited Wednesday with Mrs. Kenneth ROBB.

- Swift School: Bill GREEN and children attended the dinner at Marshall SOUTIER’s Sunday in honor of Jim SLATER and family, who are visiting here from Montana. Mack ROBB and wife, Marvin CONANT and family, Frank and Mae GREEN, Clyde BASSETT and family, and George COLE and wife and daughter, Joan, called in the afternoon.

- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family visited Sunday afternoon with Clyde GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower and charivari for Mr. and Mrs. Wade LAWSON in the Claude GARRETT home Saturday night.

- 25 years ago from Sept. 9, 1915.

Sept. 19, 1940:

- Miss Lucille SHAFFER, daughter of Mr. Will SHAFFER of the Elder School District, and Mr. Ray VANDEVEER, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER, residing southeast of this city, were married Sunday morning in the Onstatt Baptist Church near Xenia, Ill., Elder Joy VANDEVEER, uncle to the groom officiating. They were attended by the groom’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Elton JOINES of Salem. The bride wore a light blue crepe dress and carried a bouquet of mixed flowers. The bridesmaid wore a dark blue dress with accessories to match. It was an informal wedding and the first one to take place in the new church. The infair dinner was served at the home of the groom’s parents with several guests present. The church was filled to capacity with friends and members of the church. The young couple left Monday on a short honeymoon in Chicago after which they will be at home to their many friends in the B.L. FURRY property in this city. The bride is a very accomplished young lady and is held in high esteem among the younger social set of her neighborhood. The groom is a very congenial lad and is generally the life of any party. He is at present employed by the Gregg Implement Co. of Salem. It is the intention of this happy couple to start farming in the spring. We join their many friends in extending the heartiest of congratulations.

- Helen Ruth HEGENBART, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. HEGENBART of Champaign, married Ted N. MANGNER, son of Mrs. Mary MANGNER of Champaign, on Aug. 22 in St. Joseph, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. SNYDER of Champaign attended the couple. Mrs. SNYDER is the former Ruth SHEPHERD. Mrs. MAGNER is a graduate of Champaign H.S., and has been bookkeeper in her father’s store for several years. Mr. MAGNER is a graduate of the University of Ill. and is assistant in radio extension, College of Agriculture. He also has charge of the Illinois Farm Hour for W.I.L.L. The couple will reside in Champaign.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.S. PRUETT motored to Leroy, Ill. Sunday to visit Mr. and Mrs. E.C. HUGGINS who are both in ill health. Mrs. HUGGINS recently fell and broke her arm and Mr. HUGGINS is in ill health with kidney trouble. Miss Clarabelle is home from Normal with her mother and father.

- Mildred BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, residing in the H.M. FISHER property, fell while at school Tuesday, breaking her arm.

- The Frances LOWE property was sold at auction Saturday and was purchased by Harmon LENHART for $1110.

- Mrs. Jennie STOCK fell Tuesday with a stroke of paralysis while scrubbing her front porch. She is in serious condition with little hopes of recovery. All of her children, Fred of Effingham, Arthur of Centralia, Leo of St. Louis, as well as Mrs. Fred KLEISS, who was vacationing in Indiana, were called to her bedside.

- Cecil Paul PARRISH, Apprentice Seaman in the U.S. Navy is visiting here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. PARRISH. Paul enlisted on July 9.

- North Fork: Carroll GARRETT and family visited Sunday in the Jim McNICHOL home.

- North Fork: Mr. Clyde BASSETT and family visited Sunday afternoon with Clyde GARRETT and family.

- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Jim McNICHOL and Carroll GARRETT and wife attended the Mt. Vernon Fair Friday.

- North Fork: Miss Mae GREEN visited Thursday afternoon with her sister, Mrs. Monroe LANSFORD.

- Meadow Branch: Miss Kathryn MARSHALL returned to Chicago Friday after 2 weeks visit with home folks. She will enter Central YMCA College Sept. 16.

- Pleasant Grove: Miss Lucille SHAFFER and Mr. Ray VANDEVEER were married Sunday at Onstatt Church. They are spending a short honeymoon in Chicago. They were accompanied there by his brother, William, who came down to attend the wedding. Those attending from here were, Will SHAFFER and daughter, Willadean and friend, Mort RITTER, Wilma SHAFFER, Herbert VANDEVEER, Herbert ANDERSON, Emogene SHUFELDT and brother Kenneth. We extend congratulations and best wishes.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Uriah SMITH and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Will CURRY and sons attended a basket dinner at Bryan Park in Salem Sunday in honor of Oscar SMITH’s 60th birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: There was no preaching at Pleasant Grove last Sunday as the Church is being repaired and will be newly decorated.

- Pleasant Grove: The Pleasant Grove Ladies were hostesses to the Ladies of Zion, Alma, and Cubbage Chapel, and a few other guests at the Brubaker town hall last Friday afternoon. After a short program, Rev. WIGHAM conducted a meeting of the women’s new organization of the Methodist Church. Refreshments of sandwiches, cake and ice tea were served assisted by Mrs. WHITLOCK, a demonstrator for the Master Baking Co. of Mt. Vernon.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid met last Wednesday with Mrs. Ruby HIESTAND.

- Miletus: The members of the Meacham Baptist Church wish to express thanks to their friends who contributed toward expenses of repairing and painting the church. The task has been complete and we’re very much pleased with the work.

- Miletus: Everett CORRIE of Salem and Miss Helen MULVANY of Kinmundy were married in Charleston, Mo. They expect to make their home in Salem.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, and Miss Nellie Mae JONES were sight seeing in Salem Sunday afternoon.

- Meacham: Mrs. Dora HEICHER helped Mrs. Edwin HARRELL cook for threshers Saturday.

- Meacham: The Community Birthday Circle gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON Sunday to help celebrate their wedding anniversary with about 30 present.

- 25 years ago from Sept. 16, 1915.

Sept. 26, 1940:

- Clifton LEMAY and Miss Adina CORRELL motored to St. Louis Friday where they were married. This was a surprise to their many friends. They were unattended. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL of this city. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred LEMAY residing west of this city. He is employed in the Salem oil field. For the present, the couple will make their home with the groom’s parents.

- Relatives here have received word yesterday of the sudden death of Mrs. Carrie SILLS, which occurred in her home in Valley Center, Kansas. She died of a heart attack. Mrs. SILLS is a sister to Mrs. Nancy NEIL and an aunt to Miss Margaret WARREN. Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON left yesterday to be at the funeral.

- Mrs. Frances CRAIG died at the home of her son, Eugene, in Danville last Thursday after an illness of several months duration. The body was brought here to the Christian Church where services were held. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Frances PORTER, daughter of Stephen and Celia PORTER, was born on a farm in Fayette county, Ill. on April 7, 1852. There she grew up to womanhood and in 1870 and married to Joseph CRAIG of Patoka. They came to Kinmundy to make their home in 1876. Here they reared 9 children, 4 of whom with their father preceded her in death. Charles and Bennie in 1932, Robert in 1936, and Jessie in 1937. At an early age she became affiliated with the Christian Church retaining her membership until the Church was organized in Kinmundy of which she was a charter member. She was 1 of 8 children. One brother, William PORTER of Decatur, and 1 sister, Martha SMITH of Xenia survive. She leaves beside these aged ones, John of Tripp, S.D., James of Centralia, Anna of Glendale, Ariz., Frank and Eugene of Danville; also 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. After her husband’s death in 1912, she remained in her home here in Kinmundy for many years until it became necessary to make her home with some of her children. She died Sept. 19, 1940. Mrs. CRAIG often told with pride that 5 of her 7 sons saw service with the armed forces of the United States. Robert and Charles both saw service in the 4th Illinois during the war with Spain and Frank with the 2nd Tennessee. Benjamin saw service in the Navy during the World War and Eugene served with the 130th Infantry, 32nd Division. A list of those attending the funeral was included.

- William MEYER died at his home south of this city Tuesday after an illness of 74 years, 7 months, and 7 days. Services were held at the Evangelical Church in Farina with interment in the Farina Cemetery.

- Alberta JACKSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON of Kinmundy, and Almos K. GEIBE of Salem were married June 2, 1940 at the Presbyterian Church in Cairo, Ill. Miss Corrine BAILEY of Kinmundy and Mr. Charles BRUCE of Salem were in attendance. The bride will continue working as assistant in the local post office in Kinmundy until Oct. 1, where she has been employed the past 2 years. She graduated from Kinmundy High School in 1938. The bridegroom has been salesman for the Continental Baking Co. in St. Louis for the past 3 years. He graduated from Salem High School in 1937. The couple will reside in Mt. Vernon. Miss Corrine BAILEY gave a misc. shower in honor of Mrs. Almos GEIBE Sept. 16.

- Raymond COLEMAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles COLEMAN who are domiciled in the W.H. ALLEN property in the south part of town, had the misfortune of breaking his leg while playing at school.

- Mrs. John C. GARVER, who was Miss Valda PENETON until her marriage on Aug. 31, will leave later this fall to join her husband in New York City where he has returned to work. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. PENETON of Hammond, and a graduate of Jefferson High School in Lafayette, and attended Purdue University. She is employed at Dick Hoyt’s Typewriter Store. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard GARVER of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of Purdue University, and also the Harvard School of Administration. He is a security analyst and is employed by the city of New York, where they will make their home. They were married in Lafayette, Ind., where the bride formerly resided. The bride is the only daughter of Otis Earl and Julia SEXTON PENETON and was born in Kinmundy, as was her mother.

- Miss Donna ANDREWS has been employed at assistant in the local post office, upon the resignation of Mrs. Almos GIEBE.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES of Kinmundy and Merle JONES and family spent Sunday in Granite City with Frank GARRETT and family.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES spent Sunday at the James BASSETT home.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari at the Will SHAFFER home Wednesday night for the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Will HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Roger MONICAL, and little daughter, and Mrs. Katie BASOM and family attended the SMITH Reunion in the Park in Salem last Sunday. Pearl ROSE called in the afternoon.

- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT are the proud parents of a baby daughter born Sunday, Sept. 22.

- Mr. and Mrs. F.W. HAMMER and Barbara Kaye entertained Sunday in honor of his mother’s birthday, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. HAMMER of Coffeen, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Miss Beulah DISS.

- Arley CORRELL and family of Thomasboro, Ill. spent Saturday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL, leaving early Sunday to attend the birthday dinner at the home of Lloyd BRADLEY, southeast of Omega.

- 25 years ago from Sept. 23, 1915.

Oct. 3, 1940:

- Rev. W.E. WILLIAMS who had been a pastor of the local Methodist Church for the past 2 years, has been assigned to Murphysboro.

- Mary K. BARTLEMAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. BARTLEMAY of Oblong, married Harold COMBS, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.S. COMBS of Springfield, on Sept. 19, in Fulton, Ky. Mrs. COMBS graduated from Oblong H.S. and from the University of Illinois. She is employed by the state highway dept. Mr. COMBS graduated from Pana H.S., and is employed by Barker, Goldman, and Lubin company. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. NELMS.

- Helen MILLER, alumni of the local high school, has achieved high honors at the University of Illinois, and been admitted to Alpha Lamba Delta.

- William F. MEYER was born in Germany on Feb. 17, 1866, and came to America with his parents when just a small child. Most of his boyhood was spent near St. Peter, Ill. He married Miss Sophia HOEHNE on Feb. 28, 1889, and they had 9 children, 8 of whom survive him, 1 daughter, Tillie, passing away at the age of 9. In Nov. 1909, his wife died. He kept his motherless children together in the home. While he lived in Farina, he was a member of the Friedona Evangelical Church. He died Sept. 24, 1940. His children surviving him are: Mrs. Mary SHUFELDT, Mrs. Frank KOLB, Mrs. Cecil KEEN, and Chris, all of Kinmundy; Albert and Emil of Alma; William of Centralia; Mrs. Ellis BUTTS of Petersburg; as well as Margaret and Charles by a later marriage. He also leaves 27 grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Sophia ENGLEKENJOHN and 2 half-brothers, Chris and Emil and St. Louis, Mo.; and one half sister, Mrs. Gus FULLER, of St. Peter.

- GAMMON-LIVESAY: Mr. Fred GAMMON and Miss Irene LIVESAY motored to Union, Mo., Tuesday where they were married by Rev. Son in the Christian Parsonage, the single ring ceremony being used. They were attended by Mr. James JONES and Miss Nelda GRAY. The bride wore a traveling outfit of soldier blue with black accessories. Immediately after the ceremony, the attendants returned home while the happy bride and groom spent the remainder of the day in St. Louis, eating supper with Mr. and Mrs. J.P. McGRATH, uncle and aunt of the bride. A brief honeymoon trip was made thru southern Missouri, coming back to Illinois at Cairo, then to Wycliff, Ky., where they viewed the Ancient City. They returned home Wednesday night. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY residing northwest of this city. She is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘39. For the past 2 years she has been employed as switchboard operator for the Bell-Telephone Co. in the local exchange. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON of this city and is also a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘33. He operates a gasoline tank wagon for the Home Oil Co. The happy couple will be at home in the Buelah DISS property in the east party of town. We join their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.

- Sheriff VOGT and Deputy RHODES of Salem were called here last night to investigate the stealing of some chickens. They were summoned here by Mr. Earl GREENWOOD residing 2 miles east of this city. The GREENWOOD family was just preparing for bed when they noticed a car turn from the road into their driveway, back out, and proceed down the road. They did not think much about this until they heard their chickens being disturbed. GREENWOOD grabbed his shotgun and ran to the porch. The chicken house is just a short way from the porch. GREENWOOD flashed his light and noticed a cow standing between him and the chicken housed and saw his chickens scattered outside their regular roost. About this time he heard a noise like someone climbing the fence. At this, he took a shot at the noise. Soon the lights of a car flashed on and the car took out at breakneck speed. GREENWOOD was barefooted and could not follow the car. Hearing the shot, his neighbor, Bryan PITTS, was soon on the scene to lend assistance. The sheriff was notified and was soon there. But by this time the only thing that could be done was to take the tread of the tire and the culprits shoeprint made in the dust. Both Mr. GREENWOOD and Mr. PITTS have had their chicken roosts visited before this summer, and they vow and declare that if they ever catch the culprit, it will not be a case for the sheriff, but for the coroner instead.

- Mrs. Jennie STOCK is reported as being very low. It will be remembered that she suffered a stroke about 2 weeks ago and has gradually grown weaker since.

- Several oil families left Kinmundy this week for various places, some going to Kansas, some to Texas, and some moving to Salem. The drilling operations in Salem field has let up to a great extent, thereby leaving some vacant homes in Salem. The families moving from here to Salem are those engaged in "production" which means their jobs are permanent. So now Kinmundy, like Salem, has several vacant apartments. Some say our oil boom is just about over, while other say the operations will shut down until after the fall election.

- Glen LEE wrote a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. LEE about recent happenings in the U.S. Navy, of which he has belonged for 20 years. Excerpts were printed.

- Mr. and Mrs. Walter GEORGE and Mr. and Mrs. Jessie GEORGE went to Alma, Sunday, to the home of Mrs. Lela WILLIAMS where Mr. Walter GEORGE celebrated his birthday together with 4 others, all falling on the same day, Sept. 29. They were: Mrs. Branch AUSTIN, Mrs. Lela WILLIAMS, of Alma, and Mrs. Martha Jean CLOW, of Chicago.

- Meacham: Mrs. Willie GREEN and children attended a surprise birthday dinner at the Arvie MULVANY home Sunday in honor of Mrs. MULVANY’s birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS were accompanied home Thursday by their daughter, Marietta, from Vandalia, who had an operation for appendicitis there.

- Pleasant Grove: A kitchen shower was given Thursday night at the Roy MILLER home for Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER. Many nice and useful gifts were received.

- Omega: Geo. FISK has purchased Joe LUTTRELL’s store and took charge Monday.

- 25 years ago from Sept. 30, 1915.

Oct. 10, 1940:

- Wendell WINKIE, Republican candidate for President of the U.S., will speak in Mt. Vernon, Oct. 17.

- H.H. ADAMS and Harold SIEGFRIED are dead and Linley WHITECOTTON and Orville WHITECOTTON are in the Effingham Hospital with very little hopes of recovery as a result of a car accident. These men were oil workers employed in the Loogootee field. The WHITECOTTON brothers and ADAMS were domiciled in Kinmundy, while SIEGFRIED was staying in St. Peter. The accident happened on state route 185 on the curve just west of St. Peter. The boys were driving south from Loogootee in Linley’s car at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the car never attempted to round the curve but went straight on, mowing down a hedge fence and turning over and over. The car was completely demolished, although, it was stated, when helped arrived on the scene, the motor was still running. ADAMS and SIEGFRIED were dead when taken from the car. The WHITECOTTON brothers were taken to Vandalia Hospital that Tuesday evening. Linley has a broken neck and a broken hand while Orville has a fractured skull. ADAMS’ body was shipped to Konawa, Okla, while SIEGFRIED’s body was taken to Red Bud, Ill., his former home.

- Carrie Helen SILL, daughter of W.A. and Margaret SHRIVER, was born in Manchester, Ohio on Dec. 9, 1862, and died Sept. 24, 1940, at her home in Valley Center, Kansas. She married James A. SILL on Nov. 7, 1911, and resided most of her married life in Valley Center. After the death of Mr. SILL in April 1926, she continued to make her home here, sharing it with her sister, Mary I. SHRIVER. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Nancy A. NEIL of Kinmundy; a step-son, Rev. Herbert SILL of Fairbury, Nebr.; 2 step-daughters, Mrs. Hattie TIMMONS of Maywood, Cal.; and Mrs. Ella SILL MILLER of Sedgwick; 4 step-granddaughters; 6 step-grandsons; 3 nieces and 4 nephews. Burial was made in Kechi cemetery in Valley Center, Kansas.

- Mr. and Mrs. Joe GILLESPY have a daughter named Mary Lou. Everyone concerned is doing fine except daddy. All he can say is "Heck, another girl."

- Billy Dean, 8 lbs., was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE on Oct. 4. Mother and babe are doing fine. Father is getting along as well as can be expected.

- Charles B. FRENCH celebrated his 90th birthday in a quiet way Oct. 5. He received many cards, letters and greetings by wire. Most of his children and grandchildren paid him a visit on that day which made it a very happy occasion for him. Mr. FRENCH is enjoying fairly good health and is able to be up and around the house but unable to get out very much.

- Clarence MURRAY, 41, of East St. Louis, died Thursday after having suffered a heart attack. Services were held at Sacred Heart Church in East St. Louis, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. The deceased was a cousin of the ROONEY family.

- James PHILLIPS, aged 6(?), son of Mr. and Mrs. William PHILLIPS, residing on the Kennedy farm southeast of Kinmundy, died Sunday morning from a throat infection following a 3 weeks siege of tonsilitis. Services were held in Salem. The parents and 3 brothers survive.

- Larry Ray, an 11 lb. boy, was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COUGHLIN residing southeast of this city Monday.

- Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER left Monday for Chicago where Mr. ALEXANDER attended Masonic Grand Lodge Tuesday and Wednesday, and Mrs. ALEXANDER will visit her sisters. They made the trip in their car, and between Kankakee and Chicago, a rod went thru the motor block, causing D.J. to buy a new motor for his car before they could proceed to Chicago.

- Mrs. Jennie STOCK, who had suffered a stroke 17 days previous, died Thursday. Services were held at St. Philomena’s Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Anna Regina, daughter of John and Barbara BRAHME METZGER, was born Oct. 7, 1862 in St. Clair Co., Ill., and died at her home in Kinmundy on Oct. 5, 1940. While yet a small child, she moved with her parents to a farm northwest of Kinmundy near the Shanghai School, where she grew to womanhood. On April 14, 1885, she married Henry STOCK, and they had 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two of these children preceded her in death, namely, John, dying in infancy, and Laura at the age of 3. Surviving are Dora, Mrs. Fred KLEISS, of Kinmundy; Fred of Effingham; Arthur of Centralia; and Leo of St. Louis. After their marriage, they lived in the Shanghai neighborhood for some time, then moved to Peoria county. 45 years ago they returned to Kinmundy, having purchased a farm south of town. Here they lived until the death of her husband on Oct. 11, 1912. She remained on the farm until 3 years later when she built a home later, where she lived until her death. Besides her children, she leaves 10 grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Kate BOCKELMAN of Springfield; and 2 brothers, Chas. METZGER of Kinmundy, and John METZGER of St. Louis. One sister, Mrs. Mary ROBB, and 2 brothers, Martin and Fred, preceded her in death. She was a life long member of St. Philomena’s Catholic Church. A list of those attending the funeral from a distance was included.

- The regular meeting of the Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce was held in the basement of the Christian Church Tuesday where dinner was served by the ladies of that church. Due to the resignation of William COLE as Secretary-Treasurer, G.E. ROLLINSON, was elected to fill the position. The parking situation is to be studied, as to whether large trucks should be prohibiting from unloading on the main street, and about the streets being too narrow for diagonal parking on both sides of the street. A committee was appointed to study the situation and make recommendations. Another question of vital importance to the community was discussed but we were asked to withhold this from publication. Therefore, all we can tell you, it is a dark secret.

- Ray William, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray WHITE, of Sandoval, died at his home Friday, after an illness of 2 weeks duration. Services were held from the home with interment in Hill Crest Cemetery in Centralia. The youngster had suffered from dysentery and had been in the hospital, and had been in the Centralia Hospital until 3 days prior to his death. He was taken home and well on the road to recovery until Friday when he made a sudden change for the worst, dying soon afterwards.

- Mrs. Alice BUNDY was called to Webster City, Iowa on Sept. 27 on account of the death of her brother, Leonard WILSON. Enroute home she stopped a few days with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Julius WILSON in Waynesville, Ill. Leonard O. WILSON, 59, died at the Veteran’s Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa, death being caused by a liver ailment and complications. He had been ill since April. Interment was made in Graceland Cemetery. He was born Aug. 9, 1881 in Marion Co., Ill., where he grew to young manhood, and began working in the drainage contracting business. In 1913 he went to Iowa locating at Storm Lake, where he lived 2 years before moving to Webster City. He was a veteran of the World War, enlisting in Springfield, Ill. For the past 12 years, he has made his home with his brother, R.J. of that city. His parents, 3 brothers, and a sister preceded him in death. He is survived by 3 brothers, R.J., Ed, and George of Webster City; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Stella BLALOCK of this city, and Mrs. Alice BUNDY of Kinmundy.

- The State is mourning the death of Governor HORNER. He had suffered a stroke Nov. 8, 1938 following a strenuous election campaign. He suffered a relapse Friday. He was 61 years old. The Lieutenant Governor, John STELLE, is acting governor.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Miss Florence STORES Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Wm. CHASTEEN and Morris CHASTEEN and wife were callers also.

- Meacham: Bert COPPLE and family met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE, Thursday and held a family reunion. Several relatives from a distance were present.

- Meacham: Mr. Clyde BASSETT and family visited Thursday night in the Clyde GARRETT home.

- The Alma Eagles 4-H Club met at the home of Ira GAMMON Friday. Officers elected were: President, Donald MEYERS; Vice President, John R. MAZANEK; Sec./Treas., Dwight DAY; Reporter, Howard BROOM; Recreation Chairman, Russell BROOM.

- Swift School: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON at the Virgil LIVESAY home Saturday evening. Many nice and useful gifts were received.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL visited John CHANCE and wife on Zion Prairie Sunday afternoon.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT is busy digging a basement and getting ready to remodel their home.

- North Fork: There will be a chicken supper at Arnold Chapel, Oct. 12.

- North Fork: Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY and daughter visited Wednesday with Mrs. Clyde GARRETT.

- Sept. 29, a number of former Kinmundy people enjoyed a picnic dinner at Barnsdall Park in Los Angeles, Cal. The ears of many back in Kinmundy should have burned that afternoon as all the old times were talked about by their friends and relatives who had migrated to the land of sunshine, oranges, movies, etc. A list of those attending, were listed. Elected were: President, Mildred ROTAN SMITH of Pasadena; and Secretary, Ethel K. WARDALL of Los Angeles. Next year’s reunion will be held in Los Angeles.

- East Zion: Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS is suffering from an injury of the bone and an infection of the middle finger.

- 25 years ago from Oct. 7, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Oct. 5, 1900.

Oct. 17, 1940:

- Mrs. Paul PERRY, residing in Meacham twp., died Sunday while enroute to the Mark Greer Hospital in the Linton Ambulance. She had been suffering for the past 2 weeks from a liver disturbance. She was 20 years of age and besides her husband, leaves a 1 year old daughter. Services were held in Meacham Baptist Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- A reception and pound social honoring the new minister and wife, Rev. and Glen SHARP was held in the Methodist Church Thursday.

- B.J. PULLEN of Alma was rushed to the Centralia Hospital in the Linton Ambulance Monday afternoon after falling from a ladder and suffering a broken arm and head injuries. He is reported much better.

- Crow HOWARD died at his home in Xenia Monday after suffering for about 2 years with cancer. He was postmaster of Xenia for 6 years, but resigned owing to his failing health. His son was appointed in his place. Mrs. HOWARD was formerly Miss Goldie HOWE of this city.

- Donald, the 8 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester ORGAN, residing west of Alma, died Thursday from pneumonia. Services were held from the Greenridge Church with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- Mrs. Manual WELSH and son, Junior, gave a surprise birthday supper in honor of Mr. WELSH’s birthday, Oct. 11. As Mr. WELSH works nights and snoozes days, he arose a little earlier in the evening than usual, but was informed that supper wasn’t quite ready, so he laid down to take a beauty nap. When guests arrived he was awakened by "Happy Birthday to You". Getting awoke he said, "Well you fellers done a good job slippin’ in." And was he surprised is putting it mildly. A bountiful chicken dinner and all the trimmings was served to 14 guests. Many were the moans and groans from those who had eaten too heartily. Then there was all the desert and 2 big birthday cakes to be eaten. The remainder of the evening was spent playing contests. But when "Joe Mike" the big black cat appeared on the program and reminded us Halloween wasn’t too many days away, he was given a hearty welcome.

- Relatives and friends gathered at the D.J. ALEXANDER home Oct. 15 and celebrated Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER’s and Grandma SMITH’s birthdays. 21 friends and relatives and friends had cafeteria chicken and all the trimmings with 3 birthday cakes. Games and contests were enjoyed.

- F.O. GRISSOM and J.H. NELSON attended the funeral of H.W. FARSON in Salem Friday.

- Victoria PIPPINGER, 66, died in the Alton State Hospital Sunday. The body was brought to her home in Salem. Services were held from the Baptist Church in Alma with interment in Allmon Cemetery.

- Mrs. E.C. HUGGINS of Leroy met with some more bad luck this week when she again fell down the back steps of her home, this time breaking her ankle. It will be remembered that only a short time ago, she fell down these steps breaking her arm. She is at Bloomington Hospital.

- The homecoming was held at the Christian Church. The days events were listed. Among those singing were: Louise GREEN, Helen ROBB, Dorothy SWIFT, and Joan COLE; duet by the 2 BAILEY girls; and instrumentals by Mrs. Lottie HEINRICH.

- Meadow Branch: Loren JOHNSON and Miss Mary Del SOUTIER surprised their friends Friday, by slipping away to Mo. and were married.

- Meacham: The community was made sad on hearing the sudden death of Mrs. Paul PERRY. She was taken ill Sunday and died on the way to the Vandalia Hospital. Her husband survives.

- Swift: Clyde BASSETT, wife and daughters, and Dickie Dean SCHWABE of Kinmundy, were dinner guests of Ren WAINSCOTT and wife, Sunday.

- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT and Leland BRASEL attended a birthday dinner at the Emmett GRAY home Sunday.

- Omega: Sherril VANDEVEER sold his house last week, and the new owner has moved it away.

- East Zion: The chicken supper at Arnold Chapel was well attended Saturday night. They made over $30.

- East Zion: Miss Mary Del SOUTIER, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SOUTIER and Loren JOHNSON, were married in St. Charles, Mo. on Friday. A kitchen shower and charivari will be held Wednesday at the Marshall SOUTIER home.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN called Friday night at the Bert GARRETT, Bob GREEN and Elsworth CHANDLER homes.

- Wilson School: Kenneth SHUFELDT is employed at the Kroger Store in Salem.

- Wilson School: Chester KLINE and family attended the annual birthday party at the home of Emmit GRAY Saturday.

- 25 years ago from Oct. 14, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Oct. 12, 1900.

Oct. 24, 1940:

- The WORMLEYs tell about their 7,357 mile trip in Canada and Eastern and Southern States.

- Mr. and Mrs. S.B PARRILL celebrated their 28th anniversary Sunday. Dinner guests were: Mr. and Mrs. HARRISON, Mr. and Mrs. WISEHEART and family of Iola, Misses Luella and Evangeline PARRILL and Margaret WISEHEART of Kinmundy.

- Dr. C.T. MINER, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. MINER, and Miss Clara DAVIS were quietly married in Abilene, Texas on Oct. 12. Dr. MAGEE was best man and Mrs. ROWLAND was the bridesmaid. They will reside in Abilene. Charles is a graduate of our high school, and also Chiropody School in Chicago.

- Mrs. Dolph HAMMER was taken to Centrallia Hospital Friday where she is receiving treatments.

- Glenn R. WILLIAMS of Chicago, son of Mr. and Ms. J.E. WILLIAMS of this city, has enlisted in the regular army. He is at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

- Mr. and Mrs. Leonard WEST celebrated their 40th anniversary Sunday in their home. Dinner was served to 20 of the children and grandchildren.

- Several cars from here, filled to capacity, motored to Mt. Vernon, last Thursday to hear Wendell WINKIE speak. The crowd was estimated at 35,000. Mr. Jesse WILK of Meacham twp., was present and introduced to the crowd. After the arrival of the train, he had a nice visit with his niece, Mrs. WINKIE, who is traveling with her husband.

- Meadow Branch: There was a charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Loren JOHNSON, Saturday night at the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. Effis JOHNSON. They will make their home with Mrs. JOHNSON for the present.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edward MARSH of St. Joseph, Mo. made a surprise call on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Friday. They were enroute to Florida to visit Mr. MARSH’s mother, Mrs. Mable MARSH, who is a sister of Mr. HARRELL.

- Meacham: E.W. SOLDNER, Mrs. Mary BALKE, Mrs. F.S. HARRIS, Mrs. Olin BLAIN, and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL attended the W.L.S. show in Farina Saturday evening.

- 25 years ago from Oct. 21, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Oct. 19, 1900.

Oct. 31, 1940:

- D.J. ALEXANDER, manager of the White Star Super Service Station, had the misfortune of getting his ribs under a car last Saturday which resulted in one broken rib. He was doing some repair work on a car when it fell on him.

- A kitchen shower was given by friends and neighbors Oct. 28 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard WEST for the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell WEST.

- Apprentice Wayne PIGG is home on a 12 day furlough from the Great Lakes Naval Academy. He will be sent to the state of Washington to study radio.

- Mrs. Lizzie LANGELL, formerly of this city, now living in the Methodist Home in Lawrenceville, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Oct. 29 in a very quiet manner.

- The Draft lottery was completed on Wednesday.

- The Seniors made $35 from their pie supper. Cheerleaders elected were Margaret BARBEE, Marie KLINE, and Louis SUTTON.

- Miss Marjorie BAILEY came home from Chicago Sunday p.m. after having completed her term Beauty Cultural School. She will be employed in the local beauty shoppe, operated by Mrs. Pearl JIMMERSON.

- Kinmundy is again getting another test for oil. A location was made on the Sam LOWE farm in the Swift School District northwest of this city.

- Miss Lila B. MONGAR of Lansing, Mich. married Lyle HARGRAVE of Three Rivers, Mich. on Oct. 19 in the parsonage of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, Mich. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Albert PETERS of Lansing. The bride is a native of Lansing, and is employed as a cashier in that city. The groom is son of Mrs. Bernie BAILEY of Three Rivers, and is a Kinmundy boy, having spent most of his life here. He is employed by the Fisher Body Corp. in Lansing, where they will reside.

- Swift News: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE.

- Swift News: Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were supper guests of William COLE and wife Monday it being William’s birthday.

- Swift News: Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Bill COLE and daughter, Joan, attended a reunion for the COLEs at Salem Sunday.

- Omega: Fred MULVANY is confined to his home with a broken heal, caused by a scaffold collapsing at the Christian Church while putting up a new roof. Albert HAMPSTEN also received severe bruises.

- Pleasant Grove: The Aid meeting was held Oct. 9 at the home of Mrs. Amy SIPES.

- Meacham: The C.B. Circle and their families were invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willie SLANE for the annual Halloween Party and wiener roast. Some came masked, and the prize was given to the best, which was Mrs. Rubin CRAIN.

- East Zion: We are sorry to hear of the serious accident at Mt. Carmel in which Mr. Pearle BERRY was seriously injured. His left arm was crushed and had to be amputated. He was working at Grayville, but his home is in this community.

- East Zion: A revival at Zion started Oct. 28, with Miss Claire EASLEY and Mary HAWORTH as evangelist singers. Rev. LINDER will preach for a week, and Rev. BADY will preach for 10 days.

- Miss Mabel GARRETT, who has been employed in Wheeling, West Va. for several years, is here visiting her brother, O.E. GARRETT. Mabel informs us she will locate elsewhere in a short time, but will stay with her brother, until the outcome of the oil well is known.

- 25 years ago from Oct. 28, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Oct. 26, 1900.

Nov. 7, 1940:

- The Kingwood Co. are pulling stakes after drilling the Sam LOWE No. 1 well to a depth of 2236˝ feet, and report no showing of oil in any of the sand.

- President ROOSEVELT was re-elected by a large majority for a third term, making history. Illinois made history also, by completely electing the Republican ticket with the exception of Sec. of State. And even right down to Kinmundy twp., we made history. It is the first time in history that this township went Republican, that is for all the candidates. The county offices went democratic.

- The residence of Earl SHANAFELT in Alma caught fire yesterday and a call for help was sent here to the local fire dept. Upon arriving, they found the fire had been extinguished by the efficient bucket brigade of Alma. A small hole was burned in the roof.

- Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY have a 7 lb. boy born Monday. His is just so sweet, no name good enough has been found for him as yet.

- Pleasant Grove: The Women’s Society of Christian Service of Pleasant Grove met with Mrs. N. SPITLER. It was an all day affair, having a potluck dinner at noon. Piecing and quilting a rose rambler quilt was the work of the day. Those attending were: Willadean SHAFFER, Wilma SHAFFER, Madeline SHAFFER, Lois ALDERSON, Laura ROSE, Verdie LONNON, Bess HIESTAND, Jennie HIESTAND, Gladys HIESTAND, Amy SIPES, Maud FURRY, and Harriet MILLER. Guests of the day were Ella McCARTY and Nettie BASOM. The next meeting will be Nov. 13th with Lois ALDERSON.

- The Halloween Parade sponsored by the Parent-Teachers Association last Thursday evening. The judging was done at the band stand. The following received prizes:

Best Float, Freshman Class

Twins, Lauretta HOYT and Jackie HOYT, 1st; Bill BARBEE and Ralph FINN, 2nd.

Chinaman: Reed MURPHY.

Ghosts: Wilma GRACE AHL, 1st; Charles BASSETT, 2nd.

Clown: Joan ALEXANDER, 1st; Dallis CARPENTER, 2nd.

Black Sambo: Kenneth PIGG, 1st; Charles PARKER, 2nd.

Aunt Jemima: Gene ALEXANDER, 1st; Kenneth CHANCE, 2nd.

Old Fashion Lady: Marlyn MILLER, 1st; Bonnie GRAY, 2nd.

Old Fashion Man: Fred CRANE, 1st; Dick GARDEN, 2nd.

Raggedy Ann: Charles DISS, 1st; Darrell KLINE, 2nd.

Fairy: Arlene ZIMMER, 1st; Helen ROBNETT, 2nd.

Man in the Moon: Henry SPENCER.

Witch: Harold CHANCE.

Girl Dressed as Boy: Mary EAGAN, 1st; Joyce Ann McHATTON, 2nd.

Boy Dressed as Girl: Jimmy ROBNETT, 1st; Richard BAILEY, 2nd.

Misc. costume winners: Billy Gene WYZE; Billy Gene BEITY, Harriet ALLEN, and Geo. HOYT.

Masqueraders received a candy bar.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON and Miss Anna DILLON went to Ridge Farm, Ill. on Sunday and spent the day with Mrs. Belle SCHERMERHORN and helped her celebrate her birthday. About 25 enjoyed the fine birthday dinner at the home of her son Ernest and wife.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were Sunday dinner guests of her sister, Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and daughter were guests, also.

- Swift School: The Kinwood Oil Co. is still drilling for oil on the Sam LOWE farm. A large crowd visited the well Sunday.

- Swift School: Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS gave a nice party for her pupils last Thursday. The children all came to school masked, and then a wiener and marshmallow roast were enjoyed, and candy and lemonade served. Darrell MORRIS won the prize for best masked pupil.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son, and Mary Evelyn and Helen BASSETT visited Sunday in Kinmundy with Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON.

- Swift School: Mrs. Mamie BASSETT and Mrs. Billy MORRIS called to see Mrs. George KEEN Sunday afternoon. Mrs. KEEN returned from the Vandalia Hospital Thursday.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.F. BOUGHERS returned home from a visit in Auxrasse, Mo. with Mr. and Mrs. Frank WARD, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 26.

- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB accompanied by J.R. CHEADLE visited in Kankakee with Harry CHEADLE and family, Sunday.

- Pleasant Grove: Miss Marietta JENKINS and Joe MIDLEY of Decatur were married Sunday in St. Louis. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS and sons, Jackie and Billy Noah, accompanied them. The groom has employment in Decatur, will reside there.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Arlie FRAMBES and children attended a birthday dinner at the Ralph SQUIBB home in Brubaker Sunday in honor of Mrs. SQUIBB’s birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: Some of the young folks from here attended a masquerade party at the Guy ROGER home Wednesday night.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER has returned to her work at the shoe factory, having been off during inventory.

- 25 years ago from Nov. 4, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Oct. 26, 1900.

Nov. 14, 1940:

- In the parade, the freshmen won first prize, and the Seniors won second. Goats were popular in the parade since there were 3 of them. Money earned at the carnival will go toward buying new instruments and musical supplies. The BAILEY family won first prize in the amateur contest, and John PIPER, Kenneth PIGG, and Duane HANNA won second prize. Admission at the basketball games this year will be 25 cents for adults, and 10 cents for children.

- In St. Catherine’s Hospital in Indiana Harbor, Ind., on Saturday morning, Nov. 9th, arrived Garrett Kenneth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE of Whiting, Ind. The mother was formerly Miss Helen GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT, and granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY of this city. Grandma GARRETT is in Whiting to see that the youngster gets the best of care. She sent us the announcement and says, "I’m so happy and don’t feel one bit older.", but we doubt that statement. She may be happy when she spells her maiden name "Garamley", we say she is getting older. Now we haven’t seen grandpa GARRETT since the event, but we imagine you can’t touch him with a 10 foot pole. And as far as great-grandma GRAMLEY is concerned, one can’t imagine just what capers she is cutting.

- Donn Wesley, if you please: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER of Coffeen announce the arrival of a fine baby boy at the Hillsboro Hospital, Hillsboro, Ill., on Wed., Nov. 13. He has been named Donn Wesley. Grandpa HAMMER is sure steppin’ high but grandpa ROBB is going still higher because just think another "Wes" in the family.

- James Melvin, only son of Denton and Elizabeth GRAY, was born on a farm near Kinmundy on Jan. 13, 1871, and in this community his entire life was spent. He was of a family of 5 children, with only a sister surviving. He united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church early in life, until the disbandment of that church at Shanghai Chapel. Since that time he has been attending the Christian Church in Kinmundy. On July 4, 1894, he married Ida L. CONANT and they had 3 sons and 1 daughter; Denton dying in infancy, and Fred in 1921. His wife died in Aug. 1923. On Jan. 1, 1925, he married Mrs. Margaret R. SEE who cared for him during the past months of illness from heart ailment. Surviving are his wife; son, Emmit of Kinmundy; a daughter, Mrs. Beth OWENS of Dexter, Mo.; 3 stepsons to whom he has been a real father, namely, Frederic SEE of Buffalo, N.Y., John and Charles at home; a sister, Mrs. Jennie HANNA; and nieces and nephews. He died Nov. 6, 1940. A list of those traveling from a distance was included.

- Wilson School: Last Friday morning, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT was discovered to be on fire. Neighbors responded to the call but available water was too far to be had, and nothing could be done to save this pioneer homestead, which had been their home for so many years, and an old landmark in this vicinity. A few articles of furniture were saved. At present they are in Kinmundy with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Hallis MULVANEY have a son born Oct. 31.

- Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALINSKY, Mr. and Mrs. Walter GEORGE and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE of Kinmundy, brought basket dinners Sunday to the home of R.A. GEORGE to surprise Mr. GEORGE on his 78th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Remus PIAGI and niece, Ellen Kay DOAN of Centralia were also present to help him celebrate. Ellen Kay is Mr. GEORGE’s great-granddaughter.

- Meacham: Mrs. Martha DOWN received word that her brother, John TAYLOR, of Litchfield, had died. He used to live here and will be remembered by the older persons. The funeral was held in Litchfield.

- 25 years ago from Nov. 11, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Nov. 6, 1900.

Nov. 21, 1940:

- It was reported that oil was struck in the AUKAMP well being drilled in Lone Grove twp. In Fayette county.

- Earl C. HUGGINS, a native of this city, died at his home in Leroy Sunday after suffering from high blood pressure and kidney trouble for the past several months. The body was brought here, and services were held in the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He was 63 years old. For several years he practiced law in this city. Seventeen years ago, he and his family moved to Leroy, when he continued his law practice. About 2 years ago, when the oil boom hit this county, and there was a shortage of lawyers, he became a partner of L.H. JONES in Centralia, devoting a part of his time to his Leroy practice. Several months ago he was forced to give up both practices and take to his bed in hopes of overcoming his affliction. His wife was unable to attend the services as she is in bed nursing a broken leg. Besides his wife, he leaves 2 sons, Harold and Francis, and 1 daughter, Clarabelle.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.S. PRUETT and Mrs. Annie YOUNG motored to Chicago Saturday to visit their sons, Carl and Charles William, who are attending the University of Illinois Medical School.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son visited in Kinmundy Sunday with Fred GAMMON and wife.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower at the Paul JENKINS home Saturday night for their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe MEDLEY.

- 25 years ago from Nov. 18, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Nov. 20, 1900.

Nov. 28, 1940:

- Earl Crundwell HUGGINS was born near Salem on Sept. 9, 1877, the son of Stephen Decatur and Selena CRUNDWELL HUGGINS. His parents moved to Kinmundy in 1880. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Roy. He attended the schools of Kinmundy was graduated from there in 1887, after which he read law in the office of Judge Charles HOLT in Kinmundy until in 1902, when he entered the Law School of Illinois Wesleyan University. He received a bachelor of law in 1903, and was admitted to the Bar the same year. He practiced law in Kinmundy until 1923, then moved to LeRoy, where he maintained an office until the spring of this year. In addition to his practice in LeRoy he was an associate of L.H. JONAS in Centralia, Ill. for the past 2 years. Several years ago he joined the Masonic Lodge. He married Sept. 7, 1910 to Martha Sue PRUETT and this year they observed their 30th anniversary. Two sons and a daughter came into this home; Harold Richard, who is organist and choir director of Salem Evangical Church in Quincy; Francis Stephen, who teaches in the High School in Fillmore, Ill.; and Clarabelle Selena, who will graduate from Illinois State Normal University in 1941. He also leaves a foster-sister, Mrs. Muriel HOLLINGSWORTH of St. Louis; 3 aged aunts, and many cousins. Services were held from his home in LeRoy, and at the Methodist Church in Kinmundy, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.

- Mary Islea, oldest daughter of Wm. A. and Margaret C. SHRIVER, was born in Manchester, Ohio on Aug. 16, 1857, and died Nov. 21, 1940 at the home of her sister, Nancy A. NEIL, with whom she had made her home the past few weeks after the sudden death of her sister, Carrie SHRIVER SILL. She came with her parents and sisters and brother at an early age to a farm 3˝ miles southeast of Kinmundy, where she grew to womanhood. She left home at an early age for Kansas on account of her health, where she lead an active life as a nurse for more than 30 years. Surviving are: a sister, Nancy A. NEIL; 3 nieces, Margaret REMICK of Greeley, Colo., Margaret WALTEN and Paulene JOHNSON of Kinmundy; 4 nephews, Chas. EBNOTHER of Meteo, Calif., Walter NEIL and Harry NEIL of Flint, Mich., Wm. L. NEIL of Chicago; 2 grandnieces, Phyllis and Ann NEIL of Flint, Mich.; and a grand nephew, Neil JOHNSON of Kinmundy. Services were held from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Nancy NEIL, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Earl FURRY moved from their farm home east of Brubaker to their property in the east part of this city, recently vacated by the Harold THOMPSON family, who moved to Salem. We are certainly glad to have Mr. and Mrs. FURRY back.

- Leon, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, had the misfortune of falling from the porch Saturday and breaking his right arm just above the wrist.

- Mr. Swan PETERSON, a former resident of this community, but of late an inmate of the County Home, died in the Anna State Hospital Tuesday. He had been in the hospital for the past 3 years. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery. He had no known relatives in this country.

- Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McHENRY of Shelbyville, have a daughter named Carol Ann, born Nov. 25, 1940. The mother is the former Miss Dish NIRIDER.

- Mr. and Mrs. Theodore MILLER received word this week from their son, Ted, stating he was married on Nov. 23 in Lansing, Mich. He did not state any of the particulars, so we can not tell you who the lucky bride might be.

- Mrs. Minnie FIELDS of this city, has a new grandson, Gary NELSON, who was born Oct. 18 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joy N. FIELDS of Electric City, Wash.

- Mr. and Mrs. James LECKRONE of Salem have a 7 lb. boy born Nov. 25 and named James David. The mother was a former Kinmundy girl, Miss Lucille LUCAS.

- On Thanksgiving Day a turkey dinner was given in the J.H. DISS home honoring Mr. and Mrs. Marlin DISS and sons of Hooper, Colo., that day also being Marlin’s birthday. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. BLOMBERG and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and sons, Miss Beulah DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Mrs. John GREEN of Farina, Mrs. Ray INGRAM of Arenzville, and Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES and daughter Mildred.

- Mr. and Mrs. Joe METZGER celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in their home in Randolph, Ill. which has been home for the past several years. 60 relatives and friends were gathered for the occasion and a basket dinner was held at noon. The afternoon was spent in visiting, bingo and cards. A list of those attending other than the immediate family was included.

- On the afternoon of Nov. 18, 36 men and 12 wagons, gathered at the Guy ARNOLD farm in the North Fork neighborhood, and husked all his corn for him. As is generally known, Mr. ARNOLD has been handicapped with his farm work due to the illness of Mrs. ARNOLD, who has been bedfast for several months with a heart ailment. She will be required to lie in bed for some time yet according to Doctor’s orders before she will be able to overcome the ailment. This was certainly a neighborly act.

- A telegram was received here Tuesday announcing the death of Harry E. PORTER which occurred that morning at his home in Indianapolis, Minn. He was 68 years of age. He had undergone several operations for stomach ulcers which was attributed to his cause of death. Services and interment will be held in Minneapolis. He was a native of Kinmundy several years ago.

- Miss Emogene SHUFELDT becomes bride of Mr. Herbert ANDERSON at Church wedding: A very pretty wedding was solemnized Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove Church south of this city by the Rev. Clyde ST. CLAIR. The contracting parties were Mr. Herbert ANDERSON and Miss Emogene SHUFELDT, both residents of the neighborhood. They were attended by Robert FULTON of Salem, and Miss Treva LUTTRELL of Centralia. The church was filled to capacity with relatives and friends of the couple. Before entering the church, "I Love You Truly" could be heard. The bridal party marched down the aisle to the strains of "The Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin. The bride was attired in a royal blue street-length dress with a corsage of rosebuds and babybreath while the groom wore a dark blue pin-striped business suit. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHUFELDT. She is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School with the class of ‘36. For the past few years she has been employed as secretary in the offices of the Marion county Agricultural Conservation Association at Salem. The groom is the foster son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER and is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School with the Class of ‘34. For the past several years he has been employed as a farm hand for Van MUNDWILER, which position he fulfilled to the utmost satisfaction. A few weeks ago, he tendered his resignation to Mr. MUNDWILER and accepted a position in the L.M. BUTCHER Plumbing Shop in Salem. The infair dinner was served Sunday evening in the home of the bride’s parents, after which the groom took his bride to the farm home belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Earl FURRY, which he had rented and furnished waiting for her. Both bride and groom are held in very high esteem in their community and we join in with their many friends in extending heartiest of congratulations.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.S. WATSON were in an auto accident last Thursday while enroute to Terre Haute, Ind., to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. A car following him rammed into the rear end of his car, pushing him across the pavement, over a deep ditch. It stunned him and when he came to, he was sitting on the running board of his car. Mrs. WATSON was apparently thrown from the car. Both were taken to Terre Haute. He returned home that evening on the train, but Mrs. WATSON had to stay in the hospital for shock and minor bruises.

- East Zion: Several of the young folks gathered at the Roy MULVANY home Thursday night and helped them celebrate their daughter, Martha’s, 16th birthday. Ice cream and cake were served.

- East Zion: A large crowd of neighbors and friends gathered and shucked out Guy ARNOLD’s, Carroll GARRETT’s, and Wilbur JOHNSON’s corn for them.

- Mrs. Fannie K. EAGAN and Miss Evelyn KILLIE were in Farina Tuesday spending the day with their aunt, Mrs. Mattie OSBORN, who is stricken with a stroke of paralysis.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND were at Siloam Church Sunday attending the wedding of her aunt, Miss Jessie LONG.

- Wilson School: A pretty wedding was solemnized at Pleasant Grove Church last Sunday at 1 o’clock when Miss Emogene SHUFELDT became the bride of Herbert ANDERSON in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends. Rev. Clyde ST. CLAIR performed the ceremony. The attendants were Miss Treva LUTTREL of Centralia, and Bob FULTON of Salem. The bride and groom with their attendants enjoyed a wedding supper at the home of the bride’s parents. The groom had a home in readiness for his bride (the Earl FURRY home). We all wish for them a long and happy life together.

- Meacham: The C.B. Circle and their families went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE to help them celebrate their birthdays and wedding anniversary last Sunday. About 16 were present.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the singing convention at Pleasant Grove Sunday afternoon.

- Pleasant Grove: Those from here attending the fellowship tea at the Methodist Church in Alma Friday afternoon were: Mesdames Lois ALDERSON, Maxine BARKSDALE, Harriet MILLER, Bessie HEISTAND, Gladys HEISTAND, and Lorena ROSE.

- 25 years ago from Nov. 25, 1915.

Dec. 5, 1940:

- Mrs. Mary McBRYDE died at the home of her foster daughter, Mrs. F.W. KILLIE, in Centralia. Services will be held from the KILLIE home, and interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. The cause of death was a stroke of apoplexy.

- Mrs. Glen PARKER died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mattie CHANCE Wednesday, aged 39 years, 7 months, and 10 days. Services will be held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. She was a victim of tuberculosis. Besides her husband, she leaves 1 daughter, Eileen, and 1 son, Charles, her mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

- The AUKAMP well in Fayette county about 6 miles northwest of this city, has been pronounced a dry well at a depth of 3575 feet.

- The Ladies Aid of Pleasant Grove will hold a pie supper at the Brubaker Town House Friday, Dec. 6. There ill be a variety of entertainment. Everybody welcome.

- Mr. and Mrs. George JONES of Salem have a 10˝ lb. boy born Dec. 2. He has been given the name James Wesley.

- Ralph Eugene, a 5 3/4 lb. boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph LUX on Nov. 21. All parties are doing fine, even to dad, who has been treating everyone he meets.

- The Egyptian Zeyhyr, one car motor train of the C. & E.I. was derailed Tuesday near Benton. It was making the usual run from Cypress to Villa Grove when it struck a truckload of WPA workers, killing 5 and injuring 12 others.

- Last Tuesday Harold KLEISS, the DeKalb dealer for seed corn, attended a banquet in Greenville, and was awarded one of the 10 dressed turkey, and had the honor of being the only dealer out of his part of the state to win a fine monogrammed shirt and a $5.00 hat.

- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Florence HOHLT attended the funeral of Dave WALTERS in Farina Monday.

- Mr. O.E. GARRETT, Miss Mabel GARRETT, and Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY spent the weekend in Whiting, Ind. with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE and son.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari and kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON at their home Thursday night. They received a great number of nice and useful things.

- Pleasant Grove: Several men sawed wood for Fred MULVANEY one day last week as he has been unable to work for some time on account of a broken heal.

- Miletus: While attempting to start his car Monday, W.G. HAYS, teacher of Miletus School injured his right hand, cutting off the end of the little finger and breaking the bone in 2 places. He returned to school Tuesday.

- Miletus: Several attended the charivari at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy MISSELBROOK Saturday night in honor of their son, Freddie and wife, who were married last week at the home of Rev. Clyde ST. CLAIR.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters visited Sunday afternoon with Frank JONES and family.

- East Meadow Branch: Marilyn Kay, 6 lb. daughter, was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. HOWELL on Dec. 3.

- 40 years ago from Nov. 30, 1900.

Dec. 12, 1940:

- Lillian CHANCE PARKER, daughter of James R. and Mattie CHANCE, was born April 17, 1901, near Salem, and died Dec. 4, 1940 at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mattie CHANCE. She married April 21, 1922, to Glen A. PARKER, and they had 4 children, 2 dying in infancy. She united with the M.E. Church at a young age. She leaves her husband; 1 daughter, Eileen; 1 son, Charles, at home; her mother; 2 brothers, Fred and Seymour of Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Dorothy BOUSMAN of Kinmundy and Mrs. Mildred PRYOR of Oblong. One sister, Bessie, preceded her in death a few years ago. Services were held at the Methodist church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Ellen KING, daughter of John B. and Rebecca J. KING, was born in Champaign, on Jan. 12, 1857, and came to Kinmundy at the age of 3 years. She married John F. DONOVAN on Nov. 6, 1880, and came to live in the home where she died on Dec. 6, 1940, Mr. DONOVAN having preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1914. She was an accomplished musician and for many years served as organist at the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. In early life she joined the Presbyterian Church, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Eastern Star in the Kinmundy chapter, and a member of the Rebekah Lodge, and of the D.A.R. She leaves 2 nieces, Pauline BAGOTT of this city, Alta BAGOTT of Champaign, and 2 nephews, G.N. and R.H. KING of Chicago. Memorial services were held at the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. O.E. CORRELL was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia yesterday where she will undergo a major operation.

- Relatives here received word of the death of Anna H. DAVIS in Los Angeles, Calif., who died Saturday in the Los Angeles Hospital as a result of a fall and complications. She was 86 years old. Services will be held in Los Angeles. She was the daughter of Hulda SWAFFORD MATTHEWS and Andrew J. MATTHEWS and was raised east of Centralia on the farm now known as the SLATER place. She married John DAVIS who died many years ago. She moved to California about 35 years ago to be near her children, Robert, John, and Myrtle, and their families survive her. She also leaves a number of nieces and nephews including Mrs. Albert DUNLAP, Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER, and A.J. JACKSON.

- The Kinmundy Roudies 4-H Club met Thursday with Junior and Floyd GARRETT. 16 members were present. The election of officers were: President, Burl GREEN; Vice President, Keith GREEN; Sec-Treas, Carl VALLOW; Recreation Leader, Herschel ROSE; Reporter, Junior GARRETT. Hot chocolate and doughnuts were served.

- Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES received the news that their daughter, Mrs. A.F. UHLE of Chicago, formerly Miss Julia, has a 7˝ lb. boy born Sunday named Frederic.

- Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and daughter visited relatives in Texas.

- East Zion: Mrs. Florence BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, were business callers in Patoka Friday.

- Meacham: Leonard HEICHER and Miss Edna BUTTS were married in St. Louis on Dec. 5, and returned home to St. Peter.

- Meacham: The Community Birthday Circle gathered at the home of Mrs. Idella KAGY and son, James, on Saturday, to help Mrs. KAGY, celebrate her 76th birthday.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Fred CHANCE spent last week with his mother, Mrs. CHANCE in Kinmundy, assisting in the care of his sister, Mrs. Glen PARKER, the last few hours she lived, also thru the days following until the funeral, which was held at the M.E. Church.

- Omega: SIMMONS and EASTMAN have opened a garage in the building recently vacated by Hugo WAGGONER and are ready for business.

- Omega: Ben MILLICAN had his house wired for electricity last week.

- Virgil LIVESAY and wife and Ren WAINSCOTT and wife helped Clyde BASSETT butcher Monday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB were shopping in Centralia Friday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. T.E. ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Mrs. Richard SCHWABE helped Ren WAINSCOTT butcher Tuesday.

- Swift: Mrs. William CONANT who has been ill for the past month was taken to Vandalia Hospital and operated on Monday morning.

- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Al UHLE have a new son named Frederick. Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES are the happy grandparents.

- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Lucille NORMAN is the proud owner of a Maytag washer.

- 25 years ago from Dec. 2, 1915.

- 40 years ago from Dec. 21, 1900.

Dec. 19, 1940:

- Word was received here Saturday announcing the death of Nelson A. RICE, which occurred that morning from a heart attack in his home in Hammon, Okla. He was station agent for the Wichita Falls and Northwestern R.R. at that place. He is survived by his wife and 1 daughter, Helen, a son, Chauncey, having died about a year ago. They were former residents of this city, Mr. RICE having been the agent here for the I.C.R.R.

- Miss Wilmadean TROUT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verchial TROUT of this city, surprised her many friends when on Dec. 11, in company with Phillip HILL, of Salem, motored to University City, Mo. where they were married by a Justice of the Peace. They were accompanied by Miss Jessie RAGAN and Mr. and Mrs. Roy WILLIAMS, all of Salem. The bride is a graduate of the local high school class of ‘39. For the past year she has been employed by the Brown Shoe Co. in Salem. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard HILL of Tulsa, Okla. He is employed with the Warren Petroleum Corp. in Salem, where they will reside.

- An oil lease is to be executed today by the School Trustees of Kinmundy twp., leasing one square acre in the section 30 with the Carter Oil Co. In exchange, the trustees in behalf of the School District of Meadow Branch for the amount of $1000.

- Mr. P.H. MAJONIER of Patoka accompanied Mrs. Alice BUNDY here yesterday. Mrs. BUNDY has been in Patoka for the past 4 weeks caring for Mrs. Fannie H. CHANDLER, mother of Mrs. MAJONIER. Mrs. CHANDLER died yesterday. Services will be held this afternoon from the Baptist Church in Patoka with interment in Patoka Cemetery.

- The fire siren called the fire dept. to the B.F. LINTON home Monday to help extinguish a fire caused from an overheated furnace pipe. The fire was confined to the inside wall, which made it rather hard to locate and battle. About $500 in damage resulted from the fire, smoke, and water.

- Mr. and Mrs. Melvin HULTS of Beardstown are parents of a baby girl born Saturday and given the name of Gladys Jean. Mrs. Mattie DOWNS is the proud great-grandmother.

- O.E. CORRELL was operated on for a double hernia and is getting along fine.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. See MILLICAN and Chas. WANTLAND took Calvin WANTLAND to St. Louis Saturday for an operation.

- Camp Ground: There was no school Monday at Camp Ground on account of the teacher not being able to cross the creek as there was no bridge in.

- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN are the owners of a ‘33 V-8.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ed JONES celebrated their 50th anniversary Thursday. They were guests at a dinner given by their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JONES, at their home. Mrs. JONES’ brother, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. HOLT were also guests.

- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari and kitchen shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HEISTAND Tuesday in honor of their son, Darwin, and wife who were married in St. Louis Dec. 4th. The bride was formerly Mildred FARTHING.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Arlie FRAMBES have a 7˝ lb. boy born Dec. 15 named Royal Hatcher. Mrs. Gladys SQUIBB is caring for the mother and babe.

- Pleasant Grove: A Xmas tree and program will be held at Pleasant Grove on Christmas Eve.

- Meacham: Sunday was the 28th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Percy LACEY and the C.B. Circle and their families numbering 28, went to their home with well filled baskets to help them celebrate.

- Prairie Grove: Sam REICHART and wife attended the wedding of the daughter, Lois, to Charles ROBERTS, postmaster of Salem, Sunday at the First Christian Church.

- 25 years ago from Dec. 16, 1915.

Dec. 26, 1940:

- Dr. H.L. HANNA of this city and Mrs. Ethel LONG of Patoka were married here in the Methodist Parsonage. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Paul HANNA of this city. They left after the ceremony for Chicago and will spend Christmas with the doctor’s children. The groom is well known throughout the countryside, he being the only veterinarian in the vicinity. The bride hails from Patoka.

- Miss Phyllis LANE and Virl SEE, both residents of this community, motored to St. Charles, Mo. last Saturday where they were married by a Justice of the Peace. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford DOUHITT of Salem, Mrs. DOUHITT being sister of the groom. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE, and is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘39, and has just completed a course at the Illini Beauty College in Urbana. The groom is a son of Mr. Paul SEE and for the past year has been employed by the WILLIAMS Motor Co. in Salem. The couple will reside in Salem.

- William WHITTENBURG celebrated his 81st birthday Tuesday. He was happy to have with him for the occasion, his children and grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Howard CLINEBELL and children of Springfield, and Harry WHITTENBURG and son of Madisonville, Ky.

- In Memoriam of Richard M. ATKINS who died Dec. 25, 1939.

- Jennie HALL McHATTON, daughter of William and Harriette HALL, was born April 13, 1863 in Galmorshire, South Wales, and died Dec. 19, 1940 at her home in Kinmundy. She married Thomas JONES in 1885, and they had 2 daughters, who preceded her in death, and 1 son, Tom, who resides in this city. She was married to G.V. McHATTON in 1897, and they had 2 sons and 2 daughters, Walter, Margaret, Gordon, Mattie PERRY, all of whom preceded her in death. She also leaves 1 step-son, Bert of Phoenix, Ariz.; 1 sister, Hanna HOLSTEAR of Weir City, Kansas, and 13 grandchildren. She became a member of the Christian Church in 1913. Services were held from the Christian Church in Kinmundy with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, in company with Dr. and Mrs. C.L. WRIGHT of Carbondale and Miss Nelle INGRAM of Beardstown, left Saturday for a tour of the south. They will be gone 2 weeks and will visit Cuba on their trip.

- Mrs. Doug THOMPSON died Wednesday at her home in Brubaker. After a short service from the home Friday, the body was taken to Mt. Vernon, Ind. for burial. Mr. and Mrs. THOMPSON have operated a small grocery store in Brubaker the past several years.

- 25 years ago from Dec. 23, 1915.

Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Illinois Historical Library in the Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.

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