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Jan. 7, 1943:
- Mrs. Della HANSON received word Wednesday of the death of her son, Luzon JOHNSON, which occurred at his home in King City, Cal., that morning. Burial will be in California. This new came as a great shock to the mother as she had just received a long letter from him a few days ago and he was apparently in fair health when writing the letter. He served several years in the service of the United States and was a veteran of World War I.
- A farewell surprise party was given at the Rebekah Hall Friday following the regular lodge meeting honoring Mrs. Daisy MEENLEY the retiring Noble Grand, who is soon to become the bride of Mr. C.E. WEISE of Chicago. The evening was spent socially with music, and sandwiches, coffee and pickles were served at a late hour.
- Services were held Jan. 3 at the Linton Funeral Home for Mrs. Nellie EAGAN, age 76. Mrs. EAGAN, nee GARNER, was the last of her immediate family, she being a sister of John and Bill GARNER. She is survived by 8 children. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery near Alma, Ill.
- While washing dishes last Thursday, Mrs. Frank HICKMAN cut her left hand and wrist. She was drying a plate when it broke into cutting her hand. She was rushed to Dr. MILLER who dressed the cut.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen SHARP and daughters spent last week in Sorento, Ill. with her mother. They were called home by a message announcing the death of Mrs. SHARPs brother Tyson BRIGGS in Norfolk, Va. Mr. BRIGG was struck by a taxicab and killed instantly. He was 53 years of age and is survived by his wife and 3 children. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Sorento.
- Henry JACKSON was taken to Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Monday in the Linton Ambulance. Uncle Henry, as he is familiarly known, has been bedfast for the past 5 years and is 85 years of age.
- Mrs. Clyde GARRETT living in the North Fork community was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital last Friday in the Linton Ambulance. She is reported to be in very serious condition. Latest report stated Mrs. GARRETT is slowly improving. We hope for her a speedy and complete recovery.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN received word from the son-in-law, Jack PFEFFER of Lebanon announcing the arrival of a baby son. This is 2 children for Mr. and Mrs. PFEFFER, a girl and a boy. The mother was Lora Elsie DOOLEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morris CHASTEEN have a 9 lb. girl who was born yesterday named Ella Sue.
- In Memoriam of Noah THOMAS who died Jan. 12, 1942, missed by Mrs. Allie THOMAS and family.
- Fritzie, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS underwent a tonsillectomy in the Salem Hospital Saturday. This makes the second trip for Fritzie to a hospital. 10 months ago he had a hernia operation in the Greer Hospital in Vandalia.
- Swift: Virgil LIVESAY and wife were in Vandalia Monday visiting Mrs. Clyde GARRETT.
- Swift: Clyde BASSETT and family visited Friday evening with Billie MORRIS and family.
- Swift: Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City spent New Years Day here with Ellsworth CHANDLER and family. Mrs. Ellsworth CHANDLER returned home with them, and spent the weekend, returning home Sunday.
- Swift: Clyde BASSETT and family were in Vandalia Sunday afternoon visiting Mrs. Clyde GARRETT who is a patient in the Mark Greer Hospital.
- Swift: Kenneth ROBB and family, Elsworth CHANDLER and family, and Dale BALLANCE and family spent New Years Eve near Vernon with Merle HEADLEY and family.
- Richard MOTCH, who is in the U.S. Navy, spent Sunday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, and John. Richard is located in Tenn.
- Some pictures which were printed in the 1942 Express editions were included.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth.
- East Zion: Mr. Merle JONES and Mr. Chas. ARNOLD called at the Frank GARRETT home near Vandalia Sunday afternoon.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARNOLD of Patoka have a daughter born in Vandalia Hospital Dec. 27 weighing 9 lbs. and 4 oz., named Margaret Ann.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son of Coffeen spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB enjoyed a family Christmas dinner at the Mark ROBB home last Sunday.
- Cpl. Ralph DAY is spending 15 day furlough with his parents in Alma. Ralph is on his way from a camp in Washington to a camp in Georgia.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): The P.T.A. meeting held at the schoolhouse, Dec. 29th was very entertaining. After the business meeting, the children gave their program, which was enjoyed by all. Their pieces, plays and songs were well rendered. Mrs. Florence MARSHALL played the songs for all the children, also 2 piano solos. Mr. Homer MILNER made a good Santa Claus, and each child received a gift and treat from the teacher, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Mrs. Agnes HINES in spending the winter at Wilmington, with her children as her son, Loyd, was drafted into the army recently.
Jan. 14, 1943:
- Russell S. LENHART, son of John and Caroline KAISER LENHART, was born at their farm home, near Kinmundy on Aug. 21, 1879, and died Jan. 8, 1943. He was 1 of a family of 6 children of Mr. and Mrs. LENHART. 2 sisters preceded him in death, 1 in infancy, and another Cora, in young girlhood in 1895. He passed all his years on the farm and among immediate relatives and friends. He became a member of the Masonic order, also of the I.O.O.F. and Rebekah Order. His pal and his best friend was his nephew, Cpl. John William McCULLEY. A little more than 3 years ago he was attacked by disease. He leaves his brother, Harmon, who with him continued at the home after the passing of their parents, and a sister, and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY and their son, John William, and daughter, Dorothy, and a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART, and daughter Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, and 3 little daughters, and 3 great nephews, sons of the late Nita LENHART JOHNSON. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. George BARGH of this city celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in their home here in Jan. 11 in a very quiet way. They are both enjoying good health.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HAMMER of Decatur wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Margie, to Joseph LAMENDOLA on Dec. 12 at the home of the grooms parents in Champaign. Mr. LAMENDOLA is a farmer living north of Champaign. The bride received most of her schooling here, graduating from the Decatur High School with the class of 1939. She is a registered nurse, having graduated from the Burnham City Hospital in Champaign with the class of 1941.
- Mrs. Daisy MEENELY of Kinmundy and E.C. WEISS of East Chicago, Ind. were married Jan. 5 in Crown Point, Ind. by the Methodist minister. The couple will reside in East Chicago, Ind.
- C.B. SMITH sold his business to Howard DISS, better known as Jack, who took possession Saturday evening. Mr. DISS is no stranger to this community, having been born and reared northwest of this city. For the past several years, he has purchased the surplus grain of the community and trucked it to East St. Louis to the market. Mr. SMITH was rounding out his 48th year in the business world in this city. It was then that he became associated with the late T.M. SMITH in the livery, hay, and grain business, later added other lines such as implements, grass seed, etc. This firm has done an enormous business in its day, shipping corn and oats. Mr. SMITH died in 1934, and Charley, as we know him, purchased T.M.s interest from the heirs. Business was good until about 3 years when Charleys health began to fail and couldnt give his full attention to the business. He is domiciled in the Mattie CHANCE home and will take it easy for awhile.
- Mr. Albert HAMPSTEN of Iuka has received a Christmas card from his son, Louis Ervin who is in the Pacific. Our readers will remember Louis was wounded on Aug. 9. And this is the first word from since then.
- Mrs. Clyde GARRETT reported in last weeks paper as seriously ill in the Greer Hospital was able to return to her home and is well on the way to complete recovery.
- Meadow Branch: Our teacher, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, was unable to teach Monday and Tuesday, so she sent out a substitute.
- East Meadow Branch: Alonzo BAYLIS returned home Sunday evening after attending the funeral of his brother, Elmer, in Sterling, Ill., and visited his son-in-law and daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN in Maywood, Ill.
- East Meadow Branch: Pvt. Merle BAYLIS is stationed in a camp in Louisiana.
- Pictures from 1942 editions of the Express were reprinted.
- Pleasant Grove: Private Lee BARKSDALE was killed in action on Dec. 21, 1942.
- Pleasant Grove: Friends of Pvt. Guin VALLOW were pleased to hear the broadcast by him from Camp McCoy, Wis. Sunday night on the "We the People" program.
- Pleasant Grove: The W.S.C.S. met with Laura ROSE, quilting on a top for Mrs. HORN of Salem, and piecing quilt blocks for another one. The election was held and the following officers were elected: President, Mrs. Ruby HIESTAND; Vice Pres., Mrs. Harriett MILLER; Treas., Mrs. Hazel MAXEY; Secy, Mrs. Lucille VANDEVEER; Corr. Secy, Mrs. Laura ROSE. Guests were Mrs. Alice SIPES, Miss Mary BEARD, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE and baby, and Private James SIPES who is spending a few days with his parents. Next meeting will be with Mrs. Harriett MILLER.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE received a letter Friday announcing the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmo WILLIAMS of Sterling, Ill. The mother is formerly Miss Kathryn LOWE.
- Swift School: Fred GAMMON and wife of Kinmundy were dinner guests of the Virgil LIVESAY have Sunday.
- Miletus: Art COMBS, son of Lewis and Martha CRUTCHFIELD, formerly of Marion Co., died at his home in Louisville, Ill. on Jan. 9. Services were held from the residence with burial in Oskaloosa Cemetery.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILKINSON have another son born Friday of last week at Vandalia Hospital.
- Miletus: Mrs. Sarah MULVANEY has come to make her future home with her daughter, Mrs. Ora YATES and family. She had been living with her son, Charlie and children.
- Miletus: Mrs. Woodrow WILKINSON received word yesterday of the death of her brother, Ray KINGs daughter. They will live at Louisville.
Jan. 21, 1943:
- Raymond ATKINS received his bars last Thursday, making him a Second Lieutenant. He is enjoying a few days visit here with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, and friends, while enroute from Oklahoma to Oregon.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB received word from their son Harold stating that he had graduated from the National School of Radio in Calif. Harold is now stationed in a camp in North Carolina, and was promoted to Cpl. Tech. 5th class before leaving Calif.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON of this city received word of the promotion of grandson, Charles WILKINSON, to a Lieutenant. Charles is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel WILKINSON of West Frankfort.
- Mrs. Clara STEVENSON died at the home of her son, Frank, in Washington, D.C., Friday, after suffering a stroke about a week ago. The remains arrived here Monday and taken to Linton Funeral Home. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. The body was accompanied here by the son and daughter. Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL of Cal. started here a few days previous to the death but became ill enroute and had to turn back. Clara HUMPHREY, third daughter of Matthew and Mary HUMPHREY, was born at Remington, Ohio on Feb. 5, 1861. At the age of 13, she moved with her parents to Kinmundy, where she grew to womanhood. She married Homer STEVENSON on Nov. 4, 1884, and they had 2 children, Frank M. STEVENSON of Wash., D.C., and Mrs. Earl HAZELTON of Candy, Calif. Homer preceded her in death in 1926. She was a member of the Christian Church and Rosedale Rebekah Lodge of Kinmundy. She is a sister of Mrs. Harriet DeVORE, Mrs. Anna SCOTT, Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY, Frank HUMPHREY of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL of Vallejo, Calif.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM received word of the birth of a baby boy to Mr. and Mrs. L.C. INGRAM in Decatur weighing 7˝ lbs. and has been named Phillip Darrell. L.C. is in New York with the Navy.
- B.O. WILCOX was called to Mt. Vernon Saturday to be with his son, Gerald, who underwent an appendectomy the same day. Mr. WILCOX is our Science Teacher in our local high school.
- Memorial Services will be held Jan. 24 for Sgt. William Hamilton WILLIAMS in the 4th Street Methodist Church in Wheeling, W. Va. He has been reported killed in the defense of his country in western foreign soil on Dec. 12. He is the nephew of Mrs. Allie NELMS of this city.
- Mrs. Dell HANSON received word Monday of the death of Harry HANSONs mother-in-law, Mrs. Chas. RAINES of Wood River, Ill. Services were held in Wood River.
- Pvt. Richard WILLIAMS of Florida, came Wed. for a 10 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Cora WILLIAMS, and other relatives and friends.
- The executive committee of the Marion County Republican Central Committee has decided to sponsor a Lincoln Day Dinner this year.
- We are in receipt of a letter from Mrs. Georgia EAGAN, who is now living in Antonito, Colo. telling us about her 19 year old son, Lyle, who is now in Calif., after seeing several weeks of fighting on foreign shores. Lyle has enjoyed a much earned 30 day furlough with his parents over the Christmas season. Lyle is the grandson of the late Tom SMITH and Gustin EAGAN. Both of these families are old Kinmundians.
- East Zion: Neighbors gathered at the home of J.A. CALDWELL and cut wood. Mrs. CALDWELL has been ill since October and is still in serious condition.
- Meacham: A farewell party was given at the home of Mrs. Susanna JONES Monday evening for Mr. and Mrs. Igo JONES and family, who left Wednesday for their new home in Homer, Ill., where they have employment.
- Pictures from 1942 editions of the Express were reprinted.
- Swift School: All the young people in this vicinity attended a pinochle party at the Bert GARRETT home Saturday night.
- Swift School: Sgt. Carl G. DOOLEN of Ft. Lewis, Wash. is spending a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eli ROBB of Rantoul and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB of Salem were weekend guests of Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE. Sunday was Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBBs 1st wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan PITTS were Sunday dinner guests.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Dorothy Francis, spent the weekend here with relatives, Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE dismissed school at Allen Monday and Tuesday on account of the death of Mr. BARKSDALEs grandmother, Mrs. BANDALOW, who passed away Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence BARKSDALE. Funeral services will be held at 2 oclock Tuesday afternoon at Bee Branch Church.
- Pvt. Wydell PIGG stationed in Scott Field spent the weekend here with his family.
- East Meadow Branch: Lieut. and Mrs. Glen CHEADLE of OFallon visited Sunday evening of Jan. 10 with Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Anne SLOVICK, daughter of Mrs. Mary SLOVICK, has joined the Womens Naval Reserves and is leaving Miami, Fla. for Cedar Falls, Iowa for training.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB received word from their son, Harold, that he was being transferred from a camp in Calif. to a camp in North Carolina.
- Lt. ATKINS and mother, Mrs. ROBB and daughter, Norma Gail, were weekend guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO in Hartford, Ill. Joe Dick, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO was inducted into the Navy, Jan. 18, in St. Louis.
- M. Sgt. Carl DOOLEN is home enjoying a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN. He is located in Washington, and inducted into the army a year ago.
Jan. 28, 1943:
- August W. JASPER, aged 66 years, 2 months and 28 days, was found dead in his bed Tuesday. He had been under a doctors care for about 2 years, being treated for uremia. He died at the home of his son, Chris JASPER, in this city. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy, Jan. 28, with interment in the Farina Cemetery. He leaves 4 sons, John E. of Centralia, Christ of Kinmundy, Arthur W. of Charleston, and Harley L. of Centralia, and 3 daughters, Ella SIGRIST of Kinmundy, May SIGRIST of Kinmundy, and Eunice BARNES of Bradley, Ill.
- Mr. L.C. ROHRBOUGH celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 24 in his home in Salem. Guests for his birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. C.B. ROHRBOUGH and daughter, Ruth, Mr. E. WORMLEY and daughter, Kathryn of this city, Mrs. James GREEN and daughter, Ruth Ann of Chester, Ill.
- George J. EDLAND, who has been manager of the Salem and Kinmundy exchanges of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. since June 1940, was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps of the United States Army, on Jan. 17.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE received word from their son, Sgt. Charles KLINE, in Cal., stating he had been promoted from technician fifth class to Sergeant.
- Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON received word from her husband that he has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He is serving with the armored force of Northern Africa.
- Dwight GARNER of the U.S.N. is here for a short visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. GARNER, and sister Cora Lee. This is his first visit in 16 months. He has been on active duty in the Pacific for several months.
- Joe BORING of the U.S.N. is home from California for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John BORING.
- Corp. Merle JACKSON from Wisconsin is here for a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE are rejoicing over the arrival of Virginia Carol in the Mark Greer Hospital on Jan. 24, and weighs 6 lbs.
- On Wednesday morning the fire siren called every one to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY, Jr. The house was damaged mostly by smoke and water.
- M. Sgt. Roy DOOLEN left Saturday for Washington after a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN.
- Mrs. Viola NICHOLS SMITH died Tuesday at her home in Farina aged 72 years. She suffered a stroke about a week ago. She is survived by a daughter, Thelma PARRILL of Urbana; 5 grandchildren, Virginia and Richard PARRILL of Urbana, and Marjorie, Wanda and Dorothy COURSON of Meacham; 2 sisters, Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL of Kinmundy, who was spending the winter with her, and Mrs. Ella ANDERSON of Murphysboro; 1 brother, Harry NICHOLS of Meacham. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church.
- Word has been received of the death of Mr. R.J. McBRYDE which occurred on Nov. 29th, 1942 in Texas City, Texas. Interment was made there beside his wife who died about 5 years ago. He was known to his friends as "Jodie", was a brother of the late R.P. McBRYDE and was the last member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. McBRYDE, living in Kinmundy several years ago.
- Miletus: Clarence MULVANEY received word that his son, Ralph, who is in camp in Montana, was operated on for appendicitis Jan. 12.
- Miletus: Mrs. Nellie BOUSMAN spent Saturday in Farina at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Albert SMITH, who is seriously ill, after he suffered from a stroke.
- Greenridge: Cpl. Adolph TOCKSTEIN returned to camp in Kansas after spending his 10 day furlough with home folks.
- Greenridge: PFC Louie DOUDERA came home the 15th for a 15 day furlough from a camp in Texas.
- Wilson: Two farewell parties were given this week. First on Tuesday night for the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. FORD, and the second on Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SIPES, both moving in the near future. Both Mrs. FORD and Mrs. SIPES were present with enough blocks for a friendship quilt.
- Pictures from 1942 editions of the Express were reprinted.
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. James SIPES was called to Decatur for duty Jan. 25.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Bessie HIESTAND has been employed to finish teaching the term of school at Zion as the teacher resigned. She begins Monday.
- Swift: About 60 neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Cleve DOOLEN last Friday night to give a surprise farewell and birthday party to Sgt. Carl DOOLEN.
- Swift: Selby GARRETT and wife of near Alma spent Sunday with Clyde BASSETT and wife.
- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and daughter spent Monday evening near Zion with Guy CHANDLER and wife.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and little son of Coffeen visited her Sunday with the L.J. HAMMER and Wes ROBB families.
- Dwight GARNER left Wednesday afternoon for his ship on the coast.
- Mrs. George NEWLYN of Villa Grove, spent Sunday here with Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Mrs. Alta SNELLING and Mrs. Belle SUTTON.
- Lt. Raymond ATKINS departed Sunday for Oregon where he will be stationed. Raymond has enjoyed a 10 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS and friends.
Feb. 4, 1943:
- A double funeral and burial were held Sunday in Alma for E. Laverne WINKS, 43, and Stanley HARRIS, 20, both victims at 1 a.m. Saturday of a collision with the fast eastbound passenger train No. 12 at the South Broadway B. & O. railroad crossing. WINKS, an employee of the McNamar Boiler and Tank company of Salem, and HARRIS, unemployed, were killed instantly. Their automobile was a total wreck. The accident delayed the passenger train 20 minutes. No exact details were known for certain. The funeral was held at the Alma Christian Church, both of the men being Alma residents. WINKS leaves his mother, Mrs. Rosa ROSS WINKS, Alma; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lloyd WEEKS of Salem, and Mrs. Ray WHITE of Sandoval; 3 brothers, Gordon WINKS, Centralia; Eugene WINKS, Alma; and Andrew WINKS, Alma. HARRIS leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest HARRIS, Alma; and a sister, Miss Ruth HARRIS.
- August JASPER died suddenly at the home of his son, Chris, in Kinmundy on Jan. 26, 1942. He was the son of Ebehard and Anna Marie JASPER, and born Oct. 29, 1876. He married Emma SCHNEIDER, Sept. 20, 1897, and they had 9 children. His wife and daughter, Laura, and son, Elmer, preceded him in death. He was christened in the Lutheran Church in infancy, and later joined the Evangelical Church and was faithful to that religion until 1935, when he became one of Jehovahs Witnesses. He leaves 4 sons: John E. of Centralia, Chris S. of Kinmundy, Arthur W. of Charleston, and Harley of Centralia; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Ella and Mae SIGRIST in Kinmundy, and Mrs. Eunice BARNES of Bradley, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; 1 brother, Emil W. JASPER of Gilmore, and 1 half-sister, Mrs. Sofia BRINK of Centralia. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy with interment in Farina Cemetery.
- Lyle GREEN, son of W.L. (Bill) GREEN of Kinmundy, and Miss Frances HADDY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HADDY of Malta, Montana, were married in the First Methodist Church of Billings, Montana, on Jan. 23, 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Chester W. JONES were attendants. After the ceremony, a reception for close friends and relatives was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BASSETT. Lyle has served as a civilian pilot for the Army Air Corps at Mather Field, California for the past 4 months. While there he received officers training and was recommended for his commission as second lieutenant on Jan. 16, 1943. After Feb. 1, he will be stationed at Luke Field, Phoenix, Ariz. Mrs. GREEN attended the School of Business of the Billings Polytechnic Institute, and is now employed as secretary at the Billings Gas Company. She will join her husband in about a month.
- On Jan. 28th, a group of boys met at the home of Sam LOWE to organize a 4-H Club. It was decided to call the club the Victory Producers. The following officers were elected: Floyd JONES, President; Junior GARRETT, Vice President; Harold JONES, Sec. & Treas.; Lyle SWIFT, Recreational leader; Deane JONES, Reporter. Burl GREEN was made assistant leader to Sam LOWE. There was a total enrollment of 14. The next meeting will be at Swift School, Feb. 10. Deane JONES, Reporter.
- Dora Jean SHREFFLER, the 6 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER, died in Alma on Jan. 30 after a very brief illness. Services will be held in the Methodist Church in Alma with burial in Martin Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.
- Pleasant Grove: Little Mary Jane WILKENS burned her arm very badly Sunday when she fell against the heating stove.
- Wilson School: Pvt. Harold KLEISS of North Carolina came Saturday to spend a week with homefolks.
- Green Ridge: PFC Louie DOUDERA returned to his camp in Texas after a 15 day furlough with home folks.
- Green Ridge: This community was shocked to hear of the accidental death of Hody WINKS and Sparky HARRIS. The family has our sympathy.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Elizabeth WILLIAMS was called to Chicago on account of her daughter, Mrs. Eulaine WILLIAMS, who was operated on for appendicitis.
- Meacham: The P.T.A. of Rockhold School held their regular meeting Friday at the school house. Mrs. Walter WEISS is teacher and Mrs. GREENWOOD is President. Scholars gave a program, a quiz question program was held with 4 men against 4 women, the men winning, Mrs. DILLON was at the piano for a group sing and then she played a solo, and Miss Annalou HASSELBROCK and Miss Marilyn SLANE sang a duet.
- Prairie Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Dewey COMBS and son attended the funeral of Mrs. Viola SMITH of Farina Thursday afternoon.
- Swift News: Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and Mrs. Roy HULSEY spent several days near Springfield with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. EVANS and son.
- Swift News: Cecil JONES has been spending several days with his parents. He left Wednesday for Chicago to be inducted into the Army.
- Swift News: Leroy GREEN came home from Stratten Sunday evening. Monday he and his parents spent the day in Salem where Leroy took his first Army examinations.
- Meadow Branch: Fred CHANCE sawed wood Thursday. Homer MILLER who was helping had a narrow escape from a serious injury. His coat got caught in the saw and the men tore it off of him and got the engine shut down just in time.
Feb. 11, 1943:
- Five sons and one son-in-law in the armed forces and four sons in defense work - such is the contribution of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred HEADLEY, Kinmundy, to their nation in time of war. Mr. HEADLEY, who is 71 years old, owns and manages a 330 acre farm 7 miles northwest of Kinmundy in Foster twp., doing much of the work himself. Another son, Merle, 28, assists him at the farm. Mr. and Mrs. HEADLEY have 13 children, 11 of whom are sons. One son, Pvt. Harvey, 33, who is now stationed in Colorado, has served 4 years with the army in the U.S. and Alaska. Other sons in the service: Pfc. Leslie HEADLEY, 44; Pvt. Russell HEADLEY, 43; Pvt. Harry HEADLEY, 35; Pvt. Wesley HEADLEY, 29; Pvt. Herschel SIMMONS, son-in-law. One daughter, Mrs. Herschel SIMMONS, has taught in the rural schools of Marion County for 16 years. A second daughter is Gilbert DOOLEN of Kinmundy. Mr. HEADLEY was born near Kinmundy on Nov. 10, 1872, and has served all his life as a farmer. On Nov. 10, 1898, at Vandalia, he was married to Miss Mary Lillian DOOLEN. After selective service took his sons from their large farm, HEADLEY went ahead with the work, raising many cattle and hogs, and harvesting more than 800 bushels of hybrid corn in addition to other customary farm crops, such as wheat, soybeans, clover and redtop hay. (A picture of the couple accompanied the article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold HOWELL are rejoicing over the arrival of Harold Charles, Monday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jim EAGAN have named their little daughter who arrived Jan. 28, Sharon Marie.
- The members of the Rosedale Rebekah Lodge was honored Friday evening at their regular meeting by a visit from Miss Florence DOOLEN, a W.A.A.C. from Oglethorpe, Ga. After the business meeting, a social time was spent in her honor and delicious refreshments were served.
- Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON received word from her son, Neil, saying he was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
- Word has been received here by Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS stating that their son, Beryl, has been promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
- In Memory of Billie DODSON, who died Feb. 11, 1940. From his parents and sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DODSON and daughters.
- Chief Petty Officer Orville SPURLIN, U.S.N., was married in Mattoon a week ago Monday to Miss Isabel DOLE, whom he met a number of years ago, when both were attending school at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College. The ceremony took place at the Central Community church in Mattoon. Witnesses were the brides mother and her uncle, Wm. CHECKLEY. The couple have known each other for 3 years, both graduating from Eastern Illinois Normal University in Charleston in 1941. She is now teaching in Columbia grade school in Mattoon and will finish her term there. Chief Petty Officer SPURLIN is now stationed in Rhode Island, where he is on duty with the Navy. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN of Vandalia, where he graduated from high school. His brother, Louis, is now serving with the Marines. Both sons entered the service as volunteers. Before going to the Navy, Orville was the athletic director for Brownstown Community High School.
- In the Zatso column, a visit from Guin VALLOW, his son, from the Army was the subject.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and daughter, Wanza, spent Saturday night with her parents in Granite City, Frank GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Mrs. Billie MORRIS and son attended the funeral of Mrs. James CALDWELL the Zion Church Thursday afternoon.
- Swift School: The Swift Club met last Wednesday with Mrs. Mack ROBB. All the members were present and several guests. Tacking a comforter was the work of the day. A lovely dinner was served at the noon hour which everyone enjoyed. Guests were: Mrs. Effie ROBB and daughter, Aux. Florence DOOLEN, Mrs. Mary GARRETT, Mrs. Marvin CONANT, and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann. Our next meeting will be with Mrs. Mildred HANNA.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday with Clyde GARRETT and family.
- Meacham: Pvt. Harold KLEISS returned to his camp in North Carolina after a 10 day furlough.
- Meacham: Pvt. Joseph G. VALLOW has returned to Michigan after 3 day furlough.
- Meacham: Merle JACKSON was called to his camp in Wisconsin and moved to a camp in Michigan.
- Meacham: Aux. Florence DOOLEN returned to her camp in Georgia after spending the week with her mother and many friends.
- Meacham: Pvt. Earl BRIMBERRY is home from Cal. on a 14 day furlough with his parents and friends.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle met with Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER Thursday. All members were present except Mrs. HARRELL, who is in Effingham Hospital.
- East Zion: Pvt. Ted CALDWELL from Cal. is visiting with his father, Jamie CALDWELL.
- East Zion: Pvt. Robert JONES from Texas is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Will JONES.
- East Zion: Ellis BASSETT visited Sunday with Elmer BASSETT.
- Greenridge: Mrs. Allie THOMAS received a letter from her son, Mr. and Mrs. Orval THOMAS, announcing the arrival of a daughter on Jan. 30, named Mary Ann.
- Greenridge: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde OSBORN.
- Omega: A number of friends and neighbors gathered at the Byron MILLICAN home Saturday for a farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Douglas MARLOW, who are moving to a farm in Meacham twp.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON attended the wedding of Robert FULTON and Treva LUTTRELL last Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Lt. John SHAFFER of Omaha, Neb. spent a few days last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER.
- Pleasant Grove: A telephone meeting was held at the Pearl ROSE home Saturday night. Only 3 members were present. Chas. WANTLAND was elected President, and Johnnie BAKER, Secy and Treas.
- Wilson School: Last Tuesday evening friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jess CHARLTON to help Mrs. CHARLTON celebrate her ? birthday. A beautiful lace tablecloth was presented to Mrs. CHARLTON.
Feb. 18, 1943:
- Registration for War Ration Book Two will be held the week of Feb. 22 at the local schoolhouses for processed food and coffee. A form was displayed in the paper also.
- William John GILLESPIE, son of Francis and Rachel GILLESPIE, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1848, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred WEHKING on Feb. 9, 1943. He was the eldest of a family of 15. He moved to Indiana in early childhood with his parents, then later to Illinois where he spent the remainder of his life. On April 23, 1890, he married Permelia HAWN and they had 4 children: Mrs. Fred WEHKING of Alma, Mrs. William WELTY of Flora, Mrs. William MATLOCK of Edgewood, and Letha, who died in infancy, and 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Joseph PILMAN; 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In early manhood he united with the Methodist Church. Services were held from the Fredonia Church with interment in the Church Cemetery.
- Frank W. WILSON was born in Louisville, Clay Co., Dec. 20, 1861, and died in the Salem Memorial Hosp. on Feb. 12, 1943. Mr. WILSON was one of a family of 6 children. All of Mr. WILSONs life was spent on the railroad and he was retired at the age of 70 years. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The family of Leo STOCK are quarantined because their 14 year old daughter is ill with diphtheria.
- Mrs. Minnie FIELDS is in Walnut Hill, Ill. helping to care for her brother, who suffered a stroke Thursday.
- Sgt. D.A. ARNOLD is spending his furlough with his mother and sisters Ruby and Grace.
- Marion County motorist holding B and C Gasoline Ration Books face a gasoline famine March 1st, unless they make immediate application of their books.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie BAKER attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Chas. CRAIG in Salem last Monday.
- East Zion: Ellis BASSETT and Darrell NELSON have been cutting wood for Elmer BASSETT.
- Omega: Chas. PITTMAN died at his home today after several weeks illness. Services were held Monday near Cisne.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and Clyde BASSETT attended the sale at Henry POWELLs near Alma, Tuesday.
- Swift School: Darrell Gene LIVESAY spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann spent Sunday with her parents, Bert GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT spent Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN.
- Swift School: Mrs. Fred GAMMON of Kinmundy called Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER.
Feb. 25, 1943:
- Mrs. Edith WOLFE SHULTZ died at her home in Chicago on Feb. 18, aged 67 years. She was married to Adolph SHULTZ in Kinmundy. He died in 1938. She leaves 2 sons and 2 daughters, Warren of Cincinnati, Ellis of Philadelphia, Meredith and Maybelle of Chicago; 1 sister and 3 brothers, Bertha BUCKMINISTER of St. Louis, Ellis WOLFE of Sandoval, John ALLEN of Chicago, Uriah ALLEN of Rockford; and 7 grandchildren. She was a charter member of Rosedale Rebekah Lodge of Kinmundy, and also a member of the Eastern Star and in the Aid Society of the church. Services were held Saturday with interment in the family lot in Chicago.
- Mrs. Mary HOOVER, known to her many friends here as "Aunt Phy", died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert MARLOWE, near Maroa, Thursday, after a brief illness. She was almost 93 years old. Services were held from the Maroa Methodist Church with interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery in this city. Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM and Mr. R.L. INGRAM were in attendance at the funeral, the deceased being an aunt to the Messrs. INGRAM. Mrs. HOOVER was born in Worick Co., Ind. on Feb. 26, 1850, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel INGRAM. At the age of 4, her family moved to Kinmundy where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 20, 1894, she was married to G.L. HOOVER, who preceded her in death in 1908 at Ashley. After her husbands death, she lived with relatives and for sometime made her home in Maroa with her niece, Mrs. Nellie HOUSTON and a grandniece Mrs. Herbert MARLOWE. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Fannie DeFORD of Los Angeles, Calif., and a step-daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth WHITESELL of Bloomington. A list of those attending the burial services was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.A. SNELLING of Chicago observed their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday. In the evening, 25 old friends and neighbors gathered there, most of them were old friends from their former old town of Kinmundy, who now live in Chicago. A luncheon was served, and friendly games of cards were enjoyed. Mrs. W.E. HENSLEY of Chicago, whose husband was born in Kinmundy, was in charge of arrangements. The SNELLINGs have 2 sons, Lee, who lives in Sheboygan, Wis., and H.M. SNELLING with whom they live. They also have 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
- Miss Nora YOUNKIN died in the Salem Hospital this morning after an illness of only a few days. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home. On Sunday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Fred CRAIG, next door neighbors, did not notice any smoke coming from Miss YOUNKINs flue and went to see about her. They found her sitting in a rocking chair in an unconscious condition. Dr. MILLER was summoned but she probably suffered a stroke. She was taken to Salem Hospital but never regained consciousness.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB and daughter, Norma Gail, moved to Ottawa, Ill., Wednesday where they will make their future home on a farm.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BORING have received word that their son, Joe, has been promoted to parachute rigger 2nd class. Joe has been in the navy over a year.
- Mrs. Chas. SEIMER returned home last week from Springfield, Ill. where she had spent the last 2 weeks. She was accompanied home by her sister, Mrs. Ed COMBS, who will spend several days here with her mother Mrs. Allie NELMS. Mrs. COMBS suffered a very painful accident a few days ago having caught her arm in the electric wringer.
- Mrs. Pearl FISHER is suffering from a burn on her arm caused by catching her dress sleeve on fire.
- Mrs. B.F. LINTON and sister, Miss May EAGAN of Patoka, are spending 10 days in Florida with their brother, Maurice, who is in the service there.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter PRUETT were called to Bloomington, where their daughter, Helen, underwent an appendectomy Friday.
- Sgt. D.A. ARNOLD left Tuesday for Louisiana after enjoying a 10 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and daughters.
- Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS moved last Thursday from her home on the west side of town to the Wm. GARNER property across from the city park.
- In a letter from Mrs. L.E. GREGORY of Mammoth Spring, Ark., she states that her grandson, S.L. WHITSON, Aerators Machinists Mate first class, U.S.N., has been cited for bravery and awarded the Air Medal. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shirley WHITSON, Beaumont, Texas, but formerly of Alma.
- Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield spent the weekend hear with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and family.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Mont RITTER, formerly of this community, announce the arrival of a son born Feb. 20, named Charles Larry.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS received a telegram Wednesday announcing the arrival of a grandson, who was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe MEDLEY of Los Angeles, Cal. on Feb. 15 named Paul THOMAS.
- Miss Nora YOUNKIN is in Salem Hospital and remains unconscious and in critical condition.
- Green Ridge: A farewell party for Clyde THOMAS Sunday night was well attended.
- Wilson School: Chas. FORD and family have moved from our district the past week to a farm near St. Peter.
- Wilson School: James WALKER and family have moved to the farm vacated by the FORD family.
- Mr. A.K. GEIBE is 2nd Class Petty officer in the Navy and he boarded a steamliner Sunday afternoon to return to the western coast.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB assisted Mrs. Rada GARRETT CALDWELL with the registering Monday.
- East Meadow Branch: Charles JOHNSON of Chicago, visited a part of last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART before entering the services of our country.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB spent Sunday with her aunts, Mrs. Lizzie ATKINS and Bertha ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and children spent Friday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART and called at the W.F. ROBB home also.
- East Zion: A large crowd attended the farewell party for Clyde THOMAS at the home of his mother, Mrs. Allie THOMAS. Clyde left for the army on Monday.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughter called Sunday night at the Chas. ARNOLD home.
- Sgt. Carl PURCELL of Penn. spent Thursday evening with Sgt. D.A. ARNOLD.
- Swift School: Elmer FRIZLE and wife and daughter of near Zion, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON of Kinmundy spent Sunday with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Swift School: Clyde GARRETT and family spent Sunday with Clyde BASSETT and family.
- Sgt. Daniel A. ARNOLD was a supper guest in the Dwight PURCELL home in Alma Saturday evening.
- Meacham: Word was received here last week by the Mrs. Willie SLANE family of the marriage of her brother, James KAGY, who is the Moab, Utah to Paulene STELLE.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle held their regular meeting Thursday with Mrs. E.G. DILLON with nearly all members present. Articles for a "Sunshine Box" were received and on Friday, 4 of the Circle went to the home of Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and presented it to her.
- Meacham: Miss Mary LONG, Mr. Everett SIMMONS, Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin SOLDNER and son called on Mr. and Mrs. Edd HARRELL Thursday evening.
March 4, 1943:
- Nora Louise YOUNKIN, daughter of Joel and Martha Louise YOUNKIN, was born June 11, 1867 in DeSoto, Ill., and died in the Salem Memorial Hospital on Feb. 25, 1943. Her parents and sister, Mrs. Frank FANNON, and 1 brother preceded her in death. She spent the winter of 1942 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. FANNON in Chicago and they wanted her to live with them but she wanted to spend her last days in her own home. Miss YOUNKIN, parents and sister came to Kinmundy when she was quite small and she has lived the greater part of her life in Kinmundy. She was a charter member of the local Christian Church. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Louis M. ROTAN, son of John M. and Martha V. TUCKER ROTAN, died at his home in Kinmundy, Feb. 22, 1943. "Lou" was married to Jennie FYKE on Dec. 15, 1897, and they had 4 children. He leaves his wife and 4 children: Mildred of Pasadena, Calif.; Pvt. FYKE of Texas; Mary of Forthmorth, Texas; Annalou of Lansing, Mich.; 1 sister, Merta, of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Byron, of Kinmundy; and 6 grandchildren. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Maude L. MORGAN died in the Salem Hospital after suffering from a stroke the day before. She was 60 years old. Services were held at the Church of God with interment in Loogootee Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, John MORGAN, and 2 sons, Harry and Melvin GEILER.
- The drive is on for the Red Cross War Fund. Kinmundy twp.s quota is set at $800.
- Mrs. Fred CHANCE was called to Paducah, Ky., last Tuesday to be with her sister, Mrs. Earl WILLIAMS whose husband was seriously injured by a fall. He is a Salesman for the Ferguson Harness Co. of Paducah and was helping with inventory. He was walking with his arms full of boxes and stepped into an empty elevator shaft, falling 2 stories suffering from a serious head injury and broken bones. Mrs. WILLIAMS was formerly Miss Katherine KENNEDY, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lem KENNEDY.
- Mrs. L.M. ROTAN, Mrs. Mildred SMITH, Mrs. Mary WITT, and Pvt. Fyke ROTAN departed Sunday for Fort Worth, Texas, where Mrs. ROTAN will spend time with Mrs. WITT and family. Pvt. ROTAN will leaves Friday for camp, and Mrs. SMITH will return to her home in California.
- Miss Barbara MILLER of this city and John S. RIDLEY of Springfield, Ill. were married on Feb. 19 in St. Charles, Mo. Both Mr. and Mrs. RIDLEY are attending school in Champaign. Mrs. RIDLEY is attending Business School and Mr. RIDLEY is a junior in the school of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Both will continue their schooling, and in June, Mr. RIDLEY will be called into the service, as he is a member of the Army Reserve Signal Corps.
- Miss Grace DAVIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. DAVIS of Elmhurst, and a niece of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. DAVIS of Chicago, has joined the W.A.A.C.s and left last week for Georgia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES received word from their son, Emmerson, last Thursday announcing the arrival of a baby to Mr. and Mrs. Emmerson JONES in Joliet. She is also the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JOHNSON of Joliet.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Harley HAYES were called to Scottville, last Tuesday due to the death of Mrs. HAYES grandfather, Mr. James ELLIS. He was 87 years of age on the previous Monday.
- Miss Helen PRUETT, who underwent and appendectomy a few days ago has returned to her school work in Bloomington, Ill.
- The Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce met in the basement of the Methodist Church where a delicious chicken dinner was served to 38 members and guests by the ladies of that church. The nominating committee came up with the following: President, F.G. ALEXANDER; V. Pres., G.H. BARGH; Secy, J.F. HICKMAN; Treas., C.R. ALDERSON.
- In loving memory of our dear husband and daddy, A.J. WEST, who died 1 year ago.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. James ALDERSON have traded their property in Kinmundy to Mike BUTTS for his farm in Meacham twp.
- Miletus: Eura KRUTSINGER and wife have been informed that their son, Harlas, who is stationed in Oregon, has been promoted to Private First Class. He is now in the hospital with the mumps.
- The home of Wm. SADLER burned Monday and the family got out with only the few clothes they had on.
- Miss Sarah SADLER was married at St. Charles, Mo. Sunday. Her sister, Sadie, accompanied her. The young man, whose name we did not learn, is in the Navy, and was in the Hawaiian Islands at the time Pearl Harbor was bombed. He is home on furlough.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and daughter, Donna of Granite City, spent the weekend here with Elsworth CHANDLER and family.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday afternoon on Zion Prairie with Jim McNICOLS and family.
- Swift School: Harvey BASSETT of Salem spent Monday with Clyde BASSETT and family.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife, and Virgil LIVESAY helped Ren WAINSCOTT and wife paper Tuesday.
- Swift School: Roy JONES and wife of Patoka, Merle JONES and family, Guy CHANDLER and wife of Zion, and Claude HANNA and family visited Sunday afternoon with Elsworth CHANDLER and Frank GARRETT and families.
- East Zion: Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Guy CHANDLER to help him celebrate his birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Burl SULLENS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore WICKENHOUSER, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence DEADMOND and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve McWHIRTER and family.
- Tuesday being Mr. F.S. HARRIS 80th birthday, Mrs. HARRIS served a delicious chicken dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Fred HARRIS of Salem were guests. He received a number of cards and presents from his children, who could not be present for the occasion.
- E. Floyd CHEATUM, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM of Kinmundy is spending an 11 day furlough with his parents. He was recently promoted to Sergeant, and is stationed in Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. CHEATUM have another son, Francis, in the service having entered Feb. 25, 1943.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HANNA have returned to their home in Lansing, Mich. after being called here by the death of Mrs. HANNAs father, L.M. ROTAN.
March 11, 1943:
- Herschel BRIM returned to the hospital Monday to have an operation on his leg. This will be a minor operation to remove a silver plate which was to support the bone and hold in place while healing. He broke his leg in a sled and car accident Dec. 5 and has been in bed since then.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS received word from their son, Ralph, saying he has been promoted to Corporal. Ralph is in Tenn. Congratulations, Pug.
- Pvt. John Fyke ROTAN, son of the late L.M. and Mrs. ROTAN, graduated from an intensive course in aviation mechanics. He returned last week to his camp after being called her by the death of his father.
- Kenneth JACKSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON, graduated from the Univ. of Mich. engineering school in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Feb. 27. He left last week for Dayton, Ohio, where he is employed under Civil Service as an engineer at Wright Field. He graduated from our high school in 1941.
- Junior GORDON was given a very pleasant surprise Sunday when quite a number of his friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orval GORDON to visit with him while he is home on a furlough. A list of those attending was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frances F. HUGGINS of Wilson, N.C. announce the arrival of a 6 1/4 lb. baby boy on March 4 named Stephen Harold.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lee STEVEN of Dehfield, Ill. announce the arrival of Robert Lee, Jr., 7 lbs. The mother was formerly Miss Dorothy BARBEE of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL of this city announce the arrival of a 6 lb. baby girl in their home, named Leona Marline.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS and son are spending a few days here in their home after several months employment in Indianapolis, Ind.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY of Calif. and Mrs. Olga WEISS were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS on Wednesday. Pvt. LACEY had a 15 day furlough.
- Chas. FOX returned home Tuesday after spending the past 2 months with her sister in Claremont, Calif., she also visited her niece in San Diego, Cal., and a nephew and wife in Boulder City, Nev. While there she visited the Boulder Dam project.
- Meacham: The JONES family had a reunion Sunday at the home of Mrs. Susanna JONES. A list of those attending was included.
- Meacham: Mrs. Cora CORNELL of Kinmundy is staying in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Swift School: The Shanghai Club held a dinner at the Frank JONES home Sunday for Pvt. Harold JONES of Wash., who is here spending his furlough with his parents and other relatives. A large crowd attended. Those from this vicinity were Sam LOWE and family, Virgil LIVESAY and family, Cleve DOOLEN and wife, and Clyde BASSETT and family were afternoon callers.
- Swift School: Sgt. Carl GREEN of Salt Lake City is here spending furlough with his father, Bill GREEN and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT and son, Leroy, received a message announcing the death of their uncle, Harry MULVANEY. Services were held at Zion Church with interment in Patoka Cemetery.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann, spent Sunday with Bert GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT spent Friday in Salem shopping.
- Omega: Monday afternoon, Leslie ELBIN was putting oil into See MILLICANs car at the filling station, and See was airing a front tire when a car from the south driven by Miss Ruth HINES hit both of them, tearing Sees coat off, and turning him a flip flop, and then hitting Leslie and running over both legs. The doctor reports no bones broken, but both received painful bruises.
- East Zion: Harry MULVANEY died Sunday at the Sanitarium in Ottawa. He was taken Saturday morning to remain for treatment.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT spent the weekend in Centralia with Mrs. Amos HAKE and son.
March 18, 1943:
- Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON, who is making her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM for the duration, received word from her husband, Captain George A. JOHNSON, stating that he had been awarded the Silver Star. The letter that they were sent by the government was included. It was from his performance from Jan. 21 to 24 in action against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Oussetia, Tunisia.
- PFC Francis HICKMAN spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank HICKMAN.
- Mrs. Ellen BOUGHERS attended the funeral of Mrs. Chas. FOLGER in Farina, Saturday.
- Mary E. SHEESLEY, daughter of Geo. and Esther Ann RAY, was born at Kinmundy on Aug. 26, 1851, and she died at Webb City, Mo. Hospital on March 11, 1943. She married Henry SHEESLEY in 1879. He died in 1920. They had 2 children: Mrs. Chas. RAY of Texarkana, Ark., who died in 1940; and Arthur living at home with his mother near Carthage, Mo. She also leaves 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Aunt Mame often visited here with her sister, Mrs. Geo. WHITE, Mrs. Florence SHRIVER, Ellis WOLFE and family, and Glen WHITE, and Ray WHITE and family. Services were held at the funeral home in Webb City, Mo., and burial was in the family lot at Carthage, Mo.
- Fred E. CRAIN returned to Chicago yesterday after spending his furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN.
- Miss Virginia ROBERTS of Duluth, Minn. and Sgt. John E. HINES of Fresno, Cal. were married March 1 in Fresno. Sgt. HINES is the son of Mrs. Agnes HINES of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS received word from their son, Harold, last week stating that he had been promoted to Corporal. He is stationed in North Carolina.
- Mr. W.L. GREEN has received word from his son, Lyle, who is stationed in Arizona, that he received his commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps on March 8.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMS returned home Tuesday after a weeks visit in Peoria with their son Fred and family. Fred was home on a furlough from New Jersey and was recently promoted to Corporal. They also visited with 2 daughters, Mrs. Pete PASQUALE and Mrs. Virgil GOWDY in Peoria. They also visited 2 other daughters, Mrs. G.W. SMITH and Mrs. W.J. PRESLEY in Villa Grove.
- Morris CHASTEEN and family have moved to Verona, Ill. where he has employment.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WOLFE of Sandoval spent Saturday here with Mr. and Mrs. J.H. NELMS. They just sold their property south of Sandoval and are looking for a new home. We tried to tell them there was only one place for them to locate and that was right here in Kinmundy.
- Carl E. PRUETT of Chicago is here for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. PRUETT. Carl will graduate from the Univ. of Ill. College of Medicine on March 26.
- Carl DUNLAP and Louie SULLENS are employed in Seneca, Ill.
- Sgt. Carl GREEN departed Monday for his camp in Utah.
- Swift School: A family dinner was held Sunday for Sgt. Carl GREEN at the Bill GREEN home. Those present were Chas. FORD and family, Hal FEATHER and wife, Richard FEATHER and wife, Albert MALINSKY and wife of Kinmundy, Mae, Frank and Fern GREEN, and Tom JONES. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES and daughter, Mildred. Carl left Monday from Salem for camp.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Wess ROBB visited Sunday afternoon with T.E. ROBB and family.
- Swift School: Carrol GARRETT and family, and Fred GAMMON and wife spent Sunday at the Virgil LIVESAY home.
- Swift School: Orie ATKINS and wife spent Sunday with Clyde BASSETT and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES received a telephone call recently from their daughter, Lora, in New York City that she would be home soon as her husband, Ray INGRAM, would be leaving New York for foreign duty soon.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and daughters spent last Sunday with his parents. Little daughter, Susann, and her grandmother, celebrated their birthdays which were March 8, Susann being 2, and Mrs. HIESTAND, 52.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB went to Effingham and met their son, Cpt. Harold W. ROBB, who accompanied them home for a 6 day furlough. He left Tuesday for camp, and was accompanied as far as Vandalia by his parents.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT were callers at the ROBB home recently.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son, of Coffeen visited Sunday with their parents and brother, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and Cpl. Harold ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: PFC John W. McCULLEY arrived home Wednesday to visit his parents and sister.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Edith Louise CALDWELL was given a birthday party in honor of her 11th birthday.
- East Zion: Perry SMITH moved to the Edd FORD farm.
- East Zion: Cpl. Louie SOUTIER is spending a 14 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SOUTIER.
March 25, 1943:
- Miss Virginia KELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert KELL, who live on a farm southeast of Salem, and Staff Sergeant Roy F. GARREN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. GARREN of Salem, were married Friday in the Salem Methodist Church. Attendants were the brides sister, Alice, and Herschel FRAMBES, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. A wedding supper was attended by the immediate families in Hanes Café. The bridegroom left Sunday to return in Georgia, where he is stationed with the army air corps. The bride, a graduate of the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, has been teaching in our local High School, and will continue until the end of the school term. The bridegroom enlisted in the service more than a year ago, and before that was employed with the Caterpillar plant in Peoria.
- Miss Minnie S. STOAKLEY of Norfolk, Va. was married to Joseph H. LOVETT on March 7, at Snow Hill, Maryland. The bride is daughter of N.H. STOAKLEY of Keller, Va., and the groom is son of the late J.H. LOVETT, a late resident of Kinmundy. Mrs. LOVETT will continue her work at the Naval Base where she is employed by the Navy. Mr. LOVETT is attached to U.S.C.C. Lifeboat stationed off the shore of Virginia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene SHUFELDT of Kalmath Falls, Ore. announce the arrival of Robert Charles in the local hospital. He arrived on his brother, Warren Eugenes first birthday on March 21.
- Dale and Annette ALEXANDER, grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER of this city, were with the cheerleaders of the Keryn Park High School of Chicago, and at the State tournament last week, stole the whole show with their acrobatic stunts, and were termed the "State Darlings".
- Mrs. Mattie DOWNS, was made very happy March 22 when she received a birthday greeting by phone from her son, Tracy, of Wis. She also received lovely gifts from her other 2 sons, Rube and Harry, both of Calif. She also received many cards and gifts, and many visits from neighbors and friends.
- Glen WHITE is repairing his property known as the late George WHITE Feed Store. He says he may rent it or may use it himself. He just got tired of looking at it the way it was.
- Pvt. Harold W. ROBB, who was selected by the army for specialized training in Electricity at the National Schools of Los Angeles, has just completed his training and was graduated with honors, it was reported today by Lt. Col. K. B. KOZLOWSKI, Commandant of the school. Pvt. ROBB is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- Blue stamps, D,E, and F in War Ration Book 2, totaling 48 points, will be good from March 25th thru April 30. Stamps A,B, and C. will be valid only thru March 31st. - The old brick building known to many as the WETTER building, standing on the corner of Madison and Second Streets, is being torn down. For the past several years the building has been unfit for occupancy. A few years ago it was condemned by the city council and state fire marshall. But finding the owner was another thing. Recently the owner was contacted by Jack DISS and he secured a contract to tear it down. This building has been an eye sore to our business district for some time and we are glad to see it coming down. We have not been able to find out just when it was erected but it is the supposition of many of the old timers, it was in the 70's.
- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. CHEADLE are the parents of an 8˝ lb. boy, born at their home on St. Patricks Day, March 17, named Lester John.
- Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK are the parents of a boy born March 22 in Salem Hospital named John Robert.
- Omega: Word has been received that Burn MULVANEY is stationed in California.
- Pleasant Grove: Herschel ROSE and Miss Nina Rose RAY were married Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason CHAPMAN in the presence of a few close relatives by her uncle, Rev. Basel PARRISH of Salem.
- Meadow Branch: Cpl. John W. McCULLEY is home from Washington on furlough.
- Meadow Branch: William McWILLIAMS returned home last Tuesday from Oregon. He was released from the Army as being over the age limit.
- Meacham: Mrs. Mary HARRELL is improving in health. Mrs. Cora CORNELL is staying in the home helping care for her.
- Meacham: Callers at the Edwin HARRELL home were Mrs. F.S. HARRIS, Friday afternoon. Miss Florence STORRS, Mr. Glen JARHAUS, and Mr. Robert BREWER, Saturday afternoon.
- Swift School: Mrs. Fred GAMMON spent Monday with her parents, Virgil LIVESAY and wife.
- Swift School: Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT spent Tuesday afternoon in Kinmundy with Mrs. Dan ARNOLD.
- Mrs. J.W. ARNOLD of Salem spent Tuesday with Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB, Mrs. Nelda BOYD, and Miss Dorothy WANTLAND were in Farina Sunday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.O. HINKLEY of Alma, have just received word from their son, Henry, who was recently inducted into the army at Camp Grant, Ill. Henry writes that he is taking basic training in California.
- Pvt. Erwin SCHNEIDER has returned to Camp in Kentucky.
- PFC Darrell REESE and wife departed last week for his camp in Virginia.
- Pvt. Lloyd BAILEY is enjoying furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY and family.
- PFC Darrell REESE of Virginia returned today after a 6 day furlough here with his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and family.
April 1, 1943:
- On March 28 at the First Methodist Church of Bloomington, Ill. occurred the wedding of Dr. Carl E. PRUETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. PRUETT of this city, and Miss Jean KEPLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. KEPLEY of Gibson City, Ill. The groom is a recent graduate from the University of Ill. College of Medicine and Miss KEPLEY is a music student at Ill. Wesleyan at Bloomington. Miss Helen PRUETT, sister of the groom, was maid of honor, Miss Mary Louise DIBBLE and Miss Kay SALYARDS of Gibson city were the bridesmaids, and Herbert BRICKER was best man, along with the ushers were Ray EVERS and William GUYTON were ushers. A reception was held at the Delta Omicorn Sorority House. After the honeymoon, Dr. PRUETT will go to Virginia to begin his internship in the U.S. Navy. Mrs. PRUETT will join her husband at the end of the school year in June.
- Mrs. Esther MITCHELL aged 91 is suffering from the effect of catching her hand in the wringer of her electric washer. Twenty-six stitches were required to close the wound.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles GRAY have another boy born Saturday night named Jackie Lee. They now have 3 sons.
- Pvt. Lloyd BAILEY returned to Nebraska after a visit here with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY.
- Sgt. Neil JOHNSON of North Carolina is enjoying a 10 day furlough with his family.
- Cpl. Ralph JENKINS of Tenn. is here on a 10 day furlough, visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS.
- Edwin SHREFFLER of North Carolina is home for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon SHREFFLER near Alma.
- Dwight GARNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. GARNER has been promoted from Seaman 2nd class to Seaman 1st Class. He has been transferred to a hospital ship where he will under go a tonsillectomy.
- Guin VALLOW was promoted to Private First Class this week in Michigan.
- Pvt. Ralph P. MULVANEY, son of Clarence MULVANEY, has been promoted to Private First Class.
- Wilson School: Paul KOLB and James WOODEN spent Saturday with Darrell SHUFELDT and helped him celebrate his 13th birthday.
- Wilson School: Word has been received by relatives that Pvt. Henry CHARLTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. CHARLTON, is now in Hawaii.
- Pleasant Grove: Roy MILLER was taken to Salem Hospital Sunday where he underwent an operation for appendicitis that afternoon.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and wife spent last Wednesday in Olney.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife, and Billie MORRIS and son, Jackie, spent last Wednesday afternoon in St. Peter.
- Swift School: Mrs. P.T. CURLEY of Centralia, and Mr. and Mrs. O.T. MAULDING of Beardstown and Clyde BASSETT and family visited Sunday afternoon with Billie MORRIS and family.
- Swift School: Last Wednesday a farm meeting was held at the Swift Schoolhouse. The BAILEY children of Kinmundy furnished good music and Dorothy SWIFT and Louisa also sang several songs. Mrs. FISHER gave a talk on the Red Cross. Candy and popcorn were served.
- East Zion: Cpl. Louie SOUTIER returned to Maryland after spending his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SOUTIER.
- East Zion: Ellis BASSETT helped Elmer BASSETT saw wood.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB spent Sunday in Coffeen, Ill. with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB attended the P.T.A. and farm program at the schoolhouse Thursday evening.
April 8, 1943:
- Pvt. William P. VANDEVEER, 32, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dalton H. VANDEVEER, Kinmundy, has been promoted to the rank of corporal. He is attached to the Judge Advocate Generals Office at the AAF-West Coast Training Center - headquarters for all Army flying schools in the 11 western states.
- Mrs. Elizabeth LANGDELL died in the Methodist Home in Lawrenceville on April 6, aged 93 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Services were held from the Methodist Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. "Aunt Lizzie" ate her noon meal on Tuesday and then laid down for a while, and never awoke. Dale HAMMER, of Coffeen, a grand nephew, was in charge of the funeral.
- Lt. John SHAFFER, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER, residing south of town, has graduated from an Ordnance Automotive School in Maryland in a special course of Tire Repairing and Rebuilding. He has been assigned to the staff and faculty of an Ordnance Automotive School in Nebraska.
- Lester VAN SYOC who is employed by the Illinois Central R.R. out of Farina, fell last Thursday from a motor car. The accident happened so quick no one seems to know just what did happen. He was taken to Effingham Hospital where he remained until the next day. His injuries involved his left hand.
- Mrs. Cora WILLIAMS received word last week from her son, Dick, stating he has been promoted to Corporal. He is located in Florida.
- Mr. and Mrs. Noah EAGAN have a baby boy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lyle BARBEE have another baby girl born April 2 in Centralia Hospital named Lylette Jean.
- A still born baby girl named Sharon Kay, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan STEVENSON at their home in Odin on March 26 with burial in Odin Cemetery. Mrs. STEVENSON was formerly Miss Dorcas GRAY, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY of this city.
- The Prairie To-Getters met at the home of Jackie and Jeanette HOHLT for the purpose of organizing a club for the year of 1943. Officers elected were: Oren HANBAUM, President; Jerry McCARTY, V. Pres.; Jeanette HOHLT, Secy; Jackie HOHLT, Treas.; Audrey HANBAUM, Recreation Leader; Imogene McCARTY, Reporter.
- In the township election held, the following were winners:
For Supervisor, C.G. JACKSON, R. over R.C. GARNER, D.
For Highway Commissioner, Jesse REESE, R. over Raymond SWIFT, D.
For School Trustee: Frank JOHNSON, R. over A.J. BAYLIS, D.
School Trustee (short term): J.F. COLE over Ray GEORGE.
Glen JOHNSON and Art COCKRELL were elected as constables on the Republican ticket without any opposition. Republicans were victorious, as far as electing supervisors were concerned in Alma, Carrigan, Centralia, and Kinmundy twps. The Democrats were victorious in Salem, Iuka, Odin, Sandoval, and Tonti. On the Board of Supervisors there are 10 Republicans and 17 Democrats.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE and children were entertained to dinner Sunday at his parents, it being Pauls birthday.
- Omega: Dr. LOGAN called Saturday to see Ben MILLICAN, who was suffering from an attack of kidney stones.
- Meacham: Mrs. Edwin HARRELL is reported improving but still spends part of her time in bed.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Cora CORNELL were in Effingham Tuesday consulting with the doctor.
- Prairie Grove: Miss Margaret LEONARD entertained 9 little boys and girls Saturday in honor of her 9th birthday. Jello and cookies were served. Attending were: Betty and Sonny FURROW of Farina, Danny and Loretta McCARTY, Virginia WEISS, Charloette HANABAUM, Richard BOUSMAN, Harley and Richard COURSON.
- East Zion: PFC Marvin BASSETT of Texas is spending a 15 day furlough here with his parents.
- East Zion: Pvt. Lyle WILLIAMS of Texas is spending an 8 day furlough here.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT has been staying at the Richard BROWN home this week.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son of Coffeen spent Sunday evening with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB visited Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and wife.
April 15, 1943:
- Harry HEADLEY, age 35, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred HEADLEY, residing in the North Fork District, was found in a dying condition along the hard road north of Salem Sunday night by Forrest WILLIAMS. He was taken to the Salem Memorial Hospital where he died soon after. Just what happened, no one knows, but it is the supposition that he was the victim of a hit and run driver. Bud, as he was known, had gone to Salem that evening to a show. The supposition is that he tried to hitch hike back but as the traffic was light, started to walk home. He was found near the Tonti road. Bud was recently released from the army to help with the farm work. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where an inquest was held Monday. Services were held this afternoon from the Arnold Chapel Church with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery. Bud is survived by his parents, 9 brothers, and 2 sisters, namely, Russell, Leslie, Harvey, and Wesley who are members of the Armed Forces, Mark of Alton, David and Hubert of St. Louis, Carl and Cecil of Lansing, Mich., Merle of Vernon, Myra SIMMONS and Mabel DOOLEN of this city.
- Shriver School 4-H Club: Our first meeting was March 13, 1943 and the following officers were elected: Doris SMITH, Pres.; Geneva CHARLTON, Vice Pres.; Carlin HANKS, Secy; Delores SULLIVAN, Recreational Leader; Phyliss SULLIVAN, Reporter; Other members are Dorothy ATTERBURY, Betty SILLS, Pauline JONES, Alberta SMITH, Mrs. MAXEY is our leader and Mrs. SMITH is her assistant.
- Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER had a baby girl on April 9.
- Miss Audrey H. AHLEMEYER and Pvt. Carol H. WHITSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry WHITSON of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Kinmundy, were married Sunday at the St. James Evangical and Reformed Church in St. Louis. The groom, in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army, has now returned to his station in Mo. His bride will make her home with her parents temporarily.
- Elizabeth Jane PRUETT LANGDELL, daughter of Jarrett W. and Susan CORWIN PRUETT was born Oct. 29, 1849 south of Kinmundy where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Wilbur DEUELL in 1872, and they had 1 son, Frederick, who died at the age of 17 years, which was 4 years after the death of his father. Following the death of her mother in 1885, she kept the home of her father until 1888, when she was married to Horace LANGDELL of Eau Claire, Wis. Her brother, Ben, died leaving a daughter, Ethel, whom she took into her home and raised as her own. She was connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Kinmundy soon after its organization. She was of a family of 6 children, 3 of whom spent their entire life in this community. They were F.A. PRUETT, M.M. PRUETT, and Mrs. E. HAMMER of Kinmundy, and B.S. PRUETT of Chicago, and Ben of Wetaug, all of whom have preceded her in death. She had the misfortune of breaking her hip in 1938, and since then spent much of her time in a wheel chair. After her injury she entered the Methodist Home in Lawrenceville, Ill. She leaves a sister-in-law, Mrs. B.S. PRUETT of Evanston, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Elmer GREEN, 65, died at his home in this city Tuesday after an illness of only a few days. Services were held this morning from the Church of God with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He was born on July 8, 1877, in Bureau Junction, Ill., the son of H.F. and Lizzie RAMSEY GREEN. When just a lad he moved with his parents and sister to this city where the father was proprietor of a drug store. Elmer grew to manhood here. After leaving here, he held a responsible position with a railroad but due to ill health, was forced to retire. He returned to Kinmundy about 5 years ago to make his home. He is survived by 1 sister, Mrs. R.G. COFFMAN of Pensicola, Fla., who is blind and in very ill health, who was unable to attend the funeral.
- Mr. and Mr. Wes ROBB received word from their son, Harold, that he had been promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
- School Elections Quiet: The voting at the school elections in Kinmundy was a very quiet Saturday afternoon. And those who had their names on the ballots were almost unanimously elected. In District 25, George H. BARGH was re-elected president of the Board of Education, E.E. BROWN was re-elected and Glen JOHNSON, elected as members of the Board for the full term, J.H. DISS was elected as a member of the Board to serve an unexpired term. In District 500, John S. FORD and B.O. GARRETT were re-elected as members of the Board of Education. The board met Tuesday evening to canvass the vote and re-organize. A H. MILLER was re-elected President, and John S. FORD, re-elected as clerk of the board.
- The Methodist Church held a dedication for the Church Service Flag containing 78 stars of those boys and girls in the service who had attended services at the Church.
- Robert MAHAN, a student in the College of Engineering at the Univ. of Ill., has been initiated in an honorary civil engineering fraternity.
- Bill BARBEE of the U.S.N. located in Florida is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe BARBEE.
- Sgt. Beryl DISS of Louisiana is home on furlough.
- Pvt. Donald PARRISH of Cal. is home for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.S. PARRISH. The PARRISH family will visit their son, Hugh PARRISH, in Beloit, Wis.
- Pvt. Merle SCHNEIDER of Louisiana, is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SCHNEIDER.
- Dwight DAY, Jr. of U.S.N. is home visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY Sr. in Alma. He has been assigned to Radio School.
April 22, 1943:
- Louie SIGRIST was found dead in his truck 3˝ miles north of this city last Friday evening. He had been missing since the evening before. He left home here on Thursday afternoon, going in his truck to his mothers home west of Farina. After leaving there, no one knew where he went until he was found the next evening by George MEYERS who lives in Fayette County. As soon as Mr. MEYERS discovered him, he immediately notified his neighbor, Mr. JARHAUS, who came to town to notify the family while MEYERS notified the authorities in Vandalia. B.F. LINTON was sent for the body and upon his arrival, he found the sheriff and states attorney of Vandalia present. The body was taken to St. Peter for the inquest. The jury returned a verdict of suicide. It was presumed from all appearance that he had taken spirits of camphor. He left a note to his family, and stated that it was financial worries that caused him to do it. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Farina Cemetery. Louie, the son of Gus and Katherine SIGRIST, was born on a farm west of Farina on Feb. 6, 1905, and died April 15, 1943. On Oct. 5, 1925 he married Miss Ella JASPER and they had 4 children: Samuel, who died in infancy, and Laura Mae, Richard and Leon. After their marriage, the couple engaged in farming. Finding this an uphill business, they moved to Kinmundy about 8 years ago and since then Louie has been engaged in the trucking business. He was closing out this trucking business and was soon to leave for the west on account of the wifes health. Besides his immediate family, he leaves his mother and sister, Leona, who still live on the home place west of Farina; 4 brothers, Glen and Raymond of Kinmundy; Earl of Edgewood; and Theodore of Farina.
- Harry Winfred HEADLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred HEADLEY, was born in Foster twp., Kinmundy on March 25, 1907, and died in Salem Hospital on April 12, 1943. He spent most of his life on the farm near Kinmundy. In July 1942, he was called into the service of his country, and received an honorable discharge March 3, 1943 because of ill health. He was preceded in death by little sister, Bessie, who died in infancy. Those surviving him are his mother and father; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mira SIMMONS and Mrs. Mabel DOOLEN of Kinmundy; 10 brothers, Cecil and Carl of Lansing, Mich., David and Hubert of St. Louis, Mo.; Mark of Alton; Merle of Alma; and 4 brothers in the service, Russell, Leslie, Harvey and Wesley; and 16 nieces and nephews. Services were held at Arnold Chapel with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Mr. Frank ARNOLD of Detroit, Mich., spent Sunday and Monday with his mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and sister, Miss Ruby.
- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas BOONE announce the arrival of Sandra Sue in the Mark Greer Hospital on April 16. Congratulations Thomas and Lucille.
- Mr. Corral A. BOONE is now entitled to be called "His Honor, the Mayor". He received 219 votes while Jim BRIM received 25 in the mayor race Tuesday. Quinn E. SMITH was elected Alderman in the First Ward, Bill DOOLEN in the Second, and H.M. FISHER in the Third. O.K. MILLER received the most votes for Police Magistrate with Art COCKRELL running a close second. The City Council may be just a little handicapped for leadership for a short while because becoming a grandpa for the first time and being elected mayor all in the same week is just about all Mr. BOONE can stand.
- A Musical was held by the high school and grade school students. The program included:
Girls Vocal Trio: Marion JOHNSON, Leah P. WALTON; Frances BAILEY
Vocal Solos: Carl VALLOW and Leah P. WALTON
Vocal Duet: Carl VALLOW and Frances BAILEY
Girls Duet: Leah P. WALTON and Marion JOHNSON
Clarinet Trio: Marilyn MILLER, Frances BAILEY, Norma MILLER
Cornet Duet: Cora Lee GARNER and Marie BAILEY
Trombone Solo: Bobby BAILEY
Clarinet Solo: Frances BAILEY
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Homer MILNER went to Shelbyville, Thursday, to accompany his daughters, Mrs. Maurice PRICE and Miss Louise, to Wisconsin to see their son and brother married Saturday. Mr. MILNER is still away.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): At the school election Saturday night, Chris MEYER was elected Director for 3 years.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER that their son, George, has been moved from a camp in Texas to a camp in Arkansas.
- East Meadow Branch: Relatives and friends of Harold ROBB are glad to know that he has been promoted to Technical Sergeant 3rd Class. Harold is stationed in Texas.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. Peck CALDWELL received word Sunday of his brother-in-laws death, Mr. Art SULLENS of Aurora, Ill.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. F.S. HARRIS received word Sunday of the death of a brother living in Yale, Ill.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Lt. John SHAFFER of Maryland was home on furlough last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER, and other relatives and friends.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Herschel ROSE entertained their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason CHAPMAN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE and son, Clyde, it being Herschels 20th birthday.
- Green Ridge: Pvt. Henry WILLIAMS has returned to his camp in Washington after a 10 day furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mrs. Cora CORNELL called on Mr. and Mrs. Martin HASSEBROCK Wednesday afternoon and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON on Sunday evening. We are glad to report Mrs. HARRELL improving in health.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN received word 2 weeks ago that their son, Fred E. CRAIN, is now stationed in Cal.
- Prairie Grove: Gilbert FORD was in Vandalia Tuesday and called to see his father, Charlie FORD, who is a patient in the hospital there.
- Omega (from last week): At the township election held Tuesday, Geo. LONG was elected Commissioner, and Sherrill VANDEVEER and Paul LONG, Constables. The vote on liquor was for the drys.
- Omega (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Ollie MULVANEY have a boy born April 4 named Lowell Wesley.
April 29, 1943:
- Harvey GRAY, 35, a former Kinmundy lad, is now the Chief Test Pilot and Flight Operation Manager for Curtiss Wright Corp. at the St. Louis plant. He was born in Kinmundy on Oct. 11, 1906, and is the son of Mrs. Winifred GRAY of Urbana, and William H. GRAY of Urbana. His family went to Urbana when he was ready to enter high school in 1920. He was married about 9 years ago to Bobby KUMLE of Jacksonville.
- Adora May LOURY, wife of the late Charles SHUFELDT was born in Marietta, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1866. She was the only daughter of William Prall and Elizabeth HEARN LOURY. She died in Salem on April 17, 1943. She was married to Charles SHUFELDT of Barrington, Ill. in Aug. 1890, and they had 8 children, who survive her: namely, Clyde of Iuka, Hazel DeVORE of Lakeview, Ore., Walter of Seattle, Wash., Marion of Kinmundy, Henry of Salem, Eugene of Klamath Falls, Ore., Mary and Pearl at home. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of the Epiphany of Chicago and of the Eastern Star at Kinmundy. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Kinmundy with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON received word from her son in N.C. that he has been promoted to Technical Sergeant.
- Donald D. PARRISH, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art PARRISH has been promoted to Corporal in Army Flying School in the Technical Supply Dept. He enlisted in the Air Force in March 1942.
- Ralph DAY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight C. DAY of Alma, has completed his 3 months of schooling and was graduated from Officers Candidate Course in Georgia. Ralph is now commissioned Lieutenant.
- At a joint meeting of the Boards of Education of Districts 500 and 25, held Friday, J. Harley HAYES was re-employed as superintendent, Miss Rena DaMOSSO as music supervisor, and Mel BOYD as janitor for the coming school term.
- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Edith FORD spent a few days the past week at the Palmer Sanitarium in Springfield.
- Shriver School: Elmer ALBERT and son, Loren, attended the funeral of Mr. ALBERTs granddaughter, Miss Juanita DUNCAN at Cubbage Chapel, Saturday.
- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Amy HINES, who has been working at the defense plant in Bloomington, is spending a few days here with her husband.
- Swift School: Miss Velma Jean CONANT left last Friday for Texas to visit with Sgt. Harold ROBB.
- Swift School: Mary Evelyn and Helen BASSETT spent Saturday night with Clyde GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife spent Saturday evening at the Billie MORRIS home.
- Swift School: Elsworth CHANDLER and family spent Easter near Zion with Guy CHANDLER and family.
- Sgt. Frank BOYD of Louisiana is here on furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mel BOYD and Harry.
- Green Ridge: Frank DOUDERA Sr. celebrated his 75th birthday Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Edward DOUDERA, Mr. and Mrs. George DOUDERA and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde OSBORNE and son, Dennie, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. DOUDERA and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry DOUDERA, Mr. and Mrs. Joe DOUDERA, and Mr. DIXON.
- East Zion: A large crowd from this vicinity attended the funeral for Glen HILL held at the Patoka Gym Sunday.
- East Zion: A large number from this community attended the funeral for Charles MEADOR held at the Vernon Methodist Church, Monday.
- East Zion: Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, who has been in Texas with her husband the past 5 months, returned home Saturday. Her husband was moved to another camp in Texas.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Marvin CONANT and daughter, Velma, called on Mrs. Esta ROBB, Thursday morning.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son of Coffeen, spent Easter Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Mary SLOVICK enjoyed a long distance call Sunday from her daughter, Anne, who is stationed in Okla.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES were in Patoka Sunday attending the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wes MARTIN. Mrs. MARTIN is a sister of Mrs. JONES.
- Cpl. Ralph JENKINS of Kentucky spent Sunday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS.
- Cpl. Cecil INGRAM has returned to his camp in Louisiana, after a 10 day furlough with his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed INGRAM.
- Sgt. Beryl DISS returned Tuesday to Louisiana after furlough spent here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS.
- Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield spent the weekend here with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and Miss Ruby.
May 6, 1943:
- Miss Ruth STOCK of Farina, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex STOCK, and Rubin BUSHUE of Mason, son of Tom BUSHUE, were married May 5 in St. Philomena Catholic Church of this city. The attendants were Blanche BUSHUE, sister of the groom, and Richard STOCK, brother of the bride. They couple will reside on a farm near Mason, Ill. Mr. BUSHUE is a nephew of Mrs. Pat JAMES of this city.
- The recent War Bond Drive for Kinmundy amounted to $46,050 which was $14,050 above the quota set.
- Cecil Henry, 11 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward ROWLAND, of this city, died Monday at 10 p.m. after drinking kerosene at 7 p.m. that same evening. The baby was crawling on the floor when it found a tin can partially filled with the kerosene. The ROWLANDs have been inhabitants of our city for more than a year. Mr. ROWLAND is an oil worker. Mrs. ROWLAND was severely burned about a year ago while attempting to kindle a fire with kerosene. The boy is survived by the parents, 1 brother, Marion, 6, and 2 sisters, Sandra, 5, and Annette Ruth, 3. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Ed CRAIG, residing 3 miles southeast of this city, died suddenly from a heart attack last Thursday while at work in his barn. His daughter noticed him sitting in the doorway of the barn cleaning his shovel. She went on about her work in the kitchen and when she glanced that way again, she could see he had fallen backwards. She rushed to him and found him dead. Mr. CRAIG had lived nearly his entire life in this community and was a highly respected and well-to-do farmer. Services were held from the Methodist Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. J.E. CRAIG, son of James and Katherine WILKINSON CRAIG, was born March 30, 1866, and died April 29, 1943. His mother died Feb. 2, 1891, and his father June 24, 1911. He was the youngest of their family of 5 sons and 3 daughters, and the last of them to pass away. He was married to Miss Emma BAIR on Dec. 25, 1877, and they had 1 daughter, Eula, at home, and a son, Marshall, who lives nearby. He joined the M.E. Church South in 1903. He leaves his wife, son and daughter, daughter-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
- Jesse REESE and family received word Sunday that their son Ernest Eugene, was stationed in Missouri.
- Mrs. Annie FOSTER passed her 80th birthday May 4 in the home of her sister, Mrs. Kate SONGER. Due to the serious illness of Mrs. SONGER, the day was spent very quietly. Most of Mrs. FOSTERs life has been spent in Oklahoma City, OK., but for the past 6 years, she has made her home here.
- Pleasant Grove: School closed at Elder last Thursday. A wiener roast was enjoyed at noon. Mrs. See MILLICAN was the teacher.
- Meacham: The P.T.A. of Rockhold School held their last meeting for the school year, Friday, at the schoolhouse with a large crowd. Mrs. WEISS had the scholars give a program, and Mrs. DILLON played a piano solo. Officers chosen for the next year were: President, Mrs. Ruben CRAIN; 1st Vice, Mr. William SLANE; 2nd Vice, Mrs. HASSEBROCK; and secretary, Mrs. GREENWOOD.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN Sunday evening.
- Wilson School: Friday being closing day of our school, a big surprise basket dinner was prepared by patrons of the district for the teacher, Mrs. Bertha SEE. A program was also enjoyed.
- Wilson School: Wilford DENHAM and son, Mr. and Mrs. Verl BOWLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Harold BOUGHERS of Salem, Mrs. Latha BASS of Goshen, Ind. were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Eura SHAFFER, it being Mrs. SHAFFERs 27th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul CHITWOOD of Salem were afternoon visitors.
- Omega: Lawrence VANDEVEER is home on furlough on account of the illness of his mother, who is in serious condition.
- Omega: See MILLICAN finished his term at school at Oak Park last week and parents came at the noon hour with well filled baskets.
May 13, 1943:
- Last Thursday evening a reception was held in the Methodist Church in honor of the new minister and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Lisle MEWMAW.
- Mr. and Mrs. John CONANT have a baby girl named Barbara Sue.
- Robert James is a new member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. T.P. McHENRY and Carol Ann of Shelbyville. He was born May 5 in Decatur Hospital. The mother is Dosh, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert NIRIDER, former residents of Kinmundy.
- The Graduation Program of the Kinmundy 8th Grade School was printed. Graduates were Bobby BAILEY, Charles BASSETT, Junior DISS, Mary Lou FOLLOWELL, Charles GARDEN, Betty Jean GEILER, Roy HALL, Betty LEE, Marilyn MILLER, Dora MULVANY, Howard MULVANY, Mary Ruth MULVANY, Lillie OLDEN, Zola ROBNETT, Raymond SHAFFER, Lester VANDEVEER, and Arlene ZIMMER. Miss Alice FRENCH is the teacher.
- Richard MOTCH of Tenn. has been promoted from Seaman 1st Class to Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class. Richard has just completed a 20 week course and graduated last week. In 2 weeks he will be sent to either Florida, Oklahoma, or Kansas to school.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY have a 7 lb. girl born in the Salem Hospital on May 9 named Amy Josephine, and will be called Amy Joe.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON received word that their grandson Pvt. William D. WILKINSON is in a base hospital in Ga. for an operation on an injured knee.
- Richard MOTCH, A.M.M. 3rd Class of Tenn. visited Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH and John.
- Pvt. Clyde THOMAS of Jefferson Barracks called on his grandmother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT.
- A.M.S. 3rd class Bennie DOOLEN who is in the Navy spent Mothers Day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN and Charles Lee and Lela Mae.
- P.F.C. Tom GARRETT of Calif. is spending his furlough with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT in Alma and relatives here.
- Sgt. Maxey SPENCER of Georgia is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER.
- Cpl. Carl JONES of Pa., and Mrs. JONES of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. JONES of Foster twp. were callers at the Edgar JONES home Friday of last week.
- Prof. B.O. WILCOX has returned home after spending the past several weeks in Savannah, Mo. receiving treatment for cancer.
- Mrs. Martha DOWNS has received word from her son, Tracey, who is in the army, Wis. stating he has undergone an operation and is recovering.
- Melvina Josephine NANCE THOMPSON ALLARD was born June 26, 1865 in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo. At the age of 19, she was married to Henry THOMPSON and they had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 son, Mrs. Frank BALDWIN of Flint, Mich., Mrs. Alvin SANDERS of Kinmundy, Mrs. Etta BURFORD of St. Louis, Mo., and Roy L. THOMPSON who died at the age of 3. Her husband died Feb. 26, 1906. Besides her daughters she is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. In 1908 she married to Ambrosia ALLARD. She died at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 10 days. Services were held from the Church of God with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- East Zion (from last week): Carl JONES, who is stationed somewhere in camp, and wife spent a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. JONES.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): The school in the district closed Friday and we regret that our teacher, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL will not be with us another winter. She has contracted to teach the Green Ridge School next year. She made many friends here.
- Shanghai (from last week): Mr. Pat FORD was brought home from the Vandalia Hospital last week and is staying with his daughter, Mrs. Tillie HULSEY. He is still very ill. (DFM note: This name should be Mr. Charlie FORD, not Mr. Pat FORD.)
- Green Ridge (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Russell OSBORNEs infant son as buried Saturday in the Allman Cemetery.
- Meacham: Thursday was the last day of the Rockhold School, and the teacher, Mrs. Walter WEISS, with Mrs. Bertha JOHNSON and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTEN, took the scholars to Bryan Park in Salem for a picnic.
- Swift School: School closed the last day of April at Swift School. The parents surprised the teacher Miss Maude LEWIS by coming at noon with well filled baskets.
- Swift School: Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann, and Carol GARRETT, wife and son spent Monday afternoon in Salem shopping.
- Swift School: Elsworth CHANDLER and family spent the weekend in Granite City with Frank GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Pvt. Emmett GARRETT of Kentucky and Mrs. Frank GARRETT were calling on relatives and friends in this community Tuesday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann spent Sunday with Burt GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Fred GAMMON and wife of Kinmundy spent Sunday with Virgil LIVESAY and wife.
- Howard MILNER left Sunday for Detroit, Mich. to be inducted into the Army Tuesday. He enjoyed a weeks vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer MILNER and Miss Louise.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER were made grandparents again by the arrival of a granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER, May 5.
- Pleasant Grove: Sgt. Flory REPEC of Calif. came home Sunday on a furlough with his mother, Mrs. Nellie MAYBERRY.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin CURRY attended the funeral of their little nephew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWRY in Salem, Wednesday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE was rather surprised Sunday when their children, Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck KELL, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE, and families came with well filled baskets to spend the day. Paul SMITH and Mrs. Lulu BARALL and son, Gene and daughter, Lois were also present. The children presented their mother with some nice presents in honor of Mothers Day.
- East Zion: Ellis BASSETT visited Friday with Elmer BASSETT.
- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Ruth MARSHALL PIERSTORFF is visited at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL, her husband, Chas. F. PIERSTORFF reported for duty in U.S. Army at Camp Grant, May 11.
- Meadow Branch: Howard MILNER visited from Tuesday thru Sunday with his parents and sister, Louise, and he went to Chicago Sunday for induction into Military Service.
May 20, 1943:
- Under the direction of Farm Advisor, Fred BLACKBURN, the annual Marion County 4-H Club Rally and Officers Training meeting was held at the High School Gymnasium on May 12, with approximately 300 boys and girls and 50 leaders and parents attending. This is the largest 4-H Club Rally held in Marion county.
Boys Leaders are:
Dean BEALS, Centralia, leader, and Charles KINSEY, Centralia, Assistant Leader, of Egyptian Willing Workers.
John OSTRODKA, Sandoval, Leader, Richard SIEDEL and Vance AL____ of Sandoval, assistant leader of "Sandoval Producers"
H.R. MORRIS, Salem, Leader of "Hickory Holler"
Glen McCARTY, Kinmundy, Leader of "Prairie Grove Go-Getters"
Franklin CRAWFORD, Kell, Leader of "High Point Production"
Sam E. LOWE, Kinmundy, Leader, and Burl GREEN, Kinmundy, Assistant Leader of the "Victory Producers"
Jesse BLANKESHIP, Kell, Leader, and Bob PURDUE, Kell, Assistant Leader, of the "Kell 4-H"
Charles BOOKOUT, Salem, Leader, and Paul VURSELL, Salem, Assistant Leader of the "Plow Jockeys"
Jake DAVIS, Patoka, Leader of the "Patoka Panthers"
Paul LONG, Iuka, Leader of the "Siloam Victory Bees"
O.M. KING, Centralia, Leader of the "Victory Fighters 4-H"
Paul HESTER, Salem, Leader of the "South Side Junior Farmers"
Francis LECKRONE, Salem, Leader, and O.K. FRANCIS, Salem, Assistant Leader of the "Tonti Wildcats"
G.M. VILLERS, Salem, Leader, and S.J. SEIBER, Odin, Assistant Leader, of the "Home Front Victory Club"
W.G. FEATHERLY, Iuka, Leader, and Leroy WOOLRIDGE, Assistant Leader of the "Iuka Tigers"
Cloud BETTS, Vernon, Leader of the "Vernon Victory Club"
Girls Club Leaders are:
Mrs. H.H. BELLAMY, Sandoval, Leader, and Mrs. M.M. BELL, Sandoval, Assistant Leader of the "Sandoval 4-H Foods"
Miss Ada Marie HARVEY, Sandoval, Leader of the "Sandoval 4-H Clothing"
Miss Vivian MORTON, Kell, Leader of the "Panhandle Girls 4-H"
Mrs. Grace JACKSON, Alma, Leader of the "Lucky Four" and also the "Stitch and Chatter Club"
Mrs. Florence WYATT, Salem, Leader of the "Jolly Workers"
Mrs. Bruce PUGH, Patoka, Leader of the "Save and Sew"
Mrs. O.M. KING, Centralia, Leader of the "Girls Victory Fighters"
Mrs. Norene KELL, Salem, Leader of the "Rainey 4-H Victory Club"
Mrs. Alta AUSTIN, Salem, Leader of the "East Union Busy Boosters"
Mrs. Hazel MAXEY, Kinmundy, Leader of the "Shrivers Sewing Sircle"
Mrs. Leroy EVANS, Salem, Leader of the "Girls Home from Victory Club"
Mrs. Cloud BETTS, Vernon, Leader of the "Vernon Victory Fighters"
Mrs. Roy MILLER, Kinmundy, Leader of the "Brubaker Busy Bees"
Mrs. Paul LONG, Iuka, Leader of the "Siloam Girls 4-H"
Miss Alice KELL, Salem, Leader of the "Apple Ridge 4-H Club"
Mrs. Anabess WALSH, Salem, and Mrs. Eleen CROSBY, Kell, are organizing girls clubs but have not named their club to date.
- Mrs. Kate SONGER died at her home here Saturday after an illness of several months duration, aged 67 years, 6 months, 6 days. Services were held from the home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Katherine Louise, daughter of Gotlieb and Rachel FENSTER, was born in Kinmundy, 1 of 7 children. The parents; 3 brothers, William Grant, Charles and Roy; and 1 sister, Mary (Mrs. Ed GRAY), have preceded her in death. She was married to Dr. Frederick S. SONGER on Dec. 7, 1903, and he died July 4, 1919. She was a member of the Easter Star and White Shrine. She is survived by 2 sisters, Anna (Mrs. Seth FOSTER), and Jennie (Mrs. Nelson LINGENFELTER), both of Kinmundy; 3 nieces, Miss Edna FOSTER, St. Louis, Mrs. Paul DUBIE, Tulsa, Okla.; and Mrs. Joel HALEY, Houston, Texas; 1 nephew, Roy LINGENFELTER, Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BROOM have received word from their son, Charles, who is in the Navy, and stationed in Maryland, that he has been promoted from Lieutenant Junior Grade to Lieutenant.
- Bennie E. DOOLEN, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. DOOLEN of Kinmundy was promoted to the rating of aviation metalsmith third class, upon graduation from the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Navy Pier last week.
- PFC Joseph Guin VALLOW, son of ye editor and wife, and Miss Mildred JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES, residing northwest of this city, were married Tuesday at the Methodist Church of this city. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. James JONES, Mrs. Ray INGRAM, brother, sister-in-law, and sister to the bride, and Carl VALLOW, brother of the groom. The infair dinner will be served Sunday in the home of the bride. They will leave next week for Michigan, where the groom is stationed.
- Miss Pauline BAGGOTT and Mrs. L.J. HAMMERS received word Sunday of the death of their aunt, Miss Alice BAGGOTT in Cincinnati, Ohio. Miss BAGGOTT, who was 90 years old, was the sister of Thomas and W.W. BAGGOTT. Services were conducted in Cincinnati, May 18 with interment in Spring Grove twp.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl SCHWABE have a baby girl born May 13, and will be called Patricia Ann.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLER, Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Emma VANDEVEER at the Onstott Baptist Church Monday. Others attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE.
- Omega: Mrs. Emma VANDEVEER, wife of H.B. VANDEVEER, died at the farm home south of Omega Saturday. Services were held at the Onstott Church near Xenia with interment in the cemetery nearby.
- Pleasant Grove: Sgt. Flory REPEC left Sunday for Georgia where he will be stationed for a few months.
- Miletus: Several from this vicinity attended the dinner at Earl JAMISONs Sunday in honor of their son, Virgil, who will go to camp this week.
- Miletus: PFC James BOSTON of Wash. is spending furlough with his wife near Louisville and his parents, Robert BOSTON and wife of this community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo CHURCH moved their household furniture to Iola yesterday where they will store it for the duration. Mrs. CHURCH will accompany Mr. CHURCH back to Chicago where they will reside for the time being. Mr. CHURCH is in the Intelligence Service of the Army.
- Mrs. Dow GREEN of Mt. Vernon came Tuesday to visit a few days with her mother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT.
- Swift School: Carol GARRETT and family and Marvin CONANT and wife spent Saturday evening at the R.H. GREEN home.
- Swift School: Velma Jean CONANT returned last week from Texas where she has been visiting with Sgt. Harold ROBB.
- Swift School: Lieut. Roy DOOLEN of Texas came Sunday for a visit.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Monday afternoon in Salem shopping.
- Swift School: Darrell Gene LIVESAY spent part of last week in Kinmundy with Fred GAMMON and wife.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday afternoon near Zion with his sister, Mrs. Joe McGRATH and son.
- Swift School: Kenneth ROBB and family, and Elsworth CHANDLER and family were Sunday dinner guests near Zion with Pete HEADLEY and family.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday afternoon with Marvin CONANT and family.
- Green Ridge: Pvt. Tom GARRETT was calling in this community Thursday.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Pvt. Clyde B. THOMAS of Jefferson Barracks spent the weekend at home with his mother, Mrs. Allie THOMAS and family.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Friday was the last day of school and the parents gave a dinner for the teacher, Mrs. Rose THURMAN.
May 27, 1943:
- Mr. and Mrs. John BROSNAHAN of Waterloo, Iowa, have twin boys born May 22, James Charles, 7 lbs 5 oz., and John Buswell, 6 lbs. 3 oz. The mother was formerly Miss Helen BUSWELL. Grandma Kate BUSWELL lives in Waterloo, Iowa.
- Mrs. Anna L. BACKENSTO died Monday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, from a heart attack.
- Mrs. Roy LINGENFELTER has received word of the marriage of her sister, Harriet DUNCAN, to Vincent LINDQUIST on May 8 in Lincoln, Neb. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Robert MOATS, Mrs. MOATS being a sister of the bride and the former Audrey DUNCAN of this city. They were married in the First Methodist Church in Lincoln. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Forrest DUNCAN of Sandoval.
- Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER have a baby girl weighing 8 lbs. born May 19 named Barbara Marie.
- Pvt. and Mrs. B.L. HANNA have a 9˝ lb. son born May 16 at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital, Louisville, Ky. He has been named Darrell Patrick.
- Hattie Castilla HILLERMAN, daughter of W.M. and Kate COX, born July 9, 1868, and died May 22, 1943. She was became a member of the Mound Chapel Church. On Sept. 15, 1892, she married James HILLERMAN, and they had 3 children: Mabel, who died at the age of 2 years; Clyde, who was buried the 19th of this month in St. Louis, Mo.; and Forrest, who is now serving in the U.S. Navy. She also leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. Mattie VINTON of Vernon; Mrs. Lyde DAVIS of Decatur; and W.H. COX of Boulder, Ill., and many nieces and nephews. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment west of Patoka. The deceased was an aunt to Mr. LINTON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ruben FULFER closed their café Sunday and are selling out their stock and fixtures. This was due mostly in not being able to get sufficient help which was impairing their health, rather than from lack of business. They will leave in about 2 weeks for Lincoln, where Mr. FULFER has accepted a position with the Raleigh Co.
- Lorentz WORMLEY, former Kinmundy lad, has been named Senior Training Specialist in Oregon. He is the son of Mr. E. WORMLEY of this city.
- Pvt. Noah EAGAN, who is stationed in Texas, was promoted to Corporal on May 17.
- Mrs. Lillian SUGG received a letter recently stating that her grandson, John L. SUGG, had been commissioned Lieut. In the United States Naval Reserve.
- East Zion: Mack ARNOLD was inducted into the Army last Friday.
- Shriver School: The Shriver Sewing Sircle will meet with their leader, Mrs. Hazel MAXEY, Sat. afternoon. All members are urged to be present.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB called on Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER Sunday afternoon.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday evening with Billie MORRIS and family.
- Swift School: Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City spent Sunday here with Elsworth CHANDLER and family.
- Omega: Donald EBLIN was thrown off a bicycle last Thursday and broke his left arm above the elbow.
- Wilson School: Miss Sarah FRADENBURG underwent an operation last week in a Chicago Hospital. It would be nice if we all remember Sarah with a card or handkerchief on her birthday which will be June 4.
- Pvt. Dale WRIGHT of Fla. is here and at Alma for a 15 day furlough.
- Pleasant Grove: Dedication Services will be held Sunday morning May 30th for the service flag at Pleasant Grove.
- Sgt. Dwight HANNA is convalescing from an operation in the Wm. Beaumont Gen. Hospital at El Paso, Texas.
- Meacham: Mrs. Ezra FELLER called on Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Wed. afternoon.
- Mrs. Viola SUMMERVILLE, aged 87, died Sunday night in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John CHASSELS, of Salem. Mrs. SUMMERVILLE, has been ill since last January. She is survived by the following daughters, Mrs. J. Frank HICKMAN of this city; Mrs. Roxie VAN SCHOICK of Bloomington; and Mrs. John CHASSELS of Salem. Services were held in the CHASSELS home and burial in Odin, the old home of the SUMMERVILLEs. Mrs. SUMMERVILLE spent most of her time here with her daughter, and had lived in Marion County for 70 years.
- Private 2nd class Joseph BORING and Miss Nell ROBERSON of Kingsville, Texas were married in the brides home in that city. Joe has been in the Navy for more than a year and is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. John BORING of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. P.F. ROBNETT have a 10 lb. baby boy born in Salem Hospital named Quinton Laverne.
- Miss Helen MILLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER of this city will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from the University of Ill. on June 7.
- William WEISS who has had employment at the shipyards near San Francisco, Calif. for the past 9 months is now with the Navy Reserves stationed in Idaho.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BROOM received word Saturday that their son, Major John A. BROOM, was now in North Africa.
- Charles B. SMITH became seriously ill in the home of Mrs. Mattie CHANCE week before last and it was necessary to take him to the Anna State Hospital last week, where he passed away Sunday. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Charles Britton SMITH, second son of John and Elizabeth SMITH, was born near Tonti, Nov. 7, 1873, and died May 30, 1943. He was a family of 6 children, 1 brother, 3 half-brothers, and a half-sister. Two brothers, Marvin and Hilary and a sister, Ethel, preceded him in death. Charles was left motherless at the age of 3 years. He was converted at an early age and joined the Southern Methodist Church at Zion. When a young man, he came to Kinmundy and went into business with his uncle, T.M. SMITH with whom he made his home and lived as one of the family til this home was broken up by death. After the death of T.M. SMITH, Chas. carried on the business till forced to retire in Jan. 1943 because of failing health. For the past 4 months he was cared for in the home of Mrs. Mattie CHANCE. He leaves 2 brothers, George, of Bloomington; Harry of Alma; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Hilary SMITH, also of Alma; and 3 cousins who always considered him as an older brother, Mrs. G.M. NIRIDER of Decatur, Ill.; Mrs. Minnie RUDOLPH of Vallejo, Calif.; and Mrs. Georgia EAGAN, Antinito, Colo.
- Anna L. PETERS BACKENSTO, eldest daughter of John and Emily PETERS, was born Jan. 3 in Edgewood, and died May 24, 1943. She grew to womanhood near Edgewood and on Nov. 24, 1899, was united in marriage with Joseph F. BACKENSTO of that city. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Strasburg, Ill., where they lived until 1919 when they moved to Kinmundy, where they have since resided. They had 2 children, John Howard, now of Hartford, Ill., and Jessie Avis, now Mrs. J.N. VALLOW of this city. Her husband died Feb. 4, 1942. Since then she has made her home with her daughter. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Kinmundy, and of the Eastern Star. Besides the son and daughter, she leaves 8 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Roy of Lucerne, Ind.; Henry of Altamont; and Charles of Centralia; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ciff KELLY of Effingham; and Mrs. Jay McCLUSKY of St. Paul, Minn. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Leon SIGRIST, the 12 year old son of Mrs. Ella SIGRIST is in St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham recovering from severe injuries received Friday when he was caught in the back end of a manure spreader at his grandmothers home north of town. He is still in very serious condition.
- William E. MAXEY, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie MAXEY of Alma twp. died in the family home Friday after an illness of 3 weeks caused be sleeping sickness. Services were held at Zion and burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem. He is survived by his parents and a baby brother.
- The Annual Alumni reception was held Sat. evening in the High School Gym with 106 members and guests present for a potluck dinner. Miss Martha JACKSON, Secretary, took charge. Not as many as usual was in attendance this year due to the several hindrances caused by the war. Miss Pauline J. BAGGOTT reported as being the oldest member present, graduating with the class of 1897. Officers elected for next year were: Pres., Donna MAULDING; V. Pres., Shirley MILLER; Secy, Donna ANDREWS; Treas., Virginia BROWN. Mrs. W.B. VALLOW gave 2 beautiful vocal selections with Mrs. HEINRICH at the piano. The remainder of the evening was spent dancing.
- Mrs. Minnie PRUETT spent a few days last week helping her daughter, Mrs. Wayne JONES and son move to Kinmundy for the duration. Lt. JONES is in the army and is in school at Yale University.
- Miss Helen MILLER will graduate from the University at Illinois June 9th with a B.S. Degree in Home Ec.
- Lt. Grace ARNOLD returned to Kentucky, Monday after a 10 day furlough with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and daughters.
- Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and daughters.
- Seaman Anne SLOVICK spent a few days here with her mother, Mrs. Mary SLOVICK, while enroute to Chicago, where she will be stationed.
- P.F.C. C.V. VALLOW of Missouri spent Sunday here with his parents and attended the Alumni Banquet Saturday.
- Cpl. Ralph JENKINS of Kentucky is home for a 3 day pass with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB called on Mrs. Lois ROBB Sunday evening.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB attended the services at Sandy Branch Saturday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and her Orchestra of Allen School consisting of the MILLER girls, Lois, Mary Jane, Phyllis Jean and Barbara, Rosalie ALDERSON, Jeanie EMBSER, and Jean HIESTAND played and sang 2 numbers at Youngs Chapel Church Sunday night. Clyde ROSE, who is taking guitar lessons from Mrs. BARKSDALE, played with them also. As Rogene ALDERSON was ill and unable to go, Mrs. BARKSDALE filled her place at the piano. Parents of the children who attended the Church services were Mrs. Roy MILLER, Mr. and Mrs. Ted EMBSER, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND, and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE. Mr. and Mrs. Loren KLINE also accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND there.
- Pleasant Grove: The dedication services were well attended Sunday morning.
- Francis KOLB left Sunday for the state of Washington and expects to find employment.
- Green Ridge: Cpl. James THOMAS called on F.L. DOUDERA Saturday morning.
- East Zion: Lieut. Roy DOOLEN, who has been spending a 2 week furlough with his wife and parents, returned to camp Sunday.
- East Zion: Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of Billy ARNOLD Sunday afternoon at the McMackin Funeral Home.
- East Zion: Pfc Ancel ARNOLD of Oklahoma is spending a 15 day furlough with his parents.
June 10, 1943:
- Mr. and Mrs. John BROOM of Alma have received word from their son, Dale, serving overseas, that he has been promoted to Sergeant.
- Shriver Sewing Sircle 4-H: We have changed our meeting day to Friday. We started our dresses and have 3 dresses cut out. Pauline JONES gave a talk on Seams and Phyllis SULLIVAN gave one on Artificial Respiration. 4 members were absent, Doris, Roberta and Nadine SMITH and Betty Ruth SILLS. Phyllis SULLIVAN, Reporter.
- Lt. Clyde Q. MORGAN arrived this morning for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN and Miss Martha. Clyde was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Finance Dept. on June 2. He graduated from O.C.S. at Duke University in South Carolina.
- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA and daughter, Wiona and Leland and wife were in Mattoon Tuesday attending the funeral of Mrs. Freeman TANNER (formerly Mildred BRASEL).
- Swift School (from last week): Darrell Gene LIVESAY went to Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON of Kinmundy to Clinton and spent Friday and Saturday with Billy JACKSON.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle met Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER to help celebrate their 25th anniversary with well filled baskets.
- East Meadow Branch: Pvt. Merle BAYLIS of Louisiana came Friday night for a 2 weeks furlough with relatives.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Charles ARNOLD attended the funeral of Mrs. Alex ALEXANDER at the Penecost Church in Patoka Sunday.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT was a business caller in Kinmundy Thursday afternoon.
- Wilson School: Francis KOLB left a week ago for Olympia, Wash. to seek employment and visit his sister, Mrs. Victor MERCER.
- Omega: A new baby was born at the Geo. FISK home. The mother is Mary Jane MULVANY, and the father, Buren MULVANY will be home on furlough soon.
- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the funeral of Ed JACOBS at the Zion Church Sunday.
- Green Ridge: A farewell party was held for James THOMAS Saturday night. He is leaving Tuesday.
- Cpl. Fred W. WILLIAMS just returned to camp in New Jersey after spending a weeks furlough with his wife and family of Peoria and also brothers and sisters of Chicago. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMS of this city.
June 17, 1943:
- Mary LANDRETH FOLLOWELL was born in Clay County, near Edgewood on Jan 10, 1885, and died at the home of her son, Percy FOLLOWELL near Kinmundy on June 13, 1943. She was 1 of 6 children born to Aaron and Judith LANDRETH, pioneer residents of Edgewood and Clay County. On Nov. 7, 1900, she married Henry FOLLOWELL at Effingham, and they had 3 children, Percy and Olive FOLLOWELL of Kinmundy, and 1 son, Alvie, who died at the age of 3 years. Mr. and Mrs. FOLLOWELL resided at Edgewood from the time of their marriage, until 1920, when they moved to Kinmundy, where they have since been engaged in farming. Mrs. FOLLOWELL has been a member of the Methodist Church for the past 14 years. She became ill last Christmas, and has been sick for several months. She leaves her husband and children, 4 brothers, Morris LANDRETH and Lawrence LANDRETH of Effingham; Curtis LANDRETH and Champaign; and Sigel LANDRETH of Marshall; and 1 sister, Oma MEARS of Effingham; also 5 grandchildren, Mary Lou, Leon, Shirley, Henry, and Wayne FOLLOWELL, all of Kinmundy. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Edgewood Cemetery.
- Roy DAVIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. DAVIS, formerly of this city, but now of Chicago, graduated from Northwestern University June 16. He was President of the Senior Class of 43, and completed his courses at night school.
- Walter MURPHY of Salem, a fireman of the C. & E.I. R.R. was painfully injured Sunday near Thebes, Ill., when his hand was caught in the stoker of the engine. The MURPHY family were residents of This city until last Spring when they moved to Salem, to be nearer Mr. MURPHYs work.
- We, have received word from Mrs. Louisa SPEER of Bellville telling us that her daughter, Miss Leona SPEER left last week for duty in the W.A.A.C. Miss SPEER was the Music Instructor of our local High School in 1941-42.
- Mrs. Lois ROBB entertained to dinner, honoring her father, J.H. NELMS on his 75th birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. J.H. NELMS, Mrs. Alma NELMS, Mrs. Hazel SEIMER, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WOLFE of Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank HICKMAN attended the funeral of Mr. HICKMANs uncle in Odin, Sunday.
- Ida MOSES TINSLEY PLUE BUTTS was born in Salem, Missouri on Feb. 13, 1890, and died June 9, 1943. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George MOSES of Salem, Mo., the 2nd of 12 children, and the first one to die in their family. She grew to womanhood and in 1905, she married Thomas TINSLEY. They had 4 children: Ona Butts of Kinmundy, Zoe Wilson of St. Louis, Mo., Vivian JONES of Bismark, Mo.; and Paul TINSLEY of Poplar Bluff, Mo. On May 12, 1916, she married Alva PLUE who preceded her in death in 1933. On July 1, 1936, she was married to Ellis BUTTS. She leaves her husband, Ellis BUTTS, and 4 children; her aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George MOSES of Salem, Mo.; 7 brothers, Arch, Hugh, John, Roscoe and Guy of St. Louis; Earl of Salem, Mo.; and Louis of Xenia, Ill.; 4 sisters, Mrs. Henry SPRINGMAN, and Mrs. Escal STRICKLIN of Salem, Mo.; Mrs. Pius HENSHAW and Mrs. Myron HUNT of St. Louis; and 4 granddaughters, Jeanette and Monetta JONES of Bismark, Mo.; and Rae Ann and Faith TINSLEY of Popular Bluff, Mo. Services were held from the Methodist church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- At a Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, the following teachers were employed for the grade school for the coming term: Supt., J. Harley HAYS; Music, Rena DAMOSSO; Grades 1 & 2, Annie YOUNG; Grades 3 & 4; Hester HEATON; Grades 5 & 6, Alice READNOUR; Grades 7 & 8, Alice FRENCH.
- Pvt. Merle BAYLIS of Louisiana is visiting his family, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS and Harold HOWELLs.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ollie CRAIN have a baby boy born Monday.
- Meacham: Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER attended the funeral services Monday for Mr. WILKE in Farina.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mrs. Katie HULTS were Salem visitors Saturday afternoon.
- Swift School: Mrs. George COLE pleasantly surprised her husband Sunday by inviting his relatives for a family dinner, Saturday being his 50th birthday. Present were: Orville WINTERS, wife and daughter, Collen, Mr. and Mrs. Steve HOGGE and son, Billy, of Salem, Mrs. Ella WIMBERLEY and 2 children of Omega, Mr. and Mrs. Ren WAINSCOT, Mrs. Richard SCHWABE and son, Dickie Dean, and Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann, Mrs. Mack ROBB, and Mrs. R.H. GREEN spent Friday in Salem shopping.
- Green Ridge: Miss Nelda THOMAS took her friend, Pvt. Hartzel POWELL, to Champaign Friday where he left for New York.
- Green Ridge: Pvt. Clyde THOMAS spent Monday night with his mother, Mrs. Allie THOMAS. He is stationed in Rantoul.
- Omega: Burne MULVANY, who is stationed in California, is here visiting his wife and new son and other relatives.
- Pvt. Harold SIMMONS arrived home Tuesday for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SIMMONS and family.
- Swift School: Elsie MORRIS and son, Jackie, Gladys CHANDLER and daughter, Donna, called on Clyde BASSETT and family Sunday evening.
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June 24, 1943:
- O.C. TOMLINSON died at the home of his daughter in Utah, where he and his wife were visiting. The funeral was held Mothers Day after which the daughter accompanied Mrs. TOMLINSON to Birmingham, Mich., here she will make her home with her son, Dolph HOWELL. Mr. and Mrs. TOMLINSON were at one time, residents of Kinmundy. Mrs. TOMLINSON, or Aunt Matt, as she was so well known here, is a sister of the late T.M. SMITH.
- Several from here attended the funeral of Harrison WISEHEART of Iola, last Sunday in the Iola Methodist Church. Interment was in Iola Cemetery. He was a retired mail carrier and his death was caused by a heart attack. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Katherine WELLS of Decatur; Mrs. Margaret CHURCH, Miss Ester, and Delbert of Chicago; Mrs. Erma MALONE of Salem; Richard of Detroit and Ray at home. Mrs. WISEHEART is a sister of Misses Evangeline and Ella PARRILL of this city.
- Services were held for Mrs. Elizabeth Jane HARMON, 97, a resident of Decatur for 37 years, on Tuesday in Decatur with interment in Illini Cemetery. She died Sunday in the Decatur and Macon county Hospital following a long illness. Mrs. HARMON, who was born in Jefferson Co. on Oct. 6, 1845, and made her home during the last few years with 2 of her daughters, Mrs. J.L. PIGG of Cisco, and Mrs. C.J. ALBERT of Decatur. She was married to William W. HARMON in Jefferson Co. on Aug. 14, 1870. He died in 1896. She was a member of the Methodist church in Mt. Vernon, where she lived before coming to Decatur. Besides the 2 daughters, she leaves the following other children: R.R. HARMON of Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Versa A. MOUNT of Centralia; Mrs. Zuella HAWKINS of Decatur; a half-sister, Mrs. Belle LOWE of Kinmundy; a half-brother, Charles CARPENTER of Mt. Vernon; and 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
- Mrs. Thelma INGRAM received word from her husband, Glenn INGRAM, stating that he had been promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.
- John FRENCH left Tuesday for Marion, Ill. where he entered the Veterans Hospital and will undergo an operation for hernia.
- Kenneth JACKSON of Dayton, Ohio, is home a few days before going into the service.
- Pvt. Cecil JONES of Wisconsin spent Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. JONES. Also Dorthea JONES and Mrs. Al UHLE and children of Chicago are spending a vacation with their parents.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN and family, Mrs. Arminda BROWN and son, Harvey spent Sunday in Danville with Arthur BROWN and family celebrating the 84th birthday of Mrs. BROWN.
- Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS has been entertaining her children the past week Mrs. Ruth BACKENSTO and daughters, Donna and Shirley and Hartford, Ill., and Lt. Raymond ATKINS of Oregon. Lt. ATKINS returned Wednesday to Army duty.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM were extremely happy to have with them for Sunday dinner, besides their daughter, Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON and children, Major and Mrs. William C. INGRAM and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce MORGAN of Karnak; Dr. and Mrs. Claude WRIGHT and family of Carbondale; Miss Nelle INGRAM of Champaign; and Mrs. Ray INGRAM of this city. Major INGRAM is being transferred from Michigan to Utah. He is moved his family back to Sullivan where they will reside. He will leave the latter part of this week to take up his new duties in Utah.
- Mrs. Sue BOWMAN has sold her home in the south part of town to the Rea GARDENS and will leave this week, taking up her abode in Salem where she has had an apartment for the past 10 years. During World War I, Mrs. BOWMAN left the New York stage where she was appearing under the name of Ruth CHANDLER to enlist as an entertainer for our boys in camp, and later entered the Government Service in the Intelligence Dept. where she remained until 1920. She has lived in New York and Colorado, but never regarded any place as home other than Kinmundy, and delights how she has decorated hotel and ship registers all over the world with that puzzling name. G.W. RUTHERFORD, Mrs. BOWMANs father purchased this property in 1885, and since that time it has been the family home. She is a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Eastern Star. Mr. and Mrs. GARDEN have been residents of Kinmundy for the past 4 years, Mr. GARDEN being an oil drilling contractor. (A picture of Mrs. BOWMAN when she appeared on the New York stage was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. Phillip GRIFFIN was home on a short furlough which he spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GRIFFIN.
- Swift School: Pvt. Cecil JONES of Wisconsin spent Monday here visiting his parents, Frank JONES and wife.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann, spent Monday in Centralia.
- Swift School: Lieut. Raymond ATKINS, his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, and sister, Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO and daughters were dinner guests of the Leland BRASEL home, Sunday.
- Prairie Grove: Kenneth HANBAUM left Tuesday for the Navy.
- Meacham: The reporter made a mistake in the item last week of the baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Ollie CRAIN. The baby was a girl instead of a boy, and her name is Donna Ilene.
- Omega: W.T. HADDEN of Siolam district had his barn struck by lightening and burned Sunday afternoon. He also lost some farm machinery and a cow.
- Omega: John McGUIRE, who is in the Navy, is home on a furlough while his ship is undergoing repairs. The ship was damaged while in battle of the Soloman Islands.
- Pvt. and Mrs. B.L. HANNA and baby son of Kentucky, spent 4 days here last week with Dr. and Mrs. H.L. HANNA and family.
July 1, 1943:
- Jerry Lee, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson HARPER, was born at their home in Clay City, Ill. on June 1, 1943, and died at St. Marys Hospital in Centralia on June 24. He leaves his father and mother, Bobby 5, and Frankie 3, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HARPER of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. GRAY of Alma, a great-grandmother, Mrs. Annie E. POWELL of Salem. Two baby sisters, Patsy Ann and Helen preceded him in death.
- New teachers employed at Kinmundy High School are: Miss Shirley Jane FINGER of Marissa for Home Economics; Miss Ruth LEMMEL of Jonesboro for English; and Miss Nona SHRIER for Commercial.
- Pvt. James GREEN of Arkansas arrived here yesterday for a visit with his wife, daughter, and mother.
- Pvt. Dwight INGRAM of Louisiana arrived here this morning for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. INGRAM.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, spent Sunday near Vernon with Mr. and Mrs. John GILLESPY and daughter, Mabel.
- Shriver School: Mrs. Ed CRAIG and daughter, Eula, and Floyd CRAIG accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Fred CRAIG of Kinmundy attended the funeral of Mrs. Earl WILLIAMS at Benton, Saturday.
- Mrs. Roy LINGENFELTER spent the weekend in Champaign with her aunt, Mrs. Roy FENSTER where they were celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clark WATSON.
- Kenneth JACKSON left Thursday for the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
- Omega: Roy MILLICAN received a Fathers Day greeting cablegram from his son, Ralph, who is somewhere in Africa, last Thursday.
- Omega: Robert WRIGHT of the U.S. Navy was here last week on furlough.
- Swift School: Dr. MILLER was called to see Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Sunday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Clyde GARRETT spent Sunday night at the Clyde BASSETT home.
- Swift School: Kenneth ROBB and wife spent Monday evening with Billie MORRIS and family.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday afternoon with Burt GARRETT and family.
- Wilson School: Sgt. Charles KLINE is here on a 14 day furlough visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS were called to the Charles METZGER home Saturday night, Mrs. METZGER having been found unconscious from heat prostration. Mrs. KLEISS stayed with her until Sunday evening.
- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Fred CHANCE was called to the home of her sister, Mrs. Catherine WILLIAMS, Thursday morning. Mr. WILLIAMS died Thursday morning and was buried Saturday. Mr. Fred CHANCE and daughter, Emma Lou, went to Benton Saturday morning to attend the services held at the M.E. Church. Interment was in Benton Cemetery.
July 8, 1943:
- Mr. and Mrs. M.C. CROSSETT, who have taken up their summer residence on their farm south of this city, received a message this morning from their daughter, Rhoda of Granite City, stating that she had received no word as yet regarding the fate of her husband who is Lt. Marion E. WILSON, of the U.S.S. Helena. The Helena was sunk during the battle of Kula Gulf on July 6.
- Rev. Cecil LOWE, a former resident of this community, paid our office a visit Tuesday afternoon and we were very much surprised to see him in uniform. He stated that he had just been commissioned a First Lieutenant in the army. He will leave the 16th of this month for Harvard University where he will enter a Chaplins school for a months training, after which he will be sent to a post. Rev. LOWE has been stationed at Oblong, Ill. for the past 3 years where he has had a circuit of 5 churches. The conference year, which will not expire for 2 more months, will be filled out by his wife.
- Ever since the sinking of the Transport McCawley in the battle of Rendova, Mrs. Stella LEE of this city has been somewhat worried because her son, Glen, was one of the crew on that ship. Although the release stated that there were no casualties, she just couldnt help worrying. Then a later broadcast stated a few members of the crew were lost. Her mind was greatly relieved Tuesday when she relieved a call from Glens wife, who stated that she had wired and also telephoned Washington and they stated that Glens name was not on the casualty list. Glen has been in the Navy for 20 years and holds the rank of Chief Boatswains Mate. He is 39 years old.
- The COPPLE Reunion was held in Farina, July 5, at the home of Mr. Wm. COPPLE. It was the birthday of Wm. COPPLE, and his 4 brothers and sister were all present. The oldest member present was 80 years old and the youngest 64. Everyone came with well filled baskets. Those present were: James DARNELL, Miss Dora COPPLE, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. COPPLE, Mrs. Chas. PERRY, Joan ABERNATHY, Mrs. Elberta ABERNATHY, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel COPPLE, Mr. and Mrs. S.E. STOCKLEY, and Mrs. C.A. BOONE of Kinmundy.
- Sgt. Rex GAMMON of Florida arrived here yesterday to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON, and his brother, Fred and wife.
- Sgt. Charles KLINE returned to army duty in California Monday.
- Pvt. Xon SCHOOLEY is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James SCHOOLEY.
- Pvt. Chester HANSON of Chicago is visiting his mother Mrs. Della HANSON.
- Cpl. Harold KLEISS of North Carolina, arrived home Monday on a weeks furlough.
- Miss Louise MILNER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer MILNER, left yesterday for Seattle, where she will be married to Forrest PRICE, formerly of Shelbyville, but now serving in the U.S. Navy.
- Pvt. Steven EAGAN arrived here Saturday from the west coast and will again make his home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison EAGAN. Steven received a medical discharge on account of a nervous condition. He stated that he would have liked to stay with his outfit, and even asked to be transferred to the Medical Corps.
- Bob, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MAHAN left last Wednesday for Champaign where he entered active service in the Navy, classified as an Engineer Specialist at the U. of I. Bob enlisted in the Navy, in November and was called for training July 1. This was his Senior year at the University where he was majoring in engineering. He is with Co. A, Platoon 4, V 12.
- When Harvey BROWN opened the Atlas Tire & Service Station for business Monday morning, he found that the firm had had visitors the night before. Entrance was gained by breaking a lock on the east window. Several packages of cigarettes, a lot of candy and chewing gum, and 4 quarts of motor oil were taken. The culprits passed up more than 100 dollars worth of tires and tubes, but the well new these could be traced mighty easy. In all about $35 worth of goods were stolen.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.W. WAINSCOTT of Champaign, formerly of Kinmundy, were entertaining their daughter, Gladys, and her husband, Albert E. SIDELL of Chicago over the weekend. The SIDELLS were married July 3 in the Olevet Lutheran Church in Chicago. Mr. SIDELL is General Supt. of the Muter Co. of Chicago which is engaged 100% of defense work. Their honeymoon has been indefinitely postponed because of Mr. SIDELLs work. They will live on the Chicago North Shore.
- On July 4, Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS, in company with their son, Fred and wife, of Salem, drove to the city park in Casey, Ill. where they met relatives and friends to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding. Their daughter, Mrs. HITT, had made all arrangements for the day, engaging 6 tables on which food was spread. The wedding cake measured 22 X 24 inches. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur LEMON, who were in attendance at the wedding 50 years ago, and Mrs. Fanchion GRAHAM and Mrs. Lucy MILLER were all present at the wedding supper and were happy to be present at this occasion, the latter being a sister to Mr. HARRIS. Mrs. Dessie WEAVER, a sister to Mrs. HARRIS, was also present.
- C. Rolland ALDERSON of this city and Miss Mary Ellen WEAVER of Farina, left for Crown Point, Ind. June 26, and were united in the First Methodist Church. They were accompanied by his brother, Leland, of Chanute Field, and friend, Miss Fermy SCHULTZ of Chicago. The bride is eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. WEAVER of Farina. She is a graduate of Farina H.S. with Class of 1940, and completed a 2 year course at the S.I.N.U. at Carbondale. The past year she taught at Prairie Grove. The groom is youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON, and is a native born Kinmundian. He attended our high school and is a graduate of the Rubicon Business School of St. Louis the year 1939. Since his graduation, he has been employed in the Accountancy Dept. of the Texas Co. of Salem. The couple will reside in Salem.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son, Don, of Coffeen, visited Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Effie ROBB called on Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB, Monday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS, Mrs. Helen HICKS, Misses Alfeata and Betty WILLIAMS, Mr. F.L. DOUDERA and family called on Mrs. Allie THOMAS, who is in the service at Chanute Field, was home for the day.
- Green Ridge: Cpl. John D. PURCELL of Wash. was visiting in this vicinity, Wednesday.
- Omega: 32 members of the HUDDLESTON, SCHOOLEY and VAN CLEVE families spent the 4th with Mr. and Mrs. Ollie MULVANY and children at their farm homes south of here.
- Shriver School: The Shriver 4-H held their 4-H held their last meeting at the home of the leader. After the business meeting, a very interesting talk was given on cutting and fitting a dress by Geneva CHARLTON, we decided to make a seat cover for the Red Cross. Special Music was given by Doris SMITH, Geneva CHARLTON, and Phyllis and Delorese SULLIVAN.
- Pleasant Grove: Private Walter HIESTAND, who is visiting home on furlough returned to camp Tuesday. Last Sunday a family dinner was held in his honor at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil ROBINSON and son of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Leo DEADMOND and children of Brubaker; Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND.
- Pleasant Grove: Francis SIPES, whose arm was badly burned last week when he was filling his tractor makes daily trips to the doctor.
- Pleasant Grove: Fern PRESGROVE is spending the week with her cousin, Myrtle WILKINS, helping care for the new baby.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL of Alma spent Sunday evening with Clyde BASSETT and family.
- Swift School: Fred GAMMON and wife of Kinmundy spent the 4th at the Virgil LIVESAY home.
- Swift School: Aunt Lizzie ATKINS and Mrs. Wes ROBB spent Wednesday at the Clyde BASSETT home.
- Swift School: Jim McNICOL and wife of Zion spent Sunday afternoon at the Clyde BASSETT home.
- Misses Florence JACK and Alice FRENCH were home for the weekend from Carbondale where they are attending S.I.N.U.
- Wilson School: Honoring their son, Sgt. Chas. KLINE, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE had as dinner guests, Miss Gladys MERCER of Salem, Mrs. Bob HILKERT and daughters of Chicago; Hugh COUGHLIN and family, and Bruce OLDEN of Kinmundy. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD and daughter, Kaye.
- Wilson School: Cpl. Harold KLEISS of North Carolina came home for a 10 day visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS and family.
July 15, 1943:
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernest SCHERMERHORN of Ridgefarm, have received word from the War Dept. that their son, Capt. Carl V. SCHERMERHORN, died while being held a prisoner of war by the Japs. They had previously received word that he was being held a prisoner. Capt. SCHERMERHORN was sent across in June 1941 in the Quarter Master Corps and was taken prisoner in the gall of Bataan.
- Mrs. Stella LEE received a letter from her son, Glen, on Monday stating that his ship the U.S.S. McCawley had been sunk, but he was safe.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.O. STOCK of Effingham received word from their son, Frederick, who is in the U.S. Army in North Africa, that he was promoted from Staff Sergeant to Master Sergeant. This was the first news they had had in 8 weeks. He is a graduate of Effingham H.S. and was owner of the Triple S Market in Effingham before entering the service in Jan. 1942. He has been overseas since Feb.
- Miss Betty Jane MAHON became the bride of A c Kenneth LACEY in the chapel at Merced Army Air Base on July 3 by Chaplain ROGERS. They were accompanied by Mrs. ROGERS, wife of Chaplain and A c Kenneth MURPHY. The bride is a graduate of Vandalia H.S. in 1940, and A c Kenneth of Farina H.S. in 1939. Mrs. LACEY has an apartment near Merced and will live there until he is moved for his advanced training, when she will accompany him whenever he is stationed. Kenneth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton LACEY, formerly of Meacham, but now of Vandalia.
- Mrs. Margaret FRISTOE, aged 85 years, died Sunday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ora PONTIOUS, near St. James, Ill. Mrs. FRISTOE has made her home here with her daughter, Mrs. Ida SMITH, for the past 10 years. She is survived by 4 children and several grandchildren. Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER of this city is a granddaughter of the deceased. Services were held in the Methodist Church in St. James with burial in St. Elmo Cemetery.
- According to a list we received from the Selective Service Board, Dale Edison COX and Herbert Wayne ROBB were among those who have been accepted for the armed forces. Wayne ROBB, who received a medical discharge from the Navy several months ago, volunteered and was accept by the Army.
- We have received word that Raymond ATKINS, son of Elizabeth and the late Dick ATKINS, has been promoted from second to first Lieutenant on June 14.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES received word from their son, Dick, who is in the service in Texas stating that he had been promoted from P.F.C. to Corporal.
- The Adolph DIETRICK No. 1, which was drilled south of town on what is known as the PRICE farm, was plugged.
- Mr. and Mrs. William HICKS of Maroa, Ill. have a son, Donald William, weight 6 lbs. The mother is formerly Mildred SANDERS of this city.
- Mrs. Belle SUTTON received quite a scare Sunday morning when her heating stove exploded, setting fire to her back porch. Her son-in-law, W.G. SNELLING, happened to be there and with the help of Jack DISS, who was unloading limestone nearby, the flames were soon extinguished with very little damage.
- Harve BRANSON has received word that his brother, Anson, is confined to Billings Hospital in Chicago suffering with heart trouble.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Martin HASSEBROCK received a message Monday telling of the serious accident that happened to their daughter, Mrs. Edna HAWKEY of Salem. She was hit by a truck and taken to the Salem Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL took Mrs. HASSEBROCK to the hospital. We hope for Mrs. HAWKEY a speedy recovery.
- James GREEN returned to camp after spending a 10 day furlough here with his wife and daughter.
- Mrs. Charlotta HEINRICH was a dinner guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. HEIL of Salem, Tuesday. She was met there by a cousin, John D. GUNN, who expects to leave for overseas duty soon.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CHANDLER are parents of a 9 lb. girl born July 7. She has been named Sandra Gayle. The mother is formerly Mary Jane McNICOLS.
- East Zion: Mr. James OSBORNE spent Sunday with his daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT called Saturday night at the Dick BROWN home.
- East Zion: Robert JONES who has been in camp at Fort Sam Houston was discharged from the army and returned home Friday.
- Omega: Wilbur PITTMAN received painful burns last week while repairing the carburetor in his car.
- Swift News: Mrs. Marvin CONANT and daughters, and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, spent Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Swift News: Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and son spent Sunday evening with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Swift News: Floyd GARRETT spent Sunday with Eli CONANT.
- Mrs. A. GEIBE of Alton and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and daughters dined with Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and children Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. JACKSONs 34th wedding anniversary.
- Pfc Orris WINTERS, who is stationed in Michigan, spent a 10 day furlough with his wife and daughter at the home of Mrs. WINTERS parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. MOELLER. He returned to camp the 9th.
July 22, 1943:
- On July 12 in the home of Rev. and Mrs. J.C. BUNN in Seattle, Wash., occurred the wedding of Miss Ella Louise MILNER to Aer M3 c Forrest B. PRICE. Attending the couple were William FEWKES and Miss Carlena ALLEY, both of Seattle. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer MILNER, residing west of this city, and is a member of the graduating class of 39. She was employed at the Navy Arsnel in Indianapolis before going west to be married. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl PRICE of Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville H.S. with the class of 34. He also graduated from Sparks Business College in 35. He was employed as shipping clerk for Ann Arbor Mfg. Co. in Shelbyville before entering the naval service in Aug. 1942. He has been stationed in Washington since Jan. They will reside in Seattle, Wash.
- Joe BILEK, aged 50, died in the Salem Hospital Sunday. Services were held from the Baptist Church in Alma with interment in Martin Cemetery. He had been under doctors care for the past months. He was taken to Salem Hospital Saturday morning where an emergency operation was performed for a duodenal ulcer. Upon examination of the ulcer, the doctors said there was no hope of his recovery. Joe was the son of Vincent C. and Mary BLASKEY BILEK. He was the youngest of 11 children, and was born in Foster twp. in the house where he made his home his entire life with the exception of the time he spent in the service in World War I. He is survived by 1 sister, Miss Emma, with whom he made his home, and 1 brother, James, who lives just south of the home place in Foster twp.
- Mrs. Nora M. PERRY, wife of Charles PERRY, died in the Salem Hospital Monday following an operation for appendicitis. Services were held from the Arnold Chapel Church with interment in the Phillips Cemetery in Meacham twp. Besides her husband, she leaves 2 sons and a daughter, all grown. This good family were former residents of Meacham twp. where they owned a store for several years. For the past few years, they have owned the store at Arnold Chapel.
- In St. Charles, Mo. on July 15, Mrs. Eileen MARTIN became the bride of Pfc. Harlas D. KRUTSINGER. They were accompanied by their mothers, Mrs. Eura KRUTSINGER and Mrs. Tanner MARTIN and an aunt of the groom, Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER. They are each former residents of Marion county. The bride was an employee of the Brown Shoe Co. in Salem. The groom was inducted into the Army at Battle Creek, Mich. on Oct. 20, 1942, and was sent to Oregon where he is serving at present as first cook. The bride will return with him and they will make their home in Cowallis, Ore.
- Word has been received of the marriage of Walter J. DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. DOOLEN of this city, to Miss Jo DAVIS, of Macomb, Ill. Walter has just been graduated from officers training school as Second Lieutenant. He has been transferred from Virginia to Utah.
- Miss Rena DaMOSSO, music teacher in the local schools has resigned her position to take a school closer to her home in Harrisburg.
- Cpl. Carl H. MILLICAN of Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben MILLICAN of Omega, and Miss Ruth A. HINES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES of Alma, were married on July 17 in Salem. The ceremony was performed by Judge O.A. JAMES. The wedding party enjoyed a fried chicken dinner at the Byron MILLICAN home. Those present were: Cpl. and Mrs. Carl MILLICAN, Mr. and Mrs. Bryon MILLICAN, Misses Neva and Margaret MILLICAN and Mr. Harold MILLICAN. Cpl. MILLICAN returned Tuesday to his duties in Texas. Mrs. MILLICAN will reside in Alma until some future date when she can join her husband.
- Miss Mona WEST, the 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don WEST returned from the Greer Hospital to the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS. Mona had undergone an appendectomy last Saturday, July 10.
- Roy MISSELBROOK was honored this month by having his picture as well as some scenes from his farm in the Illinois Conservation Magazine. For several years he has been doing conservation work in his spare time for which he is to be praised.
- Among those accepted for the Armed Services in the last call was Ralph George HOYT of this city. Also Donald Wesley KESTER of Salem, but a former resident of this city and Robert Earl EAGAN of Patoka, a brother of Mrs. B.F. LINTON of this city.
- The WILLIAMS Barber Shop was reopened Saturday under the management of G.F. SHELDON of Michigan, who happened to be in this part of the country on a visit. He was a former resident of Clay County and has many friends in this community who are glad to see him enter into business in our city. William HAMMER, who recently closed the shop here and went to Salem to work, says he likes his new location fine.
- Raymond SWIFT, of the SWIFT neighborhood was painfully injured Saturday when he caught his right hand in a binder while cutting redtop hay. He was taken to the Salem Memorial Hospital and remained there until Sunday.
- Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON received word from her son Neil, that he has been promoted from Staff Sergeant to Sergeant Major.
- A boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GEILER last Saturday night named Bryce Alan.
- The many friends of Mr. W.H. MORGAN will be pleased to know that he was able to be out in the car Sunday morning. He stated that this was the first time his feet had touched the ground since last August.
- In recent weeks, the papers have carried stories concerning young boys being employed as telegraph operators and agents. Kinmundy can also be mentioned, as John PIPER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul PIPER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul PIPER is employed by the C. & E. I. R.R. as such. John has gone to work for the summer but will return this fall to finish his senior year at K.C.H.S. For the past month, John has worked as operator at Kell and Altamont, and at the present is employed as agent at Loogootee. He is a steady, dependable lad, and takes his work seriously.
- East Zion: Mrs. Gladys CHANDLER and little daughter, Wanza, spent Sunday at the Elmer FRIZZELL home.
- East Zion: Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, were business callers in Patoka Saturday.
- Meacham: July 18th being the birthday of Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, the Community Birthday Circle gathered at her home and pleasantly surprised her there. Lemonade, cake and cookies were served.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Glen JARHAUS and daughter.
- Omega: Harlas KRUTSINGER and Eileen MARTIN went to Missouri last Thursday and were married there. They left for Oregon on Monday where he is stationed in the Army.
- Omega: Cpl Carl MILLICAN and Ruth HINES were married last week and were charivaried at his parents home Saturday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Eileen MARTIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tanner MARTIN of the vicinity, and Harlas KRUTSINGER, who is home on furlough from Oregon were married Thursday. They will leave Monday for Oregon where he is in camp.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Roy STEVENSON received word last Monday of the death of their son, Lt. Dwight STEVENSON, who was somewhere in North Africa.
- Pleasant Grove: The 4th Quarterly meeting will be held at Pleasant Grove Sunday night July 25.
- Pleasant Grove: The Ralph SQUIBB and Roy CRONE families recently moved from Brubaker to Salem.
- Pfc Merle SCHNEIDER of Louisiana is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SCHNEIDER.
- Miletus: On July 18, about 100 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER with well filled baskets and enjoyed a farewell dinner in honor of Pfc Harlas D. KRUTSINGER and wife, who left Monday for Oregon. A list of those present was included.
- Shortly OLDEN, Ray BOUGHERS, Clark SCHOOLEY, and Cotton LEMAY left Wednesday afternoon for South Dakota where they have employment.
July 29, 1943:
- 1st Lieut. Chas. W. YOUNG, 25, son of Mrs. Annie YOUNG, of this city, well trained for duty with troops in the field after 6 weeks of rigorous preparation graduated from Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He attended the Univ. of Ill. where he received his M.D. degree.
- The body of Miss Emily K. BARBEE arrived here yesterday on the C. & E.I. train and was taken to the Linton Undertaking Parlors. Short services were held in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was a daughter of Joseph BARBEE and the late Mollie (Nee HANEY) BARBEE. She was born Jan. 2, 1901, and died rather suddenly in the State Hospital at Dixon, Ill. Saturday. Preceding her in death besides her mother were 3 sisters, Josephine, Ruth and Altajune. Surviving are her father and step-mother, 1 sister, Mrs. Cleda LEONARD of Oak Forrest, Ill.; 1 brother, Lewis of Blue Island, Ill., and 1 half-brother, William, now serving in the naval forces.
- Mrs. Harriett DeVORE of this city celebrated her 91st birthday very quietly on July 25th.
- The County Superintendent, Mr. CHANCE, has announced that there are 17 rural schools in this county without teachers for the coming year which include Lacey and Prairie Grove in Meacham twp., North Fork and Doolen in Foster twp., and Shriver in Alma twp.
- PFC and Mrs. Robert HANNA announce the arrival of William Homer, who was born in Salem Hospital on July 8th. After bringing him home they found his diet did not agree with him and they returned to the hospital for a week, but they are home now.
- Mrs. A.J. YOUNG left Thursday for Springfield, Mo., where she will meet her son, Lt. Chas. W. YOUNG. Chas. will complete his training course at Carlisle Barraks, this week and goes to OReilly Hospital in Springfield to await further orders.
- S1 c Frank ARNOLD of R.I. and Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield, Ill. spent the weekend with their mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and Miss Ruby.
- Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO, and daughter Shirley and son, Joe Dick, of Hartford, Ill. spent Saturday here with relatives. Joe DICK is in the Navy and is to report in California, for active duty. He has been in school in Chicago for the past 3 months.
- According to a list received from the local Selective Service Board, Herschel Walter BRIM and Charles Frederick GAMMON, of this city will appear for induction soon. There are 47 names on the list but these are the only two boys from this vicinity.
- Lloyd TRASHER, Jr. of Glen Ellyn, Ill. entered the U.S. Army, July 19th. This marked the 25th
year to the day that his father entered the Navy in World War I.
- Leon JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES, and Charles Lee DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN, were in Rantoul Monday taking their mental and physical examination for the Army Cadet School. This is a reserve unit and the boys both seniors at our high school are supposed to be able to finish this school year, but they are subject to call any time.
- Corporal Eddie HALLER was promoted to Sergeant on July 1st. He is overseas.
- Memorial services will be held Aug.1st in the Methodist Church in Ridgefarm for Capt. Carl SCHERMERHORN, who died as a prisoner of the Japs. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest SCHERMERHORN, former residents of this city.
- Omega: Howard MULVANY, who is stationed in Texas, is spending his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew MULVANY.
- Omega: Carl FIELDS of the U.S. Marines, who is stationed in North Carolina, arrived here on furlough Sunday.
- Leland ALDERSON is enjoying a 6 day leave from Chanute Field in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE and son, Garrett, returned home Friday after spending the last week with Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT.
- Swift School: Raymond SWIFT met with a very painful accident Saturday while cutting hay. He got his right hand caught in the binder and cut and mashed it badly. He spent Saturday in Salem Hospital.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday evening with T.E. ROBB and family.
- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. Dwight CURRIE and daughters attended a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will CURRIE in honor of their son, Marion, who is at home on furlough.
- Shriver School: The Shriver Sewing Sircle met with Misses Doris and Roberta SMITH Friday afternoon. Talks were given on pressing garments by Carlin HANKS, Hems by Phylis SULLIVAN, Patches by Doris SMITH, Dressing wounds by Roberta SMITH. Guests were Mrs. Nina CRAIG, Charles JONES, Roberta HANKS, and Naomi SIMMONS.
Aug. 5, 1943:
- J.F. HICKMAN has resigned from School District 500 this past week and has accepted a position as Superintendent of schools in Vernon, Ill.
- Mrs. Liza GENTRY celebrated her 83rd birthday on July 25, 1943. Her sons, Rev. Christy GENTRY and wife of Spivey, Kansas; Sherman GENTRY and family, Henry GENTRY and family, and Fred GENTRY and family, all of Decatur; Shelby GENTRY and family, Redus GENTRY and family were guests of their mother on this occasion.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BORING of this city have received word that their son, John, Jr. has been promoted from Baker 3 c to Baker 2 c. John is in the Navy.
- The Arnold Chapel Picnic will be held Saturday night, Aug. 7th, in the Merle JONES Grove. Everyone is invited to attend.
- A letter was printed from Chaplain (1st Lt.) Gail W. HINES. He is seeing the sights of the southland on foot in Louisiana.
- A letter was printed from John A. BROOM, Jr. stationed in North Africa.
- Word was received by Mrs. F.W. KILLIE of the death of her sisters husband, H.F. SCHOLING, of San Bernardino, Calif. last Tuesday after a brief illness. Burial was in San Bernardino. Mrs. SCHOLING was formerly Miss Wattie STEEN and lived in Kinmundy as a girl.
- Cpl. Raymond A. MOELLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward MOELLER and Miss Elma TORTI, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John TORTI of Dixon, Ill. were married July 22 at the Air Base Chapel in Mississippi. Mrs. MOELLER will make her home in Mississippi while Cpl. MOELLER is in training.
- At the Chamber of Commerce meeting, J.N. VALLOW reported that coordinator J.R. MAHAN had appointed him as Air Raid Warden this week and a trial blackout was stated on Friday evening. He was happy to report that he had fine cooperation from the people of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Raymond SMITH and daughter spent last Thursday with her mother, Mrs. Wm. EAGAN, helping her celebrate her birthday.
- Mrs. Lula KOTTKAMP, Mrs. Effie ROBB, Helen and Aleen DOOLEN, Mrs. Margaret SCULLEY and granddaughter, Madoline KOTTKAMP, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed WAGGONER of St. Louis helped Mrs. Charlie KELLER celebrate her birthday.
- Miss Mabel GARRETT of Corpus Christi, Texas, is spending her vacation here with her brother, O.E. GARRETT and wife, and other relatives and friends.
- Prairie Grove: Pvt. Donald JARHAUS returned to California after spending his furlough here with relatives.
- Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, Mrs. Jane HOLT, Mrs. Minnie SIPLE, Mrs. Lulu YODER, and Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD attended the funeral of Mrs. Jack BASOM in the Summit Prairie Church, Sunday.
- Mr. Fred GAMMON and Mr. Herschel BRIM went to Chicago Monday evening to be inducted into the armed forces. Herschel was rejected on account of an injured knee while Fred was accepted. So here after, Fred will be known as Pvt. Charles F. GAMMON.
- Mrs. J.N. VALLOW left yesterday for a weeks visit in Battle Creek, Mich. with her children, PFC and Mrs. Guin VALLOW.
- East Meadow Branch: T 3 Harold W. ROBB came Wednesday of last week on a furlough to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and others. He will leave Thursday for St. Louis to return to his camp in Texas.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and son, Harold, and Miss Velma CONANT spent Monday afternoon and evening in Coffeen with Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son.
Aug. 12, 1943:
- The body of Orville BURKETT, 40, arrived here Tuesday and was taken to the Linton Funeral Home where it lay in state until Tuesday evening when it was taken to the home in Meacham twp. Services were held Wednesday from the Booker Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery. Orville had been employed since early March with a railroad ditching gang in North Dakota. The gang was working at Marmarth, and on Sat. morning, as he was leaving his camp car, he stepped in the path of a switch engine and was killed instantly. Orville Melvin, eldest son of Frank and Annie BURKETT, was born in Meacham twp. on April 13, 1903, and died at Marmarth, N.D. on Aug. 7, 1943. He grew to manhood in Meacham twp. and attended the public school and Sunday School and Church at Booker. He leaves his mother and father; 4 sisters; Mrs. Edith BUTTS, Kinmundy; Mrs. Ruth SHIKLES of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Opal NEIDO of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Thelma LAMBIRD of Madison, Ill.; a brother, Vergil G. of the U.S. Navy and who is on convoy duty in the Atlantic; 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
- To Give Recital: Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and about 40 of her music pupils are giving a recital Friday night Aug. 13th at Woodlawn Church.
- Eugene PATHEL of Crete came Sunday for a few days visit with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harve BRANSON, before he enters the Navy.
- Mrs. Chas. FOX was in Salem Friday to attend a birthday dinner party given for Earl MERRITT at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ward HOLT.
- On Aug. 4, 1943, in the City Hall in Chicago, Miss Ruth Aileen BASSETT became the bride of Cpl. Richard Burdette WILLIAMS. Cpl. WILLIAMS has been enjoying a fourteen day furlough from his camp in California. Mrs. WILLIAMS is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and Cpl. WILLIAMS, the youngest son of Mrs. Cora and the late James WILLIAMS, all of Kinmundy. The young couple were accompanied by the grooms sister, Mrs. Harry SEMRO of Chicago. The happy couple arrived here Friday evening, accompanied by the grooms mother, who had been visiting in Chicago. They remained here until yesterday when they left for Chicago to spend two days with relatives before the groom leaves for camp. Mrs. WILLIAMS will return here to make her home for present. A charivari and shower was extended them in the home of the brides parents Tuesday evening. We join their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.
- Mr. Charley Chester FORD passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, residing northwest of this city, Monday, Aug. 9th at 9:15 a.m. aged 75 years, 24 days. Short services were held from his home northwest of this city at 10 o'clock this morning and the funeral services were held at 10:45 this morning from the Evangelical Church in Farina. Interment was made in the Farina cemetery. Mr. FORD had been very ill since last March. After spending two weeks in a hospital, he made his home with his daughters, Mrs. Roy HULSEY and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE.
- Fred TSCHUDI died in the Salem Hospital on Aug. 10 aged 84 years, 7 months, and 16 days. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He has been in ill health for almost a year, going to the Salem Hospital last fall to make his home for the winter. His condition gradually grew worse and he became an invalid several months ago. He remained in the hospital until death overtook him. Mr. TSCHUDI was one of the early pioneers of this community.
- Meacham (from last week): Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER, Henry HASSEBROCK, Miss Ella HASSEBROCK and nurse from Salem were in St. Louis Friday to see Mrs. Edna HAWKEY, who was taken from the Salem to the St. Lukes Hospital in St. Louis, where she was placed in the care of a specialist, who operated on her head, Friday.
- Meacham (from last week): Word has been received here by relatives of SI c Richard ROBB that he had arrived safely overseas.
- Omega (from last week): Halice LEWIS is preparing to open a feed store in the old Hull Building.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jack COX have a 10 lb. son born Friday and named Jack David.
- East Zion (from last week): Miss Ruth BASSETT is visiting in Chicago a few days with friends.
- East Zion (from last week): Mrs. Roy DOOLEN left Friday for Texas to be near her husband who is in camp there.
- Miss Charlene HOHNE of the Sherman neighborhood is employed in the Jesse GEORGE store as a clerk.
- Meacham: Saturday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT received a message telling of the sudden death of their son, Orville, at Marmarth, N.D.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Martin HASSEBROCK received word that their daughter, Mrs. Edna HAWKEY underwent another operation Monday and is in very serious condition.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Harry NATTIER and daughter visited Tuesday with Cyrus ARNOLD.
- T. Sgt. Zarold LEWIS of New Mexico is spending a 15 day furlough here.
Aug. 19, 1943:
- Life History of Charley Chester FORD; Well Known Farmer Residing Northwest of Here; Charley Chester FORD, the son of Calvin Chester and Emogene GOODRICH FORD, was born July 15, 1868, in Lone Grove Township, Fayette county, Illinois. The maternal grandfather of Charley was Anson GOODRICH, who with the Fords, the Bonds, and other early settlers had much to do with the settlement of the locality about Farina, and for the educational and musical interests that have centered here. Mr. GOODRICH helped organize the Seventh Day Baptist Church and the Seventh Day Baptist Society, and was for some time the President of the latter organization. Mr. William BOND, a grandson of Mr. GOODRICH, was the first baby born in the colony, and the mother of Charley FORD, Miss Emogene GOODRICH, and Calvin FORD were the first couple to be married. It is worthy to note that, the first religious services held in this early day colony, were in the home of Anson GOODRICH and this same home was sometimes headquarters for weeks for families migrating to this community. The GOODRICH family came to Farina in the year 1861 and of this family one member, Mrs. Anna MAXON, aunt of Charley FORD, survives. The father of Charley was a pioneer in this county and the experiences of his son are also those of an early settler. More than fifty years ago Charley purchased the land where the family home was built and with the exception of a few years, all his remaining life has been spent upon the farm and in the locality where he died. March 25, 1896 he was united in marriage to Magdelene JAHRAUS and six children were born to the union. Oct. 28, 1908, the wife departed this life leaving the sorrowing husband with a family of children ranging from 11 years in age to the youngest ten months old. The youngest child, George, was taken into the home of a brother, but when two years of age he was returned to the family home. The finest compliment that can possibly be paid a man left as Mr. FORD was, is the statement by his children that, "in all the years that intervened between the death of the mother and the breaking up of the home by the marriage and departure of the children to homes of their own, is the fact that he was father and mother to the family and always gave his children first consideration." He was a good husband, an affectionate father and obliging neighbor, and a loyal citizen. His word was as good as his bond and when his word was given or an obligation accepted, the contract was carried through although it might mean less to him. He was for many years a school director and was greatly interested in educational matters. He never made a public profession of Christ but at heart was a Christian and was always interested in the Church and the work it tried to do, and urged his children to attend the services and affiliate with the Church organization. For several years, Mr. FORD has failed in health and has sought relief from physicians and in the Mark Greer Hospital. These were trying days for a man as active as he had been, but he bore his affliction patiently. He was cared for in the home of his daughters, Mrs. Tillie HULSEY and Mrs. Fern BALLANCE, at whose home he passed away August 9, 1943 at the age of 75 years and 24 days. The generation to which Mr. FORD belonged to is rapidly passing away and to much credit cannot be given these men and women of their day for the sterling part they have played in the organization of our present day civilization. They pass from the scene of action but they "throw us the torch" they have carried so long with the prayer that we carry it to the completion of the things they visioned but were never quite able to accomplish. Aside from the aunt, Mrs. Anna MAXON, already mentioned, he leaves to mourn his departure, 6 children, Mrs. Jana EVANS, of Baylis, Ill.; Mr. Charles FORD, of St. Peter, Ill.; Mr. Gilbert FORD, of Farina, Ill.; Mrs. Tillie HULSEY and Mrs. Fern BALLANCE, of Kinmundy, Ill.; and Mr. George FORD, of Alma, Ill. Eleven grandchildren, two brothers, Ed G. FORD, of Alma, Ill., and Eugene FORD, of Farina, Ill., and a host of relatives and friends, who with the family, mourn his passing. Two brothers, one sister, and two grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted on the 12th day of August at 10 a.m. from the old home place in Lone Grove township and thence to the Evangelical Church in Farina. Burial was in the Farina cemetery, Rev. C.L. HILL, officiating.
- Miss Frances BAILEY of this city is now employed in the local postoffice as clerk replacing Mrs. Minnie SIPES, who was forced to resign due to ill health. Frances graduated from our high school this spring.
- On Aug. 16, 1893 in Effingham occurred the marriage of Miss Clara Etta RODE to Charles Heaton VALLOW. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple came to Kinmundy to make their home. The wedding supper was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS, Mrs. WILLIAMS being a sister to the groom. The bride was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Meter RODE, of Brownstown, a very accomplished young lady, being a school teacher and dress-maker. The groom was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver P. VALLOW of this city, and for the past 6 years had been employed in the Kinmundy coal mine. The couple continued to make Kinmundy their home until 1905, when they moved to OFallon where Mr. VALLOW was employed as mine manager. They remained there until 1941, when the family moved back to the old home place in Kinmundy, where they have since resided. They had 5 children: Meter, Byron, Norris, Zelma, and Audrey. Meter passed away in early manhood. On Aug. 15, relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. VALLOW to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and also to help celebrate Mr. Riley WILLIAMS 80th birthday. At the noon hour, a basket dinner was spread. A list of those present were included. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Little Miss Alice Marie ZIMMER who had been real sick last week was improving but last Friday took suddenly ill and was rushed to St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham on Sunday evening and an emergency operation was performed on her throat Monday morning.
- Ed JUNKINS was rushed to St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham on Sunday suffering from an attack of kidney stones.
- Richard MAULDING, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING of this city, was in Champaign last Thursday taking the examination for telegraph operator for the Ill. Cent. R.R. and passed with flying colors. Richard is following in his fathers foot steps, Ray is the second trick man at our local tower and has been operator for 26 years.
- PFC Earl BRIMBERRY of California arrived here yesterday to spend his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BRIMBERRY.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Francis SMITH of Utah are here visiting there parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis SMITH.
Aug. 26, 1943:
- Among the Kinmundy men who have been sent greetings and asked to appear for induction in Sept. are Thomas Alexander BOONE, Leo Woodrow WILKINSON, Tom Emmerson JONES, and Harry Earl GRAY, Jr.
- Relatives and friends of the late John W. and Nancy HOLLIT BROWN to the number of 49 met in Bryan Memorial Park in Salem on Aug. 15 for the 14th annual reunion. Officers elected were: Mrs. Tillie OCONNELL, President; Mrs. Anna SMITH, V. Pres.; Mrs. Ethel STEPHENS, Secy-Treas. Six boys from this reunion were reported in the service of their country, they were Ralph and Lowell BAGGOTT, Earl and Eugene PATHEL, Howard RINKLE, and Neale STEPHENS.
- Party given for Fred GAMMON: The high school boys and girls of this vicinity attended a party for Fred GAMMON, their school bus driver, Sunday evening at Freds home. Plenty to eat was planned by them, and Fred was presented with a nice gift. Fred leaves this week for camp. The boys and girls are very sorry to lose Fred as their driver.
- Miss Helen MILLER, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER of this city, underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Wednesday. Helen was to have left today for Washington, D.C. where she has accepted a position in the Walter Reed Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan PITTS attended the 60th anniversary of the Fairview Methodist Church near Centralia, Sunday. A basket dinner was held at the noon hour and in the afternoon, favorite songs of former ministers were sang. One of their former ministers was Rev. John BALLANCE, father of J. Lem BALLANCE, and his favorite song was "Home of The Soul".
- Capt. George A. JOHNSON has again received a citation for exception and meritorious service during an engagement with the enemy from May 6 to May 9 in the vicinity of Mateur, Tunisia. When the initial attack was stopped by heavy anti-tank fire, he so capably organized his forces and prepared for the next days attack that he overran all enemy opposition and advanced well forward into the enemys strong defense lines. Mrs. JOHNSON, who is making her home here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. INGRAM, informs us that her husband has been promoted to the rank of Major.
- The annual PHILLIPS Reunion was held at Bryan Park on Aug. 15. A list of those present was included.
- A 6 lb. daughter was born to Mrs. Aileen MARTIN, named Georgia Lynn.
- Bennie DOOLEN AM 3 c of Washington, is spending a 15 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN.
- Miss Nancy LOWE returned Monday to her School of Nursing, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. after enjoying 2 weeks vacation here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE and David. She was accompanied to St. Louis by her brother, David, who will undergo an eye operation in Barnes Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON spent Friday in Greenup with Mr. and Mrs. Lester HOWELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don JACKSON and children spent the week here with Mrs. JACKSONs parents and brother, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES of Patoka, spent Wednesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES. They reported to us that they had a telephone call from their son, Pvt. Darwin, Sunday, and he was calling from the home of PFC and Mrs. Guin VALLOW in Battle Creek.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER accompanied Mr. Shirley RODGERS and daughter to Marion, Ill. Thursday to attend the funeral of George SOLDNER.
- Meacham (from last week): Miss June ROGERS, daughter of Mrs. Shirley ROGERS leaves soon for Iowa City, Iowa where she will attend college.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER Sunday afternoon and on Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON Sunday evening.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Dr. LOGAN of Salem was called to the Ted MAYBERRY home Tuesday night to see Mr. and Mrs. MAYBERRY and son, who were seriously ill from poisoning.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Jack BARKSDALE entered the Salem Hospital Monday to have his tonsils removed.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A large crowd attended the basket dinner and services at Pleasant Grove Sunday. We were glad to have Bro. DYCAS and wife with us, also those from other churches.
- East Zion (from last week): A large crowd attended the kitchen shower and charivari Tuesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT for their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS. They received many useful and nice presents.
- Swift School (from last week): Darrell Gene LIVESAY spent Saturday night and Sunday with Keith and Marlin WALTON.
- Swift School (from last week): Wes ROBB and wife spent Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and wife.
- Swift School (from last week): Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday afternoon with Bert GARRETT and family.
- Swift School (from last week): Kenneth ROBB and family spent Sunday with Mack ROBB and wife.
- Swift School (from last week): Mabel GARRETT of Corpus Christi, Texas returned home last week after spending her vacation here with Orville GARRETT and wife.
- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL attended Mr. Charley FORDs funeral in Farina Thursday morning and Mr. Fred TSCHUDI funeral in Kinmundy Thursday afternoon.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Sergeant Zarold LEWIS, who is home on furlough from New Mexico, where he is in the Medical Corps, made a call on Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL Friday. He entered the army when Robert MARSHALL did, but they were separated at Scott Field.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB spent Saturday in Coffeen with Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son.
- Wilson School: Chester KLINE and family, and Mrs. Peter BURKE and children spent Wednesday at the home of Hugh COUGHLIN helping Billy Pat celebrate his 7th birthday.
- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Agnes HINES went to Wilmington to visit her daughters, Mrs. CLESSON and Mrs. WILLIAMS, and last Thursday night became so ill that her sons, Otis and Loyd were sent for and she died Friday night. Mr. LINTON brought her body to his funeral parlors in Kinmundy. Chaplain Gail HINES arrived Monday from Louisiana, and Sgt. John HINES is expected to reach here Tuesday from California. Services will be held Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Alma.
- Prairie Grove: Miss Virginia ROBERTS has been employed to teach our school the coming term.
- Pleasant Grove: A daughter was born Aug. 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON named Mary Jane.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY spent Sunday at Zion Prairie with his sister, Mrs. Joe McGRATH.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and wife and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters were shopping in St. Peter Saturday.
- Swift School: Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City spent last week here with Elsworth CHANDLER and family.
- Swift School: Raymond SWIFT and daughter, Dorothy, were in Ewing, Ill. Monday attending the funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SWIFT.
Sept. 2, 1943:
- Noel R. HOCKADAY, son of Jake and Mary HOCKADAY of this city, appeared in a write up in the paper of Burbank, Cal. He is the owner of 2 aircraft corporations, HOCKADAY Aircraft Corp. and HOCKADAY-NEWBY Aircraft, Inc. His history in the aircraft business was reviewed. (Pictures of Noel and of his airplane were included.)
- Nancy Agnes HINES, daughter of William H. and Elizabeth BALLANCE, was born Dec. 27, 1876, died Aug. 20, 1943. She married to Melvin HINES in 1895, and they had 9 children. 1 daughter, Elizabeth, died in 1918, and her husband died in March 1932. She is survived by 8 children, John, who is in the Army Air Force in Calif.; Gail, a chaplain in the 3rd Army on maneuvers in Louisiana; Florence of Petersburg, Ind.; Otis and Carl of Alma; Lloyd at home; and Edith and Agnes of Wilmington, Ill. Also surviving are 4 daughters-in-law, 3 sons-in-law, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Edith CAMPBELL on a farm near Salem; 3 half-brothers, Frank BALLANCE of Patoka; Ulster BALLANCE of Decatur; and Norman BALLANCE of Minneapolis, Kansas; 2 step-brothers, Charley and Barthal ANDERSON of Patoka. She united with the Zion Methodist Church when young, and later transferred to the Alma Methodist Church. Her home has been near Alma for the past 35 years, they having moved there from the Monroe SMITH farm near Patoka.
- Miss Geneva L. HEICHER of St. Louis, Mo. and Carroll L. ALLEN of Lombard, Ill. were married Aug. 28, at the Waggoner Memorial M.E. Church in St. Louis. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Dora HEICHER, residing east of this city, and the groom is the son of Frank L. ALLEN of Farina. The attendants were Avon L. MICHEL and Miss Isabel WATTLES, both of St. Louis. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of Misses Elizabeth and Ellen JENSON of St. Louis. The couple will make their home at Zimring Farms in Lombard, Ill.
- On Aug. 29 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight C. PURCELL near Alma occurred the wedding of their daughter, Pauline, to Bennie DOOLEN, A.M. 3 c of the U.S. Navy by Rev. L.E. HARD, Pastor of the Alma Methodist Church. The attendants were Miss Maxine PURCELL, sister of the bride, and Charles DOOLEN, brother of the groom. The bride, a graduate of Salem High School, has been employed in Chicago the past year. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. DOOLEN of this city, and a graduate of Kinmundy High School with the class of 41. The young couple left Tuesday for Washington, where the groom is stationed.
- HOLT Reunion: The annual HOLT reunion was held at the Kinmundy Park, Sunday, August 29, with 80 in attendance. Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB and daughter, Decatur; Mr. Carl HAMMER and family, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Edd ZINDELL and family, Mowequa; Mrs. Mildred PERRYMAN and children, Mowequa; Mrs. G.R. ROLLINSON and sons, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Orval WINDER, Salem; Mrs. Ella WIMBERLY and family, Omega; and Pvt. Francis ZINDELL, wife and baby daughter of Kentucky. The date for next years reunion was set for the last Sunday in August at the Kinmundy Park.
- Cpl. and Mrs. Paul L. WRIGHT have a son born Aug. 29, which was the little fellows mothers birthday. He has been named Richard Lynn, and the mother was formerly, Miss Betty THOMPSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT and 2 sons arrived here Saturday from Klamath Falls, Ore. to make their home. It is their intentions to take up farming on what is known as the SHUFELDT farm, a mile south of this city, in the spring. Mrs. SHUFELDT was formerly Miss Margaret WARREN. Both are products of this community.
- Ensign and Mrs. Harold R. HUGGINS have a son born in the Blessing Hospital in Quincy Aug. 22, named Richard Carl. Ensign HUGGINS is in training in New York.
- Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN have received word that their son, Roy, was promoted from a Second Lieutenant to a First Lieutenant on Aug. 18. Lt. DOOLEN is stationed in Texas.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son, have moved from Coffeen to Sumner, Ill. where Mr. HAMMER purchased the Kasten Mortuary. This good family have been located in Coffeen for the past few years where they had a Funeral Home. They sold their Funeral Home in Coffeen before moving to Sumner.
- The Shriver 4-H Club have completed and presented to the Red Cross a beautiful lap cover for the convalescent soldiers who are able to be in wheel chairs. This is very commendable for these young girls and the Red Cross appreciates it very much.
- Funeral services will be held Friday in Decatur for Mrs. Rosa FEAR. Mrs. FEAR was the daughter of the late William BAYLIS. She is survived by her husband and 4 sons; 1 brother, Ed BAYLISS of Indianapolis, Ind., and several cousins including Miss Maude and Abe BAYLISS and Mrs. Perry NEAVILLE of this city. Burial will be held in the Eastland Cemetery.
- Mrs. E.C. HUGGINS will spend the winter with her daughter, Clarabelle, who is the head of the English Department in the Cerro Gordo schools. She has given up her home in Leroy and sent most of her furniture to Kinmundy to be stored for the winter. Her 2 sons, Ensign Harold and Francis, are both in New York State, where they are in training.
- Green Ridge: Our school started Monday Aug. 30, with Mrs. Rada CALDWELL as teacher.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank KOLB and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emil MEYER and family were in St. Peter Sunday attending the HOEHNE Reunion at the Mrs. Lizzie GERHART home.
- Prairie Grove: Miss Charlotte HANBAUM returned from the hospital at Vandalia Sunday. She was suffering from blood poisoning.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ARNOLD called Sunday after noon near Vandalia with Mrs. ARNOLDs sister and family, the Frank JARRETTs.
- East Zion: School started Monday at Jones with Mrs. Blanche DOOLEN as teacher.
- East Zion: Carl JONES of the U.S. Army spent 2 days last week here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. JONES.
- Meacham: Fred E. CRAIN, S 2 c of Fort Ord is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN and other friends.
- Meacham: PFC Vernon C. PERRY of North Carolina has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Myrtle PERRY.
- With Our Lads and Lassies: A few weeks ago, we promised to print a few of the many letters boys and girls in the service. We have received some and will give them to you this week again.
- Heres one from Charley S. NEAL, who is stationed in Tennessee. He says: I want to take a few minutes to tell you how thankful I am for the Kinmundy Express as there is a lot in it my folks never write me nor think to tell me when I am home. I sure enjoyed reading those letters written by Major BROOM and Lt. HINES. Major BROOMs letter was just like a story that I read recently. And Ill agree with Lt. HINES when he says chiggers should be spelled with a capital C. We consider ourselves mighty lucky if we dont have a batch of chiggers. I nearly scratch my legs off sometimes. I am not very far from home but it sure will be nice when we all can get home and sleep on a good bed again. I slept at home on July 30th but since then my bed has been on the ground and made from two woolen blankets. I want to thank again and I enjoy every bit of your paper.
- And heres one from Sgt. Maurice D. WALTON, who is stationed way down in Texas: I wish to express my appreciation for the regular edition of the Express. It reads good every issue. Ive hardly had adequate time to read every edition, but will have more time from now on. Ive been as busy as a bee the last nine months learning how to fly a PT-19, BT-13, AT-17, and AT-9, and all the courses and subjects connected with it. Its the greatest deal on earth according to my estimation. I expect to be serving in such a unit as Major BROOM within a year at least. Word from the different soldiers from the different commands reads good although we cant release pertinent information. Well be able to release our reserve tales in the post-war Marion County Soldiers and Sailors Reunion. Ill write you a longer later around graduation date, Aug. 30th. A _____ day when I win my wings and FloBats.
- And heres one from Pvt. Lyle E. CONANT, who is sojourning in merry old England. How are you? I am fine. I get your paper about twice a month. It takes a little time for it to get here but I am sure glad to get it. I think you should be over here, and show these folks how to raise hogs and tell them which side of the road to drive on as they drive on the left side. Well, I must close. When you get a few days off, come over and see me and Ill show you around.
- Heres a short one from Pvt. Milton H. LACEY who is feeling right at home in the Lone Star State: I have a few minutes to let you know that I enjoy he paper you have been sending me. I appreciate it very much. It is good to get the paper and find out what is happening around home. I arrived here a few days ago to take 4 to 6 months course in airplane mechanics.
- This one is from Lt. Cecil C. LOWE, who has just been stationed as Chaplain in a hospital on the west coast. It was written on Aug. 22nd. Our first service was conducted at 10 a.m. today with a very good attendance. Plans are being made for Sunday evening services. Saturday evening Choir practice was well attended, last evening, and arrangements have been made for informal evening song service during the week. Music is the delight of the men and women of the Army. The willing Hospital Chaplain will find plenty to do if he keeps in contact with the various wards. The shifting personnel adds a spice to his visitations but complicates his work in as much that problems of the patient are left unresolved. We have little time to think about the home town and home folk, but they have a very important place in our affections. The Nurses and Doctors are playing an important part in this part of the Army as they have always done in Civilian life. Their efforts are being crowned with success. I consider it a privilege to be connected with a very splendid organization and unit.
- Meacham: Fred E. CRAIN S 2c of Fort Ord, is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN and other relatives.
- Meacham: PFC Vernon C. PERRY of North Carolina has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Myrtle PERRY, and other relatives and friends and is returning to camp Monday evening.
- Meadow Branch: Dr. HORSMAN was called Monday to see H.H. HOWELL.
- Omega: Word has been received from Mrs. Mary Jane MULVANY that she and the baby arrived safely in California, where she will visit her husband, who is in the army there.
- Omega: Omega School commenced Sept. 1st with Mrs. Helen MILLICAN as teacher.
- Major Coy INGRAM of Ohio is enjoying a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM. He has been joined here by his family who are in their home at Sullivan, Ill. Major INGRAM is on his way to Utah.
- In the Service: We would appreciate it very much if relatives will bring us the addresses of the Boys in the Service whose named do not appear in this column so the paper may be sent to them. And boys, in case you change your address, please notify us. Cecil ALDRICH, Daniel A. ARNOLD, Grace ARNOLD, Raymond ATKINS, Merle BAYLIS, Lloyd BAILEY, William BARBEE, Lyle E. BARBEE, James A. BASSETT, James M. BASSETT, Lawrence H. BASSETT, John T. BORING, Joseph BORING, James R. BOSTON, Marion BOSTON, Virgil BURKETT, Norman R. BOWMAN, W. Arthur BOYD, Thomas F. BOYD, Cecil BRIM, Charles BRIM, C.M. BROOM, Dale R. BROOM, John A. BROOM Jr., Earl BRIMBERRY, Warren BUSWELL, John W. CALDWELL, Ted CALDWELL, Clyde B. CAMERER, Harold CHANCE, Frances CHEATUM, Floyd CHEATUM, Alonzo CHURCH, Eldon D. COLCLASURE, Dale E. COX, Arvie Lee COX, Ambrose L. CRAIG, Lyle CONANT, James D. CONANT, Carl CRAIN, Fred E. CRAIN, W. Ralph DAY, Dwight C. DAY, Ivan DEVORE, Chas. T. DeWEESE, Beryl DISS, A.H. DOOLEN, Bennie DOOLEN, Carl G. DOOLEN, Florence DOOLEN, Roy DOOLEN, Walter J. DOOLEN, Louie F. DOUDERA, Norman Lee DOWNS, Tracey DOWNS, Floyd EAGAN, D.B. EGELSTON, Noah EAGAN, James ELLIS, Tiny L. ELLIS, Carl T. FIELDS, Harold W. FIELDS, Charles DeFORDE, Kenneth L. FULFER, Rex GAMMON, Fred GAMMON, Merle GARDENER, Dwight W. GARNER, Chas. W. GARRETT, Marvin GARRETT, Thomas L. GARRETT, Theodore L. GARRETT, Christy GENTRY, Orville GORDON, Robert A. GRAY, Carl K. GREEN, Lyle W. GREEN, James W. GREEN, William H. GREEN Jr., Edward HALLER, Delbert S. HAMMER, Howard HAMMER, James E. HAMMER, Merle HAMMER, Clifton HAMPSTEN, Louis Ervin HAMPSTEN, Richard D. HAMPSTEN, Virgil HAMPSTEN, James HANKS, H. Dwight HANNA, B.L. HANNA, Robert D. HANNA, Duane HANNA, Eldred J. HANSON, Chester HANSON, John HANSON, Lewis HAYS, Harve L. HEADLEY, Merle R. HEADLEY, Russell HEADLEY, R.C. HEADLEY, Wesley HEADLEY, Orville E. HEICHER, John Howard HELM, William H. HILL, John HINES, Gail W. HINES, Francis HICKMAN, Anson A. HINKLEY, Henry O. HINKLEY, Ralph G. HOYT, Dwight INGRAM, Glenn G. INGRAM, Cecil E. INGRAM, Elwin G. INGRAM, Joseph R. INGRAM, L.C. INGRAM, Ray H. INGRAM, W. Coy INGRAM, Virgil U. JAMISON, George JOHNSON, H. Merle JACKSON, Charles E. JASPER, Ralph JENKINS, Chas. W. JENKINS, James E. JENKINS, John E. JEZEK, Edward JEZEK, Benjamin N. JOHNSON, C.W. JOHNSON, Woodrow JOHNSTON, Harvey M. JOHNSTON, Harold JONES, Cecil F. JONES, Richard JONES, L.C. (Pete) KEEN, Harold KLEISS, Charles B. KLINE, G.R. KOTTKAMP, Harlas D. KRUTSINGER, M. Hugh LACEY, Kenneth P. LACEY, Luther LACEY, Harold LAMBIRD, Roosevelt LAMBIRD, Everett LANSFORD, Glenn LEE, Zarold LEWIS, Rev. Cecil LOWE, Joseph LOVETT, Robert MAHAN, Robert G. MARSHALL, James M. McCARTY, Rex McCARTY, John W. McCULLEY, George W. MEYER, Chas. MEYER, Donald K. MILLER, Ray George MILLER, See MILLICAN, Ralph MILLICAN, Oliver R. MITCHELL, Charles T. MINER, Raymond A. MOELLER, Clyde Q. MORGAN, Richard F. MOTCH, Arthur MUEHLHAUSEN, Arthur MULVANEY, Ralph P. MULVANEY, Edward MULVANEY, Tanner MULVANY, Ernie K. MULVANY, Charley NEAL, Perry L. NEAVILLE, H.D. OSBORNE, Warren OSBORNE, Earl W. OUTHOUSE, Tony PERGL, Donald D. PARRISH, Paul PARRISH, Oliver Paul PERRY, Vernon Cleo PERRY, James W. PIGG, R. Wayne PIGG, Hartzel L. POWELL, Charles E. PRUETT, Frederick PRUETT, Carl E. PRUETT, Lynn PORTER, Carl E. PURCELL, John D. PURCELL, Darrell D. REESE, Eugene REESE, Flory REPEC, Conrad REPEC, Harold W. ROBB, John R. ROBB, Howard L. ROBB, Wayne ROBB, Aux. Pansy ROEWE, Erwin H. SCHNEIDER, Merle SCHNEIDER, Earl SCHWABE, Harold SIMMONS, Xon SCHOOLEY, Charles R. SEE, Earl SEE, John F. SEE, Frederick SEE, John SHAFFER, Russell SHAFFER, Leland F. SHORT, Philip E. SHORT, Edwin SHREFFLER, Lyle SHREFFLER, Herschel SIMMONS, Harold SLANE, Anne SLOVICK, Joe SLOVICK, Louie B. SOUTIER, Maxey M. SPENCER, Lewis L. SPURLIN, Orval SPURLIN, Clouris M. STIPP, Darrell B. STIPP, Rolla SULLENS, Sterling J. SULLIVAN, Burdette SWIFT, Clyde B. THOMAS, Adolph TOCKSTEIN, Theodore E. TROUT, Charles V. VALLOW, Joseph G. VALLOW, Walter W. WILLIAMS, Duane WALTON, William WEISS, Pearl WHITE, Willard WILEY, Kenneth WILKINSON, Chloris WILLIAMS, Bill WILSON, Fred WILLIAMS, Glenn R. WILLIAMS, Henry E. WILLIAMS, Richard WILLIAMS, Walter WILLIAMS, Dale R. WRIGHT, Paul L. WRIGHT, Kenneth WRIGHT, Andrew YATES, Charles W. YOUNG. "250"
Sept. 9, 1943:
- The Kinmundy Schools opened on Sept. 1st with the largest enrollment ever. The high school has 190 students, and the grade school has 130.
- Mrs. Ray GEORGE was very pleasantly surprised by her family and friends Sunday, Aug. 29, when they arrived with well filled baskets to help her celebrate her 50th birthday, which was Sept. 1st. A delicious basket dinner was served at noon. A list of those attending was included.
- Maurice D. WALTON of Texas arrived here last week to spend his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. WALTON, west of this city, after receiving his commission as Flight Officer in the Army Air Corps of Aug. 31. Congratulations, Maurice, or Duane, as we know him.
- Orval SPURLIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman SPURLIN of Vandalia but formerly of this city received his commission as Ensign in the Naval Reserves on Sept. 3, and is now taking a special 12 weeks course in New York State. After this, he will be eligible to sail the seven seas.
- The 48th Annual Kinmundy Picnic will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. WATKINS (Kitty NEAVILL) in Los Angeles on Sept. 26, 1943.
- Miss Helen MILLER returned home Saturday from the Greer Hospital in Vandalia where she submitted to an appendectomy the previous week.
- The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie DOOLEN will be pleased to know that they are now at home in Seattle, Wash.
- Eugene REESE has been given a medical discharge from the army and is here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE.
- On June 25th, in the First Methodist Church of Omaha, Neb., occurred the marriage of Miss Ruby Erlene CANTRELL to Lt. John Wesley SHAFFER, Rev. A.A. BROOKS, pastor, reading the single ring ceremony. The bride wore navy blue with white accessories, with a corsage of red roses. The groom was attired in his regulation uniform. They were attended by Lt. Henry WINDMOELLER of New York, and Mrs. Robert DANLEY of Omaha. Also present were Lt. Fred RUOFF of Chicago, and Miss Marjorie BAKER of Omaha. Immediately after the ceremony the wedding party went to the Omaha Athletic Club where the wedding supper was served. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mancil CANTRELL, residing on a farm north of Iuka. She is a graduate of the Salem High School and also a graduate of the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing, St. Louis, with the class of 43. She is also a niece of Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON of this city. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. SHAFFER, residing south of this city. He is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School with the class of 34. After graduating, he engaged in farming with his father. He enlisted in the Army on Feb. 12, 1941, and was commissioned a Lieutenant on Nov. 20, 1942. After their marriage, the bride completed her course in nursing which ended last week. Lt. SHAFFER arrived here Saturday night to join his bride and make the announcement of their marriage. They will be at home after this week at 1101 S. 31st Street, Omaha, Neb. We join their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.
- With our Lads and Lasses: Heres a nice letter from none other than our good friend, Ford See MILLICAN, who grew up on the streets of Omega and is now stationed down in old Missouri. He says: I have been intending to write to you for some time to thank you for the paper I receive every week. It seems that I never have time but at last it is in the mail or soon will be. Although it makes one a wee bit homesick, it is good to know what your friends are doing. Your Zatso column gives me hearty laugh and many a chuckle when I read it. So keep the good work up, even if the boys in the service do not all write you thanking you for it. I am sure they are all tickled pink to get the old Kinmundy Express. Tell all my friends hello for me.
- And heres one from George MILLER who is about as dear to our hearts as our children, because he jumped right up from his chair at the linotype machine in this office when he received his "greeting". He has not been quite as lucky as some of the other boys as he has never been granted a furlough since he left. Here is what he says: It has been quite awhile since I last wrote the Express so thought maybe Id better let you know Ive been receiving the paper up to this week, reason for not receiving it is change of address. Last week our outfit left and are now in New York awaiting shipment overseas. Ill really appreciate the old paper after leaving the States. Everything that Ive seen in New York so far is really nice. We havent had a chance to go into the big city as yet but hope to tomorrow night. Last Friday night we were in Chicago and I thought how nice it would be to journey down to the fair city once more. However, I thought the Army would be rather reluctant about taking time off from the war just for me to say hello to everyone in Kinmundy. Well Norris, there isnt too much that I can say that the Army would approve of besides the weather and on that subject Ill just say that it is hot and drop it there. Tell all the office force I said hello and that I sure would like to be helping put the paper out once more, no doubt Guin and Neil have express the same wish several times also.
- Our community received a shock Tuesday when the news reached here that Dr. John B. MORGAN ( we knew him as Ben), had died that morning from a heart attack at his home in Cleveland, Ohio. Services will be held in Cleveland with interment made there. Dr. Ben was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN of this city, and was here on a brief visit with his parents last week. Miss Martha MORGAN left here Tuesday to be with the bereaved widow and family. Wesley MORGAN of Mississippi, and Dr. Maurice MORGAN of Oklahoma, arrived here yesterday and went on to Cleveland to be in attendance at the funeral. Mrs. Wesley MORGAN had just arrived here a few days previous from a visit in Cleveland with the MORGAN families and accompanied her husband to the funeral.
- T 5 Florence DOOLEN of Georgia came Tuesday for a 10 day furlough with her mother, Mrs. Effie ROBB and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILLIAMS and son, Bailey, were in Bloomington, Ind. last Tuesday where Bailey will enter the State University of Indiana.
- Meacham: Last Wednesday the C.B. Circle and relatives of Mrs. Dora HEICHER gathered at her home to charivari and give a bridal shower to her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll L. ALLETN. A list of those present was included.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER Sunday to help Erwin celebrate his birthday with 30 present. Those attending were listed.
- Swift School: Swift School started Monday with Miss Phyllis MIDDLETON of Alma as teacher.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife visited Sunday afternoon with Carol GARRETT and family.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER have a baby boy born Sept. 2 named John William.
- Pleasant Grove: Lt. John SHAFFER of Nebraska and bride are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. SHAFFER and other relatives. Their friends here wish them a long and happy life.
- Pleasant Grove: School began at Elder Sept. 1 with Miss Audrey FIELDS as teacher. Allen School started Aug. 30 with Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE as teacher, and Happy Hollow on Aug. 30 with Mrs. Bessie HIESTAND as teacher.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE took her pupils home with her Monday evening to spend the night.
- Meadow Branch: School in this district commenced last Wednesday with Mr. Will GREEN as teacher.
- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Homer MILNER left this morning for Indianapolis to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. CHAMBER, and getting acquainted with her new granddaughter, Margaret Joan, who was born Sept. 3rd.
- Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield is here for a few days with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and Miss Ruby.
Sept. 16, 1943:
- On Sept. 10, 1893, occurred the marriage of James E. WILLIAMS to Miss Theadocia MOUNT in Kell. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Luther HAWKINS. The groom was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS while the bride was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. MOUNT, all living near Kell. After their marriage, they lived on a farm near Kell until 1932 when they moved to Salem where Mr. WILLIAMS engaged in the produce business. In 1938, they moved to this city where Mr. WILLIAMS bought cream for a short while, after which he retired. In honor of their Golden Wedding anniversary, they were entertained to dinner in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Louis WILSON, Jr. in this city. Other guests included daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Pete PASQUALE of Peoria, and Mr. and Mrs. W.W. LOWE of this city, Mrs. LOWE being the bridesmaid at the wedding 50 years ago. On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS entertained several relatives and friends to dinner at their home, who were listed. Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS are rather young to be celebrating an event of this kind, he being 67 and she, 66. They are the parents of 17 children, namely: Mrs. Sophia SMITH of Villa Grove; Mrs. Cecil PRESSLEY of Villa Grove; Infant son, deceased; Elsie, deceased; James of Dixon; Horace of Dixon; Helen, deceased; Mrs. Rose GOWDY of Peoria; Paul of Dixon; Kenneth of Chicago; Nora, deceased; Donald of Chicago; Glen of U.S. Army; Mrs. Lorene PASQUALE of Peoria; Mrs. Annabelle WILSON of Kinmundy; Fred of the U.S. Army; and Stanley, deceased.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMS received a telegram Monday announcing the arrival of a son to their son and daughter-in-law, Cpl. and Mrs. Fred WILLIAMS. The event happened in Peoria where the daughter-in-law is staying with her parents while Cpl. Fred is serving overseas.
- Lt. William Ralph DAY of Alabama was calling on friends here Sunday.
- Beginning Saturday of this week, the fire siren will be sounded once at 12 noon each day. In case of fire, there will be at least 2 blasts sounded. This is being done so that we will know the siren is in working order at all times.
- Word was received here Monday of the passing of little Mary Frances CHEADLE, 27 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. CHEADLE. The baby was operated on Saturday for a throat ailment and died Sunday. The family recently moved to Lind, Wash., and the funeral was held there on Tuesday.
- Mrs. Maude DOWNS suffered a painful injury to her left knee and leg when she fell in the yard Sunday.
- Florence DOOLEN Entertained: Rosedale Rebekah Lodge No. 371 enjoyed a very pleasant time Friday evening after lodge in honor of WAC T4 Florence DOOLEN of Georgia, who was home on a vacation. The time was spent socially with an account given by Miss DOOLEN of her work. Games and music were enjoyed and ice cream served. Miss Edith DAY of Alma, a close friend, was the guest.
- Mrs. Belle WHITE, mother of Mrs. Pat JAMES, fell Friday morning and suffered a slightly fractured hip. She was taken to St. Anthonys Hospital.
- Miletus (from last week): The MULVANY Reunion was held as usual at the home of Clarence MULVANY, owing to the war conditions, so many were not in attendance.
- Miletus (from last week): Miss Dorothy COURSON, who recently underwent an appendicitis operation at Vandalia Hospital is suffering from pleurisy since Friday of last week.
- Pfc Eldon COLCLASURE of Missouri, was called here last week on account of the illness of his infant son, who is apparently better at this time.
Sept. 23, 1943:
- A home front casualty in the war in which 3 of his sons are serving in the Army, Dr. John B. MORGAN, vice chief of staff and director of urology at St. Johns Hospital died of a heart ailment early today at his home in Lakewood, Ohio. He had arisen early to perform an operation when he suffered the attack. Dr. MORGAN attended the St. Louis University School of Medicine and went to Cleveland, Ohio about 33 years ago to intern at St. Johns Hospital. Since the absence of so many doctors in the armed forces has meant double time work for those at home, relatives said Dr. MORGAN had been working day and night. Surviving him besides his wife, the former Bertha AMERSBACH, and his parents of Kinmundy, are 4 sons, Lieut. John MORGAN, with Army Air Forces in England; Lieut. James MORGAN stationed in South Carolina; Cpl. Andrew MORGAN of Pasadena; and David, is 14. One of Dr. MORGANs brothers, Clyde, is a lieutenant in the Army; second is a dentist in Oklahoma; a third is Dr. James MORGAN, a physician in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fourth is Wesley of Mississippi. There are 4 sisters, Genevive, married to Dr. Paul CURRAN; Edith, who works in Dr. CURRANs office; Mary, whose home is in Chicago; and Martha, a nurse in Illinois. Another sister, Miss Helen MORGAN, a schoolteacher, was killed in an accident several years ago. Dr. MORGAN was a Kinmundy boy and was born on a farm 8 miles northwest of here on Oct. 5, 1887. He was the eldest of 10 children, the son of Wesley H. and Cora DOOLEN MORGAN. He attended school in Mont Rose, Colo., and resided with his uncle John and Mary MORGAN. Later he attended Kinmundy High School from which he graduated in 1906. He received his degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1910. He specialized in Ohio in urology and in 1937 went to Czechoslovakia to take a special training in this subject. On Jan. 7, 1914, he married Miss Bertha AMERSBACH of Cleveland and they were the parents of 4 boys. Ben was a great doctor and a skilled surgeon. Services were held from the St. Lukes Church with interment in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Airs CONANT, eldest son of John B. and Mary Elizabeth CONANT, was born Nov. 21, 1864, and died after a lingering illness at his home in Kinmundy on Sept. 15, 1943. He was married to Maggie DORR on Dec. 13/18, 1894, and they had 4 children, Mary REESE of Joliet, Ill.; Pauline STEWART of Hanford, Cal.; Charity LOWE of Ojai, Cal.; and John CONANT of Divernon, Ill. Besides his wife and children, he leaves 7 grandchildren: Wanda PARK and Hope WILLMOHER of St. Louis, Mo.; Kenneth REESE of Camp Hord; Robert STEWART of Hanford, Calif.; John Charles, Robert Allan and Barbara Ann CONANT of Divernon; 2 sisters, Maggie NEEPER of Farina; Martha REESE of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Ira CONANT of Farina. He was a lifetime resident of Kinmundy and vicinity, spending the earlier part of his life as a farmer in this community. 23 years ago he retired and lived as a resident of Kinmundy. He was a member of the Modern Woodman of America. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl named Mary Ann, who made her arrival Thursday.
- In the Methodist Church on Sept. 19 occurred the marriage of Miss Charlene Marie HOEHNE and Pvt. Orville Thomas GORDON. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde PERRY, aunt and uncle of the groom. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art HOEHNE, and graduated from LaGrove Community H.S. in Farina, and for the past 2 years has been employed in the Jesse George store here. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, and graduated from our local High school with the class of 37, and was a successful farmer until he enlisted in the Army in 42. Both are families are residents of Sherman school district. After a 14 day furlough, they will depart for Texas where the groom has an apartment awaiting his bride.
- We received a letter this week from Will ROONEY of Chicago in which he states that he had received word of the death of Kleon EAGAN, a former resident of this city. Mr. EAGAN was a resident of Oklahoma City, Okla. He leaves a family of 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN have a baby boy born Sunday in their home on the Kinmundy, Patoka black top road.
- A.M.M. 3 c Richard MOTCH departed Monday for San Diego, Cal. He has been stationed in Florida in a Naval Air Base and has just completed 10 months course in Aviation Mechanics, Radar and Gunnery. He enjoyed a 15 day furlough here.
- Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Springfield spent the weekend with homefolks.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT of North Fork neighborhood, bought the W.W. LOWE property in the south part of town and will make their home in town.
- Lt. Clyde Q. MORGAN came Wednesday to spend a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN.
- T 4 Florence DOOLEN returned to her camp in Georgia, after a 10 day furlough here with her mother, Mrs. Effie ROBB and many other relatives and many friends.
- Mrs. Grace MENDENHALL received word from her nephew, Cpl. and Mrs. John DAVIS of Camp Ellis that they have a baby boy named Donald Trith, born Sept. 18.
- Word was received here Thursday telling of the car accident involving Mr. and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER of St. Peter both were injured. Mr. HARPSTER received cuts on his face and legs. Mrs. HARPSTER suffered 3 broken ribs and severe shock.
- Orville DISS was badly burned by a gas explosion while at his work with the Sunflower Gas Plant south of Odin, Thursday. Orville noticed a gasket which was pumping gas was leaking. He pulled the electric switch to stop the pump so it could be repaired. The room was filled with this gas and the spark from the switch ignited it and Orville was soon a mass of flames. He tried getting out of the room and fell on some steam pipes and burned his hands and legs severally. Most of his clothes were burned off of him and first aid was given to him as soon as the flames were extinguished. He was rushed to Salem Hospital where he is now in a critical condition. As soon as it is possible he will be removed to a hospital in St. Louis for skin grafts.
- Pfc Darrell REESE is home a 14 day furlough. His wife will accompany him back to camp.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Edwin ARNOLD and Mr. and Mrs. Harry NATTIER and daughter visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus ARNOLD.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mrs. W.F. ROBB spent Saturday and Sunday in Sumner with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son. W.F. spent Sunday there and they returned home Sunday evening.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mrs. Esta ROBB received word Tuesday of the death of Mary Francis, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mary Frances, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. CHEADLE of Lind, Wash. She died Sunday and burial was there.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Miss Dorothy McCULLEY attended the bridal shower Tuesday at Iuka for Mrs. Billy WELLS. Mr. WELLS is in the Navy.
- Omega (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLICAN received a cablegram from their son, Ralph, who is overseas, stating he is well and alright.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Pfc Clyde B. THOMAS was home on a 7 day furlough from New York.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL, Mr. F.L. DOUDERA and family, Mr. and Mrs. T.P. WILLIAMS, and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS called at the Allie THOMAS home Friday to see Pfc Clyde THOMAS who was home on furlough.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL received a letter from their nephew, Richard HAMPSTEN, last week stating he was promoted to Corporal.
- James Forrest JONES received his "greetings" from the local service board and will report for his physical examination.
- Cpl. Louie SOUTIER of Virginia is home on furlough with his parents, M.C. SOUTIER of the Zion neighborhood.
- Swift School (from last week): Clyde BASSETT and wife called on Carol GARRETT Monday evening. Carol returned home from the Centralia Hospital Sunday evening in Lintons Ambulance.
- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son Darrell Gene, called Sunday afternoon at the Carol and Clyde GARRETT homes.
- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judith Ann, spent Sunday with Mack ROBB and wife.
- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Effie ROBB and daughter, Florence, and Mrs. Chas. LOWE and daughter Rosiland spent Friday at the Claude HANNA home.
- Swift School (from last week): Clyde BASSETT and family were Sunday dinner guests at the Ora ATKINS home.
- Meacham (from last week): Word was received of the bad accident that happened to Johnnie WEISS, who has employment on a farm in Monroe, Wis. He had 1 leg broken in 2 places while helping fill a silo.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS. Mr. and Mrs. Glen JARHAUS were guests also.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. Carrol GARRETT was taken to the Centralia Hospital Thursday where he remained until Sunday for a physical exam.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN called Sunday on Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Frank BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus COX and Arthur IRWIN all of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. John CHANCE, and Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS ate Sunday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dresdon HEADLEY and helped Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS celebrate her birthday.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. James McNICOL and daughter, Barbara, and Mrs. Marvin CHANDLER and little daughter, Sandra, called at the Carroll GARRETT home Sunday evening.
- Miss Helen MILLER left for Washington, D.C. on Sept. 18 where she has accepted a position as student dietician at the Walter Reed Hospital, Army Medical Center.
- Sgt. Richard JONES and Pvt. Junior GORDON are enjoying furlough with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON. Both boys are stationed in the same camp in Texas.
- WT 2 c Dwight GARNER arrived here Wednesday to spend a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. GARNER while enroute to Philadelphia where hell enter school for 6 weeks.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT spent a few days in Mt. Vernon last week with her daughter, Mrs. Dow GREEN.
- Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON departed Tuesday for Jonesboro, N.C. to visit her son, M. Sgt. Neil JOHNSON.
Sept. 30, 1943:
- On Sept. 25, in the home of H.R. AVERY, Miss Clara Alice HOYT became the wife of Carl JADWIN of Salem. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess HOYT, living south of this city, and attended school here and for the past few years has been employed by the Brown Shoe Co. in Salem. Mr. JADWIN is employed by the Cascade Refinery in Salem. The couple will reside in Salem.
- In the home of Rev. and Mrs. H.R. AVERY on Sept. 27 occurred the marriage of Miss Violet FREEMAN of Champaign, and Hershel BRIM of this city. They were accompanied by Miss Jean WORTHY of Champaign and Gene COATNEY of this city. Mr. and Mrs. James BRIM, father and mother of the groom, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene SHAFFER and family, a sister, were in attendance. The couple will make their home in Champaign, where they are both employed.
- The wedding of Miss Winnifred Lea STONE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred STONE of Gates, Oregon, to Robert G. MARSHALL of Alma, Ill. was solemnized Tuesday at the Church of Christ. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Chester L. STOAKS. Corp. Harry SMITH acted as best man. Later this fall, the couple will make a trip to visit the grooms parents near Alma. Robert is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL living west of town on the Kinmundy-Patoka black top road. He graduated from our local high school with the class of 36 and has been in the army for more than a year.
- Mr. and Mrs. Quinn SMITH have moved from the Gertrude WILLIAMS home to Flora. Mr. SMITH is with the Tasty Flake Cracker and Cookie Company.
- Joe BARBEE, an aged resident of our city died in his home here Wednesday. He has been an invalid for several years.
- On Sept. 26th, a shower was given at the Arthur HOEHNE home for Pvt. and Mrs. Orval T. GORDON with about 80 in attendance. The evening was spent in conversation and in playing games. Before departing, a rousing charivari was held.
- A basket dinner was held Sunday in Charltons Grove in honor of Pfc. Darrell REESE and wife who left Monday for North Carolina. A list of those attending was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy LINGENFELTER have been very busy the past few days getting their store ready in Farina for the opening on Saturday. The store will be known as the Western 5c to $5.00 and Western Auto Associate Store. Mrs. LINGENFELTER will manage the Western 5c to $5.00 and will carry a complete line of notions surpassing the dime stores of the larger cities. Mr. LINGENFELTER, former district manager of the Western Auto Supply, will manage the Western Auto Associate Store. This stock includes mens wear, paint, sporting goods, small hardware, wallpaper, auto parts and accessories. The store is located in the building recently vacated by the Sloan Store.
- On Sept. 26, 1888 in Central City, in the office of the Justice of the Peace, B.M. JERVIS occurred the marriage of Miss Sarah McGEE and Theodore MILLER. This couple moved to our city in 1889, where Mr. MILLER was employed in the local coal mine until it was closed down. They lived northwest of town in the Shanghai neighborhood where they became the parents of 8 children, 6 living, namely: Walter of Lincoln; Nell of Decatur; George of Danville; Marge of Los Angeles, Cal.; Ted of Lansing, Mich.; and Bill of Tuscola. Three of these boys and one son-in-law were in World War I, and they have 5 grandsons now serving our country. After the mine closed, Mr. MILLER took up the carpenter trade, which he followed as long as his health would permit. He then opened up a shoe and harness repair shop near their present home and can still be found there at work. On Sept. 26, 1943, this couple was surprised by some of their children and other relatives who came at noon with well filled baskets and helped them celebrate their 55th anniversary. A list of some of the family attending was included. At noon the members of the local Christian Church of which the couple are members came to the house and sang for them.
- Little Miss Alice ZIMMER returned home from St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham where she had underwent a tonsillectomy on Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom KELLY of Champaign have received the announcement of the birth of a son born Sept. 17 named Thomas Patrick. The KELLY family were the contractors on the building of the Kinmundy-Louisville black-top road.
- Accepted by the Cardinals: Manuel WELSH, the 20 old year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel WELSH of this city has been in St. Louis, Mo., trying out for the Cardinal Ball Club. There were 400 boys from every part of the United States trying out for every position of a team. Manuel was one of 150 accepted as a rookie pitcher. First Manuel has a heavy date with Uncle Sam, starting Oct. 15.
- On Sept. 25, at the Evangelical Parish house in Farina, a shower was given for Pvt. and Mrs. Orval T. GORDON. About 100 were present.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX announce the arrival of a boy born last Thursday named Charles Leon.
- The fire alarm sounded Saturday answering a call in the R.C. MAULDING home. The fire was caused by a gasoline range exploding, quite a lot of damage being done in the interior of the house.
- Mrs. Jennie ROTAN has received word from her grandson, Louis Lloyd CROSSETT announcing the arrival of a baby girl, Judith Ann, born Sept. 16 in Pasadena, Calif.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wesley MORGAN departed Saturday for Houston, Texas where they will await further orders for departing for South America. Mr. MORGAN is the party chief of the crew of men working for the Independent Exporation Co., working under government orders. They expect to be gone a year or more.
- Chief Boatsman Mate and Mrs. Glen LEE came Friday evening to visit their mother, Mrs. Stella LEE. Other callers were Mr. and Mrs. John LEE and family of Edgewood; Mr. and Mrs. Bob LEE and son, David, of Arcola, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank LEE and children of this city. You will remember that Glens ship was sunk last summer and we were glad to report him safe.
- Meacham (from last week): Dave COURSON died Saturday at his home. Services were held at Meacham Baptist Church with interment in Elder Cemetery.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Mrs. POLANKA, who teaches school at North Fork had to have a substitute this week so she could take care of her son, Roland POLANKA, who has been sick, but took up her duties in the schoolroom again Monday.
- Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB called at the Ira MARSHALL home, Sunday evening.
- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Fred GAMMON and Virgil LIVESAY and wife called on Bert GARRETT and family Sunday afternoon.
- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER spent Wednesday near Zion with Mrs. Guy CHANDLER and helped her can corn.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Addis WALTON and Charlie ARNOLD attended Church at Green Ridge, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER are the proud parents of a little daughter who made her arrival early Thursday morning, Sept. 16th. The little Miss weighs 8˝ lbs. and has been named Mary Ann.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the charivari and kitchen shower which was held recently for Lt. and Mrs. John SHAFFER at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mancil CANTRELL near Bee Branch. Several nice gifts were received.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HIESTAND attended a LYNCH family Reunion held in Bryan Park in Salem Sunday.
- Lt. Wayne JONES left Monday for Conn. after spending a week here with his wife and son in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde PRUETTE. He was accompanied as far as Columbus, Ohio by his wife and son, where they will visit with his mother, Mrs. JOHNS and sister, Mrs. C.R. ASHBROOK.
- Mrs. Chester KLINE departed Tuesday for Texas where she will visit their son, T.S. Charles KLINE.
- Dwight DAY Jr. is here for a few days awaiting further orders. Dwight has just completed a special course in radio at Great Lakes.
- Lt. Charles W. YOUNG arrived Sunday for a few days visit with his mother, Mrs. Annie YOUNG.
- Again this week we received a few letters from the boys in the service. The first one was a V-Mail letter from Derrill STIPP, who is across the briny deep. Darrell is probably better known around the Alma neighborhood, although he had quite a few friends around here before he went to work for Uncle Sam. He says: I enjoy reading your paper the ones which I receive, as I dont receive them all in order. I know there is a lot of mail and I know that it is hard for them to keep up with all of us. You have been using the wrong APO number but I have been receiving some of the papers. You sure have quite a list of names in the paper of the men which are in the service. The war situation sure looks good now and the people seem to be satisfied. I sure will be glad when I can come home once again and enjoy some of the good things which we have around our part of the country.
- Heres one from Russell SHAFFER, "Germany", we used to call him around here. I know he wouldnt like to be called that name right now, so we wont say anymore about it. Here is what he says: I wish to thank you for the paper which I receive weekly. Through your paper, I have learned what many of my friends are doing in all parts of the world, as well as the local news. As for myself, I have been transferred from California where I spent 5 months in the Armed Infantry to the Air Corps. At present, I am stationed in Texas. I shall remain here approximately 3 weeks and then I will be sent to college to train as a pilot, if my tests turn out the best. I havent the slightest idea where I will be sent from here. Perhaps it will be nearer my hometown and then I can see some of my old friends again. I arrived here this morning. I like everything except the water. We servicemen hardly drink it. What attracted me the most was the lighted cities with their neon signs. The coastal area has been dimmed since Pearl Harbor. Again, I thank you for the paper. Long may your presses roar.
- And here is one from Earl BRIMBERRY, who is stationed in California, and frm the tone of his letter, we would say that he is about to embark upon a globe trotting career. He says: I should take time out to thank you for the paper. I can assure you I enjoy it very much now and even more when I get to where I am going. Im writing you from here because they tell us we cant send any letters out when we get to port, which will be a few more days probably before you receive this letter. I cant say where I am going because I dont know. But I will say one thing and that is hello to all my friends and especially the ones in the South Pacific. Also to the boys at home. Sometimes I wish I were with them but we cant all be, so what I cant say I love the army although Im not discontented and I like my work here and my outfit too. Weve been one of the Artillerys guinea pigs for quite awhile and have strained out quite a few things. So I think well be somewhat successful in whatever we try. So Ill say thanks again for the paper and Ill be seeing you again. Youll get my change of address one of these days and until then it is the same.
- And last week we received a letter from Harold CHANCE who is stationed down in Missouri. For some unknown reason his letter was misplaced and we cant find it high or low. But the jist of his letter was thanking us for the paper, and stating that he liked his work fine. He said he didnt have to work near as hard as he did on the farm, especially if the sergeant wasnt around. And he said to tell his friends, hello.
- We have been informed via the grapevine, that Edward JEZEK who is sojourning in North Africa, paid a visit to Major John BROOM, Jr., after he read the Majors letter in our paper sometime ago.
- We are happy to report Bert GARRETT, who has been seriously ill and last Saturday was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Centralia, better and able to rest.
- The condition of Orville DISS who was so seriously burned 2 weeks ago Thursday and still confined to the Salem Memorial Hospital is improving, but is still a very sick man and visitors are not allowed. Their son, Burl, is home from camp in Louisiana and another son, Charles, who was to leave for camp, Oct. 15, has been given a 30 day deferment.
Oct. 7, 1943:
- Joseph H. BARBEE, son of Joseph A. and Amanda ROCKHOLD BARBEE, was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 9, 1868, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Sept. 29, 1943 after an illness of 5 years. In 1890, he was married to Mollie HAYNIEIN, and they had 6 children: Josephine, Ruth, Alta and June, who preceded him in death; and Mrs. Cleda LENARD of Oak Forrest, Ill., and Lewis, of Blue Island, Ill. The wife died in 1918. He married Mrs. Maude WALDEN and they had 1 son, William Joseph, who is now serving in the U.S. Navy, and was not permitted to be present at the funeral of his father. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by 1 grandson, Jerry Lenard, and 1 brother, Jefferson, of this city. His only sister, Kate and 4 brothers, Lewis, Thomas, Young, and James, preceded him in death. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Annual Kinmundy-California picnic was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. WATKINS in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. Mr. James HOWELL was re-elected President, and Mrs. Ethel KING WARDEL, Secretary. A list of those attending was included.
- Miss Leta ATKINS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS, residing northwest of this city, and granddaughter of Mrs. Icy GARRETT, of this city, underwent an appendectomy in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BROOM of Alma received word Tuesday from their son, Dale, saying he had been promoted to Staff Sergeant. Dale is in China.
- Miss Carrie SEE who is living in an apartment at Mrs. Hulda DUNLAP is suffering from injuries received when she fell down a long flight of stairs. She has been confined to her bed.
- Seriously Ill: Bert GARRETT, who has been seriously ill in the St. Marys Hospital, in Centralia, was able to return to his home where Friday he was doing well. On Monday he was again taken seriously ill and was rushed back to the hospital. We hope for him a speedy and complete recovery.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.H. NELMS spent a few days in Louisville, with Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS. While there Mrs. NELMS celebrated her 80th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS celebrated their little 2 year old daughter, Brenda Sues birthday, Sunday by inviting to dinner: Mrs. Ida WILLIAMS and relatives from OFallon, Mrs. A. GEIBE of Alton, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and Martha and Peggy.
- Garrison WILLIAMS of Alma, but formerly of this city, was injured last Thursday morning while at work for the Fabick Tractor Co. in Salem. He was inflating a truck tire when the steel rim blew off, striking him in the face, cutting his nose off and knocking 1 eyeball completely out. He was rendered unconscious by the blow and taken to Salem Hospital. He never regained consciousness and died Friday. Services were held in the Methodist Church with interment in Alma Cemetery. Floyd Garrison WILLIAMS, second son of Noah and Georgia Cain WILLIAMS, was born March 27, 1911 at Alma, and died Oct. 1, at the Salem Hospital. He was married Oct. 12, 1929 to Edith STIPP, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ham STIPP of Alma, and they had 1 daughter, Darla Jean. He leaves his wife and daughter; his father, Noah WILLIAMS, and stepmother, of Chatham; his own mother passing away when he was a small boy; 2 brothers, Russell of Alma; Sam of Chatham; 2 half-sisters, Pauline and Jackie of Chatham; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ham STIPP; 2 brothers-in-law, Clouris of the U.S. Army Air Corps in Utah, and Darrill of the U.S. Army now serving overseas; an aged grandmother, Mrs. Mollie DUGAN of Alma; 2 small nephews, Russell Herbert and Sammy Jr.
- In the Zatso column, the radio script from the radio show interview of Guin VALLOW was included.
- We have been informed that the following men have been accepted for service and are now stationed in various camps: Woodrow WILKINSON, Thomas A. BOONE, Harry E. GRAY, Jr., and Manuel WELSH. Emmerson JONES was placed in the Navy and is now in boot training. Charles DISS was supposed to have gone with these boys, but was granted a 30 day deferment by the local board on account of the condition of his father, Orville DISS, who was severally burned. Forrest JONES was in Chicago last week for his physical examination but did not pass.
- Miss Bonnie GRAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY, was hostess to a number of friends on Oct. 2. The occasion was her 8th birthday. Present were: Shirley Jean HOWELL, Loretta DISS, Audrey HULTS, Juanita MARTIN, Helen HALL, and Joyce GILER.
- Meacham (from last week): Pfc Leland SHORT and Miss Wanda TIPTON of Hammond, Ind. were married Sept. 13 at Camp Pickett.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER attended a bridal shower at the PARISH house in Farina Saturday evening.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Marion SIPES of East St. Louis, brother of Sgt. WOODSON SIMER of Camp Polk, who is here on a furlough, and wife, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE and sons spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE getting acquainted with the new granddaughter born Sept. 24 and named Marilyn Louise. Other dinner guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE and daughter. Afternoon visitors were Mrs. Hazel CHAPMAN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE and children and Jackie BARKSDALE.
- Mrs. Jean GRAY, wife of Harry GRAY, Jr., is employed as a clerk in the Jesse GEORGE store. Harry left last week for the army.
- East Zion (from last week): Friends and neighbors attended the party on Thursday at Jones School in honor of Cpl. B. SOUTIER who returned to camp Sunday.
- East Zion (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, Mrs. Amos HAKE and Larry and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT.
- East Zion (from last week): Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS has been staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli GREEN helping care for little Larry Eli.
- Pvt. Charles V. VALLOW, arrived Sunday on a furlough with home folks.
- RM 3 c Dwight DAY of Alma, has returned to his duties in Chicago.
- Cpl Noah EAGAN spent Sunday night and Monday here with his family.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Chester KLINE is visited this week in Texas with her son, T.S. Charles KLINE, who is stationed there.
- Wilson School: Dwight (Mutt) GARNER of U.S. Navy was a dinner guest at the KLEISS home last Tuesday.
- Swift School: Billie MORRIS and wife, and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were business visitors in Effingham last Tuesday.
- Swift School: Irene GAMMON of Kinmundy has been staying with her mother and this week, who has been confined to her bed all week.
- Swift School: Bert GARRETT came home from the Centralia Hospital in Lintons Ambulance and Monday night taken seriously ill again and was taken back to the hospital in Centralia.
- Swift School: Mrs. Erma HEADLEY and children and Norma GARRETT of Michigan were called here on account of the serious illness of their father, Bert GARRETT.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT is quite ill in her home here. She is suffering from shingles.
- Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY, who has been sick, is improving and able to be up part of the time.
- Among the winners at the Marion County Farmers Institute which was held in Kinmundy were:
Plants and Flowers, Fern: 3rd - Lela FORD
Begonia: 2nd - Lela FORD
Zinnias: 3rd - Lela FORD
Quilts, Bedspreads: 3rd - Lela FORD
Canned Fruit, Peaches (yellow): 1st - Lela FORD
Pickles and Relishes: 3rd - Hazel LIVESAY
Catsup: 1st - Mamie BASSETT
Cakes, Devils Food: 2nd - Lela FORD
Cookies, Ginger: 2nd - Lela FORD
Soybeans: 3rd - Bob FORD
White Potatoes: 1st - Clyde BASSETT
Sweet Potatoes: 2nd - Virgil LIVESAY
Watermelons: 1st - Hazel LIVESAY; 2nd - Clyde BASSETT
Plums: 1st - Esta ROBB
Oct. 14, 1943:
- Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT of Everett, Wash. observed their 58th wedding anniversary on Sunday. The celebration was a double one for it also observed Mr. DEIWERTs birthday as well. The date itself was Oct. 1, but the group took Oct. 3 as the best time for the dinner at the Monte Crisco hotel. A list of those attending was included. Among those attending from Kinmundy was Mrs. Alma NELMS, a sister-in-law.
- The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred CRAIG was the scene of the a happy gathering when Rev. Lisle MEWMAW, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON, Mrs. Emma CRAIG, and daughter, Eula, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG, Mrs. Fred CHANCE and daughter, Emma Lou, assembled to help friends, Mr. and Mrs. CRAIG celebrate their 44th anniversary with a dinner.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BORING have received word that their second son, Joe BORING, Parachute Rigger, has been promoted to First Class Petty Officer.
- Junior Lester VANSCYOC received his order to appear for induction. Other names in the list released this week by the Selective Service were Aubrey Charles DUNN and Dean Russell BRUBAKER of Alma; Lenly WHITECOTTON of California; and Sammy Thomas BUNDY of Salem.
- Mrs. Robert HANNA has received word that her husband PFC Robert D. HANNA has arrived safely in Australia. A few days after his arrival, he was pleasantly surprised to meet another Kinmundy boy, James HAMMER, who was expecting to set sail soon.
- Lt. and Mrs. Kenneth LACEY in company with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton LACEY and daughter Nancy of Vandalia, spent a short time here Thursday. He received his wings and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on Oct. 1st in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
- Tom PHILLIPS of this city celebrated his 89th birthday on Oct. 13 in his home here. Mrs. Jim KENNEDY, his daughter, and Mary Margaret, his granddaughter prepared his favorite dish for his dinner, chicken and dumplings.
- Here is a nice letter from George MEYER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER, residing south of town. He is stationed down in Arkansas and says: I will now try to write you a few lines of appreciation for the paper you so faithfully send to me. I cannot express my joy at receiving it each week. I look forward to getting my copy each Sunday noon. As some of the others have said it is just like getting a letter from home. I am so sorry that I didnt see you when I was home. I saw Mrs. VALLOW and Carl and truthfully, intended to see you but my time slipped away before I realized it. I sure wish this war was over so that we could all come home again. Oh! How I would enjoy being there so that I could come to your church each Sunday eve. The news sounds good to me. I hope that this will soon be over. The European affair is moving along pretty well now. I sometimes wonder if it will be possible that that theatre of war will be cleaned up before Christmas. I am sorry to send such a short note but I dont know anything that would be of much interest to you so guess I may as well close. Guess Jack Frost hasnt hit there during the cool weather, has it? I hear you are getting some rain now that it is fall. Well, I will close now asking Gods blessing upon all you folks back home.
- Heres one from Howard ROBB, son of Mrs. Lois ROBB, who is stationed in the Southwest Pacific. He says: Guess you are keeping plenty of oil on the wheels. Have been getting the paper and it sure is a big help in keeping up with home news. Will try to tell you some of my experiences since leaving the States. Took us around 3 weeks to come over and I hope I take only 1 more ride as long as that one. Was pretty crowded on the boat, and if you werent "on the bale" at chow time you stood in line a couple of hours. Had only 3 or 4 days rough sailing, but wasnt bad. Everyone would get a good laugh when a big one came over the side and drenched someone. We first were met by a seaplane, and it sure looked good, sighted land in the afternoon, docked that evening and debarked the next day. You really dont know how pretty land is until you take a nice long boat ride. We built up our own camp, living in Pyramid tents, 7 men to a tent, they are OK unless it rains too hard. The day we moved in there were about 4 trees of ripe oranges, they lasted about 15 minutes. Can find lemons, limes, oranges, cocoanuts, nearly anything in jungles. Natives raise quite a few bananas. They also raise quite a few cattle. The whole Co. went up to the other end of the island last week, spent 5 days, did very little work, mostly swimming, fishing, and went deer hunting for the first time in my life, but all we got was a set of antlers I found hanging in the tree. (I think the deer beat us up by a couple of hours.) We are camped about 50 feet from a small river and the water was so clear the fish wouldnt bite in day time. Are 25 miles from town, but think there is more in camp than in at town. They have very little to sell and that is priced beyond reason. We have good food most of the time and the PX, keeps a pretty good supply of cigarettes, candy, beer, toilet articles, etc. Will close for now and get a little shut eye. Thanks a million for sending paper. Merry Christmas to You and Yours.
- Heres one from George MILLER, grandson of Mrs. Alice SEE and Mr. and Mrs. Peter MILLER. He has arrived safely in merry old England and this is what he has to say: Again my address is changing so thought Id better let you know at once. Im now in England so you can imagine that the Express is more welcome than ever. One thing is quite different than in the States if the total blackout all over the country every night. The towns and surrounding country are beautiful but none of our boys would trade any part of the states for it. I hope this finds everyone in the Editorial Mansion O.K. and if any of you find the time to write, please do.
- This one is from Cpl. Ralph JENKINS. He tells just where he is and what he is doing: I am writing you a few lines as I have nothing to do right now. We are on maneuvers. We have been here in Tennessee for almost a month and I never saw so many rocks in all my life. I have slept on them every night, and I sure will be glad to sleep on a bed when maneuvers are over. I sure loved to get the paper and I love to see the letters the boys send you to put in the paper. Keep them coming, that will suit me. Sure was glad to hear about Manuel WELSH going to St. Louis and attending the tryouts. Was glad to hear about him making the tryout. I went with him last year, and we really had a good time. We are on reserve this week and the world series starts and a buddie here of mine has a portable radio. He is a great baseball fan, so I will be hearing the world series. My team won the pennant, so I will be listening to every play. Well, Mr. VALLOW, I want to thank you again for the paper. Be good, and keep the paper coming.
- Heres a card from Kenneth JACKSON who is in the Naval Air Corps. He says: "I thank you very much for being so kind as to send me the Kinmundy Express. Please excuse this method of correspondence but in the navy, ones time is limited to a great degree. In my estimation there is nothing better than the navy at present and enjoy it very much."
- And heres another one from PFC Theodore E. TROUT, better known to us here as Tuffy, who has spent some time in New Guinea but is now in Australia. Heres what he says. "In your paper dated July 15th I read where you had received a letter from me. I am very glad to know that you received the letter but am very sorry that I did not invite you to spend your vacation with me. You dont really know how much I would like to see you. I am looking forward to the day when I can walk into your office and personally thank you for sending me the paper. As for the vacation, I did not forget it but I know it would have been impossible. And then I did not have the heart to ask anyone into the place we are at. Just a little advice from a friend, if you ever start traveling, just mark New Guinea off the list. I dont think you will like it. I will say that I wish you could spend your vacation here in Australia with me as it is very interesting and I am sure you would enjoy it here. I want to thank you again for the paper and I will bring youre a souvenir back with me as I cant send them in the mail. I will close for this time, hoping to see you all very soon.
- Oct. 8th in the Baptist Church of Cocoa, Fla., occurred the marriage of Miss Margaret PITTMAN to Richard Wayne PIGG ARM 1 c. They were attended by Jack PITTMAN, brother of the bride, and Mrs. John LINDBIRD and Mrs. J.R. HURST, grandmother of the bride. The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Lola PITTMAN of Lake City, Fla., and a graduate of that school with the class of 41. Wayne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. PIGG of this city and his a graduate of our high school with the class of 38. Before going into the Navy, Wayne was employed as the linotype operator here.
- Marilyn Louise ROSE was born Sept. 24, 1943, and died Oct. 11, 1943. She leaves her mother and father, 2 sisters, Barbara Jean and Eugenia Ann; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason CHAPMAN and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE; 1 great-grandfather, T.J. CHAPMAN, several aunts and uncles; and 5 little cousins, Russel, Paul Marschel and Janet ROSE, Billy Dean SEE and Carolyn Annette ROSE. Services will be a Bee Branch Church with interment in the 1880 Cemetery.
- Families must register for Ration Book Number 4 beginning Oct. 20th at Schoolhouses.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT are here helping to get ready and Mrs. Bert GARRETT ready to move into their new home today. They are also helping to get ready for the public sale to be held next Friday, Oct. 22.
- Sgt. Wydell PIGG of Belleville is spending a few days here with his family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY of Alma have received word from their son, Dwight, who is now located in Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. He will attend radio school there. Dwight was a graduate of our local high school this spring.
- The condition of Mrs. Icy GARRETT, who has been suffering from shingles, is improving.
- Mr. Bert GARRETT is reported resting but still confined to St. Marys Hospital in Centralia.
- Mrs. O.K. MILLER, who suffered a heart attack last Thursday, appears considerably better.
- Friends and relatives gathered at the home of George KEEN to celebrate his 25th birthday. The list of those attending was included.
- Omega: Pvt. See MILLICAN, of Camp Crowder, was home over the weekend.
- Funeral services were held at Bee Branch church Monday afternoon for the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE which passed away Sunday night.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER are the proud parents of a baby boy.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Robert MARSHALL of Marshfield, Ore. is visiting the formers parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL this week. Robert has been away 14 months and his having his first furlough. He is an M.P. on the Oregon coast.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.C. GARNER have received word from their son, Dwight (Mutt) GARNER, that he has arrived in Pennsylvania, where he will attend Engineers school. Dwight has been in the Navy 3 years and has seen quite a lot of action in his time of service.
Oct. 21, 1943:
- Heres a letter from Pvt. Charles MEYER. When he was running around the streets of Kinmundy, he was known as "Red". He is somewhere overseas, but where, he did not state. Heres what he says: "Thought I would drop you a line to let you know how much I appreciate you sending me the paper. I am overseas now and like it fine where I am. How is everything at home? Fine I hope. I see by the list of the names in the paper that about all the boys are in the army somewhere. Ive seen quite a lot of the country, since I came in and hope to see more of it before I get out. I sure wish I was back in the states, because it gets rather lonesome where I am. Well, there isnt much news to write, so Ill close with good luck to everyone."
- And heres one from Seaman Anne SLOVICK of the U.S. Navy. She says: Sorry that I did not write sooner, but I have been expecting to come down over the weekend. I havent been fortunate enough as yet to get the time to make the trip, however. I certainly do appreciate receiving the Express from Kinmundy. The first column that strikes my eye is that famous column Zatso. We girls miss home too, but we are glad to be here doing our part. I like my duties here very much. I might say that I am a projectionist at the Cadet Squadron showing many interesting movies to the cadets. Starting with the A stage which covers the take-offs, landings, and straight flying we progress to E formation. From there, cadets go on to an advance training base some where else in the states where they prepare to fly bigger and much faster ships, and also prepare for combat duty. This week I read in the paper that the VALLOW family are in aviation also, and that Cadet VALLOW is at present in preflight at North Dakota. It is possible that some time or other he might come to this station for his advanced training. I hope to be in Kinmundy in the near future when I can tell you more of the interest of the Navy and Chicago. I understand the editor is very good at baking cakes especially when the G.M. is away.
- The Editorial Mansion received a beautiful souvenir plate from Seaman SLOVICK this week, for which we are thankful.
- Mrs. Glen INGRAM received word from her husband, Sgt. INGRAM stating that he had been promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant. He is stationed in Louisiana.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.H. MORGAN received word from their son, Dr. Jim, that he is now in the Army, and has received the commission of Captain.
- Oil was struck in Laclede twp., in which Farina is located, at the J.J. CALLAHANS No.1 LITTLETON. - T 5 James W. PIGG, of Kinmundy is now authorized to wear the marksman badge for pistol as well a result of his accuracy on the firing range in tests conducted at Scott Field.
- Sgt. and Mrs. James ELLIS of Texas announce the arrival of James Walton on July 25. Sgt. ELLIS is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JEZEK living north of this city.
- Sammie HIESTAND, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND of near Brubaker, was painfully injured Monday while playing ball. Sammie was playing catcher when James CHANCE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack CHANCE came running in home tripped and fell on Sammie. He was rushed to the Salem Memorial Hospital where x-rays were taken and showed him to be suffering from a broken collar bone, (broken in 2 places) and a fracture of the humeras bone near the shoulder. He will return home today.
- In Memoriam of Mrs. Avis Almira LACEY, who died Oct. 17, 1931.
- According to the list received from the local Selective Service Board: Victor Ernest YATES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. YATES of Meacham twp., has received word to appear for induction. He is a senior in our high school.
- Mrs. Clyde BECHTELHEIMER and daughter, Kay, and son, Thad, of Waterloo, Iowa, arrived here yesterday to visit her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and family.
- Meadow Branch: Pvt. and Mrs. Robert C. MARSHALL departed Tuesday by way of Chicago where he is stationed.
- Mr. Charles PIERSTORFF and wife, Ruth MARSHALL PIERSTORFF, are visiting at the home of Ira MARSHALL. Mr. PIERSTORFF was given a medical discharge from the army at Camp Grant.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and little son, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLER and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and little daughter spent last Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dalt VANDEVEER and brother, Sgt. William VANDEVEER of California, who was home on a furlough and was to return to camp the next morning.
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. See MILLICAN and wife called on Mr. and Mrs. Charles WANTLAND last Friday.
- Oliver MITCHELL WT 2c of the U.S. Navy arrived Sunday for a few days visit with relatives, Mr. and Mrs. O.K. MILLER, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray STOUT.
- Mr. B.O. GARRETT was able to return to his home Saturday from St. Marys Hospital in Centralia. We are glad to report he is able to sit up part time.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Hobart ARNOLD left Thursday for Louisiana where they have employment.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARNOLD and little daughter, Margaret Ann, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus ARNOLD.
- East Zion: Mrs. Ruth WILLIAMS spent last week in Kinmundy with her sister-in-law and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pleasant ROBNETT.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL. In the afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan PITTS accompanied Mrs. HARRIS and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL took a trip thru the Salem Oil Fields to Centralia.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB visited Wednesday with Mrs. Lois ROBB.
- Tom GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, of near Alma, has been given an honorable medical discharge and at present is at home with his parents.
Oct. 28, 1943:
- Heres another very interesting letter from Major John BROOM, Jr., who is still sojourning in Africa. His letter was written on Oct. 11th, so it really doesnt take so very long for these boys to get a letter back to the states. Here is what he says: You are most flattering in printing the letter I wrote to you about 2 months ago. Im quite sure if Mr. V.V. BARCROFT or Miss BRADLEY, or some of the other teachers I had while in Kinmundy High School saw that letter, they chuckled to themselves and said, "Just the same John BROOM, with all his poor sentence construction, grammatical errors, improper punctuation, etc." Anyway, if you all back there can stand such rambling I see no reason why I cant. Sometime ago, while pondering over the idea that I had not received a letter from home for several days, I started what I thought, might turn out to be a poem. Well, the farther I went the worse it got, and finally ended in a prose composition - a serious thought written on paper. My thoughts ran something like this: A letter from home is a whole lot more than just paper and ink. Its the spirits and thoughts of our people back across the long span of the ocean. It maybe from a wife, a sweetheart, a friend or your church, each and all wishing our safe return. They speak of the daily routine and special occasions of the day. Some letters are wordy, while others are just a mere note, but to us it makes little difference for its a letter from home. Sometimes there are days and weeks of long waiting, when letters are ungraciously scarce, and believe me, these are the saddest long moments that any of us here have to face. Ive watched my men at Mail Call; watched them for expressions of joy or despair. Some fellow gets a letter and starts reading, his eyes twinkling with glee and the other next to him has been left out again. To the fellow who failed on this mail call, his thoughts are troubled and he knows that someone has failed him - the writer or Dear Uncle Sam. He must wait until the next time and hope for a letter again. Ive seen large groups of men eating, when the daily mail came to camp, and each man to the last, left his vitals for a possible letter from home. Imagine the situation, if you can, it may be an airdrome, a flat strip in the valley, a trench or a skull busting tank, an office, a tent or a cook shack, or even a dugout thats rank. These humans are trained as good soldiers, are sincere in their most serious task, and if they get those letters regularly, theres no enemy in the world that can stop them. Some of these days, I may get the inspiration to make a poem with such as the above for the subject, but not now. I cant say too much about it, for it is most important that the fellows here get mail regularly. I was amused while reading Lt. Gail HINES account of a 4 day train trip across the United States while going on maneuvers. I wish he could have seen us taking a train across North Africa. No, he didnt have Pullman cars, nor did his men have to ride in box cars or cattle cars. We did. We didnt have any way to set up a kitchen car. We didnt have lights in our cars at night. We didnt have smooth rails and 8-wheel coaches. We didnt have a Diesel-Electric engine or an 8 wheeler Forty and Eight. Remember seeing them and you fellows from the last fracas remember riding in them, dont you? Thats what we had. I dare say that the few miles we rode took almost as long to travel as it did Lt. HINES to go from his camp to maneuvers. Just to give you an idea, I sent part of my outfit by motor convoy and the balance of us went by train. It took the train 5 times as long to make the trip as the convoy. Are you people back there in the States still bothered by priorities? Well, I understand that our priority was not quite as high as some of the other trains on the road, so we would have to sit and wait. Our first experience of this waiting proposition was when we pulled in to a small Arab village about 7 oclock one morning. We are told that it would probably be a half hour before we left. After a half hour we were told it would be 2 hours, and finally they said it might be the middle of the afternoon before we got out. About 3 oclock in the afternoon an engine backed up and coupled onto our train. Of course, we thought the time had arrived, but the engineer being French, would not be hurried into something. He nonchalantly stepped down from his engine and wandered off to parts unknown. After an hour somebody got the idea they should go find him. They found him all right - sound asleep in his home, where he had gone to eat his dinner, drink his vino (wine), and take a siesta. 10 hours after we stopped in this place, we again started moving. When I say started moving, I mean just for that moment. The engineer took his seat he threw the switch (electric) and the train started off with the speed and rumble of a New York Express Subway. We almost left our chaplain and an enlisted man, and would have if the train hadnt slowed down for some reason or another. On this particular strip of road we were traveling in some very rugged mountains. I was on the last car talking in sign language mostly, (for I have learned no more than the minimum of French.) It was here that I learned why they call these fellows brakemen. When the train started down a mountain, the brakeman would grab the handbrake, and just at the right time, just at the right tempo was reached he would start winding-winding up the brakes to slow the train. How he knew when to start his winding. I dont know and didnt find out. It was frightening to stand on the rear car and see the train whipping around those curves. With only one wheel on each side and on both ends of the cars, together with the fact that the rails are so laid that the joints are right together, the staccato sounds of those wheels made a person think every turn would be the last. I imagine we went every bit of 40 miles per hours at times during that particular run. Have your ever been plowing with a breaking plow in some good tough sod, with a stump interspersed here and there? No doubt you have. Well, have you ever had the plow point hang up in a root, the clevice pin break and the horses keep right on their way with you flying through the air? I had such a feeling as we were leaving a small town on this trip. I got disgusted waiting to get on our way, it was dark, no light in the cars, so I told my adjutant to see that all the cars were hooked on, that I was going to catch some sleep. About midnight I was awakened as we started moving. The moon was very very bright that night and as we moved I look out the window only to see four of our cars with their guards standing on the siring. I rushed to the rear and tried to make the brakeman understand that we were leaving some our train. I gestured, yelled, cursed a little, but all in vain. He merely said, "No compre". Needless to say those fellows caught up with us the next day, and fared none the worse as they had their "C" rations and water with them at all times. When we reached our destination we were a tired dirty lot. We had not been able to bathe. We slept any place we could find a spot large enough with no thought of the softness of the "bed". We ate cold "C" rations the entire trip, and if youve never done that youve missed out. I mean missed life in its uncomfortable state. I wouldnt have missed the trip for anything, but if I never have to ride another one of these 40 and 8 French trains, it will be too soon. For the information of all people who have loved ones overseas, I think this little note will give them great consultation. The medical care is the best any of you could imagine. There are hospitals upon hospitals, plenty of them, and staffed by some of the best doctors the medical profession knows. There are specialist in every line. There are plenty of nurses to care for the sick. I have been told that if a surgeon is operating and runs across something unexpected and he is not too sure what to, he will call in other surgeons and specialists for consultation before he continues. This is the rule rather than the exception, I am told. The equipment is the best known to medical science, and of course the same goes for medicines and drugs. It is for these reasons that a wounded man in this war has a 49 to 1 chance to live, whereas in the last war his chances were only 16 to 1. Ive seen the care they get in these hospitals so I know by first hand information, though I havent had a sick day since leaving the States, some of my men have been patients. Five months ago tonight, or this afternoon, we landed in North Africa and I slept on an iron slat bed without a mattress. The following morning I had creases on my back 2 inches wide and about an eighth of an inch deep. We were lucky at that for I have heard of many who didnt have anything but the ground or a pile of rocks as a bed for the first night overseas. Weve been lucky and thankful for that luck ever since weve been here. Its been a grand experience for all of us, the only uncomfortable part being away from home. I know my wife and those two boys need me at home, so we are doing all in our power to get there as soon as possible. So long for this time. Will pick some other subject next time. - A MEYER Reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER. All came with well filled baskets. A list of those attending was included.
- Due to the fact that some of the youngsters have seen fit to play a few Halloween pranks far in advance of the time, and have destroyed much property, the city officials have seen fit to place a curfew in full force and effect. This means all minors, unless accompanied by their parents, must be off the streets each evening by 8 oclock except Saturday when the hour will be extended to 9:30. Due to the shortage of soap, and the soaping of windows and cars strictly forbidden this year and anyone caught in the act of doing this, surely will be prosecuted.
- Mr. and Mrs. Geo. COLE and daughter, Joanne, entertained Mr. and Mrs. M.E. HELM to a 6 oclock dinner on Oct. 22 in honor of Mrs. COLEs and Mr. HELMS birthdays.
- Rev. and Mrs. Lisle E. MEWMAW have a baby daughter born in the hospital in Hillsboro, Ill. named Ruth.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT have a baby boy born in the Salem Hospital named Ronald Lee.
- Chas. HOWELL was taken Monday to the Salem Hospital suffering from a hernia.
- Lt. and Mrs. H.W. WILEY have a daughter born in St. Johns Hospital in Springfield on Oct. 26 named Carol Jean. The mother is formerly Miss Helen Jean COMBS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.S. COMBS of Springfield, and granddaughter of Mrs. J.H. NELMS of this city.
- Billie MORRIS, a patient in the Effingham Hospital, is responding to treatments for a bronchial ailment, preparatory to a goiter operation.
- James SECHLER is able to sit in a wheel chair and enjoys company. He suffered a slight stroke a few weeks ago.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Tom GARRETT spent Friday at Frank DOUDERAs.
- Swift School: Mrs. Fred GAMMON of Kinmundy and Darrell and Marlin MORRIS spent Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Swift School: Leland BRASEL and wife attended the funeral of Lelands aunt in Flora last week.
- Swift School: Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City, moved their household goods to their farm Saturday where they will make their home.
- Swift School: Elsworth CHANDLER and family moved near Bloomington last week on a farm where they will make their new home.
- Swift School: Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and 2 children of Michigan, who were called on account of the serious illness of her father, Bert GARRETT, will return to her home this week. She has been visiting relatives in this vicinity this week.
- Swift School: Forrest JONES and wife of Kankakee, spent Sunday evening with Frank GARRETT and family.
- Mrs. Geo H. BARGH attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Rena PULLEN CONDIT in Centralia, Saturday. She died in Chicago on Thursday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son, Darrell Gene, and daughter, Mrs. Fred GAMMON, attended the Golden Wedding anniversary of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LIVESAY in Vernon.
- Pvt. Donald MILLER of Alabama spent the week in Alma with his family and her with his grandparents, Mrs. Alice SEE and Mr. and Mrs. Pete MILLER.
- Lt. James CONANT is here visiting his mother, Mrs. Florence CONANT and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO and daughter, Donna and Shirley of Hartford, spent Sunday and Sunday night here with J.N. VALLOW and family. They were accompanied by Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS who has been visiting in the BACKENSTO home the last 3 weeks.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and daughter, have moved to a farm near Downs, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and daughter of Granite City will move to their farm that Mr. and Mrs. CHANDLER have been occupying for the last 2 years.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT is reported not so well the last few days. She is suffering from shingles.
- Little Miss Carol Jean, daughter of Lt. and Mrs. H.W. WILEY of Springfield was born at St. Johns Hospital on Oct. 26. The mother is formerly Miss Helen Jean COMBS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.S. COMBS of Springfield, and granddaughter of Mrs. J.H. NELMS of this city.
Nov. 4, 1943:
- Here is a letter from Cpl. James ELLIS, who is stationed down in Texas for the present. He says: I hardly know how to write to you. I have never met you but feel as though I know you very well indeed, perhaps through your most human and interesting column, Zatso. I find your servicemen letters most interesting. We of the service like to know what other boys are doing and this is the only way we have of knowing. I am the oldest JEZEK boy. One of my brothers has been in the Aloutian Islands for 18 months, John is in Africa and Edward is in England. I am the only one here now. I had to take a demotion to Corporal to transfer to the Army Air Forces for the aerial gunner school in Texas. My class starts one week from Monday. Last week after being here just 4 days I fired from a plane with 14 other boys as an experiment for the field. We were chosen from 600 men. We did very good. This is the first time this has ever been done for the boys do not fire nor do they go up in a plane until the last week of school. I hope to meet you on my next trip home. Thank you so much for this most welcome paper. I sincerely hope I get thru this school for I want to be off in a Liberator for Tokyo because we have a cousin, Russell ARNOLD, who is a Japanese prisoner, captured in the Philippine campaign. Regards to everyone.
- Heres one from Pvt. Earl SCHWABE, who is stationed down in Florida, the land of sunshine, alligators, and wild boars. He says: I am receiving the paper again O.K. Thanks a million. Well, I was out on O.T. (operational training) and I was up for a buck sergeants rating and the outfit I was in broke up so that knocked my rating but we are going out on O.T. in a month or so with a new outfit I am in so maybe I will get my rating then. I hope so anyway, because the extra pay will be pretty nice. Well, I hope you are all getting along O.K. and where is Guin now? I hope at his same old camp. I enjoy the paper a lot and thanks again. I hope you answer this letter as I would like to hear from you. I have been sick with a bad cold and very near down with pneumonia. Well, I must close and go to chow.
- Heres one from Pvt. Jim EAGAN, who is stationed down in Louisiana. He says: I sure appreciate the Kinmundy Express. Although I havent been in long I still like to hear from home. That might be out thing to remind the public of those letters from friends and loved ones, they sure help the morale of a soldier. So folks write to your friends in the service. There isnt much to tell about the army. One thing about the engineers they can always find something to have you do, and another thing they have someone to see that you do it. Thanks a million for the Kinmundy Express.
- Luella and Evangeline PARRILL received notice Wednesday of the passing of their brother, Charlie E. in Chicago on Nov. 3.
- Dr. and Mrs. H.L. HANNA have just received word that their son, Sgt. H. Dwight HANNA has been promoted to Staff Sergeant. He is stationed at Wm. Beaumont General Hospital in Texas.
- Frank REESE entered the hospital in Effingham for a heart ailment last week and is reported in a serious condition.
- H.L. WARREN is reported to be in very serious condition in St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham from cerebral hemorrhages.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT is not improving from an attack of the shingles as desired.
- Bert GARRETT is slowly improving.
- Charlie HOWELL submitted to an operation for hernia in the Salem Memorial Hospital last Saturday.
- Cpl. Harold KLEISS of North Carolina is enjoying a 15 day furlough.
- Cpl. Carl GREEN of Utah is spending a 15 day furlough with home folks.
- Mrs. Florence CONANT and son, Lt. James CONANT, visited in St. Louis the first part of the week with relatives. From there he departed for duty in Texas.
- Mrs. Ida M. PHILLIPS was born and reared in Kinmundy. She was a sister of the late Mrs. John BRASEL, Sr. She died at the Methodist Old Folks Home at Lawrenceville, Ill. on Oct. 22, 1943. She lived in Kinmundy until her marriage to W.M. WHEAT of Flora, Ill. Mr. WHEAT was a salesman. He served the congregation of the Christian Church as Elder chairman of the Board and church treasurer. At Flora, Brother WHEAT was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, and his wife was placed by his side there. Some years ago, Mrs. WHEAT married Dr. DALE of Sumner, Ill. Dr. DALE died 6 years ago. After she lived in Sumner a year, she went to live with a niece, Mrs. J.D. KELL of Benton, Ill. for a while and then she moved to the Methodist Old Folks Home at Lawrenceville, She leaves 4 nieces: Miss Myrtle BRASEL of Kinmundy; Mrs. N.H. BLACKBURN of Sandoval; Mrs. J.D. KELL of Benton; Mrs. Geo. WEBBER of Aurora; also 5 nephews: Leland, John, Edward and Harry BRASEL of Kinmundy; and Roscoe BRASEL of Riverton, Wyo. Services were held at the Christian Church in Flora.
- Cadet Annette VALLOW of St. Louis spent Sunday and Monday with home folks.
- The Halloween Parade sponsored by the Parent Teachers Association was not quite as large this year as it has been in the past, but there were several masked in honor of the occasion. Judging took place on the band stand and the following were winners:
Scarecrow: 1st- Xon HANNA; 2nd - Jimmy JOHNSON
Indian: 1st - Larry SULLENS; 2nd - Betty CHANCE
Red Cross Nurse: 1st - Jimmy McHATTON; 2nd - Loretta DISS
Ghost: 1st - Virginia Sue JACKSON; 2nd - Juanita MARTIN
Witch: 1st - Joyce McHATTON; 2nd - Keith CHANCE
Bride and Groom: 1st - Mary MULVANY and Shirley GRAY
Old Couple: 1st - Carrie Sue THOMPSON and Marceline GENTRY;
2nd - Bonnie Jane GRAY and Albert Duane GRAY
Hillbilly: 1st - Billy GENTRY; 2nd - Billy BURGE
Cowboy: 1st - Gary GARRETT
Dutch Girl: 1st - Evelyn BASSETT; 2nd - Barbara Kay HANNA
Spanish Dancer: 1st - Alice Marie ZIMMER; 2nd - Julia Marcella PHILLIPS
Soldier: 1st - Keith DISS; 2nd - Sammy JONES
Negroes: 1st - Kenneth CHANCE; 2nd - James WHITE
Miscellaneous: Sandra Sue ROLLAND; Jackie BOYD; Lillie BOYD
Chinaman: Norman HAYES
Monkey: Dick GARDEN
Hobo: Wallace HULTS
Clown: Leroy SWIFT
Belle of the Woods: Audrey HULTS
Vampire: Betty Lou JOHNSON
Gypsy: Donna Mae GARRETT
- Wilson School (from last week): On Oct. 17, friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Eura SHAFFER to help him celebrate his 35th birthday. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. FORD and family of St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. James WALKER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jess CHARLTON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK and family, Fred KLEISS and daughters, Mildred and Helen, and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert SMITH.
- Omega (from last week): Word has been received by relatives here that Cecil WILCOXEN has arrived safely overseas.
- Omega (from last week): Corp. Glen SCHOOLEY and a soldier friend of Michigan spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray SCHOOLEY.
- Wilson School: A party was held Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS in honor of their son, Harold, who is home on furlough. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Delbert SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Carol SIMMONS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Eura SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jess CHARLTON and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK and family.
- Omega: Pfc See MILLICAN came home last Thursday for a 7 day furlough with his wife and other relatives.
- Omega: Pfc Ted LAMBERT is home on furlough.
- Swift School: A family dinner was held at the Mae and Frank GREEN home Sunday in honor of Cpl Carl GREEN, who is here on his furlough. Those present were: Bill GREEN and family, Albert MALINSKY and wife of Kinmundy, Tom JONES, Jesse JONES and family, Pid WILLIAMS and wife, Myrtle LANSFORD and children. Afternoon callers were: Hal FEATHER and wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard FEATHER and baby of Zion.
- Swift School: Kenneth ROBB and family were Sunday visitors at the Mack ROBB home.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday with Wes ROBB and wife.
- Swift School: Donna Mae GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mary Evelyn and Helen BASSETT.
- Swift School: Frank GARRETT of Granite City spent the weekend here with his wife and daughter.
- East Meadow Branch: C.H. HOWELL was taken to Salem Memorial Hospital Monday of last week and on Saturday underwent an operation for hernia.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son, Harold Gene, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughters.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and sons of Lansing, Mich. and Mrs. Dorothy GARRETT and sons called at the W.F. ROBB home one evening last week.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughters ate Sunday dinner with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART.
Nov. 11, 1943:
- Heres a letter from John SEE, RM 3 c of the U.S. Navy. He says: I have been intending to write you for some time but just couldnt get in the mood. After I read that you wanted some of the boys to write, I just made up my mind to write. I get the paper pretty regularly considering where I am and all. I think the last paper I got was published September 30. I enjoy them a lot and they give me a lot of dope that I never hear about otherwise. It seems that there wont be any girls left when we get back. Every time I pick up the paper I see where someone back there is married. All the USO service men sure have it soft. I shouldnt complain though as it isnt so bad here. A few days ago was the last time I had seen a woman in about 8 months. It sure was nice to see some of those lovely creatures. Ill have to say they were very nice looking but maybe that is because I hadnt seen one for what seemed to be about a year. I understand that Howard ROBB is stationed at this particular place. If I had his address I would try to find him. I sure would be glad to see someone from home and I know he would, too. Well, it will soon be a year since I have seen the States. Sometimes time flies so fast you can hardly keep track of it and then again it passes slow. I havent been out here very long at all though considering that one of the fellows left the States in January 1941 and hasnt been back since. I sure had an odd feeling when I read in one of your papers about Glen LEEs ship being sunk. I didnt know what ship he was on until then. If I had known it I might have been over to see him before he went back. I saw it just before it was sunk. This South Pacific weather sure is swell. It reminds me a lot of the early spring and late fall back home. That is, except for the surroundings. We dont have very many boys on here from home. There is one from Springfield, and one from West Frankfort. There was one from Centralia but he went back about a month ago. There is also one from Vincennes, Ind. He used to run around in Salem a little. I hope youll overlook this typewriter but it is the kind we use in radio work and I always use it to write letters as it is a lot faster and more legible. I can usually type out a two page letter in an hour if I dont have any interruptions. I guess most of the fellows have some little bit of amusement to tell you but I cant think of any at present. About the only entertainment we have are movies. We usually have some pretty nice ones but once in a while we get a hold of one we cant stand. We also have a radio to get all the news and music from the States. There is a small station on the beach that has a lot of transcribed programs and right at present it is going. I guess this is all that I can think of that would be of interest to anyone so will close hoping to see some of the guys from around home down here pretty soon. Thanks again for the paper.
- Heres one from Sgt. Raymond MOELLER, who is stationed down in North Carolina. He was just recently sent there and naturally, missed a few copies of the paper. Here is what he says: Well I am finally getting around to write you and have been quite busy since I came to this field. If it is hot one thing, and is a few others. I sooner have one. How is everything in the good old state of Illinois? I sure will be glad when I can call it my home again and I really do not think that I will ever leave it again after what I am in now. When they moved me out of Jackson, it seemed to me that I was getting into the army all over again as I was there for 21 months and my wife was there. So that really seemed kind of like home to me. But if I can be of any help on the other side that is where I want to be. Then besides I do not have any choice anymore. I sure do miss the good hometown paper so. I will send my new address. You may have to print an extra paper just for the address but I think it will fit some way. Will send along a dollar to help out as much as it can for I look forward to getting the paper. Will close now until next time hoping everyone is well around home.
- Ruth Gilmore BREEN MILLER, only child of Myron and Helen MITCHELL BREEN, was born Oct. 10, 1907 in Kankakee, Ill., and died at her home in Kinmundy on Nov. 3, 1943. At the age of 3 weeks, she came to make her home in Kinmundy. At the age of 3 years, her mother died, and only 3 months later, her father. She then found a home with her grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. James MITCHELL. She attended the grade and high schools of Kinmundy and graduated with the class of 25. She joined the Methodist Church. On Oct. 2, 1937, she was married to Oswald K. MILLER. For the past few months she has been a great sufferer. The grandfather died 15 years ago, after which Ruthie took care of her grandmother. The grandmother died on June 30, 1941. She leaves her husband; 3 aunts and uncles: Mr. and Mrs. John MITCHELL of OFallon; Mr. and Mrs. Ray STOUT of Rouses Point, N.Y., and Mr. and Mrs. James MITCHELL of Decatur. Services were held from the Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- William Franklin GRESHAM was born in Covington, Ky. Aug. 14, 1869. At the age of 16 he moved with his parents to Kansas City, Mo. where he lived until 1906 when he became a resident of Chicago which has been his home ever since with the exception of 7 years spent in the British Isles. The only surviving child of his first marriage in 1890 is Lois HALVERSON. He was married in 1923 to Laura E. FISHER of Kinmundy. Cpl. Wm. GRESHAM, stationed at Fort Riley, is the only survivor of this union. There are 2 grandchildren, James and Ruth HALERSON. Sons Robert and David Eliha preceded him in death. Stricken with a fatal illness Oct 3, he died Nov. 4. Services were held at the Parkside Baptist Church in Chicago. The remains were brought to Kinmundy Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. GRESHAM and son, Billy. Brief services were held at the Linton Funeral home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Lewie SULLENS entertained 6 small boys, namely: Sammy SADLER, Keith DISS, Jimmy McHATTON, Billy BOYD and Gerald DOOLEN, in honor of Larrys 6th birthday.
- On Oct. 31, a number of relatives met at the home of Beulah DISS in honor of Chas. DISS who will soon be leaving for the army. All came with well filled baskets. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS, Mrs. Leila HIRSCH, Mrs. Nora ALBERT of Decatur; O.R. DISS and family, Chas. BLOMBERG and family, Francis HAMMER and family, and Beulah DISS.
- B.F. LINTON was called Tuesday to take charge of the body of Mrs. Harry SMITH of Alma, who died in the Salem Hospital. She had been an invalid for several years.
- Mrs. Herman SOLDNER informs us that her brother, Ted LACEY, has been in the service for some time and is now training in the U.S. Maritime Service down in Florida.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.E. JONES have moved from Hopper, Colo. to Borger, Texas. Mr. JONES is brother to G. Frank JONES, living northwest of town, and Mrs. Josie GREEN of this city, and Mrs. JONES is a sister to Mr. H.M. FISHER of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Stanley ALLISON have a daughter, Sharon Lynn born in St. Josephs Hospital in South Bend, Ind. Nov. 5. Mrs. ALLISON is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HAMMER.
- According to the list received from the Selective Board, John Wade BOYD of Salem, Dean Russell BRUBAKER, Allen Lawrence BRASEL and Harry Mike DOUDERA of Alma have been ordered to report for induction along with 37 other men from this county. John BOYD is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel BOYD of this city.
- Tom SCHOENBORN has moved to Pleasant Plains, Ill., and is now looking after his brother, Frank, who is almost blind. He states he is getting to be a mighty fine cook and chambermaid. He said that he used to be a chambermaid in a livery barn but this is quite different.
- Mrs. Cora CORNELL and William T. PHILLIPS Jr. both of this city, stole a march on their many friends when they drove to Clayton, Mo. on Nov. 1, where they were married in the Methodist church. Immediately after the ceremony a wedding dinner was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McGIVEN, a sister and brother-in-law of the bride. The couple will reside in Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. James Elbert HOWELL announce the marriage of their daughter, Jane, to Alexander KARNBACH, on Oct. 30, 1943 in Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. HOWELL is the brother to Mrs. Arminda BROWN and C.H. HOWELL of this city.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James McNICOL, Jr. have a baby boy born Nov. 7. James is in the Army in Wisconsin.
- East Zion: Mrs. Roy DOOLEN returned home Friday from Texas where she had been with her husband, who was stationed there.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, son of Floyd and daughter, Betty, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth.
- East Zion: A large crowd attended the farewell party held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dresdon HEADLEY Tuesday and enjoyed roasting wieners, eating cake, cookies, and pickles. Dresdon left for California Thursday night where he will enter the Marines.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL had for their Sunday dinner guests, Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JARHAUS and daughter.
- Leland B. ALDERSON was sworn in the army on Oct. 20 and relatives from active service to be transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps until Nov. 10. On this date he reported at Fort Sheridan to be assigned to active duty for the Army.
- Pvt. Earl SCHWABE of Florida arrived here Wednesday to spend a few days with his families.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT is reported improved from her long illness.
- Mrs. Fred GAMMON left last Thursday for Texas to visit her husband.
- Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM, Sr. and daughter, Elizabeth, were in Baltimore, Md. last week visited with their son and brother, Lt. Charles BROOM.
- Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM spent Sunday in Ridgefarm, attending the celebration of Mrs. BROOMs mothers birthday. They also celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
- Wilson School: Saturday evening a party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK in honor of the birthday of their 2 daughters, Betty and Peggy HARGIS. Pinochle and dancing were enjoyed. Present were Jess CHARLTON and family, Cecil LANE and family, Robert SMITH and family, Marion SHUFELDT and family, Eura SHAFFER and family, Virgil SEE and family, Cpl. Harold KLEISS and sisters, Mildred and Helen, Harold MAXEY Jr., and Naomi SIMMONS.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Shan SPITLER has had another stroke and is in a very serious condition.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Gene HELM and son, Mrs. Christaine KNISELEY, Miss Marie HAYS, Elbert PRATHER, and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE and son, Clyde, attended a birthday supper at the Paul JENKINS home Thursday night in honor of their son, Jackies 17th birthday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND and daughter, Joan, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SCHOOLEY and son, Leland, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde JONES from Brown.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Joseph POLANKA, Sr., residing north of Alma, died Saturday.
- Pvt. Edwin SHREFFLER has returned to a camp in Virginia.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and son, Francis, spent Sunday in Sumner with Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, who had been visiting there.
Nov. 18, 1943:
- A.O. CHARLTON retired as a rural mail carrier after 37 years of service of traveling the highways and by-ways of Kinmundy and Foster townships. Otis made his first trip as a substitute carrier with Guy L. WHITTENBURG on Aug. 23, 1906. The very next day Mr. WHITTENBURG took a leave of absence on account of illness. He was substitute carrier until Dec. 8, 1906 when given the Kinmundy route. Prior to buying his first Model T Ford in 1915, he has had to keep a team, and during all this time he has only owned 8 horses. But on the other hand he has owned 12 automobiles. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John CHARLTON and was born in Georgetown, Vermillion Co., Ill. on Nov. 2, 1882. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Archie, Ill. and 4 years later to Longview, Ill. In Dec. 1898 the father purchased the Henry SHAFFER farm southeast of this city and moved his family to it. 3 years later, they sold this farm to Dave ZIMMER and moved to the Matt GEYSER farm which is located across the road, 2 miles south of town. They sold this farm to Joe KLINE then moved to Kinmundy. A year later, Otis entered the mail service. On June 18, 1911, he married Miss Alina YUNG, living southeast of this city. She died July 8, 1915. One son, Howard, now of Vancouver, Wash. was born to this union. On Feb. 26, 1921, he married to Miss Fern McCULLEY of this city. They have 1 son, John David. This family lives on the little farm adjoining the city limits on the west, which Mr. CHARLTON has owned since 1911. He expects to spend time now fox chasing, coon hunting, and quail shooting.
- Neighbors Husk Corn for Billie MORRIS: On last Wednesday afternoon, 17 neighbors of Billie MORRIS gathered at his home and shucked his corn crop. As you all know, Billie has been confined t the hospital in Effingham for the past 5 weeks. Those helping were: Orville GARRETT, Marvin CONANT, Sam LOWE, Mack ROBB, Claude HANNA, Bob GREEN, Paul SWIFT, Geo. COLE, Elsworth CHANDLER, Burl GREEN, Donald ROBB, Leland BRASEL, Frank JONES, Clyde BASSETT, Burdette MAXEY, Virgil LIVESAY and Cleve DOOLEN. It is acts like this that helps so much in the time of trouble. Billie and Elsie cannot thank everyone enough for their kindness.
- Neighbors and friends went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER Monday and surprised them, it being their wedding anniversary and Mr. SOLDNERs birthday. The evening was spent in games and music by Mrs. DILLON and Mr. SOLDNER and singing by all. A list of those attending was included.
- Billie MORRIS was operated on Monday in St. Anthonys Hospital for goiter.
- Miss Harriet ALLEN entertained several of her friends Friday after school to help celebrate her 13th birthday. Those present were Hilda PARRISH, Shirley GRAY, Evelyn LOWELL, Betty JOHNSON, Betty and Virginia VANSCYOC, Mary and Dorothy MULVANEY.
- Francis Marion REESE, second son of George and Sarah REESE, was born near St. James, Ill. on April 10, 1883. At the age of 9 years, his parents moved from this vicinity to a farm west of Kinmundy, where the family had resided several years. He married Martha CONANT of Kinmundy on Jan. 18, 1906, and they had 2 sons and 1 daughter. In 1913 he united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A few years later he purchased the Sam HOWELL farm northeast of Kinmundy, where they still reside. Not only was he successful in farming, but was also extensive strawberry grower, and busily engaged with his peach orchards. In the early spring of this year, his family first learned of his failing health and medical aid was sought. He had gone to Salem Hospital in the fall, and after a few days seemed better, but later entered the Hospital at Effingham. He died Nov. 8, 1943. He leaves his wife, Martha; 2 sons, Murrell and Lowell and a daughter, Mrs. Mildred SUTTON; 2 daughters-in-law, 3 grandchildren, Beryl and Dale REESE, and Donna SUTTON, all of near Farina; 6 brothers, James of Pana; Charles of Rock Falls; Sam of California; Jesse of Kinmundy; Ott of Joliet; Ben of Iowa and 1 adopted sister, Mrs. Helen ALEXANDER of Christopher, Ill. His father, mother, and only sister, Lulu, and 2 grandchildren, Joyce and Doris REESE preceded him in death. Services were held from the home and at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Ph M Charles MINER and wife are here for a few days visit with their father, H.E. MINER. Charles is stationed in Louisiana.
- Cpl. Richard JONES of Texas is here for a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES.
- Cpl. Harold KLEISS returned to his camp in North Carolina Friday.
- Capt. Art DOOLEN spent a few days this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W DOOLEN, enroute from Texas to Chicago.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN received a letter Saturday from their son, Gene, who is stationed somewhere in the Pacific telling them that he was in the hospital with a broken pelvic bone and broken arm.
- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Austin BEARD have a baby born Monday at the Fred MULVANEY home. Mr. BEARD is a soldier in the army.
- Omega: Several from here attended the funeral for Henry LONG at Siloam Church Monday.
- Wilson School: Sgt. Chas. KLINE of Texas accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Chester KLINE, visited Thursday with his grandmother, Mrs. Cal KLINE, and uncle, Hugh COUGHLIN and family.
- Wilson School: Cpl. Harold W. KLEISS returned to his camp in North Carolina after a 15 day furlough.
- Wilson School: Miss Ruth MEYER went to Salem Monday where she is employed in the shoe factory.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Delbert SMITH were hostess to a family gathering Thursday honoring his brother, Pvt. Darrell SMITH, who is home on furlough from South Carolina. Others present were: Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGONER and son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. TUCKER, J.R. SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Vesta SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE and family, Vera HANKS, Eldora WILKINSON, and Burdette MULVANY.
- PFC Chas. NEAL arrived Friday on furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer NEAL.
- Sgt. Elwin INGRAM of Virginia arrived Sunday for furlough. Also Pvt. Dwight INGRAM of Georgia arrived Monday for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob INGRAM.
- Pvt. Donald MILLER of Alabama is here for a few days visiting with his family enroute to another camp in Maryland.
- S. Sgt. Neil JOHNSON of North Carolina arrived Monday for a 15 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON and grandmother, Mrs. Nancy NEIL.
- Meadow Branch: Cpl. Carl GREEN visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL Thursday. He returned to work in Utah, Friday.
- Pvt. B.L. HANNA of Kentucky spent the weekend here with his family in home of his father, Dr. H.L. HANNA.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SOUTIER of Zion neighborhood have received word that their son, Cpl. Louis SOUTIER is now overseas.
- E. WORMLEY and Miss Katherine attended wedding of Miss Shirley FINGER in Marissa. She is the home economics teacher in our high school making her home with the WORMLEYs.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lester VAN SCYOC have received word from their son A.S. Junior VANSCYOC that he is now located in Idaho.
- F 3 Emmerson JONES is home for 15 days from Idaho from his boot training.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMS attended the funeral of the formers brother, Charles WILLIAMS of Salem, aged 71. Burial was in the County Line Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS also attended the funeral of their brother-in-law, Wink LEUTY, held in Dix on Nov. 7. Interment was made in the County Line Cemetery.
- Mrs. Effie ROBB has received word from her daughter, Florence, that she is in North Africa.
- Pvt. Bill HILL of Georgia arrived Wednesday for his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley HILL.
- Sgt. Delbert S. HAMMER returned to Oregon Monday after a weeks furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Myron HAMMER, and sister, Betty.
Nov. 25, 1943:
- Pvt. John William McCULLEY did not send a letter but he did remember us with a Christmas greeting. He is over there somewhere making things just a little bit warm for the Japs.
- Heres a nice letter from Virgil BURKETT, F 2 c of the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Walker. And I just imagine that Virgil has seen just a little action. Here is what he says: I want to thank you and all who make it possible for we boys in the service to receive your paper. I know I should have written you sooner, but just never got around to it. I know we enjoy reading it very much. I have been in the service almost a year now and out of that year I have seen seven months sea duty. I have seen quite a lot of the world and expect to see more soon. We have had nothing but emergency leaves. I sure would love to see all you people back home, but I guess it is impossible now. If you have someone in the service, which I know you have, and most people have, be sure and write to them often. It is hard to express how much they enjoy getting letters. I read the letter that Major BROOM wrote in the last issue that I received. It was a very nice letter and is just like he said. I dont think it will be too long until we all will be back home again. Well Mr. VALLOW, I guess thats about all for now, except keep buying bonds and keep those letters coming. Heres hoping to see you all soon.
- Heres one from Pvt. Harvey JOHNSTON. Hes somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands but from the tone of his letter, we just imagine he would much rather be right back out here in Meacham twp. Heres what he says: Again I want to thank each and everyone of you that have made it possible for me to receive the Kinmundy Express. I had been receiving it each week until I came overseas, but now I do now receive it regularly. I want you to know that I appreciate it very much and it sure is good to read the news from home and to read about all my friends and neighbors. The paper is just like receiving a letter from home. Keep the cards, letters, and papers coming that is what keeps us boys going. I sure have learned a great deal about the islands and have had much experience with many different things, but one thing I can say and that is they are nothing like what you people think they are. Someday we will all come back home to our loved ones and live in peace and happiness once more. So again I am thanking you for the paper from Home.
- Heres one from Sgt. Howard HELM who is also making whoopie in the Hawaiian Islands. We know he is because there was a picture of a good looking hula girl drawn on his V-Mail letter. Here is what he has to say: Just received my latest copy of the paper and thought I would express my appreciation. There have been times when it was a little late reaching me, but all the mail has been that way at times over here. There has been quite a few names in the paper lately that are strange to me. However, it sure is swell to read about those I do know and also to find out what is new around the old home town. I think I have seen my share of the west coast, from Border to Border, and now the "Paradise of the Pacific". Right now it doesnt measure up to the travel folders but I can see where it would have possibilities in normal times. I guess California isnt the only place that has a good Chamber of Commerce. While I was in California about all I heard was "Unusual Weather". Good luck to everyone.
- Heres one from Cpl. Charles JENKINS and we are satisfied, from the tone of his letter, he would much rather be right back in Alma than in Nebraska. Heres what he says: I will now try and sling a little ink your way and thank you for the Kinmundy Express. I am always glad to receive it and am especially interested in the letters which you have recently been printing from some of the fellows around there who are now in the service. I am at present in the sandhills of Nebraska, with not a single tree in sight. The nearest trees around here are at Alliance about 5 miles from camp. All there are in the sandhills out here are cactus and yuka bushes. I think it is the worst part of the state. Give me Illinois. We have been having quite a few 3 day problems, etc. since we were out here besides our glider flights and training with some pretty good hikes thrown in also. I believe thats about all. I can think to write for the present so Ill close by saying, "Give me Illinois and they can give Nebraska back to the Indians." Thanks again for the paper.
- Pvt. Merle W. SCHNEIDER of Louisiana, recently spent a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SCHNEIDER and family.
- Organizes Cemetery Association Saturday: On Saturday, Nov. 20, 1943, at the Court House in Salem, an association know as the Sandy Branch Cemetery Association was formed for the purpose of maintaining the Sandy Branch Cemetery. Dec. 1, 1943, has been named as a day for everyone interested in this cemetery to clean it off. Anyone who wishes to donate any money for the future upkeep of this cemetery may send any donations they wish to make to the Secretary-Treasurer, W.L. GREEN of Kinmundy, Ill., or hand it to any of the officers an directors of the association. Guy ARNOLD, President; S.M. ROBB, V. Pres.; Harold CHANDLER, Frank GREEN, O.M. CONANT, Paul THOMAS, J.F. COLE, Fred HEADLEY, and Charles ARNOLD.
- PFC Donald MILLER departed Friday for Maryland.
- Pf M Charles MINER left Friday for his duties in Louisiana.
- Mrs. Harry GRAY, Jr. left this week for Alabama to find work and be near her husband.
- Cpl. Richard JONES and Mrs. Junior GORDON left Friday for Texas. Richard is to be transferred to Mississippi and Mrs. GORDON will remain in Texas for an extended visit with her husband, who is stationed there.
- Cpl. Charles JOHNSON and wife spent last week here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON while enroute from New Jersey to Missouri.
- A northbound Greyhound bus burned Sunday night between Kinmundy and Alma. It was a total loss, but luckily, no passengers injured nor baggage burned. This was the regular Memphis to Chicago bus. It was loaded with passengers, being about 40 in all, 15 of whom were Kinmundy residents who had spent the evening in Salem attending the show and were returning home. The driver had thought he smelled rubber burning and stopped to make an examination. The bus soon burst into flames. There was 1 fire extinguisher on the bus, but that was not enough, and the bus soon burst into flames. It was supposed that a short circuit in the engine was the cause of the fire.
- Prairie Grove: 18 of the neighbors husked corn for Mrs. Martha REESE Wednesday.
- Miletus: Miss Dorothy COURSON, who has been confined to bed for 6 weeks for a lung disorder is gradually improving. Her sister, Marjorie and Mrs. Irene SPADE of Farina spent Sunday with her.
- We are happy to see Charlie HOWELL and Bert GARRETT on our streets again.
- Meadow Branch: Verne SCHOONOVER met with a serious accident last Wednesday. A pickup truck turned over with him near Dix. He was taken to Salem Hospital and returned home Sunday.
- Wilson School: In honor of the 64th birthday of Mrs. J.T. CHARLTON, friends and neighbors gathered at her home Nov. 21 for Aunt Sarah. Present were: Cecil LANE and family, Jess CHARLTON and family, Leo STOCK and family, Marion SHUFELDT and family, Jim WALKER and family, Virgil SEE and family, Eura SHAFFER and family, Robert SMITH and family, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert SMITH, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS.
- Wilson School: S. Sgt. Neil JOHNSON of North Carolina, spent Thursday at the Chester KLINE home.
- Wilson School: Mildred and Helen KLEISS attended a party Sunday at the home of Mrs. Minnie HAHN, near Iuka, in honor of her son, Frederick, of the U.S.N. who is on furlough from Alaska.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Tennie WHITE fell and broke her hip and was taken to the Salem Hospital Friday where x-rays were taken.
- Chas. SEE SC 3 c returned to Florida Thursday after a weeks visit here with his mother, Mrs. Margaret GRAY.
Dec. 2, 1943:
- Mrs. Robert BOSTON, Jack BOSTON, Don ROGERSON, Mary TOLLEFSON, and Mrs. Alice HABEL helped Aunt Kate HEFLIN celebrate her 89th birthday and Thanksgiving.
- Cpl. Tracy DOWNS has been promoted to Sgt. and is now stationed at Ft. SHERIDAN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SIMMONS received word that their son, Harold has been promoted to Private First Class. He is serving overseas.
- William Glenn SNOW, of East St. Louis, died here last Thursday at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Margaret OBRIEN, from a heart attack, following an attack of acute indigestion. Mr. and Mrs. SNOW, in company with Jean VALLOW of St. Louis, had came to attend a family Thanksgiving dinner in the OBRIEN home. Others present at this dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Leo DONOVAN of Springfield, and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. VALLOW and son of this city. Services were held from St. Elizabeths Church in East St. Louis with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. A list of those attending the graveside service was included. William Glenn, only son of Thomas William and Mary McGARGILE SNOW, was born in East St. Louis on Jan. 4, 1892, and died in Kinmundy on Nov. 25, 1943. At the age of 2, he was left fatherless. At the age of 4, he and his mother moved to Tolono, Ill., where he spent his boyhood days, returning to East St. Louis at the age of 18. On June 14, 1916, he married Miss Josephine OBRIEN of Kinmundy. They had 5 children: Mary Margaret, at home; Sgt. William Glenn, Jr., now stationed in North Carolina; Pvt. Daniel Patrick, now in the Hawaiian Islands; Patricia Ann, at home; and John Louis, S 2 c aboard the U.S.S. Spangler. This home of this family has been in East St. Louis except for 9 years spent in Columbia, Mo., Moberley, Mo., Knoxville, Tenn, and Hot Springs, Ark., while Mr. SNOW was manager for the R.H. Cress and Co. stores in those places. After returning to East St. Louis, the deceased worked on various construction works. At the time of his death, he was employed as a second engineer in the plant of the Granite City Steel Co.
- Mrs. Florence CONANT received a picture this week of General MORRIS, Commanding General of the 4th Fighter Command, decorating her son, 1st Lt. James D. CONANT of the 371st with the Air Medal, aviations second highest award for meritorious achievements as a pilot participating in over 200 hours of long range patrol, flights, rescue, etc. in the Panama Canal Zone.
- L.C. INGRAM Ph M 2 c is back in the states and is stationed at Long Island.
- Heres a letter from PFC Derrill STIPP, formerly of Alma, who is at the present time sojourning in sunny Italy. He says: Well as I have a little spare time I will write you and let you know I have a new APO number. I dont get every issue but I sure do want to thank you for the ones that I do get. You can tell Charley S. NEAL it sure will be nice to have a bed for I havent saw one for over 6 months. I missed the issue with Sgt. BROOMs letter in it. I expect to hear his story when I come home, dont know when but I hope to be there one of these days soon. I sure would like to tell you a few things, but so many things are restricted. I guess I will have to close and go eat some hash or stew.
- Heres one from PFC Conrad REPEC, who no doubt, would feel more at home in the hollows of Elder School District than he does out in Oregon. He says: Well, I think its about time I wrote and thanked you for the paper you have been sending me. I am very glad to get it as its like getting a letter from home. I get it every week but it is a week old when I get it but thats O.K. with me. I am not much at writing letters but when I have time off I try and write to the people back home for it is nice to have letters to read at night when a guy gets in out of this Oregon rain. Oh yes, I changed my address the other day so I thought I had better give it to you, for I want to be sure and get the paper. So thanks a lot for the paper. I am sending you a dollar to help pay for the trouble of sending the paper to us boys. If they are like me the paper means a lot to them. I guess I will close now.
- Heres one from PFC Eldon COLCLASURE, who, we know, would much rather be here with his wife and baby than out in California. He says: I will take a few minutes tonight to thank you for the paper and as your request, notify you of a change of address. I dont know who told you the address that was on the paper today, but it got here. My address has changed 3 times since Oct. 25. Now is that excuse enough? I noticed in the column you have some trouble with fellows not sending their changes of addresses. Now dont take my name off the list till you have given me a chance the next time my address changes. I notify you as soon as possible.
- Heres one from Pvt. Ralph JENKINS who happens to be way down in Texas at the present time but will soon leave for California. We know Pug will be at home, not matter where he is. He says: Thought I would write you again as I have a new address. I am now in Texas. We are through with maneuvers for a couple of months, then we go to the desert in California. I left Tennessee last Friday and rode for 2 nights and 3 days and I sure was glad to get off that train. They gave us sleepers on the way down, and believe me the first time I went to bed I thought it was the finest thing in the world, especially after sleeping on the ground for 2 months. Well, this weather is really great down here I am sitting in my barracks with all the windows open and I am sweating. We go around in our shirt sleeves all the time and believe me, I like it. This country is very level and has plains. The nearest town to this camp is Abeline and its 7 miles and I can see the town standing in camp. Thats how level it is here. Well, Mr. VALLOW, I dont know much more so will close. Well heres thanking you again for the paper and keep it coming. I enjoy it very much.
- Lt. Grace ARNOLD of Kentucky is here on furlough with her mother, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD and Miss Ruby.
- Mrs. James GREEN and baby daughter, Ruth Ann, left Saturday to join Mr. GREEN in Texas, who is in camp there.
- Mrs. John RIDLEY left Monday for Sioux Falls, S.D. to be with her husband, Pvt. John RIDLEY, who is in school there.
- Sgt. and Mrs. Charles HAYES of Texas, are visiting there parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT, who had also for their Thanksgiving dinner guests: Mr. and Mrs. Louis ERWIN and daughter of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Harry BAKER and family of Rinard, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN.
- S. Sgt. Neil JOHNSON left Sunday for his camp in North Carolina.
- Sgt. Beryl DISS of Texas arrived Friday for a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS. Their son, Charles, left Friday for induction in the Army.
- Miletus: Harve PILLMANs home burned Sunday. Part of the contents were saved and they have moved into the house near vacated by Raymond BANNING and wife.
- Miletus: Mrs. Imogene HAYES and husband, Charles HAYES, who is stationed in a camp in Texas arrived at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT Wednesday and are spending a 12 day furlough with them and other relatives.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE and son, Garrett, of Gary, Ind. spent several days last week here with Orville GARRETT and wife, and Margaret GRAMLEY.
- Swift School: Norma Del GARRETT of Kinmundy spent the weekend with Velma CONANT.
- Swift School: Irene GAMMON spent Sunday with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Sgt. Frank BOYD arrived Saturday for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mel BOYD.
- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill VANDEVEER have a baby boy born in Sunday.
Dec. 9, 1943:
- The first letter is from Sgt. Carl E. PURCELL, more commonly known as "Percy", who used to know his way around Kinmundy, although he did live at Alma. He is now learning how to get around in merry old England. He says: I enjoy getting your paper a lot and thanks a lot considering we boys. I never read your paper before entering the service but no I read each copy completely. Your Zatso column is very interesting. I have friends from many states that read and enjoy it a lot. Your new letter column is a big booster to us. It lets each other boy know the approximate location of his friend. Hoping for an early victory and we all get home again. I sign off.
- Heres one from Sgt. Raymond A. MOELLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A MOELLER out on North Fork. Sgt. MOELLER has been pretty good to write us. He is changing his address again but this time in care of the postmaster, New York City which leads us to believe that he will soon be taking a boat ride. He says: Well, I guess that I had better write again as I have been moved from North Carolina and am now out near the east coast and it is really swell up here. It is so much better than it as in the South. I received my paper today and that is the first news that I have had from home since I came up here and you can imagine how much I enjoyed getting it. It seemed like it had so much more news in it as it came before my folks had a chance to write me all the news. It seems to me though you may be slipping in hunting this year, but I suppose that the shells are very hard to get. I really dont think you would mind cleaning them very much. I understand there are quite few birds around there this year. I sure would like to try out my gun but not so much on birds as a few other things that without a doubt I may get a crack at in the near future. I had a chance to go to New York last Saturday night and we sure had a very good time. In the first place we went into Jack Dempseys bar and it is sure a grand place and from there we hit a few other well known places, like the Brass Bar which was a lovely place. Then at 11:30 we went tot he N.B.C. studios and saw Glen Miller and his band broadcast and from there went to the Stage Door Canteen and that is another swell place. Then on our way home I happened to sit in the front seat where I could get a good view of the road back to camp and it had quite a few places of interest also. Well I think that this is about all that I can write of at the present time so I will give you my new address and thanks a lot for the good paper.
- Heres one from Junior VANSCYOC, A s. of the U.S. Navy, and is now getting his boot training in Idaho. He says: Thought I would drop you a few lines to thank you for the paper. I enjoy it a lot and it really feels good to get the paper and catch up on the home town news. I sure wish I was home so I could have some of those tame quails around there. I saw quite a few of them there before I came up here, but I suppose they are pretty hard to find while the season is in. Well, I must close.
- Heres one from James HAMMER, SO M 3c, of the U.S. Navy and is now, and has been seeing the world aboard the U.S.S. Heron. And say, Red, dont forget that we would be mighty glad to see you as well as the other boys and girls, right here on the streets of Kinmundy. He says: I am dropping a few lines to thank you for the much appreciated paper and hope someday to repay the kindness. I showed the fellows your Zatso column (I believe that is the way you spell it), and now every time I get the paper I have to show them the paper so they can read it. I have been quite a few places since I left Kinmundy but I dont think I would trade it for any one of them. I can now get the full meaning of "Be it ever so humble there is no place like home." Since the war started, I havent seen many fellows from home, but one day I did meet Bob HANNA and we had a short talk and most of it was on past experiences at Kinmundy. As there is not much a fellow can write about these days, I will have to close wishing you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
- Heres one from Cpl. Charles JOHNSON, who is now stationed in Jefferson Barracks for a little schooling although he is attached to the Air Force. He says: Well, here I am in Jefferson Barracks, I have been here for 10 days and I guess it is not so hard considering it an O.R.T.C. You know what that means. Soon leaving the U.S. for Shangri-La. Nobody knows where or when. I have been in Atlantic City for basic training, Fort Monmouth for 6 months on radio, and 3 months of very secret and confidential V.H.F. I have 3 classifications, heavy duty specialist, O.H.F. Repair, and Radio repairman. We are very busy here and dont have very much time for anything. After being with the Signal Corps for 10 months, we are very glad to get back to the best army of men in the world, General ARNOLDs Army Air Forces. The sign over the gate here has a sign over it. "The Worlds Greatest Soldiers Pass Through Here." I cant tell much more about my business after you are so near ready to go over as we are they watch what you write pretty close, especially where we are going. I want to thank you for the paper and I have never failed to get it, and us fellows here sure loved to hear from folks back home. Well I hope you can read this. Its about time for chow so I will call it a day. I wont see any of you folks in Kinmundy until after this little job is done but we are all thinking of you every day and please write to the boys, buy war bonds, and dont let the boys down.
- Heres one from Chaplain Cecil LOWE. You wouldnt think it, but it looks as though the sky pilots get disgusted with certain parts of the country the same as any other soldiers. He says: Our typewriter has been requisitioned for the present along with our B rations. It certainly is great to get in Gods country again and to have A rations. I sat down to a breakfast of sausage, milk and fresh fruit this morning, which was a delight to both eye and stomach. It will take some time to get all the sand out of our hair, but we hope to become civilized again soon. The natives of the desert and southern California are howling over the frost and foggy weather. Most of us are happy to be back eastward. This seems quite home like to be in the scrub oak timber where the cotton tails run circles around the barracks. Many thanks for your consideration in sending us the Express. We have appreciated it very much.
- Heres one from Pvt. Charles DeWEESE, a former Alma lad, who cant tell us just where he is. But by putting everything together, we would say that he was on one of those undiscovered islands in the northwest Pacific. He says: I have been for quite some time intending to write you, and let you know that I receive my paper pretty regular. I want to thank you for it. I really do appreciate it very much to get the news from home, after being out here where news are scarce, although some of them are late in reaching me, it is good to get them. I am sorry that I cant tell you where I am at as that is strictly against regulations in some areas and this happens to be one of them. As there is not much here to write bout. It would be hard to write about it and keep within the rules. I have been here in complete isolation for the past 18 months. The weather here some times gets pretty rough. I think they call it the roughest in the world and I am beginning to believe it. There is no civilization at all about as remote as it could get so you can kind of get the idea of what I have here. This may not seem much but its about the extent of my description of what its like. Id like very much to get back to Marion county for awhile, but that is hardly possible yet for awhile as we have quite a job to do yet. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce for the cigarettes and send all of my friends my best regards and wishing them all the boys a speedy return.
- Heres one from former Sgt. Glenn INGRAM, formerly of Meacham twp. and now enjoying the ride open spaces of Texas. He says: While reading the last issue of the Express, I noticed the boys abroad certainly enjoy the paper. Id like to get a crack at helping those boys over there. Ive been in the service a year myself and it seems like ages since Harry (Mutt) JOHNSTON and I used to run around together. "Hello there Mutt, cic is in Italy now and I have lost contact with Paul PERRY". We used to never miss a meeting out at Meacham Baptist. I didnt know Pvt. McCULLEY, Sgt. HELM or Cpl. JENKINS, but Cpl. I can imagine how it is in Nebraska as I am out here in the wide open spaces of Texas. "Hello there Dink, hows the Islands?" Weve finished maneuvers and what is in the future for this outfit. I cant guess. Beryl DISS is still here in camp with me. I think he is on furlough at the present. I have also lost contact with Bert BALLIS. He was in the regiment adjacent to mine in Louisiana. Good luck to you boys and the late volunteers. I wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and especially the Express editor and staff and I wish, the axis a speed retreat.
- Several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS Sunday for a dinner in honor of their son, Sgt. Beryl E. DISS, of Texas. Present were: Lowell DISS and family, C.H. BLOMBERG and family, Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD, Miss Ruby ARNOLD, J.H. DISS and children, Miss Beulah DISS and Francis HAMMER and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MAHAN have received word that their son, Bob, will report Jan. 5 in Annapolis to attend midshipman school. We congratulate Bob, this is a goal most young men would like to reach.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH received word from their son, Richard, that he is now overseas. Richard has been in the navy 2 years and has a rating of AMM3 c.
- Pvt. Merle BAYLIS of Texas returned Sunday to his camp after spending a week here with relatives.
- Miss Loretta HOYT, the 10 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie HOYT was taken to the Salem Memorial Hospital Monday and submitted to an appendectomy on Tuesday.
- Mrs. Ella NEWELL is able to set up for short periods. She has been a great sufferer of sciatic rheumatism for several weeks.
- Mark ARNOLD and Fred BOYD have received greetings and will report for induction next week along with 58 other boys from this county by the Salem Selective Board.
- Wilson School: Pfc Alva STOCK of Texas and Pfc Howard CRANDALL of Kansas were callers at the KLEISS home Tuesday.
- Cpl. Perry L. NEAVILLE, Jr. of Oregon is here for a furlough with his family.
- Pvt. Chester HANSON of Iowa is visiting his mother, Mrs. Della HANSON.
- Pleasant Grove: Paul SMITH returned from Chicago Wednesday where he was inducted into the Army and is spending a 15 day furlough here before being assigned to camp for training.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Frank EMBSER and daughter, Mrs. Lester BASOM, spent Thanksgiving with Mrs. BASOMs husband who is stationed in Texas.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB spent Saturday in Centralia.
- East Meadow Branch: C.H. HOWELL and Mrs. H.H. HOWELL were at Salem Hospital Thursday to see Fred PURVIS who had an appendix operation that morning.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Wess ROBB spent Sunday afternoon at the Frank GARRETT home.
- Mrs. Alice HABEL and daughter, Mary TOLEFSON, left Sunday afternoon for Minneapolis to be with their son and grandson, Ted, who is home on furlough from Texas.
Dec. 16, 1943:
- Heres a dandy letter from Pvt. Charles JASPER, who is now learning just how the Chinese people live. This is the first letter we have had from China. Here is what Pvt. JASPER has to say: I am writing this letter to thank you for sending me the paper which I have received regular since I have been in the army. Also thought I would write and tell you a little about China. It is just like you read about in books and study in school and the people here are very nice. It was a little hard to understand their language at first, but with the little English that a lot of them can speak and by learning a little of their language you can get along pretty well. They like our cigarettes and almost everything we have, they will say "ding how", which means very good. If you ask them about the Japs they will say, "bo how", which means no good, so they have the same impression of them as we have. Now this is about all there is to write and if I wrote everything then there would be nothing for me to tell when I get back, so if you will please excuse the writing I will close. Tell all the boys hello for me until we meet again in the very near future, I hope.
- Heres one from Cpl. Louie SOUTIER, who has just completed the first leg of his journey to the far east. He is now in merry old England and seems to be enjoying himself but we imagine he would just a little rather be back here roaming the highways and biways of Foster twp. He says: Will drop you a few lines to let you know my right address so I can get my paper. I have received two since I have been over here and I sure enjoy the paper for there is not much near here. About all I can tell you is that I am in England, but cant say just where. I have a good place to stay and plenty to eat. Well I guess a lot of the boys from around home are over here, as I have never seen any of them, but hope to run onto some of them some time. Have been in town twice. Well guess I had better quit for now, sure glad to get the paper and thanks very much for it.
- Chester HANSON, who has been in the army for almost 2 years, received an honorable medical discharge due to ill health. At present, he is staying with his mother, Mrs. Della HANSON, who is ill with influenza.
- Mrs. Myrtle BUSHONG of Centralia, underwent a serious operation in St. Marys Hospital on Dec. 9. She is being attended by her sister, Mrs. Blanche KENNEDY.
- Pvt. Frederick SEE is confined to the hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He suffered a broken collar bone playing football.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER entertained to a surprise birthday dinner Sunday in honor of F.G. ALEXANDERs (?) birthday with a chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Those present besides the honored guest and his companion were Mr. and Mrs. Howard TYLER of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. F.W. REINHARDT and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur REINHARDT and children of Sandoval, and Mrs. Ida SMITH of this city.
- Rex Spencer McCARTY, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. McCARTY of Iola and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jake McCARTY of Kinmundy was among the class at Blytheville, Ark. on Dec. 5 to be commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and awarded the silver wings. He graduated from the local high school here.
- William Coy INGRAM has recently been promoted from the rank of Major to Lt. Colonel. He is in the Air Force and stationed in Utah. He is acting as the adjutant general attached to the Hill Field Headquarters of the Ogden air service command.
- Swift School: Mrs. R. GREEN and son, Keith, and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and daughter, Donna, were shopping in Salem Saturday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter Judith Ann, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and family.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday at the Clyde GARRETT home.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday at the Leland BRASEL home.
- Swift School: Dinner guests at the Frank GARRETT home Sunday evening were: Forrest JONES and wife of Kinmundy, Merle JONES and family of Arnold Chapel, and Roy JONES and wife of Patoka.
- East Zion: Duane WALTON of the Air Force spent a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Addis WALTON and family.
- East Zion: A large crowd attended the get together party at the Jones School Monday night for Duane WALTON.
- East Zion: William JONES and son, Robert, attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary LAMBERT of Decatur Friday.
- East Zion: Mr. Chas. ARNOLD, Eli GREEN, and Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES attended the funeral of John JONES Monday in Vernon at the M.E. Church.
- Omega: Dee HAYS, who recently received a medical discharge, was in Omega 1 day last week.
- Cpl. John D. PURCELL of Oregon has enjoyed a week here and in Alma with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight PURCELL.
- Cadet Nurse, Nancy LOWE of St. Louis, Mo., spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE and David.
Dec. 23, 1943:
- Heres a nice long letter from A C Walter WILLIAMS, who is earning his wings out in Arizona. He says: It seems I never get a chance to write you except to tell you Ive changed addresses again. First I want to thank you for the paper you send me. Your paper is a real morale booster for me. A lot of the seemingly trivial happenings we would never hear about if it werent for your paper. I read it so through I could probably quote most of the advertisements. So you see your paper is a big help. I was recently transferred from preflight school in Santa Ana to primary phase of pilot training at Thunderbird field. Since this field is operated almost entirely by civilians, a lot of the harder jobs are done for us, namely, guard duty and K.P. Any soldier will tell you these are the two most hated jobs in the army. I have seen in your paper that C.V. VALLOW and others around Kinmundy have joined the aviation cadets. Im sure they will say as others do that this is the finest training the army has to offer with a few exceptions. The hardest thing I ever did was getting through Santa Ana preflight. Not because of academics, but the disciplinary training they give the cadets is terrific. They have a book of cadet regulations which lists everything from the proper use of scrub brush to how to dust a foot locker. This book of regulations is a Bible to every Santa Ana cadet and believe me they follow these instructions to the letter. Primary training is somewhat different. The work is still there but a fellow is disciplined well enough to know how to follow instructions without much trouble. In other words preflight is like discovering there isnt any Santa Claus and primary is like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I know those fellows are glad to hear this. I was real eager for this type of news because I could at least hope for a time when I could do something without worrying about a lot of demerits. They can take it from me theyre in for a swell life when they finish preflight. Especially if they like flying as well as I do. We are on the flight line for 5 hours each day except Sunday. The rest of the day is spent going to classes, drill, calisthenics and mess formations. So you see theres a lot of work to be done, but its easy because its the type of work we like. Too they are shooting for something really worth while. My thanks again for the paper you send us. We are dependent on it quite a lot.
- Heres one from Sgt. Zarold LEWIS, who is in the Medical Corps and stationed out in New Mexico. He says: A few lines to let you know how much I appreciate your paper. It serves as a letter from all the home folks, when one reads the news from each community where we are known. I doubt that we can ever repay your kindness, but I assure you are doing more toward the war effort than you realize as it is a big moral builder and without that the army would be a failure. As for this part of the States, one just as well give it back to the Indians, however, there are large fields of pinto beans around here for which the army and navy can be thankful for. The weather is very nice at the present, but the nights do get a little cool at times. Well, I think I should close and hit the sack as tomorrow is a big day, cleaning for inspections on Saturday. By the way, I believe you said in your Zatso that you couldnt see why the g.m. was always cleaning house for you couldnt find any dirt. Well let one of these army officers that inspects these hospital wards and I will guarantee that he can find some, somewhere. I find the hospital work very interesting, but I will take school teaching back in Bell district in good old Illinois. Thanks again for the paper.
- Grover COURSON, aged 53, died at his home in Meacham twp. Sunday after a lingering illness from heart trouble. The funeral was held from the Meacham Baptist Church with burial in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter, and 2 sons.
- Services for Wm. W. ALDERSON, 86, were held Saturday in Brown Church with interment in the Parker Cemetery. He is survived by 1 daughter.
- James Eugene DONOHO and Lewis Chester PERRY have received orders to appear for induction into the armed forces along with 46 other boys from the Salem area. Due to a change in the rules and regulations, Fred BOYD received word last week at the 11th hour not to appear for induction.
- Mrs. Chas. BRAND of Chicago died in her sleep Wednesday. She is the mother of Mrs. Bessie WHITE. Mrs. NEAVILL and Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE departed Wednesday to be with the aged father and attend the funeral.
- Lora Linda HARRIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orris HARRIS, was born on Feb. 12, 1943, and died Dec. 21, 1943. She is survived by her parents, 4 brothers, Virgil, Clyde, Raymond, and Billy at home; 1 sister, Mrs. Rosie HERRINGTON of Chicago; and 2 grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOY of Farina.
- A still born baby boy was named, Alva, born Friday to Pvt. and Mrs. Alva COX in the Salem Hospital. The mother, formerly Donna GRAY, is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY, Sr. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home with interment Evergreen Cemetery.
- Jasper KRUTSINGER died at his home in Meacham twp. on Dec. 16, from pneumonia. Services are being held today from Meacham Baptist Church and interment will be in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by 3 sons, Floyd, Ira, and Eura, of Meacham twp., and 1 daughter, Mrs. Anna BOYLE, of Alma.
- Mrs. Alonzo FRENCH who has been very ill for a week or so was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Centralia Wednesday. She is suffering from gallstones.
- Dr. Hugo MILLER passed another milestone of his life Dec. 17. He has reached the age of 79 years and is enjoying good health. He has been practicing here since Sept. 1, 1898.
- Pvt. Harold MOELLER of Arnold Chapel neighborhood is a patient in the Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich. Harold has been in the South Pacific for several months and has had malaria.
- Mary BURLING GILLEN, daughter of Wm. and Alice BURLING, was born Jan. 9, 1865, in Kinmundy, and died at her home in Champaign on Dec. 17 from a stroke. She married Hugh GILLEN on Sept. 15, 1914, and they had made Champaign their home for years. Mr. GILLEN died 3 years ago in August. She is survived by 5 nieces and 5 nephews. Services were held in Champaign from the Holy Cross Catholic Church and burial was made in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery here. Mrs. GILLEN was the sister of the late Mrs. Charlie B. FRENCH, mother of Mrs. E.O. ZIMMER, Mrs. Harry GRAY, Sr., and John FRENCH and A.E. FRENCH.
- The annual Christmas dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN on Dec. 19 last Royal Bruce, was leaving for the armed forces Dec. 21. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER and children, Barbara, Dale, Wayne, Wallie and Peggy Sue, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and Garry, Mr. and Mrs. Beck JENKINS and Kay, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Patty Ann, Mrs. Thelma INGRAM, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN, Dutch, Shorty, Royal Bruce and Lilly Mae. They were all present except 1 son-in-law, S Sgt. Glenn INGRAM, who is stationed in Texas.
- Young School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde MULVANEY and children spent Thursday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther BEARD, who had their Christmas that day in honor of their grandson, Austin BEARD, who is in the army and had to return Saturday.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. Ira MARSHALL helped Mr. Wes ROBB kill a beef Monday.
- Wilson School: Pvt. George MEYER of Arkansas came Friday and is spending furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER and sister, Ruth, Viola and Veda.
- Wilson School: Pvt. Clarence QUANDT was a supper guest at the KLEISS home Sunday evening.
- Omega: Services for Albert KITCHEN, who died at his home in Salem were held at the Christian Church here Monday with interment in the cemetery nearby.
- Omega: Cpl Carl MILLICAN has been transferred to a camp in North Carolina. His wife who has been visiting with him is now here visiting Carls parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben MILLICAN.
- Omega: Corp. Austin BEARD was here last week visiting at the Fred MULVANEY home. He is enroute to Massachusetts where he will receive further training.
- Pvt. George MEYER of Arkansas is home on furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER and daughter.
- PFC and Mrs. Guin VALLOW of Battle Creek, Mich. arrived Sunday for a 10 day furlough.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE are now enjoying electric lights in their home.
- ARM 1 c and Mrs. Wayne PIGG of Virginia are here for a weeks visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. PIGG and Kenneth.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE received word that their son, T 4 Charles KLINE is now overseas.
- We are glad to report to Mrs. Icy GARRETT was able to make a call in our office Monday.
- Cpl. Francis SMITH arrived Sunday to spend his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis SMITH and son, Kenneth, and daughter, Doris.
- The Express received a letter from W.W. LOWE, affectionately known to many as Uncle Warren, saying he and Mrs. LOWE are enjoying themselves in the Florida sunshine. He is enjoys fishing, but doesnt know how to prepare them. He has convinced his landlord to this effect, and now the landlord prepares them ready for the skillet.
- Joe SLOVICK of the U.S. Navy arrived here yesterday evening to spread a few days with his mother, Mrs. Mary SLOVICK.
- Mrs. Esta ROBB was hostess to the Loyal Neighbors Friday with a good attendance. Quilting on an applique tulip quilt was the work of the day. The hostess served a delicious dinner at noon at which Mr. ROBB and Billy ROLLINSON were welcome guests. The Christmas exchange was held in the afternoon and much enjoyed by all. The next meeting will be with Miss Beulah DISS.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle held their birthday party for November at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, helping Mrs. HARRELL celebrate her birthday. A nice crowd was present and refreshments of sandwiches, cookies and coffee were served.
- Camp Ground: Little Billy Pat COUGHLIN was severally burned about the face when he threw kerosene on a fire recently.
- Camp Ground: The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orris HARRIS died Monday with pneumonia.
- Pvt. Lloyd BAILEY of North Carolina arrived Saturday for a few days visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY and family.
- Burdette SHAFFER spent 3 days last week in Minneapolis, Minn. visit with his brother, Russell, who is a student there at the University of Minn. training to be an airplane pilot.
Dec. 30, 1943:
- Heres an interesting letter from S. Sgt. Lyle SHREFFLER, who is now stationed way out in Oregon. He says: I want to apologize for having waited so long to thank you for the Express, but it is as welcome as a canteen of water on the Oregon Desert. Nothing can keep the morale of a soldier bolstered so much as a letter from people at home, or news of those people. Ill not go into life on an army post but I will say the men here are all working hard for the last minute of the game and when it comes, Im certainly glad Im playing on the winning team. How about you people? In my appreciation for the paper, let me again thank you.
- Heres a short note from Bill WILSON, who is stationed down in Texas. He says: I sure look forward to the Kinmundy news every week. I am in the Search Light Bn. in Texas. Tell everyone I said Hello, and hope to see them soon, and wishing everyone back there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
- Heres one from Pvt. Harry GRAY, Jr. who is stationed down in Alabama. He says: I am dropping you a few lines to let you know how much I enjoy your paper. I got a big laugh from your Zatso column last week about your dog trouble. I hope it doesnt happen again. I am also enjoying the good old sunny south with its red clay mountains and beautiful tall pine trees. Its a nice place to be but I sure do miss good old Kinmundy and Barghs Drug Store. I suppose you folks back home know that my wife is with me enjoying the sunny too. There are things I would like to say about my training but I guess Id better not. Thanks a million for the paper and have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
- Heres one from Sgt. Beryl DISS who is stationed down in Texas. He says: First of all I want to take this opportunity to thank you for my paper. I receive it regularly every week and I certainly do enjoy it. I am now stationed in a new camp and so far I like it just fine. I think the state of Texas is alright although I do like Illinois better. I was stationed in Louisiana for 12 months and I didnt think much of that place. As a matter of fact I dont think any of the boys liked it down there. We came to this camp after completing 3 months of maneuvers in Louisiana. We thought we had it pretty hard at times but I know that what we went through with wasnt nothing as compared to what some of the boys are going through, which includes some of my very good friends. I certainly had a good time while I was on my furlough a couple of weeks ago but they are really keeping up busy now. We are in our advanced training period and what we will do on where we well go from here, we dont know. During my entire furlough the flag wasnt up a single day. Maybe the people dont notice or think of it but I noticed the first day I was there that it wasnt up. I should think that everyone there would want it flying every day. Its almost time for "lights out" so again I thank you very much for the paper. I enjoy reading it very much especially the letters from the boys in the service. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
- Two Guadacanal Boys Spend Christmas Here: Joe SLOVICK, F 1 c of the 14th NCB arrived here Thursday to spend 2 weeks with his mother, Mrs. Mary SLOVICK. Joe has been in the Navy for 18 months and this is his second trip home, his first trip in 16 months. He has spent the past 15˝ months in the South Pacific and the past year on Guadacanal. In other words, he has been in the thick of it. Joe was granted a 30 day leave but it took seven days for him to come from California and it will take him seven to return. So that makes 2 weeks at home. He has lost some flesh since we last saw him but he looks pretty good. Mr. and Mrs. Albert MOELLER and family, residing north of Arnolds Chapel, were happy to have with them their son, Pvt. Harold MOELLER on Christmas Day. Pvt. MOELLER had just returned from overseas and is now recuperating in Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich. Pvt. MOELLER was inducted into the armed services on March 20, 1941, and was assigned to the infantry. After training in various camps, he left the States on Jan. 23, 1942, and sailed for the Southwest Pacific. During his absence he has seen combat service and did clean up duty in Australia, New Caledonia, Guadacanal and Fiji Island. Pvt. MOELLER said that he did not care to relate any of his experience for fear he might say the wrong thing and then again, he wanted to forget some of them anyway. But he did say that he spent many days carrying supplies on his back to the front lines. And the most precious of these supplies, he stated, was water. It was while doing Cleanup Duty in Guadacanal that he contracted malaria. He landed back here on Nov. 27 and entered Percy Jones Hospital on Dec. 10. He arrived home last Thursday and will report back to the hospital this Thursday for further treatment.
- Mrs. Mattie DOWNS was made very happy Christmas Day when she received Christmas greetings by phone from her sons, Sgt. T.L. DOWNS of Ft. Sheridan, and Rube DOWNS of Collinsville, Mo.
- In Hospital: Bert GARRETT was taken suddenly ill Christmas and was rushed to St. Marys hospital in Centralia. Latest report he is resting, and is at home again.
- Mrs. Sadie SEE fell at her home Thursday and suffered a broken shoulder. She was taken to Salem Hospital.
- Chuck GARDEN was taken ill Thursday at 11 oclock that night and submitted to an operation at Salem Hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
- Miss Helen A. MILLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER of this city, and William H. HOUSE Y2 c, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. HOUSE of Mansfield, Ill., were united in marriage on Dec. 20 in Elkton, Maryland. The bride graduated from Kinmundy H.S. with the class of 39 and graduated from the Univ. of Ill. with honors with the class of 1943. She is now a student dietician at Walter Reed Hospital Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. The groom graduated from Mansfield H.S. and was employed in Atlanta, Ga. prior to the outbreak of the war. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on the day following Pearl Harbor, and has been in various Naval Bases on the Atlantic coast since that time. He is now stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. Upon their return to the Medical Center, the students held a reception in their honor and presented them with a wedding cake. On Christmas Eve, Walter Reed Hospital held a dinner in honor of the bride.
- Norma Jean BRIMBERRY, born July 29, 1943, and died on Dec. 28, 1943 at the Salem Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe BRIMBERRY. She leaves her mother, father, sister, Mary BRIMBERRY, and brother, Everett BRIMBERRY; 1 grandmother, Daisy BRIMBERRY; and 2 grandfathers, Arthur BRIMBERRY and Clarence MULVANY. 1 sister preceded her in death on April 28, 1939. Services were held from the Linton Funeral home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Robert LOVELL received minor burns about the arm and face on Christmas Day caused by the explosion of the oven on a gas stove. She was rushed to a doctor who treated the burns and still is under his care. She had a turkey in the oven and when she opened the oven door to look at it, the gas was ignited from a burning burner on top of the stove. After studying the matter over, she thinks she shut the oven door a little too quickly after lighting the oven which jarred out the flame. This allowed gas to accumulate in the oven.
- A.K., S.K. 2 c and Mrs. GEIBE of Alton, Mrs. Jack HONN and 2 children, and Helen JACKSON of Champaign; T 5 H Merle JACKSON of Virginia; and Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and children all ate dinner with Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and family. This family was complete except S 2 Kenneth JACKSON and Sgt. Jarn HONN, who are in the army and navy.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM entertained some of their children during the Christmas holidays, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce MORGAN and Mr. and Mrs. C.J. DOUGLAS and son, of Karnak; Dr. and Mrs. C.L. WRIGHT and son, of Carbondale; L.C. INGRAM PhM3 c and wife of Decatur; Miss Nell INGRAM of Beardstown, and Mrs. George JOHNSON and family. They were all especially glad to see L.C. who has been a patient in the hospital since September both in Trindad and at present in Long Island, N.Y. He is suffering from a blood clot on the brain.
- Cpl. Harold KLEISS, who is in South Carolina, sent the g.m. and I a box of my own special brand of chocolates. I believe that was the only present I received, but we didnt expect any from you boys and girls. You just keep right on doing the good work you are doing and that will be present enough. The dearest card received was from Guin and Millie, which had their pictures on it. A card was received from Lt. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, of Nebraska, with their pictures too. Naturally these cards will be laid up among the records and archives of the editorial mansion.
- The very first card we received was a few days before Thanksgiving from Pvt. John W. McCULLEY, who is on some island looking for a pair of Japanese to bring home for a souvenir.
- Here is a personal greeting from Major A. BROOM, Jr., who was in North Africa the last time we heard from him. It reads. "It is our sincere hope and desire that you and the readers of your paper enjoy a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year will bring continued Allied success that all of might enjoy Christmas in 1944 with our families and loved ones. While our work and duties require us to be so far away, our hearts are with you all.
- Heres another personal greeting from Sgt. Sterling SULLIVAN, who was also stationed in North Africa the last time we heard from him. He says "Thanks for the paper. Enjoy it a lot and look forward to getting it. Saying hello and a Merry Christmas to all.
- Another personal greeting is from Lt. Grace ARNOLD, who was in this country when she sent us the greeting, but from the looks of her new address, she will soon be taking a ride across the briny deep. She says, "Hello folks. Sorry I did not get to see you while I was home. Thanks again for the paper. I surely enjoy the news from home. May God bless you and your family always."
- Heres a couple of V-Mail greetings. One from Paul PARRISH, who is sailing the seven seas on the U.S.S. Pelias. The other one is from Pvt. George MILLER, who is sojourning in merry old England.
- Lt. Ralph DAY of Alabama has enjoyed a few days here and in Alma with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY.
- T 5 Merle JACKSON of Virginia is enjoying a 9 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON.
- SK 2 c and Mrs. Almos GEIBE are visiting a few days here with Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and son, Don, of Sumner, Ill. spent Christmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- Chuck GARDEN was taken ill Thursday at 11 oclock and submitted to an emergency appendectomy.
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