Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"


Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley

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Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Newspaper Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.

Jan. 4, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and family moved their personal effects here Monday from Chicago to the Robnett apartments.  They will move to their farm east of Farina March 1st.

- Mrs. Lucy HOLTSLAW, a beloved lady of our neighboring village of Farina, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 11th

- PFC Paul WEST was transported back to the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Ill. Monday by B.F. LINTON after spending the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Joe INGRAM and family.

- Miss Ileene RAMSEY, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul RAMSEY, of Odin, and William Francis CHEATUM, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM, of Kinmundy were married Dec. 30 in Piggott, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis MORGAN of Odin were the attendants.  Mrs. CHEATUM attended Odin grade and high school, graduating in 1946.  She is now employed as secretary of the Odin schools.  The groom attended Watson schools and graduated from Effingham H.S. in 1941.  He served 3 years in the European theatre of operations and is now employed as a signal maintainer for the Illinois Central Railroad.  The couple will make their home in Odin for the present.

- An overflowing crowd filled the Methodist Church Sunday evening to attend union New Year Services.  - Mr. and Mrs. Howard BROOM of Alma have a son born Jan. 2 at the Salem Hospital.  This is their first child.  Mr. and Mrs. J.A. BROOM are the paternal grandparents and Mrs. Nellie ROBERTS of East St. Louis is the maternal grandmother.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons spent Sunday in Clinton the guests of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. JACKSON and Monday in Decatur with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.  Mrs. LIVESAY returned with them to spend a week here.

- Mrs. Nettie MORROW Buried Here: Services for Mrs. Nettie MORROW, 76, were held from the Brown Church in Omega Township yesterday with Bro. Delmar DEBAULT, officiating.  Interment was made in Phillips Cemetery.  Mrs. MORROW died Monday in Anna State Hospital where she had been a patient for several years.  Nettie GORDON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles GORDON, was born June 13, 1876, and died Dec. 31, 1950.  She was married to Elra KRUTSINGER, Dec. 25, 1895.  To this union 8 children were born.  3 passed away in infancy, Myrtle, at the age of 34 years, and Bennie at the age of 21.  Her husband died Oct. 27, 1922.  She was again married to Lawrence MORROW of Hallsville, Ill., who survives.  She leaves: 2 daughters, Mrs. Rella MULVANEY of Iuka; Mrs. Ethel LANE of Kinmundy; Joe of Toledo, Ohio; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She has been a member of Brown Church for many years.  Services were held Tuesday with interment in Phillips Cemetery.

- Lowell DISS, Jr. of the U.S. Navy was a guest of honor Monday at a basket dinner held at the Christian Church.  Junior is on a week’s leave.  Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family; Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and family; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and family; Miss Beulah DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS and daughter of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG and family, Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Noel SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER and family, Miss Joan JUSTICE, and Miss Jacquelyn HUMPHREY.

- Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mrs. Florence BASSETT, and Mrs. Irene GAMMON attended the shower for Evelyn BASSETT at the home of Mrs. Rada CALDWELL in Alma Friday evening.  Miss BASSETT and Robert FORD are to be married in the near future.

- After 20 years service, Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER has resigned as manager of the White Star Service Station and turned over his keys to his employer, P.H. ROBNETT, yesterday morning.  After a couple weeks vacation from the worries of a businessman, D.J. will open the new Gulf Station being erected by the Kinmundy Lumber Co.  He will supervise putting the finishing touches on the new station.  It is reported that Mr. Chris JASPER will be the new manager of the White Star Service Station.

- Mr. and Mrs. James HALL have moved to the J.B. MAXEY farm east of Kinmundy.  Mr. HALL is employed by Mr. MAXEY.  Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and family have moved to the Charles BERRY home in the east part of town.

- Bryan PITTS has accepted a position at the State Penal Farm.  He and Mrs. PITTS have gone to Vandalia to live.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER visited New Year’s in Alma visiting Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT.

- Brown: A large crowd attended the shower for Mr. and Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER.

- Pleasant Grove: Richard JOHNSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON of Alma, and Miss Nadine SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SMITH of this community, were married Sunday at Pleasant Grove by Rev. TREDWAY.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON, cousins of the groom. Claude WEYMEYER, brother-in-law of the bride, took pictures of the bride and groom and their attendants.  Mrs. John SHAFFER sang two songs accompanied by Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE at the piano.

- Omega: Virl SEE received painful injuries last week when he was thrown from a wagon which was being pulled behind a car.     

Jan. 11, 1951:

- Mrs. Richard BROOM Wins Recognition with Feature Story of Old Landmark: Were houses able to disclose the lives and loves of those who dwelled within, what a fascinating story the 95-year old brick mansion located just east of Kinmundy could tell.  Built in 1854-55, this nine room two story structure has long been a showplace in Marion county.  Michael WOLFE, a bachelor and pork packer, of Louisville, Ky., obtained the property earlier than 1854, but the home was not started until that time.  Hearsay in this area claims the home was built as a hotel, WOLFE believing the Illinois Central Railroad was to pass near there.  When the I.C. was actually laid in April of 1957, it was built one fourth mile to the west.  However, Miss Merta ROTAN, whose grandmother was Mr. WOLFE’s sister, states Mr. WOLFE built the home for her grandmother’s family, the Absolom TUCKERS, residents of Kentucky.  The TUCKERS moved to Benton in 1854 and stayed there a year before moving into this home, then just occupying the back part until the front of the building was completed.  The outside walls are of 18 inch brick and the building is divided into 9 rooms by 12-inch brick walls.  Most of the build material was brought from Kentucky including the cherry that was made into the beautiful winding front staircase.  Twenty foot ceilings downstairs and 11 foot ceilings upstairs awe the visitor upon his entrance. Custom made doors are of solid wood and are nine feet in height; they hand and swing as evenly today as they could have in 1855.  All the original doors have iron plates as doorsteps.  Huge easement windows with iron plates above and iron sills below are abundant in the house an unusual feature of early homes.  Three staircases were built by WOLFE.  At a later date during the time Charles WEST’s ownership of the house, the middle staircase was removed and that room made into bedroom for their daughter, who is Mrs. Maude PORTER, now of Houston, Texas.  The original back and front staircases still stand.  Each of the rooms has a fireplace and the kitchen grate could easily harbor a five foot log.  A 11 foot walnut mantle over the kitchen fireplace gives the readers an idea of the size of this room - one in which a modern four room efficiency apartment could be transformed with space in spare.  The push button garage door openings that many of us have in our modern home are not a new invention at all, as WOLFE had automatic gates back in pre-Civil War days.  When a carriage rolled over a certain spot in the lane, the gates opened permitting the carriage to enter and then closed with the carriage hit another spot in the road.  WOLFE died following a stroke in 1867.  Failing to find a will, an administrator sold the house and land and the TUCKERS moved away.  The land passed hands several times before the WESTS came into possession in the late 1800's.  Following the WEST regime, a father-son affair when the property was known as “Hereford Park”, it was sold several times again until A.J. YOUNG, a railway mail clerk, purchased it some 30 years ago.  YOUNG, an orchardist at heart, bought 180 acres which surrounded the home on it’s 20 acre plot and planted much of this acreage in apple orchard.  Since YOUNG’s death, Mrs. YOUNG and their son lived there until he, now Dr. Charles YOUNG of Sycamore, entered the university.  The land and orchard have been under lease since that time.  Mrs. YOUNG still maintains her home here in the summer, but resides the remainder of the year in DeKalb.  The home was modernized in every detail with it’s purchase by the YOUNGs, and a huge brick porch with pillars in keeping with it’s colonial style was added in the west as an entrance into the dining room.  Originally there were no doors to the west, and no room in the interior opened into another room.  A small two story frame building stands behind the brick home, and it is claimed that was built for Negro servant quarters, there is no verification of this.  The structure stands today as a symbol of excellence of the workmanship of the builders of nearly a century ago.  Many shade trees planted because of the forethought of WOLFE add splendor to the place, and they too, given speech could reveal interesting tales of early Marion County history.  (Editor’s Note: Since the above story was written, Mrs. YOUNG has sold the home to Orous L. LEACH and Fernandine A. LEACH of DeKalb.  This family will make this their summer home and upon the retirement of Mr. LEACH, a teacher, they will make it their permanent home.  The story written by Mrs. Richard BROOM of Kinmundy, recently won the award given by the Centralia foundation for the best correspondent’s story published in the Centralia Sentinel the past year.

- Evelyn BASSETT and Robert FORD Wed Sunday Afternoon: Miss Evelyn BASSETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Robert FORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. FORD, of Alma, were married Sunday afternoon, January 7, 1951, at 2:00 o'clock in the Methodist Church of Alma.  The Rev. Frank TREDWAY performed the double ring ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE served the couple as attendants.  The bride chose a blue crepe street length dress and wore a corsage of white carnations.  Mrs. KLINE wore a black crepe dress and her corsage was also of white carnations.  Both Mr. and Mrs. FORD are graduates of Kinmundy High School, Mrs. FORD with the class of '50 and Mr. FORD with the class of '47.  He is engaged in farming with his father.  Those attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. John S. FORD, John and Janet Sue, Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Helen, and Lewis O'DELL.  Following a short honeymoon in the southern states, Mr. and Mrs. FORD will reside on a farm near Alma.

- Word has been received here of the death of Jesse WHITAKER, who died Dec. 18.  He resided in Obispo, Calif.  He was a former Kinmundy resident and was a step-brother of the late Charles and Walter PRUETT, and a half brother of Eugene PRUETT of Michigan, who recently visited here with Mr. and Mrs. F.G. PRUETT.

- Richard L. JONES and Alice Laura STEWART were married Dec. 23, 1950 in the First Baptist Church in Arlington, Calif.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert HARDIN of Riverside, Calif.  They will reside in Riverside, Calif.  Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. JONES of this city, and a graduate of the local high school.

- Funeral was held from the McMackin Chapel for Mrs. Marvin WHITSON, 54, who died Saturday at their residence in Salem.  She had been ill for the past 5 months.  The service was under the auspices of the Christian Science Church.  Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery with Arthur THOMAS as reader.  Mrs. WHITSON was born Nov. 3, 1893, the daughter of the late Elza and Mary BRYANT.  She resided in Marion county all her life.  She was married Dec. 21, 1919, at Salem.  She was a member of the First Church of Christian Scientist, Salem, and the American Legion Auxiliary president in 1933.  In addition to her husband, she leaves a brother, Marvin BRYANT, Salem; and a sister, Mrs. Claude GARNER, Nashville.  Pallbearers were members of the Salem Luther B. Easley post of the American Legion.  (Salem Republican)

- Kinmundy Citizens Deprived of a lot of Excitement as well as Financial Loss: A lot of excitement as well as what might have terminated in the loss of Kinmundy’s whole business district, was nipped in the bud Tuesday afternoon when a floor fire was discovered in the second floor of the Masonic Temple building.  As it was, the damage was confined to an estimated $600 loss.  The furnace for the Masonic Temple sets on the second floor of the building.  The Masons converted this furnace from coal to oil.  The installation had been made and a test was being made Tuesday afternoon, heating the lodge room for the Eastern Star Chapter scheduled to meet that night.  The writer made frequent trips to the Temple to check on the performance of the furnace as well as gather statistical data in the rise in temperature of the hall.  On his visit to the furnace room at 3:30, he noticed some smoke but just supposed it was some of the “new” burning off the oil burner.  He also noticed that the thermostat was not working like it should.  At that he summoned Carl DUNLAP.  Together they returned to the furnace room.  This time, we decided to make a thorough investigation as to the source of the smoke.  We found it was coming from the floor.  At this time, Jess GARRISON, who has his hardware on the ground floor came up to investigate. As a board was pulled in the floor, the smoke became stifling.  The fire was in the floor under the furnace. Water was thrown back under the furnace between the floor joist which retarded it to a great extent.  But we just couldn’t reach the source with our water.  At that, Mr. DUNLAP brought out the fire engine.  While he was gone after the engine, flames began to leap up from the hole in the floor.  Eight or ten dippers of water tamed them down to some extent, however, the water from the fire engine soon killed the flames, but there was still some smoke coming.  By this time, E.E. BROWN and Gene WILLIAMS arrived on the scene.  Then others came which was a good thing because it was decided that the furnace would have to be moved to make certain no fire remained.  This was done with as great a care as possible, and yet the furnace was damaged in the moving.  So considerable damage was done to the floor as well as the furnace, and, we might add, some electric wiring in the floor which caused us to grit our teeth when the water hit it.  It was really a ‘lucky’ fire.

- Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest BURKETT and children of Odin, Jan. 7th.  The dinner was enjoyed by all.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Coon HOWELL, and granddaughter, Jerry, Richard SHAFFER, Eva ELKINS, Betty BURKETT, Mrs. Clyde FITZGERALD and Louie, all of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BURKETT, Bob, Donna and Rosemary, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BURKETT and son, Richard, all of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley SHAFFER, Jackie and Mary Kay of Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOPER and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn CURRY of St. Elmo.  Forrest is reporting at Veteran’s Hospital at Marion, Ill., Jan. 11th for a checkup and possibly an operation.

- Charles METZGER Dies: Charles METZGER died Jan. 10th in Decatur at the age of 92 years, 8 months and 17 days.  He was born near Collinsville, the son of John and Barbara METZGER.  He moved with his family at an early age to a farm near Kinmundy, where he remained until his wife, Mrs. Louisa METZGER, died March 13, 1944.  He leaves 4 children: John, Springfield; Joe, Danvers; Henry, Decatur; and Mrs. Mabel WALLWEBER, Kirkwood, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held Jan. 13 from St. Philomena’s Church in this city with Rev. Fr. A.B. SHOMAKER officiating.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  

- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND Wednesday night.  They received many nice, useful gifts.

- Swift School: Congratulations from our neighborhood to Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, who were married Sunday in the Methodist Church at Alma.  Mrs. FORD was Miss Evelyn BASSETT before her marriage.  The very best of good wishes to you.

- In Memoriam of Ren WAINSCOTT, who died Jan. 4, 1948.  Helen SCHWABE and family.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE were in Robinson one day last week attending the funeral of their nephew, Ed HAMILTON.

- Brown: Those receiving one year perfect attendance awards at Brown Sunday School were Ula KRUTSINGER, Maxine NEAL, Velma NEAL, Forest NEAL, and Eva BAKER.

- Wilson School: Jerry McCARTY and Mr. and Mrs. Bud JENKINS attended the birthday party Thursday night at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY in honor of Mrs. McCARTY’s birthday.       

Jan. 18, 1951:

- E.A. SNELLING, Pioneer of Kinmundy, Brought Here for Burial Saturday A.M.: Funeral services were held Saturday from the Linton Funeral Home, with Bro. Delmar DEBAULT officiating, for E.A. SNELLING, who died at his home in Chicago on Jan. 11th.  Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.  He was 94 years of age.  Elroy Aaron, son of David P. and Hannah COX SNELLING, was born in Nashua, N.H., July 12, 1856.  He was the 4th of a family of 8 children, namely, Albert Alexander, Mary Abbie, Frank Mallory, Nellie Eliza, George Washington, Lettie Olie, and Fred D.P., all of whom have preceded him in death.  In 1850, he moved with his family to Kinmundy.  He lived at home until Oct. 1876 when he went to Olathe, Kansas, where he was engaged in the coal business with a cousin, David SNELLING, until 1877.  He returned to Kinmundy and lived at home, working for his father on the farms.  He also organized and instructed bands in the following communities: Kinmundy, Odin, Alma, Farina, St. Peter, and St. Paul.  His Maple Grove Farm Band had a membership from 4 townships, Kinmundy, Alma, Omega, and Meacham.  He was married to Jennie HALLETT in Princeton, Ind. Feb. 13, 1883.  In Apr. 1883 he brought his bride to a farm near Kinmundy.  On Dec. 3, 1883, a son was born and named Hallett Maudette.  On Jan. 26, 1886, another son was born and named Leander Alexander.  He served as a school director of the Young School District for several years.  On March 28, 1905, he was appointed Overseers of Highways in Road District No. 5, Kinmundy Township.  The Commissioners then were N.G. KLEIN, S.W. JONES, and John EAGAN.  He was elected assessor of Kinmundy twp. in April 1905.  In Feb. 1906, he sold his stock and implements and moved to Kinmundy.  He assessed the township in April, May and June of that year.  On July 1, 1906, he bought a restaurant in the Opera House Block, afterwards moving the restaurant to the Fenster Building in 1909.  In the spring of 1909, he was elected City Treasurer, which position he held for two years.  All this time he kept on directing bands as well as the choir in the Kinmundy Christian Church.  In January, 1911, Mr. and Mrs. SNELLING sold their restaurant and moved to Caseyville, Ill., where they engaged in the restaurant business until October of the same year.  They then went to Chicago and visited with their two sons until March 1912.  They then went to Oceanpark, Calif., where they remained three months, moving north to Ojal, Calif., where he worked in the orange orchards until Sept. 2, 1918.  He and Mrs. SNELLING then came back to Illinois and spent two weeks visiting in Kinmundy.  They then went to Miller, Ind., where he worked for the Union Drawn Steel Co. until Jan. 30, 1923, when they went to Chicago to make their home with their son, Hallett and his son, Elroy.  Here he did carpentering and painting until 1929 when he retired and devoted his time to his garden.  He became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kinmundy in 1874, and assisted in the services.  Thus reads the life history of one of Kinmundy’s early settlers, the most of which was recorded in his own handwriting.  You will note Mr. SNELLING was just years of age when he came to Kinmundy with his parents.  Kinmundy was laid out and incorporated as a village in 1857.  So he knew much of the growth of Kinmundy.  On Feb. 3, 1933, this couple held open house for their many friends in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.  It was such a pleasant affair that they held an open house in each succeeding year in honor of their anniversary.  Last year they celebrated their 67th anniversary.  This was always a joyous occasion for former Kinmundians living in Chicago and nearby as well as for Mr. and Mrs. SNELLING.  Those from out of town attending the funeral were Hallett M. SNELLING and son, Elroy A. of Chicago, Leander A. SNELLING, Sheboygan, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT, Carlyle.

- Norman Edward SHOWERS of Compton, Calif., and Miss Norma Ann HEADLEY of Alton, Ill., were married Dec. 24th at the Golden Wedding Chapel in Long Beach, Calif. by Rev. Wade CAMPBELL, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Compton, Calif.  Many changes were made in the wedding plans.  Due to an accident in which Mr. SHOWERS was hurt, the wedding plans were moved to California from Illinois where it was originally scheduled.  The Golden Wedding Chapel gave the couple the services of it’s facilities free of charge as a Christmas gift.  Everything for the complete wedding was furnished by them.  As an extra special gift, they brought the bride’s mother out by TWA Airlines from Alton for the wedding.  Norma Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark HEADLEY of Alton.  Norman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wardiero SHOWERS.  Robert SHOWERS, brother of the groom was best man, and maid of honor was Miss Ruth Ann WOOD, niece of the groom.  The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Win HEADLEY and Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN of the North Fork and Swift School neighborhoods.

- Funeral Rites Held Monday P.M. for Webster H. ALLEN: Webster Hartford, son of Leslie and Anna EMERY ALLEN, was born Oct. 18, 1877 on a farm six miles south of Kinmundy.  He died Jan. 12, 1951 at his home in Charleston, Ill. At an early age he joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a member as long as this church functioned.  He was married to Beatrice SCHOOLEY in 1904.  Besides his widow, he leaves a sister, Mrs. Lulu YODER of this city, and a brother, Mallie ALLEN of Remington, Ind. and a number of nephews and nieces.  Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Monday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight ALEXANDER were hosts to a number of relatives Sunday commemorating several occasions.   The ALEXANDERS celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the Bert SMITHS, Mrs. ALEXANDER’s brother and wife, celebrated their 33rd anniversary Thursday as well as their daughter and husband, the Norman GRANTS, their 12th anniversary on Thursday.  A basket dinner was held Sunday and in attendance besides the ALEXANDERS were Mr. and Mrs. Bert SMITH and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman GRANT and daughters of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. C.L. RAYMOND and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin SMITH and family of Edgewood, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. SMITH and family of Olney, Mrs. Ida SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY and Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER.

- According to information received from Mr. E. WORMLEY, local agent for the I.C. Railroad, southbound train 29, and northbound train 30, will be discontinued effective Jan. 22. 

- Mrs. Shelley GENTRY: The funeral of Mrs. Shelly GENTRY, 49, was held at the Linton Funeral Home Sunday with Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Mrs. GENTRY died Friday in the Anna State Hospital and had been in ill health for a number of years.  She is survived by her husband and two sons, Clayton and William, both of Decatur.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mary Elizabeth FURGASON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. FURGASON, Sr., and Charles Hofffman BUTLER were married on Jan. 13th in Indianapolis.  The FURGASONs are residents of there.  Mrs. FURGASON was formerly Miss Mary MAXEY of this city.

- Funeral services for Daniel W. HAVICHORST, a native of Neoga, who was killed in a train wreck near Sparks, Nev., last Wednesday, was held Tuesday in Neoga.  Burial was made in Neoga Memorial Cemetery.  HAVICHORST was the engineer of the train at the time of the wreck.  Details of the accident were still not available.  He leaves a wife, the former Martha SWANK of Neoga, now residing in Sparks; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HAVICHORST, Neoga; one son, Ralph of Santa Ana, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Agnes ZIEGLER of Glendale, Calif.  Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON of this city attended the funeral.

- Deborah Samieen GALLAGHER was born Jan. 3rd in the Mason Hospital in Acampo, Calif. and was the first baby in that city born in the new year.   The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Sam GALLAGHER of Lodl, Calif.  The mother was Sophia Ann SLOVICK, daughter of Mrs. Mark SLOVICK of this city.     

- Boyd DEBAULT was a guest of honor at a 5th birthday party held for him at his home by Mrs. DEBAULT with David WHITE, Bruce GRAY, Tom BRUMMET, and Fred GAMMON present.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Jess CHARLTON and family attended Shriver Wednesday night at the Bob SMITH home given for their daughter, Nadine, and husband, Mr. Dick JOHNSON.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. G.D. BRASEL of Hoopston, Ill., and John CRICK and daughter, Miss Toni of Jeffersonville, Ind., called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Monday.  They were enroute after attending the funeral of Mr. BRASEL’s brother, Earl BRASEL, of Lafayette, Ind. in Salem on Sunday.

Jan. 25, 1951:

- Anniversary Surprise: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER were host and hostess week ago Sunday to a surprise anniversary dinner for Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER.  All their children were there except Lester, who is in the service in Wichita Falls, Texas and William who is in California.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. MILLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pete JOINES and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Art THOMAS, all of Salem; Mrs. Lester VANDEVEER and Bob BUNDY, Kinmundy.  Mom and Dad VANDEVEER received a nice and useful gift from their children.

- Pvt. John HOYT, who is stationed somewhere in Korea, subscribed for The Kinmundy Express for two of his friends, Lt. LOUTHITT and Sgt. WALLACE, as they are very much interested in the town of Kinmundy and like to read the paper.

- Bennie D. BRASEL, seaman recruit, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL of Rt. 1, Kinmundy, is undergoing recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

- Larry DISS, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, had the misfortune to fall down stairs Saturday and sustain cuts on his head.  Twenty stitches were taken, but he is reported improving.

- George R. POWELL of Belleville died on Jan. 21, 1951.  He was husband of Winifred PURSELL POWELL, and father of Mrs. Florence MAYOR, and stepfather of Mrs. Alice MOSS.  Services were held Jan. 24th at Pete Gardner Funeral Home in Belleville.  Interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery, in Lemay, Mo.

- Stuart BROOM celebrated his 3rd birthday with a party at his home Friday.  Present were Mrs. John PIPER and son, Larry, Mrs. Dwight DAY, Jr., and son John, Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and daughter, Sue, and Mrs. Richard BROOM and sons Stu and Ted.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Lester McWHIRTER have returned to their home in Farina.  They have been staying with Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB since the arrival of the new son.

- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. MARKLEY, who stays in the Pid GARRETT home, was called to near Sullivan last week because of the death of her son-in-law.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. George FORD visited Frank GARRETT and wife Monday evening.

- Omega: A stork shower was held at the Lyman JONES home last Tuesday night for Pauline CHAPMAN.  She received many nice gifts.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Roger MONICAL and daughter, who have been living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HIESTAND, moved to Salem last week.

- Miletus: Mrs. J.T. BOUSMAN, who was stricken with a stroke Jan. 6, remains in critical condition.  A son, Masel of Mt. Vernon, and a daughter, Mrs. Bernice HEINZMAN of Shattuc came that night and are still with her.  Besides the nearby neighbors, assisting are Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS and Mr. and Mrs. Fenton NEAL.

- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Harlas KRUTSINGER bought the farm from the Grover COURSON heirs near the Meacham Baptist Church and moved to their new home last week.

- Mickey and Connie SHREFFLER visited last week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B.O. GARRETT.    

Feb. 1, 1951:

- The annual meeting of the Marion County Farm Bureau was held Jan. 24th at the Armory in Salem with more than 500 in attendance.   A picture was included of the directors of the Marion County Farm Bureau: Claude BURGE, Salem; Ben YOUNG, Odin-Sandoval; Gilbert FORD, Meacham; Ira DALTON, Haines; David SUTHERLAND, Centralia; H. Donald McLAUGHLIN, Stevenson; Leon McBRIDE, Raccoon; Euell CLARK, Romine; Lee BRITT, Carrigan; Marvin BASSETT, Foster; Orville SHARP, Patoka; Sherrill VANDEVEER, Omega; John W. SHAFFER, Alma. (3 directors were not present for the picture.)

- Benny D. BRASEL of Great Lakes, Ill. was received in the Methodist Church here Sunday although he was not here to take the church vows.  He was baptized and was given the church vows by his chaplain at Great Lakes.  A letter from the chaplain was then sent to Rev. Angus PHILLIPS last week, and Benny, along with five others was officially received into the church.

- Has Fire: The local fire department was called to the home of Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE, Monday about 6:15 o’clock.  For quite some time, Mrs. BALLANCE had been smelling smoke and called her nephew, Wayne ROBB, from the ROBB Café.  On arriving home they all started investigating and found the fireplace was a fire.  Brick and mortar had fallen out in the back and the 2x4 studding had begun to burn.  The quick work of all present prevented a complete loss.

- After attending services in the Methodist Church Sunday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and family returned home.  On arrival they found Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted ERNST and family of Farina, awaiting them with a bountiful dinner.  The Gene ERNSTs were  married 18 years ago that day, Jan. 28, in Newton by the Rev. Gray WINEGARNER, former pastor here.  In the morning church services, Mr. ERNST and children, Betty, Shirley, Charles, and Gary, were baptized and became members of the church after their conversion on the previous Thursday night.  Mrs. ERNST, the former Louise SPENCER, had been a member for many years. 

- A birthday party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, Jan. 27, honoring Miss Sharon EAGAN and Miss Carol GEORGE.  This was the little ladies’ 8th birthday.  A mock wedding and several games were enjoyed by the group.  Those present were: Jerry GRAY, Quinton ROBNETT, Robert SHUFELDT, Judy SMITH, J.R. STEVENS, Alice CHASTEEN, Darlene and Boyd DEBAULT, Freddie and Dickie HOWELL, Larry BAYLIS, Marilyn HOWELL, Patricia SCHWABE, Charles LUX, Donna Gail WILLIAMS, Mrs. DEBAULT, Mrs. WEISS, Mrs. HOWELL, Mrs. Minnie GEORGE, Sharon, Jimmie and Gerald EAGAN, Carol, Kaye, and Junior GEORGE, and Mrs. Wanda EAGAN, and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE.

- Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER considers himself  lucky to be alive today, although he is still suffering some ill effects from being almost asphyxiated by carbon monoxide Tuesday.  Mr. ALEXANDER has been in his new filling station and garage building only a short time and exhaust vents were not included in the plans of the building.  A forced air oil furnace furnishes heat to the entire building, and the cold air duct being in the garage part of the building. Tuesday morning was rather cold which found a few radiators frozen.  Eugene SHUFELDT’s car was no exception to this.  So he brought it in to Mr. ALEXANDER to have it thawed out.  Hey left the motor running in the garage.  Mr. SHUFELDT went on about his business and Mr. ALEXANDER went in his office and sat down.  ALEXANDER said he noticed himself getting sleepy and his head began to ache.  Just at this time his helper, Dwight KLINE, returned from lunch, and then he went on to his home.  Just how he reached home he doesn’t know, because as soon as he reached home, he blacked out.  He didn’t return to the station the rest of the day and didn’t feel any too good over the ordeal yesterday.  Exhaust vents have been ordered and will be installed as soon as they get here.

- Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY celebrated their 37th anniversary Sunday.   They were guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCULLEY for dinner, Miss Dorothy was a guest also. 

- Roscoe OLDEN of this city is in the Salem Hospital suffering from a concussion as a result of a truck and car accident Friday morning.  He is reported as being very satisfactory yesterday.  OLDEN, in company with Ernie MULVANEY, of this city, and S.M. CHASTEEN, all three employees of the Dennis Rushing Rig and Construction Co. of Salem, were enroute to work near Olney in a pickup truck at 7:14 a.m.  CHASTEEN was driving the truck.  Morris McCARTY of Salem, a telegrapher at Greendale, was going toward Salem.  The car and truck collided head on, near the New Bethel Church on Route 50.  Both the car and truck were demolished.  McCARTY sustained lacerations about the face and 3 cracked ribs.  MULVANEY had one rib pulled loose and CHASTEEN came out with a few minor chest bruises.  OLDEN was cut over the eye and had the concussion.  McCARTY and OLDEN were taken to the Salem Hospital.  McCARTY was discharged Sunday.  OLDEN has been unable to leave and has been unconscious most of the time.

- A triple birthday dinner was enjoyed in the home of Mrs. Gladys EAGAN Sunday.  Those attending were Noah EAGAN and family of Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. Carol CROSS of Mattoon; Mr. and Mrs. Hugo ZIMMER and son of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. James EAGAN and family of this city.  Mr. and Mrs. John BLAIR and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters were unable to enjoy the day because of illness in their homes.  The honorees were Mrs. EAGAN, whose birthday was Saturday; Little Miss Sharon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN, birthday was Sunday; and Noah EAGAN, whose birthday falls on Feb. 1.

- Swift School: A kitchen shower was held Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT for Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD.  A large crowd attended and they received many nice gifts.

- Omega: The house on the Allan EDWARDS farm, north of Omega, burned down Thursday.

Feb. 8, 1951:

- Carolyn Sue HESTER and Dale HULSEY Have Church Wedding Here Sunday: The First Methodist Church in Kinmundy was the scene Sunday afternoon for the marriage of Miss Carolyn Sue HESTER and Dale Ford HULSEY with the Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Immediately after the ceremony, a wedding supper was served at GREGGS in Salem for the bridal party and immediate families of the bride and groom.  Mrs. Richard MOTCH, sister of the groom and matron of honor, and Miss Eileen BEARD was a bridesmaid.  The groom chose William Gene HESTER, cousin of the bride, as his best man, and Charles Lee FORD as groomsman.  Mrs. HULSEY is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William HESTER of Alma.  She attends Kinmundy H.S. and will resume her studies.  Mr. HULSEY is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy HULSEY of Kinmundy.  He is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘49.  He is engaged in farming with his father.  After a short honeymoon they will make their home with the bride’s parents.  (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)

- Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Methodist Church in this city for Thomas A. SHAFFER, 68, who died at his home near Brubaker Monday.  Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiated and Rev. CHERRY assisted.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.  Mr. SHAFFER had been in ill health for some time.

- Larry, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, has been ill with the measles.

- The 4 children of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE near Omega are victims of the measles and chicken pox.  Their 14-month old baby boy has been a patient in the Salem Hospital with pneumonia.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and daughter, Kaye, were in Vandalia Tuesday, where Kaye underwent a tonsillectomy.

- Pvt. John MOTCH has been transferred from Camp Atterbury, Ind. to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. for a 3 months training course.        

- Private John F. HOYT Getting Around Very Well With his Mail Cargo in Korea: The song “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” doesn’t mean much to Pvt. John F. HOYT, Kinmundy, now serving with the armed forces in Korea, and one of the first Kinmundy men to enter the combat zone since the present fighting started.  Private HOYT, while serving as mail clerk for the 545th, Quartermaster Service Co., has seen quite a lot of Korea lately, both north and south of the 38th parallel.  In one instance, at Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, he left only a few hours before the first Chinese troops entered the city.  His comment on that occasion was typical.  “Darn it”, he said, “if they’d only let us stick around a little longer, I’d have been able to hire myself a Chinese General for a houseboy.”  At the present, his company is split up in many areas but all the mail is received at company headquarters.  To keep the mail flowing to the outlying troops, Private HOYT makes nightly mail delivery trips in his jeep, sometimes traveling as far as 50 miles in freezing weather and over rough terrain with his “morale raising” cargo.  His closest friend is a Korean soldier who serves as interpreter for the Korean laborers around the company.  Taking charge of the Korean labor, incidentally, is another of HOYT’s responsibilities.  Both men are 19 years old, but Nam is only 18 by American standards.  When a Korean baby is born, he is already a year old.  Each New Year’s Day he advances his age by one year, regardless of the date of his birth.  Private HOYT is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. and entered the army in Nov. 1949.  He was stationed at Guam before he arrived in Korea last August.        

- Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELLER of Meacham twp. has purchased the H.K. LANE property of Jefferson street.  They intend to make this their home sometime but at present they will rent the property.

- Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER moved Wednesday to their new home in Farina.  Mr. KALLENBERGER is connected with the Texas Co.  They have been living in Salem.

- Wilson School (from last week): The community was shocked to learn that Chris MEYER had left Friday for St. Louis to undergo an operation for cancer of the throat.  But on Sunday, it was found necessary to wait until next week so Chris is returning home for a few days before returning home for a few days before returning to the hospital.  His children, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. MEYER, Mr. and Mrs. David LOWE and Miss Viola MEYER were called home with him and their mother.

- Pleasant Grove: Herschel ROSE bought the Elder School house which was sold Saturday, and Lee WARD bought the coal house.

- Wilson School: John FORD and son visited at the Jim WALKER home Sunday afternoon.

- Wilson School: Eura SHAFFER was called to the bedside of his father, who is seriously ill, Tuesday.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN visited at the Frank GREEN home Sunday. 

- Swift School: Wes ROBB and wife, Frank GARRETT and wife, and Bob WILLIAMS spent Sunday with Clyde GARRETT and family.  It was Clyde’s wedding anniversary.

- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son, Sammy, and Johnny CHARLTON ate dinner Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and helped them celebrate their anniversary.

- Omega: Leslie EBLIN is having the interior of his store painted this week.

- Mr. and Mrs. Junior SQUIBB and son, Gene, have spent several days in Salem because of the illness of Gene.  The SQUIBB family will move to Lawrenceville where Mr. SQUIBB has employment. 

 Feb. 15, 1951:

- June BLOMBERG and Carl CURTIS were married at the Methodist Church in Farina on Feb. 4th.  The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG of Kinmundy.  They were attended by Miss Jeanne BLOMBERG, twin sister of the bride, and Edward CURTIS, brother of the groom.  The ushers were Charles F. BLOMBERG, brother of the bride, and Robert YOUNG, of Plymouth, Ill., classmate of the groom.   She graduated from LaGrove H.S. with the class of ‘47, and from the Illinois Commercial College in Champaign in 1949.  She is now employed as a secretary in the Agriculture and Economics Dept. in Mumford Hall at the U. of I.  The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur CURTIS of Bellflower, Ill.  He graduated from Bellflower H.S. and is now attending the College of Agriculture at the U. of I. which he will graduate in June.  The couple will reside at a apartment awaiting them in Urbana.  (A picture of the wedding party was included.)

- A birthday party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN on Feb. 9, honoring Donnie Gene’s 9th birthday.  Several games of bingo were played with prizes given the winners.  Refreshments were served by Donnie Gene’s mother, and his aunt, Mable OWEN.  Those present were David LEE, Ronnie DOOLEN, David and Bobby LINTON, Susie and Ellawise HARVEY and little cousin, Patsy and Dorothy SHAFFER, Patty and Billy OLDEN, Judy ROBB, Henry, Wayne, and Shirley FOLLOWELL, Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Mrs. George KEEN, Donnie and Berl KEEN.

- Jim KENNEDY of Alma suffered a heart attack Sunday and he has been quite ill.  He is reported as improving in the Salem Hospital.

- Mr. and Mrs. John Wm. McCULLEY and son, Russell, celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary by being dinner guests Tuesday evening of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McCULLEY.

- Final Rites Held For Lenore E. WEGMAN in Boerne, Texas: Mrs. Lenore E. WEGMAN died at her home in Boerne, Texas on Feb. 5, 1951.  She was born in Kinmundy May 18, 1881.  Services were held in the Methodist Church and she was laid to rest in the Boerne Cemetery.  Mrs. WEGMAN and husband had made their home in Boerne for several years.  She is survived by her husband, A.J. WEGMAN of Boerne; one brother, Frank PORTER, and one sister, Mrs. J.H. NELMS of Kinmundy, Ill.  (Boerne Star).  Lenore was the youngest child of D.A. and Susan PORTER, born and reared here.  She united with the Methodist church when a young girl, and was the pianist for several years.  She received her education in the local school, and later went to St. Louis to continue her study of music.  She graduated from Beethoven Conservatory of Music with High Honors and later took post graduate course.  She married Jordan WEGMAN in St. Louis where they made their home for sometime before moving to Texas. 

- Morris CHASTEEN has tendered his resignation as mail messenger to the postoffice department effective Feb. 28th.  He has accepted a position as janitor of the new state hospital in Mt. Vernon, and will begin March 1st.

- Roy HARRIS Dead:  Ernest HARRIS, of Alma, received word last week of the death of his brother, Roy, which occurred in San Francisco, Calif. on Jan. 26th, after suffering a stroke on Jan. 23.  Interment was made there.

- Mrs. Myrtle SCHOOLEY of Champaign had the misfortune to fall and break her arm.   

- Swift School: Mrs. Jana EVANS and son, Ford, of St. Peter, and Miss Fern FORD of Effingham spent Sunday with George FORD and family.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY attended the wedding Sunday of Miss Geneva EBLIN and Don ANDERSON in Omega.

- Brown: Paul MONICAL and wife, Steward MONICAL and wife and daughters, left Friday for Alabama to visit Charles MONICAL who is stationed in Camp Rucker, Ala.

- Shriver School: Several of the youngsters are absent from school with measles and chickenpox.

Feb. 22, 1951:

- Sam E. LOWE to Oppose W.L. GREEN in Race for Supervisor in Spring Election: Both the Republican and Democrat caucuses were held Saturday for Kinmundy township for the purpose of nominating candidates for the various township offices. The Republicans nominated the following: For Supervisor - Sam E. LOWE; For Highway Commissioner - Cecil KEEN; For Justice of the Peace - Harvey BROWN; For School Trustee - Chas. BLOMBERG.  The Democrats nominated the following: For Supervisor - W.L. GREEN; For Highway Commissioner - Tom JONES; For Justice of the Peace - Art COCKRELL; For Constable - Ray BOUGHERS; For School Trustee - G.C. DOOLEN.

- Mervin CHEADLE, S.A. has completed his Boot Training and is now on the U.S.S. Hemminger, St. Helena Annex, stationed at Norfolk, Va.

- Linda Joyce HOWELL: Graveside services were held Monday by Rev. SMITH of Salem in Evergreen Cemetery for Linda Joyce, stillborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold HOWELL, who was born in the Salem Hospital Sunday night.

- Final Rites Held Monday P.M. for Helen ROHRBOUGH: Helen Ethyl ROHRBOUGH, daughter of Sara KING and L.C. ROHRBOUGH, was born in Kinmundy on July 20, 1898, and died Feb. 16, 1951 at Salem.  After graduating from Kinmundy H.S., she prepared herself for clerical and secretarial work and held positions in various cities.  For the past 15 years, she made a home in Salem for her mother and father.  At the time of her death, she was working in the Marion County Court House in the Circuit Clerk’s office.  She is survived by a sister, Elsie, of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Services were held Monday in the McMackin Chapel in Salem by Rev. Herber BURGE.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GRIFFIN and Mr. and Mrs. John GRIFFIN, of Salem, spent last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Earl FURRY.  Mr. and Mrs. John GRIFFIN were recently married and are making their home in Champaign where he is a student at the Univ. of Ill. 

- Cpl. William E. HOYT, son of Mrs. Hazel L. HOYT, of Kinmundy, is attending an aviation specialist course in the Technical Training Center, Chanute Air Force Base.  He will attend for approximately 8 weeks, and after completion will be reassigned to a permanent Air Force Base.  Cpl. HOYT has been in the military service 30 months.

- Plans for Kinmundy’s Waterworks was presented to the Kinmundy City Council Monday night.  These plans must be approved by the state before approval by the council.  The present plans call for the Illinois Central Lake as being the source of supply.

- On Feb. 10, a miscellaneous shower was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTIS at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Wilson School: Jimmie WALKER of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri spent his first furlough home over the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER.

- Swift School: Mrs. Florence BASSETT visited Friday with her sister, Mrs. Lenore LOWE.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB in honor of the COLES’ 37th anniversary, which was Feb. 19.

- Swift School: Miss Betty FEATHER spent Friday and Friday night with Miss Helen BASSETT.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.W. WILLIAMS and daughters are visiting her parents in Texas.  Capt. WILLIAMS has been recalled to the Air Force and will report to Scott Field next week.

- Pleasant Grove: Although the roads were icy, the charivari and shower of Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Avery BRANCH, near Bee Branch, was well attended Wednesday.  Also, the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Donald ANDERSON at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie EBLIN in Omega, Thursday.

- Meacham: Mrs. Harold ERWIN is visiting her husband who is stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station.

- Omega: A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the G.W. VANCLEVE home to celebrate his 92nd birthday on Feb. 22.  Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Albert CORRELL, Mrs. Hattie HUDDLESTON, Mr. and Mrs. Gene HUDDLESTON and children, Mrs. Fae HUDDLESTON, and Mr. Mrs. Walter LEONARD and children.      

March 1, 1951:

- Gulf Service to have Grand Opening Saturday: Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER is announcing in this week’s issue that he will hold the grand opening of his Gulf Service Station Saturday.  The station has been open for about a month, which is generally the case to make sure everything is going along smoothly.  On this day, cut flowers will be given to the ladies, candy to the kiddies, and a frost and ice scraper to the men.  No purchase is necessary, just visit the station.  Mr. ALEXANDER has had 20 years experience in the service and mechanical departments of a service station, while his helper, Mr. Dwight KLINE, has had a year’s experience in the mechanical department of the Bitzer Motor Co. in Salem.  These two fellows, with the help of the “flunky” Jimmy ALEXANDER, will be pretty busy all day Saturday handing out these free gifts.  Or they want to be.  So don’t disappoint the boys.  Stop in Saturday and get your free gift.

- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Alma for Mrs. Hazel ALDRICH, 60, who died Sunday evening at Salem Hospital.  She suffered a stroke on the preceding Friday.  She is survived by her husband, Jesse, and seven children: Harry of Milwaukee, Wis.; Glenn, Peoria; Cecil and Mrs. Edith DOUDERA, Alma; Philip and Velma, Salem; and Mrs. Bessie McWHIRTER, Patoka.  Interment in Martin Cemetery.

- Final Rites Held Saturday for Mrs. Alfred LEMAY: Eva Josephine BAYLISS LEMAY, daughter of Abe and Susannah BAYLISS, was one of 12 children.  She was born near Kinmundy, Jan. 18, 1888, and died Feb. 22, 1951 at the home of her daughter.  She spent her entire life around Kinmundy.  She attended the schools here.  At an early age, she was converted.  She was a  member of the Church of God.  On July 6, 1907, she married Alfred LEMAY and they had 5 children.  One son, Eldo, preceded her in death in Sept. 1928, at the age of 7 years.   She leaves her husband and 4 children: 2 sons, Harold and Clifton; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marjory GENTRY and Mrs. Dorothy GRAY, all of Kinmundy; 5 grandsons and 3 granddaughters; 4 sisters, namely: Mrs. Mayme MERRITT, Jacksonville, Ill.; Mrs. Bernice LAYTON, Ponca City, Okla.; Mrs. Lottie SWANK and Mrs. Della ORCUTT of Champaign; and 2 brothers, Alva of Champaign, and Milton of Vernon.  Services held at the Church of God Saturday with interment in Eastland Cemetery.

- F.G. ALEXANDER and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER attended the funeral services for Mrs. Amy LEE in Kell Wednesday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS, Miss Anna KOLB, and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT attended the funeral of John LIKE which was held in Effingham Thursday.

- Martha HANNA, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. HANNA, has been chosen at Kinmundy H.S. as the winner of the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award.  (A picture was included of Martha.)

- Brown: Several attended the charivari and shower at the Jim WILKINSON home for Mr. and Mrs. Don HUDDLESTON.

- Pleasant Grove: Lee WARD has bought the Noah KNISELEY farm and will move there soon.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Frank EMBSER underwent an operation at Salem Hospital Wednesday for gallstones.

- In memoriam of Don D. GRAY who died March 1, 1949 by mother, father, wife, and brothers.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SEE and sons were dinner guests a the Martin WALSH home Sunday and called on Mr. and Mr. Eddie JEZEK in the afternoon.  Leroy SEE reports that a light airplane crashed near the JEZEK home Sunday damaging the plane and injuring the pilot and his companion slightly.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. G.W. HERRINGTON celebrated their 50th anniversary Sunday.  Dinner guests were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Will HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. S.J. MILLER, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel MONICAL.  

 March 8, 1951:

- Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER will lay the corner stone of the new St. Philomena Church located at the corner of Madison and Sycamore streets in Kinmundy at a ceremony on March 11th.   Included in the cornerstone will be: a printed history of St. Philomena’s when it observed it’s 75th anniversary in 1945; a list of present parishioners; a copy of this issue of the Kinmundy Express; the front page of a metropolitan newspaper; a few coins bearing the date of 1951; a Centennial Medallion of the Illinois Central Railroad, as well as some other documents.

- Mrs. Fletcher COLE entertained at Sunday dinner a group of friends and relatives honoring 4 people who have celebrated their March birthdays together for the past 20 years.  The honorees were Fletcher COLE, Sam LOWE, Mack ROBB, and Mrs. Marjorie GREEN.  Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robb GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son, Sammy, Johnny CHARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughter, Debby, of St. Peter, Mrs. William COLE and Marilyn and Bob of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. G.E. ROLLINSON and Larry and Bill of Alton.  Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Ivan MOUNT of Kell, Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and son.

- Services for Mrs. Jane HALLETT SNELLING, 85, were held Monday at the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. SMITH of Salem, officiating.  Mrs. SNELLING is survived by 2 sons: Leander of Sheboygan, Wis., and Hallett of Chicago.  Her husband, Elroy, preceded her in death six weeks ago.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Leander SNELLING of Sheboygan, Wis., and Hallett SNELLING and son, Elroy, of Chicago attended the services.

- The fire department was called to the Bertha CURRY home Monday on account of a grass fire which threatened to do some damage to some buildings.  However, the neighbors had the flames pretty well whipped when the fire engine arrived.

- Final Rites Held Thursday for Margaret GRAMLEY: Margaret GRAMLEY was born in Remington, Ohio on Nov. 27, 1866, and died Feb. 28, 1951, at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT.  She was the 5th daughter of Matthew and Mary HUMPHREY, and moved to Kinmundy in 1872 where she has lived most of her life.  She was married to Martin P. GRAMLEY Nov. 26, 1889, who died Feb. 3, 1913.  They had 1 daughter, Mary Abigal, now Mrs.  O.E. GARRETT.  Two brothers, Ennis and Arthur, and one sister, Clara STEVENSON, have preceded her in death.  Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Mrs. Anna SCOTT and Frank HUMPHREY of Kinmundy, Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ of Salem, and Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL of Vallejo, Calif.; 1 granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE; 2 great-grandsons, Garrett and Robert Martin LECKRONE of Hammond, Ind. survive.  She was a charter member of the Christian Church and of the Rosedale Rebekah Lodge of this city, having become a member in 1895.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery, Rev. Oscar L. HAWKINS, officiating.

- Pfc. Robert G. HANNA graduated this week from the Air Force Communications school at Scott Air Force Base in a specialized course in radio mechanics.  Pfc HANNA, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. HANNA, Kinmundy, attended high school here, and has been on active duty with the Air Force since March 19, 1950.

- Mrs. Eileen SCHWABE and Merle HEICHER were married Saturday in the Methodist parsonage with Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. Eugene JEZEK were their attendants.  The couple is now at home at the Alonzo FRENCH property but will soon move to the groom’s farm east of Kinmundy.  The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE and is employed in the Jesse GEORGE store.  The groom is engaged in farming.  A wedding supper was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE honoring the couple.  Others who attended were Patricia and Keith SCHWABE and Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK.  Mrs. Dora HEICHER honored the newlyweds at a dinner Sunday at her home.  Mr. and Mrs. Carol ALLEN and children of Farina also attended.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons spent Sunday in Decatur with the Virgil LIVESAYS.

- Misses Evangline and Luella PARRILL were honored recently when they had an article published in the Mineralogist, a national magazine devoted to mineralogy, gem cutting, and the collector.  The Misses PARRILL had written the paper, Story of Pottery, for a local woman’s club program.  Their niece became interested in it and sent it to the magazine to be published.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and babe of Independence, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and daughters of Fairbury, W.L. and Miss Mae GREEN were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Donna Mae.  Afternoon callers were Tom HELPINGSTINE and wife, Pid GARRETT and wife, Merle JONES and wife, Keith GREEN and wife and babe.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bill CALDWELL have a son, James Marion, born in Vandalia Hospital on Mar. 4.

- Swift School: Charles LOWE and family moved to their new home Tuesday and Charles Lee FORD and family moved into the place where the LOWE’s lived.  We hate to lose Charles and family but we welcome the FORDS in our neighborhood.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Lester MULVANEY have purchased the Omega Café and took over management Monday. 

- Wilson School: John FORD and Audy JEAN were working Thursday at the home of Jim WALKER.

- Wilson School: Mrs. Chris MEYER returned home Sunday after spending the last week in St. Louis with her husband, Chris MEYER, who underwent an operation on Wednesday for cancer of the throat.  She reports him as getting along fine.

- Wilson School: Selby GARRETT visited Friday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER attended the funeral for Fred MEYER in Farina on Sunday. 

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER went to St. Louis Monday where John will enter a hospital there for an operation on his knee.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE gave a party Monday for their little daughter, Janet’s, 5th birthday.  Present were Dennis Ray and Eddy Dean LOWRY, Sammy SHAFFER, Jr. VANDEVEER, Karen Ann MILLICAN, Patsy and Jimmy ROSE, Nellie May HIESTAND, Vickie FATHEREE, Mrs. Dwain LOWRY, Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER, Mrs. See MILLICAN, Mrs. Herschel ROSE, Mrs. Russell FATHEREE, Mrs. Leo STOCK, Mrs. Van MUNDWILER and Miss Amber HIESTAND.

March 15, 1951:                                                                                                         

- John H. SHAFFER Killed By C. & E.I. Freight Train at Brubaker Tuesday morning: John H. SHAFFER, 34, a farmer residing in Alma twp., was killed instantly Tuesday morning when the truck in which he was riding was hit by a southbound C. & E.I. freight train at the Brubaker crossing.  The accident happened at 10 a.m.  John had taken his wife to Salem where she has employment, and was returning home.  The engineer, as well as others in the train crew, testified at the inquest.  He said the train was not going fast and neither was the truck.  In fact, the truck was moving so slow that he thought sure it was coming to a stop.  The diesel engine’s whistle was blowing and the headlight was on.  This is not a dangerous crossing as it has good clearance in both directions.  So friends are at a loss to know just why John did not stop his truck.  The engineer said he stopped his train as soon as he could and then backed up.  The truck had been carried along by the engine for some distance and then pitched to the east side of the track.  John’s body was laying alongside the track, some distance from the truck. The deceased leaves his wife, Dawn, and 3 children: Thomas Arthur, 12; William Henry, 9; and Helen Ann, 8.  Also his mother, Anna SHAFFER, as well as several brothers and sisters.

- On March 9th at the Second Baptist Church in Chicago, a large group of friends witnessed the wedding of Eunice MYERS and Cecil JONES.  Attendants were Mrs. Ruth KARY, sister of the bride, Dorcus MYERS and Valle BURRELL. Among the out-of-town guests attending were Mr. and Mrs. J.G. VALLOW and son, Joe Alan of Minonk, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters of Kinmundy.  Cecil is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES, and is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘39.  Mrs. JONES is a graduate of University Hospital School of Nursing.  They will reside in Chicago.

- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and daughters moved Saturday from the Robnett apartments to their farm east of Farina.   They were assisted by Merle JONES, Marvin BASSETT, Maxey SPENCER, Russell WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Otto REESE.

- Visitors at the Sarah MILLER home helped celebrate her 92nd birthday.  They were: Walter MILLER and wife and one son, Buddy, and daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ray SIMPSON of Lincoln; Bill MILLER and wife of Tuscola and Mrs. Frank WILSON of Decatur. Afternoon callers were Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Miss Beulah DISS, Mrs. Lewie SULLENS and Mrs. Ida WILLIAMS.

- Richard T. BROWNRIGG, 86, a retired attorney, was found dead Tuesday in his room at the LaSalle Hotel in St. Louis.  A native of Columbia, Miss., he was educated at the Univ. of the South, Sewanoe, Tenn.  He was an attorney here from 1893 until he retired two years ago.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen BROWNRIGG.  Services will be held at the Albert Hoppe Funeral Home in St. Louis with burial in Elks Rest, Bellfontaine Cem., St. Louis.  Mrs. BROWNRIGG is the daughter of Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, of this city.

- Mrs. Cecil BAILEY and son, Gene were guests of honor at a birthday dinner held at Robbs Café last Monday evening.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Mrs. SUTTON, Mrs. Stella BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard GRAY.

- Several members of the Birthday Club were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS and Junior Monday night to honor the birthday of Mrs. BUTTS.  Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Rufus ADAMS and Connie Faye, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Xon HANKS, Mr. and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTON and Donald, Miss Pauline TIPSWORD and Vergil, Dennis WILKINSON, Mrs. Ed MOODY and Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and children, and Donald THOMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER, Mr. and Mrs. Kenney DECKER and Mrs. Ada BENSON, of Salem, Francis KRUTSINGER, Pfc Ralph KRUTSINGER of N. Carolina, Otis BROWN, Mr. WHITNEY, Gale and Mary Jane SILL.  Music was furnished by Kenney DECKER, Mrs. Ada BENSON, and Clark KRUTSINGER.  A good social time was had by all and Edith received a lot of nice and useful gifts.

- Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER of Carmi have a baby daughter, Madeline Sue, born March 7 in Ferrel Hospital in Eldorado.  Mrs. MILLER is the former Ruth Edna SHAFFER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER.  They now have 2 daughters.

- A picture was included of Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER laying the cornerstone of the new St. Philomena Church Sunday morning.  The ceremony was held immediately following mass in the old church.  Included were: Alex STOCK and Fred KLEISS (Lay Trustees), Fr. SCHOMAKER; Johnny LIKE, Eugene KRAMER, Kenneth KRAMER, and Wayne LIKE, Altar Boys.  The church should be ready to occupy by July 1st.

- Meacham: Mrs. Johnnie BOUSEMAN died Monday.  Services were at the Baptist Church on Wednesday with interment in Elder Cemetery.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. John SHAFFER went to St. Louis Sunday to visit her husband, who is a patient in Missouri Baptist Hospital where he had an operation the first of last week for a dislocated kneecap.

March 22, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. Art MULVANEY have a son born at Salem Hospital on Sunday morning.  This is the first child.  Mrs. MULVANEY is the former Miss Betty CHANCE.

- Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER have a baby girl born Feb. 27 in the Greer Hospital at Vandalia.  She has been named Jerry Lynn.

- Mollie BOUSEMAN: Mary Olive HOLLINGSHEAD, better known as “Mollie”, born the daughter of Barney and Rachel (HOLTZHAUSEN) HOLLINGSHEAD, was born Aug. 22, 1869, and died March 11, 1951.  On March 6, 1895, she married John T. BOUSEMAN.  They had 5 children: Cecil R., Macel K., Bernice Edna, Don M., and Dollie, who died in early infancy.  Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Bertha MYERS of Mansfield, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  In early girlhood she was united with the Methodist Church.  At the time of her death, she and her husband had spent 55 years on the same farm which they purchased immediately following their marriage.  Services were held from the Meacham Baptist Church Tuesday, Rev. Adolph KRETZER, officiating.  Interment was in Elder Cemetery.

- According to Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Howard BRANDENBURG of St. Louis have a son born March 13th named Howard Curt.  The mother was formerly Rojeanne HANNA of this city.

- Life History of Mrs. Jane SNELLING: Jane, known to her many relatives and friends as “Jennie”, daughter of James and Mary HALLETT, was born June 22, 1865 in Charleston, Ill., and lived most of the time until her marriage in Vincennes and Princeton, Ind.  She had 3 brothers and 2 sisters: Charles, Edward, Andrew, Anna Marla and Olive, all of whom have preceded her in death.  On Feb. 13, 1883, she married Elroy A. SNELLING at Princeton.  This marriage was terminated after almost 39 years of happiness on Jan. 11, 1951, when her husband passed away.  To this union were born 2 sons: Hallett and Les.  On Feb. 1, 1923, Mr. and Mrs. SNELLING went to live with their son, upon the death of Hallett’s wife.  It was at this home where she died March 3, 1951.  She is survived by her 2 sons: Hallett of Chicago, and Les of Sheboygan, Wis.; 1 grandson, Elroy of Chicago; and Geneieve LINDSAY of Sheboygan, Wis.; and 3 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters: David Elroy, Madalein Lee and Phillip Hallett SNELLING; and Shirley May LINDSAY WIELANS and William Frank LINDSAY.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.   A poem was also included which over a year ago, Mrs. SNELLING asked Earl HENSLEY to write for her after she was gone.  (That poem was included also.) 

- Obituary of John Henry SHAFFER: John Henry SHAFFER, son of Thomas and Anna SHAFFER, was born in Alma twp. June 2, 1916, where his entire life was spent except a few years when he lived in Davenport, Iowa.  He died March 13, 1951.  When a very young boy, John united with the Pleasant Grove Methodist church.  On Dec. 8, 1935, he was married to Miss Dawn PERRY, and they had 3 children: Tommie, Billie, and Helen Ann.  Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his mother; 4 brothers, Ira of Salem, Eura of Sadorus; Arno of Berkley, Calif.; Donald of Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Nelda WILKINS and Miss Lela Pearl SHAFFER of Salem.  His father died on Feb. 5th, just 5 weeks and 1 day previous.  One sister, Mrs. Nora LAWRENCE and one brother, Darrell, have also preceded him in death.  Services were held from the Methodist Church in Kinmundy on March 15th, Rev. TREDWAY officiating, and Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, assisting.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Merle HEICHER, a recent bride was honored by a miscellaneous shower at her home Monday.  Hostesses were Mrs. William LUX, Mrs. Gene JEZEK, and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE.

- W. Frank HOWELL, 57, died suddenly Friday morning at his home in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was an executive in the First National Bank there.  Funeral services were held in Des Moines Monday and his body was brought to Kinmundy and graveside services held Wednesday.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge A.F. & A.M.  He is survived by his wife, two brothers, Bryan of Long Beach, Calif., and Harold of Kinmundy; and one sister, Mrs. Fred PURVIS of Odin.

- Wilson School (from last week): John FORD, and son, Bob, and Audy JEAN helped Jim WALKER butcher last Friday.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY entertained Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Harry CROSLEY and daughter, Patty, and babe last Thursday to supper in honor of the HANNA’s wedding anniversary.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. See MILLICAN ate dinner with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WANTLAND Monday and helped her mother celebrate her birthday, taking them groceries and getting their washing.

- James ROBNETT, USN is spending a 14 day leave here with his mother, Mrs. Pleasant ROBNETT.  Jimmie is stationed at Treasure Island, Calif.    

 March 29, 1951:

- Miss Nelly Suarez OVARES of San Jose, Costa Rica, and Cpl. Denton BRASEL of Selfridge Field, Mich., were married in Brownsville, Texas on March 16 at the home of a friend, Mrs. Alfred BASLER.  After a 5 day honeymoon, the bride returned to her native land and the groom came to Kinmundy to spend a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL.  After finishing his 30-day furlough here, he will return to Selfridge Field, where he is stationed and where he will await the coming of his bride.  The bride his a school teacher in her home city.  Cpl. BRASEL became acquainted with her while he was stationed there.  Soon after they decided to get married, they found it was not an easy matter.  Of course, he could not go back after her after he was sent back to the states.  And she couldn’t come to him in the states on account of the immigration laws.  Finally she entered the United States via Mexico, on a visitor’s visa, and they were married.  But now she must return to Costa Rica and start clearing her way through the immigration officials.  Inasmuch as she is now married to an American soldier, she has been told that her papers will clear in a very short time.

- Mr. Charles ROHRBOUGH has received word of the passing of her brother, Mr. H.H. WATSON in Fairmont, Va.  His death occurred March 28.  Mrs. ROHRBOUGH is unable to attend the funeral service because of a recent attack of influenza. 

- Richard C. CRAYS, 80, died at his home in Dieterich Sunday after an illness of several months duration.  Services are being held from the Methodist Church in Dieterich with interment in Dieterich Cemetery.  He is survived by his widow; 2 sons, Curtis of California, and Alfred, with the U.S. Army in Tokyo, and one daughter, Mrs. F.A. MOTCH of this city.

- Roy HULSEY has received word from his sister saying her son has been reported missing in action in Korea.  Later report received stating him killed.

- Ray GEORGE has been awarded the contract of delivery of the mail from the depots to the postoffice and vice versa.  He will enter upon his new duties on April 1st.

- Services for William ROONEY, about 80, were held on Wednesday in Chicago.   One son, Vincent, survives, as does one sister, Mrs. Margaret O’BRIEN of Kinmundy.  Mrs. Amelda VALLOW, Miss Thelma LYONS, and Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER attended the services from Kinmundy.

- Richard R. MAULDING is spending a vacation at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.  R.C. MAULDING, after completing 4 years of pre-medical courses at S.I.U. in Carbondale.  He has been accepted at the U. of I. College of Medicine in Chicago, where he will begin his studies in September.

- Mrs. J.H. NELMS received a telegram Monday announcing the sudden death of Eugene CRAIG of Glendale, Ariz. on Sunday.  No particulars except that burial would be there and a letter would follow.

- In spite of the cool day Sunday, more than 100 children turned out to participate in the First Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt at the schoolhouse in the afternoon.  For convenience, the children were divided into three groups, according to age 5 years and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12.  In each group, each one finding the golden egg were awarded an extra prize.  In the younger group, Edith CRIPPEN, was the lucky one; in the intermediate group, Buddy HOWELL found it, and in the older group, David LEE found it.  For the best homemade Easter basket in the younger group, Judy SHAFFER won honors.  In the next group, Mary Susan HARVEY was first, and in the older group, Warren SHUFELDT was the best.  The judges for these baskets were Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY, Miss Katherine WORMLEY, and Mrs. R.H. SCHOOLEY.

- Services for Dewey COMBS, 52, a farmer residing northeast of Kinmundy, were held Wednesday at the Farina Evangelical and Reformed church.  COMBS had been in ill health the past 3 months, and died Sunday.  He is survived by his wife, Mary; one daughter, Dorothy, of Bloomington; and one son, Harry, at home; 2 sisters - Mrs. Roy FERGUSON of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Vene HOWELL of Farina; and 2 brothers, Ira COMBS of Farina, and Estil COMBS of Martin City, Calif., also survive.  Burial was in Farina Cemetery under auspices of Farina Lodge A.F. & A.M.

- Services for Jess ALDRICH were held Sunday at the Alma Methodist Church with Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiating.  ALDRICH, 68, was a farmer near Alma.  His wife preceded him in death 3 weeks ago.  He died suddenly of a stroke at his home Thursday.  Two brothers, two sisters, and seven children survive.  Burial was in Martin Cemetery at Alma.

April 5, 1951:

- W.L. GREEN and Cecil KEEN Winners in Kinmundy twp. Election Tuesday: We had quite an exciting election in Kinmundy twp. Tuesday when W.L. GREEN, D. and Cecil KEEN, R. were elected to the office of supervisor and highway commissioner.  The voting was very spirited in the forenoon with both sides getting in a greater part of their votes.  The total vote was 290 in Precinct 1 and 342 in Precinct 2.  The total vote was:

For Supervisor: W.L. GREEN - D - 326; Sam E. LOWE- R - 297.

For Highway Commissioner: Cecil KEEN - R - 347; Tom JONES - D - 273. 

Also without opposition from the Democrats, Harvey BROWN, R., and Chas. BLOMBERG, R.,  were elected Justice of the Peace and School Trustee, respectively.  In our neighboring townships, they also had an election. Alma township which is predominately Republican, Claude HIESTAND - D - and Dayton CRUTCHFIELD - D - were elected to the offices of supervisor and highway commissioner, respectively.  In Meacham twp., there was no contest for supervisor but a hot contest was staged for highway commissioner.  Loren COOPER - R - was elected by 8 votes over Ray MULVANEY, D.  In Foster twp., T.P. WILLIAMS, a  Republican, was elected on the Democrat ticket as highway commissioner over Maurice ADAMS - Republican, on the Republican ticket.  In Omega twp., no excitement was had as Frank SIMER - R, was unopposed for highway commissioner.  In the county, the Democrats still are in the majority on the County Board of Supervisors.  The board 15 Democrats, 12 Republicans.  The picture was not changed in any twp. except Alma.  A Democrat, Claude HIESTAND, replaces a Republican, Andy WINKS, who did not seek re-election.  The new board will be 16 to 11 in favor of the Democrats.

- Members of the Pleasure Hour Club met Tuesday night at the home of Mrs. H.M. FISHER.  Dinner was served by members of the Rainbow Circle.  Election of officers were held: Pres.- Mrs. A.J. YOUNG, Vice Pres. - Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, Sec’y - Mrs. J.R. MAHAN, and Treas. - Mrs. H.M. FISHER. 

- Revival Meeting at Arnold Chapel Methodist Church west of Kinmundy, beginning April 9th.  Services each evening at 7:30 p.m.  Forrest STONE, student at McKendree College, evangelist.  We welcome you.  Carroll LEWIS, Pastor.

- Forty friends and relatives gathered at the J.C. McCARTY home Sunday to celebrate the 4th birthday of Jimmie McCARTY of Louisville, and the 90th birthday of J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy. (A list of those attending was included.)

- Relatives here received word Tuesday of the death of Noble NEEPER, Farina.  Funeral services are being held this afternoon.

- Margaret GRAY Home Burned Wednesday Morning: The fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Margaret GRAY in the east part of town Wednesday morning when she discovered her home to be on fire.  She said that she had smelled smoke and kept looking for it.  After making a trip outside and glancing at her roof, she returned inside and just happened to look in a closet in which the chimney is built.  She found this closet all ablaze.  When the fire department arrived on the scene, the whole attic was afire, as well as the interior of the rooms.  The fire was soon extinguished but not until the house was what would be termed a total loss.  None of the contents were carried from the house until after the flames were extinguished.  Consequently, only a few things were taken from the back part of the home and they were damaged considerably.

- Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and family, Maxey SPENCER and Fred KLEISS attended the memorial service in St. Peter Sunday for PFC Glen SACHTELEBEN, who was killed in Korea on Feb. 12.

- Faye, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN, fell from a car Tuesday on to the concrete slab near their home on Rt. 37.  The child was in the back seat of her father’s car.  Mr. ALLEN was turning the corner and driving onto the slab in front of the Paddy GRAY residence.  As he was making the turn, Faye opened the rear door.  As it opened it pulled her from the car and she fell on the back of her head striking the pavement.  She was taken to the Salem Hospital and given first aid.  In the afternoon, her condition was such as it was thought best to return her to the hospital where her head was x-rayed.  There was no sign of a skull fracture.  She was again returned home where she is being cared for.

- Services for Edward A. RELKER, 66, were held at the Methodist Church in Edgewood Sunday.  BELKER, a former section foreman lived in Kinmundy several years ago.  He had been in ill health for some time.  He was survived by his wife, and one daughter, Mrs. Winona MOLIN of Mattoon.

- Services for Cecil JONES, 56, Vandalia, were held at the Hunter Funeral home in Vandalia Tuesday.  Mr. JONES died in Vandalia Hospital, and had been ill for only a few hours.  He was employed in the Vandalia Shoe Factory.  He is survived by his wife; 2 daughters, Mrs. Walter B. PRUETT of Carrolton, and Mrs. Leroy LEATH of Carlyle; three sons, Billy of Scott Field; Robert of Kansas; and Cecil, Jr. of Ohio.  Three sisters, three brothers, and four grandchildren also survive.  Interment was in Vandalia Cemetery.  He was a brother-in-law of B.F. LINTON of this city.

- Omega (from last week): Little Keith BUNDY, son of Mrs. Thelma BUNDY, died at Salem Hospital Monday from pneumonia.

- Omega (from last week): It is reported that Wayne WILKINSON and Mary Jo WANTLAND were married in Salem on Saturday.

- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER visited Friday evening in Alma with Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT.

- Shriver School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and Billy Dean had a surprise birthday dinner on Sunday and all the family of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE.  It was Mrs. ROSE’s 65th birthday.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELL, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE and family, Claude ROSE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE, Clyde ROSE, and Letha MEDDER, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul SEE.

- Meacham (from last week): The community was sad to hear of the death of Dewey COMBS.

- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and family attended Sunday School and Easter services in Farina Sunday and were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Floyd COURSON’s father, Cashie KRUTSINGER, died Wednesday in Alton Hospital.  Services were held in Oskaloosa with interment in the cemetery there.  

 April 12, 1951:

- In the election next Tuesday, the citizens of Kinmundy will be given a chance to vote on the question “Shall the prohibition of the sale of the retail of alcoholic liquor in the City of Kinmundy, Illinois be continued?”  This is just a little confusing to some of our citizens.  Why, we don’t know.  We think the question is stated just as plainly as it can be.  The only confusing thing is that we are dry according to the dictates of the votes four years ago.  And yet we are wet.   Now we are not attempting to tell you which way to vote but we will tell you how to vote.  If you want prohibition to be continued, merely, vote “yes”.  If you do not want prohibition, vote “no.”  This petition to bring this question to a vote was sponsored by a few influential citizens of our city in hopes that if the people really wanted a retail liquor establishment as we now have, they could say so.  Then this establishment could come under the regulations.  This liquor establishment has been like the weather.  There has been lots of talk about it but nothing has been done about it.  It has been our observation that our mayor has received the most blame for it’s continuance.  We have actually heard the expression, “We elected Fred Gammon mayor and he is the boss of the city.  If he had wanted it out, he could have done something about it long ago.”  In this respect, we want to say a few words in behalf of Mayor GAMMON.  He has broad shoulders.  And he says it doesn’t hurt him what you say about him.  We know he takes the advice of an attorney and knows just what he can do and can’t do.  Some people imagine that just because a man is elected mayor, he has dictatorial powers.  They think he should carry a shovel over his shoulder and fix every little hole in the road and clean out all the gutters.  They think it is his place to see that the fire fighting equipment is in first class shape all the time.  Some think it is up to him to arrest the young bucks for having a little fun around the town.  Some think it is up to him to quarantine such a family because it is said that one of the kids has the measles.  Some think it is up to him to tell my neighbors to keep their chickens out of my yard but don’t mention my name.  Some even think it is up to him to say when the stores will close.  On the other hand, let’s stop and think just what the duties of a mayor happen to be.  He is elected to preside over the City Council.  The City Council is composed of six aldermen, two elected from each of the three wards.  He has no vote on any question only in a case of a tie.  He appoints various committees from the Council.  He appoints the Chief of Police, chief of the Fire Department, Cemetery Sexton, and sometimes a street commissioner, which must be ratified by the city council.  In other words, he can’t do a thing without being responsible to the six aldermen.  In the past, Mayor GAMMON has had a council that was divided as far as being wet and dry was concerned.  So his hands were tied even if he had wanted to do something.  Another thing, the city treasury is financially embarrassed.  There is no money to do anything with.  The income is barely enough to pay the police and street lights.  Therefore, there is no money with which to hire lawyers and start a law suit of any kind.  You must remember that law suits can work both ways if you happen to be in the wrong.  So please, don’t blame Mayor GAMMON for the liquor establishment running wide open.  Blame yourself.  You have just as much right to sign a complaint and get legal proceedings started as anyone else.  As we understand it, this is all it takes to get action started, just merely sign a complaint.  Getting back to the voting Tuesday, just remember that you are voting on “prohibition” and not on “liquor”.  If you want “prohibition”, vote yes.  If you don’t, vote no. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE have a daughter born in the Salem Hospital on April 11.  This is their second daughter.

- George SOLDNER Shoots Self Wednesday Morning: George SOLDNER, 82, a retired farmer residing in the northeast corner of Kinmundy twp., shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber rifle shortly before noon Wednesday.  Upon hearing the shot, his wife set out to look for him and found him lying in the mow of the barn.  Neighbors carried him to the house.  Death came at 2:55 p.m.  Mr. SOLDNER had been in ill health and for the past 2 days had suffered intense pain.  He remarked Wednesday morning that he didn’t see how he could stand it much longer.  Funeral services will be held from the Evangelical Church in Farina on Friday with interment in Farina Cemetery.

- Miss Carole STEVENSON has been elected to membership in the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools, the highest honor conferred by faculty.  Carole is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON of Alton, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Stella BALLANCE, and the late J. Lem BALLANCE of Kinmundy.

- The State Department of Health approved plans for our waterworks project last week.  A special election is to be held on May 1st to vote on the issuing of general obligation bonds. After the bond issue passes, then a few other things will have to be done before work really starts.  There will have to be at least 300 water customers with a minimum rate of $3.25 per month.  May sound like a lot but it isn’t.  There are a lot of advantages to having water in your house.  So think of it in this respect.  We will have more to say about this from time to time, but in the meantime if you are asked to sign an application for water, do so.

- Last rites were held Wednesday at the First Methodist Church in Glendale, Ariz. for Eugene M. CRAIG.  He had lived in Glendale for the past 6 years.  His death came sudden and unexpected.  He died while eating breakfast at his home Sunday.  A veteran of WWI, he served as a musician.  Mr. CRAIG was 53 years of age and was born in Kinmundy, Ill.  During World War II, he was employed at Luke Field with the fire department.  He resided in Danville, Ill. for 20 years where he worked at the Veteran’s Administration.  Survivors are his wife, Martha, Glendale; daughters, Mrs. Norma Jean SCHAFER, Champaign, Mrs. Lois FURR, Phoenix; Mrs. Louise LEWIS, Glendale; and 3 grandchildren.  Mr. CRAIG was a brother of the late Mrs. Anna GILMORE.  Interment was in Glendale Memorial Park.  A brother of Mrs. CRAIG, Charles E. NELMS of Peoria, Ill. arrived at the funeral. (Glendale, Arizona News)

- Cecile WAUGH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl GOTTFRIED of Glendale, Mo., and Robert D. MAHAN, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MAHAN of this city, were married April 6, 1951 at the home of the bride’s parents.  Mrs. F.G. PRUETT, sister of the groom, was the bride’s attendant.  F.G. PRUETT and Charles WAUGH were the attendants of the groom.  Mrs. MAHAN attended schools in Glendale, Mo. and Hasmer Hall for Women in St. Louis.  The groom attended Kinmundy schools and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.  He is employed with the firm Horner and Shifrin, consulting engineers in St. Louis.  The couple will make their home in suburban St. Louis.

- Bennie GRAY, of the Army Air Force, is spending a few days with his brother and family, the Richard GRAYS.  GRAY, who has been at Las Vegas, Nev., has been transferred to Scott Field.

- Omega: The roads are again impassible in this community.  A man, a wife, and two children spent over 3 hours in the mud hole near Mr. ARNOLD’s house on the South road Sunday night.  A little attention to such places in time would stop such road conditions, and the citizens of this community feel they should not be neglected because of political issues.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON attended the funeral of their grandmother in Champaign Thursday.

- Swift School: Mrs. Florence BASSETT accompanied her mother, Mrs. Effie ROBB, to Mt. Vernon last Thursday to do some shopping.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD spent Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT and Helen.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): 25 or 30 men, relatives, neighbors and friends gathered 4 acres of corn for Mrs. Dawn SHAFFER Wednesday and prepared things for the sale Thursday, and several ladies helped Mrs. SHAFFER pack the things.  Noah PERRY and son-in-law came in Wednesday to attend the sale and take his daughter’s furniture back with them Friday.

- Omega (from last week): Funeral services were held at Omega church Wednesday for Keith BUNDY with Rev. McMARTIN officiating.  Interment at Phillips Cemetery.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Buster BENDER and Barbara of Centralia visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT.

- Brown (from last week): Several attended the charivari and shower at the Jim WILKINSON home for Mr. and Mrs. Wayne WILKINSON Thursday.

- Shriver School: Mrs. Anna MARLOW was pleasantly surprised Tuesday when the pupils and parents of Miletus School gave a dinner in honor of her birthday at the Miletus schoolhouse.

- A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the Russell WILLIAMS home honoring Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and Clarellen WILLIAMS. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JACKSON, and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and daughter, Martha.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. B.O. GARRETT.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McCULLEY and son were dinner guests in Salem Saturday of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BOYD and sons.  The occasion was in honor of Mr. BOYD’s and Mrs. McCULLEY’s birthdays.

April 19, 1951:

- Word was received here Tuesday by Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD of the death of her sister, Mrs. Louis LOWE, which occurred Monday in Seattle, Wash.  Mrs. ARNOLD left via plane Tuesday to attend the funeral.  Services and interment were in Seattle.  Willie and Sam LOWE are brothers of Mr. LOWE.

- When Mr. Mel BOYD opened the schoolhouse this morning, he found that culprits had broken into the schoolhouse last night and robbed the school safe.  They gained entrance by prying off the iron bars on a basement window in the Ag room.   The safe was in the Superintendent’s office. The door to the office was kept locked at night.  They broke in the office by merely breaking the glass and unlatching the night latch.  Then they pried off the door to the safe.  This was rather a hard task but they did.  There is no question but what it took several hours to do the job but it paid off as it was estimated that about $400 in cash was taken from the safe.

- George LAMBIRD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD, entered the Salem Hospital Friday and underwent and appendectomy and returned home Tuesday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. DOOLEN and daughter, Lela Mae, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. PURCELL and son, John D., Miss Wilma OSBORN, and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon GRAGG and family were dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie DOOLEN and children in Alma.  The occasion was to celebrate the birthdays of Mrs. Wm. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie DOOLEN, Lela Mae DOOLEN, and John D. PURCELL.  A most enjoyable day was passed.

- Mrs. William REYNOLDS was severally injured Tuesday afternoon while returning to her home from town, when she walked in front of a truckload of Mexicans traveling east on State Rt. 37.  The accident happened at the A.J. JACKSON corner.  According to eye witnesses, the truck was not traveling fast.  Mrs. REYNOLDS evidently just didn’t look before starting to cross the hard road, or if she did look, she surely didn’t see this truck.  The truck swerved to miss her.  About that time, she saw the truck, started backward and then went forward.  The truck took a nose dive in the ditch but not before it had struck her.  She was taken immediately to Salem Hospital in the Linton Ambulance where it was reported that she had a broken leg and a scalp wound.  And an x-ray was going to be taken to ascertain if there was a concussion.  State police were on the scene and held the Mexicans in custody until a report came back from the hospital.  Then they were allowed to proceed on their way.  They were enroute from Texas to Michigan.

- Rev. James BALDWIN was the speaker for a temperance meeting held Sunday afternoon in the Gym.  Rev. Angus PHILLIPS of the Methodist Church introduced the speaker.

- Final Rites Held Sunday Afternoon for J. Oscar COX: James Oscar, son of Frank and Nan SOLOMON COX, was born in Meacham twp. June 3, 1887 and died in Salem Hospital Apr. 12, 1951.  He attended Rockhold School and grew to manhood in that community.  When a young man, he entered the restaurant business in Kinmundy.  On Oct. 20, 1910, he married Miss Frances GRAY, who survives.  Mr. and Mrs. COX operated their restaurant until 1919 when they returned to Meacham twp. and engaged in fruit farming.  Owing to the ill health of Mrs. COX, they returned to Kinmundy about 12 years ago.  Sine that time, Mr. COX has engaged in the fruit business, specializing in the sale of peaches and apple.  During WWI, Mr. COX saw service overseas with the 326th Machine Gun Battalion.  Besides his wife, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Elston GREEN of Patoka, and Mrs. Zella NEAVILL of this city.  Services were held Sunday at the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. O.L. HAWKINS officiating.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. C.C. BASSETT, and Miss Edith MORGAN were in Bethany Friday attending the funeral of Mr. W.R. BONE.

- Quite a little interest was shown Saturday in the local school election, especially District 500.  There were 3 running for the Board of Education with only 2 to elect.  After the count was tallied, Richard BROOM and D.J. ALEXANDER were declared elected with BROOM having 119 votes, ALEXANDER 104, and Walter McHATTON, 89.  There was no contest in District 25.  Consequently, J.B. MAXEY and John E. PIPER were elected as members of the Board of Education while Wyett COLCLASURE was reelected President of the Board.

- Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS announce the arrival of a baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold FOX of Hammond, Ind.  The little Miss is the great-great granddaughter of the WILLIAMS.  Mr. WILLIAMS has lived to see eight generations.

- Kinmundy Citizens Decide City to Remain Dry; JACKSON and GENTRY Elected: The city election held Tuesday was very spirited inasmuch as the question of prohibition was being voted upon.   And there was a little contest in the third ward for Aldermen.  The question “Shall prohibition of the sale of alcoholic liquor in the city of Kinmundy be continued?” carried 292 voting yes and 67 voting no.  We had anticipated a 75% majority for the yes side, but this figures 81% majority.  In the third ward, C.G. JACKSON received 58 votes while his opponent received 47.  For the unexpired term as alderman, S.W. GENTRY received 60 votes and A.E. FRENCH 40.  The roster of city officers are now: C.F. GAMMON - Mayor; J.E. PIPER - City Clerk; C.R. ALDERSON - City Treasurer; Alderman: First Ward - Ralph E. WILLIAMS and Earl OUTHOUSE; 2nd Ward - G.E. SHREFFLER and Chris JASPER; 3rd Ward - C.G. JACKSON and S.W. GENTRY. 

- A birthday party honoring Miss Barbara Kay HAMMER on her 11th birthday was held Saturday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, and Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank MAYS Sunday.  He is slowly improving.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE received word of a baby girl born in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elno WILLIAMS in Sterling on Apr. 13.  The mother is formerly Miss Kathryn LOWE.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER, Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER attended the funeral of their uncle, George SOLDNER, at Farina on Friday.

- Omega: Fred MULVANEY was elected director at the school election here which was held Saturday.

- Pleasant Grove: Cpl. Gene SMITH, who was in Korea several months, visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar SMITH, one day last week, and also visited Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND.  After a 30 day furlough, he will report to Virginia.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Dawn SHAFFER and daughter after visiting several days in Salem with Mr. and Mrs. Basil WILSON and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen STOKELY, and also visited Mr. and Mrs. Jack BASOM and family, left last Sunday for Davenport, Iowa.  Her mother and sister, Mrs. Noah PERRY, Joetta came Saturday for them.

- Wilson School: At the school election Saturday, John W. SHAFFER was elected school director for 3 years.

- Wilson School: Jerry and Johnny WALKER, in company with Johnny Bill FORD and Jack GRIFFIN, attended the show in Salem Sunday.

 April 26, 1951:

- At the regular monthly meeting of Methodist Men held Tuesday, John E. PIPER was elected President, and Eugene WILLIAMS, secretary.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BRANCH have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on April 12th named Brenda Lou.  For the time being, the little Miss is getting acquainted with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SIMER.

- Miss Fern WILLIAMS, daughter of Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS and the late Mr. Thomas WILLIAMS of East St. Louis, became the bride of Daniel Patrick SNOW, son of Mrs. Josephine SNOW and the late Mr. William G. SNOW of East St. Louis on March 31st.  The groom is the grandson of Mrs. Margaret O’BRIEN of this city.

- The Kum-Bak Class met Friday in the Christian Church basement with 30 present.  Mrs. Harold MORRIS presided over the business meeting.  Following officers were elected: Mrs. Darrell REESE, president; Mrs. Bob ELSTON, Vice President; Fred SEE, Secretary-Treasurer; and Mrs. John McCULLEY, reporter.

- The Kinmundy Menuettes met April 21st.  Katherine WORMLEY is the leader.  18 attended the meeting.  The officers elected were: Shirley BAILEY - President; Barbara DOOLEN - Vice Pres.; Shirley BEARD - Secy & Treas.; Marilyn O’DELL - Reporter; Whitney HANNA - Recreation; Loretta DISS - Song Leader.

- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN have a baby girl born in Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia.  She has been named Brenda Ilene.

May 3, 1951:

- Citizens Authorize Bond Issue for City Waterworks Project by 84%: The proposition authorizing the City Council to issue $46,000 in general obligation bonds for the purpose of installing a waterworks system was approved by the voters by an 84% majority in the election held Tuesday.  The vote was 308 - yes, 55 - no, and 15 spoiled votes.  In other words, it went “wet” by a little more than it went “dry” in the election of April 17th.  This does not necessarily mean that we will have waterworks, but it is a step in the right direction.  It seems as though they want at least 300 customers and they do not have nearly that many signed up yet.

- Mr. and Mrs. William LUX celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary Sunday at the home with a surprise supper at 6 o’clock.  A long table was made on the lawn and loaded with good things to eat.  Those who brought basket supplies were Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK, Mr. and Mrs. Art BOYD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER, Patricia and Keith SCHWABE, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE.  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX and family were certainly surprised. 

- Funeral services were held yesterday from the Shiloh Church in Omega twp. for Charles WHITNEY, 77, who died at his home in Omega twp. Tuesday.  Rev. REED officiated the services with burial in Parker Cemetery.

- Clarence Robert CRUTCHFIELD, age 5, died in the Salem Hospital.  Services are being held this afternoon.   Interment will be made in Phillips Cemetery in Meacham twp.  The deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed CRUTCHFIELD, residing in the southwest part of Kinmundy.

- An evening’s program sponsored by the Kinmundy Woman’s Club will be given May 4th at the Gym, Mr. Eugene SHUFELDT, club president, announced.  The children’s choir, directed by Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM and Mrs. George MILNE will give their spring concert.  A hilarious one act play entitled “Diet Begins Tomorrow” features the cast of Margaret SHUFELDT, Florence CONANT, Florence WEISS, Maud HOWELL, and Irma INGRAM.   Specialty numbers will be given by Charles WHITE, pianist, student at S.I.U., and by a quartet composed of Robert BAILEY, Ed SHREFFLER, John PIPER, and Charles BASSETT.

- John H. KETTLES, 57, resident of the Hyde Park District, Chicago, for many years died April 24, at Hines Memorial Hospital after an illness of 4 weeks.  Interment at Bilger Chapel in Chicago with cremation at Oakwood.  He is survived by his wife, the former Eunice V. SEE, daughter of the late Michael and Alice H. SEE, Kinmundy; a daughter, a son, granddaughter, and a brother.  A veteran of WWI, he served in the Civilian Air Transport Service during WWII, later acting as assistant officer of the Post Exchange at Hines until ill health forced retirement.     

- William F. HARVEY, a former resident of Kinmundy, was very pleasantly surprised Sunday, April 29th, with a dinner at the home of his son, W. Elsworth HARVEY at Ridgefarm, Ill.  The dinner was in honor of Mr. HARVEY’s 90th birthday.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Mrs. Emma BARBEE, 81, died Monday.  Funeral services were held May 2 at the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.  She is survived by one brother, Walter BALDWIN, Ruth, Nevada and three nieces in Calif.

- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. PRUETT entertained Saturday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert MAHAN, of St. Louis.  The MAHANS were recently married.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Byron JACKSON and sons, of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and Mr. and Mrs. Richard BROOM.

- Rev. M.B. BAKER, 92, died recently at his home in Peckskill, N.Y.  He was former minister of the Methodist Church here.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Fred WILSON had a son, David Neil, born in Mark Greer Hospital on April 19.

- Swift School (from last week): Frank GARRETT and family spent Sunday in Kinmundy with Frosty JONES and wife.

- Meacham: The children and the teacher, Mrs. McGEE, of Rockhold School, celebrated the last day of school Monday with an outdoor picnic on the Roy Miselbrook farm.

- Meacham: A kitchen shower was held for Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL near Farina Sunday.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Jack KRUTSINGER and babe of Gary, Ind. called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday afternoon.

- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER spent Friday in Alma with Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT.

- Omega (from last week): Services were held at the Christian Church Monday for Geo. W. VANCLEVE, aged 92, who died at his home in Omega Friday.  Rev. McMARTIN of Flora officiated, and music was furnished by the Wabash Five with interment in the Church cemetery.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Ed REPEC and children, who have been staying with her parents in Salem for some time, came out Tuesday to her home and staying until Thursday.  She and her children are to move to Chicago where her husband has employment.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): The Allen School teacher, Mrs. Myrle WALKINGTON, and pupils and several of the parents went on a tour by bus to Springfield Saturday.

- Omega: Mrs. Hazel MILLICAN, Mrs. Christine KNISELY, Mrs. Zilpha SEE, and See MILLICAN attended funeral services for Mrs. Clarence BRUBAKER at Romine Church Monday.

May 10, 1951:

- Ruby SHAFFER Dies in California: Funeral services for Miss Ruby Estell SHAFFER were held Monday at Eversole Mortuary.  The services were read by Mrs. Thelma JAHN, Ukiah Christian Science Church reader.  Cremation followed at the Chapel of the Chimes in Santa Rosa.  Miss SHAFFER died Saturday, following an illness of 4 months.  For 7 years she was a devoted nurse to the late Mrs. Sarah Jane CHESSALL.  Mrs. CHESSALL was the mother of W.A. CHESSALL.  Deceased was born in Kinmundy, Ill. coming to this city about 9 years ago to be near her sister, Mrs. Anna BALDOCH.  She was a practical nurse in Illinois, where also for a number of years she operated extensive ranch holdings.

- On Tuesday in the Christian Church in Salem occurred the wedding of Miss Leta Rose COBB and Paul Eugene LANE, Rev. SMITH, pastor of the Church performing the ceremony.  The immediate families of the contracting parties witnessed the ceremony.  They were unattended.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey COBB of Dix.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE residing southeast of this city.  He is a graduate of the Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘50.  Since his graduation, he has been engaged in farming with his father, and will continue to do so this summer.  The couple will make their home in the Frankie Cox apartment in Kinmundy.

- Walter Robert LESEMAN died in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur Friday.  The body was brought here and services held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.  The news of his death came as quite a surprise to his many friends here.  A few months ago, he had undergone an operation for the removal of a kidney from which he had recovered and had spent most of the winter in the south.  A week before his death, he became suddenly ill in Jackson, Miss.  He and Mrs. LESEMAN drove back here and interred the Salem Hospital for a day.  He was then transferred to Decatur.  His ailment was diagnosed as being cancer of the stomach.  Walter, son of William and Katherine LESEMAN, was born in Alma twp. on May 17, 1885, and died in Decatur on May 4, 1951.  He spent his boyhood days and grew to manhood on the farm 3 miles south of Kinmundy.  On Nov. 30, 1909, he married Miss Clara M. KLEIN of Kinmundy.  To this union, were born 4 children: Mabel L. MANN, of San Bernadino, Calif; George W. of Chicago; Walter T., Dallas, Texas; and Robert Lawrence, who died in infancy.  The three children as well as the devoted companion were at his bedside when his life ebbed away.  Also left are one sister, Alice JENNINGS of Chicago; and 3 brothers, James of Champaign, Henry of Long Beach, Calif., and Albert of San Francisco, Calif.   Several years ago, Mr. and Mrs. LESEMAN gave up farming and they have lived in various places since.  About 2 years ago, they returned here from California, and begun working on their farm home, which they were modernizing.  Walter worked as a traveling salesman and his wife accompanied him.  So it was only on weekends when they could work on their farm home.  Mrs. LESEMAN left this week with her son, George, for Chicago, where she will make her home for a few months.  After that she will spend some time with each of her other children. 

- Mrs. Wayne WHITLOCK had the misfortune of falling down some steps Tuesday at the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ray HARGRAVE of Centralia, and breaking her leg between the hip and knee.  She is now a patient in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Mr. and Mrs. WHITLOCK of Spearfish, S.D. have been vacationing and visiting relatives here for the past month.  They have spent some time in Kinmundy with Mrs. WHITLOCK’s sisters, Mrs. Pearl FISHER and Miss Della SEXTON.

- Betty ERNST and Ronald POLANKA had their essays published by the National Essay Association of Los Angeles, Calif.

- Frank SHELDON died in the Palmer Sanitarium in Springfield on Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. SHELDON operated Frank and Mary’s Café on Route 37 for several years.  For the past year, Mr. SHELDON has been a patient in the Sanitarium.

- Mr. Byron PITTS has tendered his resignation as a guard of the Illinois Penal farm at Vandalia, and has accepted the position of Chief of Police of the city of Centralia.

- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HUCKAEBY of Henry, Ill. have opened the Conoco Service Station and Grocery on Rout 37 North.  This business was formerly operated by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN.

- Mrs. Effie CRAIN and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Reva CRAIN, have purchased the ROBB Café on Route 37 South from Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB.  Mr. ROBB has a position with a seismography company and he and Mrs. ROBB and son will leave soon for South Dakota.

- Omega: Funeral services at Shiloh Church were held Wednesday of last week for Chas. WHITNEY, age 77.  He served as Supervisor of Omega township and as Assessor.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Buster BENDER and Barbara, Mrs. Virgie GARRETT, and James JONES and family visited Sunday with the Frank GARRETT family.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herman KAGY of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall KAGY of Salem were called at the Oscar SMITH home last Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. Herman KAGY were called here by the death of Mrs. KAGY’s mother, Mrs. Clarence BRUBAKER.  

- Pleasant Grove: We’re sorry to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Harry MAXEY Jr.’s home was destroyed by fire Tuesday caused by the explosion of a gas stove.

- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. G.H. COLCLASURE in Farina.  The occasion was Mr. COLCLASURE’s 62nd birthday.

- In Memoriam of Alta WEST who died May 7, 1949, by husband and children.

- Cpl. and Mrs. Denton BRASEL left Monday for Florida where they will make their home.

May 17, 1951:

- The Junior Circle of WSCS met Tuesday with Mrs. Robert LEE for the purpose of organizing.  Mrs. LEE was elected President, Mrs. Charles BASSETT; Vice President, Mrs. Edwin SHREFFLER, Secretary; and Mrs. John PIPER, Treas.  14 members were present. 

- Mr. H.W. LENHART was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia last week suffering from a congested lung.  His is little improved at this time.

- Fletcher COLE spent the weekend in Salem Hospital going on Thursday and returning home on Sunday.  On Monday last week, while doing some heavy work around the place, he ruptured a blood vessel and sprained the ligaments in his left leg.  He hobbled around on it until Thursday.  Mrs. G.E. ROLLINSON and son, the daughter and grandson of Alton, came Sunday to help care for him.  Mrs. ROLLINSON will return to her home this weekend while Billie will remain for a longer visit to help grandma with the chores.  The last report we had from Fletcher, he was looking for a pair of crutches.

- The programs of the Kinmundy Community High School Baccalaureate held on Sunday, May 20, 1951, and Commencement Service held on May 23, 1951 were printed.  Those graduating were: Kenneth Leroy JASPER, Gene Arnold JONES, Richard Keith CHANCE, Lewis J.T. O’DELL, Ula Eileen KRUTSINGER, Letha Maxine NEAL, Monna Marilyn CONANT, George Robert DOUDERA, Zola Irene BARBEE, Loretta Mae HOYT, Letha Joy MEDDER, Darlene MULVANEY BANDY, Lila Pauline GARRETT, Martha Jennette HANNA, Wayne Arnold SIMMONS, William Andrew WRIGHT, Virginia Lee HELPINGSTINE, Elnora Mae WILLIAMS, Donna Mae GARRETT, Bonnie Jane JONES, Joyce Ann McHATTON, Vernon Leroy POWELL, Beryl Dean COOLEY, Clyde L. WAGONER, Mack O’dell CONANT, Garold Lee CHASTEEN, Homer Wallace HULTS, Ronald Keith  SMITH, Ralston Xon HANNA, Betty Jean ERNST, Joseph Ronald POLANKA, Charles William PILMAN.

- The Eighth Grade Commencement of Kinmundy Grade School on May 25, 1951 was printed.  Graduates were: Jerry A. MORRIS, Keith DISS, Gerald DOOLEN, Larry SULLENS, Leon DISS, Gary KLINE, Whitney Rae HANNA, Shirley May BEARD, Marilyn HANNA, Phyllis Jean HOYT, Patricia Jane SMITH, William D. BOYD, Sam JONES.

- The Junior-Senior Banquet and Prom was held Saturday with “Fiesta” as the theme.  The cafeteria was decorated where the banquet was served by the Junior mothers.  Mrs. Sue HULSEY welcomed the Seniors and Ron SMITH responded.  Ron SMITH gave the Class prophecy.  Dancing was held in the gym to Bob Horralis orchestra.  The gym was decorated with a false ceiling of bright fiesta colors and the dance floor and tables were enclosed by a make believe stone wall.

- Wounded in Korea: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT received a letter from their son, Floyd GARRETT Sunday morning in which he stated that he had been slightly wounded by shrapnel.  At the time of writing the letter, he had recovered enough that he was again on his way to the front lines.

- Mr. O.B. JACKSON of Plainview, Texas, has sold his farm north of Kinmundy, consisting of 38½ acres to Harvey HANNA.  Mr. and Mrs. Frank MAYS have sold their farm consisting of 28 acres, northwest of Kinmundy, to Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth HARVEY of Ridgefarm.

- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE Saturday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Early LANE; also the charivari and shower at Mrs. Anna SHAFFER’s on Wednesday for her daughter, Pearl, and husband, who were married last Saturday.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Mr. and Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS of Alma, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday afternoon. 

 May 24, 1951:

- Orie H. WAINSCOTT, special engineer, retired, March 31 because of ill health, after approximately 39 years of service.  He was born in 1886 in Kinmundy.  After receiving his degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1912 he entered the service of the Illinois Central as chairman on a locating party in Alabama and served in the bride and building, valuation and maintenance departments until he was made assistance to the engineer maintenance of way in 1941.  Mr. and Mrs. WAINSCOTT reside in Chicago.  They have 1 son, John P., and 2 grandsons.  Leo DONOVAN was given the post.  Although Mr. DONOVAN is not a native Kinmundian, we lay claim to him just the same as he married a native Kinmundian, Marion O’BRIEN, and is a frequent visitor here.

- Mr. and Mrs. Robert HANNA have a boy born last Thursday in Salem Hospital and named Denton Ray.  This is the third child, 2 boys and a girl.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER announce the arrival of a baby boy Tuesday in the Salem Hospital.

- Mrs. Florence E. CONANT and Dr. W.A. FRANKLIN were married Sunday at the Grace Methodist Church in Salem.  Rev. Heber BURGE officiated, and Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT were the attendants.

- The bride has made her home in Kinmundy the past few years with her mother and has been active in civic and church work.  The groom is of Washburn, Ill., and has been practicing in Kinmundy the past year.  They will bake their home here at the bride’s residence.

- Mrs. Jesse REESE had the misfortune of breaking her right leg just above the ankle while working in her garden last Thursday morning.  About an hour after the accident, Mr. REESE returned home and found her.  She was rushed to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia in the Linton Funeral Ambulance.  After an examination and x-rays, she was permitted to return home.  She was again taken to the hospital yesterday and her leg placed in a cast.

- Mrs. Bryan PITTS of Vandalia and Mrs. Stella BALLANCE of here attended the funeral of Harry DeWERFF, 99, in Farina on Tuesday.

- Ed WILLIAMS, 72, of the Lee Nursing Home, Salem, died in Salem Hospital Sunday and brought here.  Services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Linton Funeral Home and interment made in Evergreen Cemetery.  He is survived by his estranged wife and 5 children; 2 brothers, Clarence of Centralia, and Bert of Anna; 2 sisters, Mrs. Madge CUTLER of Rankin, Ill., and Mrs. Gertrude WILLIAMS of Washington, D.C.

- Mr. and Mrs. Laverne KEEN and son arrived here Monday from Ohio and will again make their home in Kinmundy for the present, “Pete” having been transferred back into this part of the country.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and family attended the birthday supper Wednesday honoring her mother, Mrs. Geo. LONG of near Omega.

- Pvt. Jimmie WALKER left Tuesday for Camp Stoneman, Calif. after a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER.

- Swift School (from last week): Miss Dorothy CRIST spent Saturday night and Sunday with Miss Helen BASSETT.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT Sunday afternoon. 

May 31, 1951:

- At the Bob Jones University Convocation, Greenville, S.C. on May 30, Christy E. GENTRY, son of Mr. S.W. GENTRY, of Kinmundy, received a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Religion with a major in English Bible. 

- Old Friends Meet: It was a little heart rendering to see old friends meet here yesterday afternoon in Evergreen Cemetery.  But when John SCHOENBORN of Parsons, Kan., and Otis SEE of Monmouth, Ill. shook hands, that lump came right up in our throat.  Sure, they knew one another afterall these years.  They had last met in Minilla, P.L., during the Spanish-American War.  Yes, they had heard of one another through mutual friends but this was their first meeting since that time.

- Services were held for Eli MORGAN, 81, May 19, at the Vernon Methodist Church with Rev. LINDER officiating.  Mr. MORGAN died suddenly in Vernon May 17 but had been in poor health for some time.  He was interred in Vernon Cemetery.  He was the last one of the 9 MORGAN children who were reared west of Kinmundy.   His wife and 4 daughters survive namely, Mrs. RAY WALTON, Vandalia; Mrs. Cecil LOWE, East St. Louis; Mrs. Forrest HORN, Maroa; Mrs. Clyde BARKER, Parma, Mich.  15 grandchildren also survive.

- A surprise birthday dinner was given Sunday in honor of Gene JEZEK, whose birthday is May 30th, at his home.  Those who were present were: Mrs. J.L. DAVIS of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE, Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER, Patricia and Keith SCHWABE, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX, Charles and Jimmy; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, Carol Kaye and Jesse Jr.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT announce the arrival of a son in Salem Hospital Monday.

- Mr. and Mrs. John ALLS of Rockford have a son, John Sebastian on May 23.  The mother was formerly Miss Avenelle PHILLIPS of this city.

- The annual reception of the Kinmundy H.S. Alumni Association was held Saturday with 153 members and guests partaking of a mighty fine dinner in the school cafeteria, prepared by the P.T.A.   After dinner the meeting was called to order by the president, Norma MILLER, who welcomed the class of ‘51 as new members of the association.  A response was given by Ronald SMITH, president of the Class of ‘51.  The secretary, Jean ALEXANDER, read last year’s minutes, and treasurer, Norma SHREFFLER, gave the financial report.  On roll call, Mrs. Pearl FISHER was the eldest member present, having graduated with the class of ‘98; Ernest SCHERMERHORN, of Ridgefarm, was next with the class of ‘01; Mrs. Laura GRESHAM of Chicago was next with the class of ‘02.  Officers for next year are J.N. VALLOW, President; Amelda VALLOW, Vice President; Frances GRAY, Secretary; Rosalee ALDERSON, Treasurer.  Following singing for entertainment, the crowd retired to the gymnasium for the initiation ceremonies and dancing.

- Mrs. Eva SPENCER, 83, died at a nursing home in Smithsboro, Ill.  Services were held Tuesday at the Christian Church with Rev. Oscar HAWKINS officiating.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.  Emma Evaline STORMENT, daughter of James R. STORMENT and Jane HUFF STORMENT, was born near Salem on May 26, 1868, and died May 28, 1951, just two days after reaching her 83rd birthday.  She was one of a family of 7 children, four of whom have preceded her in death. One sister, Mrs. Esther PITTS, and one brother, A.J. STORMENT, both of Salem, survive.  On March 20, 1889, she was married to William J. SPENCER.  To this union, 4 children were born: Marshall, Etta, Hugh and Jessie.  Only Marshall survives.  Mrs. SPENCER became a Gold Star mother when her son, Hugh, made the supreme sacrifice for his country in WWI.  Her husband died in 1927.  Besides her son, sister and brother, she leaves 6 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

- The class of 1926 of Kinmundy H.S. had their 25th reunion on May 27th.  (A list of those present was included.)

- The last meeting of the school year was held May 18th in the form of an open house giving parents and friends a chance to see the school and art work of the pupils.  The business meeting and program were held in the Gym. New officers for the P.T.A. are Mrs. Virgil SEE - President; Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT - Secretary; Mrs. Delmar DEBAULT - V. Pres.;  Mrs. Clifton LEMAY - Treas.

- Billy Art BOYD, Larry PIPER, and Stuart BROOM helped Johnny DAY celebrate his 4th birthday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN Sunday.  Refreshments were served by Johnny’s mother, Mrs. D.C. DAY, Jr.

- Master Sergeant Marion HINES, member of Company K., 38th Infantry, 2nd Div. of the U.S. Army was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.  On Nov. 9, 1950 in the vicinity of Yongwon, Korea, numerically superior enemy forces attacked the hill positions defended by Sergeant HINES’ platoon.  The enemy attacked the right flank which was defended by Sergeant HINES with his platoon and 12 men.  In the ensuing firefight, all but Sergeant HINES and two men remained unwounded.  While the two soldiers aided the wounded to the company command post, Sergeant HINES remained in position surrounded by the enemy, and relayed information to his commander as to the hostile movements.  At the same time, he delivered a continuous and heavy stream of fire upon the enemy, keeping them at bay until a counterattack was organized which drove the enemy from the hill and regained the lost position.   (Sergeant HINES is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES of Chicago, formerly of this city.)

- Mrs. Belle SUTTON had the misfortune of receiving an eye injury last Thursday while cutting wood, when a piece flew up and broke her spectacles, and a piece of glass entered her right eye.  She was taken to the Centralia Hospital where she underwent an operation Saturday morning.  She returned home Tuesday.

- The 4-H Handy Stitchers met Saturday at the Methodist Church.  Election of officers was held: President - Beverly FEATHER; Vice President - Julia PHILLIPS; Sec. & Treas. - Mary FEATHER; Recreation Chairman - Beverly PHILLIPS; Reporter - Phyllis HOYT.

- Swift School: Memorial services were held at Sandy Branch Sunday afternoon.  Rev. HILL of Farina delivered a very fine address.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BASSETT of Billings, Mont. visited last week with his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth HARVEY and granddaughter, Linda HARVEY, Mr. and Kenneth ROBB and Judy, and Mary Susan HARVEY were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, celebrating Kenneth’s and Elsworth’s birthdays.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and baby son returned home Friday from the Salem Hospital.  He has been given the name Russell Leon.  Mrs. Pauline JONES spent the day with them.  Others calling that night to see the baby were Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters, Patsy DEADMOND, and Mrs. Laura ROSE, who also called on Mrs. Melvin CURRIE.

- Shriver School (from last week): A birthday party was held Saturday at the Earl LANE home for Barbara LANE and Shirley SEE.

- Mrs. Margaret O’BRIEN and daughter, Cornelia, Mrs. Almelda VALLOW, and Mr. and Mrs. Lavern KEEN and son motored to Springfield Sunday on account of the death of a cousin, Thomas LAVIN.

- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG and Farroll attended the funeral Sunday of her uncle, Presley BRUSHEAR at Pleasant Hill Church.

- Brown: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower at the Steward MONICAL home Saturday night for Mr. and Mrs. Leroy WOOLRIDGE. 

 June 7, 1951:

- Children’s Choir Sings in Chicago at State Federation of Women’s Clubs: Wide eyed with excitement and full of boundless energy, 26 members of the children’s choir did themselves proud Wednesday with a 1-day trip to Chicago which included the purpose of the trip, singing before the 1800 delegates at the IFWC convention in the huge ballroom of the Hotel Sherman, a sightseeing trip of Chicago, seeing themselves on television, viewing the new gadgets in the museum, and enjoying the whitecaps on Lake Michigan.  Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM is director of the choir, and Mrs. George MILNE, Farina, is accompanist.  The group accompanied by 8 adults left Kinmundy at 7:30 a.m. aboard the Meadowlark in a coach car reserved for them.  The children are comprised of the Junior Choir are, representing the lower grades of Kinmundy public school are Alice CHASTEEN, Marvin CHASTEEN, Robert SHUFELDT, Warren SHUFELDT, Carol GEORGE, Larry MORRIS, Gene MONTGOMERY, John STEATOR, David LEE, Charles PERGL, Ronnie DOOLEN, Brenda GRAY, Patsy OLDEN, Barbara GENTRY, Edith WEST, Darlene DEBAULT, Linda JENKINS, Rosalie GARDEN, Louis MAXEY, Morris MAXEY, Marilyn HOWELL, Ella HARVEY, Kathleen O’DELL, Dorothy SHAFFER, Mary BRIMBERRY, and Barbara ALLEN.

- OSBORNE-PURCELL: Miss Wilma OSBORNE, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack OSBORNE of Alma, and John D. PURCELL, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs D.C. PURCELL of Alma, were married Sunday, June 3 at the Alma Methodist Church with Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiating.  Mrs. Stanley JONES, sister of the bride of Alma, and Ben E. DOOLEN, of Alma, were attendants.  Miss Martha TREDWAY sang and Mrs. D.C. DAY was the accompanist.  Mrs. PURCELL graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1946, and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Mr. PURCELL graduated from Salem H.S., and served in WWII in the armed forces in the Pacific area, and is now engaged in farming.  The couple left for a wedding trip to Niagra Falls, and will be at home June 16 at the PURCELL farm south of Alma.

- Elizabeth BROOM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. BROOM graduated from Seacritt College in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.  She will be employed in Salem, Ky.

-  Mrs. Gertrude HARDSOCK died yesterday in the Centralia Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage a month ago.  Services will be held from the Galbreath Funeral Home in Centralia.  Interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Centralia.  The deceased, daughter of Albert and Augusta BURLING EAGAN, was born in Kinmundy, Aug. 20, 1880.  In 1918, she married Frank HARDSOCK who died in 1945.  She leaves 1 sister, Daisy SHANKS, and 1 brother, George EAGAN, both of Centralia.  She had been a resident of Centralia for the past 40 years.

- Lt. Cmdr. Carl E. PRUETT, USN, of Kinmundy is participating in intensive operational training aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saipan with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. 

- On June 10, Thomas BRUMMETT will receive the Master of Science degree during the annual graduation commencement exercises held at Indiana State Teachers College.

- Kinmundy to Have Law and Order: Just as we were about ready to write a lengthy editorial condemning the city council for their failure to keep law and order in our fair city, they awaken to the fact themselves, or someone else has put the heat on.  For sometime, we haven’t had any more law within our city than they have in the wide open spaces.  But we are told it is to be different from now on.  At the regular meeting of the city council Monday evening, they decided to employ a policeman for the daytime duty for a while until law and order can be restored.  And they expect the night police to do his duty.  Right now there are two menaces in particular as far as we are concerned.  First of all is the reckless driving through the business section.  This street has become a regular race track as far as speed goes.  This is going to be stopped so says the city council.  At this time of year, the firecracker nuisance always come along.  It is unlawful to sell or purchase or even shoot them anywhere in the state.  There is also a city ordinance against this.  We seem to have one person in town who is held in high esteem, who persists in selling fireworks every year contrary to the law.  He has turned this business over to his sons here lately and made bootleggers out of them.  This is certainly a shame to say such things about this fine family but it is true.  They really should be bootlegging whiskey, there would be more profit in it.  We also have others who are just as bad as this one certain person.  They are the parents who will allow their children to buy these fireworks contrary to law.  We know of several parents who have bought fireworks themselves for their children ever since the law has been in force, just because they had fireworks when they were growing up and can see no harm in them.  The writer also had fireworks when he grew up.  But the law says not to shoot them, and we believe that everyone should obey the law.  Right along with this cleanup campaign of the city council comes another cleanup.   For several months we have had operating within city limits what is known as the Farmers and Merchants Club.  It is alleged that this club has been selling liquor contrary to the Dram Shop Act.  Petitions signed by the Kinmundy citizens were presented to the States Attorney some time ago, asking that he take the necessary steps to close this place.  States Attorney Basel WILSON now has the substantiating evidence and is ready to crack down on this place of business.  We are told that he has notified the owner of this club to close his doors by Thursday of this week or face prosecution on a criminal charge. 

- Miletus: PFC Ralph KRUTSINGER spent last week with homefolks.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER, Francis, and Jr. BUTTS accompanied him to Evansville, Ind. Monday enroute to Camp Rucker, Ala.

- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER moved to their new home last week formerly known as the Jasper KRUTSINGER home, south of the Woodrow WILKINSON store.

- Meacham: On May 26, a bridal shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE for their son, Carol SLANE and wife with 55 or 60 present.  Mr. and Mrs. SLANE are employed near Tolono, Ill.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Harold KEEN and babe have moved to the Gilbert JAMISON farm, better known as the WADE farm.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family visited Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and son.  

 June 14, 1951:

- About 400 people attended the dedication ceremonies of St. Philomena Church Sunday.  (A description of the new church was included, along with the ceremonies that day, and pictures.)

- Linda Sue HALL Dies Tuesday After Eating Rat Poison: Linda Sue, one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James HALL, died Tuesday enroute to the Salem Hospital after eating rat poison earlier in the afternoon at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL, residing south of Kinmundy.  Immediately after eating the poison, the child was taken to Salem Hospital where her stomach was emptied with a stomach pump.  She did not show any ill effects from the poison and was allowed to return home.  After being home for a short while, she became seriously ill and was being taken back to the hospital but died enroute.  Services are incomplete pending the arrival of the father.  Mr. Ed HALL and two sons, James and Roy, left on Tuesday of last week for Las Vegas, Nev., in answer to a message announcing the serious car accident of Jack HALL, another son.  They arrived there on Thursday.  They left Las Vegas on Tuesday and are expected to arrive home on Thursday.  During James’ absence, his wife and daughter were staying with her mother.

- On June 17, C. Roland ALDERSON and Pleasant H. ROBNETT of Kinmundy, and Robert L. WILLIAMS of Alma will graduate from the U. of I. in Urbana. 

- Mr. and Mrs. George MULVANEY have a son born in the Salem Hospital Monday named George Ray.

- Miss Frances PURSELL, formerly of St. Louis and a sister of Mrs. Jessie SHELLY, has moved to Kinmundy and is living in the Robnett Apartments. 

- Miss Leota JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernie JONES of Salem, and Kenneth LeRoy JASPER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER, were married Saturday at the Christian Church parsonage here with Rev. Delmar DEBAULT officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. Alvin BOYER of Salem were the attendants.  Mrs. JASPER attended Salem schools and has been employed in Salem.  The groom graduated from Kinmundy H.S. this year and is employed at Bracy’s market in Centralia.  The couple will make their home in Centralia.

- City Laws Being Obeyed: We are very happy to report that our fair city now resembles the City of Zion to a great extent.  After the explosion of the city council last week and our editorial outburst of the local crime wave, our new policemen have had very little to do.  The shooting of firecrackers have stopped, the speed demons are using some other place besides main street for their tryouts, the Farmers and Merchants Club closed its doors on Saturday evening and moved all of their merchandise somewhere else on Sunday, and much to the surprise of everyone, only one or two dogs have been seen running at large on the streets.  The peace and tranquility is almost more than we can stand.  But we like it that way and hope it continues.  As to the reward posted last week by the city council for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone selling illicit fireworks in the city of Kinmundy, it still stands.  And we have been authorized by a citizen, to add another $25 to this reward, making the total reward $50.  It looks as though someone is after the bootleggers.  The Farmers and Merchants Club was supposed to have closed on Thursday but through an agreement with the States Attorney, they were permitted to stay open until Saturday evening.  The new policemen that we mention are Harvey BROWN and Walter LAMBIRD.  Harvey BROWN is on duty only during certain hours during the day.  Walter LAMBIRD is on duty during the evening.  And Ray BOUGHERS is still on duty at night.

- Mr. and Mrs. John LOGUE Celebrate Golden Wedding at Jess WOODEN home Sunday: John and Essie LOGUE of Keysport, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jess WOODEN in Kinmundy on June 10.  There were 199 relatives and friends present at the dinner in honor of the occasion.  They all had a wonderful time, the bride and groom all dressed up according to the song “Put on your old gray bonnet with the blue ribbons on it.”  They drove a horse to a buggy that was decorated very nicely.   The bride wore a gray bonnet with blue ribbons.  Their children present, for the occasion were Zetta WOODEN and family of Kinmundy; Jim LOGUE and family of Patoka; Mary GOODIN and family of Patoka; Edward LOGUE and family of Alma; Lester LOGUE and family of Kinmundy.  Also present were the grandchildren: Loretta JAMISON and family of Alma; Rufus WOODEN and family of Patoka; Raymond and Nolan WOODEN of Kinmundy; Irene HOPP and family of St. Louis, Mo.; Merl GOODIN and family of Peoria; Johnny, Jimmie, Estel, Davie, and Nancy GOODIN all of Peoria; Geneve KILE and family of Tamalco, Maxine STURGEON of Patoka; Leroy Gerald, Wanda, Reta, Gerry, and Pixie Lin LOGUE all of Alma; Arline SIMMONS and family of Peoria; Virgil, Lester Lee, Michel and Nancy LOGUE all of Kinmundy; and 8 great-grandchildren. (A picture of the couple was included.)

- Newlyweds Entertained:  Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. Paul LAPE, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER were entertained by the members of the Christian Church in the church basement Tuesday evening.  A program and entertainment was given by members of the church.  Each couple was presented with an electric kitchen clock.

- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Evelyn FORD, Mrs. Anna MARLOW, and Mrs. Merle JACKSON were guests at the Home Bureau meeting in Brubaker Friday afternoon.

- Omega: Funeral services were held at Brown Church for Mrs. Malinda KUNTZ, age 84, with Rev. HAZLETT officiating.  Interment in Parker Cemetery.

- Brown: A large crowd attended funeral services for Mrs. Lynn KUNTZ on Monday at Brown.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT went to St. Louis Saturday to take their daughter, Donna, who went by train to Independence, Kansas for a 2 week visit with her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and Carla Jean.  They came home by way of Granite City and visited friends.

- Swift School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Bill CALDWELL and babe spent Saturday night with Paul SWIFT and family and on Sunday attended the wedding of his sister, Mrs. Wilma OSBORNE and John PURCELL.

- Swift School (from last week): Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry and Mrs. Lucille HEADLEY spent last Saturday night with A.D. NICHOLS and wife.  It was Sherry’s 3rd birthday.

- Swift School (from last week): Miss Lila GARRETT was honored last Friday afternoon at a bridal shower given by Mrs. Wyona CROSLEY in her home.  Several girlfriends enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A Children’s Day Program will be held at Pleasant Grove Church Sunday night, June 10th, starting at 8 o’clock.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the commencement in Salem Friday night.  Jack BARKSDALE, Jr. was a graduate.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Lester YOST of near Mattoon and some of their children and families called on Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and family Wednesday to see the new baby.

- Omega (from last week): Two of our citizens in the east part of the township reported they saw a deer on their farm about 2 weeks ago.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Joe COUGHLIN of Caracas, Venzeulla came Thursday to visit a few days with his sister, Mrs. Chester KLINE and families.  Two other sisters, Mrs. Bob HILKERT and daughters, and Mrs. Peter BURKE and children from Chicago were also here visiting them.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Jess CHARLTON are all smiles as they have a new grandson born June 11th to Mr. and Mrs. George MULVANEY at Salem Hospital.                   

June 21, 1951:

- At the regular meeting of the Kinmundy Lions Club held June 13, the following officers were re-elected for the ensuing year: Pres. - G.E. SHREFFLER; 1st Vice - Jesse GEORGE; 2nd Vice - John PIPER; 3rd Vice - R.R. ATKINS; Sec. - C.F. GAMMON; Treas. - D.J. ALEXANDER; Lion Tamer - Carl DUNLAP; Tail Twister - Earl DOOLEN; Directors: Harvey HANNA, J.N. VALLOW, Glen COLEE, B.J. GARRETT.

- Mrs. Dale WRIGHT underwent an emergency appendectomy in the Rolla Hospital Wednesday.

- Mrs. Lucinda CANTRELL, 51, wife of Mancil CANTRELL , was found dead Monday morning in the basement of her home in the Bee Branch Community south of Omega, by their son, Melbourne.  Melbourne, who lives near Salem, arrived at the farm home about 8 o’clock to help his father in the field.  After a short conversation with his mother, he went to the field.  He returned to the house about 11 o’clock to get a drink.  He noticed the motor of the family car was running in the basement garage.  Upon opening the garage doors, he found his mother lying on the floor, as if she had fallen from the car.  That morning, Mr. CANTRELL said she had complained of a severe headache.  It is the supposition that she started the car motor, and when she went to open the garage doors, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.  Services were held yesterday from the Bee Branch Church and interment in Iuka Cemetery.   She leaves her husband; one son, Melbourne, near Salem; one daughter, Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER of the Elder School Community; her mother, Mrs. Jane HADDEN, 89, who made her home with her most of the time; one brother, Chester HADDEN; one sister, Mrs. Ira STARNES, Dixon; her father, Charles HADDEN and a brother, Ruby HADDEN preceded her in death.  The deceased was also a sister-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON and a cousin of Miss Gladys BRADLEY, of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER entertained at a shower given for Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER of Centralia Friday. 

- Sgt. George HALL, who was in a car accident near Las Vegas, Nev. last week, is now in a hospital in Los Angeles.  His father, Ed HALL and brothers, James and Roy, arrived home here on Thursday after visiting George in Las Vegas.

- Miss Bonita HOLLAND, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey HOLLAND, and Darrell MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy MORRIS, were married at the First Methodist Church in Flora on June 16.  Attendants were Miss Joyce BRUNER and the groom’s brother, Marlin MORRIS.   The couple will reside in Flora.  Mr. MORRIS, a graduate of Harter-Stanford Twp. H.S. in Flora, is employed by Dowell, Inc.  His bride is also a graduate of the high school here, and attended Murray State College, Murray, Ky.  She is employed by the Illinois Commercial Telephone Co., where she plans to continue her work for the present.  (Flora Daily News Record.)

- Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER have a son born this morning in St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis.

- Funeral services were held Friday for Linda Sue, 17 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James HALL, who died on Tuesday previous from eating rat poison.

- Cpl. Richard HALL arrived here Saturday to enjoy a 30-day furlough.  He has been stationed in Japan and was flown home on account of the death of his niece, Linda Sue HALL.

- Pfc. Herbert HALL of Roswell, N.M., is enjoying a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL.

- At the last meeting of the City Council, a permit was granted to Junior GORDON to operate a pool and billiard hall in Kinmundy.  He has purchased some tables at Louisville and has moved them in the building north of the Jesse GEORGE store.

- Mr. and Mrs. Earl PATHEL of Columbia, S.C. have a son born on June 12th.  Earl is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie PATHEL of Crete, but formerly of this city.

- Pleasant ROBNETT, who graduated from the Univ. of Ill. Sunday has returned to Kinmundy where he is conducting his oil and ice business.

- Mr. and Mrs. Emmett GARRETT and daughter, Carla, of Independence, Kansas are here visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON and Mr. and Mrs. Rolland ALDERSON of Salem attended the Univ. of Ill. commencement exercises.  Rolland received his Master of Science degree.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE attended the wedding of Veneta CROUCH and Bob CLARIDA in Centralia Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. John HOLT were in Salem Sunday where they attended a picnic dinner honoring Charles MONICAL, who is home on leave from the army.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Aunt Sally JACOBS at the Zion Church Wednesday.

- Brown: Several attended the charvari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Paul WIMBERLY at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eura KRUTSINGER.

- Brown: Several attended the charvari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JAMISON Saturday night.

June 28, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. James HALL have a son born Monday in Vandalia Hospital named Jimmie Leon.

- John Zebulein ALLPHIN, son of Andrew and Katherine ALLPHIN, died June 18, 1951.  Cause of death being heart trouble.  He was born Apr. 8, 1876 in Marion Co., Ill.  He was married to Lillie PICKLE Oct. 24, 1905.  Two sons were born to this union, one dying in infancy.  He leaves his wife; son, Manford of Kinmundy; 3 granddaughters, Mrs. Paul COURSON, Jr., Noblesville, Ind.; Beatrice and Hazel, at home; 1 great-granddaughter, Brenda Kay COURSON; 5 sisters, Lou COX, Irene WYMON, Mary FULFER, all of Xenia; Florence WASHBURN of Decatur; Zora LAND of Springfield.  Services were held Wednesday from the Meacham Baptist Church with interment in Elder Cemetery.

- Misses Norma and Marilyn MILLER left Friday for Champaign where they will attend the summer session at the University of Illinois.

- Stafford BUSWELL, former Kinmundian, Dies in Chicago: Stanford BUSWELL, 48, died Sunday in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago after being a patient there for a week.  He had been ill for the past few years suffering from a heart ailment, anemia and peptic ulcers.  His sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel WILKINSON of West Frankfort, were at his bedside.  Stafford was a train dispatcher for the Illinois Central at Champaign at the time of his death.  Stafford was the son of the late Charles and Katherine BUSWELL and grew to manhood in this city.  He leaves his wife; one daughter, Mary Anna, 11; three sisters, Mrs. Mary WILKINSON, West Frankfort; Mrs. Josephine WILLIS, Portsmouth, Va.; and Helen BROSNAHAN, Springfield; and one brother, Warren of Monticello.  Services were held yesterday from St. Mary’s Church in Champaign.  Interment in Champaign Cemetery.

- Omega: A farewell supper was held at Omega Church for Mr. and Mrs. Ted EMBSER and children who are moving to Sterling this week where he has employment with the lime quarry.

- Meacham (from last week): Word was received Sunday of the death of Mrs. Ida MARTIN by Mr. and Mrs. DILLON.  The funeral will be held Tuesday at Zion Church east of Centralia.

- Omega (from last week): Fred BURKETT’s barn burned Sunday, supposedly set by children playing with matches.

- Omega (from last week): Claude JAMISON has torn down the west building of the old COPPLE store and is hauling the lumber to his property in the north part of town. 

 July 5, 1951:

- Editor and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW will hold an open house Sunday afternoon and evening in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary. All friends are invited to call and you are our friends.  (A picture of the couple was included.)

- Mr. Marshall WILLIAMS of Alma has purchased the WILLIAMS Bros. Store in Kinmundy and took charge Monday.  The store will operate as in the past for a short while, then Mr. WILLIAMS contemplates moving his stock in the Garden Building and adding a nice stock of dry goods, making it a general merchandise store.

- Joseph M. MERRITT, 78, died in the Salem Hospital June 27th.  The body was brought to Linton funeral home, and the services held Friday at the Meacham Baptist Church, Rev. C.L. HILL officiating. Interment in Courson Cemetery.  The deceased is a resident of Salem but a native of Meacham twp.  He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Josephine GLOSSER of Salem, and Mrs. BRYAR of Decatur.

- Walter LAMBIRD has resigned as special police for the City of Kinmundy. 

- Mr. and Mrs. B.R. MALEY of Fairborn, Ohio have a baby girl born June 18th.  The mother was formerly Miss Marjorie BAILEY of this city.

- C. & E.I. Train No. 11, the Meadowlark, was wrecked Thursday night south of Shelbyville and plunged down an eighty foot embankment, killing the fireman and drowning the mail clerk, Bob BOATRRIGHT of Marion.  Several passengers were injured in the plunge but none were killed.  The train consisted of the diesel engine, mail car, and two coaches.  The excessive rains had softened this fill.  The weight of the train caused the fill to give way.  The two coaches left the rails and started down the embankment, pulled the mail car and engine with them.  The engine was pulled from the trestle which spans a creek causing it to drop 80 feet.  The mail car plunged into the creek.

- Notice: The annual ice cream social for the benefit of Sandy Branch Cemetery will be held at the shed on Thursday, July 12.  Everybody welcome.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Paul SMITH have a daughter born June 22 in Salem Hospital.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Manford ALLPHIN and children and others from here attended the funeral of his father, John ALLPHIN at Meacham Baptist Church Wednesday.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the services at the Methodist Church in Alma Sunday night and display of the work done by the children attending Bible School the past 2 weeks.

- Miletus: Harlas KRUTSINGER had a painful misfortune recently when a field hoe he was helping to unload from a truck, rolled on his foot.  X-rays revealed a broken bone and he’s getting about on crutches.

- Lester VANDEVEER has been transferred from Miami, Florida to Chanute Field and spent the weekend here with his wife.   

July 12, 1951:

- On June 30, 1951 in the Community Covenent Church of Los Angeles, Calif., Miss Jean BLOMBERG and PFC Robert YOUNG were married.  Attendants were Edward PARADIS, relative of the groom, and Mrs. Julia HUNTLEY, a friend of the couple.  Jean is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG, residing north of Kinmundy.  She left via plane for Los Angeles June 26th after resigning her position as junior account in Mumford Hall, Univ. of Illinois.

- The WILLIAMS family enjoyed a picnic dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS, east of Farina, on the 4th.  Those attending were Mrs. Cora WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and family, Mrs. Laura ROBNETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry SEMRO, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Glen VALLOW, Peotone, Dickey WILLIAMS, Park Ridge, and Mrs. Mabel GARDNER, St. Louis.

- Mr. and Mrs. Bill G. WALSH of Salem have a daughter born Sunday in Salem Hospital named Linda Joann.  The mother was formerly Joann JEZEK.

- A.S. Bennie BRASEL of Norfolk, Va. arrived here Thursday to spend his leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL.

- Rec. Jack DISS and Rec. Bill CARSON of Fort Leonard Wood, spent the weekend here with Jack’s aunt, Miss Beulah DISS and other relatives.

- The VALLOWS Celebrated Their 30th Anniversary Sunday (by Mrs. Richard BROOM): Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Sunday by having open house  and a reception in their home.  The VALLOWS, together with their 2 sons and their daughter and their families, greeted the 125 guests, who called in the afternoon.  Officers of the Eastern Star, of which Mrs. VALLOW is the present Worthy Matron, served the guests, and in the evening members of the Pleasure Hour Club, a social body of 28 years standing, and to which the VALLOWS are charter members, called in.  The groom of 30 years presented his wife with a 3 strand necklace of pearls with matching earrings, and a beautiful orchid.  Each guest received a souvenir which was a picture of the couple printed on pearl paper.  Miss Jessie Avis BACKENSTO and Mr. Jesse Norris VALLOW were married on July 9, 1921 in the home of Rev. W.R. BRADLEY, the groom’s great uncle, and a retired Methodist minister in Kinmundy.  They were attended by Mr. J. Howard BACKENSTO, brother of the bride, and his fiancé, Miss Ruth ATKINS.  They started housekeeping next door to the home where they now reside.  Mr. VALLOW was employed on the Kinmundy Express at that time and in the following November purchased the paper and has since been editor and publisher.  The VALLOW’s children and grandchildren are Joseph Guin and Mildred JONES VALLOW, and 2 sons, Joe Alan and Paul NORRIS of Minonk, Annette and Philip S. PAGANO and daughter, Mary Joana, and son Joseph Norris of St. Anne, Mo.; Curt Bernard and Leah WILLIAMS VALLOW and two sons, Bernard James and Lesle Wayne of Champaign.

- Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Barbara Kaye were in Effingham Sunday where they attended a birthday dinner for Mrs. BAGOTT’s sister, Mrs. Tillie O’CONNELL.

- Mr. and Mrs. John STOCKER spent the weekend in Highland with relatives and attended the funeral of Mrs. STOCKER’s aunt.

- Mrs. Mary BOSTON had a basket dinner Sunday for Cpl. Vernon Dee HUDSON, who is stationed in Korea and is home on a 30 day furlough.  The dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James BOSTON.  There were 63 people attending.  (A list was included.)

- Grandma and Great Aunt Same Day: Mr. and Mrs. William CASSIDY announce the arrival of a girl Saturday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SADDLER named Janet Marie.  On the same day, a girl made her arrival at the home of a niece of Mrs. SADDLER’s, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. WALDON of Nashville, Tenn.        

- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT attended a family reunion Sunday in St. Peter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar ROTHE.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and Mr. and Mrs. William COLE and family of Mt. Vernon attended the COLE Reunion Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDEL in Moweaqua.

- Omega: Mrs. Ella WIMBERLY attended a family reunion at Mowequa Sunday.

- Omega: The SEE family gathered at the Lyman JONES home Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford DOUTHIT and children of Texas, who returned home Monday.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER was called to Salem Hospital Friday night to assist in the caring for those injured in the train wreck north of Effingham Thursday night.

- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Merle HOWE slipped on the wet grass Saturday, and fell and broke her leg just above the ankle.

July 19, 1951:

- Jesse L. GRIFFIN Dies: Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Summitt Prairie Baptist Church for Jesse L. GRIFFIN, 65, who died in the Salem Memorial Hospital Sunday, after a short illness.  The Rev. Joy VANDEVEER was in charge of the service, with burial in Summitt Prairie Cemetery.  He was born in Illinois Dec. 30, 1885, and had lived in Marion county most of his life.  He was the son of the late Phillip and Louise BASOM GRIFFIN.  He was employed by the State Farm Insurance Co. for 28 years.  He leaves one brother, Fred M. GRIFFIN.

- Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE entertained Sunday their family in a family reunion at their home.  Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Jr., all of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son; and Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Charles EHREDT of Shobonier; Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSON; and Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS.

- Bert GARRETT’s Family Holds Reunion Friday Eve: The family of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT gathered at the Bryan Memorial Park for supper on Friday, July 13.  The occasion was a family reunion with all their children and grandchildren present except their youngest son, Floyd, who is in an army hospital in Japan recovering from the second wound received in action in Korea.  Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY from Lansing, Mich. who were here spending their vacation; Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and son; Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family; Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT, and Wanda GARRETT their youngest daughter who is still at home, all of whom are from or near Kinmundy.  Included above are 4 sons, 4 daughters, 9 grandsons, and 6 granddaughters.

- Mrs. Kenneth ROBB was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia Monday for medicaid treatment.

- Mervin CHEADLE, SA, of the U.S.S. Hemminger, Norfolk, Va., arrived home on leave visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE.

- Miss Jean ALEXANDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, suffered a fractured nose and cheek bone and numerous cuts and bruises when she was involved in a auto accident near Gays, Ill.  Friday evening.  Miss ALEXANDER had gone to Mattoon, Ill., and was met there by three friends and they were motoring to Windsor for the weekend.  A trailer being pulled by the car ahead of their car broke loose and hit the car in which Jean was riding.  Their car turned over three times and was demolished.  None of the girls were seriously injured.  All received cuts and bruises.

- The body of Glenn ARNOLD, 59, was brought here Saturday to the Linton Funeral Home with services held from the Sandy Branch Shed Sunday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating.  Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.  Besides his wife, who accompanied the body here, he is survived by 2 brothers, Paul, of Arkansas, and Ivan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and 1 sister, May ARNOLD of Chicago.  The sister also attended the funeral.  The deceased was a veteran of WWI and for the past several years, has been a dietitian in the Veterans Hospital in Corral Gables, Fla., where he passed away.

- John MOTCH, who is stationed at Camp Atterbury, Ind., spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH.

- On July 15, 1951 occurred the marriage of Miss Julia Frances DOOLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest G. DOOLEN of Hammond, Ind., to Charles O. SHIKE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SHIKE, also of Hammond.  Rev. Geo KRUPP, minister of the United Presbyterian Church, performed the ceremony.  Attendants were Wm. SHIKE, brother of the groom, and Miss Baeburn EDGINGTON, friend of the bride. Mr. SHIKE is a graduate of Hammond Technical School, 1949, and Mrs. SHIKE is a graduate of Hammond High School, 1951.  Mr. SHIKE is employed as an electrician of Inland Steel Co., but will re-enter the U.S. Navy soon after a honeymoon, through the east.

- Private James L. WALKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. James WALKER, Kinmundy, Ill., recently joined the 7th Division’s 48th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea.  As a member of the “Hourglass” Division, WALKER has joined the most traveled unit in the Far East, in 9 months of Korean action, his unit has made 2 amphibious landings, gained the Manchurian border, and fought on both coasts of the Korean penisula of the Korean peninsula.  Just recently the 48th FA Bn. celebrated the firing of it’s 100,000th round of the Korean campaign.  The occasion was marked by a battlefield ceremony.  The artillery has become one of the most feared of the weapons used against the enemy.  With six months service, Private WALKER joined the 7th Division in June 1951.

- Mrs. Effie ROBB is visiting a few days in Hammond, Ind., with her son and family, the Forrest DOOLENs and family, and attending the wedding of a granddaughter.

- Herman HOYT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT, had the misfortune of getting his right thumb shot off with a shotgun while visiting at the Jim JOHNSTON home north of this city Sunday.  Herman was spending the afternoon with Denny, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOHNSTON.  The boys were using a shotgun for target practice.  About chore time, Denny was going to another farm nearby to milk and invited Herman to go with him.  The boys was going to take the gun with them.  Herman put the gun in the car, holding his thumb over the end of the barrel.  The boys knew the gun was loaded but both thought it was on safety.  The gun was jarred which exploded the shell.  The blast took Herman’s thumb, lodged the wadding in the muscles of the upper arm and sprinkled his right chest with a shot.  Herman was taken in the Salem Hospital in the Linton Ambulance where the remainder of his thumb was amputated and the wadding and shot picked out.  He will be required to be hospitalized for some time.  This was just another one of those unfortunate accidents which could have been much worse.  If Herman’s thumb hadn’t stopped the impact of the load, it would probably entered his chest and killed him instantly.

- With the 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army in Korea - (Delayed) Kinmundy, Ill. Army man in serving on the Korean front at a signal man in the 1st Cavalry’s 13th Signal Co.;  Private First Class John E. JEZEK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis JEZEK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis JEZEK, Kinmundy, is in the 1st Cavalry’s 13th Signal Co.  JEZEK’s unit completely installs and operates all Calvary communications equipment, including hundreds of miles of telephone lines and scores of high frequency radios and teletypewriters. 

- Mr. and Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM were pleasantly surprised Tuesday evening when several of their friends, and neighbors gathered at their home to help them celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.  The evening was spent socially and the guests served ice cream and cake.  Present were: Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, Mrs. C.F. PRUETT, Miss Edith MORGAN, Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Miss Patsy PRUETT, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. HOLT, and Dr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN.

- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jim WALKER accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN to Indianola on Friday to attend the funeral of their brother, Merle DOOLEN, who died suddenly.

- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. WALKER have received word that their son, Jimmie, had arrived in Korea, and was now in the field artillery.

- Shriver School (from last week): Bennie BRASEL of the U.S.N. of Norfolk, Va., has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL.

- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur returned to their home Friday after visiting with the Fred GAMMON’s.

July 26, 1951:

- “Mrs. Harriett DeVORE Celebrated her 99th Birthday Tuesday July 24" by Jeanne BROOM: To live to be a ripe old age is not the exception but the rule in the HUMPHREY family of Kinmundy according to Mrs. Harriett DeVORE.  She is 99 celebrating her birthday July 24, and is the oldest of 4 living brother and sisters, the youngest being 79.  “Aunt Harriett” as the grand old lady is called, is one of Kinmundy’s vivid personalities and most alert citizens.  Born Harriet HUMPHREY, July 24, 1852 in Ohio, she was one of 9 children.  She lived in the HUMPHREY section - a section of farmland in Hamilton Co., near Montgomery, and attended schools there, finishing school in Cincinnati, 45 miles down the river.  The HUMPHREY family along with other nearby section owners owned their own church, the New Light Christian Church which was centered among their farms as was the custom in those days.  Although the HUMPHREY family migrated westward, the HUMPHREY name is still prominent in Cincinnati circles with a leading highway being named after it.  On Nov. 25, 1872, Miss Harriet married James C. DeVORE, a graduate of Union Christian College, Merom, Ind.  He was farm manager for a number of farms in Brown county, Ohio, and they made their home near Georgetown.  Mr. DeVORE died of pneumonia in 1891 leaving Mrs. DeVORE with their 7 children.  Mrs. DeVORE’s parents having traded their acres in Ohio for some farm south of Kinmundy moved to Illinois with some friends in 1872.  Upon Mr. DeVORE’s death, Mrs. DeVORE and her 7 children moved in Kinmundy to join her parents, and in 1892 bought the house in which she now resides.  Mrs. DEVORE vividly remembers one spring day when she was a small girl.  She with her parents had taken a dip net to the Little Miami river and they were enjoying their fishing trip when a neighbor called across the river to them that LINCOLN was assassinated.  Mrs. HUMPHREY cried and the threesome went home to ponder the situation.  Mrs. DeVORE recalls that this was a sad time for all - the Civil War - the plundering and raiding in the southern Ohio district by both the North and South - and LINCOLN’s death.  She called the attention of this writer to Morgan’s Raiders, a group which history students will recall.  MORGAN, a Confederate general, with his group of men took the horses (which weren’t hidden) on the HUMPHREY farm horses in their place.  Mrs. DeVORE reminisces that these horses were used for farm purposes.  Mrs. HUMPHREY was forced to give these men the bread she had baked for her own family that day.  “When a young child’s feelings are hurt” Mrs. DeVORE continued, “he often remains bitter although there is no use in it.”  She realized that GRANT and SHERMAN did bad things in the South, but those things didn’t touch her as did General MORGAN’s plundering.  She also recalls the men stationed at the North’s Camp Dennison training camp plundered their farms too and took chickens, hams from the meat house, and other available food.  In speaking of General GRANT, Aunt Harriet stated that it was her father and Jesse GRANT, the General’s brother, who staked GRANT in his presidential campaign.  Mr. DeVORE and Jesse GRANT were in the tanning industry in Georgetown, one of the two tanneries in existence in the United States at that time.  Mrs. DeVORE’s memory raced back through the years to tell the writer her impressions of the JOHNSTON flood, the panics and prosperous times during her 99 years and the special events of Kinmundy – the booming mining town it once was, the burning of the town’s opera house, and the closing of the mine.  Mrs. DeVORE still reads and has a most active mind.  She is an excellent cook, her specialties being salt rising bread and macaroni italenne, the latter a dish she still makes.  She herself is a hearty eater.  Flowers and gardening are hobbies, but visiting is her speciality and as she says, “My curiosity is still good.”  She likes to talk and says when no one is around to talk to, she talks to herself, “but it’s dreadful not to have anyone to talk to.”  Her sisters and brothers, ages whom she calculated as right, are Mrs. Anna SCOTT, 93, of Kinmundy; Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, 87, of Salem; Frank HUMPHREY, 82, of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL, 79 of Vallej, Calif.  One sister, Mrs. Margaret GRAMLEY, 84, died this spring.  Her four living children are Mrs. J.F. McGILL, Richmond, Mo.; Seth DeVORE, Portland, Ore.; and Mrs. R.T. BROWNRIGG and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN of Kinmundy, who reside with their mother.  Several years ago she was asked by a neighbor her recipe for old age.  She eyed the neighbor for a moment then said, “If you really want to know my recipe, it’s staying at home and lending to my own business.”  How typical of Aunt Harriet!  (A picture accompanied this article.)    

- The Marion County Singing Convention met Sunday afternoon at the Christian Church with a large crowd attending.  The next convention will be Aug. 26 at the Alma Christian Church.

- Members of the J.A. BROOM family had a family gathering Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. BROOM of Alma.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles BROOM and family of Miami, Fla.; Dale BROOM of Akron, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Walter BROOM and sons of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Howard BROOM and son of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BROOM of Alma; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard BROOM and sons, of Kinmundy.

- Sgt. Charles GARDEN, who has spent the past 8 months in Korea after a two month sojourn in Japan, arrived home Monday where he will enjoy a 30-day furlough.

- Last Rites Held Monday P.M. for Beulah M. DISS: Miss Beulah M. DISS was born Feb. 24, 1892, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and LeEtta nee HANNA DISS in Kinmundy twp., Ill.  She grew to womanhood in Kinmundy twp. and joined Shanghai Methodist Church later transferring her membership to Kinmundy Methodist Church.  She died July 21, 1951 at Salem Memorial Hospital following an illness of 2 years duration.  She is survived by 1 sister, Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG of Kinmundy; and 4 brothers, Marlin of Hooper, Colo.; Orville, Lowell, and Howard, all of Kinmundy.  Her parents, and 1 sister, Lula SCHAUFELBERGER, preceded her in death.  She resigned her position in Decatur and returned home to her ailing parents.  She also cared for her invalid aunt, Mrs. Mary TRIMBLY of 7 years, and reared her niece, Mrs. Edith HAMMER, from childhood until her marriage.  She also leaves 23 nieces and nephews.  For several years she was employed as an operator for the Illinois Bell Co. in Kinmundy.  Services were held from the Methodist Church Monday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Interment in Gray Cemetery.

- After spending the past year in Korea, Sgt. Richard MOTCH arrived home Tuesday evening to spend a 30-day furlough here with his family.

- BRANSON-BATTS: On July 15 at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Ill., Dr. William A. GRAY performed the wedding of Mary BRANSON and Taylor BATTS.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Jim GARDEN of Kinmundy.  Mr. BATTS is a safety engineer for Market Insurance Co.  On July 18, a large number of neighbors and friends gathered at the home of her parents, the Emil MEYERS, and gave a charivari and shower for the newlyweds.  They make their home for the present on Madison St. in Kinmundy.

- William HARRIS Dies: Word was received yesterday by Fred GAMMON of the death of William F. HARRIS, 57, which occurred at his home in Electra, Texas, yesterday morning.  The message was from the secretary of the Masonic Lodge asking to perform the last rites.  The deceased was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank HARRIS of Meacham twp.

- Glen W. HARLAN died July 17th.  He had been in ill health for the past three and a half years, and had spent most of his time in St. Louis Hospitals.  HARLAN was born in Indianapolis and when a small child, moved with his parents to Kinmundy.  Here he grew to manhood.  In the early 1900's, he went to St. Elmo where he was associated with the late P.M. JOHNSTON in his railroad activities.  In 1923, he went to Kansas City, Mo., as a public utility executive.  He returned to St. Elmo in 1931 and operated the Hotel Elmo until 1949.  Since that time he has been retired.  He is survived by his wife and one son, Eugene H. HARLAN, of St. Louis.  The deceased was well known by several of our older residents.

- Mrs. Nellie GREGORY Hangs Self in Alma Home Early Monday Morning: Mrs. Nellie GREGORY, 78, widow of J.E. GREGORY, was found dead Monday morning at her home in Alma.  She was hanging by a clothesline rope from the roof of her back porch.  She was found by Clifford ALLMON, who always run errands for her at 7:30 o’clock.  A neighbor, Mrs. Blanche AUSTIN, said that she had seen her at 6 o’clock that morning.  There was no evidence of foul play.  Mrs. GREGORY was reported to be in poor health for several years and had become increasingly despondent of late.  She leaves a step-daughter, Mrs. Lottie WILLIAMS, Alma; three step-sons, Roy and Rolla, Alma; and W.E. GREGORY, Iuka.  Also two nephews, Frank SIMER of Omega, and Clay B. SIMER of Winslow, Ariz. 

- Martha HANNA won a special scholarship to the University of Illinois.

- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB are parents of a four pound daughter born Sunday, July 22 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia.  This is their second child and daughter.  It was taken to a Springfield Hospital and placed in an incubator.

- The DOOLEN family held a basket dinner and reunion Sunday at the home of Mrs. Ed DOOLEN.  Members of Mrs. DOOLEN’s family here for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Bryan DOOLEN and children of Tucson, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. H.M. GRAY and family of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson PFEFFER and family of Lebanon, Mrs. L.E. ETHERTON and family of Murphysboro, Mr. and Mrs. HOLTS of Hooperston, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter DOOLEN and daughters of Macomb. Capt. Art DOOLEN of Ft. Riley, Kansas, Mrs. James GUNDERSON of Germany, and Mrs. Charles KENNINGTON, Ravenna, Ohio, were unable to be present.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Jesse GRIFFIN at the Old Baptist Church Wednesday.  He died suddenly in Salem Hospital.  He lived in this community until the last few years and had made his home in Salem.  We extend sympathy to his brother, Fred, and family.

- Omega: A large crowd attended the baptizing at Boston Lake last Sunday which marked the close of the revival at Brown Church.  Five converts were baptized.                 

Aug. 2, 1951:

- Henry Kellum LANE: Henry Kellum LANE, son of James H. and Sarah LANE, was born in Indiana, March 8, 1867, and died July 22, 1951 in Vandalia Hospital.  He married Apr. 2, 1891 to Miss Mary Evalee COLLIER, and they had 7 children.  His sickness was of a long and painful duration which he bore very patiently.  His wife died one year, one month, and 5 days ago.  Also preceding him in death were 3 sons.  He was a member of the Methodist church for 38 years.  The remaining relatives are his 4 children: Earle and Cecil LANE and Mrs. Elsie SHAFFER, all of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Hazel VANSCYOC of Farina, with whom he made his home for 8 months.  He also leaves 20 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs. Clorea BINEGAR of Arthur, Ill., and Mrs. Elizabeth BALLARD of Mattoon, Ill.

- Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN have a baby girl born Wednesday named Karla Kay.

- The 30th Annual LEACH Family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH near Kinmundy.  Mr. and Mrs. LEACH are the new owners of what is known as the Tony YOUNG residence and orchards located 1/4 mile east of Kinmundy.  There were 60 members of the family present.  Mr. Elmer GROVER, 88, of DeKalb was declared to be the oldest member of the family present, and Roger Dale SMITH, 1 year old of Flora, was declared the youngest.  1st Lt. and Mrs. James P. LEACH and son, Perry, of Dayton, Ohio, traveled the farthest.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Mervin CHEADLE, SA, of Norfolk, Va. left Monday for his navy base after spending 15-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE and family.

- A severe electrical and wind storm hit Kinmundy Friday evening causing most of the town’s residents to be without electricity through the night and did extensive property damage west of Kinmundy.  At the Fletcher COLE home, one mile west of Kinmundy, the COLES, Wyett COLCLASURES and the Paul MONTGOMERYS were having an ice cream supper when the storm broke.  A large tree blew down completely demolishing the 1949 Plymouth car of the MONTGOMERY’s and doing $200 worth of damage to the COLCLASURE’s 1950 Oldsmobile.  No one was injured.  Windows were blown out of some of the homes in the western part of Kinmundy.

- Richard Hall FEATHER: Services were held yesterday afternoon from the Sandy Branch Shed for Richard Hall FEATHER, 78, who died at his home in this city Monday morning.  Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiated, and burial was made in the Sandy Branch Cemetery.  Richard Hall, son of George and Nancy FEATHER, was born near Orchardville, Ill., July 5, 1873, and died July 30, 1951.  He was one of a family of 7 children.  Surviving are Anna Mae BAILEY, Arthur and Albert FEATHER, of Griffithville, Ark.  The deceased are Jake, Earl, and Ula.  He married Miss Eva DICKEY, Nov. 11, 1897 and they had 7 children.  All are still living with the exception of 2, one son who died in infancy, and the eldest daughter, Mrs. Grace GREEN, who died Oct. 23, 1931.  He and his family moved near Kinmundy in 1911, and engaged in farming until a few years ago when they moved to town.  He was converted and baptized this summer.  Besides his devoted wife, he leaves 1 daughter, Marie, now Mrs. Charles FORD, of St. Peter; 4 sons, Earl of Alma, Ralph and George of Kinmundy, and Dick of near Patoka; 19 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

- Mrs. Emma CRAIG (by Mrs. Lulu COFFIN VANDERVORT) Emma Susan CRAIG, the daughter of Samuel and Christina BAER, was born at Dixon, Ill., Aug. 27, 1863.  When she was 24, she married J.E. CRAIG, who preceded her in death. Her daughter cared for her in her declining years.  Late last Tuesday, July 24th, after an illness of 6 weeks, she passed away at 88 years of age.

- A Girl: Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT announce the arrival of a little girl Saturday, July 28, in the Salem Hospital.  The GARRETTs now have three girls.  Her name is Glenda Sue. 

- A Boy: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family of Sumner, are rejoicing over the arrival of Max Dee, wt. 7 lbs. 11 oz.  The little man arrived Sunday, July 29, in the Lawrenceville Hospital, Lawrenceville.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER and family were in Salem Friday attending the funeral of their brother-in-law, Clyde BRYANT, who died on Tuesday while at work.

- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Clay SIMER of Winslow, Ariz. were called here last week on account of the death of Mrs. Nellie GREGORY.

- Omega: Geo. FISK has purchased the SEE store here and is now in charge.  Mr. SEE will be employed by the Goodale Puffer Wholesale Grocery Co. in Salem.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Nellie GREGORY at the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy Thursday, and the funeral of Mrs. Emma CRAIG Friday in the Methodist Church in Kinmundy.

- Misses Norma and Marilyn MILLER, students at the Univ. of Ill., spent the weekend with their parents, the A.H. MILLERS.                

Aug. 9, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER, Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughters, Miss Lena SCHAFER, Miss Pauline MILLER, and Miss Alma FELLER of St. Louis attended the FELLER reunion at the Brown Memorial Park in Flora Sunday.

- The parents of all first graders entering the Kinmundy schools this September are requested to bring their children to the schoolhouse on Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. There will be a doctor and dentist there to give them their physical and dental check-up.  This is a state requirement and will be paid for by the local P.T.A.

- Homecoming!  The annual homecoming will be observed at the Pleasant Grove Church Sunday, Aug. 12th.  Rev. Frank TREDWAY will preach in the morning.  A basket dinner at noon.  Rev. MOISER will preach in the afternoon.  The Arnold Chapel Quartet will also be present for the afternoon service.

- A Girl!  Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT are rejoicing over the arrival of a 7 lb. daughter born Saturday night in the Mark Greer Hospital, Vandalia.  She has been named Shari Lynn.

- Old Time Revival: There is an old time revival in progress in the A.O. CHARLTON Grove 1/4 mile west of Highway 37 near Kinmundy each evening at 8 o’clock.  Whoever will, may come.  No one is left out.  All Methodist, Church of God, Christian, Catholic and Pentecost, even saints and sinners are invited to attend these services.  Special singing each evening.  Rev. C.R. FARMER is bringing messages. Come and bring your bibles and see if he doesn’t preach the whole word of God.

- The 21st annual BROWN Reunion was held at Salem Park Sunday with approximately 50 descendants of John and Nancy HATLETT BROWN present.  A basket dinner was held at noon.  Mrs. William BAGOTT, 88, was the oldest member present.  Rebecca Lynn STORCK, 2 months old, of Farina was the youngest.  Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER and Mrs. William BAGOTT, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor SMITH and family were present from Kinmundy.

- At the regular meeting of the City Council held Monday, Mr. Len LEWIN was appointed chief of police of the city of Kinmundy, replacing Ray BOUGHERS, who resigned.

- Mrs. Charles BASSETT was guest of honor at a birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON in Salem Sunday.  Present were the BASSETTs, the JOHNSONs, and the Cecil BAILEY family.

- Rev. Harold BURNSIDE of Paintsville, Ky., has been engaged as minister of the Christian Church here.  He is married and has three small children.  Rev. and Mrs. Delmar DEBAULT and family will remain in Kinmundy while Mr. DEBAULT continues his evangelistic work.

- Lester HOWELL has accepted the position as Principal of the Ogden Consolidated Grade Schools in Ogden, Ill.  He will move with his family in the near future.

- A birthday dinner honoring L.A. ALDERSON was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ole ALDERSON and family of Iuka, Mr. and Mrs. Clif BRESEE, and Mrs. Don ROYALE of Battle Creek, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Leland ALDERSON, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland ALDERSON, Salem, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE of Kinmundy.

- Mr. and Mrs. G.E. ROLLINSON and sons of Alton, Mr. and Mrs. William COLE of Mt. Vernon, and Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE of this city had a family dinner Sunday at Salem park honoring Billy ROLLINSON’s 13th birthday.

- The LEE family reunion was held Wednesday at Salem Park.  Present were Mr. and Mrs. Glen LEE, Norfolk, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. John LEE and son, Edgewood; Mrs. Grace LEE and family, Xenia; Mr. and Mrs Frank LEE and family of Salem; Mrs. Stella LEE and Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE and sons of Kinmundy, 34 in all.

- Mrs. Mary REDWOOD, oldest daughter of the late Noble and Polly (CONANT) NEEPER of Farina, died July 31 at her home in Glendale, Calif.  Services and interment were there.  She leaves a husband, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

- Mr. and Mrs. Herbert BELL have a daughter born Wednesday in Salem Hospital named Kay Christine.  The mother was formerly Miss Mary Lou FOLLOWELL.

- Gene BAILEY was painfully injured Saturday while doing a little clearing after the storm of a week ago.  The storm broke off a limb on the mulberry tree leaving it hang about 12 feet above the ground.  It was still hanging by the bark and Gene attempted to cut bark while standing at the fork of the tree.  He did cut the bark which caught him on the head, almost breaking his neck and shoving his face against the tree and badly lacerating the side of his head.  He was rushed to Salem Hospital where 16 stitches were taken in his face and he was allowed to come home. Besides being lacerated, his face is badly bruised.

- Pleasant Grove: Rev. TREDWAY assisted with the sanding of the church floor Wednesday morning.  Several others have been helping with the work.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL had for Sunday dinner guests, Miss Eula CRAIG and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis SEE of Liberal, Kansas.

- Meacham: Word was received Monday morning of the death of Mrs. Florence HOLMES of Farina who died Sunday.

- Wilson School: Miss Pauline WALKER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James WALKER and Leo MULVANEY, son of A. MULVANEY of Salem, were married Saturday in Salem at the Baptist Church.  They returned Sunday to Decatur where they will reside and they both have employment. 

Aug. 16, 1951:

- O.E.S. Hold Sacred Memorial for all Deceased Members: Tuesday evening, Aug. 14th, the members of Kinmundy Chapter, No. 606, O.E.S. observed Memorial Night, honoring their members who have passed to the Grand Chapter on High.  There are 66 in all.  Following are the names of our deceased members: Nellie HOUSH - April 11, 1909; A.M. YOUNG - June 26, 1909; Sarah ABBOTT - Feb. 24, 1913; Gertrude TYNER - Aug. 10, 1914; Lida BEAVER - Sept. 1, 1915; Lida TAUKERSLEY - Nov. 2, 1915; Nellie FILSON - Dec. 27, 1918; Della DOOLEN - June 26, 1918; A.M. ALLEN - June 29, 1922; Margaret BOONE - Mar. 14, 1922; Anna M. ROHRBOUGH - Dec. 26, 1924; Kate ATKINS - Apr. 5, 1925; Wm. T. BOWMAN - Apr. 11, 1925; William W. NEIL - Nov. 30, 1925; Laura BALKE - Oct. 28, 1926; Anna WAINSCOTT - Oct. 11, 1929; Mary JACK - Jan. 18, 1930; Eliza BEAVER - June 20, 1930; Hattie ATKINS - Dec. 28, 1931; Fina GARRETT - Nov. 30, 1932; Nancy I. INGRAM, June 16, 1933; Ellen SEE - Sept. 7, 1933; Lizzie SWIFT - Aug. 31, 1934; Bernice DAVIS - Jan. 20, 1935; Chas. F. PRUETT - Mar. 3, 1935; M. Abbie BABCOCK - Feb. 28, 1936; Ethel MALINSKY - Mar. 31, 1936; Bessie K. SMITH - May 6, 1936; Katherine G. WORMLEY - Dec. 6, 1936; Gertrude WALTERS - Dec. 24, 1937; Elizabeth DUNLAP - Apr. 24, 1938; Nita BALKE TRACY - Nov. 12, 1938; Esther HANNA - June 15, 1939; Flo PHILLIPS - Dec. 11, 1939; Ida RUTHERFORD - Jan. 13, 1940; Hattie ARNOLD - Apr. 26, 1940; Frances LOWE - May 20, 1940; Helen MORGAN - June 9, 1940; Ada E. SHRIVER - July 10, 1940; Ellen K. DONOVAN - Dec. 6, 1940; Alice BUNDY - Dec. 5, 1941; Jennie MAHAN - Nov. 18, 1942; Elizabeth LANGDELL - Apr. 6, 1943; Adora SHUFELDT - Apr. 22, 1943; Kate SONGER - May 15, 1943; Annie BACKENSTO - May 24, 1943; Lizzie DOOLEN - Aug. 8, 1943; Lois ROBB - Jan. 9, 1945; Frank YEAGER - Feb. 6, 1945; J.H. NELMS - Feb. 24, 1945; Anna T. DILLON - Jan. 1946; Cora MORGAN - Mar. 1, 1946; Nelle HICKMAN - Mar. 2, 1946; Wm. R. NEAVILL - Apr. 23, 1946; Florence SCAWTHON - June 25, 1946; Etta VALLOW - July 15, 1946; Edward W. DOOLEN - Sept. 17, 1947; Sarah ALLEN - July 15, 1948; Maggie HUMPHREY - Nov. 5, 1948; Joy FIELDS - Nov. 12, 1948; Icy GARRETT - Jan. 20, 1949; Katherine SCAWTHON - Oct. 10, 1949; Elizabeth NIRIDER - Oct. 20, 1949; Lucy DEW - July 4, 1950; Gertrude WADE - May 15, 1950; Sue R. BOWMAN - Oct. 5, 1950.

- G. Tom BALLANCE, 71, died at his home in this city Saturday after an illness of several months.  He was a retired farmer.  He leaves his wife, and 2 sons, Clyde and Dale, and three grandchildren, all of Kinmundy.  Services were held Tuesday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. WILLIS of Tuscola officiating.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Everett POWELL, 74, of Salem died suddenly at his home Tuesday.  He was a former resident of the Pleasant Grove neighborhood.  Services are being held this afternoon from the Grace Methodist Church in Salem with interment in East Lawn Cemetery under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge A.F. & A.M.                          

- Home from Hospital: Mrs. Junior GARRETT and daughter have returned to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver GLUESENKAMP in St. Peter, and will remain there for a few days.

- The 46th Annual PARRILL Reunion was held Sunday at the Kinmundy Park with 35 present.  (A list from out-of-town was included.)

- Mrs. Kate CRAIG: Shortly after Samuel and Rebecca HATFIELD RUSH came to their new home in Illinois from their former home in Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of their 4 daughters was born near Alma, Ill., Nov. 27, 1855, named Catherine RUSH.  In Aug. 1862, the father then 41 years of age entered the service in the Union Army by enlisting in the 111th Reg. then being formed in Salem.  This service was to result in his death in Nov. 1864.  Catherine, her widowed mother, and 3 younger sisters, were left alone.  In 1867, at the age of 12, she became a charter member of the Church of Christ, then being organized under the leadership of that stalwart, pioneer Church of Christ preacher, John ROSS, better known as “Uncle Johnny” by the entire community.  On March 15, 1888, she married Marquis M. CRAIG of LaClede, Ill.   The ancestral home of the CRAIGs was in Morgan Co., Ky.  At the time of this marriage, Mr. CRAIG, widower, had 2 small children, Charlie and Gertie, and his aged father as his responsibility.  Mrs. CRAIG assumed the charge of this home 1 mile west of LaClede. They moved to a small suburban farm 1 mile north of Farina in the Spring of 1904.  This was their home until 1918 when Mr. CRAIG met with tragic death in an automobile accident in front of their home.  About 2 years after this, Mrs. CRAIG moved to Alma where she has since resided.  She had the unique experience of having seen her father, son, and grandson called away to the defense of our country in time of war.   She died Aug. 7, 1951 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Myron CRAIG, near Alma, with whom she lived since Aug. 9, 1933.  Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Hazel CRAIG of Alma; 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Gertie McGRUE of Mishawaka, Ind.; 2 grandsons, Ambrose and Donald CRAIG; 2 step-grandsons, L.G. McGRUE, South Bend, Ind., and Marvin M. CRAIG, Onarga, Ill.; 2 step-granddaughters, Mrs. William LESEL and Miss Myrtle CRAIG, Chicago; 1 sister, Sara DEAN, Murphysboro, Ill.; 3 half-brothers, Frank and Harry McCARTY of Alma; and J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy.  Two sisters and one brother has preceded her in death.  Services were held Aug. 8th from the Alma Christian Church, Rev. O.L. HAWKINS officiating.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.

- Mrs. Martha WATERHOUSE has sold her residence property to Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE and will soon go to the Methodist Home in Lawrenceville where she will make her home.

- Miss Bonnie JONES will become our society editor next week.  Mrs. Richard BROOM has been filling this position and has done a wonderful job of it.  We are asking Bonnie to give you a ring and ask you for your items.  If she doesn’t happen to get you, you phone your news in to her.

- Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. WEED of Chicago have a boy born July 31st named Thomas Stewart.  The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SIPES of Lebanon, Ind., but formerly of this city.

- Sgt. Floyd GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, arrived home last week after spending the past 3 years in Japan and Korea.  He is enjoying a 30 day furlough after which he will receive his discharge.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and children entertained the Young Married Couples Friday night in their new home which they recently moved into which is a modern home.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, attended the KRAMER Reunion Sunday.                         

Aug. 23, 1951:

- Lucian RICHARDSON Dies From Injuries Few Hours After Car Wreck Friday P.M.: Thomas Lucian RICHARDSON, 25, died in the Salem Hospital Friday from a fractured skull and chest injuries sustained in a car accident a few hours previous.  Services were held Monday from the Given’s Chapel and interment made in Martin Cemetery.  Thomas Lucian, son of Thomas and Berthol RICHARDSON, was born July 10, 1926, and died Aug. 17, 1951.  He was married to Betty WOODEN on March 30, 1946, and they had 2 sons, Thomas David, age 4, and James Ray, age 2.  He lived in and around Salem most of his life until a few months ago when he found employment in Indiana.  His father preceded him in death 20 years ago.  He lives his wife and 2 sons; his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond WILKINS 1 sister, Mrs. Annabelle POKOYSKI; 2 brothers, Kefford and Loren RICHARDSON of Champaign; 2 half-sisters, Faye and Hilda WILKINS; 2 half-brothers, Ray and Wesley WILKINS; all at home; 2 step-brothers, Richard and Russell WILKINS; 1 step-sister, Betty Lou PHELPS; 1 grandmother, Mrs. Agnes RICHARDSON, Michigan City, Ind.

- Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, accompanied by Miss Katherine WORMLEY, went to St. Louis Friday and returned D.J. ALEXANDER home from the hospital.  He is able to be about by the aid of crutches.

- Mr. and Mrs. Lester HOWELL and sons, Freddie and Dickie, moved Monday to their new home in Ogden, Ill.

- Rev. and Mrs. George MEYER have a daughter born Monday in Salem Hospital named Martha Sue.

- Mr. Riley WILLIAMS celebrated his 86th birthday last Thursday.  Or maybe we should have said he had his 88th birthday because he didn’t celebrate at all.  Said he has had a lot of celebrating with big dinners in his time but he just can’t stand big dinners anymore.  Congratulations.

- Harry McCARTY: Services were held Aug. 19th in the Alma Christian Church for Harry H. McCARTY, 77, who died in Salem Hospital Thursday.  Bro. GHROST officiated with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.  Harry H. McCARTY, youngest of three sons of William and Rebecca HATTFIELD RUSH McCARTY, was born 2 miles east of Alma on Sept. 1, 1873.  His boyhood and early life was spent on the farm where he was born, and farming continued to be his occupation for several years to come.  He later engaged in the work of teaming and draying, after having moved to the village of Alma, and was for many years well known in this calling.  He stayed with and cared for his aged parents until their deaths which occurred in 1912 and 1913, after which he continued to live alone in the family home in Alma.  He married Mrs. Minnie SOUTHERS on July 4, 1934.  She died in the spring of 1946.  He had been member of the Christian Church in Alma for nearly 60 years.  He died on Aug. 16, at the age of almost 78 years.  Surviving are 2 step-daughters, Evelyn CHASE of St. Louis; and Clara CLARK of Champaign; two brothers, Frank McCARTY of Alma, and J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy; and 1 half-sister, Sarah DEAN of Murphysboro.

- Last Rites Held Tuesday Afternoon for Orie M. ARNOLD: Orie M. ARNOLD, 71, died suddenly Saturday from a heart attack.  He and his son, Mark, were storing baled hay in the mow when he collapsed.  He hadn’t complained of feeling bad, but Mark said he noticed him having an unusually tired expression that morning, and asked him on two different occasions if he felt alright.  Mark was lifting the bales to the loft while Mr. ARNOLD was storing them back.  Mark heard his father fall to the loft floor and by the time he could reach his side, he was dead.  Mark said he is satisfied he was dead before he ever fell.  Mr. ARNOLD was a highly esteemed farmer of the Arnold Chapel community.  He is survived by his wife, Lora, and 4 children, Harold of St. Louis; Donna of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Glen JOHNSON and Mark, of this community.  Services were held Tuesday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Cecil LOWE officiating, and Rev. Oscar L. HAWKINS assisting.  Interment was in Sandy Branch Cemetery under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge A.F. & A.M.

- Ethel McCARTY: Services were held Saturday in Iola for Ethel McCARTY, 48, who died on Aug. 15, with interment in the Iola Cemetery.  Ethel McCARTY, age 48 years, 9 months, 2 days, daughter of J.P. and Minerva PHILLIPS, was born near Oskaloosa, on Nov. 13, 1902.  She married Marshall McCARTY on Jan. 25, 1919 at Alma, where they lived 10 years, after which time they moved to Iola.  Ethel was converted and baptized at the Christian Church in Alma, but after moving to Iola, she united with the Baptist Church.  She leaves her husband; and six children: Max, Harvey, Ill.; Rex, North Java, N.Y., June Ray DUNKEL, Ottawa, Ill.; Lex, Edgewood; Dale, Harvey, Ill.; and Phyllis KINCAID, Iola; her father, J.P. PHILLIPS, San Jose, Ill.; 8 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, all under the age of 5 years; 3 nieces and 2 nephews. 

- Myron M. DEIWERT, former resident, Dies in Washington: Myron M. DEIWERT, 85, died Aug. 9 after an extended illness.  He was born Oct. 1, 1865 in Kinmundy and had been a resident of Everett, Wash. for the past 43 years.  He went to Everett to open a grocery store and then opened the firm of DEIWERT and SCHWARM Hardware Company.  He retired 15 years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. DEIWERT would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1.  He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the First Methodist Church in Everett.  He is survived by his widow, Martha; 1 daughter, Stella MARLATT of Everett; 1 half-sister, Mrs. Ellis WOLFE of Bondville, Ill.; 5 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.  Services were held Saturday with Mausoleum entombment made in Aeacla Memorial Park in Seattle.  The deceased was married to Martha SIMPSON of Kinmundy.  He always loved his childhood home.  When a young man, he entered the grocery business in Kinmundy.  He later moved to St. Elmo where he also had a grocery store.  He moved his family to Everett, Wash. in 1907.  His half-brothers were John, Frank and Maurice NELMS, all deceased.

- Frank MAYS Dies: Funeral services were held for Mr. Frank MAYS, Monday in Centralia.  He died in Centralia Hospital on Thursday after an illness of several weeks duration.  Interment made in Hillcrest Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. MAYS recently moved to Centralia after selling their farm west of Kinmundy.  Mr. Lee BABER of this city, a brother-in-law, and several former neighbors, attended the funeral.

- HOLT Reunion Sunday: The annual HOLT Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 20th in the Salem Park.

- BANE-BACKENSTO: Word has been received here of the marriage of Clara BANE to Joseph R. BACKENSTO, both of Hartford, Ill. on Aug. 15th.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO, former residents of this city.  He is also the grandson of Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS of this city.

- Song to Be Broadcast: The many friends of Charles WHITE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, will be glad to know they can hear and see a song televised over station WBKB, Liberty Broadcasting Co., Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.  The song “Before” was an inspiration of Charles and it has a religious trend all the way through.  Charles wrote both the lyric and the words.  In September, the Columbia Recording Co. will make the first record with Harman CHITSON at the piano and Miss Irene WILLIAMS, the vocalist.  Charles will again attend school in Carbondale this winter, majoring in music.

- Texas Lad Killed Instantly Sunday Morning When Car Upsets and Burns: William Lee SMITH of Belleville, Texas, age 20, was killed about 2 a.m. Sunday on Route 37, 2 miles north of Kinmundy.  SMITH was employed by the Fish Pipeline Construction Co. in Effingham, and was enroute to Effingham from Centralia.  It is believed that he fell asleep and lost control of his 1951 Ford.  He was thrown clear of the burning car and death was caused from a skull fracture. Xon HANNA and Kenneth CHANCE discovered the wreck and notified B.F. LINTON.  When Mr. LINTON arrived, SMITH was dead.  The body was sent to Belleville, Texas Monday for burial.  

- Mrs. Nettie GEORGE has moved to her property across from the park which she recently purchased from Frank BARROW.

- George HOCKMAN: Services were held Wednesday in Oskaloosa for George HOCKMAN, 68, who died at Clay County Hospital in Flora on Monday.  Burial in Oskaloosa Cemetery.

- Tent Show Here Next Week: The Haverstock Co. who are usually in Kinmundy every summer with their tent show will be here next week, Monday, Aug. 27.  They are coming this season under the auspices of the Kinmundy Lions Club.  Toby and his gal, Susie, and all the other folks will be here with all new plays.  Rolland and Peggy, magicians, and others will perform between acts.  The admission charge is 9 cents for the kiddies and 38 cents for the adults.  No more to pay.

- Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE, attended the funeral of Mr. THOMPSON’s sister in Flora Friday afternoon.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral for Everett POWELL at the Grace Methodist Church in Salem Thursday.  Also the funeral of Marshall KAGY last Sunday afternoon.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK entertained friends in their home Tuesday evening celebrating Freddie’s birthday.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. George MEYER have a daughter born Monday in Salem Hospital.        

Aug. 30, 1951:

- Mrs. Ivan WINEGARNER, who recently returned from Stuttgart, Germany, talked about her recent trip at the home of her aunt, Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM to 30 Kinmundy and their guests.  (The story was written up in the paper.)

- Mr. and Mrs. Myron HANKS of Omega twp. have a daughter born Aug. 15 named Marilyn Kaye.

- Mrs. Margaret GRAY, who has been a patient in the Centralia Hospital for the past few weeks suffering with diabetes, had one of her legs amputated Wednesday morning.

- Stanley CHEADLE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE, was bitten by a neighbor’s dog Friday.  Ronald, an older brother, was playing with the dog.  Stanley came up to them and the dog turned and bit him in the cheek, near the mouth.  He was taken to the Vandalia Hospital where several stitches had to be taken.  It is hoped that plastic surgery won’t be needed.  The dog is being tied up to see if it has rabies.

- Services were held Sunday in the McMackin Chapel in Salem for Mrs. Nora WHITE, 86, widow of the late George W. WHITE.  She died in Salem Hospital Friday morning.  Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.  She is survived by 2 sisters: Mrs. Effie JOHNSON of Newton, Ill., and Mrs. Mollie COCKRELL of Oklahoma City, Okla.

- Has Chickens Stolen:   Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK entertained Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William LUX and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER and family to dinner Tuesday in honor of the birthdays of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE.  Mr. GEORGE’s birthday was on that day while Mrs. GEORGE’s is a few days hence.  Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE returned home at about 8:30 p.m. only to find that someone had visited their poultry house while they were gone and relieved them of about 40 hens.  Deputy Sheriff Bob MARSHALL was called.  He and Ray tracked the thieves in the C. & E.I. underpass where they found evidence that a car was in waiting to receive the plunder.  That’s as far as the trail went.

- Mr. and Mrs. Morris LACKEY of Chicago have a daughter born Saturday.  The mother was formerly Miss Jean BOSLEY of Champaign, who is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank BOSLEY of Champaign, and granddaughter of Mr. B.L. WARREN of this city.

- The Kinmundy Grade School district No. 25 was enlarged considerably yesterday when Miss Margaret WEST, County Superintendent of Schools, dissolved districts 19 (Young), 21 (Sherman), 22 (Shanghai), and 26 (Meadow Branch).  This was done because of a recent law being passed by the legislature, making all districts, which have not held school for a period of two years, defunct.  These districts were merged with District 25 with the exception of Section1  in District 21, which went to Farina, and a part of section 36 in District 26, which went to Alma.  Hearings will be held Friday on some more districts and it is very likely that District 71 (Shriver) will also come to District 25.  In addition to these, District 14 (Rockhold) has filed for petition asking for annexation to District 25.  A part of district 73 (White) has done the same, and we understand that a petition will bill be forthcoming from the Camp Ground School.  As we go to press, District 24 (Swift) are still looking for teacher.  If one cannot be found today, they will file a petition to annex with District 25 also.              

- OSMOND-MOTCH Vows: On Friday, Aug. 24, in Vincennes, Ind. occurred the marriage of Miss Marjorie OSMOND and Cpl. John MOTCH.  The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rolland WEED of Portland, Maine.  She attended and graduated from school there.  For the past few months she has been employed in Columbus, Ind.  The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH.  He is a graduate from our high school and attended the University of Illinois until he entered the service.  He is stationed at Camp Atterbury.  The couple will reside in Columbus, Ind. for the present.  

- Last week items: Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLURE and family, and Mr. and Mrs. John McCLURE of Salem, Hethlin MILLER and family of Xenia, and Mr. and Mrs. William REYNOLDS took well filled baskets to Mason Sunday to the E.A. McCLURE home and had a birthday dinner in honor of E.A. McCLURE.

- Last week items: Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT, Mrs. Florence WRIGHT, and Joe MAZANEK of Alma went to Champaign Sunday where they met other members of the WRIGHT family and all enjoyed a picnic dinner in Champaign Park.

- Sgt. Jo BARGH, son of Mrs. Mildred BARGH, arrived home Friday night after a year in Japan and Korea.  He is on furlough and will be discharged upon his return to camp.

- Omega: The home of Vernie O’DELL and mother burned last week.  The fire was caused by an exploding oil stove.  Nothing in the house was saved.

- Mrs. Hattie HUDDLESTON, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar CORRELL attended a double funeral near Yale, Ill. of Mr. and Mrs. Ira DRINKWATER, Sunday.  Mr. DRINKWATER, 74, died Aug. 22.  His funeral was to have been Saturday, Aug. 25.  His wife, Anna, 71, died Aug. 24.  His funeral was postponed until Sunday and a double funeral held.

- The 15th Annual HOLT Reunion was held Sunday, August 26, in the Salem Park with approximately one hundred fifty present to partake of the sumptuous dinner which was enjoyed by all.  Mr. Fletcher COLE was elected president of the group, Mr. Orville Winders, of Salem, vice president, and Mrs. Orville WINDERS, secretary-treasurer.  Those from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry RUSSELL, East Hartford, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Sr., and Mrs. Ralph HUTCHINS and daughter, Anderson, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Jr. and son, Pendleton, Ind.; Mrs. Lucinda VICK, Mounds; Mr. and Mrs. BROOKS and children, and Mrs. Hollis BAKER, Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDLE, Mr. and Mrs. Jack PERRYMAN and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Francis ZINDLE, Mowequa; Mr. and Mrs. G.E. ROLLINSON and sons, Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Roy MEADOR, Kinney, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence HOLT, Shobonier; Mr. and Mrs. Dale HOLAMAN and family, Orchardville; Mr. and Mrs. Paul FIELDS and children, Bement; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Tom COX and daughter, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Bill FRAKES, Mt. Vernon; Little Cinda and Carla WILLIAMS, Carbondale.

Sept. 6, 1951:

- The annual Illinois- Michigan Reunion was held in Okemos, Mich. on Aug. 19.  This has been an annual affair since 1937, excepting three years during WWII.  Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HEADLEY, Mildred and her boyfriend; Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and family; Mr. and Mrs. M.J. ROBERTS; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil ROBERTS and family; Mr. and Gerald ROBERTS and son; Mr. and Mrs. Walter ATKINSON and son of Niles, Mich.; Mrs. Irene KIRKPATRICK and children of Clinton, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie JONES, Mr. and Mrs. William ROBB and family; Mr. and Mrs. George BOUYOUCAS; Mr. and Mrs. Duane SKINNER and family; and Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROBB.

- Miss Pauline HILLER had the misfortune of falling on a chair in her home Friday night, dislocating her shoulder.  It was necessary to make a trip to the Salem Hospital to have it put back in place.

- Florence Olive CATLIN: Miss Florence Olive CATLIN, 63, died Aug. 25, in the home of her daughter in Hammond, Ill.  She had been in failing health for some time.  Funeral services were in charge of the Born Funeral Home in Atwood.  Mrs. CATLIN was born in Farina on July 2, 1888, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander TAIT(?).  She married James O. CATLIN on Dec. 21, 1905.  She leaves a son, Jesse V. CATLIN, Lovington; a daughter Mrs. Paul CHENOWETH, Atwood; Mrs. Leonard EDMONSON, Hammond; and Mrs. Frances CAPPS with whom she made her home.  Mr. and Mrs. N.H. BLACKBURN and Mrs. C.O. MOORE, cousins of the deceased, attended the funeral in Hammond, Tuesday.  The deceased was formerly a resident of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB motored to Springfield, Sunday and returned home with their infant daughter, Helen Jean.  The little miss has been cared for in the Springfield Hospital in an incubator since her birth two months ago. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Harry NICHOLS and Mrs. Hallie COCKRELL attended the HOLZHAUSEN Reunion last Sunday.

- Mrs. Eliza Jane BARBEE, 89, died at her home here Saturday, Sept. 1, 1951,  after an illness of 7 months duration.  Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Monday with Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  The deceased was born in Kinmundy on March 14, 1862 and with the exception of 1 year, she had been a resident her entire life.  She was the daughter of James and Nancy GRAY.  At the age of 10, she became a member of the Presbyterian Church.  She married Jefferson BARBEE on March 10, 1881, and they had 8 children.  She was preceded in death by her husband, 3 daughters, and 1 son.  When she was only 14 years of age, her mother died and she helped care for her younger sister and 2 brothers.  Survivors include 2 daughters: Mrs. Lillian SCHNEIDER and Mrs. Lee DYER of this city; and 2 sons, Floyd of Kinmundy; and Clarence of Urbana; 2 brothers, Angus and Robert GRAY of Kinmundy; 1 sister, Mrs. Ella GEORGE of Centralia; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.

- Mr. and Mrs. Roy FOGERSON of Meacham twp are building a new home on Jefferson street on a lot they recently purchased from Mrs. Frank YEAGER.

- Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons were in Salem Sunday attending the VANDEVEER Reunion at the Salem Park.

- Last Rites held Saturday for Fannie K. EAGAN:  Services for Mrs. Fannie K. EAGAN, who died in the Salem Hospital on Aug. 29, 1951, were officiated by Rev. Angus PHILLIPS with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  She was daughter of Thomas Clayton and Elizabeth OSBORNE KILLIE, and born near Hazel Dell, Cumberland Co., Ill on Mar. 31, 1873.  She arrived with her parents in Kinmundy on March 13, 1892, and has resided here continuously since that date.  She chose teaching as her life’s work and taught several years in the country schools and in the Primary room in Kinmundy School for 20 years.  She was married to Henry (Joe) EAGAN on June 28, 1901.  He died on Feb. 1, 1902.  She was a member of the Methodist Church and in the early 1900's took a large class of little boys in the regular Sunday school and was their faithful teacher until all were grown.  For the past 10 years she has been afflicted with a heart ailment which practically made her an invalid.  She leaves 1 sister, Miss Evelyn KILLIE, and a brother, Fred W. KILLIE, both of this city; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

- Miss Mary Jane McGOVERN and Artie B. WILLIAMS were married Sept. 1 in St. Anne’s Church in Normandy, Mo.  The groom is the brother of Mrs. William R. DOOLEN. 

- The 3rd Annual BUTTS Reunion was held in Bryan Memorial Park in Salem on Sept. 2.  A Basket dinner was held at noon and was attended by 90 relatives.  The oldest attending was D.C. WILKINSON, and the youngest, 3 weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Myron HANKS.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- The annual BRASEL Reunion was held in Salem Park with about 75 present.  During the business session, Paul BRASEL, of Marissa, was elected president, and Norman H. BLACKBURN of this city, sec.-treas.

- Mrs. Margaret GRAY is improving from her recent amputation in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

- Mr. and Mrs. Rolland PARKER of Flint, Mich. are parents of a daughter born Sept. 3rd.  Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter NEIL of Flint; and the great-grandmother is Mrs. Myrtle DOOLEN of this city.

- Mrs. John STOCKER returned home Sunday after receiving treatment for an appendicitis in the Salem Hospital.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jim GREEN of Farina entertained Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and family Monday evening in honor of Mr. GREEN’s birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: Oscar HAWKINS called at the P.M. ROSE home Wednesday as he returned from preaching the funeral of Joy ROGER’s at Lovell’s Grove.

Sept. 13, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD have a daughter born in the Salem Hospital Wednesday morning.  She has been named Margaret Sue.

- SHAFER Reunion:  Fifty relatives and friends attended the SHAFER reunion held at the home of Mrs. Mary MAYER and Mrs. Mary SHADE on Sunday Sept. 9th.  Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Dave BRYAN of Woodside, N.Y., Jim KAGY of Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Forest BURKETT and children of Odin; Marion SHAFER of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Coon HOWELL and granddaughter of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley SHAFER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Noah MARLOW, Mrs. Anna MARLOW, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HARRELL, Mr. and Mrs. Edd DILLON, Mrs. Orion BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Bill SEIDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Bill SLANE and Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. Tom SLANE and Miss DEANE, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MISELBROOK, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BURKET and daughters, Donna, Rosemary and Betty.

- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SLANE of Centralia are the parents of a daughter born Thursday in Salem Hospital, named Elizabeth EllaMay.  Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE of Meacham are the paternal grandparents.

- Mallie H. ALLEN, 76, eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H.L. ALLEN of this city died at his home in Remington, Ind., Sept. 9th.  For several years, Mr. ALLEN was a building contractor in Granite City, Ill.   He retired some years ago because of ill health.  Seventeen years ago, he underwent a serious operation from which he never fully recovered.  In July 1950, he suffered from a stroke and since then has been confined to his home.  For the past six years, the ALLENS have lived in Remington.  He is survived by his widow and his sister, Mrs. Lulu YODER, of this city.  Services and burial were held Wednesday in Remington.

- Dr. C.P. STEPHENS, 82, died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie FIELDS, in this city, Sunday evening.  Dr. STEPHENS was born at Loogootee, the son of Merida and Rhoda Ellen DeVORE STEPHENS.  In 1921, he was married to Mauda SHAW at Mt. Vernon.  He practiced medicine 50 years in Illinois and California.  Following his retirement, he moved to Centralia in 1931 and after residing there for two years, he moved to Walnut Hill.  Two years ago he moved to Kinmundy.  He was a member of the United Brethren Church.  Dr. STEPHENS is survived by his wife; two brothers, Arthur of St. James, and Bert of San Francisco, Calif.; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary HOOVER, Loogootee; Mrs. Martha ERVIN, Vandalia; and Mrs. Nellie MAHON, Greenville.  Services were held Tuesday in Centralia with interment in Hillcrest Cemetery.

- Mark BOYD, 74, of Farina died in Salem Hospital on Sept. 11th.  Death was due to complications to an acute cardiac condition.  Mr. BOYD is survived by one son, Dr. Richard BOYD of Boston, Mass.; and two brothers, Charles and Mel, of this city; and a sister, Mrs. Lucy SCHOOLEY of Bellflower, Ill.  Services will be held this afternoon from the S.D.B. Church in Farina, Rev. C.L. HILL officiating with interment in the Farina Cemetery.  Mr. BOYD was a former resident of this community, being reared in and near this city. 

- Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. C.C. BASSETT, and Mrs. Charles LOWE returned Monday from Great Bend, Kan., where they were called due to the death of Earl G. DARDWELL, son-in-law of Mrs. ROBB, who died of a heart attack Thursday morning.

- A revival meeting will begin at Pleasant Grove Monday, Sept. 17th, 8 p.m.  Dean PHILLIPS of Xenia, will be in charge of singing.  The pastor, Rev. Frank TREDWAY will do the preaching.

- Omega (from last week): Funeral services were held Friday at Brown Church for Kurb HERRINGTON with Rev. Oscar HAWKINS officiating.  Interment in Parker Cemetery.

- Omega (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Edward HERRINGTON and children and William HERRINGTON of Chicago were here to attend services for their brother, Kurb HERRINGTON.

- D.C. DAY, CT1, arrived in Seattle, Wash. Saturday from Adak, Alaska where he had been stationed the past year.  Mrs. DAY and son, Johnny, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN of Salem met him in Chicago on Sunday.  They all returned home Monday.             

Sept. 20, 1951:

- Mrs. Prudence WILKINSON observed her 86th birthday Saturday.  She was happy to have with her besides her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON, 2 of her granddaughters, Mrs. Virginia MARTIN and daughters, and Mrs. John REDDIN and son of West Frankfort.

- Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTIS of Charleston have a baby boy, Steven Lynn. Mrs. CURTIS is the former June BLOMBERG.

- Last week B.F. LINTON purchased the home of Mrs. Gertrude WILLIAMS in the north part of town on the corner of Sycamore and Adams Sts.  Mrs. WILLIAMS will now spend all her time in Washington D.C. with her daughter, Marjorie.

- Charles WHITE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, will appear on Drewy Hit Spot TV program Friday in from 9:30 to 10:00 in Chicago over Channel 4.  He will appear as the boy composer of “Before”.

- Mrs. I.A. ALDERSON of the Pleasant Grove Community fell on the back porch of her home Monday and suffered a broken leg and a serious knee injury.  She was taken to the Salem Hospital and is in satisfactory condition.

- Leroy DISS is suffering from a severe cut above his left ankle. He was on his way to school and in crossing the I.C.R.R. his foot slipped and the pedal of his bike cut his ankle.

- Marvin, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris CHASTEEN, fell from a tree Friday and suffered a broken arm just above the wrist.

- The Kinmundy Grade and High school opened Aug. 31.  The grades have undergone the greatest change with an enrollment of 208.  The pupils are apportioned as follows: 1st grade taught by Mrs. Ted ERNST, 35; 2nd grade, Alice READNOUR, 28; 3rd grade, Florence WEISS, 29; 4th and part of 5th, Hester HEATON, 39; Part of 5th and 6th, Alice LEWIN, 38; 7th and 8th, Richard SEIBEL, 39.  Robert PLACHY teaches vocal music to all the pupils in the grades.  In the high school, Mr. Denzel OILAR has filled the vacancy in our Commercial Program created by the resignation of Mr. ANKNEY. 

- On Sept. 11th, the American Legion Auxiliary in Kinmundy installed officers: Pres. - Mrs. Elsie REESE; First Vice Pres. - Mrs. Effie CRAIN; 2nd Vice Pres. - Mrs. Norma SHREFFLER; Sec. - Mrs. Nila COLCLASURE; Treas. - Miss Mildred KLEISS; Historian - Historian; Chaplain - Mrs. Peggy JENKINS; Sergeant-at-arms - Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY.

- In Sept. 14, a misc. shower was given in honor of Mrs. Robert YOUNG and husband, PFC Robert YOUNG, who is now stationed in Inchion, Korea at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG. 

- Mr. and Mrs. James CONANT of Los Angeles, Calif. have been visiting here for 3 weeks with his mother, Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, and other relatives.  They left Tuesday, and will spend in year in Liverpool, England while James does English research work in preparation for teaching.

- Burdette JENKINS is suffering from infection caused by gas fumes.  He blew into the gas tank of his car to clean out the gas line when the fumes came back into his face.  He inhaled the fumes and suffered injuries to his throat, lungs and stomach.  He is unable to be at work at his regular job on the I.C. Railroad.

- Mrs. Burdette JENKINS entertained for her daughter, Kaye’s 10th birthday.  Those present were Darlene DEBAULT, Ann and Jimmie SHAFFER, Patty and Billie OLDEN, Judy ROBB, Brenda and Jerry GRAY and Patricia ADAMS.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON quietly observed their 44th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.  The DILLONS were married in the home of the bride by the late Rev. CUMMINS.  Mrs. Howard CLINEBELL of Springfield, was the bridesmaid and Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON played the wedding march.  In conversation with Mrs. DILLON, she stated that the above mentioned were the only ones now living who attended the wedding. 

- Mrs. William BAGOTT observed her 89th birthday on Sept. 11, very quietly in the home of her daughter, Mrs. L.J. HAMMER.  Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER, and daughter, Kaye, spent the evening with them.

- Celebrates 82nd Birthday: Relatives and friends of Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS met in the Kinmundy Park Sunday for a basket dinner celebrating her 82nd birthday.  She received many nice gifts.  Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred ATKINS of Maroa; Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT; Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. B.O. GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Henderson JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe LANSFORD, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY, and R.R. ATKINS, of this city; and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO and daughters of Hartford.  Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT of Salem; Mrs. Wm. FRAKES, Mrs. Cloe HAMMERS, Mrs. Lewie SULLENS, and Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW were afternoon well-wishers.

- Shriver School (from last week): Jack HALL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL, arrived home last week after spending quite some time in an Army Hospital following a very serious car accident.  He is much improved.

- Meacham (from last week): Arthur IRWIN of the U.S. Navy is spending furlough with his wife in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ros SMITH.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Earl HASSEBROCK and children attended the charivari of their sister-in-law at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT, east of Kinmundy, Saturday night.

- Pleasant Grove: Rev. TREDWAY is holding a revival at Pleasant Grove which started Monday night with Dean PHILLIPS of Xenia in charge of the singing.  Services start at 8 p.m.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILKINS of Salem are building a new home at the old FOSTER house east of Brubaker to be near her mother, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER.

- T4 George SHREFFLER of Fort Worth, Texas is enjoying a 2 weeks furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER and family of Alma and his sister, Mrs. James O. EAGAN of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH have enjoyed the company of their sons for the past 2 weeks.  John left for Seattle, Wash. Tuesday, where he will go to the far east.  His wife will return to Indianapolis where she is employed.  Sgt. Richard MOTCH left Tuesday for Edgewood, Md. near Baltimore, where he will be stationed for the present.

- Dick GARDEN and Helen ROBNETT are enrolled in the University of Illinois.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and daughter, Donna, spent Sunday and Monday near Fairbury with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER.

- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and wife visited Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD.

- Swift School: Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Donna and Miss Helen BASSETT were in Vandalia Saturday morning.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD visited Sunday afternoon with their parents, C.C. BASSETT and wife.

- Wilson School: Miss Viola MEYER left Monday night for VanCleve, Ky. where she will again take up her studies.

- Meacham: On Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT were hosts to a neighborhood bridal shower for their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Larry DuBECK of Assumption.  They were just recently married.

- Meacham: Robert BOSTON celebrated her 68th birthday Sept. 16th.  All of his children and grandchildren helped him celebrate.  There were 26 present.  Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert LAMKIN of Xenia; Mr. and Mrs. Owen HILL and son of Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. James BOSTON and children, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK and children, Mrs. Mary BOSTON, Jack BOSTON and the honored guest; all of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Marion BOSTON and children of Salem.

- In Memoriam of Walter S. GEORGE who died Sept. 20, 1950 by daughter Mrs. Jesse GEORGE.

- In Memoriam of Harry WAINSCOTT who died one year ago by Mrs. WAINSCOTT and family.

Sept. 27, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN went to Decatur Thursday where they were guests at a picnic in Nelson Park given by the Decatur field of the Standard Oil Company where he received the Diamond Service Pin.  Mr. BROWN acquired the Standard Oil agency here on Oct. 9, 1921.  It had been established here 2 years previous.  Along with the agency, he acquired an International truck with solid wheels.  It took about all the profits to operate this truck.  So it was soon replaced with a Ford truck. Back in those days, these trucks were not used very much during the winter months.  So teams had to be relied on to pull the old tank wagon so the store could be supplied with coal oil.  The gasoline business was not very brisk because cars did not run in the winter, except when the roads and weather was good.  The writer has seen the time when Mr. BROWN hired a four horse team to haul four barrels of kerosene to Omega.  That was a real day’s work.  Soon the road conditions began to improve with the coming of more cars.  And along with the cars came the demand for more gasoline.  And then came our hard road which meant a gasoline market for the traveling public.  In 1930, Mr. BROWN formed a partnership with V.V. BARCROFT and built what is now known as the Atlas Tire and Service Station.  After Mr. BARCROFT left Kinmundy, Mr. BROWN became the sole owner.  Two years ago, he sold the business to Harry BOYD but retained the building.  The demand for gasoline was increased a few years ago when all the farmers found they could do a better job farming with tractors than they could do with horses.  The demand soon became so great that Mr. BROWN was obliged to employ a helper.  Then came along the oil furnace and oil heaters in the homes.  These caused his business to take another leap.  Then he was obliged to buy the second truck.  Now both trucks are going like mad most of the time.  Thirty years is not very long in one sense of the word.  But when a fellow stays on one job for this length of time, we think it is.  Now don’t get it in your head for one minute that “Peck” is quitting.  He is not.  He intends to stay right on the job for several more years to come, or at least until he will become eligible for his company pension.  (A picture was included.)

- In the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton LACEY in Meacham twp., a family basket dinner was enjoyed Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. LACEY are the parents of 6 children and this is the first time since 1940 the entire family has been together.  The occasion for the dinner was the return to this country of Capt. Kenneth LACEY, from Germany.  Kenneth and family have been in Germany for the past 2 years.  He will report to O’Hare Field, Chicago, soon.  Those present for this happy occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. James MAHON, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Haman LACEY, Waterloo; Mrs. Charlotte LONG, Mason; Mrs. Nora GREEN, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles LACEY and son, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd LACEY and family, Downs, Ill.; Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth LACEY and children, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Farina; Mrs. Nancy HASLETT and daughters, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Luther LACEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse NORMAN and family, Ed LACEY, Mr. and Mrs. Morris LACEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen WELLS and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon DUNBAR.

- Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL were very happy to have their entire family with them Sunday.  Besides the children at home, Ada Frances and Betty Jo, were Mr. and Mrs. Joe RODDY and children of Salem; Dale of Joliet, Harry of Monee, Ill., Bennie of the U.S.N., and Miss Betty MITCHELL of Iola.

- Two AWOL Soldiers Picked Up: Earl WIMBERLY, 17, of Salem, was picked up here Saturday by Sheriff Jim McCRARY and deputy Robert MARSHALL.  He was returned to Fort Riley, Kan., Monday to answer an AWOL charge.  Deputy Robert MARSHALL picked up Richard WILT, 17, whose home is in Quincy, here Saturday night.  He was sent to Scot Field yesterday answer AWOL charges.

- PFC Lester VANDEVEER of Rantoul spent the weekend here with his wife and other relatives.  - The many friends of Mrs. J.H. NELMS will be glad to know she will celebrate her 88th birthday on Oct. 2.

- Mrs. B.J. GARRETT and daughter, Shari Lynn, spent Saturday night and Sunday in St. Peter, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver GLUESENKAMP.    

- Services were held yesterday from the McMackin Funeral Home in Salem for Frank BARROW, 66, who was found dead in his room in the South Broadway Hotel Monday.  Burial was in the East Lawn Cemetery, Salem.  The deceased was a resident of this city, but he sold his property about 2 months ago, and took up his residence in Salem.  He leaves his aged mother and three brothers, Clyde, Ed, and Fred, all of Salem.

- Given Shower: Mrs. B.J. GARRETT and baby daughter, Shari Lynn, were honored at a shower in their home Wednesday evening.  Mrs. Edwin SHREFFLER was the hostess.  Many beautiful and useful gifts were presented to the honorees.  Those attending were Mrs. Oliver GLUESENKAMP of St. Peter; Mrs. Robert JOHNSON and Mrs. Hugo ZIMMER of Salem; Mrs. Bill GARRETT and baby daughter, Mrs. Carroll GARRETT, Mrs. Jack GARRETT and baby son, Mrs. B.O. GARRETT, Mrs. Earl DOOLEN and baby daughter, Mrs. John PIPER, Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Mrs. J.B. MAXEY; Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, Mrs. Dale WRIGHT, Mrs. Eli CONANT, Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Judy.   The evening was spent socially.  Refreshments of pie and coffee were served.

- Helen ROBB and Floyd GARRETT Married in Mt. Vernon Last Thursday Morning: On Thursday morning, Sept. 20th, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., occurred the marriage of Miss Helen ROBB and Mr. Floyd GARRETT.  Mrs. GARRETT is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB and is employed as an operator in the local exchange of the Bell Telephone Co.  Mr. GARRETT is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.O. GARRETT.  He received his discharge from the army on Sept. 6, afer serving for 3 years, the last year being in Korea.  Both Mr. and Mrs. GARRETT are graduates of the local high school with the class of ‘46.   For the present time they will reside in the apartment in the Zella NEAVILL home.  We join their many friends in extending congratulations.

- Cpl. Lester VANDEVEER graduated from Rantoul Air Base School as a Hydraulic Technician, Sept. 22.  He will spend 11 days “delay-enroute” here with his wife and other relatives.  He will report to Camp Stoneman, Calif.  Enroute there he will visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dalton VANDEVEER in Encinitas, Calif. 

- Mr. and Mrs. William FURRY of St. Louis spent the weekend here with Mrs. FURRY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON.  On Sunday, a birthday dinner was given in the GORDON home honoring Mrs. FURRY.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Elroy RUNGE were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde PERRY and Mrs. Junior GORDON and children of Kinmundy.

- The following gathered at the home of Mrs. Maggie KLINE Sunday to celebrate her birthday which was Monday: Mr. and Mrs. Gene KLINE and son of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Loren KLINE, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE, Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD and Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE of Lebanon, Darrell KLINE of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT, Mrs. Bruce OLDEN of Salem; Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and family and Mrs. Anna MARLOW.  Other birthdays remembered on this occasion in Sept. and Oct. were Mrs. Merle KLINE and Gayle, Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and Tommie.

- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT have a son, Philip Harold born in Salem Hospital on Sept. 26.  Grandpa KLEISS spent a lot of time yesterday in front of the hardware store eyeing a dandy looking bicycle pretty strong.

- Pleasant Grove: Lee STOCK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK, fell from a tree while playing at Allen school one day and broke his arm.  He is unable to attend school.

- Wilson School: Lee STOCK and Mary Ann VANDEVEER both had the misfortune of breaking their arm at the schoolhouse last week.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT are touring the southern states this week.

- Mrs. Myrtle DOOLEN has received word that her son, Capt. Arthur DOOLEN, who has been a patient at the Fort Riley, Kansas hospital for 17 weeks, has been moved to the Fitz Simmons Hospital in Denver, Colo.  Capt. DOOLEN is suffering from a blood clot in his leg.    

Oct. 4, 1951:

- School District No. 25 Greatly Enlarged by Annexation of Many Other Districts: It looks as though the proverbial “Little Red Schoolhouse” is sure a thing of the past, especially in Kinmundy twp.  All country schools within the township have now been consolidated with school district 25, which is what we generally term the Kinmundy Grade School.  The work of this consolidation has been going on for the past few weeks. Due to districts 19 (Young), 21 (Sherman), 22 (Shanghai), 26 (Meadow Branch), and 71 (Shriver) not having school for a period of two years or more, the districts were dissolved by Miss Margaret WEST, County Superintendent of Schools, and put in with district 25, with the exception of district 134 (Farina), and very small section 31 in district 26, which went to district 74 (Alma).  After this was done, that left only district 24 (Swift).  On account of their small enrollment, they found they could not operate this year, and petitioned in the school year to be annexed with district 25.  Districts 14 (Rockhold) and 15 (Camp Ground) in Meacham township, found themselves in a like situation, and filed the petitions.  District 73 (Pleasant Hill or White) in Alma twp., also found they could not operate and petitioned into District 74 (Alma) with the exception of Verle SCHOONOVER who resides on the W.P. WILLIAMS farm.  He petitioned into District 25.  Anyway, it looks as though district 25 has several schoolhouses on it’s hands.

- B. Junior GARRETT, submitted to a tonsillectomy last Thursday in St. Mary’s Hospital.

- Family Gathering: Mr. and Mrs. Paul PERRY and daughter of Abilene, Texas, has been visiting his mother, Myrtle PERRY of this city.  Tuesday night supper guests were Mr. and Mrs. Paul PERRY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCARTY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer LeMART and 2 daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo PERRY and family, Mrs. Lawrence PERRY and family, Jack BOSTON, Mary BOSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Chester PERRY and family.

- Mrs. Dolph HAMMERS received word Monday of the death of James FENNESSY, the husband of a foster daughter in Chicago.  

- Miss Carolyn MORRIS, daughter of Harold and Ida MORRIS, celebrated her 7th birthday with a party at her home on Monday. 

- On Oct. 2, Mrs. J.H. NELMS celebrated her 88th birthday.  The morning was spent as usual with nothing to remind her of the day except many cards in the mail.  In the afternoon, several members of the O.E.S. and others surprised her by calling in a body and presenting her with a beautiful potted plant.  Mrs. NELMS is the oldest member of the Kinmundy Chapter.  The afternoon was spent socially and in taking pictures.  Mrs. NELMS received 77 cards as of yesterday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE have moved from the Mrs. Dolph HAMMERS property adjoining the City Park, to the property they recently purchased from Mrs. Martha WATERHOUSE.

- Mrs. Orie ARNOLD has moved into the house vacated by Mr. and Mrs. REESE.

- Mrs. Albert CORRELL has been employed in this office as our society editor due to the resignation of Miss Bonnie JONES two weeks ago.                                                                      

- Mr. and Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY journeyed to Bloomington, Ind. Friday to attend the reunion of  Central Normal College, Class of 1910.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were Sunday dinner guests of her sister, Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS.  Glen JARHAUS and family were dinner guests also.  Mr. and Mrs. Geo SHUMACHER of Kinmundy called in the afternoon.  The dinner was in honor of Mr. HARRELL’s birthday.

- Pleasant Grove: 25 children from Allen School took triple typhoid and small pox vaccinations in Alma Thursday afternoon, also physical and dental exams.

- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SIMMONS and Wayne, Pat and Lorraine attended on Sunday the reunion of the family of the late Albert and Elizabeth BLANKINSHIP at Salem Park.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Junior DISS, EM3C, arrived home Wednesday on a 14 day furlough.  He is visiting his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS.   

 Oct. 11, 1951:

- Kinmundy Schools Once had 739 Pupils as compared to 335 students today:  We told you last week that we would endeavor to give you some ancient school news that would really startle you.  It did us.  As we told you, we were searching the records in search of the origin of some of these rural districts.  The school law establishing these different school districts was passed in 1872.  The first record we have is in 1877.  According to this record, there were districts 1 (Sherman), later became 21; 2 (Shanghai) became 22; 4 (Meadow Branch), 26; 5 (Kinmundy), 25; 6 (Swift), 24. District 5 was changed to 25 in the 80's.  So some county superintendent renumbered them beginning in the northeast corner of the county.  The other numbers were changed a little later on. In Meacham twp., Switzer school was 11, Lacey, 12; Mangner, 13; Rockhold, 14; etc.  All Kinmundy schools were numbered in the 20's; Foster had the 30's, Patoka, the 40's; Carrigan, the 50's; Tonti, the 60's; Alma, the 70's; Omega, the 80's, etc.  As we said, our first record in Oct. 1, 1877.  At that time, Gilman RASER was the township treasurer, and clerk of the school trustees.  His salary was $75 per year.  He handled less than $5000 each year including the township fund.  The school trustees at that time were I.W. ROBB, Richard E. SHELTON, and William R. HUBBARD.  Following were the school directors of the various school districts:




4. Early MARSHALL, Henry W. SEE, William ORGAN       



The rural schools had school for 5 months while the town school held on for 8 months.  Here are the teachers as well as the monthly salaries for the terms beginning in the fall of 1877 and 1878 for the various districts.:

Dist. 1, Mary E. HOWELL, $27.50; Lucy J. DEW, $22

Dist. 2, Guilford WARREN, $37.50; Hamer STEWART, $35

Dist. 3, Betty HOWELL, $16; Lucy J. DEW, 21

Dist. 4, Ada B. SKILLING, $22; Gussie BROWN, $20

Dist. 5, F.B. CRISP, $85; J.W. COKENOWER, $86

            Jennie SLOAN, $35; Mary E. JACK, $30

            Alice GUNN, $35, Amanda CALDWELL, $30

            Emma STEWART, $30; Emma STEWART, $30

            Satie SCHERMERHORN, $30; F.A. PRUETT, $42.50

            Jesse GEORGE, Janitor, $9; Jesse GEORGE, $10;

Dist. 6, Libbie YOUNG, $22; Sarah F. FERGUSON, $20.

As you know all of our rural schools in the township had to go out of business because of the lack of pupils.  This threw a great burden on school district 25, or at least we figure it did because there are a few more pupils than we have been having.  This year there are 208 pupils in the grade school and 147 in the high school, making a grand total of 355 pupils.  The writing in this old book is beautiful to look at and makes one want to read on and on.  We do this very thing until we run across a new clerk whose writing is just the opposite.  It looks more like the hand writing of a 20th century M.D., just a bunch of hen scratches.                                                                                                                        

- The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE was badly scalded on his left arm and side when a perculator of hot coffee was spilled on him.  He is doing fine.

- Richard Henderson PIGG was born Dec. 9, 1868 near Salem one of 12 children born to James and Martha MORTON PIGG.  With the exception of 2 years spent in Champaign, his entire life was spent in Marion county.  Most of his life he farmed, and for 10 years he was superintendent of the Marion county Home.  He was assessor of Kinmundy twp. for 24 years, which position he held at the time of his death on Oct. 2, 1951.  He died in Salem Hospital.  He is survived by his wife; 3 sons, James Wydell of Carbondale; Richard Wayne of Key West, Fla.; and Kenneth Eugene of Charleston, S.C.; and 7 grandchildren; and 1 brother, Robert of Sandoval; and 1 sister, Nettie PIGG of Salem.  Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Alma Cemetery.

- Funeral Services Held Monday for W. Riley WILLIAMS: William Riley WILLIAMS, 88, died in Salem Hospital on Saturday after an illness of several weeks.  Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  William Riley, son of Andrew and Jane WILLIAMS, was born Aug. 16, 1863 in Brazil, Ind.  He was the second son of 14 children.  Here he grew to manhood and worked alongside his father in the coal mines.  In 1888, he came to Kinmundy where he worked in the coal mine.  On Apr. 16, 1890, he married Miss Ida VALLOW.  This couple continued to live here until 1905, when they moved O’Fallon, Ill., where he continued to be a coal miner.  His task was one of the most hazardous jobs in the mine - shot firing.  After all the men were out of the mine for the day, he and his buddy would go down and touch a match to the fuse which in turn exploded the powder to break down the coal.  After the fuse was lighted, it was necessary for these men to run for safety.  His buddy in the O’Fallon mine, Mr. WARHOVER, was present at the funeral on Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS lived in O’Fallon until 1912 when they purchased a farm north of Kinmundy and they took up farming as a vocation.  When times were just a little rough and crops failed, he would return to the mine during the winter months.  Then he worked in the mine at Livingston, Ill., but they never moved their residence.   Two and a half years ago, they sold their farm and moved to town.  He is survived by his wife of more than 61 years; 1 daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Nell KNOWLES of Indianapolis; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 brothers, Andrew of Wellsville, Ohio; and Bert of Brazil, Ind.

- Mrs. Burdette JENKINS entertained Saturday for her daughter, Wanda’s 6th birthday.  Those present were Judy DONOHO, Lynda INGRAM, Carolyn MORRIS, Patricia PATTERSON, Boyd Lee DEBAULT, Mark SWIFT, Jimmie ELSTON, Billy Ray OLDEN, and Barbara GEILER.

- Before our school closed last spring, it was suddenly discovered that the school cafeteria was operating at a loss.  This year the school board only hired 2 full time cooks in the kitchen, but still found themselves at a loss after a month.  A committee meeting was held to find out what could be done.  For some time, the students have apparently not been satisfied with the meal because not enough have taken advantage of the cafeteria at noon.  In order to make it pay, the students must patronize it.  This committee insisted that they menu be a little more attractive to children and that the menu be published a week in advance, so parents know what their children was getting to eat for 25 cents.  Here is the menu for the week beginning Oct. 15th:

Monday - Barbecued hamburger, cabbage wedge, browned potatoes, baked apple; bread, Butter, milk

Tuesday - Great Northern Beans with bacon, tomatoes, pepper rings, cherry pudding, cornbread, Butter, milk

Wednesday - macaroni with cheese, carrot sticks, fried apples, fruit jello, bread, butter, milk

Thursday - Toad in the Hole, lettuce wedge, baked potatoes, peach cobbler, bread, butter, milk      

Friday - Fish fillets, turnip sticks, green beans, stewed prunes, bread, butter, milk.

- Swift School: Misses Wanda and Donna FLOLTZ of Odin spent Saturday night and Sunday with Betty FEATHER and attended Bett’s birthday party Saturday night.

- Shriver School: Thursday being Billy Dean SEE’s 11th birthday, he had as supper guests his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck KELL, of Salem and Farroll ARMSTRONG.

Oct. 18, 1951:

- The Hornets of Kinmundy Community High school won the Midland Trail Conference Baseball championship Monday when they defeated Clay City in the playoff game by a 5 to 4 vote. Clay City was the defending champion. 

- Mrs. Lura ROBNETT drove to St. Louis Monday with Jimmie ROBNETT of the U.S. Navy.  Jimmie took a plane from there for Los Angeles.  From L.A. he will return to his ship, the U.S.S. Norton.

- William Edwin STATTON, 80, of Alma twp., died Sunday in the Salem Hospital.  Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Summit Prairie Church with Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiating.  Interment was in Summit Prairie Cemetery.

- Mervin CHEADLE, S.N. of the U.S. Navy, has recently been promoted from S.A. to S.N. aboard the U.S.S. Hemminger, Destroyer Escort, at Norfolk, Va.  Incidently, Mervin had his first experience in being in the path of a hurricane.  For two days and nights the Hemminger was anchored at sea.  Winds were up to 120 miles per hour strong.  Mervin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE residing north of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER of St. Peter celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Sunday.  They had as their dinner guests, their son, Mr. and Mrs. James HARPSTER and sons, Edward and Robert; Mrs. HARPSTER’s mother, Mrs. Anna SCOTT; Mrs. HARPSTER’s aunts, Mrs. Harriett DeVORE and Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ.  Other relatives were Dr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT, Walter CONANT, Mrs. Helen BROWNRIGG, and 3 guests from Bloomington, Mrs. Edna ARNOLD and daughter, Velma and Miss Marion NELHAUS. 

- $100 Reward Offered: A reward of $50 is being offered by the city of Kinmundy and another $50 is being offered by a private citizen, making a total of $100 reward being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person maliciously damaging or destroying any property, either personal or real within the limits of the City of Kinmundy.  C.F. GAMMON, Mayor.

- Jack COX is in the hospital in St. Louis receiving treatment for an injured pelvis, sustained in a car wreck several months ago.

- Halloween Pranks: I wonder if the boys who are playing these pranks here in town know that they nearly caused the death of one elderly person last year.  It seems as though they have no respect for old people, or widows, as they destroy their property as well as others.  The one who nearly died last year from the effect of the damage has a bad heart and was trying to help repair the damage and nearly died from the effect.  Why can’t boys and girls be satisfied with playing jokes, if they must, that will not destroy property?  They should be taught to stay in the bounds of reason by their parents or by law.  The latter would be very expensive.  (A Reader)

- Buck Deer Seen South of Town Tuesday Night: Herbert WILLIAMS, George HOYT, and Leroy SHAFFER report seeing a buck deer along state route 37 Tuesday evening, near the Jess HOYT farm south of Kinmundy.  The boys were returning home from a show in Salem when they saw the deer standing on the slab.  WILLIAMS, who was driving, said he had to apply his brakes and swerve the car to avoid hitting it.  As soon as they passed it, the deer leaped over the fence into a bean field and took off for parts unknown.  The boys went back Wednesday morning examine the tracks.  They found the tracks but didn’t find the deer.

- Several relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Mattie CHANCE, Friday for a surprise celebration of her birthday.  Those attending were Mrs. Susan BLACK and daughter, Evelyn, Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILLIAMS and sons of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BOUSMAN of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Fred CHANCE and children of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Seymour CHANCE and children and Miss Katie HULTS of Kinmundy.

- A bridal shower was given for Miss Dorothy DUNLAP at Mr. and Mrs. Cliff JACKSONS last Friday night. 

- Stanley CHEADLE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE, will enter the Vandalia Hospital Saturday and have some plastic surgery done on his mouth.  Stanley was bitten by a dog a few weeks ago and plastic surgery is required to straighten his mouth where the dog bit a piece off.  Dr. Stanley MOORE will do the surgery.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ernie HANBAUM of Meacham twp. were made extremely happy Monday when they received a letter from their son, Pvt. Oren HANBAUM, 24, in Korea, who is a prisoner of war.  Pvt. HANBAUM was reported missing on July 2.  The last time Pvt. HANBAUM was home on furlough was last Christmas.  He was then sent overseas.  This letter was written on Aug. 8 and postmarked Peking, China Sept. 12, 1951.  It came through “via the Chinese People’s Committee for World Peace and Against American Aggression, Peking, China.”  Here is the letter.

“Aug. 8, 1951

N. Korea, P.O.W. Camp, No. 3;

Dearest Mother and Dad,

I know you have been worrying about me for the past 3 months, but Mom, you don’t need to worry any longer as I am held in a P.O.W. Camp in North Korea.  I am being held by the Chinese People’s Volunteers Forces, and by the North Korean Government.  They are giving me the best of care that they can through the facilities that they have, and I will assure you that I am still in good health too.  The Chinese People’s Volunteers Forces are really friendly class of people and have found out that they are truly a peace loving people and are striving for lasting and world peace.  They have showed as their Lenient treatment policy toward all P.O.W.’s and believe me folks, it is truly a wonderful policy.  Our living conditions are truly very good and we get all we want to eat.  They give us pork, sugar, tobacco, flour, potatoes and many other good things to eat to numerous to mention.  Folks, you can help get me home much sooner if you will write to our Congressman and have all our friends write to him also, and ask him to stop this useless war in Korea that we have come over 5000 miles away from home to fight.  Take all of the foreign troops out of Korea and let the Koreans settle their disputes among themselves.  That is the hope of me and my buddies in this camp.  So please write to him and help to get peace in Korea and all over the world, and then we can return to our loved ones once again, and be happy and right.  Keep praying mom, and God will unite us all once more when He sees the right time.  How are all the rest of the family and how is that big boy of Audrey’s and Joe’s?  Mother, please write Margaret to look for a hired hand because when I do get home, I’m going to be a farmer for the rest of my life, and I hope that I will never be drafted into the army to fight any more useless wars again.  Well, dear folks, I must close for this time as it won’t be long until chow-time again.  Tell every one to write and bye bye for now.  I love you more and more each day.”

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were called to Farina last Thursday as her step-mother, Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS, died.

- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mrs. Jennie JARHAUS Sunday afternoon.

- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughters, Kay and Loretta DISS, spent Sunday in Greenville attending a family dinner in honor of her grandfather, Ed SCHAUFELBERGER, who is 91 years young.

- Miletus: PFC Ralph B. KRUTSINGER, who has been stationed at Camp RUCKER, Ala., for the past year, is expecting to leave soon for overseas duty.

- Miletus: Mr. J.T. BOUSMAN and Ira KRUTSINGER attended the funeral of Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS at the Primitive Baptist Church near Iola Saturday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Loren KLINE were called to Salem Hospital Thursday to be with their son, Dwight, who was operated on for the removal of his appendix.

- Pleasant Grove: Claude HIESTAND, while filling his tractor with gas Thursday, run the tank over and the gasoline was ignited when he started his tractor.  The fire department from Salem was called to extinguish the fire.  One tire was badly burned.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE has a great-granddaughter, Diana Kay, born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE of Belvidere.

- In Memory of Elsie MULVANEY, who died Oct. 22, 1950.

- Cpl. Marion SHAFFER of Fort Meade, Md. arrived here Tuesday for a 15 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.

- Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL, Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAMPSTEN and Mr. and Mrs. Albert HAMPSTEN were called to Yale, Ill. Sunday due to the death of their aunt, Mrs. Hannah SHOOK, who just passed her 90th birthday.  All of her children were with her except one, Ervin HAMPSTEN, who was unable to attend.   

Oct. 25, 1951:

- Senior Class See Their King and Queen Crowned At Annual Junior Fall Festival: As a prelude to the Junior Festival, a parade started at the Kinmundy school and traveled through the town last Friday afternoon.  The theme of popular songs were well illustrated by the four high school classes.  The 1950 King, Dale BASSETT, and Queen, Delores GARRETT, crowned the Senior Candidates, Helen BASSETT and Jimmy ALEXANDER for the 1951 King and Queen as the Senior Class won by a $40 margin.  The other royal candidates who were attendants were: Rosemary BURKETT and Russell BOUSEMAN, Freshmen; Alta ALBERT and Neil BRASEL, Sophomores; Helen HALL and Herbie WILLIAMS, Juniors.

- The annual Kinmundy Picnic was held Oct. 14th in the basement of Echo Park Methodist Church in Los Angeles, Calif.  Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. James HOWELL; Frank and Ethyl WARDALL, Chas. SCOTT, Chas. ELDER and wife, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. WATKINS, Lois HEATON, John T. SIMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Fay LOVELL, Mrs. Ruby BUSSEY, Mrs. Beatrice RYAN, and Coleen NOLAN.

- Mr. and Mrs. Lester UDEN of Redondo Beach, Calif. have a baby girl born Oct. 10 named Leslie Reana.  Mrs. UDEN will be remembered as Dorothy BOUGHERS.

- Mrs. and Mrs. Glen V. SCHOOLEY have twins, a girl and a boy born Monday at Salem Hospital named Jeannie Marie and Johnnie Lee.

- Mrs. Cynthia PHILLIPS of this city and Ernest HOLZHAUSEN of near Farina were married in St. Louis Thursday.  They will make their home in Kinmundy.

- Miss Dorothy DUNLAP became the bride of Robert GEILER at the home of the bride’s parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP, Sunday.  Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, pastor of the Kinmundy Methodist Church, officiating.  They were attended by Miss Sue JACKSON, and Richard GARDEN.  Immediately after the ceremony, the couple took off for a week’s honey moon in the Ozark region.  Upon their return, they will be at home in the Robnett Apartments.  The bride is a member of the Junior Class of Kinmundy H.S. and will continue with her schooling.  The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GEILER of this city, is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘50.  At present, he is employed in the signal department of the New York Central Railroad but expects to be inducted into the armed forces soon. 

- Mrs. Cora HOYT entertained Saturday afternoon at her home in honor of her son, Ronnie Lee’s, birthday.  (A list of those attending was included.).

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were in Mt. Vernon Saturday evening attending a fish fry.

- Word has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, that Cpl. John MOTCH has arrived in Korea with the 66th Ord. Group.

Nov. 1, 1951:

- Major Coleman G. GUNDERSON, whose wife, Mrs. Minnette M. GUNDERSON (DOOLEN) is from Kinmundy, has recently been assigned to the War Criminal Prison in Lansberg, Germany.  The major is authorized to wear the Army Commendation Medal, American-Theatre Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Theatre Medal, WWII Victory and WWII Occupation Medal.

- Charles E. YATES: Charles Edward, son of William and Rachael Ann DOTY YATES, was born Aug. 17, 1883 near Beecher City, Ill. in Fayette Co. Ill., and he died Oct. 27, 1951 at his home.  He had been in ill health for several months.  He married Dicie BUTTS on Oct. 4, 1901.  On Oct. 5, 1951 this couple completed 50 years of happy married life.  They had 8 children: 4 boys and 4 girls: Mrs. Leila HANKS at home; Mrs. Ollie JAMISON, Mansfield, Ill.; Mrs. Virginia SINCLAIR, Louisville, Ill.; Laurel of Farina, Mrs. Opal COOPER, Ora Edwin, and Victor all of Kinmundy.  They also provided a home for their fatherless granddaughter, Mrs. Reatha ALLEN.  He also leaves a brother, Pearl, of Alma; 3 sisters, Mrs. Josie WHITE of Essex, Mo.  Three brothers and ____ sisters preceded him in death including Mrs. Stella LONGE, being his twin.  He also leaves 24 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  Services were held from the Christian Church in Kinmundy Monday, Rev. C.L. HILL officiating, and Rev. Harold BURNSIDE, assisting.  Interment was made in the Elder Cemetery in Meacham twp.

- The Marion County Singing Convention at Brown Church was very well attended and presented some outstanding talent.  Next month, this convention will be held in Kinmundy.

- “Just Ducky”, a comedy in three acts, will be presented by the Senior Class in the School Gymnasium on Nov. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.  Persons in the play are: Don SMITH, Roberta COOPER, Lela DOOLEN, Alice ZIMMER, Jim ALEXANDER, Ray ALBERT.

- TUTT-TATE Wedding: Miss Elinor TUTT, daughter of Luther TUTT of Campton, Ky. and Everett TATE, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. TATE of this city were married Oct. 24 in Campton, Ky.  On their way home they took a short trip thru Indiana.  The couple will make their home in Kinmundy.

- Those who attended the 57th birthday of Mr. C.S. CHANCE last Sunday at his home were Mr. and Mrs. Gene SIMPSON and family, Mrs. Everett GOODWIN and Mr. and Mrs. Eunice McHANEY of Odin, C.S. CHANCE and Keith CHANCE of Joliet, Ill.; Kenneth CHANCE of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur MULVANEY and son, and Mrs. C.S. CHANCE, James Darrell, Dorothy and Donna of Kinmundy.  Mrs. Mattie CHANCE was unable to be there because of illness.

- A nursery shower was held Tuesday for Mrs. Glen SCHOOLEY at the home of her sister, Mrs. George KEEN.  (A list of those present and those sending gifts was included.)

- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SADDLER, Jr. of Chicago have a daughter born Sunday.  The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William SADLER Sr. of this city.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.V. VALLOW and daughter of Gilman have moved into the Robnett Apartments for the winter.  C.V. is employed on the I.C. cutoff out of Greendale.  Welcome home, kids.

- Swift School: Mrs. Florence BASSETT and daughters, Helen and Mrs. Bob FORD, were  Centralia visitors last Friday. 

Nov. 8, 1951:

- A large number of patrons, friends and about 85 masked children met in the gym on Oct. 31 with their annual Halloween Parade with the PTA committee of Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Mrs. Ross HANNA, and Mrs. Jim GARDEN in charge.  Following are the winners as selected by the judges, Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Edgar JONES, and Katherine WORMLEY.

Witch: Carolyn MORRIS, Charles PERGL, Larry BASSETT.

Gypsy: Patricia PATTERSON, Gloria GRAY, Cheryl WILLIAMS.

Negro: Donnie GORDON, Pauline SILL, Edith WEST.

Boy as Girl: Warren SHUFELDT, Kenneth BUNDY, Denny GEILER.

Hobo: David LEE, Frankie BRIMBERRY, Vervadean SLANE.

Girl as Boy: Sandra SHAFFER, Brenda GRAY, Wanda JENKINS.

Indian: Larry PIPER, Rosalie GARDEN, Darlene DeBAULT.

Fat Man: Billy Dean SEE, Patsy BEARD, Ronnie SMITH.

Story Book Character: Shirley NEAL, Carol GEORGE, Barbara GEILER.

Cowboy: David and Bob LINTON, Freddie GAMMON, J.R. STEVENS.

Ghost: Bruce DONOHO, Marilyn O’DELL, Boyd Lee DeBAULT.

Scarecrow: Bobby SHUFELDT, Jerry GARDEN.

Clown: Teresa GORDON, Donnie KEEN.

Miscellaneous: Ann HANNA, Rudy SLANE, Betty BOYD, Barbara HAMMER, Ann SHAFFER.  Cash prizes of 50 cents, 35 cents, and 25 cents were given.  Each masked person received a candy bar.

- Mrs. W.S. PRUETT received word that a baby girl was born Nov. 5 in Vandalia Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. George MORTLAND.  Mrs. MORTLAND will be remembered as Miss Clara Belle HUGGINS formerly of this city.

- The garage of Mr. and Mrs. James STRIDER was damaged by fire Sunday when a grass fire got out of control.  The fire engine was called and soon put the fire out.

- Mr. and Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN are the proud parents of a baby boy.  He has been named Stanley James.

- A miscellaneous shower was given Friday by Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL and Mrs. Mary SECHLER in the Mendenhall home in honor of Mrs. Robert GEILER.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Miss Julia PHILLIPS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr., of Kinmundy, and Pfc. Oscar D. RUGER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester RUGER, of Flora were married in Pocohantus, Ark. on Nov. 3.  They were accompanied by the bride’s parents.  The couple spent a short honeymoon in St. Louis.  The groom has just finished a welding course at Chanute Field and is now stationed at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, where his bride plans to join him in the near future.

- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES of Foster twp. have a son born Oct. 31 in Salem Hospital.

- Mr. and Mrs. G.H. COLCLASURE of Farina ate supper with Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE Friday to help Mary Jo COLCLASURE celebrate her 4th birthday.

- Stanley CHEADLE was admitted to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Friday and underwent an operation on his mouth Saturday.  The operation was postponed two weeks ago on account of an infection in the nose.  He was brought home form the hospital on Sunday and is doing fine.  He hopes to back to school in a few days.  Stanley is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T.P. CHEADLE.

- Mr. and Mrs. Orville T. GORDON, Jr., announce the arrival of a son born Nov. 4 at the Vandalia Hospital named Michael Larry.

- Carl GREEN, son of Mr. W.L. GREEN, was recently elected president of the Texas City Teachers Association of Texas City, Texas.

- Miletus: PFC Ralph KRUTSINGER and PFC Charles N. MONICAL, who have been stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala. for the past year, were transferred to Camp Kilmer, N.J. enroute to Germany.  They were given a 2 week pass and the two went to Ft. Belvour, Va. to see Ralph’s brother, Pvt. Clark L. KRUTSINGER.  They walked into his barracks at 10:30 Saturday night and spent the night until 2:30 Sunday.  Clark was given an evening pass and all went to Hyattsville, Md. to visit with Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER, who is at present residing with her cousin, Mrs. Leonard HEICHER and family.

- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT have moved from the Neaville Apartment to one of the houses owned by Dr. HANNA.

- Swift School: Relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT gave them a kitchen shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRET Saturday evening.  Many nice gifts were received.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and family spent Sunday in Salem attending the annual reunion of the 326th Machine Gun Battalion at the Legion Hall.       

Nov. 15, 1951:

- Mrs. W.W. LOWE was in Salem Friday attending the funeral of Mrs. Cannie MIDDLETON, who died earlier in the week.  Mrs. LOWE had been the nurse of Mrs. MIDDLETON in the Dave BLACK home for 2 ½ years.

- Mr. Eldon H. DUNBAR, former resident of Meacham twp., and now a resident of Farina, died in the office of the Farina Lumber Co. Tuesday morning from a heart attack.  Services will be held from the Christian church in this city this afternoon, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating.  Interment will be in the Farina Cemetery.  Mr. DUNBAR was well known by many of our local residents.  He and Mrs. DUNBAR were zealous workers here in the Christian Church, Mrs. DUNBAR being the pianist, and Mr. DUNBAR being the song leader for both Sunday school and church services.  He was almost 61 years of age.  He is survived by his wife, his aged mother, Mrs. Isabelle DUNBAR of Loogootee; two sisters, Mrs. Marlee ENGELJOHN and Miss Anna DUNBAR of Loogootee; and two brothers, Marvin of Loogootee and Van of St. Louis.

- Miss Pauline LAMBIRD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD, underwent an appendectomy in the Salem Hospital Saturday.

- Mrs. Charles FOX spent Tuesday evening in Salem as a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer KEELER.  They were entertaining 22 guests to a turkey dinner for 3 birthdays in their family; that of Mrs. KEELER’s father, Fred W. MERRITT; her aunt, Mrs. Anna VAWTER; and her niece, Mrs. Fred (Bud) MERRITT.

- Funeral Services Held Monday for Young Mother: Mrs. Merle SEE (nee Edna SMITH) died in the Olney Sanitarium on Nov. 10th at the age of 35 years.  Services were held from the Bee Branch Church Monday with Rev. SMITH of Salem officiating.  Burial was in Lovell’s Grove Cemetery.  She leaves her husband and four children: Irma Jean, 16; Patsy, 13; Ronnie, 9; and Eddie Lee, 5.  The family lives on what is known as the Chas. SEE farm southeast of this city.  A few years ago, Mrs. SEE suffered an attack of rheumatic fever which left her with a heart condition which caused her death.

- Alma Store Robbed: The hardware store of Paul STUBBLEFIELD in Alma was burglarized Monday night.  Entrance was gained by breaking a pane in the front door and unlatching the night lock.  Just what was taken, Mr. STUBBLEFIELD did not know.  So far he had missed ten shotguns and rifles, several boxes of shells, some cleaning rods, some hunter’s caps, some ball gloves, a couple of pocket watches and a few wrist watches.  The sheriff’s office was notified and an investigation made.  So far not a trace of the culprits have been found.

- Tuesday morning, Jimmy McHATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, slipped and fell on the porch at his home and dislocated his elbow.  He was taken to the doctor for treatment and is now able to continue with his school duties.

- Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG is recovering from a severe heart attack suffered last Wednesday. 

- Mrs. Emma WOODWARD, who is caring for Mrs. Margaret GRAY, visited Wednesday in Farina with Mrs. Lucy HOLTSLAW who will be 101 years old in January.

- Mrs. Byron J. ROTAN (nee Agnes HILLER) died suddenly at her home on Nov. 8th.  Services were held from the Methodist Church Sunday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  Besides her husband, she leaves 4 sisters: Mrs. Julia WAGONER, Mrs. Bertha QUICK, Miss Pauline HILLER, and Mrs. Mathilda REBER; and one brother, A.H. HILLER. 

- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON entertained in their home one day last week in honor of their granddaughters birthdays.  The guest of honor were the Misses Mary Lynn and Andrea GEIBE of Salem.

- Mrs. Shirley LEE and daughter, Mrs. Shirley WATSON and son, Sgt. Billy LEE of Ludlow, visited with Mrs. Margaret GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. HANNA, Harvey HANNA and other relatives Monday.  Sgt. LEE had just returned from Korea.

- Mr. and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY entertained at a Howdy Doody television party Nov. 13 in honor of their son, Phillip’s, 6th birthday.  Those present were Johnnie DISS, Jackie LEE, David WHITE, Ronnie HOYT and Billy OLDEN.      

- Little Jesse GEORGE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, was a patient in Vandalia Hospital from Tuesday thru Thursday of last week for pneumonia.

- Meadow Branch: Mrs. Florence H. MARSHALL returned home the 5th from visiting her daughter, Kathryn, at Somers, Conn., who gave birth to a son Sept. 1st.  Mrs. MARSHALL stayed 2 months to help her, and then stopped off at New York City and spent a week with her daughter, Mrs. Ruth PIERSTORFF.

- Shriver School: Mrs. Cecil LOWE visited the Sterling SULLIVAN home Sunday to see the new baby.

- Pleasant Grove: A birthday dinner for Ira SHAFFER was enjoyed Wednesday night at her mother’s home, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited with Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD Friday evening.

- Swift School: Word was received that Roland EVANS died in Messa, Ariz.  He was an uncle to George and Fletcher COLE and lived here many years ago.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT and daughter, Rosemary, spent Sunday in Vandalia attending a family dinner at the Gene GREEN home in honor of the birthdays of her father, S.C. GREEN, and husband, Marvin CONANT.  

Nov. 22, 1951:

- Miss Margaret Ann HAYES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. HAYES of Champaign, married Saturday to George Holbrook BARGH, son of Mrs. Mildred BARGH of Champaign.  A graduate of the Univ. of Illinois in 1949, the bride is now employed as a research assistant in the Illinois Geological Survey on the campus.  Mr. BARGH, who received his bachelor’s degree from the university in 1949, is an assistant dean of men in the University. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JACKSON of Decatur have a daughter born Nov. 15 named Yvonne Delea.  Mr. JACKSON is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON, the baby being the GAMMON’s first great-granddaughter.

- Has Family Dinner: Mr. and Mrs. A.A. MALINSKY entertained to a turkey dinner with the usual trimmings, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GARRETT and daughter, Carla Jean of Independence, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, and daughter, Donna Mae; Mrs. Burl GREEN and daughter, Sharon, Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM, Mae GREEN, and W.L. GREEN. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Paul COURSON, Jr. of Fisher, Ind. Have son born Nov. 10th named Terry LEE.  The mother is the former Bernice ALLPHIN.

- Mrs. Ivan DeVORE was honored with a nursery shower in her home on Thursday.  (A list of those attending was included.)

- Mrs. Kate HEFLIN is seriously ill in her home here.  On Nov. 25th, she will be 97 years old.  She is being cared for by Mrs. Mary TOLLIFSON.

- Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER have a baby boy born Nov. 20 in Vandalia who has been named Johnnie Merle, Jr.

- Swift School: Mrs. Florence BASSETT spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Nola ROBB.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Buster BENDER and daughter, Barbara, visited at the Frank GARRETT home Sunday night.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and children visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.

- Mr. and Mrs. Bert SMITH of Centralia, and Mr. and Mrs. C.C. PONTIUS of Loogootee spent Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Ida SMITH and attended the funeral of Eldon DUNBAR.

- Wilson School: Johnnie FORD and Ronald POLANKA spent Sunday afternoon with Jerry and Johnnie WALKER.

- In Memoriam of Mrs. Clella WAINSCOTT who died Nov. 25, 1946.

Nov. 29, 1951:

- On Nov. 24, Maurice STOCK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex STOCK of near Farina, and Doris B. WHARTON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh WHARTON of near Mason were married in the St. Philomena’s Catholic Church by the Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER.  Attendants were Miss Dorothy STOCK and Mr. Alva STOCK, sister and brother of the groom.  A dinner was held at the bride’s home followed by a reception in the afternoon.  A wedding dance was held that night in the American Legion Hall in Farina.

- Sgt. Richard MOTCH of Army chemical center, Edgewood, Md. spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH.

- Mrs. Nellie VANSCYOC entertained in her home Sunday in honor of her son, Lester’s, birthday.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Lester VANSCYOC of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. VANSCYOC and baby of Romulus, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. Jim HALL.

- The Kinmundy Chapter, No. 606, O.E.S. installed new officers on Tuesday: Dorothy SCHOOLEY - Worthy Matron; Rodney SCHOOLEY - Worthy Patron; Frances WRIGHT - Assoc. Matron; Dale WRIGHT - Assoc. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON - Sec.; Florence MAHAN - Treas.; Helen JEZEK - Conductress; Martha COLLIER - Assoc. Conductress; Hazel SIEMER - Chaplain; Grace DILLON - Organist; Adina LEMAY - Adah; Margaret LEE - Ruth; Elizabeth DENNIS - Esther; Dorothy McCULLEY - Martha; Katherine WORMLEY - Electa; Hester JAMES - Warder; E.G. DILLON - Sentinel.

- Mrs. Bessie Louise HELMS, 56, wife of Harry HELM of Alma, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Services are being held in the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Ernest DYCUS, officiating, and Rev. Frank TREDWAY assisting.  Interment in Alma Cemetery.

- Mrs. Ed DOOLEN celebrated her 77th birthday in her home Sunday.  She baked the birthday cake in a pan, bought at the Frank Reeder Hardware store more than 50 years ago.  The guests were: Mrs. Dorothy ETHERTON of Murphysboro, Lora PFEFFER of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. H.M. GRAY of Urbana. 

- Omega: Several from here attended the charivari and shower held at Fenton NEAL’s for Mr. and Mrs. Clarence NEAL who were recently married.

- Miletus: Norman Roy, son of Harlas KRUTSINGER and wife was in Salem Hospital from Tuesday until Friday with pneumonia.  He was brought home Saturday and is improving.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE spent from Tuesday until Sunday in South Bend, Ind. with their children, and new grandson, Larry Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob CASPER, born Nov. 19.  Mrs. CASPER was formerly Betty Ann HELPINGSTINE.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT had all their children at home for Thanksgiving which were Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and babe of Independence, Kan., Mr. And Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and children of Fairbury, and Donna Mae GARRETT of Salem.

- Swift School: Harvey HEADLEY and children, and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY of Lansing, Mich. spent the weekend with Mrs. Lilly HEADLEY and family and Bert GARRETT and family.   

Dec. 6, 1951:

- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM were guests of honor at a surprise dinner Nov. 27th in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM.  The turkey dinner, attended by the INGRAM’s children, was to help the guests of honor celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.  The INGRAMS received many gifts including a gold upholstered channet back chair from their children as well as flowers and cards.  All of the children and grandchildren were present except for Miss Marie INGRAM who is a student nurse at Passavant hospital and Northwestern Univ. School of nursing in Evanston.  Miss Nancy B. GASTON of Cartter, and I.D. INGRAM of Kinmundy were married in St. Louis Nov. 27, 1901.  They made their home in Kinmundy where Mr. INGRAM was employed in a flour and saw mill for several years.  In 1913, they began farming at Kinmundy and Mr. INGRAM became interested in fruit growing.  They retired to their home in Kinmundy in 1945.  Present for the celebration were Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. INGRAM of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce MORGAN and son, Karnak; Mrs. George JOHNSON and children, Windsor; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence DOUGLAS and sons, Karnak; Miss Nelle INGRAM, St. Louis; Dr. and Mrs. Claude WRIGHT and son, Carbondale; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM and son, Sullivan; and Miss Lou GROVEE, Alton.

- The heirs of the late Beulah DISS have sold her residence property to Mr. and Mrs. Emil MEYER.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor BUTTS and daughter have moved in.

- Mr. E.G. DILLON has sold the Anna DILLON property in the south part of town to Mr. and Mrs. Lou ALDERSON, who are moving into it this week.  These good people come from the Pleasant Grove community south of town.                                                            

- Obituary of Eva M. PARRILL: Evangeline May PARRILL, daughter of Absolum and Sarah MILLER PARRILL was born in Meacham twp., Marion Co., Ill.  After completing grades in the district school, she entered Kinmundy H.S. where she graduated with high honors.  She chose teaching as her life’s work, having taught in Havana, Centralia, Sandoval, Flora, Farina, and Kinmundy.    In early youth, she united with the Methodist Church, and served as secretary for 10 years as well as many other offices in Church organizations.  Since her retirement from school work, she has made her permanent home in Kinmundy with her sister, Luella.  Those of her family who have preceded her in death are her parents; her brothers, Charles of Chicago, and Schuyler B. of Kinmundy, and her sister, Mrs. Harrison WISEHEART of Iola.  Those remaining are Miss Luella of Kinmundy; Mrs. Henry SPECKER of Brownstown; Lloyd PARRILL of Hammond, Ill., and many nephews and nieces.  She died on Nov. 29, 1951.  Services were held from the Kinmundy Methodist Church Nov. 30 by Rev. Orlando BRAKEMEYER of Mascoutah, a former pastor, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS. 

- Mrs. Belle SUTTON fell at her home Monday and was rushed to the Salem Hospital where it was found she had a fractured hip.  From Salem she was taken to West Frankfort where her hip was pinned. 

- Mrs. Dora B. KLEISS Dies from Heart Attack Sunday: Mrs. Dora B. KLEISS died at her home here, Sunday morning, from a heart attack.  Services were held Wednesday from St. Philomena’s Church with Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.  Dorothea Barbara, daughter of Henry and Anna Regina METZGER STOCK, was born in Kinmundy twp. on Jan. 18, 1887, and died at her home in Kinmundy, Dec. 2, 1951.  When just a small girl her father and mother moved to a farm south of Kinmundy.  There she grew to womanhood, and there she attended the Wilson School.  On Jan. 19, 1910, She married Fred KLEISS, and they had two sets of twins, Merle and Mildred, and Harold and Helen.  Merle died when 13 months of age.  Sgt. Harold died of wounds received in action in Belgium, Dec. 19, 1944.  Dora has been the church organist for over the past 50 years.  She and Fred worked hard for the advancement of their church.  Dora saw her grandson as the first to be baptized in the new church.  She saw her nephew, the first to be married in the new church.  And now, her very funeral was the first to be held in the new church.  She leaves her husband of 42 years; two daughters, Mildred and Helen; a son-in-law, Clarence QUANDT; a grandson, Philip Harold QUANDT; three brothers, Fred O. STOCK, of Effingham; Arthur STOCK of Centralia; and Leo STOCK, residing south of Kinmundy.

- William L. GREEN, of this city, was named a member of the National Distinguished Guests Committee for the Legion Year of 1952.  Mr. GREEN is a member of Kinmundy Post No. 519 and has been prominent in the Legion and veteran affairs locally and in the state.  He is a past Commander of the Local post as well as a Past County Commander.

- Thomas Allen EDWARDS, the 11th child of Jabe and Julia HARRIS EDWARDS, was born March 26, 1873, near Charleston in Coles Co., Ill.  He grew up as a farm boy and in early manhood he went west and worked at various work that helped settle “The West”.  In 1915, he came to Kinmundy and bought a little farm in Omega twp., and established a home and on Feb. 17, 1924, he married Miss Marjorie BRIMBERRY, and 4 children were born.  Mrs. Velma WILKINSON, of Alma; Thomas EDWARDS, now serving in the United States Marines located in Virginia; Mrs. Ila Mae JETT, and Henry Allen EDWARDS of St. Louis.  Four years ago he was forced to give up his home due to ill health, and lived with his children for a few months, and later going to the Convalescent Home in Salem, where he died on Nov. 29, 1951.  About a year ago, he was converted and became a member of the Lutheran Church in Salem.  In passing he leaves the four children named above; a aged sister, Mrs. Ed BALL of Arcola; 2 little granddaughters, Linda Louise WILKINSON of Alma, and Mary Ellen EDWARDS of Salem.

- Sgt. Floyd GARRETT Awarded Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Action in Korea: SFC Floyd GARRETT of Kinmundy has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for heroism in action in Korea.  GARRETT distinguished himself on June 6, 1951 near Sangsar-ri where his unit, Company E of the 7th Infantry Regiment was attacking Hill 705.  His citation states, in part:  “The 3rd Platoon (of Company E) was pinned down by intense enemy automatic weapons fire.  Knowing that artillery support could not be utilized for fear of hitting the pinned down unit, Sergeant GARRETT, a member of the 4th platoon voluntarily braved the heavy fire in an effort to reach a forward position and director mortar fire upon the entrenched foe.  Although painfully wounded before reaching the position, he continued to crawl forward and, upon reaching it, brought effective mortar fire upon the hostile emplacement silencing the automatic weapons.  Sergeant GARRETT’s superb heroism and courageous initiative reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.”  Sgt. GARRETT received his discharge from the army Sept. 6th last.

- Mike PERGL, son of Mrs. Ellen PERGL, had the misfortune of breaking a finger at basketball practice, Wednesday.

- Has 18th Child: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis VOGEL, of Peoria, announce the arrival of a baby girl born Dec. 2.  This is the 18th child for the VOGELS, and the 10th girl.  They have 15 children living.  Mrs. VOGEL is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL of this city.

- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the nursery shower at the home of Mrs. Leslie EBLIN Thursday in honor of Mrs. See MILLICAN.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were Sunday dinner guests of their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD.

- Shriver School: Several of the neighbors attended the EDWARDS funeral Sunday.

- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur and with Mr. and Mrs. Don JACKSON in Clinton.  Freddy returned home with them after a weeks’ visit with his grandparents.

- Mrs. Delmar DEBAULT entertained 18 small friends in her home Monday in honor of her daughter, Darlene’s, 9th birthday.

Dec. 13, 1951:

- Lucian CARTER Died Wednesday From Gunshot Wound Received Tuesday P.M.: Lucian CARTER, 40, died last night in the Salem Hospital from a gunshot wound inflicted on Tuesday afternoon by Alfred LEMAY, 65.  Both men are from this city.  The shooting took place just west of the C. & E.I. Depot.  LEMAY was traveling west to his farm on his tractor when CARTER stopped him.  A quarrel and a fight ensued.  LEMAY said he shot in self defense.  The shooting was witnessed by Wes ROBB and John PIPER.  CARTER was taken to the Salem Hospital and LEMAY went immediately to the sheriff and surrendered.  He spent the night in custody and was released Wednesday on a $2000 bond, and bound over to the grand jury.  CARTER and his wife, Rachael, had been having domestic troubles and it seems as though Mr. LEMAY had been befriending her, which was not in CARTER’s likening.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

- Mr. Harry GEILER entered McMillian Hospital in St. Louis last Wednesday for the removal of a stone from a saliva gland.  This is a very rare occurrence.  Mr. GEILER returned home Sunday, and was able to work part time.

- Matilda C. HEFLIN was born Nov. 25, 1854, at Sullivan, Ind., the daughter of Eli and Mahila HAMILTON CROTHERS.  On Jan. 13, 1878, she was married to William A. COX, and to this union were born 3 daughters, Sadie, Louisa, and Maggie.  In the year 1883, the COX family moved to Illinois and established residence on a farm near Kinmundy.  After the death of Mr. COX, she was married to John C. HEFLIN on Dec. 18, 1919, who preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1935.  Mrs. HEFLIN at the time of her death, had been a member of the Christian Church for over 40 years.  Surviving are 2 grandchildren, Don ROGERSON of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Thelma VELTMAN of Centralia, also 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.  Services were held from the Christian Church Friday, Bro. Harold L. BURNSIDE, officiating.  Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

- Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN received word this week from their son-in-law, Dwight DAY, that he will receive his discharge from the navy Dec. 18th.  He is stationed near Seattle, Wash.  Mrs. DAY and son, Johnnie, have been with him for some time.  They will spend about a month touring the West coast as well as the southwest before returning home.

- Ground has been donated at Kinmundy for the building of the Full Gospel Apostolic Church for the benefit of our community.  All donations in money or building material will be greatly appreciated.  Send all donations to Rev. C.R. FARMER of Vernon, Ill. or to Otis CHARLTON, Kinmundy, and all building material to Otis CHARLTON.  Finance committee are Anna MANSKER, Alma; Mildred COX, Salem; and Mrs. Hattie BURGER, Kinmundy.

- Killed in Car Accident: Mr. and Mrs. Lou ALDERSON received word Tuesday of the death of their son-in-law, Clifford BRESEE, of Battle Creek, Mich.  He was in a car accident.  Services will be held there.  Mrs. BRESEE was the former Miss Adda ALDERSON.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.A. BURRELL of Springfield, Mo. are the parents of twin girls born Dec. 6th.  The mother was formerly Miss Mary Margaret SNOW, granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret O’BRIEN of this city.

- Richard BROOM, Kinmundy apple grower, has received the Illinois 95 per cent Clean Apple Award.  Mr. BROOM is now one of 15 apple growers in the state to receive this award by the Illinois State Horticultural Society.

- Wilson School: In Memory of Mrs. Dora B. KLEISS, the Wilson School News will continue on.  She will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends.  Mrs. Leo STOCK will be the reporter.  Give her your items early.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD visited with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD Sunday.

- PFC Dewey RUGER of Camp Brook, Texas is spending a 30 day leave with his wife, the former Julia PHILLIPS.

- Brown: Some from this vicinity attended the funeral of Les BEARD Thursday.

- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Oscar SMITH became great-grandparents when Frank Norman, Jr. arrived Nov. 10 to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank PENDLETON of St. Louis.  The mother was formerly Babe SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah SMITH.

- Pleasant Grove: A Christmas program is being prepared by the Sunday School to be given at Pleasant Grove on Christmas Eve.   

Dec. 20, 1951:

- Coroner’s Jury Returns Verdict of “Justifiable Homicide” in Death of L. CARTER: Justifiable homicide was the verdict of a coroner’s jury investigating the death of Lucian CARTER.  The inquest was conducted at the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy by Marion County Coroner Gerald GALBREATH Friday night.  According to reports CARTER died Wednesday night at the Salem Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound received in an altercation with Alf LEMAY, 65, in Kinmundy late Tuesday afternoon.  Wes ROBB testified he was an eye witness to the affair.  He stated he heard LEMAY tell CARTER, “I have been a very sick man”, ROBB stated he saw LEMAY get his gun as CARTER came around the wheel of LEMAY’s tractor apparently to start a fight with him.  He described how he saw them scuffling, heard a report, and heard LEMAY hollering for help.  When ROBB reached them, CARTER said he was shot and wanted to be taken to a hospital.  ROBB brought him to Salem Hospital.  John PIPER, C. & E.I. agent told how he saw the fight from windows of the depot.  He verified most of the important parts of ROBB’s testimony.  PIPER called the city marshal.  The city marshal told how he phoned sheriff McCRARY.  The city marshal testified in the good reputation of Alf LEMAY.  Marshall WILLIAMS told how his boy brought LEMAY to Salem at the request of Sheriff McCRARY.   WILLIAMS described his investigation.  He went to the LEMAY house where Mrs. CARTER answered the door, and told him she was surprised in wasn’t LEMAY that had been shot because her husband had told her he would kill LEMAY.  WILLIAMS told how CARTER was arrested twice while WILLIAMS was chief deputy sheriff. One was for a fight in Fayette county when CARTER allegedly beat up the foreman of the Brown Produce company in Farina because Mrs. CARTER had been discharged.  Another was an assault arrest in Marion county.  WILLIAMS stated that at another time neighbors called the sheriff’s office because CARTER was unmercifully beating one of his children.  Mrs. Rachael CARTER told about CARTER kicking her out of their farm home one night.  She said she went to a neighbor’s house.  Next morning she went to LEMAY, owner of the farm where she and CARTER had been living.  She told him she had no money and no place to stay.  She asked if she might stay temporarily at his home.  He agreed saying his daughter and children were there together with his son.  Mrs. CARTER described how CARTER was fined $50 and cost a few months ago on an assault conviction.  LEMAY came to Salem and interceded for CARTER and put up money to get CARTER released.  She said her husband seemed to get it in for LEMAY because he was helping her.  She stated CARTER threatened both LEMAY and herself.  She stated she and CARTER had been married 17 years last May.  State’s Attorney Basil WILSON related the history of the assault charge and how LEMAY brought about CARTER’s release.  WILSON also told about the non-support case in which CARTER was ordered Dec. 3 to pay $30 per month but had only paid $15 to date.  There were others who testified to the good reputation of LEMAY and the fighting reputation of CARTER.  LEMAY was not present but was represented by attorney William A. MILLER.  MILLER volunteered to bring LEMAY to the inquest if either the coroner or the jury requested, but such request was not made.  LEMAY was released on bond Tuesday after being charged with assault.  State’s Attorney WILSON has not indicated LEMAY’s future as far as the law is concerned.  (Salem Republican)

- Mattie CHANCE Dies: Mattie Ellen GRAY, daughter of John H. and Rebecca Ann GRAY, was born Oct. 12, 1874, and died Dec. 16, 1951, at the Salem Hospital.  She married Nov. 9, 1892, to James Riley CHANCE.  They had 6 children: Seymour of Kinmundy; Fred of Alma; Mildred PRYOR of Oblong; and Dorothy BOUSMAN of Farina.  Two daughters, Lily PARKER and Bessie AUMILLER, and her faithful companion preceded her in death.  In early childhood she united with the Cubbage Chapel Church, later transferring to Kinmundy in 1918, where she remained a faithful member.  She entered the hospital on Nov. 29.  Besides the children, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Susan BLACK of Salem; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  Services were held from the Methodist Church in this city on Friday officiated by Rev. J.N. PRESLEY of Farina.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

- The Kinmundy Methodist Men met in the basement of the church Tuesday and with their wives as guests, enjoyed a turkey dinner served by the men.  After the meal, a short business session was held at which time a project known as “God’s Acres” was discussed.  The group thought pretty well of the idea, and the president was instructed to appoint a committee.

- Dec. 12th being the 91st birthday of Mrs. Victoria JACKSON, she had with her to celebrate the occasion her son, Grover, daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe HECKLEBECK of Beckemeyer, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER.  This also being the birthday of Fred, the birthdays were celebrated together. 

- The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale HULSEY was born in the Salem Hospital, Tuesday, Dec. 18th at 2 a.m.  She was named Mary Elizabeth.  Due to a lung disorder, she was put in an oxygen tent, where she lived for 11 hours.  She died a 1 p.m.  Graveside services were held Wednesday in the Alma Cemetery.

- At an adjourned meeting of the City Council held Monday evening, the aldermen voted a 50 year franchise to the Central Illinois Public Services Co.  We have been informed that Mayor C.F. GAMMON is vetoing this ordinance, as well as a companion ordinance incorporating a street lighting contract upon the advice of the city attorneys, Kagy & Kagy, of Salem.  The C.I.P.S. Co. have asked for a franchise of 50 years, while the street lighting contract is only for 10 years.  The attorneys informed Mayor GAMMON that this is poor business.  Further action will be taken on this matter at the next regular meeting where the aldermen have the right to sustain or override the mayor’s veto.

- Wilson School: Mrs. Robert SMITH attended a shower Monday given by Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE for Mrs. Tommy SHREFFLER and Mrs. Dick JOHNSON.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD Sunday afternoon.

- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy WOOLDRIFT have a son born Dec. 14 at Salem Hospital named Michael Leon.  Mrs. WOOLDRIFT was formerly Martha MONICAL.

Dec. 27, 1951:

- Loses Life in Fire: Mrs. Grace JONES received word Tuesday of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Ella CHOPHER of Marion, Ill.  Mrs. CHOPHER’s home was destroyed by fire and she was unable to escape.  She was a deaf mute.

- Mr. and Mrs. Herman SMITH, Mrs. Ted HOWARD of Farina, and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Victor SMITH of Kinmundy attended the funeral of Mrs. Ida STEVENS, Tuesday at the Hancock Funeral Chapel in Salem.

- It Was Cold Here 57 Years Ago on Day after Xmas: We have been informed by one of our older citizens that is was pretty cold 57 years ago yesterday, the day after Xmas.  She well remembers the day because she and her sister were among the many citizens who watched the workers, with mules, lay the C. & E.I. railroad tracks from the cemetery across the Illinois Central tracks.  The workmen wanted to get the track laid across the Illinois Central tracks in time so as not to interfere with the schedule of passenger train No. 23, which run at 4:50, and they wanted to get across the I.C. before quitting time, which was 5 p.m.   They made it by about 20 minutes.  The lady, giving us this information, wishes her name withheld, but she says she well remembers the incident because both she and her sister froze their feet that day and couldn’t go barefooted the next summer.

- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN of Centralia have a daughter, Susan Marie, born Dec. 19 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  

- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Gene LIVESAY, have a son born in the Decatur Hospital.  The parents are former residents of Kinmundy and the father is a brother to Mrs. Fred GAMMON.

- Jake MOLENHOUR of Iuka, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. EAGAN, was seriously injured Thursday when a large iron pipe fell across his stomach while at work in the Fairfield Oil field.  He is in the hospital at Fairfield in a serious condition.  He is the husband of the former Thelma EAGAN, and the father of 4 children.

- Cpl. Marion SHAFFER of Ft. Meade, Maryland, is spending a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.

- Infant Dies Enroute to Hospital Tuesday: Helen Jean ROBB, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the age of 5 months and 3 days.  She suffered an attack of pneumonia, and was being taken to a specialist in Springfield, when she succumbed about 15 miles from the hospital.  Besides her parents she leaves one sister, Judy, aged 10 years.  Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the Christian Church.  Burial will be in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

- GARRETT Family Reunion: The children, children-in-law, and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. B.J. GARRETT gathered at their home Sunday for a family celebration of Christmas.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jr. GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family.

- Has 92nd birthday: Mr. J.W. WHITTENBURG celebrated his 92nd birthday at his home Dec. 24th.  Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. H.J. CLINEBELL, Springfield, and their son, Paul, who is stationed at Atlanta, Georgia.

- Mr. C.A. RITCHIE of Chicago has purchased the Phillips 66 Service Station just west of the C. & E.I. subway on route 37 from Mike KALFUS.  Mr. RITCHIE and his family have moved here and are now at home in the home west of the station.  They have two sons, one 21 years old who remained in Chicago, and one 15 years old.

- Mr. and Mrs. Robert BURINETT will move Saturday to St. Louis, where he has employment.

- Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN were hosts Christmas to their children and families and enjoyed and old fashioned family Christmas.  Those present were Mr. Alva OLDEN at home, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and family of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Glen INGRAM, Altamont, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN, Tolono; Mr. and Mrs. Leland OLDEN, Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER; Mr. and Mrs. Robert LINDER of Salem and families, and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAYS of Salem.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Helen had Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD as their Sunday dinner guests.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son entertained to supper Saturday night, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN.  This was in honor of the Wednesday anniversary of the LOWE’s and GREEN’s.

- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. George FORD and family are enjoying a new television set as a Christmas gift of their daughter, Fern.

- Rec. Glen BUTTS of Camp Breckenridge, Ky. is spending a 10 day furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben BUTTS and family.

- Swift School: Pid BASSETT and wife visited with Guy ARNOLD Sunday night.

- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER, and Mr. and Mrs. Jr. GARRETT were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT Saturday.  The occasion was the birthdays of the four men.

- P.H. ROBNETT left Wednesday morning to drive to California for a visit with his brother, Jimmie, with the U.S. Navy.  He was accompanied by two fraternity brothers, Sam STOTLER of Herrin and Uri PIMPSTEIN of Chili, South America.  They will also attend the Rose Bowl football game on New Year’s Day.

- Those who enjoyed turkey dinner Christmas Day at the Lowell DISS home were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frances HAMMERS and Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and son, Mrs. and Mrs. Howard DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTISS and babe, Charleston, Ill, Mrs. Robert YOUNG, Plymouth, Ill. and Miss Jackie HUMPHREY.

- Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM entertained their family Sunday with a turkey dinner.   Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CHEATUM and daughter of Buckley, Mr. and Mrs. Francis CHEATUM, Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin CHEATUM, Arcola, Donnie CHEATUM, Champaign, and Miss Elnora WILLIAMS, Champaign.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD called on Mr. and Mrs. Dale HULSEY Saturday evening offering sympathy for the loss of an infant daughter.

- Wilson School: Leo STOCK had a narrow escape Saturday when a transport truck crashed into his wagon, destroying the wagon and corn, which he was hauling to Farina.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.

- Wilson School: The Christmas Party held at Allen School was well attended Friday night.  All received gifts in the exchange.  The children also received fruit and candy from their teacher.

- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD attended a Christmas Party Thursday evening at the Bill WILLIAMS home.



Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Illinois Historical Library in the Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.

Compiled, transcribed, and printed by Dolores Ford Mobley. (March 1999) Questions, comments, suggestions should be directed to the e-mail address below.    Permission to copy,  is requested.

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