Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley
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Please note!!! The articles on this web site were originally reported in weekly editions of "The Kinmundy Express" (also known at one time as "The Marion County Express") which are now located on microfilm at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Newspaper Microfilm Depository in Springfield, Illinois. Please note that the gleanings listed within this compilation do NOT represent entire articles in most cases, but instead, general and summarized information with special interest being focused upon data which is significant to genealogical research.
Jan. 1, 1953:
- Headline highlights from the Express for 1952 were printed.
- Funeral services were held Sunday from the McMackin Funeral Home in Salem for Harry K. CLARK, 50, who died in a hospital in Joliet on Dec. 26 after suffering a heart attack a week previous. Interment was made in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Mr. CLARK and his family were residents of this city, living in what is known as the Mendenhall property. Surviving are his wife, Bertha; 4 sons, William, a Marine stationed in San Diego, Cal.; Richard, Edward, and Keith, at home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Harry LAUGHLIN, Terre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. George CORTNEY, Salem, and Barbara Sue CLARK, at home; 5 grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Henry WILLIAMS, Chicago.
- Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE of Collinsville have a daughter born Dec. 28 at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis named Ann Marie.
- Pvt. Bud DYER of Fort Leonard Wood, spent Christmas and until Sunday with his mother, Mrs. Lela DYER.
- Mr. A.D. BORLAND, District Manager of the C.I.P.S. Co. of Effingham was in Kinmundy Saturday and paid a visit to our office, relating this story. He was in Kinmundy to clarify the matter. A few days ago, Miss Ella PARRILL of this city, received an electric bill through the mail. As was her custom when receiving her bimonthly electric bill, she went directly to the postoffice to the bank where she paid the bill to the local collector, A.H. MILLER. The bill was for the amount of $1.35. The very next day, Miss PARRILL received another bill from the company for her electricity in the amount of $6.10. Not being able to understand why she should received two bills within two days, she wrote to the Springfield office regarding the matter. The Springfield office referred the matter to the Effingham office began checking and made a big discovery. The $1.35 bill Miss PARRILL had paid was dated Dec. 5, 1931. This bill had been somewhere on the road for 21 years. Now we won’t say just what happened. It could have laid in the office at Mattoon (where the bills were made out); it could have laid in the postoffice here or at Effingham; or anywhere else along the line. Miss PARRILL had destroyed the envelope so Mr. BORLAND could not check the postmark. The only comment Miss PARRILL had to make was that she thought her electric bill was exceedingly low for those 2 months.
- The following letter was printed: "Seoul, Korea; Dec. 23, 1952; Dear Editor, I wish to thank the very thoughtful people who sent Christmas cards. It sure is good to know that people at home haven’t forgotten me completely, even if I am thousands of miles away. Thanks very much and keep the home fires burning, but not too high. Pvt. George A. LAMBIRD. P.S. I would like to subscribe for the paper. If it isn’t too much trouble." Thanks George, for this nice letter. Many who send these cards sometimes wonder if the boys get them O.K.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY of Decatur are the parents of a 7 lb. son born Saturday, Dec. 27th. Mr. LIVESAY is a brother of Mrs. Fred GAMMON.
- Agnes ARNOLD Dies: Mrs. Agnes ARNOLD, 80, passed away in her home here Tuesday night after an illness of several years duration. Funeral arrangements are not complete as we go to press.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. PRUETT have a son born Dec. 28 in Salem Hospital named Gordon Robert.
- We have been informed that Donald PARRISH has been a patient in Vaughn Hospital in Hines, Ill. for quite sometime. He is a veteran of WWII and has been in various hospitals for the past 2 years suffering with a back injury.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and family, and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS were Christmas dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, and their supper guests were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer NEAL and Freddie NEAL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons spent Christmas Day in Decatur with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX had the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with them for Christmas dinner. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charlie BASSETT, Clara and Roger of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES, Wayne and Gordon, and Mrs. Raymond GRIFFIN, all of Centralia (Raymond was unable to be with them being in the army); Mr. and Mrs. Jack COX and Jackie, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean JONES of Arnold Chapel, and Mildred and Dale COX of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON and Dannie were evening callers.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE were callers at the Truman SPURLIN home in Vandalia Sunday. We extend sympathy to them and their daughter, Jean, because of the death of Jean’s husband, Glen HAMILTON, who was killed in Korea on Dec. 22.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB were guests on Christmas Day in the Bert GARRETT home. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB. We are thankful that Cleda could be home for Christmas.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT enjoyed Christmas dinner with her mother, Mrs. Effie ROBB.
Jan. 8, 1953:
- Water customers using city water will receive their first bill in March, as the City Council voted to start water revenue beginning Feb. 1st. The State Dept. of Health reported that the water in the mains and the water being treated was safe for consumption.
- Maggie A. WESTERFIELD, daughter of Jacob and Nancy WESTERFIELD, was born June 29, 1871 near Peoria, and died Jan. 5, 1953. At an early age, she united with the Christian Church and at the time of her passing, was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church. She married Thomas A. NEAL of Sullivan, Ind. on Jan. 21, 1892. They had 10 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death. She leaves her companion, Thomas; Mrs. Ervin (Lillie) HAMPSTEN; Roy E. NEAL and Fenton NEAL, all of Kinmundy; Mrs. Paul (Sylvia) BRASEL, of Alma; Mrs. Verl (Iva) BEARD of Xenia; Ivory NEAL of Watson; Mrs. Dollie WEISS of Farina; 28 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, C.M. WESTERFIELD, of Bloomington. Services were held Wednesday from the Kinmundy Christian Church, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery.
- The announcement of the engagement of Miss Carol Ann CONRAD of Centralia and Richard SEIBEL of Belleville was made this week. Mr. SEIBEL was grade school coach and 8th grade teacher in Kinmundy last year, and is now attending McKendree College in Lebanon and teaching 7th grade at Harmony school in Belleville.
- Floyd SMITH, Farm Advisor of Clinton County, was employed as Farm Advisor by the Board of Directors of Marion County to succeed Rex R. RHEA, who resigned to accept a position in Whiteside County.
- Obituary of Agnes ARNOLD: Agnes Belle, daughter of John W. and Martha ROBB DOOLEN, was born at the family farm home four miles northwest of Kinmundy, Nov. 27, 1872. She was of a family of ten children. Surviving of these is a sister, Mrs. Stella PRUETT, and a brother, Cleveland DOOLEN, both of Kinmundy. After the death of her mother on November 20, 1887, she assumed the duties of the household and the care of the younger children. On February 3, 1895, she was united in marriage with Daniel A. ARNOLD and to this union came ten children. Two have died, Mary Gail and Edna May. The husband and father passed away on Dec. 4, 1942. The surviving children are: Forrest, of Fredrichs, Okla; Bessie, Kinmundy; Emma, Waterloo, Iowa; Pearl, Springfield; Grace and Ruby at home; D.A. of Salem, and Frank, of Detroit, Mich. She also leaves ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. ARNOLD has been an invalid for the past six years. During all this time, she has been lovingly and tenderly cared for by her children. She was converted and united with Arnold Chapel Church when a young girl. After moving to Kinmundy she moved her membership to the local Methodist Church. Her life was that of a consecrated Christian. Being of a happy and cheerful disposition she made warm friends of those with whom she came in contact. She peacefully fell asleep on Wednesday morning, December 31, 1952, at 1 o'clock at the family home in Kinmundy. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Orlando BRAKEMEYER, of Belleville, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Obituary of Mrs. W. LOWE: Grace Gertrude, daughter of John Ivy and Jennie Elma ARNOLD, was born at Vernon, Ill., July 12, 1881, and died Dec. 31, 1952. She married Sept. 7, 1903 to William Carrol LOWE at Clayton, Mo., and 3 children were born. In girlhood, Grace was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Arnold Chapel, of which she remained a member until her death. Surviving are her husband, William C. LOWE; a daughter, Mrs. Merle JONES of Arnold Chapel; 2 sons, William Ivy LOWE of St. Louis, Mo., and Charles W. LOWE of Kinmundy; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 3 from Arnold Chapel Methodist Church. Rev. Raymond CURRY officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON have purchased the Charles BERRY property in the east part of town.
- Harry HOWELL, 66, of Farina, died Sunday in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. Services were held Wednesday from the Evangelical Reformed Church in Farina, Rev. Alvin KNICKER, officiating. Interment was in Farina Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and 1 daughter, Mrs. John Paul COURSON of Farina.
- Miss Marilyn SLANE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE, of Meacham twp, has been employed by Postmaster R.R. ATKINS, as a clerk in the postoffice, due to the resignation of Mrs. Dale WRIGHT, who moved to Sandoval.
- The Kinmundy Grade School Board of Education is pushing ahead with plans for the proposed building expansion.
- Rev. and Mrs. Vance COMER have a daughter born Jan. 4 at Vandalia Hospital named Angeline Sue.
- Ann Marie, week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE, Collinsville, underwent surgery for pylori stenosis, Jan. 4 in St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES have been spending some time in East St. Louis with their daughter.
- Infant Son Dies: Daniel Lee, 4 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY of Decatur died Thursday, Jan. 1. The funeral was held Saturday from the J.J. MORAN home.
- Pfc. G. HAMILTON Killed in Action in Korea, Dec. 22: Mrs. Jean HAMILTON, the former Jean SPURLIN of this city, received a telegram from the Sec. of the Army that her husband, Pfc. Glenn E. HAMILTON, had been killed in action in Korea on Dec. 22. The telegram stated that further details would follow by letter. No further word has, however, been received by Mrs. HAMILTON as of yet. On Dec. 29, both Mrs. HAMILTON and her mother, Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN received letters from Glenn dated on Dec. 21 in which he wished for them a Merry Christmas. Mrs. HAMILTON is now making her home with her parents on South Eight Street, Vandalia. Pfc. HAMILTON only recently was present the Combat Infantryman Badge for excellent performance of duty under enemy fire in Korea. He was serving with the 40th Infantry Division and had been in Korea since July 1. He was born near St. James and would have been 23 years old on Jan. 2nd. He attended the St. Elmo H.S. At the time he entered service on Feb. 11, 1952, he was employed by the Robinson Drilling Co. Previously he had been employed at the J.S. & S. shoe factory and the Wides Oil Station in Vandalia. On July 3, 1948, he was married to Miss Jean SPURLIN. Besides his wife, he leaves his mother, Mrs. John REYNOLDS of St. James, and a sister, Mrs. Bernice BOLYARD of Bluff City.
- Mrs. John W. McCULLEY entertained several young friends Friday afternoon in honor of her son, Russell’s, 3rd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Sgt. Jack DISS Gets Bronze Star Award: Sgt. Jack D. DISS, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. DISS of Hooper, Colo., was awarded the Bronze Star medal by direction of the President. A member of the 2nd Engineer combat battalion, 2nd infantry division, he distinguished himself by heroism in action on Oct. 2, 1952 in the vicinity of Chorwon, North Korea. On that date, Sgt. DISS was serving as assistant platoon sergeant with a platoon engaged in the tasks of improving the defenses of Arsenal Hill. He was supervising the laying of a barbed wire obstacle in front of the friendly position and within 100 yards of the enemy positions, when the enemy suddenly unleashed a barrage of mortar fire upon the work detail seriously wounding the 4 men with him. Sgt. DISS with complete disregard for personal safety, remained in the open with his wounded men giving such aid and comfort as possible and refusing to take cover of any sort until the last man was removed to safety. Realizing the importance of the mission, he returned that same night, under bright moonlight, and completed erection of the obstacle. (From the Center, Colo. Post-Dispatch.)
- In Memoriam of "Dad", Ren WAINSCOTT, who died Jan. 4, 1948. By daughter, Helen SCHWABE.
- Mrs. Junior GORDON was very pleasantly surprised Jan. 4 when several neighbors, friends and relatives arrived at his home carrying food for a potluck supper to help him celebrate his 33rd birthday. The evening was spent playing cards and other social activities. Later, refreshments of ice cream and cake were served by Mrs. GORDON. (A list of those attending was included.)
Jan. 15, 1953:
- The Grade School Board of Education accepted bids on bonds at a meeting Friday night for the new building. The addition of the building will be voted on in a special election in February.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard BROOM have a son born in St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis named Kent Hamilton.
- Fifteen people received attendance pins for perfect attendance in the Christian Church Sunday School for 1952: Mrs. Noel SHAFFER, Leroy, Jim and Ann SHAFFER, Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY, Miss Dorothy McCULLEY, Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Russell, Jerry MORRIS, Jimmy BURNSIDE, Mrs. Mac ROBB, Miss Delores GARRETT, Miss Wanda GARRETT, Miss Bonnie GRAY, and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS.
- T. Sgt. and Mrs. William B. BUNDY of Waco, Texas have a daughter born Jan. 5.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Sunday with open house in the afternoon. All of their children were there except two sons, Lester, who is in Hawaii, and William, who is in California. Several neighbors, relatives, and friends called. Refreshments of cake and coffee were served.
- A surprise birthday dinner in honor of I.D. INGRAM and son, L.C., was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM, Jan. 11th. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM and son, Bob, of Sullivan; Dr. and Mrs. C.L. WRIGHT, Carbondale; Miss Neil INGRAM, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON and children, Jim, Nancy and Joyce, Windsor; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce MORGAN and son, Gene, Karnak; Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM, Kinmundy; and Mrs. and Mrs. L.C. INGRAM, Decatur. Mr and Mrs. Bob EASLEY of Carter were afternoon visitors.
- Carla Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN entered the Salem Hospital Jan. 8, suffering from pneumonia. She returned home Saturday.
- Mel BOYD returned home from the Salem Hospital where he had been a pneumonia patient.
- Billy Dean SEE placed first in the Silver Medal W.C.T.U. Oratory Contest held at Salt Creek Church South and East of Effingham last Monday.
- Wilson School (from last week): George MEYER returned to Dallas, Texas to resume his studies at SMU College. Mrs. Geo. MEYER and little daughter remained longer visiting with her parents at Olney and Mrs. Helen MEYER.
- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughter, Helen, spent Sunday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD.
- Wilson School (from last week): A family dinner was held New Year’s at Mrs. Myrtle POWELL in Salem. Those attending from this community were Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND.
- Pvt. Gerald CHASTEEN of Ft. Knox spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris CHASTEEN.
- Meacham (from last week): This community was made sad to hear of the death of Harry HOWELL of Farina. He spent his boyhood days in Meacham.
- Meacham (from last week). Arthur EDWIN, who is stationed with the Navy in California, arrived in Kinmundy Monday for a few days. Then his wife will accompany him back to California.
- Pvt. Bill VALLOW and Pvt. Dick STEELE of Ft. Knox, Ky., spent Sunday with the former’s mother, Mrs. Amelda VALLOW.
Jan. 22, 1953:
- A special meeting of Kinmundy Community High and Grade School Boards of Education and faculty members of the grade and high schools were held Wednesday afternoon to hear a report by a member of the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He stated that the High School will be place on probation unless several things are remedied. There are textbooks not up to standard, there is low pay for teachers which created a high turnover each year, the gymnasium is not suited for Physical Education and the recitation rooms are too scattered. There is also no chemistry, agriculture or shop classes and the science room is in need of equipment. The homemaking and commercial classes have a lack of room. These were all on the critical list.
- Mrs. Stella LEE received word this week that her grandson, Teddy, who was recently inducted into the armed services, is now stationed at Park’s Air Force Base, California,
- Ferninand R. MUCCI, voice and instrumental instructor in the local schools resigned Monday. He explained that he was leaving on the advice of his physician and did not want to impair his health further.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob GEILER have a daughter born Jan. 14 at Vandalia Hospital name Carla Sue.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS were hosts to their children and families on Jan. 13 in honor of their son, Ershel’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ershel JENKINS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, and Ralph JENKINS of St. Louis.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE have a son born Saturday at Salem Hospital named Herschel Edward.
- Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER, Mrs. Wayne ROBB, and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and families spent Friday in Brownstown at the home of Mrs. Dick GRAY, helping Gloria celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Norman JENKINS of East St. Louis are the parents of a baby girl, Jo Ann. The mother was formerly Miss Patricia SNOW, daughter of Mrs. W.G. SNOW.
- Mr. and Mrs. George HATFIELD of Farina have a daughter born Jan. 13 in Salem Hospital named Vickie Ann.
- Miss Betty BOYD was hostess Thursday at a party given in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD in honor of her 6th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN moved into the house formerly known as the Beulah DISS property this weekend. Mr. and Mrs. CRAIN recently purchased the property from Mr. and Mrs. Emil MEYER.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH received word early this week that their son, Sgt. Richard MOTCH has arrived in Stuttgarr, Germany.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK returned to their home here after spending a few months in Aurora where he had been employed.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD visited with Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son Sunday afternoon.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Leo STOCK accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT to St. Peter Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mildred TORBECK of Farina.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK, and Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER attended the banquet at the Shanafelt School Monday night to report the new members obtained during the Farm & Home Bureau membership drive. The Home Bureau signed 86 new members and Farm Bureau 75. All enjoyed a steak dinner.
- Miletus: Sfc and Mrs. Doyle M. WILKINSON and daughter, Doris, from Camp Atterbury, Ind. came last Thursday night and visited with his mother, Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY, and other relatives until Saturday. They took the bus at Effingham on Saturday for Shelbyville, Ind. Sfc WILKINSON left Camp Atterbury Monday going to New Jersey to be sent for another assignment. He doesn’t know just where he will be sent but he thinks Germany.
Jan. 29, 1953:
- Chas. WAINSCOTT, a patient of the Lee Nursing Home in Salem, is reported to be in a serious condition with very little hopes of his recovery.
- Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON received word this week that her brother, Lloyd NEIL, Chicago, underwent an operation on his throat last Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph WILLIAMS have a daughter born in Salem Hospital Jan. 21 named Debra Kaye.
- Mrs. O.M. SLATER and Mrs. Ettie EAGAN of Salem were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley JONES, Wednesday in honor of Mrs. JONES’ birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold ARNOLD of St. Louis have a son born Jan. 7 named Mark Leonard. Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD is the grandmother.
- B.F. LINTON returned Fred HEADLEY from the hospital in Hot Springs, Ark. to the Vandalia Hospital on Friday, where he is reported to be in a serious condition.
- Paul SEE celebrated his 68th birthday at the home of his son, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SEE and family of Salem. Those present to enjoy the delicious turkey dinner and help Mr. SEE celebrate were his wife and all of his children and their families, except Earl of California, and Inez of Texas; Namely, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman JONES and son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth CHAPMAN and son, Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS and family and Mr. and Mrs. Tony KNUF.
- Eight High School students and one pupil from the grades received poetry awards during an assembly last week. They were Larry MORRIS, 8th Grade, "The Things I Love"; Jerry CARPENTER, Freshman, "Autumn Woods"; Charles ERNST, Freshman, "The Vision"; Patricia JOHNSON, Sophomore, "Winter Fireside"; Dorothy KERLEY, Sophomore, "Winter"; Kaye GREENWOOD, Junior, "Death"; Don HANKS, Senior, "Sunset"; Jack BOYD, Senior, "Lineman’s Lament"; David SCHOONOVER, Senior, "Ribbon of Steel". In addition to the awards and publication, the poems of Jerry CARPENTER and Jack BOYD have received special mention.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON of Salem have a daughter born Jan. 25 at Salem Hospital.
- Frank JONES Ill: Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of Sullivan were here Sunday and were accompanied home by Mrs. INGRAM’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. JONES. Both Mr. and Mrs. JONES are ill and will recuperate in the INGRAM home. Mr. JONES suffered what is thought to be a very light stroke last week.
- In a joint meeting of the Boards of Education at Kinmundy Community High School and Grade Schools and Alma Grade School, a motion was unanimously passed to start the proper machinery spinning for the formation of Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit District.
- Donnie GORDON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON, had the misfortune of falling while at play Jan. 22 and breaking his arm in the elbow joint.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Dalt VANDEVEER celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary recently with an open house in the afternoon.
- Jim EAGAN and children, Sharon and Garrel, were dinner guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSS in Mattoon in honor of Gladys EAGAN’s and Sharon’s birthdays.
Feb. 5, 1953:
- Kinmundy Express Found on Sale in News Stand in Korea by Darrell Diss: Jan. 27, 1953, Tuesday night 9 p.m.: Dear Mr. and Mrs. VALLOW, Seven miles east of Seoul, Korea is the little boy who used to stop in at the printing office when school was out on Thursday of each week and ask for the Kinmundy paper. I sure do miss that. What I wouldn’t give to be there right now where I could see good old Kinmundy anyway. I have been intending to write sooner but I wanted to wait until I received all my Christmas cards then write a thank you note at the same time. Well I think I have them all now. I received the last one Jan. 15th, I do believe. I think I did pretty good. I received a total of 63 Christmas cards. So I want to thank everyone who sent the nice cards. It sure does mean a lot especially over here in this God forsaken land. As I am the Unit Mail Clerk for the AG Office, I always get my mail first. It sure is good to finger through the letters and see Darrell D. DISS on one of them. It makes you think that you are more important than the Commanding General, and he does get the bigger share of the mail. I might tell you a little about my last journey over here. I left the states Sept. 20, 1952, and landed in Inchon, Korea Oct. 5, 1952. In 8 hours, I was at my destination which was 14 miles away. So you see I had a nice long trip by the Korean Fast Express. It reminds me of old Local IC No. 25. I am stationed 7 miles East of Seoul at the Rear Compound of the 45th Infantry Division. I have a very nice job in the Adjutant General Section. Just about like a Civilian Section. Just about like a Civilian job, except you don’t have any very close friendly neighbors around. The food is very good considering Army Cooking. We have three hot meals daily. The only thing I don’t like about is that we sleep in tents, with a little old pot-belly stove, and all is rationed, so there is not many times that we are very warm. I really consider myself lucky though not to be up at the front lines. Back here I have been on two patrols so far, and have only had three small raids so I am lucky. Another thing is you can’t eat a meal without the fence being lined with little Korean children and Mamasons screaming their heads off "Hello Chop Chop". All the garbage we throw away they eat. It is really awful. It makes you realize why we are fighting in Korea. I sure would hate for our country to be in this shape. Well I am going to close this for now. I just wanted your to put a little letter of thanks in the paper for me and also thank you for the Kinmundy paper. Not many people have heard of Kinmundy, but they all read the Zatso, so the Kinmundy paper is becoming quite popular over here. Oh yes, by the way, whenever I get through with the paper, I always throw it way. Well we have Koreans who burn all the trash and whenever they find magazines, papers, cigarettes, and candy boxes, they always salvage them. I was walking the other the streets of Seoul last Sunday and I stopped at one of their swanky newsstands, and I was reading the sign. It said, you can get all your hometown newspapers here. I was looking through the pile, and by golly they had the copy of the Kinmundy Express for sale. So me feeling sorry for them I bought it for 1000 Won, which is 16 cents in Military Script. So this time I tore it up to make sure that no one else bought it. I sure didn’t know they sold them or I would have torn them up the first time. The Captain told me that is a good lesson to learn that we should always tear up our Secret Material or they will salvage it. So it is really a small world when you read your paper, throw it away and then buy it back again just to tear up. Thanks again for the Christmas cards and keeping the Kinmundy Express rolling. As ever, Darrell D. DISS. P.S. I talked to George LAMBIRD last night by phone. Quite a surprise to both of us. We are only 16 miles apart.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BOUGHERS of Hermosa Beach, Calif. have a son born Jan. 25th at the Torrance Hospital in Torrance, Calif. This is their first child and has been named William Richard. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Avery BOUGHERS of Redondo Beach, Calif. The great grandfather is Mr. Jess HOYT of Kinmundy. This is Mr. HOYT’s 8th great-grandchild.
- Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON received word Monday of the death of her mother-in-law, Mrs. B.F. JOHNSON in Wichita, Kan. Mrs. JOHNSON had suffered a broken hip three months ago. She died at the age of 86 years.
- Lt. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG of San Luis Rey, Calif. have a daughter, Sue Elaine born Jan. 19th. The mother is the former Jean BLOMBERG.
- In the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Grade district 25 Tuesday night, it was announced that Carl R. BROEKER had been employed by the local schools to teach voice and instrumental. BROEKER is married and comes to Kinmundy from Quincy College where he has been student director of the band of chorus.
- ARBOGAST - JEZEK: Mrs. Vera ARBOGAST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Austin PARKER of Westfield, Ill., and 3FC, John JEZEK, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK of Kinmundy, were married Wed. evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK with Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating. The groom’s attendant was his brother, Edward JEZEK, and the matron of honor was Mrs. Edward JEZEK. The bride graduated from Westfield and has been employed at the Goodyear Store in Casey. Sgt. JEZEK graduated from Kinmundy H.S., and has been serving in the U.S. Army for 2 ½ years. He will return to New Jersey and then overseas. Those attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne PARKER ARBOGAST, David and Kathey; and Elsie GABLE of Westfield, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Edward JEZEK, Mr. and Mrs. Bill WALSH of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK.
- Mr. and Mrs. Norman SHOWERS of Alton have a son, Robert Alan, on Jan. 16. The mother is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark HEADLEY of Alton. This is the great-grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN, and Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY of Kinmundy.
- Word was received here by Mr. and Mrs. Rosco OLDEN of the death of his sister, Mrs. Carrie BOLEN, who died at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Friday. The funeral was held there Monday. Mrs. BOLEN was a former resident of Kinmundy before moving to Florida for her health. She had been in the Hospital for 2 weeks before her death.
- The City Council met Monday night and decided that all stragglers on the water hook-ups will be charged the minimum bill of $3.25 beginning April 1 if they wish to hold on to their service connection rights. City Clerk, John E. PIPER, reported that some 140 customers are all ready hooked up and using city water, but the balance of 295 who signed up are not. The city has invested $60 in service fittings for each person who signed up and they feel the property owner should have completed hookup.
- Ed LACEY, well known farmer in Meacham twp., was injured in a fall from a horse Monday. He was taken to Vandalia Hospital where it was found he had a couple of ribs broken. He was permitted to return to his home Wednesday. Mr. LACEY was riding one horse and was leading another one. He had the halter rope tied to the horn of the saddle. The second horse jumped sidewise, jerking Mr. LACEY from the saddle.
- Mrs. Kenneth ROBB was returned to the Greer Hospital in Vandalia, Sunday afternoon. She had been at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. GARRETT since Christmas.
- Edgar JONES was employed by the Howell Motor Company effective last Monday as a car salesman. Since 1925, Edgar has been selling Ford cars, so he enters his employment with a wealth of experience. For several years past, he has been working in Salem.
- Monday night a meeting at the local schoolhouse was held to discuss further formation of a Community District for Kinmundy Alma, and surrounding territory. The group heard Mr. KEELER, state school visitor from the office of the Supt. of Public Instruction. Those attending the meeting were directors from nearly all the affected districts: McHaney Dist., 62 - Lloyd E. SIEVERS, Mrs. Beryl SMITH; Greenridge Consolidated 5 - Clyde OSBORNE, T.P. WILLIAMS, Lewis H. JONES; Lacey District 12 - Chas. MANGNER, Fred MILLER; Allen Consolidated 4 - John W. SHAFFER, Leo STOCK, Herbert ANDERSON; Oak Grove Dist. 61 - Louis Glen JONES, Archie A. CALDWELL; Omega District 84 - Lyman JONES, Lester MULVANEY, Hugo WAGONER; Miletus Dist. 17 - Elery BUTTS, Otis E. TATE, Mrs. Ona BUTTS; Brown Consolidated 3 - John HENKE, Mont RITTER, Wayne WOODWARD, Dean BAKER, Mrs. Susie P. MALONE; Alma Dist. 74 - William HESTER; Booker Dist. - Clark HAMPSTEN, Lewis BURKETT; Oak Ridge Dist. 16 - Harvey PILMAN; Kinmundy Dist. 25 - R.R. LEE, J.B. MAXEY, James R. JONES, Ervin SOLDNER; Kinmundy Community High Dist. 500 - R.H. SCHOOLEY, Tom HELPINGSTINE, John S. FORD, Carl DUNLAP.
- Mr. Tom JONES underwent an operation for the removal of his right eye, Jan. 21, in the St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He is recovering very nicely at his home.
- Charlie WAINSCOTT Dies: Charles WAINSCOTT, son of Isaac and Samantha HARRIS WAINSCOTT, was born Oct. 1, 1877, on a farm south of Kinmundy, and died in Salem on Jan. 28, 1953. His entire life was spent in Kinmundy working for various farmers in the community throughout the years. He was always ready and willing to do his share in any task and was always happiest doing farm work. He was preceded in death by his father who died in 1929, and by his mother, who followed in 1930. Also 3 sisters and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Survivors include 3 brothers, Richard of Champaign; Jesse of the same city; and Lew of Baytwon, Texas. Services were held Friday from the Church of God, Rev. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Fannie (Rose) SMITH of Decatur died Monday, Feb. 2 with heart trouble. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley ROSE and was born and reared in Omega twp. She is survived by 3 brothers, Norman of California; Pearl of Omega; and Elmer of Kinmundy; and 1 sister, Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER of Kinmundy.
- William ORCUTT, 97, died in Champaign Monday. Services ware being held Thursday from the Linton Funeral Home, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Kinmundy Lions Club will play the "All Comers" basketball team in a fight to the finish on Feb. 25 to benefit the March of Dimes. The opposition team lineup is not complete as yet, but the Lions have theirs’ practiced up from last year and will include: General GEORGE, Non Stop; Earth Eating O’DELL, Backstop; Sunken BARGH, Water boy; Dog Pound JAHRAUS, Setter; BAILEY the Bull thrower Pitcher; Rosebud ROBNETT, Center; ALEXANDER the Great, End (rear end); Wavey ATKINS, Playing forward; Downspout DUNLAP, Playing backward; All round DOOLEN, Playing (just playing); Galloping GAMMON, Ball Carrier; Hoot’en Holler GARRETT; Guard (using water pistol); Vigorous VALLOW, forward guard (mostly); BROWN the body basher, guard (using Black Jack); WILLIAMS the worst, North End; INGRAM the corno Kid, Third Base; Meatball JASPER, Back (way back); Shock of the Century TUCKER, Up; Seven Percent ALDERSON, Way UP. Mr. WILLIAM (Bill the bugger) SOLDNER will referee to insure the Lions against loss of the game. The Loins reserve the right to screen any or all members of the members of the "All Comer" team to make sure they are all alive before starting therefore eliminating the possibility of any liability suits as a direct result of the game. All money squeezed from you, taken from you, shaken from you, extracted, subtracted, contracted, and willfully given by you will be turned over to the county chairman to help fight the dreaded disease of Polio. G.E. SHREFFLER, Chairman, March of Dimes for Kinmundy and vicinity Lions Publicity Chairman.
- Wilson School: Mrs. John FORD and daughter, Janet Sue, called on her son, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD Saturday morning.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD called to see Larry CHARLTON Sunday morning and presented him with a gift from his Sunday School class.
- Wilson School: Ray VANDEVEER, Jack BARKSDALE, and Bob FORD attended the Soil Conservation meeting Tuesday at the Little Theater in the Salem high school.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, Dennis, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD Sunday evening.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER entertained to dinner Sunday celebrating Charles’ birthday and the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Donna and Barbara, and Ronnie SMITH, and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON.
Feb. 12, 1953:
- Miss Amy Jo LEMAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, was a patient in Salem Hospital Thursday to Saturday for strep throat.
- Bert WILLIAMS, 78, died in Anna State Hospital Feb. 5. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home in this city on Saturday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased is survived by 1 brother, Clarence, of Centralia; and 2 sisters, Gertrude WILLIAMS, who is spending the winter in Florida, and Margaret CUTLER of Rankin, Ill.
- Wesley JONES received word of the death of his brother, Orville, of Peoria, early Monday morning. Mr. JONES had been in poor health the past 2 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jr. of Salem, are the parents of a daughter born Saturday, Feb. 7 at Salem Hospital. The have named her Linda Louise. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS are the paternal grandparents.
- Private Donald G. McCARTY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY, Kinmundy, was graduated from the Signal School here at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Prior to entering the service, he attended Farina H.S. Pvt. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY arrived here Saturday from Ft. Monmouth. He will leave for Ft. Lewis, Washington, Feb. 17th. Mrs. McCARTY will remain at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL.
- There will be a free lecture on "Christian Science: The Science of Christianity" at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Salem, IL.
- Mrs. Ralph FEATHER was hostess Thursday at a dinner given in honor of Mrs. E.E. BROWN’s birthday. Present were the guest of honor, Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mrs. Frank JONES, Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mrs. R.H. GREEN, Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD, and Mrs. L.E. GREEN of Patoka.
- Coral A. BOONE, son of Margaret J. STOKELY and Thomas BOONE, was born in Kinmundy twp., Nov. 26, 1876, and died at the home of his son, Thomas BOONE in Vandalia, Feb. 2, 1953. His father died when he was quite young, and he and his sisters and brother were reared at the Soldiers and Orphans home at Normal, Ill. He was a Spanish American War veteran. When he returned home, he took up farming and continued at this until his retirement in 1942. He married Dolly HAMILTON, Feb. 18, 1914, and 1 son, Thomas BOONE, was born to them. His wife died July 31, 1947. They moved to Kinmundy in the fall of 1942, and he served as mayor until his health forced him to retire. He has made his home with his son and daughter-in-law at Vandalia, for the past 3 years. He enjoyed them and his grandchildren, Danny and Sue, and loved them very much. He is survived by his twin sister, Daisy B. KNABB of Valley Park, Mo. His brother, George BOONE, and sisters, Maude NOOT and Florence LACY, having preceded him in death. Other survivors are son, Thomas BOONE; daughter-in-law, Lucille BOONE, and 2 grandchildren; daughter, Mrs. Bryan PITTS, and son-in-law, Bryan. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Kinmundy, Feb. 4, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating, assisted by Rev. Vance COMER. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. W.S. PRUETT received word Saturday of the death of her sister, Mrs. Minnie LOCKART at Dunsmuir, Calif. She will be remembered by Kinmundy friends as Miss Minnie STEUBER, who lived in the A.W. SONGER home and from this home was united in married with Montgomery LOCKART, a young attorney from Vandalia. They made their home in Oak Park, Ill. After his death with her two young sons, she went to California to make a home for her little niece, Martha, on the death of the mother, Louise EHRENMAN. She leaves this niece, who was like a daughter to her and her two sons, and five grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday with burial in the family lot in Dunsmuir.
- William H. ORCUTT died at the Clark Nursing Home in Champaign on Feb. 2, where he had been a patient for 2½ years. He has been in failing health for some time. Mr. ORCUTT was born in Phedonah, New York, Nov. 8, 1885 (DFM note: should be 1855), and died Feb. 2, 1953, aged 97 years, 2 months, and 25 days. He married Anna YERIAN, April 20, 1890, and they had 2 sons: George Frederick, and Edward Forrest, both of Champaign, Ill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, April 8, 1932, and a stepson, Gussie YERIAN, Jan. 3, 1949. He leaves besides his two sons, one sister, and 1 brother in Jamestown, New York; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and a step-daughter-in-law, Mayme YERIAN. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home in this city, Feb. 5, with Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Mabel SMITH entertained the WSCS Wednesday with a potluck dinner at noon. The time was spent quilting the quilt that has been sent to Mrs. Ruby ROSE.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A nursery shower was held for Mrs. Don ANDERSON at the home of Mrs. See MILLICAN Thursday night. (A list was included of those attending from Pleasant Grove.)
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD were dinner guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD attended the Polio Benefit supper in Alma, Friday night. This supper was given by Alma mothers and the proceeds were $240.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD visiting Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE and Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON Friday evening.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON gave a surprise birthday party for their daughter, Joann, Sunday afternoon. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE were called to Decatur last Monday morning by the sudden death of his sister, Mrs. Fannie SMITH, who died that morning, Feb. 2. They were accompanied by another sister, Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER, and their daughter, Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND, who took them to Decatur. She and her father, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harold SMITH, returned home that night.
- Pleasant Grove: Some family from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Mark PRESGROVE at Bee Branch Church Tuesday.
- Pleasant Grove: A list of those from here who attended the funeral of Mrs. Fannie SMITH of Decatur Thursday were listed.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND, assisted by Mrs. Ralph ROSE, entertained several children with a party Thursday in honor of the 1 year old birthdays of their daughters, Doris (Feb. 5th) and Linda (Feb. 4th).
- Pleasant Grove: Several relatives from here attended a surprise party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELL in Salem Saturday night in honor of his birthday.
Feb. 19, 1953:
- The Kinmundy Lions Club has finally assembled a basketball team who are not fearful of opposing them in the March of Dimes benefit game to be played Feb. 25. Dan HIESTAND will manage the "All Comers" team which will include the following: Vern SCHOONOVER, Ralph and Francis KRUTSINGER, Charles BASSETT, Len LEWIN, Floyd GARRETT, Robert and Paul LANE, Sterling SULLIVAN, Bill LUX, and Tom HELPINGSTINE. B.F. LINTON will be on hand to provider ambulance service and Billy SOLDNER will no doubt be busy writing accident insurance along with his job of refereeing the game. D.J. ALEXANDER will be the other referee, thereby assuring the Lions Club the benefit of the doubt on any major decision.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN of St. Peter have a daughter, Paula Mae, born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Feb. 11. Mr. and Mrs. Victor DREWES, and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN are the grandparents.
- Thomas Isaac ARNOLD, youngest son of John Washington and Nancy Jane WOOTEN ARNOLD, was born in Muncie, Ind., Sept. 22, 1871, and died Feb. 10, 1953. On Jan. 8, 1902, he married Elsa SMITH, daughter of Curtis and Alice SMITH, and they built a new home in the community where they grew up. To this union, 9 children born, all surviving. They are Fred, Onarga, Ill.; John Loris, St. Louis, Mo.; Everett, Frank, and George, Salem, Ill.; Mason, Charles, and Mrs. Annabelle PERRY, Iuka, and Mrs. Ina PERRY, Ivesdale, Ill. Besides these children and their mother, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Allie LASITER, Centralia; 44 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; 6 daughters-in-law; and 2 sons-in-law. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and 1 brother and 1 sister. They spent their married life 51 years in this community. Services were held at the Lovell’s Grove Christian Church Feb. 12, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, officiating. Interment was in Lovell’s Grove Cemetery. The Linton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
- Marie DOUDERA has received the D.A.R. Award for Citizenship for the class of ‘53. Every year such an award is made to a girl of the Senior Class. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George DOUDERA, who live west of Alma.
- Dale BASSETT of the Junior Class of Kinmundy H.S. was the top salesman of magazines. Others who exhibited unusual selling ability were: Kaye GREENWOOD, Shirley BAILEY, Donna SCHOOLEY, Bonnie GRAY, Delores GARRETT, Jim LUX, Robert GAMMON, and Betty FORD. The fundraiser will be used for the Junior-Senior Banquet and Prom.
- Mrs. Rosco OLDEN entertained all of her children during the weekend, in honor of her birthday. All the children were unable to be there on the same day. Those at home Saturday were: Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons, Tolono; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and son; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children, of Kinmundy. Sunday guests were Mrs. Robert LINDER and children of Macon, Mr. and Mrs. Glen INGRAM of Clinton, Mr. and Mrs. Leland OLDEN of Arcola. Sunday afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. George LINDER of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Ray UCHITJEL of Centralia, and Mrs. Ed INGRAM of Meacham.
- E.C. BARGH wrote a thank you for the messages and word of cheer on his 94th birthday observed on Feb. 7th at the home of his daughter and her husband in Kenilworth, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed BRASEL were guests of honor at a dinner given Sunday at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON. The dinner was given in honor of the BRASELs’ 43rd wedding anniversary. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Vernon STOCKER of Savoy, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie HALLER of East St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons of Tolono, and Lee LOGUE of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy GREEN of Tolono, have a son, Robert Joseph, born Feb. 7 in Champaign. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN are the paternal grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs. T.H. POLLOCK of Centralia are the maternal grandparents.
- In Hospital: Mr. Ed HARRELL, of Meacham twp., entered Olney Sanitarium, Tuesday, Feb. 17, for medical treatment.
- Billy Dean SEE was awarded first place in a W.C.T.U. oratory contest held at Mt. Zion Church east of Mason Monday.
- Funeral services for PFC Glen Eugene HAMILTON, age 23, who was killed in Korea on Dec. 22, 1952, will be held Feb. 22 in the Christian Church in Vandalia. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. He was the son of Loren HAMILTON and Mrs. Fay HAMILTON REYNOLDS of Vandalia. He was born in St. James, Ill. on Dec. 30, 1929, and married Jean SPURLIN, formerly of Kinmundy, and now residing in Vandalia, on July 3, 1948. He leaves his parents; his wife, Jean; and one sister, Mrs. Bernice BOLYARD, Bluff City. Glen was a member of the Macedonia Christian Church. He entered the U.S. Armed Services Feb. 11, 1952, and a member of the 40th division, 223rd Infantry Division.
- March 12th has been set as the day for the hearing of the community unit district proposition. With this hearing approaching, we are one step nearer the goal of the actual formation of a unit district for the territory now included within the bounds of Kinmundy Community High School District 500.
- Shriver School: Several attended the shower given in honor of Mrs. Ella Mae KNUF at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lyman JONES on Wednesday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wesley JONES were in Peoria Thursday attending the funeral of his brother, Mr. O.E. JONES. They were accompanied home by Mr. and Mrs. John W. JONES, Patsy, and Edna of Northville, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. George F. JONES and son, George and grandson, George, of Detroit, Mich.
- Pvt. Donnie McCARTY left Tuesday for Ft. Lewis, Wash. after spending a week with friends and relatives here.
- Local Items (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE entertained his mother, Mrs. Tom BALLANCE, and brother, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE, Sunday in honor of Mrs. Tom BALLANCE’s birthday.
- Feb. 17th, Mrs. Cora HOYT was hostess to a pink and blue shower in honor of Mrs. Clifton LEMAY. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- In Memoriam: Linda Joyce HOWELL, who died 2 years ago - by mother, Daddy, sisters and brother.
Feb. 26, 1953:
- Bobby OSTERHOLTZ was guest of honor at a party given in honor of his 9th birthday at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. A.S. PARRISH, Feb. 23 with 13 guests present.
- Mr. Gene (Zombie) JADWIN has returned home from Germany after 3 years.
- Pvts. Gerald CHASTEEN and Chuck WHITE of Fort Knox, Ky. spent the weekend home with their families and friends.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG received a phone call from their son, Pvt. Charles BLOMBERG Tuesday from Korea where he is stationed.
- Pvt. Bud DYER left Sunday for Seattle, Wash. to report for overseas duty, after spending a 10 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Lela DYER.
- Pvt. Rosco WIMBERLY of Ft. Riley, Kansas spent the weekend here with his wife, Louise.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A large crowd attended Donald SHAFFER’s sale Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Norman DUKE’s mother, who has been in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis after she fell off the porch and broke her shoulder, has been moved to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. She is reported as doing nicely.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD visited Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Sunday afternoon.
- Wilson School: Friday night a potluck supper was enjoyed at Allen School. It was a farewell supper for Mr. and Mrs. Donald SHAFFER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Manford ALLPHIN and daughters, who are moving to Alma. After supper, the regular meeting was conducted by President Ray VANDEVEER. Mr. O’DELL of Kinmundy Grade and High Schools was the speaker.
March 5, 1953:
- Two Lose Lives in Auto Wreck North of Town Sunday - Icy Roads Blamed: Mrs. Lorotto HENDRIECK of Effingham was killed instantly, and Mrs. Fleta STRANGE of Decatur, died soon after arrival at Salem Hospital as the result of a car, semi-trailer wreck north of town Sunday afternoon about 1:30. Cletus STRANGE, driver of the car and husband of Mrs. STRANGE, is reported to be in serious condition in the Salem Hospital. Randell LACY, driver of the loaded semi-tractor truck out of New Orleans, was not seriously injured, although the tractor which he was driving was nearly a total loss. The accident resulted when the STRANGE automobile slid into the northbound lane and collided with the truck broadside. The car was a total loss. All roads in the vicinity were covered with snow and ice as the result of the cold spell and visibility was very limited.
- Mrs. Gladys HIESTAND and Mrs. Mamie EBLIN were co-hostesses for a pink and blue shower in honor of Mrs. Clyde ROSE, Feb. 25, at the home of Mrs. HIESTAND. Games were enjoyed by the 30 guests who attended. (A list of those receiving prizes, and sending gifts was included.)
- A Girl! Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD announce the arrival of a daughter, March 2, weighing 7 lb. and 10 oz. She has been named Diane Kay.
- Mrs. Sarah DEAN died Feb. 25, 1953 at the home of her granddaughter, Miss Jeanette DEAN, of Murphysboro, Ill. She was born Sarah Ellen RUSH, second of four daughters of Samuel and Rebecca HATFIELD RUSH on a farm near Alma, Ill. on Nov. 19, 1857. Her parents were recent arrivals in what was then the comparatively new country of Illinois. They had left their former home in Ohio, joining the rolling tide of pioneers which was seeking to establish homes and fortunes farther west, and the farm on which Sarah was born was the one chosen by Mr. and Mrs. RUSH as that on which to erect their home and build their future. These plans, however, met with an unforseen interruption caused by the outbreak of the Civil War, and Mr. RUSH, although he was nearing 42 years of age, answered the call for volunteers and enlisted in the 111th Illinois Regiment of the Union Army with which he served until he contracted an illness which resulted in his death in 1864; Sarah with a widowed mother and orphaned sisters was left to fact the battle of life. Some years after this, Mrs. RUSH became the wife of William McCARTY and grew to womanhood, still living on the farm of her birth; her education was obtained, in the small district school now known as White located north east of Alma. At the age of 16, she joined the Christian Church of Alma, and about 2 years later on Oct. 29, 1875, she married to Charles DEAN, the marriage taking place in the Christian Church. The first 2 years of their married life was spent on a farm near Farina, but in 1878, they purchased the home farm from Sarah’s mother on which farm they lived until 1913. Three children were born; 2 daughters died early in infancy, but a son Charles Noah had grown to manhood and he was now a successful practicing physician in the town of Sumner, Ill. It was in order to retire from hard work on the farm be near Dr. DEAN, their son, that they made the decision to move to Sumner in 1913. But Mr. DEAN was not long to survive this move, he contracted pneumonia and died in the spring of 1914, and Mrs. DEAN continued to live in her home in Sumner. Apparently at the height of a successful career, Dr. DEAN, her son, developed a fatal illness at the early age of 49. Mrs. DEAN continued to live in Sumner until 1941, when she went to live in the home of her granddaughter, Miss Jeanette DEAN who was and is employed as Home Advisor for Jackson County; here in her declining years, Jeanette bestowed upon her constant and devoted care until the hour of passing. The only surviving members of her immediate family are her granddaughter, Jeanette of Murphysboro; and one half-brother, J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy. Services were held from the Christian Church in Alma with Rev. A.J. COLLINS, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE have a daughter born March 1 in Salem Hospital named Karen Anne.
- Mrs. Allie BEARD, mother of Robert BEARD, of Kinmundy, died at her home in Xenia Feb. 27th, at the age of 89 years. Services were held Sunday at the Xenia Christian Church.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY have a son born Feb. 21 at Salem Hospital named John Steven.
- Billy HARVEY, son of Mrs. W.E. HARVEY, of Ridgefarm, Ill., and Miss Marjorie YATES
of Christman, Ill., were married Feb. 24th in Arkansas. Billy is a brother of Cecil HARVEY of this city.
- Annie WATSON ROHRBOUGH: Annie Grove, eldest child of W.H. and Molly GROVE WATSON, was born near Watson, West Virginia, May 29, 1870, and died in the home of her daughter at Farina, Ill. on Feb. 28, 1953. On Dec. 6, 1899, she was married to Charles B. ROHRBOUGH of Kinmundy, Ill., who died July 13, 1947. They had 4 children: two, Jean and Charles, dying in infancy. Surviving are Ruth, of Kinmundy; and Virginia, now Mrs. James GREEN of Farina. Besides her two daughters, she is survived by her son-in-law; 2 grandchildren, Ruth Ann and Charles Wesley; and 4 sisters, Miss Maggie WATSON, Morgantown, West Virginia; Mrs. F.R. LOWE, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. George PEDDICORD, Mt. Lake Park, Maryland; and Mrs. William WADE, Fairmount, West Va. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Monday, Rev. PRESLEY of Farina, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The local volunteer fire department answered 2 calls last week, the one on Friday was a grass fire on the ROBNETT land north of the old Catholic church. Saturday’s fire was also a grass fire on the Robert HOGA land southwest of Walter LAMBIRD’s residence.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. REYNOLDS were guests Sunday at a birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. Virgil MILLER of Xenia. The dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. McCLURE in Mason. Others present were Virgil MILLER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLURE and son, and Mr. and Mrs. John McCLURE of Salem.
- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE have a baby daughter born Sunday at Salem Hospital.
- In Memoriam of Don GRAY who died March 11, 1949 - from Mother and Father.
March 12, 1953:
- Ruth Lucille SMITH Dies: Ruth Lucille KENNEDY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.N. KENNEDY, was born near Kinmundy, Ill. on March 30, 1897. She died after a long lingering illness on March 5, 1953 at the Holden Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She spent the early part of her life at the family home near Kinmundy. After the death of her mother, she and her twin sister, Naomi, kept house for their father. On Aug. 17, 1923, she married Clinton SMITH, and they had 1 son, Ralph. When Ralph was a small boy, she was left to rear him. Ralph is now in service to his country. Ruth was converted when a young girl at Old Camp Ground Methodist Church, in the community in which she lived. Having lived in Marion for the past 20 years, she had moved her membership to the Aldersgate Methodist Church. She leaves to mourn her son, Ralph, and his wife, Floretti; her twin sister, Mrs. Fred CHANCE, Alma; 3 other sisters, Mrs. C.E. WALKINGTON, Tunnel Hill, Ill.; Mrs. L.E. WILLIAMS, Benton, Ill.; Mrs. Oscar CURTIS, Bloomington, Ill.; 1 brother, Jim KENNEDY, Alma, Ill. Services were held from the Mitchel Funeral home in Marion, Ill. March 7. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey BROWN attended the funeral of Miss Amy MONICAL in Louisville Wednesday afternoon.
- Miss Anna BAHDE of St. Peter died Monday afternoon. Miss BAHDE spent the winter here caring for Mrs. Sarah MILLER.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN was called to Tolono Sunday due to the illness of their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Leroy GREEN.
- Saturday afternoon the fire department was called to a grass fire that had gotten out of control at the Wayne ROBB home. No damage was reported.
- Mrs. Sarah MILLER celebrated her 94th birthday Sunday, March 8, with a family dinner at noon. In the afternoon, Misses Carol and Kaye GEORGE sang Happy Birthday and a few other selections. Guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Bill MILLER of Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Frank WILSON of Farina; Mr. Walter MILLER of Lincoln, and Mrs. Nettie GEORGE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl HARRIS of St. Elmo have a baby daughter, named Elaine Marie, born March 3rd. Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL are the great-grandparents.
- Mrs. Charles BOYD had the misfortune of falling and breaking her hip Sunday. She is a patient in the Greer Hospital in Vandalia.
- Mrs. L.E. GREEN of Patoka was hostess to a group of Kinmundy ladies Thursday at her home in honor of the birthdays of Mrs. R.H. GREEN and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER. Those present were: Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mrs. F.G. JONES, Mrs. R.H. GREEN and Mrs. E.E. BROWN.
- Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and son, Gene, celebrated their birthdays Thursday with a family dinner at their home. Others present were: Mr. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughter of Brownstown, Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and family of Salem, Mrs. Belle SUTTON, Mr. and Mrs. Harry BEGGS also of Brownstown, and Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON and family. Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB of Waukegan arrived Friday for the weekend.
- Meacham: Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS returned to her home Friday after spending several days with Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, while Mr. HARRELL was in Olney Hospital. He is home now.
March 19, 1953:
- City Council OK’s Ordinances for Bonds and Fire Protection Tax of Two Mills: The City Council unanimously approved ordinances Monday evening. The first bond paves the wave for $10,000 in water revenue bonds with which to complete the city’s waterworks project and will apply toward line extensions, additional fire hydrants, and putting water into the homes of Pensioners or public assistance rolls. The second bond for the Fire Protection Tax of two mills, will be voted upon in the City Election on April 21 and what it amounts to is this. For Fire protection, the City will use water processed and purchased by the water department. Since General funds are very limited for the city, this proposed tax would be at hand to maintain and replace the necessary equipment and supplies as well as paying the hydrant rental.
- To meet the requirement of the school code of Illinois, Kinmundy Community High School District citizens must elect 7 members to form the Board of Education for the coming year. The law requiring 7 members instead of 5 members became effective last year. Four vacancies now exist on the board. Petitions bearing the names of Ray VANDEVEER, William HESTER, Tom HELPINGSTINE, and Carl DUNLAP are now being circulated. Holding over as members are R.H. SCHOOLEY, John FORD, and D.J. ALEXANDER. SCHOOLEY, present clerk for the district 500 states that he has the petitions for anyone wishing to run for school board members.
- Mrs. Jean KEEN and Miss Carolyn HURLBURT were hostess and co-hostess to the Kinmundy Unit of Farm Bureau March 9th with 25 members answering the roll call of "A new spring fashion I will enjoy". The following were elected officers for the coming year: Mrs. George HATFIELD, Chairman; Mrs. Chester MENDENHALL, Vice Chairman; Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON, Sec. & Treas. Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and Mrs. Clarence ALDERSON presented the major lesson "Easier Trend in Sewing", and gave demonstrations and exhibited some samples. The minor lesson "Herbs" was given by Katherine WORMLEY. An auction was held among our members of some articles that had been made and we had fun as well as realizing a nice sum for our treasury. We were also busy modeling Wedding dresses, practicing for Friday night.
- A pink and blue shower was given in honor of Mrs. Louise WIMBERLY by Mrs. Marie ROSE and Mrs. Elsie SHAFFER at the SHAFFER home on March 11. Refreshments of sandwiches, cookies and coffee were served. A list of those sending gifts was included.
- The radio sent out storm warnings Saturday, stating that a cyclone would strike southern Illinois. We were looking for it around here , it did not come. However, it did strike the southwest part of the county coming from Nashville, up through Walnut Hill and on to Iuka. There were no deaths or injuries. The Dr. Harold SNOW farm near Walnut Hill is reported to have suffered an $8000 damage. The Little Grove Christian Church near Walnut Hill was unroofed while a Youth meeting was in progress in the Church. Houses and outbuildings as well as trees along the path of the storm were damaged. A vacant house two miles south of Iuka was overturned. The outbuildings on the farms across the road were demolished. The storm made a level path of the trees from this point on to about 2 miles north east of Iuka. Just when we were thinking that the radio didn’t know what it was talking about, just because we were lucky enough to not be in the path of the storm, it was really happening right in the southern part of our county.
- Claude MULVANEY, residing in the Miletus neighborhood east of Kinmundy, had the misfortune of scalding himself Saturday evening after being struck by lightening. Mr. MULVANEY was in the act of lifting a teakettle of boiling water from the kitchen stove when a bolt of lightening jumped from the kitchen lamp to his body, burning his right arm and right side and caused him to drop the tea kettle. The water splashed on his right foot and into his house slipper, severely scalding his right foot. He was given first aid and is recuperating at home under the doctor’s care. The accident happened at about 8 o’clock Saturday evening.
- Due to the fact that her birthday fell in the middle of the week, Mrs. Sarah MILLER had two celebrations. As reported last week in this paper, her children were here for a family dinner, Sunday, March 15, several friends and relatives called to offer their congratulations. (A list was included.)
- "Wedding Gowns of Former Years" was presented at the annual Marion County Home Bureau Family Night in Salem Friday evening by the Kinmundy Unit. To provide entertainment for the evening, several units throughout the county were asked to present a skit or some type of program. The Kinmundy Unit members presented a group of wedding gowns, one over 100 years old. The first gown to be modeled by Miss Irlene PARRILL of the Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club was 105 years old. It was worn by Rebecca J. EVANS, who was married to John B. KING on May 21, 1848 at Georgetown, Ohio. This dress was loaned to the group by a granddaughter, Miss Pauline BAGOTT. A red wool gown trimmed in velvet and ribbon was worn by Miss Lucy STOCK at her wedding in Kinmundy on March 19, 1884 to Charles METZER. It was modeled by Mrs. Jean KEEN. This dress now belongs to Mrs. Roy HULSEY. The next wedding dress of while organdy was worn by Miss Katherine GROVE, when she was united in marriage to Edwin WORMLEY. This marriage was at the home of Capt. and Mrs. ROHRBOUGH, uncle of the bride in Kinmundy, on the evening of Sept. 28, 1896. This dress was shown by Mrs. Beryl LINTON. Mrs. Merle JACKSON modeled the dress worn by Caroline ROBB at her wedding at the Methodist parsonage in Springfield, Illinois on March 6, 1922 to Frank W. YEAGER. This was purchased at Kinmundy. The next wedding dress, completed with beige hat and shoes worn by Mrs. Clarence QUANDT, was the wedding ensemble of Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT. On Apr. 2, 1941, Miss Margaret WARREN was united in marriage at the Centenary Methodist Church in Murphysboro, Ill. by Rev. Walter WILLIAMS to Eugene SHUFELDT, then of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER modeled her own wedding dress. Wilma, daughter of Guy and Madeline SHAFFER, was united in marriage on May 24, 1942 in the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church by Rev. W.G. WIGHAM. On Oct. 9, 1948 at St. Philomena Church in Kinmundy, Miss Helen KLEISS, daughter of Dora and Fred KLEISS, married Clarence QUANDT of Iuka. The tiara was worn by the mother of the bride on her wedding day in 1910. The gown was modeled by Mrs. Helen KESSLER. The last wedding gown to be modeled was worn by the owner, Mrs. Joe BARGH. Barbara McNICHOL was married to Joe BARGH in a wedding at the Christian Church at Patoka on June 8, 1952. (A list of those attending was included.)
- PFC Glen E. BUTTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben BUTTS, was recently promoted to the grade of Corporal for his exemplary performance of duty, from news received from headquarters of the 17th Infantry. Glen has been in Korea for over a year and reports that he will be withdrawn from there within the next few months.
- Shriver School (from last week): Mrs. Ruth KENNEDY SMITH of Marion, formerly of the Shriver community, died after a long illness at a hospital in Carbondale. She was brought to Kinmundy for burial.
- Brown: 44 attended Sunday School at Brown Sunday.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene MULVANEY of Georgia are parents of a son born March 13 named Rickie Eugene. Mr. and Mrs. L.W. MULVANEY are the paternal grandparents.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SEE received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYCE of Washington announcing a baby boy named David Chester born Feb. 8. Also received by friends here was the announcement of a son born Feb. 11 to Cpl. and Mrs. Lewis PHILLIPS of Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Earnest MULVANEY of Iuka called on her sister, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILKINS and family Saturday night. When they returned home, they found their barn had been blown down by the wind which did quite a lot of damage there and nearby.
March 26, 1953:
- Captain and Mrs. Daryl ROBB of Ft. Riley, Kansas, have a daughter, Bonnie Jean, born March 24. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB, Salem, are the paternal grandparents.
- Mrs. Harold BURNSIDE and Mrs. Fred SEE entertained several guests at the BURNSIDE home, Tuesday afternoon, in honor of Vickie SEE and Timmie BURNSIDE, who were both celebrating their 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.
- Mrs. Logan ROARK, 54, of Norris City, died following a heart attack on March 20. She is survived by her husband, Logan ROARK, and two sons, Logan ROARK, Jr., teacher at the Kinmundy Community High School, and Billie Gene ROARK, stationed with the Marines, at Santa Anna, California. Funeral services were held Sunday.
- Mr. Harvey HANNA of Kinmundy, and Miss Helen LAUGHBAUM of Salem, were married on the evening of March 20. The Rev. Vance COMER officiated before the altar of the Kinmundy Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS, of Kinmundy, attended the couple. After a trip to Memphis, Tenn., they will reside in Salem at 308 W. Schwartz for the present. Mrs. HANNA is teaching in the Southside School of Salem. Mr. HANNA is engaged in farming near Kinmundy.
- Pfc. Darrell DISS, who is stationed in Yongdongpo, Korea, went to Pusan, Korea, March 17, and ate lunch with Pvt. Bob GEILER and Pvt. Charles BLOMBERG. This is the first time Pvt. DISS has had the opportunity of seeing a fellow Kinmundian since being sent overseas although he has talked via telephone to George LAMBIRD who is stationed at Seoul.
- Mrs. Curtis VINCENT, of Kankakee, formerly Ruth OSBORNE of Farina, died Saturday afternoon, at her home in Kankakee. Services were held Tuesday with burial in Kankakee. Mrs. VINCENT was a cousin of Miss Evelyn and Mr. F.W. KILLIE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES have a baby daughter named Patricia Sue, born Sunday night in Salem Hospital.
- Boards of Education Meet Monday in Further Discussion About Unit District: Representatives of the Kinmundy Community High and Grade Schools met jointly with school officials from Alma, St. Peter, and LaGrove of Farina, Monday evening in further discussions on the formation of Unit Districts which would include all of the communities. The opinion of the Farina directors seemed to indicate that they are not interested in forming any school district which would not include St. Peter and Lone Grove township. The Kinmundy and Alma communities have their plans will along toward the formation of a Community Unit District. The hearing on the petition was held March 12, and the entire proposed district will vote on the issue soon. Oliver GLUSENKAMP, spokesman for the St. Peter delegation explained that St. Peter citizens are not interested in any form of new school because they have an exceeding low tax rate at present on the elementary schools, and of course, wish to maintain the same. Harry SOLDNER of the Farina officials explained that they realized the pupil graduating from the small high school and entering college is handicapped because he has not had the proper variety of subjects but he felt the formation of a unit district which would include the LaGrove school district is premature and would not be feasible at the present time. Much discussion on the subject was presented by all sides. The County Supt. of Schools from both Marion and Fayette counties was present. It should be pointed out here that this meeting was not called by request of the Kinmundy or Alma School Boards. These men met with the LaGrove board of Education some time ago in an effort to determine as to whether they were interested in forming a unit district to include them. During this former meeting it was established very definitely that they were not, and from the tone of Monday night’s meeting, it is evident that are still not interested. Even though the meeting did not seem worthwhile as such, it does point out to some few members of the community that the formation of a unit with LaGrove possible only at some future date. As all at the meeting admitted, the smaller high schools and grade schools will be forced into a unit district sooner or later. The Kinmundy-Alma boards feel the sooner the better. The unit district is a definite step forward in educating our youngsters. There are advantages, therefore which cannot be had under present school districts. To some of the rural schools, it is the only means of preserving their existence, not as they now operate, but through the attendance center. The day of the horse and buggy is past although some still prefer the same slow gait. Schools are no different. We can keep up, or fall behind. Meanwhile the pupil suffers.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Elizabeth SOUTHWARD of Salem spent Wednesday night with Mrs. Mag WANTLAND, then both spent Thursday with the latter’s daughter, Mrs. See MILLICAN and family in Omega. It was Mrs. WANTLAND’s 80th birthday. She was given a card and handkerchief shower. She received 112 cards and 78 handkerchiefs, also 2 aprons, and two 1 dollar bills.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE had for their guests Sunday to help celebrate the birthdays of Mrs. Olga WEISS and Barbara COPPLE, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and Rickie of Waterloo, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jr. PAULSMEYER and babe of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON, Mrs. Dollie WEISS of Farina, and Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina.
- Wilson School: Larry CHARLTON’s schoolmates presented him with a basket of colored eggs and two pictures which they had all made at school.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin CURRIE and daughter, Ruth, visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and baby Saturday morning.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND called on Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and baby, Sunday afternoon.
April 2, 1953
- A Boy: Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER, of Bridgeport, are the parents of a baby son born Wednesday, March 25th at the Lawrenceville Hospital. The boy weighed 5 ½ lbs. and has been named Michael Jay.
- A Union Easter Sunrise Prayer Service will be held at the Methodist Church at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, Pastor of the local Christian Church will bring the message. Wyett COLCLASURE and D.J. ALEXANDER, Committee.
- Mr. Bud JENKINS was guest of honor at a party given Sunday in honor of his birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Bob WHITT and son of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Oren PLOWMAN and daughter of Tolono, Mr. and Mrs. Henry REYNOLDS and son of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Eldon STORCK and family of St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Keith CHANCE of East Alton, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and family, Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT and Mr. J.C. McCARTY.
- Brown Church was awarded the golden cup for having the largest number in attendance at the monthly youth rally held Thursday night in Odin with 38 present.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred HOLTZHAUSEN near Farina, Sunday.
- Miss Betty Lou MITCHELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MITCHELL of Farina, and RD2 Benny BRASEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL, were married at the home of Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, March 28th. They were attended by Miss Nellie McKINNEY of Louisville, a friend of the bride, and Harry BRASEL, brother of the groom. The groom was graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1948, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950. The Bride received her education at Farina. Mr. BRASEL will leave Saturday for Norfolk, Va. Mrs. BRASEL will remain in Farina for the present.
- Miss Doris ROSE LINDER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan LINDER, of Salem, and DC3 Fred Eugene CRAIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN, exchanged marriage vows March 28th in Mt. Vernon. The groom will report to his ship in San Diego on April 7.
- Miss Roberta Pauline COOPER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, and Leroy SWIFT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, were married in Tupelo, Miss. Friday March 27 with Rev. BEELSBY, Pastor of the Tupelo Methodist Church officiating. Both the bride and groom graduated from the Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘52. Mrs. SWIFT is employed as High School Secretary and Mr. SWIFT is engaged in farming with his father. The couple will make their home with the groom’s parents for the present.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles SEE of Chicago, have a daughter, born March 29th. She is the 5th grandchild of Mrs. Margaret GRAY, all of them girls. Mr. and Mrs. W.S. CONANT are the maternal grandparents.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO and two daughters, Donna and Shirley, of Hartford, Ill., spent the weekend here with her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS and son, Raymond. They returned to their home Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. ATKINS, who will spend a few days with them.
- Miss Rosalie ALDERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON, Kinmundy, has completed her preclinical training at the Missouri Baptist Hospital school of Nursing in St. Louis. She was "capped" March 21, with 38 fellow students at an impressive ceremony at Euclid Baptist Church in St. Louis. Miss ALDERSON graduated from Kinmundy H.S. She now lives in the nurses’ residence adjoining the hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Mr. L.J. HAMMER spent Sunday in Bridgeport and Lawrenceville with the Dale HAMMER family. Mrs. Dale HAMMER is seriously ill in the hospital in Lawrenceville. Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, and Mrs. Wes ROBB, are in Bridgeport caring for the children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD of Alma, spent Sunday with Mrs. Tom BALLANCE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON entertained several guests Monday evening at their home in Salem in honor of her sister, Mrs. Wayne ROBB’s birthday. Other guests were: Wayne ROBB and son, Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALDERSON, all of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughter, Gloria, of Brownstown, and Miss Lillie BAILEY of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Art MULVANEY are parents of a daughter born March 18th at Salem Hospital. This is their second child. Mrs. MULVANEY is the former Miss Betty CHANCE.
- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE called on Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT called to visit their new granddaughter.
April 9, 1953:
- The township elections created a bit of a contest in some offices, but others lipped into office without much notice. Among the highlights of the elections in surrounding communities, was the re-election of Mason BASSETT as supervisor in Foster, and the election of Willie SLANE in Meacham twp. to serve as supervisor.
Kinmundy Township (Precinct 1 totals are listed in the first column, and precinct 2 totals are in the second column):
- Charles BOYD, D 144 147
- R.R. LEE, R 33 32
For Town Clerk:
Wilma BOUGHERS, D 133 135
For Justice of the Peace:
Norman BLACKBURN, D 92 88 Walter LAMBIRD, R 83 83
James E. JENKINS, R 95 87 G.W. JOHNSON, R 88 74
For School Trustee:
Dwight INGRAM, R. 107 96
There was no contest for Town Clerk, Constable or School Trustee.
Mason BASSETT, R 122 S.M. ROBB, D 97
Wm. JONES, R 132 Orie GREEN, D 79
For Town Clerk:
Harold W. JONES, D 114 Maurice NATTIER, R 89
For Justice of the Peace:
F.L. DOUDERA, D 114 Harold CHANDLER, R 88 Arnot CONLEY, R 85
For Constables (write-ins):
Marvin BASSETT, R 30 Louie SOUTIER, R 31
For School Trustee:
Edw. DOUDERA, D 106
There was no contest for Constable and School Trustee.
Willie SLANE, R 124 James HANKS, D 109
F.R. MISELBROOK, R 172 Otis TATE, D 61
For Town Clerk:
Kenneth PARRILL, R 121 Clark PARRILL, D 98
For Justice of the Peace:
Victor YATES, R 136 Glenn WELLS, R 133 Ray MULVANEY, D 88 Charles HAMPSTEN, D 74
Kenneth ELKINS, R 134
(Also six write-ins with one vote each who will be entitled to election by drawing straws at a later date.)
For School Trustee:
Oren BUTTS, R 129 Ona L. BUTTS, D 81
The Democrats offered no contest for Constable.
Alma Township officials elected were:
For Assessor: Cecil SHREFFLER, D
For Town Clerk: Howard DOWNEY, R
For Justice of the Peace: Ed McWHIRTER, D, William HESTER, R
For Constable: Raymond BEARD, D and John BARKSDALE, R
For School Trustee: Claude HEISTAND, D.
There was no contest for Assessor.
Omega Township officials elected:
For Supervisor: Loren MIDDLETON, D
For Town Clerk: Beulah JONES, D
For Assessor: Mason ARNOLD, D
For Justice of the Peace: C.C. KITCHEN, D, Francis SIPES, D
For Constable: Hugo WAGONER, D, Fred MULVANEY, D
For School Trustee: Elmer WYRICH, D
The entire Democratic ticket was unopposed.
- LOYD-GARDEN: Miss Wanda Lee LOYD of LaClede, became the bride of John GARDEN of this city on March 29th in the First Methodist Church of Farina, Rev. J.N. PRESLEY, officiating. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred LOYD of LaClede. The groom is the second son of Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY of this city. Charles GARDEN, of this city, brother of the groom, was best man, and Richard GARDEN and Robert BAILEY, of this city, were the attendants. The maid of honor was Miss Janet TAPPLE of Farina, and bride’s maids were Miss Charlotte HANBAUM of Farina, and Miss Rose Mary O’NEAL of Cleveland, Ohio, cousin of the bride. Little Miss Sue BAILEY of this city was flower girl, and Master Ronnie GRAVES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior GRAVES, of Farina was ring bearer. Ushers were Dorsa SPROUSE of LaClede, and Gene BAILEY of this city. The bride graduated from LaGrove H.S. and attended Beauty Culture School in Alton, Ill. Mr. GARDEN is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. and attended the Univ. of Ill. for 2 years. He is employed by the Texas Company. They are at home in Alma.
- Mrs. O.E. CORRELL was taken to the Salem Hospital Tuesday after suffering a light stroke a few days ago.
- The Jolly Girls Club met April 2 at the home of Mrs. Wayne ROBB. An Easter Egg hunt was enjoyed by the children. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Gilbert DONOHO, Apr. 17.
- Approximately 125 youngsters turned out Sunday afternoon for the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Kinmundy Lions club. The hunt was held on the school grounds. 30 dozen eggs had been placed around the grounds for the children. Two golden eggs were hidden along with the colored eggs. These brought a special basket filled with candy eggs. They were awarded to Kaye GEORGE and Mary Jo PAGANO. The prettiest homemade basket went to Judy SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leon JONES of Farina have a daughter born April 6 in Salem Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES are the paternal grandparents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY have a son born April 7 in Salem Hospital, named Randy Lee.
- Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB of Waukegan are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY. On Monday, they signed a lease, effective May 1, for the Gregg Café located on Route 37, north of Salem.
- Dedication services will be held Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church in Iuka dedicating their new parsonage. Rev. Samuel CARLTON is the pastor of the church.
- Former neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE when they lived in Bible Grove, Missouri, visited with them.
- Lt. Commander and Mrs. Carl E. PRUETT and family from Arlington, Va. spent the past week with his mother, Mrs. W.S. PRUETT.
- Pvt. Bill VALLOW is spending a few days furlough here with his mother, Mrs. Amelda VALLOW. He will leave next week for Ft. Ord.
- Victoria JACKSON Dies: Mrs. Victoria JACKSON died at her home in this city on Sunday aged 92 years, 3 months, and 23 days. Services were held April 8th from the Methodist Church, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Joseph HECKLEBECH, Beckemeyer, Ill.; 3 sons, Grover of this city; Bernie of South Bend, Ind.; and Bert of Three Rivers, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Sarah MILLER of this city; seven grandchildren: Mrs. Charles BRUCE, Mundelin, Ill.; Mrs. B.R. MALEY, Fairbourne, Ohio; Mrs. Fred MORGAN, Ray and Russell BAILEY, Dayton, Ohio, Richard BAILEY, Mt. Clemens, Mich., and Harold HECKLEBECH, LaCross, Wis.; 7 great-grandchildren; and 4 step-children, Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, Oran, Andrew and Emery JACKSON.
- Miletus (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE took their son, Russell, to Centralia Hospital last Wednesday for x-rays of his hips. He has been lame some time in his left leg. Mrs. Lona TATE stayed with Mrs. Pearl TATE while they made the trip.
- Meacham: Glenn JAHRAUS called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Friday morning.
April 16, 1953:
- Victoria BAILEY JACKSON, 92 Year Old Local Resident, Laid To Rest Last Week: Victoria McGEE was born in Carroll Co., Va on Dec. 12, 1860, and came with her parents to Indiana when 8 years old in a covered wagon and located near Alfordsville in Davis county. They later moved to Washington, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood. She was married to B.J. BAILEY July 3, 1881. They had 5 children, one dying in infancy, Pearly May, Cora, Grover and twin sons. Bert and Bernie. Later she moved to Odin, Ill., and later to Kinmundy, where they lived 37 years in the country home. She was converted early in life at Washington, Ind., and united with the Methodist church. After coming to Illinois, she united with the Southern Methodist Church. On Oct. 13, 1923, her husband died, and just 4 months later, a daughter-in-law, wife of Grover was taken, whom she loved as her own. Later she married to J.H. JACKSON, who died Oct. 9, 1939. She leaves to mourn her children: Mr. and Mrs. Joe HECKLEBECH, Grover BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Bert BAILEY, and Mr. and Mrs. Bernie BAILEY, and 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, also a step-daughter, Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER; 3 step-sons, Orin, Andrew and Emery JACKSON whom she loved as her own. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Sarah MILLER. Mrs. JACKSON died on April 5. (A list was included of relatives attending from out-of-town.)
- HARRELL-DOOLEN: Miss Betty Ann HARRELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry HARRELL of Odin, and Wesley DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN of this city, were married April 10 in Mt. Vernon at the home of Rev. W.T. GIBBONS. The couple was attended by Patricia DOOLEN, sister of the groom, and Wm. Donald FRALA of Alma, friend of the groom. Mr. DOOLEN attended school at Kinmundy H.S. He left Monday to be inducted into the Army Air Corps. Mrs. DOOLEN is a student in the Odin H.S., and remain in Odin for the present.
- Guy W. SHAFFER was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis Thursday where he is a patient. He is suffering from a heart ailment. He is being cared for by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. John SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Miss Norma Jean HAYS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. HAYS of Wichita, Kansas, to Arthur Dwain FORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis E. FORD of Wichita, Kansas. They plan a June wedding.
- Meacham Home Bureau met at the home of Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD on April 1st with 12 members present and 2 guests. Business followed the regular procedure and roll call was answered with "An Account of "My Wedding Day". A report on the 4-H activity was given by Mrs. Olga COPPLE the 4-H chairman. Mrs. Clark PARRILL was appointed "Health Chairman".
- The Kinmundy Lions Club will put "Scotchlight" tape on the bicycles of all youngsters in community. The tape is made to reflect light and is an aid for motorists in seeing a bicycle at dusk or dark.
- The Allen Party-a-Month Club met Monday night, March 30, at the Brubaker Townhouse. The meeting was called to order by the president, Eugene KENLEY, and the minutes were read by the secretary, Joan ANDERSON. Following the business meeting a splendid program was presented. 43 members attended. Games and refreshments were enjoyed by all. John BALLANCE, Reporter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DOOLEN of Oklahoma City have a daughter born April 5th named Janet Kay.
- Miss Kaye HAMMER was guest of honor at a birthday party Friday in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER. 19 of her schoolmates were present to enjoy the fun.
- Mrs. Glen WHITE and Mrs. Charles WHITE left this morning for Fort Knox, Ky they will be accompanied home by Pvt. Charles WHITE, who will spend a 10 day furlough here.
- Wesley DOOLEN and Carl LANE left Monday for St. Louis to report for the Army. They were accompanied by Don FRALA of Alma who reported to the Air Force. Wesley and Carl will be stationed at Fort Custer, Mich., and Don will be at Lackland Air Base, Texas.
- The many friends of Tom SCHOENBORN, a former resident of this city, will be sorry to hear of his misfortune. He had spent Easter Sunday in the home of his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. John BROSNAHAN in Springfield. They accompanied to his home in Salsbury in the afternoon. Soon after his return home, he had the misfortune of falling, breaking the knee cap of his right leg. His left was put in a cast and he will be confined several weeks. He is in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
- Mrs. Charles BOYD was released Monday from the Greer hospital where she has been receiving treatment for a broken hip. She will stay at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe E. ETHERTON in Carbondale at present.
- Miletus: Pvt. Jack MITCHELL of Ft. Leonard Wood visited Saturday night with Lonnie TIPSWORD and family.
- Miletus: Raymond BANNING was elected school director of Miletus School, Apr. 11.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Jack J. BARKSDALE will make her home with her parents while her husband, Jack, is in the Armed Forces. Jack left Friday for training.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert SMITH and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Leo STOCK and son, Lee, attended the Marion County Married Group meeting Friday evening in the Salem Presbyterian church basement. The speaker for the evening was Floyd SMITH, Farm Advisor. The topic was "Control Insects". A large crowd was attended and enjoyed the evening.
- Wilson School: Carl Bernard, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE, enlisted in the Armed Forces recently and left Monday morning for his training. Mr. and Mrs. LANE’s son, Jimmy, is now stationed in Korea.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur attended the funeral of Mr. LIVESAY’s brother, Howard, in Maplewood, Mo. on Tuesday.
April 23, 1953:
- The Board of Education of School District No. 25, which is known as the Kinmundy Grade School District, is just a little alarmed over the amount of money they have in their educational fund. It was a great deal more than they had anticipated. They are of the opinion that they must get rid of all this balance before July 1st or they will lose out on the special state aid which is given them by the state. This is absolutely not the case. The balance of the educational fund is $25448. (DFM note: The paper wrote up all of the debits and credits for the district in several paragraphs.) The balance is really $19,371. They are allowed a balance of $22,696. So don’t worry, boys, about being able to qualify for your special state aid claim. You will have expended $2,325 more than you will need to in order to qualify.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER announce the marriage of their daughter, Evelyn, to Robert MIDDLETON, son of Mrs. Nina MIDDLETON, Alma. The wedding took place in Mt. Vernon, March 7. They were attended by Miss Patricia DOOLEN, a friend of the bride, and Don FRALA of Alma, a friend of the groom. The groom is a graduate of the Kinmundy H.S. in 1951. He has been employed at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet until recently. He is now in the Air Corps and stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. MIDDLETON is a senior at the Kinmundy H.S. and is making her home with her parents for the present.
- A birthday party was enjoyed Monday afternoon in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN for their daughter’s 2nd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Jack PRUETT underwent an appendectomy Saturday in the Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. McKinley TURNER of Farina, and Miss Kathryn TURNER of Effingham, were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Katherine BOUGHERS, celebrating Mrs. BOUGHER’s 75th birthday.
- Family Birthday Celebration: Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN were hosts Sunday at a family gathering in honor of Mr. OLDEN’s birthday. All the children were able to be present, they are: Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN, of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Robert LINDER and family of Macon, Mr. and Mrs. Glen INGRAM of Clinton, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son of Tolono, Leland OLDEN of Arcola, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children, and Mr. Alva OLDEN, of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. O.E. CORRELL suffered a stroke at her home April 21. She has been ill for several weeks.
- Sunday was celebrated by relatives for the birthday of Mrs. Ralph HOYT. She received many nice gifts. Those who attended were Ralph HOYT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT and children, Charles HOYT and daughter, Mr. Jess HOYT, Miss Pat SMITH of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WHITE, Mrs. George PHELPS and daughter of Salem, Mrs. Marion EVANS of Odin, and Mart PRESGROVE.
- Bell Telephone Co. Granted Raise in Rates: Most residence telephone users in Kinmundy will pay about a penny a day more for service as a result of the Illinois Commerce Comission’s order increasing Illinois Bell’s revenue. Sixty 4-party residence customers will pay 25 cents a month more than the present rate which will be $2.65; seventy-nine 2-party residence customers will pay 35 cents a month more which is $3.00, and the fifty-eight 1-party 50 cents more which is $3.40. The charges become effective April 16, 1954.
- Lloyd VAN LOVELL: Relatives here received word of the death of Lloyd VAN LOVELL, who died April 15, at the home of his daughter, in Portland, Ore., where he had been staying since Feb. He suffered a heart attack in November. The funeral was held in Pasadena, Cal., where he had made his home. He was the son-in-law of Mrs. Lillie McCULLEY and the nephew of Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG. He had been pastor of the local Christian Church for several years, and at the time of his passing, was pastor of the Christian Church in San Demas, Calif.
- Darrell DISS is enjoying a 30 day furlough in Rome, N.Y., with his wife. He is to be stationed in the U.S. after his furlough is up.
- Miss Wilma BOUGHERS, Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mrs. Hubert FISHER, Mrs. John HOLT, and Mrs. Claude WILKINSON attended the 50th anniversary of Rebekah Lodge 596 in Centralia, Wednesday evening. An interesting program was presented, including the history of the lodge, compiled and read by Mrs. Ray HARGRAVES, a former Kinmundian.
- Apr. 17 the Jolly Girls met at the home of Mrs. Ruby DONOHO with 8 members present. Mending was the work for the day. Pin cushions were exchanged. Refreshments of coffee and doughnuts were served by the hostess.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER left Tuesday for Bridgeport to care for their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dale HAMMER. Mrs. Wes ROBB, who had been caring for her, returned home.
- Mrs. Kenneth ROBB Dies: Cleda Maxine ROBB, wife of Kenneth ROBB, passed away in the Mark Greer Hospital, Vandalia, Tuesday, April 21, 1953 at 1:10 a.m. at the age of 37 years. Funeral services will be held from the Christian Church, Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m., with Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, officiating. Interment will be made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Wed 45 Years: Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, April 19th at their home. Guests included: Mr. and Mrs. D.C. JACKSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. James JACKSON and son, and Charles JOST of Clinton; and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons of Kinmundy. Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER were afternoon callers.
- Surprise Birthday Dinner: Saturday evening was celebrated by relatives for the birthday of Mrs. Frank HOYT. She received many nice gifts. Those attending were: Frank HOYT, Mart PRESGROVE, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HOYT, George, Herman, Phyllis, Ronnie Lee, and John HOYT, Betty and Doris JOHNSON, Connie HOYT, Donna and Jeanie HAZLETT, Gene (Zombie) JADWIN and David HANNA.
- G.E. SHREFFLER was elected President of the local Methodist Men Tuesday evening at the annual election. On account of a death in the immediate family, he was not present. Fletcher COLE was re-elected Vice President and Eugene ERNST was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Committees elected were Entertainment: George FEATHER and Leland BRASEL; Refreshments: Glen BRASEL, Sam LOWE and Roy DOOLEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and children, Beverly, Mary and Kay, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE spent the weekend in Sparland, Ill. visiting Mrs. FEATHER’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Page PARRISH and helping them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Sunday.
- For the first time in more than 30 years, the citizens of Kinmundy witnessed an old time, hard fought election for their city candidates. Consequently, a big vote was cast. The total vote is as follows:
For Mayor: E.E. JAHRAUS, 223; C.E. BAILEY, 210.
For City Clerk: John E. PIPER, 281; Velma LUX, 159.
For City Treasurer: G.E. SHREFFLER, 352.
For Alderman: 1st Ward: Ben JENKINS, 151; Don COLEE, 34.
2nd Ward: P.H. ROBNETT, 108
3rd Ward: John McCULLEY, 70; James BRIM, 31; Thelma BAILEY, 29.
The vote on the "Fire Protection Tax" proposition was YES 295 and NO 78.
April 30, 1953:
- Saturday, May 9 will find the people of Community High School District 500 voting upon a very important issue - that of the formation of a new Community Unit District. This proposed district follows the same boundaries as the present High School district with the exception of a few sections of land laying in the Northeast corner of Tonti Township which has heretofore been non-high school territory.
- Cleda Maxine ROBB: Our little city was saddened Tuesday morning when we heard of the passing of a young wife and mother, Mrs. Cleda ROBB, who peacefully fell asleep at 1:10 a.m. April 21, 1953 at the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia. Cleda Maxine, daughter of Berthol and Ruby DOOLEN GARRETT was born Dec. 24, 1915 in Foster twp. She lived on a farm in early life. She was married to Kenneth ROBB Aug. 11, 1937 in Indiana. Two daughters came to bless this happy couple, Judith Ann and Helen Jean. Helen Jean was only permitted to be with them five months when her tiny soul was wafted across the tideless sea safe in the arms of Jesus. Cleda was a member of the Christian Church of Kinmundy. Her many prayers to remain here with her loved ones were countless, but only those nearest and dearest to her knew of her affliction. Her illness was of many months duration but she was always cheerful and never complained. She was given every care possible both medical and physical to relieve her intense suffering but her Savior came and took her to her Heavenly Home where she will be free from all pain. Besides her devoted husband and daughter, she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT of Kinmundy; three sisters, Mrs. Irma HEADLEY of Lansing, Mich.; Mrs. Norma SHREFFLER and Miss Wanda GARRETT of Kinmundy; five brothers, Carroll, Bill, Jack, Junior and Floyd, all of Kinmundy; a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB; five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and many dear friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, Apr. 23, at 2 p.m., from the Christian Church, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, officiating. Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
Card of Thanks: We wish to express our appreciation to our many friends for your cards, flowers, and visits during the illness of our loved one. Also your kind expression of sympathy, your assistance in any way, the words of condolence and the sweet music. The ROBB & GARRETT families. (A list of those attending from out of town was also included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. William GRIFFIN of Foster township announce the arrival of a son born April 20 at Vandalia Hospital named William Junior.
- Sgt. 1st class and Mrs. M. Boyd THOMPSON of Fort Lewis, Washington, spent Monday at the Marshall SPENCER home.
- W.L. GREEN, Kinmundy Supervisor, was chosen as the Chairman of the Marion County Board of Supervisors in their monthly meeting held Monday.
- Miss Marla Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT underwent a tonsillectomy at the St. Mary’s hospital in Centralia, Monday.
- Dr. H.L. HANNA: Homer Luther HANNA, only child of David R. and Mary LANDRUM HANNA, was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 24, 1877, and died Apr. 21, 1953. His passing occurred on the 121st anniversary of his mother’s birth, and the 40th commemoration of his father’s death. As a youth he attended rural school near Kinmundy. On Sept. 8, 1895, he married Martha Jane GRAY, and they had 12 children: Leota, passing away in infancy; the wife and mother on Aug. 23, 1927, and B.L. died in the service for his country Feb. 3, 1945. He married Esther GEORGE on Sept. 6, 1933, and she died June 15, 1939. He then married Mrs. Ethel LONG on Dec. 24, 1940. Dr. HANNA received his Doctor of Veterinary Medical Degree from the Terre Haute Veterinary College in 1918 and engaged in general practice in Kinmundy and surrounding communities for 34 years. Two weeks before he expired, Mr. and Mrs. NEATHERY called at the home to visit the doctor. He was much to ill to talk to them but he told Mrs. HANNA to tell them that he bought the lumber for all of the houses he built from Mr. NEATHERY but he was now trading all earthly possessions he had for a mansion in heaven. Dr. HANNA leaves his wife and the following children: Bertha DAVIS, Chicago; Gail HULTS, Kinmundy; Clyde, Pasadena, Calif.; Paul of Kell; Mary HANKS, Kinmundy; Ruth KNABE, Rockford; Leona REICK, Chicago; Ada SMITH, Centralia; Dwight, Lansing, Mich.; Robert, Kinmundy; 5 step-children; 44 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the Methodist Church on Apr. 24, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating, and Rev. A. VANCE assisting. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of Kinmundy Lodge 398 A.F. and A.M. (A picture was included with this obituary.)
- The Kinmundy City Council met in special session Friday and agree to have R.R. CALAGHAN, contractor for the waterwork’s project, go ahead with the hookup of the water services into the pensioner’s homes. There are 35 hookups to be completed at the cost of $73.50 each.
- The first Republican in Kinmundy Twp. to receive an appointment from Gov. Stratton was C.G. JACKSON. Effective May 1st, he will begin working at the State Armory in Salem.
- His Excellency, G. Clinton PELHAM, C.M.C., Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Mrs. PELHAM have announced the engagement of their daughter, Anne, to William F. GRESHAM, son of Mrs. Laura FISHER GRESHAM, of Chicago and Kinmundy, and the late Mr. W. Franklin GRESHAM. The wedding will take place Sept. 3 at Nicosia on the island of Cyprus.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A pink and blue shower was held Monday in honor of Mrs. Edward WARD, the former Miss Alice SINCLAIR, by hostess, Mrs. Oran ALDERSON. (A list of those attending was including.)
- Miletus: Monday was the last day of school at Miletus. The teacher, Ray STEWART, Mrs. STEWART, and the pupils, and some of the mothers motored to Salem and enjoyed a picnic dinner at the park.
- Miletus (from last week): Several from here attended the funeral of Amos WILCOXEN, which was held at Mt. Carmel Baptist church last Saturday. He passed away at his home Wednesday night after a lingering illness of several months. He leaves his companion; 3 sons - Omar, Salem; Cecil and Charles, near Omega; and 1 daughter, Mrs. Ethel MARTIN of Salem; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister. Interment in the Salem Cemetery.
- Wilson School (from last week): Mrs. Tommy SHREFFLER and son, and Mrs. Dick JOHNSON and daughter, called on Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son spent Thursday evening with the FORDs.
- Wilson School (from last week): Miss Helen BASSETT spent Tuesday with her sister, Mrs. Bob FORD, and daughter.
- Wilson School (from last week): The Pleasant Grove Home Bureau met Friday afternoon at the Townhouse in Brubaker. Mrs. Bob FORD, Mrs. Robert SMITH, and Mrs. Leo STOCK attended from this community.
- Wilson School (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter attended the funeral of Mrs. Martha FORD in Farina Sunday afternoon. They also called on Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD at Alma Sunday afternoon.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT and daughter, Mrs. Rosemary MOTCH, were supper guests in Salem Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons in honor of Mrs. CONANT’s and Eli’s birthdays, which were this past week.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON attended a family dinner in Alma Monday, given in honor of his father, J.B. JOHNSON’s 80th birthday.
- Army Pvt. Charles F. BLOMBERG, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG of Kinmundy, recently arrived in Korea for duty with the 44th Engineer Construction Group. He attended Illinois University before entering the Army a year ago.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Helen MEYER was a dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters to celebrate the birthdays of Herbert ANDERSON and Lawrence SHUFELDT, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHUFELDT and relatives from out of town were guests.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter visited Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, Dennis.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter called on Mr. and Mrs. Bill WILLIAMS of Alma, Saturday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin STANFORD and family, and Bob HORMANN of Earlville, called on the Clyde ROSE home Tuesday bringing them word of the death of a relative, Edgar WILKINS, who died in a hospital near there. The body was brought to Palestine Church south of Iuka where services were held Wednesday.
May 7, 1953:
- Pfc. and Mrs. Darrell D. DISS have a son, David Mark, born April 30 in Rome, New York. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L.C. DISS of Kinmundy, and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY of Rome, New York. He is also the first great-grandchild of Frank HUMPHREY and great-grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER.
- The Kinmundy Menuettes 4-H Club had their organizational meeting May 2 with 9 attending. Officers elected were: President - Barbara DOOLEN; Vice President - Karen JONES; Sec-Treas. - Rosalyn LOWE; Reporter, Ada BRASEL; Recreation Chairman - Kathleen O’DELL. Our leader, Katherine WORMLEY served refreshments.
- Several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER Sunday to surprise Mrs. HAMMER on her birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jr., and daughter, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTISS and son, Charleston; and Mrs. Robert YOUNG and baby, California.
- Miss Mary Jane JACKSON and Charles JOST, both of Clinton, were married Apr. 20th in Mississippi. Mrs. JOST is granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON of Kinmundy.
- Salem to have 3D Picture: Loren CLUSTER, manager of the Salem Theatres, informs us he will show the first 3 dimension picture to be shown in this part of the state. This picture "Man in the Dark" will be shown at the Globe Theatre, and will run for a whole week.
- Walter WILSON was admitted to Centralia Hospital May 2 for an emergency appendectomy.
- Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN underwent an appendectomy May 5th at Salem Hospital.
- According to word received here by friends, Mr. E.C. BARGH has just returned to the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.M. DAVIDSON, in Kenilworth, Ill. after a stay in the Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago.
- The Kinmundy Handy Stitchers met at the Methodist Church Saturday for the purpose of electing officers with 14 members present. Elected were: President - Mary FEATHER; Vice President - Marilyn O’DELL; Sec-Treas - Gayle KLINE; Reporter - Clara BRASEL; Recreation Chairman - Patsy BEARD. Refreshments were served by leader, Katherine WORMLEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.C. ADAMS of Bangkok, Thailand, have a daughter, Cynthia Claudine, born May 3. She is great-granddaughter of E. WORMLEY.
- Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. the voters in Kinmundy, Alma, and surrounding townships will have the opportunity to pass judgement upon a proposition which will better our existing school system. It is our hope that each voter will carefully weigh the advantages which can come about through the formation of a Community Unit District.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, Mrs. Emma RICHARDS, and Mrs. Dale ARNOLD spent Wednesday in Kinmundy with Mrs. Lilly McCULLEY in honor of her birthday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Mary BRASEL completed her school term at Greenridge Thursday. On Saturday, the school went by bus to St. Louis and spent the day at Forrest Park and also attended the Policeman’s Circus. Several mothers attended also.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT Thursday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna BALLANCE closed a very successful term of school at Allen Thursday. A basket dinner was served a noon. A large crowd enjoyed dinner. Rev. and Mrs. TREDWAY were among the visitors, and also the pupils from Brown School. A ballgame was enjoyed in the afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Earl YUND of Crete, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin YUND, and Mr. Leslie SHREFFLER of Alma were Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. SHREFFLER in Alma in honor of his birthday. Afternoon guests were Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, Rev. and Mrs. Vance SOMER and Mrs. Ida SMITH.
- Wilson School: Allen School district closed Thursday with a basket dinner and a ballgame against Brown School. Ice cream was provided by teachers, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Sunday evening.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and daughters visited with Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, Dennis, Thursday, to help celebrate his birthday.
May 14, 1953:
- Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary in Home: On May 13, Miss Sena NULL, who lived with her parents near Mt. Vernon, went to Mt. Vernon to write on a teachers’ examination. At the courthouse, she was met by Mr. Angus PHILLIPS, who also lived near Mt. Vernon. Instead of Miss NULL going to the office of the County Superintendent of Schools, she accompanied Mr. PHILLIPS to the office of the County Clerk, where they procured a marriage license. They then made their way to the home of a cousin living in Mt. Vernon, who happened to live right next door to the Rev. William POWLS, pastor of the local Methodist Church. The minister was invited in and it was only a matter of a few minutes until Miss NULL became Mrs. PHILLIPS. This happy couple took up residence in Mt. Vernon as the groom was employed in the car shops there. But later that year, they migrated to Louisiana where they remained four years. They then returned to Illinois and engaged in farming. Then they went to Arkansas where they farmed for a short while, and then returned to Illinois. In 1916, they entered the ministry of the Methodist Church and have been stationed in the following places in Southern Illinois Conference: Moccasin - 3 years; Clay City - 3 years; Mt. Vernon - 2 years; Louisville - 4 years; Thebes -1 year; Norris City - 1 year; Shawneetown -1 year (during the great flood); Steelville - 2 years; Gorham - 4 years; Marissa - 2 years; Odin - 5 years; Kinmundy - 3 years. Just a year ago, this couple was placed in Retired Relationship with the Southern Illinois Conference as Rev. PHILLIPS reached the age of retirement. They saw fit to settle right here in Kinmundy. On May 10, this couple was made very happy because of two occasions. It was Mother’s Day and they had all their children, except one, home with them. They were also celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. One daughter had been with them most of the week helping them get ready for the occasion. The other children began arriving Saturday and the others came on Sunday morning. Then other relatives came in on Sunday and a marvelous family dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. Open house was held from 2 to 5 in the afternoon when 150 friends signed the guest register. The children and their families present were: Mr. and Mrs. William R. WHITESIDES, daughters, Marjorie and Winona and son, Bill, East Alton, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin PHILLIPS and daughters, Susan and Kathy, Washington, D.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS and sons, Marvin and A.K., Shawneetown; Miss Myra PHILLIPS, R.N., Phoenix, Ariz; Mr. and Mrs. Allen PHILLIPS, son, Teddie, and daughter, Kay, Edwardsville; and Ted PHILLIPS, Chicago. The other son, Robert PHILLIPS of Richmond, Calif. could not be present. (A list of other relatives attending was also included.). A dinner will be given this evening (Wednesday) in the basement of the Methodist Church with Rev. and Mrs. PHILLIPS as guests. All members and friends of the church are invited. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Mrs. Anna FOSTER celebrated her 90th birthday May 4 at the home of her nephew, Roy LINGENFELTER, with home she makes her home in Marion, Illinois. Her daughter, Edna, from St. Louis, was with her on that special day, also her sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy FENSTER of Champaign. She enjoyed many cards, letters and gifts from dear friends.
- S. Sgt. and Mrs. Lester VANDEVEER of Honolulu, Hawaii have a daughter, Noni Sue, born May 10, 1953.
- Unit District Formation Voted in With Thumping Majority of 9 to 1 in Favor: The voters of the new Community District No. 301 brought in a thumping vote of nine to one in favor of the formation of the Unit. The vote carried in every township and municipality voting.
- Representatives from Alma, Tonti, Omega, Meacham, and Kinmundy Township Boards of Education met Tuesday night at the local schoolhouse in response to invitations sent out this week. Carl DUNLAP, President of District 500, explained that the purpose of the meeting was to pick 7 men to run for Board of Education members for the newly formed Community Unit District 301. Each of the townships represented were divided into their respective groups and proceeded to pick out their candidate. As there are 6 townships in the new district it was thought their should be one man picked from Alma, Tonti, Omega, Meacham, Foster, and two men from Kinmundy. Foster sent no representatives, so no candidate was selected for the group. Nominations went to the following: Kinmundy - P.H. ROBNETT and J.B. MAXEY; Alma - John FORD and William HESTER; Omega - See MILLICAN; Meacham - Clark HAMPSTEN; Tonti - Lloyd SIEVER. Unless more candidates file for office, this is your new Board of Education which will be elected June 6. Some of the board members represented felt that it was not their place to select one candidate and not let the general public from the township pick more candidates if they wished. They expressed the opinion that the people should decide upon the candidates at a public meeting. Such meetings will probably be held tonight or the following night due to the Friday limit on filing of petitions.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Rosco WIMBERLY have a son born May 7th at Salem Hospital named Ronald Rosco. Mrs. WIMBERLY is the former Louise SHAFFER.
- Honored Mother’s Day: The Christian Church honored Mother’s Day Sunday by presenting a Gloxinia to the mothers were selected by the committee to Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER as the outstanding mother of the church, and Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER as the mother with the most children and grandchildren present.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and sons, John and Bill, went to Shobonier last week and will assist in preparing for the Silver Wedding Anniversary of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. __OWLER on May 22.
- Pleasant Grove: Members of the W.S.C.S. met at the church Wednesday and put down the new carpet and cleaned the church.
- Miletus: Jerry CARPENTER suffered a fractured bone in his wrist while playing ball one day last week.
- Miletus: A large crowd of neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harlas KRUTSINGER and enjoyed a wiener roast Tuesday honoring the birthdays of their sons, Garry and Norman.
- Brown: 90 attended Sunday School at Brown Sunday.
- Brown: School closed at Brown Tuesday with Mrs. Susie MALONE as teacher. The parents gathered at noon with well filled baskets and all enjoyed a basket dinner. Mrs. MALONE has been employed for the next term.
- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT called on Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT one day last week. They called on Mrs. AMBUEHL at the Frosty JONES home Sunday.
- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and family in Charleston, Sunday. Bob ROBB went home after a week’s visit here.
- Swift: Mrs. Evelyn BASSETT and daughter were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Helen.
- Swift: Mrs. Florence BASSETT accompanied Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. Pearl HANNA, and son, Xon, to Lincoln on Wednesday of last week to visit Claude HANNA, who is a patient in the hospital. He is some improved.
- Wilson School: Bob FORD’s Sunday School class enjoyed a wiener roast on the Allen school grounds Wednesday evening.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Diane, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. They also called on Mrs. Wes ROBB enroute home.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Robert SMITH, Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON, Mrs. John SHAFFER, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and Mrs. Leo STOCK attended the 7th Annual Home Bureau meeting Thursday. Friday afternoon was the regular meeting of the Pleasant Grove Unit. Mrs. Bob FORD and the above mentioned members attended from this community.
May 21, 1953:
- Thirteen men filed petitions for the Board of Education of new Unit District 301. The new Board will be composed of 7 members, not more than 3 being from any one township. As it happened, not more than 3 candidates have filed from the same township. The candidates are as follows: Kinmundy twp. - J.B. MAXEY, P.H. ROBNETT and Max METCALF; Alma Twp. - Wm. HESTER and John S. FORD; Meacham twp. - Otis E. TATE, Herman SOLDNER and Clark HAMPSTEN; Foster Twp. - Mark ARNOLD; Omega Twp. - Mont RITTER and See MILLICAN; Tonti Twp. - Warren OSBORN and Lloyd E. SELVERS. The election will be held June 6.
- City Police, Walter LAMBIRD, accompanied one of our members of the younger generation to Justice of the Peace, Harvey BROWN, Tuesday evening and charged him with Reckless Driving. Judge BROWN said, "$5.00 and costs for the first offense but it will be much more the next time" after the party pleaded guilty to the charge. We really don’t like to hear of these boys being arrested but if that is what it takes to quiet them down a little while driving in their cars on the streets of Kinmundy, we’ll just have to sanction it.
- Robert D. GEILER, whose wife, Dorothy, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry GEILER live in Kinmundy, was recently promoted to private first class with the 724th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion in Korea. Pvt. 1st Class GEILER, a railway switchman in Co. C., entered the Army in Jan. 1952, and was stationed in Ft. Eustia, Va. before arriving overseas.
- Mrs. Charles BOYD returned home from an absence of 10 weeks during which time she has been recuperating from a broken hip. She has spent the last few weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.D. ETHERTON in Carbondale.
- Undergoes Operation: Mrs. Bert GARRETT underwent a minor operation in the St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis, Wednesday. She returned home Friday.
- Outdoor Music Festival: Monday evening at 8 p.m. the music teacher, Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE, assisted by teachers of Alma School, namely, Mrs. Grace JACKSON, Mrs. Bertha SEE, Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Lulu OWENS, presented a patriotic pageant, "America the Beautiful". Rooms 1 thru 4 presented songs, and introductions were by Sylvia BRADEN, Jimmie WILLIAMS, Patricia CORRIE, Alberta JEANS, and John PUFFER.
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold MULVANEY, May 17th. Those present were his father, Clarence MULVANEY; his aunt, Addie LANDRETH; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur MULVANEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McGEE, Mr. and Mrs. Everette COURSON, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLTZHAUSEN, John COURSON, Mr. and Mrs. Glen COURSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence SMITH of Norris City, and Mrs. Nita KILZER and children of San Angelo, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Pete SCHNEIDER of Farina called in the afternoon.
- Miletus: Bob BUTTS left Monday for army service.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Diane, spent Thursday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Wilson School: Janet FORD spent Thursday night with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN visited last Tuesday night with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, Mrs. Bill CONANT, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT attended a miscellaneous shower at the Ellis BASSETT home Friday for their son, Dayne and wife.
- Swift School: Frank GARRETT and Pid BASSETT were helping George COLE tear down a barn Monday that he purchased from Mrs. WHITTENBURG in Kinmundy.
- Ora Elmer ORGAN: Ora Elmer ORGAN, son of William and Mary (HEADLEY) ORGAN was born in Marion Co., Ill. on Jan. 16, 1873 and died Apr. 29, 1953. He had only been ill for about 10 days. He died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Thomas DOUDERA, with whom he had lived for the past few years. Elmer was of a family of 13 children, 10 boys and 3 girls. Preceding him in death has been his mother, father, 8 brothers, and 3 sisters. He leaves 1 brother, Henry ORGAN of Sandoval, and a host of nephews and nieces. He had lived in the community of Alma, in the same home from which he passed away for many years with a sister, Miss Dora, who died Oct. 1942. He had never been married and never united with any church. Services were held May 8 from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating, with interment in Allmon Cemetery.
- George Amos WILCOXEN: George Amos, son of Elijah and Elizabeth WILCOXEN, was born Aug. 24, 1870 in Marion county and spent most of his life near the place of his birth. After a long illness, he died Apr. 15, 1953. His father, mother, 5 sisters and infant brother preceded him in death. He married Sarah Margaret MULLEN on Nov. 20, 1894, and they had 4 children, all yet living. About 45 years ago, he united with the Missionary Baptist church in a country school house. Being a charter member of the Mt. Carmel Church, helping to organize and establish it, he has been a deacon since that time. "Amos" leaves his companion; 3 sons, Omer of Salem, Cecil and Charlie of Iuka; 1 daughter, Mrs. Ethel MARTIN of Salem; 3 daughters-in-law; 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Julia SONS of Indiana. One grandson, Eugene WILCOXEN and 1 son-in-law, Tanner MARTIN, preceded him in death.
May 28, 1953:
- "Clean Up Your Town" essay contest winners were announced at the P.T.A. meeting held last Friday night. Cash awards for the winning essays went to Kaye GREENWOOD, Sue JACKSON, and Douglas HALL in the high school bracket. Winners in the grade school group were Marilyn HOWELL, Warren SHUFELDT, and Rosalie GARDEN. Honorable mention was given the essays written by Barbara DOOLEN, Shirley BAILEY, Gary KLINE, Evelyn MOELLER and Alta ALBERT from the high school, and Charles OSTERHOLTZ, Kathleen O’DELL, Billie Dean SEE and Barbara HOWELL from the grade school. The contest was sponsored by the Kinmundy Women’s Club, whose president, Mrs. W.A FRANKLIN presented the awards. (The essays of Kaye GREENWOOD and Marilyn HOWELL were printed in the paper.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold HALSY of Bloomington have a daughter born May 1 in Bloomington named Tamara Sue. Mr. and Mrs. Charles GRIFFIN of Bloomington have a daughter, Connie Sue, born May 17th. Mrs. Sarah MILLER is the great-great-grandmother of Tamara Sue HALSY and the great-grandmother of Connie Sue GRIFFIN.
- Elrah Alva KELLER, youngest of the two children born to Fred and Louise WHITMAN KELLER, died suddenly at his home in Xenia on May 19th of a heart attack at the age of 73 years, 4 months, and 21 days. Elrah was born and raised to manhood on the family farm in Omega twp. and attended country school nearby. He worked at various occupations during his life time. For a number of years, he operated a livery stable. Later turning to the taxi, but the latter part of his life he fed stock. His father and mother preceded him in death several years ago. He leaves his brother, Charles, of near Kinmundy, and a foster sister, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER of near Salem, who came to live in their home when a baby and whom they loved as their own sister. Also left are nieces and nephews. Services were conducted May 21 by Elder Joy VANDEVEER at the Xenia Primitive Baptist Church with burial in nearby Onstott Cemetery.
- Gold Star Tea at KLEISS Home: The American Legion Auxiliary held a Gold Star Tea Friday afternoon honoring all Gold Star Mothers and Sisters with 15 in attendance. Mrs. Wayne ROBB, program chairman, opened the program by singing the "Star Spangled Banner" in unison, followed by a prayer by Mrs. John McCULLEY and then everyone stood in silent memory of the war dead. A story "Stars and Stripes Behind the Iron Curtain" was read by Mrs. Charles KLINE and a reading "Silently the Dead Go Home" was given by Mrs. Wayne ROBB. Games were enjoyed by all and prizes were given Mrs. Chester KLINE, Mrs. Gail HULTS, and Mrs. Elsie REESE. Refreshments of iced spiced tea and cake were served by Mrs. Marjorie GREEN, Mrs. Chester KLINE, Miss Mildred KLEISS, Mrs. Charles KLINE and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT. Others present were Mrs. Mary HANKS, Mrs. Gail HULTS, Mrs. Harley HILL, Mrs. Ethel HANNA, Mrs. Harrison EAGAN, Mrs. Steven EAGAN, Mrs. Joe POLANKA, Mrs. Jess REESE, Mrs. John McCULLEY and Mrs. Wayne ROBB.
- Memorial Day will be observed in Kinmundy on Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery. All the stores will be closed all day Saturday and a program will be given in the afternoon in Evergreen Cemetery. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Appropriate music for the occasion will be provided by the School Band. Rev. A. Vance COMER, pastor of the First Methodist Church will be the speaker. Kinmundy Post No. 519 American Legion will have charge of the ritualist Ceremonies. The Cemetery Association has the cemetery in excellent condition for the day. Even though we have been having excessive rain, the sexton, Noel SHAFFER, has been able to keep the grass out. With Memorial Day coming on Saturday this year, it is expected that several of our former residents will be here for the weekend and will attend these services.
- Funeral Services Hel Sunday from Christian Church for Earl W. OUTHOUSE: Earl Wayne, son of Robert and Belle OUTHOUSE, was born Jan. 31, 1920 in Meacham twp. He died May 22, 1953. He spent the early part of life at the family home and attended rural schools there. He was converted and joined the Baptist church in 1940. On Jan. 31, 1941 he was married to Orphia GOODWIN of the Brown community. They had 2 children, Linda, age 7 years, and Wayne, age 2 years. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942. After serving in Europe 29 months, he was discharged Oct. 14, 1945. For several years, he was employed by the Atlas Tire and Service Station. Later he was employed by A.C. DUNLAP and son. He leaves his wife, 2 children, father, mother, 2 sisters, Mrs. Murrell REESE and Mrs. Arthur COURSON, Farina, Ill., one foster brother, George MULVANEY, who is now serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Chafee, Ark., and many other relatives. Services were held May 24 at the Christian Church with Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Kinmundy Wide-Awakes held their third meeting of the year May 20 at the J.B. MAXEY home. 12 members and the leader were present, and reports given by Warren SHUFELDT and Rosa Lee PARRILL. The next meeting will be at the home of Edgar JONES.
- Memorial services will be held at Sandy Branch Cemetery Sunday, May 31 at 2 o’clock. Rev. A. Vance COMER will deliver the address.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Diane, were dinner guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD.
- Mrs. Anna BALLANCE gave a birthday party for her son, John, and Buddy HELM at her home Friday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Wilson School: Miss Helen BASSETT and Miss Patty GIGAR visited with Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, Tuesday afternoon.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Mona SESSIONS of Salem and her son, Cpl. Jim SESSIONS, visited Friday with Mrs. R.C. MAULDING. Cpl. SESSIONS is on a 30 day furlough from Puerto Rico.
- Pleasant Grove: The W.S.C.S. met Wednesday with Mrs. Anna BALLANCE with a potluck dinner served at noon with 16 members and 3 guests. Guests were Mrs. Myrtle POWELL, Mrs. Opal PERRISH and Mrs. Dwight KLINE. Mrs. Ruby HIESTAND was in charge of the lesson. Three quilt tops have been finished for Mrs. BALLANCE. Due to the illness of the President, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER, the Vice President, conducted the meeting, and election of officers were held. The President, Vice President, and Treasurer were re-elected, and Mrs. Nellie HIESTAND was elected Secretary to take the place of Mrs. Esther SHAFFER. The Aid bought a potted plant for Mrs. SHAFFER.
- Pleasant Grove: Despite the rain and storm Friday night, several attended the nursery shower for Mrs. Ralph ROSE at the Ralph HIESTAND home.
- Pleasant Grove: John BALLANCE, Donnie COLLET and Rosalie WOOTEN, pupils of Allen school, were among the graduates of Salem High School Gym Monday night.
- Pleasant Grove: A reception will be held Tuesday night for Bro. TREDWAY and wife in the Methodist Church basement in Alma as they go to Jeff the coming year, and Dwight KLINE has been assigned to Sandoval.
- Swift School: Mrs. Sam LOWE and Mrs. Sammy LOWE went to El Paso, Texas last Thursday to visit their son and husband, Sammy LOWE, who is stationed there for the present, while he is serving in the armed forces.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN were in Patoka Saturday visiting L.E. GREEN and wife, and Larry GREEN and sons. Larry will soon leave for Greenland. He is serving in the Air Force.
- Poppy Posters were made by the 5th thru 8th grades and are on display in WILLIAMS Window. First prize in the 7th - 8th grade group was Billy Dean SEE. Winners in the 5th - 6th grade group were: 1st - Jeanette BRIMBERRY; 2nd - Linda JENKINS; 3rd - Ella HARVEY. Other entries were by Gayle KLINE, Rosalie GARDEN, Sue ERNST, Pauline SILL, and Patty OLDEN. Judges were Mrs. Chester KLINE, Mrs. Joe POLANKA, Mrs. Clarence QUANDT, and Mrs. John McCULLEY.
June 4, 1953:
- The Kinmundy City Council met, and among business was a resolution of Respect for alderman, Earl W. OUTHOUSE, who had recently passed away.
- St. Philomena Church will dedicate a new Hammond organ on Sunday which they recently purchased, and Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER, the local pastor, will do the blessing.
- Several members of the Kinmundy Post 519, American Legion, took part in the Memorial parade and program held in Farina May 31st. Those marching included John PHILLIPS, John W. McCULLEY, James STRICKER, James EAGAN, P.H. ROBNETT, George and Joe BARGH, Carl CRAIN and Wayne ROBB.
- The members of the Kinmundy Community High School and Grade School Boards of Education, and the faculties and staff of both honored Mel BOYD on May 27th with a dinner in the school lunchroom. Following the dinner, a series of testimonies were given honoring him for the 28 years of service as custodian and janitor of the school property. He intends to retire June 10th. An attractive platform rocker was presented to him.
- An estimated damage of $10,000 was done to the C. & E.I. trestle of the subway on Route 37 Thursday when a truck loaded with a spudder oil drilling rig hit it. The subway is relatively low and the load was too high to pass. The truck, owned by the Doran Drilling Company of Vandalia, and leased to James Johnson Trucking of Salem, was not damaged, but the drilling boom was torn loose and a few other minor parts damaged, and was owned by Simmons Drilling Co. Section crews were called in to temporarily correct the crossing, and traffic was stopped on the railroad for some time. At a later date a temporary trestle will have to be constructed and the present structure sent to a steel mill for straightening.
- Mrs. Joyce McHATTON WILLIAMS was elected president of the Kinmundy Alumni Association at the annual meeting and reception given in the school cafeteria Saturday evening. Sue HESTER HULSEY was named Vice President and Donna Mae GARRETT, the secretary-treasurer. 144 members and guests were in attendance at the gathering. Mrs. Pearl FISHER was the oldest member graduating with the class of ‘98. Also Earl HENSLEY of Chicago, who graduated in ‘01, was present, and this was his first alumni reception. Katherine WORMLEY, President, presided over the meeting, and Vice President this year was Lura ROBNETT, and Mildred KLEISS was Sec.-Treas. Herbert WILLIAMS gave the response from the Class of ‘53. Mr. V.V. BARCROFT, County Supt. of Schools of Clinton county, gave the address for the evening. He was superintendent of our schools for 18 years. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Memorial services were appropriately observed in Evergreen Cemetery Saturday afternoon with Kinmundy Post 519, American Legion, in charge. Mrs. E.G. DILLON read the roll of honor, and Carl BROEKER, music supervisor of the school, led the band. The address was given by A. Vance COMER, pastor of the Methodist church. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Several farmers north, west and south of town are reporting great losses of crop to due infestation of army worms, and this is the first time in several years that they have descended on us.
- Commencement exercises for the graduating class of Kinmundy Community High school were held May 27. The address was given by Dr. Paul F. MUSE, head of the commercial dept. at Indiana State Univ., and the invocation was given by Rev. Frank TREDWAY of Alma. Special awards were presented to David SCHOONOVER as valedictorian, and the science medal. Shirley ERNST was awarded the salutatorian medal. The D.A.R. award was received by Marie DOUDERA. Awards in poetry had already been given and Don HANKS, David SCHOONOVER, and Jack BOYD were recognized for those. Carl DUNLAP, president of the Board of Education, presented the 29 graduating seniors with their diplomas.
- Miss Katherine WORMLEY, Mrs. Pearl FISHER, Miss Martha MORGAN, Miss Grace ARNOLD, and Mrs. C.F. PRUETT attended a dinner given by the Marion county Tuberculosis Association in Centralia on Thursday. Miss WORMLEY is a member of the executive committee of the association.
- Ralph JENKINS, who was injured in a bus accident last Tuesday near Paducah, Ky, arrives home on Wednesday of this week having been a patient in a Paducah hospital, suffering from a broken ankle.
- Meacham: Word has been received by Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER that her brother, Mr. O.B. JACKSON of Plainview, Texas, is seriously ill at the hospital in Ft. Worth.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter Sunday evening.
- Wilson School: Janet Sue FORD spent Thursday night with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND and daughters attended a farewell party in Alma Tuesday evening for Rev. and Mrs. Frank TREDWAY who will make their home in Bellmont.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter called on Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, and Mr. and Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE and daughter Tuesday evening to see the damage of army worms did to the BARKSDALE crop.
- Swift School: Miss Sherry DOOLEN was guest of honor on Saturday when her mother, Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, entertained several little girls and boys in honor of Sherry’s 5th birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mrs. Fred GAMMON, and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES were callers at the Frank GARRETT home during the day Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth HARVEY and granddaughter, Linda HARVEY of Ridgefarm, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and children, and Kenneth ROBB were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Judith Ann. The occasion was the birthdays of Kenneth ROBB, Elsworth HARVEY, Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and Junior. Sunday night, all were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY with cake and ice cream.
June 11, 1953:
- Oil is Found in Benoist Sand Formation in Cecil GARRETT Well north of Kinmundy: It looks as though Kinmundy will have another oil field as saturation has been found in the Cecil GARRETT well north of town. At the present time, the well is being tested. The well will be put on pump soon.
- 31 attended the Woman’s club picnic at I.C. Lake, which has been improved and made into an ideal place for a picnic.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON entertained several relatives in their home on Sunday in honor of their brother, William WEISS, of Richmond, Calif., who was visiting here. A basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mr. and Mrs. Jr. PAULSMEYER and son, Roy Richard, and Miss Barbara FLETCHER, of Centralia; Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie, and Mrs. Jim CABLE of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Donna and Barbara, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS of Kinmundy.
- Funeral services were held Sunday in the Salem Christian Church for Judge S.N. FINN, 83, who died in Salem Friday after an illness of a month’s duration. Interment was in East Lawn Cemetery. He was a County Judge for 12 years and State’s Attorney for 16 years. He is survived by one son, Roscoe of Salem, and a daughter, Mrs. Hazel HOLT of Springfield.
- Pfc. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and son, Mark, are spending a few days here in the Lowell DISS and F.G. ALEXANDER homes. Pfc. DISS is being transferred from Camp Crowder, Mo. to Camp Atterbury, Ind.
- Chas. A. SMITH of Collinsville called Friday on Mrs. Margaret GRAY. They were schoolmates in Greenville 30 years ago.
- School District 310 Elects Board of Education Saturday: Not too many participated in the school election held Saturday for the Board of Education of the new school district. The total votes were: P.H. ROBNETT - 288; Mark ARNOLD - 259; John FORD - 244; Wm. HESTER - 241; J.B. MAXEY - 233; Mont RITTER - 217; See MILLICAN - 174; Herman SOLDNER - 165; Warren OSBORNE - 133; Otis TATE - 131; Clark HAMPSTEN - 113; Max METCALF - 107; Floyd SIEVERS - 103. Consequently, ROBNETT, ARNOLD, FORD, HESTER, MAXEY, RITTER and MILLICAN will guide the destinies of the new school, and will assume duties July 1.
- Pvt. Raymond A. GRIFFIN, whose wife, Pearl, lives in Centralia, was recently assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. The 25th landed in July 1950, shortly after the communists attacked the Republic of South Korea. Private GRIFFIN, a mechanic, entered the army last October and received basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas before arriving in Korea on Apr. 26. He is a 1949 graduate of Kinmundy H.S., and a former employee of Griffin’s Garage in Alma. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester W. GRIFFIN on Rt. 1, Alma.
- George W. MEYER, son of Mrs. Helen MEYER, of R.R. 1, received the degree of Bachelor of Divinity at Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, Texas on June 2. MEYER graduated from McKendree College. He will be stationed at Geff, Ill. as pastor of the Methodist Church.
- Do Not be Misled: Many times people will solicit with a tambourine and will try to give the impression that they are The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army does not use the tambourine any more. They use a little red collection box with the name The Salvation Army on the front. These boxes are patented and cannot used by anyone else. Be sure before you contribute to anyone.
- Junior YATES of the U.S. Marines and Dale YATES of the U.S. Army are spending 15 day furloughs with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES.
- Janet E. DONALDSON, Marion Nurse, Dies From Injuries after Car Wreck Friday: Miss Janet G. DONALDSON, 43, a registered nurse employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion died at Salem Hospital Friday from a car accident which happened on the curve on Rt. 37 just west of the C & E.I. Subway in Kinmundy. She was driving north and attempted to pass another car on the curve which she met a car coming from the north driven by Mrs. Louie AUSSIEKER of Centralia. The AUSSIEKERS were taken to Salem Hospital by Linton Ambulance and released. Miss DONALDSON’s home was Foley, Minn. and she was sent there for burial. She is survived by a brother, Dr. B.G. DONALDSON of Foley.
- Joseph Guin and Millie VALLOW of Minonk, have a daughter who was born in the Streator hospital. It is Millie and Guin’s 1st daughter and 3rd child. It is the second granddaughter and 9th grandchild for Editor J.N. VALLOW and wife.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL went to Salem Friday to meet Mr. and Mrs. H.F. CRAIG of LaCross, Wash. On Saturday, they called on Miss Eula CRAIG and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall CRAIG.
- Meacham: Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, and Mrs. H.F. CRAIG called on Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS and Mr. and Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS and family.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mrs. H.F. CRAIG called on Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Loyd HANKS and Mr. and Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON were callers also.
- Meacham: Mrs. H.F. CRAIG spent a few days in Farina with Mrs. Bertha HEBRON and Mrs. Caroline SCHMIDT.
- Mrs. John HOLT attended graduating services at Carbondale Sunday. Her daughter, Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina, received her Bachelor of Education degree.
- Mrs. A.J. YOUNG spent Saturday and Sunday in Carbondale attending the reunion of her graduating class at S.I.N.U.
- Miss Paul CURRAN of Cleveland, Ohio, came Friday for a visit with Miss Martha MORGAN. They left Friday for Glen Ellyn to attend the wedding of Miss MORGAN’s niece, Miss Martha THASHER, a daughter of Lloyd and Mary MORGAN THASHER.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Lester SMITH died Saturday in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, where she was operated on Tuesday. She appeared to be getting along until Saturday when she suddenly passed away. (A list of those from here attending the funeral was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd of relatives enjoyed a basket dinner at the Boston Lake Sunday honoring Mr. and Mrs. Norman ROSE and Russell SHAFFER, who are visiting from California.
- Miletus: Mrs. Viola SMITH of near Odin was buried Monday in the Phillips Cemetery.
- Miletus: Eddie ADAMS got word Monday that his brother-in-law, Robert SMITH, had died Sunday.
- Brown: This community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Lester SMITH. The funeral will be held in Odin with interment in Phillips Cemetery.
June 18, 1953:
- Helen ROBNETT of this city will receive her A.B. degree, and Elizabeth L. HINES of Alma her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on June 21st.
- Robert Jay SMITH was born Aug. 22, 1888 near the village of Elliot in Ford Co., Ill., the 3rd of 11 children son of Robert Jay SMITH and Clara YOUNG SMITH, who preceded him in death. When he was a small boy the family moved to Marion county and the rest of his life was spent in this community. On Dec. 25, 1907, he was married to Ethel ADAMS, who survives him. They had 8 children, 4 boys and 1 girl died in infancy. Three are living, and they are Mrs. Elva McCLELLAND of Centralia, Mrs. Thelma RITTENHOUSE of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Roberta LACEY of Downs. There are 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In 1916 he was baptized in the Christian Church, affiliating with the Brown church in Omega twp. Descending from hardy pioneer stock, he is the first of his family generation to go on. Surviving him are brothers, Pearl, Clarence, Edwin, Otis, Bryan, and Raymond; and sisters, Mrs. Mae BAKER, Mrs. Ona BOUSMAN, Mrs. Freida SMITHSON, Mrs. Martha JOHNSON. Services were held from Brown Church with Bro. Bill HUDSPETH officiating. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery. (A list of relatives attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN have a son born June 12 at Salem Hospital name Howard Leslie.
- Through the efforts of Mrs. Sam LOWE, president of the American Legion Auxiliary, their Unit will sponsor Miss Shirley BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY to attend the state Americanism program at Illinois Girls’ State at McMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. from June 16th thru June 24th.
- The following officers were elected for the coming year at the regular meeting of the American Legion June 16th: Commander - Wayne ROBB; First Vice Commander - Sam LOWE; 2nd Vice Commander - Carl CRAIN; Adjutant - John PHILLIPS; Chaplain - Will GREEN; Finance Officer - B.J. GARRETT. A donation of 10 cents from each member was decided upon to furnish a wheelchair for the Quincy Post. After adjournment, a dutch treat was enjoyed.
- A program was presented Sunday morning at the Sunday School hour by the children who attended the two weeks Vacation Bible School conducted by Bro. Harold BURNSIDE and 15 teachers. Total enrollment was 112. Certificates were presented to children and also the following teachers: Mrs. Fred GAMMON, Miss Delores GARRETT, Mrs. John McCULLEY, Mrs. Harold MORRIS, Mrs. Harold BURNSIDE, Mrs. Burdette JENKINS, Mrs. Noel SHAFFER, Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mrs. Alonzo BAYLIS, Mrs. Harry THOMPSON, Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON, Mrs. Darrell REESE, Mrs. Charles KLINE, Mrs. Ray INGRAM and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE. Mrs. Harold BURNSIDE and Mrs. Wes ROBB were in charge of the music.
- Amy Jane CORRELL: Amy Jane, daughter of Albert and Sarah HAMPSTEN, was born on Feb. 6, 1884 near Yale, Ill., and died June 6, 1953. When she was about 15 years of age, she was baptized. On Sept. 28, 1902, she married Oscar CORRELL, and they had 6 children. They celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. She had been in poor health for some time, and confined to her bed about 2 months ago. Besides her companion, she leaves 5 children: Alonzo of Belvidere; Mabel VOGEL of East Peoria; Arley of Thomasboro; Ernest of St. Paul, Minn.; and Adina LEMAY of Kinmundy. One son, Albert preceded her in death. She also leaves 5 brothers: Alex of Oblong, Albert of near Omega, Ervin of Meacham, Gilbert of Hammond, Ind., and Charlie of Meacham; one sister, Rosa HIESTAND of Granite City, Ill. Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Also left are 30 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held June 9th at the Christian Church, with Bro Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery. (A list from those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON received a telegram stating the birth of a son, Kimberly Troy, born June 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken JACKSON of Bellingham, Washington.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE have a daughter born June 14 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Miss Joann ALEXANDER Becomes Bride of Harold HEFFERNAN June 13th: Miss Joann ALEXANDER, daughter Mr. and Mrs. Dwight J. ALEXANDER of Kinmundy and Harold J. HEFFERNAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. James HEFFERNAN of Champaign were married June 13, 1953 in St. Boniface Church in Seymour, Ill. Maid of honor was Miss Jean ALEXANDER, sister of the bride. The groom was attended by his brother, James HEFFERNAN, Jr. Marion HEFFERNAN, another brother of the groom and James ALEXANDER, brother of the bride were ushers. The bride attended Kinmundy H.S. and graduated in 1946. Since her graduation, she has been employed by the Illinois Bell Telephone co. until recently when she transferred to the Sullivan Chevrolet Co. in Champaign. The groom graduated from Sandorus H.S. in 1944 and is now a senior in the College of Veterinary Medicine of the U. of I. He served 2 years in the European Theatre of WWII. The reception was held in the Garden Room of the Urbana Lincoln Hotel. Miss Esther MATHIS was in charge of the guest book, Mrs. Charlotte VANDERHAAC was in charge of the gifts. Mrs. Joseph JARDIN, aunt of the bride cut the wedding cake. Mrs. M.H. HART, aunt of the bride, presided at the punch bowl, and Mrs. John LYKINS, cousin of the bride assisted at the reception table. The couple will reside in Danville, Ill.
- On June 5th, Miss Pauline LAMBIRD was guest of honor at a bridal shower given by Mrs. Cora HOYT. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. R.C. MAULDING was in Carbondale June 7 attending graduation at S.I.U. Steve RAINEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. MAUDLING, was a graduate receiving a bachelor of science degree in Education.
- Pvt. Roscoe WIMBERLEY of Ft. Riley, Kansas, spent the weekend here with his wife, Louise and baby.
- Swift School: Several from here attended the miscellaneous shower for Mr. and Mrs. Darrell FORD at Roy HULSEY’s Friday night. It was given by Mrs. HULSEY and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Pid GARRETT spent the weekend of June 6 in Hammond, Ind. with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth LECKRONE and sons, Garrett and Bob.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth CHANDLER and family of Fairbury were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT. Miss Donna GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday at home.
- Pleasant Grove: The graduation exercises of the Bible School held at Omega Church Friday were well attended, and the graduation exercises of the Alma charge were held Sunday night at the Alma Methodist Church.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter called on Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and son, Sunday.
- Mrs. John PIPER entertained several friends Tuesday evening at a bridal shower honoring Miss Joan ALEXANDER. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pfc. George LAMBIRD will celebrate his ?1st birthday July 8th in Korea. Anyone wishing to send him a card, may do so, and it would be appreciated. (His address was included.)
June 25, 1953:
- Miss Shirley BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, who is attending Illini Girls’ State on the campus of MacMurray college, Jacksonville. She is sponsored by Kinmundy’s American Legion Auxiliary. (A picture was included with this article.)
- Mrs. Louie JEZEK, who lives north of this city, found a way to occupy her leisure time around home by making an elaborate service flag for the family members who served and are serving in the armed forces. The flag is about 12 inches wide and 18 inches long and has six stars with the names and places of service for each of the boys. From the place listed on the flag, the JEZEK boys were scattered all over the world from Alaska to Africa during their tours of service. Two sons are still in the service. John is in the army in Germany and Vernon is in the Air Force now training in Arizona.
- Mrs. Louise MORGAN Dies: Mrs. H.M. FISHER received word Monday of the death of Mrs. Louise MORGAN, who died at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. Mrs. MORGAN was the widow of the late George M. MORGAN, a former Kinmundian, and also an aunt of the late Hubert M. FISHER. She is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. May MORGAN YATES and her husband, Clinton. The funeral was held June 22nd with burial beside her husband in the Phoenix Cemetery.
- Miss Katherine WORMLEY had the misfortune of falling from the front porch of the residence of Mrs. Ed DOOLEN to the brick sidewalk. She was taken to Salem Hospital where it was disclosed no bones were broken. She remained in the hospital until Wednesday receiving treatment for sprains and bruises.
- Cpl. Glen E. BUTTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben BUTTS returned home Saturday after having spent 15 months overseas in Korea. Glen was inducted Sept. 13, 1951, and received his basic training at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. After spending leave here, he was sent to Korea as a member of the 7th Division, 17th Infantry Regiment. While in Korea, his duties consisted of truck repairing with the 17th Infantry Service Company. June 12 he arrived in San Francisco, and from there was sent to Camp Carson, Colo. for separation. As for the future, Glen is undecided, but wants to spend some time in Kinmundy resting and meeting some of his old friends.
- Walter LAMBIRD, City Night Watchman, Seriously Injured While Making Arrest: Night watchman, Walter LAMBIRD, is reported to still be in a critical condition in the Missouri-Baptist Hospital in St. Louis following the injuries he received Saturday night as a result of being pushed from a car reported to be driven by Denny JOHNSTON, 19. Another teenage boy was in the car at the time of the incident along with 2 girls, both 16, one of Flora and the other of Sandoval. At present, the two boys are still at large. Marion County State’s Attorney, Basil WILSON stated that charges of "assault with intent to kill by use of an automobile" will be placed against JOHNSTON, said to be the driver, and Bud INGLES, 17, of Odin, owner of the car. The two 16 year old girls were found Monday morning and were held in the county jail as "accessories after the fact". While there, the girls related how the incident took place. The accident happened about 9 o’clock Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, the car had been driven on the streets in a very reckless manner. At that time, LAMBIRD tried to halt the car, but it sped off at a high speed. Following the close of the band concert, the car came back on Main street at a proper speed and parked east of the band stand, headed in a northerly direction. When LAMBIRD saw the car, he proceeded to walk across the street and make the arrest. According to the statement of one girl, LAMBIRD told JOHNSTON to get out of the car and come with him. Upon his refusal, LAMBIRD opened the door and grabbed ahold of JOHNSTON. At this time, the driver pushed the accelerator down and sped off with LAMBIRD holding on. She further said someone shoved him and he fell to the road. From it’s parked position, the car turned west on Third street, the driver skidding his tires and trying for all the speed possible. About 30 feet west of the intersection, LAMBIRD fell, rolling over several times. The Linton Ambulance rushed him to the Salem Hospital where it was found he had a broken collar bone, possible rib fractures, and multiple cuts and bruises. Monday he was moved to Missouri Baptist hospital for further treatment and observation.
- Attend the Summer Social at the Old Catholic Church Grounds Saturday night.
- Frances PURSELL: Graveside services were held June 16 in Evergreen Cemetery for Miss Frances PURSELL, 82, who died June 14 in the Poole Nursing Home in Odin. Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, pastor of the Christian Church was in charge of the services. The deceased is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Winifred POWELL of Salem, and Mrs. Jessie P. SHELLEY of this city, and one brother John D. PURSELL of St. Louis, and several nieces.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don JACKSON of Clinton, announce the marriage of their daughter, Shirley Anne, to Robert DeVAULT of Farmer City, Iowa. The wedding took place June 1st. Mr. and Mrs. DeVAULT will make their home in Farmer City. Mrs. DeVAULT is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON of this city.
- M. Sgt. and Mrs. George SHREFFLER of Fort Worth, Texas, is spending a week’s leave visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER in Alma and relatives in Kinmundy.
- Miletus: Pete BUTTS got a letter from his wife saying she had gained 4 lbs. since she entered St. John’s Sanitorium in Springfield.
- Miletus: We’re sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Johnnie DAVIS of near Xenia, and Mr. Chas. RITTER of the northern part of the state.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BUCHANAN and grandson, Terry MANN, of Birmingham, Ala., came last Wed., and visited relatives here after visiting his mother, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. IMBORNE of Detroit, Mich. They had driven Wed. with Mr. and Mrs. Clint KITCHEN.
- Miletus: Several relatives met Sunday at the Boston Lake with well filled baskets and lunch boxes and surprised Claude MULVANEY with a dinner for Father’s Day and his birthday which is June 24. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE, Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald WILKINSON and child, Mr. and Mrs. Clint KITCHEN, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Newt KENLEY, who came Saturday to visit their son, Harold and son, visited Monday at the Pearl ROSE home. They attended the 29th Reg. Reunion at Clear Lake, Ind. June 13-15, and then visited his sister, Mrs. Tenia SERVICE in Urgana, and Mrs. Lester YOST and family near Mattoon, who is sister of Mrs. KENLEY.
- Pleasant Grove: A Children’s Day program is being prepared to be given at Pleasant Grove Church Sunday night. A tent revival, the Alma Charge, is to start on Monday night.
- Brown: The community was saddened to hear of the death of Johnny DAVIS. Services were held Monday from the Christian church in Xenia.
- Brown: Ora RITTER received word of the death of his brother, Charley RITTER. Services were held Monday in the northern part of the state.
- Shriver School: Lt. Col. H.M. MARLOW and family from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas have been visiting his mother, Mrs. Anna MARLOW. They are enroute to Camp Munroe, Va.
- Shriver School: Pvt. Carl LANE of Ft. Riley, Kansas spent a few hours leave Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE.
July 2, 1953:
- Pfc. Donald G. McCARTY, whose wife Shirley lives in Kinmundy, is serving in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY of Kinmundy, and is a photographer. He arrived in Korea in March. Before entering the army last August, he was a farmer. This Infantry Division has participated in many heavy combat actions since Dec. 1951.
- The annual DISS reunion was held Sunday in Kitchell Park, Pana, with 104 present. Those from here attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Leon and Larry; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS, Loretta, Keith, and John, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and Leroy, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, Howard, Helen and Don, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTIS and Stevie of Charleston and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jr., and Linda, of Salem.
- Jack BOYD has received word that his poem, "Lineman’s Lament" has been selected for publication in a compilation of poetry in the Anthology of H.S. Poetry from 25 regions throughout the United States. Selections were made from almost 10,000 poems.
- John Herschel SHREFFLER, 52, better known as "Dutch" was found dead in his pasture Sunday evening. He had gone after the cow and was attempting to crawl thru a fence when he suffered a heart attack. His farm is west of Alma. Services were held July 1 from the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiating. Interment in Alma Cemetery.
- Two Fugitives Arrested in Altamont Following Flight to Avoid Prosecution: Denny JOHNSTON and Burl INGLES, who has eluded police for 4 days, were apprehended in Altamont last Thursday afternoon by state police officers. They were wanted on a charge of assault with intent to kill Night Watchman, Walter LAMBIRD. The assault took place June 20th. Following their initial arrest, they were taken to the Effingham County jail, then later brought to Salem by the Marion County authorities. The two were arraigned before a Salem police magistrate where they waved preliminary hearing, bonds set at $10,000, and held for the next grand jury. The two 16 year old girl companions of the boys were released from the Marion County jail late last week after a $500 bond had been posted for their appearance in court to face charges of being accessories after the fact. After the incident, the boys were reported to have driven to Odin, where all 4 occupants of the car spent the night in a field south of town. The next morning they let the girls out at one of their homes and proceeded to Oklahoma City. From there, they came back to Illinois where they were picked up. It is reported that the boys said they had intended to return to Salem.
- Miss Shirley JASPER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER and Glen DREWES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor DREWES of St. Peter, were married on June 27 in the Lutheran Parsonage with Rev. FLECKENSTEIN officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DREWES, cousins of the groom, were their only attendants. The couple will make their home with his parents for the present. He is employed by the International Harvester Dealer in St. Peter.
- Monday evening a banquet was given in the Park Hotel in Salem honoring the winners in the recent essay contest sponsored by the Salem Republican and the Marion County Conservation Board. About 50 people attended. Framed certificates were presented to Kaye HAMMER, who received a cash award for 3rd prize, Morris and Louis MAXEY and Kathleen O’DELL, who each received honorable mention. Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL and Mrs. Francis HAMMER also attended.
- Miss Shirley HULEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.P. HULEN of Salem, and Dick GARDEN, son of Mrs. Thelma BAILEY and the late Rae GARDEN, were married June 27th in the Baptist Church in Salem with Rev. James M. BALDWIN performing the ceremony. Miss Barbara VURSELL sang. Mrs. Marlene JONES of Salem, and John GARDEN, brother of the groom, were the attendants. Little Sue BAILEY, half sister of the groom was flower girl. Mr. GARDEN graduated from Salem H.S. in 1951 and is now in the service, stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky. Mrs. GARDEN graduated from Salem H.S. in 1953. She will continue to make her home in Salem at present.
- Ray GEORGE and Jessie GEORGE, accompanied by Charles LUX and Keith SCHWABE, spent the earlier part of last week at Kentucky Dam fishing. Keith proved to be the best fisherman in the group, landing a spoonbilled cat, which was 42 inches long and weighed 15 lbs.
- Eli HOWARD, 76, died at his home west of Alma Sunday. Services were held Tuesday from the Givens Chapel Church with interment in Martin Cemetery.
- Mrs. Anna Mae GREEN, 86, died at West Moorland Nursing Home in Vandalia on Tuesday. Services will be held from Linton Funeral Home Thursday, Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, officiating, with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT announce the arrival of a baby son, James Earl, born June 25th at Salem Hospital.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Herschel ROSE and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND attended a nursery shower at the home of Mrs. Robert FOSTER Tuesday for Mrs. Paul CURRIE. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Frank DUNCAN.
- Pleasant Grove: Little Sammy SHAFFER has some very sore feet poisoned from playing in the grass which had been sprayed.
- Pleasant Grove: Our community was saddened to hear of the death of Herschel SHREFFLER who died suddenly Sunday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and children were in Brazil, Ind. Sunday attending the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie McKENZIE (sister of Ellsworth HARVEY). They went to Ridgefarm and spent Sunday and Monday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth HARVEY.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT to Decatur Sunday where they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
July 9, 1953:
- Jimmy BOYD was guest of honor at a party given by his mother, Mrs. Art BOYD, in honor of his 3rd birthday, July 6th. Guests were Pat KEEN, Jimmy and Gary ADAMS of Chicago, Larry and Jeananne PIPER, and Johnnie DAY.
- Retha TIPSWORD, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond TIPSWORD, died July 4 at Flora Hospital. Her death was caused from a prolonged cardiac condition. Services were held Monday from the Meacham Baptist Church, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Elder Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL have a daughter, Karen Marie, born July 2 at Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter LAMBIRD announce the wedding of their daughter, Pauline, to James CHANCE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie CHANCE, on July 4th in the Methodist Church. Rev. Vance A. COMER performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Harold CHANCE of Flora were attendants. The couple will reside in Mitchell, Ill., where he is employed with I.C.RR.
- Kaye GREENWOOD has received word that the poem, "Death", has been selected for publication in "Sermons in Poetry" a compilation written by the youth of America. It was published in the Anthology of High School Poetry from 25 regions across the country.
- School Employee Retires After 28 Years: Effective July 1, Mel BOYD retired from janitor and custodian of Kinmundy School system after 28 years. He started June 1925, replacing John HANSON, who had held the position for about 6 years. At that time, Mr. BOYD was told that if he broke this record, he would certainly have to stay on the job a long time. After 28 years, Mr. BOYD feels he has answered this challenge. When he took over, V.V. BARCROFT was Supt. Since then he has worked with 4 others, Frank HICKMAN, John L. KNIGHT, Harley HAYES, and L.J.T. O’DELL. In 1925, the school physical plant consisted of the present 15 room brick structure and the gymnasium which had been completed only the year before. For 24 years, Mr. BOYD was charged with the duty of taking care of all the property. Four years ago, when more buildings were added to the physical plant, George FEATHER was appointed as another janitor custodian, and now that Mr. BOYD has retired, Ray OLDEN will hold the position along with George. One of the largest jobs Mr. BOYD had to perform was the stroking and maintenance of the heating plants. On cold winter mornings, his workday started at 4:30 in the morning and continued until regular classes were dismissed when the other phases of his duties had to be completed. This made many long workdays. He estimated the coal consumption for the buildings per year would run in the neighborhood of 125 tons. On this basis, Mr. BOYD has shoveled about 60 railroad cars of coal plus carrying out the ashes and clinkers. During the time he served, he had friends among all the teachers and administrators. Although he was the one who rang the bell to call the children to classes, he finds a large group of friends among these children, yes, unto the second generation. On the last day of school this year, a dinner was given in his honor at the schoolroom lunchroom. In attendance were the teachers, janitors, and members of the Boards of Education of both high and grade schools. At this time, he was presented a platform rocker. The rocker is in use now, but he finds plenty to do around his home and garden to keep his days full. (A picture was included with this article.)
- Commits Suicide: Mr. William HAWKEY, of near Farina, committed suicide Saturday night, July 4, by shooting himself in the mouth with a rifle. The funeral was Monday afternoon. He was the father of Mrs. Roy HALL of this city.
- The 12th Annual Marion County Fair will begin July 12 with a Gospel Singing and will end July 18 with the usual Horse Pulling contest. There is no admission charge at the gate, and a cost of 25 cents will be charged to park your car. However, admission to the grandstand will be charged. A Tug of War will be held between the townships. Also free shows such as Harness racing, Horse show and the Calvacade Act will appear.
- The LOWE family held their annual family reunion July 4th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard LOWE in Mulberry Grove with a basket dinner. Those attending were Frank LOWE, Seattle, Wash.; Willie LOWE, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Ivy LOWE and daughter, St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Mark HEADLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Norman SHOWERS and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles HEADLEY, Alton; Rev. and Mrs. Cecil LOWE, Eldorado; Mr. and Mrs. Carrol LOWE and children, St. James; Mr. and Mrs. Richard LOWE and children, Mulberry Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin ROGERS and children, Jerseyville; Rev. and Mrs. Roy KAYAYOMA, Veedersburg, Ind.; Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth YOUNG and son, Central City; and Mr. and Mrs. Dick PACKARD and children, West Frankfort; Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth OLSON have a son born July 4th at Salem Hospital named Christopher Lee.
- Bobby BUNDY, 8 year old son of Mrs. Eunice BUNDY, was painfully burned about the face and eyes July 3rd. He was lighting the powder in a broken firecracker when it exploded in his face. He was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia where he was treated and is being kept under observation until Sunday. His eye sight was not seriously impaired and he is feeling fine now.
- It has been reported to us that some of the boys about town are killing several of the song birds with their air rifles. They don’t seem to have any distinction between sparrows, doves, robins thrashers, cardinals and starlings. The law permits killing sparrows and starlings but all others are protected. Our advise is to parents is if your lad has an air rifle, to caution him about killing birds. It might save some embarrassment if a state or federal game warden pays you a visit.
- The American Legion Auxiliary sponsored a swimming party at Salem Pool Tuesday morning as a treat for the children who helped with the poppy sales. Those attending were: Linda and Wanda JENKINS, Doris SANDERS, Jerry and Brenda GRAY and Patsy BEARD.
- The "37 Drive In" will open Thursday at 8:00. The theatre is owned and operated by several Louisville men who will manage it for the time being. It is located between Farina and Kinmundy.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Community School district Board of Education held it’s first regular meeting July 3rd. Among business was rehiring Louis J.T. O’DELL as Superintendent, J.N. VALLOW as treasurer, and Jean ALEXANDER as secretary. Also the new canopy is almost done being built between the main building and the lunchroom.
- Martha SIPES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Clyde SIPES, Lebanon, Ind., was married to Lt. Dwight CRAGUN, also of Lebanon on June 27. The bride graduated from Ball State Teachers college, and teaches at Noblesville, Ind. The groom is in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. where they will make their home.
- Larry MORRIS has been notified that his poem, "Things I Love", has been selected for publication in "Love Poems" being published by the American Poetry Society of Los Angeles, Cal.
- Bobby McCARTY, 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY, broke both bones in his arm Saturday when he fell from a tractor. The tractor was parked in the barn lot when Bobby climbed on it to play. In climbing, he slipped and fell.
- Meacham: We’re sorry to hear of the death of Edgar JOHNSON of Newton. He was brother-in-law of Mrs. Mollie COCKRELL and he and his wife celebrated their 64th anniversary last month.
- Meacham: Dr. and Mrs. H.F. CRAIG returned to their home in LaCross, Wash. on June 29th after visiting with relatives and friends.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle Club held their first regular ice cream social Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG and son as guests. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MILSELBROOK and 4 children, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and 2 daughters, Mr. and Mrs. George KESSLER and 2 daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and son, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Percy LACEY.
- Meacham: Glen JAHRAUS and son, Dale, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Friday morning.
- Pvt. Charles WHITE of Camp Kilmer, N.J. spent Wed. until the 4th with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, and his wife, Betty, who accompanied him back to camp, and will make their home there for present.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and children attended a supper for Ford EVANS Saturday night in St. Peter given by his mother, Mrs. Jana EVANS.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA entertained Sunday in honor of their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY and baby daughter, who are home from Calif. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Herschel SHREFFLER at the Methodist church in Alma Wednesday. Rev. DYCAS, pastor of the Alma Church, assisted by Rev. TREDWAY, were in charge of the services, and Mr. LINTON the funeral arrangements.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Steward MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Verl MONICAL and children, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. BAKER and children, Mrs. Leroy WOOLRIDGE and son, and Charles and Mary MONICAL spent Saturday in the MONICAL and BAKER homes celebrating the birthdays of Phyllis BAKER and Mary MONICAL.
- Miss Patricia DOOLEN and Mrs. Robert MIDDLETON left Thursday for Cheyenne, Wyo., where the latter’s husband, Pvt. MIDDLETON, is stationed.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and family spent Sunday with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Salem. They attended Billy’s 9th birthday.
- Elsie, Bonita, and Marlin MORRIS called on the latter’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY, Friday. Marlin leaves July 12th for Germany.
July 18, 1953:
- Mrs. L.A. ALDERSON was victim of an unfortunate accident Friday. While doing some laundry, she caught the middle finger of her right hand in the wringer and before she could stop the machine, the rollers had torn most of the flesh loose. She reports it is healing nicely.
- Mrs. Dick GRAY of Brownstown was pleasantly surprised Sunday at a dinner given in honor of her birthday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY of this city. Other guests were her husband, Dick, and daughter, Gloria, Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB and children of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children of Kinmundy, and Miss Lillie BAILEY, of Salem.
- Walter LAMBIRD returned home July 10 from Missouri Baptist Hospital. He will go back to the hospital in 2 weeks for further treatment. He is able to be up only a short while at a time.
- Mary Ellen COX, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael MOONEY, Urbana, and Willard D. MERRITT, Champaign, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT of Kinmundy, were married July 3rd at Peace Lutheran Church in Thomasboro. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAYS, Thomasboro, sister and brother-in-law of the groom. On July 5, several friends and relatives gathered at the HAYS home in honor of the couple. (A list of those attending was included.) A shower was held July 6 at the home of the groom’s parents. The couple will reside in Champaign. The groom is employed as a switchman on the Illinois Central RR.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES of Arnold Chapel vicinity, received word that their son, Don, was expecting to leave Korea, heading for home, July 4th. Don has been in the service since Aug. 22, 1951, and has been in Korea a year May 2.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ron SMITH of Oak Lawn, Ill., have a son born July 13th at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Ill. named Gregory Alan. The mother is the former Lela Mae DOOLEN of this city.
- The annual JOHNSON family reunion was held at the Salem Park July 12. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON, Mr. and Mrs. Charles JOHNSON and Marsha, Mr. and Mrs. Dick JOHNSON and Brenda, Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON, Patty and Joyce, Danny JOHNSON, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON, Rita and Terry, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Loren JOHNSON, Helen Kaye, Jeanie and Gary of McLeansboro; Mrs. Amy HINES, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Roy HINES, Francien, Royce and Gary of Unice, New Mexico; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, Doris and Betty, and Miss Gloria PERRY, of Kinmundy.
- Ellen HARPER Obituary: Dovie Ellen POWELL was born Jan. 13, 1890 in Wayne Co., Ill., daughter of W.D. and Anna POWELL. She married W.E. HARPER, July 30, 1906, and they had 11 children, of which 6 died in infancy. One daughter died at the age of 19 months, and one son at 13, and one at 22. Two children are living, one daughter, Elsie, and one son, Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. HARPER spent the first 15 years of their married life in Harrisburg, and then moved to Marion county, moving back to Harrisburg in 1944, and have lived there since. She was a faithful and loving wife and mother, always enjoyed doing something for others, until she lost her leg 3 years ago. Since that time, she has been in very poor health and in a wheelchair most of the time, but she took it smiling. She leaves her husband; 1 daughter, Elsie KIDDER of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 1 son, W.A. HARPER of Salem; 1 son-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters, Berthol WILKINSON, Thomasboro, Ill., Grace JONES, Kinmundy, Addie SLATER, Etta EAGAN, Jessie GAMBLIN, and Minnie GRAY, all of Salem.
- Miss Beulah AARON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison AARON, of Salem, and Marion SHAFFER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER, of this city, were quietly married in Mt. Vernon July 11th. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Travis AARON of Mt. Vernon. They will reside in Salem.
- Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG has received word of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. N.V. LOVELL of South Bend, Ind. The funeral was in South Bend on July 6.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBURGER of Salem have a son born on July 8th at Salem Hospital named Scott Frederic. Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN are the maternal grandparents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Arlie COX of St. Louis, Mo. have a daughter born July 4 in Salem Hospital named Phyllis Jean. Mrs. COX is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. GRAY of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill COLE and family of Sandwich, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and son, Gene, took a potluck supper to the City park Tuesday in honor of Gene’s and Marilyn COLE’s birthday.
- Swift School: A large crowd attended the Ice Cream Social at Sandy Branch on Thursday night. We thank everyone that helped in any way to make it a success.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Emmett GARRETT and daughter, Carla, of Midland, Texas are spending their vacation here with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, and in Kinmundy with W.L. GREEN and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE came from Ft. Bliss, Texas Sunday night for a few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and other relatives. He will report to Ft. Lewis, Wash., July 25.
- Meacham: On Monday evening, friends and neighbors attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Willard MERRITT at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT. They were married in Champaign last Thursday and will make their home in Champaign.
- Meacham: Jack DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin DISS of Hooper, Colo., Mrs. Orville DISS and Mrs. Francis HAMMER were St. Louis visitors Wednesday.
- Local Items from last week: Pvt. Wesley DOOLEN of Ft. Riley, Kansas, Mrs. Wesley DOOLEN of Odin, and Earl DOOLEN of Paducah, Ky., spent the weekend here with Mrs. Earl DOOLEN and family. Merle BAYLIS of Sterling and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS were Sunday guests.
- Pleasant Grove: The tent revival closed Sunday night. Large crowds have been enjoying fine messages in words and songs. Several different churches were represented at these services.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE have a son born Friday morning.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and daughter attended the funeral of her uncle, Green CANNON, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Jason CHAPMAN and Mrs. Cora Lee KIRBYSON of Tampa, Fla. were married Wednesday by Rev. Bassel PARRISH at his home in Salem, visiting the first part of the week with Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children.
- Mrs. Jim WILLIAMS left Friday for Camp McClelland, Ala., where her husband, Pvt. Jim WILLIAMS is stationed. She will make her home there at present.
- Pvt. Bill VALLOW arrived Monday for a few days visit with his mother, Mrs. Amelda VALLOW. He will report to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Ind.
- James WHITE, Jerry WALKER, Ronald POLANKA, and John FORD spent from Wednesday until Sunday touring the Smokey Mountains.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and baby spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and other relatives.
July 23, 1953:
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER of Meacham township who reside in the Booker neighborhood in Meacham township celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on July 19. The couple was married by Rev. Billy SIMER of Omega on July 15, 1903. Following their marriage, they made their home with the bride’s mother for 2 years. Then for another 2 years they lived on a rented farm. But for the past 46 years they have lived on the same farm. They have 3 children: Max of Gary, Ind.; Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON of Omega; and Mrs. Forrest DOOLEN of Gary, Ind. To celebrate, the couple had an open house and a family dinner Sunday. All members of the family were present at the dinner, and host of friends called in the afternoon.
- Miss Kaye GEORGE celebrated her 6th birthday, July 15th with some friends. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Ida CROWDER MORGAN, wife of the late Geo. W. MORGAN, died July 8 at the family home near Oklahoma City, Okla. where they had lived since 1889 on a farm they had homesteaded. She leaves 3 sons, Roy, Ogden, Utah; Robert, Los Angeles, Calif.; and George, Jr., Oklahoma City. Also 3 grandchildren. The funeral was held at the Wheatland Methodist Church with burial in Wheatland Cemetery. Relatives attending the funeral were Dr. C.M. MORGAN of Texhoma, Okla.; Dr. Ed JONES, Borger, Texas; and Miss Edith MORGAN, Kinmundy. Many of the older residents will remember Mrs. MORGAN. She was a sister-in-law of the late W.H. MORGAN.
- Mrs. Jesse EMBSER celebrated her 83rd birthday with a picnic dinner in Salem Park, Sunday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ted EMBSER and family of Mode, Mr. and Mrs. Frank EMBSER, Mr. and Mrs. Lester BASOM of Salem, and Jerry EMBSER and daughter of Benton.
- Mr. and Mrs. William CHEADLE of Richland, Wash. celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary recently with an open house in their home. The CHEADLES are former residents of the Kinmundy Community but have made their home in Richland for several years.
- Kinmundy, the old home town of the RICHARDSON family, was chosen for the place of their 1954 reunion. This decision was reached at the family reunion held July 5 at Indian Foot Lake near Pevely, Missouri. The oldest member of the family present was Mrs. Della LOGAN, 75, of Champaign. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis RICHARDSON of Salem, one of the family attending, reports that a good time was enjoyed by all.
- DISS Reunion: Members of the DISS family gathered in the Park Sunday for a family dinner in honor of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DISS of Hooper, Colo. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and Leroy, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jr. of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Beryl DISS of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG of Farina, Pvt. and Mrs. Darrell DISS of Camp Atterbury, Ind. In the evening they enjoyed ice cream at the Charles BLOMBERG home.
- John F. MOTCH, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, has been promoted to Sgt. First Class. He is serving in the Army and is stationed at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas.
- Daniel F. NEATHERY, son of John and Susan, nee MERRIMAN, NEATHERY, who was born May 11, 1869, on a farm in Bond Co., Ill., and died at Salem Hospital on July 17, 1953. He was of a family of 11 children, 3 of whom survive, namely: O.M. NEATHERY of Vanburensburg, Ill.; Mrs. Minnie M. BROWN of St. Louis, Mo.; and Mrs. Clara BASS of Rosamond, Ill. His early training at home, and in school, prepared him for later life. He was a graduate of the Teachers’ College at Danville, Ind., with the Scientific Class of 1910, also a graduate of Mitchell College, Mitchell, Ind., and attended Quincy Business College, Quincy, Ill. and Austin College, Effingham, Ill. It was at Mitchell College that Mr. NEATHERY was converted and joined the Baptist Church, being a member of that faith at Wisetown, Ill. at the time of his death. In 1904 he married Susan TABOR, who died in 1938. For 23 years he following the profession of school teaching, and though having to seek another profession due to a physical handicap, he never ceased to be interested in the school and young people. In 1920, Mr. and Mrs. NEATHERY moved from Findlay, Ill. to Kinmundy, where he served as manager and owner of the Kinmundy Lumber Company until his retirement 4 years ago. He was a member of the Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M. On Apr. 16, 1942, he married to Luella MORRIS. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Mrs. NEATHERY were dearly loved by their grandfather. Besides the widow, 2 sisters, and a brother, he leaves nieces and nephews. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Kinmundy, Rev. Vance COMER officiating with burial in Montrose Cemetery, Greenville, Ill. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- 101th Birthday Celebration July 24: Mrs. Harriett DEVORE will celebrate her 101th birthday July 24th. Last year an open house was held in her honor, but this year at "Aunt" Harriett’s request, no celebration out of the ordinary is planned. Mrs. DEVORE was born in Montgomery, Ohio in 1852. Following the death of her husband 62 years ago, she moved her family to Kinmundy, where she has resided since. The family consisted of 2 sons and 3 daughters. All of the children, with the exception of one son, are still living. Mrs. DEVORE also has 3 living sisters and 1 brother.
- Pvt. William H. TOCKSTEIN Awarded Purple Heart for Wounds in Korea: The Purple Heart for wounds received in Korean action was recently conferred upon an Alma, Ill. soldier. He is Pvt. William H. TOCKSTEIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph J. TOCKSTEIN of Alma, now recuperating at the Army’s 343rd General Hospital in Kolzumi, Japan. He entered the army in Nov. 1952, and was wounded while serving as a rifleman in Co. B of the 5th Regimental Combat Team. A 1950 graduate of Kinmundy H.S., he was formerly a professional baseball player for the Mattoon Indians. He was wounded in action on June 11. He had been in Korea from May until shrapnel injured his knee. He reports to his family that he will be stationed in Japan for some time to come.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.O. ALEXANDER spent last Sunday in Sandoval at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. REINHART, and assisted in celebrating the birthday of his sister, Mrs. A. OVERLAND of Rosemead, Calif. Other relatives attending the celebration were, Mrs. REINHART’s and Mr. ALEXANDER’s sister and brother-in-law, H.B. TYLER of Centralia, and Mrs. Hazel SOULON of Odin, who is a niece of Mrs. OVERLAND, a niece, Irma EMMITT of Odin was an afternoon guest.
- I.D. INGRAM and Mrs. Lulu HAMMER were married in Reno, Nev. June 22, 1953 in the chapel of the First Christian Church, the Rev. Melvin LAVERN officiating. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Delvin UNDERWOOD of Sierra City, Calif., a niece of Mr. INGRAM. Since the wedding, the couple has been visiting relatives along the coast. They stopped in Dixon, Ill. to visit her uncle, Frank DIXON. They arrived here July 18th, where they are at home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE have a daughter born July 21 in Salem Hospital named Joyce Anne.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Earl HASSEBROCK have a baby girl born Wednesday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS Sunday afternoon.
- Brown: The Ladies club met Thursday with Mrs. Cora MONICAL. Quilting was the work for the day. Next meeting, July 30, with Josie KELLER.
- Swift School: Members of the late Emmit JONES family held a picnic supper at the city park in Kinmundy Tuesday night in honor of Emmit, Laura and Carla GARRETT, who are visiting here. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ray JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Darvin JONES and daughters of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and children, of Arnold Chapel; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE and baby, Ann, of Collinsville; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Miss Donna GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Emmit GARRETT.
- Pvt. E/2 and Mrs. Sammy LOWE, Miss Nancy DEADMOND and James BRASEL enjoyed ice cream with Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT Wednesday of last week.
- Miletus: Clark HAMPSTEN is our mail carrier this week.
- Mr. E.E. JAHRAUS, Herbert VANDEVEER and Don JAHRAUS returned from a 10 day fishing trip on Leech Lake, Minn. The prize catch was a 10 lb. muskie caught by Mr. VANDEVEER.
- A/c3 Don SAPP of Fort Amarillo, Texas and Miss Marty SAPP of Streator visited over the weekend with their aunt, Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL and son, Jim, and grandmother, Mrs. Hattie HUDDLESTON of Omega. They were accompanied home by Miss Peggy SAPP, who had spent a few weeks here.
- Notice: Dr. Richard MAULDING is assisting Dr. Glen WALKER in his office in Farina. Office hours are 9 to 12 and 1 to 3. Dr. MAULDING is available day or night and for all emergencies. Phone 1381 Farina or 85 Kinmundy.
- In Memoriam: Beulah DISS who died July 21, 1951. By DISS family.
July 30, 1953:
- A/1c and Mrs. Roger H. HERRON have a daughter born July 27 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. named Renee Ellen. Mrs. HERRON is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH of Kinmundy and DeKalb, and Mr. HERRON is son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley HERRON of Lockport, Ill.
- Mrs. Marie BLACKBURN: Marie, daughter of John B. and Marcelia MADDOX BRASEL was born Apr. 9, 1879 on a farm northwest of Kinmundy. There she great to womanhood. She was of a family of 12 children, 8 of whom survive, namely: Ed, Harry, John, Leland, and Myrtle of Kinmundy; Mrs. Maud KELL of Benton; Roscoe of Riverton, Wyo.; Mrs. George WEBER of Aurora. On June 27, 1906, she married Norman H. BLACKBURN, and they had 2 children, Mildred PRINGLE of Salem, and Archie of Platteville, Wis. When a girl, she was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Shanghai Chapel. In 1935, she changed her membership to the Christian Church in Kinmundy. She also leaves her husband and children, 4 grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law. Services were held from the Christian Church, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Miss Patricia Ann DOOLEN, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. DOOLEN, of this city, became the bride of Airman 3/c William Donald FRALA, U.S.A.F. on July 23 at the First Methodist Church of Laramie, with Rev. G.T. HAWES officiating. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. FRALA of Salem. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Robert MIDDLETON. The groom and his attendant both wore the uniform of the U.S.A.F. The bride attended Kinmundy H.S. The groom is a graduate of Salem H.S. Class of ‘52, and attended the Univ. of Ill. until he enlisted in the Air Force. The couple took a short honeymoon trip to Rock Springs, Wyo., and later returned to the Francis E. Warren A.F.B. where he will be stationed for further training in teletype repair school. They will be at home in Cheyenne, Wyo.
- Mrs. Charley LOWE and Mr. Laverne L. GRAY were quietly married on July 15th in Alma with Justice of the Peace, Ed GAMMON performed the ceremony. The couple left Monday for Peoria, where he has employment, and they will make their home.
- The Marion County 4-H Dress and Food show was held at the Oak Park Junior High Gym at Salem July 23 and 24. From our local Kinmundy Handy Stitchers, Beverly HANNA was chosen to model her suit at the State Fair and Karen JONES will send her dotted swiss dress and taffeta slip for exhibition. Kaye HAMMER, from the Kinmundy Menuettes will attend food classes at the State Fair having placed second in her demonstration of how to mix a cake by muffin method. The following girls received 2 blue ribbons each (one for dress construction and one in dress revue): Beverly HANNA, Karen JONES, and Sharon EAGAN. Marilyn O’DELL received her blue ribbon in dress revue. Girls receiving red ribbons were: Carol GEORGE, Amy Jo LEMAY, Patsy BEARD, Clara BRASEL, Kathleen O’DELL, Shirley and Nancy BEARD. White ribbons went to Ann SHAFFER, Gayle KLINE, Ada BRASEL, Mary FEATHER, Whitney HANNA and Kaye HAMMER. In the Kinmundy Menuettes the following ribbons were received: Blue Ribbons in cakes - Kaye GREENWOOD, Rosalyn LOWE, Clara BRASEL, Frances HIESTAND; in yeast bread - Barbara DOOLEN; red ribbons in cakes - Karen JONES and Kathleen O’DELL; in yeast bread - Kaye HAMMER, Frances HIESTAND, Rosemary ILG, Gayle KLINE, Ada BRASEL, and Suzanne HIESTAND.
- Army 1st Lt. Thomas O. FINLEY, who’s wife, Hilary, lives in Alma, recently arrived for duty with U.S. Forces in Austria. Lt. FINLEY is assigned to the 4th Armored Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion at Linz. He is a 1950 graduate of the Univ. of Ill., and entered the Army in June of that year.
- Annual Homecoming: the Pleasant Grove Church will hold their annual homecoming at the church Sunday, Aug. 9th. The meeting will be an all day meeting with a basket dinner at noon and special program starting at 2 o’clock. Miss Viola MEYER will be the special speaker. Everyone is invited to come and bring a basket.
- The Board of Education of Kinmundy-Alma Community school District 301 met in special session July 27th. Bids for coal for the schools were opened and read. Lowest bidder for the Kinmundy and Miletus schools was H.F. HASSEBROCK. The bid for Alma, Omega, and Allen schools was awarded Manford ALPHIN. Due to the large number of pupils, it was decided to open the Oak Grove school west of Alma. Last year, the school closed and was planning to send their pupils to Alma. But Alma is already overcrowded, so by reopening Oak Grove, the condition is partly corrected. A price for a new roof was approved for the gym, as it was the original one put on when it was built and has had water damage. Logan ROARK, Jr. resigned for a position at Eldorado, Ill. There are several vacancies in teaching positions and they are reported as hard to fill. The board is also trying to add an agriculture course. It was offered several years ago, but it was dropped, and now the board is trying to put it back on the curriculum.
- The 32nd LEACH Reunion was held July 26 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH. (This is known as the Tony YOUNG farm ½ mile east of Kinmundy). There were 60 present. The house and tables on the lawn were beautifully decorated with flowers brought by some attending. Floyd LEACH of near Louisville was the oldest one present and Karen Lynn MEYERS, 8 month old of Springfield, Ill. was the youngest. The Roy HOWARD family of Rockford, Ill. came the farthest. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARMSTRONG, Mr. and Mrs. Cassius ARMSTRONG, Jill ARMSTRONG, Mr. and Mrs. Robert BOCKEWITZ, Mr. and Mrs. Willis MEYERS, Jerry KASCH, Mr. and Mrs. Corwin CLICKNER, Patty CLICKNER, Mary CLICKNER, Mrs. Lola EPPINGER, Mr. and Mrs. Loren LEACH, Mr. and Mrs. Merle LEACH, Mrs. Lester PINKSTAFF, Bonita PINKSTAFF, Peggy VAUGHT, Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEACH, Mrs. Bob SODERQUIST, Karen Sue SODERQUIST, Mr. and Mrs. Albert MASCHGER, Carolyn and Curtis MASCHGER, Mrs. Frank COX, Marilyn COX, Betty COX, Mr. and Mrs. Warren TOLLIVER, Mr. and Mrs. Herman LEACH, Joe LEACH, Jon LEACH, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd LEACH, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HOWARD, Warren HOWARD, Mr. and Mrs. Earl GARMAN, Steve GARMAN, Mr. and Mrs. George E. PEARSON, Roger PEARSON, Jimmy PEARSON, Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH, Connie Lou LEACH and Larry LEACH.
- The Jolly Girls held their annual picnic July 23 in Salem Park.
- The stores in Kinmundy will be closed Thursday afternoon, July 30, so the owners and employees may attend the Salem Reunion.
- City Council met to discuss bids for street oiling, and the wheel tax violators.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don COLEE are the parents of a baby son born July 23 in Nashville, Arkansas hospital named Donald Glen.
- Richard R. MAULDING, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING, has received the bachelor of science degree in medicine from the Univ. of Illinois College of Medicine.
- Benny D. BRASEL on Training Cruise: Ships of the 1953 Midshipman Practice Squadron now on their last 4 weeks of training operations will return to Norfolk, Va. in Aug. Aboard the small aircraft carrier USS Saipan is Benny D. BRASEL, radarman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL. Before returning, the ships will have visited ports in South America and the West Indies during the 2 months training cruise.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and babe of near Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Leo STOCK and Dickie DEADMOND were among the lucky ones to catch and load a greased pig at the fair, Friday.
- Swift School: Pvt. E2 Sammy LOWE left last Saturday by plane for Ft. Lewis, Wash. His wife, Jane, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, took him to St. Louis.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB in Salem.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT entertained last Tuesday night in honor of their daughter, Donna, who was married that afternoon to Bill BEARD. Those who enjoyed supper together were Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond BEARD and daughters, Mary Alice and Mrs. Eileen MALKOVIC.
- Our neighborhood was sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Marle BLACKBURN. She was a sister of Leland BRASEL from our midst.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES. Forest JONES and wife called at the ARNOLD home lat Sunday evening, and Pid and Florence BASSETT were callers Sunday night.
- Swift School: Mrs. W.S. PRUETT accompanied her son, Rev. and Mrs. Walter B. PRUETT and daughters of Carrollton to Arlington, Va. for 3 weeks visit with another son, LCDR and Mrs. Carl PRUETT and family.
- In Memoriam: Mrs. Kate BUSWELL, died Aug. 7, 1948. Sadly missed by the children.
Aug. 6, 1953:
- At the City Council meeting, those with delinquent Wheel tax payments and water service bills were ordered to be collected.
- Mrs. Beryl LINTON suffered a heart attack in her home on Aug. 1, and was taken to Vandalia Hospital. Her condition seems to be improving.
- Meacham 4-H Results at County Show: The Meacham 4-H group carried off the following awards at the county show: In the Clothing Project - Irlene PARRILL, Rosalyn LOWE, Sue ERNST, Donna COPPLE, Kaye GREENWOOD, and Rosa Lee PARRILL received ribbons for the construction of their garments. From the Meacham club, Kay GREENWOOD was selected to model her nylon dress in the State review in Springfield. Irlene PARRILL is an alternate to attend classes and is to send her dress for judging. In flower arrangement, Donna COPPLE, Kaye GREENWOOD, Irlene PARRILL, Barbara Kaye HAMMER, Sue ERNST, and Rosalyn LOWE received honors. The club representative to the State Fair will be Donna COPPLE. For the leisure-hour project, the members exhibited wood chip carvings, and tin painting. Receiving awards were Irlene PARRILL, Kaye GREENWOOD, Sue ERNST, Rosa Lee PARRILL, and Donna COPPLE. The leader of Flower Arrangements is Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, and the leader of the Clothing and Leisure is Mrs. Irwin PARRILL.
- Brown Reunion Held: Among those attending the 25th Annual BROWN Reunion in Salem Park were: Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. HAMMER and Kaye, and Ruth BAYLISS of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Herman SMITH and Mary Ann, Shirley BURGE, Mary Lillian DIPPOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Hershey AMBUEHL and family, Mr. Pink FRANCE, Mrs. Horace LACEY, of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. H.H. O’CONNEL and son, Pat; Mrs. Tillie O’CONNEL of Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT, Mrs. Fred FLETCHER of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. Gage VAUGHN of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Roy STEVENS, Mr. and Mrs. Howard HUNTER, Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and Twila, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde FRANCE of Salem, and Joyce and Jean STEVENS, of Lindsley, Okla.
- Mrs. LINGENFELTER Laid to Rest Wednesday: Mrs. Jennie Belle LINGENFELTER died July 27 at the home of her son, Roy, in Marion, Ill. The deceased was born in Kinmundy, March 28, 1870, the daughter of George and Hopey FINSTER. She married Nelson LINGENFELTER, who died in 1933, and two sons have also passed on. She leaves 1 son, Roy, of Marion; and 1 sister, Anna FOSTER. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Mass. Services were held Wednesday at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Marion with burial in Kinmundy Cemetery.
- Sixty relatives and friends attended the basket dinner at the park in Salem, Sunday in honor of the birthdays of Orion BUTTS, Jerry LAMBIRD, Sandra LEE and Clarence Orion DEVORE. A list of those attending was included. The oldest couple attending were Mr. and Mrs. Till COPPLE of Salem. He is 77 and she is 75. The youngest attending was Linda Sue DEVORE, the 19 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE. Clifford LINK of Towerhill entertained the group with guitar and songs.
- Mrs. Victorine OSBORNE, age 97, died at her late home in Odin, July 31. She was in good health and remarkably active until recently, but was seriously ill one week. She moved to Odin to live 6 years ago but had spent most of her life in Casey, Ill. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. JACOBUS and was married to James H. OSBORNE, Jan. 1876. She was a charter member and a very active worker in the Casey O.E.S. and the Christian Church. Services were held from the Christian Church in Casey with burial at Casey Cemetery. She was an aunt of Mr. F.W. KILLIE and Miss Evelyn KILLIE of this city.
- Meacham: Friends and relatives of Mr. Coon HOWELL and Marvin JONES enjoyed dinner in Salem Park celebrating their birthdays.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son were dinner guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY Thursday in honor of Thurman’s birthday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Darrell SMITH of Centralia moved in with his father, since the death of his mother, Mrs. Lester SMITH.
- Brown: Several attended the BAKER-SCHOOLEY Reunion at Salem Park Sunday.
- Miletus (from last week): We are sorry to report the death of our good neighbor, Mrs. Pete BUTTS. She died Monday in St. John’s Sanitorium in Springfield after a serious operation several days ago when they removed one of her lungs.
- An Advertisement was placed by L.E. SHREFFLER selling at public auction all personal property of his mother, Mrs. Ella SHREFFLER on Aug. 15, 1953 at his place one mile west of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHOOLEY of Belleflower, Ill. and 1 daughter, Lorena PETERSON, of Monticello, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYD and Mel BOYD Sunday morning. They were enroute to Salem to attend a SCHOOLEY Reunion.
- Swift School: Mrs. Florence MARSHALL and relatives of Vandalia and Greenville attended the HENNINGER Reunion in Sigumerey, Iowa, July 26.
Aug. 13, 1953:
- M-Sgt. John R. ROBB has been transferred to the U.S. Army in the Far East. Now a member of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps’ instructor group at LaSalle college, Philadelphia, he will report to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pa. on Aug. 14 for shipment. The Sergeant, 37, and his wife, Helen, have 2 children, John R. Jr., 13, and Jo Ellen, 11. He graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1933, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Univ. of Ill. in 1937. A veteran of WWII, he is a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, though now on active duty as a Master Sergeant. He serviced in the China-Burma-India Theater from Dec. 1943 to Aug. 1945 and in Germany from Aug. 1946 to Sept. 1949. Among his many decorations are the Bronze Star Medal, Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant, campaign ribbons from the 3 theaters of operations during the second World War, and the Special Breast Order of Yun Hui, a Chinese Government decoration.
- SCHOOLEY Family Reunion: On Aug. 2, 1953, seventy-seven descendants of Isaac SCHOOLEY met at the Salem Park with a basket dinner at the noon hour. The older members of the family attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHOOLEY of Belleflower, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd SCHOOLEY of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. LONNON of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. John BAKER of Iuka, and Mrs. Mina DEADMOND of Odin. Mr. Hollis BAKER is the president and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON is Sec.-Treas. Along with the above, those attending were: Milton SCHOOLEY and sons, Staunton, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd SCHOOLEY, Westmont, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie MULVANEY and family, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas BROOKS and family, Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE and sons, Sandoval; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis SCHOOLEY and son, Western Springs; Leland SCHOOLEY, Dewitt; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin MUELLER, Mascoutah; Mrs. Lena HAYS, Mason, Mrs. Loren PETERSON, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd ALDERSON, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Ivory NEAL and son, Watson; Mrs. Minnie CHEELEY, Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Rolla DACE and daughters, Odin; Mrs. Valeria SCHOOLEY, Glen SCHOOLEY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis BAKER, Mr. and Mrs. Dean BAKER and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BAKER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Gene HELM and family, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SCHOOLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Leon BAKER and family of Iuka.
- Miss Sharon PICKLE was guest of honor at a birthday party given by her mother Aug. 10. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Harold R. HOWELL, son of Charles and Mina CUMMINS HOWELL, was born March 17, 1914 at Kinmundy, where he spent his entire life. He died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Aug. 5, 1953.. On June 24, 1934, he married to Lola BAYLIS, and they had 5 children: Shirley, Barbara, Marilyn and Charles, all of whom survive; and 1 daughter, Linda, who died Feb. 18, 1951. Other survivors include his wife; 1 sister, Mrs. Geneva PURVIS, Odin; and 1 brother, Bryan of Long Beach, Calif. Two brothers, Walter and Frank preceded him in death. He was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church from the time when he was quite young until his death. Services were held from the Christian Church with Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.A. ALDERSON were hosts Sunday at a potluck dinner in their home in honor of Mr. ALDERSON’s 82nd birthday. Those attending were: Mrs. Estie PULS, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. KIRKLAND, Annette, Marilyn, Sharon, and Geraldine, of East St. Louis, Mrs. Annie EARNHART and daughter, Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Henry TRIPP of Jonesboro, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest TRIPP, Jeanette, Betty, Tommie and Earl of Anna, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. G.M. GRIMES and son, Leon of Peoria; and Mr. and Mrs. Homer BEGGS and sons, Larry and Ronald of Imporia, Kansas.
- The week of Aug. 23, the city of Centralia will celebrate it’s 100th birthday with a full week of celebrating.
- Several friends gathered at the home of Donna MULVANY to help celebrate her 5th birthday on Aug. 5. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Clyde BECHTELHEIMER died at his home in Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 7th from coronary thrombosis. Services and interment were held Tuesday from the United Brethren Church in Waterloo, Iowa. He leaves his wife, the former Emma ARNOLD, and 2 children, Mary K., 15, and Thad, 11. Mrs. Orville DISS, D.A. ARNOLD, and Misses Ruby and Pearl ARNOLD left Sunday to be in attendance at the funeral and to visit a few days with their sister.
- Mrs. George KEEN entertained several small friends at her home Friday in honor of her son, Dennis’ first birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and family attended the HANKS reunion in the Salem Park, Sunday.
- Bryan HOWELL of Long Beach arrived here Saturday to attend the funeral of his brother, Harold HOWELL. He returned home Wednesday. He said he would have liked to stay around here a little longer, but he has a granddaughter (the first grandchild) back home whom he has never seen.
- Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER and Mrs. Marie ROSE attended the shower for Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHAFFER in Salem Friday night.
- The Board of Education employed James C. SPRINGS as an assistant superintendent on Friday. He has been serving in the U.S. Army the past two years. He taught in Manchester, Ill. school system and also in the Winchester school system, and superintendent at Shawneetown schools. He will also serve as Math teacher in our school. He is married and has 2 daughters.
- Mrs. Ed DOOLEN received word Aug. 10 of the birth of 2 great-granddaughters, Cynthia Lee born Aug. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Phil HOTT of Peotone, Ill., and Sarah Jane, born Aug. 7 to Capt. and Mrs. Charles KENNINGTON, Camp Lejeurne, N.C.
- Swift School: A large crowd attended the miscellaneous shower for Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD at the Frank GARRETT home Tuesday night. Many gifts were received.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth CHANDLER and family of Forrest spent last Tuesday night with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and attended the shower for her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD.
- Swift School: Capt. and Mrs. Daryl ROBB and baby, Bonnie, of Ft. Riley, Kansas, were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE returned home Thursday from a week’s visit with their son, Pvt. and Mrs. Charles WHITE at Camp Kilmer, N.J.
- Pleasant Grove: Rev. and Mrs. BLESSING and family were called to Iola due to the sudden death of her father, who died from a heart attack. Services were held Sunday.
- Miletus: Pvt. Bob BUTTS returned to Camp Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. 1 day last week after a 10 day furlough with homefolks owing to the death of his step-mother, Mrs. Pete BUTTS.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY enjoyed ice cream with Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children last Wednesday night and helped Russell celebrate his birthday.
- M. Sgt. and Mrs. John Robert ROBB, who are enroute overseas, are visiting this week with Miss Hester HEATON and other relatives.
Aug. 20, 1953:
- Rev. and Mrs. Vance COMER and daughter are enroute to Thomas, Oklahoma for Mrs. COMER’s mother. She has been a sufferer of diabetes for several years, and last week suffered a heart attack.
- The Roberson Roller Rink in the City Park is attracting large crowds of people each evening. They are conducting clean entertainment for our young folks and won’t tolerate any rough stuff.
- Maude BARBEE: Mrs. Maude NUNN BARBEE was born Oct. 2, 1880 in Carrier Mills. She married Joseph H. BARBEE in 1921 in East St. Louis. They moved to Kinmundy March 15, 1935, where she resided until her death. Her husband, Joseph, died Sept. 29, 1943. She leaves: 1 son, William JOSEPH; 2 step-children, Cleda LEONARD of Joliet, and Lewis R. BARBEE of Davenport, Iowa; 2 grandchildren, William JOSEPH, Jr. of Shobonier and Jo Ann BARBEE of Pontiac, Mich; 2 step-grandchildren, Jesse Robert and Leonard Lee ATEWELL of Pontiac, Mich.; and 1 brother, William NUNN of Dixon, who due to the illness of his wife was unable to attend the services of his sister. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Oran HANABAUM, Kinmundy POW, Released: Mr. and Mrs. Ernie HANABAUM of Meacham twp. were informed Tuesday that their son, PFC Oran HANABAUM was among the group of prisoners of war released by the communists in exchange that day. Naturally, there was joy in this farm home as relatives and friends called to assure the family that they were happy too. Oran has been a prisoner for 27 months. During this time, his parents have had letters from him at various times. The last letter was received in May.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl BROEKER have a son born Aug. 6 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston named Carl Richard, Jr.
- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SHAFFER of Salem have a son, Michael Raymond, born Aug. 11 at Salem Hospital.
- M/S and Mrs. John R. ROBB and 2 children left Saturday for Glendale, Ariz., where they will make their home. Sgt. ROBB will leave soon for duty in the Far East while the family will remain in Arizona.
- Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL and son, Jim, Mrs. Hattie HUDDLESTON, Raymond SAPP and Mrs. Mag HUDDLESTON of Omega, and Mrs. Faye HUDDLESTON of Salem attended the HUDDLESTON Reunion in Yale, Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee DOOLEN of Everette, Wash. have a baby daughter born Aug. 12 named Vicki Lynn. Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN are the paternal grandparents.
- Lt. Col. Herman M. MARLOW of Kinmundy and Wyanet, Ill., has reported to Ft. Monroe, Va. for a new assignment in the Office, Chief of Army Field Forces. He has had 16 years active duty in the Army, and served 22 months in the European Theater. During WWII, he participated in the Normandy, Central Europe, Northern France, and Rhineland campaigns. He has been awarded the Bronze Star with cluster. In 1950 he completed a course at the Armored Service School at Fort Knox, Ky. The new OCAFF officer is the son of Mrs. Anna MARLOW of Kinmundy, and was graduated from the Champaign H.S. and the Univ. of Ill. He was accompanied to Fort Monroe by his wife, Fern, and their children, John, Hazel, and Fern.
- The 49th Annual PARRILL Reunion was held Aug. 9 in the Kinmundy City Park with 42 members and 1 visitor. The oldest member present was Miss Luella PARRILL and the youngest was Karen Marie PARRILL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL. Those from Kinmundy attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred GRISSOM, Miss Luella PARRILL, Mrs. Jane HOHLT, Mrs. Minnie SIPLE, Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth PARRILL and daughters. Others attending included: Mr. and Mrs. Gage VAUGHN of Mt. Vernon, Mr. LaRue PARRILL of Prophetstown, Mrs. Clara GUNTHORP of Barfield, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HAZENFIELD and Mrs. Lily SPECKER of Brownstown; Herman WOLFE and friend of Craydon, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. George WELLS and son of Joliet; Mr. and Mrs. Irwin PARRILL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dean PARRILL; Mr.and Mrs. Leslie DeWERFF and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Joe MALONE and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted HOWARD of Farina.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE have a son born Aug. 12 in Salem Hospital.
- ALC and Mrs. R.W. PIGG and children of Boco Chica, Fla. came Thursday to spend 10 days with his mother, Mrs. Herschel PIGG.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene GIGAR have a daughter, Linda Jean, born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Aug. 14.
- The American Legion Auxillary met in the school lunch room Aug. 17 for the installing of the new officers. There were 18 members and 4 guests present. The following were installed: President - Mrs. John McCULLEY; 1st, Vice Pres. - Mrs. Robb GREEN; 2nd Vice Pres. - Mrs. Sam LOWE; Sec. - Mrs. Wayne ROBB; Treas. - Miss Mildred KLEISS; Chaplin - Mrs. Burdette JENKINS; Historian - Mrs. Joseph POLANKA; Sgt. at Arms, Mrs. Ruben CRAIN. The retiring president, Mrs. Sam LOWE was presented a past president pin by Mrs. SCHOONOVER. The president, Mrs. John McCULLEY was presented a corsage by her son, Russell.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN took a freezer of ice cream to the Guy ARNOLD home Saturday in honor of Guy’s birthday which was Friday.
- Swift School: M. Sgt. John Robert ROBB and family, and Miss Hester HEATON were supper guests of Mack ROBB and family last Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB called that night.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughters, Debbie, Susan and Paula were Sunday dinner guests of R.H. GREEN and wife celebrating Debbie’s 3rd birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were in Vernon Sunday afternoon visiting their aunt, Mrs. Stella ARNOLD.
- Shriver School: Harry BRASEL of the U.S.N. will arrive this week from San Diego to spend leave with his parents.
- Brown: Those who ate birthday dinner with Mrs. Cora MONICAL at Boston Lake on Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. Steward MONICAL, Charles and Mary MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy WOOLRIDGE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Dowe MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Verl MONICAL and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dean BAKER and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Harold MONICAL and children. Mr. and Mrs. Asher SMITH and daughter called in the afternoon.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children attended the TATE reunion at Pana last Sunday.
- Miletus: Junior BUTTS and Arlene WILSON were quietly married one day last week. They went to the Ozark Mountains for a short honeymoon. They were given a rousing charivari on Monday night of this week. There was also a miscellaneous shower given for them the same night.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER returned Sunday from a 2 week vacation trip. They visited their cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard HEICHER and son of Hyattsville, Md. who accompanied them to New York City and Washington, D.C. returning thru the southern states. They returned to Champaign Sunday where he will resume work as a plumber. Clark spent 2 years with the U.S. Army, 14 months of which he served in Alaska. He was released and arrived home July 17.
- Pleasant Grove: Ray VANDEVEER is building an addition of two rooms to their home.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Dwight KLINE have a son born Aug. 13 at Salem Hospital, and Mr. and Mrs. George MEYER have a baby girl born Aug. 14 in Salem Hospital.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the nursery shower Tuesday for Mrs. Arthur WHITE at the home of Mrs. Lester MULVANEY in Omega. She was assisted by Mrs. WHITE’s sister, Mrs. Mary WILKINSON.
- Pleasant Grove: A birthday party was held for Mary Jane ANDERSON Sunday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Johnnie BAKER is building a new house for his brother, Halice, west of Omega.
- Mrs. Wesley DOOLEN of Odin visited with Mrs. Earl DOOLEN. She left Tuesday for Ft. Riley, Kansas to make her home with her husband.
- Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM spent Wednesday with her son, Floyd, at the Jefferson Barracks Hospital. He is slowly improving.
Aug. 27, 1953:
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER Observe Golden Wedding with Family Dinner: Miss Pearl JACKSON of Kinmundy and Fred G. ALEXANDER of Odin were married Aug. 24, 1903. Rev. PAYNE, a Baptist minister of Litchfield and a friend of the family officiated the ceremony in the presence of 30 relatives and friends. Following the ceremony, the groom took his bride to a new home he had completed in Odin. At that time, the groom clerked in a store there. In 1907, he was employed as a signal helper on the Illinois Central RR at Odin. In 1912 he was moved to Kinmundy as a maintainer. At that time, they purchased the residence in which they were married, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and located just west of the I.C. and C. & E.I. junction. Here they remained until 1924 when he was moved to Champaign as a signal testman. He was again returned to Kinmundy in 1931 and retired on Dec. 31, 1940, having spent 33½ years with the Illinois Central in the signal Dept. without a single demerit mark against his career. Since that time, Mr. and Mrs. ALEXANDER have been living a very retiring life, doing just what they want to do. They have reared 7 children: Darrel, Winamac, Ind; Ruth (HART), Champaign; Dwight, Kinmundy; Nelda (HUMPHREY), Rome, N.Y.; Francis, Elizabethtown, Tenn.; Gene, Lincoln; and Xon, Augusta, Ga. On Sunday, Aug. 23, this happy couple observed their Golden Wedding anniversary and had 31 members of the immediate family present for a turkey dinner. First they attended Sunday School and Church at the Christian church. During Sunday School, they were requested to stand in front of the whole school while their granddaughters, Mrs. Robert DOYLE and Miss Judy ALEXANDER sang "Jesus Gives Me a Song" with Robert DOYLE at the piano. Although no notice of the observance of this affair was given, open house was held in the afternoon and 97 relatives and friends signed the guestbook. (A list of those attending was included). They also had with them two of their three great-grandchildren, namely, William David DOYLE and David Mark DISS. During the day, they also received telephone calls from their children who could not attend. Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY, Rome, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Xon ALEXANDER, Augusta, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. G.O. ALEXANDER, Elizabethtown, Tenn. A telegram was also received from a grandson, Mr. and Mrs. William D. HART, Lynchburg, Va. A beautiful cake was presented them by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ALEXANDER. This cake was 31 inches in length.
- Mrs. William PYLE Dies: Mrs. Bertha PYLE, wife of William PYLE, died at her home in the southwest part of town Monday aged 73 years, 5 months, and 6 months. The body was taken to Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort, Ind. where services will take place with interment in Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort. Besides her husband, she leaves 3 sons: Acil STREET, Argalus STREET, and Ansil STREET of Frankfort, Ind.; and 2 daughters, Beulah GOLDSBERRY, Thorntown, Ind., and Edna HOWE, Frankfort.
- Mrs. Eva FEATHER of this city observed her 76th birthday Sunday with a basket dinner in the Salem park at the noon hour. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Adrian LOGUE and sons, and Ernest DICKEY, Chandlerville; Mrs. Henry DICKEY and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul DUNN, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Paul MARSHALL and children, Sims; Frank DICKEY, Tom DICKEY, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert McRill and children, Mt. Vernon; Carl GREEN, Baytown, Tex.; Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughter, Midland, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle GREEN and children, Seattle, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER and daughters, Mary Lou WINKS and Geraldine SMITH, Alma; Dick FEATHER and son, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter; W.L. GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen DOOLEN and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Don SMITH and Charles GARRETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.T. SEIDNER of Mason have purchased the Byron SILLS property in the south part of town, and will move there in the next few days. Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILLS have purchased the Victor SMITH property located near the C. & E.I. Depot.
- Mrs. Charles BASSETT entertained several young folks Saturday in honor of her son, Denny’s, 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The Farina Lyric Theatre will reopen Saturday evening Sept. 5th.
- Sgt. Donald W. JONES received his discharge from the army Thursday after spending the past 14 months in Korea. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, motored to Camp Breckenridge, Ky, and accompanied him home.
- All relatives and friends of the family of Solomon HIESTAND are invited to attend the First Annual Reunion on Aug. 30, 1953 at the Moose Picnic Grounds near the Salem Yards with a Basket Dinner.
- Corporal Carroll L. CROSLEY left Camp Pendleton, Calif., with the 3rd Division of the Marines, for Japan where they will go to their various places in the far East. Mrs. CROSLEY and daughter arrived here Thursday from Oceanside, Calif., to visit the Claude HANNA and Harry CROSLEY families.
- Local Resident Has Money Returned from Swindler: Mrs. Bertha CURRY and Mrs. Willard SCHOOLEY were accompanied to Zeigler by representatives of the office of the Marion County Sheriff to identify a man who gave his name as Jack ELLIS. Three weeks ago, ELLIS had swindled Mrs. CURRY out of $40. ELLIS came to Mrs. CURRY’s house with a truck and 3 other men, posing as a representative of the State Health Dept., asking about cleaning the toilet. He told Mrs. CURRY it would cost about $8 or $10. Mrs. CURRY gave her consent. After the work was completed, ELLIS told her the bill was $65. After some argument they settled for $40. Mrs. SCHOOLEY and Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON happened to be visiting in Mrs. CURRY’s home at the time. These ladies did not notice too closely, but did remember the truck had "Royalton" on it. A few days later, Mr. Marshall WILLIAMS of this city happened to hear of the incident. He immediately notified the Sheriff’s office and work on the case was commenced. Last week, a man giving his name as JEFFERIES was picked up in Benton and brought to Salem. Mrs. CURRY and Mrs. JOHNSON were called down there to identify the man, but he was not the man. After identifying ELLIS Friday, he was brought to Salem by Marion County Sheriff’s office personnel and arraigned before Justice of the Peace, Noah PARKER in Salem. ELLIS returned Mrs. CURRY’s $40 and paid all court costs. Mrs. CURRY, in turn told the authorities that she wished to pay ELLIS the sum they had agreed on. So she paid him the $10 for the work. ELLIS was then returned to the Zeigler jail where he is being held on a charge of being drunk.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence KELLENBACH of Crossville, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. LINDLEY of Hutsonville, Mr. and Mrs. Earl NICHOLS of Leroy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry RAINES of Sullivan, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. John OTEY of St. Louis, Mo., were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. HANNA. These were Co. 67 World War I friends who met for a reunion and pot luck dinner.
- T. Sgt. and Mrs. Denton BRASEL of Elgin Air Force Base, Florida have a daughter, Millie Joan, born Aug. 11.
- Howard ROBB was returned here Thursday from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis where he had undergone a brain operation. The family is now living in one of the Dr. HANNA houses in the north part of town. According to reports, Howard is improving fast, although it will be necessary for him to remain in bed for awhile yet.
- On Aug. 11, a number of the HAMMER family gathered at the city park in Kinmundy in honor of Charles HAMMER and 2 sons, Lowell and Willard, of Wichita, Kan., who were visiting a relative here at the time. Those attending besides the honorees were Mr. and Mrs. Lowell MEYER of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Barbara Kay, Mrs. Myron HAMMER, Dolph HAMMER and Bert HAMMER of this city.
- Mrs. Katherine BOUGHERS and Wilma attended the HELM family reunion in the Salem Park Sunday.
- Schools will open Aug. 31 at the Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit. Two more teachers were hired: Robert HOWARD of Westville will be the new Agriculture teacher. Jessie WEYRICH was given the position of teaching the Oak Grove school.
- Miletus: Leo STOCK is redecorating the Miletus school house.
- Swift School: On Aug. 23, relatives and friends gathered at the city park in Kinmundy with well filled baskets of food in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Nelle ROBB which was Aug. 23.
- Cpl. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and son of Camp Atterbury, Ind. spent the weekend here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and family.
Sept. 3, 1953:
- There is a problem with the city supply of water, some think. Can you smell or taste the algae in the city water? Some can’t, some are complaining about it.
- HOLT Reunion: Members of the HOLT family gathered in Salem Memorial Park Sunday for their annual reunion. Those from Kinmundy and vicinity were: Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. GAMMON, Mr. and Mrs. John HOLT, Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON, Mrs. Margaret EAGAN, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, Raymond ATKINS, Mrs. Cloe HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina, Mrs. G.E. ROLLINSON and sons, of Whiting, Indiana.
- The American Auxiliary met Aug. 31 with Mrs. Sam LOWE with 11 members and 8 guests present. The president appointed the following chairmen for the new year: Americanism - Effie CRAIN; Child Welfare - Peggy JENKINS; Poppy - Elsie REESE; Publicity - Mildred KLEISS; Rehabilitation - Gladys KLINE; Veterans Craft Exchange - Lela Mae DOOLEN; Gold Star - Helen QUANDT; Membership - Marjorie GREEN; Music - Maxine ROBB; Auxiliary Loan - Rochelle MISELBROOK; Community Service - Florence REESE; Finance - Margaret ZIMMER; Junior Activities - Mary REESE; Legislation and Revisions - Pearl FISHER; National Security - Neil KLINE; Pan American - Bessie DISS; Past President Parley - Pearl LOWE; Radio - Nila COLCLASURE; Civil Defense - Stella CHANCE; Membership Liaison - Linnie POLANKA.
- On the "Dark Continent": Donna Mae, wife of Pfc John W. BEARD received word last week that Bill had arrived in Asmara, Eritrea, Africa. This city is on the East coast, and Bill will work as a signal repairman with the army unit stationed there.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON were hosts at a shower and charivari given in their home, Aug. 29, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Danny JOHNSON of Salem. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Rolland ALDERSON, daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON, of this city, received her Master of Arts Degree in Education from the Univ. of Illinois at the end of the recent summer session.
- A picture was printed of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23.
- Miss Betty WINEGARNER, who has just returned from Garmisch, Germany, where she has spent the last four years as a teacher of the children of the American officers who are stationed there, spent the weekend with her relatives at the F.O. GRISSOM home. She left Tuesday morning for Kansas City, Kansas to visit her mother and sister and family. Before leaving Germany, Miss WINEGARNER purchased an MG automobile which she is driving from New York to Kansas City.
- Missionary at Pleasant Grove: Miss Gladys LYNCH, of Salem, missionary to Spanish speaking South America will be at Pleasant Grove Church, Alma charge, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone Welcome.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN Celebrate Golden Wedding Sunday with Dinner: On Aug. 27, 1903, Cora BRIMBERRY COATNEY and Eugene KEEN, both of Kinmundy, went to Salem where they were married by O.F. EVANS. They returned to Kinmundy the same day where they went to housekeeping. This couple has lived in Kinmundy ever since, with the exception of one year spent in southeastern Missouri, and nine months living in Brubaker. Mr. KEEN worked for the Illinois Central and the C. & E.I. Railroads as a section laborer for a period of about 30 years. After quitting the railroad, he was a mail messenger here for 11 years. He retired in 1943. Mr. and Mrs. KEEN have 6 children, all living in and around Kinmundy, namely: Cecil, Martha HALL, Christine FOLLOWELL, Hazel GEILER, Eugene, Jr., and Mabel OLDEN. A daughter passed away in infancy, and son, Herbert, in 1934, at the age of 30. On Sunday, Aug. 27, this happy couple celebrated their Golden Wedding with a basket dinner in the Salem Park. There were 48 present: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. COATNEY and Mr. and Mrs. Ben SAILER, Centralia; Mrs. Grace POLLARD, Odin; Mrs. Noble LAYTON, Carol LAYTON and Sorate YOUNG, Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Jack HALL, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL, Mrs. Helen NASH, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN, Jr. and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL and family, Mrs. Shirley McCARTY, Donna and Jaret PICKLE, Tommy BOYD, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL and family, Mrs. Lavern KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN of this city.
- Swift School: Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS visited Sunday in Princeton, Ind. with Mr. and Mrs. Dresdon HEADLEY helping Mrs. HEADLEY celebrate her birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE attended the HOLT Reunion at Salem Park, Sunday.
- Miletus: Mrs. Dicy YATES suffered some very painful injuries one day last week in a car accident in Kinmundy. She was rushed to Salem Hospital and remained there for a day or two. She is home now.
- Pleasant Grove: Ray VANDEVEER was painfully injured while helping build a silo Wednesday evening when the scaffold he was standing, came loose causing him to lose his balance until he jumped to avoid falling on the fence. He was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment and returned home Saturday. Both legs were put in a cast. One heel was broken and the other was cracked.
- Pleasant Grove: School started Monday. Mrs. Anna BALLANCE is the teacher. Some of the Allen students are going to Omega this winter. They are: Lee STOCK, Frances and Nellie HIESTAND, Patsy ROSE, Buddy HELM, and Shirley KENLEY. Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON is the teacher at Omega. Janet BARKSDALE goes to school at Salem.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Dick GARDEN of Ft. Knox, Ky are spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY before reporting for duty in Europe. He will leave Sept. 7.
- Mr. and Mrs. Archie PATHEL of Crete visited Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER last weekend. They report a new grandson, Scott Wesley, born Aug. 21 to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene PATHEL, of Crete.
Sept. 10, 1953:
- The Board of Education of Kinmundy-Alma Unit employed 3 more teachers for the year. Mrs. Wilma Dell SPRINGS, will teach 5th grade at Kinmundy, Mrs. Tom LUCAS of Salem, will instruct half the first grade in Kinmundy, and Earnest DONOHO of Salem was employed to teach science and biology in the high school. 46 first graders enrolled in the first grade the first day at Kinmundy school which necessitated the hiring of the additional teacher. Enrollment in the attendance centers were as follows: Allen - 22; Alma - 91; Brown - 28; McHaney (Possum Trot) - 29; Greenridge - 21; Kinmundy - 233; Miletus - 19; Oak Grove - 23; Omega - 30; and the high school - 135. Total enrollment in the first eight grades is 486.
- PFC Sammy LOWE sailed on Sept. 3 for Japan where he will be stationed until further orders come thru.
- In Business for 34 years: Saturday will mark the 34th anniversary of the sale of the grocery store by Fred W. KILLIE to J.R. MAHAN, which makes Mr. MAHAN the 3rd oldest businessman on the street from the standpoint of service (possibly age too.) We are talking about the ownership of a business. If we didn’t put it that way, C.R. ALDERSON has been on the street a few years longer than Mr. MAHAN. But Mr. A.C. DUNLAP and Mr. R.J. ROTAN have been here a little longer than either of them. F.A. MOTCH entered the business with Mr. MAHAN 3 years after Mr. MAHAN had purchased the store. But he cannot lay claim to the next place because ye editor stepped in a year ahead of him. Now there is the extent of the membership of the "old men’s club." In commemoration of this 34th anniversary of Mr. MAHAN, the firm is offering several 34 cent items this weekend as specials.
- Kinmundy Post 519 American Legion has announced final planning for the first annual picnic for Sept. 11 and 12 at Charlton’s Grove.
- A very enjoyable day was spent Aug. 30 at the Salem Park in honor of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. McFEE of Carroll, Iowa, who are spending a few days vacation with relatives in and near Farina. Relatives of both Mr. and Mrs. McFEE, who gathered at the park with well filled baskets, included L.B.’s only two living sisters of his mother, namely, Mrs. Allie BAGOTT of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Tillie O’CONNELL of Effingham. (A list of other relatives were included.)
- Mrs. Olive WILKINSON, daughter of Mrs. Martha KING, and William FOGLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred FOGLER, of Farina, were married at a quiet ceremony Sept. 4 in the Methodist Church in Kinmundy, Rev. Vance COMER officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTEN attended the couple. Following the ceremony, the couple left for a short vacation in the northern part of the state. They will make their home east of Farina where Mr. FOGLER is engaged in farming.
- Pvt. George HOYT of Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived home Wednesday to spend a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT.
- Eighty-seven friends and relatives of the late Mr. and Mrs. F.M. ROBB, met at the Kinmundy City Park Sept. 6 for their annual reunion and basket dinner. Those attending included: Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES and son, Harold; Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Robb GREEN; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES; Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT; Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN; Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and daughter, Wanda; Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT; Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters; Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN; Mrs. Bill BEARD; Mr. and Mrs. Stella BALLANCE; Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judy; Mrs. Stella PRUETT; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family; and Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DAY of Kinmundy; Miss Susan GREEN, St. Peter; Miss Dorthea JONES, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy GREEN and family, Champaign; Mrs. Vera AMBUEHL, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. J.G. VALLOW, Minonk; Mr. and Mrs. Charles DEUTSCH and daughter, Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. Jerry GERFEN and son, Sappington, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD, Breese; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett GARRETT and daughter, Midland, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN, Patoka; and Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER and sons, Salem.
- Pvt. William VALLOW is enjoying a furlough here with his mother, Mrs. Almeda VALLOW enroute to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., to Camp Lewis, Wash.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM have a son, Daniel Stewart, born in Salem Hospital on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM are the paternal grandparents, and W.L. GREEN is the maternal grandfather.
- Mrs. Rosco OLDEN received word Tuesday of a death of her brother, Kenneth FEAR, of Iuka. He was a patient in Salem Hospital and had been ill for the past 3 years for a heart ailment. Services will be held Thursday in Iuka. He leaves 3 children, Doris of Whiting, Ind.; Harry of Salem; and Mrs. Berti BEEALS, Iuka; 2 brothers, Claude FEAR, Farina; and Ed FEAR, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and 1 sister, Mrs. Rosco OLDEN of this city. He also leaves 7 grandchildren.
- No State Department of Public Health approval of the plant, no money for the contractor, was the unanimous opinion of the City Council which met in regular session Tuesday evening. The amount of $1,668.69 was again turned down for payment for R.R. CALLAGHAN, contractor. The state has repeatedly pointed out some things which should be installed or corrected, all of them minor and not affecting the quality of the water. The entire waterworks project has already approached the $180,000 mark. Also in business was the hiring of Harvey BROWN as night watchman. Since the unfortunate accident which rendered Mr. LAMBIRD incapable of duty, Mr. BROWN has filled in on a temporary basis.
- The fire department was called to the Tom JONES home last Wednesday to extinguish a grass fire caused from the burning of rubbish. It was called to the city park Sunday morning to extinguish a grass fire.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Russell ROSE and baby girl returned home from the hospital Friday. She has been named Deborah Louise and was born Sept. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Avery BRANCH called Saturday to see the baby and Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE and children were Sunday visitors.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Fred COOK of Farina, and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Charles helping celebrate birthdays of Ervin and Mrs. COOK.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle met at the home of Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON in Kinmundy Thursday to reorganize for the new year. Officers are: Mrs. Rochelle MISELBROOK - President; Mrs. Hugh COPPLE - Vice President; Mrs. Dollie SLANE - Sec.; Mrs. Georgia SOLDNER - Treas.; Mrs. Charles LOWE, Mrs. Merle HEICHER, and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER joined our circle.
- Miletus: Several attended the MULVANEY Reunion at Salem Park last Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roland NEUDECKER of Centralia moved to the Dale WRIGHT property Wednesday. They have 1 son, Phillip.
- Pvt. and Mrs. Jim WILLIAMS of Ft. McLELLAND, Ala. spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, and in Alma with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS.
Sept. 17, 1953:
- Walter Edward WARREN: Walter Edward, son of John and Ellen WARREN, was born Sept. 6, 1889, near Patoka, and died in Kinmundy on Sept. 7, 1953, having been in ill health for 26 years. He was converted in early manhood at the Arnold Chapel Methodist Church. On Apr. 23, 1911, he married Gail WILLIAMS, and they had 2 sons, Bennie and Marion. In 1926, they took into their home a little 2 year old niece, Evelyn BLACK, who as since filled the place of a loving and devoted daughter. He leaves his companion, Gail; Evelyn and her family of Abilene, Texas; Bennie and Marion and their families of St. Louis, Mo.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Elsie BORING of Urban; Mrs. Bertha MULVANEY and Mrs. Alice OSBORNE of Alma. A half-sister preceded him in death in 1919. Services were held Wednesday from the Methodist Church, Rev. Frank TREDWAY of Bellmont, officiating, and Rev. Vance COMER, assisting. Music was furnished by Mrs. John FORD and Mrs. Dwight DAY of Alma with Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON at the piano.
- Electric-Plumbing Business Now STRICKER’s: Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN, owners of Doolen Electric, have sold their electric appliance, wiring, and plumbing establishment to Mr. and Mrs. James BRICKER. This transaction was completed Saturday. For several weeks, Earl has been employed by the Stuart Nurseries, a New York firm. He has been selling nursery stock and maintaining a residence in Paducah, Ky. Within the next two weeks, Mrs. DOOLENand family plan to join him there and make their home in Paducah. Mr. and Mrs. STRICKLER are well known in the community. Jim is employed as a plumber for the small oil field east of Kinmundy. He is experienced in radio and electronic work, having been the town’s only radio repair man for some time.
- Miss Evelyn PERGL, daughter of Mrs. Ellen PERGL, and Scott HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle HANKS, were married Sept. 12 in Sandoval. Justice of the Peace BURGESS performed the ceremony with Mr. and Mrs. Denny JOHNSON as attendants. Mr. HANKS graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1951, and is now employed in the Salem Oilfield. The young couple will make their home in Salem in the near future.
- The Band Parents held their first meeting of the school year Sept. 8. Plans were discussed for a variety show, and a Band Calendar with a picture of the school band and a birthdate of anyone desiring their name on the calendar. There will be a fee of 10 cents per name. The proceeds will be used to buy French horns for the Band.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SADDLER, Jr. of Chicago have a son born Sept. 11. Mr. and Mrs. William SADDLER of this city are the paternal grandparents.
- Charles ERNST has won a second award on his poem, "The Vision" published in the book entitled "Sermons in Poetry" by the American Poetry Society.
- Mr. and Mrs. George COLE went to Paducah, Ky, on Sept. 5 to visit their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey WILLIAMS. On Sunday they left early on a motor trip thru Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. They returned to Paducah Monday and Mr. and Mrs. COLE returned to Kinmundy on Tuesday only to find their chickens and livestock were O.K. in spite of the fact that George had worried about them all the time he was gone.
- Francis MULVANEY, age 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY had the misfortune of falling from the slide at school last Friday, breaking both the radius and ulna of his right arm. He was taken to Salem where the arm was put in a cast. We understand he is back in school again.
- Final arrangements have been completed for the Community Celebration which will be held Thursday in the local gym. Different organizations have been asked to participate in the Constitution Day program being sponsored by the local Women’s club. This is in commemoration of the 166th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert FRYE and children of Abeliene, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Marion WARREN and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennie WARREN of St. Louis were called here on account of the death of their father, Walter WARREN.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON attended the VANDEVEER Reunion in Brown Park in Flora, Sunday. Others attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Herb VANDEVEER and Dalt VANDEVEER.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT visited with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT Sunday afternoon.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SWIFT’s Sunday night in honor of Raymond’s birthday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry spent last Friday with Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS helping her celebrate her birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB ate Sunday in Vandalia in honor of Mrs. LOWE’s birthday and Mr. and Mrs. ROBB’s anniversary.
- Miletus: The Revival meeting at Brown Church closed Sunday night. Baptismal services were held at Boston Lake, Sunday afternoon.
- We have been informed that Pfc. Charles BLOMBERG will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 30 in Pusan, Korea. (His address was included.)
Sept. 24, 1953:
- Edwin WORMLEY Scheduled to Retire Oct. 15 After 57 Years with the I.C.: Mr. Edwin WORMLEY will file his application for retirement on Oct. 5th after having served as station agent in Kinmundy for the Illinois Central Railroad for 46 years. He will begin a two weeks vacation Oct. 1st. Mr. WORMLEY was born in Grundy County, Ill. When 4 months old, he came with his parents to a farm near Alma. When he was 7, he was bereft of both parents. Then he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Smith McCulley, a neighbor. He grew to manhood in this home. When he was 21 years old, he took the advice of Horace GREELEY, "Go west, young man, and grown up with the country", and accepted a position with the Milwaukee Railroad as a station helper. He was located at Tripp, S.D. He remained there 1 year and then went to Big Timber, Mont. with the Northern Pacific. There he remained for a little more than a year when his position was abolished due to the panic of ‘93. He returned to Alma where he did whatever he could find to do. On Jan. 1, 1896, he was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad as station agent and operator at Alma. He held that position for just a year and then was put on the "extra list". His first regular job was at Kinmundy which lasted for just 1 week. From here he went to Edgewood and then to Savoy in Dec. 1898. He returned to Kinmundy which lasted for just 1 week. From here he went to Edgewood and then to Savoy in Dec. 1898. He returned to Kinmundy in May 1907 and has been here since. On Sept. 28, 1898, he married Miss Katherine GROVE of Kinmundy and they had 3 children: Lorentz of Sacramento, Cal.; Eugene, who died March 1937; and Katherine, at home. His wife died Dec. 1936. For several years Mr. WORMLEY served on the City Council, and as a member of the Board of Education of the local schools. For the past 27 years, he has been a member of the board of directors for the Kinmundy Building and Loan Assoc., and at the present time, it’s president. In Sept. 1946, having rounded out more than 50 years of service, he was presented with a "gold pass" by Wayne J. JOHNSON, president of the Illinois Central System. At this presentation which took place in Chicago, Mr. JOHNSON had this to say, "Ed WORMLEY is noted as a faithful worker, always on the job when needed, having lost only 8 days of work because of illness in the last 27 years. Despite that, he has taken his vacations when and where they would do the most good and has traveled extensively, having been in every state in the United Sates and in Canada and Mexico as well. His hobby is gardening, and he is an ardent baseball, football, and basketball fan. Ed has one thing in common with Abraham LINCOLN, and that is the distinction of being born in a log cabin." Mr. WORMLEY and daughter, Katherine, plan to leave the first of October for an extended visit in California with Lorentz and family. He intends to return home in plenty of time to scoop snow this winter. And next spring, he will have a truck patch on as much of the Illinois Central right-of-way between here and Alma, as he can get planted. He will have his 83rd birthday on Dec. 3rd, and is enjoying the best of health. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS celebrated her 84th birthday on Sept. 18. In honor of this occasion, 107 relatives and friends gathered in the Kinmundy Park on Sept. 20th with well filled baskets for a dinner at the noon hour. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Effective Sunday, Sept. 27th, Northbound C. & E.I. Meadowlark will leave Kinmundy at 7:15 a.m. instead of 6:25 am. as at present.
- The regular monthly songfest will be held in the Methodist Church Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Mr. Frank GARRETT will be in charge. Everyone is invited.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE received word this week that Pvt. Sammy LOWE landed in Yokahoma Sept. 16. He is stationed at Camp Drake.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE have a daughter born Sept. 21 at the Salem Hospital named Brenda Kay.
- Mrs. Robert DUNCAN died at her home in Sandoval on Sept. 7 from a sudden heart attack. She will be remembered here as Forrest WOLLEY, daughter of Ross WOOLEY. She was born in Farina and later moved here where she was married to Robert DUNCAN in 1907. She is survived by 4 sons: Nathan, Los Angeles; Austin, Big Springs, Texas; Darrell, Sandoval; and Richard, Zephyrsville, Fla. Also surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Audrey MOATS, Alexandria, Va.; Mrs. Dorothy LINGENFELTER, Marion; Mrs. Harriet LINDQUIST, Arlington, Va; and Mrs. Francis PARKER, Florida. Three sisters also survive: Mrs. Roy FENSTER, Champaign; Mrs. Frances BERGER, Chicago; and Mrs. Ruby SIMPSON, Salem. Services were held in the Christian Church in Sandoval with interment made in Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, Jr., and many friends and relatives celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary at the American Legion Hall in Farina, Sept. 19. A large basket dinner was enjoyed. Mrs. GORDON’s mother, Mrs. Art HOEHNE furnished the 4 tiered wedding cake. The evening was spent dancing to the music of the Kinmundy String Band. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM spent Sunday in Maroa with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. HOUSTON. On Monday they all went to Elmhurst to attend the funeral of a cousin, John DAVIS, 76, who died on Sept. 18. The deceased was a brother to the late J.L. DAVIS, and all were former residents of this community. Mr. DAVIS leaves a widow and 1 daughter, Grace. Services were held Monday with interment in Forest Home Cemetery.
- Constitution Day was celebrated with a program held in the local gym Thursday evening. A large and appreciative crowd was in attendance. The presentation of colors was made by the American Legion Post 519 followed by greetings by Women’s Club President, Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM with thanks to the 12 participating organizations. Mayor E.E. JAHRAUS asked for moral support with his work with the boy scouts. Bro. Harold BURNSIDE spoke on "Democracy and Religion". Father A.B. SCHOMAKER talked on "Freedom". Rev. A. Vance COMER spoke on "Our Way of Life" contrasting the American way of life with that of Communism. Interesting remarks were made by Jim HUDDLESTON, Boy Scouts; Marilyn O’DELL, 4-H Girls; Katherine WORMLEY, Home Bureau; Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY, P.T.A.; and L.J.T. O’DELL, Public Schools. John MILNE gave 2 vocal selections; the Lions Club sang "God Bless America"; Mrs. Francis HAMMER sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and the audience sang 4 patriotic songs, all accompanied by Carl BROEKER. The local American Legion Auxiliary were ushers for the evening. An honored guest on the stage with the speakers was former prisoner of war Oren HANEBAUM who recently was released by the communists after 27 months imprisonment in North Korea.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Opal OSBORN, assisted by Mrs. Elsie ROSE, was hostess to a gift shower for Deborah Louise at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE on Tuesday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur spent the weekend with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON. Mrs. LIVESAY remained for a longer visit.
- Brown: A large crowd attended the supper at Boston Lake Thursday evening for Don HUDDLESTON, Charles WHITNEY, and John ARNOLD who are all home on army furloughs.
- Swift School: Mrs. Grace CONANT, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and baby spent Saturday and Sunday in Peoria where a cousin of Mrs. CONANT’s had been killed.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT from our neighborhood attended the birthday dinner Sunday for Aunt Liz ATKINS.
- Shriver School: Vernon and Ilene MASON and children of Salem, and Cpl. Rex TAYLOR of Ft. Benning, Ga. were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD and family.
- Shriver School: RD2 Benny BRASEL will report to his ship in Norfolk, Va. the last of this week, and will sail for Korea on Sept. 28.
- DC3 Fred CRAIN, who is stationed at Long Beach, Calif., arrived Thursday for a 20 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN, and other relatives.
- Mrs. Charles BASSETT and Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY attended the funeral of a nephew of the late Mr. NEATHERY in Mt. Vernon, Thursday.
- Mrs. Noel SHAFFER broke her ankle Monday.
Oct. 1, 1953:
- The local P.T.A. held their first meeting Sept. 21 at the school gym. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Art BOYD, president, who introduced the officers of the year. Mr. O’DELL presented the school faculty. A short business session was held after which all present viewed the garden exhibit, which was the feature of the evening. Mrs. Glen WHITE announced the award winners of this exhibit, and they were as follows:
1st to 5th Graders -
Apples: Barbara ERNST; Pears: Shirley ROSE;
Paw-Paws: Russell MISELBROOK, Phillip SCHOOLEY
Eggplant: Walter WEST
Lima Beans: Darlene MARSHALL, Mark SWIFT, Phillip SCHOOLEY
Peppers: Barbara ERNST, Donna CHANCE
Red Tomatoes: Barbara ERNST, Darlene MARSHALL, Wanda JENKINS
Mangoes: Mark SWIFT, Dale JAHRAUS
Mixed Vegetables: Judy DONOHO, Sandra CARTER
Sweet Potatoes: Phillip SCHOOLEY; Wild Grapes: Gary MISELBROOK
Corn: Bobby ROSE, Dale JAHRAUS, Ruth Ann EAGAN
Sponge Squash: Phillip SCHOOLEY;
Wheat: Dale JAHRAUS; Oats: Larry BAYLIS, Dale JAHRAUS
Soy Beans: Larry BAYLIS; Tobacco: John MISELBROOK
Winter Bouquet: Barbara COPPLE, Mary Jo COLCLASURE
Cut Flowers: Terry and Donnie GORDON; Roses: Linda DOOLEN
Flower Arrangement: Susan KLINE, Joan MISELBROOK
Potted Plants: Freddie GAMMON, Francis MULVANEY
Foliage: David WHITE, Freddie GAMMON, Myra KESSLER
5th and 6th Grades
Flower Arrangement: Sue ERNST, Donna COPPLE
Wild Flowers: Kay HAMMER; Cut Flowers: Harrison COLCLASURE
Foliage: Gayle KLINE; Potted Plant: Donald ANDERSON
Tomatoes: Caroline ROSE; Preserving Tomatoes: Brenda WILLIAMSON
Gourds: Jim JONES; Grapes: Louis MAXEY
Sweet Potatoes: Louis MAXEY, Charles VETETO
Watermelon: Amy Jo LEMAY; Cherry Tomatoes: Gene MONTGOMERY
High School Group
Flower Arrangement: Rosalyn LOWE; Cut Flowers: Kaye GREENWOOD
Mixed Fruit: Leroy DISS
Foliage: Mrs. Maude BROWN; Winter Bouquet: Mrs. Vance COMER
Flower Arrangement: Mrs. Vance COMER
- Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE received word of the serious injury of his brother, James O. LOWE, of Hercules, Calif., Sept. 16th. Jim has been with the Hercules Powder Co. for the past 37 years and was making an inspection tour of the plant when he was struck by a small electric tram used in the plant. He is in a critical condition at the hospital in Richmond, Calif.
- Dode G. LANHAM has been employed as the Ag Teacher at the local high school. He is a graduate of Carlyle H.S., attended S.I.U. for 2 years, and then graduated from the Univ. of Ill.
- Has Two Fingers Severed: On Monday of last week, while combining beams, Orville DISS, had the misfortune of getting 2 fingers on the left hand under a chain while it was traveling over a sprocket, which resulted in the severing of the same. It seems as though the straw carrier became clogged. In order to give the chain pulling it a little more tension, he put his left hand on the chain while digging the straw out with his right. It was done many times before without any ill effects. He has been nursing his hand since the accident. On the following Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Ralston HANNA, Jack DISS, Francis HAMMER, Lowell DISS, Harvey BROWN, and Wyett COLCLASURE finished combining for Orville.
- The Fire Dept. was called out Sunday to the home of Percy FOLLOWELL to assist in extinguishing a grass fire, started from burning of rubbish. The fire was quickly extinguished with very little damage done. Another grass fire was started Tuesday in the alley of the business section of town from the burning of rubbish, but the fire was noticed in the nick of time and extinguished with a few buckets of water.
- Infant Son Dies: A son was born in the Salem Hospital Wednesday night for Mr. and Mrs. Glen HAMPSTEN of Meacham twp., who died a few minutes after birth. Services were held Thursday in the Phillips Cemetery by Bro. Harold BURNSIDE. Besides the bereaved parents, he is survived by 1 sister, Lois Jean, Age 2.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold CHANCE of Flora have a daughter born Sept. 23 at Clay County Hospital.
- Pfc. Joe Charles CAPRONI of Chicago is here visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Ellis BUTTS and his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON. He is on furlough from Park Air Base, California, and will go to Hawaii upon his return to the base.
- Mrs. Maggie KLINE had several come to her home to celebrate her birthday on Sept. 20th, as her birthday was Sept. 24th. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Meacham: An oil derrick has been erected on Mrs. Lill JONES’ farm.
- RMS/A Wally HULTS and RMS/A Xon HANNA have finished radio school at Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif., and spent a 10 day furlough leave here. They returned to the west coast where they will go aboard ship.
- Swift School: Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur was a dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT. Mrs. LIVESAY and Mrs. GARRETT visited Mrs. Frank JONES in the afternoon.
- Miletus: Mrs. Jocie KELLER fell on the courthouse steps in Louisville last week and broke her arm.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and Jackie, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Otis BROWN Wednesday night which was attended by a large crowd. They received many nice gifts. We extend best wishes for a long and happy married life.
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. Jack BARKSDALE is spending furlough with his wife and other relatives and friends.
- Mrs. W.E. HARVEY, Mr. and Mrs. Pid HARVEY, Mr. and Mrs. Billy HARVEY and Junior HARVEY of Ridgefarm were here Tuesday attending the sale of the Kinmundy Feed and Implements.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAULDING left Wednesday to resume studies at U. of I.. College of Medicine in Chicago following a week’s camping trip in southern Illinois.
Oct. 8, 1953:
- Monday afternoon Mrs. Ruth CHILDRESS was guest of honor at a pink and blue shower at the home of Mrs. Clifton LEMAY. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Frank JOHNSON celebrated his birthday Oct. 3rd with a wiener roast at his home. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS, A3c Joseph CAPRONI, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON and daughter, Doris; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE, Mr. and Mrs. Charles JOHNSON of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dick JOHNSON of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON, Mr. and Mrs. Danny JOHNSON of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Loren JOHNSON of McLeansboro.
- Ervin CHEATUM attended the 25th anniversary of the organization of the Susanna Wesley Sunday School class of the Methodist Church in Watson. Mrs. CHEATUM has been a member since the class was started.
- Miss Pauline YATES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES, and Mr. Burdette BUTTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elery BUTTS, were married in Mt. Vernon on Oct. 3. As the groom is employed in Centralia, they expect to make their home there. A charivari and kitchen shower will be given in honor of the couple on the evening of Oct. 12 at the Elery BUTTS home.
- Miss Betty JOHNSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, and A3c Leroy LOGUE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward LOGUE, exchanged vows Oct. 2 in the First Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon with Rev. Baynet WILSON performing the ceremony. Miss Doris JOHNSON, sister of the bride, and A3c Joseph CAPRONI, a cousin of the bride, were the attendants. The groom and his attendant wore their regulation uniforms. A wedding supper was served at the home of the bride’s parents for the immediate family. Upon completion of his furlough, Mr. LOGUE will return to Orlando Air Force Base, Florida.
- Lillie ALLPHIN: Lillie PICKEL ALLPHIN, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Ellen PICKEL was born Feb. 7, 1880, and died Sept. 25, 1953. She married John ALLPHIN on Oct. 24, 1905, and they had 2 sons, one dying in infancy. Her husband, father, mother, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded her in death. She leaves 1 son, Manford, of Alma; 3 granddaughters, Mrs. Paul COURSON, Jr., Fisher, Ind.; Beatrice and Hazel at home; 2 great-grandchildren, Brenda Kay and Terry Lee COURSON. Also 4 brothers, Charley of Xenia; Clarence of Iola; Loyd of Oskaloosa; and Noriss of Louisville.
- Allen-Shriver 4-H Meets: Allen Wildcats and the Shriver Sewing Sircle 4-H Clubs held their first Party a Month meeting Sept. 28 at the Brubaker Townhouse. The following officers were elected for the year: Barbara ROSE, president; Paul WILKINS, Vice-President.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don SMITH have a daughter born Oct. 5 in the Salem Hospital named Debra La Don.
- The graduating class of 1953 from the Kinmundy Community High School has established an enviable record on college attendance. About 25% of the 29 graduating last year have enrolled in colleges and universities. David SCHOONOVER was awarded the county scholarship in agriculture and is now enrolled at the University of Illinois. Shirley ERNST and Claude WILLIAMS each earned a teachers’ scholarship. Shirley is attending Eastern Illinois State Teachers College at Charleston and Claude is enrolled at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dwight JONES is studying for the ministry at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. Mike BUTTS, Don HANKS, and Herbie WILLIAMS are enrolled in the regular college course of study at Southern.
- At the close of the Methodist Sunday School Sunday morning, perfect attendance awards were given to those earning them. First year awards were given Bobby LINTON, David LINTON, Quentin ROBNETT, Kay FEATHER, and Bertha SEE. Two Year Bars: Mary BRASEL, Leland BRASEL and Alice CHASTEEN. Three Year Bars: Louise FEATHER, Don JONES, Nina JONES and J.N. VALLOW. Four Year Bars: Marvin CHASTEEN, David LEE, and Jessie VALLOW. Six Year Bars: Boyce WHITE and Walter WILSON.
- Meacham: This community is very sorry for Mr. and Mrs. Bud MEYER, who lost all of their household goods in a fire that destroyed their home Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. Jack BARKSDALE left last Monday, after a furlough here with relatives and friends, for Washington where he will receive a new assignment.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and daughters accompanied Pvt. John ARNOLD and friend, Miss Sheila PICKLE, to Nashville, Tenn. Saturday where they attended the Grand Old Opry, then returned home that night.
- Swift School: Mrs. Bill BEARD and Miss Helen BASSETT were business visitors in Mt. Vernon last Wednesday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Effie ROBB was a Sunday dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Frank HOYT has sold his property in this city to Mr. and Mrs. BRANSON of Salem. We understand they will be moving in soon.
- Mrs. Pauline SIMCOX, daughter, Debby, and son, Loy, of Vandalia, visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY and sons, Wednesday. Other visitors were Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY and Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family. Loy has finished his boot training and graduation from 8 weeks of filing clerk at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and is now being sent to Postal School for Post Office work at Ft. Harrison, Indianapolis, Ind. He is the grandson of Mrs. NEATHERY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Erschel JENKINS were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS in honor of the former’s 6th wedding anniversary and Betty’s birthday.
- Dc3 Fred E. CRAIN returned to his base at Long Beach, Calif. after a 2 weeks leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN, and his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pat BUTTS, A3c CAPRONI, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar BUTTS and son, and A3c Leroy LOGUE of Orlando Air Force Base, Florida, were guests Thursday of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON.
Oct. 15, 1953:
- The Kinmundy Unit of Marion County met Monday night at the home of Mrs. Charles PRITCHETT. The Meacham unit met with us. 22 of our own unit, and 5 of the Meacham unit were present. We are always so happy to meet with our home Bureau friends. We enjoyed having several guests, Mrs. John FORD and Mrs. Earl JACKSON of Alma, Miss BRITE, Home advisor, and Mrs. Howard SHUMAN of Salem, and Mrs. Henry MAGSAMAN of Pesotum, aunt of Miss Mildred KLEISS and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT. The business meeting was conducted by our newly elected Chairman, Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER. The Major lesson "Keeping Step with the Physiological changes of our Bodies" was well given by Mrs. Earl JACKSON of Alma. Mrs. PRITCHETT and Miss Hester HEATON served refreshments.
- Cpl. and Mrs. James LANE have a daughter born Oct. 10 in the Salem Hospital named Kathy Anne.
- Miss Della SEXTON fell against the stove in her home 2 weeks ago and has been confined to her home since suffering from a cracked rib.
- Pvt. Charles E. JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. JONES, Kinmundy, has completed a 16-week training cycle at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, with a unit of the 6th Armored Division. He received 8 weeks basic training in fundamentals of army life and the use of infantry weapons. He is now completing an additional 8 weeks engineer training. At the end of the training, he will either be sent to specialist school or as replacements to other units. He left Saturday for Camp Kilmer, N.J. after spending a 10 day furlough with his parents.
- The Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club had their first meeting of their winter project Oct. 5. Mrs. GREENWOOD gave a talk on the project and the following officers were elected: President - Barbara Kaye HAMMER; Secretary - Donna COPPLE; Rosalyn LOWE - Recreation Chairman; Farina Reporter - Rosa Lee PARRILL; Kinmundy Reporter - Sue ERNST; Leader - Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD; Junior Leader - Kaye GREENWOOD.
- Pfc. and Mrs. Charles WHITE have a daughter born Oct. 12 at Camp Kilmer, N.J.
- Miss Virginia Sue WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS was rushed to the Greer Hospital in Vandalia for an emergency appendectomy. She is reported doing fine.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT arrived home Friday from Lansing, Mich., where they had visited their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and friends.
- SK1C AND Mrs. Kenneth PIGG and daughters of New Port, R.I. arrived Friday for a few weeks visit with his mother, Mrs. Herschel PIGG and other relatives. They were accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Peter VANDERWOLK of East Orange, N.J., who will visit another daughter, Mrs. Art BOYD and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Decatur, were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON. They attended the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton LIVESAY at Vernon, Sunday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Claude HANNA and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY and baby came Saturday because of the death of Mrs. CROSLEY’s Grandmother CROSLEY at Farina. Mrs. HANNA returned to Lincoln Saturday afternoon.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BANDY have a son born Friday named Gary Joseph.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill VANDEVEER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children called on Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and children Thursday night. We are glad to hear that Ray is able to get around a little by the use of crutches.
- Miletus: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower at the Elery BUTTS home Monday night given for Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BUTTS.
- Miletus: Beryl LINTON took Coleman GREENE to the Olney Sanitarium Saturday. He was suffering with kidney stones and a bad heart.
- Mrs. Ida SMITH and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER attended a surprise birthday party in Loogootee Sunday in honor of Mrs. Wilbur STEIN and Mrs. Clara SMITH of St. Elmo.
- Rear Admiral and Mrs. Clyde B. CAMERER and visiting at the home of Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, Mrs. CAMERER’s sister. The couple flew from San Diego, where they are presently residing in Chicago, and will return by plane within a few days.
Oct. 22, 1953:
- Congratulations to the Juniors on both the lovely carnival they sponsored and their glorious victory in having their King and Queen crowned Saturday night. The parade held Thursday, was the grandest ever to be seen in Kinmundy with the Senior float of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and the 12 senior girls dressed in their pastel colored formals, and Jo Ann HANKS and James WHITE sat under the trellis. The Junior float received second place and was designed with Wanda GARRETT as Cinderella, wearing 1 glass slipper, and Sam JONES standing behind her holding the other. The Sophomore float, "The Wizard of Oz" had a picture of a castle artistically painted in the background with Barbara DOOLEN and Norman SULLIVAN looking nice in their costumes along with a tin soldier. The Freshman had a clever float with Larry SHANAFELT and Barbara HOWELL dressed as Wendy and Peter Plan. We wondered how Barbara held her balance so long and at the same time kept Larry from taking her on out the window. (Shirley BAILEY is the feature editor of the Hornet Hi-Lite.)
- At the Royal Neighbor Convention held in Vandalia, Mrs. Francis HAMMER served as County Vice Oracle and Mrs. Chester MENDENHALL as Flagbearer. Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON was elected County Oracle and Mrs. Fred GAMMON Recorder for the coming year. The convention will be held in Kinmundy next year.
- A note from Mrs. Margaret BEBOUT, Jackson, Miss., states that her brother, A.R. MENNEELY, died on Sept. 6 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago. His only child, Mrs. Margery Jane DROEGES of Calif. was at his bedside. The deceased is the last of the 6 MENEELY brothers reared on a farm southwest of this city.
- The Marion County Farm Bureau will be housed in the former Nazarene Church building following the completion of the purchase. The building is located west of the Court House Square 8 blocks, and 3 blocks south.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle held an extra meeting Tuesday in the home of Mrs. William SLANE to quilt a comfort to be given to Mr. and Mrs. Bud MEYER, who lost all their belongings in a fire 2 or 3 weeks ago. A nice potluck lunch was enjoyed at the noon hour. Those present were: Mrs. Lenore LOWE, Mrs. Rochelle MISELBROOK, Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK, Mrs. Charles KESSLER, Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mrs. Georgia SOLDNER, Mrs. Grace DILLON, Mrs. Bertha JOHNSTON, Mrs. Ethel LACEY, Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mrs. Wanda MULVANEY, Mrs. Merle HEICHER, and the hostess, Mrs. SLANE.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and baby attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Clyde WAGGONER Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo WAGGONER.
- Pleasant Grove: The pie supper at Allen School Friday night was well attended with $91.54 in proceeds. Leo STOCK sold the pies.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. James SIPES and son ate dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES one day last week. James has just returned from Greenland where he has been employed the past 8 months in helping build an airport.
- Miletus: Several neighbors gathered corn for Coleman GREEN, Monday.
- Billy Art Boyd was guest of honor at a party given by his mother, Mrs. Art BOYD, Sunday, in honor of his 6th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE and Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and family helping Robert celebrate his 3rd birthday.
Oct. 29, 1953:
- Ted MAGNER, "Farmer’s Radio Friend", Speaks with Background of Experience: Ted MAGNER, KMOX farm director for the St. Louis radio station, has experience as a farmer, salesman, singer, editor and school teacher, to name a few. Interest in farming and agriculture is the son of a farmer. Born July 22, 1906 near Kinmundy, he now owns and manages the farm where he was born. He attended Farina High School and then to Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, and then to Univ. of Ill. with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. Ted averages 1 personal appearance before various farm groups once every ten days, and he boasts of always circling the globe each year on his farm visits by the annual speedometer reading of 25,000 miles on a car used for radio visits. Ted, who is married and has one son, 17 year old Edward Theodore.
- Mrs. Florence MARSHALL Funeral Saturday: Florence HENNINGER MARSHALL died in her farm home near Alma on Oct. 21, during the night, and was found by her daughter-in-law, Winnie, wife of Mrs. MARSHALL’s son, Bobbie. Mrs. MARSHALL had lived alone in the old farm home since the death of her husband in May 1948. Bobbie built a new house just across the drive in the same yard on the old farm and cared for his mother. On Monday evening, she had invited friends to her home to see her night blooming Ceris Cactus. On Tuesday she carried it to the basement and did her usual household duties. Not seeing the mother on Wednesday morning, Winnie went to the home and found that she had passed away in her sleep. Florence HENNIGER, daughter of George S. and Lizzie BAIRD HENNINGER of Hagarstown, Ill. was born Jan. 8, 1882 in Lewisville, Ind., in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson BAIRD. She resided with her parents in Hagarstown until she married Ira MARSHALL, March 19, 1903 in her parents home. After their marriage, they moved to Fort Smith, Ark., where Mr. MARSHALL was manager of Ilin Industries until 1907 when they moved to his parents’ farm near Alma. Mr. and Mrs. MARSHALL were the parents of six children: Lillian, deceased; Ruth, now Mrs. PIERSTORFF of New York City; Virgil Ira of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mildred, deceased; Robert George, residing on the home farm; Kathryn, now Mrs. TAYLOR, of Somers, Conn. She attended and graduated from Hagarstown Public Schools, studied music at Austin College, and became a noted musician and music teacher. She was a member of the Methodist Church since childhood. She leaves the 2 daughters and 2 sons, 4 grandchildren; 1 sister, Miss Lillian HENNINGER, and 1 brother, Chas. W. HENNINGER, both of Vandalia. (A list of relatives and friends attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Word was received here last week of the serious illness of Barbara WALTERS, daughter of Julia SLOVICK WALTERS, who was stricken with polio, paralyzing both legs, back and stomach. She is better but in serious condition in the isolation ward at Kern General Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.
- The Jolly Girls held a masquerade party Oct. 22 at the home of Mrs. Ray OLDEN. The prize for best masked was won by Mrs. Gilbert DONOHO. Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Mrs. Cliff LEMAY, and Mrs. George KEEN won contest prizes.
- Mr. and Mrs. Walter BRIMBERRY have a daughter born Oct. 23 in Salem Hospital.
- Pleasant Grove: Ralph HIESTAND recently received the fish he had mounted which he caught while they were vacationing in Wisconsin. The fish weighed 8 lb. 3 oz., which was the largest Walleye fish caught in that area. He received a nice rod and reel.
- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL and daughters, and Mrs. Betty BRASEL and Tommy were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Irl BASOM of Salem celebrating the BRASEL’s and BASOM’s wedding anniversaries.
- Mrs. Hulda HOWELL and Mr. and Mrs. John COURSON and daughter were supper guests at Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES’ in honor of Ann’s 6th birthday.
Nov. 5, 1953:
- Mrs. Theodore SIGRIST, nee Phyllis YUND, 40, died in the Effingham Emergency Hospital Tuesday morning. Services will be held from St. Philomena’s Church Friday, Rev. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Besides her husband, she leaves 2 daughters and 2 sons, and her mother, Mrs. Nola YUND.
- The Senior Class will present the play "Let’s Face It" on Nov. 13 & 14, and the school band will play for 30 minutes prior to each performance. Persons in the play are Darrell CHANCE, Gladys BRIMBERRY, James WHITE, Kaye GREENWOOD, Neil BRASEL Loretta DISS, Shirley BAILEY, Ron WHITNEY, John DOOLEN, Donna SCHOOLEY, Jim LUX, Beverley FEATHER, Bonnie GRAY, and Shirley HOWELL.
- The annual P.T.A. Halloween Parade was held in the school gym Oct. 31 with approximately 100 children masked. Prizes of 50 cents, 35 cents, and 25 cents were awarded the winners.
Pre School and 1st Grade
Witch: Kaye GEORGE, Linda ROBB, Howie ROBB
Gypsy: Lynn GARDEN
Boy as Girl: Larry PIPER, Chas. GEORGE, John KLINE
Girl as Boy: Judy SHAFFER, Dianne TROUT, Kaye FEATHER
Hobo: Buddy ALBERSON, Glenda Gay GEILER
Indian: Timmie GAMMON
Fat man or woman: Terry GORDON, Martha ARNOLD
Story Book character: Sue BAILEY, Francis LEMAY, Jimmie RICHARDSON
Cowboy or cowgirl: Mary Joh COLCLASURE
Ghost: Billy Art BOYD
Clown: Shirley DOOLEN, Betty BOYD, Mike GORDON
Negro: Frankie HAMMER, Ann HANNA, Juanita ARNOLD
Miscellaneous: Dennis BASSETT, Linda DOOLEN, Pat KEEN
2nd Grade On
Witch: Wanda SIMPSON, Alice CHASTEEN, Judy DONOHO
Gypsy: Brenda GRAY, Carol GEORGE, Wanda JENKINS
Boy as Girl: J.R. STEVENS, Donnie GORDON, Ronald TATE
Girl as Boy: Carolyn MORRIS, Linda OUTHOUSE, Donna PICKLE
Hobo: Darrell ANDERSON, Susan KLINE
Bride and Groom: Vervadene SLANE, Ceryl WILLIAMS;
Barbara COPPLE, Donna COPPLE;
Debbie Jean ARNOLD, Larry BAYLIS
Indian: Bruce DONOHO
Fat man or woman: Louis MAXEY, Ronnie SMITH, Pauline SILLS
Story book character: Darlene MARSHALL, Larry BASSETT, Rosalie GARDEN
Cowboy or cowgirl: Freddie GAMMON, Mark SWIFT, John DISS
Ghost: Mike PERGL, Gail KLINE
Clown: Charles SOLDNER, Beryl KEEN, Lynda INGRAM
Negro: Wanda BUTTS
Miscellaneous: Harrison COLCLASURE, Jack LEE, Warren SHUFELDT
- Will SHAFFER Dies: Mr. William H. SHAFFER, 76, died in Missouri Baptist Hospital on Oct. 29 from a heart ailment. He had entered the hospital only a few days previous. Services were held Saturday from Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, Rev. Frank TREDWAY officiating with interment in Yost Cemetery. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER, residing south of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Mont RITTER residing east of Kinmundy. He also leaves 1 sister, Mrs. James CHARLTON of Kinmundy, and 1 brother, George, of Louisville, Ky.
- Pleasant Grove: Friends here were grieved to hear of the death of Norman GRANER who died at his home south of Iuka Thursday from a heart attack.
- A large crowd attended the funeral of Will SHAFFER at Pleasant Grove Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. TREDWAY, assisted by Rev. BLESSING officiating, and Mr. LINTON of Kinmundy in charge of the funeral arrangements.
- Brown: The community was saddened to hear of the death of Will SHAFFER Thursday in the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. The funeral was held at Pleasant Grove with interment in Yost Cemetery.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Marie COURSON, Mrs. Fred COLLET, Mrs. Dollie CHARLTON, Mrs. Emogene ANDERSON and Mrs. Nina ROSE were among the parents attending the birthday party at Allen School Friday honoring the teacher’s birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mark HEADLEY of Alton, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and son were Sunday guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN, in honor of their mother’s birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny attended a dinner Sunday in Salem of the 130th Machine Gun Battalion.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT spent Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB, Mrs. Effie ROBB and daughter, Judy, and Miss Karen BALLANCE were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB. It was Thurman’s birthday.
Nov. 12, 1953:
- T.A. McCULLEY suffered the loss of his little finger on the right hand Saturday afternoon while operating a corn picker on his farm southwest of town. While trying to dislodge an ear of corn from picking rolls, his glove was caught drawing the finger into one of the rolls. Mr. McCULLEY was unable to free himself from the machine. John W. McCULLEY, his son, happened to pass the field enroute to Salem, and notice the picker stopped in the field. Upon investigation he found Mr. McCULLEY fast with the machine still running. Taken to Salem immediately, the finger was amputated.
- Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on Nov. 10.
- Mrs. Nannie ROBERTSON of LaClede called on her old schoolmate and friend, Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL, Saturday. They hadn’t met for more than 50 years.
- Mrs. Robert EASLEY of Cartter spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM while Mr. EASLEY operated the Doolen Barber Shop.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS of Farina entertained at a dinner party Friday evening in honor of Mrs. WILLIAMS’ birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Merle JACKSON, Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and family.
- Mrs. Jim McCRARY to Finish Term of Husband: For the first time in history, Marion county has a woman sheriff. Mrs. Jim McCRARY was named to this office to succeed her late husband by the Board of Supervisors Monday. Her husband died from a heart attack on Oct. 16. The appointment of Mrs. McCRARY is for the unexpired term which will end the first Monday in Dec. 1954. The vote of 14 to 12 in favor of Mrs. McCRARY over Bryan PITTS, the choice of the Democrats. One Democrat Supervisor refused to vote and one voted with the Republicans in favor of Mrs. McCRARY. She will retain the 2 deputies now on duty, William HOSKINSON of Odin, and Robert MARSHALL, of Kinmundy.
- Sfc. and Mrs. Wm. E. BOOTH of Chicago have a son, Wm. E. BOOTH, Jr. born Nov. 3. Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON are the maternal grandparents.
- The Band Parents held a pie supper and cake walk Nov. 4 in the lunchroom. A cake donated by Mrs. Lura ROBNETT and decorated with Kinmundy School Band went to Terre BROEKER for the most popular young woman, a bar of soap to Carl BROEKER for dirtiest feet, and a jar of pickles to Dode LANGHAM, ag teacher, and Mrs. Marge BOYD for most lovesick couple. This was all in fun so everyone had a good time. Thanks to Ernie DONOHO who sold the pies and cakes.
- Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Sunday with their children honoring them at an open house and reception at the BROOM home in Alma. Serving the punch and cake were Miss Elizabeth BROOM, Mrs. Dale BROOM, Mrs. Walter BROOM, Mrs. Howard BROOM, and Mrs. Richard BROOM. Mrs. Howard BROOM baked the cake. Miss Nellie SCHERMERHORN and John BROOM were married Nov. 8, 1908 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN in Ridgefarm. The couple lived in Alma for 10 years, and in 1919, moved to the farm home east of Alma, where they have since resided. The BROOMS have 7 sons: Charles, Miami, Fla.; John, Columbia, S.C.; Walter and Howard, Salem; Richard, Greenville, Mich.; and Dale and Ernest of Alma; and 1 daughter, Elizabeth, graduate student at Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston. Mr. BROOM presented his wife with a handsome bouquet of mums, similar to those which comprised her bridal bouquet 45 years ago. All the members of the immediate family, with the exception of Charles and John, and their families, held a buffet supper at the family home following the reception. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. George COLE.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB ate supper Saturday night with R.H. GREEN and wife, and all called at the Elwin CONANT home to see Mack CONANT, who was home on furlough. Mac went to Ft. Lewis, Wash., Monday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT spent Sunday in Vandalia with her father, S.C. GREEN and son, Gene, attending a family dinner in honor of S.C. GREEN’s and Marvin CONANT’s birthdays. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and children of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde CRAWLEY of Decatur, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond ELAM of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons, and Mrs. Rosemary MOTCH of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell GREEN of Vandalia.
- Mrs. Ida SMITH attended a funeral of a cousin, Edith BUSKIRT, in Robinson, Wednesday.
- Pleasant Grove: The Revival closed at Pleasant Grove Friday night and Rev. BARNETT was accompanied home by wife and baby. After services, they spent the afternoon at the home of Ralph HIESTAND. Rev. BARNETT delivered a fine message each evening, and also special numbers by different ones were enjoyed each night.
- Miletus: There will be a woodcutting for Mr. and Mrs. Jim WILKINSON Nov. 14th. Jim is very poorly and Mrs. WILKINSON isn’t very well either.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER had as dinner guests Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Murray McLAUGHLIN of Kell, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert EASLEY of Cartter. The McLAUGHLINs were celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary.
Nov. 19, 1953:
- Robert S. ROWAN, son of Wm. and Margaret Jane ROWAN, was born in Godfrey, Ill. on Oct. 1, 1865. In this home there were 5 children, 2 daughters and 3 sons, he was the 4th child. Mr. ROWAN was the last survivor of this family. The family moved from Godfrey to Omega and it was in this church that he became a Christian. He united with the Presbyterian Church in Kinmundy and remained a member until the disbandment of the church when he transferred his membership to the Methodist Church. On Sept. 1, 1898, married Lillie GERARD and moved to their present home where he has resided for 55 years. Mrs. ROWAN died Dec. 15, 1946. Mr. and Mrs. ROWAN took into their home their 3 year old niece, Alice READNOUR. Mr. ROWAN was a carpenter by trade. He died at Salem Hospital on Nov. 16, 1953. He is survived by the loving and devoted niece, Alice, his niece, Mrs. Grace SMITH, and her son, Kenneth, and his wife, and their 3 daughters of Tucson, Ariz. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Kinmundy Fire Department was called to the J.N. VALLOW home shortly after noon Sunday to help extinguish a fire. By the help of these men, the flames were brought under control with merely the loss of a granary and the barn. These men worked hard and diligently to save the garage, which they accomplished. Had the garage burned, it is thought the house would have gone too. At a crucial time, the water pressure bursted a section of the hose. While a change was being made, the fire gained much headway and the Farina Dept. was summoned. It reached the scene in a very short time, but the Kinmundy boys seemed to have the blaze under control. We cannot brag too much on our city water system in this case. It was the first time when we can truthfully say that we had plenty of water at a major fire in the resident district. Always before, a well would soon be pumped dry and a move would have to be made. Then the fire would gain headway. We feel as though our water bills are paid in full for many years to come. The fire was caused from a trash fire, which ignited the granary, which, in turn, set the barn. The granary contained only a small amount of grain and the barn was not being used.
- The annual appreciation dinner and ladies night of the Kinmundy Methodist Men was held Tuesday with a turkey dinner for 70 guests. The guests were those who helped on the God’s Acres project during the past year. It was a great year considering the drought we had this summer. The receipts from the sales were: wheat $303.61, beans $299.64, corn $472.15. Music for the evening consisted of group singing, and two solos by G.E. SHREFFLER, who was accompanied by Charles BASSETT and K.V. ALBERSON on their electric guitars.
- Has Narrow Escape: Ervin CHEATUM had a very narrow escape Sunday morning while performing his duties as track inspector for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was traveling north of Odin when he noticed 3 men hunting on the right-of-way. When his motor car was even with the men, he also noticed a quail in the air and saw one of the men pointing the gun right in the direction of his motor car. At that, Mr. CHEATUM ducked as low as he possibly could on his motor car just seconds before a charge of shot struck the car. Just one shot happened to strike him in the head. He stopped his car as soon as he could and then men came right to him to see what damage was done. He says he did not know the men nor did he inquire as to who they were. Most of the charge happened to strike a lower part of the windshield on the car which is partly steel.
- Leaves for Korea: S. Sgt. Jack HOYT was guest of honor at a farewell party given by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HOYT, on Nov. 15. Jack left Monday to report for Korean duty. Those attending the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Carl JADWIN of Iuka, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WHITE and family of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Marion EVANS, and Mr. and Mrs. Guy MOORE of Odin, Miss Joann HANKS, Miss Connie HOYT and Mr. Jesse HOYT of Kinmundy.
- Public Wedding: Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 P.M., Lillie BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY, and Ted PHILLIPS, son of Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS, will be united in marriage. The wedding will be held in the Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
- Miss Kaye GREENWOOD had the misfortune of getting about an inch of a darning needle broken off in her foot Sunday. She was taken to Salem Hospital where it was removed.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and others are attending a Farm Bureau Convention in Chicago this week.
- Meacham: Bob SLANE left Sunday for St. Louis, Mo. for the Air Force.
- The Marion county 4-H Achievement winners were listed.
- Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mrs. H.M. FISHER, and Mrs. Frank YEAGER were in Salem Friday evening attending guest night of the Rebekah Lodge.
- Mrs. Eloise CHEADLE of Richland, Wash. received word of the illness of her mother in Baltimore, Md., but upon arrival there, found she had passed away.
- Jesse GEORGE, Mrs. Gene JEZEK, and Mrs. Ray GEORGE attended the funeral services of Robert ANDREWS Nov. 6 at Mason.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB, Miss Shirley BAILEY of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughter of Brownstown, Miss Patricia BAILEY of Champaign, Gene BAILEY of Carbondale, Ted PHILLIPS of Chicago, Miss Lillie BAILEY and Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY, all of Salem, were dinner guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON in Salem in honor of Mrs. Howard ROBB’s birthday.
- A/C3 Bob MIDDLETON spent the weekend with his wife, Evelyn, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER. He was enroute to an Air Force Base in Alabama.
Nov. 26, 1953:
- Lillie BAILEY and Ted PHILLIPS Exchange Vows Sunday P.M. in Methodist Church: The marriage of Miss Lillie BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, and Mr. Ted PHILLIPS, took place Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church. About 200 relatives and friends were in attendance. The Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, father of the groom, performed the double ring ceremony. The couple was attended by Miss Patricia BAILEY, sister of the bride of Champaign, and Mr. Allen PHILLIPS, brother of the groom of Edwardsville. Mrs. Wayne ROBB, sister of the bride, presided over the instruments and music. Lloyd BAILEY, brother of the bride, sang. Robert BAILEY of Salem, and Gene BAILEY served as ushers for their sister. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church basement. The wedding cake was baked by Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS of Shawneetown. Mrs. Richard GRAY of Brownstown was in charge of the guest book. The couple left for a tour of the southern states. They are both employed, Mrs. PHILLIPS, is with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Salem, and Mr. PHILLIPS is in the offices of the Illinois Central Railroad in Chicago. For present they will make their home in Salem.
- Miss Karen REESE was guest at a party given in honor of her 7th birthday Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE. (A list of those attending was included.)
- PRUETT Wholesale Sold This Week to Darrell DISS: This week a deal was consummated whereby Mr. F.G. PRUETT turned the keys to his place of business over to Darrell DISS, thus ending the business career of the third generation of the PRUETT family in Kinmundy. The business was established in 1892 by the late F.A. PRUETT. Later a son, Charles, was taken into the firm. Then later another son, Walter, became a member of the firm. Upon the death of F.A. PRUETT, the business was carried on by Charles and Walter. With the death of Charles, Walter carried on the business, disposing of the egg and poultry business but retaining the flour and feed business. To this he added a number of items which were sold at wholesale. The business later passed into the hands of Charles E. PRUETT, a son of the late Charles F. PRUETT. When Charles E. decided to study medicine, Walter went back into the firm. Later, owing to ill health, Walter sold the business to F.G. PRUETT, also a son of the late Charles F. PRUETT. And now owing to ill health, F.G. is selling the business to Mr. DISS. Darrell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS. Only a few weeks ago, he received his discharge from the Service. He, with his wife and son, are now at home in the Wm. HUMPHREY home east of the schoolhouse.
- Mr. O.V. GRAGG, the congenial Allis Chalmers dealer of Alma, scored a hit over his colleagues in the various cities and towns in Southern Illinois by being the highest dealer in sales from June 1 thru October. So "Pete" is feeling pretty good about the whole thing. He is now looking forward to an all expense trip thru the Allis Chalmers factories at Springfield, Milwaukee and Lacrosse, Wis. He is to be treated like a king for these five days.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew NEAL of Sadorus have a new daughter. They now have 5 girls.
- Meacham: Loren MIDDLETON’s father, J.T. MIDDLETON, who lives with his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Archie BEARD, fell in his home, and broke his hip Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON and Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD attended the funeral for her brother-in-law, Fritz HELMOLD, in Vandalia, Friday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Mag WANTLAND was dinner guest at the See MILLICAN home celebrating Karen Ann’s 7th birthday.
- In Memoriam of mother, Clella WAINSCOTT, who died Nov. 25, 1946, by Mrs. Helen SCHWABE.
- Mrs. Burdette MAXEY, Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY and Denny MAXEY spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Porter SIMCOX and Pvt. Loy MORRIS of Vandalia. Pvt. MORRIS leaves Thursday for Calif.
Dec. 3, 1953:
- Four of the Marion county local volunteer 4-H Club Leaders were honored for their faithful service to rural youngsters this week. Those honored from Marion County at the 8th annual 4-H Leaders recognition program and banquet at the Hotel Abraham Lincoln in Springfield Nov. 24th were: Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, Mrs. Dwight CURRIE, Mr. Carroll MOJONNIER, and Mrs. Harvey MAY, Jr.
- Obituary of Rilla JONES: Rilla, daughter of Samuel and Susan HOLT, was born in the farm home in Kinmundy twp. on Oct. 6, 1871, where she grew to womanhood. Early in life she united with the Church at North Fork. On Dec. 17, 1890 she married Edward JONES and they had 1 son, Kenneth, who died Dec. 3, 1941. The husband died on May 10, 1950. After moving to Kinmundy, she transferred her membership to the Methodist church where she was a member until her death which came Nov. 29, 1953 at the Lee Convalescent Home in Salem where she had been a patient the past 3 years. She is survived by a daughter-in-law of Blue Island, Ill.; a granddaughter of Harvey; a brother and sister-in-law, John A. and Maude HOLT, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John ALLS of Rockford have a son born Nov. 29th named Jeffery Scott. Mrs. SCOTT is the former Avanell PHILLIPS of this city.
- The Pinochle Club met with Miss Mildred KLEISS Friday with 2 tables in play. Miss Katherine WORMLEY and Clarence QUANDT won the prizes.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WESTON of Lansing, Mich. are parents of a son named Michael Carl. Mrs. WESTON is the former Donna HEADLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY, former Kinmundians. Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mrs. Lily HEADLEY are the great-grandparents.
- Mr. Wm. REYNOLDS was guest of honor at a dinner given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John McCLURE in Salem, Nov. 29 in honor of his 81st birthday. Other guests were Mrs. REYNOLDS; his sister, Mrs. Cordelia MAHAN of Normal, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. E.A. McCLURE, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McCLURE of Mason; and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil MILLER and daughter, Susan of Xenia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY have a daughter born Nov. 25 at the Salem Hospital named Glenda Kay.
- Miss Jean ALEXANDER of this city became the bride of Mr. Louis BUCHKA of Farina Thursday in the Methodist Church. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, and is employed as secretary of the Kinmundy-Alma School system. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. WHITT of Farina. He is employed as a carpenter by the Farina Lumber Co. of Farina. Mrs. Hal HEFFERNAN of Champaign attended her sister as matron of honor. Little Miss Patsy KLINE of Farina was flower girl. Wayne RUBIN of Farina was groomsman. Mr. and Mrs. Robert DOYLE of Lincoln, Ill. provided the music. Rev. A. Vance COMER officiated. James ALEXANDER and James WHITT served their sister and brother as ushers. A reception was held in the church basement. Mrs. Cecil RAYMOND of Breese, and Mrs. Eugene ALEXANDER of Lincoln, both aunts of the bride, and Mrs. Darrell DISS served the 200 guests cake and punch. Mrs. John LYKINS of Champaign was in charge of the guest book. Mrs. DISS and Mrs. LYKINS are cousins of the bride. They returned home Saturday from a short honeymoon, and are now at home in the Robnett Apartments.
- Pvt/E2 and Mrs. Wesley DOOLEN have a baby daughter born Nov. 20 in the Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morris CHILDRESS have a son born Nov. 29th.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of John HAYS at Mason, Sunday. He had made his home with his son, Ervin and wife, in Mason for sometime, but he and his family were formerly residents of this community. He was 91 years old.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER was awarded a clock radio on the Good Neighbor program Thanksgiving, and Mrs. Evelyn FORD, who sent her name in, received some luggage.
- Pleasant Grove: We were sorry to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS’ little granddaughter, Billy Joe MEDLEY, while visiting at their home, Armistice Day, was accidentally shot in the eye with a BB gun. She was taken to the hospital in Decatur and it is feared the sight in that eye is gone.
- Swift School: Mrs. Roy DOOLEN entertained last Tuesday in honor of her husband’s birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mark and Nancy, Jerry BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN and Linda, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and Gary.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Horace GRAY of Urbana came Wednesday to spend the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Ed DOOLEN. Other guests Wednesday helping her celebrate her birthday were Mrs. Stella PRUETT, Miss Katherine WORMLEY, and Mrs. Frank JONES.
- Miletus: Kenneth PICKLE, who has been stationed in Japan for some time, is spending furlough here with his wife and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS entertained the following relatives Wednesday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde PRESTON and Mr. and Mrs. Allen RAY of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and family, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. HANNA, Mrs. H.L. HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Robert HANNA and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG and Howard, and Mrs. Del FEATHERLING of Salem.
- Pvt/E2 Wesley DOOLEN of Ft. Benning, Georgia called on his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS, Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER had all of their children home Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Howard SPENCER and Billy of Metropolis, Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and family of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and family, Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER and Jerry Lynn, and Maxey SPENCER.
Dec. 10, 1953:
- Kinmundy Woman Honored: Mrs. John SHAFFER, R.R. 1, Kinmundy, was recently honored by being selected as "Friend of the Week", a feature designed to bring recognition to people who work for the welfare of their community or neighborhood without thought of personal gain over the radio station KMOX. Mrs. SHAFFER was nominated for the honor by Mrs. Robert FORD. She wrote that "Mrs. SHAFFER is a registered nurse, helps her husband with the farm work on their 520 acre farm, takes care of their two children, and yet is willing and ready to go to the hospital or home with a sick neighbor the minute help is needed". For being selected as "Friend of the Week", Mrs. SHAFFER received a clock radio and was interviewed by the radio station.
- Eleven high school students and 3 from eighth grade received special English awards for their essays, and will be published in "Young America Speaks". The students are: 7th Grade: Jeanette BRIMBERRY; 8th Grade: Edith WEST, Ben SADLER; Freshman: Larry WILLIAMS; Sophomores: Billie Jo HESKETT, Norman SULLIVAN; Charles ERNST; Douglas HALL; Juniors: Pat SEE, Wanda GARRETT, Seniors: Donna SCHOOLEY, Kaye GREENWOOD, Gladys BRIMBERRY, and Ralph SULLENS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Delmar BUTTS have purchased the Walter GEORGE property in the northwest part of the city, consisting of 29 acres. They will move to their new home soon.
- The Board of Education met Dec. 4 and heard a report of the new agriculture shop and class building which is under construction. The total price of the general contracting is $15,700. The members were informed the building formerly occupied by the Kinmundy Feed and Implements was nearly ready for occupancy by the agriculture classes. This is to be a temporary class and shop room only until the new building is ready.
- The Women’s Council of the Christian Church met Dec. 3 with Mrs. Charles KLINE, president, at Farina. There were 18 members present. Mrs. John McCULLEY, secretary read a letter of thanks. The following officers were elected for 1954: President, Mrs. Ray INGRAM; Vice President, Mrs. Charles KLINE; Sec. and Treas., Mrs. Harold MORRIS; Missionary Chairman, Mrs. Harold BURNSIDE; Reporter, Mrs. John McCULLEY. Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON, Mrs. Fred GAMMON, Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY, Mrs. Darrell REESE, Mrs. Harold MORRIS, Mrs. John McCULLEY, and Mrs. Kenneth McCARTY presented different parts of the program. Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and Mrs. Harold BURNSIDES served refreshments.
- The address of serviceman Pfc. Marlin I. MORRIS was listed.
- Meacham: Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER was hostess to a pink and blue shower in honor of Mrs. Harold SIMMONS, Tuesday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Swift School: Mrs. Effie ROBB and Judy ROBB visited Sunday evening at the Clyde BASSETT home.
- Miletus: Ronald TATE suffered a fractured collar bone last Friday at school during the noon intermission, while playing football. Mrs. MALONE, the teacher, took him home and then his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis TATE, took him to Vandalia Hospital. He returned home the same evening.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Noel BRAY of Champaign have a son born Nov. 27 named Noel Gene. Noel Sr. is a grandson of Mrs. Nora MULVANEY, and a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS of Farina, Mrs. Ethel HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert HANNA were among those who attended the funeral of Owen BELCHER in Patoka, Sunday.
Dec. 17, 1953:
- Mr. and Mrs. Jo BARGH have a daughter born Dec. 10 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis named Denise Ann.
- No. 8 to take on Mail: For the convenience of patrons and to relieve the mass of mail on the Monday, No. 8 (2:05 p.m.) will receive and discharge mail on Sunday, Dec. 20. This provision is made for this Sunday only and the patrons of the Kinmundy Postoffice are requested to cooperate.
- Guests of Salem Club: Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mrs. H.M. FISHER were guests at a party given by Mrs. E.J. JONES at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.E. LAURER in Salem Monday evening, Dec. 14. Mrs. JONES entertained the Past Noble Grand Club of the Salem Rebekah Lodge, of which Mrs. BASSETT is a member. Mrs. JONES presented each guest with a small remembrance. Games were played and gifts were exchanged. Refreshments of date pudding with whipped cream and spiced tea were served with Mrs. JONES pouring.
- The City Council of Kinmundy met in special session Tuesday afternoon and mapped plans for a special election which will be held Feb. 8, 1954. The emergency meeting and special election were brought about by the resignations of Clifford JACKSON and Ben JENKINS. JACKSON’s resignation is to be effective immediately because his work hours do not allow him to attend meetings. JENKINS did not specify a date his was to become effective but plans to move from the city at any time. The late Earl OUTHOUSE was alderman of Ward 1 at the time of his death.
- Mr. A.J. SIMPSON returned home Saturday from St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia where he had been taken following a heart attack on Wednesday.
- The address of serviceman Pvt. George E. HOYT was listed.
- Mrs. Paul SWIFT entertained several girls and boys Sunday afternoon to a birthday party honoring her daughter, Nancy, on her 7th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Swift School: Mrs. Mack ROBB returned home last Tuesday from Vandalia Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis BAKER of Omega, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and son, Gene, were visitors at the Fletcher COLE home, Sunday.
Dec. 24, 1953:
- Mr. Eugene KEEN suffered a stroke at his home Friday, temporarily paralyzing his left side. He is regaining his power of motion and is steadily improving.
- Army Sgt. Donald G. McCARTY, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY, Kinmundy will spend Christmas north of the 38th parallel in Korea. On security detail with the 45th Infantry Division, he will have the opportunity to attend special religious duties and share the traditional holiday feasts. Sgt. McCARTY, whose wife, Shirley, also lives in Kinmundy, is a photographer in the 45th Signal Co. He has been overseas since March.
- Home for Christmas:
S/Sgt. Robert GRAY arrived home Sunday, having received his discharge from the Air Force. He had been in Japan for 10 months.
A2c Bob MIDDLETON, of Alabama, arrived home Saturday night to spend a Christmas furlough with his wife, Evelyn, and other relatives.
Pvt. Robert GEILER arrived home Sunday on a Christmas furlough, awaiting a discharge from the Army. He has been stationed in Korea.
Pvt. James LANE, arrived home Sunday from Korea. He will spend Christmas at home before reporting for a discharge.
Pfc. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and daughter, of Camp KILMER, N.J. arrived Saturday for a Christmas furlough with relatives and friends here.
Cpl. Donald GARRETT is spending a few days delay enroute with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT before returning to Ft. Eustis, Va.
Pvt. Wesley DOOLEN, Ft. Benning, Ga., and Ronald DOOLEN, Paducah, Ky., came Sunday to visit the former’s wife, Betty, and daughter of Odin, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS.
- Alonzo ROSS Dies: Word was received here this week by Mrs. Bertha LITTON of the death of her youngest brother, Alonzo ROSS, who died Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clarence KEY, in Hillsdale, Kan. He was 84 years of age. He also leaves another daughter, Mrs. Frances HICKS, of Atlanta, Ga. Mr. ROSS was born on the farm known as the Carl BOONE place southeast of this city. He left here in ‘98 to establish his home in Kansas. Mrs. LITTON, now past 87, is the last surviving member of a family of 7 children.
- August BORCHELT Dies: Funeral services were held Wednesday for August BROCHELT, 88, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Peter with interment in St. Peter Cemetery. The deceased was a prominent business man in St. Peter, having owned the lumber yard and the elevator. He was also president of the first State Bank of St. Peter.
- A picture of the VALLOW grandparents was included with all of their 9 grandchildren that was taken on Labor Day.
- Brown: We are sorry to hear of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oren MULVANEY and sons being destroyed by fire Saturday. The entire contents were lost.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest ANDERSON and sons of Kinmundy spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB and sons. It was Marlin’s 3rd birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN attended the birthday party in the Keith GREEN home Sunday night in honor of Susan’s 2nd birthday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Adolph MEYER, Mr. and Mrs. Victor DREWES, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale PORTER and children.
Dec. 31, 1953:
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale LINDER of Wareham, Mass. have a baby daughter, Sherrill Anne, born Dec. 18. Mr. and Mrs. Rosco OLDEN are the paternal grandparents.
- Robert SLANE, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie SLANE, Kinmundy, is completing his AP basic airmen indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas for basic training.
- Miss Bettie GAMBLIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert GAMBLIN, of Salem, and Donald MARKLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle MARKLEY, of Farina, were married Dec. 24 at the home of Rev. E.W. COOPER before a beautifully lighted Christmas tree in Centralia. They were attended by their mothers, Mrs. Mable GAMBLIN of Salem and Mrs. Olive MARKLEY of Farina. Also present were Mrs. E.W. COOPER, Miss Sue MARKLEY, sister of the groom, Miss Shirley TUCKER and Mr. Jim WHITT of Farina. Mr. MARKLEY graduated from LaGrove H.S. in Farina in 1952. He is presently employed by Jahraus Trucking Co., Kinmundy. The young couple are residing at the home of the groom’s parents for the present.
- The Kinmundy Volunteer Fire Dept. was called to the Vernon ALLEN home Sunday afternoon. The fire, thought to have been caused by faulty wiring, was confined to the upstairs and attic of the house and was extinguished before extensive damage was done.
- Dora ROBISON Obituary: Dora T. COPPLE, daughter of Newton and Mary COPPLE, was born Feb. 14, 1878 in Sullivan Co., Ind. At the age of 4 years she moved to Illinois. Dora was married to James Marshall ROBISON on July 6, 1898, also in that year she was baptized and received as a member of the Church of Christ, and remained a member throughout her life. She made her home with her parents until their passing, then she and her half-brother, James, resided together here until his death in 1952. She then made her home with Mrs. Mary TOLLEFSON. She died at Salem Hospital on Dec. 24, 1953. She leaves 3 brothers: William COPPLE of Farina, Bert COPPLE of Kinmundy, and Tilden COPPLE of Salem. Services were held Saturday from the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.
- Lillie McCULLEY Dies: Mrs. Lillie McCULLEY died at her home in Kinmundy on Dec. 28, age 85 years, 8 months. She had been ill for quite some time. Services will be held from the Christian Church, Dec. 31, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Word has been received here that Richard PETERSON, father of Mrs. Mike KALFUS, died in October in Orlando, Fla. Mr. PETERSON made his home with Mr. and Mrs. KALFUS, who formerly operated the Phillips 66 filling station in Kinmundy.
- Three out-of-town judges were busy Thursday evening riding about town looking over the homes which were decorated in keeping with the Christmas season. In accordance with rules and regulations of the local Lions Club who sponsored the contests, prizes were awarded. The judges selected the following : Mr. and Mrs. Elwin INGRAM, 1st ; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON, 2nd; Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, 3rd.
- Meacham: Glenn JAHRAUS and family and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS were Christmas dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB spent Christmas in Bridgeport with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family. Sharon and Bobby returned home with them to visit over the weekend.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. B.O. GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and son, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family, Wanda GARRETT and Judy ROBB.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Claude HANNA and Mrs. Wyona CROSLEY and babe ate Christmas dinner with Mrs. Effie ROBB. Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE and Rosalyn were also dinner guests of Mrs. ROBB.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE attended the FORD dinner Christmas Day at the home of Mrs. Jana EVANS in St. Peter.
- Miletus: Pfc. Bob BUTTS is spending furlough with home folks.
- Pleasant Grove: Some from here attended the funeral of John PRESGROVE at Bee Branch Church Saturday afternoon, who was found dead in his home Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the Christmas program at the Omega Church Tuesday night, also the one at Pleasant Grove Christmas eve.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS and children called at the hospital in Shelbyville, Christmas Day, to see their son, Jack, who had been seriously injured in a car accident.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT were hosts at the annual birthday celebration for Messrs. GARRETT, Ed SHREFFLER, Wayne ROBB, and Charles BASSETT held Dec. 18th. The families were their only guests.
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