Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
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Jan. 7, 1954:
- Albert COPPLE Dies: Albert N. COPPLE died at his home in Kinmundy, Dec. 30, 1953 after an illness of several weeks. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating with interment in Phillips Cemetery. Albert Newton COPPLE was born in Sullivan Co., Ind. on Apr. 10, 1873, son of Newton and Mary COPPLE. In Aug. 1894, he married Annie BLADES, and they had 8 children, of whom 4 preceded him in death. He leaves his widow and 4 children: Hazel WILKINSON, Iuka; Albert, East Chicago, Ind.; Mabel PAXON, Gary, Ind.; and Hugh, Kinmundy; 2 brothers, William COPPLE, Farina, and S.T. COPPLE, Salem; and several grandchildren.
- Dr. and Mrs. John P. CURRAN of Cleveland, Ohio have a daughter born Dec. 29. Dr. CURRAN is the nephew of Misses Edith and Martha MORGAN.
- Russell McCULLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY, who was 4 years old on New Year’s Day held a party on Jan. 3. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Celebrates 85th Birthday: Children and grandchildren of Mrs. Nellie JENKINS of Alma helped her celebrate her 85th birthday at her home Sunday. Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Ershal JENKINS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Bill JENKINS and son of Opdyke, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob JENKINS and son of Alma.
- GARRISON Out for Sheriff: Mr. D.E. “Doc” GARRISON, owner and operator of the City Cab in Salem, is a candidate for the nomination for Sheriff of Marion County on the Democratic ticket. Mr. GARRISON, 36, is a life-long resident of Marion county. He spent 3 years in the armed services, two of which were spent in the South Pacific. He is married and has one son. For the past 3 years, he has been an active constable of Salem and has been a special deputy sheriff for the past 4 years.
- Pvt. Mack CONANT Now in Korean Base Section: Pvt. Mack O. CONANT, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. CONANT, Alma, recently joined the Korean Base Section’s 114th Quartermaster Registration Co. The base section controls most of the rear area units which provide supplies, services, communications and transportation for other UN forces on the peninsula. Private CONANT entered the Army last June and was formerly stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Purchases Business: Carl CRAIN purchased half interest of DUNCAN’s Barber Shop in Salem, Jan. 1. He has been employed in the shop for the past 2 years.
- Lilly Ann McCULLEY: Lilly Ann DOWNHOUR McCULLEY, born in Indiana, Apr. 28, 1868, died at her home in Kinmundy on Dec. 28, 1953. She was married to William Jefferson McCULLEY on July 27, 1884, and to this union were born 7 children. Mr. McCULLEY, the husband and father died in 1926. Three daughters also preceded their mother in death, namely: Mrs. Fay MORRIS, Mrs. Florence THOMS, and Mrs. Fern CHARLTON. At an early age, she joined the Christian Church. She also took two of her grandchildren, Carol and Billy THOMS into her home. She leaves as survivors 3 daughters: Mrs. Emma RICHARDS, Plymouth, Ind.; Mrs. Ora LOVELL, Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. Pearl LOWE, Kinmundy; 19 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. One grandson, Sammy LOWE, is now stationed in Japan with the United States Armed Forces. Services were held from the Christian Church Thursday, Dec. 31, with Bro. Harold BURNSIDE officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. (DFM note: in the 1/14/1954 edition, a correction was made to the obituary. The name of Thurman McCULLEY, the only son of the deceased, was accidentally omitted.)
- Pvt. Bob MIDDLETON left Monday for his base in Alabama after spending Christmas furlough with his wife, Evelyn.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER, Mrs. Lena SHAFFER, and Miss Pauline HILLER attended the Golden Wedding anniversary of their cousin, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar ANDERSON of Cisne, Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. REYNOLDS of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford HAWKEY and children, Joan and Edward, Mr. and Mrs. John JAHRAUS and daughter, Judy of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. John McCLURE of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil MILLER of Xenia; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McCLURE and Elwin LEATH of Mason had a surprise birthday dinner party for Mr. E.A. McCLURE at his home in Mason, Sunday.
- Miletus: Pvt. Bob BUTTS returned to Camp Belvoir Saturday after spending a 15 day furlough with home folks.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children attended the miscellaneous shower Friday given for his son, Oren MULVANEY and family, whose home and contents burned a short time ago.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Harold KENLEY’s brother, Fred SEAMAN of Decatur, was in a car wreck recently while enroute to Kansas to attend his brother’s wedding. He was not injured but his car was badly damaged.
- Pleasant Grove: Word was received by relatives here of the birth of a son born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold SMITH of Decatur named Dennis Loyd born Dec. 21.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Roy NEAL went to Champaign Saturday to the hospital to see their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie NEAL and little son, who were in an automobile accident Saturday. They were released Sunday. The accident was near Ivesdale, IL.
- Meacham: Mr. John FORD and son, John, who is having a furlough, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL, Thursday.
- In Memoriam of father, Ren WAINSCOTT, who died Jan. 4, 1948, by Mrs. Helen SCHWABE and family.
Jan. 14, 1954:
- Mr. and Mrs. William CHASTEEN Observe Golden Wedding Wednesday, Jan. 6: Mr. and Mrs. William CHASTEEN celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Jan. 6 in their home in this city. They were entertained to a dinner in the evening by their children and grandchildren. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Morris CHASTEEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND and family, Mrs. Addie LANDRETH and Clarence MULVANEY. (Mrs. LANDRETH and Mr. MULVANEY are foster brother and foster sister to Mrs. CHASTEEN.) On Jan. 6, 1904, Miss Minnie BUCKLES of Meacham twp., and William CHASTEEN of Omega twp, went to Salem Where they were married by the late J.W. WILLIAMS, Justice of the Peace. The bride was the foster daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. MULVANEY, of Meacham twp. After their marriage, the couple went to farming in Meacham twp. They later moved to a farm in Kinmundy twp. where they remained until they retired in 1943, and moved to Kinmundy. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Ellis LANSFORD Dies: Ellis LANSFORD, 55, died at his home near Alma Sunday from a heart attack. He was apparently in good health and was lying on the day bed with his small son. In attempting to arise, he suffered the heart attack and fell back on the day bed dead. He leaves a wife and 2 small children, and 3 children by a former marriage. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Donald BLESSING, pastor of the Alma Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON entertained several friends at their home Wednesday in honor of Mr. GORDON’s birthday. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Ed RADTKE, Mr. and Mrs. Carl BROECKER, Mr. and Mrs. Art HOEHNE, Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and son, Mr. and Mrs. Bill LUX and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Elroy RUNGE and daughter of St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter MILLER of Farina.
- Former Resident Succumbs: Mrs. Mary MANUEL, age 87, died Jan. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif., following a week’s illness. She was a sister of the late George ELDER and Anna HARVEY, and a former resident of Kinmundy. Mrs. Arno MILLER is her niece.
- After having promised a society editor for the Express, the stork delivered another sports editor to Mr. and Mrs. Carl VALLOW Monday afternoon at the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia. The boy boisterously answers to the name of John William.
- Fred CRAIG, 78, died in his sleep during the night of Jan. 4, 1954. Services were held Sunday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Orlando BRAKEMEYER of Belleville, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. CRAIG had attended the church at the Methodist Church Monday evening. That was the last time he was seen. Having not heard from him for a few days, on Thursday morning, Miss Eula CRAIG, a cousin, tried to call him by telephone, receiving no answer, she came to town in the afternoon to investigate. She carried a key to the house just in case of an emergency. She found that she could not unlock the front door because the key was in it on the inside. She then asked at the postoffice about his mail and found that he had not picked up his mail since Monday. She then went to ALEXANDER’s Service Station to get Mr. ALEXANDER to accompany her to the house. Mr. ALEXANDER was out at the time and Mr. Fletcher COLE obliged her. They gained entrance to the house by pulling the hook from the back of the door screen. They found Mr. CRAIG lying in bed on his side with his hand under his face. The body was badly discolored which was evidence that he had been dead for some time. His wife died about 3 years ago. He left no immediate family.
- Thomas EDWARDS Declared Dead August 7, 1952: Mrs. Ruth EDWARDS, of Salem, received word Thursday from the government, declaring her husband, Thomas L. EDWARDS, 28, officially dead. Thomas, a member of the Marines, was reported missing in action on Aug. 7, 1952 in Korea. He had previously been wounded and sent back into action. Mrs. EDWARDS is a bookkeeper for the Marion County Service Co. There are 2 small daughters. Thomas was also a brother to Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON, residing south of this city.
- DONALD-HARPSTER: Miss Mary DONALDSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DONALDSON, of Ramsey, became the bride of James Edward HARPSTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. HARPSTER, of St. Peter on Jan. 3, 1954 in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the pastor, Rev. W.H. WETSTEIN, officiating. They were attended by her sister, Donna DONALDSON, and his brother, Robert C. HARPSTER. The bride is a graduate of the Ramsey H.S. and for the past 3 years has been a supervisor at the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Vandalia. The groom, a veteran of 2 years service with the U.S. Army, was discharged last fall upon his return from Korea. The couple plan to make their home in Vandalia, following a wedding trip to the southwestern United States. The groom is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER, and a great-grandson of Mrs. Anna SCOTT of St. Peter.
- Edmund S. COMBS died Jan. 7, 1954 at his home in Springfield. He had been ill for several months. He had lived in Springfield for the past 20 years, and was employed by Lubin, Barker Lumber Company as a buyer in the builders hardware dept. Services were conducted at the Beach Funeral Home on Saturday. The body was brought to Kinmundy Evergreen Cemetery for burial by the Linton Funeral Home. A graveside service was conducted by Rev. Vance COMER. He leaves his wife, Hallie DENNIS COMBS; 3 children: Harold COMBS of Kalamazoo, Mich., Doyne STIVERS of Terre Haute, Ind., and Jean WILEY of Springfield; 9 grandchildren; 4 brothers and 1 sister - Claude COMBS of Tulsa, Okla., Clarence of Chicago, Clyde of Arthur, Ill., Albert COMBS and Mrs. Mabel SPRAGUE of Findlay, Ill.
- Mrs. Gertie NELMS Dies in Chicago: Word has been received by Mrs. J.H. NELMS of the death of Mrs. Gertie NELMS at the home of her daughter in Chicago, Dec. 31, 1953. Burial was in Chicago on Jan. 2, 1954.
- Mrs. Anna SCOTT wishes to say “thanks” to her many relatives and friends for the cards they sent her honoring her on her 95th birthday. She is at home of her daughter, Mrs. Jed HARPSTER, near St. Peter.
- Bill CLARK in North Carolina: Marine Cpl. William R. CLARK, son of Mrs. Bertha CLARK, of this city, is attending an 8 week course in baking at the Food Service School at Camp Lejeune, N.C. - Seeks Sheriff Nomination: Marshall WILLIAMS, Alma, last week stated his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Sheriff of Marion county in the April Primary. WILLIAMS has had several years experience in law enforcement agencies, the most recent of which was chief deputy of Marion county. The past 3 years he has resided in Alma and owns a grocery and appliance store in Kinmundy. WILLIAMS is a native of Marion county. He is married and has 4 children: 2 daughters married and 1 at home and a son serving in the Army. He is a member of Kinmundy Masonic Lodge 398, Order of Eastern Star, Salem Elk and Moose Lodges.
- Local Items from Last Week: Cpl. Bill GENTRY arrived home Sunday to spend furlough with his father, Shelley GENTRY, before receiving his discharge. He has been stationed in Panama for 18 months.
- Swift School: Helen BASSETT visited Sunday with her sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT attended a birthday surprise for Bert GARRETT Sunday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughters, Barbara and Carolyn, and Miss Janet ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
- Swift School: Mrs. Wyona CROSLEY went to Chicago Saturday to meet her husband, Carroll, who accompanied her home. He has his discharge from the Armed Forces. Welcome home, Carroll.
- Pvt. William B. VALLOW of Ft. Lewis, Wash., arrived home Tuesday to spend 10 days with his mother, Mrs. Almelda VALLOW, and sister, Mrs. LaVerne KEEN and family.
Jan. 21, 1954:
- On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Kinmundy Christian Church was host to the Marion County Christian Men’s Fellowship with those present from the churches of Brown, Alma, Patoka, Salem, Young’s Chapel, Odin, and Mount Moriah.
- Mr. Earl ALLMON celebrated his 63rd birthday at his home in Alma, Jan. 15 with a gathering of his friends and relatives and a potluck dinner. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Manford ALLPHIN, Mr. and Mrs. Guy CLARK, Mrs. Dorothy GAMBLIN and daughter, Linda, Milton and Chassie HARVEY, Clifford ALLMON and Mr. and Mrs. Earl ALLMON.
- LEWIS-KRUTSINGER Wed: Miss Albert Bernice LEWIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman LEWIS of Xenia, and Kenneth KRUTSINGER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eura KRUTSINGER of Kinmundy were united in marriage Saturday in Centralia by Rev. A.P. HANEY. Mr. and Mrs. Paul WIMBERLY of Iuka, sister and brother-in-law of the groom, were their attendants.
- On Jan. 17 at the conclusion of the morning worship service, Mr. Harold L. BURNSIDE, minister of the local Christian Church, announced to the congregation that he and his family are making preparation to enter mission work in the Hawaiian Islands. They hope to enter the new work by the work by early summer of 1954. Their work will begin on the western side of Oahu.
- Rebekahs have Installation: The newly elected officers of Rosedale Rebekah Lodge were installed Friday evening by Florence BASSETT, acting Deputy. She was assisted by Wilma BOUGHERS, Marshall; Margaret SHUFELDT, Warden and Chaplain; Stella LEE, Secretary and Treasurer. The following officers were installed: Carrie YEAGER, N.G.; Paulene JOHNSON, V.G.; Maude HOLT, Secretary; Pearl FISHER, Treasurer; Alice LEWIN, Conductor; Wilma BOUGHERS, Warden; Stella LEE, R.S.N.G.; Alice READNOUR, L.S.N.G.; Hester HEATON, R.S.V.G., Margaret SHUFELDT, L.S.V.G.; Edna WILLIAMS, Chaplain; Paulene JOHNSON, Musician; and Hattie COCKRELL, I.G. Refreshments of cookies, coffee and mints were served and a very pleasant social time enjoyed.
- Mrs. Dick GRAY, of Brownstown, entertained several friends of her daughter, Gloria, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Sunday, in honor of Gloria’s 7th birthday. (A list of guests was included.)
- Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and Mrs. Glen WHITE entertained several friends at a nursery shower in honor of Mrs. Harvey HANNA, Saturday, at Mrs. WHITE’s home.
- Miss Carla Sue GEILER was guest of honor at a supper given Thursday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Bob GEILER and Mr. and Mrs. Harry GEILER and children, Gay and Bryce. Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP were after dinner guests. It was Carla Sue’s 1st birthday.
- Donkey Basketball Game Sponsored By Lions Club to be Played Here Saturday: If you enjoy laughing, don’t fail to be present at the local school gym Saturday night, Jan. 23rd at 8 p.m., tip off time for one of the most thrill packed basketball games of the year. It’s another one of those famous Donkey Basketball games, one that we guarantee will keep you bent double from laughing. Proceeding the game, a Hobby-Derby will be run, however we won’t say anymore about this stunt other than the riders are in for the surprise of their lives. The Lion’s team, under the capable leadership of Captain “Deak” INGRAM, will come face to face with one of the toughest Independent teams ever to appear on the local floor. In an interview with Captain “Deak”, he has indicated he plans to use the following line up as starters in order to shatter the Independent’s nerves: George “Hairless Joe” FEATHER at center; L.J.T. “Alphabet” O’DELL at Guard; Captain “Deak” INGRAM - Guard; E.E. “Slave-Driver” JAHRAUS - forward; Joe “Floor Walker” BARGH - forward. With plenty of good reserves such as Bub “Greasey” ROBNETT; Everette “Evil-Eye” TATE; Dale “Big-Foot” HULSEY; Ernie “Under-Nourished” DONOHO; Carl “Sour-Note” BROEKER, Kenneth “Sliced-Ham” JASPER, and Captain “Wicked-Man” SOLDNER, Captain “Deak” feels confident the Lions will ride away with the game. However, at the same time, the Independents under the leadership of R.R. “Anyface” LEE, says there is no doubt but what the Independents will get a big “kick” out of the game and at the same time gallop right through the Lion’s defense. As a starting five, he plans to use: D.C. “Red-Crown” Day at Center; Glen “Hen-Pecked” DOOLEN at Guard; R.R. “Anyface” LEE - Guard; Charles “Side-Saddle” PRITCHETT - Forward; and B.J. “Short-Change” GARRETT - Forward. LEE is very proud of the capable reserves who will see action during the game. He asks, “Where could you find any better than J.O. “Sure-Shot” EAGAN; Carl “Clipper” CRAIN, Kent “Never-Miss” O’DELL; Charlie “Red” MARKLEY; Dode “Wrong-Way” LANGHAM; and Darrell “3-D” DISS? R.R. ATKINS has volunteered to act as “clean up man” and will be fully equipped expecting lots of action. It is suggested that each player be sure his health and accident insurance is up to date, also each participant should indicate what hospital he prefers, just as a precaution. Admission prices at the door will be 75 cents for all excepting children of grade school age and under, which in their case is 35 cents. High School students may take advantage of the special student tickets which are now on sale at Mr. O’DELL’s office or from Jesse GEORGE.
- Miletus: Russell TATE, who has been having trouble with his hip, was taken to St. Louis to a bone and joint specialist Wednesday. The doctor said he would have a normal hip, but would have to stay off his feet for several months.
- A/3C Sonny FOLLOWELL left Monday for Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, having spent a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL.
- Guests at the home of Mrs. Wayne ROBB Wednesday honoring Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS on her birthday were Mrs. Howard ROBB, Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Mrs. Cecil BAILEY, Mrs. Bob JOHNSON, and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER.
Jan. 28, 1954:
- Miss Linda ROBB was guest of honor at a party given by her mother, Mrs. Howard ROBB, Monday on her 7th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pfc. Ora B. YATES in Firing Exercise: Marine Pfc. Ora B. YATES, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora B. YATES of Kinmundy, recently participated in the largest firing exercise held by the artillery regiment of the 3rd Marine Division since it’s arrival in Japan. The Fuji-McNair combat range, used during WWII as a training area by the Japanese imperial Army, was the scene of the big shoot. The 3rd Marine Division is deployed throughout Central Honshu, with the 12th Marines stationed at Camp McNair, on the slopes of Fujiyama, Japan’s sacred mountain.
- Thomas EDWARDS Memorial Sunday: Memorial services will be held for Thomas L. EDWARDS in the Baptist church in Iuka Sunday with Rev. Delbert GOIF, the pastor, in charge. The services will be concluded in the East Lawn Cemetery in Salem, where a monument will be dedicated to his honor. The services in the cemetery will be in charge of the Salem Post American Legion. It will be remembered that Thomas was reported missing in action in Korea on Aug. 7, 1952. There were hope of him being alive but his name has not appeared on the prisoner list. Therefore, the government has officially declared him dead. The deceased leaves a wife and 2 small daughters living in Salem. A sister, Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON, resides south of Kinmundy.
- Pvt. Bob Dean BUTTS, 23, son of Mr. Pete BUTTS, Kinmundy, graduated from the 8-week Engineer Equipment Repairman Course, U.S. Army, Ft. Belvoir, Va.
- Larry DISS was guest of honor Friday at a party in the home of Mrs. Darrell DISS, the occasion being his 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Edwin YUND was painfully burned while taking a load of stock to the East St. Louis market Thursday night. Near O’Fallon, the blanket which he had spread over his lap, supposedly caught fire from the exhaust. By the time Mr. YUND could get out of the truck, his clothing was afire. After receiving first aid in O’Fallon, he went on to East St. Louis with a load of stock and returned home Friday. He is able to up and around the house some but feels a little better lying down.
- Mr. and Mrs. Everette TATE have a daughter born Jan. 22, 1953 at the Salem Hospital named Teresa.
- Phyllis SEE has purchased the Beauty Shop from Mrs. Dorothy GARRETT, and will take charge on Monday. Mrs. GARRETT will have her duties as a housewife.
- No One Killed, Several Slightly Injured From Upsets in Basketball Saturday: Not a single person was killed, but several were injured to a small degree Saturday evening when they attempted to ride the donkeys in the Lion’s Club Donkey Basketball Game. The gym was filled to capacity and the net take for the local Lion’s Club amounted to $120. This will be spent on community projects. Preceding the main event of the evening, girls rode the donkeys in a basketball game. From all appearances, they proved to be better riders than the men and were thrown but very little. A hobby horse derby also provided a lot of entertainment for the crowd. In the main event of the evening, it was almost impossible for the men to stay on the backs of the same donkeys which were ridden by the ladies. A few of our local bronc-busters really tried their best to show the audience that man could win over beast but finally had to give up the kiss and acknowledge that their bones and muscles were sore yet on Monday. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam GALLAGHER of Lodi, Calif. have a son, Danny Clark David. The mother was formerly Miss Anne SLOVICK.
- Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and Mr. and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE attended the funeral of Kenneth MAHON in St. Peter, Sunday.
- Miletus: There was a rousing charivari and shower at the Eura KRUTSINGER home last Saturday night in honor of their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth KRUTSINGER.
- Supper guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING Thursday were Mrs. Mona SESSIONS of Salem and son, Jimmie, who has recently retired from 3 years in Puerto Rico with the Armed Services.
Feb. 4, 1954:
- On Tuesday, Mrs. Merle KLINE, Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Mrs. Virgil SEE were hostesses to a nursery shower given in honor of Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD at the home of Mrs. SEE. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Billy Dean SEE, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE, was 1st place winner in the diamond contest of the W.C.T.U., which was held at the Evangelical Church at Eberie, Ill. on Monday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tony POD of Tucson, Ariz. have a son named Dennis Jackie who was born Jan. 28. Mrs. POD is the granddaughter of Mrs. W.W. LOWE.
- Minnie SIPLE: Minnie PARRILL SIPLE, the 7th child of Peter and Nancy PARRILL, was born in Marion county, near Farina, June 5, 1867, and died Jan. 30, 1954 at the home of her sister, Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM in Kinmundy, where she spent the last few years of her life. When a small child her family moved to Iuka, where she lived until her marriage to Byron E. SIPLE, June 5, 1890. Three miles north of Iuka, they established their farm home, which down through the years was always known for it’s fine hospitality and friendly co-operation. Both Mr. and Mrs. SIPLE were actively engaged in the teaching profession for a number of years, where their influence with young people is today felt in the grown up citizens of the community. Her husband died in Feb. 1937. She was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church, the Kinmundy Eastern Star, and the Woman’s Club, and for many years was an active member and officer in the Marion County Farmer’s Institute. Services were conducted from the Linton Funeral Home by the Rev. A. Vance COMER on Feb. 1st. Interment was made in Summit Prairie Cemetery.
- Gregory MULVANEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY celebrated his 4th birthday on Feb. 1 with a part at his home. (Alist of those attending was included.)
- The marriage of Miss Lois Virginia LIKE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard and the late Helen LIKE, of Farina, to Donald HOUT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray HOUT, of Farina, took place Saturday at St. Philomena’s Church in Kinmundy, Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER officiating. Attendants were Miss Carolyn LIKE, sister of the bride, and Mrs. Geo. KESSLER, sister of the groom, and Leon ROEDL and George KESSLER, brother of the groom. Mrs. HOUT graduated from LaGrove High School, Farina in 1950. Mr. HOUT graduated from the Flora Twp. High School in 1942, and served in the army during WWII. The couple will reside on a farm east of Kinmundy in Clay County.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dennie JOHNSTON of Salem have a daughter born Jan. 29 in Salem Hospital named Deborah Kay. Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOHNSTON are the paternal grandparents.
- Miss Eva POTTER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil POTTER, and Jackie B. MULVANEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANEY, both of Kinmundy, were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Jan. 29. Rev. Harry WHITT, of Farina performed the ceremony. Mrs. George KEEN, sister of the groom, and Berl POTTER, brother of the bride were the attendants. Miss Iva POTTER, sister of the groom, served the cake, and Mrs. POTTER, the bride’s mother presided over the punch. The young couple will be at home with his parents for the present.
- Alice Mariah HABEL: Alice Mariah ARCHER, daughter of George and Mary ARCHER, was born in Scott county, Iowa, Sept. 19, 1873, and died at the home of her daughter, Mary, in Kinmundy, on Jan. 27, 1954. She was married to Chester Henry HABEL on Feb. 19, 1889 in Algona, Iowa. They had 3 sons and 1 daughter: George, who died at the age of 20; Edward and Benjamin of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Mary H. TOLLEFSON of Kinmundy. Later in life she was baptized into the 7th Day Adventist Church. She leaves her 2 sons and 1 daughter; 1 brother, John ARCHER of Kenosha, Wis.; 3 grandsons, Theodore and Robert TOLLEFSON, and Lester HABEL; 1 granddaughter, Alice HABEL; and 4 great-grandchildren, Richard, Debra, Judy and Gary TOLLEFSON all of Minneapolis, Minn. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. A. Vance COMER and Bro. Harold BURNSIDE, assisting. Interment was made in Hutchison, Minn. on Monday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard GRAY of Brownstown have a daughter born in Vandalia Hospital Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donnie CHEATUM of Tolono are parents of a baby girl born Feb. 2 at the Carl Clinic in Champaign named Cynthia Louise. Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM of this city and Mrs. Lela WILLIAMS of Alma are the grandparents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill DUNKINSON of Pekin have a son born Jan. 27. Mrs. Sarah MILLER is his great-grandmother.
- Swift School: Our neighborhood extends sympathy to Dale BALLANCE and family of our community. Mrs. BALLANCE’s sister, Mrs. Amy BINNION, died last Friday. She lived in Vandalia.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Miss Mary BEARD at Lovell’s Grove Church Wednesday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Billy Joe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe MEDLEY, is regaining sight in the eye that was injured by a BB gun. She will soon be able to return to school.
- Pleasant Grove: Pearl Rose remains in critical condition in Salem Hospital. He was taken there Wednesday when he suffered a serious heart attack. He was attending the funeral of Miss Mary BEARD at the Lovell’s Grove Church.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY entertained all of their children and their families at a dinner Sunday honoring their youngest son, Gene, who will leave Thursday for an Air Base in San Antonio, Texas. Gene, Bill HESTER of Centralia, and Raymond MILLICAN of Salem, enlisted the same time and will leave together.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS and Mr. and Mrs. Ham STIPP of Alma attended the funeral of Mrs. Fred WIMBERLY in Salem, Sunday.
Feb. 11, 1954:
- Edgar JONES and Clinton LEMAY were elected to Ward 1 to fill vacancies created by the death of Earl OUTHOUSE and the resignation of Ben JENKINS. In Ward 3, D.C. DAY was elected to fill out the term of C.G. JACKSON, who resigned. Following their election Monday, the new council members were sworn in the same evening at an unadjourned meeting. In business, the State of Illinois had approved the water system, so the contractor was paid the remainder of his bill in full. There was also discussion about where the students and personnel cross the tracks the train tracks. Many attempts have been tried to keep everyone from crossing south of the depot at the “dump”.
- The early February release from active duty of 360 Marine veterans of service in the Far East was announced at the Treasure Island Marine Barracks here. The dischargees recently returned to the U.S. for separation here upon the expiration of their enlistments. Among them is Pfc. Ora J. YATES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora B. YATES of Kinmundy. He served 4 months in Japan as a field artillery cannoneer with the 3rd Marine Division.
- Deer Released East of Kinmundy: On Feb. 2nd, the State Dept. of Conservation delivered to Roy MISELBROOK, residing in Meacham twp., a truckload of deer. Roy escorted the truck to the A.H. MILLER woods west of the Mont RITTER farm, and there released them. It was reported that a deer was seem about 5 miles to the north the next day. Whether it was one of these, or if some more have been released in that particular community, we can’t say. On Tuesday afternoon, a deer was seen by Fred KLEISS near the Clarence QUANDT farm. No doubt but what Mr. MILLER will soon be swamped with applications for leases of small tracts on which to build “deer lodges”.
- Alvin HANKS Home Burns: The Alvin HANKS residence located in Meacham twp., was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening about 5 p.m. The Farina volunteer fire dept. answered the call, but were hampered in fighting the blaze by the shortage of water. They managed to save the outbuildings. Reports state that most of the contents of the house were saved.
- The Board of Directors of the First National Bank have decided to do a complete remodeling job on the bank. Supplies from the “back room” are now being removed so that the pouring of a new concrete vault can begin this week, and it will be two stories from the basement to the main floor. All new furniture will be installed and there will be 3 teller windows, a large lobby, bookkeeping room, and consultation room and director’s room and restrooms. The building will also be air conditioned. It has not been decided yet, but the large plate glass windows will be made smaller or maybe done away with and possibly a stone front installed. The estimated cost is $40,000. Temporary headquarters will be set up in the John HARRELL building south of BARGH’s Store.
- Miletus: Russell, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE, who has a bone and joint disease, can’t attend school. The doctor doesn’t want him to walk for months. If his many friends would send him get well cards, games and puzzles, it would help him pass away the long hours.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Bob BUTTS left early Monday for camp in California. He will be leaving soon for overseas duty.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mark and Nancy, and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS were supper guests on Monday night of Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER. It was Mrs. COOPER’s birthday Feb. 2nd.
- Swift School: Little Miss Diane FORD spent several days with her grandparents and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Helen. Her parents were in Champaign attending Farm and Home week.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Orville ARNOLD visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Woodson SIMER of East St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Glen BOYD and son, Mr. and Mrs. James SIPES and son, Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT’s, the occasion being Mrs. Francis SIPES’ birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN and children, and Mrs. Don FRALA of Paducah, Ky spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS. They accompanied their son, Pvt. Wesley DOOLEN, to St. Louis to catch a plane for New York Sunday.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Harold SIMMONS have a son born Feb. 5 in Salem Hospital.
Feb. 18, 1954:
- Two Basketball Games - Other Forms Entertainment Highlite Lions Program: Feb. 22, the Kinmundy Lions’ Club will sponsor an evening of entertainment in the local gym starting at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes Campaign. First off for entertainment will be a basketball game between the Kinmundy Community School Almanac girls’ team and a team comprised of girls now attending Kinmundy-Alma High School. Starting for the Alumnae will be Lillie PHILLIPS, Millie BASSETT, Dorothy DOOLEN, Margaret GRAY, and Zola ROBNETT. Others will be added to this line up. The H.S. girls line up is yet incomplete. Second feature will be another basketball game between the men faculty members of K-A against the faculty team from Clay City.
- In Hospital in Germany: Sgt. Richard MOTCH had the misfortune of breaking his leg about 2 weeks ago. It is mending satisfactorily but he will wear a cast and be confined to the hospital for several weeks.
- Ground Observers Alerted: The local group of Ground Air Observers were alerted Sunday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kinmundy has 25 ground observers at this time. The purpose of the group is to study and identify planes. This section is one of the main guarding posts against attack on Washington, D.C. Anyone wishing more information on the subject may contact Jim GARDEN.
- The Atlas Tire and Service Station, owned and operated by Harry BOYD, was broken into Monday night. He reports the theft of a few cartons of cigarettes and cigars. The thief broke a window glass on the side of the building to gain entry, apparently leaving the same way. The local City Marshall and county authorities are investigating the robbery and reportedly have some latent fingerprints along with some other evidence in their possession.
- Mrs. Elsie FORD, wife of Charles Lee FORD, who reside west of Kinmundy is reported to be in a satisfactory condition in Jarman Hospital, Tuscola, following an auto accident which happened 2 miles west of Tuscola at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. She is reported to have received 4 fractured ribs and a cracked vertebra in the accident. Charles Lee, his brother Darrell, and his wife were in the car at the time, but none received serious injuries. Darrell, a railway telegrapher agent had been in Arthur working. Having car trouble, he called Charles Lee who went to Arthur, picked him up, and was returning to Tuscola at the time of the accident. Reports state that a slick spot on the pavement made the car slide and overturn. Relatives state that Elsie will be confined to the hospital for at least 6 weeks.
- William Green REYNOLDS was born Nov. 29, 1872 in Pulaski Co., Ky., and died Feb. 3, 1954 at his home in Kinmundy. He married Nettie May BLANKENSHIP on March 13, 1898 at Dallas, Ky. She preceded him in death, and they had 5 children, 2 of whom are still living. Most of his life was spent in and around Crawfordsville, Ind., until moving to Bloomington, Ill., where he married Nettie Ann McCLURE at Peoria, Ill., June 25, 1946. The couple moved to Kinmundy in 1949. He was a member of the First church of the Nazarene in Bloomington and united with the First Christian Church of Kinmundy in 1949. He was confined to his bed 2 weeks before his death. He leaves his wife; 1 son, Joel Milan of Los Angeles; 1 daughter, Gertie BAKER of Crawfordsville, Ind., and 7 step-children, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Cordelia MAHAN of Bloomington, Ill.
- Marilyn Louise SLANE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE, of Kinmundy, and Fenton Dale RINKEL, of Farina, were united in marriage on Feb. 14 at 2 o’clock in the Methodist Church in Farina with Rev. Gene RINKEL, brother of the groom, officiating. Wedding music was played by Mrs. Gene RINKEL. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Ted JAHRAUS of Kinmundy. Mr. RINKEL graduated from LaGrove H.S. in 1948, and is now employed by the Sugar Creek Creamery in Farina. Mrs. RINKEL graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1952 and until the time of her marriage was employed as clerk in the Kinmundy Post Office. The couple will reside in Farina in a house which has been furnished and is waiting. Only members of the immediate family were guests. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter RINKEL, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SLANE, Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas SLANE, grandparents of the bride; Miss Dema SLANE, Mrs. Milton GIGAR, Mrs. Chap HICKEY, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy GRAUMEZ and children, St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Gene RINKEL, Wilmore, Ky., and Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES.
- Pfc. Sammie LOWE, now on active duty with the U.S. Army in Japan reports that 3 classmates of the 1951 class of Kinmundy H.S. got together recently for a visit in Japan. Pvt. Bill TOCKSTEIN, Alma, took a rest leave from Korea and looked up Sammie. Together they found Albert MALOVICK, Alma, another classmate stationed in Japan, and had a short talk fest before each had to return to duty.
- Charles SEE, of Chicago, who was operated on 2 weeks ago, underwent another lung operation Feb. 12, in Hines Hospital, Hines, Ill. He is improving satisfactorily.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.R. FRAKES of Wickcliffe, Ky., have a son, Mark Alan, Feb. 10 in Cairo Hospital, in Cairo, Ill. Mrs. Cloa HAMMER is the maternal grandmother.
- Mrs. Jennie B. ROTAN died in Pawhuska, Okla. on Feb. 11 following an illness of 3 months. For the past few years she made her home there with her daughter, Mildred. Services were held Sunday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A. Vance COMER, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Junior Christian Endeavor of the Christian Church were entertained by Donnie KEEN, Feb. 9. This was a regular C.E. party but the children surprised Donnie by bringing gifts, since it was his birthday.
- Mrs. Vernon ALLEN was hostess at the Jolly Girls Annual Valentine Party Feb. 11 with 13 members present. The valentines exchanged were useful objects, either heart-shaped or in a heart-shaped package. The children exchanged traditional valentines. Sewing and ironing were the work projects and soon disposed of. The highlight of the afternoon was a nursery shower for Mrs. Edward ELSTON. She received many nice gifts. Mrs. Hazel GEILER was the contest winner. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Orpha OUTHOUSE, Feb. 25.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Victor DREWES in St. Peter. Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughter were also guests. It was in honor of Lorna Mae’s and Paula Mae’s birthdays.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT had her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MULVANEY for dinner Feb. 7th in honor of their 47th anniversary.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT attended a birthday dinner Sunday in the Merle JONES home in honor of Merle’s birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Frosty JONES were also guests.
- Shriver School: We welcome the Rolla BRIMBERRY family to our neighborhood. They have moved to the Gene SHUFELDT farm.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS of Farina were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE. They called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT in the afternoon to help celebrate Jimmie’s 6th birthday.
- Miletus: Several people tried to extinguish the fire that completely destroyed Alvin HANKS’ home last Tuesday evening. The Farina Fire Dept. was called and the other buildings were saved.
- Gene BAILEY arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, last week for basic training.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING visited Sunday with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl PURSLEY, near Salem. In the evening, they were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim LECKRONE, in honor of his birthday.
Feb. 25, 1954:
- A list of proposed monthly rate changes for the Bell Telephone company was printed with the new proposed rates for 1-party, 2-party, 4-party, Rural and Extension.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA had the misfortune of having a daughter stillborn at Salem Hospital on Tuesday morning. Reports state Mrs. HANNA as doing alright.
- Rev. Angus PHILLIPS was the honoree at a dinner Sunday, given at his home, the occasion being his 74th birthday. The dinner was planned by his children, with the help of Mrs. PHILLIPS. Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS baked the cake which was beautifully decorated and had 74 candles on the top. Bro. PHILLIPS finds that his lungs are not as good as they once were. He fell just a little short of blowing out all the candles with one trial. Anyway the occasion was a happy one and the honoree received many nice gifts and cards. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. William WHITESIDES and daughter, Marjorie and Winona, and Ray CONNE and Bernie HEINLE of East Alton; Mr. and Mrs. Allen PHILLIPS, son Teddy, and daughter, Kay, of Edwardsville; Mr. and Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS and sons, A.K. and Marvin, and Billy BROKEMEYER of Shawneetown; Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS, of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Merle NULL of Louisville.
- Mrs. Ida MEYER, 80, of Salem, became the bride of William PYLE, 81, of Kinmundy on Feb. 21 in the home of Rev. Basil PARRISH of Salem with Rev. PARRISH officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Alva BRYANT of Salem were their attendants. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. U.S. HAMMOND, Thomas CHAPMAN of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY of Kinmundy. Mrs. HAMMOND is a sister of the bride. Following the ceremony the wedding party was entertained at this home in Kinmundy, where they will make their home.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER were taken to the Salem Hospital Sunday after an automobile accident which occurred near LaClede. They were returning home after spending the day in Mansfield with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William HOUSE and family. A car had run into the back end of a truck near Laclede and had failed to set out any flares or warning of any kind, the car still being on the pavement. Mr. MILLER did not see the car and rammed into it. The impact pinned him under the steering wheel and knocked Mrs. MILLER unconscious. Mr. MILLER received a broken hand and 3 broken ribs. Mrs. MILLER was badly lacerated from the broken windshield. Considerable damage was done to the car.
- Donna Marlene SCHOOLEY received the D.A.R. Citizenship Award. It is awarded to a girl in the Senior Class each year. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. John GARDEN have a son born Feb. 6 in St. Louis named Scotty Fred.
- The wedding of Miss Carolyn HURLBURT, of Sandoval, to Ernst Wingfield COLEMAN of Oakland, Calif., took place Jan. 23, 1954 at Kingman, Ariz. The couple will reside in Sandoval where she is employed as a teacher of homemaking in the high school. In the spring she plans to join her husband who is serving with the Military Sea Transportation in Oakland. Mrs. COLEMAN formerly taught Home Economics in the Kinmundy H.S.
- Mrs. Glen INGRAM of Farina entered the Vandalia Hospital Sunday and was operated on Feb. 22.
- Meacham: Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Callie SCHERMERHORN TYSON on Feb. 7. She lived in Santa Monica, Calif.
March 4, 1954:
- The City Council went on record Monday night as being opposed to the proposed rate increase by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co.
- Three weeks ago, Mr. Ed RADTKE, residing north of Kinmundy, leaped over a honey locust log which he had cut down. In doing so a thorn was run into his calf of his leg. He was taken to a doctor but all the thorn was not gotten out. Consequently, infection ensued. He has been on the convalescent list since. The remainder of the thorn has worked out now and he is feeling some better now.
- Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE were hosts of a small party in their home Friday honoring their granddaughter, Patti WILLIAMS, on her 7th birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and family of Farina.
- Miss Helen BASSETT was taken to Mark Greer Hospital Sunday morning with an attack of appendicitis. She returned home Monday.
- Mrs. Chloe HAMMER and Mr. Ora GREEN were quietly married Feb. 23. They will make their home on his farm in the Arnold Chapel neighborhood. The neighbors of Mrs. GREEN gathered at her home in Kinmundy Monday evening and gave them a rousing charivari and with them many years of happiness.
- Frank HAMMERS Dies: Word was received here Saturday of the death of Frank HAMMERS in a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., following a major operation. Services and burial were held in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. He leaves his wife, Etta; 1 daughter, Mrs. E.J. BROWN and husband of St. Petersburg; Mrs. Grace LINDER of Elkhart, Ind.; brother, Lloyd HAMMER of Kinmundy; 1 niece and 5 nephews. Frank was known to his friends here, and was born and grew to manhood in this community. He later moved to Chicago, then Morris, Ill., and just 3 years ago to Florida where they were happy to be near their daughter and son-in-law.
- Gertrude Genevieve GIFFIN, daughter of Baltis and Elizabeth EMERY was born March 4, 1867 in Brownsville, Ohio and died Feb. 26, 1954 at Onarga, Ill. She married Charles W. GIFFIN on Nov. 4, 1891, and they had 6 children. Her husband and 4 children have preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Myra MORROW of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Alma ARNOLD of Onarga, Ill.; 3 sons-in-law; 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Tom CHEADLE entered the Vandalia Hospital Monday for a tumor operation on his knee. Dr. Stanley MOORE performed the operation.
- Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary Friday in a quiet manner. In honor of the occasion, a dinner was held on that Sunday for the immediate family. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD of Breese; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH, daughter, Karen, and son, Dale, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DEUTSCH and daughter, Connie Jean, of Iowa City, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. Jerrie GERFEN and son, Mark, of Sappington, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD were schoolmates at the old North Fork school. After their graduation, they continued to be very close friends. Finally, on Friday, Feb. 26, 1904, they went to St. Louis, where they were married. After spending a few days honeymoon in St. Louis, they returned home and started to farm in their immediate neighborhood. And there they have lived practically their entire married life. One and one-half years was spent in Kinmundy while Mr. ARNOLD was Highway Patrolman on what is now State Route 37. Last fall, they moved back to Kinmundy where they are living a retiring life. Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD are both enjoying a good health. They have one son, Darrell, of Breese, and one daughter, Elizabeth SMITH, of Centralia; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON visited Miss Helen BASSETT in the Vandalia Hospital Sunday afternoon.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT. Mr. and Mr. Bob FORD and daughter were afternoon guests.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and Diane visited Miss Helen BASSETT in the Mark Greer Hospital Sunday night.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Delmar BUTTS and boys moved to their home in Kinmundy Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Vearl WHITE and children moved Monday to the farm vacated by Delmar.
- In Memoriam of Don D. GRAY who died March 1, 1949; Sadly missed by mother and father.
March 11, 1954:
- Diplomas have just been mailed by the Univ. of Ill. to all who completed work for degrees with the first semester. Among these is Charles E. BLOMBERG of Kinmundy, who is graduating with a B.S. Degree.
- The tuberculin testing program will be conducted at the Kinmundy H.S. next Monday morning. All high school students will be offered the test which tells if tuberculosis germs are in the body. It is done by a physician placing a very small amount of germ free liquid into the skin of the forearm.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD have a son born March 8 in the Salem Hospital.
- Vernon Lee Roy ALLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN, celebrated his 10th birthday Monday.
- Mrs. Melvin GEILER entertained several children Thursday in honor of her daughter, Judy’s, 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Wayne ROBB was hostess at a dinner in her home Friday, honoring her mother, Mrs. C.E. BAILEY on her birthday. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Miss Shirley BAILEY, Mesdames Gail WOOTERS, Howard ROBB, Dick GRAY of Brownstown, Ted PHILLIPS and Bob JOHNSON of Salem, and Mrs. Alta RYAN of Memphis, Tenn. Following the dinner, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and Shirley, and Mrs. RYAN left for a week’s visit in Oklahoma.
- Kinmundy high school music students competed in the district music contest on March 6 in Olney. 1st Ratings went to Karen JONES, flute solo; John DOOLEN, Alto Sax solo; and Barbara DOOLEN, Kathleen O’DELL, Kaye GREENWOOD, clarinet trio. 2nd rating went to: Larry MORRIS, Bass Horn solo; Third place rating: Kaye GREENWOOD, clarinet solo.
- The Legion’s Birthday: The Kinmundy Legion Post and the American Legion Auxiliary will hold a potluck supper March 15 at the high school gym in honor of the Legion’s birthday. Birthday cakes with 35 candles will signify the birth of the American Legion. Wayne Robb, Commander; Mrs. John McCULLEY, President.
- Guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rosco OLDEN Sunday, in honor of their 49th wedding anniversary were: Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons of Tolono, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BEALS of Iuka, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children.
- The Medicine Ball formal dinner at Michigan State honored Dwight HANNA of Kinmundy on Feb. 27. He will graduate this summer with a Doctor of Veterinary Degree.
- Miss Helen BASSETT entered St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis Monday for medical treatment. She was a patient in the Greer Hospital in Vandalia from Wednesday until Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER have a son, David Earl, born March 7 in Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morris LEIGHTON, Tulsa, Okla., have a daughter, Kathryn Lee, born March 5. She is the great-granddaughter of H.L. WARREN of this city. Grandpa and Grandma (Frank) BOSLEY of Urbana are at present visiting in Tulsa.
- The First National Bank moved for remodeling into it’s temporary headquarters Sunday in what is known as the John Harrell Building.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin SHREFFLER have a daughter, Sue Ann, born March 4 in Salem Hospital.
- Pvt. Lewis O’DELL of Camp Chaffee, Ark. is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.J.T. O’DELL awaiting transfer to another camp.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, in Decatur Sunday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN entertained Sunday in honor of the birthdays of S.M. ROBB, Sam LOWE, Fletch COLE, and Marjorie GREEN. This has been an annual dinner for more than 20 years. Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Fletch COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judy. Miss Karen BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN were evening callers.
- Swift School: Miss Helen BASSETT went to St. Louis Sunday to consult a specialist. She has been suffering with kidney stones the past week. She was a medical patient in Greer Hospital from Wednesday to Saturday of last week.
March 18, 1954:
- On March 13 in St. George’s Episcopal Church, Texas City, Texas, Miss Ida Marie HOKANSON, daughter of Mrs. Anton HOKANSON, Texas City, Texas, became the bride of Carl Keating GREEN, son of W.L. GREEN of Kinmundy, by Rev. Albert ETTLING. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Nils HOKANSON. The bride’s attendants were Miss Zethal WEAVER, maid of honor, and Miss Harriet HOKANSON, and Miss Janice HOKANSON, both nieces of the bride, and Miss Carla Jean GARRETT, niece of the groom was flower girl. The groom’s attendant was Alvin Lee ROGERS, and Emmett GARRETT and W.L. HOKANSON, ushers. The couple will reside in Texas City. The bride is a graduate of Texas State College for Women, B.A. degree, and is now a teacher in Texas City H.S. The groom is a graduate of the local H.S. He has a B.S. degree from Billings Polytechnic Institute in Billings, Mont., and a Master of Science degree from the Univ. of Houston, Texas. He is employed as professor of Education and Psychology, Lee College, Baytown, Texas. The out-of-town guests included Mr. W.L. GREEN and Mrs. A.A. MALINSKY of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughter, Carla, of Midland, Texas, and Miss Ann GREEN of Houston, Texas.
- The YATES family had their bimonthly get-together Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN. The evening was spent in group gospel singing. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BUTTS, Phyllis, Sandra and Sharon YATES, Eva BAKER, Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES and family, and Mrs. Dicie YATES.
- Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL and son, Jim, entertained several relatives Sunday in honor of her uncle Everette VAN CLEVE of Omega on his 70th birthday. Those present were: Mrs. Faye HUDDLESTON, Salem; Mrs. Hattie HUDDLESTON, Mrs. Valerie SCHOOLEY, Glen SCHOOLEY and daughter, Mrs. Vera FISK, Omega; Mr. and Mrs. Ollie MULVANEY and children; Mr. and Mrs. Walter LEONARD and son, Farina; EM2C Charles LEONARD, Newport, R.I.; Russell HITES, Edgewood; and Mr. and Mrs. Winton SIDNER and daughter, St. Elmo.
- The DISS family gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS Saturday honoring Lt. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG and daughter, Sue, of Minden, Nevada. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and son, Leroy; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and son, Mark; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and sons, Jim, Leon, and Larry; Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS and daughter, Karen, of Odin; and Helen, Don and Howard BLOMBERG of Farina.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY and son, Johnny, were badly shaken up when their car overturned near Kniseley’s Tractor and Implements just north of Salem on Rt. 37, Sunday afternoon. They were enroute to Salem to visit Mr. and Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER and family. There were two cars just ahead of the BROWN car and all were traveling about 40 miles per hour. After making all the curves and the vision was clear, Mr. BROWN, who was driving, attempted to pass the car ahead of him. Just as this same time, the car in front of him, attempted to pass the car in front of him. This caused Mr. BROWN to take to the shoulder, it threw the car to the ditch rolling it over. None of the occupants were injured except for a couple of minor cuts and possibly a cracked rib or two. The car was uprighted and Mr. BROWN drove it to Salem where it is awaiting a repair job. The top was crushed and all the glass broken out. All of the occupants consider themselves very lucky.
- Wm. SADDLER was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia Wednesday night following a heart attack. He returned home Tuesday but is confined to his home.
- Mrs. Sarah MILLER observed her 95th birthday on March 11. Ten of her neighbors and friends gathered at the noon hour with well filled baskets. (A list of those, and afternoon and evening callers were included.) A telegram was received from her grandson, Walter D. MILLER, a member of the Air Force, stationed at Del Rio, Texas wishing Grandma a Happy Birthday. She received 75 cards and many gifts, along with 4 birthday cakes.
- Olive FRADENBURG, Beverly DeFORDE, Beatrice ALLPHIN, and Gladys BRIMBERRY, all seniors of K.A.C.S were at the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing at Champaign last week taking pre-entrance exams for courses in nursing. Later they were joined by Donna SCHOOLEY and Loretta DISS.
- Without any ceremony whatsoever, ground was broken Wednesday morning and construction of the new building which will house the dial system of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Kinmundy was commenced. The foundations were dug and forms made for the pouring of the foundations.
- BLOMBERG Implements, Minneapolis-Moline Dealers for this territory, held their opening last Wednesday in their new building in Farina. There were 140 people registered during the day.
- INGRAM’s Elevator is busy installing a new set of scales. What is known as the “Old Evaporator” lot was purchased from Mrs. Glen LEE a few weeks ago and the scales are being set on this plot of ground, which is directly across the street from the elevator. This new set of scales will be large enough to weigh a tractor and trailer. This will speed up the handling of grain in the rush season.
- Mary MORGAN Succumbs: Mrs. Nathan MORGAN, nee Mary BUNDY, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ola TILLION in Ceres, Calif. on March 10 at the age of 90 years. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia, although she had suffered a fractured hip in January. She leaves 3 children besides Mrs. TILLION; Mrs. Zaldee GREEN, Dana Point, Calif.; Mrs. Vida GILMORE, Willow Grove, Pa.;, and John MORGAN, Shawnee, Okla. Burial was in Oklahoma. The deceased was an aunt of Misses Edith and Martha MORGAN of this city, and will be remembered by the older residents of this community.
- Mrs. Veneta Belle BARBEE, 57, Champaign, Ill., died March 4 at Cole Hospital where she had been a patient for 6 weeks. Services conducted from the Renner Funeral Home by Rev. J. Henry COX of the First Methodist Church in Champaign. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. BARBEE had resided in Champaign for 35 years. She was the widow of John BARBEE, who preceded her in death in Nov. 1947. Mrs. BARBEE was born Apr. 18, 1896 in Farina, the daughter of Gus and Amelia SMITH SCHWABE. She was married to John BARBEE in 1913. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Arthur BURR of Champaign; 2 grandchildren, Arthur, Jr., and Terry, both of Champaign; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rex McCORMICK, Kewanee, Ill., and Mrs. Grace RAASCH, Santa Cruz, Calif.; 2 brothers, Ora SCHWABE and Orlando SCHWABE, of Effingham. Mrs. BARBEE was a member of Chapter 3 of the Widows of World War I, the Rebekahs and the First Methodist Church of Champaign. Mrs. Lela DYER, Mrs. Lillie SCHNEIDER of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn WILSON of Mason, attended the funeral.
- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT are the parents of a 7 lb. son born March 9 in the Salem Hospital. He has been named Reed Allan.
- Raymond ATKINS and his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, went to Hartford Saturday afternoon, and visited their sister and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO.
- Swift School: Mrs. Charles Lee FORD came home Saturday night from the Tuscola Hospital where she had been a patient the past month recovering from injuries received in a car accident. Mrs. Darrell FORD is caring for her.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY and Marilyn were Sunday guests of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake BOWMAN, in honor of Mrs. BOWMAN’s birthday.
- Swift School: Marvin CONANT and wife called on Pid BASSETT Saturday night.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frosty JONES Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES were also guests.
- Swift School: We are happy to report Miss Helen BASSETT is improving in St. Louis Hospital. Mrs. Florence BASSETT has been with her, and Pid spent Saturday and Sunday with them.
- Brown: Mrs. Cora MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Dean BAKER, Steward MONICAL, and Guy HANKS attended the funeral of Arthur MONICAL in Flora Tuesday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of near Alma called in the afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Much credit is given the efficient work with neighbors and friends did for the P.M. ROSE’s, Thursday, in saving their home from burning before the Salem Fire Department arrived. The fire was discovered in the attic by Mrs. ROSE upon investigation of crackling noises which she heard in the attic. Immediate action brought the blaze under control without too much damage resulting. The ROSES have been staying with Ralph HIESTAND’s since, but they expect to be home in the next day or so. Oran ALDERSON did the repair work with Leo STOCK doing the decorating and Marion CURRIE did a little rewiring.
March 25, 1954:
- Mrs. Byron SILL suffered a heart attack Saturday morning and was taken to the Salem Hospital for observation and treatment. She returned home Monday but is confined to her home.
- Robert GAMMON of Alma, was picked for the M.T.C. All-Star basketball team, and received the most number of votes. Ralph SULLENS, another Hornet player, was chosen for Honorable Mention. This is the first time the coaches have selected an all-star team for this conference.
- C.R. ALDERSON is a patient of St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, due to a fall on Saturday and breaking a bone in his foot. He is taking a rest at the hospital awaiting a cast.
- Word was received here this week of the death of Mrs. Mattie SIMPSON DEIWERT, Everett, Wash. Services were held on March 18 and interment was in Everett Cemetery. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Stella MARLATT of Everett. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth PARRILL, Chicago. Mrs. Allie D. NELMS of this city is a sister-in-law of the deceased. She and her husband Myron DEIWERT were natives of Kinmundy. They left here about 50 years ago.
- Dr. H. Dwight HANNA will be locating here to start his practice. He will be graduating this semester with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. (A picture of him was included.)
- Home from Hospital: Miss Helen BASSETT returned home last Thursday from St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, where she had been a medical patient for ten days.
- The Junior Class Play, “A Ready Made Family”, a very lively comedy, will be presented by the Junior Class in the gym Friday and Saturday evenings. The cast includes: Shirley BEARD, Bill JONES, Patty JOHNSON, Madonna BLESSING, Eva BAKER, Don YATES, Joyce MULVANEY, Bob WHITE, Doris JOHNSON, and Gary KLINE.
- On March 21, a group of friends gathered at the home of John Robert MISELBROOK to help him celebrate his birthday, which was March 22. (A list was included.)
- Miss Sue JACKSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff JACKSON, of this city, and Robert JENKINS, son of Mr. Lee JENKINS, of Farina, were married in the Methodist Church in Joliet, March 11. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Bud JENKINS of Joliet, brother and sister-in-law of the groom. The bride is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of 1953 and has since been employed in Mattoon. The groom received his education at the LaGrove H.S., Farina, and has recently returned from Korea with the U.S. Army. They will make their home in Kinmundy, residing in her parent’s home while they are in Vandalia.
- The local fire department was called Monday to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY to extinguish a fire in the upstairs of the BAILEY home. It was rapidly gaining strength when the truck arrived. Firemen battled the smoke and blaze for about an hour before it was completely extinguished. The damage will probably run close to $500. It apparently started in an upstairs bedroom clothes closet. Traffic on Rt. 37 was routed thru the city, due to hoses crossing the highway from a fire hydrant.
- Mrs. Sarah MILLER was very highly elated this week when she received a letter congratulating her on her 95th birthday from Gov. William STRATTON. (Contents of the letter were included in the article.)
- On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE entertained to a dinner in honor of the birthdays of their daughters, Donna and Barbara, and the 76th birthday of their mother, Mrs. Olga WEISS, of Farina. Three birthday cakes with lighted candles were enjoyed with the basket dinner. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Richie, of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mrs. A.N. COPPLE, Mrs. Olga WEISS, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON have a son, born March 20 in Salem Hospital named David Edward.
- Bro. BURNSIDE will preach his last sermon Sunday evening in the local Christian Church. For the next two months, the family will visit with relatives in Ohio and Kentucky, while Bro. BURNSIDE completes his arrangements for the mission field. The family expects to sail about June 1 to Hawaii, where they will be stationed. (A picture of Timmy, Joyce, Lynette, Harold and Jimmy BURNSIDE was included.)
- Several friends and neighbors met at the Ross HANNA home Sunday then went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob HANNA and surprised him on his birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace HULTZ, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA of Lansing, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Ross HANNA, Mrs. Ethel HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Jim STRICKER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX and Charles, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN and family.
- Shriver School: Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE and Barbara, and Mrs. Anna MARLOW were those from this community who attended the shower for Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie LANE at the home of his parents Friday night. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall CRAIG and Mr. and Mrs. Robert SMITH of Shriver vicinity were also there.
- Swift School: March 17, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Judy, Mrs. Sammy LOWE, Miss Carol THOMS and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN surprised Sam LOWE, it being his birthday. Mrs. LOWE served a delicious supper.
- Swift School: Mrs. Elvina LANSFORD and sons visited a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and Dianne spent Sunday at the Pid BASSETT home. Sam LOWE and wife, and Fletcher COLE and wife were also callers.
- Pleasant Grove: Barbara ROSE spent Tuesday night with Elinor POTTER and both attended a surprise party for Elsa ARNOLD that night. Others attending from here were Shirley and Eugene KENLEY, Jimmie COURSON, and Judy MULVANEY and George EBLIN from Omega.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children, Barbara, Eugena, Jimmie and Eddie ate Sunday dinner with his parents, it being their wedding anniversary. Herschel and the children did chores while Clyde and wife were gone.
- Mrs. John LEE of Breese and son, John, who is stationed with the Navy in New York, spent Sunday with Mrs. Stella LEE.
April 1, 1954:
- Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY and Mrs. Charles BASSETT attended the funeral of their aunt, Effie LAMBORN in Vandalia, Wednesday.
- Benny D. BRASEL, Radarman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL, Kinmundy, and husband of the former Miss Betty L. MITCHELL of Farina, is serving aboard the light aircraft carrier, USS Saipan here. The Saipan is participating in exercise “Flag Hoist” conducted at Iwo Jima during the latter part of March. She is supplying close air support to amphibious units of the Pacific Fleet during the simulated attack on the strategic island. The Saipan is on a tour of duty in the far east with UN forces and is attached to the Blockading and Escort Task Force 95.
- While serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Rochester, Xon HANNA, radioman seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross HANNA, Kinmundy, participated in Operation Flag Hoist an amphibious training exercise on the island of Iwo Jima. The operation involved thousands of Navy and Marine Corps personnel. It afforded training and execution of an amphibious landing under realistic combat conditions. The training exercise took place 9 years after the capture of the small Pacific island. Japanese resistance ended March 16, 1945.
- The Methodist Church in Alma will begin a 2 week’s revival Sunday, Apr. 4 thru Sunday, Apr. 18. Rev. Donald HARMON of Steeleville will be the evangelist. Services will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. The pastor, Rev. Donald BLESSING gives a cordial invitation to everyone to attended these services.
- Mr. W.W. LOWE received word Sunday that little William Harry HART, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald HART, of Baltimore, Md., was released from the Hospital on March 28, where he had been an incubator baby since birth, Feb. 28. William Harry is a great-grandson of Mrs. LOWE.
- Marine Pfc. David HANNA is spending a few days delay enroute here with relatives. He will be stationed in California.
- Carl DUNLAP and John W. McCULLEY of A.C. DUNLAP & Son just returned from Columbus, Ohio, where they have been attending a heating and air conditioning school presented by the Lennox Furnace Co.
- Beryl KEEN was guest of honor at a party given by his mother, Mrs. George KEEN, March 25, honoring his 10th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY spent from Monday until Wednesday with her brother and family at Shobonier and attended the funeral of her sister-in-law, Effie LAMBORN.
- Guests at the home of Mrs. Wm. REYNOLDS Sunday in honor of her birthday and the birthday of her grandson, Paul McCLURE, of Los Angeles, Calif. were: Mr. and Mrs. E.A. McCLURE, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McCLURE and son, of Mason; John McCLURE of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil MILLER and daughter of Xenia; Robert SMITH and son of Crab Orchard, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. A.W. TRUEBLOOD of Taylorville. Mr. and Mrs. Fred ALEXANDER were afternoon callers.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet of Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL last Sunday evening.
- Swift School: Visitors in the Clyde BASSETT home this past week were Mrs. Pearl GARRETT, Mrs. Donna BEARD, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER, Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. Lora JONES, Mrs. James JONES, Emmit GRAY and daughter, Fern, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis O’DELL and daughter, Mrs. Wyona CROSLEY, Mrs. Donna ROBB and sons, Miss Patty GIGAR, Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and Diane, Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT.
- Swift School: Mrs. Frank GARRETT and daughter, Mrs. Bill BEARD and Mrs. Bob GREEN were in Centralia Tuesday afternoon on business.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Marjorie DEADMOND and Mrs. Nellie HIESTAND were hostesses to a nursery shower for Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE, Jr. Friday afternoon.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILKINSON and sons called at the Jim WILKINSON home Friday night. Jim is a patient in the hospital in St. Louis. Some neighbors and relatives met Saturday and sawed wood for them.
- Shriver School: Ellis WILKINSON will enter a St. Louis hospital Friday for an operation on his eye.
- Miletus: Tex, the 15-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Verle WHITE, drank some kerosene last Thursday. He was rushed to a doctor where he was given medical attention. He is much improved at this time.
April 8, 1954:
- Roy WILLIAMS, an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad, and a former resident of Alma, died last week in a hospital in Champaign following a heart attack. Services were held Thursday with interment in Alma Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons, Merle, of Peoria; Bobby of Champaign; and 1 daughter of Dayton, Ohio.
- Miss Beverly FEATHER and Charles HAWKEY went to Mt. Vernon Friday where they were married in the Lutheran Church. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Henry HASSEBROCK, uncle of the groom. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER of this city, and a senior in the local high school. The groom is the son of Mrs. Edna BURTON of St. Peter, and is employed by E.E. JAHRAUS.
- Mrs. J.B. MAXEY was hostess March 30 to a neighborhood group to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Wayne ROBB. On Friday morning, these same neighbors gathered in the home of Mrs. Edgar JONES to celebrate her belated birthday. Both Mrs. ROBB and Mrs. JONES were given a handkerchief shower. Those present were: Mrs. Edgar JONES, Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mrs. Gail WOOTERS and daughter, Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, Mrs. Carl B. VALLOW and sons, Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mrs. J. Lem BALLANCE and Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY.
- The State Mobile X-Ray Unit will be in Kinmundy at the Express office on Friday. So bring your neighbor and come in for a free chest x-ray.
- Funeral services were held from the Zion Methodist Church in Foster twp. on Saturday for Marshall SOUTIER, 85, a life-long resident of that twp. He died Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Loren JOHNSON in McLeansboro. He had been ill for the past year, and critical for the past 3 months. Services were conducted by Rev. Cecil LOWE, of Eldorado, and interment made in Jones Cemetery in Foster twp. Mr. SOUTIER was employed by the State for 32 years, first as a clerk in the House of Representatives, then as a guard in the treasurer’s office, and then as custodian of the House of Representatives. In 1950, he was forced to retire on account of his age. He was born in Foster twp. to John K. and Elizabeth C. SOUTIER. In 1915, he married Edith A. ARNOLD, who died in 1945. He leaves 1 son: Louie, of Foster twp.; 2 daughters, Miss Kathryn SOUTIER of Patoka, and Mrs. Mary Dell JOHNSON of McLeansboro; 1 brother, Charlie, of Deer Lodge, Mont. 2 sisters, Mrs. Effie CARTER of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Lewis SCHNEPEL of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 6 grandchildren.
- Mrs. Cecelia AVERY, 58, died march 30 in Park Lane Hospital, St. Louis, while undergoing an emergency operation for a ruptured appendix. Services were held Friday from the First Church of God in West Frankfort, Ill., and interment made there. She is survived by her husband, Rev. H.R. AVERY, and one son, William, both of St. Louis. For several years Rev. AVERY was pastor of the local Church of God before being called to a Church in St. Louis.
- Arthur TELFORD, 84, of Kell died Sunday in Quincy and the body brought here and prepared for burial. Services were held Tuesday from the Romine Presbyterian Church south of Salem and interment made in the County Line Cemetery. The deceased is the father of Mrs. Paul HANNA, a former resident of this city.
- Local Fire Fighters meet with Alma Village Board: Advantages of a Fire Protection District were explained to the Board of Trustees in Alma Monday night by P.H. ROBNETT, spokesman for the Kinmundy Volunteer Fire Dept. Recent fires in Alma and territory surrounding Kinmundy have pointed to the need of a full scale operation to give both towns and surrounding rural areas needed protection. Some of the Trustees were unhappy with the Salem Fire Dept. due to the delay they had in getting to them to answer a call at two burning homes in Alma Saturday night. The Kinmundy volunteers answered the call immediately, but the Salem group arrived much later because no one would guarantee payment if they made the run. An attempt was made by a citizen present to defend the delay on Salem’s part. He pointed out that the citizens of Salem paid taxes to their dept. and should be entitled to compensation. Earl ALLMON, clerk of the board, pointed out that the same applied in the case of Kinmundy, but that there had been no delay in their answering the call due to bickering for money. Fleeta ORR, a resident of Alma, suggested that public suppers be given to raise a fund which would be available to the Salem Dept. when they made calls. The majority of the Board seemed to be interested in the formation of such a district and were interested in the low tax rate needed to maintain such a district. President GAMMON appointed a committee consisting of O.V. GRAGG, Cecil SHREFFLER, and Jack WILLIAMS to meet with representatives of rural and Kinmundy groups in the promotion and investigation of the proposed district.
- Alma Home Burned: Mrs. Amanda HIGGINS, an elderly Alma lady, is in the Salem Hospital suffering from minor burns and shock after her home was destroyed by fire Saturday evening at 8:30. The origin of the fire which completely destroyed the two room house is unknown. The flames also caught the home of J.O. ARNOLD, burning the roof and a good deal of the house before the fire was brought under control by the Kinmundy Fire Dept. The Kinmundy boys were handicapped on account of the lack of water. Practically nothing could be done after the emergency tank was emptied until P.H. ROBNETT arrived with a tank of water. After being assured a fee for making the run, the Salem fire department answered the call with 3 trucks.
- Lawrence R. “Bud” DYER, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John N. DYER, was recently promoted to Sergeant while serving with the 306th Engineer Dump Truck Co. in Korea. He is a platoon leader in the company which hauls bulk materials for construction projects of the 32nd Engineer Group. Overseas since March 1953, he entered the army Sept. 1952, and completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. In civilian life, DYER was employed by the Valley Steel Inc., Centralia.
- Saturday afternoon several friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN honoring the new members of that family, Jeanne and Johnnie. Many useful gifts and several toys were received by the honorees. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Charles ALDRICH, formerly of Alma, died Sunday in Danville, and the body brought here for burial. Services were held Wednesday from the Methodist Church in Alma with interment in Allmon Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Scott HANKS have a son born March 31 in Salem Hospital.
- Ellis WILKINSON entered McMillan Hospital in St. Louis Friday where he had a minor eye operation.
- Three Salem youths and one Mt. Vernon youth are being held in the Marion county jail following their disclosure of theft at several Marion County farms and business houses. One youth confessed to the March 9th robbery of Herbert VANDEVEER’s home in which it is reported he and another of the boys stole tools, cans of motor oil and fishing equipment valued at $300. One of the other youths is implicated in the breaking into of Ingram’s Elevator and stealing a table radio. Warrants against the 4, charges them with 4 separate robberies including the two above plus robbery of the Salem Pool Hall and East Nation School, east of Centralia. In addition, one boy reported gasoline thefts from farmers in Marion, Jefferson and Fayette counties. One report states that 3 of the boys along with 2 girls were stopped by officers in Kentucky because their car didn’t have license plates. They were returned to Marion county where the thefts were disclosed. Much of the loot was recovered in the farm house south of Centralia. Other items had been sold by the boys to people all over the county, and 2 Odin and Sandoval businessmen were reported to have received some of the stolen property. One of the gang accompanied officers to different places all over the county and some of the loot was recovered. VANDEVEER reports that he recovered his fishing tackle, some tools, log chain, and other items, but is not as yet in possession of an electric drill the gang stole. At one place where officers had stopped to reclaim some of the stolen property, one of the boys reportedly told the officers they had sold a new tire previously to the man. While he was bargaining with the boys for this tire, another boy stole the man’s spare tire. Later they returned to the man and sold him his own spare tire.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billie SHAFFER, of Waukegan, have a baby daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Jim BRIM are the paternal great-grandparents.
- Primary Ballots for the Republican and Democrat parties were included.
- Shriver School: Ellis WILKINSON is getting along better. He underwent an eye operation for the removal of a cataract
April 15, 1954:
- According to the unofficial returns from the County Clerk’s Office, Wednesday morning, on the Republican ticket, Robert M. NICHOLAS was nominated for County Clerk over Robert Delbert STOAFER and Orville T. BOUNDS; William D. “Bill” HOSKINSON was nominated for Sheriff over C.R. “Ray” KNOX; and Mabin BESANT for County Treasurer over Dorothy P. FENNER. On the Democrat ticket: Max BRASEL was nominated for County Clerk over Arnold “Tater” TATE; Homer LEWELLEN for Sheriff over Marshall WILLIAMS, H.E. “Stony” VOGT, Jr.; Bryan PITTS, Clarence “Tib” WOOLBRIGHT, and D.E. “Doc” GARRISON; and Cleveland RIPPY for County Treasurer over Herschel CAMPBELL and Leslie NOLLER.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.M. McCARTY of Mode, Ill., have a baby daughter born Apr. 1 named Vickie Viann. She is a granddaughter of Mr. J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY attended a Golden Wedding reception at Rosmond, Ill., Sunday for Mr. and Mrs. Edgar BASS, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
- A very quiet school election was held Saturday afternoon and P.H. ROBNETT of Kinmundy and Mont RITTER of Omega were re-elected as members of the Board of Education of District No. 301. There were 37 votes cast in Kinmundy, 27 in Alma and 12 in Omega.
- 378 persons had chest x-rays taken by the State Mobile X-Ray Unit in Kinmundy.
- Honored on Birthday: Dinner guests at the Bert GARRETT home Sunday, in honor of Mrs. GARRETT’s birthday, were Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and Shari, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carrol GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and son.
- Robert BEARD was rushed to the Vandalia Hospital Wednesday morning following an acute attack of stomach ulcers. He was returned home Friday and is still confined to his bed.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB have a son born Apr. 10 in Salem Hospital.
- Harry BOYD had the misfortune of having a fish hook caught in the corner of his eye Monday afternoon. He was taken to the Salem Hospital to have it removed. Luckily his sight was unimpaired.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle NULL of Louisville, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS of Salem, were supper guests of Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS Saturday in honor of the latter’s birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT spent last Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike DEADMOND. It was Mrs. Sammy LOWE’s birthday.
Apr. 22, 1954:
- Charles GAMMON Retires After Serving 44 Years as I.C. Telegrapher: Chas. GAMMON went to Chicago on Apr. 9 where he handed in his resignation as a telegrapher at the Kinmundy tower. His last day of work was on March 31. Then he took 2 weeks vacation to work with his flowers. While on his vacation, he tendered his resignation. Mr. GAMMON became 65 years of age last July, which entitled him to a pension from the Illinois Central Railroad. As far as his health is concerned, he could have stayed on the job for a good many more years. But Mr. GAMMON said that he wanted to do a few things while his health is still good. For several years, Mr. GAMMON has had a hobby of growing flowers. He has just finished with his harvest of daffodils and narcissus. Next will come his peonies. Mr. GAMMON began his career as a telegrapher in his hometown, Alma. He paid the sum of $50 to the late C.M. SEE for his schooling in this profession. After spending about a year in the depot at Alma, his first paid job came on Jan. 4, 1907 when he began to serve as extra operator. Mr. GAMMON has worked as an operator at Galton, Pesotum, Odin, Champaign Yards, Tonti, Alma, Kinmundy Tower, Laclede, Mason, Effingham, Aetna, Dorina, Arcola, Savoy and Hayes. For the past 42 years, he has worked at the Kinmundy Tower. Mr. and Mrs. GAMMON, formerly Bessie STONER, of Alma, have 3 children, Rex, of Pontiac, Mich., Wilma JACKSON of Clinton, and Fred of Kinmundy. They have 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack PFEFFER have a daughter born Apr. 9 in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis named Janice. Mrs. Ed DOOLEN is the maternal grandmother.
- The Allen Wildcats 4-H Club met Apr. 12 in the home of our leader, Herbert ANDERSON. They were organized with the following officers: Jimmie COURSON, President; Suzanne HIESTAND, Vice President; Frances HIESTAND, Sec-Treas.; Lee STOCK, Reporter. The next meeting will be held with Hazel ALLPHIN Apr. 26.
- The first meeting of the Top Producers 4-H Club was held at the home of Gary KLINE Apr. 14. The following officers were elected for next year: President, Morris MAXEY; Vice Pres., Leon DISS; Sec., Charles WILLIAMS; Reporter, Jim HUDDLESTON; Recreation Chairman, Jim DISS; Junior Leader, Gary KLINE. - The next meeting will be held Apr. 28 at the home of Jim HUDDLESTON.
- Keith SPROAT of Oskaloosa, address Xenia, Ill., a student of the Lincoln Bible School, Lincoln, Ill., is the pastor of the Brown Christian Church in Omega Twp., as well as the Oak Mound Christian Church in Clay county. At the Brown Church, preaching services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays with a community sing being held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings. Sunday School is held every Sunday at 10:00; Worship Service is at 11:00; Christian Endeavor 6:30, and Evening Worship is at 7:30.
- Rosco OLDEN was honored Sunday on his 70th birthday with a dinner at his home. Dinner guests were Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son of Tolono, Mr. and Mrs. Leland OLDEN and children of Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER and Peggy Sue, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and son of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Glen INGRAM of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children, and Alva OLDEN. Mr. and Mrs. Claude FEAR of Farina called in the afternoon.
- The Band Parents held their monthly meeting in the music room of the high school on April 12 with a good attendance. The meeting was opened by the president, Carl BROEKER, followed by a prayer by Mrs. Virgil SEE. We now have a Grade Band for the Unit consisting of 50 members and a Kinmundy-Alma Unit Band, a combination of grade and high school students. A spring concert is being planned. Billy SEE was awarded the prize for selling the most calendars and getting the most birthdays, and Quentin ROBNETT for the most advertising. The newly elected officers are: Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, President; Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, Vice President; Mrs. Lura ROBNETT, Recording Secretary; Mrs. William LUX, Corresponding Secretary; and Virgil SEE, Treasurer. The Band parents are now saving the blue stars on Folgers coffee and labels on all sizes instant coffee to get a free 48-cup coffee maker for the organization. Refreshments of coffee and sandwiches were served by Mrs. Charles LOWE, Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, and Mrs. Glen BRASEL.
- The P.T.A. opened it’s regular meeting Apr. 19 with the song “America the Beautiful”. The following officers were elected for the coming year: President - Mrs. Howard HAMMER; Vice President - Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER; Secretary - Mrs. Burdette BRASEL; Treasurer - Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. Jesse GEORGE is the program chairman. Mr. O’DELL announced an open house will be held separately from the P.T.A. meeting on May 7.
- The first meeting of the Kinmundy Wide Awake 4-H Club was held at the Gene ERNST home on April 16. Don JONES and John David CHARLTON were the new members present. The officers elected for the coming year are: Rosa Lee PARRILL, President; Warren SHUFELDT, Vice President; Betty ERNST, Secretary; Charles ERNST, Recreation Chairman; Robert SHUFELDT, Reporter. The next meeting will be held at the Irvin PARRILL home on May 7.
- Mrs. O’DELL was called to Herrin Tuesday morning on account of the death of her father, John WILSON, 78, who had been in ill health for quite some time. On Thursday, the O’DELL family attended the funeral, which was conducted by the Rev. Heber BURGE from the Methodist Church with interment in Herrin Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY entertained several members of their family at their home Sunday in honor of the April birthdays. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY and daughter of Mode, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY and daughter, and Shirley LOGAN of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Bob HAMMOND and children of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Morris McCARTY and son of Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Edward KINCAID and children of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Charles JENKINS of Joliet; Mrs. Helen McCARTY and son of HARVEY, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and family, Mr. J.C. McCARTY, Mrs. Keith CHANCE and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY, of Kinmundy.
- Miss Loretta DISS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS of Kinmundy, came the bride of Wayne O. BRANDT, son of the late William BRANDT and Mrs. BRANDT of St. Peter, on Apr. 17, 1954. They were attended by Donna SCHOOLEY and Carrol SCHEER. Rev. L.J. WYSSMAN officiated. Following the ceremony, a reception was given for the wedding party which included the immediate members of the bride’s and groom’s families. Miss Shirley HOWELL and Mrs. Glenn DREWES served the cake and punch. Mrs. BRANDT is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. class of 54. Mr. BRANDT is a graduate of the LaGrove H.S. and is now employed as a telegrapher for the Illinois Central R.R. They are at home in one of the ROBNETT apartments in Kinmundy.
- Glen BUTTS reenlisted Monday for 3 years service in the armed forces. He is stationed in Camp Carson, Colo.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ROBB of Decatur and Aunt Liz ATKINS were dinner guests Wednesday at Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT. They all called on Mr. and Mrs. Sam ARNOLD in the afternoon.
- Swift School: Charles Lee FORD and children attended a birthday dinner for George FEATHER Sunday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. O.M. CONANT Sunday night.
- Meacham: We are glad to report little David SIMMONS was released from Jewish Hospital in St. Louis last Sunday and returned home by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold SIMMONS.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Roy NEAL of Meacham, Johnnie NEAL and family of Charleston, and Andrew NEAL and family of Sadorus spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Freddie NEAL and family of Champaign, helping Freddie celebrate his birthday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Roy YOUNG attended the funeral of her brother, F.G. ANOE, who died at his home in Harvey recently.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW visited Allen and Omega schools Monday presenting each pupil in the 5th grade and up with a Gideon Bible.
April 29, 1954:
- The Alma and Kinmundy Methodist Men groups held a joint meeting Tuesday evening in the Alma Church. There were 17 Alma members and 28 Kinmundy members present. The meeting was presided over by G.E. SHREFFLER, president of the Kinmundy group. The two groups had a group singing, and scripture reading by John FULTON and Burdette BRASEL. Then the groups separated and had their business meetings. In the Kinmundy meeting, the election of officers were held as follows: President - Burdette BRASEL; Vice President - Charles JOHNSON; Sec./Treas. - George FEATHER.
- Mrs. Paul SWIFT entertained 16 boys and girls Sunday to a birthday party for her son, Mark, who was 9 years old. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The schools of Kinmundy-Alma have again won honors in the National Poetry Contest. The recipients were: Charles BUNDY, Richard BOYD, Donna COLLET, Janet ARNOLD, Sam SADLER, Wanda GARRETT, Pat JOHNSON, and Kaye GREENWOOD. Kaye’s poem, “The River” received special mention because of it’s superiority. Similar awards were presented to students in Mrs. JACKSON’s room at the Alma School. They are: Joyce SMITH, Viola POWELL and Donald HENKEN.
- Miss Kathleen O’DELL, an 8th grade student, participated in a Grade School Solo Contest on her clarinet which was held Apr. 2 at Fairfield school. This selection won first State Superior, which will enable her to go to the State Solo contest on May 7. Another student who deserves honorable mention was Billy Dean SEE. He won 2nd place in the contest. (A picture of Kathleen was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE have received word from their son, Carl, that he landed Apr. 13 on Okinawa, where he will be stationed for awhile.
- AC3 Harvey CURRY, who has recently returned from Korea, is visiting a few days with his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha CURRY, before reporting to Tinker Field, Okla.
- Among the 1,871 outstanding Univ. of Ill. students to be honored for scholarship Friday are 2 graduates from Kinmundy H.S., Helen L. ROBNETT and David M. SCHOONOVER.
- Lemuel Oscar LEWIS, son of Moses and Louisa LEWIS, was born in Bible Grove Twp., on Feb. 27, 1869, and died Kinmundy at the home of his daughter on Apr. 23, 1954. On Apr. 1, 1894, he married Miss Martha McGEE. They had 2 children: Mrs. Maud BROWN of Kinmundy, and Dr. Claud LEWIS of St. Cloud, Minn. Mr. LEWIS was a member of the Bible Grove Christian Church, and at the time of his death, he was the only living member who could remember the erection of the present house of worship with all the hardships and difficulties encountered in the construction. Until moving to Kinmundy, he had served on the Board of the Church for many years. He served his township as Road Commissioner for two terms, also as town clerk for many years and other offices. He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 16, 1937. Also by 1 brother, James LEWIS; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Laura CALVERT and Mrs. Lydia COTERRELL. He is survived by his 2 children, and 1 sister, Mrs. Dema BOOS of Flora. Services were held Apr. 26 at the Neil Funeral Home in Louisville, with his nephew, Rev. Tom McGEE of Patoka, officiating. Interment in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville.
- Mrs. Glen HAMPSTEN entertained at a party for her daughter, Lois Jean’s 3rd birthday Saturday afternoon. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Fred KLEISS entered the Salem Hospital Sunday morning for observation. He suffered a heart attack.
- Miss Betty FORD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George FORD, who is employed in LaGrange, left Friday by plane to visit her sister, Miss Fern FORD in Washington, D.C.
- Chas. GAMMON, who retired as telegraph operator from the Illinois Central Railroad on April 9th after 45 years service, had his picture included this week.
- Charles A. ELDER, 89, the man who made and lost millions in pioneer Los Angeles real estate development, died alone in a little frame house in Highland Park. Police said he burned to death when he fell asleep with a cigarette in his hand. His widow, Vesta, told officials he slept in the smaller house adjoining his home because he liked to study at night. Born in Illinois and an architectural student in Paris, he came to Los Angeles in 1895. His flair for architecture led him and his associates to build many homes - “streets full of them”. His company, the Los Angeles Investment Co., of which he was president, was engaged in a stock holders’ war in 1913, when he became the center of the battle. After his tussle with the stockholders, he entered a small real estate business from which he retired in 1949. Besides his widow, he leaves 3 daughters and a sister. The above clipping from the Los Angeles Herald on Apr. 23, was sent to us by our good friend, James W. BLAKESLEE, of Los Angeles. We are sorry to hear of the death of Mr. ELDER, who was born and reared in Kinmundy.
- Miletus: Several relatives and friends with well filled baskets met to help Mrs. Dicey YATES celebrate her birthday at her home April 25.
- Swift School: Miss Judy ROBB spent Thursday night with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Buster BENDER and Barbara of Centralia, visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT Sunday afternoon.
- Lt. and Mrs. Gene NICHOLAS, of San Angelo, Texas, visited Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON.
- Bro. and Mrs. Everett THOMPSON and children of Deland, were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS over the weekend. Bro. THOMPSON preached Sunday morning and evening in the Christian Church.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, of near Alma, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
May 6, 1954:
- Mrs. Darrell DISS was hostess at a bridal shower given in her home in honor of Mrs. Wayne BRANT, the former Miss Loretta DISS, Apr. 27th. There were 22 guests present.
- Mr. R.E. DAVIS of Alma, who has been the depot agent here for the Illinois Central since the retirement of E. WORMLEY last October, has moved to the tower to the first trick position made vacant by the resignation of Chas. GAMMON. The position of station agent is now being “bulletined”. It is in our understanding that in all probability, Raymond MAULDING, now agent at Farina, will be the logical one to receive the next position.
- Several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS Friday in honor of their son, Mark’s first birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The A.O. CHARLTON farm consisting of 63½ acres, which was sold at public auction Saturday in order to settle the estate, was purchased by Sam LOWE. Later a deal was consummated whereby Mr. LOWE sold 28½ acre part, which lies south of the road and contains all of the buildings, to Bert GARRETT. Mr. LOWE will retain the 35 acres north of the road and plans to erect a new house on it in the near future.
- The Board of Education of Kinmundy-Alma Unit District have started to complete plans for a building program which will be submitted to voters May 22. The proposals call for remodeling and new construction at the Alma School to the amount of $80,000, construction of a 10 or 12 room elementary building at Kinmundy for $140,000 and a gym on the high school for $80,000.
- The birthday of Mrs. Burdette MAXEY was celebrated Apr. 16 in the home of Mrs. Edgar JONES with a coffee and handkerchief shower. Apr. 28th, Mrs. Gail WOOTERS was honored with a coffee and handkerchief shower in her home for her birthday. May 3 the neighbors gathered at the home of Mrs. John STOCKER to celebrate her birthday. Those attending the above mentioned were Mesdames J.B. MAXEY, Lewella NEATHERY, John STOCKER, Carl VALLOW, Charles BASSETT, Fred SEE, Gail WOOTERS, Stella BALLANCE, Wayne ROBB, and Edgar JONES. Mrs. J.N. VALLOW was present for Mrs. MAXEY’s and Mrs. WOOTER’s parties, but illness prevented her from attending Mrs. STOEKER’s.
- The Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club held their first regular meeting Apr. 23 at the home of our leader, Mr. Irvin PARRILL. Officers elected were: President - Donna COPPLE; Vice President - Rosalyn LOWE; Sec. - Sue ERNST; Reporter - Ada BRASEL; Farina Reporter - Rosa Lee PARRILL; Recreation - Myra KESSLER. - Denver Edgar WILKINSON, son of Edd and Abbie JONES WILKINSON, was born Dec. 3, 1870 in Meacham twp., and died Apr. 27, 1954. He married Miss Myrtle MINOR, and they had 2 children. One daughter, Lela FLANNAGAN of Odin, and one son, Claude, who died in infancy. On Nov. 21, 1897, he married Miss Mary Ellen BUTTS and they had 7 children: Leslie, Lila STALLONS, Lora GENTRY, Lona TATE, Lucille GIGAR, all of Kinmundy; Woodrow of Chistney, Ind.; and 1 daughter, Louie, who died in infancy. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for several years and lived in Marion county most of his life. He leaves his wife and children; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Ada SONGER of Kankakee; and 3 brothers, Dorros of Mattoon, Ellis of Kinmundy, and Roy of Centralia. Two sisters and 4 brothers preceded him in death. Services were held Thursday from the Linton Funeral Chapel with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating and burial in Phillips Cemetery.
- Judge McMACKIN has set a date of the hearing on the proposed Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection district for June 8th. It is designed to establish the boundaries of the proposed district.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl CURTIS of Mattoon have a son born May 3 named Mark. Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG are the maternal grandparents.
- Cpl. Earl D. HUDDLESTON, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl HUDDLESTON, of Kinmundy, will move to Yakima, Wash. firing center this month to participate in Exercise Hill Top with the 44th Infantry Division. Cpl. HUDDLESTON, whose wife Maraladene, lives in Tacoma, Wash., is a gunner assigned to the division’s 123rd Regiment at Ft. Lewis. He entered the Army in Jan. 1953.
May 13, 1954:
- Final arrangements were made Friday night for the submission of a building plan to the voters of Kinmundy-Alma school district. The plan will be voted upon May 22, and there will be several meetings around the district to explain the proposals. There are 7 propositions to vote on as to the different buildings to add and remodel at the district due to overcrowding.
- Robert E. LEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. John LEE of Breese, is a high honor student at Eastern Illinois State College. He attended 2 years of high school in Edgewood, and finished at Effingham. He is married, and he and his wife are living on the campus in trailer city. He will leave the 1st of June for military service. Mrs. Stella LEE, of our city, is the grandmother.
- Miss Amy Jo LEMAY was surprised Monday when several of her friends gathered at her home in honor of her 11th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Merle JACKSON received word Thursday of the death of her father in St. Joseph, Mich. She left immediately to be with her family. Mr. JACKSON left Sunday and will accompany her home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wally BARBER of San Diego, Cal. have a son born May 7 named Sammy Dale.
- Donnie COLEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don COLEE, had the misfortune of accidentally spilling Vapor Cresolene Acid on his left arm, from his wrist to his elbow. He was rushed to the Doctor’s office and received treatment.
- A picture was included from the Southern Illinois Editorial Association of 13 past presidents which included J.N. VALLOW of Kinmundy.
- Wayne MULVANEY, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleo MULVANEY, returned home Thursday from the Chicago Research Hospital where he had been a patient for 5 weeks. He had undergone a hip operation.
- Rev. and Mrs. COMER and daughter left Monday in answer to a message announcing the death of Rev. COMER’s mother, Mrs. Violet COMER, at her home in Fay, Okla. She had been ill for quite some time.
- Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS attended a stork shower for Leta MAZANEK in Alma at the home of Mrs. Lloyd WEEKS on Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Pupils of the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades of Omega and Allen Schools and their teachers, Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON and Mrs. Anna BALLANCE gave a farewell party for the 8th grade graduates Friday night and a potluck supper at Allen School.
- Miletus (from last week): Grover FOGERSON was severally injured April 24 in an accident on his farm. He was taken to Salem Hospital by Linton’s ambulance for x-rays. It was found he had 6 broken ribs. He returned home the same day.
- (From last week): Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS, Russell and Raymond SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE, of Kinmundy; Mrs. Eugene COSBY, Mr. and Mrs. Bob CASPER and son, Larry, of South Bend, Ind.; attended the funeral of Mr. HELPINGSTINE’s brother, W.W. HELPINGSTINE in Centralia, Monday.
- (From last week): Dr. and Mrs. Claud LEWIS returned to their home in St. Cloud, Minn. Saturday after spending a week with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey BROWN. He was called here by the death of his father, Mr. L.O. LEWIS.
- (From last week): Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye attended the funeral of her grandfather, E.C. SCHAUFELBERGER, Sr., in Greenville, Sunday. Others from here attending were Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG and children.
- West, Alat; In Memoriam of our wife, mother and grandmother, who died 5 years ago, May 7th. Sadly missed by husband, children, and grandchildren.
May 20, 1954:
- The sketches of the proposed building additions in the Kinmundy-Alma school district were printed and more information about the proposals.
- On May 8, the following students were chosen from our band played in a music festival on the football field of S.I.N.U. at Carbondale: Kathleen O’DELL, Louis MAXEY, Billy SEE, Karen JONES, John DOOLEN and Keith DISS.
- The program for the Kinmundy-Alma High School Baccalaureate Service at the gym on May 23rd was printed and included: Processional - Madonna BLESSING; Invocation - Rev. A. Vance COMER; Hymn by Congregation - Directed by G.E. SHREFFLER; Vocal solo - Louise HAUTH; Sermon - Rev. Donald L. BLESSING; Song, “America” - Directed by G.E. SHREFFLER; Benediction - Rev. A. Vance COMER; Recessional - Madonna BLESSING.
- The Eighth Grade Commencement of the Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit on May 25th was printed with the following program: Processional - School Band, Director Carl BROEKER; Invocation - Rev. A Vance COMER; Songs - Chorus with Director Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE; Address - J. Lester BUFORD, Supt. of Mt. Vernon City Schools; Piano Solo - Helen BROWN; Presentation of Diplomas - P.H. ROBNETT; Benediction - Rev. Donald BLESSING. The following were included on the class roll: Barbara Joann ALLEN, Elsa Jane ARNOLD, Mary Alice BEARD, Ronald Dean BEARD, Margaret Ruth BOUSEMAN, Shirley Mae BREWER, Mary BRIMBERRY, Charley Quinten BUTTS, Marvin Roy CARTER, Ronny Maurice COBB, James Russell COURSON, Richard Ralph DEADMOND, Ruth Ann DUKE, George Leon EBLIN, Carolyn Sue GARRETT, Barbara Sue GRAGG, Barbara Kaye HAMMER, Mark Douglas HANKS, Robert Dale HANKS, Lyman Eugene HARRELL, Donald Roy HENKEN, Larry Wayne HESKETT, Patricia Ann HINES, Marilyn Kay HOWELL, Virginia Mae JAHRAUS, Eugene Edward KENLEY, David Allen KIRGAN, Ronald Lee LANE, William Louis MAXEY, Frank METCALF, Judith Ann MULVANEY, Paul David NORRIS, Kathleen Mildred O’DELL, John Wesley PERKINS, Billy Dwayne PHILLIPS, Elinor Maxine POTTER, John Harrison PUFFER, Barbara Jean ROSE, Bennie SADLER, Charles Thomas SANDERS, Robert Keith SCHWABE, Billy Dean SEE, Dorothy Elaine SHAFFER, Mary Alice SHULER, Sarah Mae SIDENER, Rudolph DuWayne SLANE, Dorothy Alice SMITH, Joyce Genelle SMITH, William Larry SULLIVAN, Teddy Joe TROUT, Edith Alta WEST, Lowell Edmund WHITE, Charles Lindell WILCOXEN, Paul Lewis WILKINS, Virginia Lorraine WILSON, Charles Howard WINKS, Nancy Joann WISHER, Nolan DeLane WOODEN, Phyllis WOOTERS, Darrell Duane YATES.
- The winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest are: Class 1, which is 4th, 5th, and 6th graders: Pauline SILL, 1st prize $1; Charles LUX, 2nd prize 50 cents; Sue ERNST, 3rd prize - 25 cents; Other entries who received candy bars were Phillip SILL, Ruth Ann EAGAN, Mary Susan HARVEY, Jerry GRAY, Dale JAHRAUS, Carolyn MORRIS, and David LINTON. Class II, which were 7th and 8th graders were: Billy Dean SEE, 1st prize $1; Ada BRASEL, 2nd prize 50 cents; Jeanette BRIMBERRY, 2nd prize 50 cents; Brenda GRAY, 3rd prize 25 cents; Ella Louise HARVEY, 3rd prize 25 cents. Other entries receiving candy bars were Linda JENKINS and Rosalie GARDEN.
- Pvt. Joseph R. POLANKA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph POLANKA of Alma, is taking part in Exercise Spearhead, a large-scale training maneuver being held this month at Ft. Hood, Texas. Pvt. POLANKA, a radar operator in Headquarters Battery of the 91st Armored Artillery Battalion, worked for the Caterpillar Co. in Peoria before entering the Army last September.
- Memorial services will be held at the shed at Sandy Branch on Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. Rev. REETER, who for the past 25 years has been Pastor of the Pentecostal Church at Vandalia, will be the speaker.
- Msgt and Mrs. George SHREFFLER of Limestone, Maine, have a daughter born May 14. Mr. and Mrs. C.L. SHREFFLER of Alma are the paternal grandparents.
- Charles GEORGE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE, underwent a tonsillectomy in the Salem Hospital May 17.
- Raymond ATKINS was elected President of the Kinmundy Lions Club at their regular meeting Wednesday. Kenneth JASPER was re-elected to the secretary post, and C.R. ALDERSON was re-elected treasurer. Others elected were Harvey HANNA - first vice president; John PIPER - second vice president; Carl DUNLAP - third vice president; G.E. SHREFFLER - Lion Tamer; C.F. GAMMON and George FEATHER - Directors. Jesse GEORGE, retiring president of the group, was given a citation of thanks from the group.
- Infant Son Dies: William Louie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy George WALSH of Salem was born Wednesday at Salem Hospital and lived only a few hours. Services were held Thursday at Eastlawn Cemetery. Mrs. WALSH was formerly Joan JEZEK of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HART of Lynchburg, Va., have a son, Wm. DEAN, Jr., born May 17. Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER are the great-grandparents.
- Miss Kathleen O’DELL, daughter of Supt. and Mrs. L.J.T. O’DELL participated in the Grade Solo contest on Apr. 2 with a clarinet solo. This won her first and enabled her to go to Herrin and enter the State contest on May 7. Again she won a first rating. Kathleen is the first band member to enter the State Contest. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Pfc. Gene BAILEY of Scott Field spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Sunday visitors at the Pearl ROSE home were listed. A potluck dinner was held with a birthday cake with 1 candle in honor of Jackie’s 1st birthday, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE.
- Pvt. George HOYT of Ft. Bliss, Texas is spending a 13 day furlough with relatives and friends in Salem and Kinmundy before reporting to Ft. Tiden, New York.
- Dinner guests Sunday at the home of John McCULLEY in honor of John’s birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY, Dorothy McCULLEY, Carl THOMS, and Revis BRASEL, who was the guest minister at the Christian Church Sunday morning and evening.
- In memoriam of husband and father and son, Earl OUTHOUSE, who died May 22, 1953.
May 27, 1954:
- Voters Approve $300,000 Bond Issue for New School Buildings But Reject Site: Voters of the Kinmundy-Alma Unit School District gave approval to 6 of the 7 propositions voted on at the special election Saturday. Falling by 4 votes was the site for the new 12 room elementary building to be constructed at Kinmundy. The propositions approved gave approval for building the new building at Kinmundy, additions to the Alma School and additions to the present Kinmundy school, and the issuance of $300,000 in bonds to defray the cost of the construction. The site voted down was the south part of what is commonly known as the J.N. VALLOW farm. This tract of land lays south of the Louisville road at the east corporate limits of the City of Kinmundy. Following is the vote recorded.
Proposition 1 (Site)
Kinmundy: Yes - 244 ; No - 304
Alma Yes - 179 ; No - 117
Omega Yes - 38 ; No - 43
Total 461 464
Proposition 2 (New building at Kinmundy)
Kinmundy: Yes - 380 ; No - 165
Alma Yes - 214 ; No - 78
Omega Yes - 44 ; No - 38
Total 638 281
Proposition 3 ($140,000 bonds for new building)
Kinmundy: Yes - 370 ; No - 181
Alma Yes - 212 ; No - 78
Omega Yes - 41 ; No - 38
Total 623 297
Proposition 4 (Addition to Alma School)
Kinmundy: Yes - 395 ; No - 156
Alma Yes - 231 ; No - 66
Omega Yes - 40 ; No - 39
Total 666 261
Proposition 5 ($80,000 bonds for addition to Alma School)
Kinmundy: Yes - 374 ; No - 171
Alma Yes - 227 ; No - 71
Omega Yes - 40 ; No - 40
Total 641 282
Proposition 6 (Addition to Kinmundy School)
Kinmundy: Yes - 371 ; No - 178
Alma Yes - 205 ; No - 82
Omega Yes - 43 ; No - 38
Total 619 298
Proposition 7 ($80,000 bonds for addition to the Kinmundy school)
Kinmundy: Yes - 364 ; No - 187
Alma Yes - 203 ; No - 82
Omega Yes - 43 ; No - 38
Total 610 307
Also in School board business was the resignation of Dode LANGHAM, agriculture teacher, as he is planning to return to school and extend his education. The contracts of 2 new high school teachers were approved. They are Mr. and Mrs. S.E. BENNETT who have been teaching at Royalton.
- John DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN, has been named salutatorian of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. graduating class. He plans to enter college this fall. (A picture was included.)
- Mrs. Bob JOHNSON of Salem was guest of honor at a birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB Monday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY, Bob JOHNSON of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard GRAY of Brownstown.
- Pvt. Carl B. LANE, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil LANE, Kinmundy, is serving with the Army on Okinawa. He is a member of Heavy Mortar Company in the 29th Regimental Combat Team. He entered the Army in April 1953, and completed basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
- The Program for High School Commencement was printed. Processional - School Band; Invocation - Rev. A. Vance COMER; Salutatorian - John DOOLEN; Special Music - Junior Girls; Address - Dr. C.C. LOEW, Supt. of Schools, Urbana, Ill.; Valedictorian - Kaye GREENWOOD; Presentation of Class - Supt. Lewis J.T. O’DELL; Presentation of Diplomas - P.H. ROBNETT, President, Board of Education; Presentation of Awards - Supt. Lewis J.T. O’DELL; Benediction - Rev. Donald L. BLESSING; Recessional - School Band. Class of 1954: Beatrice Leoan ALLPHIN, Shirley Ann BAILEY, Paula SMITH BARKSDALE, Dale Ernest BASSETT, Loretta DISS BRANDT, Neil Richard BRASEL, Gladys BRIMBERRY, Darrell Duane CHANCE, Rena June CRAIN, Nancy DEADMOND, Beverly Eileen DeFORDE, Orville Leroy DISS, John Gilbert DOOLEN, Shirley Jasper DREWES, Olive Lucille FRADENBURG, Robert Andrew GAMMON, Delores Ann GARRETT, Bonnie Jane GRAY, Kaye Elaine GREENWOOD, Jack Dean GRIFFIN, Linda Jo Ann HANKS, Beverly FEATHER HAWKEY, Johnny Dale HENKE, Connie Joe HOYT, Shirley Jean HOWELL, Gearl Wayne LOGUE, James Ray LUX, James Walter McHATTON, Wanda Mae PILMAN, Donna Marlene SCHOOLEY, Wayne Eugene SHANAFELT, Alice Gereldine SMITH, Ralph Leon SULLENS, Carol Sue THOMS, John Richard WALKER, James Edwin WHITE, Burl Duane WHITNEY, Ronald Eugene WHITNEY, Mary Lou WINKS.
- Mrs. Isabelle ARNOLD, age 69, died May 26, at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, following a long illness. She suffered a stroke last week from which she never regained consciousness. She is survived by her husband, Sam; 3 daughters, Thelma of Chicago, Ora of Springfield, Alice LANGE of Patoka; 1 son, Arthur of Alton; and 2 stepchildren, Mrs. Ernie JONES and Dale ARNOLD.
- Bro. and Mrs. Everett THOMPSON and 4 children formerly of DeLand, Ill., arrived at the Christian Church Parsonage Tuesday. Bro. THOMPSON is the new minister for the Christian Church.
- Sixty students received grade school diplomas in the Commencement Exercise held at the local gym Tuesday night. This is the first class to graduate from Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit School District.
- Surprise Party: On Wednesday night, May 19, Miss Helen BASSETT was very much surprised when some of her friends came to help her celebrate her birthday. A wiener roast was enjoyed by Mrs. Eileen MALKOVIC, Mrs. Jane LOWE, Mrs. Donna BEARD, Mrs. Gloria WILLIAMS, Misses Sue WILLIAMS and Anna Mae FEATHER, and the honoree, Miss Helen BASSETT.
- Kaye GREENWOOD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, has been named valedictorian of the Kinmundy-Alma High School graduating class. She plans to enter college this fall. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Rev. A. Vance COMER was returned to Kinmundy Methodist Church by the Annual Southern Illinois Conference which was in session last week in Vandalia. This will be his 3rd year on this station. He had several chances to move on at a higher salary but preferred to stay in Kinmundy.
- A2C and Mrs. Bob MIDDLETON have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on May 25.
- Miletus: Several men with tractors and other farming implements went last Thursday and planted 40 acres of beans and 20 acres of corn for Grover FOGERSON. Those who helped were Guy, Masel, Lewis, Xon, James, and Myron HANKS, Ora MONTO, and Laurel RITTER, Leslie and Paul WILKINSON, Dean BAKER, Steward MONICAL, Buran FOGERSON, Chas. WILCOXEN, Verne O’DELL, Claude MULVANEY, Gerald BUTTS, Lonnie MULVANEY, and Mr. SIMPSON. There were 15 tractors there. Grover is slowly improving.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from Allen School attended a songfest at Omega School Wednesday night. It being the teacher’s birthday, Mrs. WALKINGTON was surprised with gifts. Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE was also given a corsage by the children. A large crowd attended.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur, were Sunday dinner guests of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON.
- Mervin CHEADLE of the U.S. Navy left Thursday for his Navy base at Norfolk, Va. after spending 15 days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE. He will be discharged from the Navy in September.
June 3, 1954:
- 136 members and guests attended the annual alumni meeting here on Saturday evening. The P.T.A. served a delicious meal. The class of ‘54 was welcomed into the association by Mrs. Dale HULSEY, the vice president. Roll call was given by the secretary, Mrs. Donna GARRETT BEARD. Mrs. Robert FISHER was the oldest member present graduating in ‘98. The class of 1918 and 1951 tied as having the most members present, there being 5 from each class. The following officers were elected for next year: Mrs. Edgar JONES - President; Darrell DISS - Vice President; Mrs. Irvin SOLDNER - Sec-Treas. Special music was given by Marie JOHNSON, Millie BASSETT, and Bob BAILEY with Miss Shirley BAILEY at the instrument. A piano solo was given by Dale BASSETT, a member of the new class. After this, Mrs. Laura FISHER GRESHEM gave the address of the evening, reviewing some of her experiences in teaching in the rural schools as well as in the high school. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- The Kinmundy Menuettes met at the Methodist Church in Kinmundy May 28. Elected officers were: Kaye GREENWOOD, Federation director, and Susie KLINE, Recreation Director.
- Mrs. Olga WITWER, whose home is in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be sorry to learn of her falling Saturday while visiting in Louisville. She had intended to visit in Kinmundy on Memorial Day. She fractured her hip and is in Effingham Hospital.
- Kinmundy Post 519, American Legion, held it’s election of officers on May 18. Wayne ROBB - Commander; Sam E. LOWE - First Vice; Carl CRAIN - Second Vice; John PHILLIPS - Adjutant; W.L. GREEN - Chaplain; Roy DOOLEN - Sgt. at Arms; L.C. KEEN - Historian; Otto REESE - Service Officer; P.H. ROBNETT, Employment Officer.
- Mr. and Mrs. Verne SCHOONOVER have twin daughters born in Salem Hospital on May 27. Marilyn Kay weighed 3 lb. 14 oz., and Carolyn Sue weighed 4 lb., 2 oz.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen DREWES moved Friday to their new home in St. Peter.
- Family and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY Sunday to celebrate the birthdays of Jim GARDEN and Mrs. Chuck GARDEN, of Salem.
- Pfc. Gene BAILEY and Pfc. Jerry LINDQUIST of Scott Field, Misses Patricia BAILEY and Shirley MATLAND of Urbana were weekend guests at the C.E. BAILEY home.
- Grover FIREBAUGH, 65, of Danville received a fractured vertebrae Monday in a car accident at the corner of Monroe Street and Rt. 37. Traffic on the state route was exceptionally heavy over the Memorial Day weekend. FIREBAUGH and his wife were traveling west on Rt. 37 enroute to Mt. Vernon. A car driven by Harry BRASEL reportedly drove into the path of the FIREBAUGH car, causing both to collide at right angles with each other, and both cars were damaged considerably. The injured man was asleep in the back seat while Mrs. FIREBAUGH was driving, and the impact threw him forward snapping his head which resulted in the injury. Mrs. FIREBAUGH had a bruised knee, and Mr. BRASEL was only shaken up.
- Obituary of Margaret GRAY: Margaret Mae, daughter of Charles Jerome and Margaret ROPER was born Nov. 30, 1885 at Stubblefield, Ill., and died May 23, 1954 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis where she had been a patient for 2 weeks. She was one of a family of 9 children. Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Three brothers, Allen of Marron, Ohio; Arthur of Pocahantas, Ill.; and Delbert of East St. Louis, Ill. survive her. She was a member of the Baptist Church since an early age. She married Charles Luther SEE on March 3, 1915, and they had 5 children. One son and one daughter died in infancy. Three sons: Fred of Kinmundy, John of Centralia, and Charles of Chicago, survive. The father died Feb. 28, 1923. On Jan. 1, 1925, she married Melvin GRAY. After this marriage, she changed her membership to Shanghai Presbyterian Church. After the death of Mr. GRAY on Nov. 6, 1940, she and the sons moved to Kinmundy, where they made their home. She had been in ill health the past 3 years. After she moved to town, she became a member of the Methodist Church. Besides the sons and brothers, she leaves 5 granddaughters, 1 stepson, Emmit GRAY of Kinmundy; 1 stepdaughter, Mrs. Abe OWENS, Dexter, Mo.; and 3 daughters-in-law. Services were held May 26 from the Methodist Church, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment in Eastland Cemetery. (A list of out-of-town relatives attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Pfc. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE Jr. are parents of a little daughter born in Salem Hospital named Judy Lyn. The father is in Korea. Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert SMITH are the proud grandparents.
- Miletus: A very large crowd attended the basket dinner for the teachers and pupils of Brown and Miletus schools at Brown School house last Thursday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bryan ROBB of Chicago spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB. Sunday visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Gene KLINE and son of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Lester ROBB of Gurnee, Ill..; Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family of Bridgeport; Harold ROBB and family, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. ROBB and Judith Ann, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard ROBB and family.
- Pvt. Lewis T. O’DELL of Aberdeen, Md. spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
June 10, 1954:
- Herbert VANDEVEER, who resides east of town, received a fractured wrist Monday while attempting to crank the motor of a hay baler. Herb and Sam JONES were working at the Edgar JONES farm when the accident occurred. Taken to the doctor’s office in Salem, the injury was treated and Herb returned to finish the baling job. He will have only partial use of his arm for the next few weeks.
- June 1st Mrs. Roy DOOLEN entertained several children in honor the 6th birthday of her daughter, Sherry. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A hearing on the proposed Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District was held in Salem Tuesday morning with Judge James E. McMACKIN presiding. A group of property owners in Foster twp. thought Patoka could give them better protection due to direct telephone communication. After discussion, the group agreed that a reciprocal agreement with Kinmundy-Alma and Patoka districts would settle their problems. The date of the election was set for July 31. Alma, Kinmundy, and the rural units will vote, and all three units must carry the vote to pass.
- Softball season is here and Kinmundy is again represented in the Junior softball league at Salem by boys attending school at Unit 301. The team is sponsored by the Lions Club and is being managed and coached by Pete KEEN and Carl BROEKER. The regular lineup is: Mark GARRETT - catch; Chuck WINKS - pitch; Butch BOYD - 1st base; Jim HUDDLESTON - 2nd base; Dick ADAMS - 3rd base; Junior HOARD - shortstop; Norman SULLIVAN - c. field; Jess SHANAFELT - l. field; Morris MAXEY - r. field; Chuck GARRETT - r. short; Donnie GORDON - bat boy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE entertained several relatives in their home on Sunday in honor of their brother, William WEISS, of Richmond, Calif., who has been visiting here. A basket dinner was enjoyed. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Junior PAULSMEYER and son, Ray and Barbara FLETCHER of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Charles EHART of Shobonier, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie, of Farina; William WEISS of Richmond, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. COPPLE and Donna and Barbara. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Ed DILLON, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and son, Charles.
- A resolution calling for a special election June 26 to vote on the J.N. VALLOW building site was passed Friday night by the Kinmundy-Alma Board of Education. The site to be voted on was the tract of land which was voted down by the district voters on May 22 losing by 3 votes. Also in business was the employment of Virgil F. KITRICH as vocational agriculture teacher. Also contracts for Sherman and Marlene BENNETT were approved. Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE, part-time music teacher was placed on near full-time schedule to provide more pupils in the unit with public music. The final payment on the new agriculture building was ordered paid. Benches and tables have been completed by the boys in agriculture class, and with the addition of a few tools and machinery, the unit will have a top notch agriculture shop and class room.
- Sammy WALKER, age 77 of Watson, died Sunday while enroute to the Effingham Hospital suffering from a heart attack. He was a former teacher in Kinmundy H.S. Services will be held Tuesday with interment in Watson Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. John RIDLEY of West Covins, Calif. have a son, Michael John. The mother is the former Barbara MILLER of Kinmundy.
- Dr. H. Dwight HANNA will reopen the Kinmundy Animal Hospital Monday morning and will do a general practice of veterinary medicine. We are happy to welcome Dwight back in our midst. His services are badly needed in this section of the countryside. Since the death of his father, Dr. H.L. HANNA, Kinmundy has been without a veterinarian. (A picture was included with this article.)
- Dianne DOOLEN, infant daughter of Pfc. and Wesley DOOLEN, received a fractured skull Wednesday when the car in which they were riding skidded and turned over. The baby was taken first to Salem Hospital for treatment and then transferred to Scott Air Force Base Hospital, where she was a patient until Tuesday. Mrs. DOOLEN received minor bruises. Pfc. DOOLEN is stationed in Munich, Germany and Mrs. DOOLEN and Dianne reside in Odin.
- George KESSLER, Sr., 71, died at his home in Clay County on June 2 after a lingering illness. Services were held at Holy Cross Church in Wendelin in Clay county with interment in the Church Cemetery. The decease is survived by his widow and 9 children, namely, Harold and George, Kinmundy; Ray, Robert, Mrs. Elizabeth RAMSEY, Mrs. Frieda REAVES, Mrs. Lena DAWKINS, and Mrs. Helen STEWART, Louisville; Mrs. Mary McCARTY, Peotone. He also leaves 20 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
- Gehl OSMAN, 17, of Edgewood, was drowned Monday about 2:15 p.m. while he and his father, Dean OSMAN, were swimming in Boston Lake southeast of town. The family had gone there for a picnic dinner and afternoon outing. A near double tragedy was averted when the father, who had gone to the aid of the youth, was saved by quick action on the part of an alert fisherman, Leon SIGRIST, of Farina. While swimming, the youth began to flounder in the water. His father went to his aid, but started to sink himself. His call for help brought SIGRIST to the rescue of the father as the youth went down. The body was recovered within minutes and artificial respiration applied for about an hour, but the victim did not respond. The youth was a native of Edgewood and is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dean OSMAN, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and grandparents. He had completed his junior year at Effingham H.S.
- Pfc. Garland R. BRIMBERRY, whose wife, Edna, and parents, live east of Kinmundy, recently arrived in Korea for duty with the 25th Infantry Division. Private First Class BRIMBERRY, a medical aidman, entered the Army in March 1953 and completed basic training at Camp Stewart, Ga.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS.
June 17, 1954:
- Miss Helen ROBNETT, daughter of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT and the late P.F. ROBNETT, and James PHILLIPS, son of Mr. and Mrs. James PHILLIPS of Chicago, were married June 12 in the Little Country Church in the city of Chicago. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, P.H. ROBNETT, and her sister, Miss Zola ROBNETT, was her maid of honor. The other attendants and ushers were friends from Chicago and Champaign. After a 2 weeks honeymoon in Montana, the young couple will be at home in Chicago. Mr. PHILLIPS is an air conditioning engineer working out of Chicago. Mrs. PHILLIPS will continue her studies this summer.
- Oscar SMITH, 84, an esteemed farmer residing near Brubaker, died Monday in the Salem Hospital. Services were held from the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating. Interment was made in Beaucoup Cemetery in Beaucoup, Ill. B.F. LINTON was in charge of funeral arrangements.
- Miss Ruby ARNOLD suffered an attack of appendicitis Sunday and was taken to Salem Hospital where she underwent and emergency operation. She is getting along well.
- Jack BOSTON and Mrs. Bob BOSTON were in an automobile wreck Friday on the Kinmundy-Louisville blacktop road in front of the Ira KRUTSINGER residence in Meacham twp. A large truck hit the back of their car. Mrs. BOSTON is in the Salem Hospital with 3 broken ribs and an injured head. Mr. BOSTON was only slightly hurt.
- Mrs. Nellie WITWER, 78, died in Centralia Hospital Monday. Services were held Wednesday from the Galbreath Funeral Home in Centralia, and the body brought here and laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased is the widow of the late Charles W. WITWER, who died Dec. 10, 1946. She is survived by 2 brothers, John MAHAN of this city, and a sister, Miss Irene MAHAN of Chicago.
- Two Boys Receive Sentences for local Thefts: According to official reports from the Sheriff’s office, the person’s guilty of 2 of the robberies in our city this year have been sentenced and are now in State penal institutions. Omer WILKINS, 22, who figured in the robbery at Herbert VANDEVEER’s farm, was taken to the State Farm at Vandalia Tuesday where he will spend 8 months and then remain on probation for 3 years. Wesley FERRELL, 21, who took part in the VANDEVEER robbery was also involved in the INGRAM’s Elevator and was taken to Menard Penitentiary Monday where he will serve 2 to 5 years. Jack CHARLTON, 18, has been in the County Jail in Salem since the Ingram Elevator break-in, and Mitchell FERRELL, 18, is out on bond. These 2 boys were implicated but so far have not been brought to trial.
- Marion MAXEY of Polo, Ill., a former lad of this community, writes us that he will enter the Swedish-American Hospital in Rockford next Sunday. On the following Tuesday, he will undergo an operation on his back for a ruptured disk.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur have purchased the C.S. WATSON property located just east of the C. & E.I. Depot.
- The infant twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Verne SCHOONOVER were released from the hospital Sunday and Monday and are now at home.
- Frankie HAMMER, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER, fell while playing near a lawnmower Friday. In trying to break his fall, he stuck his hand in the blades, cutting the little finger of his hand thru the bone. It is believed that the finger can be saved but will probably be stiff.
- Mrs. Anna SCOTT died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jed HARPSTER, near St. Peter, June 11, 1954. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home Sunday, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Anna H., second daughter of Matthew and Mary HUMPHREY, was born near Remington, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1858. She came to Illinois at the age of 14 with her parents, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters. In early life she was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but later became a member of the Methodist Church. On Feb. 19, 1885, she was married to James FISK. They had 5 children, and a son and a daughter preceded her in death. Her husband died July 25, 1926. On Dec. 22, 1931, she married John SCOTT, who died March 28, 1933. She leaves a son, John, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Jessie FISH of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Clara HARPSTER of St. Peter; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; 1 step-son, James SCOTT, Delaware, Ohio; and 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Loretta SHRIVER of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, Kinmundy; Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, Salem; and Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL, Vallejo, Calif.; and 1 brother, Frank HUMPHREY, Kinmundy.
- Mike PERGL, formerly of the Greenridge neighborhood, died Thursday in Jackson, Mich., where he had made his home for the past few years. His death was caused from injuries he received in a truck accident. Services will be in Jackson.
- Mrs. Fred W. KILLIE received word Friday of the death of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth SCHOLING, June 11, in San Bernadino, Calif. She leaves 3 children, Mrs. Julia BAUGHAN, Mrs. Ruth HAYES, and Paul R. SCHOLING, all of San Bernadino. She spent her early girlhood here and in Salem. The funeral was held last Monday with burial at San Bernadino.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT have a daughter born June 12 in Salem Hospital named Theresa Jane.
- Otis TATE, our intertype operator, entered the Vandalia Hospital Tuesday for a nose bleed. He expects to return home sometime today.
- Pleasant Grove: Our mail carrier, Carl HINES, was back on the route Tuesday after he and his family had enjoyed a week’s vacation visiting interesting parts of the east and attending graduation of their son, Oliver, from West Point Military Academy.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Clyde THOMAS at Bee Branch Monday. She died in a hospital in Hammond, Ind., and the body brought here for burial.
- Miletus: Several relatives and friends met Sunday after church at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley WILCOXEN and son, helping Mrs. WILCOXEN celebrate her birthday. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald WILCOXEN and children, Karen Ann, Rita Kaye, and Kenneth of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES and sons, Donald, Darrell, Danny, and Denzil, Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY, Ronald, Russel and Launa TATE, Eva BAKER, and Carrel Leon MULVANEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.W. LOWE has received word that her grandson, Donald HART of Baltimore, Md. had returned home and is slightly improved but still very ill.
June 24, 1954:
- The City Council’s main topic was about the shortage of water again. There has not been much rain and the reservoir is very low. They did resume water sales to trucks and farmers, but asked for conservation.
- Randy LEMAY, 14 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, died at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis on June 21. He had been in poor health for a few weeks and suddenly became worse Sunday. Services will be held Thursday at the Christian Church with Bro. Everett THOMPSON, officiating. Interment will be in Eastland Cemetery.
- Miss Aileen DOOLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest G. DOOLEN of Hammond, Ind., was the recipient of several honors during the week of graduation from high school. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Effie ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER.
- Several relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art HOEHNE on June 17 to surprise Alice on her birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Orous LEACH, retiring from teaching after 38 years of service, was honored at a dinner given by DeKalb Public Schools. Paul FURR, a college classmate of Mr. LEACH at Southern Illinois Normal, Carbondale, reviewed briefly some of the highlights of the personal and professional career the retiring teacher. Mr. LEACH received his B.S. degree from the Univ. of Ill. in 1924, and received his Master’s degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia Univ. in 1933. His teaching career started in a rural school in Clay county in 1910. Later he was village school principal in Grand Chain, Tonica and Owaneco, Ill. Mr. LEACH joined the faculty of the DeKalb Twp. H.S. in Feb. 1924. He has served the DeKalb schools for 30 continuous years, both as high school math teacher, and as principal of the high school. Mr. and Mrs. LEACH and their 2 younger children plan to take up permanent residence in Kinmundy, where Mr. LEACH will pursue the more leisurely role of gentleman farmer. An older daughter, Mrs. HERRON, and a granddaughter will continue to live at the LEACH’s DeKalb home. Mr. HERRON is a student at N.I.S.T.C. (This article was printed in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.)
- A group of neighbors and friends helped celebrate the first anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE at their home June 20th. The group consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Lavern AMBUEHL and son, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSTON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG and family, and Mrs. Fanny MILLER.
- Pleasant Grove church will present a Children’s Day Program Sunday evening, June 27, beginning at 8 o’clock. Everyone is cordially invited.
- Miss Katherine SOUTIER of Patoka and Wes HEADLEY of near Kinmundy were married June 18 by the Rev. Louis YOUNGS in the Methodist Church in Patoka. The groom’s brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEADLEY, were their attendants. They immediately left on a 3 day tour of the Ozarks returning Sunday night to the home of his mother, Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY, where they will reside a few days before moving to their own home. They are engaged in farming.
- Verchial TROUT was admitted to the Salem Hospital Wednesday suffering from a stroke.
- Larry SILL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL, was taken to Salem Hospital Tuesday for treatment. He became choked during an attack of whooping cough.
- “Mr. Texas”, Billy GRAHAM’s first Christian western, was shown at the Kinmundy gymnasium to about 350 people. (Reported by Charles ERNST, MYF).
- Meacham: Bob SLANE returned Thursday to Park Air Force Base in Calif. to report for overseas duty.
July 1, 1954:
- More than 400 attended the open house of the First National Bank in their newly remodeled establishment Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard EAST and family of Claypoole, Ariz. were guests of honor at a potluck dinner at the Tri-City Fishing Club Lake Sunday. Others attending were Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY and daughter, Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Miss Carol THOMS and Roy BASS, of Salem. Mrs. EAST is a niece of Thurman McCULLEY and a sister to Harold MORRIS.
- Mrs. Nannie B. RISINGER, 62, of Central City, died at her home Wednesday. She had been ill for 8 months. Mrs. RISINGER was born at Kinmundy, a daughter of R.A. and Ellen (GRAY) GEORGE. She married Aug. 14, 1912 at Salem to L.M. RISINGER, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Odin Methodist Church, and had lived in this area most of her life. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Remus BIAGL, Central City; and Mrs. George DOLAN, Centralia, and 4 grandchildren. Services were held from Garnier and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. James NETTLETON officiating. Burial was in Peaceful Valley Cemetery, Odin.
- Randy Lee, son of Clifton and Adina LEMAY, was born Apr. 7, 1953, and died June 21, 1954 at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Besides his parents, he leaves, 1 sister, Amy Jo, age 11, and one brother, Francis, age 5; two grandfathers, Mr. O.E. CORRELL and Mr. Alf LEMAY, both of Kinmundy. One brother, Sherrill, and one sister, Brenda, preceded him in death. (A list of relatives from out-of-town attending was included.)
- The annual DISS reunion was held Sunday in Kitchell Park, Pana with 59 present. Those from here attending were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG, Howard and Helen, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. O.R. DISS and son, Darrell DISS and son, and Miss Kaye HAMMER.
- Don BLOMBERG, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, returned home from Boys State Sunday in Springfield.
- Miss Fern FORD of Arlington, Va., arrived Monday evening for a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD.
- Ray VANDEVEER of Rt. 3, Salem, a grower of certified seed and grain had the only Knox wheat in Marion county this year. The yield was 54 bushels per acre. This is a new wheat developed by Purdue University. The selling of the seed wheat that Ray produced is controlled by the Univ. of Illinois and orders will have to made thru Ray or thru the Farm Advisor, Floyd SMITH. Ray will have about 1000 bushels of clean seed off the 20 acres for sale. The rest of the yield will be saved by him for seeding this fall.
- Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY that their son, Sgt. Donald G. McCARTY was on his way home from Korea, where he has been stationed the past 15 months. He stated in his letter that he would be home about the 10th of July.
- Cpl. and Mrs. Jimmie WILLIAMS of Ft. McClelland, Ala., spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS.
- Xon HANNA RMSN is spending a 21 day leave with relatives here. He recently arrived at Long Beach from points in the Far East and will report back there to his ship.
- Miss Nancy DEADMOND, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo DEADMOND, of Brubaker, and James BRASEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL, of Kinmundy were married June 26 in the Methodist Church by Rev. A. Vance COMER. The attendants were Miss Mary Lou WINKS of Alma and Darrell GARRETT of Kinmundy. Mrs. BRASEL graduated from Kinmundy-Alma H.S. with the class of 1954. The groom graduated from Kinmundy H.S. in 1952, and is now employed at the Atlas Tire and Service Station. The couple are make their home in the Dunlap Apartments.
- Lt. Com. and Mrs. Carl PRUETT and family of Arlington, Va., arrived Thursday for a week’s visit with his mother, Mrs. W.S. PRUETT.
- Voters of the Kinmundy-Alma Community District Saturday again rejected the J.N. VALLOW school building site 261 to 354. The site had previously been rejected by 3 votes on May 22. The votes by precinct were: Precinct 1 (Kinmundy gymnasium) 166 for, 249 against; Precinct Two (Alma Schoolhouse) 72 for, 67 against; Precinct Three (Omega schoolhouse) 23 for, 38 against. A total of 615 ballots were cast as against 925 in the May 22 election. The issuance of bonds necessary to build the elementary building will be held up until a site is selected.
- Word has been received here of the death of George Ira KISNER of Terre Haute, Ind. He was the husband of Mrs. Mabel FORSHEE KISNER. Surviving are his widow, two sons, two daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. KISNER was 84 years old and a charter member of the Terre Haute Bar Association and held the position of treasurer until his death. He was also a member of the Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell SMITH and children, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and son enjoyed ice cream and cake with Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and daughters Wednesday night helping Russell celebrate his birthday.
July 8, 1954:
- Mrs. Zetta WOODEN, wife of Jesse WOODEN, died at her home Saturday at the age of 52 years. She had been in ill health for the past year. Services were held Tuesday from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. PERRY of Salem, officiating. Interment was made in Elder Cemetery.
- A group of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT Friday after the christening of little Theresa Jane QUANDT. They were also helping celebrate little Theresa’s Grandpa KLEISS’ birthday anniversary. Homemade ice cream, cake and cookies were served to: Rev. A.B. SHOMAKER and Mr. and Mrs. Raymon HAHN of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Alex STOCK and son of Farina; Mrs. Lula STOCK and Mrs. Dick SHAFER and son, Greg, of Effingham; Mrs. August QUANDT and son, Lester, of Iuka; Mrs. Charles PANUSH, daughter, Darlene and son, Richard; Carl and Doris QUANDT of Chicago; Mary HEADLEY of Alma, and Philip QUANDT, Anna KOLB, and Mildred KLEISS.
- Mrs. Glen DREWES entered the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Wed. where she gave birth to a stillborn babe. The infant was buried Thursday in the St. Peter Cemetery. On Tuesday, Mrs. DREWES underwent surgery.
- Merle HEICHER was painfully injured Saturday evening when his car collided with another car driven by Charles DUNN, and owned by his father, Ellis DUNN, of the Omega vicinity. The accident happened two miles east of Kinmundy on the blacktop road, at what is commonly known as the Storrs corner. DUNN was driving north on the Meacham-Kinmundy Line road and failed to make a stop before coming on the blacktop. HEICHER was approaching the intersection from the east. After the impact, both cars were on the north side of the road, the DUNN Mercury on it’s side, and the HEICHER Chevrolet, turned end for end. In the whirling of his car, HEICHER was thrown clear of the car. DUNN and ARNOLD remained in the Mercury and crawled out, apparently, after the car settled on its side. Mr. HEICHER was taken via ambulance to the Salem Hospital where he had a laceration of the scalp and a concussion.
- Fred SHAFFER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER, fell on a concrete porch Tuesday and broke two bones in his arm. He was taken to the Greer Hospital in Vandalia for treatment.
- Miss Patti SEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE, celebrated her 5th birthday at her home July 1. (A list of those attending was included.)
- An estimated crowd in excess of 500 made their way to the City Park Monday to participate in and attend the Second Annual Homecoming and Picnic sponsored by the local post of the American Legion. In the games, the Sack Race was won by Donna PICKLE and Dolly SHAFFER; the three legged race won by Marvin CHASTEEN and Jerry GARDEN; 50 yard dash won by Dennis GRAY, and he also won the greased pole contest. The egg race was won by Bruce DONOHO. Music was provided by the Junior Choir from the Christian Church, Bro. and Mrs. Everett THOMPSON, and a baton twirling group gave an excellent presentation. More music was presented by Ronnie MULVANEY and Ronnie SEE, and Sherry DOOLEN and Nancy SWIFT presented a tap dancing routine, and a solo was given by Gloria GRAY. Wanda JENKINS and Linda INGRAM had a vocal duet, and Max MERCER played saxophone and clarinet solos. Later ice cream, pop, cake, and watermelons were dispensed from the concession stand.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Wednesday evening.
July 15, 1954:
- Mr. A.H. MILLER was re-elected president of the Marion County Board of Trustees of Schools at a meeting held in Salem on Tuesday. He has been president of the organization since it’s beginning. Other members of the board are Jake DAVIS, Patoka; James LECKRONE, Salem; Ervin WHITLOCK, Salem; Earl JUPIN, Centralia; and Clarence WHEELER, Odin. Sidney GOOCH tendered his resignation Tuesday leaving one vacancy.
- Benny D. BRASEL to return to States: The USS Saipan is scheduled to return here July 20th completing a round the world cruise and a tour of duty off Korea. Serving aboard the light aircraft carrier is Benny D. BRASEL, radarman, second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BRASEL of Kinmundy, and husband of Mrs. Betty L. BRASEL of Effingham. (A list of all of the places that this ship had been was included.)
- Charles GRAY, who was last year a freshman in our local high school, has been honored by having his poem, “The Moon” to be published by the National Poetry Association in their student publication.
- Miss Louise LITTLE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.D. LITTLE, became the bride of Robert G. HANNA, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul HANNA, all of Kell, Friday at the Kell Methodist Church performed by Rev. James CARBITT of Dix. Mrs. Johnny MOUNT, sister of the bride and Don SMITH, served as attendants. Robert LITTLE and Joe LITTLE served as ushers. Mrs. John DURING, sister of the bride, was in charge of the guest book. Misses Beverly HANNA and Whitney HANNA, sisters of the groom served the cake and punch. The couple will make their home in Centralia. The bride graduated from Salem H.S. and is employed by the Forest City Mfg. Co. The groom was graduated from Kinmundy H.S. and served 4 years in the Air Force. At present he is stationed at Scott Air Force Base.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE of Kinmundy attended the Ellis E. VALLOW family reunion at Rock Creek State Park in Kankakee, Ill., July 11th. All 9 children of Mr. VALLOW and all except 2 grandchildren were present, including the 4 great-grandchildren. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. David VALLOW and son of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde VALLOW and children of Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. Gary STREICH of Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon VALLOW and family of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Art GERSTEL and family of Blue Island, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. VALLOW and sons, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. VALLOW and family, of Hazelcrest; Mr. and Mrs. Oliver VALLOW and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert VALLOW and children, of Livingston; Mr. and Mrs. Henry HARMON and son of Sorento; Mr. and Mrs. Glen VALLOW, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford VALLOW and daughter, of Peotone, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE of Kinmundy; and Mr. Ellis VALLOW of Homewood. Out of the 52 members of this branch of the VALLOW tree, 50 were present.
- Mrs. Olga WITWER was moved to the Salem Hospital Wednesday after undergoing surgery of a broken hip in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER were in Champaign Sunday attending the I.C.R.R. Signalman’s picnic and visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. M.H. HART. In the evening, they decided to visit their son, Gene and family in Lincoln, and enroute stopped in Bondville and called on Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WOLFE, who live with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ed WILLIAMS. Their daughter, Edith, of Centralia, is there assisting in the care of them. Ellis is totally blind and is confined to his bed with a heart ailment. He is 86 years old. Mrs. WOLFE had just returned from the Carl Hospital in Urbana where she underwent surgery for the removal of a tumor of her knee. This is, however, the 4th tumor to have been removed from the same knee. She is 80 years old. They would appreciate hearing from their friends, either in person or by mail. Monday morning, the ALEXANDER’s called to see their brother, Emory JACKSON, who is confined to the hospital in Lincoln.
- The neighborhood birthday club met at the home of Mrs. J.N. VALLOW with a surprise handkerchief shower Wednesday. Those attending were Mrs. Ferdy LEACH, Mrs. Stella BALLANCE, Mrs. Vera MAXEY, Mrs. Maxine ROBB and son, Mrs. Georgia WOOTERS, Mrs. Mary Esther JONES, Mrs. Anne SEE and daughters, Mrs. Lea STOCKER, and Mrs. Leah VALLOW and sons.
- In the recently constructed dial telephone building on Jefferson Street telephone installers soon will begin the many connections required to provide dial service for residents here this fall. Estimated cost of Kinmundy’s dial conversion will be approximately $50,000 according to W.A. GILMORE, manager.
- Obituary of Zetta LOGUE WOODEN: On Dec. 20, 1901, Zetta LOGUE was born to John and Essie LOGUE in Meacham twp. She grew to girlhood there, where she attended public school. On Jan. 4, 1919, she was married to Jesse WOODEN at the William SIMER home near Omega. This couple established their home in Alma twp., south of Brubaker, later moving to Alma, then to Kinmundy to their present home where they have lived for many years. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters. One son, Ralph, died in infancy. In the fall of 1944, she was baptized into the Church of God faith at Kinmundy. Zetta had been in failing health for 4 years, but 8 weeks ago, she became serious and was forced to her bed. She died July 3, 1954. She leaves her companion, Jesse; 3 sons, Rufus, of Kinmundy; Raymond and Nolan, at home; 2 daughters, Mrs. Burdette JAMISON of Alma and Mrs. Walter BUCHANAN of Arkdale, Wis.; 9 grandchildren and 3 brothers, Edward LOGUE of Alma; Earnest LOGUE of Patoka and Lester LOGUE of Kinmundy; 1 sister, Mrs. Mary GORDEN of Patoka and her father, John LOGUE, who was at her bedside when she died. Her mother and 2 brothers and 1 grandson preceded her in death.
- Rev. and Mrs. Christy E. GENTRY of Claremont have a son born July 7, named Stephen Earl.
- Kaye GREENWOOD, a member of the graduating class of ‘54, has received notification of her wining the Univ. of Ill. Scholarship for the Home Economics Course. The competitive examinations were held in April. This is a 4 year scholarship. It will be remembered that last year a Kinmundy student, David SCHOONOVER, won the scholarship for Agriculture and has completed his first year of the course.
- GARRETT Family Reunion: Descendants of the late J.W. GARRETT met in Bryan Memorial Park in Salem Sunday and enjoyed a family reunion with a large potluck dinner at the noon hour. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family, Miss Judy ROBB, Mr. Clyde BASSETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS, Mrs. Bob FORD and daughter, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family, of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT, Mrs. Bill BEARD, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Bob EAGAN and daughter, of Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family, of Forrest, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and family, of Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family, of Bridgeport; Mr. and Mrs. Henry BENDER and daughter, Mrs. Merle DUNCAN, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett GARRETT, of Midland, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and sons, and Mrs. Richard WESTON and son, of Lansing, Michigan.
- July 9th, the Kinmundy Chapter 606 Order of Eastern Star had a farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Curtis S. WATSON, who are leaving to make their home in Terre Haute, Ind. after 32 years in Kinmundy.
- Pvt. Lewis T. O’DELL, who is in training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., spent the weekend with his parents. On July 18, he will be transferred to Ft. Lewis, Wash. for assignment somewhere in the Pacific area.
- Pfc. Wesley DOOLEN left July 7 to return to his base in Germany.
July 22, 1954:
- A group of residents of the proposed Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District met at the City Park Monday evening at the request of members of the local Volunteer Fire Dept. The discussion dealt with improvement, organization, costs and comparisons relative to the new proposed district.
- Ray GEORGE was taken to the Vandalia Hospital Friday following a heart attack. He returned home Wednesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY of Farina have a daughter, Cheryl Ann, born Sunday in the Vandalia Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Marshal SPENCER are the grandparents.
- Mrs. Louis RICHARDSON: Services for Mrs. Elsie RICHARDSON, 62, wife of Louis RICHARDSON, Salem, were held Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery. Services were held in the Hancock Funeral Home in Salem. She died in St. Louis last week while visiting her sons. She was the former Elsie BASS and was born here, and made Kinmundy her home until a few years ago when the family moved to Salem. She is survived by her husband, sons, 1 sister, and 2 brothers.
- Infant Son Dies in Centralia: Arno Dale, Jr., son of Arno Dale and Elizabeth (ARNOLD) SMITH of Centralia, died July 17 at his home. Services were held from Second Methodist Church in Centralia Tuesday with Rev. James NETTLETON officiating and interment in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD and Mrs. Ida SMITH are the grandparents.
- A special prayer service for rain will be held from 4 to 6 o’clock Friday morning in the Methodist Church. In case of rain beforehand, it will be a Thanksgiving service. This prayer service is being sponsored by the Methodist Men and will be in charge of Rev. A. Vance COMER These early hours were set that we may make a small sacrifice. Also, no one will have the excuse of being busy. This service is for the entire community, regardless of creed. We invite you to group with us in sending a message to our heavenly Father. In case it is not possible for you to get to the Church at the beginning of the Services, come when you can and slip in quietly. If you really have a burden for this, we know you will be with us. Rev. A. Vance COMER, Minister.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS July 14th in honor of Mrs. ELKIN’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Orville SCOTT and daughters of St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ANDERSON and children, Mr. and Mrs. Fred ERNST, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ELKINS and Mrs. Eva SHAFFER of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur PARRILL and son, Clifford, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and family, and Mr. J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. JENKINS of Joliet, and Mrs. GILLESPIE of Bradley, Ill.
- J. Mac HUMPHREY died at his home in Lawrenceville, July 18. The funeral was held July 20 from the family residence, with burial in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL spent last Thursday afternoon with her sister, Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS.
- Pleasant Grove: The tent revival closed Sunday night. Large crowds have listened attentively and were inspired by the services with some being converted and wonderfully blessed.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER, Mrs. Leo STOCK, Mrs. Fred MOODY, Mrs. Evelyn FORD, Mrs. Mabel SMITH, Mrs. Lucille VANDEVEER, Mrs. Emogene ANDERSON, Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE, Mrs. Lillian CURRIE, Mrs. Leo DEADMOND, Mrs. Nina ROSE, Mrs. Marie ROSE, and Mrs. Gladys HIESTAND were among those from Pleasant Grove Home Bureau Unit working at the fair last week.
- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT entertained several of the family at their home Wednesday evening. Homemade ice cream was enjoyed. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and son, and Mrs. Richard WESTON and son of Lansing, Mich.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Mrs. Fred SEE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Denny INGRAM, Mrs. Mamie ARTHUR, and Mr. and Mrs. Hatley HILL and Myrtle attended the Mercer family reunion at Mt. Moriah Church south of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and Mrs. Jack DISS and sons, John and Keith, spent the latter part of the week with Mrs. Arthur GILBERT in Milwaukee and attended the GREEN family reunion in Milton, Wis. on Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON attended the funeral of William MATTHEWS in Odin Saturday afternoon.
July 29, 1954:
- Information was printed concerning the vote on Saturday by residents of the area for the formation of the Fire District in the Kinmundy-Alma area.
- Patoka voters Saturday approved the establishment of a Fire Protection District by the overwhelming vote of 218 to 20. The district will provide protection to Patoka and the surrounding area. The same proposition will be submitted to the voters of the Kinmundy-Alma areas Saturday, July 31. The proposed district boundaries border the Patoka district on the west.
- Pray for Rain: A prayer meeting was held last Friday morning in the Methodist Church from 4 to 6 a.m. to pray for rain. Those attending were a greater part interested in farming, realizing their dire need for water, not only for their growing crops, but for their livestock as well. Being of the belief that more prayers should be sent up asking for rain, it was decided that a prayer chain should be organized. This chain got under way at 7 p.m. Monday and will continue until Sunday at least, unless rain comes before. Twelve men take their turn each night, praying at the Church altar for one hour. During the day, twelve ladies take over and pray for one hour each. These people are not only praying for water for Kinmundy, but for our neighboring cities who are worse off that we are, as well.
- Donnie McCARTY returned home Wednesday after serving 17 months with the armed forces in Korea. He was honored Saturday at a party given by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY. Guests other than the honoree and his wife, Shirley, were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS and 3 sons, Mrs. Elma SCOTT and daughter of St. Elmo, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. McCARTY and daughter of Iola, and J.C. McCARTY.
- Mrs. Alice KLINE, age 86 years died Friday in Vandalia, where she had been in a nursing home for 2 years. Funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Cubbage Chapel Church with Rev. BLESSING officiating. Burial was in Cubbage Chapel Cemetery.
- Kinmundy Woman Honored on Her 102nd Birthday: July 24th, Mrs. Harriett DeVORE celebrated her 102 birthday at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN. The occasion was quietly observed with her family with a dinner at noon. Friends called during the day. She received many cards and gifts. Among the cherished remembrances of her birthday were greetings from President EISENHOWER, and a personal letter from Mrs. EISENHOWER; one from Gov. STRATTON and one from Sen. DOUGLAS. Out-of-town relatives visiting her this day were her son, Mr. and Mrs. Seth DeVORE, Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Edith McGILL, Fulton, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, Salem; her brother, Frank HUMPHREY, this city; a niece, Mr. and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER, St. Peter; a cousin, Enis HUMPHREY, and some friends, Washington, Ind.
- Bob GRAY, Alma, Dies: James Robert GRAY, 78, died at his home west of Alma, Friday, after an illness of several months. The funeral was held Sunday at Givens Chapel with interment in Jones Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Minnie; 2 sons, Sonny of Patoka; Selby of Vincennes; 3 daughters, Mrs. Katherine HARPER of Alma, Mrs. Verna SCHULER and Mrs. Bessie DONOHO of Salem; and 38 grandchildren. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Wesley JONES of this city.
- The LEACH family held their 33rd annual reunion on July 25 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH and family on the Louisville Rd. just east of Kinmundy. They were happy to have Mrs. A.J. YOUNG, the former owner of the LEACH home, as their guest. Mr. and Mrs. Ray HOWARD traveled the farthest, coming from Rockford, Ill. The oldest one present was Miss Jennie HOWARD from Carlinville, Ill., and the youngest one was Marsha Lynn SODERQUIST of Ft. Wayne, Ind. Others attending were Dr. and Mrs. W.R. CLICKGNER, Mr. and Mrs. C.K. CLICKENER and family, Harvel, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. C.A. ARMSTRONG and family, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd LEACH, L.P. LEACH, Mr. and Mrs. Herman LEACH and family, Betty COX, all of Louisville; Miss Jennie HOWARD, Miss Lola HOWARD, of Vadlinville; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HURRY, Mrs. Ellen LYNCH of Shipman; Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARMSTRONG, Mr. and Mrs. Merle LEACH, Flora; Curtis MASCHGER, Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Bob SODERQUIST and family, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles LEE, Lincoln; Mrs. Tom GREGORY, Betty GREGORY, Iuka; Mrs. Edith SMITH, Salem; Dick McRAY, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. George PEARSON and family, Xenia, and Dorothy McCULLEY, Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph CORDELL of Birmingham, Ala. have a daughter born July 25. The mother is the former Miss Jean LANDIS of Kinmundy.
- Lewis R. PHILLIPS, age 79, died at his home in Salem Sunday following an illness of 2 years. He was born in Fayette county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay PHILLIPS, and married to Lydia SHANAFELT of Farina. He is survived by his wife; 5 sons and 1 daughter, Dolphie, Walter, Eugene, Raymond, and Sam PHILLIPS, and Mrs. Blanche BULLARD, all of Salem. One brother, John PHILLIPS, also survives and lives in Kinmundy. Services were held at the McMackin Funeral Chapel Tuesday with burial in East Lawn Cemetery.
- A birthday party was given in the Park July 26 in honor of the 12th birthday of Frankie BRIMBERRY. (A list of those attending was included.)
- James ROBNETT returned home July 18 after serving 3 years and 10 months in the U.S. Navy. He received his discharge in California about 3 weeks ago. His mother, Mrs. Lura ROBNETT, and his brother, Quentin, flew to Los Angeles to meet him, and accompany him home. They stopped at Grand Coulee Dam, Yellowstone Park, and other places of interest enroute.
- Noah WHISNANT, of Argenta, Ill. is here visiting with his mother, Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT and help her move to Salem where she will make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Henry OGLESBY. She will sell her property as well as her household goods.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald MARKLEY have a son born July 22 in the Vandalia Hospital. He has been named, Donald Curtis.
- The city has began to implement drastic conservation measures for the water supply.
- Miletus: The threshing machines have been humming in this vicinity. It was at Paul WILKINSON’s farm last Monday, at Claude MULVANEY’s Tuesday, and at Orien BUTTS’ Saturday.
- Miletus: Some from this vicinity attended the show at Krutsinger’s Store Friday night.
- Pleasant Grove: It was been announced that a homecoming and basket dinner will be held at Pleasant Grove Sunday, Aug. 8th. Come and spend the day.
- J. Mack HUMPHREY, 66, who for many years one of the leading Lawrenceville businessmen, died at his home east of Lawrenceville, July 18. He had been ill for several months, following a stroke, but had regained his health to some extent. A few weeks ago he suffered a heart attack which was followed by another severe stroke. Born in Kinmundy on March 1, 1888, he was the son of Arthur and Florede EAGAN HUMPHREY. He learned the meat business as a boy and located in Salem, coming to Bridgeport in 1912, where he opened a market. Mr. HUMPHREY came to Lawrenceville a few years later. He was married to Miss Harriet VAWTER of Salem, and she became the mother of his two children, John V. HUMPHREY, and Mrs. C.A. WHETSTON, both of Lawrenceville. After Mrs. HUMPHREY’s death, he married Josephine SEVERNS, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sisters: Mrs. Jennie WAINSCOTT of Champaign; Mrs. C.E. LARKIN and Mrs. S.W. JOHNSON of Denver, Colo. Services were held at the home with burial in Lawrenceville Cemetery.
- Miss Joan OSBORN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. OSBORN of Creve Coeur, and granddaughter of A.A. MALINSKI of this city, was married to Jerry VANDERHEYDT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. VANDERHEYDT of Mossville, Illinois on June 19 in the Sacred Coeur Catholic Church of Creve Coeur. The bride graduated from East Peoria Community H.S., and is employed by Couch & Hoyle of Peoria. The groom attended Peoria schools, and is employed by the Peoria Tractor & Equipment Co. They will reside in Peoria.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.W. BAYLIS and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS and Miss Rosalyn LOWE attended the REINDL family reunion in Taylorville Sunday.
- Mrs. Clifton LEMAY and children attended the wedding of her nephew, A 2C Joe VOGEL to Miss Ruth LOGUE at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo on Wednesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY and children attended a charivari and shower for A 2C and Mrs. Joe VOGEL at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie LOGUE of Brownstown.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL, Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE and David, Mrs. Bessie NEAVILL and Mrs. SECHLER were dinner guests of Bud ROEDEL of Effingham Sunday, celebrating Mrs. SECHLER’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART of E. St. Louis spent the weekend at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. W.W. LOWE, and celebrated Mrs. LOWE’s birthday Sunday.
Aug. 5, 1954:
- Miss Bonnie GRAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY, and Richard WIMBERLY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert WIMBERLY, of Salem, were quietly married in the Christian Church July 29th with Bro. Everett THOMPSON, officiating. Miss Velma WIMBERLY, sister of the groom, and Duane GRAY, brother of the bride, were the attendants. Following the ceremony, the wedding party consisting of relatives and close friends, was given a reception at the home of the bride’s parents. Mrs. Noel SHAFFER and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS served. The bride graduated from Kinmundy-Alma H.S. in 1954. The groom graduated in 1954 from Salem H.S., and he is employed as attendant at the City Service Station in Salem. They will make their home in Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.J. CASPER of South Bend, Ind. have a daughter, Deborah Anne, born July 27. Mrs. CASPER is the former Miss Betty HELPINGSTINE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE.
- At the invitation of the Kinmundy-Alma School Board, 5 civic organizations have appointed a committee of citizens who will recommend to the Board a suitable site for the building of the new grade school. Those selected were: C.R. ALDERSON and Carl DUNLAP - Lion’s Club; Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and Mrs. Francis HAMMER - P.T.A.; Bernice ALBERSON and Ervin SOLDNER - Band parents; Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY - Women’s Club; Roy DOOLEN and Burdette JENKINS - American Legion. The committee met Monday at the schoolhouse and selected C.R. ALDERSON as the chairman. Several sites were proposed but how much these sites would costs along with water lines, grading, packing, etc. would be found out for the next meeting. In the meantime, this committee would welcome any suggestion a voter has to offer.
- Mrs. Wm. CASSEDAY of Alma was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on July 31. She underwent an appendectomy Monday.
- Verchial O. TROUT, 57, died at his home in this city Friday after an illness of several months. Services were held from St. Philomena’s Church, Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He was born in Odin, the son of Edward and Christine TROUT, and there he grew to manhood. In March 1918, he was married to Miss Nellie NEAVILLE of this city. For several years, this couple farmed. After moving to town he worked as a laborer. For several years he was city police. For the past 8 years, he was employed by the Brown Shoe Co. in Salem, where he worked until his health prevented him from doing so. Surviving are his wife; on son, Elwin, of this city; 2 daughters, Wilmadean LUNDY of Calif., and Christine SIMPSON of Centralia; 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ed of Chicago and Claude of Columbus, Ohio; 6 sisters, Annie McCOLLUM, Calif.; Rena CARMINES, Mt. Vernon; Tude GARRISON, Salem; Allie MARGUIS, Texas; Nellie HODGE, New York; and Mary POOLE, Odin.
- Cecil KEEN, our local highway commissioner, informs us that the last note for the Township’s auto patrol was paid off Tuesday. It was purchased in Jan. 1952 for $10,000 plus interest. The most interesting part of the story is, the township now owns the grader and has actually only expended $400 for it. The rest of the coast has come from Mr. KEEN working motor fuel tax roads as well as from individuals who might have need of a grader. We really think Mr. KEEN should be complimented for this.
- The annual Pleasant Grove Homecoming will be held Sunday, Aug. 8. The morning service will begin at 9:30 with Sunday School then Rev. Donald BLESSING will bring the message at 10:45. Basket dinner at the noon hour. The afternoon services will begin around two o’clock, with a program of various music selections, and the sermon will be given by Rev. Earl BARTON of Eldorado.
- July 30th, the Junior High Class of the Christian Church gathered at the home of Brenda GRAY to help her celebrate her 13th birthday.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District Formulated by Vote of 382 to 125. Not as many residents voted Saturday as should have in the election to vote for or against the formation of the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District. This issue should have interested more of the residents. In order to carry, a majority of the votes had to be cast in favor of the proposition in both the rural and urban areas. This was done. The urban areas voted 224 For and 39 Against. The rural areas voted 158 For and 86 Against. Within 3 weeks, Judge McMACKIN will appoint three trustees within this district who will set up the district and conduct the business.
- On Aug. 1 at the Salem Memorial Park, 81 of the SCHOOLEY descendants gathered for another happy reunion. This was the 3rd year for this gathering. Uncle John BAKER was the oldest one present being 76 years, and James BAKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon BAKER, was the youngest at 2 weeks old. Mr. and Mrs. Frank BAKER came the farthest from Milan, Tenn. (A long list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER of Bridgeport visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Wes HAMMER, Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. William COLE and family, formerly of Sandwich, Ill., came Saturday to make their home in Kinmundy. They will live in the Orville GORDON property.
- Cpl. Donald E. GARRETT of Ft. Eustis, Va., came Monday for a 13 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT.
- In Memoriam of Harold HOWELL, husband and father, who died Aug. 5, 1953.
Aug. 12, 1954:
- (Butchie) Dennis Lee KEEN and several of his little friends enjoyed an afternoon in the City Park Friday in honor of his 3rd birthday. Several candid snapshots were taken.
- There will be a basket dinner at the Lovell’s Grove (1880) Church Sunday, Aug. 15.
- Rev. Earl BARTON will preach a revival at the Bee Branch Methodist Church, south of Omega, beginning Aug. 16th and lasting 2 weeks. Rev. Joe GIBBONS of Iuka, is the pastor of this church.
- Dale Lynn HANNA, 8 year old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HANNA, died at Lincoln, Aug. 4. Services were held Sunday with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HANNA of Pasadena, Calif. and son, Pfc. David, who is stationed at El Toro Base, Santa Anna, Calif. arrived Saturday in their car. Miss Martha HANNA and Tom HARMON of Chicago also came.
- Kaye GREENWOOD, Rosalyn LOWE and Irlene PARRILL, members of the Meacham Worthwhile 4-H club, will be advancing to the State Fair to model the dresses that they made in their sewing projects. Donna COPPLE will be demonstrating her flower arrangement.
- Several friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY Aug. 5th to help Donna celebrate her 6th birthday.
- Miss Clara CRAYS, aunt of Mrs. F.A. MOTCH, died Sunday at Dietrich. Services were held Wednesday at Rossville.
- The Univ. of Illinois colors - orange and blue - will be the color combination used on the Illinois 1955 license plates, Sec. of State, Charles CARPENTIER announced last week. The slogan “Land of Lincoln” which appeared on the plates for the first time this year, will be used on next year’s plates also, but will be across the bottom.
- On Aug. 8, at the Tri-City Lake near Kinmundy, 73 members and 4 guests gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the PARRILL Reunion. At the first reunion in Aug. 1904, four direct descendants of Silas PARRILL were in attendance. On Aug. 8, 1954, 10 of the 3rd generation were present. All of these attended the first reunion. More than 100 years ago, Silas PARRILL, originally from Virginia, later making his home in Ohio, came to Illinois purchasing land from the government, 6 miles east of Farina, Ill. He made his home here the remainder of his life rearing a large and interesting family. The farm is still owned by a descendant. After a bountiful dinner was served, this being the 50th anniversary, interesting talks were made by several members of the family reminiscent of the past 50 years. Among them a resume of the past reunions. Many interesting events of grandfather’s life were told by the older members of the family. Miss Betty Ann WINEGARNER, of Santa Fe, New Mexico who for 4 years taught in Germany in the Army dependent school, gave a very interesting talk on a family life in Germany. Members of the family came to the reunion from many different states.
- On Tuesday, a group of friends gathered at the home of Terry GORDON to help her celebrate her 7th birthday.
- Howard L. ROBB, youngest son of John and Lois (NELMS) ROBB was born April 25, 1920, at Clifton, Ill. In his early childhood they moved to Kinmundy where he graduated from the local high school with the class of 1938. After completing high school, he entered Browns Business College, Centralia, from which he graduated the following year. In Jan. 1943, he was inducted into the United States Army. After two months basic training, he was sent overseas, serving with the 82nd Chemical Battalion. While serving his country, he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations Ribbon with 3 stars representing the battles of Bougainville, Bismark, Archipelago and Luzon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a star representing the Philippine campaign. After 30 months overseas duty he was discharged, Nov. 2, 1945. Following his discharge, he entered the Veteran’s Hospital, Marion, Ill., where he was treated for Malaria Fever, contracted while serving in the Southwest Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion post 519 and of the Kinmundy Lodge 398 A.F. & A.M. On Nov. 19, 1945, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., he married Miss Juanita BAILEY, and they had 3 children, namely, Linda Lou, 7, Howard Jr., 5, and Scott, 2. In June 1948 the family moved to Waukegan, Ill., where Howard was employed by the Houdiale Hershey Corp. They remained there until 1953 returning to Kinmundy due to Howard’s ill health. He was preceded in death by his father, John in 1936, and his mother, Lois, in 1945. Besides his immediate family, he leaves 1 brother, John Robert, of the U.S. Army. Howard will be remembered for his outstanding athletic ability, his winning personality, and cheery smile. He died Aug. 3, 1954 after an illness of 15 months. Services were held Saturday at the Methodist Church with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Burial was conducted by the American Legion at Evergreen Cemetery.
- The 25th annual reunion of the BROWN family was held Aug. 1st at the Salem Park. Showers and Saturday night and Sunday morning laid the dust and cooled the day. A special table was prepared for the 2 remaining BROWN girls, namely, Mrs. Allie BAGOTT, 90 years old of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Tillie O’CONNELL, 89 years old of Effingham. A cloth over 60 years old owned by their mother, was placed on their table. Others present for the day were Mr. Howard RINKEL and family of Jeffersonville, Ind.; Mrs. Ida RINKEL of Mishawaka, Ind., Joyce STEVENS of Lindsley, Okla., Mrs. Mary FLETCHER, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT of Charleston, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Martin WALSH, Mr. and Mrs. Bob TURNER, Mr. and Mrs. Roy STEPHENS, Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Howard HUNTER, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde FRANCE of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Loyd HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, and Miss Sarah SIDNER, of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Archie PATHEL of Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Harry O’CONNELL of Effingham, Mrs. Iris VAUGHN of Mt. Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Ted HOWARD, Herman SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Seibert HOOVER and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie DeWERFF of Farina. Mrs. Tillie O’CONNELL was elected president, Mrs. Evelyn HUNTER, secretary, and Mrs. Mary FLETCHER, Vice-president.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Herschel ROSE and family, and Russell ROSE attended the graveside services at the Salem Cemetery Thursday for tiny infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald “Bud” CHAPMAN, of Mt. Vernon. He was born Sunday in Mt. Vernon Hospital weighing 3 lbs. 2 oz., and died there Wednesday.
- Miletus (from last week): A rousing charivari and shower was given Monday night for Mr. and Mrs. Junior YATES at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES.
- Pleasant Grove: The Homecoming was observed at Pleasant Grove Sunday with a basket dinner at noon. After the morning message by Rev. BLESSING, Janet BARKSDALE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE, was baptized and taken into the church. After a short program, Rev. BARTON spoke in the afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: John KAGY, of Vandalia, and daughter called at the services Sunday to visit old friends. His daughters had a card shower for him last Friday honoring his 85th birthday.
- Miletus: This community is sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Dallas AUTON. She died Monday at 12:30 after a lingering illness of several months.
Aug. 19, 1954:
- Harriet WILKINSON: Lottie Harriett, second daughter of John H. and Della WILKINSON, was born July 2, 1890, and died Aug. 11, 1954 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham. She married Ellis WILKINSON on March 13, 1906. They had 2 sons. She is survived by her husband,; 2 sons, Kenneth of Alma, and Xon of Harvey; 2 daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank McCARTY and Mrs. Frank EMBSER. Services were held from the Christian Church with Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY were the guests of honor Monday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB with a barbeque and potluck supper. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters of Brownstown, Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family, Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and daughters and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS of Salem, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON and Shirley BAILEY of this city.
- The 26th annual SHORT reunion was held Aug. 15 in the Bryan Memorial Park. There were 60 in attendance and all enjoyed a basket dinner. The oldest attending was Eva O’DELL of Omega twp. The youngest was Corky RYAN of Salem, son of Junior and Dorothy RYAN of Salem, son of Junior and Dorothy RYAN. Most of the relatives were from Jasper and Marion counties. Those from near here attending were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas SLANE and Demia, Mr. and Mrs. Roy SHORT, Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE and Mrs. Robert BEARD and family. Next year the reunion will be held at Willow Hill, Ill.
- C. & E.I. Railroad plans to discontinue the trains 13 and 14. They claim it is losing money, and if permission is given to discontinue, the mail and express will be handled by trucks operating on the same schedule the trains have now.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles JASPER have a son born Aug. 13. This makes 3 sons for the JASPER family.
- Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family have returned home from 2 weeks vacation in Hooper, Colorado visiting the L.M. DISS family. They also enjoyed a visit in Barger, Texas with Mr. and Mrs. Ed JONES.
- The annual HOLT reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 29, in the City Park, Kinmundy. In case of rain, other arrangements have been made.
- THOMS-BASS: On Friday morning in the Methodist Church occurred the wedding of Miss Carol THOMS of this city to Roy BASS of Salem. Rev. Vance COMER officiated, and the couple was attended by the bride’s brother, Billy THOMS, and Miss Shirley BEARD, both of this city. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elliot THOMS. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne BASS of Salem. The groom graduated from Salem H.S. in 1952, and the bride is a graduate of this year’s class at our local high school. Both are employed by the Brown Shoe factory in Salem. After a few days honeymoon in the Ozarks, they will be at home in the Robnett Apartments until moving to Salem.
- Mrs. Nellie VANSCYOC was the honored and oldest guest present at the ROYER reunion Sunday in the Mattoon Park. She was given a pop-up toaster. There were 57 relatives present. Junior VANSCYOC of Romulus, Mich. came for his grandmother and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester VANSCYOC of Farina. A basket dinner was enjoyed.
- Jimmie ALEXANDER and cousin, John RAYMOND of Breese, spent a part of last week in the Smokey Mountains hunting bear.
- All schools of the Kinmundy-Alma Unit will begin operation on Aug. 30. In all grade schools, Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS will teach vocal music and Mr. Carl BROEKER will teach instrumental and band. The names of the other teachers and the grades they will teach are as follows:
Mrs. Lulu OWENS, First and second; Mrs. Bertha SEE, Third and Fourth; Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS, Fifth and Sixth; Mrs. Grace JACKSON, Seventh and Eighth and principal.
Mrs. Alma ERNST, First; Miss Alice READNOUR, Second; Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS, Second; Miss Anna May RITTER, Third; Miss Hester HEATON, Fourth; Mrs. Mildred ANDERSON, Fifth; Mrs. Alice LEWIN, Sixth and Seventh; Mr. Jamie McGEE, Seventh and Eighth.
Rural Attendance Centers:
Allen, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE, Grades 1, 5, 6, 8; Brown, Mrs. Susie MALONE, grades 5, 6, 7, 8; Greenridge, Mrs. Mary BRASEL, grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7; McHaney, Mrs. Ruby SULLENS, grades 1, 2, 5, 7; Miletus, Mrs. Florence WEISS, grades 1, 2, 3, 4; Oak Grove, Mr. Haven BURKE, grades 1 , 3, 4, 6; Omega, Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON, grades 2, 3, 4, 7.
Mr. Lewis J.T. O’DELL, Superintendent, Physics; Miss Louise HAUTH, Commerce; Mr. Carl BROEKER, Band, Chorus; Mrs. Ruby O’DELL, English; Mr. Virgil McKITRICK, Albion, Agriculture; Mr. Enne LIETZ, Okawville, Coach, Boys P.E., Social Science; Mrs. Merlene BENNETT, Royalton, Girls’ P.E., Social Science, Biology; Mr. Myron ANDERSON, Wyoming, Mathematics; Mrs. Bertha BURGESS, Joppa, Home Economics.
- Wally HULTZ has returned to his ship in Pearl Harbor after a 30 day leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace HULTZ and daughter, Audrey.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HUMPHREY of Rome, N.Y. are here visiting their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS, and son, Mark. Mr. and Mrs. HUMPHREY will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary while here.
- Meacham: We’re all sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Ellis WILKINSON and Mrs. Lillie KRUTSINGER.
- A number of relatives and friends with well filled baskets helped Freddie MISSELBROOK celebrate his birthday on Sunday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Bob and Margie WRIGHT, who held the revival at Lovell’s Grove, were entertained to dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE Tuesday. Then they and about 60 children and youth folks and a few parents attended a party there after services that night in honor of their brother Jim’s 13th birthday, who has helped with the special numbers.
Aug. 26, 1954:
- A record crowd is expected next week at the 13th annual Kinmundy Fox Hunters Meet. It begins Thursday, Sept. 2 and goes thru three days. During the three days meet last year, over 2000 people attended.
- Several relatives and friends gathered at the Clarence QUANDT home last Tuesday to help Mrs. Clarence QUANDT celebrate her birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy BASS were entertained at a miscellaneous shower Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul WIMBERLY of Iuka.
- Mrs. Chas BOYD celebrated her birthday Aug. 23 with a family dinner. Those present were Mrs. Joe ETHERTON of Carbondale, Mr. and Mrs. Claude WILKINSON and Miss Florence JACK of this city.
- Celebrates 80th Birthday: Mrs. W.H. JONES was guest of honor at a potluck dinner at the City park in honor of her 80th birthday. Relatives attending the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Carl JONES of Atlanta, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. Louis JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Jack COX and son, Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES and children, Mr. and Mrs. Dean JONES and children of Arnold Chapel vicinity, Mr. and Mrs. Don JONES of Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES and son, and Mrs. Pearl GRIFFIN of Centralia. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES, Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and children, and Mrs. Nettie GEORGE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary at their farm home in Meacham twp., Aug. 30 with an open house.
- Miss Patsy Joan SHAFFER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER, and Eugene KELLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. K.E. KELLER of Decatur were married Aug. 10 in Decatur. The couple will reside in Decatur where the groom is employed.
- Dial service for the Bell telephone company subscribers will begin Sept. 1st. All subscribers are cautioned to refer to the directory after the changeover. All local numbers will have four digits and will begin with “3” and “7".
- Carl DUNLAP was elected president of the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Kinmundy-Alma Fire District Saturday in their organizational meeting in Salem. Vernon GRAGG was elected Secretary and Ervin SOLDNER was elected Treasurer. Their first act was the passage of the appropriation ordinance for the disbursement of funds.
- Mrs. Ellis WOLFE of Bondville, Ill., a former resident of this city, fell and broke her hip and is now a patient in Urbana Hospital.
- Friday, 30 small friends help Jane and Frankie HAMMER celebrate their birthdays.
- Dode LANGHAM of Tamalco suffered painful injuries in an accident while driving his car on the Iola-Farina road. He was rushed to Vandalia Hospital, and his car was a total wreck. He was our ag teacher last year and is now an agent for the Farm Bureau, Champaign County. He is at home resting.
- Mrs. H.M. FISHER accompanied Mr. and Mrs. J.W. MAHAN of Centralia and their daughter, Mrs. BURTON of Charleston, W. Va. to Chicago last week where they attended the Golden wedding anniversary of their brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. COCKRELL. The wedding dinner was given by their sons, Mr. and Mrs. Paul COCKRELL, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles COCKRELL. A cablegram of congratulations was received from their nephew, William F. GRESHAM and wife and daughter, Laura, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Charles L. COCKRELL and Amy E. FISHER, both of Kinmundy, were married Aug. 17, 1904 at the farm home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.E. FISHER in the presence of the immediate families and relatives. Her uncle, Rev. John BALLANCE, performed the ceremony. They are parents of two sons, Paul F. COCKRELL, of Tulsa, Okla., and Charles F. of Chicago. They have 1 grandchild, Connie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul COCKRELL. Mr. COCKRELL is president of Lose-Stefenson and Co. of Chicago.
- A new site for the proposed grade building at Kinmundy will be submitted to voters of the Kinmundy-Alma School district soon. The proposed site is the west portion of the Stella BALLANCE farm located on the Kinmundy-Louisville road at the edge of the city limits. The 10 acre tract lays between the BALLANCE home and the Charles R. BASSETT home. The decision to submit this site followed a joint meeting of the Board of Education and an advisory committee composed of members of organizations in the city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY of Decatur spent the weekend with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and children.
- Miletus (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children attended the 7th Annual L.W. TATE Reunion which was held Aug. 15 at Kitchell Park in Pana, Ill. Others attending from near here were: Mr. and Mrs. James TATE, Mr. and Mrs. Everett TATE and children, and Herbert and Ina Mae TATE. There were 68 attending. Rev. O.W. TATE, 76, of Everett, Kan. was the oldest present, and little Miss Terry HAINES, 3 weeks, of Bloomington, was the youngest. Rev. O.W. TATE and his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl MEANS of Everett, Kans. traveled the farthest.
- Miletus (from last week): Mrs. Dallas AUTON’s funeral was held at the Salem Pentecostal Church last Thursday. Burial was in Brown Cemetery near Edgewood. She leaves her husband, 5 small children, mother, 7 brothers and sisters, and several aunts.
- Miletus (from last week): Some from this community attended the funeral of Mrs. Lilly KRUTSINGER last Friday at the Pentecostal Church in Farina.
- Miletus (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES moved Thursday to their farm east and north of Hampsten’s Store. Their son, Ora Jr. and wife, removed on the farm they vacated.
- The Friendly Neighborhood Group met last Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Charles BASSETT to help celebrate her birthday. On Friday, the same group surprised Mrs. John PHILLIPS on her birthday and also a house warming. Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS have just completed a beautiful new home in our neighborhood. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Legion Auxiliary held it’s annual Installation of Officers Aug. 19 in the Legion Hall. President Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY called the meeting to order with 20 members and guests. The following were installed for the coming year: President, Mrs. Marjorie GREEN; First Vice President, Mrs. Peggy JENKINS; Second Vice President, Mrs. Lela Mae DOOLEN; Corr. Sec., Mrs. Bessie DISS; Treas., Miss Mildred KLEISS; Historian, Mrs. Florence REESE; Chaplain, Mrs. Elsie REESE; Sargent at Arms, Mrs. Effie CRAIN.
Sept. 2, 1954:
- The regular meeting of the Legion Auxiliary was held at the home of Mrs. Elsie REESE, Aug. 30th. The meeting was called to order by the president, Mrs. Marjorie GREEN. There were 15 members present. (A list of each new chairmen of the committees was included.)
- The annual BUTTS family reunion will be held in Bryan Park in Salem on Sept. 5th.
- Carl RICHARDSON of Champaign died of a heart attack on Aug. 24 at Champaign Hospital. He was born in Meacham twp. near Rockhold School. He was son of James and Laura RICHARDSON, and manager of the Loyal Order of Moose in Champaign. He leaves a wife and 2 sons, all of Champaign; 4 sisters, Grace KLAMON of Joliet, Elsie NEIL and Dellie LOGAN of Champaign, and Cora HOLLISTER of Breckenridge, Texas; and 3 brothers, Glen and Ed of Champaign, and Lewis of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. James CONANT of Manhattan Beach, Calif. have a daughter born Aug. 23 named Carol Frances. Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN is paternal grandmother.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JONES of Oak Park, Ill. have a daughter, Cynthia Lou, born Aug. 24. Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES are the paternal grandparents.
- Maxey SPENCER remains seriously ill and has been taken to Cockrans Hospital in St. Louis.
- Freddie GAMMON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON, became the first casualty of the school year Monday when he fell while playing football and broke his left arm. He was taken to the Doctor’s office for treatment and returned to school Tuesday.
- Dennis Leon HAMPSTEN celebrated his 2nd birthday Aug. 29th with a basket dinner in Salem Park.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary Sunday at their farm home in Meacham twp. 60 called at their home for cake and punch: Mrs. Pearl EDWARDS and Mrs. Opal NEIDO of St. Louis, Mo.; Herschel COPPLE of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Morris LACEY and daughter, and Edd LACEY of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Dick CRAIG and children of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Clark KRUTSINGER of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ben BUTTS and Wanda, Mrs. Jessie JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Fenton HAWKINS of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill FOGLER and Denny, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE, Sandra Lee, Clarence Oren, Linda Sue, and Brenda Kay, Layman BURKETT, Mr. and Mrs. Junior BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER and Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Fred BURKETT, Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTEN and Donald.
- Friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BURKETT for a basket dinner to welcome the return of their son, Bob, who has been stationed in Korea. He returned home Tuesday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The 2nd annual Kell Homecoming will be held at Kell School on Sept. 10 with a fish and chicken fry. Last year, 2000 people attended the event. The evening’s entertainment will be amateur contest sponsored by the association of the school.
- Lawrence (Bud) DYER returned home Friday from Korea. He had served 21 months with the U.S. Army in Korea.
- Pfc. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE of Manchester, New Hampshire have a son, Terry Lee, born Aug. 29. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON are the maternal grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. Edward LOGUE are the paternal grandparents.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of near Alma and Mr. and Mrs. Jack KRUTSINGER and children called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
Sept. 9, 1954:
- A class of 41 nurses will be enrolled in Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield on Sept. 8th, among whom will be Miss Donna M. SCHOOLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. SCHOOLEY, and Miss Gladys L. BRIMBERRY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roley E. BRIMBERRY. - The 6th grade and their teacher of the local Kinmundy school were entertained Sept. 2 at the home of John VANDEVEER in the honor of his 11th birthday.
- Word was received here that James SUGG of Metropolis suffered 2 broken ribs and a smashed hip when his car went out of control and overturned near Keensburg, Ill. Officers said SUGG’s car burned after coming to rest along the New York Central embankment. SUGG was pulled from the flaming wreckage and taken to the hospital in Mt. Carmel. He will be remembered as the manager of the Roller Rink which has been located in the city park here during the last 2 summers.
- Miss Rosa Lee MARLOW, daughter of Mrs. Lila MARLOW of Mason formerly of Kinmundy, will graduate Sept. 9 from the Alton Hospital School of Nursing.
- Jim McHATTON, Dale BASSETT, and Jim WHITE left Tuesday for Carbondale where they will enter Southern Illinois University.
- Mrs. C.F. PRUETT entertained a few relatives at dinner at Crain’s Café Wednesday in honor of their cousin, Mrs. Clinton YATES of Phoenix, Ariz. Others attending were Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE, Misses Edith and Martha MORGAN, Misses Grace and Ruby ARNOLD, Mrs. J.A. HOLT, Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, and Mrs. Effie ROBB.
- Pfc. Jackson BARKSDALE, whose wife, Paula, lives on Rt. 2, Alma, is now serving in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division. The “Rock of Marne” division which saw bitter fighting in the Iron Triangle and at Outpost Harry, is now training as part of the U.S. security force on the peninsula. He is son of H.J. BARKSDALE, Salem, and is a member of Battery B of the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He entered the army in Apr. 1953, and has been in Korea since last November.
- The relatives of the late F.M. ROBB met at the City Park Sept. 5 for their annual reunion. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH and Karen, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Darwin JONES and family, Patoka; Mrs. Bea ROBERSON of Miami, Fla.; Miss Martha WALKER, of Wood River; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD, Mrs. August BRUNGGE of Breese; Mrs. Gerald GERFEN and son, of Sappington, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family of St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DAY and son, Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD, Mrs. C.F. PRUETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mrs. Bob MIDDLETON and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES, Harold JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Bill DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, all of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Rosco OLDEN celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary Sunday with a family dinner in the City Park. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL and family; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER and family, Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN and daughters of Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy HALL and son of Edgewood, Mrs. Helen NASH, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY and PFC Sonny FOLLOWELL, USAF.
- The Jolly Girls opened their ‘54-‘55 season, Sept. 2 at the home of Mrs. George KEEN. 13 members and 1 guest, Mrs. Vernon JOHNSON of Salem, attended the meeting which was held out-of-doors. Sewing on buttons and other mending occupied the afternoon. During the business meeting, presided over by the president, Mrs. Paul WAGGONER, it was voted to pay dues during the summer months, this fund to be set aside for emergencies. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Harry GRAY, Jr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN. The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Clifton LEMAY.
- Record crowds attended the 13th annual Fox Hunters’ Meet Here Sept. 2 - 4. An estimated 3500 people packed the Charleton Grove. With a total of 104 dogs entered in the Bench shows and Field Trials, a new record was established. The evening entertainment was fully enjoyed by the people. Each night, square dancing along with special entertainment attracted the attention of the crowds. Eight concessions were in operation. The feature entertainment of the 3-day meet was provided by the renowned Pathfinders Quartet of Olney.
- Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG remains in critical condition in the Springfield Hospital suffering from a broken hip received in a fall at her home Tuesday of last week. Mr. WHITTENBURG is staying with his daughter, Mrs. H.J. CLINEBELL, in Springfield.
- Pleasant Grove: The WSCS met Wednesday with Mrs. Laura ROSE and quilted a quilt for Mrs. Anna SHAFFER reports 119 quarts of peaches were canned Monday for their booth festival, some others canned at home.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and daughters ate supper with her parents Tuesday night, it being her father’s birthday and the next day, Sept. 1, was their little daughter’s, Debra’s, birthday. She baked a cake for the occasion.
- Pleasant Grove: Several ladies from Bee Branch met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGGONER and canned 180 quarts of peaches for the children’s home.
- John McCULLEY accompanied Lee CROSBY of Centralia and Marc SUOLON of Odin to Danville Sunday to attend the 130th Inf. Co. D. annual reunion.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Dean BAKER and daughters, Cora MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Steward MONICAL, and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy WOOLRIDGE and son attended the SMITH Reunion at Flora Park Sunday.
- PFC Rosco WIMBERLY arrived home Wednesday from Korea on emergency furlough to be with his son, Ronald Rosco, who has been seriously ill.
- BUTTS Family Reunion: 150 relatives of the late Michael BUTTS attended the annual BUTTS Reunion held Aug. 5 in the Park in Salem. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Anna MARLOW returned home Friday from a 3 weeks visit with her son, Lt. Col. H.M. MARLOW and family of Ft. Monroe, Va., and with relatives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sept. 16, 1954:
- The City Council approved a 13 year extension on the Illinois Bell Franchise. There was also an explanation on how fire calls are received and how the volunteer fire fighters are notified.
- The Friendly Neighbors met Aug. 31 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orus LEACH. This was the birthday of Mrs. LEACH. The entire families attended and enjoyed a potluck supper. The evening was spent visiting and singing around the piano. (A list of those attending was included.)
- On Sept. 8, the friendly neighbors met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS honoring their daughter, Mrs. Julie ROGERS birthday.
- The REESE reunion was held at Kinmundy City Park Sept. 12, 1954 with a basket dinner. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. J.W. REESE of Pana; Mr. and Mrs. Ben REESE and son, Robbie, of Jewel, Iowa; Patsy ALEXANDER of Christopher and friend of Chicago and his grandmother of Benton; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE, Mrs. Mildred and Donna SUTTON of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE, Hope REESE, Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE and sons, Beryl and Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and Eugene, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE, Karen and Nelda. Next year’s reunion will be in Kitchell Park in Pana, Ill. Afternoon visitors were Mrs. Neva JONES, Lewis JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Fred ATKINS of Maroa, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth REESE and Gloria of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Mac ROBB and Mrs. Nettie GEORGE.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.P. MINGEE of Peoria have a son born Sept. 10. Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON are the maternal grandparents.
- State Route Curve Claims Another Truck Victim: A truck lost control and overturned on the approach to the curve on Route 37 west of the C. & E.I. subway early Monday morning. The truck was owned by the Catalanio Fruit Co., Milwaukee, Wis., and was fully loaded with bananas from New Orleans. The driver of the truck could give no explanation for the accident but it appears that the vehicle left the highway a few yards from the curve, overturned, and slid on the gravel driveway into the Ritchie Phillips 66 service station. The gasoline pumps and supports for the canopy were torn away and the north corner of the building damaged. The truck trailer was damaged beyond repair, but the trailer appeared to have received very little damage. The driver was uninjured. This curve has claimed several victims in recent years, several fatalities among them. The gentle downgrade from the south provides trucks and cars a chance to gain excessive speeds before reaching the curve. The warning sign is located close to the curve and affords little time to slow the oncoming vehicles. A civic organization has requested the state highway dept. to place a better warning system from the south, but the only thing that was done was to place a sign with an arrow at right angles.
- A group of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON Sunday and enjoyed a basket dinner on tables set out on the lawn. Guests present were: Mrs. Bertha MEYERS, Mr. and Mrs. Shirley MEYERS and daughter, Karen Sue, Mr. and Mrs. Donald ENNIS of Allerton, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Merle MEYERS and son, Wayne, of Bellflower, Ill.; Miss Blanche WALKER, Mr. and Mrs. Henry SMITH of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WHITE and son, Lee, of Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MEYERS, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH and daughters, Judy and Joy, and son, Doyle, Mr. Joe HOLZHAUSEN, Mr. and Mrs. Faye VARNER, Mr. and Mrs. BOUSERMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond HOLLINSHEAD and grandchildren, Mrs. Dora DAWKINS and Sharon BYERS, all of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and daughters, Sandra, Linda, Brenda, and son, Clarence, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and son, Donald, of Kinmundy. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Fred HOLZHAUSEN, Miss Mary LONG of Farina.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Hornet H.S. baseball team lost to Patoka in their opener. Morris MAXEY was the pitcher, and Norman SULLIVAN, Larry SULLENS, Lester CHASTEEN and Bob WHITE had hits for the day. Coach LEITZ says he has a fine club this year and they are: Seniors - Bill JONES, Jerry MORRIS, Larry SULLENS, Bob WHITE; Juniors - Ed CLARK, Junior HOARD, Norman SULLIVAN, Lester CHASTEEN, Jim HUDDLESTON; Sophomores - Morris MAXEY, Mark GARRETT, Richard BOYD; Freshmen - Dick DEADMOND, Charles WINKS, Paul WILKINS, Rudy SLANE. Managers - Louis MAXEY and John JOHNSON.
- Edward Dale CORRELL of Thomasboro, Ill. and Miss Josephine VETETO of Ivesdale were married at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arley CORRELL in Thomasboro on Sept. 11. O.E. CORRELL, of Kinmundy, grandfather of the groom, performed the ceremony.
- The local Fire Dept. was called Tuesday night to a woods and grass fire on the KOTVA land west of town. Clyde OSBORN, nearby property owner, reported the fire when it was feared it would come close to crude oil storage tanks. The fire was discovered Saturday of last week has been confined to a waste field that surrounded the oil production area. This is made up of dense undergrowth in timber.
- Mrs. Rose WHITTENBURG died Sept. 14 at the Springfield Hospital. She had suffered a broken hip 2 weeks ago. Services will be held Thursday from the Christian Church.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER of Salem in honor of Mrs. MERCER’s birthday Sept. 8. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KLINE and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Howard HELM and daughter, and Max MERCER of Salem.
- The 47th Wedding Anniversary of Pearl M. and Laura SMITH ROSE was observed Sept. 8 at their home in Omega twp. There was an open house during the day, and a family dinner in the evening. All children and families were present for the evening meal along with other relatives and close friends. Miss Laura SMITH and Mr. Pearl M. ROSE were married Sept. 8, 1907 at the home of her parents, George and Jennie SMITH in Alma twp. Rev. William J. SIMER performed the ceremony. They are now the parents of 7 children, Claude, Mrs. Hazel KELL, Mrs. Bertha SEE, Mrs. Gladys HIESTAND, Ralph, Herschel, and Clyde, all living in Marion county. The ROSES have 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- Ed WORMLEY fell down the steps at his home Wednesday and broke his elbow. He was taken to Salem hospital and returned home Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell FORD of St. Peter have a baby daughter born last week.
- Mrs. William BAGGOTT was honored Sunday with a quiet dinner at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, in observance of her 92nd birthday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Lester MULVANEY Saturday at the Fred MULVANEY home in Omega.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the Homecoming at the Methodist Church in Alma.
- Pleasant Grove: There was no school at Allen Friday, as the teacher, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE, attended the Teacher’s Meeting.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Bob FORD, vice chairman of the Home Bureau, had change of the meeting in Brubaker in the absence of Mrs. Paul WILLIAMS, chairman. Mrs. Melvin CURRIE and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER gave the major lesson and Mrs. Herschel ROSE gave the minor lesson. Refreshments of cake, cookies, and lemonade were served by Mrs. Will CURRIE, Mrs. Paul CURRIE, and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER.
- Major and Mrs. Russell POWELL and son of Bloomfield, Conn. spent Friday afternoon and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and children.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS, Thursday.
- Mrs. Ella BRENIZERE and family are moving to Kinmundy and will occupy one of the Dr. HANNA houses. She was formerly Ella JASPER SIGRIST and is a former resident of this community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Noel SHAFFER and family moved to Harvey, Ill., where Mr. SHAFFER has employment.
Sept. 23, 1954:
- Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER and Mr. N.H. BLACKBURN were married in a quiet ceremony in the Christian Church in Villa Grove on Sept. 18. Rev. Ben MOTOLD of Villa Grove performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Harry HUBBARD attended the couple. Mrs. HUBBARD is a sister of the groom. The couple will be living at his home on N. Monroe St.
- The friendly neighbors met Monday with Mrs. Carl B. VALLOW, who celebrated her birthday Sunday.
- The Kinmundy Hornets baseball team beat Farina 7-3 at home. Morris MAXEY was the winning pitcher, pitching the entire game and striking out 10. A homerun and single were hit by Charles WINKS, while Mark GARRETT got 3 singles for 4 times at bat. Larry SULLENS, Lester CHASTEEN, Norman SULLIVAN and Bob WHITE each got a hit.
- Celebrates 25th Anniversary: Approximately 85 guests attended the candle lit reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS Sunday in honor of their Silver Wedding Anniversary. Miss Mildred SHAFFER, daughter of Mrs. Gertie SHAFFER, and Mr. Lowell DISS, both of Kinmundy were married Sept. 19, 1929 at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Effingham. They are now the parents of 5 boys: Lowell Jr. of Centralia; Darrell of Kinmundy; Leon, Jim, and Larry at home, and have 2 grandchildren, Linda and Mark.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ervin CHEATUM were hosts Wednesday at a dinner in their home honoring their son, Floyd’s, birthday. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CHEATUM and family of Effingham, Mr. and Mrs. Francis CHEATUM and daughter, Deanna of Odin, Mrs. Donnie CHEATUM and children of Champaign, and Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM and son, Danny, of Kinmundy.
- The Parent-Teachers of K-A Unit District held their first meeting of the school year on Sept. 20. The meeting was called to order by the new president, Mrs. Howard HAMMER. At 7:35 the lights went out due to an electrical storm. While locating candles, lamps and flashlights the group was led in singing by Mrs. Wayne ROBB, accompanied by Mr. BROEKER. The president introduced the new officers and committee chairmen to the large crowd, and then turned the meeting over to Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, who announced the winners of the Flower and Garden Exhibit. Officers are President - Mrs. Howard HAMMER; Vice President - Mrs. E. SOLDNER; Treasurer - Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON; Secretary - Mrs. Burdette BRASEL; Hospitality Chairman - Mrs. James EAGAN; Magazine Chairman - Mrs. Harold MORRIS; Garden Chairman - Mrs. Fred GAMMON; Publicity Chairman - Mrs. Art BOYD.
- Celebrates 85th Birthday: A basket dinner was held in the Kinmundy Park, Sunday, Sept. 19 for Mrs. Elizabeth ATKIN’s 85th birthday. The following were present: Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, Raymond ATKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Lora ARNOLD, Mrs. Zelia NEAVILL, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN, Mrs. Sarah MILLER, Mr. and Mrs. Frank WILSON, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Miss Wanda GARRETT, Miss Judy ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BASSETT, Miss Helen BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family, all of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar PERKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe LANSFORD and son, Ted, Mrs. Margaret EAGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, all of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO of Hartford, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDEL and Bill ZINDEL of Moweaqua; Mrs. Ron SMITH and son, of Oak Lawn, Ill.; Mrs. Richard MURFIN of Vernon; Mrs. James DePEW and daughter of Vandalia; Mrs. George GILLESPIE of Anderson, Ind. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mrs. Nettie GEORGE, Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and Mr. Thurman ROBB, of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNICOL and Mrs. Elmer FRIZZELL.
- Kinmundy and vicinity suffered damage from a rain, wind, and hail storm Sunday afternoon, but the rain raised the lake level. Several windows about town were broken by the hail, and Ivan DeVORE was one of the houses with hail damage with paint knocked off looking like a case of smallpox, and the wooden weatherboarding is dented like it was it with a bunch of rocks.
- A two-week revival will begin Sept. 26 at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Brubaker (Happy Hollow School House). The pastor, Elder Noel MEADE of St. Louis will bring messages each evening at 7:30 p.m.
- The annual report of Sandy Branch Cemetery Association was printed listing the people who had donated $5, $3, $2, $1, as well as donations of good. Officers for the coming year are Bob GREEN, president; Guy ARNOLD, Vice President; and George COLE, Sec. Treas.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND have a new granddaughter, born Sept. 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter HIESTAND of Finland, Minn.
- Pleasant Grove: One side of the basement wall of Hollice BAKER’s house caved in Sunday night due to the heavy rain. Mrs. BAKER heard an unusual noise about 2 o’clock and awoke Mr. BAKER, and he called his brother, Johnnie, to help save the house from collapse.
- PFC Gene BAILEY, Darrell LUNDER and Kay ORD of Scott Air Force Base were weekend guests of the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY.
- Mrs. Belle SUTTON and Mrs. Eva PARRISH accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY of Brownstown to Shelbyville at a dinner honoring Mrs. SUTTON’s mother, Mrs. DILDINE, on her 95th birthday.
Sept. 30, 1954:
- Clarence WILLIAMS, son of James and Mary BAXTER WILLIAMS, was born in Kinmundy on May 4, 1877. He made his home here and in this vicinity all of his life. He had been in poor health for several years and died Sept. 23, 1954. He leaves 2 sisters, Gertrude WILLIAMS, now in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Madge CUTLER, of Rankin, Ill. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Chapel with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHAFFER have a son born Sept. 25 in Salem Hospital named Bruce Eugene. Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER, and Mr. and Mrs. Harrison AARON of Salem are the grandparents.
- Miss Betty FORD of LaGrange visited from Friday until Monday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD.
- Several relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT Sunday to help their little son, Philip, celebrate his 3rd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY of Salem have a daughter born Sept. 25 at Salem Hospital.
- George KEEN and his coon hound, Dixie, attended the Clay county Coon Hunters Assoc. at Louisville, Thursday. Dixie was awarded 1st prize, receiving a gold trophy, a blue ribbon, and 75 lbs. of dog food.
- Miss Norma JOHNSTON of Salem, daughter of Mrs. Vella J. MULLENS, and Fred Eugene CRAIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN were married Sept. 22 in Mt. Vernon. Judge THOMAS of Mt. Vernon performed the ceremony. The bride is a graduate of Carbondale University H.S., and was formerly employed as secretary in the office Dowell Inc. in Salem. Mr. CRAIN received his education in the Kinmundy schools, and served 7 years in the U.S. Navy. They now operate CRAIN’s Café downtown.
- Obituary of Mrs. Rose WHITTENBURG: Rose Jane LOVELL was born July 4, 1877 at Patoka, and died Sept. 13, 1954 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. For many years she was a teacher in the schools in Kinmundy and Centralia areas. On Nov. 19, 1904, she married J.W. WHITTENBURG, who survives. She was a charter member of the Christian Church in Kinmundy. Many will remember her for her work she did at the Old Camp Ground church. Surviving besides her husband are: 1 brother, N.V. LOVELL of South Bend, Ind.; 1 step-daughter, Clem Lucille CLINEBELL of Springfield; 1 step-son, Harry W. WHITTENBURG of Lexington, Ky.; and 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Christian Church. A grandson, Dr. Howard J. CLINEBELL of New York conducting, assisted by Bro. E.D. THOMPSON, pastor of the Christian Church. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- In a light vote Saturday, voters approved the purchase of the Stella Ballance farm site for $140,000 for the grade school building.
- Pvt. Otis M. BROWN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel BROWN, Kinmundy, has reported to Brooke Army Medical Center for advanced basic training at the Medical Training Center. He will train for medical corpsman and combat aidman. Pvt. BROWN entered the army last May.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Harold KENLEY left early Friday to attend the funeral of a friend in New York. She will visit awhile before returning home. They formerly lived in New York for six years.
- James WHITE, a student at the SIU spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn WHITE.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer COLEMAN and Mrs. Docia WILLIAMS in Iola. Mrs. WILLIAMS was 91 years old Sunday. Aunt Doris, as most everyone calls her, is Mrs. COLEMAN’s mother. She has lost the sight of her right eye, and is almost blind in the left one. She is a very sweet old lady and is loved by all who knows her.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY entertained their family Friday in honor of their son, Bob’s, birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and family from Brownstown; Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS, Pfc Gene BAILEY, Scott Field; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, and Mrs. Pola ROBB and family.
Oct. 7, 1954:
- The City Council passed an ordinance to train men and women who could perform first aid and reclamation during a time of disaster for a Civil Defense department at Monday night’s meeting.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert GRAY observed their 62nd wedding anniversary Tuesday in a quiet manner at their home. A few of their neighbors dropped in for their daily visit and that was all. Both Mr. and Mrs. GRAY are enjoying fairly good health.
- Charles Bennett MERCER delivered a sermon and was ordained at the Fourth Baptist Church in Providence, N.J. on Sept. 19. His parents, Rev. and Mrs. Arthur B. MEYER were present. This was the same church where the elder Rev. MEYER served as pastor for 20 years. All are well known here to the older residents of the community.
- Mr. and Mrs. David P. SNELLING celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Friday with their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David SNELLING, Jr., and grandchildren, Shirley and David, visiting old friends in San Diego. Back in Glendora, they received phone calls from Chicago from their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John GROVE and their 4 children, and from the Fred SNELLINGS and their 2 sons. The celebrating couple were married in Chicago and reared their family there. Mr. SNELLING worked for the City of Chicago until his retirement 7 years ago. They moved to Glendora, Calif. then where they reside today. (Taken from the “Glendora, Calif. News”.)
- Several friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. Ernst HOLZHAUSEN Tuesday in honor of his birthday. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT, Mary LONG, Fred HOLZHAUSEN, Coon HOWELL, Mrs. Clyde COOPER of Farina; Emogene SHAFER, Harlon HOLZHAUSEN, Louisville, Opal NIEDO, Noah HILL, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.; Thelma LAMBIRD, Collinsville; Maggie PHILLIPS, Ira HAYS, Mr. and Mrs. John STOCKER, Mrs. Nettie REYNOLDS, Ernest PRATHER, O.E. CORRELL, Mr. J.G. WATSON, Kinmundy; and Alta BOYD, Sandusky, Ohio.
- Mrs. Harold MORRIS entertained several friends of her daughter, Carolyn, Oct. 1, in honor of her 10th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Sept. 20th, the F.F.A. held their first meeting of the year and officers were elected. They are President, Don YATES; Vice President, Sam JONES; Secretary, Jim HUDDLESTON; Reporter, Junior HOARD; Treasurer, Gary KLINE; Sentinel, Ron SWIFT.
- Mrs. Richard WIMBERLY was given a surprise birthday party by her husband in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph WIMBERLY in Salem Saturday evening. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Roy BASS, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe WIMBERLY and son, Ronnie, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY, Duane, Brenda and Jerry. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Orville SIMMONS, Miss Velma WIMBERLY, Miss Thelma RUNYON and Mrs. Maxine MORGAN.
- Mr. Frank HUMPHREY celebrated his 85th birthday Sept. 30. He received many nice cards and gifts.
- The Kings and Queens who are candidates for the crown of the annual school parade and carnival this year are: Senior: Bill JONES and Shirley BEARD; Junior: Jim HUDDLESTON and Karen JONES; Sophomore: David BALLANCE and Carolyn ALBERSON; Freshmen: Dick DEADMOND and Carolyn GARRETT. The date of the parade is Oct. 8th, and the carnival is Oct. 9th.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris ate Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELL in Salem, and ate supper with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and Billy Dean helping Billy Dean celebrate his birthday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Darwin HIESTAND have a daughter born in Salem Hospital Oct. 2. She has been named Jan.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children and Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY enjoyed homemade ice cream with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WILCOXEN and son, Lindell last Thursday and helped Lindell celebrate his birthday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS entertained Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL to a birthday dinner Sunday for Mr. HARRELL, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy NEAL entertained Mr. and Mrs. HARRELL to a birthday supper Friday evening for Mr. HARRELL’s birthday which was Oct. 1.
- Mr. and Mrs. George FORD visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT Sunday.
Oct. 14, 1954:
- Mrs. Stella LASWELL of Alma has written a prize winning yarn which will be published in the Sunday Globe-Democrat Magazine on Oct. 17. Strange things happen in a classroom of small children, for instance, the incident that Mrs. LASWELL recalls. One of her little imaginative students claimed to have a grandchild, wriggling out of a previous amusing predicament.
- On Friday afternoon at the intersection of Monroe and Third Streets (Christian Church corner), the front end of the car driven Joe MIDDLETON collided with the rear end of the car driven by Mrs. Paul WAGONER. Neither driver saw the other car coming. The impact turned the WAGONER car completely around throwing it against the curb on the northeast side of the intersection. MIDDLETON was driving alone while Mrs. WAGONER had her 2 daughters in the car with her. She and the children were given a physical examination but they had no injuries. Both cars were badly damaged.
- On Oct. 9, thirteen girlfriends of Joanne MISELBROOK gathered at her home to celebrate her 7th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- On Oct. 9th, the 90th birthday of Mrs. Margaret FELLER was observed in her home near Collinsville, Ill. Those present were: Herbert FELLER of Seattle, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Byron MILLICAN and Margaret of near Omega; Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER, Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughters, of near Farina; Miss Alma FELLER of St. Louis; Dr. and Mrs. H.H. FELLER and children of Normandy, Mo.; and Sophia, Laura and Woldemar at home.
- The Junior Class Carnival and Crowning was held, and the retiring King and Queen, Sam JONES and Wanda GARRETT, led the procession and crowned the Junior candidates, Jim HUDDLESTON and Karen JONES, as King and Queen for the ensuing year. In second place came the Freshmen, then the Sophomores, and followed by the Seniors. In the Parade the following classes displayed floats and were awarded the following: First: Juniors, representing June and depicting a June wedding; Second: Seniors, representing May with a prom scene; Third, Sophomores, representing September, with the theme of Miss America; Fourth: Freshmen, representing April, displaying a garden scene during the April showers. There were also awards for the best decorated cars by the classes.
- Mrs. Belle SUTTON entered the Bennett Nursing Home in Vandalia Saturday recuperating from a broken hip.
- CONANT Reunion: Marvin CONANT was the honored guest Oct. 10 at a pre-birthday dinner given in his honor at his home. His birthday will be Nov. 11 but owing to difficulties it was planned to hold this reunion 1 month early. At noon all of the guests were invited to the basement where they found large tables groaning with food and large tables made so everyone could be seated to enjoy their meal. Needless to say, everyone left the tables with lots of groaning declaring it was a bountiful meal. Guests were: Mrs. Maggie NEEPER, Mrs. Martha REESE, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Abe OWENS, Dexter, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis FIELD and 3 daughters, Waynesville, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth HARVEY, Mr. and Mrs. Pid HARVEY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Billy HARVEY and Linda, Ridgefarm; Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and children, Mis Rosemary CONANT, Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Phil FRAKES, Edwardsville; Mr. and Mrs. Ira CONANT, Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons, Kenneth ROBB, Salem; Misses Kathryn and Betty SMITTY, Misses Elma and Valinda CONANT, Centralia; Emmit GRAY and Fern; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin CONANT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bill CONANT and Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and children. Mr. SECHRIST of Salem came and took pictures. - Mrs. Claude HANNA entered the Centralia Hospital, Sunday, following a heart attack.
- Marion county had 4 deaths from tuberculosis from May ‘53 to June ‘54.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J. PHILLIPS of Silver Creek, Md. have a son, Scott Harrison, born Sept. 21.
- Meacham: Mrs. Edwin HARRELL had the misfortune of falling in her home Tuesday and fractured her right arm. We hope for her a speedy recovery.
Oct. 21, 1954:
- The Kinmundy Camp of the Royal Neighbors of America held the District Convention for Fayette and Marion Counties at the high school gym here on Oct. 15. The county officers were Oracle, Velma WILKINSON of Kinmundy; Vice Oracle, Maude GANNON of Centralia; Past Oracle, Irene MOORE of Vandalia; Chancellor, Eula EASLEY of Salem; Recorder and Receiver, Irene GAMMON of Kinmundy. The opening was delivered by Mayor E.E. JAHRAUS, and music was provided by Charles BASSETT, Mr. K.V. ALBERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mrs. Edith HAMMER, Mrs. Alecia WHITE, Miss Amy Jo LEMAY, Lloyd BAILEY, and Carl BROEKER.
- Billy BOYD celebrated his 7th birthday Oct. 18th with a party at his home with 20 boys and girls.
- Pvt. Carroll M. GARRETT of Kinmundy will graduate this week from the Message Center Course, one of the many courses offered at the Southern Signal School Camp Gordon, Georgia. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT.
- Mr. Harry WARREN entered the Effingham Hospital Oct. 15, following a light stroke.
- Mr. and Mrs. James CHANCE have a son born Oct. 11 in the Salem Hospital named Terry Lee.
- Glenn JAHRAUS called at the Edwin HARRELL home Saturday.
- The Band Boosters met Oct. 12th and discussed the Band Calendars that will be sold again this year with birthdays and anniversaries listed and advertisers.
- Miss Sheila PICKLE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth PICKLE, and Billy THOMS, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elliot THOMS, were married Oct. 18 in Mt. Vernon, Judge Wm. THOMAS performing the ceremony. They were accompanied by the bride’s parents. At present they will be making their home with her parents.
- The Board of Education of this school district delivered $300,000 in bonds to the First National Bank of Kinmundy for the Allen Blair Co. of Chicago. It was necessary that each bond be signed by the President of the board, P.H. ROBNETT, the secretary, J.B. MAXEY, the treasurer, J.N. VALLOW, and 2 members of the board which were John S. FORD and Wm. HESTER. These men were all surprised as to how quickly a person can sign his name 300 times. The general contract for the Alma school has been awarded and the work will be starting soon. The architect is now drawing plans for the school building to be located here in Kinmundy. Plans are also in the making for the new gymnasium to be located on the present school site. The contract on this will not be awarded until after the final lettings of the 2 school buildings.
- In the summer sales campaign of Motor Oil, Paint, and Tires, the Marion County Service Company took State Honors in the delivery of motor oil. Emil NATTIER, petroleum salesman for Patoka area, received State Honors. Joe OSBORN, petroleum salesman in the Omega area, won district honors in this same contest. This is very unusual having two winners from the same company in the contest.
- Meacham: CB Circle Club helped Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE celebrate their wedding anniversary Sunday. About 40 were present.
- Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, left for Pesotum Sunday for a few days with relatives and to attend the Silver Wedding Anniversary of his niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer BEST.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Chappy DURALL and Mr. and Mrs. Elmo KNAPP and Helen O’DELL were Sunday visitors in the Eva O’DELL home.
Oct. 28, 1954:
- A three-act comedy will be presented by the Senior Class Nov. 5 and 6. The cast consists of Rosemary BURKETT, Dorothy KERLEY, Shirley BEARD, Pat JOHNSON, Pat SEE, Madonna BLESSING, Gary KLINE, Bill JONES, Joyce MULVANEY, and Rolla SULLENS.
- Ellis WOLFE, 86, died Oct. 24 at his home in Bondville, Ill. He was born in Kinmundy on May 8, 1868. On Jan. 8,1891, he married Miss Dudie NELMS. He operated a hardware store here for many years. In 1921, he moved to Centralia and until his retirement in 1938, operated Wolfe’s Tin Shop. He moved to Bondville in 1949. He was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church, Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M., and Modern Woodmen of America. He is survived by his wife, Dudie; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marceline WILLIAMS of Bondville, and Mrs. Edythe HEPP of Centralia; 2 half-brothers, John ALLEN and Uriah ALLEN of Chicago; a half-sister, Mrs. Bertha BUCKMINISTER of St. Louis; 6 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday from the Christian Church with Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. - Mrs. George FORD entertained several guests at a Halloween Party given as a surprise for her daughters, Donna and Judy, Friday evening. 17 guests were present. Several Halloween games were enjoyed. Refreshments of donuts, cupcakes, and hot chocolate were served by Mrs. FORD assisted by her daughter, Betty.
- Several classmates of Jerry GRAY gathered at his home Thursday to help him celebrate his 12th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN have a son born Oct. 19 in Centralia Hospital named Dennis.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT announce the arrival of Twila Kay, born Oct. 15, in the Greer Hospital in Vandalia. The GARRETTs now have two daughters.
- Chuckie ELSTON celebrated his 8th birthday Thursday by entertaining several of his friends.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy GREEN of Champaign have a daughter, Marilyn Joyce, born Oct. 22. The family now has two daughters and four sons.
- Miss Darlene MARSHALL was honored at a party in her home, Oct. 22nd in observance of her 9th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Miletus: Eddie ADAMS received word Tuesday of the death of his brother, Ernest, of Edwardsville.
- Miletus: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower of the Elery BUTTS home last Wednesday night, given in honor of their daughter, Laverne and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jack TOWNSEND.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT spent last week enroute to Fort Eustis, Va. were their son, Donald E. GARRETT, received a discharge from the army on Thursday.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mrs. Wm. BAGOTT, and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB spent Sunday in Bridgeport with Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family.
Nov. 4, 1954:
- Being Gored By Enraged Cow Proves Fatal to Alonzo BAYLIS Tuesday Morn: Alonzo BAYLIS, 75, died shortly after reaching Salem Hospital, after being gored by a cow earlier that morning. The cow had freshened the night before in the field near the barn. In driving the cow and calf to the barn, the cow turned on him. He was able to get himself to the house where Mrs. BAYLIS summoned the ambulance to take him to the hospital. Members of the family are still astonished at this particular cow turning on him but think it was due to the dog being along with Mr. BAYLIS. Services will be held from the Christian Church Thursday with Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating. Besides the widow, two sons, Merle of Sterling, and Reindl of Kinmundy; and 2 daughters, Lorraine DOOLEN of Benton, and Lois HOWELL of Kinmundy, survive.
- Several of the neighbors gathered at the home of Mrs. Frank BURKETT Friday to help her celebrate her birthday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLZHAUSEN, Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK, Mrs. Nettie REYNOLDS, Mrs. Maggie PHILLIPS, and Mrs. Garfield WATSON. On Saturday she was made happy when 3 of her daughters, her son, and grandchildren and son-in-law came with well filled baskets to her home to honor her birthday. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl LAMBIRD and children, Betty, Judy, and Jerry, Mrs. Opal NEIDO, Mrs. Pearl EDWARDS, of St. Louis, Mrs. Orion BUTTS, Sandra Lee, Clarence Oren, Linda Sue and Brenda Kaye DeVORE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith CHANCE have a son, Ronald Earl, born Oct. 29 in Salem Hospital.
- Beecher City Editor Writes “30": A.J. RYAN, Sr., 57, editor and publisher of the Beecher City Journal since 1919, died of a heart attack on Oct. 29. He was riding with his wife, daughter, and grandson near Beardstown. The car had stopped along the roadside 9 miles south of Beardstown, and the group alighted to pick up some bittersweet. Mr. RYAN was standing talking to his daughter when he was stricken, and stumped to the ground. Services were held last Wednesday in Beecher City with interment there.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAWKEY have a son born Oct. 29 at Salem Hospital, named Charles Eugene, Jr.
- The Annual P.T.A. Halloween Masquerade was held in the High School Gym, Oct. 30th. Prizes were awarded to the following:
Pre-School, 1st and 2nd grades:
Witch: Kaye HANNA, Betty BOYD, and Bill CALDWELL
Ghost: Mary Joh COLCLASURE, Judy GEILER, and Howie ROBB
Clown: Terry GORDON, Larry DISS
Indian: Linda DOOLEN
Gypsy: Lorett CRAIN, Gloria GRAY, and Mark DISS
Cowboy: Frankie HAMMER, Billy BOYD
Boy Dressed as Girl: Russell SHREFFLER, Mike GORDON, and Jon KLINE
Girl Dressed as Boy: Judy SHAFFER, Linda GEILER, and Connie SHREFFLER
Story book character: Wolf - Cheryl WILLIAMS, Grandma - Larry PIPER,
Red Riding Hood - Kaye FEATHER
Hobo: Nancy SWIFT, Timmy GAMMON, Larry SHAFFER
Negro: Tommy RICHARDSON, Christine WOODEN, Dennis WOODEN
Miscellaneous: Ann LINDER, Pat KEEN, Linda ROBB
From 3rd to 8th grade:
Indian: David LINTON, Donald ANDERSON, Warren SHUFELDT
Boy dressed as girl: David WHITE, Bobby LINTON
Hobo: Dollie SHAFFER and Larry BASSETT
Fat Man: Donnie GORDON, Gayle KLINE
Gypsy: Sandra SHAFFER
Clown: Phillip SCHOOLEY
Ghost: Susan KLINE, Freddie GAMMON
Witch: Billy CHASTEEN
Miscellaneous: Marilyn ALBERSON, Robert SHUFELDT, Ada BRASEL
Story book characters: Darlene MARSHALL - Frosty the Snowman;
Jan HANNA - Pirate; Mark SWIFT – Pig
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl GREEN of Baytown, Texas, have a daughter, Nancy Marie, born Oct. 25th. Mr. W.L. GREEN is the paternal grandfather.
- A fairly heavy vote for an off year election was cast. According to the unofficial returns:
For County Judge: McMACKIN -D won over Frazier -R;
For County Clerk: BRASEL -D won over NICHOLAS -R;
For Sheriff: HOSKINSON - R won over LEWELLEN -D;
For County Treasurer: RIPPY -D won over BESANT -R;
For Supt. of Schools: CHANCE -D won over WEST –R
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna SHAFFER is a grandmother again by the arrival of twin boys, Leslie and Leon, born Oct. 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald SHAFFER of Alma.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Clyde ROSE received a telephone call Saturday morning from her mother, Mrs. Georgia EBLIN of DeKalb announcing the arrival of a little granddaughter, born Oct. 30, to Mr. and Mrs. Merle DONOHO of Dekalb named Vickie Louise.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Hershel ROSE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil YOUNG and Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGONER were among those attending th 25th wedding anniversary of Rev. and Mrs. Joe GIBBONS at their home in Iuka.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Mag WANTLAND and Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLICAN were dinner guests last Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. See MILLICAN and family in honor of See’s birthday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. SOFER of south of Odin are the parents of a baby boy born last Thursday. They have 5 daughters. Mrs. SOFER was formerly Miss Audrey BURKETT.
- Misses Donna SCHOOLEY and Gladys BRIMBERRY, students at the Springfield School of Nursing, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Rolla BRIMBERRY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON accompanied their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. JACKSON of Clinton, on a tour of the southern states including a visit with A 3C Richard JACKSON of Keesler, Miss.
Nov. 11, 1954:
- The Annual 4-H Club Achievement Awards were handed out at their annual meeting Friday evening at the Globe Theater in Salem. (Winners were listed in this article.)
- The Kinmundy Building & Loan Association moved into their remodeled office building this past week. For the past 2 months, they had been quartered across the street for remodeling. A new brick front, glass block windows, metal canopy, and new brick back wall were installed. The ceiling was lowered and covered with compressed paper tile, walls replastered, and new flooring installed. A small room was made which contains the two large safes, and restroom. The old cistern behind the building was converted into a septic tank. An oil burning wall furnace was installed for heat and window air conditioning will be installed soon. All of the furniture was replaced with steel furniture. An open house will be held soon.
- Miss Kathryn TURNER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McKinley TURNER, of Farina, and Arthur Joseph KRAMER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed KRAMER, also of Farina, were married Nov. 6 at St. Philomena Church, with Rev. A.B. SCHUMAKER officiating. Attendants were Miss Marie HARDIEK of Dietrich, and the groom’s brother, Edward, of Farina. Ushers were his cousins, Arnold and Donald METZGER, identical twins of Decatur. A wedding reception was held at LaGrove H.S. Gym. The groom’s sisters, Betty and Marilyn KRAMER of St. Louis, assisted by Dennis ZAVODIK and Richard JOSE, also of St. Louis, served the sandwiches and cake to 150 guests. Mrs. Dode LANGHAM of Tolono served punch. Miss Dorothy WOLF of Farina attended the guestbook. The bride is a graduate of LaGrove H.S., and is employed as an attorney’s secretary in Effingham. The groom is also a graduate of LaGrove H.S., and is employed by the Otis Elevator Co. in Springfield. After a honeymoon in New Orleans, they couple will make their home in Effingham.
- Word was received here last week of the death of Lawrence EAGAN at his home in Alamoosa, Colo.. He was born and reared in Kinmundy, and will be remembered as the son of the late Gustin EAGAN. He was married to Miss Georgia SMITH of this city, who with 2 sons survive. Burial was in Alamoosa.
- On Thursday, a group of small friends helped Mike GORDON celebrate his 3rd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Card of Thanks: To my many relatives, neighbors and friends, I wish to say “Thank you”for the prayers, visits, calls, cards and letters, delicious fruit and lovely flowers, I received following my accident. Your kindness and thoughtfulness, I’ll always remember. May God bless you all. Mary S. HARRELL.
- Bill VALLOW received his discharge and arrived home Monday afer serving the past 2 years in the Armed Services.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. VALLOW of Peotone, spent the first few days of last week with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE. Tuesday they attended the funeral of an aunt, Mrs. Gertie RUHLANDER in Mt. Olive. Mrs. RADTKE was the soloist.
- The “Friendly Neighbors” met last Thursday in the home of Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, honoring Mrs. Carl VALLOW who left Friday for their new home in Menasha, Wis. (A list of those attending was included.)
Nov. 18, 1954:
- Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club was made “Club of the Year” among the county home economics clubs in Marion County. There are 22 clubs.
- Harold CHANDLER, 52, a prosperous young farmer of the Arnold Chapel neighborhood died at his home Nov. 10, 1954. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Saturday afternoon with Rev. MAGEE of Patoka officiating. Interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Dr. and Mrs. Charles Edwin PRUETT of San Diego, Calif. had a daughter born Sept. 23 named Sally Fuqua. The little miss bears the maiden name of the father’s grandmother.
- Earnest Merle SCHERMERHORN, 73, died Nov. 8, 1954 at the Hedrecka Nursing Home in Ridge Farm, Ill. He had been in ill health the past 2 years and critically ill the past several weeks. He was born at Pana, Ill. Dec. 7, 1880, son of A.V. and Belle DILLON SCHERMERHORN. He married Fredereka STEUBER in 1906. In 1908 they came to Ridge Farm, and he and his father conducted the A.V. SCHERMERHORN and Son Lumber Yard from which he retired in 1942. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was superintendent of the Sunday School for 37 years. He was past President of the County Sunday School Association; a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, No. 632 A.F. & A.M., Ridge Farm, Past Patron of Beulah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Ridge Farm; member of the Danville Consistory and was a member of Ridge Farm Twp. H.S. Board of Education for 30 years. He spent his boyhood and early manhood on a farm near Kinmundy. He was a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. and Dixon Business College. After completing his education, he was engaged in the Lumber Business with his father in Kinmundy until 1907 when he moved to Spokane, Wash. with his family to assist his father in conducting a Transfer Business. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Lt. Cdr. Irene W. SCHERMERHORN, NC, USN, stationed at Great Lakes, Ill., and Mrs. Ruth GRANT of Watseka, Ill; 3 granddaughters; a brother, Frank of Seattle, Wash.; 2 sisters, Mrs. J.A. BROOM of Alma, Ill., and Mrs. J.C. BROOM of Effingham. He was preceded in death by a son, Capt. Carl SCHERMERHORN, who was in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during WWII and died in Cabanatuan Prison Camp. Services were held Thursday at the Federated Church, Ridge Farm, Ill. Burial was in the Kinmundy Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kaye, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Mrs. William BAGOTT spent Saturday in Charleston and joined a group of 22 relatives at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana Sunday for a family reunion. Mrs. BAGOTT accompanied her daughter, Mrs. Bert GUBBINS to her home in Muncie, Ind. for the winter.
- John HOLT, age 80, died at his home, Nov. 15, 1954 following an illness of several weeks. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Nora MULVANEY, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. CAMPBELL, was born in Clark Co., Ill. on July 20, 1865. She died Nov. 4, 1954, at the home of her son, Claude. On Sept. 28, 1884, she married Emmit MULVANEY, and 5 children were born. Her husband died Dec. 9, 1942. She was also preceded in death by 2 daughters, Lulu Jenette, Feb. 15, 1939, and Ruth Estella, Oct. 25, 1906. She was a member of the Meacham Baptist Church since Oct. 1932. She is survived by one son, Claude, of Meacham Twp.; 2 daughters, Edna May ADAMS of Omega twp.; and Mrs. Rabie Evaline BALLARD of Champaign; 1 brother, John CAMPBELL of Alamosa, Colo.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Nell BURKHART of Merino, Calif, Mrs. Maude CLARK, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Mabel SPRINGER of San Francisco, Calif.; 9 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at the Meacham Baptist Church by Rev. Walter MILLER of Hillsboro, Ill. She was buried in Elder Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES have a son born Nov. 13 at the Salem Hospital named Victor Bradley.
- Little Tommy RICHARDSON, son of Mrs. Betty RICHARDSON, is a patient in Salem Hospital where he is receiving treatment for blood poisoning.
- Locals (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER returned home Nov. 3 from a 3 weeks visit with their children: F.O. ALEXANDER and family, Elizabethtown, Tenn.; Xon L. ALEXANDER and family, Augusta, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. C.O. ORR, Elberton, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HART and son in Lynchburg, Va.
- Pleasant Grove(from last week): Mrs. Bob SPEAR of DeKalb and Mrs. Omer MEADOR and little daughters of St. Charles, came Tuesday and spent the night with their sister, Mrs. Clyde ROSE and family, and all attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Maude HARMON, of Palestine Church, south of Iuka, Wednesday. She died at Earlville, Ill., and the body was brought to Osborn Funeral Home in Kell.
Nov. 25, 1954:
- A deed to a 40 acre tract of land located one mile south of Kinmundy was received Wednesday by the Kinmundy Methodist Men at the annual appreciation dinner, and ladies night held in the basement of the church. The deed was given was given by Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. LOWE and received by Eugene SHUFELDT, treasurer of God’s Acres committee. J.N. VALLOW is the chairman of this committee. There were 97 members and guests present to witness this transaction. (A history was given about the history of God’s Acres.)
- Carl JONES is now in charge of the New York A.M. office in downtown Manhattan. He is son of Mrs. W.H. JONES of this city. He graduated from the local high school.
- Anna Jane WILKINS, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILKINS of Brubaker, died Friday at the Salem Hospital. Death was caused from an enlarged heart with whooping cough contributing. Services were held in the Church of God in Salem, Sunday, and interment in East Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Anna SHAFFER is the maternal grandmother.
- Obituary of J.A. HOLT: John Atkins, son of Susan ATKINS and Samuel HOLT was born at the family farm home in Kinmundy twp. on Oct. 22, 1874. He was of a family of 7 children, 5 daughters and 2 sons. One son died in infancy. The daughters, Mary ARNOLD, Elizabeth CHANCE, Emma ARNOLD, Rilla JONES and Lulu HARKEY, all are deceased. Mr. HOLT spent his early life on the farm and received his education in the Kinmundy and Salem Schools. On Dec. 13, 1908, he married Maude M. DAVIS of Kinmundy, and they went to the farm to make their home. They had a daughter, Elizabeth Atkins. When she became school age, they moved to Kinmundy, and purchased the home in which they have since resided and where he died on Monday, Nov. 15, 1954. He is survived by his wife; and daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Paul MONICAL. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES have a new grandson, born Nov. 17 in a hospital in St. Louis, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT of Salem.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD are the proud parents of a little son, born Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Salem Hospital, his name is David Edwin.
- Pleasant Grove: There was a surprise party Saturday night at the Herschel ROSE home for their daughter Barbara’s 15th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mrs. Wes ROBB, and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were business visitors in Decatur, Friday.
Dec. 2, 1954:
- On Nov. 23, Kinmundy Chapter 606 Eastern Star held their installation in the Masonic Hall. The installing officers were Mrs. Ethel KNOX, Salem, Mrs Margaret SHUFELDT, Mrs. Dorothy SCHOOLEY, Mrs. Ora WILLIAMS, Mrs. Edith FORBES, and were escorted by Marshall WILLIAMS, Carl DUNLAP, and John McCULLEY. Charles GAMMON acted as retiring Worthy Patron and Clifton LEMAY was color bearer. Officers installed were: Martha COLLIER, Worthy Matron; Fred GAMMON, Worthy Patron; Marjorie BOYD, Asso. Matron; Albert MALINSKY, Asso. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON, Secretary; Florence MAHAN, Treasurer; Erma INGRAM, Conductress; Wyona CROSLEY, Asso. Cond.; Bertha CURRY, Chaplain; Caroline YEAGER, Marshall; Katherine WORMLEY, Organist; Irene GAMMON, Adah; Betty STRICKER, Ruth; Adina LEMAY, Esther; Dorothy McCULLEY, Martha; Reva CRAIN, Electa; Hester JAMES, Warden; Effie ROBB, Sentinel.
- A picture from the Nov. 17 Kinmundy Methodist Men Appreciation Dinner was included with the following caption: “At their Annual Dinner and Appreciation Night held on Nov. 17, the Kinmundy Methodist Men excepted a deed to a 40 acre tract of land purchased in May 1951, and used for the past three seasons as a God’s Acres project. The three crops from the land has paid all expenses and also for the tract. Lord’s Acre projects are numerous throughout the country on rented land but Church officials state they know of no other tract being owned by the Church or by a branch of the Church. Identified in the picture are from left to right: Rev. Walter A. SMITH, Flora, superintendent of the Olney District of Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church; Burdette BRASEL, farmer, president of the Kinmundy Methodist Men; Sam E. LOWE, farmer, who held the deed to the farm tract; J.N. VALLOW, publisher, chairman of the God’s Acres Project; Eugene SHUFELDT, farmer, treasurer of the project committee (exchanging check for deed); Glendon HODSON, Centralia, the Attorney, and Lay Leader for the Southern Illinois Conference; and Rev. A. Vance COMER, pastor of the Kinmundy Church.”
- Mrs. Elsie B. SAGER of St. Louis died Nov. 25, 1954. Services were held Nov. 27 in Lebanon, Ill. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. L.T. BERNERO, St. Louis; and a son, Charles Richard SAGER of Berkley, Calif.; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Leona BURROUGHS of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. E.B. McQUIRE, Makanda, and Miss Gladys BRADLEY, of Kinmundy.
- S. Sgt. and Mrs. Lester VANDEVEER and two daughters, Terry Lee, 3 year old, and Nani Sue, 1½ yr., arrived home Nov. 20 after spending 2½ years in Hawaii. After a 35 day leave, Sgt. VANDEVEER will be stationed at Scott Field Base. Mrs. VANDEVEER is the former Lillian BUNDY.
- Clyde DAVIS of Detroit, Mich. died at his home Nov. 27, 1954 at the age of 64 years. He is a half brother of Mrs. Maude HOLT of this city. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Dec. 1, Rev. A. Vance COMER, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Clyde SIPES is reported slowly improving from a heart attack suffered a few weeks ago. He is in Lebanon, Ind. Hospital.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District has given the order for a new fire truck - a Triple combination Dual Pumper - and it should be delivered in about 3 months. (The specifics of the truck were included in the article.) Also, the Robb & Harvey Building is to be purchased, and after a few minor repairs, will house the fire fighting equipment. A volunteer fire department will be organized in the very near future.
- Mr. Francis CHEATUM was rushed to Salem Hospital Thursday suffering from a ruptured ulcer.
- A 3C and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE and son, Terry Lee, arrived Nov. 25, from the Machester, N.H. for a 30 day furlough with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON. They were accompanied by Mrs. Pauline DEAN and daughter, Sandra of the same city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons enjoyed a family dinner Thursday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elton JOINES in Salem honoring S. Sgt. and Mrs. Lester VANDEVEER and daughters back from 2 years army duty in Hawaii.
Dec. 9, 1954:
- Anna Jane WILKINS, daughter of T.J. better known as “Boots” and Nelda SHAFFER WILKINS, was born in Salem Hospital on Aug. 23, 1952, and died in the same hospital Nov. 19, 1954. “Janie” spent all her short life with her family in their home in Alma twp. Although she was handicapped from birth with an enlarged heart and liver, she was a little girl with a ready smile. She is survived by her parents of Salem, Ill.; 6 brothers and sisters, Doris, Paul, Ivan Ray, Dorothy Mae, Monte Joe, and Lela June, all at home; her grandmother, Mrs. Annie SHAFFER; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
- Mr. and Mrs. Louis DAVIS and small son, of Gary, Ind., were here Wednesday morning with his aunt, Mrs. John A. HOLT, and attending the funeral of his father, Clyde DAVIS, who died at the hospital in Detroit, Mich., where he had resided for several years, on Nov. 27th. Clyde, who was the only son of Lou DAVIS, who was a merchant in Kinmundy for many years, and a brother of Mrs. John A. HOLT. The services were held at the Linton Chapel Dec. 4 with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Lodl Fire Dept. worked vainly for 40 minutes on Dec. 4 in an effort to save the life of Deborah GALLAGHER, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel GALLAGHER of Lodl, but she didn’t make it. She had been ill from a heart ailment previously. The mother was formerly Miss Anna SLOVICK of this city.
- In Okinawa: Army Pvt. Carroll M. GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT of Kinmundy, recently arrived at Fort Buckner, Okinawa for duty with the Rysom Signal Service. Pvt. GARRETT, a member of Company A, entered the Army last May.
- Michael ZUMSTEG, age 79, died at the Salem Hospital Dec. 3, following an illness of several weeks. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Russell SLOAN, El Monte, Calif., and Mrs. Edward WATERSON, Knox, Ind.; and 2 sons, Oliver, of Waukegan, Ill., and Louis, of Detroit, Mich.; and 8 grandchildren. One son, Leonard, preceded him in death. Services were held from St. Philomena’s Church with Rev. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Leo DEADMOND, age 41, of Brubaker, died at Salem Hospital Dec. 7, following an illness of several weeks. Services will be held Dec. 9th from the Pleasant Grove Methodist church with Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating with burial in Summit Prairie Cemetery.
- Jon Doran KLINE celebrated his 5th birthday Dec. 1. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The family car belonging to Mr. K.V. ALBERSON was damaged extensively by fire Saturday morning. Mr. ALBERSON was preparing to leave his work in the Salem Oil field when he discovered his car in flames. Cause of the fire is unknown.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Leo DEADMOND, who has been ill for some time, became worse Saturday and was taken back to Salem Hospital Saturday night. She died on Tuesday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Chris MEYER announce twin granddaughters born to Mr. and Mrs. George MEYER.
Dec. 16, 1954:
- Mayor of Omega Predicts Increase in Population Within Next 100 Years: Omega was at a stand still Monday immediately after the noon hour. The school was dismissed for the occasion. And every native within miles of the thriving little village sat with their ears and eyes glued on a television set while they listened to their honorable mayor and oldest resident of the village, predict that now, with the coming of oil in the community, the population of the village would double within the next 100 years, as he appeared on KSD-TV in St. Louis on the program, “To the Ladies”. Charles COPPLE, who was chosen some time ago as Mayor of Omega (without pay), in an interview with the MC, told of how his village was laid out almost 100 years ago, and that the population was approximately 100. But he predicted now that there is oil in the community, this number would be doubled within the next 100 years. He also told of the fine farmland and good people in this neighborhood. We know it to be a fact that Mayor COPPLE knows every inhabitant of his village and can call them by their first names. That is something Mayor KENNELEY of Chicago can’t do. Mr. COPPLE is a very reserved individual and is very reluctant about being in politics. But when his friends assured him that he was to be elected on a nonpartisan ticket, and also that there would be no salary attached to the office, he accepted, stating that it was his only desire of working for the improvement and betterment of his community. We are very certain that the world now knows better the geographical location of this village. It was mentioned, in showing the sights of the town, the school was of the Kinmundy-Alma Unit School District. Panoramic views of all 4 streets of the village were shown. For the past several weeks, the citizens of the village had skimped many denying themselves some of the luxuries of life. Others had done some extra work of some kind. Some had taken a few eggs each day from their egg baskets, while still some others are being accused of picking pockets while their husbands slept. Two of the husbands were very generous and accompanied the ladies, or maybe they were appointed by Mayor COPPLE as his personal body guards. Anyway they went with their wives. This day was looked forward to with great anxiety by the ladies of the community. Many acknowledged that they rolled and tossed all night as the time approached. They knew before they went that there could only be 20 ladies on the show and that 25 were going. Were they to be one of those excluded? Finally the time arrived. A bus was chartered for the transportation. As it left the village, the husbands watched it as far as they could see it. This was one time when their wives were “stepping out” without them. And they would have to cook their own dinner and supper. And what a surprise those women received while on the bus. As they began to pour out the contents of their purse to the driver, he informed them that their fare was already paid. The Walker Drilling Co, the Iola Stone Co., and the Linton Funeral Home had sponsored the bus for their transportation. This made the ladies very happy because now the could visit the Woolworth’s Store in addition to appearing on the program. They left Omega rather early and arrived in St. Louis in the TV station in time to get their nerves settled before going on the program. We could see that some of them were still very nervous during the program. One of the teachers accompanying the group just couldn’t think what good the Ladies Aid was to a church. On the other hand, several were very composed and answered some real tough questions. Still others were regular prima donnas when it came to singing. The ladies mentioned their community life centered around their two churches, Lovell’s Grove Christian Church built in 1880, and the Omega Presbyterian church. Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON was the leader of the group. Mrs. Virl SEE and Mrs. George ARNOLD won weekend trips to the Statler Hotel in St. Louis. That is Mrs. ARNOLD’s winning is rather assured. Each week a winner is picked for having the most children under 14 years of age. Mrs. ARNOLD has seven and so she is almost certain of the award. Mrs. SEE was the closest to guessing the number of employees in the Statler Hotel. So now most any weekend you can expect Phyllis’ Beauty Shop in Kinmundy to be closed while she, with her husband, in company with Mr. and Mrs. George ARNOLD, spend a couple of days in the Statler Hotel. Other prizes given Mrs. See MILLICAN, Mrs. Merle WALKINGTON, Mrs. Ralph ROSE, and Mrs. Claude ROSE for answering certain questions. In the music contest, Mrs. Roy MILLICAN and Mrs. Clyde JONES stumped the famous organist. Miss Patsy SEE also took part in this contest, but he played her request. Those making the trip were Mesdames Herschel MARLOW, Clyde LAMPKIN, Ben MILLICAN, Roy MILLICAN, Paul SEE, George ARNOLD, Leslie EBLIN, Lyman JONES, Clyde JONES, Guy HANKS, See MILLICAN, Valeria SCHOOLEY, George FISK, Merle WALKINGTON, Hattie HUDDLESTON, Mag HUDDLESTON, Joe OSBORN, Virl SEE, Ralph ROSE, Albert PERRY, Pearl ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SIMER, Mr. Charles COPPLE, and Misses Erma Jean and Patsy SEE. After the program, all of the ladies went on a “shopping spree”. This day will long be remembered by Omegans. This was truly the greatest day in it’s almost 100 years of history. It was a much better day and will be remembered longer than the day when oil was discovered in the neighborhood. So now we are looking forward to the mushroom growth of Omega within the next 100 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Scott HANKS have a son born Dec. 12 named Wesley Scott. He weighed 2 lbs. and 6 oz. The baby was taken to St. Louis and placed in an incubator.
- The City Council met in regular session on Monday. After a report from each committee, it was especially noted that for the first time in several years, the City’s General Fund is financially sound and is in the black.
- Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE have a son born in Salem Hospital Dec. 10 named Richard Russell.
- Effective Dec. 16th, the C. & E.I. will discontinue two mail trains No. 13 and 14. (DFM note: in the Dec. 23rd edition, the following change was made: “ Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children, Mrs. Letha ROSE and Jackie, and Mrs. Pearl ROSE called last week to see Mrs. Russell ROSE and baby son. The baby has been named Rickey RUSSELL instead of Richard RUSSELL as stated in last week’s news.”)
- Mrs. Clifton LEMAY was hostess for a birthday party Dec. 7 in honor of her son, Francis’ 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Emily WILEY died in the Poole Nursing Home in Odin, Dec. 8, at the age of 88 years, 3 months, and 3 days. She was formerly a resident of Kinmundy. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest WEEMS officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- A log stable is being erected on the H.L. WARREN lot on the Public Square and when finished will be a beautiful Nativity Scene. Figurettes representing Mary, Joseph, the Christ Child, Wisemen, Shepherds, and animals will be placed in the stable and near by. Flood lights will aid in displaying the beauty of the scene. The plans for all this were made by R.R. ATKINS, president of the Lions Club. The figurettes were made by G.E. SHREFFLER from the ATKINS’ blueprints. The stable was erected by E.E. JAHRAUS with Elwin TROUT assisting. This is being sponsored by the Kinmundy Lions Club. Yes, the usual community tree will also be placed in the Square by this organization.
- Caroline STAUSS BLOMBERG: Caroline STAUSS was born in Belleville, Ill., Apr. 1, 1869, and died Nov. 29, 1954, north of Kinmundy. She was of a family of 4 children, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar STAUSS. Her parents died when Caroline was in early childhood. Both brothers, Henry and Emil, preceded her in death. Mrs. BLOMBERG spent her early life in St. Louis, where she was married to William DORN. They had a daughter, Evelyn, now residing in Isabel, S.D. In 1900, she married Edward BLOMBERG, who had 2 sons, John and Charles. Mr. and Mrs. BLOMBERG lived on a farm near Bourbon, Mo., until 1946, when they moved to a farm north of Kinmundy. Here they lived until her death. She is survived by her husband; 1 sister, Mrs. Minnie WITGES of Scheller, Ill.; 1 daughter; 2 step-sons, John of Cuba, Mo., and Charles of Kinmundy; 6 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Services were held from the Lash Funeral Home in Farina, Rev. Earl PINKSTAFF officiating. Interment in Red Oak Cemetery in Rosebud, Mo.
- Mr. J.W. WHITTENBURG will mark his 95th birthday on Dec. 24th. He is a long time resident of Kinmundy, but at this time, because of ill health, he is making his home with his daughter. Anyone wishing to send a remembrance may address it to 1401 W. Edwards, Springfield, Ill.
- Meacham: This neighborhood was sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. WILEY, a resident of this community several years ago.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. Leo DEADMOND at Pleasant Grove Church Thursday afternoon, Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating with burial in Summitt Prairie Cemetery. Mr. LINTON of Kinmundy was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
- Pleasant Grove: Walter HIESTAND of New Jersey arrived in St. Louis by plane Wednesday to attend funeral of his sister, Mrs. Leo DEADMOND and spent Friday and Saturday here with family and other relatives.
- Pleasant Grove: Carolyn ROSE was pleasantly surprised Wednesday night when members of her Sunday School class and Young People’s Class of Lovell’s Grove came to help her celebrate her 12th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: A Christmas program will be given at Allen School Friday night. One at Omega School Monday night, Dec. 20. And at Omega Church Sunday night, Dec. 19. At Bee Branch, Wednesday night. And at Pleasant Grove Friday night, Dec. 24. So you ought to find Santa Claus.
Dec. 23, 1954:
- Funeral services were held for Will HADDEN, age 90 years, of Omega twp., Tuesday afternoon from the Linton Funeral Home. Rev. Joe GIBBONS of Iuka officiated. Interment was made in Iuka Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen DOOLEN have a son born Saturday in Salem Hospital named Steven Richard.
- The Marion County 4-H federation members honored their 4-H leaders and their wives and husbands at a chili supper Tuesday at the Farm Bureau building. Those receiving the Gold Clover which denotes 10 years or more of service as a 4-H Leader were Mrs. Howard PHILLIPS, Centralia, leader of the Wide Awakes 4-H Club; Mrs. Robert SMITH, Alma, leader of the Shriver Sewing Sircle; C.J. MOJONNIER, Patoka, leader of the Patoka Panthers; and Frank DUNCAN, Salem, leader of the Bannister Hustlers. Two leaders present who had received Gold Clovers in the past were O.M. KING and Howard PHILLIPS, Centralia, leaders of the Victory Fighters 4-H Club. Those leaders receiving the Silver Clover Award which denotes 5 years of services were Mrs. Herbert WINSTON, Salem, leader of the Jolly Workers 4-H Club; Miss Katherine WORMLEY, Kinmundy, leader of Kinmundy Menuettes; Mrs. Robert FOSTER, Salem, leader of Sunshine Homemakers; Mrs. P.O. SMITH, Salem, leader of Tip Top Savers; Mrs. Paul WILLIAMS, Centralia, leader of T.N.T.; Mrs. Ora TATE, Centralia, leader of Wide Wakes and John TELFORD, Salem, leader of Egyptian Hustlers. All leaders serving 4 years or less received a bronze pin.
- Harold (Cotton) LEMAY suffered a fractured leg and chipped bone in his foot when a small derrick fell on him while at work Thursday. He was taken to the United Mine Workers of America Hospital in West Frankfort.
- Mrs. Delores OULREY was admitted to the Salem Hospital Saturday suffering from shock and bruises sustained when the car in which she was riding left the road and overturned. She returned home Sunday.
- Stores Will Honor Mayor JAHRAUS by Closing Monday During TV Program: As a mark of respect to our honorable mayor, E.E. JAHRAUS, all stores will be closed Monday, Dec. 27 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. This is being done in order that all businessmen as well as their employees may listen to the mayor tell the world all about Kinmundy on television. The broadcast will be made over station KSD-TV. Late Saturday afternoon, this newspaper received a telephone call asking if we could send a group of ladies to St. Louis to appear on the program, “To the Ladies”. After a few minutes of thinking, we promised to give a definite answer at 7:00 a.m. Monday. This gave us a little time to make the proper contacts. It was requested that no one certain organization be represented. That was really something hard to do. But the happy thought struck us why not dump it in the laps of the local Home Bureau Unit. Let them go as representatives of different organizations, and not as the Home Bureau. Some could represent each Church, some the Women’s Club, some the Band Boosters, some the P.T.A., some the Legion Auxiliary, some from each lodge, etc. And so that is the way it turned out. Now don’t ask us why Kinmundy was chosen and asked to appear on this program. It is our understanding that applications must be in for months ahead of time for this coveted honor. Omega was represented a week ago, you will remember, and Alma was on a few months ago. We were required to send in six pictures of the city, different scenes, of course. This has been done. And it was a provision of the contract that the mayor appear on the program, and this he consented to do with the greatest of pleasure. There will be 20 ladies to make the trip. Just who they will be remains to be seen. In all probability, they will charter a bus for the occasion. Anyway, be sure to glue yourself to a TV set at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon. If you do not happen to have one of your own, invite yourself to a friend’s home. (Open house will be held at the editorial mansion for this occasion.) We might add that we are expecting our mayor to do a mighty good job of selling Kinmundy to the world too. If he doesn’t, in all probability, the stores will again be closed as a mark of respect to His Honor, the Mayor.
- Lawrence (Bud) DYER had the misfortune of turning his car over and causing extensive damage to it Saturday morning. The accident occurred just south of Jesse HOYT’s farm while Bud was enroute home from visiting his sister in the Salem Hospital. He was not injured.
- Dr. Dwight HANNA reported a positive case of rabies in the community. Last week, a dog owned by Arthur COURSON, of near Farina, had all the symptoms of rabies and was confined to a pen. The dog died Wed. and the head was examined by Dr. HANNA. He then sent the head on to the State Laboratory, which confirmed the diagnosis on Friday. The dog is reported to have bitten other dogs in the neighborhood.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet of near Alma, called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Funeral services were held at the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy Thursday for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee WARD.
- Celebrate 4 Birthdays: The families of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Jr. GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER Friday evening for a turkey dinner and evening of sociability in honor of the men’s birthdays, which are all in December.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN were pleasantly surprised Dec. 14, when Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Judy and John VANDEVEER came with well filled baskets to celebrate the 32nd wedding anniversary of the GREEN’s which will be Dec. 23. Bob and Marjorie say thanks a million.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN were in St. Peter Sunday attending a birthday party for their granddaughter, Susan Marie GREEN, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN, and Susan was 3 years old. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A 1C Bob MIDDLETON left Tuesday for the Bahama Island after a 15 day leave here with his wife, Evelyn.
Dec. 30, 1954:
- Twenty Kinmundy Ladies Accompany Mayor to St. Louis Monday for TV Show: Twenty members of the Kinmundy Unit of the Marion County Home Bureau, all representing some other organization took a bus to St. Louis Monday to be on the program “To the Ladies” over station KSD-TV. Mayor E.E. JAHRAUS also accompanied them. Business in Kinmundy stood still from 1 to 1:30 while the show was going on. Everybody sat with their eyes and ears glued to a TV set. Many of the home folks were rather ashamed of their loved one appearing on the program because they didn’t even attempt to answer a question when they were asked. And we home folks were just a little disappointed because the announcer wouldn’t give our esteemed mayor the privilege of selling Kinmundy to the world. He didn’t even ask him where Kinmundy was located. And yet, we must not hold this against the announcer because he has traveled extensively. He knew where Kinmundy was located and he just took it for granted that every one else did too. The mayor reports that he enjoyed his trip immensely. For once in his life, he felt just like a sheik. Every lady making the trip was given favors while Mrs. SHUFELDT, Mrs. HAMMERS, Mrs. THOMPSON, Mrs. VALLOW, Mrs. VANDEVEER, and Miss WORMLEY won prizes for answering questions, for having the most children under 14, and guessing the closest to the number of rooms in the Statler Hilton Hotels over the world. After the program, the group had a lot of fun riding the escalators in the big department stores. It was too soon after Christmas for them to spend much money. So we don’t believe the City of St. Louis profited too much by them making the trip. They all returned home at a late hour only to find some of their nearest of kin wringing their hands wondering just what had happened to them. Some tried crying on our shoulder but the only comfort we could give them was that after their wife had gone to St. Louis a few times, they would know not to expect her home until they saw her. Anyway, the ladies said they had a mighty fine time, and although to some, it didn’t look like it was worth the effort, it was an outing for them. Those making the trip were Mesdames Glen WHITE, Paulene JOHNSON, John ILG, Eugene SHUFELDT, Francis HAMMER, Herbert VANDEVEER, Anna MARLOW, Merle JACKSON, Wayne ROBB, Kenneth ALBERSON, C.R. ALDERSON, Dwight HANNA, Everett THOMPSON, Merle GREENWOOD, Jesse GEORGE, Roy HULSEY, J.N. VALLOW, Don COLEE, and Misses Katherine WORMLEY and Mildred KLEISS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE and daughter were Christmas dinner guests of Mrs. Effie ROBB.
- J.W. WHITTENBURG wrote a thank you letter from Springfield for being honored with so many remembrances on his birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD entertained their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at a Turkey dinner on Christmas. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD of West York, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH and Karen of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry GERTEN and Mark of Sappington, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles DUETSCH and Connie of Iowa City, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. August BRUEGGE of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN were evening callers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE were Christmas dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX and family. It was also Jim’s birthday.
- Arrest Seven Teenagers For Breaking In Will GREEN Farm Home Friday Night: On Christmas Eve, Paul SWIFT, a neighbor, noticed a light in the Will and May GREEN home, a distance of about one half mile from his home. He drove his car past the home to make sure he wasn’t seeing things. And sure enough, someone was there. He immediately stopped at the Sam LOWE home for help. Sam suggested the sheriff be called. SWIFT then went to the James JONES home and called the sheriff while LOWE stood guard. Sheriff HOSKINSON was soon on the scene and in company with SWIFT and JONES went to the home and made the arrests. There they found 4 boys and 3 girls, all teenagers from Centralia. The boys are being held and the girls have been turned loose. Mr. GREEN and his sister, May, live in Kinmundy, but maintain the old home where they live a part of the time during the summer. The home has been visited before in a like manner and these are doubtless the guilty parties.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and family and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS were Christmas dinner guests with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
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