Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
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January 6, 1955:
- Home from Japan: Sammy E. LOWE arrived in Chicago by plane New Year’s eve, and home New Year’s Day, after serving in the Army at Camp Drake, Japan the last 16 months. He returned home to Chicago at Fort Sheridan, Sunday afternoon where he will receive separation from the Military service Wednesday.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Fire Dept. was called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY Sunday to extinguish a blazing chicken house. The building, which was close to the house, was completely destroyed.
- City Clerk John PIPER created a lot of excitement for the citizens Tuesday afternoon by calling the fire department to his home in a down pour of rain to help him cope with a rather hot situation. The weather was rather warm and the oil heater had been turned out. In lighting it, John let a little too much oil run in before it was generated. After it was generated, it made the stove red hot. In order to cool off the stove, John opened the stove door. Then the accumulation of soot in the pipe caught fire, making the entire length of the pipe red. The fire engine was in the repair shop at the time but made the run in ample time to avert any further damage. The main damage was done by tramping mud on the front room rug.
- J.W. WHITTENBURG Dies: Mr. J.W. WHITTENBURG, 95, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.J. CLINEBELL in Springfield, Jan. 3. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Jan. 5, 1955 with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Besides the daughter, he leaves a son, H.W. WHITTENBURG of Lexington, Ky., 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
- Miss Shirley BAILEY was a patient in Salem Hospital Thursday until Saturday for pneumonia.
- S. Sgt. Lester VANDEVEER left Sunday to report for duty at Scott Air Force Base after spending a 30 day furlough here with relatives.
- Pfc. Wesley DOOLEN left Monday for Great Lakes Naval Hospital, after spending the holidays with relatives in Kinmundy, Odin and Benton.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mancil CANTRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and children Tuesday and attended the funeral of Will HADDEN at Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy. Several others from here attended the funeral also.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and Diana and David of Alma spent Wednesday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Pfc Wesley DOOLEN, who has been hospitalized in Lumstrum, Germany, since Aug. arrived in Odin Christmas Day for a furlough with his wife and daughter. They visited relatives at the home of Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS, Sunday.
- Elmer ROSE was transferred from Salem Hospital to Poole’s Nursing Home in Odin on Dec. 28.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.F. MINGEE and family of Peoria visited Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON over the weekend Dec. 31st. Mr. and Mrs. Merle JACKSON and the MINGEEs helped Mr. JACKSON celebrate his (?) birthday.
January 13, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. George H. BARGH of Champaign have a son born Jan. 9, 1955 named John Andrew.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HULSEY have a daughter born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia named Tara.
- Mrs. Alice LOWE of West York, Ill., and Mr. O.E. CORRELL were married Jan. 10. 1955 at noon in Robinson, Ill. by Justice of the Peace, Albert WILSON. Guests included Misses Sharon and Susie TRACY of Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Albert HAMPSTEN of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY and children, Amy Jo and Francis. The couple will make their home in Kinmundy for the present.
- J.W. WHITTENBURG: Joseph William WHITTENBURG was born Dec. 24, 1859 in Richview, Ill., the son of Henry and Doll TATE WHITTENBURG, and died Jan. 3, 1955 at the home of his daughter in Springfield, Ill., at the age of 95 years. In June 1883, he married with Amy May JOHNSON, who died Sept. of 1901. To this union three children were born - a son, Leon Guy, died in March. 1910; a daughter, Clem Lucille, of Springfield; a son, Harry William of Lexington, Ky. In Nov., 1904, he married Rose Jane LOVELL, who died Sept. 13, 1954. All of his adult life, he lived in or near Kinmundy. For more than 50 years he resided on a farm in Meacham twp., where he was active in the Camp Ground Methodist Church and in District Sunday School work. He was a member of the Methodist church in Kinmundy. Upon retirement, he moved to Kinmundy where he resided until Sept. 1, 1954. Since that time he has resided with his daughter in Springfield. In addition to his surviving children, he also leaves 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Harry NICHOLS Dies: Harry NICHOLS, 73, a highly respected farmer of Meacham twp., died in the Effingham Hospital on Friday where he had been a patient for the past 5 weeks. He had been ill for more than a year with cancer of the blood. Services were held Sunday from the Meacham Baptist Church, Elder CRUTCHER of Beecher City, officiating, and Elder PHILLIPS, the pastor assisting, and was reported to be the largest funeral ever to be held in that church. Interment was in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Anna, a son, Gene, a daughter, Nita TAYLOR, and a sister, Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL, of this city.
- Lizzie Francis GENTRY: Lizzie Francis FLOWERS was born July 27, 1860 in or near Rock Haven, Ky., and died Jan. 6, 1955, at Udall, Kansas. She was married to David R. GENTRY on Feb. 11, 1883 at Custer, Ky. They had 10 children, nine sons and one daughter. Her husband, three sons, and the daughter, preceded her in death. In 1913, this family moved to Illinois and settled near Decatur. Four years ago she fell and broke her hip and a few months later, she moved to Garfield, Kansas, to make her home with her eldest son and his wife, until 1 year ago last Sept. when she went to Udall to make her home at the Defore Nursing Home. She united with the Methodist Church in Custer, Ky. transferring her membership when moving to her new homes. Surviving are her 6 children: Shelly, Fred, Henry, and Raymond of Decatur, Ill.; Retus of Kinmundy, and Rev. C.B. GENTRY of Lyons, Kansas; 30 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
- Janice Kay KRUTSINGER: Janice Kay, daughter of Francis and Mary MILLER KRUTSINGER, was born Jan. 5, 1955 in Salem Hospital, and she died on Jan. 7, 1955. She leaves her parents; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira KRUTSINGER of Kinmundy; and one great-grandmother, Mrs. William COPPLE, Farina. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home with Eld. Lawrence PHILLIPS of Ingraham, Ill. officiating. Burial in Elder Cemetery.
- Pleasant Grove: Pvt. Don EBLIN, who was home on furlough, and Doug GOODWIN and Charles WHITNEY called on Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE, Jackie and Mrs. Georgia EBLIN Saturday night.
- A 3C and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE and family left Saturday for Manchester, N.H. after spending a 41 day leave with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON. They were accompanied by Mrs. Pauline DEAN and daughter.
- Jan. 9, Mrs. James GARDEN entertained with a birthday party celebrating her daughter, Rosalie’s 14th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The Royal Neighbors of America held their regular meeting Jan. 4 where their order of business was conducted by Oracle Velma WILKINSON and the new password drill was given Neighbor Ada SONGER of the Kankakee Camp was a welcome guest. Installation of officers was held with Neighbor Alice LEWIN as installing officer. Neighbor Georgia SOLDNER as Ceremonial Marshal, Neighbor Herschel PIGG as assistant Ceremonial Marshal, and Neighbor Florence WEISS as Installing Chancellor. The following officers were duly installed for 1955: Velma WILKINSON, Oracle; Edith HAMMER, Past Oracle; Betty WAGONER, Vice ORACLE; Mary REESE, Chancellor; Irene GAMMON, Recorder; Blanche JASPER, Receiver; Marjorie CORRELL, Marshal; Mable OLDEN, Assistant Marshal; Grace MENDENHALL, Inner Sentinel; Doris JOHNSON, Outer Sentinel; Adina LEMAY, Manager; Peggy JENKINS, Faith; Kate KEEN, Modesty; Grace JONES, Unselfishness; Jean GRAY, Endurance; Ruth GARDEN, Courage; Alecia WHITE, Musician; Herschel PIGG, Flag Bearer.
- In assembly Monday morning, 15 students of Kinmundy-Alma High School received poetry awards by the National Poetry Association. The Anthology, Young America Sings, will contain the poems of the local students and the poems of Charles GRAY, Bill BOYD and Janet ARNOLD, which received special mention. The students receiving awards were: Freshmen: Sarah SIDENER “Just Try”; Sophomore: Nancy BEARD “Our Old Snow Man”; Richard BOYD “The Snow and Us”, Dave BALLANCE “My Folks and I”; Richard FORD “Transportation”; Charles GRAY “Autumn Storm”, Barbara GARRETT “Lila”; Rosalyn LOWE “My Snowman”; Juniors: Janet ARNOLD “The Child”, Marilyn O’DELL “A Lovely Day”; Seniors: Madonna BLESSING “Moonbeams”; Shirley BEARD “Me, a Poet?”; Bill BOYD, “Angry River”; Pat JOHNSON, “White Christmas”, Joyce MULVANEY, ‘This Life”.
Jan. 20, 1955:
- The new directors of the Marion County Farm Bureau were elected. Roy HALL of Iuka was elected President, Roy DOOLEN of Kinmundy was elected Vice-President, John TELFORD of Salem was elected Secretary, and Tom SHEARER of Salem was elected Treasurer. Committees were also listed.
- Robbed and Beaten: While going from town to his room in the Jamie McGEE home Sunday evening, Robert WHITE, a high school student, was robbed of three dollars then beaten by an unknown assailant. This happened near the W.T. PHILLIPS home. According to WHITE, a short stocky man walked out from behind Phillip’s Garage and demanded his money which he handed over to him. Then he received a blow on the head which rendered him unconscious. After regaining consciousness, he came to town and told just what had happened. He was taken to a doctor where he received treatment for his head and an injured hand. Night watchman, Walter LAMBIRD, with the help of several of the younger men about town, made a thorough search of Kinmundy, as well as some of the neighboring towns to see if anyone answering the description could be found. This proved to be fruitless. Robert is staying in Kinmundy and going to school while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. RITCHIE, formerly of this city, are living in Chicago.
- A nursery shower was held Jan. 11 at the home of Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. in honor of Mrs. Dewey RUGER. The hostess was assisted by Mrs. Harold MORRIS and Mrs. Wm. CASSEDAY. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Grover JONES, a former resident of Kinmundy, died in Harvey, Ill., after a lingering illness. Services were held Sunday in Phillips Cemetery, Rev. REED officiating. Mr. JONES is survived by a sister, Mrs. Georgia HITE of Leroy, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN were hosts to several relatives and friends on Sunday at their home, honoring Mrs. KEEN’s 74th birthday. A delicious basket dinner was served from a table graced with a huge bouquet of red roses, a gift from the children. Guests included Mrs. Grace POLLARD, Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Charles COATNEY, Mrs. Clara MARBERRY, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. George HALL and son, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER, Patty OLDEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN and Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and family.
- The mail service has been rather disrupted the past few days but is getting back to normal about as fast as can be expected. All of it is due to the C. & E.I. discontinuing their early morning south bound train. Practically all of Kinmundy’s mail came on that train. Since the discontinuance of that train, a truck has been substituted but thus far has been on it’s scheduled time only one day.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe MIDDLETON have a son born Saturday in the Centralia Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER have a daughter born Sunday in Centralia Hospital named Marilyn Marie.
- A wolf hunt was organized Sunday afternoon and found many nimrods in a field north of Farina. Two wolves had been seen that morning, and they were found that afternoon. One got away but the second fell dead from the blasts from the guns of Louis MAXEY and Ted ERNST. The wolf was female and weighed 27 lbs.
- Miss Betty BOYD was guest of honor at a party given in the Legion Hall Saturday in honor of her 8th birthday with 24 schoolmates present.
- Winners in the Lions Club Christmas Home decorating contest were sponsored by the Lions club and were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Len LEWIN, 1st; Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE, 2nd; and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, 3rd.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON of Salem were hosts at a dinner given in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS, Mr. Lloyd BAILEY, and Miss Gloria GRAY. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and daughter of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Richard GRAY of Brownstown; Miss Shirley BAILEY of Champaign, Pfc Gene BAILEY of Scott Field; Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck GARDEN and family; Mr. and Mrs. O.J. ALBERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Gene MILLS and family, Miss Nancy BLACKWELL of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. John GARDEN and son of Alma.
- Several relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CORRELL Friday for an old fashioned Charivari and get acquainted party. The evening was spent opening gifts, visiting and enjoying apples, popcorn, candy and cookies. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Albert HAMPSTEN, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis HAMPSTEN, Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSTON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY and family, Mrs. Roy OLDEN and son, Mrs. Marge CORRELL, Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT and Mr. and Mrs. Dan HOLZHAUSEN.
- Mrs. Mildred BARGH, Miss Florence Jack and Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH were in Champaign Sunday visiting the former’s new grandson, John Andrew, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George BARGH.
- Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and Mrs. Emma BALLANCE visited Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD in Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Irvin CHEATUM and Francis CHEATUM of Odin attended funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Ida BURK in Bethany, Ill. Monday.
Jan. 27, 1955:
- Kinmundy-Alma Warriors who have been gaining laurels for their Alma Mater are: Coach Jamie McGEE, Warren SHUFELDT, Farrol ARMSTRONG, Manager Larry LEACH; Denny GRAY, Gene MONTGOMERY, Garry ERNST, Bruce DONOHO, Donnie KEEN, Charles GARRETT, Buddy HELMS, David LEE, Gary GARRETT, and Mike PERGL. This basketball team won their conference tournament on Friday. (A picture of the team was included.)
- Mrs. Denver WILKINSON passes away: Mary Ellen BUTTS, daughter of Michael and Nancy LACEY BUTTS, was born in Farina, Ill., May 9, 1874, and died Jan. 19, 1955. She was married to Denver Edgar WILKINSON on Nov. 21, 1897, and they had 7 children: Leslie, Lila STALLONS, Lora GENTRY, Lona TATE, Lucille GIGAR, all of Kinmundy, and Woodrow of Chrisney, Ind., and 1 daughter, Louie, who died in infancy. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for several years. She lived most of her life in Marion county. Her husband preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn: her children; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Ida THOMPSON and Dicy YATES; and 1 brother, Ellis BUTTS, all of Kinmundy. Two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. The funeral was held at the Linton Funeral home with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery.
- Miss Elsie GEE and Claude ALEXANDER, both of Centralia, were married at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield, Jan. 7, 1955 by the Rev. Harry L. GARRETT. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. D.M. ROPER of Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Art BOYD were hosts at a television party at their home Wednesday evening in honor of their 9th wedding anniversary. Guests were Messrs. Alva OLDEN, Harold LEMAY, Maxey SPENCER, and Clark SCHOOLEY
- Mrs. Clifton LEMAY had the misfortune of breaking her right arm Monday when she fell while roller skating at the Salem Rink.
- Glen McCARTY fell from a load of hay Monday and broke several bones in his heel and foot. He was taken to the Vandalia Hospital where a cast was applied.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER are parents of a baby girl born Friday in Salem hospital.
- Word has been received here by Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY that her grandson, Cpl. Moreland MORRIS, who has been in Germany for the past 18 months, is enroute to Ft. Sheridan, awaiting discharge from the Armed Forces.
- Melinda Jane HALL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim HALL of Edgewood was born Jan. 19, 1955 at the Greer Hospital in Vandalia. She died shortly after birth. Services were held Thursday at the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and Dwight INGRAM were in Maroa on Monday attending the funeral of Mr. I.D. INGRAM’S brother-in-law, Mr. M.E. HOUSTON, who died Saturday at the Decatur Hospital, following a weeks illness.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and son, Jackie, and Mrs. Georgia EBLIN spent Sunday in Linton, Ind. with relatives. They visited Mrs. EBLIN’s uncle, Will LEFFER, who is in poor health, who he hadn’t seen for years.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE called on Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and children Wednesday night. The ladies planned some Home Bureau work.
- Miletus: We are very happy to report that Russel, the 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE is sufficiently received from Perthe’s of the hip that he is now walking on crutches. He hadn’t walked for over a years.
- In Memoriam of Alice M. HABEL Jan. 27, 1954, from daughter, Mary TOLLEFSON.
Feb. 3, 1955:
- FOLTZ-DYER: Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Wanda FOLTZ, daughter of Mr. Robert FOLTZ and Mrs. Robert LUSCH of Odin, and Mr. Lawrence DYER, son of Mr. and Mrs. John DYER, Sunday, at the Odin Methodist Church. Rev. BROWN performed the ceremony, and Miss Virginia FLANAGAN of Odin sang accompanied by Mrs. Wm. AVERY on piano. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. John MOORE. Jim ALEXANDER of Kinmundy and Kenny GILMORE of Odin were ushers. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church basement. Servers were Miss Alice FRIMEL and Miss Violet PAYNE.
- Mrs. Daniel GUNN died at her home in Cleveland, Okla., Jan. 20. Services were held at Evergreen Cemetery on Jan. 25 with Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating. Mrs. GUNN was the mother of 4 children: Daniel, Francis HEIL, John, and Caroline CORINE, all living in Oklahoma, who attended the funeral.
- On Thursday evening, the fire dept. was called to Alma to the home of Dan COMSTOCK where very little damage was done when the cause was frozen pipes being thawed by a blow torch. Later the department was called to the farm home of Ed RADTKE to extinguish the flames from a burning tree which was endangering the house. On Friday, a run was made to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN and a fire was extinguished which caused quite a bit of damage to the inside of the house, which was caused by a deflective flue. On Saturday, a run was made to the home of Mrs. Hall FEATHER, but not much damage was done, and the cause was also a defective flue.
- The Kinmundy Sportsman Club held their regular annual meeting Friday and elected the officers: Glen JOHNSON, President; Ervin CHEATUM, Vice President; and E.E. JAHRAUS, Secretary-Treasurer. Membership is $1 per year, and there are well over 100 members of the club.
- A team of Future Farmers from the local F.F.A. chapter will be on WMIX radio, Mt. Vernon. They are comprised of Don YATES, President; Sam JONES, Vice President; Gary KLINE, Treasurer; Ronald SWIFT, Sentinel; Morris MAXEY, and V.F. McKITRICK, Advisor.
- Sgt. and Mrs. Wm. E. BOOTH have a daughter, Margaret Ann, born Jan. 27 in the Tinker Air Base Hospital near Oklahoma City, Okla. Sgt. BOOTH is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. BOOTH is the former Peggy JACKSON.
- Attends Brother’s Funeral: Mr. B.J. ROTAN, Mr. Elwyn INGRAM, Mrs. J.R. REBER, Miss Lena SCHAFER and Miss Pauline HILLER attended the funeral of A.R. HILLER in Caseyville, Thursday. Mr. HILLER was a brother of Mrs. REBER and Miss HILLER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA have a son born Jan. 29 at the Salem Hospital named Harvey Matthew.
- M.E. “Ed” HUSTON from Maroa died Jan. 22 in the Decatur and Macon Hospital where he had been a patient for the past week. Services were held in the Maroa Christian Church with burial in Maroa Cemetery. Marshall Edward HUSTON, son of George and Harriet HUSTON, was born in Cumberland county, Aug. 26, 1874, and died Jan. 22, 1955. He married Nellie INGRAM in Brubaker, Ill. on Nov. 8, 1889, and they had one daughter, Fleta (Mrs. Herb MARLOW) of Maroa. He was a 50 year member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star, and of the Lion’s Club. He was a elder in the Maroa Presbyterian Church until services were discontinued, and then became a member of the Maroa Christian Church. The HUSTONs moved into town in 1925. He has been a rep. of the Funk’s Hybrid Corn for about 18 years. Besides his wife and daughter, he leaves 3 sisters: Mrs. Harry WHITT, Mrs. Geo. STARKEY, Mrs. Rose CURRY and one brother, Wiley, all of Farina, Ill. Two brothers, John and Charles, preceded him in death. The family requested that instead of flowers, contributions be made to the March of Dimes. (Mrs. HUSTON is a sister to Mr. I.D. INGRAM of this city.)
- Miss Maxine NEAL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton NEAL, of near Kinmundy, and Mr. Leroy DRECHEL of Dwight, Ill., were married Jan. 30 in the Lutheran Church in Champaign. A reception was held for the couple at the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Richard MUNDS in Kenwood. Those from here attending were: Mrs. Fenton NEAL, Forest, and Velma, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence NEAL and Dickie Ray HANKS.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER Struck by Car near their Home Monday Evening: Mr. Fred ALEXANDER was critically injured, and his wife, fatally injured, Monday evening while crossing the hard road from their home to the home of Mrs. ALEXANDER’s brother, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON. They were struck by a car driven by Warren REED, 23 of St. Elmo. In the car with young REED was his father-in-law, Roy TETTERS, also of St. Elmo. They were driving from the west. Mr. and Mrs. ALEXANDER left their home to visit the JACKSON home and enjoy television, as was their custom on each Monday evening. Mr. REED said he was traveling at the speed of 30 miles per hour and saw Mr. and Mrs. ALEXANDER on the sidewalk. He supposed that they saw his car coming but instead they stepped in the path of his car within a very short distance. He stated that he carried them both on the bumper for a short distance. He swerved to the left side of the pavement trying to avoid striking the couple. As soon as the car was stopped, Mr. REED immediately ran to the JACKSON home and asked that they call an ambulance and a doctor. This Mrs. JACKSON did while Mr. JACKSON went to assist REED in movie the bodies from the pavement. Mr. JACKSON said he was very much surprised when he found them to be Mr. and Mrs. ALEXANDER. The accident happened at 8:10. They were removed to the Centralia Hospital in the Linton Ambulance where they were x-rayed upon arrival. It was found that Mrs. ALEXANDER had head and chest injuries, a fractured pelvis and the left leg fracture in 4 places. She died at 1 o’clock Tuesday morning. Mr. ALEXANDER sustained an injured back and head and a broken pelvis. He is in critical condition. Funeral services for Mrs. ALEXANDER will be held Thursday from the Christian Church, with Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating.
- Miss Geraldine SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren SMITH, of Alma, and Larry SULLENS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS of Kinmundy, were married July 29 in the First Christian Church in Salem. Bro. Edwin SMITH performed the ceremony. Attendants were Miss Donna COLLET and Sam JONES. The young couple will reside at the home of his parents for the present.
- Pleasant Grove: Herbert ANDERSON, Jack BARKSDALE, John SHAFFER and Leo STOCK and families were among those attending a birthday party for Robert “Bob” SMITH at their home last Saturday night.
- Meacham: The family of Fred WYATT have the sympathy of this neighborhood in their sorrow in the passing of Mr. WYATT.
- Married Group Meets: The Married Group met at the Farm Bureau Building Jan. 14 with 34 present. Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy HIESTAND were in charge of the 14 children. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin CURRIE and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE were in charge of entertainment for the 20 adults. Miss Marie BRITE gave a most interesting talk on “Tolerence”. The evening was topped off with games, dancing, and the best of all sandwiches, coffee and orange drink. Mrs. Clyde ROSE, Reporter.
- Mr. and Mrs. James EAGAN and family spent Sunday in Mattoon with his mother, Mrs. Gladys EAGAN, celebrating the birthdays of Mrs. EAGAN, Noah and Sharon EAGAN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE entertained friends on Sunday at their home in honor of Mrs. LANE’s birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS and son, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd COURSON and son of Omega, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and son, and Miss Barbara POWELL.
- Celebrates Birthday: 35 relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON Sunday at the noon hour with well filled baskets to help Harry celebrate his birthday. Guests were his sister, Mrs. Marie SCHROEDER, Mr. and Mrs. Roy YATES and son, Mr. and Mrs. Harry HILTON and daughter, John JACOBS, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JACKSON and children, Mrs. Alice BENSKEN, all of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Frank WALTERS and daughter of Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Merle SCHROEDER and children of Mascoutah; Mr. and Mrs. Sie JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Clint STIPP and daughters, Miss Joanne ANDERSON of Xenia; Ernie KRUTSINGER, Oskaloosa; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and children, and Donald THOMPSON, of Kinmundy.
Feb. 10, 1955:
- Mrs. Fred G. ALEXANDER: Pearl M., daughter of Martha MATTHEWS and J. Henry JACKSON, was born Apr. 22, 1881 in Sandoval twp. When a young lady, she moved with her parents to Kinmundy. On Aug. 24, 1903, she was married to Fred G. ALEXANDER of Odin. Immediately after the ceremony, they took up their residence in Odin. In 1912, they moved to Kinmundy where Mr. ALEXANDER was employed as a signal maintainer for the Illinois Central railroad. In 1924, they moved to Champaign where Mr. ALEXANDER was employed. The moved back to Kinmundy in 1931 to the old job with the railroad. On account of ill health, he retired in 1940. Since that time this couple has lived a very retiring life. She died in St. Mary’s Hospital on Feb. 1, 1955 only a few hours after she and her husband had been struck by an automobile while crossing the hard road by their home. Besides her faithful companion, who has been hovering between life and death in St. Mary’s Hospital (he is much improved at this time), she leaves 7 children: Darrell, Winamac, Ind.; Mrs. Ruth HART, Champaign; Dwight, Kinmundy; Mrs. Nelda HUMPHREY, Rome, N.Y.; Francis, Elizabethtown, Tenn.; Eugene, Lincoln; and Xon, Augusta, Ga. She also leaves 3 brothers: A.J. JACKSON, Kinmundy; O.B. JACKSON, Plainview, Texas; and Emery JACKSON, Lincoln. Three infant children preceded her in death. While yet a small child, she united with the Baptist Church in Kinmundy, where she retained her membership until the congregation disbanded. She then became a member of the Christian Church. She was also a member of Kinmundy Chapter No. 606 Order Eastern Star. Services were held Feb. 3 from the Christian Church, Bro. Everett THOMPSON, officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Word has been received here by friends of the death of Olive SEE LASATER, 1410 Florida St., Long Beach, Calif. which occurred Jan. 28. A native of Kinmundy, she went to Long Beach from Redlands, Calif. Survivors include 2 sons, Basil and William E.; 2 daughters, Olive and Mrs. Margaret McCUTCHEON; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emily WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Mabel KELLY. The deceased will be remembered by the older residents, having left Kinmundy many years ago.
- SOLDNERS Celebrate Silver Wedding Anniversary: The C.B. Circle and their families were entertained Sunday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Feb. 2. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Edward G. BLOMBERG, son of Henry and Martha BLOMBERG, was born Feb. 14, 1859 on a farm near Washington, Mo., and died Jan. 30, 1955 at the home of his son, Chas. BLOMBERG, near Farina, Ill. On Apr. 7, 1886, he married Miss Caroline Wilhelmenia FROELKER of Washington, Mo. They had 2 children: John of Cuba, Mo., and Charles of Farina. On March 18, 1896, she died. On July 7, 1900, he was married to Mrs. Caroline STAUSS DORN, who died Nov. 29, 1954. Mr. BLOMBERG spent his early years near Washington, Mo., and then after his marriage lived near Sullivan, Mo., where he was actively engaged in farming until 1946. He then retired from farming and moved to a home near Farina, where he spent the remainder of his life. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Those to mourn his loss besides the above mentioned sons are 1 step-daughter, Isabel, South Dakota; 1 sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie WITGES, Scheiler, Ill.; two daughters-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He has been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood. Services were held at the Lash Funeral Home with Rev. S.E. PINKSTAFF officiating. Interment was at Red Oak Cemetery near Rosebud, Mo.
- Al ROTH, husband of Ann NOCHMAN ROTH, died in St. Theresa Hospital in Waukegan, Jan. 26. Services were held from the Immaculate Heart Church in Chicago, Jan. 29, with interment made in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill. He was born in Chicago, Nov. 24, 1905, and married Ann NOCHMAN on June 6, 1936. Besides his wife of Round Lake, Ill., he leaves 1 sister, Frances KOWALS, and 1 brother, John, both of Chicago.
- Pat JOHNSON was presented the annual D.A.R. Award. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Hallett SNELLING, 71, died at his home in Chicago, Feb. 7, after an illness of several months duration. The body was brought here and funeral services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Wednesday, Rev. S.E. PINKSTAFF, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by one son, Elroy, of Chicago.
- Cpl. James WILLIAMS returned home Friday after receiving a discharge from the army at Ft. McClelland, Alabama. He has served in the U.S. Army two years.
- W.C. SIPES dies at home: William Clyde SIPES, 56, an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad died shortly after midnight Friday at his home, one and one half miles north of Lebanon, Ind. on State Rd. 39. He had been ill since Oct. 11 after suffering a severe heart attack. Born July 7, 1898 in Marion Co., Ill., he was the son of William G. and Mariah (PHILLIPS) SIPES. He was married at Kinmundy on June 11, 1924 to Helen MAXEY, who survives. He was a member of the Central Christian Church and also the Railroad Mail Association. He was a veteran of WWI. He has lived in Lebanon, Ind. the past 19 years and prior to that in Indianapolis for 11 years. He was graduate from high school at Salem, Ill., and attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill. He had devoted 37 years to the railroad in the Postal Transportation section. He is survived by his widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. R.C. WEED of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Mrs. Dwight L. CRAGUN of Lebanon, Ind., who is home from Orleans, France; a brother, Vernon SIPES of Salem, Ill.; 1 sister, Mrs. John PECK, Bloomington, Ill.; a half-brother, Loren SIPES, Salem, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Tommy and Susan WEED. Two children, Norma Jeane and William Richard, preceded him in death. (A list of those attending from Kinmundy was included.)
- The fire department was called to Alma Monday evening to extinguish a blaze in one of the gasoline pumps of the Sadler Service Station. The blaze was quickly extinguished with chemicals. The pump was badly damaged.
- Mr. and Mrs. Oscar D. RUGER, Kinmundy, have a son, Stanley Dean, born Feb. 4 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Mrs. RUGER is the former Miss Julie PHILLIPS. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr.
- Miss Lela YOUNG of Salem, and Mr. William B. VALLOW, Jr., were married Friday evening at the St. Theresa’s Church in Salem by Rev. Fr. Alphose B. SCHOMAKER. Providing music were the Church choir composed of Mrs. Bob FANCHER, Rosemary McLAUGHLIN and Mr. Mike RYAN with Mrs. Bill WATTERSON. The maid of honor was Sharon PARKS, and the bridesmaid was Nancy SMITH. Best man was Robin SATTERWAITHE, and the groomsman was Dale BOYLES. A reception was held in the basement of the rectory, and serving was by Mrs. Wanda FATHEREE with Miss Mary Jane SMITH, Miss Carolyn YOUNG. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle A. YOUNG of Salem, and a graduate of Salem H.S., and has been employed in the law office of Frederick MERRITT as his secretary. The groom is son of W.R. and Amelda VALLOW, a graduate of the local high school, and recently received his discharge from the army after 3 years of service. He is at present employed by the firm of McNamar & Crowley, of Salem. The couple will reside in Salem.
- Miss Gwendolyn LOY, a senior at LaGrove, received the D.A.R. Award in LaGrove H.S. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY, and a granddaughter of Mr. and. Mrs. Marshal SPENCER. - Pleasant Grove: Francis SIPES received word Friday of the death of a nephew, Clyde SIPES, of Lebanon, Ind., who died at his home of a heart attack. Services were held there Sunday, then the body was brought to the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy, where a service was held Monday with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Pleasant Grove: Friends were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Ollie MULVANEY who died Saturday at her home in Iuka. She had been ill for some time with a heart ailment.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral services of Mrs. Stella GARNER at the McMackin Funeral Home in Salem Wednesday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE have a daughter born Feb. 5th in Salem Hospital named Roma Lee.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE ate ice cream and cake with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and son Tuesday night. It was Mrs. SEE’s birthday.
- Pleasant Grove: 17 children and some of the mothers attended a birthday party at the Ralph HIESTAND home Saturday afternoon for their daughter, Doris, and Linda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and son, Jackie, and their mothers, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE and son, Billy, ate Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELL in Salem. It was Chuck’s birthday.
- Several friends gathered at the home of Gregory MULVANY, Feb. 1, to help him celebrate his 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS entertained several guests Tuesday in honor of her daughters, Debra’s, 2nd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH was hostess at a dinner at her home Sunday in honor of her nephew, Charles’s, birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY of Decatur spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons.
Feb. 17, 1955:
- B.C. DOOLEN Dies Sunday in Hospital After Having Heart Attack Wednesday: Word was received here Monday by Mrs. Myrtle DOOLEN of the death of her son, Bryan, better known as “Bud”, which occurred in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday. Her daughters, Mrs. Jack PFEFFER of Lebanon, and Mrs. H.M. GRAY, Urbana, carried the news to her. Another daughter, Mrs. Dorothy ETHERTON and daughter, of Murphysboro, was there also. Bud was taken ill with a heart attack on Wednesday of last week and removed to the hospital. It was thought by the attending physician that he was doing alright. He had received several visitors in the afternoon upon consent of the doctor. Mrs. DOOLEN was with him throughout the afternoon. As she was preparing to leave the hospital for her home, she stepped to the hall to give a nurse some last minute instructions. The nurse returned to the room with her and they found he had slipped away. He was 58 years of age. For the past several years, Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEN have made their home in Tucson where he was employed as coach and later as athletic director of the Tucson High School. He was recognized as tops in his field and produced some state champion basketball teams. Services were held Wednesday with interment in Tucson. Two sisters, Mrs. GRAY, Mrs. GUNDERSON, and a brother, Walter, flew to Tucson Tuesday to be in attendance at the funeral. Bud is survived by his wife, Berneice; 2 daughters, Joan and Mary Lou, and one son, Buddy. Also by his mother, Myrtle DOOLEN of this city; 6 sisters, Lotta NEIL, Lansing, Mich.; Dorothy ETHERTON, Murphysboro; Emmogene GRAY, Urbana; Minnie GUNDERSON, Washington, D.C.; Nell KENNINGTON, Ravena, Ohio; Lora PFEFFER, Lebanon; and two brothers, Arthur, Cameron, Mo.; and Walter, Macomb, Ill.
- Mrs. G.E. SHREFFLER entertained several friends Sunday in honor of her son, Mickie’s, 8th birthday. Several games and contests were played with each child receiving favors of bubble gum. Refreshments of ice cream valentines cake and candy hearts were served. Guests were Larry BASSETT, Larry PIPER, Ernest VANDEVEER, Howie ROBB, Dale LUX, Linda ROBB, Kaye GEORGE, Kaye FEATHER, Ann HANNA, Nancy SWIFT, Betty BOYD, and Gloria GRAY.
- Mr. W.L. GREEN has purchased residence property from Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS, located just north of the city park. Mr. and Mrs. SULLENS have owned two pieces of property there for some time. The one purchased by Mr. GREEN is located second from the corner. Mr. and Mrs. SULLENS reside in the corner property.
- Army Nurse (Capt.) Nancy LOWE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward LOWE, Kinmundy, is receiving field hospitalization training at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Capt. LOWE, who entered the Army Nurse Corps in January of this year was previously employed as head nurse at the Washington University School of Nursing in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Nursing.
- A3C Herbert L. “Sonny” FOLLOWELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL, and Miss Winnie KILLEREW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack KILLEREW of Greenville, Miss., were married Jan. 21 in Greenville. Airman FOLLOWELL received his education in the Kinmundy H.S. and is now serving in the U.S. Air Force. The bride is a registered nurse receiving her high school training in Greenville, Miss., and attending Nursing School in Laurel, Miss. The young couple are now stationed at Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.
- Mrs. W.W. LOWE accompanied her grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART of E. St. Louis, Ill., for a week end with her daughter, Mrs. Mary HART, in honor of Mrs. HART’s birthday.
- The City Council met in regular session on Feb. 7. Water Plant operator, Gene WILLIAMS, was present and asked to make a ruling on the $1.75 water payments which are delinquent. This was the amount people could pay for up to two years, when they signed up to take water, and this 2 year period was over Feb. 1, 1955. They must pay up $42 for the water, or anytime after March 15th it will be a $65 fee.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGONER, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil YOUNG, Mrs. Daisy THURSTON, Mrs. Nina ROSE, Mrs. Laura ROSE, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ROSE and 3 children were among those from this community attending the funeral of Mrs. William MULVANEY at the Methodist Church in Iuka, Tuesday.
- Pleasant Grove: Friends have planned a surprise grocery shower for Mr. and Mrs. George HERRINGTON as a gift for their 53rd wedding anniversary which is Feb. 23. Mr. HERRINGTON has been confined to his bed for sometime by illness. Gifts may be left at the Leslie EBLIN Store.
- Public Sale announcement was printed for Carl HINES, Owner, ½ mile south of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE and families were dinner guests of their mother, Mrs. Tom BALLANCE, Tuesday, in honor of her birthday.
- A wedding shower was given for Mr. and Mrs. Larry SULLENS at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL Saturday. Hostesses were Sue WILLIAMS, Anna May FEATHER, and Mary Lou WINKS. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. J.R. MAHAN attended an Open House for Miss Ida BUSCH in Salem in honor of her birthday.
- Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and daughter, Theresa, and Miss Mildred KLEISS attended a shower for baby Brenda Sue QUANDT of Salem, Sunday.
- Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS in honor of her birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Loren JOHNSON of McLeansboro, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON.
Feb. 24, 1955:
- The political pot began to simmer in Kinmundy township Saturday when both parties met and named their candidates for the township election to be held on April 5. The pot is expected to boil over long before this date. In the Republican Caucus, the following were nominated: For Supervisor, Earl LANE; For Highway Commissioner, Cecil KEEN; For Constables: Glen JOHNSON and Eugene REESE. In the Democratic Caucus, the following were named: For Supervisor, W.L. GREEN; For Highway Commissioner, Herbert ANDERSON (DFM note: according to the March 3, 1955 edition, this should have been Herbert VANDEVEER); For Constable: T.E. TROUT.
- The Rebekah Installation was held Feb. 18. Mrs. Clyde BASSETT was installing officer with Miss Wilma BOUGHERS acting as Marshall. The new officers are: Caroline YEAGER, N.G.; Paulene JOHNSON, V.G.; Maude HOLT, Sec.; Pearl FISHER, Treas.; Wilma BOUGHERS, Warden; Alice LEWIN, Conductor; Stella LEE, R.S.N.G.; Alice READNOUR, L.S.N.G.; Margaret SHUFELDT, R.S.V.G.; Bessie NEAVILLE, L.S.V.G.; Hattie COCKRELL, I.G.; Edna WILLIAMS, Chaplain; Pearl FISHER, Deputy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT were made happy when Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Jr. BUTTS, and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and children, Sandra Lee, Clarence Oren, Linda Sue, and Brenda Kay came with well filled baskets. The occasion was to help Mr. BURKETT celebrate his 74th birthday. His daughter, Mrs. Orion BUTTS, baked a nice banana cake for him. His great-grandchildren sang happy birthday dear grandpa. He received several nice cards, some money, and gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Garfield WATSON called in the evening.
- Eugene KEEN, Jr., better known as George, was severally burned last Thursday afternoon when a tank in which he was working, exploded. The burns were confined mostly to the hands and face. Mr. KEEN is employed by the Black, Sivals & Bryson Tank Co. of Salem. At the time, he, with Mr. Delbert ROGERS, of Salem, were spraying the inside of a tank near Norris City. No one seems to know just what caused the explosion. Mr. ROGERS was injured more than George. In spite of his burns, George helped his partner from the tank. Both men were given first aid and then taken to the Salem Hospital where they were treated. Mr. KEEN left the hospital Monday and came to his home here, but is still in not too good a condition.
- Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS was hostess at a party given Monday afternoon honoring her daughter, Cheryl’s 10th birthday. Attending were Lynda INGRAM, Nina JONES, Barbara ERNST, Betty Jo BRASEL, Nancy SMITH, Wanda JENKINS, Barbara GEILER, Sandra CARTER, Darlene MARSHALL, Vervedeen SLANE, Dianne BARKSDALE, of Alma, and Debra WILLIAMS. Assisting was Mrs. John BARKSDALE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wesley DOOLEN have a son, born Saturday, Feb. 19, in Salem Hospital. He has been named Michael Wesley.
- The Christian Church, of Alma, honored Mrs. Larry SULLENS with a kitchen shower Saturday evening. The guests were entertained in the church basement. Refreshments of cookies and coffee were served. Mrs. Louie SULLENS was the only other Kinmundian present.
- Mrs. Laverne AMBUEHL entertained several guests in honor of her son, Kevin’s, 3rd birthday, Feb. 17th. Little friends attending were Billie SOLDNER, Debra and Ricky SIGRIST, Gary and Allen DIPPOLD, Debra WILLIAMS, Jeanie PIPER, Kenny McGEE, Tommy, Margaret and Lewie GREENWOOD, Marilyn CROSLEY, Francis and Virginia JOHNSTON, Dennis and Janice AMBUEHL.
- Revival at Pleasant Grove: Revival services will begin at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, Tuesday, March 1, and will continue till March 13. Rev. Joe GIBBONS will do the preaching. Services will begin at 7:30 each evening. There will also be special music. Rev. Donald BLESSING, the pastor, invites everyone to attend.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Unit Fire Dept. was called Monday to the Alf LEMAY home where a defective flue had caught fire. Considerable damage was caused by the smoke and water.
- Pleasant Grove: Oscar SMITH received the announcement of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bob SANDER of East St. Louis. The mother, before her marriage, was Miss Betty SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah SMITH. This is the former’s 4th great-grandchild. She’s named Robin Ann.
March 3, 1955:
- Mrs. Delia MAXEY, 71, died at the home of her son, B.E. MAXEY, west of Alma, Sunday afternoon, from a cerebral hemorrhage. She was the widow of the late Harry MAXEY. She is survived by a daughter , Mrs. Ruby SHELTON, Centralia; 5 sons, Melvin, Omer, and Buddy Earl, all residing south and west of Alma; Herschel of Alma; and William, El Paso, Ill.; 17 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Services were held Tuesday from the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.
- Mrs. G. E. ROLLINSON, of Whiting, Ind. has been confined to her bed for a complete rest. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE of Kinmundy.
- The local school building was broken into sometime Friday night by the breaking of a window in the basement. The glass door of the office was then broken in order to gain entrance to it. The desks of Mr. O’DELL, supt. Mr. LEITZ, the assistant, and Jean BUCHKA, secretary, were ransacked. Two money sacks were taken from Mrs. BUCHKA’s desk. Aside from those there seems to be nothing missing. Heretofore, when the schoolhouse has been burglarized the safe has suffered and money taken there from. Since then, money is deposited daily in the bank so there won’t be any left in the schoolhouse as a temptation.
- Mrs. Orous LEACH entertained at a family dinner Wednesday evening honoring Mr. LEACH’s birthday. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEACH, Loren LEACH of Louisville, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARMSTRONG of Flora. Mrs. Loren LEACH and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd LEACH of Louisville, were unable to attend due to illness.
- Mrs. Bob BAILEY of Salem was guest of honor at a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY Sunday honoring her birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and children of Brownstown, Miss Patricia BAILEY of Champaign, Pfc. Gene BAILEY, Scott Field, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, and Mrs. Howard ROBB and children.
- Robert W. MAXEYs Celebrate 25th Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. MAXEY of Freeport, enjoyed a series of celebrations in honor of their 25th Wedding Anniversary which occurred on Feb. 22. Robert, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. MAXEY, now of Lenark, was reared in this community. Mrs. MAXEY is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. CUNNINGHAM of Polo, where she was reared. They are now living on a farm near Freeport. They have 6 children: George, Greeley, Colo.; Loren, attending the U. of I. At Urbana; Mrs. Darlene STAHL, Baileyville; Mrs. Dorene STROHACKER, Freeport; Richard, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and; and Roger at home. They also have 6 grandchildren. The couple were residents of Kinmundy in 1933 and 1934.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS announce the arrival of a 5 lb. 6 oz. son, born Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Salem Memorial Hospital. He has been named Allen David.
- Miss Sandra SHAFFER spent Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, celebrating her birthday and Mr. DISS’ birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. WILLIAMS announce the arrival of an 8 lb. 3 oz. daughter, born Tuesday, Feb. 22 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia. She has been named Tila Ann. Mrs. WILLIAMS is the former Lila GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Kinmundy. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS, Alma.
- Capt. Nancy LOWE spent several days leave last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.R. LOWE, and with friends in St. Louis, while enroute to Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colo., where she is stationed.
- Mrs. Charles BROOM Dies: Mrs. Louise BROOM, 47, died at her home in Miami, Fla., March 1, from cancer of the liver. Funeral services will be held in Miami on Thursday afternoon. Besides her husband, Charles BROOM, she leaves two children, Charles Jr., 14, and Linda, 10. Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM are at present in Florida and Charles’ brothers and sister will fly there to be in attendance at the funeral. The deceased was reared in Miami.
- The Americanism essays entitled “What Freedom in America needs to Me” sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary were judged in Class II which includes sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with winners as follows: First - Pat JOHNSON; Second - Charles GRAY; Third - Barbara GARRETT. Mrs. Ruby O’DELL is the teacher of this group and the essays were so good that we make honorable mention of the following: Charles WILLIAMS, Richard JONES, Charles BUNDY, Dave BALLANCE, Jo HESKETT, Barbara DOOLEN, Mary Jo MORGAN, Karen JONES, John GRAGG, Mary FEATHER, vera GALBREATH, Norman SULLIVAN, Doug HALL, Pat SEE, Dorothy KERLEY, Shirley BEARD, Madonna BLESSING, Larry SULLENS, Wanda LOGUE and Donna COLLET.
- Observes 25th Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. George FORD celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with a quiet family dinner in their home Sunday. Guests, other than their children at home were, their daughter, Betty of LaGrange, Mr. and Mrs. Earl GERKIN and Mr. Frank SULLENS of Farina.
- In Memoriam of Don D. GRAY, who died March 1, 1949, age 49 years. Missed by Mother and Father.
- Mrs. Charles BASSETT were in Flora Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Billy MORRIS honoring Mrs. MORRIS’ birthday.
March 10, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. Rosco OLDEN celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday with open house and family dinner at their home. Ninety-seven friends and relatives called to express congratulations, and a telegram of congratulations were received from her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ed FEAR of Santa Rosa, Calif. May FEAR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin FEAR, Iuka, and Rosco OLDEN, foster son of Mr. and Mrs. John WAGONER of Newton, were married March 7, 1905, at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Lizzie BIDWELL, in Newton, with Rev. J.D. SCHOUSE performing the ceremony. The couple made their home on a farm near Newton for the first three years of their married life then moved to Iuka where they resided for 15 years. They lived in Farina a short while before moving to Kinmundy, where they have lived for 20 years. To this union were born 9 children, who with their families were home to help celebrate this memorial occasion, namely, Lulu LINDER, Odin; Alva at home; Clifford, Tolono; Peggy JENKINS, Ray and Lillie LINDER, Kinmundy; Leland, Tuscola; Thelma INGRAM, Farina, and Bruce, Salem. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was also included.)
- The Legion Auxiliary met with Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, March 7, with 16 members present. Mrs. Robb GREEN, president, presided. One new member joined, Mrs. Sammy LOWE. The next meeting will be held with Mrs. Wayne ROBB on April 4th.
- Miss Judy GEILER celebrated her 7th birthday on March 4 with a party for several friends. Guests included Sue WAGONER, Donna MULVANEY, Ann and Sammy LINDER, Francis LEMAY, Gaye GEILER, and Norma WHITNEY.
- Sgt. Richard MOTCH has received his discharge from the U.S. Army after serving the last 2 years in Germany. He returned home Saturday morning.
- The children and grandchildren of Mrs. Sarah MILLER gathered at her home Sunday for a prebirthday celebration of her birthday, which will be March 11. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Walter MILLER of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Bill MILLER, Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence JOLLIFF, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred KONLIS and daughter of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Frank WILSON and Grover BAILEY of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Lilly (ZIEGLER) HAAG, of Springfield, Ohio. Other callers were Mrs. Nell TROUT and Mr. and Mrs. Elwin TROUT and daughter, Dianna.
- On Sunday, March 6, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB were host and hostess to the annual March birthday dinner, celebrating the birthdays of Mack ROBB, Fletcher COLE, Sam LOWE, Tom HELPINGSTINE, and Marjorie GREEN. The dinner was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, Kenneth ROBB, Ruth TATE, Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughters, Bobby and Marilyn GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and Judy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY Jr. have a boy born March 8 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
- The local fire department was called out Sunday morning to extinguish a blaze in the basement of the A.C. DUNLAP & Son Sheet Metal Works. The origin of the fire is unknown and very little damage was done. Mr. A.C. DUNLAP just happened to enter his establishment from the rear and found the room filled smoke. Just as the department arrived, a blaze broke out in the basement. It was found that a box of rubbish in the basement was on fire. Just how the rubbish was ignited has not been figured out as of yet. Everyone agrees that it was a lucky find for Mr. DUNLAP.
- F.G. ALEXANDER was able to leave St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Monday, and was brought to the home of his son, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, where he will be required to be abed for another six weeks.
- The Top-Producers 4-H Club had their 2nd meeting March 4th at the home of Jim and Leon DISS. The following boys took their office position at the meeting. President - Charles WILLIAMS; Vice President - Louis MAXEY; Secretary - Billy Dean SEE; Treasurer - Jim HUDDLESTUN; Reporter - Morris MAXEY; Recreation Chairman - Leon DISS & Nolan McKITRICK; Federation Chairmen - Gary KLINE, Morris MAXEY, and Charles WILLIAMS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Elmer FRIZZELL in Patoka Thursday.
- A Nurse Capping ceremony was held at Southern Baptist Church on March 4th for the students of Springfield’s Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Kinmundy had two students capped in a class of 35, namely, Donna SCHOOLEY and Gladys BRIMBERRY, both making high averages. They graduated from K.A.C.H.S. with the class of 1954. Relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY and son, Phil, Mrs. Loretta DISS BRANDT, Mr. Edwin JONES, Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Albert MARTIN, Rantoul; Mrs. Garland BRIMBERRY, Mr. and Mrs. Walter BRIMBERRY, Mrs. Byron SILL, Miss Jane BRIMBERRY, and Mr. Claude WILLIAMS, of Chicago.
- The Jolly Girls met at the home of Mrs. Darrell REESE on March 3 with 8 members present. They spent the afternoon hemming and pressing choir robes. During the meeting, they voted to give $1 to the March of Dimes. Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Mrs. REESE served the refreshments. The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Ray OLDEN on March 17th.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. Edwin HARRELL is in the Olney Hospital in a very serious condition. We hope that he will be better soon.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and family attended the funeral of the latter’s uncle, George PULVER, at the funeral home in Sandoval on Saturday. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem. He died at his home south of Omega on March 2nd.
- Pleasant Grove: Some from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Delia MAXEY at the Methodist Church in Alma, Tuesday.
- Miletus: Mrs. Claude MULVANEY received word last week that a daughter was born at the home of her son, Sfc and Mrs. Doyle M. WILKINSON of Nurnberg, Germany on Feb. 14 named Monica Lee.
March 17, 1955:
- Pearl M. ROSE: Pearl Marshall, son of Wiley and Serelda WOOTEN ROSE, was born in Omega twp. March 26, 1886, and died in his home in Omega twp. on March 6, 1955. He grew to manhood in the same neighborhood where he was born. On Sept. 8, 1907, he married Miss Laura SMITH. Immediately following their marriage, they took up farming as their livelihood, which occupation they have followed ever since. Mr. ROSE was a hard worker and a very successful farmer. He was highly esteemed by everyone who knew him. He was well known throughout Marion county and his friends were numbered by those who knew him. Mr. and Mrs. ROSE were rounding out their 48th year of happy married life, and they had 9 children, two sons having died in infancy. Those left besides his companion are: Claude, Hazel (KELL), Bertha (SEE), Gladys (HIESTAND), Ralph, Herschel, and Clyde; 20 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Gertrude BLACKBURN, Kinmundy; 2 brothers, Elmer, Odin; and Norman, San Bernardino, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Mrs. Nora WANTLAND and Mrs. Fannie SMITH, and one granddaughter. He lived his entire life in Marion county. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church. Services were held March 9 at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, Rev. Donald BLESSING officiating with interment in Lovell’s Grove Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE are the parents of a baby boy born March 11 in the Salem Memorial Hospital.
- The following team players attended the all conference basketball banquet Monday evening which was held at the Louisville Gymnasium: Mark GARRETT, Bill JONES, Larry SULLENS, Gerald DOOLEN, Charles WINKS, Jim HUDDLESTUN, Keith DISS, Ed CLARK and Louis MAXEY. There were 7 schools represented in the conference: Sumner, Cisne, Clay City, Noble, Louisville, LaGrove, and Kinmundy. Every school had their first nine or ten basketball players present, so about 80 attended the banquet which included players and coaches. A steak dinner was served. On the “Honorable Mention” from the Kinmundy team were seniors, Bill JONES, Larry SULLENS, and sophomore, Mark GARRETT.
- Nancy BLACKWELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl BLACKWELL, of Salem, formerly of Kinmundy, and Gene BAILEY, of Kinmundy were married in the Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon on Saturday. They were attended by Miss Marinetta BUCKNER, friend of the bride, and Bob BAILEY, brother of the groom. Mr. and Mrs. BLACKWELL and Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY and a number of relatives were in attendance. The groom is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of 1952. The bride is a graduate of Salem H.S. and is now employed with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. of Salem. After a weekend trip, the groom reported back to duties at Scott Field Air Base. The couple will make their home in Salem for present. A shower and charivari will be given March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY in honor of the newlyweds. Everyone is welcome.
- Miss Ruth Ann RYAN and Herman HOYT, both of Salem, were married Friday at the home of Justice of the Peace J.R. THOMAS in Mt. Vernon. The groom’s sister, Phyllis, and brother, George, were their attendants. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Thelma PALMER and attended Salem Community H.S. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT and is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. He is associated with his father, a contract painter. A wedding reception of the immediate families was held following the wedding at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Herbert TOLER.
- Edwin HARRELL, a lifetime resident of Meacham Township passed away Wednesday morning, March 9th, at 11 o'clock at the Richland County Memorial Hospital, Olney, Illinois, where he had been a patient since February 19th. He was the son of William James and Rachel PLESS HARRELL, early residents of Meacham, who came to Marion County from Indiana. He was born Oct. 1, 1875 near Kinmundy, where he spent his boyhood and received his education at the Rockhold School. One year was spent in Texas, when as a child the family made the trip by covered wagon, passing through the Indian Territory enroute. When the Spanish-American War broke out he was one of the thousands of young men who volunteered for their country's defense. He enlisted at Danville, Ill., in Co. A. 44th Ill., Vol. Inf. Reg. After a brief training at Jefferson Barracks, they were sent to the Philippines, where he served until the end of hostilities and returned to San Francisco, receiving his discharge in June 1901. In 1906 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the Cruiser, Denver. A medical discharge ended his service two years later. On March 14, 1909, he was united, in marriage with Miss Mary SHEPARD and brought his bride to his home on the farm where he was born, and where they have lived continuously for 46 years. His life was characterized by integrity, industry, and temperance in act and word. His community has lost a good citizen, who was an inspiring example of honesty and nobility. Mr. HARRELL was a member of the J.H. Lankin Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans at Salem, Illinois. Although not affiliated with any church he had accepted the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in later life, and had endeavored to practice its teachings. He is survived by his faithful wife, a half-sister in St. Cloud, Fla, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 o'clock from the Linton Funeral Chapel, Rev. J.N. PRESLEY, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Card of Thanks: “For the many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy rendered during the illness and death of my beloved husband, Edwin HARRELL, I am truly grateful to my many friends, my neighbors and relatives.” Mary S. HARRELL.
- Mrs. Sarah MILLER celebrated her 96th birthday March 11, surrounded by neighbors and friends wishing her many happy returns of the day. Among the many gifts and cards she received were 5 birthday cakes. The following friends gathered for a potluck dinner at the noon hour: Nola YUND, Nelda JACKSON, Neva JONES, Ida WILLIAMS, Hattie COCKRELL, Lon JONES, Martha REESE, Minnie FIELDS, Annie COPPLE and Mrs. Eva REESE. (A list of afternoon callers was also listed.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. JONES of Lansing, Mich., will celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary on March 26. Mr. and Mrs. JONES are former residents of this community.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON received word that their daughter, Mrs. Wm. BOOTH (Peggy) left Oklahoma City, Friday, for Anchorage, Alaska to join her husband, who is stationed there.
- A nursery shower was given March 9, in honor of baby Alan David PHILLIPS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS at the home of Mrs. Bernice ALBERSON by Mrs. ALBERSON and Mrs. Pola ROBB. Nursery games were played and enjoyed. (Lists of those attending, and those whom sent presents was included.)
- Meacham: This community shares their sympathy with Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and other relatives in their recent bereavement.
- Raymond ATKINS visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO in Hartford and was accompanied home by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, after a week’s visit there.
March 24, 1955:
- On March 20, a family birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE for the birthday of their mother, Mrs. Olga WEISS and Donna and Barbara COPPLE who all have birthdays in March. Three decorated cakes with lighted candles were enjoyed with the potluck dinner at the noon hour. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Jr. and son, Roy, of Centralia, Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS and Peggy, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON and the hostess, Mr. and Mrs. COPPLE and Donna and Barbara.
- Eva A. HEADLEY: Eva A. HEADLEY, daughter of Lewis and Kathryn, was born March 4, 1883 in Foster twp., and died March 13, 1955 in a hospital at Alton, Ill. She was of a family of 3 children, one brother, Luther, having gone to be with the Lord when just a small child. In 1900, she married George HEADLEY of Foster twp., who died Dec. 7, 1950. They had 3 children, one son preceded her in death in infancy. She leaves to mourn her loss a daughter, Mrs. George WARREN of Arcola, Ill., and one son, Dresden, of Princeton, Ind.; and 1 sister, Mrs. Frona HAYNES of Alma. Deceased was a hard working mother, but her failing health had limited her activities for about 3 years. She lived her entire life in this community.
- E.L. “Roy” SEE, 73, an area pioneer and a veteran of the Spanish American War died Feb. 21 at Epworth hospital in Liberal, Kansas. Mr. SEE, who was born in Kinmundy, and homesteaded southeast of Liberal in 1907, had been in ill health since last fall, when he sustained a back injury in a wreck near Buffalo, Okla., when his car struck cattle on the highway. He first farmed in the Liberal, Kansas area, then was employed by the Kansas Power company before joining Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. from which he retired in 1945. He was also a member of the board of county commissioners 4 years and was a member of the Methodist church, IOOF lodge, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations. Survivors in addition to his wife include a stepson, Carl CALVERT, Satana; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Harry SKINNER, Siolam Springs, Ark.; a brother, Otis C. SEE of Monmouth, Ill.; 4 half-sisters and two step-grandsons. Services were held in the Methodist Church on Wednesday in Liberal, Kansas, with burial in Liberal Cemetery.
- Mrs. Anna FREDERICK of Chicago died March 20, 1955. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Chicago. Mrs. FREDERICK resided in the Dunlap apartments in Kinmundy and attended the Christian Church here. She went to Chicago in November.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell MORRIS of Flora have a daughter born March 15 in the Flora Hospital. She has been named Linda Dale. Mr. and Mrs. Billy MORRIS of Flora are the paternal grandparents, and Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY of Kinmundy is the great-grandmother.
- The American Legion Auxiliary served a potluck supper to all the Legion members, their families and friends at the Legion Hall March 15th to celebrate the 36th birthday of the Legion. There were 64 in attendance. The meeting was opened with prayer by Auxiliary president, Mrs. Robb GREEN. A talk was made by the Legion Commander, Wayne ROBB.
- Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, the Junior Class will present the 3 act mystery comedy “Hobgoblin House” in the Gymnasium. Characters in the play are Jim HESTER, Janet ARNOLD, Marilyn O’DELL, Barbara DOOLEN, Jim HUDDLESTON, Ed CLARK, Mary FEATHER, Rolla SULLENS, Jo HESKETT, Kenneth FORD, Douglas HALL, and “The Headless Phantom”. Tickets are on sale at Crain’s Café or from members of the play. Reserved seats are 50 cents, and general admission is 35 cents.
- The business meeting of the P.T.A. opened Monday evening with Mrs. Howard HAMMER, presiding. The officers for the coming year were elected and introduced: President - Mrs. George KESSLER; Vice President - Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON; Secretary - Mrs. Harold MORRIS; Treasurer, Mrs. Wm. LUX.
- HULTS-FEATHER: Miss Audrey HULTS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace HULTS, and Joe FEATHER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, both of Kinmundy, were married Feb. 11 in the home of the Justice of the Peace, J.R. THOMAS of Mt. Vernon. The bride attended Kinmundy H.S. and graduated in 1953. She is employed at Bargh’s. The groom also is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S., and is employed at Stricker Electric. He is a veteran of WWII. At present they are staying at the home of her parents.
- EMBSER-SAIN Wed: Mrs. Jessie EMBSER has received word of the marriage of her granddaughter, Phyllis Jean EMBSER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted EMBSER, to William SAIN of Shelbyville. The couple was married March 12 in the Methodist parsonage with Rev. BLANKENSHIP performing the ceremony. The parents of the bride and groom completed the wedding party. The couple will make their home in Shelbyville where he is a garage mechanic and she is employed in the bank.
- The Trustees of the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District recently purchased the Robb & Harvey Building and is now undergoing extensive repairs getting it in shape to house the fire-fighting equipment. The corrugated iron building is to be torn from the rear, the windows will be blocked in with bricks, overhead doors will be installed, a new roof will be put on, and a steel tower has been erected on the roof for the electric siren. Sometime ago, the trustees purchased a fire engine which is to be delivered some time next month. They have also purchased a water truck which is being assembled now. The engine formerly belonged to the city of Kinmundy, is also undergoing extensive repairs. As soon as the equipment is delivered, it is the intention of the trustees to organize a volunteer department. This may be done before the delivery of all the equipment. Cards have been printed and the trustees are at present working on a system which will identify every farm home within the fire district. Each home will be assigned a number. When reporting a fire, you will give this number. In the fire house, will be kept a listing of these numbers on separate cards. These cards will give the best route to this home as well as the water supply and other valuable information. This will be quite a chore for the trustees as a survey of every home will have to be made. The trustees are at the present asking for sealed bids on the purchase of the iron building on the rear of the building.
- Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE of Collinsville, have a son born at the E. St. Louis Hospital March 12 named Bruce Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE and Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES are the grandparents.
- The Jolly Girls Club met at the home of Mrs. Roy OLDEN on March 17 with 13 members present. The afternoon’s work was mending. Officers elected for next year are: President, Mrs. Harry GRAY, Jr.; Vice President, Mrs. Clifton LEMAY; Sec.-Treas., Mrs. George KEEN. Several games of Bingo were played with prizes going to Mrs. Darrell REESE, Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Mrs. George KEEN, Mrs. Paul WAGONER, Mrs. Edward ELSTON, and Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Edward ELSTON and Mrs. Harold MORRIS.
March 31, 1955:
- Miss Helen BLOMBERG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG of Farina, and Petty Office Third Class Howard VOELKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. VOELKER of Altamont, were married March 11 by Rev. DEFFNER in the Grace Lutheran Church of San Diego, Calif. The attendants were Mrs. Robert YOUNG, sister of the bride, and Richard BRASEL, a friend of the groom. Mrs. VOELKER graduated from LaGrove Community H.S. in 1952, and was employed at the State Bank of Farina until her marriage. The groom was a graduate of Altamont H.S. in ‘51 enlisting in the Navy soon after graduation. The couple will make their home at National City, Calif. Howard is stationed at the naval Base until Feb. 1955 when he will be released from the Navy on completion of 4 years. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Enno LIETZ have a daughter born March 25 at the Salem Hospital named Jayne Crawford. Mr. LIETZ is the high school coach.
- Mrs. Cecil GARRETT underwent minor bone surgery in the Salem Hospital March 15. Mrs. GARRETT had the misfortune of having her clavicle fractured while attending a basketball game this past season. She was attended at the time but the bone had never healed.
- Makes Application to Close C. &.E.I. Station Here: The City of Kinmundy received an official notice from the C. & E.I. Railroad of an application made to the Illinois Commerce Commission for the closing of the Kinmundy station. In return, the City has asked their attorney, William Miller of Salem, to make a reply to the notice. According to the railroad company, the revenue from out going freight doesn’t warrant the continuation of the station. They do not take into consideration the revenue from incoming freight. We have been informed that there are several thousands of dollars paid on incoming freight. The City will ask the State Commerce Commission to deny the petition of the railroad company because of this item. If this station is closed, it will mean the loss of another job from Kinmundy. The present agent, John PIPER, would, in all probability be moved to Salem, merely as an extra. He can bump only one of the ten youngest men on the system which he does not care to do. But believes there would be enough extra work around Salem to make it interesting until such time as a good job was bulletined.
- The first meeting of the “Kinmundy Wide Awakes 4-H Club” was held at the home of the leader, E.A. ERNST on March 23. There were 13 members present including 5 new members and 3 guests. The following officers were elected: President - Charles ERNST; Vice President - Gary ERNST; Secretary - Rosa Lee PARRILL; Treasurer - Robert SHUFELDT; Recreation chairman - Larry LEACH; Reporter - Jim JONES.
- The Marion County Federation of Women’s Clubs held their spring meeting March 26th in the Kinmundy School. Kinmundy, Odin, Salem and Sandoval clubs were represented. (A detailed program was included.)
- Mr. Dick GARDEN received his discharge from the Armed Forces March 28th. He service approximately 18 months in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. GARDEN will make their home in Salem.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. G.B. BRASEL of Hoopston, Ill.; Mrs. Eunice KETTLES of Chicago; Mrs. Winnifred LAMWERSIEK and son, James, of St. Louis; Mrs. Edith SEE of White Plains, N.Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Otis SEE of Monmouth, Ill. returned to their homes last Sunday after attending their Uncle Ed HARRELL’s funeral.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Otis SEE of Monmouth, Ill., and Miss Eula CRAIG called on Mrs. HARRELL Monday morning. Other callers at Mrs. HARRELL’s home were Mr. and Mrs. George KESSLER, Wed. morning, Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER, Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Albert LOY, Wednesday morning, and Mr. John FORD and Mr. Glenn JAHRAUS Friday afternoon.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. John FORD and Billie SOLDNER called on Roy NEAL Friday evening.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Oscar SMITH and Mrs. Rosa WILLIAMS were married in Mt. Vernon Wednesday. We extend congratulations.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER and sons of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DREWES spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen SIGRIST, near Farina, celebrating Mrs. DREWES’ and Selma SIGRIST’s birthdays.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar SMITH at their home east of Brubaker, Wednesday. They were also charivaried Tuesday night. Each crowd presented them with a nice gift and a jolly good time was enjoyed by all present.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna SHAFFER is a grandma again, a little daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.T. “Boots” WILKINS, March 27.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND, accompanied by Mrs. Myrtle POWELL and Mrs. Bess HIESTAND, attended John KAGY’s funeral in Vandalia, Thursday.
April 7, 1955:
- W.L. GREEN, Democrat, and Cecil KEEN, Republican, were re-elected Tuesday to the offices of supervisor and highway commissioner, respectively, in Kinmundy twp. A larger vote was polled than anticipated. In precinct 2, there were not enough ballots for the final voting. So the printer was required to print more ballots in a hurry. Here is the vote:
For Supervisor: W.L. GREEN (D) - Prec. #1 - 176; Prec. #2 - 190
Earl LANE (R) - Prec. #1 - 117; Prec. #2 - 124
For Highway Commissioner: Cecil KEEN (R) - Prec. #1 - 223; Prec. #2 - 225
Herbert VANDEVEER (D) - Prec. #1 - 74; Prec. #2 - 90
For Justice of the Peace: Charles JOHNSON (R) - Prec. #1 - 165; Prec. #2 - 155
For Constable: T.E. TROUT (D) - Prec. #1 - 119; Prec. #2 - 130
Eugene REESE (R) - Prec. #1 - 125; Prec. #2 - 122
G.W. JOHNSON (R) - Prec. #1 - 122; Prec. #2 - 111
In Alma township, Dan HIESTAND (D) was re-elected Supervisor, and Dayton CRUTCHFIELD (D) was re-elected highway commissioner. In Meacham township, Loren COOPER (R) was re-elected highway commissioner.
- Richard Stephen DAY, 4 weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY, entered St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Saturday for observation. On Tuesday morning he underwent a pylorus stenosis. According to reports, he is getting along okay.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN in Mt. Vernon Sunday.
- Fire Department Called Out: There was no school last Friday on account of a teacher meeting, and the day was beautiful. So five young lads from town went to visit with Johnny and Ernest VANDEVEER, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER, 1 mile east of town. Playing cowboy and Indians was the favorite pastime. Mr. VANDEVEER had a baled straw silo near the barn. The boys were playing on this. We don’t believe that Mr. VANDEVEER found out just exactly what did happen but this straw silo caught on fire. It did not burn very fast but it did threaten the barn. So the department was called out. Water was played on it and brought it under control. The only way it could be extinguished would be to tear out the bales of straw which in turn would let the silage spoil. So Mr. VANDEVEER had been fighting it up until this time. He now reports that he has just about got all the fire out, by working on the silo each morning and evening. Rather than see the two VANDEVEER lads punished, all the boys asked Mr. VANDEVEER to whip them also if he was going to punish his two boys. Now who in the world could do anything like that? Could you?
- Ralston D. HANNA was the successful bidder for the lean to iron building recently purchased by the Kinmundy-Alma Rural Fire District, formerly the Robb & Harvey Building. Mr. HANNA began Monday morning razing the building and now has most of it down and hauled away. The brick part of the building left will become the fire house for the district.
- Miss Florence STORRS of this city has received word of the passing of her brother, William STORRS. Mr. STORRS died Jan. 13, Prince George, B.C. He was 81 years of age. Besides Miss STORRS, a brother, Fred, of Atlanta, Ill. survives.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles JONES formerly of Kinmundy, now residing in Lansing, Mich., celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on March 26th at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Paul BEACH, in Lansing, Mich. On March 27th they celebrated with friends and neighbors in their home. Their daughters, Mrs. Paul BEACH and Mrs. Kenneth ROSS, and their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carrol JONES of Bismark, Mo., were the hostesses. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE were hosts Sunday at a dinner honoring their son, Cpl. Jack BARKSDALE, who was home for the weekend before reporting to Ft. Sheridan for separation from the Armed Forces. Cpl. BARKSDALE has just finished 18 months service in Korea. The dinner was also a delayed birthday celebration for Cpl. BARKSDALE and his sister, Janet. Five generations were represented. Guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence BARKSDALE, Mr. Will COX, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. LONG, Mrs. Etta BARKSDALE, Cpl. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE, and daughter, Judy.
- Floyd LEACH, of Louisville, brother of Orous LEACH, died suddenly at his home near Louisville on March 28. He was 73 years of age and an active member of the Bethel Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; one daughter, Bernice SCHUMAKER, of Milwaukee, Wis.; one son, Herman of Louisville; 4 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mina ARMSTRONG, of Flora; and 3 brothers, Harry and Loren of Louisville, and Orous of Kinmundy. Services were held at the Dillman Funeral Home at Louisville with interment in the Louisville Cemetery.
- Mrs. Mae C. LASWELL, wife of Dr. J.L. LASWELL, died at her home in Decatur Sunday after an illness of several months. Services were held Tuesday in Decatur with interment in the Graceland Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, and one son, Lucien and his family of Rockford. Another son, Donald, died last year. The LASWELLs were former residents of this city.
- Meacham: Callers during the week on Mrs. Mary HARRELL were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and family, Clifford PARRILL, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Junior TATE and family of Pana; Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DUFFY, Mrs. Marshall CRAIG, Mrs. Albert LOY, Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS, Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, Mrs. Dora HEICHER, Mrs. Yetta WEALE of Farina; Miss Eula CRAIG, Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, and Mrs. Loren COOPER. Sunday callers were Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, and son, Johnnie, of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FEILER.
- Pleasant Grove: Jack BARKSDALE, Jr. returned home Saturday night having received his discharge from the army.
April 14, 1955:
- The annual School Election Saturday was rather quiet as compared with school elections of former years. The results were as follows: At Kinmundy, Maxine ROBB received 115 votes and Ervin SOLDER, 111. At Alma, Mrs. ROBB received 22 and Mr. SOLDNER, 21. At Omega, each received 13. As there were two members of the Board of Education to be elected, both were chosen. The board members whose terms expired this spring were J.B. MAXEY and See MILLICAN, who did not seek re-election. The board will meet Friday evening to canvass the vote and swear in the new members.
- Harry BRASEL and Xon HANNA both serving in the U.S. Navy recently spent a weekend together in Yokosuka, Japan. They report they are stationed only about 100 miles apart, but it is seldom that they get leave the same time.
- Andrew James JACKSON was born Dec. 31, 1883, near Louisville, Ill., the son of Henry J. and Martha (MATTHEWS) JACKSON, and died Apr. 5, 1955 in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Vandalia. On July 14, 1909, he was married with Nelda Charlotte MAUSER of Monroe, Louisiana. They had 8 children: H. Merle, of Kinmundy; Miss Martha Regena JACKSON, Champaign; Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS (Ella), Kinmundy; Mrs. Jack HONN (Pearl), Mahomet; Mrs. Almos GEIBE (Alberta), Plainview, Texas; Kenneth Emil, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Clarence MINGEE (Helen), Peoria; and Mrs. William BOOTH (Peggy), Anchorage, Alaska. With the exception of a few years spent in Louisiana, Kinmundy had been his home from a small child. The last few years he had represented the H. & C. Tool Co. of St. Louis, Mo. He was a past deacon of the Christian Church. He leaves his wife and children; 15 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Oran B. JACKSON, Plainview, Texas, and Emery of Lincoln, Ill.; 2 daughters-in-law; 4 sisters-in-law; and 3 brothers-in-law. Services were held from the Christian Church Friday, Bro. Everett THOMPSON, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of friends and relatives attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mrs. Harry LEACH, a resident of Kinmundy for a short time, has entered the T.B. Sanatorium in Mt. Vernon.
- Mr. and Mrs. John ALIS, of Rockford, Ill., have a daughter, Jody Ann, born Apr. 11. They have two boys. Mrs. ALIS is the former Avanell PHILLIPS.
- The Lion’s Annual Easter egg hunt was held Sunday at noon. Approximately 100 children were on hand to participate. Prizes were awarded to those finding a Golden Egg: Age group 1 year to 5 years - Darrell MULVANEY; Ages 6 - 8 - Larry BASSETT; Ages 9 -11 - Charles ELSTON. Finding the Most Eggs - Linda DOOLEN (6-8 years) & Jerry GARDEN (9-11 ages); Best Dressed basket - Darlene MARSHALL. In addition to the above prizes, the old Easter Bunny had written on several eggs, that if presented to the Lion whose name appeared on the egg, the finder would be awarded a cash award. Lions Jesse GEORGE and Carl DUNLAP were the cash victims of the Bunny, while Lion SHREFFLER is supposed to have one of the youngsters to his house for Sunday dinner and Lion O’DELL is supposed to let one child have a day out of school. In a personal interview with the old bunny right after the hunt, Mr. Bunny told us the idea of the Sunday dinner and the day out of school were pranks. But what has him stumped is what happened to the egg that had the inscription “Good for $1.00 if presented to Lion ATKINS.” Mr. Bunny says he saw Lion ATKINS eating an egg during the hunt.
- S. Sgt and Mrs. Everett NASH of Tucson, Ariz. have a daughter born April 4 named Kathy Jean. Mrs. NASH is the former Miss Helen HALL of Kinmundy.
- Charles Maurice MORGAN was born near Kinmundy Jan. 10, 1890, the son of Wesley H. and Cora DOOLEN MORGAN, and died quite suddenly at his home in Texhoma, Okla. on Apr. 7, 1955. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Ben, and a sister, Helen. He attended school in Kinmundy and in 1929 graduated from the Dental School at St. Louis University. He practiced dentistry in Oklahoma City, but for the past 17 years he practiced in Texhoma, Okla. Maurice was a veteran of WWI, receiving his discharge from the U.S. Army on Jan. 20, 1919. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Texhoma. He leaves one son, Major Charles W. MORGAN and daughter-in-law, Virginia, of Omaha, Neb.; 3 brothers, Dr. James GUYMON, Okla.; Clyde, Bay Village, Ohio; and Wesley, Denver, Colo.; 4 sisters, Mrs. Genevieve CURRAN, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Mary THRASHER, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Martha and Edith of Kinmundy. The remains were shipped here arriving in St. Louis on Monday. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. C.C. LOWE officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: The Election of Officers was held at the Home Bureau meeting in Brubaker, Friday afternoon and elected were: Mrs. Roy MILLER, Chairman; Mrs. Robert FORD, Vice Chairman; Mrs. C.W. RUFUS, Treas.; and Mrs. Herschel ROSE, Sec. Mrs. John SHAFFER and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER were hostesses and Mrs. VANDEVEER also gave the minor lesson, “One Day’s Trip from Salem”. Major lesson was “Serving portions for health” given by Mrs. Ruby and Bess HIESTAND.
- Sgt. Robert A. GRAY and family spent the weekend in Zion, Ill. with Sgt. GRAY’s mother, Mrs. Deward ROYCE.
- Sgt. Robert A. GRAY left Sunday for Ft. Lee, Va., after spending a 10 day furlough with family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jim EAGAN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hartzell POWELL and family of Clay City, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry WILLIAMS of Alma were supper guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. SHREFFLER Saturday honoring their 35th anniversary.
April 21, 1955:
- Kaye GREENWOOD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, has been invited to become a member of the National Organization of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at the Univ. of Ill. where she is a Freshman. Her average is 4.9 this year, and she is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘54.
- Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY has received word that her grandson, Loy Morris SIMCOX, has arrived at Great Lakes for discharge after serving 16 months in Korea.
- Friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HOYT Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Ralph HOYT. She received many nice gifts and a delicious dinner was served at noon. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl JADWIN, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WHITE and family, Mrs. George PHELPS of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Dave SCHOONOVER and children of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Marion EVANS, Mr. and Mrs. Guy MOORE, Mr. and Mrs. Millard EVANS and family of Odin; Miss Edith WEST and Mr. Jess HOYT of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Dwight HANNA was hostess at a miscellaneous shower honoring Mrs. Joe FEATHER at her home Wednesday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The Band Boosters held their April meeting on Tuesday in the music room at the school. Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, president, opened the meeting. Election of officers was held as follows: Mrs. O.V. LEACH - President; Mrs. Hugh COPPLE - Vice President; Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT - Recording Secretary; Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER - corresponding secretary; Herbert ANDERSON - Treasurer.
- Sunday dinner guests at the J.C. McCARTY home were Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART, Olney, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY and daughter, Teresa, and grandson, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Oren PLOWMAN and daughter, Mary Lou, Bill DAVIS, of Tolono; Mr. and Mrs. Charles JENKINS and daughter, Margaret of Joliet; Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY and daughter of Iola; Mrs. Phyllis KINCAID and children of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Dale McCARTY and son, of Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. Myron CRAIG of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY and son, Darrell; Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCARTY, of Kinmundy. The occasion was a celebration for all of the birthdays in April.
- New School Board Organized: Teachers Given Chance to Renew Their Contracts: The Board of Education met in Special Session on Friday to canvass the vote of the recent election, and to organize the new board. Mrs. Maxine ROBB and Mr. Ervin SOLDNER were declared elected and sworn in. The retiring members, J.B. MAXEY and See MILLICAN did not seek re-election. The holdovers on the board are P.H. ROBNETT, John FORD, Wm. HESTER, Mont RITTER, and Mark ARNOLD. P.H. ROBNETT was renamed president of the board, John FORD, Vice President, and Maxine ROBB, Secretary. Mrs. Jean BUCHKA was re-employed as office secretary. All the present teachers in the system will be given a chance to sign contracts with the exception of two, Miss Louise RAMSEY, Home Economics teacher, and Mr. Haven BURK, teacher at Oak Grove, both having submitted their resignations to the board. The architect was present with the plans for the new gymnasium. These will be reworked from many changes suggested and represented at the next meeting.
- Pfc. Richard CLARK, son of Mrs. Berther F. CLARK, Kinmundy, is one of the 26,000 soldiers slated to participate in Exercise Apple Jack during May at the Yakima Firing Center near Ft. Lewis, Wash. Apple Jack will test the efficiency of infantry and support units in mountainous and dessert terrain. The simulated use of atomic weapons will be one of the conditions of the exercise. CLARK, a cannoneer with Battery B of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 12th Field Artillery Battalion, entered the Army in Nov. 1953, and received his basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. His wife, Zola, lives in Tacoma, Wash.
- Henry M. PRESGROVE died in the Salem Hospital Tuesday after a short illness. Services will be held from the Bee Branch Methodist Church south of Omega on Thursday, Rev. James POWELL officiating. Friends may call at the Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Mr. PRESGROVE was formerly a resident of this city, having made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT, who now reside in Salem.
- Ralston Xon HANNA, radioman third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross D. HANNA, of Kinmundy, is serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Rochester, flagship of Vice Admiral M. Pride, USN, Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet. The ship has recently called at Yokosuka, Japan, Keelung Formosa, and Manila, P.I.
- Pfc. Charles JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES, arrived home Friday from Ft. Sheridan where he received a discharge from the Armed Forces. He had completed 16 months service in Germany with the Army Engineers.
- Meacham: Callers at Mrs. Mary HARRELL’s home were Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and Diana and David, Tuesday; and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer NEAL Wednesday afternoon; and Messrs. John and Robert FORD Thursday afternoon.
- Miletus: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Calvin COX Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. COX have rented the Rufus ADAMS farm.
- Public Sale announcement for A.D. HEADLEY, owner, located off the Patoka-Kinmundy Blacktop, 7 miles east of Highway 51, and 6½ miles west of Rt. 37.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT were weekend guests of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family of Forrest, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY called at the Clay City Funeral Home Saturday in respect to Mrs. Charles PRITCHETT’s father, who died Friday.
April 28, 1955:
- Members of her family surprised Mrs. Dicie YATES Sunday with a potluck dinner at the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES in the Brown vicinity, honoring her birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN and family, Mr. Ora YATES and sons, Lowell and Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd SINCLAIR and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Eura KRUTSINGER, Gerald, Alpha, and Mike BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES and family, Eva BAKER, Dale HENKE and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd GOINS, of Salem.
- Mr. Kenneth ALBERSON entered St. John’s Sanitorium in Springfield Wednesday for observation and treatment.
- Jack F. BOYD, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD, Kinmundy, is completing his Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas.
- Miss Della SEXTON entered the Christian Old Folks Home in St. Louis Friday. She was accompanied by Mrs. Ray HARGRAVES of Centralia, Bro. Everett THOMPSON, minister of the Kinmundy Christian Church, and Mrs. H.M. FISHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAULDING, of Chicago, have a son, born Apr. 25th, at the Frank Cuneo Hospital in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING of Kinmundy, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy PRESLEY all of Salem, are the grandparents.
- Wesley DOOLEN, formerly of Kinmundy, received a medical discharge from the Air Force, March 31. He is now at home in Odin.
- When the 2,200 top scholars in the Univ. of Illinois are honored April 29, at the annual Honors Day Convocation, among them will be 3 graduates from Kinmundy-Alma H.S. - John G. DOOLEN, Kaye E. GREENWOOD, and David M. SCHOONOVER. Shirley ERNST, a sophomore, also received scholarship honors for the winter quarter of the year at Eastern Illinois State College.
- Mrs. Orville DISS was hostess to the Linger Longer Club Wednesday with all members present. The May meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Ethel HANNA.
- Robert MARSHALL, Republican Precinct Committeeman of the Kinmundy Precinct No. 2 entered the employ of the State of Illinois last week as a “Traffic Checker”. His territory is Marion county, and duties will be to set traffic meters as well as check traffic manually on several state roads.
- City Holds Election: It is with a deep sense of regret that we report the outcome of our City election one week late. This is due to measures beyond our control. Anyway, Kinmundy had a very unique election on April 19th. It was unique because there was no disappointed candidates after the vote was tallied. Everyone on the ticket was elected. There were 3 “write-in’s” for the office Police Magistrate, H.F. DENNIS receiving 2 votes and Zelia NEAVILL and R.R. ATKINS, each receiving 1 vote. It was unique also in the respect that an equal number of votes were cast in each of the three wards, namely ten. As a result of the election, Edgar JONES was elected Alderman in Ward One; Dwight HANNA was named Alderman in Ward Two; and Dwight DAY was made Alderman in Ward Three; and H.F. DENNIS could have qualified for Police Magistrate if he had chose to do so.
- The local fire department was called out to the home of Raymond SHAFFER Sunday for an overheated oil heater. Very little damage was done except to the stove.
- Fire Siren Installed on Tower Atop Kinmundy-Alma Fire Engine House: The electric fire siren has found a permanent home atop of the Engine house of the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District. It has been mounted on a tower and is high enough that it should be heard the several miles around Kinmundy. The work of moving and rewiring was completed Tuesday and a test was made. The siren is wired in 2 different cycles. When a fire occurs, the button is pushed, either manually or automatically by phone, and it will take about one minute to complete the cycle. At noon each day, the siren will be touched off from an electric clock. This cycle will be completed in about 5 seconds. In case of a fire remember to dial 7221.
- Thomas Guy BEERY, 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas BEERY of Warrensville, was killed and his mother and 2 year old sister, Christine, were injured in a truck-car collision at Wheaton on Tuesday. The mother and little girl were taken to a hospital at Geneva, but Mrs. BEERY, who was not seriously hurt, was released after treatment. The little boy is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy BEERY of Kinmundy. Funeral services were held in Clinton on Friday.
- Dian DOOLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley DOOLEN, returned home Tuesday from Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where she had undergone an operation for a heart ailment.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE called on Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and children Wednesday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Myrtle POWELL and Mrs. Bess HIESTAND of Salem spent Wednesday night and Thursday with Mrs. Lottie MUNDWILER and sister, Amber, and all attended the funeral of Mart PRESGROVE at Bee Branch Church that afternoon.
- Mrs. Lora ARNOLD, Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mrs. James JONES and daughters spent Saturday with Mrs. G. Frank JONES helping her celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son attended the wedding of his niece, Miss Marjorie WHITESIDE to Roy CONN in E. Alton, Friday.
May 5, 1955:
- Carl B. LANE, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil H. LANE of Kinmundy recently was promoted.
- On Friday evening, a banquet sponsored by the P.T.A. honored the grade school athletic awards of the Kinmundy-Alma Unit district. Mr. McGEE presented letters to the following: First Team - Garry ERNST, Chuck GARRETT, Gary GARRETT, Buddy HELM, Larry LEACH, David LEE, Mike PERGL. Second Team - Bryce GEILER, Denny GRAY, Donnie KEEN, Gene MONTGOMERY, Quentin ROBNETT, Warren SHUFELDT, Richard WINKS. Cheerleaders - Clara BRASEL, Barbara GENTRY, Ella HARVEY, Patty OLDEN. Manager - Farrol ARMSTRONG and Bruce DONOHO.
- The High School basketball letters and athletic awards were presented Tuesday evening at a potluck banquet, supervised by the P.T.A. in the school cafeteria. Letters were given by Coach LIETZ to the following: Seniors - Larry SULLENS, Keith DISS, Gerald DOOLEN, Bill JONES, Jerry MORRIS. Juniors - Jim HUDDLESTUN, Ed CLARK, Richard DOUDERA. Sophomores - Mark GARRETT, Larry SHANAFELT, Richard BOYD, Richard FORD, Morris MAXEY. Freshmen - Charles WINKS and Richard DEADMOND. Managers - John JOHNSON and Louis MAXEY. Certificates of Awards - Nolan McKITRICK, Larry HESKETT, Richard JONES, and Paul WILKINS. Cheerleaders receiving letters: Karen JONES, Mary FEATHER, Barbara DOOLEN, Barbara HOWELL, and Carolyn ALBERSON. Free Throw award was given to Mark GARRETT, a sophomore who made 101 out of 157 charity tosses that awarded him in the past basketball season. This gives him a .643 free throw percentage.
- A note has been received by the city that a hearing in regard to the application of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Co. for permission to withdraw the station agent at Kinmundy and maintain the station as a prepay station will be held on May 12. Now it is up to the citizens of Kinmundy to appear before the commission on this date and show cause why the station should not be closed.
- E.C. BARGH Dies: Edwin C. BARGH, 96, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.M. DAVIDSON in Kenilworth, Ill. on Monday. The body was brought here Tuesday to the Linton Funeral Home, and services will be held from the Christian Church in this city on Thursday, with Rev. Oscar HAWKINS officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. BARGH was born in Leeds, England. He came to America with his parents when 18 months old. The family settled in New Orleans for about a year and then came to Albion, Ill. When the War of the States broke out, the father, Joseph BARGH, enlisted. After the war, the family migrated to Indiana and then to Kinmundy. Here Edwin completed his high school education, graduating in 1881. He then attended the Univ. of Illinois (the second year after it was established), for 1 year and became a registered pharmacist. He entered the drug business for himself in 1885 and continued in that capacity until 1932 when ill health forced him to retire from the business. He married Nellie HOLBROOK of Mason on Aug. 5, 1891. They had: George Holbrook (deceased), and Vera Gertrude. Mrs. BARGH died on Oct. 10, 1950. He is survived by the daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. S.M. DAVIDSON, a daughter-in-law, Mildred BARGH, three grandsons, Charles DAVIDSON, George BARGH, Jr., and Jo BARGH, and two great-grandchildren.
- Mahan & Motch have just completed the task of redecorating the interior of their store. They have also installed a new frozen foods dispenser for the convenience of their customers.
- Word was received here Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Clark BAGOTT, 65, which occurred in the hospital at Palouse, Wash. Funeral services will be held and burial will be made there. Her husband died in 1939. She leaves one son, John and wife, and 3 grandchildren, Nancy, Joan and Bill. Mrs. L.J. HAMMER of this city is a sister-in-law.
- Mrs. Gail WARREN and Mrs. Ham STIPP of Alma, held a double birthday celebration at the home of Mrs. WARREN on Sunday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Ham STIPP, Mrs. Pearl SULLENS, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS, and Mr. and Mrs. Loren WILLIAMS of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and Mrs. Nettie GEORGE.
- The new fire truck for the Kinmundy-Alma Fire district will arrive in Kinmundy this week, according to Carl DUNLAP, president of the board of trustees of the District. He also states that May 9 has been set as the official test and inspection to be made by the state. The new volunteer department will soon be under way.
- Miss Jean SEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE, and Charles MONICAL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steward MONICAL, were married Saturday in the Christian Church in Salem. Their attendants were Miss Patsy SEE, sister of the bride, and Joe MOLENHOUR.
- Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Mary (FISHER) JONES, wife of J.E. JONES, of Borger, Texas. She died at her home Saturday suffering a heart attack. Services and burial were held Monday in Borger. Mrs. JONES was the sister of the late Hubert FISHER and a former resident of Kinmundy.
- A double surprise birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN for Mrs. KEEN and Mr. Ray OLDEN. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Richard FORD received an injury to his right eye Thursday when some rust from a power mower was blown into his eye. He felt no pain until Friday evening when his eye became irritated and swollen. A doctor removed the rust Saturday morning from the pupil where it had become embedded.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. John PIPER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jamie McGEE and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob LEE and daughter were guests at a surprise birthday dinner given in honor of Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS at the home of Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL Saturday evening.
- Carl B. LANE, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil H. LANE of Kinmundy, recently was promoted to Corporal while a member of the 75th Regimental Combat team on Okinawa. He is a mechanic in Heavy Mortar Co. and entered the army in April 1953 and has been overseas 12 months.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS entertained a few friends at their home at a birthday dinner honoring Mrs. John PIPER, Wednesday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BUCHKA, Mr. and Mrs. John PIPER, and Mr. and Mrs. Jamie McGEE.
- A 3C Jack BOYD arrived home Saturday from Lackland Air Base, San Antonio, Texas, on a 10 day leave before reporting to Amarillo Air Base, Amarillo, Texas.
- The Kinmundy Menuettes 4-H Club met Apr. 23 at the home of their leader, Katherine WORMLEY. Ten members and one guest was present. Officers elected were: President, Kaye HAMMER; Vice President, Patsy BEARD; Sec. & Treas., Ada BRASEL; Recreation Chairman, Francis HIESTAND; Reporter, Sue ERNST.
- Mark DISS celebrated his 2nd birthday Thursday at his home by entertaining 10 of his playmates. Refreshments were served by his mother, Mrs. Darrell DISS.
May 12, 1955:
- Miss Patricia BAILEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil E. BAILEY, of Kinmundy, was married to Robert E. SAGADINE, son of Mrs. R.E. MORRIS of South Bend, Ind. on Sunday in the Methodist Church. The Rev. A Vance COMER officiated the ceremony. The couple was attended by Shirley BAILEY, sister of the bride, and Mr. John YOUNG, friend of the groom of Rockford, Ill. Mrs. Wayne ROBB, sister of the bride, played the wedding music, and Mr. Lloyd BAILEY, brother of the bride, sang. Robert BAILEY and Gene BAILEY of Salem, served as ushers for their sister. The bride is a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of ‘53, and is employed at the Univ. of Illinois in Champaign. The groom is a student at the Univ. of Illinois so the couple will make their home in Champaign at present. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mary M. JONES Buried in Texas: Mary M., daughter of Elizabeth V. and David E. FISHER was born at the family farm home northwest of Kinmundy, May 15, 1878. She was married to Edward J. JONES, Oct. 31, 1897, and they had two sons, one dying in infancy. She died at the hospital in Borget, Texas on April 30, 1955 following a few days illness with heart ailment. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother, Hubert M. FISHER. She is survived by her husband; son, Lewis; 3 sisters, Mrs. Charles L. COCKRELL, Mrs. Laura E. GRESHAM, Chicago; Mrs. John MAHAN, Centralia; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Kinmundy. Services were held from the Blackburn-Shaw Brown Chapel in Borger, Monday, with interment in Borger. Mrs. GRESHAM and Mrs. MAHAN attended the funeral.
- Mrs. James BILEK: Mary DOUDERA was born in Chicago on July 5, 1887, and died in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on May 4, 1955. She was married to James BILEK in Chicago on Feb. 2, 1918, and they had one child, who died at birth. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. BILEK came to a farm west of Kinmundy where they have made their home since. She was a member of the St. Philomena’s Church in Kinmundy. Besides her husband, she leaves a nephew, George KOTVA, who lived with them; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth KOHL and Miss Anna DOUDERA, Chicago; and 3 brothers, John DOUDERA, Cicero; Emil DOUDERA, Riverside; and Frank DOUDERA, Elmhurst; nephews, John DOUDERA, Union, N.J.; Joseph KOHL, Lombard Heights, Ill.; Raymond KOHL, Cicero, Ill.; Thomas KOHL, Oak Park, Ill.; Robert KOHL, El Paso, Texas; John KOHL, Chicago; and 2 nieces, Joan KOHL CHIOLES, Chicago; and Jeane DOUDERA, Riverside, Ill. Services were held from St. Philomena’s Church Saturday, Rev. A.B. SCHOMAKER, officiating, with interment in Martin Cemetery.
- Dr. and Mrs. Russell WATT have a daughter, Kathleen Marie, born May 3rd at Scott Field A.F.B. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of Sullivan, are the grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM and Mr. and Mrs. F.E. JONES of this city are the great-grandparents.
- Miss Doris JOHNSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON of this city, and A3C Melvin MANESS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. MANESS of Pearland, Texas, were married Apr. 30th at Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Virginia RAUM and A3C Clifford RAUM, friends of the couple, were attendants. The couple will make their home in Amarillo, where he is stationed.
- Mr. Lavern GRAY has received word of the coming marriage of his son, John William GRAY, to Miss Joanne Dee HOLSENBECK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond HOLSENBECK. The wedding will take place May 21st in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Branford.
- Several neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL Wednesday to welcome them to the neighborhood. The BRASELS have recently purchased the property of the late Margaret GRAY. Mrs. BRASEL was presented with a lovely nylon gown and bed jacket. Neighbors welcoming Mrs. BRASEL were: Mrs. Fred SEE and daughters, Mrs. Edgar JONES, Mrs. Clif LEMAY, and son, Mrs. Stella BALLANCE, Mrs. Gail WOOTERS, Mrs. Melvin GEILER, Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, Mrs. Edward ELSTON and children, Mrs. Harold MORRIS, Mrs. Arlie SLANE, Mrs. Ralph WILLIAMS and daughter, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Burdette MAXEY, Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Mrs. Dewey RUEGER and son, Mrs. Orous LEACH, Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr., and Mrs. Dola BRASEL and daughter, Mrs. John STOCKER was unable to attend.
- Meacham: Sunday, May 1st, Mrs. Mary HARRELL was a dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. John FORD. Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD were also guests.
- Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON and children and Mrs. Gail WOOTERS visited Mr. ALBERSON in the St. John’s sanitorium in Springfield Sunday. Mrs. ALBERSON will undergo a major operation Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Charles MONICAL Saturday at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris ate Chili and ice cream and cake at the Clyde ROSE home Saturday helping Jackie celebrate his birthday. His grandmas and Patsy ROSE were there also.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY. Afternoon visitors were: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob EAGAN and daughter of Patoka.
May 19, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. John DEVINE of Tower Hill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, May 1st with 102 relatives and friends calling and sharing potluck. The DEVINES are former residents of Kinmundy twp., living several years on a farm east of Kinmundy.
- Despite the rainy weather, the annual open house observed at the Kinmundy Grade and High School was well attended. Exhibits were on display in every room with children’s school work, and teachers were met. A new and interesting feature this year was the tumbling exhibition in the gym. This was exhibited by the Dept. of Physical Education. Mr. LIETZ and Mrs. BENNETT presented their tumbling teams in a packed gym. Those from Mrs. BENNETT’s group were: Marilyn HOWELL, Kathleen O’DELL, Carolyn ALBERSON, Donna COLLET, Barbara HOWELL, Marilyn O’DELL, Edit WEST, and Mary FEATHER. The boy’s team was composed of: Frank METCALF, Jimmie COURSON, Charles SANDERS, Ted TROUT, George EBLIN, Keith SCHWABE, Wesley PERKINS and Dale HANKS.
- At the Band Boosters meeting held on May 10, it was announced that the following 5 students entered the State Contest at Herrin. They were: Janet FORD (flute solo), Robert SHUFELDT (clarinet solo), Gary ERNST (alto saxophone solo), Larry LEACH (baritone saxophone solo), and Darlene MARSHALL (oboe solo).
- William Leo ALLEN, of Silver Lake, Ind., died at Warsaw, Ind., Monday after an illness of 2 weeks. The funeral was held in the United Brethren Church of Silver Lake, Wednesday. The deceased was the father of Vernon ALLEN of this city. Mr. and Mrs. ALLEN were in attendance at the funeral.
- Dr. and Mrs. John LYKINS of Champaign are the parents of a son born May 17th at the Mercy Hospital named Todd Humphrey LYKINS. Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY of Rome, N.Y. are the maternal grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER are the great-grandparents.
- The Programs for the Kinmundy-Alma Community High School Class of 1955 Baccalaureate and Commencement were printed. Graduates were: Eva Arlene BAKER, Shirley May BEARD, Mary Madonna BLESSING, William BOYD, Rosemary Ann BURKETT, Alpha Deleen BUTTS, Darwin Keith DISS, Kenneth Leon DISS, Gerald Leslie DOOLEN, Wanda Louise GARRETT, Patricia Helen JOHNSON, Sam G. JONES, Dorothy Mae KERLEY, Gary Alan KLINE, Jerry Arden MORRIS, Joyce Elaine MULVANEY, Velma Ileen NEAL, Patricia Eileen SEE, Larry L. SULLENS, Ronald SWIFT, Robert Stacy WHITE, Donald Edwin YATES, Charles William JONES. Valedictorian was Patricia JOHNSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo JOHNSON of Alma. The Salutatorian was Madonna BLESSING, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. D.L BLESSING, also of Alma. Both girls are attending Southern Ill. Univ. in the fall. (Each of their pictures were included.) Special music was by the Vocal Chorus, a duet by Mrs. Charles BASSETT & G.E. SHREFFLER.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Community Grade School Commencement program was printed. Special music was presented by the Girls’ Octet of: Rebecca HESTER, Jane WILLIAMS, Beverly WILLIAMS, Janet FORD, Linda SHANAFELT, Joyce JOHNSON, Frances HIESTAND, and Joann ANDERSON with Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS, director; and a piano duet by Harrison COLCLASURE and Gene MONTGOMERY.
- The local fire department was called out Tuesday to extinguish the burning pickup truck belonging to Pat WILLIAMS. The truck was being driven by Robert GAMMON of Alma on the Patoka Rd. when the fire started. The department did manage to save the 4 tires but the rest of the truck was burned.
- Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES have a daughter born May 6 at the Salem Hospital named Rita Sue.
- Mrs. Francis HAMMER was pleasantly surprised Wednesday evening when several guests gathered at her home to wish her a happy birthday. Ice cream and cake were enjoyed. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER.
- On Wednesday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl CRAIN in Kinmundy, friends gathered and gave Mr. and Mrs. Gene CRAIN a kitchen shower. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The Ray INGRAMs and Mrs. Nellie HUSTON and Mr. and Mrs. Robert SRONCE and daughters, Ellen and Gail, of Maroa, were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM. In the afternoon they attended the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. George STARKEY of Farina.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Rosalie ALDERSON graduated from nurses training at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis Friday night. Her parents and Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER attended the graduation.
- Pleasant Grove: A farewell supper in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Donald BLESSING and family is being held Tuesday at the Alma Church basement. They will be leaving the community.
- Pleasant Grove: Word has been received here that James, son of Mr. and Mrs. James MORONEY of Calcutta, India, and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Mabin SPITLER of Salem, was stricken with polio and will be brought back for treatment.
May 26, 1955:
- A fire department was organized in Kinmundy Monday evening and will be known as the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Department. We understand an auxiliary department is to be organized in Alma in the near future also. There are 30 members in the local department. The election of officers resulted in the following: President - Fred GAMMON; Sec-Treas - Gilbert DOOLEN; Fire Fighters - Carl DUNLAP (Chief); Jesse GEORGE (Ass’t Chief); P.H. ROBNETT (Captain); R.R. ATKINS (Lieutenant). The 4th Monday evening was chosen as the time of the regular monthly meetings. The new fire truck was again delivered to the department that afternoon and was tested by the state. It passed inspection this time. It was agreed that there would be two or three practice runs each month.
- Lucien C. LASWELL, 55, a former resident of this city, died Wednesday in the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, death being caused by cancer. He was the third member of his immediate family to succumb within a year. His brother, Dr. Donald LASWELL died June 30, 1954; his mother, Mrs. J.L. LASWELL, died Apr. 3, 1955. Mr. LASWELL was born in Alma and attained his education in the schools in this city. He was a veteran of WWII. He was a construction engineer in Rockford. Services were held Saturday in the Catholic Church in Byron, with interment in Rockford Cemetery.
- Harry L. WARREN, the second son of Henry and Mary C. NICHOLS WARREN, was born Sept. 12, 1871 near Kinmundy, and died in Urbana on May 19, 1955. He had been ill for several weeks. With the exception of a few years residence in or near Farina, he had always lived in Kinmundy. At the age of 14 years, he joined the Presbyterian Church. For the last several years he attended the Kinmundy Methodist Church. On Feb. 15, 1894, he married Lulu BALLANCE. One daughter, Leone, was born. Mr. WARREN was engaged in farming until 1907. At that time he entered the Banking business in Kinmundy from which he retired in 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and his wife, who died July 30, 1939. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Frank BOSLEY, Urbana; 1 granddaughter, Mrs. M.W. LEIGHTON, Tulsa, Okla.; 2 great-granddaughters; 1 half-sister, Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT, Kinmundy; 3 nephews, Lowell WARREN, Centralia; Warren and Robert SHUFELDT, Kinmundy; and 1 niece, Mrs. Iva HOLIDAY, Springfield, Ill. Services were held May 21 from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Vance COMER officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Kinmundy-Alma District Eighth Grade Graduates were listed: Martha Rose ALBERT, Darrell Emery ANDERSON; Farrol Eugene ARMSTRONG, George Delmur ARNOLD, Janice May BARBEE, Ada Frances BRASEL, Clara Evalene BRASEL, Everett George BRIMBERRY, Jeanette BRIMBERRY, Helen Louise BROWN, Calvin BUTTS, Donna Marie COPPLE, Sandra Sue CRAWFORD, Bruce Eugene DONOHO, Sharon Kay DONOHO, Garry Eugene ERNST, Lyle Leon FINCKBONE, Ruth Ann FRADENBURG, Rosalie GARDEN, Gary Claude GARRETT, Denny Ray GEILER, Barbara Ann GENTRY, Brenda Irene GRAY, Ella Louise HARVEY, Franklin Eugene HELM, Donna Louise HENKEN, Martha Suzanne HIESTAND, Rosemary Veronica ILG, Linda Kaye JENKINS, James Robb JONES, Jr., John R. JONES, Shirley Lorraine KENLEY, Gayle Merlene KLINE, Larry Franklin LEACH, David Russell LEE, Virgil LOGUE, Ralph Eugene LUX, Patricia Ann OLDEN, Denny Clyde OSBORN, Charles L. PERGL, Betty Ilene PERRY, James Jr. PITTMAN, Viola Ann POWELL, Judith Ann ROBB, Charles Edward SOLDNER, Mona Mae TABOR, Boyce WHITE, Ivan Ray WILKINS, Brenda Sue WILLIAMS, Frederick Lawrence ZURBRIGGEN.
- Memorial Services will be held at the shed at Sandy Branch, Sunday, May 29th at 2 p.m. Mr. Everett D. THOMPSON of the Kinmundy Christian Church will deliver the address.
- Word was received here this week of the death of John W. NEAVILL, a former resident of this city. Death was caused from a heart attack. John W., son of Charles M. and Elizabeth BISSONETT NEAVILL, was born in Kinmundy on April 12, 1889, and died at his home in Whittier, Calif., May 18, 1955. On June 5, 1912, he married Jessie GRAY, and to this union, 2 sons were born, Burdette G. of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charles H. of Whittier, who with the widow, survive. Also surviving is 1 brother, Thomas D. NEAVILL of St. Louis, 1 sister Mrs. Kittie WATKINS of Los Angeles, Calif.; 4 grandchildren; 2 nephews and 1 niece. Services and burial were in Whittier.
- The winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster contest are: Susan Joe KLINE, 1st, $1.00; Dallas AUTON, 2nd, 50 cents; Larry BAYLIS, 3rd, 25 cents. Winners in Class II, which is the 7th, 8th and 9th grades were Linda Kay JENKINS, 1st, $1.00; Ed CLARK, 2nd - 50 cents; Donna FORD, 3rd, 25 cents.
- Memorial Day services will be held May 30th at 2 o’clock in Evergreen Cemetery. The services are under the auspices of the American Legion, Post 519, Kinmundy, and Everett THOMPSON, Minister of the Christian Church will deliver the address. The school band will participate in the program.
- The following clipping was received from J.M. STOKELY, Sheridan, Wyoming, with the obituary of Seymour FRENCH, well known to many of the old timers in this vicinity. Mr. STOKELY states that the deceased was a cousin to his mother. He was also an uncle to Misses Edith and Martha MORGAN of this city, and also to Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS, of Alma. Funeral services were held from the First Presbyterian Church on May 1 at Gillette, Wyo. for A.S. FRENCH, 92, pioneer of northeastern Wyoming. His health had been failing this past winter and he died on Apr. 27. Andrew Seymour FRENCH was born Dec. 18, 1862 at Alma, Ill, son of William Lewis Sworens FRENCH and Elizabeth HITE FRENCH. When he was still a very young boy, his mother died leaving her husband with 4 small children, 1 son and 3 daughters, to care for along with the other duties of an early day farmer. He received his early education in the rural schools near Alma and later attended the Baptist college at Pierce City, Missouri. He taught 4 terms of school in the Illinois rural school system while farming his father’s place. In March 1890, he married Matilda Frances MORGAN, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at Rocky Ford, Colorado in 1940. He made the run on horseback for a location when the Oklahoma territory was opened for homesteading, but not liking the land he returned to Illinois. Due to ill health, Mr. and Mrs. FRENCH left their native state, migrating to Wyoming where they located in the new town of Gillette on Aug. 6, 1896. Their first home stood on the site of the Stockmen’s bank building and was the south edge of town at the time. Mr. FRENCH worked the first winter for Daly Brothers, pioneer merchants, and for the railroad, while Mrs. FRENCH taught school as one of it’s first teachers. While living on the ranch he served as justice of the Peace for the district north of Gillette. In 1922, he was elected to the office of county assessor for Campbell County and served for 14 years. After retiring, Mr. and Mrs. FRENCH spent their remaining years with their children at Gillette and in Colorado and Kansas. Last October, Mr. FRENCH left Gillette for Rocky Ford, Colo. to spend the winter with his daughter, Mrs. Veda THOMAS, where he died on Apr. 27. Mrs. FRENCH and two children preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 sister, Mrs. Hattie GRAY of Beaumont, Texas; 1 son, Lewis FRENCH of Sacramento, Calif; and 5 daughters, Mrs. Veda THOMAS of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Mrs. Florence DORR of Sidney, Mont.; Mrs. D.B. SAUNDERS of Gillette, Wyo.; Mrs. Ivan BECUS of Necla, Colo.; and Mrs. Berneice HEROUX of Denver, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
- Fred WILLIAMS, aged 74, died at his home in Alma on May 20, 1955. Services were held Sunday from the Alma Methodist Church with Elder Eugene FORD officiating. Burial was in Martin Cemetery.
- Mr. Selley HOWELL of Farina died at the Alton Hospital where he had been a patient May 19. Services were held Saturday at the Methodist Church in Farina.
- Local Items (from last week): Misses Helen BASSETT and Patty GIGAR returned Friday from a week’s tour of the Smokey Mountains and the southern states.
- Local Items (from last week): Fred KLEISS received word Monday of the death of his uncle, Tony CLER, which occurred at his home in Ft. Wayne, Ind. that morning.
- Meacham: Glen JAHRAUS called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Dewey COMBS called Monday afternoon, Miss Eula CRAIG and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER called Wednesday afternoon.
- Meacham: Bob BUTTS received his discharge from the Armed Services recently and has employment near LaGrange, Ill.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Jack BASOM at the Old Baptist Church Tuesday with Rev. Joy VANDEVEER officiating, and burial in the Church Cemetery.
June 2, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. Jamie McGEE have a daughter born May 29 in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. She has been named Barbara Ann.
- On Sunday afternoon, a quail few thru the upstairs window of Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL’s residence, breaking the pane. She heard the noise and went to see just what had happened. The quail was stunned and was laying on the floor. She picked up the bird and by the time she brought it downstairs, it had regained consciousness and she released it.
- The Annual Kinmundy-Alma High School Alumni Banquet and Reception was held Saturday evening with 139 members and guests present. A delicious chicken dinner was served by the P.T.A. The president, Mrs. Edgar JONES, was in charge. The secretary pro-tem announced that the oldest living member of the alumni association was Mrs. Allie D. NELMS, having graduated with the class of ‘81. The oldest member present was Mrs. H.M. FISHER, she having graduated with the class of ‘98. Mrs. Laura FISHER GRESHEM was next in line with the class of ‘02. Mrs. Wayne ROBB led the group in singing two numbers. Ed SHREFFLER and Millie BASSETT, sang two numbers with Maxine ROBB at the instrument. Robert SHUFELDT gave a clarinet solo with Madonna BLESSING at the piano. R.R. ATKINS then proved himself a very capable and forceful speaker at the event. After this the class was initiated by giving several numbers to fill out the program. Officers next year will be: President - Betty ERNST; Vice President - Betty WHITE; Secretary - Shirley DREWES, Treasurer - Pola ROBB.
- Legion Auxiliary Has Gold Star tea: Mrs. Orous LEACH was hostess to the Annual Gold Star Tea which was held May 25th at her home with 22 members and guests present. The program was presented by Marjorie GREEN, Mrs. Bessie DISS, and Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY. There were four of the five gold star members of the Auxiliary present and three gold star guests, each receiving a beautiful corsage. Each of the gold star members present were presented a gold star pin as a gift from the Unit. They were: Mrs. Lillie SHREFFLER and Mrs. Ethel HILL, gold star mothers, and Mrs. Helen QUANDT and Miss Mildred KLEISS, gold star sisters. The three gold star guests present were Mrs. Ethel HANNA, Mrs. Steve EAGAN, and Mrs. Wallace HULTS. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Lela Mae DOOLEN, Mrs. Maxine ROBB, Mrs. Marjorie GREEN, Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY, and Mrs. Pearl LOWE.
- The June issue of “People Today”, popular national pocket magazine, carried a four page feature article on “Ted MANGNER, KMOX Farm Editor”. The magazine became interested in doing a feature story following an article written by MANGNER on the subject of eating weeds. The article also traces Ted’s day, and his broadcast preparations, as well as his wonderful relationship with his nine year old son, Eddie.
- Storm Strikes: A severe wind storm visited us Thursday night and did quite a bit of damage to the trees in the City Park. However, the Lions Club had all the limbs dragged out, the park swept and the grass mowed before dark on Friday. It just looked like to us that a tornado went over us and dipped down enough to get the park. A few other trees and limbs about town were also blown down.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BRANCH have a daughter, born in Salem Hospital on May 27.
- Mr. and Mrs. John FORD called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the supper for Rev. and Mrs. BLESSING and family at Alma Tuesday night. Each of the 4 churches were well represented and together gave a nice sum of money as a gift. A delicious supper was served.
June 9, 1955:
- Little Vickie MIDDLETON, daughter of Pfc. and Mrs. Bob MIDDLETON, fell at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Nina MIDDLETON Sunday and suffered a broken collar bone. She is now wearing a cast.
- Leave for Military Training: Four local youths enlisted in the Armed Forces and left for training this week. Bill BOYD and Larry SULLENS left Monday for Lackland Air Force Base at El Paso, Texas. Jerry MORRIS and Carl JONES left Tuesday to enter boot training at Great Lakes-Lakes Naval Base.
- The Shriver Sewing Sircle 4-H Club met at Twila and Shirley KENLEY’s home. The meeting was called to order by the president, Twila KENLEY. Talks were given by Joann ANDERSON, Mary VANDEVEER, Shirley KENLEY, and Twila KENLEY. The next meeting will be with Sandra JENKINS. Mary Jane ANDERSON, Reporter.
- Mrs. Bertha LITTEN, 89, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Caroline YEAGER, Sunday. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Ellettsville, Ind. Bertha Rose LITTEN, daughter of John and Nancy BOONE ROSS, was born on a farm near Kinmundy, Sept. 6, 1865, and died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Frank YEAGER in Kinmundy, June 5, 1955. Her parents having died when she was young she was reared by her oldest brother, William ROSS. She was a milliner by trade, having worked for several years for the late Miss Molley SONGER. At an early age, she joined the Methodist Church. On Nov. 6, 1901, at the home of her sister, Ann FIELDS, in Elletsville, Ind., she married to Louis Pleasant LITTEN by the Rev. William MILLER, a brother-in-law of Mr. LITTEN. A few years after the death of her husband in 1935, she made her home with her niece, Mrs. Frank YEAGER, of Memphis, Tenn., now of Kinmundy. Besides Mrs. YEAGER, she leaves another niece, Mrs. Ethel CROSSETT of Belleville, Ill.; a nephew, William B. ROSS of Salem, and other nephews and friends.
- Charles WILLIAMS of Vienna, suffered a light stroke Thursday while enroute by bus from Springfield to his home. His condition is fair. He is the father of Mrs. Edgar JONES of this city.
- The Friendly Neighbors met at the home of Mrs. Anne SEE on June 4, honoring her birthday. She was presented with a french fry slicer. Present were Mrs. Gail WOOTERS, Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Stella BALLANCE, Mrs. Orous LEACH and daughter, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, and Mrs. John STOCKER. Monday afternoon Mrs. Stella BALLANCE was hostess to the Friendly Neighbors and received a pair of pajamas in honor of her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe FEATHER have a daughter born June 2 in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Vandalia. She has been named Cynthia Jo.
- Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL have a son, Robert James, born June 4th in Salem Memorial Hospital.
- Mrs. Wayne ROBB was hostess at a birthday party June 4th honoring her son, Richard, who is 5 years old. (A list of those attending was included.)
- On May 30th, several relatives gathered at the home of Sylvester WILLIAMS to help him celebrate his 82nd birthday. A very delicious pot luck supper was enjoyed. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ham STIPP, Mr. and Mrs. Loren WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Jess DONOHO, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore WILLIAMS, Mrs. Forest WILLIAMS and Mrs. Florence WRIGHT and Mrs. Pearl SULLENS of Alma; and Mr. Paul M. WILLIAMS of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Fay VARNER and Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOUSMAN of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Wess JACKSON, Idaho, Mrs. Gail WARREN, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Cole, Relza WILLIAMS and the honoree, Sylvester WILLIAMS of Kinmundy. All departed wishing Uncle Vess many more happy birthdays.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and sons, John and Bill, moved Wednesday to the Noel SHAFFER property in Kinmundy. We are sorry to lose them but wish them well in their new home.
- Meacham: Mrs. Mary HARRELL and Mrs. Iva COURSON called on Mr. and Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS Sunday afternoon, and Mrs. Jennie JAHRAUS returned with them.
- Mrs. Dale HAMMER, Janet, Max and Michael of Bridgeport, visited Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER.
June 16, 1955:
- No newspaper on file.
June 23, 1955:
- Mrs. H.M. FISHER returned home Thursday after a two weeks visit in Chicago, South Bend and Hammond, Ind., and Three Rivers, Mich. with relatives. While there she attended the wedding of her nephew, Patrick J. MANGNER to Miss Frances C. HYLAND in the Carthage Church on June 4th. The couple was attended by her sister, Mary Ann HYLAND, the groom’s sister, Mary Ann MANGNER, and the bride’s brother, Thomas HYLAND. The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T.D. MANGNER, formerly of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Orous LEACH served breakfast Monday to 9 guests honoring her daughter, Connie’s, 9th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The McCARTY Family held their annual reunion June 19th at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. 28 members of the family enjoyed the potluck dinner and visiting. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCARTY and sons, Audrea HOUSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCARTY and sons, Harvey, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FAHRENBACHER and son, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Teresa and Stephen, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Neal McCARTY and daughter, Maywood; Mr. and Mrs. Oren PLOWMAN and daughter and Bill DAVIS, Tolono; Rolla MARSHALL, Mrs. Agnes PITTIGREW, Champaign; and Mr. J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy.
- Floyd HERRICK, 68, formerly of this city, died in the Clinton, Ind. Hospital June 14, uremia being the cause of death. His home was in Hillsdale, Ind. Services were held Thursday in Brown’s Funeral Chapel, Montezuma, Ind., and in the Helt’s Prairie Cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by a son, Richard of Rockville, Ind., and a daughter, Norma OVERTON of Indianapolis; and 1 sister, Mrs. James E. EAGAN of this city. Mr. and Mrs. EAGAN attended the funeral.
- Mr. Lee “Shorty” BABER entered Poole’s Nursing Home in Odin Tuesday.
- Commencement exercises for the Univ. of Illinois were held in Chicago on June 17. Among the graduates was Richard Ray MAULDING, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING, who received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Dr. MAULDING will begin interning at Cook County Hospital in Chicago on June 29.
- Mrs. Carrie COPPLE, 76, wife of Mr. S.T. COPPLE, died June 20, at the home of her son, George in Salem. She had been in poor health for several years. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Grace BUTTS of Kinmundy and 3 sons, George, Herschel, and Denny, of Salem; 5 brothers, Layman, Fred, Frank, Charlie, and Lewis BURKETT and 1 sister. Services were held June 22 from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Everett THOMPSON officiating. Interment was made in Phillips Cemetery.
- Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, will hold a public installation of officers on June 29 with Bro. Bryce JONES of Louisville as installing officer. The following officers will be installed: Wyett COLCLASURE - W.M.; Dan HIESTAND - S.W.; James STRICKER - J.W.; C.R. ALDERSON - Treasurer; Gilbert DOOLEN - Secretary; Joe MIDDLETON - S.D.; Robert BAILEY- J.D.; Glen BRASEL - Chaplain; Charles BASSETT - Marshal; Archie CALDWELL - S.S.; Merle SULLENS - J.S.; Ed GREEN - Tyler.
- Carrol Inez MARRCHESI and William C. WEISS, both of Richmond, Calif. were married June 9 in the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Berkeley, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles PIERCE, Arcata, Calif. She attended Mossyrock H.S., Mossyrock, Wash., and at the present is employed as an overseas Telephone and Telegraph operator. The groom, son of Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina, is a veteran of WWII, and is employed by the Standard Oil Co. of Richmond, Calif. Attendants were Mrs. Judy HALE of Oakland, Calif., and Charles GROFF. The couple will reside in Richmond, Calif.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene CRAIN have a daughter born June 21 in the Vandalia Hospital. She was named Debra Jean.
- The Kinmundy Junior League softball team, sponsored by the Lions Club, have won their first two games. The roster is: Butch BOYD, Denny GAMMON, Chuck GARRETT, Gary GARRETT, Buddy HELM, Junior HOARD, Jim HUDDLESTUN, John JOHNSON, David LEE, Louis MAXEY, Morris MAXEY, Larry SULLIVAN, Norman SULLIVAN, and Charles WINKS.
- Meacham: A miscellaneous shower was held Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters for Mr. and Mrs. William WEISS of California.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HILL and daughter, Myrtle, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HATFIELD and George, of Winterhaven, Fla., Miss Margie GILBERT of Toronto, Canada, and Miss Helen HATFIELD of Kansas City, Mo. attended the wedding of William HILL HATFIELD to Marguerette WILLIAMS of Holland, Mich. Saturday, and returned home Sunday. Bill is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. HILL.
- Cdr. and Mrs. Carl PRUETT and children arrived Monday for a few days visit with Mrs. W.S. PRUETT. Dr. PRUETT is enroute to the carrier Philippine Sea where he will serve as Sr. Medical Officer. The family will remain in San Diego, Cal.
- The friends and family of Mrs. Lillie LINDER gathered at her residence in the Alexander property near the Church of God, to which she recently moved, Wed. evening, and enjoyed a good old housewarming. (A list of those attending was included.)
June 30, 1955:
- Virginia JAHRAUS: Virginia, daughter of John and Rebecca HULL SHEPARD, was born January 12, 1872, and passed away June 25, 1955, at 3 o'clock p.m., at the Salem Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for several days. Her early life was spent in the farm home of her parents where she attended Sherman School. In her youth, she accepted Christ as her Savior and tried throughout her life to follow His teachings. She joined the Southern Methodist Church and was baptized by the late Rev. John BALLANCE. On Sept. 17, 1901, she was united in marriage with Henry JAHRAUS at the home of her parents. To this union one son, Glenn M., was born, who, with his wife, Bernice, and their children, Virginia Mae and Dale, are left to mourn her passing. Also left are two sisters, Mrs. Mary HARRELL, of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Grace CRAIG, of LaCrosse, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, and only brother, William Daniel, her oldest sister, Mrs. Sarah FORD, and her beloved husband. Since the death of her husband on February 12, 1936, she has lived continuously in the home she and her husband established after their marriage. She was a good, industrious and ambitious woman all her life, clinging to the high ideals that were right and honorable. Her later years were spent very quietly, demonstrating her daily life, the consecration of her love and devotion to her family and friends. Only those who knew her best understand what a wonderful wife, mother and friend she was.
“Beautiful toiler, thy work is done, Beautiful soul into glory gone,
Beautiful life with its crown now won, God giveth thee rest.
Beautiful Spirit, free from all strain, Our's is the heartache, the sorrow and pain,
Thine is the glory and infinite gain, At the home of the blest.”
The funeral was held Monday June 27, from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. J.N. PRESLEY, of Clay City officiating. Burial was in the Farina Cemetery.
- A birthday party was given by Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY, June 23, honoring her son, Darrell Leon, on his 3rd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Kinmundy Post No. 519, American Legion, met in regular session in their hall on June 21. After disposing of other business, the following officers were elected for the coming year: Commander - John PHILLIPS, Jr.; Sr. Vice Com. - Roy DOOLEN; Jr. Vice Com. - John W. McCULLEY; Chaplain - W.L. GREEN; Finance Officer - Raymond ATKINS.
- The Kinmundy Post 519 American Legion is sponsoring a big 4th of July celebration.
- Miss Patti SEE celebrated her 6th birthday with a picnic in the City Park, June 22. (A list of guests was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina and Mrs. J.A. HOLT attended the Golden Wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Art STANKEY in E. St. Louis, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE called at the Salem Hospital Sunday to see a doctor for her as she got quite a lick in the forehead from a foul ball while watching the ballgame. They also called to see Mrs. Jarold MULVANEY, Paul CRANE, and Marion MIDDLETON, who are patients in the hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER attended the Silver Wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Glen SIGRIST of Farina, Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry HANSON of Woodriver, and Sgt. and Mrs. John HANSON, who recently returned from Germany, were here Saturday visiting friends.
July 7, 1955:
- Clarinda Diane DOOLEN, daughter of Wesley and Betty DOOLEN, died July 4, 1955, aged 1 year, 7 months, and 6 days. She leaves her father, mother, and little brother, Michael; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl DOOLEN of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Harry HARRELL of Odin; her great-grandparents, Mrs. Della DOOLEN of Vernon; Mrs. Lora BAYLISS of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Ida HARRELL of Odin.
- Miss Jan HANNA, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA, celebrated her 11th birthday with a wiener roast in the City Park on June 27. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Belle SUTTON will celebrate her 75th birthday on July 11th. We know her many friends here will wish to remember her with a card. She is at Bennet Nursing Home in Vandalia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JOHNSTON have a son, born June 27 in the Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOHNSTON are the paternal grandparents.
- Dr. and Mrs. E.F. SCHNEIDER and little daughter were here Friday looking over the city as a possible location. Word was received by the Lions Club, which has been trying to locate a doctor for the city, Saturday, that he had decided to come to Kinmundy. The residence property of Mrs. Phillip MAY, better known as the Scawthon property, has been rented where the family will live and the doctor will set up his office.
- A 2C and Mrs. Henry LOGUE and son, Terry, of Manchester, N.H., are spending a few days here on delay enroute to Japan. Mrs. LOGUE and son will remain here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON.
- Mrs. Roy HULSEY entered the Fayette Memorial Hospital in Vandalia, July 3. She is being treated for pneumonia.
- Meacham: Mrs. H.F. CRAIG of LaCrosse, Wash. spent the first of last week with Mrs. Mary HARRELL.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Mrs. Mary HARRELL and Mrs. H.F. CRAIG were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS.
- S. Sgt. Bob GRAY is spending a delay route from Ft. Lee, Ga. to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Ind. with his wife, Margaret and family.
July 14, 1955:
- Charles W. PERRY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles I. PERRY, of Kinmundy, was married to Patricia Ann PRYDE, Decatur, on Sunday at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Charles KORNEWALD of Decatur.
- Mrs. Evan MORRILL and daughter, Judy, of Seattle, Wash., were guests of honor at the ROBB family reunion held in the City Park Sunday. Mrs. MORRILL is visiting this week with relatives. This is the first time in 10 years she has been in Kinmundy. Those partaking in the potluck dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KLINE and son, Reed, of St. Joseph, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Harry CHEADLE of Kankakee; Mr. and Mrs. Lester ROBB of Gurnee, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family, of Bridgeport; Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judy, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ROBB, Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE and daughter, Rosalyn, and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE and granddaughter, Mrs. Harry DENNIS and Russell SWIFT of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.A. GREENING of Barberton, Ohio, called at the Orous LEACH home Sunday afternoon to renew some old memories. Mr. GREENING resided in that house when he was a small child and brought his wife to see his childhood home. Mr. GREENING is the son of H.A. GREENING, who owned the property around 1904. His present address is in Barberton, Ohio.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER served a picnic supper to a few relatives Sunday honoring Mr. and Mrs. W.M. HUMPHREY, who left Sunday evening for Tampa, Fla., where they will make their home. Those present were Mrs. John LYKINS and son, of Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BUCHKA, of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and son, Mark, Frank HUMPHREY and F.G. ALEXANDER.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.C. SPRINGS of Enfield have a daughter born June 22 named Ann Louise. Mr. SPRINGS was assistant Superintendent of School here during 1953-54.
- Last week it was announced that Dr. E.F. SCHNEIDER of Chicago would be locating here, but this week we announce that he has changed his mind, and will stay in Chicago. It seems that Congress has extended the Doctors Draft Law for another 2 years, and he found out from checking that he would be in the army within the next 9 months. So he does not want to establish a practice and then leave it before he has a chance to get established. So the Kinmundy Lions Club is still on the lookout for a doctor.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER announce the arrival of 2 granddaughters born within 2 days. The first granddaughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. George KARAM of Manchester, N.H. on July 6. She was named Rosamond. The second arrival was Nancy Susan, born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul STEWART of Champaign on July 7.
- Lt. Col. and Mrs. J.H. SPANGLER and daughter, Virginia, stopped at the I.D. INGRAM home Sunday afternoon to pick up their daughter, Maribeth, who has been visiting the INGRAMS the past 3 weeks. They are on their way to their new home in Seattle, Wash. Col. SPANGLER has been at the Pentagon Bldg. in Washington, D.C. the past 4 years.
- At the School Board meeting final plans on the new gym were accepted and letting day for bids is to be Aug. 2, 1955. The following people were hired for the coming year: Cooks at Kinmundy-Alma H.S. - Blanche JASPER and Peggy JENKINS. Cooks at Kinmundy New School - Katherine WORMLEY and Lois ALDERSON. Substitute Cook - Olga COPPLE. Janitor New School in Kinmundy - Burdette MAXEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON celebrated his birthday with a fish fry at his home Monday evening. Friends helping him celebrate were Mr. and Mrs. Pat BUTTS, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JOHNSON and granddaughter, Mary Lee CUMMINGS of Joliet.
- Jimmie BOYD was guest of honor Wednesday at a party honoring his 5th birthday given by his mother, Mrs. Art BOYD. Guests were Larry PIPER, Johnny DAY, Frankie HAMMER, and Stevie WISHER.
- Elmer E. ROSE, son of Wiley and Serelda (WOOTEN) ROSE, was born in Omega twp., June 23, 1892, and he died July 4, 1955 at the Poole Nursing home in Odin, Ill. He moved to Kinmundy in 1930 and here he made his home until ill health forced him to enter the nursing home in Dec. 1954. In 1927, he confessed Christ as his personal Savior. He never became a member of any church, but he attended the local Christian Church as long as his health permitted him to. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother, Pearl, who died just 4 months ago; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Nora WANTLAND and Mrs. Fanny SMITH. His survivors are: 1 sister, Mrs. N.H. BLACKBURN of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Norman ROSE of San Bernadino, Calif. The funeral was held Wednesday at the Christian Church with Mr. Everett THOMPSON officiating with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Bertus B. BALL, 47, of Flint, Mich. died May 26 in the St. Joseph Hospital. He was a master mechanic at Buick, where he had worked for 22 years. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters; and 1 son, all at home. He also leaves 3 brothers. The deceased will be remembered here as “Bill” BALL, who graduated from the local high school with the class of ‘26.
- For the first time in several years, it will not be possible to have the annual ice cream supper at Sandy Branch on the regular scheduled date, the second Thursday in July. Plans were all made, and advertisements made, but all roads leading to the Sandy Branch Shed has been freshly oiled and barricaded. Therefore, those in charge have called off the supper but promise it will be held on a later date.
- Ace WAGGONER, 77, was found dead at his home near Omega Sunday morning, apparently from a heart attack. Mr. WAGGONER had been recently released from the hospital where he had been treated for a heart ailment. The body was found by Charles HANKS, who lives across the road from Mr. WAGGONER. He summoned Charlie WILSON and Herschel MARLOW, two other close neighbors before notifying the coroner and sheriff. Time of death was tentatively placed at late Thursday. A private funeral was held Monday at the Parker Cemetery east of Omega. He leaves his wife of Xenia; 5 daughters, Phoebe DRAPER, East St. Louis; Amily PITTMAN, Lake Bluff; Bertha YUKUS, North Chicago; Anna DALEY, Waukegan; and Martha AYERS, Xenia; also 18 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY have a son born July 8 in the Salem Hospital named Robert Eugene.
- James WALKER Killed in Car Accident Near Vandalia Late Monday Afternoon: James WALKER, 51, residing on the Brubaker Road, south of this city, was killed instantly when his car was struck by a Texas car. The lady driving the car from Texas was hospitalized due to shock. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 51 and 40 north of Vandalia. Mr. WALKER, who is a guard at the State Penal Farm, was returning home after his day’s work. The accident happened about 5:15. The funeral services were held Wednesday from the Linton Funeral Home, with Rev. Forrest CROUCH officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Frieda; 1 daughter, Pauline, of Peoria; 3 sons, Jimmy, of Alton; Jerry of Sullivan, and Johnny, at home. Also surviving are 4 sisters, Martha WALKER, Wood River; Mrs. Lewis JONES and Mrs. Lester GRIFFIN of Arnold’s Chapel; and Mrs. Paul STEVENS, residing southwest of Alma; and 1 brother, Edwin of Chicago.
- Meacham: Mrs. Mary HARRELL and Mrs. Grace CRAIG attended a family dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John FORD in Alma, Sunday. There were 18 present.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE spent Monday in Bridgeport with Cecil LOWE helping him celebrate his birthday.
- Mrs. Grace CRAIG of LaCross, Wash., and Miss Eula CRAIG were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim KENNEDY and daughter in Alma Thursday. They were also supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall CRAIG last week.
- Capt. and Mrs. A.J. PODD and children of Sacramento, Cal. came Wednesday for a short visit with her grandmother, Mrs. W.W. LOWE and mother, Mrs. Mary HART. Capt. DODD was enroute to New York to report for duty in Germany.
- RMSM Neil BRASEL, who has been stationed in Bainbridge, Md., arrived home Saturday for a 10 day leave before reporting to USS Hyman in New Port, R.I., where he will attend radio school.
- In last weeks edition of the funeral in Cisne, it should have read that Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER and Miss Pauline HILLER attended the funeral of their cousin in Cisne, not their sister.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS and sons left Saturday to visit their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. GILBERT in Hale’s Corners, Wis., and while there attended there GREEN Reunion in Milton, Wis.
- Miss Wanda GARRETT returned home Saturday from Bainbridge, Md., where she had been visiting RMSM Neil BRASEL.
July 21, 1955:
- James A. WALKER: James A. WALKER, son of M.S. and Mary ROBB WALKER, was born in Foster twp., Marion Co., Ill. on May 29, 1904, and grew to manhood in the same area. He was married to Frieda DOOLEN by Rev. C.H. CARLTON on Aug. 27, 1927, and they had 4 children: James L. of Alton; Gerald D. of Sullivan; John R. at home, and Pauline of Canton, Ill. For many years he was engaged in farming in the Alma area, and for the past 2½ years has been employed at the State Penal Farm. In the late afternoon of Monday, July 11, near Vandalia in a motor car collision the earthly chapter of his life was closed. In boyhood, he united with the Methodist Church at Arnold Chapel. “Jim”, as he was commonly known from boyhood into manhood, loved music, and greatly enjoyed making melody thus bringing happiness and cheer by that means. He had a great capacity for making friends, loved his family devotedly and all people in general. In his untimely passing, he leaves his wife; the three sons and the daughter mentioned; 1 brother, Edwin, of Janesville, Wis.; 4 sisters, Martha of Woodriver; Mrs. L.P. (Jane) STEVENS of Salem; Mrs. Lewis (Nelle) JONES and Mrs. Lester (Beth) GRIFFIN of Alma.
- Top Producer’s 4-H Club brought home quite a few awards from the Marion county fair. In the 4-H showing, Billy Dean SEE won 1st with his Austria White chickens, Gary KLINE won with Angus Cow and Angus Heifer; Lewis MAXEY won with Holstein cows, and Louis MAXEY won with his Jersey cows. Also, Morris MAXEY showed three Jerseys, and Lewis MAXEY entered 3 Holsteins. Gary KLINE is the leader of the Top Producers Club.
- Bus drivers and teachers have been placed for the coming year by the Kinmundy-Alma school board. The following were hired. Bus drivers - Charles LOWE, Fred CHANCE, Fred GAMMON, Byron SILL, Willard SCHOOLEY, Adolph TOCKSTEIN, Charles TOCKSTEIN, and Ralph KRUTSINGER. Sub drivers - Rufus ADAMS and Gene WILLIAMS. Junior High School: 8th Grade - Mrs. Alice LEWIN and Mr. Jamie McGEE; 7th Grade - Mrs. Bertha SEE and Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON. Elementary School at Kinmundy: 1st Grade - Mrs. Alma ERNST and Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS; 2nd Grade - Mrs. Alice READNOUR; 3rd Grade - Miss Anna May RITTER and Mrs. Florence WEISS; 4th Grade - Miss Hester HEATON and Mrs. Anna BALLANCE, also a part of 5th grade; 5th grade - Mrs. Mary BRASEL; 6th grade - Mrs. Maxine WILLIAMS. Elementary School at Alma: 1st Grade - Mrs. Lulu OWEN; 2nd Grade - Mrs. Susie MALONE; 3rd Grade - Mrs. Ruby SULLENS; 4th, 5th, 6th Grades at the present time because of low enrollment, will be taken care of by Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS and Mrs. Grace JACKSON. This is a tentative schedule and some revisions may be made when school starts. Mrs. Grace JACKSON will serve as Principal at the Elementary Building in Alma, and Mrs. Alma ERNST will serve as Principal at the Elementary Building at Kinmundy. We hope to start school at the regular time on August 29th.
- One of the grandest and the oldest lady in Kinmundy, Aunt Harriet DeVORE, will celebrate her 103rd birthday on July 24th. She is very deserving of your thoughts and prayers. We know that she will appreciate a card from you on this occasion. Let’s try to get her 103 cards.
- Donald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES residing in Omega twp., is the recipient of the Marion County Agricultural Scholarship to the Univ. of Illinois. Don graduated from the local high school in 1956.
- On July 15th, Miss Donna SCHOOLEY gave a nursery shower for Mrs. Wayne BRANDT at her home. Mrs. BRANDT, nee Loretta DISS, received many useful gifts. Assisting the hostess with refreshments were Mrs. Dewey RUGER and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday party was given by Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY, for her daughter, Shirley Marie, on her 6th birthday, in the Kinmundy Park on July 12. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Kaye HAMMER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER has been selected by the Kinmundy Alma Chapter of Future Homemakers of America as a delegate to the 15th annual Illinois State Leadership conference in Bloomington. She is a sophomore at the local high school. (A picture was included with this article.)
- The K.A. Fire Dept. was called to the Kinmundy Ice Plant Wednesday to extinguish a grass fire, caused by a spark from the exhaust. No damage was reported.
- AC3 and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE and son, Terry, were guests of honor at a family picnic in the City Park Sunday. Leroy is spending a few days here enroute to duty in Japan. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons of Tolono, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon STOCKER of Savoy, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie HALLER of E. St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Ed BRASEL and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON.
- As of July 1st, our local post office has a second class rating. Previous to this, we were rated a third class office. This new rating comes from an increase in business, we were informed by the Postmaster R.R. ATKINS. Now we are entitled to city delivery service but according to Postmaster ATKINS, no application has been made for that service as there are so many applications on file now that it would be doubtful if the department ever got around to reviewing our application. But we are of the opinion that if the people would like this service, an application should go to Washington and then someone might have enough political power to see that it was acted upon. (We happen to know there are plenty of politics in Washington.) As a result of the higher rating, a nice increase in the salary has been given the postmast as well as the clerical help. They are all elated over this. We don’t blame them. We congratulate them, and hope that someday we may become a First Class office.
- Mr. and Mrs. Irvin SMITH of Breese have a daughter born July 16 in the Salem Hospital. She has been named Mary Ann Faye. Mrs. Ida SMITH of this city is the paternal grandmother.
- Two Kinmundy high school students have had the honor of having their poems selected by the National Poetry association for publication. Charles GRAY has two poems, and Janet ARNOLD has one which will be published in the collection.
- The MERCER family reunion was held at Mt. Moriah Church on July 17. Those attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters.
- A CW Harvey CURRIE of Belleville Air Force visited Saturday with his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha CURRY.
- Sgt. and Mrs. Paul QUANDT and son, who are enroute to Germany, and Mr. and Mrs. August QUANDT of Iuka visited Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and family.
July 28, 1955:
- Winners of the 4-H Agricultural Show were listed.
- Kinmundy Citizen Celebrates 103rd Birthday Sunday: Being born in July, has one definite disadvantage” mused Mrs. Harriet DeVORE, who was 103 years old Sunday, July 24. So she invited her relatives to come early Sunday morning to help her celebrate and beat the heat. The party took place in the home of Dr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, a daughter, where she is domiciled. She has the honor of being the oldest Marion County citizen and is one of the oldest in the state, and is a very privileged person. Beautiful cards, letters, gifts and flowers all added to the happiness of the event. One especially prized gift was the resetting of her engagement ring, which was presented to her by her daughter, Mrs. J.F. MAGILL of Fulton, Mo. 175 cards have been received and more keep coming in every day from all over the United States. Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ, her sister of Salem, and Mr. Frank HUMPHREY, her brother of Kinmundy, were on hand to help celebrate, along with a group of nieces and nephews. Friends called in the afternoon.
- Mrs. Nellie VAN SCYOC celebrated her 80th birthday, July 22, as a dinner guest of Miss Eula CRAIG. Mrs. VAN SCYOC is in good health, mows her lawn, works in her garden and attends her household duties, crochets and is interested in her neighborhood activities.
- Darrell DISS received his pilot’s license July 23 at the Salem Air Park. He had completed 52 hours of flying.
- Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE was guest of honor at an afternoon party given by Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Friday, in honor of Mrs. OUTHOUSE’s birthday. Guests were Mrs. Fred SEE and daughters, Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, Mrs. J.W. McCULLEY and son, Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and daughter, and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina.
- The First Annual Marion County Fair Parade had many beautiful floats and displays.
- The Pleasure Hour Club met July 19 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH. New officers were elected as follows: President - Mrs. F.A. MOTCH; Vice President - Mrs. A.H. MILLER; Secretary - Mrs. E.E. BROWN; Treasurer - Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON. The evening was devoted to Rook and Canasta with favors going to Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON and Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH.
- On August 2, Mrs. Harriet WAGNER, of Loogootee, will celebrate her 90th birthday. The community of Loogootee plans to hold a Basket Supper at 6 p.m. in town on that day in her home. Acquaintances, relatives and friends of Mrs. WAGNER are invited to attend in honor of Loogootee’s oldest resident. Each family should bring their own table service along with their basket.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Eura SHAFFER and family of Goshen, Ind., who were called here by the sudden death of her brother, Claude DENHAM, returned home Sunday night. The funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Salem on Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON and family moved from the Alexander property to the Harold MULVANEY property Saturday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet of Alma called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS and son, Mark, and Miss Garia ALEXANDER visited Dr. and Mrs. John LYKINS in Champaign Sunday. They made the trip by plane with Mr. DISS doing the piloting.
August 4, 1955:
- Lt. Col. Herman M. MARLOW, son of Mrs. Anna MARLOW, Kinmundy, has been assigned to Headquarters of Exercise Sage Brush at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Some 110,000 Army troops will take part in the maneuvers in Louisiana in November and December. Colonel MARLOW, whose wife, Fern, lives in Wyanet, was previously assigned to the Continental Army Command at Ft. Monroe, Va. He wears the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT have a daughter, Teresa June, born July 29, in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. BRANDT is the former Loretta DISS.
- Miss Shirley ERNST received honors at Eastern State Teachers College at Charleston during the past year.
- Mr. and Mrs F.A. MOTCH accompanied their son, Richard, to St. Louis Tuesday, where he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Richard, who has served approximately 9 years in the armed forces will be stationed at San Diego, Calif.
- Mrs. Mabel FOX was taken to the Salem Hospital early Saturday morning after meeting with an accident and lying on the floor the night previous. She pulled herself to the east kitchen door and called for help. Mr. and Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY, her next door neighbor, answered her summons. Considerable blood was about the kitchen and bathroom and a finger lay on the bathroom floor. The ends of the third and little fingers of the left hand were cut off. Mrs. FOX suffered a light stroke on the right side of her body, presumably, as she was about to retire for the night. She doesn’t seem to remember the details. It is presumed that the stroke happened while she was in the bathroom. In attempting to pull herself up, she used her left hand on the hinge side of the door. Getting up part way, her body fell against the door, pinching the fingers off. Reports from the hospital are that she is regaining her strength and will possibly be able to leave the hospital soon.
- Mr. Dolph HAMMER entered St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Friday and underwent a major operation Saturday evening. His condition is satisfactory.
- Mrs. Clifton LEMAY entertained several neighbors at her home Wednesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE, whose birthday was Sunday. Guests included Mrs. Armin LENGREDER and daughter of Edwardsville, Mrs. Fred SEE and daughter, Mrs. Dan HOLZHAUSEN, Mrs. Mag PHILLIPS, Mrs. Ada GARNER of Centralia, and Wayne and Linda OUTHOUSE.
- At a special meeting of the Board of Education held Tuesday, a contract was let for a new gymnasium to be built on the southeast corner of the old school grounds. The overall price is to be $101,000.00. The general contract was awarded Stroup Construction Co. of Dix, the plumbing contract to H & H Plumbing Co., Mt. Vernon; electric contract to E.F. Wielt Electric, Mt. Vernon, and heating to A.C. DUNLAP & Son of this city. All of these contractors are at present working on the new grade school building which they hope to have finished by Sept. 1st.
- Miletus: Bob BUTTS and Miss Mary JAMISON surprised their friends by getting married a short time ago. They were given a charivari and shower one night last week at the Pete BUTTS home. Bob’s brother, George and family of near Rantoul, and his sister, Mrs. Orval BOHNHOFF and family of near Dieterich, came to attend the charivari and shower.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. George IMBORNE of Detroit, Mich., came Friday to spend a few days with relatives here. Several relatives met Sunday and had a birthday dinner at the Jack YATES home for Mrs. IMBORNE’s brother, Clinton KITCHEN. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Charley WILCOXEN and son, Lindell, Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children, Ronald, Russell, and Launa, Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald WILKINSON and daughter and daughter, Rita Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. George IMBRONE, and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton KITCHEN. Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER called in the afternoon.
- In Memoriam: Harold HOWELL, who died two years ago, Aug. 5th. Missed by wife and children.
- Pfc Frank WISHER, who is stationed with the Marines in Clarksville, Tenn. spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE, Jackie and Linnie, and Mrs. Georgia EBLIN left Saturday evening for DeKalb arriving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob SPEARS and daughters, Jean and Deanna. They spent the rest of the night there in their new home then they and Mr. and Mrs. Merle DONOHO and 3 children of DeKalb enjoyed a family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Omer MEDDER and children in St. Charles, honoring the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. MEDDER also the birthdays of Omar and Merle. Mrs. EBLIN is staying with her daughters for a longer visit.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and son, Phillip, Mr. Fred KLEISS and Miss Mildred KLEISS attended the funeral of Wilbert MAGSMAN, a cousin, in Pesotum, Wednesday morning.
- Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Emma KLEISS of Villa Grove, Monday.
- Kinmundy, 3 Nights; Tues., Wed., Thur., Aug. 9-10-11; Auspices of the Lions Club; Haverstock Entertainers - Toby, Rolland and Peggy, and al all new Company of Players;
Opening Nite Play: “Small Town Girl” - A Riot of Fun with Toby and the Folks;
Before the “Play Each Night”, Rolland & Peggy and their newest Magic Show;
Featured Nightly - the Sensational “Dale Madden & his Hammond Organ”;
“Other Novelties Include - “Lois and Her Performing Pets”;
Child under 12, 10 cents; Others 35 cents; Child under 6 free if with parents
Aug. 11, 1955:
- The many friends of George MOTCH are sorry to hear of his serious illness. He recently suffered a stroke and is now bedfast in his home in Centralia.
- Has Car Wreck: C.B. MENDENHALL was badly shaken up and sent to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Monday after his car was struck in the side by another car. The accident happened on Route 37 in the north part of town near the Paddy GRAY home. Mr. MENDENHALL was going to take Mr. GRAY to Centralia that morning. In traveling north on the hard road, another car was following close by. He pulled off the slab on the right shoulder as another car was coming from the north. As soon as the car which was following him, and the car coming from the north had passed, which was about the same time, he pulled over the slab right into the path of another car coming from the north. X-rays revealed no broken bones. So Mr. MENDENHALL expects to be home within the next day or so.
- On Aug. 3, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON entertained at the City Park about 20 friends and schoolmates of their daughter, Terry for her 8th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Sophia COURSON, 75, died at her home in Bement and was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home Sunday. Services were held Tuesday at Enterprise, Ill., and interment made in the Evangelical Cemetery. The deceased was the widow of Luke COURSON, who died July 28.
- Mrs. Myrtle SCHOOLEY of Champaign, had the misfortune of falling and breaking her arm Saturday while visiting here in the home of her son, Willard. She spent the night in the Salem Hospital.
- The Annual Homecoming for the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church will be held Sunday, August 14th, with a basket dinner at noon. Regular services will be in the morning. The afternoon program will begin at 2 o’clock, Rev. Dwight KLINE will be the speaker and the music will be furnished by the Jubilee Gospel Singers of Fairfield. The public is invited to this homecoming. Just bring your eats and table service. If you can’t come for dinner, come for the afternoon. You will be welcome. (A picture of the Jubilee Gospel Singers was included.)
- Funeral services were held Tuesday from Givens Chapel for Rev. James ALBERT, 84, retired Baptist Minister and coal miner, who died in the Poole nursing Home in Odin Sunday evening. The body was prepared for burial here in the Linton Funeral Home. Burial was made in the Allmon Cemetery.
- The 34th annual reunion of the LEACH family was held July 24 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orous LEACH of Kinmundy. There were 63 in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. LEACH were happy to have their daughter and granddaughter, Mrs. Roger HERRON and Renee here for the reunion. They remained for a week’s visit. (A list of those attending the reunion was included.)
- GRAY’s Hardware, owned and operated by Emmitt GRAY and daughter, Fern, moved to their new location on Aug. 3, in the A.H. MILLER building, first door north of the First National Bank. This paper joins with the rest of the community in wishing them success in their new location. The building vacated will become the home of the American Legion.
- The Friendly Neighbors met last Friday afternoon with Mrs. Millie BASSETT, celebrating her birthday that day. Mrs. BASSETT was given a beautiful handbag. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: A family dinner and get-together honoring Mr. and Mrs. Clifford DOUTHITT and children who are visiting from Greggton, Texas was held at Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS’ new home west of Salem Sunday. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Tony KNUFF and sons of Carlyle; Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles MONICAL, and Misses Patsy SEE and Deloras DECKER of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Verle SEE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth CHAPMAN and Leon, Paul SEE, Virgil SEE, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman JONES and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and children, and Mrs. Pearl ROSE. A delicious dinner was enjoyed.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and daughters attended funeral of her aunt, Mrs. George COX, Wednesday at Youngs Chapel.
- Mrs. Doris MENESS of Amarillo, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, Mrs. Willie LOGUE of Alma, and Mrs. Betty LOGUE took A 2C Leroy LOGUE to catch a plane for California where he will embark for Japan.
- Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP received word that Mr. Rol DAVIS of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Centralia, died August 1st. He was a cousin of Mrs. DUNLAP, F.G. ALEXANDER, and Mrs. Nelda JACKSON.
- Mrs. Lora ARNOLD attended the wedding of her niece, Miss Jill GREER, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark GREER of Vandalia. She married Sunday evening in the Presbyterian Church in Vandalia to David DOUE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD of Alma visited Sunday with Mrs. Tom BALLANCE.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of Alma called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL and they spent Sunday afternoon visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS.
Aug. 18, 1955:
- Ralston Xon HANNA, radioman third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralston D. HANNA, Kinmundy, is scheduled to arrive at Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 22 aboard the heavy cruiser, USS Rochester which has completed a 6½ month training cruise in Far Eastern waters.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN moved Saturday to the property known as the Clara SEE property, which he recently purchased. Mr. OLDEN is a signal maintainer on the Edgewood cutoff of the Illinois Central R.R. at Greendale.
- Mr. and Mrs. Enno LIETZ recently purchased the newly completed house on East Third St. and moved their household furnishings Friday. Mr. LIETZ purchased the property from Fred GAMMON and R.R. ATKINS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB have a son, born Aug. 10 in the Salem Hospital. He has been named Sterling Edward.
- The Friendly Neighbors met Aug. 12 on the lawn of Mrs. Edith PHILLIPS helping to celebrate her birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The parishioners of St. Philomena’s Church learned this past week that their pastor, Rev. A.B. SCHOMAKER is to be transferred to the Immaculate Conception parish at Columbia, Ill. The Rev. Joseph STRZELEC, pastor of the Immaculate Conception parish at Kaskaskia, and chaplain of Menard Prison, will assume his duties in the St. Theresa parish at Salem, and the St. Philomena parish here, Thursday. The Rev. Fr. SCHOMAKER has been pastor of the Salem and Kinmundy Churches for the past 16 years. During that time, he has been instrumental in the erecting of new Church in both Salem and Kinmundy. And this past year, a new parochial school was erected in Salem. During his pastorate here and in Salem, he has made many friends among the protestant people, who are sorry, along with all his parishioners, to see him moved.
- The annual FEAR Family Reunion was held Aug. 14, at the Bryan Memorial Park in Salem, with a delicious basket dinner at the noon hour. There were 71 relatives and friends who enjoyed the dinner and visiting. Officers elected for next year are Mrs. Nora OLDEN, president and Mrs. Peggy JENKINS, secretary and treasurer. (A list of those attending the reunion was included.)
- Mrs. Birdie WARREN, 78, widow of the late Willie WARREN, died in Champaign, Friday. Services were held from the Stonecipher Funeral Home in Farina Sunday, Rev. PINKSTAFF officiating. Interment was in the Gray Cemetery north of Kinmundy. The deceased having no children, made her home with a niece, Mrs. Cora WALDON, in Champaign, for the past 10 years.
- BAKER-YATES: On Aug. 13th, Eva Arlene BAKER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean BAKER became the bride of Donald Edwin (Jack) YATES, both of Omega twp., Kinmundy, Ill. The ceremony was performed in Salem by Rev. A.A. MILLICAN at his home. Attendants were the bride’s sister, Phyllis BAKER, and the groom’s brother, Darrell YATES. The couple will reside in Champaign where Mr. YATES will attend the U. of I. The couple are both graduates of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. with the class of ‘55.
- Mrs. Marty STEVENS and Miss Barbara HOWELL were hostesses at a lingerie shower given for Miss Shirley HOWELL Thursday at the home of Mrs. STEVEN’s aunt, Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL. - Bill HANNA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob HANNA, fell while helping his father put hay in the mow, one day last week, and broke his arm. He was taken to the Salem Hospital where it was set.
- On Aug. 14, the PARRILL family held their annual reunion in the Legion Community Park in Farina. Fifty-five members enjoyed the basket dinner and an afternoon of visiting. During the afternoon LaRue PARRILL showed some relics belonging to Grandfather Silas PARRILL. The most interesting item was his billfold in which there was a ticket for Methodist Communion issued in 1810 to a Peggy DAY. Betty WINEGARNER told of her experiences as a student in summer school in Mexico City. Mrs. Joe MALONE told of her interesting trip to the Smokey Mountains and a visit to her brother, Ray WISEHART in Penn. Mrs. Gage VAUBLIN told of their trip this summer to the Evangaline Country in Nova Scotia. Other members of the family told of trips and some told of interesting items they own that had been grandfather Silias. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill THOMS have a daughter, born Apr. 7 at the Salem Hospital named Paula Sue. - Mr. and Mrs. Denny JOHNSON of Alma have a daughter born Aug. 15th in the Salem Hospital.
- The Kinmundy Junior Women’s Club met Thursday at 7:30 at the home of Mrs. Kathleen DAY. Mrs. John BROOM presided over the business meeting. It was voted on and approved to have installation of officers Sept. 1st with District Director, Mrs. BRATTON attending. The following business was also approved: Club colors - blue and white; Club flower - red rose; decorating committee - Mrs. Marge BOYD, Mrs. Dorothy RADTKE; Refreshment Committee - Mrs. Imogene HAMMER, Mrs. Marie ELSTON; Building committee - Mrs. Pola ROBB, Mrs. Jean GRAY; Regular meeting date, second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Officers to be installed are: President - Mrs. Joan BROOM; Vice-President - Mrs. Imogene HAMMER; Treasurer - Mrs. Helen PIPER; Corresponding secretary - Dorothy RADTKE; Secretary - Jean GRAY; Program Chairman - Millie BASSETT. Delicious orange cake and iced tea were severed by Mrs. DAY and Mrs. GRAY.
- Annual HOLT Reunion: The annual HOLT reunion will be held Sunday, August 28, in the Kinmundy City Park.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Oran ALDERSON and Mrs. Dwight KLINE gave a stork shower for Mrs. Woodson PHOENIX Friday night.
- Harry THOMPSON returned home Monday of last week after attending the funeral of his brother-in-law, Robert McELYEA, in Ames, Iowa.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY attended the WALKER-NEATHERY Reunion at Greenville Park Sunday and was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie BROWN of St. Louis.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leland OLDEN and family of Tuscola were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN Saturday and attended the FEAR Reunion in Salem Sunday.
- Ricky MOTCH returned home after spending the summer with his mother, Mrs. Frank CONTARDO in Park Ridge.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS and family and Miss Beverley PHILLIPS attended graduation exercises at Great Lakes Naval Station Saturday then spent the day with their son, Jerry, and Carl JONES, who were among the graduates.
- Mr. and Mrs. Burl LINTON, Miss Anna KOLB, Miss Mildred KLEISS and Mrs. Lillie LINDER and children enjoyed homemade ice cream at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT Saturday honoring Clarence and Ann LINDER on their birthdays.
- S. Sgt. and Mrs. Charles DALRYMPLE and children came Tuesday for a few days with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Art BOYD. They were enroute to Pearl Harbor for two years.
Aug. 25, 1955:
- The REESE Reunion was held at Kitchell Park in Pana on Aug. 21, 1955 with a basket dinner at noon. Attending from this vicinity were Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE, Mrs. Mildred and Donna SUTTON, Judy CLAYTOR of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and son, Eugene, Mr. and Mrs. Murrill REESE and sons, Beryl and Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE and daughters, Karen and Nelda, Dallas AUTON, Fern MULVANEY and daughter, Sue, of Kinmundy. Another reunion will be held next year on the second Sunday in September at the Kinmundy City Park.
- The third annual HIESTAND reunion will be held at the Moose Picnic ground in Salem on Aug. 28.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fenton RINKEL of Farina are parents of a boy born Sunday at Effingham hospital. Mrs. RINKEL was Miss Marilyn SLANE.
- Louis LACEY, 84, of Farina, formerly a resident of this city, died Saturday after an illness of several months duration. Services were held from the Methodist Church in Farina with interment in the Elder Cemetery under the auspices of Farina Lodge No. 601, A.F. & A.M.
- James T. OSBORNE, 88, died Thursday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. John GILLESPIE, in Vernon. Three weeks previous, he had suffered a broken hip and was a patient in the Centralia Hospital until Thursday, when he was taken to the home of his daughter. He died suddenly that evening because of his weak heart. The body was brought her to the Linton Funeral home, with services from the Funeral Chapel. Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiated with interment in Martin Cemetery. The deceased is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. John GILLESPIE, of Vernon, and Mrs. Otto REESE of this city; 3 sons, Homer, Jack, and Clyde, all of Alma; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
- A.A. Jerry MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS and S.A. Carl JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES, completed their boot training at Great Lakes last week and arrived home Wednesday evening for a 10 day leave. Jerry will report to Pensacola, Fla., and Carl will return to Great Lakes where he will enter Cooking school. A3C Jack BOYD is spending a 30 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD, enroute from Amarillo, Air Force Base to Liverpool, England.
- Mr. and Mrs. Benny BRASEL of St. Louis, have a son born Aug. 22 in St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham. He has been named Michael Dean.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN and daughters, Barbara and Linda, were among the 34 who attended the Annual Illinois-Michigan Reunion. The 15th reunion of the former Illinois residents was held Aug. 12 at Ferguson Park in Okemos, Mich. Others attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HEADLEY and Mildred, Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and Darwin, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HEADLEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. William ROBB and Billy and John, Mr. and Mrs. George BOUYOUCOS, Mr. and Mrs. Duane SKINNER and 3 sons and Miss Edith ROBB.
- Mr. and Mrs. John JEZEK of Memphis, Mo., are the parents of a daughter, born Aug. 22. Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK are the paternal grandparents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL have a daughter named Sharon Louise born Aug. 16 at the St. Anthony’s Hospital, Effingham.
- Bobby LINTON had the misfortune of falling from a tree while playing at the Glen JAHRAUS farm, Aug. 14. His left arm was broken at the wrist by the fall. He was taken to the Fayette County Hospital for treatment.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight CRAGUN are the parents of a daughter, born Aug. 13, named Annette Kathleen. The CRAGUNS are stationed at Orleans Army Base in France. Mrs. CRAGUN is the former Miss Martha SIPES, daughter of Mrs. Helen MAXEY SIPES.
- Those from here attending the funeral of Frank MERCER, Thursday in Salem, were Mr. and Mrs. Denny INGRAM, Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE, Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE. Mr. MERCER was the grandfather of Mrs. SEE, Mrs. McCULLEY, and Mrs. KLINE.
- Friends of Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT will be sorry to learn she is a patient in Salem Memorial Hospital. Mrs. WHISNANT fell in the home of her niece, Ethel FARTHING and suffered a back injury. She will celebrate her 95th birthday Friday.
- Miss Sue WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS, and Mr. Ronald WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell SWIFT, both of Alma, were married Monday in Corinth, Miss. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Jack KRUTSINGER, also of Alma. The bride is the graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘54. Since her graduation, she has been employed in her father’s store here in Kinmundy. The groom is also a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘55. Since his graduation, he has been employed as a farm hand by Mr. Jack KRUTSINGER. The couple are now at home in the Dunlap Apts. in this city.
- The Legion Auxiliary held it’s Annual Installation of Officers on Aug. 22 in the new Legion Hall with 29 present. The president, Mrs. Robb GREEN, opened the meeting. The Installing Officer, Mrs. Thelma SCHOONOVER of Salem introduced the president. Mrs. Wayne ROBB, installing Sergeant-at-Arms, escorted the newly elected officers to their places for installation. The following were then installed: President - Mrs. Charles KLINE; 1st Vice President - Mrs. Roy DOOLEN; 2nd Vice President - Mrs. Merle JACKSON; Chaplain - Mrs. Chester KLINE; Secretary - Mrs. Orville DISS; Treasurer - Miss Mildred KLEISS; Historian - Mrs. Orion BUTTS; Sergeant-at-Arms - Mrs. John McCULLEY. Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms - Mrs. Sammie LOWE. After the program section was completed, the meeting was adjourned and everyone assembled at Crain’s Café for refreshments.
- Miss Alta BAGOTT, a clerk for the Univ. of Illinois Office of Admissions and Records, plans to soon move to her former home in Kinmundy. She is retiring Sept. 1 after spending 36 years with the U. of I.
- T S Denton BRASEL arrived here Friday with all of his belongings to visit a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL, before leaving for Greenland where he will be stationed for the next year. He sent his wife and children back to her native country, Costa Rica, where she will remain during his absence. She will teach school there this year.
- Meacham: Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. John HOPKINS of Polo visited Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY enroute home after attending the funeral of her father, Frank MERCER in Salem.
- Miss Thelma LYONS was a weekend guest of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LYONS in Champaign and attended the wedding of her nephew, Bill LYONS.
Sept. 1, 1955:
- On Aug. 26, Mrs. Chris JASPER was hostess for a pink and blue shower at her home in honor of Mrs. Kenneth JASPER. Mrs. Glen DREWES was co-hostess. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Amy E. SULLENS, 79, widow of the late Louell SULLENS, died at her home in Alma Thursday, Aug. 23. Services were held from the Alma Baptist Church on Friday, Elder Eugene FORD officiating. Interment was made in the Alma Cemetery. She leaves 5 children: Grace BAILEY, Marcellus, Mich.; Rolla and Floyd, Villa Park, Ill.; Lewie, Kinmundy; and Marie KORMAN of Alma; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and 1 half-brother, Thomas FARTHING of Iowa.
- The local Kinmundy Methodist Men were issued a certificate of Incorporation signed by the 3 principal officers of the organization, Merle HEICHER, Frank GARRETT, and Jamie McGEE. The reason for incorporating was so the organization can hold title to 40 acres of land which they have acquired as God’s Acre project. The title to the land was taken last fall by three laymen. They, in turn, will now make the title to the Kinmundy Methodist Men. We believe this to be the first group of Methodist Men to be incorporated in the State of Illinois as well as the United States.
- Mr. G. Edwin SHREFFLER has resigned his position as bookkeeper in the First National Bank and has accepted a position with the Haliburton Co. of Salem. As Mr. SHREFFLER will be subject to call at any time or day or night, we understand he will be required to live in Salem in the near future. Mrs. SHREFFLER is filling her husband’s place in the bank temporarily.
- Dr. and Mrs. H.J. HEFFERNAN of Danville have a son, born Aug. 27, at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville. He has been named Michael John. Mrs. HEFFERNAN is the former Joan Alexander. If anyone has any old buttons which are not needed, the family would certainly appreciate receiving them as grandpa (D.J.) ALEXANDER pops them off his shirts as fast as grandma can get them sewed on. “Gosh! Just think, me with a grandson.”
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary Sunday at the Salem Park with a basket dinner and surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL and children, Mrs. Ed HALL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY, Mrs. Sonny FOLLOWELL of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN of Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Pete KEEN, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Ben SALLEE, and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie COATNEY of Centralia. Friends attending were Denny GRAY, Donnie GORDON and Rosalie GARDEN of Kinmundy.
- George W. BLACK, 82, died at his home in Alma, Aug. 25. Services were held from the Alma Methodist Church Saturday at 2 p.m., Rev. Forrest CROUCH, officiating, with interment in Alma Cemetery. George Wesley BLACK, eldest son of Lewis Lynn and Roxana HOLLAND BLACK, was born July 12, 1873 in Foster twp., Marion Co., Ill, and died at his home in Alma, Aug. 25, 1955. He was preceded in death by a son, Leslie; a baby daughter, Marie; a grandson, Lyle SHREFFLER of WWII; Clyde BLACK and a granddaughter, Mary Louise DeFORD. He was converted at an early age at Cubbage Chapel Methodist Church. He was married to Miss Dora Ethel MARTIN of Tonti, Ill., Nov. 28, 1897. To this union were born 7 children. Those who survive besides his companion, are 5 daughters: Mrs. Rosa DeFORD and Mrs. Lillie SHREFFLER, of Alma; Mrs. Dorothy COPPLE, Hammond, Ind.; Mrs. Nellie COPPLE and Mrs. Bessie FOSTER, of East Chicago, Ind. Grandchildren: Charles and Beverly DeFORD, and Mrs. Dora WILLIAMS, Alma; Mrs. Wanda EAGAN, Kinmundy; Mrs. Nelda MULLINS, Chicago; Mrs. Monna POWELL, Clay City; George SHREFFLER, Limestone, Maine; Mrs. Kathryn PARKINSON, Mattoon; Mrs. Ruth CHAMBERS, Miami, Okla.; Mrs. Evelyn FRY, Abeline, Texas; George BLACK, Jr., Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Delores WOODBURN, Cedar Lake, Ind.; Kenneth and Judy FOSTER, East Chicago; William COPPLE, Columbus, Ind.; Donald COPPLE, Hammond, Ind.; and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Loyd BLACK of Tonti; and a sister, Mrs. Alta WOOLSEY of Salem.
- The local fire department was called out Sunday afternoon to combat a field fire on the Ralston HANNA and Lewis J.T. O’DELL farms. The fire was put out but not until after it had burned over about 10 acres of stubble for Mr. HANNA and about 10 acres of clover for Mr. O’DELL. The department was again called out Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a fire on the I.C. wayland near the tower. This was set by a locomotive. In checking, this same engine had set nine fires between Centralia and Edgewood. At Edgewood, a house was burned.
- Wayne SIMMONS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll SIMMONS, of Patoka, and Miss Evon JORDAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip JORDAN, of Bunker, Mo., were quietly married at her parents home Aug. 27, with Rev. Noel MEAD of Marion, a brother-in-law of the bride, performing the ceremony. Donald TAYLOR of Dix, a friend of the groom, and Miss Betty JORDAN, sister of the bride, were the attendants. The groom is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. with the class of ‘51. After serving 21 months with the Army Medical Corps, he is now employed at the Arcola Foundry in Salem. Mrs. SIMMONS received her education at Bunker Hill H.S., Bunker, Mo.
- Mrs. Alma BAGOTT, 92, widow of the late William BAGOTT, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. L.J. HAMMER in this city, Sunday. Services were held from the Methodist Church, Rev. A. Vance COMER, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Alma Janette BROWN, eldest daughter of John and Nancy HOLLETT BROWN, was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1862. She came with her parents in a covered wagon to Illinois, when 9 years of age, and settled in the Pleasant Grove vicinity south of Kinmundy, where she grew to womanhood, March 25, 1882, she was married to William W. BAGOTT, and they established their home in this vicinity. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, William and Ruth dying in infancy and Clark in Sept 1939, and the husband and father died July 18, 1949. Mrs. BAGOTT was converted at an early age and united with the Pleasant Grove Church near her home. She was Sunday School Superintendent and teacher of the different classes for many years. She was active in all work of the Church and community always willing to help in time of need. In November of 1940, their home was destroyed by fire and since then they had resided with their children. On coming to Kinmundy, she united with the Methodist Church here. She died Sunday morning at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER, where she was tenderly cared for the past 2 months during her recent illness. She is survived by her 4 children: Mrs. Mary FLETCHER and Paul BAGOTT of Charleston; Mrs. Alice HAMMER of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Ann GUBBINS of Muncie, Ind., also 9 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mrs. Tillie O’CONNELL of Effingham.
- A 3C and Mrs. Larry SULLENS have daughter, Theresa Lou, born Aug. 26 in Salem Hospital.
- School will open Tuesday, Sept. 6th. The classrooms in the new grade building will be ready by this time. However, lunch will be a problem in one sense. At the Alma School and at the new Grade School in Kinmundy, the lunch rooms will not be completed and it will be necessary for the pupils to bring their lunch, if they cannot go home at the noon hour. All lunch rooms will be working as soon as possible.
- HOLT Family Reunion Sunday: The HOLT family reunion was held Sunday, Aug. 28, in the City Park, with 112 members present for the delicious basket dinner at noon. Officers for the coming year are Jesse GEORGE - President; Fletcher COLE - Vice President; Mrs. Orval WINDERS of Salem - Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Hen JONES is chairman of the cemetery committee. Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS was the oldest member present. The reunion will be held in Kinmundy again next year.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Claude ROSE and family, Virgil SEE and family, Ralph HIESTAND and family, Ralph, Herschel, Clyde, and Russell ROSE and families, Jean DAVIS and Mrs. Pearl ROSE went to Boston Lake Monday night and visited with Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER and daughter, Polly of Wilmington, Ill., and their son, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron SHREFFLER and son, Leroy, of Springfield, Virginia, who had attended the MAULDING Reunion in Salem Sunday. They also called on Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KELL and to see Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSES’s new home.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Lottie MUNDWILER, Miss Amber HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Dwan LOWERY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND and grandson, Rodney HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND, Will HIESTAND, Mike DEADMOND and daughters, Patsy and Sandra, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris, and Mrs. Pearl ROSE from this community attended the HIESTAND Reunion at the Moose Picnic Grounds Sunday. Others attending were Mr. and Mrs. Roy STEVENSON and granddaughter, Kathy HAMPTON, Mr. and Mrs. Earl BASOM, Carl BASOM, Russell STEVENSON and daughter, Ann, Mrs. Myrrle POWELL, and Mrs. Bess HIESTAND of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and son of Kinmundy. A delicious dinner was served. This was Mr. and Mrs. Roy STEVENSON’s 48th wedding anniversary.
- Pleasant Grove: Some from here attended the George BLACK funeral in Alma Saturday.
- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the ice cream supper in Brubaker Saturday night.
- The Annual L.W. TATE Reunion was held Aug. 28 in Kitchell Park, Pana, with 73 in attendance. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A 3C Larry SULLENS and A 3C Bill BOYD arrived home Friday from Lackland Air Base where they finished basic training. They are spending their leave with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS and Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD. Bill will report to Witchita Falls, Texas, and Larry will be stationed at Chanute Field.
- S. Sgt. Jack HOYT arrived Wednesday for a 30 leave with his mother, Mrs. Hazel HOYT. He just completed 22 months in Japan and Formosa.
- Mrs. Bertha CURRY returned home Saturday from Chicago where she attended the wedding of her grandson, Harvey. She was accompanied home by her son, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil CURRY and family. She also visited in Wyoming, Ill.
- Howie ROBB, son of Mrs. Pola ROBB, fell from a grape arbor at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY Monday. He cracked 2 bones in his wrist.
- The Public Sale flyer was included for F.G. ALEXANDER on the corner of Adams and Highway 37 in Kinmundy on Sept. 8th.
Sept. 8, 1955:
- Kinmundy-Alma schools opened Tuesday with 147 in the H.S. and 487 in all grades: The local schools opened Tuesday morning including the two new buildings in Kinmundy and in Alma. The Alma building is completed with the exception of the installation of the lunchroom. Overtime was worked on the new Kinmundy building so that classes could be held, but it will still be a few weeks until it will be completed. The enrollment is: High School: Seniors - 21; Juniors - 32; Sophomores - 47; Freshmen - 47. Junior High: 8th grade - 65; 7th grade - 53. Kinmundy School: 1st grade - 45; 2nd grade - 36; 3rd grade - 63; 4th grade - 40; 5th grade - 38; 6th grade - 36. Alma School: 1st grade - 18; 2nd grade - 26; 3rd grade - 17; 4th grade - 16; 5th grade - 16; 6th grade - 21. The teachers in the Alma school are: Lulu OWENS - 1st grade; Susie MALONE - 2nd grade; Ruby SULLENS - 3rd and 5th grades; Nellie WILLIAMS - 4th and 5th grades; Grace JACKSON - 6th grade. Teachers in the Kinmundy Grade School are: Alma ERNST and Mary Jane PHILLIPS - 1st; Alice READNOUR - 2nd; Anna M. RITTER and Florence WEISS - 3rd; Hester HEATON - 4th; Anna BALLANCE and Mary BRASEL - 5th; Maxine WILLIAMS - 6th. Junior High: Jamie McGEE and Alice LEWIN - 8th; Bertha SEE and Marjorie WALKINGTON - 7th. High School: Lewis J.T. O’DELL - Superintendent and Chemistry; Ruby O’DELL - English; Virgil McKITRICK - Agriculture; Betty BROOKS - Home Ec.; Louise HAUTH - Commerce; Sherman BENNETT - Science and English; Merlene BENNETT - Social Studies and P.E.; Enno LIETZ - World History and Coach; Manson COUCH - Librarian and English; William POTTEHAUN - Band and Chorus in Jr. High School; Ava WILLIAMS - Music in grades 1 to 6 in both schools; August HUBER - Math.
- Miss Merta ROTAN died in Salem Hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke a few days ago. Mrs. Mildred SMITH, a niece of Oklahoma, has been here helping to care for her. Services will be held Friday from the Methodist Church, Rev. A Vance COMER officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Miss Shirley HOWELL and Leonard VASILAUSKAS were married in the Chapel of St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Kinmundy by Rev. Joseph STRZELEC, Aug. 27th. The bride is daughter of Mrs. Lois G. HOWELL, and the late Harold H. HOWELL of Kinmundy, was given in marriage by her uncle, Fred PURVIS. Miss Barbara HOWELL, sister of the bride was maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Patsy SIGRIST of Farina, and Marilyn HOWELL, sister of the bride. The flower girl was Patricia MILLER and Philip QUANDT was the ring bearer. Gus GERACE of Chicago was best man. Jim YOUNG of Chicago and Ken BRUDER of Elmwood Park, were the groom’s attendants. Don HANKS of Kinmundy, and Edwin JONES served as ushers. The bride is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma H.S., and the groom graduated from Tilden Tech H.S. in Chicago, and is a graduate of the Univ. of. Ill. There was an informal reception at the home of the bride’s mother following the ceremony. Mrs. Wayne BRANDT of Kinmundy and Miss Donna SCHOOLEY of Springfield helped cake and punch. Miss Betty COMPTON and Mrs. Glen DREWES were at the guest book and gift table. The couple will reside in Oak Lawn, Ill. (A picture of the couple accompanied this article.)
- A list of those from out-of-town attending the funeral of Mrs. Alma BAGOTT was printed.
- A wedding shower was held Aug. 31 at the home of Mrs. James BRASEL with Miss Delores GARRETT, co-hostess, honoring Mrs. Ron SWIFT. The bride is the former Miss Sue WILLIAMS. (A list of those attending or sending gifts was included.)
- Several friends and relatives gathered at the City Park Monday to help Margaret and Lewie GREENWOOD celebrate their birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES, Jr. have a daughter, Debra Susan, born Sept. 2 at the Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Andrew YATES, of Alma, have a daughter born Sept. 3 at the Salem Hospital.
- Xon HANNA, RM3 USN arrived Monday from Longbeach, Calif. on a 30 day leave. He returned recently from duty with the 7th Fleet in the Pacific.
- The Annual Kinmundy Fox Hunters meet attracted a crowd estimated at 1500 people each evening which was held last weekend at Charlton Grove west of Kinmundy. There were a total of 91 dogs entered in the bench show and field trials. There was plenty of free entertainment each evening for the crowds. This was quite an attraction in addition to the dogs. This little organization was formulated 14 years ago by Roy MISSELBROOK, Morton MULVANEY, and the late A.O. CHARLTON. The first meet wasn’t very big but each year has seen much growth. Glen W. JOHNSON, is the present president, and F.E. MISELBROOK, the present secretary of the association. (First place winners, who were all from out-of-town, were listed.)
- Mrs. Robert HANNA entertained a group of children, Sept. 1, in honor of her daughter, Ann’s 8th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Forty members of the Marion county Married Couples ate watermelon at the Salem Moose Park, Aug. 26th. New officers were installed for the next 6 months in a short business session. Mrs. Hollis BAKER succeeds Mrs. John SHAFFER as President; Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE succeeds Mrs. Melvin CURRIE as Vice President; Mrs. Robert FORD succeeds Mrs. Sam HIESTAND as secretary; Mr. Paul CALVERT follows Mrs. Hugh COPPLE as treasurer; and Mr. John SHAFFER replaces Mrs. Leon MILLER as reporter. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON presented Mr. Sam AIKMAN of the Fabick Tractor Co., who provided a film on terracing and soil and water conservation. Mr. and Mrs. Hollis BAKER and Mr. and Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE entertained the children after the meeting. A program planning meeting is being held Sept. 6th. John SHAFFER, Reporter.
- Miletus: A large number of ladies attended the pink and blue shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim WILKINSON last Tuesday given in honor of their daughter, Mrs. Don HUDDLESTUN.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Donald YATES of Champaign, Ill. visited here over the Labor Day holiday. They were given a rousing charivari and shower Saturday evening at the Dean BAKER home.
- Miletus: Russel TATE went home with Mont RITTER’s boys Sunday after Sunday School. They all went to the MULVANEY Reunion at Salem Park.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and children spent Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Avery BRANCH. It was her father’s birthday and the next day, Sept. 1st, was their little daughter, Debbie’s, birthday.
- Callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE last week were Mrs. Evelyn FRY and children of Abeline, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Tom HELPINGSTINE, Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny, Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan MOUNT of Kell.
- Meacham: Mrs. Mary HARRELL attended the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of Alma Sunday afternoon, and then spent until Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. FORD.
- 130 members of the BUTTS family held their annual reunion in Salem Park with a basket dinner. Mr. Pat BUTTS was elected President and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Kinmundy, was elected secretary-treasurer. The 2 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES was the youngest present; Mr. and Mrs. Pat BUTTS were the oldest couple present; Mr. and Mrs. George BOSTON of Greenview was the couple married the longest, and Claude BUTTS of Sycamore, came the longest distance.
- Over 180 relatives of the late F.M. ROBB held annual reunion in City Park, Sept. 4th. (A list of those attending was included.)
Sept. 15, 1955:
- At a special and combined meeting of the City Council and the Trustees of the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Protection District, a deal was consummated where the Kinmundy-Alma Protection District became the owner of the Fire engine and truck and all fire fighting equipment belonging to the City of Kinmundy. The consideration was the sum of $750 with $250 to be paid this year and the remainder to be next year after such time when tax money is collected. The trustees are also busily engaged in making a survey of their territory. Each farm within the fire district will be visited and a survey as to the water supply will be made.
- Charles Edward COATNEY, 56, of Centralia died at his home Tuesday. He was formerly employed as an Illinois Central laborer and crossing flagman. He was born in Greenville, son of Steve and Cora BRIMBERRY COATNEY, and was married in 1919 to Lucille HALL. To this union, 6 children were born, 3 preceded him in death. In 1950, he married Lorrine ADAMS. He spent most of his life in Kinmundy, but lived in Centralia the last 6 years. He was a member of the General Baptist Church in Wamac. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN; a daughter, Mrs. Francis JASPER, of Centralia; 2 sons, Lawrence of Rt. 1, Salem; Charles William of Harvey; 2 brothers, Cecil and George KEEN of Kinmundy; 5 sisters, Mrs. Dora JENKINS of Farina; Mrs. Martha HALL, Mrs. Christine FOLLOWELL, Mrs. Hazel GEILER, and Mrs. Mabel OLDEN, all of Kinmundy; and 3 grandchildren. Services were held with Rev. STREET officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Helen DeVORE BROWNRIGG: Helen, eldest daughter of James and Harriet HUMPHREY DeVORE, was born near Higginsport, Brown Co., Ohio. She was the second child of a family of 7 children. The father, 2 brothers, and an infant sister preceded her in death. The family moved to Kinmundy in April 1892. She received her education in the Kinmundy School, then entered St. Luke’s Hospital for nurses training. Her son, John, and her husband, R.T. BROWNRIGG, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren of Sarasota, Fla., her mother, Mrs. Harriet DeVORE; 2 sisters, Mrs. J.F. MAGILL of Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, G.S. DeVORE of Portland, Ore. She died in the Alton State Hospital on Sept. 8, 1955, and was brought to Kinmundy for burial. The funeral was held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen.
- MULVANEY - POTTER Wed: Miss Shirley MULVANEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde MULVANEY, of LaPlace, Ill., and Beryl POTTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil POTTER, were married Sept. 9 at the Baptist Church in Farina, by Rev. COOPER. Mrs. Jackie MULVANEY, sister of the groom, and Gary KLINE, a friend of the groom, were the attendants. Mrs. Shirley ROGERS and Mrs. Darrell REESE provided the music. The couple will reside in Farina, where the groom is employed with Brown’s Produce.
- The BRASEL family reunion was held Sunday at the Moose Picnic Grounds in Salem with approximately 60 relatives and friends. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Elizabeth SIMPSON PARRILL, 83, died in Elgin, Sept. 9. The funeral was held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy, with Rev. A. Vance COMER, officiating. Interment was in the Mausoleum in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. PARRILL was a resident of Kinmundy during her youth, but had made her home in and around Chicago for several years. She is survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth LORD of Chicago, and one son, John.
- Mrs. Amelda was hostess at a birthday dinner in her home Sunday in honor of her daughter, Mrs. Pete KEEN of Salem. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Pete KEEN and son, Pat, Mr. and Mrs. Bill VALLOW of Salem, Miss Cornelia O’BRIEN, Miss Thelma LYONS and Miss Florence JACK.
- Womans Council On St. Louis TV Last Thursday: The Womans Council of the Christian Church were in St. Louis Thursday, Sept. 8, to be on the “To the Ladies” Program. Those on the program were Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mrs. Fred GAMMON, Mrs. Ray INGRAM, Mrs. Forrest ANDERSON, Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, Mrs. Harry DENNIS, Mrs. Harold MORRIS, Mrs. Guy BERRY, Mrs. John McCULLEY, Mrs. Everett THOMPSON, Mrs. Alonzo BAYLIS, Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY, Mrs. Nelda JACKSON, Mrs. Charles KLINE, Mrs. Paul WAGONER, Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON, Mrs. Earl LANE, and Mrs. Darrell REESE. Mrs. Fred SEE accompanied the group also. Those answering questions correctly and receiving gifts were Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, a panda bear and certificate for hair styling; Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, two tickets for Cinerama Holiday; Mrs. Wes ROBB, a potted plant; Mrs. Fred GAMMON, a plastic bucket; Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, a pair of gloves; and Mrs. Darrell REESE, a desk pen.
- Merta Bell ROTAN, 84, eldest daughter of the late John M. and Martha Virginia ROTAN, died on Sept. 7, 1955 at the Salem Memorial Hospital. Miss ROTAN was a life long resident of this community, having been born in Kinmundy on July 20, 1871. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a charter member of both the Rebekahs and Royal Neighbors, and for many years, was an active member of the Eastern Star. Miss ROTAN leaves a brother, Byron J. ROTAN; 4 nieces, Mrs. Mildred SMITH, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Mary WHITT, Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Anna Lou HANNA, Pasadena, Calif.; and Mrs. Martha PORTER, Harrisburg, Pa.; 2 nephews, Fyke ROTAN, Etna, Calif.; and Fred WITWER, Champaign. A brother, Lewis ROTAN, and a sister, Mrs. Anna L. WITWER, preceded her in death. Services were held at the Methodist Church, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER have a daughter born Sept. 3 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia named Tina Marie. At present, the baby is in an incubator in St. Louis.
- Mrs. Lillian MAXEY SUGG died Sept. 2, 1955 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Maxey Moss and Harriet SUGG in San Diego, Calif. The daughter of James Cannon MAXEY and Nancy MOSS MAXEY, she was born in Moores Prairie Twp., Jefferson Co., Ill., on Aug. 20, 1868, the only daughter and next to the youngest of 8 children. Her parents and the 7 brothers, John R., Walter S., Oliver W., Oscar S., Albion, Frank, James, Henry and Moss, all preceded her in death. All the children grew to adulthood in the Moores Prairie home. She was married to Isaac Franklin SUGG of Odin, Ill., on Jan. 16, 1889, and they had 3 children, all of whom survive, and were with her during recent weeks. They are Norman J. SUGG of Seattle Wash., Maxey Moss SUGG, with whom she had made her home for several years, and Mrs. Effie Florence WILCOX, of Portland, Ore. Her husband died in Feb. 1929. She represented the union of two of Southern Illinois’ earliest pioneer families. When her maternal grandfather, Ransom MOSS, buried his first wife in 1820, Governor CASEY, William MAXEY, and Lewis JOHNSON laid out Old Shiloh Cemetery and Mrs. MOSS was the first person buried there. The MOSSES and MAXEYs have made history since the earliest days of Jefferson county. Her paternal grandfather, Burchett MAXEY, with his wife and 2 small children, came with the original colony of MAXEYs from Tennessee to Jefferson county in the spring of 1818. He soon came to Mt. Vernon engaged to business and as a contractor built in 1819, Jefferson county’s first jail, which now stands restored in the Mt. Vernon city park. Where the First National bank now stands, he constructed the first house built on Mt. Vernon’s public square. Her great-grandfather, William MAXEY, according to an entry in the Jefferson County circuit clerk’s records on Feb. 8, 1930, legally freed an 18 year old slave, Eliza, who had been raised by the family and insisted on accompanying them to Illinois. It has been said that this document was the first legal emancipation in Illinois, and it preceded Abraham LINCOLN’s memorable Emancipation Act by 32 years. His brother, Edward MAXEY, had charge of Mt. Vernon’s schools from 1825-1837. Her great-great grandfather, Jesse MAXEY, was a signer at Ft. Nashboro (later Nashville, Tenn.) of the historical “Articles of Agreement”, the first written compact of pioneer government in the vast area west of the Alleghenies now comprising the central and midwestern states. And it was his father, Edward MAXEY, emigrating to America about 1775, who assisted in organizing the first Methodist Society in America in the log meeting house built about 1760 by Robert STRAWBRIDGE. Thus, it was family tradition that was borne out in Lillian MAXEY SUGG’s joining the Methodist Church in girlhood. She transferred her membership to the Kinmundy Methodist Church about 1899 when she met and her husband moved there and she remained a member of the church until her death. After her husband died, with her children grown and gone to other communities, Mrs. SUGG chose to remain in Kinmundy. She lived there until illness in 1946 led her to make her home with her son, Maxey SUGG in Portland, Ore., and more recently San Diego. Services were held from the Pulley Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Sept. 8, with interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. The body was accompanied to Mt. Vernon by Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SUGG and Mr. Norman SUGG.
- Lutie HULTS Dies: Lucius HULTS, better known as Lutie, age 62, died suddenly from a heart attack Thursday while attending the F.G. ALEXANDER sale. He had purchased two oil drums and was loading them in the trunk of his car when he succumbed. Services were held from the Christian Church Sunday, Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of the Kinmundy Post No. 519, American Legion. Besides his wife, the former Amelia JESSMAN, he leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. Lydia PITT of Beardstown, and Miss Katie HULTS of this city; and brother, Wallace of this city. Those attending from out of town were Mrs. Lydia PITT, Melvin HULTS and Mrs. Elroy BISSEL of Beardstown; Dr. and Mrs. CARRIDGE and daughter of Carthage; Katherine JESSMAN and Lee HINDE, Chicago; and Elmer HULTS, Salem.
- Shirley ERNST returned to Eastern Illinois State College Sunday where she is a Home Economics major.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Russell, attended the picnic at Sullivan Park Sunday held for families of the Headquarters Co. 33rd Div. It was decided to meet annually.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris attended the wedding of Edward L. BOYD and Miss Ida NORRIS at the First Christian Church in Salem Saturday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Harold SIMMONS and David entertained relatives in their home Sunday celebrating those who had birthdays recently. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Billie SOLDNER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred COOK of Farina.
Sept. 22, 1955:
- The first Kinmundy P.T.A. Meeting was held Sept. 19 with the Annual Flower Show. (A list of the winners was included.)
- Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT is now in the Poole Nursing Home in Odin. We are glad to report that she is able to be up and around in the house.
- Glen SCHOOLEY entered Salem Hospital on Sept. 20 and underwent an appendectomy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale CHASTEEN of Salem have a son, Jerry Dale, born Sept. 18 in Fayette County Memorial Hospital. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS of Alma.
- The Women’s Society of Christian Service (W.S.C.S.) Met in the Methodist Church on Sept. 14th and observed their 15th anniversary. The president, Mrs. Gene ERNST, conducted the business session. After the program, the first officers were present and acted as hostesses: Mrs. C.F. PRUETT, President; Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, Vice President; Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, Sec’y; Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Treasurer.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don GESELL have purchased the F.G. ALEXANDER property and moved in there on Thursday. Mr. GESELL works in the oil fields. We welcome this young couple in the community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerry CURRY of Cicero have a daughter born Sept. 10 named Debra Ann. The little lady is the first great-grandchild of Mrs. Bertha CURRY of this city.
- The marriage of Miss Shirley BACKENSTO, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO of Hartford, and Bernard JACKSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. James JACKSON, Sr. of Granite City, took place Sept. 8 in the parsonage of the First Baptist Church, Hartford. Mr. and Mrs. James JACKSON, Jr., brother and sister-in-law of the groom, Granite City, were the attendants. The couple will reside in Granite City, where Mr. JACKSON is an employee of Granite City Steel Co. The bride is granddaughter of Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS of this city.
- Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS Celebrates Birthday: Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS celebrated her 86th birthda y Sunday. In honor of the occasion, 62 relatives and friends had a basket dinner in the Kinmundy Park. During the afternoon 31 more relatives and friends came to wish her well. Those present for dinner were: Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, Raymond ATKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Bill DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Ora ATKINS and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Lora ARNOLD, Mrs. Margaret EAGAN, and Mr. and Mrs. Ora GREEN, all of Kinmundy. Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe LANSFORD, Mr. and Mrs. Hen JONES, and Mr. Robert JONES, of Alma. Mr. and Mrs. Bob EAGAN and daughter, Gloria, and Miss Cynthia COX, of Patoka. Mr. and Mrs. Richard MURFIN, of Vernon. Mrs. James DePEW and daughter, Ardith, of Shobonier. Mr. and Mrs. Everett LANSFORD and daughters, of Sadorus. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar PERKINS and son, of Mansfield. Mrs. Chas. ROBB, of Decatur. Mr. and Mrs. Howard BACKENSTO, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph BACKENSTO and daughter, of Hartford. Mrs. Tack Eagan VICK, of Mounds. Afternoon callers were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl MORRIS, of Marshall. Mrs. Merle DUNCAN and son, Miss Barbara BENDER, of Centralia. Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT and son, of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and children, of Alma. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and son, Johnny, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Miss Judy ROBB, Mrs. Zelia NEAVILL, Mrs. Herschel PIGG, Mrs. Frank WILSON, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, and Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON, all of Kinmundy.
- 7 of 23 Attend College: The first of this week began a new era in the lives of several of our young people. This week seven of the 23 students graduating last May entered college to further their education and perhaps attain their goal in life. Following is a list of students and the colleges they are attending: Gary KLINE, Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky.; Bill JONES, Greenville College, Greenville, Ill.; Gerold DOOLEN, Rolla School of Mines, Rolla, Mo.; Don YATES, U. of I., Urbana; and Madonna BLESSING, Pat JOHNSON, and Keith DISS, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
- The Kinmundy-Alma Volunteer Fire Department was called out on 3 occasions Monday all due to the burning of Illinois Central Wayland. The section men set out the fires, and let them get out of control. The first was north of town where it threatened crops on the Edgar JONES farm. The second was to the F.E. SMALLEY farm northeast of Alma, where the fire was burning an old pear orchard and heading for the house. The fire was within 150 ft. of the house when it was stopped. The third was back to the SMALLEY farm where possibly a burning limb from one of the trees had started the blaze again. Very little damage was done thanks to the working of our fire department.
- Meacham: John FORD called Monday morning on Mrs. Mary HARRELL.
- Sept. 16th a wedding shower was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Howard VOELKER (Helen BLOMBERG) at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. U.S. SMITH and family of Olney, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert SMITH and family of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. James SIPES and son of Alma came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.T. SMITH Wednesday and helped Oscar celebrate his 73rd birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND entertained Mr. and Mrs. Dwan LOWERY and sons, Dennis Ray and Eddie Dean to supper honoring Dennis Ray’s 9th birthday.
Sept. 29, 1955:
- James CHARLTON Relieved of $900 Sunday Afternoon by Carload of Pickpockets: A carload of gypsies roaming through the countryside Sunday afternoon stopped by the home of D.H. VANDEVEER who reside on the Brubaker Road south of here. There was one man and three women and some children in the group. The best Mr. VANDEVEER could understand, they had healing power of some kind and the women laid their hands on him. It did not take him long to tell them to get out and when he threatened them, they left. After they were gone, Mr. VANDEVEER noticed that his pocketbook was gone too. He immediately gave chase in his car. When the gypsies saw him chasing them, they threw his purse out where he could see it. It contained only two dollars. However, Mr. VANDEVEER did notice the make of the car and took the license number. After getting his purse back, he did not chase them any further. The gypsies turned north on the Kinmundy Road and stopped at the home of James CHARLTON. He was sitting in the yard. Being 86 years of age, his eye sight and hearing has failed to some extent. The ladies began giving him the healing treatment and also picked his pocket. His purse contained some over $900. After they left and Mr. CHARLTON missed his purse, word was spread throughout the neighborhood. Then Mr. VANDEVEER phoned the sheriff’s office, giving the description of the car and the license number. The gypsies were picked up in Carlyle and returned to Salem. Mr. CHARLTON’s money was found in the car. He was taken to Salem Sunday evening where he reclaimed the money but on account of his failing eyesight, was unable to identify the gypsies. They were held in the county jail Sunday night and then freed Monday morning by the States Attorney with the understanding that they get out of the county and stay out. Mrs. CHARLTON visited the First National Bank first thing Monday morning.
- Gerald L. DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN of Kinmundy, is a student in the school of Mines and Metallurgy of the Univ. of Missouri in Rolla, Mo. this fall.
- Mrs. Robert JENKINS was honored by a stork shower given by Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL, Wednesday. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Harry William MOTCH, the eldest son of the late John and Alice MOTCH, was born in Kinmundy, Nov. 21, 1885. He married to Lela LOY in 1910, and they had 1 son, Harold, who preceded him in death in 1933. He was a member of the Christian Church. He died in Anna, Ill. on Sept. 20, 1955. He is survived by his wife, Lela, of Sullivan; 2 brothers, George of Centralia, and Forrest of Kinmundy; 3 sisters, Mrs. J.R. MAHAN and Edna MOTCH of Kinmundy, and Mrs. P.F. HANDLER, Minneapolis, Minn. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Everett THOMPSON, officiating and interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Richard WILLIAMS, residing in Meacham twp., southeast of Farina, met with a very painful accident last Thursday morning. While working on a new chicken house, he was standing on a nail keg, running an electric skillsaw. The keg gave way, throwing him in such a way that his left land got mixed up with the saw. The outcome was the loss of the forefinger and a chewed up thumb. Dick said he didn’t feel the saw hit his finger. When he saw it, the finger was dangling by a little flesh. He tried to pull it off but found he couldn’t. So he finished cutting it off with his pocket knife. It bled profusely and upon reaching the doctor’s office, he fainted from the loss of blood. A little grafting was done on the thumb which will be okay when healed. Dick says he’s taking life easy now. He had his beans harvested at the time. With the aid of a hired hand, he has his wheat sewn. And now he is picking corn. All he does is just ride the tractor. The other fellow does all the work.
- Mr. and Mrs Frank McGEE, former residents of this city, but for several years residents of Flora, have built a “Barbecue Pit” in their front yard and taken the living room of their home and turned it into a dining room where they are serving “Pit Barbequed” meats to the public. The place is known as “Mac’s Smokehouse”.
- The relatives of Mrs. Maggie KLINE gathered at her home Sunday with a potluck dinner to help her celebrate her 88th birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE, Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughter of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and son of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and family, Mrs. Anna MARLOW and Mrs. Gail RICHARDS. Afternoon callers were Miss Kaye GREENWOOD of Champaign and friend of Centralia.
- Three Neighboring Papers Sold Recently: It just seems as though there is quite an epidemic of newspapers changing hands in this vicinity. A few weeks ago the Marion County Democrat in Salem was purchased by the Salem Republican. Then two weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. H.K. PIKE, publishers of the Patoka Register announced that they had sold to a Mr. ISAAC of Missouri. He will take charge the first of the month. Mr. and Mrs. PIKE intend to winter in Florida. This week it was announced that Thomas DEW, publisher of the Farina News, has sold the paper, and will go to Rockford to make his home with his daughter, Donna, who was recently married there.
- A 3C William D. BOYD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD, Kinmundy, has entered the United States Air Force Technical Training School at Sheppard Air Force Base, located near Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon completion of the course, along with the majority of graduates in his class, he will be assigned to one of the major Air Force Commands for on-the-job experience, or will enter a course of advanced training. He entered the Air Force on June 6, 1955.
- Clarence SCHOOLEY, 80, died at his home in Kinmundy on Sept. 21, 1955. Services were held Friday, Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. SCHOOLEY has lived practically his entire life in and around Kinmundy. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons, Rodney and Willard, both of this city, and 1 sister, Beatrice ALLEN, Charleston. - The Kinmundy Boy Scout Troop 76 received their charter and badges at the ceremony with the United Methodist Men on Sept. 20. The troop was presented with a flag from Wayne ROBB on behalf of the Kinmundy Post American Legion. It was duly accepted by Rev. COMER, the scoutmaster, and was raised by Jerry GARDEN and Quentin ROBNETT.
- Mr. Ray GEORGE entered Vandalia Hospital Friday for treatment for a serious heart ailment.
- Pleasant Grove: We were sorry to hear that Mrs. Lester BASOM and baby were in a car accident. Mrs. BASOM has been in the Salem Hospital several days.
Oct. 6, 1955:
- Mrs. NELMS 92 Years Young: Mrs. J.H. NELMS and Frank PORTER were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS Sunday in honor of Mrs. NELMS’ 92nd birthday. Mrs. NELMS started the day in her usual Sunday manner by attending services at the Methodist Church where she has been an active member for 77 years.
- Ora SCHWABE Dies: Ora L. SCHWABE, 60, of Effingham died Monday in St. Anthony’s Hospital. Services were held Wednesday from Hiles Funeral Home in Greenup with interment in Andrews Cemetery. He leaves his wife, Mabel; two sons, Richard of Pesotum, and Earl; a brother, Orlando, of Effingham; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle McCORMICK of Kewanee; and a half-sister, Grace, in California. The deceased was formerly a resident of this community.
- The BALLANCE family held their annual family reunion in the City Park Sunday with a delicious potluck dinner at the noon hour. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Frank BOSLEY of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON of Alton; Mrs. Stella BALLANCE; Mrs. Emma BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son.
- Mr. C.E. WILKINSON has accepted the position of mail messenger and assumed his duties Monday morning.
- School trustees met in Salem on Monday and heard petitions changing the boundaries of school districts within the county. For this school district, the board granted a petition annexing 230 acres in section 19 of Omega twp. to the Kinmundy-Alma Unit District No. 301. The residents of the area requesting the change were Clyde R. and Letha ROSE, G.R. and Virdie LONNON, Laura E. ROSE and Margaret WANTLAND. This land formerly belonged to old school district C-4 which is now extinct. The petition was unopposed.
- Jerry A. MORRIS, airman apprentice, USN, is serving at the Ellysen Naval Auxiliary Landing Field with Helicopter Training Unit 1, Pensacola, Fla. He reported to duty Sept. 2 from the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill. Jerry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS of Kinmundy. Before entering the navy in June, he was graduated from Kinmundy H.S.
- Mrs. Jr. YATES was guest of honor at a small Tea Party in the honor of Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL Wednesday afternoon. She was presented with a gift for the new baby. (A list of those attending was included.)
- 50th Wedding Anniversary: On Oct. 2nd , 105 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Frank and Lucy BOYD SCHOOLEY, who live near Bellflower, Ill., in honor of their 50th year of marriage. The actual anniversary does not occur until Dec. 27, 1955, however, because of the uncertainty of weather conditions at that time of the year, the relatives gathered on this premature date. Those attending from southern Illinois were Melvin BOYD, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAWKINS and son, Keith, Mrs. Minnie CHEELEY, Miss Eula CRAIG, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene HELM, Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy KNISELEY, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie MULVANEY, Mrs. Vera SCHOOLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo SHELTON and family from Clay City, Mr. and Mrs. Fred YATES and family from Rinard, Mr. and Mrs. Joe ETHERTON of Carbondale, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SCHOOLEY, Iuka, Ill. Frank and Lucy SCHOOLEY were both born and reared in the Omega community and were married on Dec. 27, 1905 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. CLARK in Salem. They have 2 daughters: Mrs. Virgil SHELTON of Bellflower, Ill., and Mrs. Lorena PETERSON of Monticello, Ill. Three grandsons: Marion, Merle and Myron SHELTON, of Bellflower, Ill.; Lucy’s two brothers, Mel BOYD and Charles BOYD, both reside in Kinmundy. The oldest person present in the group was S.C. SCHOOLEY of Ellsworth, Ill., 86 years of age and the youngest was Suzanne SCHOOLEY, 1 year, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis SCHOOLEY of Western Springs, Ill.
- At the City Council meeting Monday, Mr. F.O. GRISSOM was appointed City Treasurer to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Mr. G.E. SHREFFLER.
- Several members of the SULLIVAN family gathered at the Roy SULLIVAN home in Alma to celebrate his birthday Sunday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin DACE and son, Mr. and Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph TOCKSTEIN and son, Charles, Larry and Norman Sullivan, Margaret BOUSEMAN, Mrs. Paul WAGONER and daughters, all of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SULLIVAN, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray SULLIVAN of St. Louis; and Mrs. Mary BLANK and son of Salem.
- Arnold Chapel vicinity is very well represented this year at Greenville College, Greenville, Ill., especially one family from that vicinity. Last week, Bill JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, entered as a freshman. This makes a total representation of four from the JONES family. Harold, Don, and Dwight are all Juniors.
- Entertains Salem Lodge: Mrs. Clyde BASSETT entertained the Past Noble Grand of the Salem Rebekah Lodge Monday evening with 16 members present, Mrs. Effie ROBB and Mrs. H.M. FISHER were guests from Kinmundy. Following the business meeting conducted by Mrs. Basil WILSON of Salem, interesting and amusing games were played with Mrs. Minnie BRAINER and Mrs. Mamie KRAMER of Salem, being the winner. Each guest received a favor. The hostess served a small lunch of sandwiches, potato chips, stuffed celery, pickles, tea and coffee.
- The Twilight Circle held a surprise birthday party at the home of Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER for Mrs. Edwin SHREFFLER Thursday afternoon and presented her with a beautiful religious picture as a going away gift since she is moving to Salem in the near future. Refreshments of homemade ice cream with strawberries, cake and coffee were served by the hostess assisted by Mrs. Charles BASSETT and Mrs. Harvey HANNA. Those in attendance were Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER, Micky and Connie, Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS, Mrs. Gene ERNST, Mrs. Harvey HANNA and Matthew, Mrs. Virgil SEE, Mrs. Glen WHITE, Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Dennis and Larry, Linda and Howie ROBB and the hostess, Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER, John and Ernest.
- Ernest VANDEVEER was royally entertained Sunday on his 8th birthday to a party with about 50 children and adults in attendance. Refreshments were served by his mother, assisted by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruby SHAFFER.
- Xon HANNA RM3C left Friday for Long Beach, Calif. after a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross HANNA.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND and Mrs. Gladys HIESTAND called at the Salem Hospital Sunday afternoon to see Mrs. Vernon TELFORD, who had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Sunday morning while combing her hair as she was getting ready to go to Church. She died about 3 o’clock that afternoon. The family has the sympathy of their many friends.
- Pleasant Grove: Several attended a surprise party at the George ARNOLD home Sunday for their daughter, Exie’s 12th birthday.
- Meacham: Little Miss Kaye HASSEBROCK had the misfortune to fall in a brushfire at the home of Ira MERRITT and burned some. She was taken to Effingham Hospital for treatment.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY, Jack and Donald YATES, enjoyed ice cream with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WILCOXEN and helped Lindell celebrate his birthday.
- Miletus: Mrs. Claude MULVANEY received word that her sister, Mrs. George IMBORNE of Detroit, Mich. is a patient in the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital there having undergone serious operations.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS moved last Saturday to Centralia from Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and son, Eugene, moved this week from the T.A. McCULLEY farm southwest of Kinmundy to the Maurice SCHOOLEY farm southeast of town in the Shriver School neighborhood.
- Mel BOYD went to Olney Saturday and accompanied his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAWKINS to Bellflower Sunday to help to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHOOLEY.
Oct. 13, 1955:
- The annual school parade was held on Friday at 2:15 despite a shower of rain now and then with a large crowd looking on all along the parade route. The float coming in first was the Sophomore class float with the theme of Carolina Moon. The King was standing by the well and the Queen was seated on the grass. The Freshmen with their theme, Alabama Jubilee, came in second. The Juniors were third with their theme, Deep in the Heart of Texas. The float with the theme Georgia, which was the Seniors came in 4th. The carnival opened on Saturday and had a very good crowd. There were many new stands this year but the ones that had the biggest crowds were the auction, the basketball throws, and the concession stand. At 9:30, the program got underway, and the band played three numbers. A quiz program was held with Don THOMPSON acting as master of ceremonies, and Charles GRAY and Barbara GENTRY gave a pantomime. For results of the carnival, the Freshmen pulled out ahead with a total of 15, 791 votes for their candidate, the Juniors were next with 12,531 votes, the Sophomores totaled 9584 votes, and the Seniors had 4345 votes. About 10:15 the King and Queen and their attendants were escorted in by last year’s king and queen, Jim HUDDLESTUN and Karen JONES. The Seniors were represented by Mary FEATHER and Norman SULLIVAN, the sophomores by Margaret BOUSMAN and Donald HENKEN, the juniors by Morris MAXEY and Barbara GARRETT, and the new King and Queen from the Freshmen class, Rose Lee GARDEN and Gary OLDEN.
- Nellie DeWITT, 72, St. Louis, died Oct. 4 in the Incarnate Word Hospital. Death was caused from diabetes mellitus. Services were held from the McLaughlin Funeral Home in St. Louis on Friday. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. The deceased was widow of the late Harry H. CRAYCROFT, both former residents of this city.
- Attends Coffee in Salem: Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mrs. Gene SHUFELDT, Miss Wilma BOUGHERS and Mrs. H.M. FISHER attended an informal coffee at the home of Mrs. Lester BURGE in Salem, Sunday. The occasion was honoring Mrs. Clyde BOOKOUT, who on Nov. 8, will be installed as president of District 25 of the Rebekah Assembly.
- The neighbors of Mrs. Harold MORRIS honored her with a going away party at her home on Sept. 30. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Omega Couple has Golden Wedding Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Eddie ADAMS celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Oct. 9th, with all their children except one and a sister of Mrs. ADAMS at their home in Omega twp. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Verle ADAMS and son, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ADAMS, of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ADAMS of Bement; Guy ADAMS of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. Irving CROMIE and son, John, of Sturgis, Mich.; and Mr. and Mrs. Phil MAY of Farina. Mr. and Mrs. Colman GREENE and daughter, Unice, called in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard EVANS and children of Rantoul were unable to attend because of the illness of Mr. EVANS. Mrs. Mildred CROMIE remained for a longer visit with her parents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herman HOYT of Salem have a daughter born in St. Mary’s Hospital Oct. 11th.
- Several friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE on Sunday evening for a surprise farewell party as the RADTKES are moving near Peotone in the near future. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Friends and family of Mr. Jake McCARTY of Kinmundy met Oct. 9 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCARTY in Monee, Ill. Others present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCARTY, Jerry and Kenneth, Mrs. Velva PETIT and Ralph, Andrea HOUSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Neil McCARTY and Mary, Anna GUY, and Mr. and Mrs. Max McCARTY, Patty and Sue, all of Harvey; Larry, Paul and Wayne McCARTY and Janice VOYT of Monee; Mr. and Mrs. Bud JENKINS and Margaret, and Mr. and Mrs. Keith CHANCE, Ronnie and David, of Joliet, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Teresa McCARTY and Stephen, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART and Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACKER and Tom, of Olney.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters attended a family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON Sunday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD, Diana and David were Sunday afternoon guests of Mrs. HARRELL.
- Pleasant Grove: Jack BARKSDALE, accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence BARKSDALE, and his uncle, Willard BARKSDALE, attended the funeral of their aunt in Indiana on Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Peiter Van DERWOLK of West Orange, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Corrie, to Kenneth JOHNSON of East Orange, N.J. Miss VAN DEWOLK is a sister to Mrs. Art BOYD of Kinmundy and made several friends here while staying at the BOYD home. No definite date has been set.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART and baby and Mrs. A.J. POD and children of East St. Louis visited their grandmother, Mrs. W.W. LOWE, Sunday. Mrs. POD and children will sail Friday for Germany where her husband is stationed.
Oct. 20, 1955:
- Gene JEZEK entered Barnes Hospital Tuesday for nose surgery. He returned home Saturday.
- City Endeavoring to Stop Halloween Pranksters: A few Halloween pranks are being staged already. Some of the backhouses around town have been the worse to suffer. In order to curb these pranks by the younger set, the Mayor and City Council are trying to curb this destruction of property by offering a reward for information of those doing these. We really think the Council and Mayor mean business. They figure if one or two arrests can be made, the trouble wills stop. Parents, talk to your youngsters. It may save you some embarrassment if an arrest is made.
- Becomes Grandmother Twice in One Day: Mrs. Helen MEYER announced the birth of a little granddaughter, Christeen Ann, born Oct. 13 to Mr. and Mrs. Woodson PHOENIX in Centralia hospital, and also another granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. David LOWE on Oct. 13 in Mt. Vernon Hospital.
- Pvt. Charles M. BEE, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. BEE, Alma, is a member of the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash. BEE, a radio operator in the 2nd Signal Company, entered the Army in Jan. 1955, and completed basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. He is a former student at the Univ. of Illinois.
- The body of Elizabeth IMBRONE, who died Oct. 11, 1955 in Detroit, Mich., arrived at the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy on Oct. 14. Funeral services were held from the Brown Christian Church with burial in Parker Cemetery. Mrs. IMBRONE had been in failing health and undergone operations, but her death Tuesday was as unexpected as it was sudden. She was born Apr. 2, 1888 in Omega twp., daughter of Calvin and Sina May BUSSARD KITCHEN. She leaves her husband, George IMBRONE; a son, Clyde BUCHANAN; daughter-in-law, Clara BUCHANAN; a granddaughter, Ethel Marie MANN and husband, all of Birmingham, Ala.; a grandson and wife of Florala, Ala.; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Claude MULVANEY of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Ray McCARTNEY of Bellflower; a brother, Clinton KITCHEN of Omega; an aunt, Mrs. Lucinda WAGONER of Columbus, Ohio.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS and Virginia and Mrs. Iva COURSON and Mrs. Mary HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and family near Alma Sunday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Dalt VANDEVEER had their children and families home for a family get together last Sunday. Their son, William, and a friend were there from Calif., and Lester from Scott Field, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLER, Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS, and Mrs. and Mrs. Pete JOINES of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER.
- Miletus: A list of who called at the Claude MULVANEY home after the funeral of Mrs. IMBRONE Saturday was included.
- Brown: Several attended the funeral Saturday at Brown Church for Mrs. Lizzie IMBRONE of Detroit, Mich. Burial was in Parker Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughters of St. Peter were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert GREEN honoring the latter on his birthday. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB, Mrs. Clint KALLENBERGER and sons of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN.
Oct. 27, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. John BOUSMAN of Chicago have a daughter born Oct. 22 named Karen Ann. Mr. BOUSMAN is a brother to Mrs. Paul WAGONER and Miss Margaret BOUSMAN of this city.
- Dr. N.H. DAVISON, our dentist, is back in his office in Kinmundy after a vacation of one month and another forced vacation of almost 3 months. The doctor took a month’s vacation and went to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he “roughed” it part of the time. Just before the end of his vacation, he became infested with ticks. The doctor did the unforgivable. He pulled the ticks off without first killing them. Infection followed and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever ensued. He managed to reach his home in Ramsey where he has been nursing his ailment for the past 3 months. He said he is feeling alright again.
- Miss Kay HANNA, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA, celebrated her 4th birthday Friday. Helping her celebrate were Ray and Ann HANNA, Vickie, Brenda, and Cathy BRANCH, and Cindy FEATHER.
- Glen DOOLEN began his duties Monday at the First National Bank as clerk and bookkeeper filling the position left vacant by the resignation of G.E. SHREFFLER. Since his resignation, Mrs. SHREFFLER has been working in his place at the bank. We understand she will continue working until the first of the year, or until Glen is fairly well trained in the work. Mr. and Mrs. SHREFFLER will move to Salem before long as Mr. SHREFFLER is employed by the Halliburton Company and will be required to live in Salem.
- Pranksters are still busy destroying property over the city in spite of the reward offered by the City Council. Now, we understand, the police force has been enlarged, and it may be a group of vigilantes will help out some too.
- Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY received minor cuts and bruises and Mrs. Charles BASSETT was badly shaken up Thursday afternoon when they met with an accident near Effingham. Mrs. BASSETT was driving Mrs. NEATHERY’s car enroute home from Effingham. Near the State Police station, a car coming from the south, turned to the left toward the service station, right in the path of the NEATHERY car. The lady driving the other car took all the blame and said she didn’t see the NEATHERY car coming. Both were badly damaged. Mrs. NEATHERY spent the night in the Effingham Hospital not of her own accord, but at the insistence of the state police. She returned home the next day.
Nov. 3, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle JACKSON, of this city, were among 200 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary leaving New York Nov. 1 via Pan American Airways, for a tour of England, Germany, France, Italy and other European countries marking the 10th anniversary of the end of WWII in the European Theatre. (The purposes of the pilgrimage were expanded upon in this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin RADTKE, who have been residing on the Glen VALLOW farm north of town, moved to Peotone Monday, where they will make their home.
- The YATES families gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laurell YATES Sunday for a surprise birthday dinner on Laurell and to honor the birthdays of Victor YATES, Mrs. Loren COOPER, and Orie and Jack YATES. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE and daughter, Mrs. Anna MARLOW, Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. Orie YATES Jr. and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lavern YATES and children, Orie YATES, Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl YATES and Dwight, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd SINCLAIR and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald YATES of Champaign called in the afternoon.
- Mrs. Robert FOSTER, 39, died Nov. 1 at the Salem Memorial Hospital after several months illness. She is survived by her husband, Robert; 4 daughters: Virginia, Betty, and Margaret and Martha, twins, and two sons, Bobby and John William. Services will be held at the Zion Church with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.
- Word has been received here of the death of Mr. E.J. BROWN, who died at his home in Petersburg, Fla. Saturday. Mr. BROWN had been ill for some time. His wife is the former Venice HAMMER, and is a niece of Lloyd HAMMER of this city.
- Basketball practice is in full swing with the following boys out for basketball. Seniors: Jim HUDDLESTUN. Juniors: Butch BOYD, Mark GARRETT, Richard FORD, Charles BUNDY, Morris MAXEY and Larry SHANAFELT. Sophomores: Paul WILKINS, Dick DEADMOND, Charles WINKS, Don HENKEN, and Louis MAXEY. Freshmen: David LEE, Larry LEACH, Gary OLDEN, Victor HAYS, Garry GARRETT, Mike PERGL, and Buddy HELMS. Managers are John JOHNSON and Charles ERNST. Our first game will be Nov. 10th with Sumner.
- Ham STIPP, 71, of Alma, died at the Salem Hospital on Friday after a cerebral hemorrhage a few days previous. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy, Elder Eugene FORD, officiating. Interment was in Alma Cemetery. Mr. STIPP was stricken Wednesday morning while performing his duties as janitor of the Alma School. Surviving are his wife, Louie; two sons, Cloris of Denver, Colo., and Darrell at home; one daughter, Mrs. Edith STEVENSON of Salem; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Riley.
- The Annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Kinmundy-Alma P.T.A. was held Saturday at the High School gym with a large crowd in attendance. There were 107 masked children which were judged in age groups. Each masked person received a candy bar. Judges were Miss Alta BAGOTT, Mrs. O.E. GARRETT, and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMERS. Winners were:
Pre-School and grades 1-2-3:
Witch: Marla GARRETT, Frances LEMAY, Peggy WEISS
Gypsy: Linda ROBB, Kaye GEORGE, Tommy GREENWOOD
Hobo: Kay FEATHER, Buddy ALBERSON, Dennis BASSETT
Clown: Debra Kay WILLIAMS, Mike GORDON and Glenda and Becky GARRETT
Indian: Timmie GAMMON, Jeanie PIPER and Billy Art BOYD
Ghost: John Gar FISHER, Royce McKILTRICK, Bernie VALLOW
Scarecrow: Larry DISS
Negro: Philip QUANDT, Donna PICKEL, Donna MULVANEY
Twins: Phil and Tom PAGANO, Shirley MULVANEY and Ann LINDER,
Rita Ann and Terry JOHNSON
Bride and groom: Ann HANNA and Gay GEILER,
Paulette LINDER and Francis MULVANEY
Story Book Character: Terry GORDON, Sammy LINDER, Richard ROBB
Animal Character: Kevin AMBUEHL, Linda WHITE, Marlis INGRAM
Miscellaneous: Linda DOOLEN, Barbara BASSETT, and Pat KEEN
Grades 4-8 inclusive:
Gypsy: Linda INGRAM, Cheryl WILLIAMS, Freddie GAMMON
Hobo: Wanda SIMPSON, Billy OLDEN, Elizabeth Ann SIMPSON
Clown: Michael OLDEN, Philip SCHOOLEY, Amy Jo LEMAY
Indian: Robert SHUFELDT
Ghost: Darlene MARSHALL
Negro: Sylvia McKITRICK
TV Character: Sherry DOOLEN, Mark and Nancy SWIFT (group),
David LINTON and Jerry GARDEN and David WHITE
Story Book Character: Judy DONOHO, Robert LINTON
Miscellaneous: John DISS, Patricia SCHWABE, Connie LEACH
- Mrs. D.F. NEATHERY has been confined to her bed as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident last week. She is at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Burdette MAXEY.
- Kinmundy Methodist Church recognized their Semicentennial with a Homecoming on Sunday. Account of the rainy weather, not too large of crowd attended the services at the Methodist Church on Sunday. 225 attended the service, with 233 attending Sunday School, 80 ate dinner in the basement at noon, and 105 were present in the afternoon services, as well as 155 attending the songfest that evening. During the afternoon services, Mrs. Allie D. NELMS was presented with a potted plant for being a member of the church longer than anyone else present. She is 92 years of age and has been a member of this church for 77 years. Miss Ella PARRILL, being the oldest member from the standpoint of age, she being 93, was also presented a plant. The oldest living member of the church, in age, is Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT, now a patient of the Poole Nursing Home in Odin. She was also remembered. (Additional information about the program was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY and son, Gene, attended a birthday party for her aunt, Mrs. Lloyd GOLDEN in Xenia on Sunday.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. WILCOXEN and son, Lindell, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude MULVANEY visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Gerald WILKINSON and family in Olney and helped Mrs. WILKINSON celebrated her birthday. Some of her relatives near Olney and Louisville were there also.
- In Memoriam of dear father and husband, Alonzo BAYLIS, who died Nov. 12, 1954. Sadly missed by wife, Lora, and family. (DFM note: In the Nov. 10th edition, a correction was made that the death date was Nov. 2, 1954.)
- Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT spent Sunday in Charleston with Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and family.
- Mr. L.J.T. O’DELL, Mr. P.H. ROBNETT, Mr. John FORD, Mr. Bill HESTER, and Mrs. Wayne ROBB attended the district meeting of the Board of Education at Metropolis, Tuesday.
Nov. 10, 1955:
- Kaye GREENWOOD was awarded the highest 4-H honor at the 4-H Achievement Night with a trip to National Congress. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD, and is a member of the Meacham Worthwhile and Kinmundy Menuettes Clubs. Also receiving awards which was biographed were Shirley WILLIAMS of Centralia, Dorothy WILLIAMS, and Marvin SIPES. Marvin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SIPES, former residents of this community.
- Miss Delores GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT, and Ralph SULLENS, son of Mrs. Gilbert BOYD of Chicago, and the late Glen SULLENS, were married Nov. 5 at the Christian Church with Bro. Everett THOMPSON officiating. Miss Beulah DEPPE of Lincoln sang. They were attended by Miss Wanda GARRETT of Champaign, an aunt of the bride, and Mr. Rolla SULLENS of Chicago, a brother of the groom. Both the bride and groom graduated from K-A High School with the class of ‘54. After the ceremony the wedding party consisting of only the immediate families, enjoyed a wedding supper at the home of the bride’s parents. After a week’s stay in Kansas, the couple will make their home in Chicago, where Mr. SULLENS is employed.
- Miss Diana GRAY was hostess at a party Nov. 3 in honor of her 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Miss Mary Joh COLCLASURE entertained several small friends in Wednesday in honor of her 8th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. C.L. SHREFFLER celebrated his 70th birthday Sunday at his home in Alma. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER and Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER, Jr., of Wilmington, Ill.; Mrs. Hartzell POWELL and children, of Clay City; Mrs. Laura ROSE, Mr. and Mrs. James EAGAN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Nobe DeFORD and Beverly; Charles DeFORD of Scott Air Base; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry WILLIAMS. Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELL, of Salem were afternoon callers.
- Mrs. Jamie McGEE was pleasantly surprised Saturday evening when several friends brought a potluck supper to help her celebrate her birthday. Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS and family, Mr. and Mrs. John PIPER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob LEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill SOLDNER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Laverne AMBUEHL and family.
- The local Board of Education employed Eugene WINKS of Alma as the janitor for the Alma School building due to the death of Ham STIPP. Since the death of Mr. STIPP, E.O. ZIMMER of this city, has been the custodian.
- Charles WINKS, local F.F.A. Member was the top grain judge in Section 21 last Thursday. He topped the grain division with a perfect score of 800, identifying 20 weed and crop seeds and placed six rings of grain correct. Charles is an officer in the local chapter. Future Farmers had the opportunity to exhibit their grain and poultry from their projects. Those showing from Kinmundy were: Paul WILKINS, Larry SULLIVAN, Charles ERNST, James COURSON, Nolan McKITTRICK, Charles WILLIAMS, Dale HANKS, Darrell YATES, and Wesley PERKINS.
- Members of the 326 Machine Gun Battalion of Company A of WWI held their annual reunion and dinner at the Legion Hall in Salem Sunday. Miss Linda ROBB and Marilyn ALBERSON were among the entertainers. Sam LOWE was reelected president, and Ener ZIMMER was reelected secretary. Those from Kinmundy attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, Johnny CHARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. Ener ZIMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Warren H. SMITH of Alma.
- Norman Ted LEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LEE of Lovington, N. Mexico, has been promoted to Airman First Class recently. LEE has served 26 months as Meteorologist with the Air Force in Japan. He is a grandson of Mrs. Stella LEE of Kinmundy.
- H.G. HANSON, of Wood River, Ill., a former resident of Kinmundy, will be honored this month by Shell Oil Company in recognition of 30 years of service at the Wood River refinery. He was born in Kinmundy, attended school here, and is married to the former Verna RAINES of Wood River. Before joining Shell, he was employed in Carlyle where he was associated with F.A. PRUETT and sons.
- A Pitiful Plight: Mrs. Everett O’DELL visited our office this week and asked about running an ad for work. She stated that she did not have any money, and did not know when she would have as her husband was out of work and her family needed something to eat. Upon questioning her, we find they recently moved here from St. Louis. Soon after moving here, Mr. O’DELL was laid off his job. He has been searching for work since but has not been able to find it. They did not have a stove but a neighbor gave them a stove and some wood to burn in it. Mrs. O’DELL stated she had a little flour and a bucket of syrup in the house, which were her only provisions for the week. She has 4 children, 3 in school and 1 at home. Mr. O’DELL spends most of his time in St. Louis, still looking for work. We believe any help anyone in the community might give this family in the way of food or possibly some clothing, or maybe a little cash to pay their utilities, will be greatly appreciated. The family lives in the McCULLEY property in the north part of town.
- Mr. and Mrs. Noah EAGAN of Mansfield have a son born at Champaign. He has been named Randal Bruce. Mr. EAGAN is formerly of Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Everett THOMPSON and family were honored Friday at a farewell party in the Christian Church basement. Approximately 30 families furnished a potluck supper. The THOMPSONs were presented with a nice gift. Mr. THOMPSON was accepted a ministry in E. St. Louis.
- Pleasant Grove: A large number from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Robert FOSTER of Zion Church Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Laura ROSE attended Sunday School at Alma Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris, then attended a birthday dinner at Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER’s, it being Cecil’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and family and Mildred KLEISS attended a birthday party for Mrs. August QUANDT in Iuka Sunday evening.
- Supper guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE were Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and family of Farina, Donna, Jimmie and Robert BASSETT, and Kay FEATHER honoring Mrs. WILLIAMS’ birthday.
- There was a full page about the “History of Methodism in Kinmundy”. It listed a good part of the history of the Kinmundy Methodist Church.
Nov. 17, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert JENKINS have a son born Sunday in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Vandalia. He has been named Richard Lee. Mrs. JENKINS is the former Sue JACKSON.
- Maggie DORR CONANT: Following a brief illness, Maggie DORR CONANT died in her sleep on Nov. 12, 1955 at her residence in Kinmundy. On Jan. 2, 1867, she was born, the eldest of 5 children of Leonard and Mary DORR. Proceeding her in death were her parents, her sisters, Emma and Mollie, and her brother, Henry. In 1895, she married Airs CONANT and they had 4 children: Mary, Polly, Charity and John, 3 of whom survive her. In addition to her 3 surviving children, she leaves a younger brother, Fred; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this community and Past Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Kinmundy. Prior to her marriage, she was a teacher in the Fayette County Schools for a period of a few years. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Darrell DISS entertained 12 friends Monday at her home with Mrs. Alice MEYER, guest of honor. She was presented a beautiful wedding gift.
- Susan BLAIR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John BLAIR of Cartter, is a patient in a Springfield Hospital suffering from polio. Her left arm is apparently affected more than any other part of the body. Mrs. BLAIR is the former Tiona EAGAN.
- Willie SLANE Farm Home Burned Saturday: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Willie SLANE was completely destroyed by fire Saturday evening. They had left early that evening to visit their son, Carol and family in Centralia. About 7 o’clock, Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER, close neighbors noticed the house on fire. They called the fire department and then went to salvage what they could. When the MILLERs reached the scene, the upper story was falling in. However, they did manage to save the electric refrigerator. All of the clothing, furniture and other personal effects were destroyed. Another son, Robert, is home on furlough. He was in civilian attire at the time and his army uniforms were burned. Just what caused the fire, no one knows. An electrician said it could not have been the wiring because the house was wired three years ago. And it could not have been from the flue because Mr. SLANE said they had not had a fire in their stove for 3 days. This is a deserving family. If you should happen to have any extra bedding, clothing, or furniture, which you do not need, we are sure they will appreciate it very much. As of now, we have not learned of their plans. But if you should have anything which you would wish to donate, we suggest you contact Mr. and Mrs. Arley SLANE in the east part of town.
- Mrs. Dwight HANNA was hostess to the Baton Mothers on Nov. 2. The meeting was held to discuss the rules regarding the new gym being used by the children taking baton lessons. Mrs. Imogene HAMMER was chosen chairman of the group.
- Alice ZIMMER MEYER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ennor ZIMMER, and Leon SIGRIST, son of Mrs. Ella BRENIZER and the late Louie SIGRIST, were quietly married Nov. 8 at noon by Rev. Thomas, who performed the ceremony in his home in Mt. Vernon. The couple will be at home in Farina.
- Mrs. Rose CURRY, age 65, died Sunday at the Vandalia Hospital as a result of burns received Saturday when a stove exploded, catching her home in Farina on fire. Mrs. CURRY was alone with the doors locked. Her daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. SMITH, with whom she lived, had left about 15 minutes earlier. Funeral services were held at the Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Farina Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, and three sons of St. Elmo, Charles of Effingham, and George of Texas; two sisters, Mrs. George STARKEY and Mrs. Harry WHITT of Farina; and one brother, Doc HOUSTON of Farina.
- James LANE received a minor but painful injury Saturday night while fighting the fire at the Wm. SLANE home. The hose he and Robert GEILER were holding slipped and the full force of the water caught Mr. LANE in the mouth. The water pressure was approximately 800 lbs. He was taken to the Doctor where he was treated for bruises.
- Mr. J.R. MAHAN trimmed the end of his right thumb Saturday while slicing meat with the electric meat slicer. After a trip to the emergency ward at Salem Hospital, the bleeding was stopped and the injured thumb bandaged. Mr. MAHAN classes his accident as being a very serious one because he always used his thumb to push his gun off safety.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON have purchased the Gail MILLER property and have moved therein.
- Messrs. Sammy HIESTAND and Dan HIESTAND, Bob FORD and Jim BRASEL were pheasant hunting near Gibson City over the weekend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY returned home Saturday from a few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ROBB in Decatur and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY in Macon.
- Jerry MORRIS, who is stationed with the Navy in Pensacola, Fla., visited relatives and friends here and in Centralia over the weekend.
- Mrs. Ed HARRELL attended Sunday School with Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Janet at Alma with dinner at the Ford home, honoring Mrs. HARRELL’s birthday, which was the following day.
Nov. 24, 1955:
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle JACKSON have returned from their short tour of Europe with the VFW and the Auxiliary. (Included in this article was an account of all of the places they visited.)
- Jim ETHERTON of Carbondale will attend 4-H Club Congress starting on Nov. 26. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. ETHERTON. Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYD, Kinmundy, are his grandparents. His older brother, Dick, attended Club Congress in Chicago 2 years ago.
- Mrs. George HARGRAVES, age 95, died at her home in Farina, Nov. 19, as a result of a stroke. Services were held Monday from the Stonecipher Funeral Home in Farina with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. Mrs. HARGRAVES was an aunt of Harry HARGRAVES of Kinmundy and Ray HARGRAVES of Centralia, formerly of Kinmundy.
- On Nov. 17, a special meeting of the Kinmundy Chapter 606 Order of Eastern Star was held for the purpose of installing the new officers. The installing officers and their escorts were: Installing Officer, Bertha CURRY, Carl DUNLAP, escort; Installing Chaplain, Cleo WESTFALL, Farina, Wyett COLCLASURE, escort; Installing Marshal, Katherine WORMLEY, John McCULLEY, escort; Installing Organist, Areolen SEAGER, Farina; Soloist, Edith FORBES, Alma; Color Bearer, Clifton LEMAY. The following officers were duly installed: Marjorie BOYD, Worthy Matron; Marshall WILLIAMS, Worthy Patron; Erma INGRAM, Asso. Matron; Fred GAMMON, Asso. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON, Secretary; Bertha CURRY, Treasurer; Nora OLDEN, Conductress; Adina LEMAY, Assoc. Conductress; Stella PRUETT, Chaplain; Caroline YEAGER, Marshal; Katherine WORMLEY, Organist; Irene GAMMON, Adah; Effie CRAIN, Ruth; Martha COLLIER, Esther; Dorothy McCULLEY, Martha; Reva CRAIN, Electa; Stella WILKINSON, Warder; Effie ROBB, Sentinel.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART of St. Louis have a son born Nov. 19 named David Lyle. Mrs. W.W. LOWE is his great-grandmother.
- On Sunday in the Methodist Church in this city occurred the marriage of Miss Betty Jean ERNST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. ERNST, and Joseph Ronald POLANKA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph POLANKA of Alma. Miss Karen JONES and Mr. J.E. PIPER provided the music. The bride was attended by her sister, Shirley Marie, as Maid-of-Honor, Mrs. John REED, sister of the groom, Matron of Honor, and Miss Lois MONKE of Mt. Olive as bridesmaid. Little Miss Jerry Lynn SPENCER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER, was flower girl. The groom was attended by William BEARD of Carmi as best man. Groomsmen were John REED of Champaign, and John W. FORD, Jr. of Alma. Charles and Gary ERNST and Morris MAXEY, served as ushers. Serving at the reception in the church basement were Mrs. William BEARD of Carmi, and Misses Nancy DOLTZ and Margaret LOVE, Mt. Vernon with the guest book attended by Miss Norma Jean TUCKER, Clay City, cousin of the groom. The couple will be at home in Peoria, Ill., where the groom is employed by Caterpillar Tractor Co., and is in school at Bradley University.
- S. Sgt. Arlie C. BRANSON of Kinmundy and in the 2nd Marine Aircraft wing in Cherry Point, N.C., is taking part in major amphibious exercises.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS and son, John, and Miss Carolyn ALBERSON attended Parents Day at SIU Carbondale Saturday as guest of Keith DISS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughter of Paul Valley, Okla., are spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and William GREEN.
- Mesdames Paulene JOHNSON, Pete CURLEE, Herbert VANDEVEER, Arno MILLER, Clarence ALDERSON, J.N. VALLOW, Francis HAMMER, Clyde BASSETT, and Miss Mildred KLEISS were in Salem Monday.
- Miss Patty OLDEN entertained several of her friends at a party in her home on Nov. 16 in honor of her 14th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Pola ROBB, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, Mrs. Wayne ROBB, Mrs. C.F. BAILEY of Kinmundy, Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and Mrs. Marie JOHNSON and children of Salem were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY in St. Elmo Wednesday, honoring the former’s birthday.
Dec. 1, 1955:
- Word was received here this week that Mrs. Minnie FIELDS has been in the hospital in Coulee Dam, Wash., for the past week, and will have to remain for another week. She left here on Nov. 17, via train, and arrived in Spokane, Wash. on Saturday where she was met by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lucille FIELDS. On their trip from Spokane to Coulee Dam, they were involved in a car accident which sent both the women to the hospital. The daughter-in-law was released after a week’s stay. Both suffered cuts and bruises but no broken bones.
- Byron MILLICAN, age 69, died at his farm home east of Omega, Saturday evening. Services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Omega Church with Rev. BUFFET, officiating. Burial was in Lovell’s Grove Cemetery. Mr. MILLICAN is survived by his wife, Elsie; 1 daughter, Margaret, at home; 1 son, Harold of Zion; a twin brother, Ben, of Omega; and 1 sister, Mrs. Jessie MORROW of Sandoval.
- Local 4-H Leaders this year that attended the 10th annual state recognition program for volunteer 4-H club leaders held in Springfield on Nov. 22 were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and Mrs. Herbert WINSTON, accompanied by the assistant Farm Advisor, James Brooks.
- Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday with Dinner: On Nov. 23, 1905 in the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Lou, to Frank JONES. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. John BALLANCE in the presence of several relatives and friends. After the ceremony, the couple went to their home in the Shanghai district where they have lived these 50 years. Mr. and Mrs. JONES celebrated their anniversary Nov. 27th in the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM, with all of their children and grandchildren present. A delicious dinner was served at the noon hour. The table was decorated with a golden chrysanthemum center piece and a beautiful 3 tiered wedding cake. Those present besides Mr. and Mrs. JONES were Miss Dortha JONES, Chicago; Harold and Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Al UHLE and family, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. R.H. INGRAM and daughters, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JONES and daughter, Oak Park; and Mr. and Mrs. J.G. VALLOW and family, Minonk. The happy couple received several beautiful gifts and 88 cards, letters and telegrams. (Also included was a list of the callers in the afternoon.)
- Meacham: Mr. Jesse GRAVES of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and Diana, and Mrs. Dan RAINEY of Alma called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL, Tuesday.
Dec. 8, 1955:
- Bro. Rufus GERKIN moved his family from Bridgeport last week into the Christian Church parsonage and will be the pastor of the Kinmundy Christian Church. His family consists of his wife and three children, David, a freshman in high school, Donna, in the 5th grade, and Donnie, age 4.
- Miss Dianne ELSTON celebrated her 4th birthday Thursday by entertaining a few friends. (Included was a list of the guests attending.)
- Bryan ROBB, 59, formerly of Kinmundy died suddenly at his home in Quincy Sunday evening. Services were held Wednesday in Quincy. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; 8 brothers, Wes, Thurman, and Mack, of Kinmundy; Glenn, Salem; Lloyd, Roy and Robbie, Lansing, Mich.; Lester, Gurnee; 3 sisters, Rhea MORRELL, Seattle, Wash.; Dora KLINE, St. Joseph, Mo.; and Elizabeth CHEADLE, Kankakee.
- A picture was included of Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES as they celebrated their Golden Wedding Sunday, Nov. 27.
- Joseph S. BOUGHERS was born in Kinmundy, Nov. 3, 1879, and died Nov. 28, 1955. He was the son of William and Anna BOUGHERS. He was married to Jeanette ALLEN and they had 2 children, Oneta and Delbert. In 1931, Delbert died. In 1906, Mr. BOUGHERS moved to St. Louis and has resided there ever since. In 1915, he married Nellie REANY and she died Nov. 11, 1954. He leaves his brother, Dave BOUGHERS of this city; a daughter, Oneta EASTER of St. Louis; and a nephew and niece, Elmer WARD of Bowling Green, Mo., and Minnie JENNINGS, of Mexico, Mo. He was a member of Tower Grove Baptist Church of St. Louis. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Rufus GERKIN, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Willie SLANE had the misfortune of falling while working on his home Wednesday. He landed on his feet, breaking bones in both heels. He was taken to Salem Hospital where he was a patient until Sunday. He is confined to his bed at home with both feet in casts.
- The annual stockholders meeting of the Kinmundy Building and Loan Assoc. was held Monday and the following 9 directors were elected: E. WORMLEY, C.R. ALDERSON, A.H. MILLER, J.N. VALLOW, F.A. MOTCH, F.G. ALEXANDER, C.F. GAMMON, R.H. SCHOOLEY, and P.H. ROBNETT. All were former directors except for ROBNETT, who was elected in the place of Carl DUNLAP, who did not choose to run for re-election.
- Robert SIDENER was called to Harvey Saturday because of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruth BEAL. Mrs. BEAL was found in her home Friday evening beaten to death. Funeral services were held in Edgewood Tuesday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and children attended the wedding of Miss Joan SCHIRR and Harold PRESGROVE at the Bee Branch Church Thursday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE, Jr. and daughter moved Friday to the Art WHITE farm which they recently purchased.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris ate supper with Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND. It was their 40th wedding anniversary.
- Meacham: John FORD and Carl WHITE of Colorado Springs, Colo., called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Tuesday afternoon.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. John FORD of Alma called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday.
- In Memoriam of our dear wife, mother, daughter and sister, who left us 1 year ago today on Dec. 7, 1954. Leo DEADMOND and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude HIESTAND and family.
- Pfc Frank WISHER, Clarksdale, Tenn., spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER.
Dec. 15, 1955:
- GARRETT-BRASEL Wed: Miss Wanda GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, and Neil BRASEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL, were united in marriage, Dec. 7 at the home of Rev. J.C. GRAY in Corinth, Miss. The couple are both graduates of Kinmundy-Alma H.S. Mr. BRASEL is at present in the U.S. Navy. Mrs. BRASEL will remain in Kinmundy at the home of her parents for awhile.
- This morning we received a note from Mrs. H.G. WHITSON stating that Mr. WHITSON had suffered a stroke on his left side while visiting with their daughter and husband in Wisconsin. He is bedfast at the present but the doctor gives them encouragement that he will be active again. They feel they were fortunate in being with their daughter when it happened. Mr. and Mrs. WHITSON are natives of this city and often come back for a visit with their relatives and friends. If you would like to send them a card, you may address them c/o Art ELIA, Spooner, Wis.
- Mr. and Mrs. William VALLOW of Salem have a son born Dec. 13 in the Salem Hospital. He has been named William Michael. Mrs. Amelda VALLOW of Kinmundy is the paternal grandmother.
- Mrs. Lora BAYLIS moved last week from her farm home in the property she recently purchased south of the Christian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON will live on her farm.
- A picture was printed of the 1955-56 Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit School Band.
- Fred G. ALEXANDER was honored on his 75th birthday Monday evening at appropriate ceremonies at the Masonic Hall, by being presented with his 50 year pin. There were about 75 present to witness the affair. Charles WHITE, presided at the piano as all sang Happy Birthday. The pin was presented by Wyett COLCLASURE, Worshipful Grand Master of the Kinmundy Lodge. A telegram was also read by Mr. COLCLASURE from Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY of Tampa, Fla. congratulating “dad” on his accomplishment. Mr. ALEXANDER was born in Odin, Dec. 12, 1880. He was initiated in Odin Lodge No. 503, Jan. 21, 1903, passed Dec. 5, 1905, and raised Dec. 12, 1905. After coming to Kinmundy to make his home, he transferred his membership to the Kinmundy Lodge April 7, 1914. He has served the local lodge in various offices and was Worshipful Master during 1942-43, 1943-44, and 1944-45. The speaker of the evening was Bro. John SHEPARD, Past Master of the Villa Grove Lodge, and at present, the pastor of the Alma Christian Church. The benediction was by Glen BRASEL, Chaplain of Kinmundy Lodge.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mrs. Fred GAMMON attended the funeral of Mrs. Clinton LIVESAY in Patoka Sunday.
- Mr. Vernie O’DELL Commits Suicide Tuesday Morn: Mr. Vernie O’DELL, a highly respected farmer living near the Brown Christian Church in Omega twp., hanged himself in his barn loft about 8 o’clock Tuesday morning. An inquest was held at the Linton Funeral Home that evening and the jury returned the verdict of “Death was caused by strangulation.” Mr. O’DELL and his mother lived on the farm. It was planned that Tuesday would be “butchering day”. A brother, Lester O’DELL of near Alma, a brother-in-law, Arvie MULVANEY, of Kinmundy, and a neighbor, Lonnie MULVANEY, had come to help. These men said it was about 8 o’clock when Vernie went to the barn, supposedly to do some chores. After about a half an hour, when he did not return, Lester went to see about him and found him hanging. The three men then cut him down and he could not be revived. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the Brown Christian Church with interment in Oskaloosa Cem.
- A 2C Don SAPP spent Tuesday night and Wednesday visiting his aunt, Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL and, son, Jim, and other relatives, enroute from his home in Streator to his base in Waco, Texas.
- Charles WILLIAMS had the high corn yield of FFA members at Kinmundy-Alma High School and in the district. His highest yield was 146.73 bushels per acre under the supervision of Virgil McKITRICK, vocational agriculture teacher at Kinmundy. Charles was awarded $25 for winning first place in section 21.
- Brown: Arthur DANIELS of Salem died Saturday. Services were held at Atkins Funeral Home with burial in Parker Cemetery. The DANIELS family is formerly of this vicinity.
- Mrs. Orphia OUTHOUSE entertained several friends in honor of her son, Wayne’s, 5th birthday, Monday. (A list was included of those attending.)
- Meacham: John FORD of Alma called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
- Meacham: Glen JAHRAUS called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
- Kaye GREENWOOD wrote a report of her experience at National 4-H Club Congress.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT were hosts at a small birthday dinner at their home Monday evening. The dinner is an annual event honoring birthdays of Mr. ROBB, Mr. GARRETT, Mr. BASSETT, and Mr. SHREFFLER. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB.
- Members of the Royal Neighbors Camp 569 enjoyed a potluck dinner Wednesday in the Lodge Hall. Oracle Velma WILKINSON called the meeting to order and conducted the regular meeting, during which one new member was balloted on. Officers for 1956 were elected and will be installed at the next meeting. They are: Oracle, Betty WAGONER; Vice Oracle, Jean GRAY; Past Oracle, Velma WILKINSON; Chancellor, Peggy JENKINS; Recorder, Irene GAMMON; Receiver, Blanche JASPER; Marshall, Marjorie CORRELL; Inner Sentinel, Retha ALLEN; Outer Sentinel, Mary REESE; Manager, Ruth DOOLEN. Following are the appointed officers: Asst. Marshall, Mabel OLDEN; Faith, Jane JEZEK; Modestry, Kate KEEN; Unselfishness, Grace JONES; Endurance, Grace MENDENHALL; Courage, Adina LEMAY; Musician, Alecia WHITE; Flag Bearer, Herschel PIGG.
Dec. 22, 1955:
- The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Louie SOUTIER, near the Zion Church in Foster twp., was completely destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon about 3 o’clock. Mr. SOUTIER had started to the woods to cut a Christmas tree for his children. In glancing back, he saw his house on fire. He hurried back and found that his wife had discovered the same thing. It spread so fast that she barely managed to get the 4 children out safely. Mr. SOUTIER made a rush in and came back with the registration papers for his cattle. Aside from that, nothing was saved. Mr. and Mrs. SOUTIER have a baby about 2 months old which has been cared for by a Springfield Hospital. They brought the little miss home just last Saturday. This family is now temporarily in the Oscar HILL property on the Patoka Rd. near Patoka.
- According to the Minonk News-Dispatch, Joseph G. VALLOW was elected to the office of president of the Minonk Chamber of Commerce. The paper carried quite a lengthy article on the front page, accompanied by a photo of the lad. Joe never wrote us anything about this honor, and so it came as quite a surprise.
- Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER announce the arrival of a son, James Guy, at the Salem Memorial Hospital, Thursday, Dec. 15. He weighed 7 lb. 11 oz.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHAFFER have son born Dec. 19 in Salem Hospital.
- William MEYER died Tuesday in the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Mt. Vernon, following a severe case of pneumonia. Services will be held Dec. 22 at the Linton Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Farina Cemetery.
- Albert PERRY, A Suicide Victim Friday: Albert PERRY, 69, a farmer residing 1/4 mile east of Omega, committed suicide Friday by hanging. A daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence NEAL, close neighbors, and Mrs. PERRY left home that morning for a shopping trip to Centralia. They returned home about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The NEALS let Mrs. PERRY out of the car and then drove on to their house. Mrs. PERRY went into the house and found all the fires had gone out. At this, she walked to the NEAL home and asked them come with her to hunt for Mr. PERRY. They came immediately and soon found him hanging in a tool shed. An inquest was held at the Linton Funeral Home by Coroner Gerald GALBREATH Saturday afternoon. The jury composed of neighbors returned a verdict of death by strangulation. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Linton Funeral Chapel, Bro. Keith SPROAT, officiating. Interment was made in the Parker Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife, Blanche; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Harold LONG, Mrs. Oulrey HANKS, and Mrs. Clarence NEAL.
- Brown: A large crowd attended the funeral services Sunday for Albert PERRY at the Linton Funeral Home.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and Doris ate Sunday dinner with his sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil ROBINSON, near Centralia. It was Ralph’s birthday.
- Students spending the holidays at home are: Jim McHATTON, Jim WHITE, Don HANKS, Keith DISS, Dale BASSETT, Mike BUTTS, S.I.U.; Gary KLINE, Asbury College; Shirley ERNST, Eastern; Gerald DOOLEN, Rolla School of Mines; John DOOLEN, U. of I.
- Jerry MORRIS, who is stationed with the Navy in Pensacola, Fla. is spending at 17 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS in Centralia, and relatives and friends here.
- T. Sgt. William E. HOYT of O’Hare International Airport, Park Ridge, Ill., and Sgt. Robert J. HOYT of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., came Saturday to visit their mother, Mrs. Hazel HOYT. The latter is on furlough after serving overseas.
- Neil BRASEL, R.M. left Saturday for his ship in Newport, R.I. after spending a 30 day furlough leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and wife, Wanda.
Dec. 29, 1955:
- B.F. LINTON, Len LEWIN and Virgil LIVESAY were declared the winners of the Christmas decorations contest. Charles GAMMON and Thurman McCULLEY received honorable mention. The judging was done Friday evening by a set of judges from out of town. Dr. Dwight HANNA headed the committee on the contest. This contest was sponsored by the Kinmundy Lions Club and cash prizes of $10, $7.50, and $5 were given for first, second and third places.
- Rev. James Lewis MILLER, 70, pastor of the Odin Methodist Church suffered a heart attack Friday and died enroute to the Centralia Hospital. Services were held Monday from the Odin Church with interment in Orchard Hill cemetery in Louisville. He is survived by his wife, Nellie, 4 sons, and a daughter by a previous marriage; 2 brothers, 2 sisters; 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
- Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER have a son born in Salem Hospital on Dec. 25 named Richard Lawson.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family of Forrest, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD of Carmi, spent the Christmas weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT.
- Miss Susan BLAIR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John BLAIR of Cartter, was home with her parents Christmas. Her grandmother, Mrs. Gladys EAGAN of Mattoon, and an aunt, Mrs. Bill GARRETT of Kinmundy, visited her Sunday. Susan was stricken with polio in November and has been a patient in a Springfield Hospital. She will enter Barnes Hospital in St. Louis next week.
- Fred HOLZHAUSEN, 73, a resident of Meacham twp., died at his home Thursday night. Services were held from the Meacham Baptist Church Sunday, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment was made in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Martha; 4 sons, Oran, Terre Haute, Ind.; Harold, Mitchell and Donald, Detroit, Mich; 5 daughters, Mrs. Lorraine ESTES, Mrs. Edna McGRAW, Mrs. Mary HORD, Mrs. Louise BOURLAND, Detroit, Mich.; Miss Ilene MARLOW, Sullivan, Ill.; 2 brothers, Ernest of Kinmundy; and Joe of Farina; and 1 sister, Mrs. Gussie COOPER, Farina.
- Services were held at Evergreen Cemetery Tuesday afternoon for Cynthia Lee, infant daughter of Pfc. and Mrs. Robert SAGADINE. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiated. She was born Monday afternoon at the Salem Hospital, and died at approximately 8 p.m. Mrs. SAGADINE is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY.
- Pleasant Grove: Several have been attending the Church programs, one at Lovell’s Grove Wednesday night, at Bee Branch Thursday night, Omega on Friday night, and Pleasant Grove and Alma on Saturday night. Each church had nice programs and Santa Claus came to see the children, who received nice treats.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. George MEYER and daughters of Dietrich, Mr. and Mrs. Woodson PHOENIX and daughter of Kell, and Mr. and Mrs. David LOWE and daughters visited their mother last week having been called here by the death of their uncle, Bill MEYER, whose funeral was held Thursday at Linton Funeral Home.
- Meacham: John FORD and Mr. and Mrs. Ford WHITE and 2 children of Colorado Springs, Colo., called on Mrs. Mary HARRELL. Mr. WHITE is the nephew of John FORD.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur ERWIN of Great Lakes Naval Training Station are spending Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross SMITH.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Kaye, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family in Bridgeport.
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