Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley
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January 3, 1957:
- Threshing Days, the good old days, was remembered by John W. ALLEN of Southern Ill. Univ.
- Only members of the immediate families and a few close friends, witnessed the exchange of wedding between Miss Kaye Elaine GREENWOOD of Kinmundy, and Jon Robert BECHTOLD of Centralia in the Chapel of the Presbyterian Church in Centralia on Dec. 23, officiated by Rev. Roy S. BUFFAT. The groom’s sister, Mrs. Marion FLOWERS of Centralia, and the bride’s brother, Merle GREENWOOD of Kinmundy, attended the couple. A reception was held at the home of the groom. The couple will reside in Carbondale. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD of Kinmundy, and graduated from Kinmundy-Alma H.S., and is employed as a secretary with General Motors Acceptance Corporation at Carbondale. The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. BECHTOLD of Centralia, is a graduate of Centralia Twp. H.S., and is a junior at Southern Illinois University, where he is a chemistry major.
- A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Saturday night. The occasion was a belated Christmas party. Gifts were exchanged. Those present besides the hostess were: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- A surprise birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, Sunday night, in honor of Cecil’s birthday. Those present besides Mr. and Mrs. GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Dale CAUDLE and sons of Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Loren WILLIAMS of Alma, Don and Darrell GARRETT of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Art HOEHNE, Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, Gary GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON and son, Donnie.
- Little Marcia Lynn, 2½ months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, entered Children’s Hospital in St. Louis on Sunday for a medical examination. Tumors, thought to be malignant, was found about the kidneys.
- Theodore LEE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LEE, of Lovinton, New Mexico, and Miss Louise ALBERTI of Salem, were married Tuesday at the Grace Methodist Church in Salem. The groom is a grandson of Mrs. Stella LEE of this city. Among those who attended the wedding were Mrs. Stella LEE and son, Bob.
- On Jan. 1, friends gathered in the home of Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON to help celebrate her birthday on Jan. 2. Present were Misses Evelyn KILLIE, Alta BAGOTT, Pauline BAGOTT, Mrs. Bertha CURRY, Mrs. Myrtle SCHOOLEY, Mrs. Maffie KILLIE, Mrs. Gloria JOHNSON, Mrs. Dorothy SCHOOLEY, Mrs. Jessie VALLOW and the honoree.
- Ray GEORGE Passed Away: Cecil Ray GEORGE, son of Owen W. and Dovey Ann GRAY GEORGE, was born Aug. 28, 1891, near Kinmundy, and died on Dec. 28, 1956. The deceased was converted at an early age and joined the Shanghai Church near Kinmundy. He was the last of a family of 3 children. A brother, Earl, died in 1918 and a sister, Ethel MALINSKY, died in 1936. A cousin, Glen BRASEL, who was reared in the GEORGE home from infancy, survives. He was married to Esther MORRIS on Apr. 16, 1913 and has lived in this community most of his life. To this couple, 4 children was born, a son, Jesse, and 3 daughters, Mrs. William LUX, Mrs. Merle HEICHER, and Mrs. Gene JEZEK, all of this city. He was a Past Master of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398. Besides his wife and children, he leaves an aunt, Mrs. Maude GRAY, St. Joseph, Mich.; 1 niece, Mrs. Alice HITE, Charleston; 5 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. One son died in infancy. Services were held Sunday from Linton Funeral Home, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE attended funeral services of LeRoy YOUNG in Salem on Saturday.
- Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and sons attended the funeral of her niece, Mrs. Harold BLUNT of Vandalia in Tamalco, last Wednesday.
- M. Sgt. and Mrs. George SHREFFLER and daughters of Maine were Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY Sunday evening.
Jan. 10, 1957:
- The City council has called a "town meeting" that is, a meeting for all who are interested in the community, to decide the question, "Shall we celebrate Kinmundy’s Centennial, and if so, to what extent?" This meeting is to be held Jan. 10 at 8 p.m., in the old high school gym. According to City Clerk, R.R. LEE, those present will discuss the matter, and, if in their opinion, it is thought best to celebrate, the City Council will then appoint an executive committee to head it, who will then appoint the necessary committees. It is the duty of every citizen of the community to be present at this meeting and express himself. At least he can voice himself by voting one way or another.
- The American Legion Auxiliary has been given the opportunity to do this by an urgent welfare project, for "Used Clothing" for the many thousands of unclothed Hungarian people who are crossing into Austria. A collection box will be placed in the American Legion Hall, on Jan. 12.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT have purchased the house recently completed by Fred GAMMON and R.R. ATKINS east of the Methodist Church. They sold their present home to Mr. and Mrs. Joe MIDDLETON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul KOLB of Peoria have a son born Dec. 29 named Dennis Eugene. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank KOLB of Peoria, former residents of this community.
- Services for Mrs. Margurite WATSON, 87, who died Jan. 3, were held Monday at Shelburn, Ind. Burial was in Highland Lawn Cemetery. Surviving are one brother, John F. O’BRIEN, Terre Haute; 1 sister, Mrs. Ella SHARPLES, Toledo, Ohio; and the husband, Curtis S. WATSON, Terre Haute, Ind.
- Joseph CRUTCHFIELD, son of Samuel and Annie CRUTCHFIELD, was born in Meacham twp., Marion Co., Ill., March 7, 1887, and died at Anna State Hospital Jan. 2, 1957. He lived a quiet life at home with his parents, who died some 30 years ago. Two infant brothers, two brothers, Willie and Elza, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie BALDWIN, preceded him in death. Surviving are 3 sisters: Mrs. Clara ALDERSON of Kinmundy; Mrs. Alice BRADLEY of Iuka; and Mrs. Lena POTTER of Watson. Services were held Friday, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN, officiating. Interment was made in the Phillips Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER are the parents of a son, born Jan. 5 in the Salem Hospital, named Edward Leon. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER.
- Marcia Lynne HANNA, 3 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, remains a patient in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She is receiving a series of x-ray treatments and will remain at the hospital for 3 weeks. Mrs. HANNA will stay with her daughter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS of Indianapolis, Ind., came Sunday to spend a few days at their home in Kinmundy. They had visited their son, A2C and Mrs. Larry SULLENS and family of Hadley, Mass., and were accompanied home by them, as Larry is being transferred to Smoky Hill, Kansas, and has a 10 day leave enroute.
- Dr. and Mrs. Russell WATT of Scott Air Force Base, have a son, born Jan. 6, named Douglas William. The mother is the former Marie INGRAM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of Sullivan. The great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES and Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM of this city.
- Paul WILKINS, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILKINS residing along the Brubaker road south fo Kinmundy, had the misfortune of breaking his leg while practicing basketball in the new gymnasium Tuesday. He was taken to Salem Hospital where he is a patient being treated for a compound fracture, breaking both bones between the knee and the ankle. No one seems to know exactly how he did it. He leaped to make a shot at the basket and the leg broke as he struck the floor, again.
- The D.A.R. Award was presented at the high school assembly Friday to Carolyn ALBERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON. (A picture of Carolyn was included.)
- The local high school building was broken into Tuesday night and much damage was done but nothing has been found to be missing as we go to press. It is believed there were more than one persons involved in the burglarizing. Every room in the building except the band room had the locks pried from the doors and the desks ransacked. They also entered the lunch room by prying off two padlocks. According to Supt. Lewis. J.T. O’DELL, nothing was missing unless it was a very small amount of money taken from the lunchroom. Even the deep freeze was broken into. The culprits broken the handle and the combination off the office safe but did not get the safe door open. Sheriff Bill HOSKINSON and deputy Ike ROSS, were here soon after they were notified. They took several pictures as well as fingerprints wherever possible. The intruders gained entrance to the building by pulling a guard screen from a basement window to the physics room, lifting an unlocked window, and crawling in. Sheriff HOSKINSON is of the opinion that it is the work of experienced burglars.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roger HERRON of Carlsbad, New Mexico, are parents of a daughter born Jan. 5. The little Miss has a sister, Renee, 3½ years old. Mrs. HERRON is the former Audrey LEACH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.I. LEACH. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harley HERRON of Lockport.
- Dwight DAY, congenial rural carrier from the Alma office, phones that he wishes to enter his wife in our "egg contest". Last week she came up with an egg measuring 8 inches in circumference.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Elmer FRIZZELL of Alma, and Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT Sunday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Mattie LECKRONE at Zion Church Wednesday.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon STOCKER of Savoy, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed BRASEL were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons, Sunday. The dinner was in honor of Mr. BRASEL’s 83rd birthday.
- Meacham: Home Bureau met Jan. 2nd at the home of Mrs. Gilbert FORD’s.
Jan. 17, 1957:
- Morris CHASTEEN fatally injured in car accident near Salem Tuesday morning: Our community received a great shock Tuesday noon when the news reached here of the fatal accident of Morris CHASTEEN, 48, which occurred at 11:10 seven miles south of Salem, at the wye of route 161. He was employed in the State Tuberculosis Hospital in Mt. Vernon and was returning home in company with his son, Lester. Their car ran head on with a panel truck driven by Charles FREISNER, 42, of Decatur and owned by the Crane Potato Chip Co. of Decatur. The truck was traveling south, following close behind a car which had slowed down to make a left turn. According to a state policeman, the car swerved over into the other lane into the path of the CHASTEEN car. The truck overturned on the car, crushing Morris between the dash and the floor. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Salem Hospital. Lester received several cuts about his legs and had several teeth knocked out. FRIESNER suffered a broken arm. Morris leaves a widow, the former Blanche THOMPSON, six children, Gerald, 24, Lester 20, Marvin, 16, Alice, 13, Billy, 11, and Virginia, 6; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will CHASTEEN and a sister, Mrs. Glen BRASEL. Services will be held at the Linton Funeral Home Thursday with interment in the Elder Cemetery.
- Miss Carol Jean CARMEAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florus CARMEAN of Clinton, and Ronald H. MAURER, of Hopedale, were married, Dec. 22, in the Christian Church in Clinton. Both are graduates of the Univ. of Illinois with the class of ‘56. The bride’s father is a former resident of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and Russell Saturday evening. Later in the evening Mr. and Mrs. Howard HELM and Janet, of Salem; Mrs. Fred SEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters arrived as a surprise to the KLINES to help them celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary. It was also, Mrs. KLINE’s birthday anniversary.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEICHER of Farina, in honor of their son, Paul’s, 17th birthday Saturday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A bridal shower was held in honor of Mrs. Larry LOY at the home of Mr. and Mrs. WESTFALL, of Farina, Sat. evening. Among those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST, Mrs. Harry SPENCER and children, and Mrs. Marie GREENWOOD and Margaret.
- A potluck birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY Sunday in honor of Lloyd BAILEY and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS’ birthdays. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters, of Clay City; Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON and family.
- At a public meeting held Thursday evening at the gymnasium, it was not fully decided as to whether or not Kinmundy will celebrate the centennial. But a committee was appointed by the City Council to carry on as they wished to bow out of the picture. The committee appointed is Jesse GEORGE, Carl DUNLAP, Lura ROBNETT, and Rodney SCHOOLEY. It is our understanding that the committee will call a meeting soon where the question will be decided. If those present okay a celebration, then this committee will set up the various working committees.
- Miletus: Otie, Jimmie, Bert, and Ina Mae TATE received word that their mother, Mrs. Pearl TATE, who is staying in the Wm. PITTMAN home in Urbana, is much improved from pneumonia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Sunday afternoon. They also called on Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
Jan. 24, 1957:
- J.B. MAXEY was pleasantly surprised Thursday evening when several of the grade school teachers and others arrived to help him celebrate his birthday at a delicious potluck dinner held in the school cafeteria. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Pat WILLIAMS of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Ted ERNST and daughters, Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS, Miss Alice READNOUR, Miss Hester HEATON, Mrs. Walter WEISS and daughter, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Fred GAMMON, Miss Katherine WORMLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON and daughter, Rosalee. Miss Anna Mae RITTER was unable to attend. Burdette received 3 birthday cakes from Miss Katherine WORMLEY, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and Miss Hester HEATON.
- Mrs. Ethel LUCAS, 65, of Salem died in her home Jan. 21. Services were held from the Atkins Funeral Home in Salem with interment made in Odin Cemetery. She is survived by 2 brothers, Clifford CHEATUM of Sandoval, and Erwin CHEATUM of this city; 4 step-children, and several nieces and nephews.
- Morris Emerson CHASTEEN died at the age of 48 years, 4 months, and 14 days. The son of Will and Minnie BUCKLES CHASTEEN, he was born in Meacham twp. On Sept. 1, 1908. Here he spent the early years of his youth. He was converted at the age of 17 years and became a member of the Meacham Baptist Church. When with his parents, he moved into Kinmundy, and moved his membership to the Baptist church in this town being very active as Sunday School Supt. for several years. He also served as President of the Baptist Young People’s Union. He remained a loyal and faithful member until it disbanded. He was given a letter of transfer but he did not unite with any other church. In Meacham twp. on Sept. 22, 1931, he married Blanche THOMPSON, and they had 6 children. Morris was always cheerful, patient and kind. He was one who could bear misfortune and loss without becoming bitter. He greeted his neighbors and friends with a smile and cheery words. For the past several years, he was employed at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Mt. Vernon. He leaves: wife, Blanche; 2 daughters, Alice, 14 and Virginia, 6; 4 sons, Gerald, 24; Lester, 20, Marvin, 15; and Billy, 10; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will CHASTEEN; 1 sister, Mrs. Dola BRASEL; 1 aunt, Mrs. Addie LANDRETH, all of Kinmundy; with the exception of Gerald who works in Chicago. Services were held Thursday from the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Rufus G.D GERKIN, officiating. Interment in Elder Cemetery.
- A former resident relates some history: Here is a letter addressed "To the Town Board" and was handed to us by City Clerk, R.R. LEE, 106 W. Louisiana St.; Midland, Texas; Jan. 11, 1957:
Gentlemen - It just occurred to me to write this letter to you regarding the so talked of Centennial Celebration. I’m just wondering who is still living to help you in such a celebration. I could go on writing a book on Kinmundy. I was born there, the same as all my family. My father ran a restaurant and bakery there.
In the old Kinmundy Reds, my brother, John CAWREY, was the catcher; Jim JONES, the pitcher; Fred, my brother, was 3rd base; he and Jim BLAKESLEE; Harry MILLER, SS and P; Otto HARLAN 2nd base; Ted PORTER 1st base; Charlie TOMLINSON of Alma LF; Frank NELMS CF; Glen HARLAN and Jake BOUGHERS RF. That was a real baseball team and we had lots of excitement in those days because to win was our motto. As to these statements, I can refer you to Fred W. KILLIE or Mrs. J.H. NELMS, of your city, who are still living and wonderful people. and when I speak of fine people, Kinmundy had some of the finest, I believe, the finest in God’s Almighty world. It’s just too bad they are not here today to help you put on this celebration. I would like to do all I can and would like to attend. But just as I say, where can we find the people.
I could start in at Barney BLAKESLEE’s Store and name every place down to HAWORTH’s up the other side from the WILLIAMS’ House to Myron DIEWERT’s up to Allen’s carpenter shop, by CHALFANT’s cider mill, from RYAN’s Livery down to Mollie SONGER’s. In fact, I knew everyone.
I well remember the night Zard FROST’s lumber yard burned down, with MENDENHALL’s Evaporator. Also, the big fire that wiped out most of the town. I also remember Mr. MOFFIT, the station agent, and Mr. Ben CHAPMAN. I also recall when Pud TOMLINSON and Joe RUTHERFORD were drowned at the Okaw River in 1896. They were very popular fellows. Dr. Fred SONGER was one of my best friends. He had the first bicycle, I think, in Kinmundy. He put 13 of us kids on his shoulders and wherever he could find a place for us and rode us up through the street.
The old band stand was still standing the last time I was there. Roy and George SNELLING gave a concert each week. We all stood out in the street and listened to the music. It was a good band. W.W. NEIL, Fred SONGER, Paul SANDHOFER and several others who I can’t remember, played in it.
Pat ROONEY ran the pump house. We use to drive a horse in a circle and pump water in the old water tank. And we used to shoot the fireworks from this tank on the 4th of July.
I don’t know how many of you remember Sugar Camp. We had a lot of fun out there. It was hard maple and we got real maple sap. We had hay rides, music and serenades in those days. We had some good singers too, and when it came time to playing a piano, no one every beat Lotta NEIL. She was a wonderful girl. And they came under the Kinmundy fine people. No finer man ever lived than W.W. NEIL.
I must bring this letter to a close. I could go on writing and telling of my experience and the happy days of yore. But will close. I just hope if you decide to have this centennial, it will meet with great success.
With my most sincere and fond recollections of good old Kinmundy, I am, Yours most truly, Harry M. CAWREY. (Editor’s note: Thanks, Mr. CAWREY for this fine letter. But really, I’ll just have to add that we still have some mighty fine people living in Kinmundy. Come up and see for yourself.)
- Mrs. Walter SIMPSON, Dies: Mrs. Ruby Claire SIMPSON, 71, died Sunday at her home north of Salem, along State Route 37. Services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Zion Methodist Church east of her home, with Rev. Forrest CROUCH officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery in this city. She was born in Farina, the daughter of Ross and Eugenia NIRIDER WOOLEY. She was married Sept. 16, 1906 to Walter SIMPSON. They celebrated their Golden Wedding last September. For the past 35 years, she has been a member of the Zion Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband; 1 son, Henry of Salem; 2 daughters, Mrs. Eugene LECKRONE of Belleville, and Mrs. Ellis STORMENT of Salem; 2 sisters, Mrs. Harriet FENSTER and Mrs. Thomas BERGER of Champaign; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
- Mrs. Effie WAINSCOTT of Springfield is at Memorial Hospital suffering with a broken hip after she fell Jan. 8th.
- Pvt. Kenneth FORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. George FORD, is a patient in the base hospital at Ft. George Meade, Maryland since Jan. 1st suffering from a broken knee.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER’s home destroyed by fire Saturday morn: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER had the misfortune of losing their farm home by fire early Saturday morning. They were awakened by the dense smoke within the house. Soon flames burst out which cut them off from their telephone. At this their son, Maxey, drove his car to town in his underwear to turn in the alarm. He could not turn on the alarm and aroused Carl DUNLAP, who gave him some clothes and turned on the siren. The department did good work in extinguishing the flames. Sparks were being carried by the wind for quite a distance and the Farina Department was called. It was apparent that the fire caught from the kitchen flue. Very few of the contents were saved and the house is what you might term a total loss. Mr. and Mrs. SPENCER and Maxey are now housed in the Henry BREMER property, just across the road from their home. They will remain there until a new house can be constructed.
- A miscellaneous shower is being sponsored by the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary for Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER, who list their home by fire. The shower will be held in the Legion Hall Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. It is our understanding that this family can use kitchen utensils, dishes, tea towels, bedding, etc.
- Jean HAMILTON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN, Vandalia, and Louie WARNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. John WARNER, of Bingham, were married Jan. 12 in the First Christian Church with the pastor, Rev. Merrill HERSHBERGER, officiating. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. John POPE of Springfield, sister and brother-in-law of the groom. The bride has been employed at Tri-City Store for the past 18 months. The groom is a guard at the Illinois State Farm. They will reside in Vandalia. (Printed from the "Vandalia Leader".)
- Mr. Ed KEISER, Jr. of Mt. Vernon resigned his position as Science and Biology Instructor in the local high school last week, and returned to his home in Mt. Vernon to take up another vocation. His reason for resigning was that he didn’t like teaching. The position was filled by Richard ENOCHS of Olney. He has a wife and small daughter. They are domiciled in the STRICKER Apartment in the rear of STRICKER Electric.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Norman DUKE’s sister, Mrs. Tom FULTON, who has been seriously ill in Olney Hospital following an operation, is getting along better.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. George COLE Sunday afternoon.
Jan. 31, 1957:
- Lou ALDERSON Killed by Illinois Central Train No. 1 Friday Morning on Crossing: Mr. Lou ALDERSON, 85, was killed instantly Friday by Illinois Central Train No. 1 at 11:26 a.m. on the crossing north of the depot. Mr. ALDERSON lived in the southeast part of the city, in what is known as the DILLON Property. He was walking to the business district to pick up his mail and do some shopping. He was hard of hearing which was evidently the reason for him not stopping before crossing the tracks. The signal bell was ringing, the lights were flashing, and the train whistle was blowing. John JOHNSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON, a student operator at the depot said he saw Mr. ALDERSON approaching the crossing. But before he reached the southbound tracks, it seems as though he saw the train and he lunged forward as if he thought he might be on the tracks. And his body struck the diesel unit behind the engine. The impact threw him clear of the tracks but he was badly crushed and several bones broken. Mr. Robert SIDNER, who is substituting as mail messenger for C.E. WILKINSON, was standing on the west side of the tracks waiting for the mail to be dispatched. He saw Mr. ALDERSON coming and yelled at him, but did not see him struck. The enginemen, knowing the accident had happened, stopped the train and backed up to the depot where it was detained for some time. The coroner’s jury on Friday evening returned a verdict of accidental death after walking into the side of a passing engine. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home Sunday, Rev. Forrest CROUCH officiating. Interment in Iuka Cemetery. Llewelyn Albert ALDERSON, son of Samuel (Tobe) and Rachel BRADLEY ALDERSON, was born Aug. 6, 1871 in Marion county, Ill., and died in Kinmundy on Jan. 25, 1957. In his youth he became a member of the Siloam Methodist Church. Upon moving to the Pleasant Grove community, he with his family, attended the church there. Most of his life was spent in this community except for a time when he worked in St. Louis and the family lived for awhile in Oklahoma. On Oct. 17, 1894 he married Miss Ethel Anna WANTLAND, and they had 6 children: Ole, Anna, Adda, Oran, Lois (who died in infancy), and Elsie. Mrs. ALDERSON died on May 4, 1940. He was one of a family of 8 children, of whom 4 survive: Mrs. Adda WOLFE, Linden, Wash.; Mrs. Letha HENINGER, Clarkston, Wash.; Mrs. Bertha FISHER, Las Vegas, Nev.; and Clarence R. ALDERSON, Kinmundy. On Oct. 15, 1942, he married Mrs. Sarah BEGGS of St. Louis, Mo., who survives him. Also surviving are his children: Mr. and Mrs. Ole ALDERSON, Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. D.E. ROYAL, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mrs. C.L. BRESEE, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. MARSH, Battle Creek, Mich. Also, 5 step-children: Mr. and Mrs. Leo BEARD, St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. CLINARD, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Homer BEGGS, Iola, Kans.; Mrs. Rachel GRIMES, Kinmundy; Mrs. Birdie RIGBEE, Paragould, Ark.; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. Jake McCARTY received word Sunday of the death of his son, Charles, 58, which occurred in the Engals Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill. He, in company with his son, Glenn, left Monday to be with the family. Others going Monday were Mrs. Jabe JOHNSON of Alma, Mrs. Burdette MCCARTY and Mrs. Xon NICHOLS of Salem. Charles died of leukemia. He leaves his wife, the former Helen JOHNSON; 2 sons, Kenneth Lee, 24, and Jerry, 20; his father; 4 brothers, Burdette of Salem; Glenn of this city; Marshall of Iola; 3 sisters, Mary FAHRENBACHER and Helen MARQUART of Olney, and Velva McCARTY of Harvey. Services were held Tuesday in Harvey and interment made there. Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON were in attendance at the funeral Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and daughter were in a car accident Saturday while coming through Mattoon. They had been to Tuscola on business and were returning home. A panel truck pulled out in front of the car causing a collision. Mrs. WHITE and daughter were thrown from the car to the pavement and Charles received a lick on the head. They were taken to the hospital, given first aid and then dismissed to come on home. They brought their car home under it’s own power. They are all pretty stiff from the effects of the accident.
- Rosedale Rebekah Lodge 371 held installation Friday night. Mrs. Florence BASSETT was the installing officer. Wilma BOUGHERS acted as marshall; Alice LEWIN, warden, secretary, and treasurer, and Stella WILKINSON, Chaplain. The newly elected officers were: Carrie YEAGER, NG; Paulene JOHNSON, VG; Maude HOLT, Secretary; Pearl FISHER, Treasurer; Wilma BOUGHERS, Warden; Alice LEWIN, Conductress; Edna WILLIAMS, Chaplain; Stella LEE, RSNG; Alice READNOUR, LSNG; Margaret SHUFELDT, RSVG; Bessie NEAVILLE, LSVG; Hester HEATON, IG; Paulene JOHNSON, Musician.
- Effective July 1, Catalina Junior High School will become officially known as Bryan C. DOOLEN School, it was announced last night by the Tucson Board of Education. This will commemorate the career of B.C. (Bud) DOOLEN, dean of Arizona’s High School basketball coaches and mentor of the high school cage squad for 20 years, who died almost a year ago. (From the Tucson, Arizona Star, Jan. 16)
- Rm2 Wally HULTZ received his discharge from the Navy Jan. 17, after serving 4 years in Hawaii and Japan. Wally is now at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace HULTZ.
- A2c Leroy LOGUE, who has been stationed in Japan, arrived home Monday. He is now visiting with his wife and son in the Ellis JOHNSON home.
- Mr. and Mrs. John WATSON have a son born in Salem Hospital on Tuesday.
- Dr. Dwight H. HANNA, local veterinarian will head Kinmundy’s Centennial Celebration. 38 people, all representatives of some phase of life in and around the city of Kinmundy, met Monday in the gym of the new grade school and made tentative plans for a Centennial Celebration for Kinmundy. The dates agreed upon are Aug. 2, 3, and 4 which will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lura ROBNETT and Maxine ROBB were elected to the offices of secretary and treasurer, respectively. Ways and means of raising funds for the celebration were discussed. Dinners are to be given, bazaars, bakes sales, possibly plays, displays, etc. There are a great many things to be worked out as yet. The ladies present were of the opinion that the men should wear beards. The men agreed to that providing the ladies would wear long skirts and go without permanents. The ladies did not agree to that. The Board of Directors are Rodney SCHOOLEY, Jesse GEORGE, Carl DUNLAP, Lewis J.T. O’DELL, Gene JAHRAUS. The list of committees as they stand now are listed below, with the first name being the chairman:
Finance: Harvey HANNA, Effie CRAIN, Ray VANDEVEER, Emmett GRAY, Bud ROBNETT, C.R. ALDERSON.
Governor’s: E.E. JAHRAUS, Mark ARNOLD, Arno MILLER, Elwin INGRAM, Robert MARSHALL, Ellis JOHNSON, Freddie MISELBROOK.
Parade: Pola ROBB, Pauline BAGOTT, Marge BOYD, Gene ERNST, Jesse GEORGE, Rev. GERKIN, Dwight INGRAM, Maxine ROBB, Glen JOHNSON
Hospitality: Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, Mrs. GERKIN, Miss Dorothy McCULLEY, Orous LEACH, Amelda VALLOW, Dorcas MILLER, Alta BAGOTT, Pearl FISHER.
Concession Committee: Fred GAMMON, Fred KLEISS, Dan HIESTAND, Roy DOOLEN, Wayne ROBB, R.R. ATKINS, George FEATHER.
Publicity: J.N. VALLOW, Elizabeth KILLIE, Phyllis SEE, Orous LEACH, Arno MILLER, Mildred KLEISS, Dwight ALEXANDER, Bertha JOHNSON, Adina LEMAY.
Fire Works: Jesse GEORGE, Ray VANDEVEER, Virgil SEE, Wayne ROBB, Dwight DAY, Virgil McKITRICK, Orville GORDON Jr., Robert GEILER.
Traffic Safety and Parking: Harvey BROWN, Tom HELPINGSTINE, Norman BLACKBURN.
Veteran’s: R.R. ATKINS, Roy DOOLEN, Gene JAHRAUS, Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, Merle JACKSON, Wyett COLCLASURE, Fred BOYD.
Illinois Central Committee: F.O. GRISSOM, Ray MAULDING, Dwight INGRAM, R.R. LEE
Guest Accommodations: Ruth ALEXANDER, Louise FEATHER, Bernice ALBERSON, B.F. LINTON
Fund Raising: Mrs. Orous LEACH, Maxine ROBB, Bill GREEN, Jesse GEORGE, Dwight HANNA, Wayne ROBB, Cecil BAILEY, Harvey HANNA, Lloyd BAILEY.
Historical Display: Tillie HULSEY, Ruby LINTON, Bertha SEE, Huffy HANNA, Grace MENDENHALL, Elizabeth KILLIE, Alice LEWIN, Glenn JAHRAUS, Dorothy SCHOOLEY, A.C. DUNLAP.
Religious Activities: Jamie McGEE, Fred KLEISS, Fr. STRZELEC, Rev. COMER, Rev. GERKIN, Rev. MARTIN, Bertha SEE, Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL, Mrs. John McCULLEY.
Homecoming: Margaret SHUFELDT, F.O. GRISSOM, J.B. MAXEY, J.R. MAHAN, Mrs. W.S. PRUETT, Mrs. Florence FRANKLIN.
Fund raising Dinner: Huffy HANNA, Maxine ROBB, J.N. VALLOW, Katherine WORMLEY, Effie CRAIN, Lura ROBNETT, Tillie HULSEY, Fred KLEISS, Pearl HANNA, Wanda EAGAN, Edith HAMMER, Millie BASSETT, Imogene HAMMER.
City Clean Up: B.F. LINTON, D.J. ALEXANDER, Emmett GRAY, Bill DOOLEN, Thelma BAILEY, Chris JASPER, Edgar JONES, Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM, Irma INGRAM, Mildred BARGH, Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Marshall WILLIAMS, F.O. GRISSOM.
Beard and Costume Committee: Charles BASSETT, Alicia WHITE, Glenn DOOLEN, Pola ROBB, F.A. MOTCH, Harry BOYD, Wayne WHITNEY, Harry GEILER.
Pageant: Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY, Mrs. Dwight DAY, E.E. BROWN, Katherine WORMLEY, Alma ERNST, Glenn WHITE, Alice LEWIN, Enno LIETZ.
Music: Bill POTTEBAUM, Rev. COMER, Mrs. GERKIN, Lloyd BAILEY, Irma INGRAM, Jessie VALLOW, Louise FEATHER, Pauline JOHNSON.
Queen’s Comm.: Jane LOWE, Marge BOYD, Effie CRAIN, Thelma BAILEY, Nora OLDEN, Mildred BARGH, Pola ROBB, Kathleen DAY.
Entertainment Comm.: Cecil BAILEY, Katherine WORMLEY, Dwight DAY, Herbert VANDEVEER, Dwight HANNA, Mildred KLEISS, Maxine ROBB, Mrs. Orous LEACH, Tom HELPINGSTINE, Raymond SWIFT, Raymond ATKINS, Gene WILLIAMS.
Souvenir: Lura ROBNETT, Vera MAXEY, Mrs. Charles PRUETT, Grace MENDENHALL, Byron SILL, Jessie VALLOW, Gilbert DOOLEN, Ina Mae TATE. (A picture of Dwight HANNA was included.)
- Funeral services were held Thursday in Livingston, Ill. for Ed HALEY, 88, who died at his home there on Tuesday. Burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery in this city. He is survived by 2 sons, George of Beardstown; and Lawrence of North Kansas City, Mo.; and 1 daughter, Edna ROE of Beardstown. George and Lawrence were in attendance at the funeral and burial services.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald BUTTS and boys stayed at the Roscoe SIMPSON home while they were called away due to illness and death of Mrs. SIMPSON’s father.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT Sunday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. Noah EAGAN and family of Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. James O. EAGAN and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters enjoyed birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carrol CROSS and daughter in Mattoon on Sunday. The birthdays of Mrs. Gladys EAGAN, Miss Sharon EAGAN and Noah EAGAN were being remembered.
- Meacham: Barbara COPPLE spent Wednesday night with Janet FORD in Alma.
- In loving memory of my mother, Alice M. HABEL, who died 3 years ago, Jan. 27th. Mary TOLLEFSON.
- A roller skating party was held Jan. 26 in Salem given by Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS of Salem, Mrs. Wayne ROBB, and Mrs. Pola ROBB for Miss Linda ROBB in honor of her 10th birthday.
Feb. 7, 1957:
- Centennial Dinner date set for March 30; "Sons Behind the Brush" overly anxious: Each and every week, we will try to dig into our "morgue" and give you a picture of some of the "ole timers". We have several old engravings and we might as well be suing them, adding a little publicity to Kinmundy’s Centennial. Some of these pictures we can identify, and some we cannot. The likeness above happens to be David BEAVER. (A picture was included with this article.) Are you old enough to remember him? The Board of Directors of the Centennial met Sunday afternoon and discussed the centennial in general. They outlined the duties of the several committees and added some names to some committees as well as creating new committees. The new committees named were:
Teenage: Butch BOYD, Charles GRAY, Carolyn ALBERSON, and Kaye HAMMER
Teenage Advisor’s: Florence JACK, Ruth ROHRBOUGH, and Bernice ALBERSON
Speakers Platform Construction: Ivan DEVORE, Oran ALDERSON, Don ROGERSON, Fred COLLETT, Gene HELM, Winifred YERIAN, and W.R. WISHER
Street Decorating: Robert LEE, Alva OLDEN, Clifton LEMAY, John W. McCULLEY, John PHILLIPS, Jr., Harry SUGGETT, John ILG.
The date for the banquet will be March 30 at 7 pm. The dinner will be $5 per plate.
(Also listed were the duties of each of the committees that have been established, and that James O. EAGAN was added to the Concession committee.) The whole city was very curious about some construction work being carried on the latter part of the week by C.R. WISHER and Son, on the vacant lot south of their work stockade. If you were caught without a beard, or in the case of the ladies, wearing their long skirts, you would be chucked in the stockade and there you would remain held and a fine paid before you would be turned loose. It was being constructed out of corrugated iron, which would have a tendency to make one seat aplenty during the hot weather. Yes sir, it was okey - but upon due inquiry, it was found to be just another "dog house" for an off drilling concern. A "Sons Behind the Brush" organization has not been set up as yet. So our advice is for our fellow townsmen not to bury their razors as yet. Wait until this committee gives us the go ahead sign.
- One of the hardest ball games we have to play was called off because of bad weather. We were scheduled to play Noble, the leader of the conference. The game will be played Feb. 16. The student body was called to assembly last week to hear a talk on civil air defense. It was stressed that the need for civil air defense was steadily becoming greater. The gym has finally been completed, and the stage curtains have been put up. They are very pretty and everyone is especially proud of them afer comparing them to our old ones. They were up in time to be shown off in the annual pictures which were taken last Wednesday.
- Cpl. Frank WISHER of Clarksville, Marine Base, Tenn., and Jerry CHIZK of Mt. Vernon spent the weekend at the C.R. WISHER home.
- Pfc Kenneth BUNDY of Ft. Belvoir, Va. arrived home Saturday to spend a 15 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Eunice BUNDY and relatives and friends.
- The Top Notes Combo was heard on station WJBD, Salem, Sunday. Charles WHITE is a member of the combo, and they are scheduled to play every Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl GREEN of Baytown, Texas, have a son born Feb. 2 named Carl Keating, Jr. He has 2 sisters and his paternal grandfather is W.L. GREEN of this city.
- Mrs. Lila MARLOW of Mason, Ill. announces the engagement of her daughter, Barbara Jean, of Springfield to Charles E. SHADOW, son of Mrs. Chas. COVINGTON, Springfield. Barbara graduated from Altamont H.S. with class of ‘55 and is now employed at Franklin Life Ins. Co. of Springfield. Charles (Shad) is manager of the Icy on N. Grand in Springfield. (A picture of Barbara Jean was included.)
- Jason CHAPMAN, 52, was killed instantly early Sunday morning in St. Louis at the corner of Broadway and Madison streets by a hit and run driver. He was an employee of the Salvation Army in St. Louis. He was born and raised and made his home near Omega. He leaves his wife, Hazel; 4 sons, Donald (Bud), Centralia; Kenneth, Iuka; Floyd, Salem; and Darrel, at home; 2 daughters, Nina ROSE, Kinmundy; Nellie May HOWE, North Charleston, S.C.; 1 foster son, Warren GILES, Salem; his father, Thomas J. CHAPMAN, Salem; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary PARISH, Salem; and Mrs. Bessie NICOLAY, Sandoval; 1 brother, Frank CHAPMAN, Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Flod CHASTAIN officiating. Interment in East Lawn Cemetery, Salem.
- St. Philomena’s Church will hold open house Feb. 24 during Nat’l Brotherhood Week.
- A list of those attending the funeral services of Charles L. McCARTY in Harvey on Jan. 29 were listed.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER had Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, and Mrs. Grace DILLON to supper Saturday celebrating their wedding anniversary and Charles’ birthday.
- Pleasant Grove: Relatives from here were called to St. Louis Sunday afternoon to identify the body of Jason CHAPMAN who was fatally injured by a hit and run driver about 1 o’clock Saturday morning.
- Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mrs. Wayne ROBB and son, Johnnie, and Scott ROBB attended a birthday party in honor of Rita JOHNSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON of Salem, Thursday. It was Rita’s 5th birthday.
- The Kinmundy Woman’s Club met for their monthly meeting Feb. 1st of American Legion Hall.
- Mrs. Herschel PIGG returned home Saturday after spending the past 6 weeks with her sons, ATC and Mrs. Wayne PIGG and daughters of Jacksonville, Fla. for 5 weeks and Mr. and Mrs. Wydell PIGG and family of Cairo the past week.
Feb. 14, 1957:
- Xon HANNA, RM1, arrived home Thursday after receiving his discharge from the Navy, Jan. 30 at Long Beach, Calif. He has spent much of the 4 years of duty at points in the far east.
- Mr. an d Mrs. Harry RITTENHOUSE attended the wedding of her niece, Miss Ruth Ann LACEY and Miss MILLER which occurred at the Presbyterian Church in Gibson City on Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy TELFORD of San Diego, Cal. will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in their home on Feb. 20. Mr. and Mrs. TELFORD are former residents of this community. Mr. TELFORD is a brother to Mrs. Nora GUST, and Mrs. TELFORD, a sister to Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON, both of this city.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT Sunday in honor of Mr. BURKETT’S birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Carl LAMBIRD and family of Collinsville, Mr. and Mrs. Dick CRAIG and children of Salem, Mrs. Delpha EDWARDS of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Orion BUTTS, Charley BURKETT, Mrs. Ida SLANE and Dema and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE and children.
- Donald Jason CHAPMAN, son of Thomas J. and Lou MARLOW CHAPMAN, was born Apr. 19, 1904, in Omega twp., and died Feb. 3, 1957. On March 1, 1923, he married Hazel May YOUNG, and they had 6 children, 4 sons: Donald Eugene of Centralia, Kenneth Howard of Iuka, Floyd Raymond of Salem and Darrel LeRoy at home; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Nina ROSE of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Nellie May HOWE of N. Charleston, S.C. - all of whom survive. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines at Sandoval, and several years as a baker and farmer. He spent most of his life in Marion county. In Aug. 1923, he became a member of the Young’s Chapel Christian Church. Other survivors are: his father, Thomas J., of Salem; 1 brother, Frank, of Tucson, Ariz.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary PARISH of Salem, and Mrs. Bessie NICOLAY of Sandoval; 10 grandchildren, 1 foster son, Warrner GILES of Salem. Preceding him in death were his mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and 3 grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy MULVANEY, of Alma, will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. in the basement of the Methodist Church in Alma on Sunday, Feb. 17.
- Mr. and Mrs. Len VASIL of Lawton, Okla. have a son born Feb. 10 named Richard Scott. The mother is the former Shirley HOWELL and the maternal grandmother is Mrs. Lois HOWELL of this city.
- Marion M. HINES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES of Chicago and former residents of this community, was picked as the "Soldier of the month" for January at Camp Polk, La. He entered the service Aug. 8, 1956. His address is Leesville, La.
- Mrs. Gail KLINE RICHARDS, 68, died at the home of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE Tuesday evening. Services will be held from the Methodist Church Friday, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by 3 brothers, Chester and Merle KLINE, Kinmundy, and Eugene KLINE of St. Joseph, Mo., and 2 sisters, Mrs. Garnet CHAMBERS, South Gate, Calif., and Mrs. Lois GREENWOOD, Kinmundy.
- Visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN Tuesday to help him celebrate his birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and daughter, Joyce, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and daughter, Sharon.
- Effective Feb. 28, the section crew employed by the C. & E.I. R.R. here will be discontinued. In fact, all crews between Woodland Junction south of Watseka and Salem will be done away with. Three sections will be established at Riley, Villa Grove, and Findlay.
Feb. 21, 1957:
- From the Pages of History, a picture of A.W. SONGER, and a picture of the old SONGER Mill, afterwards known as INGRAM’s Mill, which is still standing. (Two photos were included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB were dinner guests Tuesday of Mr. and Mrs. George COLE in honor of Mr. and Mrs. COLE’s 43rd wedding anniversary.
- Funeral services were held for Mrs. Gail RICHARDS, Feb. 15th at the Kinmundy Methodist Church, the Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was made in the Evergreen Cemetery. Lola Gail, eldest daughter of Calvin and Maggie KLINE, was born Jan. 23rd, 1889 in Omega twp. and died at the home of her brother, Merle, at the age of 68 years and 20 days. She attended three years of high school in Kinmundy and graduated from the Salem H.S. in 1911 where she received her certificate to teach in the public school but chose the profession of teaching piano instead, which she followed for a number of years. In her early teens she was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Camp Ground. She was married June 30, 1917 to Will C. RICHARDS of Nebraska. They established a home on their farm near Elm Creek. She and her husband joined the Methodist Church at Williamsburg in 1920 where they were loyal and devoted members. Her husband died Aug. 20, 1941. Several years later she joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church where her membership remains. In March of 1954, she came to Illinois to be with her mother for awhile, but shortly afterwards she was stricken with a malady that resulted in a long illness that kept her from returning to her home. After the passing of her mother on Jan. 25, 1956, she has made her home at the homes of her two brothers and her sister near Kinmundy. Those of her family preceding her in death are her father, mother, one brother, Loren, and a sister, Mrs. Ruby TAYLOR. Surviving are 3 brothers, Chester of Alma, Eugene of St. Joe, Mo., and Merle of Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Garnet CHAMBERS of South Gate, Calif., and Mrs. Lois GREENWOOD of Kinmundy. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Word was received here last week by Gilbert DOOLEN, Secretary of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. announcing the death of Maynard Eugene WYSE, which occurred Feb. 6 after a plane accident. He was buried Feb. 13 in Billings, Mont., which was his home. The deceased was a former resident of this city, coming here with the oil boom. He was more familiarly known as "Buck".
- Marcia Lynne HANNA: Marcia Lynne, 4 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, died Thursday enroute to Centralia Hospital. She had been ill for sometime, having taken several x-ray treatments in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis for cancer. Services were held Sunday from the Methodist Church, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. She was born the daughter of Harvey and Helen LAUGHBAUM HANNA, born in Salem on Oct. 7, 1956, and died Feb. 14, 1957 after an illness of 2 months. Survivors are her parents, a brother, Matthew, age 2, seven aunts and six uncles.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell DISS of Tampa, Fla. are the parents of a daughter born Feb. 16 named Cynthia Renee. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS of this city and Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY of Tampa.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.D. HEADLEY of Princeton, Ind. have a daughter, Shirley Ann, born Feb. 13 in St. Mary’s Hospital at Evansville. The mother is the former Lucille NICHOLS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on Feb. 15 named Elizabeth Ann. The mother is the former Nancy BLACKWELL.
- Word was received here Feb. 19 that Robert RUDELL died in St. Clara’s Hospital at Lincoln that day. Services will probably be Sunday in Drumwright, Okla. where interment will be made. Mrs. RUDELL is the former Pearl MANION JIMMERSON.
- A farewell potluck supper will be held Feb. 22nd in the basement of the Methodist Church in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK who are leaving to make their home in Alexis.
- Feb. 17, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MULVANEY of Alma, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Open House was held in the basement of the Methodist Church in Alma from 2 to 4 pm. More than 100 relatives and friends registered. Mrs. Leroy SWIFT had charge of the guest book. The 4 tiered wedding cake was topped by a bride and groom and was baked and decorated by the daughters, Mrs. Paul SWIFT and Mrs. Bill CALDWELL. Music was furnished by the little Whitney Sisters of Brown vicinity accompanied by their sister, Miss Joyce MULVANEY. (A list of those from out-of-town attending was included.)
- Mrs. Lila MARLOW, residing north of Farina, and Pete BUTTS, a highly esteemed farmer residing in Meacham twp., were married Friday in Altamont. They will make their home on the bride’s farm.
- Word was received here Sunday of the death of J. Harold CASSIDY of Webster Groves, Mo., which occurred that morning. Services were held Tuesday and interment made there. He is survived by his wife, Jennie nee PHILLIPS, and one son, John. The CASSIDYs will be remembered here as former residents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon spent Friday night and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and children were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. COLCLASURE of Farina. The occasion was in honor of the 91st birthday of great-grandma, Mrs. Sivilla COLGLAZIER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY called on Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT Friday afternoon.
- Private Kenneth E. FORD left Tuesday for Ft. George Mead, Md. after spending a 30 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Sunday.
- Pvt. Kenneth BUNDY left Friday to report back to duty at Ft. Belvoir, Va. after a few days furlough here with his mother, Mrs. Eunice BUNDY, and other relatives and friends.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis O’DELL of Carbondale, Mrs. C.C. BASSETT and Mrs. Effie ROBB spent Sunday evening in St. Louis.
Feb. 28, 1957:
- Old Pictures of the school were included with the following caption: "The old and the new 47 years ago - yes it is the old school. J.R. MAHAN says ‘Just as soon as I graduated, they tore down the building.’ Below is the laying of the cornerstone of the present high school building."
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and children and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and family were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Otto REESE Sunday for the birthdays of Misses Patti WILLIAMS and Marsha Lynn BASSETT.
- A dinner was enjoyed at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS in honor of his birthday Sunday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. William WHITESIDE and Mr. and Mrs. Roy CONN of East Alton, Mr. and Mrs. Merl NULL and Mrs. Nancy JOHNSON of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie PHILLIPS and daughters of Flora; and Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Errett PIXLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Oris SUNDAY and daughter of Clay City, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie HALFACRE of Odin, Rev. A. Vance COMER and Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne LINDER of Sandoval, Rosco OLDEN and son, Alva, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and Wanda and Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER and family were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin Sunday for Alva’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and son, Garry, enjoyed a birthday dinner for his mother, Mrs. Grace SOLDNER at the home of Herbert ERNST near Farina Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Earl SCHNEIDER and son were also present.
- A birthday dinner was held Sunday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.I. LEACH, in honor of Mr. LEACH’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Carl ARMSTRONG of Flora, Mr. and Mrs. Loren LEACH, Mrs. Floyd LEACH and Mr. and Mrs. Herman LEACH and sons, Joe and Jon, of Louisville. Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEACH of Pinckneyville were unable to attend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY are parents of twins, a boy and a girl, born Feb. 22 in Vandalia Hospital. The boy Ronald Ray, weighed 4 lbs. 14 oz., and the girl, Rhonda Faye, weighed 4 lbs. 2 oz. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray MULVANEY and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY. The twins great-grandfather is J.C. McCARTY.
- Mr. and Mrs. William LYONS, Tolono, have named their first child, Michael Paul. He was born Sunday in Burnham Hospital in Champaign. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William M. LYONS of Champaign. Mr. LYONS is signal maintainer for the Illinois Central in Tolono.
- Monday was the last day for the filing of petitions for candidates for city offices. According to Robert LEE, City Clerk, the following petitions have been filed: For Mayor - F.O. GRISSOM; For Clerk - Robert LEE; for Treasurer - Glenn DOOLEN; For Alderman: Ward 1 - Clifton LEMAY; Ward 2 - P.H. ROBNETT; Ward 3 - Clifford OLDEN.
- We received a note from Mrs. Helen BUSWELL BROSNAHAN of Springfield this week announcing the death of her uncle, John SCHOENBORN of Parsons, Kansas, which occurred Feb. 22 at his home. Services and interment were made there Monday. John was born and reared in this community. After serving in the Spanish-American War, he worked for various railroads as a telegraph operator. He retired from railroading several years ago and along with his wife, has traveled extensively throughout the United States. Some time ago he developed a heart condition, which attributed to his cause of death. He leaves a wife, and one brother, Tom SCHOENBORN of Petersburg, Ill.
- Miss Carolyn ALBERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, and Miss Sue GRAGG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon GRAGG of Alma, were the lucky girls whose names were drawn from the K-A High School to appear on Champaign television, WCIA, on March 21. These girls along with other girls will model formals made by Mrs. Nina CHEATUM.
- Both the Democrat and Republican township caucuses were held a week ago Saturday. The Democrats nominated the present township officers, who are as follows: Assessor - Charles BOYD; Town Clerk - Wilma BOUGHERS; Justice of the Peace - Norman BLACKBURN; Constable - T.E. TROUT. The Republicans filed the following names: Town Clerk - Adina LEMAY; Assessor - Walter LAMBIRD; Justices of the Peace - John G. PHILLIPS and James Ershel JENKINS.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Funeral services were held Saturday at McMackin Funeral Home in Salem for Mrs. Evelyn FOSTER, sister of Mrs. Helen MEYER.
- Miletus: Wedding bells rang in our community recently when Pete BUTTS and Mrs. Lila MARLOW were married.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were Effingham visitors, Thursday.
March 7, 1957:
- An old picture of girls in front of a school was included.
- Former Kinmundy lad killed in auto accident near Bowling Green, Saturday: Word was received here Saturday of the accidental death of Billie SHAFFER that morning near Bowling Green, Mo. Billie, 15, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Darrell ZILLMER of Louisiana, Mo., and it is our understanding that he had started to Bowling Green, Mo. to get his paycheck from a nursery for which he had worked parttime, and somewhere between the towns, he lost control of his car and was killed instantly. Another boy who was with him suffered only minor injuries. Billie’s father, John H. SHAFFER, met with an accidental death a few years ago when he was struck by a train at the crossing in Brubaker. Survivors are his mother, a brother, Tom, and a sister, Helen Ann; and a grandmother, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER. Services were held at the Mudd Funeral Home in Bowling Green, Sunday, after which the body was taken to Bettendorf, Iowa near Davenport, where services were held Tuesday and interment made in Summit Cemetery there. Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILKINS and Mr. and Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE and children attended the services in Bowling Green Sunday. Other relatives going to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ZILLMER were Mr. and Mrs. Buddie SHAFFER and son of Granite City; Mr. and Mrs. Ira SHAFFER and family of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY of Iuka; Mrs. Anna SHAFFER, Donald SHAFFER and children, Nora and Jerry, and Ivan WILKINS.
- A stork shower was given for Mrs. Donnie THOMPSON Friday at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Cliff OLDEN. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Eugene COCKRELL Dies: Eugene COCKRELL, 63, stepson of the late Hattie COCKRELL, and brother to Clark COCKRELL of Salem died at his home in Lamara, Iowa, Feb. 22, from a heart attack. Services and interment were made there. He leaves a wife.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB have a son born Feb. 27 in Salem Hospital named Bruce Allan. This makes the ROBBs six sons.
- Sarah MILLER: Sarah, daughter of Anderson and Nancy TATE McGEE, was born in Cumberland Co., Virginia on March 11, 1859. She was the eldest of 8 children, all of whom preceded her in death. She died at her home in Kinmundy on March 1, 1957. At an early age, she moved with her parents to Illinois. She married Theodore MILLER in Central City on Sept. 26, 1888. They had 8 children: Walter of Lincoln; Nell WILSON of Kinmundy; George of Danville; Margaret REINHARDT of Los Angeles; Ted of Lansing, Mich.; Bill of Tuscola; Lulu KNECHT, now deceased; and Sarah, who died at the age of two. There were also three stepchildren reared by this mother: Mrs. Maude JOLIFF, Centralia; Mrs. Ida PARKER, Terre Haute, Ind.; and Jack, now deceased. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was converted at an early age and after moving from their farm home in the Shanghai community to town, she became a member of the local Christian Church. Services were held Sunday from the Christian Church, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of relatives attending from out of town was included.)
- James McHATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, of this city, has received a congratulations letter from the Dean of Education at SIU, commending him on his 4.44 average for the fall quarter. He is a Junior at the University.
- Bessie NEAVILL: Elizabeth, eldest of 3 daughters of Elizabeth and Charles BRAND, was born in Chicago, Nov. 29, 1888, where she grew to womanhood and received her education. On Sept. 29, 1909, at her home in Chicago, she married Charles WHITE, of Kinmundy, and they made their home in Chicago, where he was employed, later moving to Kinmundy to enter the coal and feed business. They had a son, Glen. On Feb. 20, 1923, the husband and father died, leaving the wife and young son. She continued the business for sometime. In March 1938, she married James NEAVILL and moved with him to his home in the south part of town. After his death, the son wishing his mother near him, moved her into a small home close by at which place she died on Feb. 28, 1957. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors 569, and Rosedale Rebekah Lodge 371. She is survived by her son, Glen, and wife Alecia; 3 grandsons, Charles, James, and David WHITE; a great-granddaughter, Glenette, and a great-grandson, Charles WHITE; also 2 sisters, Mrs. Florence SCANLON of Chicago; and Mrs. Rosa HOLLAND of Allegan, Mich. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of relatives attending from out of town was included.)
- Gray DAVIS: Gray Davis was born Jan. 29, 1900 in Kinmundy, and died March 1, 1957. He was the second son of James Luther and Margaret MORRIS DAVIS. He married Bertha HANNA on Sept. 8, 1919, and they had 9 children, one son, Robert Gray, having preceded him in death. Besides his wife, he leaves the following children: Mrs. Martha ANDERSON, Mrs. Billie GRADY, Mrs. Vivienne DANCO; James, Charles, Wayne, Mrs. Carol SNYDER, and Mrs. Judy YORDY. There were 17 grandchildren. He also leaves a widowed mother, Mrs. J.L. DAVIS; 2 brothers, Morris and Roy; and a sister, Mrs. Lauralee NELSON. Mr. DAVIS was baptized a Christian as a youth, and was a Methodist all his adult life. He joined the Methodist Church in Kinmundy as a young mother, and together with his wife, transferred their membership to the Embury Methodist Church of Chicago when the family established residence in this city. Short services were held in Chicago Sunday, and the body arrived in Kinmundy on Monday where another service was held at the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. RANKIN of Chicago, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude ROSE will hold open house to their friends and relatives March 10th in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.
- HAYCOCK-MORRIS: Miss Joyce HAYCOCK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mart HAYCOCK of Flora, and Marlin MORRIS, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS of Flora were married March 3, 1957 at the Methodist church in Flora. The groom chose his brother, Jack, to be his best man, and another brother, Darrell, was groomsman. Among those attending were Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING, and Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cleo MULVANEY have purchased the Barbee Help Yourself Laundry from Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE, along with the property.
- Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE have purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE have moved to the residence property vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL and family just west of the subway and will operate the Phillips 66 Station.
- Mr. and Mrs. SILL have purchased the residence property of Mrs. Ella BRENIZER in the north part of town and has moved therein. Mrs. BRENIZER has moved to Patoka.
- Mr. SILL has moved his used car lot business from the curve to the Jahraus Building and lot just south of the bank.
- E.E. JAHRAUS has moved into his south building.
- Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER have purchased the W.M. HUMPHREY property and will moved therein this week.
- Mrs. Effie ROBB moved Tuesday to the Clyde BASSETT property west of the Christian Church.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Anna SHAFFER received a message Saturday that her grandson, Billy SHAFFER, was killed in a car accident Saturday morning. He’s the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ZILLMAN of Louisiana. His father, John SHAFFER, was killed at the railroad crossing in Brubaker about 6 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. J.T. (Boots) WILKINS left Saturday to be with the family. Mrs. Anna SHAFFER, Donald SHAFFER, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY left Sunday for Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ZILLMAN’s home in Louisiana. Services were held at the McGinnis Funeral Home Tuesday in Benttendorf, Iowa.
March 14, 1957:
- An old picture of several men standing on Kinmundy’s main street was included with the following caption: "These men didn’t bring the snow which you see in the picture, but they did bring limestone to our community just forty years ago. This picture was taken in front of the First National Bank. Some of these men are still living. Do you recognize them?"
- The History of Kinmundy to be printed and distributed free with the Express: Kinmundy is 100 years old but what happened 100 years ago very few of our people know. Just what happened in Kinmundy even 75 years ago is little known. Fifty years is a long time and some few are remembering some of the things which happened that long ago. More are remembering 25, 15, 10, 5 and just a year ago. We have practically every bit of this history recorded in the newspaper files in this office. And we are going to give you the history of Kinmundy. This history will be printed in a magazine form on a nice white book paper which will last for ages, and will be distributed free for every one of our subscribers. This will mean approximately 1000 copies will be given away free if extra copies are desired, they may be had for a very small extra charge. This history will carry you back to the time when the Indians roamed this very ground on which the city now stands. It will give you some of the history of the building of Illinois Central and the laying out of the town. And it will bring you down through the past 100 years to the present day. There will be pictures galore in this magazine section. Anyone wishing a picture of themselves, their family, their ancestors, or anyone whom they think contributed to the welfare of our fair city of surrounding territory, can have their desires fulfilled. We are aware that our surrounding community is just as important as our city itself. In fact, we know that if it were not for the surrounding community, we would have no city. So we are considering the surround territory very much.
- A large group of friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clark HAMPSTEN Sunday to help him celebrate his birthday with a potluck supper. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe SIMPSON and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Bill FOGLER and son, Dennie, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil HAMPSTEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Glen HAMPSTEN and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harlas KRUTSINGER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ed MOODY and Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSTON and children, Mr. and Mrs. Robert SILL and family, and Roy HANKS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Judy were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem were supper guests. They were celebrating Mack’s birthday.
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON of Salem on Tuesday in honor of Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and son, Gene’s, birthdays. Those attending: Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters of Clay City, Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Miss Shirley BAILEY, and the host and hostess and their children.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT last Tuesday night in honor of Frank’s birthday anniversary. Refreshments of cake, pie, and coffee were served. Those enjoying the evening were Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- Pvt. Gerald CHEADLE of the U.S. Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE, has completed his basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo., and has been transferred to Aberdeen, Md., where he is attending Troop school.
- Olga WITWER Dies: Word was received here this morning (Wednesday) of the death of Mrs. Olga WITWER, which occurred earlier in the morning at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. She had recently entered Barnes for treatment. She has been an invalid since May 30, 1954, having suffered a broken hip at that time. Although she was hospitalized, her death came rather unexpected. Her husband, Rufus WITWER, died about 4 years ago. She is survived by an only child, Thelma, now Mrs. Cyrl KOCOUR of Riverside, Ill. The body will be brought here to the Linton Funeral Home, and interment will be made in the mausoleum in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT visited at the Junior, Carroll and Jack GARRETT homes Sunday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marshall ROSE, Wednesday night.
March 21, 1957:
- A portrait of John F. DONOVAN was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON celebrated their Golden Wedding Wed. March 13th: Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON visited in West Frankfort from Wednesday until Friday of last week with Mr. and Mrs. H.B. WILKINSON. On Wednesday they were honored with a buffet supper, the occasion being their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The following original wedding announcement was included: "A quiet wedding took place at the M.E. parsonage Wed. morning March 13, 1907, the contracting parties being Mr. Claude E. WILKINSON and Miss Estelle DENNISON. The wedding was to have occurred on Tuesday evening previous, but on account of the rain and unfavorable condition of the roads, it was thought best to postpone the ceremony till Wed. morning. Rev. J.B. CUMMINS was the officiating minister. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. WILKINSON, and is a prosperous young farmer and school teacher and has a home, two miles south of this city, prepared for his bride. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. A.A. DENNISON, residing two miles east of this city, and is a graduate of the Kinmundy High School and is a talented and highly respected young lady. Their many friends wish them a long and happy married life." (from March 21, 1907 files.) Immediately after their marriage, this couple went to their farm home 2 miles south of Kinmundy. Here they lived for 5 years. They then moved to town where Claude and his brother-in-law, Roy TELFORD, entered the implement, hay and grain business under the firm name of TELFORD & WILKINSON. After 11 years, this partnership was dissolved and the WILKINSON’s went to live in West Frankfort where they remained for a year, then moving to Centralia, where they made their home for several years, then to Evansville, Ind., where Claude was employed in a defense plant. Nine years ago they returned to Kinmundy to help care for his aged mother and he also sold insulation, awnings and storm windows. Two years ago he was appointed mail messenger for the local postoffice but has been off on a leave of absence since November due to sciatic arthritis. Mr. and Mrs. WILKINSON had one son, Howard, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1929 at the age of 20.
- Phyllis SEE and Edith TATE of Iuka attended the Southern District Unit of National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association in Centralia March 17.
- Olga WITWER: Olga, youngest of the four children of Jacob and Elizabeth NELSON, was born in Kinmundy, June 30, 1886. Reared in a Christian home, she early in life became regular in attendance at the Methodist Church of which her father was the treasurer for many years. On Dec. 2, 1903, she married Rufus W. WITWER of Kinmundy, and here they made their home, he being owner of the Witwer Brick Manufacturing Plant and a member of the firm of Witwer Bros. General Store. They had one daughter, Thelma Elizabeth. Later the family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Mr. WITWER entered the real estate and investment business, and Mrs. WITWER operated a small mercantile business, where she enjoyed the contact and friendship of the public from 1928 to 1945. The husband died Aug. 20, 1952. Her father, mother, and two sisters, Ivy and Christine, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Cyril KOCOUR of Riverside, Ill.; and a brother, Lares NELSON of Spokane, Wash. She died March 13, 1957 in Barnes Hospital. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating with interment in the mausoleum in Evergreen Cemetery.
- A March birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. LOWE on March 17 in honor of the birthdays of the following: Fletcher COLE, Mack ROBB, Tom HELPINGSTINE, Sam E. LOWE, and Mrs. R.H. GREEN. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and daughters, Debbie, Susan and Paula Mae of St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr and Mrs. R.H. GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and daughter, Joyce Ann, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER spent Friday with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and children and helped Mrs. LOY celebrate her birthday.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY and great-granddaughter, Barbara BASSETT were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS of Flora, Friday. In the afternoon they attended the birthday dinner of Linda MORRIS, age 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell MORRIS of Flora.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE and daughters attended a dinner in honor of the birthday of Cy JONES near Xenia Sunday.
- Mrs. Darrell REESE and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON were co-hostesses to a party held at Mrs. REESE’s home March 12 in honor of their daughters, Misses Nelda REESE and Linda WILKINSON’s 8th birthdays. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur MULVANEY Sunday in honor of their children, Larry Lee and Ella Fern’s birthdays which were the 16th and 18th. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD Thursday. Earl’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mary HARRELL: Mrs. Edwin HARRELL passed to her Eternal Rest March 17, 1957, from the Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Vandalia, where she became a patient February 9, 1957. Mary Elizabeth, daughter of John and Rebecca HULL SHEPARD, was born November 14, 1869, near Kinmundy. She was one of five children, three of whom preceded her to their Heavenly Home, the brother, Daniel, in early manhood, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah FORD and Mrs. Virginia JAHRAUS. Her surviving sister, Mrs. Grace CRAIG, lives in LaCrosse, Wash. Others of the immediate family who mourn their loss are three nephews, John FORD, Alma; Glenn JAHRAUS, Kinmundy; and Forrest CRAIG, Hooper, Wash. Also nieces, Mrs. Irene SEE BRASEL, Hoopeston; Mrs. Eunice KETTLES, Chicago; Miss Edith SEE, White Plains, N.Y.; and Mrs. Winifred LAMWERSIEK, St. Louis. She was reared in a Christian home and early in life accepted its faith for her spiritual guide. She was educated at the Sherman district school, Farina high school, and attended Austin College in Effingham. As a young woman, she began a teaching career in the Marion Co. schools and became one of their most successful, most highly esteemed, and best loved teachers. On March 14, 1909, she was married to Edwin HARRELL, who took his bride to their home in Meacham Township, two and one-half miles east of Kinmundy, where they lived continuously for 46 years, until his death on March 9, 1955. In September of 1950, Mrs. HARRELL suffered a fractured hip in a fall and spent her latter years a semi-invalid. Her many friends will long remember her thoughtful consideration of them, her cheerful disposition, and the regard with which she cherished her home. We call it death, this slipping of earthly moorings ... And drifting with the ebbing tide away ... But it is only the passing thru the shadows ... Into a life of endless day. Funeral services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m., Rev. Forrest CROUCH, of Alma, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Stage Curtain Jamboree: Basketball fans, music lovers and everyone else who would like an evening of fun should plan to attend the Stage Curtain Jamboree March 23 at the new high school gymnasium. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. when the PTA Chorus will take us back about a century with their songs and costumes of long ago. Then the high school band will bring us back to the present with modern Rock and roll numbers. The Jug Band will entertain, too with coke bottles and jugs. The Bearded Lady Twirlers will be making their debut in this area. The concluding event will be a basketball game which will probably be the one to end all basketball games. Fathers and grandfathers who have been so liberal with their advice to high school and grade school players during the past season will make up one team demonstrating just how the game should be played. Enos ‘Can’t Miss’ LIETZ and ‘Sure Shot’ McGEE will be playing with this group which is managed by Cliff OLDEN. The team appropriately known as ‘OLDEN’s Old Ones’ will include Carroll GARRETT, Gene HELM, Andy WINKS, Donald SHAFFER, Charles BASSETT, Bob ‘Pettit’ LEE, Paul MONTGOMERY, Fred BOYD, Glenn WHITE, Paul SWIFT, Fred GAMMON, Freddie MISELBROOK, and Gene DONOHO. Johnny JOHNSON’s Jumpin’ Jacks will furnish the opposition. It will be fun to see the boys we watched not so long ago in action again. Yarlie JONES, Rich FORD, Soup CHASTEEN, Norman ‘the Stilt’ SULLIVAN and Toad DOUDERA will be among those playing. It is expected that the high school crowd will be seated in the Jumpin Jacks’ cheering section with Dorothy DOOLEN, Mary JONES, Karen JONES, and Barbara DOOLEN leading the cheers. Do you remember when Millie BASSETT, Gene BUCHKA, Kathleen DAY and Pola ROBB were doing the cartwheels in front of the stands? They’ll lead the cheering for Olden’s Old Ones. Funds from the even will help pay for the beautiful turquoise and gray stage curtains that have recently been purchased by the PTA at a total cost of $911.
- The FFA Chapter in Kinmundy will be sponsoring a tree planting demonstration March 21 at the Lewis J.T. O’DELL farm north of town.
- Miss Kathy ERVIN and Miss Julie DIETRICH of Salem, Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM of Effingham, Mrs. Donnie CHEATUM of Champaign, Miss Sue GRAGG of Alma, Miss Carolyn ALBERSON and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM will appear on Champaign’s television station WCIA channel 3 on March 21. The girls will model formals made by Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM.
- A public hearing will be conducted by the Illinois Commerce Commission at the Courthouse in Salem on March 26 concerning the closing of the C. & E.I. depot in Kinmundy. Citizens of Kinmundy are expected to show cause why it should not be closed.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES spent Monday with their mother, Mrs. W.H. JONES. They were remembering their 35th wedding anniversary.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB spent Thursday in Charleston with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited with Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Sunday afternoon.
- Revival services will start in Arnold Chapel Church on the Vernon charge March 24, and will continue thru April 7. Services will begin each evening at 7:30.
March 28, 1957:
- Old photos of W.H. GRAY, L.D. INGRAM, C.S. NEIL, Ellis WOLFE, E.W. DOOLEN, and H.L. WARREN were included.
- Pearl Alice TATE: Pearl Alice TATE, daughter of Thomas and Mary PICKEL BERRY, was born in Clay county, March 22, 1883, and died March 21, 1957 at the home of a daughter, Helen PITTMAN, in Urbana, Ill., following an illness of many years. In 1895, she became a member of the Methodist Church. On Dec. 15, 1900, she married Otis G. TATE and they had 11 children. Surviving are 7 children: Herbert, James, Otis, and Ina Mae, all of Kinmundy; Helen PITTMAN, Urbana; Geneva VANDYKE, Ivesdale; and John, Green Bay, Wis.; 1 sister, Zella WILDERMAN, Centralia; 1 brother, James BERRY, Piper City, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband and 4 sons preceded her in death. Services were held from the Stonecipher Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiating. Interment in Elder Cemetery. (A list of those traveling from a distance was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Orval GORDON, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON, Donnie and Terry, Mrs. Maude FURRY, Mrs. Clyde PERRY, and Mr. and Mrs. Elroy RUNGE spent Sunday in St. Louis with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. FURRY and daughter. In the evening, they all attended services where little Glenda FURRY was baptized. Her sponsors were her uncle Junior GORDON and aunt Betty RUNGE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee DOOLEN of Everett, Wash. have a daughter born March 25 named Patricia Lee. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN.
- Orie H. WAINSCOTT Dies: Orie H. WAINSCOTT, 71, died Saturday in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago. Services were held in Chicago Monday and the body taken to Greenville, Miss. for interment. He was the son of the late Moses and Sarah COLE WAINSCOTT. He was born March 3, 1888, and educated in the country schools and graduated from the Kinmundy H.S. with the class of 1907. He graduated from the University of Illinois 4 years later as a civil engineer (DFM note: In the April 4, 1957 paper, a correction was made that he graduated from Purdue University and not the University of Illinois), and entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad. A few years ago, his health failed and he was forced to give up his work. He is survived by his wife, Louise; a son, Jack; the daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, all of Chicago. He also leaves 3 sisters, Mrs. Effie WAINSCOTT, Springfield; Mrs. Grace SPURLIN, Vandalia; and Mrs. Elsie REESE, Kinmundy.
- The Kinmundy Cemetery Association held it’s annual meeting March 23 at the offices of the Kinmundy Building and Loan with President Fred KLEISS, presiding. The Assoc. has $297.55 cash on hand, and $792.58 on savings account. There is also $23, 237.50 on deposit in perpetual care accounts. At the election of officers, C.F. GAMMON and Lura ROBNETT were elected to a full 3 year term on the Board of Directors; Fred KLEISS was elected President; Alta BAGOTT, Vice-Pres.; R.R. ATKINS, Sec.; and I.D. INGRAM, Treas. E.O. ZIMMER was employed as caretaker for the coming year.
- John SHAW Dies: John SHAW, 83, died at his home in the Arnold Chapel community Thursday. Services were held from the Arnold Chapel Church with Rev. Cecil LOWE of Bridgeport, officiating. Interment was in Sandy Branch Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lillie; and 11 children: Delbert and Cecil, Salem; Virgil, Lexington; Mrs. Bertha McLAUGHLIN and Mrs. Edith Lynch, Decatur; Mr. Veda MILLER, Mrs. Lois GILBERT and Miss Alice SHAW, Peoria; Mrs. Mildred WALKER, Wheeler; Mrs. Lela KRUGER, Breese; Mrs. Agnes BASS, Robinson; also a grandson, James BRUMFIELD, Rockford, was taken into the home and grew to manhood there; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Hulda BOSLEY, Carmi, and Mrs. Pearl HILLARD, Mt. Carmel.
- Rebecca ZIEGLER Dies: Mrs. Rebecca ZIEGLER, 95, died in a nursing home in Odin Monday morning. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where the services were held Tuesday, Rev. A. Vance COMER, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Rebecca L. ZIEGLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. ELDER, was born in Cook county March 3, 1862, and died March 24, 1957. She lived in Kinmundy most of her life. She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church. She was married to Jackson H. ZEIGLER in 1880, and they had 6 children. She is survived by her daughter, Lillie HEEG, and 4 grandchildren, Mrs. Francis HAUGHT, Mrs. J.D. McNELLY, Mrs. Homer DeTRAY, and LeRoy HEEG, Springfield, Ohio. She also leaves 7 great-grandchildren. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN Saturday night in honor of their son, Beryl’s, 13th birthday. Attending were Carolyn WILKINS, Patty OLDEN, Frances HIESTAND, Marolyn ALBERSON, Chuck GARRETT, Dennie GRAY, Billie OLDEN, Charles LUX, Donnie and Dennis KEEN and the honoree.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN of St. Peter have a son born March 20 in the Vandalia Hospital named Howard Keith, Jr. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES ate Sunday dinner March 3 with Mr. and Mrs. Tom GARRETT and Tommie. It was Francis’ 78th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK of Greenfield were Sunday dinner guests of their mother, Mrs. Esther GEORGE. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEICHER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and family. Mrs. Gene JEZEK’s birthday was being remembered.
- Listen to the Kinmundy News starting this Saturday and every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. presented by the First National Bank of Kinmundy. WJBD Salem. 1350 on your dial.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pearl WHITE and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN and family attended a wiener roast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES and family Sunday. Birthdays of Kathy and Mickey WHITE, Lenora and Leroy ALLEN, and Aaron and Patricia YATES were being remembered.
April 4, 1957:
- A sketch of a car was included with the following written underneath, "The above is a facsimile of a 1917 Overland Touring car owned and operated by Fred GAMMON and Sons, and being driven by Fred. He purchased the car in Decatur last year, and now, with the help of Mr. Harry GEILER, has it purring just like a kitten."
- Edwin WORMLEY, 86, retired I.C. station agent, funeral services held Thursday: Edwin WORMLEY, youngest child of Englehart and Caroline RHINESMITH WORMLEY was born in a log cabin at Kinsman, Ill. on Dec. 3, 1870, and died at his home in Kinmundy on March 25, 1957. When 2 years of age, he moved with his parents to a farm southwest of Alma, where he lived until his parents died, when he was yet a small boy, 6 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Smith McCULLOUGH opened their home to the 3 WORMLEY children, namely, Frank, Mae, and Edwin and reared him to manhood. Edwin began his railroad career in 1891, working in Montana and South Dakota. On Jan. 1, 1896, he was employed at Alma, Ill., by the Illinois Central Railroad and worked for this Company for 57 years, serving various Stations along the road, as agent and operator, including 7 years at Savoy and 46 years at Kinmundy, where he was working at the time of his retirement in 1953. On Sept. 28, 1898, he was married at the ROHRBOUGH family home to Katherine GROVE. She died on Dec. 6, 1836. This couple had 3 children: Lorentz Englehart; Eugene, who died March 14, 1937; and Helen Katherine. His chief interests outside of his home and family were his garden, sports and traveling. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Telegraphers holding a Life Membership in that organization, member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M. and Kinmundy Chapter No. 606 O.E.S. He served 25 years as Secretary of the Board of Education, was member of the City Council, and had just recently retired as President of the Building and Loan Assoc. Besides those named, he leaves a daughter-in-law, Geneva S. WORMLEY of Sacramento, Calif.; a grandson, Dr. Lorentz E. WORMLEY of Yuba City, Calif.; granddaughter, Phyllis Jeanne ADAMS of Palo Alto, Calif.; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Orlando BRAKEMEYER, of Altamont, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. (A picture accompanied this obituary.)
- Mrs. Herschel SIMMONS Dies Saturday: Mrs. Laura SIMMONS, 51, died at her home in Salem, Saturday. She had been ill the past 2 years with cancer, and has been bedfast since November. Services were held Tuesday from the Bowman-Hancock Funeral Home in Salem, Rev. Ward FRY, officiating. Interment was made 5 miles west of Mt. Vernon. She is survived by her husband, Herschel SIMMONS; her 12 year old daughter, Mary Lee; her mother, Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY, residing west of Kinmundy; and 9 brothers and 1 sister, namely, Russell HEADLEY, Kinmundy; Leslie, Columbus, Mont.; Mark, Alton; David, St. Louis; Mabel DOOLEN, Kinmundy; Harvey, Lansing, Mich.; Hubert, St. Louis; Carl, Lansing, Wesley, Kinmundy; and Merle, Vernon. Mrs. SIMMONS taught school in Marion County for 23 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON have purchased the 40 acre tract of land from Mrs. Pearl LENHART, which is her home. It is her intention to move to town and soon as she can find a place to suit her. Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON live on what is known as the Chas. SEE farm in the same neighborhood. They own a 40 acre tract, known as the Sam Doll 40, which corners their new purchase. They also own another 40 acres along the Patoka blacktop, a part of the New WANTLAND farm.
- RM3 and Mrs. Neil BRASEL are the proud parents of a son born Friday, March 29, in the Vandalia Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. and has been named Steven Mark. The mother is the former Wanda GARRETT.
- The Junior Class of the high school is presenting their play in the new gym named "The Daffy Dills." The casts consists of Nolan McKITRICK, Joyce SMITH, Don HENKEN, Kathleen O’DELL, Dick DEADMOND, Phyllis WOOTERS, Dorothy SHAFFER, Kaye HAMMER, Margaret BOUSEMAN, Charles WINKS, Sara SIDENER, Edith WEST. Additional music will be provided by Virginia JAHRAUS on saxophone, and a Junior Sextette, and a skit by Dale HANKS, George EBLIN, Larry SULLIVAN and Jim COURSON.
- Mrs. Effie ROBB and Mrs. R.D. HANNA spent Sunday in St. James where they attended a Golden Wedding Anniversary Reception in honor of their cousin, Mr. and Mrs. John KRUSE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billie GRAY of Branford, Conn. have a daughter. Her paternal grandfather is Laverne GRAY.
- Miss Paulene SILL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL, was honored at a bridal shower at the home of her parents, Friday night. Miss SILL will become the bride of Leroy DISS April 19. Refreshments were serviced by the hostess and the co-hostess, Mrs. Oulrey HANKS. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL are the parents of a son born April 2 in Salem Hospital named Brad Leon. The mother is the former Nancy DEADMOND.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billie GRAY of Branford, Conn. have a daughter. Her paternal grandfather is Laverne GRAY.
- Herbert VANDEVEER lost several head of hogs this past week with cholera. There has been four fat ready for market, and 3 gilts die thus far. More sows and gilts have contract the disease. He estimates his whole herd will be lost which means a loss of at least $2000. He says he does not know where the disease came from for sure, but he does have several pigeons which come and fee in his lots, which are one of the worse known carriers of the disease. If you have some hogs and wish to vaccinate them, you will find serum at the Farm Bureau office in Salem.
- Miss Barbara DOOLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN, and Wayne SHANAFELT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl SHANAFELT of Alma, were married Saturday in the Methodist Church in this city by Rev. A. Vance COMER. They were attended by Miss Karen JONES and Ron WHITNEY. The couple will make their home in Vandalia where the bride is employed in the Farmers & Merchants bank in that city. The groom is still recovering from an accident which happened about a year ago when he attempted to lift a power line so an oil derrick could go under it.
- Not much interest shown in Township Elections but Meacham ends in a tie vote: Following is the vote Tuesday’s election
In Kinmundy twp.:
Charles BOYD, D. Prec. 1 - 162; Prec. 2 - 173
Walter LAMBIRD, R. Prec. 1 - 144; Prec. 2 - 40
For Town Clerk:
Wilma BOUGHERS, D. Prec. 1 -144; Prec. 2 - 148
Adina LEMAY, R. Prec. 1 - 58; Prec. 2 - 63
For Justices of the Peace (two to elect):
N.H. BLACKBURN, D. Prec. 1 - 111; Prec. 2 - 111
John PHILLIPS, R. Prec. 1 - 98; Prec. 2 - 110
James E. JENKINS, R. Prec. 1 - 82; Prec. 2 - 83
For Constable (two to elect):
T.E. TROUT, D. Prec. 1 - 112; Prec. 2 - 132
Robert MARSHALL, R. Prec. 1 - 6; Prec. 2 - 16
(MARSHALL was a write-in cand.)
In Alma twp., there was no competition except for Constable. According to reports, Sammie HIESTAND was elected to this office. Howard DOWNEY, R. and Cecil SHREFFLER, D., were elected to the officers of Town Clerk and Assessor, respectively. Wm. HESTER, R. and Ed McWHIRTER, D. were elected Justices of the Peace.
In Omega twp., the entire Democrat ticket was elected. Loren MIDDLETON, supervisor; Beulah JONES, town clerk; Andrew MULVANEY, Assessor; Masel HANKS and Clint KITCHEN, Justices of the Peace; and Noah KNISELEY and Hugo WAGONER, constables.
Meacham twp. went Republican with the exception of Supervisor. Kenneth PARRILL was elected town clerk; F.R. MISELBROOK, assessor; Victor YATES and Glen WELLS, Justices of the Peace; and Kenneth ELKINS, Constable. The race for Supervisor resulted in a tie vote in Meacham twp. Willie SLANE, R. and James HANKS, D. each receiving 99 votes. Now the question arises just what is to be done in a case of this kind. According to law, it will be decided by casting lots to be decided under the supervision of canvassers and the county judge.
- James ALEXANDER, who was inducted in the army two weeks ago, was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. From there, he went to Fort Dodge, Kan., and is now stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
- Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT is a medical patient in Salem Memorial Hospital. She is suffering from a severe heart attack. She is 96 years old and one of Kinmundy’s oldest residents. She has been living the past few years in Salem.
- Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Nora WHITNEY at Shiloh Church last Friday.
- Meacham: Last Sunday dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE were Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and Rickie of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER and son, Roy and Barbara FECHLER of Centralia. Dinner was in honor of Mrs. WEISS’ 79th birthday and Barbara COPPLE’s.
- In Memoriam of Andrew JACKSON, who died 2 years ago April 5, 1955. Sadly missed by wife, Nelda and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART and sons, Wayne and David, of East St. Louis, were dinner guests of their grandmother, Mrs. W.W. LOWE, Sunday. Mrs. HART’s birthday was being remembered.
- Misses Edith MORGAN, Grace and Ruby ARNOLD, Mesdames O.M. FISHER, G. Tom BALLANCE, C.F. PRUETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN attended the funeral of Mrs. Clarence CHANCE, Monday. Mrs. CHANCE is the mother of County Supt., Paul B. CHANCE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma, Thursday afternoon.
April 11, 1957:
- An old picture was included of W.W. NEIL, Kinmundy’s first undertaker.
- Lloyd EAGAN Dies: Lloyd EAGAN, 71, died in Chicago Sunday and was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where services were held. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiated with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was the son of Erasmus and Martha Jane JONES EAGAN. He was born in Kinmundy and grew to manhood here. He married Rena COCKRELL. They have resided in Chicago many years. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Kathleen MOSHER of Lawrence, Ind.; and 1 son, Edward of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; 3 sisters: Mrs. John PHILLIPS and Mrs. Herman WHITE of Salem; and Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS, Akron, Ohio; and 1 brother, Eldorus EAGAN, Harvey, Ill.
- Charles BLOMBERG left St. Louis by Delta Air Lines Friday for Corpus Christi, Texas to drive back by car his son, Howard, who was being transferred to another base.
- The formal opening of the new Trinity Church in Salem was held Sunday.
- Ira CONANT Dies: Ira CONANT, 74, died Saturday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora after a brief illness. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where services were held with Rev. SMITH of Flora officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by his wife; 2 sons, Emmett H. CONANT, Brentwood, Mo., and Billie D. CONANT, U.S. Navy; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Margaret NEEPER and Mrs. Martha REESE, Farina.
- Meacham Election Decided: The decision of who won the office of Supervisor in Meacham twp. in the tie vote between Willie SLANE, R. and James HANKS, D., both receiving 99 votes in the election. It was decided that 2 numbers would be placed in a hat, and each candidate draw a number. The one drawing the highest number would be declared the winner. Kenneth PARRILL, town clerk, conducted the drawing. Mr. SLANE drew the number 8, and Mr. HANKS drew the number 7, so Mr. SLANE was declared the winner and will serve as supervisor another 4 years.
- The Kinmundy Lumber Co. has purchased the Dr. MILLER building and will use it for storage.
- Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA have purchased the Alice MILLER residence and are preparing to move therein soon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl HAMMER of Decatur have a daughter born March 23 and named Tina Marianne.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank BLACK of Carbondale spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. ARNOLD of Northlake, and Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS and family were dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. ARNOLD of Ashley, Sunday. Dinner was in honor of their son, Pvt. Robert ARNOLD, who will soon leave for Fort BRAGG, N.C.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL of Carbondale spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- Mrs. Ener ZIMMER held a surprise birthday party at her home, Tuesday morning, in honor of Mrs. John McCULLEY’s birthday. Present were Mrs. Bob LEE, Mrs. Charity GRAY, Mrs. Guy BARBEE, Mrs. Thurman McCULLEY and the honoree.
- Mrs. Doris MANESS, in honor of her daughter, Miss Kathy Sue’s 1st birthday, entertained Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert OUTHOUSE, George MULVANEY and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON.
April 18, 1957:
- A photo of the 1929-30 Kinmundy High School basketball team was included.
- In the regular school election held Saturday, James HANKS received 277 votes; P.H. ROBNETT, 225 votes; and Mack GARRETT, 82. GARRETT’s name was not printed on the ballot but was written in by friends in protest to the present administration of the local school.
- Mr. and Mrs. George KARAM of Manchester, N. Hampshire, are the parents of a son born April 1 named George Anthony. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER.
- Paul WEST is a patient in the Veteran’s Hospital in Marion. He broke his leg last week which had been injured a few years ago, while in the service. He will be in a cast for sometime.
- Crain’s Café Burglarized: Somebody or something broke in to CRAIN’s Café Sunday night or early Monday morning by forcing an entrance thru the back door. Mr. CRAIN said if it was a person, he was satisfied this person could not read because a sign on the back door reads, "Please enter through front door." $25 in change was missing from the cash register. Sheriff HOSKINSON was called and he picked up a few clues. The money was insured.
- The Meacham Worthwhile 4-H Club met at the home of Mrs. Irwin PARRILL April 11th. 4-H projects were selected and the following officers were elected: President, Rosa Lee PARRILL; Vice President, Patti WILLIAMS; Secretary, Donna STORCK; Recreation Leader, Patty Ann MALONE; Reporter, Arline HARRELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS have purchased the property where they live near the C. & E.I. subway from Mrs. Lura ROBNETT.
- The city election Tuesday was a very quiet affair, as there was no competition for any of the offices. The results were as follows:
For Mayor, F.O. GRISSOM, 112; For City Clerk, Robert LEE, 107; For City Treasurer, Glenn DOOLEN, 108; For Police Magistrate, E.E. JAHRAUS, 29; For Alderman (Ward One), Clifton LEMAY, 50; For Alderman (Ward Two), P.H. ROBNETT, 21; For Alderman (Ward Three), Clifford OLDEN, 43.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT have a daughter born April 15 in Salem Hospital named Regina Marie.
- WEST-WISHER: Miss Edith WEST, daughter of Mrs. Pauline WEST, and Norman WISHER, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER, were married April 16 in Corinth, Miss. Mrs. WISHER is a Junior at KACHS and plans to continue her studies. Mr. WISHER is employed by his father as a carpenter. They will make their home with his parents for the present.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the home of J.C. McCARTY Sunday with 10 birthdays that occurred in April being remembered. There were 56 relatives and friends present. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A surprise supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, April 12, in honor of Mrs. Wilma VANDEVEER’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER and family.
- Mrs. Arno SMITH of Centralia was a dinner guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Friday. Visitors were Mrs. Frank JONES and son, Harold. Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Ray INGRAM and daughters and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHERS. Mrs. ARNOLD’s birthday anniversary was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons attended Brown church Sunday night where their son, Ernest, gave an accordion solo.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS in honor of Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS’ birthday. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS and sons, and Billie BROKEMEYER of Shawneetown; Mrs. William WHITESIDE and Mr. and Mrs. Roy CONN of East Alton; Mr. and Mrs. Bernie HEINIE and son of Alton; Mr. and Mrs. Merl NULL and Mrs. Nancy JOHNSON of Louisville; and Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem.
April 25, 1957:
- A photo of one of the Kinmundy High School Basketball teams from the 1910's or 1920's was printed.
- George ZIMMER: George E. ZIMMER died at his home south of Kinmundy on April 18, 1957. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Oscar L. HAWKINS officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. George Elmer, eldest son of David and Emma BINGAMAN ZIMMER was born near Neoga, Ill., March 25, 1887, and died April 18, 1957. When a lad, he moved with his parents to a farm southeast of Kinmundy, and here he grew to manhood. When a young man, he went to Iowa where he was a building contractor. He remained in Iowa for 27 years and returned here to help care for his aging parents. He served his country during World War I. On Oct. 22, 1944, he married Mrs. Leona RETHEFORD, after which time he has been engaged in farming. Six years ago, he was stricken with a heart ailment. Since then his activities have been limited. He leaves his wife; a stepson, Jack RETHEFORD, daughter-in-law, and 2 granddaughters of Momence, Ill.; 1 sister, Mrs. Eva PARRISH, Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Ener, Kinmundy. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON have son born April 17 in Salem Hospital named Donald Lee. The mother is the former Linda JENKINS.
- The Scattered Farmers 4-H Club met April 9th. Russel TATE, Jimmy VANDEVEER gave talks, and then recreation was turned over to Norman ROSE. Launa TATE served refreshments. Boyce WHITE was the Reporter.
- SILL-DISS: Only members of the immediate families and a close friend witnessed the exchange of wedding vows between Miss Paulene SILL, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL, and Mr. Leroy DISS, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, in the Christian Church in Kinmundy on April 19. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN read the ceremony, and the only attendants were Betty PERRY of Moweaqua, and Rudy SLANE of Kinmundy, both friends of the couple. Mrs. DISS is a student of KACHS and plans to continue her studies. Mr. DISS is a graduate of KACHS with the class of ‘54 and is employed by his father-in-law as an automobile mechanic. A reception was held at the home of the groom’s parents. The cake was baked by Miss Karen DISS of Odin, niece of the groom. Sisters-in-law of the groom, Mrs. Charles DISS of Odin, Mrs. Beryl DISS of Salem served cake and punch. The couple will make their home at the present time in a trailer house near the bride’s parents.
- The Kinmundy Wide Awakes 4-H Club met April 10 at the Methodist Church. The following officers were elected: President, Warren SHUFELDT; Vice President, Don JONES; Sec., Garry ERNST; Treas., Robert SHUFELDT; Reporter, John DISS; Federation members, Garry ERNST, Warren SHUFELDT, and Robert SHUFELDT. After the meeting, the club went to Darrell McCARTY’s for a wiener roast.
- Miss John BUTTS and Mr. Neil CHAMBERS of Greenview were married April 19 at the Church of God in Mason City. Mrs. CHAMBERS is a granddaughter of Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK. Those from here attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. F.R. MISELBROOK and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY, Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK, and Mrs. Dicy YATES.
- The Twilight Circle held their regular meeting in the Methodist Church basement Monday night with Edith HAMMER and Peggy KLINE as hostesses. The group sang several hymns followed with prayer by Wilma VANDEVEER. The devotional leader, Aveline COMER, led the discussion. The chairman, Ruby ARNOLD, conducted the business meeting. New officers elected are: Chairman, Peggy KLINE; Vice-Chairman, Eileen HEICHER; Sec., Maxine GEORGE; Treas., Louise ERNST; Reporter, Louise FEATHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charlie McGEE of Iuka purchased the property of Mrs. Effie ROBB in the south part of Kinmundy and is making it their home.
- John C. DOOLEN and David M. SCHOONOVER are receiving high honors at the University of Illinois on Honors Day.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul STEWART of Urbana have a daughter born in Burnham City Hospital named Christina Dianne. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER.
- A Miscellaneous Shower for Mr. and Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John G. PHILLIPS with Mrs. Beverly BOUSEMAN, hostess, and Mary JONES, Karen JONES and Donna COLLETT, co-hostesses. (A list of those present and others sending gifts was included.)
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. F.R. MISELBROOK and daughter, Jo Ann, attended the wedding of Mr. MISELBROOK’s niece, Friday evening, in Mason City.
- Miss Kaye HAMMER was pleasantly surprised Friday when a group of her friends gathered at her home to celebrate her 17th birthday. Guests were Misses Phyllis WOOTERS, Dorothy SHAFFER, and Barbara ALLEN.
- Pleasant Grove: Relatives have received announcement of the birth of Steven Kent born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH of Decatur on April 18th.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mrs. Lora ARNOLD, and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES helping Mrs. JONES celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER of Pontiac, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi, were dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALEKOVIC and daughter.
May 2, 1957:
- Pictures of a Kinmundy High School basketball team from around the 1920's was printed, as well as a picture of "Camp Morgan, northwest of Kinmundy, a hunters’ rendezvous".
- The following 4-H Boys and Girls were winners in the annual Marion county 4-H Share the Fun contest held Apr. 29 at the Farm Bureau Hall: Kathryn BRANCH of Singing Seamers Club as Master of Ceremonies; Roger SULLENS, Ruth WILLIAMS, Roy BREWER, Dick CARY, Dorothy WILLIAMS, Larry RODGERS and Roy Gene RODGERS of Hi-Climbers in Novelty Number, Operation X; Janet BARKSDALE of Shriver Sewing Sircle with cornet solo and Jon WINSTON of Egyptian HUSTLERS with piano solo. These winners will represent Marion county in the District Share the Fun at Effingham July 18th. The two 4-H members who won public speaking contest were Dorothy WILLIAMS of TNT and Hi-Climbers, and Nolan McKITRICK of Kinmundy Wide Awakes, and they will compete at the State Fair in the Junior Building.
- A surprise basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER Sunday in honor of their 41st wedding anniversary. Those attending the dinner were the honorees and their children and families, namely: Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER and family and Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and family of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons. Refreshments of homemade ice cream and cake were enjoyed in the afternoon.
- A miscellaneous shower was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS April 29th with 100 guests attending.
- Above is Russell WILLIAMS residing north of Kinmundy. In the background can be seen some of his hogs. For the past several years Russell has been feeding out several hogs. Russell is a cousin to your editor and we can’t help but notice the similarity of profiles. (Cut by the courtesy of the "Marion County Farmer"). (A picture of Russell on the farm accompanied this article.)
- Mrs. Annie FOSTER will celebrate her 94th birthday on May 4. Her address is at the Heinz Nursing Home in Centralia.
- A Miscellaneous Shower for ME3 and Mrs. Robert INGRAM was held April 26 at the home of Mrs. INGRAM’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE were guests at the John McCULLEY home Saturday. Birthdays of Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and Fred SEE were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Norville BOLLHORST of Farina, M. Sgt. and Mrs. Dannie WOOTERS of Granite City, and Mr. and Mrs. Gail WOOTERS enjoyed a chicken dinner in St. Louis Sunday. Mrs. Gail WOOTERS’ birthday was remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons of Salem were dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT. The birthdays of Mrs. Marvin CONANT and Eli were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Vernon STOCKER of Savoy attended dinner at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John STOCKER, Sunday, in honor of Mrs. John STOCKER’s birthday.
May 9, 1957:
- A picture of one of the old Kinmundy High School Basketball teams was included.
- Ethel ROSS CROSSETT: Ethel ROSS CROSSETT, daughter of Willis Boone and Rhoda INGRAM ROSS was born Dec. 11, 1881 in Kinmundy, and died in the Atkinson Nursing Home in Belleville on May 2, 1957. Mrs. CROSSETT attended the Kinmundy Public Schools and later followed the profession of dressmaker. On June 27, 1908, at Effingham Methodist Church she was married to Claude M. CROSSETT. They had 1 daughter, Rhoda Belle, now Mrs. Marion E. WILSON of Edwardsville. Mr. and Mrs. CROSSETT made their home in Granite City until his retirement when they returned to their home south of Kinmundy, where they resided until Mr. CROSSETT’s death in 1948. After the death of her husband, she made her home with her daughter and family in Edwardsville. She was a member of the Neidringhaus Memorial Methodist Church in Granite City, and a member of the Kinmundy Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughter, son-in-law, 4 grandchildren; 1 sister, Caroline YEAGER of Kinmundy; and a brother, Wm. B. ROSS of Salem. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. A. Vance COMER officiating. Interment in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem.
- Army Privates Harvey D. ALLPHIN, 18, and Farrol E. ARMSTRONG, 17, of Kinmundy, recently began 6 months of active military training under the Reserve Forces Act program at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. They are receiving 8 weeks of basic combat training. After completion of the 6 months tour of active duty, they will spend the remainder of their military service in a local Army Reserve of the National Guard unit. ALLPHIN, son of Mrs. Inez Nelie HANKS, Kinmundy, is a former employee of the International Shoe Co. in Flora. ARMSTRONG, a former student at Kinmundy-Alma High School is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG of Kinmundy.
- Karen GREEN Dies: Karen, 15 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl GREEN, of Baytown, Texas, died Friday in Houston following a heart operation that day. Services were held there Sunday. The deceased is the granddaughter of W.L. GREEN of this city. The child was born with a deformed heart.
- Kinmundy dairy and livestock judging teams both ranked sixth in the Section 21 judging contest last week. In the dairy division, Frank METCALF won 10th place of all the boys judging cattle. Ivan WILKINS won 11th place in the livestock contest. The judging was held May 1 at Greenville with 200 participating. Team members representing the local Future Farmers in Dairy were Jim COURSON, Eugene HARRELL, Frank METCALF, Lindell WILCOXEN and Denny OSBORNE. Those judging livestock were John JONES, Ivan WILKINS, Nolan McKITRICK, Darrell YATES and Garry ERNST.
- The Fire Department was called to the Ellis JOHNSON farm in Meacham twp. occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Herschel MONICAL and family Saturday morning. The house had caught fire from a kitchen flue and considerable damage was done to the roof and kitchen.
- Eugene L. KEEN suffered a heart attack Friday night and is confined to his bed at the present time.
- The members of the Kinmundy-Alma Volunteer Fire Dept. met two evenings last week and painted the outside of the firehouse.
- Mr. and Mrs. William SPADE, Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina, and Mrs. John A. HOLT were in St. Louis Sunday due to the death of a relative, Glen HARKEY, who died with a heart ailment at his home Thursday. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will HARKEY of St. Peter, and nephew of the late John A. HOLT of this city.
- A turkey dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK April 28th in honor of their wedding anniversary. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Bill G. WALSH and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim ELLIS and family of Kingman, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Gene JEZEK of Greenfield; Mr. and Mrs. John JEZEK and family of Westfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson JEZEK and daughter of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Leo WIKENHAUSEN, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore WIKENHAUSEN of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey WIKENHAUSEN, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward JEZEK and family of Salem.
- Army Pvt. James R. JOHNSON, son of Mrs. Lucille M. JOHNSON, Windsor, Ill., recently graduated from the Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Korea. He entered the Army in Sept. 1956 and attended basic training at Fort Chaffee, Ark. and arrived in the far east last week. The 20 year old soldier attended the Univ. of Ill. He is grandson of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM.
- Mrs. Bob FORD of Alma called on Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Friday afternoon.
- SP3 Kent O’DELL of Fort Monroe, Va. spent a few days last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- In Memoriam: Alta WEST passed away 8 years ago, May 7th. Sadly missed by husband, children, and grandchildren.
- Mrs. Kenneth SMITH was guest of honor at a pink and blue shower given by Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, May 3. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- On April 30th, several girls held a slumber party at the home of Miss Arletha BUTTS of near Altamont. The girls spent the night going to the drive-in and dancing. Attending were Nancy BEARD, Helen CRAIN, Ruthie BAYLIS, Evangeline BUTTS, Melba JOHNSTON, Judy MOELLER, Hazel ALLPHIN, Dona PHILLIPS, Rosalyn LOWE, Arletha BUTTS, and 2 Altamont girls.
May 16, 1957:
- (DFM note: A old photo (possibly a school picture) was included from the past, but was too dark to tell much about on the microfilm.)
- 1st Sgt. and Mrs. Delbert HAMMER and son of Lake Charles, La., Mr. and Mrs. Bill FRAKES and children of Collinsville, Mrs. and Mrs. Earl HAMMER and daughter and James HAMMER of Decatur, Mrs. McINTOSH and son of Cisco, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN. Delbert will be leaving May 28 for Japan to spend a year. His family will live in Chicago while he is gone.
- 72 children of grades 4-8 in our local school participated in the poppy poster contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, with Mrs. Edgar JONES as chairman. Winners were in Group I: 1st Connie LEACH (5); 2nd Judy FORD (5), and 3rd John DISS (6). Group II winners were 1st David LINTON (7), 2nd Nora SHAFFER (8), and 3rd Susan KLINE (7). Cash prizes of $1, 50 cents, and 25 cents were given to winners.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT called on his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Sunday evening.
- STRASSER-HOYT: Miss Elizabeth Theresa STRASSER and George Edward HOYT, both of New York City, were married May 4 at Our Lady of the Scapular of Mt. Catmel Church in New York City. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. John STRASSER of New York City and is employed by the Metropolitan Insurance Co. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOYT of Salem, formerly of this city. He is employed with the Investment Company of Illinois in New York City. He is a graduate of the local high school with the class of ‘53. While going to school, he was employed in this office. He spent 3 years in the service and the past year has been spent in New York City. A reception followed the wedding and the couple left on a honeymoon trip to Illinois where they are now visiting his father and mother and other relatives and friends.
- Billy ROLLINSON passed entrance exams for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He has been in the navy for the past year, being in school at Bain Bridge, Md. He will enter the Naval Academy in June. Billy is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. G.M. NIRIDER of Decatur observe their Golden Wedding Saturday: Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN and Mrs. Hubert M. FISHER were in Decatur Saturday and Sunday attending the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert M. NIRIDER. Mattie, the daughter of Thomas M. and Docia BORING SMITH, and Gilbert Merle, son of Fred John and Amanda RIETER NIRIDER, were married at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Mattie SMITH HOWELL in St. Louis on May 12, 1907 in the presence of a number of relatives. They made their home in Kinmundy for 20 years where Gilbert assisted his father in the Drug Store. They then moved to Decatur where he was manager of the Piggly Wiggly Store for 21 years. Then he purchased the Roffington Drug Sundries Store which is now known as the Nirider, Inc. where he has operated a successful business for the past 9 years. Gilbert and Mattie are the parents of 3 children: Merle of Phoenix, Ariz.; Docia Margurite McHENRY of Bloomington; and Fred John of Springfield; 5 grandchildren: Jack NIRIDER of Cincinnati, Ohio; Carol Ann and Robert McHENRY of Bloomington; Kenton and Mark NIRIDER of Springfield; and 1 great-grandchild, Elaine NIRIDER of Cincinnati. Mrs. FISHER was a guest at their wedding in St. Louis. The couple resides in Decatur.
- 130 persons were present Sunday, May 12, at Brown Church to worship together and enjoy the 2nd annual Mother of the Year program presented by the youth of the church. Awards were given to Mrs. Ora RITTER, the mother present with the most children; Mrs. Eugene MULVANEY, mother with the youngest child present; and Mrs. Cornelia DAVIS, the oldest mother present. The climax of the day came when Mrs. Curt WARREN, last year’s Christian Mother of the Year escorted Mrs. Harold LANE to the platform and crowned her as the New Christian Mother of the Year and presented her with a gift from the congregation.
- Memorial services will be held at the shed at Sandy Branch on May 26 at 2 p.m. Ward P. HOLT will deliver the address.
- James McHATTON is among the honor students at Southern Illinois University. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON of Kinmundy.
- In Memoriam of David H. BOUGHERS, who died May 17, 1956. Sadly missed by wife, Bessie, nieces and nephews.
May 23, 1957:
- A number of friends were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert HANNA on May 19 in honor of their son, Ray’s, 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- On the Honor Roll at Southern Illinois University was Karen M. JONES with a grade average of 4.52.
- A surprise party was held in honor of Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON, 7th grade teacher’s birthday, in the Junior High cafeteria on May 17. Mrs. John FORD of Alma and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY, room mothers, were the hostesses.
- Among those graduating from Eastern Illinois State College on May 26 will be Shirley ERNST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene ERNST with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Shirley will teach Homemaking I, II, and III in the Moweaqua H.S. next year.
- A Miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER on May 15 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Norman WISHER. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- The program for the Kinmundy-Alma High School Commencement was printed and will be held May 24th. The Salutatorian is Charles GRAY and the Valedictorian is Charles BUNDY. Graduates are: Nancy Lee BEARD, John Arnold BALLANCE, Charles Robert GRAY, Jr., Rosalyn Ann LOWE, Dona Pearl PHILLIPS, Hazel Louise ALLPHIN, Ruth Marie BAYLIS, Mary Arletha BUTTS, Helen Janette CRAIN, Melba METCALF JOHNSTON, Evangeline Rae BUTTS, George Edward FISK, Charles Lee BUNDY, James Morris MAXEY, Larry J.L. SHANAFELT, Mark Wesley GARRETT, Barbara May GARRETT, Judith Elaine MOELLER, Charles Frederick WILLIAMS, James Russell DISS, Carolyn Louise ALBERSON, Charles Richard BOYD, Richard R. FORD, Darrell Richard JONES, Larry E. WILLIAMS, Mary Jane SILL, Donald Harry THOMPSON.
- The program for Eighth Grade Commencement for Kinmundy-Alma School on May 28, 1957 was included. Graduates are Rebecca Ann HESTER, Robert Paul WOODEN, Dollie Lee SHAFFER, Lester Lee LOGUE, Jr., Dorothy Charlene PERKINS, William HANNA, Donna Eileen CRAIN, Patricia Sue BARBEE, Eugena Ann ROSE, Sharon Marie EAGAN, Susan Irene WISHER, Dennis Wayne GRAY, Terry Dean HICKS, Joyce Ann JOHNSON, Marolyn Sue ALBERSON, Herman PERRY, Oscar Eugene HAYS, Robert Charles SHUFELDT, Mary Jane ANDERSON, Don Dennis JONES, Velva Ruth BUTTS, Robert Lee STEVENS, Jr., Sandra Kay YATES, Larry Edward RUDDELL, John William VANDEVEER, Launa Alvera TATE, Bryce Alan GEILER, Thomas Dean HOARD, Virginia Carol GEORGE, Charles LUX, Carolyn Mae WILKINS, Robert Dale ALDERSON, Clifford Ervin ALLMON, Donald William ANDERSON, Nettie Marie ARNOLD, Phyllis Ruth BAKER, William Maurice BALLANCE, Wanda Lou BUTTS, John David CHARLTON, Sharon Ruth COLLET, Jack David COX, Charles R. GARRETT, Sandra Kaye GENTRY, Beryl GRAY, Leona Marlene HALL, Paul Fredrick HENKEN, Dwight Alexander HERRINGTON, Charles HOWELL, Amy Josephine LEMAY, Darrell Leon McCARTY, Gary Lee McWHIRTER, Lannie Allen MORRIS, David Lee PILMAN, Charles Larry RITTER, Quentin L. ROBNETT, Terrance Michael SCHORECK, Patricia Ann SCHWABE, Nora Lucille SHAFFER, Linda Kay SHANAFELT, Dale SMITH, Mary Ann VANDEVEER, Melvin WILKINSON, Earl Robert WILLIAMS.
- Mrs. Ed DOOLEN suffered a light stroke Wednesday, May 15. Her daughter, Mrs. H.M. GRAY of Urbana, came Thursday to assist in the care of her mother.
- Mr. and Mrs. David BALLANCE are the parents of a daughter born May 18 in the Salem Hospital named Barbara Jean. The mother is the former Marilyn HOWELL.
- The Jolly Girls Club enjoyed an outing to Flora and Salem, May 17. This was the last gathering of the club for this spring. There were 8 members who made the trip. They were: Mesdames Jean GRAY, Betty WAGONER, Adina LEMAY, Kate KEEN, Mary REESE, Velma WILKINSON, Lillie MANGNER, and Orphia OUTHOUSE.
- David SCHOONOVER, Univ. of Illinois Senior from Alma, was recently elected to membership in the Illinois Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.
- A potluck supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oran ALDERSON on Saturday. Most of the personnel of the Kinmundy Grade School and their families were present. The occasion was in honor of Miss Katherine WORMLEY, who will soon leave for California to make her home.
- Memorial services will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery May 30 under the auspices of the Kinmundy American Legion Post 519 at 2 p.m. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN will deliver the address.
- Several students won awards at recent School Band Activities with solos and other performances this year in the Kinmundy-Alma Grade School Band, and they were all outlined in an article.
- The local fire department was called to the Hazel HOYT home Sunday morning to extinguish a blaze in the clothes closet. It seems as though she had entered the closet earlier in the day to get a can of fruit which is kept in the same closet with the aid of a lighted match. Later she found the clothing on fire. The blaze was confined to this closet and little damage was done except to clothes hanging in the closet.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry BRASEL, Jr. of Washington, D.C. arrived Saturday night after receiving his release from the Navy.
- Mrs. Pauline WEST and son, Paul, Miss Alice MULVANEY and Mr. and Mrs. Roy NEAL attended the birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. Howard MULVANEY of Alma, Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons were also callers.
May 30, 1957:
- Last week at their regular meeting, the Kinmundy Future Farmers of America elected officers for the coming year. The new slate is: Jim COURSON, President; Dale HANKS, Vice-Pres.; Nolan McKITRICK, Reporter; Larry SULLIVAN, Treas.; Lindell WILCOXEN, Sec.; and Charles WINKS, Sentinel.
- Anna FOSTER Dies: Mrs. Anna FOSTER, a former resident of Kinmundy died in the Hines Nursing Home in Centralia on May 25. Mrs. FOSTER was the former Anna FENSTER, daughter of George and Raechel FENSTER and widow of the late Seth FOSTER. She is survived by an only daughter, Miss Edna FOSTER of St. Louis. Services will be held at Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT of Pauls Valley, Okla., have a daughter born May 26. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Bill GREEN.
- Darrell GARRETT left Thursday for St. Louis where he was inducted into the service.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ronald POLANKA of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and Garry and Miss Kathleen O’DELL attended the Baccalaureate Services at Eastern Illinois College in Charleston Sunday afternoon. Miss Shirley ERNST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST is one of the class to graduate this spring.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH have a son born May 22 in Salem Hospital named Mark Arlon. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Warren SMITH of Alma.
- Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS has been appointed to the Kinmundy Methodist Church. He is brother to Rev. Angus PHILLIPS, retired, and one of our esteemed citizens. This is the first church to have the honor of having both PHILLIPS boys as pastor, which we would say is a real honor. Rev. A. Vance COMER has been the pastor of this church for the past 5 years, and has been assigned to the Lebanon Methodist Church. (A picture of Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Tuesday.
- The American Legion Auxiliary held it’s annual Gold Star Tea last Thursday afternoon. About 50 attended, including 3 Gold Star mothers, namely, Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER of Alma, Mrs. Harley HILL and Mrs. Ethel HANNA. A Gold Star mother, Mrs. Harrison EAGAN, was also a guest. Gold Star members present were Miss Mildred KLEISS, Mesdames Clarence QUANDT, Kenneth WILKINSON, Steven EAGAN, James EAGAN, and Wallace HULTZ. Two new members of the unit, Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Mrs. Steven EAGAN received Gold Star pins.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE and son, Terry, arrived here Sunday. Mr. LOGUE had just received his discharge from the Elgin Air Force Base of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
- (From last week): Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES enjoyed the evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, Friday. Mrs. James BRASEL’s birthday was being remembered.
June 6, 1957:
- A picture of an old basketball team from Kinmundy High School was printed, and the names listed were: Harry HANSON, Coach L.E. ETHERTON, James MORGAN, Eugene SHUFELDT, Clyde HAMILTON, Francis PRUETT.
- 25th Reunion: A reunion of the class of ‘32 and their families were served a breakfast in the Legion Hall June 2nd with 21 present. School songs were sung, pictures of the group were taken and letters of absent classmates were read. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl YUND, Bismarck; James RICHARDSON, St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill MORRISEY (Maxine SWIFT), Paris; Mrs. Ann NOCHMAN ROTH, Round Lake; Mr. and Mrs. James GREEN and family, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Russell WILLIAMS and family, Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE and family and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mac GARRETT are the proud parents of a son born Thursday, May 30, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia. He weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and has been named Jeffrey Mac. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN in honor of their daughter, Sharon’s, 9th birthday on June 1st. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. C.F. PRUETT received a message Monday of the accidental death of her grandson, Bill BARR of Perry, Okla. He is a son of Mr. F.G. PRUETT of DuQuoin. Mrs. H.A. LANDESS of Lewistown, and Mrs. C.F. PRUETT left Monday for Oklahoma to attend the funeral services.
- The trustees of the Methodist Church sold the old parsonage at auction Saturday. It was purchased by Arnold WHITT of Farina for the sum of $67.50. This is a rather cheap price, but when considering the price of razing it, that is different.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.C. TELFORD of Salem celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with an open house at their home on Sunday. Their children, Charles TELFORD and daughter of San Antonio, Texas and Miss Margaret TELFORD of Salem and a host of friends attended.
- Mike SEE, 16 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE, met with a serious accident Saturday when he drank some kerosene. He was immediately rushed to the Salem Hospital where a stomach pump was used, after which he was able to return home with his parents and is reported O.K. at this writing.
- The Kinmundy Menuettes 4-H Club met and organized June 4 at the home of our leader, Mrs John McCULLEY. The meeting was opened with a discussion of 4-H notebooks and the type of cooking we would take. The following officers were elected: President, Sue ERNST; Vice-Pres., Amy Jo LEMAY; Sec’y-Treas., Carol GEORGE; Recreation Chairman, Linda INGRAM; Song Leader, Donna GERKIN; Reporter, Patsy BEARD.
- The local fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Esther GEORGE Thursday to extinguish a blaze in the summer kitchen. After waxing her floors, Mrs. GEORGE had put some oily rags in the building. It is thought the sun reflecting on a mirror warmed them up enough that they started to burn. Very little damage was done.
- The Annual Alumni Reception was held in the new Grade School gymnasium Saturday evening with 156 being present. The dinner was served by the local PTA. The class was welcomed by Alumni president, Mrs. Gene JEZEK. The response was given by Miss Nancy BEARD in behalf of the class. And then came the roll call. The eldest member present was Mrs. Pearl FISHER, class of ‘96. Next in succession came Mrs. Vera McCULLEY, ‘10; Mrs. Josephine SNOW, ‘12; Miss Edith MORGAN, ‘13. The class of ‘32 was observing it’s silver anniversary with 8 present. The class of ‘42 was observing it’s crystal anniversary with 7 present. Minutes of last year’s meeting and the treasurer’s report was read by Mrs. Jane LOWE. New officers for next year are President, Rosalie ALDERSON; Vice-President, Helen GARRETT; Sec’y-Treas., Dorothy F. DOOLEN. Mr. W.C. INGRAM, ‘20, an attorney now residing in Sullivan, was introduced and made a address on the subject "Education". (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- On May 29th, at the home of Mary Jane ANDERSON was held the first meeting of the Allen Wildcats. Officers elected were: President, Jim COURSON; Vice-President, Mary Jane ANDERSON; Sec./Treas., Suzanne HIESTAND; Asst. Sec., Joann ANDERSON; Reporter, Nellie Mae HIESTAND. It was decided that we would pay 10 cents dues per meeting.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family of St. Peter were dinner guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Sunday. Keith’s birthday was being remembered. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. John CHANCE of Patoka, Mrs. A.D. HEADLEY and Shirley of Princeton, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and daughter, Sharon, spent Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS of Patoka. The 15th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN was being remembered.
- Mrs. W.W. LOWE attended the funeral services of her aunt, Mrs. Lena FIELDS, of Centralia, at the Osborne Funeral Home in Dix on Sunday.
June 13, 1957:
- A picture of Kinmundy’s First Basketball Team in 1914 was printed. Included were: Ronald LACEY (deceased); Coach CORRAINE; Gordon LOWE (deceased); Otto REESE; Frank DOOLEN (deceased); Oswald MILLER; Bryan HOWELL; Bryan DOOLEN (deceased).
- Samuel C. PAINTER: Samuel C. PAINTER, son of Samuel and Nancy PAINTER was born Aug. 17, 1878 and died June 5, 1957. In 1906, he was married to Amelia FAITH. She died in 1923. They had 5 children: Mrs. Madge HUNTER, Mrs. Florence BURNES, Mrs. Evaline PALLARD, Dorothy PAINTER, and one son, Garlend. In 1938, he married Mrs. Eva DRAKE, who survives along with 6 step-children: Stella FULK, Iola; Nella CORNWELL, Newton; August DRAKE, Decatur; Earnest DRAKE, Arcola; Delbert DRAKE, Tuscola; and Rachel LEMAY. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS officiating. Interment in Oskaloosa Cem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND have twin daughters born June 6 in Salem Hospital, named Jean Ann and June Ann. The mother is the former Nellie BRASEL.
- BOUSEMAN-OLDEN: Only members of the immediate families witnessed the wedding between Miss Margaret BOUSEMAN, youngest daughter of Mrs. Evelyn SULLIVAN, of Alma, and Mr. Garry OLDEN, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford OLDEN of this city, in the Christian Church in Kinmundy, June 9. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN read the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Harold L. BLANK of Salem. The only attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON of Kinmundy, cousins of the groom. A sister-in-law of the bride, Mrs. Audrey BOUSEMAN, sang with David GERKIN at the piano. John BOUSEMAN, brother of the bride was the usher. The bride and groom were both students of KACHS the past year. They will make their home at the present time with the groom’s parents.
- WSCS Meets: The Pleasant Grove WSCS met Wed., June 5 with Mrs. Dan HIESTAND. There were 14 in attendance and quilting and piecing blocks was the work of the day.
- Pvt. Farrol ARMSTRONG, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG, and Pvt. Harvey ALLPHIN, son of Mrs. Inez HANKS, arrived home Saturday from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and are enjoying a 13 day furlough.
- David M. SCHOONOVER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter SCHOONOVER residing west of Kinmundy, will graduate from Univ. of Illinois on June 15th.
- Miletus: Several from here attended the charivari and shower at the Ollie CRAIN home last Friday night for Mr. and Mrs. Carrol CRAIN, who were married a few days ago.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills spent Saturday night and Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT. Mr. And Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES were Sunday visitors.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE in honor of their son, Dickie’s 5th birthday, on June 7. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Wayne ROBB entertained several to a party in the Kinmundy City Park in honor of her son, Richard’s 7th birthday on June 4. (A list of those attending was included.)
June 20, 1957:
- An old picture of the Haraban train wreck was included.
- Pat JOHNSON is attending a Methodist Youth Caravan Training Center at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn. (A picture of Pat was included.)
- Mrs. Eddie McINTOSH and Mrs. John McINTOSH were hostesses to a baby shower for Miss Diana Lynn SCHOONOVER, two week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verne SCHOONOVER, in their home last Friday. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Sarah CHARLTON: Sarah Amanda SHAFFER, daughter of Henry and Adaline SHAFFER, was born in Alma twp., Nov. 21, 1878, and died in Salem Hospital on June 14, 1957. She married James T. CHARLTON on March 16, 1902. They had 5 children. Two sons, Samuel and Homer, died early in life. Survivors are: her husband, Jim CHARLTON; two sons, Henry CHARLTON of Villa Grove, Ill., and Jesse CHARLTON of Kinmundy; a daughter, Mary C. LANE of Kinmundy; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, George SHAFFER of Louisville, Ky. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and daughter, Sharon, and Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN attended the wedding of Miss Patricia HEADLEY, of Alton on June 14 in the Main Street Methodist Church there. The bride is granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN.
- Miss Marlis Ann INGRAM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM, underwent a tonsillectomy in the Vandalia Hospital June 10.
- Sheriff and State Police recover loot and stolen car east of Kinmundy Saturday: On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Jake McCARTY, resident 1 mile east of Kinmundy, along the Kinmundy-Louisville Blacktop, noticed a car drive in the field adjoining his farm on the east. At first, he thought nothing about it. But soon he heard several shots fired. This attracted his attention. Soon the firing stopped except for an occasional shot being fired in the distance. At that, Mr. McCARTY went out to investigate. He found nothing in the car but found several guns and a good deal of ammunition in the fence row a short distance from the car. At this he went to the Herbert VANDEVEER home and called the sheriff. The sheriff was soon on the job and the countryside was soon well populated with state police. Three lads, strangers in the community, were soon picked up and confessed to leaving the car. These boys had walked south from the car to another road leading into the south part of town. Then they came near the schoolhouse, walked along the I.C. tracks to the hard road, where they were picked up. The loot was stolen from a hardware store in Mt. Vernon on Thursday night. The boys had taken the loot from the store and hid it under a culvert until the next night when they stole a car and made off with it. It seems as though a bearing burned out of this car and that is the reason they parked it in this field and abandoned it.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT have received word that their son, Pvt. Darrell C. GARRETT, began his basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo., June 10.
- Mrs. James GREEN and Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina were hostesses to a farewell dinner party in the home of Mrs. MONICAL Monday night in honor of Miss Katherine WORMLEY. Those attending from here, besides the honoree were: Miss Hester HEATON, Mrs. Len LEWIN, and Mrs. Eugene SHUFELDT.
- During the morning worship services in the local Christian Church Sunday morning, a new walnut Communion table was dedicated. This beautiful piece of furniture was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY, Tampa, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene ALEXANDER, Lincoln, and Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER of this city. It was given as a memorial to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT and daughter, and Mrs. Sam LOWE left Sunday for Plymouth, Ind. where they attended funeral services of Paul SWIFT’s step-father, Andy RICHARD, on Tuesday.
- S. Sgt. and Mrs. W.G. SNOW and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman JENKINS and daughter of Belleville, visited their mother, Mrs. Josephine SNOW Sunday. They also visited their aunts, Miss Cornelia O’BRIEN and Mrs. Amelda VALLOW. S. Sgt. SNOW is to leave June 28 for overseas duty.
- John W. BOUSEMAN, son of Mrs. Leroy SULLIVAN, of near Alma, and brother of Mrs. Paul WAGONER and Mrs. Garry OLDEN of this city, graduated from the Univ. of Chicago with a Master of Arts degree in Divinity. He is the Dean of the YMCA High School in Chicago, and will continue to study for his doctor’s degree at the University. John is a graduate of the local high school.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN visited Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT Sunday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and children of Charleston spent from Wednesday until Friday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB. Sharon and Robert remained to spend the weekend with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and children of Carrier Mills were Father’s Day dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT. Afternoon and evening callers were Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and sons.
June 27, 1957:
- An old picture was included of the "Illinois Central Train No. 4 piled up in old coal mine pond north of Kinmundy 22 years ago. No one killed."
- Kenneth D. BUNDY, son of Mrs. Eunice E. BUNDY, Kinmundy, recently was promoted to specialist third class at Ft. Belvoir, Va., where he is a member of the 79th Engineer Group. BUNDY, a driver in Company B of the group’s 575th Battalion, entered the Army in Dec. 1955, and completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. The 21-year-old solider attended Kinmundy-Alma High School.
- At the regular meeting of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M., held June 19th, the following officers were elected for the coming year: James STRICKER, Worshipful Master; Robert BAILEY, Senior Warden; Charles BASSETT, Junior Warden; C.R. ALDERSON, Treasurer; Gilbert DOOLEN, Secretary. Installation will be held June 27th.
- A kitchen shower and charivari was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford OLDEN in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN, on June 17. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Semelia Ann WHISNANT: Mrs. Semelia Ann WHISNANT was born in Jennings Co., Ind. on Aug. 26, 1860, and died June 20, 1957. She moved with her parents to Marion county, when a small child, and has always lived in this county. She married David C. WHISNANT and they established their home near Kinmundy where they were farmers. Four sons, Boyd, Earl, George and Noah, were born to them and grew up in that community. Mr. WHISNANT died 30 years ago, after having retired and moved into Kinmundy. Since then, Mrs. WHISNANT maintained her home here and lived alone until she was no longer able to care for herself. Since 1954, she has lived with relatives and friends around Salem. She was the daughter of Joseph and Virginia GENTRY GALLOWAY. She had four sisters and one brother, all of whom preceded her in death, except 1 sister, Mrs. Mary B. SIMER of Monticello, Ill. The others were the former Wilson GALLOWAY, Mrs. Alice HUFF, Mrs. Ollie BOGAN and Mrs. Emma FARTHING, all of Salem, Ill. Two of her sons, Earl and George, preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 sons, Boyd of Washington State; Noah, of Argenta, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. WHISNANT was proud of her advanced age, and had received various birthday greetings from the governor of Illinois, and one last year from President and Mrs. Dwight EISENHOWER. She was anxiously looking forward to riding in the Kinmundy Centennial Parade on Aug. 4 with her nephew, Clinton G. FARTHING, in a Model T Ford. She had sufficiently recovered from a recent illness to make the trip to Monticello, Ill., just 11 days before her death, to be present at a reunion of her relatives where she thoroughly enjoyed the day greeting her sister, her son, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church, but recently had attended the First Baptist Church in Salem. Services were held from the Bowman-Hancock Funeral Home with Dr. James M. BALDWIN officiating, and burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.
- Miss Louise NORMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess NORMAN of Farina, and Maxey SPENCER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER of this city were married in the Evangelical Church in Centralia on June 21 with Rev. Fred Beyers officiating. The only attendants were Miss Dorothy NORMAN of Farina, sister of the bride, and Ervin BRANDT, of St. Peter, a friend. The bride is a graduate of Farina H.S., and is employed at the Farina News Office. The groom is a graduate of Kinmundy High School. He served in the U.S. Army and is now helping his father farm. The couple will reside on the Albert LOY farm, formerly known as the Ed HARRELL farm east of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. F.O. GRISSOM was very painfully injured on Wednesday of last week when her hand caught in the wringer of the washing machine. Her hand was badly bruised and bursted to such an extent that it took fifteen stitches to close the wound.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harry BRASEL of Odin are the parents of a daughter named Marsha Faye born June 23 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE and Barbara attended the funeral of Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT in Salem, Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM attended the wedding of Ted HOLDEN and Bonnie LOWS in the Baptist Church at Salem on Sunday.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the Boston Lake Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray SUGGETT. The dinner was in honor of Fred’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin COBB and family of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. John ILG and daughter, enjoyed homemade ice cream and cake at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS Monday. The occasion was in honor of Mrs. BAYLIS’ birthday.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY Saturday for their son, Darrell, who was celebrating his 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL and son, Mr. and Mrs. Retus GENTRY and Basil GENTRY enjoyed a picnic supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS Wednesday in honor of Retus’ birthday.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY spent Thursday in Flora with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS. Billie’s birthday was being remembered.
- Friends gathered at the Nettie REYNOLD’s home Thursday to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Cynthia HOLZHAUSEN. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLZHAUSEN, Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT, Mrs. Mag PHILLIPS, Mrs. Ida SLANE and daughter, Dema, and Mr. and Mrs. J.G. WATSON. Afternoon callers were Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK and Miss Olive FOLLOWELL.
- John A. BROOM, Jr. was recently promoted to colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM of Alma. They currently lived in Columbia, S.C., where he is a store manager and have 2 sons, John A. III, 17, and Robert Dale, 15. Mrs. BROOM is the former Wilma HUGENBERGER of Decatur. Col. BROOM attended KHS, and Univ. of Illinois in 1932, and attended Illinois College of Law Univ. of Illinois in 1933 and 1934. He served in WWII and Korea.
July 4, 1957:
- An old picture was printed of a crowd gathered on a Kinmundy street. It was captioned: "When the JASPER boys drove to town. Carl DUNLAP clung to his dad. Many other familiar faces are looking on. Do you known them?"
- The annual Sandy Branch ice cream social will be held at Sandy Branch, Friday evening, July 12th. Homemade ice cream and cake will be served.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roland ALDERSON of Urbana are parents to an adopted daughter whom they received June 28. She was born June 17 and has been named Teresa Ellen. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON.
- Miss Katherine WORMLEY, and brother, Lorentz WORMLEY of Sacramento, Calif., accompanied by Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH, left Wednesday for California where Katherine will make her home with Lorentz for awhile. She will return in about 2 weeks.
- Cpl. Frank WISHER, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WISHER, received his discharge from the Marine Base, Clarksville, Tenn., on June 22.
- The fire department was called to the Herbert ANDERSON home Tuesday morning when he arose and found his machine shed on fire. In the shed were two tractors, one a new one, and a borrowed wagon with steel bed containing about 50 bushels of wheat. All was a complete loss.
- Revival services will begin at the Sandy Branch shed July 9th and will last until July 21. Earl and Mildred BRYANT will be the evangelists. Rev. Clifford NEWCOMB, the pastor, extends an invitation to everyone to attend this meeting.
- Old Landmark Passed: Fred GAMMON has workmen busy razing what is known as the old Donovan Building, located on Madison Street, the first building south of the Doolen Barber Shop. It was almost beyond repairing. This building was built in the early 70's by Putman, Hubbard and used as a real estate office. Later it was sold to John F. DONOVAN who used it as his law office. And then the Witwer Bros. had their real estate office there for some time. Since then, it has been used for Hat Shops, Barber Shops, Dress Shop, etc. Gladys BRADLEY was the last to occupy it as a business house.
- Mrs. Wes ROBB spent Friday afternoon with Mrs. Bob FORD and children.
- Mrs. Charles PURCELL: Mrs. Charles PURCELL, 72, died in Kankakee Thursday. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home Saturday. Services were held Monday from the Oskaloosa Church and interment in Oskaloosa Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. PURCELL were former residents of this community.
- The annual DISS Reunion was held in the Kitchell Park in Pana, June 30. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, Jim, Leon and Larry; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and John; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS; Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG, Sue and Nancy.
- Back in Business: J.H. DISS is coming into the local business world again. He has purchased the F.A. PRUETT & Sons building from W.M. HUMPHREY, located at the corner of Monroe & Third Streets and will open a feed store. Elsewhere in this issue is the announcement of the firm being appointed dealers for Gooch Feeds. In connection with the feed business, Mr. DISS will handle farm machinery. The firm will be operated under the name J.H. DISS and Sons.
- Dr. Claud LEWIS Dies: Dr. Claud LEWIS of St. Cloud, Minn., died with a heart attack at his home June 27. He is a brother of Mrs. Harvey BROWN of this city. Besides his sister, he is survived by his wife. Services were held in the Neal Funeral Home in Louisville with Bro. Larry SCHNAUTZ, officiating. Interment was in the Orchard Hill Cemetery. (A list of those attending from Kinmundy was included.)
- Miletus (from last week): The Claude MULVANEY farm sold June 13th. Orion BUTTS purchased it. Mr. and Mrs. Junior BUTTS will move there.
July 11, 1957:
- A picture of a group of men in a field was printed. The caption was: "A contour plowing contest was held south of this city several years ago. These are the contestants, judges and onlookers. A great time was had."
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles CLAYTON of St. Louis have a daughter born July 2 named Deborah Lynn. The mother is the former Pat WHITEHEAD. The little miss is the third great-granddaughter of Mrs. Lula COCKRELL.
- Pvt. Dwight James ALEXANDER of Ft. Lewis, Washington arrived home Saturday evening to spend a few days furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, and other relatives and friends.
- Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA have moved and will hold open house on July 14 in their home which they recently purchased known as the late Mrs. Alice MILLER property.
- Dale CHASTEEN of Alma is a patient in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia with a fractured skull, the result of being thrown from his horse Sunday afternoon. The horse is considered gentle, but for some reason began bucking. In falling, Dale’s forehead struck the ground. It will be necessary for him to remain in the hospital the reminder of this week.
- Last Friday night, Mrs. Dale CHASTEEN of Alma and Mrs. Carl B. VALLOW of Neenah, Wis., honored Mrs. Jim WILLIAMS of this city with a nursery shower in the home of Mrs. CHASTEEN. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald MILLER of Chicago have a daughter born July 8. The mother is the former Juanita FEATHER.
- Miss Karen BALLANCE and John TUTT were married in the First Methodist Church at Campton, Ky on July 5th. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE of near Kinmundy. The groom is the son of Mr. Luther and the late Mallie TUTT also of Kinmundy. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. James ALLEN, Jr., friends of the groom. They will make their home in Cheviot, Ohio, where the groom is employed at Fisher Body.
- Dr. Claud LEWIS, manager of the U.S. Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. died suddenly at his home June 27. He was born March 27, 1898 at Bible Grove, Ill., the son of Lemuel O. and Martha M. LEWIS. He married Miss Merle GOULD of Bible Grove on July 22, 1924. He was a veteran of both World Wars. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Merle, and a sister, Mrs. Maud BROWN of Kinmundy. Services were held at the Neal Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment in Orchard Hill Cemetery.
- A potluck supper was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER of Salem on July 4. All of their children were with them to enjoy the evening. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Howard HELM and daughter and Max MERCER of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son and Mrs. Fred SEE and children.
- Victor DALTON Dies: Word has been received here of the death of Victor DALTON of Decatur, who died July 5. Mr. DALTON’s wife is the former Mrs. Velva DOWNEY, a resident of Kinmundy several years ago. Services were held in Decatur and interment made in Neoga.
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve RAINEY of Woodriver, and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING visited Mrs. MAULDING’s mother, Mrs. Henry OGLESBY of Salem Saturday. Mrs. OGLESBY’s birthday was being remembered.
- The COLE Reunion was held at Kitchell Park at Pana, July 7th. Those attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Jess REESE and son, Eugene, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jamie McGEE and children enjoyed the day, July 7th, in Tuscola at the McGEE Reunion.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.C. MOORE of Champaign, and sister, Mrs. Herschel PIGG, of this city, attended the MOORE Reunion in Moore Park in Salem, June 30.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE Sunday in honor of
Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE’s birthday. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY entertained to dinner Sunday at their home several guests. The occasion was their son, Gene’s, 15th birthday. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd COURSON, Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS and sons, and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter.
- Pictures of area soldiers from past years was included.
July 18, 1957:
- A picture was included of "Charles WAINSCOTT atop a load of bundles! Years ago!"
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie MULVANEY in honor of their son, Markie’s third birthday and the 17th birthday of Cecil QUICK, Jr. of Farina, Sunday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil QUICK and family of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil POTTER and family; Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nolan WOODEN and son, Mr. and Mrs. Beryl POTTER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Steve MULVANEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Jackie MULVANEY and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills, spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- A basket dinner is to be held at the Sandy Branch Shed Sunday afternoon. In the afternoon, a songfest is to be held. Come out and enjoy yourself.
- The front of Jesse GEORGE Store is getting a new face. We know it will be a great improvement and the public as well as Mr. GEORGE, will be proud of it.
- Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, and Philip QUANDT attended the KLEISS-BEHL Reunion at St. Joseph’s Hall in Pesotum Sunday.
- Jessie EMBSER dies: Mrs. Jessie EMBSER died in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Vandalia on July 15th, age 86 years, 11 months, 30 days. Had she lived just 15 minutes longer, it would have been her birthday. Services will be held at the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest CROUCH officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. She was the widow of the late Jerome EMBSER, and for many years, residents of the Pleasant Grove neighborhood south of this city. She is survived by 4 sons, Frank of Salem, Ted of Tuscola, Jerry of Benton, and Leon of Harvey.
- GEORGE Store Robbed: Burglars gained entrance to the Jesse GEORGE Store last night by prying an iron bar from a window in the rear of the store. They then pried a lock from 2 back doors. All the change was missing from the cash registers as well as from a small box on the desk. Also several cartons of cigarettes were taken.
- Pictures of area soldiers from past years was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family were Sunday dinner guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT. Other callers were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family.
July 25, 1957:
- An old picture was included from the big fire in Kinmundy.
- A farewell ice cream supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and daughter, Linda, July 21, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul WAGONER and family who left Monday evening to make their home in Colorado. (A list of those attending was included.)
- On July 14, 1957, forty-nine relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin CONANT to celebrate his 60th birthday. A basket dinner was enjoyed. Those present were his wife and children, Misses Elma, Valinda, Florence, Fleta and Mack, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT, Mr. G.W. CONANT, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth HARVEY, Mr. and Mrs. William HARVEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orval HARVEY, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and daughter, Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family, Mrs. Monna FRAKES and daughter, Mrs. Martha and Mildred REESE, Mrs. Nola YUND, Mrs. Charity LOWE, Edward FISHER, William PRATT, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Edward SMITHEY and daughter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY of Salem have a son born July 18 in the Salem Hospital named Robert Douglas.
- Pvt. Farrol E. ARMSTRONG, son of Mr. and Mrs. William K. ARMSTRONG of Kinmundy recently began the second phase of 6 months of active duty under the Reserve Forces Act at Fort Leonard Wood. The 17 year old soldier attended Kinmundy High School.
- Pvt. Jimmie ALEXANDER returned to Ft. Lewis, Wash. after enjoying a 14 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER and other relatives and friends.
- A bridal shower was held at the Legion Hall in Farina on July 16 with Mrs. Maxey SPENCER being the guest of honor.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE July 21 in honor of their daughter, Joyce’s 4th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Word was received here Thursday of the death that morning of Wayne DAVIS, 23, of Chicago. He was the son of Bertha and the late Gray DAVIS of that city. Besides his
mother, he leaves his wife, Shirley, 3 daughters, several sister and brothers and relatives and friends. Services were held in Chicago. Those attending from here were Dr. and Mrs. Dwight HANNA, Mrs. Ethel HANNA and Bob HANNA.
- Dr. and Mrs. N.H. DAVISON have moved into the Clarence QUANDT property south of the Church of God. They moved here from Ramsey where the Doctor has practiced dentistry for several years. Dr. DAVISON established a 2 day practice here more than a year ago. He will continue his 2-day practice.
- Aunt Harriet DeVORE observed her 105th birthday July 24 in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN. Although she has been bedfast for the past few years, she still enjoys life. She is still very jovial and enjoys having company.
- JOHNSTON-YATES: The JOHNSTON-YATES Reunion was held July 21 at the Effingham Park. (A list of those attending was included.)
- The residents and former residents of the old Meadow Branch (Tickrow) School District will have a reunion at I.C. Lake on Aug. 3 with a basket dinner at noon.
- A list of those from out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. Jessie EMBSER was included.
- A public drinking fountain has been installed on the Fred GAMMON property just south of the barber shop. If you are thirsty, stop and get a drink.
- Mrs. Flora GRIFFIN, 81, died at the Salem Hospital Monday after suffering a heart attack in the home of her son, Marion, in Alma. Services are being held today from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Clifford NEWCOMB, officiating. Interment will be made in the Patoka Cemetery. The deceased lived on her farm in Foster twp. Because of her illness, a few days ago, she went to be in the home of her son. Besides Marion, she is survived by 2 other sons, Lester, of Foster twp., and Lee, living near Patoka.
- Winners of the 4-H Show, which was held July 13, 1957, were printed.
August 1, 1957:
- A picture was included of two men along the street, one who had a shoe shine business. Underneath the picture was the caption "A familiar scene of yesteryear. Tom SCHOENBORN (the city’s official shoeshiner) working on the high button shoes of beau brummell, John WILSON."
- Mrs. W.H. HILL, after having been rather ill at her home, is reported improving. Her daughter, Mrs. W.R. HATFIELD, of Winter Haven, Fla., has been here since July 1st, visiting with her parents. (A list of recent callers was included.)
- Mrs. Margaret "Mag" EAGAN was honored by several of her former students and other friends with a basket dinner at the Kinmundy City Park on July 28. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A family dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER, Sunday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry LOY of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Howard SPENCER and son, Bill of Metropolis; Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST, Garry and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER and Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER and family. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Ernie FURROW of Farina, and Mr. and Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD and family.
- The 30th annual BROWN Reunion was held at Lake Charleston near Charleston on Sunday. A basket dinner was enjoyed with about 70 present for the reunion. Those from here attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER.
- Dale CHASTEEN: Dale CHASTEEN, 24, died in St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis Friday. Services were held Monday from the Bowman Funeral Home in Salem, with interment in Salem Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Gloria (WILLIAMS); his 22 month old son, Jerry; his parents, Mr and Mrs. S.M. CHASTEEN, Salem; 2 sisters, Mrs. Alfred RISI, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. B.G. PARTON, Midway Island; 1 half-sister, Mrs. Dale HUNT, Mt. Vernon; and 2 half-brothers, Harold TACKETT of Salem; and George TACKET, Centralia. Dale was thrown from a horse on July 7th and received a fractured skull. He remained in the Fayette County Hospital 2 weeks, and came home. On Wednesday of last week, he was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he died Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. James BROOKS of Alma have a son born July 24 in the Salem Hospital named Thomas Alan. The mother is the Home Ec. Teacher in KACHS.
- Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS had all of their children with them Sunday. They were: Mr. and Mrs. William WHITESIDE and their children and families of East Alton; Mr. and Mrs. Keith PHILLIPS and sons of Shawneetown; Robert PHILLIPS of Barstow, Calif.; Marvin PHILLIPS of Alexandria, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Allen PHILLIPS and family of Edwardsville; Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem; and Miss Myra PHILLIPS.
- A supper was held at the Boston Lake Sunday in honor of the birthdays of Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE. Those enjoying the evening with them were their children: Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE and family of Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE and children and Miss Barbara LANE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles CARPENTER and daughter, Miss Ruby and friend, and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar SPEISE of Mt. Vernon, were dinner guests of Mrs. W.W. LOWE Sunday. Mrs. LOWE’s birthday was being remembered.
- The REINDL Reunion was held in Taylorville Sunday. Those from here attending the reunion were Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were Salem visitors Saturday afternoon.
- Ernest FISHEL Dies: Milton BAYLISS of Vernon, received word that his uncle Ernest FISHEL of Neilton, Wash. suddenly died July 11th. He will be remembered by several of the older residents of Kinmundy. He was a minister and founded several churches in the Neilton area.
- Saturday evening about 25 little friends enjoyed a skating at the Salem Skating Rink helping Terry GORDON celebrate her 10th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Farrol E. ARMSTRONG and Pvt. Robert ANDERSON of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A picnic supper was served at the Boston Lake Tuesday night as a surprise for Mrs. Clyde ROSE’s birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Harold KENLEY, Shirley and Gene, Mr. and Mrs. Oulrey HANKS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Pete HILTZMAN and children, and Ralph, Russell, and Paul M. and families and Clyde ROSE and family, and mother. A good supper and a nice time was enjoyed.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several members of the Alma Methodist Church gave Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND a pleasant surprise Sunday when they came after church service with baskets of good things to eat. The occasion was a belated birthday remembrance for Mrs. HIESTAND. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE were asked to tell them they were coming for dinner to keep them at home. (A list of some attending was included.)
- Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY Tuesday afternoon.
Aug. 8, 1957:
- Several people, many former residents visiting in Kinmundy, Friday & Saturday. (A long list along with the town they were from, was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John M. BASS, former residents of this city, observed their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday by greeting old friends in Kinmundy. They held an open house Sunday at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Lee MILLER, in Normal. They were accompanied Tuesday by both of their children, Mrs. Lee MILLER of Normal, and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BROOKS, Goshen, Ind. Miss Raddie HOWELL, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.M. HOWELL, and John BASS, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John BASS, Sr., all of Kinmundy, were married Aug. 6, 1907 at Kinmundy by the late Rev. John BALLANCE. They lived in this community until 22 years ago when they moved to Bloomington and have since resided. Their children are Mrs. Helen BROOKS, Goshen, Ind.; Raymond of South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Alice MILLER, Normal; and Mrs. Dorothy PRICE, Bloomington.
- Otto V. REESE: Otto V. REESE, son of George and Sara EARNEST REESE, was born Apr. 16, 1895, and died Aug. 2, 1957 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Marion after a long illness. He was active in the Christian Church, and in community life. He was a member of the Kinmundy American Legion, being a veteran of WWI. He married to Mary Elizabeth CONANT on Aug. 6, 1916. They had 3 children: Wanda of St. Louis; Kenneth of Centralia; and Hope of Decatur, all of whom survive. The wife and mother died Jan. 29, 1948. On Dec. 28, 1949, he married Mrs. Florence BASSETT, who also survives. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, Gloria and Steven Wayne; 2 step-children, Marvin BASSETT and Ruth WILLIAMS; 6 step-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Ben, Sam, Jim and Jesse; one foster sister, Helen. Two brothers, Frank and Charley preceded him in death. Services were held Saturday from the Christian Church, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Miss Carolyn Louise ALBERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, and Darwin Keith DISS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS, all of this city, were wed Sunday at the Methodist Church. Carolyn chose Miss Barbara GARRETT as maid of honor, and Miss Marolyn ALBERSON, sister of the bride, as junior bridesmaid. Keith chose his brother-in-law, Wayne BRANDT, of Gilman as best man, and Dale BASSETT served as groomsman. Ushers were James WHITE and Don HANKS of Kinmundy. Soloist was Lloyd BAILEY, cousin of the bride. The reception was held in the church basement, with Miss Shirley BAILEY in charge of the guest book, and Mrs. Wayne SHANAFELT of Vandalia, Mrs. Wayne BRANDT of Gilman, and Miss Karen JONES, serving the cake and punch. Miss Nancy BEARD and Miss Rosalyn LOWE displayed the gifts. They couple will reside in Carbondale, where the groom is a student at Southern Illinois University, and the bride is employed.
- Nellie Rebecca J. VANSCYOC died at the Fayette County hospital in Vandalia on Aug. 2, after being confined to her home for several weeks following an acute heart attack. Mrs. VANSCYOC was born near Janesville, Ill. on July 22, 1875, the daughter of Sam and Lessie ROYER. She moved with her parents to a farm near Neoga and attended the public schools in that community. She also became a member of the Long Point Methodist Church. On March 10, 1896, she married Joseph VANSCYOC, and they had 4 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death. She and her husband, Joseph, moved to Kinmundy in March 1909, and settled on a farm. Her husband died May 17, 1938, after which she farmed a few years with her son, Lester. Surviving are her son, Lester, of Farina; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lewis LEE, Mattoon, and Mrs. Stanley ALBIN, Neoga; and a brother, Harry ROYER of Charleston, Ill., with 1 brother and 2 sisters having preceded her in death. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Sunday, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN, officiating, and interment in Long Point Cemetery in Neoga. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- A list of the ribbon award winners at the Home Economics 4-H Show and Dress Revue held in Salem on Thursday and Friday was printed.
- Private Darrell GARRETT of Ft. Carson, Colo. arrived Saturday for a 14 day furlough enroute to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. where he will resume his duties.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill GRADY and daughters, Sharon and Diane, have moved here from Oak Park. Mrs. GRADY is the granddaughter of the late Dr. H.L. HANNA.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KRUTSINGER announce the arrival of twin sons born in Salem Hospital on Aug. 2. One of them was stillborn and the other weighed 4 lbs. and 12 oz., and has been named Douglas Ray. The mother is the former Donna BURKETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leon SIGRIST of Salem have a daughter born July 31 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia named Pamela Lee. The mother is the former Alice Marie ZIMMER.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS have a daughter born in the Fayette county Hospital, Vandalia, on July 31. She has been named Cathy Jo. The mother is the former Joyce McHATTON.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.D. JACKSON of Ardmore, Okla., have a daughter born Aug. 6. The mother was the former Phyllis HOYT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER are the parents of a daughter born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia on Aug. 2, named Dianne Kay. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr.
- A family reunion was held at the L.H. SALISBURY’s club house on Lake Centralia on Sunday. A basket dinner was enjoyed with 32 being present. Those from here attending were Mr. and Mrs. P.T. CURLEY.
- A list of people attending the annual picnic of the old Tickrow School District No. 26 was included. It was held at the Kinmundy Lake on Aug. 3.
- A list of winners from the 4-H Achievement Show was printed.
- Pvt. Darrell GARRETT of Ft. Carson, Colo. arrived Saturday for a 14 day furlough enroute to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., where he will resume his duties.
Aug. 15, 1957:
- School will open Friday, Aug. 30th according to the local Board of Education. Lunches will be 25 cents per student at the Alma and Kinmundy grade schools, and 30 cents at the Junior and Senior High School. Tentative placings of the teachers are as follows:
Alma: Mrs. OWENS, Grades 1 & 2; Mrs. MALONE, Grades 3 & 4; Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS, Grades 4 & 5; Mrs. Grace JACKSON, Principal, 5 & 6; cook, Annabelle PHILLIPS; Custodian, Teddy CURLEY.
Kinmundy Grade School: Mrs. Alma ERNST, Principal, Grade 1; Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS, 1; Miss Alice READNOUR, 2; Miss Anna May RITTER, 2; Mrs. Ruby SULLENS, 3; Mrs. Florence WEISS, 3 & 4; Hester HEATON, 5; Anna BALLANCE, 5; Fred GAMMON, 5 & 6; Mary BRASEL, 6; cooks, Lois ALDERSON, and Olga COPPLE; custodian, J.B. MAXEY.
Junior High School: Mrs. Bertha SEE, 7; Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON, 7; Mrs. Alice LEWIN, 8; Mr. Jamie McGEE, 8.
Senior High School: Lewis J.T. O’DELL, Supt. & Chemistry; V.F. McKITRICK, Agriculture; Richard ENOCHS, Science & Biology; Mrs. Betty BROOKS, Home Economics; Louise HAUTH, Commerce; Ruby O’DELL, English; Maxine WILLIAMS, Librarian; Mr. Julian C. MORRISON, Mathematics; Mr. Jim WASEM, Coach & History; Mrs. Mary PLOWMAN, English & Girls P.E.; still need a principal who can teach history; cooks, Blanche JASPER and Peggy JENKINS; custodians, George FEATHER & Ray OLDEN.
Music Dept.: Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS, Public School Music; Mr. Norman RHOADES, Band Director & Senior High School Chorus Director.
Bus Drivers: Fred CHANCE, Ralph KRUTSINGER, Charles LOWE, Byron SILL, Willard SCHOOLEY, Adolph TOCKSTEIN, Charles TOCKSTEIN, Gene WILLIAMS; sub-drivers: Virgil SEE, Fred GAMMON, George FEATHER.
Sub-Teachers: Ruby LINTON, Margaret SHUFELDT, Helen HANNA, Mrs. Mary ENGLES, Mrs. O.I. LEACH.
Recording Secretary: Jean BUCHKA.
- Robb GREEN, residing west of this city, had the misfortune of slipping while mowing his lawn Wed. with a rotary mower. He fell in such a way that his foot went under the mower, mangling the big toe. He is still resting and nursing his injury.
- A basket dinner was held in the City Park in honor of the 80th birthday of Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, Aug. 11th. Those enjoying the day were: Mr. and Mrs. Lyle GREEN and family of Seattle, Wash.; Dr. and Mrs. Carl GREEN and family of Baytown, Texas; Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM and son of Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and sons, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. FORD, St. Peter; Mrs. Darrell FORD and family, Altamont; W.L. GREEN, Mae GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES, Chuckie and Glennette WHITE, and Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and Kay.
- Anyone wishing to write Roy BASS, who is at present stationed in Missouri, here is his address: Pvt. Roy BASS, Co. D. 2nd BR, 5th training regt., Basic, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
- Russell J. BOUSEMAN is reported ill at a hospital in New York. His wife is the former Beverly PHILLIPS of this city. (His address was provided.)
- Don ROGERSON, 55, committed suicide this morning (Wednesday) at about 8:15 by shooting himself in the head with a .22 rifle. He had eaten his breakfast at town and gone to his home. He was found soon afterwards by the Wilburn WOODEN children, who live next door. Don has been despondent since coming home from the veteran’s hospital in Marion a few weeks ago on account of his health. He spent several weeks in the hospital, and he might have had a malignant condition of the throat. He was never married. He is survived by a sister in Centralia.
- Mrs. Bertha SANDERS, 73, of Salem, died in a St. Louis Hospital Monday following injuries received on Aug. 3 when struck by a car. The body was brought to the Linton Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held this afternoon (Wednesday) from the Old Bethel Church, near Iuka, and interment made in the church cemetery. She is survived by 3 sons: Paul BROWN, Peoria, Harry and Walter SANDERS, Kinmundy; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Irene FRANKLIN, St. Louis, and Mrs. Katherine METCALF, Kinmundy.
- Farina friends of Mr. and Mrs. Keith DISS gave them a kitchen shower at the Seventh Day Baptist parish house in Farina, Aug. 11. A short program of musical and vocal numbers was enjoyed. Pastor APPEL introduced the new bride and groom and asked them to open their gifts which had been placed on a decorated table.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON of Salem were hostesses to a potluck dinner in honor of Mrs. Millie BASSETT’s birthday, Aug. 5. Also attending were: Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mrs. Pola ROBB and family, Charles BASSETT and family, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Robert BAILEY family, Gene BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son and the hostesses and their children, of Salem.
- Wayne ROBB, Commander of the Kinmundy Post 519, American Legion, has appointed the following to the offices for the coming year: Adjutant, John PHILLIPS, Jr.; Chaplain, Roy DOOLEN; Sgt-at-Arms, Sammy LOWE; Historian, Sam LOWE; Service Officer, Fred GAMMON; Employment Officer, Bob GREEN; Americanism Officer, E.O. ZIMMER; Child Welfare Officer, F.A. MOTCH; Public Relations Officer, O.I. LEACH; Poppy Chairman, J.R. MAHAN; Grave Registration Officer, R.R. ATKINS; Ritual Chairman; Merle JACKSON; Boy Scout chairman, Raymond OLDEN; S.A.L. Officer, F.R. MISELBROOK; Boys State Officer, E.E. JAHRAUS.
- Surprise Birthday Dinner: A surprise dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY Sunday in honor of Mrs. LIVESAY’S birthday anniversary. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Mason; Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, and Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, and the honoree and her husband.
- The residence property of the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore MILLER, located on the corner of First and Monroe Streets, was sold at public Salem Saturday morning, and was purchased by Byron SILL for $1425 plus the accrued taxes, making the purchase price close to $1500. Mr. SILL says he is going to remodel the property and will make it their home.
- The local fire department was called out Thursday to the Lee DYER property to extinguish a blaze which was consuming the coal shed. The department made a run to the Roy HULSEY home Monday when the barn caught fire from new hay. Very little damage was reported except to the hay.
- Friends here have received word of the death of Mrs. Bernice JUNKINS in a hospital in Bryant, South Dakota. She has been ill for about 3 years, and is the daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Ed JUNKINS former residents of Kinmundy.
- News from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family of Pontiac, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughters of Paols Valley, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Sunday.
- Army Pvt. Russell H. WILLIAMS, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. WILLIAMS, Alma, recently began 6 months of active military training under the Reserves Forces Act program at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After his basic combat training and advanced individual and unit training, and a 6 month tour, he will spend the remainder of his military service in the local Army Reserve or National Guard unit. He attended Southern Illinois University and was employed by the Central Illinois Rural Gas Company in Salem before entering the Army.
- Army Pvt. Russell H. WILLIAMS, 22, son of Russell D. WILLIAMS, Alma, began 6 months of active military duty at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. After completion of the 6 month tour, he will spend the remainder of his military service in the local Army Reserve or National Guard unit. He attended S.I.U. and was employed by the Central Illinois Rural Gas Company in Salem before entering the army.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family of Pontiac, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt GARRETT and daughters of Pauls Valley, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi were dinner guests with Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Sunday.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY attended the NEATHERY-WALKER Reunion in Greenville Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Our community was saddened by the death of Mrs. George FISK, who died Friday in Salem Hospital. (A list of those attending from here was included.)
Aug. 22, 1957:
- The 16th Annual Kinmundy Fox Hunters’ Meet will be held next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Charlton Grove, west of Kinmundy.
- Rudolph KAGY, 70, died in the Veteran’s Hospital in Marion, Sunday morning. The body was brought here, and services were held from the Linton Funeral Home on Tuesday. Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiated, and interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Willie SLANE of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Mary SHAFER of Odin; and 2 brothers, James KAGY of Clifton, Colo., and Charles KAGY, Lanark, Ill.
- A family basket dinner was held at the Moose Park at Salem Sunday honoring S. Sgt. and Mrs. Lester VANDEVEER and daughters of Scott Field, who left Monday to make their new home in Texas. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Art THOMAS, Mr. and Mrs. Roy MILLER, Mrs. Lois EASLEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pete JOINES and sons, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER, Miss Sharon COLLETT, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons, and Mrs. Eunice BUNDY, Bob and Kenneth. Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPENCER and family were afternoon callers.
- The 4th Annual REESE reunion was held Aug. 18 at the park in Kinmundy. There were 24 present at the noon hour. At the regular business meeting called by the secretary, Mrs. Vera REESE, Mr. Jesse REESE was elected President for the coming year, with Mildred SUTTON as secretary. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth REESE and Gloria of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. August DRAKE of Decatur; Miss Nancy ELSTON, of Granite City; Mrs. Iva COURSON, Mrs. Mary COMBS, Beryl REESE, Miss Judy CLAYTOR, Mildred and Dona SUTTON, Marian GIAR, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Alex ALEXANDER and friend of Christopher, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE, Karen and Nelda, Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE, Mrs. Florence REESE, Mrs. Nell WILSON, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and Eugene.
- Announce Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Norman DUKE of Brubaker, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth, to Mr. Richard FORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. George FORD, of Kinmundy. No date has been set for the wedding. (A picture of Ruth DUKE was included.)
- Gloria HILTZMAN & Garold CHASTEEN wed Saturday: Miss Gloria HILTZMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray HILTZMAN of Odin, became the bride of Garold CHASTEEN, son of Mrs. Blanche CHASTEEN, of this city, Saturday in the Kinmundy Methodist Church, with Rev. Earl PHILLIPS, performing the ceremony. The attendants were Miss Ruth Mary BARTLETT and Mr. Jack UHLS of Odin, friends of the couple. Those attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Ray HILTZMAN, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. HILTZMAN, son and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. KROGER of Odin, Mrs. Blanche CHASTEEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. William CHASTEEN, and Mrs. Dola BRASEL and Clara, of Kinmundy. The couple will reside in Odin where the groom has recently purchased a home.
- Funeral services were held for Don ROGERSON, aged 56 years, 6 months, and 4 days on Friday at the Christian Church. Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiated with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Roy ROGERSON, 67, died at his home in this city last Wednesday. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Friday, Rev. Oscar HAWKINS officiating. Interment in Phillips Cemetery.
- Donald HAMILTON Dies from Injuries received Aug. 11: Donald Leslie HAMILTON, 43-year-old father of 7 children, died at a Highland hospital Wednesday from injuries suffered when a pickup truck in which he was riding, rolled over several times after leaving Highway 66 a short distance north of Edwardsville. He suffered a mangled right arm and possible internal injuries. The arm was amputated Monday night in an effort to save his life, but he succumbed within 61 hours of being injured. HAMILTON and his family had gone to the farm of Roscoe MORGAN of Edwardsville for a visit Sunday, and the 2 men left in the truck to buy a newspaper in Edwardsville, with MORGAN driving, and HAMILTON seated on the right side of the front seat with his arm thru the window. They were on their way back to the farm and MORGAN was slowing down to turn off of the highway when the left the truck was hit by an Illinois Transit Lines bus driven by Edward DOUNEY, 37, of Springfield. Both were traveling north, and the bus was returning to Springfield after taking a group to a baseball game. The impact pushed the truck off the road and it turned over several times, catching HAMILTON’s arm beneath it. MORGAN suffered rib injuries and was released after being treated. A yardmaster with the Wabash Railroad, HAMILTON was employed at the line’s Baden, Mo. yards. He was born in Loogootee, Ill., and came to the Madison area 15 years ago. Survivors include his wife, Olivia HAMILTON; 4 sons, Robert, Pat, Richard and Donald HAMILTON, Jr., all of East Madison; 3 daughters, Misses Jill, Olivia and Karen Sue HAMILTON, all of East Madison; a brother, Harold HAMILTON, of Chicago; and his mother, Mrs. Yetta DRUMMOND, of Neoga. He died Aug. 14, 1957. (Taken from the "Granite City Press-Record", Aug. 15.) Funeral services were held Saturday in Madison with interment in the local cemetery. The deceased was a former resident of this community.
- The OLDEN-WAGNER Reunion was held in Newton on Aug. 11. Among those attending were Larry WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN, Stevie and Tina Marie of Salem; Mrs. Thelma INGRAM; Alva OLDEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN, Pat and Bill, Roscoe OLDEN, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and Mike, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and Wanda, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON and Donnie.
- Birthday Dinner: Mr. and Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS of Alma, were hostesses to a dinner at their home in Alma Sunday in honor of Mrs. WILLIAMS’ father, Clyde GARRETT’s birthday anniversary. Those enjoying the day besides the honoree were: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Barbara and Carolyn, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Miss Dorothy KERLEY and James WHITE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT were host and hostess at their home for the 38th wedding anniversary of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY on Aug. 16. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER have purchased the O.V. GRAGG residence in Alma and will move there in the near future.
- Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS has purchased residence property in the northeast part of the city from B.J. ROTAN. This property is known as the Billy HARVEY property.
- We received word this week from Ben Franklin WNOROWSKI, a former printer at Salem, Sandoval, Iuka, Sparta and Kinmundy in the state of Illinois, as well as Iowa and Oklahoma, and now a printer in Fairfield, Iowa, stating that he is beginning his 65th year as a printer. Now Ben doesn’t say just what his age might be. Nor does he call himself "Old Ben", but we presume he must be a little past the 80 year mark. He worked on the Kinmundy Express in 1897. We doubt if he’s remembered by too many of our local residents.
- A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred WILSON, Aug. 9, in honor of Pvt. and Mrs. Charles WILSON. (A list of those attending was included.) Pvt. and Mrs. WILSON left Aug. 12 for Camp Carson, Colorado, where he is stationed with the 42nd AAA Bn of the U.S. Army.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS and family ate supper with Mr. and Mrs. Noah KNISELEY Wednesday night, it being Noah’s birthday.
- Pleasant Grove: Homecoming was observed at Pleasant Grove the second Sunday in August. Rev. CROUCH preached in the morning, and Rev. George MEYER spoke in the afternoon.
- Pvt. Dannie JOHNSON returned last Saturday to Ft. Chaffee, Ark. after a 14 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON. He has completed 8 weeks basic training at Camp Polk, La., and will now be attending a clerking school at Ft. Chaffee.
- A2c and Mrs. Larry SULLENS and children of Salina, Kansas returned to their home Wednesday after a 3 weeks visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewie SULLENS and relatives.
- SP3 Kenneth B. BUNDY left for Ft. Belvoir, Va., Tuesday, to resume his duties after enjoying a 20 day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Eunice BUNDY, and other relatives.
- The Nimble Thimble and Scattered Farmers 4-H Clubs had a joint Achievement meeting, Aug. 5, at the Omega Townhouse with the Omega Home Bureau Units and the member’s families as guests. Six Nimble Thimble members, 11 Scattered Farmer members, and 30 guests were present. Talks and demonstrations were given by Ronald TATE, Janet ROSE, Lindell WILCOXEN, Russel TATE, Boyce WHITE, Charles VANDEVEER, Larry RITTER, Keith RITTER, and Karen MULVANEY.
Aug. 29, 1957:
- Among the 39 student nurses to graduate Aug. 30 from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing of Springfield will be Miss Donna Marlene SCHOOLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. SCHOOLEY, and Mrs. Gladys BRIMBERRY WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roley BRIMBERRY.
- Mrs. Roy DOOLEN was pleasantly surprised Wednesday when several arrived at her home with well filled baskets to help her celebrate her birthday. Those who came were Mr. and Mrs. F.B. BALLANCE, Mrs. Betty JOHNSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS, Bill and Cynthia COX of Patoka.
- The teenagers had a party Aug. 23 in the Legion Hall. It was given by the Advisory Board to organize a teen center. Fred BOYD explained to the group and 21 signed to join. Prices are $1 for high school and junior high students, and 50 cents for grade school students. The teenagers elected their officers. They are: Charles GRAY, Chairman; Barbara GENTRY, Co-Chairman; Judy ROBB, Secretary; Dorothy SHAFFER, Treas. All parents are urged to attend the teen center.
- Parishioners of St. Philomena’s Catholic Church enjoyed at basket dinner on the old church grounds Sunday with about 100 members and friends present. The main feature of the evening was the burning of the note which was given in 1951 in payment on the new church that was dedicated in June of that year. The congregation was very happy when the final payment on this note was made this month. The parishioners were sorry Fr. STRZELEC, the pastor, was not able to be present due illness. He had entered the hospital on Sunday. Fr. A.B. SCHOMAKER and Fr. RATERMANN of Centralia were present. After the burning of the note, Fr. SCHOMAKER, gave an interesting talk, reminiscing on the history of the parish during the 16 years he was pastor, leaving Kinmundy in Aug. 1955. A new fund was begun at this gathering, when members made pledges toward a new parish hall with hopes of it being built sometime in the future.
- The HELM Reunion was held at Salem Park, Sunday with a basket dinner. Mrs. Katherine BOUGHERS and daughter, Wilma, of Kinmundy, were among those present.
- Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL are parents of a daughter, who weighed 9 lbs. 12 oz., born Aug. 27. The mother is the former Marcelline GENTRY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT are rejoicing over the arrival of another daughter born in the Centralia Hospital Aug. 26, weight 4 lbs., 8 oz.
- A farewell party was given in the basement of the Christian Church Aug. 20, in honor of Mrs. Frank WILSON, who will leave soon to make her home in Decatur.
- The 54th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gene KEEN was remembered with an annual basket dinner held in Salem Park on Sunday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD announce the engagement of her daughter, Donna, of Minneapolis, to Harry JACOBSON, of Minneapolis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris JACOBSON of Buffalo, New York. The wedding is set for Oct. 12th.
- HOLT Reunion: The annual HOLT reunion was held Sunday, August 25, in the Kinmundy Park. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Orville WINDERS, Mrs. Ella WIMBERLY, Mr. and Mrs. Otto HOUGH, Mrs. Anna HOGGE, Mr. Bill HOGGE and children, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Richard MURFIN and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. GILLESPIE, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SPADE, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL, Farina. Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer FRIZELL, Mrs. Mag EAGAN, and Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, Alma; Mrs. Ormell SIMCOX, and Mrs. Cleo WALKER, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Edd ZINDEL and son and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie ZINDEL and family, Moweaqua; Mr. and Mrs. Fred LAURENCE, Centralia; Sharon and Robert ROBB, Charleston; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. EVANS and family, and Mrs. Ethel CAMPELL, Mesa, Arizona; Mr. Lem LAMBORN, Normal. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and family, Mrs. Esther GEORGE, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS and son, Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD, Mrs. Nettie GEORGE, Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. COLE, Mrs. John HOLT, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Mrs. Pearl FISHER, Mr. and Mrs. Bill DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE, and Miss Edith MORGAN, of Kinmundy.
- Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Kay, spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Henry DICKEY and family at Niantic. On Sunday they all attended the wedding of a cousin, James DUNN and Carolyn VAUGHN at People’s Church of God in Decatur.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Paul ROSE visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE and family, and also called on Mr. and Mrs. Clyde ROSE and family. They reported that Mrs. Claude ROSE’s pressure cooker blew up while canning corn last week. The lid went thru the ceiling and the burner on her electric range was bent down. No one was hurt but badly scared.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills, and RM2 and Mrs. Neil BRASEL and son of Newport, R.I. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GARRETT and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Mac GARRETT and son.
- The Joint Installation of the American Legion Post 519 and Auxiliary Unit 519 was held at the Legion Hall, Aug. 26. The meeting was called to order by Com. Roy DOOLEN. The following were installed for the Legion: Sgt. at Arms - Sammie LOWE, Jr.; Serv. Officer - C.F. GAMMON; Historian- Sam LOWE; Chaplain - Roy DOOLEN; Finance Officer - A.H. MILLER; Adjutant - John PHILLIPS, Jr.; Junior V. Comm. - Maxey SPENCER; Senior V. Com. - Dwight HANNA; Com. - Wayne ROBB. For the Auxiliary: Sgt. at Arms - Edith BUTTS; Asst. Sgt. at Arms - Mary Esther WILLIAMS; Historian - Pearl HANNA; Chaplain - Herschel PIGG; Treas. - Dorothy McCULLEY; Sec. - Effie CRAIN; 2nd V. Pres. - Jane LOWE; 1st V. Pres. - Nell KLINE; and Pres. - Bessie DISS.
- Frank ARNOLD of Detroit, Mich. came last week and is spending his vacation with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD and family of Salem, and sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, and Misses Grace and Ruby ARNOLD.
Sept. 5, 1957:
- A Kinmundy High School class picture from around the 1930's was included.
- A picture was included of Miss Donna SCHOOLEY, who graduated recently graduated from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield.
- Kenton Dale WALKER, 23, son of Dr. and Mrs. Glenn WALKER, of Farina, was killed Monday afternoon one mile north of Herrick when his car missed a curve and rolled over a 20 foot embankment. Dallas Lane JACKSON, 22, of Herrick, was also killed. Lowell SARVER, 21 of Herrick, the third occupant of the car, was taken to Pana Hospital suffering from head injuries. He is in critical condition. Kenton Dale had been visiting in Herrick. His body was brought to Farina to the Lash Funeral Home.
- The first meeting of the Kinmundy-Alma Band was held in the band room Sept. 3 to elect new officers, and they are: President - Kaye HAMMER; Vice Pres. - Phyllis WOOTERS; Sec-Reporter - Dorothy SHAFFER; Treasurer - Marolyn ALBERSON; Librarian - Charles SOLDNER; Asst Librarian - Kathy O’DELL. There are 28 high school band members.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pat JAMES attended the WHITE Reunion held at Bilss Park in Effingham Sunday.
- Among those attending the MULVANEY Reunion at the Salem Bryan Memorial Park were Mr. and Mrs. Joe MULVANEY of Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence URBIN of Bloomington, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles WILSON, of near Omega.
- The BAILEY Reunion was held at the City Park in Oblong, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and 10 of their children and their families were in attendance, namely: Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children; Mr. and Mrs. Bob BAILEY and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and children, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughter of Clay City; Mr. and Mrs. Bob SAGADINE of Norfolk, Va.; Miss Shirley BAILEY of Champaign; Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons.
- The BRASHEAR Reunion was held at the Pleasant Hill Church near Orchardville Sunday. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ARMSTRONG.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank BLACK of Carbondale have a son born in Vandalia Fayette Hospital on Sept. 1 named Randall Frank. The mother is the former Marilyn O’DELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob SAGADINE of Norfolk, Va. arrived Friday to spend a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY and other relatives. Bob has recently received his discharge from the navy and after a visit here they will be home in Champaign where he will continue his studies at the U. of I.
- Miss Dorothy Helen TUCKER, daughter of Mrs. J. Kenneth TUCKER, became the bride of Staff Sergeant Gene A. QUEEN of Woodward, Okla. on Aug. 1 at the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church at Roswell, New Mexico. The groom, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geordia E. QUEEN, of Woodward, Okla. Best man was Tech. Sergeant William D. CLARK, brother of the bride, and matron of honor was Mrs. CLARK, sister-in-law of the bride. The bride is a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE of this city.
- Mrs. Frances JONES and Harold WATSON, both of Decatur, were married Sunday in the Free Methodist Church in that city. Several relatives and friends witnessed the ceremony. Among these were the father and mother of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. WATSON, of this city. After the ceremony, a wedding dinner was held for the out-of-town guests, after which the couple transported the parents to their home here and left on a honeymoon trip to Phoenix, Ariz., where they will visit the groom’s sister, Mr. and Mrs. Martin LAPIANO.
- Mrs. Nelle JENKINS, 88, of Alma, died in the Salem Hospital on Aug. 30. Services were held Sunday at the Alma Methodist Church with interment in Allmon Cemetery. She is survived by 4 sons, Bob and Arthur, of Alma; Bill, of Opdyke; Ben, of Kinmundy; and 1 daughter, Mrs. Agnes WESTER, of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DRETCHEL of Olney are parents of a daughter born in the Olney Hospital on Aug. 20 named Pamela Sue. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fenton NEAL.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Twila KENLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold KENLEY, and Mr. Gene BAKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie BAKER were married Aug. 29 in Bartonville. The bride was formerly employed at Ozark Air Line in Minneapolis, Minn, and he is employed at the Caterpillar in Peoria. The couple will reside in Bartonville, Ill.
- Mrs. Rufus GERKIN and children, Donna Sue and Donnie, spent Sunday and Monday with her mother, Mrs. Hattie FIELDS, of Norris City. Mrs. GERKIN was helping her brother celebrate his birthday.
- Pictures of several soldiers who had served thru the years, were printed on an inside page of the paper.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Twila KENLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold KENLEY and Mr. Gene BAKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie BAKER, were married Aug. 29 in Bartonville. She was formerly employed at Ozark Airlines in Minneapolis, Minn., and he is employed at Caterpillar Co. in Peoria. They will reside in Bartonville.
- Meacham: The C.B. Circle held their annual business meeting Thursday with Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER. The business for future club meetings was taken care of. Those present were Mesdames Percy LACEY, Lenore LOWE, Olga COPPLE, Rochelle MISELBROOK, Dollie SLANE, Hannah MISELBROOK, George KESSLER, Bertha JOHNSON, and Grace DILLON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE attended the funeral of Mr. COLE’s niece in Mowequa, Thursday.
Sept. 12, 1957:
- Mrs. Ellen PERGL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert PARKER, residing in Foster twp., and Pvt. Dannie JOHNSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON, residing southwest of Kinmundy, were married in Heavener, Okla., Aug. 31, in the First Christian Church. Pvt. JOHNSON is stationed at Camp Chaffee, Okla. Mrs. JOHNSON resides west of Kinmundy on the Kinmundy-Patoka Rd., where she will remain until her husband has graduated from the school at Camp Chaffee. Then she expects to go to him wherever he might be stationed.
- School enrollment: There are 420 students enrolled in our grade schools, and 181 in our high school. (A breakdown of the numbers for each class was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Russell, spent Sunday at the Park in Sullivan where the 33rd Division of the 130th Infantry Hdq. Co., held their annual reunion with a potluck dinner.
- Bernard McGIVERN died in St. Louis on Aug. 14. He was the husband of the former Bess WILSON, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis WILSON of this city. John and Fred WILSON, residing west of Kinmundy, are brothers to Mrs. McGIVERN.
- Kenneth ROBB, an employee of the Garden Drilling Co. Garage in Salem, was very painfully injured Monday while at work. The men were loading a "junk box" as it is termed, on to a truck by means of a winch. This heavy box, which is on skids, is always loaded in this manner and never did slide before but it did this time. And in the sliding, caught Kenneth’s legs, pinning him to the truck and trailer. The right leg was considerably bruised and the muscles in the calf of the left leg were torn away from the bone. He was rushed to Salem Hospital where he is a patient. We understand x-rays are to be taken to see if any bones are fractured as soon it is possible to do so.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis KRUTSINGER have moved to the Bill WALSH farm property north of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON have moved into the Belle SUTTON property vacated by the KRUTSINGERS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER have moved to their new home from the Henry BREMER property in which they have lived since their home burned last spring.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB have a son born Sept. 10 in the Salem Hospital, named Samuel Kenneth. The mother is the former Ruth TATE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe RODDY, of Centralia, have a son born Sept. 3 named Richard RIGGS. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HATFIELD of New Orleans, La., have a son born Sept. 7 named William Hill. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HILL are the great-grandparents, and he is their first great-grandchild.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene GIGAR have a daughter born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia named Patricia Ann. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Milton GIGAR.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER Sunday in honor of Mrs. Anna Mae BAILEY and Mrs. Albert FEATHER of Griffethville, Ark. Those attending besides the honorees were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and family, Patoka; Connie SHREFFLER, Carrier Mills; Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES. Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, W.L. GREEN, and Miss Mae GREEN.
- The FORD Reunion was held in the Kinmundy City Park, Sunday, with a basket dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD’s birthday anniversaries, also their wedding anniversary was being remembered. It was Mr. FORD’s 94th birthday. Those present were: Eugene FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Don FORD and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill DIPPOLD and daughter, Mary Lillion, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Walter FORD and daughter, NANCY, of Waverly; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, Mrs. Jana EVANS, Mr. and Mrs. Ford EVANS, St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. John FORD and daughter, Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Robert FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack KRUTSINGER and family, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Bert FORD and son, Carroll, Mrs. Emma BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, George FORD, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HULSEY, Ricky MOTCH and Patsy DEADMOND.
- Relatives and friends of the late F.M. ROBB held their annual reunion in the Kinmundy City Park on Sept. 9. Those enjoying the day were: Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES and Harold, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lester GRIFFIN, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters; Mesdames Lora ARNOLD, Effie ROBB, Nettie GEORGE, Lewella NEATHERY, and Stella PRUETT.
- The MAXEY-HARVEY Reunion was held at Miller Park in Bloomington on Sunday. Among those attending were Miss Donna HENKIN and Don HENKIN, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY and family, of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY and sons, Morris and Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER and Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER.
- The VANDEVEER Reunion was held at the Brown Memorial Park in Flora with a basket dinner on Sunday. Those from here present were: Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons, Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and family.
- Among those attending the BRASEL Reunion held at the Moose Picnic Grounds in Salem Sunday were Mrs. Harry BRASEL and daughter, Marsha, of Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed BRASEL.
- The CONANT- OWENS Reunion was held Sept. 8 at Giant City Park. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Abe OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Don OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Dan OWENS, Dexter, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy OWENS, Mike and Danny, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett CONANT, Ken OWENS, St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PRATT, Centralia; Mack CONANT and lady friend; Fleta CONANT, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT, Gary, David, and Alan, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT, Mr. and Mrs. James JONES, Jim, Don, Nina and Lila, Emmit and Fern GRAY, Kinmundy. The family will meet at the same place next year on the first Sunday in Sept.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP entertained to a birthday dinner Saturday in honor of Mrs. DUNLAP’s sister, Mrs. Lewie SULLENS. Those also present were Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughter, Loretta, Mrs. Emma BALLANCE and Mr. and Mrs. Robert GEILER and family, of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN, of Mt. Vernon.
- Mrs. Bessie MUNDY, 74, died in the Fayette County Hospital Sunday night from cancer of the tongue. Services are being held this afternoon (Wednesday) from the Linton Funeral Home, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR officiating, and Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, assisting. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Frankie COX, of this city; Mrs. Louise RAMSEY, Springfield; and Mrs. Jessie NEAVILL, Whittier, Calif.
- Among those receiving degrees from the Univ. of Illinois this summer is Zola M. ROBNETT, B.S., daughter of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT of this city.
- More photos from soldiers who had served in past wars were printed within the inside of the newspaper.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and sons, Dannie and Johnnie, visited Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT Sunday night.
- Pleasant Grove: A charivari and shower was given Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul JENKINS for Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAKER.
- Mrs. Pearl KLINE is the proud owner of a new television, a birthday gift from her sons.
- Meacham: Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Mrs. Effie CRAIN attended funeral services held in Louisville Thursday for Thomas ADAMS. He was father of Mrs. Leona FULFER. Mrs. Roy SHORT, Mrs. Xon HANKS, Mr. and Mrs. Bill SLANE, and Mrs. Leon MILLER also attended the funeral.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and family held a potluck supper Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER in honor of Mrs. MERCER’s birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT and Jane Ellen of Sandoval, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and family of Salem, Sunday. Bruce and Jane Ellen’s birthdays were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM attended the JACOBS-PAGEL wedding at St. Paul Evangelical Church in Bible Grove Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB were Sunday dinner guests of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and family, at Bridgeport.
- Mrs. Frank BLACK was guest of honor at a baby shower Friday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Sue HULSEY and co-hostesses, Tillie HULSEY, Mrs. Bertha SEE, and Mrs. Dola BRASEL. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A pink and blue shower honoring Mrs. Kenneth ROBB was given by Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and Mrs. Raymond SWIFT on Sept. 4, given in the home of Mrs. Mack ROBB. Refreshments were served by Judy ROBB, Barbara GENTRY, and Mary Susan HARVEY. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. R.J. FULFER of Lincoln spent Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. Rueben CRAIN. They were called here due to the death of her father, Tom ADAMS.
Sept. 19, 1957:
- The local PTA held it’s annual Flower and Garden Show, and all of children who won prizes for the flowers and vegetables were listed.
- Cecil KELL, chairman of the Marion County ASC Committee, announced the names of the new community committeemen elected Sept. 9, 1957, to assist for the next year in administering the various programs under the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation agency of the Dept. of Agriculture. Three committeemen and 2 alternates were elected in each township. Committees are:
Alma Township: Roy W. STEPHENS, Jack J. BARKSDALE, Ernest V. BROOM, John W. SHAFFER, Samuel HIESTAND
Foster Township: Cleve McWHIRTER, Lester GRIFFIN, Ellis BASSETT, Marvin BASSETT, Robert JONES
Kinmundy Township: Kenneth WILKINSON, Glen BRASEL, LaVerne AMBUEHL, Donald ROBB, Earl LANE
Meacham Township: Murrell REESE, Kenneth ELKINS, LuVerne ENGEL, Clark HAMPSTEN: Ralph EAGAN, Wayne SCHOOLEY, Frank SIMER, Leon BAKER, Elmer WEYRICH.
- The Twilight Circle of the Methodist Church held a surprise party and handkerchief shower at the home of Mrs. Merle KLINE Friday. Mrs. KLINE’s birthday was being remembered. There were several there to enjoy the afternoon.
- A 6 o’clock surprise dinner was held at the home of Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, of Alma, Tuesday, Sept. 10, in honor of Mr. Selby GARRETT’s 69th birthday anniversary. Those enjoying the evening besides the hostess and honoree were: Mrs. Selby GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEE and family were Mr. and Mrs. Russell HICKMAN of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Bob LEE and family of Springfield; and Mrs. Stella LEE. Mrs. Robert LEE’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE were dinner guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and daughter, Friday. Mrs. Sam LOWE’s birthday was being remembered.
- A reunion was held at the Patoka Park Sept. 15 with a basket dinner. The reunion was in honor of the school teachers and scholars and their families of the former Doolen School near Vernon. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY were among those enjoying the day.
- Herbert Lee BELL killed Monday in New Jersey: Mr. and Mrs. Percy FOLLOWELL received word Monday of the death of their son-in-law, Herbert L. BELL, 28, of Arlington, Texas. They, in company with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCARTY, and their son, Henry, left Tuesday to attend the funeral and burial which will be held in Mansfield, Texas, the home of his parents. According to the news account, the accident happened in Dover, N.J.. An experimental rocket engine exploded while being tested at the Naval Air Rocket Test Station at nearby Lake Denmark. The test was being made in the presence of representatives of Chance Voght Aircraft Co. of Dallas, Texas. Herbert was a representative of this firm. Six other men were seriously burned. Mrs. BELL is the former Mary Lou FOLLOWELL. They have 2 children, Kay, 6, and Gregg, 5.
- Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Donna and Barbara, attended an open house at the home of Mrs. WEISS’ brother, Mr. and Mrs. Walter KLEEMAN, near Vernon, Sunday, in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary.
- The MAULDING Reunion was held with a basket dinner in the Salem Park, Sept. 15. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING of this city.
- Bill SEE, accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND and daughter, motored to Madison, Wis., where Bill had the honor of speaking at the National Convention of W.C.T.U.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROBB of Okemos, Mich., who were married Sept. 23, 1907, will celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary Sept. 22 with an open house at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George BOUYOUCOS. Their other children are: Mrs. Duane SKINNER, Mrs. Wellington FULLER and William ROBB, all of Lansing, and Miss Edith ROBB of Livonia. They also have 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Mr. and Mrs. ROBB spent their early married life in the home west of Kinmundy now owned by the Donald ROBB family.
- A pink and blue shower was held at the home of Mrs. Pauline WEST on Sept. 13, in honor of her daughter, Mrs. Edith WISHER. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- At a special meeting of the Kinmundy Lodge, No. 398, A.F. & A.M. held Saturday, Grover Cleveland DOOLEN was highly honored by being presented a Life Membership Card from the Grand Lodge of Illinois, for having been a Mason for 50 years. The presentation of this card was made by his son, Gilbert, who is secretary of the Lodge. The presentation of the 50 year lapel pin was made by another son, Roy, in behalf of the lodge. A letter of congratulations was made from still another son, Carl, in Oklahoma City, who could not be present for the occasion. A special meeting of Kinmundy Lodge No. 396 A.F. & A.M. was held on Sept. 4, 1907. At this meeting, Bro. DOOLEN was made a Master Mason along with 5 other men. Three of those men have died. One of them, Ira SPROUSE, moved to Calif. and transferred his membership there. The other one, Clyde B. CAMERER, is still a member of the local lodge but could not be present to participate in the honors. His card and button were mailed to him. Besides these 2 brethren, the lodge has 3 other 50 year members, namely, C.S. WATSON, F.C. ALEXANDER, and A.C. DUNLAP. At this meeting there were 12 past masters, and also present was Bryce JONES of Louisville, District Deputy Grand Master, who spoke on behalf of the Grand Lodge.
- Pleasant Grove: A3c Dale WAGONER of Rosewell, New Mexico, and Mrs. Susie WEEMS called on Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGONER, Wednesday.
- Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. COLE, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT, Mesdames G. Tom BALLANCE, Francis HAMMER, Fred GAMMON, and Florence REESE attended the funeral of John CHANCE at Zion Church Friday.
- Several of our ‘57 graduates are entering college. Those attending S.I.U. are Charles GRAY, John BALLANCE, Charles BUNDY, and George FISK. At the U. of I. is Charles WILLIAMS. Mark GARRETT is going to McKendree College.
- In loving memory of father and husband who died one year ago today. Missed by Mrs. Grace DILLON and family.
- In Kathy O’Dell’s "Kathy’s Korner" column, the following were listed as class officers recently elected for the high school classes:
Freshmen: Pres. - Becky HESTER; Vice Pres. - Joyce JOHNSON; Sec.-Treas - Quentin ROBNETT; Reporter - Robt. SHUFELDT; Student Council Rep. - Charles LUX
Sophomores: Pres. - Warren SHUFELDT; Vice Pres. - Beverly WILLIAMS; Sec-Treas - Ronnie SMITH; Reporter- Frances HIESTAND; Student Council - Patsy BEARD
: Pres. - Bud HELM; Vice Pres. - Donna HENKEN; Sec. - Barbara GENTRY; Treas. - Donna COPPLE
Seniors: Pres. - Joyce SMITH; Vice Pres. - Kaye HAMMER; Sec. - Dorothy SHAFFER; Treas. - Carolyn GARRETT; Reporter - Ruth DUKE; Parliamentarian - Charles WINKS; Student Council - Mary BEARD and Louis MAXEY.
Sept. 26, 1957:
- A kitchen shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN on Sept. 19, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. David LEE. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANEY celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary at their home Sept. 22. A basket dinner was enjoyed by all. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Steve MULVANEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Jackie MULVANEY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Beryl POTTER and daughters and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil POTTER and sons.
- Darlene FORD, 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD, residing northwest of this city, had the misfortune of having 2 fingers of her right hand severed in an accident which happened Wednesday. She had accompanied her father to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD. Charles Lee was painting the barn and the corn elevator was being used for a ladder. The elder Mr. FORD was working the machine which raises and lowers the elevator. At the given signal from Charles Lee, Mr. FORD lowered the elevator. When the operation was started, the little girl was standing beside the elevator. When the lowering was completed, Mr. FORD turned around and saw the little girl’s bloody hand. She had taken hold of the steel cable and her fingers were severed when they went around the pulley. She said they did not hurt. But she was taken to the Fayette County Hospital where her hand was dressed.
- Celebrates 88th Birthday Anniversary: Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS was guest of honor at a basket dinner held at the American Legion Hall Sunday, September 22. The 88th birthday anniversary of Mrs. ATKINS was being remembered. Those enjoying the day were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl BUNDY, of Dix; Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. H.H. JONES, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Orval WINDERS, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and children, Carrier Mills; Mrs. Marguerite MURFIN and Stevie, Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mrs. Hubert FISHER, Edith MORGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN, Lewella NEATHERY, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. JONES, Maggie EAGAN, Maude HOLT, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mrs. Wanda BRASEL and son, Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and Loretta, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALINSKY, and the honoree and her son, Raymond.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER and son in Salem on Sept. 22 in honor of Mrs. MERCER’s father, Alvin LUTTRELL’s 89th birthday. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, Mrs. Fred SEE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son.
- Thurman McCULLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT were in Plymouth, Ind., Thursday helping Paul’s mother, Mrs. Emma RICHARDS, move to Kinmundy, where she will make her home in the O.E. GARRETT property near the high school.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family, Mr and Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND and children, and Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and daughter Saturday evening.
- Mrs. Mattie LINTON, 90, died in the Fayette County Hospital Tuesday. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home in this city Friday, with Rev. Clifford NEWCOMB, officiating. Interment will be made in the Thorpe Cemetery, west of Vernon. She is survived by 3 sons, Clarence of Boody, Ill., Vinus of Vernon, and Beryl of this city; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Grace JONES, Vandalia, and Mrs. Unabelle LEHIGER of Vernon.
- The McCARTY Reunion was held with a basket dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCARTY and family of Monee, Sunday, with about 35 relatives attending. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Teresa and Steven, of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and son, Tommie, Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART of Olney, and J.C. McCARTY of Kinmundy.
- The Marion County Council of the American Legion and Auxiliary will hold a joint installation of officers in the American Legion Home in Sandoval Sept. 26. Mrs. Robert NEWMAN of Sandoval will be installed as president, and Mr. Roy DOOLEN of Kinmundy as Commander. Mrs. Wayne ROBB of Kinmundy will be the retiring president.
- A surprise baby shower was held at the home of Miss Ruthie BAYLIS in honor of Mrs. Oren JOHNSTON, Sept. 18. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Schoolroom menu:
Monday: Meat Pie, Pickled Beets, Buttered Peas, Pudding, Bread, Milk
Tuesday: Meat Loaf, Pickle relish, Mashed potatoes & gravy, Fruit Cocktail, Bread, Butter, Milk
Wednesday: Beef & Noodles, Green beans, Pickles, Jello, Bread, Milk
Thursday: Steamed Wieners, Hot rolls, Sweet Potatoes, Slaw, Bread, Milk
Friday: Chicken Salad sandwich; Carrot Stick, Buttered Corn, Cookies & Fruit, Bread, Butter, Milk
- In Kathy O’Dell’s "Kathy’s Korner" column, the following were listed as officers recently elected in their clubs and organizations:
: Pres. - Phyllis WOOTERS; Vice Pres. - Patsy BEARD;
School Librarian’s Club
Sec.-Treas. - Sue ERNST; Sponsor - Mrs. Maxine WILLIAMS, school librarian.
Girl’s Athletic Association: Pres. - Ada BRASEL; Vice Pres. - Patty OLDEN;
Sec.-Treas - Donna HENKEN
FFA: Pres. - Jim COURSON; Vice Pres. - Dale HANKS; Sec. - Lindell WILCOXEN;
Treas. - Larry SULLIVAN; Reporter - Nolan McKITRICK; Sentinel - Charles WINKS
FHA: Pres - Donna HENKEN; Sec. - Patsy BEARD; Treas. - Frances HIESTAND;
Parliamentarian - Janice BARBEE; Historian: Kay HAMMER.
Pep Club: Pres. - Kaye HAMMER; Vice Pres. - George EBLIN; Sec.-Treas. - Clara BRASEL;
Cheerleaders: Barbara GENTRY, Donna HENKEN, Carolyn GARRETT, Patty OLDEN, and Brenda GRAY.
Oct. 3, 1957:
- Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN have open house Sunday for 50th wedding anniversary: On Oct. 1, 1907, at the courthouse in Vandalia occurred the marriage of Miss Elsie LOWE and Mr. Cleve DOOLEN. Miss LOWE was the daughter of the late Charles and Ann LOWE and Mr. DOOLEN, the son of the late John and Martha DOOLEN. The Rev. Nathan BASCOM was the minister and the witnesses were Eli ROBB and Miss Josie BALLANCE, both deceased. The Rev. BASCOM had married the bride’s father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE. On Sunday, Sept. 29, 1957, at their farm home west of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEN celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary by holding open house to their many relatives and friends with approximately 125 registering. All guests were served lunch, cake, nuts and minutes by Mrs. Roy DOOLEN, Mrs. Laura HEADLEY, Mrs. Anna CURRY, Mrs. Mabel DOOLEN, Mrs. Pearl LOWE, and Mrs. Patricia MEYER. They were privileged to have all of their children with them: Laura, Gilbert, Roy, Marceline and Carl, and all by four of their grandchildren. Many pictures were taken during the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL and Frank GARRETT sang "Silver Threads among the Gold" to the honored couple. A telegram from Gov. and Mrs. STRATTON was received as well as 115 cards. Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEN went to housekeeping at their present home 50 years with the exception of a short time while they lived in Salem. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Cecil HARVEY has opened an electrical and plumbing shop in the Dr. MILLER building. He will sell a few fixtures but says it is work he is looking for, that is wiring and plumbing. For sometime, Kinmundy has been without anyone to do this line of work, and we are glad to see Mr. HARVEY "hang out his shingle". We think you will find him a very neat workman.
- Mrs. Leroy DISS held a surprise wiener roast Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS in honor of Leroy’s birthday. Those enjoying the evening were Mrs. Beryl DISS and children, Dannie and Gretchen, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford TUCKER, of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Ed MONICAL, Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS.
- Byron J. ROTAN died at the Memorial Hospital in Vandalia on Sept. 23, 1957. He was born in Kinmundy, son of John and Martha ROTAN. He spent his entire life here, a life long member of the Methodist Church, which he served as trustee and steward. He was preceded in death a few years ago by his wife, the former, Agnes HILLER. Services were held from the Methodist Church with Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Fred ALEXANDER received a painful injury Saturday when he slipped on a rug in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight ALEXANDER, whom he makes his home. He fell across the arm of a rocker, breaking 3 ribs.
- Mrs. Nell SUTHERLAND, formerly manager of Salem Flowers for the past 9 years, has purchased the Pete Huff building on North Broadway in Salem. After spending the past month remodeling and redecorating the building, she opened a flower shop Monday.
- Miss Donna Marlene SCHOOLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy, and Edwin Ernest JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest JONES of Flora, were married Sept. 28 at the home of her parents in Kinmundy. Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma performed the ceremony with only members of the immediate family and close friends attending. Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON played the piano. Mrs. Wayne BRANDT of Gilman was matron of honor. Best man was Donald ERWIN of Clay City. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A potluck supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY Wednesday honoring their son, Bob’s birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. George SHUMAKER was taken from Fayette County Hospital last week to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS, north of Kinmundy, where she will recuperate from a broken hip from an injury at the hospital several weeks ago.
- Miss Sandra WIMBERLY, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe WIMBERLY, of Salem, returned Saturday from the Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where she had undergone major surgery recently. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy MULVANEY of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Bill CALDWELL and children of Roxana, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT and Carmen Sue, were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul SWIFT, Mark and Nancy on Saturday. It was a belated birthday supper for Mr. and Mrs. MULVANEY and Leroy SWIFT, who’s birthdays were in August, also for Mrs. Paul SWIFT who’s birthday was Friday.
- The DAY Reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY in Alma, Sunday, with a basket dinner at the noon hour. Those attending besides Mr. and Mrs. DAY were: Mr. and Mrs. Ira WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Estel WILLIAMS and daughters, Debra and Dorothy, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip HOERR, St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Ben DAY and son, Bennie, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis RIETHMANN of East St. Louis; Mrs. Grace DAY of Alma; and Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DAY and son, John and Richard of Kinmundy.
- On Sept. 25, Miss Donna SCHOOLEY was the honoree at a shower given by Mrs. Wayne BRANDT, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS. Mrs. Shirley DREWES served the cake, and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT poured the punch. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- At 7 o’clock a pot luck supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON Saturday in honor of their wedding anniversary. Those attending were Mrs. Dorothy HAWN and son, Bobby, Misses Velma, Dorothy and Irene HEYDUCK, James FINN, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee BRITT of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Kaye, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters, Joann and Mary Jane.
- Locals from last week: Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and daughter, and Mrs. Neal BRASEL and son attended a party held in honor of the 4th birthday of Tommie BRASEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie BRASEL of Farina, Saturday.
- Locals from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON and Mrs. Doris MANESS and children were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE and son, Saturday. Mrs. MANESS’ birthday was being remembered.
- Locals from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Charles JASPER and sons of Braidwood spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed INGRAM, who were celebrating their 40th anniversary.
- Locals from last week: Miss Judy BROOKS, celebrating her 3rd birthday, spent Friday with Mrs. Cliff OLDEN.
- Locals from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Mabin SPITLER accompanied Mrs. Lottie MUNDWILER and Miss Amber HIESTAND attended the wedding of a relative, Miss Carol STEVENSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON, at Alton, Saturday.
- From last week: Mr. and Mrs. Don EBLIN attended the funeral of Miss Linda WIEHLE at the Iuka Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE attended the funeral.
- Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER and family were dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank KLINE of Alma, Sunday. Mrs. HAMMER’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude WILKINSON and Miss Florence JACK were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYD. Mrs. WILKINSON’s birthday was being remembered.
Oct. 10, 1957:
- Dwight L. JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, is enrolled as a student in Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.
- Two students, graduates of Kinmundy High School, have enrolled as freshmen at McKendree College the first semester of the 1957-58. They are: Mark Wesley GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT; and Charles W. JOHNSON, Pastor of the Okawville Methodist Church.
- The Fox Hunters held a business meeting Oct. 6 with the following officers being elected: President - Mack ROBB; Vice-President - Clyde BALLANCE; Sec.-Treas. - Clyde BASSETT.
- Mr. Fred KLEISS reports that he saw two wolves on the Harley Hill farm this week. This is not surprising as one wolf was killed in this neighborhood several years ago, and one got away from the hunters. Since that time wolves have been reported in various places. We used to have a wolf hunt occasionally.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT announced the arrival of a son born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Wednesday, Sept. 25. He weighed 8 lbs., 12 ozs. and has been named Brian David. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Florence REESE.
- Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER announce the arrival of Charles Wesley, Oct. 3 in the Salem Memorial Hospital, weight 7 lbs. 13 ozs.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernie MULVANEY are the parents of a son born Oct. 7 in Salem Hospital
named James Leon.
- The American Legion Auxiliary met on Oct. 7 with 27 members and 1 guest present. The new president, Mrs. Bessie DISS, called it to order, and prayer given by the chaplain, Mrs. Herschel PIGG. The sec., Mrs. Effie CRAIN, and Treas., Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY read their reports. Mrs. Nell KLINE reported 88 members to date with 14 being new members. Those appointed as chairmen of listed committees were: Fernadine LEACH, Vivienne FEATHER, Pearl FISHER, Pearl LOWE, Wanda EAGAN, Edith PHILLIPS, Florence REESE, Dorothy McCULLEY, Pearl HANNA, Pola ROBB, Lela M. DOOLEN, Lillie MANGNER, Ethel HANNA, Velma WILKINSON, Jane LOWE, Mildred KLEISS, Effie CRAIN, Marjorie GREEN, Gladys KLINE, Helen QUANDT, Elsie REESE, Irene BAILEY, Nell KLINE, Maxine ROBB.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert GRAY observed their 65th Wedding Anniversary Friday: On Oct. 4, 1892, occurred the marriage of Robert GRAY to Miss Malissa BOUGHERS of Kinmundy. They were married by the Justice of the Peace, Joe YOUNKIN in Kinmundy. Mr. GRAY is 84 years of age, and Mrs. GRAY, 82. They have lived their entire married life in Kinmundy. Mr. GRAY went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad as a section laborer in 1894 and continued in the service until Dec. 15, 1937, when he was retired on pension. This couple are the parents of six children: Harry of Odin, Laverne of Mass.; Paul of Kinmundy; and Don and two infant daughters, deceased. Their 65th anniversary was quietly observed Friday by a few of their relatives, neighbors and friends making routine calls. They did receive several nice gifts and many cards. Neither one are in good health, although they are able to be up and around. (A picture was included that was taken 15 years ago on their Golden Anniversary.)
- Pvt. James L. MAXEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hursel MAXEY, Alma was graduated Oct. 4 from a 10 week power equipment maintenance course at the Army’s Southeastern Signal School, Fort Gordon, Ga. The 22 year old soldier was graduated from Kinmundy Community High School in 1952.
- Mrs. Virgil SEE assisted by Mrs. Clyde ROSE entertained several friends to a surprise birthday party honoring Bill SEE’s 17th birthday Oct. 4th. A wiener roast was held followed by cake and games. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Rally Day and Homecoming will be held at the Alma Christian Church on Oct. 13th.
- Ellis BUTTS suffered a light stroke Oct. 1, and is confined to his bed at this writing, but is reported improving.
- Pleasant Grove: Charles Wesley, son of Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, was born Oct. 3 in Salem Hospital, weight 7 lbs. 3 oz.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Clyde ROSE and sons attended a surprise birthday party for Billie Dean SEE Friday at the home of his parents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family enjoyed a wiener roast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons, Sunday. Mrs. JONES’ birthday was being remembered.
- Farrol ARMSTRONG and Harvey ALLPHIN returned Friday after completing 6 months training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clifford PONTIOUS of Loogootee and Mrs. Frank FRISTOE and granddaughter of Villa Grove spent Wednesday with Mrs. Ida SMITH. Mrs. SMITH’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB were dinner guests of Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Sunday.
- The Sandy Branch Annual Report was printed. Officers for the coming year are: President - O.M. CONRAD; Vice President - Richard FEATHER; Sec.-Treas. - George COLE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER and children attended a potluck dinner in honor of the 89th birthday of Mrs. Laura SMITH in Alma Sunday.
Oct. 17, 1957:
- Warren SHUFELDT and Nolan McKITRICK are attending the Annual National FFA Convention at Kansas City, Mo. They left Monday with a bus load from Red Bud, Ill. It is the first time anyone has been able to attend from the Kinmundy Chapter, and is the 30th Convention.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WILLIAMS have purchased the LEITZ property a block east of the Methodist Church. They moved into their new home, Saturday.
- Sgt. Larry WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude WILLIAMS, of Mulberry Grove, but formerly of Alma, will be the recipient of an award for meritorious achievement in the National Guard of Illinois, and will take place Oct. 19 in Chicago. He has risen to the rank of Sgt. E. 5 within 2 years of enlistment, and will soon be promoted to the grade of Master Sgt. E-7. Mr. WILLIAMS is a graduate of the local high school, and enlisted in the National Guard during his senior year.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ron SWIFT of alma have a daughter, Ronda Sue, born in Fayette County Hospital. The SWIFTs now have 2 daughters.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dean PARRILL of Farina will observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 20 with a reception in the Farina Methodist Church for relatives and friends. Mr. PARRILL and the former Emma LEONHARD were married in Salem, Oct. 24, 1907. Soon after they were married, Mr. PARRILL taught the Swift School near Kinmundy. After teaching away from home about 12 years, he returned to Marion County to farm for 23 years. He retired from farming and moved to Farina in 1943. During the war years he came out of retirement and taught three years at Mason. Mr. PARRILL has been very active in community affairs. He was Mayor of Farina for 8 years. They are parents of 2 sons: Irwin and Kenneth, both living near Farina, and have 6 grandchildren.
- Mrs. Vera MAXEY returned home today from Jacksonville where she had been a patient in the Norbury Sanitorium for a few weeks.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred FLETCHER and Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT of Charleston, and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Kaye, were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER Sunday. The birthdays of Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT were being remembered and the anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred FLETCHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB were visiting friends near Mulberry Grove Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and children, and Mrs. Florence REESE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and family of Farina.
- PFC Gerald CHEADLE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE of St. Peter, is enjoying an 18 day leave with his parents, after which he will report back for duty at Fort Dix, N.J., from where he will go overseas for the remainder of his time with the U.S. Army. "Jerry" enlisted in the army in Dec. 1956.
- The Advisory Board of the Youth Center met Tuesday night to discuss plans for making a better place for the young people of the community. It was decided to purchase a large ping pong table and other games to be installed this week, and add curtains, pin up lamps and chairs. Books will also be added to the library there, and rules were passed.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM and daughter, Mrs. Mary WRIGHT, of St. Louis, were in an auto accident Tuesday while returning to Kinmundy from a visit in Karnak. The accident happened on Rt. 37 south of the Rt. 161, south of Salem. It seems as though the INGRAMs car was following 2 trucks. Just as Mr. INGRAM attempted to pass the truck, it pulled out to pass the one in front of it. At that Mr. INGRAM took to the shoulder and lost control of his car, which struck a bridge abatement. The three were taken to Centralia Hospital where it was found that Mr. INGRAM had the right arm broken above the wrist and lacerations on the forehead. Mrs. INGRAM has her right leg broken just above the knee, and lacerations of the head, caused when her head struck the windshield. Mrs. WRIGHT, who was in the back seat, was bruised and cut to some extent and suffered from shock. She too, remained in the hospital.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.I. LEACH Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. James SPRINGGATE of Alton, who were married Sept. 28, at the Elmstreet Presbyterian church in Alton. Mrs. SPRINGGATE is the former Carol STEVENSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin STEVENSON of Godfrey, and the granddaughter of the late, Mr. and Mrs. Lem BALLANCE of this city. (A list of Kinmundy friends and relatives attending was included.)
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANEY Sunday in honor of Mrs. MULVANEY’s birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gary OLDEN and Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON enjoyed Sunday dinner at the Chicken House, south of Salem. Mr. and Mrs. THOMPSON were celebrating their first wedding anniversary.
- Pleasant Grove: The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD was a surgical patient in Salem Hospital last week. Hope he is recovering nicely.
Oct. 24, 1957:
- Dr. Webb GARRISON, 25th president of McKendree College will be inaugurated on Oct. 26th. Mrs. GARRISON is the former Mary Elizabeth THOMSON, and their children are Carol, 17; Webb, 13; and William, 7.
- Charles and James WHITE will appear on TV, Channel 22, Harrisburg, each Wednesday at 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 23rd.
- A pot-luck dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB Sunday, Oct. 20. The occasion was the remembrance of Mrs. Wes ROBB’s birthday anniversary. Those enjoying the dinner besides Mr. and Mrs. ROBB were Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- Kathy O’DELL, school reporter, included the "Kathy’s Column" edition about the annual school parade which was held last Friday with the whirlers and the band starting the annual parade where the theme was "Religious Songs". Following the band, came the Senior’s decorated car, which was awarded second. The Senior King and Queen, Louis MAXEY and Mary BEARD, and their float followed which was a scene of the heavenly gates with Golden bells ringing. Their float tied for first. Then came the Junior’s best decorated car which was awarded first using a cross and yellow roses with the theme "Kneel at the Cross", along with their King and Queen, Charles SOLDNER and Patty OLDEN, and Helen BROWN playing the organ. They received 3rd on their float. Next were the sophomores with their King and Queen, Carol MULVANEY and Beverly WILLIAMS. Their float "The Little Brown Church in the Vale" and their float tied for first. The last float was the Freshmen with their King and Queen, Chuck GARRETT and Marolyn ALBERSON, and they received 3rd on their car. Their float received a 4th. At the carnival on Saturday night, the Junior King and Queen were crowned to reign for the coming year. An estimated 400 people were silent as the retiring King and Queen, Charles WINKS and Sue GRAGG made the Junior couple, Pat OLDEN and Charles SOLDNER, royalty.
- Kathy O’Dell listed the names on the high school honor roll for the first 6 weeks in her column.
- Jack, the faithful canine companion of Bert HAMMER, crossed the hard road once too often. He was hit by a car last week and killed instantly. He had lived to a ripe old age as far as dogs are concerned, but everyone felt sorry when they heard he was killed. Occasionally Jack would become lost from his master while Bert was doing his shopping. And he let everyone know that he was lost by his howl. So for the past week, Mr. HAMMER has been rather lost. But we notice that he has another dog now to help fill the lonely spot left by the death of Jack.
- Pvt. Dannie F. JOHNSON, 21, whose wife, Ellen, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON, live on Route 2, Alma, Ill., was graduated Oct. 11 from the eight week Administration School at Fort Chaffee, Ark. He attended Kinmundy High School.
- Elizabeth ATKINS: Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Wednesday) from the Linton Funeral Home for Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS, 88, who died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO in Hartford, Ill. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS will be in charge. Interment will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery. She is the widow of the late Dick ATKINS. he is survived by one daughter, Ruth BACKENSTO, Hartford, one son, Raymond, of this city; two sisters, Bertha ROBB, Houston, Texas, and Cliffie GILLESPIE, Vandalia, and one brother, Monroe LANSFORD, of Foster township, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS are the proud parents of a son who made his arrival in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Sunday, Oct. 20. He weighed 9 lbs. 10 ozs. The mother is the former Lila GARRETT.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG and daughters, Oct. 15, in honor of the 37th wedding anniversary of Mrs. YOUNG’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG. A beautifully decorated wedding cake, ice cream, punch and coffee were served by Mrs. Robert YOUNG and her sister, Mrs. Howard VELKER. Mr. and Mrs. BLOMBERG were recipients of many nice gifts. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Howard VELKER and son, Joe of Altamont, Mr. J.H. DISS and son, John, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS and son, Larry, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, Kaye, Charles, and Don BLOMBERG, Miss Zola ROBNETT, Mr. and Mrs. Robert YOUNG and daughters, Sue and Nancy, and the honorees.
- ME3 and Mrs. Robert INGRAM of Key West, Florida, are the parents of a baby girl born Oct. 21. She has been named Debra Lee. Mrs. INGRAM is the former Shirley BEARD and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD of this city.
- Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD returned home Wednesday after a 2 week visit in Minneapolis, Minn. and a few days visit with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Harold ARNOLD and family of St. Louis. While in Minneapolis, she attended the wedding of her daughter, Donna, and Harry JACOBSON in the First Baptist Church there.
Oct. 31, 1957:
- Pvt. Darrell GARRETT left Oct. 22 fo Fort Dix, N.J. after spending a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, while on a five day furlough enroute from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Word has been received by his parents since his arrival in N.J. that his orders were to leave by plane for Wiesbaden, Germany on Oct. 27.
- Attend ATKINS Funeral: Those from out-of-town attending the funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth ATKINS were: Mr. and Mrs. John MYERS, Mr. Carl HAMMER, Mr. Burdette HAMMER, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard JACKSON and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GROVER, Mrs. Elmer FRY, Mrs. Bill BUGGS, Hartford; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin DUGAN, Mrs. Lura TEDRICK, Mrs. Carl NEWLEN and son, Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Orville LANSFORD, Mr. and Mrs. Paul FIELDS, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar PERKINS, Mansfield; Mrs. Agnes KUDER and son, Deland; Mr. and Mrs. Earl BUNDY, Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Bob EAGAN, Mrs. Florence McNICOL, Patoka; Mrs. Robert FORD, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Myron CRAIG, Mr. and Mrs. John FORD, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Joe BACKENSTO and family, Marion; Mr. Clark COCKRELL, Mr. Tom GARRETT, Miss Mildred COX, Mr. Dale COX, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Henry BENDER, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE, Farina; Rev. and Cecil LOWE, Bridgeport; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard MURFIN, of Vernon.
- Twelve hub caps and three sets of ignition keys were stolen from a transport load of new Ford Trucks which was parked at the corner of Second and Madison Streets Saturday night. The transport truck was parked there Friday night by its driver, Merle GREENWOOD. No trace of the stolen articles has been had.
- Miss Suzanne HIESTAND, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND, and Gary GARRETT, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, were married Oct. 25 in Corinth, Mississippi by Judge Bernard D. SORELL. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. David LEE of this city.
- Eula Ethel HILL: On Oct. 25, 1957, Mrs. Eula Ethel HILL died at her home southeast of Kinmundy where she had resided for the past 60 years. Mrs. HILL, daughter of David NELSON and Martha Ann MERCER was born Jan. 31, 1881 near Salem. Soon after this the family moved to Elwin, near Decatur, where she spent her early childhood. Later the family moved to Kinmundy, where she continued her education. She was married to William Harley HILL, Jan. 14, 1900. To this union were born 3 daughters, and one son, William Harley, Jr., who preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Kinmundy; Myrtle at home; Mrs. Louise HATFIELD of Winter Haven, Fla., Mrs. Rhea WILLIAMS of Park Ridge; a sister, Mrs. Daisy MAXEY of Polo; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Mrs. HILL was a member of the Christian Church, the Kinmundy Women’s Club, and a charter member and a Gold Star mother of the American Legion Auxiliary. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Sunday with Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN, officiating. She was laid to rest beside her son in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert ELSTON of Granite City announce the marriage of their daughter, Patricia Ann, to Morris GEOTTSCH. Mr. and Mrs. GEOTTSCH were married in the home of the bride’s parents on Oct. 14. The couple are residing at Woodriver, Ill. Mr. GEOTTSCH is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve GALIK, Jr. of Zeigler, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Julian MORRISON and family have moved from Edgewood to the Lura Robnett property on route 37 near the C. & E.I. subway. Mr. MORRISON is the mathematics teacher in KACHS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT attended dinner in honor of his father, Claude GARRETT’s birthday Sunday, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale CAUDLE and sons of Vernon.
- Local new crowded out last week: Clyde GARRETT called on his sister, Mrs. Wes ROBB, Tuesday morning.
- Local new crowded out last week: Mrs. Frank GARRETT called on Mrs. Wes ROBB Thursday afternoon.
- Local new crowded out last week: Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN of Patoka and Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN were Friday night dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN. The wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN and the birthday of R.H. GREEN were being remembered.
- Miletus (from last week): We were sorry to hear of Grover FOGERSON suffering a heart attack Wednesday night of last week. (A list of those visiting was included.)
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): A list of those visiting the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe WAGONER in the past week was included. Mrs. WAGONER has been confined to her bed for sometime, but now with crutches, can take a few steps. A card and handkerchief shower was given for her last Saturday, and she received 70 cards.
- Robert BASSETT celebrated his 7th birthday Oct. 23rd after school at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Florence REESE, who had a party for him. Those also enjoying the evening were Miss Nellie Mae HIESTAND, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and children, Donna, Jimmie, Marsha, and Brian.
- A family dinner was held at the home of Mrs. Lela WILLIAMS in Alma Sunday. Those enjoying the day were Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILLIAMS and sons, Mr. and Mrs. DeWayne WILLIAMS and sons, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Bob WILLIAMS and family of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. Donnie CHEATUM and children of Champaign, and Mrs. Loris WILLIAMS of Tampa, Fla.; Dan CLOW of Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS and daughters, Mrs. Lela WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Nora CLOW.
Nov. 7, 1957:
- SHAFFER-CLARK: Miss Dorothy SHAFFER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER and Edward CLARK, son of Mrs. Bertha CLARK, were united in marriage Nov. 2 at the Christian Church in Corinth, Miss., performed by Rev. BURNETTE. The attendants were Barbara GENTRY of Kinmundy, and Larry MORRIS of Centralia. The couple are making their home in the C.E. WILKINSON apartment.
- Rev. Earl PHILLIPS spent Friday with his 3 sons hunting deer in Hardin County. Rev. Steven PHILLIPS of Woodriver was lucky enough to kill an 8-point buck. Rev. CUMMINS of Harrisburg was also in company in the party and he killed an 8-point buck also.
- A hamburger fry was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT Monday in honor of their son, Larry’s, 11th birthday. Several friends and relatives were present.
- On Nov. 3, about 20 friends and classmates gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON to help Mike celebrate his 6th birthday. (A list of those present was included.)
- Benny Dean BRASEL, Rt. 1 Kinmundy reenlisted in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, Oct. 30, 1957. He will be transferred to Washington, D.C. for further transfer. He was enlisted as a Radarman 3rd class.
- Photos of the Agricultural 4-H Clubs in this community were printed. Club pictures included:
Kinmundy Wide Awakes in Kinmundy Area - E.A. ERNST, Leader; Connie LEACH, Joyce OLSON, Buddy ALBERSON, Jimmy OLSON, Philip SCHOOLEY; John DISS, Walter PARRILL, Darrell McCARTY; Jim JONES, Don JONES, Robert SHUFELDT, John David CHARLTON, Garry ERNST, E.A. ERNST.
Meacham Go Getters: Morris LACEY, Leader; LuVerne ENGEL, Assistant Leader; Gaylon ENGEL, Larry ELKINS, Jean LACEY, Terry LACEY, Robert LACEY, Duane ENGEL, Gary SPORLEDER, Donnie HAMPSTEN, Wendell ENGEL, Clark ELKINS, Larry ENGEL.
Scattered Farmers in Omega Area: Otis E. TATE, Leader; Mont RITTER, Assistant Leader; Russel TATE, Norman ROSE, Janet ROSE, Launa TATE, Charles VANDEVEER, Larry RITTER, Ronald TATE, Boyce WHITE, Lindell WILCOXEN.
Allen Wildcats in Brubaker Area: Herbert ANDERSON, Leader; Joann ANDERSON, Sammy SHAFFER, Nellie HIESTAND, Mary Jane ANDERSON, Ivan WILKINS, Jimmie COURSON, Suzanne HIESTAND.
- Mr. and Mrs. George FORD announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty, to Allen L. COFFRIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave COFFRIN of Denver, Colo. Allen is in the coast guard stationed at Argentia, Newfoundland. Plans are for the wedding to be in Denver sometime next fall.
- The Prize Winning Masqueraders of the Halloween Parade held Thursday night: The following were the prize winners sponsored by the local PTA in conjunction with the Kinmundy Boosters. Adults: Kenneth ALBERSON, Bernice ALBERSON, Francis STEWART, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES, Edith BUTTS and Leland BRASEL.
Preschool and grades 1, 2, and 3:
Gypsy: Alan PHILLIPS, Kathy LANE, Barbara BASSETT
Hobo: Don GERKIN, Cindy BUTTS, Ricky MOTCH
Clown: Stan RUGER, Sam MANGNER, Mark GORDON
Ghost: Mike JOHNSON, Francis LEMAY, Gerry JENKINS
Scarecrow: Howard ROBB
Negro: Brenda CRAIN, Jon KLINE, Loyd EAGAN
Twins: Rita and Terry JOHNSON
Bride and Groom: Jeanne and Debbie CRAIN, Nancy Stewart
TV Character: Linda and Larry ROSE, Mike GORDON, Russell McCULLEY
Animal Character: Sharon LEE, Kevin AMBUEHL, Jim BASSETT
Story Book Character: Janet SULLIVAN, Butch KEEN, Terra HULSEY
Boy Dressed as Girl: Steve DOOLEN, Stanley ROBB, Dennis SULLIVAN
Girl Dressed as Boy: Ellen MULVANEY
Miscellaneous: Debbie WILLIAMS, Lewie GREENWOOD, Johnnie ROBB,
and Glennette WHITE
Classes 4 to 8:
Witch: Nina JONES, Linda OUTHOUSE
Gypsy: Peggy WEISS, Ann HANNA, Linda INGRAM
Hobo: Buddy ALBERSON, Susan KLINE, Karen BANNING
Indian: Dennis BASSETT
Ghost: Dale LUX, Wanda JENKINS
Scarecrow: Larry BASSETT
Negro: Jane HAMMER, Linda ROBB
TV Character: Philip SCHOOLEY, Sherry DOOLEN, Ronnie DACE
Animal Character: Jack LEE, Donnie GORDON, Nedia METCALF
Story Book Character: Gary, Mike, Linda, Kathy WHITE, Linda DOOLEN, Elane GRADY
Boy Dressed as Girl: Sam SHAFFER, Gerald EAGAN, Bobby ROSE
Miscellaneous: Shirley ROSE, Judy SHAFFER, Larry DISS
- Mr. and Mrs. Norman WISHER of Paxton are parents of a daughter born Oct. 30 named Doris Pauline. The mother is the former Edith WEST.
- Lizbeth Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LOGUE, arrived on Oct. 20 in St. Mary’s Hospital. The mother is the former Betty JOHNSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WARE have a daughter, Debra Lynn, born Nov. 5. She is the first great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER. She was born on her great-grandmother SPENCER’s birthday.
- RM2 Neil BRASEL arrived Wednesday night from New Port, R.I. for a 30 day leave with relatives here. After his leave, he will report to the naval air station at Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Fern FORD arrived here Oct. 13 to spend vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD. She has spent the past 2 years in Germany, and plans to go to Washington, D.C. this coming weekend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma, Thursday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited with Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE of Vandalia, Wednesday afternoon.
Nov. 14, 1957:
- Joe MAZANEK and Ernie HASSEBROCK of Alma injured in timber Saturday p.m.: Joe MAZANEK and son-in-law, Ernie HASSEBROCK, met with a near fatal accident Saturday afternoon while cutting a tree in the timber located just east of the old Greenridge School. They had purchased a new chain saw and was trying it out. According to the story, they had cut one tree but it had lodged in another tree in falling. They were cutting the second tree when the first tree came down on them, pinning them to the ground. Ernie worked himself loose and crawled to Joe and helped him to get loose. Joe was in a semi-conscious state. Charles PUGH purchased the old school house some time ago and has turned it into a church. He was working around in the yard and heard them calling for help. He went to them and summoned help. They were taken to the Salem Hospital and then on to St. Louis to the Missouri Baptist Hospital where they are patients. It was found the Mr. MAZANEK has a broken shoulder, a broken foot and some bad cuts on the back of his head. Mr. HASSEBROCK has one leg broken in 3 places, in the ankle and twice above the ankle.
- Company A, 326th Machine Gun Battalion of World War I held its 35th annual meeting in Salem on Sunday. A potluck dinner was served at the noon hour at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall after which the meeting was held. The election of officers for the coming year were motioned to be retained for another year. They are: John C. KELL of Mt. Vernon, Commander; Jesse R. BLANKENSHIP of Kell, Adjutant; and Ray ZOELLER of Salem, Chaplain. Committees appointed were Mrs. Pansey ZOELLER, Mrs. Bertha HOWE, Mrs. Dan FETGATTER on decorations, Mrs. Maxine ROBB and Mrs. Glenn JARVIS on entertainment, Mrs. Earl ROSS on registration. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ivan HOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Ray ZOELLER of Salem; John C. KELL, of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BLANKENSHIP of Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JARVIS of Xenia; Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JOHNSON, Mr. and Mrs. Dan FETGATTER, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PICK, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. MYERS of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT, Mr. O.E. ZIMMER of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie LEWIS of Sandoval.
- The local fire department was called out Tuesday afternoon to the Albert PARKER farm west of Kinmundy to extinguish a grass fire which was threatening some buildings.
- Kinmundy Chapter O.E. S. met Tuesday for their regular meeting. Election of Officers for the year of 1958 was held: W.M. - Erma INGRAM; W.P. - A.A. MALINSKY; A.M. - Adina LEMAY; A.P. - Clifton LEMAY; Com. - Nora OLDEN; A. Com. - Betty DENNIS. A report of Grand Chapter was given by Mrs. Kenneth CRANDALL of Farina. Several guests from Farina were present. A very special honor was given to Mrs. Bertha CURRY as she was presented with a 50 year membership pin by Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON. Mrs. CURRY first belonged to the Farina Chapter but on moving to Kinmundy changed her membership. She is a past Matron and very faithful. "Happy Birthday" was also sang to Mrs. Estella PRUETT and Mrs. Bertha CURRY.
- Articles of Incorporation have been granted to the Vig Fertilizer Co., Kinmundy. 10,000 shares common stock par value at $10.00. Elwin G. INGRAM, Dwight INGRAM and Pleasant ROBNETT are the officers. Their purpose is to deal in liquid fertilizer, and any and all machinery and equipment used in its sale and distribution.
- Mrs. Don THOMPSON was hostess to a pink and blue shower held at her home Nov. 4 in honor of Mrs. Gary OLDEN. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- A miscellaneous shower was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND on Nov. 7 with about 28 families being represented, and another 13 families sending gifts. On Saturday night, a miscellaneous shower was also held for this happy couple at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT. There were 28 present at this shower, with 14 gifts being sent.
- Brown: Mrs. Cora CAWELL died Monday. The funeral was Wednesday at the Branson Funeral Home. Burial in Parker Cemetery.
- Brown: Some from this vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Ella DANIELS on Tuesday. Burial in Parker Cemetery.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Norman DUKE’s father, John WEEMS, died at his home near Iuka, Saturday. Services were held Tuesday. Mr. DUKE’s father is seriously ill.
- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan HIESTAND.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.M. CONANT spent Sunday in Vandalia with her father, S.C. GREEN, and son, Gene. S.C. GREEN’s 88th birthday was being remembered.
Nov. 21, 1957:
- Mrs. Edith HAMMER and daughter, Kaye, and Miss Barbara GENTRY were hostesses to a bridal shower held at the HAMMER home Nov. 13 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ed CLARK. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Miss Donna Louise HENKEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard GASTON, and James Morris MAXEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY were married on Nov. 16 at the Christian Church in Corinth, Miss. presided by Rev. BURNETTE. The attendants were Mrs. Dorothy CLARK and Donald HENKEN, brother of the bride. Mr. Ed CLARK was also present. The groom is employed at Tuscola, Ill., and the bride is attending school at KAHS.
- A surprise birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth BUSHUE and family in Farina Saturday in honor of Ralph MULVANEY’s birthday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Tode MORRISON and family of Decatur, Mr. and Mrs. Richard FOGLER and daughter, and Mr. Alva STOCK of Farina, Mrs. Thelma INGRAM and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MULVANEY of this city.
- Miss Zola ROBNETT, eldest daughter of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT of this city, and Charles BLOMBERG, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG, also of Kinmundy were married at the Methodist Church Sunday by Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS. Mrs. Jim PHILLIPS of Fort Wayne, Ind., sister of the bride, was matron of honor. The groom chose his brother, Howard BLOMBERG, as best man. Ushers were brothers of the bride and groom, James ROBNETT of Chicago, and Donald BLOMBERG. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Mr. P.H. ROBNETT. The organist was Mrs. J.N VALLOW, and the soloist, Mrs. Francis HAMMER sang two songs. Immediately following the wedding a reception was held in the church basement. Mrs. Carl CURTIS of Charleston; Mrs. Howard VOELKER of Altamont; and Mrs. Robert YOUNG, sisters of the groom served the wedding cake with punch. On the couple’s return from their honeymoon in Florida, the couple will be at home on a farm owned by the groom about 3 miles east of Farina. (A list of out-of-town guests was included.)
- A pink and blue shower was held at the home of Mrs. Lois HOWELL in honor of her daughter, Mrs. John BEERY on Nov. 12. Refreshments were served by the hostess assisted by Mrs. Dave BALLANCE and Mrs. Guy BEERY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALEKOVIC of Alma are parents of a son born in Salem Memorial Hospital on Nov. 19.
- A surprise birthday supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL and family on Nov. 16 in honor of Mr. SILL’s Nov. 16 in honor of Mr. SILL’s birthday. There were 34 present.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18, and they were honored guests at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and family of Salem that evening. Their other children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale WRIGHT and daughter of Sandoval were also present to help them celebrate.
- The fire department was called out Sunday morning to the Ray OLDEN home. The flue was burning out and the smoke was blown onto the roof, which gave the appearance of the house being on fire. No damage was done.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma, Sunday afternoon.
- Brown: Funeral services for Mrs. Phillip MAY were held Sunday from Brown Church. Burial at Phillips Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON and sons were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Sunday.
- Mrs. Clyde BASSETT, Miss Alta BAGOTT and Mrs. John McCULLEY spent Monday morning in Salem assisting with work at the TB office.
- Mrs. Mildred DISS attended a linen shower in honor of Miss Jeanne JUSTICE at the Harvey’s Point Church Friday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY and Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY and Lewis, Sunday. The dinner was in honor of the new bride and groom.
- Mrs. Paul ARMSTRONG attended the funeral of Mr. Leslie LIGHTFOOT in Louisville, Thursday.
Nov. 28, 1957:
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE received word that their son, Pfc Gerald CHEADLE has arrived in Heidelberg, Germany. "Jerry" expects to be overseas for the remainder of his enlistment which will be 20 months.
- A dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE on Nov. 24 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. COPPLE’s birthdays and also their wedding anniversary. Those present were: Mrs. Olga WEISS, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Charles EHRAT of Shobonier; Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS and Peggy and the honorees and their daughters, Barbara and Donna.
- Mrs. Myrtle BUSHONG: Mrs. Myrtle PHILLIPS BUSHONG, 74, died in Centralia Friday afternoon after suffering with cancer for the past several months. Services were held Sunday from the Linton Funeral Home in this city with Rev. James NETTLETON of Centralia officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. She was the eldest daughter of the late Tom and Mary PYLES PHILLIPS. Since moving to Centralia, she was a faithful member of the Faith Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Kinmundy Chapter No. 606 O.E.S. She is survived by one step-son, Alva BUSHONG of Centralia; a brother, W.T. PHILLIPS of this city; a sister, brother-in-law and niece, Mr. and Mrs. James KENNEDY and Mary Margaret of Alma.
- Ethel MAY SMITH: Ethel SMITH MAY, 68, died in the Salem Hospital Nov. 15. Services were held from the Brown Christian Church, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN officiating. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Phillip MAY, of Farina; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Thelma RITTENHOUSE of Kinmundy; Mrs. Roberta LACEY of Downs; and Mrs. Elva McCLELLAND of Centralia; and one brother, Eddie ADAMS of Kinmundy. (DFM Note: Ethel May Smith / Ethel Smith May were written both ways in the original article.)
- Mrs. Josephine SNOW, who is making her home with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William BURRELL of Lincoln, Neb., met with a very painful accident Nov. 16, when she fell down several basement steps. She received a broken back and will be in a cast and bedfast for several months. Mrs. SNOW is a sister of Mrs. Amelda VALLOW and Miss Cornelia O’BRIEN of this city.
- Mrs. Oulrey HANKS was hostess to a birthday party at her home in honor of their youngest son, Dannie, who was five on Nov. 24. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi, and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Mrs. Wes ROBB on Wednesday afternoon.
- Seventy-three men, women, boys and girls attended the 4-H Leader’s Recognition Banquet given by the 4-H Federation and the Farm and Home Bureau. Those present received 1 year pins and certificates and 4 long termed pins were awarded to agricultural leaders. Jimmie BRITT, Patoka, LaVerne ENGEL, Kinmundy, and Morris LACEY, Kinmundy received one year pins; Harvey MAY Jr. of Kell received a 5 year silver four leaf clover pin, Mrs. Frank DUNCAN, Salem, received the 10 year gold clover pin, and Howard PHILLIPS and Omar KING of Centralia, received the gold clover pin with a pearl inset for 15 years of continuous 4-H Club leadership. Certificates were awarded to Dorothy WILLIAMS (2 yrs), Salem; Chris GERGENT (3), Patoka; Herbert ANDERSON (6), Salem; E.A. ERNST (8), Kinmundy; Frank DUNCAN (14) Salem. Agricultural leaders not present that will receive certificates are: Robert FRANCIS (1), (also a pin), Salem; Tom TELFORD, (1) (also a pin), Salem; Gordon HILL (2), Kell; Sherrill LECKRONE (2), Salem; Jim LECKRONE (2) Salem; Mont RITTER (2), Kinmundy; Otis E. TATE (2), Kinmundy; Roger CRUZEN (6), Walnut Hill; John TELFORD (9), Salem.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY and Mrs. Charles BASSETT were hostesses to a bridal shower held at the NEATHERY home Nov. 23, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE have purchased the J.G. WATSON property on the Louisville road in the east part of town and have moved therein. They have been living in the Glen COLEE property. Mr. and Mrs. WATSON, in company with their daughter, left last week to make their home with their daughter in Phoenix, Ariz.
- Mr. and Mrs. William FURRY and daughter, Glenda, of St. John’s, Mo., called on Mrs. Maude FURRY Saturday. She returned with them to St. John’s to spend the week and help Glenda celebrate her 1st birthday which is in December.
Dec. 5, 1957:
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil JAMISON have a son born Dec. 3 in the Salem Hospital.
- Mrs. Abbie COX dies after having stroke: Mrs. Dorothy COX died in the Fayette County Hospital Saturday after suffering a stroke that morning while working with her chickens. Services were held from the Christian Church, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Dorothy E. WANTLAND was born south of Kinmundy, in Marion county on Nov. 26, 1895, the older daughter of Newton and Martha (TUCKER) WANTLAND, died on Nov. 30, 1957. Her father and mother preceded her in death several years ago. To both of them, she cared for until their passing. On June 28, 1948, she married Abbie COX, who survives her. She also leaves her sister Mary, and her husband, Frank JOHNSON, Lloyd WANTLAND, a cousin, who was reared from infancy in the home, and to whom Dorothy gave a devoted sister’s love. Lloyd, together with his wife and three children survive her. She leaves 5 step-children: Jack COX of Kinmundy; Laveda JONES of Centralia; Mildred and Dale COX of Salem; and Alta BASSETT of Mt. Vernon. She has one aunt, Mrs. Maggie WANTLAND of near Kinmundy; two uncles, Casey TUCKER of St. Louis; and Frank TUCKER of Lebanon, Tenn. She was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church. (A list of those relatives attending from out of town, was included.)
- Tom SCHOENBORN, 77, died in the Sunny Acres Home in Petersburg, Ill., where he had been a resident for the past 4 years. The body was brought here for burial, and funeral services held from St. Philomena’s Church, Rev. Fr. Joseph STRZELEC, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Thomas, son of Martin and Barbara PHILLIPS SCHOENBORN, was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 31, 1878. Here he attended school and here he grew to manhood under a great handicap. When he was two years old, he was taken ill with a fever with left both legs underdeveloped. While still a child, he moved around with the aid of a small wagon and by walking with his hands. After growing to manhood, he was able to walk with the aid of a cane. His last few years were spent in a wheel chair. For a livelihood, Tom shined shoes in his younger days. Then the younger fellows referred to him as "Tom Shine". He left about 1919 for Kingsley, Iowa, where he prospered at his vocation. He stayed there until his health began to overtake him. Then he traveled around, making his home with his brothers, sisters and a nephew. About 10 years ago, he went to make his home with a brother, Frank, at Salsbury, Ill. After the death of Frank, he continued to make that his home until 4 years ago when he went to live at the home. Tom had many friends in this community, with whom he corresponded. And it gave him great delight to make a visit to his "Old Home Town". He was the last of the immediate family and leaves only nieces and nephews. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Fenton SWITZER Dies: Farina relatives of Fenton SWITZER received word Tuesday of his death at a hospital in Red Cloud, Neb. He had been admitted to the hospital late Monday night, and died of a heart attack at 12:05 a.m. on Nov. 26. Fenton SWITZER was born on March 22, 1902, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest SWITZER. The family lived on a farm at the edge of Farina and he attended the Farina schools, graduating from high school in the class of 1921. He attended the University of Illinois and Millikin University and after his graduation taught school and coached basketball for several years at Kinmundy and Vandalia. He was married in 1933 to Miss Dorothy GRAYSON, who survives, along with 2 daughters, Brenda, at home, and Mrs. Barbara RUBY, of Hastings, Neb. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Emilie MONICAL of Godfrey, Ill.; 2 brothers, Thomas of Farina, and Francis of Rapid City, South Dakota; 4 nieces and 3 nephews. Services were held at Vincennes, Ind. on Nov. 29 with burial in Vincennes. (From the "Farina News".)
- Mrs. Sherill LECKRONE, formerly of near Salem, but now of Allendale, was made very happy last week when the members of the Allendale Charge and the Alma Charge of the Methodist Church, presented her with an electric page turner, which will enable her to read without the help of others. Mrs. LECKRONE is a victim of polio, and cannot move any part of her body except her head. The switch to this little gadget, it to rest under her chin and merely by lowering the chin, the page of the book will turn. An adjustable table, a gift of a furniture dealer in Mt. Carmel, holds the book. Mr. LECKRONE is the pastor of the Allendale Methodist Church.
- The 5-acre corn club boys from 4-H, were winners of the 5-acre x-tra yield contest, and were taken on a tour of the FS Feed Mill at Springfield, and the FS Refinery at Pana on Nov. 29. This trip was sponsored by the Marion County Service Company, John CHAMBERS, Manager, and the boys were conducted on the tour by Dean JONES, Sales Supervisor of Marion County Service Company. The boys were as follows along with the bushels per acre: Bobby HILL (113.3), Charles FULTON (90.5), Eugene KENLEY (73.8), Gilbert HILL (64.5), and Larry RITTER (64.4).
- The Marion county 4-H Federation met at the Farm Bureau Hall on Nov. 25, 1957 and the following were elected as officers: President, Garry ERNST, Kinmundy; Vice President, Earl SULLENS, Salem; Secretary, Ruth WILLIAMS, Salem; Treas., Charles VANDEVEER, Iuka; Recreation Chairman, Warren SHUFELDT, Kinmundy, and Sandra PHILLIPS, Centralia.
- Meacham: The 25th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER was observed Saturday evening by the C.B. Circle and other friends including their mothers, Mrs. COOPER and Mrs. YATES and their daughter, Mrs. Roberta SWIFT and daughter. A nice program was enjoyed by all. Singing was by Mrs. SWIFT and Mrs. James BRASEL with Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE at the piano. Also present were: Mr. and Mrs. Percy LACEY, Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill SLANE, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, and Mrs. Grace DILLON.
- Brown: Funeral services were held Sunday at Brown Christian Church for Mrs. Mag HUDDLESTON with burial in Parker Cemetery. Bro. Cecil COCHRAN was minister.
- The Pleasure Hour Club met Dec. 2 with Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON. The evening was spent playing canasta, with favors going to Mr. O.I. LEACH, Mrs. A.H. MILLER, and Mr. A.H. MILLER, and Mrs. H.M. FISHER.
- The Friendly Neighbors Club met with Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY Nov. 29 to help her celebrate her birthday. Several members were not able to attend. Present were Mesdames Ferdie LEACH and Connie, Edith PHILLIPS, Julia RUGER and children, Maxine ROBB and sons, and Millie BASSETT and Jimmie.
- The Jolly Girls Club met with Mrs. Ruby DONOHO Nov. 27 with 5 members present. The work of the day was tacking a comfort. Refreshments were served by co-hostesses Mrs. Nellie SANDERS. The next meeting is with Mrs. Kate KEEN on Dec. 12.
- The Sunrise Circle of W.S.C.S. met at the Methodist Church with Mrs. Clarence ALDERSON, Mrs. Charles PRUETT, and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER as hostesses. Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON, chairman, opened with prayer. Mrs. GRISSOM led the singing and Mrs. Bertha PRUETT was at the piano. Miss Eula CRAIG had the devotions, and Mrs. FISHER offered prayer. Next meeting Dec. 19 with Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Mrs. John HOLT, and Mrs. Dolph HAMMER as the hostesses.
Dec. 12, 1957:
- The Women’s Club of the Christian Church met Thursday with Mrs. Lora BAYLIS with 15 members and 5 guests. The meeting was opened by the president, Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY. Election of officers were held with the following: Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE, President; Mrs. John McCULLEY, Vice President; Mrs. Paul WAGONER, Sec.-Treas.; Mrs. Charles KLINE, missionary chairman; and Mrs. Clifton LEMAY, reporter. Mrs. Rufus GERKIN gave the missionary report. Musical numbers and recitations were given by Nancy SWIFT, Mrs. Harry DENNIS, Mary Joh COLCLASURE, Mrs. COLCLASURE, Amy Jo LEMAY, Mrs. Burdette JENKINS, Wanda JENKINS and Lynda INGRAM. Refreshments were served by Mrs. BAYLIS assisted by Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Mrs. Forrest ANDERSON.
- Kenneth BUNDY recently received his discharge from the army. He arrived here Saturday night for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Eunice BUNDY and Bobby.
- The Rainbow Circle met Dec. 6 with Mrs. Jessie VALLOW as hostess, and 16 members present. Christmas carols were sung, and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS had the devotions. The mission lesson was given by Mrs. Ida SMITH. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Nettie GEORGE on Jan. 1, 1958.
- On Nov. 10, a miscellaneous shower was given in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG, at the home of his parents. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pearl May LENHART, daughter of Henry W. and Ellen BURRUS SEE, was born in Marion county on May 2, 1881. After an illness of several weeks, she died on Dec. 6, 1957 at the home of her daughter. She attended the public school in Kinmundy. When a young girl, she became a member of Old Harmony Baptist Church. In 1899, she married George William LENHART, and they had 4 children, two passing away at birth, and Neita JOHNSON in 1934. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Freda GARRETT, Kinmundy; one brother, Guy SEE, Kinmundy; three sisters, Mrs. Caddie PATTERSON, Odin; Mrs. Edna TELFORD, Salem, and Mrs. Leona ZIMMER, Alma; 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and 6 great-grandchildren.
- William LUX, 46, an employee of the Bailey Drilling Co., died suddenly last Wednesday while at work near Iola. The crew had stopped for supper. After eating a little, Mr. LUX toppled over. William E., eldest of two sons of Henry and Minnie WADE LUX, was born near Kinmundy, Aug. 11, 1911, and in this community he attended school, and spent a greater part of his life. In 1926 and 1934 respectively, his parents passed away after which he lived in the home of an aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Mel BOYD, and has since experienced a lasting closeness with his cousins in this home. On Aug. 29, 1936, he was married to Elizabeth GEORGE and they had 2 sons, Jim of Kankakee, and Charles at home. An only brother, Ralph, preceded him in death in 1947. For a few years, he was employed by Williams Motor Co. and Fabick Tractor Co., both of Salem, but for the past ten years has been engaged in farming. He was a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M. Besides his wife and two sons, he leaves 2 nephews, 8 cousins. He died on Dec. 4, 1957. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA are the parents of another son, Myron Arden, born Dec. 7th. This is their second son.
- Robert BOSTON, 74, a resident of Meacham twp., died Tuesday morning at the Salem Hospital after a brief illness. Services will be held Dec. 12 from the Meacham Baptist Church, Elder Clyde SINCLAIR, officiating. Interment in Elder Cemetery. He leaves his wife, Mary; one daughter, Rochelle MISELBROOK, Kinmundy; 1 son, James, Heyworth, Ill.; 1 stepson, Albert LAMPKIN, Xenia; 2 brothers, Jack, of Kinmundy; and George, Greenview, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren.
- Mrs. Abbie HINKLEY, 68, a resident of Alma, was found dead in her home Sunday evening, by her son, Bill, who had come to visit with her. It is thought that she had been dead since Friday night. Services were held Wednesday from the Alma Methodist Church, Rev. Forrest CROUCH, officiating. Interment was in Alma Cemetery. She was the widow of H.O. HINKLEY, who died 8 years ago. She is survived by 2 sons, Harlan of Carbondale, and Bill of Effingham.
- Harvey BASSETT, 63, died at his home north of Salem, Monday night. He had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Forrest CROUCH, officiating. Interment will be made in the Sandy Branch Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Daisy, and two brothers, Clyde, of Kinmundy, and Ralph of Billings, Montana. Mr. BASSETT was a retired locomotive fireman from the C & E I Railroad.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion MAXEY of Polo spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY. They attended funeral services for Bill LUX.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON attended a family dinner at the home of his mother, Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON of Alma, Sunday. They were remembering Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON’s birthday.
- F.G. ALEXANDER spent Friday with his sister, Mrs. F.W. REINHARDT at the home of her son, Rev. and Mrs. W.O. REINHARDT in Roxana. Mr. ALEXANDER’s sister was remembering her birthday.
Dec. 19, 1957:
- St. Peter Store Burns: In the wee small hours of the morning of Dec. 12, our fire department was called to our neighboring village of St. Peter to help extinguish a blaze which threatened to wipe out the entire business district of that community. From an unknown cause, a fire was raging in the Bernhardt Department Store. The water supply of St. Peter consists of large cisterns but these proved to be not enough to cope with such a blaze. The Farina department also answered the call for help. The three departments were able to confine the blaze to the one building which was a total loss, as was the contents. Several of the local firemen made the run. (A thank you was also written by Armin D. HOTZ, Mayor of the Village of St. Peter.)
- Lulu J. INGRAM, 66, died in the Centralia Hospital Sunday, where she had been a patient since an auto wreck which involved both Mr. and Mrs. INGRAM and a daughter, Mrs. Mary WRIGHT, which occurred Oct. 15th. At the time of the wreck, her injuries were thought to be serious, while Mr. and Mrs. WRIGHT escaped with minor injuries. Services were held Tuesday from the Christian Church, Bro. Rufus GERKIN, officiating. Immediately following the services, the body was taken to Chicago, where it was shipped via air freight to Hood River, Oregon, where interment will be made. A daughter, Mrs. Marge HENRY, of Salinas, Calif., flew here to attend the funeral. She, in company with Mr. INGRAM and son, Ray INGRAM, left St. Louis via plane Tuesday evening for Hood River to attend the burial services. Lu INGRAM was born in Marion County, Ill., May 18, 1891. After an illness of 2 months, she died Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. In 1910, she married Arthur HAMMERS who preceded her in death in 1945. To this union were born 4 children: Mrs. Mary RUDDELL, San Mateo, Calif.; Roy M. HAMMERS, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Marjorie HENRY, Salinas, Calif.; and one son, Capt. Harold E. HAMMERS, who was killed in 1942. One brother, Paul SUNDERLAND, is living in Salem, Ore. June 22, 1953 she married I.D. INGRAM and is survived by her husband and 8 step-children: W.C. INGRAM, Sullivan; Mrs. Mary WRIGHT, St. Louis; Miss Nell INGRAM, Beardstown; Mrs. Helen DOUGLAS, Karnak; Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON, Windsor; Mrs. Dorothy MORGAN, Karnak; Ray INGRAM, Kinmundy; and L.C. INGRAM, Decatur. She is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve RAINEY, of Alton, are the adoptive parents of a 6 weeks old daughter, named Sara Lee. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R.C. MAULDING.
- Mrs. Dora BLACK, 82, died in East Chicago, Ind., Dec. 12, 1957. Services were held Saturday from the Methodist Church in Alma, Rev. Forrest CROUCH, officiating. Interment in Alma Cemetery. Surviving are Mrs. Dorothy COPPLE, Hammond, Ind.; Mrs. Nellie COPPLE and Mrs. Bessie FOSTER, East Chicago, Ind.; Mrs. Rosa DeFORDE and Mrs. Lillie SHREFFLER, Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE received a message Sunday of the death of his niece, Mrs. Alice SKINNER, of Lansing, Mich., that day. Mrs. SKINNER is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROBB of Okemos, Mich.
- Carroll SIMMONS, 58, residing on a farm east of Patoka, died in the Salem Hospital Dec. 14, where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks. Services were held Monday afternoon from the Linton Funeral Home in this city, Elder Noel MEADE, officiating. Interment was made in the Paradise Cemetery, south of Salem. He is survived by his wife, Daisy; 2 sons, Harold of Kinmundy, and Wayne of Decatur; and 1 daughter, Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN, Kinmundy. The SIMMONS family are former residents of this community.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred BARBEE of East St. Louis, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Dec. 24. A dinner will be held in their honor in the Legion Hall in O’Fallon with an open house. Mr. BARBEE is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis BARBEE. He was born in Kinmundy and went to O’Fallon when a young man, where he married Miss Mabel WALKER. They continued to live in O’Fallon until 15 years ago when they moved to East St. Louis. They are the parents of 13 children, 12 of whom are living.
- Frederick B. HAMMER, 65, of 602 N. Notre Dame Ave., retired south Bend police detective and security officer for the Univ. of Notre Dame, died Dec. 6 in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Fort Wayne. He had been ill several months. HAMMER was appointed to the South Bend Police Dept. Dec. 26, 1929, and retired May 1, 1950. Most of his career as a police officer was in detective work. After retiring from the police dept., HAMMER became assistant to the perfect of discipline at Notre Dame, and was appointed security officer when that post was created 3 years ago. He was born in Kinmundy on Apr. 19, 1892, and lived in South Bend for 35 years. He married at Notre Dame on Aug. 25, 1928 to Loretto WILLIAMS, who survives along with 4 sons: William and James of South Bend; Patrick of Mishawaka; and Thomas of Richland, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. C.V. PROUDFIT of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; and 4 brothers, Dolph of Kinmundy; Forrest of Sioux City, Ia.; and William and John of South Bend. Services were held in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in Cedar Grove Cem.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN of Vandalia, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Dec. 22 with an open house at their home in Vandalia. Miss Grace WAINSCOTT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moses WAINSCOTT of Kinmundy, and William Truman SPURLIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marton SPURLIN of Kinmundy, were married Dec. 25, 1907 in the home of the bride. Rev. John BALLANCE, pastor of Southern Methodist performed the ceremony. Mrs. Effie WAINSCOTT of Springfield, sister of the bride, is the only living witness. Mr. and Mrs. SPURLIN began housekeeping March 1, 1908 on a farm west of Kinmundy. They have also lived in East St. Louis, Kinmundy and Vandalia. They have lived at their present home for the past 22 years. They are members of the Methodist Church in Kinmundy. Mrs. SPURLIN is a member of the Rebekahs. They are the parents of the following children: Lewis of Goodena, Calif.; Orval of Amboy; Loren of West Frankfort; Mrs. Jean WARNER; and Arno of Vandalia. (A picture accompanied this article.) (Taken from the "Vandalia Union").
- Dwight JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, of Alma, and Miss JoAnn CAGLE of Atlanta, Ga., were married Dec. 13, 1957 in the Wesley Methodist Church at Chamblee, near Atlanta. The bride and groom are both graduates of Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky., with the class of 1957. Those from here attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES and son, Richard; Mrs. Jack COX and son, Jack, and Miss Mary BEARD, of Alma.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Boots WILKINS and baby daughter, Myra, returned home from Salem Hospital Friday.
- A birthday dinner was enjoyed Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. KILLIE and daughter, Elizabeth, in honor of Miss Evelyn KILLIE’s 83rd birthday.
- Meacham: Several from this community attended the funeral services at Meacham Baptist Church Thursday for Robert BOSTON.
- On Dec. 12th the O.E.S. Installation of Kinmundy Chapter 606 was held. The following officers were installed: Irma INGRAM, Worthy Matron; Albert MALINSKY, Worthy Patron; Adina LEMAY, Assoc. Matron; Clifton LEMAY, Assoc. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON, Sec.; Bertha CURRY, Treas.; Nora OLDEN, Conductress; Elizabeth DENNIS, Assoc. Cond.; Stella PRUETT, Chaplain; Caroline YEAGER, Marshal; Bertha PRUETT, Organist; Marjorie BOYD, Adah; Effie CRAIN, Ruth; Martha COLLIER, Esther; Dorothy McCULLEY, Martha; Reva CRAIN, Electa; Stella WILKINSON, Warder; Effie ROBB, Sentinel; Marshall WILLIAMS, Color Bearer.
Dec. 26, 1957:
- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn JAHRAUS celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Dec. 22, with a basket dinner in the basement of the Farina Methodist Church. A large turkey, which was carved by Ed LACEY, was one of the main attractions at the dinner table. There were 44 cousins and neighbors in attendance. During the afternoon, punch was served by the daughter, Virginia, and Mrs. Glenn DURRE. Mrs. Elsie DeWERFF cut the cake, which was served by Mrs. Lula DURRE and Mrs. Lavanda RICHERT. The son, Dale, fixed the table and chairs. The honorees received many nice gifts.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE have purchased the STRICKER Electric building, where they will move the Phyllis Beauty Shop within a few days. The building now occupied by the beauty shop was sold a few weeks ago by Byron SILL to Carl CRAIN, who will open a barber shop there as soon as the beauty shop has vacated.
- Carl B. LANE and Bill THOMS, who are employed in Farmington, New Mexico, were driving home to spend Christmas here with home folks. While traveling on the Kansas turnpike, near Emporia, Sunday morning, Carl fell asleep at the wheel. The car left the road and finally came to a sudden stop against a concrete pillar carrying an overhead road separation. Carl’s ‘56 Olds was a complete loss. Both boys were taken to the hospital for treatment. Carl came thru with a laceration of the scalp and three bones in his left hand broken. Bill was without blemish. It was certainly a narrow escape for them as Carl said he was traveling at a good rate of speed. The boys came on home via bus. Carl says he will have to take a car back with him because he has to have a car to get him back and forth from his work. But when it comes to the long driving, he believes that hereafter, he will use the bus.
- Miss Pat OLDEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN, of this city, and Larry Eugene WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude WILLIAMS, of Mulberry Grove, were married Dec. 21 at the Grace Methodist Church in Salem, by Rev. Carl E. HEARN. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. James Morris MAXEY, of Tuscola. The groom is at present employed by the Federal Government as an Administrative and Supply Technician for the Illinois National Guard. He is working at Aurora, Ill.
- Carl L. JONES, Fireman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. JONES, of Kinmundy, has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.
- Vera McCULLEY, daughter of John and Caroline KAISER LENHART, was born June 1, 1888, south of Kinmundy, and died in Centralia on Dec. 20, 1957. She attended the public school in Kinmundy and graduated from the high school in 1910. She married to Thurman McCULLEY on Jan. 28, 1914, and they had 4 children, 2 dying in infancy. She was a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She leaves her husband, Thurman; 1 daughter, Dorothy, at home; 1 son, John William, of Kinmundy; 1 brother, Harmon of Kinmundy; and 1 grandson, Russell. Services were held from the Christian Church, Bro. Rufus G.D. GERKIN, officiating with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Elwin INGRAM were placed first in the Home Decorating Contest conducted by the Lions Club. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY won second place, and Mr. and Mrs. Lenard LEWIN and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. GAMMON tied for third. Receiving honorable mention were Dr. and Mrs. H.D. HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Harry RITTENHOUSE, and the Linton Funeral Home.
- On Wednesday evening of last week, while towns and countryside to the south of us were being hit by tornadoes, the country community of St. Paul about 10 miles northwest of Kinmundy, was also being visited by a small one. We understand considerable damage was done to the little store as well as several farm homes in the vicinity.
- Eva and Edwin YUND of this city quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in their home on Dec. 22. They received 105 cards and gifts from friends and relatives. Guests included their son and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Earl YUND, Barbara and Ronnie, of Bismarck; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon SHREFFLER and Mrs. Jennie ALBERTS of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. G.E. SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip DECKERT and Mr. and Mrs. Charles DECKERT of St. Elmo; and Mrs. Pauline CHANCE of Dyer, Ind.
- On Monday evening, a Christmas dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray MULVANEY by the following: Mr. and Mrs. Earl GAIN and Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Junior MERRITT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Herman BRYANT and boys, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SIMMONS and Glen, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and family, Jake McCARTY, and Mr. and Mrs. Mal MULVANEY and girls. Santa arrived about 8 o’clock to present the gifts. Mr. and Mrs. MULVANEY were happy to have 10 of their 11 children present for this occasion. One son who lives in the west was unable to attend.
- Mr. I.D. INGRAM and son, Ray, returned Sunday night after attending the funeral services and burial of Mrs. I.D. INGRAM in Hood River, Oregon, Thursday.
- In Memoriam of dear husband and father, who died Dec. 28th. The Ray GEORGE family.
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