Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley
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Jan. 7, 1937:
- Nancy Josephine JONES was born Aug. 8, 1859 in Lovell Prairie, Ill., and died at her home in Kinmundy after a 4 days illness of pneumonia on Jan. 1, 1937. She married H.K. JONES on Oct. 22, 1879, and they had 9 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death, 1 son having died June 2, 1936. Mrs. JONES was a life long member of the M.E. Church. Surviving are her husband and 4 children: Mrs. Ida WHITE of Kinmundy; Herbert E. JONES of Fulton, Ky.; Mrs. Vesta WILKINSON of Urbana, Ill.; and Kenneth L. JONES of Centralia; 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment held in the family plot at the grave in Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS received quite a surprise Sunday when Mr. WILLIAMS daughter from a previous marriage, Mrs. Harry E. KNOWLES of Indianapolis in company with her son and wife made them a visit. Mr. WILLIAMS had not seen this daughter for 49 years and had lost all trace of her. He had made repeated attempts to find her, but they were futile. Needless to say, it was a happy reunion.
- Carl GRAY, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett GRAY, entered the State Hospital at Anna Wednesday where he will receive treatments. He was accompanied by Mr. GRAY and Mr. R.D. HANNA. The first of the week, Carl entered Chicago Research Hospital and was advised to enter Anna Hospital for treatment.
- News of the sudden death from heart attack of her son, Robert W. CRAIG, was received Dec. 27 by Mrs. Frances CRAIG of Danville. Mr. CRAIG had been for several years, an employee of the Veterans Administration Facility at Danville. 2 years ago he was transferred to the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, and Dec. 22 was again transferred to the Soldiers Home at Los Angeles. He arrived in Los Angeles Dec. 26, about noon, immediately writing to his mother to tell her of his safe arrival. This communication was received several days after the news of his death, which occurred the evening of his arrival. He passed away suddenly upon retiring. Robert W. CRAIG was the oldest child of Joseph and Frances CRAIG, born Dec. 7, 1871 at Alma, later coming with his parents to Kinmundy where he grew to manhood. When the Spanish-American war broke out, he with his brothers, Charles and Frank, enlisted, serving until the end of the war. In 1900 he married Alice DRAKE of Mt. Vernon, and they had 3 children, Ernest, who preceded his father in death, Opal and Beryl, who live with their mother. Besides his wife and 2 children, he leaves 2 grandchildren, his mother; 4 brothers, David F. and E.M. of Danville, John of Tripp, S.D., and James of Boonville, Ind.; and 2 sisters, Anna GILMORE of Glendale, Arizona; and Jessie, who lives with her mother. His father died 24 years ago, and his brothers, Charles and Bennie died 4 years ago. His death came as a terrible shock to his family. His mother was expecting him to visit her during the holidays as he was planning on leaving for Los Angeles, Jan. 1st. However, his transfer came suddenly, sooner than he expected, and her first news of it was the news of his death. He was laid to rest in Los Angeles.
- Mr. and Mrs. Byron BARBEE have gone to make their home in Chicago, where Mr. BARBEE has employment.
- Jimmie ROBNETT was severely burned about the fact and hands when an explosion occurred at the garage. Fortunately his eyes escaped serious injuries.
- Riley and James WILLIAMS received a telegram yesterday announcing the death of their brother-in-law, Mr. John McKENZEE, which occurred Tuesday, at his home near Brazil, Ind.
- James R. HULTS, 83, died Saturday evening at his home in Kankakee, where he had been in poor health and confined to bed for the past few months. On Christmas Day Mr. and Mrs. HULTS observed their 64th wedding anniversary and their children and families spent the day with them. They have been residents of Kankakee for the past 10 years, coming from Chester. Surviving besides the widow are 11 children; 2 brothers, Lester L. HULTS of Wilmington, and John HULTS of Sheridan, Wyo.; a sister, Mrs. S.M. WILSON of Los Angeles, several grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Mr. HULTS was born in Salem on April 20, 1853. Services were held at the Trinity Methodist Church with interment in Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee.
- Malinda GREEN was born Feb. 7, 1837 in Marion county, and died Dec. 28, 1936. At the age of 16, she joined the Hickory Grove Church and later moved her membership to the Givens Chapel church. In 1853 she married Wilson Y. DONOHO, who preceded her in death. Later she married Leonard BECK, who has also preceded her in death. In 1891 she married James GREEN, who preceded her in death. 13 children came to bless this happy mother. 9 children preceded her in death. She is survived by 4 daughters: Mrs. Martha GREEN of Dixon, Ill., Mrs. Lucinda WEEMS of Xenia; Mrs. Lavina ALBERT of Salem; and Mrs. Parthena CLARK of Kell. She has 51 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. At the time of her death, she was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lavina ALBERT. Services were conducted from the home with interment made east of Kell.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Miss Mildred ROBB came down from Chicago on Wednesday to spend the Holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and Harold.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mrs. Esta ROBB spent Monday afternoon with Mrs. Lora BAYLIS.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB, Mildred and Harold were guests Sunday to a post-Christmas dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. MILINER celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 26 with an open house.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Miss Mildred ROBB returned to Chicago Monday night after spending her vacation here with relatives and friends.
- North Fork (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Darrell ARNOLD and daughters of Breese, ate Christmas dinner with their parents, the Guy ARNOLDS. Darrell and family presented their parents with a new radio for Xmas.
- Swift School (from last week): Sam LOWE, wife, and little son spent Friday evening at the Icy GARRETT home.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Eulane WILLIAMS, Paul and Bessie, and Nelda THOMAS spent Sunday night at Selby GARRETTs.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Those attending the Xmas dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DOUDERA, Sr. were Mr. and Mrs. Ed DOUDERA, Mr. and Mrs. Joe DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. George DOUDERA and family; Mr. F.L. DOUDERA, Jr. and family; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde OSBORNE, Mr. Tom GARRETT, and Mr. B.D. DIXON. Afternoon callers were Bill HEADLEY, Chloris WILLIAMS and Lyle WILLIAMS.
- Green Ridge (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar CALDWELL and family spent Xmas with Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL.
- Meacham (from last week): The neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Merle JOHNSTON cut, hauled, and sawed a nice pile of wood for them on last Wednesday and Thursday morning. Mr. Ruben CRANE donated the timber. We are very glad to report Mr. JOHNSTON is able to sit up after his very serious accident.
- Meacham (from last week): The Booker School held their annual Christmas program Wednesday afternoon. As Mr. MALONE was called home to attend the funeral of his father-in-law on Friday, school was closed on Monday.
- Meacham (from last week): Mr. Glenn JAHRAUS called on Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Saturday morning.
- Wilson School: Chas. FORD and family spent Sunday at the Bert FORD home.
- East Zion: Mrs. Harry BOPP died Friday with services held at the Baptist Church near Fairman. She is survived by her husband and 6 children, and a brother.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BASSETT have a baby boy born Friday.
- East Zion: Mr. Emmett GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. Marvin CHANDLER.
- North Fork: C.I. DOOLEN and son, Wm. and family, were New Years guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and family.
- North Fork: Misses Cleda GARRETT, Elizabeth ARNOLD, Kenneth ROBB, and Arno SMITH spent New Years Eve with the R.H. GREENS.
- In honor of the birthday of Mr. Harry EAGAN, the following guests were entertained at the home Sunday: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSS of Mattoon; Mr. and Mrs. John EAGAN and daughter, Jo Ann, of St. Louis; Miss Tiona EAGAN of Salem; Mr. John BLAIR of Cartter; and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HARRIS and family, Stanley and Ruth, of Alma.
Jan. 14, 1937:
- How Kinmundy was named: Being a native, we have often wondered just how this city come to be named Kinmundy. We have heard several versions of this part of the history, but none that we deemed authentic. There does not seem to be another city in the United States of the same name. This week we happened to pick up a Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and glance through it. This particular copy of the Journal contained an origin of practically every city and village in the state. Naturally, we turned with eagerness to the Ks and there we found the following:
Kinmundy - Town in Marion County, named after the birthplace of William FERGUSON in Scotland. FERGUSON was once the London agent of the Illinois Central Railroad Company. Ackerman, pp. 130-131. (W. ACKERMAN published a history of "Early Illinois Railroads" in 1884.) Then we looked up the county and all the towns in the county and here is what we found:
Alma - Formerly called Rantoul. The name is taken from the name of the battlefield in the Orimea, which was the scene of the battle between the Allies and the Russians, Sept. 20, 1854.
Centralia - So named from its location at the junction of the main line and the Illinois Central Railroad.
Central City - So called from its proximity to Centralia.
Salem - Probably named from the city in Massachusetts. The word in Hebrew means "peace".
Sandoval - Town in Marion County named after an old Mexican or Spanish Chief.
Odin - Named for Odin, the chief deity of Scandinavian mythology.
Patoka - Named for an Indian Chief who lived nearby.
Vernon - Named for William Vernon, former Auditor of the Illinois Central Railroad Company.
Omega - So named for the last letter of the Greek alphabet.
Cartter, Kell, and Iuka - Not given.
Then we begin to look for some of our neighboring towns and here we found:
Farina - So called from its location in the wheat-growing district. The word is derived from the Latin word for flour.
Laclede - Named for Pierre Ligueste La Clede, one of the founders of St. Louis. The place was first called Dismal.
St. Peter - Not given.
Vandalia - so named by the commissioners who located the State Capitol there, because they had been led by some wag to think that the Vandals were a renowned Indian nation.
Effingham - Named for Gen. Edward EFFINGHAM, an Englishman by birth, who was the United States Surveyor who laid out the county.
Oskaloosa - Named for the wife of the Indian Chief, Mahaska.
- Coach and Mrs. H.A. KAESER are parents of an 8˝ lb. girl named Barbara Sue, who made her arrival in the Carmi, Ill. hospital, Saturday.
- Misses Pearl JACKSON and Darlene COLE left Tuesday afternoon for Champaign, where they have employment.
- Mr. Wm. LANSFORD of East St. Louis, but formerly of this city, has purchased the Oliver VALLOW place north of the Evergreen Cemetery and has moved therein.
- On Jan. 12, the many friends of Mrs. Ellen K. DONOVAN showered her with birthday greetings, for on that day she was celebrating her 80th birthday. Mrs. DONOVAN is spending part of the winter in Decatur, a guest of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. NIRIDER. The birthday dinner was given at the home of Mrs. Tommy McHENRY, nee Dosh NIRIDER.
- W.R. DOOLEN has sold his barbershop to Pat WILLIAMS of Alma. Mr. WILLIAMS will take charge March 1.
- Miss Esther MASON of Jacksonville and Virgil MARSHALL of Murrayville were married last evening at his home. They were attended by Miss Ruth MASON, sister of the bride, and Ellsworth BIRDSELL of Jacksonville. Mrs. MARSHALL is the daughter of C.W. MASON of Sandusky Road, and a graduate of Illinois College in 36. Since leaving college, she has been employed as cosmetician in the Walgreen Drug Store of Jacksonville. Mr. MARSHALL is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL of Alma. He graduated from Illinois College with the class of 34. They will reside at Murrayville, where Mr. MARSHALL is employed as a teacher.
- Voters in Meacham township traveled on the ice last Saturday to vote on the proposition of issuing $12,000 worth of bonds for the gravelling of about 8 miles of road in that township. 98 voted yes and 50 voted no. The WPA will pay for $56,000 for graveling of this road.
- East Zion: Floyd and Betty JONES called Sunday afternoon on Marvin and Ruth BASSETT.
- East Zion: Frank GARRETT and family are moving from the Mary WICKERSHAM place in Patoka to Granite City, where he has employment.
- East Zion: Frank GARRETT and family called Sunday morning at the Elmer FRIZZELL home.
- East Meadow Branch: Jack GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday with Harold ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB was hostess to the members of the Busy Bee Club Wednesday, Jan. 6th.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB visited Sunday afternoon in Kinmundy with Mrs. Lois ROBB.
- Shanghai Chapel: Fay CRANDALL is in Mark Greer hospital recovering from a tonsil operation.
Jan. 21, 1937:
- Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS received word last Thursday of the death of their daughter, Mrs. Nora ELLIS, which occurred at her home in Calumet City, Ill. that day. She had been troubled with a heart ailment for the past few years, and a few weeks ago contracted the flu, which caused her death.
- Last Thursday morning, I.C. Train No. 25, south bound, due here at 8:21 a.m. was delayed for about 4 hours about a mile south of Alma due to a washout of the tracks. The excessive rains had flooded the fields adjacent to the tracks and a culvert leading under the tracks became clogged. The section men unclogged the culvert and the water came out with such a gush, that it washed away the ballast beneath the ties. The engineer of the No. 25 looked at the tracks and thought he could get across, but as the engine did get across, the rails bent down to such an extent that it was decided they had better not attempt pulling the cars across. At the time, there happened a south bound freight train taking cinders and water on the siding. This engine picked up the cinders and preceded to the washout. All section men from Effingham to Centralia were summoned and after working about 4 hours in the down-pouring rain, the track was leveled enough for No. 25 to proceed. The section men worked the entire day getting the track in shape again.
- A large truck, driven by Clarence BROWN, and owned by the Merchant Distillery Corp. of Terre Haute, Ind. was overturned on Route 37 about 2 miles southwest of Kinmundy, Monday morning. The truck was loaded with carbonated gas which escaped when one of the safety valves broke off. The truck was enroute to a coal mine near Benton. This gas is used in some mines in the shooting of coal. A car passed the truck and cut in a little too quick. To avoid hitting the car, BROWN said he pulled over and struck the shoulder, which was soft, and he was unable to get his truck back on the pavement. When he saw he was heading for a 10 foot embankment, he cut his engine and leaped from the cab. He was uninjured.
- Frank L. DAVIS, who has made his home in this city for the past year, took his own life Tuesday afternoon by drinking carbonic acid in his room in the National Hotel in Effingham. He left a note pinned to his clothing instructing the person finding his body to notify, B.F. LINTON, undertaker, of this city and also his daughter, Mrs. Virgil DIAL of Peoria. Another note, addressed to Mr. Lee BARBEE, his father-in-law, of this city, was also found but the contents of that note were not revealed. Services and interment will be held in this city. The deceased was 58 years old. He is survived by his estranged wife, Mrs. Cora BARBEE DAVIS, of this city, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Virgil DIAL of Peoria, and Miss Geraldine DAVIS of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS, son and daughters, and Mrs. Jennie STOCK motored to Effingham Tuesday evening where they enjoyed an oyster supper in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.O. STOCK. This was in commemoration of the 27th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. KLEISS and the 22nd wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred STOCK.
- Mrs. Amanda JONES of Vernon is spending several weeks with her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES in Kinmundy. Sunday Mrs. JONES, Sr. attained her 82nd birthday, and in her honor a sumptuous dinner was spread at noon. Her children who were present from a distance were Mrs. Erwin WILLETT of Shobonier, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry MEADORS of Saybrook.
- Mr. C.H. VALLOW was able to leave the Pana Hospital Sunday where he had been the past 4 weeks with a broken ankle. He was taken to Nokomis, where he will remain for about a week, and then come to Kinmundy to recuperate.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG received word that his son, Harry WHITTENBURG of Madisonville, Ky. was taken to Rochester, Minn. Thursday to the Mayo Clinic for an examination as he is in a very serious condition.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT entertained several relatives and friends in their home Saturday night in honor of their son, Toms 25th birthday anniversary. Guests included, Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL, Harry, Louie, Laura, Josephine, and Kathryn DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. Noah THOMAS, son Paul, and daughters, Nelda and Bessie; Mr. and Mrs. Richard BROWN, Mr. Dreson HEADLEY, and Mr. and Mrs. T.P. WILLIAMS and daughter, Eulaine. The evening was spent with cards and music. Refreshments of pie, sandwiches, and coffee were served.
- Green Ridge: There was no school Monday on account of the illness of the teacher, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER and family have moved to Kinmundy from their farm, and at present are occupying the PORTER residence in the southwest part of town.
- Swift School: Honor Roll for the first period: Helen ROBB - 94; Louise GREEN - 92; Joann COLE - 92; Mildred JONES -92; and Laura GREEN - 91.
- 25 years ago on Jan. 18, 1912:
- Mrs. Mary WALKINGTON, widow of William WALKINGTON, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred ALVATER, age 82. Services were held at the residence with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was born in England. The surviving children are: Charles and George of Greenville, Mich.; Aaron of Covert, Mich.; Lyman, John, Mrs. Enis DAVIS, and Mrs. Fred ALVATER of this community.
- Mrs. Matilda P. YOUNG, widow of the late Andrew M. YOUNG, aged 80, died Jan. 15. Services were held from the home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Surviving children are Mrs. Wm. CHAPMAN of New Orleans and Mrs. Frank V. DAVIS of this city.
- George Ruben NELSON, aged 21, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Elmer MALONE, Jan. 11. Services were held at the Christian Church with interment in Martin Cemetery near Alma. Surviving are his father, James NELSON; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Wm. HOLMAN and Mrs. Elmer MALONE, all of this city.
- Margaret Allen SANDERS, aged 50, died on Jan. 9, wife of James W. SANDERS. Services were held at the Presbyterian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Surviving are 6 children, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers.
- Charles SIMER died at his home near Omega, aged 30.
- 100 men were banqueted in the M.E. Church by the Ladies Aid Society of the Church. This Church is making an extra effort to attract men and they seem to know full well that it is a very hard thing to do anything with a man on an empty stomach, and it was decided to fill that organ first before attempting anything else. This was the first meeting of this kind ever held in Kinmundy, and it was certainly a success.
Jan. 28, 1937:
- Frank Lee DAVIS, only son of Otis and Emma SOUTHWARD DAVIS, was born on a farm near Omega on Sept. 9, 1882, and died in Effingham on Jan. 19, 1937. The father met a tragic death, being killed by a falling tree, when Frank was only 4 years old, leaving him and his sister, Clarabelle, to the care of their young mother. She passed away when he was just a lad of 12 years of age, and she was buried next to her husband in Millican Cemetery. These orphaned children were taken into the home of their uncle, Samuel DAVIS, and were tenderly cared for by him, also his uncles Enis and Lou DAVIS, assisted by their aunt, Mrs. Sarah TURNER. His sister died in a few short years. On Sept. 29, 1904, he married Miss Cora Mae BARBEE of Kinmundy, whom he had known from childhood. This couple made their home in Chicago for several years and here they had a daughter named Dorothy. Later they moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he was Circulating Manager of the Kansas City Post. They had a second daughter, Geraldine. About 5 years ago they moved to Peoria to be near their daughter and husband. Being a great lover of music, he enjoyed singing and dancing to entertain his daughters. Three years ago, his buddy died, a very dear friend, leaving Frank stricken with grief. A year later, he was critically ill for a long time, then underwent a very serious operation, since which time he has been very despondent believing himself to be the victim of an incurable malady. This so preyed on his mind that he could not reason clearly, thus was driven to take the fatal step. He never forgot his loved ones as each of his daughters had just received a letter. Let us not judge too harshly, who knows what the years will bring forth to any man. Besides his immediate family, he leaves a cousin, Mrs. Maggie WANTLAND, who was reared like a sister to him near Omega; a cousin, Mrs. Maude HOLT of Kinmundy; and a half brother, Loren SIPES of Salem. Services were held at the M.E. Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Roland ALDERSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. ALDERSON, underwent an operation for appendicitis in St. Marys Hospital, East St. Louis, Saturday.
- Mrs. Arminda BROWN, who is spending the winter with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald LACEY, at Normal, Illinois, had the misfortune of falling in the house and breaking her arm.
- Mrs. Emmett JONES underwent an operation in the Decatur and Macon Hospital in Decatur on Saturday morning for the removal of one kidney. She remained in very serious condition until Monday when she died. Mr. JONES and all the children had been with her constantly since her operation. Services will be held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Dolph HAMMER, who had been in ill health for the past several months, was removed to St. Marys Hospital in Centralia Wednesday in Linton & Beery Ambulance for examination and treatment.
- An estimated flow of 600 barrels of oil per day is pouring from the first test well drilled on the MERRIMAN Farm, 1 mile north of Patoka. The operators ceased drilling operations Tuesday when an 18 foot oil bearing sand was reached at a depth of 1419 feet.
- Rex McCARTY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY, and a student in Iola High School, returning from school Monday afternoon in company with other boys, was walking in the street. When Rex went to step out of the way of an approaching car, he stepped directly in the path of the car, was ran over, and dragged a distance of 30 feet. The driver of the car, Mr. Russell ZIMMERMAN, a teacher in the high school, with the help of the other boys lifted the car from Rex, who was unconscious. The extent of his injuries are not yet known. His sister, Juna Rae, who was with him at the time of the accident, is also suffering greatly from shock and fright.
- Jan. 22, being the birthday of Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP, a surprise was planned and successfully carried out in honor of the event on Jan. 24, in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP. Having been invited to the Carl DUNLAPs for a usual Sunday dinner, Mrs. DUNLAP entered the door to find the crowd of guests singing "Happy Birthday". To say she was surprised is putting it mildly. A delicious chicken covered dish was served to the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP, Mr. and Mrs. Harry HUNTINGTON and daughter, Catherine, and Mr. Clifton DAVIS of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Xon ALEXANDER and little daughter of Logansport, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and family; Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER; Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER and family of this city.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Noah THOMAS entertained the following people in their home Saturday evening: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Ed DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. James BILEK; George DOUDERA and family; F.L. DOUDERA Jr. and family; Forrest WILLIAMS and family; T.P. WILLIAMS and family; Bill HEADLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and son, Tom; Dreson HEADLEY; Harry DONOHO; John, Jim and Harry DOUDERA. At a late hour, refreshments of pie, sandwiches and coffee were served. The evening was spent with cards and dancing.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB called on the MILNER family Sunday night.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB called on Mrs. Martha WANTLAND and Dorothy recently.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Noah THOMAS called in Kinmundy Saturday.
- East Zion: James BASSETT and family were business callers in Kinmundy Monday evening.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT spent Friday and Saturday night with Mrs. Merle JONES and children.
- East Zion: Mr. Elmer BASSETT called Sunday at the A.D. NICHOLS home.
- East Zion: Marvin BASSETT visited Sunday with Ancel, Lyle and Beryl ARNOLD.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mrs. Mel GRAY and son, Frederic SEE, were in Highland Tuesday to see Mrs. GRAYs sister, who has recently had her foot amputated for relief of diabetic gangrene.
- 25 years ago on Jan. 25, 1912:
- The full account of the four railroad officials who were killed in Kinmundy in a train wreck was printed.
- A 10 lb. daughter was born at the home of M.B. NELMS and wife in Hindsboro last Friday.
- J.N. EMBSER of Alma twp. has purchased the Alma Lumber and undertaking business and the L.C. PULLEN residence in Alma, which he expects to occupy in a few weeks. He will have a public sale of livestock and other personal property on or about Feb. 6. "Rome" is a hustler on the farm, and we predict that he will succeed in his new business.
- Claude WILKINSON has sold his 80 acre farm 5 miles southeast of this city to Mrs. Ella HUBERT, consideration $55 per acre. Mrs. HUBERT and her son, Fred, expect to move soon from their home in this city to their farm.
Feb. 4, 1937:
- Clara Isabelle, daughter of Calvin and Jane GARNER, was born March 5, 1860, in Kinmundy, and died at her home here on Jan. 29, 1937. She had been a member of the Southern Methodist Church since childhood. On Feb. 11, 1877, she married Louis BARBEE, to whom she was married for nearly 60 years. Plans were made to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary in 2 weeks. The stricken husband, who is 82 years old, has been seriously ill. Although she was the member of a large family, only 1 brother and 2 sisters survive: John GARNER of Kinmundy, 83 years old; Mrs. Nellie EAGAN of Green Ridge vicinity, and Mrs. Ella WILLIAMS of Alma. The 3 sons, Fred of OFallon, Ill.; Byron of LaGrange, Ill.; Guy of Kinmundy; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Etta HAMMER of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Mardge DAVIS of Sturgis, Mich.; and Mrs. Lenora WILCOX of Battle Creek, Mich. are all present, but none of the 3 sons-in-law were able to come. Frank A. HAMMER and Cloyd DAVIS are ill in their homes, while Harold WILCOX is in Boston, Mass. Grandchildren also survive. Services were held from the Baptist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mary Agnes ROBB JONES, daughter of F.M. and Julia Malissa ROBB was born at their farm home in North Fork on June 6, 1878. In this home there were 9 children, 3 preceding her in death. Those growing to maturity were Hattie ARNOLD, Del (deceased), wife of Chas. I. DOOLEN, Lou JONES, Emma ARNOLD, and the 1 brother, Eli ROBB. She attended the local school and then became a student at Kinmundy High. On Oct. 11, 1896 she married Emmett JONES and they had 4 children. She united with Arnold Chapel where she retained her membership. Later when she became a resident of Kinmundy, she was active in M.E. work. Four years ago she became ill. Thinking to better her condition, she was recently taken to the hospital in Decatur, where she died Jan. 25, 1937. She is survived by the husband and children: Roy of Patoka; Merle of Kinmundy; Pearl GARRETT of Granite City; and Forrest, at home; 6 grandchildren; the 3 sisters and brother. Services were held from the M.E. Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The oil boom is still going strong in Patoka. More Leases must be secured here.
- Mrs. H.L. HANNA underwent an operation for the removal of one breast in St. Marys Hospital in Centralia on Saturday.
- On Friday morning, what is known as the Alex PORTER, owned by Mrs. Helen MITCHELL, and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER and family, caught fire on the roof. Due to the quick work of neighbors, the fire was soon extinguished with very little damage done.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.E. ETHERTON in Murphysboro have a baby boy. The mother is formerly Miss Dorothy DOOLEN. This is the first son in a family of 3 girls, and will be known as Louis Edward.
- Misses Helen and Dorothy INGRAM arrived home from Karnak Friday night. They were driven from Karnak by the Ohio flood. Miss Helen is one of the teachers in the public school and Miss Dorothy has a beauty parlor. They stored their belongings in the third story of the building where Miss Dorothy has her parlor before leaving.
- Mr. C.R. ALDERSON received a telephone call Monday that his son, Rolland, was suffering from hemorrhages. He left immediately for East St. Louis.
- Mr. Chas. E. PRUETT will leave the latter part of this week for Champaign, where he will enter the University of Illinois the second semester. He will take a pre-medic course preparatory to the study of medicine. It is the intention of his mother, Mrs. Stella PRUETT, to move to Champaign, as another son, Frederic, is also attending the University.
- Mr. Chas. COATNEY returned home Tuesday from Chicago, where he has been a patient in the Illinois Central Hospital. Sometime ago, while working on the tracks, Chas. had the misfortune of getting a hot cinder in his eye and his eye came infected. He is much improved.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Virgie GARRETT and son, Tom, Mrs. Elizabeth WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Allie THOMAS attended the funeral of Mrs. Emmett JONES, Thursday.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Mary McQuire and children of Caters, Mo. are here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. THOMAS, having come Tuesday to escape the flood.
- East Zion: Mrs. Maude JONES and son, Robert, left Sunday morning for Decatur to attend her uncle John LAMBERTs funeral which was to be held Monday.
- Wilson School: Our school opened Monday morning after having been closed for 3 weeks on account of illness of the teacher, Mrs. WEISS.
- Shanghai Chapel: The wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, and Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS were celebrated Sunday in the ARNOLD home. Others present besides the honored guests were: Misses Emma, Pearl and Ruby ARNOLD, Mrs. Forrest DOOLEN and children, Marjorie KELLER, Margaret HICKMAN, William COLE, D.A. ARNOLD, and Beryl, Charles and Leroy DISS. Martin HASSEBROCK, wife and children called in the afternoon.
- Shanghai Chapel: Fay CRANDALL came home Monday from Mississippi after being marooned by high water for more than a week.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and family visited Sunday with the Bert GARRETT family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Emmett JONES and son, Forrest, are spending a few days in Granite City with Mr. JONES son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT.
- Word was received by relatives of the illness of Mrs. M.H. HART of Champaign nee Ruth ALEXANDER, in Margaret Carle Hospital in Urbana.
- 25 years ago on Feb. 1, 1912:
- The entire business block in the village of Mason was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.
- John W. WILSON, born in Alma twp., died at his home in this city on Jan. 26 aged 59 years, 2 months, and 15 days. He married Miss Della YOUNKIN of this city on May 25, 1876, who along with 1 brother and 2 sisters, survive.
- J.L. SCHOOLEY sold his personal property at public sale on Tuesday. He has purchased a farm near Little Rock, Ark. where he expects to move in a few days.
Feb. 11, 1937:
- Mary Ann DISS TRIMBY, daughter of Frederick and Eliza CLAY DISS, was born near Kinmundy on Jan. 12, 1870, where she grew to womanhood. She was the youngest of 4 brothers and 2 sisters, she being the last of the family to pass away. She became a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur in 1893, where she remained a faithful member. She married Wm. TRIMBY on Sept. 28, 1909, after which they made their home in Danville, until her husband died Feb. 14, 1920. She then made her home with her brother, Chas. DISS until his death on Aug. 5, 1932. She then continued her home with her niece, Beulah DISS, who has been as faithful as a daughter. Mrs. TRIMBY died on Feb. 7, 1937. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Harvey GRAY Cemetery.
- Due to the receding water in the South, the I.C. is able to run some of their trains thru. A new schedule was put out yesterday.
- Mr. Chas. LOWE, a brother of W.W. LOWE and a well known resident of Foster twp., died at the home of his son, Cecil LOWE, yesterday. He was 88 years old and spent had spent his entire life in Foster twp. Services were held today from Arnolds Chapel with interment in Jones Cemetery. Uncle Charley took sick last Friday, and double pneumonia developed.
- The new Mark Greer Hospital that has been under construction the past 8 months will have a 2 day opening Feb. 13 and 14. The hospital will be one of the most modern and well equipped small hospitals in Illinois. This hospital was built by Dr. Mark GREER in 1925. He was assisted financially by various organizations, churches, clubs, and private citizens. The new addition was financed by Dr. GREER himself. It will be a 30 bed hospital. The new addition consists of 17 new rooms.
- Meacham: The Community Birthday Circle surprised Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER on Feb. 2, it being their 7th wedding anniversary.
- North Fork: Tom GREEN has been ill the past week. They called the doctor Sunday p.m.
- North Fork: R.H. GREEN, wife and sons were in Kinmundy on Sunday at J.T. ARNOLDs attending the birthday dinner for Mrs. Elnoe BROWN. Others present were L.E. GREEN and family of Patoka, Ralph FEATHER and family, and Mr. BROWN and daughters of Kinmundy.
- North Fork: Ernest BASSETT and wife visited Sunday with his father and mother, Henry BASSETT and wife.
- North Fork: Leroy and Keith GREEN stayed all night at Bert GARRETTs Monday night on account of the high waters.
- Meadow Branch: Harold ROBB spent Sunday P.M. with Robert MARSHALL.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL delightfully entertained a group of young friends in their home Saturday evening. The evening was spent with cards and music. Dainty refreshments were served by Mrs. CALDWELL. Among the guests were Paul, Nelda, and Bessie THOMAS, Harry, Louie, Laura, Josephine, and Kathryn DOUDERA, Bill HEADLEY, and Frank ROLLER.
- Green Ridge: The neighbors were sorry to hear of the death of Joe SULLENS.
- East Zion: Aunt Betty NICHOLS suffered a paralytic stroke Wednesday morning and is very ill.
- East Zion: Mr. J.A. BASSETT was a caller in Kinmundy on Monday evening.
- Camp Ground: Mrs. Maggie PERRY has gone to Gary, Ind. to get acquainted with her new grandson, who was born Feb. 2 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold HAMILTON.
- Shanghai: Among those who called at the Dan ARNOLD home recently were Mr. and Mrs. Harvey HANNA, Jack DISS, wife and baby, Milton GIGAR and family, E.H. GRAY and family, and Mel GRAY and family. The ARNOLDS are soon moving to Kinmundy. We are sorry to have them go.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and children visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- Mrs. F.A. HAMMER left Tuesday for her home in Chicago. Mrs. HAMMER was called here several weeks ago by the serious condition of her mother, Mrs. Louis BARBEE, who died Jan. 29.
- 25 years ago on Feb. 8, 1912:
- Members of the Kinmundy Fire Dept. met last Friday in pursuant to a call by Chief C.F. PRUETT. The Annual Election of officers was held, and elected were: Geo. W. SNELLING, Chief; Ellis WOLFE, 1st Asst.; C.F. PRUETT, 2nd Asst.; J.L LASWELL, Hose Capt.; C.B. MENDENHALL, 1st Asst.; F.W. KILLIE, 2nd Asst.; G.M. NIRIDER, 3rd Asst.; F.E. NELMS, Ladder Captain; B.J. ROTAN, Asst.; J.T. BROWN, Engineman; Andrew JACKSON, Asst.; F.O. GRISSOM, Sec.-Treas.
- Ladies of the G.A.R. elected officers: Rose N. WEST, Pres.; Amelia DENNISON, Sr. Vice Pres.; Elizabeth PORTER, Jr. V.P.; Nellie BARGH, Sec.; Jennie LACEY, Treas.; Anna E.W. PRUETT, Chaplain; Etta NELMS, Conductor; Kate SONGER, Asst. Conductor; Etta SARCHANT, Guard; Hattie ARNOLD, Asst. Guard; Mamie S. BROWN, Pianist; Anna DILLON, Patriotic Instruction.
- John F. DONOVAN has received his appointment as Postmaster at Kinmundy from Jan. 25, 1912 for 4 years.
- Jan. 31, being the 13th birthday of Myron HAMMERS, his relatives and friends decided to give him a surprise. Those attending were his father, mother; sister, Bessie, brothers, Forrest and Willie; Dolph HAMMERS and wife, Lon HAMMERS and family; John HAMMERS and family; Arthur HAMMERS and family; Mark SWIFT and family; Job INMAN and family; Mrs. Mary SUNDERLAND; Mrs. Dora BUNDY and Miss Nondas Monroe.
- William S. NICHOLS was born in Salem on Dec. 21, 1837, and died at his home in Meacham twp. on Feb. 2, 1912. He leaves a wife and 5 children - Mrs. Kizzie SMITH, Mrs. Viola SMITH and Harry NICHOLS of near Farina; Mrs. Ella ALPHIN, Doniphon, Mo.; and Mrs. Hattie COCKRELL of near Kinmundy. Services were held at the Union Church with interment in Elder Cemetery.
- Thomas J. CHARLTON was born in Holmesville, Ohio on Jan. 24, 1836, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Feb. 3, 1912. He leaves a widow, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. Services were held from the residence with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- John EAGAN was born in Kinmundy on Sept. 22, 1835, and died at his home in Kinmundy on Feb. 2, 1912. He leaves a widow and 4 sons, namely: Sidney, Delbert, William, and Charles. He lived in Kinmundy his entire life, and never lived more than 1/4 mile from the place in which he was born. Services were held at the Presbyterian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Arthur A. SOUTHWARD, nee Myrtle Mae GRAMLEY, was born in Omega twp. on June 16, 1872, and died at her home in Omega twp. on Jan. 29, 1912. She leaves a husband and 3 small children, 1 son and 2 daughters; 2 sisters, Mrs. J.S. KNISELEY and Mrs. Charles SEE; and 3 brothers, Marion, Martin and Edward GRAMLEY. Services were held at Omega Presbyterian Church with interment in Millican Cemetery.
- W.J. BOCOCK has sold his coal business to Geo. W. WHITE, who will run it in connection with his feed store. He will be assisted in business by his son, Charles, who has just moved here from Chicago.
- Loy LAMBORN, 9 lb. boy, was born at the home of Ira MORRIS and wife on Jan. 29.
Feb. 18, 1937:
- Charles Wesley LOWE, eldest son of Samuel and Margaret LOWE, was born in Foster twp. on Dec. 15, 1848, the second child of the family, and died after a brief illness on Feb. 10, 1937. He grew to maturity and was married in 1871 to Sarah JONES. To this union was born one daughter, Nettie. After the death of his wife, he was married on April 8, 1875 to Eda Ann JONES. They had 7 children, one of whom died in infancy. Uncle Charlie was converted with a shouting experience at the age of 17 and united with the Methodist Church to which faith he held steadfastly up to his death. He leaves 6 children: Frank of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Sam ROBB of Lansing, Mich.; Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN and Sam LOWE of Kinmundy; and Willie and Cecil LOWE of Foster twp.; 32 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Warren LOWE of Kinmundy. His faithful wife and 2 children, 1 infant and Nettie EAGAN DUKES, preceded him in death. Services were held from Arnold Chapel with interment in Jones Cemetery.
- Relatives and neighbors went to the home of Mr. Albert MALINSKY on Feb. 16, taking a potluck supper with them. This was a surprise birthday supper. A very delightful time was had by all. Those present were: Mr. Wallace OSBORNE and family of Farina; Mr. Ralston HANNA and family; Mr. W.S. GEORGE and family; and Jesse GEORGE.
- Miss Elizabeth KILLIE is now designing womens costumes for the Butterick Magazine. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred KILLIE of Centralia, former residents of Kinmundy. She has planned and designed whole outfits for a prominent movie star.
- Our community was shocked Saturday evening when the news quickly spread that Ira MORRIS had dropped dead. It was hard to believe. We had seen him going about his work in the store only a few moments before. Ira had not been in good health for some time and on this day, he had complained of not feeling as well as usual. About 6 oclock, he evidently felt something coming over him as he left a customer and went to the rear of the store. It was not long until he fell to the floor. Dr. MILLER was summoned but he was practically dead when he reached the scene. It was not long until life was extinct. He died from heart trouble. Services were held Monday in the High School Gymnasium, and interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. As a mark of respect, every business house closed its doors at noon and remained closed during the funeral hour. Mr. MORRIS has been in the grocery business in this city for the past 13 years. Ira C., son of William and Elizabeth HOLT MORRIS, was born May 5, 1883. He was born on a farm northwest of this city, in Kinmundy twp. Here his childhood days were spent with 4 sisters and 4 brothers. 1 brother died in infancy, a brother Emmet when 5 years of age, and a brother Jesse at the age of 17. Seven years ago he united with the M.E. Church. On Nov. 12, 1902, he left the family home to establish one of his own, and married Luella LAMBORN, and they too, resided on a farm. They had 4 children: 1 daughter, Vera, and 3 sons, William, Charles Roy, and Loy. Charles Roy died in infancy and Loy died on March 7, 1933. The loss of this beloved son was a severe blow to the father. On Feb. 26, 1925, they left the farm and came to this city, where he entered the business world and it was in his grocery store. He died Feb. 13, 1937. He was a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M. He is survived by his dear wife and daughter, Vera BASSETT, and son Billy, of Kinmundy; 4 grandsons whom he idolized; 4 sisters, Margaret DAVIS of Chicago; Mary DOOLEN of Harvey; Esther GEORGE and Bertha ANDREWS of Kinmundy; and 1 brother, Earl of Marshall.
- The firm of F.A. PRUETT & Sons has again changed hands. Upon the departure of Chas. E. PRUETT for school, he sold the firm back to his uncle, W.S. PRUETT.
- Mrs. Julia MAXEY died at her home just east of this city on Saturday morning, her death being caused by kidney poisoning. She had been in ill health for almost a year, but never became bedfast until about 2 weeks before her death. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment made in Evergreen Cemetery. Julia Olive, daughter of Thomas and Mary WILLIAMS, was born in Kinmundy on Nov. 16, 1869. She was the youngest of a family of 3 daughters, 1 dying in infancy, and a sister, Mrs. Jennie SULLENS of Alma, surviving. The father and mother have gone on before years ago. In 1891 she united with the M.E. Church. On Aug. 11, 1898 she married William H. MAXEY, and they had 2 sons and 2 daughters: Helen M. SIPES of Indianapolis, Ind.; C. Harold of St. Louis, Mo.; James Burdette of Kinmundy at home; and Mary Elizabeth FURGASON of Indianapolis, Ind. Her husband died Dec. 24, 1920. She was a member of the order of Royal Neighbors, and she died Feb. 13, 1937. She leaves a sister, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 4 stepsons, Wayne, Harry, Walter, and Robert, 2 step-daughters, Mrs. Bessie THOMPSON and Mrs. Nellie SPENCER.
- 15 gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM to help Mrs. INGRAM celebrate her birthday on Feb. 14. Among those present were: Dr. and Mrs. C.L. WRIGHT and son, Eddie of Carbondale; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM and daughter, Marie, of Sullivan; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. JOHNSON and son, Jimmie, of Windsor; Miss Dorothy of Karnak; Miss Nellie of Waltonville; and Mr. Frank DAVIS of Windsor.
- The roof of the home of the Elnoe BROWNS was discovered on fire Tuesday evening, but by the prompt work of Mr. BROWN, Forrest JONES and a Standard Oil salesman, the fire was seen out. It was caused by the furnace flue burning out.
- Shanghai Chapel: Forrest DOOLEN is having a sale on Feb. 22. The DOOLENs are moving soon to Gary, Ind.
- East Meadow Branch: Homer MILNER received word Saturday night of the death of his brother, Otis MILNER, who died Sat. at his home in Arkansas.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. K.A. WILLIAMS of Alma is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don BOUSMAN, and helping care for the new baby, which arrived Sunday morning.
- North Fork: Ernest BASSETT visited Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BASSETT.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB visited in Salem Sunday afternoon at the Glenn ROBB home.
- Wilson School: Our pupils enjoyed a Valentine Box and Party at school Friday afternoon. Best homemade valentine prizes were won by Darrell SHUFELDT, Betty WOODEN, and Viola MEYER. The heart cutting contest was won by Lois KOLB.
- Green Ridge: Bill HEADLEY and August SPOKAN called on Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL.
- Mrs. Fannie LOWE left Saturday for Memphis, Tenn. to attend to wedding of her great-granddaughter, Miss Clara Dee SMITH, which occurs today.
- Mrs. Louis SULLENS arrived here last Friday from her home in Chicago, Friday, and is visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT and with other relatives and friends.
- Miss Marion GARNER of Salem entertained 50 or more guests Sunday evening at a tea. Those invited from Kinmundy were Misses Ruth and Virginia ROHRBOUGH, Miss Florence JACKSON, and Miss Florence DOOLEN. Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH assisted the hostess and poured at the tea table.
- 25 years ago on Feb. 15, 1912:
- The village of Alma had a fire scare Tuesday when it was discovered the N.J. RHOADS Hotel was ablaze. By prompt work of the citizens and the liberal use of water, the flames were extinguished with considerable damage to the building.
- The 10 year old son of Homer HANNA and wife had the misfortune to cut off a finger Monday while playing with a sharp ax.
- Last Thursday, while sawing wood with a steam saw, J.N. JONES, residing 5 miles east of this city, had the misfortune to lose 2 fingers on his right hand. A 3rd finger was almost cut off, but Dr. CAMERER was able to save it.
- Roy FOGERSON and wife of Meacham twp. had quite a thrilling experience while in this city Monday. They had started home and were driving a team of young mules, and when nearing the YOUNGKIN corner, 2 dogs scared the mules, and they started to run north. When near the home of Andrew JACKSON, the buggy tongue broke, the occupants were upset and the team released from the vehicle. Mrs. FOGERSON received a very hard fall and was carried to the home of Mr. JACKSON where she remains under the care of Dr. MILLER. Roy was not seriously hurt but received some very severe bruises.
- A petition signed by 136 voters has been filed with the town clerk, D.C. BEAVER, to have the wet and dry question submitted to a vote of the people at the twp. election in April.
- M. WAINSCOTT returned home Monday evening from Lafayette, Ind. where he had been called by the serious illness of his son, Ora, who is attending the University, and who is suffering with a hemorrhage of the brain. He is improving.
- Clarence SCHOOLEY left Thursday night with his car for Searcy, Ark., where he has purchased a nice farm, and expects to make his home. Mrs. SCHOOLEY left Friday morning.
Feb. 25, 1937:
- Matilda Caroline PUFFER was born June 1, 1854 to Hugo and Phoebe PUFFER, and died Feb. 19, 1937, after having been in ill health for the past 2 years. She joined as a young girl with the Presbyterian Church. Later she joined the Christian Church. She married John Wesley HAMMER on march 30, 1875, and they had 10 children, 1 daughter, Nettie, dying in infancy. Her husband died Nov. 20, 1915. She leaves 8 sons and 1 daughter, namely, Dolph, Myron and Wm. B. (with whom she made her home) of Kinmundy; Arthur of Hoodriver, Ore.; Forrest of Kingsley, Iowa; John and Fred of South Bend, Ind.; Lon of Decatur; and Bess JACOBSON of Mt. Vernon. One sister, Mrs. Fannie TUCKER of Chicago, survives. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Relatives and friends celebrated the 54th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Roy SNELLING at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John ALLEN in Chicago. A list of those attending was printed. A most enjoyable evening was spent in playing 500, Bridge, Pinochle, and dancing.
- J.R. MAHAN developed a severe pain in the abdomen on Sunday morning. It was thought to be an intestinal obstruction or intestinal paralysis. He was no better on Monday and was taken to the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago that afternoon. In a letter received yesterday, written Tuesday, Mrs. MAHAN stated that upon arrival, Raymond was given a treatment and put to sleep. Upon awakening, the pain had left. The doctors pronounced it a kink in the intestine and he will return home tonight as good as new.
- Dr. Hugo MILLER and son, A.H., went to Effingham Monday where the doctor entered the Effingham Clinic for treatment of pyelitis. From all reports, he is doing nicely, and will remain in the hospital for about a week.
- Billie MORRIS was taken to Effingham Clinic Friday suffering with a severe case of Streptococcus sore throat. He remained in a serious condition until Monday afternoon when his throat began to drain.
- C.R. ALDERSON reports that his son, Roland, who has been a patient in St. Marys Hospital in East St. Louis has now developed streptococcus sore throat and is thought to be in very serious condition.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.C. JACKSON, accompanied by Mr. P.W. PIPER and son, John, motored to Effingham, Saturday, where John entered the Clinic for an examination. It was found that he was suffering from an abscess on the pelvis and consequently, it will be necessary for him to again to take to his bed.
- Mrs. Dolph HAMMER, who underwent an operation in St. Marys Hospital in Centralia, last week for the removal of a tumor, is getting along splendidly.
- Byron J. SIPLE, a well known resident of Omega twp., died this morning at his home after an illness of about 2 years duration.
- Dr. and Mrs. S.L. LASWELL of Alma, who have been wintering in Florida, returned home Wednesday morning via train. The doctor is in very serious condition. Enroute home, it was necessary to give him some morphine, and as this is being written this Wednesday morning, he was never aroused. It is thought that he has suffered another stroke of apoplexy, and there is very little hopes for his recovery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Pat WILLIAMS of Alma, moved to Kinmundy Friday, and are occupying Mrs. Edna WILLIAMS home in the east part of town. Mr. WILLIAMS has purchased the barber shop of Mr. W.R. DOOLEN. Mrs. WILLIAMS will be remembered as Miss Ava MATTHEWS, daughter of Rev. S.A. MATTHEWS formerly pastor of Kinmundy Methodist Church.
- Illinois Central R.R. has resumed service after a hard battle with the Ohio River flood.
- Illinois Central Train No. 2 was wrecked Tuesday afternoon at Edgewood. The tender of the engine and 5 cars left the rails, the tender and baggage car upsetting.
- Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER have a 9˝ lb. girl in their home.
- Omega: Mrs. WEEMS of Iuka, who delivers bread here had the misfortune of having her truck catch on fire north of Xenia on Saturday. The truck was completely destroyed.
- The East Side Priscillas gave Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD a surprise Feb. 22, they walked into her home with well filled baskets and remind her (just in case she had forgotten) that it was her birthday.
- Miss Clara D. SMITH will marry William EPPES Jr. Feb. 19 at the Epworth Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. B.F. LOWE is great-grandmother of the bride. (From the Memphis, Tenn. newspaper.)
- 25 years ago on Feb. 22, 1912:
- A petition is being circulated asking for the privilege of issuing bonds to build rock roads in the township and the question will probably be submitted at the April election. There is no doubt but what the hard road system is the only system for wear and tear, and if the cost is within reach of the taxpayer, it should be adopted without dissenting vote. The present system of road work is a grand farce, with few exceptions. The usual plan is to plow and grade the roads about the first of Sept, and make them impassible all winter. The grader fillers the center of the road with chunks of dirt the size of a watermelon to the size of a yearling steer and there it is left to traffic.
- The 4th annual banquet for soldiers and wives and widows and mothers was held at the K of P Hall Feb. 10. A large number came with well filled baskets. After dinner, all retired to the lodge room where J.F. DONOVAN presided. Several very interesting talks were made and songs were sang by the audience. The soldiers present were: A.W. SONGER, A.J. FOSTER, J.F. DONOVAN, James COCKRELL, E.G. MENDENHALL, Henry SHAFFER, Chris SHAFFER, M. THOMAS, D.A. PORTER, Phillip YUND, W.E. BROWN, Levi THOMAS, J.W. DOOLEN, L.C. MORGAN, and Daniel ABBOTT. The Spanish American Soldiers were: Ed HARRELL and S.B. PARRILL.
- Martha GUNN MAXON died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W.W. NEIL on Feb. 18, 1912. She was born in Washington Co. on May 1, 1846, and leaves 1 brother, 3 sisters, and 1 adopted brother. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- James H. LEWIS has returned home from Gray Ridge, Mo. where he accompanied F.E. GULLEY with his car of stock. Jim says Frank has rented a good farm and is in good country.
- Miss Florence MOTCH left Saturday morning for Chicago where she has a position in a wholesale millinery store.
- At a recital given at the Beethoven Conservatory of St. Louis on Feb. 10, Miss Rena M. JONES of this city gave 2 fine piano selections.
- Harry CRAYCROFT has purchased the Dad Hotel Business of S.B. SARCHETT.
- Another star, making 48, was added to the U.S. flag last Wednesday at 10 oclock when President TAFT signed the proclamation admitting Arizona to the union.
- Chas. VANDORN has sold his farm 1 mile south of town to J.N. WANTLAND, consideration $52.50 per acre. He will hunt for a place in the southwest for he and his family.
March 4, 1937:
- Dr. S.L. LASWELL, son of S.H. and Julia DOWNING LASWELL, was born Dec. 28, 1874, and died Feb. 2, 1937. He was converted at the age of 12 years. In 1901 he married Miss Stella CALDWELL. He located in Alma as a practicing physician about 38 years ago, and was a loyal and faithful physician, answering calls day and night in all kinds of weather, often when he was physically unfit. He is survived by his wife; 1 daughter, Mrs. Kathryn WILLIAMS; 1 grandson, Bobbie Laswell WILLIAMS, all of Alma, Ill.; 1 brother, Dr. Jim LASWELL of Decatur; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lutie McWILLIAMS of Alma; and Mrs. Alma NELMS of Kinmundy. Services were held from the M.E. Church in Alma with interment in Alma Cemetery.
- Mr. Mike ZUMSTEG suffered a hemorrhage of the stomach Tuesday and is still in very critical condition. His ailment has been pronounced ulcers of the stomach.
- The Ira C. MORRIS store, now being operated by Mrs. Louella MORRIS, was burglarized Saturday night and quite a quantity of groceries and meats taken. The culprits gained access to the store by unlocking the front door and then locking it again after their departure.
- Little James Edwin WHITE attained his first birthday on Feb. 23. The event was celebrated in the home with dinner and a birthday cake and candle. 7 oclock, the sand man came eyelids drooped lower and lower and lower, drowsy head nodded and for baby, the day was over. In the dinner party, other than Mr. and Mrs. WHITE and Charles, there were Mrs. Bessie WHITE, Mrs. Florence SHRIVER and Mr. and Mrs. Lenard LEWIN.
- The whey tank at the local cheese factory collapsed Tuesday night, ruining the tank and emptying several hundred gallons of whey into the alley. The tank had to be replaced.
- Dr. and Mrs. H.A. LANDESS were here Tuesday and Wednesday getting their furniture ready to move it to Lewistown, Ill. He has had an appointment at the State Hospital in Lincoln.
- On Feb. 27, Miss Letha DENHAM of this city married Mr. Raymond BASS of Bloomington, Ill. at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford DENHAM. The witnesses of the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Wilford DENHAM and son, Floyd, Rev. and Mrs. ATCHISON, Mrs. Reda SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Harold BOUGHERS, Mr. and Mrs. John BASS, Miss Alice BASS, Miss Dorothy BASS, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis RICHARDSON, John Gilbert RICHARDSON, Mrs. Ferne JOHNSON and Miss Evelyn JOHNSON. Following the ceremony, a delicious wedding dinner was served. During the evening the bride and groom were presented with a lovely quilt made by the Baptist Ladies Aid. That evening a charivari and kitchen shower was given by a number of well wishers. The couple will reside in Bloomington, Ill.
- A few days ago, F.O. GRISSOM received a letter from a party stating that a garment factory would like to locate in our city, providing the Chamber of Commerce would provide a suitable building and put up a certain sum of money. On Monday, a conference was held with this gentleman in Mt. Vernon with 5 representatives from Kinmundy.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. Elmer BUTTS and family are moving to the Joe MAZANEK home recently vacated by Mr. Roy SHORT who moved to the Green Ridge district.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. N.S. SUTTON and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. SNELLING spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. PYLE helping Mr. PYLE celebrate his 65th birthday.
- Omega: Harry BANDELOW and Florence PHILLIPS were married last Wednesday.
- Mis Alice READNOUR was home recently from Carbondale where she is attending Teachers College.
- Pid BASSETT and family spent Sunday afternoon with Billie MORRIS and family.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McCULLEY and Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB attended the funeral of Mrs. Matilda HAMMER on Sunday.
-Shanghai Chapel: Raymond HULSEY moved last week to the farm recently vacated by Dan ARNOLDs.
- Meacham: Mr. Arthur COURSON had misfortune of getting badly bruised and cut, when his team of horses ran away and threw him from the wagon, dragging him for some distance.
- 25 years ago on Feb. 29, 1912:
- Otis E. SEE and Miss Elizabeth NEWBIESER of Hegewisch, Ill. were married by County Judge SLAUSER in his office on the 7th floor of the federal building. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. A.C. NEWBIESER of Hegewisch. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE of near this city, and he holds a position with the Pennsylvania R.R. at Hegewisch. The couple will reside at Hammond, Ind.
- Last Friday was the 69th birthday of Ben DOOLEN and in order to celebrate the occasion, a dozen or more male friends were invited to spend the evening at his home. Several hours were spent in card playing, eating, smoking and exchanging yarns.
- Mrs. Chas. WHITE went to Chicago Monday to pick up their household goods preparatory to moving to Kinmundy.
March 11, 1937:
- The Kinmundy High Basketball Team won the Regional Tournament at Salem. The scores were Odin in the first game was whipped 38 -17; Salem 40 - 13; and Flora 43 -27. They will play Marissa in the Sectional. A picture of the team was printed with: Carl PRUETT, G; Joe MALONE, C; Caption Burton PIPER, G; Earl SCHWABE, F.; Howard ROBB, F.; Russell SHREFFLER, G.; Christy GENTRY, Manager; Substitutes, Wayne PIGG, Richard WILLIAMS, Harold ROBB, Charles KLINE; and Coach, H.A. KAESER.
- Mrs. Dave HARRIS was instantly killed Sunday morning on the MAZANEK curve south of Alma, when the truck in which she was riding turned over, pinning her under it. The truck was being driven by her brother, William HINKLEY, and riding with this couple were Miss Lavange BROOM and Mr. Coe SMITH, all residents of Alma except Mrs. HARRIS, whose home was in St. Louis and was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. HINKLEY in Alma. William HINKLEY is a driver of an Egyptian Service truck and had filled his truck with gasoline before leaving Salem, preparatory to making his regular route Monday morning. The four of them had spent the evening in Salem and were returning home. In making the curve, William lost control of the truck and it ran into the ditch, upsetting. The other 3 occupants were not severely injured but were taken to the Salem Hospital where they received treatment for their bruises. Services for Mrs. HARRIS from the Alma M.E. Church with interment in Alma Cemetery.
- Wesley HARRIS was born in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 21, 1848, and died at the home of his son, Ernest in Alma on March 4, 1937. When 6 years old, he moved with his family from Tennessee to Marion Co., Ill., where he has been a resident since. On Dec. 23, 1879 he married Miss Maggie SHERWOOD, and they had 5 children were born, namely Arthur, Nola, Roy, Flossie, and Ernest. Arthur, Nola and Flossie preceded their father in death and on March 30, 1922, the wife died. Since that time, Mr. HARRIS has made his home in Alma with his son, Ernest, and family. Besides the 2 sons, he leaves 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held from the B.F. LINTON home in this city with interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- The Grey Hound Bus Line began yesterday to operate bases from Mt. Vernon to Effingham thru this city. There are 3 buses each way each day.
- Mrs. Annetta CAMERER died March 5 at the family home in Glendale, Cal. Services were held Sunday and the remains cremated. The ashes will be brought here and placed in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. CAMERER has been ill for the past few years. The community extends sympathy to Dr. CAMERER and to the son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Clyde B. CAMERER.
- Robt. J. ANDREWS was taken to the Effingham Clinic last Saturday suffering from an infected liver, caused from the poison from a sore throat. He is reported as much improved, but will have to be in bed for awhile, preparatory to a gall bladder operation.
- Swift: this community was saddened to hear of the death of Aunt Betty NICHOLS.
- Meacham: On March 2, 17 members of the Community Birthday Circle vended their way in buggies, wagons, and afoot to the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS to give Mr. HARRIS a surprise, it being his birthday, as well as Mrs. Susanna JONES.
- Meacham: Friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs J.A. GAMBILL Sunday to visit with them before they leave for their new home this week in Chicago, where Mr. GAMBILL has employment.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JOHNSTON have a new baby.
- East Zion: This community was saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Orville DOOLEN who died in Centralia Hospital Saturday afternoon.
- East Zion: Mr. Marvin BASSETT called on Ancel, Lyle, and Beryl ARNOLD Sunday afternoon.
- East Zion: Mr. Clyde BASSETT and family spent Sunday with Uncle Lafe BASSETT and Uncle Henry BASSETT and wife.
- East Zion: James BASSETT, wife and daughter, Ruth, spent Sunday with James OSBORNE and family.
- North Fork: Miss Frances NEILSON and Mr. Merle HEADLEY of Sterling married Saturday night. The bride is the daughter of Chris NEILSON and wife of Zion neighborhood. The groom is the youngest son of Win HEADLEY and wife of North Fork.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughters, Minnie and Leta, visited in Kinmundy with her mother, Mrs. Icy GARRETT.
- Wilson School: The GENTRY family have moved to the SNELLING farm vacated by the CHASTEEN family.
March 18, 1937:
- Mr. Clarence W. HANNA died in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Saturday. He had just entered the hospital that morning. He had been troubled previously with an intestinal obstruction, and as he was not feeling very well on Friday, supposed it to be this same trouble returning. On Saturday morning, he had his son, Ralston, to take him to the hospital. About noon he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and another one that evening and death soon followed. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Clarence Washington, son of David R. and Mary HOWELL HANNA, was born on a farm 3 miles north of Kinmundy on Feb. 19, 1870, and there grew to young manhood. When a boy of 15 years of age, he united with the M.E. Church South at Shanghai school house, later transferring his membership to the Shanghai Church. When he moved to Kinmundy, he became a member of the M.E. Church. On Dec. 24, 1892 he married Jennie B. GRAY of Kinmundy, and they had 4 sons and 1 daughter: Leon of Chicago; Ralston of Kinmundy; Claude of Anna; Ruby Lee and Harvey of Kinmundy. They also had 8 grandchildren. 1 grandson, Claude Leroy, preceded him in death. Mr. HANNA, with his family, resided on the farm until a few years ago when they moved into the city. He died March 13, 1937. He is survived by the dear wife, children and grandchildren, and 1 brother, Dr. Homer L. HANNA.
- Mr. Edwin WORMLEY received a call from the Jacksonville State Hospital Saturday stating that his son, Eugene was seriously ill with pneumonia. He left immediately for Jacksonville, his daughter, Katherine, and Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER, accompanying him. They found Eugene very ill but he knew them and conversed with them for quite awhile. They returned to the hospital Sunday and he again conversed with them, and was conscious until death relieved him that morning. The body was brought to the family home here. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Eugene, son of Edwin and Katherine GROVE WORMLEY was born Aug. 11, 1904, and died March 14, 1937. 32 years ago, to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin WORMLEY, in Savoy, Ill., came a baby boy, 2nd son of the family. Eugene began school life in the Kinmundy Public School, Mr. and Mrs. WORMLEY moving here when he was 2 years old. He graduated from Kinmundy High school with the class of 1922. In the fall of 22 he entered Illinois University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, and graduating with the Class of 26. His work soon called him far from home and twas in Guatemala, Central America, in that hot, humid atmosphere amid unaccustomed surroundings his unaccountable illness began. Eugene was religiously inclined from childhood and early pondered these things. He was a member of Kinmundy M.E. Church always willing to help in Sunday School and the Epworth League. He was a member of the Kinmundy Lodge 398 A.F. & A.M. Mrs. WORMLEYs death last December leaves of the immediate family, Mr. WORMLEY, Lorentz of Monterey, Cal., and Katherine. The nephew and niece who adored their uncle and always called him "Uncle Happy" are Lorentz Jr. and Phyllis Jean.
- Mr. R.C. ROBB received an announcement last week announcing the marriage of his son, Robbie, to Miss Irene REYNOLDS, which occurred in Lansing on Feb. 27. Robbie has a good position in Lansing.
- Mrs. Annie E. FROST received a broken shoulder in a fall while visiting in the home of her granddaughter at Minonk, Ill. She is 77 years old.
- Mr. James WILLIAMS entered Barnes Hospital in St. Louis Monday and underwent another operation on his face Tuesday morning. He is getting along nicely.
- Mr. S.E. HOWELL has received word from his son, Lester, that he is being transferred from South Bend, Ind. to Cincinnati, Ohio, with an increase in pay and a better position.
- K.H.S. lost the second game in the Sectional. The first game was with Marissa, and Kinmundy won 33 to 31. The following night the same 5 boys played DuQuoin, who had an easy game the night before compared to Kinmundy. DuQuoin won that one 38 - 28.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elroy H. SEE of Monmouth, Ill. who were married last Wed., spent Sunday here as guests of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.H. SEE. They visited here on their honeymoon.
- The Kinmundy Chamber of Commerce held a very interesting meeting last night with about 40 present. The entire evening was given over to the discussion of a factory for Kinmundy.
- Dr. Hugo MILLER returned home Friday from the Effingham Clinic where he has been a patient.
- Green Ridge: The children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DOUDERA came home Sunday to celebrate Mrs. DOUDERAs 67th birthday. Guests included Mr. F.L. DOUDERA, Jr. and family; Mr. Tom DOUDERA and family; George DOUDERA and family; Mr. and Mrs. Joe DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. Ed DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. Ed DOUDERA; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde OSBORNE; Mr. Tom GARRETT; and Mr. B.D. DIXON.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and son, Tom, and Mr. and Mrs. T.P. WILLIAMS and daughter, Eulaine, spent Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL.
- North Fork: Bill GARRETT of K.H.S. spent the weekend with his parents, Bert GARRETT and wife.
- Meacham: Mrs. F.S. HARRIS received word of the death of her cousins wife, Mrs. James SCHLUSER of near Farina, one day last week.
- Meacham: Mr. Dewey COMBS and Miss Mary MILLER of Farina were married Wednesday. A large crowd of neighbors and friends gave them a charivari Thursday evening.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES and children, Floyd and Betty, and Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT and daughter, Ruth, called Thursday night in Patoka on Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES and son, Darvin.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James BASSETT were business callers in Kinmundy Saturday morning.
- East Zion: Mr. Willie ARNOLD of Salem is visiting with relatives in this vicinity.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Lou ENGLER are parents of a baby boy born Monday night and named Lou RUSSELL.
- 25 years ago on March 7, 1912:
- Samuel BLAIR aged 78 years, 7 months, and 27 days died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.E. CRAIG on Feb. 29. Services were held from the J.E. CRAIG home. Interment was made in Wilson Cemetery.
- Will HEISTAND of Fancy Prairie, Ill. arrived here Tuesday with his car of personal property and has moved to the old POWELL farm southeast of here.
- John HENSLEY left Thursday for St. Charles where he has a good position in a tailor shop and leader of the band.
- L.P. GREEN has moved his family to the LEMAY farm west of town that he recently purchased.
- F.S. HARRIS of Waggoner, Okla. Was in this city the first of the week looking after his farm in Meacham twp. His car of personal property arrived Tuesday and he is now located on the farm.
- CURRY and PENETON have moved their barber shop to the first story brick shop vacated by J.W. STUTTEVILLE.
- Frank HOWELL has greatly improved the interior of the Gem Theatre by putting in an elevated floor and changing the way of the entrance.
- Miss Laura FISHER of this city is attending the University at Champaign.
March 25, 1937:
- 19 persons, including a 4 year old girl, was killed and 5 were injured when a chartered bus upset and burned on the highway two miles west of Salem, Wednesday afternoon. The bus was carrying a roller skating derby troupe from St. Louis to Cincinnati. As the bus was coming down a small grade, a front tire blew out, causing the bus to take to the shoulder where it hit a bridge abutment, turned over and was immediately in a mass of flames. How any of the occupants escaped alive was a miracle. The 5 injured ones were taken to the Salem Hospital and are in a very serious condition. Several of the bodies were burnt to a crisp, and will be hard to identify except for the dental work. Undertakers from here were summoned to help care for the bodies. A list of those injured and killed was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan A. ARNOLD announce the marriage of their daughter, Emma Agnes, to Clyde BECHTELHEIMER of Waterloo, Iowa on Nov. 28, 1936 at North Vernon, Ind. by Rev. Alfred H. MUELLER, pastor of the First M.E. Church. Mrs. BECHTELHEIMER has been employed as Chief Operator for the Illinois Commercial Telephone Co. at Olney, Ill. for the past 12 years. Mr. BECHTELHEIMER is with the Ward E. Guest Engineering Co. of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. BECHTELHEIMER will be at their home in Waterloo, Ia. after April 1st.
- Rob MAXEY was injured again while working in the steel mill at Sterling on Feb. 22. The third knuckle on the right hand was mashed and it was necessary to amputate the finger. In the meantime, he developed a case of streptococcus.
- Elizabeth FULFER HANKINS was born near Mitchell, Ind. on June 3, 1858, where she lived until grown to womanhood. Moving to Illinois in the year of 1876, here she spent the remainder of her life. She died March 22, 1937. She married Thomas HANKINS in 1881, and he died in 1926. They had 2 sons, William and Fred E., both of Kinmundy. She also reared and gave loving care to a nephew and niece, Dolph FULFER and Mrs. Pearl FIELDS. She united with the Christian Church early in life. She leaves 2 sons, William and Fred E. of Kinmundy; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dora LANE of Arthur, Ill.; Mrs. Ella WALKER of Bethlehem, Pa.; and Mrs. Mary JEAN of Arthur, Ill. Services were held from her home in Meacham twp. The funeral party then motored to Arthur, Ill. where interment was made.
- Annetta CAMERER died March 5, 1937 at her home in Glendale, Cal. Annetta BRADLEY was born in Atlanta, Ga.; moved to Kinmundy with her parents when quite young; finished her education in Charleston, Ill; was married to Dr. John D. CAMERER in Kinmundy in 1881. They were married more than 50 years, and had 2 children. A son, now Captain Clyde Bradley CAMERER, United States Navy, serving on the staff of Admiral WOODWARD on the U.S.S. Detroit, stationed at San Diego; and a daughter, Laura, who died young. Later, a dear daughter came into her life, Dr. Clydes wife, nee Martha STEUBER, who took the place of the daughter in the home. Mrs. CAMERER was reared a Presbyterian, but after moving to California united with the M.E. Church where she retained her membership.
- Mrs. Mattie DOWNS very quietly observed her birthday in her home in this city on March 22. Many friends, among them several of the neighborhood children, called during the day to extend congratulations. Only one member of Mrs. DOWNS family, a daughter, Thelma, was privileged to enjoy this occasion with her.
- The 83rd birthday of Mr. J.B. GARNER was celebrated in a quiet manner in his home Sunday with a family dinner.
- Mr. Chas. ROBB has taken over the lease on the SINCLAIR filling station in this city which was recently given up by Cecil KEEN. Mr. ROBB has been operating a Sinclair Station in Odin. Mr. and Mrs. ROBB and daughter now feel at home again.
- About 4 oclock Tuesday afternoon, a Packard 8, and Chrysler 6 collided on the curve just west of the C & E.I. sub-way. The Chrysler was considerably smashed while the Packard was not damaged much except for the front end. Just how the accident happened, we are unable to say. The Chrysler was being driven by Fred LAPHAM of Lebanon, Ind., who died of injuries soon after his removal from the wreck. In the car with Mr. LAPHAM were Messrs. LONG and SHINN, also of Lebanon. They were Concession men and had been in Salem making arrangements for a concession at the Salem Reunion. SHINN and LONG were taken to the Salem hospital but their injuries were such that they were dismissed. The Packard was driven by F.A. BRENDELL of Ohio, who escaped injuries.
- Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL of Alma, Ill. of the marriage of their daughter, Miss Ruth MARSHALL on March 13, 1937 to Charles PIERSTORFF of Madison, Wis. The couple was married in the church parlors of Our Saviors Methodist Church in Evanston, Ill. Mr. PIERSTORFF received his A.B. degree from Upper Iowa University. He was formerly a worker in the Englewood Y.M.C.A. and Marcy Center Settlement House in Chicago, and lecturer for the Emergency Peace campaign. He is now employed on the University of Chicago campus and is doing graduate work in the department of Social Service Administration at the University. Mrs. PIERSTORFF has been employed in the Social Service office of the University and has just completed 2 years of graduate work at the University, majoring in Psychiatric Social Service. She will continue to work in a Chicago Social Service agency.
- A.L. VALLOW left Monday morning for Steeleville, where he has a position with the Steeleville Ledger.
- Although trapping season is over, Harold KLEISS, residing south of town, is still setting his traps. But he is not trapping for fur but for chicken hawks instead. And he has been quite successful too. During the past couple of months, he has caught nine hawks and one crow in his traps. All of the hawks have measured more than 4 feet from tip to tip. The killing of these hawks will no doubt save the lives of many young chickens this summer.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB and Mildred were Farina callers Tuesday morning.
- East Meadow Branch: Clyde GARRETT was a caller at the W.F. ROBB home one day last week.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB of Salem visited Sunday afternoon and evening with Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Mildred ROBB visited over the weekend with Miss Edith SCHAUFELBERGER.
- Meacham: Mr. Earl COURSON is suffering with an abscess in his head.
- Brown: Mr. Charlie WILCOXEN and Miss Hildred WILKINSON were married Saturday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son spent Sunday afternoon with Pid BASSETTs.
- Omega: Mrs. Lizzie HANKINS died at her home north of Omega, Monday. Services were held at the home with interment at Arthur, Ill.
- East Zion: This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Lafayette BASSETT, which occurred Tuesday evening about 6 oclock. The funeral services were held Saturday at 11 oclock at the home and interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BASSETT of Billings, Montana came Friday to attend the funeral of Ralphs father, Lafayette BASSETT.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Robert NICHOLS are parents of an 8 lb. baby boy born Monday and named Robert Monroe.
- East Zion: Mr. Jack GARRETT called on Mr. Chas. ARNOLD Tuesday afternoon.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Mildred ROBB, who has had employment in Chicago came Friday for a visit with home folks.
- Mr. and Mrs. Theodore MILLER and Mr. and Mrs. A.N. GRAY were called in St. Peter Sunday evening at the home of Mrs. Henry KNECHT. Mr. Henry KNECHT had died Friday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Paul CALDWELL has employment with Mr. A.M. WILSON at Alma.
- Green Ridge: Thomas GARRETT spent Sunday with Mr. F.L. DOUDERA, Jr. and family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan DELASHMIT loaded their household effects Monday and moved by truck back to their home in Grayville after living in Kinmundy several years in employment of I.C.R.R. as Pumper. Mr. DELASHMIT suffered a stroke some time ago, and has not been able to work since.
- Mr. and Mrs. Erman ALLEN have an 8 lb. girl born Tuesday.
- 25 years ago on March 21, 1912:
- W. Henry ALLEN died at Dads Hotel on March 13 aged 67 years, 5 months, and 5 days. He is survived by his widow, Hannah KNISELEY ALLEN, 5 sons, 2 brothers, S.J. and A.M. ALLEN of this city, and 1 sister, Mrs. Mattie DEMOREST of Carthage, Mo. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Last Saturday Miss Josephine BUSWELL entertained a number of her young friends in honor of her 12th birthday. Time was pleasantly spent with games and contests which Martha HENSLEY, Martha MORGAN, and Marion GREEN won.
- The barn on the farm of John J. DAVIS, 4 miles southeast of town, was struck by lightening, and burned Tuesday morning during the hail, wind and rain storm. The stock in the barn was all saved but other contents were destroyed.
- J.T. ARNOLD, County Treasurer of this county, ordered this paper sent to his brother, E.M. ARNOLD in Shawnee, Okla. Mr. ARNOLD wishes him to have the best paper in the county, so he sends him the Express.
- "Nigger", the black dog of Thomas SCHOENBORN, was killed Saturday night by No. 9, a fast train on the I.C. Nigger had been a favorite with everybody for a number of years.
- Ben GARRETT and wife spent Sunday in Farina with relatives.
- Republicans of Kinmundy twp. held a mass convention Monday and nominated on the ticket to be voted in April: Assessor, Henry LUX; Collector, Albert C. DUNLAP; Highway Commissioner, Henry JACKSON; School Trustee, R.S. ROWAN.
- At the Democratic Primary in the city last Saturday, the following twp. ticket was nominated: Town Clerk, D.C. BEAVER; Assessor, C.B. SMITH; Collector, Dolph HAMMER; Highway Commissioner, W.J. McCULLEY; and School Trustee, H.W. SEE, Jr.
April 1, 1937:
- Donald FULTON, a senior of Southern Illinois Teachers College and a graduate of Kinmundy High School in 1933 was second high point man in the little 19 conference and was picked on the Associated Press All Star Team. (A picture of Donald accompanied this article.)
- Miss Margaret SMITH announces the marriage of her sister, Geneva Francis, to Mr. Myron Charles ROSS on March 27, 1937 in Lyons, Kansas. The couple is at home in Artesia, New Mexico. This announcement was received by Myrons Kinmundy friends.
- Mr. Chas. FOSTER and Mrs. Viola FULFER, both of this city, were married last Saturday in the home of Rev. C.L. ASHBY, pastor of the Church of God. A rousing charivari was accorded them Monday evening.
- Mrs. H.L. HANNA was surprised on March 25, when the members of the Linger Longer Club entered her home to remind her of her birthday and to spend a social evening with she and her husband. The evening hours were spent with games and laughter and at a late hour, a delicious luncheon of sandwiches, salad, pickles, cake and coffee were greatly enjoyed.
- In Memoriam of little Richard SIPES who died March 29, 1936.
- In Memoriam of Ethel E. MALINSKY who died March 31, 1936.
- Mrs. Ed LACEY, a resident of Meacham twp., died at the home of her son in Normal, Ill. on Tuesday of last week. The body was brought to the family home on Wednesday. Services were held Friday from the M.E. Church in Farina, and interment in the Elder Cemetery.
- During the past week, Phillip MILITELLO, merchandise salesman for the C.I.P.S. Co., has sold and delivered 3 electric ranges, 1 electric water heater, and 1 electric refrigerator in Kinmundy. We are happy to report these modern conveniences going to Kinmundy homes.
- Oil, Oil, Oil! That is about all you can hear on the streets here at the present time. Everybody is discussing the situation but it is about the same as the weather situation. That is, nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Practically all of the land around here has been leased and now we are awaiting developments. Here are the 3 highest prices obtained on royalties thus far: Mel GRAY, 35 acres, $60 per royalty acre; Emmett GRAY, 182 acres, $55 per royalty acre; H.V. LIVESAY, 50 acres, $40 per royalty acre. You will notice these acres are located northwest of town and are with in what is known as the "hotspot".
- Brown: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower Saturday night at the Frank WILKINSON home for Mr. and Mrs. Charlie WILCOXEN.
- Shanghai Chapel: Salem visitors Saturday were Mrs. Mel GRAY and sons, Junior GORDON, Nelda GRAY, and Mr. and Mrs. V. LIVESAY and daughter, Irene.
- Green Ridge: Several of the young folks spent Sunday at the Merle JONES Grove enjoying an Easter Egg Roast.
- Green Ridge: Miss Eulaine WILLIAMS spent a few days last week with Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT called on Mr. and Mrs. Frank DOUDERA, Sr. Saturday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Tom GARRETT called on F.L. DOUDERA and family Friday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT spent Sunday with the T.P. WILLIAMS family.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Mrs. Fannie LOWE and Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP were dinner guests Easter Sunday at Mr. and Mrs. Ora ATKINS in North Fork.
- East Meadow Branch: Last Thursday, March 25, being the birthday of Mr. Geo. LENHART, Mrs. LENHART planned a family dinner in honor of the occasion at their home on Easter Sunday. Those present to help him enjoy the day were the son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, and Lila Pauline of near Arnold Chapel, Charles and Bobby JOHNSON, Harmon and Russell LENHART, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McCULLEY, and John W., Mr. H.W. SEE, Mrs. Leona RUTHEFORD, Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS, and son, of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Emery TELFORD, Marjorie and Charles TELFORD of Salem.
- East Meadow Branch: Dr. LOGAN was called Sunday morning to see Mrs. C.H. HOWELL who had suffered a stroke.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son visited Sunday at the W.F. ROBB home.
- North Fork: Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Tom BALLANCE and Mrs. Francis LOWE were dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughters.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT entertained the following to Easter dinner, C.I. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN and children, Kenneth ROBB, and Joe and Juanita FEATHER.
- North Fork: Monroe LANSFORD and family and Misses Bertha and Laura Jean GREEN were callers at T.M. JONES Sunday.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Cleda spent one evening this week with Mrs. Valinda CONANT. She still remains very ill.
- North Fork: Otho and James BASSETT who have had employment at Sterling returned home.
- North Fork: Monroe LANSFORD and family and W.L. GREEN and family spent Sunday with Mrs. Nancy GREEN and family.
- North Fork: Jim McNICHOL and family and Mose ADAMS, wife and sons spent Sunday with Carroll GARRETT and wife.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughter, Lila, spent Sunday with her parents, the Geo. LENHARTs.
- Meacham: About 30 neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Myrtle PERRY, Tuesday, to congratulations and give Mr. and Mrs. Harold PERRY a shower. The couple will live on the Jim LEWIS farm.
- Meacham: Several of this neighborhood attended the funeral in Farina at the M.E. Church for Mr. Maurice McCOLLUM on Sunday. Mrs. BALKE has sympathy of this neighborhood in the death of her son.
April 8, 1937:
- Mrs. James NEAVILL died suddenly Friday morning, April 2, 1937, in her home in this city, and was found by a neighbor, Mr. Louis SIGRIST, when he entered the house to get some milk. Mr. NEAVILL had just returned from the barn with the milk and had set it down just inside the house. He returned to the yard to converse with Mr. SIGRIST and another neighbor, Mr. C. G. JACKSON. After about 5 minutes, Mr. SIGRIST went in the house to get some milk to take home and found her lying on the floor. He immediately called to Mr. NEAVILL and Mr. JACKSON and Dr. MILLER was summoned who pronounced her dead. For some unknown reason, she had fallen and hit her head on the sharp edge of the door jam, cutting a gash about 2 inches long in her scalp. Services were held from the home Sunday with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mary Margaret, daughter of Fred and Katherine WERNER, was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 27, 1874. Her early life was spent there and it was in the city she received her education. She was christened and reared in the Catholic faith. Her early marriage was in St. Louis and they had 3 sons, Peter, who died in infancy; Oliver, who died in the World War, and Vincent, an aviator, of Bismark, N.D. She married with James F. NEAVILL on Aug. 17, 1917 at St. Charles, Mo. and they made their home in Granite City, Ill. until their removal to this city in 1929, and here they have since resided in the beautiful NEAVILL home in the southwest part of Kinmundy. She is survived by her husband; the son, and 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, John WERNER of Philadelphia, Pa.; Fred WERNER of St. Louis, Mo.; and 2 sisters, Mrs. John G. HANEISEN, and Mrs. Paul PRINTZ of St. Louis, Mo.
- Services for Charles W. BOYCE, R.R. No. 2, in W. 15th St. in Gary, Ind. who died of injuries suffered when the auto he was driving was struck by a South Shore train Wednesday morning, will be held tomorrow from his home in Gary, Ind. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Boyce was 45 years old and worked at the Inland Steel Plant in East Chicago. Surviving are the widow; 3 daughters, Mrs. Dan SINATOVICH of Gary, Ind.; Mrs. Ed SPEHAR of East Chicago, and Betty of Gary, Ind., and son, Bobby. Boyce is the brother-in-law of Lloyd TUGH of East Chicago.
- Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina entertained a few friends last evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. HOLT in this city. The party was a miscellaneous shower for Pauline MORRIS, who is soon to become the bride of Porter SIMCOX of Patoka. Prizes were won by Virginia ROHRBOUGH, Katherine WORMLEY, Cleo VONBEHREN and Margaret WISEHART.
- Mr. H.K. JONES was committed to the Anna State Hospital Friday. On Sunday night, in some unknown manner, he fell out of bed, breaking the humerus of his left arm and appears to be in serious condition. He is 82 years of age.
- Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Ruby TAYLOR of Los Angeles, Cal. and Noel R. HOCKADAY of Burbank, Cal. which took place at the Presbyterian Church in Burbank, Cal. The groom is employed by the Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
- Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT of Everett, Wash. arrived here last week for a months visit with Mr. DEIWERTs brothers, John, Frank and Maurice NELMS and their families. Kinmundy is the birthplace of both Mr. and Mrs. DEIWERT - Mrs. DEIWERT, nee Mattie SIMPSON - and where Mr. DEIWERT began his successful business career. He sold his store about 40 years ago and went to St. Elmo, where he entered business, and about 5 years later went to the state of Washington. This is the first visit the couple has made to the old home town in 15 years.
- Margaret Pearl CAMP LEWIS was born June 14, 1906 in Stevenson twp., Ill. and died April 1, 1937. Margaret was left an orphan at the age of 2 years, being reared by her aunt, Mrs. Sarah CAMP. She united with Harveys Point Christian Church at the age of 14. In April 1923 she married to Ernest E. SMITH, who preceded her in death. They had 1 son, John, at home. Later in April, 1927, she married Jas. H. LEWIS and they had 2 children, Betty Elizabeth and James Henry, both at home. She leaves her husband and 3 children; her aunt, Mrs. Sarah BLACK CAMP of Cartter, Ill.; and 1 uncle, Jim CAMP also of Cartter. Services were held from the family residence in Meacham twp. with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.M. FISHER received an announcement from Mrs. Hugh BRENNAN of Chicago of the marriage of her daughter, Gertrude, to Paul FISHER COCKRELL on April 3, 1937 at Chicago. The bride is no stranger to Kinmundy as she has visited in the FISHER home. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. COCKRELL of Chicago, and spent summers here as a lad. He is the nephew of Mr. H.M. FISHER. They will make their home in Chicago.
- The township election in Kinmundy was a rather quiet affair Tuesday as compared to some elections of past years. The roads were muddy and consequently there was a light vote cast. The Democrats elected everything except the school trustees.
Town Clerk: Wilma BOUGHERS, D., 286; Paulene JOHNSON, R. 149
Assessor: R.H. PIGG, D., 304; Earl LANE, R. 131
Justice of the Peace: (Full Term) B.J. ROTAN, D. 289
(Short Term) W.L. GREEN, D. 236; C.A. BOONE, R., 160
Constable: Rex GAMMON, D., 249; R.C. MAULDING, R., 182
School Trustee: (Full Term) Frank JOHNSON, R., 164
(Short Term) George COLE, R., 168.
(The Democrats did not have any candidates for School Trustees.)
In Alma twp., the entire Republican ticket was elected which included the following: Andrew WINKS, Town Clerk; Wm. HESTER, Assessor; Marion SHUFELDT, R., and also J.W. GAMMON, D., Justices of the Peace; William COFFIN and E.J. JACKSON, Constables; C.E. RAINEY and Albert MEYERS, School Trustees.
In Meacham twp., Milton LACEY, R., was elected Supervisor; Chas. KELLER, D., Town Clerk; Grove JOHNSTON, D., Assessor.
In Omega twp., we learned that Merle WALKINGTON, R., was elected Supervisor.
In Foster twp., Bert GARRETT, D., was elected Supervisor and Merle JONES, D., was reelected town clerk.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB visited Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. R.C. ROBB.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Mildred ROBB and Dale HAMMER were Salem visitors Saturday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Tom GARRETT and Eulaine WILLIAMS called on the Noah THOMAS home Friday night.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Gage BASSETT attended the Lafe BASSETT sale.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Clyde OSBORNE sawed wood for Mr. August SPOKAN and Paul CALDWELL, Saturday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. Mart HASSEBROCK and family Friday evening.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS Saturday evening.
- Wilson School: Dolph VANDEVEER had the misfortune of having 3 fingers on the right hand cut while helping saw wood on a buss saw last Friday. Dr. DOUGHERTY was called to dress the wound.
- East Zion: Mr. Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City were called to this vicinity and in Kinmundy, Sunday.
- Swift School: The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll JONES gathered at their home Saturday night and gave them a farewell party. Sandwiches and coffee were served. Mr. and Mrs. JONES are moving to St. Louis.
- Swift School: Miss Florence DOOLEN of Salem spent Saturday night and Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Lenora LOWE.
- Brown: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower and charivari Saturday night at the home of Willie BEARDs, given for Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD who were recently married.
- Omega: This community was shocked to hear of the death of Chas. BOYCE of Gary, Ind. last week, his car being hit by a train. Charles was reared in this community.
- 25 years ago on March 28, 1912:
- Private John M. MAXWELL, son of W.A. MAXWELL of this city, was drowned when he jumped overboard from the government steamer, P. Holabird. MAXWELL was stationed at Fort Morgan near Mobile, Ala., and was enroute to the reservation when he ended his life. He was a private at the 170th Coast Artillery. The body could not be recovered.
- Wm. J. BRYAN says: "The fellow who fries to attract business with out advertising is like the young man throwing a kiss to his sweetheart in the dark. He may know what he's doing - but no one else does."
- Mrs. Clara GRAVES has moved her dressmaking establishment to the BEAVER Millinery Room.
- W.S. CONANT and wife were in Patoka Saturday attending a big birthday dinner in honor of Squire FARMER.
- The BEAVER Millinery establishment has been moved to the room just south of HENSLEYs store.
- J.C. LEE, the electric light man, has prepared for the coal strike and has enough fuel on hand to run the plant to the first of October.
- Little Frieda, the 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam HOWELL of Meacham twp., died Monday night at about 9 o'clock. Services were held from the Christian Church.
- L. Elston GREEN and wife expect to leave Monday for Vernon where he has accepted a position of Cashier at the Vernon Bank. He rendered his resignation as cashier of the First National Bank in this city a few weeks ago.
April 15, 1937:
- The marriage of Porter SIMCOX, Jr. of Patoka, and Pauline NELMS MORRIS, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELMS was solemnized Saturday at the University Place Christian Church in Urbana. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne THRALL of Urbana. Mr. and Mrs. SIMCOX are at home in Patoka where Mr. SIMCOX had furnished a home awaiting his bride. Mrs. SIMCOX was one of the younger social set in Kinmundy. Their acquaintance began when in college at Charleston.
- Mr. A.H. DOOLEN left Tuesday for Cameron, Mo. where he has purchased half interest in an undertaking establishment.
- The fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Sarah BROWN of Sunday morning when a small roof fire was discovered. The fire was quickly extinguished with very little damage done. The department was again called out Sunday evening when a fire was discovered on the roof of the George BARGH Building occupied by Art COCKRELL. Again the flames were quickly extinguished with very little damage done. This is the second time in the past year that this building has caught fire. It is a frame structure and the burning of which would endanger the entire business section of town. A movement is now on foot to lay a pipe line connecting the I.C. water tank with the large well on the square, just in case we need it.
- The editor and family were guests in the Shawneetown, Ill. area and report about the flood scenes they viewed.
- The SIMPSON Reunion was held April 11 at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. SIMPSON near Salem. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M.M. DEIWERT of Everett, Wash.; Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Henry SIMPSON; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene LECKRONE, sons Billy and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis STORMENT and sons, Edward and James, of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Simpson LAWSON and son, Dick, of Chicago.
- Sixteen were entertained to dinner at the home of Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Mr. Chas. DOOLEN yesterday in honor of the birthday anniversaries of Miss Katherine LOWE, little Miss Lela Mae DOOLEN, Mrs. FRISTO (mother of Mrs. Ida SMITH, a neighbor) and the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP.
- A very quiet school election was held Saturday afternoon in all, there were 17 votes cast. Chas. GAMMON was re-elected President of the Board of Education, and E.E. BROWN and D.J. ALEXANDER were elected as members of the board.
- Mrs. Anna FOSTER and daughter, Miss Edna, of Oklahoma City, Okla. arrived in Kinmundy Saturday. They will make their home with Mrs. FOSTERs sisters, Mrs. Kate L. SONGER and Mrs. Nelson LINGENFELTER. Kinmundy is Mrs. FOSTERs girlhood home, and where she lived for a number of years after she was married.
- Miss Pearl JACKSON was hostess Wednesday afternoon to a newly organized S.E.G. Club. As all members are young ladies interested in sewing, everyone was busy with some kinds of needlework. An appetizing luncheon was served by the hostess, assisted by Miss Mildred ROBB. In the late afternoon, all departed thanking Pearl for her hospitality and looking forward to the next Club meeting.
- The marriage of Porter SIMCOX, Jr. of Patoka, and Pauline NELMS MORRIS, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELMS was solemnized Saturday at the University Place Christian Church in Urbana. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne THRALL of Urbana. Mr. and Mrs. SIMCOX are at home in Patoka where Mr. SIMCOX had flirnished a home awaiting his bride. Mrs. SIMCOX was one of the younger social set in Kinmundy. Their acquaintance began when in college at Charleston.
- Mr. A.H. DOOLEN left Tuesday for Cameron, Mo. where he has purchased half interest in an undertaking establishment.
- The fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Sarah BROWN of Sunday morning when a small roof fire was discovered. The fire was quickly extinguished with very little damage done. The department was again called out Sunday evening when a fire was discovered on the roof of the George BARGH Building occupied by Art COCKRELL. Again the flames were quickly extinguished with very little damage done. This is the second time in the past year that this building has caught fire. It is a frame structure and the burning of which would endanger the entire business section of town. A movement is now on foot to lay a pipe line connecting the I.C. water tank with the large well on the square, just in case we need it.
- The editor and family were guests in the Shawneetown, Ill. area and report about the flood scenes they viewed.
- The SIMPSON Reunion was held April 11 at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. SIMPSON near Salem. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M.M. DEIWERT of Everett, Wash.; Mrs. Fannie SCHWARTZ; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Henry SIMPSON; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene LECKRONE, sons Billy and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis STORMENT and sons, Edward and James, of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Simpson LAWSON and son, Dick, of Chicago.
- Sixteen were entertained to dinner at the home of Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Mr. Chas. DOOLEN yesterday in honor of the birthday anniversaries of Miss Katherine LOWE, little Miss Lela Mae DOOLEN, Mrs. FRISTO (mother of Mrs. Ida SMITH, a neighbor) and the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP.
- A very quiet school election was held Saturday afternoon in all, there were 17 votes cast. Chas. GAMMON was re-elected President of the Board of Education, and E.E. BROWN and D.J. ALEXANDER were elected as members of the board.
- Mrs. Anna FOSTER and daughter, Miss Edna, of Oklahoma City, Okla. arrived in Kinmundy Saturday. They will make their home with Mrs. FOSTER's sisters, Mrs. Kate L. SONGER and Mrs. Nelson LINGENFELTER. Kinmundy is Mrs. FOSTER's girlhood home, and where she lived for a number of years after she was married.
- Miss Pearl JACKSON was hostess Wednesday afternoon to a newly organized S.E.G. Club. As all members are young ladies interested in sewing, everyone was busy with some kinds of needlework. An appetizing luncheon was served by the hostess, assisted by Miss Mildred ROBB. In the late afternoon, all departed thanking Pearl for her hospitality and looking forward to the next Club meeting.
- Shanghai Chapel: The school election was very quiet. Jack DISS was elected for 3 years, Tom
BALLANCE for 2 years, and Mel GRAY for 1 year.
- Camp Ground: Mr. and Mrs. Guy PERRY spent their wedding anniversary at the Willie HANKINS home. It was also Velma EDWARDs 12th and Velma GOODWIN's 13th birthdays.
- Swift School: Virgil LIVESAY and family spent Sunday on North Fork at the Bert GARRETT home.
- East Zion: This community was saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Arthur IRVIN of Patoka which occurred Monday.
- Brown: Otto BRYANT and wife, Lester ODELL, wife and baby, Chappy DURALL, wife and son, Donald, Elmo KNAPP and son, Carl, of Salem, Ell GOODWIN and family, and Edgar GREENE, Willie SLANE and family, and Arvie MULVANY and family attended birthday dinner Sunday at the home of Willie GREENE and wife near Kinmundy given in honor of Mr. GREENEs 50th birthday.
- Meacham: On April 11, relatives and members of the Sherman Club to the number of 56 gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred COOK to remind them of their 25th wedding anniversary. Those attending were listed.
- Meacham: Mr. Howard MULVANY and Miss Marie NEAL were married Friday, April 9. On Monday, they were given a charivari at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer NEAL.
April 22, 1937:
- Martha CALLISON BRIMBERRY was born Dec. 6, 1852, and died at her home in Kinmundy on April 18, 1937. She married Joseph BRIMBERRY on Nov. 23, 1871, and he died in 1927. They had 4 children: Cora KEEN and Arthur BRIMBERRY of Kinmundy, and Clara and Henry, deceased. She leaves her son and daughter, 29 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. One grandson, Lavern KEEN, made his home with her. Services were held from the Church of God with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Elizabeth LANGDELL broke her hip Tuesday while going about her duties in her home. She was alone at the time and after lying on the floor about 30 minutes, she managed to pull herself across the floor to the door and call to her neighbor, B.J. ROTAN. She was removed to Mark GREER hospital in Vandalia yesterday.
- Another quiet election was witnessed Tuesday and all the candidates for the city offices were elected without any opposition. Just occasionally a straggling name was written in. The following are the City officers: Mayor, P.F. ROBNETT; City Clerk, A.H. MILLER; City Treasurer, C.R. ALDERSON; Alderman: First Ward, Melvin BOYD and Glenn WHITE; Second Ward, W.T. PHILLIPS, Jr. and Elwin INGRAM; Third Ward, J.R. CHEADLE and L.E. KLINE.
- On April 14, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. SMITH of this city passed their 56th wedding anniversary in a quiet manner. They had with them 3 of their children, namely, Mrs. Ota BOUSMAN and Mrs. Mae CRUTCHFIELD of Centralia, and Mrs. Martha JOHNSON of Champaign. Mr. SMITH stated that they celebrated the occasion by cleaning house, which was the first time this ever happened on their anniversary. Mr. SMITH had attained the age of 80 and Mrs. SMITH 74, and are both apparently in good health. We congratulate them and wish for them many more anniversaries.
- Frank HOYT had the misfortune of getting the end of one of his fingers mashed off while shutting the car door Friday morning. Mr. HOYT is employed on the W.P.A. project in Meacham twp. and was starting to work when he slammed the door catching his finger in it.
- Word has been received here by friends of the death of Mrs. Ed HERRICK which occurred at her home in Bement, Ill. on March 22nd. Services were held there and interment made in Bement Cemetery. The HERRICKS are former residents of this city.
- Word was received here by friends last week of the death of Mr. Dan DELASHMIT, which occurred at his home in Grayville, Ill. last Wednesday. Services were held there and interment made in the Grayville Cemetery. It will be remembered about 2 months ago, Mr. DELASHMIT suffered a stroke from which he never recovered. This good family had been residents of this city for the past 2 years. He was employed as a pumper by the I.C.R.R. He was visiting in Grayville at the time he suffered the stroke, and when it was seen there was little chance for his recovery, the family moved their personal effects there, which was their former home.
- Mr. and Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE have purchased what is known as the Dr. Fred SONGER property, near the mill, from Mrs. Jennie BINGAMAN and will moved therein within a week or so.
- Omega: Several from this community attended the funeral of Mrs. Lois HOLSTLAW at luka on Sunday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Pid BASSETT and children spent Sunday on North Fork at the Clyde GARRETT home.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER, Dale and Francis, Misses Mildred ROBB, and Edith SCHAUFELBERGER motored to Charleston Sunday and spent the day in the home of Mrs. HAMMERs brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred FLETCHER.
April 29, 1937:
- A quiet wedding took place April 24, 1937 at the residence of Rev. and Mrs. Claude PILAND in Patoka, when Miss Freda McNICHOL became the bride of Mr. Dale BALLANCE. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. Wm. McNICHOL of Zion Prairie, and has been her fathers helper in the home since she was 13 years of age. She is a charming, lovable girl and quite popular with the young set of her community. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.T. BALLANCE of northwest of Kinmundy. He is a young man of excellent character and will take his bride to his fathers farm home to reside. Mr. and Mrs. BALLANCE are moving to Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. John NELMS were host and hostess to the NELMS family Sunday in honor of Mr. NELMS brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT of Everett, Wash. The party attended the morning service at the Methodist Church after which dinner was served at the noon hour at the ARNOLD home. The afternoon was spent in the John NELMS home, where the family in jovial mood, with gay repartee and reminiscent stories, whiled away the hours. A number of years had passed since the brothers and sister, Mrs. Ellis WOLFE, had been together. In the family party were Mr. and Mrs. John NELMS, Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank NELMS, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice NELMS, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WOLFE, of Centralia, and Mr. and Mrs. Lois NELMS ROBB and son, Howard.
- Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT of Everett, Wash. who have been in Kinmundy, their "home town" for a month visiting relatives, the Nelms families, left today for an extended trip thru the East and South. They tell of their plans for their trip.
- James D. CONANT received honors from the University of Illinois.
- An auto plunged off of a ferry on the Illinois side of the Wabash River near Merom, Ind., and the victims were trapped in 25 feet of water. The five victims who died were: Roscoe (Pete) MILAM, 38; Mrs. Blanche MILAM (32) his wife; Maurice (4), their son; Jack WARREN, about 50; and Mrs. Grace WARREN, 45, his wife. All of the victims lived in Riverton in Sullivan County, Ind. Details of the accident were included. Mrs. MILAM was well known here as Miss Blanche WHITE who was a frequent visitor in the home of her aunt, Mrs. Pat JAMES.
- The many friends of Gustin EAGAN were saddened to learn of his death which occurred in Almoosa, Colo., on Saturday of last week. Services and interment were made there. The EAGAN family are former residents of this city.
- Little Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah JONES of this city, underwent a double mastoid operation in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Saturday. She is getting along nicely.
- Betty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery BOUGHERS, was taken to the Salem Hospital Tuesday where she underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis. From all reports she is getting along in good shape.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Green Ridge: The children of Frank L. DOUDERA, Sr. spent Sunday with him in honor of his 69th birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Joe DOUDERA, Mr. and Mrs. Ed DOUDERA, Mr. and Mrs. George DOUDERA and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde OSBORNE, and Mr. B.D. DIXON.
- Green Ridge: Thomas GARRETT, Dresden HEADLEY, Henry WILLIAMS, Kathryn and Josephine DOUDERA, and Eulaine WILLIAMS were Farina visitors Sunday night.
- North Fork: Miss Juanita FEATHER of Kinmundy spent the weekend with Miss Norma Dell GARRETT.
- North Fork: Mildred and Leta ATKINS, Norma, Junior, and Floyd GARRETT, Leroy and Keith GREEN, and Juanita FEATHER enjoyed a picnic dinner in the woods Sunday.
- Shanghai Chapel: Our school closed April 23. The entire school was only 3 pupils and each pupil was
presented with a nice gift for perfect attendance. Miss Marjorie KELLER has taught 2 successful terms in this district.
- North Fork: Mrs. George LENHART spent Monday of last week with her daughter, Mrs. Clyde GARRETT.
- North Fork: North Fork School closed last Monday and the teacher, Miss Mira HEADLEY, gave the pupils a wiener roast.
- A reception was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Myron DEIWERT of Everett, Wash. at the M.E. Church. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SIMPSON. A list of those who had attended the SIMPSON-DEIWERT wedding years ago were included.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT entertained at dinner Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN and family, Mrs. Fannie LOWE, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, and Miss Katherine LOWE.
- Kinmundy friends will regret to hear of the illness of Mr. O.B. JACKSON of Plainview, Texas is ill, confined to his bed with rheumatism and arthritis.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE of St. Louis will soon move to their farm northwest of Kinmundy, just a short distance west of the G.T. BALLANCE home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DAVIS have an 8 lb. boy born April 22.
May 6, 1937:
- The many friends of Joseph RAMSER, a former Alma boy, who also had many friends here, were grieved to hear of his death in Chicago. It will be remembered that Joe disappeared on March 17th. His car was found near Navy Pier and also his wallet. On Monday morning, the Coast Guard Patrol found his body floating on Lake Michigan near Navy Pier, identified by an insurance tag secured by a small chain around his neck and by papers in his pockets. From newspaper reports there were no marks of violence about the body and so an autopsy will be performed upon the organs of the body. After the inquest is held, it is thought by the friends here, that the body will be brought to Alma and placed in the family lot in Alma Cemetery. Joe spent his boyhood days in Alma and entered high school here in 1916, graduating from here in 1920. He then attended the University of Illinois and upon graduation joined the University faculty as a professor of economics. He later went to Chicago where he entered the brokerage business. He made his home with his sister, Louise. Joe was single. The mother lives in Urbana.
- Sunday being the 69th birthday of Mr. Will MILLER residing north of this city, relatives, neighbors and friends to the number of 39 gave him a big surprise by coming with well filled baskets to his farm home to help him celebrate. Mr. MILLER said he was surprised like he has never been surprised before. He was very happy to have all of his children with him for the occasion. His children were: Mrs. Ida MILLER MALONEY and children of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Fritz MILLER of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Walter MILLER and daughter of Kinmundy; and Miss Lou MILLER at home. A list of others present was also included.
- The deeds to the right of way for the road from here to Louisville is being signed but this work has been slowed up considerably due to the muddy roads. There are some of the landowners in Meacham who refuse to give a deed for the right of way and in those cases, condemnation proceedings will be instituted. Just what the landowners will gain by a suit of this kind remains to be seen. No doubt but what they will get a small damage but their attorney fee will probably get more than the damage collected. Just remember that most everyone is wanting good roads.
- The Board of Education held a meeting last evening and reemployed the same teachers for the coming year. They are: V. V. BARCROFT, Superintendent; H.A. KAESER, J.F. HICKMAN, Eugenia BOYD, and Anna Margaret JONES, High School: Alice FRENCH, Margaret WARREN, Hester HENTON, and Margaret WISEHEART, Grade teachers.
- On May 9th, Mr. and Mrs. Albert COFFIN will observed their 60th wedding anniversary at their farm home in Alma twp. Friends are invited to call between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT has received announcement of the marriage of her granddaughter, Alta GARRETT, of Villa Grove, to Mr. George KEITH, also of that city. The wedding took place last February. The bride has been employed in Indianapolis while the groom is a young successful business man in Villa Grove. Their many friends in this vicinity extend congratulations.
- The ROONEY families here have received word from their sister, Mrs. Mary DONAHUE, who has been spending the winter in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with her son-in-law and daughter, Major and Mrs. I.V. COUGHLIN, that she in company with another son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry JERAND of Chicago, will sail for New York, May 10, for Ireland. They expect to be away 6 weeks. Ireland being the birthplace of Mrs. DONAHUEs parents, and she having distant relatives yet living there, makes her trip one of exceedingly great pleasure.
- Word reached here this morning of the passing of one of Farinas highly respected citizens. He suffered a hemorrhage of the brain late Saturday.
- Meadow Branch: Rex GAMMON closed a very successful term of school at Meadow Branch April 30. The patrons showed their appreciation with a basket dinner. Mrs. Ruby LINTON of Kinmundy has been employed for the next term.
- Camp Ground: Mr. Wilbur PITTMAN moved his household goods to Cisne, Ill. on Friday.
- Swift School: Mrs. Ruth CROWLEY closed a very successful term of school at Swift Wednesday. A basket dinner was held at the noon hour and a program was in the afternoon.
- Swift: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were Farina business visitors Thursday.
- Meacham: The young people of the neighborhood gathered at the home of Mr. Lewis BURKETT Saturday evening, and gave a shower for Mr. and Mrs. Si FITZGERALD.
- Meacham: Mrs. F.S. HARRIS called on Mrs. Edwin HARRELL Friday afternoon.
- Brown: Ben MILLICAN has been reemployed to teach at Brown School the coming term.
- East Zion: This community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Frank THOMSON which occurred Thursday morning. Services were held from Christian Church in Patoka on Saturday. Interment was at Pratt Cemetery.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT called Sunday afternoon on Miss Roberta ARNOLD.
- East Zion: Mr. Marvin BASSETT is numbered with the sick.
- Miss Alice READNOUR who is a student at Teachers College in Carbondale came home to spend the weekend with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert ROWAN.
- Mrs. Harry WARREN has returned from Savannah, Mo. where she has been receiving treatment in the sanatorium.
May 13, 1937:
- Mr. and Mrs. Albert COFFIN celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 9, at their Hope Farm, 6 miles northeast of Salem on the rock road to Brubaker. They were married near Salem on May 10, 1877. She was formerly Miss Florence Viola STEVENS. They have 11 children and 22 grandchildren. The children are William Daniel of Salem; Francis Albert of Milwaukee, Wis.; Harry Stevens of St. Louis; Mrs. Lulu Linnetta VANDERVORT of Salem; Charles Carlton of Gary, Ind.; Clifford Leon of Altadena, Cal.; Mrs. Anna Merle TROUT of Vineland, New Jersey; Mrs. Ethel May STEVENSON of Salem; Mrs. Erma Lena McCRAY of Pasadena, Cal.; Dwight of Flora, and Mrs. Florence Winifred GOODMAN of Washington, D.C. A dinner for the family only was served with places being laid for 43. Mr. COFFIN was a birthright member of the Quaker church of Richmond, Ind. For 55 years, Mr. and Mrs. COFFIN have been members of the M.E. Church of Alma. Mr. COFFIN has served as Sunday School superintendent and has served many honored offices in Alma twp. and Marion county. He was the first chairman of the County Farm Bureau, and served on the building board when the new Courthouse was built in Salem. He has been supervisor of Alma twp. and is now director of the Farm Bureau. A program was given during the afternoon. John BESSE of Centralia, and Marvin WHITSON of Salem, sang a solo and addresses were mae by Judge Fred WHAM, Charles McMACKIN and Miss Mary FRENCH of Alma. A large number of friends came in the afternoon.
- Mrs. Annie FROST of Clinton, had the misfortune a week ago, to fall and break her hip. Only a few weeks ago, Mrs. FROST fell and broke her shoulder blade. Her son-in-law, Mr. Geo. WILSON, has written that she is in the hospital.
- Mrs. A.J. YOUNG received the announcement of the marriage of Miss Sara Francis KING of Carbondale, and Mr. R. Ben LOOMIS of Makanda. They were married April 16. Mr. LOOMIS made many friends in Kinmundy while here superintending the work on the apple orchards of Mr. YOUNG.
- On May 1, occurred the marriage of Roy DAVIS and Evelyn NELSON at the Faith M.E. Church in Chicago. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. DAVIS, formerly of this city.
- Mr. Frank C. HENSLEY, well known throughout Marion county, died in St. Marys Hospital in Centralia Thursday after being seriously ill for about a month with pneumonia. Services were held from the McMACKIN Funeral Home in Salem with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. The deceased was 57 years old. For several years he was manager of the "Company Store" in this city. This store was moved to Salem and he went with it. In 1934 he was elected Circuit Clerk, which office he held for 2 terms. At the time of his death, he was employed in the Boston Store in Salem. A few weeks ago, he was sent to Mounds, Ill. to arrange the re-opening of the Boston store in that city. While there, he developed a cold which terminated in pneumonia causing his death.
- Mr. and Mrs. S.K. SPITLER, who reside at their farm home 8 miles northeast of Salem, known as Red Lick Prairie, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 9. Mr. SPITLER is 72, and Mrs. SPITLER is 69 years of age. They are parents of 3 children: Mrs. Bruce EAGAN of near Iuka; Virgil of Alma; and M.D. of Lawrenceville, and 4 grandchildren. A large number of relatives and friends enjoyed dinner and other friends called in the afternoon to a total of 280. There was a program in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. SPITLER are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He has held a number of honored offices including those of supervisor for several terms, tax collector, county board member, school trustee, member of building committee for new courthouse of Salem, and Chairman of the County Board.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Milborn JONES and daughter of St. Louis, spent Saturday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. JONES, and Sunday with her father and sister, Elmer BASSETT and Mrs. Mark ARNOLD.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT are rejoicing over the advent of a baby daughter, who made her arrival May 8th.
- North Fork: C.I. DOOLEN, W.R. DOOLEN, wife, and daughter were callers at B.O. GARRETT's Sunday a.m., seeing the new babe. Pid BASSETT and family called in the afternoon.
- North Fork: W.L. GREEN and family and Monroe LANSFORD and family spent Mothers Day with their mother, Mrs. Nancy GREEN and family.
- North Fork: Carroll GARRETT and family spent Sunday with the Jim McNICHOL family.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Lila visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART.
- North Fork: Callers at Bert GARRETT's Monday were Mrs. Freda GARRETT and Lila, Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and children, Mrs. Lilly HEADLEY, and Mira, and Mrs. Marjorie GREEN and son.
- Shanghai Chapel: Our good neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Tom BALLANCE, moved to Kinmundy.
- Meacham: This community was saddened on hearing of the sudden passing of Mr. George GIGAR at his home Thursday. Services and interment were made in Elder Cemetery.
- Meacham: Mrs. M.H. SEE of Kinmundy, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis SEE of Liberal, Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl CALVERT of Greenburg, Kansas spent Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Wilson School: Our school closed Friday with Mrs. Florence WEISS as teacher.
- Omega: Several attended the funeral of Frank HENSLEY at Salem Saturday.
- Swift School: Mr. Carl DOOLEN who attends School in Centralia, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve DOOLEN.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and family and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and son spent Saturday evening with the Thurman ROBBs.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family visited Sunday afternoon at the Bert GARRETT home.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and son were Centralia business visitors Tuesday.
- Brown: Several from here attended the funeral Wednesday of Tom CANTREL held at Chapel Church. He died Monday after a brief illness.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Mildred ROBB was a dinner guest Sunday in the Lloyd HAMMER home.
- Green Ridge: Several of the school patrons gathered at the school last Friday with well filled baskets and enjoyed a delicious dinner. The teacher, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, was reemployed for the coming term.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS has been reemployed to teacher to teach Oak Grove school.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL spent Sunday with her parents, the Selby GARRETTs.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby daughter, who made her appearance Saturday morning. Her weight was 7˝ lbs., and her name is Louise.
May 20, 1937:
- Free moving picture shows are to be held again this season on the streets of Kinmundy. The first show was given last Monday evening and a large crowd was in attendance. These shows will be given every Monday evening until further notice.
- Mrs. Chas. FOX was awakened early Monday morning by the smoke which filled her house. She immediately spread the alarm and the fire department rushed to the scene. The fire proved to be in the basement. When it was extinguished, it was found that she had emptied some ashes from the furnace into some bushel baskets. The ashes evidently had some fire in them as they caught the baskets on fire, which in turn, caught a pile of kindling. The fire was making its way up toward the floor when it was put out. There was very little damage done from the fire but there was quite a bit of smoke damage.
- The Community Birthday party was held at Chas. BLOMBERGs, being in honor of Mrs. Leslie DeWERFF, Mr. Will MILLER, and Mr. Chas. BLOMBERG, whose birthdays are in May. The guests arrived about 7:30 Sunday evening and needless to say, the evening was spent very delightfully with contests, stunts, and much merriment in different ways until about 10:30, when refreshments were served and to which all certainly did ample justice. Those who attended were: Mr. Gus SIGRIST, Mr. Leslie DeWERFF, Mr. Otto DeWERFF, Mr. Fred COOK, Mr. Geo. SOLDNER, Mr. Arthur HOEHNE, Mr. Walter MILLER, Mr. Wm. MILLER, Mr. Oscar YUND, Mr. Orville DISS, and Mr. Lowell DISS and families, Mr. and Mrs. Henry JASPER, Mr. and Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS, Miss Beulah DISS, Miss Edith SCHAUFELBERGER, Miss Mildred ROBB, and Mr. Francis HAMMER.
- Miss Lucy DEW and Mrs. Martha WATERHOUSE, of this city, received word Sunday of the death of their cousin, Col. George Grant SEAMAN, of Taylorville, which occurred Saturday in the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. SEAMAN was well known in State politics and just a little more than a year ago, was chairman of the Republican State Central Committee. Services were held from his late home in Taylorville Tuesday afternoon.
- East Zion: Mr. Marvin BASSETT, who has been ill with pneumonia, is improving at this time.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. James OSBORNE called Sunday on the James BASSETT family.
- Meacham: Mrs. Mary BALKE has received word of Mrs. William TRACY, nee Nita BALKE, had a very serious operation at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Wednesday.
- Meacham: Friends of Miss Marie MAGENSEE will be pleased to hear of her marriage to Mr. FITZPATRICK of Chicago about 4 months ago.
- Meacham: Mr. William BURKETT of near Farina, died suddenly, Sunday. Services were held at Conners Prairie Church and interment in Parkers Cemetery.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Pete BUTTS have a baby girl born Friday named Alpha Delene.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Loren CRAIN are parents of a baby boy born Wednesday named Melvin.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr .and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McCULLEY and Dorothy were viewing the oil fields around Patoka, Sunday afternoon.
- Brown: This community was shocked to hear of the death of Raymond HUDDLESTUN who was killed Sunday in a car accident. His home was in Salem, but he was at one time a resident of this community. Services were held in Salem with interment at Parker Cemetery.
- May 16, being Mrs. D. GOODWINs 87th birthday, a large crowd met with well filled baskets and helped her celebrate. Her son, Willard, and children of Urbana were among those who attended.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES and daughter, Mildred Lou, were Sunday visitors at the home of Bert GARRETTs to see the new daughter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Loren CRAIN are parents of a 7 lb. son born May 12. The mother was formerly Miss Hilda SCHNEIDER.
- Those who were at the W.S. GEORGE home Sunday for dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Wallace OSBORNE, and 2 daughters, Joan and Jean of Farina, Mr. A.A. MALINSKY, and Jesse GEORGE. The dinner was a birthday surprise in honor of Eva Maxine.
May 27, 1937:
- We have had some advance information to the effect that 4 drilling outfits are on their way to Kinmundy. A part of one outfit arrived here yesterday. Just where these rigs are to be located, no one knows as yet. We understand that another well was brought into production near Patoka, Sunday. On Monday, another well was brought in at Clay City by the Pure Oil Co.. This well is reputed to be flowing 3000 barrels per day and promises to be the best well east of the Mississippi.
- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for C.L. EAGAN, 79, resident of Alamosa, Colorado for the past 30 years who died late Saturday at his home here following a heart attack which he had suffered 3 days previously. EAGAN was born on June 22, 1857, in Kinmundy. He and Mrs. EAGAN were married in Chicago on Oct. 18, 1887. The EAGANs would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October. Mr. and Mrs. EAGAN came to Alamosa, Colorado 30 years ago and have since made their home here. EAGAN was associated with the Case Threshing Co. for 16 years. He had been retired from active work for the past few years. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church. Pallbearers were Harl SPILLMAN, Merret SPILLMAN, Davies SPILLMAN, Tom EAGAN, Lyell EAGAN, and Myron ISKE. With the exception of ISKE, all the pallbearers were grandsons of EAGAN. Surviving EAGAN besides his wife are 1 son: Lawrence EAGAN of Antonio; 2 daughters, Mrs. F.B. SPILLMAN of Alamosa, and Mrs. R.K. RUSSELL of Warren, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Interment took place at Alamosa, Colorado Cemetery.
- Merle JONES, residing west of town, was injured last Friday while driving a tractor on the construction work of the Kinmundy-Patoka Road. He was driving under an excavator and a large lump of dirt fell on him knocking him off the tractor. Luckily, there were no bones broken, but he was bruised up badly. He was in bed for a few days, but his out again.
- It looks as though we were going to have several strangers in town before very long and they will be wanting rooms and light house-keeping rooms. We believe there should be some place where our towns-people can make the fact known that they have some rooms to let. Consequently, Mr. W.S. PRUETT, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has designed this office as a clearing house for this purpose. Therefore, we are asking everyone who has a room which they wish to rent or light house keeping rooms, please register them with us.
- Mr. and Mrs. Nelson A. RICE and daughters, Mrs. Mercer PARK and Miss Ruby of Hammon, Oklahoma, were calling on Kinmundy friends Monday evening and Tuesday. They are former residents of Kinmundy.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Vera McCULLEY had the surprise of her life, Monday evening, when Mr. and Mrs. N.A. RICE and daughter of Hammond, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Mercer PARKS, nee Helen RICE, of Forgan, Oklahoma, stepped for a short visit. Helen and Vera were graduates of K.H.S. and with the class of 1910, and this was their first meeting in 25 years. Needless to say, it was a happy surprise.
- Wilson School: Fred KLEISS and family enjoyed a birthday dinner Sunday at the home of Mrs. Mary KOLB in honor of her daughter, Miss Anna KOLB, and Miss Mildred KLEISS anniversaries. Other guests were Rev. Joseph PICO of Centralia, and Mrs. Jennie STOCK.
- Mrs. Lloyd HAMMER was in Mt. Vernon, Thursday spending the day with her son, Dale, who is employed in an undertaking establishment there.
- Meacham: Mr. Lewis BURKETT and family attended a birthday dinner at Newton, Ill. Sunday for their brother-in-law, Mr. Ira DRINKWATER.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ivory NEAL and son, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WEISS and Virginia attended the birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Verl BEARD, Sunday.
- Meacham: We are glad to tell Mr. Ruben CRAIN found his horse, which had strayed away. It was found near Fairfield, Ill.
- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SMITH have gone to Champaign where he has employment.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and family visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT on North Fork.
- Swift School: Mis Florence DOOLEN of Salem spent Saturday night and Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Lenora LOWE.
- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. Herschel MONICAL are parents of a baby boy.
- Mrs. Frank GARRETT and little daughter of Granite City are here visiting Mrs. GARRETTs father and brother, Mr. Emmett JONES and Forrest.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT and granddaughter, Miss Katherine LOWE, left Tuesday afternoon for Sterling, Ill. where Mrs. GARRETT will visit for a few days in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dow GREEN, and where Miss Katherine will remain for the summer.
June 3, 1937:
- Last Friday, a lovely banquet was served to 134 members and guests of the K.H.S. Alumni Association by the Ladies of the Christian Church.
- Miss Melba SIPES, accompanied by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SIPES, and her uncle, Clyde SIPES, and Dr. DOUGHERTY, was taken to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, last Saturday night, where she underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis.
- Mrs. Jess HOYT is suffering from a fractured hip received by falling on the porch one day last week.
- Mr. Bruce VANSANT, aged 33, living on his fathers farm north of Farina, was killed while at work with his tractor Friday morning. He had been working in the field with his team, but decided to take the tractor and do some more plowing. In backing the tractor to the hitch on the plow, in some unknown manner, he fell under it and was pinned to the ground. His father, T.T. VANSANT, was working in an adjoining field and after hearing the tractor running awhile and not seeing it moved, went to the scene of the accident. He found the tractor still in reverse gear and his son pinned underneath the differential. The tractor was against the plow and the constant turning of the wheel had dug quit a hole. He did not know just how to stop the tractor, and summoned help from a neighboring field. The deceased leaves a wife and 2 small daughters. Mrs. VANSANT is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN of Meacham twp. and the niece of Mrs. Harve BRANSON and Mrs. W.W. BAGOTT of this city. The services were held from the M.E. Church in Farina Sunday with interment in Farina Cemetery.
- Mrs. Katie BUSWELL and daughter, Helen, spent Sunday here with friends and attended the services. She reports her son, Warren, is now on one of the St. Louis Cardinal farms in Nebraska. Mrs. BUSWELL went from here to West Frankfort and visited until Tuesday with her daughter, Mrs. H.B. WILKINSON and family.
- Brown: Mrs. Jane WILKINSON, aged 78 years, died at her home Tuesday. Services were held at Brown Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery. She leaves 5 sons: Herb of Sycamore, Ill.; Will of Iuka; Frank, Jim and Paul of Kinmundy; 3 daughters, Mrs. Anna SILLS of Salem; Mrs. Emma CARROLL of Xenia; and Mrs. Vida FOGERSON of Kinmundy.
- Brown: Mrs. Len KUNTZA and Mrs. Lou MULVANY attended the burial services Wednesday of Mrs. Will COPPLE at Phillips Cemetery.
- Swift School: Miss Irene LIVESAY is on the sick list this week.
- Shanghai Chapel: A shower was given for Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE. A large crowd attended and a variety of nice gifts were received. A treat of candy for the ladies and cigars for the men were enjoyed.
- Wilson School: Melba SIPES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon SIPES, became very ill Saturday with attack of appendicitis, and was rushed to the hospital in Springfield and operated on at once.
- East Meadow Branch: The Cecil SHREFFLER family attended a homecoming and basket dinner Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ella SHREFFLER, west of Alma.
- Green Ridge: Mr. August SPOKAN died Saturday at his home west of here at the age of 76. Services were held at Green Ridge Church with interment in Martin Cemetery.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Thomas GARRETT spent Sunday with Frank DOUDERA and family.
- Camp Ground: Mrs. Wm. COPPLE died at her home in Farina last Monday. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Harold, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Lila spent Sunday at Bert GARRETTs.
- North Fork: Miss Cleda GARRETT was a guest in the Mack ROBB home Sunday and Monday.
- Charles GARRETT, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT to their home in Mitchell, Sunday, where he will seek employment.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.J. SMITH were in Champaign on Tuesday attending the funeral of Mr. Henning JOHNSON, a brother-in-law to their daughter, Martha.
June 10, 1937:
- The location of the first oil well to be drilled by the Carter Oil Co. in the state was decided yesterday, and we are happy to say that his location is in the Kinmundy Block. This 20 acre tract is owned by Charles and Louisa METZGER. The hauling of the materials will be commenced within the next day or so. A 90 foot derrick will be erected, and the drilling, or spuddin in as they call it, will begin just as soon as possible.
- A quiet wedding was performed at the M.E. Parsonage Sunday evening when Miss Darlene COLE and G.E. ROLLINSON were married. The attendants were William COLE, brother of the bride, and Miss Beulah JONES. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE, who reside on the J.W. LLOYD farm west of town. The groom is son of Mrs. Etta ROLLINSON of Kell. They will make their home in this community for the present.
- Anna Elizabeth WHITE FROST, daughter of the late William H. and Mary J. WHITE, was born in Rehobeth, Alabama on Feb. 26, 1860, and died in Clinton, Ill. on June 2, 1937. Her parents came to Kinmundy while she was still quite young, moving North on account of her health. She married Zarda FROST and they had a daughter, Gail. Gail became the wife of Mr. George WILSON, and they had a daughter and son, Anna Gail and Zarda. When the little great-grandson, Edward, was born to Mr. Edward and Alma Gail WILCOX, there was one more to share her loved and affection. Her daughter died 2 years ago. First came her home, then her Church and Sunday School, and last the Rebekahs, Eastern Star and White Shrine.
- Army worms are very numerous in this vicinity with much damage done to crops.
- John Robert ROBB graduates from Illinois University with this years class - Liberal Arts and Sciences with an A.B. degree - and has been promoted to second lieutenancy in the United States Army. Charles William YOUNG, who has finished his sophomore year at Illinois, has been elected president of Omega Beta Pi. Charles E. PRUETT, a graduate of Illinois, is now taking undergraduate work, Pre-Medic, at the same University. Frederic PRUETT, also at Illinois, is in the School of Journalism. Edward JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murray JONES, former residents of Kinmundy, graduates at Illinois in Journalism. James CONANT, a freshman at Illinois this past year, has a position in Chicago for the summer in office work. Walter B. PRUETT, finishing his Junior year at McKendree College, during the past year was Student Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Venice, Ill. Mr. Orville HEICHER has just graduated from Chillicothe Business School in Chillicothe, Mo. Miss Helen MORGAN, one of the staff at Rock Island Schools, is taking summer work as is also Earl YUND, at Teachers College in Carbondale. Miss Alice READNOUR is home from Teachers College in Carbondale, where she has been the past year.
- A young tornado swooped down north of town doing some damage on the Will MILLER and Henry JASPER farms. According to the papers this morning, a cyclone hit Xenia yesterday and from all appearances it traveled this way. It swooped down on the very east edge of this city, but did not do any damage to speak of. The next dip was north of town. On the MILLER farm it blew down a windmill, tore the smokehouse and machine shed from their foundations and turned over the hen house. On the JASPER farm, occupied by Art HOEHNE, it turned the hen house upside down and blew out a large window in the house.
- Meacham: Mr. Orville HEICHER arrived home Sunday after graduating from Business College in Chillicothe, Mo. He will leave with in a few days for Detroit, Mich. Where he will seek employment.
- Meacham: The body of Mrs. Floreda CRAIG of Farina was laid to rest in Phillips Cemetery Saturday.
- Omega: Mrs. Bertha SEE left for Carbondale Sunday, where she will attend S.I.N.U. the coming term.
- North Fork: Junior and Floyd GARRETT spent Monday P.M. with Leroy and Keith GREEN.
- North Fork: Lyle CONANT ate Sunday dinner with Jack GARRETT.
- North Fork: Orie ATKINS and Bob GREEN and families visited at Bert GARRETTs Sunday P.M.
- North Fork: Charles GARRETT returned home Sunday after spending the past week in Granite City with Frank GARRETT and family.
- Brown: Mrs. Floreda CRAIG, wife of John CRAIG, died at her home in Farina June 3rd after a short illness. She was 75 years old. She leaves her husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. Minnie SMITH of Alma, and Mrs. Edna GORDON of Kinmundy; 2 sons, Roy of Farina, and Hallett of Mattoon, and several grandchildren. Services were held at Brown Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT spent Sunday near Alma with Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and daughter, Irene, were Effingham visitors, Sunday.
- Mrs. Fred KILLIE and daughter, Mrs. Amos WHITLOCK, of Centralia were here Friday attending the funeral of Mrs. Anna FROST.
- Mr. and Mrs. William LUX went to Salem Saturday evening where they were guests of Mis Thelma ALBERT. On Sunday morning at 7 oclock at Salem M.E. Church occurred the marriage of Miss ALBERTs sister, Miss Reta, to Mr. Howard FRAMBES.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT returned home Sunday night after 2 very enjoyable weeks with relatives in Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, Polo, and Chicago.
- Rev. and Mrs. C.L. ASHBY have a 9 lb. son, Claudius Leroy, Jr., born June 7.
- Miss Helen MORGAN came home from Rock Island where she is one of the teachers in the Rock Island schools for a few days visits with her parents before leaving for Carbondale, where she has entered Teachers College for summer term.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and children of Granite City were here Sunday to visit with Mrs. GARRETTs father and brother, Mr. Emmett JONES and Forrest.
- Mr. Frank ARNOLD, after visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD, for a few days, has returned to his home in Detroit, Mich.
- The anniversary of Mr. J.H. NELMS birthday occurred last Thursday and in honor of it, Mrs. NELMS planned a family dinner, the celebrants, Mrs. Lois ROBB and son, Howard, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles SEIMER.
June 17, 1937:
- Miss Norma CHEADLE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry CHEADLE of Ashkum, and Gerald BOWERS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don BOWERS of St. Anne, formerly of Ashkum, were married Saturday evening at the Clifton Methodist Church. Her sister, Miss Roberta CHEADLE, attended her as bridesmaid. The groom was attended by his brother, Vincennes BOWERS. Mrs. BOWERS is a graduate of the Gilman High School and Moler Beauty School of Chicago. Mr. BOWERS graduated from St. Anne High School, attended the University of Illinois, and the Lincoln School of Aviation at Lincoln, Neb. The couple will reside in St. Anne where Mr. BOWERS is in business with his father in the St. Anne Oil Company. (Taken from the Kankakee Daily Republican.) The bride is granddaughter of Mr. J.R. CHEADLE and Mr. R.C. ROBB of this city.
- Valinda Melvin OWENS CONANT, daughter of George and Margaret OWENS, was born Feb. 27, 1872 in Foster twp, and died June 8, 1937 at her home west of Kinmundy. At the age of 18 months her mother died, and she was taken into the home of her grandmother ATKINS where she grew to womanhood. She married Eli CONANT on July 2, 1892, and they had 6 children: Mrs. Elma HARVEY of Ridgefarm; Nellie ROBB, Elvin, Marvin, and William, all of Kinmundy; 1 daughter, Velma, died 2 years ago. She was a member of North Fork Church. On Oct. 14, 1911, her husband died, and she reared the children. During the past 15 weeks she has been bedfast. Her grandchildren were her pride and all neighbors and friends were always given a hearty welcome in her home. Besides the children, she leaves: 2 brothers, Elvin and Abe OWENS of Dexter, Mo.; the former having helped care for her during her last illness. 1 sister, Effie FIELDS preceded her in death. 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. Services were held from the home with interment in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Grandpa (Theodore) MILLER was surprised on his 77th birthday with a delicious dinner in honor of his birthday. The following children were present: Mr. and Mrs. Walter MILLER and family of Findlay, Ill., and Mrs. Frank WILSON of Decatur. The other children were unable to be here on account of illness. Other guests included Mr. and Mrs. Scott DAVIDSON and son, and Miss Edna TATE of Odin. Miss TATE baked the birthday cake. The children presented their father with a new suit, of which he is very proud.
- William PATTERSON died suddenly at his home in Chicago last Thursday evening. The body was brought here Sunday. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. William, eldest son of Geo. and Margaret PATTERSON, was born on a farm near Walton, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 7, 1886. He was one of a family of 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. The father died 8 years ago, leaving the mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters in Canada, and a sister in New York. He made his home in his native country until 23 years ago, when he came to Chicago and became employed by the Grand Trunk Railroad, which position he held until his passing on June 10, 1937. On Oct. 7, 1930, he married Miss Caddie SEE of Kinmundy at the M.E. Parsonage in Salem, and they went to Chicago, where they established a beautiful home. For the past 4 years, he has been under the care of his physician for a heart ailment, but seemed greatly improved and had been engaged in daily employment Thursday, and had retired as well as usual. The mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister, came from Canada to be with the family, but owing to the ill health of the mother, were unable to accompany them to Kinmundy. He leaves the wife, mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.
- Elwin INGRAM had the misfortune of getting 2 of his toes crushed Monday afternoon while spreading limestone for John FORD, south of this city. The truck was being driven by Harold KAESER The truck was loaded and they were just beginning to spread. Elwin climbed on the back end of the truck to push the limestone down into the auger which feeds it into the spreader attachment. In some unknown manner, he got his foot into the auger and 2 toes came out severely mashed. He will now be laid up for a short time. - Green Ridge: Several were surprised to hear of the wedding of Mrs. Lucille BATES and Mr. Marion CALDWELL.
- East Zion: Emmett and Gladys GARRETT and Mr. Wesley HEADLEY of Granite City, were callers in this vicinity over the weekend with relatives and friends. Emmett remained for an extended visit.
- East Zion: Miss Ruth BASSETT and Miss Nelda THOMAS spent Saturday night and Sunday with Miss Roberta ARNOLD.
- Wilson School: Mr. and Mrs. Fred KLEISS and daughter, Helen, motored to Centralia Thursday where Helen had her tonsils removed Friday at St. Marys Hospital.
- Master Charles BASSETT spent last week with his grandfather, Elmer BASSETT, west of town.
June 24, 1937:
- 2 DIE, 25 INJURED IN CRASH; John GASTON and Arthur MEYER Die as Truck Load of Young People Overturn; Gerald WHITE and Ralph ROSE Reported Critical. John GASTON, 23 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. GASTON of near Cartter, and a nephew of Mrs. I.D. INGRAM of this city, was killed instantly yesterday at about 8:30 a.m. when the truck in which he was riding, in company with 26 others from this vicinity, was turned over about 2 miles north of Tuscola. Arthur MEYER, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER, residing south of this city, died from injuries 1 hour later in the Tuscola Hospital. The truck was being driven by Halice LEWIS of Omega. According to the reports, they were attempting to pass a car driven by Paul DONELLY, 19, of Tuscola, when the car made a left turn, turning into the front end of the truck, throwing it into the ditch and upsetting the cargo of boys and girls onto the pavement. The truck was going at the rate of about 40 miles per hour. Wednesday was open house at the College of Agriculture, Experiment Station at Urbana, and all farmers and farm organizations were invited to attend. This is an annual meeting arranged for the farmers of the state to see the experimental farms and observe the tests of different varieties of soil treatment on crops. The majority of the young folks on this truck were not affiliated with any farm organization but were all interested in agriculture. They had all worked hard this spring and had earned a little recreation. What could be a better recreation for a farm boy or girl than to make a tour of the State University. Of course, now, everyone is sorry that they made this tour, and needless to say, our whole community was shocked very much when they received word of the accident. We read and hear of these accidents daily but never think so much about them, but when it comes so close to home, it is different. Farm Advisor, Fred BLACKBURN, and Mr. W.T. GASTON had accompanied the group of young folks in Mr. BLACKBURNs car. They were ahead of the truck and reached Urbana before receiving word of the accident. Just as the sad news reached here, frantic parents set out for Tuscola. Some returned home that evening accompanied by their children, while others remained in Tuscola all night as their child or children were unable to return home. Some were brought home in ambulances while some were able to return in a car. It is expected that several more will return today, although it will be necessary for some to remain in the hospital for some time. Riding in the cab with Mr. LEWIS were his son, Chester, 8, and Bobbie LONNON, son of Mr. and Mrs. George LONNON, who escaped injury save for a few minor cuts. Ralph GARREN, residing west of Centralia, was picked up by a passing motorist and taken to Champaign, where his wounds were dressed. He received a broken arm and several burns. He returned to Kinmundy on I.C. train No.1, and was taken to his home from here by car. The other injured were:
Gerald WHITE, 11, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WHITE: fractured skull; considered serious.
Agnes WHITE, 13, sister of Gerald; minor bruises and burns; was able to return home yesterday evening.
Ray VANDEVEER, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.B. VANDEVEER, franctured hip. He was brought to the Effingham hospital and Dr. DOUGHERTY of this city was summoned to assist in giving treatment.
Herbert VANDEVEER, 17, brother of Ray; minor cuts and burns.
Martha June HEISTAND, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude HEISTAND, minor burns; was able to assist in the care of the other injured.
Lucille SHAFFER, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will SHAFFER; cuts, bruises, and probably a sprained shoulder; was brought home by ambulance Wednesday evening.
Willadene SHAFFER, 14, sister to Lucille; minor cuts and bruises.
Myrle LONNON, 25, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George LONNON; cuts and bruises and strained pelvis. Had to remain in hospital.
John SHAFFER, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER; cuts and bruises; serious enough that he was unable to return home that evening. John did not think himself injured much and worked diligently in helping care for the others.
Paul SHAFFER, 18, brother to John, minor cuts and burns.
Wilma SHAFFER, 16, sister to John and Paul; minor cuts and burns.
Ralph ROSE, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl ROSE; cuts, burns and bruises; serious enough that he was unable to return home yesterday evening.
James SIPES, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES; minor cuts and bruises.
George MEYER, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER, sprained shoulder, minor cuts and bruises. Able to return home yesterday evening and gave us a good account of the accident.
Edith SULLIVAN, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy SULLIVAN; lower teeth knocked out and minor cuts and burns.
Ralph MORROW, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. MORROW, considered serious as he was bleeding internally; also minor cuts and burns.
Vivian MORROW, sister to Ralph, broken hip and minor cuts and bruises.
Pearl HITE, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy HITE, minor cuts and burns.
John PURCELL, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight PURCELL, of Alma; minor cuts and bruises.
Ernest BROOM, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John BROOM of Alma; minor cuts and bruises.
John CURRY, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. CURRY; minor cuts and burns.
Practically all of the victims received bad burns from skidding on the pavement. They were all given a tetanus shot. The Tuscola hospital is rather small and some of the victims with minor injuries were placed in the hotel. In a telephone conversation with the Tuscola hospital this morning, they reported to us that no more of the victims had died but Gerald WHITE and Ralph ROSE were both in a serious condition. Most of the other victims who had remained there, spent a rather sleepless night and were suffering more or less from the shock of their accident. In a conversation with Mrs. I.D. INGRAM, she stated that she thought the funeral services for her nephew would be held sometime today. John was a graduate of the Carbondale University, and he and his father, were making this trip to Urbana yesterday especially to arrange for his enrollment in the University this fall. Funeral services for Arthur MEYER will be held Friday afternoon at 2 oclock from the Pleasant Grove Church and interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in this city.
- Charles William KING died in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago Monday after an illness of a few months duration. The body arrived here on I.C. Train No.1 yesterday and was taken to the M.E. Church where services were held. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was well known in this city, being a brother of Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH, of Salem, but formerly of this city. He was a locomotive engineer for the Illinois Central and made his regular run on local until entering the hospital a few months ago. During his brief illness, many of his friends here have missed the blast of his whistle bidding them his friendly greeting. Charles William KING, son of William L. and Sara KING, was born in Kinmundy on Dec. 15, 1871, and died in Chicago on June 21, 1937. His early years were spent in Kinmundy, where he attended school. Later, he moved to Champaign, which always remained his home. Soon after moving to Champaign, he entered the services of the Illinois Central Railroad, and was an employee of that company until his death, having served 43 years. He is survived by a mother, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD have a 7 lb. baby boy born June 21.
- The friends of Mrs. George TOMLINSON of Salem, were pained to hear she fell and suffered a serious accident, the breaking of the bone of one leg just below the hip socket. Mrs. TOMLINSON was taken to St. Louis Sunday to St. Johns Hospital, where her leg was placed in a cast to remain 6 weeks.
- On June 21, 1937 Miss Katherine WISEHEART of Iola, and George WELLS of Farina were married June 21, 1937 at the M.E. Church at 8 a.m. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Esther WISEHEART of Iola, and the groom by Theodore HOWARD of Farina. Other guests were a sister, Erma WISEHEART of Iola, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL of Farina. Immediately after the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served to the party at Hotel Benwood the wedding cake being baked by the brides mother. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison WISEHEART of Iola. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana, and for the past few years has been a very successful primary teacher at Mechanicsburg. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar WELLS of Farina. He is a graduate of the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale and has been a teacher at Farina High School for some time. The couple will make their home in Farina. The bride is a niece of Misses Luella and Evangeline PARRILL of this city.
- Green Ridge: Jack WILLIAMS left Monday for Chicago where he has employment.
- Green Ridge: A kitchen shower was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL Tuesday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Marion CALDWELL.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and son, Tom, Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL, Miss Lucille GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton BEERY and family spent Thursday evening in the Buster BENDER home, and enjoyed a birthday supper.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Lila Pauline were callers at the Geo. LENHART home Friday.
- East Meadow Branch (from last week): Miss Sophia SLOVICK and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS visited Wednesday with Mrs. Lois HOWELL and Shirley Jean, helping Shirley Jean celebrate her first birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM was called to Cartter Wednesday afternoon by the death of Mrs. INGRAMs nephew, John GASTON.
July 1, 1937:
- Life History of Arthur MEYER, who was fatally injured in Truck Crash June 23: Arthur, second son of Christopher and Helen MEYER, was born June 11, 1918, and died June 23, 1937. Arthur graduated from the Common schools, and about a year ago, he walked manfully down the aisle, humbly knelt at the alter near where his body now lies and united with the Church. His love for his parents, sisters and brother was touching, always thinking of others although he endured much ill health. Arthur is survived by his parents; one brother, George; 3 sisters, Ruth, Viola and Veda; 1 grandmother, Mrs. Ella MULVANEY; 1 grandfather, Mr. William MEYER; 10 aunts; and 4 uncles.
- Mrs. Thomas WHITESIDES of Decatur died Tuesday following a stroke of paralysis. Services are being held in Decatur. The deceased was formerly Miss Virge KEARNS and was born in Kinmundy, Dec. 2, 1889. She married Mr. WHITESIDES on April 1, 1918. He is employed on the mechanical staff of the Decatur Herald & Review. Mrs. WHITESIDES was a niece of Mr. Will EAGAN, Mrs. S.L. BUNDY, Mr. Riley WILLIAMS and Mr. James WILLIAMS and a cousin to Mrs. Onis HENSLEY. She is also a relative of Mrs. Bridget ANDERSON.
- Mrs. Ella MULVANY died very suddenly Tuesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chris MEYER, south of this city. Mrs. MEYER was out of the house at the time of her death. Mrs. MULVANY had complained early in the afternoon of a severe pain in the back of her head and it was thought that her death of due to apoplexy. Services are being held from the Bee Branch House south of Omega, and interment in the Church Cemetery. It will be remembered that this is the second tragic death in this home within the past week and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to this good family.
- All of the victims of the sad accident last week are reported as being on the road to recovery. They are all now at their homes except Ralph ROSE, who remains at Tuscola Hospital, and Ray VANDEVEER in the Effingham Hospital. Gerald WHITE, who was considered the most serious of the injured, returned home Tuesday. It certainly was a sad plight and still is, to visit in the Elder School District. Almost every family is stricken. Some families with two, and some with three children still lying in bed. But we are happy to report that the most of these are able to be up some now and some have discarded their bandages. And, of course, it will be sometime before some are able to be up. From all reports, Ralph ROSE was injured more seriously than it was originally thought for at first and has been in serious condition. We understand that he is getting along alright now and will soon be able to come home.
- June 27, Mr. Lewis WILSON celebrated his 70th birthday. A delicious dinner was served in his honor and a very enjoyable day was had by the following: Mr. and Mrs. Bernie McGIVERN, St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON and daughter; Edith and Mrs. Cora CORNELL of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Otto MILLER and sons, Weldon and Harry, of Clay City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles WILSON of Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Albert MEYER, son and daughter, Donald and Frances, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis WILSON, Jr. of Kinmundy; Mr. Darrell WILSON of Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert WILSON of McConnellsburg, Pa.; and Mr. Charles WOMACK of Omega.
- Miss Florence DOOLEN of Salem spent the weekend at home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. ROBB.
- Wilson School: Several neighbors motored Monday morning with teams and tractor at the Chris MEYER home and plowed his corn for him. Mr. MEYER being delayed with his field work owing to the death of 1 son and injury of the other, George, not being able to do anything at all. Those helping were Marion SHUFELDT and son, Harold, J.T. CHARLTON, C.R. HEATON, Jess CHARLTON, Frank KOLB, and Fred KLEISS and son, Harold.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. COLE and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB visited Sunday with O.M. CONANT and family. Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT were afternoon callers.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT visited Sunday with Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and family. Irene remains about the same.
- Swift School: Clyde BASSETT and family called on the Virgil LIVESAYs Sunday evening.
- Camp Ground: Mr. and Mrs. Albert LOY of Farina have a baby daughter born June 26, and named Gwendolyn June. The mother was formerly Miss Maxine SPENCER of this city.
- East Meadow Branch: Cars driven by Richard SCHWABE and Charles TOCKSTEIN collided last Thursday night east of the McCULLEY home on the Kinmundy-Patoka road. No one was injured but both cars were considerably damaged, and were pulled by a wrecker to the SNELLING Garage.
- East Zion: Ancel, Lyle, and Beryl ARNOLD ate dinner with Mr. Marvin BASSETT Sunday.
July 8, 1937:
- Mr. Louis BARBEE died July 1 at the home of his son, Fred near OFallon, Ill., where he had been making his home since the death of Mrs. BARBEE last January. Mr. BARBEE had been in failing health for a number of years and his death was not unexpected. The body was brought to this city Friday and taken to the home of his son, Byron. Services were held from the Baptist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Louis, son of Joseph and Amanda BARBEE, was born in Kinmundy on Feb. 17, 1856, and died on July 1, 1937, aged 81 years and 14 days. When a young man he united with the M.E. Church. On Feb. 11, 1877, he married to Miss Clara Isabelle GARNER of Kinmundy. His wife died Jan. 29, 1937. He was preceded in death by1 brother, James, and 1 sister, Katherine THOMASON. Surviving are: 3 sons, Fred of near OFallon; Byron and Guy of Kinmundy; 3 daughters, Mrs. Etta HAMMER of Chicago, Mrs. Mardge DAVIS of Sturgis, Mich.; and Mrs. Lenora WILCOX of Battle Creek, Mich.; 2 brothers, J.D. and Joseph BARBEE of Kinmundy; and a number of grandchildren.
- Mr. Harve BRANSON of this city has received the announcement of the marriage of his brother, Mr. Sanford BRANSON and Mrs. Sarah THOMAS, both of Linton, Ind., the ceremony having been performed at the home of the groom June 29th. Following the ceremony, an old fashioned charivari was held for the newlyweds.
- The 8th annual DeVORE Reunion was held June 20, at the Georgetown, Ohio Fair Grounds, and 60 persons gathered. Mr. John DeVORE gave a brief talk. Honored guest at the reunion was Mrs. Harriett DeVORE of Kinmundy, Ill. This is her first visit to Ohio in 45 years. Accompanying her were her daughter, Mrs. Helen DeVORE BROWNRIGG of St. Louis, Mo., and her granddaughter, Mrs. Helen MONTGOMERY of Fulton, Mo. Among the other places the Mrs. DeVORE visited was the Jesse GRANT home, where his son, Ulysses GRANT, 18th President of the United States, was born and reared. Jesse GRANT and Mrs. DeVOREs father-in-law, Peter M. DeVORE, were partners in the tannery business in Georgetown. When visiting the GRANT Schoolhouse, where pictures of Mrs. DeVORE were snapped before the huge fireplace - where large pictures and relics are on display, Mrs. BROWNRIGG asked the guard, who is there to receive tourist throughout the year, if there were any pictures of her grandfather. Looking thru an old trunk, he found one of her grandfather, Peter M. DeVORE, and Jesse GRANT taken together at the Tannery, their place of business. Mrs. BROWNRIGG was delighted to find the picture, and seeing how she would prize it, she was allowed to purchase it. There was only one thing to mar the pleasure of Mrs. DeVOREs visit, and that was, that her once beautiful home on the Ohio River was now ruined and made unsafe, as were other homes nearby, by the late devastating flood.
- While picking dew berries west of town, Raymond MAULDING killed a rattlesnake four and one-half feet long Friday morning by beating it to death with a club. This is rather unusual as rattlesnakes are rare in this part of the country.
- Brown: Miss Thelma MULVANY is staying with Ollie MULVANY and family and helping care for the new baby named Grace Eileen.
- Wilson School: Again, in less than a week, death again entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris MEYER, this time to the 68 year old grandmother, Mrs. Ella MULVANEY, mother of Mrs. MEYER, with whom she was making her home. She died June 29 1937 after complaining of a severe pain in her head. She leaves 7 daughters and 1 step-son: Mrs. Chris MEYER of Kinmundy; Mrs. Ora DOUGLAS and Mrs. Arthur FRYBERG of East St. Louis; Mrs. Ed WEBB, Mrs. Evelyn FOSTER and Mrs. Clyde BRYANT of Salem; Mrs. Claude OWENS and Fred Mulvaney STANFORD. Services were held at Bee Branch Church with interment in Hadden Cemetery.
- Wilson School: Fred STOCK and family of Effingham, Mrs. Jennie STOCK and Miss Mary LITTLETON spent Friday at Sunny Slope farm helping to remind Mr. KLEISS of his birthday.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mr. and Mrs. P.F. ROBNETT and Mrs. Harry SEMRO of Chicago took Mr. J.E. WILLIAMS to Savannah, Mo. on Thursday to consult with a cancer specialist, who was unable to do anything for Mr. WILLIAMS. He was brought back to St. Louis where he was operated on Friday. This was his 6th operation for relief from cancer.
- Shanghai School: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. METZGER entertained their children June 27th, namely: John of Springfield; Joe of Bloomington; Henry of Decatur; and Mrs. Mable WALLWEBER of Kirkwood, Mo.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, son and daughter, Emmett and Cleda GARRETT, visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD and Elizabeth.
- North Fork: Peck CONANT and family, Pid BASSETT and family, and C.I. DOOLEN were guests the 4th of July of the Bert GARRETT family.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN, Miss Kathryn LOWE, Elno WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Tom BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP and daughter, and Mrs. Icy GARRETT of Kinmundy and Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT were guests Sunday of Orie ATKINS and family.
- North Fork: Carroll GARRETT and family were Sunday guests of her parents, the James McNICHOL family.
- North Fork: Roy JONES and wife of Patoka, spent last Friday evening at Bert GARRETTs.
- Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELMS received a telegram last Thursday announcing the arrival of a baby girl at the home of son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Otto CUPPY in Hammond, Ind. Mrs. CUPPY is formerly Miss Armelda NELMS.
- Meacham: July 4 being the 44th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS, the C.B.C. Club met at their home Sunday evening.
July 15, 1937:
- On Monday morning, a deal was perfected whereby Maurice B. NELMS became the owner of the firm of NELMS Bros. His brother and partner, Frank E. NELMS, has been in ill health for some time and is unable to give the store his attention.
- During an electrical storm Friday, Bonnie, a very valuable mare owned by H.M. FISHER, was struck and killed by lightening. She was standing in a pasture underneath a tree, across the road from the FISHER home. Both Mr. and Mrs. FISHER saw her fall. Hubert has apparently been having rather tough luck with his livestock here of late. About a month ago, "Don", the family dog for many years, wandered away one night and no trace has been had of him since. And then a couple of weeks ago, while backing the car out of the garage, Hubert ran over and killed the cat which they prized very highly.
- Mrs. Elizabeth COX, 85, was fatally injured when struck by a car driven by Lester BEAN of Mounds, between Tamms and Delta Wednesday night. She died shortly after. The aged womans skull was fractured in addition to the other injuries she suffered. She was rendered unconscious when struck and remained in that condition. Mrs. COX was out in front of her home talking to her son, Charles COX, who had stopped for a minute to talk to his mother and a sister, with whom she was staying. The mother stepped out into the highway from behind the wagon just as the car driven by BEAN came along. BEAN, whose 2 brothers and others were in the car, stopped immediately lifted the unconscious old woman from a ditch into which she had been knocked alongside the road and rushed her in the car to a doctor in Tamms. Mrs. COX was a pioneer resident of Alexander County, and had spent most of her life in the northern section of his county. She is survived by 4 daughters: Mrs. Dee McRAVEN of the Delta community; Mrs. May JACOBS of McClure; Mrs. Nellie HONEY of Diswood; Mrs. Ed McCRITE of Diswood; and by 2 sons, Abbie COX of Kinmundy; and Charles COX of the McClure community. Services were held at the Delta Church with interment in Delta Cemetery. (Taken from the Cairo, Ill. Citizen). Mrs. Abbie COX, son Lloyd, and daughter, Mrs. Jesse JONES of Kinmundy, were in Delta Friday attending the funeral services of their mother and grandmother.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary yesterday evening at the Kinmundy Lake.
- Miss Myrle LONNON was taken to the Effingham Clinic yesterday morning where she was x-rayed. The x-ray revealed a fractured pelvis. Myrle was one of the truck crash victims 3 weeks ago.
- Herbert VANDEVEER returned home Monday from the Effingham hospital, where he had been a patient since the truck crash 3 weeks ago. He was the last to leave the hospital and is apparently getting along alright. It will be remembered that Herbert suffered a triple fracture of the pelvis.
- Mr. A.H. MILLER was taken to the Effingham Clinic Monday morning suffering from an attack of appendicitis. The appendix was removed Monday. He was accompanied by his father, Dr. Hugo MILLER and his wife.
- The oil well drilled to a depth of 2300 feet on the BAHDE farm west of St. Peter, was pronounce a dry hole Monday evening, the hold plugged and operations ceased.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mrs. Dora HEICHER Sunday evening.
- Meacham: Mrs. Myrtle PERRY and family attended the birthday dinner Sunday for her mother, Mrs. Sarah MULVANEY, who was 70 years of age. About 65 were present.
- Meacham: Little Miss Phyllis MILLER and brothers, George and Donald, of Knightstown, Ind. spent Tuesday with their uncle and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- North Fork: Mr. Abbie COX and son, Loyd, and daughter, Mrs. Jesse JONES, and children, were in Mounds, Ill. last week attending the funeral of the formers mother, who was killed by a car.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT, and Pearl JIMERSON were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT, east of Kinmundy.
- North Fork: Misses Cleda GARRETT and Elizabeth ARNOLD were guests Saturday night and Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
- George LENHART and wife were Sunday visitors with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT.
- East Zion: Several of the young folks gathered at the George MILLER home and helped celebrate their daughter, Leenas, birthday Friday night.
- East Zion: Miss Lela Mae NICHOLS ate Sunday dinner with Miss Roberta ARNOLD and helped her celebrate her 18th birthday which was Saturday.
- Mrs. Lillian SUGG was called to Mt. Vernon Friday by the sudden death of her brother, Mr. Henry MAXEY.
- Mrs. Gene SHAFFER returned home from Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia where she recently underwent an appendicitis operation.
- Swift School: Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters spent Wednesday afternoon with Miss Irene LIVESAY.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and daughter, Mildred, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
- Swift School: Miss Cleta GARRETT and Miss Elizabeth ARNOLD spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
July 22, 1937:
- Mr. F.G. ALEXANDER, local signal maintainer for the Illinois Central R.R., rounded out 30 years of service with that company this week. He is not enjoying the best of health at present and we rather expect to hear of him being pensioned one of these days. The greater number of these years of service has been given right here in Kinmundy. A few years were spent in Champaign where he acted as Supervisor of his department.
- Two unknown men held up Phils Café in Farina, Sunday morning at 3 oclock, escaping with $150 and the valuable revolver of policeman Charles ANDREWS. The men drove up in a small pickup truck, entered, and casually demanded the cash on hand. Policeman ANDREWS, who was sitting in the Café, was searched and his revolver taken. All of the cash on hand was taken except a few dollars change in the cash register, which the bandits were kind enough to leaves "to start business on Monday." After the bandits had left, the proprietor notified the State police, who began the search at once. Phils Café is owned and operated by Phillip MAY, Sr.
- Dr. Hugo MILLER reports to us that a dandy 8 lb. boy made his arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard DISS, northwest of this city, Sunday. We do not know how the mother is feeling, but we do know that Jack is certainly one proud papa.
- As we got to press, we learn of the death of Miss Wilma COATNEY, aged 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles COATNEY, who died this morning after suffering for 3 years with tuberculosis.
- The many Kinmundy friends of Mr. J.L. HOFFMEISTER will be pleased to learn that he has purchased the Nation Wide Store from Mr. J.P. OSBORN. For many years, Mr. HOFFMEISTER was employed in the HALEY Store but resigned his position a few months ago. This same store was owned and operated by Mr. Ray GEORGE, who sold it to Mr. OSBORN last Spring.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Louis JONES have a baby son born Wednesday.
- East Zion: Merle JONES and family, and Mr. Emmett JONES and son spent Sunday at Granite City at the Frank GARRETT home.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and daughter were Effingham visitors Wednesday. Irene is much improved.
- North Fork: Charles GARRETT and Roy DOOLEN left Sunday for Clifton, Ill. where they have employment.
- North Fork: Misses Norma GARRETT spent Sunday with Misses Mildred and Leta ATKINS.
- North Fork: Word was received of the birth of a son at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill HARRINGTON of South Bend, Ind. The mother is formerly Miss Nondas SWIFT.
- North Fork: Bert GARRETT and family visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Elvin CONANT.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER and Billie, Mr. and Mrs. Fred COOK and Geneva, Mr. Wm. SOLDNER, and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER helping Mrs. SOLDNER celebrate her birthday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL called on Mr. and Mrs. Elmer BUTTS in the Meadow Branch neighborhood.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.E. CLARK of Danville have a 7 lb. girl born July 14. The mother is formerly Miss Cora BARBEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE.
July 29, 1937:
- Wilma Marceline COATNEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles COATNEY, was born in Kinmundy on April 19, 1921, and died July 22, 1937. Besides here parents, she leaves one sister, Frances, 2 brothers, Lorence Eugene and Charles William, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN and Mr. and Mrs. James BRIM, other relatives and friends. She had been in ill health practically all of her life. The last 3 years she began to fail more rapidly. Services were held from the Church of God with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- One of the most violent electrical storms in years damaged property in and about Kinmundy, alarming the lighter sleeping citizens, and playing hob with electrical connections in and about the city early Sunday morning. The greatest damage was done to the local mill, where a bolt of lightening struck and destroyed the chimney. Three valuable horses belonging to Harmon and Russell LENHART were instantly killed by a charge of lightening as they sought shelter under a tree. Three transformers were burned out by the tremendous charges, and over half of the city was in darkness until Sunday morning.
- Kinmundy friends have received word from the R.F. MAXEY family that Robert, Jr. is a patient in the Dixon, Ill. hospital having undergone an appendicitis operation last Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Christie GENTRY of Walton, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Fred GENTRY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman GENTRY, Mr. and Mrs. Henry GENTRY, Mr. and Mrs. Henry GENTRY, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond GENTRY of Decatur; Mr. Hubert GENTRY of Murphysboro; Shelly GENTRY and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Retus GENTRY of Kinmundy, spent Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Martha GENTRY, in honor of their 77th birthday.
- An unidentified member of Johnny J. JONES Exposition and Melvin GEILER, of this city, collided on the "Peck" BROWN curve of Route 37 last Friday evening, resulting in no injury to either, and but little damage to the automobiles. Special police officer "Stony" VOGT was called to settle the matter. He arrested the exposition member and removed him to Salem.
- Union Ridge: Mr. Joseph POLANKA, Jr. is the proud owner of a new V-8 car.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Alfred DONOHO is the owner of a 1933 V-8.
- Green Ridge: Tom GARRETT, Eulaine WILLIAMS, and Miss Laura DOUDERA attended the ballgame in Salem Wednesday night.
- Green Ridge: Tom GARRETT is working for Frank and Lawrence SULLENS during the reunion.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL were callers in St. Louis recently.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Cleve McWHIRTER are parents of a baby girl born one day last week.
- East Meadow Branch: Harmon LENHART had the misfortune of having 3 horses killed by lightening during the storm early Sunday morning.
- Meadow Branch: Ellis HOWELL of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Pid GARRETT of Kinmundy, and Miss Mabel GARRETT of Wheeling, West Va. called on the C.H. HOWELL family Friday evening.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Carl LAMBIRD have baby boy born Monday weighing 9 1/4 lbs.
- Shanghai Chapel: The new baby in the Jack DISS home has been given the name of Darwin Keith.
- Miss Mabel GARRETT of Wheeling, W. Va. is here visiting her brother and family, the Orville GARRETTs and other relatives and friends.
Aug. 5, 1937:
- John Hanson FRENCH left Kinmundy Friday afternoon on his annual vacation. This year he will go to Yellow Stone National Park to see the sights. If the grizzlies dont happen to catch up with him there, he will travel on to Salt Lake City. If he is successful in evading the Mormon settlement, he will be in Denver Sunday morning where he will stop at the Midland Hotel for a few days. John spent several years in Denver and has several friends there to whom he wishes to pay his respects. From there he will travel southward toward Royal Gorge, viewing the sights and then will be homeward bound. He expects to reach home some time next week and has promised us a canyon as a souvenir.
- Mr. Cecil RAYMOND of Gulf City, but formerly of this city underwent an emergency operation Sunday afternoon for appendicitis in St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham.
- Mrs. Etta VALLOW, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, were near Vera Monday attending the funeral of Mrs. VALLOWs aunt, Mrs. Chas. POLAN. Interment was made in Vandalia Cemetery.
- East Zion: A large crowd gathered at the Roy MULVANY home and helped him celebrate his 54th birthday Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD had with them Sunday, their son-in-law and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. C. BECHELHEIMER of Waterloo, Iowa; Miss Grace ARNOLD, R.N., of Cincinnati, Ohio, Miss Ruby ARNOLD of Rock Island, and Miss Pearl ARNOLD of Olney.
- Brown: Doyle MULVANY and wife are parents of a baby boy named Vearl Leon.
- Swift School: Miss Elizabeth ARNOLD and Miss Cleta GARRETT spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and family visited Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
- Swift School: Norma Jean GARRETT is spending a few days with her aunts, Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Fred KLEISS and daughters, Mildred and Helen, and Martha June HEISTAND called Wednesday on Ray VANDEVEER, who is getting along nicely since his recent accident, but is still confined to bed.
Aug. 12, 1937:
- Mr. Arno SMITH and Miss Elizabeth ARNOLD and Mr. Kenneth ROBB and Miss Cleda GARRETT motored to Vincennes, Ind., yesterday where a double ceremony took place and they were the contracting parties. They returned here in the evening and are leaving today for their home in Sterling, Ill. Mr. SMITH is the son of Mrs. Ida SMITH of this city, and for the past year has been employed in Sterling, Ill. by the Sterling Wire and Machine Co. His bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, living west of this city. Mr. ROBB is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, living west of this city, and has also, for the past year, been employed in Sterling by the Sterling Wire and Machine Co. His bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berthol GARRETT, also living west of this city. Both couples are held in high esteem among the younger social set of this community. The Express joins their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.
- The 32nd annual reunion of the PARRILL family was held Aug. 8 at Bryan Park, Salem, Ill. There were 50 members in attendance. At noon a large table was filled with food for all and was enjoyed by everyone. Especially interesting was the talk by Irwin PARRILL, telling us something of life in the Panama Canal Zone, where he is professor of chemistry and physics. Since a year ago we have 2 new members, Clarence MOWE, husband of Jeanette GRISSOM, and George WELLS, husband of Catherine WISEHEART. 4 of the members were called away by the death angel: Byron SIPLE, Ethel PARRILL BIERY, Bruce VanSANT, and George JONES. Dean PARRILL was elected president and Iris BROWN, secretary for the next year. A list of those traveling from a distance was included.
- 5 negroes, 3 men and 2 women, were instantly killed and 1 negro woman severally injured, when their car smashed into a truck loaded with coal, near Alma, Friday afternoon. The car belonged to and was being driven by a negro dentist of Chicago. The 3 couples were enroute on a vacation trip to Texas. A short distance south of Alma, their car left the pavement and in getting back on, dived into the coal truck which was headed north. The truck was from Marion. There were 2 men riding in the cab of the truck. The driver received a skull fracture while the other occupant escaped unharmed. Both the car and truck were smashed considerably. The injured woman was taken to Salem hospital where she was not expected to live. A good deal of liquor, consisting of beer, whiskey, and gin was salvaged from the car unbroken. This, as well as their luggage, was taken over by the sheriff.
- Perry Leonard NEAVILLE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry NEAVILLE, was injured in a car accident near Shelbyville, Wednesday, and is now in St. Marys Hospital in Decatur, suffering from concussion of the brain. Perry has been visiting in Findlay with his sister, Mrs. Walter MILLER, for the past few days and accompanied a friend of the MILLERs on a business trip to Shelbyville. The friend lost control of the car and smashed into a concrete abuttment, damaging the car considerably and injuring Perry. The driver, a barber from Findlay, was slightly injured.
- Aug. 8, Miss Myrle LONNON was quite surprised when 90 neighbors and friends arrived to spend the afternoon with her. Myrle will be the last of the victims of the Tuscola accident, on June 23, to recover. In another week, Myrle expects to be walking with the help of crutches. All except 4 of those surviving in the accident were present. Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served. A long list of those present was included.
- While returning home from the home of a friend last Friday evening, Miss Nora BRASEL was grabbed by a fellow in front of the Jennie MAHAN home, who accompanied her almost to her home. When asked if she had to pass under a street light, she replied in the affirmative. At that the culprit turned her loose and she ran. A description of the man was given chief of police BORING and while the picture show was going on Monday evening, he found his man. The man was identified by Miss BRASEL and lodged in the city bastile and later taken into custody by the sheriff that night. The man was John MORGAN of Loogootee, who has been helping to load apples on a truck at the YOUNG farm. He is said to be in a rather demented condition and we have not learned of the outcome of the arrest.
- The Linton and Beery ambulance was called Tuesday of last week to take Mrs. Russell CARTER, living southeast of this city, to the Olney hospital for an examination. It was found that she was suffering from an inward cancer and was returned to her home with very little hopes for recovery. Mrs. CARTER died Friday evening, aged 41. Services were held from Brown Church with interment in Phillips Cemetery.
- John GRIFFIN, who has been in ill health for the past few months, died at his home near Brubaker, aged 63. Services were held from the Summit Prairie Baptist Church yesterday and interment in the Church Cemetery. He leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Mag GRIFFIN, and 1 sister, Mrs. Earl FURRY.
- Art COCKRELL, who has been conducting a second hand furniture store here for the past few years, moved his stock of goods to Edgewood, Monday.
- Wayne ROBB, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli ROBB, had the misfortune of falling while running on the streets Sat. evening and cutting quite a gash in his leg. It was necessary to put a couple of clamps on the wound and give him a shot for tetanus.
- We just wonder how many women there are who would have the nerve to hive a swarm of bees? We know of one lady who is not afraid of the task. She is none other than Mrs. Pauline JOHNSON of this city. Just after dinner Sunday, Mrs. JOHNSON carried out her dish water and happened to notice a swarm of bees on the grape arbor. She immediately went back into the house, donned her bee clothes, and proceeded to hive the swarm, which she did very successfully in a very short time. She thought nothing about it as it was just in her line of duty. Her apiary was started a few years ago by her brother, Mr. Lloyd NEIL, but a few months ago, he was called back to Chicago to his old position. The lot of caring for the bees then fell to Mrs. JOHNSON and her son, Neil. Mrs. JOHNSON says she started out this spring with 11 hives but she now has 20.
- Kenneth JASPER, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER, was struck Sunday afternoon by a car driven by Floyd LACEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton LACEY of near Farina, who were accompanying them, receiving a fracture of the skull. It happened near the JASPER home. Mr. LACEY stopped immediately, picked the boy up, and rushed him to a doctor. Both local doctors happened to absent from their offices and he was taken to Farina , where first aid was given, and then taken on the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, where x-rays were taken. The x-rays revealed a slight fracture of the skull and the boy was allowed to return home where he will have to lie in bed for a week or so.
- Green Ridge: Louie DOUDERA is the owner of a Model A Ford.
- Green Ridge: Miss Eulaine WILLIAMS and Mr. Tom GARRETT spent Sunday in St. Louis.
- Green Ridge: Paul and Nelda THOMAS and Tom GARRETT and Eulaine WILLIAMS were in Salem, Thursday night.
- Wilson School: Word was received of the death of one of our neighbors, John GRIFFIN at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mag GRIFFIN, Monday afternoon. He leaves his aged mother, and 1 sister, Mrs. Earl FURRY, besides other relatives and friends.
- Meacham: Mrs. Ellen CARTER died at her home Friday and was buried in Phillips Cemetery Sunday.
- North Fork: C.I. DOOLEN, W.R. DOOLEN and family, and Juanita FEATHER were guests of Bert GARRETT and family Sunday.
- North Fork: Bert GARRETT and daughter, Cleda, and Miss Elizabeth ARNOLD were business visitors in Salem and Centralia last Friday.
- Shanghai Chapel: Frank GARRETT and family of Granite City, and Wes ROBB and wife were Sunday P.M. callers at the Frank JONES home.
- Howard HELM left last week for Chicago where he has accepted a position in the accounting dept. at Montgomery Ward and Co.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Wes BLACK have a baby girl born Saturday night.
- East Zion: A large crowd gathered at the home of Cyrus ARNOLDs and helped him celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary Sunday.
Aug. 19, 1937:
- Joseph Guin VALLOW, son of your editor and wife, ranked second in the State health contest for 4-H Club boys, held last Saturday at the State Fair. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Mr. Eli ROBB, at his suburban home, had the surprise of his life Sunday, when a number of relatives arrived at noon to celebrate his birthday anniversary. It was so well planned he had no inkling of their coming - a complete surprise is all the more enjoyed when it brings with it a happy day with congenial friends. The feast was spread, so bountiful so appetizing. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Otto BECK and little son of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. L.E. GREEN, son and daughter, L.E. Jr. and Miss Madeline; and Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES of Patoka; little Miss Colleen ARNOLD of Breese; Kinmundy guests, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. Elnoe BROWN and daughters, Misses Elnoe BROWN and daughters, Misses Virginia and Kathleen; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHERS and family; Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD; Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES and family; Mr. Emmett JONES and son, Forrest, Mr. Merle JONES and family, and Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN and family.
- GARRETT Reunion: The relatives of 3 families, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, of William and Theodore GARRETT and their sister, Mrs. Talitha JONES, nee GARRETT, met in a family reunion, Sunday, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP. There were fifty-eight present. Had all who are enrolled in this family been present there would have been one hundred and eleven. Happy is the family who can meet in such numbers and enjoy a day of real fellowship. There was the usual feast at noon that such a-coming-together makes possible, the fat of the land. Twas a happy day for all and passed all to soon. In the drawing, the honor of being host and hostess next year, fell to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT. Those present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Dow GREEN, Sterling; Mrs. Lida GARRETT, daughter Pauline, and son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KEITH of Villa Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS, of Chicago, who could not be present, called by phone during the afternoon.
- Chas. METZGER No.1 was spudded Wednesday and was drilled to a depth of 200 feet and the casing was set.
- Mr. N.J. ROBNETT had the misfortune of falling across a timber at the ice plant Monday and injuring himself internally. He was taken to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia Tuesday where it was necessary to perform a minor operation.
- The many friends of Mr. Harry JOHNSON of Salem will be sorry to hear that he has been at the point of death for the past week, but pleased to learn that he is some improved at this time. About 2 weeks ago, he took to his bed with a sore throat. Rheumatism, heart trouble and pneumonia followed.
- Mrs. Jennie BINGAMAN has purchased a home in Neoga and moved her personal effects there yesterday. We are sorry to see Mrs. BINGAMAN leave us.
- Misses Ruth ROHRBOUGH and Mary MINER tell of their Canadian Circle trip.
- Dr. G.P. DOUGHERTY reports the arrival of a dandy baby boy Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN in Foster twp.
- Green Ridge: Green Ridge School will start Aug. 30 with Mrs. Rada GARRETT CALDWELL as teacher.
- Green Ridge: Mr. Noah THOMAS and family attended the GARRETT reunion Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUNLAP in Kinmundy.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD and Mrs. Anna ARNOLD of Alma, called on the Gage BASSETT family Saturday evening. They also called on F.L. DOUDERA, Jr. and daughter, Maryann.
- Mrs. Malissa KATES of St. James came Monday and visited with friends, Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Mrs. Ida SMITH.
- Mrs. Harry KNOLE, son Alfred, and daughters, Mary and Ruth of Indianapolis, Ind. arrived here Friday to visit Mrs. KNOLEs father and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS, Aug. 16, being Mr. WILLIAMS 74th birthday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and family attended the GARRETT Reunion Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. DUNLAP.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Dick ATKINS spent last Wednesday with Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY and family.
- Wilson School: Albert PERRY and family attended the SILLS Reunion at Bryan Park, Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.H. ALLEN came down from Charleston to spend the weekend at home Sunday, accompanied by their sister, Mrs. Lulu YODER. They attended the BASOM family reunion at Bryan Park, Salem.
August 26, 1937:
- 1882-1937: 55 years ago, W.T. WILKINSON and Prudence KENNEDY stood at the alter and made their vows, one to the other "until death do us part." How beautiful! Mr. and Mrs. WILKINSON began their married life on a farm south of town. Here their children was born and reared - each one with his of her coming making life more complete. In later life they moved to Kinmundy and became a part of business, religious and social life. From 2 to 6 oclock was open house, the friends came and went at leisure. During the afternoon, a program was enjoyed arranged by Mrs. Letta HENRICH, who was accompanist. The program was included in the article. The children were all present: B.E. WILKINSON of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. WILKINSON and wife of Centralia; J.R. TELFORD, wife and son, Joe, of Salem; H.B. WILKINSON and family of West Frankfort. Sisters: Mrs. Sadie GILLEN of Santa Monica, Cal.; Mrs. Margaret CREVISTON of Belle Fountain, Ohio; Mrs. Sadie SEE of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Mattie KENNEDY of Hurst. Other relatives and friends from out-of-town who attended were also listed.
- Mr. and Mrs. I.D. INGRAM announce the marriage of their daughter, Helen, to Mr. Clarence DOUGLAS of Karnak. The ceremony was performed in the Marquette Hotel in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Mrs. DOUGLAS is a graduate of Kinmundy High School and of Southern Illinois Normal School and for past 3 years has been employed in the Karnak High School. Mr. DOUGLAS is the son of Mrs. Julia DOUGLAS of Karnak, Ill. He has been connected with the lumber business in Southern Illinois for the past few years. He is also president of the Grand Chain Bank. The couple will make their home in Karnak.
- Roswell James ARNOLD was born on May 23, 1937 in the home of Paul and Myrtle ARNOLD, and died in St. Marys Hospital in Centralia on Aug. 16, 1937. He leaves his parents, 2 sisters, Goldia BAYLIS and Vivian ARNOLD, and 3 brothers, Earl, Dean, and Douglas ARNOLD. One brother, Marvin Dale, preceded him in death in Sept. 1929.
- Announcement has been made of the coming marriage of James LOCKART of Dunsmuir, Cal., and Miss Mildred ROBERTSON of McCloud, Cal. The groom is the nephew of Mrs. W.S. PRUETT of this city, his mother being the former Miss Minnie STEUBER.
- Kinmundy friends have received invitations to the wedding of Miss Helen Esther CARROLL of Greenville, Ill. to Mr. James Austin FINCH, Jr. of Cape Girardeau, Mo. The ceremony will take place Aug. 28 in Cape Girardeau. Miss CARROLL is the youngest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. E.T. CARROLL, a former pastor of the Kinmundy M.E. Church.
- Mrs. Cal LANE entered the Effingham Clinic Saturday for a medical examination. It was found that she was suffering from a kidney ailment and it will be necessary for her to remain in the hospital for awhile.
- Roberta Lee, 11 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John DYER of LaClede, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. BARBEE of this city, died in St. Anthonys hospital Sunday. She had been a victim of whooping cough for several weeks and pneumonia developed. Services were held and interment made in LaClede.
- We are glad to report Mr. Emmett JONES improving from his recent illness. Mr. JONES suffered an attack of indigestion last Friday and for a time was quite ill.
- Kenneth JACKSON and Charles DISS are both convalescing nicely from tonsil operations performed at Effingham Clinic last week.
- Omega: Virgil SEE moved to his farm near Kinmundy last week having sold his business to Mr. EBLIN.
- Green Ridge: Tom GARRETT, Eulaine WILLIAMS, Nelda and Paul THOMAS were in Kinmundy, Friday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Guy SHAFFER were in Salem Thursday where their son, John, and daughter, Wilma, had their tonsils removed at the hospital there. They returned home the following day.
- Pleasant Grove: While Paul JENKINS was doing some repair on the Omega School house Wednesday, his little son, Jackie, fell from the window and broke his arm.
- Meacham: A large circle of relatives and friends met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John BOUSMAN Sunday with well filled baskets and helped this worthy couple celebrate their birthday anniversary, which occurred the past week.
- Meacham: Mrs. F.S. HARRIS called on Mrs. HARRELL Sunday afternoon.
Sept. 2, 1937:
- Dr. J.D. CAMERER died at his home in Glendale, Cal. on Saturday, death being caused by a heart attack. Services were held in Glendale, and the body cremated. The ashes will arrive here soon and will be interred in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. Dr. CAMERER was born on a farm in Edgar County, Ill. on March 28, 1857. In 1873, he moved with his parents to Chrisman. He attended the Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Ind. for 3 years. During his vacation, he staying in his fathers drug store and read medicine. He entered Rush Medical College at Chicago in 1877, and received his diploma as an M.D. in the class of 1880. He came to Kinmundy in May of the same year and formed a partnership with the late Dr. E.G. FORSHEE, which partnership lasted 2 years. He commenced business for himself in 1882. He practiced medicine in Kinmundy until 1917, when he retired and he and his wife moved to Glendale, Cal., where they have since resided. Mrs. CAMERER died March 5, 1937. He leaves 1 son, Dr. Clyde B. CAMERER of the U.S. Navy. At the same time we learned of the death of Dr. CAMERER, we also received a letter from him. (That letter was also included in this edition.)
- The KENNEDY Reunion was held Sunday in the Mt. Vernon Park. The senior members of this family, who hold this reunion annually are: Mrs. Margaret CREVISTON of Bellefontaine, Ohio; Mrs. Sadie GILLEN of Santa Monica, Cal.; Mrs. Prudence WILKINSON of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Effie WINFREE of Nashville, all of whom were present. Others in attendance were nephews, nieces and cousins of these four sisters. 100 sat and partook of the feast at noon.
- Mr. John BORING, our night watchman, had the misfortune of breaking his leg, Tuesday night by jumping off of a truck. ROLLINSONs truck, which was unloading their cargo behind the store late that evening and he was merely lending a helping hand. He jumped from the back end of the truck and a broken leg resulted.
- Harry F. JOHNSON, prominent attorney of Marion County, died at his home in Salem on Monday. He had been ill for the past month, first suffering from streptococcus. Later rheumatism set in and he developed pneumonia. Services were held from the Salem Christian Church with interment in Salem Cemetery. Harry would have celebrated his 42nd birthday Sept. 27. He was born at Mt. Erie, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. JOHNSON. After finishing high school, he attended the University of Chicago a short time. He then engaged in school teaching for 2 terms. He was graduated from the St. Louis University after which he practiced law in St. Louis. In 1928, he moved to Flora, where he practiced law for a year and in 1929, he came to Salem, where he has since resided. He has always been prominent in Republican activities and was serving his third term as chairman of the Marion County Republican Central Committee. He was also attorney for the City of Salem. He was married 3 times: first to Georgia FRESHWATER and later to Harriett BRINKCOETTER, who died April 6, 1936. On June 2 of this year, he married Mrs. Wilma CRAWFORD of Patoka. Surviving are his wife, mother, Mrs. C.E. JOHNSON of Salem, 3 sons, Robert, Mark and Fred, and 1 step-daughter, Sue CRAWFORD. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Omega: Chas. WANTLAND was taken to Centralia Hospital for an x-ray Monday. We have no report on his condition at this time.
- Omega: There was some excitement in Omega Sunday morning when a wrecked car was found in the ditch near the George KNISELY home. It developed that the car had been stolen from Harold HENNE of Iuka. Two of our local boys were arrested and taken to Salem, but one of them was brought home later.
- Green Ridge: Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Roy WILLIAMS that Mr. and Mrs. Claud WILLIAMS of Chicago have a new baby.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mrs. Bertha GASTON has been employed to teach in our school. She will have 2 pupils, 1 a beginner, and the other a 4th grader.
- East Meadow Branch: Our school started Aug. 30 with enrollment of 10, and Mrs. Ruby LINTON as teacher.
- East Meadow Branch: Miss Dorothy McCULLEY visited Sunday afternoon with Miss Alberta JACKSON and called on Miss Irene LIVESAY.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL have returned to Farina where they will reside during the school year. Mr. MONICAL is assistant coach in Farina H.S. Mr. and Mrs. MONICAL have spent the summer with Mrs. MONICALs parents, Mr. and Mrs. John HOLT.
- Pleasant Grove: P.M. ROSE and Chas. WANTLAND were in Salem Saturday. While there, Chas. WANTLAND was taken suddenly ill. He was taken to Dr. PORTERs office where it was discovered he was suffering from kidney stones. After given medical aid, he was removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. Kate RHOTAN.
- South of Town: Denard SPENCER and family attended the PORTER - KELL reunion at Bryan Park Sunday.
- Miss Helen GEORGE returned home Friday from Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, where she had gone for a tonsil and adenoid operation.
- Meacham: Mrs. Susanna JONES and Fred attended the basket dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will WARREN near St. James. It was the 40th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. WARREN, and Mrs. JONES attended the wedding 40 years ago.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER and son, Billie, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Dolph SOLDNER and daughter, Berneice of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON spent Sunday evening with Mr. Wm. SOLDNER helping him celebrate his 75th birthday. Ice cream and cake were served by the daughter, Mrs. Fred COOK.
- We are going to have oil in this neighborhood. Get the Sun Tan suit and be ready. W.W. LOWE.
- Dr. Hugo MILLER reports the following births: A 12 lb. son born to Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS Aug. 29; A baby daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester RUPPLE of Alma Aug. 29; a son at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Al EDWARDS early this morning.
- Mrs. Frank GARRETT and children of Granite City have returned home after a weeks visit with Mrs. GARRETTs father and brother, Mr. Emmett JONES and Forrest.
Sept. 9, 1937:
- The wedding of Miss Helen Esther CARROLL, daughter of Mrs. Addie B. CARROLL, and the late Rev. E.T. CARROLL of Greenville, Ill., and James Austin FINCH, took place at the Centenary Methodist Church at Cape Girardeau, Mo. on Saturday. The groom is a son of former Circuit Judge James A. and Mrs. FINCH of Cape Girardeau. Mrs. FINCH was graduated from the Kinmundy, Ill. high school, and attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Browns Business College, St. Louis. For the past year she has been employed in the Cape Girardeau office of the Public Loan Corporation. The bridegroom was graduated from the University of Missouri and the Law School at that institution. He is associated with his father in the practice of law.
- Mr. Emett H. RUDOLPH died at his home in Sacramento, Cal. on Sept. 3 after a brief illness. Interment were made in East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento. He leaves his wife, Minnie SMITH RUDOLPH and 1 daughter, Mrs. Virginia PIERCE, both of Sacramento. The deceased was born July 31, 1867 in Fayetteville, Ark. Mrs. RUDOLPH will be remembered here as Miss Minnie SMITH, daughter of the late T.M. SMITH.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANY, residing east of this city, are now claiming a record which will be hard to beat. On Saturday, a daughter was born to their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Steve MULVANY. A little less than 8 hours later, while rejoicing over the arrival of his granddaughter, a son made his arrival at their home.
- Miss Alice READNOUR has accepted a position in the Alma public school to teach 7th and 8th grades.
- Policeman John BORING, who is a patient in St. Marys Hospital in Centralia, suffering from a broken leg, is reported to be recovering. He is also a sufferer of diabetes.
- Mrs. Harriet L. KLINE, aged 39, of South Bend, Ind., died in Epworth Hospital. She was ill 3 weeks. Born in Chicago, Aug. 16, 1898, she went to South Bend, 2 years ago from Lewistown, Pa. She was married in Chicago in 1920 to Clark E. KLINE, who survives. Others surviving are her mother: Mrs. Edith CADWALLANDER of Lakeside, Ohio, and a daughter, Barbara. Interment will take place in Delaware, Ohio. Clark KLINE will be remembered here by many of the older citizens, being the son of the late Joseph KLINE and Mrs. Martha KLINE KENNEDY, who is now residing with her daughter at Hurst, Ill.
- Mrs. Fred BISEL was taken to Salem Hospital Sunday in the Walters ambulance, where she was operated on for strangulated hernia.
- Sept. 4 occurred the marriage of Miss Alice BASS of Bloomington, Ill. and Mr. Lee MILLER of Shirley, Ill., at the parsonage of the Methodist Church in Williamsport, Ind. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond BASS of Bloomington, brother and sister-in-law of the bride. The bride is the second oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John BASS of Bloomington, Ill., but formerly of Kinmundy. The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper MILLER of Shirley, Ill. He is employed by Williams Oilomatic Corp. of Bloomington. The couple will reside in Shirley, Ill.
- Miss Nora YOUNKIN received the news Monday of the death of Harold FANNON of Fairfield, youngest son of the late Rev. F.O. FANNON, who was so well known to the citizens of Kinmundy, he having served the Christian Church here as pastor for several years.
- The Misses SCAWTHON received a wire Monday from Mr. N.A. RICE of Hammon, Okla., announcing the death of his son, Chauncey, that morning. The burial was in Hammon. Chaunceys many Kinmundy friends were shocked to learn of his death. He had prospered in his chosen home in Cheyenne, Okla., and was the proprietor of a large mercantile business. He leaves a wife and children, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. N.A. RICE; a sister, Mrs. Helen RICE PARKS; and an adopted sister, Ruby Jo.
- Wilson School: A nice crowd attended the ice cream supper at Pleasant Grove Church Saturday evening.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. H.H. HOWELL, Shirley Jean, Mr. Merle BAYLIS, O.M. BASS, and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BAYLIS attended the BASS Reunion at Bryan Park in Salem Sunday.
- Russell WILLIAMS and Frederic SEE left Sunday for Detroit, Mich., where they expect to find employment.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER and Billie, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred COOK attended the annual SOLDNER Reunion held in Marion, Ill. on Sunday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Steve MULVANY have a little daughter born Friday night.
- North Fork: On Sept. 4, 1937, at the Methodist Church in Patoka, Miss Alta COX and Mr. Otho BASSETT were married. Several were in attendance at the wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES were the attendants. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT. On Saturday night, a charivari and kitchen shower was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT, and on Sunday a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX. The couple will reside in Mt. Vernon where the groom has employment.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB of Sterling, spent Sunday night and Monday with her parents, the Bert GARRETTs.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Carl HEADLEY and daughter, Donna, of Lansing, Mich., have been spending their vacation with their parents, the Win HEADLEYs and the Bert GARRETTs.
- North Fork: Jack GARRETT has gone to Sterling to visit his sister, Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, and to seek employment.
- Pleasant Grove: Several of our boys and girls started in school Tuesday - Paul, David and Wilma SHAFFER, James SIPES, Phillip GRIFFIN, and Walter HEISTAND started at Salem; Darrell and Kenneth SHANAFELT at Kinmundy. Martha June HEISTAND entered Browns Business College at Centralia, and Marion SIPES at S.I.N.U. at Carbondale.
- Brown: Gus HANKS and wife, Lonnie and Fred MULVANY and families attended the HARRELL Reunion at Bethel Church Sunday.
- The Seth PARKER Club, made up of members of the Methodist Church, and all the immediate family of Mrs. N.A. RICE met to celebrate her birthday Aug. 13. (Taken from the Hammon, Oklahoma Advocate.) The program was also listed.
- The 5th annual MATTHEWS Reunion was held at Bryan Park Sept. 5, 1937. A bountiful dinner was spread, picnic style, in the shade of the trees. The afternoon was spent in social conversation until we were reminded that a business meeting had to be held which was conducted by President, Walter MATTHEWS. The following officers were elected: President, A.J. JACKSON; Vice President, Mrs. Mae HUNTINGTON; Secretary, Mrs. Myrtle SULLIVAN; Treasurer, Mrs. Hulda DUNLAP. We were happy to have with us our oldest member, Mr. J.H. JACKSON.
- The BRASEL Reunion was held in the Park in Mt. Vernon on Aug. 15 with 54 present. The usual chicken dinner with all of the trimmings were enjoyed. After the election of officers, various committees were appointed and a nice program was arranged. Attending from Kinmundy and vicinity were: Mr. and Mrs. Norman BLACKBURN, Mr. and Mrs. Harry BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Albert BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mr. and Mrs. Albert BRASEL, and son, Leslie, Mrs. Nora VAUGHN, Mr. Burdette BRASEL, son and daughter.
- The 9th annual Reunion of the BROWN families was held Sept. 5, 1937 in Bryan Memorial Park. The day was ideal for this family outing, although attendance was not as great as usual. An excellent dinner was enjoyed at noon, and the same officers were reelected in the afternoon.
- The 8th annual BASS Reunion was held in Bryan Memorial Park in Salem on Sept. 5. Fifty relatives and friends from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois gathered by noon with well filled baskets. After dinner the following officers were elected: John BASS of Bloomington, President; C.H. CLAYTON of Oconee, Vice President; Raymond BASS of Bloomington, Secretary. The oldest member present was W.G. CANFIELD of St. Louis, and the youngest was Kenneth Herbert BROOKS, 11 months old of Des Moines, Iowa.
- Mrs. L.B. OLSON of Chicago was here Sunday, a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD.
- The ROBB Reunion is held each year on the Sunday before Labor Day. 100 relatives sat down to dinner to a table loaded with good things to eat, prepared by these thrifty housewives. The reunion was held at Bryan Memorial Park at Salem. A list of those attending from outside of the Kinmundy vicinity were listed. The oldest member present was Mrs. Jennie ROBB MAHAN of Kinmundy, and the youngest, Larry ROBB, of Lansing, Mich.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BECHTELHEIMER of Waterloo, Iowa have been here visiting Mrs. BECHTELHEIMERs parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD.
Sept. 16, 1937:
- Carter Oil Companys Chas. METZGER No. 1 is no more. The hole has been abandoned as a dry well. Sulphur water was struck at a depth of 3,671 feet, and the officials of the company saw fit to cease operations. The hole was sealed yesterday and the work of tearing down the machinery has started.
- Last Tuesday, Mr. James. M. (Poke) WILLIAMS reached his 90th milestone. He celebrated the occasion in a very quiet manner at home. He was happy to have with him his children, Gertrude, Bert and Mrs. William CUTLER. His daughters prepared the birthday dinner. Mr. WILLIAMS is enjoying fairly good health and says that he sees no reason why he shouldnt reach the century mark.
- A very appropriate and fitting memorial service arranged by W.S. PRUETT was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday for Dr. J.D. CAMERER, later of Glendale, Cal., formerly of Kinmundy. A tribute about his life was written by Mrs. Caroline TYSON nee SCHERMERHORN, and daughters.
- Supervisor C.G. JACKSON was called Saturday to quarantine the Fred COOK family, living in the northeast part of township for poliomyelitis. This is a form of infantile paralysis. Mr. Fred COOK is a sufferer of this disease. He is 51 years of age. There are several cases of this disease thru out the state, especially in Chicago, but this is the first one reported in this vicinity.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT returned home Saturday night from Chicago, where she had been visiting her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS, for several days.
- Dwight HANNA, who is taking a medical course at Northwestern University, returned to Chicago Monday, after a visit here with his father, Dr. HANNA and family.
- Pleasant Grove: Charles WANTLAND, Will SHAFFER, Geo. LONNON, Fred MULVANY, Francis SIPES, Erwin HAYS, Johnnie BAKER and Al WHITE did some much needed work on telephone line Friday and some new wire was put up. We can now ring Omega again.
- North Fork: Mrs. Ruby GARRETT and babe, and Mrs. Irma HEADLEY and daughter spent last Friday afternoon with Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY and Irene, and Mrs. Mamie BASSETT and daughter.
- North Fork: B.O. GARRETT was a business visitor in Salem Tuesday.
- North Fork: Carl HEADLEY, wife and daughter have returned to their home in Lansing, Mich. After a 2 weeks vacation here with their parents.
- Swift: School opened Sept. 6 with Mr. Lewis EVANS as teacher. There are 22 pupils enrolled.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were in Vandalia, Thursday attending the "Old Settlers" Day program.
Sept. 23, 1937:
- First Annual HOLT Reunion Held: The first annual HOLT Reunion was held Sunday, Sept. 19, in the City Park in Kinmundy with 145 being present to participate in the activities of the day. All came with well filled baskets of chicken, salads, pies, cakes, etc. The day was spent visiting and renewing acquaintances. A business session was held and officers elected for the ensuing year. The officers are: Henry JONES, Pres.; Roy MEADOR, V. Pres.; Raymond ATKINS, Secy. It was voted to hold the reunion next year on the last Sunday in August in the Kinmundy Park. Mrs. Margaret DOOLEN, 82, of Vernon, was the eldest member present, while little Jo SIMCOX, 2, of Patoka, was the youngest. Those attending this reunion included: Mrs. Emma EAGAN and daughter, Pearl, Mr. and Mrs. Tom COX and family, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe HOPKINS, Mrs. Gilla HOPKINS, Mrs. Clark SIMCOX and daughter, Mrs. Elmer KENNEY, of Patoka; Mrs. Margaret DOOLEN, Mrs. George JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred LAWRENCE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE, of Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Roy MEADOR, of Kenney; Mr. and Mrs. Tony MOTCH and daughter, of Chicago; Mrs. Lucinda VICK, Mounds; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BRADEN, Maroa; Mr. and Mrs. Ed ZINDLE and family, Moweaqua; Mr. and Mrs. George EHRAT and sons, Mr. Dale MEADOR, Shobonier; Mrs. Stella ARNOLD, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Will HARKEY, St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Orville WINDERS and family, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and family, Granite City; Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONICAL, Farina; Mr. Edson EAGAN and daughter, of Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Abbie COX and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. John WILSON and daughter, Mr. Andy EAGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Dick ATKINS and son, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. COLE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and son, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. ROLLINSON, Mr. and Mrs. John HOLT, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin DOOLEN, Mrs. Ira MORRIS, Mrs. Vera BASSETT and son, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Ray GEORGE and family, Mrs. Myron HAMMER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Eli ROBB and son, Miss Maxine GEORGE, Mr. James EAGAN, Miss Sarah EAGAN, Miss Mary EAGAN, and Miss Helen ROBB, Mr. C.I. DOOLEN, Mrs. Icy GARRETT, Mrs. Francis LOWE, Mrs. Dosh INMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Otho BASSETT, Mrs. Jesse JONES and children, Mr. Emmett JONES and son, Forrest, Mr. and Mrs. Henry JONES and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROBB and daughter, of this city.
- The WIGGINS well was down to a depth of 2475 feet on Tuesday evening. We have been told that the present drilling contract calls for 2510 feet.
- Mr. and Mrs. P.F. ROBNETT and daughter, Helen, spent Saturday and Sunday in Olney where Helen underwent a tonsillotomy Saturday. Junior GREEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. GREEN, and Joan MULVANY, granddaughter of Mrs. Louisa MULVANY, both underwent a tonsillotomy in Vandalia Saturday.
- On last Wednesday evening Sept. 15, The Community Birthday Circle gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON to help them celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. A nice program was rendered. Readings, musical game and a mock wedding was performed with Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON as the minister. Ice cream and cake were served.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON have a baby girl born Tuesday in Salem Hospital where Mrs. JOHNSON had a Caesarean operation.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. George COLE and daughter, attended the HOLT Reunion at Kinmundy Park Sunday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BUTTS celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday. A large crowd of relatives and friends came with well filled baskets and a fine dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. More than 100 ate dinner with them and several called in the afternoon.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON spent Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Frank HARRIS.
- Meacham: Word was received here of the death of Mr. Will WILKINSON of Champaign. Mr. and Mrs. Denver WILKINSON, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WILKINSON, Mrs. Susanna JONES, and Fred, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest JONES attended the funeral services Friday. Mr. WILKINSON died suddenly while at his work.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Byron FOGERSON, and Mr. Paul WILKINSON attended the ROBERTS Reunion in Salem Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Erwin HAYS, wife and sister, Marie, and Myrl LONNON attended a party at the Gale BOSTON home in Salem Wednesday, given in honor of Gales and Erwins birthday.
- North Fork: Several from here attended the chicken supper at ARNOLD Chapel last Wednesday night.
- East Zion: There was no school at Arnold Chapel Monday on account of the death of the School Teachers baby.
Sept. 30, 1937:
- The town of Cheyenne, Oklahoma suffered a great loss when C.V. RICE, prominent merchant and businessman died Monday morning at his residence in Cheyenne. Mr. RICE had been in poor health for a number of years and suffered a severe heart attack last May. On Aug. 23, he had another severe attack. Chauncey V. RICE was born at DuQuoin, Ill. on March 9, 1894, and died Sept. 6, 1937 at Cheyenne, Wyo. In 1911, he came with his parents to Hammon, Okla. He finished high school at Elk City in 1913. In 1916 he married Miss Muriel DUGGER of Hammon. They had 4 children: Helen Marie, Nellie Carol, James Arthur, and Chauncey V., Jr. In 1924, Mr. RICE moved to Cheyenne and engaged in business there, and at the time of his death, was owner of the RICE Department Store. Services were held in the Methodist Church in Cheyenne, with interment in Hammon Cemetery.
- In Memoriam of John WEISS, who died Oct. 3, 1936.
- Green Ridge: Mrs. Rada CALDWELL entertained her pupils Friday evening serving watermelon and candy.
- Green Ridge: Miss Betty BENDER spent Sunday with her aunt, Mrs. Rada CALDWELL.
- Green Ridge: Misses Josephine, Laura, and Kathryn DOUDERA, Eulaine WILLIAMS, and Tom GARRETT were Centralia callers Saturday night.
- Meacham: Grandpa LAMBKIN was found dead Monday evening in the yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John SHORT with whom he made his home.
- Meacham: Martin HASSEBROCK and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Ed HARRELL Sunday evening.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB called on the Cecil SHREFFLER family Sunday night.
- Pleasant Grove: Phillip and John GRIFFIN attended Sunday School at Pleasant Grove Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Halice LEWIS and wife are parents of a baby born Sept. 25.
- Wilson School: Mrs. Henrietta RINKLE of Farina came Wednesday for a visit at the Marion SHUFELDT home on Friday night. She fell off the porch, suffering a broken rib and ankle.
- Dr. DOUGHERTY reports the following births: a boy, Russell Dwight, to Mr. and Mrs. Hugo WAGGONER; and also a boy, Robert Leon, to Mr. and Mrs. Halice LEWIS, both babies being born Sept. 25.
- Mr. August JASPER and daughter, Mrs. Louie SIGRIST, were 2 of 30,000 who attended the convention of the Jehovah Witnesses at Ohio State Fairgrounds the week of Sept. 6. Mrs. SIGRIST returned home Monday to attend the funeral of her father-in-law, Gus SIGRIST, while Mr. JASPER remained another day.
Oct. 7, 1937:
- Mrs. Fannie LOWE returned home Thursday from Vernon where she had been invited to spend a week with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Isham DOOLEN. It is an annual invitation that is extended Mrs. LOWE that she might celebrate her birthday in Mrs. DOOLENs home. This was Mrs. LOWEs 82nd birthday, and the birthday dinner was served the 29th by the daughter of the home, Miss Dot DOOLEN. Another guest at the birthday dinner was Mrs. Emeline MASSEY (a sister to Mr. J.T. ARNOLD of this city), who was celebrating her 88th birthday. The picture of both ladies appeared in a recent issue of the Centralia Sentinel. Mrs. LOWEs great-grandson, Robert Dale DARDEN, who is the United States Navy and recently returned from months in Spain, in a birthday letter to his grandmother, sent her greeting which was included.
- Fire, believed to have started by defective wiring in the C.D. MARTIN general store, wiped out half of the Patoka business district Sunday morning, endangering 2 large oil wells located nearby and causing damage estimated at $60,000. With only limited water supplies, fire departments from Vandalia, Centralia, and Salem battled the flames for more than 4 hours before bringing the fire under control. In addition to the Martin store which was a total loss, including a stock of merchandise valued at more than $20,000, the Patoka State Bank and the W.E. FIELDS barber shop were leveled by the fire which threatened to wipe out the entire business district west of the railroad tracks because of the lack of water or equipment to fight fire. While making his usual rounds, night watchman, Allie VERNSMAN noticed the blaze in the MARTIN Store and turned in an alarm which brought out several hundred residents of the village who started to fight the fire with a bucket brigade.
- Bovine tuberculosis tests completed in Lawrence and Marion counties show only 6 reactors in the 29, 226 cattle tested. This is a marked decrease.
- The Farina Chapter, Order Eastern Star, celebrated their 50th Thursday evening.
- Pleasant Grove: Guy SHAFFER purchased the little Austin car of Roger MONICAL recently for Paul, David, and Wilma to drive to school.
- Meacham: Mrs. Olga WEISS is enjoying a new radio, a gift from her son, John. The Raymond SOLDNERs are also the proud owners of a new radio.
- Green Ridge: Misses Laura DOUDERA and Eulaine WILLIAMS and Tom GARRETT are visiting friends and relatives in Chicago this week.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Mary SLOVICK has received word of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. A.C. WALTERS of Needles, Cal., formerly Miss Julia SLOVICK.
Oct. 14, 1937:
- Last Thursday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar YUND and children, Addie, Leola, Dickie, Jimmy, and Phyllis (Mrs. Theodore SIGRIST) and son Carroll Dean, started out for a weeks trip in the Missouri Ozarks. That same evening, near Penton, Mo., they met with a bad accident which sent Mrs. YUND to the hospital and the rest of the family some mean cuts and bruises. Mr. YUND attempted to pass a truck. He did not notice he was going up a small hill, but soon found it out. Just as he was about to pass the truck, another car appeared from the other side of the hill. Mr. YUND took the earthen shoulder and so did the other car when they met. The right front ends of both cars were considerably damaged. Mrs. YUND was hurt worse than any of the others. She was thrown against the top of the car and a mean gash cut in her scalp, also a gash in her eye lid and nose.
- Combined age of 328 years: In the Centralia Sentinel of Oct. 11, appears the picture of Mr. J.T. ARNOLDs sisters, Mrs. Emily MASSEY of Vernon, who is 88 years of age, Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLEN, 83, of Kinmundy, Mrs. Rose DOOLEN, 75, of Vernon, whose combined age is 246 years. The picture of Mrs. Elizabeth DOOLENs sister-in-law, Mrs. Fannie LOWE, of Kinmundy, whose picture also appears, she being one of the birthday celebrants at this time, brings the combined age of this group to 328 years. To judge from the picture of these ladies, they are in line to celebrate many more happy birthday anniversaries. We congratulate them.
- Word has reached here of the passing of Mrs. Loren SPURLIN of Vandalia Wednesday at Mark Greer Hospital, death following a Caesarian operation performed Monday. The baby son survives. Services will be held in Vandalia and interment will be made in that city. Loren is a former Kinmundy boy.
- 26 were entertained to a pot luck dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. JACKSON on Oct. 7. This dinner was given in honor of the 82nd birthday of Mr. J.H. JACKSON. He enjoyed the day reminiscing with his 2 brothers, children and relatives. The following relatives were present: Mr. and Mrs. George GILLEY and daughter Janey of Iola; Mr. and Mrs. Ruben GILLEY; Mrs. Loyd GILLEY of Mrs. CREEK of Fairman; Mr. Francis ALEXANDER of Alton; Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER and daughters, Joan and Jean, and son, Jimmie, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. JACKSON and daughters, Helen and Peggy, and son, Kenneth, Mr. Emery JACKSON and Mr. Grover BAILEY of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer RAY of Champaign.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.C. ROHRBOUGH celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Oct. 5, 7:30 to 10:30. The invitation to the reception had been to all their friends, no individual invitation had been sent out. This was a lovely home affair. Among those present were 2 who had attended their wedding 50 years ago - Mrs. John H. NELMS (nee Allie PORTER) bridesmaid, and Miss Ida RUTHERFORD. The guests Tuesday evening were received by the daughter, Miss Helen, and nieces, Miss Ruth ROHRBOUGH, nieces, Miss Katherine WORMLEY and Miss Virginia ROHRBOUGH, poured. Miss Elsie, eldest daughter of the home, was prevented from being present on this happy occasion. She is one of the staff of instructors at the Utah University at Salt Lake City.
- James BOUGHERS was pleasantly surprised Oct. 10, 1937, it being his 76th birthday, by relatives and friends coming at the noon-hour with well filled baskets of fried chicken and all the trimmings. Those present were his sister, Mrs. Josie SMITH of Fairbury, Ill.; his nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. C.O. SMITH of Mattoon, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. W.A. BRUCE and Mrs. D.M. STODDARD of Windsor, Ill.
- Mrs. Bessie WHITE left Oct. 6, for Chicago to attend the Golden Wedding reception of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. BRANDT, which took place Oct. 9th.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Mark ARNOLD, Misses Eulaine WILLIAMS, and Nelda THOMAS and Tom GARRETT visited the State Farm Sunday.
- East Zion: Mr. Donald HERRING and Miss Mildred McNICHOL were married in Indiana on Oct. 2. They were given a rousing charivari and kitchen shower Saturday night. They will reside in Peoria where the groom has employment.
- East Zion: Mrs. Beulah JARRETT of Vernon, has been hanging paper for Mrs. James BASSETT.
- Pleasant Grove: Claude HEISTAND and wife purchased a new radio in Centralia last Saturday.
- Dr. G.P. DOUGHERTY reports to us the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald MARLOW on Oct. 9.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Lila Pauline visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George LENHART.
Oct. 21, 1937:
- Mr. and Mrs. S.B. PARRILL celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Oct. 17, at their home. The celebration of this silver anniversary was for the immediate family, including no other guests. Before leaving the dinner table, Master Ray Eugene WISEHEART, the youngest member of the party, in an impromptu and childish charm, presented the silver gifts from members of the family. Mr. and Mrs. PARRILL live in the PARRILL homestead and the members of the family gathered in the home of yesteryear. The anniversary party included: Mr. Harrison WISEHEART and family of Iola - Mrs. WISEHEART was in Chicago at this time; Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPECKER, Mr. and Mrs. Harold SPECKER, of Brownstown; Mr. and Mrs. G.R. WELLS of Farina; and Misses Luella and Evangeline PARRILL of Kinmundy. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. GUNTHORP were unable to be present, Mr. GUNTHORP on a years leave of absence from Lane Technical School of Chicago, is taking special work in the University of South Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd PARRILL also unable to be present, sent greetings from their home at Hammond, Ill.
- Our local cheese factory has been moved to Hoffman by its owner, Mr. Lenard LEWIN. The supply of milk became so short that it was a losing proposition. We are very sorry to see this because it meant a great deal to some of the farmers and would have meant a lot to more of the farmers had they had the cows to milk. But on account of the shortage of feed last winter, the farmers were forced to sell off several of their cows. This winter, they will have plenty of feed, but no cows.
- Kenneth WILKINSON, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WILKINSON, was taken to the Effingham Clinic last Friday from Decatur, suffering from a ruptured appendix. He had been in Decatur, where he had employment. He suffered previous attacks but was able to overcome them without much difficulty, and thought he could do the same with this one. The last reports we have are to the effect that the doctors did not see fit to operate on account of the infection and he has been in a very serious condition.
- Green Ridge: Mr. F.L. DOUDERA, Jr. and family spent Sunday with Mr. Forrest WILLIAMS and family celebrating Mrs. DOUDERAs and Mrs. WILLIAMs birthdays. Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS of Alma was also a guest.
- Wilson School: Chester KLINE and family attended an October birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Geo. LONNON was taken to Centralia Hospital Thursday where she underwent an operation for appendicitis.
- Pleasant Grove: Some family here attended the kitchen shower of Mr. and Mrs. Dan HEISTAND Saturday night at the home of her aunt, Miss Jessie LONG.
- East Zion: Mr. John GREEN of Farina, died Sunday at the family home. His wife, formerly Miss Josie JONES, was from this vicinity. Services were held in Farina.
- Howard HELM, who has employment in Chicago, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. HELM. Howard is attending night school at Northwestern University.
- Shanghai Chapel: The baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOYD has infantile paralysis. Their home has ben under quarantine the past week.
Oct. 28, 1937:
- Frank D. HARWOOD, died at his home in Greenville, Ill. on Oct. 21. Interment was in Carlyle Cemetery. He had been ill for several weeks. 2 daughters, Misses Roberta and Millicent HARWOOD, survive. Mr. HARWOOD will be remembered by Kinmundy people as having been Superintendent of our Public School for 2 years, 1910-1912. He followed, in the school, Mr. L. BABCOCK, and was succeeded by E.V. LATHAM.
- Margaret Elizabeth HILTON was born Nov. 15, 1918 in Vandalia, Ill., and died at the Mark Greer Hospital at Vandalia on Oct. 13, 1937. The second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert HILTON, she lived all her life in Vandalia and attended Vandalia High School 3 years. She was a member of the Christian Church, and married Loren SPURLIN on Feb. 8, 1936. They were making their home in Vandalia. At the age of 5 years, she was taken into the home of her sister, Mrs. Ida TURNEY, and lived there until her marriage. She leaves, besides her husband and son, Frederick William, aged 5 days, her father and mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Services were held from the Christian Church in Vandalia with interment in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia.
- Annual Express Party Enjoyed in the Editorial Mansion Saturday Evening: A party was given in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, Saturday evening for the office force and correspondents of The Kinmundy Express. This is an annual affair to which all the members of the force and the correspondents look forward. A delicious supper was served to 21 guests. A talk was given by Editor and Mrs. Don PAUSCHERT of the Pana News. An impromptu musical program was also given.
- The ANDERSON well down on the WILSON farm south of Alma, is still going down. On Tuesday they were down to a depth of 857 feet. We understand that drill operations have been resumed on the Harry NICHOLS well in Meacham twp.
- The Rainbow Division of the Methodist Aid Society will celebrate Mrs. Elizabeth LANGDELLs birthday Friday at her home, a pot luck luncheon at noon.
- A 7 lb. girl was born to Mrs. Wilma Eileen WHITNEY BEARD and Frank Evans BEARD on Oct. 25. This is their second child.
- Omega: Mr. and Mrs. See MILLICAN and Mr. and Mrs. Russell BAKER attended church at Pleasant Grove Sunday night.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB entertained the Busy Bee Club Wednesday, Oct. 13. This was the first meeting of the year. Ten members and guests were present.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB and Mildred were Centralia visitors Thursday.
- Shanghai Chapel: The condition of Mr. J.E. WILLIAMS who has been suffering with cancer for the past 2 years, isnt so good at this time.
- The house on the TSCHUDI farm better known as the James RENNIE farm and just vacated by Ed GREGORY was burned to the ground early Monday morning.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mr. and Mrs. E.H. GRAY attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Nobel NEEPER, in Farina Thursday.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. LENHART and Mrs. Caddie PATTERSON visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Pauline. They were accompanied home by Pauline, who spent the night with her grandparents.
- East Zion: This community was saddened to hear of the death of Marion SMITH of Patoka.
- East Zion: Hobart ARNOLD and family are moving to the Cephus ADAMS place west of Patoka.
- Pleasant Grove: Those from Alma who attended church here Sunday besides our pastor, Rev. MOTZER and family, were Mr. and Mrs. Will EAGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel SHREFFLER, Mrs. Stella LASWELL, and Mrs. SLAGLEY.
- Pleasant Grove: Come out to church. You are missing some good sermons. Rev. FISH of near Centralia is assisting Rev. MOTZER with the meeting.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH of Sterling, came last Thursday night to spend a few days with their parents. Kenneth returned Sunday while the remainder of the party are spending the week here.
- North Fork: Jack GARRETT has returned home. He has had employment in Northern Illinois.
- North Fork: Several from here attended the kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB at the Mack ROBB home Saturday night.
- Meacham: Mesdames BALKE, HARRELL, CRANE, HARRIS, E.W. SOLDNER, and DILLON motored to Farina Monday afternoon and were guests of Mrs. Leta BLYTHE in her beautiful new home equipped with modern appliances.
- Meacham: Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. CAMPBELL, Mr. and Mrs. Dave COURSON, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur COURSON and babe, and Mrs. Susanna JONES went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira MERRITT and helped Ira and his mother, Mrs. Anna MERRITT, celebrate their birthdays which occurred during the past week.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Cy FITZGERALD have a baby boy born Friday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON called on Mr. and Mrs. F.S. HARRIS Sunday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Aires CONANT were in Farina Wednesday attending the funeral of Mr. CONANTs sister, Mrs. Noble NEEPER.
Nov. 4, 1937:
- Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mr. Charles GRAY, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry GRAY, and Miss Dorothy LEMAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aldred LEMAY. The ceremony was performed in St. Louis on Oct. 30, 1937 in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY, also of this city, and intimate friends of the couple. Immediately after the ceremony, the happy couple left for Kankakee, where the groom had a furnished apartment awaiting his bride and at which place he has employment with the I.C.R.R. Co.
- The members of the Rainbow Division of the Methodist Aid Society met with Mrs. Elizabeth LANGDELL Friday, to celebrate her 88th birthday. A few weeks ago, the members of the Rainbow Division lunched with Mrs. Elizabeth DUNLAP, a gesture of friendly farewell. Mrs. DUNLAP will be missed in church activities while spending the winter in Chicago with her daughter, Mrs. Helen JASPER. Mrs. DUNLAP will celebrate her 90th birthday, Nov. 11.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Harry BURGE and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Harry BURGE and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Eli ROBB and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ren WAINSCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE and son, Bill, were entertained at dinner last Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. ROLLINSON. This was a surprise affair planned in honor of Bills birthday.
- Cora BARBEE CLARK, daughter of Jefferson David and Eliza GRAY BARBEE was born in Kinmundy on March 28, 1897. She was the 7th child of a family of 8, being preceded in death by 2 sisters, Clara, who died in infancy, and Altha, who died Feb. 2, 1915. Cora attended the rural schools of this vicinity and after her parents moved from the rural district to this city, she enrolled in Kinmundy High School. She was forced to discontinue her studies at an early age, due to ill health. She became a member of the M.E. Church South, and later transferred to membership to the M.E. Church and here it is retained. On Nov. 21, 1928, in Danville, occurred her marriage to Mr. William D. CLARK, of Chicago, and they established a home in Danville. They had 2 children, Billy, now 7, and Helen Louise, 3 months. Mrs. CLARK died Nov. 1, 1937 at Outlook Sanitarium in Urbana. Surviving are her husband, son and infant daughter; her aged parents; 3 brothers, C.H. and J.A. BARBEE of Champaign; and Floyd BARBEE of Centralia; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Herman SCHNEIDER of this city, and Mrs. John N. DYER of LaClede. Services were held from the Christian Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Kinmundy Duke, an English setter dog owned by Mr. J.R. MAHAN, again won first place yesterday in the Centralia Field Trial. Duke has the record of placing 5 times out of 7 starts in Amateur Trials.
- Messrs. Howard, Lowell, and Orville DISS, Mrs. Chas. BLOMBERG and Miss Beulah DISS returned Tuesday night from a visit in Hooper, Colo. with their brother, Marlin DISS and family. This was a happy reunion as the family had not all been together for 5 years. On Sunday they enjoyed a turkey with all the trimmings in honor of Marlins birthday. They also enjoyed a trip to the Great Sand Dunes. Mr. Russell E. DISS, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin DISS, accompanied the party here for a visit with relatives.
- The parade Saturday evening was a success with about 200 participants. All those in the parade received a candy bar. The judges were Mrs. Tom KELLY, Mrs. James SNOW, and Mrs. Louis MENAPACE. These ladies are temporarily domiciled in this city during the construction of the Kinmundy-Louisville Road. Following is the list of prize winners:
Raggedy Man - Junior VANSCYOC
Witch - Zola ROBNETT
Fat Man - Pleasant ROBNETT, Jr., first; Suddie SATTLER, second
Negro - Nancy LOWE, first; Charles PARKER, second
Red Ride Hood - Helen ROBNETT
Clown - Noah EAGAN, first; Dolorus REED, second; Xon HANNA, third
Ghost - Annette VALLOW
Indian - Jimmy ALEXANDER, first; Agnes LANSFORD, second
Boy dressed as Girl - Jimmy ROBNETT
Most Comical Character - George BARGH, Jr.
Gypsy - Marilyn MILLER, first; Betty BARCROFT, second
Cow Boy - Richard MAULDING, first; Darrell KLINE, second
Best Masked not listed above - Opal EAGAN.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.M. FISHER entertained Mr. FISHERs sisters and their families: Mr. and Mrs. Edward JONES of Orlando, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. COCKRELL and Mrs. Laura GRESHAM and son, Billie of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. John MAHAN and daughter, Mary Ann, of Centralia.
- The fire bell tolled a few taps yesterday morning to let the citizens know that the "Transient Hotel" was on fire. It was a roof fire and one bucket of water extinguished the flames. This hotel, as we call it, served as the City bastile many years ago. Since the building of the present jail, the city has maintained this building to accommodate the weary knights of the road on cold nights. The building was occupied at the time of the fire.
- Brown: Robert BEARD and wife announce the arrival of a baby boy.
- Swift School: Several from this neighborhood attended the kitchen shower for Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH at the Guy ARNOLD home Saturday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT motored to Urbana Saturday, to meet Mr. GARRETTs brother, Mr. James GARRETT of Cranford, N.J., who had come to the homecoming of his Alma Mater, University of Illinois. Mr. James GARRETT couldnt take the time to visit Kinmundy, hence the meeting of the brothers in Urbana.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT and Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE called on Mrs. H.L. HANNA Thursday.
- The funeral of Mr. Frank JONES sister, Mrs. Aerwine WILLETT, occurred Sunday at Kaskaskia Church.
- Meacham: Mrs. Edwin HARRELL was hostess to the regular meeting of the Community Birthday Circle on Thursday with all members present. The hostess had a comfort partly made and we finished it, put it in the frames, and tacked it before noon. Also pieced on 2 quilts. At the noon hour, a very fine chicken dinner was served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Dora HEICHER. The afternoon was spent in binding the comfort and piecing on the quilts. Current events were enjoyed at the business hour. At parting time, all wished for many more happy gatherings with Mr. and Mrs. HARRELL in their beautiful home.
- Meacham: Sunday being the birthday of Mrs. Frank BURKETT, about 45 neighbors and friends surprised her on Saturday evening at her home. Cake and coffee were served.
- Pleasant Grove: We were glad to have several from the different churches out to meeting Sunday night. We were also glad to have Mrs. Jessie VALLOW of Kinmundy with us on Wednesday night. She furnished some special numbers, which were very much enjoyed. Come again.
- East Zion: A large crowd attended the kitchen shower at the Guy ARNOLD home Saturday night for their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH. The received many nice gifts. Candy, popcorn, apples and cigars were served. Mr. and Mrs. SMITH returned Sunday to their home in Sterling where he has employment.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Jim OSBORNE spent Friday at the Jim BASSETT home and helped them move into their new home.
- East Zion: Mr. Jack GARRETT and Dresden HEADLEY passed thru East Zion Friday night.
- East Zion: Were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Sarah WILLETT of Stringtown, which occurred Friday.
- Greenridge: Mr. and Mrs. Paul CALDWELL spent Sunday with his folks, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar CALDWELL.
- Greenridge: Miss Alice SHORT called on Mrs. Rada CALDWELL Saturday.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and daughter, Irene, were callers at the Frank JONES home.
- North Fork: Mrs. Ruby GARRETT and children, Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and children, and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB were dinner guests Friday at the W.R. DOOLEN home in Kinmundy.
- North Fork: Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Ed MOELLER of the birth of a daughter of the home of their son, Clarence, and wife of Dixon, Ill., and named Nancy. This is Mr. and Mrs. MOELLERS first grandchild.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB returned to Sterling, Sunday, after spending the last 10 days with home folks.
- North Fork: Bert GARRETT, wife, babe, and daughter, Mrs. Cleda ROBB, were in Centralia last Tuesday on business.
- North Fork: Miss Norma GARRETT spent last Thursday night in Kinmundy with Miss Juanita FEATHER.
- Wilson School: Fred KLEISS and family attended the silver wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Ed KRAMER of near LaClede, Sunday. Mrs. KRAMER will be remembered as Miss Alice METZGER, daughter of the late Martin METZGER.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. L.E. GREGORY left recently for Hardy, Ark., where they will make their future home.
Nov. 11, 1937:
- In Charleston, Mo. on Nov. 6, occurred the marriage of Mr. Wilson JEZEK of this city to Miss Alice RAMSEY, of Marion, Ill. They were attended by the brides mother and brother, William. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK, residing west of this city. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray RAMSEY of Marion. The couple will resident in Effingham where the groom has employment as a truck driver for the KRAMER Coal Co. of that city.
- Carl GRAY, aged 20, died at the State Hospital in Anna on Monday from double pneumonia. Services will be held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Carl was apparently getting better and it was their intention of having them home for his birthday, which was Nov. 7, but on Tuesday he suffered a relapse.
- Large Crowd Attends M.E. Homecoming; Dinner Enjoyed at Noon: The Methodist Church was read Sunday morning, after several weeks of refurbishing and redecorating, to re-open its doors to its members and friends, clad, as it were, in its new dress. The days festivities were listed as well as the out-of-town guests.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.H. PIGG and family and Mr. and Mrs. M.E. HELM were in Salem, Monday, attending the funeral of Mrs. PIGGs brother, Roy WYMAN.
- Pleasant Grove: Jackie JENKINS broke his arm again in the same place. It was broken a short time before school began.
- South of Town: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis WILKINSON spent Sunday with their son, Kenneth, who is in St. Anthonys Hospital of Effingham. They report him not getting along quite as well as was expected, but he may be able to return home next week.
- Wilson School: Jess CHARLTON and family are enjoying a new radio in their home.
- Meacham: The home and all the contents of Mr. and Mrs. Ivory NEAL were burned to the ground Wednesday. They will make their home with their parents for the present.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. George NEAVILL were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. DILLON. In the afternoon, they inspected the new road and called on Mrs. Jack PHILLIPS and Miss Nellie. Mrs. PHILLIPS had a stroke last Sunday and is in very poor health.
- Green Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Oscar CALDWELL called on Mrs. Paul CALDWELL Saturday. They were also in Salem.
- Shanghai Chapel: Mr. and Mrs. E.H. GRAY, Mrs. R.C. ROBB, and Mel GRAY were in Anna Tuesday to see Carl. They went again Saturday in answer to a telephone call and found Carl in a serious condition, having developed double pneumonia.
- Shanghai Chapel: Visitors in the Frank JONES home Sunday were: their daughter, Miss Julia JONES, R.N., of Chicago; Russell DISS of Hooper, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Edward JONES of Orlando, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters.
- East Zion: Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and children, Mrs. Joseph KNIGHT, Mr. and Mrs. Addis WALTON and children, Mr. Cyrus ARNOLD and Rev. Monroe SMITH were Sunday afternoon callers at the Chas. ARNOLD home.
- East Zion: Miss Clara FRIZELL, Miss Nellie Mae JONES, and Misses Mary Del and Kathryn SOUTIER called Thursday night on Miss Ruth BASSETT and helped her celebrate her 15th birthday.
- East Zion: Mr. and Mrs. Morris BALLANCE, Mr. Charles ARNOLD, Rev. Monroe SMITH, and Mr. Cyrus ARNOLD attended Church in Salem Saturday night.
- Swift School: Ernest BASSETT and wife visited Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BASSETT.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters spent Sunday evening with Frank JONES and family.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters spent Sunday afternoon with Virgil LIVESAY and family.
Nov. 18, 1937:
- Carl Murray GRAY, eldest child of Emmett Harvey and Nettie JACKSON GRAY, was born on the family farm, northwest of Kinmundy, Nov. 7, 1917. He attended the rural school at Shanghai, and later entered Kinmundy High School. He was a member of Class No. 7 of the M.E. Sunday School, and chose farming as his life work. In December 1936, he became afflicted and was later taken to the hospital at Anna. A few days ago he contracted pneumonia and on Nov. 8, 1937, he died. Carl is survived by his father, mother; 2 sisters, Nelda and Fern; 2 grandfathers; and a number of uncles and aunts. Services were held from the M.E. Church in this city, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- A slight earthquake was felt here yesterday at 10:53 a.m.
- Dale HAMMER, J.K. TUCKER and W.S. PRUETT have car accidents past week: On Tuesday evening, while returning from Belleville with a casket, Dale HAMMER narrowly escaped serious injuries when the ambulance which he was driving upset. The accident happened just north of Salem. He started around a road grader and in order to avoid hitting an approaching Ford Truck without any lights, he took in the ditch. The ambulance rolled over 2 or 3 times. On the last roll, Dale slipped out of it on the run. He received only a few scratches. The ambulance, owned by LINTON & BEERY, was completely demolished. The wooden box in which the casket was riding, was splintered, but the casket remained unscratched. On Wednesday evening, Kenneth TUCKER was driving his car on the hard road heading west, and collided with a car driven by L.A. LAFORTUNE of Chicago. TUCKERs car was badly damaged and LAFORTUNEs car landed in the ditch on the north side of the road. The accident happened in front of A.J. JACKSONs store. On Saturday evening, while returning from the St. Elmo basketball game, W.S. PRUETTs car was side-swiped between Farina and St. Peter by Norman RUNGE, living on the WARREN farm north of this city. Both cars were considerably damaged, but luckily, the occupants of the PRUETT car escaped with only a few minor injuries.
- North Fork: Word has been received here of the birth of a son in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS in Chicago. He has been named Larry Lew. The mother was before her marriage, Miss Dorothy GARRETT.
- North Fork: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughters were guests Sunday of Orie ATKINS and family.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SOLDNER and Mrs. Mary BALKE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL.
- Swift School: Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY and Irene were Centralia business visitors Saturday.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE visited Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB.
- Swift School: Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY and daughter called on Mrs. Emmett GRAY and daughters Thursday afternoon.
- Born Nov. 9, a son, Merle Leon, to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin WHITE.
- Meadow Branch: Miss Louise MILNER spent the weekend in Shelbyville with her sister, Naomi, and attended the birthday party for Noel PRICE.
Nov. 25, 1937:
- Frank E. NELMS died at his home in this city Monday aged 67 years, 3 months, and 23 days. He has been in ill health for the past few years and only a few months ago, sold his interest in the NELMS Bros. Store, and then took to his bed. His death was caused from cancer of the liver. Mr. NELMS was one of the old timers, having lived practically his entire life in this community. He began his business career as a clerk, first in the store of his half-brother, Myron M. DIEWERT. For 18 years, he had a store of his own. After closing out his store, he travelled as a grocery salesman for 18 years. On Jan. 1, 1933, he tendered his resignation as a travelling salesman, and devoted his time to the store, which he and his brother Maurice, had established here for a few months prior. He was a lover of music, and nothing pleased him more than to take his guitar and furnish the entertainment for gatherings throughout the countryside. Services will be held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. Clifford OLDEN and Miss Nora BRASEL, both of this city, stole the march on their many friends Sunday when they slipped away to Veedersburg, Ind., and were married. They were accompanied by Mr. Hugh LACEY and lady friends of Farina. The young couple returned home Sunday afternoon and went to the home of the brides parents where they found the infair dinner awaiting them. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed BRASEL and is a graduate of K.H.S. with the class of 37. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OLDEN and is at present employed as trucker for the White Transfer Co. They will make their home in his city.
- On Sunday evening, shortly after dark, occurred another auto wreck, Virginia BROWN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, in company with Miss Helen MILLER, was driving her car north on the highway. They drove a mile north of town and decided to turn around. Just as she turned to the left, another car was fast approaching from the rear and was in the act of going around her when she noticed it. She turned back but the cards sideswiped one another, doing much damage to both cars. The second car was driven by Joe MALONE, who in company with Burton PIPER, Howard ROBB and Francis SULLENS, was taking Phillip MILLITELLO to his home in Farina. These 5 boys were bruised up considerably. MILLITELLO receiving a couple of broken ribs, Howard ROBBs broken rib, and Francis SULLENS a bursted knee cap. MILLITELLO, salesman for the C.I.P.S. Co., had spent the day here with friends. He had wrecked his own car only the day before when he ran into the rear of a car driven by Rev. S.J. MILLER.
- On Nov. 21, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell MYERS and family (formerly Miss Clara HAMMER) of Sidell, Mr. and Mrs. Millard LANE and family (formerly Miss Stella WAINSCOTT) of Urbana, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene CRAIG (formerly Miss Martha NELMS) of Danville, helped to celebrate the 16th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. BAKER (formerly Miss Rochelle INMAN, and former Kinmundians) at their home at Danville.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughter spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and daughter.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BASSETT.
- Brown (from last week): Buster BAKER and wife announce the arrival of a baby boy.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McCULLEY and Dorothy, and A.J. BAYLIS and Merle attended a housewarming at the home of Rev. and Mrs. R. Paul ARNOLD last Thursday night.
- Pleasant Grove: John SHAFFER and Dan HEISTAND came home from the north Friday where they have been husking corn.
- Pleasant Grove: The Ladies Aid met with Mrs. Ruby HEISTAND last Thursday. 16 members and guests were present. Some of the blocks for the quilt which the Aid is piecing, were handed in.
Dec. 2, 1937:
- Frank E., son of John T. and Emma DIEWERT NELMS, was born in Effingham Co., Ill. on July 29, 1870. He was of a family of 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. When a child of 1 year he moved with his parents from Xenia to Kinmundy and here he made his home. He married Miss Etta STEVENS, and they had 1 child, a daughter, Marjorie. Mr. NELMS was one of the prominent business men of Kinmundy for a number of years. Then moving to Centralia, he entered business there. He married June 3, 1929 to Mrs. Gertie LYNCH McMANUS at Lebanon, Mo., and they made their home in Centralia a short time, then came to Kinmundy, where they have since resided. He was connected with the WITWER-TATE Wholesale Co. at Centralia as salesman. 6 years ago he entered business in Kinmundy with his brother, Maurice, and retired 6 months ago because of ill health, which gradually grew worse until he died Nov. 22, 1937. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, a Marjorie TAYLOR of Centralia; a sister, Mrs. Ellis WOLFE of Centralia; brothers, John H. and Maurice B. NELMS of Kinmundy; and a half brother, Myron DIEWERT of Everett, Wash. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- "Thanksgiving is the religious and social festival that converts every family mansion into a meeting house", and the ALEXANDER meeting must have been one to gladden the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, whose children were all with them, except Darrell, of Logansport, Ind. While it was impossible for him to come at this time, he remembered his parents with a "Thanksgiving call." The others, all present were: Mr. and Mrs. William HUMPHREY, Marilyn and Jacquline; and Mrs. and Mrs. Xon ALEXANDER and daughter, Darla Joan, of Newton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. M.H. HART, son Billy, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene ALEXANDER, and daughter, Margaret, of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Francis ALEXANDER of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight ALEXANDER, Joan, Jean and Jimmy of Kinmundy. A table seating 22, what a feast!
- A well filled house and full orchestra awaited the arrival of the Comical Country Cousins Friday evening at the high school gym.
- News of the death of George W. SEE at St. Joseph, Mo. was received by relatives in this city. His death was caused by pneumonia and burial was in Winston, Mo., his former home, on Nov. 26. He was 86 years old, and was a brother of M.H. SEE and Charles SEE. He was born and reared in the vicinity of Kinmundy but moved to Missouri more than 50 years ago.
- We are sure Mr. and Mrs. Edward DOOLEN were grateful Thanksgiving Day for all the messages received from their children. Mr. and Mrs. Jack PHEFFER of Lebanon were the only members of the family home on this day. Their nephew, Frederic PRUETT, was with them for dinner. It was a special day because of it also being Mrs. DOOLENs birthday.
- Miss Helen GARRETT came down from Chicago to be with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville GARRETT.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Ted MAYBERRY was taken to Centralia Hospital last Monday and on Friday underwent an operation for gallstones.
- Pleasant Grove: The play and pie social was well attended at Pleasant Grove Wednesday evening. The proceeds were $17.60. We sure thank you.
- Mr. and Mrs. M.H. BOYD have received the announcement of the arrival of a 9 lb. son at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAWKINS of Olney on the 29th. Mrs. HAWKINS was formerly Miss Thelma BOYD.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB returned home Monday from a weeks visit in Sterling with their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and daughter spent Thanksgiving at the Wes ROBB home.
- Swift School: Mr. Virgil LIVESAY and sister, Mollie and family, of St. Louis spent Thanksgiving at the LIVESAY home. Darrell Jean accompanied them home for a weeks visit.
- North Fork: Mrs. Carroll GARRETT and children were at Thanksgiving with her parents, the James NICOLS. Her mother and sister, Bobby, came home with her and spent the night and Friday.
- Omega: Chas. SEE received word last week of the death of his brother, George, which occurred in St. Joseph, Mo.
- South of Town: Mr. and Mrs. Dale MULVANEY of Detroit, Mich. spent their Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse MULVANEY. This was Dales first visit with his parents since his marriage in June. On Friday evening a group of neighbors and friends gave them a charivari.
- Meadow Branch: Dwight WILLIAMS of Sterling spent Thanksgiving weekend with father and brother, Wm. WILLIAMS and Bobbie. Dwight came in the disguise of Santa Claus and presented his father with a new radio.
- East Zion: There was no preaching at Arnold Chapel Sunday on account of bad roads.
- East Zion: Several attended the kitchen shower and charivari for Mr. and Mrs. Russell JONES Saturday night at the home of the brides mother, Mrs. Agnes HINES.
- East Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. LENHART spent Thanksgiving with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Pauline.
- East Meadow Branch: Mrs. Martha WANTLAND and daughter, Miss Dorothy, entertained for Thanksgiving and the birthdays of the uncle, J.C. WANTLAND of Alma, and cousin, Miss Elizabeth SOUTHWARD of Salem, Mrs. Frank JOHNSON and Miss Dorothy. Besides the honored guests were Mrs. S.A. WHISNANT of Kinmundy, Mrs. Katie RHOTAN, and little Danny JOHNSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marshall WILLIAMS guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bob NICHOLS, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BEERY, Miss Lucille GARRETT, and Bob EAGAN of Patoka.
- Born to Dwight and Harriett GASTON CURRY, Nov. 28, a 6˝ lb. daughter.
Dec. 9, 1937:
- Mrs. Pete SCHOENBORN died Nov. 30 at the Huber Memorial Hospital in Pana, Ill. Mrs. SCHOENBORN had undergone a major operation Monday morning. She was born in Kinmundy on May 18, 1873, daughter of Adam and Mary HAHN DECKERT. She was married at this place to Mr. Pete SCHOENBORN on Aug. 30, 1893, and he is left with the following children: Mrs. Gertrude HAMBLIN of Decatur; Adam SCHOENBORN of Assumption; Mrs. Ella PURKEY of Bloomington; Mrs. Eva HARDWICK of Olney; and Arthur, living at home. She also leaves 1 brother, Charles DECKERT, of St. Elmo; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma ZUMSTEG of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Mary LOTZ of Macon. She also leaves 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Services were held from St. Marys Church in Assumption with interment in St. Marys Cemetery in that city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn WHITE entertained in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John BLAIR of Cartter, Ill. with a miscellaneous shower, Friday evening. Mrs. BLAIR was the formerly Miss Tiona EAGAN. The evening was spent in amusing contests and pinochle.
- Another car accident occurred Tuesday evening near the A.J. JACKSON store. Mr. and Mrs. Paul BROOM were returning from Farina to their home in Alma, when one of the front tires blew out, causing the car to turn over 2 or 3 times. Neither Mr. or Mrs. BROOM were injured seriously, both receiving minor injuries.
- Mrs. G.A. YERIAN has been in St. Louis, for several weeks at the bedside of her mother. A wire from Mrs. YERIAN Monday told of Mrs. McFATRIDGEs passing that morning.
- Prairie Grove: Bert FORD and wife were in St. Louis on Wednesday, consulting a doctor in regard to Mrs. FORDs health.
- Pleasant Grove: The Aid Society met a pleasant day with Mrs. Amy SIPES, Wednesday. 16 members and guests were present. A lovely flower garden quilt was put in the frames for Miss Dorothy BOYD of Salem.
- Brown: The Community Club met with Mrs. Fern BAKER, Wednesday. They tacked a comforter and quilted on a quilt which was given to Mr. and Mrs. Ivory NEAL, whose home was destroyed by fire some time ago.
- Brown: Buren FOGERSON, Fred BURKETT, wife and daughter, Virginia, started to Olney, Sat., and on their way they met with an accident. They ran into a car stopped on the highway. No one was seriously injured.
- Meadow Branch: The T.A. McCULLEY family did Christmas shopping in Centralia, Saturday. They now enjoy a new radio.
- Meadow Branch: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB came down from Sterling, Sunday, for an extended visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB and other relatives.
Dec. 16, 1937:
- In Memoriam of Hazel AYRES BAILEY who died Dec. 16, 1936.
- The community was saddened Friday over the untimely death of Mrs. Harry BRASEL. It was hardly believable when the word was passed along that she had just committed suicide by cutting her throat with a razor. Mr. BRASEL had left her about 9 oclock that morning when he went to the woods to cut wood. She was doing the usual morning work about the house. He returned to the house about 11:30 and found her lying on the floor in the kitchen. He immediately summoned help who soon arrived on the scene. It was thought that she had been dead for about 2 hours. Relatives stated that she had not been feeling well for the past month but her ailment was not of a serious nature. Services were held from the M.E. Church Sunday with interment in Gray Cemetery. Cora, daughter of Harriett MORRIS and Henry JACKSON, was born on a farm northwest of Kinmundy on Jan. 26, 1882. She was the oldest of the family of 6 children, 2 sons and 4 daughters. In her early life she united with the M.E. Church at Arnolds Chapel. She married Harry B. BRASEL on Feb. 20, 1927, and moved into the Shanghai District and her interests were transferred to that Church. She was a loving mother to his 5 children, all of whom survive her: Burdette and Glen, Vergie, Hazel, and Mildred. She died Dec. 10, 1937, and is survived by the following: her husband and children; an aged father; 2 brothers, Floyd of Indianapolis, Ind., and Clifford of Kinmundy; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Effie ROBB, Mrs. Nettie GRAY, and Mrs. Pearl HANNA of Kinmundy.
- Mr. Robert GRAY of this city, reached his 65th birthday on Dec. 6. During his lifetime, he has served the Illinois Central R.R. for 43 years, 8 months, and 15 days as a section hand. He retired on Dec. 15. He will now take his pension and live a life of ease, for a while at least.
- Mrs. Grace FOUQUET of Monte Vista, Colo. married Harold YUND of Del Norte, Colo. Mr. YUND has been employed at the W. & H. Liquor store here. Immediately following the ceremony, the couple left on a wedding trip to Illinois. The ceremony was performed at the Catholic rectory in Del Norte on Nov. 20. Miss FOUQUET is the daughter of Mrs. C.F. FOUQUET of Monte Vista. She has lived in Monte Vista most of her life, and graduated with the class of 37 of the Centennial High School of Pueblo. Mr. YUND is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar YUND of Kinmundy. The couple will make their home in Del Norte.
- Mrs. Florence STEVENS COFFIN died at her family home, Hope Farm, 6 miles northeast of Salem, on Dec. 8. She was up and about in her usual health to the time of retiring on the evening of her death. Mrs. COFFIN (nee Florence STEVENS) was born at Brownstown, Ind. on Feb. 12, 1856. At the close of the Civil War, she came to Marion County with her father and mother, Daniel and Louise STEVENS, and settled in Alma twp. near the present location of Brubaker. On May 10, 1877, she married Albert COFFIN, who with 6 sons and 5 daughters, survive her. Mr. and Mrs. COFFIN celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May 1937. Mrs. COFFIN was a life long member of Alma M.E. Church. She is survived by 1 sister, Mrs. Minnie HANANER of Miami Beach, Florida; and 3 brothers, Rolla STEVENS of Lynn, Ind.; Dr. H.L. STEVENS of Ottumwa, Iowa; and F.M. STEVENS of Garden Grove, Iowa. Her sister, Mrs. Emma RAINEY, died in 1907 at the RAINEY home near Brubaker. Her 11 sons and daughters, all of whom survive her, are: Wm. D. and Mrs. Lulu VANDEVOORT of Hope Farm; Frank A. of Milwaukee, Wis.; Harry S. of St. Louis, Mo.; Charles C. of Chicago; Ethel STEVENSON of Salem; Clifford L. and Irma L. McCRAY of Pasadena, Cal.; Anna M. PROUT of Vineland, N.J.; Florence Winifred GOODMAN of Washington, D.C., and Dwight D. of Flora, Ill. Services were held at Hope Farm with interment in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem.
- Dec. 15 being the 8th birthday of Charles BASSETT, his mother and a number of neighborhood girls and boys did a real job of surprising him after school. He received many nice gifts. Games were enjoyed and a merry time was had by all. Mrs. BASSETT, assisted by Jimmy ROBNETT, served hot chocolate, wafers, cake, and candy.
- Dec. 10, eight little classmates of George William DAVIS, were invited to his home to help him celebrate his 8th birthday. Games were played until they were summoned to the dining room, where a beautiful candle-lighted birthday cake adorned the table.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Thelma BAKER received the sad news Saturday evening of the death of her mother, Mrs. Herman BRUBAKER, who was struck by a car while walking on the hard road with her husband near New Bethel Church, east of Salem, and instantly killed.
- Pleasant Grove: The Ladies Aid held an all day meeting at the Church last Thursday and the men cut and sawed Wednesday. A basket dinner was spread at noon. 13 men were present. A large pile of wood was cut ready for the stoves.
- Born to Howard MULVANY and Marie Olive NEAL MULVANY, Dec. 9, a son named Roy Oren.
- North Fork News: Mr. and Mrs. Theodore MOELLER are parents of a baby girl named Evelyn Annie. Mother and babe returned home last week from the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia.
- North Fork News: Bert GARRETT attended a meeting of the Board of Supervisors in Salem on Tuesday.
- Meacham: On Dec. 8, Mrs. Idella KAGY celebrated her birthday by inviting the Community Birthday Circle to her home. Mrs. KAGYs grandson and great-grandsons birthdays were also this month, and they were both present at the party. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley SHAFER and little son, Richard SHAFER, and Mrs. Mattie HITT were welcomed guests.
- Meacham: Some stray dogs made quite a slaughter of sheep in this neighborhood the past week. Losers were: Ed LACEY, Mrs. Susanna JONES, Ed DILLON, Mrs. Annie MARLOW and Ellis WILKINSON.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin HARRELL were in Salem Monday.
- East Zion: This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Ross HERRING of near Patoka, who died Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY are parents of a 10 lb. son born Dec. 12 and named Albert Dwaine.
- Eastern Star Officers were installed.
Dec. 23, 1937:
- Alfred WILLIAMS, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS, was killed instantly Saturday night in Alma, when his car was struck by another car. Alfred was just pulling on to the slab when the car struck him. The impact was so great that the WILLIAMS car was pushed about a hundred feet. In the second car was a man, his wife and child. None of these people were injured. WILLIAMS had left Kinmundy only a few minutes before and was in Alma to get a girl friend, and they intended to attend the basketball game here that evening. Alfred was 20 years, 11 months, and 6 days at the time of his death. Services were held from the M.E. Church in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Since the accident in Alma Saturday night, the citizens have declared war on the speeders. Several were stopped Sunday and cautioned and on Monday, several arrests took place. Motorists fail to observe the speed limit signs along the hard road especially thru the smaller towns, and we really dont blame Alma for picking them up.
- Mrs. Margaret SIEBER died at her home near Iuka on Saturday. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. SIEBER will be remembered here as the widow of the late Presley McHATTON.
- While at work Monday at the service station, D.J. ALEXANDER had the misfortune of having his eye injured. He was jacking up a car when the handle of the jack flew up and struck him in the eye. It is thought that the sight will not be injured but he has a pretty mean looking eye.
- Mr. Wilford SMITH died at his home in Farina Friday night after an illness of 2 years duration. He was 62 years old. Services were held from the M.E. Church in Farina with interment in Farina Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Harve BRANSON and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER attended the funeral, Mrs. SMITH being a sister to Mrs. BRANSON and an aunt to Mrs. HAMMER.
- Miss Maxine SWIFT of Paris married Mr. William MORRISEY, also of Paris. The ceremony took place in Charleston, Ill. on Dec. 18, and they were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. CHURCH. Mrs. MORRISEY is the daughter of Mr. Russell SWIFT, formerly of Kinmundy, but lately she has been making her home with her aunt, Mrs. H.F. DENNIS in Paris. She is a graduate in Kinmundy High School.
- About the proudest man in town Wednesday was Frank SHAFFER. He had just received a large box of candied fruits from his son, Russell, in Los Angeles, cal. On account of not having many teeth, Frank said he was going to spend all day Christmas "gumming" the fruit.
- Mr. James E. WILLIAMS died at his home north of this city on Dec. 20, 1937. He had suffered for the past 2 years from cancer of the jaw. Services were held from the M.E. Church in this city, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. James Edward, third son of Andrew and Jane KEARNS WILLIAMS, was born in Clay County, Ind. on Dec. 13, 1868. Here he received his education and grew to young manhood. While yet a very young man, he came to Kinmundy, and remained for but a year, being employed for the short time in the local coal mine with his brother, Riley. It was during this stay in Kinmundy, that he met his bride, Miss Cora B. VALLOW, and on Dec. 13, 1894 in Knightstown, Ind. occurred their marriage. For a short time after their marriage, they established their home in Knightstown, but soon moved to Kinmundy, where they have since resided with the exception of a few years spent in Odin. 10 children were born. Mabel, Lester, Andrew, and Jimmy died quite young, while Marie died on Jan. 6, 1936 at the age of 37. Mr. WILLIAMS spent the major part of his life working as a coal miner in Indiana, Kinmundy, and later in Odin. He was forced to discontinue his lifes work some 2 years ago when stricken with the fatal malady against which he made such a brave fight for his life. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons, Maurice of Chicago; Russell and Richard at home; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lura ROBNETT of Kinmundy; and Mrs. Clara SEMRO of Chicago; 4 brothers, George of Terre Haute, Ind.; Riley of Kinmundy; Albert of Harmony, Ind.; and Andrew of Hammondsville, Ohio; 2 sisters, Mrs. Laura McKENZIE and Mrs. Martha PARKER of Harmony, Ind.; and 5 grandchildren.
- Mary A. HOOTS CLOW was born in the state of Virginia on Feb. 26, 1846, and died Dec. 15, 1937 at the home of her son near Centralia. When a small child, she with her parents, migrated to Illinois, and here she grew to womanhood. In the year of 1867, she married William CLOW. He died in 1910. They had 9 children, 1 dying in infancy. A daughter, Ella, and 2 sons, Wesley and Earl, also preceded her in death. She was a member of the M.E. Church. She leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters: Charles CLOW and B.W. CLOW of Danville; and John Clow of Centralia; Mrs. Verna CRIST of Armstrong, Ill.; and Mrs. Maggie JONES of Clinton, Ill.; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Addie SWEARINGEN of Danville; and Mrs. Vina WADE of Chicago. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home in this city with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Early Saturday morning, the Baldwin-Parker Drilling Company drilled to the depth of 2720 on the Harry NICHOLS farm northeast of Kinmundy. This well is located in section 12 of Meacham twp. This well has been in the process of drilling since April last year. They have encountered much trouble which caused several shut-downs. Geologists proclaim this oil of the highest test in the state of Illinois.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB spent the week on North Fork with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- Swift School: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT visited Sunday afternoon with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BASSETT.
- Swift School: Mr. Harvey BASSETT of Montana is spending a few weeks with his brother, Clyde BASSETT and family.
- Swift School: Mrs. Elsie MORRIS spent Tuesday with Mrs. Clyde BASSETT.
- Prairie Grove: Wilford SMITH died at his home in Farina Thursday night. He is father of Herman SMITH of this vicinity.
- Prairie Grove: Mrs. Edith FORD returned to her home in St. Louis, Thursday. She has been taking treatment at the hospital there.
- Meacham: Oil was struck on the NICHOLS farm Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Lois ALDERSON entertained the Aid last Wednesday. As the weather was bad, there were not so many out. The day was spent in quilting and joining another quilt.
- Mrs. Icy GARRETT returned home Sunday night after an extended visit in Chicago with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louie SULLENS and their baby son.
Dec. 30, 1937:
- The many Kinmundy friends of Mrs. Jessie CLAYTOR were saddened when they learned of her death which occurred in her home in Danville on Christmas morning. She was in the act of getting the family dinner and was roasting the turkey. She felt ill all of a sudden and made her way to the bedroom. There she fell across her bed and was dead. For the past several years, she had been a sufferer of heart trouble. Short services were held in Danville, and the body was then brought to Kinmundy, where services were held at the Christian Church with interment in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. (The sister, Anna, remained in Danville to be with her aged mother, who was unable to make the trip to Kinmundy. Mrs. CRAIG will now make her home with her son, Eugene, in Danville.) Besides the aged mother, she leaves 1 sister, Anna GILMORE of Glendale, Arizona; and 4 brothers, David F. of Danville; John H. of Tripp, S.D.; James O. of Boonesville, Ind.; and Eugene M. of Danville. Jessie Ellen, daughter of Joseph and Frances CRAIG, was born Aug. 1, 1880 in Kinmundy. There she grew to womanhood, uniting the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, later transferring to the Christian Church when that church was organized. She was educated in the public schools at Kinmundy, and graduated from Kinmundy High School in 1898. She later attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a teacher in the public schools of Illinois for 20 years but was compelled to give up her profession in the spring of 1932 on account of ill health. ............
- Gertrude, daughter of Isaac and Minerva KEPNER, was born Jan. 14, 1877, and after many long weeks of suffering died on Dec. 24, 1937. She was home in the church, first at LaClede, then Farina, Alma, Centralia, again at Alma, and then Kinmundy. At the time of her death she was a member of the M.E. Church at Kinmundy, and the Kinmundy Chapter of the Eastern Star. On April 7, 1901, she married R.E. WALTERS, and they had 3 sons and 2 daughters. The eldest son died in infancy. Surviving her husband; children, Chester of Peoria; Glen of Chicago; Ruth and Eva of Centralia; 1 grandson; 2 sisters, Mrs. John GUY of Farina; and Mrs. W.D. WALTERS of Centralia; 1 brother, A.O. KEPNER of Edgewood; and 1 foster sister, Mrs. Lucinda FOSTER of Farina. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia.
- Mrs. B.L. FURRY died in St. Anthonys Hospital last Thursday from complications of the liver and kidneys. She entered the hospital only the day before and her condition was not considered very serious until Wednesday evening. The news of her death was a great shock to her many Kinmundy friends. Services were held from the M.E. Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Amy May, only child of Sarah SMITH and William BROWN, was born near Rosemond in Montgomery County, May 28, 1878, and when a small child moved with her parents to Kinmundy. About a year after that she united with the M.E. Church. For a number of years she was assistant to Mr. Dan GUNN in the Kinmundy Post Office. On June 11, 1911, she married Bernard L. FURRY, of Chicago, and they went to that city to make their home. There, their only child, a son, William Bernard, was born. About 8 years ago, they returned to Kinmundy, and with the exception of a few years spent in Salem, they have made this their home. The sudden passing of her father 4 years ago was a great blow to her. She died Dec. 23, 1937, and was in St. Anthonys Hospital at the time of her death.
- Venice V. FOWLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. HAMMERS of Chicago, married Dec. 13, 1937 to Mr. E.J. BROWN of Evanston, Ill. A. Wilbur ARNOLD acted as best man and Miss Frances WALTON as bridesmaid. Miss FOWLER was a merchandise buyer for Wieboldts Store in Evanston. Mr. BROWN is an official at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. They will reside in Evanston.
- Mr. R.J. SMITH returned home Tuesday from Bernards Hospital in St. Louis where he has been a patient for the past 2 weeks having a cancer removed from his face. Mr. SMITH is in excellent condition.
- At Kinmundy, Illinois on Dec. 25, 1887, occurred the marriage of J.E. CRAIG and Miss Emma BAIR, and a few invited relatives and friends gathered at the residence of the Rev. G.W. GILMORE, where the ceremony was performed and to do honor to the occasion. Again, on Christmas Day, 1937, a few invited relatives and friends gathered at their home to do them honor on the occasion of reaching their Golden Milestone - fifty years of married life together. The sky was overcast and the roads were muddy but after receiving warm greetings, such annoyances seemed trivial and soon were forgotten. They also received 75 cards. They were assisted on this occasion by their daughter, Miss Eula, and their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall CRAIG. A sumptuous dinner was served, a feast fit for a king. The cake was baked and presented by Mrs. J.W. WHITTENBURG. 2 of the guests, Mrs. Izora PERRY and Mr. Mike SEE were present at the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. CRAIG 50 years ago, and were privileged to be present on this occasion. After dinner, all gathered in the parlor where a short service was held. Mr. WHITTENBURG made an inspiring talk and others were called on to speak, songs were sung with Miss Eula at the piano and in which all could join.
- While visiting here over the weekend, Mr. William HAMMER of Decatur purchased 40 acres of what is known as the Jim BAYLIS farm, from L.J. HAMMER. Bill says he does not intend to make this his home just now, but in case he is thrown out of work again, he will have this to rely on.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.B. JACKSON left in the late afternoon Sunday for St. Johns Hospital, St. Louis, where Mr. JACKSON is receiving medical attention. It will be remembered that Mr. JACKSON has been critically ill for several months, and only within the past few months has begun to regain his health.
- Mr. S.L. BUNDY was taken to St. Anthonys Hospital in Effingham Tuesday for medical treatment. Mrs. BUNDY has been quite ill with heart trouble and is compelled to be in bed.
- Miss Helen GARRETT of Chicago spent Christmas here in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. GARRETT.
- Dec. 26 being the 78th birthday of Miss Alma HITE, relatives and friends gathered at her home with well filled baskets and gave her a very pleasant surprise. A list of those attending was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LUX have an 8 lb. son born Dec. 25. Mother and baby are doing fine and daddy and grandfather are stepping high. Grandfather GEORGE have a real good reason - the baby has been named James Ray.
- Mr. Frank ARNOLD of Flint, Mich. and Miss Ruby ARNOLD of Rock Island, are spending the holiday season with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan ARNOLD.
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