Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"
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Jan. 2, 1958:
- A surprise farewell party was given by Gene MONTGOMERY at his home in honor of David GERKIN Saturday night. The evening was spent playing games and listening to records. Also attending were Mary Ellen RICHARDS of West Salem, Janet COURSON of Farina, Jerry ROLLINSON of Kell, Donna COPPLE, Beverly WILLIAMS, Charles SOLDNER, Bill SEE and Harrison COLCLASURE.
- A miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN in honor of their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS, Dec. 27. The co-hostesses were Mrs. James Burdette JENKINS, Mrs. Melvin GEILER, Mrs. Everett NASH, and Mrs. George KEEN. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts were included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER were host and hostess to a belated Christmas dinner held at the Legion Hall Sunday. There were 51 present. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER and Anna Mae, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter; Mrs. Darrell FORD and daughter, Altamont; Mr. and Mrs. Lenord LEWIS, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and sons, Patoka; Mrs. Don SMITH and family, Seymour, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Burl GREEN and daughters, Tuscola; Dr. Carl K. GREEN, Baytown, Texas; Mrs. Elwyn CHEATUM and Danny, Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Charles E. HAWKEY and family, Peoria, Mrs. Mary E. FEATHER, Wm. GREEN, Miss Mae GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and Kay and the host and hostess.
- Lewis J.T. O’DELL entered St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia on Thursday after suffering a light stroke last night.
- Rolla BRIMBERRY is a patient in Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago for arthritis of the spine.
- Text from a brochure sent out from McKendree College a few weeks ago was reprinted in the paper. It was about Cecil LOWE.
- Dora Ethel MARTIN BLACK, daughter of John and Claudia MARTIN was born Jan. 3, 1874 in Carrigan twp., Ill., and died Dec. 12, 1957 in the home of a daughter, Bessie FOSTER, in East Chicago, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wesley BLACK in Aug. 1955, a son, Leslie Clyde in 1928, and a daughter, Marie, in infancy. She was married to George Wesley BLACK on Nov. 28, 1897. They had 7 children. Those who survive are 5 daughters: Mrs. Rosa DeFORD and Mrs. Lillie SHREFFLER, Alma; Mrs. Dorothy COPPLE, Hammond, Ind.; Mrs. Nellie COPPLE and Mrs. Bessie FOSTER of East Chicago, Ind.; 16 grandchildren, 2 half-sisters, and 1 half-brother of California.
- Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Berthol McHATTON, which occurred at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. Services were held at Paradise Chapel. The ministers in charge were her two sons, Rev. Glenn McHATTON and Rev. Charles McHATTON. Interment was made in East Resthaven in Phoenix. Berthol is a brother to Mrs. Orval GORDON, Sr., and Mrs. Clyde PERRY, and a half-brother to Walter McHATTON and Tom JONES, all of this city.
- A farewell potluck supper was held in the basement of the Christian Church Friday in honor of Bro. and Mrs. Rufus G.D. GERKIN and family, who will be leaving Kinmundy in the near future. A large crowd of the members of the church was in attendance.
- Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS received word Saturday of the death of her brother, Alva NULL, of Taylor, Ark. He died in the hospital in Magnolia where he has been a patient since having a car wreck a few days prior. His wife is in a critical condition in the same hospital. Mrs. PHILLIPS’ brother, Merl NULL, of Louisville, left Saturday to be in attendance at the funeral was held Monday. The deceased was postmaster of Bussey, Ark. for more than 30 years. After his resignation, the postoffice discontinued and combined with the office of Taylor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN visited Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY Saturday afternoon.
- Pleasant Grove: Sammie SHAFFER, son of Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER was operated on in Salem Hospital Friday for appendicitis and is reported to be doing nicely.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE and daughter, Rosalyn, spent Christmas with their mother, Mrs. Effie ROBB.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and children of Charleston spent a week’s vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB and Mr. and Mrs. O.M. CONANT, during the Christmas holidays.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters were Saturday dinner guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT. Other callers were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GARRETT and sons.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER were in Charleston Sunday helping Mr. and Mrs. Paul BAGOTT celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
- Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family of Pontiac and Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD and son of Carmi were dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT on Christmas.
- Brown: Mr. and Mrs. Otis BROWN and daughters moved the latter part of the week to the E.C. GOODWIN farm.
- Guests of the Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM home Christmas evening to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of their granddaughter, Karen BROOM, were their children, Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. BROOM and children, Michael, Karen and Danny, Walter E. BROOM and sons, Walter J. BROOM and son, David, of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. BROOM and daughter, Veronica, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest V. BROOM and children, Anne, Mary, Jimmy and Gerald of Alma; Mrs. Frances ESSENPIES, mother of Mrs. Ernest BROOM of Champaign, and Elizabeth BROOM of DeKalb.
Jan. 9, 1958:
- Two Calves and other Contents burned in Barn on MAXEY farm Monday morning: The barn on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, adjoining the city of Kinmundy on the east, was completely destroyed by fire Monday. None of the contents of the barn were saved. Mr. MAXEY and son, Lewis, were dairy farming, milking five cows at present. Lewis was awakened at 5 o’clock that morning and noticed the barn on fire. He called his dad and phoned in the alarm. This was about 30 minutes prior to the usual time for them to start the morning chores. Burdette put on a few clothes and made a rush for the barn to release 2 young purchased calves in a box stall. But the flames from the hayloft were at the door at the time. So these two calves and possibly a few stray chickens which chose to roost in the barn rather than the hen house, were burned. The cows were in a loafing shed and walked out of the barn and were safe. About 250 bushels of oats, 550 bales of hay, the milking machine, and milk cooler and some dairy feed were also burned. Mr. MAXEY sold three of his cows later that morning, loaned one registered holstein and kept one for a family cow. The barn was only partially insured. Mr. MAXEY says he intends to rebuild the barn next spring.
- Florence JASPER, 58, died Sunday in her home in Centralia. She has been ill for several months with leukemia. For the past 10 years, she has operated the Jasper Apparel Shop, in connection with her husband’s grocery store. For 20 years prior to that, she was employed by the J.C. Penney Co. in the Centralia store. Mrs. JASPER was born in St. Peter to Fred B. and Esther CASE GEORGE. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Kinmundy where she grew to womanhood. In 1917, she was married to John H. JASPER, who survives, along with a son, John O. JASPER of Centralia. Other survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Eva RUPE and Mrs. Lyda BALDRIDGE, both of Centralia. Services were held Tuesday from the Queen Boggs Chapel in Centralia, and interment in Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS very quietly celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Monday in their home. Neither is well enough to have open house for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS have 4 children, namely John Jr., Mrs. Don WEST, and Mrs. Rodney SCHOOLEY of Kinmundy, and Mrs. John ALIS of Rockford.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCULLEY on New Year’s Day in honor of their son, Russell’s, 8th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday party was held in honor of the 2nd birthday of little Miss Joyce Ann LOWE at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE Saturday. Attending were Brad and Bobby BRASEL, Leslie, Stevie and Kathy DOOLEN, Mrs. James BRASEL, and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN.
- Kaye HAMMER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER, was recently presented the D.A.R. award for outstanding senior girl in the Kinmundy-Alma High School. (A picture was included with this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Dalton VANDEVEER, Kinmundy, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary on Jan. 12. They will hold an open house at their home. They are the parents of 7 children: Ray and Herbert of Kinmundy; Lester of San Antonio, Texas; William of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Pauline JOINES, Mrs. Kathryn THOMAS, and Mrs. Harriet MILLER of Salem. They have 15 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Mr. VANDEVEER is a retired farmer.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll CROSLEY of Brownsburg, Ind. are the parents of a son, born Jan. 4th. He has been named John Grant. The mother is the former Miss Wyona HANNA, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude HANNA, formerly of this city.
- Mrs. Pauline J. BREIMAN, 76, of Alma, died in the Salem Hospital Monday morning. Services were held Wednesday morning from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest CROUCH, officiating. Interment was made in Alma Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Dec. 22 with an open house. The home was decorated with flowers. The serving table held a 2-tiered cake with gold flowers and leaves. Also on the table was a centerpiece of yellow mums, given to them by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arno SPURLIN. Mrs. Arno SPURLIN was in charge of the guest book. Mrs. Loren SPURLIN and Miss Susan SPURLIN took care of the gifts. Mrs. Robert BURTSCHI served the cake and Mrs. Norman OBER poured the punch. Mrs. Louie WARNER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SPURLIN greeted the guests. (Listed were out-of-town guests, and those sending flowers.)
- In a telephone conversation with Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL yesterday, she stated that Mr. O’DELL was much improved, and in all probability will be home later in the week. He had suffered a stroke last week, and has been in Centralia Hospital. Mrs. Chas. E. BLOMBERG has been teaching Mr. O’DELL’s chemistry class, and Mrs. O.I. LEACH is teaching Mrs. O’DELL’s classes.
- SPC and Mrs. William E. BOOTH of Las Vegas, New Mexico, have a daguther, Marilyn Louise, born Jan. 3 in Las Vegas hospital. The mother is the former Miss Peggy JACKSON, daughter of Mrs. A.J. JACKSON.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin YUND report they are still receiving cards from friends for their 50th anniversary which was Dec. 22. To date they have received 100 cards.
- The members of the Youth Center met Friday night and reorganized. The following officers were elected for the next 3 months: President-Judy DONOHO; Vice President-Jan HANNA; Treasurer- Marilyn ALBERSON, Sec.- Connie LEACH. The name “White Bucks and Bobby Soxs” was chosen as the best name, and the award was given to Susie HARVEY and Judy FORD. David LINTON and Phillip SCHOOLEY were appointed to paint the name on the Center’s window. It was decided that the Center will be open only one night a week now which will be on Saturday nights due to the school basketball games.
- Carroll Edmund SIMMONS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert SIMMONS of Texico, was born Feb. 4, 1899 in Marion Co., IL, and died Dec. 14, 1957. On Dec. 4, 1920, he married Daisy BLANENSHIP, and they had 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. They are: Harold of Kinmundy; Naomi SULLIVAN of Kinmundy; and Wayne of Decatur. Surviving are his companion, his aged father, Gilbert SIMMONS of Texico; 5 brothers and 4 sisters: Walter of Hot Springs, Ark.; Earl of Texico; George of Armada, Mich.; Roy of Los Angeles, Calif.; Kelly of Alton; Esther MEYERS of Kell; Nora MARTEENY of Boyd; Susie STORMENT of Troy; and Margaret HART of Garden City, Mich. He united with the Donoho Prairie Missionary Baptist Church of Alma. Leaves his companion, 3 children, 2 foster children, Pat and Lorraine, still at home; his father, 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and 5 grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 16 from the Linton Funeral Home, Elder Noel MEADE officiating. Interment in Paradise Cemetery, south of Salem.
- Midshipman Paul W. ROLLINSON, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J. Fletcher COLE, spent a short visit here. “Bill” is in the class of ‘61. (His photo was included).
- An old fashioned revival is currently underway at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, located 3 miles southwest of Alma in the building formerly occupied by the hatchery.
- Airman Robert Douglas HALL killed in auto accident Saturday in Atlanta, Texas: Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL of Alma received a message Saturday announcing the death of their son, Robert Douglas HALL, which had occurred early that morning. He was stationed at Foster Air Force Base at Victoria, Texas. He and a buddy, Airman James WEST, were returning to the base when they had a head on collision with Another car at Atlanta, Texas. HALL was pinned in his car while WEST was thrown free. His body arrived in Kinmundy, and services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home this afternoon, Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Besides his parents, surviving are 8 brothers and sisters: James, Edgewood; Roy, Kinmundy; Jack, Alma; Dick, Texas; Herbert, Rantoul; Helen NASH, Iola; and Leona and Freddie, at home. Also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN, and Mr. and Mrs. James BRIM of Kinmundy.
- Bert BAILEY, 64, died suddenly at his home in Dayton, Ohio, last Wednesday. The body arrived here with services held at the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Bert S. BAILEY, son of Jeff and Victoria BAILEY, was born Jan. 29, 1893 in Odin, and died on Jan. 1, 1958 in Dayton, Ohio. He married Hazel AYRES on June 23, 1918, and had 6 children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, on Dec. 19, 1936. He married Grace INMAN on Oct. 11, 1950. He leaves his widow of Dayton, Ohio; 3 daughters and 3 sons: Mrs. Corrine BRUCE, Mundelein, Ill.; Mrs. Marjorie MALEY, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Thelma MORGAN; Ray and Russell BAILEY of Dayton, Ohio; and Richard BAILEY of Rochester, Mich.; 1 sisters, Mrs. Cora HECKLEBECK, Beckemeyer, Ill.; 2 brothers, Grover of Centralia, and Bernie of South Bend, Ind.; and 8 grandchildren.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon FERGUSON, who were married Dec. 28th at the Methodist Church in Wilmington, spent a short honeymoon in this community. Mrs. FERGUSON was formerly, Miss Pollyanna SHREFFLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER of Wilmington.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and Joyce Ann, Sunday. Little Miss Joyce Ann’s 2nd birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON were New Year’s dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell LIVESAY and family of Macon.
- The Kinmundy Women’s Club met Friday at the Legion Hall with hostesses Mesdames, Dwight HANNA, Edward HOHLT, Leland BRASEL, Virgil SEE, Reuben CRAIN, and Merle KLINE. The song “America” was sung in unison. Mrs. HANNA, President, presided. A history of the club from Sept. 1946 to Jan. 1958 was written and read by Mrs. H.M. FISHER, Mrs. Lura ROBNETT and Mrs. Virgil SEE.
Jan. 16, 1958:
- The Jolly Girls Club met with Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON Thursday, Jan. 9, with 6 members and 2 visitors, Barbara GEILER and Mrs. Guy BEERY. A potluck dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. The work of the day was quilting a quilt. The next meeting will be a potluck dinner with Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, Jan. 23rd.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles MAYER, moved here from Covington, Ind. the latter part of November. They purchased property formerly owned by Clarence MULVANEY, and plan to open a café within the near future.
- Mrs. George FORD underwent surgery in the Salem Hospital on Jan. 7th.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.H. VANDEVEER enjoyed a wonderful day Sunday, Jan. 12, with their children, grandchildren, and other relatives and many friends celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. All the children, except William of California, and Lester of Texas, were able to present. There were 200 callers during the day. They are still receiving congratulations cards to date some 125.
- Kent O’DELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis O’DELL was separating from the army, Jan. 2, in Ft. Monroe, Va., after 2 years in the services. Kent is now at home for awhile assisting in the care of his father.
- Miss Judith Ann ROBB was hostess of a slumber party held at her home Jan. 11 in honor of the 17th birthday of Miss Barbara GENTRY. Also attending were Misses Mona TABOR, Sharon DONOHO, Janice BARBEE, Brenda GRAY, Helen BROWN.
- Mrs. Harriett DeVORE, 105, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, Tuesday morning. Services will be held this afternoon (Wednesday) from the Linton Funeral Home, Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. W.A. FRANKLIN, Kinmundy, and Mrs. Edith MAGILL, Richmond, Mo.; 1 son, Seth DeVORE, Portland, Ore.; 1 brother, Frank HUMPHREY, Tampa, Fla.; and 1 sister, Mrs. Elizabeth WINCHELL, Vallejo, Calif. Aunt Harriet, as she has been known for several years, has been bedfast for several years. All this time, she has been nursed by her devoted daughter, Mrs. FRANKLIN.
- Pvt. Eugene A. MOELLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodor L. MOELLER, Route 3, Kinmundy, recently was graduate from the 8 week aircraft maintenance course at the Army Aviation School at Ft. Rucker, Ala. He entered the Army in July 1957.
- The grand opening of the Phyllis Beauty Shop on Friday and Saturday was a success. There were 100 guests and patrons registered. The shop is in it’s new location, the Strickler building and is operated by Mrs. Phyllis SEE and Mrs. Mary ARNOLD. Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN was given a $7.50 permanent, Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER a $5 permanent, and Mrs. Anna MARLOW two shampoos and hair sets.
- A surprise birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem, Monday, in honor of Mrs. PHILLIPS’s birthday. Those present were: Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughter, Mary Jane, of Clay City; Bob BAILEY, Mrs. Gene BAILEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Barbara and Jim, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and John, Mrs. Pola ROBB and Scott, and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY.
- Pleasant Grove: A list of those attending the funeral of Mrs. Minnie SMITH at the Christian Church in Salem was included.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Dalt VANDEVEER celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house in the afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank BLACK and baby son of Carbondale were weekend visitors with the Lewis O’DELL family. Lewis O’DELL Jr. of Carbondale spent Saturday with his parents.
- Mrs. Ethel HANNA and Mrs. Florence REESE attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Joe WICKENHAUSER of Vernon, Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY spent Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT. Bert’s birthday was being remembered.
- In memoriam of Morris CHASTEEN who died Jan. 15, 1957. By Mrs. Blanche CHASTEEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Will CHASTEEN, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen BRASEL.
Jan. 23, 1958:
- Fred FOGLER, 72, died in the Fayette County Hospital at Vandalia on Jan. 11, 1958. He has been in the hospital since Wednesday. He was son of Monroe and Mary FOGLER, was born in Fayette County near Loogootee on Nov. 25, 1885. He spent his early life on the home farm near Loogootee. He was married at his parent’s home on March 22, 1907 to Miss Anna Bell MAY, who survives. Two children were born: William and Mrs. Virginia PFENNINGER, both of whom survive. The FOGLER family moved to a farm in Marion county where they lived several years. He retired from active farming several years ago and moved to Farina. He was a member of Farina Lodge No. 634 I.O.O.F. and Farina Lodge No. 601, A.F & A.M. Survivors, in addition to his wife and 2 children, include a brother, Charles E. FOGLER of Farina, and 3 grandchildren. Services were held in the Stonecipher Funeral Home with Rev. S.E. PINKSTAFF of Brownstown, former pastor of the Methodist Church in Farina, with burial in Farina Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernest COLEMAN of Oakland, Calif. have a daughter, Laura Leeanne on Dec. 28th. The mother was the former Carolyn BOCK, Home Ec. teacher in our school a few years ago.
- Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN are the parents of a daughter born in the Salem Memorial Hospital on Jan. 16, and has been named Pamela June. The mother is the former Margaret BOUSEMAN.
- Harmon W. LENHART, 80, died Wednesday in the Salem Hospital where he had been a patient for the past few days. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The survivors are 1 nephew, John W. McCULLEY, and 2 nieces, Dorothy McCULLEY and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT.
- Eugene KLINE, brother of Chester and Merle KLINE and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD of this city, underwent surgery in Missouri Methodist Hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., Friday. A part of the stomach and gall bladder were removed. He is getting along fine.
- Mrs. Ida PYLE, 86, died in St. Mary’s Hospital Monday after an illness of several months. Services will be held from the Mt. Moriah Church south of Salem, Bro. Oscar L. HAWKINS, officiating. Interment will be made in the County Line Cemetery. Survivors are her husband, William PYLE, 2 daughters, Mrs. Mabel MORTON, Kell; and Mrs. Lula BROWN, Hollywood, Fla., and 1 son, Edgar PERIMAN, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Carl HINES, 58, died at his home in Alma Monday from a heart attack. He had been receiving medication for the heart ailment for more than a year. Apparently he was feeling better, and for the past several months has been discharging his duties as rural mail carrier on route one out of the Kinmundy postoffice. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Survivors are his wife, Mary BRITT HINES; 3 daughters, Louise Annette and Patricia Ann, at home, and 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Lucille, Big Springs, Texas; and 1 son, 1st Lt. Olive John HINES, now in France. There are also 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Otis, Chicago; John, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Rev. Gail, Sparta; Lloyd, Alma; Florence WOOD, Petersburg, Ind.; Agnes CLESSON and Edith JONES of Wilmington. The body is at the Cox & Martin Funeral Home in Patoka.
- Miss Edith MORGAN died in her home sometime Sunday night. Mrs. Stella PRUETT tried phoning her on several occasions, and failed to get an answer. She then called Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON who lives just across the street, who went to check, and found Mrs. MORGAN.
- Word was received here Friday by Gene SHUFELDT of the death of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter SHUFELDT, 60, of Seattle, Wash. She suffered a stroke. Services and burial was made there Tuesday. Seth DeVORE is a brother-in-law to Mr. SHUFELDT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Arlie SLANE have purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER, the JERNIGAN property located on the corner of Washington and 4th street in the south part of town.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY Sunday in honor of their son, Lloyd’s, birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A potluck birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BURKETT Sunday in honor of Mrs. Lewis BURKETT, Mrs. Glen CURRY and Miss Brenda SOPER’s birthdays. Mr. and Mrs. BURKETT were happy to have with them for the day all their children, Mr. and Mrs. Glen CURRY of St. Elmo, Mr. and Mrs. Bob BURKETT and family and Mrs. Vera FITZGERALD of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Keith BETTS and son, of Effingham; Forrest BURKETT and children of Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence PRATHER, Jr. of Edgewood; Mrs. Raymond SOPER and children of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Gene BURKETT and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KRUTSINGER and son.
- We forgot to tell you last week that Carl and Gene CRAIN had opened their barber shop in the building recently vacated by Phyllis’ Beauty Shop. The opening was Jan. 10th. The boys report they had been having as much business as they anticipated , so far. Carl recently sold his interest in a barber shop in Salem and Gene graduated from a barber school in Decatur last fall. He has been employed in Sandoval.
- In Memoriam of Lou ALDERSON who died Jan. 25, 1957. Missed by wife, children, and stepchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT visited Mr. Selby GARRETT in the Vandalia Hospital Thursday.
Jan. 30, 1958:
- Harmon W. LENHART, son of John and Caroline KAISER LENHART, was born in Bryan, Ohio on Dec. 29, 1877, and he died in Salem Memorial Hospital on Jan. 22, 1958 after an illness of 3 months. He had been a Kinmundy resident for 77 years. He was engaged in farming until his retirement 3 years ago, and was a member of the Kinmundy I.O.O.F. Lodge until the time that it was disbanded. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, George and Russell, 2 sisters, Cora LENHART and Mrs. Vera LENHART McCULLEY. He is survived by 2 nieces, Miss Dorothy McCULLEY and Mrs. Frieda GARRETT, and 1 nephew, John W. McCULLEY, all of Kinmundy. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- A slumber party was enjoyed at the home of Miss Barbara ERNST Jan. 24 in honor of her 13th birthday. Those present were Misses Lynda INGRAM, Wanda JENKINS, Sue EBLIN, Judy DONOHO, Donna BASSETT, Nellie HIESTAND and Cheryl WILLIAMS.
- Dolph HAMMER, 79, died in St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 25, 1958. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Earl PHILLIPS officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. He had been ill for about 2 years with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Edith; 3 brothers, John and William of South Bend, Ind., and Forrest of Kinsley, Iowa; and 1 sister, Mrs. Bessie PROUDFIT of Mt. Vernon. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.)
- Jesse GEORGE and Dwight INGRAM returned home Sunday from a vacation in Texas near the border. Just before returning home, they took a cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, off Port Isabelle. From then on, it was a dream or nightmare, which ever you would want to call it. Anyway the boys brought home a very large fish, which was reputed to have weighed 50 lbs. before being disemboweled. Jesse said he caught it. And we can see no reason to doubt this statement although some of his closest friends and fisherman and telling that he bought it or someone gave it to him, being of the opinion that the natives will not eat that certain brand of fish. His certain fish is called a warsaw, according to Jesse, but if we know anything about fish, we would say it was a grouper, or sometimes called a jewfish. But rather than start an argument, let’s compromise by just saying it was a garrupa nigrita. Then we all be right. But be that as it may. We are going to say that we believe everything Jesse told us about this fish except just one thing. We are going to believe that Jesse actually did catch the fish, and that it actually weighed 50 lbs. before the innards were removed. But the statement that we must take with a grain of salt is the value of the fish. He said this particular kind of fish readily sold at 50 cents a lb. on the hoof, right at the docks. If this is so, why in the world would a man want to be cooped up in a store when he could make $25 per day fishing, something he really likes to do.
- John Gilbert DOOLEN, Kinmundy, has been elected and initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi all-university scholarship society at U. of I.
- Jerald BRINKLEY was employed last week by the Board of Education, to teach agriculture in the high school. He will replace Virgil McKITRICK, who is now acting superintendent, due to the illness of Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- Edith MORGAN, daughter of Wesley and Cora DOOLEN MORGAN, was born in Foster twp. on Dec. 23, 1891. After graduating from Kinmundy H.S., she furthered her education by attending Normal School in Carbondale for 2 years. This prepared her for the teaching profession, which she followed for several years. Later, she became a secretary in the office of her brother-in-law, Dr. CURRAN, in Cleveland, Ohio. She filled this position for a number of years, returning to Kinmundy in 1950. She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church, the local Order of the Eastern Star, the Kinmundy Woman’s Club, and American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Helen, and 2 brothers, Ben and Maurice. She leaves 3 sisters, Martha of Kinmundy, Mrs. Genevieve CURRAN of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary THRASHER, Glen Ellyn; 3 brothers, Clyde of Cleveland, Dr. James of Guyman, Okla., and Wesley of Littleton, Colo. (A list of relatives from out-of-town was included.)
- Mrs. Harriet ANOE, 94, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Franc YOUNG of Chicago Heights this morning (Wednesday). She is survived by 2 other daughters, Mrs. Roy YOUNG of Salem, and Mrs. Pearl McCOLLOM of Denver, Colo. The body will be shipped here from Chicago, and services at the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Earl PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment in the Edgewood Cemetery in Edgewood.
- The annual meeting of the Tri-City Fishing Club were held Tuesday and the following were elected officers: Walter McHATTON, President; Virgil LIVESAY, Vice President; Edgar GREENE, Sec.-Treas.; Directors: Kinmundy: Harry GEILER, Winifred YERIAN; Alma: William HESTER, Paul STUBBLEFIELD; Farina: William WHITT, Glenn WALKER. Ray BOUGHERS was employed as caretaker.
- Mr. and Mrs. John BEERY of Glen Ellyn have a daughter, Sheryl Sue, born Jan. 26. She is granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy BEERY and Mrs. Lola HOWELL.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marlin MORRIS of Flora are parents of a daughter, Ann Lorae. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY of this city.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Nina ROSE and Mrs. Nellie MAYBERRY called on Mrs. Laura ROSE Friday afternoon. Mrs. MAYBERRY spent the afternoon with her, and Mrs. Letha ROSE and Nina attended the funeral of Carl HINES at the Methodist Church in Alma. Mr. HINES delivered the mail on our route several years.
- Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mrs. Wes ROBB Friday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS were Sunday dinner guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Ershel JENKINS and sons. The 40th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS and also their grandson, Gary’s 6th birthday were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth REESE of Centralia, Mrs. Florence REESE, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and Eugene attended the funeral of Jim REESE in Pana on Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes HEADLEY moved into their new home in the Zion neighborhood Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited with Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT of Alma Wednesday afternoon.
Feb. 6, 1958:
- Miss Janet Mae SMITH of Salem and Marvin HLOZHOUR of Breese were married at the First Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon on Feb. 1, 1958, Rev. H.C. HARMON, performing the ceremony. The maid of honor was Miss Mary Lou CONNOR of Xenia, and best man was Jerry SHUHL of Breese. The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin SMITH of Salem, and granddaughter of Mrs. Ida SMITH of this city. She is a senior in the Salem Community H.S., and plans to finish school term in Breese where the couple will make their home.
- Roy MISELBROOK, 77, died in the Yaw Nursing Home in Odin on Jan. 31, 1958. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating, and interment in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Hannah, 2 daughters, Mrs. Alice HULICK of Abingdon, Ill., Mrs. Wanda MULVANEY of Kinmundy; 1 son, Freddie, of Kinmundy; 1 step-son Ellis BUTTS of Greenview; 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE of Collinsville have a son born Jan. 30 named Rex Arthur. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE.
- On Dec. 29, 1958, Rev. Fred SPURLIN was ordained as a Baptist minister in his church at Sandy Creek where he is the pastor. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren SPURLIN of West Frankfort, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. SPURLIN of Vandalia.
- Lillie JONES, 76, died at her home in Meacham twp., Feb. 3. Services were held at Stipp Cemetery near Oskaloosa. Survivors are 2 sons, Ursell, at home, and Raymond, of Indiana.
- A surprise birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Jan. 26, in honor of Mrs. FEATHER’s birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and family, Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAWKEY and family of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mrs. R.H. FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES, Bill GREEN and Miss Mae GREEN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe MAGSAMEN have purchased what is known as the Kennedy farm 3 miles southeast of Kinmundy. The farm contains 40 acres. This farm adjoins their 140 acre farm on the east. The MAGSMENS are residents of Ivesdale and Joe is a nephew of Fred KLEISS.
- Roy MULVANEY, 74, died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. William CALDWELL in South Roxana, Jan. 31. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Ralph WILLIS, officiating. Interment was made in Alma Cemetery. He was son of James C. and Alvira Jane SMITH MULVANEY, and born on a farm in Omega twp. on Aug. 1, 1883, and died on Jan. 31, 1958 at the home of his daughter, Martha, in Roxana, Ill. He took training at both Normal and Carbondale, Ill. He engaged in farming between school terms, which he followed for 25 years, until failing health forced his retirement. On Feb. 6, 1907, he married Bertha WARREN, and they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary this past year. They had 3 daughters: Edith Pearl, who died in infancy, Ellen and Martha, who survive. He leaves his companion; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ellen SWIFT of Kinmundy, Mrs. Martha CALDWELL of Roxana; 2 sons-in-law, Paul SWIFT and William CALDWELL. Also 2 brothers, H.E. MULVANEY of Gibson City and Rolla MULVANEY of Champaign; 2 sisters, Mrs. Dilla RAMSEY of Great Bend, Kansas; Mrs. Opal RHOADES of Oak Park, Ill.; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. After retiring from teaching, this couple moved to Alma to spend their remaining years. Early in his life he united with Brown Christian Church.
- Miletus: Launa TATE, who was stricken ill very suddenly Thursday, while attending the ballgame in Louisville and lost the use of her left arm and leg, is slowly improving. She can walk but has very little use of her hand and arm. Dr. WALKER of Farina, who was attending the game, was the doctor who examined her. He said the excitement and nerves was her trouble. We hope for a speedy recovery and that she may return to school soon.
- Miletus: Paul WILKINSON had the misfortune of cutting his left with an ax while chopping wood one day last week.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Dick INGRAM of Tolono announce the arrival of a daughter, Tomara Gay, one day last week. Mrs. INGRAM is a sister of Mrs. Gerald BUTTS, Mrs. Verle WHITE, and Richard SIMMONS of this community.
- Miletus: Ronald TATE suffered an attack of appendicitis Saturday morning, and is much improved.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN spent Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem. Glen was pleasantly surprised, the occasion being in honor of his birthday.
- Sunday dinner guests of the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. ERNST and Garry were Darrel MYERS of Assumption, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald POLANKA, Charles ERNST of Charleston, and Miss Shirley ERNST of Moweaqua, the occasion being the belated celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. ERNST.
- Mrs. Anna SHAFFER returned home Sunday from the Franklin Hospital at Benton, where she underwent surgery.
- Pleasant Grove: Funeral services were held Friday at the Linton Funeral Home for Mrs. Hattie ENOE. She had died at the home of her daughter in Chicago. She was the mother of Mrs. Roy YOUNG of this vicinity. Burial in Edgewood.
- A pink and blue shower was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES at her home on Jan. 25 with Mesdames Glenn DOOLEN, Charles WHITE, Charles Lee FORD, Charles HAWKEY, and Miss Karen JONES, hostess. (Lists of those attending and sending gifts were included.)
Feb. 13, 1958:
- The F.H.A. sponsored a Sweetheart Dance Feb. 10 and invited the F.F.A. Gene MONTGOMERY and Barbara ALLEN were crowned Sweetheart King and Queen with the runners up, Larry SULLIVAN and Barbara GENTRY. Third place was taken by Garry ERNST and Helen BROWN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Everett TATE have a daughter born at Salem Hospital on Feb. 4. She has been named Vannesa Gail.
- Garland BRIMBERRY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rolley BRIMBERRY, graduated from police training at Springfield on Feb. 1. He is now stationed, with the police force at Rock Island, Ill.
- Paul SEE, 73, died Monday in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. He entered the hospital Friday to be treated for pneumonia, and suffered apoplexy that night. Services will be held at Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Oscar HAWKINS, officiating. Interment will be made in Lovell’s Grove Cemetery. He resided on a farm 3/4 miles north of Omega. He is survived by his wife, Carrie; 11 children: Zelpha JONES, Virgil and Merle of Kinmundy; Elsie ROSE and Virl of Iuka, Hilda CONANT and Leroy of Salem; Mary DISS, Odin, Inez DOUTHITT, Longview, Texas, Ella Mae KNUF, Carlyle; and Earl, San Diego, Calif; 2 step-children, Mrs. Louise PATTERSON, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Winifred LONG, McPhearson, Kansas; 1 sister, Hazel MILLICAN, Omega; and 2 brothers, John of Farina, and Ed of Pharr, Texas.
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mrs. G. Tom BALLANCE in honor of her birthday Saturday, Feb. 8. Mrs. BALLANCE was happy to have with her, her sons: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BALLANCE, and son, Jerry; her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT; and her 3 sisters, Mrs. Carl DUNLAP, Mr. and Mrs. Orie ATKINS and daughter, Loretta, and Mrs. Allie MARTIN and daughter, Mrs. Bessie McCURDY. Two of her sisters, Mrs. Lewie SULLENS of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Dow GREEN, of Mt. Vernon were unable to be present.
- A party was held Feb. 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN in honor of their sons Donnie’s 16th birthday. Attending were his 2 brothers, Beryl and Butch, Jan HANNA, Marolyn ALBERSON, Dollie SHAFFER, Judy FORD, Donna PICKEL, Carol MULVANEY, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DONOHO, Bruce and Judy, and Miss Louise HAUTH.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and children were supper guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN and daughter, Paula Mae’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sharon, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN Thursday for Mr. G.C. DOOLEN’s birthday.
- A surprise supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie McGEE on Feb. 8 in honor of Mr. McGEE’s birthday. Those enjoying the evening were Mr. and Mrs. Gene WILLIAMS and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne AMBUEHL and children.
- A public meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss the proposition of securing a doctor for the community.
- Pleasant Grove: Several attended the WSCS meeting at Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND’s Wednesday. A potluck dinner was served at noon. There were 11 members and Miss Virginia LANE, the evangelist for the revival of the Methodist Church at Alma. Miss Viola MEYER, and Mrs. Myrtle POWELL were guests, also. Rev. Forrest CROUCH, Claude HIESTAND, and Oscar SMITH were dinner guests . Happy birthday was sung for Doris, who was 6 that day; Linda ROSE, who was 6 on the 4th, and Rev. CROUCH, who’s birthday was the 12th of Feb. The birthday cake was baked by Mrs. Virgil SEE had their names on it. Quilting and piecing blocks was the work of the day.
- Pleasant Grove: Richard MILLICAN’s 6th birthday was held Saturday and a list of those attending was included. Mother, Mrs. See MILLICAN, and grandmother, Mrs. Mag WANTLAND, served.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT Sunday night.
Feb. 20, 1958:
- A community meeting was held Tuesday in the American Legion Hall attended by approximately 125 people. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the proposition of making the necessary arrangements to get a doctor to locate in Kinmundy. A drawing of the proposed medical center and floor plan was included. The meeting was in charge of the Doctor Committee from the Lions Club.
- The Youth Center sponsored a King and Queen of Hearts Dance on Feb. 15 in the gym. David LINTON and Judy DONOHO were crowned King and Queen with Donnie KEEN and Marolyn ALBERSON coming in 2nd. Bruce DONOHO and Jan HANNA, 3rd, and Beryl KEEN and Mary Susan HARVEY, 4th. Glenette WHITE and Scott ROBB were crown bearers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Feb. 1. This couple was married on Feb. 1, 1933 at the Alma Methodist parsonage with Rev. E.I. DYCUS performing the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HIESTAND were the attendants, Mrs. HIESTAND being a sister of the bride. After the vows were taken, the couple, along with the immediate family and a few friends were honored at a wedding supper in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.M. ROSE. (A photo of the couple was included.)
- The local fire department was called to the home of Denny JOHNSTON in the Clifford JACKSON property southwest of the high school late Sunday. A fire was discovered inside the wall near the flue. It was promptly extinguished.
- Rev. and Mrs. Tom WATSON of St. Cloud, Fla. arrived here on Wednesday of last week to occupy the Christian Church parsonage. (A photo was included of the new pastor.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Kermit LAWRENCE of Beecher City, Ill. will celebrate their 25th anniversary with open house on Feb. 23rd. Mrs. LAWRENCE was the former Miss Berniece DeVORE.
- Marilyn SIGRIST and Eugene KRAMER were wed Saturday in St. Philomena’s Catholic Church. The bride is eldest daughter of Theodore SIGRIST of Farina, and the groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond KRAMER of Loogootee. Fr. Joseph STRZELEC of Salem performed the ceremony. The bride chose her sister, Miss Kathleen SIGRIST, as her bridesmaid, and her matron-of-honor was the groom’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth KRAMER. The groom’s best man was his brother, Kenneth KRAMER and his groomsman was the bride’s cousin, Earl SIGRIST, Jr. The flower girl was niece of the bride, Miss Vicki SIGRIST and the ring bearer was Douglas SIGRIST, brother of the bride. The newlyweds were both graduates of LaGrove High School. The couple will make their home on a farm north of Farina.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES are the parents of a son born in Salem Hospital on Feb. 15 named William Curtis. The mother is the former Mary FEATHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT received word recently from their son, Darrell, that he had been promoted to PFC, and that he is on a 17 day maneuver in Werhelm, Germany.
- A2C Larry SULLENS left Sunday for a year’s duty in Thule, Greenland. His wife and family will make their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren SMITH of Alma, while he is gone.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Sammie HIESTAND and Mrs. Robert FORD were hostesses to Pleasant Grove Home Bureau in the Brubaker townhouse Friday afternoon. Mrs. Mabel SMITH gave the lesson “Types of Floor finishes and their care”. Mrs. Lillian CURRIE had charge of the recreation. Refreshments of sandwiches and orangeade were served by the hostesses.
- Miss Shirley MULVANEY spent Friday with her cousin, Miss Gladys Ann CORRIE of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON son, Donnie, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and Wanda. Burdette’s birthday was being remembered.
Feb. 27, 1958:
- L. Miner DOOLEN, son of the late Daniel and Mary MORRIS DOOLEN, was honored by the City of Lansing, Mich. at a banquet given in his honor on Jan. 28 in the Conrad Hilton Hotel. The occasion was also the 39th Annual Birthday Party of the Associated Equipment Distributors of which Mr. DOOLEN is the International President. He was born in Kinmundy, Ill., reared in suburban Chicago, educated in the School of Commerce of Northwestern University. (A biography was included.)
- The barn of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE of near St. Peter was destroyed by fire Sunday night. The fire was discovered by a neighbor, Mr. HOLLMAN, who was returning home after visiting in St. Peter. He got the CHEADLES out of bed to tell them about the fire and then notified the St. Peter Fire Dept. In record time, the fire department was there and water was poured on the other buildings as the barn was too far gone to be saved. Hay, corn, seed beans were stored in the barn, and also a sow and 16 pigs that perished. The building belonged to Dr. SEIBERT of Salem. They think the fire started by a heat lamp.
- Larry MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS of Centralia had the misfortune of sheering an electric power line pole at the corner of Madison and 4th streets on Sunday afternoon. The streets make a sharp curve at this intersection. Evidently Larry’s foot hit the accelerator instead of the brake in making the turn. The car was very badly damaged while Larry was not injured.
- Mrs. Edward ELSTON and Miss Nora TUTT were hostesses to a baby shower held in the home of Mrs. ELSTON, Feb. 20, in honor of Mrs. Everett TATE and new baby daughter, Vanessa Gayle. The hostesses were assisted by Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and Mrs. Dane BASSETT. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- Mrs. Myrtle DOOLEN, 83, died in the Yaw Nursing Home in Odin, Feb. 22. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Gail HINES of Sparta officiating, and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by 6 daughters, Lotta NEIL, Flint, Mich.; Dorothy ETHERTON, Murphysboro; Emmogene GRAY, Urbana (now in England); Minnie GUNDERSON, Bethesda, Md.; Neil KEUNINGTON, Ravena, Ohio; Lora PFEFFER, Lebanon; 2 sons, Arthur, Cameron, Mo., and Walter, Macomb, Ill. She also leaves 1 brother, Fred HEADLEY of Kinmundy, and 2 sisters, Mabel JONES of Kinmundy and Pearl DOOLEN of Vernon. (A list of the immediate family from out-of-town attending the funeral was included.)
- James Logan (Elzie) PERRY, 73, died Feb. 17 in the Peoria Hospital. Services were held in Villa Grove, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy. The deceased was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank PERRY. He was married to the former Mabel GARNER, who died a few years ago. He is survived by a daughter by a daughter, Rosemary ANGIES, St. David, Ill. He also leaves 2 brothers, Glenn and Otis of Villa Grove, and 3 sisters, Iva PRATHER of Christopher, Irma POTTER, Peoria, and Dollie SHANAFELT, Odin. Mr. PERRY was a retired employee at the C. & E.I. R.R.
- Mrs. Mildred BARGH received word Thursday of the death of her brother, Jex PULLEN, 47, which occurred the day previous in Tucson, Ariz. He had been in ill health for the past 3 years. Services and interment made there. Besides his wife, he leaves 4 sisters, Mildred BARGH, Kinmundy; Dorothy O’BRIEN, Chicago; Edith BOSTON, Centralia; and Nelda BOYD, Vincennes, Ind.
- The nomination committee appointed at the public meeting for the erection of a medical center met Friday and named the following committee. Location - Carl DUNLAP, A.H. MILLER, F.O. GRISSOM, and D.C. DAY. Publicity - J.N. VALLOW, Rev. Earl PHILLIPS and Rev. Tom WATSON. Fund Raising - R.R. ATKINS, Sam LOWE, D.J. ALEXANDER, E.E. BROWN, H. Merle JACKSON, Roy DOOLEN, Ruby SHAFFER, Carroll GARRETT, Tillie HULSEY, John FORD, E.R. LOWE, Merle JONES, Willie SLANE, Gene ERNST, Pearl HANNA, Margaret SHUFELDT, Thelma BAILEY, Lola ROBB, Fred KLEISS, and Lora INGRAM.
- Mr. and Mrs. David LEE are the parents of a son born Feb. 21 in Salem Hospital named Richard Russell. The mother is the former Kaye GENTRY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BASSETT and children, and Mrs. Florence REESE were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Richard WILLIAMS and children of Farina. Birthdays of the latter’s daughter, Patti, and Mrs. BASSETT, and daughter, Marsha Lynn’s were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Allen PHILLIPS and family of Edwardsville spent Sunday with Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS. Mr. and Mrs. Allen PHILLIPS and Miss Myra PHILLIPS attended the funeral of Paul WOOD at Louisville in the afternoon.
- Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY visited Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT Thursday.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the home of Rosco OLDEN, Feb. 23, in honor of his son Alva’s birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A family dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted ERNST on Feb. 23 in honor of the birthday of his mother, Mrs. Grace SOLDNER of Farina. Others partaking of the dinner was a son of the honoree, Mr. and Mrs. Gene ERNST and son, Garry.
- Little Miss Phyllis Jean ELSTON celebrated her 2nd birthday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON, on Valentine’s Day with her sister and brothers helping her in the occasion with cake and ice cream.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE on Feb. 23 in honor of Mrs. COLE’s birthday. Others present were Mrs. Louie STIPP and son, Darrell, Mrs. Pearl SULLENS and son, Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Loren WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest WILLIAMS of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. William COLE of Morris, Mrs. Nettie GEORGE and Mrs. Gail WARREN.
- Those stopping in at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Agnus PHILLIPS on Feb. 24 to wish him a happy birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son, Alan David of Salem, Rev. and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS and their son, Ben, of Flora.
- On Feb. 22, nine girls attended the birthday of Miss Betty Jo BRASEL to help her celebrate her 13th birthday which was Feb. 19. Those attending were Misses Sue EBLIN, Brenda CRANE, Janet DUKE, Susan KLINE, Nana JONES, Wanda JENKINS, Sharon YATES, Lynda INGRAM, Cheryl WILLIAMS, and the honoree.
March 6, 1958:
- The Farina State Bank experienced an attempted bank robbery this morning (Wednesday) which was foiled by the screaming of Mrs. Doris KLINE, a bookkeeper in the bank. Mrs. KLINE was the first to arrive at the bank at 8:30 a.m. Before opening the vault, she went to the utility room to get a broom to sweep the vestibule. As she entered the utility room, a man grabbed her. She began screaming and he began hitting her about the face. Finally, her screaming was too much for him, and he bolted out the back door right into the arms of Mr. Arnold WHITT and Mr. Lonnie DEADMOND, who happened to be working in the alleyway. They accompanied the gentleman to the city bastille and made him secure behind bars. Then they called the chief of police, Mr. Art SIMMONS, who in turn called the sheriff from Vandalia. After the arrival of the sheriff, the gentleman, was “shook down” and a gun taken from his possession. The man gave his name as Gene MACKEY and said his home was in Beardstown. It was reported that he had been seen in Farina a couple of days ago. He accompanied the sheriff to Vandalia.
- A birthday potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. Abbie COX on March 1. Those celebrating birthdays were Abbie COX, Dale COX, Raymond GRIFFIN, Helen COX, Velma and Linda WILKINSON. Those attending dinner were Mildred and Dale COX of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Jess JONES of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Charley BASSETT and Roger of Mt. Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Dean JONES, Carolyn and Ronnie, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond GRIFFIN, Jimmy and Jackie COX, Abbie COX, Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS and Larry, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Guy BEERY, and Mrs. Lora BAYLIS.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mrs. Orion BUTTS on March 2 in honor of Mrs. BUTTS’ birthday. Those enjoying the day were Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURKETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLTZHAUSEN, Mr. and Mrs. Junior BUTTS, Mrs. Nettie REYNOLDS, Mr. Louis MOSES and the honoree and her husband.
- A surprise basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER March 2 in honor of Mrs. Leon MILLER’s birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER, Larry and Patricia, Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER, Twila and Richard, of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER, Sammie, Susan, Jimmie and Charles; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER, John and Ernest.
- The nominating committee of the proposed medical center met Monday and named the following as directors: R.R. ATKINS, Harvey HANNA, Mrs. Dwight HANNA, A.H. MILLER, Mrs. John W. SHAFFER, John FORD, and Roy DOOLEN. The campaign committee decided they could do nothing until a site was located and someone empowered to take care of money which might be collected. The site committee met and decided the city park would be the best place to locate the center.
- Rickey MULVANEY Dies: Rickey MULVANEY, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene MULVANEY of Omega twp., died Wednesday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George COX of Salem. He had been ill for about a year with generalized cancer. Services were held Friday from the Brown Christian Church, Bro. Cecil COCHRAN officiating. Interment was in Phillips Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, and 1 sister, Rhonda, 18 months old.
- Floyd E. COURSON, 53, died suddenly Friday at the Eugene MULVANEY home in Omega township. He had gone there shortly before noon to assist in anyway he could during the funeral of Rickey, the 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. MULVANEY. He had parked the cars and at the time of his death, was helping carry flowers from the house to the flower wagon, which would take them to the church for the funeral services. Death was attributed to a heart ailment. Mr. COURSON was a highly respected farmer of the Elder School District having purchased his farm from Mr. and Mrs. Leroy KNISELEY. He leaves his wife, the former Marie KRUTSINGER; 1 son, Jimmie, a senior in the local high school; his mother, Mrs. Sarah COURSON of Farina; and 1 brother, Gerald, of Farina. Services were held from the Brown Christian Church, Bro. Cecil COCHRAN, officiating. Interment was in the Oskaloosa Cemetery.
- Erman ALLEN, son of Charles and Harriett LACEY ALLEN, was born east of Kinmundy on Jan. 9, 1898, and died Feb. 23, 1958 at his home in Chicago. He had been ill only about a week. He was graduated from the Kinmundy H.S. in the year of 1918. He was a linotype operator. For many years he was employed at the Kinmundy Express office, but for the last 6 years, he had lived in Chicago and there he followed the same occupation. On Oct. 20, 1927, he was married to Francis FLODER, and they had 2 daughters. He was a member of the Kinmundy Masonic Lodge No. 398. He leaves his wife, Frances; 2 daughters, Mrs. Harriett NEAL, Seymour, Ill., and Marilyn, at home in Chicago; 3 brothers, Rolland, Alexandria, Ind.; Cecil, Monroe, Wis.; and Charles A., St. Louis, Mo.; and 1 grandson, Jimmy, and 1 son-in-law, Freddie NEAL.
- A Revival will be held for 2 weeks at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church starting March 10. Rev. Myron HENRY of Salem will be the minister in charge of the services.
- In Memoriam of Don L. GRAY, died March 1, 1949, missed by mother, father and brother.
- Mrs. Frank LINDER and Peggy Sue of Odin, Mrs. Dan MANGNER and Rosco OLDEN spent Friday in Farina with Mr. and Mrs. Claude FEAR. Mr. FEAR’s birthday was being remembered.
March 13, 1958:
- James BLAKESLEE Dies: We were agreeably surprised Monday when we received a letter from the Citizens National Bank of Los Angeles, Calif. The letter stated that they had been named as executor of the estate of James W. BLAKESLEE, who died in Los Angeles on Feb. 15th. As far as we know, Mr. BLAKESLEE left no immediate relatives. He was born in Kinmundy on Aug. 1, 1874. He was son of Barnett W. and Mary SELLICK BLAKESLEE. He had 2 sisters, Nettie, who died while a rather young woman, and Lou (FENKE) who died about 40 years ago. Mr. BLAKESLEE was a traveling salesman. He left Kinmundy near the turn of the century, making his home in Missouri for a few years. At the death of his sister, Lou, he went to Los Angeles where he made his home. In spite of all this, he still loved Kinmundy, and did many nice things for Kinmundy.
- Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE entered the Fayette County Hospital Monday and underwent surgery the same day. A posterior tumor was removed from her back.
- Mr. and Mrs. Larry LOY of Farina are the parents of a son born March 9 in Vandalia Fayette Hospital. He has been named Timothy. He is the first great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall SPENCER.
- George EBLIN, a senior at Kinmundy-Alma High School, has been commended by the National Merit Scholarship Corp for his outstanding performance on a nationwide college aptitude test.
- Mrs. Daisy SIMMONS has purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore TROUT in the northeast part of the city.
- R.R. ATKINS has purchased the three residences, known as the Jake HOCKADAY residences, from Fred HOCKADAY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILLS have purchased the Mattie DOWNS property from Mrs. Thelma DOWNS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl HAMMER of Decatur have twin daughters born March 4. They have 1 sister, Tina Mariane.
- Mrs. Ruth BRIMBERRY and Mrs. Joe INGRAM, both of this city, were married Sunday in the Christian Church parsonage, Rev. Tom WATSON, officiating. They were attended by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILKINSON. The couple will make their home for the present at the Mattie DOWNS property across from the city park, where the bride and her son have been living.
- We received a note this week from Ann NOCHMAN ROTH in which she stated she was married on Feb. 15 at St. Gilbert’s Church in Grayslake, Ill. to Robert GOFORTH. Ann also told us of the death of her older sister, Catherine GNIADEK of Chicago which occurred on Jan. 27th. Burial was made at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, also in Chicago.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family.
- Local School System undergoes shakeup, physical ed. teacher dismissed: At the regular meeting of the Board of Education last Wednesday evening, the status of the physical education teacher, Mrs. Mary PLOWMAN was discussed. It seems as though she has been having considerable trouble with her pupils, but that didn’t have too much bearing on the final result. She had run up a large grocery bill. Instead of turning her monthly check, which amounted to $290.76 on her debts, it was used otherwise. Finally, the credit had to be stopped. In less than 2 weeks after receiving her check, she made application to Supervisor W.L. GREEN for aid because her children were hungry. It was decided to give her a hearing which took place Friday evening. At the conclusion of the hearing, the members voted to request her resignation for “unprofessional conduct.” Mrs. Margaret SHUFELDT is now substituting until another teacher is employed, which will be next week, we understand.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL Sunday in honor of Mrs. MENDENHALL’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, James and David; Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE, Glenette and Charles Glen III, and Miss Barbara GARRETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill FRAKES and family of Collinsville, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard HAMMER and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN. Mrs. GREEN’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mrs. Leon MILLER assisted by little Eddie Lee and Mrs. Nora ADAMS gave a surprise birthday party Friday for Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS and Mrs. Alma ERNST first grade room’s in honor of Miss Sue MILLER’s birthday. Everyone enjoyed dixie cups and cup cakes. Before meeting the school busses, all 40 children received bubble gum and suckers
- The annual March birthday dinner honoring the birthdays of Mack ROBB, Sam LOWE, Fletcher COLE and Marjorie GREEN was held March 9th in the home of Bob and Marjorie GREEN. Dinner was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and Johnny CHARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, Judy, and Sammy K., Mrs. Elmo WILLIAMS and Buddy, Ann, and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN, Debbie, Susan, Paula and Howard of St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and Joyce, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB. We were sorry that Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher COLE were unable to be with us due to sickness. This is always a joyous occasion for they have met for more than 25 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bailey WILLIAMS, Cindy, Karla and Cole of Carterville, were weekend visitors of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George COLE. Sunday guests also included Mr. Vess WILLIAMS and son, Relza. They were celebrating Cindy’s 10th birthday.
- Mr. Charles WHITE has been appointed temporary rural carrier for Route 1 Kinmundy.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Pearl MULVANEY ate supper with her mother, Mrs. Anna SHAFFER recently. It was Pearl’s birthday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several children and mothers attended the 5th birthday party for Karen, along with her mother, Mrs. Robert LANE. (A list of those attending was included).
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Little Roma BARKSDALE, who was injured in a fall sometime ago, has been advised by a St. Louis doctor, where her parents took her recently, to keep her off her feet for a period of time, then take her back to the doctor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.A. ERNST were accompanied to Charleston Monday by their son, Charles, who is enrolled in the spring quarter at E.I.U.
March 20, 1958:
- Larry Lee MULVANEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art MULVANEY, celebrated his 7th birthday on March 15th. (A list of friends attending was included.)
- Ella Fern MULVANEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art MULVANEY, celebrated her 5th birthday March 17th with friends.
- Cpl. Jimmie ALEXANDER of Fort Lewis, Wash., arrived Sunday night to spend a few days furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER and other relatives.
- Roy HULSEY Dies: Mr. Roy HULSEY, 65, died Wednesday evening in the Salem Hospital after a very brief illness. He and Mrs. HULSEY, and grandson, Rickey MOTCH, had gone to Salem late in the afternoon. Just as they were starting home, he became ill and was taken to the hospital. His death was attributed to a heart ailment. He had complained some of this ailment but was not under the care of a physician. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Hotz Funeral Home in St. Peter, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS of Kinmundy, officiating, and Rev. a. Vance COMER, of Lebanon, assisting. Interment was made in the Farina Cemetery under the auspices of the St. Peter American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Tillie (FORD), one son, Dale, Kinmundy; and one daughter, Charlene CHRISTIAN, Miami, Fla.; a grandson, Rickey, who made his home with them, and a granddaughter, Tara, living just across the road. He also leaves 4 brothers, Lon and Charles, St. Louis; Floyd, Marthasville, MO.; and Med SULLIVAN, Mo. Two sisters and one brother, and his parents, preceded him in death. Mr. HULSEY went to St. Louis when just a lad and for 30 years, was employed as a street car motorman. 17 years ago, he retired from this position, and came to Kinmundy where he has engaged in farming since. (A tribute was also written and included by Mr. A.H. ALLISON, St. Louis, former associate editor, St. Louis County Watchman Advocate, and a life long friend to Mr. HULSEY.)
- Mrs. Hulda SCHMIDT of Dundee died Saturday in that city. Services were held Tuesday here. She is survived by 3 sons, Fred, of Elgin, Carl of Chicago, Herman of Dundee, and a daughter, Mrs. Selma JOHNSON of Dundee, and several grandchildren. She was eldest sister of Mrs. W.S. PRUETT.
- The regular PTA meeting was called to order by president, Mrs. Lura ROBNETT. Prayer was given by Mrs. Dorothy SCHOOLEY, and the pledge to the flag. Mrs. Alta DISS read an article on the PTA by the National President. Room count was taken with the banner going to Miss RITTER’s room. Mrs. Pearl HANNA introduced the refreshment committee, all from Alma, Mesdames John FORD, James BROOKS, Perry SMITH, Logan PHILLIPS, Melvin CURRIE, Relzie SULLENS and William HAYES. Mrs. Pola ROBB reported $131.40 collected in the Mother’s March and a very successful drive. The High School Athletic Banquet will be Apr. 11 with the PTA sponsoring it with Mesdames Millie BASSETT, chairman, Ellen SWIFT, Alecia WHITE, and Charlene GORDON also on the committee in charge. The nominating committee reported the following candidates for the coming year: President - Mrs. Bill HESTER; Vice President, Mrs. Art BOYD; Secretary - Mrs. Ray INGRAM; Treasurer - Mrs. Bob LEE. Mr. Ray VANDEVEER moved the nominations be closed and above elected by acclamation. Mrs. Maxine ROBB, music chairman, presented Janice and Elaine PARRILL who played two numbers on their accordions and Barbara ALLEN who sang two beautiful songs. The president then introduced Mr. Roy DOOLEN program chairman for the evening.
- James GUNTHORP died of a heart attack at his home in Delmar, Calif. on Monday. Services and burial will be there Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Clara (PARRILL) and one son, Seth, of Coronado, Calif. His entire career was spent as a teacher in the public school system of Chicago. He retired about 4 years ago. For the past 3 years, he and his wife have been living in Calif. Mrs. GUNTHORP’s sister is Miss Ella PARRILL.
- G.W. “Bill” CONANT, 55 died Monday in the Richland County Memorial Hospital at Olney. Services were held at the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Albert W. PERRY, officiating. Interment was made in the Sandy Branch Cemetery. He was a resident of Foster township, residing just south of the Sandy Branch Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Grace; 3 daughters, Mona FRAKES, Edwardsville; Betty SEE, Chicago; and Marge JONES, Foster twp.; 2 sons, Lyle of Chicago; and Dale, an invalid, at home; 2 sisters, Elma HARVEY, Ridgefarm; and Nell ROBB, Foster twp; 2 brothers, Elvin and Marvin, both of Foster twp. 1 daughter, Dona, preceded him in death.
- Dr. N.H. DAVISON has closed his dental office in Kinmundy and will devote his entire time to his practice in Sandoval. He has been having his office open here 2 days each week, and his Sandoval office, 4 days each week.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glendon HART and sons, Wayne and David, of E. St. Louis, spent Saturday with his grandmother, Mrs. W.W. LOWE. In the evening they all attended the wedding of Mrs. Lowe’s great-niece, Miss Wanda CARPENTER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles CARPENTER, of Mt. Vernon, to Mr. Paul E. SETZEHORN, also of Mt. Vernon. The wedding was in the Logan Street Baptist Church.
- On March 14, around 40 friends and neighbors gathered at the Kinmundy Legion Hall with well filled baskets to help Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, Sr. celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The hall was decorated and a 3-tiered wedding cake was on the table. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph LIGGETT, Champaign; Mrs. Net FERRIS, Mrs. Lou FERRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit FERRIS, Neoga; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. FURRY and Glenda, St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Elroy RUNGE and Susan, St. Peter; Mr. Omer GORDON, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde PERRY, Mrs. Maude FURRY, Mr. and Mrs. Arno MILLER, Raymond ATKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Ross HANNA and Xon, Randy HANNA, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and Don, Mrs. Fannie MILLER, Mrs. and Mrs. Art HOEHNE, Mr. and Mrs. Otto DeWERFF, Mr. and Mrs. Junior GORDON and family, and the honorees.
- Mrs. Jennie PHILLIPS CASSIDY, 67, died at her home in Webster Groves, Mo. from a heart attack on Saturday. Burial was made in Webster Groves. Her husband, John H. CASSIDY, died Feb. 1957. She is survived by a son, John H. CASSIDY, of St. Louis. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ben PHILLIPS and was reared in this community.
March 27, 1958:
- At a special meeting of the local Board of Education last Wednesday, Miss Laverna Mae GROTE, a graduate of Southern Ill. University, was employed for the remainder of the term to teach English and Girls’ Physical Education. She is a native of Granite City, and began teaching Monday. She is rooming with Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY.
- Mrs. Dayton ROGERS, 80, died in Belvidere, Ill. on Thursday and was brought here for burial. Services were held Monday from the Omega Presbyterian Church and interment made in Lovell Grove Cemetery. The ROGERS are former residents of the Omega community.
- Mrs. Daisy SIMMONS has moved from her farm in Tonti Twp. to the Theodore TROUT property in the northeast part of Kinmundy, which she recently purchased.
- Mrs. Clara LITTLETON, 80, of Farina died in the Vandalia Fayette County Hospital on March 21. Services were held from the St. Philomena Church with Fr. Joseph STRZELEC of Salem, officiating. She is survived by her husband, Harley; 1 daughter, Mary TRAINOR, 1 son-in-law; Paul TRAINOR, and 5 grandchildren, Paula, Danny, David, Debra and Gary TRAINOR, all of Pontiac.
- A baby shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES on March 22, in honor of Ricky Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. David LEE. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Word was received here Monday of the sudden death of Gale McGRUE, 55, in South Bend, Ind., which occurred that morning in Memorial Hospital. He suffered a heart attack shortly before while he was at work at the Bondix Aviation Plant. He was taken to the hospital in a private car and died soon afterwards. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Bessie PARRILL, of Farina, received the word and left that afternoon for South Bend. to be with her sister. Burial will be made in South Bend. Survivors are the wife, Martha (HENSLEY); 1 son, Danny, wife and 2 daughters of North Ridge, Calif; and Nancy, who is with her husband, B.O. KEMP, and 2 sons in France, and his mother, Mrs. Gertie McGRUE, South Bend. The McGRUE’s are former residents of this community.
- A baby boy was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Ron PETERSON in Seattle, Wash. Mrs. PETERSON is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. BACKENSTO of Hartford, Ill.
- A birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE on Sunday, March 23, in honor of the 80th birthday of her mother, Mrs. Olga WEISS. Other birthdays being remembered were Donna COPPLE’s 17th, Barbara COPPLE’s 14th, Mary Lee HELM’s 14th, Donna SYNDER’s 6th, and Dwight SYNDER’s 1st. There were 5 decorated cakes and one topped with 80 birthday candles. Those present besides the host of hostess and their daughters were: Mrs. Olga WEISS of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Jr. and son, Roy, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Sr. of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. William KLEEMANN of Vandalia; Walter KLEEMANN of Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Dale SYNDER and children, Donna and Dwight of Sandoval. Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS and daughter, Peggy, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son, Rickie of Farina, Miss Mary Lee HELMS and Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON.
- Master John ROBB, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB, was 2 years old on March 19, and several cousins and relatives came to his home to celebrate. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John BECHTOLD of Carbondale are the parents of a daughter born March 20 in Carbondale Hospital named Robin. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl GREENWOOD.
- Commitments for the Community Medical Center are nearing the halfway point, $10,000. Also, the Board of Directors have appointed a building committee: R.H. SCHOOLEY, Carl DUNLAP, Gene WILLIAMS, Cecil HARVEY, and Eugene SHUFELDT.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Clyde ROSE gave a party Tuesday for their son, Lennie’s 3rd birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the stork showers for Mrs. Paul ROSE at the Omega townhouse Friday by hostesses Mrs. Millie JONES and Mrs. Curt ARNOLD.
- Last Weeks Locals: W.R. DOOLEN attended a dinner Sunday at the home of Mrs. Ferne CLEM of West Frankfort in honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Riley WILLIAMS’ 57th wedding anniversary.
- Last Weeks Locals: Mr. and Mrs. Paul MONTGOMERY were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd BASS to a chicken dinner at the “Chicken House” Saturday night. Both couples were celebrating their birthdays.
- Last Weeks Locals: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth WILKINSON and Linda visited his father, Ellis WILKINSON on Thursday. Ellis’ birthday was being remembered.
- Last Weeks Locals: S. Sgt. and Mrs. W.R. MIDDLETON and children left Monday for San Antonio, TX, where he is stationed, and where they will live. They have been visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and children of Carrier Mills spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- Miss Shirley BAILEY of Champaign spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY.
- Miletus (from last week): Bert JEANS, who has been quite ill for some time will celebrate his 81st birthday on March 28th. A birthday card shower has been suggested.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER and sons, Max and Mike, of Bridgeport, were Sunday dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. ROBB.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion HINES, who has been stationed at Camp Polk, La., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES of Chicago, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BUTTS. Marion and his wife plan to leave April 15 for Germany to make their home, where he will be stationed for 3 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hubert HEADLEY, Mr. and Mrs. David HEADLEY of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Wes HEADLEY and son were dinner guests of Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY and son, Russell, Sunday. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Merle HEADLEY and children. Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mrs. Wilma VANDEVEER attended a Nature Study Club Tuesday and a Textile Painting Club Friday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Guy SHAFFER of Alma.
April 3, 1958:
- Mr. and Mrs. J.S. REICHERT of Meacham will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Apr. 5, 1958. Sam REICHERT and Laura D. TARBOX were married Apr. 5, 1908 in Mason, Ill. They have 1 daughter, Mrs. Charles H. ROBERTS of Salem, and 2 grandchildren, Johnny Bill and Sharon Kaye. Due to the illness of Mrs. REICHERT, who is in Salem Hospital, they will not have an open house. (Two photos were included - one from their early days, and one taken 2 years ago.)
- George William CONANT died on March 17, 1958 at Olney Hospital. He was born in Foster twp. on Apr. 18, 1902. He was married to Grace BASSETT from Dec. 24, 1920. They had 4 daughters, and 2 sons: Lyle, Hillside; Dale, Alma; Betty SEE, Broadview; Marjorie JONES, Alma; Mona FRAKES, Edwardsville. One daughter, Donna, preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. The sisters are: Mrs. Elma HARVEY, Ridgetown farm, Mrs. Nell ROBB, Kinmundy, and the brothers, Marvin and Elvin of Alma. 1 sister, Velma, preceded him in death. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. ALBERT, officiating. Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.
- Myrtle LANSFORD: Myrtle Ada, daughter of Philip and Nancy GREEN, was born near Kinmundy, November 13, 1896, and passed away, after an extended illness at Monticello, Ill., March 20, 1958, at the age of 61 years, 4 months, and 7 days. On July 31, 1918, she was married to Henry Monroe LANSFORD and to this union was born eight children, two having preceded her in death. Several years ago Myrtle professed her faith in Jesus Christ and loved to attend church services, going many times when she was not physically able. Her friends have heard her testify many times to the saving and sanctifying power of God. Myrtle leaves to mourn their loss her husband Monroe, six children, Mrs. Paul FIELDS, of Monticello; Mrs. George KUDER, of Deland; Mrs. Edgar PERKINS, of Mansfield; Everett, of California; Ted and Orville, of Monticello; three sisters, Mrs. Albert MALINSKY, Mae GREEN, of Kinmundy, and Anna GREEN, Houston, Texas; and three brothers, Wm. GREEN, Kinmundy; Forrest GREEN, California; and Lucian GREEN, South Bend, Ind.; nine grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
- The fire department was called to the Dwight DAY home in the south part of town Monday to extinguish a grass fire. Mr. and Mrs. DAY were burning off the garden and the wind switched, sending the fire toward their home. No damage was done.
- Word was received this past week that the Kinmundy Methodist Church and the Kinmundy Cemetery Assoc. were remembered in the will of James W. BLAKESLEE, deceased. He was born in Kinmundy and made his home in Los Angeles these past few years.
- Ben JENKINS purchased the Paddy GRAY property, which was sold at auction at the administration’s sale Saturday afternoon. The purchasing price was $2000.
- Relatives and friends of Mrs. Jennie ALBERTS, widow of the late Mr. E.E. ALBERTS, enjoyed a very pleasant day and birthday dinner in the basement of the Alma Methodist Church March 30th, honoring her 78th birthday, which was March 28th. Those present were her children: Mr. and Mrs. O.T. DUNCAN, Mrs. Lena BULLARD of Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. G.A. SHREFFLER of Alma; Her grandchildren: Mr. and Mrs. Herman DUNCAN of Kell, Mr. and Mrs. Dwain HEINZMAN of Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Omer MAXEY of Salem; Miss Shirley DUNCAN of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. E.A. YUND of Bismarck, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. G.E. SHREFFLER of Carrier Mills; Her great-grandchildren: Karen MAXEY, Miss Berniece MAXEY and her friend, Mr. James H. NOE of Salem; Paul Ray, Pauline, and Brenda DUNCAN of Kell; Mr. and Mrs. Zane GOOSTREE of Odin; Ronnie and Miss Barbara YUND of Bismarck; and Micky, Connie, Russie, and Sue Ann SHREFFLER of Carrier Mills; One great-great-grandchild, Zane GOOSETREE, Jr., of Odin; 1 sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrtle O’BRIEN, Salem; and the following friends, Mrs. Eva HARGIS of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER of Alma; and Mr. Leslie SHREFFLER of Salem.
- The ALEXANDER Gulf Service Station was burglarized Sunday night and about $50 in cash was taken. Mr. D.J. ALEXANDER, the owner, says that is all he can account for. The burglars gained entrance by breaking a glass from a side door and crawling through.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the funeral of Will CURRIE at the McMackin Funeral Home in Salem on Friday.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Dayton ROGERS at the Omega Church Monday, who died in Belvidere, where she and her husband have lived with their son, Guy and wife, for the past 2 years.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE Sr., Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and families were among those attending the Home Bureau Friday night in Salem, the men doing a little stunt.
- Miletus: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald BUTTS Saturday night in honor of his brother, Mike and wife.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Mrs. Grace DILLON were in Louisville Monday at the Pillman Funeral Home to be with the family of John H. HARRELL, who died Saturday, and was buried in Oskaloosa Cemetery.
- Meacham: The CB Circle held their regular meeting with Mrs. George KESSLER Thursday with nearly all members present. They were: Mesdames Charles LOWE, Loren COOPER, William SLANE, Merl JOHNSTON, Percy LACEY, Rufus ADAMS, Grace DILLON, Freddie MISELBROOK, and Ervin SOLDNER. Quilting on a beautiful quilt was the work of the day.
- In Memoriam of Andrew J. JACKSON, who died Apr. 5, 1955. By Nelda JACKSON and children.
- Mrs. Nora OLDEN, Mrs. Carroll GARRETT, and Mrs. Virginia MONTGOMERY entertained a group of friends in the home of Mrs. MONTGOMERY on March 28, the occasion being a baby shower for Mrs. Jim WASEM. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A potluck dinner was held March 30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY in honor of their eldest daughter, Mrs. Maxine ROBB’s birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
April 10, 1958:
- At the Cemetery Association meeting on Saturday, R.R. ATKINS was elected President; Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON, Vice President; and Miss Alta BAGOTT, Sec.-Treas. On the board of directors, Miss Pauly BAGOTT and Mrs. H.M. FISHER were elected to fill a full three year term.
- Mrs. Edna WILLIAMS, 78, died in Salem Hospital on Tuesday where she had been a patient for more than a week. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES, with whom she made her home. Also 1 brother, A.C. CARLSON, Tranquility, Calif.; and 1 foster brother, Dr. Ira SCHLAGENHAUF of Neenah, Wis.
- In behalf of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398 A.F. & A.M., Mr. A.A. MALINSKY presented to Fred W. KILLIE, a 50 year plan. At the same time Gilbert DOOLEN, secretary of the lodge, presented the 50 year card. The ceremony took place at the KILLIE home on Apr. 2nd. That brings the number to a total of 6 living 50 year members of the local lodge, they being C.S. WATSON, F.G. ALEXANDER, A.C. DUNLAP, G.C. DOOLEN, Clyde B. CAMERER, and F.W. KILLIE.
- The Royal Neighbors held their regular meeting in the American Legion Hall on March 25. The main feature of the evening was the presentation of a 50 year membership pin to Mrs. Estella LEE by Oracle Mrs. Jean GRAY.
- Mr. and Mrs. John HOYT have a daughter born in a hospital in Sterling on March 30 named Marcelia Ann.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and children moved their household goods here last Wednesday from Gilman and are staying with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS, while they are working on the Della HANSON property which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. M.A. THRASHER and 2 daughters, of Mason, were in Kinmundy, Friday greeting old friends. Mrs. THRASHER was the former Mrs. Kittie E. PARKS. Both parties were residents for many years of Wheatland, Wyo. They were married Apr. 1st in Effingham, and will reside on the bride’s farm 3 miles north of Mason. Mr. THRASHER, with his family came here in 1904 from Effingham county, and was employed as principal of the local school, which he did until 1907, when he accepted a position in Salem Schools. He served as County Supt. of Schools in Marion County from 1916-1920. After finishing his term as County Supt., he and Mrs. THRASHER went to Wheatland, Wyo, where he was employed in the schools there. Mrs. THRASHER died a few years ago.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Harold KENLEY has a new niece born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEAMON of Decatur, and named Mary Kay.
- Pleasant Grove: Francis SIPES had the misfortune of being hit by a car last Monday. His car was almost a total loss. Fortunately he was not seriously hurt.
- Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM attended the funeral services of Jesse JACOBS and Forrest MARTIN in Watson, Friday.
- Locals from last week: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT visited Mr. and Mrs. George GILLESPIE of Vandalia, Thursday afternoon.
April 17, 1958:
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Rosco OLDEN on April 13, in honor of the birthdays of Mr. OLDEN and his great-grandson, Donnie THOMPSON. Those present to enjoy the dinner were Leland OLDEN and son, Paul, of Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER, Wallace and Larry and Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and family of Salem, Rosco OLDEN and son, Alva; Mr. and Mrs. Burdett JENKINS and Wanda, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and Bill; Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and Mike; Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN and Pamela, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie THOMPSON and Donnie; and Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER, Paulette, Ann and Sammie. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Claude FEAR of Farina.
- On April 9, Section 21 held their annual public speaking contest at St. Elmo. Warren SHUFELDT, Kinmundy’s representative, placed third. Warren spoke on Soil Conservation.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT of Foster twp. have purchased the R.R. ATKINS home on South Monroe Street.
- Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS Jr. have purchased the 86 acre farm of Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT in Foster twp.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER have purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. of the Louisville Rd.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.R. ATKINS have purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER on Fremont Street.
- Mrs. Elizabeth LUX has purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. G. Edwin SHREFFLER on north Monroe St.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gail WOOTERS have sold their residence property on the Louisville Rd. to Mr. and Mrs. Richards ENOCHS, one of our high school teachers. The WOOTERS are building a home in Salem which will be ready about June 1st.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER April 10 in honor of the birthday of Paul SHAFFER, Sammie SHAFFER, Leon MILLER, Herbert ANDERSON, and the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. SHAFFER. Those enjoying the evening were Mr. and Mrs. David SHAFFER and children, and Paul SHAFFER and family of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT Sunday. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES of Patoka.
- Our own supervisor, W.L. GREEN, was elected chairman of the Marion County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday. The election was due to the death of H.W. JACKSON of Odin. Mr. GREEN was the Vice Chairman.
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY announce the engagement of their youngest daughter, Brenda, to Dale HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS. Brenda is a junior and Dale is a senior in our local high school.
- Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and family, and Mrs. Bill JONES and son spent last Tuesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Sammie LOWE and daughter helping Mrs. LOWE celebrate her birthday.
April 24, 1958:
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles GAMMON celebrate 50th anniversary with open house, Sunday: On Easter Sunday, Apr. 19, 1908, Mrs. Bessie STONER, became the bride of Charles GAMMON, in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.T. STONER in Alma, Rev. R.F. MALLOTT, pastor of the Alma Christian Church, officiating. Several relatives and friends witnessed the ceremony. The groom was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Granville GAMMON, and a very promising telegraph operator. He was employed at the time in the Kinmundy depot. And so the next day after their wedding, this couple came to Kinmundy, to make their home. And they have lived here ever since with the exception of 3 years which were spent in Laclede where Mr. GAMMON was depot agent. The attendants were Mrs. MALLOTT and Mrs. Maude TOMLINSON. Mrs. TOMLINSON is still living. This couple had 3 children, Rex, now of Houston, Texas; Wilma, now of Clinton; and Fred of this city. However, their family has increased now to include 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. On Sunday, Apr. 20, 1958, this couple were guests in the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GAMMON, where they held open house in the afternoon, during which time 75 well wishers visited them. A beautiful four tier cake was baked by Mrs. Fred GAMMON, while Mrs. D.C. JACKSON baked one with 3 tiers. Mr. GAMMON was retired from the railroad 4 years ago. Since that time, he has been devoting her time to the culture of flowers. He has many different kinds and raises daffodils and narcissi on a commercial basis. (A list of those attending from out-of-town was included.) (Individual photos of the couple were included.)
- Mr. R.R. ATKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER have moved this week into the homes they recently purchased.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerald BINKLEY, the new agricultural teacher of the local high school, have rented the house known as the Margaret GRAMLEY property near the school and plan to move this week. They have been living in one of the Robnett apartments since coming here from Ridgefarm.
- Mr. and Mrs. David LEE have rented the property owned by Miss Dorothy McCULLEY formerly known as the Mrs. Anna FISH property and plan to move therein the future.
- Henry HASSEBROCK and Mrs. Lawrence PERRY collided at the Methodist Church corner at 7 a.m. Monday. Mr. HASSEBROCK was driving east. The car he was driving belonged to Denny JOHNSTON. This car did not seem to be damaged too much. Mrs. PERRY was driving north and her car was damaged considerably. This has been a rather dangerous corner for some time, due to some evergreen obstructing the view.
- Kipp Mathew LYKINS was born Apr. 20 to Dr. and Mrs. J.D. LYKINS in Mansfield. The mother is the former Marilyn HUMPHREY.
- Mr. and Mrs. August QUANDT and son, Lester, of Iuka, and Fred KLEISS and daughter, Mildred, enjoyed ice cream and cake at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT and family Wednesday night for the first birthday of Miss Regina QUANDT.
- The local fire dept. was called to the Clifford JACKSON residence Wednesday to extinguish an outbuilding which was ablaze, having caught from a grass fire. The property is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert JENKINS. Later Wednesday afternoon, the department was called to the Wilburn WOODEN home, formerly the Allen School, south of Kinmundy, to extinguish a grass fire. On Thursday afternoon, the department was called to the home of Mrs. Kate BOUGHERS to cope with an overheated oil burner. Considerable smoke damage was done to the interior of the home.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. J.C. McCARTY on Apr. 20. There were 8 present whose birthdays were being remembered. Those enjoying the day were: Mr. and Mrs. J.M. McCARTY and Vickie of Iola, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Theresa, Steven, and Kevin, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHRENBACHER and Tommie; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie FEHRENBACKER of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Dale McCARTY, Bob, Jim and Mark of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Orin PLOWMAN of Tolono; Mr. and Mrs. Bill DAVIS of Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Myron CRAIG of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Glen McCARTY and Darrell; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ELKINS, Clark, Larry, Forest, and Janie; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCARTY, Bobby, Gwinnie, Gloria, Ronnie and Ronda; Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCARTY and June; and Mr. J.C. McCARTY.
- Pleasant Grove: Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Anna TARTER at Bee Branch, Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. John SHAFFER entertained several young folks to a birthday party Sunday in honor of Sammy’s 11th birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BASSETT, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mesdames Bob GREEN, Frank GARRETT, Guy ARNOLD, Lora ARNOLD, Ray INGRAM, and James JONES spent Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES. The occasion was the birthday of Mrs. G.F. JONES.
May 1, 1958:
- Ground breaking ceremonies were held last Thursday evening for the new Community Medical Center. The program was in charge of R.R. ATKINS. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS pastor of the Methodist Church, gave the invocation. Mayor F.O. GRISSOM was given the honor of turning the first shovel of dirt. About 75 people were present for the ceremony. (A picture of the ground-breaking was included.)
- Mrs. Bessie PARRILL received word last Tuesday of the sudden death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. John HENSLEY of Prestonburg, KY. Mrs. HENSLEY was a clerk in store in Prestonburg, and as she was opening the store, and as she entered, she died of a heart attack. Services and interment were made there. Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.
- Miss Alice MULVANEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard MULVANEY, of Salem, and Paul WEST, son of Mrs. Pauline WEST, of Elgin, were married to Mt. Vernon, Apr. 26. The attendants were the groom’s mother and Johnnie MARTIN of Salem. The bride and groom are both employed in Salem. The couple will make their home in Kinmundy.
- The Kinmundy Wide-A-Wake 4-H Club held it’s first meeting Apr. 16th at the home of E.A. ERNST. 12 members and 5 guests were present. Officers elected were: President
- Robert SHUFELDT; Vice President - Larry LEACH; Secretary - Warren SHUFELDT; Treasurer - Mark SWIFT; Reporter - Darrell McCARTY; Federation Members - Nolan McKITRICK and John DISS.
- Elizabeth Joann ANDERSON, Salem, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON, has been accepted for Junior Membership in the American Guernsey Cattle Club. (A photo was included of Joann with her animal.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Mont RITTER have a son, Kevin Lynn, born Apr. 23rd.
- Caroline HEATON: Matilda Caroline HEATON, daughter of John H. and Hester Ann GRIFFIN near Kinmundy on Feb. 23, 1870, died at her home here, Apr. 22, 1958. In 1866, she, with her family, moved to Tuckerman, Ark., where she resided for 10 years. On Oct. 7, 1896, she married Clare R. HEATON, of Kinmundy. Two children, John and Hester, were born. The son, John, died in 1936. She was also preceded in death by her husband, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Her survivors are her daughter, Hester; her mother; a sister, Mrs. Nora CHURCHMAN of Little Rock, Ark. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of relatives attending from out of town was included.)
- Nolan McKITRICK will compete in the state FFA Home Beautification Contest.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS moved Thursday into the home they recently purchased known as the Paddy GRAY property.
- Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT have moved from Carlyle to their home here, formerly known as the Ed WORMLEY property. Mr. BARCROFT is a former superintendent of our schools and at present is the County Superintendent of Schools of Clinton county. He will continue his duties there.
- Mickey, Connie, Russell, and Sue Ann, children of Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER of Carrier Mills, spent Friday and Saturday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, while their parents were in Decatur attending the funeral of Oscar CHANDLER.
- Nola, Sylvia, Joyce, Royce, and Jerry McKITRICK, Mrs. Daisy SIMMONS and Lorraine, attended a party given for the Senior class of Calvary Baptist Church, Alma, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie SKAGGS of Cartter on Thursday.
May 8, 1958:
- Tornado damages a few farm homes west of Kinmundy Saturday afternoon: P.T. CURLEY, Donald ROBB, and Clyde BASSETT experienced the effects of a real twister Saturday afternoon. Our townspeople watched the funnel as it traveled along, dipping down and then up again. It traveled from southwest to northeast. It first dipped down in the SEE woods, southwest of the CURLEY home, uprooting many trees. Coming on it dipped down, removing the crib and machine shed on the CURLEY farm. Also uprooting a large tree near the house, left the barn in a leaning position, and ripped several shingles from the house. Mrs. CURLEY said she saw the twister coming and watched it for about 10 minutes before it struck. At first, she thought about helping Mr. CURLEY, who is a partial invalid, to the car and getting away from it. But on second thought, it might strike while they were trying to get to the car. So they just made the best of it. Mr. and Mrs. Donald ROBB and family were in town at the time. When they returned home they found their chicken house had been completely demolished and the chickens running everywhere. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT were not home either. They did not notice too much wrong around their place except they could not shut the garage doors, due to it being twisted. And a few pear trees were uprooted. We also understand there was a little damage done on the Joe POLANKA farm, south of the Patoka blacktop. This would be about in line with these other places. This is the month when storms are a little more prevalent than any other time. And one can come without the least warning, just like this one did. It seems as though after this storm struck, the fire siren was sounded. Just why, no one knew. From all of the radio reports, one would have thought Kinmundy was blown off the map. We knew better, but people away from here didn’t. Before they could rest securely, they had to make a call to a loved one to see if they were okay. So let’s all be just a little more careful.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN have purchased the building formerly occupied by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. from John R. HARRELL. They are now repairing the building and will move therein soon.
- B.F. LINTON has purchased the Fred COLLET farm south of this city. There is 216 acres in this farm and Mr. LINTON, with the help of two boys, will operate the farm. The COLLET family intends to return to Des Plaines, Ill, where Mr. COLLET will return to his work with the building trades.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Rada CALDWELL, of Alma, were Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRET, of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- John DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN, was a participant in Honors Day on May 2 and the Univ. of Illinois.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE are the parents of a son, Brian Lee, born on May 2.
- RM2 and Mrs. Neil BRASEL, of Corpus Christi, Texas, have a son born there on May 2 named Richard Lee. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Berthol GARRETT and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL.
- Dr. and Mrs. Richard MAULDING have a son born Apr. 30 named Wesley Richard.
- Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN and daughter moved Saturday into the Glen WHITE property on South Jefferson St.
- A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Denard MERCER of Salem in honor of Mr. MERCER’s birthday. Also present were: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin LUTTRELL of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Howard HELM and daughter, Janet, and Max MERCER of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters, Karen and Kathy of Farina, Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and children, Vickie, Patty, Nancy and Mike, and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Russell.
- Caddie PATTERSON, born near Kinmundy, Nov. 27, 1884, the daughter of Henry W. and Ellen BURRESS SEE, died in Odin on May 1, 1958. On Oct. 7, 1930, she married William PATTERSON, and they established a home near Chicago. The husband died on June 10, 1937, and Caddie moved to Kankakee, and returned to Kinmundy to establish a permanent residence. As a young girl she was a member of the Old Harmony Baptist Church, and later transferred her membership to Kinmundy Methodist Church. She leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. Edna TELFORD of Salem; and Mrs. Leona ZIMMER of Kinmundy; 1 brother, Guy SEE of Kankakee. Services were held at Linton Funeral Home, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Leroy DISS was honored at a Nursery Shower on May 2 at the home of Mrs. Bessie DISS with Mrs. Dorothy SILL and Miss Sylvia McKITRICK hostesses, also. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- On Apr. 30, Miss Luella PARRILL was happily surprised by a few neighbors and friends who called at her home to wish her a “Happy Birthday”. Tea, coffee and a birthday cake was served by Mrs. Joe MALONE, of Farina. Mrs. Lonnie CHURCH of Mattoon, nieces of the honoree, and Mrs. Bess PARRILL of Farina, sister-in-law.
- Miletus (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES and sons, Danny and Denzil, were at the Victor YATES home Sunday helping celebrate the birthday of their mother, Mrs. Dicy YATES.
- Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited Mrs. Bob FORD of Alma Friday afternoon.
- Miss Barbara COPPLE spent Monday night with Miss Janet FORD.
May 15, 1958:
- Congratulations to Sharon EBLIN, our state contest winner Herrin on May 2. Also we congratulate Bill SEE, who accompanied her at the piano and Mr. RHOADES for his untiring efforts with our band this year. It is a real honor to have a state winner. We also wish to congratulate Larry BASSETT, Janet FORD, and Mary Lee HELM, accompanied by Mrs. H.J. BARKSDALE and Mrs. O.I. LEACH. They received a second place rating.
- On May 7, twenty-two neighbors and friends arrived at the Pete CURLEY home west of Kinmundy with chain saws, axes, wrecking bars, hammers and other necessary tools to complete their task of cleaning up the after effects of the storm which visited this farm home on the Saturday previous. In less than 4 hours, a large elm tree had been cleared and burned, the roof of the house patched, the usable lumber of the crib and machine shed piled, and the scrap lumber burned, and the rest of the debris cleaned and burned. Mr. CURLEY is a semi-invalid and this was certainly a fine gesture on the part of the neighbors.
- Mrs. Wayne SIMMONS of Decatur, and Mrs. Ernie SKAGGS of Cartter, were hostesses to a stork shower at the home of Mrs. Daisy SIMMONS on May 10, in honor of Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN. (Lists of those attending and those sending gifts, were included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. David LEE and son moved Tuesday into the Dorothy McCULLEY property on West 1st St.
- Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL has been employed as a clerk in the local post office due to the resignation of Basil GENTRY. Mr. GENTRY resigned his services last Wednesday and will devote full time to his farming interests.
- Students from our community who are members of the graduating class from McKendree College are Ava WILLIAMS and Nellie WILLIAMS, Alma; C.F. GAMMON, Alma; Ernst and Bertha SEE, Kinmundy; Marjorie WALKINGTON, Iuka.
- Army PFC Darrell C. GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, Kinmundy, recently participated in annual firing practice with the 443d Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany (Wiesbaden). GARRETT, a jeep driver in the battalion’s Battery C., entered the Army in May 1957, and received Basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo. He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., before arriving in Europe last October. The 23 year old soldier is a 1952 graduate of Kinmundy H.S. He was employed by the Peoria Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, in civilian life.
- Mr. and Mrs. Milbourn JONES, who have spent the winter in Las Vegas, Nev., with their daughter, have returned here and expect to build a new home for themselves in the north part of town.
- Two KACHS Seniors, George EBLIN and Frank METCALF, are receiving state scholarships, and will send these winners to an Illinois College of their choice. Each student completed exams on Feb. 1st, and there were 2,259 winners across the state.
- Not “Mat” Any More: “You can’t call me Mat anymore. Now I’m Chester”. So quote Ruben CRAIN Saturday night as he returned his badge of authority as chief of police and night watchman for the city of Kinmundy, to his predecessor, E.O. ZIMMER, who has been recuperating from his recent operation. Mr. ZIMMER feels that he is again able to carry on. Mr. CRAIN was given the name of “Mat” soon after his inception as Chief of Police by his friends, due to his deadly aim and his quick draw. We are sorry to see Mr. CRAIN leave this work, and happy to see Mr. ZIMMER able to take over again. And also happy there is not enough work of this kind around our city for both of them.
- Word was received here May 7 that Mrs. Garfield (Pearl) WATSON had passed away in Phoenix, Ariz. that day. Services were held there. Mr. and Mrs. WATSON were former Kinmundy residents.
- Ed GREENE moved last Wednesday into the home he recently purchased on North Jefferson St.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ocal ALTOM of Alma were Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY of Tuscola, and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY and Louis. Birthdays of Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY were being remembered.
- In Memoriam of David H. BOUGHERS, who died May 17, 1956, by wife, nieces, and nephews.
May 22, 1958:
- George EBLIN has been named valedictorian from the KACHS Class of 1958. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie EBLIN of Omega, and will be entering Southern Illinois University this summer to study chemical engineering. Frank METCALF has been named Salutatorian. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Max METCALF, who live on the Patoka Road, and he plans to enter Southern Illinois University to study physics. (Photos were included with this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Sterling SULLIVAN have a daughter, Debra Sue, who was born May 17 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. The mother is the former Naomi SIMMONS.
- Doris MANESS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON of this city, and Pvt. Dale SULLENS, of Alma, were married in the First Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas on May 12. Attendants were a friend of the groom, Chuck REHM, and his girl friend, Wanda RULLEY. The couple will reside in El Paso, Texas.
- Receives Discharge: Robert INGRAM of Key West, Florida, received his discharge from the Navy and arrived Friday to be with his wife and daughter, who has been here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD and family.
- Mrs. Lulu COCKRELL has purchased the Thelma DOWNS property from Byron SILLS. She has rented it for the present to Mr. and Mrs. Junior YATES. Mrs. COCKRELL is caring for Mrs. Chas. FOX in her home.
- The programs for the High School Baccalaureate, High School Commencement, and Eight Grade Commencement, were printed.
- The Senior Class Roll is: George Leon EBLIN, Carolyn Sue GARRETT, Barbara Kaye HAMMER, Donald Roy HENKEN, William Louis MAXEY, Nolan Edward McKITRICK, Ruth Ann DUKE, Richard R. DEADMOND, Jerry Lee BROWN, Mary Alice BEARD, Elsa Jane ARNOLD, Barbara Joan ALLEN, Frank Sanders METCALF, Judith Ann MULVANEY, Robert Keith SCHWABE, Billy Dean SEE, Charles Howard WINKS, Lowell Edmund WHITE, Joyce Genelle SMITH, Rudolph DuWayne SLANE, Sarah M. SIDENER, James Russell COURSON, William Larry SULLIVAN, Robert Dale HANKS, Phyllis ____ WOOTERS, Paul Lewis WILKINS, Charles Lindell WILCOXEN, Darrell Duane YATES, John Wesley PERKINS, Lyman Eugene HARRELL, Barbara Jean ROSE, Dorothy SHAFFER CLARK, Kathleen Mildred O’Dell, Virginia Mae JAHRAUS, Ronald Dean BEARD.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE are the parents of a son, born May 18 in Salem Hospital, named Jerry Alan. The mother is the former Wanda BUTTS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT have a son born in Vandalia Hospital on May 20. His mother is the former Loretta DISS.
- The regular PTA meeting was called to order by President Mrs. Lura ROBNETT. Prayer was by Mrs. Virginia MONTGOMERY. Pledge to the Flag and the song “America” was in unison. Mrs. Pearl HANNA introduced the refreshment committee: Mesdames Mable OLDEN, Grace MENDENHALL, Peggy HARVEY, Ellen SWIFT, Blanche CHASTEEN, and Olga COPPLE. Room count was taken with the banner going to Miss Hester HEATON’s room. Miss HEATON has taken the banner 3 times this year, so her room wins the PTA party given each year. Mrs. Alta DISS reported on and thanked everyone for help on the paper drive. Mrs. Marge BOYD reported the grade school athletic banquet was a huge success. Mrs. Nora OLDEN thanked everyone who helped make the FHA banquet a success. Georgia SOLDNER reported on purchasing some more kitchen equipment to have enough now to serve a banquet of 260 nicely. Mrs. Pearl HANNA was elected custodian of all the PTA old records. Mrs. Paul SWIFT and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON were appointed auditors to work with Mrs. Dorothy McCULLEY. Mrs. William HESTER gave a talk on her trip to Springfield, May 14. The program was turned over to Merle KLINE, chairman, who introduced the speaker of the evening, Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, who spoke on “Youth and I”. Mrs. Florence FRANKLIN, a past PTA president, installed the following officers for the coming year: President - Mrs. William HESTER; Vice President - Mrs. Art BOYD; Sec. - Mrs. Ray INGRAM; Treas. - Mrs. Robert LEE.
- Eighth Grade graduates were pictured in their graduation gowns: Violet CARTER, Wanda COMSTOCK, Margaret ROSE, Janet FORD, Patsy DEADMOND, Susan KLINE, Phyllis SILL, Nancy THOMAS, Roberta SIMPSON, Karen MULVANEY, Sharon PICKEL, Mary HARVEY, Sharon GRADY, Ruth CURRIE, and Ruth EAGAN. David LINTON, Jerry SHAFFER, Kenneth SMITH, Bill SIEVERS, Jim EAGAN, Keith SMITH, Dicky FINCKBONE, Donald HAMPSTEN, Jerry GRAY, Frank BRIMBERRY, Walter WEST, Francis BRASEL, Robert COBB, Richard SCHORECK, and Dale JAHRAUS. Denny GAMMON, Mary HELM, Barbara COPPLE, Louise HINES, Ray ALBERT, Leslie JAMISON, Larry WEST, Keith CLARK, Dixie HAYS, Brenda WEST, Larry GRANT, Jan HANNA, Gearldine DOUDERA, and Dorothy WILKINS.
May 29, 1958:
- Mrs. Nellie BRASEL, wife of T. Sgt. Denton BRASEL, was given her citizenship papers May 9th at the courthouse in San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. BRASEL was a citizen of Costa Rica.
- The Legion Auxiliary held a Gold Star Tea in the American Legion Hall on May 22, in honor of Gold Star mothers and sisters. There were about 45 auxiliary members and friends present. Mrs. Bessie DISS opened the meeting. The pledge of allegiance was said in unison, also the Star Spangled Banner was sung likewise. Prayer was by Mrs. Herschel PIGG, chaplain. The meeting was turned over to the Gold Star chairman, Mrs. Pearl HANNA. She introduced her flower chairman, Mrs. Ruth DOOLEN, who presented corsages to the following Gold Star mothers: Mrs. Lillian SHREFFLER and Mrs. Lena EAGAN; and the Gold Star sisters, Mrs. Wanda EAGAN, Miss Mildred KLEISS, Mrs. Gail HULTZ, Mrs. Helen QUANDT, Mrs. Velma WILKINSON, and Mrs. Donna WILLIAMS. A beautiful corsage was also presented to Mrs. Bertha Ann JEZEK in honor of her having had 6 sons serve our country, 5 of them serving overseas duty. A program of poems and music followed.
- Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, who has been the pastor of the local Methodist Church the past year, was reassigned to this Church for another year. (A photo was included.)
- Pat JOHNSON, Karen JONES, and Jim McHATTON were among those receiving honors at Southern Illinois University on May 22. Attending were Mrs. Vernon GRAGG of Centralia, Mrs. Vivian JOHNSON of Alma, and Mrs. Edgar JONES.
- Memorial Services will be held at Sandy Branch on Sunday, June 1. Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma, will deliver the address.
- Bennie and Sammie SADLER in critical condition following car accident Sunday: Word was received here that Bennie, 20, and Sammie, 22, sons of Mr. and Mrs. William SADLER of Chicago, were in a car accident in that city on Sunday. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. when their car hit a bridge abutment. Bennie was driving and he received serious injuries about the head and possible internal injuries. Sammie was thrown thru the windshield and received a severe cut from ear to ear and many other cuts about the head and face. They are both reported in a critical condition at this writing (Tuesday) in Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago. They are brothers of Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. of this city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters of Farina, have purchased the Byron ROTAN property on Fifth Street in the south part of town, and they will move there July 1st.
- Scattered Farmers 4-H Club met at the Omega Townhouse on May 13. Janet ROSE and Jimmie WHITE gave talks, and Sandra WHITE served refreshments.
- Pleasant Grove: We extend sympathy to the relatives of Mrs. Jean SMITH who died suddenly leaving 4 small children.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. George BUTTS and family are visiting with relatives in this vicinity. George is serving in the U.S. Army and is expecting to go overseas in the near future.
June 5, 1958:
- Dr. Karl K. GREEN, who graduated from Kinmundy High School in 1938, was granted a “half century award” as one of the outstanding alumni of Billings Polytechnic Institute, Billings, Montana. He received his bachelor of science degree from the institute in 1942 and presently is head of the department of Education at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
- A total of 191 members and guests of the Kinmundy-Alma Alumni Association gathered in the gym of the new grade school Saturday where they were served dinner by the local PTA. Rosalie ALDERSON, Helen ROBB GARRETT, and Dorothy FEATHER DOOLEN were officers in charge. Response was given by George EBLIN, president of the class. Miss Pauline BAGOTT, class of ‘97, and Mrs. Pearl FISHER, class of ‘98 were the two oldest answering roll call. Next year’s officers are: President - Charles WHITE; Vice President - Rada CALDWELL; Sec-Treas. - Margaret SHUFELDT. The FEATHER Quartet gave two splendid numbers, after which John BOUSEMAN, class of ‘45, and now dean of the Central YMCA High School, Chicago, gave the address for the evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.D. HEADLEY and daughter and Mrs. Sypha ARNOLD of Princeton, Ind., Mrs. Grace CHANCE of Patoka, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and daughter, Sherry, were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS. Miss Sherry was celebrating her 10th birthday.
- Miss Barbara Jean LANE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE, residing southeast of Kinmundy, and Mr. James BALL, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. BALL, of Salem, were married June 1 at the home of the bride’s parents. Rev. McDONALD of Mt. Vernon performed the ceremony. The attendants were Miss Mavis BALL, sister of the groom, and Paul LANE, brother of the bride. The bride has attended the Kinmundy-Alma Community H.S. The groom is a graduate of Salem H.S. They will reside in Salem, where the groom has employment. A shower and charivari will be held at the home of the bride’s parents Saturday night.
- Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER have been busy grandparents the past week attending the graduations of their grandchildren. Last Monday night, Kaye HAMMER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER, graduated from the local high school. On Wednesday, accompanied by Mrs. Wes ROBB, they attended Janet HAMMER’s graduation from the 8th grade. On Thursday night, Don graduated from the Bridgeport H.S. They are children of Mr. and Mrs. Dale HAMMER.
- At the High School commencement, Bill SEE was the Senior music student presented the Arion Award. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil SEE of Kinmundy. It will be remembered that 2 other students of Kinmundy-Alma H.S., were also honored in the past with this award: John DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN; and Karen JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES. (A photo of Bill SEE was included.)
- The Class of ‘18 of the Kinmundy High School observed their 40th anniversary Saturday evening at the Alumni reception. Those present for the occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB (Mildred WADE), Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Jack RILEY (Myrtle LACEY), Beecher City; Mr. and Mrs. Millard LANE (Estella WAINSCOTT), Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar SPIESE (Hattie CARPENTER), Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Robert HILKERT (Margaret COUGHLIN), Chicago; Ray HAMILTON, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ralston HANNA (Pearl JACKSON), Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG (Nell DISS), Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE (Lela SWIFT), Mrs. Lura ROBNETT (Lura WILLIAMS), Amelda VALLOW (Amelda O’BRIEN), Mrs. V.V. BARCROFT (Georgia NIRIDER), Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN, and Mr. and Mrs. J.N. VALLOW. Also enjoying the occasion was Miss Pauline BAGOTT, one of the teachers. All were sorry the other 6 members of the class could not be present.
- Six teachers in Kinmundy-Alma Schools receive degrees at McKendree Sunday: Fred GAMMON, Mrs. Alma ERNST, Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON, Mrs. Bertha SEE, Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS and Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS took part in Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises at McKendree Sunday being candidates for degrees. All of these teachers are teaching in our local school unit. One of our teachers, Mrs. Lulu OWENS of Alma, received a very high honor for which we all are very proud. Mrs. OWENS graduated last June but like some others, she still had a summer schedule to complete, therefore, she was not informed until recently, by a letter from the college, that she had graduated with high honors as Cum Laude, and considering she was doing an excellent job teaching the first and second grades at Alma, while doing this College work, we think she deserves double praise.
- The Sec. of State’s office granted the application of the Medical Center for Articles of Incorporation as a Not for Profit Corporation on May 28th. The name is “Kinmundy Community Medical Building Association, Kinmundy, Illinois”. R.R. ATKINS, A.H. MILLER, and Ruby SHAFFER were incorporated directors.
- Mrs. A.D. HADLEY and daughter, Shirley, of Princeton, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. F.B. BALLANCE, Mrs. Betty JOHNSON, Mrs. Grace CHANCE of Patoka, and Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS surprised Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN on their 16th wedding anniversary last Wednesday evening. They all enjoyed a picnic dinner.
- Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK have purchased the Gene JEZEK property on 5th street in the south part of town. They will move sometime this week.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Pleasant Grove: a large number of neighbors, friends and relatives planted, prepared ground, and planted 170 acres of beans for Herschel ROSE Monday. The ladies helped furnish and serve dinner for the men. Mr. BENKE came out and took a pictures. Another act of neighborly love.
- Mrs. Doll FOGERSON and Mrs. Guy BEERY were in Clinton Tuesday last week where they attended the wedding of Mrs. BEERY’s granddaughter, Bonnie CLIFTON, to Gary DANISON.
- AD2 Richard F. MOTCH arrived home Monday from Moffett Field, Calif. for 3 weeks leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH.
June 12, 1958:
- Southern Illinois University will hold it’s commencement on June 15th, and among those receiving Bachelors Degrees will be Dale BASSETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis BASSETT of Foster twp.; Donald Lee HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS of Meacham twp.; James McHATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, of this city.
- Mrs. Morris MAXEY of Tuscola, was honored at a nursery shower on June 9, at the home of Mrs. Pat DONOHO in Alma, with Miss Sharon DONOHO and Miss Janice BARBEE as hostesses. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE entertained relatives and friends Monday to help their son, Paul Richard, celebrate his 6th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Elizabeth LUX and sons, Jim and Charles, moved last Tuesday into the home they purchased from Ed SHREFFLER in the north part of town on North Monroe St.
- Mrs. Lillie SHAW, of near Arnold Chapel, has bought a home on Eagan St., west of the City Park, from R.R. ATKINS and moved last week.
- J.N. VALLOW was named to the President’s advisory board at McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill. (A picture was included.)
- John G. DOOLEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN was awarded a degree from the University of Illinois on Saturday. He has accepted a position of Associate Planner with Metropolitan Planning Commission of Knoxville, Tenn., where he will take up his work on June 18th. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS have a son, Michael Leroy, born June 4 at Fayette County Hospital. The mother and baby returned to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL.
- David WHITE celebrated his 13th birthday on June 8 with a picnic dinner in the Bryan Park in Salem. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mrs. Louise FEATHER and Kaye, Mrs. Ellen DAZELL and son, Gordon, Mesa, Ariz., James WHITE and Barbara GARRETT, the honoree and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL.
- Miletus: Genie, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald BUTTS, had the misfortune of swallowing a large button, Sunday. He was taken to Mt. Vernon hospital Sunday, where the button was removed. He was an overnight patient.
June 19, 1958:
- A Grumman Cruger, F9F6 Jet aircraft circled Kinmundy Monday and finally belly landed in a soybean field on the Marvin DACE farm 2 3/4 miles southeast of Kinmundy. Several of the neighbors saw the landing and Merle KLINE was the first to reach the disabled plane. Merle was on the tractor and gave the pilot a lift to the DACE home, where he telephone Scott Field. Lt. Mark A. MADSEN, 30, of Salt Lake City, a member of the Naval Reserves, was ferrying the plane from Denver, Colo. to Glenview Naval Station near Chicago. Thousands of people from Kinmundy and nearby communities swarmed to the scene. The accident occurred 1/4 mile from the road which necessitated the spectators walking through the fields. The traffic became so great that Mr. DACE and Clarence QUANDT, who farms the land between the road and where the plane fell, deemed it necessary to display some “No Trespassing” signs in order to protect their growing crops. (A picture of the plane was included.)
- Eugene KEEN suffered a severe heart attack Saturday morning. He is at his home confined to his bed at this writing.
- A family dinner was enjoyed at the Bryan Park in Salem on June 15. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. J.P. BALL, Miss Mavis BALL, Mr. and Mrs. Henry WOOLEY and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim BALL of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE and family of Iuka, Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE, Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter.
- Louis MAXEY has car accident Monday: Louis MAXEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. MAXEY, left Kinmundy Monday morning enroute to Decatur, where he was to seek employment. In rounding the curve on Rt. 128 north of Beecher City, his car left the pavement and in righting it again, the back wheel struck a bridge abatement, upsetting the car in a small stream of water. Darrell FORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, residing northwest of Kinmundy, was in front of the MAXEY car. Darrell was on his way to work as a telegraph operator at Mode. He noticed that MAXEY’s car was no longer following him, and turned around and went back. When he reached the MAXEY car, he noticed the car upset but both doors were open, and a pickup truck was stopping to lend a hand. At that, he told the truck driver to get Louis out of the car and he would run back to Beecher City and call an ambulance. But when Darrell returned, he found the truck and driver gone, and Louis was out flagging traffic. Louis was taken to Effingham Hospital where he remained in a dazed condition the remainder of the day. He had a few lacerations about the head. A wrecker from Beecher City picked up the car and while towing it in, sparks from the pavement ignited it was it was a complete loss except for two tires which were hurriedly taken from the burning car. Louis considers himself rather lucky because he could have easily drowned while in his dazed condition, or the car could have caught fire from the wreck.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred LANGENFELD of Palatine have a daughter, Karen Louise, born June 11. The mother is the former Mildred ATKINS. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale ATKINS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles HEADLEY of Alton are the parents of a daughter born June 12 named Jayne Marie. Her great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN and Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jim WASEM have a daughter, Deborah Sue, born June 13. Her daddy was the KACHS athletic coach this past year. She lives in Duluth, Minn.
- Earl G. JAMISON, 69, a resident of Omega twp. died in Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on June 15. He is survived by his wife, Vesta; 4 daughters, Opal, Odin; Nina and Geneva, Sadorus; Mary, Farina; and 7 sons, Burdette, Alma; Claude, Salem; Estel, Ivesdale; Marshall, Farina; Howard, Monticello; Virgil, Kinmundy; and Verl, Mansfield. Services were held in the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Forrest WEEMS, officiating. Interment was made in Elder Cemetery.
- The Kinmundy Menuettes held their first meeting June 12 in the Home Ec room at the High School with 25 members present. Miss Karen JONES is our local leader with Mrs. Mary JONES and Mrs. Betty WAGONER as her assistants, also Carol GEORGE is the junior leader. Connie LEACH was elected President and presided over the rest of the meeting. Other officers elected were Janice PARRILL, Vice President; Jan HANNA, Sec.-Treas.; Judy DONOHO, Reporter; Betty BOYD, Recreation Leader; and three Federation Members, Sharon GRADY, Jan HANNA and Carol GEORGE.
- Cliff JACKSON received minor injuries in a car accident in Vandalia Friday night. At the intersection of highways 40 and 51 at the north edge of the city, a west bound car did not make the stop and hit Mr. JACKSON’s car as he was going south, causing his car to swing around and hit a parked car resulting in his car being demolished beyond repair. Cliff was hospitalized in Vandalia Hospital until Tuesday.
- The annual BARBEE Family dinner was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy BARBEE Sunday observing the birthdays of Fred BARBEE of East St. Louis and Guy BARBEE of this city. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred BARBEE, Mr. and Mrs. William HAYER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul BARBEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar BARBEE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BARBEE and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob DONNELL of East St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Fred BARBEE, Jr., of Fairmont City, Mr. and Mrs. Fred WATT and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin BARBEE and family of Collinsville; Mr. and Mrs. W.F. WELSH and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard BARBEE and family of Caseyville; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle BARBEE and family of Ashland.
- The Air Force ROTC Singing Squadron of S.I.U. was guest of the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday where several numbers were rendered by the squadron. John BALLANCE, son of Mrs. _____ BALLANCE of this city, is a member of this squadron.
- Mrs. Frank BURKETT suffered a fractured hip while in her garden Monday. She was taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB visited Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY Sunday afternoon.
- Don HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS, graduated from S.I.U in Carbondale, Sunday.
June 26, 1958:
- Clyde Bradford HARVEY, 55, of Mansfield, Ill., died June 19, 1958 in St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington, Ill. He had been a patient there since May 31. Clyde had several years from asthma and emphysema. Services were held at Stenek Funeral Home in Farmer City, Ill., with Rev. Kenneth KRAMER officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Clyde was born Jan. 27, 1903 in Kinmundy, son of William Franklin and Luella KEDBURN HARVEY. He married Edna Mae GOLDEN in Bloomington on March 18, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Hattie, and 3 brothers, Charles, Bennie and Darrell. He leaves his wife; 3 sons, Larry Bradford and James Robert, at home; and Richard Franklin in Korea; 5 daughters, Mrs. Helen CANFIELD of Quincy, Mich.; Mrs. Betty EATON of Bellflower, Calif.; and Evelyn, June and Dorothy at home; 2 brothers, Forest of Anderson, Ind., and Ellsworth of Ridgefarm; 3 sisters, Mattie FRAZIER, Indianapolis, Ind.; Gledys MILIMOWSKI of Chicago; Lilly McKENZIE of Brazil, Ind. He was a member of the Christian Church. (A list of those attending the burial were listed.)
- FORD Family Has Reunion Sunday in Kinmundy Park: On Sunday, June 22, at the park in Kinmundy, the FORD Reunion was held with a basket dinner at noon. These FORDS are descendants of Calvin C. and Emogene (Goodrich) FORD, early residents of Lone Grove Twp., Fayette county, who for many years received their mail at Kinmundy, patronized the flour mill and in fact did most of their trading there. The oldest members present Sunday were Ed G. FORD, 94, Alma, and Eugene FORD, 85, Farina. These two brothers are all that are living of the fives sons born to the Calvin FORDs. Present Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. E.G. FORD, Mr. and Mrs. John S. FORD and Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD, Diane, David, and Dale, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert FORD, Carroll, Mrs. Tillie HULSEY, Dale, Sue, Tara HULSEY, and Rickey MOTCH, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Kinmundy. Mrs. Eugene FORD, Don and Mary Lee, Mr. and Mrs. William DIPPOLD and Mary Lillian, Farina; Mrs. Darrell FORD, Carla and LuAnne, St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Walter FORD, Jeanie and John, Waverly; Miss Kay FORD, Jacksonville; Miss Shirley Ann FORD, Des Moines, Iowa. Myrtle FORD, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Jana Ford and Isabelle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Duane GOODMAN, sons, John, Brian, and Cary, Whittier, Calif. Guests present were: Nancy DEADMOND, Alma; Mrs. Emma BALLANCE, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Harold THORNBOROUGH and daughters, Joyce, Linda, Eilene, and Elaine, Danville; Ruth Ann GREEN, Farina; and Mr. Roy NORTHCUTT, St. Louis, Mo. Retiring Committee members were Jana EVANS, Blossom DIPPOLD, and Charles FORD. Committee members for 1959 are Lelia FORD, Helen FORD, and Fern BALLANCE.
- T.J. OUTHOUSE of Windsor has purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. John STOCKER.
- Mr. and Mrs. James BRASEL and family have moved to the Jesse GEORGE farm north of Kinmundy recently vacated by Mrs. Elizabeth LUX and sons.
- Gertrude BLACKBURN: Gertrude Ann ROSE BLACKBURN, daughter of the late Wiley and Sherelda ROSE, was born June 26, 1883 near Omega. She married James Franklin SHAFFER in 1902. This union had 4 sons: Noel of Harvey; Eugene of Iuka; Burdette of Kinmundy; and Russell of Riverside, Calif.; and 1 daughter, Mrs. Mildred DISS of Kinmundy. In 1949 she joined the Kinmundy Christian Church. On Sept. 18, 1954, she married Norman BLACKBURN of Kinmundy. In March of 1956, Gertie, as she was called, was taken to Vandalia hospital where she was critically ill, but she returned home. In a few years she became ill again and was taken back to the hospital where she died on June 16, 1958. She leaves her companion, Norman; her children, and 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren., also a brother, Norman ROSE of San Bernardino, Calif., 1 step-daughter, Mildred PRINGLE of Salem, and 1 step-son, A.W. BLACKBURN of Platteville, Wis.
- Several gathered at the home of Mrs. Leona ZIMMER Saturday in honor of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Jack RETHERFORD and daughters of Momence. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Velma LUX of this city, and Roy EVERMAN, of Louisville, were married Sept. 20 in Clinton, Ky. Nothing was said about this marriage until the last week, where some of the relatives found out. Consequently, an old fashioned charivari was held Friday at their home in the north part of Kinmundy. Mr. EVERMAN is employed by the Brown Produce Co., Farina. They will make their home in Kinmundy.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE have purchased a 40 acre tract of land from Lynn and Gus PORTER in section 23 of Kinmundy twp.
- The wedding of Miss Karen ADAMS, daughter of James and Helen (CURRY) ADAMS of Lombard, to James WALCOTT, son of Mr. and Mrs. WOLCOTT of Florida, took place on June 6th at the First Congregational Church. The Rev. SAMSON officiated. Miss Marilyn DENNIS and the bride’s father, were the attendants. The bride is the only granddaughter of Mrs. Bertha CURRY of this city, who attended the wedding.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joe INGRAM have a son born in Salem Hospital on June 20 named Noel.
- Capt. Nancy LOWE of Puerto Rico, visited Mrs. W.W. LOWE on Friday.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCLAINE of Hanford, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCLAINE of Lodi, Calif., visited from Thursday until Sunday with their sister, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and daughters. Other Saturday guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harry BRASEL and daughter of Arcola, Dale BRASEL of Joliet, Mr. and Mrs. Les McCLAINE and daughters of Nokomis, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe RODDY and children of Centralia. It had been 30 years since John McCLAINE had seen his sister.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edith DISS of Carbondale and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BRANDT and children were Sunday dinner guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DISS, celebrating their father’s birthday.
July 3, 1958:
- The annual DISS Reunion was held in the Kitchell Park at Pana Sunday with 73 in attendance. Among those attending were: Miss Phyllis WOOTERS of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Charles DISS and Karen of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER and Kay, Mr. and Mrs. Orville DISS, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy DISS and Michael, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLOMBERG and Howard, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DISS and John, and Mark SWIFT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charlie COCHRAN of Louisville, Ill. announce the engagement of their daughter, Sue, to Jimmie COURSON, son of Mrs. Marie and the late Floyd COURSON. Sue is a sophomore at Eastern Illinois University. Jimmie is a graduate of the Kinmundy-Alma High School with the class of ‘58. (A picture of Sue was included.)
- A wiener roast was enjoyed at the home of Mrs. Ida SMITH Saturday night. Those present were: Dr. and Mrs. H.J. HEFFERNAN and son of Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Louis BUCHKA of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOOVER of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Irwin SMITH and children of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH and Bert SMITH and friend, Mrs. Adina LOVE, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson SMITH and Mrs. Robert CHARLES and daughter of Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wallace OSBORN of Creve Coeur, are the parents of a son, James Michael, born June 25. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert MALINSKY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT are the parents of a son born June 28 in Salem Hospital named David Lynn. The mother is the former Suzanne HIESTAND.
- A surprise was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. SHAFFER of Alma, Sunday, in honor of the 18th wedding anniversary of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Paul SHAFFER of Salem. Those enjoying the day were the honorees and their children, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. John W. SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leon MILLER and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert VANDEVEER and sons.
- A potluck and reception was held in the Methodist Church basement Monday in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Earl C. PHILLIPS, expressing their gratitude for Rev. and Mrs. PHILLIPS being returned to this pastorate.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ruben CRAIN have moved their restaurant from the E.O. ZIMMER building across the street into the building they recently purchased from Bob HARRELL, and formerly occupied by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT moved to the Harvey WICKENHAUSER property north of Kinmundy recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Louie JEZEK.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Ross SMITH went to the funeral home in Louisville Saturday to see the body of Neal WOLF, who was burned to death in a gas explosion.
- Pleasant Grove: Miss Barbara ROSE and Quentin BUTTS were married Saturday by Rev. Basil PARRISH at his home in Salem. Their attendants were the bride’s sister, Jennie, and Boyce WHITE, cousin of the groom. The reception was at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE.
- Pleasant Grove: A charivari and shower has been planned for Mr. and Mrs. Quentin BUTTS for July 3 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE.
- Mrs. George GILLESPIE of Vandalia, and Mr. and Mrs. Orie GREEN spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY.
- Dr. and Mrs. Richard BOYD visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOYD and Mr. and Mrs. Mel BOYD Friday enroute from New York City to Dallas, Texas, where he has been transferred.
July 10, 1958:
- A large crowd attended the free entertainment held on the streets of Kinmundy, Thursday evening, July 3, sponsored by the Kinmundy American Legion Post 519. Mrs. O.I. LEACH presented the following program with Raymond ATKINS as the master of ceremonies: “The Star Spangled Banner” sung by the audience; tap dance by Sherry DOOLEN and Nancy SWIFT; saxophone trio by Philip SCHOOLEY, David WHITE, and John DISS, accompanied by Mrs. O.I. LEACH; Miss Rosemary ILG, a piano solo; a vocal trio of Mary JONES, Elsie FORD and Nancy BRASEL accompanied by Miss Karen JONES; Bill BALLANCE with a guitar solo with James WHITE accompanying on drums; Miss Linda DOOLEN, a piano solo; The Kinmundy Twirlers consisting of three different groups of young ladies, the first group was Ann HANNA, Kaye GEORGE, Terry GORDON, Linda DOOLEN, Joan MISELBROOK and Jane HAMMER; the second group was Becky GARRETT and Diane GRADY, and the third was Jan HANNA. After that James and Charles WHITE and Charles BASSETT played 3 songs; Miss Barbara ALLEN sang two solos; Ernest VANDEVEER played an accordion solo; Sammy SHAFFER gave a pantomime with his sister, Susan assisting; Janet BARKSDALE played a cornet solo with her mother, Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE accompanying; John BALLANCE sang a solo. The program was ended with a medley of hymns played by Mrs. Roger DAVIS of Xenia on her portable organ.
- Army Private James L. MAXEY, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs H.H. MAXEY, Alma, recently participated in a NATO field training exercise with the V. Corps at Babenhausen, Germany. He is a generator operator in the 531st Field Artillery Missle Battalion, entering the Army in April 1957.
- Carolyn GARRETT and Larry SHANAFELT wed Saturday: Miss Carolyn GARRETT, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT of Kinmundy and Mr. Larry SHANAFELT of Streator, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl SHANAFELT, of Odin, were married at the Christian Church in Alma Saturday, July 5 at 2 p.m., with Bro. Robert KELLY performing the double ring ceremony. The guests attending the wedding were the immediate families. Miss Mary BEARD, of Alma, a friend of the bride, was her attendant and the groom chose for his attendant a friend, Mr. Richard JONES, of Alma. Mr. and Mrs. SHANAFELT are graduated at KACHS, the bride with the ‘58 class and the groom with the class of ‘57. This happy couple left Monday morning for Streator where they will make their home at 207 High Street. The groom has employment at the Owens Glass Factory in that city.
- Mrs. Hallie COMBS and Fred G. ALEXANDER were married Friday in the local Christian Church parsonage, by Brother Thomas WATSON. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS, brother and sister-in-law of the bride. Mr. ALEXANDER is a retired signalman from the Illinois Central Railroad. They will make their home for the present with the bride’s mother, Mrs. Allie D. NELMS.
- Mrs. Richard SIMMONS was honored by a nursery shower June 20, at her home with Mrs. Dollie SILL as hostess. (A list of those attending and sending gifts was included.)
- The LOWE Reunion was held at Mulberry Grove, July 4, with the following being present: Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy LOWE and Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry, Miss Nancy SWIFT, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT and Don, Miss Hazel ALLPHIN, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN, Stevie, Leslie, and Cathy.
- Mrs. Laura GRESHAM of Chicago, moved Monday into the Robnett apartment on North Madison St. Mrs. GRESHAM plans to make Kinmundy her home.
- Mr. and Mrs. Garry OLDEN and daughter moved Saturday from the Glen WHITE property to the Charles PERRY property on the corner of Third and Grace Streets.
- The American Legion Auxiliary met Monday at the Legion Hall with 29 members and 2 guests present. The following officers were elected for the new year: President - Pearl HANNA; 1st Vice President - Jane LOWE; 2nd Vice President - Lillie MANGNER; Secretary - Marcelline GARRETT; Treas., - Velma WILKINSON; Historian - Ruth DOOLEN; Chaplain - Herschel PIGG; Sgt-at-Arms - Esther ANDERSON; Asst Sgt-at-Arms - Helen QUANDT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY have a daughter born in the Jarman Hospital on July 7 named Kelly Louann. The mother is the former Donna HENKEN of Alma.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold CHANCE of Quincy have a daughter, Christina Marie, July 2.
- Miss Fern FORD of Arlington, Va. left Monday for her home after a 10 day visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD and family. She was accompanied by her sisters, Donna and Judy, who will spend a month in Virginia with her.
- Pleasant Grove: A large crowd attended the charivari and shower for Mr. and Mrs. Quentin BUTTS.
- Private Larry WILLIAMS left Friday for Ft. Hood, Texas, where he will resume his duties after enjoying a 14 day furlough here with his wife and other relatives.
July 17, 1958:
- A list of winners was included from the Agricultural 4-H Show held last week in Salem during the Marion County fair.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert ENGELHARDT of Blue Island are the parents of a son born July 12, named Robert Carl, Jr. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter ENGELHARDT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Loy Morris SIMCOX, of Vandalia; are the parents of a son, Bradley Scott, born in the Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, July 10. His great-grandmother is Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion SHAFFER have a daughter born in Salem Hospital born July 8 named Marilyn Ruth. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burdette SHAFFER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Craig McDONALD of Waterloo, Iowa, have a daughter, Victoria Ann, July 12. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Emma BECHTELHEIMER.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH received a telegram Monday announcing the critical condition of their son, AD2 Richard MOTCH, a member of the Naval Air Force stationed at Moffat Field, Calif. He was in a car accident near Auburn, Calif. He is hospitalized at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. In a telephone conversation, they were told he had regained consciousness and was receiving blood transfusions as he was injured internally. A later phone call revealed he was responding to treatment and the bleeding had stopped, and x-rays revealed some broken ribs, and he had some facial lacerations.
- A birthday party was held in the Kinmundy City Park Saturday in honor of Darrell and Shirley MULVANEY’s 6th and 9th birthdays. (A list of children attending was included.)
- Miss Marolyn ALBERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON, returned home Sunday from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where she underwent a stomach resection on July 5th. She is doing fine.
- The second annual Meadow Branch School Reunion will be held Aug. 2 at the Kinmundy Lake. There will be a basket dinner at noon.
- A supper was held at the Bryan Park in Salem Saturday in honor of Mrs. Dick GRAY’s birthday. Those enjoying the supper were: Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters of Clay City; Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children; Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and family of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mrs. Pola ROBB and family; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family.
- Captain and Mrs. William R. DAY and daughter of Rome, New York, returned Tuesday after several days in Alma with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY, and also in Kinmundy with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DAY and sons.
July 24, 1958:
- Miss Eileen COOK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert COOK of Laclede, and Carl L. JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom JONES, of this city, were married July 19, at Mt. Vernon in the office of J.R. THOMAS, J.P. They were attended by Miss Karen ANDERSON of Laclede and Henry FOLLOWELL of Kinmundy. Mr. JONES served 3 years in the U.S. Navy. He is employed by the R. & H. Construction Co. of Farina. Mrs. Jones is employed at the Brown Produce Co., also of Farina. They are living in the Robnett Apartments. There will be a charivari and shower given in their honor on July 26th at Mom and Dad’s Place in Laclede.
- The Methodist Church was the scene of a quiet wedding, Saturday evening, July 19, at six o’clock, when Miss Barbara GARRETT became the bride of Mr. James WHITE. The immediate families and a few close friends attended. Before the ceremony, Mrs. J.N. VALLOW played appropriate wedding music. The bride on the arm of her father approached the altar to the strains of Lohengrin’s “Wedding March”. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS read the double ring ceremony. Mr. Charles WHITE served as best man. Both wore business suits of blue. Mrs. Robert WILLIAMS, sister of the bride, attended as matron of honor. Mrs. WILLIAMS wore pink satin and matching accessories. The bride’s dress was teal green taffeta with a white over skirt of nylon eyelet. A halo of matching daisies and a juliet veil graced her head. She carried a hand bouquet of white feathered chrysanthemums. Both Mr. and Mrs. WHITE are graduates of Kinmundy-Alma high school. Since graduation, Mrs. WHITE has been employed in the WILLIAMS Grocery Store here. Mr. WHITE is a student in Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where they are now residing. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, the groom a son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE. A buffet supper was served to the wedding group in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT after the ceremony.
- On July 20, in the Methodist Church, Mrs. Anna BALLANCE and Harold B. JONES were married. Music was played by J.N. VALLOW, and Bill BALLANCE sang. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS read the ceremony. The couple was attended by Mrs. Oran ALDERSON, friend of the bride, and James R. JONES, brother of the groom. A reception was held in the basement where the bride and groom were served wedding cake by Mrs. Leo WALKER and Mrs. Wm. COLTRIN, nieces of the new Mrs. JONES. Miss Rosalie ALDERSON was in charge of the guest book. Others helping were Mrs. Ray INGRAM, Mrs. James JONES, Mrs. Al UHLE, Mrs. J.G. VALLOW, and Miss Dorthea JONES. The new JONES family will live in the bride’s home and later move to the new house on the groom’s farm west of town in the Swift district.
- Mr. and Mrs. Stephen PHILLIPS of Woodriver are the parents of daughter, Sarah Beth, born July 19. Her paternal grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS.
- Mr. and Mrs. F.A. MOTCH have been in touch with their son, Richard. He thinks he will have to stay in the hospital for this week at least, before going back to his base.
- Mrs. Charles WHITE was hostess, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. MENDENHALL, last Tuesday night, honoring Miss Barbara GARRETT, with a pre-nuptial shower with 47 guests present.
- Brenda WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WILLIAMS, Kinmundy, has been selected by the Kinmundy Chapter of Future Homemakers of America as a delegate to the State Leadership Conference to be held July 21 thru July 25 at East Bay Camp in Lake Bloomington. She is a Junior at the high school, and Vice President of her F.H.A. chapter.
- Joseph E. ROBERTS, 82, of Urbana died July 12, 1958 in Burnham Hospital, where he was taken July 3 suffering from a severe heart ailment. Services were held from Renner Chapel with interment in Maplewood Cemetery. He was born Jan. 11, 1876 in Marion County. He married Nancy E. JONES in Louisville. The couple later moved to Champaign County where they have made their home many years. For several years he was employed in the ICRR freight house, and later he and Mrs. ROBERTS operated the Roberts Café in Urbana until they retired. He was the last member of a family of 13 children. He leaves his widow and 1 daughter, Mrs. Beulah R. WHITE. He was an uncle of Mrs. Vida FOGERSON and Paul, and Jim WILKINSON, who reside southeast of here.
- Rev. and Mrs. Eugene McCLURE, pastor of the First Methodist Church in Pisgah, Iowa, and daughter, Mrs. Galand SNELL, arrived here Monday to visit a few days with his mother, Mrs. Nettie REYNOLDS, and other relatives in the vicinity. They will leave Thursday, accompanied by Mrs. REYNOLDS, for Chicago to be present at the wedding of their son, Robert, which will take place Friday in the sanctuary of the Chicago Temple. Robert is a senior at Northwestern University studying for the ministry. After the ceremony, Mrs. REYNOLDS will go to visit her daughter, Mrs. Forrest JOHNSON and family in Joliet. Rev. and Mrs. McCLURE and daughter will travel to Lybrook, N.M. where the daughter’s husband, Rev. SNELL, a Church of the Brethren minister, is doing missionary work at the Navajo Mission.
- A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY in honor of their daughter, Miss Shirley of Champaign, who spent the day with them. (Several others from the family were listed as enjoying the dinner also.)
- Charles BUNDY, S.I.U. sophomore journalism major is employed as a part-time student writer for S.I.U.’s Information Service. He is son of Mrs. Merle SEE, of Kinmundy.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and family attended a shower at Bee Branch Church Tuesday for Mr. and Mrs. Quentin BUTTS.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mrs. Ralph ROSE gave a party Thursday for their son, Larry’s 5th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Meacham: Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Monday. They have resided on the same farm for 51 years.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leland BRASEL, Mesdames Clyde BASSETT, Frank GARRETT, and Bob GREEN were Salem visitors, Monday morning.
July 31, 1958:
- An old fashioned charivari and shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James JONES in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. JONES on July 22. Over 130 were in attendance and the new bride and groom treated the group to candy bars and cigars. The hostess served cupcakes and fruit punch.
- All girls between the ages of 10 and 12 years in Kinmundy twp., who are interested in entering the Queen Contest for the Homecoming may call Mrs. Cliff OLDEN, 3219. The first 10 names given will be the contestants. They will be given tickets to sell to the various entertainments to obtain their votes.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bill BEARD of Carmi announce the arrival of a baby girl Sunday, July 27. Her name is Lana Renee. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT and Mrs. Bertha BEARD of Alma.
- Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL of this city, and Frank BLURTON of Port Arthur, Texas, were married Friday in Effingham. The bride’s son, James HUDDLESTUN, who is attending the Univ. of Illinois, was an attendant. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple returned to Kinmundy, leaving Saturday for Port Arthur, where the groom reported for duty, being a merchant marine. The bride has been employed as a clerk in the postoffice for the past few months. The groom has been visiting in Alma with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Frank KLINE. He is a native of Missouri. They will make their home in Texas.
- The Arthur BERNHARDT Store in St. Peter will reopen this week after being completely destroyed by fire on Dec. 12. The building has been rebuilt and made into 2 rooms. They will occupy only 1 room and will handle only dry goods and notions. Formerly, they carried a large stock of groceries, meats and feeds. Mr. and Mrs. BERNHARDT have owned this store for the past 33 years.
- Miss Barbara ALLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN, has been employed as clerk in the local post office. She embarked upon her duties Tuesday morning.
- Dr. and Mrs. H.J. HEFFERNAN of Danville, have a son, born July 26, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville. He has been named Kelly James, and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER.
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT visited Wednesday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT.
- Miss Judith Ann LAKES, daughter of Mrs. Ida LAKES of Chicago, and Leon DISS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, of Kinmundy, were married July 27 in the Christian Church in this city, Rev. Thomas WATSON officiating. Mrs. O.I. LEACH provided the music. Attending the couple were Mrs. Nena HARVEY of Chicago, sister of the bride, and Mrs. Joan DISS of Salem, sister-in-law of the groom, Lowell DISS Jr. of Salem and Darrell DISS of Tampa, Fla., brothers of the groom. Ushers were Keith DISS of Carbondale, and James DISS. A reception was held in the church basement following the ceremony. Wedding cake and punch were served by Mrs. Jeanne BRUBAKER of Salem, and Mrs. Thomas WATSON and Miss Kaye HAMMER. Mrs. Keith DISS of Carbondale was in charge of the guest book. Mrs. Leroy DISS was in charge of the gifts. The bride attended the Wells High School in Chicago. She had been employed the past year at the Standard Life Insurance Co., in Chicago. Mr. DISS graduated from the Kinmundy-Alma High School with the Class of ‘55. After a week’s honeymoon in the southern states, they will make their home in Kinmundy in the Robnett Apartments.
- The 37th LEACH Reunion was held July 27th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I.O. LEACH with 55 in attendance. They also had their daughter, her husband and 2 children here, and it was the 5th birthday of their granddaughter, Renee HERRON. (A list of those relatives attending were listed.)
- Miss Alice M. READNOUR completed the 5th annual Workshop in Teaching Elementary Science at S.I.U.
- Attending S.I.U. this past summer session from Kinmundy were John Arnold BALLANCE, Charles Lee BUNDY, O. Mikeral BUTTS, Darwin Keith DISS, George Leon EBLIN, Charles R. GRAY, Donald Lee HANKS, Julian C. MORRISON, Jr., Kathleen O’DELL, Lewis Tyrell O’DELL, Alice M. READNOUR, Billy Dean SEE, and James E. WHITE. From Alma were Marilyn Sue HESTER, James D. HESTER, and Patricia JOHNSON.
- R.R. ATKINS, President of the Evergreen Cemetery Association, announced a special meeting. The cemetery is in bad shape, and they are asking people to help mow the cemetery due to all of the rain the community has had.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Louise ROSE attended a stork shower for Mrs. Don ANTROBUS Wednesday night at the home of Mrs. Zelpha JONES.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Richard SIMMONS have a son born in Vandalia hospital on July 23rd.
- Mr. and Mrs. John McCULLEY and son, Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters, attended the reception for the 50th wedding anniversary of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey ELLIOTT near Odin on Sunday.
- In Memoriam of Mr. R.H. FEATHER, 7 years ago, July 30, by wife, Mrs. R.H. FEATHER and family.
Aug. 7, 1958:
- Leonard WEST of this city celebrated his 89th birthday Sunday in the city park, with his children, grandchildren, and friends from Decatur and Troy, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., and the state of Washington. A large dinner was given in his honor, with a large birthday cake baked by his daughter. Mr. WEST has been on the sick list for the past 3 months.
- The 31st annual BROWN Reunion was held at Lake Charleston near Charleston Sunday with about 75 attending. Those from here present were Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HAMMER.
- The local schools will open Aug. 28th. The teaching staff is complete except of one high school teacher for English and a Girl’s P.E. teacher.
- Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS announce the engagement of their daughter, Myra, to Russell ZYPH of Fairmont City, Ill. The wedding will take place in the Kinmundy Methodist Church on Aug. 9th with the bride’s uncle, Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, performing the ceremony. Music will be provided by Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and her sister, Mrs. Charles BASSETT. Mrs. J.N. VALLOW will preside at the organ.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wes HEADLEY of Alma have a daughter, Bessie Ann, born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on July 30. She weighed 4 lbs. 13 ozs. and at present is in an incubator at a Springfield hospital. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Lillian HEADLEY.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cecil JONES of Oak Park are the parents of a daughter born Aug. 4 and has been named Norma Jean. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G. Frank JONES.
- The 2nd annual Meadow Branch School reunion was held at the Kinmundy Lake on Aug. 2. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Otis HINES and Mrs. Elva LOSALLO, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Al De NAGEL, St. Louis; Mrs. L.E. GREGORY, Willisville; Mrs. Ida EMMERT, Los Angeles, Cal.; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JOHNSON, Lockport; Mr. and Mrs. Walter SANDERS, Mr. and Mrs. Russell SANDERS, Flora, Mr. and Mrs. Xelpho BAYLIS, Freeport; Mr. and Mrs. Robert JOHNSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Xon NICHOLS, Mr. and Mrs. Robert ELWELL, Linda WARD and Dicie RHOADS, Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Austin WOOD and Dianna, of Petersburg, Ind.; Steve KLOSTERMAN, Effingham; Mrs. Ruby KLAMP, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY, Iola; Mr. and Mrs. Harry SHREFFLER, Wilmington; Robert MARSHALL, Mrs. Maggie EAGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Frank JOHNSON, Vivian and Joyce JOHNSON, Mrs. Carl HINES, Patricia Ann and Louise Annette HINES, Mrs. Cecil SHREFFLER, Mrs. Grace SULLENS BAILEY, Alma; Will PYLE, J.C. McCARTY, Mrs. Ellis JOHNSON, Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS and family, and Mrs. Lora BAYLIS.
- A list of winners from the Marion County 4-H Club Achievement Show, held Thursday and Friday in Salem, were listed.
- Brown: A large crowd attended the BAKER and SCHOOLEY Reunion at the Boston Lake on Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Gene ENGLER and daughter moved recently to the Ralph HIESTAND farm, which was vacated last fall when Mr. and Mrs. Dave WOODEN moved back to their home, which they built after a fire destroyed their house and furniture.
Aug. 14, 1958:
- Dr. and Mrs. Carl K. GREEN and family left for Baytown, Texas on Friday to prepare to move to Charleston, Ill., where Carl will be an Asst. Professor of Education with Eastern Illinois University. He was formerly Chairman of the Division of Education and Psychology and Director of Testing and Counseling at Lee College in Baytown. Dr. GREEN is the son of W.L. GREEN of this city.
- A basket dinner was enjoyed at the Boston Lake Sunday, the occasion being in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Glen ROBB of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Earl HARRIS of Odin, Mike and Marlin GREEN of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Sam LOWE and John David, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN.
- Seven members and 13 guests of the Nimble Thimble 4-H Club enjoyed an excursion down the Mississippi and back to St. Louis on the Steamer Admiral on Aug. 7. Those members enjoying the trip were Karen MILLICAN, Sharon EBLIN, Glenda SCHOOLEY, Sandra WHITE, Arline HARRELL, Janet ROSE, Launa TATE, and Mrs. Jessie WEYHRICH, leader. The only member unable to attend was Shirley SEE. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. See MILLICAN and Richard, Mrs. Elsie ROSE, Norman and Wanda; Mrs. Vera TATE and Russel, Mrs. Valerie SCHOOLEY, Miss Betty Jo SUHR and mother, and James WHITE.
- Commander and Mrs. William King WARDALL and her mother, Mrs. Ruby E. GRILLET, stopped in Kinmundy Friday enroute from Washington, D.C., to Honolulu, where they Commander will be stationed in the U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Ethel Mae KING WARDALL, now a resident of Los Angeles, Calif., who was born and reared in this city.
- The FEAR Reunion was held at the Salem Park Sunday. Among those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Leland OLDEN and son, Paul, of Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce OLDEN and children, Tina and Steve, and Mrs. Thelma INGRAM of Salem; Rosco OLDEN and son, Alva; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughter, Wanda; Miss Sue WAGONER, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and son, Bill; Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS; Miss Beverly WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son, Mike; Mrs. Garry OLDEN and daughter, Pamela; Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON and son, Donnie, Mr. and Mrs. Dan MANGNER and children, Paulette, Ann and Sammy and Miss Peggy WEISS.
- A wedding ceremony was performed by Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS Saturday in the Methodist Church. The contracting parties were Miss Myra PHILLIPS, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Angus PHILLIPS, of this city, and Russell ZYPH, of Fairmont City. They were unattended but several relatives and friends were present. Mrs. J.N. VALLOW played the mic and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and Mrs. Charles BASSETT sang. A reception was held in the home of the bride’s mother. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Butch KEEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN celebrated his 6th birthday with a party at his home on Aug. 7. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Henry J. “Buster” BENDER, 50, Route 161 West, Centralia, died of a heart attack Sunday morning along the highway near his home. He had suffered an attack about midnight from which he recuperated enough to take a short drive with his wife. While riding along, he complained of not being able to get his breath. They stopped at a roadside picnic table and there he died. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home where the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Dr. E.M. DYCUS, of Robinson, officiating. Interment was made in the Alma Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lorene (GARRETT), and two daughters, Mrs. Betty DUNCAN, Centralia, and Barbara, at home. He was an oil refinery worker in Centralia.
- Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Kay, spent the weekend in Peoria with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAWKEY and family. While there they also visited Mrs. FEATHER’s father, Page PARRISH, who is a patient in the Methodist Hospital in Peoria.
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON have purchased the residence property of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SIDENER in the south part of town. Mr. and Mrs. SIDENER will move to Effingham, and their daughter, Sarah, will attend Normal University.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERLY attended the WALKER-NEATHERLY reunion in Greenville Park Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES, John and Bill BALLANCE, and Mrs. Maude FURRY attended the Pleasant Grove homecoming Sunday. John and Bill were on the program.
- Pleasant Grove: The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin HIESTAND of Tampa, Fla. died Aug. 1st of pneumonia. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel HIESTAND.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER and children were Sunday dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. Mrs. PHILLIPS and Mr. RUGER’s birthdays were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. James WHITE of Carbondale spent Saturday evening until Wednesday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen WHITE.
- Miss Kaye HAMMER returned home from Charleston this past weekend having finished the summer term at E.I. College.
Aug. 21, 1958:
- The Kinmundy-Alma School System opens Aug. 28th with a teacher workshop. The faculty roster is complete, and the complete interior of the Junior Senior High School has been redecorated and several other improvements have been made in the other attendance centers. Teachers are:
Alma Attendance Center: Mrs. Lulu OWEN - Grades 1 & 2; Mrs. Susie MALONE - Grades 3 & 4; Mrs. Nellie WILLIAMS - Grade 5; Mrs. Grace JACKSON - principal and Grade 6.
Kinmundy Attendance Center: Mrs. Alma ERNST - Principal & Grade 1; Miss Mary Jane PHILLIPS - Grade 1; Miss Margaret SHUFELDT - Grade 2; Miss Alice READNOUR - Grades 2 & 3; Mrs. Florence WEISS - Grade 3; Mrs. Ruby SULLENS - Grade 4; Mrs. Hester HEATON - Grades 4 & 5; Mrs. Anna JONES - Grade 5; Mrs. Mary BRASEL - Grade 6; Mr. Fred GAMMON - Grade 6.
Jr. High School: Mrs. Bertha SEE - Grade 7; Mrs. Marjorie WALKINGTON - Grade 7; Mrs. Alice LEWIN - Grade 8; Mrs. Betty STANFORD - Grade 8.
Senior High School: Mr. Virgil F. McKITRICK - Supt.; Mr. Julian MORRISON - Ass’t Supt., Math, Science & Social Studies; Mr. Richard ENOCHS, Biology, Science & G.S. Coach; Mrs. Betty BROOKS - Home Economics; Miss Louise HAUTH - Commerce; Mrs. Ruby O’DELL - English; Mrs. Maxine WILLIAMS - Librarian; Miss Chrystal MADDEX - English & Girls P.E.; Mr. Jim WASEM - Social Studies & H.S. Coach; Mr. Jerald BINKLEY - Agriculture; Mr. Jamie McGEE - Math & Social Studies.
Music : Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS - Public School Music; Mr. Norman RHOADES, Band Director, Jr. & Sr. H.S. Chorus.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert SIDENER have recently purchased the property of Mr. and Mrs. Ben JENKINS on Grace St. in the south part of town.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leslie WILKINSON have purchased the Robert SMITH property at the intersection of the Louisville Rd. and Highway 37. They are now repairing it, and will move into it this fall.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eddie ADAMS of Omega twp., have purchased the Harold MULVANEY property, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSTON and family on Washington St.
- Charles ROBB: Charles Francis, son of William and Mary Manion ROBB, was born on a farm near Kinmundy and departed this life at the Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, Texas, August 11, 1958, age 74. He was married in December 1914 to Bertha LANSFORD. He is survived by his widow; a foster daughter, Norma; one granddaughter, Karen; two brothers, Sam, of Okemos, Mich., and Louis, Lansing, Mich.; and three sisters, Permelia, Farmer City; Anna, Rogers, Ark.; and Margaret, Lansing, Mich. The body arrived in Kinmundy Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday from the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Thomas D. WATSON, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- David GARRETT, 7 week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT, underwent surgery in the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis on Aug. 12. He is reported doing fine.
- Samuel C. GREEN, 88, father of Mrs. Marvin CONANT, died in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on Tuesday. Services will be held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy with Rev. Everett WEISS officiating. Interment will be made in Sandy Branch Cemetery. He is survived by 2 more daughters, Mrs. Anna CRAWLEY, Decatur, and Mrs. Agnes ELAM, Peoria; and 2 sons, Gene and Russell, both of Vandalia. For the past 12 years, Mr. GREEN has made his home in Vandalia.
- Mrs. Cliff OLDEN reports that there have been 8 girls who entered the Queen’s Contest for the Second Annual Homecoming which will be Aug. 29, 30, 31, and Sept. 1. These girls have been busy selling many tickets pertaining to the homecoming. The one selling the most tickets will receive a gift, but the selection of the queen will be by the judges. The girls are: Sherry DOOLEN, Linda ROBB, Terry GORDON, Sue WAGONER, Gaye GEILER, Paulette MANGNER, Jane HAMMER and Nancy SWIFT.
- Major Kenneth LACEY killed in plane crash Wednesday: An Air Force Major, Kenneth P. LACEY, of Kinmundy, was among 10 U.S. servicemen killed Wednesday in the crash of a four engine serial tanker near St. Vith, Belgium. The plan was on a routine flight from Germany to it’s home base at Sculthorpe, Norfolk, England. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton LACEY who live on farm in Meacham twp. about 6 miles east of Kinmundy. Major LACEY, 37, entered the service in 1942. He had been stationed at Sculthorpe, R.A.F. Base near Norfolk, England, since March 1957. Born in Meacham twp., he graduated from Farina H.S. in 1939. On July 2, 1943, he married Betty Jane MAHON, Vandalia. Mrs. LACEY and her two children, Candyce Lynn, 11, and Johnnie Keith, 8, are living at the base in England.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald HART of Albany, N.Y. have a daughter, Marilyn, born Aug. 2. Paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. W.W. LOWE.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey CURRY of Chicago have a daughter born Aug. 3 named Lisa Marie. Mrs. Bertha CURRY is the paternal great-grandmother.
- The 39th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY was celebrated at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, Saturday night. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY’s children and their families, and other close relatives.
- The REESE Reunion was held at the Kinmundy Park Aug. 17. Those in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE, Karen and Nelda and Joyce MOORE of Clinton; Mrs. Eugene SCHREIER and Charles of Bunker Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth REESE and Gloria of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE of Farina; Beryl REESE, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE and Dale, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse REESE and Eugene. Relatives attending in the afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. August DRAKE of Champaign; Miss Donna SUTTON and Miss Marion GAIER of Farina; and Mrs. Lillie SHAW.
- Carolyn COLLIER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd COLLIER of Salem, became the bride of James McHATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McHATTON, in the Methodist Church in Salem Friday. The ceremony was prepared by Rev. HEARN, pastor of the church. Janet REESE of Salem and Dale BASSETT of Alma were the attendants. Carolyn was a graduate of Salem H.S. and has been employed as a secretary at the city hall in Salem. James graduated from S.I.U. last June. After the ceremony they left immediately for DeKalb, where James will teach school this fall and where they had an apartment waiting for them.
- On Sunday, in the village of Alma, cars driven by John ARNOLD and Ron SWIFT, both of this city, collided. No one was injured but Mr. SWIFT’s car was a total wreck, having the engine knocked out of it. The ARNOLD car, apparently, was not damaged.
- The 17th Annual Fox Hunters Meet will be held in Charlton Grove ½ mile west of town on Aug. 28, 29, 30. According to the president, Dayton CRUTCHFIELD of Alma, and the secretary-treasurer, C.C. BASSETT, of Kinmundy, this promises to be the biggest meet yet. This meet is not only attended by the local fox hunters, but it attracts men and women from many of the surrounding communities as well as many from out of the state. J.R. DISS, Wayne WHITNEY, and Glenn WHITE have agreed to feed all the hounds free of charge during the meet.
- In 1904, some of the descendants of Silas PARRILL started the PARRILL annual reunion. On Sunday, Aug. 10, 65 members and 7 guests observed the 54th annual reunion in the Legion Community Park in Farina. Silas PARRILL had 11 children, namely, Mary Ann nee WOLFE, Cassandra nee JONES, Peter S., John W., Absalom, Rebecca nee DILLON, Joseph, Hulda nee FOSTER, Marie nee GRISSOM, Jeptha and Andrew. None of these are living but several had representatives present this year - Absalom - 32 representatives, John 1, Peter 3, Marie 2, Jeptha 11, and Andrew 2. Those present were Mrs. Alonzo CHURCH and Faye WILLIAMS and Judy WILLIAMS, Mattoon; Mrs. Ivan WINEGARNER, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LEDYARD, Hugh Jr., Bonny, Jane and James, Duluth, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald WISEHEART, Linda Ann and Deborah Lee, Pat SCHNEIDER and Dennis HEINOL, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Elzea PARRILL, Taylorville; Mr. and Mrs. George WELLS and Dick, Joliet; Mr. and Mrs. LaRue PARRILL, Prophetstown; Anthony EVERITT, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Byron FORTNEY, Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Gage VAUGHN, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Clara GUNTHROP, Coronado, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles PARRILL and Wealthy, Decatur; Mrs. Lilly SPECKER, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil PARRILL, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank HAZENFIELD, Brownstown; Rev. and Mrs. Earl PHILLIPS, Mrs. Jane HOHLT, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GRISSOM, Kenneth PARRILL, Kathy and Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL, Janice, Elaine, Karen and Sharon, and Miss Luella PARRILL, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Dean PARRILL, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin PARRILL, Rosa Lee and Walter, Rev. and Mrs. J.W. KINISON, Mr. and Mrs. Ted HOWARD, Mr. and Mrs. Merle STORCK, Rebecca, Keith, and Kevin, Mrs. Bessie PARRILL, Mr. and Mrs. Joe MALONE, Kathy Jo and Patricia, Farina.
- Mr. and Mrs. Maxey SPENCER have a son born Aug. 17 in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. He has been named Richard Kent. His mother is the former Louise NORMAN.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Ray VANDEVEER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. John SHAFFER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack BARKSDALE Jr. and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel ROSE and family attended the CPA meeting in Olney Tuesday. Susan SHAFFER and Herschel ROSE were among those receiving prizes.
- Pleasant Grove: We extend congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Richard FORD, who were married last Monday. A charivari and shower were given them this Monday night at the Brubaker townhouse. Mrs. FORD was the former Ruth DUKE.
Aug. 28, 1958:
- The annual HOLT Reunion was held in the Kinmundy City Park, Sunday, August 24, with about 75 relatives and friends attending. Among those from a distance present were from Moweaqua, Vandalia, Vernon, Salem, and Mt. Vernon. The following officers were elected for the coming year: Jesse GEORGE, president; Virgil LIVESAY, vice-president; and Mrs. Orville WINDERS, of Salem, secretary. Also, John WILSON, Fletcher COLE, and Frank GARRETT were elected to serve on the cemetery committee.
- Mrs. Sadie BOSTON, 71, died in Salem Hopsital on Aug. 24. Services were held from the Oskloosa Church, Rev. Ben BURKE officiating. Interment in Oskaloosa Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, G.C.; 1 son, Charles of Xenia; 1 daughter, Mrs. Dorothy ALLPHIN of Alma.
- The 8th annual CONANT Reunion was held in the American Legion Hall on Aug. 24 with about 40 attending. Those attending the dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HARVEY and granddaughter of Ridgefarm; Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons, and Mack CONANT of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Elvin CONANT and daughter of Alma; Miss Elma Mae CONANT, Miss Katherine SMITTY, Mr. and Mrs. Bill PRATT of Centralia; Mrs. Ira CONANT of Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell REESE and Mrs. Nola YUND of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil HARVEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. O.M. CONANT, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and family, and Emmitt GRAY and daughter, Fern. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Murrell REESE of Farina.
- The 10th annual L.W. TATE Reunion was held Aug. 24 in the Kitchell Park in Pana with about 49 attending. A business meeting was conducted by Otie TATE, Vice President, as the president, Ross SMITH, of Salem, was unable to attend. Plans were made for it to be held at the same place next year with Mr. and Mrs. Walter HOEBN as host and hostess. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles HAYNE and daughters of Knob Noster, MO.; Mrs. Rose HILL of Pekin; Mrs. Grace SMITH and Mrs. Janie EDGAR and son of Charleston; Mrs. Dorla HAWKINS and daughter of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Fred McGUAGHY and son, and Marilyn FOLKS, Waynesville; Mr. and Mrs. H.O. DORRELL, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. John DORRELL and daughters, Jimmie TATE and Jackie GARDNER, Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. DORRELL Jr., and daughters of Clinton; Mrs. Lora FOULK of Normal; Mr. and Mrs. Merle VANDYKE and children and Jim HILDREDTH of Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ALBERTS and daughters of Blue Mound; Mr. and Mrs. Otie TATE and children, Carrol MULVANEY, Herbert TATE, Ina Mae TATE and Lottie Mae MULVANEY of Kinmundy, and the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Walter HOEHN of Pana.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles BREWER of Sandoval have purchased the Lee BABER property on Monroe St. in the north part of town. They plan to build and make this their future home.
- The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald YATES of Urbana died in the Burnham City Hospital on Aug. 23. The body was brought to Linton Funeral Home with services held at Phillips Cemetery. Bro. Dave WHARMBY was the officiating minister.
- Members of the Methodist Church are cordially invited to a potluck dinner on Sept. 4 in the church basement to honor Rev. and Mrs. Earl C. PHILLIPS on their 41st wedding anniversary. Please come with well filled baskets and help celebrate. Sponsored by the Sunrise Circle.
- Rev. Ace SUMMERS of Mt. Vernon performed a double wedding ceremony in his parsonage on Aug. 26. The two couples were Mrs. Lena ELLIS of Odin and Mr. Abbie COX of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Ollie RUFF of Odin and Bill PYLE also of Kinmundy. Witnesses for Mrs. ELLIS and Mr. COX were Mr. A.R. MOORE and Mrs. Ollie RUFF, both of Odin. Mrs. RUFF and Mr. PYLE chose their witnesses as Mr. Abbie COX and Mrs. Lena ELLIS. Each of the couples will reside in the groom’s home here at Kinmundy.
- Samuel Cyrus GREEN departed this life, Aug. 19, 1958, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. He was born to James Monroe and Eliza GREEN, Nov. 11, 1869. He married Lola ARNOLD on Dec. 31, 1899. They had 2 sons and 3 daughters, who survive: Gene and Russell of Vandalia; Lovell CONANT of Alma; Anna CRAWLEY of Decatur; and Agnes ELAM of Peoria.
- Mrs. Lloyd (Eva) PARRILL, 80, a former resident of this city died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle DARLAND in Marion, Wis. on Aug. 22. Services were held from the Uttermark Funeral home in Marion on Sunday, and from the Kinmundy Methodist Church on Monday. Rev. J.W.A. KINISON of Farina was the officiating minister. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. She is survived by 4 sons, Glen of Charleston, S.C., Charles and Francis of Decatur; Virgil of Peoria; and 1 daughter, Myrtle.
- A basket dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD of St. Peter on Aug. 24 in honor of the 81st birthday of Mrs. R.H. FEATHER. Those present for the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and family of Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Earl FEATHER and grandson of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell FORD and family of St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Tom DICKEY and Mr. and Mrs. Paul DUANE of Decatur; Jerry and Jackie MILLER of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Bill JONES and son.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold ROBB and children of Charleston were Thursday supper guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB.
- Mrs. Lewella NEATHERY, Mrs. Elizabeth LUX, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette MAXEY and son, Louis, attended the wedding of Mrs. NEATHERY’s grandson, Jack MORRIS, and Carolyn SHIPLEY at the Christian Church in Flora on Aug. 24. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie MORRIS of Flora.
- 70 young people of the Youth Center enjoyed a party at the Legion Hall Saturday night. It has been decided by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Advisory Board of the Youth Center to discontinue the use of the Bargh building for the Youth Center due to the difficulty of finding chaperones of 2 nights a week and the heavy schedule of school activities. Parties will be held once or twice a month at the American Legion Hall for the young people of the community. Mrs. Glen WHITE was appointed chairman of the Auxiliary, and James EAGAN, Commanding officer of the American Legion, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON will be her co-workers. - Bernard H. REILMAN, 79, of Vernon, died in the Fayette County Hospital on Aug. 26. Services will be held from the Mother Delores Catholic Church in Vandalia. The rosary will be recited at the Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Patoka. His survivors are 2 daughters: Mrs. Florence WEISS of Kinmundy, Mrs. Ruth LAWSON of Vernon; and 1 son Hubert of Vandalia; and 2 granddaughters, Miss Peggy WEISS of Kinmundy; and Miss Shirley Kay LAWSON of Vernon.
- Miletus: This community was saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Sadie BOSTON of Oskaloosa.
- Miletus: The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald YATES was laid to rest in Phillips Cemetery on Sunday.
- Meacham: Mr. and Mrs. Jim KAGY called to see Stanley SHAFFER in his home Friday. Stanley received severe burns filling his tractor with gasoline while the engine was running.
Sept. 4, 1958:
- The Annual Kinmundy Fox Hunters Association held the 17th annual Bench show and Field Trials at the A.O. CHARLTON Grove, Aug. 28, 29, 30, 1958. The Bench show was held Thursday evening with Othol HEATHCOCK of Beecher City as Judge and R.E. WILLIAMS as Ringmaster.
Female 6 months to 1 year: 1st - Faye - Carl Cummins, Bridgeport;
Male 6 months to 1 year - 1st - Tim Tam - Pearl EASLEY, Salem and 2nd Rocky Joe - Willie BURKETT, Iuka;
Derby Female - 1st, Queen, Eston PERRY, Winnimac, Ind., 2nd , Lena - C.C. BASSETT, Kinmundy; 3rd, Josie, Carl DARNELL, Akin;
Derby Male - 1st Fred - Paul TAYLOR, Macedonia; 2nd, Jerry Hornet, Glen SIDDENS, Mason; 3rd Jesse, Jerry McCARTY, Kinmundy;
All Age Female: 1st - Lee Ann - Pearl EASLEY, Salem; 2nd - Bell - Fred WOLFE, Louisville; 3rd, Dixie, Orbie BLADES, West Frankfort;
All Age Male: 1st - Tuck - Max GRINNELL, Brownstown; 2nd - Pete - Gene NIXON, Charleston; 3rd - Bootus - C.C. BASSETT, Kinmundy.
Best Dog in Show - Lee Ann - Pearl EASLEY, Salem.
The Field Trials were held Friday and Saturday with H.E. NASH, Anna, Master of Fox Hounds. The running conditions were fair and there was quite a bit of running.
Derby Field - 1st, Josie - Carl DARNELL, Akin; 2nd, Lena - C.C. BASSETT, Kinmundy; 3rd, Trumbo Mae - Gene BAKER, Iuka.
All Age Field - 1st, John - Carl DARNELL, Akin; 2nd, Jenny - Reuben REISNER, Wheatfield, Ind.; 3rd, Diner - Carl DARNELL, Akin.
- Clare Ann FITZPATRICK, 10 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. FITZPATRICK, of San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded a gold cup and the title “Countess” in a health and beauty contest held there last month. Her mother is the former Miss Margaret DOOLEN of Centralia. Clare Ann is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli DOOLEN of Centralia, and the niece of Sherm DOOLEN, editor of the Salem Times-Commoner.
- Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE and daughters moved their household goods from Clinton back to Kinmundy, Sunday. Mr. REESE will work in the oil fields. Miss Louise HAUTH, who has been living in the REESE home, moved Saturday, to the James BRASEL home in the east part of town.
- Funeral services for Major Kenneth LACEY will be held in the Farina Gymnasium Friday and interment will be made in Elder Cemetery. He was stationed at Sculthorpe R.A.F Base, Norfolk, England, and was one of 10 on an KB50 Ariel tanker which crashed at St. Vith, Belgium, Aug. 13. All men were killed. Mrs. LACEY and her 2 children, who were living at the base, arrived in Farina last week. The children are attending school and making their home with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY. They intend to make Farina their home for the present.
- Kinmundy’s Second Annual Homecoming was a big success in every way. There were literally thousands of people on the streets during the four days being observed. On Friday, Miss Sue WAGONER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul WAGONER, was crowned queen. This was followed by a fish fry. On Saturday evening, the Centennial Pageant was re-enacted, which was followed by a display of fireworks. Sunday found many people in the church of their choice. In the afternoon, a religious songfest was held. On Monday evening, a home talent play, “Arsenic and Old Lace” was given with a capacity audience. Terry GORDON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville GORDON, Jr., received a prize of selling the most tickets. During the day an auction was held on the streets, and many things changed hands.
- Max KELLER of Gary, Ind. and his son, were visiting here last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles KELLER. Max said he and his son happened to be in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 24th, and attended the Red FOLEY show. In televising the audience, he displayed a placard reading “Kinmundy” and just wondered if anyone happened to notice it. This week, we received 2 letters in regard to it. One letter came from Mrs. Neal LUSK of Oklahoma City. The other letter came from G.C. KONKLER of Phoenix, Ariz. He had lived on a farm near the Booker Schoolhouse around the turn of the century. He had run away many years ago when he had a stepmother whom he couldn’t agree with, so one of his neighbor boys loaned him $5 to run away. (Note: The entire letter from G.C. KONKLER was printed.)
- Melvin FINCKBONE, who resides along the Kinmundy-Patoka road, reports killing a diamond back rattle snake Friday evening. He discovered the snake in his yard. He was going to kill it with a hoe but when it coiled and rattled, he made a rush for his gun, getting back in time to shoot it. The snake was about 3 feet long and had 4 rattles. He gave it to the school for their reptile collection. This the first rattler reported in these parts for several years. Mr. FINCKBONE lives on a farm belonging to John McCULLEY. Mr. McCULLEY is having some bulldozing done and it is thought this might have disturbed the snake and it crawled into the yard. This leads us to believe that there might be more rattlers in this vicinity.
- Miss Barbara Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon BURKETT of Salem, and Gary Alan KLINE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle KLINE, were married in the Methodist Church in Iuka, Sunday, Rev. Obed HENSON and Rev. Floyd CHASTAINE performing the ceremony. Miss Karen BLESSING and David PICKEREL were the attendants. Rick and Bob BLESSING were ushers. Music was played by Mrs. Maxine BARKSDALE, and Mr. Lee PARKS. A reception was held in the church annex. The reception committee was Mrs. Clara Mae MEADOR, Mrs. Wanda BASS, Mrs. Erwina BLANK and Miss Pat BASS. Miss Gayle KLINE and Miss Susan KLINE, sisters of the groom were in charge of the guest book and gifts. The couple will reside in Salem.
- Miss Carrie SEE, of Alma, died in Salem Hospital on Aug. 28. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Forrest CROUCH of Alma officiating. Interment was made in the Eastland Cemetery. Her survivors are several nieces and nephews.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee “Tog” DOOLEN of Everett, Wash., are the proud parents of a son, William Scott, who was born Aug. 30. He has 3 sisters. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN of this city.
- We have been informed by Postmaster R.R. ATKINS effective Sept. 6, rural route 4, out of the Kinmundy office will be discontinued. The 3 routes will consume the patrons on the 4th route.
- Our school enrollment total 609 at the three attendance centers. Here is the apportionment: Grade 1: 50; Grade 2: 55; Grade 3: 51; Grade 4: 51; Grade 5: 55; Grade 6: 65; Grade 7: 57; Grade 8: 52; Freshmen: 42; Sophomore: 56; Juniors: 43; Seniors: 32.
- Miss Hazel ALLPHIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manford ALLPHIN of Alma, and Don GARRETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT of Kinmundy were married Aug. 31 in the Christian Church at Alma, Rev. Robert KELLY performed the ceremony with only the immediate family present. Miss Beatrice ALLPHIN, sister of the bride, and Gary GARRETT, brother of the groom were the attendants. Miss Becky HESTER of Alma was the pianist. Mr. and Mrs. GARRETT are both KACHS graduates, he with the class of ‘50 and she with the class of ‘57. The couple will make their home in Alma. An old fashioned charivari and shower will be held in their honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT on Sept. 6.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN celebrated their 55th anniversary with a basket dinner in the Kinmundy Park on Aug. 24. Among those enjoying the day were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack HALL and family, Mrs. Ed HALL and son, Fred of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie HALL and family, Henry FOLLOWELL and girlfriend of Edgewood; Mr. L.C. KEEN of Pesotum, Mr. and Mrs. Everett NASH and daughter of Xenia, Mr. and Mrs. Gene COATNEY and family of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and son, Bill, Mrs. Larry WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin GEILER and daughters, Barbara and Judy, Mrs. Mary Lou BELL and children, Mrs. Sonny FOLLOWELL and son, Miss Olive FOLLOWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Roy HALL and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil KEEN, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie McCARTY and daughter and Ronnie FOLLOWELL.
- Brown: Several from this vicinity attended the MULVANEY reunion at Salem Park Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chester KLINE attended the wedding of his nephew, Gary KLINE, and Miss Barbara BURKETT at the Methodist Church in Iuka on Sunday.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Boots WILKINS and family attended the WILKINS Reunion in Salem Park Monday. There were 93 present.
- Pleasant Grove: Mrs. Clyde ROSE, Mrs. Ralph ROSE and Mrs. Georgia EBLIN attended the funeral of Herschel NICHOLS Monday at Young Church. Sympathy goes to his wife and relatives.
- Pleasant Grove: The annual HIESTAND Reunion was held Sunday in the Park in Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Bert SMITH of Centralia, Mrs. Cecil RAYMOND of Breese were Labor Day dinner guests of Mrs. Ida SMITH. They all, and also Mrs. D.J. ALEXANDER, attended the funeral of Mrs. HOMER at Loogootee Lutheran Church that afternoon.
Sept. 11, 1958:
- William Ivan COCHRAN, son of Joseph and Rachel BRITTON COCHRAN, was born in Clay Co., Ill., on Feb. 4, 1906, and died Aug. 29, 1958. His entire life was spent in the surrounding community. In 1954 he joined the First Baptist Church of Edgewood, later moving his membership to Meacham Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves 3 sisters. Services were held from the Lash Funeral Home in Farina on Sunday, Rev. Clyde SINCLAIR, officiating. Interment was made in Iola Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DUNLAP have sold their property on the corner of Jefferson and Second Street to Mr. and Mrs. Ben MILLICAN of Omega, who will move into the property this week. This property was remodeled in 1928 by Mr. DUNLAP, having formerly been Dad’s Hotel.
- The Annual CONANT- OWENS Reunion was held Sept. 7 at Giant City Park. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Abe OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Dan OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Fred OWENS and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ira OWENS and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor ELAM and sons of Dexter, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Don OWENS, Bloomfield, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt CONANT and family, Brentwood, Mo.; Ken OWENS, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy OWENS and sons, and Mr. and Miss Jackie BARRON of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT, Mr. and Mrs. Mack ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB and son, Emmit and Fern GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family and John BALLANCE. This reunion will be held the first Sunday after Labor Day next year.
- A2C Larry SULLENS arrived here Wednesday night from Greenland where he is stationed. He has a 14 day leave here with his wife and daughters after which he will return to Greenland.
- R2c and Mrs. Neil BRASEL and sons, of Corpus Christi, Texas came Saturday to spend their vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT.
- On Aug. 24, at the First Christian Church in Flora, Miss Carolyn Sue SHIPLEY became the bride of Jack MORRIS. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. SHIPLEY of Vandalia. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy MORRIS of Flora. Mrs. Marlin MORRIS of Flora, and Darrell MORRIS, brother of the groom, were the attendants. Ushers were Phil MANN, Marlin MORRIS, and James SHIPLEY. Candles were lit by Miss Lora Kay CONLEY and Miss Charlane MOSELEY. Those assisting at the reception were Miss Florence DOUGLAS, Miss CONLEY, Miss MOSELEY, Mrs. Darrell MORRIS and Mrs. Marvin BUTTS. Mrs. Cliff CALLIS was in charge of the guest book. The bride graduated from Flora Twp. H.S. in 1956 and until her resignation, had held a clerical position with the City of Flora. The groom is enrolled for his 4th year at Murray State College in Murray, Ky, where he and his bride will make their home. (A list of those attending from out of town was published from the article printed by the Flora Daily News.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles KLINE and daughters moved from Farina Friday to the B.J. ROTAN property on 5th Street which they recently purchased.
- A 2c and Mrs. Larry SULLENS have a daughter in Salem Hospital on Sept. 8 named Marla Kim. The mother is the former Geraldine SMITH.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.A. “Bud” LANDESS of Champaign are the parents of a daughter born Sept. 4 named Cynthia Marie. Her paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. C.P. PRUETT.
- The MEYERS Reunion was held in the Farina Park on Sunday. Those attending were: Mrs. Nell MELAHM, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Merle MEYERS and son, Mrs. Bertha MEYERS, Bellflower; Mr. and Mrs. Shirley MEYERS and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry SMITH and daughters, Tolono; Mrs. Blanche WALKER, Champaign; Mr. Francis MEYERS, Don HOLLIS of Springfield, Mo.; Bud MEYERS, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond HOLLINSHEAD, Mr. and Mrs. Junior HOLLINSHEAD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fay VARNER, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOUSEMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SMITH and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde COOPER, Joe HOLTZHAUSEN, Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Charles WHITE and son, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Masel BOUSEMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOUSEMAN and children, Mt. Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy HEINZMAN, Shattuc, Mr. and Mrs. Jim HERRICK and son, Springfield; Ernest HOLTZHAUSEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DEVORE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON.
- The OLDEN-WAGONER Reunion was held at Newton Sunday with the following being among those in attendance, Mrs. Frank LINDER of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Ray OLDEN and son, Bill, Charles CRUTCHFIELD, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette JENKINS and daughter, Wanda, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son, Mike, Mrs. Thelma INGRAM, Rosco OLDEN and son, Alva.
- Mrs. Ellen Irene FRANKLIN has moved from St. Louis into the Raymond ATKINS property west of Ina’s Beauty Shop, which she has purchased. Mrs. FRANKLIN is a sister to Mrs. Max METCALF, residing along the Patoka Rd. west of this city.
- Approximately 150 descendants of Wm. H. and Lucinda E. (HARVEY) MAXEY were in attendance at the annual MAXEY-HARVEY Reunion held at Miller Park, Bloomington, on Sept. 7. Claude MAXEY, Bluford, was judged the one from farthest away, and his cousin, Lee MAXEY, Normal, was the one closest to home. Mrs. Daisy MAXEY, widow of Wayne MAXEY, claimed the “oldest” honors, with Ralph HARVEY, a close second. Kelly Luann, two month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris MAXEY was the youngest present. A letter from Mrs. Maude MAXEY MITCHELL, Dugger, Ind. expressed her regrets for not being present. Officers elected were: President - J.B. MAXEY, Kinmundy; Vice-President - Hazel CARR, Greenup; Sec.-Treas - Robert W. MAXEY, Freeport.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT returned Wednesday afternoon from a 9 day vacation trip thru the western states. Among interesting places they visited were the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Royal Gorge in Colorado.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT were Mr. and Mrs. Ed SHREFFLER and family of Carrier Mills, and R2c and Mrs. Neil BRASEL and sons, Corpus Christi, Texas. Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Bill GARRETT and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GARRETT and family, and Miss Judy DISS.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES moved Thursday to the home they bought recently, west of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer HULTS, on the Brubaker Road near the overhead crossing. They have lived in this neighborhood for many years and will be missed, but we wish them well in their new home. Clyde ROSE bought their farm.
Sept. 18, 1958:
- The local PTA held it’s first meeting Sept. 15, with a large crowd in attendance for the annual Flower & Garden Show. It was called to order by President Mrs. Ella Mae HESTER, and “America” was sung with Betty BOYD at the piano. The pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was repeated by all, followed by the PTA prayer by Mrs. Alta DISS. The Secretary, Mrs. Lora INGRAM read the minutes, and Mrs. Margaret LEE read the Treasurer report. The room count was taken with the Banner going to Mrs. Ernst’s room. Mrs. Nelda JONES, refreshments chairman, introduced the refreshment committee for the evening. Mrs. Charles BASSETT reported the annual Flower and Garden Show and wonderful success with 230 entries. Mrs. O.I. LEACH, music chairman presented selections by the following music students: Connie JONES, Janet FORD, and Nancy SWIFT. A song was sung in unison with Maxine ROBB as pianist. Mrs. HESTER turned the meeting over to Virgil McKITRICK, who gave a wonderful talk on Parents and Teachers pulling together. He then introduced the student council members, Beverly WILLIAMS, Larry LEACH, and Amy Jo LEMAY. They introduced the teachers from the Alma grade school, the Kinmundy High School and the Kinmundy Grade School. (Also listed were all of the students who won various categories in the flower and garden show.)
- The annual ROBB Reunion was held in the Kinmundy City Park, Sept. 14, with a basket dinner. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES and Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN of Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Arno SMITH of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family of St. Peter, R2c and Mrs. Neil BRASEL and sons of Corpus Christi, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. JONES, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FEATHER, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DOOLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. James JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Merle JONES, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DAY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES, Mesdames Stella PRUETT, Lora ARNOLD, Effie ROBB, Zelia NEAVILL and Mr. I.D. INGRAM.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roy ROCHAT have a daughter born in Salem Hospital on Sept. 14 named Mary Ann and she has 2 sisters.
- Eugene Bliss PARKER, Sr., who resided in Nokomis, died Tuesday at St. John’s Sanitarium, Springfield, following an illness of 5 years. He turned 60 years old on Sept. 5. He was born in Kinmundy on Sept. 5, 1898, son of Charles Wesley and Nettie EAGAN PARKER. He came to Nokomis in 1919 and for a number of years was employed in the Nokomis mines. He was a member of the P.M. of A. 154. Prior to his illness, he was employed at the Hedlund Ski factory in Nokomis. He was a member of the Nokomis Presbyterian Church and of Nokomis Lodge 456. On Apr. 15, 1924, he married at Hillsboro to Miss Anna McPHERSON, who survives, along with their only son, Eugene Bliss Jr., of Nokomis. Also surviving are 3 sisters and 2 brothers: Mrs. Mittie PRUETT of Belleville; Mrs. Mabel DISTLER of O’Fallon; Mrs. Josephine HEMPHILL of Nokomis; Clyde PARKER of Manteno; and Glen PARKER of Creve Couer. One son preceded him in infancy. Services were held from the Stiehl-Dawson Funeral home with interment in the Nokomis Cemetery.
- Mrs. Avanelle HIESTAND, and daughters, Frances and Nellie, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George LONG, of near Iuka, Sunday afternoon.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John PHILLIPS, Jr. were Mr. and Mrs. Harold MORRIS and Carolyn of Centralia, and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey RUGER and children. Mrs. RUGER’s birthday was being remembered.
- Miss Peggy WEISS spent Friday evening and Sunday afternoon with Miss Margaret GREENWOOD. Miss GREENWOOD’s birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. A.D. HEADLEY and Shirley of Princeton, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. F.B. BALLANCE, Mrs. Betty JOHNSON and family of Patoka, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy DOOLEN and Sherry were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. NICHOLS of Patoka Thursday. Mrs. NICHOLS’ birthday was being remembered.
Sept. 25, 1958:
- Margaret Luella PARRILL, daughter of Absalom and Sarah MILLER PARRILL, and eldest of 8 children, was born Apr. 30, 1862, on a farm in Marion Co., Ill.. Her early childhood was spent at the home place in Meacham twp. There she grew into womanhood. She attended high school in Salem. In 1890, Miss PARRILL journeyed to Chicago, where she pursued a career in dress-making. She followed this profession the next 40 years. In the spring of 1930, Miss Ella came to Kinmundy to make her home with her sister, Miss Eva PARRILL, and transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in Kinmundy. She was also a member of the Woman’s Club. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Eva Mae PARRILL and Inez PARRILL WISEHEART, and 3 brothers, Charley E. PARRILL, Schuyler B. PARRILL, and Lloyd M. PARRILL. She is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Henry SPECKER of Brownstown, and Mrs. James GUNTHORP of Coronado, Calif., 1 sister-in-law, Mrs. Schuyler B. PARRILL. Services were held from the Methodist Church with Rev. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was in Elder Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis CHEATUM of Salem are parents of a son born in Salem Hospital on Sept. 20. He has been named Mark Allen. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Merle GREENWOOD have a son, Michael Lloyd, born in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia on Sept. 19. The mother is the former Virginia SPENCER.
- On Sept. 21, several members of the Robert WILKINSON family gathered at the Bryan Memorial Park in Salem. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond WILKINSON, Mt. Morris; J.H. WILKINSON, White Water, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES, Darrell, Danny, and Denzil, Mr. and Mrs. James WILKINSON, Ronald, Launa and Russel TATE, Kinmundy; Mrs. Gertie MULVANEY, Mr. and Mrs. Charles WILCOXEN and Lindell, Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Don HUDDLESTON, Garry and Larry, Iola; Mr. and Mrs. Norval SILL, Mr. and Mrs. Basil THOMAS, Mr. and Mrs. Richard POLLARD, Ricky and Randy, Mr. and Mrs. D.A. ARNOLD, Eddie, Merle, Teddie, Danny and Martha, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell THOMAS, Terry and Kenny, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne WILKINSON, Brenda and Jimmie, Mr. and Mrs. Buran FOGERSON, Larry and Deanie, Odin. Those attending in the afternoon were: Mr. and Mrs. Oll CARROLL, Mr. and Mrs. James CARROLL, Flora, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert WAGGONER, Melvin and Draenda, Odin; Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILKINSON and Melvin, Mr. and Mrs. Otis TATE, Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald WILKINSON, Rita and Karen Ann, Olney; Eugene SILL, Donnie and Garry, Salem; and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall CRAIG, Alma.
- R2c and Mrs. Neil BRASEL and sons left Tuesday for their home in Corpus Christi, Texas after enjoying a 2 weeks furlough with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT and Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and other relatives.
- Fletcher COLE had the misfortune of falling about 12 feet at the bin site Sept. 16, spraining his ankle and breaking the side bone in his left leg in 3 pieces. He is reported doing fine.
- Burglars gained entrance to the MAHAN & MOTCH store early Thursday morning by prying the lock from the front door. Some 16 gauge shot gun shells, .22 rifle shells, pocket knives and ball point pens were missed in the checkup.
- Don CHEATUM was named president of the Champaign-Urbana Jaycees Thursday night. He is a former Kinmundy man, and a graduate of Kinmundy H.S. with the class of 1951. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM of this city.
- Miletus: Mr. and Mrs. Grover FOGERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Paul WILKINSON and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Otis TATE and children were among those attending a family gathering in Salem Park Sunday in honor of Herb WILKINSON of White Water, Wis., and his son, Raymond and wife of Mt. Morris. About 70 relatives attended.
Oct. 2, 1958:
- Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT and Mrs. Rada CALDWELL of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Wes ROBB, Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Bert GARRETT, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT and Mr. Raymond ATKINS enjoyed a picnic dinner at the park in Vandalia Sunday in honor of their aunt, Mrs. George GILLESPIE of Vandalia, whose birthday anniversary was being remembered.
- Mr. R.D. HANNA had the misfortune of having his tractor catch fire Monday evening while combining beans. His son, Xon, refueled the tractor and spilled some gasoline on the ground. It is thought that this gas was ignited form a match which Mr. HANNA flipped from his fingers. The fire department was called to the scene and the blaze quickly extinguished. Considerable damage was done to the tractor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd NEBLETT of Arlington, Va., are parents of a son born Sept. 27. His maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Lora ARNOLD of this city.
- Miss Norma L. MILLER and Howard ELET were married on Sept. 26 at the Sheraton East Hotel in New York City. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER of this city. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Louis Y. ELET and the late Mr. ELET of New York City. Mrs. ELET is a graduate of the Univ. of Illinois and Mr. ELET is a graduate of Pennsylvania State Univ. The couple will reside in New York City. The groom is New York’s Regional Rep. of Atkins & Merrill, Inc. of Sudbury, Mass., Manufacture of Industrial Scale Models. The bride is a Home Economist in the house service dept. of Corn Products Sales Co. of New York City. Mr. and Mrs. A.H. MILLER were in attendance.
- Mat With Us Again: On last Friday night, Ruben CRAIN again assumed the role of our local Mat DILLAN after accepting this responsible position, due to granting of a 30 day leave of absence to Ener ZIMMER, the city’s marshal, night watchman and chief of police. Ener is being employed as bookkeeper for Ingram’s Elevator at Tonti. The elevator is being put into operation by the Ingram Bros. and will become a subsidiary of the local elevator. This is no new role for “Mat” as he played this part of a few months last winter while Mr. ZIMMER was vacationing in the hospital. He says he thinks he will be able to handle it pretty well as he now has his fall work pretty well caught up and was just wondering what he was doing to do to pass away the time.
- William Harley HILL, son of Robert Shannon and Hannah HILL, was born Oct. 3, 1876, just south of Salem. Shortly after, the family moved to southwest Missouri. As a young man he returned to Illinois to the home of his cousin, Pete HILL, where he received his first training in agriculture. He was married to Eula Ethel MERCER of Kinmundy, in 1900 and here they lived until her death less than a year ago. To this union was born 4 children. Surviving are: Myrtle of Kinmundy; Mrs. Louise HATFIELD of Winter Haven, Fla.; and Mrs. Rhea WILLIAMS of Park RIDGE. The son, William HARLEY, Jr., lost his life in the service of his country in WWII. There are 6 grandchildren: William Hill HATFIELD of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Helen HATFIELD CONNOR, of London, England; George Willard HATFIELD of Frankfurt, Germany; James Richard, Robert and David WILLIAMS of Park Ridge; and 2 great-grandchildren: William Hill HATFIELD, Jr., Dallas, Texas; and Sheri HATFIELD of Frankfurt, Germany. Harley to everyone, died on Sept. 24 in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Oscar L. HAWKINS officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mrs. Elgie ROSS died at her home in Alma on Sept. 30. Services were held Thursday from the Alma Christian Church, Bro. Robert KELLY, officiated. Interment will be made in the Alma Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, 2 daughters, Mrs. Bee SPITLER, Elgin, and Mrs. Lorene WILSON, Alma; 1 son, Denzil B. GAMMON, Alma.
- A birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence QUANDT on Sunday in honor of their son, Philip’s 7th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- A birthday supper was enjoyed at the Steak House in Effingham Sept. 27, Miss Dorothy McCULLEY’s birthday was being remembered. Others partaking were mesdames Eleanor BRUBAKER, Florence ROSE, Kate BARROW and Minerva SECHREST of Salem, Mrs. Nell TROUT and Miss Mildred KLEISS.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth LUX in honor of her son, Charles’ 15th birthday on Sept. 23. (A list of those attending was included.)
Oct. 9, 1958:
- Sp. 4 Gerald CHEADLE, RA17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom CHEADLE, who is stationed at Sandholen, Germany, with the U.S. Army toured the World Fair at Brussels last week. He wrote his parents about the trip. (The letter was included in this writeup.)
- Anna Lulu YODER, daughter of Leslie and Anna EMERY ALLEN was born June 17, 1883, on a farm near Kinmundy. She died Oct. 4, 1958 at the Alton State Hospital. At an early age she became a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church. She is survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Mrs. W.H. ALLEN of Charleston, and Mrs. M.H. ALLEN of Remington, Ind. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Morton MULVANEY celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary at their home Oct. 5. Those partaking of the basket dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Howard MULVANEY and family of Decatur, Mrs. Lucy HANKS, John FINCKBONE, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Orville MOORE, Effingham; Miss Frances MAXWELL, Altamont; Mr. and Mrs. Jackie MULVANEY and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Steve MULVANEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. George KEEN, Dennis and Beryl, Mr. and Mrs. Bob SILL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ed MULVANEY, Miss Ina TATE, Miss Lottymae MULVANEY, Mr. Rea Ellis COLCLASURE and Floyd MOORE of Kinmundy. Afternoon callers were: Harley COURSON and Arthur COURSON, Farina, Zettie SCHOOLEY and children, Carl HUGHS, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Ed LEE, Mr. and Mrs. Ray MULVANEY and Trudy, Mrs. Jerry McCARTY and children, and Charlie HAMPSTEN. The evening was spent taking pictures, visiting and playing music.
- Mrs. Allie NELMS, Kinmundy’s oldest resident, observed her 95th birthday on Oct. 2. Eating dinner with her that day were Mr. and Mrs. F.G. ALEXANDER, Mr. and Mrs. Harry DENNIS, Frank PORTER, D.J. ALEXANDER. Mrs. NELMS was born and raised in Kinmundy and this has been her home her entire life.
- The City Council met Monday. Payment was made on the water meters. What is known as the Doolen bridge on west 4th Street has been repaired which had been caused by a washout. A curfew was discussed, but found there was already one on the books. Also discussed was the council is joining with the local fire district will go to court if the Bell Telephone Co. makes good on a threat in bringing suit against the fire district for rental on 3 fire phones. An inspection by the rep. of the Illinois Inspection Bureau had paid a visit to the Kinmundy fire district.
- Dr. and Mrs. N.H. DAVISON moved from the Clarence QUANDT property on North Jefferson Street to a home in Centralia which they recently purchased. Mr.and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL and family have moved from their country home into this property.
- The following attended a family reunion at Monee, Sept. 28, at the home of K.E. McCARTY: Helen McCARTY, Harvey; Mr. and Mrs. K.L. McCARTY, Orland Park; Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McCARTY and daughter, Vickie, Iola; Mr. and Mrs. Neil McCARTY, Joe LUCK and Mary McCARTY, Maywood, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne DUNKEL, Michael, Lynn and Kim, Michigan City, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Sam FEHENBACHER and Tommie, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MARQUART, Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Salem; Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON, Alma; Mr. J.C. McCARTY, Kinmundy; Larry McCARTY and Judy ARNSTRON, Peontone; Mr. and Mrs. Dale McCARTY, Jim, Bob, and Mark, Flora; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCARTY, Paul and Wayne, Mendon Book Farm, Monee; and Mr. and Mrs. James McCARTY, Sue and Patsi, Markham.
- Candidate Lawrence E. WILLIAMS, of Fort Sill, Okla., fell Sept. 29 in camp and received a severe back injury. He is confined to the hospital there.
- Mrs. Bertha ANDREWS died at the Evanston Hospital on Oct. 6. She was a former resident of Kinmundy. She is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Donna RABB of Evanston, 1 son, Charles ANDREWS of Cincinnati, Ohio; 1 brother, Earl MORRIS of Marshall; 3 sisters, Mrs. Margaret DAVIS of Chicago; Mrs. Mary DOOLEN of Midlothian; Mrs. Esther GEORGE of Kinmundy. Services were held in Kinmundy at the Linton Funeral Home, Dr. Harold B. WALKER of Evanston, officiating. Interment will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.D. JACKSON of Salem have a daughter, Sherrie Lynn, in Salem Hospital on Oct. 3. Her mother is the former Phyllis HOYT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eldon BEALS of Nome, Alaska are the parents of a daughter born Sept. 30 named Patricia. Her paternal grandmother is Mrs. Cora HOYT of Salem.
- Jim BASSETT, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT, walked away with the top prize in Salem’s hulahoop contest Saturday. They say Jim has a technique all of his own when it comes to hooping. Miss Linda ROBB, daughter of Mrs. Pola ROBB, was also awarded a first for her costume.
- “Dead Man’s Curve” Claims Another Victim Sunday P.M. When Truck Overturns - W.P. HENDLEY, 58, of Mayfield, Kentucky, was killed instantly on Sunday afternoon, when his tractor-trailer was overturned on state Route 37 on “dead man’s curve” west, and south of the C. & E.I. subway in Kinmundy. A motorist, Frank H. LEIDGEN, Ocononowoc, Wis. saw the accident happen, and stopped just short of it, only to receive a few scratches and dents. HENDLEY had a trailer truck loaded with lumber. He was traveling north at a high rate of speed, and as he hit the curve, a rear tire on his tractor blew out. He leaves a wife and 6 children, 3 still living at home. According to records, this is the 7th motorist to die in the county in car wrecks this year. And if our memory serves us right, this is the 7th life to be lost on this particular curve. Many other trucks have wrecked without a fatality, when they overshot this curve. This past week a truck load of steel did this.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DOOLEN, Linda and Gerald, were supper guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN and children Saturday. Gilbert’s birthday was being remembered.
- Pleasant Grove: Mr. and Mrs. Lester MULVANEY and family moved Saturday from Omega to the place recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Francis SIPES.
- Miletus: Little Marlene, 1 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verle WHITE, had the misfortune of pulling a dish of hot food from the table and received severe burns on her face and arm one day last week.
Oct. 16, 1958:
- Ralph ROSE shoots wife twice; Mrs. ROSE expected to recover from the wounds: Our community received a great shock Monday when the news was quickly spread that Ralph ROSE, 36, had shot his wife, Marie, 33. The shooting occurred at about 2:30 at their farm home 5 miles southeast of Kinmundy. Their children had just returned home from school at the time of the shooting. School had been dismissed early for Columbus Day, which was a good thing for the family. Ralph had 3 shells in his shotgun. The first shot struck Mrs. ROSE in the heel. A second discharge struck her in the breast. A that, the son, Bobbie, grappled with his father and managed to pull the trigger discharging the 3rd shell in the ground. After the 3rd shot was fired, Ralph willingly gave up the gun then, and the lad then broke the gun by beating it into the ground. At this, one of the daughters took charge of another gun which she knew was in the house. The eldest daughter, Carolyn, 15, went to summon help. She first went to the family car but found the keys were missing. She then drove the farm truck which was loaded with beans to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merle SEE, which is about one half mile away. Mr. and Mrs. SEE and son, Ronnie, returned with her in their car. After Carolyn left with the truck, Ralph ran and jumped in the car and drove off. In the meantime, Mrs. ROSE traveled about a half a quarter to a corn field to hide. After Mr. and Mrs. SEE and son, reached the scene, Ronnie returned home again to call an ambulance. B.F. LINTON’s ambulance was soon there, and Mrs. ROSE was taken to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia where she is reported about out of danger at this time. After Ralph left home, it was discovered that he had gone to Omega by traveling west from his farm, then south, and then east into Omega. There he purchased a box of shells at the Bartley Store. And then asked Hugo WAGONER to load him his shot gun, with the excuse that he had seen a duck on a pond and wanted to get it. Leaving Omega, he drove back to near his farm, on the south side. Seeing the ambulance and crowd at the house, he continued westward. And that was the last anyone saw of him until he was found Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office was notified and State Troopers stepped in to help with the search for Ralph. The search continued all night, not only by the sheriff and troopers but by relatives and neighbors as well. The immediate families spent the night at the home of his mother, Mrs. Laura ROSE. When Mr. and Mrs. Russell ROSE returned to their home Tuesday morning, they found him there, where he had spent the night. (Ralph is the brother to Russell’s father, Claude ROSE.) Ralph showed no resistence whatever when Russell talked with him and explained that he would have to be turned over to the sheriff. Russell then called the Sheriff’s office and told them they would be in Salem within the hour. So now Ralph is in the hands of the authorities awaiting his fate. We understand no action will be taken until it is certain that Mrs. ROSE will recover. Mr. and Mrs. ROSE have 6 children: Carolyn 15, Robbie 14, Shirley 12, Jerry 9, Linda 6, and Larry 5. The children are being cared for by relatives. This is a very regrettable incident for our community. The ROSE families are highly esteemed citizens of the community. And everyone are at a loss to know just what made Ralph do such a thing as this. Ralph had combined beans that morning while Mrs. ROSE drove a tractor pulling a disc in an adjoining field, preparing to sow wheat. We understand some of the impact of the shot into the breast, was thwarted to some extent by a bottle of ointment carried in Marie’s shirt pocket, which she had used to prevent the wind chapping her lips while working in the field.
- Mrs. Herschel PIGG and Elbert L. JOHNSON, both residents of Kinmundy, were married in the Grace Methodist Church in Salem Oct. 9, Rev. Carl HEARN performing the ceremony. The witnesses were Mrs. Judy MARLOW and Mrs. Lois ROBERTS of Salem. Mr. JOHNSON is employed in the Stevens Fruit Stand north of Salem. They will make their home in the bride’s residence in this city.
- The Lions Club wrote the State Highway Department about the dangerous curve in Kinmundy, in which another fatal wreck happened last week. It was sent by W.L. GREEN, Sec’y of the Kinmundy Lions Club.
- Mrs. Elizabeth GRAMLEY WINCHELL, wife of the late Bert WINCHELL, mother of the late Humphrey GRAMLEY, died in Sacramento, Calif. on Oct. 3rd. Services were held in the George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers. Cremation followed. Mrs. WINCHELL, 86, is survived by 1 brother, Frank HUMPHREY of Tampa, Fla. She was born in Ohio, and came to Kinmundy with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew HUMPHREY and settled on a farm south of Kinmundy. After the death of her husband, Will GRAMLEY, who died from injuries received by being dragged by runaway team, she with her son, made their home with her widowed mother and continued to operate the farm. She remained here until after the death of her mother in the early 20's, when she and her son, moved to Westwood, Calif. The son met death by drowning while fishing one day. He was buried at Westwood and now the mother’s ashes are to be placed in the same grave. Mrs. Mary GARRETT and Mrs. Florence FRANKLIN, of this city, and Mrs. Jed HARPSTER, of St. Peter, are nieces of Mrs. WINCHELL.
- Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha ANDREWS, of Evanston, were held from the Linton Funeral Home on Oct. 9, Dr. Harold B. WALKER officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Mrs. Florence MAHAN and Mrs. Paulene JOHNSON were presented with 50 year membership pins by the members of Kinmundy Chapter. O.E.S. Another 50 year pin was presented earlier this year to Mrs. Bertha CURRY.
- Charles Eugene NICHOLS, 52, died at his home in Meacham township, Monday, after an illness of a few weeks duration. Services will be held from Meacham Baptist Church, by Rev. Lawrence PHILLIPS, pastor of the church, and Elder Clyde SINCLAIR, assisting. Interment will be made in Elder Cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Anna NICHOLS, with whom he made his home, and 1 sister, Mrs. Juanita TAYLOR.
- Miss Virginia JAHRAUS, who is attending Jr. College in Centralia, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen JAHRAUS and Dale.
- In Memoriam of Elsie MULVANEY, mother and wife, who died Oct. 22, 1950. By Artie MULVANEY, Mrs. Ray COMBS, Mrs. Garnett CORNWELL, Mrs. John PIPER, and Harold MULVANEY.
Oct. 23, 1958:
- Dr. Mark GREER of Vandalia, has been selected by the Illinois State Medical Society as the “Outstanding General Practitioner for 1959". This was based on his 44 years of meritorious and dedicated service as a country physician. Dr. GREER, who is affectionally known to his patients and townspeople as “Dr. Mark” was born March 21, 1889 in a weatherbeaten, one story wooden house at a crossroads known as St. Paul, in the south central part of Fayette County, Ill. He was delivered by his father, Dr. George GREER, who began the practice of medicine there in 1872. The younger, Dr. GREER obtained his M.D. degree at the University of St. Louis in 1913, and began practice in Vandalia, the following year. He has been in his present year. He has been in his present office at 515 ½ West Gallatin Street for the last 38 years. He has attended the birth of more than 3000 babies. Dr. GREER served as a Captain in World War I, being assigned to the British Expeditionary Force. England awarded him the British Military Cross for his heroic attention to the wounded on open battlefields. Upon his return home after the war, he resumed practice in Vandalia. His contention was that “a physician without a hospital might be compared to a housewife without a kitchen, a Noah without an Ark”. The nearest hospital being in Pana, he opened one in Vandalia in 1925. This, the first in Fayette County, was expanded in 1937 to a 35 bed institution. When this became inadequate to serve the community, he became the moving spark in raising funds for the $1,500,000, 108 bed Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, although this would put his privately owned Mark Greer Hospital out of business. The new hospital opened in 1955, won a nation magazine’s award as “The Modern Hospital of the Year”. (Also listed were the many other things he’s done for the community, and other honors.) Dr. GREER is a member of a medically minded family. Besides his father, who practiced in Fayette County for 46 years before his death in 1918, two uncles on his father’s side were physicians. A brother, Dr. Miller GREER, is associated with him in Vandalia. Another brother, Dr. Frank GREER, is a dentist. His wife, sister, and a daughter are registered nurses, all graduates of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nurses, Chicago. The daughter is married to a physician, Dr. and Mrs. GREER also have another married daughter. His home and office contain many trophies of big game hunts in Wyoming, Canadian Northwest and Alaska.
- A 2c Jack BOYD recently received his discharge from the Air Force and arrived in Kinmundy on Oct. 17 to visit his father, Fred BOYD and family.
- The Ford Reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George FORD Sunday. A basket dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard GOTTFRIED of Denver, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Charles FORD, Mrs. Jana EVANS, Mr. and Mrs. Ford EVANS of St. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert FORD, Mrs. Clyde BALLANCE, Mrs. Tillie HULSEY, Mr. and Mrs. Richard FORD, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD, Kenneth, Donna and Judy.
- Mr. Estna ALDERSON, 72, of Omega twp., died in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Oct. 14. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy on Oct. 16, with Bro. Thomas WATSON, officiating. Interment was made in the Parker Cemetery. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elva ADAMS of Edwardsville.
- Last year Kinmundy enjoyed almost a sane Halloween. This year let’s do a better job. Different organizations and planning good amusement for the youngsters on this occasion and it is the wish of the city Council that it will not be necessary to take any of our people (young and old) into court, for the destruction of property. F.O. GRISSOM, Mayor.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DAY, Jr. are the proud parents of a son born Saturday, Oct. 18, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia named Kevin. The mother is the former Kathleen BROWN.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ora YATES, Jr., have a son, Thomas Hal, who was born in Salem Hospital on Oct. 17.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles SIMPSON of Odin, have a son born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia on Oct. 17 named Randy Allen. Rosco OLDEN is the maternal great-grandfather.
- Mr. and Mrs. Earl LANE celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 19 with all their children being present for this happy occasion. They received a beautiful bedspread and throw rug from their children. Those enjoying the day besides the honorees were: Mr. and Mrs. Virl SEE and children, Shirley and Wayne of Iuka; Mr. and Mrs. Jim BALL of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Robert LANE and daughter, Karen, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul LANE and children, Dicky and Joyce.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald THOMPSON celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary at their home Friday of last week. Films were shown by Mr. Jesse GEORGE which were enjoyed by all. Refreshments of ice cream, cake, coffee and Pepsi’s were served and enjoyed by the following: Mr. and Mrs. Jesse GEORGE and family, Mr. and Mrs. George FEATHER and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ALBERSON and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan DeVORE and children, Mr. and Mrs. Harry THOMPSON, Mrs. Elizabeth LUX and son, Charles, Keith SCHWABE and the honorees and their son.
- In honor of Kenneth ALBERSON’s birthday, a potluck dinner was held Sunday on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. K.V. ALBERSON’s home. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gene BAILEY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted PHILLIPS and son of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and family, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, Mrs. Pola ROBB and children, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BAILEY and Sue, Mrs. Elizabeth LUX and son, Charles, Jan HANNA, and Shirley BAILEY and 2 girlfriends from Champaign.
- Jim HUDDLESTON, son of Mrs. Marjorie CORRELL of Tuscola, has joined Phi Sigma Kappa at the Univ. of Illinois. Jim graduated from Kinmundy High School in 1956, and attended Michigan State University for 2 years. He is now a Junior at Illinois majoring in pre-medicine.
- Brown: Services were held at Linton Funeral Home Thursday for Miss Estna ALDERSON. Burial in Parker Cemetery.
- Sunday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN were: Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. BROWN and their grandsons, John and Richard DAY. Mr. and Mrs. Elston GREEN’s wedding anniversary and Mr. R.H. GREEN’s birthday were being remembered.
- Mrs. Esta ROBB and Mrs. Hazel LIVESAY visited Mrs. Evelyn FORD of Alma Thursday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN and son, Mike, spent the weekend with her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon STOCKER of Savoy. Mr. and Mrs. OLDEN spent Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Richard CLAYTOR of Champaign. The two couples were remembering their wedding anniversaries.
- Pleasant Grove (from last week): Mr. and Mrs. Gene HELM, Mr. and Mrs. Oren ALDERSON, Gene KENLEY, and Clyde ROSE helped Mr. and Mrs. George LONNON move Wednesday to their home in Omega which they bought of Jack LEWIS, east of the Omega Church. Harold KENLEY has bought the LONNON farm from where they lived for so many years. George, when able, assisted neighbors with small jobs of carpenter work when they needed. We’ll miss them.
- Cpl. and Mrs. Dale SULLENS and children left Friday for their home in El Paso, Texas where he will return to duty in the service.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard GOTTFRIED of Denver, Colo., left Monday for their home after a two weeks visit here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George FORD and other relatives.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith GREEN and family were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bob GREEN Saturday. The birthday of Bob GREEN was being remembered.
Oct. 30, 1958:
- On Oct. 16, several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter WEISS to help them celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The centerpiece on the table was a 5 tiered wedding cake presented to them by Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mrs. Hugh COPPLE, and Mrs. Hugh LACEY. Among the other gifts received were 2 money trees, one being presented by Mrs. WEISS’ coworkers at the elementary school. Those present were Mrs. Olga WEISS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh LACEY and son of Farina; Mr. and Mrs. Richard PAULSMEYER, Mr. and Mrs. June PAULSMEYER and son of near Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert REILMAN of Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence LAWSON and daughter of Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. Ernie DONOHO and children of Waltonville; Mr. and Mrs. Colby WILLIAMS of Brownstown; Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Miss Paulette MANGNER, the honorees and daughter.
- Charles Earl JENKINS of Farina was born in Kinmundy on March 29, 1924 and died on Oct. 20, 1958 near Centralia. He is survived by an adopted daughter, Margaret, his father and mother, Lee and Dora JENKINS, Farina; 2 brothers, John, Farina; and Robert, Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Charlene STORCK, St. Peter, and Mrs. Dorothy LONG, Effingham; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene KEEN, Kinmundy. He was a veteran of WWII. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Arlie MULVANEY of Farina, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack CHANCE and daughters, Dorothy, 17, and Donna, 12, of Mitchell, were in a car accident Oct. 24 when their car was hit by a hit-and-run driver in Mitchell, which caused it to go into a deep ditch. They all suffered shock. Mrs. CHANCE and her daughters injuries necessitated hospital care. Mr. and Mrs. Keith CHANCE of Joliet, Mr. and Mrs. James CHANCE and son, Terry, of Dyer, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Harold CHANCE and family of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth CHANCE of Edwardsville and Mrs. Art MULVANEY called since the accident at the hospital in Granite City to see their sister, Dorothy, at the hospital, and also at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack CHANCE, daughter, Donna and son, Darrell, in Mitchell.
- Mrs. Charles ROBB and granddaughter have moved here from Houston, Texas, and will occupy one of the ATKINS homes of Lincoln Street. We welcome Mrs. ROBB back home again.
- Mr. and Mrs. Relzie SULLENS have sold their farm west of Alma and have purchased the Fred SEE property in Kinmundy on the Louisville Rd. Mrs. SULLENS is a teacher in our grade school. We welcome them to our city.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert MIDDLETON of San Antonio, Texas, have a son born Oct. 23. The mother is the former Evelyn FEATHER. Mrs. Ralph FEATHER is in San Antonio helping care for her new grandson.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSTON and family will move Friday to the Glenn VALLOW farm north of Kinmundy. The lived in this community for several years before moving to a farm near Tonti.
- Word was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. Nellie McDOWELL of Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 16. She was the former Miss Nellie HARRIS of Meacham twp. Interment was made in Mt. View Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Las Vegas.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cliff OLDEN entertained a group of guests on Oct. 25 in honor of their son, Mike’s 12th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Marion HELM of Salem were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. George COLE. Mr. HELM and Mrs. COLE’s birthdays were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cleo MULVANEY and sons, Jerry and Wayne, spent the weekend in Mattoon with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul PHIPPS. A dinner was enjoyed Sunday in honor of Mrs. PHIPPS birthday. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Hollis MULVANEY, Mr. and Mrs. Max PHIPPS and son, David, of Mattoon, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth PHIPPS of Decatur.
Nov. 6, 1958:
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert CASPER of South Bend, Ind. are parents of a daughter born Oct. 29. She has been named Susan Lynn, and her mother is the former Betty Ann HELPINGSTINE. The grandmother, Mrs. Tom HELPINGSTINE, is in South Bend assisting in caring for her.
- Word was received here by Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HAMMER of the death of Ben CARROLL, 49, son of Mrs. E.T. CARROLL of Greenville. He died suddenly at Westchester, N.Y., Oct. 22. He was the managing editor of the Westchester Newspaper Syndicate, and was editor of the Reporter-Dispatch of White Plains. He is survived by his wife, a son, John, and a daughter, Mrs. Gale PROJANSKY. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Addie CARROLL, Greenville; a sister, Helen FINCH, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; 3 brothers, Paul of White Plains, N.Y.; Robert of Worthington, Ohio; and Don of Kent, Ill.; Half-brothers and sisters surviving are Stanley CARROLL, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Maj. Gen. Frank CARROLL, Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. Ella FINKENBINDER, Stockton, Ill.; Mrs. May METCALF, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Leon KENDALL, Coral Hills, Md.; and Mrs. Gladys WARREN, Decatur. The father, Rev. E.T. CARROLL was pastor of the Methodist Church here. While here in the pastorate, he passed away.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dalton VANDEVEER are home again after a visit in San Antonio, Texas with their son, Lester, and family. They were also patients in the hospital in Texarkana, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. VANDEVEER went south a couple of weeks ago to make this visit. Enroute they traveled thru some high water which shattered the nerves of Mr. VANDEVEER as he is recuperating from major surgery. They were afraid to drive back home alone. And so a few days leave was arranged for Lester who is a pilot in the Air Corps. He would drive his parent’s home and then go from Scott Field via plane back to his base. Nearing Texarkana, Texas on Saturday, a car pulling a horse trailer pulled out on the highway and it came lose in the path of the VANDEVEER car. The trailer went over the hood of the car, smashing the windshield, tearing back the top of the car, and badly damaging it. Mr. and Mrs. VANDEVEER were treated for cuts and bruises. Mr. VANDEVEER’s lacerations about the head required more than 40 stitches. Lester had some fingers almost cut off entirely. Ray VANDEVEER and Pete JOINES, a son-in-law, of Salem, left Saturday after receiving word, for Texarkana to bring home Mr. and Mrs. VANDEVEER. Lester went back to his base via rail.
- Miss Mary BEARD, daughter of Mrs. Bertha BEARD of Alma, became the bride of Richard JONES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis JONES, also of Alma, at the Alma Christian Church. Mrs. A.M. WILSON played the music. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, William BEARD. Mrs. Albert MALEKOVIC, and William JONES of Kinmundy, were the attendants. A reception was held in the annex of the church. (A list of those attending from out of town was included.)
- Several relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER Saturday night and surprised Mrs. COOPER for her birthday. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT and daughter, Carmen, Mr. and Mrs. Jack YATES and sons, Danny and Denzil, Mr. and Mrs. Orie YATES, Mr. and Mrs. Victor YATES and family, Mrs. Dicy YATES, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel YATES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd SINCLAIR and daughter, Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl WHITE and children.
- Halloween’s Parade Winners: The following were the prize winners in the Halloween Parade Friday sponsored by the local PTA in conjunction with the Kinmundy Boosters and the Modern Woodmen of America.
Gypsy: Carrie JOHNSON, Teresa BRANDT, Brenda PERRY
Hobo: Mike JOHNSON, Jim BASSETT, David FORD
Clown: Mark GORDON, Stanley RUGER, Ella MULVANEY;
Indian: Reed GARRETT, Glenda MULVANEY,
Scarecrow: Glenetta WHITE, Mike LIMBACH, Linda BOYD
Negro: Benita QUANDT, Brenda CRAIN
Twins: Stanley ROBB, Sterling ROBB
Bride: Nancy STEWART;
TV Character: John HARVEY, Roger JONES, Eddie STEWART;
Animal Character: Theresa QUANDT;
Boy dressed as Girl: Johnny ROBB, Steve DOOLEN, Mike BRANDT;
Witch: Richard ROBB
Hobo: Bob FATHEREE, Ray HANNA, Rex GARRETT;
Indian: Mike GORDON, Kaye HANNA;
Negro: John CRAIN, Jerry McKITRICK;
TV Character: John LIMBACH, Russell McCULLEY, Stanley SULLIVAN;
Animal Character: Phillip QUANDT, Sue MULVANEY;
Story Book Character: Jim BOYD, Rita JOHNSON;
Boy Dressed as Girl: Charles BOYD, Frankie HAMMER, Dwaine ROBB;
Girl Dressed as Boy: Barbara BASSETT;
Miscellaneous: Marlin ROBB, Morris ROBB
Gypsy: Betty BOYD, Peggy WEISS, Nancy SWIFT;
Hobo: Kay FEATHER, Billie TIMMINS, Francis LEMAY;
Clown: Howie ROBB;
Indian: Larry BASSETT, Royce McKITRICK;
Ghost: Tommie RICHARDSON, Bill BOYD, Donnie MULVANEY;
Scarecrow: Terry GORDON;
Negro: Ann HANNA, David WHITE;
Twins: Sue BAILEY, Dana GARDEN, Loretta CRAIN, Rosemary LIMBACH;
TV Character: Philip SCHOOLEY, Sherry DOOLEN, Dennis BASSETT;
Story Book Character: Karen BRACHER, Freddie GAMMON,
Boy dressed as Girl: Donnie GORDON, Buddy ALBERSON, Jon KLINE;
Girl dressed as Boy: Linda ROBB, Janie HAMMER, Joyce McKITRICK;
Miscellaneous: Nellie HIESTAND, Sherry CONLEY, Mary DISS.
The winner of the Witch Wagon prizes were: Diane FORD, 1st; Frankie HAMMER, Linda DOOLEN and Philip SCHOOLEY. They were the first four that answered the phone at their homes after the parade and cake walk were finished.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT visited Mr. and Mrs. Guy ARNOLD Tuesday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde GARRETT spent from Sunday until Tuesday in Streator with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Larry SHANAFELT. They were accompanied so far as Pontiac by Mrs. Frank GARRETT, who visited their with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth CHANDLER and family.
Nov. 13, 1958:
- Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 8. The immediate family spent Saturday together and enjoyed a family dinner at The Chicken House south of Salem. Mrs. Howard BROOM baked the wedding cake served at the dinner. The family attended church services Sunday and in the afternoon held an open house at the family home in Alma. About 200 guests attended. Mrs. Ernest V. BROOM was in charge of the table decorations. Daughters-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. BROOM were hostesses. In 1919, the BROOMS moved to their farm 1/4 mile east of Alma, where they still reside. The honorable couple have 7 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom were home for the week and to join their parents in celebrating. The children presented their parents with gold watches engraved with appropriate dates marking the event. On Nov. 12, 1908, the Kinmundy Express reported the following article.
“At the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN in Ridgefarm, Ill. on Nov. 8 occurred the marriage of their daughter, Nelle Belle to Mr. John A. BROOM, of Alma. To the strains of a wedding march played by Miss Grace WATSON, the young couple descended the stairs into the front parlor, proceeded by Miss Ruth PULLEN of Alma and Mr. Jesse BROOM, brother of the groom, of Kinmundy. The ceremony was said by Rev. Frank M. HARRY of the First M.E. Church at Ridgefarm. After congratulations, the guests were invited into the dining room which was beautifully decorated with white chrysanthemums, and where a sumptuous repast was served for 18. Those present were Misses Stella and Gertrude BROOM of Mason, sisters of the groom, Miss Ruth PULLEN of Alma, Mrs. Minnie KOSS of Welton, sister of the groom; Jesse BROOM of Kinmundy; Mr. and Mrs. E.M. SCHERMERHORN and daughter, Irene, Rev. and Mrs. Frank M. HARRY and daughter, Lois; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. SCHERMERHORN and daughters, Misses Grace and Ruby. The couple’s honeymoon trip was to New Orleans. On their return, they will rendered a reception at the home of the groom’s parents, and after Dec. 1st will be at home to their friends in Alma.”
- Miss Judy ROBB, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ROBB, and Bruce DONOHO, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert DONOHO, both of this city, were married in Mt. Vernon on Nov. 8 with Rev. Lester PIFER, minister of the Church of Christ, performing the ceremony. The attendants were Miss Barbara GENTRY of Kinmundy and Don SIGRIST of Farina. The couple are seniors at KACHS.
- Mr. and Mrs. Len VASIL of Chicago are parents of a son born Nov. 7. The mother is the former Shirley HOWELL.
- The Kinmundy Wide Awakes 4-H club was pictured and included: Connie LEACH, Mark SWIFT, Robert SHUFELDT, Warren SHUFELDT, Nolan McKITRICK, Gene ERNST - leader, Joyce OLSON, Ernest VANDEVEER, Jimmy OLSON, Sammy SHAFFER, Darrell McCARTY, Dennis WOODEN.
- The Meacham Go Getters 4-H Club was pictured and included: Morris LACEY - leader, LaVern ENGEL - leader, Robert LACEY, Harl JONES, Donnie HAMPSTEN, Charles ENGEL, Gaylon ENGEL, Terry ENGEL.
- The Scattered Farmers 4-H club was pictured and included: Russel TATE, Norman ROSE, Janet ROSE, Launa TATE, Arlene HARRELL, Keith RITTER, James VANDEVEER, Charles VANDEVEER, Ronald TATE, Larry RITTER, Otis TATE - leader.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred SEE and children moved to Salem Saturday where they will make their home.
- Mrs. Anna Mae (THOMPSON) MILLIGAN, 77, died at her home in Sulphur Well, Ky. on Nov. 4. Funeral services held here from the Linton Funeral Home, Bro. Thomas WATSON, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. MILLIGAN was the daughter of Thomas and Eliza THOMPSON and was born in Kinmundy. They lived in the property now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ed ADAMS, the 4th residence north of the Methodist Church. She left Kinmundy about 50 years ago. She is survived by her husband, Andrew J. MILLIGAN, who, in company with his niece, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. EDWARDS and son, of Oak Ridge, Tenn. accompanied the body here.
- Blake SPILLMAN of Hallesboro, N.Y. was here Saturday calling on old timers, inquiring as to the whereabouts of relatives. He was visited the graves of his grandparents in Evergreen Cemetery.
- A.H. MILLER, treasurer of the Medical Center gave an account of expenditures to date.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday evening. The C.B. Circle were invited and nearly all families were present. A beautiful 5 tiered cake was presented to the couple and photographed. Refreshments of sandwiches, candy, coffee and orangeade were served. Those enjoying the evening were Mr. and Mrs. Loren COOPER, Mr. and Mrs. William SLANE, Mr. and Mrs. George KESSLER and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin SOLDNER and Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Herman SOLDNER, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond SOLDNER, Mrs. Billie SOLDNER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie MISELBROOK, and family, Mrs. Hannah MISELBROOK, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON, Mrs. Grace DILLON and the host and hostess and daughters, Rosalyn and her friend, Virgil UPHOLD.
- Rev. J.T. SMITH died at his home in Galatia, Ill. last Wednesday. Services were held Friday and interment made there. Rev. SMITH was about 85 years of age. He retired from the ministry in 1945 after serving various Methodist Churches as their pastor for 31 years. He was pastor of the Southern Methodist Church in Kinmundy in 1922 and 1923.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL of Carbondale, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde BASSETT and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J.T. O’DELL.
- Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughters, Janice, Elaine, Karen, and Sharon, were Miss Vera PARRILL of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur PARRILL and Clifford, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra FELLER. The birthdays of Mrs. Clark PARRILL and daughter, Elaine, and Miss Vera PARRILL, and the 13th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clark PARRILL were being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT visited their aunt, Mrs. Mag NEEPER, a patient in the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, Tuesday. Mrs. NEEPER’s 90th birthday was being remembered.
- Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CONANT were Sunday dinner guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Eli CONANT and sons of Salem. The latter Mrs. CONANT and Marvin’s birthdays were being remembered.
Nov. 20, 1958:
- Mary Evalena “Lena” POTTER, 63, of Mason, was killed instantly Sunday when struck by a car near Petersburg, Ill. The body was brought here to the Linton Funeral Home. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Earl PHILLIPS officiating. Interment was made in the Phillips Cemetery in Omega twp. The survivors include her husband, Cecil; 2 sons, Thomas of Galesburg, and Eugene of Effingham; 3 daughters, Margaret SCHNEIDER, Farina; Veda HAWKEY, Killeen, Texas; and Zola SLANE, Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Alice BRADLEY of Iuka; and Clara ALDERSON of Kinmundy, and 16 grandchildren. The deceased was the daughter of the late Samuel and Anna CRUTCHFIELD of Meacham twp. Mr. and Mrs. POTTER were returning home from a visit with their son, Thomas, in Galesburg. They were stopping at a motel near Petersburg for the night. In turning off the main road, Mr. POTTER missed the driveway to the motel and the car became stuck. A truck pulled the car out. Mrs. POTTER was out of the car and remained out until the truck pulled it out of the ditch. She was struck by an oncoming car, the driver failing to see her. The car was driven by a young married couple on their way from Galesburg to Missouri to make their home.
- A bridal shower was held Nov. 13 at the Kinmundy Legion Hall for Judith Ann DONOHO. The shower hostesses were Ruby DONOHO, Ruth ROBB and Mable OLDEN. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. O.T. MAULDING of Beardstown, have purchased the Byron SILL home on Case street. They plan to make this their home in the near future. Mr. and Mrs. SILL have purchased the Harvey WIKENHAUSER property north of Kinmundy.
- A picture was included of Mr. and Mrs. John A. BROOM as they cut their cake on Nov. 8th observing their Golden Wedding.
- A potluck dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rolley BRIMBERRY, Nov. 16, in honor of Mrs. BRIMBERRY’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Walter BRIMBERRY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy BRIMBERRY and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse TIPSWORD and family of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Byron SILL and family, Mrs. Leroy DISS and Mikey, Marvin CARTER, Bill and Ed TIMMONS and Miss Elsa ARNOLD.
- The birthday of Mrs. Pola ROBB was remembered with a potluck dinner at the home of her parents: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY, Nov. 16. Others enjoying the day besides Mrs. ROBB and children were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil BAILEY, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob JOHNSON and children, Mr. Gene BAILEY and son of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Dick GRAY and daughters of Clay City, Mr. and Mrs. Bob SAGADINE, Miss Shirley BAILEY and friend, Gene HIESS of Champaign, Mrs. Wayne ROBB and sons, and Mrs. Charles BASSETT and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard FORD have a daughter, Gena Ann, born Nov. 16 in Salem Memorial Hospital. The mother is the former Ruth DUKE.
- Thomas D. MANGNER, 64, died suddenly Monday while visiting in the home of his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. PENETON, Hammond, Ind. Mrs. MANGNER was with him. Services will be held in Chicago, Thursday, and the body will be brought here that evening to Linton Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday in Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice SEXTON, of Portage, Wis.; 1 daughter, Mary Ann, of Chicago; 2 sons, Pat and Terry, of Chicago; 3 sisters, Dora MANGNER, Chicago; Grace IRISH, Champaign; and Elizabeth NEIL, Flint, Mich.; 2 brothers, Ted MANGNER of St. Louis, and Charles MANGNER of Meacham twp. Mr. MANGNER has had a heart ailment for sometime. More than a year ago, he retired on account of his health. About a month ago, Mr. and Mrs. MANGNER moved from Chicago to Portage, Wis.
- A surprise party was held at the home of Charles LUX on Nov. 11, in honor of the 15th birthday of Bill BALLANCE. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Laura GRESHAM received word Wednesday of the birth of Antonia Elsabeth Mary born Nov. 11 in Tunis, North Africa to Mr. and Mrs. Bill GRESHAM. The little miss has 1 brother and 2 sisters. Bill is with the State Dept., on duty in North Africa. He hopes to be living in Washington, D.C. within the next year.
- Supper and Bazaar: The ladies of the Alma Methodist Church will start serving supper at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. The menu will be ham & beans, slaw, corn bread, pie and coffee or chicken & noodles, potato salad, green beans, hot rolls, pie and coffee. Price, adults 75 cents, children 50 cents.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leroy SWIFT are the parents of a son, Michael Leroy, who was born in Salem on Nov. 15. His mother is the former Roberta COOPER.
- A list of people who have donated money to the Kinmundy Medical Center was printed.
- 4-H Club members were recognized recently at an Achievement Night. (Winners and awards were listed.)
Nov. 27, 1958:
- The annual 4-H Leaders’ Banquet sponsored by the Marion County Farm and Home Bureau was held Nov. 10 at the Farm Bureau Hall in Salem. After the dinner, which was served by members of the Marion County Home Bureau Board and the Home Economics Extension Council to 85 leaders and guests, awards were presented. Certificates were present to all leaders of achievement clubs: Mrs. Dwight CURRIE - Alma Busy Bees; Mrs. Fred HAWLEY, Mrs. Wayne PEPPLE, Mrs. Frank JETT - Busy Beavers; Mrs. Roy S. CARREN - Country Stitchers; Mrs. Burl BOWEN & Mrs. Tracy SNYDER - Fairmanettes; Mrs. James LUSCH and Mrs. Eileen GIGLIO - Futurettes & Tasty 4-H; Mrs. Eldon BRANCH and Mrs. John CHAMBERS - Happy Go Lucky; Mrs. Forrest MULVANEY and Mrs. Harold HENNE - Iuka Junior Miss; Mrs. Tommy TELFORD - Jolly Workers; Mrs. Cathy HEFLIN CHILDERS - Kell Busy Bees; Miss Karen JONES, Mrs. Mary JONES, Mrs. Betty WAGONER - Kinmundy Menuettes; Mrs. Elmer WEYHRICH and Mrs. Claude ROSE - Nimble Thimble; Mrs. Robert SMITH and Mrs. Herbert ANDERSON - Shriver Sewing Sircle; Mrs. P.O. SMITH - Tip Top; Mrs. Paul E. WILLIAMS - T.N.T.; Mrs. Howard PHILLIPS, Mrs. L.O. MEYER, Mrs. Raymond RICHARDSON - Wide Awakes; Mrs. Arlie MEADOR and Mrs. Jesse DONOHO - Wonder Workers; Mr. and Mrs. Frank DUNCAN - Bannister Hustlers; Mr. LaVerne ENGEL - Meacham Go Getters; Mr. E.A. ERNST - Kinmundy Wide Awakes; Mr. Chris GERGENI - Patoka Panthers; Mr. Richard HAYS - Junior STOCKMAN; Mr. O.M. KING - Victory Fighters; Mr. Morris LACEY - Meacham Go Getters; Mr. Harvey MAY, Jr. - Blue Ribbon Producers; Mr. Howard PHILLIPS - Victory Fighters; Miss Dorothy WILLIAMS - Hi Climbers.
- Winners of the 4-H Key Awards this year were Ruth WILLIAMS and Earl SULLENS. This is the highest award presented in county 4-H work. Miss WILLIAMS is a member of the TNT Home Economics Club and the Tonti Hi-Climbers Agriculture Club. Earl is a member of the Tonti Hi-Climbers Ag. Club also. He is also a brother to Mrs. Willard SCHOOLEY of this city. (A picture accompanied this article.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. JONES announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Marie, to Mr. Pleasant H. ROBNETT, son of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT. The ceremony will be on Dec. 7th. (A picture of the bride was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Bob GEILER have a son, Mark Allan, born in Fayette County hospital on Nov. 23. The mother is the former Dorothy Frances DUNLAP.
- A party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell REESE on Nov. 21 in honor of their daughter, Karen’s, 12th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mrs. Lula COCKRELL and Mr. I.D. INGRAM, both of this city, were quietly married Nov. 19 in the Kinmundy Christian Church parsonage with Brother Thomas WATSON, performing the ceremony. The attendants were the groom’s son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ray INGRAM, also of this city. Misses Marlis and Lynda INGRAM, granddaughters of the groom were also in attendance. On Thursday morning the new Mr. and Mrs. INGRAM left for Maroa where they visited his sister, Mrs. Nellie HUSTON. Then they visited at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lucille JOHNSON and family in Windsor. Other Sunday visitors in the JOHNSON home were Mr. INGRAM’s eldest son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. INGRAM of Sullivan. They are now at home in Kinmundy.
- The Christian Church of Kinmundy was the scene of a wedding Nov. 23 when Miss Brenda GRAY, a senior at KACHS, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul GRAY of Kinmundy became the bride of Robert Dale HANKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Masel HANKS, also of Kinmundy. He was a graduate of the Class of ‘58 of KACHS. The ceremony was performed by Dave WARMBY, minister of the Brown Christian Church, where the groom attends. Miss Barbara ALLEN sang accompanied by Gene MONTGOMERY at the piano. Mrs. Bonnie WIMBERLY, sister of the bride, and Don HANKS, brother of the groom, were the attendants. Miss Karen LANE, niece of the groom was flower girl, escorted by Rickey HANKS, cousin of the groom. A reception was held in the church basement. The cake was served by Mrs. Burdette JENKINS, and punch poured by Mrs. Loren COOPER.
- On Nov. 21st, at the Methodist Church, Nancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD of this city was married to Kenneth BAKER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard BAKER, of Edgewood. The immediate family was in attendance. A sister, Shirley, and her husband, Robt. INGRAM were the attendants. Nancy is a graduate of KACHS Class of 1957 and Kenneth is a graduate of Effingham H.S. Rev. Earl PHILLIPS read the ceremony and Paulene JOHNSON played the music. An informal reception was held at the home of the bride. The couple will reside in Mason, Ill. at the present.
- The Jolly Girls met at Mrs. Darrell REESE’s home on Nov. 20th.
- The Linger Longer Club met at Mrs. Esta ROBB’s on Nov. 21st.
- The Joy Belles Home Bureau met at Virgie BASSETT’s on Nov. 20th.
- Mr. and Mrs. Chris JASPER spent Wednesday with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth JASPER and children of Salem. Mrs. Chris JASPER’s birthday was being celebrated.
- Mrs. O.M. ARNOLD returned Friday afternoon after being in Vandalia since Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Frank GREER. While there, she attended an appreciation dinner in honor of her brother, Dr. Mark GREER, on Tuesday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Burdette BRASEL and daughters had as their Sunday dinner guests, her sister, Mrs. John LEE of Sinton, Texas, and Mrs. LEE and Mrs. BRASEL’s cousin, Mrs. A. BOYER and husband of Kirkwood, Mo., whom they hadn’t seen in 30 years.
- The P.T.A. meeting potluck for “Dad’s Night” had a large crowd. Mrs. Ella Mae HESTER, President, opened the meeting. “America” was sung, the flag pledge given, and the P.T.A. prayer read by Mrs. Anna JONES. Room county was taken with Mrs. ERNST’s room having the largest number present. Mrs. O.I. LEACH, music chairman president, introduced Mrs. Ava WILLIAMS with a group of ladies of Alma who sang 3 delightful numbers. Ray VANDEVEER held a panel discussion on juvenile delinquency. The panel was Margaret SHUFELDT, Maxine ROBB, Louise HAUTH, and Virgil McKITRICK. An open house was held in Florence WEISS’ 3rd grade, Alice READNOUR’s 2nd and 3rd grads, and Margaret SHUFELDT’s 2nd grade. There are now 171 paid members.
- The Sunrise Circle of USCS met Nov. 20th at the church.
Dec. 4, 1958:
- Specialist Four Edward H. VAUPEL, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orval H. VAUPEL, Kinmundy, recently was assigned to the U.S. Army Arctic Test Board at Fort Greely, Alaska. He entered the Army in 1949 and was last stationed at Camp Hale, Colo. He attended Carmi Twp. H.S. and was employed by Deig Automotive Service, Camdenton, Mo., in civilian life.
- On Nov. 28th, the Kinmundy Chapter No. 606, Order of Eastern Star held public installation in the Masonic Hall. All the officers were duly installed except Martha, by Mrs. Kathleen CRANDALL, Grand Lecturer of Farina, as Installing Officer. Other officers were: Cleo WESTPHAL, Marshal; Ruth DOOLEN, Chaplain, Jessie VALLOW, Organist. The escorts were Fred GAMMON, Rodney SCHOOLEY, Kenneth CRANDALL, Chas. GAMMON was color bearer. The following officers were installed: Adina LEMAY - Worthy Matron; Clifton LEMAY - Worthy Patron; Nora OLDEN - Assoc. Matron; Albert MALINSKY - Assoc. Patron; Paulene JOHNSON - Secretary; Bertha CURRY - Treasurer; Caroline YEAGER - Conductress; Erma INGRAM - Assoc. Conductress; Stella PRUETT - Chaplain; Marge BOYD - Marshal; Jessie VALLOW - Organist; Irene GAMMON - Adah; Effie CRAIN - Ruth; Irma MALONE - Esther; Martha COLLIER - Martha; Reva CRAIN - Electa; Bertha MALINSKY - Warden; Effie ROBB - Sentinel. The Worthy Matron’s little son, Francis, presented her with a nose gay of red rose buds. After the installation, the retiring Worthy Matron, Erma INGRAM was present with a Past Matron’s pin and Albert MALINSKY with a gift from the chapter. Everyone was invited to the dining room where refreshments were served.
- A family dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll GARRETT Thanksgiving Day. Those enjoying the day besides Mr. and Mrs. GARRETT and sons were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph SULLENS and daughter of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Jo BARGH and children of Caldwell, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Donald HERRING and family of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Dick ADAMS and family, Mr. and Mrs. James McNICOL Jr. and family, Mr. and Mrs. James McNICOL Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Dick FEATHER and sons, Mrs. Marvin CHANDLER, Mr. and Mrs. Morris ADAMS and family of Patoka, Mr. and Mrs. June HYLE and daughter, Brenda, and Mr. and Mrs. Donnie ADAMS and son of Vandalia, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd ARNOLD of Vernon, and Mr. and Mrs. Mac GARRETT and son.
- Mrs. Opal WHITSON, 57, of Woodson, Texas, died at her home Nov. 27. The body arrived in Kinmundy Sunday, where services were held from Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Gail HINES of Sparta, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Survivors are her husband, Shirley, of Woodson, Texas; 1 son, Shirley L. of Corpus Christi, Texas; her mother, Mrs. Ella GREGORY, Willisville, Ill.; and 1 sister, Mrs. Clessie DeNAGEL of St. Louis. Mrs. WHITSON formerly lived on a farm west of Kinmundy several years ago.
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold JONES moved Wednesday to their new home they recently built west of town. Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT moved Friday to the home on the corner of Grace and 4th streets vacated by the JONES.
- Mrs. Belle SUTTON of the Rabers Nursing Home, Flora, suffered a severe stroke Friday and taken to the hospital in Flora. It has been reported that she is much improved.
- Mr. and Mrs. Merl JOHNSTON and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh COPPLE and daughters attended a basket dinner at the home of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles EHRAT near Shobonier Sunday. The 42nd wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. EHRAT was being remembered.
- Miss Rosalyn Ann LOWE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. LOWE of Kinmundy, and A2c Virgil E. UPHOLD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester SPARKS, of Wichita, Kansas, were married in the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana, Ill. on Nov. 27. Rev. Joseph R. LAUGHLIN officiated. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. William G. HELLUMS, close friends of the couple. The bride graduated from Kinmundy-Alma H.S. in 1957 and is employed at the News Gazette in Champaign, Ill. The groom graduated from Irving Kansas H.S. in 1956. He is an instructor in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed at Chanute Air Force Base at Rantoul, Ill. Others attending the wedding were the bride’s parents and close friends. After a brief wedding trip the couple is at home in Urbana, Ill.
- A bridal shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert BEARD on Nov. 29 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Kenny BAKER. Mrs. BAKER is the former Nancy BEARD of this city. (A list of those attending was included.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence NEAL of Iuka have a daughter, Kayla Joyce in Salem Hospital on Dec. 2. The mother is the former Velma Lou PERRY.
- Police Lose Youth in Highway Chase after Robbery of Filling Station Here Tuesday: Four young people driving a stolen car eluded highway roadblocks and escaped after burglarizing the ROBNETT Service Station early Tuesday. The four, 2 boys and 2 girls, were chased by state troopers and police at speeds of 105 mph and more over 100 miles of Southern Illinois highway. They managed to elude police near Cisne. The chase started at 3:15 a.m. when the service station owner, P.H. ROBNETT, surprised the four in his station. ROBNETT’s mother, Mrs. Lura ROBNETT heard the breaking of glass and alerted her son. According to Mrs. ROBNETT, the burglars first attempted to break in the D.J. ALEXANDER station by breaking a window. She saw them working at this and called Mr. ALEXANDER. By the time Mr. ROBNETT was awakened and could slip into some clothes, the burglars had crossed the street to his station. They did not gain entrance to the ALEXANDER station. ROBNETT said he drove his car to the station to block the escape of the burglars’ car, a 1936 red and white Oldsmobile hardtop. He rammed into the left rear fender of the car but they still got away, he said. The four left Kinmundy driving north on Rt. 37. ROBNETT called State Police headquarters in Effingham but just as he hung up the four passed the station driving south, he said. They got about $20 in change and cigarettes. Roadblocks were set up by police at Salem, Flora, Louisville, and Fairfield. Flora police spotted the youths as they turned south on Rt. 45. The police officers lost the car in a tangle of country roads near Cisne after they were outdistanced in a chase with speeds up to 105 mph. State troopers, Eugene HOOD and Harold JONES were speeding north on Rt. 45 trying to close the trap but did not see the fleeting car. HOOD said the car driven by the four, was stolen near Tuscola, Monday. According to a report Tuesday evening, the two couples were captured near Cisne sometime during the day, Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude WILKINSON were in Nashville attending the funeral of his cousin, Alvin SCHNAKE, Saturday of last week.
- Miss Paulette MANGNER spent Tuesday night with Miss Elaine PARRILL for Miss PARRILL’s birthday.
- In Memoriam of William LUX, who died Dec. 4, 1957. Sadly missed by wife, Elizabeth, and sons, Jim and Charles.
Dec. 11, 1958:
- About 300 friends and relatives attended the wedding of Miss Karen JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar JONES, of this city and Pleasant H. ROBNETT, son of Mrs. Lura ROBNETT, also of this city, who were married in the Methodist Church on Sunday. Dr. Earl C. PHILLIPS, officiated. The bride was attended by Mrs. Barbara SHANAFELT of Vandalia, and Mrs. Mary JONES of Kinmundy, and Miss Agnes HOLT of Carbondale, all close friends of the bride. Sam STOTLAR of Herrin, Phil WORACK and Ken HOOVER of Waukegan, all fraternity brothers, stood up with groom. Little Kathy DOOLEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn DOOLEN, was flower girl. Mrs. J.N. VALLOW, and John PIPER of Marion, provided the music. Leon JONES of Farina, and Sam JONES of Chicago, brothers of the bride, and Quentin ROBNETT, brother of the groom, served as ushers. A reception was held in the church basement after the ceremony. Mrs. Marilyn BLACK of Carbondale, was in charge of the guest book. Miss Jean TAYLOR and Miss Sherri REICHERT, also of Carbondale, were in charge of the gifts. Miss Anna Marie VOELKER of Carbondale, Mrs. Ethlyn JONES, of Farina, and Mrs. Dorothy DOOLEN, all of Kinmundy, served the cake and punch. The bride is a graduate of the local high school and attended S.I.U. at Carbondale. The groom is also a graduate of the local high school, and a graduate of the Univ. of Illinois. He is a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He is one of Kinmundy’s businessmen, being owner of the Kinmundy Ice Plant, Robnett’s DX Service Station and a part owner of the Vig Fertilizer Co. He is a member of the City Council, the local Board of Education and a director of the Kinmundy Building and Loan Association. The couple left for their honeymoon thru the southern states. They will make their home in this city. They are building a new home on the corner of First and Monroe streets. (A picture of the couple was included.)
- A bridal shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE on Dec. 6 in honor of A2c and Mrs. Virgil UPHOLD. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Mrs. Rosey MULVANEY, 67, died at her home in Salem on Dec. 7. Services were held from the Pentecostal Church in Salem with Rev. Basil PARRISH, officiating. Interment in Elder Cemetery near Kinmundy. Survivors are her husband, Ace; 4 daughters, Mrs. Mildred LUSCH, Sandoval, Mrs. Irene JAMISON, and Ruth GOEN, Salem; Mrs. Cleda GAMBLIN, Chicago; and 5 sons, Howard and Ross of Salem; Lester, Kinmundy; and Ed and Cleo, at home. Linton Funeral Home in Kinmundy was in charge of the services.
- Mrs. Oscar SMITH of near Brubaker, suffered a light stroke on Dec. 3, and is confined to her bed at home.
- Larry DISS, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell DISS, had the misfortune of getting his right arm broken Sunday. He was with his brother, Jim, gathering up a load of livestock to take to the stockyards in East St. Louis. They were at the Cecil GARRETT farm when the accident occurred. It seems as though Larry was behind the truck motioning to his brother the distance he had yet to back the truck and his arm was caught between the building and the truck. He was taken to the Vandalia Hospital where it was found that both bones were broken in the lower arm.
- Don CHEATUM, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin CHEATUM, of this city, saved the life of 7 year Rick HEFLEY of Urbana. HEFLEY, in company with 2 other lads, were also coasting in the park, but HEFLEY went down the side of the hill out about 20 feet on a thinly ice-coated pond. The ice broke through but young HEFLEY managed to hold on to his sled, which stayed on top of the ice. The companions called for help and Don went to the rescue. He stripped himself down to his teeshirt and taking 2 sleds, he went down on the ice. When within a few feet of the lad, the ice broke thru and Don was plunged into the water. He grabbed the lad just as he was letting loose of his sled. The water was up to his chin. By breaking the ice with one hand and holding the lad with the other one, he waded to shore. After taking the lad to his home, CHEATUM warmed himself in a robe and then went to his home with his children. CHEATUM is a dispatcher for the Illinois Central Railroad in Champaign. He is president of the Champaign-Urbana Jaycees.
- Meacham: On Saturday a large crowd of relatives, friends and neighbors attended a bridal shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LOWE for their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil UPHOLD.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. O’DELL spent Friday night and Saturday visiting in the Clyde BASSETT and L.J.T. O’DELL homes.
- A dinner was enjoyed Sunday at the home of Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON of Alma by the following to help her celebrate her 80th birthday: Mr. and Mrs. Burdette McCARTY, Mr. and Mrs. Xon NICHOLS and grandchild, and Harry ZOLLAR of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Glen JOHNSON and Mrs. Lora ARNOLD.
Dec. 18, 1958:
- Mrs. Ora OSBORN of Alma suffered a stroke on Dec. 8, and was taken to the Salem Hospital where she remains in serious condition.
- A skating party was held a the Salem Rink on Dec. 13 in honor of Miss Nancy SWIFT’s 12th birthday. (A list of those attending was included.).
- John BALLANCE will appear on KSD-TV Channel 5 on Dec. 21. The ROTC Singing Squadron of S.I.U. has been invited to sing on the Russ David Show. John is a member of this squadron.
- Alfred MULVANEY of Mattoon suffered a heart attack on Friday and he remains in a serious condition at his home. He is the father of Cleo MULVANEY of this city.
- Mrs. Cora MERRITT died in Kankakee, Ill. on Dec. 11. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home on Dec. 13 with Elder Clyde SINCLAIR, officiating. Interment was made in Elder Cemetery. The survivors are 2 sons, Ray of St. Joseph; Cecil of Paxton; 2 daughters, Mrs. Rollie (Josephine) HALE of Champaign; Mrs. Walter (Minnie) LAMBIRD of Kinmundy; several grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lu MULVANEY and Mrs. Mat BROWN, both of northern Illinois. The MERRITTs were residents of Meacham twp., until after the death of her husband, George, in 1933.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dale SULLENS of El Paso, Texas have a son, Dale Gene, Jr. He was born Nov. 23. The mother is the former Doris JOHNSON.
- The friends of Mrs. Sadie JUNKINS have been receiving some bad news from her. For some time, she has been losing her eyesight. Last September, she received a great blow when her son, Marion, her only child, died of a heart attack. She longs to see her friends in Kinmundy, but knows that she can’t. She lives in Dempster, S.D.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert GEILER were in Springfield Tuesday and were accompanied home by their infant son, Mark Alan, who had been a patient in St. John’s Hospital there for the past 3 weeks.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KRUTSINGER are parents of a daughter born Dec. 11 in the Salem Hospital. She has been named Nancy Ann. The mother is the former LaDonna BURKETT.
- A pre-nuptial shower honoring Miss Kay DUGAN and Xon HANNA was held Dec. 14 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross HANNA with Mrs. Elizabeth LUX assisting. (A list of those attending and those sending gifts was included.)
- Art BOYD suffered a seizure of the coronary artery while at work in Salem on Friday. He entered Salem Hospital that evening.
- A photo of the 1958-59 Kinmundy-Alma Community Unit School Band was included.
- Mr. and Mrs. Howard COLCLASURE of Louisville and Mr. and Mrs. Wyett COLCLASURE and family were in Farina Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. COLCLASURE helping the latter Mrs. COLCLASURE celebrate her birthday.
- Mr. and Mrs. R.H. GREEN visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn ROBB in Salem Thursday. The ROBB’s son, Capt. and Mrs. Darrell ROBB and family, recently returned to the states after spending 39 months in Germany, were there also.
- Meacham: Mrs. Eva and Mary SOLDNER attended a bridal shower for Miss Darlene FRY and Mr. Johnnie WYATT in Salem Wednesday evening.
- A birthday party was held after school on Dec. 9 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ALLEN in honor of their two daughters, Kaye’s and Faye’s 12th birthdays. (A list of those attending was included.)
Dec. 25, 1958:
- On Monday evening, a representative group of the Salem Junior Chamber of Commerce came to Kinmundy to award the prizes for the Home Decoration Contest conducted by the Lions Club and Central Illinois Public Service Co. First prize went to Dr. and Mrs. H.D. HANNA; 2nd prize went to Mr. and Mrs. Elwin INGRAM; and 3rd prize went to Mr. and Mrs. Harry RITTENHOUSE. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil LIVESAY received honorable mention. And special commendation from the judges was given to the Kinmundy Grade School, although it was not entered in the contest.
- COCHRAN - COURSON: Miss Esther I. COCHRAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. COCHRAN of Louisville, became the bride of James R. COURSON, son of Mrs. Floyd COURSON of Omega twp. in the Red Brush Christian Church at Louisville on Dec. 12 performed by Cecil COCHRAN, brother of the bride. Music was provided by Miss Wilda MILNER and Miss Shirley BAILEY. Attendants to the bride were Miss Joyce BARBEE and Mrs. Cecil COCHRAN, with Miss Karen LANE as flower girl. The groom’s attendants were Don HANKS and Dale HANKS, with Master Donnie COCHRAN as ring bearer. A reception was held in the basement. Those serving were Misses Judi BOYLES, Kathy ASKEW, Jeanne SEMOR and Joanne GABBERT. Those helping to display the gifts were Mrs. Dale HANKS and Miss Janet COURSON. The candlelighters were Larry MAXWELL and Joe LEACH. Ushers were Dwayne BAILEY, Dave WHARMBY, Bud NEAL and Wayne SHAW. Following a trip to the south, the new Mr. and Mrs. Jim COURSON will reside on a farm near Omega. Mrs. COURSON is a student at Eastern Illinois University. Mr. COURSON is a graduate of Kinmundy-Alma H.S., and is now engaged in farming.
- BAYLIS-COMBS: Miss Ruth BAYLIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reindl BAYLIS, and Harry COMBS, son of Mrs. Mary COMBS, all of Kinmundy, were married in the Alma Christian Church parsonage on Dec. 20, with Bro. Robert KELLY officiating. The immediate families were the only ones present for the wedding. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth BAKER, of Mason. The bride is a KACHS graduate with the class of ‘57 and the groom is a graduate of the LaGrove H.S. in Farina with the class of ‘56. The couple will make their home on a farm north of Kinmundy. A reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents Saturday night with Bro. and Mrs. Robert KELLY, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth BAKER, and the immediate families in attendance.
- Mrs. Ruben CRAIN received word Sunday that her father, Charles Dale, of Rochelle, had suffered a stroke that day. Mrs. CRAIN, accompanied her sons, Carl and Gene, to Rochelle Sunday night to be at her husband’s bedside.
- The Christmas Program of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church will be held at the church Wednesday night (Christmas Eve), starting at 7:30 p.m.
- Herbert Raymond TATE, son of Otis and Pearl BERRY TATE, was born June 12, 1902, in Laclede, Ill., and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alice ALBERT, Blue Mound, Ill. on Dec. 20, 1958. On March 5, 1923, he married Myrtle Agnes McELYEA in Louisville, Ill. They had 5 children: Mrs. Maxine ELSTON, Granite City; Everett, Kinmundy; Mrs. Alice ALBERT, Blue Mound; Mrs. Ruth ROBB, Kinmundy; Vivian, who died at the age of 4. He had been a member of the Christian Church in Kinmundy since March 16, 1952. He leaves 4 children; 10 grandchildren; 3 brothers, James and Otis of Kinmundy; and John of Green Bay; 3 sisters: Helen PITTMAN, Urbana; Geneva VAN DYKE, Ivesdale; and Ina TATE, Kinmundy. 4 brothers preceded him in death. Services were held from Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Thomas WATSON officiating. Interment was made in Elder Cemetery.
- Mr. Clinton KITCHEN, 76, of Omega died at the Salem Hospital on Dec. 17. Services were held from the Linton Funeral Home on Saturday, Bro. Thomas WATSON, officiating and Bro. Earl BUCHANAN, assisting. Interment was made in the Parker Cemetery. Survivors are his wife, Ollie; 2 sisters, Mrs. Gertie MULVANEY of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Idys McCARTNEY of Bellflower.
- Mr. and Mrs. William FURRY of St. Johns, Mo. have a son in the Deaconess Hospital on Dec. 16. He has been named Stanley Earl. The mother is the former Dorothy GORDON.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.K. MILLER are the adoptive parents of 1 week old son whom they received Dec. 23. They have named him Kenneth Hugo.
- At a special meeting of the directors of the Kinmundy Building and Loan Association held Thursday, Harry L. BOYD, was elected as assistant secretary of the association. Mr. BOYD is present owner of the Atlas Tire & Service Station. He will take up his new duties with the Building & Loan as soon as he can dispose of his interest in the service station, which will be soon after the first of the year.
- Gene ERNST and sons, Charles and Gary, Gary KLINE, Morris and Louis MAXEY, Mark GARRETT, Larry WILLIAMS, and Kent O’DELL went wolf hunting Monday and had the good fortune of begging two critters, a female weighing 30 lbs., and a male weighing 40 lbs. Both of the animals were killed on the Dr. HAMMOND farm, just east of the Charles LOWE farm, in Meacham twp. These wolves have been seen in the vicinity and was thought they were hiding in a weed field on this farm. Upon arriving at the field, guards were placed on all sides of the weed patch. Then two of the boys acted as “drivers”, going through the weeks. As soon as a wolf was spotted, shooting began. The boys said there were 25 shots fired in all. But to Gary KLINE and Gene ERNST went the honor of killing the female while Louis MAXEY and Mark GARRETT put the finishing touches to the male after Morris MAXEY had wounded him. You will remember wolves are killed occasionally in this vicinity. Some of the boys who have traveled the western plains call them coyote. As we have told before, a coyote and a prairie wolf are one and the same. You will remember that it was a big timber wolf that went after Little Red Riding Hood. These are still found in the north. We hope they don’t get down this way.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charley BLOMBERG have purchased 350 acres of the Balke land in Meacham twp. from Mrs. Hazel KAISER. The BLOMBERG boys will farm the land.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. BLOMBERG of Farina are parents of a daughter, Ann Marie, who was born in Salem Hospital on Dec. 22. Her mother is the former Zola ROBNETT.
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude GARRETT entertained children and several grandchildren to a Christmas dinner on Sunday: Mr. and Mrs. Dale CAUDLE and sons of Vernon, Mrs. Gayle LAWSON and children of Odin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy GARRETT and son of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Loren WILLIAMS of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil GARRETT, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary GARRETT and son.
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