Gossip and News Items
Concerning Douglas County, Illinois
A. BARRETT, Carpenter, has moved, with his family, to Kankakee, Ill. [The Tuscola Journal, Saturday, November 9, 1872]
Mr. Jiles STANLEY, of Chicago, is visiting friends in this city. [The Saturday Journal, June 29, 1878]
W. H. LEWIS, of Mattoon, brother of General Ticket Agent LEWIS of the I. D. & S. Railway,visited his brother in this city, Wednesday. [The Saturday Journal, June 29, 1878]
Thomas E. BUNDY, R. B. MACPHERSON, P. M. MOORE, J. W. KING and P. H. MONAHAN, attended the Republican State Convention at Springfield, Wednesday. [The Saturday Journal, June 29, 1878]
Mrs. Laura BRENTON, returned home from Indiana on last Wednesday. [The Saturday Journal, Oct. 12, 1878]
Lou BRANNAN left Tuesday for Danville, where he expects to start a paint shop. Hope he may prosper. [The Saturday Journal, Oct. 12, 1878]
Thomas E. BUNDY took in the BLAINE speech in Chicago, Monday night. He says the speech was the biggest effort he ever heard. [The Saturday Journal, Oct. 12, 1878]
James BARTH has removed to Terre Haute, Ind., where he will engage in his old vocation as a tobacconist. We trust that he may find a good location. [The Saturday Journal, Oct. 12, 1878]
Bert ELKIN and family went to Chicago, Tuesday, to visit friends and see the sights. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
Zimri MARIS, brother of John M. MARIS of this city, was elected Sheriff of Parke County, Indiana, at the late election. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
J. KORNBLUM, the popular merchant, returned from Chicago, Wednesday night, where he purchased an enormous stock of new goods. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
GOWIN threatens to wallop us if we mention the fact that he was indicted for stealing butter from GRISWOLD's store. Of course fear of getting whipped prevents us from telling that GOWIN,TAGGART's particular pet, did steal the butter and was indicted therefore. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
A colored woman was divorced last Wednesday afternoon, and married to another chap the same evening, in this city. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
A large steer on his way to slaughter, ran into the Central House Thursday afternoon, and slobbered over things a short time ere he was dislodged. [The Saturday Journal, October 26, 1878]
Deacon GRAY's family and Tommy GRUELLE's family, arrived from Minnesota Thursday. Welcome back to Arcola! [The Saturday Journal, November 16, 1878]
Hon. J. G. CANNON was in the city on Tuesday, looking much happier than the chap who bragged he was "going to spike that Cannon" [The Saturday Journal, November 16, 1878]
L. J. WYETH has removed to Tuscola, leaving his son to manage the farm. He lives in the house formerly owned by W. H. LAMB, in the southeastern part of the city. The Journal extends a hearty welcome. [The Saturday Journal, November 16, 1878]
Mr. ABBOTT, editor of the Lebanon (Ind.) Patriot, an excellent Republican paper, called on us, Friday morning, in company with a friend, Mr. WILLIAMS [The Saturday Journal, November 16, 1878]
Mr. Frank E. Wright, of Arcola, called to see us Tuesday. (The Charleston Plaindealer... Thursday, April 21, 1887)
Kimball Glassco, of Tuscola, visited relatives in this city during the past week. (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Thursday, June 23, 1887)
W.A. Luce, an old time Arcola boy, son of the Herald's staunch friends, Wm. Luce, has been elected County Sup't of Schools, of Wells County, Ind., where he has been teaching for many years. It is a well deserved honor. (The Charleston Plaindealer....Thursday, June 23, 1887)
Ephraim Walker, an attorney of Arcola, was in our city Friday attending the races. (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Thursday, July 28, 1887)
G.S. Tarbox, a prominent merchant of Arcola, was in the city Monday, attending court. (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Saturday, April 14, 1888)
Wm. Highland, from near Arcola, has purchased the farm belonging to M.M. Brown (in Hindsboro, Coles county) (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Saturday, April 14, 1888)
John Beggs, of Charlestown, Ind., and James Beggs, of Arcola, visited their sister (in Hindsboro, Coles county), Mrs. James Hardin, Sunday. (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Saturday, April 14, 1888)
Mr. and Mrs. McCowan, of Newman, are visiting friends in this locality (Ashmore, Coles Co). (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Saturday, April 14, 1888)
Miss Burt, an accomplished music teacher who has been making her home here (Paris, Edgar County) for some time, has gone to Arcola, where she will teach a class in music. We wish her success wherever she goes. (The Charleston Plaindealer.... Saturday, April 14, 1888)
Miss Effie Breeden visited in Arcola last week. (North Hickory news from The Charleston Plaindealer.... Friday, April 11, 1890)
James Shields took the examination at Tuscola last week. (North Hickory news from The Charleston Plaindealer.... Friday, April 11, 1890)
Miss Dessie Wheatly visited her brother Larlos and family, near Camargo, last week. (North Hickory news from The Charleston Plaindealer.... Friday, April 11, 1890)
Wm. McNichols made a business trip to Tuscola Monday. (Oakland news from The Charleston Plaindealer.... Friday, April 11, 1890)
C.E. Uhler was in Tuscola Saturday. [Oakland news from The Charleston Plaindealer ... Friday, April 11, 1890]
Tuscola, Ill., Nov. 13, 1891
--- Ex-Mayor Woody and son Ned are at home on a vacation.
A.B. Wallace has returned to Greenfield, Mass., after a visit of two months in this place and Chicago.
Fred Ashler and family have removed to Chicago to reside.
Fletcher Helm, of Indianapolis, spent Sunday with his family here.
Mr. Charles R. Hammitt and Miss Ida M. Irwin were united in marriage at the country home of the bride, Tuesday evening. Large numbers of friends were present.
Tracklaying on the Shelbyvillle extension of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad is now about completed.
Elder Ashley closed a protracted meeting at the Christian Church Monday evening, with a temperance lecture. There were twenty-two additions under his preaching.
The artesian well is doing down slowly. A depth of 200 feet has been reached.
James Mallon has returned from school at Valparaiso.
T.A. Mellvaine makes an offer of $1,000 toward starting the gravel road project in this section. A strong effort will be made next spring to awaken the people to the importance of gravel roads. With good highways this section of Illinois would blossom like a rose.
Broom corn in this, the greatest market in the world, is mounting upward in price and now sells far from $120 to $140 per ton.
[Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19 - tr. by N. Kramer]
Arcola, Ill., Nov. 13
Mr. and Mrs. Seth Collins, accompanied by Miss Nina Anchey, removed to Decatur Wednesday, and will make that city their future home.
Mrs. E.A. Norton has returned from her visit to Chicago.
J.H. Bassett and W.E. McMillen visited Chicago this week.
The Rev. and Mrs. Mitchell have been visiting in Horace, Ill., this week.
James McCann, Samuel Blackwell, Jr., and Dwight Orcutt have gone to Valparaiso to attend college.
The Germans have organized a dance club here and gave their first hop Thursday night.
A great many will take in the excursion Nov. 20, to Chicago, to attend the Fat Stock Show.
Judge Bruden went to Tuscola Friday on business in connection with the office of State's Attorney.
Mr. and Mrs. Fishen, of Waveland, Ind., are visiting Mrs. B.H. Logan.
Mr. and Mrs. H.N. Dixon spent Sunday with friends in Mattoon.
Ford Moore went all the way to Chicago to hear Ingersoll.
[Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19 - tr. by Nina Kramer]
Miss Weaver, of Danville, has been spending several days with her brother, Mr. Leslie Weaver, a student in the university. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) November 15, 1891; pg. 19 - tr. by N. Kramer]
P. H. MONAHAN bought about 50 tons of broom corn last Saturday [The Arcola Record, not sure of date, but possibly Feb 17, 1894]
Mike T. QUIRK is going to Shelbyville to clerk for Messrs. HAYDEN & Son. He will start next Tuesday. [The Arcola Record, not sure of date, but possibly Feb 17, 1894]
The fine black horse formerly owned by Mr. W. H. SPENCER of this city now belongs to a citizen of Indianapolis. Mr. SPENCER learned the other day that the present owner refused $800 for the animal. [The Arcola Record, not sure of date, but possibly Feb 17, 1894]
IN WEST VIRGINIA HILLS.
James Kincaid can sing of His Old Home.
Friday, October 18, 1901
James Kincaid recently returned from a visit to his old home at Fairmount, West Va., and reports having a very pleasant time at the place of his birth and childhood days, roaming over the grand old majestic hills that thrilled his heart with rapture in those by gone days. Many changes have wrought since then and the town of Fairmount which was a mere hamlet has grown to a city of large proportions that has within its borders mining interests alone that aggregate millions of dollars. Following is a song by an unknown author that certainly could be sung by Mr. Kincaid with great pleasure: [Song omitted].
(Friday, October 18, 1901, Newman Weekly Independent - submitted by Source #44)
Preparing for a Fancy Fair - Mrs. Belle Chandler president of the Ladies Aid society of the Baptist church gave an afternoon tea to the ladies of that society at her home Thursday afternoon. The members are all earnest workers which has been quite a benefit to the church. They are now preparing for a fancy fair which will be held some time during the year. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
Stag Turkey Supper - A stag turkey supper was served to a crowd of young fellows at F.F. Flemings's restaurant Tuesday night. The "feed" was prepared by V.B. Sapp the baker and was a swell layout and the boys certainly manifested their appreciation and had a jolly good time on the side. Those who had a hand in disposing of the good things were: Frank Fleming, Jim Weaver, Charley Landes, Allen Campbell, Joe Weaver, Lawrence Chandler, Cleve Warren, Jim Carter, Charley Kruse and Jack Haney. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, December 16, 1904]
Pat Sears has sold his gasoline lighting plant to Cal Munson of Arcola and J. W. Barrum has disposed of his to a Champaign county party. Both will put in city gas. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, December 16, 1904]
The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972, page 6 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma
Atwood Cadet receives award
Cadet Randall Smith, a student in the Rossevelt Military Academy, Aledo, was cited for excellence by Colonel Glen G. Millikan, Superintendent. Special ceremonies honoring award winners were held recently at the Academy.
Cadet Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren N. Smith of Atwood.
Cadet Smith was presented an award for excellence in Academics, Military Conduct, Concert Band, New Cadet Academics. He is a Freshman this year and has attended Roosevelt for one year.
Roosevelt Military Academy, located in Northwestern Illinois, has an enrollment of 170 cadets and meets or exceeds all standards of state, regional and national accreditating agencies. Established in 1924, Roosevelt Military Academy is one of the outstanding boys prep schools in the Midwest. Source: Village Publications, Atwood, IL, Jan. 6, 1972 - LR - Sub. by a FoFG]
40 years ago -- Mrs. Margaret Fisher received a small crate of avocados from her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Heinlein, who lived in Carlsbad, Calif. [Source: Village Publications, Atwood, Illinois, Jan. 6, 1972 - LR - Sub. by a FoFG]
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Swisher and family entertained at a dinner and gift exchange on Thursday evening. The following were present, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wilkerson, Danville, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swisher, Humboldt, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Gilbert, Arthur, Allen Romine of Atwood and Mrs. Ebb McDade.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Riddle and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Oye attended a family get-together on Christmas Eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Martin.
- Mrs. Myrtle Bennett spent the weekend with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Youmans of Fithian.
- Mrs. Ebb McDade accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Fred Manwarning of Tuscola, to Chicago Friday to spend the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Peterson and daughter.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gary Darling and daughter of Indianapolis spent the weekend with Mrs. Reta Cordts.
- Mrs. Bert Ayres attended funeral services for her brother-in-law, Shelby Morris, at Peoria on Tuesday.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Eaton and daughters of Plainfield came Friday to spend the weekend with relatives. On Saturday, they and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Eaton were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eaton and family at Galton.
- Mr. and Mrs. Keith Robinson, Brett and Karole of Buffalo Grove spent Sunday and Monday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Mayberry.
- Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Edwards and family of Battle Creek, Mich. And Mr. and Mrs. Clifford French and children of Louisville, Ky. Spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bloomell Edwards.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Oye entertained on Saturday, Mrs. Jack Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Riddle, and Mr. and Mrs. James Perry and daughters of Atwood and Floyd McGuire of Murdock.
- Sgt. Tom Warner, Offutt Air Base Nebraska spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Warner.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Goad and family entertained ____ day evening the following: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brightman, Mr. and Mrs. Rovert Parrish and family of Lovington, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Urban and family, Atwood, Miss Dawn Goad, Mattoon and David McCally of Sullivan. On Saturday evening they entertained Mr. George Mayer, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mayer and Scarlet, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Crowder and family, Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mayer and family, Bement and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stewart and family of Creve Ceour.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Logan left Friday to spend several days with her daughter in Florida.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herman Whitworth and family of Rantoul spent the weekend with Mrs. A.L. Whitworth. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Tetrick of Indianapolis visited on Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mike Leon, Mahomet, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Spencer, Atwood, John, Virginia Beach, Va., Susan Yedtman, Atwood, Mrs. Lelann Temple, Arthur and Mrs. Nellie Spencer spent Friday evening wth Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Spencer and Larry.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm Wagahoft and daughters entertained on Saturday the following: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wagahoft, Lake City, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Weltig and children, Lovington, Mr. and Mrs. John Roden and daughters of rural Tuscola.
- Mr. and Mrs. Milton Eaton spent Sunday evening visiting their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Fryman and children.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wibur Oye were Sunday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Murphy and sons. It was a McGuire get-together.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Tr_mmel and Davis of Lovington, Tom and Ellis Nicholson, Mesa, Ariz. were Christmas Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moore.
- Mrs. Louis Price and family entertained the members of her family at a gift exchange on Friday evening.
[January 6, 1972, VILLAGE PUBLICATIONS, Atwood, IL, Pg 10-13. Transcribed by Dania Ward]
- Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Quick and Re___ entertained guests on Christmas Eve with an oyster and chili supper and gift exchange. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Quick, ___, Marlene and Janet, ____ Huffman, Mrs. Rick ___ and Tami, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Phalen and Kent and Carol Lust.
- Captain Richard Phalen arrived home from Vietnam on Christmas day for a 10 day furlough with his family, parents, and friends. He will leave on ___ for Du Nang.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Brun___ and sons of Clarks Hill, ___ spent Christmas weekend with their aunt, Juanita ___m. Ester Brunson and ___ Baker also took Christmas eve supper in Juanita's ___ and they had their gift exchange. They all took dinner ___ Esther Christmas day.
- Hugh Brunson and family returned to their home Sunday afternoon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Roger Ingrum and son Scott of Norfolk, Va., and Matilda Ingrum of Tuscola called on Roger's aunt, Juanita Ingrum, Tuesday evening.
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kiley of Rockford, spent the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Born and Mr. and Mrs. George Kiley.
- Last Sunday the Born's and Steve Kiley's visited Mr. and Mrs. Chic Born and family of Indianapolis, Ind.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hale and daughters of Arthur, Mrs. Blanche Harrison, Pierson, Mrs. Ethel Bolen, and Mrs. Phyllis Demery, Decatur, were Sunday guests of Mrs. Sarah Meece.
- Tom Wildman, Bement and Dale Rex, St. Louis, Mo., spent Thursday afternoon with Sarah Meece.
- Mr. and Mrs. Alan Warner of Lacygne, Kan., and Susan and Ronnie Warner, Danville, spent the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Warner.
- Mrs. Beulah Griffin entertained at a New Years Eve party at the Omana Restaurant Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Barcus, Sam, Bob and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Jones, Tony and Terry. Due to the illness of Mr. Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. James Barcus were unable to attend.
- Mrs. Grace Frank entertained her children and great-grandchildren on Christmas Day with a dinner and a gift exchange. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John Sprinkle and sons of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jordon of Mattoon; Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Bordelon of Rantoul; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walker and Leo of Atwood; Mr. and Mrs. David C. Walker and son of Oak Lawn; Mr. and Mrs. James DeShong and son of Oregon.
- Mr. and Mrs. David C. Walker and son of Oak Lawn spent the Christmas Holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walker.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walker and family attended a family dinner on Dec. 26 in the home of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Blacker, near Mansfield.
- Mrs. Mary Ann Dunscomb and children returned home Sunday evening after spending the holidays in Florida.
- Christmas day dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dorjahn were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Dorjahn and sons. Evening guests were their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ray.
- Christmas night guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Krummel in Mr. Vernon, were their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Dorjahn and sons, their so, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Krummel and family of Arthur, and E.R. Duncan of Windsor.
- Guests in the home of Mrs. Tena Cordts Christmas day were: Miss Edith Jess, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jess, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Myers and Gaylord and Mr. and Mrs. Montelle Harshbarger.
- Lynne Watson, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Orin Watson of Decatur, spent Christmas in Kitzinge, Germany with her sister and family. She will travel to Munich, Vienna and other points in Europe during January. February 1 she will return to her studies at the University of Evansville Study Center near Grantham, England. She returns to the U.S. the last of May. Lynne is a 1970 graduate of Atwood-Hammond High School.
- Gaylord Myers of Vestal, New York spent the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Myers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jess entertained in their home with a family dinner on Christmas Eve.
- Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wilkerson, Pierson, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wilkerson, Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bobbitt, Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Deckard, Nancy and Kevin of Arthur and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fleming, Randy and Billy of Atwood.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Freeman and daughters Tammy and Kendra came in later for the gift exchange.
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reedy and family spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with the Neil Reedy's for Christmas.
- Mr. and Mrs. David Reedy spent a few days after Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Neil Reedy.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Vetter and family spent the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Vetter, Sr., in St. Joseph, Mo.
- A family dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thad Harned on Sunday, Dec. 26. It was a combination of Christmas get together and a celebration of Mr. Harned's birthday on Jan. 1. A delicious carry in dinner was enjoyed. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Harned, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Harned, Belinda, Holly and Todd, Mrs. John Foran and Cynthia and Mary of Champaign, Mrs. Kennie Harned, Kenna and Jill and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Talkington, Linda, Dale and Paul of Minooka. Four grandsons in service were unable to be there. They are Sgt. Ray Harned of Forbes AFB, Topeka, Kan., A/1c John A. Foran of Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev., Pvt. Allan Jones, home on leave in Bennet, Neb., after a year in Vietnam, and A/1c Thad G. Harned of Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss.
- Marilyn and Tom Quick have returned to Millikin University after spending the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Quick. An additional supper guest on Sunday was Alan Brown of Alton. It was in celebration of Marilyn's birthday.
- Christmas Day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Quick and family were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Seaman of Arthur.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gene Greek entertained at a dinner party New Year's Eve. Those enjoying the evening were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burgener, Mr. and Mrs. Perle Pray, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ingrum, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Vetter, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stephenson.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Pourchot and grandson Bret visited with Mr. and Mrs. Don Vander Bough over the weekend in Paducah, Ky.
[January 6, 1972, VILLAGE PUBLICATIONS, Atwood, IL, Pg 10-13. Transcribed by Dania Ward]
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