Community News Items
Douglas County, IL
HASTINGS & VANDYKE are still the proprietors of the bakery. They failed to make a trade with Mr. STICKLES, after invoicing. [The Tuscola Journal, Saturday, November 9, 1872]
Rev. George J. BARRETT will preach at the Methodist Church, Tuscola, Sunday, Nov. 10, morning and evening. [The Tuscola Journal, Saturday, November 9, 1872]
Our old fellow citizen J. P. ELLIOTT, has purchased one-half interest in the Tuscola Mills. This establishment has been steadily
gaining public favor for the past year, and we feel warranted in saying that Mr. ELLIOTT will increase it's business. [The Tuscola Journal, Saturday, November 9, 1872]
C. H. LAND has purchased the patent rights to the territory of Douglas and Coles Counties for the sale of the cheapest and best gate hinge ever invented. The hinge costs only $1 and will last a lifetime. He has one on exhibition at the west end of Sale street, and invites everybody to inspect it. [The Saturday Journal, June 29, 1878]
Prof. Allen WATERS arrived in town Saturday, and entered upon his duties as principal of the Schools Monday. [The Arcola Record, not sure of date, but possibly Feb 17, 1894]
Will Build New Barn - E. G. Blackburn Will Build a New Livery Stable Right Away - A deal was completed last week whereby E. G. Blackburn became the owner of the Pete Ballard lots and stables just west of the Opera House block, the price paid being $825. It is Mr. Blackburns intention to move the old stable back on the lots and build a fine new livery and feed stable on the north end of the lots. The contract will be let right away and work will be commenced as soon as the weather will permit. Mr. Blackburn looked around all over Central Illinois and could not find a better town than Arthur consequently he decided to stay here. The Graphic is glad of his decision for he is a splendid good fellow and a model citizen. During the months he has run the Davis barn he has done a good livery business and we predict for him continued success in his new location. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 31, 1902]
Minister Called - Rev. A. N. Sharps, of Clayton, Ill, has been called as pastor of the Baptist Church of this city, his first appointment being next Sunday. He will preach here three Sundays in each month providing the Fairview and West Prairie churches do not require his services, in which case he will give the Arthur charge only half of his time. Rev. Sharps is a man of family and will move to Arthur and occupy O. E. Gibson's new residence on West Park street as soon as it is completed. Rev. Sharps comes highly recommended and we welcome him and his family to our city. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
Big Shortage - In the few
loads of coal received by our dealers this week they report big shortages in weight. In some instances three or
four tons, showing that the cars have been robbed in transit. [Arthur
Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
The Brazil Situation - D. N. Maguer made a trip to Brazil, Ind, last week in quest of coal but was unable to obtain either fuel or satisfaction from the mine owners. He says there were about forty buyers there all clamoring for coal and most of whom were willing to pay almost any price to get it. The fuel is sold to the highest bidder in some instances as high as 75 cents per ton premium above the market price being paid. While he was there block coal sold at $4.35 on the track which means $4.75 laid down here to say nothing of the shortage in weight that would occur in coming that distance. He succeeded only in buying a few cars of lump coal in Terre Haute. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
Home of It's Own - The Epworth League is perparing to fit up the small room at the M. E. church as its very own. They have bought an organ and will put in a number of other conveniences and comforts for the benefit of the members. An entertainment will probably be given to help defray expenses. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
G.A.R. Supper - The G.A.R. oyster supper given by the post Saturday evening was attended by about twenty-five and a fine time is reported. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, January 23, 1903]
Ten Inmates - Word comes from Sullivan that after nearly a two months' residence at the Masonic Home Supt. Hovey and wife brought order out of chaos and have made the place assume somewhat of a homelike appearance. There are 30 or more rooms furnished and ready for members. Thiry-five applications have been favorably passed on and 10 of the applicants have taken up their residence at the home. Dr. Davidson has been appointed the home physician. [Arthur Graphic, Friday, December 16, 1904]
Rural Routes - Thirty-two
thousand rural free delivery routes will be in operation in the United States on July 1, 1905. This service will
cost the government a little more than $20,000,000. In the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, 1905, 6,000 additional
routes will be established, making a total of 38,000. The cost of extending and maintaining rural free delivery
in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1905, is estimated at $26,000,000. [Arthur
Graphic, Friday, December 16, 1904]
The American Legion Auxiliary James Reeder Unit 770 met at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Legion Home with seven officers, 15 members and two guests present.
President, Bess Schable, conducted the business meeting. Reports were given by the chairmen.
Eleven gifts were sent to Illinois Cottage to be given to the girls at Christmastime. Three joke books and 32 pictures were turned in by the Jr. Auxiliary.
A letter was read urging member to write to your Congressman on changing Armistice Day from Oct. 25 back to Nov. 11.
Rehabilitation chairman, Grace Reeder, announced the need for ball point pens. Members were asked to bring pens to the January meeting.
Jean Swartz, Kerri and Donna presented the program of Christmas music. The group enjoyed singing led by Jean.
The social committee, Inez Quick, Carolyn Quick and Betty Sharp served cookies, coffee, nuts and mints.
The remainder of the evening was spent playing White Elephant bingo.
The next meeting will be an all-day meeting on Jan. 17 at the home of Mrs. Grace Reeder. It will be a rehabilitation work day.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]
- Jan. 17 at 7:30 there will be a mission council meeting at the Sidney United Church of Christ.
- Jan. 20 the Women's Guild will have an all day sewing to make cancer dressings. Don't forget to bring a sack lunch.
- The Bourbon Homemakers Extension Unit and families enjoyed a potluck supper at the Zion United Church of Christ Tuesday evening.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6,
1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]
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