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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]

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]

Auxiliary meets
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]

Chief of Police resigns
A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Atwood was held Wednesday, Dec. 29, to act on the resignation of the Village Chief of Police Niles Bloom.
The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation, which was effective Dec. 28.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

The annual meeting of the Atwood Civic Improvement Committee will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Atwood Café. This will be a supper meeting. Members of the Atwood Chamber of Commerce are asked to attend this meeting.

Mrs. Wilkerson resigns
The Unity Township Library board met Monday evening at the Atwood Library.
Mrs. Bernard Wilkerson of Person Station, resigned as Hammond librarian, effective Jan. 3. Mrs. Jennie Legge of Hammond was hired to fill this position.
[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]

Have you notice the new stop signs that have been put up around town? It's rather disconcerting, but I find humorous, to drive up to a stop sign one day and it says stop, then the next day you drive up to the same corner and the new stop sign has a gunny sack over it. Actually the story behind the stop signs is that the ordinance passed to put up the new stop signs was not in force until ten days after publication in the paper. The Village employees got all the signs in place and then had to go back and cover until the ordinance was in force. Anyway now that the ordinance is in force make sure that you stop at the corners where the signs have been placed.

It was brought to my attention that our Village Dog Catcher has no phone. This is a rather peculiar situation as one lady pointed out to me that it took two days and several phone calls for her to get a stray dog picked up near her home. After some questions of my own I found out that you may contact a member of the Special Police and they know how to get hold of the dog catcher, but I really fell that he should have a phone.

We attended the opening of "Champagne Complex" with Don Ameche, at the Little Theatre in Sullivan Tuesday evening. It seemed to me that this particular opening lacked the excitement and luster which usually accompanies opening night.
Many time other members of the cast, along with the star, have been introduced to the press, which gave more insight to the play and added interest for those members of the press attending. Even though this play had only three characters in it Don Ameche was the only one connected with the play that was present for the press conference. Even though he projected well on stage I found hearing him at the press conference very difficult, therefore that also took away part of my interest.
The play itself didn't seem to warrant the length of time that it took to perform it. Maureen Sherman, a member of the cast, was making her first appearance at the Little Theatre. I found her performance very acceptable and she added a lot to the play. David Hull, who has performed several times at the Little Theatre, was the third member of the cast. He always makes me feel that he is shouting at me from the stage and it tends to make me a bit uncomfortable. Don Ameche gave a very professional performance. There have been other plays that I have enjoyed a great deal more than I did this one but perhaps it will pick up steam as it's run continues.

Douglas County Voters Notice
Calendar of Dates For County Board Member Primary Election
February 8, 1972
January 10 First day absent voter may file application for ballot.
January 10 Last day for registration in office of County Clerk
January 10 Last day for transfer of registration
February 3 Last day to apply by mail for absent voter's ballot
February 5 Last day to apply in person for absent voter's ballot
February 10 thru February 21 Only days that registration will be open for the March 21st or April 4th Elections.

Holiday conference held in Springfield
Gary Ernst and Kenny Patton were the two FFA members who went to Springfield on Dec. 27, 28 and 29.
Each section in Illinois sent at least one member to the Holiday Inn East in Springfield.
The theme of the Holiday Conference was Our American System.
First on the program was our "Faith in God," second, U. S. constitution, third, private ownership, the profit
motive, the open market, fourth, wealth of America, and fifth, fruits for all Americans, and last but most important The Promise.
The Illinois Agriculture Association, in cooperation with the Farm Bureau of Illinois sponsored the program.
The general purpose of the conference was the development of leadership, patriotic ideas and study of government ideas.
Denny Taylor, Reporter

Zion NEWS -- By Phyllis Hendrickson:

[The Atwood Herald, January 6, 1972 - Transcribed by Mary Jean Palma]


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