Misc. News from the Past

Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois

The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday April 22, 1882

  • J. M. Murray was re-elected school director, last Saturday. There were forty votes, and Mr. Murray received thirty-eight.
  • Dr. J. M. Allen, president of Eureka college, preached at Mt. Zion, last Sunday. He will preach in Pekin tomorrow.
  • W. H. Gilstrap, of Normal, Illinois, has been appointed an agent of Eureka College, to advertise the institution, and solicit additions to the Endowment Fund.
  • J. H. Chamberlain is rapidly pushing forward his new residence on college street. John Corson is superintending the work.
  • W. S. McCullough is making improvements to the farm residence of L. C. Darst.
  • J. W. Russell, a student of the college from Michigan, preached at Washburn last Sunday.
  • Mrs. Laura F. Gibson gives lessons to her class in music, at Eureka, on Thursdays.

The Journal (Minonk) - September 2, 1882

  • Miss Sallie Carson, daughter of John Carson, died evening. She had been living for several months in Peoria. The funeral services were held at the residence of her father, Monday at 2 o'clock at 8 o'clock p.m. Eld. J. B. Pinkerton preached on the occasion.
  • A grandson of D. G. Moore fell from the barn of N. B. Terry a few days since and fractured his arm. He is doing nicely.
  • Mr. Srintamore, the tailor at Wrights store has another heir.
  • Capt. F. M. Hoyt, of company E, seventh regiment, of Ill. National Guards, with is braves, have gone to join the encampment at Springfield.
  • Dr. Perry's father and sister of Ohio, are visiting with him.
  • Moses Page, of Iowa, arrived her Wednesday to visit several days. He says his son is with a company of U. S. surveyors in Dakota.
  • Mrs. Newcomb, widow of Prof. H. O. Newcomb, from the northern part of Ohio, came down to enter her daughter as a student of Eureka College.
  • The sister of F. B. Jeanput with his two children, have returned from their Tazewell county visit.

The Washburn Leader - December 11, 1902

  • Joe Kloffenstein's baby is quite sick.
  • Earl Anthony was in El Paso Sunday.
  • Prof. Stotler, of Secor, was in town Friday.
  • D. F. Morrow spent Sunday in Chenoa.
  • Ed Ludwig, of Roanoke, was in town Friday.
  • Nick Atkinson, of Secor, was in town Friday.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Smellie were in Chicago last week.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl Haecker were in Peoria Sunday.
  • Miss Ann Woods, of Secor, was in Eureka Saturday.
  • Miss Amber Moore spent Sunday with friends in Secor.
  • A little child of D. G. Puterbaugh is ill with pneumonia.
  • L. C. Gish and miss Myrtle Morgan were Secor callers Sunday.
  • Mrs. Charles McDaniels, of El Paso, was a visitor here Saturday.
  • Miss Mamie Danahay visited with relatives in Secor over Sunday.
  • Prof. Stotler, of Secor, attended the lecture here Thursday evening.
  • Miss Stella Flanagan, of Secor, has been visiting in town this week.
  • Miss Beryl Ralston, who is teaching near Benson, was at home over Sunday.
  • Sheriff Gish has remove the prisoners from Peoria jail to the new Woodford county jail.
  • Mrs. Henry Schumacher entertained her sisters, Louisa, and Anna Yergles, of Gridley, over Sunday.
  • Miss Theta Radford has tendered her resignation as teacher in the sixth room to take effect after the holidays.
  • Miss Carrle Pratz has resigned her position as teacher of the Rich school and Louis Allen will fill the vacancy.
  • Mrs. Peter Petri has been entertaining her mother, Mrs. Mary Bond, of Chillicothe and Miss Maggie Ketchum of Aledo.
  • Ira Clark died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mentzer north of town Saturday evening, aged 70 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ferris, of the Presbyterian church, Tuesday afternoon, the interment being in the city cemetery.

The Washburn Leader - December 18, 1902

  • W. H. Peard was in Peoria Monday
  • Dell Vanfossen is quite sick with rheumatism.
  • Mrs. J. W. Tittsworth spent last week in Secor.
  • J. E. Payne has been quite sick again for several days.
  • W. E. Bennett has moved his family to Deer Creek where he has been in business for sometime.
  • Miss Irma Davidson entertained a party of fiends Saturday evening.
  • George Renz has returned home after an absence of several weeks.
  • M. C. Litchenberger and daughter, Miss Ethel, were in Peoria Saturday.
  • The friends of Jean Chester gave him a pleasant surprise party Monday evening.
  • Miss Martha Wood entertained her Sunday school class with a taffy pulling Saturday afternoon.
  • Horace Guffy Radford died Thursday morning at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Radford, age two years and six months. Funeral services were held at the home of Prof. B. J. Radford, Saturday morning t 10:00, Prof. R. E. Hieronymus officiating. The parents have the warm sympathy of a large circle of friends in their affliction.

Metamora Herald - August 14, 1931

Mrs. Eula Smythe, A former Eureka Resident is Killed
Car Turned Over on State Road Near Secor, While on Way to Visit in Eureka

Mrs. Eula Smythe of Piper City, wife of Frank Smythe, former Eureka blacksmith, was almost instantly killed at noon Tuesday when the car in which she was riding with her son, Estel, skidded on the wet pavement, just south of Secor and turned over.

Mrs. Smythe and son were on their way from Poper City to Eureka to visit her sister, Mrs. Roy Musick and her daughter, Miss Joyce Smythe, employed in the Eureka telephone office.  A drizzling rain was falling and a sudden gust of wind caused the car to leave the pavement.  In attempting to bring it back the car skidded across the road and turned over, according to Estel Smythe, driver of the car.  Estel suffered a broken shoulder and a broken rib.  The body of Mrs. Smythe was taken to El Paso, where an inquest was conducted by Coroner Sidney Tallyn.

Henry Republican - August 22, 1878
Died in Eureka , Woodford county, August 17 of cholera infantum, Pearl C. and Reuben D., aged 10 months, twin girls of G. W. and M. Reynolds, and grandchildren of W. C. and M. J. Reynolds of this city. (contributed by Nancy Piper)

Henry Republican - October 26, 1876
At Eureka , October 17, a son to Elder W. B. Berry. (contributed by Nancy Piper)

"Batavia Herald", 6 July 1893
Rev. O.T. Stewart and wife, of Eureka, Ill, were the guests of Rev. R.E. Thomas and wife over the Sabbath. (contributed by K.Torp)

Class of 1931 Has 28 At Reunion
The 30th anniversary reunion of the 1931 graduating class of Eureka Township high school was held Saturday with a noon luncheon at the Presbyterian Church. There were 28 in attendance including teachers and husbands or wives of classmates. Those attending were Miss Elsie McClugage, Peoria; Mrs. Bertha (Rhoadarmer) England, Knoxville; Kenneth Bucher, East Peoria; Frank Sumner, Peoria; Mrs. LaVerne Tjarks (Joyce Cockerell), Bartonville; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brown Hillsboro; Mrs. Roy Umble (Fern Smith), Goshen, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson (Dorothy Davidson; Oak Park; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tomb (Dorothy Scheid) Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nickols (Dorothy Hinnen), Congerville.
Those from Eureka were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blunier, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert McCloud, Mr. and Mrs, Lloyd Stalter (Celestia Wagner); Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Litwiler (Edna Ulrich), Mr. and Mrs. William Major, Mr. and Mrs. Russell McRoberts (Bernice Heiken), Mrs. Richard Bhunk (Mabel Honeg) and Mrs. George Bronson (Ethel Aspel).
A social hour was enjoyed from 11 to 12 o'clock.
After the luncheon letters were read from former teachers and classmates who were unable to be present. All members of the class were asked to leave notes of information concerning addresses, family, occupation, and a mimeographed letter will be sent to each member. The class hopes to have another gathering in five years.

Class of 1931 has reunion
The Class of 1931 of the Eureka Township high school had a 12:30 o'clock dinner on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Elms in El Paso for their 40th anniversary reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Griff Lathrop of Peoria were the only former teacher and wife that were present, but notes were received from Miss Ruth Beck of Maywood, Mrs. Bertha (Rhoadarmer) England of Galesburg, Miss Elsie McCluggage of Peoria, L. P. Kesler and Arthur Smith of Eureka. Class members attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tomb (Dorothy Scheid), Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell (Elizabeth Ewing), St. Paul, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stalter (Celestra Wagner), Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Litwiler (Edna Ulrich), Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blunier, all of Eureka and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Martin (Ethel Aspel), Carrollton.
Sending greetings were Chet Renner, Palm Springs, Calif.; Carl Plopper and Mrs. Ray Short (Kathryn Plopper), both of Burbank, Calif.; Mrs. Fern (Smith) Umble of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Joyce (Cockerell) Tjarks of Bartonville; Mrs. Bernice (Heiken) McRoberts, Eureka; Mrs. Harold (Edith Ludwig) Romersberger, Eureka; Mrs. Lawrence (Dorothy Hinnen) Nichols, Congerville. It was decided to have another reunion in less than five years and plans are being made to combine with several other classes.

Metamora Herald 1 Sep. 1944
Pfc. Chas. W. Gerth of Eureka Killed in Los Angeles, Calif.
Pfc. Charles Wilford Gerth, 23, of the Marine corps reserve was killed at 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif., when a hit and run driver struck him while he was riding his motorcycle, according to a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Eugene Gerrich of near Eureka Monday night.  The body is being brought to the Habecker funeral home in Eureka with military escort.  A military funeral will be held at the Christian church with burial in Secor cemetery.  The date of the services will be announced later.  He was born Nov. 12, 1920, a son of Charles and Cora Gerth.  His father, gassed in World War I, died soon after the armistice.  Pfc. Gerth was employed at the Caterpillar Tractor company before entering service.  He served at Guadalcanal and in the south Pacific area for more than 10 months, and has been stationed at Camp El Toro, Santa Ana, Calif., for the past year.  He is survived by his mother and step father, east of Eureka, and his maternal grandmother of Secor.

Metamora Herald 9 Mar. 1945
Lt. James F. Tomb of Eureka Killed Over Yugoslavia Feb. 26th
Official word has been received that Second Lt. James F. Tomb, husband of Mrs. Leonore Williams Tomb of Kirksville, Mo., and the son of Mrs. Margaret Mundell Tomb of Eureka, has been killed in action.  He was previously reported as missing over Yugoslavia since Feb. 26.  Lt. Tomb was born July 8, 1918.  He graduated from the Eureka township high school in 1936, and from Eureka college in 1940.  He was a student at Kirksville, Mo., college of osteopathy and surgery.  He married Miss Leonore Williams of Kirksville on Oct. 18, 1942, in the chapel of the Eureka Christian church.  In army air force training, he graduated from combat crew training school at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Airz., and was qualified as a navigator.  He was a member of the crew of a B-24 bomber.  He went overseas in December.  Surviving are his wife of Kirksville; mother, Mrs. Margaret Mundell Tomb; his grandmother, Mrs. Sam Mundell, who resides with his mothter in Eureka, and two brothers, Jay of Eureka and Robert of Roanoke.

Metamora Herald 1 Dec. 1944
Memorial Services In Honor of Woodford Man Killed In Action
Memorial services for Pf. Virgil Whittington, who was killed in action in Italy, Sept. 14, 1944, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eureka Methodist church.  The Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of the Methodist church, and the Rev. Donald M. Salmon, pastor of the Eureka Christian church, were in charge of the memorial services. The Benjamin F. Haecker post of the American Legion advanced the colors and sounded taps.  Members of the local Odd Fellows lodge attended the services in a body.  The Eureka Men's quartet sang, accompanied by Margaret Mundell Tomb.  Pfc. Whittington is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Kennedy and year old son, Denny, of Creve Coeur; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Whitington, and one brother, Gene Whittington of Eureka.  Pfc. Whittington, a graduate of Eureka High school, entered army service Nov. 18, 1943, and was sent overseas in April, 1944.

Metamora Herald 1 Dec. 1944
T. Sgt. Lee Blunier, Reported Missing, Is Prisoner in Germany
T. Sgt. Lee Blunier has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Blunier of Eureka, that is is a prisoner of war in Germany.  In a letter to them received Sunday morning Sgt. Blunier stated he was well and asked them to write.  He was reported by the government on Oct. 2, as missing in action in Italy since Oct. 14.  The Bluniers have three other sons in service.  Pvt. Louis Blunier came home last Friday from Camp Roberts, Calif., for a 10 day furlough.  Cpl. Henry Blunier is stationed at New Caledonia, and S. Sgt. Samuel Blunier is being transferred from Camp Barkeley, Tex., to Ft. Dix, N.J.

Jennie Hathaway's Boarding House, Winter 1900-01
The house is most likely the one at 203 E. Conovor, Eureka, currently the residence of Minta and Steve Colburn. The names of the people were listed on the back, but they don't seem to be in order. They are: Frank McDonald, Andena deGuibert, John Horn, May Swinford, Mabel Tomb, Rosalie deGuibert, Nora Moore, Nell Sears, Leslie Verry, Byron Piatt, Charlie Mann. Ella Lohnes, Lillian Verry, Bert Shaw. W. H. Foster was a boarder there in 1900, and after his marriage, he built a house (109 E. Conover) in the grassy lot to the left. Source: Woodford County Historical Society, "Archives", Summer 2014

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Apr. 4, 1913
Miss Madge Coe, of Streator, has been the guest of Mrs. Robert Dickinson the past few days.
Mrs. E. B. Dickinson and Miss Mabel Tomb are expected home from Summerville, SC, this week after a visit of some months.
The W.C.T.U. gave a silver medal contest in the circuit court room Thurs. evening, there being seven contestants. The medal was won by Finley Hogbin and the others taking part were: Arthur Buck, Gertrude Mette, Frances Brodt, Harry Mason, Remar Altman and Edna House.

The Pantagraph, Mar 31, 1954
Candidates Vie For Sheriff, School Jobs
EUREKA - A hotly contested treasurer's race will highlight Woodford County's three primary election contests and will pit Republicans George L. Toler of Minonk against Bruce Tallyn of Eureka. Both men seeking the treasurer nomination are Republicans.
The two other contests will put Quentin (Jim) Durst of Washburn in competition with Ray Wolford for the sheriff's post and Dale (Doc) Moore of Benson against Robert W. Matone of Lowpoint for the superintendent of schools position. These four candidates are also Republicans.
A short biographical sketch of each candidate follows:
George L. Toler, salesman for the past four years, was born Jan. 3, 1901, in Caldwell. Ohio. He has lived in Minonk for the past 25 years and lived in El Paso for 12 years where he received both his grade school and high school education. He married the former Josephine Fuller of Minonk and has two sons and one daughter. One son was killed in action during World War II. Mr. Toler has been sheriff of Woodford County since 1950 and was formerly employed by the Minonk Produce Company and the State of Illinois. He is treasurer of the City of Minonk and was a state police officer for eight years. He entered the Navy during the World War I, at the age of 16 and was discharged as a seaman first class. He is a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and Modern Woodmen.
Bruce E. Tallyn is a life long resident of Benson where he has served 16 years on the school board and has been village treasurer for 10 years. He is presently chief deputy of the Woodford County Sheriff's Department and  served  as sheriff from 1942 to 1945. He was also a chief deputy before becoming sheriff. After receiving his elementary and high school education in Woodford County, he attended Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington and Eureka College, Eureka. He is married and has one son and one daughter. He is a member of the Christian Church, Modern Woodmen. Odd Fellows. Masonic Shrine and the consistory. Mr. Tallyn has been in business for 30 years in Woodford County.
Robert W. Matone, principal of Lowpoint-Washburn High School, has had experience in both high school and grade school administration. He was formerly a high school coach. He has served as a vice president of the Woodford County High School Association and is presently president of the Woodford County Elementary Principals' Association. Mr. Matone received his education at the Illinois State Normal University, Normal and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He is married and has two sons. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Near Eastern theater of operation.
Dale Moore is principal of the Benson High School. He came to Benson in the Fall of 1946, following 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, where he was a sergeant stationed in Panama. Mr. Moore graduated from East-ern Illinois State Teachers College in 1942 with a major in business education and minors in physical education and social science. In 1950, after completing two Summer terms at the University of Illinois, Mr. Moore received his master of science degree in education. In 1952, he obtained his Life General Supervisory Certificate. In college he lettered in track and baseball, was president of a national fraternity, and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He is a member of the Benson Fire Department, treasurer of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He is a member of the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, and vice president of the Woodford County Secondary Principals Association. Mr. Moore is married and has two sons. He was born May 23, 1920, in Niantic, where he attended elementary school and high school.
Ray O. Wolford was born in Stronghurst, Henderson County, and received his education in the Stronghurst schools. He moved to Washburn in 1934 where he was engaged in the grocery and feed business for several years. He served eight years on the State Police Force before resigning in 1950. and is presently affiliated with the Walker Implement Company of Minonk. The candidate is married and has three sons, all of whom have served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Quentin (Jim) Durst has resided in Woodford County his entire life. He was born Feb. 5, 1920, in Worth Township. Metamora, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Durst of Lacon. He was employed by the Caterpillar Tractor Company for 11 years and served with the Illinois Department of Conservation Division of Fisheries for two years. Mr. Durst has been chief deputy sheriff of Woodford County for the past four years. After receiving his education in the Metamora Schools, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is a past commander of the Spring Bay American Legion Post and a past county commander of the Legion, He now serves as chaplain of the post. He is married and has one son and one daughter.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois,Oct 26, 1947]
War Dead to Dock Today
Central Illinois Men Among First From Europe
Bodies of three Bloomington men will be aboard the army transport, Joseph V. Connolyl, due to dock in New York Sunday, with the first of the European war dead to be returned to the United States.
Local men being returned include Corp. Merle W. Leach, son of George O. and Ethel Leach, both of Bloomington. Pfc. James G. Moews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moews, 905 West Taylor street, and S. Sgt. Jack D. Roemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Roemer, 1106 East Monroe street.
Corp. Leach had been buried in Belgium where he had died of a kidney ailment. Pfc. Moews was killed in action in Germany and S. Sgt. Roemer was killed in an explosion of an ammunition dump near Aachen, Germany. Other Central Illinois war dead to be included in the first shipment together with next of kin and addresses follow:
Pvt. Marion F. Harpster, Henry Harpster, Heyworth;
Pvt. Richard Ingram. Charles H. Ingram, Lincoln;
S. Sgt. Joseph Kasnar Jr., Joseph Kasnar Sr., Lincoln;
Pfc Leonard G. Kiger, Lewis E. Kiger, Fairbury;
Aviation Machinist Mate Oliver L. Leininger, Mrs. Mary A. Leininger, Mason City.
Corp. Kenneth E. Bayston, Chester A. Bayston, Chatsworth;
Sgt. Andrew L. Benz, Arthur W. Benz, South Pekin;
S. Sgt. Paul Brown, George L. Brown, Lincoln;
S. Sgt. James L McKeon, Mrs. Verda McKeon, Minonk;
Pfc. Milton G. Petro, Dewey G. Petro, Lincoln;
Pvt. Melvin Green, Alvin H. Green, Minonk;
Pfc. Otis V. Travis, Lester E. Travis, Fairbury;
Technician Fifth Grade Louis E. Tucker, Lewis Tucker, Rutland;
Lt. LeRoy A. Wallas, Henry G. Wallis, Benson;
Technician Fifth Grade Roy V. Wittmer, John G. Wittmer, Eureka;
Sgt. Simon E. Wonderlin, Mrs. Adelyn M. Wonderlin, Atlanta.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] May 27, 1918
Eureka College commencement was held last evening
Eureka, May 26 - The fifty-eight annual commencement exercises of Eureka College were held in the Christian Church this evening. President C T Paul giving the address. The following young men and women were graduated: Helen Coleman, Ipava; Leith Cox, Deland; Leroy Jury, Low Point; Grace Lacock, Eureka; Clayton C McCaw, Eureka; Mildred McCaw, Eureka; Lula ..North, El Paso, Bertha Park, Palmyra; Lucile Parks, ..son, Maxwell; Randall Richmond, Gibson City; Jacob Rinker, Tablet Grove; Orville Smith, Eureka; [remaining unreadable]

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Dec 8, 1944
Missing over Germany
Eureka-Mrs Hazel Deck Gustin of Eureka received word from the War department Wed. that her husband, Corp Russell Gustin, has been missing in action over Germany since Nov 17. After completing three years at Eureka college he entered service April 2, 1943. On Oct 29, 1943, he married Hazel Deck. He was sent overseas in March, 1944. Corp Gustin is the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Gustin of Olivet. He served in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 6
Hugh Sumner is critically ill at his home.
Mrs. W. H. fisher has been seriously ill at her home.
Mrs. Belle Emlin has gone to New Jersey to visit her son.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickinson were Abingdon visitors Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Darnell were holiday visitors in Martinsville, Ind.
Mrs. Ivor Vinecore of Rutland, was a Thursday caller at the R. H. Musick home.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Innes of Omaha, Neb., will be weekend guests in the W. F. Ewing home.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sorg, Misses Emma and Wilhelmena Klaus were holiday visitors in Goshen, Ind.
E. H. Oyer and family visited relatives in Wheaton the first of the week.
Mrs. Armittie Wilson and Mrs. Hattie Harris gave a family dinner Sunday.
Fay Gillan and family and Miss Louris Bryant were Sunday visitors in South Pekin.
Miss Roene Stanley, who is attending school at Normal, was a Sunday Guest of Mr. and Mrs. Will Kennell.
Miss Ethel Davis entertained her cousin, Everett Camp of Albert Lee, Minn., Friday. Mr. Camp has been taking a Diesel engine course of study in Chicago.
Misses Florence Clymer and Mary Helen Underwood gave a shower at the Underwood home Thursday afternoon, the guest of honor being Miss Mary Ethel Zobrist of Goodfield. The bride to be received many handsome gifts.
Miss Anne Chenoweth, formerly of Eureka but more recently of Chicago, and Paul Frederick Biklen of Schenectady, N.Y., were married on Sat. evening and the following Eureka friends were present: Miss Annette Ewing, who was the bridesmaid, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Mitchell and son Roger, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickinson, Mrs. Mae Dickenson, Dr. Burrus Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allen, Misses Mary Elizabeth Barker, Mary June Stumpf, Mary Elizabeth Nickel, Vista and Rachel Kaufman.


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