Happenings of the Year 1933

Transcribed by Sue Jones.

The Story of a Year
Happenings of the year 1933 in our city and county
The Robinson Argus

January
January 4, 1934 Argus pertaining to 1933 happenings

January 5. This issue of the Argus carried an article describing the New Year's party at the Governor's mansion in Springfield given by Governor Emmerson as the last official activity of the Republican administration. Robert S. Brown, of this city, is in a hospital in Kansas City, MO, suffering from an attack of amnesia. Mrs. J. B. Parr, a former resident here, died in Butterfield, MO, Tuesday. Harry Hart attended the National Bandmaster's meeting in Urbana. F. A. Stephens returned this week from a trip into the southwest visiting dairy farms and ranches. T. B. Steele was elected chairman of the county Red Cross. The Eastern Star installed officers for the ensuing year. The Murphy Brothers garage was damaged by fire. A baby boy was born Dec. 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Don Carey. The Wabash river is on a rampage. Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Paige of Annapolis celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

January 12. The big news of the week was the trial of Hubert C. Moor which got underway at Marshall Monday. The Modern Woodmen installed officers here last Thursday night. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for C. G. Gard. The Barrett hardware store, Barrett general store, post office and Myers barber shop at Annapolis were all burglarized Tuesday night. A nation mourned this week for the death of a beloved former president, Calvin Coolidge who died Jan. 5. Thousands witnessed the inaugural of Henry Horner, as Governor of Illinois. Funeral services were held at the home Monday morning for William L. Hughes of Hardinvllle.

January 19. "Hubert Moor to die in Chair February 24" was a streamer across the front page of this issue. Fred Baker and George Albin were captured by officers in the act of stealing gasoline from the Martin farm in Leeper Chapel vicinity. A new building constructed by Schernekau Bros. was recently completed on the site of the old Harry Steel grocery which was razed by fire several months ago. Herbert McCarty made an outstanding record in the Lincoln Oil Refining Co. oil sales contest which closed recently. Donovan D. McCarty has announced his candidacy as a candidate for the circuit court bench. Flat Rock suffered heavily from fire damage Thursday morning when flames swept through a business block which housed the post office, Masonic Hall and C. C. Gas Company offices. Mrs. George Seitz, a former school teacher here, died in Springfield last Thursday/ Miss Marjorie Thompson was married to Gerald Bolinger at Marshall Dec. 24. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Kirk Chapel for Mrs. Selina Kirk. The Royal Neighbors held their installation of new officers Monday night.

January 26. The Hutsonville high basketball team won the preliminary Valley tourney held here last week by defeating the Maroons in the final game Saturday night. Newton is preparing for the district tournament. Fred Baker, George Albin and Charles Ed. Lamb pleaded guilty before Judge McCarty to charges of stealing gasoline. Announcement has been received of a baby boy born to Mrs. and Mrs. Floyd Ritchie of Philadelphia. The home of Herschel Stephens on Eaton street was destroyed by fire Monday night. Miss Florence Henderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Henderson of this city was married Jan. 23 to Frank Boucek of Chicago. Frank A. Stephens of this city, was reelected president of the Illinois Jersey Cattle Club at the annual meeting last week in Urbana. Pupils of Miss Winifred Noyes gave a music recital Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian church.

February
Hutsonville won the annual Wabash Valley basketball championship Saturday night by sweeping to victory over Rosedale in the final game at Terre Haute. Mrs. Riva Melissa Bartlemay, living 1-1/2 miles southeast of Oblong, committed suicide Monday morning by shooting herself while despondent over her physical condition. Mt. Carmel has declared a moratorium in order to avoid a closing of the bank in that city. John Moats and wife, aged couple of Palestine vicinity, were tortured by masked bandits who attempted to force them into revealing where money was believed to have been hidden. Bottoms school won the rural basketball tourney held in Oblong last Saturday. The Linco safety train comes here Friday and Saturday. The Rebekah lodge here installed officers Saturday evening.

February 9. The Robinson Maroons won the E. I. L. tourney held at Casey last week by defeating Oblong in the final game Saturday night. Mrs. J. W. McCain of Hutsonville died last Sunday. A. C. Everingham, of Hutsonville, farm and dairy consultant at state institutions at Springfield was ousted last week by the Democratic administration in their distribution of jobs to Democrats. John White, 71, living 1 1/2 miles southwest of Palestine, died Tuesday afternoon as a result of a fall from the back porch of his home. James O. Lingafelter, Hutsonville, William Sutfin, Robinson, Clyde Perkins, Oblong, and Arthur Weger, of Flat Rock, were appointed maintenance highway patrolmen by the state administration. The business moratorium at Mt. Carmel is ended and the bank is open. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bonesteel, of this city, are parents of a baby boy born Feb. 7. Fuenral services were conduted Sunday afternoon for James Wiman of Yale. Announcement has been made of the marriage of Dr. C. D. Midkiff of Harrisburg to Miss Nelle Eikens of West Frankfort. Howard Young was chosen by the Rotary club as the "February Rotarian" to represent the high school. Seventy-nine students were placed on the R. t. H. S. honor roll as merits for their good grades.

February 16. Thomas Roberts, 72, died Wednesday morning of injuries received when he was accidentally struck by an automobile driven by O. V. Redding. Leona Dale Baker, 17, living six miles southwest of New Hebron, was found dead in her bed last Thursday morning. The six months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Perkins of Oblong was found dead in her bed Sunday morning, death having resulted probably from bronchial pneumonia. Supervisors named the March grand jurors at their meeting Thursday. James Jones, of Hardinville pleaded guilty to stealing a drum of oil Oct. 31, before Judge McCarty Monday afternoon. Hubert C. Moor, sentenced to die in the electric chair, was granted a stay of execution by Governor Henry Horner until April 7. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Charles Baldwin. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home southwest of Robinson for Mrs. Ruth Miller. Allen Lindley, 69, of West Union, died at the hospital here Friday morning following a major operation. Miss Thelma Custis was married to Charles Mitchell, Feb. 5, in Marshall. Announcements have been received of the marriage of Miss Lucille Hodge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hodge to Dixon Thomas Harbinson, at Ft. Worth, Texas, January 31. Mr. and Mrs. James H. Vanetta are the parents of a baby boy born Feb. 9. James Freeman has been appointed inheritance tax investigator by Governor Horner. Mrs. Hane Weirich received word Sunday that her son, William Edward Weirich, had died Saturday, Feb. 4, at the home of his son, Charles, in Needville, Texas. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Juanita Watts to Harold Custis, both of this city. Mrs. Mary Isaphena Emmons, 75, died at Port Jackson, early Monday morning. Mildred Wilkin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wilkin, of this city, and a student at the McKendree College, received first prize in the annual Illinois inter-collegiate oratorical contest held in Rock Island Friday.

February 23. C. Roscoe Rich, of Flat Rock, formerly of this city, died Monday morning at the hospital here of accident injuries which he received the previous Saturday when the truck he was driving hit a bridge abutment near Flat Rock. Joseph Lackey, of this city, veteran of the Civil War, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. I. A. Blake. Billy Dee 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dee, of New Hebron, died at the Allen sanitarium Wednesday morning of injuries received the previous Monday when accidentally struck by an automobile driven by Virgil Cunningham of Flat Rock. Announcement was made by the local branch office that Armour & Company may soon locate a cheese factory in this city. Dr. Marjorie Ikemire has been chosen as president of the Crawford County Medical Society. Mr. and Mrs. Don Kirk of this city are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday. Mrs. Stella Clements of West York and Theodore Sims of Snyder, were married recently. Harry Taylor, of Decatur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Taylor of Flat Rock, was married to Miss Marian Gambriel of Decatur Feb. 16. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Crozier of near Duncanville, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary Tuesday at their home.

March
March 2. The important news this week concerns the inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States which takes place Saturday. Alpha Waggoner, an ex-convict, was arrested by Night Officer Raymond Bray at the Big Four after the man had broken into the Otto Prier jewelry store and allegedly stolen about $500 worth of jewelry. The music department of the R. T. H. S. present "The Governor's Daughter" tonight at the high school. Members of the Palestine camp of the M. W. A. were honored Thursday evening at the regular meeting of the lodge. Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler, 89, died at her home in this city Thursday morning. The old P. G. Bradbury home burned to the ground Monday afternoon. Mrs. Mary McClure, of North Jackson street died Sunday afternoon. Billy Goff had the misfortune to break his right arm Saturday afternoon. Miss Geneva Swaner of this city and Addison Higgens of Palestine, were married Feb. 28. Sally Ann Seigel, one of the pioneer women of Hutsonville, died last Thursday. Roy Stewart suffered a broken arm last Thursday when he fell while playing around some brick.

March 9. Circuit court convened here Monday morning with Judge J. C. Kern presiding. Practically the sole subject of conversation this week is the bank moratorium. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chapman are parents of a baby son, born March 3. Mrs. Lucinda Green, of Quaker Lane vicinity, took her own life Wednesday evening of last week by taking poison. The grand jury returned five true bills as follows: People vs. Lester Garrard, arson; People vs. Clarence Heck, assault with intent to murder; People vs. Alpha Waggoner, burglary and larceny; People vs. Kenneth Turnipseed, forgery; People vs. John Crocker, forgery. Funeral services were held Sunday in Flat Rock for Mrs. Hanna Jane Kent.

March 16. The good news of the week is that three banks in the county are open on an unrestricted basis. The banks that are open are the Second National Bank of Robinson, the First National Bank of Oblong, and the First National Bank of Annapolis. After a gun battle with Constable C. H. Callahan at Hutsonville Monday night, three bandits were captured by Terre Haute police. The three robbers were Chauncey Dover, and his brother Gordy, of Linton, Indiana, and Harry Foster of Dugger. Hutsonville won the district basketball tournament held at Newton last week, defeating the Maroons in the final game. Clark Cramer of Middletown, Ind., formerly of this city, was severely injured in an automobile accident in Indiana last week. Two tickets have been filed for the city election to be held in April. Mayor Heath heading one ticket as candidate for Mayor and Robert S. Price, heading another ticket for the office of Mayor. The farm home of Frank Walters, six miles south of this city was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. The Robinson Feed and Produce Co. opened for business in this city this week. Harold Dorsey was badly burned in a gas explosion of a lease which he was pumping. John Hughes, of Palestine, suffered painful burns about the face when he removed the radiator cap and steam shot out of the radiator. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning for Mrs. Harry Patton.

March 23. Hutsonville high continues its march of victory and Saturday night won the Sectional tournament held in Casey, defeating Lawrenceville in the final game. The Ohio Oil Company held its annual safety meeting here last Wednesday evening. Alfred Ayers of Hutsonville, was drowned in the Wabash river Friday afternoon and his body has not as yet been recovered. Byrl Duncan was fatally shot allegedly by Eugene Applegate at "Dunk-Inn" Saturday afternoon. The Business Men's ticket, headed by Robert Price in the township election has withdrawn from the race. Fred Schroeder Thursday of last week was checked out as State Motor Officer by the Democratic administration and Albert Porter was appointed in his stead. The Ste. Marie church burned to the ground during the bad storm Saturday night. Funeral services for William Jones were held Sunday afternoon. Charles L. Dry died Sunday afternoon at his home about five miles north of Palestine.

March 30. Eugene Applegate was freed under bond of $25,000 by order of Judge J. C. Kern Tuesday. Kenneth Mikeworth, of Robinson, was severely injured Sunday evening when struck by an automobile driven by Roy Swearingen, of Oblong on Route 33, a mile west of Robinson. Funeral services for Mrs. Chester Fouty were held in Yale Saturday afternoon. The three Hutsonville store bandits, Chauncey and Cordy Dover and Harry Foster pleaded guilty to charges of larceny and Chauncey was sentenced to the penal farm for ninety days while Cordy and Foster were sentenced to the penitentiary at Menard for one year. No people from Crawford county who are in California were injured in the recent earthquake, according to reports received thus far. Manford Cox has been named as Assistant Attorney General of the State of Illinois.

April
The Robinson Maroons won second place in the Carlyle relays held April 1. Moor was given a second respite from death by the Supreme court awaiting the decision of that body. Merchants of this county will meet at Palestine to discuss the sales tax. Fifty students at the R. T. H. S. have entered competition for places on the news 'N' Everything staff. Milton A. Walters, prominent citizen of northwest of this city died Sunday morning. The B. P. O. Elks installed new officers Thursday night. Marlin Rich of Flat Rock was arrested by Deputy Price Friday following an investigation into the robbery of the Rich bakery, operated by Mrs. Roscoe Rich. The district meeting of the Rebekahs was held in Casey April 4 and several local members attended. A Republican uprising in Robinson township elected every member of the ticket in the township election.

April 13. The Farmers State Bank of Palestine reopened for normal business last Tuesday. O. L. Plunkett, of Robinson, was chosen the candidate for the supreme court bench by Republican in a convention at Vandalia Friday. A county council of merchants have actively joined in the fight against the state sales tax. The Maroons won the triangular athletic meet held here Saturday with Casey and Martinsville competing. William Gatton recently returned from a national meeting of mausoleum manufacturers held in Parsons, Kansas. Harlan Baker of Montgomery township was elected chairman of the county board at the annual meeting Wednesday. P. B. Harper, A. C. Buchanan and E. O. Winteringer were elected to the grade school board of education and Dr. J. W. Carlisle was elected to the high school board by vote Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mills are the proud parents of a baby boy born last Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Welton Dix announce the birth of a baby girl Sunday. Funeral services were conducted in Flat Rock Sunday afternoon for S. Bert Montgomery. Marlin Rich of Flat Rock and Gilbert Steffy of Birds, charged with the robbery o the Rich bakery are free on bond. Joe Hewitt was elected president of the Rotary Club at the annual election Wednesday.

April 20. L. S. Heath was reelected mayor of Robinson at the city election. Beulah Meskimen was elected editor of the News 'N' Everything staff at the high school. Republicans of this district nominated Donovan D. McCarty, Julius C. Kern and Roy C. Martin as candidates for the circuit court bench. Charles Watts, Jack Dunlap, Bill Fredericks and Frank York were named in indictments returned by a Jasper county grand jury charging them with the Nelson Bogard robbery. The Maroon band received superior rating in Class B at the Southeastern District band contest held at Olney April 14. R. T. H. S. and the Robinson grade schools were winners in the county intellectual contest held here Tuesday night. E. F. Mail has been appointed Junior Engineer for the State of Illinois by Governor Henry Horner. A marriage license was issued Saturday to Virgil Miller, 22, Oblong, and Vernadine Cox, 19, of Oblong.

April 27. There was good news in this paper. The Crawford County State Bank reopened for normal business Wednesday. The body of Alfred Ayers who was drowned in the Wabash river several weeks ago was found near Harness Landing Sunday morning. O. L. Plunkett announced this week his withdrawal from the race for a place on the state supreme court bench. Mrs. Vera Cleo Brown, living east of Oblong, despondent over illhealth, hanged herself Friday evening. The Maroons won the Indian relays at Lawrenceville Saturday. Miss Velma Martin and Harry Knapp were married at Trimble April 22. Mrs. Anna Wilson of Porterville, was severely injured Saturday afternoon when stuck by a automobile driven by W. F. Davidson of Vincennes at the northwest corner of the square. The Crawford County Federation of Women's Clubs met here Friday at the Community Building in their annual spring meeting. Installation services were held Tuesday, April 25, for the new officers of Naomi Shrine, No. 45 at the new Masonic Temple.

May
May 4. A meeting of the 23rd and 24th districts of the Business and Professional Women's clubs will be held in Robinson Sunday, May 7. Miss Dorothy Musgrave of Hutsonville and Paul Purcell of Robinson, were married Sunday. A. T. McKinney of this city was honored by the Semi-Annual Reunion of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons when the class at Danville taking the initiation was named as the A. T. McKinney class. A state tax regulating the sale of the 3.2 beer was signed by Governor Horner last Thursday. The closed First National Bank of Palestine declared a 20 per cent dividend Wednesday. The Robinson Maroons won both the athletic and the intellectual contests of the E. I. L. held at Charleston Saturday.

May 11. "Grandma" Deborah Canada, first citizen of the village of Hutsonville was 101 years old yesterday. The 23rd district meeting of the American Legion was held here Sunday. Grade and high school teachers have been proffered contracts for next year. Maurice Adams and Carroll Cox were honored at the University of Illinois for scholarship attainment. Vernon Leonard Wesner, Flat Rock youth, died suddenly Sunday afternoon of angina pectoris. The Robinson Maroons won the thirteenth annual Wabash Valley field and track meet held here Saturday. Aunt Mary Ducommun, of New Hebron vicinity, celebrates her 98th birthday today. Miss Marjorie Burns was married to George Hays at Sparta, Ill., last Friday.

May 18. The city council announced fees ranging from $10 to $200 for establishments selling beer within the corporate limits of the city. Local legionnaires attended services at Vandalia honoring Past Commander John J. Bullington, deceased. Flood waters of the Wabash are highest since 1913. The Robinson Maroons won the district athletic meet held here Saturday. Beth Olwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Olwin of this city, was honored at the U. of I. by being chosen as one of three girls as candidate for May Queen. The annual "Terrapin Derby" was run at the high school today and "Brokers Tip," a box turtle owned by Roy Mast, was the winner. The People's State Bank at Flat Rock reopened for unrestricted business this week.

May 25. George Roseberry, of Palestine, while intoxicated, was drowned in the backwaters of the Wabash in the northeast part of Palestine Sunday afternoon. Ninety seniors of the R. T. H. S. will receive diplomas tonight. Forty-one young men of this county were selected by a local committee for enlistment in the national conservation army. John Bays, 90, a Civil War veteran, died Wednesday. Miss Nana Brooks, daughter of Dr. A. G. Brooks of this city, was chosen as one of the outstanding girls of Brenau College, Gainesville, Ga. Eighty-four graduates from the eighth grade will receive diplomas in open air exercises at Jefferson school Tuesday night. Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Hadley were held Tuesday in Willow Hill. Miss Virginia White and John Lathrop were selected the most popular seniors of the R. T. H. S. in the annual contests.

June
The June 1 issue of The Argus tells of the death of Lonnie Like, 23, of Bridgeport, and Clarence Tracy, 16, of Flat Rock, both of whom were killed Sunday night at about 9:30 o'clock on Route 1, south of Gordon, when their car collided with an automobile driven by Herbert Caldwell, of Trimble. Beautiful rites for the war dead were conducted Tuesday by the American Legion. An eight weeks summer term will begin Monday at the R. T. H. S. Mrs. John Shire died at her home near Stoy Tuesday. Funeral services for Frank Thorne, World War veteran, were held Wednesday afternoon of last week. Wm. E. Bradbury, of this city, was the speaker of the day at the Memorial Day services in Lawrenceville. Lyman C. Duncan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowe Duncan, of Flat Rock, will attend the world conference to be held in London. Funeral services were conducted Friday for Mrs. Alice Evans of West Union.

June 8. The State of Illinois voted decidedly wet in Tuesday's election, although Crawford county on its vote on repeal of the prohibition amendment went dry by a majority of nine hundred. The Democrats elected their candidates, Joe Hill, Roy C. Pearce and Blaine Huffman to the offices of Circuit Judges of this district. Jasper county went both wet and Democratic. Mrs. Alice Crowley, of this city died Tuesday. Miss Hazel Wright and Coulter Keller, both of Robinson, were the first couple in Crawford county to be married in June. Miss Loueva Cooper and Estes Skaggs were married in Effingham Thursday. Burglars were frightened away from the Fashion Shop where they were busy at about 2 am. Tuesday morning by the passing of the Lynn Root ambulance. Eileen Henterseher, 7th grade pupil of the Lincoln school, won honorable mention in the Good Writers' Club Contest sponsored by the A. N. Palmer company. The Flat Rock Bank, which had been closed since the moratorium, reopened Thursday of last week for full business operation. The Morea Rose Show was held June 1 with Mrs. Fisher winning the sweepstakes prize. John Turnipseed died here Friday. Mrs. Prudence Gaines of East Cherry street died Monday morning following a long illness. Miss Blanch Zellars of Robinson vicinity and Archie Pinkstaff were married Saturday evening.

June 15. The county board in their Thursday meeting fixed $50 at the license fee for roadhouses of the county and set the closing hour at 11 o'clock on all nights except Saturday when the establishments may remain open until 12 o'clock. Mrs. Joseph D. Moor, mother of H. C. Moor, now under sentence to die in the electric chair, died at her home in Indianapolis Saturday. John Minnick died last Sunday following a stroke of paralysis. Flag Day was observed by the B. P. O. Elks here yesterday. John F. Mail, 70, Denver, Colo., former resident of this county, died last week. Sol Sider, former business man of this city, was granted a divorce in the short term of court here. Wednesday. Alan Sherrod won a first place in the saxophone division of the national band contest for high schools held in Evanston Friday. William Wiseman, 82, of Willow Hill, dropped dead Thursday afternoon. Evelyn Faroni and LeRoy Miers, both of Oblong, were married in the Christian parsonage home Monday evening.

June 22. Charles Daily, Ben Coy and Lester Burris, all of Palestine, all pleaded guilty to charges of larceny in county court Tuesday and each was sentenced to serve one year on the penal farm. The two per cent sales tax was approved by the general assembly Friday and is half way toward becoming a law. Mrs. Clyde Tharp of this city, was severely injured Saturday morning when a Big Four train crashed into the automobile in which she was riding with her husband. Mr. and Mrs. James Richards of Palestine celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Sunday. The C. M. Barrick office was burglarized of $198 in cash Tuesday. Henry O. Rosebolt, of Palestine, was jailed on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon resulting from a drunken brawl Sunday night, during which he is alleged to have threatened several people with a knife. Lawrence Holmes, R. T. H. S. track star won fifth place in the finals of the 120 yard high hurdles in the National interscholastic meet held in Chicago Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Hauser are the parents of a son born Sunday evening. Announcement is made of the marriage of Mrs. Rilla Rice and Harry Patton, the ceremony having been performed June 15 in Fowler, Indiana.

June 29. The Illinois district offices of the Lincoln Oil Refining Company probably will be moved to their new building on East Main street the first of next week. Weather prophets report this to be the warmest June on record. Fathers and sons attended a banquet at the Methodist church Friday evening. The sales tax passed the house of representatives by a small majority and Governor Horner is expected to sign it so that it can become operative by July 1. Announcement was made Saturday of the marriage of Frances Ford, of Flat Rock and John R. Mullins, of Robinson, the ceremony having occurred Easter afternoon in the Christian church. Miss Hazel Westerman became the bride of George Jones Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted in Hoopeston, Ill., Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Sarah Rice.

July
The July 6 issue carried some welcome news stating that the local pottery had announced the ten per cent pay cut would be discontinued. Beth Olwin, Mauice Adams and Wise Burroughs were given special recognition at the U. of I. for scholastic attainments. Louise Trimble, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Trimble, was awarded the 1933 scholarship from the U. of I. Tom Harvey, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. McKinney of this city was severely burned Monday afternoon at Lawrenceville by an asphalt flash. Bandits held up and robbed the Martinsville bank of $2376 Wednesday morning. P. J. Garrard has been appointed the local agent for the Farm Loan Bank of St. Louis. Dr. T. N. Rafferty will enter the Robinson Hospital Aug. 1 in partnership with Drs. H. N. Rafferty and A. L. Lowe. The wedding of Miss Nana Brooks of this city to Dr. Earl Jenkins of Atlanta, GA., was solemnized Saturday evening at the brooks home with Rev. J. R. Slaten in charge. Thursday evening of last week twenty-four candidates received the degree of the Sword of Bunker Hill, conferred at the Masonic Home.

July 13. Crawford county will not have a fair this year the board has announced. Fire of unknown origin damaged the State capitol building to the extent of $100,000 Sunday. Manford Cox, Assistant Attorney General of Illinois was instrumental in obtaining the truce in the Southern Illinois mine war last week. A survey by the Argus shows that the wheat yield in Crawford county this year will be less than 100,000 bushels. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Griswold celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday of last week. J. C. Buntin, of Richwoods vicinity, died Monday after an extended illness. Funeral services for J. D. Jenkins were held Monday afternoon.

July 20. John Wesley, prominent citizen of this community, died at his home here Monday following an illness of several months. Bert Chamblin, prominent hardware merchant, succumbed shortly before noon Wednesday. A state meeting of Pentecost churches will open in this city Friday. Glen Wilson, 22, of Palestine vicinity, drowned in the Bowman gravel pit Monday. Mrs. Charles Coombs died at her home in the southpart of the city Tuesday morning. Two Crawford county World War veterans, Don Way of Oblong, and Harry D. Taylor of Robinson, were recently awarded the Medal of the Purple Heart by the United States Government. Funeral services were held for T. D. Bailey of Prior Grove vicinity, Sunday afternoon. John Daugherty of Flat Rock, died last Thursday morning following a stroke of paralysis. Miss Catherine Athey of Annapolis, and Rollin Lloyd of Robinson, were married Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hippensteel of Hammond, Ind., are parents of a baby boy born July 13. Mr. and Mrs. Oris Conrad are parents of a baby boy born July 14.

July 27. Uncle Joe Ford of Flat Rock, was 101 years of age yesterday. The community was saddened by the death of James D. Toomey, prominent oil producer of this city who was fatally injured Wednesday night of last week in an automobile accident two miles west of Vincennes. Sam Reede, 18, and Solomon Fontenot, 19, both negroes were held in the county jail here for the murder of Forest Giles, 28, of Trenton, Mo., who was found dead on a Big Four coal car by trainmen last Thursday noon. Mrs. Virginia Jenckes, of Terre Haute, a representative in Congress, is pushing a project for flood control of the Wabash Valley. Funeral services for Mrs. Amos Earleywine, of Palestine, were held Sunday. Ethel Everingham of this city, died Sunday night in Indianapolis following an extended illness. Services for Mrs. Amos Earleywine, of Palestine, were held Sunday. Ethel Everingham of this city, died Sunday night in Indianapolis following an extended illness. Services for Mrs. C. C. Hunt were conducted at the residence in this city, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services for Mrs. M. L. McCord were conducted at the Buchanan & Geffs funeral home Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Saltz are the proud parents of twins, born July 23.

August
The NRA became effective Tuesday, August 1. H. L. Thompson is the new commander of the American Legion in this city. A heavy wind and rain storm in New Hebron vicinity caused damage to a house owned by Charley Geeseman, and Cleve Montgomery lost a barn and two horses when a s mall twister passed over his farm. Sam Reede, negro, admitted shooting Forest Giles, and said robbery was his motive. A series of wheat allotment meetings is being called in this county beginning the first of next week.

August 10. A real old settlers' reunion was held at the home of "Grandma" Deborah Canada of Hutsonville Friday when the aged lady was visited by Aunt Mary Ducommun and Uncle Joe Ford. Luther Lowe, 69, farmer, living one mile north of Trimble, hanged himself in his barn early Monday morning while despondent over finances. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burkhimer, of North Cross street are parents of a baby boy, born Aug. 4. James T. Athey, assistant cashier of the Crawford County State Bank received an appointment last week as an assistant state bank examiner. Miss Violet Shipman was married to Henry Murphy Friday, Aug. 4. Gloria Dean Card, 22 months old daughter of Josephine Card of this city died of cholera infantum Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Wiseman are parents of a baby girl born Aug. 4. Boy Scouts of this city are in camp this week on the Wabash. Funeral service held for Dr. H. F. Jones of Flat Rock Monday. Miss Grace Whitmer was married to Robert Marbry at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Whitmer of this city, Wednesday evening.

Aug. 17. About two hundred former teachers of this county gathered at Leaverton Park Thursday for the first reunion of the Crawford County Teachers' Association. C. Z. Hardwick, cashier of the Lincoln Oil Refining Company was elected to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting Monday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the residence in Palestine for Mrs. Harry Earlywine Sunday afternoon. Word has been received here of the death of the six moths old daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Foster who were spending their vacation with Rev. Foster's sister in North Carolina. Joe Coombs, formerly of near Marshall, died Friday at the home of his brother, Charles Coombs, of this city. Dr. Gustave Schmidt, Jr., began the practice of medicine in this county this week.

Aug. 24. Approximately 7500 employees and members of their families attended the annual Ohio Oil Company picnic held at the park here yesterday. Edward A. O'Neal, president of the American Farm Bureau spoke at the annual meeting of the Crawford-Jasper Farm Bureau held at Leaverton park Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Chas. Matheney, of this city, was severely injured Sunday evening in an automobile accident when the automobile in which she was riding was struck by another car as her husband swung their automobile into the driveway at their home. Funereal services for Mrs. Emma Kennedy were conducted at the U. B. church in this city Saturday afternoon. Word was received here of the death of John Walker of Princeton, Ind., who died Wednesday of last week. Mrs. Allen Newlin of Hutsonville, died Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday at the U. B. church for Oral R. Rich. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Eulala Lowther to Ernest K. Shepherd, which took place Aug. 15.

Aug. 31. Marion C. Redman, prominent Oblong citizen hanged himself in the garage of his home Monday afternoon. An NRA parade was staged last night during the band concert. Funeral services will be held this morning at the Catholic church for Mrs. P. H. McGuigan, who died at her home in Cisco, Texas. Mrs. Eva Lena Hightshoe, 65, of Robinson, Route 4 died suddenly of heart trouble Sunday evening. J. A. Balding purchased the Mul-Jo Cafe from J. D. Mullins last Thursday. Miss Beth Olwin becamae the bride of Harold C. Dawson of Champaign, in imprssive ceremonies at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Ms. C. H. Olwin, Saturday afternoon. Miss Eileen Sherrod of this city, and Winfred Pifer, of Paletine, were married Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chamblin are parents of a baby boy born Saturday night.

September
The big news of the week of Sept. 7 concerned the raid by three bandits up on the Bernard Weldam home in Jasper county where aged Mr. Weldam, his aged sister, Mrs. Mary Schraeder and her daughter Anna, were so atrociously mistreated that Mrs. Schraeder died of injuries and Weldam and Miss Schraeder were in a serious condition. Swift arrests followed the torture-murder and Harry Shelby, John Allen and Harold Peck were arrested at Danville. Steve Harris, aged Oblong man, confessed to the State's Attorney to setting fire to the house in which Graham "Snit" Chapman was severely burned several nights ago. Thousands were in attendance of the annual Old Timers picnic held at Leaverton park Monday. Vic Wright, of this city, was shot by a state motor officer in a disturbance Friday night, following his being questioned in connection with the Schraeder torture-murder. Rev. Paul E. Hubele, pastor of the Christian church, was reemployed for another year by the official board Monday evening. Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Samuel Sechrest of Trimble. Mr. and Mrs. James Terry are parents of a baby boy born Saturday morning. Miss Ella Mae Dennis and Donald Thompson, both of Oblong, were married Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mann are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday morning.

Sept. 14. William Vernia, of this city, is at the Allen sanitarium suffering a fractured skull and concussion as a result of a fall from a bridge structure over the green Briar drainage ditch Tuesday morning. Former Congressman E. B. Brooks died Tuesday at his home in Newton. Ed Henderson, well known citizen, committed suicide Tuesday by taking poison. The trial of Eugene Applegate was set for Sept. 13, by Judge Joe Hill who is presiding over court here this week. Miss Bernice Ikemire of Eaton, and George McCoy of Robinosn, were married Friday evening. A baby boy was born to Mr. and MRs. Carl Alumbaugh of East Plum street Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Mary Thompson last Friday at the M. E. church in Flat Rock.

Sept. 21. Sam Reede, negro slayer of Forrest Giles, pleaded guilty to the charge of murder in court here Monday and was sentenced by Judge Joe Hill to serve a life sentence in the penitentiary. Solomon Fontenot, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to serve one year in jail. Ross Vanetta was found guilty of assault with a deadly wapon by the jury here Tuesday evening. Vanetta was sentenced to serve nine months on the penal farm. Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. J. P. Loyon of this city. Mrs. Lillian Bishop of Winthrop, Mass., and Dee Everingham of Robinson, were united in marriage Sept. 16 at the Baptist parsonage in this city with Rev. Minor Goodsell in charge. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kweskin, of Evansville, Indiana, are parents of a baby boy born Sept. 1. Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen McGrew of this city were held Saturday afternoon.

Sept. 28. The trial of Eugene Applegate was continued by Judge Hill, due to the illness of the defendant. Miss Lucille Mullins became the bride of Dan Lloyd June 18, at Effingham, it was announced by the bride's parents this week. An NRA alliance board has been formed in Robinson. Miss Mary Lou Willard and Eugene Fox, both of this city, were married Wednesday, Sept. 20. Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Hart are parents of a baby boy born Tuesday morning. Richard E. Byrd's expedition to the South Pole is underway.

October
Oct. 5. Dr. W. P. Dearing, president of Oakland City College was the dinner speaker at the annual "Public Relations" meeting of the Business and Professional Women's Club. Victor Wright died Monday from a gunshot wound which he received in a disturbance Sept. 2. Rev. J. G. Tucker, of Alton, will succeed Rev. J. R.. Slaten, as pastor of the local M. E. Church. Charley Geeseman, proprietor of the Hebron store, was severely beaten by unknown assailants Tuesday night in an attempted robbery. Harlin Hills, 50, of Porterville vicinity, died Friday afternoon as a result of drinking carbolic acid Sept. 19. Mrs. E. H. McLain was granted separate maintenance from her husband and a settlement by Judge Hill in court Friday. Sarah Goad and Clarence Melvin were married Sunday afternoon. Samuel D. Delzell, of Inglewood, Calif., died Thursday, Sept. 21, according to word received by friends in this city. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 o'clock for Mrs. Anne Mayfield of Hutsonville. The Dickens Club of this city celebrated its fortieth anniversary Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. I. L. Firebaugh. Mrs. J. D. Trimble, of Trimble, begins her forty-eighth year as correspondent for the Argus.

Oct. 12. Steve Harris pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder in circuit court Friday and was sentenced to serve a term of one to fourteen years in prison. Frank Malloy of Marshall and Ed. Boyd, formerly of this city, were arrested for impersonating officers. The Robinson Maroons and Georgetown played a scoreless game on the local gridiron Saturday. Miss Kay Hougland and Derward Sparks were united in marriage yesterday at Mattoon. Miss Margaret Stacey of Olney and Harold McCollum of Marshall, were married by Rev. Paul Hubele in this city Saturday.

Oct. 19. Joint installation services were held by the American Legion and Auxiliary Tuesday evening. The new Methodist church in Annapolis will be dedicated next Sunday. Robert Ames, 44, living a mile and a quarter east of Oblong, lost his left arm in an automobile accident Tuesday on Route 33, east of Oblong. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cheatham are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Mail Saturday evening.

Oct. 26. John A. Johnson, 65, assessor of Lamotte township, shot himself shortly after an officer had read to him a warrant for his arrest charging him with assault with a deadly weapon. John H. Taylor and Grant Taylor were arrested Friday by order of the state auditor's office and charged with embezzlement. Harry Shelby and John Allen were found guilty of the torture-murder of Mrs. Mary Schraeder, by a Jasper county jury last Thursday and their penalty was fixed at death in the electric chair. Four year old Jesse James Higgens died early Tuesday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Higgens, of Flat Rock, Route 4, from a fractured skull sustained when kicked by a colt. John Wampler, 84, of Birds, was killed by a Big Four train near the depot at Birds, Tuesday. Mrs. Paralee Simpson, aged Palestine woman was robbed of $710 in cash by a single bandit at her home Friday evening. Funeral services for Dr. R. A. Ferguson, pioneer physician of Bellair, were held Monday. Miss Bess Kinder of this city and Tilman Talbot Bethel of Louisville, KY., were married Monday in Louisville. Miss Ferne Mewmaw of this vicinity, was married to Harold Turnipseed of this city Saturday, Oct. 21.

November
Nov. 2. Walter P. Meier, Grand Exalted Ruler of the B. P. O. Elks was the guest of the Robinson Lodge No. 1188, yesterday. Ralph E. Stringer was chosen president of the Eastern Illinois Schoolmaster's club which met in Martinsville Thursday evening. Dec. 22, was the date set by Judge Thomas Jett, for the execution of Harry Shelby and John Allen. The Berry Brothers grocery store filed a petition in bankruptcy at Danville last week. Fred I. Mills was honored at the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Illinois by being advanced in line to Grand Master of the Second Veil. There was a large attendance at the high school Friday night during annual open house.

Nov. 9. Bert M. Wiseley of Stamford, Texas, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Highsmith, was killed in an automobile accident near Strawn, Texas, Tuesday morning. Miss Florence Love of this city, and James Black of Newton, were married Saturday evening. The Robinson Maroons were beaten 27-0 by the Vincennes high football team at Vincennes Saturday. The death knell for national prohibition was sounded Tuesday when returns indicated Utah would be the 36th state to vote for repeal. Scott Correll, 82, of Robinson, route 6, died Monday morning.

Nov. 16. Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Summers, of this city, observed their 66th wedding anniversary Sunday. The history of Grassy Hollow school district interestingly written by Oma Davis appeared in this issue. One hundred and seventy-five delegates were present at the annual Older Boys conference held at the Baptist church in Robinson Monday. George Hopkins, living four miles southwest of Robinson, was killed Monday evening when his automobile crashed into a loaded wagon driven by Quincy McCoy of near Oblong. Funeral services were held for Mrs. LaVina Vinsel Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. K. D. Lafoon, of this city are parents of a baby girl born Nov. 12. The firemen's ball, given to aid charity netted approximately $128. The Robinson Maroons were drubbed 26-0 by Marshall at Marshall Saturday.

Nov. 23. Fifty Crawford county men were put to work under the CWA administration Monday. The B. P. O. Elks conducted a clinic for crippled children Wednesday. Guy W. Davidson of near Oblong died Monday morning of complications following injuries received in October when he was pinned under a heavy log which had rolled from his wagon. Andrew Baker of Heathsville vicinity, was found dead in bed Thursday. Bill Shipman accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting Saturday. The Maroons beat Palestine 7-6 in a football game Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Prime, Jr. announce the arrival of a baby boy born Nov. 21. Ed Stiles, former real estate man of this city, died at the sanitarium Wednesday afternoon of last week of pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Watts of West Walnut street, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday. A marriage license was issued Monday to Harl Byrl Dart and Mary Helen Stewart, both of Oblong.

Nov. 30. William Conover, 6 years old was instantly killed and his father, Clyde Conover, 42, of Flat Rock, received fatal injuries in an automobile accident north of Trimble Friday evening when Conover drove his automobile into the rear of a truck. One hundred men of the community were put to work Monday under the CWA administration on sidewalks of the city. The B. P. O. Elks will hold annual memorial services Sunday. Clarence Kaley purchased the Geeseman store at New Hebron recently. Ralph E. Stringer has been elected president of the Illinois High School Principals' Association. Mr. and Mrs. Vernice Mullins are parents of a baby daughter, born Saturday morning. Four bandits held up the Linco station at the Big Four Thursday night and escaped with nearly $100. Mr. and Mrs. George Brubaker are parents of a baby girl born Saturday. Funeral services were held for John Goff of Palestine Wednesday. Funeral services for Mrs. George Ford, of Flat Rock were held Thursday afternoon.

December
Dec. 7. Frankie Masters, nationally famed orchestra leader, was given an enthusiastic welcome home here Tuesday. Sheriff John Keller has been ordered to bed for a two months rest. The full quota of 411 men are now at work in this county under the CWA. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Allen Garrard in Palestine. John D Reavill, well known farmer of near Flat Rock, died Saturday night. Dr. Clyde Midkiff died Wednesday of last week in West Frankfort. Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. J. W. Wright at the Presbyterian church in Palestine. Services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Susan Hurst who died here Saturday morning. Jack Van Winkle, died at the home of his parents in Robinson, route 4, of angina pectoris Saturday night. The Maroons were badly beaten by Oblong in the annual Turkey Day game.

Dec. 14. The trial of Eugene Applegate was well underway here this week. Announcement was made this week that H. W. Prehn, president of the Prehn Motor Co., of this city, will head a large sales organization in St. Louis. Dr. Harold B. Newlin has opened an office in Oblong. Robert Magill, 14, of Palestine, won the county spelling contest held at the R. T. H. S. Saturday. R. T. H. S. agriculture students won more than $100 in premiums at the sectional vocation poultry and grain show held last week in Oblong. The new 1934 Ford went on display here Saturday. The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mitchell of this city, died Monday evening. Miss Lura M. Haddock and John P. Ashley were united in marriage at the U. B. parsonage in this city Saturday, Dec. 9. Max Wayne Burnett, fifteen day old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Othel W. Burnett of Hutsonville, was found dead in bed shortly after midnight Thursday morning.

Dec. 21. Eugene Applegate was found guilty of manslaughter by a Crawford county jury Friday morning. Applegate was sentenced to the prison at Menard to serve a term of one to fourteen years. A corn-hog adjustment committee has been appointed in this county. H. C. Moor, who was to have died on Dec. 22, was given a stay of execution and his case will be given a rehearing. J. D. Trimble tells an interesting history of the Trimble school district in this issue. Funeral services for Mrs. Kate Waldrop, former resident of this county, were held in Hymera, Ind., Sunday. Jack Dunlap and John Rogers, both having pleaded guilty to larceny, were taken to Menard Sunday where they will serve a sentence of from one year to life. Harwood Corwin with his story "Another Witness of the First Christmas" won first in the news 'N' Everything story contest. Clyde Fry was elected county commander of the American Legion at the annual meeting held here Friday night.

Dec. 28. Harry Shelby and John Allen died in the electric chair in the Southern Illinois penitentiary early Friday morning. County farmers have asked for more than half a million on farm loans. Robert Magill placed fifth in the state spelling contest held in Springfield. Ben Sumner, of Lawrenceville, has announced as a candidate for congress from this district subject to the Republican primary. The Elks club distributed ninety-four baskets to poor families last Saturday. Five hundred and twenty-three men are now employed in the county on CWA projects. Four masked bandits held up and robbed the Armatage general store in Hardinville last Thursday night. The Illinois supreme court has ruled that the state sales tax is valid, ending a long controversy. Miss Leona Reynolds, of Annapolis and Leo Wilson Lingafelter, of West York, were married Sunday, Dec. 24. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Owen Dickey Sunday afternoon at the Christian church in this city. Dr. George Stephens, a former resident of Robinson, died Thursday in Harrisburg. Richard L. Biles, of Boyle, Miss., a former resident of this city, died at his home Dec. 18, according to word received here. Miss Helen Duncan of Morea vicinity, and Oden Buchanan, of Lawrenceville, were married Thursday afternoon. Miss Birdie Tohill, of Flat Rock and John H. Blaker, of West York, were married Sunday, Dec. 24. O. A. James of Salem, has announced his candidacy to the office of representative in congress from this district subject to the Republican primary.

 

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