Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

The Times Record

Sept 8, 2010

Telemetry control update at Mercer County Hospital -- Mercer County Hospital recently upgraded the telemetry control system it uses in its emergency room and medical/surgical unit. MCA's Myron Higgins applied for a $94,000 grant for upgrading rural hospitals. The funding purchases three bedside units that measure the heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure as well as five portable movie units that can travel with the patients around the hospital. The grant also paid for two stations to monitor patients in the emergency room and the med/surg. unit.

Rockridge boys, Orion girls win Rocket Invite -- The Rockridge boys' and the Orion girls' cross country teams were first place at the Rocket invite Sept. 2. Mercer County High School senior Sam Whan led the race from start to finish, finishing with a time of 17:25. Girls -- Nicole Wager of Annawan-Wethersfield led from start to finish opening up a wide gap early in the contest. Her time of 20:42.0 was 30 seconds faster than second place runner Miranda Biddle of Mercer County.

First human West Nile Virus case in Illinois reported -- The Illinois Department of Health has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2010. The DuPage County Health Department reported a woman in her 50s with onset of illness in early August. So far this year 25 counties have reported mosquito batches or birds testing positive for West Nile virus.

25 years ago

The Times Record

Sept. 13, 1995

Viola businessman asks for ordinance clarification -- A Viola businessman requested clarification of several ordinances at Wednesday's meeting. Gary Gregg, co-owner of Shooters of Viola, requested a copy of the Loitering Ordinance to post at his business. Gregg requested of village trustees permission to place two benches on public property outside the business. Although they approved placement of the benches, trustees voiced concern that they night encourage loitering.

Keithsburg council asked to help with Operation Christmas Child and give back to children of war -- Marla Reynolds, wife of the Rev. Charles Reynolds, asked members of the Keithsburg city council, residents and community members to help out with an idea to give back some of what has been given to the town. At Monday night's meeting she approached the council with a video and information about Operation Christmas Child.

Joy village to replace draining tubes -- The village of Joy hopes to begin replacing draining tubes on several streets within the next few weeks. Joy received a $26,650 flood grant for removal and replacement of drainage tubes at many driveways and streets where water continues to build up after storms. The water settles in yards and on streets, causing additional damage to the blacktops.

50 years ago

The Times Record

Sept.. 9, 1970

Preliminary census report for Aledo shows 3,270 count; 1960 census was 33,080 in city -- City Clerk Jim Hemphill told the Aledo city council Tuesday night at the council meeting that he had obtained preliminary census figures from Chicago showing Aledo with a new census of 3,270. This preliminary figure indicates approximately 200 more residential units in the city than in 1960.

First Baptist Church of Aledo to dedicate new building on September 13 -- The First Baptist Church of Aledo will dedicate their new building Sept 13. The building is used for worship, education and administration. The building, costing approximately two hundred thousand dollars, has eleven thousand sq. ft. of space, is completely carpeted and is located on four acres of land.

31st annual New Windsor fair, rodeo, horse show -- An estimated 13,750 persons attended sessions at the 31st annual New Windsor fair, rodeo and horse show which ended Saturday night. An estimated 4,250 persons attended the sessions on Saturday.Sandra Bartell of Davenport, Iowa was winner of the hand-made purse, which was given to the lady who averaged the fastest time for the three nights of the girls open barrel race.

75 years ago

The Times Record

Sept. 19, 1945

North Park gets county hospital by vote of 13-9 -- The Mercer county board of supervisors by a vote of 13-9late this afternoon, Wednesday, voted to place the Mercer county hospital in North Park, Aledo. One member was absent when the vote was taken and G. E. Platt of Keithsburg, chairman of the board, did not need to cast a vote.

Kiwanis Club hears of old brand marks; State's Attorney tells origin and meaning of signs used on ranches -- Cattle brands of the old southwest, their origin and significances were discussed by State's Attorney George O. Hebel in an adress before the Aledo Kiwanis club at a meeting last Thursday at Oak View Country \club. Comparing the symbols used in branding with the symbols used in the coats of arms of European families, Mr. Hebel said that the American branding signs were just as significant in their field as the heraldic symbols in theirs.

New Windsor eighth grade elects officers -- The eighth grade of New Windsor school has elected the following officers: President, Johnny Walsten; secretary, Larry Johnson; treasurer, Donald Moody; reporter, Lavern Tribler; librarians, Dean Peterson, Anna Larson, Pauline Carlson.

100 Years ago

The Times Record

Sept. 16, 1920

Concrete feeding floors save money -- The high prices of foodstuffs have turned the farmer's attention to means whereby the cost of feeding corn to hogs may be decreasing. It has been found that there is a saving to corn when it is fed on the properly constructed feeding floor. Old plank or wood floors are not desirable, as they furnish harborings for rats and mice. Concrete feeding floors do not have this objection.

Bandits rob game; Kill one; Bob Swearingen dead from holdup shooting; Gun men escape; Damaged car is recovered at Preemption. No Blood stains -- authorities are puzzled. -- Bob Swearingen, former police chief of this city, lies dead in the Morrison undertaking parlors as the result of a hold-up shooting affray which interrupted a poker game in his room in the Wright building at an early hour this morning. Nine men including the victim were connected with the awful tragedy and no less than three guns were in action during the shooting.

McCleary shows exhibit of Hup-mobiles and Cads -- Herbert McCleary, formerly of this city, but now associated with the firm of Soderberg Bros. of Galva, New Windsor and Cambridge, is in charge of showing of Cadillacs and Hup-mobiles, which is housed in the big tent at the end of the horse barns. Herb is strictly on the job in the auto business and has two of the good cars on the market.