Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

September 19, 1998

Oktoberfest held in

* Aledo downtown merchants, citizens and visitors were able to enjoy a little taste of fall at the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 12. Central Park was busy with vendors selling crafts, foods and other miscellaneous items. Some of the highlights included the Boy Scout dunking booth and the American Legion truck give-a-way which Bob Fippinger proudly accepted. Participants in the scarecrow contest tripled from last year. The winners for the 1998 Octoberfest Scarecrow Contest were: Businesses: The Times Record, first; Farmers State Bank, second; Stuts Drug Store, third; Individual - JoAnn Anderson, first; Colleen Nation, second; Cindy Franks, (Westmer 5th grade class), third. Judges for every event were Lindsey and Sheri Sackville, Kelly and Tylor Lane and Dylan Bergen.

* A brand new, 1999 Mercury Cougar will be give away to a lucky golfer on the 17th hole Saturday., if they can hit an ace. Four prizes will be given away for holes-in-one on the fourth, eighth, thirteenth and seventeenth holes. The golf event will benefit the PACT at 8 a.m. and registration for the outing will be taken up to that time.

* Member of this seasons Westmer varsity football team are: Andy Russell, Corey Downey, David Pace, J.R. Brown, Chris Peters, Nick Maas, Carl Duncan, Evan Marston, Aaron Kiddoo, Nick Abbadusky, Todd Murphy, Wyatt Junis, Courtland Davis, Jared Fourdyce, Matt Marston and Josh Dixon.

* Members of this seasons Westmer/Aledo Cross Country team are Brandon Hobart, Jenny Brown, Randi Sedam, Lindsay Childs, Marcy Dixon, Julia Luxmore, Kristi Lane, Zach Stenfeldt, Hannah Boruff, Lindsay Palmer, Whitney Palmer, Andrea Adolphson, Bill Dunn, Richard Franks, Coach Sedam, Tyler McWhorter, Cory Shook, Jay Peterson, John Cleiland, Dave Showalter, Jason Day and Matt Sywassink.

25 years ago

September 21, 1983

* Bill Coutant of Aledo, chairman of the 1983 Kountry Run, presented a check for $500 to Shirley McCloud, activity director of the Mercer County Nursing Home. Proceeds from this year's Kountry Run were designated to the nursing home's workshop and will be used to purchase a band saw and drill press. Also at the presentation were Michael O'Malley and Ralph Johnson and Rick Bargar, Kountry Run committee member.

* The Aledo Exchange Club served as host to 81 golfers from as far away as Milwuakee and Belville Saturday at the Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course. Seventy-five men and six women played in the beautiful weather and highly praised course, by the golfers, according to Jim Marquis who was chairman for the registration of the event. Ron McNall served as the awards chairman and declared the winning team from Joliet, with Kankakee a close second place. The 'Peoria Handicap System' was used to figure the scores.

* More than $10,600 was raised at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet held Thursday, Sept. 15 at the V.F.W. Hall, Aledo. Ducks Unlimited, a non-profit conservation organization, raised the funds through an auction and fund-raisers. Among those receiving awards at the banquet were Tom Dasso, Rock Island, a 1,200 Winchester shotgun, and Kevin Gibbs, seven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gibbs, Taylor Ridge, an 870 Remington 12-gauge shotgun.

* During the regular meeting of the Viola Area Chamber of Commerce Harold Morrison received an appreciation plaque as past president of the Chamber. The Charter president was presented the wooden gavel plaque by the newly elected president, Ken McKitrick.

50 years ago

September 17, 1958

* After half a century without seeing one another, two brothers were reunited Sunday in Aledo, at a family gathering in the home of Mrs. Margaret Rutherford, of 304 North Plum Street. The brothers, both natives of Mercer County, are William E. Hughs, 83, of Anoka, Minn., and Frank B. Hughs, 78, of Aztec, N.M. Both admitted after meeting Sunday that they would not have recognized each other had they not met at a family gathering. Nearly 50 relatives met for the occasion at Mrs. Rutherford's home. She is a sister-in-law to the Hughs. William and Frank Hughs were both born in Mercer County, the sons of Wallace Hughs of near Burgess, southeast of Aledo.

* June Stewart of New Boston will be installed as worthy adviser for the Rainbow Girls of Mercer County at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 20, in Masonic Hall, Aledo. Vivian Dellitt will be installing officer; Carol Jones, installing marshall, Sharon Ripley, installing recorder; Karyl Hastings, installing musician; Gay Welch, soloist.

* ENFN Marion D. Thompson of Aledo is on 30 days leave here following completion of engineman school. After his leave, he will report to the USS Cree (ATF84) at San Diego, Calif. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Allan Thompson.

* Newly elected officers who will represent the freshman class at Aledo High School this year are: Judy Harlan, president; Steve Seivers, vice president; Wendy Bergstrom, secretary and Barbara McKnight, treasurer.

75 years ago

September 13, 1933

* A triplet tomato was brought to The Times Record office this week. It was raised in the garden of Mrs. Vernia McCannon, 703 West Eighth Street of this city. Two of the tomatoes are of normal size while the third is considerably smaller.

* It is interesting to know that within the last few weeks, there has been an increasing demand for the purchase of farms for homes in Mercer County. This condition was verified this morning by the firm of E. Boultinghous & Sons, who buy and sell property. In addition to their auction business, "We have had a number of calls for the purchase of farms at from $50 to $100 per acre with a moderate down payment. In fact, the demand for farms at this price, right now exceeds the supply." Even though farming conditions are none too brisk at this time, renters who have saved some money feel that now is their only chance to buy a farm of their own, believing that land may soon advance to beyond their down payment and means.

* Miss Mary Louise Willits, Miss Margaret Mayhew, Meredith Johnson, Miss Nina Miller, Ledru Braucht and Mr. and Mrs. Wentworth Holmes were present at a dinner given in honor of Miss Kathryn Braucht at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holmes Sunday. The dinner was given in her honor prior to her leaving Tuesday for Macomb where she will attend college this year.

* Two Aledo business firms changed locations this week as the R. B. McCreight Electric Shop and M. E. Mason jewelry store moved from the Stevenson Annex on West Seventh Street to the Hebel building on East Seventh. Both firms will have more room both for stock and display in the new location, which will allow for expansion.