Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

Dec. 9 1998

* KEITHSBURG -- Volunteer Fire Departments from Keithsburg, Oquawka, Seaton and Aledo responded to a fiery blaze early Sunday morning at the Keithsburg Star Market which left the community of Keithsburg, once again, without a grocery store. Keithsburg Fire Chief John Stewart reports the call came in at 4:26 a.m., "We called in the aerial ladder from Aledo, a kind of big ladder with a hose attached that allows us to go over the roof, but it was gone, a total loss. We estimate the damages to be from $100,000 to $120,000.”

* ALEDO -- Friday Dec. 4's high temperature of 70 is the all time record high for December.

* Russell Scott has only been on the job at Mercer County Hospital for a few weeks but his ties to medicine and love of rural community are long and strong. Scott says he sees opportunity and dedication at the hospital but adds that there are challenges. They are not any different however than problems faced by any health care facility.  Scott says he is not planning any large marketing campaign. He believes that quality care and word of mouth in a tight community will do the job. Scott says the impression many people have of small community hospitals may be outdated and inaccurate. "Local hospitals and the care they can provide is the best kept secret in the world," he said. According to Scott the community itself makes the hospital attractive. "More here than in the larger hospitals the people who take care of you here are people you know or will have heard of you or your family knows. Here it is community taking care of community," Scott observed.

25 years ago

Dec. 10 1983

* Luther Nimrick, who has been a member of the New Windsor Board of trustees since 1977, resigned Monday. Nimrick said his job hours had changed and so he would not have enough time to spend on his work as a village board member. Board members directed Clerk Claudine Johnson to sent a letter to Nimrick expressing the thanks of the village for his service as a board member. Nimrick served as chairman of the health committee and was a member of the water and police committees.

* The Aledo High School Christmas choral concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Mrs. Klinger will direct the choirs. The annual Christmas Tea will be held immediately following. All concerts are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

* Because Mercer County voters turned down an additional 10 cent tax levy for the road and bridge fund in November, the county highway crew will be cut from eight fulltime workers to six fulltime employees. Supt. Glen Worner told the Mercer County Board Tuesday the cutback would go into effect Jan. 1, 1984. Worner said the staff reduction was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, but was set back a month because of the holidays. Before the referendum was voted on, county officials said the work force would be decreased if the 10 cent tax levy was not approved.

* Members of the Bill Hinkston Pioneer Club, composed of telephone employees with 15 years of service or more, recently presented a television set and video game equipment to the residents of Mercer County Nursing Home. Making the presntation were CONTEL employees Pat Kerres, Dick Fowler, and Dick Norton, who watched residents Amy Stropes and Ralph Johnson try out the new video game.

50 years ago

Dec. 13 1958

* Aledo's last public transportation link will be severed one week from today, when the Crown Transit Lines Bus departs on its last scheduled run. The change in service results from immediate action by the Crown Transit Lines after the Illinois Commerce Commission Friday authorized the abandonment of service via Aledo. The commission rules that public convenience and necessity does not require the operation through Aledo. Use of the bus service by Aledoans has declined in recent years and it was deemed unprofitable to continue the schedule.

* Students at the North Side school in Aledo will be served their first hot meal in the new school cafeteria tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 11, J.B. White, superintendent of district 201 schools announced this week.Principal Melvin Larson has sent notices to the parents concerning payment for the meals. Collections will be made on Monday morning for the week ahead, according to the notice, on the basis of 30 cents per meal. Exceptions will be made to the general rule, it was pointed out, so that some meal tickets may be purchased during the week at the office. Monday payments will be made to home room teachers. Noon hours for the students will remain the same although some rooms will be dismissed earlier in order to keep a constant flow in the serving line of the cafeteria. Those carrying their own lunch also will be permitted to eat in the cafeteria, it was pointed out.

* It was back in October, 1957, that the first nail was pounded in the major renovation task at the National Bank of Aledo, a task which just this week is being polished up for public inspection. Probably one of the most outstanding facets of the bank renovation job was that it was done without interruption of service to the public. Although throngs of workmen and a host of equipment and materials were needed on the scene, nothing halted the transactions between banker and customers. The remodeling task has doubled the space occupied by the Aledo Bank, added special new service facilities, and given the entire interior a new modern look. Exterior alterations include the uniting of the bank building with the adjoining one, a face-lifting for the entrance to the ediface, and a light making expanse of new front windows.

75 years ago

Dec.6 1933

* A new Mercer County Country Life Queen will be crowned Saturday evening, Dec. 16, at a Farm and  Home Bureau Christmas party to be held in Aledo, officers announced today. The girl selected will represent this community at the state finals to be held at Springfield in connection with the 1934 Illinois State Fiar. Units of the Home Bureau will be responsible for selecting the girls who will compete for the county crown. No preliminary contests are planned, but efforts will be made to have the best selected from each township. Only the daughters of Farm or Home Bureau members, who are unmarried and between the ages of 16 and 30 years are eligible to enter the contest. Last year Miss Elizabeth Rathbun of Preemption, now Mrs. Floyd Lane, won the county title and the year previous, Miss Louise Laughead was crowned state Country Life Queen. There will be prizes for each township contestant in the county event and the state winner will receive $50 for first place and the girl winning second, $25.

* Reduction in hours for service at the Aledo post office will not be put into effect until after the Christmas rush, about Jan. 1, 1934, according to word received from the federal post office department by Postmaster Wilbur G. Black. A stay of the order was recently secured by Congressman Chester Thompson and window service will be provided as usual from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. When the order is finally put into effect, the stamp window will open at 7 a.m. and the money order window at 8 a.m., while there will be no window service at all after 6 p.m.

* Entries already received indicate that the annual Mercer County Corn and Poultry Show and Vocational Agriculture Corn and Poultry Show for Section 3 of Illinois to be held in the Aledo High School auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14, 15 and 16, will be the largest in history; according to J.A. Embser, chairman. Although poultry entries will not close until Tuesday, Dec. 12, a total of 90 coops have already been entered, Mr. Embser said. Last year only about 80 coops were shown and the Aledo agriculture instructor expects the final number this year to double the 1932 mark.