Days Gone By

Cala Smoldt/Compiler

10 Years Ago

June 23, 1999

* Millersburg- On the heels of thefts from cemeteries in Aledo and Keithsburg just after Memorial Day, a similar incident took place at Oakview Cemetery in Millersburg. Last Tuesday night, 58 grave markers were vandalised and of those, 14 were broken and may have to be replaced.

* The Mercer County horse judging team competed at the state 4-H horse judging, competition in Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday. The team consisted of Ruby Brinegar, Beth Brinegar, and Charley Martin. The competition included five classes and one questions class for the non-reasons group. The classes the team had to judge were Yearling Paint Fillies, Quarter Horse Geldings, Hunter Confirmation, Western Pleasure, and Hunter Under Saddle.

25 Years Ago

June 27, 1984

* Abandoned mine in Mercer County to be reclaimed. Lieutenant Gov. George H. Ryan, chairman of the abandoned mines lands reclamation council announced that reclamation work will begin soon at abandoned mines in Mercer County. The Alden 7 Mine, located near Matherville will be reclaimed to eliminate environmental impacts.

* New Boston will begin festivities celebrating its 150 Sesquicentennial celebration.

*Trooper Michael Scheckel of Dewitt, Iowa was sworn in as an Illinois State Police Officer during ceremonies held recently at the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement Academy in Springfield. He has been assigned patrol duties and will be residing within Mercer County.

50 Years Ago

June 24, 1959

*Forty-two new books have been added to the shelves of the Mercer Township Free Public Library in Aledo, according to Nina L. Ruble, librarian. The new volumes include 23 works of fiction and 19 non-fiction.

*Three requests for fireworks permits have been made in the office of O.H. Lee County Clerk, for displays at the Oak View Country club, Aledo, the Brown farm in Ohio Grove Township, and the Jasper Lloyd farm in Perryton Township.

*Two specialists from the University of Illinois will come to Mercer County on Friday to conduct a Fitness Testing Day for all 4-H members at Aledo Community High School beginning at 8:30 a.m.

75 Years Ago

June 27, 1934

*Mr. and Mrs. Christin Muhlenburg, of Aledo, returned last night from a month's stay in Canada, during which Mrs. Muhlenburg received treatment at a clinic in Williambsburg, Ontario. She is considerably improved. Mrs. P.E. Nicholas, daughter Vivian Lou and Robert Clarke accompanied them on the trip.

*Mrs. W.K. Wells of Aledo received a severe scalp wound, which required nearly 25 stitches to close Thursday when the car in which she was riding with Mr. Wells and her sister, Miss Haddie Patterson, sideswiped with a truck driven by Axel Johnson of this vicinity, at the four-mile corner east of Aledo. Both the car and truck were driving at a moderate speed, according to Mr. Wells, who was driving west on the hard road, while the truck driven by Mr. Johnson, was headed east. As the cars passed, the front end of the truck rack came in contact with the left front fender of the Wells car.

125 Years Ago

June 27, 1884

*The Illinois Democrats in Washington are in favor of placing on the ticket Cleveland, of New York, and Morrison or Palmer, of Illinois; claiming that it would not only assure us New York, but with the bolting, independent and German Republican votes we would carry this state.

*The alarm in the Republican ranks still continues to increase as the number of prominent Republican Independent papers that refuse to support Blaine increase.