Days Gone By

Staff reports

10 years ago

August 4, 1999

* The Aledo City Council voted to spend slightly more than $11,000 on signs at Monday night's July 19 meeting. The club has noticed the sign deterioration and that of many of the signs are missing. Also, signposts were bent or leaning. Dick Norton told the council the group could not afford to pay the $9,348 cost because if they did, they would have to drop all other donations to other causes for several years.

* Joy student Nathan Willetts, 19, of rural New Boston heads for comedy school. He is in his second year at Black Hawk College. Willetts has done stand-up comedy in the West End Bar and Grill in Joy along with other bars around the area.

* Christine La Croix, Aledo High School's new principal, was offered the job in February but begins her duties August 1. La Croix is excited about working in a small school district. She said there are fewer emotional problems associated with smaller districts. One of the advantages of working in a small school district is the student-teacher ratio.

25 years ago

August 8, 1984

* Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pettit of Reynolds went home $10,000 richer Friday after beating odds of more than 10 million to one to win $10,000 instantly in the McDonald's "When the U.S, Wins, You Win" contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics.

* Eight girls seek the crown of Miss New Windsor Fair, Rodeo and Horse Show including: Cheri Nelson, Paula Bland, Melissa Hay, Rhonda Peterson, Kim Bland, Elisabeth McMeekan, Kimberly Lester and Denise Rosene.

* Doyle Speer of rural Aledo showed a first place junior yearling heifer and a second place aged cow in the Holstein division at the Henry County Fair recently. Speer also placed in the Section Four FFA

Show and the Mercer County Fair, both held recently.

50 years ago

August 5, 1959

* Duane E. Anderson 33, assistant cashier of the National Bank of Aledo, has been named a director to succeed E.J. Longley, whose death left a vacancy on the board of directors. A veteran of wartime service in the Philippine Islands and post war occupation duty in Korea, he is a member of local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

* Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1571, Mercer County, and ladies of the auxiliary, are invited to help sponsor a party for disabled veterans at the state hospital in East Moline on Aug. 18.

* Increases in rates for electric utilities services in Mercer and other Illinois counties would result from approval of a move by the city of Decatur, Macon County, to place the assessed valuation of the company's capital stock in Decatur. In a strong protest against a legal opinion of the city of Decatur which locates for tax purposes the principal offices of the Illinois Power Company in Decatur, Allen Van Wyck, power company president, threatened to move executive offices to Monticello, present location of the firm's principal office.

75 years ago

August 8, 1934

* New surveying equipment has been purchased for the office of Joseph Burns, county highway superintendent, and is now being used in laying out the route for motor fuel tax route No. 14 between New Boston and the Rock Island County line. Equipment owned by the county and used in the surveyor's office is of an older type and work on the right-of-way is progressing much more rapidly now, it was said.

* Eighty-two complaints on the 1934 property assessment are awaiting action of the Mercer county board of tax review, it was announced following the final meeting last week. The number is far below the final total of 220 filed last year. Every township with the exception of Millersburg and Ohio Grove is represented among the complaints, with Mercer township in the lead with 28. Keithsburg has a total of 12 and Greene 8.

125 years ago

August 8, 1884

* The Presidential vote in 1880 was: Garfield- 4,454,416; Hancock- 4,444,952; Weaver- 308,578; and Dow- 10,305.

* CINCINNATI -- Wednesday night at an exhibition of fire works at the Highland House one of the largest rockest fell in the backyard without exploding and it was found in the morning by Mrs. Upmier. In the presence of the neighbors, she attempted to cut the rocket open with an ax when it exploded with terrific force, fatally wounding Mrs. Upmier and her daughter, Ida, and seriously injuring Charles Upmeir and Philip Hill, the two former dying.

* The Latter Day Saints will hold a two-day's meeting at Buffalo Prairie Church, August 9 and 10. Elders Robinson of Peoria and Bronson of Keawnee will officiate.