Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

The Times Record

Sept. 29, 2010

Money for Pay to Play donated -- Before the Mercer County Board of Education meeting got down to business Wednesday, Sept. 22, two presentations were made to the district. One, a plaque from National Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), a non profit; and the second, a $$848 check from Knuckle Busters Car Club. Half of the money from the car club's show during Aledo Antique Days at the end of August was matched by Aledo Chapter 20110 of Royal Neighbors of America.

City rescinds development agreement with Millco LLC -- The city of Aledo agreed on a 3-2 vote, with two abstentions, to rescind the agreement with Millco SW 3rd St LLC, owners of the new Dollar General location on the SW side of Aledo. In April the city agreed to provide a Tax Increment Financing grant of $125,000 to the owners for renovation of the building that used to house True Value Hardware and the former Quinn;s Grocery Store.

Golden Eagles stop Princeville, 34-6 -- PRINCEVIILLE -- The Golden Eagles improved to 5-0 on the season Friday, Sept. 24. by defeating Princeville, 34-8. "I think Princeville is a playoff team when they are healthy," said Mercer County head coach Nat Zunkel. "They are well coached. They made adjustments."

25 years ago

The Times Record

Oct. 4, 1995

Senior Center board thrilled with WIAAA decision -- Members of the Mercer County Senior Center's board were "thoroughly thrilled" when they heard that the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging board had reversed their April decision and voted to continue funding the center. Jeanne Holsclaw, board president, said the WIAAA board met Thursday and approved the grant summated by the board for $30,000. The contract for fiscal year 1996 wlll begin Oct. 1.

News from Hamlet; Youth group hay rack ride set -- The Jr. and Sr. High youth of the Hamlet-Perryton Presbyterian Church will go to Thunderhead Kamp for a hay rack ride, Sunday, Oct. 8 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Mary Close, Phyliss Attig and Gloria Ruggles were among the past presidents of the Mercer County Homemakers Association that had lunch in Keithsburg and toured places of interest.

Illinois Power offers CO detector -- Illinois Power is offering customers extra incentive to protect their families from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. All IP customers who buy the utility 's carbon monoxide detector will get $50 off their power bill to help fix a carbon monoxide problem if the detector alarms and confirmation of CO is made.

50 years ago

The Times Record

Sept.. 30, 1970

Two slightly injured in school bus-auto mishap this morning near Aledo; Sports car and school bus collide -- The driver, Lonnie Standard, 18, and his passenger, Mrs. Vic McAvoy, 27, both of Route 3, Aledo, were both only slightly injured at 9:05 o'clock this morning when the small foreign car struck a stopped school bus operated by Arvid Decker, Aledo. The accident happened on a narrow country road west out of Sugar Grove near the Arthur Olson farm house. Decker stopped the bus as it slowly rounded a curve in hopes of avoiding an accident as he saw the oncoming car.

Laying foundation -- Work is progressing on construction of the foundation for the Mercer County War Memorial to be erected on the lawn of the Mercer County Court House, Post 1571, Veterans of Foreign Wars, is spearheading the fund drive for the memorial assisted by the American Legion and other organizations.

Contracts awarded for new area bank -- Deane Frye, Inc., has been awarded the contract for the proposed new building of the First State Bank of Little York which is to be constructed across the street from the new fire station on the sit formerly used by a feed store. Plans are for the new building to be completed by 1971.

75 years ago

The Times Record

Oct. 10, 1945

Asks right to destroy games; Sheriff files court petition; Hearing is set for Monday, Nov. 5 -- A petition to destroy gambling devices recently confiscated in the county was filed in Mercer county by Sheriff Herbert McCleary, and hearing on the petition has been set for Monday, Nov. 5. The alleged gambling devices which the sheriff asks authority to destroy are seven pinball machines seized in Keithsburg, Joy and Matherville by the sheriff three weeks ago. It was reported that the machines were being used both by adults and children for gambling.

Five Mercer Schools win O.K. by state; Aledo, Joy, New Windsor, Seaton and Sherrard are approved -- Five Mercer county high schools have been officially recognized as approved four-year high schools meeting all requirements set by the state department of education, according to notice received receive from Vernon L. Nickell, superintendent of public instruction. Approval of the schools by the state means that graduates of the high schools are eligible to enter the University of Illinois and practically any other college or university in the state without taking entrance examinations.

Annual stag dinner at Oak View on Thursday -- Approximately 135 are expected to attend the annual fall stag dinner and smoker for members of Oak View Country club and their guests Thursday evening. Kinner will be served at 7 o'clock followed by the introduction of winners of the various golf events of the year,

100 years ago

The Times Record

Oct. 7, 1920

District convention of relief corps a Aledo, October 15 -- The annual convention of the Women's Relief Corps of the Fourteenth district will be held in

Aledo, Friday, October 15., the convention convening for the opeingin session at 9:30 a.m. in the Masonic Hall. All members of the Home Corps and of the Grand Army of the Republic are urged to attend both the morning and evening sessions, the Relief Corps being an auxiliary of the latter organization. The public is most cordially invited to the evening camp fire.

October 11 set as fire prevention day in Aledo -- Although the proclamation of Governor Lowden set Saturday, Oct. 9, as Fire Prevention day in Illinois, for various reasons the Aledo city officials have set Monday, October 11, as the day to be observed in the city. The fire drill will be put on in all theta city schools and a long blast of the fire whistle at 8:00 a.m. will remind the owners of hand extinguishers that that is the day to take these to the Fire Station for refilling.

Mercer County leads in the wool pool -- Mercer County is evidently the sheep producing county of Illinois. By far the largest shipment of wool from any one county came into the warehouse at Chicago from Mercer county farming, who pooled 98,000 lbs. Pike, a much larger county comes in with 54,000 pounds. McLean is third with 41,000 pounds.