Days Gone By

Compiled by Penny Doyle
Aledo Times Record
Days Gone By

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1922 - 100 years ago

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*Chicago ghetto kids in Aledo for outing

Eleven children from Chicago arrived Tuesday evening for a two weeks outing and were taken into the homes of local people. Nine are girls and two are boys, their ages ranging from five to ten years.

The United Charities Society, which sent them to Aledo, arranged for their free railroad transportation and sent a nurse with them, who went back to Chicago, but will return for them at the end of the outing, August 8th.

Miss Mamie Wool, Mrs. Otis Reaber, Mrs. Maggie Ewing and Miss Clara Butler each have two of the children, and Mrs. A.C. Painter, Mrs. H.L. Walker and Mrs. Orr Calhoun have one each.

The children, whose out of door activities at home are mostly spent in the streets, are reveling in county life and abundant and wholesome food. One of the boys, aged seven, however, don’t like water, milk or coffee. He has been accustomed to drinking home brew beer at meals and misses it.

1947 - 75 years ago

*Discover Rare Erosion

Soil erosion deposits discovered by Ralph Thomason, district soil technician, on the Gene Carlson farm in North Henderson.

A rare type of soil erosion thought to be previously unrecorded in Illinois was discovered over the weekend by Ralph Thomason, district soil technician, on the Gene Carlson farm in North Henderson. The phenomena involves the freak creation of mud balls which vary in size from an apple to a large grapefruit, being round and hard and composed entirely of mud, gravel and small roots.

Two deposits of the stage items are located on alluvial fans at the bottom of some hills where the gullies empty into the flat. According to Thomason, with each gully draining about on-half a section, the recent torrential rains rushed down these draws, which are merely an open gash.

The force was apparently so strong that the water actually pulled up the soil from the edge of the banks, carried it down onto the fan and as both the depth and velocity of the water decreased as the rushing waters spread out, deposited the balls on the silt on the fan.

Thomason discovered the deposits while making a routine survey of the Carlson farm for farm planning purposes.

He was unable to locate any data regarding a similar phenomena being reported anywhere else in the state but Lee R. Piper, a Moline district conservationist, thought that perhaps there was some reference to the unusual occurrence in the text, “Soil Conservation” by H.H. Bennett, chief of the soils conservation service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but while this text is not available locally, he didn’t believe they had been reported in Illinois in any event.

The deposits were inspected by Les Stone, Times Record farm editor, along with Thomason, and several of the mud balls were brought back and are now on display in the Times Record Window.