Days Gone By
10 years ago
September 9, 1998
* Members of the Mercer County Board were approached by representatives of the Warren and Henderson Counties Partners for Economic Development on Tuesday, September 1. Gene Blade of Oquawka informed the board of the need to form a river port authority in western Illinois. “What we are interested in is developing another mode of transportation and making better utilization of the river for shipping and receiving commodities, mainly grain. We already have terminals on the river but we need to expand the commodities as well. We feel the three counties have a lot to offer in helping implement this type of transportation,” stated Blade. Partners for Economic Development feel developing this type of port authority would contribute to the local economy.
*Aledo High School Flag Squad held a car wash in McDonald’s parking lot on August 15, in an attempt to generate enough funds to purchase new uniforms for the entire squad. 1998 Flag Squad members are: April Robinson, Kristen Salmon, Jesse Joseph, Logan Dooley, Heather Hemphill, Amy Sackville.
* Viola Public Library now has available to the children and families of Viola and surrounding areas the new “Arthur Library Learning Boxes,” which have been made available to 50 area libraries based on WQPT viewership. WQPT Public Television Outreach Department has supplied the learning boxes based on the Arthur character, an eight year old aardvark, who starts in his own PBS series and is shown weekdays on WQPT.
25 years ago
September 14, 1983
* Justin Thomson, son of Mrs. Marvin Thirtyacre, Viola, made a reluctant Prince when he was crowned Prince of the Viola Appreciation Days. Erin Lindsay, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lindsay, Viola, on the other hand was all smiles as she received her award. Each received a $50 savings bond and rode in the street parade on Sunday.
* Bob Sebolt is the new manager of the Aledo J. C. Penney store. Sebolt has been with the company for 27 years, beginning work at the Jackson, Mi store in 1956.
* C.W. Strand of Contel said this morning that there has been no movement ot settle a strike against the company by I.B.E. W. locals 702, 196, and 399 at Aledo and 22 other locations throughout Illinois.
* Two gates in the Village of Viola were recently vandalized, one at the park and the second at the lagoon. Viola village insurance agent, Rick Wilson, Viola, was present at the board meeting Tuesday night and told the board that even though the village was not covered under open property clause for their policy, the company would pay the claim. No estimate of cost had yet been determined.
* Judy Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of Matherville, was crowned queen of the annual Boone Days celebration held Sept. 9-11 at Matherville. Laurie Chard placed third in the competition, while second place went to Chris Anderson.
50 years ago
September 10, 1958
* Some of the members of the Republican caravan that visited Mercer County this afternoon are: Lambert Egndahl, state central committeeman; Ralph Stephenson, state representative; E.A. Johnson, county superintendent of schools; Warren Wright, candidate for a state treasurer; O.H. Lee county clerk; Morris Muhleman, state senator; Bob Austin, state representative; Robert Chiper field congressman; & Charles H. Carlstron, candidate for county judge.
* Mrs. Mary Russell, Rock Island, district president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, will be in Aledo the night of Oct. 21 for inspection of the local auxiliary chapter. Plans are being made for the district meeting which is to be held in Aledo November 9. Invitations have been sent to department officer to attend this meeting. They are: department president, Rose Capek; senior vice president, Lillian Campbell; junior vice president, Glenn Grossman; and chaplain, Alice Mae Plum.
* Aledo firemen have resuscitator to work with for the first time in a number of years, thanks to an anonymous donor. The equipment valued at nearly $200, was presented in it’s portable case to C.D. Lawson, fire chief, this week by a messenger from the donor who would not give his or her name. Aledo Firemen: E. L. Lingafelter, Homer Perrin, Lamont Anderson, Richard Baldwin, Joe Heck, Bob Knox, Hobert Menchhoff, Harold Yerkey, Ernie Johnson, Ernie Johnson and Harold Dunn.
* Chosen this week as cheerleaders at Aledo High School are: Mary Keating, junior varsity; Jane Little, junior varsity,; Joyce Ewing, varsity; Jane Bertelson, junior varsity; Jane Sackman, varsity; Sharon Hudson, varsity; and Jane Varner junior varsity.
75 years ago
September 6, 1933
* Mr. and Mrs. Harland Johnson are the parents of an eight pound girl, born at the home of his mother, Mrs. Margaret Johnson, Sunday morning, Sept. 3. The new arrival has been named Wanda Marie.
* Miss Christine Mertens, office secretary for the Western Illinois Telephone Company at Aledo, was awarded first place in a recent letter writing contest conducted by the Central West Public Service Company of which the local firm is a subsidiary, it was announced this week. Miss Mertens left Monday on a pleasure trip to Omaha, Nebr., awarded her as a prize. She will return tomorrow.
* Because he was unable to explain the presence of three pairs of new women’s gloves found in his pocket after he had been arrested for intoxication, late Saturday night, Leo W. German, 32 years old, of Nebraska is in the Mercer County Jail facing larceny charge. According to Sheriff Rehn, several pairs of women’s stockings had been seen hanging from German’s pocket earlier in the evening but these dropped to the street before his arrest and were returned to the Penney store.
* Schools in this community began their year’s work Monday. Miss June Spear will teach the Robb school; Miss Alice Lemon has accepted the Forsyth school. The Sunbeam school will be taught by Miss Mabel Campbell of Little York who was retired. Miss White of Stronghurst was also rehired another year at Centerville and Mrs. Leo Johnson has begun her school duties at Calhoun.