Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

Nov. 18, 1998

*  The 1998 school year is well underway and so is the D.A.R.E. program for  local students. According to Officer Tom Thompson, this year's auction raised $3,431.53. With matching grant funds from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the auction proceeds totaled $6,431.53. "The auction is a lot of work, but we have students, volunteers, officers and parents help with a great deal of the work. As in years past, the auction was a success," said Thompson.

*  Deciding whether to continue to allow citizens and other vendors the privilege of using the pavilion at Aledo Central Park for selling merchandise is something the council is currently investigating. According to City Clerk Brian Whitehall, local businessmen approached council members about the issue in relation to the vendor who has occupied the pavilion the past two weekends selling winter clothing. "If we have these vendors selling items that our downtown merchants are also selling, I can see where there could be some concern," commented Alderperson "Tommy" Greer. "In the past we have had people purchase a peddler license for $10 whenever they wanted to sell anything. We also have those using the pavilion for special events fill out a form at city hall requesting permission to use the pavilion," said Whitehall.

*  For the past three years, Aledo Senior High School has offered students the opportunity to spend time with various employers and employees, job shadowing. "This is a great program. It helps students make a decision in what they would like to do and what they wouldn't like to do. Job shadowing gives them some experience into what they should be looking at in regards to education for preparation for whatever type of career they are interested in," stated Jan Hennenfent, school guidance counselor. Joanne Lloyd, a junior at Aledo, is just one of the many students who have or are participating in the program. Lloyd stated she has always had an interest in Veterinary medicine and decided to choose that career for her job shadowing experience. Lloyd has been working with office staff and Dr. Wicks at the Aledo Veterinary Clinic. "I am interested in veterinary medicine and I'm thinking about going to Parkland Community College in Champaign after I graduate. I love animals and enjoy being able to be a part of this type of work," said Lloyd.

25 years ago

Nov. 23, 1983

*  Mercer County has a total of 2,270 Veterans, of whom 1,880 are persons who have served during a war time period, according to the Veterans Administration. The latest statistics show that 680 served in the Vietnam era, and of these 650 had no service in Korea. There are 460 Korean Conflict Veterans, and of these 460 did not see service in World War II. The largest group of Veterans is from World War II. They number 750. There are still 40 Veterans from World War I.

*  The United States Achievement Academy announced that Julie Mattly has been named a 1984 award winner in leadership. Julie Mattly, a senior who attends Rockridge High School, was nominated for this National Award by Patricia Kaiser, a counselor at the school. Julie will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. The Academy selects USAA winners upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors or other school sponsors and upon the Standards of Selection set forth by the Academy. Julie Mattly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mattly of Reynolds.

50 years ago

Nov. 1958

* Toys that can be repaired, repainted and turned over to needy tots at Christmas time are being sought by the Mercer County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, which is undertaking the worthwhile project again this year. Those who have discarded or damaged toys that can be repaired are asked to leave them at the northeast stairway to the VFW hall anytime. They will be taken inside, where the organization has a workshop, and will be repaired in time for Christmas.

*  The Aledo Business Association, guiding light of the Christmas activities program, is wasting little time getting underway this season, with a repeat of last year's successful Christmas awards schedule, booked to start the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, in both afternoon and evening. Most of the Christmas Street lighting project has been completed by Illinois Power Company crewmen and workers from the ranks of the Business Association. As was last year, the town's main business section will be brilliantly lighted with colorful bulbs strung across the streets at several points in each block. Various facets of the Christmas activities that have been featured for many years, will again be sponsored by the  Business association including a nativity scene in Central Park, a Santa Claus house on the corner of Seventh and College, a giant tree in the center of the business section, a picture show and treats for the children plus a feature added just last year for adults, the giving away of hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise gift certificates. Nearby on the bank corner Santa Claus, who will arrive in town Friday afternoon, Nov. 28, will occupy a small house from which the old gentlemen with whiskers will be available for consultation on Christmas lists for the kiddies. Free movies for the children will be offered at the Aledo Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 13.

* It's usually a barking dog that wakes his master when fire or other danger is near. But when smoke began filling the home of Ed  Minor at 12th and Sycamore streets in Aledo last Wednesday night the screaming of his cat, called "Buck" awakened him, jumping into his lap. The room was filled with smoke from a fire that originated in the next room.

75 years ago

Nov. 22, 1933

* Ida Swanson fell down the stairway at her home last Wednesday morning and broke her collar bone. Dr. Fred J. Rathbun was called and reduced the fracture.

* One of the most peculiar ears of corn seen this year was found on the Clarence Martin farm southwest of Aledo last week and brought to The Times Record office Saturday. Three smaller eras are growing around the base of a large and normal ear of yellow corn. While the small ears are only a few inches in length the grains on them are larger than on the main cob.

* Damage estimated at $1,000 was caused by a fire which destroyed a barn used as a garage and store room at the home of J.D. Fender on West Fifth Street in Aledo early Friday morning. The blaze had gained considerable headway before it was discovered. A large truck, several hundred goldfish, an aquarium, several rabbits, clothing and other articles were burned with the building. The value of the goldfish alone was estimated at $300.