Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 Years Ago

Nov. 4 1998

*Thanks to National Bank of Monmouth, Midwest Bank of Western Illinois of Oquawka and Casey's General Store, Keithsburg now has ATM service. The Grand Opening was held on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new "Zip 24 ATM" was put to good use during the Grand Opening. Many people came in to try the new facility. Roger Davis, President of the National Bank of Monmouth, said, "We feel that Keithsburg is on the rebound after the Flood of 1993 and that Keithsburg needed a banking relationship. "We feel that an ATM could be beneficial with the tourists coming to Keithsburg and with the continued growth that seems to be happening in the City." Citizens participated in a drawing for grand prizes. Allen Callahan won 25 gallons of gas and Ed Smith was the winner of a large pizza from Casey's. The last bank in the city was the Keithsburg Bank which closed after the depression in 1931.  Keithsburg has been without a bank for 67 years. Efforts had been made in the past to bring in a banking facility. When Sharon Reason became mayor, this was one of her goals for the city. Mayor Reason feels the city council members are all working together to make Keithsburg a better community and has a good outlook towards the future of the city.

*The Tigers started howling and on Aledo's next possession, Dustin Looker intercepted an Andy Frye pass at the Tiger two-yard-line, swinging momentum towards Beardstown. But like the pendulum swinging over the pit, it would return to the Aledo side, as the Dragon defense got in on the scoring frenzy. Defensive lineman Zac Harlan smothered the ball on a Tiger miscue for Aledo's third score of the game with just 52 ticks left on the clock in the first half. The extra point was good as the Dragons held a 21-10 lead. Aledo coach Cullen Welter began to pull out his hammer to drive the nail home, as just 20 seconds later, after Kent Brown recovered an on-side kick. Two plays later, O'Brien took a screen pass from Frye, and ran the ball into the diagonals for the score. Matt Downey sent the ball through the uprights for an Aledo 28-10 halftime advantage. The tigers showed one more flare of ferocity on their first possession of the third quarter as they powered the ball downfield, capped by a 36-yard snare at the two by Nate Tingley, and ran in for the score, 28-16. Moore again put the ball through the posts, 28-17.The Dragon's swing to bring the hammer down was in full force as they marched the ball down to the one. The tool hit the Dragon's claw however as Aledo boggled the ball, giving it to the Tigers at their own one. Beardstown could not do anything with the gift as the third quarter passed without any additional scores. Thomas took the situation in hand at the beginning of the fourth, as he put the stake through the Tigers' hearts, running the ball in from 58 yards out, adding another insurance score. Downey's aim again was true for the extra point, as the clock became Aledo's best friend. Beardstown  would cross the goal line once more, but it would not be enough as Aledo held on for its Halloween treat, 32-25. Thomas was leading rusher for Aledo with an unofficial 13 carries for 133 yards and O'Brien 15 for 111 yards. Aledo had an unofficial 399 yards on offense. The Dragons go on to face the number two seeded Tolono-Unity Rockets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at George Pratt Memorial Field at Aledo High School.

25 Years ago

Nov. 9 1983

*Thirteen members of Sherrard High School's Junior Class were inducted into the National Honor Society at a luncheon held recently at Mill Creek County Club, Milan. They are Troy Schmelzer, Juliane Zwicker, Suzette Johnson, Mike Whitcomb, Missy Sandman, Diana Steele, Keith Kimball, Dave Moore, Laura Neumann, Lori Stewart, Heidi Sanders and Jackie Bell.

*Following an executive session, the Aledo School Board  approved the placement of Bob Hoffman as golf coach on the athletic schedule retroactive to the beginning of golf season. Barry Jackson was also named fresh-soph boys basketball coach. Third grade teacher Lucille McHard was placed on the 14th step of the non-degree column. The board also approved payment of an increment of 5.5 percent of the previous year's salary of Gary Swenson and Dorothy Klinger for the musical and 7.5 percent for Richard Hogan for duties to be specified.

*The Winola Jets completed their season with a 36-0 loss to the visiting Wethersfield Flying Geese on Friday night. The Jets ended their season with a won-lost record of 1 win and 8 defeats. The Jets win came in their fifth game when they defeated ROVA. The Flying Geese put together a powerful ground game and the 302 yards rushing proved to be too much for the Jets as they gave  up six touchdowns, three by Lito Lopez. The Wethersfield squad compiled a 7 and 2 record and tied for the Lincoln Trail Conference lead but failed to qualify for a post-season playoff spot because of points yielded in head to head competition against Alexis and Galva, the other co-champions.

50 years ago

Nov. 5 1958

*The Veterans of Foreign Wars will burn its mortgage on the Aledo VFW hall at an eighth district meeting there beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Ray Allen, state VFW commander, will be the guest speaker at the meeting and Rose Capek, president of the VFW Auxiliary state organization, also will be present.

*Purchase of an additional 2,000 feet of service main for connecting gas customers to the municipal system was authorized by the city council Monday night, indicating a continued growth of the Aledo natural gas system. A heavy schedule of new installations, for residents eager to connect with the gas lines before winter cold arrives is drawing to a close and few service mains are expected to be installed after the middle of November. The city gas department last week completed laying 262 feet of main to the new cafeteria  at the North Side School, where natural gas will be used for heating as well as cooking. Streets Improved, according to reports made at the city council  meeting by the street committee, the cost of improvements to 84 blocks of noon-arterial streets reached $17,311.34. Work on the streets has been completed for this year, but about 30 more non-arterial blocks are still awaiting repair. The segments completed were prepared by the City Street Crew and completed by W.L. Miller company, which also worked the arterial street project. The non-arterial street work is being financed through wheel tax funds.

*Sgt. James F. Mizner, of Aledo, is expected to leave during November for a tour of duty with the United States Marines in Okinawa. It will be the third trip to Okinawa for Sgt. Mizner. A member of the Aledo National Guard Unit activated in 1952, Mizner served at Okinawa, Korea, Japan, and again at Okinawa. Switching to the Marines for re-enlistment he drew another period of duty on the Pacific Island.

75 years ago

Nov. 8 1933

*Mrs. Gust T. Peterson broke her arm above the wrist Thursday morning. She was returning to her house with a bucket of coal when she stumbled and fell on the front porch of her home. Doctors George and Fred Rathbun were called and set the break.

*Raymond Peterson., 28 years old, of 2 1/2 miles northwest of Aledo is in the Moline Lutheran Hospital recovering from the amputation of all of the fingers and part of his left hand. The hand was caught in a corn picker while at work in a field on the J.D. Fender Farm, where he makes his home, yesterday morning. He reached over and attempted to pull stalks from the carrier when his hand was caught by the snapping rollers and was badly mangled. The tractor was shut off at once but his hand was so tightly wedged between the heavy rollers that Mr. Hughes worked for more than half an hour before he was able to extricate the injured man with the aid of a heavy monkey wrench.

*Gentleman," remarked Alderman E. Boultinghouse as he arose to address the Aledo city council Monday night, "I want to talk about dogs. The records show that 24 dog licenses have been sold in Aledo and I ask all of you who believes that there are only 24 dogs in this city to stand. There are droves of 10 or 12 dogs running all over town," he continued. "Only this morning one of our good citizens suggested with what may have been a shade of sarcasm that since there are no funds for street lighting, it might help a little to license the dogs. We don't want to kill off dogs promiscuously" said the official seriously, "but we must take some action. We should at first notify the owners of these dogs and then start eliminating them. Those who care to pay for license tags should be allowed to do so, otherwise dogs should be killed for there must be at least 300 of them running around town."

*Thomas Gilmore, 102 years old, former resident of Milllersburg and famed as the oldest Kiwanian in the world, died at his home in Macomn Nov. 1. Dr. J.B. Bacon, his personal friend and physician declared his death was due to a gradual "wearing out."

*Midnight Club with Clive Brook, George Raft, Alison Skinworth and Helen Vinson is showing at the Aledo Opera House Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9.