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Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

Nov. 26, 1998

* Hamlet- Aledo firemen extinguish a blaze under the hood of a 1994 F150 Pickup owned by Monte Wood of Aledo. Wood was northbound on Route 94, just south of Hamlet when the fire started around 6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23 when firemen arrived, the truck was in an east ditch and the front end was totally engulfed in flames, it was quickly extinguished, but the truck had major damage.

* Aledo- Chris Salmon and Denise Hay sang patriotic songs at Veteran's Day ceremonies held at the Mercer County nursing home in Aledo on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Veteran's of Foreign Wars Auxiliary sponsored the event.

* Mayor pro-tem "Tommy" Greer presents a proclamation from the City of Aledo to Dragon's Head Football Coach, Cully Welter Monday afternoon. The proclamation congratulating the team on their great accomplishments and inviting the city of Aledo to follow the team's example of, "displaying pride and good sportsmanship," will be officially presented to the team at the community pep rally Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

* Aledo- Bright Beginnings Day Care of Aledo will not have a dark ending as rumors circulating throughout the county indicate. According to Angie Litton, director of the day care center, this is not true. Litton says, rumors were started by a former employee, but are unfounded. "Enrollment has stabilized." Litton said, and the state mandates that children/teacher ratios are met. The facility employs five full-time and one part-time staff member, and currently has 38 children enrolled. There is room for one additional full-time staff member and 16 more children at the center. The center takes both full and part-time children.

25 years ago

Nov. 23, 1983

* Emergency Farm Loans being Accepted- Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by this summer's drought and extremely high temperatures are being accepted at the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) office located in Cambridge, Ill. FmHA County Supervisor Barbara B. Tyler said today. Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties are three of 91 in Illinois eligible for loans to cover part of actual production losses resulting from the draught. Farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 80 percent of their actual losses, or the operating loan needed to continue in business, or $500,000, whichever is less. For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate on the first $100,000 borrowed is five percent; interest rate is eight percent on the balance borrowed over that amount. For farmers who can obtain commercial credit but who choose to borrow from FmHA, the interest rate is 13.75 percent. A farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production to be eligible.

* Night lights inside and outside homes deter burglars and other trespassers, but extra lighting can increase electric utility bills unnecessarily. To keep your bills low while protecting your home, do the following: Instead of leaving a regular indoor light burning during the night, use small low wattage lights that plug directly into electric socketes. If you leave a regular lamp on, use a fluorescent light. It will use less engergy than an incandescent light bulb. Turn security lights off during the day. Photoelectric cell lamps and the time clocks that turn lights on and off automatically at varying times are inexpensive and convenient devises for this purpose.

50 years ago

Nov. 26, 1958

* Aledo Academy Names Two New Members- Two new members will greet students at Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, when they return to classes next Monday after Thanksgiving furlough which began last night. The new faculty members replace Capt. Fred MacArthur Sr., and his son, Lt. Fred MacArthur, Jr., who were killed in an auto-tree collision this month while returning to the academy from their home in Quincy, Ill. Lt. John H. Conlin of Decatur, Ill., has been named social science instructor. Lt. Conlin, 29, received his training at Illinois State Normal University, Wayne University, and Los Angeles State College. He taught one year in California before returning to Illinois. Lt. David G. Charles of Grimms, Wis., has been named English instructor and will assume his duties immediately following Thanksgiving vacation. He is 23 years of age and is a graduate of St. Norbert College in West Depere, Wis. Both of the new instructors are single.

* Two Mercer County students, Carrollyn Mitchell of rural Aledo and Edwina Douglas of Seaton, will take part in performances of Handel's "Messiah" to be presented by Illinois State Normal University Friday, Dec. 14 in Capen Auditorium.

75 years ago

Nov. 29, 1933

* Possleys to open cheese plant here- Mercer County's cheese factory closed by Kradft-Phenix a month ago will reopen Monday, it was announced by N.E. Possley and his brother, Henry J. Possley, at a meeting of 50 or more dairymen interested in a whole milk market, held last night in St. Catherine's Hall. The new name will be Aledo Milk Products Co.

* Charged with assault and battery and assault with a deadly weapon as the result of a midnight attack on Jeff Crose, of Keithsburg, Roy Figg, 28, years old, and George Ortery, 41 years old, both of that city, were arrested late Friday night by Keithsburg officers. They were brought to Aledo by Sheriff Walter Rehn Saturday morning after complaints had been filed. According to county officers, the two men attacked and beat Mr. Crose as he went to work on a bridge near Keithsburg about midnight Friday.

* Five contestants, all of them winners in local church eliminations, will compete for the Mercer County title in the annual Prince of Peace Declamation Contest to be held in the United Presbyterian church at Aledo Sunday evening, Dec. 3, it was announced today. Those who will represent Aledo churches will be Miss Roberta Watson, First Presbyterian Church and Miss Gladys Page, First Methodist Episcopal Church. The other three will be from near-by towns in the county.