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Days Gone By

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

10 years ago

Dec. 2, 1998

* ALEDO-- Aledo avenged an earlier loss to Olympic Conference rival Rockridge to take its first ever state championship in football. Although the Thanksgiving holidays were put on hold this season for the Aledo Green Dragons and the Rockridge Rockets, it will be one neither team will forget. In fact, the words savor or feast will come to mind when the Dragons remember this year as they defeated the undefeated Rockridge Rockets in the IHSA class 2A Championship match. It was a game of defense, with both teams fighting with everything they had, but it would be the big plays, from the big players, that would make the difference in the 25-16 victory for Aledo. While many thought the game would go to the Rockets, the Green Dragons never gave up faith. "We've earned this championship," said Zac Harlan, in between tears and emotional breaks. "Nothing was given to us all year and we earned this. Junior all-stater Michael O'Brien gave thanks for this special day. "This was the only game that counted," the three-year running back stated. "I thank God and our team to provide this enormous win." O'Brien left nothing to wonder on the playing field. O'Brien led his team in yards rushing with 14 carries for 120 yards. "We felt very confident going into the halftime locker room," Aledo coach Cullen Welter stated. "We kept our passes short and sweet and our offense and defense were confident as we only gave up two big plays in the first half." Aledo put together one more scoring drive as Bigham outran the Rockridge punting team for a 70-yard score, setting a new record in IHSA playoffs. The extra point failed and Aledo ended the game with a 25-16 win.

25 years ago

Dec. 7, 1983

* Four senior students at Aledo High School have been designated 1984 Illinois State Scholars. The four students include: Daniel Ahrens, Carol J. Kinnamon, Samuel T. Nelson and Brenda Wildermuth. More than 10,000 seniors in Illinois have been so named by the Illinois State Scholarship commission.

* Two members of Mercer County Right-to-Life Regina Lawhead and Susan DeBlock recently attended the Right-to-Life Bi-State Convention in Davenport. Topics ranged from abortion, euthanasia, to the hospice program, (which is care of dying cancer patients). One of the most moving speeches come from Nancy Jo Mann, founder of WEBA (Women Exploited by Abortion). Their program is two-fold, counseling women and girls after their abortions and helping girls and women through unwanted pregnancies.

* Sherrie Kenney, special education teacher, gave a status report on the secondary special education program, at the meeting of the Westmer Board of Education meeting Monday evening at Joy. She told the board that another teacher was needed in the program. The board gave approval to the hiring of another teacher. At present time there are two teachers in the secondary school and two aides. The district will receive about $8,000 reimbursement from the state and federal government for the teacher's salary.

* Diann Price of Aledo has been named district agent for Prudential Insurance. A 1972 graduate of Aledo High School, she was previously employed by Hyett Furniture, Aledo. She has three children, Shellie, 10, Julie, 7, and Evan, 4. Price will service Prudential accounts in the Mercer County area.

50 years ago

Dec.3 1958

* A Christmas Home Lighting Contest will be sponsored in Aledo again this year by the Exchange Club in cooperation with Illinois Power company. Dave Sherrard, chairman of the Exchange club committee in charge, said that the purpose of the contest is to encourage residents of the city to decorate their homes and yards with lighted displays that will lend a festive appearance to the entire city during the Yule season. Rules of the Home Lighting Contest state that the awards will be made on the basis of originality and attractiveness, giving the smaller displays an equal chance with the larger ones. The idea of the contest is not to see who can build the biggest display or spend the most money, it was emphasized.

* The Mercer County sheriff's office is investigating a break-in last night at Ripley's garage in Joy, Sheriff Dick Maynard said today. The break-in was discovered this morning. Thieves apparently gained entrance by forcing the rear door. A billing machine containing about $15 in a drawer was stolen, it was reported. Thanksgiving night, thieves broke into the Frew school, east of Aledo on Highway 17. They gained entrance by breaking the glass in a rear door and pried open an inner office door. Articles of food were stolen from the school freezer.

* The Mercer County board of supervisors approved a $250,000 road construction program for 1959 during their meeting Monday in the court house at Aledo. Included in the program will be a 6.2 mile road leading from the Joy blacktop, five miles north of Joy, to Eliza, including a new bridge over Eliza creek. Grading, alignment, and surfacing with gravel or crushed stone will be put down in the project. A new Pope Creek bridge will be built four miles east and two miles south of Aledo on the Mercer-Greene township line.

* A welding class for farmers of the Aledo community will be held at Aledo High School starting Thursday, Dec. 10, Fred Schaper, agricultural instructor, said today. Edward Johnson will be the instructor and the class will be limited to 10 members. Ten sessions of three hours each will be held on successive Thursdays, not including the holidays. Classes will begin at 7:30 p.m. Four already have registered for the course and the remaining opening will be filled on a first come, first served basis, Schaper said. Those interested should contact Schaper.

75 years ago

Nov. 29 1933

* Ad- Penney's, Penco Rubber Footwear, Buy your rubber footwear now, prices are sure to rise soon. Misses' and children's snap galoshes, 89 cents, she's sure to need them. They are warm, fleece lined. Women's sure snap galoshes 98 cents, Fleece lined, glove fitting, long-wearing. Penco Red Four Buckle Gaiters, $2.98, last longer, give better service. Take advantage of this money saving price, 5-buckle $3.29. Penco Red Short Boots, extra fine quality, only $2.79, and Men's Heavy Duty Work Rubbers, slip-on style 98 cents. Oh, Man! How these will wear! Penco-Barnshu $1.69, rugged 2-buckle style! Made for service! Fully up to Penney's high standards of footwear! Fresh, live rubber that will not crack or dry out! You'll find them more than satisfactory! J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Aledo, Ill.

* Mercer County authorities are continuing their investigation of the destruction of seven mail boxes and five newspaper delivery boxes near Joy last week but are without any further clues, it was learned today. All of the boxes were knocked down on Route 83 from the Haverfield farm east of Joy to a mile west of that Village. Tire marks indicated that the car was deliberately driven against the posts. At one point the automobile had driven up an embankment and almost overturned. Destruction of the government mailboxes is a serious offense.

* Local men facing charges of taking cow near Burgess- Charged with having stolen a cow valued at $35 owned by Harry Palmer of Burgess, were Everett Graham, 23 years old, and Allen Morford, 27 years old, both of Aledo. They were arrested Monday night by Sheriff Walter Rehn. Both were arraigned before Justice W.D. Emerson, Jr., in Aledo yesterday and ordered held to await action of the grand jury. Graham was released under $500 bond, and Morford was sent to the Mercer County jail in default of bail. Both are accused of taking the cow kept in the pasture at the Frank Morford farm near Burgess, driving it a short distance from the farm, Nov. 23 and trucking it to Peoria where it was sold.