Days Gone By

Cala Smoldt/Compiler

10 years ago

Jan. 20, 1999

*ALEDO - after 45 years in the ministry, Pastor Robert Smoldt of the Open Bible Church, Aledo will retire from the pulpit. Smoldt graduated from the Open Bible Institute, Des Moines, Iowa. He began his pastoral career in 1954 while still in college. His first church was the Vandalia Acres Open Bible Church in Des Moines. He then pastored at Rabbitage Open Bible Church, Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1956. Continuing his career in Iowa, he moved to the Plover Open Bible Church and later that year came to the Open Bible Church, Aledo. He has been in Aledo ever since.

*Margo Price, 15-year-old daughter of Duane and Candace Price, sang the National Anthem at The Mark on Jan. 8. Margo sang before the start of the Quad City Thunder basketball game against Connecticut. She was asked to sing two different dates and will sing again in March.

25 years ago

Jan. 25 1984

*Five Aledo area businessmen began teaching classes this week at Northside Junior High School, Aledo, as part of Project Business, a division of Junior Achievement. Teaching the classes are Gene Brown, Jim Marquis, Wayland Middendorf, Nancy Livingston and Ed Wiesebrook. Junior high teachers taking part in Project Business are Bruce Paul and Jeff Engwall. It is targeted to 8th and 9th grade students and is usually taught through a required social studies or economics course. One class period a week for one semester, a business consultant conducts the session in cooperation with the regular teacher. Presentations are organized around seven topics: Economics, Different Economic Systems, Principles of Supply and Demand, Competition, Consumerism, Money and Financial Institutions, and Career Exploration.

*About 25 homes in the northeast section of Matherville were without heat for a time Thursday, Jan. 19. Don Park of Illinois Power Co. said there was a malfunction in the Viola station of ANR Pipeline Co. (formerly Michigan-Wisconsin) which provided natural gas to the area.

*The Sherrard Junior Women's club will be delivering singing telegrams for Valentine's Day, with the proceeds going to the Easter Seal Foundation to provide therapy for disabled children and adults. They will be delivering the singing telegrams on Feb. 11, 13, and 14.

50 years ago

Jan. 28, 1959

*The bright new conical coal oil pump stood close to the street front, resembling perhaps a giant fire hydrant near the junction of two dirt roads which later were to become known as Aledo's Chestnut and Fifth streets. A mechanical cranked the pump handle and opened a spigot on the shiny, modern dispenser, and out gushed a perfectly measured gallon of coal oil, the first to flow from Aledo's first fuel pump hooked up to an underground tank. That was back in the early nineteen-teens, and today, although the pump still works just as smartly as it did nearly a half century ago, the relic of early Aledo commerce has been laid to rest - or rather replaced by the modern, square-cut pumps that tick off almost a gallon of gasoline or kerosene a second at Blick's gas station and bulk plant on South Chestnut Street. The Aledo gas station, now owned and operated by Ed and John Blick, changed hands several times back in those early days, but the bulk plant and gas station still is a growing business. Some of the customers of the Blicks recall the old kerosene pump and remember buying kerosene from it in the years before its retirement. Ed Blick is a former cashier at the north Henderson bank, and farmer in the North Henderson, New Windsor, and Alpha areas. John farmed with him and was in the Air Force from 1951-55.

75 years ago

Jan. 31 1934

*Twenty-four corrections of physical defects of Keithsburg children have resulted from the examinations given 199 grade school pupils there by Misses Dorothy Swanson, New Windsor, and Florence Gilliland, Aledo, nurses employed under the child heath recovery program of the Civil Works Administration. Examinations at Keithsburg have now been completed and similar work was started in the New Boston schools Monday. All children are being examined and reported made to their parents with a view to correcting the defects brought to light. Headquarters are being maintained at the office of the Mercer County Home Bureau and Miss Ellen R. Lindstrom, executive secretary of the Mercer County Tuberculosis Society, is co-operating in the work. Defects of the throat and teeth were most common among the Keithsburg children, the nurses' report shows. Out of the 199 youngsters examined, 66 were found to have defective throats and 56 defective teeth. 42 had obstructed breathing and 49 were suffering from malnutrition and other defects of general nutrition. 31 of the children were more than 10 percent underweight and 14 were more than 15 percent overweight. Defects of the ears occurred in 13 cases and vision was imperfect in 19 cases. Four were found to be suffering from slight discharging eyes and three had apparent sinus infection. Minor defects include skin infections, two; pediculosis (body lice), one and orthopedic, three. 31 seemed to be suffering from no apparent defect. There were many cases of apparent thyroid enlargement. Corrections reported by the nurses included 13 of the teeth, seven tonsillectomies. Three glasses and one orthopedic.

150 years ago

Jan. 25 1884

*As announced in last weeks Democrat, we have moved, and can now be found in the McKinney block over the Post office and Ramsey's Jewelry store. While printing the papers last Thursday the office furniture of the Democrat took up its march south. Some persons intimated to us, that that was the correct source for a consistent Democrat to take. On Friday we moved the press, imposing-stones and other heavy articles. All went well until the stone, which is seven and a half feet long, three inches wide, and two and a half inches thick, had reached the landing at the head of the stairs, in our new building, when we found the table holding the stone would not go through the door, into the office. In turning the table over to take the stone out, there was not room enough for one of the Editor's feet and the stone at the same time. As the foot was there first, the stone sat down on the foot in no gentle manner. Result a sore foot and lame man. George says it was not his foot, for no profanity was used. No other trouble was experienced, until a heavy piece of the large Press which was being hauled upstairs on two-inch plank, reached the top of the stairs, when the rope came untied. There was no use in telling the crowd who always stands below with hands in pockets, and look on at people carrying any heavy article upstairs, to get out of the road. They got. Like all Democrat investigating Committees, it was not satisfied with stopping when it reached the bottom, but sent a messenger through the cellar to see what was below. After some trouble, the pieces were procured and sent to the shop for repairs.