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Days Gone By

Cala Smoldt/Compiler

10 years ago

Jan. 27, 1999

*ALEDO- Tim Smith never "reckon"ed his chances to win the Aledo School District spelling bee were "scarce", but in the end, it turned out to be a "gigantic" win for the Aledo sixth grader. Smith out spelled 19 other students from the district to take the top honors at the event, held Thursday night, Jan. 21 at the Aledo High School auditorium. Smith correctly spelled the words "scare" and "gigantic" for the win after second place finisher Mark Reick, sixth grade, misspelled the word "reckon." Smith received a $100 savings bond for his efforts and Reick received a $75 bond. Both earn berths to the county bee scheduled for Friday, March 5 at Aledo High School, and to the regional bee slated for Thursday, March 21 at Augustana College. Taking third in the event was Zac Rajput, who correctly spelled "oxygen," making Calie Smith fourth place. Both are sixth graders. Fifth grader Brenton Bush was fifth place and Allison Cumberworth, sixth grader, placed sixth. Cumberworth correctly spelled "formulate" and "bundle" to out spell two other students and secure the last spot to advance to the district bee. The third place finisher in the county bee will also advance to the Augustana contest.

25 years ago

Feb. 1 1984

*Mrs. Virginia Bubon, Alpha, continues to recover in Illini Hospital, Silvis, from injuries she received about 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in a freak accident in Alpha. Mrs. Bubon and her husband, Tony, operate Bubon's Conoco Service Station in Alpha. Mr. Bubon related the following account: their 17-year old granddaughter, Stephanie, drove into the station, accompanied by her five-year old sister, Toni. Mrs. Bubon went on the drive with a couple of ice scrapers to assist in scraping frost off the car windows. Toni asked her grandmother if she could get out. Mrs. Bubon said she could and opened the door. Toni was crawling under the steering wheel and her grandmother was getting ready to help her out, when the little girl's hood, belt, or snow suit caught on the shifter, putting the car in forward. Mrs. Bubon attempted to put the engine in neutral or park, but put the car into reverse. Mrs. Bubon lost her balance and her arm hooked between the door and the car's body. The car continued across the street when Mr. Bubon dashed out and stopped the car where it had struck some ice slowing it down. The front wheel of the vehicle ran across Mrs. Bubon's body and she suffered six broken ribs, two of which splintered. One of the ribs punctured her right lung. Her body is completely covered with bruises. She has been in great pain, but is slowly improving. It is possible she will return home this weekend if she continues to improve as she has been.

50 years ago

Feb. 4 1959

*Work on cutover of the Matherville telephone exchange to dial operating is underway and completion is expected this week, according to the Western Illinois Telephone company, Aledo. C.R. Bud Bell, manager, and a crew were at the Exchange today working on the cutover, which will add Matherville to the list of Mercer towns with dial telephone operation. Residents of the communities surrounding Matherville still will have to dial operator to reach that community. However, a big improvement in connections is expected as a result of the cutover. Matherville residents also will have to contact operator to reach outside communities, but eventually they will be able to dial direct to Preemption, Reynolds, and possibly Viola, according to plans. Cutover of the Preemption system to dial operation also is expected in the near future, and engineers are completing their work there. The Preemption and Andover exchanges are expected to be converted to dial operation sometime in March, it was reported. Keithsburg telephones also are scheduled to be converted to dial operation late this year.

75 years ago

Feb. 7 1934

*Frank Gisby of near Millersburg received a broken right arm Tuesday when he fell from a horse which he was riding. The arm was broken just above the elbow. Dr. A.C. Sells was called and set the break.

*New headquarters of the Mercer County National Farm Loan Association were opened today on the second floor of the Craig drug store in Aledo. The rooms have been redecorated and are entirely suitable for the purpose. Every effort will be made to put through more loans to Mercer County farmers, as this community has been somewhat backward in the past. Henry and adjoining counties have had much larger sums advanced than has Mercer.

*Aledo's new Studebaker agency, the Treloar Motor Company, will be formally opened to the public Saturday, Feb. 10, Homer Treloar, proprietor, announced today. Five of the latest model cars will be on hand, two for inspection in the show room of the garage on West Seventh Street and three for the public to drive. Three factory representatives will also be present. The show room will be decorated and all car owners are invited to be present. Mr. Treloar has been in business here for a number of years and is well known to the motoring public.

150 years ago

Feb 1, 1884

*The Democrat By Henderson & Eames, office over post-office, Terms - One copy, one year, in advance, $2, one copy, six months, in advance, $1, one copy, three months, in advance, .50 cents.

*I have a good farm of 120 acres, 5 miles south-east of Aledo, that I will sell for $35 per acre. Good house, barn, outbuildings, cave, wells, etc., on land. For particulars call on me at farm. J. Danberry.

*Millersburg Mutterings- Once again we ask admittance to the columns of your paper. As we look out upon the landscape we see everything covered with snow. Many complain of the steady winter; but what can be more pleasant than to sit by a blazing fire, around which are gathered the members of the household, and enjoy a newsy paper or a good book. The Winter is the farmer's season of rest and recreation; but not a moment should be spent in idleness. Another campaign will soon dawn upon us, and we should store up our minds with knowledge which will be of use to us in discussing the questions of the day. The meetings in the M.E. Church still continue. Mr. J.W. Maddux is pursuing his law studies in Aledo, and will move his family there soon. Mr. Maddux has been President of the Millersburg Temperance Society for the past four years, and we are sorry to lose him, but wish him success in his new vocation. Omer Boyd is with us this week. Omer was once editor of the Millersburg News, but is now employed in the office at Little York, on the Central Iowa R.R. Jake.