Happenings of the Year 1935

Transcribed by Sue Jones.

The Story of a Year
Happenings of the year 1935 in our city and county
The Robinson Argus

January
Jan. 3 - The new year opened without any apparent event of auspicious character, either nationally or locally and with weather conditions fairly stable and temperatures above normal. Depositors in the closed Flat Rock State Bank received good news from the state auditor who announced the bank would pay 50% dividends. E. E. Gordon, prominent druggist of this city, passed away at 7 o'clock Monday morning in Miami, Fla. The Flat Rock basketball team trimmed the Robinson Maroons 42 to 18 in a game here Tuesday evening. It was announced today in Chicago that work would start within a week in wrecking the buildings of the Century of Progress in Chicago. The O. E. S. here installed new officers Thursday night, Mrs. Flora McMurdy being the new Worthy Matron. Announcement was made at Oblong of the marriage of Miss Frances Wood of Robinson to Thomas Jefferson Price, Jr. of Oblong which occurred May 5 at Paxton. Miss Fern Swinger and Sam Ireland, both of Palestine, were married Dec. 22.

Jan. 10 - "Grandma" Deborah Canada, 102 year old Hutsonville citizen, died at her home Monday morning. The Board of Education of the Robinson grade schools let the general contract yesterday for the construction of the new school building to the C. F. Rhinehart Construction Company of St. Louis. The high school announces the employment of Miss Gertrude L. Mueller as French and English teacher to succeed Miss Maude Wilson who tendered her resignation and will be married soon. Good news for Robinson: Mr. J. R. Evens, manager of the local pottery has received word from the offices of the company at Buffalo to increase production which means more work for local men. The Roy Chenoweth home on South Cross street was badly wrecked by fire Friday afternoon. A former Robinson girl, Mrs. Cyril Shuppert, formerly Mary Shedelbower, her husband, and a friend, all of Lawrenceville, were fatally injured in an automobile accident on the highway between Lawrenceville and Vincennes. William Bell of this city last Thursday attended a conference of the governors of all states held atPonca City, Okla., as the personal representative of Gov. Henry Horner. Heath's English Toffee is gaining nation-wide prominence.

Jan. 17 - Albert Watts, 79, was found dead in his home at the south end of Roosevelt Ave., Wednesday morning, evidently a victim of suicide. Earl Stark of Danville, believed to have been a member of the trio that raided the Bernard Weldam home near Newton and fatally injured aged Mrs. Mary Schroeder, will go on trial at Newton, April 8. The local chapter of R. A. M. installed new officers last night, J. L. P. Beaman being installed as the new High Priest. Harry E. Hart of this city attended the Fourth National Band Clinic held this week at the University of Illinois. Nelson A. Hope, prominent farmer of Flat Rock vicinity, shot and killed himself at his home last Thursday morning. Arthur Hill, retired merchant of this city, died here Monday morning. Word has been received of the marriage of Miss Katherine Barrack of this city to Golder Newlin also of Robinson, the ceremony being performed in Indianapolis.

Jan. 24 - Marshall high won the Wabash Valley preliminary basketball tourney held here last week end by defeating the Oblong Panthers in the final game Saturday night by a score of 30 to 23. The nation is now in the grip of the most severe cold wave of the year and yesterday thermometers in Robinson registered four degrees below zero. Mrs. J. J. Winger of Oak Grove vicinity died at h er home last Thursday following an illness of several years. Jasper county will observe its 100th birthday this month.

Jan. 31 - Cloverdale high school of Indiana won the Wabash Valley basketball championship by defeating Honey Creek in the final game at Terre Haute Saturday night. Lowell Wade, local youth awaiting trial on a burglary charge, attempted suicide three times in the county jail here last week but was prevented by Sheriff John Hill. Flo Davitt won the Elks' Ladies ping pong tourney this week. Fred A. Reavill, new state representative, was given unusual recognition by being appointed to the appropriations committee. Aletha, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Sechrest of this city, died Tuesday night of burns on January 5th when the child fell into a bucket of boiling water. The Mt. Pleasant quintet won the county rural schools basketball tourney by defeating Barlow in the final game Saturday night at Oblong.

February
Feb. 7 - The best news of this week was that of the 67th wedding anniversary of Capt. and Mrs. George B. Everingham of Hutsonville which was celebrated Saturday. Frosty Stoltz beat Jeff Jones in the final of the Elks' ping pong tourney. The Oblong Panthers won the E. I. League basketball tourney held at Casey by a win over Marshall. The state parole board denied Eugene Applegate's plea of pardon according to word received here Saturday. Funeral services for Frank Holt of Palestine were held Sunday. Funeral services for Raymond Good of Oil Center vicinity were held Sunday.

Feb. 14 - A corporation to be known as the New Hebron Cemetery Association was recently formed and papers have been issued by the state. Funeral services were held for John Allen of Palestine Monday afternoon. Services were held Tuesday afternoon for William A. Pleasant of this city. C. W. Ross and H. R. Rankin have announced dissolution of their partnership in their store and Rankin will assume full ownership.

Feb. 21 - Robinson Lodge 1188, B. P. O. Elks is in the midst of a program of celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of the local Lodge. A large class of candidates will be initiated tonight. Ray E. Reynolds, manger of the Oakley grocery on the north side of the square won a recent contest conducted by the company and is now on a trip to Florida with his wife and baby. The Robinson Maroons were beaten 25-20 by the Oblong Panthers on the Oblong floor Tuesday night. The Robinson Grades won the district championship of the Southern Illinois Junior High school basketball tournament held last week in Palestine. Mrs. Ellen Dailey, 76, of Flat Rock, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. J. Friedli of Belleville Monday.

Feb. 28 - Republicans in a township primary here nominated Benj. Murphy as candidate for supervisor, Walter Johnson and Fred Schroeder, assistant supervisors and Henry Mace, candidate for commissioner of highways. Orval Claude Mills, 37, died at his home near Porterville last Monday. Mrs. Sarah Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Abels of this city, died Monday in Wichita, Kansas following a long illness. Democrats in a primary election nominated Chas. Coombes as their candidate for commissioner of highways, and in a party caucus the Democrats nominated Robert Price as candidate for supervisor, and O. L. Wakefield and Wm. Gatton, as candidates for assistant supervisors. Dr. James E. Davis, retired physician of this city, died at his home here Thursday night. Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. Julia Ducommun of this vicinity.

March
Mar. 7 - Sad news this week. Martin Winger, well known farmer of Frog Pond vicinity, was killed Monday afternoon when his truck was hit by a Big Four train at the crossing north of Hutsonville. H. A. Jones of Centralia, Mo. has purchased the Prehn Motor Company. Dust storms in the southwest caused clouds of dust here Tuesday which obscured the sun. Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Louise Foley to Robert Welton of this city, the ceremony having been performed January 1 in Harrrisburg.

Mar. 14 - S. D. Wesner of Flat Rock was fatally injured at the Big Four crossing north of Hutsonville Thursday morning. Lowell Wade of this city pleaded guilty to a larceny charge in circuit court yesterday and was sentenced to the state prison for a term of one to two years. P. G. McCarty and J. H. Simons this week received notification they had been appointed Kentucky Colonels by Gov. Ruby Lafffoon of Kentucky. Funeral services of Mrs. Nellie Creswell of Palestine were held Saturday afternoon.

Mar. 21 - Roy Kintner of Oblong has been appointed superintendent of game wardens of this district. R. T. H. S. students will present the musical comedy "Tune In" here Friday night. Wilbur Zike formerly of this city, died Saturday morning at his home in Farimount, Ind.

Mar. 28 - Word from Washington Monday authorized the Board of Education to proceed with work on the new school building and it now appears construction will start about April 15. Manford E. Cox will become chief assistant to Attorney General Otto Kerner it was announced from Springfield Tuesday. Glen Storckman, formerly manager of the Deck Hill Battery Co., has opened his own business on West Main street. Founders Day was observed by members of the Robinson Grange yesterday. A tornado struck Metropolis, Ill. Monday afternoon, killed one man and injured a score of persons, and damaged over forty-five buildings. Heavy rains are sending the Wabash and Embarras rivers out of their banks.

April
April 1 - A straight Republican ticket was elected in Robinson township last Tuesday. Benj. D. Murphy was elected supervisor; Fred Schroeder and Charles Johnson were elected assistant supervisors; and Henry Mace was elected commissioner of highways. In townships outside of Robinson township Republicans and democrats shared honors giving Republican a majority of 7 to 5 on the county board. Emerson Brubaker, 25, was fatally burned shortly afternoon Saturday when a kerosene can with which he was kindling a fire exploded in his hands, at the home of his father, Ed Brubaker in the south part of this city. Ten of fifteen contestants from the R. T. H. S. band entered in the Southeastern district contest at Casey last Saturday received first group ratings. Lyman Dunlap, 25, Flat Rock, was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Dawson Springs, KY, last Sunday. In the election Tuesday Perry Graves and Anna R. Allen were elected to the library board. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Margaret Shew of Hutsonville to Paul Otey of this city, which was performed last Saturday with Rev. Hugh Foster officiating. Miss Helen Gill and Herman Renchen of this city were united in marriage Saturday morning by Rev. C. P. Ellis.

April 11 - Considerable interest has been around locally over the vacancy created in the office of postmaster here and the following are applicants for the position, Harold E. Wilson, I. L. Henderson, Edwin G. Stifle, Harold E. Price, and H. Leonard Thompson. Announcement was made Monday by H. B. Carpenter, that the Ohio Oil Company had purchased the properties and business of the Lincoln Oil Refining Company. Alvin Salts, section foreman on the I. C. Railroad has been awarded a five year perfect safety record card. Siel & Boyd have expanded their store to give full automobile service. Brubaker & Son have remodeled their store to provide for a modern hardware store. Charles H. Ducommun of this community died Monday morning. W. B. Hurst and wife of Hutsonville observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary today. Earl Stark of Danville who was charged with being one of the trio that raided the Bernard Weldam home near Newton, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to prison for a term of one to 14 years.

April 18 - Lynn Root was elected mayor of the city of Robinson in last Tuesday's election and Mrs. Helen Apgar was elected treasurer and Joe Howard, Sr., city clerk. Alderman elected were H. H. Watts, Chas. Chamblin, J. M. Hockett, A. H. Jones, Jr., F. R. Donnelly, Lyle Cunningham, Wm. Jones Crebs and L. L. Schernekau. Sam Faucett was elected president of the Robinson Rotary Club at the annual meeting yesterday. Attorneys Ray E. Wesner and Wesner & Wesner received word yesterday that the supreme court had decided in their favor in the case of Arminda Mitchell vs. Sherman E. McEwen, et al. Glen Newbold, attendant of the Linco station at the Big Four, was held up and robbed of approximately $25 Wednesday morning by two armed bandits. Maxine Steel of this city died at her home Friday night. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Asenath Day Wednesday afternoon. The R. T. H. S. band won first place rating in the district contest held last Friday at Casey.

April 25 - Fred Shoffstall of Southwest township was elected chairman of the county board of supervisors at the organization meeting held Thursday. Mrs. Ida Funk of Duncanville has been honored for more than ten years service as Camp No. 1893, R. N. A. Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Culmer of this city are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday. The Moose lodge here is in the midst of a membership drive. Oblong's grade school athletic team won the county athletic meet held here last Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Correll, of this city, are parents of a baby boy born Sunday. Naomi Shrine No. 45 held installation of officers Tuesday night with Mrs. Zona McQueen being installed as Worthy High Priestess. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Charles Norton, aged LaMotte man.

May
May 2 - Harold Fife, young Palestine man fatally shot himself Monday morning in his uncle's hardware store in Palestine. Reba Goldsmith was elected editor of New 'N' Everything for next school year. The proposition to establish a community high school in Prairie township was defeated in a vote Saturday afternoon. Andy J. Faust of Lawrenceville, formerly a citizen of Robinson, has been retired from the service of the Ohio Oil Company. Mrs. James McDaniel, of this city, died Sunday at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hale are parents of a baby girl born Sunday. Miss Dora Montgomery and Ernest McIntosh were married Saturday evening by Rev. C. P. Ellis. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Povalock are parents of a nine pound baby son born Sunday.

May 9 - Aunt Mary Ducommun of New Hebron vicinity, the oldest citizen of Crawford county will observe her 100th birthday anniversary next Saturday. Robinson lodge of Elks entertained the lodges of the Southeast district at annual convention here Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's program was social with Sunday sessions being given over to fraternal work. Chain letters are flooding the mail and everybody is either talking about or cursing chain letters that arrive by dozens daily. A windstorm here last Thursday afternoon damaged the Pottery roof and uprooted trees, etc. in Robinson and vicinity. Most rural schools have closed for the summer vacation. Whiley high school won the annual Valley track and field meet held here Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Welliver of this city are parents of a baby girl born Sunday morning. Two hundred and thirty-six members of the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs were registered for the 23rd district convention held last Wednesday in this city. The recent marriage of Miss Anna Forte of this city to Geo. C. Mercer of Detroit which occurred April 27, was revealed at a party given at the bride's home Friday evening.

May 16 - Frank L. Dewey, prominent citizen, died at his home here Sunday morning. Mrs. George Thompson Rice died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thompson of this city last Sunday. Wm. A. Wesner, local attorney, is quite ill. Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Rash of Robinson, route one, are parents of a baby girl born May 15. Vernon Heath, former city editor of the Decatur Herald, has returned to Robinson to enter business with L. S. Heath & Sons. Funeral services were held for Ambro Richardson of this vicinity at the Oak Grove church Monday afternoon. Miss Bonnie Newbold and Alan G. Boa were married May 13.

May 23 - Postmaster F. A. Meskimen suffered a stroke Tuesday morning in his office at the post office and is in a serious condition. Wm. A. Wesner, local attorney, died Wednesday morning at the hospital following a critical illness. Fire Chief Wm. Griswold will be retired from the department on June 1 after over 25 years service. A Robinson Bakery bread truck was stopped this side of Terre Haute Saturday morning by a gang of hoodlums who threatened the driver and warned him against bringing bread into Terre Haute. Velma McCall and Harold Snider were awarded citizenship medals by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Geo. W. Alberson, oil pumper living six miles from Robinson was found dead in bed Sunday morning, evidently a victim of acute myo-carditis.

May 30 - The United States Supreme Court handed a blow to the New Deal Monday by declaring the NRA was invalid. R. T. H. S. seniors will get diplomas in exercises at the high school Friday night. The annual petroleum conference of Illinois-Indiana will be held at the country club here Saturday. Among promising signs of the times is the announcement that the Tidewater Oil Company has raised salaries of all employees 5 per cent. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Wm. Rush at the Root Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon.

June
June 6 - One of the most unfortunate tragedies in the history of Robinson occurred Monday morning. Mrs. Mary Piersall, of this city, mother of two children, was dragged from her car and fatally shot on North Cross Street by Allen Earl Flynn of Willow Hill, who afterward shot himself. Cong. W. W. Arnold has recommended Ed. G. Stifle for the office of postmaster here which is tantamount to appointment. State's Attorney J. Stanley Bradbury and Miss Ruth Newlin were married June 1, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Newlin of Hutsonville vicinity. Recently elected officers of Robinson Lodge 1188, B. P. O. Elks are to be installed tonight. Rev. Hugh Foster was speaker at the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Old Cemetery last Thursday. Roger N. Cox of this city was married June 3 to Virginia Ann Hart of Centralia. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Dorothy Phelps of Oblong to John Wesley of this city, which occurred February 23 at Olney.

June 13 - Thelma Stevens, 9 years old, was seriously injured when a car load of children were struck by another automobile on Route 1 a mile north of this city. Irvin Lloyd was elected vice president of the Illinois Elks Association, at the annual convention held last week in Quincy. Mrs. Ralph Morgan of Martinsville, formerly of Kibbie vicinity, was killed Thursday night when the car in which she was riding with her husband was sideswiped by another car on the National Highway west of Marshall.. In an impressive ceremony at the Presbyterian Church of this city on Tuesday Miss Mary Corwin became the bride of Mr. George A. McClarren of Wooster, Ohio.

June 20 - A recount of votes in the recent Palestine election showed C. E. Vandervort elected mayor instead of F. L. Wolcott. Theodore Zwermann will move to Olney to manage two theatres bought by theatre men of this city and Oblong. The large hatchery of Roy Duncan south of Gordon was destroyed by fire yesterday at a loss of about $10,000. Dr. Ernest S. Phar is opening an optometrist office here. Lyman Milan, 14, of Flat Rock, was electrocuted when he came into contact with a shorted aerial wire while at play Wednesday night of last week. Mrs. T. K. Kinaker, of Carlinsville, Illinois, state president of the American Legion Auxiliary, will address the county organization at the Woodworth hotel Tuesday evening. Miss Verna Hamrick, a member of the R. T. H. S. faculty, and Harold L. Newlin, formerly of Hutsonville, now of Decatur, were married Saturday morning at Cambridge, Ill.

June 17 - Dr. Chas. S. Skaggs, of East St. Louis, past president of the Illinois Medical Society, was speaker at the health meeting of the Robinson R. & P. Women's Club held Friday night at the Woodworth Hotel. Byrl Eagleton of this city was found dead along the Big Four railroad early Sunday morning, evidently having been struck by passenger train. The 3 per cent sales tax in Illinois becomes effective July 1. Ray Mills of this city died Sunday morning of blood poisoning. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jacobs are parents of a baby boy.

July
July 4 - Charles Grave, local oil man, died suddenly Thursday at the Sanitarium from a blood clot, after an illness of several months. Tokens for sales tax payments made their bow in Robinson Tuesday. Harry Martin and Jack Wright who represented the Elks Club and the American Legion in the Boys' State at Springfield, returned home Sunday. Ira J. Wills, farmer of Richwoods vicinity, died Monday morning from a heart attack. Usher Lowe, a farmer of Hutsonville vicinity, was severely injured Tuesday when a team of horses which he was leading knocked him to the ground and trampled him. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Watt, of North Jefferson Street, observed the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage at their home Saturday.

July 11 - Mr. and Mrs. John Nuttall and daughter, Wilma, returned home Monday from a two weeks' trip through the northwest. Fourth of July was observed safely and sanely here with the exception of two or three minor accidents. The state is planning to change the shape of sales tax tokens. Carl E. Hippensteel caught a three pound bass in Lake Walton Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Root Funeral Home for Mrs. Dave Fritz who died Tuesday in Kansas City. Miss Fannie Lou Goff of this city and Arthur Tuttle of Danville were married at the bride's home here Tuesday evening. Naomi Shrine No. 45 of this city was highly honored Tuesday evening by the official visitation of Sojourner Rose Rief of Washington, Iowa, Supreme Worthy High Priestess.

July 18 - Good news for this week concerns announcement that L. S. Heath & Sons will construct another building between their two factory buildings at present in operation. News not so good: announcement was made by the Ohio Oil Company that much of the office force would be moved from Robinson to Findlay, Ohio. Homer Barker, local oil man, died at his home Thursday morning. Ed G. Stifle has been appointed postmaster. George Skidmore, local truckman, was killed Monday afternoon south of Trimble when struck by another truck, while repairing a tire on his truck. Vic Smith, Bill Crebs, Caswell Crebs and Hanby Jones, Jr. are attending the annual convention of the B. P. O. Elks in Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Addie Newland, aged Palestine woman, died Tuesday morning from burns received on the day previous when a boiler of boiling water was spilled on her.

July 25 - The general strike that tied Terre Haute in economic knots was ended yesterday and strikers were allowed to return to their work and stores were permitted to reopen. Congressman W. W. Arnold has been appointed a member of the Federal Board of Tax Appeals. The appointment is for nine years and carries a salary of $10,000 annually. The last of the local union services will be held Sunday night at the city park. The government is contemplating issuance of one-half cent piece soon. The Moose lodge here celebrated its 22nd anniversary Sunday. Funeral services for Mrs. Sirena Miller of Palestine were held Friday afternoon.

August
Aug. 1 - Southern Illinois is sweltering in a heat wave with temperatures above the 100 degree mark. The removal of office employees from the refinery here to Findlay, Ohio started this week. T. B. Steele narrowly escaped injury when his sedan stalled on the railroad track in Lawrenceville Monday and Steele abandoned the car just before a freight train crashed into it. Mr. and Mrs. Major Fox are proud parents of a baby boy born Friday. A family dinner was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. A. G. Meserve last Sunday to celebrate their 69th anniversary which occurred on July 19. Miss Bernice O'Dell of Oblong became the bride of Savilla Rosborough July 27.

August 8 - The big news of the week is that the Index Notion Store has taken a ten year lease on the building on the west side of the square now occupied by Roy C. Chenoweth and will move there about the first of November. Alex McCarter, 91 year old Lawrence county man, died at his home Thursday. Edwin Nidey, farmer of Gordon vicinity, was found hanging in his barn Saturday, a suicide victim. Funeral services for Mrs. W. P. Bailey were held Sunday afternoon at the home south of Oblong. Allen Cortelyou died Friday morning at his home northwest of Robinson. A severe electrical storm struck this city Monday causing considerable damage. The home of Clifford Hiteshew on North Madison Street was practically destroyed by fire Monday after being struck by lightning. Capt. Harry Wilson was elected commander of the local Legion post for the ensuing year. On Sunday morning Miss Dorothy Marbry became the bride of Scott Brashears. Miss Marjorie Lewis of Marshall was married to Douglas Dewey of Terre Haute Monday afternoon.

Aug. 15 - Postmasters of this district gave a banquet in honor of Congressman Arnold at the Woodworth Hotel Monday evening. Christian Gerlack, Civil War veteran, died Tuesday morning at his home in Palestine. J. B. Dunlap has sold his transfer business to Charles Simons of this city. Mrs. Dennis Organ of this city died Tuesday evening following a long illness. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cortelyou of Alfred, New York, are parents of a seven pound girl born Saturday. Miss Mary Henry of this city and Paul Brown of Oblong were married last night in an impressive ceremony at the M. E. Church in this city. Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Padgett of this city celebrated their fifty-first wedding anniversary last Sunday. Miss Joan Hood of this city and John Moorehead of Hutsonville were married August 1 in Greencastle, Indiana, it was announced this week.

Aug. 22 - A large delegation of local legionnaires are planning to attend the state convention to be held in Quincy Saturday and Sunday. Hon. Wm. E. Bradbury and Mrs. Marguerite Huls of this city are candidates for state commander of the Legion and chaplain of the Auxiliary, respectively. A proposition to build a new school building in Oblong was voted down by the people at the poles Saturday. Seil & Boyd, local tire and radio store, observed its fifteenth anniversary Friday. P. G. McCarty, of this city, underwent an operation for mastoid infection Sunday and is in an extremely serious condition. Wm. Bryant of Annapolis died last Friday. Funeral services for J. S. Zellars of Annapolis vicinity were conducted Sunday L. C. Rains, of Hutsonville, died at his home Sunday following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Sunday for Alonzo Lindsay of Flat Rock.

Aug. 29 - Approximately seven thousand persons from four states are in Robinson today enjoying the annual Ohio Oil Company picnic. Mr. and Mrs. Waldron Lathrop of Rantoul are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday. Robinson has been informed by the state highway department that changes must be made in traffic and parking habits within the city. Announcement was made that Raymond Van Arsdale will coach at Southport high school in Indiana next year, and upon his resignation from the local faculty, Wm. A. Hedtke, former Illini athlete has been employed to fill the vacancy. Mrs. Rose Anderson of this city died at her home Monday morning.

September
Sept. 5 - Announcement was made this week of the resignations of T. B. Steele as chairman of the C. C. I E. R., and Miss Joan Nulk, as administrator. School opened here Monday with more than 1290 enrollees in grade and high schools. Mrs. Lucy Wiseman, formerly of this city, died in Little Rock, Ark., Sunday. Edith Knight of this city was crowned Queen of the 23rd district in the Legion sponsored contest held in Centralia Tuesday night and Miss Betty Parks of Oblong was chosen maid of honor. Mrs. Lilly Lee of Elizabethtown, mother of Mrs. Byrd Olwin, died at her home Monday. Tidewater, Kewanee and Sherrod employees enjoyed an annual picnic last Thursday at the park in Palestine. Metropolitan papers announced this week that Will Rogers who together with Wiley Post, was killed in an airplane crash in Alaska last August, left an estate valued at five million. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Knapp are parents of a baby boy born Tuesday morning. Miss Ardis Marbry and Roy Rogers, both of this city, were united in marriage August 28.

Sept. 12 - The entire community was saddened this week when it became known Tuesday that Stoy J. Maxwell, prominent business man of this city, died at the Sanitarium at 6 o'clock that morning. Senator Huey P. Long, dictator of Louisiana, died Tuesday from a bullet would inflicted by a political enemy, Dr. Carl A. Welss, on the previous Sunday evening. A double tragedy occurred at Old York early Sunday morning when Ralph Harrison and Leonard Knoblett were drowned when they drove their car off the ferry into the Wabash river. Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. Wm. McIntosh of this vicinity. Miss Beth Carey of this city and Lawrence Phillippe of Indianapolis were married at Newton September 4. Mr. and Mrs. Eldric Sechrest of this city are parents of a baby boy born Tuesday.

Sept. 19 - Gale Huddleston, 17 year old Kinmundy youth was fatally injured in an automobile collision at a crossroads south of Hutsonville Friday. John Shire, prominent farmer of Martin township, died Sunday in a hospital at Cairo. Robert Kirkbride, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kirkbride, of this city, died Monday morning. A. H. Reese, aged resident of this city, succumbed Thursday evening to an illness of several months. Mrs. Lucile Fox, of this city, died Friday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodard of South Prairie Street are parents of a baby girl born Wednesday, September 11. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Beabout of Vandalia are parents of a baby boy born September 13. Franklin Meskimen of the south part of this county died Sunday following a long illness. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ruddell quietly celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary September 14.

September 26 - Hon. A. H. Jones, of this city, is distributing among his relatives and friends an autobiographical sketch recently printed by the Argus Printing House. Bradford Supply Company here is enjoying a revival of business. The Robinson Maroons were beaten 19-7 by Fairfield in the first football game of this season. Chan Allison, aged Oblong citizen, died Friday night from injuries received when struck by an automobile at the Fox Chasers reunion in Oblong last week. The body of David E. Fritz who died Sunday in Kansas City has been returned to this city for burial. Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brigham, of this city, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary next Sunday. Mrs. Paul Otey of this city died Tuesday morning.

October
Oct. 3 - The annual Red Cross roll call is underway in Crawford County. "Jardine's Bessie's Interest" from the herd of Chester J. McCord will be a feature of the National Dairy Show to be held in St. Louis October 12-19. Funeral services for Benjamin Wilson of Palestine were conducted at Oak Grove Tuesday afternoon. The annual M. E. Church Conference returned Dr. J. G. Tucker to the local church for another year. The Palestine Baptist Assn. will hold its 96th annual session at West Union, October 4, 5, 6. Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Fry were held Saturday afternoon at the residence on East Main Street.

Oct. 10 - J. R. Randolph, prominent citizen of Kibbie, fatally shot himself last Thursday. Fire destroyed the Irvin York home on E. Main Monday . The Maroons won their first game Saturday by beating Palestine 10-3. Lee Espy, well known farmer of Palestine vicinity, died Thursday morning of last week. New traffic changes are in force in this city which includes two-way traffic on the north side of the square. The Crawford Building & Loan Assn. elected Wm. Fox of Palestine to succeed the late Stoy J. Maxwell as secretary of the organization. H. C. Hardy, district deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, made his official visitation to Robinson lodge Thursday night.

Oct. 17 - Earl D. Spencer, one of the robbers who held up the Bellair bank in 1929, was one of four prisoners who escaped from the penitentiary at Menard last week but was recaptured. Ralph E. Stringer was elected president of the Southeastern Division of the State Teachers association at the annual meeting held last week at Lawrenceville. Services were held for Mrs. Ollie Musgrave of Hutsonville Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelm are parents of a baby girl born Sunday. Robinson Maroons trimmed Lawrenceville here Friday by a score of 13-0. The Christian Church here is in the midst of a revival with Rev. L. H. Haas of Bruceville, Indiana, conducting the serves. Roy McMillen, retired mail carrier at Oblong, died Wednesday of last week. Otto Willenborg, printer employed at the News office, is in the Sanitarium recovering from a bad infection in his right hand. Kathryn Duncan has been employed as secretary for the Farm Bureau office here to succeed Miss Alice Rains who recently resigned. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Richards of Bellair vicinity celebrated their 50th (60th?) wedding anniversary last Sunday.

Oct. 24 - Mrs. Annie Kelley, pioneer resident of Oblong vicinity, celebrated her 100th birthday last Sunday among a host of relatives and friends. Carl Newlin of Hutsonville resigned October 15 as director of the local C. C. I. E. R. office. The county bar association honored the memory of Wm. A. Wesner in services in a joint session of circuit and county court here Friday. An intensive drive is on here for memberships in the Chamber of Commerce. Montgomery, Honey Creek and Licking townships have been allotted funds for WPA work. A drive is on here for funds to revive the Boy Scout work. John Hale, aged local citizen, died Tuesday afternoon. Sidney Smith, creator of the Gumps, died from injuries received in an automobile accident near Chicago Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Schwenke of this vicinity.

Oct. 31 - Next Monday evening the Elks Club here will stage a boxing show at the high school, the proceeds of which will go to the crippled children's fund. H. L. Thompson was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce at the organization meeting held at the hotel Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. John Crampton of New Hebron observed their Golden Wedding anniversary last Sunday. J. B. Anderson, of this city, died Thursday following a long illness. Services were held for Mrs. Alonzo Tuel Friday afternoon at the White Oak Church. Wm. Pearce, a native of Hutsonville, died in Los Angeles last Saturday. Garfield downed the Maroons here 6-0 in a thrilling game last Saturday. Wm. S. Padgett died Wednesday morning of last week at his home eleven miles southwest of Robinson. Miss Anna May Inboden, of Hardinville, and Keith Baker, also of Hardinville, were married last Saturday.

November
Nov. 7 - H. E. Otey, one of this city's prominent citizens, observed his 79th birthday Tuesday. Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Price died suddenly at their home Tuesday afternoon. J. P. Eagleton, native of this county, committed suicide by monoxide gas in Boulder, Colo., Monday, October 28. Dr. Glen Rafferty caught the biggest bass of the fishing season Sunday, weighing over 5 pounds. Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Skaggs of Stoy are parents of a baby girl born Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rains of Hutsonville are parents of a baby daughter born Wednesday of last week.

Nov. 14 - Bruce Crozier, 62, of Birds vicinity, died Friday morning of injuries received the previous Monday night when struck by an automobile driven by an unknown person. Emmerson Musgrave of this city and a member of the Butler football team was severely injured in the football game last Saturday. Sheriff John Hill left this morning for Texas to return Art Rich to Robinson for violation of his parole. Thomas J. Sullivan, former police magistrate here, died in Scio, N. Y. November 4. The Index Store announces it will open in its new location next Saturday. Oris Attaway was shocked yesterday at the Ohio Oil Company pump station near Palestine. John Rabold, aged stone cutter of this city, died Thursday night. Robinson Maroons defeated Marshall here Armistice Day. Flat Rock Masons will dedicate their new Masonic temple next Tuesday night. Miss Harriett Thomas of Terre Haute and Robert Wilson, formerly of this city, were married last Sunday.

Nov. 21 - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott Ames of Oblong quietly celebrated their sixtieth wedding Saturday. "Boston Blues", a comedy in three acts was presented by the Junior Class of the high school to an appreciative audience Friday night. Two important field trials were held here over the week end and Monday and Tuesday, with several local dogs entered in the Winners' Stakes. The Crawford County War Board met for annual dinner at the Woodworth Hotel last Monday evening. A district school of instruction for members of R. A. M. is being conducted at the temple here this week. A tragic death occurred south of Hutsonville Sunday when Genneth Tate, Kansas, Ill., youth was visiting with friends in this county, accidentally caused a shotgun to be discharged while attempting to get the tools out of the back seat of an automobile. The charge killed the youth instantly. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Henry, of Stoy vicinity, observed their Golden Wedding anniversary last Sunday. Chas. E. Purcell, farmer living southeast of Flat Rock, was found dead in his bed Saturday morning, apparently having died in his sleep. Mrs. Mary Callahan Mercer, formerly of this city, died Thursday night at her home in Portland, Oregon.

Nov. 28 - The holiday season will be officially ushered into Robinson Friday when Santa Claus visits the city, coming by plane. The Elks lodge will honor the members, Stoy J. Maxwell and Frank L. Dewey, in memorial services next Sunday. Southwest township received an O. K. on a WPA project entailing expenditure of $16,240. Robinson people were informed this week that the National Supply Company, which has maintained a store and yards in this city since early in the oil boom is moving its personal effects to Lawrenceville. The Crawford County Poultry Association will hold its annual show in Robinson December 10, 11, 12, 13, according to announcement made today. A pair of armed bandits held up Roy Bryant, proprietor of Dunk-Inn Tuesday morning and robbed him of $71.25. County Judge and Mrs. Ray E. Wesner are proud parents of a baby girl born last Thursday night. Funeral services for Eunice Joy Norton, eleven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Norton of Palestine, were held Sunday afternoon.

December
Dec. 5 - A party of hunters tramping through the undergrowth at the north end of Lake Walton last Thursday morning came upon the body of Frank M. Stewrat, West York youth who disappeared in November, hanging from a small tree, evidently a case of suicide. Mr. and Mrs. Max Hill, of Hartford City, are parents of a baby girl born Tuesday. A pet parade for all children of the community will be staged in Robinson next Saturday as the second local attraction of the holiday season. Joe Jopta, a member of the football team at DePauw University, was one of twenty-five men to receive their football letters at a recent banquet. Mrs. Emery Gurley, of Quaker Lane, died Monday evening following an operation for appendicitis. Miss Velma Morris, of Porterville, and Elias Newlin, of Hutsonville, were united in marriage on November 27 at Mt. Carmel. An impressive ceremony was held by the Katherine Chapter No. 637 O. E. S. for installation of officers last Tuesday night with Mrs. Eva Sheets taking the office of Worthy Matron.

Dec. 12 - Robert Wadlow, the youthful giant from Alton, was a sensation in Robinson Saturday. Republicans held a district, rally at the court house Wednesday night with Ralph O. Brewster, former governor of Maine, the principal speaker. Crawford county people were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Annie Keeley, of Oblong, which occurred on Thursday. Roberta Rains, of Hutsonville, was winner of the county spelling bee held here last Saturday. James H. Allen, former resident of this city, died Monday in the veteran's hospital in Chicago. A Robinson Kiwanis Club was organized here Tuesday night with John Maxwell, president. Miss Marguerita Warters of this city and Daniel Louis Lowe of Hutsonville were married Thursday morning in this city. N. J. Highsmith of this city has been named WPA paymaster in this district. Mrs. J. C. Pitts of Robinson died Saturday evening following an operation.

Dec. 19 - Mr. and Mrs. Press Hamilton of this city celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday amid members of the family. The county Republican committee in a meeting here Monday gave endorsement to Col. Knox of Chicago for president. City News Stand won the window decorations contest. Dr. L. P. Sloan was elected president of the Crawford County Medical Society at the annual meeting Thursday night. Mrs. Charles Lackey died Friday after an illness of about a month. Glen Storckman was elected Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 250 A. F. & A. M. at the meting held last week. Miss Vera Carlile and Harold V. Newlin, both of this city, were united in marriage Sunday morning at the Methodist parsonage in Effingham. Announcement was made this week of the marriage of Miss Virginia Loughery of Palestine to Roy Henry of Robinson which occurred May 11 in Salem. Miss Helen McKnight of Oblong and Dwight Payne of Robinson were married last Sunday afternoon. Miss Clara Roberts of Willow Hill and Warner Calvert of Oblong were united in marriage Saturday evening in Robinson.

Dec. 26 - Elks here delivered 115 Christmas baskets to needy families Tuesday. The home of John Allison on W. Plum Street was badly damaged by fire Christmas morning. Mrs. E. H. Steel of West Walnut Street fell while sweeping snow from her porch Christmas morning and fractured her left leg below the hip. Ralph Gifford was chosen captain of the R. T. H. S. 1936 football team at the annual banquet given by the Rotary Club last Thursday night. The Class of 1925 of the R. T. H. S. will hold a reunion at the Woodworth Hotel Saturday evening. F. R. Donnelly, local express agent, will move from Robinson to Connersville, Ind. January 1, where he is to be in charge of the railroad express company in that city. Miss Lucille Sellars of this city was married to Paul Marbry of this city Saturday, December 14, at Princeton, Ind. Miss Nelle Katherine Pine of Oblong and James Snider of Oblong were united in marriage in Robinson Tuesday. A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hy Rotramel this morning.

 

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