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50 years ago
October 14, 1971
The Calhoun Sheriff’s Department turned over an Oregon State Penitentiary escapee to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week after he was caught in Jerseyville and brought to Hardin.
Charles Williams, 32, alias Charles Edward Cornelius, Donald Lee Kauffman, Johnny Miller and Ronald Knight, had fired a pistol in the Kampsville area on Tuesday of last week attempting to force a youth into his car.
Cork Sibley, Calhoun Deputy Sheriff, gave chase but Williams escaped and ran when the car was stopped.
Williams was later seen leaving Pike County and Calhoun authorities called Jerseyville police to check on a home there, where the owner of the car Williams had been driving lived.
He was found inside the home.
Williams was also wanted in Kansas for car theft, kidnapping and rape, and faces federal charges under the Dyer Act and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
He escaped in June from the Oregon prison where he was serving a 10-year sentence as a habitual criminal.
75 years ago
October 10, 1946
United States Senator C. Wayland Brooks will be in Hardin Thursday night, Oct. 24, at the Hardin High School gymnasium to speak at a Republic rally.
Senator Brooks is taking an active part in the Illinois campaign, speaking on behalf of the Republican state, district and county candidates.
He will make 11 speaking engagements downstate and several times in Chicago and Cook County.
Senator Brooks is an eloquent speaker and is well versed on the problems confronting our government today.
A large crowd is anticipated, and everyone interested in good government is urged to attend.
100 years ago
October 13, 1921
The Hardin ball team won from the all-star Jersey County aggregation last Sunday, 13 to 11.
Every player on the local line-up was from Hardin, except Jack Casher, who hails from Hamburg.
The Jersey team had two from Shipman, one from Brighton, two from Grafton and the balance from Jerseyville, except the much talked of Jack Wieneke, the Chicago White Sox pitcher, who twirled the game.
The way the Hardin boys jumped on his offerings was a fright to behold.
Fifteen hits for a total of 26 bases was what Mr. Wieneke was forced to put up with.
He sure looked good to the Hardin batters.
Barry, an old timer, who could have taught the Jersey lads how to play ball 15 years ago, was the boy that tamed the bunch across the river.
We won and don’t have to offer any excuses but at that Hardin got some rotten decisions from Umpire Brown.
Ruyle was called out on a clean steal of home, and then in the ninth, Umpire Brown gave a Jersey player a hit on a foul ball.
This last decision was so bad that even the fans hooted him.
Cashier, Ruyle, “Bill” Linkogle and Imming headed the batting order and the box score shows how well they were placed.
Gordon also got two clean hits and stole two bases.
R. Linkogle’s steal of home in the sixth was the leading feature of the game.
He just pulled the unexpected and made Wieneke look like an amatuer.
Rolla played baseball. The Jersey boys played a fast and snappy game, but Imming made ‘em look bad on the bases. Even Barry made a hit.
“Bill” Linkogle’s playing at first was a feature. “Bill” never did perform at this station until Sunday, but he sure made it good.
Ruyle and Whitworth held up their part in fielding; and Ruyle’s two 2-base hits were responsible for four runs.
These two teams will play again next Sunday at Hardin and the locals will have a much stronger line-up. Schlansker will pitch for Jersey next Sunday.