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25 years ago
October 23, 1996
The Calhoun High School Pom Pon Squad sponsored a fish and chicken supper on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Kampsville American Legion.
The proceeds will be used toward the expenses of sending All-Star team members Angie Tucker, Chastity Miller and Nacole Toppmeyer to perform at Disney World in Florida during Thanksgiving week and at Euro Disney in Paris, France, during Christmas break.
The girls appreciate the Calhoun Fire District #1 for frying the chicken and fish and the Calhoun County Band for their wonderful volunteer performance.
The raffle included a wiener mobile donated by Shop-N-Save, which was won by Mark Becker.
He donated the item back to the squad and they will raffle it at the football game on Friday evening.
They will also raffle an afghan donated by Rosemary Johnson.
50 years ago
October 21, 1971
Girl Scouts Building Fires
Calhoun County Girl Scouts work on building fires to cook their noon meal at the Scout Roundup held at the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon. Although these girls appear to have mastered the art of fire building, some of the Girl Scouts brought sack lunches.
The various workshops and the leaders who conducted them were: Trailblazing and camping- Betha Fox and Janice Bland; first aid- Joan Baalman, R.N., and Bev Bowers, R.N.; knots and lashing- Agnes Klunk, Mildred Parkinson and Lois Woelfel; fires and fire building- Sharon Robeen and Margaret Pohlman; knives and axes- Laura Lou Pohlman and Marilyn Hubbell.
A patrol from Troop 675 participated in the opening and closing flag ceremonies. Taking part were: Liz Ducey, Bernadette Friedel, Cindy Angel, Tammy Swan, Ginger McBride, Patricia Clark and Carrie Bowers. The caller was Debbie Bowers.
75 years ago
October 17, 1946
Lieut. Gov. Hugh W. Cross will be one of the principal speakers at the Republican rally to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Hardin.
Hugh W. Cross, of Jerseyville, was born in that city on August 24, 1896.
He is a member of a pioneer Illinois family which was among the first group of settlers in Jersey County more than 100 years ago, coming there from New Jersey.
Mr. Cross was educated in the public schools in Jerseyville. He attended the University of Illinois, was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws and was admitted to the bar in 1921.
He is engaged in the practice of law at Jerseyville and operates his own farm- a farm that has been in the Cross family for more than a century.
He was elected Representative in the General Assembly from the thirty-eighth district in 1932, served four successive terms and in 1939 was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He received the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 1940 and was elected Lieutenant Governor in the following November.
He is a member of the American Legion, a Thirty-second degree Mason, and a member of the Shrine, Elks, Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and Phi Delta Phi law fraternity.
Mr. Cross married Helen McGovern of Galesburg. They have two children, Hugh Edward, now serving in the United States Navy, and Barbara Ann.
100 years ago
October 20, 1921
Why not be fair? The Chicago Tribune is after Gov. Small, is trying to convict him of embezzlement before his trial, is trying to belittle him in the eyes of the people and utterly destroy him.
We don’t know whether Governor Small owes the state any money or not. If he does, the jury will say so when he is tried.
But the Tribune came out a few days ago and said that the governor had accepted a check from the Illinois Central Railroad and gave them a receipt in full, while their case is still in the courts.
The governor has answered this statement by saying that the Illinois Central Railroad has never tendered him a check of any kind, and the president of the road says the governor’s statement is true.
The president says they gave the state auditor a check, as they do each year, and he gave them a receipt for the money and that alone, and the auditor says this is true, and that he deposited it with the state treasurer, and the governor never even knew that it was paid.
The case is still in the courts and has been for six or more years and Attorney General Brundage has it in charge, and the governor says he even allowed him $50,000 additional this year to the $200,000 appropriated him each session of the legislature to get this case settled.
We are not trying to back up the governor for anything he has done which is wrong, if he has done wrong.
This the court will decide.
But we do know that he saved the state millions of dollars in vetoes and in turning down exorbitant bids of building roads, and that he is trying yet, even after the legislature went back on him, to make those profiteers and tax dodgers in Chicago come to time.
So why not be fair and give him credit for what he has done?
What’s the use of being a liar all the time, as the Tribune is, when the truth would be better once in a while?
Nobody believes the Tribune anymore in anything political. -Carroll County Mirror Democrat.