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125 YEARS AGO: BAYVILLE IS GONE
150 Years Ago
Nov. 30, 1871
The large number of members which the Illinois House of Representatives contains (177) stands in the way of expediting business. It is good that the number of the next house is now fixed at 153.
The members have been busy with the apportionment of the state Senatorial districts. There are to be 51, each of which will be entitled to one senator and three representatives.
Wanted—corn, dried apples and peaches in exchange for dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, caps and furs at W. F. Shriver and Sons, Pittsfield.
125 Years Ago
Nov. 25, 1896
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and today a most lovely spring day. In the main there is no reason to complain so far of November in regard to the weather.
One of the landmarks of old Pike County, Bayville, is gone. The road that ran through it has been changed, and the city is in Bay Creek, since the new levees have been built for Bay Creek. Where old man DeCamp’s store stood is now deep in the creek.
Dr. Skeep and Earl Long of Belleview were in Nebo last week in the interest of a telephone line from Farmers’ Ridge in Calhoun County to Nebo. The Nebo Signal encourages the idea and also extending the line from here to Pittsfield.
Talk about opening factories, we have had two opened in Kinderhook since McKinley was elected – one shoe shop and one blacksmith shop.
100 Years Ago
Nov. 30, 1921
Macomb High School has cancelled the game scheduled with Pittsfield for Friday, Dec. 2. With Macomb throwing up the sponge, Pittsfield is left the undisputed champion of Western and Central Illinois.
Pleasant Hill High School has the largest enrollment on record, a total of 97. Their football defeated Barry 32 to 6 on Thanksgiving Day.
It is estimated that Illinois corn will average 35 bushels per acre for 1921.
Officials of the Farmers State Bank have arranged for the installation of a complete burglar alarm system.
One of the most encouraging features of the Pittsfield Methodist Church recently is the attendance at various Sunday services. The Sunday school runs well over 200 each week, with 249 attending last week.
75 Years Ago
Nov. 27, 1946
Farmers of the nine counties served by REA power and light lines (including Pike) started patrolling those lines Wednesday night following the depredations the preceding night that caused a 12-hour blackout of some 800 farms, as local union No. B-51 of Springfield was striking against the Rural Electric Association.
Sheriff-elect Clilfford Windsor has announced Austin Altizer, Jr. as his deputy sheriff. He previously contested with Windsor for the Democratic nomination for sheriff.
The Illini Hospital auxiliary will have a musicale Thursday evening December 5 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium for the benefit of the local hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Evans, R.R. 1 Pearl, (Veda Helen Iler) had a son named Robert Earl born at Illini Hospital Nov. 22.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 1, 1971
The first significant snow of the season fell Sunday night in Pike County, leaving a wondrous landscape of wintry white Monday morning.
Handel’s Messiah is to be presented Sunday Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Pittsfield Methodist Church by the Pike County Civic Chorus. Miss Evelyn Ransom is pianist and Mrs. Charles McCormick is organist. Keith Albertson is the director. The soloists are Mrs. Albertson, Chuck Barber, Cleve Curry, Mrs. Richard Davis, Mrs. Delbert Lierly, Mrs. Jack Feldpausch, Mrs. T. C. Bunting, Mrs. Byron Roodhouse, and Mrs. Norris Stauffer. The chorus of nearly 80 members has been practicing since Oct. 31. The Messiah was last presented in this area in 1966 as a community effort.
State’s Attorney Bill Lowry moved his office this week to 210 North Monroe, a half block north of the jail, and directly across the street from the city hall. The new office is on the ground floor, affording easier access for persons having business with that office.
Dawson Dean of Griggsville is one of six young men from West Central Illinois to be selected for the Rotary Foundation’s study exchange group which will spend eight weeks in Australia, starting Feb. 13.
Six Saukee football players were picked by the Chicago Daily News for the Little All-State Team. Those honored were Ron Ghrist, Jay and John Carlton, Roger Coultas, Terry Lyman and Don Snyder.
25 Years Ago
Nov. 27, 1996
The Pike County Board, in its last meeting before reorganization, cut major items of the budget, from nearly every county agency, trying to reduce a deficit that has been a fact of county government for the past four years.Zoning and the Supervisor of Assessments office suffered the largest percentage cuts.
Margaret Ruyle is retiring after 35 years as secretary for the Pittsfield Cooperative Extension Service. It’s the only job she’s ever had. Ruyle says she plans to spend more time with Phillip, her husband of 27 years, and work around their home in New Hartford.
Beth Coldwell, age 17, Section 13 president of the Illinois FFA Association, represented the state as an official delegate at the 69th annual FFA convention in Kansas City. She is the daughter of Joe and Sue Coldwell of Pleasant Hill.
Newly renovated bleachers at Voshall Gym in Pittsfield include handrails and wider aisles. The new accommodations have lessened the seating by about 225 seats.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 30, 2011
Pike County’s deer harvest for the first week of the firearms season was 1,917, down from last year’s 1,957, but still enough to be number one in the state followed by Adams County, Fulton County, Joe Davies, and Jefferson.
Pike County is looking in good shape this year after the Pike County Board passed a budget showing more than $50,000 in surplus. Board member Walker Filbert said the tax levy this year is one percent less than last year.
More than 130 persons attended a banquet Friday night honoring Charles “Chief” Ferguson for his many years as Pittsfield High School Ag teacher and FFA sponsor.
Hannibal claimed the title of this year’s Pittsfield Turkey Tournament, with a 4-0 record. The Saukees (2-2) failed to keep the title at home for the first time in the tournament’s existence, and they suffered their first loss in the tournament—ever.
■ Compiled by Michael Boren