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25 years ago
December 11, 1996
Larry Walters, formerly a foster child of Rev. Estel Bettis of Kampsville, recently returned from the world games in Washington, D.C.
Walters is the coach and trainer of Marla Pocklington, who is the first athlete in this area to go to fifth in the world in any sport.
Walters says, “Most of the attitudes and training concepts that I teach my team, I learned while living with Mom and Pop in Kampsville. They taught me that I could do anything if I wanted it badly enough. I say the same thing to my athletes when they have trouble with something new.”
Walters plans to continue training his team for the 1997 NBL season and is already clearing space in his trophy room for a world title.
He says, “We won’t stop until we’re number one. The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
50 years ago
December 9, 1971
The Hardin Fire Department was presented a certificate of award and a plaque at its regular meeting last Thursday night by District Warden George Lesseg of the Illinois Department of Forestry.
The fire department received the awards for the firemen’s outstanding help to the forestrydepartment in putting out and preventing serious loss in timber fires.
Of special note was the fire west of Hardin last May that was battled for seven hours before bringing it under control.
Chief Raphael Behrens accepted the awards for the fire department and they will be displayed in the firehouse.
Warden Lesseg informed the firemen that the boys from Boys Town in Grafton received similar awards, which were the only other ones presented in his district.
After the presentation, Warden Lesseg showed the film, “Design for Disaster,” which was about one of the most disastrous fires that ever hit the Los Angeles, Ca. area in 1961.
75 years ago
December 5, 1946
Quite a festive occasion was enjoyed Thanksgiving Day at the Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Benz home near Kampsville.
They were observing their fiftieth wedding anniversary and hosts of relatives and friends tried to make the day a pleasant one.
Many cards of congratulations were received from their many friends, as well as from relatives. Brothers and sisters of the couple sent best wishes from South Dakota, Mississippi, Missouri and New Mexico, in the form of cards, letters and telegrams.
The children surprised their parents with a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with gold leaves and topped with a miniature bride and groom, a roasted turkey, plus the trimmings, bouquets of golden mums, as well as $50.
100 years ago
December 8, 1921
An old time charvari by old time citizens was given by Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Gresham, newlyweds, at their new home on State’s Attorney Worthy’s farm, last Thursday evening.
Uncle Tim Stone, who is in his 75th year, was captain of the charivari party and his good wife, Mrs. Martha Stone, who measures 74 years, was the chaperone for the ladies of the party.
The charivari party made a sneak on the newlyweds and just when they thought everything was lovely, Captain Stone turned his army loose and the noise was too much for the comfort and quietude of the newlyweds, so it was reported, and so they came forth with a warm welcome to Capt. Stone and his noisemakers.
Cigars and refreshments were passed around and for several hours the home of the newlyweds furnished much merrymaking.