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150 years Ago
July 4, 1872
The wheat crop has improved astonishingly in the last three weeks and will make fully half a crop. Corn is a fine stand and never looked better. The show for oats is the best we have ever seen. Apples will be a fair crop and that of peaches will be immense.
125 Years Ago
July 9, 1897
The thermometer at 2:30 registers 97 ½ in the shade. The weather clerk promises cooler weather for tonight, but will we get it? And now the blackberry crop is on hand in most multitudinous numbers.
The worst storm of the season struck north of New Canton Sunday night. Both Pigeon and Fall creek railroad bridges were washed away and about 2000 feet of the C. B. and Q. track.
The Glorious Fourth was celebrated at Milton on Saturday the 3rd on a scale that was a credit to the town. Time celebrated on Sunday the 4th, and Pittsfield wrapped the Star Spangled Banner around it on Monday the 5th. Pittsfield put the liberty cap on its head and whooped and huzzaed. Altogether the 5th did duty for the 4th in a very appropriate manner.
100 Years Ago
July 5, 1922
Miss Mary Flood is now in charge of the Singer sewing machine shop on the east side of the square and will continue the hemstitching and picot work which has been done heretofore by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Guthrie.
Chris Ringhausen, the “Apple King” of two counties, sold his entire apple and peach crop in Jersey and Calhoun counties for $52,000. This crop was produced on 400 acres.
The cool comfort of an electric fan costs but a fraction of a cent per hour for current. Get your fan today from the Central Illinois Public Service Co.
How delightful and refreshing is a cold bottle of SODA WATER from the Whistle Bottling Company, Pittsfield.
The Siloam Springs hotel was opened yesterday for the season. A cement reservoir has been built, which affords a fine swimming pool, and the spring houses have been remodeled.
The road to the Pearl ferry will remain open, after a hearing before Judge Higbee. The Illinois River ferry at Pearl has been in operation for some 75 years, and is a valuable property, showing receipts of about $25 per day. Approximately six weeks ago the ferry was purchased by Theo. McCann and Jack Turner for $4500.
75 Years Ago
July 2, 1947
The last of Pike County’s old covered bridges was washed out in a flood. It spanned the middle fork of McGee Creek on the Perry-Fairmount line 2 ½ miles west of Perry. It was the last of the county’s 11 covered bridges. When first built in 1881 the bridge stood near Brower school house. It was moved in 1893 to the location across McGee.
Lou Galloway, county surveyor, estimates that the Pleasant Hill bottom lands in the Sny valley will not be free of water before Sept. 1. Rains have sent the creeks booming into the river valley. The American Red Cross is accepting applications for emergency disaster relief.
Dr. and Mrs. Myer Shulman are the parents of a son, Carl Bozwell, born at Illini Hospital, June 25.
Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Goodman, Jr., Pleasant Hill (Barbara Van Sittert) had a son born at Illini Hospital June 27, named Steve Karl.
Sharon Sue Lowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lowe, won first prize for the girls in the American Legion baby contest. Billie Gene Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conway H. Henderson, won first prize for the boys.
50 Years Ago
July 5, 1972
Illinois Valley Asphalt Co., Inc., with a bid of $470,701.21, is the apparent low bidder on the contract for the construction of Pittsfield’s municipal airport.
Pittsfield Unit 10 employed Ms. Rhonda Elledge for vocal music at outlying elementary schools, John Kolacinski for Higbee school instrumental music and Ronald Marks for Pittsfield High School English.
Junior Parentals have collected over two tons of glass for recycling. Art Crowder donated a truck to take the glass to Owens-Illinois Glass Works in Alton for recycling.
Tom Troutner is the newly-elected president of the Pittsfield Lions Club. Other new officers are John Drew, Dick Edmonds, Robert Groom, Lee Woodruff, William Smith, Robert Waller, Raymond Davenport, Willard Gates, Ralph Knotts, Clem Smith and C. A. Gamble.
At the Annual meeting of the American Cancer Society, Pike County Chapter, June 12, the following were elected: Mrs. Clarence Wilson, county chairman; Dr. Myer Shulman, president; Mrs. Phil Casteel, secretary, and Mrs. Fred Berry, treasurer.
25 Years Ago
July 2, 1997
Faith Rahe, 19, the daughter of Debbie Wright and Jim Rahe of Pittsfield, was crowned queen of the Western Illinois Fair at Griggsville Tuesday night. Lori Blackorby, 16, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Blackorby of Barry, was first runner-up. Natasha Myers, 17, the daughter of Beth Myers of Pittsfield and James Myers of Rockport, was second runner-up.
Heartland Lodge has expanded its hunting opportunities with the purchase of Bangert’s, a duck hunting area on the Mississippi River in northern Calhoun County.
Three local football players, Shawn Burdick and Leroy Leonard from Pleasant Hill and Keith Walker from Pittsfield, played recently in the 9th annual West Central Illinois All-Star game. The three were on the South team.
10 Years Ago
July 4, 2012
The heat wave that set in last week has reminded Pike County residents that it is indeed summer, and it doesn’t look as though it will be letting up anytime soon. The temperature sign at Central State Bank in Pleasant Hill rose to 108 degrees last Thursday. Temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 90s throughout this week.
The Do or Die Bowl in Quincy was pushed back to 8 p.m. because of the high temperatures last Friday. Matt Gunterman and Matt Cox of Pleasant Hill and Seth Petty and Skylar Lambeth of Pittsfield all played for the East team, which is all Illinois athletes.
The Illinois Department of Transportation sent out a notice that the Florence bridge on the Illinois River at the Scott and Pike County line will be closed until further notice due to safety issues. Roger Driskell, IDOT engineer, said, “During a routine inspection, we found some concerns with the lift tower. So we want to get in closer and take a look at it.”
■ Compiled by Michael Boren