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Pickings from Pike’s Past 11.2.22


150 Years ago

Nov. 7, 1872

We have had thus far (excepting the absence of rain) a most glorious fall. The long dry spell has succumbed at last and now the drizzling November rains have set in and the hard dusty roads have given way to mud and water.

We glory in the political faith of our young friend, R. T. Hicks, better known as Trume, who wouldn’t prolong his wedding trip lest he might lose his chance to vote for Horace Greeley. That’s the doctrine, “business before pleasure.”

125 Years Ago

Nov. 9, 1897

New Canton merchants seem to be doing a good business, and while they are mostly Republicans, all keep track of the affairs of the county by reading the Pike County Democrat. They have drug, grocery, hardware and farm implement stores, including the M.D. Massie store. They have general stores, a confectionary, meat markets and livery stables. There is also a thriving lime kiln, flour mill, lumber yard and elevator. There are three blacksmithing establishments with wood working annexes. F. P. Emert, one of the blacksmiths, is also the undertaker.

There are two dressmaking and millinery establishments, a harness shop, a barber shop, two hotels and a restaurant. Drs J. H. Rainwater and C. W. Carrill take care of the sick. The soil around New Canton will grow anything, but at present there is a little excitement concerning its excellence for growing the sugar beet.

El Dara is the same old town, as Democratic as always. Strubinger Bros. have a double store with dry goods and notions in one room and groceries and hardware in the other. C. A. Collins does a thriving business in the two-story frame building and seems to be content with his lot.

Nov. 12, 1897

The chrysanthemum exhibition under the direction of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union will be held in the Gooude building in Pittsfield. Admission 10 cents. Oyster served for 20 cents.

Martinsburg reports a full school with Miss Estella Ferguson as instructor. From the constant report of the guns in the vicinity, it would be well for the quails to go south or some other place of refuge.

The whooping cough is still raging in Perry and is not confined to children. Several persons past 30 years of age have it.

The Detroit School is to have its picture “took” tomorrow.

100 Years Ago

Nov. 8, 1922

November 11th is Armistice Day which recalls to us the surge of wild joy that swept over the land when it became known that a World War had been brought to a triumphant close.

Old Pike swings back to the Democrats in Tuesday’s election. After electing several local officials four years ago, the Republicans only elect Frank Troutner as sheriff. The defeat of Ervin Oron, the Democratic candidate, is supposed to have been caused largely by the women voters. Democrat J. D. Harpole of Nebo defeated incumbent county clerk Charles A. Helkey.

An 110-acre field near Pleasant Hill is expected to yield 80 bushels per acre. It is probably the best large field of corn in the county, and it was planted on clover.

The Jacksonville High School football eleven finally got revenge for several defeats Saturday when they swamped Pittsfield 41-7. It was Jacksonville’s first victory over the locals since 1919.

December 14 will be a red-letter day for the Pittsfield Christian Church. At this time the ladies will hold their annual bazaar at the parlors of the church and serve one of those good dinners for which they are famous.

Some 200 farmers attended the third annual meeting of the Pike County Farm Bureau held at the courthouse Thursday, Oct. 6.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 5, 1947

There was another heavy rain last night. Some sections of the county have had five inches of rain since the long dry spell broke up. November 5 and no killing frost around Pittsfield yet. Flowers and gardens are still doing a hundred.

The Pittsfield Saukees suffered their first football defeat of the season at Roodhouse in a game played in a steady rain. Roodhouse snatched the victory in the last four minutes when scoring seemed impossible with both teams fumbling play after play. Pittsfield fumbled on their own 10 yard line, and Roodhouse managed to complete a short pass for a touchdown.

The 28th annual meeting of the Pike County Farm Bureau, held last Wednesday, attracted approximately 800 people at the Clark Theatre where the meeting was held.

There will be considerable building activity north of the depot and west of the railroad right-of-way after the first of the year when the new sewage disposal plant for the city and the new generator plant for the REA will be constructed.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Little, Pittsfield, (Eva Ann Rowe) had a daughter named Charlotte Irlyn born at Illini Hospital Nov. 1.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 8, 1972

When dawn broke Wednesday morning with three precincts still unreported (Pittsfield 3, Pleasant Hill and Newburg), it appears that Pike County voters have selected six Republicans and seven Democrats.

Pike voters favored Richard Nixon by 60% and Republican Chuck Percy for Senate. Democrat Dan Walker edged Richard B. Ogilvie for governor. Congressman Paul Findley won his most impressive victory to date in Pike County, 5,488 votes from the 31 precincts reporting to 2,790 for his Democratic opponent, Robert S. O’Shea of Springfield. Circuit Clerk Austin Altizer and State’s Attorney William Lowry, both Democrats, were elected without opposition.

By a vote of 435 to 241 Pleasant Hill Township rejected the sale of alcoholic beverages.

The proposition to levy a tax for support of Illini Community Hospital apparently carried in Tuesday’s election.

The PHS Saukees won their homecoming game 27-0 over Carrollton for their 62nd consecutive victory. Julie Goewey, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Goewey of Summer Hill, was chosen homecoming queen. Her court included Carol Edwards and Linda Payne, tied for first runner-up, Teresa Chamberlain second runner-up and honorary attendant, Becky Barton.

Next week’s game against South Shelby will be the last game for 12 Saukee seniors. They are Ron Ghrist, Don Snyder, Rich Bergman, Mark Dempsey, Joe Wombles, Mark Deeder, Sam Giger, Roger Coultas, Mike Barton, Andy Borrowman, Steve Bunting, Fred Ruzich, John Carlton, Rich Smith and Terry Lyman.

Miss Marcia J. Bergman became the Oct. 28 bride of Kenneth William Gerard II in a double ring ceremony performed at 7 p.m. at the Pittsfield United Methodist Church.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 5, 1997

A proposed ambulance sales tax referendum passed overwhelmingly Tuesday night with 2,989 YES votes to 959 NO votes.

A diversified hitting attack and a big night serving for Lisa Farrell contributed to a 15-6, 15-1 Pittsfield win over Barry Saturday night and gave the Lady Saukees their ninth consecutive regional title. Halley Spann and Marlena Braungardt each recorded five kills while Farrell and Jenny Detty each had two. Cory Zimmerman had 15 assists.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 7, 2012

Pike County voters preferred Republican Mitt Romney over Barack Obama 4,853 to 2,276 for president. Eight Republicans and one Democrat, Harry Wright, were elected to the Pike County Board. The elected Republicans were Andrew Borrowman, Cleve Curry, Jim Sheppard, Michael B. Boren, Justin Noble, Fred Bradshaw, Tami Webel and Dan Mefford.

The first female Pike County State’s Attorney, Democrat Carrie Boyd, running unopposed, brought in 5,525 votes. Democrat Debbie Dugan, running unopposed for circuit clerk, had 6,131 votes. Democrat Frank McCartney, running unopposed as circuit court judge of the eighth judicial circuit, brought in 5,423 votes.

The Two Rivers RC&D board awarded 40-year service awards to two long-serving members at their regular meeting Oct. 24. Glenn Raines gave the awards to Fred Bradshaw and Harry Wright.

During the month of October several Pike County veterans, including Richard Weir, John Petty, Bill McCartney, George Halpin, Harry Kingery and Kenneth Roate of Pittsfield, Benny Mckinnon of Pleasant Hill, Tom McCarter of Griggsville and Duane Pool of Perry, were on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. All reported having a good, memorable and emotional experience.

ν Compiled by Michael Boren

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