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100 YEARS AGO: KU KLUX KLAN IN PIKE COUNTY
150 Years Ago
June 12, 1873
If the Democrat is more readable than usual this week, its readers will please bear in mind that the editor is off frolicking at the editorial convention in Quincy.
The work of demolishing the Baptist Church at Griggsville was commenced and their new building will be erected with all convenient speed. The Methodists are having their church thoroughly renovated, the pews re-arranged and the building papered and painted.
Barry is to have a grain elevator and two new pork houses are to be put up immediately.
125 Years Ago
June 14, 1898
Corn planting is very much delayed on account of the showers every day or night for the past month and not much more than half the corn is planted.
Two young ladies of White Hall rode into Jerseyville on horseback in a novel and picturesque manner. They wore divided skirts and sat astride their horses, and the effect was not the least shocking. Indeed, they looked very pleasing and comfortable.
The Pittsfield City Council has appropriated $2000 to buy a lot to be used for city purposes and on which a city hall will be built.
June 17, 1898
We haven’t kept a record of the weather in May and June but a gentleman stopped us on the street today and told us it had rained 23 days in May and so far had rained every day in June.
It has been a continuous rain in Pleasant Hill the past week. Corn planting is about where the first of May usually finds us, and everybody’s got the blues. Our Pleasant Hill soldiers are coming to the front—Russell Wells, company clerk; William Allen, color guard; and Claud Foreman, cannoneer.
Mr. Claus’ new store is almost completed in Atlas and soon will be filled with goods.
100 Years Ago
June 13, 1923
I.J. Dyer, a resident of Pike County for 60 years and long-time member of the Pike County Bar, died at his home near Independence. He was a Lieutenant in Company E of the 99th Infantry, his left arm being disabled by a shot that entered at the wrist and bored through the arm to the elbow. His boyhood was unschooled. He was probably the only man in the county who began his education after his marriage. He finally completing his studies in Washington University Law School in St. Louis.
Capt. Hobart Gay of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, stationed at El Paso, Tex., a crack polo player, is playing polo at Chicago during a four-month summer furlough.
With the death of E. L. (Eugene) Chamberlain, vanished an almost faultless source of information relative to the survey history of Pike County. He had been county surveyor, abstracter and Sny District engineer.
Ku Klux Klan is believed to exist in the Pleasant Hill-Nebo vicinity. On May 30 a fiery cross appeared on Starks Hill, a mile south of Nebo. It burned for almost an hour and was plainly visible to many Pleasant Hill people.
The ranks of America’s millionaire taxpayers continues to grow thinner, according to the Internal Revenue Bureau statistics for 1921.
Bible school attendance was cut down ridiculously low last Sunday at the Pittsfield Christian Church—the lowest it has been in years.
75 Years Ago
June 9, 1948
Final rites for Sgt. Luther Lee Cloninger of Pearl, who was killed in action, June 15, 1944, in France, and whose body was returned to his native land for final interment, were held at Green Pond Cemetery last Saturday. He was the son of Ben and Violet Turnbeaugh Cloninger of Pearl.
The Pike County highway department is tearing the bone out of the old Valley City hill, where automobiles and tempers have been “backsliding” for years. The four-mile stretch of the Griggsville river road is being greatly improved, which is greatly needed.
Saturday evening 50 Pike County Rural Youthers enjoyed an old-fashioned barn dance at the William Turnbull barn near Griggsville. The girls in gingham dresses and the boys in overalls were reminiscent of a bygone era. William Turnbull is president of the group; Carroll Borrowman was in charge of entertainment and Bill Clostermery called several rounds of square dancing.
Great Food News for Pittsfield—Spangenberg’s Self Service is becoming a Red & White Store on June 25.
The Barry Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased a $9000 fire engine. Glenn Hulse is the fire chief.
Pictured are Linda and Lynn Ator, twin children of Wayne and Ruth Ghrist Ator of Pittsfield, who were a year-old May 30. They have a big brother, Estill, who will be three in September.
The new building pictured above houses the Bradbury Implement Company John Deere Agency, owned and operated by Elmer L. Bradbury. The building was designed by Elmer Bradbury and the chief carpenters were Supervisor John Johnson and Merle Rhoades, mayor of Perry.
50 Years Ago
June 13, 1973
Pike Countians polled were two-to-one opposed to lowering the drinking age from 21 to 19. A bill on Governor Dan Walker’s desk would do just that.
Five trustees of the newly-formed Bay Creek Watershed Conservancy District were named Monday by the County Board. Those named were Don Welbourne, Pittsfield Township; John Sheppard, Hardin; William Withus, Martinsburg and Pittsfield; Carroll Borrowman, Spring Creek; and Lewis Dell, New Salem.
Pittsfield Band Booster officers have been elected for next year. Gale Boren will serve as president and Mrs. Robert Dorow as vice president. Mrs. Floyd Harig will serve as secretary and Mrs. Charles Dickey as treasurer.
Robert Hammitt has built three cottages on his farm near the Pittsfield city lake. Designed for a retreat from city life, the cabins overlook the lake near the dam. Each cabin is 24 by 30 feet and has two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bath.
The four top scholars at PHS were Michael G. Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barton, Becky Barton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton, Jane Lamb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lamb, and Ann Pearson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Pearson.
25 Years Ago
June 10, 1998
Dozens of on-lookers crowded into the Barry Icehouse Monday to hear an announcement that has been years in the making. JPI Wholesalers, Inc., commonly known as Jones Poultry, is moving to Barry. Barry mayor Ed Venicombe, made the announcement, making Jones Poultry the first tenant of the Barry Industrial Park. The company was founded by Cecil Jones of Pearl in 1940.
Bob and Sue Evans of Pittsfield will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary at an open house in their honor hosted by their children and grandchildren Sunday, June 14.
This year the Jon Robb Award for the Performing Arts goes to two people—James Feldpausch and Jeff Ruble. The award has been shared twice since it was established in 1986.
H. Todd Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Evans, graduated May 16 from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a master’s degree in legal studies.
10 Years Ago
June 12, 2013
Susan Dodd closed out a remarkable teaching career at the end of May. Dodd retired after teaching art to Pike County students for 27 years. For the first time she displayed works of her own art at the Pittsfield High School art show, calling the show “23 Years of Mrs. Dodd’s Art,” the number of years she has been at PHS. Prior to that she was at the former West Pike district.
Curtis Simonson, Pittsfield resident and former teacher, coach and principal at Pikeland Community School, received his doctorate in educational leadership May 10 at Western Illinois University.
• Compiled by Michael Boren