M F Manning
a 25 and 50 Years Ago May 13,1938 Madison County's Board of Supervisors authorized Securing of necessary right-of-way for widening and re-surfacing the brick highway nehveen Alton and East Alton. The Steamer Capitol, which had moved from shore to mid stream in the Mississippi river to allow passage of grain-laden tows, assisted in guiding the Murk Twain barges into the mouth of the locks. The tow was split to allow passage of the tow, which was longer than the lock. The passage required two hours. Joseph Knight of Dow was named secretary of the supporters of Gov. Henry Horner. Arthur S. Hawkins of Madison, Wis., recent appointee to the Illinois Natural History Survey, reported to launch the wildlife developmental work at Pere Marquette as a waterfowl refuge covering nearly 3,000 acres in Cal- lioun County. The program was devoted to the scientific study .and practical management of the natural resources of the state. From The Hague, Leonard Stocker, concert artist on European tour, wrote of the growing oppression and depression among the Viennese as the Nazi rule continued to be extended; the starving out of Jewish people, the "god-like worship" of Killer, and the contrast he found in Holland, where Princess Juliana's birthday was being celebrated "wholesomely." He had just observed Hitler's takeover of Austria. Frank Staley, Princess Theater manager, was using a baseball autographed by the entire New York Yankee team as a promotional gimmick in Lou Gehrig's movie "Rawhide." Slot machines were removed from Edwardsville, their last stronghold. The Rev. Father James Suddes, ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, had been appointed assistant to the Very Rev. J. J. Brune, pastor of St. Mary's Church. The Rev. Alphonse Bertman, former Jerseyville resident, was transferred from assistant at St. Paul's in Highland to succeed the May 13,1913 Rubbish and trash rounded-up and piled at the street curte on clean-up day was providing a hauling problem. Volume wds fat, greater than expected, and a 2-day hauling Job loomed to get it carted to the city dump. All available teams and wagons were hired, but they were unable to finish the job in a single day. The clean-up program had been timed to put the city in best possible appearance lor the opening of the GAR state encampment, and it was evident that citizens had done their best to make a thorough job of it. Doubt was expressed by rivermen that a barge which sank at the upper riverfront with two carloads of cement could ever be raised. It was conjectured that the cement would set before any salvaging could be undertaken. The barge was to have transported cement and lumber to an upstream point for use ol Stone & Webster, contractors on the high-line from Keokuk Dam. When the barge began to leak during the night, a watchman used a hand pump in a vain effort to save it. Lumber floated downstream and Capt. W. D. Fluent and oilier men with boats were working to beach as much as possible. Joseph Temple, 70, a resident of Alton 30 years, died just a week in advance of the GAR encampment which he had been looking forward to attending. He was a veteran of four years service in the Union army during the Civil War. Alton post, GAR, was to conduct its ritual at his grave. A volunteer fire department with two companies of 10 men each was being organized at Wood River under leadership of Mayor S. A. Beach and Councilman Louis Kenneker, chairman of the fire department committee. Village trustees apppvopriated $100 to provide "turnout' uniforms for the firemen. M. F. Manning had been re-elected village treasurer.