Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 4, 1952 · Page 7
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 7

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WEDNESDAY,JUNg 4, 1952 Famous nivcrboat ^iff-u"-*"- rv'*-'—" "•i*-i J -f\rj-j-LnLX J -i-^rh i-iruro'moiijiuu 1917 Passenger Listings of Yatch 'Gem' Found at Hardin ALTON BVBN1NO TELEGRAPH MARD1N. — When Paul R. ttarr started to rfcnbviite one of his houses along Route 100 recently he found some books of passenger list ings of the "Yacht Gem" for tho year of 1917. the hous« iWhere they \\cre stored has always been known as the old ferry house, res Idrnce of numerous ferrymen who used to handle the traffic across ihc river at Hardin. The "Gem" was an institution in iis day. For many years It made three trips a week from Hardin to Alton with its loads, of passetv F,ors. Isolated by the waters of two rivers, the citizens of Calhoun almost had to make the first part oi any Journey by boat. The best and quickest way was to ride the "Gem" to Alton and catch a train for the rest of the way. Wooden Boat The boat was of wooden construction and powered by a big gasoline engine. The owner and builder was Captain Elmer Thomas, who held a pilot's license and knew every fool of river between Hardin and Alton. In all his years of operation there was never f record of accident to boat or pas scngers. The captain was always on me sate side. If he saw a storm approaching the river, he immediately went into one bank or the other and tied up. It is said that lie was absolute master of the boat and passengers, quickly and forcefully settling any altercations that might arise. His records show that he also de livered packages and parcels up and down the river, especially bread. It seems that he made reg ular deliveries of bread from Al ton Baking Co. to stores and res taurants here. Evidently people were not then so insistent on strictly fresh bread. The books which Durr found were for most of the season of 1917. Many of the people are still living who rode the "Gem" that year. Two of the books show that 2608 people rode the boat from March 24 to Sept. 24. Trips were made as early in the spring as possible and as late as the first .hard freeze on the river. Forced to Quit The "Gem" finally went out of business in the middle twenties, when improved roads made automobile travel a possibility, but during its run it filled a very great need of local people. A trip to Alton was a big thing then, especially to young folks. The boat would land at the old warehouse and would stay tied for three hours or mbre, allowing parties to have plenty of shopping time. Local people still like to talk about the "Gem." G. H. Wmtjen recalls that he and 21 other Calhoun men went to Alton on the boat in 1921 so that they might get a train to Michigan, where they were going to pack apples. County Clerk Howard Sweetman used to ride back' and forth on visits home while he was attending school in Alton. Carl Gordon, Dennis Foiles, Roy Bailey, Joe Snider, and many other present day Hardin citizens are on the passenger lists. Jerseyville JERSEYVILLE. — Miss Helen Cory and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Stanley and children of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Henly and children of Jacksonville, and Mr. and Mrs. Loran Stanley of Beardstown, were guests Sunday at the home of Mrs. Fred W. Howell here and visited with the latter's son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Howell, of China Lake, Calif., who were guests at the Howell home the past week. Mr. and Mrs. Howell left Monday for their home. Miss Louise Smalley returned Monday to her home in Chicago following a few days' visit here with her sisters, Mrs. Ruth Randolph and Mrs. Thomas Tucker and family. She came to attend the funeral of the late Walter J. Twomey, Friday, and visited with Mrs. Twomey and Miss Irene Seago. Miss Smalley is a former resident of Jerseyville. Mr and Mrs. Marcus Ryan motored to St. Louis Sunday to accompany home the latter's cousin. Miss Edna Curtiss, who had spent the past two weeks here at the Ryan home. In the afternoon, they attended an open house at the home of Mrs, Ryan's nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Dodson, Brentwood, Mo., complimentary to Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Bittner IE, who were recently married Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Bittner was Miss Peggy Ann Dodson. Mr. and Mrs. Bittner left Sunday evening for Owensville, Mo., where they will reside. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Edwards of Grafton were weekend guests of the former's brother, P. W. Edwards, in Detroit, Mich. Lengthy Vaet The Philippines and the United States signed a 99-year agreement on March 14, 1947. for American military and naval bases in the islands. The agreement provide* hat in the interest of international security any of these b^s may be made available to the Security CouncU of the United Nations. llead Telegraph Want Ads DIABETIC FOOD SUPPLIES I , YUNGCK DRUGS f I ^ utt f eil* Ui4l *-7«* I SM^».»*'*'•-*»•'***-* Ripples •"*>** Alton Lake Events nrul RonmiiC the Pinsn Country With HAROLD BRAND lioat Accidents Two boat accidents have been reported in the last two weeks. One boatowner ran his ou'board craft close to shore and the boat struck a submerged dock. The back end of the boat was pulled out and the botlom was ripped. The boat sank in shallow water. Another outboard craft capsized and the boatowner injured his arm when he was thrown into the water. ^ Fishing is Improving Virgil Phillips, a carpenter, and his son, Virgil, jr., home on leave from service; Leo Lofts, 1405 Spaulding, and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Todd, 2209 College, recently fished in Piasa creek and landed nine fish. Lofts, and son Richard, and Todd fished in a lake near Grafton, last Saturday, and landed many fish which dressed out at 20 pounds. Louis Rosenthal, retired merchant, and Herman Schmidt recently fished near Nutwood and caught many bluegill. Schmidt related that he and his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller, recently enjoyed a successful fishing trip at Kentucky Lake, Ky. They caught 45 crappie, using goldfish for bait. The crappie averaged \\'t pounds. They also landed two 18-inch walleyed pike. Carried Boat Joe Brandt, hardware dealer, and his son, Sterling, a store manager; Edison Landreth, Owens-Illinois Glass Co. employe, and his brother, Roy, a steel worker, had to carry their boat overland quite a ways, last Sunday, to launch it in a lake by their clubhouse, near Pleasant Hill. Joe Brandt said that Leo Retzer, a garage owner, and his family were fishing in the lalse and they landed several fish 15 to 18 inches long. Avoid Sunburn It is much easier to become sunburned in a boat than on land, as the water reflects the sun's rays. We have seen persons suffer third- degree burns while in a boat and exposed to the sun all day. Summer clothing exposes a person too much for avoiding sun- DUrn. The amount of sunshine should be limited up to an hour a day for lightly dressed boat enthusiasts. An even tan will be acquired from such gradual exposure and severe burns may be avoided. We suggest that extra clothing be taken along for sunburn protection t vhen riding in a boat all day. New Shrine Since its opening as a historic shrine, the Roosevelt estate has secome one of the most important ourist attractions in the United States. More. than a million persons have visited the grave of the ate President. Pony Express Days The Pony Express was in operation 83 weeks, but during that ime there was a four-week sus- jension due to the Pah-Ute war. during its existence, 30,000 letters re carried over the 2000-mile •oute. Jersey Girt Graduates Prom Fontboiine College JERSEVVILLE, June 4.-M1M Rita Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd R. Miller, was a member of a class of 60 graduates of Fontbonne College In St. Loula Monday. The bachelor of science degree was conferred on Miss Miller. Attending the ceremony were her parents, Mr, and Mrs. Floyd R. Miller, Mrt. William Tracy and Mrs. Theodore Conklln. Miss Miller left Tuesday with a party of friends from St. Louis for Tulsa, Okla., where sh6 will be a member of the wedding party of a former graduate of Fontbonne. Upon her return she will reside In St. Louis where she is to be employed. Return* from Germany JERSEYVILLE. — Philip Wedding, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. 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