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i U. of 1. Library The Farmer Urbana, Journal "DE WITT COUNTY'S BIGGEST WEEKLY" Issue of the 80th Year FARMER CITY, DEWITT COUNTY, ILLINOIS Thursday, August 19, 1948 NEW LAWYER WILL OPEN OFFICE HERE Will Locate In Smith Bldg. About Sept. 1 Ortheldo Arthur Peithman will open a law office in newly redecorated rooms in the Smith building around September 1, according to information received at this City was of Illinois recommended University as one of the finest openings for a young lawyer.

To prove this recommendation to be a fact, Mr. Pelthman traveled a radius of 5,000 miles and reported he found no place as a desirable as Farmer City. The new lawyer received his Bachelor of Law degree at the U. of I. on October 5, 1947, taking an additional semester's work.

He also studied at the Northwestern University law school. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Before entering law school, he studied agriculture, receiving his B.S. in agriculture in June, 1939, and his Masters in agriculture since, in 1942. Both degrees were earned at the U.

of I. While in school he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, all university scholastic honorary, Alpha Zeta, and Gamma Sigma Delta honorary agriculture fraternities. and Alpha Kappa Lambda, social fraternity. He was called to active duty on June 18, 1943, was commissioned in the Signal Corps in 1944, served in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre from February, 1945 to May, 1946, and was separated as captain in July, 1946. His business experience has consisted of work in all departments of the Federal Land Bank, St.

Louis, handling loans and sale of real estate, as well as field work, checking the activities of secretaries and treasurers of National Loan associations. Attorney Peithman is married and has a three-year-old child. The couple has rented the lower floor of the Jackson apartment on North Plum street. MAVIS WHEELER AND HARRY UMLAND ARE MARRIED IN HOME Mavis Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.

Don Wheeler of this city, became the bride of Harry Umland, son of Herman Umland, also of this city, at 10 a. Thursday, in the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. Fred. R.

Harrold, minister of the local Christian church, officiated at the double ring ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ester, brotherin-law and sister of the bride, attended the couple. The bride was attired in a white street length dress with white accessories and wore a corsage of red roses.

Mrs. Ester wore pink with white accessories and a corsage of white gladioli. The bride's mother wore brown with white, accessories and a white gladioli corsage. The bride's grandmother wore brown with white accessories and a corsage of white gladioli. Mrs.

Umland was graduated from M.T.H.S. with the class of '48 and Mr. Umland with the class of '43. Following a reception, the couple left for a two weeks' wedding trip through Wisconsin. On their return they will locate in Farmer City.

The bridegroom is associated with his father in farming. Out-of-town guests at the wedding were the bride's grandmother. Mrs. Martha Smith, and Mr. and Mrs.

Charles McMillan and daughter, Janet, of Middletown, Ohio. SOFTBALL LEAGUE GAMES ANNOUNCED Announcement of softball league games for this week are: Monday, Simpson 11, Newman O'Neal 9, Thomas 5. Friday night's games will be: Fogal vs. Reeser, and Holman vs. Shaw.

Monday, August 23, games planned are: Shaw vs. Thomas, and Fogal vs. Newman. RADLEY WINS IN TRAP SHOOT Raymond Radley of this city was over-all winner in a 100-target event set at 16 yards Sunday at the Decatur Gun club's first annual Soya Capital trap shoot at Faries park at Decatur, He scored 99 out of a possible 100 to win over 40 shooters entered. EXPECT BIG CARD OF MIDGET RACERS ON OVAL TONIGHT Competition is definitely the watchword every Thursday night when the Midwest's finest cars and drivers assemble at Farmer City's historic midget racing plant for a three-hour show of thrill-packed action, unexcelled and of the quality that is making midget racing the fastest growing sport in the U.

S. today. Time trials, when between and 40 of the powerful little machines zoom around in an attempt to gain one of the 21 spots for the competitive events, start promptly at 7 p. m. (CST).

For ten races this season an average of 18 Offles have been in the field of here in the downstate birth-! place thunderbug racing, many of the name drivers from coast to coast first cut their eyeteeth on slower cars just as some of the younger. drivers are doing every Thursday night, With no other track operating in the bi-state realm of the Midwest drivers' association, and the track conveniently located for St. Louis association drivers, Farmer City weekly has been catching the "cream of the That group includes the names recognizable by midget fans from coast to coast as the leaders in their sport, such as Chuck Marshall, the point leader from Champaign; Rex Easton, runnerup; and on down the line in point stand-; ings. Gus Klingbiel, Don Brennan, Johnny Roberts, Harry Turner, on Fisher, Red Hamilton, Jimmy Caris, Gene Hartley, Jack. Stroud, George Mack, Al Cummings, Lloyd Ruby, Don Branson, Warren Erwin, Cotton Musick, and many others.

MAXCINE EVANS AND R. J. BOSS MARRY IN I LOCAL PARSONAGE Miss Maxcine Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans of this city, was united in marriage to Robert J.

Bross, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reilly of Peoria, at 1:30 p. m. Saturday, August 14.

The Rev. E. O. England ed the double ring ceremony in the Methodist parsonage. The bride was attired in a white street length suit with brown accessories and wore a corsage of red roses.

Mrs. Ralph Williams of Rantoul, who attended her sister, was attired in a white linen dress and wore a corsage of red roses. Don Fisher of Rantoul, a friend of the bridegroom, attended as best man. The bride was graduated from M.T.H.S., and taught in a rural school for two years, The past 20 months she has been employed with Gring McCord where she plans to continue her work. The bridegroom, who spent 44 months in the service, served in both the Pacific and European theatres.

He is now employed by the government as an aircraft mechanic at Chanute Air Base, and will commute daily. The couple left immediately fol-1 lowing the ceremony for a three weeks' wedding trip to California. On their return they will reside in the Jackson apartment at North Plum street. JR. CLUB CHOOSES YEARBOOK According to Mrs.

Genevieves Goodall, the covers for the year books of the Junior Woman's club have been selected and taken to the printer. They will bear the General Federation of Women's clubs insignia, on which is inscribed the federation motto, "Unity In Diversity." Contents will be typed by Mrs. Betty Kent, Mrs. Eileen Dawson, Mrs. Ruth Harris, Mrs.

Roma Pearl and Mrs. Goodall, club members. This year they include a birthday calendar with birth dates ing opposite each member's name. GEORGE SHORT EARNS TRIP George Short enjoyed a threeday trip to Chicago this week. This trip was sponsored by the Daily Pantagraph for which George has had a paper route for two years.

He visited many places of interest including a ball game, a trip to Michigan by boat, and also the railroad fair. IS COMMERCIAL COLLEGE GRAD Carl Dean Dawson was one of the graduates of Illinois Commercial college in exercises held at the University Place Christian church been Friday evening. MRS. ROBT. LINK RECEIVE DEGREES Mrs.

Austin Howard attended commencement exercises at the U. of Thursday a and saw both her and daughter receive their Masters sondegrees. Mrs. Link, the former Helen Howard, received hers in French, and Mr. Link awarded his in architectural engineering.

He has accepted a position with the Skidmore Owings and Mervill firm in Chicago. On their return Sept. 15 vacation trip to Seattle, the couple will locate in Chicago where they have secured an apartment. FRANCES GRIMES AND A. CUNNINGHAM WED IN WEEDMAN Miss Frances Grimes, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. E. R. Grimes of Mahomet, became the bride of Arthur Cunningham, son of Mrs. Chester Cunningham of Nebraska, at 8:00 p.

Aug. 13, in Weedman Methodist church. The Rev. Carlos Dunagan of that church read the ceremony. Miss Lavonne Estes of played the wedding march as the bridal party entered and stood in front of the candlelit altar.

Miss Dorothy Grimes of Champaign, sister of. the bride, sang "Tell Me Why," accompanied by Mrs. Hicks Cornett of Charleston. About 45 close friends and relatives attended the ceremony. The bride wore a gown of white satin, fashioned with a fitted bodice and full skirt, covered with small white velvet bows.

Her finger tip veil of white net, edged with lace, fell from a tiara of pearls. She carried a white Bible, covered with an orchid. Mrs. Ray Propes of Champaign attended her sister as matron of honor. She wore a pink floor length dress with pink roses in her hair.

Mr. Ray Propes attended the groom as best man. The bride is a graduate of Bellflower high school and for the past several years has been employed as cashier at Kamerer's Daniel Street Pharmacy in Champaign. Mr. Cunningham, formerly from Nebraska, is at present a Sergeant in the Army, stationed at Chanute Air Base, Rantoul.

Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham will be at home to their friends at 1010 West Clark street, Urbana. UNIT WILL FURNISH CIGARETTES FOR VETS The Joe Williams Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary met Monday evening at the club rooms. A letter was read from Mrs.

Louise Geer, 19th district director, asking that a cigarette chairman be appointed for the unit to cooperate with the American Legion and Auxiliary of the 19th district who are launching a new program. Every veteran from the district, entering a hospital anywhere, for a period of at least a week, will receive cigarettes from his post or unit. Several members are planning to attend the reunion of former Yates Cottage residents at Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's school at Normal, Sunday, August 22. This cottage is sponsored by the 19th district American Legion and Auxiliary. The following committee was appointed to serve refreshments at the next regular meeting, Thursday, September 2: Melba Sypult, chairman, Gen Goodall, Hattie Stensel and Betty Kent.

H. MURPHEY TRANSFERRED Miss Harriet Murphey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Murphey of this city, has been transferred from Chicago to Denver, by United Airlines. Harriet, who is in the communications department, has been in Chicago since the first of the year.

She spent last, week end with her parents here. TO ATTEND F.H.A. MEET Miss LaDonna Davis, daughter of Mrs. C. O.

Wheeler of this city, will leave Tuesday, Aug. 24, for a four-day state F.H.A. convention at East Bay camp. She was chosen from the local M.T.H.S. F.H.A.

club as an active member. During the four days she will be instructed in leadership work. MRS. C. MICHAEL IMPROVES Mrs.

Clarence Michael, who 1 has quite ill, is reported to be improved at this time. C. FIRM SHARES A. MULTI- MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT Roberson, Albert Aid In Development, Trucking Lustron Homes The Pre-Fab Transit company, owned and operated by Roy Roberson and Stanley Albert of this city, in cooperation with another trucking company in Chicago, will share a multi-million dollar transit operation, as announced recently. Both firms have assisted in the transportation and development of Lustron.

Roberson and Albert have demonstration homes to Washington, D. Milwaukee, DesMolnes, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis. The local men have also contracted for 90 per cent of the government business in the Central United States in hauling dismantled barracks for G.I, housing at vocational institutions, colleges and universities. Expenditures by the two concerns will be nearly $6,750,000.00 for equipment within the next few months, which is only a start.

toward the time when Lustron's Columbus, Ohio, plant reaches capacity production. More than 40,000,000 transportation miles a year are estimated by corporation and transit officials, when the full blast. of Lustron homes starts toward the purchaser. By mid-winter more than trailers and 375 tractors will be needed. Major trailer manufacturing firms will supply especially, designed trailers which will carry one home as a package.

The trailer will serve as a working tool in the erection of Lustron homes, materially decreasing handling costs at the site. REV. LINTON WILL REMAIN AS PASTOR Nazarene Minister, Family Fine for Community The many friends of Rev. and Mrs. Chester Linton and family will be gratified to know they expect to remain as pastor and wife of the local Church of the Nazarene for another year.

The church gave them a unanimous recall to stay, which has been accepted by Rev. Linton and approved by the district church board. The Linton family came to this city three years ago and have won a host of friends. They have proven faithful spiritual leaders, having built up the local church, and have been outstanding leaders in civic affairs of the community. JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB TO TAKE A BOAT EXCURSION In compliance with the desire of members of the Junior Woman's club to travel, a caravan of seven cars, conveying 40 members, their families and guests, plan to go to St.

Louis, Sunday, and board the S. S. Admiral for an allday excursion on the Mississippi. This inaugurate the 1948-49 club year. Planning to make the trip are: Mr.

and Mrs. Lewis Shreve, Mr. and Mrs. Jess W. Hammer, Mr.

and Mrs. Mervin Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Herb Persons of DeLand, Mr. and Mrs.

Loren Kumler of Bellflower, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Denison, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Seifert and children, Mr.

and Mrs. Keith Shell, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Newman and family, Mr. and Mrs.

Ed Vance, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Hieronymus, Mr. and Mrs.

George Herrick, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dolly, of LeRoy, Miss Ruth Schneider and Miss Genevieve Shell.

Several plan to attend the performance of the municipal opera in Forest Park, Sunday evening, before returning home. IT'S A MUST One more furnished apartment for couple is a "must" before the local high school can open with a full staff of instructors. SCOUT TAG SALE IS SATISFACTORY The tag day sale recently staged by the Boy Scouts was reported by doward E. Newman to be success, with $263.71 realized. The boys have been busy at their cabins with one entirely completed, with the exception of bunks which are yet to be built.

The second cabin is nearly finished with the frame up for the third, and lumber on the grounds to be put on. Seventeen Scouts have proved themselves a hard working crew last Thursday afternoon. The Scout committee expects an equally good turnout this afternoon to complete the third cabin. F. BECKENHOLDT AND MISS SHAPLAND WED IN BLOOMINGTON SUN.

Miss Lois Jean Shapland, daughter of Mrs. Gladys Shapland of Bloomington, and Albert Franklin Beckenholdt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Beckenholdt of this city, were married at 3 p. m.

Sunday. The single ring ceremony was read at the Shapland home, with the Rev. Charles officiating. Mrs. Floyd Campbell, served as pianist, and white gladioli, asters and tapers formed a setting for the vows.

The bride wore a blue crepe street length dress with a corsage of gardenias and roses. Her pearl necklace was a gift of the bridegroom. Mrs. Carl Wingfield of Reddick, sister of the bridegroom, was matron of honor, dressed in pink orepe with a corsage of amazon lilies. David Beckenholdt of Farmer City, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.

A reception was held at the home for 30 guests. Miss Jean Whorrall of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zimmer of Bloomington assisted in serving. Following a trip to Chicago and Michigan the couple will live near Mansfield where the bridegroom is engaged in farming.

The bride is graduate of Bloomington high school and has been employed by the Union Auto Indemnity association as a secretary. Mr. Beckenholdt is a graduate of Mansfield high school. Among out-of-town guests were Mrs. Grace Beckenholdt, Rockport: Mr.

Pittsfield; and Mr. Mrs. and Paul Mrs. Beckenholdt, field and family, Reddick; Mr. and Mrs.

Willard Beckenholdt, 'Mrs. David Beckenholdt, Farmer City, and Gordon Bidner, Mahomet. KIWANIS TO HAVE PICNIC AUGUST 31 The Kiwanis club entertained their wives at the regular dinner meet Tuesday evening. The program, of varied interest, consisted of talks given by the three members and their wives who attended the International Kiwanis convention in Los Angeles, in June. Lott Howe spoke on the convention, and Mrs.

Howe told of their trip to the coast. Roger Curtis told of his fascinating visit to the Lockheed airplane plant at Burbank, while his wife told of their trip through the West. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis went by motor, while the others went by train.

Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Stensel showed pictures of the trip and Mrs. Stensel told of her broadcasting experiences on the "Queen for A Day" program. The recerding of her portion of the broadcast was also played.

Tuesday, August 31, the ladies again will be guests at the Kiwan-! jian's annual picnic at Weedman park. ISSUES PHYSICAL EXAM DATA Physical examination records for pupils of grades other than one, five and nine, who will attend the Farmer City schools this year for the first time will not be required, if they can supply the school with a copy of record of the last physical examination. If in doubt, see the school principal before getting the examination. ARE IN OZARKS Mr. and Mrs.

Russell Sypult and daughters, Joan and Patty, left Monday morning to spend a week's vacation in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. VACATION IN MISSOURI Mr. and Mrs. Carroll McCartney left Sunday to spend this week at Kirkwood Lodge Inn in the Ozark Mountains. They plan to return Saturday.

MARILYN HOPKINS WEDS J. A. PHILLIPS IN HOME CEREMONY! home of Mr. and Mrs. B.

B. Hopkins, Gardner, was the scene of a very lovely wedding, when their daughter, Marilyn, became the bride of James A. Phillips, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ray Phillips of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Rev. Gene VanKrannenburg of the Park Street Congregational church, Mazon, read the double ring ceremony, The vows were said before an altar banked with ferns, laurel and baskets of pastel gladioli and asters. Preceding the ceremony the traditional wedding music was played by Miss Roberta Hopkins, sister of the bride. "At Dawning" was sung by Miss Vivian Davies of Mazon. During the ceremony Miss Davies sang "Thanks Be to God." To the strains of the bridal I march from "Lohengrin," the wedding party took their places.

The bride entered on the arm of her father, who gave her in marriage. The bride wore a gown of white imported organdy, over white slipper satin, with fitted bodice, long sleeves and yoke of Chantilly lace. The long veil, edged with chantilly lace, was held in place with a tiara of seed pearls. Her bouquet was of white gladioli and long streamers of white ribbon centered with white roses. Mrs.

Keith Lampson, head of the chemical library at the U. of attended the bride as matron of honor. She wore white frosted organdy over yellow taffeta. In her hair she wore a halo of yellow daisies and carried a bouquet of gladioli and daisies. The bridegroom was attended by his brother, Dr.

John Phillips of Williams Bay, Wis. The bride's mother wore grey crepe with a corsage of red roses. The bridegroom's mother wore blue bemberg print crepe with a corsage of white roses. The bride's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Swigart, wore aqua crepe with a corsage of white gladioli and asters.

Refreshments were served from a buffet table. The two-tier bridal cake was encircled with gladioli, yellow daisies and asters. Mrs. Ruel Hoffman Dwight served the wedding cake. Mrs.

Sherman Oberholtzer poured. For going away, the bride chose a blue faille suit with white accessories and a corsage of white roses. Following a short wedding trip in Wisconsin the new home will be made in Champaign. Mrs. Phillips moved to Gardner, Mazon community seven years ago from Mansfield.

She was graduated from Mazon high school in 1944 and with the class of 1948 at the University of Illinois. Mr. Phillips was graduated from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 1942. He entered the U. of and received his M.S.

degree in 1943. During the war he was on the research staff at Oak Ridge, Tenn. He returned to the U. of I. in 1945 and will receive his Ph.D.

later this year. He has an appointment as full time research assistant at the university. He is a member of the Sigma Xi honorary fraternity for outstanding research, Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Kappa Phi, honorary scholastic fraternities. ATTEND FUNERAL OF MRS. F.

JONES' MOTHER Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones and Dale Bayne of this city attended the funeral of Mrs. Jones' mother, Mrs. Olga Myers in Bloomington, who was buried in Park Hill cemetery last Thursday.

Impressive services were held at the German Lutheran church and at the graveside. Attending from out of town included Mrs. Jones' brother, William J. Butler and wife of Portsmouth, Mr. and Mrs.

Jack Leighty of Sarasota, Mr. and Mrs. Lance Jones, Pontiac, and Mrs. Ed Crabtree of Springfield. HELLO WORLD Mr.

and Mrs. Lyle Weidner, are the parents of a six pound, five ounce baby boy, born Sunday, Aug. 15, in the Burnham hospital, Champaign. He has been named Lyle John III. This is the second child and first son for the couple.

The mother was formerly Carol Jeanne Heller. ROXEE CALLISON TO WED Mr. and Mrs. Kent Callison of DeWitt announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Roxee, to Robert Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs.

Jesse Anderson of this city. The wedding date has not been set. WORK ON SCHOOL BLOGS SPEEDEDUP Assign Grade Teachers to Various Rooms Work on the preparation of buildings for the opening of the local schools is progressing rapidly, although much remains to be done before Sept, 3, on which date all pupils report to school for their first day. At Franklin, painting and installation of lights in two new classrooms remained to be completed. At Moore high school work on the rearrangement of the homemaking department is nearing completion.

Miss Mary E. Holmes, new instructor in home economics, is now on the job working on plans for the year's work. Emil Moore, instructor in industrial arts, is assembling equipment, setting up machinery, and making other parations necessary for opening the shop for use at the beginning of the term. Plans are being made for an open-house early in the fall, when people in the community will have an opportunity to inspect the new shop. Final assignment of teachers at Franklin school have been made, indicating that there will be two combination rooms this year.

Mrs. Dottie Shaffer and Miss Mary Lou Rowland will teach first grade classes. Mrs. Marilouise Mashaney, an experienced teacher with her degree in elementary education, will teach a combination first and second grade room. Mrs.

Boneta Pittman and Miss Alice Henry will teach second grade classes. Third grade rooms will be taught by Mrs. Edna Mullins and Miss Frances Patrick. Mrs. Eileen Kerr will have fourth grade, and Mrs.

Catherine Crago will teach a combination fourth and fifth grade room. Mrs. Pauline Graham will teach a fifth grade. Sixth grade classes will be taught by Mrs. Margaret Johnston and Oliver Buck, principal.

Miss Martha Pichon will be in charge of music instruction in the entire school. Although it is considered desirable to avoid having combination rooms, it is practically impossible to do so this year. Arrangements are being made to handle the selection of pupils for these classes in such a manner as to avoid most of the valid objections to combination rooms. Where sections of two grades are combined into one room, pupils of approximately equal ability will be selected to make up each section. Thus, in a combined fourth and fifth grade room, all of the pupils in the fourth grade group can be taught effectively as a single group, and likewise all of the fifth grade group.

This will result in effective instruction for each group without the necessity of dividing each section into smaller groups for teaching. In all cases careful consideration will be given to the needs of individual pupils in an effort to do the very best possible for every child concerned, Parents are invited to discuss their problems with the superintendent or principal at any time. Institute days, on which local schools will be closed are October 1 and 4, instead of October 7 and 8 as previously announced. JUNIOR CLUB HAS SUCCESSFUL RESULTS FROM FAIR STAND A total intake of $1,270.00 with $600 profit realized, to be used as a starter fund for a municipal swimming pool, was realized by the Junior Woman's club at their food stand at the Farmer City fair. Mrs.

Loren Kumler was chairman of the project and Mrs. Keith Shell served as treasurer. Thirty-six members and friends assisted in manning the five shifts responsible for maintaining the project. Some prepared and donated food. Merchants, the fair association and watchmen for the tent cooperated to a full extent.

FORMER TEACHER VISITS HERE Mrs. Viva Steuhler, former teacher in the schools here, and Miss Fern Moore, both of I akeland, were week end guests of Dr. and Mrs. Nile Mitchell. CONDUCTS REVIVAL HERE Brother Leo Belcher, an associational missionary, is conducting revival services at 7:30 p.

m. every evening at the Baptist church,.

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