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The Farmer City Journal "DE WITT COUNTY'S BIGGEST WEEKLY" Issue of the 78th Year FARMER CITY, DEWITT COUNTY, ILLINOIS Thursday, November 7, 1946 Popular Couple Honored By Friends On 40th Anniversary At the opening meeting of the Fortnightly club in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Rinehart yesterday evening, Nov.

6, the group helped Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nichols, one of the most esteemed couples in this city, celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. The party was a dinner-bridge affair. From the files of the Farmer City Journal, an interesting report of this social wedding, the event of the season, was printed.

"At the newly furnished home of the contracting parties in this city, a very pretty and impressive wedding was solemnized Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. A. A. White, pastor of the Methodist church, in the presence of about 75 guests including relatives and intimate friends of the bride and groom, Carl F. Nichols and Miss Jane Marie Young, both of this city.

"To the strains of Lohengrin's bridal march, played by Miss Marie, Kincaid, a piano pupil of the bride, the officiating clergyman led the way to the altar. Charles Nichols, Bloomington, brother of the groom, was best man. "The bride's attendants were Zelpha Young and Lottie Johnson, bridesmaids, and Mable Young, maid of honor. "The ring ceremony was used, little Miss Ruth Kincaid being the ring bearer. "Another sister, Miss Atha Young rendered the beautiful solo, "Be- U.

of 1. Library Urbana, Minole (C) WILSON ELECTED FAIR PRESIDENT Committees to Be Named At Meet Tonight Robert F. "Sim" Wilson was elecpresident of the Farmer City Fair Association for 1947 at a dinner meeting Friday evening at the Elms, in the first meeting of the new board of directors. C. C.

Yowell was elected vice-president; Rex Jackson treasurer, and E. S. Wightman was re-elected secretary. "Sim" was president of the association in 1944 when he was called to the service and had served as secretary in 1936. During the time he was in service Wayne M.

Fuller served the board as president. Directors selected at the meeting to serve three years are: E. S. Wightman and Lester Glenn, holdover members; Ned Best of Clinton, Howard Newman, Rex Jackson, Wilson, and Yowell. Those selected to serve two years are: Verne Zeiders, Lester Stensel, C.

E. Simpson, and Pat Kirk, holdover members, and Leo Peck, Fred Reynolds and Leslie Pilchard. For a one year term are: W. F. Peterson, Bob Jones, Bud McConkey, holdover members, and Frank McIntyre, F.

M. Stutzman, Ralph Stagen and Line Heller. The board decided on the first Friday of each month as the regular meeting night and will meet Thursday night a special session at which time committee appointments will be announced by President Wilson. The board also directed the secretary to place an order for approximately 2,000 additional bleachers to be used during the Midget season and fair week. Plans for building the half-mile track were discussed and work on the new venture is expected to get underway this fall.

LOCAL MUSICIANS HEAR MARINE BAND On Wednesday of last week fifty members of the local band and music departments went to Normal to attend the Marine band concert. Tickets and bus fare which made this opportunity available to the Farmer City musicians, was provided by the city band funds. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Middlested accompanied the group.

HOLD ANNUAL MEETING The annual meeting will be held at Woodlawn County Club tonight, Nov. 7. Oyster stew will be served before the business meeting. Directors for 1947 will be elected at this meeting. HELLO WORLD Mr.

and Mrs. Delmar Gibson are the parents of a son born in the Mennonite hospital, Wednesday morning, Nov. 6. This is the fourth child and fourth boy for the couple. The mother was Eileen Dawson before her marriage.

MRS. CORRINE IJAMS DIES SUDDENLY IN HOSPITAL MONDAY This community was shocked late Monday afternoon when word was received of the death of Mrs. Corrine Ijams, which occurred a- bout 5 p. in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington. Mrs.

Ijams had been apparently better that afternoon, had been in wheel chair and 1 friends from this city had visited her. Death was due to embolism. She had 1 been a patient in the hospital since Oct. 6, whe she sustained a broken hip when a fruit cabinet fell on her at her home. Born in Oakland, Ohio, March 23, 1869, she was the only child of Mr.

and Mrs. Samuel Thomas. moved to this vicinity as a young girl and was united in marriage in Bloomington to Harvey Ijams, Feb. 9, 1890. The couple established a home on a farm in this county where they resided until they retired and moved to ed Farmer City several years a ago.

Mr. Ijams predeceased her. She was an active member of the Methodist church, the Royal Neighbors, the Pythian Sisters, and Iantha Rebekah lodge. Survivors are two sons, Samuel of Clinton, and Guy of Chicago; also a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Kimler who is in Denver, because of ill health, and will not be able to return to her mother's funeral.

There are also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Four children born to the couple died in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. today (Thursday) at the Stensel funeral home. Burial will be made in Maple Grove cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Pat Kirk, Bud McConkey, Wayne Larison, Fred Cahal, Lawrence Hunt, and Fred Winslow. MTHS BOARD DOES ROUTINE BUSINESS On Friday, Nov. 4, the MTHS board members met in regular session and heard a report on the lunch program by Miss Jean Whitcomb, approved regular bills, greed to use of the gymnasium by the church basketball league as in the past. They then discussed such topics as transportation, lunch plans, and plans for 1947. The next meeting is set for Dec.

2, and will be a social event with members of the board, faculty and wives as guests to a meal in the cafeteria. TEACHERS HAVE EXAMS NOV. 8 Examinations for teachers' certificates will be held in the office of A. W. Dickey, DeWitt county superintendent of schools, Friday, Nov.

8. Persons with two years of college or university work, who desire to obtain elementary and high school certificates for DeWitt county teaching, are eligible to take the all-day examination. HELLO WORLD Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Reeser are the parents of a boy born Thursday in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington.

cause," before the ceremony. "The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S.

Young, beautifully attired in a gown of batiste, elaborately trimmed in Irish lace, carried a white rose bouquet. The maids all wore white and carried chrysanthemums. "The bride has spent her entire life in Farmer City. She is a musician of unusual talent. "The bridegroom, second son of Mr.

and Mrs. J. W. Nichols, young man of sterling traits, of character, engaged with his father in business, has the confidence of a large circle of friends who congratulate him on the selection of a bride." The present editors of the Journal add that this couple has continued to hold the esteem accorded them then, both in the hearts of their long-time friends and with more recent ones. Their children follow in their footsteps in holding these sterling traits of character.

Harman is an ace manager for the United Press and their daughter Audley, is "tops" in the profession of homemaking. Recently Carl completed 25 suecessful years with the Home Insurance Company. In token of best wishes to those friends, the Fortnightly group presented them with a lovely gift. But this group represents only a very small number of well-wishers for this couple. GROUP ATTENDS A DEANERY IN LINCOLN A group from Sacred Heart church attended the district Deanery meeting in Lincoln Tuesday.

Making the trip were Mrs. T. L. Morrissey, Mrs. Kenneth Morrissey, Mrs.

Wayne Helmick, Miss Nora Tobin, Mrs. Martin Trenkle, Mrs. R. E. Augustus, Mrs.

Julia Grady, Mrs. T. J. O'Mallie, Mrs. T.

P. Mullin, Mrs. Rapp, and Miss Ann Dwyer. MARTHA WYCKOFF, JACK MAXWELL ARE QUEEN, KING AT MTHS Miss Martha Wyckoff, of Mr. and Mrs.

Harlan B. Wyckoff, and Jack Maxwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Maxwell, were elected queen and king of the annual show Nov. 22, by the students of Moore Township high school.

The king and queen are seniors and will be attended by two students from each class, chosen by the classmen. Following the election of the king and queen the juniors selected Ruth Holman and Kenneth Johnson as their attendants. The sophomores named Mary Ann Oliviero and Dick Davis; and the freshmen named Merrill Wills and Marlin Callison. This annual project is the big crowd drawing event of the year. Proceeds from the affair are used to defray expenses for the JuniorSenior Banquet.

LEGION HALLOWE'EN PARTY WELL ATTENDED The Joe Williams Post Hallowe'en party, held last Thursday evening was a very successful affair. Predictions of attendance were greatly surpassed when 203 persons joined in the festivities. This was the first big party the local Legion Post has staged, and from this experience the next ones will profit. hall was gayly decorated in the spirit of Hallowe'en, and the refreshments, also in keeping with season, were plentiful. All dancers were supplied with plenty of good music and a good floor, and in general, the social atmosphere was at its best.

The costume parade afforded many laughs and much admiration, and showed a great deal of originality and work on the part of the wearers. After the costume parade, prizes were awarded as follows: Mrs. Bob Wilson, most, original costume; Mr. and Mrs. James Ratcliff received prizes for being the first costumed couple to appear; Mr.

and Mrs. Reynale Kendall received awards for being the last costumed couple to appear; and Mrs. Jerry Johnston ceived the door prize for being the 100th person. GRADE GROUP ASKS TEACHERS' Groups of teachers from the Franklin grade school called on members of the board of education, asking a bonus to take the place of salary raises they had sought last spring. It is probable that the board will meet soon to consider the requests.

STOUGHTON RECEIVES DENTAL APPOINTMENT Dr. F. R. Stoughton received the following announcement from John L. Johnston, director of the Veteran's.

Administration office in Chicago: "Your appointment in the department of medicine and surgery of the Veterans's Administration on a fee basis is authorized, effective this date." NAME INSPECTOR FOR RENTS IN DEWITT CO. Erwin Aufdenkamp has been appointed inspector and Miss Patricia Milmore, rent clerk, of the new DeWitt county rent area, it was announced today by Charles P. Casey, director of the Springfield, district, OPA. Aufdenkamp was formerly area rent representative at the Mattoon rent office. Headquarters of the DeWitt county area are North Side.

Public Square, Clinton: HELLO WORLD Mr. and Mrs. Don Reeser are the parents of a baby born Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Mennonite hospital. He has been named Rodney Meredith.

This is the third child and second son for the couple. FALLS FROM CORN CRIB Lyle Niklaus had the misfortune of falling from the corn crib at his farm late Tuesday afternoon. X- rays showed no fractures, but he sustained torn ligaments. HUNTING SEASON OPENS ON NOV. 11 Livingston E.

Osborne, director of the conservation department, and Carl Larry, local county representative, wish to inform all sportsmen that the hunting season opens on pheasants, quail and rabbits Nov. 14 at sunup, and closes on pheasants, Nov. 25, and on quail, Dec. 11. Rabbit hunting season closes on Jan.

31. Daily kill, on pheasants is two cocks and no hens; 12 quail, and 15 rabbits. Possession limit is six cocks after two days; 36 quail, and 45 rabbits. Shooting hours are sun-up, until sun down. Mr.

Osborne also wishes to inform sportsmen that he has instructed all of his men to enforce all game laws very strictly this season. Fur season opens Nov. 15, closing Jan. 15, with a limit of 12 raccoon for full season. There is no limit on any other fur-bearing animals.

LEROY IS H. S. FOE ARMISTICE DAY Local Businesses Close for Afternoon The MTHS football team will be hosts to the LeRoy eleven on Armistice Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p. m.

Merchants have signified their intentions of closing for the afternoon. Both teams lost their last game, LeRoy losing to Rantoul; and the locals losing to Gibson City. Gibson defeated our Farmer City boys 46-6. The score at half time was 13-6, the lone touchdown for Farmer City resulting from a fake pass to the right end, then a pass complete from Hallowell to Stensel, the left end, in the end zone. The game with LeRoy on Monday will be the final game of the season for Farmer City.

On Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p. the MTHS football season will be climaxed with a pot stuck dinner in honor of the football squad. Forrest Peters; I Champaign, who formerly played with the U. of will be the guest speaker.

The MTHS basketball practices will start in full swing on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The opening game will be with Gibson City at Farmer City, on Nov. 27. LOCAL YOUTH ARE OUTSTANDING IN CO.

IN 4-H CLUB WORK Four State Outstanding Club members have been chosen from De Witt county on the basis of their all-time 4-H club records, as anby the, 4-H club staff at nounced University Illinois. The winners are Bernadine Hickman, Wapella; Margaret Miller, De Witt; Carolyn Reeser, Weldon; and Dorothy Reeser, Weldon. These young people were selected from 178 4-H club members of DeWitt county for their outstanding work in club projects, 4-H activities and leadership in club and community. Their awards consist of a certifictae of the honor and a State Outstanding Club membership medal. From this group members are selected for various 4-H club special state honors such as national club congress and national club camp delegates.

Five members have been named State Project Honor Members from De Witt county for exceptional 4-H project work during the current year. Winners of this honor are Caryl Davis, Carol Little, Phyllis Plotner, Carolyn Reeser and Dorothy Reeser. PLAN FOOTBALL BANQUET A pot luck dinner is being planned for the football squad for Nov. 15. "Frosty" Peters, one-time great from the U.

of now baseball umpire, is the speaker. Past experience has shown that the parents of the squad and the many loyal fans enjoy this feed. MOVES ARE REPORTED Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson moved last week from the second floor apartment in the E.

Smith home on N. Plum, to the John Miller -property. The latter moved to Bloomington. HAS BUDDY AS GUEST John Dawson was pleasantly surprised Friday with a visit of a former buddy while in service overseas, David Bowman of Wheeling, W. Va.

They were together in the 82nd Airborne Div. in France, David: left Sunday afternoon for Los Angeles, where he intends to enter the University of California at Los Angeles. ATTEND SING IN BLOOMINGTON, MON. A large representation from this city attended the Barber Shop Sing in Bloomington, Monday evening. Thirteen local men interested in forming such an organization here composing the party were Marshall Jones, Bob Jackson, Wayne Larison, Roy Roberson, Dr.

C. C. Schafer, Raymond Smith, Mr. Hedges, Bly Pace, J. C.

Parr, Ross C. Swartz and Ray Meliza. NEW STOCKYARDS FOR THIS CITY IS NEAR COMPLETION Freehill Bros. report that the new stockyards is nearing completion. This will enable the farmers and stockmen of Farmer City and surrounding towns to have a livestock market equivalent to that of larger cities.

This new establishment will be located across the road from the I. C. stockyards at the northwest edge of this city. This will be a strictly order buying company. Ambrose, Leo and Emmett Freehill, who compose this company.

are from Melvin. All three brothers are married and have families. One of the brothers intends to establish residence here. All three men have been in this type of business for a number of years and the Freehill family has been in the same business for approximately fifty years in Melvin. The three brothers are operating the yards at Melvin and are expanding the company by establishing this order buying market in Farmer City.

This business will be an up-andcoming thing in our city and it will be of great help to the farmers. CHANGES MADE IN FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES Last Friday night the dancers of this vicinity were disappointed when they arrived at the Legion Hall and found that the orchestra had not shown up. In spite of all efforts of the entertainment committee, it was impossible to obtain another band, after the one that was booked had called late. that afternoon saying they would, be unable to play. Nevertheless, later in the evening, several couples danced to the music of recordings and the record player at the hall, thereby not entirely wasting their trip.

Due to much public pressure, it has been decided that, rather than the straight modern dance that has been featured in the recent past, there will be a mixed dance for both modern and old-time dannight, Nov. 8. If cers tomorrow this is met with the hearty approval that is expected, the dances in the future also be mixed. The well-known and much-liked Heyworth aggregation will furnish the music tomorrow night. H.

WHEELER SUBS FOR LARISON AT H. S. Harold Wheeler was hired as assistant custodian at MTHS, taking the place of Earl Laris who is still in the hospital at Bloomington. Wheeler will also act as substitute bus driver and will transport the rural students who eat at MTHS at noons. The board expects to put Mr.

Larison back on the job as soon as he is able. COURT EXPENSES CAUSE HIGHER LEVY The levy ordinance passed by the DeWitt county board of supervisors at their last meeting allowed $11,500 for court expenses, a report of their meeting shows. This is a larger levy than for several years past. Last year's levy was $1,500 less for the same purpose. The county tax is larger all a- round this year than last.

HAVE ARMISTICE HOLIDAY Both MTHS and Franklin grade school will enjoy a day's Monday, Nov. 11, as Armistice Day will be celebrated. The only activity planned includes the annual clash with LeRoy at 2:30 p. m. on the local field.

PURCHASE LOTS Dr. and Mrs. Nile Mitchell have contracted for the purchase of four lots on N. John street from Mr. and Mrs.

L. E. Smith. They plan to erect a home there. CANADA VISITORS ARE HERE Mr.

and Mrs. Wilbur Manock of Ft. Erie, Ontario, Canada, were guests of Dr. and Mrs. Owen Nowlin, Tuesday.

Miss Jean Whitcomb, home economics instructor at MTHS attended the state home economics meeting in Rockford last week end. ARLEN ISAACS IS WINNER OF WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST A large group of Franklin grade and Moore Twp. high school pupils took part in the recent Hallowe'en window painting contest. The prowas sponsored by the local Boosters' Ass'n to prevent the usual Hallowe'en window soaping. $85 was distributed in prizes Friday after the judges had made their decisions.

Arlen Isaacs, seventh grade pupil, won the grand prize of $10.00 for the best decorated window in the contest. He also won first place in the grade school division. Other Grade winners were: Arlen Isaacs, $10; Juanita Isaacs, Raymond Wells, Darrell LaMonte, The following received $1 each: Nancy Thomas, Marie Reinke, Leland Junkert, Carolyn Rinehart, Marg. Satterfeal, Bill Fogal, Jerry Hieronymus, Don Ennis, Don Goodall, Louis James, Morris Lamb, Alma Curtis, Wilma Scarbrough, Terry Rockhold, James Johnson, Marletta Swartz. Mary Lou Anderson won first of the ten in the high school contest, while other winners were: Evelyn Herring, Martha Green, Elinor Wilson, with $1 going to each of the following: Frank Reinke, Paul Linton, Jack Metz, Leon Linton, V.

Henry, Lantern jaw drawing on Dale's Pastry shop- unknown, "Frank" on the Knapp Implement Co. window, Roger Huff, and Dolores LaMonte. High school drawings were judged by Mrs. Virgil Swiney, Mrs. G.

W. Watson, and Mrs. Wilfred Nowlin. Judges of grade school art were Mrs. Austin Howard, Mrs.

M. T. Collier and Mrs. Ruth Pilkenton. CHURCH LEAGUES MAKE PLANS FOR BASKETBALL GAMES Representatives of five churches met at the Elms Tuesday and the church basketball league which has operated on Monday nights, has again been organized.

The churches represented were: Weedman, Bethel, Chapel, Fullerton-DeWitt, and a new entry, the Farmer City Methodist church. The plan is to begin on Dec. 2, and conclude on March 3, with a tournament. Each team will play every other team twice during the season. Players will again be in attendance at respective churches to be eligible.

The MTHS board is granting permission to the league, and felt it was a good thing for the churches, the community and the school. Leslie James was made secretary and the board will consist of one representative from each church. HOLD LIBRARY MEET The annual meeting of the Public Library Association of Farmer City will be held at 7:30 p. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Library.

Members of the F. C. Woman's club and the Shakespeare club are members of the association. Three board members are to be elected for three-year terms. GOP CANDIDATES LEAD IN COUNTY Veterans' Bonus, Health Unit Also Carry As was expected, DeWitt county fell in line with the rest of the nation and definitely went on record as having had enough.

Republican candidates received large majorities from the top of the state ticket to the bottom. The county also backed the servicemen by giving a tremendous vote for the bonus. It also favored the amendment and the health unit. Although Santa Anna's vote was considered light, it could be expected, as there were only two contests on the county roster. Harry Gunn defeated his democratic opponent, James H.

Baylous, for county clerk by 2290 votes. Claude Barrett, republican candidate for sheriff, defeated his opponent, Adelbert Arnold by 1454 votes. W. Dickey, with no opposition for superintendent of schools, headed the county ticket with 4495 votes. The total vote for the county follows: For State Treasurer Totl Mirty Rowe (R) 3932 1518 Keys (D) ...2414 For Supt.

of Public Instruction Nickell (R) .4134 1989 Engle (D) ...2145 For Rep. in Cong. (State at Lge.) Stratton (R) 1631 Douglass (D) ...2348 For Rep. in Cong. (19th Dist.) McMillen (R) ..4092 1993 Goldman (D).

.....2099 For U. of I. Trustees Livingston (R) .......3948 Farnof (R) Holt (R) ...3750 Etherton (D) ..2247 Forsyth (D) 2272 Wohlers (D) ....2157 For Rep. in Gen. Assembly Harris (R) ..5387 Dinneen (R) ..........5212 Wilson (D) ...5907 Ferguson (D) 2351 For County Clerk Gunn (R) .4302 2290 Baylous (D) ....2012 For Sheriff Barrett (R) ....3979 1454 Arnold (D) ...2525 For County Treasurer Lindsey (R) ..4340 No opposition.

For Supt. of Schools Dickey (R) 4495 No opposition. Santa Anna township voted off the amendment to the Constitution 353 for and 83 against. For the Health Unit, 635 for and 186 a- gainst, The township gave 577 votes for the soldiers' bonus and 238 voted against it. Latest returns indicate that Homer Harris of Lincoln and Dan Dinneen of Decatur have been re-elected as Republican state representatives and it is believed that Felix Wilson, Democrat, of Clinton has been defeated for re-election and the Paul Ferguson of Decatur will take Wilson's seat.

Wayne Helmick and Americans Missed By Buddies In Burma Wayne Helmick received the following letter from Oscar White, a Buddy of his while serving in Burma. In the letter he describes how much they miss our boys in these places. The interesting letter follows: "My dear friend Wayne, and Mrs. Helmick, "Many thanks for the letter you have written to me. We are glad to" hear the good news of you and your family.

Yes! I have replied to your letters. I am rather surprised that you haven't yet received them. "Anyway, we are ever so pleased that you and Wayne still think of us. are the only small family living here and we do miss the Americans a lot. Especially Wayne and our other best friends.

At present the place seems dry and gloomy. Glad to hear that Wayne has become a civilian again, and out with the army life. As for us we have joined up the B.M.E. electric firm here. That very place the G.I's had the electrical work.

We have much work at present. Anyway I'm kept as a manager in charge. I have a jolly good time and keep fooling all around. But, things doesn't seem so pleasant as in my old times of the Americans. The whole place is dull and not much fun and amusement.

"We do feel home-sick and longonce again for the G.I.'s to be with us and keep us merry and gay, with plenty to eat, and make the whole place bright with lots of fun. "Well, we all haven't yet made our proper homes. The town is still in a poor condition. We thank Wayne a lot for keeping us a great deal. "It's a pity! We are missing such good friends.

Nothing much deliclous to eat like in Wayne's time. We are missing all the good rations and starting to eat grass a- gain, Things are getting so scarce, even candies and sweets have disappeared along with the G.I.'s. "Hope you won't take it a-miss in asking you all for some sweets and candies. As we longed to have some sweet taste for this coming Xmas. Things are so expensive that we even find it hard to get bread anywhere around here, "Also! nothing much, but an American harmonica, which is my delight in playing on it.

I had one in Wayne's time, but that got stolen. So I do hope it will be a souvenir from the felonicke fly, if you do wish to send me one. I'll be very thankful. "Gladys has just returned out of her sick bed from India. She- Is looking better.

Couldn't afford to stand the up-keep of her media cal fees. I had to bring her back and finding the place very dull and gloomy. She now feels it more for her parents and the child. "Well, so long and wish you all the best of luck and good health. "Your sincere friends.

Oncur and Gladys.".

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