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a a (C, THE Farmer City "DE WITT COUNTY'S BIGGEST WEEKLY" Flowers For The Living OUR CITIZENS THE STENSELS HARLOW STENSEL 3rd Issue of the Completion of 84 years of creditable service to the Farmer City community can be proudly claimed by the three Stensel brothers, Harlow and Lester of this city and Vernell of LeRoy, who represent the third generation of Stensels as funeral directors. The history of the Stensel family is woven intricately with the history and progress of undertaking. From family files kept by H. M. Stensel interesting details for the following story were found.

In December 1867 John Stensel, grandfather of the present morticians came to Farmer City from Louisville, where for 12 years he had been a cabinet maker, a trade he had learned as a "journeyman" in Germany, his birthplace. He had the trip from Germany to this country by boat, the crossing taking nine weeks, as during storms at sea the vessel had lost its main mast, the ships stores gave out and passengers suffered from hunger before landing. On coming to Farmer City he engaged as a cabinet maker doing a small business as Taxidermist on side. His work in preparing and dressing stuffed birds was quite skillful. He also operated a furniture store for a time, which was destroyed by fire.

In pioneer days when a death occurred, the neighbors aided the bereft ones in preparing the loved one for burial. Stensel was called on almost entirely to make coffins as they were needed, measurements for such being made by the use of a cornstalk. At that time spring wagons and buck boards were the only means of transporting bodies to their burial places. LESTER STENSEL In the early 80's John, assisted by his sons, John and George, purchased the first hearse here. It was an elaborate carriage, while presenting the customary somber appearance, with eight the large plumes arranged around top.

The sleek black horses which drew the hearse were also adorned with similar plumes. The driver of the slowly moving procession was attired in a Prince Albert coat and high silk hat. Often times four horses were necessary to draw the funeral coach through the mud. Little did John, dream that his small business using the most primitive of methods would develop into the present Stensel institution giving the latest and most modern of funeral service. When he died in 1891, he was buried in a coffin he had made for himself many years before.

In 1890 George and John Stensel, father and uncle of the present directors, took over. They procured new equipment and new methods as they were introduced into the profession. They the finest black team of horses in the surrounding territory. In 1916 they bought the first auto hearse in a radius of 25 miles of here. People found it difficult to get used to this rapid transit of the funeral cortege and many by special request st had the horse drawn hearse.

In 1919 a sedan ambulance was purchased and the company began to provide ambulance service. In the same year Harlow M. Stensel, eldest of the present generation became a member of the firm. Harlow born and grew up in Farmer City; was graduated (Please turn to page 8) Best and Latest In Reading Matter Is Available At Public Library W. L.

Weedman, local librarian, reports the following new books received at the public library Dec. 13. They will be ready for use Saturday. The list includes: "Miracle in Brittany" -Mildred Jordan; "Son of a Hundred Kings" -Thomas B. Costain; "We Have Given Our Hearts Away' Helen T.

Miller; "Innocents From Emily Kimbrough; "My Neck of the -Louise Dickinson Rich; "Pound Foolish" Robert Malloy; "To Love and to Honor" -Emilie Loring; "Infinite Woman" -Edison Marshall; "Powder Valley Ambush" Peter Field. "Case of the One Eyed Witness" -Erle Stanley Gardner; "Debbie Jones" Laura Cooper Rendina; "Story of Mary" Catherine Beebe: "Biddy Christmas" -Priscilla Warren; "Kon Tiki" Thor Heyerdahl; "Merchant of the Ruby" -Alice Harwood; "Son of David Demarest. "I Believed" Douglas Hyde; "Paul Revere and the Minute Men" -Dorothy Canfield Fisher; "Cocolo's Bettina: "Swamp Fox" Marion Marsh Brown; "Wooden Mug" -Frances Sanger; "Shining Stars" -Marta Gwinn Kiser; "Story of Rothwell and Rudd. TO PUBLISH CARTOONS The Journal is beginning a series of cartoons of old time scenes of this community by Jim Zumwalt. Any suggestions or pictures will be appreciated.

The cartoons will apweekly along with the Old Time Items. The first appears on page three of this issue of the Journal. EXTEND GAS SYSTEM Authorization was granted Friday by the Illinois Commerce commission to the Union Gas Electric company to extend its gas system in DeWitt, Piatt and McLean counties, including the cities of LeRoy and Farmer City. IS HOME ON FURLOUGH day from Ft. Belvoir, to spend a seven day furlough here parents, Mr.

and Mrs. Morrell Crago. U. Urbana, Illinois TO HEAR BENEFITS OF AMMONIA PRODUCT The Illinois Anhydrous Ammonia Company in cooperation with the Agriculture Department, Moore a187.50 school, p.m. will Monday, stage Jan.

meeting arranged especially to inform the farmers of Farmer City and vicinity on the latter's court. Anhydrous Ammonia. Mr. Frank Vanlandingham, recognized as an expert on the use of Anhydrous Ammonia will be the principal speaker of the evening. Mr.

Vanlandingham is connected with the Phillips Chemical Company, a subsidiary of the Phillips 66 Petroleum Company. The Phillips Chemical Company is engaged in manufacture of Anhydrous Ammonia and other types of fertilizers. Although the exact details of the meeting are not defined at this time, the general outline of the meeting promises to make it one of the outstanding features appearing on the Agriculture Department's agenda this year. There will be films shown and also slides showing definite results obtained by other farmers who have used Anhydrous Ammonia. In addition there will be a new type of lecture forum presented which promises to put across much needed information on Anhydrous Ammonia.

After the regularly scheduled program is over, the farmers present will be invited to carry on an informal discussion in which any question may be asked and answered on the spot. Another concerning the meeting will door prize which feature, will be given to the farmer holding the lucky number. A new suit of clothes will be the prize and the winner be able to pick the suit of his own choice at a local clothing store. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. DR.

CLARNO JUDGES CALIF. FIELD TRIAL Friends here will be interested in learning that Dr. and Mrs. H. T.

Clarno of Bloomington will leave motor tomorrow for a two weeks stay to in Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. Clarno has received the honor of receiving an invitation to act as one of the judges of the Pacific Coast Field Trial at Bakersfield, a California Amateur Regional Championship drawing on Thursday, Jan. 25. Mrs.

Clarno will remain with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Merle McCord, while Dr. Clarno goes on to judge the meet. R.

Parr Buried In Mansfield Cemetery Ruben Parr, 83, of the Bethel vicinity died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday of a heart attack in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Gee, in St. Johnsville, New York. Mr.

Parr was born in England. Coming to this country as a young man he settled on a farm in the Bethel community where he resided for many years. About 35 years ago he moved to Mansfield. He was married to Mary Bennett who preceded him in death in 1941. For the last few years he has made his home with his daughter in New York.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Clark of Bethel, Mrs. Gee of St. Johnsville, and a son, Marcus Parr of Bethel. Three children predeceased him.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bethel church with the pastor, Rev. Levi by Carter, Rev. Charles Bauerle of the officiating. He was assisted Mansfield Nazarene church.

Burial was made in the Mansfield cemefery. Casket bearers were William Farthing, Roy Bateman, Steve WilHams, Fred Thomas, Clyde Niklaus and Fred Gillespie. Flower bearers were Mrs. Geneva Coyle, Mrs. Bert Shubert, Mrs.

Wm. Von Linger, Mrs. Clyde Niklaus, Mrs. Verne Zeiders, Mrs. Louis Gose and Mrs.

Chas. Bowser. Womens Bowling Standings Given In the Women's Bowling League Monday evening, the Gutter Kids won all three games from Warren and Tharp and Bellflower won all three from Carter's by forfeit. Vance Repair won two from the Blossom Shop and the Pin Pickers won two from the Faculty. Team standings to date are: Team Won Lost Repair 35 19 Bellflower 32 22 Blossom Shop 31 23 Faculty 26 28 Warren Tharp 29 Gutter Kids 29 Pin Pickers 31 Carter's 35 MISS ELLIS, ATTENDS MRS.

MAY, R. N. RITES Miss Nonie Ellis, R.N., was called to Decatur Wednesday due to the sudden death of Mrs. Lucile May, R. N.

Mrs. May was a member of the first graduating class of the Decatur while Miss hospital, Ellis was Decatur, serving in the Training School office. Mrs. May has been in charge of the Medical Nursing Service of the A. E.

Staley Mfg. Co. since 1927 and was honored in a Diamond Jubilee, observance of the nursing profession in Springfield in 1948. "Have you noticed how blue the sky is?" "Is it lonesome, too?" SUPT. PRICE NAMED F.C.

CHAIRMAN OF POLIO DRIVE The 1951 March of Dimes campaign to aid in treatment and for research on polio, began Monday in DeWitt county. Mrs. Margaret Peltz, Clinton, is DeWitt county chairman of the drive. She announces that Superintendent June W. Price is the local chairman of the drive.

Hundreds of March of Dimes cards were placed in the mail this past weekend and more will be sent out during the next few days. Recipients of these cards are asked to place either coins, bills, or checks in them and return to Mrs. Peltz or Supt. Price just as soon as possible. A collection will be taken at the Kendall Theatre as in past years.

There were six new cases of polio in the county last year. Besides taking care of those cases, care is still being given several from the previous year. Polio care is expensive and the county chapter's funds are almost depleted. Everyone is asked to give as generously as possible, Last year approximately $4,000 was raised in the county from mail contributions, benefit dances, card parties, basketball games, and special collections. It is hoped to exceed that amount this year.

March of Dimes drive lasts from January 15 to 31. FARMERS BEST FISHER IN CLOSE GAME TUES. EVE. The Moore-men took full possession of the Sangamon Valley Conference lead Friday when they defeated the Fisher Bunnies 47-42 on their own court. It was definitely the Farmers game all the way although they held only a one point, 16-15 lead at the end of the first, period.

Jim Tague led the foore scoring with two from the held and one charity toss. Pedo Miller was right behind his teammates with two baskets. Morrissey and Thom scored three points each and Moe Lamb netted a free throw. With Bob Christensen doing a lot of shooting but not netting anything and with Farmer City controlling the boards, the Bunnies found themselves outscored in the second period. Again Tague led 8-5, the scoring with two baskets and Miller and Lamb scored one apiece from the field, giving the Farmers a 24-20 lead at the half time.

The second went much the same as the first. Bob Christensen racked up five baskets off Dan Morrissey, but Fisher suffered "foul" difficulties and Christensen didn't have much support. Miller scored a basket and four free throws for the Farmers, Lamb and Morrissey hit five points apiece, Thom, got four and Tague three to complete the Farmer's scoring with a 47-42 lead. Score by quarters: Farmer City 16 00 10 13 47 Fisher 15 5 8 14 42 F. C.

FG FT Fisher FG FT Lamb 3 2 Jervis 0 Thom 2 3 Orr 3 Morrissey 2 Christensen 3 Cender Miller Keith -0 Tague 5 2 Unzicker 0 16 15 18 6 Friday evening, Jan. 19, the Farmers will meet Mansfield on the home floor. J. Clearwater Is Buried Here John Clearwater, 66, formerly of this city, died Monday morning, Jan. 15 in New Castle, Ind.

He was born in 1890 in this city to Wesley and Hattie Blandon Clearwater. On Sept. 7, 1909 he was married to Nellie Wheeler who preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 1937. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs.

Mildred Robinson and two grandsons of New Castle, also two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Clark and Mrs. Grover Clearwater of Indianapolis, and two brothers, Paul of New Castle and Darrell of Indianapolis. The body was brought to Farmer City and funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Stensel Funeral Home with Rev.

E. 0. England, Methodist minister, in charge. Burial WAS made in Maple Grove cemetery. Casket bearers were James Scott, Allie Kent, Bert Kendall, Ernest Judd, Bud Stokes and Roy Bracken.

ADDRESS KIWANIANS Professor Guevrekion, professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois, was guest speaker at the Kiwanis dinner meeting Tuesday. the His subject was Post War Reconinstruction in France. He gave special stress on the building program there in his speech. OUR FUTURE CITIZENS Leaders of Tomorrow PAULA COX DALE COX Paula, 7 months, and Dale, 2 sides. Their mother was the former years, are the bright-eyed children Helen Kopp, daughter of Mr.

and of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cox. Their Mrs. Ezra Kopp.

Mr. and Mrs. father is a farmer in the Bethel Elmer Cox are the paternal grandcommunity where the family re- I parents. Mrs. Ida E.

Helmick Dies In Hospital Mrs. Ida E. Helmick, 79, died Thursday afternoon in the Brokaw hospital, Normal. She had been a patient there since Dec. 21 but had been in poor health for several years.

She was born in Piatt Co. Nov. 4, 1871, the daughter of William H. and Margaret Thomas Johnson. In 1892 she was married to Simeon Clark Helmick at Clinton.

The couple established a home near here and farmed in this vicinity for a number of years. He predeceased her on April 10, 1939. Several years ago she moved to a farm near Arrowsmith but more recently bought a home in LeRoy where she resided at the time of her death. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Kirk and Mrs.

Ivy McArthy of this city, Mrs. Clara Walton of Bloomington and two sons, Charles S. of this city and Marion of Peoria. Two sisters and a brother also survive, Mrs. Anna Youngman of Bloomington and Mrs.

Maddie Aschlman of Ontario, and a brother. Marshall Johnson of Bloomington; also 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was a the Christian church of this city, a charter member of the Get Busy Society of the Christian church and a member of the Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Stensel's Funeral Home with Rev. R.

J. Zehr of Normal and Rev. Fred Harrold of this city in charge. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. Casket bearers were grandsons Marion Walton, P.

J. Walton, Wilbert Helmick, Wayne Robert Helmick, Walter Helmick, Wesley Helmick and Ivan Helmick. A large number of relatives and friends from a distance attended the funeral. bearers were granddaughters Margaret Snook, Mary Etta Brockhouse, Bernice Hither, Dolores E. Case, Betty Lou Walton and Jean Henninger.

Attend Mother's Rites In Florida Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jasper and Bly Baker were called to Jacksonville, Jan. 3 by the sudden death of Mrs. Margaret Dennis, mother of Mrs.

Jasper and Mr. Baker. Heart attack is believed to have caused her death. The former Margaret Ann Swearingin, daughter of James and Luella Swearingin, was born Feb. 15, 1881 in Moreland, Ky.

She came to Illinois with her parents when four years of age and spent most of her life. In this vicinity. She was united in marriage in 1898 to William Baker of Weldon, and lived in the Farmer City and Deland community for 20 years. Later she was united in marriage to Harvey Dennis of Jacksonville, where she has resided the past 13 years. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters, Mrs.

Gloria Wood of Columbia, So. Carolina, and Mrs. Jesse (Aubrey) Jasper and one son, this city, and two grandchildren, Dixie Lee and David Baker Wood. Two brothers, Grover Swearingin of McLean and David Swearingin of Milwaukee, also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the Key McCane Funeral home at Jacksonville, with burial made in the Evergreen cemetery there. HELLO WORLD HELLO WORLD Mr. and Mrs.

Ercie Snow of Cincinnati, Ohio, are the parents of a baby boy born Jan. 13 in the Jewish hospital at Cincinnati. He has been named James Thomas and is the second child and second son for the couple who formerly resided in this city. Mrs. Snow was Lula Abner before her marriage.

Mrs. Mollie Baker of this city and Mr. and Mrs. James Abner of Clinton are the grandparents. MANY ITEMS ARE CONSIDERED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS The City Council had a busy and interesting meeting Monday evening.

A representation of farmers with Lott C. Howe as spokesman were present to ask if a stop light at the intersection of South Main St. and Rt. 54 could be secured. They enumerated the traffic dangers at this intersection.

Mayor Hester reported that the city had tried to get such a stop light here, but this was up to the highway department. He suggested they circulate a petition for such with as many names signed as possible and send it into the State Department offices at Springfield, to see if this would bring any results. Mrs. Russell Sypult and Mrs. Beulah Merrifield also attended meeting seeking to know if the Willow Farms Dairy of Atlanta could be forbidden the sale of milk here, complaining that this company provided unfair competition by the cutting of dairy prices.

Mayor Hester reported that he knew of nothing the city could do to prevent their doing business here but promised he would seek further legal advise on the subject. J. 0. Guthridge, Leonard Holt, Harold Miller, Joe Price and Wes. Williams, city employees, were present to ask the council about wage increases, giving details on the rising cost of living.

The mayor promised he would see what could be done later on in the council session. Val Jean Stevens, supt. of lines, presented the request of the Anhydrous Ammonia Co. for three phase service for their plant. After much discussion as to the cost and income from such service, it was decided the city could not supply three phase service but the city agreed to provide a single phase.

The council voted to notify Theodore Elmore to repair the streets torn up by laying water mains to the new Elmore addition in the east part of town. The mayor made a detailed report on a trip he and two aldermen and a representative of the Fairbanks Morse Company made recently to Sullivan to see a piston diesel generating unit and reported a representative, of the company Jan. 26 to discuss this unit in further detail. By roll call vote the council granted salary raises to the following city employees, O. W.

Reinke, Arthur Bates, J. 0. Guthridge, Leonard Holt. Harold Miller, Val Jean Stevens and Joe Price. They also allowed bills amounting to $4,281.70.

The mayor and all aldermen were present at the meeting, Morgan Candidate For Twp. Post Lyle G. Morgan announced Monday that he would seek reelection to Anna the office of supervisor of Santa township at the regular township election April 3. Mr. Morgan has served his dutles as supervisor the past four time years most efficiently, giving much to this office.

He served as chairman of the board in 1949. He was on the jail committee three years, the insurance and finance committee, and the court house committee for three years. Santa Anna friends of Mr. Morgan are satisfied with the good work he has conscientiously performed. Two other township candidates were announced Monday also, John A.

Parker and Ora L. Wood, both supervisors of Clintonia township. Woodlawn Ladies Name Golf Heads Mrs. Carroll McCartney was elected chairman for the 1951 golf season by the 26 ladies attending final golf dinner for 1950 at Woodlawn club house Tuesday evening. Other officers named were: Mrs.

Frank McIntyre, Mrs. Leon Rous, and Mrs. Lyle Swartz, bridge chair. Pins were awarded to Miss Elsie Alsip and Mrs. Leon Rous and a tray was won by Mrs.

Floyd King for the cup play, Mrs. Beulah Trovero won the door prize. Bridge and Canasta followed the Swartz bridge and Mrs. business meeting, with Mrs. Lyle Carroll McCartney at Canasta.

The committee in charge of the evening consisted of Mrs. Nile Mitchell, Miss Ann Dwyer and Mrs. Stanley Hamman. Jr. Farmers Best LeRoy, 22-21 The Junior Farmers picked up they in a double headvictories.

January 12. when er. The Farmer City Lights won a thriller, 22-21 and the Heavies coasted through their game, 27-16. Lanky Pat Hester paced the lightweights as he scored four baskets and made three of five of his free throws. The rest of the scoring was evenly divided with "Tim" Tobin and Bill Rittenhouse each netting two baskets, Jerry Wright two free throws and Dickey Hedges one free throw.

Beeler sparked the LeRoy five with five baskets but didn't have the support Hester did. Farmer City made six of 13 free throws and LeRoy hit three of 11. Weldon Fogal led both teams in scoring as he netted four baskets from the field and two from the foul line in the heavyweight game. Behind Fogal for scoring honors were Fred Reynolds with three baskets and one charity toss and Don Marvin who scored three times from the field. The Farmer City scoring WAS completed by Phil King and Norm Emmerson as they scored one basket each.

Hillard and Landers paced the losers with three field goals each, and Jackson hit two to complete the LeRoy scoring. WM. BRADY BABE RECEIVES BURNS Billy Brady, five. month old son of coach and Mrs. William Brady, was able to be brought home Saturday afternoon from the Burnham City hospital, Champaign, where he was much improved from second degree burns on his face and arms.

The baby was burned about 6 p.m. Wednesday of last week when bed clothing in his crib caught fire, evidently from defective wiring on an electric hot plate which was being used with a pan of water as a vaporizer as the child had been ill. The fire department was called but Mrs. Brady extinguished the fire before it arrived. Adult Food Class Program Told Miss Catherine Carter, Home Economics instructor at Moore High school, reports that lessons for the Adult Foods Class have been planned for the next nine meetings.

They are: January 22, Party Refreshments; January 29, yeast rolls; February 5, cake making; February 12, preparing foods for the freezer; February 19, one dish meals, casseroles and oven meals; February 26, vegetable cookery; March 5, salads; March 12, movies on table settings, silverware, China and glassware; March 19, meat cookery. The next meeting will be Monday evening, January 22 at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the homemaking room. Each person is to bring her suggestions for party refreshments. This class is open to any homemaker in the community who may attend any one or more of these lessons.

The members planning these leusons were Mrs. Ersa Miller, Mrs. Gen Goodall, Mrs. Eloise Holoch, Mrs. Virginia Herrick, Mrs.

Elizabeth Grimes, Mrs. Gertrude ShatViola Young, Mrs. Zearl Plotner, Mrs. Roxana Holoch, Mrs. Marian Rostron and Mrs.

Imogene Murphey, A. Has Fine Program Wed. Eve Miss Phyllis Grosh, girls physical education director at M.H.S., was in charge of the first part of the January program, Wednesday evening of last week. She presented her girls in a "Carnival of Physical Education." The carniopened with a grand march when the girls entered the gym from four different doors, signifying people coming to the Carnival from all over the country. Next, stunts and tumbling depicted the rush and confusion of people at a carnival.

This included the forward roll, dives, head balance, back and front flip and a pyramid. The carnival closed with "The Follies of 1951" which included square dancing. About 130 girls took part in the carnival. Miss Grosh has proven a very efficient director for these girls and several people expressed the idea that more programs like this one would be much enjoyed. Clarence Simpson then introduced Frank Simpson who was chairman of the panel discussion group.

Members of the panel were Miss Virginia Minnie, Miss Alma Curtis, high school students, Mrs. Charles Grimes, Mrs. Richard Young, Robert Jones, Glen Calhoun and Dean Lowman. They discussed the subject, "What We Expect From Our Schools." This all proved very interesting and those attending were also given a chance to express their ideas. At the close of the program refreshments were served HELLO WORLD Mr.

and Mrs. William Murphey are the parents of a boy born Tuesday in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington This is the first child for the couple. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Murphey are the grandparents.

HELLO WORLD Mr. and Mrs. Paul Healy are his parents of a son born Saturday the St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington. Mens Bowling Activities Listed In the men's Tuesday night Bowling League games, Howe Implement won all three games from Stimler's by forfeit.

Deland won two games from Walt's, V.F.W. won two games from K. P. and Eddie's Bowling Alley won two from Dick's Sealtest. Team standings to date are: Team Won Lost Deland 35 19 Eddie's Bowling Howe Impl.

Dick's Sealtest Walt's V. F. W. Stimler's K. P.

23 31 Wednesday night People's won all three games from the Masonic Lodge. Holman's won two games from Carl's Truck Stop, Faculty won two games from the Lumber Co, and Lawrence Impl. won two games from the Body Shop. The team standings to date are as follows: Team Won Lost Carl's Truck Stop 15 Warren Body Shop 24 Lumber Co. Faculty People's Cafe 88888855 26 Masonic Lodge 23 Holman's 88 Lawrence Implement Murder Bandsman--You know, that song just haunts me.

Seaman Well, it should, you murdered it..

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