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I I I I I I 2 I Concert of Summer Season Set For June 11 The summer band concert season will begin next Wednesday evening, June 11 with programs beginning at 7:30 p.m. (DST). As in past years Director Middlested and his group of local musicians will give concerts weekly each Wednesday evening for eight weeks from the bandstand in the city park. The city has.a special band fund remunerate the director and to, players for a series of 10 programs. The first was given on Decoration Day, the final one is usually given at the Farmer City Fair.

The group has been in regular practice in the Moore High band room preparatory to the first concert. Numbers scheduled for June 11 include: Concert March, "Crusade for Freedom," Richards. Overture, "Monte Cristo," Paulson. "The Desert Song" from Desert Song, Romberg. "Blue Tango," Anderson.

March, "On the Square," Panella. Miles. Some," Chennette. Trombone one Oddity, "Slidin' March, "'The Outlook," Jewell. Many Activities Planned For Scouts Farmer City Troop No.

137 held its regular meeting Monday evening. They met at the Moore High school ball diamond and after playing softball discussed the coming camping trip at Bloomington. The local scouts have reserved the week of July 26 for the camping trip. They will spend six days camp and at that time will endeavor to pass tests. Fathers of some of the scouts are planning to attend camp for one or two days with their sons.

Those fathers attending for sure will be Dave Frederickson, Don Thurber and possibly Elmo Cadle. Any other father wishing attend will be welcome but reservations must be made through the local troop. There will be an overnight hike Thursday, June 5 to the Swigart Camp. The scouts will leave Farmer City at 2:30 p.m. and will return early the following morning.

The Scouts have been quite active since perfecting their roganization in March. They have made several trips to Bloomington to swim in the Y.M.C.A. pool and more swimming trips are being planned. The fathers have been most cooperative in arranging transportation for the trips and the parents in general indicate a high rate of interest in scouting activities. (Please turn to page 8) JWC Becomes Civic Improvement Group The Farmer City Junior Woman's Club dissolved as of May 18 and became known as the Farmer City Civic Improvement League with no age limit specified for members.

However, they will still be affiliated with the county, state, Genera! Federation and Nineteenth District Woman's clubs. Officers elected to serve this coming year for the new club are: president, Mrs. Edward Owens: first Mrs. Keith Shell, Clinton; second Mrs. Gottlieb; Mrs.

Ed Cooke and Mrs. John MeKinley. The League will study International Relationship and will have students from foreign countries who are attending nearby universities appear on their programs. For their local project they will post a calendar. of local events two in advance.

The presented Mrs. Herb weeks, Persons, past president of the Junior Club, with a president's pin and a gift of appreciation. One Memorial Day Accident Reported Farmer City business houses closed Friday and paid respect to those who had given their lives for the sake of liberty. Patriotic and other civic organizations and local citizens took part in ceremonies during the day and graves in local cemeteries were fittingly decorated. Many residents went on vacation trips.

Farmer City was practically free from accidents. The only one for the Memorial Day weekend reported in this vicinity occurred about 4 a.m. Monday. John Bowles, 34, of South Bend. received injuries when according to reports his Ford car was crowded off the road and hit a tree near the Paul Durbin rural home about three miles west of town.

He was given first aid treatment by a local physician then taken to the St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington by ambulance. His companion, Roosevelt Dickey was uninjured, but the car was reported to be badly damaged. TAKE FISHING TRIP Lee Sprague, Bud McConkey, Carroll McCartney, Vernelle Hurley, all of this city, Glen Downs of Clinton and Jim Holmes of Springfield, returned home Monday from a week's vacation and fishing trip to Osage Beach, Mo. U.

of Urbana, Library Illinois (C) THE Farmer City JOURNAL "DE WITT COUNTY'S BIGGEST WEEKLY" 23rd Issue of the 84th Year FARMER CITY, DEWITT COUNTY, ILLINOIS Thursday, June 5, 1952 Flowers For The Living OUR CITIZENS LEW WEST Louis E. "Lew" West, owner and operator of the Farmer City Grain Coal specializes in seed oat promotion and finds it a most interesting and profitable project. was raised on a farm. His parents before him farmed land near Bloomington. He received his education in schools near and in Downs.

Early in life he married the former Amy Marie Yoder at Carlock and their first home was on a farm near Danvers. From there they moved to a farm near Anchor where they were living when they read an ad that the Farmer City Grain Coal Co. would be sold. West came to Farmer City and bought the business in a sale at public auction before the Farmer City State Bank from Lewis Shreve, the late E. C.

Murphey and the Johnson estate. He has developed a wholesale seed grain business and at present is shipping to 20 states. Two months ago he became a partner, owning a half interest in another company, the Saw Seed Co. with headquarters at the Farmer City Grain office. This company was organized for production and direct retail sales of the newly developed seed grains to out of state farmers.

They ship four items, rye, oats. wheat and soybeans with oats by far the largest in volume. Paul Durbin, agricultural direc1or at Moore High school has done the analysis work on seeds for Mr. West the past two years. It is interesting to note that seed records ALA Realizes $160 From Poppy Sales Approximately $160.50 was realized by the American Legion Auxiliary at the annual Poppy Day sales recently.

Mrs. Margaret Brown, chairman, reported 1,800 Poppies were ordered from Veterans' headquarters to be sold this year. Mrs. Lucy Tharp and Mrs. Alma Lavey began the sales Friday evening.

Those selling Saturday were Jane Brownlee, Nancy Rittenhouse, Nancy Engle, Mary Moore, Carol Sue Clark, La Veda Curtis, Gardinia Wilson. Betty Wilson, Judy Roberson, Joyce Ester, Gene Stewart, Betty Ann Cadle. Dora Kay Brown, Flanigan, Earl Doss and Janet and Sue Golden. First prize for sales went to Rudy Engle, second to Bonnie Duff, third to Joe Walsh and fourth to Nancy Brownlee. As is his custom John Kendall gave each one selling poppies a pass to Kendall's Theatre.

S. Ruttman's Cousin Wins Big Race Schuyler Ruttman of this city had the thrill of seeing his cousin, Troy Ruttman, win the 500 mile race at the Indianapolis, Ind. Speedway Decoration Day before a 150,000 crowd. He thus won the $70,000 prize money. Ruttman, 22, of Lynwood, Calif.

was the youngest and biggest driver on the field and drove a cream and red Offenhauser. Others from here besides Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Ruttman attending the races were Mr. and Mrs.

Ed Byers, Mr. and Mrs. Lew West, Bill Augustus, Warren Amacher, John Holman, Marvin Schmitz and Levi Murphey. IS HOSPITALIZED Mrs. Fred Morris entered the Cole hospital, Champaign last Thursday for observation and treatment.

Wirt Herrick, Clinton attorney, formerly of this city has gone to Rochester, for observation and treatment in the Mayo Clinic. Many Young People Receive Bible Instruction Here Over a hundred young people of the community are enrolled in Vacation Bible School at the present time. At the Methodist church Mrs. Belyea, supervisor, reports were enrolled Tuesday. The beginners class with 21 was the largest, 17 were in the primary and 15 in junior work.

Leaders and assistants are stressing Bible study coordinated with appropriate hand work. Those enrolled receive badges each three days for attendance. Classes are held from 9 to 11 amine last Friday of the school a closing program will be held open to the public and exhibits of hand work will be displayed. Forty young people were enrolled Monday at the Vacation Bible school sponsored by the Nazarene church. Hours for this project are 1:30 to 4 p.m.

(DST) daily. Organization of the school was perfected Monday with the following in charge: Mrs. Sam McKay is bye general leader. She is assisted Miss Neva Gillespie. Mrs.

Max Walden and Mrs. Gerald Collins have charge of the beginners. Mrs. L. L.

Flint, Mrs. O. Wilson, Mrs. Mary Ratcliffe and Mrs. Val Jean Stevens supervise the primary department.

Miss Hildreth Walden and Mrs. Lester Harland have charge of the junior group. Handicraft, games, recreation and supervised Bible study is given. Rev. Fred Harrold reported Monday that enrollment at the Christian Church Bible school had not been completed but felt they were getting off to a good start.

Bible teaching, songs, games, handicraft and stories are featured in classes held here from 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily except Saturday. school at the Baptist Vacation, be held latex in the summer after the new parsonage is completed since Rev. Blankenship and family now occupy the church basement which will be needed for use in vacation class work. Give Scholarship Tests June 7 The County School Examinations to the University of Illinois will be held in the office of A.

W. Dickey, county superintendent of schools at Clinton at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Scholarships to the university, on a county basis, are available age or to older any who resident has 16 graduated years from high school, but who has nevor attended any college or university. Applicants for the examination need register in advance.

It is only necessary that they report note at 9 a.m. to the office of the county superintendent of schools in the court house, Clinton and be prepared to write the examination in both morning and afternoon. Five scholarships are available. The following scholarships, will be awarded on the examination if properly qualified candidates appear and have satisfactory scores on the tests: (1) County, (2) Home Agricul- Economics scholarship, (4) scholarship for a child of a veteran of World War I and (5) scholarship for a child of a veteran of World War IL. Each candidates may apply for more scholarship if he wishes.

It is no longer necessary for an agriculture or home economics scholarship candidate to make application in advance to the Illinois Farmer's Institute. These scholarships will hereafter be awarded to properly qualified candidates on the basis of the competitive examination. Mrs. Kate Johnson Weds Thos. L.

Lewis Mrs. Kate Johnson and Thomas L. Lewis, both lifelong residents of this city were married at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Clinton. Justice Geraldine: Crow performed the ceremony in her office in Clinton.

Both gave their ages as 75. The couple returned immediately to their home here. During the summer they will occupy the bride's home at 439 Woodward Ave. and will reside at his home on E. Water St.

in the winter. Their Farmer City friends offer congratulations. This Week's Chuckle Sign in a theatre lobby- "ComAttractions Mother Wore Tights -Also Selected Shorts." Many Call On Mrs. Eva Glardon to Extend Best Wishes On 75th Birthday Mrs. Eva Glardon, lifelong resi-4 dent of Farmer City and vicinity, celebrated her Sunday, June birthanniversary 1.

Sixty relatives and friends, called during the afternoon evening to greet her and extend best wishes. Those from a to be with her on this were distance, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Pullman of St. Louis, Mrs.

Bert Hayes, Cleveland, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Humrichous of Georgetown, Mr. and Mrs. Tom.

Kempler of Hopedale. The other guests were from Farmer City and nearby Preceding the open house a family dinner was held at noon with all of Mrs. Glardon's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren present. Mrs. Glardon was born June 1, 1917.

After her husband's death Walters Gardner on a farm between Solomon and Rucker Chapel in Wilson Township, De Witt county. August 15, 1894 she was united in marriage in Clinton to Calvin H. Glardon of Lawrenceburg, Ind. They farmed in this vicinity until Mr. Glardon's death on Dec.

28. 1817. After her husband's death Mrs. Glardon and her family moved into her present home in the east part of town. and Mrs.

Glardon were the parents, of Florence four Hart children, who namely, resides with her mother, Carl of Mansfield. Mrs. Carroll (Charlotte) McCartney of this city and Miss Evelyn Glardon of Chicago Mrs. Glardon very proud of her four grandchildren, Mrs. Wayne (Dorothy Hart) Helmick of Urbana and Clarissa, Carmen and Clifford Glardon, children of Mr.

and Mrs. Carl Glardon of Mansfield and also her three great grandchildren, Connie, Craig and Calvin, children of Mr. and Mrs. Wavne Helmick of Urbana. Mrs.

Glardon is in fairly good health and cares for her home and yard herself. She also enjoys her many friends and acquaintances. MRS. J. YOUNGMEYER ENJOYS JOURNAL A note accompanied Mrs.

Jean W. Youngmeyer's subscription to the Journal this week reporting that she still enjoys reading this newsy especially items regarding her former students. Mrs. Youngmeyer, the former Jean Whitcomb, taught home economics at Moore High until a few years ago and has many friends here. She now resides at Carthage and reports she is especially enjoying her 18.

months old son. WALSH WASHINGTON LAWYER Friends here have learned that James F. Walsh, formerly of this city and Champaign has passed his bar examination and was sworn in as Attorney at Law, May 4, He attended law school in Washington, D. following his retirement from the Air Force in 1948. He and his wife, the former Frances Harper and four children reside at 4925 McArthur vard, Washington (7), D.

C. Beryl McCord Babe Dies In Hospital Mary Christina, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Beryl McCord, died at 1 p.m. Monday in the St.

Joseph's hospital, Bloomington. She was born at 5 a.m. that day. Survivors, besides Steven the and parents John Granvil and the grandparents, Mr. Mrs.

Emery Wilson of this city and Mrs. Tressie McCord, Chicago. A sister preceded her in death. The mother is the former Helen Wilson. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m.

Wednesday at Stensels' Funeral Home with Rev. A. A. Belyea. Methodist minister officiating.

Burial was made in Maple Grove cemetery. RETURNS TO CALIFORNIA Mrs. Mary Chapman left the home of her daughter, Mrs. John McQuire in Winnetka Thursday to return to Westwood Village, friends here have learned. Mrs.

Chapman was called to Gibson City in February due to the sudden death of her brother, Dr. Frank Stubbert, prominent Gibson City She has been with the Stubbert, family and with her daughter since that time. HELLO WORLD Sgt. and Mrs. Odell Lamb of Ft.

Custer, are the parents of a son born Saturday, May 31 in the Percy Jones hospital, Battle Creek. Mich. He has been named Dannie Philip and is the second child and second son for the couple. The mother was the former Pat Bates. Mr.

and Mrs. Arthur Bates and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lamb are the grandparents. Council Decides On Daylight Time As of Monday Eve The City Council put an end to the present time confusion at the regular meeting Monday evening by voting to operate the city on Daylight Savings time effective as of midnight, June and continuing to Sept.

28. They further specified that the question would be brought to a vote at the next city election in April 1953. The council voted approval unanimously. The group also contacted the LeRoy Council by telephone Monday evening and were informed that that city was also going on daylight time. About 60 business houses here had been operating on fast time the past two weeks.

The city dads also allowed bills, the largest of which was $1,801.70 to the Industrial Electric Co. for wiring the switchboard for the new engine at the city light plant and for other electrical connections there. The second largest bill to be allowed was to the Ohio Oil Co. for $1,399.23 for operating oils at the plant. Mayor H.

R. Hester and Aldermen Bud McConkey, Wayne Larison, Albion Kirk. V. Kent, Lyle Swartz and Thos. O'Mallie attended the meeting.

must be kept for three years and samples must be kept for six months. The growth and expansion of this business good and West believes business will rank third in the shipping of this, seed grains in the state of Illinois. The volume the 1951, crop was double that of 1950 it is estimated this year's business will exceed the 1951 business by a fourth, as he has 3,000 acres of seed growing on contract this year and has bought grain from a 0100 mile radius and of that he buys more from away than locally. No farmer who provides grain of seed quality near Farmer City has to sell on the Grain Market today as Mr. West operates a brokerage business in seeds at the local grain office.

Mr. West i is also a member of the American Seed Trade, the Illinois Seed Dealers and an associate member of the Southern Seedsmen Association. Mrs. West has been a most capable assistant bookkeeper at the grain plant and can be found there faithfully every day assisting in the management and detail work. Dolores Raber, niece of Mrs.

West, has been employed the past year and a half as an assistant. The Wests have erected a new and modern four room office building with the latest of equipment and have installed electronic self weighing scales. Out in the plant proper they have installed processing and bagging machinery. They employ three steady men and 15 employees are added during the busy six months season. James Lamb is the plant manager.

With such a growing business this couple has been kept more than busy with little time for outside activities. However they are members of the North Danvers Mennonite and he is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge, the Farmer City Boosters Association and Woodlawn Country Club. Mrs. West is a member of the Pythian Sisters and both take an active part in all bowling activities. They have added to the beauty of Farmer City by the erection of an attractive new and modern home on Maple Ave.

Thrifty and industrious couples like Lew and Amy" operating thriving business as they do. keep Farmer City well known and well advertised both within and outside of Illinois. MUST KEEP DOGS UP, OFFICIALS SAY Complaints are still being made to Police Chief O. W. Reinke, relative to dogs allowed by their owners to stray.

These dogs prove a nuisance to persons wishing to have, gardens, flowers, as well being carriers of garbage and filth. A city ordinance distinctly informs dog owners their dogs must be kept during the summer months, otherwise the dogs will have to be disposed of. So keep your dogs tied! McKinley Rodeo to Give Show Next Sun. As is its custom the McKinley Rodeo will open its summer season giving the first performance at the McKinley farm on Route. 54 two miles west of town.

The show is scheduled for p.m. (DST) Sunday, June 8. In case of bad weather it will be postponed until the following Sunday. The McKinley Rodeo, acclaimed one of the best wild west shows on the road, will feature 100 head of stock and 40 cowboys and cowgirls. In addition trick riding, bronc and steer riding, roping and other western acts will add thrills, chills and spills for the pleasure of the public.

TRAINS IN NEW YORK Pfc. Frank. Reinke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reinke, who has been since stationed at Camp with Cooke, February 44th National Guard, telephoned his parents Friday evening from Chicago while on his way to New York for six weeks special service school training.

He will return to Camp Cooke for special assignment following his schooling. ATTEND LEROY LODGE MEET Mrs. R. S. Canby, Mrs.

Don Rueger, Mrs. Byron Miles and Mrs. H. R. Hester, local Rebekah's, attended guest night of the May Queen Rebekah Lodge in LeRoy Monday evening.

POST TO ELECT The Joe Williams Post, American Legion, will hold its annual election of officers at the regular meeting Mor.day evening, June 9. WINS ART AWARD JOAN LEEMON Joan Leemon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Leemon of this city, has been selected to receive the Art Scholarship this year.

Joan, a sophomore at Moore High school, was chosen by her class outstanding art student. Her teacher, Miss Ruth Schneider and Principal L. E. Smith approved their decision. This scholarship which provides a week of art study at Allerton the Junior Woman's Club.

Park, Monticello iS a project of Notification of the exact date when Miss Leemon will attend will be sent her later. T. T. WILEY WINS HONORS IN NEW YORK Friends of the former Lyrrell Sutton of this city and Champaign will be pleased to learn of a new honor recently tendered her husband. T.

T. Wiley, director of the Traffic Engineering Bureau of New York City. The New York Chamber, of Commerce has voted "outstanding man of the year." awarded him the Good Government Award in ceremonies at City Hall. Mr. Wiley, son of Prof.

C. C. Wiley of the U. of I. Civil Engincering Department, holds the top engineering job in the nation.

With his wife and three small daughters he resides in Douglas Manor, Long Island, a suburb of New York City, approximately three miles from Lake Success. Duane Davis Weds In Washington St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington, D. was the scene of a pretty wedding when Miss Theresa Nadeau, daughter Mr. and Mrs.

Norbert Nadeau of Plaisted, Maine, became the bride of Duane R. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wheeler of this city. The Reverend Father William Louis Quinn performed the double ring ceremony.

The bride was escorted to. the altar by Gerard Picard of Plaisted, Maine, friend of the bride, while Miss Lillian Tremba of Michigan, also a friend of the bride maid of honor and Miss Ann Frickleton of Pennsylvania was bridesmaid. Bernie O'Neal was best man and Walter Kemberling was usher. Both were friends of the groom. A small reception was held at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington.

D. C. after the wedding. Mr. and Mrs.

Davis received many beautiful gifts. The bride is a graduate of Fort Kent High school, Fort Kent, Maine and is presently employed by the air force at the Pentagon Building in Washington. The bridegroom is in the navy and is stationed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The couple will reside in Washington, D. C.

for a couple of years. Legion Auxiliary To Elect Officers The regular meeting of the Legion Auxiliary is scheduled for this Thursday evening in the Legion club rooms. Election of officers for the coming year will be held at this time. Present officers are president, Mrs. Lucy Tharp; first vice, Mrs.

Bertha Rollins; second vice, Mrs. Price; Mrs. Arnetta Stewart; Mrs. Saidee Reinke. JOAN MAXWELL TO WED Mr.

and Mrs. Floyd Maxwell of this city have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Joan, to Wesley Witt, son of Mrs. William Tarman also of this city. The wedding will take place June 21 in the Sacred Heart church. Soil Contest Offers Attractive Awards One hundred dollars in prizes will be awarded to winners of the DeWitt and Macon county divisions of the statewide "Save Your Soil for Illinois" contest.

The prizes will be donated by the De Witt-Macon Bankers association, McIntosh, Oreana, secretary of the Association of Illinois Soil Conservation Districts, said. Sponsored by the State Agriculture department, the contest is aimed at recognizing the farmer doing the most outstanding conservation farming job in the state. Mr. McIntosh said that Roy Yung, state agriculture director, had advised him that the state contest winner will be awarded a $1,000 defense bond. Winners of teach of 15 council area contests in the state will get electrical refrigerators.

County winners will be entered in the council contests. Council winners will compete in the state finals, winner of which will be announced during the State Fair. The East Central Land Use Council area includes DeWitt, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, Champaign, Ford and McLean counties. Deadline for county contest entries, judged is June and 10. the winner Candidates report- will ed to the agriculture department by June 15.

Col. Armstrong to Discuss Defense D. F. Armstrong, Lieutenant Colonel in the air force, present Ground Observer Corps coordinator will visit Farmer City this (Thursday) evening, according to information received by V. Kent, director of Civil Defense for DeWitt county.

public the Fireman's Col. Armstrong, will speak at a Hall at 7:30 p.m. giving information relative to the work, procedure, need and importance of ground defense. Mr. Kent feels that an unusually large crowd will attend this meeting which deals with such important defense matters.

He especially asks that every fireman, air observer, Red Cross worker, city officer, police and business man attend the meeting. Report Recent Family Removals Mr. and Mrs. J. P.

Wagoner will move soon from the Stensel upstairs apartment on W. Market St. to the Wayne Copley home on N. Main St. Mr.

and Mrs. Copley and family are living in a trailer and will follow Mr. Copley in his construction work. Lieut. and Mrs.

C. W. Galla of Rantoul have moved into the Phil Rous apartment vacated by Andrew Drake who with his family moved to Decatur last week. Mr. and Mrs.

Ralph Curtis have moved into the Rous trailer home located near the Rous residence. They have been making their home with his mother, Mrs. Martha Curtis. HELLO WORLD Mr. and Mrs.

Stanley Vance are the parents of an eight pound six ounce baby girl born Tuesday morning, June 3 in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington. She, the child and second girl for the couple, has been named Nancy Ann. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Vance of this city and Mr.

and Mrs. J. S. Kohl of Springfield are the grandparents. HELLO WORLD Mr.

and Mrs. Robert Floyd of Weldon are the parents of a girl born Sunday, June 1 in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington. This is the first child the couple. The mother was formerly Alice McCorkle of the Osman vicinity. "OWLS" ARRIVE "OWLS" ARRIVE According to Principal Smith of Moore High "Owls" have arrived distributed at 1:30 Sunday, June 8 at the L.

E. school the and will be p.m. (DST), high school..

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