Days Gone By December 6
1942 (70 years ago)
On the first anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, members of the high school student body and faculty assembled for a patriotic program Monday.
Highlighting the program was the purchase of War stamps and bonds, a weekly feature of the high school program. This week, however, the weekly purchase day of Wednesday was changed to Monday, because it was December 7.
High school students purchased bonds and stamps to the amount of $1,093.95, grade school pupils bought $443.60 worth, making a total for the Carlinville schools of $1,537.55 on the one day alone.
Nelson Kessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Kessinger, R.R. 2, who has just been awarded the American Farmer Degree in Future Farmer work, is the second from Carlinville ever to be granted this highest honor that members of the organization can obtain.
To qualify for this honor, an F.F.A. member must prove himself to be an efficient farmer; have at least $500 invested in farm projects; maintain a scholastic standing in the upper ten of his classes; and must approve himself to be a leader.
The Y.P.S.L. of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., December 25, in Dawes Gymnasium. Admission is $1.25 per couple.
George C. Reid, grade school music director and local school band director, is the winner of the service boys’ Christmas letter contest sponsored by the Carlinville U.S.O. committee, Rev. W.F. Eifrig, chairman of the Executive Board, has announced. Second place was awarded to Miss Virginia Hoelting, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hoelting.
Mr. Reid’s letter, which was written to express to the boys in the service the best and most sincere Christmas wishes of the folks back home, will be mimeographed and mailed out as the official Christmas letter of the City of Carlinville. Every boy in the service, wherever he may be, will receive a copy of the letter, by air mail.
Sunday and Monday’s movie at the Marvel was “The Major and the Minor,” starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland and Robert Benchley.
1952 (60 years ago)
Mrs. Florence Little, mother of 10 children, surprised her family by agreeing to make her first airplane flight to New York at the age of 80.
Mrs. Little, a lifelong resident of this city, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Cosgriff, and agreed to make the long-discussed trip to the East on the invitation of another daughter, Mrs. Beatric Gallo, who lives on Long Island.
After serving as Macoupin County home adviser for nine years and four months, Miss Deborah Solliday has resigned her position effective January 1. She is well known for her effective guidance in Home Bureau work throughout the county.
Her resignation was accepted by the Board of Directors of the Macoupin County Home Bureau at a meeting held here Thursday afternoon. Miss Solliday has not made known her future plans.
H.&M. Appliance Company advertised an Admiral 21” TV Console, 220 square inches in walnut for $299.
Clarence “Sam” McCormick, Chief of Police, warned the public in general and Carlinville business men in particular that there are a number of bad check “artists” operating throughout the community and are urged to be on their guard. They are encouraged to ask for identification, and no honest person could object to this.
The carnival at Palmyra High School was well attended and enjoyed by those present. The main attraction was the crowning of the king and queen, Roger Turner and Shirley Holiday, by the former king and queen, Jack Kamp and Pauline Bristow. The attendants were Jimmy Bramley, Patricia Wilfork, Lynn Angelo, Lou Ann Giller, Bill Mueller and Joan Bivin.
The movie at the Marvel Wednesday and Thursday was “Three for Bedroom C,” with Gloria Swanson and James Warren.
1962 (50 years ago)
Dr. Timothy Weatherford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Weatherford of Carlinville, who left this city nearly 20 years ago, first to serve in the U.S. Navy and later to become a doctor and practice extensively in other areas, has announced that he will open his office in Carlinville for general medical practice in about two weeks. The office will be located at 256 North Broad Street.
The Piasa unit of Homemakers Extension met Thursday at the home of Mrs. Margaret Brown with Mrs. Dewey Paynteras as co-hostess with 14 members and four guests present. Roll call was answered with “What Am I Most Thankful For.”
The major lesson, “New Concepts in Health,” was given by Miss Jacqueline Harris, home advisor. The minor lesson, “Unusual Christmas Cookies,” was given by Mrs. Paul Odell.
“Dude” Reiher’s Super Market featured Prairie Farms one-half gallon ice cream for 69 cents.
Blackburn College students of child psychology have been getting a first-hand look at the subject matter of their course this semester in the special play school established by the college.
Mrs. Ruth Parmer, who teaches the class organized and established a school so that her students could see “how healthy, happy, three-and four-year-olds work and play in group situations, what they talk about, how they use play equipment and how they get along with one another.”
Since October 30, 11 three-and four-year-olds have been attending the school four days each week. Mrs. Parmer has served as teacher, assisted by her students.
“A course in child psychology taught without looking at children is as ridiculous as to take a course in astronomy and never look at the stars,” said Parmer.
Henry Fonda, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon and Gene Tierney played in Sunday and Monday’s movie at the Marvel entitled, “Advise and Consent.”
1972 (40 years ago)
Three Macoupin County officers, elected in November, took oaths of office Monday as their terms of office began.
Circuit Clerk Philip Brown and Coroner Conrad J. Dawson, were re-elected to their offices and thus began succeeding terms. Attorney Joseph P. Koval of Mt. Olive was elected state’s attorney and took his oath to begin his first term in this capacity.
Bill Kuntzman of Carlinville has on display in the window of The Enquirer office a limb from a diamond willow tree, a very scarce tree, that came from near Fairbanks, Alaska. The piece was brought to Mr. Kuntzman by his son, S.F.C. William H. Kuntzman, an Air Force career man, who was stationed in Alaska for sometime, and is now stationed in El Paso, Texas.
The wood is very hard, in much demand and commands a very high price. The piece owned by Mr. Kuntzman will be used to make a lamp stand.
Stan Standefer, operator of a taxi service in Carlinville, had a letter before the Council asking that he be allowed to increse fares to 15 cents beginning January 1 due to increasing costs for license and insurance. The fare increase was allowed by the Council.
With the increase the fare will be 75 cents for one and 50 cents for each additional passenger.
Fun Fabrics advertised a Christmas gift that keeps on giving – the Bernina 830 sewing machine with Swiss-made quality that’s more useful than ever because there is no major stitch the Bernina 830 cannot sew.
With each purchase of a Bernina Sewing Machine, the purchaser will receive $50 worth of the material of your choice.
The Carlinville Cavaliers were guilty of too many first game mistakes Friday evening as they went down by the score of 83-65 to the Litchfield Panthers in the season opener.
Although the game was not close, there were several bright spots for the Cavaliers including the overall play of 6-3 senior Phil Stivers who came off the bench to rack up 12 points and lead the team in rebounds with eight.
Scharfenberg’s Shoe Store took out a full page ad for their liquidation sale. Viner Casuals, Miss America, Air-Step Miss Robin, Eskiloos and L. Miller shoes were all sale priced plus many more great bargains. Prizes worth $1,000 with no purchase necessary were also featured.
The special matinee at the Marvel Saturday sponsored by the Carlinville Merchants at 10 a.m. featured Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda in “Yours, Mine and Ours.”
The weekend movies at the Diane Drive-In were Joe Namath in “The Last Rebel” and Julie Christie and Alan Bates in “The Go Between.”