Days Gone By – March 28, 2013
1913 (100 years ago)
The churches of Carlinville celebrated Easter with special music and sermons appropriate to the event. The day was not a pleasant one from the standpoint of weather. Rain fell and a high wind blew nearly all day. This had a tendency to cut down the attendance somewhat at the various houses of worship, but nevertheless audiences of gratifying size were present at most all of the different denominations.
In addition to the special music and very timely discourses by the pastors the churches were elaborately and beautifully decorated with flowers and potted plants. Several of the churches held evening exercises, which were quite well attended.
If the civil service system of filling post office vacancies obtains, the next postmaster of Medora will be Miss Lora Elkinton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Elkinton, who excelled in the civil service examination held in Jerseyville February 8. Miss Elkinton, who is a school ma’am, being teacher of the Hawkins Prairie School in Jersey County, was the only woman who engaged in the quiz. The seven candidates who wrote the examination received their grades Friday. Miss Elkinton received a 92.95 percent rating and stood first in the list. Thomas Ore was second and C.H. Brahom third.
The examination was held for the purpose of choosing a successor to C.E. Smith, who is to be removed as postmaster of Medora.
Deputies from the sheriff’s office went to Gillespie and Staunton armed with search warrants from the state’s attorney’s office looking for slot machines. At Staunton the officers confiscated a large machine from a saloon near the interurban station. In Gillespie the deputies took a good size coin gatherer from a thirst parlor. The two machines were shipped to Carlinville over the interurban and were placed in the custody of the sheriff.
The firm of Albert Paul & Company have rented the Heinz building on West Main Street, being in need of additional room on account of their expanding business. The new building will be stocked with buggies and possession will be taken about April 1.
Monday night the last number of the high school Chautauqua course was given at the Opera House. Edward Vance Cook, the Ohio poet, was the entertainer and he delighted all who heard him. The high school girls chorus under the direction of Mrs. Davies, music supervisor at the public schools, gave a number of selections. Their singing was much enjoyed.
1938 (75 years ago)
Miss Faye Kuntzman, a senior in the Carlinville Community High School and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuntzman of near Carlinville, will represent Macoupin County in the Legion Auxiliary’s’s district oratorical contest to be held at Taylorville on April 28. Miss Kuntzman will speak on “The Constitution of the United States Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
The Democrat was informed that the fishing at Lake Rinaker during the past several days has been exceptionally good and that some splendid specimens have been taken from the water. A number of the members are putting in considerable time at the sport and we are told that the club’s newest member, Bob DeSilva, is at the head of the list when it comes to enthusiasm. Someone who has evidently been watching him, tells The Democrat that Bob is out there at every opportunity, day and night, and that he has shown remarkable skill in landing the big ones.
Announcement was made Monday morning that John Meno, a resident of Carlinville since several years, has purchased the local Piggly Wiggly store from the Fisher Grocery Company of Springfield and took possession of the property that morning. Associated with Mr. Meno in the purchase of this store is his brother, Charles Meno of Gillespie, with whom he is also associated in the ownership of a complete food market at Gillespie and one at Eagerville.
Are you willing to sit idly by and see the poor birds go homeless? If interested, enter the City Wide Bird House contest being sponsored by C.A. Steinmeyer and Earl Fanning of Carlinville in cooperation with the Recreation Center.
Your bird house may be any size, shape or form and may be painted any color. When you have your bird house finished, bring it to the Recreation Center where it will be placed on display.
The bird houses will be judged by three prominent citizens of Carlinville and prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Signs of early spring and the return of numerous birds calls for quick action from the people of Carlinville. Hurry and keep the birds here in Carlinville.
The Democrat wishes once more to call attention to the Illinois State Independent Basketball Tournament which opens this week at the Carlinville Community High School and concludes with the championship game on Saturday night. Sixteen teams are entered and some mighty stiff games are anticipated. Carlinville is represented by the Carlinville Gloves with the Johnston City Indians as their opponents.
“Swing Your Lady,” Warner Brothers hilarious, hill-billy humdinger, played at the Marvel Friday and Saturday, starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, Nat Pendleton and those Ozard Nightingales, the incomparable Weaver Bros. and Elviry. The second feature was “Trapped by G-Men,” with Jack Holt and Wynne Gibson.
1963 (50 years ago)
Carlinville Chamber of Commerce has agreed to aid in raising funds for the erection of a nursing home near Lake Williamson Bible Camp which is located southeast of this city and operated by the Assemblies of God churches.
According to Robert Bell, president of the Chamber, the home would be a 76-bed capacity and would be non-sectarian, open to the public. It would be a non-profit endeavor and 30 or more people would be employed.
The Chamber will endeavor to raise $5,000 for the project through donations which will be solicited.
The annual awards dinner was held at the Carlinville High School cafeteria at which athletes, coaches and cheerleaders were feted.
Coach Louis Stivers presented letters to Ronnie Wilton, Charles Siegel, Darrell Reiher, Duane Fullington, Steve Mathias, Jim Trump and Mike Golden, members of the basketball team. The most valuable players award was presented to Wilton who was selected for this honor by members of the squad.
Miss Catherine Devitt, cheerleader advisor, presented varsity awards to Jane Malham, Pat Kauerauf, Gayla Jolliff, Judy Sanson and Linda Clark. Junior varsity awards were presented to Myrna Boente, Linda Bentley, Patsy Karrick, Teena Geninatti and Danna Kauerauf.
Hazel Hardware advertised Hooker’s washable flat paint in eight exciting colors for $3.88 per gallon, regularly $4.88.
For the second time in three weeks The Enquirer offered a full page ad in full color. The ad was on page seven and was sponsored by Rathgeb Bros. and featured Massey-Ferguson farm equipment.
Advertising history was being made by these advertisements. The whole concept of HiFi Preprints developed when there arose a demand for full color in weekly and daily newspaper of magazine quality.
Readers were urged to turn to the Rathgeb ad and study the beautiful quality of the full color advertisement, which was intended to convey the top quality of Massey-Ferguson farm equipment.
Friday and Saturday’s double feature at the Diane Drive-In was “War Lover,” with Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner and Shirley Ann Field and “The Trunk” with Phil Carey.
1988 (25 years ago)
Black armbands, “mourning for the death of Illinois education caused by funding cuts,” were worn by a sizeable percentage of participants at a Teachers Institute held for Macoupin County educators last week in Carlinville. Many of the contingent from the Gillespie and Mt. Olive school districts wore the bands, as did others from around the county.
The teachers felt by wearing the armbands where the elected representatives could see, them a statement would be made.
A state income tax increase, they believed, seemed at the time the most feasible way to get education back on the road to the black, and the teachers were trying to rally support for such a measure.
An advertisement appeared in The Enquirer stating with spring coming, gardens were being put in. But, in spite of the leash law, dogs were still running loose. Residents were asked to be good neighbors and citizens by keeping their dogs contained and out of trouble. If residents did not comply, they would be issued a ticket.
The Carlinville Cavaliers wrapped up their last baseball season with a 2-15 record, and needless to say this year’s squad believes there is no where to go but up. Unfortunately, of that 1987 team, eight of the players were senior starters who have since been lost to graduation. Returning players were seniors Jeff Eldred and Ryan Drury and junior Cullen Calcari.
Playing at the Marvel Friday through the following Thursday in Cinema I was “Moonstruck” with Cher and Nicholas Cage and “She’s Having a Baby,” in Cinema II, starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern.