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 Hardin County, Illinois


January 1941

Source: Hardin County Independent News

Approximately 52,200 people visited recreation areas within the Rosiclare Ranger District of the Shawnee National Forest in 1941 according to the records of the District:  600 at Peters Creek Tower; 36,600 at Pounds Hollow; 3,600 at Williams Hill; 2,500 at High Knob Tower; and 3, 500 at Waltonian area.   It was also noted that 700 people went swimming at Pounds Hollow one day, and the greatest number of visitors at Pounds Hollow in one day was 1,902.

One bid signed by four undertakers for burying paupers for the county was rejected by the county commissioners when opened at their monthly meeting.  New bids were to be considered again in February.  E. A. Knight, J. L. Hosick, Ed Barnett, and James Herrin bid $50 for a six foot, three inch casket.  The commissioners noted that the bid was almost double the one from the year before at $29.50.  Undertaker Ed Hensley submitted no bid.

Betty Young, eighth grade student at Rosiclare Grade School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Young of Rosiclare, won eighth place in the state spelling contest at Springfield.  She received a bronze metal.

Harry L. Porter was editor/owner of the Independent.  Subscriptions were $1.00 a year in Hardin County and $2.00 a year elsewhere in the United States.

"Tugboat Annie Sails Again" was sowing at the Capitol Theatre in Rosiclare, starring Marjorie Rambeau and Allan Hale.  At the Ohio Theatre in Cave In Rock, "Carolina Moon" was showing starring Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette.

Clay Pigeon Shooting was to be held 3/4 mile west of Elizabethtown on the hard road at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Barnerd of Cave In Rock were the proud parents of a baby girl, Suzanne, born January 4 at the Rosiclare hospital.

The farm house of Rev. Andrew Clanton and all contents were destroyed by fire due to a faulty flue.  The elderly couple went to the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Foster at Rock Creek.  The Clantons were going to rebuild.

Lettuce was growing and dandelions were blooming in the county.  Hensley's Funeral Chapel and Furniture Store in Rosiclare was having a sale on Haag electric washers.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rogers of Sparks Hill were announcing the birth of a daughter, Carolyn. 

 A daughter, Freda Helen, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Loy Sweat of Elizabethtown on January 9.  The baby was named after the county nurse, Freda LaKamp.

Sixth graders at Rosiclare Grade School who were on the honor roll were James Lowry, Ferol Aydelotte, Betty Lowry, Betty Stanford, Mary Janet Davis, Ronald Rose, and Charles Riley.

A 74 foot by 28 foot frame bath house was being built at Pounds Hollow Recreation Area, according to W. D. Giffen, Forest Ranger.  There was to be a central dispensing room for checking clothes and selling soft drinks and snacks; dressing rooms for men and women at each end of the building; a shower room with toilets, all to be completed in the spring.  Work was to begin on a four room cabin for the custodian in the spring.  All work was being done by Veterans from Camp Cadiz.

A daughter, Addie, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Snowball Woods at their home in Elizabethtown.

A son, Larry Dean, was born to Mrs. Robert Little on January 23 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Davis, Cave In Rock.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Casey of north Karbers Ridge were announcing the birth of a daughter, Juney May, on January 18.

A daughter was born on January 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Brownie Carman of Elizabethtown.

During the last 10 years, Hardin County gained 804 people, according to the Census Bureau.  The total population of the county was 7,759.  The population of Rosiclare was 1,774; Elizabethtown, 622; Cave In Rock, 486.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Edwards of Elizabethtown were announcing the birth of a son on January 29 at the Rosiclare hospital.

Midway news:  Hugh Moore, Carrsville, KY, who was helping his brother Murray Moore build two houses for Gordon McClusky, left for his home after receiving a call to enter the army at Fort Knox, KY.

Hichs Branch news:  The doctr was called to see Hattie Lucille Shewmaker who was very ill with the flu.

Elizabethtown news:  Mrs. Carol McDaniels entertained a number of friends of her two daughters, Wanda Jean, 10, and Joann, 6, at a birthday party for them at the home.  Bobby Soward entertained Billy Robinett, Paul Santy and Cubby Bear at his home in celebration of his 12th birthday.

Rosiclare news:  Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Travis, parents of Roy and Hobart Travis, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Marion, KY on January 22.

A Pet Show was held at the YMCA, and first prize went to Miechel Lightner; Harley LaRoy Butler won second prize.

Cave In Rock news:  A new set of fluorescent light fixtures was installed in Garland's Quality Market which greatly improved the quality of lighting in the store.  Mary Thomas Oxford was unable to attend school for a few days after falling from the barn loft at the home of Patty Jo Green where the girls and other children were playing.

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