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 Hardin County, Illinois


February 1946

Source: Hardin County Independent News

The County School Survey Committee submitted for consideration the consolidation of the following school districts;  Lambert, Baugher, Shewmaker, Love, St. John, Martin, Battery Rock, McDowell and Double Box, all situated north and east of Cave In Rock, which took in the territory known as Bend of the River.  Charlie McDowell, a member of the advisory committee, and resident of the Battery Rock district, said he believed residents would favor the consolidation.  Commodore Okerson, member of the survey committee, and resident of Love district, said parents in the northern part did not want to send their children to Cave In Rock grade school.   He said if Love district is closed, he would send his children to a country school.  When Okerson was asked by Harry L. Porter, Chairman, as to his objections, and those of other parents, to sending their children to Cave In Rock grade school, Okerson said he did not want his children running around the streets of Cave In Rock.  He also said he thought the grade school at Cave In Rock had been condemned by the State Board of Public Instruction.  County Superintendent of Schools Clyde L. Flynn denied the condemnation although the building had no fire escapes and it was in bad condition, according to the committee.  Then Okerson and McDowell volunteered the information that the country people were afraid that the town people would out-vote them on any proposal concerning school matters.  Several proposals were discussed concerning consolidation of various schools with an action being taken until more information could be obtained.  On the School Survey Committee; Harry L. Porter, Ralph Frailey, Ernest Hawkins, Orval Berry, Thomas Keeling, Cecil Cox, T. H. Austin, Hillis Patton and Commodore Okerson.  On the advisory Committee:  A. R. Matheny, Harold Page, W. H. Riggs, Charles McDowell, T. B. Rutherford, Fred Gintert, W. C. Stacey, Dr. L. D. Dusch, H. E. Turley, and K. C. Brown.


The Lions Club unanimously endorsed the proposal that it would take over the maintenance and management of the YMCA building in Rosiclare, after A. H. Cronk, general superintendent of the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Company, which owned the building, stated that the company favored the proposal, but felt more details on the proposal should be obtained before final action was taken.  The Lions asked the building committee of the club to investigate more thoroughly and determine the cost of any permanent improvement which would have to be made the cost of redecorating; and the means to be used to finance the improvements.  Harold Efner, Chairman of the building committee, said in his report concerning the building, that the proposal consisted of taking over the maintenance and management of the building, repairing the heating plant, completely renovating the building, rearranging the floor space so that other organizations could rent space in the building.  The purpose of the proposal, Efner said, was to provide a building and facilities for civic welfare, to provide space for a public library, to provide a source of entertainment and recreation for the young people, and to provide a community house for Rosiclare and surrounding vicinity.  In stating the position of the company, A. H. Cronk said that H. M. Blayney, president of the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Company, was favorably impressed with the proposal but did not want any money raised by subscription from the general public in any permanent improvement which would be made.


After President Truman's order of Wednesday last week for discontinuance of the use of wheat in the direct production of alcohol and beer and the making of more flour from a given amount of wheat, came reports that panicky people were crowding stores to buy all the flour they could get, to be hoarded for future use.  Stores in Hardin County were rushed that way.  Victor Driskell at Krogers said they could have sold twice as much flour as they did--and all they had was sold before Saturday morning.  He said the most any one customer had bought as absolutely necessary was two barrels of flour (eight bags to a barrel).  K. C. Brown said he thought every sack of flour in Rosiclare had been bought, that he knew their store had sold all the flour on hand.  Pritchard's sold all the flour they had in the house in various amounts to various customers.  The largest amount sold was 100 pounds to a customer.  At Cave In Rock, Larry No. 2 store, operated by Mrs. Amos Hill, at Beulah Sturgill's store, and at Joe Frailey's store there was little flour left.  At Stum's they said they had sold more flour in one week than the average for three months.  At Henry's store, J. B. Dale's comment on flour buying was that if the government didn't tell people about such things as sending food overseas, there wouldn't be such panics-and people could complain that the government was holding back information from them; not understanding why, in a democracy.  From Washington, Secretary of Agriculture Anderson sampled specimens of the new dark bread the nation soon would be eating, and pronounced it "tasty."  The bread, described as "creamy gray" in color, was baked by nutrition experts from flour milled at the department's Beltsville, MD, experimental farm.  The flour was milled in conformance with the 80 per cent extraction rate which was soon to be required of domestic millers.


Want Ads

For Sale: Work mare, one pair horse mules, one 3-year old horse, 1 registered yearling Hereford bull.  See Arthur Austin, Cave In Rock, route 1.

Notice:  Do any kind of painting by the hour or contract.  Bill H. Riggs, Elizabethtown, route 1.

For Sale:  Good ironing boards, Hosick Hardware, Elizabethtown.

Just Received:  Large shipment of batteries, all sizes.  Ben-Mar Motor Co., Rosiclare.

For Sale:  My farm of 200 acres two miles south of Humm's Wye.  Katie Koch, Golconda, r-4.

Wanted:  School Teacher-to teach at Stone Church school next year.  SE  Tom Volkert, Ernest Hawkins, or Ulyss Cowsert.

For Sale:  Pair of coming 4-year old mules.  Good ones, W. W. Lowry, Sparks Hill.

Those who want to buy lots in the Old Fellows cemetery, Elizabethtown, see J. L. Hosick.

For Sale:  Frying chickens.  Live, undressed.  30 cents a pound.  Mrs. Millard Daymon, Rosiclare.

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