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 Hardin County, Illinois


January 1948

Source: Hardin County Independent News

Alcoa's fluorspar mining and milling property at Rosiclare was transferred from Aluminum Ore Company to the Alco Mining Company effective January 1, according to a company official in Pittsburgh, PA.  Both companies were wholly owned subsidiaries of Aluminum Company of America.  The plant was to be known as Alcoa Mining Company-Fluorspar Division with no changes in personnel or management.

The Cave In Rock and Rosiclare American Legion Posts formed a military escort which accompanied the body of Pvt. Ed Stewart from train at Harrisburg to Rosiclare.  Stewart was the first veteran of World War II from Hardin County to be brought home from overseas for burial.  Services were held at the Baptist Church in Rosiclare followed by burial in Cowsert Cemetery.

Measles and whooping cough had caused the Elizabethtown schools to be closed indefinitely, according to Principal Denton, who said he would let students know by phone or post card when they were to return.  Only 23 out of 70 students were in attendance at one point.  One little girl had suffered with measles, whooping cough and chicken pox.

Glenn Reed, manager of Reed's Service Station and Sandwich Shop at Midway, was wishing everyone a Happy New Year in the Independent.

Gene Autry and Champion, Jr. were starring in "Robin Hood of Texas" at the Capitol Theatre in Rosiclare.

At the Ohio Theatre in Cave In Rock, "Sun Valley Serenade" was showing, starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, and Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lane of Cave In Rock were announcing the birth of a son, Charles Eugene, on January 4.

Clary's Market was located on Route 34 between Rosiclare and Elizabethtown.  Weekly advertised special were Gulf Gas and Oils, bacon for 65¢ a pound, smoked jowls at 39¢ a pound and club steaks, 55¢ a pound.

The Cave In Rock Legion was to play a basketball game against Rosiclare Legion at the Cave In Rock gym.  After the game, Jennings Tavern in Elizabethtown was advertising for everyone to stop by for "Here's to the Winners & Losers."

In two moves at the beginning of 1948, L. J. Goetzman, well known and successful businessman of Rosiclare, disposed of his ready-to-wear store at Golconda and placed Leo Downey, former manager of the Golconda store, and Robert Shilling, Goetzman's nephew from Fort Wayne, IN, in charge of the Rosiclare store.  The Golconda store was sold to Glen R. Joiner who had been managing the store in Rosiclare.  Goetzman, in the business for 30 years, was ready to become less active in the clothing store.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Cook were announcing the birth of a daughter on January 5 at their home in Sparks Hill.

Cynthia Sue Dale was born January 5 at Lightner Hospital in Harrisburg, the daughter of J. B. Dale and Virginia Morgan Dale.

The first baby to be born at Rosiclare Hospital in 1948 was a son on January 6 to Mrs. Richard Brazell.  In 1947, a record number of babies were born in the hospital, 84.

The Rosiclare City Council was warning residents that there were to be no right turns on red at the traffic light in order to protect school children. (Does anyone remember a traffic light in Rosiclare?!).

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Joyner of Rock Creek were announcing the birth of a daughter January 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Shaw of Spardale also had a baby girl born January 21 at Lightner Hospital in Harrisburg.

A daughter was born on January 19 at Lightner Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McDowell of Cave In Rock.

Lenora Fae Austin of Cave In Rock was crowned basketball queen after the game at Cave In Rock High School; the Equality team was defeated.  Glenial Dutton, captain of the Cave In Rock team, crowned her.  Gwyneth Scott, cheerleader, was crowned bearer.  Patsy Patton say "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody."

It was two degrees below zero and the river was closed to traffic for the first time in eight years on January 28.  The river was frozen over solid.

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