1915 Henry Illinois News

Rock Island Depot Robbed

Henry News Republican
February 4, 1915

On Friday night of last week between the hours of 9 and 11 p.m, burglars broke into and robbed the money till at the depot. The night-man had went down town on an errand and discovered the loss when he returned. Entrance was gained by using a "jimmy" on the window and door and in each case a sliver of wood was torn loose and the man had taken pains to tack these pieces back into place again and so neatly did they do their work that it could not be seen only by the closest scrutiny. Twenty-one dollars and one cent was secured. On the same night a saloon in Bureau was entered in the same manner and evidently the same identical tool was used in each case. Knowing that the robbery here was committed in the earlier part of the night it is supposed the man or men rode to Bureau on the midnight train and did the job there the latter part of the night. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Crazy Social

Henry News Republican
February 4, 1915

Last Friday evening the entertainment department of the Epworth League of the M. E. church, of which Mrs. Zenos Graves is superintendent, gave a "Crazy Social" at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Wheeler. It was a decided success, there being about 80 persons present, and they enjoyed the whole evening immensely. "The Chicago Sympathy Concert Co." was great. The leader, Miss Elizabeth Bell, stood on the platform (a dry good box) and swung her baton (an iron spoon) with vigor and decision. The orchestra was composed of the following members: Miss Helen Phillips, piano; Miss Mercer, kazoo; Miss Nellie Coan, mouthharp (coarse comb); Miss Velma Rowe, sliding trombone (a folding hat rack); Miss Minerva McKenzie, banjo (frying pan fitted with strings); Miss Edna Bell, big bass drum (galvanized washtub, drum stick, a carpenter's hammer padded); Miss Ruth Mercer, snare drum (old dish pan); Miss Ethel Seelye, violin (tennis racquet, fitted with strings, played with a yard stick); Miss Magdalene Phillips horn (gramophone horn); Miss Jennie Clark, xylophone (glass wash board). The musical selections were national airs and popular songs, part of the time instrumental music and accompanied by singing. The only hitch in the music was when Miss Rowe's sliding trombone would fail to slide, and the leader would have to get her oil can and lubricate the refractory parts. Miss Magdalene Phillips horn would sometimes send forth a wail that was startling. They were repeatedly encored.

The quartet, composed of Mrs. Draper, Miss Edna Bell, and Messrs. Kraus and Simpson was heartily applauded. Their first selection was a cross between a medley and a round delay. As an encore they refused to sing but one verse. It might be "Repetition". "It was fine what there was of it, and enough of it such as it was." The only trouble with the quartet was they would not sing any more.

The egoistical conversation made much merriment. Games were played and a fine lunch served. The guests went home wishing the entertainment committee would get busy, and when the next social is announced, we will all be there.  -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Local Gossip

Henry News Republican
February 11, 1915

Clifford Haws and wife entertained a few friends at an evening party.

Mr. And Mrs. William Wheeler paid a social and business visit to Princeton on Wednesday of this week.

Earl Smith of the Hutchins & Downey store has been quite ill at the home of Mrs. Zenor on Market street for several days. At this writing he is feeling better.

J. A. Williams, yet here on account of business matters, was reinstalled as elder at the Presbyterian church last Sunday, a position to which he had been re-elected during his absence in the west.

Mr. And Mrs. C. A. Camp expect to leave in a day or two for El Campo, Texas, where Mr. Camp has some real estate investments and also relatives living. They probably will be absent a couple of weeks or more. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Cornet Band Organized

Henry News Republican
June 3, 1915

Cornet Band Organized

After several years of "watchful waiting" The Republican is glad to announce that an organization has been effected which promises to have the city a rattling good cornet band. The meeting was held on Wednesday evening of this week and the organization is to be called the "Henry City Cornet Band", with the following membership: Theo Disosway, manager; C. A. Frommel, secretary and treasurer; Wilbur Moon, leader; I.L. Gilpin, W. E. Disosway, M. E. Wagner, George Daniels, Charles Meier, Charles Weis, Wm. Meier, A. J. Stapp, August Doelzer and John McGlothlin, a total membership at time of organization of 14. They will practice in the City Hall one evening in each week. No one thing has transpired in the city for years that pleases us more than to make the above announcement. Let us now make the further suggestion that some public spirited citizen pass around a subscription paper and a fund be raised and presented to the boys for the purchase of music, etc., the expenses of which should be borne by an appreciative public. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Change in Operators for the Henry Telephone Central

Henry News Republican  April 1 1915

Miss Dottie Smith has resigned her position as chief operator at the Henry Telephone central. Miss Ethel Seelye, who has been local operator, takes the place made vacant by Miss Smith's resignation. Miss Mayme Maubach, who has been relief operator, now obtains steady position, and Miss Elizabeth Bell becomes relief operator.


Surprise Birthday Party for Mrs. John Selquist

Henry Republican, Henry, IL June 24, 1915

Surprise Party

Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Broline and daughters, Mary and Hazel and Fred Folken, were dinner guests a the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Benson of near Varna, on last Sunday. In the afternoon they, with the Benson family, autoed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Selquist, where it being Mrs. Selquiest's birthday, a host of friends with baskets filled had gathered to surprise her. Mrs. Selquist is a sister of Mrs. P. O. Broline and was well known in Henry as Miss Anna Johnson before her marriage. She received many beautiful presents and after spending a very pleasant afternoon and evening, and partaking of a delicious supper, the guests departed wishing Mrs. Selquist many more happy birthdays. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Selquist and family of Roberts; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Gustafson and daughter Vera, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gustafson and family, Mrs. Charles Swanson, son Clarence and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles okerberg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Benson and family, and Fred Folken and and Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Broline and daughters of Henry.

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