"The Hurry-Up Bride,"  APRIL 3,  at H. S. Gym



The musical comedy, "The Hurry-Up Bride" given last week at the high school gym under the auspices of the R. G. Clothes and directed by Mrs. Grace Peterson, was one of the best home talent plays ever witnessed in Toluca or vicinity.

It demonstrated without a doubt, what is possible in a community, when diligence and ability by those in charge is coupled with the ambition and perseverance of the performers.  The manner in which the entire cast of the Comedy, displayed their talents in a professional-like manner, gave evidence of the patience, hard work and close attention to detail, given by the director Mrs. Grace Peterson, and the sponsers Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Granvert.

A futile attempt will be made to convey in the following words a description of the performance by all taking part.  Words alone cannot convey the wonderful perfection with which these taking part, acted.  You had to be there to appreciate the whole performance.

The opening chorus composed of 12 girls attired in a snappy colorful attire, led by Marie Mariotti opened the show with a bang.  The singing was excellent and the dancing was ala Ziegfield; graceful and all in unison.

Later in the play Edith Bernardi led a chorus of dancing numphs, in a snappy selection. The dancing of the girls displayed the results of continuous and diligent training, and the singing with Edith leading was very well received.

Dorothy Skelton, as Rose Cohen, the bride, carried her part magnificently well, having gone through the ordeal of the trial wedding ceremony with the proper reserve to deceive her own father who presided.

Gerald Aimone as the young Irish lad who put "one over" on Cohen to obtain his daughter, performed a difficult role with great credit to himself.

The Duke, played by Russell Clemens could not have been improved upon.  The innocent manner in which he followed the advise of Hennessy, to his, the Duke's physical discomfort, as evidenced by his disheveled appearance after his encounter with Officer Murphy, brought down a torrent of laughter.  In other words the Duke was "ripping."

Wave upon wave of glee and laughter gushed forth from the audience when Max Cohen as "Max Cohen" and M. C. Donnelly as Hennessy, appeared on the scene in their aristocratic make-ups.  Both had toppers of the blackest and silkiest hue.  Cohen's beard was a model of artistic perfection. His full dress was not exactly filled as he believed in economy and made his purchase where a fit is second consideration.  Donnelly's frock coat with "accessories" to match made a hit. These two comedians performed like veterans of the stage.  Cohen's interpretation of how a Cohen should act, dress and talk was perfection itself.  Donnelly as Hennessey the Irishman required little make-up as Mike had the appearance and acquired the brogue by inheritance.  The pantomine carried on by Cohen and Hennessey during the period when they both competed for the affection and attention of Mildred was very well acted.

As Cohen said "These does will do" about these two characters.

One of the bright stars among the galaxy of stars was little 3 year old Gerald Johnson.  His son "I faw down go Boom" brought a thunder of applause over and over again.  He responded with several encores.

Gerald Senninger rendered a vocal selection in a clear, and modulated voice, which called for an encore.

Gerald Aimone and Russell Clemens also sang late hits, which had good receptions.

Nildo Bernardi saxophoned a very touching and elegant number, as only "Mona" can do.  "Mona" can put feeling into a number which causes applause for more.

Mrs. R. O. Granert gave a very graceful interpretation of a Spanish Dance.  The applause of the audience bespoke their pleasure and appreciation, and required her second appearance, in this dance.

The final and concluding number of the performance was several English, Irish, and Italian vocal numbers by Mrs. Grace Peterson.  Her "Sonny Boy" was delivered in an inimitable fashion as only the artist herself can do.  The other numbers were classics requiring a wide range of voice, thrilling the crowd when the high notes were touched with such power and clarity.  Toluca is fortunate in having such a capable artist as it has in Mrs. Peterson.

The stage settings were up to date and beautiful.  The coloring of the back drop and wings and the design of same were creatures of the imagination of the verstile Cohen.

The costumes of the chorus girls were designed by the R. G. Clothes and made by a number of the ladies of the city.  Considerable credit can be given R. O. Granert's mother, Mrs. Granert from Coal City, who spent a week in Toluca assisting in the making of these costumes.

Carl J. Witt and Mrs. Witt designed and executed the natty uniforms of the girl ushers.  The lady ushers handled the very large crowd with efficiency and dispatch, which would become an usher of Balaban & Katz of Chicago.

There are a great many other people, too numerous to mention, to whom credit must be given for their part in assisting in making this play a complete success.  The community is grateful to all others, who participated in various ways, for the common good.



Mr. L. J. Haeger, new Assistant Farm Adviser for Marshall-Putnam Counties, comes to us with a farm record which should make him particularly valuable to the organization in carrying on its program for boys' and girls; club work.

Mr. Hager was born and raised on a 200 acre stock farm in Knox County near Alton, Ill.  He was fortunate in having a father who was interested in good livestock, encouraging them to own and develop a herd of their own.  Their purebred herd and milking short horns were owned in partnership by Mr. Hager, his brother and his father.

Mr. Hager was an active member of the Knox County Calf Club, and succeeded one year in winning championship honors.

In 1923 Mr. Hager was employed in Franklin, Jefferson and Marion counties as tester in charge of the Dairy Herd Improvement work in that city.

In 1925 he graduated from the University of Illinois and following the death of his father, managed the home farm for the rest of the year. His brother is now operating this farm.  For two years Mr. Hager was in charge of the agricultural work at Swaney school and had one of the live 4-H clubs in the two counties.  Recently he has been employed at Willow Hill, Ill., in charge of the agricultural work in the high school.  He recently conducted seventeen "ag" meetings there with an average attendance of ninely at each meeting.

Mr. Hager will have charge of the 4-H club program that the Farm Bureau is carrying on, as well as assisting in the general work of the organization.



The first and second grades are working on an Easter Program to be presented next week.



Election for supervisors in the following townships this spring, the terms of the following expiring:

Evans -- C. W. Kemp.
Roberts -- Fed Arndt.
Bennington -- H. P. Jensen.
Saratoga -- Robert Kelley.
Steuben -- Walter Burnett.
La Prairie -- John Turnbull.



Both the Republican and Democrat caucuses were held on last Saturday evening, the Republican caucus bing held in the Jensen Hall and the Democrat caucus in the City Hall.

The Republican caucus was called to order by Postmaster Peter J. Aimone.  Glen Cusac was selected permanent chairman, and John A. Ponsetti, secretery of the meeting.

The following ticket was then put in nomination by acclamation:

Caucus then adjourned.

The Democrat caucus was called to order by M. Fahy.  Ray Litchfield was selected permanent chairman and A. L. Ruban, Secretary.

The following ticket was then put in nomination by acclamation:

Caucus then adjourned.



Last Thursday morning at the City Hall highway commissioner Otto Schumacher let the gravel contract for the graveling of roads leading into Toluca, to M. Deyo and C. L. Swords, each party being given one-half the work, as near as it could be divided between the two parties.

Deyo was given 10 1/2 miles at $2.10 per ton, or an approximate cost of $30,187.00 to be covered with Spring Valley gravel.

The Swords conract calls for 9 1/2 miles, Coogan gravel at $1.76 per ton, or approximately a cost of $22,822.90.

The contracts were approved by the County Highway Commissioner, Mr. Boers, of Lacon.

The opinion of the Toluca people was the Spring Valley gravel was the best for the roads, but Mr. Swords bid being about $6000 less than the Deyo bid, it was thought best by Mr. Schumacher that a compromise be made and divide the work, which was heartily approved by the county commissioner, as they claim that both the gravels are the best to be had anywhere, and we believe that Commissioner Schumacher did the best that he could under the circumstances in dividing the work.  Work will be soon started on the contract.



The Annual Meeting of the Board of Auditors of the Township of Bennington, in the County of Marshall, State of Illinois, will take place at the Town Clerk's office in the City Hall, Toluca on

Tuesday, March 26, 1929

at the hour of 2 p.m. for the purpose of auditing all claims and demands against said township.

All bills must be presented before that date.

Given under my hand and seal this 21st day of March, 1929


Township Clerk.


--M. C. Buban, who is now employed by the Santa Fe at Chillicothe, was visiting home folks Monday.



A check up of the grades issued on the last six weeks' reports reveal the following standings:

Freshman Class:

Sophomore Class

Junior Class

Senior Class

Highest ranking freshmen: Mary Camagna, 95 1/4.  Highest ranking sophmore, Geraldine North, 93; highest ranking junior, Emil Malavolti, 95 1/2; highest ranking senior, Rose Moreski, 91 1/4; highest ranking pupil in high school, Emil Malavolti, 95 1/2.


On account of the numerous requests by the ones that saw it, and from those that were unfortunate as not to be able to attend, the directors and cast of The Hurry-Up Bride have decided to stage a return performance on Wednesday, April 3rd.  This play was given a short time ago and played to a capacity house, and everyone was ver well satisfied with it.  The directors have decided to reduce the price to 35 cents for any seat in the gym, so there be no excuse for anyone not seeing this play.

Tickets may be secured from the stores of this city or from any member of the cast.  Don't forget the date, Monday, march 25th, 1929, so be there.



The Democrats of Bennington Tp. are requested to attend a meeting to be held at the City Hall on Friday evening, March 22, at 8 p.m.  Business of importance is to be transacted and all are requested to attend.

By Order of Committee.



Corrected March 20: --

Corn -------- 	80 1/2
Oats --------	42
Hogs -------- 	$12.00
Cream -------	48
Eggs --------	20 to 22
Butter ------	18, 35, 45
Lard --------	13, 14



By a vote of 6 to 4, Marshall County supervisors in session in Lacon Tuesday of last week, declined the offer of $15,000 settlement from Charles E. Anderson's bondsmen. The matter came before a committ of R. L. Waughop, Fred Arndt, and H. P. Jensen with Chairman C. W. Kemp as ex-officio member were appointed to confer with a committee of the bondsmen.  After being closeted for almost two hours, the supervisors committee returned with the report that the bondsmen would settle for $15,000. Considerable discussion on the matter took place, during which a motion to reject the offer was lost for want of a second.  Later a motion to accept the offer was lost by the vote of 6 to 4 as above stated.

The subject of roads and graveling was brought up by Supervisor H. P. Jensen and required a portion of the county board's attention at this session.  According to previous action of the board, Lacon and Bell Plain tps, are the first to participate in the gravel fund available this year. Following that it was voted to gravel the remaining two miles of state aid road south of Toluca to the county line, 3 miles of this road were graveled last fall.

Contract entered into with Dr. C. A. Forbes, county veterinarian, was read to the board.  His salary for the coming year will be $3350, one fourth which is assumed by Putnam county. Dr. Forbes was also instructed by the board to take the necessary steps for compulsory testing of all heards in the county, now that more than 75 per st. of Marshall county herds are tuberculior free.

The board voted to assume $600 damages obtained by Frank Massini of Toluca, who was shot while county officers were raiding his place. S. R. Ramp was assisting Sheriff  H. L. Whittaker and when Massini refused to stop, a shot was fired which lodged in his leg. Later amputition was necessary. About 2 years ago brought suit against Ramp for $10,000 damages. Litigants in the case agreed on a settlement of $600 a few weeks ago. The county board assumed this amount due to the fact that Ramp was acting as a duputy to Sheriff Whittaker at the time of the raid.



Michael Kinella, who died very suddenly at his home in the north-west part of the city, on Wednesday of last week, was taken to the home of a sister who resides in Oglesgby on Wednesday evening, where funeral services were held in La Salle Thursday, his remains being interred in the Catholic cemetery in that city. Deceased was 54 years of age, and had three sisters living in La Salle and Oglesday who came here on Wednesday evening and took charge of his remains.

Coroner Eddington, of Lacon, came up on Tuesday and conducted an inquest over the remains, with the following jury: Candido Flaminio, foreman, Ed. Arndt, Peter Ohligschlager, Leonard Hedrick, Joseph Macconno, Fred Bernardi.  The inquest adjourned until Wednesday, to alow Coroner Eddinton and Dr. Johnson to hold a post mortem over the remains. On Wednesday the coroner's jury brought in the following verdict as the cause of death: "We, the jury, find that the diseased Michael Kinella, came to his death by arterio scherocis and circtious of the liver, brought on by chronic alcolism."



Toluca's Annual American legion Community Spaghetti Dinner has been selected by Commander Lou Stacy of the 16th District as the time and place for the celebration of the largest membership that this district has yet possessed.

Dick Deadley, the talkative tailor of Peoria, heads the list of speakers which includes men from various parts of Illinois. State Commander Shilinglaw and Legion officials from all over the state have already promised to come to what promises to be Toluca's greatest celebration of recent years. Spaghetti and roast pig will be much in evidence.  Local entertainers will be aided by others from Peoria. Get your ticket now from your nearest Legion neighbor.  If he has none send him after some.  Remember April 8th.



Last Thursday evening, at 6 p.m., just as the sun cast it's last rays, a very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Prestin, of near Varna, when their daughter, Helen, became the bride of Pete Groth.  Rev. M. Manteuffell, of the Varna St. Paul Lutheran church, performing the ring ceromony. Miss Gertrude Kranz, niece of the groom, played the wedding march. The bridal party took their place in an arbor of ferns and flowers, after which Miss Esther Schulz sang "O Promis Me," accompanied by her sister Miss Hilda at the piano, and after the ceremony, the song, "I Love You Truly" was sung by Ester, Hilda and Carl Schulz with Miss Ester at the piano.

The bride looked very attractive, her dress being of white satin, with an over skirt of Spanish lace, her veil of silk tull, which was held in place with a wreath of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of white rose buds and orange blossoms.  The bride's maid, her sister, Margaret, wore rose colored taffata and carried pink rose buds.  The little flower girl, Lillian Prestin, niece of the bride, looked very pretty in pink silk, and carried a basket of flowers.

The groom and his best man, Ed. Franz, brother-in-law of the groom, wore navy blue.

After the ceremony a delicious two course dinner was served to about fifty guests.  The tables were decorated in pink and white, these colors were also carried out in the othe rooms.  The sides of the tables were also trimmed with fern leaves.

Those from a distance who attended the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bench, Rockford; Mr. and Miss Walgenbach, Ed. Franz and Mr. Walgenbach, of Streator.

The young couple will reside on the groom's farm west of Varna, which he has all ready for his bride.

Their friends extend their heartiest congratulations.



Saturday, March 23 - "Spies," "Spies." It has more thrills than a subway wreck, a night club raid and a Chicago gang war lumped together.  By an unidentified master mind trains are wrecked, men die mysteriously, papers of the state disappear, women become pawns in an amazing struggle for power.  Spy methods and weapons never before revealed.  The cast is an al star cast.  Also a comedy,  Admission 5 and 10 cents.

Sunday, March 24th - "Tropic Madness." The story concerns a society woman who wandered over half the world in search of the only happiness her husband had left. A stirring romance of the land below the line ... where there ain't no Ten Commandments and love is the only law. The climax of this picture is undoubtedly the best volcano shot that has ever been shown on the screen. Beatrice Joy is the star and is assisted by Albert Valentino, brother of the world famous Rudolph Vantino.  Also a comedy and M. G. M. News Reel.  Adm. 10c and 15c.



Lacon Journal: Lacon friends received word Tuesday morning of the death of Mrs. J. H. Franklin of Glendale, California, on Wednesday, March 6th in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where she and her husband had been visiting for several months.  Deceased and her husband had been residents of Gendale for 10 years, and were also residents of Toluca, Mr. Franklin be-atorney for the Devlin Coal Co. before he was elected State's Attorney and moved to Lacon. Funeral services and interment tok place in Ardmore, Oklahoma.


-- Easter Monday night dance at Jensen Hall.

-- Walter Kelm and sisters Misses Luella and Alice, of Varna, were callers in Toluca Tuesday morning.

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