Years Past

Where does the time go?

125 Years Ago -- May 2, 1889
The home of a congressman, a state senator, a speaker of the Illinois House and his private secretary,, with a legal bar second to none, ministers of unequaled eloquence, brave men and handsome women, and yet Pittsfield couldn't get up spunk enough to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of this government on its pathway to its present high and lofty position.

The church bells were rung in this town Tuesday morning. The way we know it is we nearly ran our legs off just before nine o'clock to get it done.

The Congregationalists gave an excellent centennial dinner Tuesday. They cannot be beaten when it comes to feeding the poor and hungry.

The windiest and dustiest day yet was last week, and the streets could not be sprinkled because one of the wheels of the pumping works was broken. The weather keeps very cool and grass doesn't grow. Corn comes up slowly, but as the ground isn't wet, it isn't likely to rot.

The Barry Sun no longer sheds its bright rays in Pike County, as it has set to rise no more.

A lot of tramps and bums broke into H. Heavners's saloon in Pearl last Wednesday night and stole a lot of whiskey and blackberry brandy. To be traced them at one time has the men under arrest, and when they trial was called they were all so drunk that the court dismissed them.

Newspaper Clipping of October 24, 1889 - from Bill Browning
Scarcity of water seems to be the prevailing source of discontent around Martinsburg. Everybody is either hauling water or wishing they could haul. If it wasn't for Esq. Foster's spring there would be a serious drought here.

A few days ago a couple of tramps chased a young lady along a road a couple of miles south of Martinsburg with the intention of assaulting her, but failed in their purpose because of the appearance of her brother-in-law. Such lads ought to be dealt with in a summary manner.

A few weeks ago two young men from Pittsfield, after providing themselves with an abundance of "corn juice," left Pittsfield to come to Perry, but they tested the quality of the "corn juice" so frequently that their minds became unbalanced, and shortly after dark they were wandering about the streets of Griggsville, imagining themselves to be in Perry.

The legal profession seemed to be on the run last week. Jeff Orr was in Ohio, Crawford in Calhoun, Bent Colvin at Chamois, Mo., S.V. Hayden at Hannibal, Scott Wike at Jerseyville, and Thomas Worthington at Chicago.

A very general and first class A No. 1 rain commenced Monday shortly after dark, and lasted all during the night, soaking the ground and filling creeks, wells and cisterns with a good supply. It extended all over this part of the state.

A goodly portion of the roof of the northeast corner of the court-house had been torn off preparatory to recovering, when the rain came Monday night. As a result, Tuesday morning County Treasurer Coley found his office deluged with water standing on the floor, plastering off, and a large quantity of books and papers soaked.

125 Years Ago Nov. 21,1889 - Pike Press by Michael Boren contributed by Bill Browning
The first snow of the season to cover the ground fell Sunday night, but was all gone by noon Monday.

Tuesday and Wednesday were most delightful days, and that California correspondent who writes about sitting outdoors and reading the Democrat in the shade would have found them just as nice as could be desired. No fires and no wood chopping. .

The entertainment given in the Odd Fellow hall by the high school was well attended and much enjoyed. They cleared $52, which will finish paying for their organ and have quite a fund on hand.

The Barry Press, a journalistic venture at Barry, expired so easily and made so little confusion in dying some two or three weeks ago, that we really didn't notice its exit.

The revival at the Detroit Christian church will continue for another week. Several have united with the church up to the present time. Tuesday night of last week as Asa Winter drove up to the Christian church, he found that one of his horses was very sick. It died there in a few hours.

100 Years Ago - May 6, 1914
East Washington street was treated to its summer coat of oil the first of the week by Newburg people with A.V. Wills bossing the job.

The funds have been pledged by the businessmen around the square to have the streets around the square oiled as well.

M.D. King's new Overland car has arrived. Junior Lewis motored it through from St. Louis Sunday.

C.W. Caughlan of the Times and J.M. Bush, of the Democrat went to Chicago the first of the week to attend the meeting of the democratic newspaper men of the state.

The attendance of the El Dara Christian church Sunday school was 143; collection $4.10.

The first regular meeting of the Pittsfield Woman's Club was attended by about 150 women. The club now has 84 members enrolled, with number ought to be doubled.

A short petition from the civics department of the Woman's Club was read to the city council, asking the council to make greater effort toward civic betterment and to have the offal about the hitching places removed every Monday morning during hot weather, also to have the weeds in the street cut frequently.

The work of remodeling the north side bank building was commenced in earnest last week.

Newspaper Clipping - October 28, 1914 from Bill Browning
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Main on South Madison street Saturday evening occurred the double wedding of their grand-daughter Miss Elizabeth Gay and Frank M. Lewis Jr., and Miss Neva Wills and Harry A. Barber. The wedding of these four young people unites four of the oldest families in Pike county, the Barbers, Willses, Lewises and Gays, who since the first settlement of Pittsfield have lived in and around the county seat of Pike. The wedding was the 20th birthday of Miss Gay, and an unusual event at such times was the presence of her greatgrandfather, the venerable Wm. Shinn, of near New Hartford.

Parties from Greene County arrived here about noon Friday in an auto with a pack of bloodhounds in route for Rockport, where on Thursday robbers broke into the big double store of Haines, Rupert & Co., and carried away about $500 worth of merchandise and $12 or $15 in money.

There was a full house out Sunday morning at the Pittsfield Methodist church at the Old Folks' service. There were eight present who were more than 80 years of age. Capt. A. J. Lovell received the flowers for being the oldest one present, 84 years. It was a beautiful and impressive service.

A week from next Sunday the German M.E. Sunday School will take an offering for the distressed Sunday Schools in Germany caused from the war.

The official ballot this year will have the Democratic, Republican, Progressive, Socialist, Prohibition and Socialist Labor Parties

100 Years Ago Nov. 25,1914 contributed by Bill Browning compiled by Michael Boren Pike Press
Prof. A. B. Schimmel, superintendent of the Pleasant Hill schools, and formerly a teacher in the Pittsfield High school, reports that the Pleasant Hill school burned last Thursday. The entire roof was found to be ablaze when discovered, but the teachers remained perfectly cool, and the children were removed from the entire building in ample time. The building was made of brick and was erected in the summer of 1890 and contained four rooms. Last year a kindergarten department was placed in the school, and during the past summer two more rooms were built onto the school. Anew heating plant was also installed just last summer.

A meeting was held Friday night to consider the best course of action, and three churches opened their doors for the school, which opened Monday morning. The Christian church, the Baptist church and the Methodist church are all being used for school purposes at present. Many are agitating the construction of a modern up-to-date building.

The Pittsfield Christian church Aid ladies will hold a bazaar at the church Dec. 10, and those expert chefs, the Bethany ladies, will serve supper the same day.

Gus Ogle, road commissioner down in Atlas township, recently did a good piece of work by widening the road at the foot of Atlas hill. Last Saturday about 53 men and 30 teams donated a day's work and graveled the road. Women of the township, not to be outdone, prepared baskets of everything good to eat and served the men dinner.

The balmy Indian summer that we were enjoying ended with a drop of 35 degrees Wednesday to a low of 7 above zero.

75 YEARS AGO - May 3, 1939
Fay and Emily Kohlman will open their new bowling alleys to be known as the Pittsfield Recreation alleys, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Four new Brunswick alleys and equipment have been installed.

A controversial motion to pave and widen West Washington Street was passed by the Pittsfield City Council last night. Part of the problem is that much of the cost of the improvement will be borne by the property owners along the street.

All the rural schools in the Milton vicinity closed Friday, holding picnic dinners in celebration.

More than 400 persons attended the Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce employer and employee banquet at the Legion hall Monday evening.

Everyone is invited to attend a special Mother's Day program at the Pearl Christian church May 14. Joe Maynard will be the speaker.

Barry Adage July 5, 1939 - Ten Years Ago
Lucille Meyers of Plainview, was accidentally drowned in Pigeon Creek where she had been wading with friends.

H.L. Ownby purchased the Potter hotel

The body of Aldo Gard of Quincy, was taken to New Canton for burial in Shearer cemetery. He was a former New Canton resident.

Seth Thomas of Kinderhook, a Civil War veteran, was found dead in his bed.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Hull at Kinderhook. She was named Barbara Joan.

Mildred Payne and Edwin Harpole, both of Rockport, were married at the Methodist parsonage in Barry.

Crump and Son purchased the Varney block from Mrs. Euna Varney.

Mary Ellen Campbell submitted to an operation for the removal of her tonsils and adenoids at Blessing hospital.

Barry Adage July 5, 1939 - Twenty Years Ago
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Jones of El Dara.

A son, their third child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Sykes.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Manigold at Richfield.

Mrs. William Grubb and her daughter, Mrs. Gretta Brown, left for the latter's home in Boulder CO.

Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Hart returned from a visit with their daughter Mrs. Walter Schubart in New York.

A son, their first child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Siepker.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Harshman of Hull, was badly damaged by fire.

Levi Benjamin Earnst died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Badgley at the age of 92 years.

Barry Adage July 5, 1939 - Thirty years ago
John McKinney and Daisy Mae Moore both of Richfield were married.

Mr. Josiah Raymond Kelly died at his home in Quincy. He was well known in Barry.

Grace Boren of Hull and Edwin Reed, were married in Quincy

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Carr at Reno IL. Mr. Cary was a former Barry man.

Solomon North of Godfrey and Lucy McWorter, were married at the home of the bride's mother. Mrs. R.J. Gates in Hadley township.

Dr. Fred Miller of Colorado, was visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Miller.

Mrs. Minnie Booth fractured her left hip as she was getting off of a street car in Quincy. She had been in that city caring for her sister, Mrs. C.H. Spencer, who was ill.

Lightning struck the house on the David Guss farm and did considerable damage but did not set fire to the building.

Barry Adage July 5, 1939 - Forty Years Ago
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Emmerson.

Chris Langerhans of Chicago was her visiting his brother, Henry and family.

Mrs. Mary Huffman of Sioux City IA was her visiting relatives and friends.

The body of Mrs. Mary Chase of Kinderhook was brought to Barry for burial.

F.C. Ottawa of Ft. Madison IA returned to his home and was accompanied by his niece, Bertha Haines, who planned to spend the summer with him.

Norman Hart died at the age of 59 years.

Unknown Newspaper October 25, 1939 - from Bill Browning
Coach Greg Sloan's Pittsfield Indians defeated Roodhouse Saturday for the first time in 11 years by a score of 2 to 0 on a 4th quarter safety. This gives Pittsfield a 4-2 record on the season, and a tie with Carrollton for second place in the Illinois Valley conference.

A big crowd attended the corn husking contest near Barry. Floyd Hammitt, representing Newburg and Hardin townships, was the winner.

A field fire sweeping over from 75 to 100 acres on several farms excited residents near Walnut Grove school house, south of Atlas, Thursday afternoon. Workmen at the gas pipeline station finally got the flames under control. Fences were damaged, but most of the crops had been gathered.

Some ladies from Baylis attended a missionary meeting in Pittsfield last Thursday afternoon. Those attending were Mrs. Floyd Stauffer, Mrs. Emma McConnell, Miss Mae Allen, Mrs. Leona Gicker, and Mrs. J. L. Stauffer.

The Pittsfield Community high school band will make its second marching appearance at the Pittsneld-Greenfield football game Friday evening. The 45 piece band will be led by the drum majorettes.

75 Years Ago Nov. 22,1939 - Contributed by Bill Browning compiled by Michael Boren - Pike Press
The first women jurors summoned under the new jury law reported to the courthouse Monday. The ladies are Miss Hannah Grubb of Barry and Mrs. Carolyn Logsdon of Griggsville. She is the wife of Johnny Logsdon, the manager of the Griggsville Kroger store and former mayor of that city.

Otis Johnston, 71, of Milton, passed away at Barnes Hospital. He was the son of Solomon T. Johnston. He was a deacon and an elder at the Milton Christian Church. For over 21 years he taught a Sunday School class of young women and men who have looked to Mr. Johnston as their teacher, advisor, and friend.

Orin Borrowman returned to his work at the First National Bank Monday after a two weeks' vacation. He spent most of the time at his home in Nebo.

Fifty-one boys and girls living in the Toll Gate District were entertained from six to 10 o'clock Saturday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Cox at a Thanksgiving party. The children hired the Stillwell Service of Detroit for transfer.

The basketball squad of Pittsfield high school will open its season against New Canton. Newcomers to this year's team are Chester Pine, Harold Hillman, Glen Dale Steers and Keith Dodd.

Barry Adage 19 November 1947 One Year Ago
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Honore of Baylis in Blessing Hospital at Quincy

Miss Dorothy Apple, daughter of Mrs. Rollo Apple of Barry, became the bride of James A. Lee of Alton in the home of the bride's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Apple of Hannibal.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Martin of Baylis in St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hannibal.

Mrs. Anna Rupert passed away at her home in Barry after a long illness.

Mrs. Edith McKinney received word of the birth of a son to be granddaughter, Mrs. Ray Backus, in Kalamazoo, MI.

Funeral services were held from the Keller-Lock Funeral Home for Mrs. Maggie Reathford who passed away in Jacksonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McLaughlin of Baylis are the parents of a son born in Blessing Hospital at Quincy.

A son, their first child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hull of Plainville in Blessing Hospital at Quincy.

Barry Adage 19 November 1947 Five Years Ago
Miss Wilma Stottlemyer and Leslie Fisher Jr. both of New Canton were married in Hannibal.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Campbell of New Canton are the parents of a son born in St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hannibal.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Lottie Glatfield who passed away in St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hannibal.

Charles Kenneth Fusselman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fusselman of Hull and Mrs. Irene C. Rohlfing of Hoyleton IL were married.

Barry Adage 19 Nov 1947 Ten Years Ago
Otis R. Buchanan, 54 of Springfield was fatally injured when he was knocked from the side of a freight car near the Missouri Sand and Gravel Co. near Barry.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Actor of Rockport are the parents of a daughter, their first child.

A fifty-five year old business institution changed hands in Barry when Bartholomew Brothers sold their poultry and produce to A.L. Hewitt of Jacksonville and J.L. Alton of Mt. Sterling.

Barry Adage 19 Nov 1947 20 Years Ago
A.C. Bancroft of Kinderhook was elected president of the Pike County Farm Bureau.

Roy Hinch of Barry and Miss Letha Hensen of Griggsville were married in Pittsfield.

Funeral services were held for Samuel Ratliff who resided on a farm north of Barry.

Residents of Barry were driving to Beardstown to watch the progress of the sea-wall which was being constructed there.

M.L. Davis died at his home at the age of 80 years. He was survived by his wife and three children, Cora M. Strubinger, A.D. Davis and W.L. Davis Jr.

50 YEARS AGO - May 6, 1964
Aldrich Pharmacy in Pittsfield has been remodeled, and now welcomes you with pharmacists C.W. Aldrich, Gaylord Rhodes, Warren Winston and apprentice pharmacist Rex Dinsmore.

The new 215 foot bridge spanning Bay Creek just west of Nebo is ready to carry traffic as part of the new 4.5 mile highway connecting Nebo with hwy. 96 near Pleasant Hill. The highway is expected to be completed this August. Nebo is currently not served by a hard surfaced road. With a population of 440, Nebo may be the largest city in the state to be so isolated.

On Sunday April 26, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Johnson, Martha Madaraxz, Lemoyle Washington, Mildred Coulter and Grace Matteson uncovered tombstones at the colored cemetery of the Ghost town of New Philadelphia. They found the markers for "Free Frank" and "Free Lucy" McWorter, as well as the stones for Solomon, Louise, Sarah, Francis, Squire and Commodore McWorter. James Washington, Lemoyne's grandfather, was the last person to be buried in this colored cemetery in 1950.

Niebur Shoe Store is marking its 86th anniversary this week.

Roger Frazier has been appointed conservation inspector for Pike County.

50 Years Ago Nov. 25,1964 Contributed by Bill Browning - compiled by Michael Boren - Pike Press
Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, former University of Illinois athletic star, will be speaking for Pittsfield high school's football banquet. Hank O'Neil of radio station WBBA will be toastmaster.

Miss Elaine Kessler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kessler, became the bride of Phillip Hugh Graham the afternoon of Nov. 1 at the North Harter Christian Church.

Miss Melva Ree Willard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Willard of Milton and Jim Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Graham of Pearl were united in marriage Nov. 6 at the Milton Christian Church.

Carolyn Smith, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Smith of Pearl, was the first runner up in the junior division of the state finals "Make it Yourself with Wool" contest.

Hunters killed 79 deer in Pike County during the first three-day season, Friday through Sunday. Twenty-eight were killed in Calhoun, six in Morgan and three in Scott County.

The steel frame for the new M & D market just north of the square was completed last week, and this week they are putting on the siding and the roof.

Save big during Strauss' 102n anniversary sale, Friday, Nov. 27 through Dec. 5,1964.

25 Years Ago - May 3, 1989
The Pike County board has learned that the roof of the 95 year old courthouse is in sad need of repair.

Queen and King of Barry high School's prom were Katie Morrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Morrow of rural Barry and Tom Likes, son of Mr. and Mrs Marvin Likes of rural Barry.

Pittsfield High School principal Don Mellon has been named Region III Outstanding Principal by the Illinois Principal's Association. Mellon has been in public education for nearly 34 years, 23 as principal of PHS.

The 113th Fairmount Twp. Sunday School Convention will be held Sunday May 7 at the Fish Hook United Brethren Church.

Retired Griggsville Mayor Don Hannant will be honored at an appreciation day Sunday May 13 at the Legion Hall. Hannant has served 36 years in Griggsville city government from 1949 to 1961 as alderman, and as mayor from 1961 to 1973 and from 1977 to 1989.

Kory and Kurt McAllister, 11 year old twin brothers, brought several good sized mushrooms to the Pike Press office Sunday afternoon. The large morsels had been gathered by the brothers and by their cousin Jason Grees.

25 Years Ago Nov. 22, 1989 - Contributed by Bill Browning - Compiled by Michael Boren Pike Press
Paul Ruble of rural Nebo joined an elite group of FFA achievers Nov. 10 when he was awarded the prestigious American FFA degree, formerly called the American Farmer degree. Former recipients of this FFA achievement award from Pittsfield have been Velynna Scranton Spangler, David Barton and David Benz of Nebo.

Forty-five head of cattle - 43 cows and two bulls - arrived recently at Orr Research Center northwest of Perry to form the foundation stock for the center's new beef research program.

Deer hunters in Pike County killed 1,618 deer during the first three-day season last week. Last year's comparable total was 1,488.

The joint facility committee is still working on funding for a combined John Wood Community College, Pittsfield library and Unit 10 administrative offices on the vacant lot directly north of Pittsfield High School.

10 Years Ago Nov. 24, 2004 Compiled by Michael Boren - Pike Press
The number of deer killed in the first three-day gun season is up 300 from last year to around 2,700. A Pennsylvania hunter bagged a buck that experts predict will be scored at 230 or better, with a rack measuring 23 inches on the outside and 22 inches on the inside. A Truth in Taxation hearing will be held at 6:30 before the special County Board meeting because the total tax levy for next year exceeds the previous year's extension by more than 5 per cent, due in part to increases in the liability and Social Security insurance funds. Pike County Circuit Clerk Ben Johnson celebrated his retirement at a party in the lower courtroom Thursday afternoon. He is retiring after 12 years as Pike County Circuit Clerk.