The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday April 22,
- J. M. Murray was re-elected school director, last
Saturday. There were forty votes, and Mr. Murray received
- Dr. J. M. Allen, president of Eureka college,
preached at Mt. Zion, last Sunday. He will preach in Pekin
- W. H. Gilstrap, of Normal, Illinois, has been
appointed an agent of Eureka College, to advertise the institution, and
solicit additions to the Endowment Fund.
- J. H. Chamberlain is rapidly pushing forward his
new residence on college street. John Corson is superintending the
- W. S. McCullough is making improvements to the
farm residence of L. C. Darst.
- J. W. Russell, a student of the college from
Michigan, preached at Washburn last Sunday.
- Mrs. Laura F. Gibson gives lessons to her class in
music, at Eureka, on Thursdays.
The Journal (Minonk) - September 2, 1882
- Miss Sallie Carson, daughter of John Carson, died
evening. She had been living for several months in Peoria. The funeral
services were held at the residence of her father, Monday at 2 o'clock
at 8 o'clock p.m. Eld. J. B. Pinkerton preached on the occasion.
- A grandson of D. G. Moore fell from the barn of N.
B. Terry a few days since and fractured his arm. He is doing
- Mr. Srintamore, the tailor at Wrights store has
- Capt. F. M. Hoyt, of company E, seventh regiment,
of Ill. National Guards, with is braves, have gone to join the
encampment at Springfield.
- Dr. Perry's father and sister of Ohio, are
visiting with him.
- Moses Page, of Iowa, arrived her Wednesday to
visit several days. He says his son is with a company of U. S. surveyors
- Mrs. Newcomb, widow of Prof. H. O. Newcomb, from
the northern part of Ohio, came down to enter her daughter as a student
of Eureka College.
- The sister of F. B. Jeanput with his two children,
have returned from their Tazewell county visit.
The Washburn Leader - December 11,
- Joe Kloffenstein's baby is quite sick.
- Earl Anthony was in El Paso Sunday.
- Prof. Stotler, of Secor, was in town
- D. F. Morrow spent Sunday in Chenoa.
- Ed Ludwig, of Roanoke, was in town Friday.
- Nick Atkinson, of Secor, was in town
- Dr. and Mrs. Smellie were in Chicago last
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl Haecker were in Peoria
- Miss Ann Woods, of Secor, was in Eureka
- Miss Amber Moore spent Sunday with friends in
- A little child of D. G. Puterbaugh is ill with
- L. C. Gish and miss Myrtle Morgan were Secor
- Mrs. Charles McDaniels, of El Paso, was a visitor
- Miss Mamie Danahay visited with relatives in Secor
- Prof. Stotler, of Secor, attended the lecture here
- Miss Stella Flanagan, of Secor, has been visiting
in town this week.
- Miss Beryl Ralston, who is teaching near Benson,
was at home over Sunday.
- Sheriff Gish has remove the prisoners from Peoria
jail to the new Woodford county jail.
- Mrs. Henry Schumacher entertained her sisters,
Louisa, and Anna Yergles, of Gridley, over Sunday.
- Miss Theta Radford has tendered her resignation as
teacher in the sixth room to take effect after the holidays.
- Miss Carrle Pratz has resigned her position as
teacher of the Rich school and Louis Allen will fill the vacancy.
- Mrs. Peter Petri has been entertaining her mother,
Mrs. Mary Bond, of Chillicothe and Miss Maggie Ketchum of Aledo.
- Ira Clark died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Mentzer north of town Saturday evening, aged 70 years. Funeral services
were conducted by Rev. Ferris, of the Presbyterian church, Tuesday
afternoon, the interment being in the city cemetery.
The Washburn Leader - December 18,
- W. H. Peard was in Peoria Monday
- Dell Vanfossen is quite sick with
- Mrs. J. W. Tittsworth spent last week in
- J. E. Payne has been quite sick again for several
- W. E. Bennett has moved his family to Deer Creek
where he has been in business for sometime.
- Miss Irma Davidson entertained a party of fiends
- George Renz has returned home after an absence of
- M. C. Litchenberger and daughter, Miss Ethel, were
in Peoria Saturday.
- The friends of Jean Chester gave him a pleasant
surprise party Monday evening.
- Miss Martha Wood entertained her Sunday school
class with a taffy pulling Saturday afternoon.
- Horace Guffy Radford died Thursday morning at the
home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Radford, age two years and six
months. Funeral services were held at the home of Prof. B. J. Radford,
Saturday morning t 10:00, Prof. R. E. Hieronymus officiating. The
parents have the warm sympathy of a large circle of friends in their
Metamora Herald - August 14,
Mrs. Eula Smythe, A former Eureka Resident is
KilledMrs. Eula Smythe of Piper City, wife of Frank Smythe,
former Eureka blacksmith, was almost instantly killed at noon Tuesday when
the car in which she was riding with her son, Estel, skidded on the wet
pavement, just south of Secor and turned over.
Car Turned Over on State Road Near Secor, While on Way to Visit
Mrs. Smythe and son
were on their way from Poper City to Eureka to visit her sister, Mrs. Roy
Musick and her daughter, Miss Joyce Smythe, employed in the Eureka
telephone office. A drizzling rain was falling and a sudden gust of
wind caused the car to leave the pavement. In attempting to bring it
back the car skidded across the road and turned over, according to Estel
Smythe, driver of the car. Estel suffered a broken shoulder and a
broken rib. The body of Mrs. Smythe was taken to El Paso, where an
inquest was conducted by Coroner Sidney Tallyn.
Henry Republican - August 22,
Died in Eureka , Woodford
county, August 17 of cholera infantum, Pearl C. and Reuben D., aged 10
months, twin girls of G. W. and M. Reynolds, and grandchildren of W. C.
and M. J. Reynolds of this city. (contributed by Nancy Piper)
Henry Republican - October 26,
At Eureka , October 17, a son to
Elder W. B. Berry. (contributed by Nancy Piper)
Herald", 6 July 1893
Rev. O.T. Stewart and wife, of Eureka,
Ill, were the guests of Rev. R.E. Thomas and wife over the Sabbath.
(contributed by K.Torp)
Class of 1931 Has 28 At
The 30th anniversary reunion of the 1931 graduating
class of Eureka Township high school was held Saturday with a noon
luncheon at the Presbyterian Church. There were 28 in attendance including
teachers and husbands or wives of classmates. Those attending were Miss
Elsie McClugage, Peoria; Mrs. Bertha (Rhoadarmer) England, Knoxville;
Kenneth Bucher, East Peoria; Frank Sumner, Peoria; Mrs. LaVerne Tjarks
(Joyce Cockerell), Bartonville; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brown Hillsboro; Mrs.
Roy Umble (Fern Smith), Goshen, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson (Dorothy
Davidson; Oak Park; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tomb (Dorothy Scheid) Bloomington;
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nickols (Dorothy Hinnen), Congerville.
Eureka were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blunier, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert McCloud,
Mr. and Mrs, Lloyd Stalter (Celestia Wagner); Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Litwiler
(Edna Ulrich), Mr. and Mrs. William Major, Mr. and Mrs. Russell McRoberts
(Bernice Heiken), Mrs. Richard Bhunk (Mabel Honeg) and Mrs. George Bronson
A social hour was enjoyed from 11 to 12
After the luncheon letters were read from former teachers and
classmates who were unable to be present. All members of the class were
asked to leave notes of information concerning addresses, family,
occupation, and a mimeographed letter will be sent to each member. The
class hopes to have another gathering in five years.
Class of 1931 has reunion
The Class of 1931 of the Eureka
Township high school had a 12:30 o'clock dinner on Saturday, Sept. 25, at
the Elms in El Paso for their 40th anniversary reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Griff
Lathrop of Peoria were the only former teacher and wife that were present,
but notes were received from Miss Ruth Beck of Maywood, Mrs. Bertha
(Rhoadarmer) England of Galesburg, Miss Elsie McCluggage of Peoria, L. P.
Kesler and Arthur Smith of Eureka. Class members attending were: Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Tomb (Dorothy Scheid), Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Mitchell (Elizabeth Ewing), St. Paul, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stalter
(Celestra Wagner), Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Litwiler (Edna Ulrich), Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Blunier, all of Eureka and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Martin (Ethel
Sending greetings were Chet Renner, Palm Springs,
Calif.; Carl Plopper and Mrs. Ray Short (Kathryn Plopper), both of
Burbank, Calif.; Mrs. Fern (Smith) Umble of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Joyce
(Cockerell) Tjarks of Bartonville; Mrs. Bernice (Heiken) McRoberts,
Eureka; Mrs. Harold (Edith Ludwig) Romersberger, Eureka; Mrs. Lawrence
(Dorothy Hinnen) Nichols, Congerville. It was decided to have another
reunion in less than five years and plans are being made to combine with
several other classes.
Metamora Herald 1 Sep.
Pfc. Chas. W. Gerth of Eureka Killed in Los Angeles,
Pfc. Charles Wilford Gerth, 23, of the Marine corps reserve was
killed at 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif., when a hit and run
driver struck him while he was riding his motorcycle, according to a
telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Eugene Gerrich of near Eureka Monday
night. The body is being brought to the Habecker funeral home in
Eureka with military escort. A military funeral will be held at the
Christian church with burial in Secor cemetery. The date of the
services will be announced later. He was born Nov. 12, 1920, a son
of Charles and Cora Gerth. His father, gassed in World War I, died
soon after the armistice. Pfc. Gerth was employed at the Caterpillar
Tractor company before entering service. He served at Guadalcanal
and in the south Pacific area for more than 10 months, and has been
stationed at Camp El Toro, Santa Ana, Calif., for the past year. He
is survived by his mother and step father, east of Eureka, and his
maternal grandmother of Secor.
Metamora Herald 9 Mar. 1945
James F. Tomb of Eureka Killed Over Yugoslavia Feb. 26th
has been received that Second Lt. James F. Tomb, husband of Mrs. Leonore
Williams Tomb of Kirksville, Mo., and the son of Mrs. Margaret Mundell
Tomb of Eureka, has been killed in action. He was previously
reported as missing over Yugoslavia since Feb. 26. Lt. Tomb was born
July 8, 1918. He graduated from the Eureka township high school in
1936, and from Eureka college in 1940. He was a student at
Kirksville, Mo., college of osteopathy and surgery. He married Miss
Leonore Williams of Kirksville on Oct. 18, 1942, in the chapel of the
Eureka Christian church. In army air force training, he graduated
from combat crew training school at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Airz.,
and was qualified as a navigator. He was a member of the crew of a
B-24 bomber. He went overseas in December. Surviving are his
wife of Kirksville; mother, Mrs. Margaret Mundell Tomb; his grandmother,
Mrs. Sam Mundell, who resides with his mothter in Eureka, and two
brothers, Jay of Eureka and Robert of Roanoke.
Herald 1 Dec. 1944
Memorial Services In Honor of Woodford Man
Killed In Action
Memorial services for Pf. Virgil Whittington, who was
killed in action in Italy, Sept. 14, 1944, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday
at the Eureka Methodist church. The Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of
the Methodist church, and the Rev. Donald M. Salmon, pastor of the Eureka
Christian church, were in charge of the memorial services. The Benjamin F.
Haecker post of the American Legion advanced the colors and sounded
taps. Members of the local Odd Fellows lodge attended the services
in a body. The Eureka Men's quartet sang, accompanied by Margaret
Mundell Tomb. Pfc. Whittington is survived by his wife, the former
Eleanor Kennedy and year old son, Denny, of Creve Coeur; his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Grover Whitington, and one brother, Gene Whittington of
Eureka. Pfc. Whittington, a graduate of Eureka High school, entered
army service Nov. 18, 1943, and was sent overseas in April,
Metamora Herald 1 Dec. 1944
T. Sgt. Lee
Blunier, Reported Missing, Is Prisoner in Germany
T. Sgt. Lee Blunier
has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Blunier of Eureka, that is is a
prisoner of war in Germany. In a letter to them received Sunday
morning Sgt. Blunier stated he was well and asked them to write. He
was reported by the government on Oct. 2, as missing in action in Italy
since Oct. 14. The Bluniers have three other sons in service.
Pvt. Louis Blunier came home last Friday from Camp Roberts, Calif., for a
10 day furlough. Cpl. Henry Blunier is stationed at New Caledonia,
and S. Sgt. Samuel Blunier is being transferred from Camp Barkeley, Tex.,
to Ft. Dix, N.J.
Boarding House, Winter 1900-01|
The house is most
likely the one at 203 E. Conovor, Eureka, currently the residence of
Minta and Steve Colburn. The names of the people were listed on the
back, but they don't seem to be in order. They are: Frank McDonald,
Andena deGuibert, John Horn, May Swinford, Mabel Tomb, Rosalie
deGuibert, Nora Moore, Nell Sears, Leslie Verry, Byron Piatt,
Charlie Mann. Ella Lohnes, Lillian Verry, Bert Shaw. W. H. Foster
was a boarder there in 1900, and after his marriage, he built a
house (109 E. Conover) in the grassy lot to the left. Source:
Woodford County Historical Society, "Archives", Summer
The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Apr.
Miss Madge Coe, of Streator, has been the guest of
Mrs. Robert Dickinson the past few days.
Mrs. E. B. Dickinson and Miss
Mabel Tomb are expected home from Summerville, SC, this week after a visit
of some months.
The W.C.T.U. gave a silver medal contest in the circuit
court room Thurs. evening, there being seven contestants. The medal was
won by Finley Hogbin and the others taking part were: Arthur Buck,
Gertrude Mette, Frances Brodt, Harry Mason, Remar Altman and Edna
The Pantagraph, Mar 31, 1954
Vie For Sheriff, School Jobs
EUREKA - A hotly contested treasurer's
race will highlight Woodford County's three primary election contests and
will pit Republicans George L. Toler of Minonk against Bruce Tallyn of
Eureka. Both men seeking the treasurer nomination are Republicans.
two other contests will put Quentin (Jim) Durst of Washburn in competition
with Ray Wolford for the sheriff's post and Dale (Doc) Moore of Benson
against Robert W. Matone of Lowpoint for the superintendent of schools
position. These four candidates are also Republicans.
biographical sketch of each candidate follows:
George L. Toler,
salesman for the past four years, was born Jan. 3, 1901, in Caldwell.
Ohio. He has lived in Minonk for the past 25 years and lived in El Paso
for 12 years where he received both his grade school and high school
education. He married the former Josephine Fuller of Minonk and has two
sons and one daughter. One son was killed in action during World War II.
Mr. Toler has been sheriff of Woodford County since 1950 and was formerly
employed by the Minonk Produce Company and the State of Illinois. He is
treasurer of the City of Minonk and was a state police officer for eight
years. He entered the Navy during the World War I, at the age of 16 and
was discharged as a seaman first class. He is a member of the American
Legion, the Masonic Lodge and Modern Woodmen.
Bruce E. Tallyn is a life
long resident of Benson where he has served 16 years on the school board
and has been village treasurer for 10 years. He is presently chief deputy
of the Woodford County Sheriff's Department and served as
sheriff from 1942 to 1945. He was also a chief deputy before becoming
sheriff. After receiving his elementary and high school education in
Woodford County, he attended Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington and
Eureka College, Eureka. He is married and has one son and one daughter. He
is a member of the Christian Church, Modern Woodmen. Odd Fellows. Masonic
Shrine and the consistory. Mr. Tallyn has been in business for 30 years in
Robert W. Matone, principal of Lowpoint-Washburn High
School, has had experience in both high school and grade school
administration. He was formerly a high school coach. He has served as a
vice president of the Woodford County High School Association and is
presently president of the Woodford County Elementary Principals'
Association. Mr. Matone received his education at the Illinois State
Normal University, Normal and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, Mass. He is married and has two sons. A veteran of World War
II, he served in the Near Eastern theater of operation.
Dale Moore is
principal of the Benson High School. He came to Benson in the Fall of
1946, following 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, where he was a sergeant
stationed in Panama. Mr. Moore graduated from East-ern Illinois State
Teachers College in 1942 with a major in business education and minors in
physical education and social science. In 1950, after completing two
Summer terms at the University of Illinois, Mr. Moore received his master
of science degree in education. In 1952, he obtained his Life General
Supervisory Certificate. In college he lettered in track and baseball, was
president of a national fraternity, and was listed in Who's Who Among
Students in American Colleges and Universities. He is a member of the
Benson Fire Department, treasurer of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He is
a member of the National Education Association, the Illinois Education
Association, and vice president of the Woodford County Secondary
Principals Association. Mr. Moore is married and has two sons. He was born
May 23, 1920, in Niantic, where he attended elementary school and high
Ray O. Wolford was born in Stronghurst, Henderson County, and
received his education in the Stronghurst schools. He moved to Washburn in
1934 where he was engaged in the grocery and feed business for several
years. He served eight years on the State Police Force before resigning in
1950. and is presently affiliated with the Walker Implement Company of
Minonk. The candidate is married and has three sons, all of whom have
served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Quentin (Jim) Durst has resided in
Woodford County his entire life. He was born Feb. 5, 1920, in Worth
Township. Metamora, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Durst of Lacon. He was
employed by the Caterpillar Tractor Company for 11 years and served with
the Illinois Department of Conservation Division of Fisheries for two
years. Mr. Durst has been chief deputy sheriff of Woodford County for the
past four years. After receiving his education in the Metamora Schools, he
served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is a past commander of the
Spring Bay American Legion Post and a past county commander of the Legion,
He now serves as chaplain of the post. He is married and has one son and
The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois,Oct 26,
War Dead to Dock Today
Central Illinois Men Among
First From Europe
Bodies of three Bloomington men will be aboard the
army transport, Joseph V. Connolyl, due to dock in New York Sunday, with
the first of the European war dead to be returned to the United
Local men being returned include Corp. Merle W. Leach, son of
George O. and Ethel Leach, both of Bloomington. Pfc. James G. Moews, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moews, 905 West Taylor street, and S. Sgt. Jack D.
Roemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Roemer, 1106 East Monroe street.
Leach had been buried in Belgium where he had died of a kidney ailment.
Pfc. Moews was killed in action in Germany and S. Sgt. Roemer was killed
in an explosion of an ammunition dump near Aachen, Germany. Other Central
Illinois war dead to be included in the first shipment together with next
of kin and addresses follow:
Pvt. Marion F. Harpster, Henry Harpster,
Pvt. Richard Ingram. Charles H. Ingram, Lincoln;
Joseph Kasnar Jr., Joseph Kasnar Sr., Lincoln;
Pfc Leonard G. Kiger,
Lewis E. Kiger, Fairbury;
Aviation Machinist Mate Oliver L. Leininger,
Mrs. Mary A. Leininger, Mason City.
Corp. Kenneth E. Bayston, Chester
A. Bayston, Chatsworth;
Sgt. Andrew L. Benz, Arthur W. Benz, South
S. Sgt. Paul Brown, George L. Brown, Lincoln;
S. Sgt. James
L McKeon, Mrs. Verda McKeon, Minonk;
Pfc. Milton G. Petro, Dewey G.
Pvt. Melvin Green, Alvin H. Green, Minonk;
Otis V. Travis, Lester E. Travis, Fairbury;
Technician Fifth Grade
Louis E. Tucker, Lewis Tucker, Rutland;
Lt. LeRoy A. Wallas, Henry G.
Technician Fifth Grade Roy V. Wittmer, John G.
Sgt. Simon E. Wonderlin, Mrs. Adelyn M. Wonderlin,
The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] May 27,
Eureka College commencement was held last
Eureka, May 26 - The fifty-eight annual commencement exercises
of Eureka College were held in the Christian Church this evening.
President C T Paul giving the address. The following young men and women
were graduated: Helen Coleman, Ipava; Leith Cox, Deland; Leroy Jury, Low
Point; Grace Lacock, Eureka; Clayton C McCaw, Eureka; Mildred McCaw,
Eureka; Lula ..North, El Paso, Bertha Park, Palmyra; Lucile Parks, ..son,
Maxwell; Randall Richmond, Gibson City; Jacob Rinker, Tablet Grove;
Orville Smith, Eureka; [remaining unreadable]
The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Dec 8,
Missing over Germany
Eureka-Mrs Hazel Deck Gustin of
Eureka received word from the War department Wed. that her husband, Corp
Russell Gustin, has been missing in action over Germany since Nov 17.
After completing three years at Eureka college he entered service April 2,
1943. On Oct 29, 1943, he married Hazel Deck. He was sent overseas in
March, 1944. Corp Gustin is the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Gustin of
Olivet. He served in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland
The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg
Hugh Sumner is critically ill at his home.
W. H. fisher has been seriously ill at her home.
Mrs. Belle Emlin has
gone to New Jersey to visit her son.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickinson
were Abingdon visitors Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Darnell were
holiday visitors in Martinsville, Ind.
Mrs. Ivor Vinecore of Rutland,
was a Thursday caller at the R. H. Musick home.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Innes of Omaha, Neb., will be weekend guests in the W. F. Ewing
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sorg, Misses Emma and Wilhelmena Klaus were
holiday visitors in Goshen, Ind.
E. H. Oyer and family visited
relatives in Wheaton the first of the week.
Mrs. Armittie Wilson and
Mrs. Hattie Harris gave a family dinner Sunday.
Fay Gillan and family
and Miss Louris Bryant were Sunday visitors in South Pekin.
Stanley, who is attending school at Normal, was a Sunday Guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Will Kennell.
Miss Ethel Davis entertained her cousin, Everett
Camp of Albert Lee, Minn., Friday. Mr. Camp has been taking a Diesel
engine course of study in Chicago.
Misses Florence Clymer and Mary
Helen Underwood gave a shower at the Underwood home Thursday afternoon,
the guest of honor being Miss Mary Ethel Zobrist of Goodfield. The bride
to be received many handsome gifts.
Miss Anne Chenoweth, formerly of
Eureka but more recently of Chicago, and Paul Frederick Biklen of
Schenectady, N.Y., were married on Sat. evening and the following Eureka
friends were present: Miss Annette Ewing, who was the bridesmaid, Mr. and
Mrs. C. J. Mitchell and son Roger, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickinson, Mrs.
Mae Dickenson, Dr. Burrus Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Riley, Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Allen, Misses Mary Elizabeth Barker, Mary June Stumpf, Mary
Elizabeth Nickel, Vista and Rachel