2018 Week 49 Lest We Forget



100 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1918


A shadow of gloom was cast over city last Friday evening by the receipt of a telegram announcing that Chrystal Witzel had been killed in action in France on Oct. 20. His death as officially reported state what he was killed in action. His death occurred the same day as did Seaman Benjamin Schafter, who was buried in South America.

The influenza epidemic has claimed 22,566 lives in Illinois to date, Dr. C. St. Clair Drake, director of the department of health, announced Saturday.

Klaus Svela who live on the Ella Vaupel farm met with a serious accident last week while picking corn on the Jacob Vaupel farm east of Ashton. He was engaged in husking corn and for some reason the team started to run. The tongue came out of the neckyoke and struck the ground pitching the wagon over on Mr. Svela.


75 Years Ago

Dec. 9, 1943


Friday noon at 12:45 the band and Miss Barnes sat before the assembly. A new school song was about to be born. Last summer, Rev. Montanus wrote “The Aces March” as a dedication to Mr. O’May. It had such an exceptionally nice melody that some high school students wrote words to it. Rev. Montanus permitted the band to copy his manuscripts.

The words:

Go you Aces on to fame

Go you Aces go

Fight till you win boys

Never give up boys

We’re pulling for you

You know

When you go out before us

Our colors will unfold

We’ll cheer for you throughout the game

To back our green and gold.

The American people are asked to confine Christmas lighting decorations to Christmas trees inside private homes this year according to a new release from the War Production Board, distributed by the director of public relations of the Illinois Northern Utilities company.

An article “Why Syllables?” was written by Miss Ruth Boyd, and published in the November-December issue of the Educational Magazine. The article appeared in the “Melting Pot” department of the magazine.


50 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1968


Before leaving Camp Evans in Vietnam to return to the United States, Sp/5 John P. White received three awards of the Army Commendation Medal on Oct. 2. One award was for heroism in action while engaged in ground operations and the other awards were for meritorious service as construction specialist.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herwig will celebrate their 50thwedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Dec. 15. The event will be hosted by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Herwig. The couple also has two granddaughters, Mrs. Jo Anne Meurer, Laura Herwig and two great-grandchildren, Mark and Trista Meurer.

Ronald Dvorak, local pharmacist, addressed the Junior Women’s Club and presented slides identifying harmful drugs and the effects these drugs can have in the human body.


25 Years Ago

Dec. 9, 1993


American Legion Post 497 members and their families were given first hand accounts of what it was like to serve in overseas support units during World War II as they gathered for the annual Post 497 Veterans Day Dinner recently. World War II veterans Russell Group and Raymond “Sully” Farver recounted their wartime experiences.

Police report by Patrolman Pvt. Sveum. 6:30 report of large number of vehicles traveling back streets of Ashton at slow rates of speed. Response: several suspicious vehicles stopped: investigation of suspects, Ennen, Tadd, Turner and Seeberg, revealed suspects observing Christmas decorations on homes. Status: complaint unfounded. Slow drivers would continue as there were 82 homes with exterior lights on.

Kenny’s cooking advertises Catfish for $6.95. Includes potato, soup or salad and fresh baked bread.


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