#5 2019 - Lest We Forget



100 Years Ago

Feb. 6, 1919


Lt. Chester R. Root was mustered out of the military service Monday and within a very few days will resume the practice of dentistry at his former office in this city.

The streets about the village were dragged last week, which has improved them wonderfully.

Frank E. Chapman and Harold Heckart write of their experiences in Germany.


75 Years Ago

Feb. 3, 1944


Basketball enthusiasm suffered a setback in the past week when the Aces hit a mid-season slump during three games on the road, losing their first game of the season to Rochelle and then barely eking out 1-point wins at Forreston and Lee Center.

With the resignation of Supervisor Fred Melhausen of Reynolds Township who is a patient in the KSB Hospital in Dixon, and the loss of three other officials who are moving out of the township: Highway Commissioner Eugene Waters, Justice of the Peace Orville Stunkel and School Trustee John Warner, a special election has been called.

Ashton citizens once again led lee County in the fulfillment of a patriotic obligation , oversubscribed their quota of the Fourth War Loan drive with more than half of the campaign period remaining.


50 Years Ago

Feb. 6, 1969


Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. the Junior Woman’s Club met at the home of Mrs. Floyd Cox, Jr. The program, presented by Mrs. Ron Dvorak, was a slide presentation of the Dvorak’s trip to Europe, featuring London and Wales.

A total of 15,253 high school students in Illinois were named this week in the 1969-70 Illinois State Scholarship Program. Three were named from Ashton: Douglas Kirchhofer, Gerald E. Pfeiffer and Delores A. Schafer and two from Franklin Grove: Maurine Heckman and Thomas E. Hillison.

The names of 1,730 Whitewater Wis. State University students are included on the roll of scholastic honors for the first semester of the 1968-69 academic year which ended Jan. 22. Second honors (GPA 3.0 – 3.49) were earned by Jerry Griffin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Griffin, Ashton.


25 Years Ago

Feb. 10, 1994


It was 6 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4 when the manager of the Track II in downtown Ashton began his day as always, by opening up and beginning to clean and get ready for the day ahead. Two men in dark clothes, tennis shoes and ski masks, one with a gun, the other with a club in hand, pushed their way in the tavern and demanded money.

John Thompson was induced into membership in the Ashton Lions Club at the February 1 meeting of the club with Bill Jones of Dixon, southern regional chairman performing the induction ceremony. Mike Messer was the sponsoring Lion.

Ron’s Food Market advertises Banquet vegetable pies, 5 for $2, one pound of Best Yet Butter for 79 cents, crisp fresh Dole head lettuce for 59 cents and Thompson seedless grapes, red or green for 99 cents per pound.





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