Lest We Forget


100 Years Ago
May 3, 1917

A Boy Scout troop has been organizes in Ashton and at present there are 14 boys enrolled. Rev. Graham is scoutmaster and Harry Wisman, assistant.
A shipment of 2,311 pigeons was liberated here Monday morning by representatives of 14 flying clubs in Chicago. Owing to cloudy weather the flight was postponed from Sunday.
Dr. and Mrs. M. L. English moved from the Presbyterian manse to the McCrea house. Rev. Manshardt and family moved in yesterday.
Rev. F. W. Doede has been appointed to the pastorate of the Ashton and Reynolds Evangelical churches. He had been pastor of the church at Bensonville.

75 Years Ago
April 30, 1942

A two-day registration will be held for Ashton citizens in the nation-wide sugar rationing system.
Ralph Salzman, A. H. S. senior, has been recommended as one of the 10 Illinois to receive the American Farmer degree.
Peter R. Bushbacker, Ashton postmaster since May 15 last year, tendered his resignation to the government yesterday.
Fire destroyed all the buildings on the Gordon Lovett farm on U.S. 30 Friday with the exception of the dwelling.

50 Years Ago
May 4, 1967

A new village councilman, Paul Carter and two re-elected councilmen, R. William Jeter and George Vaupel were sworn in at Tuesday night’s re-organization meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.
Miss Melody Schwab, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schwab, is one of 250 students to be honored at Illinois State University, Normal on Wednesday, May 10 during the 26th annual Honors Day Convocation.
Ashton Food Market advertises Pure, fresh, lean ground beef for 49 cents per pound, Van Camp pork ‘n beans, 3 cans for 79 cents, Peter Pan king size sandwich bread, 3 loaves for 99 cents and Golden ripe bananas, 2 pounds for 25 cents.

25 Years Ago
April 30, 1982

Stan Greenfield, of Aurora, Neb., a former Ashton High School basketball star, joined the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon. His wife, Mary, sons Sam and Ben and his parents Dick and Alice Greenfield attended the induction ceremonies at Normal. Greenfield averaged 17 points as a junior and 23 points as a senior.
Anne Twardowski and Dean Yocum reigned over the 1992 Franklin Center High School Junior/Senior Prom held this past Saturday, April 26.
Ron’s Food advertises 5 ears of yellow corn on the cob for $1.19, DelMonte vegetables, 2 for 89 cents, Bush’s baked beans, 2 cans for $1.


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