Lest We Forget - 16

125 Years Ago

April 23, 1896


The temperance party over came a majority of 24 from last year and elected their entire ticket by a six majority last Tuesday. The license issue was decided in its favor by a majority of 11.

We understand that the anti-license people of Franklin Grove secured a victory to the tune of 28 majority Tuesday. Paw Paw followed suit.

The school election drew the largest vote ever cast – 330 ballots. Melvin Hardesty, the candidate of the party supporting the principal, defeated his opponent, H. W. Eisenberg by only three votes.


100 Years Ago

April 21, 1921


  1. B. Farver was elected President of the Village Boar over J. C. Griffith by a majority of 14 votes in the heaviest poll ever taken – 415 votes.

Approximately 500 large building at Camp Grant will be razed and sold to the highest bidder for lumber value.

Clifford Knapp has added a new service at his garage, installing a battery charging outfit.

The street railway tracks of the Sterling and Dixon Interurban may be torn up and the property sold for junk.


75 Years Ago

April 25, 1946


Mrs. Elizabeth Stephan has sold the Stephan Funeral Service business to Merle Cluts of Franklin Grove who is opening a new funeral home in the former Frank Hart residence. Mr. Cluts will use the facilities of the Stephan Funeral Home until suck time as his new location is available.

Cards containing the rules and schedule of Ashton’s new garbage collection system are being mailed from the office of Village Clerk Clifford Schafer.

China Township now has a Home Bureau unit. Organization tool place Friday with 12 members and two transfers present.

Kenneth Farver has purchased the residence property owned by C. H. O’May located on North Richardson Ave. occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Glen Shippy.


50 Years Ago

April 22, 1971


Ashton voters turned out in record numbers Tuesday to choose a president and three members of the Village Board of Trustees. A total of 467 cast ballots representing approximately 90 percent of the registered voters. Verlis Tadd polled 264 votes for president of the Board of Trustees over Ray J. Forney who polled 197 votes.

Cheerleading tryouts were held recently at the Ashton High School. Chosen were fresh/soph football and basketball: Debbie Fane, Rene Fischbach, Kim Kraft, Kim Krug and Ruth Yenerich. Varsity football and basketball: Joan Dahm, Sandy Fane, Debbie Krug, Peggy Perkins and Sue Rounds. Wrestling: Debbie Balch, Dianna Balch, Kathy Burke, Judy Hinrichs and Rae Ann White.

The Oregon Fire Department assisted by the Ashton Fire Department, fought a fire last Wednesday evening on the farm of Ralph Sanford on the Flagg Center Blacktop. A barn and corn crib were destroyed as were 2,000 bales of hay and 2,000 bushels of corn in the crib.

Now showing at Hub Theatre “Easy Rider” with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Coming soon “Doctors’ Wives.”


25 Years Ago

April 18, 1996


The 1996 quilt for the Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival to be held August 2 -4  will be on display at the group’s spring banquet this Saturday.

Mark May 3 and 4 on you calendars now so that you don’t miss the 7th Annual AFC Musical. This year’s production will be held in the Franklin Center High School gym beginning at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Ron’s Food Market advertises red ripe strawberries for $1.50 per quart, Kingsford Charcoal a 10 pound bag for $3.29, Western or Henris dressing for 99 cents and Gold’n plump leg quarters for 49 cents per pound.