Lest We Forget #2



100 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 1920


The posts have arrived for the boulevard lighting system and have been stored in the basement under John Stadeble’s plumbing shop.

  1. B. Cochnaur has sold the general store at Flagg to Earl Wright. The business has been owned and conducted by the late A. A. Thorp and his heirs for over 40 years.

William Sachs and family of near Steward have moved to the farm just vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kelley who have moved to Franklin Grove.

An aeroplane passed over Ashton Monday morning about 10 o’clock going in a westerly direction. The plane was flying very swiftly.

Mrs. S. T. Zeller is spending this week visiting at the home of her son Sam and family at Genoa. She went especially to pay a visit to her new little granddaughter, Miss Helen Elizabeth, born Jan. 5.


75 Years Ago

Jan. 4, 1945


  1. F. Klingebiel has been named chief and Wallace G. Clover assistant by the trustees of the new Ashton Fire Protection District. Herman Sanders is chairman of the trustees. Raymond Kersten, secretary.

1944 was a big year in the war news including D-Day, Allier sweep through France, Germany’s counter offensive, invasion of the Phillipines, B-29 raids on Tokyo, defeat of the Jap fleet, German robot bomb attacks, Russia’s offensive in southeast Europe, the assassination plot against Hitler.

A success of great magnitude was Friday night’s community party and band concert which attracted nearly 300, the largest attendance of the series.


50 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 1970


Illinois Tollway Authority officials report that much of the design and specifications for the new 69-mile East – West Tollway extension should be completed this month and the state is expected to begin purchasing land for the right-of-way in Kane, DeKalb, Ogle, Lee and Whiteside counties before February.

The Ashton Jets defeated Leaf River, second place team in the Rockford A. A. U. league 80-75 Sunday night at the Mills and Petrie Building. John Dunseth and Bill Lawson each contributed 19 points to the victory.

The Ashton Grade School basketball teams were victorious in two games at Franklin Grove Tuesday night. The eighth grade team won 38-25 and the seventh grade team also won and are undefeated in seven games.

Doug McCannon became the second scout in troop history to receive Scouting’s highest award – the Eagle Scout Badge.


25 Years Ago

Jan. 12, 1995


The Ashton fifth and sixth grade graduates are the first students to pass through the county’s new drug awareness program. The program was taught by Lee County Sheriff’s Police DARE Officer Cpl. Tim Deem. Those who read their essays were Doug Hussey, Rebecca Boer, Matt Richardson, Kim Prosch, Chriss Lee, Jim Gleissner, Katrina Webber and Emily Goldman.

The Ashton Aces basketball team went 0-2 after Christmas break. They lost to Tampico 65-62 on Tuesday night and 90-48 to Rockford Lutheran on Friday night.

The AFC Raiders came home with two championships last Saturday at Geneva. Mike Gleissner (171) and Jamin Soria (275) took first place.

Ron’s Food Market advertises Gold’n Plump fryer leg quarters for 49 cent per pound, Sunny Shores broccoli for 69 cents per pound and large size Idaho baking potatoes, 7 for 99 cents.





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