125 Years Ago

Oct. 1, 1896


Considerable discussion is being indulged in at present on the question of the removal of the county seat from Dixon to Amboy. It has been said that Amboy will give the site and furnish $100,000 for the purpose of building a new courthouse if the voters of the county will only authorize the removal of the seat to that city.

Last Friday evening while the proprietor and clerk were in the front of the store listening to the music of the band, some sneak thief entered Geo. R Charters store from the rear and tapped the till for about $10.

The building of the new Shaw church is progressing rapidly. The work is being led by the pastor, Mr. Frost, who with is coat off, drives as many nails as any of this helpers.


100 Years Ago

Sept. 29, 1921


“10,000 People Here at Boulevard Jubilee” headlines in a 3 ½ column report of the two-day celebration in honor of the opening of the paved streets and the turning on of the boulevard lights.

The ordination of Rev. Merrill Thomas MacPherson of the Ashton and Franklin Grove Presbyterian churches took places last Wednesday at Franklin Grove.

Smith’s Pharmacy was broken into sometime Sunday night and a quantity of merchandise, money and stamps were taken.

Workmen tore down the Lesslie coal sheds south of Knapp’s garage the fore part of this week. This gives a much better view of the railroad tracks and lessens danger of accidents from freight trains backing in on the side tracks.


75 Years Ago

Oct. 3, 1946


Mrs. Donald Bauer, the former Phyllis Witzel, tells an interesting account of her trip to join her husband in Germany.

Mrs. Louis Clague sold her residence in Ashton to Frank Waters and will leave this week for Los Angeles, Calif., where she is to be a physiotherapist in a Los Angeles hospital.

Miss Loraine Petrie, a junior at Northern Illinois State Teachers College has received the Swen F. Parson Scholarship for 1946-47.


50 Years Ago

Sept. 30, 1971


The Consecration Service for the new United Methodist Church will be held this Sunday morning. Bishop Thomas M. Pryor  of the Northern Illinois Conference will be the speaker at the 10 a.m. service which also commemorates World Wide Communion Sunday.

Although the statistics were strongly in their favor, the Aces suffered a 14-12 loss at Milledgeville Friday night in the Rt. 72 conference.

Alan Cook, a former Ashtonite who resides in DeKalb, has been named one of America’s Outstanding Young Men of 1971 by the Board of Advisors of the awards program. He will be listed in the 1971 volume of “Outstanding Young Men of America.”

The Ashton Fire Department Auxiliary was organized at the meeting Sept. 23 at the fire station with 15 present. The following officers were elected: Marilyn Dvorak, president; Linda Russell, vice president; Alvera Forney, secretary and public relations and Mary Ross, treasurer.


25 Years Ago

Sept. 26, 1996


The Ashton Fire Department responded to a fire call Monday night at 506 Main Street. The fire was located in the apartment complex located next to Kenny’s Cookin’. It was limited to only one apartment in the complex.

Ron’s Food Market advertises Golden ripe bananas for 29 cents per pound, Banquet pot pies, 6/$3, Oscar Mayer lunch meats for $2.99 and Farmland smoked picnic hams, 79 cents per pound.

Thank you – the Ashton Fire Protection District Board would like to express their gratitude to the many  Ashton businesses that generously allow the volunteer firemen and women in their employment to interrupt their work day to answer the community’s call.



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