125 Years Ago
Dec. 31, 1896
Prof. and Mrs. Lyon gave a very successful reception Monday evening in honor of their young lady guests at which were gathered a large number of our citizens. Dainty refreshments were served and the evening passed in games and music. It is spoken of as being the social event of the season.
Riley Mead sold a colt recently for $500. This marks the highest price paid in these parts since McKinley’s election. John Wallum sold a horse this week for $200, indicating that the long expected rise in the value of horses is going to be realized at last.
The juveniles of school age are enjoying the holiday vacation this week. School begins again next week.
100 Years Ago
Dec. 22, 1921
Santa Claus should wear asbestos whiskers and trimmings. and a fire -proofed coat, if he is to be in accord with the approved fashion on 1921. So says State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber, one of whose principal duties at this time of the years is to make Christmas safe for Santa Clauses and kiddies, as well as grownups.
Pierce’s Barber Shop advertises haircut 25 cents; shave 10 cents. Service guaranteed. Everything sanitary.
Ashton has a beautiful Christmas tree again this year, thanks to a few enterprising merchants who drove with a truck south of Franklin Grove and secured a fine evergreen tree. It was erected at the corner of Main and Evans in the business district and on Thursday evening it was illuminated with colored lights.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 26, 1946
Lee County and vicinity was electrified Friday evening by the kidnapping of Mrs. Della Stackhouse, attractive wife of Dr. Stirling Stackhouse, well known Dixon physician, by a dishonorably discharged soldier who forced her to walk five miles into the country before giving up at a farm in Palmyra township and allowing Mrs. Stackhouse to call her husband.
Now showing at Hub Theatre in Rochelle “California Gold Rush” with Bill Elliot as “Red Ryder,” “Hot Cargo” with William Gargan, Jean Rogers and Phillip Reed.
The Justus Henert family entertained at a pre-Christmas dinner Sunday, the Roland Henert, Donald Henert and Ben Griffin families, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Chapman. The occasion also honored Mrs. Keith Chapman’s birthday anniversary.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1971
The Lee County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee sponsored the 1971 Farm Bureau FFA Acquaintance Day Program and invited the five FFA chapters in Lee County to send two members each and their advisor to the Nov. 16 session of the Illinois Agricultural Association annual meeting in Chicago. Attending from Ashton were Neal Miller and Randy Ebert and advisor Bob Howard and from Franklin Grove were Bob Colwell and Rick Appelquist.
1972 is the epidemic year for Hard Measles. Doctors have known for many years that measles occur in regular cycles particularly because during this time span there are born enough susceptible children to produce an epidemic. The space cycle for Hard Measles is at eight year intervals.
The fire department was called to the John Atkinson residence last Thursday where a Christmas tree had caught fire from a short circuit. The blaze was quickly extinguished but there was a considerable amount of smoke throughout the house.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 26, 1996
The Meadows of Franklin Grove opened Nov. 1 setting a new standard for excellence in retirement living in rural northern Illinois. “It’s like living in a fine hotel,” said one of the new residents. The Meadows is a secure 46-unit apartment community tailored to meet the desires of senior citizens who wan an active, vibrant lifestyle without the burdens of home maintenance.
Lee County Farm Bureau reorganization board meeting was held Tuesday evening, Dec. 17. Officers for the coming year include incumbents: President Craig Buhrow of rural West Brooklyn, secretary Howard Schoenholz Jr. of Paw Paw and treasurer Keving Gamz of Compton. Newly elected as vice president is Jim Schielein of Dixon.
On Tuesday, Dec. 17 the wrestling Raiders traveled to Oregon for a double dual with Oregon and Amboy. The Raiders came home with a split as they lost to Oregon 48-14 and defeated Amboy 52-24 for Coach Townsends’s 200 career win at Ashton.