Wednesday, May 18 2022

100 years ago

Sydney Landon will perform in the DeLand High School auditorium this week, posing as the greatest men of letters of a century. He brought a new dignity to the art of imitation. With wigs, greasepaints and a justly vivid imagination, he gives faithful reproductions of Mark Twain, Josh Billings, Victor Hugo, Bill Nye, Longfellow, Thackeray, Tennyson, Kipling, Holmes and others. He completely loses his own identity, assumes a new role from the works of imitated genius. You won’t want to miss his appearance.

The Piatt County Poultry Association poultry show ended last Saturday. A good display of fine poultry, pigeons and rabbits was presented. Nearly 300 registrations were recorded, including 220 poultry shows alone.

The two-week agriculture course, now called Corn Growers and Stockmen’s Convention, will be held at the University of Illinois College of Agriculture Jan. 16-27.

News was received in DeLand this week that the body of Corp. Charles Larson, who died in France during the war, would be shipped from New York on Wednesday evening. Legion members from Farmer City, Weldon, Monticello, and Clinton are to help DeLand Post with services.

Croninger State Bank of Cisco Pres. EO Martin files year-end report on assets totaling $228,391.23.

The Piatt County Shorthorn and Hog Breeders Association will hold a joint annual dinner and meeting in Monticello at the Presbyterian Church. It will be the biggest day of the year for ranchers in the county as plans for a cattle show will be discussed.

Compiled by Roger L. Wisegarver

75 years ago

More than 700 Piatt County farmers and landowners attended the Farm & Home Show Friday at Monticello High School under the sponsorship of the Farm Bureau and U of I College of Agriculture Extension Services.

Seventeen men from this county received their discharge from the armed forces and filed their discharges at the circuit clerk’s office.

Mr. and Mrs. Burr Wolfe of Cerro Gordo are the parents of the first baby, a girl, born in 1946 at Kirby Hospital. She was born last Wednesday morning.

Oscar Curry returned home on Thursday after spending 33 months in the military and 18 months overseas. He has an honorable discharge.

Carl “Ike” Raglan returned to Marianna Air Force Base in Florida on Sunday after a visit here with his father.

Monticello Township High School will hold semester exams on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. All students are required to take the exams which will last 90 minutes.

AD: To my cherished customers: I’m exhausted. Thank you. George P. Harding.

Compiled by Kay Gilbreath

50 years ago

Construction activity at Monticello during 1971 more than doubled that of the previous year. There were 29 new homes built in Monticello in 1971 compared to 25 in 1970, 33 in 1969, and 42 in 1968. A total of $820,500 was spent on construction during the year.

For the second consecutive year, the Monticello Community Chest exceeded its initial goal. Final numbers for the 1971 drive were released by drive chairman Martin Tredway and showed a total of $1,429 had been raised in that drive. The target for 1971 was $5,755.

The Cisco Wildcats beat White Heath 46-34 last week. White Heath shot 11 of 26 including 9 of 14 in the second half. Cisco, despite only shooting 15 of 54, was the winner. The Wildcats had 6 more free throws as they hit 59% to the Warriors’ 45%. Cisco also won the JV match 26-23. Cisco is 4-2 and White Heath is now 1-6 for the season.

The course for adults who will take the General Education Development test for the High School Diploma will be offered at Monticello Secondary School from Thursday 27 January. The course will last 12 weeks, after which students can arrange to take the GED test.

Compiled by Jack Stiverson

25 years ago

Ed Williams, master of ceremonies at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce banquet last Thursday evening, presented the officers and trustees of the 1947 Chamber with certificates of recognition. Those honored were Owen Montgomery, Kenneth Bauman, Emil Fox, Paul C. Gucker and Elmer Oehmke. The presentation of the certificates was part of the celebration of the Chamber’s 30th anniversary. Smoking in hospitalized patients is restricted to private rooms or rooms shared with patients who smoke or have no objection to smoking in the room. Patients may also smoke in certain designated areas. On admission, patients will be asked if they prefer to share a room with smokers or non-smokers. Visitors are not permitted to smoke in patient rooms unless permitted. The heavy snow last week delighted people like Susan Taylor, who was able to put her father’s snowmobile to good use on the Jack Miner farm east of Monticello.

Compiled by Deanna O’Reilly

As Time Goes By is researched and written for the Journal-Republican by the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society.

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