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1930 - 1939
 
William E. Brown served as Mayor of the City of Gillespie 5-6-1929 to 5-6-1935
 
1930 -- Population is 5111.
1930 -- The Gillespie National Bank merged with and became known as the American National Bank.
 
1931 -- 1931 William Brown was elected as mayor and began serving the first four year term, rather than the previous two year terms of office.
 
September 1, 1932 -- The Progressive Miners of America organized and established the union with a convention at the Colonial Theater in Gillespie.
 
Fullarton Fulton, Jr. served as Mayor of the City of Gillespie 5-6-1935 to 5-5-1941
 
October 5, 1935 -- The Gillespie Post Office was moved into its new building.
 
1939 -- The library was closed due to lack of funds.
 
Tri City Store, Gillespie, 1930s
Tri City Store, Gillespie, 1930s

 
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1930
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Gillespie in newspaper Articles
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Photographs from
Illinois Pictorial supplement of
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 2, 1930

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Gillespie's Volunteer Fire Dept.
Volunteer Fire Department
First row, left to right
      Lawrence McEvoy, Seyman Genneti, Walter Day, Charles Tillman
Second row
      Silverina Cordera, Frank Isaacs, Henry Andrews, John Murray, Loyd Caudrey,
      Frank Redolphi, Onie Caudrey, chief.
Third row
      William Andrews, William Dickie, Julie Andrews
 
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Gillespie's Woman's Club
Woman's Club
Mrs. John Templeton, Mrs. Orin Laughlin, Mrs. J. E. English, Mrs. C. C. Hubbard, Mrs. William Cruthis, Mrs. A. E. Isaacs, Mrs. Alexander Haris, Mrs. Lloyd Combs, Mrs. D. E. Fischer, Mrs. Charles Miller, Miss Anna Maechler, Mrs. Robert Fairful, Mrs. Lloyd Downs, Mrs. Fred Barbrake, Mrs. J. Bruce Ogg, Mrs. Howard Stewart, Mrs. Osa Delaney, Mrs. David Shaw, Mrs. S. P. Preston, Mrs. O. B. Jett, Mrs. Oscar Dorsey, Mrs. George Richards, Mrs. Roy Hoehn, and Mrs. Nellie Isaacs.
 
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Gillespie's Parent-Teacher's Association
Parent-Teacher's Association
Mrs. Joe Carnella, Mrs. Roy Hoehn, Mrs. Harold Isaacs, Mrs. B. O. Jett, Mrs. Lloyd Downs, Mrs. Bruce Ogg, Mrs. Orin Drury, Mrs. C. C. Hubbard, Mrs. Lawrence Kiss, Mrs. David Shaw, Mrs. John Hubert, Mrs. John Mitchell, Mrs. Oscar Willard, Mrs. Frank Travers, and the Misses Edith Schwappach, Vena Jarvis, Eileen Price, Eileen Stehlin, and Hilda Wyen, teachers.
 
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Lawrence and Billy Kiss
Lawrence and Billy, sons of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Kiss
 
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playlet photo
"The Wedding of the Painted Doll"
A playlet sponsored by Mary Elenor Holme and Dorothy Bycroft, who are standing in the rear.
 
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Stars of play
Stars of a recent play
Left to right : Eleanor Miller, Jeanie Sorbie, and Dorothy Carivile
 
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Gillespie Rotary Club officers
Rotary Club Officers
Left to right
      S. P. Prestom, president; R. N. Monaghan, vice president; Hugh Ganey, secretary, and Lewis Cohn, treasurer.
 
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Lady Douglass Lodge officers
Officers of the Lady Douglass Lodge
First row
      Catherine Marchcci, Catherine Anderson, May McCormick
Second row
      Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Donaldson, Mary Lambie, Annie Easton, Mary Fisher
Third row
      Emily Roland, Jessie Frame, Jean Anderson, Mary McCormick, Mary Ballantyne, and Elizabeth Henderson.

 
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Schedule for I. H. S. A. A.
BASKET BALL TOURNAMENT
March 5, 6, 7, 8, 1930
Gillespie, ILL.

 
March 5, Game No. 1 - Sorento vs. Mt. Olive (Winner plays Waggoner on March 7)
 
March 5, Game No. 2 - Benld vs. Carlinville (winner plays Litchfield on March 7)
 
March 5, Game No. 3 - Panama vs. Raymond (winner plays winner of Game No. 5 on March 7)
 
March 6, Game No. 4 - Staunton vs. Hillsboro (winner plays winner of Game No. 6 on March 7)
 
March 6, Game No. 5 - Irving vs. Bunker Hill (winner plays winner of Game No. 3 on March 7)
 
March 6, Game No. 6 - Girard vs. Gillespie (winner plays winner of Game No. 4 on March 7)
 
March 10, 1930 - CHAMPIONSHIP Game at 9:00 P. M.
 
Players taking part in
1930 Basketball Tournament
Benld
Principal, F. A. Bertetti
 
Team Members
 
F. Gruchalla
M. Gboyorski
H. Bennett
J. Schmitt
Joe Milletto
Rex Allen
Joe Papa
John Valsoanno
Frank Lukowsky
A. Guadio
 
  Gillespie
Principal, Earl J. McNelly
 
Team Members
 
Willard Carroll
Alex Frame
Fullerton Fulton
Stanley Goscinski
Oren Laughlin
William Lochrie
John Lochrie
John Picco
Roland Sanders
Raymond Ulz
Adolph Fellin
Walter Rademacher
John Ditchman
Samuel Bender
Calvin Tate
Ralph Fellin
Maynard Sawyer
Alex Easton
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School Memories
Courtesy of Carol Ries
 
G C H S Class of 1930
Classs Motto : "Not at the Top, But Climbing"
 
Class Colors : Purple and Gold
 
Class Flower : Yellow Tea Rose
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History of the Class of 1930

Unknown Author
      We the Seniors of 1930, feeling our duty to posterity and to ghe future generation of students have hereby chronicled our history, which, we hope, will be a guide to faltering footsteps in the future.
      Know you, that in September 1926 there entered G. C. H. S. a very kaleidoscopic group of Freshmen. The spirit of the class was soon manifested by the unanimous and enthusiastic election of
President------------------ Laurence O'Neil
Vice President----------- William Morris
Secretary------------------ Vertie Heyen
Treasuerer---------- Clifford Radamacker
      The class from the start had the nicest habit of winning all ticket sales that came their way. The girls also took second place in athletics.
      That year the play "And then the Light Went Out" was given for the entertainment of the upper classmen.
      As Sophmores the group became more united in spirit in scholarship and indefatigably participated in all important events. The officers at the head of the brilliant group of scholars for this period were :
President------------------ Adolph Fellin
Vice President----------- Peter Duncan
Treas. & Sec. ----------- William Lochrie
      Their enviable reputation as ticket sellers and hot dog eaters were upheld. When they were Juniors they decided that a little recreation would not be out of order. Therefore, a backwards party was given and you can imagine the good time that was enjoyed.
      However, a dire catastrophe came upon this wonderful class in that year -- they lost a ticket sale. Nevertheless the "Never Say Die" spirit was not lost, and the Junior girls saved the honor of the class by winning the inter-class basketball tournament.

      This year marked one of the most brilliant days that was ever seen in G. C. H. S.    Yes, the color fight was so magnificent that it became necessary to place a ban on such demonstrations in the future.
      Time went on, as time is in the habit of doing, and the Seniors became hungry. Now, this class of Juniors was noted for its sociability so they decided to feed the voracious Seniors -- and at the same time appeal to their imagination and improve their sense of beauty.
      Hard work and sales, all kinds of sales were necessary before their dreams came true, but, in the end they had a novel representation of a scene in Holland. It was the first banquet held in the New Gymnasium and the guests were overwhelmed with the magnificence of service and food.
      The following officers who so nobly guided this class through the Junior year were retained to steer them through their fourth and last year of school life.
President------------------ William Lochrie
Vice President----------- Ernest Rolando
Sec. & Treas. ----------- Harriet Brent

      The Seniors became discontented with the ordinary manner of raising money for school expenses. Ringling Brothers offered an inspiration and late in October a Magnificent Three Ring Circus came to town. Maybe some of the elephants were slightly out of shape and some of their trainers were not as black as they could have been but, at any rate it proved quite a novelty and was well received by the public and students.
      Then one morning in April there seemed to be a terrible influx of Hoboes in Gillespie. Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, and lean ones. The police were becoming alarmed when lo and behold a banner appeared, bearing the famous words :

"SEE THE COLLEGE HOBO"
 
COLONIAL THEATRE
 
MONDAY APRIL 13

 
      The Hoboes had a wonderful time ( as hoboes do ) and thoroughly advertised the greatest play ever presented on screen or stage.
      Age demands its toll! And on a certain May morning the dignified seniors were missing from their accustomed places. The thrill of Skip Day ( we were sure ) was never felt by any other class as it was keenly enjoyed by the class of 1930.
      So with this Class Day, another party, another Junior-Senior banquet, at which we are guests, and Commencement, the history of the CLASS OF 1930 comes to a close --- but the spirit shall live on in our memories.
Class Sponsors, 1926 - 1930
Freshman
 
Elizabeth Erwin
Katherine Combrink
L. E. Dodge
Sophomore
 
Katherine Combrink
Miss Mills
George Grauel
L. E. Dodge
Junior
 
Katherine Combrink
Ruth Saunders
L. E. Dodge
George Grauel
Senior
 
Betty Borough
Katherine Combrink
George Grauel
L. E. Dodge
May 1930 Newspaper clipping
possibly from "The Gillespie News"

Largest Graduating Class in the History of the Gillespie Community High School to Graduate This Year
      About eighty boys and girls will graduate from the Gillespie Community High School on May 29th, 1930. The tentative llist of Seniors follows: Nettie Anderson, Ella Archibald, Henry Boyle, Hazel Benton, Dorothy Bennett, Mamie Birk, Bernice Brown, Eva Barna, Lester Boetta, Harriet Brent, Eleen Barton, Dorothy Bycroft, Marie Bausano, Helen Bauer, Howard Cole, Mary Clemons, Willard Carroll, Charles Dorsey, Retha Dooley, Ruth Drake, Peter Douglas, Anna Mae Durken, August Erspamer, Mary K. Elliman, Edna Folkers, Jessie Fulton, Adolph Fellin, Alex Frame, Mary Fralle, Jessie Frew, Elizabeth Foster, Farrell Floyd, Esther Folkers, Marion Guis, Beulah Gruber, Anna Goscinski, Kenneth Gurick, Mary E. Holme, Irene Kunz, Marion Irvine, Florence Jones, Lucille Janis, Charles Johnson, Emma Kessler, Elsie Luketich, Thresa Luketich, Oscar Libbra, Cleopha Long, Mary Lonzerotti, Elvera Ladame, William Lochrie, Rose Ann McGill, Hugh McNair, Gertrude McKelvie, Robert McClaskey, Isabel Miller, Mae Main, Sadie O'Neill, Anna Pohlman, Junior Pearcy, Dominic Preston, Marcella Perrottet, John Picco, Erna Quade, May Queen, John Quinn, Ernest Rolando, William Roglis, Frank Rice, Roland Sanders, Anna Sholtis, Catherine Sakach, Harry Stevenson, William Taylor, Mary Tomasi, Dwight Voyles, Aurelia Weidner, Genevieve Wilson, Eula Mae Whitlow, Isabel Whitmore, and Garnet Whitfield.
 
      The Twelfth Annual Baccalaurate services of the Gillespie Community High School will be held in the Auditorium Sunday evening, May 25, at 8 o'clock. The program is as follows:
See program shown below

 
      The Commencement exercises will be held on Thursday evening, May 29, at 8 p.m.
 
The speaker of the evening is Rev. Mike Pontius of Jacksonville, Illinois. rev. Pontius is an orator of note and will bring a real message in his address, "The Road of True Dominion."
 
      The following program will be given:
See program shown below

 
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BACCALAUREATE    SERVICE

Class of 1930

Gillespie Community High School

May 25th    8:00 p.m.

Processional March. . . . . Genell Abbott
 
Invocation. . . . . The Rev. C. A. Garst
 
Anthem-"Crown Him". . . . . McGranahan
M. E. Male Quartette

Scripture Lesson - Romans, 12th Chapter. . . . . The Rev. Joseph Snowden
 
Anthem - "We've Sighted the Golden Gate". . . . . Gabriel
M. E. Male Quartette

Sermon - "Venture of the Heights". . . . . The Rev. F. F. Otto
 
Anthem. . . . . Selected
M. E. Mixed Quartette

Benediction. . . . . The Rev. Joseph Snowden
 
Recessional March. . . . . Ellen Fisher

 
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Twelfth Annual Commencement Exercises
of the
Gillespie Community High School
High School Auditorium
Thursday,    May 29, 1930
8:00 p. m.
 
Processional March. . . . . .Genell Abbott
 
Invocation. . . . . The Rev. L. Krekeler
 
Music
                (a) "Four Leaf Clover". . . . . L. Brownell
                (b) "The Rosary". . . . . E. Nevin
                  High School Girls' Quartette --
                        Marie O'Neill, Flora Dickinson, Dorothy Bycroft, Ellenore Patterson
 
Salutatory . . . . . Harriet Brent
 
Solo - "The Perfect Day" . . . . . Carrie Jacobs Bond
                                Dwight Voyles
 
Violin Solo - "The Old Refrain". . . . . Fritz Kreitzler
                                Farrell Floyd
 
Valedictory . . . . . John Picco
 
Solo - "Spring Is Here. . . . . Jane Brown
                                Marion Irvine
 
Music
                (a) "The Old Road". . . . . J. Scott
                (b) "Commencement Day. . . . . Double Quartette
 
Address. . . . . "The Road to True Dominion" - The Rev. M. S. Pontius

 
Music
                (a) "Goodbye". . . . . F. Paolo Tosti
                High School Boys' Quartette --
                      Farrell Floyd, John Bergen, Orville Eilers, Dwight Voyles
 
Presentation of Diplomas.. . . . . Pres. T. W. Stehlin
 
Benediction. . . . . The Rev. Joseph Snowden
 
Recessional March. . . . . Ellen Fisher
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G C H S Class of 1930
40 year Reunion       July 25, 1970
Class of 1930 40th Reunion
 
Left to Right --
 
First Row:
Elsie Luketich Gruendahl, Jessie Fulton Cook, Bessie Fulton Fisher, Mary Clemons Kaelin, Gertrude McKelvie Jacobs, May Queen Braido, Marion Irvine Grandone, Anna Pohlman Little, Mary Tomasi Hilton, Anna Mae Durken Garrington, Esther Folkers,
 
Second Row:
Ray Briggs, Charles Johnson, Mamie Birk Ries, Julia Daly Palishen, Louise McIntyre Kaufman, Aurela Weidner, Katherine Combrink Grauel, Isabell Miller Baima, Elizabeth Foster Mattice, Genevieve Wilson Hlafka, Sophie Danis Stanley, Virginia Falke Bishop, Lottie Frost Schuler, Ruth Drake Clark, William E. Pickett, Francis H. Rice, Erna Quade Heidinger, Nettie Anderson Scopel, Marie Horoda Tascher, Magdaline Pianfetti Alepra, Edna Garvey Jung, John Quinn,
 
Third Row:
Amillio Stefani, George Crauel, Dwight Voyles, Raymond Ulz, David Miller, John Admire, Lester Boetta, Charles Dorsey, William Morris,
 
Fourth Row:
Louis Pellegrini, William Roglis, Ernest Roland, William Lochrie, John Bauer, Oscar Libbra, Harry Stevenson, Hugh McNair,
 
Not Shown : Garnet Whitfield
 
Class Sponsors : George and Katherine (nee Combrink) Grauel

 

 

1931
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume 60 Number 262
Wednesday, July 15, 1931, Page 3
SHERIFF FINDS 2 ABANDONED CARS
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New Ford Coupe, Willys-Knight Sedan Left Near Twin Cities
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Sheriff Fred Shoaf and his deputies yesterday found two abandoned cars in this vicinity.
      One of the cars, a practically new Ford standard coupe, was found Northwest of Champaign. The car was apparently in good condition. The doors were locked and the gasoline tank was about half full at the time the car was found. The car had ho license on it.
 
      The other car, a Willys-Knight two door sedan, was found abandoned near Homer, it carried an Illinois license number 100-620. According to the records published by the secretary of state, this license was issued to E. W. Boyer, 2615 Walnut street , Alton. The license was issued for a Chevrolet.
 
      The Willys-Knight also carried a city license number 410 from Gillespie.
 
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume 60 Number 137
Wednesday, February 18, 1931, Page 1
Veteran Succumbs
      GILLESPIE, Feb. 17. --(AP)-- Mrs. Mary Pesoneus, 86, who was a cook in the seventh U. S. Cavalry under General Custer and was with the regiment at the time most of Custer's men were massacred on the Little Big Horn, died today at her home in Gillespie.
 
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      A mine squeeze at the Liberty Mine in September of 1931 caused extensive damage to the house on Park Avenue and Elm Street, including sidewalks broken and cracked and heaved up pavement of the streets.
 
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1932
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      An old time band from Gillespie, called the "Pioneers" had been invited to play on a Springfield radio station and the broadcast was on January 16, 1932. The band members were: Marvin, Eugene, and Arthur Hughes, George Welk, Hugh Menk; of Gillespie along with Julius Sartaois of Benld.
 
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 54 Number 164
Monday, July 11, 1932, page 9
      Relatives here received word Thursday of the death of their aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook Snooks, at her home in Gillespie. The funeral was held at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home and burial was made in Litchfield.
 
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      August of 1932 was the beginning of era of mine wars throughout much of the southern half of the state.
 
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 54 Number 276
Saturday Evening, November 19,1932, Page 5
Man Lost 17 Hour in Coal Mine Rescued
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      Gillespie, Ill., Nov. 19 --(UP)-- Michael Kotcher, coal miner, returned to work today at the Liberty mine, north of here, none the worse from his experience yesterday of being lost in an abandoned portion of the mine for seventeen hours.
 
      Kotcher, sent to find some old rails kept in an unusual part of the mine, became lost when his light went out. Believing he could find his way out without a light he wandered through a maze of tunnels until hopelessly lost.
 
      A rescue party sent to search for him upon word from Mrs. Kotcher that her husband had not returned from work, found the missing man huddled in a corner apparently waiting for rescue.
 
      Other than being unable to see for a few hours Kotcher felt no ill effect from his experience.
 
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GCHS 1932 Basketball team
1932 Basketball
CHAMPIONS of Macoupin County
Gillespie High School team
Seated : Bender, Laughlin, Fulton, Ditchman, Fellin,
Standing : Coach George Grauel, Wirball, Long, Tippens, Maning, Assistant Coach Nicolet , Mascot Stewart.
 
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August of 1932 was the beginning of era of mine wars throughout much of the southern half of the state.
 
September 1, 1932 -- The Progressive Miners of America organized and established the union with a convention at the Colonial Theater in Gillespie.
 
Many of the newspaper articles throughout the rest of this decade are accounts of the "Mine Wars" that took place.
 
See : Progressive Miners of America

 

1933
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      Basketball took the honor of being the highlight of late March during 1933 as Gillespie High School's team took fourth place in the State finals, held at the University of Illinois at Champaign. School was dismissed on Friday afternoon as many local people attended the games and others listened to the radio broadcast. The coach was Mark Peterman and a couple of the players were "Big Fully" Fulton and "Peanuts" Fellin.
 
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      Beer, legal again after the repeal of "Prohibition", was difficult to obtain due to the breweries being unable to keep up with demand. At $37.50 for a three month license, brought forth seven to get a city license in Gillespie. Lee Hurtt, Henry Love, Bert Rice, Clyde Vandeveer, Pete Visintin, Williams & Rolando, and Andy Wilson received their licenses in April 1933.
 
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      Can you imagine six weeks without telephone service? This happened in Gillespie during the later part of 1933 into early 1934 as the telephone operators were on strike demanding more pay.
 
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1934
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, January 8, 1934, Page 5
Gillespie Phone Strike Ends
      GILLESPIE. Jan. 8 (AP) -- A telephone strike that has disrupted service here and in Benld since last Nov. 25 was brought to an end with an announcement by officials that operators would receive increased wages.
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The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois
Saturday, April 28, 1934, Page 2
Gillespie Miner Fined For Carrying Weapons
      ST. LOUIS. April 28 --(UP)-- John Tatman, 36, Gillespie, Ill., an ex-convict and member of the Progressive Miners of America, was fined $500 when he pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying concealed weapons in circuit court here yesterday.
 
      Tatman, who was sentenced to death in 1915 but who escaped the gallows when his sentence was commuted and he was later paroled, was arrested last January in an automobile in which police found a sub-machine gun. Tatman was carrying a revolver.
 
      The machine gun charge was dropped at a preliminary hearing. A petition signed by 80 Gillespie and Benld residents saying that Tatman was a good citizen was presented to the court.
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The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois
Monday, September 10, 1934, Page 6
Gillespie High School Students Go "Progressive"
      GILLESPIE. ILL. Sept. 10 --(UP)-- Fifty students at Gillespie high School which comprises the entire student body, went on strike today by remaining away from their classes as a protest against employment of David Tallman, first year English teacher at the school.
 
      The strike, said to have been urged by the Progressive Miners of America, was decided upon at a meeting last night of students and their parents and was also attended by numerous labor sympathizers.
 
      Objection to Tallman, it was said, was due to his having allegedly accepted employment as a strike breaker at the Laclede Steel Company mill at Alton some months ago. Tallman contends he was in good union standing when employed at Alton.
 
      When school bells rang this morning the students and several hundred sympathizers marched four abreast around the school. Some students who attempted to enter the building were prevented from doing so and induced to join the strike.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, September 12, 1934, Page 12
Gillespie Council Decides on Date For Bridge Bids
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Will Meet to Let Contract on Bear Creek Project Sept. 24
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      GILLESPIE Sept 12. (Special) -- The Gillespie city council held a meeting Monday evening at the city hall. Fullerton Fulton presided since Mayor William Brown is still unable to do so because of illness.
 
      Regular business routine was followed.
 
      Sept. 22 at noon was set for the deadline for bids on the bridge which is to be built over Bear Creek in the Eastern Heights.
 
      The contract will be let Sept. 24 at 8 a. m.
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Freeport Journal-Standard, Freeport, Illinois
Saturday, September 22, 1934, page 1
Town Is Holding Referendum On Hiring Teacher
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      Gillespie, Ill., Sept. 22 --(AP)-- An election was being held in the Gillespie community high school district today to determine if David Tallman, center of the controversy which resulted In a recent student strike, is to be retained on the faculty.
 
      The election is being conducted by the board of education which, while backing Tallman, agreed to that method of determining its official action. If a majority of the voters want Tallman retained the board will do so, according to its agreement in the compromise which settled the student strike, and if a majority of the voters agree with the strikers he will be discharged.
 
      Students, aided by a number of adults, several weeks ago objected to his presence on the faculty, contending he had worked as a strike breaker during a labor dispute at Alton last summer. When the board first refused to take action a student strike was called and no classes were held for several days. After the election was agreed to the students returned to school.
 
      Gillespie is the headquarters for the Progressive Miners' union and several other independent labor organizations.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, September 27, 1934, Page 18
Gillespie Bridge Contract Is Let
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Mt. Olive Firm Bids Low at $3,844
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      GILLESPIE, Sept 17 --(Special)-- The contract for the bridge to be constructed over Bear Creek in Easton Heights has been awarded by the city council. H. M. Johnson Construction Co. of Mount Olive., whose bid was $3,843.88.
 
      This does not include the cost of engineering and plans.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, October 13, 1934, Page 2
Two Gillespie Men Hurt In Accidents
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      GILLESPIE Oct 13. --(Special)-- Two residents of the Gillespie neighborhood were injured, one critically, in as many automobile accidents of which occurred Friday afternoon and evening.
 
      Dominic Basso of Henderson, located three miles north of here, suffered serious injuries in an accident at East St. Louis, and remained in St. Mary's Hospital there today. Several of his ribs were reported by members of his family who returned after visiting him there to have been fractured, and some concern was felt over a back injury he received.
 
      John Sanders, who resides northwest of here, escaped with only minor bruises and cuts when his car struck an Illinois Traction System car which was moving slowly over Main street at 8 o'clock last night.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, November 23, 1934, Page 9
Gillespie Church, Parochial School Are Burglarized
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Marauders Break Into Golden Tabernacle
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      GILLESPIE, NOV. 23. (Special)-- S. S. Simon and Jude's Church was entered Wednesday after midnight by the breaking of a lock on the west window which faces the Parochial school.
 
      When the pastor, the Rev Father John Crosson, entered the sacristy Thursday at 7 o'clock a. m. he saw that the gold tabernacle, considered as sacred and valuable, located on the main altar, was missing.
 
      After some search it was found to have been pushed back and to have fallen to the floor back af the altar.
 
      The safety kick on the tabernacle had been broken and sacred hosts were scattered on the floor.
 
      Father Crosson reported that valuable chalices and a suborium had been overlooked.
 
      The front doors of the church showed indications of having been tampered with crow-bars.
 
      Statues located above the main altar had been pushed back.
 
      The Parochial School had been entered, also, the doors being pried open with crowbars. The teachers desks, by picking the locks, were opened and small amounts of money were taken.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, November 24, 1934, Page 9
Damage to Church At Gillespie Is Mystery to Police
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      GILLESPIE, Nov. 24. --(Special)-- No clues had been found and no motive was discovered for the destruction of church property of the SS. Simon and Jude's Church.
 
      Sheriff Frank Fries and a fingerprint expert from Springfield have been notified.
 
      Much damage was done to the interior of the church and the school in the rear of the church. Entrance was made by chiseling locks. Damage was done with janitor's tools taken from the school.
 
      Classes were held at the school today but the doors of the church are being closed until after the investigation is completed.
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1935
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, February 7, 1935, Page 13
Link Gillespie Garage Burglary to Others
      GILLESPIE, Feb 7. --(Special)-- The Chevrolet garage on North Macoupin street was entered early Tuesday morning by burglars who broke the large front door plate-glass. Ten dollars was taken from the cash register Harry Daley is manager.
 
      Chief of Police Anton Danni reports that authorities link the robbery with several connected in and around Carlinville.
 
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Gillespie Man Licensed
      CARLINVILLE -- County Clerk Peter J. Caveny has issued a marriage license to Robert Templeton. 21, of Gillespie and Miss Doris Glenda McCormick, 23, of Plover, Wis.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, February 14, 1935, Page 1
Try Pair Charged In Gillespie Holdup
      CARLINVILLE, Feb. 14 --(Special)-- The case of Charles Claven and Frank McDowell who are charged with entering the home of Mrs. Nora Nussman of Gillespie on Oct. 9, 1934 and robbing the place at the point of a gun was being tried in circuit court Wednesday.
 
      Both men are from East St. Louis Two dollars and fifty-five cents was taken at the time of the robbery.
 
      The rest of the case was to be heard this morning.
 
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Gillespie to Play Carlinville, Staunton
      GILLESPIE, Feb 14. --(Special)-- Gillespie Community High School's basketball quintet has two conference games for the weekend.
 
      Friday evening it will play at Carlinville. Gillespie's freshman team will meet Carlinville's at 6 p. m and the second teams will meet at 7 p. m.
 
      Saturday at 8 p. rn. Gillespie will play Staunton, Macoupin county champion at Staunton. The second team will play at 7 p. m.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, March 18, 1935, Page 3
Contractor's Death Delays Gillespie Postoffice Work
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Rains Hold Up Digging For Benld Water Works Project
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      GILLESPIE, March 18, (Special) -- Work has been delayed on the construction of the new postoffice on West Spruce street by the Devault Construction Co., of Canton, O., pending the arrival of the son of James Devault, who died recently. The son plans to supervise the work.
 
      All excavating has been completed ready for the concrete to be poured for the foundation.
 
      Laying of the pipeline for the Benld waterworks project by the Merkel Construction Co. of Kansas City has been delayed somewhat by the inclement weather.
 
      Ditches are filled with water which cannot be drained dry enough to permit work.
 
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Progressive Women Ask Referendum On Mine Trouble
      GILLESPIE, March 18, (Special) -- The Ladies Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America at a special meeting Saturday decided to send a telegram to Joseph Rategan, secretary of the Industrial Affairs at the State House, asking his support in aiding the Bill No.617 which concerns a referendum vote in settling the Progressive United Mine Workers dispute in this state.
 
      This bill was introduced in both houses of Illinois Legislature by Senator Harry C. Suttle of the Thirty-eighth District, of Litchfield and Representative Frank W. Fries of Thirty-eighth District, of Carlinville.
 
      Each member was requested to send Joseph Rategan a card asking his support.
 
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John Weyen Buried
      GILLESPIE. -- Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o'clock at the Carroll funeral chapel in Litchfield for John Weyen, 72, who died Friday evening at 7 o'clock at the St Francis Hospital, in Litchfield, where he had been bedfast since Christmas.
 
      He had been employed at the hospital for 39 years, having entered as a patient, he recovered and obtained a position.
 
      He was born in Dorchester, March 17, 1863. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Anna Wemper of Litchfield and Mrs Tena Rheme of this city.
 
      The Rev H. L. Krekeler of Gillespie officiated. Burial was in Gillespie City cemetery.
 
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Given 15-Year Pin
      GILLESPIE. - Victory Rebekah Lodge met Friday evening at the Odd Fellows hall and following a business meeting Mrs. Erna Struthers presented a 15-year jewel to Mrs Lena Zinn a past noble grand.
 
      A bouquet was presented by Mrs Grace Hunter, noble grand. A musical program of songs and piano selections followed. Lunch was served to the dining hall.
 
      Mrs. Glenn Garrett, Mrs. John Robson, Mrs. Jeanie Fulton and Mrs. Raymond Alderson were the committee in charge.
 
      Plans were made for celebrating the lodges anniversary at the next meeting.
 
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Pollyanna's Meet
      GILLESPIE -- The Pollyanna Sunday school class of the Methodist church met Friday evening at the home of Mrs. Claude Sawyer on East Maple street.
 
      Mrs. Robert Frame had charge of the business meeting. The hostess served refreshments.
 
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Auxillary Card Party
      GILLESPIE -- The Glee Club of the Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners held a card party at the home of Mrs. Charles Rolando on Henry street Thursday evening.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- Miss Dorothy Feyen entered St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield Friday and underwent an appendicitis operation Saturday.
      James Rankin, jr., is ill at home with the mumps.
      Edward, baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dippold, is ill at their home on Park avenue.
      Marilyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Struthers, is ill at her home with the mumps.
      John Littlehale underwent an appendicitis operation Friday evening at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
      Claude Anderson, jr., who is in training at the naval Base at San Diego, Calif., is visiting at the home of his parents.
      Edward Fredrickson, jr., a student at Washington University, St. Louis, spent the week-end at the home of his parents.
      Leslie Nicolet accompanied by Hunter Chapman of Winchester, motored to Alton Saturday.
      James Bergan of St. Louis spent the week-end at his home here.
      Harry Brown, jr., student at Washington University, St Louis, spent the week-end here.
      Mrs. A. A. Isaacs spent Saturday in Staunton.
      Miss Helen Fairful. student at Blackburn College, Carlinville, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fairful.
      Miss Helen Jackson, daughter, of Mrs. Lillian Jackson of this city, is recovering at the home of relatives in Litchfield from an appendicitis operation performed at St. Francis Hospital.
      Mr. and Mrs. William Monachien and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Neil of Staunton spent Friday here.
      Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vanzel of Edwardsville spent Friday here.
      The Community Club will meet this evening at the Cash and Carry Hall.
      The C-H Club of the Daughters of Scotia will meet Monday evening at the home of Miss Dorothy English and celebrate its first anniversary.
      Chapter A. K. of the P. E. O. Sisterhood will meet Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Patrick F. McPherson.
 
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Gillespie Church Members Improve Their Auditorium
      GILLESPIE, March 18, (Special) -- Painting and redecorating of the walls and varnishing of the floors of the auditorium and vestibule of the Christian Church is under way.
 
      The work is being supervised by the Rev. W. P. Foster and Finis Barrett, assisted by Frank Keel, William Donaldson, and other members of the congregation.
 
      Work on the auditorium is nearly completed.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, March 25, 1935, Page 7
Passes 75th Year; Still Working in Gillespie Mines
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      GILLESPIE, March 25. (Special) -- Robert Tippins, resident here for 26 years, celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday Saturday. He is in active health and is still employed at Mine No. 2 of the Superior Coal Co., having worked in the mines here for many years.
 
      He has two sons and two daughters, Thomas, Sidney, Mrs. Clara Peppard. and Mrs. Florence Struthers, with whom he resides.
 
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Miss Foster Entertains Class
      GILLESPIE -- Miss Ann Foster entertained her Sunday school class of eighth-grade boys Friday evening at a party at the social rooms of the Methodist Church.
 
      Games and contests furnished entertainment. Refreshments were served.
 
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Bridge Clubs Meet
      GILLESPIE -- The Jo-Ann card club was entertained Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Leo Price on Park avenue.
 
      The Fortnightly bridge club met Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. A. E. Lewis.
 
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Loyal Friends Plan Supper
      GILLESPIE -- The Loyal Friends Class of the Christian Church met Friday evening at the church with Paul Burge in charge.
 
      Plans were made for a fish and potato chip supper to be served at the church March 22. Serving is to begin at 4 p .m. A social program including games, contests and music followed. Refreshments were served.
 
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Cooking School
      GILLESPIE -- A cooking school will open at 2 o'clock at the high school gymnasium Thursday afternoon.
 
      Mrs. Eunice Larkin demonstrator and economist of the Red and White stores will have charge. Food displays and demonstrations are on the program. The school will close Friday afternoon.
 
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Continues Series of Injuries
      GILLESPIE --Otto Atteberry, while at work at Liberty Mine, injured his right hand and remains in a serious condition at his home.
 
      He recently recovered from back injuries received while at work and from blood poisoning in the re-injured right hand.
 
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Honor Departing Pastor
      GILLESPIE -- A fellowship meeting will be held Tuesday evening beginning at 7:30 at the Christian Church.
 
      A miscellaneous program will be given. The Rev. W. F. and Mrs. Foster, who plan to leave soon for Hurst, Ill., where the Rev. Foster baa been transferred, will be honored at the meeting.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE --The Womans Welfare Club of S. S. Simon's and Jude's Church will meet Tuesday evening at the Parochial school.
      Victory Rebekah Lodge will sponsor the last of a series of card parties at the Odd Fellows Hall Tuesday afternoon.
      B. O. Jett remained in Nokomis over the week-end after spending several days there.
      Russell Hoehn of Kansas City, Kan., spent the week-end here.
      Mrs. Robert Beveridge and daughter, Roberta, spent Saturday in St. Louis.
      Mrs. Ben James and daughter, Betty visited Mrs B. F. Fridli and other relatives in Staunton Saturday.
      William Hutchins of Peoria spent the week-end with his wife and son at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Elliott.
      Mrs. Rose Emmerson visited over the week-end at the home of Mr. and Mrs Harold Isaacs in Alton.
      Miss Lily Boente of Carlinville arrived Sunday for a several days visit with her sister, Mrs. Joseph Orso.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, March 27, 1935, Page 5
Funerals of Two Gillespie Crash Victims Thursday
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      GILLESPIE, March 27. -- (Special) -- Funeral services have been arranged for two Gillespie victims of an automobile accident occurring near Alton.
 
      John Burns, 33, will be uried Thursday afternoon after rites at 3 o'clock at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Onie Burns. the Masonic lodge will be in charge. Interment will be in Mayfield cemetery at Carlinville.
 
      Steven Bosnok will be buried Thursday.
 
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Mark C-H Anniversary.
      GILLESPIE. -- Lady Douglas lodge of the Daughters of Scotia met Monday evening at the Odd Fellows hall with Mrs. Robert Cross in charge. Plans were made for lodge members and Clan Mackintosh to visit the Lady Douglas and Clan Mackintosh lodge in St. Louis Saturday.
 
      The Young Girls C-H Club was surprised by the mothers of the lodge with a miscellaneous program of old fashioned music in charge of Mrs. Jeanie Fulton, in celebration of their recent anniversary. A luncheon followed in the dining hall with a birthday cake for the occasion.
 
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Firemen Meet.
      GILLESPIE -- The Gillespie fire department met Monday evening at the city hall with John Murray in charge. Fire Chief Henry S. Andreau, jr., reported two fires since the last meeting.
 
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School Head Honored
      GILLESPIE -- Superintendent J. W. White of the grade schools was honored with a surprise birthday dinner at his home on West Walnut street Monday evening. Mrs. White was hostess. Guests were members of his racquet club. A social evening followed the dinner.
 
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Couple Announce Marriage
      GILLESPIE -- Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Frances Bartellino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Attilo Bartellino, who reside north of here to Alexander Rosetti, son of John Rosetti of this city, Feb. 5. The couple reside with the bride's parents. Rosetti is employed at the Liberty mine.
 
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Junior Sodality Meet
      GILLESPIE -- The Junior Sodality of S. S. Simon and Jude's Catholic Church met Monday evening at the school with Miss Julia Burns in charge.
 
      Refreshments were served by Miss Julia Burns, Miss Margaret Murphy, Miss Mae McCann, Miss Catherine Murphy, and Miss Anna Fellin.
 
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Card Clubs Meet
      GILLESPIE -- The Original Monday evening bridge club met at the home of Mrs. Louis Miller on East Chestnut street.
 
      The Jolly 12 pinochle club met Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Ida Rollins.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- William Barrett is seriously ill with pneumonia at his home.
      Mrs. H. W. Wirth, who has been a patient for several weeks at Lee Hospital, Fayette Mo., has returned home improved.
      Mrs. Roy Gibbons remains in aserious condition at St. Francis hospital in Litchfield, suffering with double pneumonia.
      Eugene Keahlin, jr., has recovered from a case of scarlet fever and diptheria. The quarantine has been removed from the home on South Madison street.
      Charles Gibbons, who has been receiving treatment for two weeks for blond poisoning of the foot, is improving at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gibbons, on West Pine street.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, April 23, 1935, Page 14
Gillespie Scotch Hold Field Day For Installation
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Clan MacIntosh From St. Louis, Springfield, Chicago Attend
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      GILLESPIE, April 23, (Special) -- Clan Macintosh No 194 at Gillespie held its first open installation ceremonies at the Odd Fellows Hall Saturday evening.
 
      The Bagpipe Band of St. Louis led a parade of clansmen dressed in Highland regalia through the downtown streets before the meeting.
 
      Mayor William E. Brown, mayor-elect Fullarton Fulton, jr., Chief of Police Anton Danni, and Police Magistrate Pearl Wilbur were guests and Mayor Brown welcomed the visitors to the city.
 
      Royal Deputy Alexander D. Stevens and his staff of officers from Chicago installed the officers before the largest group of clansmen to meet here in recent years. The officers:
 
      Chief, George Duncan; taintist, Harry Allen, chaplain, Robert Cross: senior henchman, Thomas Ronald, junior henchman, Thomas Anderson, senechal, James Clark; warden, Gilbert Scott; sentinel, William Harris; financial secretary, Thomas Fisher; secretary-treasurer , John Fisher; past chief and trustee, Alexander Duncan.
 
      Singing and Highland dancing by daughters of members was presented. Lady Douglas Lodge served a banquet.
 
      Fifty attended from St. Louis; 20 from Chicago, and a number from Springfield.
 
      Clan Macintosh No 194 was organized here by men from Scotland who had settled here to work in the Superior Coal Co. mines. The membership is 100, nearly all born in Scotland.
 
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Bergans Mark Anniversary
      GILLESPIE -- Mr. and Mrs. William Bergan celebrated their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary with a reunion of their eight children and nine grandchildren Easter Sunday at their home on East Spruce street.
 
      Present were Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Galloway and family of Alton. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Swafford and family of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bergan and family of Carlinville, Mr. and Mrs Paul Murray and family of Peoria, Michael W. Bergen of Springfield and Miss Ruth and Miss Virginia Bergan.
 
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Smith-Boyd Wedding
      GILLESPIE -- Dave Smith of this city and Miss Marguerite Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd of Carlinville, were married Sunday afternoon at 1:30 by the Rev. C. C. Dawdy at the M. E. Parsonage.
 
      Miss Geraldine Crosby of Carlinville and Don Calvert of Gillespie were the attendants. The couple will reside here.
 
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Isaacs Addresses Rotary
      GILLESPIE -- The Gillespie Rotary Club heard A. A. Isaacs speak on "The Golden Mean of Government" Monday.
 
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Mrs. Bertagnolli Honored
      Mrs. Rosa Bertagnolli was honored with a family dinner Sunday at her home on East Spruce street on her seventy-third birthday.
 
      Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John Rolando and family, Mr. and Mr. Albert Bertagnolli and family of Benld, and Miss Emma Bertagnolli and Prank Bertognolii
 
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Recover Auto
      GILLESPIE -- An abandoned car was found at Burke's park north of here Sunday evening by Night Police Tim Gain. The car, owned by C. L Parker of Tuscola, was reported stolen Saturday evening.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- The Girls 4-H club will meet Wednesday afternoon after school at Maple street School.
      The Altar Society of S. S. Simon and Jude's church will hold a social meeting Wednesday evening at the Parochial School.
      Marilyn Lucille, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kliest, was baptized at the Methodist church Sunday.
      Mr. and Mrs. George Sawyer had as guests Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robus and family and John Rudolf of Aviston.
      Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Dodge and daughter visited Mr. and Mrs. Emil Brummer in Wood River Sunday.
      Miss Velma Rolando, Miss Catherine Iacometti, and Miss Alvera Genetti, student nurses at St John's Hospital at St. Louis, visited A Sunday and Monday at their homes here.
      Miss Lewis Sadler visited at Danville over the week-end.
      Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Alderson and Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Amanuel are spending a two week visit with relatives in Albia, la.
      Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donaldson and family are visiting relatives in Iowa.
      Mr. and Mrs. R. C. O'Hara, of Chicago, visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Gross over the week-end enroute to their home from a vacation spent in New Orleans. Mrs. O'Hara remained for an extended visit and O'Hara left for Chicago Sunday.
      Mrs. William Pohlman and son, motored to Farmersville Sunday to visit Mrs. Mary Gaul.
      Miss Josephine Visitine of St. Louis visited over the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stefani.
      Miss Mary Pozzi of St. Louis visited relatives over the week-end.
      Leo Grandoni of Springfield visited over the week-end at his home.
      Mr. and Mrs. George Caroll and daughter, Lucille, of St. Louis visited Mr. and Mrs. Tony Caroll and other relatives over the week-end.
      Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Orso and family motored to St. Louis Sunday and visited her sister, Miss Lil Boente at the St. Mary of the Angel's Convent.
      Russell Hoehn of Kansas City, Kan., spent the week-end here with his family.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, May 23, 1945, Page 1
Watertower For Benld Muny Plant Is Completed
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City Gets Supply From Reservoir Serving Gillespie
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      GILLESPIE. May 13 --(Special)-- The tower of the Benld waterworks project being constructed by the Merkel Construction Co. of Kansas City, Kan. has been completed. Work had been delayed by inclement weather.
 
      The water tank is located north of the city park and the booster station is located on the north hard road. The water is supplied by the Gillespie city reservoir. The excavation for and laying of the remainder of the pipelines, and the installation of the meters in the hornet are expected to be completed next week.
 
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P. E. O. Closes Season.
      GILLESPIE -- Chapter A. K. of the P. E. O. Sisterhood Tuesday afternoon closed its activities until after summer has passed, meeting at the home of Mrs A. A. Isaacs on West Chestnut street. A musical program was presented. The year's program books were distributed to the members. Guests were present from the newly organized chapters at Virden and Edwardsville. The hostess was assisted by Mrs. D. A Fisher, Mrs. Patrick S. McPherson, and Miss Clara Burton.
 
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City Cleanup Under Way.
      GILLESPIE -- Cleanup week is being conducted by the city this week. Cans and refuse are being picked up daily by the city truck A second truck is to be pressed into service and the work will be completed late next week.
 
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Revise Library Hours.
      GILLESPIE -- Mrs D. A. Fisher, Gillespie public librarian, announced that while electric power is cut off, library hours will be as follows: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 2 until 5 p. m. and from 6 until 8 p. m. The reading table will not be in use after 6 o'clock.
 
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Warns Against Shooting Mailboxes.
      GILLESPIE -- Postmaster Evan Harris reports that rural patrons frequently a complaining that their mailboxes are being destroyed by shots and ruined. The postoffice is conducting an investigation. Persons caught doing such damage are subject to a heavy fine and penalty or a prison sentence, Harris warned.
 
Bridge Clubs Meet
      GILLESPIE -- Mrs. Albert Hlafka was hostess to members of the Young Women's Bridge Club Tuesday evening at her home.
 
      Mrs. Oscar Wesley was hostess to the C. J. Bridge Club at her home on East Maple street Tuesday afternoon.
 
Sophomore Party
      GILLESPIE -- A party was held at the Gillespie Country Club on Tuesday evening by the high school sophomores. Games furnished entertainment and refreshments were served by the committee in charge, Miss Rebekah Pratt, Miss Laura Utt, Miss Florence Ogden and Miss Madge Worrick, the class sponsors chaperoned the party.
 
Voice Piano Recital
      GILLESPIE -- A recital will be presented Friday at 7:30 p. m., at the Methodist Church by Miss Marion Irvine's vocal pupils and Miss Mildred Eiler's piano pupils.
 
      Sixteen selections will be presented and will include group singing.
 
Card Clubs Meet
      GILLESPIE -- Mrs. George W. Schmidt was hostess to the Monday evening bridge club at her home on West Chestnut street.
 
      Mrs. John McClaxen was hostess to members of the Original Monday evening Pinochle Club and guests at her home on Henry Street.
 
Distribute Last Issue
      Miss Florence Audo, senior and editor-in-chief of the high school paper. The Orange and Black, assisted by her staff members, distributed 300 copies of the last issue of the school paper Tuesday evening.
 
Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- Roy Heidinger of Alton is visiting several days with his wife here at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Quade.
      Mr. and Mrs Eldon Cartright have returned to Granite City after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cavello.
      Mr. and Mrs. Emil Beherns and their grandson and wife and child of East St. Louis visited relatives here Wednesday.
      Mrs. B. F. Firth of Collinsville visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burke, Tuesday.
      Mayor Fullerton Fulton, jr. and City Clerk Charles Tillman attended a conference in Belleville Wednesday concerning the Illinois Power & Light Corp. strike.
See : When the Lights Went Out
      James Struthers is recuperating at his home from an appendicitis operation
      Mrs. Seato Guiliacci is recovering from a broken right arm which she suffered at her home.
      Loren Haggett was brought to his home Wednesday to recuperate from an appendicitis operation performed at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
      Mrs. John Bunch entered St. Francis hospital in Litchfield, Wednesday.
      The M. E. Polyanna Sunday school class of the the Methodist church will meet Friday evening at the home of Mrs. Robert Beveridge.
      The Womans Welfare Club of S. S. Simon's and Jude's Catholic church Will elect officers Friday evening at the Parochial school.
      The monthly meeting of the Community club have been discontinued for the summer months.
      Joyce Wesley of Palmyra. Mo. who underwent a tonsil and adenoid operation at the St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield is recovering at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cardum.
      A son was born to Dr. and Mrs. H. A. English at Francis Hospital in Litchfield Tuesday. He is the second child and the first son.
      A son, her first child, was born to Mr. and Mrs Robert Heck at their home Tuesday morning. The mother was formerly Miss Lily Dann.
      Mr. and Mrs. William Crutheis motored to Sorento Tuesday and visited Clancey Gordon.
      Mr. and Mrs. John Russell have as guests, her brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. and Mrs. Harold T. Wilson and daughter, Carol, of Michigan City, Ind.
      Jack Isaacs, who visited his Aunt, Mrs. Lillian McGuan, for several days in Alton, has returned.
      Mrs. E. J. Krause and son. Edward, of St. Louis and Mrs. Krause of Springfield have returned after visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Schmidt.
      Mrs. James Wesley of Palmyra Mo., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cordum.
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Class photo of 1935 Gillespie High School
Class of 1935 Gillespie High School
Courtesy of Florence Anderson
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, June 5, 1935, Page 11
Gillespie Council Rescinds I. P. & L. Light Franchise
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Agrees to Pay Expense of Illuminating Business Area
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      GILLESPIE, June 5 --(Special)-- The City Council Monday adopted a resolution providing for revocation of the franchise to the Illinois Power & Light Corp. granted Feb. 5, 1923 for distribution of electricity here.
 
      The council consented to a request made by Joseph Crivello manager of the Lyric theater, and Ben Lesem, representing the business men, to furnish a watchman, and gasoline, oil, and repairs for the emergency lighting equipment installed by the business men to furnish lights on Main street during the power strike.
 
      An ordinance appropriating $39,960 for corporate purposes for the fiscal year beginning May I, 1935 was adopted. [ordinance omitted]
 
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Girls Scouts Plan Trip
      GILLESPIE, -- Troop No. 1 of the Girl Scouts Monday discussed plans for its summer camping trip with its captain, Mrs. George W. Gruel.
 
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Dora Dippold Marks Birthday
      GILLESPIE, -- Dora DippoId, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dippold entertained 20 friends at the Gillespie Country Club Monday afternoon, the occasion being her tenth birthday.
 
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Taylor Rites Thursday
      GILLESPIE, -- Funeral services for John Taylor, 82, will be held Thursday afternoon at the home of his son, John, on the south hard road. Interment will be in Gillespie City cemetery.
 
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George Johnson Buried
      GILLESPIE, -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for George M. Johnson, at the Missouri Synod Mission in the Episcopal church on West Spruce street.
 
      Interment was at Elmwood cemetery at Litchfield.
 
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Bridge Clubs Meet
      GILLESPIE, -- The Original Monday Evening Bridge Club met at the home of Mra. Joseph Lonzerrtta on East Elm street.
 
      The Original Monday Evening Bridge Club was entertained at the home of Mrs. Ben Lesen on West Chestnut street.
 
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Discontinues Meetings
      GILLESPIE, -- The Public Library Board met Monday afternoon at the Library and planned to discontinue meetings until fall.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- Miss Betty James has left for Lincoln, Neb. to attend the University of Nebraska.
      Mr. and Mrs. Otto Seekamp and son returned to Benton Monday following a visit here with relatives.
      Orville Eilers, who has been attending the University of Illinois, has returned to spend the summer at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Eilers.
      Mrs. Frank Bonskoski returned to St. Louis Tuesday following a visit with Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Rice.
      Mrs. Z. B. Ramsey of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sprague and daughter have returned after after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miller.
      Betty June Jenkins returned Monday evening from several days visit with Minnie Lou Giachetto in Litchfield.
      Leo Miller of Boston, Mass., arrived Tuesday to visit Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Cross.
      Mr. and Mrs. George Denby of Carlinville were guests of Dr. and Mrs. John N. English Tuesday.
      Mrs. Robert Fairful is improving rapidly at her home.
      Stuart Traynor is recovering rapidly from an appendicitis operation at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
      The Ladies' Aid Society of the Lutheran church will meet Thursday afternoon.
      The Missionary Society of the Christian church will meet Thursday afternoon at the church.
      Victory Rebekah Lodge Friday evening will hold its annual membership program.
      The Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America will meet Thursday evening.
      The American Legion and Auxiliary will hold a joint meeting Thursday evening.
      The Lutheran League will meet Thursday evening at the parish hall.
 
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2 Charged With Cemetery Pump Theft
      CARLINVILLE. June 5. --(Special)-- Dominic Stankoven and Bogomir Villa of Gillespie were arrested on a charge of larceny Tuesday morning and later, upon giving bonds of $100 each, were released. They are charged with stealing a pimp from a cemetery.
 
      Andrew Stankoven of Gillespie was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of receiving stolen property and upon giving bond for $1000 was released.
 
      The Macoupin county jail will have been empty 12 days Wednesday.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, June 15, 1935, Page 7
Gillespie Dairy Has $4000 Power Plant Installed
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      GILLESPIE, June 15. (Special)-- The electrical power plant being installed at the Gillespie Dairy was expected to be completed today -- June 15.
 
      The cost of the plant is $4,000, as reported by Dwight Isaacs of the dairy.
 
      A power plant was temporarily installed during the recent Illinois Power & Light Co. strike.
 
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Byron C. Craig Buried
      GILLESPIE -- Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon for Byron C. Craig, 25, at the residence, 212 West Baker street, by the Rev. H. L. Wheeler of the Baptist Church.
 
      Pallbearers were Paul Franke, P. D. Ruhle, James Daugherty, Otto Feyen, Thomas Hoppe and Peter Bausano. Burial was in Carlinville City cemetery.
 
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Rites for Miss Barnes
      Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at two o'clock for Miss Leon Barnes, 63, at the Honey Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. F. L. Crouch of Carlinville and Rev. J. T. Dougherty of Litchfield.
 
      Interment was in Corr cemetery near Carlinville.
 
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Areme Circle Discontinues Meetings
      GILLESPIE -- Areme circle of Gillespie Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Thursday decided to discontinue meetings until September.
 
      Miss Elizabeth Frew was in charge of the program. Mrs. B. O. Jett was chairman of the refreshment committee.
 
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Civic League Closes Season
      GILLESPIE -- The Women's Civic League met Wednesday evening at Cash and Carry hall. Mrs. A. A. Isaacs was program chairman.
 
      Members voted to discontinue meetings during the summer. The next meeting will be in September.
 
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Van Doren Reunion
      GILLESPIE -- A family reunion was held Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. John Van Doren, 312 East Maple street. In attendance from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irvine and daughter, Patricia, of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Van Doren of Springfield.
 
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To Demonstrate at Convention
      GILLESPIE -- Norma Corrine O'Connell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Connell of this city who attends the Illinois State School for Deaf at Jacksonville, has been selected as one of the pupils from the fourth grade to take part in the demonstration work at the American and Canadian Instructors convention to be held June 16-29 at Jacksonville.
 
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K. of C. Plans Election
      GILLESPIE -- The Knights of Columbus of S. S. Simon and Jude's church Thursday planned its annual election of officers, scheduled for the next meeting, June 27.
 
      The following committee is in charge of plans to co-operate with the annual state Knights of Columbus barbecue in August at Springfield: Grand Knight Michael P. Palier, Patrick O'Neil, and Michael Holesko.
 
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R. N. A. Meets
      GILLESPIE -- White Rose Camp of the Royal Neighbors of America met Thursday evening at the Odd Fellows Hall and discussed plans to meet June 27.
 
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Wins Shurtleff Scholarship
      GILLESPIE -- Miss Anna Katherine Tutt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Tutt, a member of this year's graduating class of Gillespie High School, has been awarded a scholarship to Shurtleff College, Alton.
 
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Gillespie Notes
      GILLESPIE -- Miss Elizabeth Struthers entertained her bunco club Thursday evening at her home on B-street.
      Thomas Manning, who has been attending St. Mary's of the Lake Seminary at Mundelein, has arrived to spend the summer vacation with his parents.
      Mr. and Mrs. John Orso and children have returned to St. Louis following a short visit here with relatives.
      Madison Fisher, who has been attending Illinois State Normal University, has arrived to spend the summer with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Fisher.
      Mr. and Mrs. Finis Barrett and children have moved to the Laughlin property, 400 East Walnut street.
      Mrs. Robert Fairful is recovering at her home on Broadway after being seriously ill.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, July 27, 1935, Page 3
Wilsonville Miner Who Shot Himself Buried
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      GILLESPIE, July 27, (Special)-- Funeral services were held at 4:30 p. m. today at Wilsonville for Tulio Bertini, 47, who died Thursday afternoon from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. the verdict returned following the coroner's inquest was suicide.
 
      He was employed as a miner at Mine No. 4 of the Superior Coal Co. He was found by neighbors who heard the shot shortly before 4o'clock and immediately went to the residence. Burial will be in the Benld city cemetery.
 
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Macoupin Health Girl Selected
      CARLINVILLE, July 27. (Special)-- Miss Elizabeth Dunn, 17, of Gillespie has been chosen to represent Macoupin county in the district 4-H Club health contest at Edwardsville July 30.
 
      Dr. Charles Stone of St. Louis, the examining physician, was assisted by Dr. J. B. Liston, Dr. H. W. Stephenson and Dr. V. C. Sallee of Carlinville.
 
      Miss Dunn is from the Honey Queen Club. Miss Marian Eldred is leader of the club.
 
      Miss Lucy Richardson, 16, of the South Otter 4-H Club, was second choice. Miss Harriet Weller is the club's leader.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, August 12, 1935, Page 9
Gillespie Union Funeral Home Hires Manager
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 13 --(Special)-- At a special meeting of the board of directors of the Union Funeral Home Association, Walter Jacoby of Carlinville, former Macoupin county coroner and former resident of Gillespie and Bunker Hill was temporarily employed as manager of the association.
 
      Jacoby will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John McDonald. McDonald manager for the last 10 months, formerly resided in Springfield.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, August 16, 1935, Page 1
Gillespie Postmaster's Funeral to Be Saturday
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 16 --(Special)-- Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p. m. Saturday afternoon for Evan Harris, 71, Gillespie postmaster 13 years, who shot himself through the head Thursday, the day his term expired.
 
      Following the services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Homer Herrin, on 405 West Oak street, the Rev. H. L. Wheeler will conduct rites at the Baptist Church at 2:30. Burial will be in Gillespie City cemetery.
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      October 5, 1935, Saturday -- The Gillespie Post Office was moved into its new building.
Gillepsie Post Office

 
Gillepsie Post Office Cornerstone Corner stone reads :
Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary Of The Treasury
James A. Farley, Postmaster General
Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect
George O. Von Nerta, Supervising Engineer
1934
 
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, December 6, 1935, Page 11
Gillespie Council Told of Approval On Sewer Changes
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PW A Confirms Revisions To Reduce Construction Cost
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      GILLESPIE, Dec. 6 --(Special)-- At a postponed meeting of the city council Wednesday evening City Attorney Alvin O. Whitehouse reported that PWA officials in Chicago have sent their written approval of the revision in plans for the Bear Creek Trunk Sewer project and sewage plant which would reduce its construction cost to $8,123.83
 
      If no delay follows, work may be started the latter part of this month by the Gjelleford Construction Co. of Forest City, Ia. It was reported by City Clerk Tillman.
 
      Work to be done includes 10,600 feet of intercepting sewers and a treatment plant consisting of primary and secondary settling tanks, trickling filters, and appurtences.
 
      Chairman Claude Bernard of the city property committee reported that damage is being done at the pump plant at the city by persons using firearms for hunting. The council offered a reward of $25 for information concerning the damage. Chairman Bernard stated that the carburetor on the new fire engine is not working properly.
 
      W. F. Sell, contractor from Pana, received his last payment for curbing and bridge work done for the city from November motor fuel tax fund, which amounted to $485.80.
 
      A special meeting will be held next Monday to discuss plans for construction of the Bear Creek project.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, December 18, 1935, Page 5
Gillespie WPA Sidewalk Project To School Begun
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East Walnut Street Walk Repair Work Is Launched
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      GILLESPIE, Dec. 18 --(Special)-- Works Progress workers are building a cinder sidewalk on the south side of Broadway leading west from North Macoupin street to the Gillespie Community High school. Fifteen men are at work laying the cinders, with William Isaacs as foreman of the group.
 
      Workers are repairing the concrete walk on East Walnut street leading to the North Western railroad.
 
      No progress has been made yet on plans for beginning work on the Bear Creek trunk sewer project.
 
      The contractor. Gjellefold of Forest City, Ia. has placed stakes for the sewage plant in the south part of Gillespie near the end of the city limits.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, January 28, 1936, Page 5
Car Shortage Closes 2 Mines In Gillespie Area
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Railroads Unable to Get Equipment Through To Yards
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      GILLESPIE. Jan 25 --(Special)-- Because of a shortage of coal cars,the Superior Coal Co., is unable to work all four mines each day as has been the usual schedule for the last two months The shortage is due to the severe cold weather and snow storm which has held up train traffic bringing in the cars. Only Mines No. 2 and No. 3 worked Friday and today.
 
      The temperature, which was as low as 12 below zero Wednesday and Thursday, rose to 10 degree above during Friday.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, January 28, 1936, Page 7
Gillespie Sewer Project Ready; Cold Delays Work
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W P A Jobs Halted; Absence at High School Is Heavy
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      GILLESPIE, Jan. 28. --(Special.)-- The construction of $82,123.83 Bear Creek Trunk Sewer Project and treating plant by the Gjellefold Construction Co., of Forest City. la., which has been delayed several times by the lack of necessary equipment and PWA technicalities is now being held back by the severe cold weather. The necessary equipment and material is now on hand.
 
      During the cold weather the lowest temperature, residents have felt, was Monday morning at 4 o'clock when 22 degrees below zero was registered.
 
      The city hall has held as high as 16 transients in one night during the cold.
 
      All WPA work is being halted until it becomes warmer.
 
      Seventy-five students were absent from the Gillespie Community High school. Monday The school has an enrollment of 580.
 
      Some are absent because of illness and others because they live in the country. Numerous persons are suffering with frost-bitten fingers, toes and ears.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, February 5, 1936, Page 12
Gillespie Fire Truck Repaired
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      GILLESPIE, Feb. 5 --(Special)-- The city council Monday evening was told by Chairman Claude Barnard of the city property committee that the carburetor of the new fire engine, which has been out of working order has been adjusted and is now in satisfactory condition.
 
      City Attorney Alvin G. Whitehouse reported that all is in readiness to begin construction on the Bear Creek Trunk Sewage System project under the PWA as soon as the weather improves.
 
      The WPA project workers will not continue their work on the North Francis and Frey street sewers for the city until the temperature rises.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, February 13, 1936, Page 5
Thieves Ransack Gillespie House, Empty After Fire
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Leave Only Large Furniture, Rugs Frozen to Floor
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      GILLESPIE, Feb. 13. --(Special)-- That the owner of the place had lost his foot a year ago in a mine accident did not deter vandals who ransacked the fire-damaged home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meyers, of East Spruce street, vacated by the family until insurance adjustments could be made and damage repaired.
 
      The residence was damaged by a flue blaze Feb. 2.
 
      Mr. and Mr. Meyers and daughter have been living at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lockyer, in Hornsby.
 
      Large holes burned were covered with tarpaulin. The robbery took place early in the week, and was discovered by members of the family who went to the home for some clothing.
 
      All of the clothing, bedding, dishes, silverware. small pieces of furniture and even articles which had been water-soaked and were frozen, were taken.
 
      A suit of clothing belonging to Meyers was overlooked by the thieves, since it had been wrapped in a blanket by Mrs. Meyers. The only things remaining in the home are large pieces of furniture and the rugs and items which had been water-soaked and were frozen to the floors.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, February 14, 1936, Page 14
Former Gillespie Man Killed Trying To Save Companion
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      GILLESPIE, Feb 14. --(Special)-- Mrs. Robert Monaghan, and Mrs. Yvonne Cooper received word late Tuesday of the death of their brother, John W. Owens, 40, who was fatally injured by a fall of face coal while at work at the mine of the Hillsboro Coal Co. in Hillsboro Tuesday afternoon.
 
      Owens, who was trapped by the fall of coal, trying to push a fellow-miner out of the way, is a former Gillespie resident and son of Mrs. Margaret Owens of this city. A niece, Miss Marion Monogham of St Louis and a nephew Kenneth Owens, of Chicago, have been summoned to their homes here because of their uncle's death.
 
      The funeral services are scheduled for this afternoon at 2:30 at the Bass Funeral chapel in Hillsboro.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, March 4, 1936, Page 10
Gillespie Sewer Construction to Be Started March 9
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Council Advised to Buy Property for WPA Storage
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      GILLESPIE, March 4. --(Special)-- The City Council Monday evening was informed by City Attorney Alvin G. Whitehouse that work to begin March 9 on the $82,123.03 Bear Creek trunk sewer project by the Gjellefold Construction Co of Forest City, la. Since the necessary bonds have been disposed of, work can begin.
 
      The council was advised to complete the purchase of a scale house and office building and all the contents from Lloyd Caudry, administrator of the Onio Caudry estate, for $125.
 
      The two buildings located south of the Big Four railroad and next to the Gillespie elevator's building will be used for th#e housing of the city trucks, WPA equipment and other articles used by the city. The land on which the buildings are situated will be leased from the Big Four Railroad Co.
 
      Communications have been received from the division of highways at East St. Louis that representatives will arrive next week to inspect suggested arterial streets.
 
      Total bills allowed for the month of February totaled $3096.07.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, March 11, 1936, Page 9
Excavation For Gillespie PWA Sewer Is Begun
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Work Starts in South Part of City on Interceptor
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      GILLESPIE, March 11. --(Special)-- Fifteen men were employed Tuesday morning excavating for the PWA financed intercepting sewer in the south part of Gillespie, where the treatment plant of the Bear Creek trunk sewer project will be located.
 
      The Gjellefold Construction Co. of Forest City, Ia, has charge of the construction of the project, the bid on which was $82,123.03.
 
      For many years, since the city became more populated, residents have desired to have Bear Creek trunk connected to the city sewer. Work has been delayed for a number of months because estimates could not be met by bids of companies who bid for the work; he city was unable to dispose of bonds; the extreme cold weather and lack of equipment. since these obstacles have been removed, the project is becoming a reality.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, March 26, 1936, Page 12
Two Held After Gillespie Store Is Burglarized
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      GILLESPIE, March 26. --(Special)-- Two men were held today in connection with a burglary of the Cordum grocery store, which occurred early Wednesday morning, police have disclosed.
 
      Police said they found some of the stolen groceries in the home of one man. the other man said on questioning, that he was an ex-convict. Police said an automobile in the second man's possession was stolen.
 
      The groceries stolen were valued at $100, and $15 was taken from the cash register.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, March 28, 1936, Page 3
Two Confess to Gillespie Burglary
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      GILLESPIE, March 28. --(Special)-- Two men, one a former convict from Wisconsin, arrested on a charge to stealing meats and merchandise amounting to $150 and $15 In cash from Cordum's grocery store confessed to the robbery following quizzing of Chief of Police Anton Danni, Thursday at the Macoupin county jail, where they were taken following their arrest Wednesday,
 
      A new automobile, seized by the police, was found to have been stolen from Jacksonville and was traced to the ownership of Steward Beste of Quincy.
 
      Following investigation it was found that the former convict had served a sentence last in Rock county, Wis., located near Madison. Federal authorities have been notified. It is not known as yet how much of a criminal record he has.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, March 30, 1936, Page 6
48 Working on Gillespie Sewer
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      GILLESPIE, March 30. --(Special)-- Forty-eight men are at work on the WPA sewer project on Frey street. Thirty-five work at excavating and laying new sewer pipes and the remainder drive tractors and trucks.
 
      Louis Morris is general superintendent of all WPA project work and William Isaacs, Russell Wagener and William Dickie serve as foremen. One block of new sewer pipe has been laid on Frey street, with two blocks to be completed. The new pipes are being laid along side of the old line.
 
      Three blocks of new sewer pipes were laid on the Francis street sewer project, which has been completed.
 
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Judge First Aid Contest
      GILLESPIE -- Charles Miller, James Struthers amd William Keith of Gillespie, and Wesley Brown of Wilsonville went to Decatur Saturday morning to serve as judges in a first-aid contest of Boy Scouts. They are members of he first-aid team of miners at the Superior Coal Co. mines here. The group assisted Alexander Miller of the Bureau of Mines, Vincennes, Ind.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, April 3, 1936, Page 8
Bo-Peep, Gillespie Police Are Keeping Your Sheep
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      GILLESPIE April 3. --(Special)-- Chief-of-Police, Anton Danni has in his possession nine stray sheep found wandering around in the south part of Gillespie this week.
 
      It is not known whether the sheep had been stolen and let loose or if they wandered away from the owner.
 
      Chief-of-police Danni has had the sheep penned up in the south part of town, where they are being taken care of.
 
      He reported Thursday that no clue has been found as to their ownership.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, April 4, 1936, Page 3
WPA Frey Street Sewer Project at Gillespie Finished
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New Pipe Laid Alongside Old Line Damaged By 'Squeeze'
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      GILLESPIE April 4. --(Special)-- The WPA sewer project of Frey street was completed Thursday.
 
      Three blocks of new sewer pipe were laid alongside the old line which was damaged and made useless by a squeeze of the Liberty coal mine located north of tho city limits.
 
      Forty-eight men were employed on the project.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, June 24, 1936, Page 14
98th Birthday Observed By Gillespie Man
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      GILLESPIE, June 23 --(Special)-- John Slaughter, only Civil War veteran in this community, celebrated his ninety-eighth birthday Monday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs George Slaughter of Osa avenue. Slaughter was born in Hanover. Germany on June 23, 1838 and came to the United States when fourteen years of age and worked for a time on a farm near Edwardsville. He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Civil War and served during the whole conflict.
 
      He has the distinction of being the oldest Mason in point of membership in the state of Illinois having become a member of Bunker Hill Lodge No. 157 in 1865. He has received various honors from the Masonic lodge.
 
      For several years Slaughter has been residing at the home of his son, George. He has not been very active for the last two years because of failing eyesight and feebleness incident to his age He was able to ride in the annual Memorial Day parade in this city sponsored by Gillespie Post of the American Legion.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, July 9, 1936, Page 8
Bear Creek Job at Gillespie to Be Done in 30 Days
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Part of New Water Plant in Working Order
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      GILLESPIE, July 9 --(Special)-- Following a month's work on the PWA Bear Creek Sanitary Sewer Project 8993-R, the disposal plant located at the outskirts of Gillespie will be in working operation. The construction work is being done by Gjellefold Construction co. of Forest City, Ia., at an approximate cost of $90, 909.
 
      The main work to be done as yet is the filling of the filter station with limestone rock which is used in the purifying process. This filter station which is 90 feet high and 77 feet in diameter holds 800 cubic yards of rock.
 
      Only a small percentage of carpenter work is to be completed. The number of workers is being lessened each week. Part of the plant will be in working condition within two weeks it was reported by the construction engineer on Tuesday.
 
      The fourth estimate of $12,861.34 has been made to the company by the city and the fourth amount of $422 has been made to the city engineer, A. C. Stanfield of Pana.
 
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Repair Railroad Yards
      The repair yards of the North Western Railway co., east of the city are being put into working condition in preparation for the return of the 80 members of the carmen's union, whose controversy of more than six years with the railway company was settled out of court in June. Because the yards have been closed more than six years it is necessary to rebuild and in some cases build new framework and other necessities. At present there are 20 section men doing repair work and 10 men sent by the company who are building new platforms.
 
      The section men will be employed repairing the yards for about three weeks before operation begins.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, July 25, 1936, Page 3
Contract Let For Repairing Statue At Gillespie Park
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Monument to Soldiers and Sailors Was Damaged
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      GILLESPIE, July 25. --(Special)-- The American Legion post No 567 under the leadership of Commander Harry Blythe, has let the contract for the replacing of the soldier's and sailor's monument of which the base now stands in front of the city park.
 
      A soldier formerly on top of the monument base, was broken several years ago when hit by an automobile. The monument at the time stood at the intersection of Macoupin and West Chestnut streets.
 
      The new statue will be a three-foot, six-inch eagle The American Legion post is donating two-thirds of the necessary funds for the new statue and the citizens are expected to donate the remainder through subscription.
 
      The following members of the Gillespie post of American Legion and Auxiliary attended the Macoupin county Legion meeting in Carlinville Wednesday evening: Commander Harry Blythe and his mother; Postmaster and Mrs Everett L. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fries, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Price, Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Andreaus, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Herrin, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stewarts, Mrs. Ernest Weller, Mrs. Lulu Johnson and son, Harry Johnson and Attorney John P. Madden.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, August 5, 1936, Page 5
Gillespie Council Refuses Liquor Stores More Hours
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 5. --(Special)-- At a meeting of the City Council Monday evening City Clerk Charles Tillman reported that 8,956,000 gallons of city water was used during the month of July. This is the largest amount ever to have been used by the city in one month since the plant has been operated.
 
      Consumption has been increased by farmers who are hauling water from a city hydrant across from the city hall. Wells and ponds have gone dry and it is necessary for them to haul water for their stock and cattle.
 
      City Clerk Tillman reported that arterial streets, which were oiled last summer for the first time, would be oiled again beginning next week. The contract of 22,500 gallons of oil has been awarded to Miller and Requarth of Springfield at .0511 a gallon.
 
      The council plans to request the State Highway Department at Springfield to hasten plans for oiling other arterial streets this summer. Residents of East Pine street presented a petition to the council asking them to have their street oiled. The council is unable to take any action unless directed by the State Highway Department.
 
      A motion was passed by the council, enforcing an ordinance which requests all property owners and those who control property to cut their weeds.
 
      A petition was presented by Retail Liquor dealers requesting the council to allow them to remain open longer. The council passed a motion stating that the usual hours will still be enforced. The dealers remain open on week days to 11 p. m. and on Saturday to 12 p. m.
 
      City property committee was instructed to estimate the cost of installing water mains on south Second street south of Wilson avenue to make city water available at the new Bear Creek Sewage Disposal Plant which is almost completed. Water will be used for washing various divisions of the plant.
 
      The council passed a motion to pay a fifth of the cost of the project to the Gjellefold Construction Company of Forest City. la., which amounts to $58,748.42.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, September 11, 1936, Page 5
John Higgins, 71, Veteran Miner At Gillespie Dies
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Succumbs After Accident A t Eagarville Mine
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      GILLESPIE, Sept. 11 --(Special)-- John Higgins, 71, died at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield Thursday following injuries he had suffered while at work at Mine No. 1 of the Superior Coal Company at Eagarville at 10 o'clock Thursday morning.
 
      He was accidentally injured when standing too close to the main line roadway and a run trip of empty coal cars ran over his foot throwing him down to the ground. He suffered other injuries when knocked down. he was employed as a track-layer.
 
      Higgins, who was a bachelor, lived at the Robert McKechan hotel. He had resided in this city for 35 years and was employed at Mine No. 1 for 36 years.
 
      Surviving are two brothers, James of Gillespie and Thomas of Witchita, Kan.
 
      The body was taken to the Wiese funeral home on East Elm street and later to the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Higgins, of 403 East Chestnut street. the funeral arrangements are indefinite, but will probably take place Saturday, it was inferred.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, January 18, 1937, Page 3
      The official census places Carlinville in third position in the county. This census was taken in 1930 before the Standard Addition was opened in Carlinville and helped to swell the population. Gillespie leads in the census with 5111, Staunton is second with 4,618 while Carlinville it third with 4144.
 
      In the town of Gillespie the sales of merchandise were $1,145,000.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, April 17, 1937, Page 9
To Pave Route 38 And Open Shorter Highway to Alton
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7.85 Miles of Oil Road to Connect 110 and Route 34
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      CARLINVILLE April 17 --(Special)-- Road Commissioner William Yowell stated Friday that he had received a communication from the state department in Springfield advising the letting of the contract for paving Route 38. This highway will run west from Gillespie to Shipman connecting Routes 110-34.
 
      When completed the highway will make a shorter route from Gillespie to Alton via Bunker Hill. The contract for the building of the road will be Iet April 30. The commissioner expects work on the road to begin shortly after the contract has been let. This road has been an oil road. and the 7.85 miles of road will be paved.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Saturday, May 15, 1937, Page 7
George Angelo, 86, Of Gillespie, Dies
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Aged Man Found Dead In His Bed
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      GILLESPIE, May 15. --(Special)-- George Angelo, 86, was found dead in bed Friday about 7 a. m. by his housekeeper, Mrs. Mefford. He resided at 204 West Baker street.
 
      He was born on Jan. 25, 1851, south of Jacksonville He was a pioneer resident of Gillespie where he resided for 48 years and where for 30 years he conducted a second hand furniture store on West Spruce street. He has served as justice of the peace for 48 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louisa, who died in 1930, three children, Mrs. Nina Tate of Sunny Side, Wash. Mrs. Doris Green of Valeer, III., and Fred Main of Gillespie.
 
      He is survived by three children. Mrs. Phoebe Roady of Chicago, William Clyde Angelo of St. Louis and Mrs. Lula A. Gross of Gillespie. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 
      Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, June 3, 1937, Page 3
Gillespie Woman Falls in Cistern
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      GILLESPIE, June 3 --(Special)-- Mrs. Cecilia Osterman escaped death by drowning Tuesday at 5 p. m . when she fell through a platform on a cistern at her home on West Chestnut street, and was rescued by her husband and the Rev. Carl Rusch. who heard her cries.
 
      Mrs. Osterman was not injured seriously. but is suffering from nervous shock.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, June 8, 1937, Page 14
      GILLESPIE -- A contract for the construction of a secondary road from Gillespie to Dorchester has been made. According to Highway Commissioner William Yowell, the Porter De Witt Co., of Webster Groves, Mo., has the contract and will begin to work on the road at once.
 
      The road will run west of Gillespie and south to Dorchester and will meet State Road 110.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, June 24, 1937, Page 7
Franklin Myer, 76, Of Gillespie Dies
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      GILLESPIE, June 24. --(Special)-- Franklin Samuel Myers. 76, died at his home at 611 East Spruce street, following a year's illness.
 
      A year ago he had his right leg crushed while at his work at Mine No. 3 of the Superior Coal Co. He had part of his heel removed, from which he had never fully recovered.
 
      He is survived by his wife, Lettie, four daughters, Mrs. Dave Keck, Miss Gladys Myer. Mrs. Eva Price and Mrs. Charles Lockyer, all of Gillespie.
 
      Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p. rn., from the residence with the Rev. C. C. Dawdy officiating. Burial will be in the Gillespie cemetery.
 
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Former Resident Dies
      GILLESPIE -- Mrs. Fullerton Fulton of Osie avenue, received word of the death of her brother-in-law, Daniel Finlayson, following a stroke of paralysis at his home near Winnepeg. Canada.
 
      Mrs. Finlayson, who was the former Mrs. Hugh Ganey, was a resident of Gillespie 25 years ago.
 
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Mrs. Huddleston Rites
      GILLESPIE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Huddletson, age 76 years, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m., from the Weise funeral home, with the Rev. C. C. Dawdy officiating.
 
      Pallbearers were: D. A. Hays, Thomas F. Burke, Milo Wheeler, Herman Koeppe, William Huddleston, and Ben Whitworth. Interment was in Gillespie cemetery.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, July 21, 1937, Page 10
John Schlaughter, 99, of Gillespie, Dies in Hospital
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Only Surviving Macoupin Civil War Veteran Passes
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      GILLESPIE, July 21. --(Special)-- John Schlaughter, 99-year-old resident and only living Civil War veteran in Macoupin county, died at 2:30 p. m., Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He had been a patient at the hospital since January, when he fell at the home of his son, George, with whom he resided, and broke a leg.
 
      Schlaughter was born at Hanover, Germany, June 22, 1838. He came to the United States when he was 14 years old and worked for a time on farms near Edwardsville. At the outbreak of hostilities he enlisted in the Union Army of the Civil War. He served first in the infantry, then in the artillery. After the war he worked as a salesman at Cincinnati and later as a bookkeeper at Bunker Hil. Until about 10 years ago, since which time he had lived here with his son, he sold nursery stock.
 
      Schlaughter was the oldest member of the Masonic fraternity in Illinois, Having joined Lodge No. 157 at Bunker Hill in 1866. He was honored by the organization on several occasions.
 
      Besides his son, he is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 
      The body will be at the Union funeral home until 5 p. m., Wednesday when it will be taken to the home of his son, 209 West Osie avenue. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m., Friday at the home, then at the Methodist church. The Rev. C. C. Dawdy and Rev. Frank Crouch will officiate. Burial will be in Bunker Hill cemetery.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, July 23, 1937, Page 9
Sentenced to Vandalia
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      GILLESPIE -- Charles Clark, age 45 and, who is employed at the Liberty Mine is the first in Macoupin county to lose the privilege of driving his automobile for a year under the new motor law. Because of a previous appearance in court on similar charges, Judge George at Carlinville gave him in addition 90 days at the state prison farm at Vandalia.
 
      The charge against him was driving a car while intoxicated.
 
      Chief Deputy Clarence Rasor took him to Vandalia Monday afternoon.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, July 30, 1937, Page 10
Gillespie Streets Are Being Oiled
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      GILLESPIE, July 30. --(Special)-- Nine miles of streets have thus far been oiled to Gillespie, and approximately three miles will he oiled by the Illinois Road Builders of Jacksonville, who have the contract for furnishing and applying the oil. The arterial streets were oiled last year and paid for from the motor fuel tax fund.
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Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois
Monday, August 16, 1937, Page 2
GILLESPIE THEATER ROBBED BY BANDIT
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      Gillespie, III., Aug. 16 -- Police todaysought a young, armed bandit who held up a theater here last night while patrons inside watched the show unaware of the robbery taking place
 
      Charles Bennetti, theater manager, said an unmasked man appeared shortly before 10 o'clock and forced him at the point of a gun to open the safe containing two day's receipts.
 
      The youthful bandit then dashed to a car parked at the curb and escaped with the money, an amount estimated between $200 and $300. Inside the theater the show continued without interruption.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, August 16, 1937, Page 9
Steals $229 in Bold Stick-Up
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 16. --(Special)-- The Lyric Theater here was robbed of $229 at 10 p. rn Sunday by a lone bandit, who followed the manager Charles Benineti, and the cashier. Lorna Traynor into the manager's office, when the box office closed.
 
      The door to the manager's office is located near the main entrance door and a ticket-taker, John Gress, said that he saw the robber follow them into the office, but supposed he was a friend of Benineti's and thought nothing of it.
 
      As soon as the manager and cashier were inside, however, the robber entered and shut the door, Benineti said . He displayed a gun and ordered them to put up their hands and demanded money.
 
      Benineti good-naturedly pointed toward a sack of money receipts for the day, and said "There it is." He thought the man was joking he said.
 
      When the invader demanded that Benineti open a safe in the office with the assertion that he wanted "real" money, the manager realized the man was in earnest. Benineti was compelled to open the safe and surrender $229.
 
      The manager and cashier said the robber was of medium height and black-haired. He had attended one showing of the picture at the theater, the ticket-taker said.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, August 17, 1937, Page 3
No Clue to Robbery
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      CARLINVILLE -- Sheriff A. S. Henry and his deputies have been in Gillespie looking for clues as to the party that held up and robbed the Gillespie Theater Sunday night of several hundred dollars. So far no clues have been obtained.
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The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois
Friday, August 20, 1937, Page 8
YOUNG WOMAN KILLED, PLANE PILOT INJURED
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      GILLESPIE, ILL., Aug. 20 --(UP)-- A young woman school teacher was dead and her fiance, an airport operator, was in critical condition today, the result of an airplane crash three miles north of here late yesterday.
 
      Miss Helen Cox, 21, rural school teacher near here, was killed and her fiance, Willison Taylor, 23, Gillespie, piloting the plane, was at Macoupin hospital, Carlinville.
 
      Taylor remained conscious long enough to explain that Miss Coxhad leaned over the side of the plane to take a picture and lost her balance. When he seized her dress to pull her back he lost control of the plane.
 
      A farm boy, only witness to the accident, said the plane was about 150 feet in the air when it suddenly went into a tailspin, "turned around and around" and crashed about a quarter of a mile from Taylor's landing field.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, December 22, 1937, Page 2
Gillespie Firm Low Bidder on Shipman School
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Work Will Start Jan. 6 If $38,300 Offer Is Accepted
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      SHIPMAN, Dec. 22 --(Special)-- With five firms bidding for the job, low bidder for the contract to erect the proposed new high school here was the firm of Jubelt and Kennedy of Gillespie. The offer was $38,396.
 
      The five offers, which were received by the board of education here Tuesday, were the second batch of bids to be received on the project, the first submitted being turned down. If the low bid of the Gillespie firm meets with government approval, work on the project is scheduled to start Jan. 6.
 
      High bid lot the job was $43,130 from the A. D. Gates Construction Co. of St. Louis. J. J. Wuellner and Son of Alton also bid on the work.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, January 12, 1938, Page 5
69 Absent from Gillespie School Due to Epidemic
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Mumps, Measles, Starlet Fever Give Headache To Authorities
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      GILLESPIE, Jan. 12. --(Special)-- Sixty-nine pupils from the Maple Street School were absent from school on Monday due to an epidemic of mumps, measles and scarlet fever.
 
      Arrangements have been made by the city health authorities, board of education and the doctors of the city for the vaccination of any child of school age desiring to be vaccinated for small pox.
 
      The doctors will vaccinate at the Maple Street School on Thursday and at the Little Brick School and the Big Brick School on Friday. Slips were sent to each parent asking whether they would consent to having their children vaccinated, and from the returns sent back, 55 from the Maple Street School, 20 from the Little Brick School and 65 from the Big Brick School will be vaccinated.
 
      Mrs. William Cavanaugh, jr., has been employed to work at the schools for the next six weeks.
 
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Change ln School Paper
      GILLESPIE -- The staff of the Orange and Black, the paper of the Gillespie Community High School, have made plans to publish a paper bi-weekly instead of a magazine which is being published bi-monthly. John Russell is the student editor and Charles Brady is the business manager. Miss Betty C. Borough is the sponsor.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, January 18, 1938, Page 2
Vandals Slash Wires, Isolate Macoupin Area
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Suspected Car of Men Is Traced to Missouri Through License
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Bank Robbery Theory
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Policemen Stood Guard After Damage Became Known
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      CARLINVILLE, Ill., Jan. 18, (AP)-- Sheriff Alva S. Henry of Macoupin county led a search today for vandals who last night disrupted communication between Carlinville and eight neighboring towns by cutting telephone wires.
 
      No robberies had been reported. Telephone communication with Virden, Auburn,. Girard, Mount Olive, Litchfield, Staunton Benld and Gillespie from Carlinville, the toll center, was disrupted, Sheriff Henry said.
 
      The Illinois Central Telephone Co., which serves the communities reported the raid on the lines started about 6 p. m. yesterday.
 
      A squad of state highway police and a group from the Sangamon county sheriff's office joined in investigation.
 
      William Brown, company manager, said lines were cut in four places between Gillespie and Benld, with other breaks found between Gillespie and Carlinville, Girard and Virden, and Carlinville and Girard. Brown said apparently a hand ax was used to sever cables.
 
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      CARLINVILLE, -- Rumors with an apparent official background attributed the cutting of phone wires in Macoupin county Monday night to an attempted bank robbery. particularly persistent was the idea that a bank at Chesterfield was the goal of the wire-cutters.
 
      The license number of a green automobile suspected as being driven by those who cut the wires had been noted, Sheriff Alva Henry said today, and the ownership of the car was being traced. The car bore a Missouri license number 212-040 and belonged to a resident of St. Louis and Winston, Mo.
 
      St. Louis police were cooperating with Illinois authorities in an attempt to clear up the incident, it was said.
 
      It is rumored that a bank was the object of the wire-cutters and the men were foiled by discovery of the vandalism and the wariness of police. As soon as the fact that Carlinville and other towns had been virtually isolated became known local police went on guard over banks and business areas.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
March 2, 1938, Page 3
Would Incorporate To Escape $300 Tavern License
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Macoupin Election Is Prompted by Desire to Avoid Fee
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      CARLINVILLE, March 2 (Special) -- County Judge E. D. George announced Tuesday a special election will be held March 15, 1938, for the residents in the territory now described as East Gillespie. The area has a population of more than 300 persons and a petition of 107 signatures was presented in county court by John Madden Tuesday. Judge George stated that the territory has all of the prerequisites for the establishing of a municipality.
 
      The municipality will include an area two miles square northeast of the present Gillespie city limits. There are three taverns located on the hardroad, which would be included in the East Gillespie city limits, should it be incorporated. The move is being made to avoid the payment of the $200 tavern tax enacted by the Macoupin County Board of Supervisors, according to Judge George.
 
      If the East Gillespie area becomes a municipality it will have to elect a mayor, city council, and residents will pay municipal taxes for sidewalks, sewers, etc.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, March 7, 1938, Page 14
Annexing Ground Is Plan to Miss Big Tavern Fee
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Would Incorporate into Village to Escape County Tax
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      CARLINVILLE, March 7, (Special) -- Said to be a legal move to avoid paying a $300 county liquor license, an effort was under way today to incorporate into the village of Mt. Claire, portions of territory near the village where three taverns are located. The liquor license in Mt. Claire is greatly below that in the county.
 
      Several weeks ago the county board of supervisors placed the county liquor fee at $300 a year and since several efforts to avoid the tax have been made by rural tavern owners.
 
      In East Gillespie an election to determine whether or not that community will be annexed to Gillespie, is scheduled for March 15. coming under the jurisdiction of Gillespie would thus avoid paying the $300 county fee.
 
      A hearing on the proposed Mt. Claire annexation is scheduled for March 28 in county court.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, March 16, 1938, Page 2
Village Created To Avoid County Liquor Control
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      GILLESPIE, March 16, --(Special)-- Because three taverns objected to paying $300 liquor license fee to Macoupin county, the village of "East Gillespie" was created by vote of the people of that community near here Tuesday. The question of whether or not to incorporate the community of about 400 population, located northeast of here, was decided by 80 to 60.
 
      The election on whether or not the community would incorporate was called the first of this month by County Judge E. D. George, after a petition with 107 signatures had been presented asking for the poll.
 
      It is planned to set up a municipality and name a board of trustees and a president in the near future.
 
      The county liquor law specifies a license fee of $300 and stipulates closing at midnight. In the newly created municipality it is planned to have a license fee of $200 yearly and unrestricted closing hours.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, April 20, 1938, Page 5
East Gillespie Election
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      CARLINVILLE -- Election of officers of the East Gillespie Municipality will be held May 31, County Judge E. D. George decided Saturday. Officers are to include a president, a board of trustees, consisting of six members and a clerk. Nominations will close on April 26 and filing will be with Judge George. John Madden was the attorney for the East Gillespie formation.
 
      Judge George denied a motion of several residents of the East Gillespie territory to dismiss the proceedings for forming a village.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, May 13, 1938, Page 8
Election May 31 At East Gillespie
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      GILLESPIE, May 13, --(Special)-- In an election to choose officials of East Gillespie, the new village that has been incorporated north and east of Gillespie, the following will run for office: President of the village board, Herbert Loescher; village board, Angelo Bertagnolli. Walter Voyles, Joe Farnero, Leo Fellin, Joe Seketa and Hyko Bussman The election will be on May 31.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, June 17, 1938, Page 12
Gillespie Bank Sale Saturday
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      GILLESPIE, June 17, (Special)-- J. N. McCord of Lewisburg, Tenn., will be in Gillespie Saturday and conduct a receivership sale of the remaining real estate of the closed Gillespie National Bank at 1 o'clock in the city park. Included in the list of property is a modern two-story bank and office building with an equipped banking room, several buildings in the business district, a number of houses and a farm of 290 acres and a farm of 97 acres.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Monday, October 31, 1938, Page 5
Gillespie Bank Assets Are Sold
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      GILLESPIE, Oct. 31, --(Special)-- The entire remaining assets of the Gillespie National Bank, which has been in the hands of the receivers for a number of years were sold at a public auction to George Fisher, president of the Hillsboro National Bank. This concludes the affairs of the bank, which had approximately $1,500,000 on deposit when it closed.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, November 9, 1938, Page 8
Five Mines Working
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      According to S. P Preston of Gillespie, five mines are now working in the Gillespie area. The drive for a new hospital is gaining momentum as patients from the Gillespie mines have gone to Litchfield or Carlinville for hospitalization. The hospital will cost $50,000 if built and is being sponsored by Gillespie physicians.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, December 2, 1938, Page 10
      Thomas Conlin, who formerly operated the Grill in Gillespie has purchased the Ideal Cafe on South State street, which was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kreuger.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Wednesday, December 14, 1938, Page 16
Work Begins
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      CARLINVILLE. -- According to information received from the office of Highway Commissioner William Yowel the work has commenced on the building of the Gillespie-Litchfield road. The construction of this road takes on more than the usual significance, with the refusal of the miners of the Gillespie area to sponsor the Gillespie hospital project, since the highway will offer a quick service to Litchfield, where many of the Gillespie miners are hospitalized.
 
      Residents of the Gillespie area have awaited the building of this road for some time and the original plans which were to run the road from the Hicks corner to Litchfield, have been revised and the road will be run along the Big Four railroad, for a considerable distance out of Gillespie into Litchfield.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, December 15, 1938, Page 8
Gillespie Man Buys Old School
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      GILLESPIE, Dec. 15, --(Special)-- C. C. Bunn, local grocer has purchased the Carney School property. The voters of the district voted some time ago to sell the school building and grounds to cut down expenses. It was stated that the upkeep of the building cost approximately $300 a year and the building has not been used for school purposes for several years.
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The Carbondale Daily Free Press, Carbondale, Illinois
Friday, January 27, 1939, Page 4
AUTO VICTIM
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(By Associated Press)
      BENLD -- Otis Bates, Gillespie coal miner, was killed yesterday when struck by an automobile while walking along state route 38 two miles west of White City.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, January 27, 1939, Page 4
Gillespie Man Killed By Truck
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      GILLESPIE, Jan. 27, (Special)-- Otis Bates, 53, was killed on Route 38 between White City and Benld, east of the Cahokia bridge at 2 a. m., Thursday, Jan. 26, by a truck driven by Max Jones of Litchfield who was accompanied by Lawrence Tilly, also of Litchfield.
 
      He was born near Carlinville, the son of Alice and Abner Bates. In 1910 he married Maude Tavers. He had been employed in the mines here for 20 years.
 
      He is survived by his wife, three sons, Leo and Albert of Boise, Ida.; Roy of Gillespie, and one daughter Dorothy, at home; one brother, John, of Nampa, Ida.; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Chasne of Shoteau, Okla., and Mrs. Bertha Edwards of Springfield.
 
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Bank Dividend
      GILLESPIE -- Announcement has been made by Oliver Alden, receiver of the Gillespie National bank, of the payment of a final dividend of 7.26 percent in the sum of $56,136.55 to the creditors of the bank. This makes the fifth dividend to be paid by the defunct bank, a total of 39.26 percent amounting to $310, 727.78.
 
      The checks numbering 1,917 have been prepared in the receiver's office at Gillespie and forwarded to the office of the comptroller of the currency at Washington for signature. It is expected by the receiver that the checks will be back in his hands at Gillespie and ready for distribution to the owners on Wednesday, Feb 1.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, February 16, 1939, Page 6
6000 Macoupin WPA Workers to Be Re-Registered
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Two Offices Located at Carlinville and Gillespie
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      CARLINVILLE, Feb. 18 -- A total of 6000 WPA workers in Macoupin county are now in the process of making re-application in this area between the dates of Feb. 15 and March 25. Gillespie and Carlinville are the only two centers in the county where the workers may make their new applications and the last time this was done was 1936.
 
      Mrs. Ruth A. Steinmeyer, out of the St. Louis office of the WPA and Paul Brown are in charge of the Carlinville office while William Harkins of this city and William Winkelmeyer are in charge of the Gillespie re-application station.
 
      Mayor Denby Boring made an estimate today that 1500 people in Carlinville are either dependent on the WPA or relief with the population of the city being a little more than 5000.
 
      William Harkins reported 30 persons registered in Gillespie on Wednesday, which was the first day in that area.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, March 9, 1939, Page 9
Open Gillespie Store
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      CARLINVILLE. -- Jacob Straub, seed dealer, has opened a store in Gillespie and installed his son, Albert, in the store. The Gillespie store will be maintained by Straub throughout the spring season.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Tuesday, March 28, 1939, Page 14
Melvin Vanatta, Gillespie, Admits Robbery Charge
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Jury Had Been Chosen to Hear Trial of GOP Committeeman
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      CARLINVILLE, March 28 -- (Special)-- Melvin Vanatta, 33, Republican senatorial committeeman of Gillespie, Pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery in circuit court Monday afternoon.
 
      The plea was entered by Attorneys Jesse Peebles and James Murphy after the jury for the trial had been chosen and was ready to hear the case.
 
      Vanatta was implicated in the robbery of an Alton liquor salesman, Charles Taylor, of $56. Taylor was parked near the hardroad near Wilsonville.
 
      Vanatta asked for probation and the case is being investigated by Probation Officer Robert Liston, who will report back to Judge Hemphill. Judge Hemphill stated Monday he would return a decision in the case Saturday morning.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Volume 54 Number 216
Thursday, March 31, 1939, Page 1
DEATH IN WAKE OF EGYPT STORM
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ONE DEAD, INJURED LIST GROWING; LOSS OF PROPERTY HEAVY
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      ALTON, Ill., March 31 (AP) -- Southwestern Illinois, ripped by tornadic winds and slashed by rain and hail, counted one dead today and saw the list of reported injured mount toward a score.
 
      The northern section of this city of 30,000 bore the brunt of a twister which also dipped at Bunker Hill in Macoupin County. Several other communities in a 30 mile atrip along the Mississippi River felt the lash of the storm.
 
      Van Stevens, Illinois terminal railroad employee at Venice, was killed. He was blown from a 50 foot viaduct on which he was working.
 
      Forty homes and buildings were damaged here. Granite City, Litchfield, Gillespie and Freeburg suffered from high winds.
 
      At Bunker Hill, 20 homes were damaged and four of the community's five churches demolished. The rev. T. N. Presley, pastor of the Methodist Espiscopal church declared "I don't see how any of us escaped".
 
      An engineer at the Superior Coal Company's No. 3 mine at Gillespie estimated at least $20,000 damage was done to the mine and said all operations probably would be suspended for a month.
 
      Telephone wires were down throughout the area and communication disrupted for hours. Most of the communities in the storm's path were without electricity last night.
 
      Rain and hail damage was reported at Belleville in St. Clair County south of here, where 15 days a go, almost to the hour, a tornado killed 10 persons and demolished scores of homes.
 
      Few serious injuries were reported outside Alton.
 
      Butler Heath reported 10 members of his family escaped death :by a miracle."
 
      The family seated at the dinner table when their home was blown to bits. Mrs. Heath, who was blown into the basement, told of catching three year old Jean as she, too hurtled through the air. Ralph Calame, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Heath, suffered a skull fracture.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Thursday, August 17, 1939, Page 8
'Little Brick' School, Gillespie, Abandoned
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 17, (Special)-- The Little Brick school, landmark of this city, for the first time in more than 50 years will not be used for school purposes this fall.
 
      A reduction in school enrollments he last few years and facilities at the Big Brick and Maple schools being adequate for the enrollment caused the school board early this summer to abandon the building for school purposes in order that overhead expenses might be cut.
 
      Many families in the community have had three generations represented in the enrollment through the \ years at the school.
 
      Gillespie grade schools will begin the regular school term Tuesday, Sept. 5. Registration of pupils will be held Friday, Sept. 1, at the Big Brick and Maple street school buildings.
 
      Rental payment of the rental books in the various grades will be: Third grade 80 cents, fourth grade, $1; fifth grade, $1.50; sixth grade,$1.60, seventh grade, $2.25; and eighth grade, $2.25.
 
      Domestic science and sewing classes will be added at both schools the coming term, under the direction of Miss Johanna Schreier, for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade pupils. Class rooms for this purpose have been prepared during the vacation and sewing machines will be purchased. the floors of both schools have been refinished, repaired and repainted during the vacation period.
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Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
Friday, August 25, 1939, Page 6
Gillespie School Lets Bus Contract
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      GILLESPIE, Aug. 25, (Special)-- At a meeting of the Board of Education of the Gillespie Community High School Wednesday night a contract for transporting pupils was let to Charles Quade. The district covered at present will be as far north as the Country Club and also to Henderson, and as far south as Wilsonville and also to Dorchester.
 
      Pupils living off these routes will be taken care of if they wish to attend school here.
 
      Those pupils living in Hornsby and Honey Point township will be taken care of as soon as proper transportation can be furnished. The busses will start the first day of school.
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