Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lawrence County --October 1940's

October 14, 1943 Lawrence County News
Despite the plea that has gone out from George Field for shrubs and flowers to beautify hundreds of acres, the response has not been very liberal.  While there has been considerable shrubbery donated by Lawrenceville citizens, there is need for many more truckloads to complete the landscaping that has been started.   

October 21, 1943 Lawrence County News
All captains for the Lawrence County War Fund Drive are urgently requested to meet at the USO club in Lawrenceville.   •  Under the supervision of a committee appointed by the  Commander of the county American Legion Post, a huge billboard is being erected on the Courthouse lawn on which will be painted the names of all men and women from Lawrence County now serving in the  Armed Forces.  Holes six feet deep were dug Thursday; the poles to support the frame were set; and work on building the board will proceed as rapidly as possible.

October 16, 1947 Lawrence County News
Phil C. Templeton, captain and commanding officer of Co D, 130th Infantry Regiment, states that the organization is progressing rapidly with 15 men already enlisted.  The company will be federally recognized Monday Oct. 27 at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville.  After federal recognition, the company will be brought to full strength of 150 men and seven officers as rapidly as possible.

October 14, 1948 Lawrence County News
Fire thought to have started from heating hay, completely destroyed the large barn on the Fred Warner farm, North of Birds, Sunday night. A calf, the only animal in the barn, was brought to safety. The loss, including the barn and contents was estimated at about $6000.

October 18, 1948 Lawrence County News
The Women of the Moose were in charge of the city affairs of Lawrenceville, Wednesday, and were having a lot of fun.  Most of the activity of the day was confined to the police department, men being arrested for various trumped up crimes. S. E. Jones of Lawrence County News, paid the first fine of the day, being charged with sticking his nose into the police magistrate’s office looking for news.   •  Harry Lee Siddall, 19, of Evansville, and formerly of Vincennes, was drowned Sunday afternoon in the Wabash River near St. Francisville, when the light plane in which he was taking his first ride crashed on the river south of the Big Four spur railroad bridge in mid- stream.   •  Hugh Livesay, recently employed as farm adviser in Lawrence county to succeed Lyle D. Kerley will begin his work December 1.  He comes from Jefferson County.

Oct 21, 1948 Lawrence County News
The St Francisville Boat Club has made application to the War Department for permission to install and maintain boat harbor facilities in the Wabash River near St. Francisville.  Such permission for this facility is necessary since the Wabash is classified as a navigable stream.

Oct 23 19?? Lawrence County News 

A few weeks ago, J K. Riley of the Valley Battery and Radio Co received a letter from the Secretary of War stating that at the request of Major General of the Marine Corps, Mr. Riley’s name had been sent in as one entitled to receive the Order of the Purple Heart, about the highest recognition given for military service during the World War. The medal arrived last week and is a beautiful piece of art. 

We have a few seats available for our Lunch and Learn series...November 5, 11:30 am at the Lawrence County Public Library.  Check the web page at for more information or call N. King 945-9573 for reservations.....Hurry, last month's program was a sell-out!