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

75 years ago

The Piatt County Farm Festival will be held on August 5. Farmers from Piatt Coimty will gather at Lodge Park for a day of picnicking, old-fashioned sightseeing and sporting activities.

The main purpose of the annual picnic is to have a good time. There will be many sporting events for men and women.

The Piatt County American Legion Auxiliary installed Mrs. Edith McCutcheon of Cerro Gordo as President at the July meeting in Hammond. Other officers were installed, and a musical program followed the meeting. Refreshments were also served.

The Bement 4-H girls will be the Piatt County State Fair Representatives at the State Fair Aug. 8-9. They will be holding a food demonstration called “A Dairyland Lunch”.

More than 130 Monticello Rotarians and their wives gathered in the high school cafeteria for a banquet in honor of Harry Combes. Mr. Combes was humble, saying he owed a lot to Monticello, but he owed even more to his parents. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Combes Sr., provided him with an education during the Depression.

Combes will assume the head coaching position at the U of I this fall.

Monticello reclaims 1st place in the Teen Age Baseball league by defeating Bement. Tuscola also beat Cerro Gordo.

The Eastern Illinois tournament is scheduled to begin Aug. 6. Teams from the South Division will face their counterparts from the North Division.

George Raft performs in “Nocturne” at the Bement Theater, while “Cloak and Dagger” is at the Lyric.

AD: Gucker’s Drug Store is taking orders for books and school supplies.

Detasslers wanted in Tuscola. Must be 5’4″ and will receive 70¢ per hour.

Families from East Washington St. to Monticello gathered July 29 on the lawn of the Albert Maier House for their annual picnic.

Johnnie Jordan celebrated his 3rd birthday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jordan of Mansfield. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ruch, Roszella Jordan, Rosanna and Fred Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jordan and Billy Joe.

Compiled by Tim Maier

50 years ago

Monticello City Council members spent nearly three hours on July 25 discussing community plans and issues. Tennis courts continue to be debated. University Asphalt has done preliminary work on the courts and plans to cover them by the end of July. However, as of July 25, the school board had not signed a contract with the city council on the verbal agreement to place the land on school grounds and the school’s agreement to share the costs. .

Piatt County residents purchased a total of 12,831 Series E and H US savings bonds in June, according to CN Finson, volunteer chair of the county’s savings bond committee.

The initiation of negotiations to acquire the right-of-way necessary to construct 21.1 miles of Interstate 72 in Macon and Piatt counties, from southwest Oreana to north Monticello.

More than 600 people attended Saturday’s annual Republican Picnic at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello and watched Congressman William Springer receive a special award for his years of service to the citizens of his county.

Compiled by Jack Stiverson

25 years ago

Monticello High School senior Ashley Elizabeth Mulford returned July 8 from a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) in Brasilia, Brazil. Mulford was sponsored by the Monticello Rotary Club, District 6490. She is the daughter of Lori and Dwain Bitter of rural Monticello, and Scott and Marlene Mulford of Springfield. She stayed with two families during her exchange and attended private schools. She is fluent in Portuguese and fluent in Spanish.

“Strange Amusements” opened in the old DeLand Locker on Fourth Street. It has pinball machines, a billiard room and a snack bar. The business will also be available for rent for private parties.

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at Washington Elementary School’s blacktop on Saturday to raise money to help Monticello’s longtime basketball coach Terry Reed in his battle with lymphatic cancer. . Reed has to travel to California every month to receive a special injection that helps stop the cancer.

Compiled by Deanna O’Reilly

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