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From the Navigator & Journal-Register

1 year ago - October 17, 2019

- On Oct. 14, 2019, the Grayville City Council named David Burrows, an Albion Police Department officer at the time, as the next Grayville Chief of Police to replace then-Chief, Roy Mann, who was stepping down later in the fall.

- It was reported that local grocery store chain, Borowiak IGA Foodliner, Inc. had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

- Little Prairie Christian Church had 260 people present for their 2019 Homecoming, celebrating 196 years.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

5 years ago - October 14, 2015

- The AGS Junior Lions took the win from Goreville 5-4, reaching the championship game of the SIJHSAA Class M state baseball tournament on Oct. 6, 2015, but were denied the title of State champs as they were turned back by Cobden, 8-3, on Oct. 8, 2015.

- Former Edwards County resident Chris Johnson competed in the third annual Kodiak 100 Ultra Marathon on Sept. 25-26, 2015 in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, finishing 25 out of 34. It took him 32 hours and 56 minutes to complete the 100-mile course, navigating rocky, steep conditions and a 16,000-foot vertical climb.

- Steven David Thole, 58, of St. Louis, suffered major injuries in a freakish single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64, south of Grayville in early October, 2015. Thole was traveling east, when he crossed the median towards the Illinois State Route 1 overpass, where he then became airborne, landed in the southbound lane on Route 1 then smashed into the guardrail on the east side of the northbound lane. Firefighters from the Little Wabash Fire Protection District extricated Thole after about an hour, and Thole was rushed to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville by the White County Ambulance Service.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

10 years ago - October 13, 2010

- Two Edwards County students were recognized for their talents in the 2010 state-wide radon poster contest at an awards ceremony in Springfield on Oct. 6, 2010. Sadie Marks, of West Salem, and Casey Reid, of Albion, were recognized as regional winners and took home a $25 prize. Marks also received an additional $50 prize for taking top honors in the southern region.

- The appointment of Karen Rahmoeller as coordinator of the Grayville Ambulance Service was unanimously approved at the Oct. 11, 2010 Grayville City Council meeting, ending weeks of turmoil over services.

- Wabash Valley College celebrated it’s 50th anniversary by displaying photos and memorabilia in the Brubeck Arts Center Gallery.

From the Albion Journal-Register

25 years ago - October 11, 1995

- It was reported that although the sale of the Keith Reid building at 23 West Main Street in Albion for a Subway sandwich shop would be completed in October 1995, the actual restaurant would not become a reality until sometime in 1996.

- The Bank of Edwards County officially opened its doors on Oct. 10, 1995 on East Elm Street in Albion. The bank, formerly a branch of First America Bank, became a branch of the Bank of Mount Carmel.

- The Broken Arrow Cafe in West Salem, which opened Sept. 6, 1995, held an open house on Oct. 14, 1995.

From the Albion Journal-Register

50 years ago - October 14, 1970

- The Edwards County 4-H Rifle team members were selected on Oct. 6, 1970 and consisted of Van Doty, Steve Thomason, Larry Mewes, Jimmy Smith and Angela Shaw, and were set to compete against Wabash and Wayne Counties for the Tri-County Championship.

- The Central-Southeastern Law Enforcement Planning Commission announced $9,900 in police equipment for Edwards County and the municipalities of Albion and West Salem were approved. Then-Sheriff Francis Curtis planned to purchase a new radio station, four mobile radios and transmitters and a fingerprint kit for joint County-City use and two walkie-talkie units for the Sheriff’s Department and Albion Police Department.

- It was reported that Harold A. Garman, of Albion, was appointed National Aide-de-Camp by the Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Garman was the only member of General Patton’s 7th Army to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during World War II.

From the Albion Journal-Register

75 years ago - October 11, 1945

- It was reported that a singing mouse was located in the home of the Hubert James family after a week of searching for “music” they were hearing. Apparently, the family named him “Hoiman,” and tried to bait him as, “…Mr. James and his family have had enough mouse vocalism.”

- A fire on Oct. 8, 1945 burned out the interior of the Strand theatre, located on Main Street in Fairfield, with damages estimated at $50,000, covered by insurance. The theatre was built in 1936.

- The Couch Elevator (Geo. Couch & Sons) in West Salem, was sold to Maurice D. Campbell of Bunker Hill, Ind. Campbell planned to move his family to West Salem to take charge of his new business.

From the Grayville Mercury-Independent 

100 years ago - October 14, 1920

- In Grayville, a movement was started to “give a one day’s celebration the Saturday before the general election on Nov. 2 [1920].” It was advocated to have “a Democratic and Republican rally, employ a band and a free act for the day and to set off a big display of fireworks late Saturday night.”

- At a box supper held at Fairview school on the evening of Oct. 8, 1920, $24 was raised. The proceeds were to be used to buy books for the school library.

- Road District No. 8, comprising French Creek precinct and the Edwards County section of Grayville was divided by the Board of Commissioners at a meeting held in Albion on Oct. 7, 1920, into two districts; No. 8 and No.14.