From the Navigator & Journal-Register

1 year ago - July 31, 2019

- The Crossville board approved rehabilitation of the village’s waterman system on July 23, 2019 for an estimated $529,500.

-Nearly 1,000 pounds of pork (four whole hogs) and 650 roasted ears of corn were served to crowds at the 2019 Grayville Hot Roast on July 27, 2019.

- At the 2019 Edwards County Fair, Halley Kocher was presented with the 2019 Master Showmanship Winner award as well as the Farm Credit Services of Illinois Trophy for her Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 4-H Livestock Auction.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

5 years ago - July 29, 2015

- Citizen’s National Bank of Albion marked it’s 75th anniversary with an open house on Aug. 2, 2015. The bank moved to it’s present location at the corner of Elm and Fifth Streets on Aug. 14, 1967.

- Miss Illinois 2015, a native of Anna, visited Wabash County and given the key to the City of Mount Carmel from then-Mayor Bill Hudson at the Mount Carmel Rotary Club meeting on July 27, 2015.

- A temporary exhibit featuring the descendants of James R. Gray (1783-1865), the founder of Grayville, was put on display at the Groff Memorial Library and Museum for the public.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

10 years ago - July 28, 2010

- On July 25, 2010, Grayville city employees making their rounds discovered a window at the Navigator office had been smashed. The Grayville Police department investigated and found the interior in disarray and “covered in blood.” A blood trail led from the front door to a home on North Main Street, where the night before a Carmi man was found in a pool of blood in the early hours of the morning, who was bleeding professing from multiple cuts. The man had no idea how he got there, nor the events that led up to his discovery with of 16 grams of cannabis. 

- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the City of Grayville Council that the concept of erecting a low-head dam to restore water to the oxbow was not feasible. The Corps recommended Grayville pursue a bank stabilization program. 

- The Albion Senior Citizens were gearing to be “All Shook Up” for their Aug. 6, 2010 Elvis-themed fundraiser. The “Tribute to Elvis” was set to include food, drinks and music by Eddie Carson.

From the Albion Journal-Register

25 years ago - July 26, 1995

- The Bonpas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated a 50x70 afghan to the Albion Historical Society. The afghans were sold by DAR and featured many Albion landmarks and events. Lois Harper, the treasurer of DAR, felt it appropriate that the Historical Society had one hanging in the museum.

- The Village of West Salem planned to re-gravel the alley between Albion to West Street in West Salem. The Board believed the cost would be $1,000, plus an additional $100 for the installation of a culvert.

- The Albion Chamber of Commerce sponsored a men’s slow-pitch double elimination softball tournament on July 29-30, 1995 as part of the “Albion Chowder Celebration ’95.”

From the Albion Journal-Register

50 years ago - July 29, 1970

-  A portable wireless teaching laboratory for Edwards County High School was approved for purchase/purchased by the Board of Education on July 27, 1970. The three-channel transmitter, which had separate receivers for students, was used primarily for shorthand and typing instruction, and included three speeds of diction to chose from, for a total of $3,886.45.

- Mrs. Edythe Dunn, librarian at the Albion Public Library, announced that the library was using a charging machine for checking out books, as well as new library cards.

- The latest improvement at the Albion City Park was a new blacktop road between the park and high school athletic field. This was a joint improvement effort by the Board of Education and the Park Board. The School Board also blacktopped the road around the east end of the football field.

From the Albion Journal-Register

75 years ago - July 26, 1945

- It was reported that a lightning storm on July 25, 1945 must have come through the wires and burned a bed and some small piece of furniture in a residence on West Main Street; a bottle gas task ignited and damaged the stove in another home on North Seventh Street; a telephone line, ruining the telephone at yet another residence further up North Seventh Street and the local ice deliveryman was showered with bark from a tree that was struck.

- It was reported that Albion golfers were considering a golf course of their own-though 10-12 years prior, they “had as fine a golf course as there is in these parts,” until it “starved” to death due to non-payment of membership dues.

- Fairfield-born, Carmi resident Roy Clippinger was endorsed by White County Republican Central Committee for the  Seventy-ninth Congress’ vacant seat, representing White County in the Illinois's 24th congressional district in Congress for the first time in 40 years.

From the Grayville Mercury-Independent 

100 years ago - July 22, 1920

- It was reported that Frick & Skiles accepted the local selling agency for the Masterphone, one of the best moderate price phonographs on the market, where they displayed the machines in their showroom and provided demonstrations.

- A farmer, Jeff Young, on the Ford farm eight miles east of Carmi, reported an exceptional wheat yield. On seventy acres, he averaged 22.6 bushels; on 24 acres, he averaged 26.2 bushels.

- The Edwards County Poland China breeders’ association were advertising the sale of 44 head of choice hogs at a public sale at the Fairgrounds. “The offering, which is all cholera immune, consists of 41 sows and gilts and three boars, all of the best breeding.”