From the Navigator & Journal-Register

1 year ago - July 17, 2019

- Mr. Levi Johnson was selected to fill the position of Wells Elementary School principal last July.

- After learning their chowder parade was cancelled on July 12, 2019, West Salem residents revived it with donations within 72 hours enabling the “Moving Forward Together” themed parade planning to continue unhindered.

- On July 14, 2019, Iron Jungle Gym hosted the first annual Iron Classic Powerlifting Meet with 11 competitors in Albion, directly after the gym’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

5 years ago - July 15, 2015

- Ataraxia began production on July 13, 2015, becoming the first in the state of Illinois “to grow legal pot.”

- At the Grayville City Council meeting on July 13, 2015, the council discuss the demolition of the historic Gray Block and voted to pursue “razing the Gray,” after negotiating several obstacles.

- Big Belly BBQ took home 1st place for best ribs, Bonedaddy’s Barbecue took home 1st place for best pulled pork at the 2015 Pork Days, USA barbecue cook-off festivities.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

10 years ago - July 14, 2010

- It was reported that Patty Mills, student and trainee instructor at Carmi Taekwondo Center, had recently competed in a Top 10 competition at the ATA World Championships held in Little Rock; she earned a bye as the #1 ranked fighter in sparring, and earned a silver medal in that category.

- The West Salem ball teams gave the perfect endings to perfect seasons as they fought their way through the Albion Tournament (softball) and league Championship (baseball). Both the WS 12 and under softball team and the Bronco team brought home not only the trophy, but also a perfect record; the girls with 11-0 and the boys with 13-0.

- The Gray Cemetery Trust purchased the Earl Griswold property to the south of the Cemetery in Grayville along Illinois Route 1 to serve as an extension of the cemetery, but would be kept in a “park-like” setting until any expansion was necessary.

From the Albion Journal-Register

25 years ago - July 12, 1995

- After five and a half years as Associate Editor of the Wayne County Press, Patrick Seil announced that he would start a second newspaper in Grayville, “The Navigator.”

- Edwards County Clerk, then Ron Mason, told the County Board that the towns of Grayville (road district 10), Browns (road district 11) and Bone Gap (road district 12) were no longer recognized by the Departments of Revenue and Transportation, causing a flurry, as a loss of income would result.

- The Evansville Outlaws semi-pro baseball team were scheduled to play Sunday, July 16, 1995 at Grayville Memorial Park. The team featured a familiar face-Dale “Outlaw” Schmittler, former Grayville standout with a batting average of .400.

From the Albion Journal-Register

50 years ago - July 15, 1970

- It was reported that neighbors cultivated 120 acres of soybeans in two days during the week of July 5-11, 1970 for Ellery resident James Pettigrew, as he was in the hospital for testing and treatment.

- The Edwards High School Class of 1945 held their 25th reunion at the Kountry Kitchen in Grayville on Saturday, July 11, 1970.

- Earl Utley, C.V. Horton and Orval Aitchison began construction of a fountain and wading pool at the Albion Community Park, near there flagpole on Saturday, July 11, 1970. The New Albion Brick Company donated the bricks for the construction.

From the Albion Journal-Register

75 years ago - July 5, 1945

- Work on the Albion Locker plant, just south of the Rose Store on South Sixth Street started Monday, July 9, 1945, with hopes to be completed within three months, barring any delays.

- Auto sales tax were reported as costing automobile owners at least an extra $5 in penalties since July 11, 1945 when penalties on delinquents went into effect. Warning slips had been places on cars the previous week. 

- It was reported that schools would be affected by of over 60 new laws recently enacted, one of which included establishing a teacher’s minimum wage of $1,200 for the school year, effective July 1, 1946.

From the Grayville Mercury-Independent

100 years ago - July 8, 1920

- The Farmers National Bank had a new burglar-proof safe installed. Cast in one solid piece of manganese steel, weighed over two tons, and took a force of men all day to unload it and move it to the proper place in the bank on Saturday, July 10, 1920.

- It was reported that the body of multi-millionaire banker/financier, Allen Gray, of Evansville, was brought home to Grayville to be laid to rest in the family burial ground on Monday, July 12, 1920 via special train. Grayville was named after his father, the late W. W. Gray.

-Ticket sales for the six-day Grayville Chautauqua, an entertainment venue celebrated during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, began Monday, July 12, 1920. the Rondoliers, a jazzy saxophone quintet, were the headliners on the opening day, July 21, 1920.