County Watch - Corey; Mitch; old stuff
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:58
Written by Jim Nowlan
Corey Moodie, 33, of Bradford passed away unexpectedly this past Saturday. Services are this morning (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda. Corey was a friendly and well-liked young man who served on the Bradford Village Board and contributed to his community in many ways. Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children. He will be missed.
Mitch Colgan, son of Tim and Patty Colgan of Wyoming, is busy. Apart from his day job at Caterpillar, he is the music director for a production of Les Miserables, being presented by Eastlight Theater at East Peoria High School beginning this Friday. This will be the full-blown version of the musical, one of the first productions in the country outside professional theater. In the music pit with Mitch will be his high school buddy Brad Fritz of rural Wyoming. Both are highly talented and both will be at keyboards.
This August Mitch shifts gears when he enters the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston to seek a master’s in business administration.
Gordie Whittaker brought in an old newspaper that he found wadded up inside some foundation blocks at his home. The paper was very brittle, but some items of interest in the October 15, 1951 issue of The Star Courier and Peoria Journal Star are: a Peoria area menu listed and extra large T-bone steak as $3 and a Filet Mignon also at $3. May corn and soybean prices were $1.78/bushel and $2.95/bushel. The Kewanee Hog Market prices were: 190-230 lbs. - $20.50, 240-270 lbs. - $20.25, 280-325 lbs. - $19.80.
The News has also received an old handwritten ledger book from Wrigley & Walter Lumber Yard in Toulon dating back to the early 1900s. The ledger had been set out for trash and was rescued (with permission) by a passerby who felt it should be preserved for history. The book is currently located at The News office but will find a permanent home at the Stark County Historical Society.
Items of note are: in 1923 a 2x2 6ft. board cost 30 cents; Henrietta Silliman paid less than $1 for bricks in 1938; Fred Price paid 85 cents for 2 bins of ground oats; J.A. Nowlan bought 5 rolls of cribbing for $22.50 in 1938; #3 galvanized nails cost Phil Muckey 10 cents in 1923; the McKeighan Sisters (who lived in the current Historical Society House) 75 cents for 1 cement and $12.80 for a 32 ft. extension ladder; Lester McClennan bought 1/bushel of corn for $1 and 2 bushel of oats for 60 cents in 1928.