Hoxie Smith, 71, owner of Cricket Press in Du Quoin and son of the late Du Quoin publisher L.S. Smith, Jr., along with printer, Mark Black, 33, are cranking out hundreds of postcards telling lawmakers in Springfield and Washington D.C. to "cut the spending before you raise my taxes." The idea began with a Mesa, California, printer who has only 40,000, of an original 475,000, postcards left ... the Rev. Clement P. Dirler, graduate of Du Quoin Township High School in 1934, will celebrate his 50th anniversary as priest of the Belleville Diocese on Sunday, June 6, at the 9:30 a.m. Mass for Sacred Heart Church. Father Dirler is the son of the late Clement and Kate (Berg) Dirler ... The Du Quoin Public Library this week announced that its new genealogy department is now in place in the southeast corner of the library. Shirley Degenhardt and Mary Haines have been instrumental in establishing the section, which is convenient for both beginners and seasoned genealogists.
50 years ago
A pink and blue shower was held recently in honor of Doris Rottschalk and her new daughter, Jane Ann, born May 4. Refreshments were served by Margie Mathis and Carl Beck to Clara McLain, Barbara Conte, Janet Green, Jane Fox, Mary Taylor, Barbara Fox, Judy Rice and Jeanne Albon ... A unique method of calling the roll was adopted when members of the Du Quoin Morning Home Extension Group met on the back lawn of the Margaret Swinney home Wednesday morning. Each member answered by holding up one of her wedding pictures. Sue Peterman and Irma Dean Duncan presented the program on "Family Crisis" ... A bridal shower was held to honor Miss Deanna Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook, 462 E. Park St., on her forthcoming marriage to Michael Boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd of Pinckneyville.
75 years ago
J. Harly Hammack resigned his position as county superintendent of schools, and the county board of supervisors has appointed J. Wesley Neville to complete the unexpired term, C.O. Wellington, county commissioner, announced. Hammack resigned to enter active duty with the U.S. Navy ... Leonard E. Puckett, Jr., a former Du Quoin Evening Call reporter, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Peoria, his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Puckett, said today. A 1942 Du Quoin High School graduate, he attended the University of Illinois before joining the Call staff in January 1943.
100 years ago
Robert L. Shook, in charge of the Red Cross fund in Old Du Quoin, is working like a Trojan to make his district show up as the best rural community in Perry County and declares he will accomplish the undertaking ... J.H. Midyett, who recently became mine inspector for the Union Colliery Co. at Dowell, has moved his family to that place. They are occupying one of the houses erected there by Dowell and Lafont of this city.