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These are some of the leading stories from the Mirror-Democrat for 1972.  This is from the 04 Jan 1973 issue.  It doesn't seem like that long ago, does it?  How many of these do you remember?


bulletJanuary 06
bulletEric Shane, son of the Gerald Shanes of rural Thomson, is the first baby of 1972.
bulletDoctors postponed surgery scheduled for Mrs. Vera Aubrey.  A bonegraft below the hip was done as well as pinning.  Mrs. Aubrey's condition is satisfactory.
bulletMorhardts to leave Caroline Mark Home.
bulletOpen house Sunday for Chadwick doctor & family.
bulletJanuary 13
bulletOpen house honors Mrs. Faun Strubb, former matron of the Caroline Mark Home, on her 75th birthday.
bulletArt Robbe who has been seriously ill and in intensive care in St. Mary's Hosp., Rochester, MN, responded to the new medication and returned home Monday much improved.
bulletLowell Gibbons' move to Platteville, WI.
bulletMrs. Glen Edwards, 69, Lanark, died Saturday.
bulletJanuary 20
bulletMark Kromer named to Dean's List for Academic Achievement at S. I. U. for fall quarter.
bulletMrs. Keohane returned from a two weeks trip to North Africa.
bulletJanuary 27
bulletOrrin Eaton dies at 94.
bulletElmer Rahn named Carroll County's outstanding young farmer.
bulletMrs. Max Smith suffers concussion in fall on ice.
bulletLarry J. Friederich, 22, Chadwick, killed in truck collision.
bulletWilliam Pottorff and incumbents Earl Smith and Shirley Kromer take out school board petitions.


bulletFebruary 03
bulletMr. & Mrs. Ralph Robinson, rural Elizabeth, hired as custodian and matron of the Caroline Mark HOme.
bulletMiss Floy Orr dies Saturday.
bulletLowell Neis' celebrate silver anniversary with open house.
bulletCheryl Guenzler marries James Broderick.
bulletMrs. Al?? Ray died Saturday in Clinton Nursing Home.
bulletFebruary 10
bulletSteve Myers named Outstanding Teenager of America
bulletCounty DAR winners are Cindy Kloepping, Mt. Carroll, Ruth Mackey, Chadwick, Doris Kay Brenner, Lanark, Nancy Hartman, Thomson, Linda Lea Temple, Shannon, Marilyn Vandermoon, Milledgeville, Debbie Handel, Savanna.
bulletThe George Prices moving to Elkhorn, Wis.
bulletFebruary 17
bulletJohn Signer dies at 82 after long illness.
bulletSuellen Finer named to Dean's list at Carthage.
bulletKenneth Schneider, Sr. weds Mrs. Marle Woessner of Shannon.
bulletElver Eisfeller named bank president.
bulletMt. Carroll's first foreign exchange student, Maria Noqueira of Brazil who arrived Feb. 2, is introduced with host family, the P. J. Brodericks of rural Savanna.
bulletArt Robbe resigns as Civil Defense head.
bulletFebruary 24
bulletMrs. Glen Teeter dies at 81.
bulletHal Ashby, 66, died Sunday.
bulletWilbur Lartz of Savanna honored at retirement party.


bulletMarch 02
bulletMrs. Paul Weiler heads GOP Women.
bulletErma Slick marries Alfred Amici Feb. 26.
bulletJim Haag and Mr. & Mrs. Glen Neuschwanger honored at Blue and Gold banquet for continued service in scouting.
bulletBasketball awards Duane Derrickson most valuable player, Steve Myers free throw trophy, Duane Derrickson and John Leemon elected co-captains.
bulletMarch 09
bulletMrs. Levi Zink dies after a two week illness.
bulletMrs. Harold Eaton died unexpectedly in her home.
bulletMr. & Mrs. Harlan Brunner adopted a baby boy, Kerwin Mark, who joins a brother and a sister.
bulletSupt. Harold Graham was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
bulletTodd Grimm, 7, returned home March 1 after surgery in Rochester.
bulletHelen Mackay sees first robin March 3.
bulletGlen Davis suffered a massive heart attack.
bulletKaren Brunner, student nurse at Moline Public Hospital, is capped.
bulletMarch 23
bulletMrs. Hattie Davis died after long illness.
bulletFrank Magill, Steve Myers and Roger Strukhoff to appear on "Classroom Quiz' in Rockford.
bulletGolden wins States Attorney race in primaries.
bulletMarch 30
bulletFire destroys barn, 100 hogs, some equipment, hat and stray on Dean Meador farm east of Lanark.  Lightning blamed.
bulletBob Colsher is a new volunteer in the Mt. Carroll Ambulance Corps.
bulletBob Grzelak, 27, Rockford, has joined the firm of Frank's Furniture here.


bulletApril 6
bulletEarle E. Engleking, Sr., dies at 77.
bulletBrenda Kay Smith marries Melvin Gable.
bulletBarbara Ann Kehl weds William Kampas.
bulletStan Toepfer fractures leg in P.E. class at W.I.U.
bulletRoberta Sherf is cover girl on a brochure sent out by Ill. State U at Normal.
bulletApril 13
bulletFire destroys Dwight Spealman home near Chadwick.  Lightning is the cause.
bulletMrs. Kathryn Shepley of Chicago, sister of Mrs. Mary Boyd, died unexpectedly in her home.
bulletConnie Buckwalter Paxton marries Robert Haas.
bulletEarl Smith and Robert Hutchison were elected to school board.
bulletApril 20
bulletMeekers sold to Gary Harmsen of Miles, IA.
bulletC. Bernie Johnson and wife took over management of the Carroll Cafe.
bulletLeland Knapp is recipient of Don Jarchow Memorial Award at FFA Parent-Son banquet.
bulletBreak-in reported at Dr. Piper's office.  Large amount of drugs and supplies taken.
bulletMrs. Magill re-elected president of Community club.
bulletApril 27
bulletMrs. Cora Wood died at 95.
bulletHarold A. Rogers, 66, died in Savanna Hospital.
bulletDr. Walter J. Hipple, Jr. succeeds Dr. Robert E. Keohane as dean of Shimer College.
bulletJanet Dimpfl of Chadwick receives Dorothy Footitt scholarship award.  She is majoring in Home Economics education at S. I. U.


bulletJune 1
bulletSixty-six seniors graduate.  Steve Myers is valedictorian and D'Anne Noble, salutatorian.
bulletDiane Law to participate in 4-H Teen Caravan and spend two months with family in Denmark.
bulletJud Laws to note 50th wedding anniversary.
bulletPorter Poffenberger, 84, died unexpectedly in Wisconsin nursing home.
bulletWylma Miles and Fred Colehour wed.
bulletBarbara Geisz named to Girls State by Legion Auxiliary.
bulletJune 8
bulletClasses of 1942 and 1947 hold reunions.
bulletTeachers Elmer Gerlach and Mrs. Arlene Bickelhaupt selected as Leaders of American Secondary Education for 1972.
bulletDr. and Mrs. Robert Keohane announce retirement from staff at Shimer College but plan to head Shimer at Oxford program in spring of 1973.
bulletBurton Streicher earns Engineering degree.
bulletFormer residents, the Val Smiths of Sparta, wed 58 years.
bulletDale Siefert and Patricia Piper graduate at U of I.
bulletRobert Johnson, Chicago, drowns in Warren Harms pond east of Lanark.
bulletJune 15
bulletDale Siefert is named to national honor society of veterinary medicine.
bulletOlive Toepfer, 82, died Friday.
bulletJohn Irons weds Mary Kelly of Savanna.
bulletRobert Wiltshire and Christine Weber of Chadwick are wed.
bulletYvonne Muntean earns Master's Degree in French.
bulletJohn Streichers plan 50th anniversary open house.
bulletJ. Arthur Fetterolf returns to Shimer to newly created post as controller.
bulletJune 22
bulletJim Foltz is candidate for American Farmer degree.
bulletMarion Schreiners wed 50 years.


bulletJuly 6
bulletBarbara Kessler is named Miss Flame, 1972, by local Fire Department.
bulletHerb Keim flys home-built Midget Mustang for first time Sunday.
bulletMrs. Harold Graham's father, Karr Freeman, 68, died in Kentucky.
bulletCal Caldwell, 46, dies after long illness.
bulletDr. C. John Thomson is promoted to Lieutenant Commander in U.S. Navy.
bulletProfessor Mary Kinney retires after 30 years as member of faculty of the Simmons College of Library Science in Boston.
bulletLyle Laws wed 25 years.
bulletDemocrats hear Mrs. Daniel Walker.
bulletJuly 13
bulletDr. Mauro Ganzon is welcomed to Savanna.
bulletTom Oberg and Mary Doyle, D'Anne Noble and Doug Daggert, and Jack Doty and Sibyl Haag are wed.
bulletArlo Paxtons honored on 25th anniversary.
bulletJuly 20
bulletMrs. Cathy Poffenberger hired as county nurse.
bulletJack Kampmeier suffers ruptured disc while vacationing in Wyoming, returns to Rockford hospital by air ambulance.
bulletGeorge Hoertz's to celebrated 25th anniversary.
bulletJanice Reiff marries Charles Webster.
bulletRoger Neis and Linda Williams wed.
bulletWilliam Erdmier earns law degree in California.
bulletExchange student Maria Nogueria is feted before returning to her native Brazil.
bulletJuly 27
bulletOver 200 hear Dan Walker, Demo candidate for Governor.
bulletBlaine McGinty named chairman of the Lions Candy Day.
bulletDavid Gilliland makes hole-in-one at Oakville.
bulletJulie McGowan and David Castro, Kathy Rath and Wayne Becker, Marianne Ivey and Frank Jokisch wed.
bulletJohn Wursters plan 50th anniversary celebration.
bulletBeulah Sack, 69, dies following long illness.
bulletLee Rogers resigns as chairman of planning commission.
bulletCraig Fritz enlists in Army.


bulletAugust 3
bulletSavanna Wood Products hit by fire.
bulletJim Nowlan speaks at GOP youth rally.
bulletMichael Colehour named Sailor of the month.
bulletAugust 10
bulletHerb Keim awarded trophy at fly-in at Oshkosh.
bulletErik Isgrig writes about Hotel Gelnview.
bulletHerb Christian returns to Puerto Rico.
bulletGlenn Bickelhaupt answers Madison attorney's charges of county being at fault in Henne Jail escape, Sept. 1971.
bulletBrian Woessner and Cynthia Nowviock wed.
bulletAugust 17
bulletGovenor Ogilvie leads parade at Fair.
bulletClarra Gordon, 97, dies.
bulletDr. W. C. Niedermeyer retires from dental practice.
bulletDiane McCue and James Kosmiskey, JoAnn Holm and David Brinkmeier wed.
bulletMrs. Ruth McCombie, 62, dies unexpectedly in Savanna home.
bulletMrs. Ray Pohill named to head Percy re-election campaign.
bulletAugust 24
bulletCarol Messmer chosen Queen of 4-H roundup, Herb Getz is King.
bulletBetty Hopkins is outstanding Girl Scout.
bulletOpen House Fetes Mrs. Nellie Fredericks 90th birthday.
bulletJoAnn Halfman and Bradley Kloepping wed.
bulletMrs. and Mrs. Fred Rhodes note 40th anniversary.
bulletJohn Adolph commissioned second lieutenant.
bulletLisa Leemon fractures leg in fall from horse.
bulletAugust 31
bulletMichael Kelly heads Shimer admissions.
bulletNicole Michael, 18, from France, arrives as foreign exchange student.  Host family is Kenneth Emerys.
bulletWard Rogers named art director at Racine, WI firm.
bulletRoberta Sherf and James Delp wed.
bulletMrs. Grace Roberts dies at 76.
bulletMichael Neuschwanger graduates from Army basic.
bulletRobert Hartman is named commander of American Legion post.


bulletSeptember 7
bulletGregory Brown, 14, dies in tractor accident at Thomson.
bulletPeggy Kaufman and Jonathan Cate wed.
bulletFather Reese and family to leave for post in Canada.
bulletSeptember 14
bulletR. H. Seitner, Jr. purchases Teslow Chevrolet, Grand Opening slated for Sept. 21, 22, 23.
bulletCretney heirs file $700,000 suit in District Court against county, sheriff and two deputies.
bulletRoger Strukhoff is National-Merit semi-finalist.
bullet1932 class plans reunion.
bulletGeorge Kinney, 28, dies following Aug. 31 auto-truck accident.
bulletFrank Natts, Deneen Bogues observe 50th anniversaries.
bulletSeptember 21
bulletMethodist Church congregation commemorates 125 years.
bulletMrs. John (Lucille) Crouse, 62, dies after extended illness.
bulletOld Stone Hotel comes down as Grimm's Dairy plans parking area on West Market Street.
bulletJeanne Streicher and Scott Grey wed.
bulletDolly Robbe Osborn, 79, dies.
bulletRichard Tinius, Good Samaritan Center administrator, transferred to Jasper, IN.
bulletRon Luce, 28, named to Mt. Carroll post.
bulletSeptember 28
bulletJail break attempt fails at county jail.
bulletDora Mummert, 97, dies at Savanna Hospital.
bulletMrs. Ogilvie at Republican Headquarters in Savanna.
bulletBarbara Smith and Ronald Brierton wed, to live in Okinawa.
bulletMr. and Mrs. Harold Holm wed 40 years.


bulletOctober 5
bulletThomas O'Neal, 72, dies after long illness.
bulletCentennial farm families honored. 
bulletSharon Smith, 19, rural Mt. Carroll, dies.
bulletEva Manning and Larry Buchholz wed Sept. 2.
bulletOctober 12
bulletPolice Chief Howard Helms quits as city's Civil Defense head.
bulletHerb Kessler's barn burns, $11,000 damages listed.
bulletDwight Spealmans, whose rural Chadwick home was destroyed by fire, move to Mt. Carroll.
bulletThirty-seven area women attend Chicago tea for Mrs. Pat Nixon.
bulletOctober 19
bulletJim Foltz receives coveted American Farmer Degree in Kansas City.
bulletAnnouncement made of Sept. 2 wedding of Kathy Kessler and Dan Cassidy in Freeport.
bulletJudge Rapp named Chair-man of Northwest Ill. Criminal Justice Commission.
bulletDavid Bielema named to two-county insurance post.
bulletBurton Streicher and Anita Chan wed.
bulletMrs. Diana Campbell Grove, 59, of Syracuse, NY, dies following long illness.
bulletMrs. Harry (Nina) Hartman dies Oct. 12 in New Mexico auto accident enroute home from visit here.
bulletKris Hartman and Tim Robinson reigned over high school Homecoming.
bulletOctober 26
bulletRites held for Mrs. John (Mildred) Coppernoll, 52, of Stockton.
bulletSandra Floming and Lamoine Aude exchange vows.
bulletMrs. Cora Wolfe, 86, dies.


bulletNovember 2
bulletHawks are number one in Northwest Seven conference with 12-0 win over Milledgeville.
bulletRobert Neuschwanger feted for 30 years service with IRS.
bulletDr. and Mrs. Siefert, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Weidman return from tour of Middle East.
bulletNovember 9
bulletElected in Carroll County are Loren Golden, State's Attorney; Dr. L. B. Hussey, Coroner; Gordon Smith, Circuit Clerk.
bulletHawks claim first football title since 1940, frosh-soph ends at 7-1.
bulletJohn Millers wed 25 years.
bulletJeff Neuschwanger ends boot trainingin Navy.
bulletHerb Getz, Barbara Geisz, LeAnn Handel, and Carol Messmer win 4-H Key awards.
bulletRick Hopkins joins staff of Delta Queen river boat.
bulletNovember 16
bulletHenry Wantd, 54, Hanover, fatally injured at S.A.D.
bulletSherrie Fishbein, 5, dies in Thomson fire.
bulletWalter Swingleys wed 63 years.
bulletRobert Watson and Diane Derrer repeat vows.
bulletJames Downs and Richard Huffman commended by sheriff for preventing attempted Sept. 24 jail break.
bulletNovember 23
bulletPastor and Mrs. Wallace Johnson to leave Lutheran pastorate, accepts call to Kiron, IA.
bulletMr. and Mrs. Eldon Bonjour installed Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron at O.E.S.
bulletMrs. Eugene Murray and Mrs. C. R. Colehour attend bi-centennial forum in Springfield.
bulletLoyde Haas and Robert Wolber suffers injuries in farm accidents.
bulletFootball awards given.  Jerry Randecker, Duane Derrickson, Tim Robinson named tri-captains.
bulletNovember 30
bulletCharles Nadig, 48, Hanover, Jo Daviess Coroner, dies of apparent heart attack at son's wedding reception.
bulletWilliam Halfman, 36, son of the John Halfmans of Argo Fay, dies unexpectedly of a heart attack Thanksgiving morning.
bulletHistorical Society votes to return Mosquito Hill Church to its board, revise constitution.
bulletJean Getz and Larry Messmer wed.


bulletDecember 7
bulletHistorical significance of Carroll County courthouse is cited.
bulletAttorney William Petty is honored on retirement as State's Attorney the past 16 years.
bulletDenise Douglas, 9 year-old Chadwick paper girl, is cited for alerting authorities of fire at Walter Kahler home where he was asleep on the couch.
bulletCarolyn Mackay Spanogle and Wayne Getz wed.
bulletAlfred Becker notes 50th wedding date.
bulletVivian Ackerman and Merlin Sager wed.
bulletDan Brinkmeier and Jim Warfield and high school art classes exhibit art work at Shimer.
bulletDecember 14
bulletSteven Long, 18, son of Shimer College President Robert Long, dies in England.
bulletJohn Early named Public Defender.
bulletHarry Byars, 81, dies unexpectedly.
bulletAndrew Bro named to manage Timber Lake Playhouse for 1973.
bulletGlen Aubrey, Sr., 78, dies after extended illness.
bulletMrs. Sylvia Miller, 73, dies.
bulletDr. Colli named to fellowship of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
bulletKathryn Stakemiller, 56, and Luella Eshelman, 69, Chicago, died unexpectedly.
bulletPierre Bonjour and Connie Engaldo wed.
bulletDonald Kearnaghans honored at 50th wedding anniversary open house.
bulletDecember 21
bulletThieves take presents, etc., from the Rev. Robert Phelps home.
bulletDuane Meinsma and Kathy Bush, Deborah Dauphin and Patrick Kelley, Violet MacMahan and Willard Cleveland wed.
bulletMamie Pfeiffer, Lanark, to observe 101st birthday.
bulletJohn Hoovers wed 64 years on Christmas day.
bulletDecember 28
bulletMrs. Eileen Corcoran wins color TV given by Business Men's Association.
bulletEmily Turnbaugh cited for Christian Education work.
bulletGlen (Pat) Ashbys 50th wedding anniversary honored Dec. 31 at open house.
bulletJohn Steins surprised on 35th wedding date.
bulletJay McCall, Savanna, weds Arizona girl.
bulletBernard Groharing, Thomson, heads Radio Patrol.

SOURCE: Mirror-Democrat 04 Jan 1973