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Local Editorials

From our archives: Developing a ‘City Beautiful’ was project’s goal

What we thought: 100 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on April 2, 1913.



One of the most commendable movements ever started in Dixon is that which the Phidian Art Club is engaged in, namely: the inspiring of Dixonites to homes and lawns made beautiful with flowers, shrubs, etc.

They are making up a “Prize Fund,” to which the Telegraph was very glad to subscribe, and they are going to offer cash prizes for the best flower beds of various sorts, the best looking shrubbery, the best kept lawn, the best looking window boxes in the business district, etc.

It seems to be the right year, and the proper time of the year, to begin the work of bringing about a City Beautiful.

It cannot be done by a few, but it may be successfully accomplished if all become interested.

From time to time, information will be printed in the newspapers regarding the making of gardens, and otherwise instructing the public on lines to be pursued. Photographs taken before and after improvements are made will be published.

It is hoped that this work may meet the hearty approval of each and every citizen of Dixon.

The movement deserves the support of every merchant and every citizen. The Telegraph, for its part, will be glad to help in every way it can, for we believe the results will be exceedingly gratifying.


is a conjecture

Several good men

spoken of as head of supervisors’ board

Four new members will take seats on the [Lee County] board of supervisors when they are called to convene for the purpose of organization, E.J. Mannion of Harmon; Wm. Rucker of Sublette; Charles Ewald of Reynolds and O.B. Anderson of Dixon being the new men who were chosen yesterday.

Thomas P. Long of Harmon, who, had he been re-elected by his constituents, would have been a candidate for chairman, was the only old supervisor who was defeated. C. Gross of China and F.G. Emert of Nachusa were returned after hard fights, while Mr. Rucker, the new member from Sublette, was not opposed.

Now that the personnel of the board has been determined, the question of the chairmanship will be uppermost in the minds of the members. It is reported that A.S. Wells of Wyoming and John J. Wagner of Bradford have entered the race, and a lively battle between them may be expected.

Pine Creek man struck by bolt

PINE CREEK – D.B. Nettz was struck by lightning last night while asleep in his home near Pennsylvania Corners and was nearly killed.

He was thrown clear out of bed by the bolt of electricity and lay stunned on the floor until members of the household came to his assistance.

At first it was thought that he was dead, but it was found later that he was unconscious. A physician was called and everything possible done for him, and after about three hours he regained consciousness.

The bolt which struck him was an unusually loud one that alarmed several in the community who heard it, and knew that it struck close by. Nothing was burned, and how the bolt gained entrance to the house is a mystery. It is believed, however, that it came in over phone wires.

Not interested

One would think the people of Dixon Township not awfully interested in the affairs of the town, judging from the way they fought (?) to get to the polls yesterday.

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