Yester Years

10 Years Ago
March 2009
The village of Chandlerville was greatly surprised to learn they were legal owners of a MP5 sub-machine gun that was confiscated by the Federal Bureau of ATF. The weapon was valued at $3,000-5,000.

20 Years Ago
March 1999
The Depot Restaurant at Virginia added a Burlington Northern Caboose to it location, which will be used as a gift shop called, The Whistle Shop.  The train car had to be transported from Macomb, over the bridge on the Illinois River, to its new home at the Virginia junction.

30 Years Ago
March 1989
Janis Swan displayed her 70 block quilt depicting buildings in and around Beardstown that are starting to be demolished.  The handmade quilt was started in 1976 and will be on display at a local bank.

40 Years Ago
March 1979
Dr. John Merrihew has now opened a dental practice after working part-time with Dr. James Davidsmeyer.

50 Years Ago
March 1969
Tyson’s A & W Root Beer Stand – 4 hamburgers $1.

75 Years Ago
March 1944
Thomas R. Birdsell, 87 of Beardstown, died on March 29th.  He is survived by 10 children, 57 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

100 Years Ago
March 1919
Kenneth Coleman of Beardstown is searching in northeast France for the grave of his cousin Walter Reid, who was the first Cass County citizen killed in WWI.  Four of the five men in Reid’s squad were killed advancing a ridge near Fey-en-Haye, France… 200 miles east of Paris.  The men were buried on the field where they fell.   Reid was a 1911 graduate of Virginia High School.  (Since 1919 when the American Legion organization was formed to aid those who had served in the US military,  a Walter Reid American Legion award has been given to a graduating 8th grade student chosen who best exemplify courage, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.)

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