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1952 in Minonk: over 5,000 attend the 4th Of July celebration

Submitted by Jari Lynn Oncken - July 31, 2017

May 29: Robert Granert, proprietor of the Minonk clothing factory had some large signs painted on the buildings this past week. Floodlights will be thrown on at night, which will make these letters stand out.

The Minonk-Dana High School summer band concerts will begin June 7 and be divided between Minonk and Dana.

Minonk Ministerial Association has set next Monday for the opening of the annual two week daily Vacation Bible School; and they have also scheduled a series of five union services every Sunday in June beginning next Sunday night.

June 5: The city hall arch was removed in the front entrance. Soon the main center wall will be taken out, which is another job that will require transferring the building's weight to some other agency.

June 19: Chan the magician and Margo the Capehart mystery girl will be the features of a stage show between movies at the Minonk Theatre tonight sponsored by Taylor Radio and Appliances.

Taylor's grand opening is today in his new location on Oak Street adjacent to the Quality Cash Market.

Arthur C. "Duke" Barnett is the proud possessor of a steel tube walker with rubber tires, which was presented to him by Robert Granert.

Two nieces of Capt. John January were visitors in town last Monday. Capt. January was known nationally as a soldier who cut off both legs, which were infected with gangrene while a prisoner of the confederates at Andersonville, Georgia, during the Civil War.

June 26: Minonk-Dana school board has hired R. L. Yates, 46, of Cuba, Illinois, as superintendent of the unit to replace O. W. Osborne, who resigned to take a similar position at Mohamet.

The house built by the Vocation Building Trade class of Minonk-Dana High will be sold at public sale at the premises on North Maple Avenue next Saturday at 2 p.m.

At last Minonk gets Honor Roll of Minonk area men who served in World War I and World War II.

This plaque has just been completed and installed in the new American Legion building.

It was paid for by contributions raised by the Minonk Lions club, now disbanded, and was built by James Wise, Gene Petri, and Bud Schneider.

July 10: Minonk celebrated its biggest and best community picnic here last Friday, the Fourth of July.

Having ideal picnic weather for the first time in the history of this event, in the last five years, upwards of 5,000 to 6,000 people took in all or part of the 16-hour, action packed program.

The crowd also saw the crowning of the Queen, Mary Rooker and her court consisting of May Petri and Barbara Morrison.