Published every Friday
Hal. W. Trovillion
Editor and Publisher
Harry L. Baillie, Business Manager
Royalton, Ill., Friday, Feb. 23, 1923
(taken from the paper as it appeared)
This is the first issue of The Royalton News, one of Royalton's newest institutions and we hope to make it one of this fast growing little city's most useful. The policy of this paper will be to proclaim the virtues of Royalton, both moral and civic. It will be a progressive publication, standing for improvements and challenging the cause of all issues that go to make the town a bigger and better place in which to reside.
We are fully aware that there have been attempts before to establish newspapers in Royalton and that these attempts have failed. We believe that the cause was due
largely to the promoters of the enterprises and not to the community.
With this issue The Royalton News starts well patronized with advertising. We have no doubt but that the community will subscribe quite as generously to the
paper and that we shall have in due time a large list of readers for if there is anyone thing noticeable about Royalton it is the co-operative spirit among its people, their willingness to pull together for the common good. This co-operative spirit is the stuff on which cities are built today and without which no newspaper can long live or prosper.
And while the greater task depends upon the publisher of a newspaper to make a go out of it in a small community still without the hearty financial support of its business people no great success can result. We have every assurance that the people will do their part to make The Royalton News a success and that in turn the advantages of the city will be heralded over the land and every man, woman, and child in Royalton will profit by the good that the newspaper will accomplish for the place. The publishers here pledge to do their part and give Royalton a newspaper that everyone will be proud of and that none will be ashamed of.
The office of The Royalton News is located in the building recently occupied by the telephone office and the latch string is always out. Call anytime.
The list of advertisers in this issue of the paper published below might be called Royalton's first citizens, for they have made possible a newspaper here and therefore we are publishing the list as a sort of honor roll. Their co-operation and patronage promised The Royalton News assures the people that a long felt need has been filled - that from this on the weekly message will go out to the world proclaiming the happenings of this community - that a community spirit will be developed and that civic pride will develop and a healthy public sentiment be formed. Without these things present in a place, no town can develop very far. It will be possible with a newspaper
to inform the outside world what is doing over in this side of Franklin county, which as only a few may know, is one of the fastest growing Counties in all the United States. To many people, Royalton is only a name of a mere dot on the map. What its advantages are, what its people think and believe and how nice a place it is to reside in, its fine coal, its schools, churches, lodges, and societies, few know anything about and have heretofore had no good means of finding out. The mission of The Royalton News will be to inform the world of all these things and occasional copies of The News sent to your friends will serve to attract attention to this coming little city and place Royalton on the map of Southern Illinois.
After a period of over eight years honor has finally come to the hero of the Royalton
mine explosion with the receipt this week by Dr. A. W. Springs of Dewmaine of a beautiful gold medal in acknowledgment of the wonderful work he did to bring back
to life some of the men who were rescued in a dying condition on October 27,1923, when fifty-two men, were killed by a gas explosion The metal is the size of a silver dollar and comes from the Dr. Holman Safety Association, which organization awards medals for heroic deeds performed in connection with mine rescue work. There were one half a dozen awarded this last year
in the entire United States and Dr. Springs is the happy winner of one of them together
with a diploma that also recites the perilous undertaking. One side of the medal is
engraved, "Awarded to A. W. Springs, resuscitation, Royalton,. Illinois, explosion, October 27, 1914," and on the reserve side is an engraving reading, "Joseph A. Holmes
Safety Association, Medal of Honor."
Dr. Holmes was head of the national bureau of mine safety work and did a great mission to promote safety and rescue work in coal mines. He died sometime ago and
the association bearing his name is a memorial to his memory.
The heroic work of Dr. Springs is a well known story in the mining field of Southern
Illinois. There were hundreds of people gathered about the mouth of the shaft after the
mine went up in explosion and of the forty or fifty doctors, the colored physician of
Dewmaine, armed with a pulmotor insisted upon going below with the rescue team
and taking part in the perilous task of rescuing the dead and dying. There on the bottom
he worked his pulmotor bringing to life men who were given up for dead by some of
the rescuers. The fame of his work spread all over the nation and he was called by
everyone the hero of the disaster. But not until this week did he receive any recognition
aside from the usual spoken compliment for his deeds.
The doctor was quite modest about this mark of recognition of his work but a bit
proud too of the little medal that means much to him and is indeed worth quite a little
more than its weight which is really gold.
"You know," he said as he put the little medallion back into its white satin case, "you know, I now have something now really worth while to leave to my posterity." As
I look back upon that perilous day when I risked my life for those dying men, I feel
that I was really serving my fellow man there in a way I never had served before."
The doctor is probably the only possessor of such a medal in the state of Illinois, and surely the only owner of one in the Southern Illinois coal fields.
TIlE ROY ALTON NEWS FRIDAY, JULY 27,1923
LABOR DAY CELEBRATION HERE
Royalton is to have a Labor Day and community celebration on Monday September 3, So it was decided at a meeting held in the Miners' Hall on Monday night for the purpose of choosing a chairman and secretary for the event and to pick the different committees that will have charge of the day's celebration.
It is hoped that all the crafts will be represented and that this will be one of the largest
events ever pulled off in the village of Royalton.
The plans for the day are now up to the various committees. One of the main features will be a first aid contest open to any team that cares to enter and a handsome prize will
be given to the winners.
The members of the various committees are as follows:
Finance - Adolph Heberer, D. F. Bennett, Arthur Mannering, Mack Pinson, Herman Strauss
Entertainment - C. Adkins, A. T. Roberts, W. Swindell, Charlie O'Dell, CA. Berry, 1.. McDowell
Publicity - H. 1.. Baillie,Joe Craft, Pete Powers
Program - Geo. Dillback, OJ. Bradley, H. 1.. Brown, John Doberty, and Adolph Heberer
Grounds, . Wm. Lovel, Pete Powers, Sam Millner
Fire Aid - Geo.. Dillback, D. F. Bennett, Andy Watts
J. W. Unger was made chairman of the body and he appointed the above
committeemen. Ferrell Starnes was elected as secretary and Wm. Lovel as treasurer.
It was decided at the meeting Monday night that the stores remain open on that day from 8 to 9:30 in the morning and that the drug stores, confectionaries, restaurants and
soft drink parlors remain open all day.
The News will try to carry a program in detail in next week's issue.
Watch for it
THE ROYALTON NEWS FRIDAY AUGUST 31,1923
ALL SET FOR LABOR DAY BIGGEST EVENT IN YEAR
All the plans for the Labor Day celebration are now completed, and we have one
of the best attractions ever offered to the public for a Labor Day celebration.
All the attractions will take place at the Athletic Park except the parade. Following is the program in detail:
9:30 - Parade forms at Miners' Hall and led by the local band marches to the corner
of the Royalton Garage, and thence west one block, thence to the south one block, thence east one block to the Bank corner, thence north one block to Bennett Livingston comer and then east to the Athletic Field.
11:00 - Balloon ascension
11 :30 - Trapeze act .
11:45 - The different races will take place: The Fat Man's race, Jack race, Potato
Race, Free for All Boys' Race (under 12 years of age)
12:35 - Greasy Pole
1:00 - The first Aid team Contest will start. This event will be held inside the Ball
Park, so as to provide seats.
2:30 - Trapeze act. Band concerts
3:00 - Boxing exhibitions, 8 rounds, Free
3:30 - Ball game, Cambria vs. Royalton. Royalton has some outside players and
this is expected to be one of the hottest games ever played here. To cover the necessary
expenses of getting the two teams together a charge of 50 cents for admittance will be
made to the ball game.
5:00 Lieutenant Brown and Daredevil Artie will make the parachute drop from
9:00 - Dance at the Miners' Hall, the Egyptian Serenaders furnishing the music.
gave is as follows: Sam Inger, $25; Franklin Supply Co., $25; Craft & McPhail, $10;
Steve Sobosky, $10; Sam Millner, $15; Frank Derbeck, $10; John Neifzydaski, $10;
Model Clothing Stores, $10; Royal Hardware Co., $15; Royalton Garage, Adolph Polbinski, $2; Elmer Gibbs, $1; John Tolen, $1; Alex Potocki, $5; C. Royster; $1; W.R. Tweedy, $2; C. L. O'Dell, $5;Pete Manini, $5; Hod Carriers Union, $25; F. V. Bonham, $2; Jacuboski & Ryukus, $10; Home Bakery, $15; Square Deal Store, $10;
Majestic Bowling Alley, $10; Bennett-Livingston Drug Co., $10; Local Union No.
1782, $300; Painters' Union, $15; Humphreys, $10; Noble Bacon, $10; Joe Roszkowsky,
$10; Trionfo Liberty Co., $10; Royal Theatre, $10, Carpenters' Union, $25; Royalton News, $10; Ross Haverly Drug Co., $10; State Bank, $15; John Lovelace, $10; J. L. Mitchell, $25; Wm. Cox, $5; Joe Perrozett, $1; Vince Smorczeaki, $5; Couch & Smith, $5; Isadore Valas, $1; Wm. Chapman, $1; George Raines, $1; C. M. Thornton, $1; Ed Lovel, $2; A. G. Blekley, $5; Howard Lovel, $5; Wm. Kalasitis, $10.
THE ROYALTON NEWS FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 1923
"DAREDEVIL ARTIE" HERE LABOR DAY
Lieutenant Arthur C. Brown of Mt. Vernon, Ill. and Daredevil Lowery, commonly known as Daredevil Artie, will furnish a great attraction here on Labor Day, Monday September 3.
Daredevil Artie will make a death defying leap from Lieut. Browns' big Curtis airplane from a height of 5,OOO feet while traveling at 100 miles an hour. Daredevil Artie has made many such jumps this season throughout the state and also in Indiana, and the people of Royalton and vicinity are promised a rare treat along this line.
Lieutenant Brown will be here all day on Labor Day and will carry passengers. He will use the field just southwest of the Ball Park.
(This Information Taken From The 1993 Round-Up Booklet. No corrections made.)