Thursday, December 27, 2012

Princeville Holiday Tournament

This year is the 85th year for Princeville High School Holiday Tournament.  We believe it is the oldest annual holiday tournament in the State of Illinois.  The tournament has been the week following Christmas.  In the past few years, the PHS girls basketball team has also hosted a tournament on the same days as the boys tournament.  This year, the tournament started yesterday and runs through December 28. 

To coincide with the Holiday Tournament, we thought it would be fun to share a program from the 1930 - 1931 Holiday Tournament.  The tournament ran from December 31, 1930 to January 3, 1931.  This would have been the 3rd year the tournament was in existence.   In 1931, Princeville placed second in the tournament, losing to East Peoria.  Teams in the tournament included East Peoria, Chillicothe, Elmwood, Toulon, Glasford, Princeville, Dunlap and Brimfield.  Do you remember any of the businesses at the bottom of the program?  Miller's Cafe which also advertises it sells candy and cigars.  German's Billiards Parlor also had a full service fountain.  The Telephone was the weekly newspaper that brought all the important local news.  Murphy's Cafe was located on the north side of the 100 block of East Main Street.

The program is from the collection of Dorothy Harrison Westefer which was donated to the museum by her daughter, Nancy Westefer. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Princeville Girl Scouts Mid 1920s



A recent genealogy request led us to dig up this photo.  This is a photo of the Princeville Girls Scouts circa 1920s.  What a great group of girls!  As with many of our old photos, you will recognize many of the well known family surnames of former and current Princeville families.  Handwritten on the  back of the photo the girls are identified as follows:

Front Row: Ruth Henry, Vivian Vogel, Thelma Fredell, Eleanor Matthews, Virginia Henson, Gladys Muller, Elizabeth Gray.

Second Row:  Eleanor Streitmatter, Glyda Swisher, Mary Auten, Margaret Friedman, Berna Best, Jane Auten, Helen Weaver, Grace (last name illegible), Earlene Weaver.  Please note that there are more girls in this row than names.

Third Row:  Helen Callery, Ina Kelly, Zoe Best, Clara Campbell, Elva Hines, Mrs. Haley, Virginia Rice, Eloise Bliss, Franchon Hammer, Eileen Aten, Miss Driscoll, Fern Arnold, Helen Walliker, Doris McWhorter.

Fourth Row:  Helen Potter, Shirley Stumpf, Vivian Stowell, Ethelyn Walliker, Gwendolyn Henson, Frances Simmons, Mary Campbell, Josephine Slane, Veneta Gruner, Nola Arnold.

The photo is from the Eleanor Matthews collection.