Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on June 11, 1913.
Aeroplane will be feature of big celebration July 4th
Visitors in Dixon July 4th will be treated to one of the most interesting sights to be seen on this earth, a man-bird in action.
A Curtiss bi-plane, operated by one of the most expert airmen in the business, will make two big flights in Dixon between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 4th this year.
Charles Miller and Eli Rosenthal arrived home from Chicago last night where they signed up the United Fair and Booking company for the big attraction.
It is going to cost considerable money to put on the aeroplane exhibition, but the committee believes it is a good investment to get a good machine and operator.
The airship will, as stated above, make two flights during the day. The operator will sail and circle over the city many times, and the people here will have a fine chance to view him.
It will be worth coming many miles to see, and there is no doubt that the flights will be viewed by at least 30,000 people.
Auto owners can assist in big day
Every automobile owner in Dixon and vicinity who wishes to aid in making July 4th the biggest day in the history of Dixon can be of material assistance with absolutely no trouble to themselves. The way to help is very simple, and it is hoped that every autoist in the city will respond to the call and get in the game “FOR DIXON.”
The advertising committee for the big celebration has secured a lot of attractive banners bearing words, “Dixon, July 4,” and these banners were secured for automobiles.
Therefore, every auto owner is asked to help in the work by securing one of these banners from Charles E. Miller at the Boynton-Richards store, and fastening it to his auto so that every person who sees his car will know and be reminded that everyone in Northern Illinois is coming to this city on the nation’s birthday.
will lose jobs
The Tice good roads bill, which passed the Illinois House by overwhelming majority and which is expected to go through the Senate, will legislate two highway commissioners out of jobs in every township unless the voters at referendum decide in favor of three.
The bill provides for one township highway commissioner, but an amendment adopted on second reading provides that if three highway commissioners are desired in a township, the number may be determined upon at a referendum election. This provision won the support of the Illinois Township Highway Commissioners’ association.
One of the important local offices created by the Tice bill is that of county superintendent of highways.
He must be an efficient engineer, appointed by the county board subject to approval by the state highway commission. His salary is fixed by the county board.
With the expected passage of the bill by the Senate, a flock of candidates for county superintendent of highways will probably spring up, and the proposition of retaining three highway commissioners in many townships will probably be voted upon at the next town election.