O'Fallon Progress

Our Town: Looking back at standout Davison

This week continues a look at the O’Fallon High School class of 1918, turning to Harold “Jack” P. Davison.

“Jack was born November 24, 1899, at O’Fallon, Illinois. Agriculture has many attractions for him and he takes great pride in being as sunburned as possible. He holds the record for being Jack of all trades and good in every one. He is quite popular with his instructors and fellow students because of his generous nature and willingness to do all he can to help anyone. He is a star at basket-ball and is noted for having held more offices in high school during his four years there, than any other high school graduate. He is extremely fond of chickens and likewise they of him. His favorite occupation is talking to the Jolly Four.”

Davison was captain of the basketball team. Track meets, usually held after basketball season, were dropped for the 1917-18 school year so the boys could help on the farms “to help raise food for the Allies” during World War I.

75 years ago, March 14, 1940. Due to the uncertainty of weather conditions at this time of year the Easter egg hunt for the kiddies annually sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary for a number of years will not be held this year. Not to disappoint the children, however, the Auxiliary has decided to give a free moving picture show at the O’Fallon Theatre instead on Saturday, March 23 beginning 2 o’clock. All children, up to 14, attending will receive appropriate Easter egg gifts and those under 12 will also be eligible for special prizes. Manager Lohr, of the O’Fallon, who has donated the use of his theater, announces that the picture program will consist of a Western feature picture, a comedy and an animated cartoon.

50 years ago, March 18, 1965. The past week or two saw a record number of business moves in O’Fallon. The Western Auto store moved from 105 West First street to Southview Plaza in a building that is also the new location of His Shop. The Plaza Drug store will expand and use the area formerly utilized by His Shop. Other moves in the downtown area include Fitch Florist moving into the Western Auto space and Lou’s Custom Floors into a new location at 117 East First street. O’Fallon Aquarium is occupying Lou’s former location at State and Vine.