PAHS – Prophetstown Christmas Circa 1920

Standing on Washington Street in December 1923 is Prophetstown Mayor George Sidney Brydia. Brydia was a local grocery store owner (Brydia’s Blue Ribbon Grocery),
Prophetstown Area Historical Society archivist Fred South has put together some highlights from the 1923 Christmas edition of the Prophetstown Echo.
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Submitted by PAHS Archivist Fred South

Christmas has changed immensely in the past century especially the way in which various aspects of it were covered by the the local media.

Prophetstown Area Historical Society archivist Fred South has put together some highlights from the 1923 Christmas edition of the Prophetstown Echo.

A Prophetstown Christmas 1923

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  1. George Brydia was married to Effie Petty. I believe Effie was my grandfather O. P. Petty’s sister; I am George O. Petty, son of H. Morton Petty (O. P.’s only son–he had two daughters, Ruth Ella and Louise). I and my family visited Prophetstown in 1955 in the course of relocating O. P. and my grandmother Jessie (Paddock) to our home town of Berkeley, California. George Brydia (who as I recall was childless) offered to fund my college education if I would attend the University of Illinois in Champagne. When I began college in the fall of 1957, the University of California was virtually free, and that’s where I ended up. But of course I’ve never forgotten the offer!

  2. I delivered the Sterling Gazette to Mr Brydia when I was about 12 yo. Wasn’t he also a state representative?

    1. Hi Greg, yes he was. From the article, “Standing on Washington Street in December 1923 is Prophetstown Mayor George Sidney Brydia.
      Brydia was a local grocery store owner (Brydia’s Blue Ribbon Grocery), located at 304, then 314
      Washington Street. He was also mayor of Prophetstown from 1920-1929. After that he spent many
      years representing our district in the Illinois General Assembly. He was still active when we moved to
      Prophetstown in August 1964. He always dressed in a fine suit with a silk tie and a flower in his lapel.”

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