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February 5, 2011 Good Old Days By Mike Lakin 70 Years Ago - Feb. 1941 Mary Lee Mayer, Mt. Pulaski's oldest resident, died at 96. She was born Nov. 9, 1844 in Ohio. She came to Mt. Pulaski at 16 in 1860 in the service of Rev. & Mrs. Young - Pastor of the German Evan- gelical Church on S. Washington St. She married Samuel Mayer on Sept. 15, 1862. Regular, twice a day, bus service started between Peoria and Decatur. Several regular stops were established including Mt. Pulaski, Latham, and Warrensburg. Carter Pharmacy was the Mt. Pulaski bus stop. Mt. Pulaski's Women's Club held "Ai for Brit- ain" Tea. Mt. Pulaski Fire Dept designated one of the trucks as a country fire truck for rural fires. 15 dogs were poisoned and killed the night of Feb. 9, 1941 in Lake Fork. During a Lincoln Day lunch, John Vetter, 82, told about - at the age of, 6 - climbing aboard Lincoln's funeral train in Lincoln and viewing the body of the slain president. 60 Years Ago - Feb. 1951 Rain, sleet, and snow caused a power outage. CILCO worked on restoring power for a half-hour at a time so residents could have power for coal stokers for furnaces. It was called an unusual power outage. Mt. Pulaski Times Measles were keeping students out of schools in : ..... the area. Some grade school classes had as few as two children in attendance. 50 Years Ago - Feb. 1961 Men could buy "clean shave permits" for $1.25 during the Siltennial. If you did not have a permit, you were expected to grow a beard. State of Illinois was working to eliminate 800 of the state's 1800 school districts. The target was high schools under 250 students and grade schools under 200 students. Personal ID tags were available at City Hall. The Federal government issued the chrome steel tags to be worn or carried at all times. The tags had personal informa- tion about the wearer and could withstand 3700 degrees of heat. It was a nationwide identification to be used in the event of a nuclear attack. Mrs. George Meister gave a presenta- tion about Mt. Pulaski and its founding in 1836. She wore a dress that had been in her family since 1836. The First National Bank olTered $10,000 home mortgages with a monthly payment of $55.23. The Mt. Pulaski Post Office would be cancelling stamps with a special Mt. Pulaski Siltennial cancel- lation from July 22 - 29, 1961. 40 Years Ago - Feb. 1971 Harry Wible died Jan. 31, 1971 at the age of 78. He was born Aug. 21, 1892 and had been in the newspaper business for 60-years. The last 39-years, as the publisher-editor of the Times-News. The day he died was the last day .he owned the local paper. He had just completed the sale of the paper to new owners. Mr. Wible was a charter member of the Mt. Pulaski Rotary in 1936 and was involved-in many community activities over the years. 1,950 visitors signed in at the Mt. Pulaski Court- house for the week-long Lincoln's Birthday Celebra- tion. 15 In case you haven't been chilled yet.., an undated photo of one of the Illinois Central Railroad water tanks at Mt. Pulaski. The water system that supplied water to these tanks was constructed from Salt Creek to Mt. Pulaski by the railroad in the 1870s. When the railroad was dieselized in the 1950s the IC gave the water system to Mt. Pulaski. The system, since then, has been used to send city sewage to the city sewage pond. It's this 140-year-old system that Mt. Pulaski plans to replace sometime this year. FOR SALE -Murray Riding Mower, 40", $350 o/b/o, 412-6331 ..................................... FOR SALE - Welder Pro-9635 dual towers, exercise mach., $250, Mt. Pulaski 494-1102 BRAND NEW Warehouse Overstocks 30-60% Off Retail Living Room- Bedroom Mattress Sets Limited Quantities Can Deliver Springfield 217-361-1357 TOTAL QUALITY MERCHANDISE FOR SALE - Oak Roll Top Desk, (Dark Finish), Exc. Cond, $250 O/B/O, 792-5665. FOR SALE - Yamaha piano, almost brand new, 792-3984 or 414-5192. .............................................. FOR SALE - Homelite 4400-watt portable gem; Rheem gas furn.; Bryant HP/AC w/A-Coil; Aper - 792- 3480 FOUND - Grey tiger cat, bushy tail, female wll give to good home if unclaimed, 792-3313 leered .ImillyWm Free[sUture Call Shawn 414-5413 Indoor storage units available/ FOR RENT - 2 Bdrm Apt. wl garage, lease, references, 737- 0347 or 792-5313 ......................................... FOR RENT - Large 1 Bdrm Apt. central heat & A/C, garage, water, garbage & all appliances furnished, newly redecorated, new kitchen stove, cable, reasonable rent w/ view, 792-5645 or 553-6138 .............................................. FOR RENT - Avail. March; 1 bdrm. house; washer; dryer; stove; refrig.; sec. dep.; refers; non smoker. 792- 5363. SERVICES - In home summer child care, all ages, certified elem teacher, certified in CPR. Reason rates, and flex hours, Mt Pulaski, Call Megan 217-638-7886 FREE -Will pick up unwanted mowers, chainsaws, snowplows for free, Mt. Pulaski 217-414-2271: Leave message if no answer. WANTED - Buying Junk cars & trucks, FREE PICKUP, Comland 415-0438 or 750-2576 WANTED - Appliances, scrap metal, farm machinery 750-2576 WANTED - Daytime &/or night- time Home Health Caretaker in Mt. Pulaski. Caring for elderly woman, cooking, light housekeeping, and respite care. CN.A. cert or home health care ex preferred, but not necessary. Must pass background check, drug tested, and have at least 2 references. Call 217-429- 1574 after 5pm or 792-5980 after 5pm. Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town. COWBOY WISDOM Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco .............................................. COWBOY WISDOM #2 Those 50+ Beautiful efficiency and 1 bedroom apartment All utilities included! Ask about our MOVE-IN Special! RT. 121 & Main Street, Latham 217-433-7099 PUBLIC NOTICE TREE TRIMMING ACTIVITIES IN MT. PULASKI AND NEARBY AREAS TO THE PATRONS OF AMEREN ILLINOIS: Please be advised that Ameren Illinois will trim trees and other vegetation in and around the town(s) of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Our qualified utility arborists will trim trees and vegetation that could interfere with electric lines that run from pole to pole and elsewhere. This work is neces- sary in ol'der to minimize the likelihood of outages and safety hazards. There is no charge to you for this service. If you have any questions about this work, please call 1-800- 755-5000 or visit our website at You may address your concerns in the manner specified on our web- site. You may also call the Con- sumer Services Division of the Illinois Commerce Commission at 1-800-524-0795. Maps have been provided to the mayors and the county board chairper- sons of the affected areas. Sincerely, Ameren Illinois Forestry Department