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e Kiick tion Mount Pulaski Times-News Week&apos;s issue printed an ar- and two pictures of Mr. and George E. Kiick, of Latham, their 50th wedding an- celebration held at the Methodist church on VCed- March 19, 1941. Since then Titer on Lhe Decatur Sun- and Review, interwiew- and Mrs. Kiick, had the interesting article about in ]a.st Sunday's issue: the bridal couple and 40 relatives sat down to a din- for them in the chur- by the ladies aid so- of the church. four-layer white cake, by a bride and bride- provided the last course, Kiick, in the tradition of parties, carved the first Use Same Ring Same Wedding ring was us- .the golden wedding cere- that Mr. Kiick slipped on slender finger 50 years "I Udn't want any new one," Kiick says, emphatically. I<iick USed to do a great of baking and canning, as did farm Wives, but for the last Years her health has not good and she has kept quiet herself a little." She that frozen foods and meats so good that there is little for the houseife to kill her- at canning time any more. Kiicks have travelled a deal, and Mrs. KAick is al- particularly interested in his- Tk Mount Pulaski THEATRE FRI. AND SAT. March 28 and 29 00lrlyillS" with 8od _ Russell Hayden Andy Clyde Also Chapter 7 of the Serial "WHITE EAGLE" SUN.  AND MaN. March 30 and 31 "The Howards ol I/irpeia" with Grant Marha ScoH WED. AND THURS. April 2 and 3 "A Ilight at, Earl gzrroll s with Lillian CornelI Naish and end Cobina The Chestnut Hatchery "Brain-TrusF' In Conference :lub of which they belong. Widely Known Farmer Mr. Kiick, who is 74, is ndety in Macon and Logan coun- :ies as a farmer and land owner. At one time he ranked as one of the most extensive farm operators in Macon county; hiS largest farm was a two-section tract near War- rensburg. He liquilated his larger hldings a number of years ago and since then has operated on a much smaller scale. He is still active, however, as a real estate dealer in and around Latham. "They've been trying to keep me from working so much, and maybe they're right," he said the other afternoon while chatting from his easy chair in the family living room. 'I'he only times my wife ever scolded me was for being late i at meals and for working too harCk" German vs. IriSh :Mr. Kiick is of German parent- age and l-,is wife of equally pure Irish extraction. His father and mother, John and Katharine Kiick, were both born in Germany. Mrs. Kiick's father, Matt Vaughan, was born in Ireland, and her mother, also Irisl was born in Cythiana, Ky. : Born in Mount Pulaski, Mr. Kiick moved with his" parents :when a very small boy to a farm near Latham. Mrs. Kiick's maid- en name was Marie Antoinette Vaughan, and she ,was born on a a few miles east of I.thazn. two got acquainted in the little village school at Itham. Ma__rrled in Rain When she was 17 and he wa 2 they were married in the Vaughan farm home at noon on Marc 19, 1891, while a hea;T rainstorm beat down upon the house. i Without indulging n the luxury lot a honeymoon, they settled down at once to farming, on a place five miles south of Kenney. After three years they moved to a farm near ltlmm. Both worked hard, and Mr. Kiick kept investing his savings in farm land. They moved to Decatur so !that their sons, Lester, now 49, and Elmer, who is 47, could attend high school. Both boys from Decatur high school, both attended Millikin University where they were basketball staxs. Lester was captain of the Milli- kin basketball team in the academ ic year 1913-14, and Elmer in 1914- 15. Elmer's team won the cham- pionship is the hit% 19 confer- eece, and Lester's team finhed the& who had gone out to basketball fan in those years. Several times, when the bcJys' teams would have a crucial game coming up he would hop on a train and come lome to see the Millikln :team play, taking a train back to I Iowa next morning. After a few years of hard work, he organized a drainage project that greatly increased the value of his Iowa land which he later sold. While in Decatur, the family liv- ed for a time in the 300 block i North Edward street, and later at 348 West Prairie avenue. With his Iowa profits, Mr. Kiick :added greatly to his Central Illi- nois land holdings. On many of his farms he built tenant homes and hired men with families to op- erate them. His operations became so extensive he had 50 to 75 men employed on his farms. "Planning their programs, which were subject to sudden interrup- tion through changes in the weath er, was even harder work then I was doing in the early days when I got up at 4 a.m. to do the chores and get out into the field with my team," the veteran farmer and trader recalled last week. "I used to sit up nearly all night planning those work programs." Great Travelers The Kiicks have traveled exten- sively-about the only diversion they ever have allowed themselves. /_,ester, who lives with hi parents at Latham, and Elmer, who home is at Sheffield, Ala.; the Re). George V. Stoddard, Decat- ur, former pastor of the Baptist church in Latham; the Re). 1P. James Kranz, "Decatur, present )astor rf the Methc>dist church in Latham and who officiated at the anniversary ceremonies at the al- tar, arid by Mrs. Kiick. A poem, which she had written for the oc- casion, was read by Mrs. Charles Culp, Latham, a sister of Mr. Kiick. The three grandchildren were unable to be present. Lester's son, Edgar Allen Kiick, 25, is in the army; Elmer's son, Richard, 20, is in the army aviation corps, and Elmer's daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 17, is in high school in Sheffield, Ala. PAMA CLUB GUESTS AT G. F. 'AIT HOME Members of the Pg.Ma Club met at the home of Dr. and Mrs. G. IP, Wait on Thursday evening for a six thirty dinner which was fol- lowed with four tables ef bridge. Awards were made to Mr. and Mrs. John Hershey for best soor, and a gnest prize was given Mrs. H. J. Wible who returned that Bricff remarks also were made!day from a nine weeks visit in after the dinner by the two sons, California. _, CLAUDE UPP CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF THE Cify of Mount Pulaski CORDIALLY SOLICITS YOUR SUPPORT ELECTION TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 1941 Mr. L'pp states that if elected he will endeavor to fltl this office to the best of his ability and for the best interests of the residents of Mount Pulaski. H ... u.,,B., , [ ELMER MIER REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE OF PEACE MOUNT PULASKI TOWNSHIP Will Appreciate Your Support i ELECTION TUESDAY, APRIL I, 1941 i [ i IIIIIiii Help "Uncle Sam" in his Defense Program! TO ALL CHICKEN RAISERS: The U. S. ARMY will use a vast number of eqqs. The new army ration calls for "an ecjg a day" for each man in the entire army. This you know w;ll tremendously increase the con- sumption of egqs. There are expected to be I,S00,000 men ;n actual train- inq and drillinq by July tint. Order your Chestnuf Baby Chicks N O W and you wl be prepared to help feed this vast army for Chestnut Chicks are fast qrowen and early layen. ALL RAISE CHESTNUT CHICKS And you will have the eqqs and also increased protih. ORDERS GIVEN IMMEDIATE ATTENTION Chestnut Hatchery CHESTNUT MOUNT PULASKI Phone 560-B Phone 57 :!i!