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3 ! tO O i,,a .b . ,.: Louise Ey to Celebrate 95th Birthday Louise Ey, a lifelong resident of Mt. Pulaski, will be 95 years old April 15, 2014. To help her celebrate this milestone, her family of nieces and nephews will gather for a birthday hinch in her honor Saturday, April 26. Louise was born in the house in which she still lives, a fact that still amazes all who know her. She was the fifth and last child of Charles and Louise Ey. Charlie Ey, as he was called, came to Mt Pulaski in 1904 and started a bakery business on South Washington Street. The following year, he returned to Lake Geneva, WI to marry his sweetheart, Louise Von der Hyde, who had just turned 18. They lived above the bakery for a short while before buying the house at 214 LaFayette Street, which was just behind the bakery. There they raised their family that included Otto, Lillian (Hutchcraft), Carl (Bill), Vincent (Cap), and Louise. Louise was still in high school when Brooks Atcheson suggested to her father that he move the bakery up to the square. He said the ladies did not like to walk by so many taverns to get to the bakery. So in 1936, the bakery was moved to the south side of the square where it remained. As soon as the children were old enough, they all worked in the bakery. Louise clerked on Saturdays while in high school and then continued to work there full-time after she fin- ished school. In 1939, she went to Chicago and took a cake- decorating course at the Wilton School of Decorat- ing. After she returned, she took over all the deco- rating of the cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other significant occasions. If you were married in Mt Pulaski between the years of 1940 and 1953, you probably had a beautiful wedding cake decorated by Louise. Louise's brothers were all gone during World War U, and so she, along with her mother and father, ran the bakery with very little extra help. It was a very bus time for the bakery business; since S0 many women w.ere 0rkin.g during the war, they bought more baked goods instead of baking them- selves. Louise's father retired on his 75th birthday in 1953, and so Louise had to find new employment after working in the bakery for over 17 years. She worked for a while at Wagners' Appliance in town, but then went .t Brown's Business College in Springfield in order to prepare for an office position, which she soon found withthe Illinois Department of Revenue. She was with Revenue a little over 17 years. In the meantime, Vonderlieth Living Center opened, and she was approached about working in their housekeeping and dietary departments. She thought it might be interesting to get back in the food business, so she resigned from Revenue and worked at Vonderlieth from October 1973 to 1977 managing the housekeeping and kitchen staff. How- ever, with retirement needs looming, she knew she would be better off returning to a State position if she could. Her old managers at Revenue were de- lighted to have her back, and she worked in that de- partment again from 1978 until November 1986, at which time she retired after 26 and a half, years with the State. After both parents deceased, Louise continued to live in the family home and always played an active role in the lives of her brothers and sister, who all lived in Lincoln or Mt. Pulaski. As they aged, she provided comfort and assistance to her siblings and their families in a myriad of ways. Her sister, LiUian Hutchcraft, lived at Vonderlieth for 18 months be- fore her death, and Louise visited herevery day. Her brother, Cap suffered from macular degeneration in his late 80s and Louise became his main driver and helper so he could continue to live in his home. Her oldest brother, Otto, also depended on her after he was widowed. She drove him to many of his ap- pointments and in fact, Louise is still driving - she just took and passed her driver's exam, which gave her the ability to drive for another year! Louise has two nephews, Dr. John Ey and Ga/:y Ey, both sons of Otto and Pauline Rothwell Ey. John lives in Portland, OR and Gary lives in Springfield. She has one niece, June Hutchcraft Reich, who lives in Western Springs, IL, who is the daughter of Mar- vin and Lillian (Ey) Hutchcraft. They, along with their families, are all looking forward to sharing this monumental birthday with her and feel blessed that she is a part of their lives. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.