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........  :Will|Hlll/BllOIllliIMl( ,llllllllllllIgHml[|WlllilioltI!l]!Jll!llllJLilllmlllilJiM Mt. Pulaski 175 th Anniversary 6 L Historical Sketches #3 in a series ![ By phil Bertoni } Shortly after the passing of his frst wife, Jabez Capps mar- ried Elizabeth Baker and moved his family to Mt. Pulaski in 1836, where he had ten more children. r Jabez continued his old London [ family tradition of excelling in merchandizing when he set up one of the finest trading posts  around in Mt. Pulaski. He had " also set up one in Springfield in , 1824. = From a shuttered town site nearby Albany (where Abraham t Lincoln had surveyed this poten- tial town-site several years Jabezwas elected Recorder of ( before), Capps moved a structure Logan County in 1839 whenit was - to his purchased lot in Pulaski: organized and separated from "lot 10. block 14, on the west Sangamon County that year, a t side of the square. In 1838, this position he held for eight years. , '* building was enlarged and made He was also appointed postmas- full two stories, Mr. Capps and ter of Mt. Pulaski on March 2, family moving into the upper 1838. serving in that capacity  story and the store being con- until January7,1854. Cappscon- ducted in the lower story. The tinued his mercantile business stone for the foundation came until 1858, when he retired and from Rocky Ford, 16 miles away. then went into a nurseryventure ' The building was 30 feet square, with his son. Charles C. with attic and cellar. For many While Jabez was joined by years, it was known as 'Capps these two other men: in the .= Headquarters'. It was torn down founding of Mt. Pulaski - Dr. ii:!:iiii!} in 1867 to make room for a more iii!!;;i#:!:':'i, pretentious structure." Settlers BartOnw. TurleyRbinsn- he neverthelessand Georgehas  -::.,i from miles around came to become theprincipal"Founding  ii-'-'.:,:. ..... Capp's store to purchase their Father" of Mt. Pulaski. Indis- goods, often with "'peltry of war- putably, this new town would not ious kinds that Mr. Capps took have taken off so quickly and :iliiiii i iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!i I iiiiiii!iii:i)! ii to Springfield and exchanged for so completely without the help goods". However, mostofJabez's of his two friends. Yet, Jabez '!i:il  purchases were in St. Louis. appears to be the prime mover These were shipped up the Mis- - the catalyst - the one who cor- MeghanMresignsheretterfintenttplaybasketbaatLinclnClege.Thesigningtkpace sissippi and Illinois Rivers to railed his yearning for a new Friday, April 9 TM in the Mt. Pulaski High School Library while family and friends looking on. Pekin. where he hauled them town together with similar rest- Times Photo onto Mt. Pulaski in wagons, less hankerings of his associ- ates. Jabez apparently inspired IJOHNSON O.,d his two friends to go along with him in this new venture. And. he outlasted both of them - spend- ing much of his remaining sixty HARDWARE   GARDENS START RIGHT. START HERE." years serving Mt. Pulaski in war- .  ious capacities. He died on April Full Service Hardware Store & Greenhouse b00-ner water, pure and simple, sprawlingl" 1896. in townhiS belovedof Mt. Local Friendly Service OpenrOaysaWeek [! i I I [ pl ilVA,/[ =.] il :a l,I, l= [ (.:11 lacking just five months of being Mon. - Fri. 7:30Am - 6Pm -  " a century old. Independently Owned & Operated Sat. 7:30Am - 5Pm Water Softeners -Iron Filters - Bottled Water 735 4450 A duke was hunting in the forest and www.facebook.comljohnsontruevalue Sun. lOAm - 3Pm 318 N. Chicago St. - Lincoln - he came across a tree. Washington St.- Mt. Pulaski 792-5911 Joel and Deanna Jacobs, Eddie Combs roer targets were painted on 423 S. it and smack in the middle of each was an arrow. After continuing through the forest for New Spring Menu a fewmileshecameacrossasmall MotoreTle Insuxance boy carrying a bow and arrow. Even- That Goes the Distance tually the boy admitted he shot the arrows in the center of all the targets. r 'You didn't just walk up to the targets ,,, ....,.,- and hammer the arrows into the PEKIN" did you?' asked the duke, 'No. I shot them from a hundred paces. tsul cE I swear it by all that I hold holy.' 'That is truly astonishing,' said the duke. '1 hereby admit you into my ser- vice.' The boy thanked him profusely. 'But I must ask one favor in return,' the ;@i duke continued. 'You must tell me how you came to be an outstanding shot.' 'First I fire the arrow at the tree, and then I paint the target around it', said the boy. M Affordable Motorcycle Insurance from Pekin Insurance ' and your local Pekin Insurance Agent is peace of mind while your bike is in gear. 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