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Vinegar Hill Info Search h Memory-- Koehler Nit. Pulaski Township Historical Society is looking for any informa- tion about Mr. Pulaski's "Vinegar Hill" days. Anything people would like to share, such as artifacts, pictures, memories, etc. is most needed. Mt. Pulaski became very well known for distilling and bootlegging alcohol to counties that had voted "dry" before national prohibition. There were also home stills that provided the local "white lightning brew". Passenger train conductors - know- ing a good number of passengers were looking for Mt. Pulaski alcohol - would announce... "All off for Vin- egar Hill" as the trains arrived at the Mt. Pulaski Depot. If you have anytlaing to help out with this project, contact Sue Shaft- enacker at 792-5693. in Memory Lee Herbert L. Lee November 30, 1919 April 20, 2012 Herbert L. Lee, 92 of Illiopolis passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Vonderlieth Living Center at Mt. Pulaski. He was born on November 30, 1919 in Elkhart, the son of Walter and Anna Wil- lard Lee. Herb married Olive Ann Cook on December 26, 1953 and she preceded him in death in 2000. He served his coun- try in the U.S. Army during W.W II and was a member of the American Legion Post for over sixty-five years. He was a member of the Resurrection Parish and K of C Council in Riverton. Herbert farmed part of his life and worked at DeKalb Poultry before his retirement. He was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth Lee. Sur- vived by his daughter Mari- lyn Lemire (Jerry) of West- mont, three sons David Lee (Teresa) and Paul Lee (Jill) all of Illiopolis and Jim Lee of Fayetteville, GA., grandchildren Josh Lee (Shelley), Michael Lee and Anna Lee all of Illiopolis, Step grandson Bob Lemire (AnNe) of Denver, Colorado, great granddaughter Olivia Lee, Step great granddaughters Ellery and Matin, his sister Alberta Simpson (Bryan) of Decatur. The funeral mass was April 24 at Res- urrection Parish in llliopolis. Reverend Joe Ring officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Illiopolis. Memorials: Resurrection Parish or the Illiopolis Athletic Association. Y NUMENTS. guarantee the lowest price for the highest quality monuments & craftsmanship Serving Families Since 1945 713 HICKOX DR.- LINCOtN 735-4939 Mon- Fri 9-5 Sat 9-Noon After Hours by Appt. manleymonuments@yahoo.eom iiiiiiiil Arnold A. "Mike" Koehler November 13, 1922 April 25, 2012 Arnold A. "Mike" Koehler, 89, of Mt. Pulaski died at 11:20 am Wednesday April 25, 2012. His parents, two brothers, and four sis- ters preceded him in death. Mike was born on November 13, 1922 in Lake Fork, the son of William and Bessie Sherwood Koehler. He married Bemiece A. Torbeck on April 15, 1948 in Mt. Pulaski. She preceded him in death on February 19, 2008. Mike is survived by children - Judith Ann (Michael) Coleman of Decatur and Michael(Donna) Koehler of Mt Pulaski; brothers- Dave (Bunny) Koehler of Morton and William G. "Pudge" Koe- hler of Lincoln; sister Betty Johnson of Marilyn L. Leonard Feb. 2, 1934 April 22, 2012 Marilyn L. Leonard, age 78, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Memo- rial Medical Center. She was born February 2, 1934, in Mt. Pulaski to Clarence and Dorothy (Shoup) Romer. She grew up in Mt. Pulaski and Niantic and spent summers with her uncle and aunt, Robert "Breck" and Mar- garet Breckenridge, in Polo. Marilyn graduated from Niantic High School, where she met James C. Leonard. She married him on July 2, 1952. They raised three sons and two daughters, built a farm and became active members of the llliopolis and Nianfic communities. She enjoyed playing cards, crochet- ing, knitting and always having a cat in the house, earning her the nickname "Grandma Kitty." Marilyn was an avid Mr. Pulaski Times Illiopolis; grandchildren - Joseph (Barbie) Coleman of Decatur, Jacob Coleman of Decatur, and Timothy and Sydney Koe- hler of Mt Pulaski. Mike was an army veteran who was a prisoner of war during WWII - he became a prisoner of war during the Battle of The Bulge on December 19, 1944 and remained a prisoner until April 25, 1945. Mike received the Victory Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, and the Overseas Bar. He was a member of Mt Pulaski American Legion Post# 447 and Mt Pulaski VFW Post # 777. Mike was a bus driver for Mt. Pulaski Township High School for 26 years where he really enjoyed all the children he had on his routes and was employed by the Mt. Pulaski Lumber Yard for 35 years. Services for Mike were Monday April 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, Mt Pulaski. Burial was in Mt Pulaski Cemetery with hill military rites accorded. Memorials: Mt Pulaski VFW Post # 777, Mt Pulaski American Legion Post #447, or Zion Lutheran Church in Mt Pulaski. Fricke Calvert Schrader Funeral Home, Mt Pulaski was entrusted with arrangements. sports fan, rooting for her children's and grandchildren's teams, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bulls. She especially cherished time with her family and was able to see six grandsons grow into young men. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy (Shoup) Romer, and aunts, Mildred Shoup and Margaret Breckenridge. She is survived by her husband, James C. Leonard of Niantic; children, Stephen (Jill) Leonard of Niantic, Mark (Colleen) Leonard of WoodstoCk, Ronald (Sally Geyston) Leonard of Illiopolis, Janet (Craig) Kararo of Springfield and Judith (David) Gray of Decatur; and six grand- children. Funeral Services were Friday, April 27, at Fullenwider-Park Funeral Home, Illiopolis. Memorials: llUopolis Public Library and the Illiopolis Food Pantry at the IUi- opolis Christian Church. Thursday - May 10, 2012