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SIL.TENNTAL EDITION, (Tlmee.News, Mr. Pulaski, IlL) THURSDAY, JULY 1961 aughn De keath, Was First Lady of Radio of Famous Star Buried Cemetery De Leath passed from h;n Thursday, May 27, Hotel Statler, Buffalo, a heart complication. Mrs. Alma Cunning- Calif., was at the time of and later brought her to be interred in the Cemetery. Ing obituary appear- t Pulaski Times- Mount Pulaski was born in Sept, 26, 1894, George W. and Vonderlieth. Her years ago, and at moved with and sister Alma, to Calif., where she and made a of music. Leaving almost 25 years to New York City to music career, and as a composer. She composing al- ing Mills College she greatly instructor with a Voice, from contralto and they had per. to develop it. This to make her in- famous in the radio the professional ghn De Leath. In in 1920 her great Came when she was records. Dr. Invited her to sing telephone sta- &amp; Broadway. or other mus- in the studio in Tower building in when she )hone to sing and it was then known as the Whose singing voice the air. The early listening by crude crystal DeForest's expori- were enchant- day her popu- to grow, as ped. nto the imperfect of radio, she was i us  d ulcer Lgh note shlter a Thus she was originating the of singing. She radio field up to of her death. referred to as Radio Girl", and implanted in one of the AI- known as in her home she was as Leonore i all her " friends |erator of De Lea'l'h o $1,130 i, IS4) news dispatch- e late Vaughn of interest to Pulaski, her A story sent out thorn Bridgeport, follows: Tuesday at the estate of 'first lady of in Easton, un- came housewives restrictions on excit- to $1,130 -- a ceiling William T. of which estate and bonds and acquaintances, friends. One Of The Pioneers In The Early Mount Pulaski, the locale of my ignominous debut! Still I was only 3 years old and when the burnt cork was removed from my butter-ball face, I was found to have a nice case of measles! So I hope I shall have been forgiven. Perhaps I have been, but the story and a great amount of teas- ing linger on. There is a saying that nothing remains the same: that every- thing changes continually. I should like that amended to read, "almost everything". On my_ recent trip back to the Mount 1 found many things had chang- ed while other familiar land- marks remained the same. I was a very little girl when I left there, almost too young to re- member, and yet return visits as a youngster have helped to re- tain certain fond memories, so that this last time I could still recall remembrances of my child- hood. But what has become of Old Settlers' day? The bandsnd in the park? The post office in the square? Seroggin's Opera House? The Scroggin and Jenner Hotels? Some of them have gone forever, as you residents well know, while some of them have blossomed anew like a rose emerging from *Aibut paper and ink are getting Days Of The Ra,.,,Vlscarcer ,not just my suppiy__bu t /the government, is asking us to /conserve you know) and besides if you have read this far you have done very well. I hope that sometime we shall meet again. Who knows? Out of all the world I may choose the place of my birth as a haven to retire to. (If indeed I ever do re. tire!) One reporter seized upon the idea that "since my father was in the windmill business I had been air-minded since birth! Uncle Sam has a slogan "Keep 'era flying." So, dedicated to the Yankee Wind Mill, I shall para- phrase it by saying, "Keep 'Era Turning". With love and best wishes to all Mount Pulaskians, native or adopted, known or unknown, I remain, Your First Lady of Radio, Vauhn De Leath. cbrtened Leonore Yon tier Lleth. Vaucjhn DeLea'l'h Listed In ASCAP Biocjraphical I"Btue Bonnets" for Texas Cen- ',unu=enUlNG",.._....__.....__ REMINISCENT ,born on July" 4) von der Lieth,ltennia I Exposition" Honorable 'and his brother Adolph. I believemention, Oklahoma' m "Ranger. when the post office was dm ettes " : ! ' " '-'-J .'." Songs: "Drive Safely;' ;AMOUS NATIVE DAUGHTER mantled Mr. Oberm,ller gave the!"Hi Yo Silver ..... A Little Bit Of v= = ......   j box to my cousins Henry and i Sunshine ..... .,t " .... ,;el ....... lh,n ,,, . __ .-! X.,,|*- a bud. Our Lincoln Shrine cer-i Walter, and they in turn pre-nnets": "SveLw::'"'r:,ol': wro Dp'ltJ e,,, tainly will be a worthy commem- sented it to the Lincoln Shrine r, ,_.'._., ,,, :. _Y'-"'.'' , * ,,-'- zaauc, 1 wash t Lying on to a reat man and no w Fm Tirade-News After orati g -. i where it no reposes. So much lWhen I Said I lvr. vn.. .... l' ......... Vhil" Here In 19S , one will miss the post omcel for that. This. <'hanging. vorld ,  t ........ naun" 't een- vor-- "xou,-X-''J.ove'- then. The Jenner Hotel no doubtlmarches on but some Loganlls A Song; .... My Lover Comes is far more decorative and useful ..... . i coumy speclames remain the A-Riding; .... Rosemary For Re. By A Nadve Daughter as The Times-News office and lsame. Whether it be due to the imembrance;,, The Gingerbread The following was taken from |the ASCAP Biographical Diction- ary of Authors Composers and Publishors relative to Vaughn De Leath: , De Leath, Vaughn, composer, author, pianist, singer, actress, radio and recording artist; born, Mount Pulaski, Ill., Sept, 26, 1896; died in Buffalo, N.Y., May 28, 1943. ASCAP 1923. She was edu- Icated at the Pomona High School at Pomona, Calif.; and two years at Mills College, Calif. She be- gan writing songs at 1i years of age and in 1912, her first two compositions, "Glenwood Waltz- es" and "In The Twilight," were published. She was a concert stager in her early teens. In January, 1920, in New York, she was the first American wo- man to give a broadcasting pro. gram, under direction of Lee De- Forest, in the New York World Tower Building. She was man- ager.director and chief entertain- er in the New York Radio Station WDT. Hor acting engagements in- cluded the role of prima donna the Lionel Barrymore play, "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"; in vaudeville several years. She was presented a scroll by Gov. Aired of Texas for writing apartments. But, what has become of the band concerts? Radio may re- place these, but can it compen- sate the loss of them? As I re- call it those were magic Wednes- day nights when friends from far and near gathered in the old square and friendly nods and handclasps and conversations gladdened the week. Many of those friendly faces are .seen no more. Among them my beloved mother's and father's. What can compensate this loss? Alas nothing. However, the Yankee Wind Mill and the C. F. Schafer Hardware Company in both of which my father was a partner, seem to go on forever. Of special interest to me, too, is that post office box, a picture of which your editor so kindly printed in a recent issue of the Times-News Pictorial. Remem- ber? It once belonged to Abra- ham Lincoln (Springfield No. 3432) and when these boxes were transferred to Mount Pulaski, this particular box was assign- ed by S. IAnn Beidler, postmaster at that time, to the Wind Mill Company and consequently was used by my father, George W. (W. for Washington), as ne was I quality of the cream and milk,[ Brigade .... The Madonna's Lul- or the cunning of the hand that ilaby." fashioned it Logan County Ice ...,. ........  ........ _;_,_ "" is s C .... "  ruullners hole: i i12 [)OUJ W|llCll .... !Vaughn De Leath, has been pine- that same deliciousness that I re- member so well in that frozen ied in the Mount Pulaski Town- delicacy made in our family. It Iship Library in memory of the was good to see old faces and famous radio celebrity. places, and best of all to see some of my "kinfolks," as Bob 3urns would say. They, too, have distinguished themselves by cer. tain hobbies and parsuits. I sup- )ose many of you are familiar with their activities - my cousin Grace's tMrs. Ottmar Wagner) collection of crystal and glass, my cousin Walter's tSchafer) un- A great b]uster was made in 1840 over the supposed center of the state 8 or 10 miles south of here, a new city was to be laid off and made the capital of Ill- inois. Nothing more than a name "Capital City" was accom. plished. The first cabin in the newly laid.out town of Mt. Pulaski, was usual assortment of clocks, and built where the Beidler Drug cousin Annie's (Schafer) varied Stood. (The Aitchison Rexall needlepoint; cousin Albert's boy Store now marks the spot.) Frederick's (Lipp) collection of Beam & Rennis, Springfield, guns, and his wife Bertha's I built in 1847, the courthouse, now superlative needlepoint portrait, a Lincoln Shrine. Henry W. That is something you must see Vonderlieth took the contract for some day when you are over that laying the brick. A. E. Turley way.) to make and Leonard Scroggin hauled the Mr. Wible asked me brick. Adolph Weckel was mort- a few notes on my visit here, but I ar-maker and hod-carrier. Diet- he did not invite me to consume t rick Suedmeier and Henry Horn a whole page. Of course my remi. [ moulded the brick in Geo. W. niscenees could go on and on,[Turley's brickyard. / il i  i  ,;! i  i