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+ EDITION (Tlmes-NewL Mr. Pulaski, Ill.) THURSDAY, JULY 1 1961 Debut In Puloskl - el Show When 3 Years Old Note: The (rtoon op- in the Times. 1947. article about appeared in a City Paper in 1930: band blared its in front of the theater in Mt. A great eventw in Mt. Pulaski, was out en masse. 3-year-old clutched her bobbed along of patrons, which l the door. when the with its roll at laboriously hoist- gorgeous - seated in a and singing melo- Colorful minstrels first theatrical of Vaugh De Leath left its indelible now famous sing- night on, she to sing her- Leath, known as radio girl",,, and of radioland, and star on the program, who anniversary in January. The con- by millions of hout the night. favorite contralto she was direct- and at 12 song. Vaughn many songs i and several months i an old for- found one of "Old Glory," received on the Armis- In her- teens, was the first sex to send pro- air, and long present elab- were thought Into the odd little in the old in New and told stories that originally on a 1904 mod. to an eager audi- affrnateur expert- Lie and wireless was the first lrd by radio in and she is of the soft, mel- which has she re. letters from her renowned to advice on to the contralto, was born of Prevent breaking each, in the early there was a flashed frantic- us singers notes which en- apparatus. a number of Ughn De Leath VOice, studied for tone expression of human voice, singing SWeep America most popular and her Con- always filled recipients of She loves programs central over a that include: WGY, WSM, etc. LITTLE MOMENTS IN BIG LIVES P ir F Ill T14[: AG OF T/EE tAJ TI  VILLAGE A41NS'TiEL -  A-r AT. Pljj.k'l. ILL., NOTED foundation of SIq =IAL INTERVIEW WITH J erected there" the monument Idll[[t[[ I With a large number of old SINGER ON LAST VISIT bllb t family friends and relatives present to attend the services, Broadcasting Company network with which most of her radio years have been spent. She recollects her start, in en- tertaining -- at the age of three years she stepped out upon the stage of the old Scroggin opera sored by a tire company. In the years that followed Miss De Loath grew in fame. Before her trans-Atlantic broadcast, re- ceived in seven of Europe's largest cities, she had experi- ence broadcasting in the World Tower Building in New York City soon after Dr. Lee DeForrest, a close friend, had developed the audition, a radio tube which makes modern reception possible without the use of earphones. Vaughn De Loath is the pro- fessional pseudonym of Leonore Vonderlieth, daughter of Mr and Mrs. George W. Vonderlieth, Mt. Pulaski. She loves her home town dearly, so much she said "that I came hundreds of miles out of my way Monday to visit Mt. Pulaski." She left Tuesday night for Oklahoma City where she is featured on a radio show of 39 weeks duration from WKY, spon- sored by a coffee company, to be broadcast over the National First Woman's Voice To Be Heard Over Trans-At]anfic Radio. Editor's Note: This specicd in- terview with Vaughn DeLeath appeared in the State Register at Springfield, SepL 3, 1941, while she was visiting old friends in Mount Pulaski. RADIO PIONEER With the melody and lyrics of one of Stephen Foster's immortal compositions firmly in her mind, and preparing to sing in a way designed for safety's sake, a young lady stood amidst a maze of odd apparatus one evening in 1920 in Newark, N.J. 15 minutes later, Vaughn De Loath had made history. tiers was the first woman's voice transmitted across the At- lantic ocean by radio, and her song styling became known as crooning, which was destined for a long life. Miss De Loath was selected for this important ex- periment because Okeh Record- ings of her "new tangled" type of singing was considered by radio experimentalists as ideal for transmission -- and it was safer. High soprano notes more than often shattered the delicate radio tubes of those days, and cut short any program in pro- gress at the time. In a very short time, Vaughn De Leath became known as "the original radio girl," as well as being credited with the origina- tion of crooning. Later she was dubbed "the first lady of radio." Quickly then, she was signed to appear on a radio program spon- Rev. Ray O. Zumstein, pastor of the St. John's Lutheran Church, stood before a number of beau- tiful floral tributes and conduct- ed an impressive service. He spoke, of the life of Vaughn De Loath from the time she attend- house in Mt. Pulaski. A second ed the Sunday School of that later she ran from the spotlight ichurch, on through the years to crying. Removing the burned]become so well known in music cork makeup, her mother discov-] and inradio work. ered that Leonore was broken He " er Mrs. Alma Cunning- out with measles. At 6 years Miss ham, of Los Angeles, Calif., who De Loath went to California to came East a short time before study music m began recording her sister died, remained in New at 19 years, has been with radio 21 years. For sentimental reasons she has kept a letter received in 1919 from which she quoted this state- ment made by a fan: "You have inaugurated a form of entertain- ment which will no doubt be- come very popular in the near future." Of radio she had to say "it is York City on business in con- !nection with settling the estate. She arrived here in her old home city, last week, with the ashes of Vaughn De Loath. Home Talent Play of 1897 On Tuesday. Nov. 9, 189'7, an the largest contribution to Amer- interesting home-talent produc- ican culture since the invention i lion was given in Scroggin Opera of motion pictures. The movie] House, Mount Pulaski, Ill., en- educates the visual side of cul- titled "An Evening of Fun at the ture; radio appeals to the high- i Union Depot," as a benefit for or, educational culture." ] the Public Library. The perform- Miss DeLeath also claims to ante was sponsored by the Mt. be the most televised woman in Pulaski Woman's Literary Club, America, that is until a year a- with W. H. Clear as manager. go. It is her opinion that televis-[ Although the program has ion is suffering lack of develop-lbee n published before in the ment now because of commerc ...... tHmes-ews, we are going to fe- tal difficulties, insufficient sets .... real ex nse and defense  peat tne names o! those comprls- and g PC " , ing the cast of characters as fol- production. I lows: ' e has broadcast from most Sh I Arthur F. Clark, Mrs. C. H. Otis, S rtnc' al cities in of Europe' p" .ip !" , " "lOscar Huck. X. F. Beidler, Alma Parls w* ere she sang r eluding " , ". . . I Vonde lieth, Will Wacaser, Oscar atop the Eiffel Tower; has oeen I Danner Mrs Anna Eminger, b many of the na I sponsored y " Gene C'. Clear: W. T. Lushbaugh, tionally known products; and is Mae Fowler, Eugenie Duboce, familiar with many of radio's top Della Washburn, Almira Cheney, entertainers of the day. Willliam Louis F. Myers, Marie Werlich, Garrity, engineer on the Atlantic Dr. Will A. Swain, Sam Myers, broadcast for Miss De Loath, re- cently supervised the recording of the 4-track sound accompany- ing the motion picture, "Fan- tasia," considered the greatest production attempt with sound to date. MEMORIAL S00VICE FOR RADIO STAR (Oct. 14, 1943) It was a solemn scene of un- ]sual interest in Mount Pulaski emetery at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 1943, when memorial services were held at the grave in the Vonderlieth family lot for Vaughn De Leath, internationally Known as the "First Lady of Radio". The famous star's ashes were received in the city about two weeks ago, and placed in the :; 7 i Ada Clark, W. H. Stafford, Mrs. Flora Mitchell, Virgie : $medley, Beryl Otis, Marguerite Clear, Don Beidler, Tommy Leahy, Burnie Lonnecker, Mrs. Perry Hills, Emma Tutwller, Mrs. H. F. Lushbaugh, Fannie Ralston, Jeannette Ralston, Earl Eminger, Mrs. W. H. Stafford, Herman S. Bekemeyer, Vlrgilia Pumpelly, Grace Snyder, Herbert N. Capps, Charles H. Otis, Mrs. X. F. Beid. let, Mrs. George A. Huck, Mrs. J. F. Lucas, Clarence A. Mayer, and others. Those In Business In 1897 This performance was 'given a long time ago, but calling your attention to it once more Is to tell who were in business in Mr. Pulaski at the time. Many of our readers will no doubt remember and enjoy reading their names. Following are those having ads on the program folder: Willis W. Snyder, tailor. 5It. Pulaski Steam Laundry, Fred A. Schafer, Prop. William Mann, Meat Market. First National Bank. R. S. Hershey, Furniture and Undertaking. H. J. Mayer & Co., General Mer. chandise. West & Son, Electric Light Plant. Dr. P. H. Oyler, Physician and Surgeon. C. D. Streeter, Lumber. Walter W. Mayer, Jeweler. W. F. Starz & Co., Flour Mill and Elevator. Charles C. McKellar, Cigar Manufacturer. John Christmann, Barber; Louis F. Weidenbacher, as- sistant. Irvin Eminger, Cigar Menu- tact urer. Ralston & Snyder, Contractors & Builders. Mt. Pulaski Poultry House, f. T. Clark, Buyer. Mt. Pulaski Wind Mill Co. David Diamond, Clothing. Scroggin & Son, Farmers Bank. J. P. Fowler, General Merchan. dise. Robert Turley, Meat Market. Scroggin Hotel, R. F. Smithers, Prop. Mr. Pulaski House, Walter Mc Graw, Prop. Will S. Bonnell, Carriage Paint. er. Clobes & Anderson, General Blacksmithing. A. M. Rummer, Carriage and Wagon Repairing. John L. Beidler, Druggist. L. O. Addleman, Restaurant & Bakery. C. H. Otis, Tinner & Plumber. Mrs. C. K. Roberts, Notion Store Mrs. O. T. Capps, Millinery. S. H. Newlin & Son, General Merchandise. F. M. Schulcr, Drugs. Joe A. Horn, Attorney-at.Law. The Globe Lunch Room, oppos. ire Hotel Jenner. E. A. Danner & Son, Clothiers. C. F. Schafer, Hardware. Dr. J. H. Evans, Dentist. llotel Jenner. James J. Snyder, Hardware. The Mr. Pulaski Weekly News. Myers Bros., Clothing. W. A. Drobisch, Shoes. ttarmon F. Lushbaugh, Jeweler luis H. Drobisch, Barber, Rigg & Jones, Physicians and Surgeons. Mrs. Anna Drobisch, Millinery. Shoup & Buckles, Hardware & Notions. John W. Seyfer, Druggist. Bekemeyer & Clear, General Merchandise. A. K. Shride, Furniture & Un- dertaking. Homestead of Vaughn De Loath on $. Marion St. / - : +