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) Sinceri00/ of Vaughn DeLea00h Impresses Critic The rate Mrs. Augusta Rupp received a clipping from the Phil- adelphia Daily Chronicle, re- garding her niece, Vaughn De- Leath, written by a staff mem- ber in his column "Behind the Scenes," and it will be of inter- est to the many friends of this famous radio star, who was born in Mount Pulaski and is now making stage appearances. A Meeting With Vaughn DeLeath "Vaughn DeLeath first intro- duced herself to me about five years ago via my radio. Since then, both Miss DeLeath and I have agreed that her best num- ber is "The Toymaker's Dream". It has lingered in my mind ever since, and, doubtless, it is still in her blood. "You can understand, perhaps, that I was somewhat thrilled a day or two ago when I was privi- leged to interview this famous artist who is playing all this week at Fay's Theatre, 40th and Market Sts. "To get in the mood for the in- terview, I first watched her per- formance from the orchestra and, while observing, thought: 'Now here is an artist who is not high- strung and tempermental, as you might expect her to be'. "She makes the impression of being the genial, whole-hearted friendly sort, the type who would give a ragged newsboy a green- back for a paper and tell him to have the rest for 'morn'. "Fifteen minutes later, seated in her dressing room, chatting with her and Miss Nora Lee, her acompanist, I realized the truth of my first impression. "Miss DeLeath, in the first five minutes of your acquaintance, makes you as much at home as tho you were an old friend. Her impressive, naturalness is not part of her act; it is, a part of her, a quality which is symbolic of sincerity. "Although born in Illinois, she is true to her profession in claim- ing New York as her home by adoption. She is also justly proud of the distinction of having been the first woman to sing over the radio. (Please don't start figur- ing, that wasn't so long ago.) "Asked if the greatest thrill to an entertainer was the over- whelming applause she was both surprising and pleasing in her reply: "'I suppose all entertainers like to hear applause, but my biggest AN ASCAP BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY of Composers, Authors and Publishers was presented to Miss Florence Wynd, librarian at the Mount Pulaski Township Library by Publisher Har D " a. Wible. The book was presented in memoD, of Vaughn De Leath. First Lady of Radio. who in addition to her singing fame, wrote many musical compositions, tter name and many of her com- positions are listed in the book.--Times-News Photo. EDITION (Times.News, ML Pulaski, nL) THURSDAY, JULY 15 LOREN HARPER WITH VOICE OF AMERICA Loren Harper, a Mount Pulaski high school graduate, has had a distinguished career in radio and television and is now Deputy Chief, Special Events Section, of the Voice of America, Washing. ton, D. C. His career started as a com- mercial announcer on local radio stations in the midwest, includ- ing Springfield, where he did newscasts, commercials and sports. In 1941 he moved East, first to New York and then to Washing- ton, D.C. Since that time his achievements have included: pro- ducer and director for the Colum- bia Broadcasting System. con. tract announcer for American To- baccco Co., newscaster for the Office of War Information, direct- or and actor during the early thrill comes in my fan mail when experimental period for the Du- someone tells me that my songs Mont Television Co., director for have entertained their sick child, the Columbia Broadcasting Sys- or that I have helped some tired tern in Washington, D.C., where mother'." he handled broadcasts direct from the White House and the "WHEATHEART" TO APPEAR IN DECATUR LABOR DAY PARADE (August 31, 1939) Miss Eileen Stopher, "Wheat. heart" of the World's Fair, has a full day's program outlined for l her on Labor Day, Sept. 4 when she makes five appearances in Decatur. Monday morning she will be featured in the Labor Day Parade which takes place at 10 o'clock in Decatur. She will head the the second section of this big parade and will appear in her Farmerette costume which she wore at the New York World's Fair. In the afternoon she will make two appearances at the Lincoln Theatre in Decatur, being featur. ed with Joe Sanders, the ole left- hander, and his orchestra. Sand- DONALD A. SNYDER NOW PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN CAN Donald A. Snyder, a product of! .. Mount Pulaski high school, then auon at Menasha, Wis. completing his schooling at the he moved through University of Illinois, is now vice- president of American Can Com- pany and general manager of its Marathon division. This is the story of another "country boy" who made good. Before his latest promotion, he was assistant general manager for Marathon, a national leader in the manufacture of pulp, pap- er, paperboard, and paper pack- aging. Born at Mount Pulaski on July 3, 1902, the son of Frank B. and Lena Ayres Snyder, he attended the local grade and high school in the Class of 1920. He later at- tended the University of Illinois and graduated in the Class of 1926 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and Accountancy, and a C.P.A. certifi. cate. Snyder was married in 1935 to Lois D. Flood of Chicago. Two children came into the Snyder household, Jeffrey F., who gradu- ated from Amherst College last year, and is taking graduate work at the State University of Iowa; and Cynthia G., who is a student at Northwestern Univers- ity. After finishing college. Snyder was employed by the Real Silk Hosiery Mills in Indianapolis, Ind., headquartering first at Syra- cuse. N.Y.. and later at Rockford. Ill. Joining the Marathon Corpor- tions principally in the !ng end of the business, Ing a vice.president in the time of the American Can Corn York in 1957, he was dent in charge of Food ing. He later became general manager of Division, and then promoted to general Marathon Division and a president of American Can' Professional activities terms as chairman of of the Waxed Paper Ins director and vice- Waxed Paper MerC Council, Inc., and member of the tee of the National Dairy cil. He also is a Distinguished Service stowed by the Council in recognition of rice to that organization. In the Mar( Inc. publications, he with memberships in ing college fraternities Alpha Sigma Phi Lamina Sigma Beta Alpha Psi Clubs--North Shore Menasha, Wisconsin, sity Club of Chicago. The home addreSS Snyders is 383 Lake sha, Wisconsin. J Vaughn De Leath Firsf Lady To Get ASCAP Emblem The following letter received by Vaughn de Leath in September 1937, from the chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is fur. ther indication of the high esteem in which she was held in the field of music: Miss Vaughn de Leath, . The pare Vendome, West 37th Street, New York City. Dear Vaughn" I wanted to personally send you the first of the ASCAP mem- bership pins issued to a woman member, and it is herewith en- closed. We are proud indeed of your membership is ASCAP and I hope this little emblem, which signi- fies that you have made worth- while contributions to American musical literature, and which can be worn only by people who have done that very thing, will be ac- ceptable to you. With warmest personal regards, Sincerely yours, E. C. Mills, Chairman. Capitol, and special events officer for the Voice of America. At one time he was doing the commercials on three daily radio soap operas and lafer, while working in Washington, he was either announcer or director on programs that featured many of the big names in government and the entertainment world. Loren is the son of Mrs. Rich- ard T. Harper, 100, of Mount Pul- aski. The highway commissioner office we have today came into being in 1914 when an election was held on the question of continuing with three commiss- Ioners, or only one. The latter carried by a vote of 409 to 180. ers will introduce Miss Stopher at her appearances on the stage both afternoon and evening, when she again appears at the two night shows. The following day Miss Stopher will enter the Heller Beauty School at Decatur to take up beauty culture, which she had planned on doing before she graduated from high school. John Harold Connelly, a Mount Pulaski high school graduate and then an announcer over a Peoria radio station, acted as master of ceremonies at both the Home- coming here for Miss Stopher, as well as at the Logan County Fair. DONALD A. SNYDER GRANDSONS OF L. IL SCROGGIN, who helped him observe his 90th birthday on January 25, 1909. with a dinner at the old Scroggin Hotel. Back Row: Arthur Scroggin, Frank Suttle, Wilford Scroggin, Sr., Grover Scroggin, Ira Veail, William Whittle, Jr., John Scroggin. Front row: J. h Rothwell, Jr., Thos. L. Rothwell, Logan Anderson, Jr., Len Gasaway, Harry Wells.