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=.4D,.TIrJIHIAL DITION (71ram.News, Xt. ]hdmld, In.) TI[OIlSDAT, J1TI,T la, 111 BEIDLER FAMILY IMPORTANT PART OF COMMUNITY S. L. Beidler One Of Mom00 Pulaski's The pioneer druggist of Mount Pulaski was Samuel IAnn Beld- let, who located in this city dur. Ing the year 1857. He was born June 23, 1836, on a farm between Mount Joy and Middletown, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His life was one of continuous activity, and he took great inter- est in everything he was con- net'ted with. At an early age he was placed in the drug store of John R. Landis in Middletown. After two years, when Hlsten and Miesse became proprietors, they made young Beidler manager of a branch store the firm had started in Portsmouth. At this place the "little clerk" took charge of the entire business, not only selling but ordering goods. Mr. Beidler's father died in 1849, and the mother followed in 1850. Two years later he went to Lancaster, and then Trenton, New Jersey, where he found employ. SAMUEL LINN BEIDLR FOR 104 YEARS a charter member of Mount Pul- aski Commandery No. 39 Knights Templar, of which "he was Com- mander in 1880. He was the second man to propose the building of the Gil- man, Clinton & Springfield Rail. road, now Springfield Division of the Illinois Central. From the very first his drug store was a favorite meeting place for the pioneers of the area for many miles around. It was in front of this store during the Civil War that upon the arrival of the Chicago Tribune by way of the Chicago & Alton Railroad to Lincoln, and overland to Mount Pulaski, that Mr. Beidier would read the War News to the assem. bled crowd. All through the years he was always active and alive to the best interests of the city, and assisted to the best of his ability and means toward every public enterprise. He assisted in starting a coal mine on south Garden St., and did valiant work in other lin. es toward the building of this city. merit in a drug store. He got the Western fever after hearing a visitor from Toledo, Ohio, talk. So, he packed his belongings and started West, first visiting with relatives in Philadelphia, Chain. bersburg and Middletown. Start. ing out again, he was accompan. led by a man named Job Deck- ard, driving a horse and buggy. At Canton, Ohio, Deckard robbed his companion and drove away at night, leaving Beidler alone and penniless, among strangers. The sale of his watch paid his coach fare to Yellowbud, Ohio, where his brother, Dr. J. H. Beidier, was lo- cated. Crone Hm oa Horseback Mr. Beidler was clerk in the yeilowbud post office about one year, then he started on horse- back for Illinois on Feb. 12, 1857. " He reached Elkhart, Logan Coun- ty, after riding for 18 days over boundless prairies. He clerked in Elkhart for a short time, then went to the new town of Lincoln to work for Kelso and Boren, druggists. He was later placed in charge of a branch store in Mount Pulaski, this being in November 1857. Mr. Beidler built a drug store that same year on the site of the Jabez Capps log cabin structure, housing his store and home, on the west side of the square. At that time he was made deputy postmaster. He was con. tinued in office by his friend, President Abraham Lincoln. Dur. ing Johnson's administration he m was retired as postmaster, but Bi was reappointed by President General Grant in 1869, and held B  the office without interruption un- til 1882. Mr. Beidler was made a Master MU in 1868. and was a charter E , member of Mount Pulaski Chap- Always A He was especially prominent and active in promoting the Lo. gan County Old Settlers' Ass'n., most of the annual meetings be- ing held in Mount Pulaski. He served for many years as secre- tary of the association. It was through his planning, and with the co.operation of several busi. ness men and residents, that the great Semi-Centennial Celebra- tion in 1886 was such a famous success. Another big event of which he was the principal pro- motet, was the celebration in which a group of soldiers was sent up from Springfield and cap- tured San Juan Hill, the Fort be- ing located on the west side of square. In 1883 he turned over the drug business management to his son John, and went into semi.retire. J ment. At this time he purchased i the Mount Pulaski Republican from T. H. Smedley and a few years later changed the name to the Weekly News. Mr. Smedley remained with the paper until !1902. From then on until 1932, the paper was published by the sons, Rell C. and Paul E. Beidler. In August, 1932, the paper was sold to Harry J. Wible, who had come to Mount Pulaski from Lincoln, and who consolidated the papers as the Times-News. Mrlod First Girl Born Hem On Feb. 8, 1860, he married Miss Prudence Ann Capps, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jabez Capps, in their home on North Lafayette Street, now occupied by a grand- son, Paul E. Beidler and wife. The minister was Rev. Briggs. The 1860 bride had the honor of be- ing the first girl born in Mount Pulaski. They began housekeep-[ ing in the brick hotme Mr. Beid.[ ler built on Marion Street, hOWl I 101 years old and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holmes. netdl Family Was Las The father, Samuel Lindamuth Beidler, was born near Mount Joy Penn. June 23, 1836; died in Mount Pulaski, Ill., Oct. 21, 1901. The mother, Prudence Ann Capps Beidler, was born in ML Pulaski, Ill., Dec 18, 1841; died in .Chicago, Dec. 7, 1926. There were II children in the family, all born in the old Beld- ler brick home on Marion street, namely: Helen Beidler, born Nov. 3, 1860; died Nov. 3, 1861. Moniter Clarence Beidler, born Jan. 12, 1862; died Nov. 12, 1887. Frank X Beidler, born Feb. 16, 1864; died Oct. 24, 1932. John Lindamuth Be.idler, born Dec. 27, 1865; died April 7, 1927. Snow Flake Beidler, born Dec. 13, 1867; died Aug. 29, 1878. Imogene Ann Beidler, born Oct. 5, 1872; died April 21, 1907. She married Dr. Win. A. Swain and was the mother of the Swain triplets, Louise, Miriam, and Prudence. Rell Capps Reidler, born Feb. I, 1874; died March 13, 1951. George Cappa Reidler, born Dec. 20, 1876; lives in Chicago. Paul Eugene Beidler, born July 14, 1879. Lives in grandfather's home on North Lafayette Street. Robert Blaine Beidler, born Sept. 17, 1881; died Sept. 12, 1894. Donald Cameron Beidler, born Aug. 8, 1885; died Oct. 18, 1943. Nms of Grmdclldmm Among the grandchildren were the children of Dr. and Mr& Win. A. Swain, namely: Linn Beidler Swain of Burlington, Mass.; and the Swain triplets, MrL Erich (Louise) Hein, of Chestnut; Mrs. Miriam McCann Hazelwood, of Lincoln; and, Mrs. Ronald (Prud. ence) C, oblenu of Springfield. Louise is the mother of the fol- lowing children: Erich Hein, Jr., of Peoria; Mrs. Earl (Delores) Maxheimer, Mrs. Wm. (Nancy) Dittus, Mr Richard (Wanita) Froschauer, Mount Pulaski; Will. iam Hein, Chestnut; John Hein, U. Army in Germany. The He!ns' have 11 grandchildren. Miriam has two children, Jack McCann of Peoria and Mrs, Dar. rell (Barbara McCann) Richner, W;mhington, Ill. Prudence has one son, Donald Gobleman, of Springfield. Miriam has three grandchildren. Rell C. Beidler and Etta Sher- bondy Beidler have three child. ren, namely: Everett Beidler, of Mount Pulaski; Samuel IAnn Beidler, FL Lauderdale, Fla.; and Mrs. Graham (Dorothy) Eddy, now in Iran, Asia. Everett and Esther McDonald Beidlef have two daughters, Mrs. Loren (Dolores) Ayers, Mount Pu. laski, and Mrs. Edward (Donn.s) Didmar, of Springfield. There is one grandson. Samuel Llrm and Elizabeth Lawrence Beidler have one dau- ghter, Mrs. Thomas (Mary Llnn) Landes, of Chillicothe, Ill. There are two grandchildren. The Graham Eddy's have two children, Graham Eddy, Jr., of Washington, D.C., and M Kar- sten H. (Marcia) Morttz, Baton Rouge, La. The Eddy's have one grandchild. Paul E. and Ethel Lynch Beid. ler had two children, Robert L Beidler and Mary Louise, who was the wife of William Earl Fry, of Springfield. The children of George C. Beid- ler and the (late Vlrgle Smedley) of Chicago, Harold Be.idler and Mrs. Doris Valentine of Chicago. One daughter, Mr Helen Hum- ble, is deceased. There are four grandchildren. HIGH CORN YIELD IN 1914 . 45 BUSHELS (1914) A recent copy of the Decatur Review had the following to say: "rhat corn in the north half of Austin township will yield 45 bushels to the acre this year is the statement made by crop ex- perts at Maroa. In that section of the county the corn is par- ticularly good and the average seems high. Between Maroa and Mount Pulaski the corn is said to be in exceedingly good shape,i and also over as far as Latham. But north and west of there it is not so good." BEIDLER HOMF.STF_.AD ON NORTH Donald C. Beidler Was Invenfor Of Twin Camera (Oct. 21, 1) Donald Cameron Beidler, native of Mount Pulaski, died from a sudden heart attack at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 1943, while busy with his photographic work in the Beidler-Viken Studios, Inc., Manhasset, Long Island, New York. He was aged 58 years. Mr. Beidler's health became im- paired about five years ago from a heart ailment, and at that time was bedfast for many months. Apparently recovering from his illness, he continued his duties in the studio, which had become widely known in the New York City area, and was patronized by many of the nationally.known families living in the east. The news of his death came as a great shock to relatives and friends alike, many of whom had met him when he visited the old home city in August. He was born Aug. 8, 1885, in Mount Pulaski, Ill., a son of Samuel Linn and Prudence Ann Capps Beidler, being the young- est child of a family of eleven children, eight boys and three girls. His grandfather, Jabez Capps, founded Mount Pulaski in 1836, and his mother had the dis. tinction of being the first girl born in this city, the date of her birth being Dec. 18, 1841. His father came here in 1857 and op- ened a drug store on the west side the square, and this location after a period of 80 years, is still a drug store, now known as the Carter's Pharmacy. (1961 . Dean's Sundries). He attended the Mount Pulaski grade school and high school, then located in the east part of the city, and graduated from the high school in 1904. During the school years he bec ae ed in photography, d s ployrnent in Bloo Lincoln, and making at home, he left for where he was studios, the Koehne ing the business mained the longest. the photographic b himself, he opened ! the Lyon and Healy "o J. Viken, a man hig in the mechanical en( raphy was employed Beidler. s Invented TWin In later months, Mr. tered the business as a and it was here they  and perfected the tij'n i which was afterwaru  their work widely-know' photographic fiel'd, l larger quarters in the Woman's Athletic Chbl and expandint, their b a few years, sold ou_. oodoJ I wood & Underw -I  Attract Wide A They went to Ne' and in 1929 decided new studio in ManhS- iI Island, just across the SOt, New York. Always in en methods in photog P work of unusual " ' to attract the attentiOn , area in the east, anua  they merited and die i tensive business. ._, Beidler's most intereSm ences was the visit on  Day, 1942, to the home J. Pierpont Morgan, C photographed the refttg iish children that were-,  # ing at the palatial Mo. He continued in the v0_': ed up to the last sect. useful career. He now rests in the f0 aski Cemetery. 1961Two brotherS, ; Beidler, Mt. Puiaski, at of Chicago, survive- Nationally Hnown In Photographic DONALD C. KE/DLElt