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SIL-TENNIAL EDITION, (-News, Mr. Pulaski, IlL) THURSDAY, JULY 8,000 PAY TRIBUTE AT LOGAN  As SHE POSED IN STATEN 1S WHEAT HELD COUNTY FAIR TO "WHEATHEART" Special Ceremony patriotic array. The float typified And Parade Was i Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish General of the Revolutionary " ,.  ....  ,, Fair Highlight War, after whom the city of Mt.  " "* ' (Aug. 10, 1939) Pulaski was named. Astride a   x . " Mount Pulaski Night at the dapple gray charger rode E.H.  * : :  Logan County Fair last night, Speigel in the uniform of a gen-   more than lived up to the expec- eral with sword uplifted. An  ' tation of those in charge of the] American flag with 13 stars add-  demonstration, which not onlY[ed to the glory of the scene de- paid tribute to its nationwide I picted. This float was furnished Harvest Queen, Miss Eileen ] in every detail by the Birks Com- Stopher, but was another out- I munity Club, south of the city. standing demonstration of thel Two cars containing relatives community spirit and loyalty that of the Wheatheart Queen were L brought forth many compliment- next in line 7: remarks. The Logan ounty Legion Band /" arn estimated crowd of more in spic and span uniforms, and " than 8,000 packed the grandstand with snappy martial music, made  ",: , and bleachers and lined the side- a fine appearance as they pre- lines for several hundred feet a- ceded the Queen's car. Drum ! long the track, awaiting the start Major George Ohraes, in his of the parade with eager antici- striking uniform, assisted by two patton, young girls in colored attire, led Count Pulaski Lived AgczIm this unit A gasp and then a spontaneous Queen Drays Apptmme burst of applause came from the The Queen's car containing spectators as out of the darkness Miss Stopher, was so simply de- of the track there appeared a signed and the beauty of the / ; . man astride a horse, borne upon]setting was so striking that it . . a beautifully decorated float inlwas unusual in its effect. :  I Queen Eileen, attired in a ii ",/ WELCOMED HOME--- I beautiful white formal which she " (Continued from preceding page) had worn as Mount Pulaski high , school's May Queen, this last pot.' I June, and wearing the crown of Following a brlef interview I .nldpn Wh at " ' S S ........... e__, which had been over the Stoll public addre s sy - I placed upon her head by James tern the Queen ascended her' 1 whe c Montgomery F agg n town- throne, which only a month be- ing her at the New York World's fore, she had presided over as a Fair as the most beautiful f rm Mount Pulaski's May Queen, but daughter in America, looked on this occasion as the "Wheat- worthy of the honor in every re- heart of America". spect. Senator N. L Hubba,d of this A background of gorgeous city, introduced at this time, gladiolas in a semi-circle which made an exceptionally fitting extended only a few inches above   2" and fine address of welcome her head made it a very effec. "It is my great honor to wel- tire contribution to the plainness come you home to this commun- of the sleek beauty of the green ity," Mr. Hubbard said. "Mount Buick convertible coupe. Pulaski, Logan County, and all of Illinois are proud of you. It Former Queens Beautiful ;t is altogether fitting that Logan Then came the galaxy of form- county, distinguished by the er May Queens of the Mount Pu. the spirit of Mount Pulaski  ant Governor John Stelle, who tinue with the United States Geological Survey laski high school on a huge float some 70 cars semi-decorated, welcomed Miss Stopher on behalf the spotlight directly ts the richest soil county in this that made a picture that will which typified the loyalty and of the Fair, the county and the iQueen, and the bower state, should be the home of the never be forgotten by those who backing of the community. Hun- State of Illinois, then presented at her back, it was a most beautiful farmer's daugh- witnessed it. dreds of other folks from this her to the audience, setting that was ter in America. Eight former May Queens, in section filled the first tier of box- Received Diamond ing every detail. "You were picked from contest- formal attire, placed on gradual- es and were in the bleachers, Jimmy Johnson, representing The spotlight was ants all over the country for this ly elevated positions each adding their tribute to the affair, the Lincoln Chamber of Corn- upon eight other great honor. James Montgomery carrying an arm bouquet of The County Pulaski float and merce, then stepped forward and magnificent carriage Flagg, McClelland Barclay and gladiolas, made a gorgeous dis- band did not pause as they pass- presented Logan County's Queen into position before Peter .Arno, three of America's play of feminine beauty coupled ed the grandstand, and as the with a beautiful diamond ring, It was a beautiful greatest artists, chose you for with a wealth of gladioli bou- Queen's car approached the cen- which no doubt caused her heart unfolded as the this distinction. You had to be quets adorning the white cover- ter, it faced toward the grand- to skip a few regular beats, rose one at a time I Queen Eileen was then escort- thrones and daintily good Parentst earn thatCongratulatedhonor, withed float,purpleSpottedand herea purpleand thererope stand. The track lights were turn- ed, over a grass carpeting, to her the steps of white "Your selection was particularly i which extended from the posts ed out and a spotlight picked up especially decorated box seat by lighted to go to their fitting because you are a real on either side and a mammoth the car as it swung into position Mr. Stelle, who took his seat in in front of the H farmer's daughter. And my I take purple heart as a background for : facing the stands. John Harold an adjoining box. box. this occasion to congratulate the the entire setting. Huge letters ]Connelly, announcer from WMBD, As the Queen's car drew up The May parents of our Wheatheart, whose bore out the words "Mt. Pulaski". who had been carrying on the into position in front of the Schultz, Geraldine charm and loveliness have Cars Add to Tribute broadcast from the east side of grandstand, the crowds along the ia Stuart, Barbara brought such honor to this com- Following these high spots in the track, came forward at this fences, broke loose on the track Lane Dammerman, munity? "Newspapermen have called the parade, came one of the fin- time and took charge of the cere- and surged around the car until Clear Ey, Virginia est tributes to the Queen and tomony, first introducing Lieuten- it was almost impossible to con- ena McKinney our Wheatheart a 'modern Ceres'. As an Ceres, as you know, was the an- to the ceremony the cient Goddess of the harvest. And "You're A she has also been called a Cin- sell Miller singing derella; out our Cinderella need. written chorus, ed no golden slipper, and there heart" instead of will he no midnight when she young Queen, who must return to drabness. She is the song, rewardea a real Cinderella. blowing him a kiss. "Many Queens in past years Speci Drifting have made history, and now you, The special driving Eileen, have made history for had been entered Mount Pulaski In greeting you, ing in honor of I can but quote from the poet, of the World's 'Be good, sweet maid, let those it was the who can't, be clever'." Stopher to award Senator Hubbard also present- the winners. ed Miss Stopher with a gold wrist watch, a token of appreci- ation from the community. '["ge=SlZ A beautiful bouquet of gladi- MABLDE OF olas from Gullet & Sons, was presented, and a mammoth bas. A life-size ket of gladiolas from Carl Hem- was printed by photographic breiker were a gift to Miss Stoph- an enlargement er shown on this Following the ceremony, Miss Marion Robson, Stopher spent most of the even- the Times-NeWS, tng greeting her friends, while ual and moral the floor was cleared and danc- publisher, did a lng was enjoyed the remainder of the evening, by old as well  job with the ial photograph as young, chased and a It was an event which will with long be remembered and was Keith the high spot in the life of Mt. furnish the Pulaski and community for many  picture was years past. ,,A one old tiner ex-[ JAMES MoZaRT FLAC,o Artist, who was the World's Fair grounds. Mr. Marshall, who spon. country school pressea n, Tnere was omy one I one nf the ludges, is shown with his "false' sored the event, Grover Whalen, president of the there for a n thing that compares to it a a! .... - - " wea - o ............ . ........ aski ! wnmzers, pmcing a crown ox n  n uee.n Fair, and Peter Arno, noted artist and one of the real wa w.. mvu.t ru I,, , ....... --,on v on Tuesaav Sulv 1 judges, seemed to be enjoying the ceremony. !,..,, ,I.,, ,o, fi,,o.,,o cham./lllrl S neaa at = ,,--  -, ., -, ..................... when a quarter of an acre of wheat was cut on