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(Ttmee.News, Mt. Puladd, 111.) THURSDAY, 7ULY lJ, 1961 INT PULASKI "HUB" PAST 125 IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS AREA PAUL F_ BEIDLER stop to think that has been a "hub" U125 years. What is t is that the city, Public square, is the Point (over 700 feet a- t level) in central Illinois less that 20 miles the geographical cry was founded in the seat of Logan located here from it was thought that would become a city. It was a good was settled by sturdy people, but the was never real- int of bigness. started out at a those pioneer days, a monument in the long ago days, the city had the energetic men OWn bricks for the tile to drain the land that was to be developed. had a steady h Was known as a pitallty and friendly until 1872 that the were built through made a more sub- for added Were always bus- that kept up such as flour tile and brick fac- factory, several also, several barns, harness several black- making shops, good schools and other things to cause the city by the "hub" is surround- starting from the Wabash to De. Central to Clinton, and, G & Me to Lincoln and here in the cities, and on the before Mount the very things big industries and river lo- used them to grow cities. agricul- there are to help take of the people. of Springfield, Bloomington, smaller places the bound- It is inter- that Mount Pul- pOpulation than being almost And, if you reports from You will find pays more than any of year of Mount Pul- to have some of part of it Pulaski has a electricity also, 80 blocks With the rest a sew- in recent topic to m getting time COpy for the big of the Times- here. ASCENSION ,955 21. I2) will be one the Fall Festi- to an an- Maxheim - local Amer- Which is again Celebration on place the three. the grounds ha the south o'clock, dur- supper. SOFTBALL MORALE BUILDER DURING DEPRESSION PERIOD One of the finest morale build- ers this area as well as count- less other communities experienc- ed during the depression period, was the game of Softball. Folks who lived in this area at that time, well remember the exciting and fun-loving games played at Millard's Field, now the site of the Stahl Implement Co. . i Leagues were formed with an almost complete week's schedule and the contests were attended by hundreds. The admission fee was only five cents if you could spare it -- if not, you got to en- joy the games anyway. Another novelty of that period was seeing many folks walking from distant parts of the city to attend those games. It cost money to buy gas in those days of fin- ancial distress. One of the announcers at those games was Loren Harper, who called the plays over a makeshift system. Today, Loren is head of the Voice of America, broad- casting program in Washington, D.C. Quite a jump from "cow pasture" broadcasting. We well remember one incident when the going was getting pretty rough and the games close enough to cause arguments, that Billy Leimbach was going to whip the publisher and his bro- ther, Don, because he thought his country team had been "gyp- ed" out of a score that would have given them the game. He didn't get the job done for we took off in a broken-down car and by the time he caught up with us, he had cooled off. Softball continued to be a community passtime for a num- ber of years afterwards, moving to the Tomlinson Recreation Cen- ter in 1946 where regular league games were played under the lights for a few years, until the times got better and folks didn't need this homely entertainment to keep them from jumping off high buildings. CH.  POPULAR EARLY DAY BAK] One of the most popular thrtv. lnc bust in the early days was the bakery of the late Charles A. Ey. Mr. Ey was born "Aug. 18, 1876, in Hunifeld, Germany, craning to this country in his young man. hood. Having learned the bakery trade in Janesville, Wisconsin, he came to Mount Pulaski in 1904, purchasing a bakery on South Washington St. In recent years he moved the bakery to the present location of the Walter Bayer bakery on the south side of the square. He re- tired  having been in the bakery business 60 years. HILLTOP BOWL WAS OPENED AUGUST 1958 (Aug. 7, 1958) The Hilltop Bowl's I0 were more than taxed to capacity on Sunday afternoon and evening when the new Bowling pavilion on the east sid of the public square was opened for free play. THE MO RN WAY... It wasn't so many years ago that grandma still used the old scrub board to do the weekly washing. It was hard work and a long tedious job. But today's Mount Pulaski residents can enjoy the convenience of modern automatic washing machines and dryers. Just put the clothes in. pop in a coin. and the work is done effortlessly and efficiently. You can start your wash anytime of day or night. We're open 24 hours a day. seven days a week. We take this opportunity to THANK the residents of Mount Pulaski for making our business a success. MOUNT PULASKI LAUNDROMAT JOHN W. MARTIN ---Owners-- HERBERT AYERS PICTURED above is our large supply tank and quick, reliable service. trucks with which we serve our customers with bulk I. P. gas. It is always our aim to give you Our drivers arm (left) Sheldon Goodman; (right) John Bender. 125 Y Of steady progress and growth make the Mount Pulaski of today a City to be proud of. We are happy to be a part of this fine commun. ity, and as we celebrate this Sil.Tennial Year, we would like to con- gratulate aU of Mount Pulaski's cf and present--for their part in helping develop our City. STOLL COAL and GAS Phone SW 2-5317 Mount lPukmki