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EARLY PIONEERS OF THIS COMMUNITY Henry Vonderlieth was born in Hanover, Germany and his wife, Catherine Weckel, in Wurtern- berg, Germany. In early life they came to the United States and were married in Logan County, Illinois. In 1838, Mr. Vonderlieth es- tablished his home in this local. it), and worked at his trade of brick laying. He erected the first brick residence in Mount Pul- aski. Later he owned and oper. ated a small farm adjoining the Village of Mount Pulaski. His death occurred in 1886 at the age of 69 and his wife passed away in 1878 at 65 years of age. They were the parents of six children who reached years of maturity, and, Peter and Paul died in child- hood. The other members of the family were: Elizabeth, who be- came the wife of G. L. Schafer; Anna, wife of C. F. Scha/er, a hardware merchant of Mount Pul- aski; John M., who died in 1885; Catherine, the widow of Henry Meister; Adolph; and George, who died in 1901. HELPED BUILD BUSINESS INTERESTS HERE MR. ADOLPH VONDERLIETH A native of Logan county, Mr. Vonderlieth was born in Mount Pulaski township, Nov. 2, 1856, and was a son of Henry and Cath- erine (Weckel) Vonderlieth, both of whom were natives of Ger- many. To the village schools, he is in- debted for the educational privil- eges which he received. He pur- sued his studies in the old courthouse, which had been built by his father and which was used for school purposes after the re- moval of the county seat to Lin- coln. After completing his education, he learned the blacksmith's trade under the direction of G. L. Schaf- er and followed that pursuit for 15 years, thus gaining a start in life and securing thereby the capital to embark in other fields of activity. On abandoning his trade he became the general sup- erintendent of the Union Coal Company at Mount Pulaski, a position he held for seven years. While still working at the black- smith trade he established a brick yard in 1877 at the edge of the city, and successfully car. ried it on while with the coal company, continuing its opera- tion until 1893, and giving em- ployment to 15 or 16 men. In 1898, ho became a partner of R. D. Clark in the real estate, insurance and loan business un- der the firm name of Vonderlieth & Clark. On Sept. 7 1879, Mr. Vonder- lieth was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Lipp, Lincoln, Ill., a daughter of John and Catherine Lipp, who were early settlers in I the county. Their children were Henry L. and Walter A., both graduates of the high school of Mount Pulaski, and Lena, who died at the age of five. The wife and mother died Aug. 14, 1887, i and Mr. Vonderlieth was married! Oct. 8, 1889, to Anna Lipp, a sis- ter of his forme wife. To this union was born one son, Julius Edward. Upon its organization in 1884, Mr. Vonderlieth became a direct- or of the People's Savings & Loan -..SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Times.News, ML PulmtkL D.L) THURSDAY, Nursing Home, Hos i ,.Gift of"Home Town 1 ,,Henry..A .n.d Jane 00i'i'airmed The gift of a nursing home and hospital, fully endowed, is the fin- est contribution this, or any other community could have bestowed upon it. This is a definite reality that the future holds for Mount Pul- aski and surrounding commun- ities. This generous contribution to a community already remembered in outstanding gifts by other Mount Pulaskians, is to be known as the "Henry and Jane Vonder- lieth Foundation". It was in January 1959, that Henry Vonderlieth of Millburn, New Jersey, first broached the I matter of a hospital fully endow- ed, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Down- ing, cousins, in a letter asking for the reaction of the commun- ity to such a gift. Needless to state it received a very enthusi. astic reception from every walk of life. Nursing Home Most Important A nursing home for the aged was then added to the proposed gift when the Vonderlieths stop- ped in Mount Pulaski last Sep- tember, enroute home from a va- cation trip in California. In fact, at a semi-public meeting held at the grade school Mr. Vonderlieth stated that after visiting and talk- ing with a number of Mount Pu- laskians, he and Mrs. Vonderlieth arrived at the following opinion: "It is the desire of Mrs. Von- derlieth and myself to help your community rather than to cater to our whims. We have learned in the brief time that we have been here that a hospital is not the only answer to your needs. You need a nursing home for the aged. And, perhaps that is more im- portant. Having both would be better of course, and I think you'll get them." Two Trusts Set Up Two trusts have been establish- ed to become effective on the passing from this life of Mr. and Mrs. Vonderlieth. The one trust will be set up in the name of the "Henry and Jane Vonderlieth Foundvrtlon/" to be turned over to the hospital trustees. The other trust that has been set up is for their son, Adolph, who became a hospital patient while attending Harvard University in 1931. Upon his death, half of the principal of the trust will be turned over to the Foundation, and the other half will be kept as an endow- ment from which the hospital and nursing home will receive the annual income in perpetuity. Mr. Vonderlieth also stated relative to the financial handling of this undertaking that he would advise his trustees to spend not more than 50% of the capital in building, leaving the remaining 50% for investments which would be handled by the Maplewood Association of Mount Pulaski, and was office secretary. In business affairs he prospered and his success is the legitimate outcome of his own well-directed labors. Energetic and determined at the outset of his career he had ad- vanced steadily as the years went by and his earnest purpose had been fulfilled. He had been active and influential in the affairs of the town and had served as a member and president of the village board. Mr. Vonderlieth was one of the charter members of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and was its first chancellor. He was also a charter member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He belonged to the Second Lutheran Church and withheld his cooperation from no movement or measure which tended to advance the material, intellectual or moral progress of the community. National Magazines great deal of travel so Sought His Services In Circulation Field. Another success story of a former Mount Pulaskian, who at- tended grade and high school here, which should prove an add- ed incentive and inspiration for our present day youth, is that of Henry L. Vonderlieth. He was horn July 2, 1881, in Mount Pulaski, Ill., (the same day James D. Garfield, President of the United States, was assassi- nated) the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Vonderlieth. Mr. Vonderlieth not only gradu- ated from the local schools, but after two years at the University of Illinois (eye trouble forced him to discontinue his studies), he taught in the Mount Pulaski grade school for two years. (Gene Clear was a pupil.) He worked in the post office, and in the offices of the Mount Pulaski Coal Mine Co., and the Mount Pulaski Wind Mill Co. In 1904 Mr. Vonderlieth had an opportunity to join his brother Walter, who had gone to work for the old Success Magazine the year before. After receiving i valuable experience in the Suc- cess Magazine offices and in ac- tual field work in Illinois and Wisconsin, HenD, took charge of the newsstand promotion of the then famous McClure's Magazine. His job with McClure's required a Bank & Trust Co. of New Jersey. This he stated would prevent the two projects from becoming top. heavy and a burden on the com- munity. Another Possibility The possibility of the building of Retirement Apartments to house aged couples who do not need nursing care, was also spoken of highly as another poss- ibility. He also stated that charg- es should be very reasonable ones in view of the fact that operat. ing expenses were assured. This is one of the features that makes the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Vonder- lieth so outstanding  relieving the folks of this community of a portion of the burden of ever-in- the course of three ed wholesale and dealers in practically of 25,000 and over, state in the Union. In Demand by Big Christian Herald 1908 to take charge tion promotion. In year he became ager of McCall's he stayed until 1913. His next wih Today's to become Today's Part of the nine this position, he Circulation Manager Agriculturist, then Henry Morgenthau, Jr, of U. S. Treasury. Bus. Mgr.. of In 1924, he er's Service League, acted in an advisory 20 trade periodicals. associated with WORLD as in 1925 and seven came Executive and a director of the He continued as Financial "World until he resigned to devote to his own rest and recreation. the request of Mr. ther, the publisher, to act in an until a few years sold his stock IAL WORLD to his ares. Since 1923, he Millburn, N.J. with former Jane Lyster One son, breakdown while a yard University in been hospitalized He is an ardent long.time member ally- known Early in his NeW he, his brother "Wait other circulation ed the XZ Club going strong, ed Although retir business, Mr. quite busy reading creasing hospital costs, andbook and To Mr. and Mrs. Vonderlieth, vestmentS and Clarence Tomlinson Lorah Lipp papers etc Alt ug and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Jarvis, IMr. Vonderlieth stil this community owes an immense ]ically fit with his debt of endless gratitude. ]walks, and other /