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ZACHARY TAYLOR FUITEN D IN ACTION. WORLD WAR I fork Yo00g "onore00 Leaion Post departea so d I . . Zachary Taylor Fuiten Elsie Zelle, Naomi Ellenberg, Mil- mq from the Lake Fork the supreme price in World War L was the members of the ,qnericl Legion by co-naming the Captain Herbert of Mount Pulaski, was w Casualty for who of Zachary Taylor at Hoboken, NJ., 19, 1921, almost after he heroically on the battlefield. funeral services were family residence at the following day, in dred Ridgeway, Opal Moore, Opal Sargent and Aldene Bryson. ZACHARY TAYLOR FUITEN (November, 1918) Zachary Taylor Fuiten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fuiten of Lake Fork, was born at Lake Fork, Ill., March 11, 1891, and spent all his life in and near Lake Fork, with the exception of the time he was in the United States Army during World War I. Early in life, Feb. 5, 1905, he gave his life to Christ, becom- ing a member of the Lake Fork Christian Church. ZACHARY TAYLOR FUITEN Post Legion of Mt. service was con- former pastor of Christian Church, lop, of Farmer City. of the American SOldiers and sailors, to pay their companion SUpreme sacrifice in at. as attended by rge number of friends. Appropri- rendered by a Arthur Cope- Howard and were taken to the 3 miles and laid to were, Elgar Handlin, Harve Oglesby, td Will Koehler. Was ac- Mount Pulask: several ap- and as the and sailors grave, the band Spangled Ban- were fired ov- a salute to the Squad compos- Edward and Curtis, Hahn, Waddell, own by How- The entire Impressive and to this brave of the five veterans tnd three retor- t'American War many beautiful of mill. In World War I, the young man was called to his country's serv- ice, leaving Lincoln with a Lo- gan county contingent on May 24, 1918, for Camp Gordon, Ga. and in a short time was trans- ferred to Camp Merritt, N.J. He left there July 22 for overseas duty in France, just two months and seven days from the time he was called. In the meantime, he had been advanced to Corporal in Company K, llth Infantry, 5th Division. In France, he soon saw active service, finally serving in the Argonne Offensive, being kill- ed in action in that great battle on Nov. 10, 1918, just the day be- fore the Armistice was signed and the World War came to a close. He was aged 27 years, 7 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his death, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry] Fuiten, five sisters, Mrs. Nora I Billings of Hartsburg, Mrs. Car- I rio Robinson, Misses Margaret.[ Lena and Ada Fulton of Lake I Fork; three brothers, William of I Elkhart; Fred and Russell, of] Lake Fork. Besides the immediate family, he is survived by his grandpar- ents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Kellem of Springfield, and grandmother, Mrs. Fred Fuiten of Lake Fork. The young man was widely known and had many friends who sincerely regret his life's de- parture. CUSTODIANS FOR LEGION HOME Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Yagow were the custodians of the build- ing for a number of years, not only taking care of the building and grounds, but Mrs. Yagow served various clubs and handled wedding receptions and parties. Mr. and Mrs. Herloph Sather are now custodians of the build- ing and grounds. ---SIL.T]hL EDITION (Times.News, ML Pulmdd, 111.) TH17RSDAT, JULY 1, 1N1 Legion Auxiliary DR. C. M. MERRIMAN FIRST LEGION Gin,fed Clmrfer COMMANDER, RAY TRIBBETI' AD,rI'. February 14, 1923 Charter Grained lights, all re-modeling expense ......... Ryman-Fuilen Post to be paid for by the American ,,,,a Mtr--l-Ia , -- ,,^ Legion at the rate of six dol- "-:. -'"-:'7 "'." .... ' January z, hyzu. lars ( 00 "r mo ''h ,.-"' ,l-- First Fresmem .... " ............ " Of Organization The American Legion Auxili. ary's (Ryman-Fuiten Unit 447) first meet, was held May 9, 1922, in the American Legion Club Rooms, upstairs in the Lang building on South Washington St. A temporary charter was issu- ed June 16, 1922. The permanent charter was issued Feb. 14, 1923. There were 15 names on the ap- plication for Charter, namely: Miss Marie Hahn, first president; Mrs. Leona Moore, Mrs. T. W. :Moore, Mrs. H. C. Gruber, Mrs. Wm. E. Holmes, Mrs. Ida Scrog- gin, Mrs. Louise Drobisch, Mrs. Florence Meister, Mrs. Mine Gru- At the end of World War I on re-modeling cost was paid. Then Nov. 11, 1918, an organization to free of all expense to the Amer- be known as the American Le- ican Legion with the police de. glen was formed in Paris, France. the postofflce to This occurred during the month of December, 1919, and its mem- bership was to include person- nel of the United States armed forces who received an honorable discharge. A public meeting of all hon- orably discharged U. S. veter- partment and occupy the ground floor. The organization moved into the court house and all went well until someone conceived the Idea of an Abraham Lincoln Shrine and what become of the 99-year lease no one seems to know. With the loss of the home, ans was called that same month membership dwindled, and head. at Peter Gingry's Confectionery quarters were maintained at the located on the north side of the following locations - the Beldler !square in Mt. Pulaski, Ill., now Building, Dr. Wait Building, Beld- the site of Dr. Hamm's dental ler Theatre Building, and the Sey- office building. Few were present due to the fact that many had not yet re- her, Miss Lola Hahn, Mrs. Mar- turned from active duty. Never- garet Hahn, Mrs. Martha Lucas, the-less an organization was Mrs. Araminda Ryan, Mrs. Letha formed to he known as Ryman- Drobisch, Miss Emma Hagen- Fulton Post No. 447 . Mt. Pul- buch. The following names were add- ed to the 15 when the Charter was closed March 1, 1923, and all appear on the Charter Member- ship Roll now at the present Le- aski, Ill. The Post was named in honor of Herbert D. Ryman, then a prac- ticing doctor in Mt. Pulaski, Ill., and Zachary Fuiten of Lake Fork, Ill., both of whom sacrificed their for Building. At the end of World War II interest in the American Legion began to re- vive, both with the veterans and the general public. During the fall of 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Everett $arvis approach. ed the American Legion Post No. 447, as to the possibilities of a Home sponsored by them, that might he of service to the corn. munity. Details were worked out and gion Home: Mrs. Cora Ryman, Mrs. Blanche Harrison, Mrs. Etta Baker, Mrs. Josie Sanborn, Mrs. Jessie Turley, Mrs. Ruth Long, Miss Dessie Crow, Mrs. Alvada Crowe, Miss Forrest Crowe, Miss Rose Gulso, Mrs. Ida Gordon, Mrs. Bernice Moore, Mrs. Lela Downing, Miss Nora Hagenbuch, Mrs. Ruby Hag- lives that others might live. a site was purchased from the An application made to the F. W. Obermiller Estate, now the United States government for a Home of the American Legion Charter was granted and signed Post No. 447, Mt. Pulaski, HL0 by the following members: and without a doubt is most Ray Tribbett, deceased, Welby outstanding within the commun. Moore, Oscar E. Curtis, deceased, ity. Walter E. Hagenbuch, Wallace Thus the American Legion and Kautz, James E. Neiley, Walter the Mr. Pulaski community say, M. Drobisch, deceased, Elmer "Thanks" to Mr, E. P. Jarvls enbuch, Mrs. Lucia Wagner, Mrs. Meister, Sr., Emmett Baker, Earl Laura Fulton, Mrs. Delilah Du- E. Holmes, Oscar G. Hahn, de- boee, Miss Fie Handlin, Mrs. ceased, Clarence J. Hahn, deceas- Georgia Horn, Mrs. Hazel Moist- ed, Elmer Waddell, Hershel E. [ er, Mrs. Minnie Scroggin, Shrader, Charles L. Spenler, de- Marguerite Anderson, Mrs. Rupp, Mrs. Lena Silky, Miss Lydia Hatfield, Mrs. Lela Wilham, Mrs. luline Bertoni, Mrs. Helen Buck- les, Mrs. Jennie Buckles, Mrs. Nell Merriman, Mrs. Viola Cox, Mrs. Clara Kautz, Mrs. Grace Barnes, Mrs. Emma Sehrader, Mrs. An- geline Wacaser, Miss Dorothy Holmes, Mrs. Augusta Duboce. The organization moved with the Legion from place to place until in 1946 they moved to the present Legion Home. Their work consists of Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans and Service to their families, and Child Wel- fare; also, assisting the Legion in every way possible. Present officers for 1961 are: President: Ethel Downing Vice-Pres: Ethel Hutchison Secretary: Dorothy Hanslow Treasurer: Linda Rentmeister Sergeant-At-Arms: Oma Baker. Historian: Marilyn Durehholz. MEETING PLACE FOR CLUBS Two luncheon organizations use the Legion Home for their regu- lar meetings. The Rotary Club meets there every Thursday noon and the Lions Club every other Thursday evening. ceased, Donald L. Moore, Wm. F. Ray, deceased, Cecil M. Merri- man, Ross G. Cooper, Harry Leap- ley, deceased, Rodman Duboce, deceased, Merle V. Watson, Louie Gobleman, Harold G. Tom- linson, deceased Signed Jan. 12, 1920. Knowing the need for a head. quarters it was decided to rent !the upstairs rooms in the Lang building now the Langenbahn's apartment. This was done under the commandership of N. L. Hub- bard and Ray Tribbett as his ad- jutant. The rooms were supplied with equipment purchased from dona- tions of the general public. During the year 1922 the Mt. Pulaski City Council had the idea of remodeling the upstairs of the Court House (now the Lincoln Shrine) to be used as a Legion Home. Under the leadership of Brooks R. Atchison, Mayor; Chris Weller, Alderman; Win. B. Jenner, Alder. man; Gee. L. Meister, Post No. 447 Commander and Ray Tribbett, Adjutant, a very satisfactory lease was prepared and signed by both parties. The lease called for a 99.year occupancy, free heat, water, and BEAUTIFUL SETTING FOR FINE LEGION HOME n {deceased) and Mrs. Blanche G. Jarvis, a Sil-Tennial resident. American Legion Ryman-Fuiten Post #447 Mt. Pulaski, Ill. Commanders 1920--C. M. Merriman 1921--N. L. Hubbard 1922--C_,eorge L. Meister 1923---Floyd E. Downing 19PA--George L. Meister 1925--Ben W. Ely 1926--Ben W. Ely 1927--Frank Talmage 1928---Errol Ryan 1929---Errol Ryan 1930--Errol Ryan 1931--Errol Ryan 1932---Errol Ryan 1933--T. A. Gupton 1934---T. A. Gupton 1935---T. A. Gupton 1936---T. A. Gupton 1937--T. A. Gupton 1938--T. A. Gupton 1939---Carl Dunkle 1940--Walter Sams 1941---Corge L. Meister 1942--George L. Meister 1943---George L. Meister 1944--George L. Meister 1945---George L. Meister 1946---Frank W. Buehler 1947--Chas. H. Anderson 1948--Julian Sams 1949--Hersehel Hoyden 1950--Herschel Hayden 1951--Harry Milner 1952--Leslie Braun 1953---Everett Maxhelmer 1954---Everett Maxheimer 1955---John Kerschner 1956---Leigh Broughton 1957--Leren Meister 1958--Aaron Rlggs 1959---Edward Freschauer, $r. 1960--Corge Zebrun 1961--Albert Horn Legion Finances Upkeep of Home The local American Legion Post in appreciation of the fine gift of the Jarvis' to their organization and the community, have made strenuous efforts to keep the building in a good state of repair and maintain it full time. The organization for a num- bet of years staged the celebra. tions Mount Pulaski has had each fall, and the profits from this went toward the building up- keep. Stag suppers and various other money-raising affairs have enabled the Legion to keep the Home oyen at all times and make it a very attractive place for gath- erings of all kinds. The huge flagpole which stands in front of the home was the gift of Herb Fink. i,i /