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EDITION (Titan-News, Mr. PulaskL ILL) THURSDAY, JULY IS, INI PAPERS AND PUBLISHERS TO SERVE COMMUNITY Consolidated In 1932 Times.News as one of the towns in the of Mount Pulaski, a newspaper, the that of Francis Who established The 1870. He did not con- Publisher for long, by John Bush. fear in August, took over the changed the name to Then in July, 1873, taken over by Joel changed the name Star. Dunbar a- the name soon The Mount Pulaski it until Oc- When he sold it. the Mount was started by Brothers, but sold in C. Suttle. He disposed to O. G. Bekemeyer, the Times in 1882. were now united .n. In 1884 Smedley began the of the Mount Pulaski The following year, year of Mount Pu- Centennial celebra- sold the business Linn Beidler, who name to the Mount News, conduct- in connection drug store on of the square. remained with until 1902, after which Was published for 30 Rell C. and Paul E. the building on West across the alley Bank. The Old In the Beidler family Was sold to Harry 1932, who paper with his Mount Pulaski he had bought in Year. The paper then as the present Times.News. Pulaski Times, by Harry iay, 1932, had pre- as the Mount being combined Pulaski Times in Robert L. Conn in the earl the paper to the who published of years, then sell- and Matilda Eyrse. the automobile Cer Gordo for a went back into Per business at REFLECTIONS By H. ]. WUle (July 16, 1959) "Old Faithful," the pride of Yellowstone Park, has a counter- part in Motmt Pulaski. Mount Pulaski's "Old Faithful" attained his coveted goal of four score years this week The local counterpart has been "spouting" words instead of wat- er these many past years. We knew of no mcm who has had a closer relationship or deep- er interest in his community than has Paul Beldler. In his role as an editor and publisher of the Mount Pulaski News for many years, it was al- ways Mount Pulaski first, them the rest of the world. He worked long hours in those .ears, not only to earn a liveli- hood, but to serve to the utmost, the community he is so proud of. He has touched every segment of the comunity life and it has always been good. With a sense of humor and an ability to see the humorous side of a drab or ommonpksce inci- dent- His writings have been homely accountings of the doings of his neighbors--- Their comings and goings, their Joys and sorrows, their activities and their contributions to the community. He has been such an intimate part of the community life that he is a walking mscyclopedia of Mount Pulaski of yesteryears. His evaluation and tribute to those who have passed ms to that unknown world beyond, have been a source of great comfort and solace to countless loved ones. He wrote as he thought with no attempt to glorify his writings as )riceleu gems of rhetoric. They were words written L-cm is heart to the hearts of his readers. We will eventually miss that phase of Paul Beid/or, and so will our S When we liken Paul to "Old FaithfuL" we are paying tribute to his loyalty, which has known no hounds. The fact that he sold his paper to us and then became a part of the Times-News org in 1932, could well have disgruntled some folks---but not Paul Beldler. Eyrse died while He helped us fight our battle ng the Times and as though they were his own ng broken in health, personal combats, i F. Myers, was ap- And in those mm2y  we conservator, selling have heard not ode word   to the present or back-biting. Pulaski Times- with the rest Pulaski business a few years building on the the square, then Odd Fellows build- northwest corner of as it outgrew its in August, 1940, plans in Hotel build- aIfair, was pur- Mount Pulaski Loan Association, remodel- moved into on South Wash- Years later the on the and is now ness office. BUILDS 1938) of Market, is at the rear on the west side Which to house storage plant. Which is of brick almost half com- Underhill in 30 dav. That is a tribute that can be paid few mon, including this pub- lisher. We firmly believe that when we took over the Mount Pulaski News in 1932, that we inadqzteut- Iy prolonged the life of paul E. Beldler. Not too robust in health and somewhat older than ourselves, we relieved him of the heavy burden of work as well as the re- sponsibtlity of making a country weekly continue to broathe dur- ing thoso depressing days of the thirties. His picture taken Tuesday on his 80th birthday, belies his ago. Paul we've never seen you look so good. even though you may not feel that way. We are proud to have had the privilege of associating with you so clesely and to have bad your loyal frisndshlp and trust. This is iu no some an obituary, but a feeble attempt to let you and our subeailx know, Just how doepiy we have your fine loyalty twenty.seveu yoars. To us, you will always be "Old to the MR. NEWSPAPERMAN HIMSELF--PAUL E. BEIDLER The Big Blast... By Phllllp Bertoai The explosion of an o1 tank car has left behind it a devastat- ed area . cluttered with all inds of contorted material things. A reeky odor hovers over the mass of torn and twisted steel; and the June morning is dull and dark and misty. Some smoke still rises from the ruins, which blends in with the gray sky overhead. There is a very large hole, quite deep . . . with no sizeable lumps of dirt remaining within. Tons of earth lie in streaky paths, showing very effectively the lines of force which were established as the dirt was pushed up, out, and away in all directions from the explosion point. A stretch of track now lies broken and curled like ribbon at the edge of the huge crater. A portion of highway running somewhat parallel to the railroad is covered with this earth --this scorched and pulverized earth. The tank car--the source of all the destruction about it indeed is no longer a unit of transportation, having been rip- ped and severed and whose halves are now resting in twist- ed wreckage many yards apart. A sooty residue covers much of the scattered debris and the scene is brightened only by patches of spilled flour here and there. Editor's Note: The above was written as a class assignment by Phillip at Notre Dame University and rated an Excellent. KIDS ENJOYED SNEAKING INTO OLD OPERA HOUSE The kids used to sneak into the Scroggin Opera House. That was something dear to the hearts of the kids back in the 1880's and 1890's, when Scroggin Opera House was going good, and many road shows were coming to Mount Pulaski. The seats were placed on plat- forms, and each one higher than the other, until reaching what was known as the balcony. The last platforms had enough space for boys to hide. At that time there was a wood awning along the south side of the building, supported by iron poles. The boys would climb these poles and get to the windows, then hiding un- der the platforms until they had a chance to sneak on to the bal- cony. This provided much sport for the kids. Maybe some of the adults reading this could have been among those sneakers?? [ As for the awning, in front of !part of the hotel, many travel- ing salesmen and regular hotel boarders would spend many sum- mer evenings sitting out on the sidewalk. Of course the coming of mov- ing pictures and the automobiles changed everything. Visitors to Mount Pulaski will find the city filled with gra- cious hosts and hostesses. Our folks have always had a fine rep- utation for friendliness and this occasion will fully prove it. It's a Pleasure to Serve World's Greatest Little City FOR several years it was our pleasure to serve Mount Pulaski community with bulk delivery of fuel oil and gasoline for both farm and city. NOW we have the added privilege to also serve the com- munity from our service station aud motel location here on the edge of Mount Pulaski. WE are very thankful for the patronage that has made our business successfuL and now that our city is celebrat- ing its 125th Anniversary, we extend sincere congratu- lations to every resident of the area. HAHN MOTEL AND SERVICE Skelly Gas -- TIRES -- Fuel Oil -- Metered Service PHONE SW2-5324 RAYMOND HAHN U.S. 54