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Courthouse Restoration... 1 (Continued from preceding page) .. ,. ......... | -- -- rne Ilre, snows tnat prooae tOOK] was a tentative local law associ- place m the County Court in Mr.| ate of Abraham Lincoln. Parks t'u!aski November 17, 1855. | rounde o nd tnrn]. Another will transcript, filed ....... d u the cases a__ L ....... af | tried them at law terms, ter the fire, shows probate at| Parks was elected to the leg- Lincoln February 4th, 1856. The| actual transfer therefore, took lslature when a resident of ML place between the said dates] Pulaski. Moving to Lincoln in and after the December, 1855,1 1856, he was a delegate to the decision, or probably in the lat- Chicago convention in 1860, at which Lincoln was nominated ter part of December, 1855. J for president. President Lincoln I appointed him federal judge in Lincoln's Mail Idaho. He was a member of the statein ls000cnstitutinal convention Box On Display L00cey came ,o Mr. Pulas00 At Cour00 House from southern Illinois in the SIL-TENNIAL EDITION, (Times.News, Mr. Pulaski, IlL) THURSDAY, JULY early 40's and was the town's Thursday, Mm/ 9, 1940 first licensed lawyer. He intro- Another interesting article has dueed Douglas to an audience been added to the collection of in Lincoln during the Lincoln. Douglas contest for United States antiques in the old Logan Coun- Senator. He died in 1886. ty Court House in the Mount Pulaski public square, now own. William H. Young was also a ed by the State of Illinois and re- member of the Mount Pulaski stored as an Abraham Lincoln bar, as was also A. J. Turley. A- Memorial Shrine, the period of mong others who appeared in its use as a seat of justice being Justice courts were Ezekiel Bow- from 1848 to 1855, at which time man, Horace Ballou and N. M. Abraham Lincoln rode the old Whitaker. Bowman was twice 8th judicial circuit. elected sheriff of the county, In the days in Springfield when once county treasurer and was an early school commissioner. Lincoln was a struggling lawyer, before he was elected president Judge David Davis, who al- of the United States, he had a ways presided over the Mount private lock box in the post Pulaski circuit court, was ap- office for his mail. The govern- pointed by President Lincoln to ment decided to place new fix- the Supreme Court of the United tures in the Springfield post- VAUGHN DE LEATH, First Lady of Radio, and a former Mount States and was later U.S. Sen. office, and S. Linn Beidler, the ator and acting Vice-President of Mount Pulaski postmaster, ac- Pulaskian, is shown holding the post office box of Abraham Lincoln the United States. Judge Thomas quired the old fixtures for the at the local shrine. She made a visit here some years ago to visit R. Skinner was continuously local postofffice, which were us. old friends and see the changes made in the city of her birth. She county judge at M. Pulaski. ed here for many years. And with now lies in Mount Pulaski's City of the Dead.--Times-News Photo Under the law in force in Mt. these fixtures came the Lincoln Pulaski county seat days, all lock box. "free white males" between the For a long time it was used COURTHOUSE GIVEN BY STATE ages of 18 and 45 were required by the Mount Pulaski Wind Mill TO SCHOOL DISTRICT IN 1856 to equip themselves with a "good Co., and when modern equip- musket, fuzee or rifle" and en- ment was installed here the late Buildg and Squ[ county and in AD 1856 the Legis- roll in the state militia. A.O. Vonderlieth took possess- Annual militia musters took ion of it and it was later given Reverted, However, lature of this state enacted:m 'rhat the old Court House in Lo- place in April of each year and to his sons, Henry L. and Walter TO Ci in 1878 gan County located in the Town these were gala occasions. Capt. of New York City, and Julius of John Shoup was the commander Cleveland, Ohio. The Vonderlieth In the year A.D. 1836 the or- of Mt Pulaski in said County be of the company at Mt. Pulaski. brothers were anxious that it iginal town of Mount Pulaski and the same is hereby donated Voters at elections were re-be placed in the old court house, was laid off, surveyed and plat-to said Town for School and quired to "first announce their and last week it was turned over ted by Dr. Barton Robinson and Seminary purposes forever." own names to the election offic, to custodian Gottlieb C. Zah by others. The plat, survey and ae- Section three (3) of same act ers "and then the names of the City Attorney George J. Smith. In knowledgement thereof provides further provides: "That from persons for whom they wished this fitting setting the mail box and states that "Block 23 is set and after the expiration of two to vote." is now attracting much attention, apart as a public square". A- (2) years from the passage of Expense records show that the In Springfield the box was num. gain in the acknowledgment of this act said House shall be un- courthouse at Mount Pulaski was bered 3432, and in Mount Pulaski the plat and survey this Inn- der the control and supervision lighted at night, when light was number 31. guage occurs: "And I do hereby of the Board of School Directors required, by tallow candles, for myself and as agent afore- f the School District in which The "horological cradle" case so famous in Lincoln biography Mount Pulaski Shrine said forever quit claim to the said Town of Mt. Pulaski is Public all my exclusive right and situated." In the year AD 1878 was tried at Mt. Pulaski before Items of Interest also the exclusive right of those the School Directors of said Judge Davis, Abraham Lincoln being attorney for the plaintiff. A statue of Abraham Lincoln for whom I act to and in all the School District ceased to use the County Seat Removal in a frock court is in the School streets, alleys and public grounds old Court House and Public Commissioner's office at the Mt. of said Town." Square for school purposes and At the outset then here is an removed the public schools there- railroadIn 1852(nowthe Altonthe Chicago & Sangamon& A1- yearsPUlaSkiold.Shrine" It is over 100 express dedication of Block from into new buildings erected ton) extended its line from Twenty three (23) to the public on a new school site purchased Springfield, through Logan coun- The sheriff's office at the for the purposes of a public for that purpose. ty, to Bloomington. A town site Shrine naturally has these two square without any other special Since the year AD 1872 the was laid out in 1853 on the ex- ancient items: a Springfield rifle designation of the use Town of Mt. Pulaski has been or- tension right of way, one mile and a Springfield shotgun. In 1848 the County Seat of the ganized into a village under the from old Postville. Its proprietors An unique torch carried by Al County having been removed to general laws of this state and named it Lincoln in honor of W. Causey, a member of the Re- Mt. Pulaski, the citizens of that thereby succeeded to all the their attorney, Abraham Lincoln. publican Marching Club of Meta- place and surrounding country, rights and incurred the obliga- In February of 1853, the pro-:mora in the campaign of 1888. out of their private means, erect- tions of the Town of Mt. Pulaski. prietors secured the passage of An eagle rests atop the long ed a Court House on the Public Prior to the passage of the Act a legislative bill submitted to handle with the torch burners Square, without the aid or offici- of 1856 the Lots around the Pub- the voters of Logan county the from the tops of both wings. This al permission or objection of the lic Square m Block 23 m had proposition of again changing is in the surveyor's office of the Town of Mt. Pulaski, for said been sold out to private parties the county seat, this time from Mount Pulaski Shrine. Town had not then been organ-who owned and occupied many Mount Pulaski to the new rail- Approximately 4,000 visitors to ized. Afterwards the County seat of them. Under these circum- road townsite, the Mount Pulaski Lincoln Me-was removed from Mt. Pulaski to stances my opinion in writing is At the ensuing election in No- morial Shrine, register there each Lincoln, and the Court House and desired as to what the present vember of 1853, a majority rot- year. Visitors come from all over Public Square was abandoned by legal status of the old Court ed for the change, whereupon the United States. the County authorities of Logan House and Public Square is. In George W. Turley and others se- cured from Circuit Judge Davis .... ,. an injunction restraining the  erection of county buildings in Lincoln, based on 'alleged irregu- larities in the passage of the submission bill. Later, Judge Davis dissolved I I this injunction on the ground that the irregularities had been I I I removed by later legislative ac- tion. The case then went to the State Supreme Court, which, at its December, 1855, session, sus. tained the dissolution of the in- junction. While the election transferr. ing the county seat occurred in November of 1853, 'actual trans- :fer did not take place until the rendering of the Supreme Courl decisions, which was hand down subsequent to the second Monday in December of 1855. The county records were de. stroyed by a courthouse fire in ARTIST'S DRAWIHG OF DISTRICT SCHOOL after school district by the State Legislature. W.G. Lincoln April 15, 1857, but a county seat had been moved to Lincoln in 1853. Snyder, G. Huck and J. Sims, were the school transcript of the probate of the The first term of school was held in 1857 in the directors, and W. H. Derby, principal. Of old courthouse which had been given to the other words: Has the Mt. Pulaski the right ship and control over House and Public Square use of the general public that right remain with the directors of said school To reach a correct the premises three points be considered viz: First: Did the dedication d Robinson and others vest simple title in the ToWn Pulaski for the use of the public or did it only easement or right of use Public Square m said the use and benefit of the al public. Second. Did the Le ess the power to pass ready alluded to take from the general use of the Public S( and set it apart for poses as against the Town of Mr. Pulaski general public and owners under the d fore mentioned. Third: If the Le ed that power, what the non-user for school on the rights of the rectors and School in? In respect to the first tion it is believed that the aid of statutory the dedication of Dr. *and others would vest Town of Mt. Pulaski for fit of the general public ment or right of use the statute law on the Plats and dedications of this dedication must and, it must first be this plat of Dr. drawn up, certified in compliance statutes then in force, act providing for the of Town plats' in AD 18.33, in statutes of 1839. In is in said act Sec. 5, "The plat or map out, certified, recorded as required every donation or public or any individU. dividuals, religious cieties, or to an bodies politic, as such on said plat or r be deemed in law and a sufficient the fee simple of all or parcels of land as in expressed and shall ered to all intents as a general such honor or honOrs and representatives to Ionee or lonees, tees for his or their uses or purposes or intended and for no or purpose whatever," While it may be concile the provision ute with the known lish grammar yet it at a glance that the title to the public this act of force of said the Town of Mt. pul; people thereof for and uses of a in the language "for no other use whatsoever.'" Did, islature have the the act of AD remembered that at act was passed the Public Square them, if not all private as well as ets and rights had the lot owners their lots with twenty three (23) square had and still have that on Block twenty maining a public use of the dedication executed contract Dr. Robinson ture with the for the use )ublic and with )wners around for their use and such was inviol protected under the federal ing contracts croachments of