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i !i ¸ KL r.DITION, (Tfmu.News, ML PulaskL IlL) THURSDAY, JULY 1961 Roberf .L. Conn, Former I / • ,,me. xled Infereshng Data / qOV TO nLlr ]Abraham Lincoln. It is told that | v_ __P----- I Mr. Mier, now Mt. Pulaski's old-[ • . ar 1847 lest citizen, when in his early " : Th ..... ['teens, was one of a group of ,,:b,ate :oert L Conn,farmers who became incensed -uSher of Mount Pul-|at a certain farm worker, who h,Les, compiled following|because of a grievance shocked  me Illinois Bar Journal of Jwh, ;,. o "ch left it L' he -- , ,,= ,,,  manner whl qifU  lw managing editor, |exposed to the weather, resulting ." |in loss to the owner. Because of . t Palmdd |this he was given a coat of tar dVulaski postoffice was|and feathers by men in the arch 2, 1839. With|neighborhood. Mier was arrest. on. of over three hun-led with the group and brought to ung that of PostviUe.[trial. They were defended by in 1847 inaugurated [Abraham Lincoln. Mier and the ent to bring the County others were acquitted., o DU_ng ir.°stville (Camden) to his service in the war r. Mier 7 rne proposition car- was taken prisoner at Guntown, ,n0 citizens raised the Mississippi and was confined In t, which was supple- Andersonville prison. )Y^a County appropri. Another resident of Mt. Pul- oo, to build a Court aski who remembers Lincoln is tta of Mt. Pulaski, where - historic structure that more of Mr. Lincoln's w practice than any 'e in Logan County, a- Interest the completion terior of the building, IAberr preserved for the ncoln Shrine. Prior ng title to the build- le State the old Court nY years had hous- ki's postoffice. The the building has been ) its former state, when red President as a cir- lawyer was in at- Pon practically every Lhe Court. ary 11, this year, with :# Under the auspices Pulaski Woman's Club, tg red oak trees from n State Park, where nt his young man. Were planted on the "roUnding the build- resentative /icholas fs. ML Pulaski delivered ]ecdad Here Uilding, which stands ter of the square in s section of the city, ne of many a hotly. legal battles. Judge was the sole judge lghth Circuit during he County Seat was tL Pulaski, and D=v- bell was the district's 93-year-old William Capps, son of Jabez Capps, founder of the town and Mt. Pulaski's first post. master. The Capps home during the days when Mr. Pulaski was the County Seat was the social center, where Lincoln and Doug- las and other leading members of the bar congregated. A third cousin once removed of Mr. Lincoln is Mrs. Susan Minerva Morris U pp, residing in Mt. Pulaski, whose parents are buried in the local cemetery and whose grandparents, Thomas Lincoln and Susanna Betz, are buried at Circleville, Ohio. ',,,v:\\; z ,,t,, ",, ,t, *,:, [ I had a part in the various Lln. Z',€,, £ coln Demonstrations during his political campagln riding in   ;v..,, floats and on horseback. Those a¢ €" ';: were great events and as people l/ , r from miles around and the     crowds were dense and enthtml. Jig.   .' astic. F "' "   V Mrs. O. T. Hackney (my aunt) r   " j Vh?erIotna Clark, adopted dau-     g f Dr. John Clark, and her ..... t 1/ home mentioned in this letter ,, - .......  l is the home now occupied by [l  •  Frank Snyder and family. Mrs. [ [ Hackney was born Jan. 6, 184/ Courthouse Geven I t U H : [ 't,? (@°ntinuedfr°mprecedingpage) \\; i   I power. I Dill. on Muncle, Corp, \\; [   i I Sec. 40, pages 2,53 and 254. Rich- \\;J L.J[ B [I land Co. vs Lawrence Co. 12 HL "|  " li l  [ 1. Montpelier vs East Montpeller l i ! i !t 29 Vt. 12 to 19. Town of Paulet \\; [] n I r  vs Clark 9 Cranch WT (sup ct) 1 n T  E 292 to 236. Dartmouth College i _  / I Case 4 Wheat. 518. On the SOC-  l ond proposition therefore l am of COUBTHOUSE AS IT APD WHEN USF.D AS POST OFFICE up until 1936 when the State of Illinois, which had bought the former Logan County Courthouse for $1.00, started restoring it  its original appearance. REMEMBERED LINCOLN AND JUDGE I). DAVIS HOLDING COURT HERE which was Just across the street, but he spent most of his time at our house with the other lawyers. I can remember of his cautioning the other lawyers when they became too noisy, that Special Bed Was Bui00 for 300-Pound Judge's Condort. December 13, 1934 Isstm Letter received bY Mrs- F, O. Mrs. Prudence Ann Capps Beid- ler, daughter of Jabez Capps and the mother of Paul E. and Rell C. Beidler, for many years publish- ers of The Mt. Pulaski News was the first white girl born in Mt. Pulaski. Lincoln Memorial Ma00er De,cared At Courthouse Going over some old newspap- er clippings, some Interesting in. formation is gained about the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Marker in the southwest corner of the Mount Pulaski Public the opinion that the Legislature exceeded its powers in passing the act transferring the use ot the building on the Public Square to the School Directors for school purposes; because the building was a part of the realty and the fee simple title to the realty was in the Town of Mt. Pulaski for the benefit of the general public and also for the use of private lot owners as we have already seen. It may be said that school purposes are public purposes, so they are, but the use in that case ia widely variant from the use which the general public have in a Public Square and it is easily seen that the use of thl MIt, dated Nov. 23, 1934. Wellington, Kansas Dear Minnie: Yes, I remember the Court house as it was very well. The lower floor was used for offices and upper floor for the Court room and you entered it from the west and the platform, or Judge's desk, was in the south- west corner. Father Clark, because of the poor tavern facilities and because l he had what was considered at that time a large house, accomo- dated a number of lawyers. A- mong them, I remember was Judge David Davis, a huge man who weighed about 300 lbs. and Square. More than ever, this Sil-so Father had a special bed or Tennial Year, everyone will re-cot built for him; and I can cognize its historical value. remember Governor Oglesby and The l Judge Parks and have indistinct clipping states: "The dedication of the Abra- recollection of others who came there. they were in a private home. block of ground was destroyed There was an old desk in Era- by this act of the Legislature ma Snyder's home which was disposing of the use of the build- used by father, and Lincoln tre. ings thereon for school purposes. quently would write on it as they All the public had a legal inter. probably did not have such good est in the use of this Publlc accommodations for writing as Square and the Legislature had father's doctor's office provided, no right to abridge and destroy Davis, afterwards was a supreme lthat use of transferring it to court judge and a part of the some other purpose. If then, this Hayes Electrical Commission and act of the Legislature wan In- United States Senator from Ill. valid and not binding, the right inois, of use and control and owner. Both your uncle Oscar and I ship over the Public Square was went to school in this building never lawfully taken from the after the County Seat was re- Town of Mt. Pulaski and vested moved to Lincoln. I can now re- in the Board of School Directors, member only Frank Fisk, Miss and therefore such use and con. Daggett and Jennie Baught a- trol remains with the Village mong my teachers. I remember authorities of the Village of ML how we used to have speaking I Pulaski as successors to the and reading in that old building, authorities of the Town of ML l was valedictorian of my class. Pulaski for the benefit of the One of the things they stressed general public. in that old building was singing. A discussion of the third point attorney. Judge ham Lincoln Memorial Marker in Skinner was con- the .southwest corner of the pub- OUnty Judge at Mt. lic square drew a large crowd to en Abraham Lincoln Mount Pulaski on Thursday, • ident he appointed The program started with a s a member of the parade of the Mount Pulaski Supreme Court. Township High School Band and Here Often grade school pupils and teach- of the old Court ers, led by the band. At the con- on many occasions clusion of the parade the band te high-pitched voice gave a short concert in the old . Well as the elo- court house grounds (public hn T. Stuart, Will. square), and was followed by the ',uon, William Fergu- township high school glee club [Oore, George H. Esta. singing "Illinois". The marching, p a .H. January, and counter-marching and drills Y said the building is the grade school pupils was ;cry few Court Hous- greatly appreciated. Stephen A. Douglas "The marker was then unveil-  argue his cases, ed by Mrs. S. Linn (Prudence) "cY, Who came to Mt. Beidler and J. R. Lebo. Ms. Beid- the South in the ler was the first female child , wan the town's first born in Mount Pulaski, a daugh- vY er. He introduced ter of one of its founders, Jabez '-Uglas to an audi- Capps. Mr. Lebo, who had come coin during the de- to Mount Pulaski from Latham, LeS Of Lincoln and represented the G. A.  Post of which he is one of the few re. [ire voting strength maining members. e time of the Civil "Hon. Henry Rathbone, of Chi- COunty furnished cago, was next introduced by the Union cause. Rev. Charles S. Bream, pastor of ol Volunteer com- the St. John's Lutheran Church, at Camp Yates, at and for one hour and a half held yes "the Lincoln his audience spell.bound by his egan County, cap- eloquence, while he drew a word rd D. Wyatt. picture of the last day of .the .r County soldiers martyred president, as he recmv- n battle were Leo ed it from his parents, who were John H. Duff. guests of President and Mm_. _Lm: Richard j. Ogles- coin in their box at the old #rora GOvernor of the Theater in Washington on the lrted States Sen- night he was assassinated. lrt. Governor "Judge Lawrence B. Stringer, wa- at his home of Lincoln, followed Mr. Rathbone m April, 1899. and held enraptured for another sh'd" I.  hour, the same audience, while , another volun- he gave a history of Logan court- War, who cele. ty and the early days of the birthday annl. pioneers. ry 13, 1938, con- "A horseshoe pitching contest e  ML Pulaski. l was held late in the afternoon. Abraham Lincoln knew the I member that song books were is therefore not necessary to a Capps family in Springfield and so high that each of us made our decision of the question submltt. usually stopped at their home own song book. ed for my opinion; nevertheless it seems plain to me that the IlnU nnn  SChool Directors in any event could only control and use for school purposes under the statute  of AD 1856, and this use being i I  abandoned, in my Judgment, the law will not commit the absurd- l ity and wrong of leavin a ub I lic square dedicated to g PuPblie llJUSeS, and of such comfort and lbenefit to the Public, when pro- !11 perly protected and cared for, to fall into decay and disuse, for [the want of some authority to I protect and care for it. [ Respectfully submitted April 20th, AD ames T. Hoblit, 1878. iml THIS PI OF KIMgARKM LIOL was presented to the Mount Pulaski Court House Shrine hy the late Mias Marie Dean at the Old Settlers Day program here In SePtember, 1957. OF JUDGE STmNCI00 , IN TIMES - NEWS (Dec. 0, J4) [ As a mark of friendship high esteem for Judge Lawrence B. Stringer, who was to have completed his 24th consecutive I year as county Judge of Logan county on Monday, Dec. 7, 1942, at which time he was going to retire from public life after more than a haft century of unexcell. ed service, the Mount Pulaski , Times.News in its issue of Dec. 3. printed a comprehensive article about his long and useful ca- ] reer, and in the Pictorial Section i carried a full front page picture I of Judge Str!nger,. taken in Au. [ eust at his aesK ;n his office 1 ,,,. Logan county court ho -,= use, byl Donald C. Beidler, of Manhassett, Long Island, N.Y. .......  "The day ended with a con- "-'Thnes-News Photo. Of De. i elcome to the Mount Pu1=t.,! $1/-Tennial Celebration July .!