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(Tlm.Nvs, Mr. PukmkL m) AY,/ULY 13, INI Of START WO00, 1931, As ON COURTHOUSE (June 23, 19) Shd With the awarding of contracts ne in Springfield the first of the (At 20, 1936) week for the completion of the restoration of the court house in of remodeling the Mount Pulaski as a Lincoln Me- converting it morial Shrine, active work will Memorial Shrine begin on the building the first the first of the week of next week. The Simmons Co., pleasant bit of news of Decatur, who will handle the here, who were igeneral restoration work, brought see the building re- i par t of their equipment here yes- original appearance, terday. which has been Award of contracts total $16,558 the exterior worl for restoration and rehabilitation of the Rothwell of the historic Mount Pulaski nd the Central Iron. court house, Logan county, where were awarded Abraham Lincoln once practiced for this part of the law, has been announced by F. Lynden Smith, director of the de- began work the partment of public works and on the masonry buildings. down the large on the north of the old, was relieved of his duties d bricking up the WORKERS STRIKE as custodian by the State Depart- ON COUIHOU$ F- JOB ment of Public Works and Build- ings, and in his place and now of the building i (Aug. 4, 1935) occupying the position is Lawr- to its original i A small strike took the spot- ence O. Montgomery, of Illiopolis, With the sandblast. !light at the courthouse project who received his appointment from the brick Monday morning, when the corn- through the state civil service weathering for be covered with men laborers struck for a higher commission. Paint to protect the wage. Mr. Montgomery comes to Mt. Six chim- The contracting company Pulaski well qualified to take which is from Decatur, was un- care of his new duties and give however,be built,threefiVe oni der the impression that a 65 cent the state the best of service. north and south wage scale prevailed here, for will be taken common labor. The Lincoln union OTHER CUSTODIANS under which jurisdiction it is end. COncrete walk about claimed this job comes, has a 75 OF COUrHOUS - be taken up for cent per hour wage scale. about four feet and The men accepted their checks (Mmh 17, 19Q) to grass. The on the week end but did not cash Fred J. Roth, who served as floor will them. They are back at work, custodian of the old Logan about four feet however, although the matter of county court house in Mount floor being raised wages is still pending. Pulaski public square, now an to conform to Abraham Lincoln Memorial P T ib Shrine, for four years and eight The upper oen r u'e months, completed his duties on in the same the ceiling of To Courfhouse Monday, March 14. On the fol- lowing day the new custodian, only about ten (Aug. 13, 1942) J.H. Stuart, began his work in appearance of The front page picture in the that capacity. entrance will be Times-News Pictorial Weekly of Mr. Stuart received his appoint- the building of Thursday, July 10, 1942, showing merit in Springfield last week. He Steps up to the en- a view of the old Logan county is a well-known resident, having the east entrance court house in the Mount Pulaski ived here for many years. will also be public square over 90 years ago, Stuart served under Gov. Stev- used in the when the city was county seat :risen four years ann was then sills will be of Logan county, was the inspir- replaced by Fred Roth, who serv- The brick to ation for a poem, written by a ed two terms under Gov. Startton, new chimneys and former Mount Pulaskian, Mrs. the windows are Virgie Smediey Beidier, wife of Welcovhe to Mount Pulaski ! r "PACI ZAH FIRST CUSTODIAN OF COURTHOUb $H3INE (Mar. 2O. ll) When the State of Illinois took over the old Logan County Court House in the Mount Pulaski pub- lie square to restore as an Abra- ham Lincoln Memorial Shrine, they appointed Gottlieb C. Zah as custodian, on Jan. 26, 1936. Since that time Mr. Zah had been in charge of the building and grounds, and gave eminent satis- faction in his duties. After the restoration was com- pleted and the old court house opened to the public Mr. Zah had taken several thousand visit. ors through and imparted much information to them. With the coming of Mar. 15, 1941, Mr. Zah, now over 79 years Aufhenfic Ones (Fob. HL I4) A gavel used by Judge David Davis in the court room of the Mount Pulaski court house, has been given to the Memorial Shrine by Mrs. Beatrice Whitaker Shull and her aunt, Mrs. Martha Mac Harper of Decatur. After the old court house was no longer used as the county seat, the gavel was kept by Na- than Whltaker, who was a Just- ice of the peace in Mount Pulaski and who operated the Mount Pu- laski House on the west side of the square during the time the county seat was located here. Paintings of Squire Nathaniel Whttaker and his wife, have been presented to the Memorial by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beidler, and are hanging on the first floor hall of the structure. After the death of Squire Whit. aker the gavel passed to his granddaughter, Mamie then to Thomas Whitaker and finally to Mrs. Herbert, daugh- ter of Thomas Whitaker. She is now 81 years old. Seats from the French's Chapel church, northwest of the city have been purchased by the Division of Parks, State of Ill. inois, and will be put in the court room. This is in keeping with re- collection of Mr. Capps, and oth- ers, who stated the court room seats were like old church pews. Also, this type of bench is in the Metamora court house where they have the original seats. Signs are to be placed over the different office doors to show what the rooms were used for. The six downstairs rooms were: 1st, county court and county clerk; 2rid, circuit clerk and re- corder; 3rd, sheriff; 4th, county treasurer; 5th, county school com. missioner; 6th, county surveryor. One of the small rooms up- stairs was the jury room, and the other, the office of Circuit Judge David Davis, who was the only Judge to set on the bench in Mr. Pulaski. sand briclwhich Was able to secure of the interior until the next the first an additional is to be asked for restoration to be 3LAS Press and Tribune pl.860, printed an rlvate letter writ- and intelli- in Kentucky, to in Chi- the follow. ern opinions to you, true that to the election of and would Our most seem to re- to have confi- fairness t he stands on that his and to invade but they because he relative to the In the territories to the Southern and can- coln - respect. )f pictures at the here shows of Abraham made from late Herbert Tomb George C. Beidler of Chicago. She says: 'q'hat bleak picture gave a tug at my heartstrings." The poem follows: Lines to the Old Court Homm So this is how you looked To the booted, overalled men, Who laid you brick on brick How proud they must have been. Foursquare you are and solid, Warmed by great logs of wood Lighted by tallow candle, Where a bar of justice stood. We've grown so used to ments, Flowers and grass and trees; To modern homes and You seemed a part of these. Of deep mud and Indians, What do we know now ? Hard work to be clothed and fe But they had to know how. Skyscrapers have been built, And razed to earth again; Since your walls grew apace And first felt sun and rain. May the shadows of greatness falling, Athwart the worn old floor; Lead us to grateful thinking Of the gallant days of yore. It wouldn't be ML Pulaski, Without you crowning the hill; We gladly honor your every phase, Proud that you stand there still V.B. NEW CUSTODIAN AT MEMORIAL SHRINE (Mar. 13, 1941) A new custodian will take charge of the Mount Pulaski Me- morial Shrine on Saturday of this week when Gottliek C. Zah, pres- ent custodian will be replaced by Lawrence Montgomery of Illi- opolis. Mr. Zah has been the efficient custodian of the courthouse since it was restored as a historical site in 1938, and while he regret- ted receiving notice that his ser- the Mount vices were no longer required, be seen in was expecting dlsmts! due to etflee oft he a change in the state admln BILLY BUN/O, well-known to Pulasbians in the put generation, spent his latter years near Narita, devoting his time to weaving willow baskets which were always in demand. LINCOLN HELD COURT UNDER OAK TREE In 1840, Abraham Lincoln tried a law suit under a white oak tree on a farm, which later belonged to Joseph Ream, north of Mr. Pulaski. The old Dement mill- stand, with its dam, was the first on Salt Creek and had rights that were enerouched upon by a dam built a few miles below, known as the Spence Dam. The water from the dam below, backed up the the Dement dam and stopped the great water wheel. Dement brought suit and em- ployed Lincoln to prosecute the case. The trial was heard before a local justice of the peace, prob- ably 'Squire George W. Turley', a jury was empanelled. Lincoln made one of his characteristic ar- guments and Dement won the suit. LOST COURTHOUSE TO LINCOLN IN 1954; CARRIED IT TO COURT At the session of the General Assembly of 1853, an act passed the Legislature providing for the submission to a vote of the peo. pie of Logan county the pro. position of moving the county seat from Mt. Pulaski to the pres- ent site of Lincoln. Pursuant to this act a vote was taken, re. suiting in favor of removal George W. Turley and others of Mt. Pulaski filed their bill In the Logan county court to re- strain the county officers from erecting county buildings at the new location, on the grounds that, as appeared by the legislao tire journal, the act had not been read in the House of Repre. sentatives the full number of times required by the Constitu. tion, and so was no law. Afterwards, in February of 1854, the same Legislature met" in extra session, and on the re. collection of members and by the manuscript minutes of the clerk of the House of Rrepresentatlves, amended its journal so that it showed the bill, or act, had been read the requisite number of tim. es. At the ensuing term of court, the county of Logan, being de- fendant in the bill for injunction, read the requisite number of times, averring that the bill had, in fact, been read the requisite number of times, and also averring the amendment of the Journal as aforesaid, and there- on moved the court to dissolve the injunction. The court, David Davis, Judge, at the September term, A. D. 1854, dissolved the injunction and dismissed the bill. An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court from the Judg. ment of the lower court, John T. Stuart represented the complain. ants, and Abraham Lincoln rep- resented the county of Logan. The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court, holding that the Legislature had a right at the same or a subsequent session to correct its own Journa by a- mendments which show the true facts as they actually occurred, when they are satisfied that the truth has been omitted. SIL.TENNIAL GREETINGS... FARMER'S GRAIN COMPANY LATHAM, ILL, PHONE: OR 4.5331 SIL- TENNIAL CELEBRATION 00lank of (0000eetnut: FARM LOANS AUTO LOANS BANK BY MAIL SERVICE Checking Accounts Savings Accounts CHESTNUT, ILLINOIS I