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SZL.TENNIAI. EDIOH, ('Flm.Hews, Mr. Pulmdd, nL) THURSDAY, ,[[.T IS, Of Mount Pulaski Public I_i Sfarfed I le** them without a librarian, as [Miss Werlich was no longer a ]897 v||]b" [member of the club, having been [ dropped for non-attendance. The Scde J president, Mrs. Kathrine Lush- [baugh, consented to act until the incoming president could appoint LIBRARY FINE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY (MaT 15, ]947) of 1947 marks a half a new one. In January of 1898, the new president, Mrs. A. W. the Mount Pulaski Leslie ' appointed Mrs. Lushbaugh began as a grow- as librarian, with Mrs. Charles and the occasion Otis as assistant. Tuesday afternoon, the library club met Minstrel Show lkmefit session }n the library In June, 1898, a Lady Minstrel was ,staged and the sum of $51.65 tirae a history was giv- added to the book fund. The years by Mrs. Paul gentlemen of Mount Pulaski,, not to be outdone by the ladies, off- and the last 15 years Schmitz. ered to put on a minstrel show is what Mrs. Beidler for the benefit of the library. from old records: Since this was the first offer of help from the men, the ladies of  were delighted to accept, and "the first hun- nearly $100 was cleared. is the hardest," is The same year the ladies peti- but for the Mount tioned for space in the City Hall the first 50 years then being built, and it is record- ed in 1899 that they were promis- records are the ed some space, but seems to nev-Z the Literary Club of er have materialized. Mrs. X. F. Van R. In 1899 a lecture by Dr. Headly vice-president; Mrs. made a profit of $12.20, while a Lushbaugh, secretary, strawberry social earned $25.33. George Vonderlieth The 33c was donated by Ed Lin- coln to buy a book. A lecture course was sponsored minutes we gather There is a gap in the records in 1913. The first number in Janu- Preliminary ground from 1900 to 1902, but we learn ary brought $145.40 and the next id for the establish- from other sources that Mrs. Mae two numbers went in the "red". for it recorded O'Connor was appointed librarian Being a librarian in those days were given, in 1900 and served 40 years, was truly a labor of love, for it a cantata, entitled, Somewhere in the early 1900's is recorded that the club voted Which netted them the library was moved to the old to give the librarian 75c a week with socials, etc. Logan county court house build- the year round. In January, 1925, to $71.95. ing in the public square, occupy- the American Legion offered 64 Volumes ing a room previously used by rooms on the second floor of the Volumes were order the police magistrate. Later the courthouse as a meeting place for L. Beidler, and books were upstairs when the the club, and the hostesses were books donat- American Legion had headquart- Mrs. Geo. E. Suedmeier (then of of a library ers there. Chestnut), Mrs. Hester Evans and Solicit House To House Mrs. B. H. Keck. The meeting was librarian was Miss In 1902 the women conducted held on Feb. 3. Not all meetings assisted by Miss a house-to-house canvass to raise were held there, as the hostesses The library was funds. Mrs. Maude Stafford re- had their choice. Public Thursday aft- ported $50 at one meeting. At C, TomUmmn Gexrotm Giver another meeting Mrs. C, eo. Huck. In /anuary, 1928, Mr. Clarence Permanent place for reported canvassing Washington Tomlinson gave the library $100. a problem to street and had $6.40. Mrs. T. O. Previously he had given several March 23, 1897, Snyder and Mrs. Schurman made $20 dofiations. He was a real Were granted the 35 calls on Vine Street and re- friend of the library, as is T. A. a corner in the ceived $4.45, and one book. Mrs. Scroggin, who has given many $5 Church for their Robert Aitchison, Sr., reported she donations, and many other things was situated and Mrs. Coffman visited the east as will be shown later. on the lot later part of town and collected $3.95. In 1930 there were several plans Morris J. Myers, Final report was$71, to secure the church building a modern home On May 12, 1903, there was a known as the St. Agnes Mission, is now owned discussion of disbanding the Lit- as a library. Some interested men John H. Tendick. erary Club and forming a Library subscribed $800, and the ladies also invited to hold Board. At the next meeting, on were to raise the rest of the funds. in the church, May 26, a resolution to that effect Thru some misunderstanding the for the summer was voted on and carried. The ladies did not carry out their part new club was to be known as the in the allotted time, and the men Club Mount Pulaski Library Club. withdrew their offer as they was a cultur- The ladies favoring the new thought the ladies were not in- The programs re- club met on July 7, 1903, at the terested. serious study of home of Mrs. Robert Aitchison. Memory Shell Started Perhaps the The constitution and by.laws During March, 1932, a Memory books for this were read by sections and adopt- Shelf was started, and the first to do some- ed. Election of officers took place, book was in memory of Mrs. establishing a as follows: Mrs. Maude Stafford, Frank Snyder, the first book be- president; Mrs. T. O. Snyder, vice- ing "Romana." group as re- president; Mrs. Aitchison, treas- At this time, Mrs. O'Connor. the we find that urer; Mrs. Caroline Mathes, sec. librarian, reported 4,350 books are: Mrs. X. F. retary. Board members were, Mrs. were on hand. And, at this meet- 3. Snyder, Mrs. Maude Huck, Mrs. Belle Capps, ing, a rising vote of thanks was Clara Mitch-Mrs. George Vonderlieth, Mrs. given to Mrs. T. A. Scroggin for Evans, the latter Hannah Myers, Mrs. Hester Ev- her efficient work as treasurer for m Champaign; ans, Mrs. Mae O'Connor and Mrs. 28 years. Barlow (Marie James Ayers. And thus the Mt. The Library Club had spons- 1, Waterlort, Wis. Pulaski Library Club was born. ored municipal Christmas Trees books to start In April, 1904, a play entitled, for a number of years, had plant- Oyler donated 'I'wixt Love and Money," was ed a Centennial tree in the public care. given, from which $89.55 was park, and many other civic pro- Miss Jones re- cleared, jeers had their approval. as did the The ladies had continued can- To these ladies who pioneered and the vassing for funds and added a in this field, this generation owes Miss Grace neat sum. In May, 1904, it was a vote of appreciation and deep and Miss Marie reported that a total of 830 books respect, for it has been a long, were in the library, not counting hard road to bring a library from lo 97, the books a number of paper-backed books a start of 126 books to 4,530 books the business not catalogued, in 35 years. Their vision, courage the south Carload of Paper and unstinted giving of time and square, and time. Later to the Lush- at the northeast which was S. Connelly's an oil sta- a play, "A Depot," was was realized buy more to the al- for Fryer Web- This The club members, then as money is a priceless heritage. now, were ever anxious to add to I have given you the infancy the funds so that the library adolescence of the library. might grow, and they set out to Charles Schmitz, who has collect a carload of waste paper secretary for 15 years, with which they accomplished and re- perfect attendance record, will ceived $186.02 for their efforts, bring the library to maturity and In 1908 an entertainment netted the new home which is assured. $72.85. Lstory of  Slunltz During 1911 Prof. Skinner met In continuation of Mrs. Beld- with the club and discussed let's part of this history I will books needed by the students, begin with October, 1932, when and asked co-operation of the the meetings were still being held library board. The library had on the second floor of the old Ix). always given special attention to gan county court house building, children's books in fiction and now the Abraham Lincoln Me- reference, modal Shrine. The club raster LORAH 7.. LIPP BE00)UEATHS $35,000 TO BUILD LIBRARY Library Dedicated In Honor Of Her Parents (Oct. 2S, 1945) Gifts totalling $46,000 were left to philanthropic purposes in the last will and testament of Mrs Lorah Z. Lipp, whose death oc- curred Oct. 9, 1945. The bi'ggest contribution by the deceased was the setting a- side of $25,000 for the erection of a library in the City of Mount Pulaski, with an additional sum of $10,000 for purchases of books and other library equipment as well as maintenance and repair. consisted of 75 members, which Trustees as requested in the was considered large for that will were to be Ben W. Ely, G. time. The present membership is JA. Voile, Harold Hubbard, Austin 135. The regular meeting hour[w. Schaffenacker and Walter W. was 2 p.m. but at a later date ISchafer. They were empowered to was changed to 2:30 p.m., which Jproceed with the erection of such hour is still in force. Moved Over Bank As the club was increasing in membership, and more books were purchased, rooms provided were inadequate to accommo- date the large attendance at meetings, T. A. Scroggin, always a friend of the library, offered for use the two rooms over the Farm- ers Bank, formerly a lawyer's office which offer was thankfully accepted. These rooms were used until 1934, when Mr. Scroggin a- gain came to the rescue by off- ering free of charge the use of the present location in the old Scroggin Hotel Building. The ex. pense of redecoration was born by the club, and the dedication of the rooms was in the form of a Silver Tea, held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1934. It was gratifying to the club membership, who were as- sisted by the South Side Clqb, when a shower of china, silver, chairs and other articles were given with which to furnish the rooms. Later two dozen folding chairs were purchased, as was al. so a piano from the directors of library to be completed within two years or not later than three years. The site for the building was left to the discretion of the trus- tees. The building is to be known as the "Muldoon Library" and: the small plaque inscription "In Memory of James and Mary Mul- (Continued doon by their daughter Lorah," was to be placed within the library. It was the further request of Mrs. Lipp, who was deeply inter. ested in the work of the Women's Clubs, that a room sufficiently large enough for assembly pur- poses be provided free of charge for the use of the Woman's Club, Junior Woman's Club and the Library Club. Other gifts mentioned i@ the will were $4,000 to the St. Thom- as Aquinas Catholic Church of Mount Pulaski; $3J)00 to the St. Clara's hospital in Lincoln; $3,000 to the Orphanage of the Holy Child of dthe Episcopal Church of Springfield; and $1,000 tothe in