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[ MULDOON LIBRARY OPERATED BY ELECTED TOWNSHIP BOARD Open Afternoons And Evenings Five Days Each Week The voters of Mount Pulaski township voted in 1956 to take over the operation of the Mul- doon Library, voting favorably on a small tax to assure the library's continued operation. The wisdom of this move has been more than justified over the past five years. The library is now operated and manned with competent librarians every aft- ernoon and evening, except Fri- day and Sunday. The tremendous increase in the use being made of the library the past five years, as well as the wealth of added up-to-date read- ing material, has more than justified the township assuming the responsibility of operation. The present members of the board are: Mrs. Wilbur E. Stoll president; Frank Passmore, Jr., treasurer; Mrs. C. E. Hildreth, Mrs. Edward Ruwe, Gene C. Clear and C. M. Merriman. Coadeused Summm'y A condensed summary of the library's founding and operating by Miss Florence Wynd, librar- ian, follows: Established March 23, 1897, by the Mt. Pulaski Woman's Liter. ary Society with 126 books on the bookshelf in the Universalist Church in 100 block, S. Marion St. First Librarian: Miss Hilma Jones. Asst. Librarian:" Miss Blanch Rankin, who resigned Jan. 27, 1897. Second Librarian: Miss Grace Fryer, Asst. Librarian: Miss Marie Werlich, both resigned Dec. 1897. Oct. 1897--Library moved to A. K. Shride store on south side square. Jan. 1898--Library moved to Lushbaugh building northeast corner of square. Librarians hav- ing resigned Mrs. Katherine Lush- baugh, president of Literary So- ciety, acted as librarian. Early 19(D---Library moved to old Court House building. Mrs. Mae O'Connor appointed librar- ian. 1932--Library moved to up- stairs room at front of Farmer's Bank building. 1934--Moved to Old Scroggin Hotel building at rear of Farm- er's Bank. Dec. 1939--Mrs. Mae O'Connor resigned as librarian after serv. ing 40 consecutive years. Jan. 1940--Mrs. Pearl Blackford appointed librarian to fill vac. ancy. Resigned 1943. Sept. 1943 -- Miss Florence Wynd appointed librarian to fill vacancy. 1943.1945 -- All books were classified, cataloged, and the card system of circulation was estab- lished. Dec. 1951--Library moved into the present location . the Mul- doon Memorial building, provid- ed for by the late Laura Z. Lipp in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Muldoon. Jan. 26, 1952--Opened in new home. Feb. 1952--Mrs. Mary Curtis ap- pointed as assistant librarian. April 1956---Mt. Pulaski Town- ship Library Board took over op- eration of the library with tax support. Miss Dorothy Shull and Mrs. Frank Passmore, Jr., have been added to the library staff. Literary Club Officers . 1897 President, Mrs. X. F. Beidler Vice.Pres., Mrs. Van R. St. John Secretary, Mrs. H. F. Lushbaugh Treasurer, Mrs. George Vonder. lieth Librarian, Miss Hilma Jones Ass't. Librarian, Miss Blanch Rankin. i Schafer, Mrs. Pearle Wad- dell, Mrs. Russell Curtis, Mrs. Charles Schmitz, Mrs. Louis Sams, Mrs. Pearl Glose, Mrs. Esther ' Dlttus, Mrs. Ellis Downing, Miss Sums. Credit Due Citizens Credit should be given to mem- bers of the Mount Pulaski Wo- man's Literary Society and to its successor, the Mount Pulaski Library Club, and especially to the Library Board members of those organizations for their un- tiring and able assistance in the operation of the library. Their efforts were untiring in providing funds for the mainten. ance of the library for 59 years, and their continued cooperation since April 1, 1956, when the Mount Pulaski Township Library Board took over the operation with tax support. Credit should also be given to the citizens of the community for I help throughout the years, and i for the funds to furnish the pres- ent library building. The Illinois State Library has made available collections of books and much individual ref- erence material to supplement the local library's materials. At present some 7,449, with very few duplicates books, are available to the public as well as l magazines in the juvenile, youth, [ and adult sections, i The library is now open five l days a week. Much reference work is now done at the library. Prior to 1952, a circulating library was open once a week. 1943 to 1952Average annual circulation was .......... 3,700 1953-1955---Average annual circulation was .......... 7,700 1956-1960---Average annual circulation was .......... 11,500 Borrowers register - 1944-1949, before moving into new building shows 425 registered. By Jan. 1952 to March 1956--- 795. By April 1956 to March 1961-- 1392. Present registry, 899, of which 575 are active borrowers. LIBRARY HISTORY- (continued from preceding page) The first club meeting in the new location was held in De- cember, 1934, and later as a revenue producer, a food sale and dinner was held in the Corn- ! munity garage on Saturday, Mar. 17, 1935 when proceeds were $96.35. It was at the close of 1935 that Mrs. T. A. Scroggin resigned as treasurer after 28 years of faith- ful service. She was succeeded by Mrs. Ennis A. Downing, then followed by Miss Florence Wynd and now Mrs. Frank E. Turley holds the office. In January 1940, Mrs. O'Con- nor, due to ill health, tendered her resignation as librarian fol- lowing 40 years of faithful serv. ive. Mrs. D. W. Blackford suc- ceeded her, and served the club splendidly for three years. Fol- lowing her resignation the pres- ent librarian, Miss Florence Wynd, took over and is doing an excellent job. In order to be up-to-date and on the same basis with other libraries, and too, for conven- ience, the Dewey Decimal Sys- tem of keeping books in order was introduced in 1945. The work i was done by club members, with the assistance of Miss Ida Fay Wright of the Illinois State Li- brary, Springfield. For the benefit of the members I wish to add that the revenue derived from the 13 dinners held in the past, amounted in round numbers to $2,300. At one of MRS. LORAH Z. LIPP, BENEFACTOR --.-SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Times-News, Mr. PulaskL m.) THURSDAY, JULY New Library Was October 30, Lorah Z. Lipp [" Mrs. Lipp was the first pres- ,itlent of the Mount Pulaski wo. Died October 9 [man's Club, helping organize the /club in 1929, and serving in that Follow,ag- Stroke [*capacity for three consecutive ]'years. She was a county president ! ]qf the Logan County Federation (Oct. 11, 1945) Mrs. Lorah Z. Lipp, well-known and esteemed resident of Mount Pulaski, living at 320 N. Wash- ington St., died at 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1945, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield, where she had been a patient since July 12, following a stroke. Lorah Z. Muldoon was born on June 27, 1870 on the old Mul- doon farm 5 miles south of Mt. Pulaski, the youngest child of James and Mary Costello Mul- doon. She received her first schooling in the old Birks school, east of her childhood home. When her parents retired from the farm and came into town, Mrs. Lipp made her home with them, look- ing after their declining years. About 50 years ago Lorah Z. Muldoom married Henry Lipp of this city, and for a time lived in Iowa. The one child born to this union, Marguerite, died wher she was 10 years old. Mrs. Lipp was long actiye in musical and civic activities in 'Mount Pulaski and throughout Logan county, and her talents were always recognized for their great worth. Not only was she a musician of special note, but was especially gifted as a speaker, and throughout her years of var- ious activities she was often call- ed upon to appear on programs, and willingly assisted in doing anything she could for her frienGls and old home community. Mrs. Lipp was a member of the first graduating class of the' old Mount Pulaski high school in 1888. She early became identified in the musical circles of the com- munity, and many took their, first music lessons from her. She was organist at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church for the past 43 years. Mrs. Lipp studied organ at Millikin University, De-: catur, and also at the University of California. Mrs. John T. Hershey, Mrs. Wil- ford Scroggin, Sr., Mrs. M. J. Myers, Mrs. Chauncey E. Glose and Mrs. Henry C. Christensen. The present officers are: Mr: Henry C. Christensen, president; Mrs. C. E. Hildreth, vice-presi- dent; Mrs. Charles Schmitz, sec- retary; Mrs. Frank E. Turley, of Women's Clubs, and also an active member in the Chester Woman's Club. She served as music chairman of the local club for one term. Surviving Mrs. Lipp are the following: one sister, Mrs. Mar- garet Nolan; one nephew and one niece, Albert F. Dillsaver and Mrs. Frank E. Turley, all of Mt. Pulaski and a number of relativ- es in central Illinois. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of which she was a mem- aer, in charge of Rev. Michael IZallahan, the pastor. Burial was in Mount Pulaski cemetery. CORNERSTONE OF NEW LIBRARY WAS LAID MAY 24, 1951 (May 24, 1951) The cornerstone of the new Muldagn Library, a gift of the "late Mrs. Zorah Z. Lipp, to the community, was laid yesterday morning in the presence of the trustees and Library Club offic- (Oct. 30, 1952) The assembly room of Muldoon Library was with interested day afternoon to the dedication of the new which was the gift of Mr$ Z. Lipp. The speaker of the day Harry F. Pratt, S Illinois Historical has appeared here on casions and always has tensely interesting storY His talk was not only praise for the gift of suCh contribution to the of the community, brought out various which the library could of more appeal to the especially the youth. Pouring at the tea was decorated with a of yellow chry candles were three tees of the club, Mrs. T. gin, Mrs. Chris George Suedmeier, president, Mrs. Henry The program in the sembly room in the basement, began with troductory remarks by bur E. Stoll, re brary club. Mrs. Stoll George A. Volle, one of ees of the new Muldoon building, who spoke in follows: "I want to say the history of the this fine presentation made to this late Mrs. Lorah whom most of you ed during her lifetime. "In a will made by on March 29, 1943, provisions, a sum of provided for the library building. $10,000 was of which was to be maintenance. It also mong other provisionS W. Ely and George should be executors tote. "Mrs. Lipp, as you passed away in St. pital, Springfield, "After the usual tion of her estate it provided in said will trustees should take ter of the erection ing of the library. were the following aski residents: A. Volle, Harold ers. A. Schafer, and Placed in the cornerstone were lnacker, all of whom several items which will be of in- at this dedication. terest to future generations. A-I "The appointed mong the articles placed there I qualified-and acc were copies of the Chicago Tri-lies of the trust, bbune, Lincoln Evening Courier, this present site' amt Mount Pulaski Times-News la site for the b of current issues; list of officers I library" The trustees f the Libra.ry Club, Woman's]pleased to accept thi, t:luo anct Junior Woman s Club the ' ;lit was not only bank statements and tax receipts. , of Mrs. Lipp, but alS. The building was started Nov.[ of her father and mot 15,d1950 and is expected to be[Mrs. James Muldoon. rea y for occupancy by Septem-[ "On account of aber. Trustees are: George A. on the erection 'Volle, Walter A. Schafer, Harold "Hubbard, Austin Schaffenacker, 'and Ben Ely. REMOVE BOOKS TO MULDOON LIBRARY (Jan. 24, 1952) , The task of moving the many Voooks from the former Mount Pulaski public library, located in the old Scroggin Hotel rooms on West Cooke Street, has been com- pleted by members of the Library Club, who so efficiently operated the library for many years. The materials for same,. the building was some time, but restrictions were building operations progressed, and e.d. "We, as trustees to many co-operation that have fine people ki, with spirit, and with thanks and helped, I now Mr. Pratt of 12 - ML Pulaski LlbrmW these dinners Clarence Tomlinson treasurer. On the board of di- books are now in place in the and treasurer of Club Officws made a present of $100 to the rectors are Miss Katie Voile, Mrs. new Muldoon Library Building torical Society (Moved to New Building) library. Since his death the trus- Charles Schmitz, Mrs. Lillian on North Washington Street. This inois, who will Pres., Mrs. Henry Christensen tees of his estate have each year Goetz, Mrs. Pearl Waddell, Mrs. new building was made possible t oatinrt adress" .J Vice-Pres., Mrs. C. E. Hildreth. presented the library with a C. M. Merriman, Mrs. G. F. Wait, by the bequests of the late Mrs I ........... ecretary, Mrs. Charles Schmitz check for that amount. Mrs. Henry C. Christensen, Miss Lorah B. Lioo in memory of her[ -/reasurer Mrs Paul Gruber ...... " 4" - . , The expense of heat hght and Wsnifred Loetterle, Mrs. Walter parents, Mr and Mrs James Mul-{ Ra k the 191 : irustees, Mrs. T. A. Scroggin, water has been spare(t thru the A. Schafer. doon. " " [a'CfKr:m n 10 to 2t Mrs Chris Weller Mrs " s  - , - goodness of the Farmers Bank The board of trustees is com- While the date for the dedma-[mules for sale, a t, eorge Suedmeier. t and City of Mount Pulaski. n posed of Mrs. T. A. Scroggin Mrs. t tion of the new library has not[ ,a h,,, TheSe  Librarian, Miss Florence Wynd. [ It has been my pleasure dur-] Chris Weller and Mrs. George [ been set the library wi'll I orn-[ i'tens-tlat brought Ass't. Librarian, Mrs. Russell[ing the 15 years as secretary to]Suedmeier. [ed to patrons on-Saturdav, J'-an [mon_,' No tractorS Curtis. [have served under and worked[ The librarian is Miss Florence[,26. 1952. The hours will be from[ sale acls but Board Members: Mrs. Walter[with the following presidents:[Wynd. 2 to 5p.m. [gies, etc.,