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SIL.TENNIAL EDITION (Ttsu-News, Mr. Pulaski, RL) THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1981 School Completely By Fire In 1911 " Schoo 9 Located On ] Sie; Worst Fsre. Artist's Conception of Burning School THE ABOVE DRAWING of the fire which destroyed the school here in 1911, reminds one of the pictures of the burning of Rome. We understand some of the kids were sad - some glad. or's home was right in the worst part of the shower of sparks, and he was compelled to leave the school yard and climbed on his house with buckets of water to watch the roof, and was unable !to watch the progress of the fmes to an advantage and can- i not give everything in detail as it occurred. The other residences :endangered were those of George Stoll, Sr., Henry Wachter, Christ- ian Wagner, Win. Simpkins, Mrs. Elizabeth Schafer and Mrs. Mar- ie Schahl, and the house being erected for George Schafer. Following is the list of teach- ers, and the places they occupied in the old school house: Prof. G. E. Clendenen, supe rin- tendent. W. T. Skinner, principal high school. Miss Eva Perrin, assistant teacher in high school and 8th grade. Miss Anna Leisch, 7th grade Miss Florence Wynd, 6th grade Miss Jennie Hassett, 5th grade. Miss Katie Volle, 4th grade Miss Lucy Tutwiler, 3d grade Miss Elnora McDonald, 2d grade Miss Annetta Rigdon, 1st gade The city council met Sunday 8th grade until the room above the postoffice could be fixed up for school use and new desks arrive, so the pupils started back to their school duties Mon- day morning without losing any time at all. As for the remainder of the grades, the board of education members have arranged for lo- cations. The 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades will be located above the C. F. Schafer hardware store and W. W. Snyder's moving picture theater in the two rooms form- erly occupied by the Masonic lodge. The 3d grade will occupy the Wm. Bienefeldt building on the north side of square, former- ly occupied by Gingry's confec- tionery, while the 1st and 2d grades will be located in the Herbert N. Capps' building on the same side of square until recently occupied by the C. E. Mueller hardware store. The grades will commence school as soon as the new desks come and heating arrangements perfected. The present board of education is composed of George H. Hub- bard, president; John M. Roth- well, H. B. Capps, Edward J. An- demOn, John Zah and G. J. Lob- berecht. On account of the recent and arranged to let the board of eduaation have the large upstairs room in the old court house building above the postoffice, to use as the high school and grade, and they were indeed glad to accept this thoughtful and kindly offer. This old build- ing, which we herewith give a picture, was the old Logan coun- ty court house in the early 1850's and within its walls Abraham Lincoln had several times at- tended court as one of the lawyers. When the county seat was looated in Lincoln, this building became the school house, and remained so until the large one just destroyed u built in 1877, and had been for that purpose ever since. The locally historic old structure in the public square since it was discontinued for school purposes, has been used by the city coun- cil, for the old jail in the base- merit, band room, and of late years the postoffice headqttart- ers. The library has been using part of the upstairs for some years. In re-using any part of this building for school purposes a- gain, brings back forceably to the minds of many of our citiz- ens the happy school days that they passed in that old place. Many of them are now the par- ents of the pupils that will con- tinue their studies there this winter. The board of education was offered the use of the Christian church for the high school and or. 3, 1911) Pulaski's 75 years it has never been Such a big fire as the Mt. building last Oct. 28, 1911. The in the east part fire was first dis- Mrs. George Schafer, e-cross the street south grounds. She hur- of G. E. Clen- of the the street west and gave the telephoned Cen- the electric light the fire alarm. This and the fire de- immediately on man known as stays at the home also had in the basement corner of the he and the young dent rushed fire alarm sys- southwest corner Yard and turned in passing the noticed a light, it was a re- an electric light in the base- the electric lights have made re- the windows. responded carts, one having two and one-half had been placed Thursday of last 1700 feet of hose three streams of on the fire. They fight the fire on of the building, to the north were leaping then another was taken on the finally the fire- basement from They also got on the basement,, thought they had control from all Veail, Frank others went to OCcupied by the juncture, but so hot and the to become so had to retreat. flames began to attic and roof, seen that the for the fire either Decatur could not have big structure. its way up studdings, and that had been; heating system, could not too late. It was o'clock that the to fall in, and high school, the build- of ruins. The the only one to firemen and on- to escape confined itself and shot high reflection on the many miles. were It was a scene will ever re. we seldom wit- proportion. was a clear were shining air was chilly. almost a calm, the west_ There- of the school path of the and had to be until about 1 them from The News SUPT. W.H. STAFFORD SUPPLIED PLENTY OF WATER DURING BLAZE mJnois Centmi Also Furnished Water at Pumping Station. At the pumping station on South Spring Street, Supt. W. H. Stafford, and two assistants were kept busy all night, and a good even pressure of 75 pounds was kept up during all that time; that is the usual tank pressure which shows that the tank was kept full all during the fire. A direct pressure of 110 pounds, or as much more as the pipes would stand, could have been given any time by merely closing a valve under the big steel tank in the public square. Mayor John W. Scyfer, who was at the fire all the time and rendered effici- ent aid, as well as the fire- men, said that at no time dur- ing the fight were they in need of any more pressure than the tank was giving them. The Deane pump at the city plant has a capacity of 500,000 gallons of water a day, and for about three hours was kept run- ning at a lively clip. By that time the wells began to show the effects of the heavy drain made upon them, and at the rate the pump was running would not have held out over an hour long- er. Mr. Stafford had telephoned out to the Illinois Central pump- ing station on Salt Creek, locat- ed just west of the bridge, about 9 o'clock to the engineer, August Olson, to get up steam and hold himself in readiness to cut in whenever he called for him. After the pump at the Creek settled down and began to throw i water, Mr. Stafford slowed down his pump and let the Illinois Central furnish the greater a- mount. The city wells then held their own and gradually gained. Both the city and the Illinois Central pumps were kept run- i ning together until 2 o'clock Sun- day morning. The Illinois Central people have a pump of about the same capacity as ours and had all the upper Salt Creek back of them, so that no time was there any danger of a shortage of water. The Illinois Central agent and Homer Smith, Supt, of the water supply of the Peoria division (now Indiana division) of the Central, thought it would be a fine thing to have the two plants connected so as to help each oth- l er out in an emergency. They got busy and put it through. The two mains cross each other at the northeast corner of the city plant, and pieces were cut out of the different mains and two death of one of the members, valves put in; the city had one th, late James Edward Copeland, valve on hand that had been giv- --"=':"-n will be held on the len them, and they bought one. an ectto i ........  oturdav Nov 10th, f The cost to the city for the con- to elect a new member to fill the I .nec:t. ionwas. $12.00, and the Ill- vacancy. [lnols entral men alu the work NEW SCHOOL WAS DEDICATED OCTOBER 14, 1912 OPENED NEW ERA (October 18, 1912) On Monday afternoon, October 14, 1912, the new Mt. Pulaski Public School was set apart for its intended use---that of aiding in the educational development of our boys and girls. Even tho the dedicatory arrangements were not completed until late, many were out to witness the occasion. The day was ideal, and everything went off smoothly. Null's Mt. Pulaski Band led the procession from the square, followed by the Mt. Pu- laski Township High School stu- dents and faculty. Upon arrival at the grounds, President George H. Hubbard gave a short talk, after which the ."Junior Glee Club" sang. Ray. J. Newton NEW SCHOOL WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1912 in two and one-half .days. To cut them in on our mains, the superintendent closed the valve going to the two Illinois Central tanks, and opened the other one, which allowed the water from Salt creek to enter the mains. This is a sort of reciprocity plan between the Illinois Central peo- ple and the city. Last December the city furnished the Illinois Central 25,000 gallons of water while their boiler was out of commission. Last Saturday night the Illinois Central pumping sta- tion gave us about 30,000 gal- lons or a little more. Fine Job by Waterworks Our Deane pump and three wells from the beginning of the fire up to 5 o'clock Sunday even- ing, supplied 118,200 gallons of water, 105,000 of which had been pumped by daylight Sunday morning. The 8x36-inch Cook pump on an 8-inch well, with a capacity of 197,216 gallons per day of 24 hours, was run three hours Sunday forenoon, but no record was kept of the number of gallons it supplied. This pump is across the street east from the pumping station, and is con- nected with an 8-inch well en- tirely separate from the three wells to which the big Deane pump is connected. The Cook pump was given a general over- hauling this past summer and is in first class condition, as is everything else connected with the waterworks. Cloe and County Superintendent of Schools D. F. Nickols each made addresses, followed by music from the high school chor- us and Glee Club. The school was opened for inspection after 3 o'clock. As the services were earrried thru, one could not help but be impressed by the solemness 0f the occasion. What doth Dedica- tion mean to you, citizens of Mr. Pulaski, and where were the great majority of you? Ask your- self the question, "Should I have been there?" When that beautiful new building was set apart last Mon- day for its intended use, a new epoch in the history of Mt. Pu- laski was beginning. Educational advantages for the children, in- terest on the part of the people, enrollment in the class room; all these were increased. It is interesting to look back over the past and try to comprehend the great mission that was perform- ed in the old buildingmbut is it not of far more importance that we become impressed properly with the present, and what it means in the invigorating of our :i school spirit? Think of the many boys and girls of today, and fu- ture days, that will get their start in that building. Think of the real life and earnest endeav- or that will originate within those walls. If it were possible to take a panoramic view of the future years with reference to that in- stitution, do you realize what it ? would unfold.--Young men and women of the future ages, trod. ding the paths of educational advancement, marching in a steady stream from the cradle to the school house, from the eighth grade to the high school, some going further and gradu- ating from college, and all at last finding their places in this great world. There in that build- ing is where they shall receive their most important training. There is no question but what that period of the child's growth is most lasting for it marks the time of his greatest elasticity, both mentally and physically. The entire organism is more stm- ceptable to being moulded along the proper channels, and it is then that the child receives a : greater amount of real develop- ment for the making of true cit- izenship than at any time latero If they start well, their founda. tion is well built, and they have a fairer chance for further ad- vancement than does the boy who receives no training dvrlng his early year iii ( !i ii :!i