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--SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Times-News, ML Pulaski, nt_) THURSDAY, Mount Pulaski was the only place in I.gan county enterpris- ing enough to have a fire depart- ment. The matter was talked of long before action was taken. In 1875, the merchants of the place contributed funds and purchas- ed some "Babcocks," but no one seemed familiar with them when they were needed, and they be- came entirely unused. When the Priest & Gordon mill July, 1884, people were and in response to sentiment the board an engine, hose cart and- ladder truck. The Volunteer Fire CompanY ganized in March, 1885, H. Stafford as Captain Bekemeyer as secretarY" i GOVERNOR KERNER, ILLINOIS' FIRST LADY. MRS. stERNER, and their two children, Tony and Helena. The Governor and Mrs. Kerner will be guests at 'the American Legion Fried Chicken Supper Saturday evening. July 22. WEST END OF COOKE STREET HAS HAD MANY IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES Old P.D.&E. Station Located There Back In Early Days. (By Paul E. Beidler) One block in Mount Pulaski has been put to a great many This block is located at the uses.west end of Cooke Street. After the old Peoria. Decatur & Evansville Railroad was built and put into operation in 1872, the railroad ran through this block in Mount Pulasik as it came from the northwes tand stai'led to curve around the city on the way to the east toward Decatur. There were two switch tracks along the main line, and thru the years along the west side of the track were water tanks, sock- yards and in the early part of the century William C McGavock had his sales barn and dealt in Polled Angus cattle. This proper- ty now is owned by the Wil- ham Construction Co.. and is lo- cated along the est city limits. Still within this block was built the track that went east to service the present Mount Pu- laski Grain Co. elevator, which was built before the railroads came. and the lumber yards. Getting back to the same block were the P.D. & E. Railroad Sta- tion; coal yards; cold storage plant operated by the Decatur Brewing Co., when all this part of central Illinois was dry, and, MI Pulaski was the only wet spot; a circus would use this ground at times togive the performances; for many years J. M. Kautz & Son operated an elevator there, and sold out to the Mount Pulaski Farmers Grain & Elevator Co., the latter tearing down the old frame elevator and building in its place tall concrete grain storage bins. It must also be said that the Illinois Central built a steel tow. er on this block in which to place coal to serve the steam railroad locomotives before the diesel en. gines came along and put them out of service. The P.D. & E. station remained there until the railroad was tak- ]en over by the Illinois Central, and the populace no longer could meet the 9:15 p.m. passenger 'train from Peoria. Those were i busy times at the station, before i the automobile had a chance to i get in its licks. You either walk. led up to the public square, rode the bus from the J. B. Gordon !Livery Barn, and driven by Clyde i Gordon, or, had some one meet ,you with a horse and buggy, a i spring wagon, etc. Those were the i good old days! That block is still a busy plaeo, i and you have to drive along the i east side of it to get to the road !leading west of the city. In the !early days it was called the Springfield road. There is much more that could be written, hut you have to stop somewhere. !BANK OF CHESTNUT HELD UP FOR $3,000 (Sept. 26, 1957) The armed man and twG young accomplices who partici- pated in the holdup of the Bank of Chestnut, Wednesday morning about 10 o'clock were still un apprehended this morning. About $3,000 was taken by the armed man who walked up to a teller's window and told Miss Theckla Stoll, assistant cashier, "not to get excited", and then handed her a paper sack and told her to place the money in it. Miss Stoll complied by placing the money, mostly paper currency, in the sack from the drawer in front of her. He had her open several other drawers but no money was found in them. Far cry fro m the old.fashioned "'general store': e for each customer. Today our modern super market offers M_ Pulaski residents a complete selection of mm '-n fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, frO.Z foods and similar items, allowing the housen of today to plan an almost endless varie meals. With all these changes, the old-fashioned feeli ot doing business with each other and pl east" of passing the time of day has not changed. We're proud to be a part of Mount Pulaski, . WISH THE BEST TO OUR CITY on the cele tion of its Sil-Tennial ! KENNEDY'S SUPER MAR In Pioneer Days." When the early settlers lived : log cabins, entertainment w limited to that provided by m e bets of the family circle, ana.. trip to the nearest small settJv" ment was a real treat for every member of the family. TODAY TV BRINGS THE WHOLE WORLD .: INTO OUR LIVING ROOM! Through the modern miracle of elec- J W   t tronics and television we can see the ,I_:,L t t.:'1 world s finest entertainment  stars  : ..____ and views taken throughout the world, 'p | right in our own living room. Certain. |{,.x,F-- Iy the pioneers would find this impos- ,|'llllltl_ sible to believe, for even a generation 1'c ago television was a dream yet to be IN.., ---- perfected. *I!LI\\; ,n , o tl ..... LAKIN MOTOROLA --- ZENITH SALES & SERVICE 341 Fifth Street PHONE: 732-6549 TV SYLVANIA LINCOLN, ILLINOIS Raymond and Elsie I