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EDrl"ION, ('13mu.News, Mt.  ZU.) THI[TBSDAT, RELICS FOUND IN OF HIGH SCHOOL Ill., Dec. 6, 1911m and Frank Field, men who took the tear down the walls Pulaski high school that was destroyed by the night of Oct. 28, removed the corner is the only living representative of the board at that time. He also served at one time nine years as secretary of the school board, and never m a meeting. Some joker had also deposited a meal ticket, "good for one meaL" JULY 1961 NEW BUS LINE SERVICE TO START (Feb. 6, 1942) Transportation facilities for this community and other towns along the Springfield - Clinton hard road will be greatly im- proved starting Feb. 7, 1942, with the operation of a new bus line over the route. The Black Hawk Bus Lines will placed there on thirty-four years box inside of it was charge by Charles of the board of and opened, and was many valuable them were several the Chicago Inter- Times, Chicago State Journ- Logan County Annual Journ- out here by Jabez Sons, owners of the and the Mt. Pul- edited P.J. Conk- bankerbYof Wichita paper contained of the laying of Stone with Masonic by a parade, command- I.O.O.F. lodges, PYthias, village offici- children took part. objects were a deposited by Beidler, a paper names of the presi- and clerk at that certificates of and Miss Ade- Sawyer and and Dr. W. and Miss Anna by the officiat- Rev. L. M. Rob- aged and retired city. of tl Box the town had a 1200 people and 57 architects for the build- going to N. C. The brick were made here part of town by a which sent sev- 0f men here to work yard. It also con- books used in at this time and and other the business firms of C. F. Schafer man, is the only today. Miss now Mrs. W. H. daughter of $abez of the town; was the only her card. Miss of Mechanicsburg Other miss to de- Ftud a lk mayor, John W. deposit- one to fifteen He was of the village as was the Dr. $. N. Purn- C. $. Hurt, and While Charles S. the clerk, all of with that of In coin of the realm there was 72 cents, and one photograph, that of Henry Mayer, long since dead. Contents in  Ccmditicm Everything in the box was in perfect order and the school books were as new, and fresh as though deposited there yesterday. Everything will be turned over to the school board, which will have charge of their disposal. It is pre- sumed that some of the things will be placed in the corner stone of the new building when it is built next summer. The building was first class in every partic- ular, and cost $22,000, and one like it would cost twice that to- day. The contractor lost money on the job. The members of the board of education at the time were Dr. Cass, G. C. Huck, and John M. Tomlinson, the latter being the only one alive and still an active farmer of this community. Their names were carved on the corner stone. inaugurate bus service between Petersburg and Champaign via Mt. Pulaski, Chestnut, Kenney and Clinton; and Petersburg to Springfield via Mount Pulaski Lake Fork, Cornland, Buffalo Hart, Barclay, Spaulding and Bissell. Good connections will be made at Champaign for Chanute Field Danville, Indianapolis and East. ern points. At Springfield for Jacksonville, Alton, St. Louis and all Western points. NEW GROCERY STORE TO OPEN SATURDAY (Nov. 17, 1938) The Zimmerman and Horn Happy Hour grocery store will be open for business on Saturday of this week in the new building just south of the Myers Bros. clothing store on South Washing- ton Street. Frederick Zimmer- mann and John Horn are the pro- prietors. VETERANS IN ARKANSAS RECALL SERVICE UNDER "TEDDY' ROOSEVELT One Of These Vets Former Resident, Robert P. Seyfer Robert Paranteau Seyfer, was born in Mount Pulaski, IlL, 87 years ago, tm son of Jacob and Katie Paranteau Seyfer. He grad- uated from the old Mt, Pulaski high school in the Class of 189L and learned telegraphy in the Illinois Central Station. Follow- ing his profession in several cit- ies and towns about the midwest he located at Fort Smith, Arl and for a long period of time has been a well known and respected citizen there. A veteran of the Spanish- American War in 1898, he has been an interesting subject for writers to tell of that war, and the many experiences. Lucy Thomas, writing for the Southwest American, Fort Smith, Ark., under date of Monday, June 22, 1959, tells the following story about Robert p. Seyfer and a couple of his old friends: Looking Back: 61 Yecas "A button made from metal of the Battleship Maine, a 60- year-old blanket and mess kit, a silver medal from the Cuban gov- ernment, are proud memories of patriotism. And the leaping death rate among their comrade These were some of the thoughts of several Fort Smith United Spanish War Veterans, the second oldest living veter- ans--there is one Civil" War vet still living in Texas. Robert P, Seyfer, Sr., 8% of 1200 N. 33 St-, proudly wears the silver medal from the Cuban village pres-, government every Memorial Day. a paper in the[ The button belongs to George Mayor Seyfer[ H. Wright, 80, of 1116 N. 37th St. ROBERT P. SEYFER America's war with Spain began in April, 1888, after the Battle- ship Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba. Two hundred and sixty-six died aboard ship. The blanket--it's still good--- was issued to John $. A. Collins, 75, of 525 Melrose St., one of the younger volunteers, when he signed up with the Arkansas troop. John O. Scott, of 1809 N. "I" St. owns the mess kit. Seyfer, who organized both Spanish war veteran camps in Fort Smith, was "in the trenches 17 days" in Santiago de Cuba, and was brigaded with Col. Theo- dore Roosevelt. He was in Cuba during most of the fighting-- June, July, August, and part of September, 1898. Seyfer said he knew Roosevelt well enough to be called by his first name. "When I married he View of High School Following 1911 Fire wrote me a note of congratula. tions," Seyfer recalled. He des- cribed Roosevelt as the kind of man "who did not care whether you were a private or a general. He treated everyone alike. Roose- velt was a fine man. I was proud to have served under him." Seyfer also claims among his souvenirs a Spanish battle cross he picked up on the battlefield at Santiago after that major battle. He said it had apparent- ly been lost by one of the Span- lards. His silver medal and citation was presented to him by the Cuban government. "The citation is in Spanish," he pointed out as he showed a photostatic copy of the citation and medal. Collins, who is a former state commander of the veterans' group, was sent to San Francisco after his induction at Little Rock. 'hat West Coast fog and dampness sent me to the hospital with rheumatism. I received my discharge from the Army after three months in that hospital, he recounted. Collins explained that he listed his age as 18 instead of 17, when he enlisted. Wright spent his time in Ala- bama, where he volunteered, and in Florida. He is also a former Arkansas state commander of the veterans. Scott also fought in Cuba. He recalled: "I was a fireman on a steamboat on the White River in Arkansas. A recruiter stopped by and asked three of us if we wanted to enlist, and we aH did." Scott said he was sent to Jeff- erson Barracks, Mo., for training. He then went to Cuba, where he fought in several skirmishes. "I went over after the battle on San Juan Hill and helped with the cleaning up." He was in Cuba nine months. "We had a choice of staying on in Cuba to help with the cleaning up or to go to the Philippines and fight in that insurrection. I stayed in Cuba," he said. From stories he heard first-hand while there, Scott said that the Maine was being moved from buoy 5 to buoy 6 In the harbor when it touched a mine and blew up. The hulk of the Maine was pro- truding out of the water when he arrived at the Island. Scott said he was able to get a close look at it but was unable to touch the battleship. "We were- n't allowed to get that close. He members, showed pride in the patriotism of their generation. President William McKirfley called for 180,000 volunteers, and more than 400,000 responded with- in 24 hours," they recalled, and "most of those sent to Cuba were from south of the Mason-Dixon Line". However, they were quick to add that the war with Spain did more to cement the North and South than anything since the Civil War. "When the Maine was sunk there was no North, no South, no East, no West, but one people," they emphasized. They explained that the uni- form of the Spanish-American War veteran consisted of grey trousers and blue coat. This symbolized the Confederate and the Union Armies, they explain- ed.  "We wore pure wool uniforms and underwear. And don't think it wasn't hot down in those trop. ics," Scott recalled. Collins said that in 1925 when the second charter of the Unit- ed Veterans in Fort Smith, the DeRosey Cabell Camp, was re- corded there were 160 members. Today there are only 28. And i we have lost all these members through death. None dropped out, he stated. On a national average, 7,000 veterans are dying each year, he pointed out. Seyfer organized the first camp the Robert D. Kuhn Camp, in 1916. This was dissolved at the beginning of World War I. After the war he organized the Cabell Camp. Among his treasures is a letter written to him in 1926 by the sister of General DeRosey Cadell, who lived in Charleston and Paris, Ark., for a time. Mrs. William M. Greenwood, of Paris, Ark., who is dead now, in the letter pointed out that General Cabell was one of the officers who captured and brought in the Indian Chief Ger- onlmo and band; and fought in the war with Spain. The Boxer Rebellion, the Mexican War, the Philippine Insurrection, and in World War I. He was made a Brigadier General by President Wilson. The Kuhn Camp Charter is on display at the Old Fort museum. Other mementoes there on ex. hibit include uniforms worn duro ing that war; a piece of sub- marine cable destroyed by Rich- mond P. Hobson at Santiago; described the hulk ,,as looking Kansas City Star accountof the like an old sawmill. Scott said]war; knives, a bayonet, and a the Maine was sunk in deep I Spanish Machete used during water off the shore of Cuba In] that period. 1913. J The veterans, who figured theirl Tidy .$..um: What you have age average at 85 for the 28 locall when you ve been cleaned out. BEST WISHES From our location here in Mount Pulaski we serve a large portion of the central midwest with hand tools and similar items. We are indeed proud to be a part of this fine commun- ity . . . a town that has many achievements to be proud of. On this, the 125th Anni- versary of the founding of the city, we offer our con- gratulations and best wishes to the residents of Mount Pulaski. Minnesota Tool Co.