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---SIL-TZNNIAL EDITION (11mm.Nms, Mt.  nL) THUnDAy, JULY 19, 1961 FRAME SCHOOL HOUSE BUILT IN 1844 USED FOR MANY PURPOSES About 1844, a frame school I house was built in the eastern] Turnbull, Anna Tutwiler, Julia portion of the town and this lRobinson, Will Schone, Lizzie building was not only used for Graham, Louise Hayes, Anna school purposes, but for church meetings, town meetings and public gatherings of various kinds. The court house was built in 1848 and, with the exception of the frame school house, this was the first building where pub- lic gatherings could be held, no church building being erected until 1850. After the removal of the county seat from Mt. Pulaski to Lin- coln, the Legislature by Act of Feb. 19, 1857, in view of the fact that the Mt. Pulaski court house had been erected by the private means of the people of Mt. Pul- aski, "donated" the court house building to the town to be used for school purposes forever. This act appointed Henry Von- derlieth, George W. Turley and Jabez Capps as trustees of the building for two years, at the ex- piration of which time, it was provided that the building was to be under the control and super- vision of the board of of school directors of the school district in which the town of Mt. Pulaski was located. Soon thereafter the old frame school house was abandoned and was sold for a private residence and the Mt. Pulaski school moved into the court house building. The build- ing having two stories, each story was utilized for a school room. It is said that the first teacher in the building was John Kent. Early Trustees Among some of the earlier trus- tees of schools elected in the dis- trict, were: Alexander Rigdon, James Wade and Thomas J. Scroggin in 1841; N. M. Whitak. er, George Snyder and William Friedrich in 1844; N. M. Whitaker, William Friedrich and Jabez Capias in 1845; D. F. Dickinson, D. W. Clark and Robert Downing Martin, Inez Mathews, Louisa Meyer, Fred Clark, Hanna Seick, and Alice Osburn. Early Teachers Among the teachers in the 90's were William Miner, S. A. Ed- wards, T. L. Cook, Mrs. Kate Sey- fer, Mrs. Anna Beidler, Mrs. Eli- nor Miner, Julia Robinson, Anna Tutwiler, Inez Mathews, Lucy Tutwiler, Flora Davis, Kate Rent- schler, Estella Snyder, Cora Gas- away, Magda Meyers, Nellie Waddell, Margaret J. Toomey, Kate Brown, Elizabeth Perkins, Cleo Hickman, Francis Wacaser Alice Williams, Mattie Wilson Nettle Rigdon, Nellie Van Ormar and Frances Guttery. FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE IN COUNTRY WAS BUILT NEAR L. FORK The first school house built in the county is said to have been built on Lake Fork, near John Turner's. It was, as a matter of course, a log structure and to supply light a log from one side was entirely removed and win- dow glass inserted. Pegs were in- serted in the logs on one side of the room, on which a long board was placed and on this the pu- pils learned to write, standing during the exercise. The seats were of slabs, with legs suffic- iently high to keep the feet of the smaller ones from the floor, while the older ones were in an equally awkward position from the seats being too low. In this school house, as in all of the early ones, Webster's ele- mentary Spelling Book and the Testament were the principal books used. The former was the establiahed authority on orthog- raphy and it was considered an honor, that was obtained by few, DEIBERT BROTHERS WERE "PERFECT"; LIKED SCHOOL (May, 1916) The Laughery School, near Mt. Pulaski, which has been taught the past two years by Miss Lu- cille Fernandez, reports an ex- ceptional record for perfect at- tendance. Last year the school did not have a single case of ab- sence or tardiness. The Deibert brothers have made notable in- dividual records. Arie Deibert has attended nine consecutive 'ears without being either tardy or absent. Morrell Deibert has the same record for 8 years, and a younger brother, a similar re- cord for 4 years. Upon such ex- cellent records these boys are de- serving of special recognition. --Lo. Co. School Messenger. AREA STUDENTS IN SPELLING CONTESTS (December, 1913) The third Logan County Spell- ing Contest was held in the Cir- cuit Court Room at Lincoln on Saturday morning, Dec. 6th. Each township in the county was re- presented by its champion spell- er. The contestants from this area were: Lake Fork township: Irene Reiterman. Colvin School, Laenna town- ship: Florence Gasaway, La- tham school. Aetna Township: Pearl West- lake, Chestnut school. Mount Pulaski township; Na- omi Downing, Buchanan school. Elkhart township: Donald Agnew, Elkhart school. Broadwell township: Marguer- ite Humphreys, Honey Hook school. --School Messenger Visit the 1961 Nickelodeon for lot of laughs during the Sil- tennial Celebration. in 1848; Alexander Rigdon, Thomas P. Lushbaugh and D. P. Bunn in 1854; N. M. Whitaker, Uriah Snyder and L. P. Laeey in 1855. County Superintendent Chalfant, referring to the Mount Pulaski schools in 1869, said: 'q'he Mt. Pulaski schools are well filled with pupils and are conducted with efficiency and success. Mrs. Nellie Shoup has charge of the higher department and Mrs. Hattie Mills is in charge of the primary department." to be able to spell correctly all operation. Some were sent a the words in that book. Many of distance of six to nine miles, i the old settlers delight to narrate walking the entire distance, their experiences in those early morning and night of each day, "spelling bees" and look back in order that they might avail at them with pride and pleas- themselves of the opportunity of i ure. acquiring the limited education which opportunity thus offered. SKINNER, COPELAND AMONG EARLIEST TEACHERS OF AREA Among the earliest teachers New School in 1877 in the county were Thomas R. In the spring of 1877 a change Skinner and William Copeland, was made from the township both of whom taught in the district organization, under the Buckles' neighborhood. The form. control of a local Board of Edu. er was afterwards County Sur- cation. A great improvement in veyor and later County Judge, be- the efficiency of the schools was ing an incumbent of the latter at once apparent. That same position when he died in 1857. year, a proposition was submitted William Copeland, best known as to the voters to issue bonds to "Uncle Billy," was one of the the amount of $20,000 for school early settlers. The school house in building purposes, which proposi- which they taught possessed a tion was successful. A full block single door and no window, light was purchased for a site, in Tur- and air coming through t h e ley's first addition to the town, cracks between the logs. Some of the same being about two blocks the pupils were John Buckles, east of the public square and en- Mart Turley, Isom Birks, Amelia closed by Morgan, Garden, Cooke Cass and Leonard Scroggin. and Scott streets. The contract for The earliest school schedule building the structure was let to extant in the county is one made Terrell & Knight, of Kankakee, out by Silas R. Alexander, teach- for $14,667, plans and specifica- er, Oct. 6, 1841, of a school taught tions having been prepared by W. by him, "being situated on the S. Edbrooke, of Chicago. Work premises of G. W. Turley's." was begun on the building May Reference will be made to this 24, 1877. The corner stone was schedule in connection with the laid Sept. 4, 1877, with appropri- sketch of the schools of Mt. Pul- ate exercises, addresses having aski. Another Mt. Pulaski school been delivered by Major M. schedule, still in existence, was Wemple and Rev. L. M. Robin- made out by Michael Fir son. The school directors at the teacher, Dec. 9, 1842, and a time of the erection of the build- Mt. Pulaski schedule was made ing were George Huck, Dr. F. D. by David P. Bunn, teacher, Dec. Cass and John M. Tomlinson. The 26, 1845, and filed with Jamds building is a two-story brick Primm, School Commissioner at contains eight rooms. The total that time. A schedule, dated Dec. cost, including furnishings and 31, 1845, is certified to as cor- equipment, was $15,200. School rect by J. M. McIntosh, teacher. was opened in the new building It was of a school "kept" by him, for the first time in January of in what is now Lake Fork town- 1878. ship, in the school room adjacent Mount Pulaski Teachers to John Huston. Among the teachers employed in the Mt. Pulaski schools in the EARLY SCHOOLS 80's were: George W. Dominque, Some of the few scattered T. McGrath, William H. Derby, settlements in those days could G. W. Monroe, p. T. Nichols, Mrs. not afford to employ a teacher [ M. E. George, Mrs. Kate P. Sey. and were therefore compelled to fer, F. E. Dyer, Eva Lord, Amer- do without, or send their children ice Robinson, C. Starck, Mrs. F. F. through the timber or across the Beldler, Lou Barkley, Mrs. T. H. prairie to some more fortunate Mattfeldt, Grace Snyder, Cora settlement where a school was in LOGAN COUNTY SCHOOLS ORGANIZED HERE BACK IN 1850 (April 1939) Logan county schools were or- ganized at a county convention held in 1850. The gathering was held at Mount Pulaski. David W. Clark was elected president; James Tuttle and John Randolph, vice-presidents; Win. H. Young, secretary. Laughery Built In 1917 Cost $4,ooo.100 I (March, 1918) This new brick-veneer4  house, located 1" i1Iii: Pulaski, on the Mount Pulaski road, : Mount during the summer of cost of about $4,000. It is I  substantial building and ,n every particular The building is conV i school work and alsOj I tractive. A laree, light , edF modious basement, 9 f provided which affords  ent playroom for the pul lighting, ventilation, . toilets, etc., conform " latest recommendations quirements for sanit_ Resolutions were adopted for reports which would furnish sta- tistical information regarding the educational needs of the county. Among other recommendations made was a list of school books. It included Webster's spelling book, the McGuffy readers, Ray's arithmetic, Mitchell's geography, Smith's grammar, Goodrich s His- tory of the United States, and rooms. The school is  Webster's high school dictionary, with six sizes of single.., desks. The school has '| LATE EZRA E. DEAN lighting, all of the li.g d admitted to the left of SERVED 55 YEARS pupils from the east AS A DIRECTOR considered by auth rj' if roo o (June, 1940) the best light for sch0. Ezra E. Dean, who recently Separate cloak room passed away at the age of 84, library room are proV1 established a long record of pub- yard has been carefully.J lic service. He served for 15 years The people of the distri as supervisor of Elkhart town- be congratulated on tl ship and 55 years as director of the Lakeside school. He continuously as director from until his death. No doubt this L, among the longest periods of ser- vice of a school board member in the state. In 1935 on completion of 50 years of service on the school board, the school patrons of Lakeside school held a dinner honoring Mr. Dean and presented to him a gold watch which was engraved "E. E. Dean, Director Lakeside School, 1885.1935." Mr. Dean prized highly the gift as a token of the respect and esteem of his neighbors and friends. During the years, his kindly words of encouragement to teachers and pupils were a con- tribution to the success of the school. In his passing the school loses a devoted, conscientious school official and the community a loyal friend and neighbor. ---School Messenger. ent school building, ret 1 The building was dicated. SUd Assistant Booth gave the rs TI  address. The directo Roos, Thomas Deibert Kinert. Miss Marie is the teacher. Lo. Co. School 1961--The building, i sold due to consoliaJ*,  BOARD EDUCATI' Mt Pulaski R. D. Clark, W. J. M F.I j A. Ey, J. W. Soyfer, G. IL  meyer, J M. Rothe Shrader. Teacher: A. " 11 Principal; Ann LeiSCh'Zl Wynd, Jennie HaSSet  ! Voile, Lucy Tutwiler, Rt er and Annettai We Help Keep Your Home BEAUTIFUL.. We've come a long way since the early days when Mount Pulaski's first settlers built their log cabins. Today's homes are much more comfortable.., and they are much more attractive, too. Paint, Wallpaper and Varnish were "luxuries" the early settlers had to do without. It has been our pleasure to serve this area in the painting and wallpapering busineS helping keep Mount Pulaski's homes looking their best year after year. We feel very thankful for the patron age we have enjoyed, and join in offering our " Congratulations to Mount Pulaski on the Cele" bration of the Sil-Tennial. RAY TTERLE Phone SW 2-5252 Mount pulaSid