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REFLECTION00 (Sl me tm) MARCH 9, 1933 The Bank Holiday proclamation by Governor Horn. er last Saturday--and which had two more days added to it when President Roosevelt proclaimed a nation-wide holiday which ends tonight, brought out some facts that gave me a thrill of pride. While the Bank Holiday came as a surprise following the Gov. ernor's statement on the day pro. vious that this state would not have to resort to this step, last minute conferences lasting into tho morning hours at Washing. ton, acting for the nation, and in Chicago, for the State of lllinots, deemed it advisable. Other states had previously been observing bank holidays to the inconvenience of folks, not only in their own states, but in others states where checks had been drawn on the banks in these holiday states. Just what it is all about is a hard matter to understand. But whatever the reason and method back of it, the thing that gives me a thrill of pride and oauses one to breathe a sigh of thanksgiving, is the splendid way our people are taking this mandatory measure. With 48 states in the bank holiday class, the absence of hysteria and communistic reac- tions show that despite our seemingly "unscrupulous" de- sire for the "'Almighty Dollar," we still have our feet very much an the ground. That fact should be the most encouraging evidence of faith in our nation and its leaders. FmnkUn D. Roosevelt, while going into office under conditions such as no other president has faced, should gather renewed courage and inspiration to rtse j to hoighths that will enable him I and his chosen advisors to meet I the situation in a manner be'l fitting the courage of the mass I of the American people who have] refused to be stampeded. I The order issued by the Fed- crux1 Reserve and the State Bank. lng Department met with prompt compliance by the banks. Local banks did not receive their notification until after they had opened and had transacted considerable business. ---SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Titan.News, Mt, Pulask IlL) TlglmtY, JULY The heads of the local banks showed a commendable handling of the sitution. Knowing that after having op- ened for business it would be unwise to close their doors at once, the noon hour was set as closing time. Customers, as they came in were told of the situation and showed the mandatory telegram. These customers in turn, passed the word on to others who had heard rumors and were wonder- ing what it was all about. These customers did more than anything else could have ac- complished in quieting fears of a drawn even after the holiday was announced. Strange as it may seem, more money was deposited than with- drawn, even after holiday was announced. One heavy depositer withdrew the "huge" sum of $5.00 to run him until Friday. Others deposited surplus cash for they felt that the bank was the safest place for it. Local banks should in turn feel highly complimented even though their depositors had an opportunity to make an effort to withdraw their money, no one did so. i  The people of Mount Pulaski have faith in the soundnen of their banks and showed it in the recent episode. PRES. F.D. ROOSEVELT DECLARED THREE.DAY BANI00 HOLIDAY IN 1933 Ex-President Hoover Asked for Support of Drastic Measure. March 9, 1933 BANr HOLIDAY PROCLAMATION President Franklin D. Roose- velt's bank holiday proclamation in which the chief executive clothed himself with war-time authority to deal with the nation- al financial emergency, follows: PROCLAIM HOLIDAY "Now, therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, in view of such national emergency and by virtue of the authority vested in me by said act and in order to prevent the export, hoarding or ear-marking of gold or silver coin or bullion or currency, do hereby proclaim, direct and de- clare that from Monday, the sixth day of March to Thursday, the ninth day of March, nine- teen hundred and thirty-three, both dates inclusive, there shall be maintained and observed by all banking institutions and all branches thereof located in the United States of America, includ- ing the territories and insular possessions, a bank holiday, and that during said period all bank- ing transactions shall be sus- nded," the proclamation said. "During such holiday, excepting BILLY CAPPS, 94, REMEMBERED LONG LEGS OF LINCOLN (April 10, lSl) William Baker Capps, known to everyone as "Uncle Billy", who had the honor of being Mount Pulaski's oldest native-born cit- izen, died suddenly at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 1941, while seated in a chair at the Albert F. Dillsaver barber shop on West Cooke St. He was aged 94 years, 4 months, and 24 days. William Baker Capps was born Nov. 12, 1846, in Mount Pulaski's first house, located on the wes side of the public square, where the old S. Linn Beidler drug building was erected before the Civil War, and is now occupied by the Carter Pharmacy. His par- ents were Jabez and Elizabeth Baker Capps, who came to this old hill in 1836, Mr. Capps being one of the founders of Mount Pu- laski and its first citizen. It was in this home that Abra- ham Lincoln visited so often aft- er Mount Pulaski became the county seat, in 1848, while rid- ing the old 8th judicial circuit. Mr. Capps often said that on ac- count of his youth he did not re- member much about the martyr- ed president, who was then a well known Springfield lawyer. He knew that Lincoln must have often talked to him and held him on his knee, but what he did remember vividly was the sight of Mr. Lincoln coming up the hill on horseback, with his long legs dangling on the sides of the horse, and on his head he was wearing the high silk hat. tie said when he saw him ap- proaching he would always run to the house and tell his father Mr. Lincoln was coming. The now famous and beloved presi- dent would put his horse in a barn, and then go to the Capps home to stay. After the county seat was re- moved to Lincoln in 1854, Mr. Capps attended schools in the now famous historic old court house building. When the state of Illinois took over the build- ing in 1936 to restore the struc- ture as an Abraham Lincoln Me- morial Shrine, the state architect called on Mr. Capps frequently for consultation on how the place was constructed in the early days. mLump coal could be bought at the Mt. Pulaski coal mine for $2 a ton in 1914. The banks in turn have a con. fidence in their own people, and were practising here in a community built on mutual faith is to be heartily congratu. late as hereinafter provided, no such banking institution, or branch, shall pay out, export, earmark, or permit the withdrawal or trans- fer in any manner or by any de- vise whatsoever, of any gold or silver coin or bullion or cur- rency or take any other action which might facilitate the hoard- ing thereof, nor shall any such banking institution or branch pay out deposits, make loans or discounts, deal in foreign ex- change, transfer credits from the United States to any place a- broad, or transact any other banking business whatsoever. From his apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Monday, former Pres- ident Herbert Hoover called for "Whole-hearted support" of his successor's plan for meeting the banking and economic crisis. "The president's proclamation," Mr. Hoover said, "should receive the whole-hearted support and co-operation of every citizen." Child: A pain in the neck when he's around; a pain in the heart when he isn't. S $ t Chewing: A widespread prac- tice that's getting a foothold everywhere. s s m WANT AD: "Wanted a man to work eight hours a day to re-] place one who didn't." Blackface Beauties Performed For Library Benefit Women Put On Cork Face Show In Grand Style. According to the Mt. Pulaski News of Friday, May 27, 1898, a group of Mount Pulaski women wore burnt cork on June 2, as a library benefit. This is almost 61 years ago, and the informa- tion will greatly interest many persons, and give the young pat- rons of the present library an idea of what was being done in those days to make a public library possible in the city. The paper the week before the enter. tainment had the following to say: Public Library Benefit June 2 "The Mount Pulaski Library, established more than a year ago by the Mt. Pulaski Woman's Literary Club, is a local institu- tion in which our people .have come to feel the warmest sort of a personal interest. The Library has already grown to be a quite pretentious collec- tion of choice books, treating on history, travel, science, biogra- phy, poetry, fiction, etc., and is proving a source of pleasure. There is a general desire to see the library grow and become a powerful education auxiliary to our excellent school system. The ladies of the club are working diligently to this end. est move in the library is a Lady minstrel of local talent, to occur gin Opera House Thursday ing, June 2. The being conducted by that 1 spirit of fun, William IL with Prof. D. H. musical director and W. Vonderlieth as The price of 25c, with no extra charge served seats, Which will sale at Beidler's dru day, May 28. This will present all the fun, and catchy music of the tion minstrel show. present the following Opening Chorus, Snowflakes," Company. Solo and Chorus, de Wa'mest Gal in Mac Fowler. Quartet, Selected, Stafford, Mrs. X. F. Mary Ralston, Miss boce. Song and Dance, "I If You Neler Come Alma Vonderlieth. Solo and Chorus, Little Pumpkin Co Mrs. A. W. Leslie. Duet, Selected: Vonderlieth and Washburn. Solo and Corm Cradle Song," Mrs. Chorus, "Carry Me Virginny", Company. Stump Speech. Drill of the CoontoWn Finale, "The Stars Forever," Company. --Dr. G. S. Connelly, Dr. H. D. Ryman and Dr. H. M. VanHook 1914, 30th OLD SETTLERS DREW THOUSANDS Any mention of the Logan County Old Settlers' Association cause so much interest. Most of the meetings were held in Mount Pulaski, and drew thousands of people from many parts of cen- tral Illinois. The 30th annual reunion of the association was held in Mount Pulaski on Thursday, Aug. 6, 1903, or almost 60 years ago. One of the special features of the occasion was the baseball game in Obermiller's Park, be- tween Kenney and Mt. Pulaski. The officers and committee were as follows: Hon. David Hummell, president; Hon. W. R. Gilchrist, secretary. On commit- tee of arrangements were: Rich- ard H. Templeman, chairman; T. H. Smedley, secretary; M. J. My- ers, Fred E. Danner, Herman S. Bekemeyer. Program  Advertising At this time the program was printed in a booklet, with the l-Ol- lowing businessmen and others placing advertisements in it: Scmggin & Son, Bankers. W. H. Simpson Lumber Co., John E. Snyder, Manager. E. O. Mayer & Co., General Merchandise. Model Cash Shoe Store Smedley's Lunch Room Chris Drobisch, Fine Winos, Etc. John W. Seyfer, Drug Store Gmber & Bienefeldt, Painting, Etc. The Yankee Wind Mill Co., manufacturers of The Yankee Wind Mill. F. W. Obermiller, president; W. H. Bryson, vice president; A. O. Vonderlieth, secretary and treasurer. Mount Pulaski Poultry House, Carl Bekemeyer, Attorney. Mrs. Schureman's "Palace Res. taurant" Mrs. Robert's Variety Store. Dr. James R. Rigg, Physician & Oculist. Dr. W. R. McLean, Dentist. Schmidt Bros., Live Stock, Fresh and Salt Meats. il John R. Reeves, jeweler Optician. Myers Bros., Fowler & Silkey, Store," General Dr. N. A. Jones, Surgeon. Danner Bros., Clothier C. C. McKellar, cigar facturers. Weidenbacher Bros., W. E. Lachenmyer, Mount Pulaski H. Smedley, Put Oyler & Bozarth, Surgeons. Gallagher Bros., John A. Christmann, First National Bank, Vanhise, president; as, vice.president; Aitchison, casher. John Buckles, Jacob Baumann, A. 1 Rupp, C. IL Lucas, as. "'The Leaders," Clear, General WATER AND GAS DON'T MIX j .. 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