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Plant South of Here Cost S30,000,000; ConWacf Let (limeu s, ]S4) Bates & Rogers Construc- of Chicago, has the con- the erection of the ordn- north of the Spring- hard road. Rogers will supervise and some 59 sub.con- Will work under them. that there will be employed at the the work and that the payroll will run from to $400,0O0. anderstand the project is 30 million dollar invest- in view of the way the similar plants has OVer the original esti- one will probably run million. Project, which is to be the Sangamon Ord- will be used as an plant. TNT, powder, and shells will be other plants to be here. Sell As Defense Moves In (]1 19, li2) Sales are being held in area south of the prepare to move. are on the job. in the defense area increasing their tempo OWners and tenants off- entire livestock and ma- Sale after sale to the preparatory to homes. Many do where they will go Will do. office is now for application to do construc- of which necessi- applicants joining Un- is full of workers and seeping intol as they hunt for i and homes, forc- ORDNANCE AREA LAND OWNERS ARE REDEEMING LAND (Nov. 28, 1946) Most of tho former land own- ers redeem land on the site of the Sangarnon Ordnance Plant at Illiopolis. 1% million dollars was involv- ed in the transaction transferr- ing more than "10,000 acres of land back to private ownership. The government realizes more than 74% of its original invest- ment in the land. RENT CONTROL IN LOGAN COUNTY SET AUG. 1, 1942 (July 30. 1942) Federal Rent Control will go into effect in Logan county on Aug. I, 1942, when residential rents will be put back and stabil- ized at levels prevailing on Mar. 1, 1942, under a special defense rental order issued Wednesday, by Price Administrator Leon Hen- derson. CURTAIL ELECTRICITY DURING W. W. II (Feb. 1, 1945) Prohibited Uses. No Person Shall Use Electricity For Any Of The Following Purposes: 1. Outdoor advertising and out- door promotional lighting. 2. Outdoor display lighting ex- cept where necessary for the conduct of the business out- door establishments 3. Outdoor decorative and out- door ornamental lighting. 4. Show window lighting ex- cept where necesssary for interior illumination. 5. Marquee lighting in excess of 60-watts for each mar- quee. 6. White way street lighting in excess of the amount deter- mined by local public authority to be necessary for public safety. eiaw'yLTa VETERANS DREW dence in the FOR ORDNANC Building, and Inding locations in PLANT OPENS PLANT 17, 1942) States government Oak Ordnance of the city, and are charge, opening up line yes- making their first number of local res- already been accept- of Johnson & have charge of the Work and personnel, have their ap- out. FOR ), 1942) Plant, lo- Mount Pulaski, is hundreds upon men. Did you ever how these men are good drinking is the infer- is obtained from the water supply sys. on which big placed, make the city each day, ,' and haul to the it is distributed to of the area. Of this is used to haul engine us- already con. the plant area; Supplied to the on a railroad SOe of the native the strange cus. the ground with wild, blood. Anthropologkts of primitive self. America, we call (Inn- 9, 1947) Three plots of land - and 12 veterans wanted them. A draw- ing for the land was held Dec. 27 at the south administration building of the old Sangamoni Ordnance plant. The three parcels i of land were left after former owners and their former tenants had been given the right to. 7d purchase the farms. Veterans na next priority. The lucky three were Paul A. Wheeler, of Niantic; George /L Pritchett of Niantic; and, Robert U. Winters, Ag teacher at the Illiopolis high school. Capsules containing the nam- es of the lucky veterans were drawn by Mrs. l.roy IL Buckles, Jr., of Mount Pulaski, who works at the Ordnance plant. D. PAYNE MISSING IN ACTION IN KOREAN WAR (Octobe 23, 1952) lc. Willard D. Payne, U. Mar- ine Carps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Payne, who live five miles west of Mount Pulaski, has been reported as 'nlssing in action" in Korea, according to a message received from the War Depart- ment last Friday evening, by his parents. Willard enlisted in the Marines during the past summer and was sent to Korea in September with the First Marine Division. KERWEY BAWK TO DISCONTINUZ OPEBATION (Dec. 31, 1942) The Farmers State Bank of Kenney, which has served the community of Kenney for more than 50 years, Will discontinue receiving deposits and doing a general banking business, Dec. 31, 1942, according to notice re- ceived on Thursday by patrons, of --41L-TEN181AL EDrrlON (Tlmm-News, Mr. Pulaski, nL) AT, JULY IS, IT'S LIABLE TO HAPPEN HERE ! AND rr SURE DID (Aug. 12, 1943) Now that coffee rationing has run its course and there is some prospect of getting all the sugar we want, and it looks like we have the war going our way on all front, we hear disturbing rumors on the home front. All of l us who think check writing is easier than carrying the cash, Will either have to quit writing checks, or, be faced with a serv- ice charge each month that will cool-off our ardor for signing bank checks on the dotted line. If we understand it right, we will also have to pay a service charge for having all checks we present at the bank, cashed. It seems that the banks, overflow- ing with money, are burdened down with so much free service and so little in comparison on loans that they are going to have to do something to keep the banks from using so much red ink. It is already being done may places so we will probably get it. Note - ll--lt happened, and 18 years later it is still happen- ing. What depositors thought was a temporary expedient has pre- sumably become a permanent li- ability. WPA BAND CONCERTS DURING SUMMER "41 (June 19, 11) Weekly summer concerts by the Decatur WPA Concert Band were initiated in Mount Pulas- ki Tuesday night at 7:30 o'clock. An hour and a half of fine band music was presented on the lawn in the square. These concerts, which a r e sponsored by Mount Pulaski bus. iness men, are free, and all res- idents of Mount Pulaski and sur- rounding communities are In- vited to enjoy them. PUBLISH LIST OF WHEAT ACREAGE QUOTAS IN 1930's (Nov. 2, lg) A printed statement was made of the production and planted acreages of wheat in the years 1930, 1931, 1932, and planted acreage for 1933 of producers of Logan county, who have sub- mitred applications for farm al. lotments. This publication is made in compliance with the regulations of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. It is made so that a check may be made on all statements claims, and so that reports may be made to the county Wheat Production Control Association on any in- accuracies which may appear in the statements. JOHNNY MIER, 99, OLDEST AND COUNTY'S LAST C. W. VET, DIED Service Held In Court Yard. 2,000 Attended (August 1, 1940) Full military honors were ac- orded John C. Mler, 99, at 2:30 p. m. Monday in the Mt. Pulaski public square, in the first funeral service of its kind to be tleld on these historic grounds since the city was founded in 1836. Mr. Mier was born two miles west of Mt. Pulaski Feb. 13, 1841, and died in the Deaconess hospital, Lincoln, at 9:45 pJn. Friday, July 26, 1940. Hundreds of people assembled to attend the services and pay homage to a man who knew Abraham Lincoln when he came to Mt. Pulaski tO plead law cas- es in the old Logan county court house, from 1848 to 1855, when riding the old eighth judicial circuit, several years before Lin-i coin became famous as president of the United States. And now, al- most 80 years later, it was only fitting that the services were held on grounds hallowed by the memory of Lincoln, the State of Illinois having restored the histor- ic old structure as an Abraham Lincoln Memorial Shrine. Ryman-Fuiten Post of the American Legion of Mt. Pulaski !had charge of the funeral. The funeral cortege moved from the Hershey Funeral Home to the public square headed by color bearers, firing squads, Logan County Legion Band and Legion members from every post in Lo- gan county, followed by the fiag- draped casket on a caisson drawn by four horses. The funeral service was read by Rev. J. Wayne Staley, pastor of the Christian Church, who em- phasized the fact that because Mr. Mier was Mt. Pulaski's old- est citizen, and the last surviving Civil war vetern of Logan county, he was being honored not only by Mt. Pulaskians, but all of the county as well. Assisting in the service were: Rev. Ray O. rum- stein and Rev. F. E. Neumeyer. Three hymns, "Does Jesus Care," "He Leadeth Me" and "One Sweetly Solemn Thought," were sung by Paul R. Moore, with Mrs. G. F. Wait as organ accompanist. Burial was in the Mt. Pulaski cemetery. Following short serv- ice at the grave, taps were sound- ed. The pallbearers, all Legion- naires, were: Senator Nicholas L. Hubbard, Dean Foster, Errol Ry- an, Louis F. Sehafer, Frank Tal- mare, Thomas A. Gupton, Mt. Pulaski; Buford Beaver, of New- Holland, and, Claude Compton of Atlanta. In the wild, sparcely settled timberland of pioneer days, John JOHN C. MIER Mier was born Feb. 13, 1841, the son of George and Rebecca Laughlin Mier, pioneers in the county, in a log cabin, 2 miles west of Mt. Pulaski, on land now occupied by a son, Elmer. He was born five years after the town was settled, and proved a great factor in its development. Since his birth he has always Hv- ed in the historic town except for the time he spent in the Civil : War and a period of time he took to take his wife to the West for her health. After the war, Mr. Mier married Miss Sarah Smith. 46 years ago they moved into Mt. Pulaski. A- bout eight years ago Mrs. Mier died. Three years later the in- firmities of age caused him to be confined to his bed, and less than a year ago it was necessary to move him to the hospital in Lincoln, where expert medical care could be afforded him. Surviving the war veteran are the following: five sons, Allen and Elmer, of Mt. Pulaski; George of Dawson; James of Lincoln, and Charles of Detroit, Mich. One siister, Mrs. Rebecca Arning of Coffeeville, Kans., survives in addition to many grand and great- grandchildren. Among the major engagements in which he served durin R Civil War were the Battles Of Jackson and Vicksburg. He captured and taken a prisoner after an attack at Guntown, and was incarcerated in the An- dersenville prison where he re. mained for five months. Believed to have been dying of typhiod "fever, he was released and after a desperate struggle with his health, he recovered. Johnny was a familiar part of the Mount Pulaski picture as he was a regular visitor downtown and kept going with the aid of his cane until he was forced to be confined to his bed. CONGRATULATIONS... To Mount Pulaski and Community On the Observance of Their 125h Anniversary Sil-Tennial Celebration July 22 thru July 29 1961 DECATUR PAPER HOUSE