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b,' ,w 80 BOSS TONE TURLEY FIRST FAMILY TO SETTLE IN COUNTY to I15 Years w. To :e 7 Feet, 2 Inches generations of the Turley are laid to rest in the southwest of Turley that settled in county was the first to cross the Sanga- five miles north of the Illinois bridge now early early days not any bridges and were thick as hops this part of the coun- evidently waded a- river, and part of country Logan county. anyone ever.say first name was but I hear them say when- anything about always call- Boss Tone and also, originally came part of Ireland they went to Before the tea was the ocean many of had immigrated to and were present tea was dumped, and doing their part as could, not letting grow under their feet settled in Virginia to Kentucky and they came to traded with the In- as the white people on this part of the one that settled bedisputes which did tween the Whites never failing to Indian the best of Sometimes the white object, in that case say was then you for it which al- that they'd do as tOld them, or the In. have his scalp. Old Boss Tone had a grocery store on Mt. Pulaski hill and hauled his groceries by wagon all the way across country from i St. Louis, meeting a great many Indians on the way, but had the knack of knowing exactly the CAPPS NURSERY POPULAR BUSINESS IN EARLY DAYS In the north part of Mount Pul- aski, several blocks of ground be- tween Washington and Vine Sts. ending at the Elkhart road, was the location of the Capps Bros. Nursery. It was a big business for many years, and later part of the GEORGE W. TURLEY BUILT OWN HOME IN 1852, OF BRICK, LUMBER Cu TLTtl Wllih I began to cut the lumber which Cured o Years; Had [he let cure for two years. He al- |so had a brick yard In which he Own Brick Yard |made all the bricks needed. The George Washington Turley de-|first story was brick in between tided to build a new house in "the walls. proper way of keeping on the good side of them and never go- ing against the Indian wish- es but in every case wonderfully favoring the Indians. --From Maud Burke's Records lincoln Vizlted Turle The Turleys moved to Spring- field March 1, 1842. George W. Turley is a good friend of Lin- coln and Lincoln called on them as soon as they got moved into town. He has often visited their cabin on the farm. north end was sold to Harmon F. Lushbaugh, and was known as Lushbaugh's Pasture. On this place were two rows of trees, several yards apart and between 300 and 400 feet long, extend- ing south from the Elkhart road. In the pasture, across the road east from the cemetery, some good sized circuses would make one-day stands. The nursery is no more, and today there are a number of fine residences occupying the land. 1852. Up till the new house was built they lived in a cabin which he built when he first came to Logan County. The cabin was 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, one room up and one down, there was a fire place at each end. After the new house was built it was used as a kitchen for many years. After George Washington Tur- Icy decided to build he took his sons, Sam, Will and Budd (Thomas S.) to the timber and FLOUR MILL AND ELEVATOR which was lo- cated on South Vine and Monroe many years ago. The Wolcott soft water plant is now on this site. As we understand it, Mike Kautz, St. had the elevator there at one time before mov- ing to west part of the city. In the late spring of 1858 he got carpenters (one was a Scotch. man) and the house was started. Everything was made by hand, even the doors, window frames, floors, laths, casings and weath- erboards. The house was completed In late summer or early fall of 1885 taking about 8 to 10 weeks to build it. After it was built one room was furnished as a parlor with all new furniture. They covered each of the other 3 floors with hand made carpet. It took 100 yards a yard wide. Three of the rooms had fireplaces (two down and one up). They put four double beds in each of the two upstairs rooms and a bureau for each bed besides chairs and tables. Theresa was housekeep. er for the first two years (she then married George H. Butler) and then Ann took charge. Lin- coln was a visitor there many times. In 1827, Thomas R. Skinner and Isaac L. Skinner, located In what is now Mt. Pulaski township, the former on sections 4 and 5, and the latter on 17. Thomas R. Skin- ner was one of the prominent men of the county. He was elect- ed the first County Surveyor of Logan county, and held the office from 1839 to 1843. When the office of County Judge was created in 1849 and he was elected first in. cumbent of that office and served until 1857, the year of his death. 1932 ASSESSED SCHOOL VALUATION High school assessed valuation $3,858,637. The tax levy was .67 with $25,000 for school adminis- tration. The grade shool had as assess- ed valuation of $1,468,619 wRh a tax levy of .70. had a large family We; Is chil00n INTERESllNG DATA ABOUT MOUNT any of their son. Richard. Boss PULASKI COMMUNITY BACK IN 1883 the Revolution. Turley's were found wars which were our country up to the and no doubt they ue as long as the BOSS Tone's wife heard anyone say, a second 90, his bride o i than mention that Boss New York when Was made the first the United States, part to place him to the ripe old old and hasten- by helping pull a the mire. He was to be laid away in He stood in 2 inches. Tr there were not any they came into ex- years later. So the neighbors and cut down a accordance to the so in this case the been real large. it down they took it down through part which be placed in the top, then out the center of both ends tight all on, placing a underneath the Just before the from the res. part of the tree hollowed out and fasten. wooden pegs, the big wooden to the ceme. moving in even for then. kind of slow- now a Three Hour Mills, Two Newspapers, and Coal Mine. The Lincoln Herald, establish- ed in 1856, and published in lat- er years by F. B. Mills, in its issue of Thursday, April 12, 1883, some interesting items from Mount Pulaski, written by S. Linn Beidler. This was more than two years before the Mount Pulaski Weekly News was found- ed. The information of 75 years ago should interest many read- ers of the Times-News. Note the following: Mount Pulmskt C4.ospcleie Mount Pulaski, April 10, 1883, The following gentlemen were elected to township offices last week: Amos Dilisaver, super- visor; Charles S. Landis, town clerk; George Vonderlieth, col. lector; Jerry Matthews, assessor; James Poe, commissioner of highways. been nicely trimmed and clean- ed up, and presents a fresh and beautiful appearance. Many elab- orate monuments have been plac. ed therein. Christian Roos, who bought the Dutch farm north of Mount Pu- laski for $70 per acre, has sold his place of 120 acres to Samuel Evans at $75 per acre. Dr. M. P. Phinney was called by telegram today from Indian. apolis, Ind., to attend the bedside of a sick uncle. Mount Pulaski is a live and rapidly growing town in a fine farming country, at the junction of the Peoria, Decatur & Evans- ville Railroad and Springfield division of the Illinois Central. It has a fine public school building, six churches, three flour mills, several elevators, two newspap- ers, a shaft nearly down to coal, etc. It does a large and increas- ing trade, and has bright pros- pects of future growth. "ved from CM la Clmmified Ad Column Advices Just recel - " - ..... asture for 300 head of cago state that the recent s u ^-*';,-ent. Situated 6 mile* scription would be accepzea '-- :::.^'=; ^ . p,l 11 on the telephone line ffom.,Mount,u-::'le" r;m;s-7olr" aCe Pulaski to Latham be DUlIT. ], ..... r ..... Nicholas LanK has bought a[me at Mt. PmasKL --:. crane. tract of nine acres of land in the[ F. Schick & Sons, General Mer- south part of town from John[ t chndiSol.an ' Physician and Sohick, Sr., for which ne pa-! "'SuI ery $1,800, or $200 per acre. Lands[ C F gPope le, Physician and were never higher in tnm wcnnt t . r than now. Surgeon. J. W. Whitney has purchased two lots in the south part of town from L. K. Seroggin for $200, upon which he will immediately erect the Whitney Flats of several a- partments to rent. In the vicinity of Chestnut the following parties are fattening 1400 hogs for the June market: Isaac Allen, Nel. Wolcott, J. J. Mlchener, Nato Josylin, J. . Randolph, Mr. Runyan, Ream & Cochran. Pulaski cemetery has S. Linn Beidler, Druggist. W. H. Kretzinger, Latham, Notary Public & Collection Agent. Collection and remit- tances promptly made. Zeiss & Bekemeyer, General Merchandise, carried a two column advertisement. The following birth items were printed: March 22, daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. John I. Horn. March 2, son born to Mr. and Mrs. Fran Turley, Mount PulaskL Our Best Wishes TO OUR FRIENDS IN MOUNT PULASKI FINFROCK MOTOR CO. As we join in offering best wishes and congratu. lations to Mount Pulaski on the Sil-Tennial Cele. bration, we'd also like to say thank you for your patronage. Harry & Mary's Short Orders Sandwiches Beer . Liquors . Wine MOUNT PULASKI, ILL. SW 2-3315