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EDITION (11m.Nqms, Mr. PulmkL nL) TllUILqDAY, JULY 15, INI INN" HISTORIC HOME PLACE 100 YEARS AGO (July Z0, 19sS) W sr z.  . formerly known as namson place, located between Mount Pulaski and north of the IC now owned by Mr. Carl Stoll. During the they built a new home place of the old Har- and tearing it down Xdnd some early day the old building, con. nlore than a hundred and known at that Allen Inn". M. Allen was born 1805, in Morris county, veyed on the same section by William B. Allen and S. Linn Beidler, and a post office had been established there under the name o "Allenvillle", in honor of Mr. Allen. "On the laying out of Chestnut the town of 'Allenville' was abandoned. Chestnut was named in honor of one of the directors of the Gilman, Clinton and Spring- field railroad, he being a Mr. Chestnut. The Britten Bros. erect- ed the first store, having moved the building from Yankeetown a short distance to the west. De- ment & Clark erected the second store." and at the age of 9 Edltm's Note: David Ward Clark with his parents to mentioned in the above in/orma- Ohio. He was mar- tion, was the grandfather of to 'Miss Jane Lyon on Meta Clark and Mrs. Edward O. They left Ohio in Mayer, of Mount Pulaski. for Logan county, through in wa- took 18 days. They Fondest Memories of Mount Pu- Mr. Allen bought of land for which he per acre. He added to acres by land warrants acre; also, 40 acres was purchased at sale for the sum was on this land that built his home. His May 19, 1867. He Orpha Wright. JUSt two families laski when Mr. Allen early days he =' nome ''he Allen Inn," W.."n. Y early travelers would i.. ,,t  _la  :,p|ace overnight. There b,_',Oads here until 1872, _,-ple traveled horseback, in _Wagons and other con- ttlVeral years mail was -- " mll Springfield by ca.r- IIi orseback. After arrlv. he ount Pulaski with the ,rAl I Wouldride on out to len Inn for the night. --t orning he would pro- mo0000,o ) to the settlement b_t,"Yankeetown ''. That eurnd of his route he ,^ to Springfield, ex- " " arrive there-by night Inn" became well- people in central was the stopping great number of peo- pioneer days. the farm became of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. family. The school by, for years, was Rosedale school. In and one of the wa Miss Meta Clark 'Tankeetown" was in this story, the fol- is given, was founded ankeetown no longer Wing community. Cheetnut FomKlmd was a commun- running west of homes and small had been built The coming of things in that CounW History the following infor. Is on the Gilman, Railroad, northeast of Mt. attempts to found here before it The third at- Chestnut was W. Clark, on his brother, Isaac 1872. Stringer's Logan Vol. 1, says about of Chestnut was laid David Ward Clark, for the heirs of deceased, in con- the directors of the Gilman, Railroad, Division of Railroad. The Th April 24 of omas G. Gard- surveyor. Two a town had Platted and sur. (Continued from preceding page) Indiana, Kentucky, and some few as far away as Tennessee. There they were on their own, picking corn by the bushel, and the harder they worked, the larg- er the nest egg to take back home. As I recall they were given two or three cents a bushel, and as we experienced a slow but steady im- provement of the commodity price level, there was a commen- i surate advancement in the price of shucking, and the price eventu- ally got up to 5c and better. I have forgotten the extreme top. 35 to 40 Teams Helped Move Corn In the not too distant past, much corn always moved to mar- ket in the winter time, roads per- mitting. Weather reports were watched closely, and in advance of impending cold snaps, the road - and the colder the better. That was corn shelling weather. If you lived 5 or 6 miles from town, and you were considered to be good help, it meant that there would be 35 or 40 teams there to help you move your crop to mar- ket. And by the time you repaid all that help, you spent a lot of time on the road. Oftentimes the ground was covered with snow and it was bitter cold. You could hear the steel tires whine for a long ways. Drivers walked to keep warm. It was too cold for handkerchieves and you saw a lot of slick coat sleeves from the elbow down. You know, I take my hat off to those people - they were a hardy breed and have certainly earned a place in your istorical document. And, if I might add a personal touch, I spent many days in an elevator driveway when it never got too far above zero. It is only when you ponder this difficult task tha you appreciate the impact of the gravel road and the big truck. I presume our greatest source of employment  that is, from an industrial standpoint, was. our. coal mine. It served our local iue needs for many year Ina..nuch as the coal was a little soft and free burning it was consider- ed to be an excellent steam coal and mighty good for household purposes, too. When consumed locally, and handling was held to a minimum, it held up very well. But these very qualities that made it desirable for home use were not desirable for shipment, which of course involved addition- al handling and excessive break- age. Then, too, there was much competition from the larger min- es scattered all over central lll- inoi Diggings were not too ex- tensive, so it IS there for poster- ity. As I recall it was not a heavy vein---somewhere between 3 or 4 feet. It does have this advantage of not being over 350 feet below the surface. Who knows  it could be the boon of tomorrow? I must not forget to mention our water system, good schools, and a fine fire department. Off. times these things that are of the utmost importance, become commonplace by virtue of the great service they render. I think this would be a good time to compliment you on your paper. Your weather report Is a fine addition. In the 4 years STOLL BROS. USED "BREEZY TYPE" TO ADVERTISE CARS SIX" POPULAR IN EARLY DAYS OF AUTOMOBILE .INDUSTRY The popularity of the "Little Six" automobile handled by Stoll Bros., of ML PuIaski, increases daily and the number of sales made by this firm within the last month is unprecedented in this territory. Mrs. John L Meister is seen al- most daily in her "Little Six", with Miss Bertha Zeirnan at the wheel. And Chester Hughes, who traded his Ford in on a "Little Six", is very much in evidence, 'pulling the Mt. Pulaski hills at !five miles per hour -- he drove his "Little Six" over to the At- lanta Fair one minute and thirty seconds after purchasing it, with i practically no instructions what- lever, and said the only trouble !he had was with his conscience. The roads were dusty and Mr. Hughes said, "he hated awfully to make the other fellow eat so much of it." From all quarters of the county we hear complimentary remarks about this wonderful "Little Six". Harry Reed, living several miles east of the city, drove his "Little Six" in Mt. Pulaski Sun- day and stated that his car was running so far on one gallon of gasoline that he thought he was doing the Standard Oil Co. an injustice. Mr. Reed formerly drove an Oakland. Stoll Bros. make it a point to keep all cars sold by them "tuned up," and when August Hahn pull- ed into their garage a few days ago--by the way, he bought the first "Little Six", wise head Gus ---the boys wanted to know if she needed tuning, but Mr. Hahn said "nothing doing, she's run- ning sweet as sugar." Alfred Loetterle, when inter- viewed about his "Little Six," said his main trouble was with the boys and girls, '%vho would a riding go," and claimed that it kept him busier making excuses than taking care of his car." The 'Litttle Six" is extremely flexible very simple in operation and easily controlled, and being the finest product for the money that can be had, we agree with Elmer Turley when he said, "be- fore long we will have more "Little Six" automobiles around here than Fords." Let's all buy one, what do you say? Adv. JOHN GBAYHWOHL BUYS C Stoll Bros., the well known automobile dealers, sold a fine Jackson ear Tuesday, to John Grathwohl, living four miles southeast of the city. It is wine color, and a four-cylinder, five- passenger machine. that we have been here the paper has been late only a few times. It comes regularly Monday morn- ings. Sincerely, Mike. CAFr. VANHISE FOUNDED BRICK AND TILE FACTORY IN 1897 Clay Used For especially at night, when the Brick In Some Early Buildings (By  E. Betdlr) On land in the southwest com- er of Mount Pulaski, over 80 years ago, began what formed and made the Vanhise ponds, the clay being hauled in wagons to the block-long tile and brick factory constructed in 1879 at the end of West Cooke St., across the street north of the old Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railroad Depot. At that time there was a great demand, especially for tile in this area. The factory, in season, was an industry good for the growth of the city. The source of the clay soon began to form the ponds as the material was hauled away in wagons, drawn by horses, on a route to the factory, first enter- ing South Spring street, going north two blocks to the main P.D. & E railroad, then following the railroad curve around to Cooke Street to the factory. The factory continued in oper- ation for many years, and the children of that generation had much fun at the source of the clay, fishing there in summer and spot was flood-lighted and had a good bonfire to add to the scene. Dev V The younger generation may wonder who Capt. David Vanhiae was. He was one of Mount Pul- aski's well.known, substantial, and civic-minded citizens. Born Aug. 22, 1822, in Fairfield Coun- ty, Ohio, he was reared on a farm. In 1856 he came to Mount Pul- aski and entered into partnership in the general mercantile busi- ness with George Mayer and William W. Martin. On August 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. D, 106th Illinois Infantry, but was immediately elected Captain of the Company, commanding it through the move- ments and preceding and during the siege of Vicksburg, and after the surrender of the stronghold, followed by the guerrilla cam. paigns in Arkansas, a difficult, dangerous service. In 1865 he was promoted to Major of the 106th. Upon his discharge he return- ed to Mount Pulaski and resum. ed his business association with Mayer and Martin. In 1876, 1877 and 1878 he was engaged in the lumber business, and in 1879 con- structed the tile factory, which iiil iii SITE OF TILE FAC'rORY at the west end of West Cooke Street which played an important part in the development of Mount Pul- aski. The clay for most of the brick buildings around the square came from the Van Hise pond on the southwest edge of the cty. skating in the winter, as many will remember. The promoter of the tile fac- tory was Capt. David Vanhise, and he was associated in this venture by Harvey Gordon and William Hagel. Many men were employed. The site of the ponds, after the factory was dismantled, became a refuge for birds, rabbits, etc. The city took over the ownership of this property, and when the WPA was in active work for the government, the large space of the pond was filled up, and has since been used as a park. Ice Skating Revived It is here in this new year of 1961 that during the winter a sizeable place was flooded and many people enjoyed ice skating, proved to be such a substantial benefit to the community. Mr. Vanhise was a prominent member of the Mount Pulaski Methodist Church. In Pickaway County, Ohio, on OCt. 17, 1842, he married Catherine Martin, a sis. ter of William W. Marttn. The two-story brick building in which Mr. Vanhise was assoctat. ed with George Mayer and Will- iam W. Martin, is now more than 100 years old, and stands near the middle of the block on the south side of the square and is occu- pied by Dannenberger's Modern Plumbing and Heating. The Vanhise home still stands at the comer of Vine and Morg. an Sts., across the street south of the Methodist Church Parson. age. NO ROSE COLORED GLASSES! MOUNT PULASKIANS have no need for Rose Colored Glasses, for with normal vision they are able to see their city as the growing, pro- gressive place it is. For the pest 42 years we have been keeping the vision of the Mount Pulaski Community at its best with "Lenses from Lenz's". 510 BROADWAY We lmy tribute not only to Mount Pulaski on its 125 years of progress, but also to our fth- er, Oscar Lent. who founded this business 42 years ago. LEliZ DR. Louis W. Lenz Dr. Herbert F. Lenz LINCOLN, ILLINOIS ?