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i, ...=SIL.TEHHIAL EDFFION (Tlzmm.HowL Mr. Pulaski, I11_) THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1961 REENACTMENT OF BAI"rLE OF SAN JUAN HILL WAS SPECTACULAR One of the most spectacular celebrations held in Mount Pul- aski in the years gone by was the day when the soldiers came here from Camp Lincoln, Spring- field, on an Illinois Central train and rushed up the hill to the log cabin fort built in the street on the west side of the square, after some shooting, captured it from the local defenders. The day proved a big one for everybody, and many will be glad to be re- minded of the date it happened. The battle was part of the Old Settler's Day reunion. Following is the information printed on a badge: 1868 - 31st Annual Reunion. 1899 Logan County Old Settlers' As- sociation, Mount Pulaski, Wed- nesday, August 23, 1899. Souvenir Silk Badges distribut- ed to Old Settlers dating from 1840. Souvenir Button Pictures of Jabez Capps, gift of Chicago Re- cord, to the Snow Birds of 1830-31. The speakers were Hon. O. F. Berry, Carthage, Ill.; and Hon. J. M. Graham, Springfield, Ill. Reminiscent talk by Old Settlers. Band music, singing, declama- tions. Great Military Spectacle! Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba. Realistic representation by Col. J. S. Cul- vet, with a Battalion of 5th Regiment Illinois Infantry. Squad i of Artillery and Gattling Guns l from Camp Lincoln, Springfield. Grand Military Banquet at 7 p. m., including home veterans of: the rebellion. Vice-Presidents and townships of county they represent: West Lincoln: David Hummell. Hurlbut: Joseph Willbanks. Broadwelh John Critchfleld Corwin: John Long Lake Fork: N. P. Gasaway Oran: Thomas Sullivan East Lincoln: George I. Harry Laenna: William H. Kretzinger Atlanta: Abel Larison Sheridan: Thomas H. Price Orvih John Malone Eminence: Arthur P. Miller Aetna: Thomas Patterson Elkhart: H. A. Baldwin Prairie Creek: J. C. Leavitt Chester: R. H. Templeman, President Mount Pulaski: S. Linn Beidler, Secretary. Badge and Register Committee: RobJrt Clark and Alfred TorfL!jnson. Arrangements Committee: May- or John Rothwell, J.p. Fowler, A. W. Leslie, Dr. J F. B. Bullard, T. A. Scrog. gin, Herman S. Bekemeysr, Dr. N. A. Jones, Wrn. H. Clear, William Rupp, Jr., M. $. Myers. EXCURSIONS POPULAR IN 80's- 90's Back around the late 1880's and early 1890's the people of Mount Pulaski and area enjoyed the excursions to Peoria on the P.D. & E. trains, and a steamboat ride up to Illinois River to Chilli- cothe and Henry, or, to Pekin and down the river to Copperas Creek dam. The excursions were arranged by S. Linn Beidler, and with the co-operation of Mr. Starbuch, of Mattoon, superintendent of the Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Rail- road, and Captain Sol York, own- er of the steamboat, City of Peoria, these events were made possible at a very low price for the entire round trip. There are many people still liv- ing here who will remember mak- ing these trips, and how they took baskets of food with them and ate their dinners picnic-style, while traveling along on the Ill. inois River. The excursions were patroniz-. ed by hundreds of happy people, it sometimes taking as many as 15 passenger coaches to transport them to Peoria or Pekin. On one of these trips to Pek. in, and down the river to Copper- as Creek Dam, many of the ex- cursionists took buses to overland Canton, about 18 miles away, ov- er sandy roads, and attended the Illinois State Firemen's Tourna- ment, and saw the Mount Pul- aski firemen win the state cham- pionship. Returning to the boat in early evening the crowd, along with some of the firemen, made the trip hack to Pekin on a beautiful moonlight night. Tak. ing the train again, they came home very late and greatly elat- ed over the day's outing. These excursions all took place more than 65 years ago, and the youngsters today listen with great interest to anyone who tells them all about it, and now the people enjoyed themselves. Old.lime Livery Stable Replaced By Modem Transporfafion Methods (/an. 9, 158) If you could know the history of the northeast part of the square since Mount Pulaski was founded in 1836, you would find some in. teresting information. At the east end of the block now occupied by the Curtis Oil Co. station, 100 years ago Christ- ian Rau, who had come to Mount Pulaski from Germany, built a blacksmith shop and operated it for a number of years, after which be bought land northeast of Latham and commenced farm. ing. In 1872, $. G. Gordon, a native! of Pennsylvania, constructed a frame livery barn on that site and ventually enlarged his business y building an addition to the west, now the Hayes Garage. The livery horses were kept in the first building and the latter was used to keep the buggies, carriages, bus and hearse. In those days all vehicles were pulled by hors- es, and some mighty rough trips had to be made through all kinds, fellow was sent into that big of weather especially when[room to get some kind of an art- muddy, l icle, and when he saw those The coming of the automobile  bones moving around he ran out in the 1900's caused the livery I of there, grabbed his coat and business to give way to progress. I hat, left town on the run, and The frame front of the present J never did return. (He may be garage has stood there for per- running yet.) haps 70 years and will be replac- ed at a later date with a more substantial addition, to be con- nected with the concrete building to the rear. Movg In the Gay 90's some Mount Pulaski "wise guys" went to the section of the livery barn where Mr. Gordon kept the hearse, put a skeleton in it, and fixed small ropes to it so that the skeleton i would move around at the will of the perpetrators. Then a young On the spot where the new structure is going up, Mr. Gor- don built a long two-story house and the family lived there for years. As time went on this build- ing was torn down and left a vacant lot there for many years. On Feb. 23, 1841, a road was ordered laid "beginning at the center of the east end of the street north of the court house in  Postville, thence in a southeast-i erly direction to Mt.. thence in a southeastertY tion to the southeast the county. This was the ing of the present Mt. Lincoln road. In 1857, an act was the General Assembly the old court house at ki to the town of Mt. be used forever for school 1 es. Henry Vonderleith, Turley and Jabez created a board of manage and control the for two years, making same and using the for repairs. At the the two years, they the building over to of Education of Mt. Greetin nd t ishes From The idenb chers There Has J)Jways Been r a We; (Jenbache in Mounf Pulaski For Over 100 Years... Gustave Weidenbacher, a tailor, was the first of the Weiden" bachers to arrive in Mount Pulaski over a hundred years ago. He worked at his trade of making men's clothes by hand. Louis F. Weidenbacher, a son of Gustave Weidenbacher; al- so had a long record of association with the business life of Mount Pulaski, serving the public efficiently and courteous" 1y as a barber. Mr. Weidenbacher was a member of the famous Mount Pulaski Fire Department that won the state championship three years in a row, back in the '90% He was a charter member and was awarded an honorary 50- year badge. He passed away Sept. 4, 1956, and is survived by his wife, Grace, who lives on West Jefferson, and is now 89 years of age. Paul Weidenbacher, son of Louis F. Weidenbacher, attended Mount Pulaski high school, clerked for Michael Lee grocerY in Mount Pulaskil was county Recorder of Deeds of Sanga" mon county for 12 years before becoming associated wi General Motors. He has one of the largest Oldsmobile agencies in central Illinois at 540 N. Broadway, Decatur, Ill. May Your SiI-Tennial Be A Tremendous SucceSs PAUL L. WlEIDENBACH|Ii DECATUR