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F. Schafer Leader Century edlncTinshp 1864 ivil War (| 22, 1939) Frederick Schafer, the C. F. Schater Hard- one of the largest con- Its kind in central IlL of Mount Pulaski's business men for century and his sue- was due to his own sightedness. G*rmanT was born Feb. 22, Wuerrtember, Son of Adam and Schafer. The year the emigration to the United States reaching this count, MR. AND MRS. C. F. SCHAIER, EARLY PIONEERS Mount Pulaski, where Who was a black- opened a shop business. Age of 6 was only 6 years arrived in Mount this city was still seat of Logan county, Lincoln was riding circuit, and trips here to attend court. of 15 years Charles learning the With Robert Gor- he served his and was subse- of Frank for two and Tla Shop in 1864 returned to Mount a tin shop of money borrowed and brother, and furnished him his at this time the Still in progress. Was located on the the square on the the present large B,m, .. sen hardware, implements, Mr. success in enterprise, and on expansion in 1877 to block on the dimensions 80 feet long, with basement. sold the north to the Ma- bought it back. another addi- store room to 140 feet. la 17 1867, Mr. Schafer Anna R. Vender- born in Mount 26, 1850. The them are as tel- John Frederick, Miss An- Wife of Will- Bertha, wife of and, Grace, wife all of : One son, John in 1938. ars after enlarg- Schafer had as lerlieth. At that were also Pulaski Wind and in the early again assumed of the hardware Mr. Vonderlieth mill factory. and the their schooling, One entered the their father in his i 1918 death of Mr. 1918, the sons store's man- in the are the the company's a Tear to whal SCHAI00R HARDWARE CELEBRATED 75th ANNIVERSARY IN 1939 (JuDe 22, 1939) I An honor which falls seldom to [ an inside doorway carries one of ,v nn v' vthe largest and most complete ..... in comlunlt s man, nes larger than Munt Pulaskl,] TM of stoves and washers in comes to a business institution] this section. A line of pumps and her this weekend when mem. [ hnoleum as well as smaller items bern of the firm of C. F. Schafer are also on display in this room. Hdware Co., and the employees [ Members of Firm celebrate the 75th anniversary The sons of the late C. F. Scha- of the founding of the store, on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24. A two-day open house cele- bration is to be held in com- memorating the date of the store's 75th year of business in Mount Pulaski on the same identical location that the found. er, the late C. F. Schafer, started his little tinshop in 1864. The store Will be open for bus- iness as usual but a gala appear. ance will be added with suitabh decorations to emphasize the momentousness of the occasion. Refreshments will be served Fri- day and Saturday, and also on Saturday evening, in the north room of the store, by the ladies. Scmvalm A souvenir of the occasion which will be a welcome addi- tion to anyone's home, will be given to those who visit the store on these special days. While nothing elaborate has been planned in the way of cele- brating an occasion of this kind, the event nevertheless carries with it the thought of the far- slghtedness and the struggle which the originator of the firm must have had in those early days when Mount Pulaski was in its infancy. Ffnm Store BuUdlng The business which is housed in a large two.story brick build- ing, is spread over two store- rooms. The main store building on the south (as shown in the view at the bottom of this page) fer, who are still living and act- ive in the business are, Henry W., and Walter F. (Fred, who was in charge of machinery sales, hav- ing passed away Dec. 30, 1937); the daughters, who are not active in its operation, are: Mrs. George J. Smith, Mrs. Will Jenner, Mrs. Ottmar Wagner, and Miss Anna ! Schafer. (June 29, 1939) It is unnecessary to state that the 75th anniversary celebration of the C. F. Schafer Hardware Co., was a big success when one knows that approximately 1200 persons visited the store during these two days. Of this large number more than 900 register. ed on Friday and Saturday. ACTIVE IN AFFAIRS OF HIS COMMUNITY C. F. Schafer did not devote all his time to business cares, and was always interested in things pertaining to the civic betterment of the community. He held membership in St. John's Lutheran church, served as a trustee for about 50 years, and was a liberal contributor toward its support. He was also promi. nent in the Masonic Order, was a member of Mount Pulaski Lodge No. 87, A.F. & A.M., being a past master, and was also a past corn. mander of Mount Pulaski Com- mandery No. 39, Knights Templar. He was affiliated with Mount Pulaski Lodge No. 454, IOOF, and was a charter members of the carries the most complete line! local Modern Woodmen Camp. of smaller hardware items in this f Mr. Schafer served as president section, as well as the office/of the People's Loan and Savings which is located near the rear of Association of Mount Pulaski of the long building. The room on which he was one of the organiz- the north which is connected with t ers. WAY, WAY BACK WHEN. This scene taken in front of the C. F. Schafer & Co. hardware store on the east side of the square, pictures several well.remembered pioneers. Left to right: W. F. Schafer, Otto Christmann, C. F. Schafer, the founder of this well.known store; George W. Vonderlieth, Chas. Snyder, E. G. Phlnney, H.W. Schafer, Charles Epting. A board sidewalk is shown as is an awning that runs down the street several store fronts, being replaced later with a galvanized awning. Today, that is also gone. l be. s of his outh received forl he was learning the tinner trade; : " ---- : ; - y. . - yo_ ,,oo oncelthe second year he got $., and rnelr iaoors. wr. "":._ i ._ ";'d ,,ear 00 Then ne was said that he worked for  per] m.),, ..i. we " OLD HOMIFTEAD OF MR. AND MILS. C. F. SCI[AFER on East Bel. year and board, for the first year I pare x i, " mont Street, is on the site of the Mrs. Grace Wagner residence. INTERIOR OF C. F. SCHAFER HARDWARE STORE BACH WHEN 3hown in the above picture taken many, many years ago, here, Ottmar Wagner and Henry Sehafer. are C. FI SchaIer, pioneer merchant Schafer Hardware Store Sold To Stahl Brothers (Sept. 18, 1947) The C. F. Schafer Hardware Co. store on the east side of the square, the oldest business enter. prise in Mount Pulaski, founded 83 years ago, and remaining in the family this long period of time, has been sold. The purchasers are Fred and Edward Stahl, of Dunlap, near Peoria. The brothers are both vet- erans of World War II, serving in the Army. They came into !possession of one of the best- known, longest-established, and largest hardware stores in cen- tral Illinois. The store closed on Monday for inventory, and it will take several days to complete the big Job, and will be reopened un. der the new management on Monday, Sept. 22. MIDDLETOWN CENTENNIAL (Sept. 22, m2) Middletown did itself proud last Thursday, Sept. 15, when the first Centennial to be staged in Logan county, was attended by thousands of people from all over central Illinois !i!ii , !