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SIL-TENNIAL EDITION, (Tlmu.News, Mr. Pulaski, nL) DAY, JULY 15, 1961 seven Blocks Of Paving In 1937-1938 ENT MAKES PWA GRANT SQUARE AND RESIDENTIAL ( 6. 193) business sec- taken out of the mud unless something to balk the at the meeting of local improve- business interests a- Square Monday night Chambers. ahead" was the of the mayor and I of the improvement had been as to setup Alderman Rothwell, who have around the expressed their ap- seemed to be that Mount too long in the the city's reputa- as that of the pro- of its citizens was all g" policy )f Improvements to- govern- was thrown over- and local in- out for them- the federal ap- if it should a later date. But, it will not pre- from having paved this sum- in explain- 1, gave the set- 10 blocks of and off the blocks around be supplement- which will lead to the Vine St. from the Schafer the Fuhrer Service One-half block of Dr. Connelly's Street on f the Odd Fellows one-half block Farmers Bank. GOVERNMENT GIVES OK TO PAVING OF CITY SQUARE (Aug. 26, 1937) Mayor C. L. Frazier received a telegram from U. S. Senator J. Hamilton Lewis, at noon today, informing him that paving Pro- ect No. 2, had been approved for Mount Pulaski. The message read as follows: Mayor C. L. Frazier, Mount Pulaski, Ill. I have just been advised that Public Works Administration had allowed grant of $74,454 for paving. Your application Illinois No. 1322. J. Hamilton Le.wis, U. S. Senator. Would Pave 57 Blocks The granting of this project covers a 45 percent grant on pav- ing of what was listed as Project No. 2 and is for 57 blocks. FIRST SPKDEFUL OF DIRT DUG DEC. 29 (Dec. a0, 1937) The first spadeful of dirt (mud would be more proper) was dug yesterday morning inaugurat-, ing the construction of Mount Pulaski's No. 2 paving project, which comprises 57 blocks. In order to qualify for the government's grant of $74,569, it was required that work be start- ed within 30 days from which time an extension was granted by the federal government in or- der that all legal phases might be fully complied with. Hence, the starting of the work at this time of the year. A full block off the square on South Washington and on South Lafayette past the Holmes Gar- age. FOR S@UARE PAVING D FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 1937 5, 1937) for paving the and six adjoining et this afternoon by Ill. bidder in the at the Tues- opening of bids rooms, his for the The bids were Dyer's bid be- the paving ad- houses and running from the oR the 24 foot strip CoUrthouse, his bid 0f local improve- C. L. Frazier and members, J. Clarence West, Robert Aitchi-, Binder, and Schmitz, were opening of the adjourning at 2 Walt the end of Period of patient Part of the local as well and civic inter. Federal aid, about two later the full being placed retarded the Paving plans seemed to percent grant in wait. square was in Not All "Velvet" Not receiving anything of an encouraging nature this summer the board after serious consid- eration decided that with the sentiment of the property own- ors around the square so heav- ily in favor of going ahead without federal aid, that they would complete the necessary steps to bring it to a fullflllment. One of the encouraging and con- soling features is the fact that practically every federal job has been so much more expensive than the privately handled ones that the cost of the Mount Pul- aski paving will be very little if any more than would have been the federal grant with its red- tape and labor problems which draw a project out two or three times longer than necessary. CITY COUNCIL SAYS, "NO PARKING IN CENTER OF STREET" (SeJt. 30, 1937) The city fathers at their regu- lar meeting on Tuesday evening of this week passed an ordinance that abolished the parking of cars in the middle of the street. All parking about the public square must be made at a 45 degree angle, with the sidewalks on the four sides of the square, with the right side of such ve- hicles toward the curb, reads the ordinance. LATHAM VOTES IN FIRE DISTRICT (SaT 28, 1942) Latham residents, by a vote of 51 to 6 at a special election, held Tuesday, May 26, 1942, authoriz- ed the organization of a Fire Pro. tection District, covering 6 square miles in Latham and vicinity. Started Pouring Square Concrete September, 1937 (sept 2. 1937) Pouring of the first concrete on the city paving project was made this morning, at 9:30 o'clock when the big Dyer paver dumped its mixture of gravel, sand and cement on South Wash- ington Street, a block off the square. The slab will be spread a width of 20 feet from a block Sfar00 Pouring Of Concrete April 25 (AprU 2L 1938) The first concrete will be pour- ed on Mount Pulaski's 57 blocks of residential paving on Mon- day of next week, weather per-: mitting. Forms have been laid starting on South Marion street, at the Mt. Pulaski Grain Co. elevator, and running north to the water- works and this stretch of six blocks will be paved first. The paving operations will then swing over to Spring street at the south of the square to a half- block north of the square, end-. Thos. Rothwell corner and thence rag" at the Odd Fellows alley. I south to the J. M. Rothwell. . Lum- A temvorary break will be I ber Yard. This will give the made in th" e slab at the intersec-It ruckers a complete .cycle for tions at Myers Bros. corner and at lthelr trips to the loading dumps the post office corner. When the along the Illinois Central. After these streets are paved, west side strip has been poured to a width of 20 feet, the pav- er will move to the north side of the square and run a strip 20 feet wide. Would Prove Six Blocks The granting of this project covers a 45% grant on the pav- ing of what was listed as Project No. 2, and is for 6 blocks. The failure of Project No. 1 to be al- lowed had led local officials to feel that there was little hope for the residential grant. Plans were being considered last week to either blacktop the remaining streets not improved or put them in shape for winter use. This will alter all plans and should the local board of improvements be successful in completing their part of the grant, the new concrete would have to be laid next year, al- though all necessary surveying work is completed. SQUARE OPENED FOR TRAFNC OCTOBER 9 (Oct. 7, 1937) Mount Pulaski's newly paved square and side streets will be thrown open to the driving and parking public on Saturday of this week. The completion of the slab some days ago has allowed suf- ficient time to elapse so that traffic may pass over it, and curbing and step work is far enough along that but slight in- convenience will arise from them. Car owners who have been compelled to walk two or three blocks the past several weeks due to paving operations will thoroughly enjoy the novelty and the convenience of driving right into the business district and parking. They won't have to bring their hip boots along, eith- er. Logan county was named by Abraham Lincoln in honor of his friend, Dr. John Logan, father of the famous soldier and states- man, Gee. John A. Logan. West Jefferson will be paved to the J. M. Rothwell corner, thence north a block and a half and south to the high school street which will then be paved to com- plete that section and open the west side of the city to traffic. 23 BLOCKS PAVED APRIL 25 TO MAY 12 (Mtry 12. 1938) Twenty-three blocks of paving have already been poured on the residential district of the city and the end of this week will find the job half done as far as the 23 foot paving is involved. South Washington and West Jefferson streets were opened up to traffic yesterday after the joints had been poured with tar. Other streets will be opened up each day as fast as they are sufficient- ly set. Parking Spaces Marked On Square (Aug. 25, 1938) Parking spaces have been marked off in "loud" yellow stripes around the square for the convenience and guidance of mo- torists and to conserve parking space. The city has purchased a new striping machine that does the job neatly and quickly and the yellow stripes can be quickly re- painted when they begin to grow a little dim. No-Jaywalk Nkktngs Angle parking is marked a. round the entire square and part way down the sideblocks. Mark- ings have also been made for pedestrian traffic  NONE OF THESE MARKINGS HAVE BEEN OF THE "JAYWALK" TYPE but straight across the blocks large "STOP" signs have been marked on the pavement for traffic coming from the west at at the Dittus-Brooker Service sta. tion corner and the Farmers Bank corner. Paving Project Complefed Here On Schedule Pours Last Paving In Front Of Christian Church (June 30, 1938) Mount Pulaski's big paving program came to a close Monday morning when the last paving was poured in front of the Christ- ian Church, on the side of the street adjacent to the church in order to give more parking space. The completion of the 57 block project took place Friday morn- ing. A short strip on South Spring from the Thomas Scroggin com- er to the Illinois Central switch track just north of the Rothwell Lumber Co., completed the offic- ial project. The first paving was laid in the block on South Spring be- tween Wayne and Cooke streets and was started April 21. The contractor stated at that time they they would be thru by July 1st but skeptics predicted Au- gust would see the finish of the work. The work was finished in a little over 60 days in addition to the 57 blocks in the original pro- ject, the viaduct paving and the widening of the high school street as well as several other bits of paving were included in the slab laid. This was done des - ite weather conditions, one week only being able to lay two blocks. A gutter and curb crew which follow close behind the slab lay- ing, will probably finish up this week end. VINE STREET PAVEMENT HAS BEEN PAID FOR i -i (July 10, 1941) The Vine Street concrete pav- ing project, finished several years ago, giving Mount pulasRl its first stretch of pavement, is now a matter of history, as it pertains to the property assess- ments. All original assessments have been paid in full, in fact, there is a balance of slightly more than $1,000 that will be rebated to the property owners. This includes those that paid in full at the start, and those that paid the last annual assessment installments. City Clerk Charle Schmitz, is now mailing out the checks to all concerned. OBJECTED TO COURTEMG .. HANDICAPS IN 1800"s J. A. Kestler, of Mt. Pulaski," , had been in the county ever since 1818. He thought times were bet. ter then, than now. He said the greatest hardship in those times was only one room In the house, lnd the old folks would sit and watch the proceedings. It was ex- ceedingly hard on a bashful young man like himself.