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SEWER SYSTEM VOTED IN 1957; PLANT PUT IN OPERATION IN 19S9 The construction of a new sewer system and major additions to the water system are the two most re- cent municipal improvements made by the city of Mount Pulas- ki. A total of $515,000 in bonds were issued to finance these pro- jeers. On April 16, 1957, the voters approved a $225,000 sewer bond issue by a 604 to 165 margin. In addition the council issued a wat- er and sewer revenue bond issue of $290,000. Mount Pulaski's sewer system u.s the "pond '' system of dis- posal. Although this system had been tested and proved in the western states, this was one of the first installations in this area. Some 16 acres are kept under water and natural bacterial ac- tion purifies the water. Under normal circumstances evaporation keeps the pond level below the spillway. Sewerage is pumped to the pond location through a pipe- line donated to the city by the Illinois Central Railroad. This pipeline was used to supply the railroad water tanks in Mount Pulaski until the coming of the diesel engines eliminated the need for the water tanks. Stmrt Constcttom b, 1958 Construction of the sewerage system started June 3, 1958, and was in ull operation Oct. 1, 1959. The actual cost of construction ran two percent below the con- tract bid of $399,999.99. Thumm Construction Co., of Chicago, was the contractor, with engineering by Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, of Springfield. A new well drilled near Salt Creek with a capacity of 144,000 gallon a day has increased the city's total potential water supply to approximately 200,000 gallons. Total cost of the new well and water line was nearly $60,000. J. P. Miller Artesian Well Co., of Brookfield, contracted for the well, and the pipeline was laid by Lynn Ankrom Construction Co., of Decatur. Proceeds from the bond issues were also used to provide sewer connections for residences. Total cost of water and sewer service averages about six cents per person per day, according to Carleton Drake, City Clerk. In the past few years the city has also laid about nine miles of new and replacement water mains, and has installed fire plugs in 12 new locations. The city has three regular full- time employees in its water, sew- er and streets department, and hires additional help when need- ed. CITY SPENT $385,608.19 DURING YEARS 1935-1939 ON IMPROVEMENTS City Paving And WPA, Courthouse Among Project (March 9, 1959) The City Council in a review of activities they had participated in the past four years, showed a total of $385,608.19 spent for city improvements. Members of the council headed by C. L. Frazier, Mayor, included Clarence E. West, John M. Roth- r Park, cost $28,793.00. No. 13--The paving with cement, 10 blocks of wide sweets around City Square and adjacent, cost $46,1119 No. 14---Portion of cost of pave- ment around public square by State of Illinois, cost $11,999.99. No. 15---New sidewalks and ap- preaches to fill out re-arranged sidewalks caused by paving. No. 16---WPA project of reform- ing lawns, extending walks, re- moving stumps and trees thru- well, Henry Volle, Wm. F. Binder, out the City, cost $17,281.00. Robert D. Aitchison, Frank Cope- No. 17--New fire engine pur- land. City Clerk, Charles Schmitz, J chase promoted and the re.put- City Attorney, George J. Smith, Jchase of the interest of farmers Police - Ora Lee and Ed Goddard. [in city equipment, cost $400.00 Following are most of the prin- J No. 18---Paving Project No. _3, cipal projects and their costs ap-of 57 block of paving pro.ject. 1No. proximated: |4, a continuarion ox project ao. No. lmRefunding of the old debt against the City of $11,600.00 by issuing bonds to the amount of $10,000.00 and $1,600.00 in cash, and $3,000 of the bonds now paid. No. 2---Grading and graveling of 55 City blocks, cost $22,367.00. No. 3---The deeding and trans- ferring of the Lincoln Court House and Public Square, less space for water tower and sig- nal. Through the influence of Mr. Hubbard and other influential men acting for the State have se- cured the present completed Mr. Pulaski Lincoln Shrine for your pleasure and comfort, cost $40,- 000.00. No. 4---Grading and graveling " of four City blocks North side of grade school, cost, $800.00. No. 5---WPA project, rebuilding, repair and installation of new work on the water system of Mr. Pulaski, cost $13,476.39. No. 6--Installation of new met- ers and the repurchase of old meters and reorganization of sys- tem of service charges and regu- lations, cost $1,500.00. No. 7--Grading and graveling of 2000 feet on South Spring St., Illinois Central tracks to City lim- its thru underpass, cost $3,071.82. No. 8---The rebuilding of the Illinois Central underpass by deepening and paving with PCC for 250 feet, cost $1,352.89. No. 9---The installation of a fire hydrant and water pipe con- nection, 700 feet thru underpass on South Spring St., fire protec- tion and service, cost, $686.04. No. 10--New lighting system installation and purchase gift by the citizens of Mount Pulaski, :ost $2,000.00. No. 11--New sewerage disposal tube 4 feet by 32 feet thru IIli- nois Central right-of-way, cost $800.00. No. 12---New drainage of City by WPA, Including the and improvement of City 3 and 4, independent of contract tiling material purchased and in- stalled at city cost, $194,968.77. No. 19--Supervising the fol- lowing projects of private cost: 1st Lutheran Church, street pav- ing; St. John's Lutheran church Christian Church, Brooker Gar- age, Mount Pulaski Township High School, and many other smaller projects. In summing up their total efforts and accomplishments a- long with their trials and tribu- lations they have come to the conclusion that they feel high- ly honored in being able to pro- vide the citizens of this city and community these various im- provements and facilities for their pleasures and happiness. ROUTE 121 SUBWAY COMPLETED IN 1941 (Jan. 9, 1941) The new subway on State Route 121, under the Springfield Division Illinois Central railroad tracks, located in the east part of Mount Pulaski, at the foot of Cooke street, 5 blocks from the public square, has been complet- ed by the contractors, the Sanga. mo Construction Co., Springfield. The work of building required a- bout five months, and during this time traffic was detoured over Vine Street. Just before the holidays the subway was opened to traffic, and is proving a great benefit to motorists as well as saving them several minutes. The new sub. way replaces the temporary one built at the time Route 121 was constructed along the east side of the city. It was one of the four major improvements in Mount Pulaski and vicinity during 1940. Night Police the past several years has been Clyde Shreve. Ora Lee and G. Suedmeier also served. i [ TODAY THIS PICTURE would make you feel as though you were looking at an Antique Car Show. Around 1911 it was a display of the finest auto- mobiles of that period. The scene is in front of the City Garage (now occupied by Clarence Un- land near the railroad station). The owners were wo  Clarence West, Ira Veail and Ed Lincoln, "e somewhere on the picture. The car at W: l front belonged to Robert Buckles and w to 7- mon; the one at the right front bel ongc" Will Swain and was a Molinc. MYERS BROS. CLOTHING STORE on the south- west corner of the square was one of the out- standing businesses here back in the early 1900's. Left to right are: Louis Myers, JuliUS .lt; bert Drobiseh, Page Waddell, Sr., and and M. J. Myers.  e Stahl Bros. Buy Old Established Furniture Stare Business Started Here In 1875 By John Hershey's Father (Nov. 6, 1952) One of the biggest business transactions in Mount Pulaski in recent years took place on Satur- day, Nov. 1, 1952, when John T. Hershey sold his furniture bus- mess and building, on the east side of the square. Purchasers were the Stahl Bros., Fred and Ed who own the Stahl Bros. Hard- ware in the same block. Stahl Bros. came to Mount Pul- aski five years ago from Peoria, and purchased the extensive hardware store of the C. F. Schaf. er Hardware Co., and also bought the building. The name Hershey in Mount Pulaski business circle, dates back to the spring of 1875 when 1 S. Hershey, a native of Mt. Joy, Penn., came here and es- tablished a furniture and under- taking business. This continued thru the years up to the present time, a period of 77 years, mak- ing it the oldest concern under one name in the city up to this year. Mr. Hershey started in business in a frame building on the site of the present store. He continued in business for 35 years, on June 1, 1910, when he retired for a well earned rest. On this date he sold out to his son, John T., who con- tinued to operate the furniture and undertaking business until 1947, when he sold his undertak- ing equipment to Marvin Hutch- craft of Lincoln, but continued the former business. The former two.story brick building wa6 built in 1900 by Mr. Hershey and Jacob Rauman, St. Visitors to Mount Pulaski will find the city filled with gra. cious hosts hostesses. MYERS BROS. STARTED STORE HERE IN 1888 prises. Back of it stood e . warehouse, and next to ,,r was a residence. Thest I izens will remember (Oct. 17. 1946) In 1888, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdin- and Myers and family moved from Springfield to Mr. Pulaski,' i the several sons engaging in the clothing business under the firm name of Myers Bros. They were located on the west side of the square in the room north of the bank. The ever-expanding bus- i iness made it necessary for a i change of location. In 1898, Myers Bros. bought the lot at the southwest corner of the square and erected the present brick building, now occupied by the Western Auto Store. Prior to 1898 a two-story frame building stood on this corner, and for a great many years was used for different business enter- row of buildings.  _ SLan mSHED O _. the Sangamo ConStru of Springfield last week of .J. the Route 54 paving g:i'Gil bout 7,000 feet from ta,  farm through Lake F.[,elt_ now taking the eqldf$ Springfield to start ce,.'  work on the same .,ogt. point on Sangamoil' go northeast four . . lJYe er company is noW ve the slab southwest tre s gan-Sangamon ?s ",dl. west of Cornlan , .. . of about 7 miles. W. #} activity in progresS el look as though auturi- can be made direct to v- sometime in Augt OVER A Quarter-Century of ServiO Opening amm.,2r 3. 1935. with three L tetff GasoUne, Oil and Kerosene, we have c-- expanded until today we offer the public GAS, OILS, H0000,TIN00 GROCERIES & GENERAL Consisting of more than 3,000 ites A Family Type Business which really aPP r" Mount PulaskL BROWN'S SE 42O S. Lafc00ette Mcnt