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' 00any Doctors Have Served This Community C. VAN HOOK WAS ,R-E i Jt.qlJcoverlllg | 2[. wihie His frimsdshlp zor youth bcought of ILLINOIS 1ST ALL.AMERICAN STARJ ",  1937 I..not .ccdy. inspirauon and. cmtli- ( ..... I l Uou to mose young people, t : .... ,:,"= "  . But he carried in that great tj hL' of M gh the 125 years, of "   " "Theme six words might weU heart of his that true sportsman's ount Pulaski, up vlztut-- ,_Sil-Tennial of 1961, them ...... be the  and slm:enmt tri- 1%. a long list of doctors to |bute one coum paX-- | "Play the game f--wm J the sick. In fact, in con. "Van" lose. Wlm the founding of Mr. klln 1836 " To have had the background His friendship for hundreds c. ',  y;L'vor, riding horseback to and the ability to become a great lYimonfgroPeOpe dla not ]preven, F . town settlement west surgeon. ]- ...... t location of Chestnut, ' But choosing rather to follow in to.lT lo?,.at.to his own .dzild- q l .le patients, that start- fee , ren in wnom ne took a Justifiable hry of doctors in this his innermost  pride at all times. / . ty. He remained a humble country "V-" " "" I'" --'-" - * """ .q. uOCtor was Alexander doctor..- """ " ...... gdaet0ff " -" and h w ttrot by youth, but by the mlttre om- b hill on th'epra-iri'e-and Not thru lac of lltt---but munity. -t0  investigation. Return- Because his love for youth be. Mount Pulasid has lost ,,,, out. ' " .-.Pringfield he told his bro- crone such a time and great part standing character who spread t of his life. good will and friendship for his ,aw, Jabez Capps, and .q, What he had seen, and .- I!1  .Sali group came to the His friendship for youth brought hometown and its schools, where. /  it vestigate, and this is emtmmUT in the field of athletics, rall Started, a townsite fat- did not stop there.  SUrVeyed and plotted. He followed with deep lmtorest o Wer members of the _" es living southwest  Sent city of Mount Pul- e Z the stream known as :k,.as early as 1822, and Iot the Downing families _RSalt Creek north of l ',i. This dated people i ri the area before 1836. h tnt Pulaski was founded t  to grow, doctors heard 't new town, and came Practice their profession. ' the first doctors to settle  ,,  Barton Robinson of .", one of the three prin- aaders of the new town. Jason was born in Eng- d studied medicine in After coming to the I d? tes he located in - . on doctors settled in Among the first Clark, coming in C. DeMent was also physicians. Oth- including: Sargent, 1854 Wemple, 1856 C. Hershon, 1858. 1859 Fain, 1860 1866 1877 1877 Ebrite, 1880 1881 ones E. Munson Ryman. He gave up Mount Pulaski and War I. He was on duty in France. Was buried in Arling- near Washington, S. Connolley VanHool. He be. )f medicine here in World War I in i and remained many years. Now promoted to to Major. He Mo. VanHook Cox Cross may have been has only ones listed here. of the town were and wa- shops and the opening of & St. Louis mail was or from route from to SL Loule. Dr. Forest C. Van Hook, well- known and highly esteemed Mt. Pulaski physician and one of the ctiy's best known citizens, died at 8:40 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29, 1937 in Tucson, Arizona, following an illness of more than one year. Death resulted from diabetes and complications. Word had been received here that he was some- what improved, and the news of his passing was a shock to his wide circle of friends. He was aged 52 years, 1 month and 26 days. He is survived by his wife, Marie; son Harry, and three dau- ghters, Florence, Mildred and Betty. SPORTS WOILLD PAYS TRIBUTE (Bloomingta Daffy Pantagraph) The death of Dr. Van Hook removes Illinois' First All-Amer- ican football star and one of the best friends that amateur sports ever had in this state. The good doctor probably was responsible for more fine athletes enrolling at the University of Ill- inois than any other Illinois alumnus, but there never was !any stigma attached to any of his missionary work. He simply sold the gospel of Illinois and then proceeded to make good by finding work for the boys in Champaign-Urbana. nlinols State .lommxL Springfield 'I'he University of Illinois and Logan county have lost a real booster in the death of Dr. Forest Van Hook. The first Illini grid- iron star to win All-American recognition, he had done much both for his university and for his home county in recent years. Despite an illness that had kept him under treatment for nearly two years he never lost his in- terest in athletics." Decatur Morning Hezzld The death of Dr. Van Hook has taken one of the finest sport followers from central Illinois athletics. His many, many friends will be grieved to learn of his death after his long fight for health, at his home in St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Rochester, Minn. and in Arizona. "Doc' " was as interested in sports as anyone could be. He at- tended high school and college games in this vicinity and rare- ly missed an Illinois football game at Memorial Stadium. In addition to that he was on the sidelines at many practice ses. sions. Always frank and out- spoken, but rarely critical, Dr. Van Hook was as fine a sports. man as we have ever known. "A former All-American tackle in his college days at Champaign, the University of Illinois has lost one of its loyalist boosters and central Illinois one of its outstanding sport personalities." Howard Millard, Sports Edi- tor of the Decatur Herald says: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Mount Pulaski, was held serv. ices for Dr. C. Van Hook of that city, with the Rev. F. Ludwig of that church officiating. Dr. Van Hook was one of the first great football stars to be recognized at the University of Illinois, where he was an All- Western lineman for three years. He captained the team in 1908. Although his profession is one that calls for many hours of hard work, he never once gave up his interest in his old school and athletics in general. While we first remember Dr. Van Hook as a player, who was secured by the Pekin White Sox to play against the Peoria Socials on Thanksgiving Day in 1908, we had since come to know him] very intimately in the last 15! years, got We know of no man who as much Joy out of an athletic event involving any two groups of boys as Dr. Van Hook. You might run into him at any foot- bali, basketball, baseball, or soft- ball game within a 100 mile radius of Mount Pulaski. He lov- ed sports but he loved boys more, and when a man can love the other fellow's sons like he did his, then he is all man. His death was a great shock to hundreds of friends, but we are happy in the thought that while in St. Louis to officiate at a game last winter we had an op- portunity to spend a half hour or so with him at the hospital where he was confined. A great fellow, a loyal friend, was Dr. Van Hook. Stoll Bros. (John and George) were wldeawake business men in 1914 era, as they not only sold buggies and phaetons, but the newfangled horseless carriages called automobiles which were coming on the market. They sold an electric Inter.State car for $2400; Jackson car for $1950; Studebaker touring car, fully electrified for $1290. Ford tour- ing Ford car for =00. They also received a carload shipment of buggies in 1913. every school activity that brought him into the fields where youth ever he Journeyed. We know of no finer inscp- tlon that mortal man could mer. it thou this: "He Was A Friend Of Youth." THE LATE DR. ELWOOD HUNTER COX (March 4, 1954) i Again the guiding hand of the miverse has seen fit to take from our midst, one who for 1"/ 'ears ministered night and day, and day and night, to the physi- cal ills and distresses of man- kind in this and neighboring communities. Dr. Elwood Hunt- er Cox closed his earthly minis- trations on last Friday in the early hours of the morning. His age was 45 years. Death came peacefully as the result of a massive cerebral hemorrhage, at 2:30 a.m. in De- catur and Macon county hospital. The hour of his passing was at a time which he had many many times in the past ministered to those stricken in body, serving to give them relief and restore them to a full enjoyment of health. Many times at this hour, loved ones stood by fearful but hope- ful, that his skill would be suf- ficient. And in numerous instanc- es it was. Or, it was at such early hours that new life came into be- mg as he stood by waiting patiently to ease bodily pain and to give his cherry and friendly smile of assurance. Dr. Cox was born July 15, 1908, in Hemando, Miss., a son of W. W. and Maude Shephard Cox. He spent his early life in his home community. After graduation from the University of Mississippi, he went to Chicago and attended the Illinois College of Medicine, and graduated there. He came to Mount Pulaski 17 years ago to practice his profession, and with the exception of time served in the Army Medical Corps in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, being discharged as a Major, he maintained offices in Mount Pulaski. On Dec. 10, 1942, he was mar- ried to Virginia Clear Ey, Mount Pulaski, who survives with two sons, Jimmy and Tommy Cox, and a stepson, Richard Ey. AN EDITORIAL OF 1860 "You cannot bring about prosperitT by disoom'mg thrift. You co.nat strengthen the weak by  the stroag. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling dowu the wage power. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You mat Imlp the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot Ntablleh sound security on borrowed maney. You cromer build chmuct and courage by taking away man's faitiatlve and inde- pendence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they do for