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16 .,1 g'" raS  J. Smith was born in lPulaski and came to Lincoln in[ Ann Arbor in 1894, being admit- Tlmu-Nows, Mr,  IlL TIgUlmSDAY, JOLT 13, 1561 Y in 1874, admitted tol1880, ted that same year and locating ....... n 1907, located in Mt.l Charles H. Curtis practiced law [in Springfield: In 1898 he moved  Which city he is CitYii n Mt. Pulaski, having been ad-I t Mt. Pulaskl. LAWYERS NUMEROUS IN MOUNT .d_was .aciated in{mitte d to the bar in 1882. {  , .--'7 .... * ersnipwhneranKL. I ,^^  .............. ; .... i uneoz me ieacling ,awyers ai rrs FOUNDING ' to the time of Mr I ..... -.--. ''. ` v'=..fv".=.'[the Logan County Bar whose PULASKI SINCE t's death "l at Mt. I-'UlaSKi, oeing tziry &t-lstrength as an advocate' was in L " torney at tlaar place irom 1891 to .... (By Paul Z. Beidlr) the Mount Pulaski Public Square. Wallace is a natlvel . .. fhis unusual abilities as an orat- and f . 1896 He was a memoer of tne a ter teaching school]__ .' ............ [or, was Edmund Lynch, who was Mount Pulaski, Logan county, Courthouse lkk to Iangt Years L,eglsiaIure Irom  to 1. i 1 in Logan county, ] ...... v ....... l admltted to the bar n 867. Mr. located about 15 miles northwest The changing of the county Uttec to the bar in tm lz ne mo ea to bprmgnem. Lynch had few superiors in the of the exact geographical center seat from Postville (now a part first located in Mount t Carl Bekemeyer graduated attstate as a pleader before a jury. of Illinois, on a hill that is over of Lincoln) to Mount Pulaski in 700 feet above sea level, and A Pioneer in Grain-Handling Known originally as Beau Grain Co., we have had the privilege o f serving farmers throughout this area for 36 years, We feel very rtunate to be in the midst of so productive a farming area and to be able to deal with the thrifty men who till the soiL TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS in the Mount Pulaski area we offer getings and best wishes on the Celebration of the 125th Anniversary z.the City. C. . RAGE R & SON PHONE OR 4-5411 LATHAM. I.LLINOIS I00OUNT PULASKI- HOME OF JAC HYBRIDS Remember back when the farmer would select his seed corn by taking the largest and best-looking ears from the crib without even testing or grad- ing? Sometimes he got a good yield, and sometimes he was sorely disap- pointed. Today this haphazard method of selecting seed corn has been complete- ly replaced by hybrids that mature early with higher yields and can be chosen to fit soil and climate condi- tions exactly. Many farmers were skeptical when hybrid corn was first introduced, but today they wouldn't think of not planting it. higher than any place in this area of the state, was founded in 1836. This year of 1961 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding, to be observed in July by a monster Sil-Tennial cele- bration. There are so many things to write about, but in this case it is concerning lawyers, who had some connection with Mount Pul- aski through its history of 125 years. Logan county was carved out of Sangamon county, and Post- ville (now a part of Lincoln was the first county seat. But in a county-wide election lost the county seat to Mount Pulaski, this place being the seat of just- ice from 1848 to 1854. Of course, the lawyers of those pioneer days saw much of Mount Pulaski. The list to follow will name as many as research will reveal. One of the first lawyers to prac- tice law in Logan county, was Horace G. Ballou, of Mt. Pulaski. He was referred to in the histor- ies as "the senior member of the bar", and one of the first lawyers of the county Mr. Ballou followed the county seat to Lincoln, where he died in 199, aged 35 years, 8 month and 1 day. His body was buried in Mt. Pulaski cemetery, along the main road, and on the east side, about half way of the length of the cemetery. His mark- er lies on the ground, but is easily found. Mr. Ballou was born Sept. 22, 1819 CoL Ncrthanlel Whittaker One of the best remembered men in legal matters in Mt. Pul- aski was Colonel Nathaniel M. Whitaker. He located in Mount Pulaski in 1842, and for a time kept the Mount Pulaski House (hotel), where Abraham Lincoln often stayed. Mr. Whittaker for some years served as justice of the peace. As a judge of law and as a safe, sagacious counselor, he had few equal in those early days. Their home was the old two-story brick residence that stood on North Marion St., not far from the cemetery. Paintings of Mr. Whitaker and his wife are now hanging in the hallway in the old court house building in 1848, brought several lawyers to this city, some of whom were rid- hag the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court. One of these men was Abraham Lincoln, who later be- came president of the United States. He was probably as well acquainted with the court house in Mount Pulaski as any building in the old circuit. This fine old church structure, standing today as it did in Lincoln's time, is maintained as one of Illinois' Memorials to its most outstand- ing citizen. This court house is an excell- ent example of Greek revival architecture as found in Illinois. Prominent men associated with this historic building besides Abraham Lincoln, were Judge David Davis. of Bloomington, Robert G. Ingersoll, Stephen A. Douglas, John T. Stuart, Stephen T. Logan, William H Herndon, James C. Conklin, Milton Hay, Leonard Sweet, Asahel Gridley, Lawrence Weldon, Benjamin S. Edwards, and a coterie of other brilliant Iawyers. Railroad Lost Us Courthouse When Lincoln was founded a- bout 1854, after the Chicago & Alton Railroad was built thru Logan county, in a county-wide election, Mount Pulaski lost to Lincoln as the seat of the county government, and some of the lawyers moved to Lincoln. As near as can be found thru research, the attorneys following Horace H. Ballou and Nathaniel M. Whitaker in the practice of law in Mount Pulaski were the following: L. P. Lacey Samuel C. Sparks W. H. Young James F. Jones W. B. Teft Samuel L. Wallace Albert G. Jones Charles Landis Charles H. Curtis Joseph A. Horn Frank L. Tomlinson Carl Bekemeyer Frank Wilson George $. Smith Warren J. Lincoln B. A. Tyler Lloyd F. Arnold Leland Slmklns John McCullough + I We have continuously produced hy- brid seed corn for 24 years. Since that first year, when hybrid corn was still in its infancy, Bo-Jac Hybrids have enjoyed an ever-increasing popularity. This popularity has spread to a sales organization cOvering not only Illinois, but Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Michigan. We are proud to say we have had the privilege of acquainting a large number of people with Mount Pulaski people from over a wide area of the Midwest. 00esley A. Scroggin & Sons ORIGINATORS OF BO-JAC HYBRIDS PLANT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OP MOUNT PULAS00 RECOGNIZE THESE THREE BOYS? They are three brothers--- Henry, George and Elmer Meister, sons of Henry and Mary Starr Meister. SiI-Tennial Greetings We're mighty proud of our city and its 125 years. We offer our con- gratulations to each and every citizen, and also our best wishes that the Sil-Tennial may be the fin- est celebration ever held in Mount Pulaski ! Gasaway Shoe Repair