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--SIL.TEIq]NIAL EDmON (TImm.l(ows, Mt.  IlL) THURSDAY, J'O2,T 13, INI CENTENNIAL GLEE CLUB FORMED IN MOUNT PULASKI BACK IN 1933 Club Grew To 35 Members In Short Time (Feb. 2, 1933) The Mount Pulaski Centennial Men's Glee Club is now a real- ity as the result of organization plans which were completed last Sunday afternoon. Responding to a called meeting for the formation of such an or- ganlzation, 18 men were present at the American Legion club rooms, above the post office, all eager to break forth into song in a big way. Paul Merry, of Lincoln, who needs no introduction to Mount Pulaskians, was present to assist with a rehearsal before the bus- iness session was held. With Mrs. Frank Turley presiding at the pi- ano, and with the different sec- Uons fairly well balanced, a rousing practice was had, and left the participants highly en- thusiastic not only over their a- chievements, but the effects of their concerted voices. Following the rehearsal the club became a reality with the selection of the following offic- ers: President, Wilbur Stoll; Secre- tary-Treasurer, O. W. Mayer; Business Manager, H. J. Wible; librarian, Joe Snyder. The personnel of the organiz- ation at present is: Frank E. Turley, Page Waddell, Jr., Harry Slsk, L. F. Sams, George J. Smith, H. J. Wible, Paul Gruber, J.] Wayne Staley, O. W. Mayer, Wil- bur Stoll, Loren Harper, Diner i Potter, Gone Clear, B. A. Tyler, i Frank Snyder, John Snyder, Otto i ', Earl Potter, Edward O. May- or, Eugene K. Connolley, Clarence Bowers, Paul R. Moore, Keith Rothwell and Joe Snyder. Paul Merry has been engaged 00THEME SONG FOR 1936 CENTENNIAL (A 13, imJ) Among the numbers to be giv- en by the Centennial Glee Club in their concert at the township high school auditorium on Friday evening, April 28, will be a popu- lar tune that has found its way into the hearts of millions the past few months. "Just A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet," is the title of this number, and it has been selected by the club as the theme song for their part in the 1936 Centennial The number has beer specially arranged for male chor- us rendition by the director, Paul Merry, and will be one of the regular numbers on every pro- gram until after the Centennial. The words are particularly ap- propriate to such an event as the Centennial when old friends do come back and renew old friendships and are greeted in a friendly sort of way. CLUB PRESENTED FIVE WINTER SERIES , LYCEUM NUMBERS (Jan. I0. 15) A winter Lyceum series of 5 number will be presented to the people of this community by the Centennial Glee Club start- ing the latter part of this month. The talent which will be brought here willl be by the Lin- coln Civic Orchestra, numbering 25 musicians under the leader- ship of Prof. H. O. Merry; Vera Pearl Kemp Ensemble from Bloomington, featuring Miss Win- ifred Mayer as vocal soloist; a group of Springfield players will present a 3-act comedy drama that has been a marked success in their presentation before GLEE CLUB STARTED HOMECOMINGS BACK IN 1934; NOW FIESTA The activities of the Centennial Glee Club were many and varied. The musical organization formed during the depression period, brought not only enjoyment and helped build the morale of the participants, but gave the com- munity some fine entertainment and pleasure when they were compelled by a shortage of funds to stay at home. Shortly after the club was formed, in 1934, they managed to "finance" tuxedos for the entire club which did much to dress up the new organization. One of their first public ap- pearances was at the Lincoln Chautauqua a few months after their organization, where they made quite a hit and it startled Lincolnites that Mount Pulaski had such a versatile group of musicians. They gave an exchange concert with San Jose Men's Glee Club and appeared at various places in the county at civic meetings. Started Homecomings The club started the present trend of fall celebrations back in 1934 with an event so successful that the late Brook Aitchison en- thusiastically stated: "With a start like this there is no reason why Mount Pulaski can't revive the old horseshow days." Being a comparative newcomer to Mr. Pulaski, the publisher, who was business manager of the Glee Club, thought it a wishful but forlorn hope. Our query was, "Where will you find enough horses for a horse show? The automobile has put them out of existence!" How wrong we were was prov- en the next fall, when a combin- ed horse show and homecoming opened the eyes of most folks who had though that the horse was extinct. It was a great show. CARY C. ROBARDS WOULD $, ENJOYED MT. PULASKI SIL.TENN him to play "The skater :et  Mount Pulaskians ve00i00, at a Bradley Um . l,: Would Have En Dyed ball game if word goes ot s.t .,. ] the public address syster N" His Music, Too ,,.;. h become hazad. " One person Mount Pulaskians cau''of" ice, sleet or^ sle't .h of other days are going to miss Cary broke into u,_^;l i - during the Sil-Tennial, is the late tion picture game b:, Cary L. Robards who passed a- days when this centu,v .l)  way in Peoria last year. young and so was he. He' Cary was a master musician, the piano at the Prn,,c who played for the love of play- Hippodrome. . , the Orpn,r eate ing. He was one of those persons 3estxc and the Palace thelong who had a God- iven talent and til the talkies came ,"" g .  b @ as enerous with it His earl ruined the musimaP ;, g Y . , rau,  career in Mount Pulaski started for a while Now its as director, and the next rehears. al will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock sharp, in the Legion dub rooms. It is essential that every member be there next Sun- day, Jf at all possible, in view of an engagement that the club has the following week. SAN JOSE CONCERT WELL RECEIVED (FM. 8, I4) The Mount Pulaski Centennial Glee Club made a very favorable impression in their exchange concert at San Jose last Sunday afternoon. San Jose, which is noted for its love of good music, turned out with an almost capacity attend. ance in the large auditorium of the German Methodist Church, and the club members felt quite at home. Lone Hills, The Old Road, Bill of Fare, The Winter Song, Old Man River, Goln' To Shout, O Springfield audiences; an A Ca. pella Choir from Decatur, which is one of the outstanding musical organizations of this musical cen- ter will present one of the pro- grams. Season ticket sales are now be- ing conducted by the members of the Glee Club, the price for the five numbers being only $1.00 for adults and 50 cents for children of high school and grade school age. This averages only 20 cents a program for adults and only 10c for school pupils. The regular door admission will vary accord. ing to the" program, ranging from 25c to 35c. God of Gods, and, Thanks Be To God." Wilbur Stoll sang "The Toreador" and Requiem, and Harry J. Wible sang 'rhe Public- an" and "Friend of Mine". A male quartet composed of J. Wayne Staley, Paul Gruber, Diner Pot- ter and Gone Clear sang two numbers, "Marching Men" and "Swing Along." Then the following year a still greater show combined with the Logan County 4-H Show gave promise of a still greater future, but the Logan County Fair came into being the following year and quashed the revival. One summer during the Glee Club's tenure of three years, a series of weekly programs were given in the bandstand on the TV. the r it When asked about =ag l hit he remembered he-,, c was "Too Much Must arrive Pl " was the hot tune wheX o _, ed the piano and caliOl_ ," old Columbia River I Beat. He also mentioned .:= ' Mondy Town',' and "Da.og ?: Tell" and ' Down .),'- be t) . Sheltering Palms" whlCe r t ed for Mamie EisenhOW when he was about four years of age. Whenever a bunch of young- stere, congregated, Cary was sure to be leading the parade beating his little drum. Music lessons at an early age proved that he had a natural ability for this art and his mother encouraged him and gave him lessons on the piano. !He was an apt pupil and ad- vanced rapidly. courthouse lawn. These programs Cary attended school here until consisted of concerts, skits like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John h "Womanless W ,, Robards, moved to Decatur. Later Bradley FieldhouSe. ,,,,we ::t ard ', P; t e ,, eddmg, . rst he . ' the moved to Peorm when he When he h e 'Howdy Judge, minstrels, hobo Y ..... Elis FreslPt and clown array for humorous was about 17 years old. His con-. renaer', me " " e ,hOt,. evenin These ro uest in the field of entertain- number of today, n MS g. p grams were all q ........ in- " worked out through weekly re- ment there is best told by me nao a mmmar r - -M w#- " rile  hearsals and ave the uremic a following reprint from the Peoria A look through so _ot g P - mariUS--'* v', lot of enjoyment and helped to Journal Star: orzgmal music -,-t bd Ld' build up morale during those If it's "cue" music you want rected the song u, ,,ORS rough days.  Cary L. Robards will give it to haunting him. It. .wa.,,vt.  you. a pre-Civil War nl ,,-rg  " - , One amusing incident during "s o .................... , He's a seasoned show man wth In addtxon to hl. eldltoi  t 11  glUllleCUllllflg Way Wtb, .........  .... die  .- :,.. respiration at h;s nngerlps ana g ramming a tra :,.,, _,, when a man the club had hxred ........  .... h u, .**- to run a hot do,, start  was ail I a memory for old-ume IamHmr ary plays wit -*diO ='- ...... %_ ":. _ _ ".. =:1 musical hits Chanters and for r= ea ac mnron. tne ctu oateu . ....... him out so he could be here [ Peorians have come to expect wtv, 'emn. MOUNT lqr.qKI'S GMEE C, LUIF--Formed in 1933, provided not only a lot of enjoyment for the club, but this commmunity and others as well. This picture was taken Just before they made their appearance on the lincoln Chautauqua program Aug. 10, 1933. Bm:k Row (left to right)Louis F. Sams, Byron Blout, Loren Harper, B. A. Tyler, Frank Snyder, Omer Potter, Noe Suedmeier. Middle Row--.Joe Snyder, E. O. Mayer, Frank Turlcy, F Wayne Staley, George J. Smith, Harry Sisk, Gus Stuart. ]Pnmt . 'tt Waddell, Jr, ,ene C. Clear, John Snyder, Earl Potter, Harry J. Wible, E, K Rothwell, Wilbur Stoll, Paul Merry, director; Harold Andersen.