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ECTIONS, PULASKI'S CEMETERY WAS THOUGHTFULLY PLANNED Beautiful Burial Grounds Platted About lO-0 Years Ago a town's character, of its citizens. ttme m atUtud (By Paul E. BeidJw) The Mount Pulaski Cemetery, located in the north part of the New Addition Hm Plemant Setting (Aug. 2.5, 1932) New Part of Cemetery Will Provide 1700 Lots Much interest is being shown by the people in the activities and improvements being made by the Mt. Pulaski' Cemetery Association at the beautiful old Mt. Pulaski Cemetery, located in tiling. A force of men with 15 teams, tractor and scraper, have been engaged in this work for a couple of weeks under the direc- tion of two of the trustees, Ed- ward O. Mayer and Widiam Beckers. The addition will pro- vide about 1700 lots, it is said, the lots along the east side to be platted first. One of the beauty spots in the new part will be the circular driveway in the center of the grounds to which all drives will when it was taken over by the Mt. Pulaski Cemetery Ass'n. or- ganized under the Laws of the State of Illinois. The members of the association have always tak- en keen interest in the betterment of the cemetery, and deserve credit for doing their duties well, and the people generally are very appreciative of this fact. It should also be mentioned that the city has graveled the last four blocks of North Wash- ington street, more than half of has a very out. with it a feeling of and gratitude that a Justifiable pride. places of t nature ueglectsd and reflect against the standard city, on rolling terrain, was plat- ted about 120 years ago, after the town was founded in 1836. The story goes that one of the founders, Jabez Capps, owned the land and suggested that it be used for a Seminary. He was misunderstood, and soon burials were made there, and Mr. Capps joined with his friends in mak- ing the cemetery a good one, and established on a legal basis. Not many of the present res- idents of the city know that for a long period of time the only entrance to the cemetery from ,.,,._. $; uptown, was on North Marion mmmmt ml seem rh. Street, and that the central drive-  but in nine out of ten way extended north to the Elk- m  hart- Mount Pulaski road. This t   driveway was bordered with trees h.u_ Judge the standard of and in years to come grew into mUif by Its cemetery." very large trees, especially ced- t :HI ars. Burials were made on both Lmtq usLlty that has no in- sides, extending a half block to lm,._lli in tim final rest- the east and a half block to the '__ of its loved om is a west. For years a maple grove .  " in wbic]h to live. stood at the south end of the tt_. - $; cemetery, on the east side, and    ommunIW as a here many memorial programs !  l.to_ be commeaded for were given. Before the turn of the -  ,.--"-mcl  century this grove of trees was |  e_ $$ cut down, and burials made there. | ctht"'ers of the association It became necessary for more |  -eu Who are to be most burial room, so the apple orchard |  --"m---ded fm their time to the east of the original burial | " xmt in looking after grounds, was purchased and now | A -"ugh" in this year of 1961 nearly all |hq s ,_  ;graves have been taken. The |uq  LU.t. to mount to the !slope on the south end of the | j of  and watch the I cemetery was next added, but | . me sun: [only part of its being used for /ll.j  .. $ [burial, the remainder used as a  Wlt]. It the shadows lpark, where a flag pole now | . "4 mght falls; I stands, and Memorial Day pro- II I111  [grams held. | mover him that is a unexplainable i So many burials being made 1 - of h,,,,,h--umess, .. the past few years, it became nec- | m to purchase to grau"  essary land the Ii .. -- ,, west of the old cemetery. Before | q . ..... this was done there was a hedge fence the entire length of the:  |.'d ;"--..., m,, ,.=- property, and next to it was a | "ql , . uere but a com- road from the Elkhart road, con- .. mxl.ttme, necting with Marion Street. The r t ...  . new addition was soon put to u that thou WhO /N  on - - - and use, and several hundred burials lm" of"''b so have been made there. |  km. You may be surprised to know | /. -" that Mount Pulaski cemetery now [-q.zt_ -- - . contains 20 acres of ground, and me semng o! the . the [ t OUr .......... IS officially taken care of by [ t," ,..__  me wnn um Mount Pulaski Cemetery Ass'n. | " g ..fl .luai Before that the care of the ceme- ' [ ,,' use m me mat ncm tery was in the hands of the City Lq _. , of Mount Pulaski. At any rate, ..'k'tt to Z*. ...... - the cemetery has always been r "r_ ..._uus .mus.tem we-na" kept in a condition that the citiz- "il "'mnCmY ens of Mount Pulaski could be ! [  , $ proud of. Hundreds of people at [ ' imt ...... the time of the 1961 Memorial Day , qt ru4(ml cluze t,.t, eamm,,,  ,--,,,,,4 ^ program on May 30 gathered at 'l --mil --__ ". " "'"T " the cemetery as usual and decor. , U'Mmo  ated the graves of hundreds upon hundreds of loved ones, includ- County In 1839 was created by of Feb. 15, 1839. regular county elec- county occurred the same being a for un- anization. The as follows: John Deskins 155; Deskin's major- George B. Lucas, 139. Lucas' of Commissioners' Moore, 162; Jam- majority 15. Jabez Capps 169; Capps' majority Commissioners, (3 mup 223; Elijah Downey 127; C, eo. ; Ezekiel Bowman Thomas R. Skin- Justice: Michael ing parents, members of families other relatives and friends, and veterans of the several wars. The cemetery at the time of Memorial Day always presents a beautiful scene, looking like a vast sea of flowers. For many years, as was stated earlier, entrance to the cemetery was made at the North Marion Street gate, but for the past 60 years, the North Washington St. road has been the main entrance to the cemetery. Not only have hundreds of lo- cal people been buried in Mount Pulaski cemetery, but many from the areas of Latham, Chestnut, Beason, Springfield, Decatur, Lin- coin, and other central Illinois points. Others who were born in this area, and moved away years ago, and died in their new homes, have been brought back here for burial. PRESENT OFFICERS The officers this Sll-Tennial Year are: Louis F. Sams, President E. K. ConnoIley, V. President Kenneth Connolley, Secretary A. W. Sehaffenacker, Treasurer! Other board members are Gene [ Clear, Lloyd Arnold and Walter| Schafer. the north part of the city. In 1921 the Association purch- ased 10 acres of ground from the Penner farm, lying west of the old part of the cemetery, to be opened up when occasion requir- ed it. During the intervening years the land has been rented and farmed. But now members of the association realize that the time is fast approaching when the new addition willl be needed, as the cemetery proper is fast being taken up with graves. The work now being done on the new addition is platting the lead. Other landscaping contem- which passes along the east side plated will eventually make the l of the cemetery, and it is an ira- new part of the cemetery a very provement that was greatly need- fitting addition to the present burial grounds, which is known for its beauty and excellent up keep. While no definite date is ob- tainable, the old part of the cem. etery was opened in the years fol- lowing 1840, just a few years after Mt. Pulaski was founded in 1836 by Jabez Capps. During the Civil War period by an act of the Legislature, the cemetery came under the control of the ed. The present officers of the as- sociation are as follows: Will- iam Beckers, president; George Rupp, vice.president; Mrs. Anna E. Eminger, secretary; H. V. Wynd, treasurer; and the trus- tees re, William Beckers, George J. Smith, Harry B. Capps, Ed- ward O. Mayer, George Rupp and H. V. Wynd. Welcome to Mt. Pulaski next ground, building roads, land- City of Mt. Fulaski and contin- week, as you, help us seapin A and doin__=_g the necessary ued thusly until the year 1919, celebrat____e our 125t.._.h birm_____a_ay.._.. to Mount Pulaski Enriched Sliced and Community 00Nhie Bread IL_- on Their 125th Anniversary i Perfect rf ribute to 00eparted ored Ones THE INDIVIDUAL MAUSOLEUM Ask Your Funeral Director for Details / OUR SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CITY OF MOUNT PULASKI On Their 125+h Anniversary Central Individual Mausoleum Company SPRINGFIELD, ILL. Phone Lakeside 2.3615 o 2.3616 i