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n (:raze gan county, drawn by Imm S. --STlr-.TZNNIAL EDFFION (Timm-NowL Nt.  Ill.) THURSDAY, IULY 13, 1981 183o's Hit County Mayer, son of the and Mrs. Mayer, ago sent us this very account of the so- Craze in this area in His account follows: I haven't lived there Mt. Pulaski is still me, and I count my- the town's loyal sons. old timers know the youngsters may was one of several, vanished without out in what is now north and three miles west of its true location. Fortunately the error was not perpetuated, so far as I have been able to discover, in any published map. Incident- ally, if any of your readers hap- pen to have any authentic docu- mentary evidence relating to Georgetown, I should be extreme- ly grateful for an opportunity to examine it. Another early town on which I should appreciate seeing any authentic documentary evidence was London, located on what is now part of the Armstrong Farm in Aetna Township, north of Chestnut. It was laid out in No- vember of 1839. This was after the Town Lot Craze had collaps- ed. It was also after Logan coun- had been established, so the was filed in Lincoln where Britton in 1839 but unpublished, showed Georgetown two miles Founding of Cy-- (Contln. from preceding page) Mr. Pulaski was one of the first to be saturated with the spirit of progress, and she owns her own Water Works Plant, which is modern and efficient. The wat- er supply is abundant and of purest quality, from wells. The Electric Lights, illuminat- ing the streets and homes and business houses, and halls, are furnished by a responsible pri- vate concern, the owners and managers, Messrs. West and Veail, capable and popular gentlemen. Water Supply S The present water supply was established in 1895, at a cost of !30,000. The source of supply is four wells which are spring-fed and practically inexhaustible. At the apex of our high and hand- a)me hill is the steel tank reser- I voir holding 60,000 gallons. The tank furnishes a domestic grav- ity pressure of about 40 pounds about the Postoffice Park Square to the main business part of the city and a pressure of 75 pounds about the base of the hill. A fire pressure of 110 pounds is in re- serve. There are five miles of water mains and 37 fire hydrants. A Deane pump of 500,000 gallons capacity per day and it is always ready for full capacity work. M. of 1 V ........................... J. T. Duff during the Town nfortunately it was destroyed of the 1830's. The Town in the courthouse fire of 1857. a sort of counter- On all the other early towns--- ppi Bubble of 'Middletown (1832), Rushbrook, earlier and to (1834), Richmond (1834), Post- Boom of aboUt ville (1836), Madison I (1836), The origin of Albany (1836), Mount Pulaski, .Lot Craze, the way it (1836), Bloomingdale (1836), in Illinois and par-Madison H (1836), and New in the area which is Castle (1836)--I have pretty nty (then parts complete data including photo- and Mc static copies of the survey plats. and the way it The originals of these plats, be- the Panic of 1837 lieve it or not, are still preserv- one of my hobbies, ed in Springfield, Pekin, and Ample provision is made for drought seasons, so a pure and ample supply is always at hand. W. H. Stafford is the manager and is a capable man. The personnel of the present Sentinel ................... .L.M. Robinson on$ of tim Ememm st officers of the Order of East- ern Star, No. 466, are as follows: Installing Officer--Mrs. John R. Reeves Miss Bertha Sehafer ................ W.M. Dr. H. H. Van Hook. ............... W.P. Mrs. Hester Evans ............ A.C.A.M. Mrs. Maud Stafford ....... .Secretary Mrs. Annette Aitchison..Treasurer Miss Anna Schafer....Conductress Mrs. Dolly West ........................ A.C. Mrs. Sarah Oyler .............. Chaplain Mrs. Emma Veall ...................... Ada Miss Virgilia Pumpelly .......... Ruth Mrs. Mina Mueller ................ Esther Mrs. Emma Hills ................ Martha Mrs. Hanna Myers ................ Elects Mrs. Shrader .......................... Wardez Elder L. M. Robinson ........ Sentinel Miss Helen Duff ................ Marshall Miss Gertrude Myers ........ Organist Modem Woodm The Modern Woodmen officers are: Installing officer.E.C. Laughery Chief Forester .............. D. A. Wilson Consul ........................ G. H. Hubbard Adviser ...................... O. E. Wagner Banker .......................... H. F. Gordon Clerk ................................ H. V. Wynd Escort .................... Charles Kemmer Watchman ........ Ellis Bredenstiner Sentry ........................ C. G. Bertrang Manager, 3 years ........ J. O. Gordon Manager, 2 years.E.C. Laughery Physicians----O. P. Hopping, J. W. Mount Pulaski Bloomington. is too long to put of course, but in the i ROB]r D. CIk! it out, i have Several little points PIONEER RESIDENT, ,ublished ac- MAYOR OF CITY Bozarth and J. R. Rigg Those who are managing the affairs of Protection Camp No. 1911, R.N.A., are as follows: Installing Officer-- Neighbor Helen Ralston Ceremonial Marshal-- Neighbor Mary Phinney Past Oracle-- Neighbor Adelia Laughery Oracle - Neighbor Cora Neves Vice Oracle . Neighbor MeMain Chancleor . Neighbor Tutwiler Recorder Neighbor Hills Receiver Neighbor Wilson Marshal Neighbor Zah Inner Sentinel - Neighbor Mayer Outer Sentinel . Neighbor Wolf Manager, 3 years -- Neighbor J. D. Gordon Physicians-- J. R. Rigg and O. P. Hopping Quite a contrast to the county's present system of ribbon-like paved highways and secondary gravel roads, were the roads of the early 19th century when Lo. gan county first came into being. The first act of the Commiss- ioner's Court affecting the pres. ent territory of Logan was the appointment of Robert McClure, Robert Musick and James Tur. ley in June, 1824, "to review and make a road known as the hart Road, and pursue the point- ed named in the petition." In ! May, 1824, Jacob Boyer, James Meadows and Nathan Hussey were appointed road viewers for a road from "Sangamon Town" to Fort Clark and this was de- clared a public road in Septem. ber of the same year. In December of 1824, a road was ordered laid "from Sanga. mo town to Thomas Primm's thence to Sugar Grove and from thence to intersect a road al- ready laid from Orendorff Bluff to Fort Clark, at Musick's on Salt Creek. In March, 1825, Matthew Reg. ers and Levi Cantral were ap. pointed viewers for a road from Sangamo Town "to intersect with the Springfield and Fort Clark Road" at a location near the pres. ent Rocky Ford site. In Septem. bet, 1825, the road was order- ed "laid" from Springfield to Fort Clark by way of Latham's at Elkhart Hill, McClure's Ferry on Salt Creek and Robert Mtm. ick's on Sugar Creek. From Elkhart on U. S. Highway 66 to Sugar Creek on Route 121 at the present average driving speed requires not more than 30 minutes, yet the pioneer of the early 19th century required a good day for the same trip then. On March 8, 1826, Samuel Mtm. ick was "authorized to keep a public house of entertainment, price of meals fixed at 25 cents; lodging L2c and Whiskey at 12 cents per half pint. Chestervale Elevator j GRAIN . FEED . SEEDS I CUSTOM SEED CLEANING Sparks home (Remember road runs ap- as it pass- The town. although not road from the The Public to the plat, high ground and he continued farming until Mrs. Theresa Weidenbacher 1895, when he retired and came Manager ...... Mrs. Laura Anderson to Mount Pulaski. Hero he built M. of R.C...Mrs. Estella W. Mayer a home at the corner of Green M. of F ................. Miss Lizzie Zah and Lafayette Sts., where he con- P- of T ............. Mrs. Martha Lucas tinued to make his home until Others recently elected were: 1928, after which, due to failing Pianist ............. Mrs. Katie Wagner health, he made his home with Staff Captain ............ Mrs. Florence his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Anderson Mayer. His wife preceded him in TrtmteesMrs. Clara Jenner, Mrs. R. R.. 3 Mount Pulaski Phone SW 2-5743 LINCOLN, ILL. Lincoln Phono 732-4605 Not 125 Years Old home. I to dis- another town which I call out four months Is now Prairie at that time death in 1921. Ada Suedmeier and Mrs. A. B. Mr. Clark was a highly re- Calver--the latter president. spected and substantial citizen Representative---Mrs. Ada Sued- and gave much of his time to- meier ward civic and social betterment Alternate .............. Mrs. Bertha Lipp of the community. Fraternally,  Ozmm his relations were with the Ma- Officers of Mt. Pulaski Lodge, county, sonic Order. No. 87, A.F. and A.M., are: of Hece During his active career, he W.M ........................... Henry Sehafer towns which held several minor township off- S.W ................ John M. RothwelL Jr. laid ices and served as Supervisor of J.W ............................. A. F. Reinders Tur- Laenna township. Later, he serv- treasurer .............. Robert Aitchison handsome ed as President of the Board of Secretary ........................ C. M. Ske S.D .................................... C. E. W now the Harris Education of the Mt. Pulaski J.D ................................ Julius Myers Tendick lives, and in 1909 was elected S.S ............................ W. J. Lincoln was ever ill- Mayor of Mount Pulaski, and he. - .... .LS .................................... Will Binder Unknown; but discharged the duties of his off- Tyler ....................... .L.M. Robinson after Febru. ice with such executive ability Mr. Turley as to win uniform approval and In Mt. Pulaski Chapter, No. of his fellow citiz- 121, R.A.M., the officers are: he Spring. H.P ................................ J. P" Fowler the date) ens. He was vice-president of the King ........................... C. F. Schafer When he First National Bank of Mount Scribe .......................... Robert .Chrk of his Pulaski at the time of his death. Treasurer ............. Robert Altn Robin- Mr. Clark was..a resident of !Secretary ..................... C. M. L_Ikey Dav- Logan county throughout his en- C.H ............................ Dr. P. H. Oyler In pro-tire life, and was widely recog- R.A.C ...................... _John R. ePe A znap pur. nlzed as one of Its most sub- M. of 3 V .................. Clarence (ff Lo-stantial, and atiw citizens. BUT... Old Enough to realize that we chose a mighty fine ommnnlty Im which to open up or Imsimms. May we be worthy of the fine heatoge given us by Um nets of this community, and do our part in keeping this progressive spirit alive. 5- 10c MACKEI00S te or lacking, city officials are: of interest to your (October 19, 1933) Claude Holler ........................ Clerk one thing, many Robert D. Clark was born on A. F. Reinders ............ City Attorney the impression, a farm in Laenna township on J. P. Fowler ...................... Treasurer our town was or- Sept. 30, 1844, tho son of David C. H. Heckler .... Police Magistrate just "Pulas- W. and Hannah Clark, pioneer S. B. Fryer ................ City Marshall the "Mount" was settlers of Logan county. He died W. H. Stafford..-Supt. Water Sup- months later. But Oct_ 12, 1933 at the age of 89 ply survey plate carried years. _ C.H. Klot ............ ,Street Commis- (by the surveyor, Mr. Clark was reared on a tarm sioner and by the re- 3 miles east of Mount Pulaski, W. H. Purget ........................ Sexton no less than where ho obtained his early edu- A. O. Vonderieith ..Col & Plumber references ,to "the cation in the country schools, lat- F. E. Danner .................... Fire Chief nt Pulaski. It is er attending Illinois Normal Uni- W. J. Hagel, A. F. Zimmerrnann, just how the ira- versity of Normal, Ill. Following R.D. Clark, C. D. Snyder, Fred around that the the completion of his education, J. Roth .......................... Aldermen not in the name he entered the teaching profess- Drs. J. W. Bozarth, H. M. Van Stringer cited ion which ho followed for 20 Hook, James R Riggs ........ Board says omitted it. of Health been misled by On Feb. 3, 1873, Mr. Clark LODGES earliest publish, vas united in marriage to Miss The secret orders of the city our town Kate Edmonds of Mount Pulaski, with their official rosters are: and to this union was born one The Knights of Pythias with surprise to some, daughter, Minnie L., now the these officers-- to learn that our wife of E. O. Mayer of Mount C. C ................................. Claude Upp bare of timber. Pulaski, and two children who V. C ............................. Claude Holler that it was a least died in infancy. Prelate ............ George H. Hubbard like the Elkhart Besides his daughter, he is sur- M. of W ................ .Louis F. Myers township l rived by two grandsons, Norman K. of IL and S ..... Fred E. Danner and the Un- C. of Chicago and Robert W., of M. of F ......................... Frank Field survey map are Bethlehem, Penn. Mr. Clark was M. of E ..................... T. A. Seroggin the point. The one of six children, three broth- M. of A ......... Charles T. Anderson was two miles ers and two sisters, the last elL Guard .............. G. J. Lobberecht whom to precede him was Mrs. Outer Guard .................. Earl Lucas ealoute 121 Angeline Wacaser, who died just Pythima Sisters aany of us real- a few weeks previous. The Pythian Sisters managed drive from At the time of his marriage, by-- we cross he began farming on the home P- C ................ Mrs. Mary V. Fryer f the vanished place, east of Mount Pulaski, ME.C ............. Mrs. Mary Seroggin I. It lay which he subsequently purchased ................. .Miss Kathryn Fryer on Your SiI-Tennial Celebration O EARLY ROADS IN SHARP CONTRAST TO TODAY'S ROADS / Best Wishes