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SII,-TENNIAL EDITION (Times.News, Mr. Pulaski, IlL) THURSDAY, JULY &apos;s Park Popular Amusement Center During The 70's I.O00ed On of Christian arch Parsonage INI flag and streamer were ltedlthe flour in a pillow slip in a Hn || p ,. in their place .... and the speakers' big chest and many times I wish [ DUCK igglesI, On stand was beautifully decorated, led to see that flour brought outt __ eL-- -- -- a_ the work of the .young ladies.fin a wooden tray in use whichl W15 ]rcKJe tw, There was a continuous streartk|"said hot biscuits for dinner"'.| , *  of people reaching from thWe had very little butter, and I lNYer |O L|nco|n square to the park. Business wasTwhat we did have churned byj Many people of today little an Australian goat, etc. Uncle Billy Buckles gave me permission to go into his timber and get trees for a liberty pole to be raised in the park. The pole g story of the one. was 100 feet tall. Horace Rowe, in Mount Pu- Oscar Hurd, John O'Connor and County, Illinois Louis Hoy helped me raise it. good, all doing well. I took in!Abe, the oldest boy. in a coffee I realize that before the building was written in I bought material for a 20-ft. over $200. The day wound up pot. One morning I heard Abelo f the railroads through Mount Capps of Wichita flag, and the laides kindly with fireworks, and aoi, g plat. #haking the coffee pot, and IiPulaski in 1872, that the city Who was the promoter made it for me. Also got a form dance in the park. , aid to Mrs. McKinney 'what's! had been an inln, *, .... - venture: streamer 60.ft. long on which Now, !ast, but no,t:;ltast of t[s Abe doing.? and she said he l its founding in 1836. About 1855 of my brother John's was painted in large letters - celebration was me xamalpC was churning At another time I the Chica-o Al ...... ' was eat alti hen " I   tun ra]troaa was interest to George "Capps Park" and "1776 and parade". It surely gr , rd quite a pounding on a constructed through Lincoln on caused me to lose my 1862". was gotten up by the young big flat rock, and I said to Bill its way to Springfield and Alton, a salesman, and I We had a gymnasium on a businessmen of the town. Clowns McKinney, the other son, "what Ill. Of interest is, that a stage for something else small scale, consisting of swing, and cowboys, and others, were!are you doing?" and he told me coach was driven for a number rings, trapeze, horizontal bars, !included; and there werg cages he was making the coffee, and was to be let to etc. The people patronized the on floats containing, many cur-'sure enough he had the coffee carry the United park, especially on Sundays, ious things. On one of the fibers in a stout little canvas bag, and from Mount when whole families would come was a crate such as Queensware with an old shoe hammer he we., and I mad and sit under the trees and order was carried in, and it contained grinding the coffee. Billy Mc Kin. a wild man, another a lion, and ney afterward owned a fin{ $400 per year. fruits, ice cream, cake, and sum- a hack that mer drinks, and the men would another an organutan K, Donkey.s, i fanrn near Two Mile Grove, and up by a Lincoln enjoy cigars. One afternoon I mules and horses were t/rought( i was 1uite a prominent man. a party of four counted 14 baby wagons that to use in tah::diqw_s 'aPrnnoic{ , At our good old log house in to California. It contained the babies of the ram- Lnelr appe horns a i IDwn if a house or two makes a them and I found ilies that sat at the tables, by the blowing of : -- .n.j!vn) we fared quite differently everyone was tal<en oy surprMy father had the only store in it for $200. So, me make the got Buck Eggleston business for me. good trusty fellow by the el- driver people, The hacl with the $400 made me a pay. Oscar Hurd proposed that we try some platform dances, and we did so. They were well patro- nized, but we were so at the mercy of the weather that we finally gave it up. Then the thought of building a summer or park hall came into my mind. James Sims drafted a plan for the building. It was to be built North Part of City in the shape of a Greek Cross I The main hall was 40 x 80 feet; as it was something not ott:'theith e county then, as far as I can day's program. : recollect. We had venison, prairie Kbout His Eazly School Days chicken, quails, and all kinds of "When I look around n and wild meat in profusion, and dear see the fine public school build- mother tAunt Betsie as everyone called her knew how to prepare ings with all their modern con- ._ o veniences' and draw the con- ,leverytning for us.. If ever a wo- ' " " I attend t man deserved a monument erect trast with the scnoot "ie - " qmber in 1842, d to her memory it ought to be ed in Salt Creek t to Aunt Betsm d mud' ' Capps for she made out of logs sticks an i . ' - ._7, was a renefactor to all that came and even paper greases wire . - 4to her home. Old settlers will say In the Capps' Park, the other parts of the cross were hog lard for w.maows, a a fourth block due used for cloak rooms, below the with wooden hinges n am but voicing the feelings of Public square. I bandstand for the men and up- wooden latch with a' buckskin !all that came there ..... not e-n  In later years so Doc Vande- tained from Salt Creek timber, string to raise it wlm v vender t "- '" north -"' buildi:-- " om me John Bunn bro. of Mt Pulaski and the one nail in the wnole l]g,i ' ' " - - de out of ther of the Rev David P Bunn flake south of the oty, which seats ox puncneon ma i " " " " ' has f " ......... taugtlt in this same old school] or a very long time been split logs an Lnamn canoe mt hou called ' "' - "e creek in t se on Salt Creek Doc was one] the lake ditch. the pupils to cross m i of the u ]is " "  Mr E " tree p p' " ggleston had a sister, when it was high and a N w ' who " "" -' m when itl o I will add this to my little] also resided m Mt. Pulaski. felled across tne strea stor that I i She was " ........  y am the oldest of the J ," " affectionately known as was low, ano ola man .cut-.^],] ,.,. _ --. _ .. ,A,,,, . lough for a teacher with hiSlu'  "l'i't;=..,'.er,vf,t'is eau. d ]ive't  Lydia Johnston,' and she , ' .....  ttc cty ol ,Vl[ VUlaSKi I on the corner where the bunch of hickory sw]tcnes On l M ood s t " " " Charles K . . ._ .._, y g "s er Mrs Prudence l emmer residence Is now two pegs anven into um wa,iAnn Beldler' " "' situated " " " he -lan " "s the first and old t.' " . Mr. Eggleston ded in when I th'ink of all this, 4 ami,,__:_, ..... PP  ...... astonished that such a" charrg, my' oemg a years old. [Lscrlpol ..... " ,..,^ ,,.  was asked by P J Conklin, come snout in me sue  .. "'---- - could :Jm in tne newsna,,er h,,,,o  ,,+ zut, D|{' one man: ....... "_'__. Pulaski many years ago to eive ..Lmn Bedler Capias, of Tacoma. ay tamer, jaoez t.appn, atlhlm ., ito, *h. ..... .,' ,_.^^. wasn., sent this pertinent Infor- m self, -.. a  tllat uulu llltclet my brothers Charles and y. our subscribers and ho w,,*,, mat.ion about the picture of to ths school. I well rememoer ......  .... Capias Pa fie states " " " some of the pupils that attend-u'J:u/tateltnP:t twh 1 may pmture was'taken about'say tUeare of years between Mount Pulaski and Lincoln. "Moss Eggleston, an old-timer in Mount Pulaski, where he was more familiarly known as "Buck" in the old days, was a native of Essex County, New York, where he was born in 1834. In 1847 he came to Rochester, Ill. with his parents, and later locat- ed in Mt. Pulaski, being a resi- dent here about a half century. "He was a veteran of the Civil War, and after returning home. he became best known as the driver of the stage coach between Mt. Pulaski and Lincoln. Besid. es the passengers transported on the stage, he also carried the mail from Lincoln, for several years, or until the old Decatur, Peoria & Evansville Railroad was built. Later he drove logging mules for the Snyder Bros. lum- ber yard on South Vine St., the logs for the sawmill being oh- people needed resort to, and while on Salt Creek were did not have con-i take them there. I Park being close advantage of its out in my Wade make seats, and I bought sical clock, Piano and singers so kindly off- I could furn- speaker's stand where Logan, General men of note rds. a restaurant in where we lemonade A whole lot of me freeze and do all kinds of grown men, and they used to cream to earn a dime, which- for their Were true friends me in every out to make the Patronage. I sent bOUght $20 worth also Put in small aoraaq uarium for e fish. Had contained a fine another a a big greyi hoot owls, one of fox rabbits, stairs for the ladies' cloak room. There was also a room for re- freshments. 150 people could dance in this hall at once. Sup- pers were served in my house. The hall was to cost $500. I sold stock in it for $10 a share. In selling the stock I tried some of my intimate friends, and they said they would subscribe, but for me to go first to Sam Beam, David Vanhise, Walter Sawyer and S. Linn Beidler. After I had a talk with them, they headed my list, each taking shares. I soon had the necessary amount to build. Carpenters took stock and worked it out. Chalt Buckles furnished R.R. ties to make blocks to use for the foundation. The hall was built and proved quite a drawing card. The 4th of July was the first big day we went for. We had big posters printed telling of the coming celebration to be held in Capps Park. The bills were post- ed in all the neighboring towns and in the country. Well, the great day came, and it was a per- feet one. The people came stream. ing into town, the trains came in loaded, and we had the park and town looking at its best. Dave Sherry and Dick Johnston were firing a big cannon that Brother Linn Beidler had brought up from Springfield. The brass band was playing in the park. A company of singers kindly aided in the rendering of music, with piano accompani- ment. The old Dutch Clock was attracting attention. All went to i make a glorious 4th of July. The l ed this school the same time we did--Cornelia, Bettie and Virgil Parker, the family owned the former Dick Templeman farm. Brush College. Others attending were Dow and Alex Downing, Alonzo Stoker, and some I have forgotten the names of. It was in 1841, I think, when we attend- ed this school. We boarded with an old man McKinney, and well do I remember our daily fare, corn dodges baked in a cast iron oven in the old fireplace, bacon and bacon gravy, and for sweet- ening a saucer of what Sam Harper used to call "bellyache molasses". Well do I remember when Kelly Wade's folks would visit the McKinney family, as then we would get biscuits. They kept it with interest. ago. His |ether served ice cream I forgot to mention the old Mosey Peterson family. They were closely connected with all the very old settlers. Many will remember the old farm and old Aunt Jennie. What a good old soul she was, and how well she could prepare a kid tnot a boy), a real kid goat for the table. Every spring the Capias and the Robinson families were united out there to eat goat meat, and I tell you it was simply great. The first bridge built across Salt Creek was constructed by Elisha Parks in 1845, close to where the present bridge is now ocated. Editors Note: Mr. Capias died In Portland, Ore., on July 20, 1911. and soft drinks,and fruit on the tables on Sundays, and big days like the Fourth of July. Within the little white fence was a fountain and gold fish. There was curved driveway through the park.They also had a large music hall for dancing, a grandstand and a playhouse for the children. All through the park were nice shade trees and shrubs of many kinds, with some always in bloom. Along the drive were a few cages with native wild anl. mals, such as coons, etc., and one Golden Eagle. i Shown in the picture, left to !right are: Uncle Charles .apps; inext a gardener; Mrs. E. S. Capps, and E. S. Capps, and Billy De. Hess, who worked for my father. iii!