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L iLIIULt] LU.IPLilqIIJ-III.IkJLILIIJWJLiLU [ ]L. ] ]J [[[ _ Hl I i 11  []]J Jill.  [J ill J|.] ] [9111 .,IMHIi July 16, 2011 Mt. Pulaski Times Fol riders Day Awards Distinguished Alumni & Citizens Awards Nominations were for individuals who had or have accom- plished and achieved tremendous things - and often without Allen Schaal Photos The winners were selected by an independent panel of say - the selection of the award winners was not an easy task individuals who are also community activists - needless to as the whole list of nominees was deserving. public acknowledgement. DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD To be eligible, an individual must be a graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School Awards Presented By -Stan Manes Edward Allspach- award accepted by Ed's son George All- spach - was the 1996 Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Governor Award for Conserva- tion farm family of the year. He spent years involved with soil and water conservation and served on numerous Soil and Water boards. Education was also paramount to him and he served many years on various local school boards. He overcame physical adversity after losing an arm in a farm accident. The community lost a leader December 6, 2010 when he died -just one day short of his 83rd birthday. Jim Horn is a graduate went far from home to make his mark in the world. After obtaining a degree from the University of Illinois and graduate studies at Southern Methodist University - he spent 31 years with Boeing as a manager in the Defense and space group. He served as mayor of Mercer Island, Washington and he followed that with sixteen years in the Washington State Legislature and was unanimously elected Speaker Pro Tempore for his last two years, He has received many awards for engineering and his political leadership but proba- bly none as impresswe as the Dis- tinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater the University of lllinois College of Engineering. Henry Vonderlieth - Jo Hill- ard - administrator and Board Member Tom Cross accepted the award. Henry Vonderlieth was an 1898 graduate of Mt. Pulaski High school - but his name is spoken every day in our community. His occupation was the publishing field - he became circulation manager for Christian Herald, McCalls and Today, later known as Today's Housewife. His longest publishing career was with Financial World where he ended in career as director of the corpo- ration in 1949. He and his wife created a trust for the establish- ment of a health care facility in Mt. Pulaski. After a hospital proved impractical, a nursing home was built and began operation in 1973. Hedid not live to seethe nursing home ashe , . died in 1968 but today it is known today as the Henry and Jane Vonderlieth Living Center and we all know the blessings this facility has brought to our community. Richard Schroth has been rec- ognized by numerous academic and other organizations. He has a PhD from Indiana University; Masters from the Univ. of Illinois and a bachelors from Western ILlinois University. He is a Senior Fullbright Scholar for Informa- tion and Telecommunications. He has been named one of the top 25 consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He was the first technology officer at the Marriott Corporation. He has advised 50 of the world's leading corporations. He is a senior fellow at the Wharton is School of Busi- ness and has been on the faculty of numerous universities, Waldo Bertoni was raised by immigrant parents. He was appointed to West Point in 1944 and graduated in 1948. He has a masters of science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. His contribution was in electronic intelligence and electronic monitoring. During his career he was awarded the Defense Superior Award and the Legion of Merit with an Oak Leaf Cluster. After serving all across the globe, he retired from military service in 1977 as a full Colonel. He returned to Mt. Pulaski in 2005 and has become an active member of the community - Rotary Club, the 175th Jubilee committee and a Board Member of Lincoln College. DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS AWARD For those who have given so much to this community . Awards Presented By - Paul Beaver Jabez Capps was elected county recorder in 1848 and helped build the Mr. Pulaski Court House in 184Z He sired 14 children and lived to be six months shy of I00. George Turley served as Justice of the Peace from 1839 until his death in 1865 - serving as the local authority on legal issues. He was friendly with the Indians and helped to avoid skirmishes between the setters and the Indians. He married twice and had seven children total. Dr. Barton Robinson was a physician and practiced medicine in Mt. Pulaski before pull- ing up stakes and moving to Linn, Kansas. The above individuals are - the founders of our fine community. Phil Bertoni and Darrell Knauer from the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society - along with Roger Capps accepted the award. Leonard K Seroggin was the founder and presi- dent of Bank of Scroggin & Son that is now known as The Farmers Bank. With limited education, schooled in a log school, he came to Logan County with his parents when this county was still prairie and forest. He built the business block that included Scroggin Opera House. and the Scroggin Hotel, the center of social activity for 50 years. He established the first electric plant telephone company and the local coal mine among other interests - providing necessary capital for much of Mt. Pulaski's devel- opment and improvements. In his late nineties he traveled to Florida to invest in land development. As the nomination stated, "his was a life which I think portrays an important period of American history and the vital energy in sr.aall town which worked to make this nation what it is." The award was accepted by Steve Martin - one of his many descendants. Clarence Tomlinson is best remem- bered for his charity. He had a vision - a vision to improve and enhance the lives of the youth of Mt. Pulaski. Upon his death in 1941, his entire estate of 265 acres was left to the town of Mt. Pulaski. Throughout the years the income from his gift has provided this Community with swimming pools, playgrounds, a skating rink, band uniforms, scoutifig programs, ffmding for the fire departments and rescue squads and the list goes on and on, To this day - 70 years after his death - Mt. Pulaski continues to benefit from his generosity. To date over three milliola dollars have been donated to commumty activities and programs. Current trustees of the trust in his name | - Ed Schaffenacker, Pat Pryzkopanski nd.Brooker accepted the award_, o:. :.: Harry Wible was the first presi- dent and organizer of the Rotary Club in 1936. He was also an organizer of the 100th birthday of Mt. Pulaski in 1936. He co- chaired the 125th celebration in 1961. For over 35 years he was the owner and publisher of the Times News. On his 75th birthday the community recognized his many years of dedication to the town of Mt. Pulaski with two days of celebration. His weekly article "Reflections" was widely read and showed remarkable insight into current activities when read today. His frequent phrase was " show me it's good for Mt. Pulaski and I'm for it." 40 years after his death - his legacy goes on. Jean Martin, his daughter, accepted the award. Tanner was tireless in his commitment to Mt. Pulaski. Virtually any commumty event involved the musical talents of this individual and or his students. Memorial day parades, July 4th band concerts, and the fall fes- tival parades included the high school marching band. His students were con- sistent winners at band competitions. In 1976 he was named the Lincoln Courier Man of the Month and in 1981 he received the alumni achieve- ment award from his alma mater Western Illinois University. The impact he had on his students is evidenced by the student who nominated him- forty years after graduating from high school. The 1995 film "Mr. Holland's Opus" depicted a much-loved and respected high school band instructor. For many who graduated between 1959 and 1993 Mt. Pulaski students experienced such a person. Thank You Fr.om Florence Stoll Thanks to the Ameri- can Business Women's Association for the beautiful 17Y h Anniver- sary Heritage quilt that I won in the drawing at the fireworks display on July 4  . I was sure lucky. The money made on this project will be used for scholarships for high school students. Holmes Reunion The Chick and Loren Holmes families wiU be in charge of the 2011 reunion to be held Sunday, August 7 at Noon at East Park pavilion in Mt. Pulaski. Please bring a dish to piss and table service. Chicken, ice cream and tea/lemonade will be provided. Mt. Pulaski Mayor Jim Fuhrer thanked the. 175th Committee for all of their work on behalf of the Citi- zens of Mt. Pulaski. Times Photo STEVE HAHN worked this out. 175 years- 1836-2011. 175 Days- June 24, 201 l. 175 minutes after 12 (2:55 pm). Dorrene Smith (Courthouse Volunteer) witnessed the "event". Did You Know - Farmville maker Zynga is planning an IPO that could raise $2 Billion. Thank You From Mt. Pulaski Sons of The American Legion We would like to extend a BIG thank you to every- one who helped with the Reunion Tent Bar and Court Yard Beer Garden during the 175th Celebration. Did You Know - Two Kansas golfers scored back to back holes in one on the same hole. The odds of the feat are 17 Million to one. 5 Attention: Topper Red Hatters The August lun- cheon-meeting date and place has been chosen. We will be meeting at Ted's Garage in Clinton Tuesday, August 16, at 12:30p. Co-hostesses are Pat Straumann and Shirley Haley. Please call either to confirm reservations. Notify Pat or Shirley before August 13th so a final headcount can be sub- mitted to Ted's. Call Pat at 792-5660, or Shirley at 796-3502. Guest are always wel- come.., just let us know if you plan to attend at either number listed above. If you need a ride please call a Red Hat member. Come join us for an interest- ing and fun luncheon. Welcome. Submitted by Pat Straumann Didn't Get to Pitch Horseshoes? Anyone who didn't get to pitch horseshoes, and those who did, if there is enough of you I would be willing do another tournament. I would need at least eight and no more than ten at a time to do a doubles tournament. Call me if this is some- thing you would like to do. This is for everyone, those who pitched and those who, for what ever reason, didn't get to. I will see how much interest there is and if I have enough I will set up some dates and times. Call Steven Bailey at 792-5363. Thank you. I'm eating heaps of it I'm eating humble pie. Roger Bates pointed out an error in my article about the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. I reported that Audie Murphy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery (true) and that he shot down 40 enemy planes and was highly deco- rated for that. This is what our bus tour guide had said (not true). So that is what I want to correct for your readers. In checking "Google", I have learned that Audie Murphy was born in Texas, June 20, 1924 to poor sharecroppers. He rose from an Army private to "field Lt.", due to his heroic per- formance in nine major battles. He personaUy killed 240 enemy sol- diers. He became the most decorated combat soldier in our history. He received 33 awards and decorations and the Medal of Honor. He received every military decoration for valor our country has to offer. Following WW-[I, Murphy tried to go into film out in Hollywood. James Cagney saw his picture on a Life Magazine cover and invited him to visit him. He eventually made 26 movies and 25 TV westerns. He enjoyed writing poetry and songs. Eddie Arnold recorded one of his songs. John Wayne appeared in "To Hell and Back", portraying Murphy. Lt. Murphy suf- fered what we now call PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and severe depression. He owned ranches in Texas, Arizona, and California and raised racehorses. He died in 1971 and is buried with the traditional simple white tombstone, very near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Just an FYL, Rebecca Drake I,,llllllllli0000l00'!000013T00H0000 I IHriHjHl:]4iillfllil!Tl00llll0000tilllgl00|iHll Ill/ill--liT ] : " ' .......