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Mt. Pulaski 175th Anniversary Historical Sketches #5 in a Series by Phil Bertoni Beam and Kennis of Springfield designed and built the courthouse. Henry W. Vonderlieth of Mount Pulaski had the brick contract: A. E. Turley and Leonard K. Scrog- gi~ hauled the brick: and Adolf Weckel made the mortar and did the hod carrying. Dietrick Sued- meier and Henry Horn molded the brick in George W. Turley's brick- yard, An additional $300 was supple- mented_by a county appropriation, which met with much litigation. The county commissioners, on July 1, 1848, had sold the vacated Post- ville Courthouse to Solomon Kahn for $300. which was the amount appropriated as supplemental aid in the new courthouse construc- tion. However, the original pro- prietors of the Camden Village grounds had donated this acreage for the Postville Courthouse and thereby "sued the county for the value of the lots and the court- house, alleging that on their aban- donment by the county for county purposes, the property reverted to the donors. Judge Davis held oth- erwise, however, and on appeal to the Supreme Court [Illinois], he was sustained. Abraham Lincoln was attorney for the county in this dispute", which was one of' the first cases to be heard at the new Mount Pulaski venue, and no doubt one of many cases that Mr. Lincoln won at Mount Pulaski. This magnificent edifice, a solid two-story brick building- an exam- ple of early Greek Revival Archi: tecture - still stands proudl:g today in the center of the Mount Pulaski town square overlooking the sur- rounding countryside. The Mount Pulaski courthouse is one of only two original Illinois eighth Judi- cial Circuit courthouses that remain on their original sites. It has a large double door with a half-octagonal set of oaken steps leading up to it. five double-hung 12-pane windows on the front, and six on each side and five on the back. It has six chimneys that once supported a flue system con- necting the six offices on the first floor with three additional stoves on the second floor. These offices are: County Clerk. Circuit Clerk, Sheriff. Surveyor, Treasurer. and School Commis- sioner. Each of these offices are restored with period furniture and period office items (artifactsJ. such as antique clocks, a set of unique filing drawers, reusable rat traps, a surveyor's wheel, desks, chairs, many metal wall candle holders ~sconces). slate tablets, a teacher's hand bell. many candle boxes, a hand press for making eopies of documents, spittoons, wall hang- ings of old county surveys, copies ofold newspapers, many original late 19" century court documents from other courthouses, and an original 1848 map enclosed in a glass frame that shows-in detail the fourteen counti es of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. $ "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Ifear July 20, 2010 18th District Congressional Candidate Visits Area DK Hirner, Democratic Can- didate for Congress, was present Saturday, June 26 for a campaign tour around Logan County. She stop pod by the Latham Cafe to meet customers there. A room full of people attended to show their interest in her campaign for the 18th District Congressional seat. She also visited the Chestnut Family Restaurant and businesses in Mr. Pulaski after attending a private fundraiser in Mt. Pulaski. Photo - At the Latham Cafe- DK Hirner. in the sleeveless shirt, Submitted By - Rebecca Drake, Logan County Democratic Chair JACOB VOLLE - a Phoenix Volunteer Firefighter - climbed into the seat of Mt. Pulaski's first powered fire truck. The truck was on display for the Phoenix Fire Department's Open House. The open house was in celebration of the department's 125 years of service to the community. Of the three of us gathered around the truck, Jacob was the only one that would "fit" behind the fixed steering wheel. People generally had lower body volume 93-years-ago. The late John Holmes was the last Phoenix Volunteer to fire up the truck and drive it in local parades. Jacob was so inspired from that moment behind the wheel that he got hold of Fred Lipp for a lesson behind the wheel of the Lipp Family Model T. Stoked with the success of driving "The Lipp T", Jacob and cohorts got the truck running and were "tooling around" the East Side of town shortly after the 4th of July. TIMES Photo are Invil to a "Taste of Thailand Dinner" Hosted by MICHELLE MONTGOMERY Sat- urday, July 31 beginning at 5Pro and serving through 7Pm at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center. This is a "donations only" event. Michelle is going to Thailand as a volunteer with the WorldTeach organization. She leaves this Sep- tember and returns in September 2011. Michelle will be teaching English to chi.ldren, teachers, and adults in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom. In addition to teaching, she will also be leading the students in after school clubs and activities, As a volunteer. Michelle is in the process of rais- ing funds to help cover the costs of air travel, insur- ance. training & cultural classes, and other related expenses. She would love to share her experience with you July 31. Please send your RSVP by July 23 to or 217-791-7095 or 217-871-5002. By Mike Lakin Mayor Jim Fuhrer had to break a three-to-three tie vote on energy contract. The back and forth, no we won't do it, maybe we should on the pur- chase of electric energy from an AMEREN subsidiary was back on the agenda at the July City Coun- cil meeting. Aldermen Darrell Kuauer and John Utterback and Mayor Fuhrer talked witb repI'esentatives of AMEREN and the AMEREN energy subsidiary. The AMEREN Corporation assured the city that purchasing electric energy from its subsidiary absolutely would not affect the City in the event of a power outage. The city will not go to the bottom of the list on power restoration. Also. the city would continue to receive its franchise_ fee. The AMEREN subsidiary con- tract states the city could poten- tially save $6,480 a year on the city's utility bills by purchasing energy from the AMEREN subsid- iary instead of the AMEREN Cor- poration. To Page 7 - "Tie Vote" AA Meeting Alcoholics Anonymous meet- ings are EVERY THURSDAY EVENING, 6 to 7:30Pm in the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Center, on Lafayette. July Meeting "The Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District Board ~f Trustees will meet at 7:30Pro TUESDAY, JULY 20 at Fire Sta- tion #1, 612 East Dekalb Street, Mt. Pulaski. Sandwiches for Scholarships Mt. Pulaski Women in lgum- ness Pork Chop Sandwich Sale is SATURDAY, JULY 24 from tl to 1 at Johnson's Food Center. Proceeds benefit Scholarships for Mt. Pulaski High School Stu: dents. Holmes Reunion The Chick and Loren Holmes families will be in charge of the 2010 reunion to be held at ! NOON SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 at EAST PARK pavilion in Mt. Pulaski. Please bring a dish to pass and -! table service. Chicken, ice cream and tea/lemonade will be pro- vided. City Landscape Waste Pickup AUGUST 2 The City of Mt. "Pulaski will remove landscape waste that has been placed within the area between the sidewalk and the edge of the street. If the weather is bad, we will pickup on the next day with good weather. To help us serve you better, we ask that that our residents please ] follow these guidelines:. Have your landscape waste ready for pickup by 7Am Monday, July 2. NEW RFQUIRIffiMEIIn'... All small debris, grass, leaves, etc. must be in bags. 1 Do not place any material in the street or on the sidewalks. Place all material within 6' of the edge of pavement. Do not remove entire trees from your private property and place them for City pick up. If you hire a contractor to remove your trees, have your con- tractor haul the material to the Sewage Treatment Plant and .place the material in the proper location. Questions?... contact City Hall at 792-3222. 175th Meetings Mt. Pulaski 175th Celebration meetings are the first and third Saturdays of each month at the Mr. Pulaski VFW Hall South Side of the Square. First Saturday meeting in August is AUGUST 7 atgAm. Third Saturday me~ting is AUGUST 21 at 9Am. Deadline Next issue of Times is in your mailbox August 3. Last day to have items in the office is July 30.