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Ldloon Ascension WaS Thrill For Old and Young I Old Settlers Day program, afternoon, provided a lot With its contests and a- ,TIER CITES DISASTER THATIII00I00; TO DISCOURAGE CITIZENS ..,..rit of Mount Pulas " P W T Tomlinson Center ageant as remen Impresmve. Event and a somewhat more ser- as Secretary of State F. Carpentier gave his commemorating Old Settlers Reunions before the turn of a got underway with a the Sil-Tennial Kitchen of Ceremonies, Kenneth presided as the contests of the fair sex were. Hutchinson of Pleas- Ill., took the the nail-driving contest her hammmer in style. Mrs. Os- was named cham- with her "Oswald, Come Here!" Stoll, who claims she before called a hog in took first prize in that were also awarded to: 8croggin, 92, being the Person present; Mrs. Moore of Puerto Rico, the farthest; Mr. and Allsopp with the larg- declared that Amer- more of the spirit and that has charact- residents of Mount Pul- the city's 125 the setbacks the city including the County Seat to a tornado in 1927, destroyed schools and establishments, and a explosion only three case, the people of whether" they settlers, whether here at the turn of the or whether they lived as three years themselves up, dusted off, and resumed resolutely forward," he "No stone or monument is needed to remember Clarence Tomlinson; the shadow he cast on his community, has memorial- ized him far more," Joseph W. Hobbs said as he delivered the dedication address for the Tom- linson Recreation Center, July 25. "This shadow has caused oth- ers to cast their shadow in var- ious ways in the community," he added, pointing out that Tom- linson's gift of 265 acres of fine farmland was the start of the Re- creation Center project. "Clarence Tomlinson was mod- est in his charitable work, and !the gifts he gave during his life- time would have been enough," Hobbs continued. But the dreams of this man who loved his fel- low man caused him to will his entire possessions for the benefit of the community." "One man's shadow, with the cooperation of others have made these buildings and grounds we dedicate today, poible." Hobhs, who came here from Havana, Ill, to deliver the talk, also remarked that the Sil-Ten- nial, when all eyes were turned ba6kard on the heritage of Mount Pulaski, made an ideal time to dedicate the Center which would mean so much to the future of the city. Following his talk there was an imt)ressive dedication service in which the audience took part, and the presentation of the don- or's plaque, a large bronze tablet on the wall of the skating rink. It gives recognition to Mr. Tom- linson, and to the other organiz- ations and persons whose gifts helped build and equip the Re- creation Center. The plaque was presented 'by Tomlinson Trustees Orville Downing and Ralph Blackburn to Park Commissioners Charles W. Hanslow and Edd Dittus. Souvenir medallions were pass- ed out to those present. They bore the inscription: "Clarence Tomlinson Youth Day, Mr. Pulas- on page 30) ki, Ill., Sil-Tennial, 1836-1961." N WAS ALMOST GENTLEMAN" raost part, the weather- nicely with the he did choose to blast of hot, humid air days, the rain during the cele- scheduled perfectly g up any of the "miracle of the rains" first Saturday of the When a heavy rain the old car parade were completed, then time for the evening start on time. A see- that evening came as dance was about to day, threatening the Vesper Services inside, but it cleared [he procession to the services were held in Deflect weather greet- that thronged into barbecue and open- )erformance Wednes- ly for the grand ball in the even- ing, providing a star-lit ending to the largest celebration Mount Pulaski has ever known. Are Lincoln Grmxt Champi Harry Hahn took "best of show" when Mount Pulaski's Brothers. of the Brush had their beards judged Saturday night. He not only was winner in the Abraham Lincoln-type class, but also was' named Grand Champion of all entered. Incidentally, he played the part of Abraham Lin- coln in the pageant. Other winners were: Robert Guise, most original; Loren Holm- es, handle bar mustache; Bill Boughton, Van Dyke; Dalen Shell- hammer, muttonchops; Donald Snyder, sideburns; Mervin Bryson, full beard; Albert Grathwohl, goatee; Herloph Sather, mustache. Tony Wachter's half clean shaven, haif-beared face, won the oddest beard title. Hahn received a $20 award and a trophy. Each of the other win- ners received a $5.00 prize. 3700 VIEWERS HAD HIGHEST PRAISE FOR COLORFUL EVENT Columnists Give Glowing Accounts Of Fine Pageant "The Spirit of Mt. Pulaski," Sil-Tennial pageant, rates an "A-OK". This demonstration of ll-out community cooperation, staged under a bright-shining aoon Wednesday evening, won enthusiastic applause from a big first-nighter crowd. It is to be repeated Thursday (this) and Friday evenings at 8:45 o'clock. It is a credit to Mrs. Phyllis Edwards, school dramatic teach- er, that the historical show mov- ed without a hitch. She is the director. Gene Clear, who author- ed the dramatic spectacle, comes in for credit, too, in tucking all the historical highlights of the 125-year old Logan town into one presentation. Their efforts of course would be in vain were it not for the cast of more than 300 -- con- sisting of young and elderly. In appreciation of the efforts of Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Wilbur Stoll, casting director, they were pre- sented bouquets after the clos- ing scene. Modestly they pass on credit to the many others who had a busy hand in the pageant. Abe Role Impomt The influence of Abe Lincoln, heavily impressed in the Logaff area, is noted ably in the per. trayal by Harry Hahn. His "stump speech," his every remark are listened to with respect and rev- erence. The spectacle, says the program, "is given as a tribute to those who have helped not only to fashion our community into what it is today, but brought it into the national spotlight." The serious incidents and the good times of past days, por- trayed on the roomy stage, at the Tomllnson Recreation Center are made to "live" by the excelilent narration of Dale Volle. The Sil- Tennial pageant chorus, directed by Mrs. Helen Hoblit of Atlanta, and accompanied (piano) by Dan McNabb, adds feeling to the scenes. The singers represent vari- otis Mr. Pulaski organizations, all of which are pitching to make the celebratiofl click. Theme song is "Hail M t. Pulaski, Our Prairie Town". Playing a part in making the show pleasing are lighting, sound, scenes, costumes, staging, dances, and staging. Indla Make "Bow' Opening scene depicts the Kick- apoo Indian chieftains who under duress give up their rights and titles to land in the Salt Creek valley and Sangamon River areas to the encroaching whites. High. light is the "eagle dance" of Ben Forsythe, who served at U. of I. football games as Chief Illiniek and whose brother, John, sets the tempo with Indian drums. The Forsythes are from Olney, Ill. Founding of Mt. Pulaski was "hatched" in a Springfield stere, scene two shows, Jabez Capps (Gene Downing), George W." Tur- ley (Frank Turley) and Barton Robinson (Bill Dittus) came to i the Hilltop town and judged the location ideal. Then come pioneer entertainment are introduced. Abe Lincoln starts making cir- cuit court visits in the town which in 1848 became the county seat. The memorable Fourth of July celebration of 1900 is restaged. The Civil War comes along with a terrific impact, also remember- ed are contributions in the days of World Wars I and II. on -viaj mu- Remembered are those who have made major contributions for the recreation center (Clarence Tomlinson), the American Legion Home (Everett Jarvis), and the library (Lorah Lipp). The fire de- partment which won three con- secutive state championships re- lives its days of glory. Mt. Pulaski was once know as "Vinegar Hill," being the last Central Illinois town to go dry in the "mating twenties". This happy mood is portrayed in the fast Charleston by the "dance girls". Those who have made headlin- es for the Logan town are re- membered in the closing scene. The list -- Vaughn De Loath, "first lady of radio"; Frank Capps, inventor who worked with Edi- son; and Miss Eileen Stopher, who ruled as "Wheatheart of the : New York World's Fair" in 1939. The massed finale brings the review of yesteryear to an im- pressive close. --Kenneth Goodrich, Editor Lincoln Daily Courier. Springfield Columnist Rates It "Breath-TaMng" George Depew, of Springfield, writing in the Illinois State Reg- ister, Springfield, Thursday, July 27, had the following to say about the Pageant production during three nights of the Sil-Tennial celebration: " * "The Spirit of Mount Pulaski", the town's Sil-Tennial Pageant, exploded in a kaleidoscope of breath-taking color, music, song and dance before an estimated crowd of 800 first-nighters Wed- nesday, July 26, at the Tomlin- son Recreation Center. The pageant, with a cast of more than 350, recounted the his- tory of the small Logan county town from the time the Kickapoo Indians had the fertile area until the present day. But the direct- ors of the production wisely sandwiched in the history lesson between so much "genuine enter- tainment that you didn't have to be a Mount Pulaski fan to thor- oughly enjoy the production. Mount Pulaski's amateur eft- ort holds its own well with two other Illinois Pageants this re- viewer has seen: "Abe Lincoln In Illinois," at New Salem State Park near Petersburg, and Nauvoo's annual presentation of the "Wed- ding of the Wine and Cheese". The hour and a half long, op- en air pageant will be staged a- gain Thursday and Friday," be- ginning at 8:45 p.m. Top entertainment blossoms from the Kickapoo Indian dances in the first sne. Fpecially mov- ing was the dance of the flying bird. The action then moves to Springfield where the founders of Mount Pulaski met at Jabez Parade Biggest And Best Ever Staged Here : Mount Pulaski's Parade was billed as the ever in this city, long-known its fine parades.  : The crowds that gathered Sat, urday afternoon were not disappointed. Not only the longest parade to circle our city square, it also offered a greal variety of entries that were tain to please the viewers. There were many, many float$,: each one representing hours labor in preparation, and each depicting an important phase the history of present-day life Mount Pulaski. Many of the Tennial Ladies rode the of their sponsoring while others appeared in in open cars. There were bands and units. The Mount Pulaski ship High School Band was first to appear in the ers included: The Senior ation Band from Peoria, the coin State School and Band, the State School and ony Drum and Bugle Corps, the Oriental Band from Shrine Temple in Sil-Tennial Kitchen Band from their float. Sil-Tennial Queen Linda and her court of queen contest. ants provided a note of beaut'] : and charm as they rode in open: cars. Comedy was not lacking The Clown Band. good once they settled down - kept ! reviewing stand crowd in as they tried to get enough to march down street. Another big was the Fire Deartment's Sales" entry. It seemed to on fire at the most moments, forcing its Harry Van Hook, to flee, our firefighter doused A trick car loaded with came all the way from Once in the parade it difficult to control, most to the point of and rearing up on to spin around: There were clowns from the area to with their odd get-ups and and the Lions Club were the final entry in the ado with their shovels brooms. The horses and their from the Riding Clubs big attraction. There were over 150 the parade which took o-,r; hour and a half to pass viewing stand. The were filled to capacity throngs crowded the curb the entire Ilne of march. After the parade, the Band and the ClOwn gave a short program and i Drill Team from the Ansar Temple in Springfield, ed with an exhibition of cate marching. The Peoria Senior Band placed first in the contest with the IAncoin School and Colony Band, tIarold Mann, chairman,  feel well rdwarded for his Thursday night a after the crowds Pageant performance. night, there was in the distance, i drop of water fell: outdoor spectacle. some clouds in the Parade formed Sat- but the only was that which the participants in the 90-plus-cle- skies cleared nice- Lucky guy! HAIRY MA, SB., RETIRES AFTER 32 YEARS SERV2CE Harry S. Martin, Sr., who has been ASC office manager at Lin- coln, the past 32 years, retired on Monday of this week. A big fare- well party was held for him last week and many words of praise came from his superiors. He is starting out on his retirement in great fashion, a month's sojourn to the wilds of Canada to corn- mtme with the fish population. families and soon business starts springing up. Homely forms of (Continued an page 30) ous efforts. VOL. 59 THURSDAY, AUGUST 3. 1961 i i i i ,i i i