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LUlie Mae (Jackson) Duncan sent in the above photo. Walter Hagenbuch sent her the photo. Lille wrote that she believed it was taken when they were in 2 "d grade. Their teacher was Mrs. Florence Pinney. They were in a May Pole ceremony at the end of the 1930 school year. Lille would like to have some help on identification of the queen. LiUie celebrated her 88 h birthday June 20. Her parents were Ima & Archie Jackson. She was the oldest of six children and the only one still living. Looking Back .By Mike Lakin Summer of 1941 - It's always interesting to come across bits that are just plain fascinating.., like these three. David Davis, grandson of Judge David Davis was a visitor to the Courthouse. Later, Mary Smart Todd visited. She was the grandson of John Smart - a lawyer that traveled this circuit with Lincoln and tried cases with Lincoln - and others - during the courthouse years. The article mentioned that Todd spent a few hours talking with Larry Montgomery about the stories her father told her of his visits to Mt. Pulaski. Doesn't appear there's a written record of the stories. Clarence Vandevender visited the Courthouse and related he was born the night Lincoln was assassinated and he went to school in the Courthouse. Photo (right) was taken that summer long ago. A weed fire was put out by L the fire department. What * caught my eye was that  you could just make out the truck. It was the 1917 fire truck that responded to the call. The question was raised recently and by chance I found this item- Vine Street was the first paved street in Mt. Pulaski in 1930-1931. The special assessment for the street was paid off in 1941. The Augest 6, 2011 homeowners along Vine were assessed for the work and the cost was added to their real estate taxes for ten-years. And for the Holmes family - the first Holmes reunion was held in 1924. But you guys probably know that. Summer of 1951 - Margaret Garrison died at the age of 85. Born in Mt. Pulaski in 1866, her family migrated to Oregon from Latham, traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail Her family returned to Latham after a few years. They traveled by steamship from Portland - around South America - to New York City. They leased two passenger cars and returned to Latham. Rothwell Lumber Co. was stocking Flexed Bomb Glass to protect occupants from an atom bomb attack. The first order was sold out and a second order was placed and expected soon. Mt. Pulaski Muldoon Library building was nearing completion. The library was made possible by a bequest of $35,000 from the late Lorah Z. Lipp. The $35,000 bequest equals $294,000 in today's dollars. Summer of 1961 - MPTHS had an enrollment of 210 students. Six buses were to be used to transport students to the high school and grade school. To furnish the rapidly completing Muldoon Library, members of the Mt. Pulaski Library Club went door to door asking for donations. Summer of 1971 - Over 250 children took part in the Park District's summer programs. Debra May was the Logan County Fair Queen. Florence Stoll made it the State Fair Bake-Off. Her date nut bars scored 88 out of 100 possible points. Dean Peddicord announced the Lions Club Ham & Bean Supper would see a price increase. Adults would be $1.50 and children would pay $1 per serving. Mt. Pulaski Times "Alumni" The Alumni reunion was held in the big tent that was air-conditioned. There were over 400 present on Friday night. Each person was pre- sented with a nametag. They had to find the table with the year they graduated. Each table was decorated with the school colors. There were a lot of "ahs" and "ohs" as friends found one another. Some had really changed. The delicious meal was catered and enjoyed. The Fl earliest class was first served, orenee's then the next one, etc. It was a fun time for all to talk about old times and catch up on Gr everything that's happened net since then. On the Lighter Side- An old man went to his doctor complaining of aches and pains all over his body. After a thorough exam, the doctor gave him a clean bill of health. "You're in excellent shape for an 85 year-old man," he said; "But I am afraid I can't make you any younger." "Who asked you to make me younger? You just make sure I get older." Food for Thought - 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. M. Tait'$ Different people may say it different ways, but it seems they are talking about the same thing. Alexander Tyler said, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of gov- ernment. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury". Jus' Thinkin' Thomas Jefferson said "The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Then there was an article written by a Mr. Bovard, in which he quoted H.L.Mencken. He said "the New Deal divided America into "those who work for a living and those who vote for a living." The more people who become government dependents, the more likely that democracy will become a conspiracy against self-reliance." Are we aware of how much freedom we have lost, to be self-reliant or of how conditioned we are to think we can't do things for ourselves, or shouldn't have to? Are we honest with ourselves about the ways we may have become dependent, and may not even realize it? Do we desire to see what we can accomplish, to see what we can achieve, not just what we can accumulate, but to realize the potential with which each individual has been uniquely created? Was this what the American Dream was meant to be, freedom to pursue our best efforts, fueled by hopes and dreams? Should anyone, reasonably, limit us in what we can achieve, or should they feel they can lay claim to what we have achieved or acquired by just and honest work and effort? The words of these different men, carry honest wisdom, is what I was jus' thinkin' Did You Know - Neptune has made it's first complete orbit around the sun since being discovered 165 years ago. 15