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11 -4 in Memory James R.Jackson Served as alderman on Mt. Pulaski City Council. Served on Mt. Pulaski Township Park District Board Volunteer for Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Member of Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge and Ansar Shrine James R. Jackson (84) of Mt Pulaski passed away on August 31, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center. Jim was born March 2, 1933 in Kinmundy, the third child of Don C. and Wilma L. Gammon Jackson. He married Sarah K. Thorp in 1952. She preceded him in death in June 2014. Survivors include children: Alan (Judi) of Kalamazoo, MI; Linda Stanfield of Henderson, NV; Doug (Janet, deceased) of Philo; and Kathy Boward of Mt. Pulaski; grandchildren: Valerie Cooper (Alex) of Seattle, WA, Jaime Snyder (Rob) of Henderson, NE, Mathew Stan- field (Mary Jane) of Las Vegas, NV, Bryan Jackson (Lindsey) of Crofton, MD, and Hannah Boward of Mt. Pulaski; great- grandchildren: Owen and Esther Cooper, Chase and Gage Snyder, Kaiden Casper, Matchiko and Deone Stanfield, and twin Jackson great-granddanghters who are on the way; and sister, Shirley DeVault of Farmer City, survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William and Richard, and sister Mary Jane Jost. Jim attended schools in Clinton, graduating from high school in 1951. Jim's young family moved to Mt Pulaski in 1957. During his lifetime he worked for the lllinois Central Railroad as a signal maintainer, managed the Hilltop Bowl in Mt Pulaski, was an agent for Metropolitan Life, and retired as a custodian for Mt. Pulaski High School. He was a member of Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church. He served as alder- man on the Mt. Pulaski City Council, served on the Park District Board, and was a volunteer for the Mt Pulaski Court- house. He was a member of the Mt Pulaski Masonic Lodge and the Ansar Shrine. Life interests included fishing, bowl- ing, golfing, reading history, and following the Cardinals. He enjoyed taking care of the family pets. Funeral services were Saturday, September 9 at the Mt Pulaski Methodist Church, Pastor Zoila Marti ottidating. Burial was in Woodiawn Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials: Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church, Alzheimer's Association, Vonderlieth Living Center-Activi- ties Fund, or donor's choice. Mt Putaski Historicat Society Raffle Historical Society is holding a raffle for this l-gallon crock. The crock is hand thrown salt glaze pottery from Rowe Pottery and obtained through Salt Creek Attic. It is currently on display at the Mt. Pulaski Museum. Chances for the crock are $1 each or 6 for $5. They can be purchased at the museum Noon - 4Prn Thursday through Saturday.Contact any museum member or call Sue Schaffenacker at 792-5693. All proceeds will go to the maintaining the museum and keeping it open. in Memory Di n Shake Member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pulaski for 46 years Maris had her own accounting service where she kept books for many area construction businesses Maxis Dian Shake of Hen- derson NV, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away Septem- ber 6, 2017, at the age of 79. Maris was born January 17, 1938, in Altamont, the daugh- ter of Frederick Orville Kline Sr. and Naomi (HoUingsead) Kline. In 1959 she-married Donald Eugene Shake of Mor- risonville. He preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters: Kathy Burkey of Las Vegas, and Laurie Chuba of Hemdon, VA; sister Darlene Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; sister-in-law Joyce Shake of Morrisonville; and four grandchildren. Maris had her own accounting service where she kept books for many area construction businesses. She retired in 2002 to spend more time with her family. Maris was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pulaski for 46 years. She had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir. She also served on the board of trustees and was a book- keeper for the church. Maris loved to cook and bake for her grandchildren, almost as much as she loved to shop. She was famous for her made from scratch pie crusts and chicken and noodles. In 2014 she moved to Henderson, NV to be near her family. Her kindness, love, generosity, and sense of humor will live on in those who were blessed to love and know her. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. A memorial service will follow at a later date. Memorials: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Smile Train. LLCC Visit Opportunity October 9 Lincoln Land Com-force CareersCenter. munity College invites FAFSA assistance will high school students and also be available during the their parents, along with event. Visitors can view others interested in return- exhibits and speak with ing to school, to Campus LLCC representatives of Visit Day, Columbus Day, academic programs and Monday, Oct. 9 at LLCC student services. Those Springfield campus, 5250 unsure of what program Shepherd Road, vith area to study are invited to two sessions schedued, take a short career assess- 10-noon and 5-7Pm. ment. Interested prospec- Both morning and oze- tive students can even ning sessions feature ?re- apply for admission on site. sentations that inchde Refreshments are pro- hearing from current tu- vided and feature baked dents, learning how toget goods from LLCC Culinary started with the enrollre nt Arts. process and discoveing Registration for Campus how to pay for college In Visit Day is available at addition, tours are offced of Menard and Sanganon visit-day or by calling halls as well as the Work- 217.786.2577. Nearly 400 new species have been found in the Amazon. Two minor league teams played an entire game where they shared one bat. Voyager 1 is marking 40 years in space and still operating. By Scott Tate - Mt. Pulaski Alumni Remembering Freda McGee Back in the fall of 1966, my kindergarten who had also been days of simple freedom and unmercifully shocked out of running wild were greatly his childhood bliss and reverie. curtailed. One morning I was By coincidence Tom just so dressed to go out into public happened to be the son of Mrs. and unexpectedly escorted into McGee. Over fifty years later a brown brick building that until we're still friends and thus the then I had seen from the safety reason for my extended stop in of the family car. Low and behold Denver where my kindergarten I ended up in a classroom with compadre, Tom, resides. a bunch of four and five-year old Like many metropolitan cities, strangers who, like myself, was Denver is rich with ethnicities as shocked as I. We had become and their restaurants whose institutionalized and little did we variety and authenticity are know how many years of pulling endlessly superb. I digress after the plow we had before us. my earlier Michener tirade so Our warden was a kindly bears with me. Mexican, Cajun, kindergarten teacher by the Vietnamese, Czech, and Thai name of Mrs. McGee. Only were some of the samplings years later would we learn her enjoyed for local evening fare. first name of Freda. But she is Mr. McGee and I have been still quite reverently known and fortunate to have dined in the addressed by us as Mrs. McGee. host countries for these meals She taught us how to memorize and can say that the restaurants our home phone number and in Denver are holding true to address, simple arts and crafts their ethnic roots. It can't be and how to raise our hand in said enough that part of the fun class and politely wait our turn. of travel is the opportunity to She even let us take a nap every sample new food. So don't be shy dayl In short she picked up the about going to new restaurants reins where our parents left off and trying new food, especially and mavericked a herd of wild when in Denver. hon-yocks into proper children While in Denver, it was a who got along in a group and grand tour of enjoying the learned to follow the rules in a restaurants and catching up social environment. However, with my best friend of over there were those who didn't five decades. Then, on the cusp have the rod spared on them of departing Denver a winter and were improved for it. Many storm arrived. What luck to be generations of kids went through stuck with a friend amongst Mrs. McGee's program and she such choices of good fare and made the world a much better who could hold his own in the place. Imagine where we'd have kitchen. Tom was the ultimate been without her tutelage and host while I was given a welcome guidance in getting us started respite from hotels and road on the right foot. Perish the restaurants. All the while thought, we reminisced of our many Most of us who started adventures together and how far kindergarten together ended we'd traveled from our humble up seeing each other every beginnings. Yet we had never let day for the next 18 years, go of those lessons that started Friendships started on that day in a brown brick schoolhouse have remained with many of us that left indelible stamps, which through our lifetime. I happened carried us forward despite the to meet another little fella in challenges in our paths. Volunteers Have Passed Recently, two persons have passed who had once served as volun- teers at the Mt. Pulaski courthouse. They were Freda McGee and Jim Jackson. We are grateful for their service, to give their time as volun- teer guides. If you would like to give an afternoon a month, please call Barbara Stroud-Borth, 217-792-5126.