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II 7 - Mt. Pulaski Times December 7, 2010 Maxheimer Reunion 2010 Brothers and sisters and their that adds a humorous item to bring families, all descendants of Walter back for the next year for a new and Martha Michael Maxheimer,owner to take home and keep the gathered another year at Craig and fur lined pot tradition going. This Teresa Strampp's on October 2, year's new owner of the fur-lined 2010 for the annual family wiener roast reunion and hayrack ride. It was: another outstanding reunion with 101 attending even after a day of WINDY weather. -What isa reunion without food? Albng with provided hotd0gs and chili many dishes of all kinds were brought topass by family members. Due ~to windy weather conditions chili and hot chocolate were big hits. You will never go home hungry from a Maxheimer reunion (If you do it's your own fault). Every year the family enjoys the homemade ice cream brought by Don and Janet Maxheimer. The f avors for this year were pumpkio pie, chocolate, lemon, vanilla and Reese's peanut butter cup. Justin Matheny made a "Maxheimer Wiener Roast Reunion" banner that welcomed all the family to the farm. This will be a great addition to the years to come. As the Maxheimer family grows it's hard to know who belongs to whom. Again this year Laura (Maxheimer) Davidson made nam- etags for all in attendance. After last year's discussion on starting a family tree book, Laura -(Maxheimer), Davidson volunteered to take on that VERY big project of gather- ing family'tree information from all the Maxheimer families. She put the information into a program and published a Walter and Martha Maxheimer Family Tree book. For the past several years we have passed, from family to family, a pot that Teresa picked up at a garage sale at Lourine Howe's. Lourine won this through the years she sold Stanley products. It's just not your ordinary pot, it's a pot lined with fur. We took the pot and put it in a gift sack and every year the sack has been sent home with a new owner In attendance from Latham: DJ and Lindsey Maxheimer. In attendance from Elkhart: Linda Ryan and Tom Miller. In attendance from Middletown: pot is Anna Schweinberg (Earl Troy and Jenny Sanderfield. Maxheimer family) p'assed over In attendance from Petersburg: from the Lourine (Maxheimer) Evelyn Stengel Dave and Randa Howe family. At dusk we had a special memo- rial for the loved ones that have passed away this year and in previ- ous, years. We had one smiley bal- loon in memory of Pat O'Brien who passed away this yeor. Then a l~ou- quet of balloons was let off in honor of family that has passed away in previous years. A big Thank You to Craig Strampp for all the work he does getting ready, for the Maxheimer's. Craig and Teresa look forward to hosting the Maxheimer reunion every year. They enjoy the time with the family they have been blessed with and hope everyone had fun and enjoyed visiting. Again next year we will celebrate the reunion on the first Saturday in October 2011. In attendance from Lincoln: Craig and Teresa Strampp and son Tanner, Trover Matheny and friends Char- lotto, Colby, and Brittany, Jim and Laura Davidson, All Swofford and daughter Sophia, Lynne Davidson, Norman and Judith Maxheimer, Shirley Brittin, Jason Maxheimer and children Jessa, Kevin and Tris- ten and friend Anna. Los and Tessa Schumm and children Wyatt and Amy. In attendance from Mt. Pulaski: Earl and Dolores Maxheimer, Lyle and Marilyn Howe, Chad and Shelly Maxheimer and children Briar and Kep, Don and Janet Maxheimer, Doug and Angle Maxheimer and daughter Jessica, and Jerry and Joyce Maxheimer. In attendance from Chestnut: Dale and Betty Maxheimer, Mike and Suzie Maxheimer. Thomas, Joe and Vicki Thurman. In attendance from Springfield: Amy Thomas. In attendance from Normal: Justin Matheny, Megan Prather, Russell and Wendy LeCompte and children Caleb, COnnor, Caelyn, and Colton, Larry and Maureen Lyons. In attendance from Maroa!'Julie Wubben and Nick Stone a.nd daugh- ter Mariah Stone. In attendance from Decatur: Patricia (Bootsie) Zilz. and grand- daughters Gabby and Hannah, Martha Hartung, Kevin and Carol O'Brien. In attendance from Taylorville: Judy Jacobs, Doug and Rachelle Maxheimer and Son Keegan. In attendance from Pawne~ Lance and Amy Bradbury and chil- dren Alden, Amber, and Cassio. In attendance from Bolingbrook: Anna O'Brien In attendance from Peoria: Anna Schweinberg. In attendance from Washing- ton: Mariann Maxheimer, Dianne Maxheimer. Sue laHo0d and daugh- ter Annie. In attendance from E1 Paso: Mark and Connie Kumler. In attendance from Moweaqua: David and Jennifer Huckstep and 'children Megan, Sami and Sarah. In attendance from St. Louis: Erica Winkler and son Chase. n attendance from Aurora: Ryan and Emily Thomas. Community Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day, approximately ninety people joined together atChestnut Family Restaurant to enjoy a community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner hosted by Cesar & Rosa Andrade-Above Left. Cesar serving up Turkey, Ham~ and Goose -Above. Left - Jo & Ray Richner's great-granddaughter, Ava, on the left and Lupita Andrade, C~sar and Rosa's daughter. Their son, Juan, was fast asleep in the back. Submitted By & Photos By - Jo Richner The new Schahl Furieral Home was opened. Mt. Pulaski received $10,120 WPA grant for approved recreation. Today, that would equal $156,000. Fifty-eight blocks of Mt. Pulaski were paved in coh- cret~us~ga WpA grant. Mrs. Mae O'Connor retired as librarian for the Mt. Pulaski Library. She had served 40-years, starting, in June 1899, The Mt. Pulaski Library had over 5.000 books avail- able for circulation. The Mt. Pulaski City Council discussed buying snow skis for the Mt. Pulaski Fire Departmem to assist volun- teers in responding to calls in the snow. Mt. Pulaski Township High School graduated 40 students. Schafer's Hardware Store celebrated its 75th anni- versary. Over 1,200 people visited the store during the celebration. Military Military histories are needed for the. new Mt'i P ui'as 175th History Book They can be submitted to Sue Schaffenacker at 9 lampli#ater Circle, Mt. Pulaski, 62548 or left at the Salt Creek Attic, Mt. Pulaski City Clerk or Mt. Pulaski Library. It's important that our military people are recog- nized and remembered in the new 175th book. Deadline for new Mt, Pulaski 175th HistoryBook (Red Book) is December 3Y The deadline for submission of histo- Also, the Mt. Pulaski History Book For more information, call Sue ries and ordering of books at the early 1836-1986 can still be ordered until Schaffenacker at 792-5693 or Joyce bird price of $58.71 has been extended that time. Maxheimer at 792-5723. to December 31. FOR SALE - Carousel horses, great for Christmas, Mt. Pulask 871-2328 FOR SALE - Apt. size sofa, 70" long, used very litte (4 months) 792-5370 FOR SALE - 3-Br home, 423 W DeKalb St, 2-bath, very cute home, lots of new inside & out, 217-828-0909 "F-O~t'-SALE-" ---M;c'h;ii'n-T];es .225x44-R-17, 4 for $100, 217- 871-2328 .~ .~ Mattress/Furniture Overstock Clearance 30-60% Off Mattress setsstarting at ;100 Sofa's starting at $299 All brand new with full warranties Delivery Available Springfield 217-361-1357 TOTAL QUALITY MERCHANDISE FOR SALE - Used Fiat Screen Computer Monitor. Reasonable Mt. Pulask 971-9863 Quite a Day of History By Mike Lakin Little noticed today the Lincoln Memorial Marker on the SW corner of the courthouse proper was dedicated 80-years-ago come 201 I. In 1921, the marker was dedicated with a daylong celebration. The day com- menced with a parade of grade school students and their teachers led by the Mt. Pulaski Township High School Band. At the end of the parade, the band gave a concert; fol- lowed by the high school glee club singing "Illi- nois". The grade school students then performed marching drills. The marker was then unveiled by Mrs. S. Linn (Prudence) Beidler and J. R. Lobs. Mrs. Beidler was the first female child born in Mt. Pulaski, a daughter of one of its .founders, Jabez Capps. Mr. Lobs of Latham represented the Grand .Army of the Republic - Veterans of the Union Army. .After the unveiling, Henry Rathbone of Chi- cago gave a speech about President .Lincoln's last hours. Mr. RathbonCs father and mother were in the President's box at Ford's Theater the night of Lincoln's assassination, guests of the President. His father received a knife wound in the struggle with assas- sin John Wilkes Booth: Judge Lawrence B. Stringer of Lincoln followed Mr. Rathbone, giving a history of Logan County and the early days of the pioneers. FOR SALE - '96 Buick CentUry Edition, V-6, auto, 105,457- miles, front headlight damage, $1500 o/b/o, Mt. Pulaski .415- 6884 FOR SALE - 2-burial plots in Cadisle Cemetery, Lake Fork - Lot 78-east side $350 each, Phyllis Coates Anderson 775- 623-5080 FIREWOOD You pick up $75" Mon-Sat 9-4 behind Casey's in Mason City or delivered trailer load same as pickup or face cord $85. Craig 309-840-0166 or Wayne 737-6481 FOR SALE - Murray Riding Mower, 12.5 hp, 40". $350 o/b/o. Mt. Pulaski 412-6331 FOR SALE - Welder Pro-9635 dual towers, exercise mach $250, Mt. Pulaski 494-1102 ,'~ FOR RENT - 2 Bdrm Apt. wl ~ garage !gase :.references, 737- 175th Anniversary Calendars are on 5ale' 0347 or'~92-5313 2511 Mt. Pulaski 175th'Anni- exact locatmn;'thewmner'of'the of the Umt~tes Senate; ende~and then started ,up.oga~: ~J~ ~,~ "i~ BdPm ouse, w/small car garage new path versary Calendars are on Sale for 191.0 $10,000 race; who prevented what family found a piece of the for less than two years And~ .& florr~n,~ new naint mowinn $10. This is a fund-raiser for the General George Washington's tank-car shrapnel in the bottom oh, guess what town band per- snow01owin~ of~nve'indudea" MPTHS Museum and Genealogi- retreat from becoming a tragedy drawer of a chest of drawers in formed at the~RePublicar~y in [ range &rafrigTfurnished, ideal ~o~ cal Research Center. at the Battle of Brandywine an up-stairs bedroom; what local Atlanta's Unibii!~ in~;~bber [ 1 ~.~r~, non2smoking house, ,92 This Keepsake calendar is Creek; who became the Father families have their names in the of 1856, where Ab aham i iiepln ] " . tl by 17 inches, with the top of the United States Cavalry"; 1911-1914American Shire Horse gave an eloq ent addressA~a ~1 SER'V-ICES----~/l'-cieanau~e~, half displaying a picture of an what Lincolns great-grandson, .Stud BookofGrandChampions; port of Col. John.C.:Fren~'~.:[ rake ~eaves other fa~ cleanup " " " fi Pr i f Jr %" ~ Blaumy2;17"737-9479- ' important person, place or event Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwlth, when the name Phoemx was or the es dency o the U~);[ that has occurred since 1836. said about Harry Hahn; who made part of the Mount Pulaski States? '~'~'~"~ERVl~ES'~TiEonai';;;;;r owned a small hat shop in the Mount Pulaski House for many, years; what local jurist became a highly respected member of the United States Supreme Court and later President Pro Tempore assistance w/ activities of daily living, light housekeeping, laun- dry, meal planning & prepara- tion, transportation & errands, and companionship, Kada Gfiesheim, CNA, 871-0816 FOUND - WWll Veteran Black cap with two Service Ribbons and two buttons: 1 ) US Air Force 2) ILAm. Legion 2006, had been left at Mt. Pulaski United Meth- odist Church Hall for 'some time, call Phil Bertoni 792 5442 FREE - Will pick up unwanted mowers, chainsaws, snowplows for free, Mt. Pulaski 217-414- 2271 Leave message if no answer. FREE - 30 Egg Cartons 871- 6867 GIVEAWAY - Used HP Printer, FREE, Mt. Pulaski 971-9863 [-IELP WANTED - Bartender & cook, days and some nights, For interview 792-3335 WANTED - Buying junk cars & #7 ." Phoenix Fire Department; pic- Calbndars are on sale at:- tures and names of local men Creek Attic and Mt, Pul~ who were part of three commu- Township HiStorical. ;M,t~se~. nity bands from the late 1890's Or. call Darrell Kna~ (792 through the 1930's and when the 5985) or Phil Bertoni (792~.~,442). Mount Pulaski theater started, -' Mt. Pulaski 175th Anniversary Historical Sketches #15 in a Series trucks, FREE PICKUP, Cornland 415-0438 or 750-2576 By Phil Bertoni One lawyer describes the county seats as "small and primitive villages with unkempt courtrooms, where, ten months in the year, town boys played at marbles or rudimentary circus." The offices of the travelling circuit lawyers were on the sunny side of the courthouse during cooler weather and on the shady side during warmer weather, under a tree or in the-street -,wherever client purchased - that these rights merely covered the ornamental designs of the cradles. The case was appealed to the State Supreme Court. Fortunately, since this deci- sion was on appeal to the Illinois State Supreme Court, some of the lower-court papers were not in the disastrous 1857 fire (Logan County Courthouse in the city of Lincoln). Moreover, since some of these and attorney could talk. When the records of this Mt. Pulaski circuit county seats were large enough, of Mount Pulaski. The plaintiffs in court work had been removed to the local attorneys, nearly always very this cradle case were John & George State Capitol on appeal, more court young men, came there to live, Meyer and McCarty Hitdreth, all of documents had been generated. We and they. employed older riders of Mount Pulaski. This invention:was know, then, that "The higher [IUi- the circuit to conduct the litigation to be a mother's saving grace -, one nois] court held that Edmunds did they secured. These young country that would allow,her to do house- not patent a principle for a self-rock, lawyers prepared the cases, and their hold duties while her baby would ing cradle; he had merely patented WANTED - Appliances, scrap experienced circuit-riding partners be comforted by the rocking cradle, a design for a cradle, the specifi- metal, farm machinery 750-2576 tried them." Other times, the riding The cradle had several weights and cations being for an 'ornamental :: circuit lawyer would just be dis- pulleys that were regulated with a aesign," in tne shape or conngura- the truces, ~', us,or, coin mounting when surrounded by one spring that was to be wound daily. " was relemea on the onnl- tlon or norolog~cat crames, ano or = '~ versory ,or me ~ettysourg or more prospective Clients requir- .Minnie Mayerof Mt. Pulaski relates ornamental designs to be worked I~i thereon. Thus, Lincolns rectory m I : : , ing his.!services. Usually, Lincoln that her grandfather, Edmond, made, . ~aress. met with this type of arrangement, the cradle in his shop in Mt. Pulaskithe Horological" Case in" the Logan ~ ,onto prison rules cou~a "Thus, quick and accurate thinking and " around the top edge, Grand ~ounty L:Ircuit L:ourt ot Mt. l-'uiasra,". . . ',~m~r. inmates rest woras and exact knowledge were neces- father carved various horologicalm was reversea ny tne,mgner oeroreexecution.i , sary." designs, thus giving it its name: After court. As Mrs. Minnie Mayer con' ML Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is'.publishad Semi:monthly (twenty- four times-issues) per year by ', Michael Lakin. i 311 S. Wa.shington St ;, Mt: Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Business and Editorial Offices: Accounting and Circulation Offices: Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St Mt:.Pulaski; 01Jnois 62548. r Call 217-792-5557 to subscribe. ' :" Periodical Postage is paid at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mr. Pulaski Times, C/O Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548 Office: 217-792-5557 times @ Each picture has a researched caption explaining it. This 2011 historical calendar reveals that a former Mount Pulaskian has a star on the "Hol- lywood Walk of Fame" and its The trials in the /Vlount Pulaski grandfather obtained a patent for it, cluded: "Grandfather returned the court in which Mr. Lincoln par- Mr. Hild.reth saw it and wanted to ticipated are mxt well known, as buy it, ~g it was a-perpetual most of the' records were lost in motion rocker. Grandfather sold a spectacular fire that destroyed the patent to Mr. Hildreth for one the Logan County Courthouse in hundred dol!0rs and some land west Lincoln, IL on the night of April "of town. When the cradle's spring 15, 1857. However, 'some records ran down, Mr Hildreth became dis- of his Mount Pulaski circuit court satisfied: v,;fth'the idea and wanted A horseshoe-pitching contest was held late in the afternoon. The day ended with a concert by Goodman's band of Decatur. - It would have been quite a day to have been able to hear these accounts. Times Photo work had been moved to the Capitol on appeal trials. Therefore, there is some information about Mr. Lin- coln arid his law partner, William Herndon, in regards to two notable trials that had been held in the Mount Pulaski Courthouse. One was the 1853 Horological ,Cradle Suit brought against the cradle maker: Alexander Edmonds his money back.V Lincoln took the case representing one hundred dollars, but he kept the land."l Perhaps, Mr. Edmunds felt some compunction to return something-- after all, he and all the plaintiffs were Mt. Pulaskians. [More on this Horological Cradle' court case can been read in the recent publication of Paul Beaver's Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois 1834-1860.] [sources: Sandburg, Green, Bev- erfdge, Stringer, Edmunds v. Hil- dreth et al and Edmunds v. Mayers & Mayers.- Illinois State Supreme Court Manuscripts, Paul Beaver: Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, IL. 1834-1860]. his client, Hildreth, and won, with Judge Davis in his decree stipulat- ing that "Edmunds should convey the $2,000 piece of land back to Hildreth". In court, it was discov- ered that the manufacture of the clock-spring driven cradles was not covered by the patent rights they had