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FIRST EFFORT TO ORGANIZE LIBRARY PROVED FAILURE The first effort to organize a public library in Mt. Pulaski oc- curred in 1861, but the effort was not successful. Another effort was made Jan. 3, 1877, with more satisfactory results. At that time Dr. F. D. Cass was elected president and A. G. Jones, secretary. A. G. Jones, Will- iam Alien and W. P. Sawyer, were appointed a committee to draft by-laws and W. P. Sawyer and S. Linn Beidler to solicit subscrip- tions for stock. A charter was se- cured and a library established. This organization was quite suc- zessful for awhile but interest lagged. In 1896, however, the ladies Mt. Pulaski organized a Woman&apos;s Library Club and through efforts the library has been re- established on a permanent basis, which augurs great success for the future. The library, in 1910,1 was located in the upper room of the old court house building and contained about 1,400 volum-i es, under the direction of Mrs. Mae O'Connor as librarian. The library board then was constituted as follows: Mrs. Maude Huck; Secretary, Maude Stafford; Treasurer, Mrs. Mary Screggin; member of the board, Mrs. Clara Gordon, MrL Minnie Mueller, Mrs. Annette Aitchison and Mrs. Mary Fryer. IIldRDWKILE STORE on south side of square about 1885 is now occupied by Connolley Drug Store. The first owner was George Washington Snyder, then J. J. Snyder, Snyder & Harper, J. POST OFFICE MOVES TO BERTONI BUILDING (Jcm. 30, 1936) Ever since the State of Illinois took over the old Logan county courthouse in the Mount Pulaski Public square to restore the build- ing as it was to make an Abra- ham Lincoln Shrine, the citizens have been wondering just where they would have to go to get their mail. Last Friday morning word was received by Postmaster Walter Wacaser from the de- partment in Washington, that the Bertoni Room on the northwest corner of the public square, had 0sen accepted. ---Dreamland Theatre, in 1914, gave a beautiful auto tandem to the lucky boy or girl. Our holiday wish #or you is that the Christmas season finds you looking and feeling the picture of health and happiness. Mount PuJmki Products J. Snyder, Snyder & B. E. Oglesby, Mueller & Mayer. James Snyder is wearing a white shirt. Bill Tutwiler is at left. 7 . .,.,d?#' ere's Christmas ,.,#/, l,(pn cheer to all our friends .///# d patrons %Ve thank you for 'i your loyalty and good will, and we hope your holidays will be a time of high happiness, deep contentment, gifts galore! MOORE'S DINER 7? ere's a happy, hearty wish Ior your Christmas cheer! And here's a hope that you may have joy now and in the coming year. To you we send the season's best, and may you all be greatly blessed with friends and fellowship galore, and with good tlu'ngs by the score. ! )+ Hilltop Electric THOMAS GUPTON, JR. 'hat very special time o' year is here aaain, to all our riencls and >atrons--we want to say: may Santa shower you with everythin your earts desire. FRED HOLMES GARAGE i i " a i :::4 .= #:< :<,, ..... .... I i'egS, a tJ*gg dl i t : ;4!:!:: 4. " i I ['/v I" 00ll00tte'"