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2 - CHRISTMAS Times December 21, 2010 Approximately 100 years ago - Flooded salt Creek at Downing's Cabin-Arie Deibert sitting on post - L-R: Bob Buckles, Harry Downing, Arie's Dad - Thomas Deibert, last two men - unknown. 70 Years Ago - 1940 State Senator Nicholas Hubbard announced his candidacy for the Illinois Senate as a Democrat. Sen. Hubbard was a Mt. Pulaski grain dealer. There was one motor vehicle for every five persons in Logan County. MPGS had 14-student crossing guards to help young students cross Vine Street. The high school started free bus ser- vice for students for the school term 1940 - 1941. The original 1913 boiler at the high school was replaced. "Uncle" Johnny Mier died Aug. 1, 1940. He was the last surviving Civil War veteran of Logan County. 2,000 people attended the funeral. He had been born in a log cabin west of Mt. Pulaski. He was honorable discharged from service on Aug. 3, 1865. He received full military honors at his funeral held on north side of the city square. A horse drawn caisson Paul Ross; Robert Ouiso; and Jess -carried his remains to the Mt. Pulaski Howe - all of Mt. Pulaski joined the Cemetery. Civilian 'Conservation Corp for a 6- month enrollment period. Schaffenacker's Community Garage was selling 1940 Dodge Sedans for $815. The Muldoon Bridge over Lake  Fork Creek was being replaced on Route 1 South of Mt. Pulaski. Mt. Pulaski Motor Sales were selling 1940 Chevrolets with "Royal Clipper Styling" for $659. "Uncle" Johnny Mier celebrated his 99 th birthday Feb. 13. He was born in 1841. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison. After his release he returned to Mt. Pulaski. Herman Hahn obtained the first fish- ing. license for 1940 from City Clerk Charles Schmitz. John McCue of Elkhart fractured his right arm while cranking his car. The Illinois Central Railroad spon- sored a 'iSoybean Special" train to shoe area farmers the value producing better quality soybeans. The IC Railroad started construction of a $30,000 locomotive coaling station at the west end of Cooke Street. The capacity was expected to be 75-tons. A calf was born on the Sam Sparks farm that had eight legs. The Mr. Pulaski Courthouse was given a desk that was made in 1833 out of native walnut, gown locally. It was from the estate of Samuel Moultron of Sulli- van. Lincoln had on occasion, used the desk when he visited Sullivan for court cases. The IC railroad brought one of the new covered hopper cars to display at Mt. Pulaski. They were expected to be used to transport grain. The City Council was discussing 'pass- ing an ordinance to fine citizens for fol- lowing fire trucks when on fire calls. A recent call-out had over fifty cars racing after the fire truck. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Scully of Lincoln started construction of a $60,000 home northwest of Lincoln. 100 tracklayers began installing 112- pound steel railroad rails. For the IC Railroad through Mt. Pulaski. Forty- bunk cars were dropped off in Mt. Pulaski for the workers. Dr. Ma(garet Lushbaugh opened her office Chiropodist office in Mt. Pulaski. County barbers were raising the price of a haircut to 30-Cents. Jabez M. Capps celebrated his 95 'h- birthday. Born in Mt. Pulaski, he was a retired Springfield merchant and San- gamon County veteran of the Civil War. He went to war at the age of I6. Chasing fire trucks became a city ordi- nance violation. Fines were set at $2 for each violation. A scrap drive to help the "free coun- tries of Europe" was held. Cowboy Star Tom ix wasat the Mt. Pulaski Theater in person Aug. 27, 1940. The Mt. Pulaski Courthouse was aver- aging 100-visitors a week. Robert Archer, descendant of Dr. Barton Robinson, visited Mt. Pulaski. It was decided to put a roof on the city water tower to keep the squirrels out. The cast iron water tower was erected 'in i895:96. 2,894 Logan County men registered for the selective service in event the U.S. is drawn into Europe's war. Four Military Draft Boards were estab- lished in Mt. Pulaski Township. Starting Nov. 1, 1940 The Farmers bank, First National Bank, Bank of Chesmut, and Bank of Cornland started closing at 3 p.m. instead of 4 p;m. The Hathorn Grocery & Dry Goods Store held an annual sale and over 1,000 people visit the store. Eli Laramee of Mt. Pulaski held the second number drawn in the military conscription lottery at Washington D.C. William Capps of Mt. Pulaski cel- ebrated his 94h-birthday Nov. 12, 1940. He was the oldest Mt. Pulaski citizen to have personally known Abraham Lin- coln. Starting Nov. 1, 1940 The Farmers Bank, First National Bank, Bank of Chestnut, and Bank of Cornland started closing at 3 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. The Blackhawk Bus Company started service to and from Mt. Pulaski con- necting to all Central Illinois cities. Four buses a day served Mt. Pulaski. Over some local protests, the Mt. Pulaski Theatre started showing movies on Sundays. Robert Christensen earned the Star Scout ranking. Dr. E. H. Cox and Leigh Lucas shot 50-pheasants on a Sat. afternoon. Do you remember? April 10, 1986 part of Mt. Pulaski history was "put o rest" when the buckeye tree on the south side of the grade school was cut down. Mrs. Edna Buckles remembered the tree from when she was a student in 1907. The inside of the tree was rotted and the rings were very hard to count... Four or five generations of students, every fall, delighted in gathering buck- eyes for good luck. If you weren't lucky enough to find some on the ground you would throw sticks, balls, or whatever you were car- rying at the time, up into the limbs to knock them down. The buckeyes were very useful as counters for math, science study, craft projects, and to cure arthritis if you carried one in your pocket. They were also good to disrupt class if you rolled them down the aisle: Of course, you had to "pay the conse- quences." Two former students Bob Aylesworth and Sue Beaver and second grade teacher Carolyn Buckles are shown by the tree before Bill Duhs and his crew cut it down after school. Taken in 1940, Mt. Pulaski residents were enjoying a recent snowfall in town. In 1913, the Internal Revenue Service tax rate on personal income taxes was 1% of ncome after deducting an exemp- tion of $2,500 for a sngle person and an exemption of $3,333.33 for a married couple. i In today's dollars, the personal exemp- tion of $2,500 for a single person in 1913 would equal a personal exemption of $55,900 in 2010. In today's dollars, the personal exemp- tion of $3,333.33 for a married couple in 1913 would equal a personal exemption of $74,500 in 2010. 100 Years Ago - 1910 E. C. Belcher of Cornland opened a harness and shoe repair shop. The Christmas program at St: Thomas Aquinas Church included a five-piece orchestra composed of Floyd Holler, George Zimmermann, Homer Frisch, Frank Fiegenschuh, and Mrs. Lorah Lipp. Mr. & Mrs. Henry Vonderlieth and son Adolph of New York City, spent Christmas in Mt. Pulaski with his par- ents, Mr. & Mrs. Adolph Vonderlieth, corner of Belmont & MOrgan Streets. Henry Vonderlieth was general circula- tion manager of Toda)/'s Magazine in New York City. An Illinois Central brakeman was severely injured; requiting his arm to be amputated by Dr. GS. Connelly. Surgery was performed in the baggage room of the Mt. Pulaski Depot. On the occasion of our Saviour's birth, We join you in praying for peace on earth; And send this message of goodwill your way, As together we celebrate Christmas Day. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Staff, Officers, and Directors THE