Music has played a large role in our town
from the late 1800's onward. Over the years, there were
many adult bands.* The high school bands brought back several
state sweepstakes trophies. The 1st lady of radio:
Vaughn DeLeath, was a Mount
in the town of
Mount Pulaski, Illinois
in 1894, her parents were George and
Catherine Vonderlieth. At age 12, Leonore relocated to
with her mother and sister, where she
finished high school and studied music. While at
she began writing songs, but
dropped out to pursue a singing career. She then adopted
"Vaughn De Leath." Her vocals ranged from
De Leath adapted to the
emerging, less restrictive
vocal style of the late 1910s and early 1920s.
Vaughn De Leath has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
*the influx of hundreds of immigrants into
the Mount Pulaski community from Germany in the mid to late
1800's helped spark this music tradition - they brought along
with them their brass instruments and talents for playing them.
Indeed, lawyer & politician Abraham Lincoln requested the Mount
Pulaski Brass Band for the John C. Fremont rally for President
in Atlanta, IL., in 1856. And, in 1869, the Mount Pulaski
Brass Band was present for the dedication of the Logan County
Civil War Monument on the courthouse lawn in nearby Lincoln, Il.