MOUNT PULASKI — The Rev. Barbara Stroud-Borth
was quite charmed with the banks
designed to resemble Postville
Courthouse that were distributed as
souvenirs during the city of Lincoln’s
2003 Sesquicentennial celebration. Those
cardboard banks came to mind when
Stroud-Borth and fellow planner Jean
Martin began looking for a souvenir for
Mount Pulaski’s Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial celebration and the
community’s 175th anniversary, which
will take place in 2011.
The Postville banks were produced by
Weyerhaeuser in Lincoln. Stroud-Borth
contacted plant manager Ed Riehl to see
if a similar likeness of the Mount
Pulaski Courthouse could be produced.
Mount Pulaski Courthouse, located on
the town square, is one of the few
remaining original courthouses where
Abraham Lincoln practiced law when he
rode the Old 8th Judicial Circuit.
Since Kelly Robinson, who designed
the Postville bank, has retired, Reihl
contacted Weyerhaeuser designer Aaron
Kodesh at the company’s Belleville
“I told him if he had the time and
interest, I would be supportive to
buying the printing plate and cutting
die and the corrugated (cardboard) to
produce it,” Reihl said.
Kodesh designed the piece using a
number of photographs of the building
taken by Phil Bertoni of Mount Pulski. A
mock-up was made for Stroud-Borth, who
approved the project.
With a red exterior and a white roof,
the cardboard replica features the
courthouse’s six distinctive chimneys.
On one side of the roof is printed “Mt.
Pulaski Courthouse Served Logan County &
8th Judicial Circuit 1848-1855. Mt.
Pulaski, IL 175th Anniversary
Scott Hayes, a Weyerhaeuser
production supervisor who lives in Mount
Pulaski, delivered the printed sheets to
the courthouse Thursday afternoon.
There, volunteers began punching the
pieces out of the cardboard sheets and
“It’s a little bit of an art,” said
Weyerhaeuser production superintendent
John Grimsley, “but once you’ve done one
Grimsley worked on the production end
of the project with Weyerhaeuser’s
general supervisor, Mike FitzHenry.
The project came together just in
time for Mount Pulaski’s Abraham Lincoln
The souvenirs will be distributed for
the first time Sunday, following the 2
p.m. re-enactment of the “1854 Cast Iron
Tombstone Trial” at the courthouse.
The souvenirs also will be available
at Mount Pulaski Courthouse between noon
and 4 p.m. Tuesday, during an open house
planned in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s