is a town of 1,700
people, quietly nestled in the southeastern part of Logan
of the richest farmland in the world.
In 1836, Mount
Pulaski was founded by
George Turley and Dr. Barton Robinson. It was named after
soldier of fortune, who gave his life in our Revolutionary
Turley's father, James, had fought in the Revolutionary War
and knew of General Pulaski and his exploits.
Founder George Turley who owned much of the land in and
around the proposed town of Mount Pulaski got to name it:
Pulaski (quickly changed to “Mount Pulaski”), in tribute to
Gen. Casimir Pulaski who probably saved his father in that
Brandywine Battle west of Philadelphia;
**General Casimir Pulaski had a submarine name after him in
and was made an
honorary citizen of the United States by President Obama
— Signed by the President
on Nov 6, 2009
... This resolution was enacted after being signed by
the President on November 6, 2009 ...
only eight such people have so been designated since 1776).
Pulaski is home to one of two original courthouses, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the
Circuit [1849 - 1854].
of the mid-1800's covered
counties & approximately 450 miles.
In October of 1900, President William McKinley, former
President Grover Cleveland, Vice President
Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller
were here for a large Republican Rally
of President McKinley. They stayed overnight at the Mt. Pulaski
House Hotel. 1200-1500 people attended the rally.
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 Pulaski
in the town of
Mount Pulaski, Illinois in 1894,
her parents were George and Catherine Vonderlieth. At age
12, Leonore relocated to
Los Angeles with her mother and
sister, where she finished high school and studied music.
Mills College, she began writing
songs, but dropped out to pursue a singing career. She then
stage name "Vaughn De Leath." Her
vocals ranged from
soprano to deep
contralto. De Leath adapted to the
emerging, less restrictive
jazz vocal style of the late 1910s
and early 1920s.
Some inventors, writers, artists, and publishers born, raised and
educated in Mt. Pulaski have made their mark in America -
(grand nephew of Mt. Pulaski tri-founder,
worked with Thomas A. Edison on the Edison "Talking Machine"
approximately 50 inventions, mostly related to the manufacture of phonograph
players and phonograph recorders. Over the years, his four principle jobs
were with: Bell Telephone Company, Bell Laboratories in Chicago, Thomas A.
Edison Company and Columbia Phonograph Company.Donald
Cameron Beidler (grandson of Jabez Capps) of
Beidler-Viken Studio, Manhasset, Long Island,
NY., was an inventor of photography equipment and photography procedures in the
first half of the 20th Century. Both Frank L. Capps and Donald C. Beidler, at
their request, had their ashes interred in our Mount Pulaski Cemetery.
Ryman, Jr., was a personal friend & right-hand artist with Walt Disney,
working on Disneyland, Disneyworld, & who did the major screen styling for David
Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Anna Karenina, Mutiny on the Bounty, etc. His
father, Dr. Herbert
Dickens Ryman, Sr., died on the WWI battlefield in France;
John Mier, Mount Pulaski’s oldest citizen and the last
surviving Civil War Veteran in all of Logan County died. Funeral services and
full military rites were conducted on the courthouse grounds attended by over
1910, there was the famous Wright Brother's
- Train Race, which started in Chicago
& went through Mount
Pulaski to Springfield. The airplane stopped for refueling and
water four blocks south of our town's square
amidst a gala welcoming. The winner's purse was $10,000, a mighty sum in
those days. [Click here for eye-witness account]
In 1936, our courthouse was established as an Illinois State Historical
Site. Now, visitors can see, feel, and wonder how it may have been
in the mid-1800's when Abraham Lincoln, David Davis, Stephen A. Douglas,
Thomas Herndon and others practiced law here.
In 1936, our basketball team finished
in the state finals - when there
were no divisions.
What a great way to celebrate our town's 100th year anniversary!
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