Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois on July 10, 1927 · Page 23
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DECATUR HERALD SUNDAYJULY 10, 1927 DECATUR HERALD 23 PASTIME PARK, NEAR KEMEY, OFFERS PICNIC ATTRACTIONS ON HISTORIC TRADING SITE Old Indian Post on. Banks of Salt Creek is Preserved in Natural State; is One of Many Picnic Grounds Within Driving Distance of Decatur This is the first of a aeries ef stories on a number of Central Illinois picnic grounds which ,re within easy driving distance from Decatur. These spots have a wealth of natural beauty and the fact that they are less- frequented adds to their attraction, jlanv, such as Pastime Park, de-jcribed below, have an added historical interest. Ed. note. There arc few spots in Central Illinois as old historically which have teen allowed to remain as nearly in jhe natural state as Tastim park, near Kenney. At one time the site 0 an Indian trading post and later the location tor one of the oldest mills in Illinois, Pastime park still offers t shady and secluded spot for Sunday picknickers, and is today so little islted that it is almost Ideal for those seeking comparative privacy on their holiday excursions. . Pastime park is situated on the banks of Salt creek about six and one half miles southwest of Clinton, aiid two and a half milea northeast of Kenney. Motorists from Decatur can take the hard road north to the dirt road leading to Bowell. follow that road west through Rowell to the Etoutenborough school, and thence traight north to Pastime park. There are a number of excellent oiled roads in the northwest part of the county for those who prefer to drive off of the hard road. CnmlH-m Are welcome Picknickers and campers are more than welcome. At present the park is the property of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott, who also own the adjoining farm. There are three cabins in the park, two of which are the property of the Elliotts, and the third the property of Alfie Reynolds of Clinton. The two Elliott cottages are occasionally rented to campers; while hen the park was in its heyday people came in large numbers and rayed in tents. Pastime park was founded in 1891 by '"Uncle Johnny" Morrison, owner of the mill at that point on Salt Creek. The spot had long been used ai a picnic, grounds and all of the annual Dewitt county Old Settlers' picnics have been held there. This year's Old Settlers' picnic will be the 40th annual celebration. At first the principal attractions were the boating and fishing on Salt Creek, which was dammed at that point for the mill. Then a dance platform large enough for four sets of square dancers (four to a set) was built and tiiis stood until 1919. In times when the park prospered it was possible for a steam launch to make tripi a mile upstream to Harding's pier and Sad Eye bluff. Remembers Early Days Mrs. Elliott, one of the owners, till remembers the days when Pastime park was the principal recreation center of Dewitt county. . "I remember coming here to a picnic once when the road was so full of teams and buggies that you couldn't get through. That waa in the days when there weren't any automobiles, and auch a large crowd was unusual." Balloon ascensions ana monster amp meetings were favorite forms of entertainment. "Aunt Sally" Morrison, wife of the rounder or the park, is still living In a little brick house just south of the ereek. Although she is 85 years old Ihe is exceptionally active. She told reporters for the Decatur papers at the Old Settlers' picnic in 1914 that the "would rather wear out than rust out," and apparently she Is holding to her convictions. Jlra. Marrison is said to be the most widely known woman in Dewitt county and has a reputation as in excellent cook, dating back to the Jays when her husband paid ,$36, then a fabulous sum. for a cookstove in St Louis. Most of her life has been pent in Central Illinois, and she remembers picking hazelnuts in the oods now known as Central park In Decatur. Favorite With Indians Pastime park was a favorite camping spot among the Indians and large numbers of arrowheads have oeen found along the banks of Salt creek there. That it is still a picnic nd camping grounds probably may be attributed to the fact that the railroad went through Kenney and not this particular point. in the Mrly days the trading post at Pastime park was a stop on the stage coach rond between Springfield and Bloomington and a post office bad been established there. The mill, which was both a sawmill and a flour mill, has disappeared In the last ten years. Only the mill-"ones. which are now the property " Attorney Lou Williams of Clinton remain and th;- are on display n the park. The P in has also gone out and has been allowed to wash way. The Elliotts have talked of oammlng the creek again but permission for a dam at this point has been refused by the state. Drinking water in the park is. furnished by two driven wells, and is aid by the Elliotts to be clear, cild id pure. One pump is inside the Pavillion and another outside. The Present dancing pavillion was ere-.-ted by the Elliotts, and has a solid maple . oancing floor. The pavillion wan erected during the war .period, and for a few years Pastime park dancs were the most popular in the county. The dance pavillion has not been Opened this year and has not been thoroughly cleaned since high -water rose to the railing around the dance floor. Interesting Relics Picknickers who are Interested in PIONEER AUNT SALLY MORRISON Aunt Sally Morrison, 85, still lives in a little brick house near Pastime park, which was founded by her husband In 1891. "Aunt Sally" is said to be the best known woman ih Dewitt county, and has a reputation as a famous cook. . She has many interesting mementos of pioneer days in Illinois when Pastime park was known principally as the location of johnny Morrison's mill. The mill stones from the old mill, now the property of Lou Williams of Clinton, are still on display in the park. , WESTFIELD COUPLE V WED IN CHARLESTON WESTFIELD, July 9. Miss Heal-tha Kuhn, age seventeen and Marvin TJpdegraff age twenty, -were married In Charleston Saturday. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kuhn living south of Westfield, and the groom is from Martinsville. Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Bennett were visitors in Indianapolis the first of the week. Miss Marian Berkley of Charleston, Miss Ruth Whitson, Miss Sara Francis Berkley and Miss Jessie Berkley passed Friday In Terre Haute. Miss Lois Field has been absent from school on account of illness the past week. Mr. and Mrs. John WeBright and son of Gary, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. WeBright of Grandvtew and Miss Ruth WeBright of Terre Haute, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John WeBright and family. Newman Missionary Society Holds Meeting Newman. July 9. The July meet ing of the Missionary society of First Christian church was held Wednesday afternoon in the church parlor witn an attendance of 40. The meet ing was opened by the president, Mrs. Delia Waltz. The devotional services were In charge of Miss Jen nie Turman. The topic "The Growth Is Knowl edge and the Grace of Glory," was very ably presented by Miss Madge Sutton. The program also included: Vocal solo. Miss Mary Bell Long; reading. Miss Ella Mae Craighead; piano solo. Miss Nora Shelton. The hostesses were Mrs. Charles Echerty, Mrs. Effie Burgetland, Mas. Lucre-tia Gregg. Miss Florence Rutherford of Chicago spent this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Rutherford. , Mrs. William Plowman of Camar-go Is passed the week-end with her daughter, Mrs. Alva Bradford. Mrs. Delmar Reed and daughter, Maurine have been visiting the last few days with relatives' in Detroit. HARMONY TUSCOLA CHAUTAUQUA WILL END MONDAY Miss Carrie Gouch formerly of Harris-town, now of Washington, D. C. was a visitor in the Howard Heft home recently. Howard Heft and family and Henry Hellman and family were entertained in the Ross Rail home last Sunday. Linn Rau and family drove to Shelby-vine last Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Isaac Hattle Kerwor.d. June Adun& ?Terb.rt Adams, Homer Trusner and Rev. Sylvester aenwro, Mrs. saniora ana benjamin at- tended the Sunday school convention In Decatur. Tuesday. Cards are out announcing the birth of a o&oy ooy jto Mr. and Mrs. tfeorere Johns ton of Galesburg. The boby baa been named George James Junior. The missionary ladles will go to the home of Mrs. W. R. Roberts on North Broadway. Decatur for their meeting on Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Ed Bressmer will be the leader. A great crowd is expected Tuesday to near tne Decatur college or music orchestra. 35 pieces under the leadership of Prof. li. J. Heinz, which . will ive a program In the Harmony church. Tho program will begin at 8 o'clock and continue , till 9 o clock. - relics of interest will be Interested in a few which have been saved by "Aunt Sally'' Morrison. She has two. badges which she has saved from the fourth annual old settlers' picnic in Pastime park In 1831, and the eighth in 1S35. Only those who were in De witt county in 1830, "the year of the big snow," were permitted to wear white badges with the label "Snow Bird," and her badges are white. As far as is known there are now no "Snow Birds" alive in the county.. She also has a patent for a mole plow invented by Mr. Morrison granted in 1859 and signed by Jacob Thompson, secretary of the Interior. A powder horn made of a hollow gourd which was carried in the Mexican war is still in good condition with the exception of a small break in the bottom. Mr." Morrison was a drummer in this war and killed the deer for the deerskin drumhead and peeled the bark from the tree to make the drum himself. Mrs. Morrison has two nephews, J. Frank Wallace and Bert Wallace, and one son, George Morrison, in Decatur. NEWMAN RESIDENT SUFFERS STROKE Strength The sound and substantial position of this house today is the result of 40 years of conservatism in the coduct of our business, and conscientious service to customers. It is this policy and the fact that our long experience is being concentrated on a reputation for' sound securities and service, rather than for large volume business, that has created confidence in our first mortgage real estate bonds. BURTSCHI & CO. 223 S. PARK DECATUR TUSCOLA, July 9 The Independent Chautauo.ua. that Is being held at the High school grounds. Is proving or great interest to the generalpubuc. The business men of Tuscola are sponsoring the Chautauqua. The last program will be given Monday eye- ning, which will close the five-days- Chautauqua,. Mrs. Percy Rice, who lives on a farm near Camargo, has been removed to the home . of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Overtuy. Mrs. Rice is suffering from typhoid fever. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cooch and two children, expected to leave Sunday for a short vacation with Mr. Cooch's mother at Deep River, 111. The mother has suffered a second stroke of paralysis recently and is anxious to see the children.. Attorney Harvey Gross of raru was a business visitor in Tuscola Friday. Court Session Judge Anderson of Charleston held a brief Rpnsinn of eountv court Fri day when some routine matters were heard. Judge Anderson is city judge and he arid judge lane alternate in coming to Tuscola to nolo court in the absence of a regular county judge. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lycan of Indianapolis, accompanied by Mrs. C S. Lycan, mother of the former, were guests at ther home of Mr. and Mrs. S. Y. Whitlock Thursday night. Fri- day. Mr. and Mrs. Harold J-yato con tinued on their motor trip to Los Angeles where they expect to remain for a year. ;. Rev. and Mrs. Horace Bachelor and daughter, Gloria, wars Tuscola visitors Friday. - An oil truck and oil heater that were passing along the main street pavement were held up for several hours, Friday afternoon, because the heater truck tires were defective and were damaging the pavements. A state highway patrolman apprehended the driver and -after . paying a small fine he was allowed to take the dirt roads from Tuscola to Fith-ian. A Ford coupe belonging to Walter C. Hackett of Tuscola was taken from in front of the Star store Thurs day nieht. The tear -was found Friday morning xorth ot town, having oeen ainppea or ms. generator nd other removable valuable parts. No clue to the identity of the thieves is held. ; ' Earl Swintoaa, who was called to Terre Haute by he critical illness of his father. Etl Swinton. -returned home Friday.. Mr. Swinton reports his father's eonOition-as very serious with the hope of recovery gone. Ralph Hajick of Pana was the guest of his amele arid aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C Waddlngton, Thursday night. The WacMington ambulance was kept busy Friday morning, taking Mrs. Wafcer Witte and infant home from the Sarah A. Jarman Memorial hospital. NEWMAN, July 10 W. J. Vermillion, who suffered a paralytic stroke, Monday night is in a critical condition, owing to his advanced age and his weakened condition. His recovery is doubtful. Miss Zoda Vermillion is passing tho week with Miss Viola and Delta Ba ker, at New Berlin. Bill Vermillion of Terre Haute is passing. the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vermillion. James Wells and family are visit ing in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Wells and family this week. Mrs. Arthur Parr and Miss Martha Frances Pounds returned Friday from Kansas Citv. Mr. Pounds returned with them to pass a few weeks. Miss Eva Wells returned home Wednesday, having completed a four weeks' course. . Miss Catherine Mclntyre left Tues day for Pontiac having passed the last few months witn Miss louise Washed Sand am& Gravel Special Concrete Mix (2 Parts Gravel 1 Part Sand) - Cobblestones Common & Black Dirt SAND For Children's Sand Piles PROMPT DELIVERY Decatur Hydraulic Sand & Gravel Co. Phone Main 679 W. A. Bowshier Roy R. 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