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who lived in small towns all across the nation. Mountain was one of
towns. For weeks in advance of the event, banners studded trees, posts,
and shop windows. A typical show included many musical numbers, special
story tellings, readings, and of course a rousing band! An
speaker closed this evening of talent, the show never having a dull
were also a main part of the summer fun held at Green lake. Still today
you'll find many Mountain folk enjoying the beauty of this scenic spot
while the children cool themselves in the lake.
recalled his memories of the occasions which were celebrated in the
and even though a few of them had not exactly been planned by the Town
leaders, they turned out to be memories that were not to be soon
Fourth of July morning the town was rudely awakened by some young
who probably had started celebrating the night before. They lit a
of dynamite, 50 pounds of the stuff, right in the town square near the
Blue Mountain House. They not only awakened the whole town, but blew
windows for quite some distance around! The crater left from the blast
was about 10 feet across, but the perpatrators of this prank were long
gone and never apprehended!
year on Halloween when horse and buggy still outnumbered automobiles, a
group of young men with the help of a team of horses, went out about
countryside and gathered up farm wagons from the various farms. Through
the night they labored, hauling these wagons into town, leaving them to
line up in a row down the main road of town! Only a break in the line
to be found where the railroad tracks crossed and you can imagine the
waiting to be seen come the next morning! Quite a Trick or Treat for
farmers who had no idea 'where their wagons had gone?!'
occasion that was held with no previous planning was the time when
Jensen and Harry Pues dogs broke into Mrs. Adolph Saffran's chicken
and killed 30 or more of her hens. I suppose today they would be sued,
but being neighbors, they paid Mrs. Saf-fran for her loss, plucked and
cleaned the birds, and proceeded to cook up a big booyah. They invited
for "free chicken booyah1 and a good time was had
Modern Woodman and the Royal Neighbors, two fraternal organizations,
to sponsor a Labor Day Celebration when I was a lad. The main feature
a baseball game played by the Town Team, three legged races, bag races,
catching a greased pig, and climbing a greased pole. The ladies served
Chicken Booyah in the Town Hall from its location now more central to
town, but this annual celebration came to an end as a casualty to the
year there was a Circus that came to to town. They set up the Big Tent
on the ball diamond where the County Shed is located today, and they
stayed for 3 or 4 days. The young boys quickly gathered 'round to help,
because then we would get a free ticket for one of the shows. Our
jobs would be to lead the horses to water, haul the tent pegs, or
we had to do in order to prove ourselves 'useful'. One year Harry Pues
and I got to carry water to the elephant, a big thrill indeed !
Olson had a dance hall at Crooked Lake called 'The Diamonds' and every
Fourth of July he had a big band play there, twice he had a band from
WLS Barn Dance of Chicago. In the evening as the sun was just setting,
Thorvald loaded a big barrel of tar onto an old boat to tow out onto
lake. He then set this barrel on fire to become the grand 'Fireworks'
the Fourth of July Finale!
were three car dealerships in Mountain at one time in our history.
Edmark had an Oldsmobile franchise, Marinus Jensen and Overland Whippet
dealership, and Kurtz and Myers were Durant Motors dealers during the
I remember when my father bought a new 'Star' car from Kurtz and Myers.
and McDonald were horse dealers, stabling the horses in the barn of
Alien's. They brought the horses in from the west by rail in those days.
Stoehr came to Mountain in the early 30's and operated a butcher shop
the hotel building that at one time stood about where
is located today. His wife operated a beauty shop in the home presently
owned by Vivian Chickering .