Standing: Coach Joe Schroth, Steve Morehead, Ronnie Boyd, Bob Pharis, Jim
Ireland, Tom Zurkhammer, Jerry Gehlbach, Koert Bartman.
Front row: Tom Maurer, Bob Alexander, Marvin Bartman, John Kurtz, Vern
Stanfield, Donald Gehlbach.
Photo and players' names provided by Mrs. Vivian Schroth, the coach's widow.
The picture, Bertoni believes, was taken in 1954 and is of the
Chester-East Lincoln basketball team with coach Joe Schroth.
Schroth was Bertoni's coach when he was in fifth or sixth grade
at Mount Pulaski. However, Bertoni related that a new principal was
hired that year who felt Schroth was not well enough educated to be
working in the public school system. Consequently, Schroth was
dismissed from Mount Pulaski.
Upon his departure from there, he went to Chester-East Lincoln,
which Bertoni recalls was a fairly new school at that time.
Below is a copy of information Bertoni has on coach Schroth. If
anyone has anything to add to this, they are encouraged to email
firstname.lastname@example.org. LDN will then forward your
information to Bertoni. Please be sure to give your name in your
(Copy of information provided)
Note: Joe Schroth
excelled in basketball and baseball at Mount Pulaski High School in
the 1930's, playing for now well-known and long-ago retired/deceased
Illinois basketball coaches: George Dertinger and Dolph Stanley. Due
to the death of his father in a farm-related accident, Joe took on
responsibilities of both farming and finishing high school, while
continuing his sports.
school graduation, Joe continued farming and even operated a dairy
farm during the war years with his new bride, Vivian Buckles. Joe
maintained his interest in sports, playing independent basketball
with Lincoln and Decatur teams. In 1945, he became the coach at
Mount Pulaski Grade School, taking teams to the state, winning
second in 1949. Joe moved over to coaching at Chester-East Lincoln
Joe spent many of
his latter years as a crop-hail adjuster and state field supervisor.
Vivian, a graduate of Brown's Business College in Decatur, was
employed by Custom Farm Fertilizer Services as a secretary /
bookkeeper and later held a similar position for many years at
Their only child,
Dr. Richard Schroth, is an executive consultant, professional
speaker and private advisor on technology and business for leading
world-wide corporations. Currently, he is the U.S.
State Department's 2008-2013 Senior Fulbright Scholar for
Information Services. Last year, Richard was one of five recipients
of the Mount Pulaski 175th Anniversary's Casimir Pulaski Awards for
Most Distinguished Mount Pulaski High School Graduates. He resides
with his wife and family in Maryland.
--Text submitted by Vivian Schroth and edited and updated by Phil
Bertoni of the Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society.
County Art Association presents "Predictions"
The newly formed Logan
County Art Association is presenting its first show, "Predictions," at the
Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. McLean St., from Dec. 20 through Jan. 12.
There will be an opening reception
from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Light refreshments will be served,
everyone's welcome, and there is no admission charge
The show is based on the predictions
by the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce as well as other
sources that suggest a catastrophic event will take place on Dec.
For additional information, contact
Georgie Borchardt by phone at 309-244-5708 or by email at
Logan County Art Association
Lincoln Art Institute website:
at New Holland Firehouse Dec. 8
NEW HOLLAND -- Santa Claus
will be at the New Holland Firehouse on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will
be an opportunity to take pictures with Santa, and all children will receive
a gift bag from Santa.
This event is sponsored by the New
Holland Volunteer Firemen.
Note: Santa will also be at the New Holland Community Center on
Saturday, Dec. 1.
blood drive at Lincoln Masonic Center on Monday
To help ensure an adequate
blood supply for the region, there will be a blood drive at the Lincoln
Masonic Center, 2022 N. Kickapoo, on Monday from noon to 6 p.m.
For your convenience, call Alexis
toll-free to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 5158,
or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60057 at
www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly
Central Illinois Community Blood
Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving
blood for 14 hospitals in central Illinois, including Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Springfield's Memorial Medical Center
and St. John's Hospital. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi
Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of
blood annually and serves 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri
concert to feature Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and
The annual holiday concert at Lincoln College
will be presented in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the Lincoln
campus on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The concert will start at
7:30 both evenings.
Tickets will be available at the box
office in the Johnston Center for $2.
The lineup this year will include a set by the 20-member Lincoln
College Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Scott Woger.
Next on the playbill will be performances by the Chamber Singers
and the Lincoln College Chorale. Professor Cynthia Fox will direct
the vocal groups.
Woger is very excited about this year's concert. The event will
be the debut for members of a new Lincoln College degree program
that will allow music students to earn a four-year bachelor's degree
in jazz studies on the Lincoln campus. There are currently 24
aspiring jazz musicians enrolled.
"I have been working for the past seven months to set up this
program," Woger said.
The four-year degree program allows Lincoln College to field a jazz
big band for the first time, and the coming-out party for this group
promises to raise the roof on the Johnston Center. The twin
"Performance Tonight" flags in front of the Johnston Center will be
snapping to a jazz beat.
As the jazz studies program unfolds, new events are being planned
for 2013. A jazz concert featuring the LC Jazz Ensemble and area
high school jazz bands, including one from Pekin High School, is
scheduled for early 2013.
For more information on the holiday concert, contact the Lincoln
College box office at 217-732-3155, ext. 280. Woger may be reached
at 217-735-5050, ext. 281, and
of Foreign Wars accepting donations to help veterans in need
SPRINGFIELD -- As we enter the holiday season,
many veterans throughout Illinois are facing financial difficulties --
unsure of how they will pay their rent, mortgage, utility bills or even
As the Veterans of Foreign Wars
tag line suggests -- "No One Does More for Veterans."
More than 113
years ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was
founded for two purposes -- to promote legislation directly
affecting veterans and to assist veterans, our military and their
As war continues in Afghanistan, multiple deployments affect the
lives of those serving in our armed forces. Many of our nation's
newest combat veterans return home to face eviction notices from
landlords, mortgage foreclosures and shut-off notices from utility
In addition, many of our older veterans face the necessity of
choosing between the need to purchase medicine or groceries.
When called upon, the VFW turns to donations from the public to
help veterans facing a financial crisis. Through the generosity of
local donations, organizations can assist our needy veterans with
their rent, mortgages, utility bills and groceries.
That's where you -- John and Jane Q. Public -- can help.
VFW posts have funds established to which monetary donations can
be earmarked to assist veterans in need. Those funds are collected
through poppy drives, various fundraisers, and generous individuals
and businesses making monetary donations. In addition, many posts
conduct food drives throughout the holidays to help provide holiday
meals for veterans in their communities needing assistance.
During this holiday season while you are enjoying time with your
family, consider making a donation to your local VFW post to help
those veterans less fortunate in your community.
For information on making donations, contact the VFW post in your