100 years ago, June 3, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- The Class of 1967 at Mattoon High School heard Janet McClellan, valedictorian, and David Neal, salutatorian, deliver their addresses during commencement exercises last night at the MHS gymnasium. Roy E. Sheppard, principal of MHS, presented the class and Thomas Donnell, secretary of the board of education, awarded the diplomas. Ushers were junior class officers Lee Turner, president; Ronald Wirth, vice president; Carol Beaird, secretary; and John Schilling, treasurer. Senior class officers include James Dhom, president; Hobert Dunn, vice president; Kristen Tooley, secretary; and Diane Anderson, treasurer... MATTOON -- Bill Marlowe, promotions director of the Illinois State Fair, says this year's entertainment should have about as much crowd appeal as is possible. The lineup includes Paul Revere and the Raiders, Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, Grand Ole Opry, Eddy Arnold, Bob Hope, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass and the Kids Next Door. Fair dates are Aug. 11-20.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Mary Eva Brunson was pretty impressed after getting a phone call from Lee Iacocca, chairman of the board of Chrysler Corp. Brunson, a school crossing guard in Mattoon, was driving to her post on 25th Street one April morning. When she tried to get out of her car, however, Brunson discovered that the seat belt appeared to be in a permanent lock position. She couldn’t get out. Following about a half-hour of remaining strapped in to her Dodge Aries, she was freed by a neighbor with scissors. Brunson wrote several letters of complaint resulting in a call from Iacocca, who apologized and said the seat belt would be replaced free of charge… CHARLESTON -- Rose Mary Shepherd says she’s willing to move her office out of the Coles County Courthouse. She just wants enough time to do so. The Coles County Board’s building and grounds committee wants the regional superintendent of schools’ office to move from the courthouse’s second floor by Jan. 1. The regional superintendent’s office will be part of a courtroom remodeling project. Shepherd pays the county $200 a month for the courthouse space but is not under a lease agreement.

100 years ago, June 4, 1917

MATTOON -- Fred Nelms, aged 14 years, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Plen Nelms, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Death was due to tetanus which developed in wounds sustained in the May 26 tornado. His passing brought the Mattoon death list from the storm up to 60. The Nelms boy and Edwin Daugherty, a son of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Daugherty, were catching bumblebees northeast of Mattoon along the state aid road when the cyclone came upon them. The Daugherty boy was killed immediately by a piece of flying timber. Young Nelms was struck on a hip and a side, the flesh being torn from the bone. Mud filled the wound. Infection developed from the mud filling the wound... MATTOON -- Wallace Anderson, aged 4 years, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Anderson, died at 5:20 o'clock this morning at Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Death was due to pneumonia, which developed from a lung puncture sustained when the Anderson home on North 21st Street was wrecked by the May 26 cyclone. Little Wallace makes the 61st victim of the storm. Other members of the family suffered injuries in the storm, but none seriously.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MARTINSVILLE -- Despite opposition from the local Concerned Citizens group, the Martinsville City Council gave final approval last night for the state to build a low-level nuclear waste disposal facility on a 187-acre site 1 ½ miles north of the city. In a unanimous vote, the seven aldermen approved a two-part resolution containing a community agreement between the state and the city and language affirming a final show of support for the facility. The community agreement promises the city joint authority in building and operating the site with the state and more than $2 million a year as well as a host of other incentives, many intended to benefit local schools… HINDSBORO -- The lot that eventually will be the site for the Hindsboro Civic Center still stands vacant and void of activity. But that should change soon. Construction of the 11,500-square-foot building will probably begin within a week, according to the project architect. The entire project is expected to take six months… CHARLESTON -- L.R. Montemayor aced Charleston Country Club’s No. 8 for the second time yesterday. The 67-year-old retired physician got his fourth hole-in-one overall and his second one on the country club’s 115-yard, par-3 eighth hole. Montemayor used a 5-wood. The shot was witnessed by William Scott, Mac Roberts, James Robertson and Mort Blair.

100 years ago, June 5, 1917

MATTOON -- The Illinois campaign for a system of hard roads is at the verge of accomplishment. The Meents $60 million bonds bill has been agreed to in conference committee, the Senate has adopted the report and favorable reception by the House is expected during the coming week. Coles County and the area will be affected. Route 16 will start from Paris and extend through Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville, Pana, Hillsboro, Litchfield, Mt. Olive and Staunton. Route 25 starts at Kankakee and extends through Gilman, Paxton, Champaign, Tuscola, Mattoon, Effingham, Louisville, Flora and Fairfield. Other nearby routes are Route 11, from Marshall through Casey, Greenup, Effingham and on to East St. Louis. Route 32 goes through Windsor, Sullivan, Lovington and Cerro Gordo. Route 33 includes Effingham, Newton and Robinson... MATTOON -- The relief fund raised by the Tag Days over the weekend will amount to more than $2,000 according to members of the finance committee. Two-thirds of the amount was collected on Sunday, there being thousands of visitors in the city. Sales were made easily for the reason that the tags entitled the buyer to admittance to see the storm district... MATTOON -- George P. White stood at the corner of 19th Street and Shelby Avenue and between 3 and 4 o'clock kept count of the number of cars and their occupants. When the hour had passed, his tally sheet showed 495 automobiles and 1,932 people.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Workmen have been able to block in walls at the R.R. Donnelley and Sons plant as fair weather aids progress of the construction of the $16 million printing plant located on a 195-acre site about 3 miles north of Mattoon on U.S. Route 45. Officials expect to begin printing operations in 1968. The new Donnelly plant is expressly designed to produce Family Circle magazine for Cowles Communications. Cameron Beckwith is the division manager of the printing firm... MATTOON -- The 1967 Mattoon High School graduating class has the distinction of having more than 160 of its group as the recipients of various scholarships, according to Roy Sheppard, MHS principal. Sheppard, in his address at commencement exercises Friday, noted the 1967 class was the second largest in the history of Mattoon High School, numbering 378 students. Further, he said, there are 480 ninth graders who will enter the high school in the fall, or 102 more incoming sophomores than these 1967 graduates.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Constantly busy phones, jammed computers, booked flights and 12-hour days are just some of the frustrations local travel agents have experienced since airfare wars began last week. As the half-price fares end tonight and midnight, travel agents will breathe a sigh of relief knowing a hectic week of searching for lower fares in an industry nearly booked solid has come to a close. Northwest Airlines started the half-price fare offer about 10 days ago, and it has mushroomed, said Barry Bullington of Mattoon Travel Center. People came into the Charleston Travel Bureau that Manager Bill Kinsall said he hadn’t seen in several years. “They want to see Aunt Minnie in Minneapolis at that price,” Kinsall said… MATTOON -- The wheels get rolling at the fifth annual Bikes and Buggies tomorrow. The event, sponsored by the JGTC, will set the bicyclists in motion about 7:30 a.m. Approximately 100 people have pre-registered for the ride, which will go to Arthur and back to Mattoon on paved rural roads. Refreshments and T-shirts are available.

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