100 years ago, June 6, 1917

MATTOON -- Rain fell in torrents overnight, the local rainfall being 3 inches or more. It was the heaviest rainfall of this season of heavy rains. The air was filled with electricity and there was considerable wind. terror reigned in many families, there being a fear that the death-dealing storm of May 26 might be repeated. Many street intersections were impassable and remained so this morning. The lowlands in all sections of the city were converted to small lakes. Cellars were flooded, water having entered the basements of many homes where dampness had not penetrated before... SHELBYVILLE -- Sherman Potts, the former Coles County man who horsewhipped Billy Sunday in the tabernacle at Springfield several years ago and was arrested in Baltimore on suspicion of planning a similar attack, is under arrest here on a charge of disturbing a religious meeting at Stewardson on Sunday, but with a more serious charge of opposing the draft and maligning the president. Potts, it is alleged, entered the Methodist Church at Stewardson Sunday and in the midst of the service strode to the rostrum and denounced the pastor, Rev. W.A. Schell, as a "damnable hypocrite," a "wolf in sheep's clothing." The minister's offense in the eyes of Potts was entering the church and walking to the rostrum without removing his hat, and secondly, for announcing a sale that was to take place in the church today. While in the hands of Deputy Sheriff August Beitz, Potts denounced President Wilson and his "declaration of war," and spoke strongly against the drafting of young men for the war. 

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Ed Horn, president of the Adult Board of the Mattoon Teen Center, last night announced appointments to various board offices. Named adviser to the president and vice president of the Youth Board and director of the center was Nona Hilton. Harold Wallace was appointed treasurer and adviser to the Youth Board treasurer. Pauline Griffith was named secretary... MATTOON -- An estimated $135 in damage resulted to a 1965 station wagon owned by the Mattoon Association of Commerce when a large rock was thrown through the windshield sometime yesterday. George Pendell, A of C manager, told police the auto was parked at the Association office, 1701 Wabash. Pendell reported that on Saturday night a smoke bomb was thrown into Burgess-Osborne Auditorium.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- When organizers erected the World War I veterans memorial statue near the Charleston Post Office in 1924, they had no concept of a crane. So, its creators built the statue with a tapered triangular hole in the second base so a lifting apparatus could be inserted for leverage when the time came to move it. At 6 a.m. Friday, the time came. In three hours, the statue was moved from the post office to the southwest corner of the Coles County Courthouse lawn. The six-member moving crew used nylon straps and a crane to lift and move the four-section statue that lists the names of 21 local men who died in World War I... CHARLESTON -- Gov. Jim Edgar is among the dignitaries who will address the 57th annual session of Premier Boys State, which begins today on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Edgar will speak at Boys State next Thursday evening. Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris will speak at 8 p.m. Monday at Lantz Gym. About 1,000 Illinois high school juniors are attending Premier Boys State at EIU… PEKIN -- The Casey-Westfield Lady Warriors defeated Dunlap 7-1 to finish third in the IHSA Class A state softball tournament. Casey finished the season with a 37-4 record, after dropping the state tournament semifinal game to Rock Island Alleman 1-0. Alleman beat Pinckneyville 3-1 for the state championship. Amy Tipsword, Jami Koss and Michelle Robison of Casey all made the all-tournament team.

100 years ago, June 7, 1917

MATTOON -- W.G. Sawin, chairman of the food committee of the Mattoon Citizens' Relief Committee, reported this morning that 10,252 people were given food baskets during the eight days of the food headquarters at 1523 Broadway. The report also said 1,142 people were served meals at the headquarters. The committee opened the food service on May 27, the day following the deadly tornado... MATTOON -- Mrs. Martha Duvall, wife of George W. DuVall, became the 62nd victim of the May 26 tornado when she passed away last night. Mrs. Duvall had been confined to the Old Folks Hospital since the cyclone struck. She received serious injuries on that day. She was 52 years of age... MATTOON -- Thus far, 1,128 young men in Mattoon have registered under the conscription law. These young men have responded to their country's call and will uphold its honor on the field of battle in the fight for the preservation of democracy. In all of Coles County there are 2,730 men registered. In Charleston Township, 528 men are registered. Each of the men is between the ages of 21 and 30.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Plans for a proposed 18-hole municipal golf course were unveiled last night amid enthusiastic bursts of applause and impassioned pleas for Mattoon City Council action. More than 250 people attended the regular council meeting which was moved from City Hall to Burgess-Osborne Auditorium. Site of the proposed course is Lake Paradise, said J.W. Connelly, commissioner of public health and safety. Approximately 200 acres of land is involved in the plan. To be located on the east side of the lake, the plans also include a clubhouse, parking for 150 vehicles and a driving range. Cost, not including land acquisition, is estimated at about $500,000... MATTOON -- The Mattoon City Council last night approved the annexation of 9.9 acres of land in the Pine Acres subdivision. Following approval of the petition, platting of 6.17 acres of the annexed area was accepted by the council. A total of 27 lots are involved for home building. The territory is in the area of Second Street and Lafayette Avenue.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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