100 years ago, Oct. 19, 1917
MATTOON -- Captain J. Withington, George H. Russell, Henry McKee and George W. Daggy have returned from Vicksburg, Miss., where they attended the National Memorial and Peace Jubilee, a celebration in remembrance of the Civil War siege of Vicksburg. The jubilee and its accompanying features of entertainment were free to the veterans of that siege, Confederate and Union soldiers alike. Among others from the Fifth Illinois cavalry who attended the reunion were James Phipps and Lute Cells of Lerna, Thomas Snodgrass of Janesville, Jacob Fuller of Bradbury and W.P. Jackson of Toledo. While prospecting for some relic of the desperate conflict, Mr. Russell, in a bank near the military cemetery, dug out a 6-pound shrapnel shell... MATTOON -- The annual meeting of the Coles Country Club was held at the club house of Urban Park last night. The following officers were elected: G.W. Hamilton, president; Dr. H.A. Shaffer, vice president; F.A. Heermans, secretary; Fred Grant, treasurer; and I.H. Johnston, Frank Miller, H.F. Kendall, C.S. Millard and H.E. Neal, directors... MATTOON -- Coles County Deputy Sheriff E.H. Slover tendered his resignation to Sheriff H.B. Sensabaugh, effective No. 1. Mattoon Chief of Police Lawson, who tendered his resignation to Mayor Swan, is to be the sheriff's new appointee. The outgoing deputy sheriff has not made known the field of work he is to take up. Mr. Slover has been with the sheriff's office for 11 years, four years as sheriff and seven years as deputy sheriff in charge of the west side of the county.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Three Mattoon High School students have been awarded letters of commendation honoring them for their high performance on the 1967 National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The three students are Steve Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Sanders; Dick Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Harris; and Ronald Potsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Potsch. They are among 40,000 students in the United States who scored in the upper 2 percent of those who will graduate from high school in 1968... MATTOON -- The cast of "Mr. Crane," Mattoon High School's annual Fall Musical, is rehearsing for the Oct. 26-27 presentations. The musical, directed by Lawrence Hart, revolves around the Sleepy Hollow School for Girls and stars Tom Shepard as "Ike Crane," the modern counterpart of Ichabod Crane from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Laura Nelson and Joe Grant also play leading roles in the production.
25 years ago, 1992
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is bigger than most of us realize. If this state were a nation, our economy would be the 13th largest in the world, almost the same size as that of India. State government takes in almost $25 billion in revenue annually. That works out to $100 million each weekday, $4 million an hour, $1,100 a second. Illinois spending appears to have grown dramatically, from $5 billion in 1972 to $22.3 billion in 1992. How does Illinois tax thee? Let us count the ways. There are 24 taxes and fees, ranging from the automobile rental tax to the pull tab and jar games tax. The three largest, however, are the property, income and sales taxes… CHARLESTON -- Charleston High School Homecoming royalty named Friday includes Dawn Bennett, queen, and Wade Lewis, king. Attendants include Matt Jones and Erin Hutton, freshmen; Randy Reed and Jenny Baker, sophomores; Rob Jorstad and Blythe McElwee, juniors; Ben Davis and Mandy Litteken, seniors; and Tricia Senior, football attendant and escort Jeremy Myerscough.
100 years ago, Oct. 20, 1917
MATTOON -- The drive for the sale of Liberty Loan bonds was more successful than many of the most optimistic expected. This morning's checks by the three local banks of subscriptions reported through Friday night shows a total of $294,000. House-to-house canvassing was done. Subscriptions also were taken on the streets, at all banks and several other places... MATTOON -- James Hortenstein, son of a farmer living west of Mattoon, received slight wounds in the right wrist yesterday, because of an explosion while experimenting with a glass gas flask in the Mattoon High School laboratory. The injury was attended to by a physician and the young man was able to be present at his classes the remainder of the day. Students in the laboratory handle gas flasks almost constantly while experimenting with different chemicals, and occasionally one of the flasks becomes overheated and the result is an explosion... URBANA -- The gridiron contest between the high schools of Mattoon and Urbana this morning resulted in a tied score of 0-0. Although the Mattoon team was unable to score against the heavy Urbana 11, when the achievements of the Urbana team for the season are taken into consideration, it is equivalent to a victory for Mattoon to hold its adversary down to a scoreless contest.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Electors in the 14 school districts comprising the Lake Land College district will go to the polls on Dec. 2 to vote on a $3.9 million bond issue for building the Lake Land campus. After a special board meeting last night, it was said that the district must provide its share of the construction expense this year because the Illinois Junior College Board stipulates that all plans and drawings must be completed by May 1968 in order to receive $2.3 million from the state for first phase construction... MATTOON -- Spec. 4 Gordon M. Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Reynolds of Shelbyville, has been presented the Air Medal. Reynolds is married to the former Pamela Sears of Mattoon. The medal was presented to Reynolds "for distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement" while participating in aerial support of combat ground forces from April 10 to April 14 of this year. The citation notes that Reynolds participated in more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- As the leaves start to fall, the Charleston Fire Department reminds residents that only leaves and small amounts of yard waste may be burned, as long as there are no complaints concerning smoke or odors. Leaves and yard waste must be burned on a resident’s own property during daylight hours and acceptable weather. Fire officials recommend composting or mulching as an alternative to burning… MATTOON -- Debbie Baird of Charleston took $10,000 in cash for buying the winning ticket in the annual Knights of Columbus raffle. Baird had the option of taking the cash or a pickup truck . Grand Knight Tom Chamberlain, raffle Chairman Mike Coffman and picnic Chairman Dan Sudkamp presented the check to Baird.