100 years ago, Sept. 28, 1917

CHARLESTON -- Orval Lang, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lang, living south of Charleston, was wounded in the head with a .22 caliber rifle in the hands of his 9-year-old brother yesterday. Orval and his brother were playing near the barn with a loaded rifle they had secured from the house without permission. When the older brother pointed the gun at his brother and pulled the trigger, "the unloaded gun" went off, the bullet entering the boy's scalp on the right side near the temple, coming out at the back part of the head. A physician was called at once. The wound is not considered serious... MATTOON -- Miss Margaret Booth of Mattoon will leave on Sunday for Washington, D.C., where she has a position as stenographer in the U.S. War Department. Miss Booth recently took the Civil Service examination for the position and has been notified that she passed the test and to report at once. She has been a stenographer in the office of J.W. & E.C. Craig for some time.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- State Sen. Paul Simon of Troy will be the featured speaker at the Coles County CROP kickoff dinner and rally at St. Paul's Lutheran Church near Dorans on Oct. 5. The goal for the Coles County CROP drive this year is $5,000, the Rev. George Russell, county chairman said. Se. Simon is serving his second term in the Illinois Senate. He previously served four terms as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives... MATTOON -- Rick Duncan, former Mattoon athlete cut by the Chicago Bears, recently signed a contract to be the placekicker for the Denver Broncos of the American Football League. Duncan was one of four kickers competing for the Bears' job but all were released when the Bears signed Mac Percival on waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. In Sunday's game against the New York Jets, Duncan booted three extra points. He also kicked three of four kickoffs into the end zone... SAIGON -- The number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War dropped sharply last week but the total of U.S. casualties since the fighting began nearly seven years ago approached 100,000. By unofficial tally 13,493 Americans have been killed in Vietnam and 84,877 wounded for a total of 98,370 casualties. 

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Thousands of area residents enjoyed games, signed up for door prizes and possibly even learned a little bit about some of Coles County’s businesses at Coles Business Expo ’92 at the Cross County Mall this weekend. Forty-two businesses and industries were represented. The expo has been held every other year for about 20 years, but chamber of commerce officials in both towns voted to make the event an annual affair about two years ago. The business expo was held at Coles County Memorial Airport the first eight times but moved to the mall two years ago… CHARLESTON -- Talk about life on the edge. Jim Louthan and Ellis “Bub” McMillan were sitting on the edge of a big drink for awhile Saturday afternoon. Louthan, principal at Jefferson Elementary School, and McMillan, the school’s assistant principal, took their turn Saturday as dunking booth victims at Charleston’s CommunityFest. The dunking booth, tours of the Coles County Courthouse and a few craft and food vendors were about all that were on hand Saturday after an all-morning rain… CHARLESTON -- During its 10 years on the Eastern Illinois University campus, about 107,000 people have visited the Tarble Arts Center. That number increased by about 200 yesterday. An open house celebrating the 10th anniversary of the facility’s opening was highlighted with remarks by Jan Tarble, daughter of the late Newton Tarble, the arts center’s main benefactor.

100 years ago, Sept. 29, 1917

MATTOON -- The last sociability run of the season by the Mattoon Automobile Club, to the German Lutheran Church last evening was a huge success. The run started from Sixth and Broadway at 5:15 with 26 touring cars in line. The run to the church was made without incident. At a few minutes after 6 o'clock, supper was served by the Ladies Aid Society of the church. The whole roster of home cooking was represented, including fried chicken, green peas, homemade bread and butter, coffee, fruit salad, cake and many other good things. After the meal was served to 115 visitors, a large number of plates of fried chicken were sold at auction. Rev. Hagist, pastor of the German Lutheran Church, delivered a short address in which he called attention to the community betterment afforded through sociability meetings of this kind and that no apprehension need be felt on account of the presence of "The Germans." Church member Theodore Rathe noted that speakers repeatedly referred to their community as "German." While they do not resent nor apologize for their heritage, he said all in that community are good Americans and that he was delighted to have a goodly attendance from Mattoon because it made for "a better understanding of each other, of a closer union and bond of citizenship." ... CHARLESTON -- The stork and death messenger have been busy in Charleston since the May 26 tornado. Since the storm the stork has made 59 visits in Charleston Township while death has taken a toll 75 times. Last year the Charleston City Clerk's books showed 110 births and 166 deaths. Each family is given 10 days to report a birth or death to the city clerk, after which it is liable to a fine.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Mattoon is one of 16 cities involved in seeking expansion of  interstate-type highways in Illinois. Representing Mattoon on the committee will be Martin T. Garbe, who attended last night's meeting at Canton.The group, which will work with the Illinois Highway Department and the Federal Bureau of Roads seeks construction of 750 more miles of interstate-type highways in the state. One of the highways sought by the group is from Rockford to Peoria where it will branch with one section going to Quincy with the other planned to go through Lincoln, Decatur and Sullivan to Mattoon... MATTOON -- My Store will open the doors of its new supermarket on Marion between 16th and 17th streets on Monday at 7 a.m. The 20,000-square foot building is located on the same site of the supermarket that was destroyed by fire on Feb. 18. Richard Podeschi, store manager, said the store will be completely stocked and ready for the opening Monday. Added features include more than 120 feet of frozen food space, wider aisles and color-coordinated equipment.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Robert J. Currey, president of Consolidated Communications, has been elected chairman of the board of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. Currey said he looks forward to continuing and expanding the tradition of leadership excellence established by the Illinois Chamber. With November elections likely to change the face of the Illinois Legislature, Currey said the business community has the opportunity to make significant improvements in the state’s business climate… MATTOON -- It took a little longer than expected, but the Mattoon Area Family YMCA has met its goal. The YMCA, needing to cut into a building debt, hoped to get $300,000 in pledges this summer, to be paid over the next three to five years. Rob Wilkinson, executive director of the local YMCA, said donations and pledges to date total $307,000… SPRINGFIELD -- A 1931 Hupmobile coupe owned by Richard Peters of Trilla won the top award at the 41st annual Secretary of state’s Antique Auto and Sports Car Meet recently in Springfield. Secretary of State George Ryan said Peers received the Illinois State Champion award as the best overall vehicle at the meet. Other area winners included Gene Davis, Charleston, first in 1949 through 1952 with his 1949 Hudson Coupe, and William H. White, Charleston, third place in Trucks, Hacks, Commercial Vehicles and Firetrucks with his 1928 Ford pickup truck.

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