100 years ago, Aug. 29, 1917
MATTOON -- The Mattoon city schools will be open for the fall and winter term on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Superintendent Wiley has all plans perfected for the opening day, and his staff of instructors is now complete. J.O. beck, teacher of science and athletics at the high school last year, has resigned to take a position in Canton, Ohio, and in his place will be Morris L. Hampton, who has been teacher of these same branches in the Neoga High School. The havoc wrought by the cyclone of May 26 has all been repaired, and buildings which were damaged at that time have all been placed in No. 1 condition again. The Charleston public schools will open on Sept. 10. This is about a week later than usual, but it was thought best to delay the opening of school a few more days to complete repairs from the May 26 tornado damage... MATTOON -- The southbound Panama Limited of the Illinois Central Railroad, stopped at Mattoon Tuesday to take on a lone passenger. A Pullman conductor, two Pullman porters, the train conductor and a couple others stepped down from the train to assist that one passenger. In addition, that passenger had help from "Tobe," the Illinois Central's local porter.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- The Ku Klux Klan has made a direct attempt to organize a klavern in Mattoon and on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. However, in its haste to gain a foothold in the area, it hired as kleagle, or organizer, the wire editor of the Journal Gazette, who infiltrated the Illinois Klan to investigate KKK activities here and in Indiana. Harold S. Kitching, JG wire editor, will detail his inside story of the Klan in Illinois and its attempt to move into Mattoon in a series of articles this week. Kitching recently met in Lockport, Ill., with the man due to become the KKK's next grand dragon of Illinois... MATTOON -- The Lake Land College board has approved a statement of policy and responsibilities leading toward the creation of a "College Christian Center" for Lake Land students. The document also notes that it may be necessary for the college to provide equipment, such as tables and chairs, as well as help financially with the program. Virgil H. Judge, the college president, said today that he reminded board members that no tax funds could be used to support the center's activities. The program of the center will be the mutual responsibility of the Mattoon Ministerial Association, Lake Land and all other churches in the Lake Land district... MATTOON -- A total of 5,281 students were enrolled today in the Mattoon school district's schools. Enrollment in elementary schools is 2,641. Junior high enrollment is 1,331, and at the high school the enrollment is 1,303. There are six homebound students. This year's first day enrollment is 30 less than last year.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- David L. Jorns, one of four finalists for president at Eastern Illinois University, apparently improved relations with the Faculty Senate at Northern Kentucky University. Jorns is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern Kentucky, a university just south of Cincinnati with an enrollment of about 12,000 students. Two colleagues said he created “an air of trust” at NKU and closed some gaps between the administration and Faculty Senate there. EIU’s Faculty Senate and former President Stan Rives were at odds for much of Rives’ last two years in office. Jorns is one of four candidates to succeed Rives. People will be able to meet the four candidates next week… MATTOON -- Dove hunters in Illinois should have a good season this year. And those in the Mattoon-Charleston area will have some of the best gunning to be found anywhere in the state just minutes from home. Four public areas specially managed by the Illinois Department of Conservation for dove hunting will attract both birds and hunters when the season opens next Tuesday. The sites, located at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston, Hidden Springs State Forest near Strasburg, Eagle Creek State Park southeast of Findlay and the Lake Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Management area contain nearly 60 acres of sunflower plantings that should act like a magnet for both local and migrating doves.
100 years ago, Aug. 30, 1917
CHARLESTON -- The local military draft exemption board finished at 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon the work of examining the last quota of 184 men called for service in the new national Army. Out of the 184 names contained in the quota, 167 were examined, and out of this number 130 passed the physical test. It is felt certain that Coles County's quota of 233 men can easily be selected from the 1,000 young men already called for examination. Pearl Conover of Mattoon was in the first call, but he had not been heard of since until he put in an appearance yesterday, stating he never received a notice until he saw his name in the newspaper. After examination he was pronounced "physically fit" for service... MATTOON -- The dog catcher is making the rounds and he is catching dogs on every street. He caught eight this morning before 8 o'clock. Poundmaster John Turner is serving as dog catcher. "Goofie," the mascot of the fire department's Hose Company No. 1, was among the dogs picked up this morning. The dog will not be redeemed by its owners and consequently will be killed. He is not wanted by the fire patrol because he gets in the way every time the hose team leaves the building, and because he barks too loud. Poundmaster Turner says he will pick up every unmuzzled dog that he can. Strays will killed as soon as he gets them off the streets, he stated. Dogs that appear to have owners will ne held for five days before being killed... ARCOLA -- Three Douglas County broomcorn growers yesterday sold their brush, obtaining $300 a ton for it. The first crop to be sold was that of Hiram Roberts, tenant on the John M. Cox farm southeast of Arcola and consisting of 60 acres. The second crop to be sold was that of Spencer Evans, tenant on the Newt Cox farm one mile east of Arcola and consisting of about 40 acres. The third crop was that of John Cook, tenant on the farm of John S. Quirk of Arcola. This crop contained about 24 acres.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Organizing Mattoon and Coles County would be a major coup for the Ku Klux Klan in Illinois. According to Harold S. Kitching, JG wire editor who infiltrated the Illinois Klan, klansmen feel that from this base they could spread north to Champaign-Urbana, east to the Indiana state line, west to the Decatur area and south to take in the small towns along U.S. Route 40. When Kitching posed as being interested in starting a Coles County klavern, the plan was to base the klavern in Mattoon, but have the main activity on the Eastern Illinois University campus. A klansman in Lockport, Ill., gave Kitching instructions on initiation fees, dues, ordering white robes and masks, setting up a post office box, and how to have girlfriends and wives establish an auxiliary... OAKLAND -- More than 25,000 people are expected to converge on Oakland next week for the 19th annual Oakland Corn and Bean Festival. The grounds of Oakland High School will again serve as the site of the festival which includes carnival rides. The cornbread and beans meals are free of charge. Soft drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase. Charles Duzan is festival chairman. Co-Chairman is Robert F. Hawkins while Louise Hopkins is the food chairman. She will be assisted by Charlotte Harvey, Ella Mae Temples and Hawkins... MATTOON -- A large water snake tried to get his noontime meal Sunday at the expense of two fishermen at the Charleston Country Club lake. Arthur James of Charleston pulled up his stringer of bass and catfish and found the snake latched onto the gills of a bass. A few minutes later, Jim Closson of Mattoon started to put a fish on his stringer and found the snake had chosen to try to appropriate one of the fish already on the stringer.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.