100 years ago, Dec. 12, 1917

MATTOON -- The new Illinois Central Railroad passenger station may not be put  into service before the middle of January, much interior work being held back because of delay in completion of the power plant north of the Big Four Railroad bridge. Contrary to rumors, the new building has not been thrown open at any time for inspection by the public and will not be until it is ready for occupancy... MATTOON -- Chief of Police Gibler reported this morning that it has been eight days since anyone has been arrested in Mattoon for intoxication. This is a new city record. Another unusual thing in police circles is the absence of "sleepers." During previous winters "sleepers" in large numbers were admitted nightly to the city jail by the police desk sergeant. Frequently now, men needing workmen visit the jail early in the morning to tender some work to "sleepers" and often find no one at hand... MATTOON -- Peter Eck, formerly the master boilermaker for the Indiana Division of the Illinois Central Railroad shops here, wrote to Judge McNutt from the Elks Club rooms at Honolulu, under date of Nov. 11. Mr. Eck stated that he had enlisted for service in a railway corps to take over Russian railroads operating out of Vladivostok. A promise to write from points further on was made.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Members of the Lake Land College administration and board plus representatives of the college architectural firm will present the college's campus development plan to the state junior college board in January. Virgil Judge, president of the college, said the Jan. 12 presentation will outline the overall plan of total campus development and detail the first phase of construction... CHARLESTON -- In what some observers are terming a "major victory," the American Association of University Professors last night accepted a report pointing to possible violations of academic freedom at Eastern Illinois University.The term "major victory' apparently means that this is the first time that a faculty group has openly questioned a decision by the administration and was willing to go on record to that effect. Dr. Franklin Kirby, a non-tenured assistant professor in the psychology department, resigned Nov. 29, saying he believed he was being forced out because of controversial views he had expressed on campus.  Dr. Quincy Doudna, EIU president, said "reasonable men often reach differing judgments from essentially the same set of facts."  Doudna also said the "case is closed."

25 years ago, 1992

ARTHUR -- A tradition is ending for area residents who make an annual trip to purchase Christmas gifts at the Arthur Cheese Co. Cheese company officials say the plant is closing Dec. 30. Production ended around Thanksgiving, said Teri Idleman, the company’s vice president. Company officials cited a three-year federal buyout of milk cows that began in 1988 as a major reason for the closing. That meant the company had to import milk from other states to stay in business. Arthur has had a cheese factory since George Marner opened one on his farm in 1933, according to an article in the Arthur Graphic-Clarion. The current owners, the Kondrup family, took over in 1971… TOLUCA -- Several Coles County area residents have been named to be inducted next spring into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Former Mattoon High School standout Steve Spitz and former Marshall and Martinsville coach Carol “Nellie” Bennett were selected. Also to be inducted as “Friends of Basketball” are Jack Helton and Terry Noble of Charleston, Randal and Eloise Hamby of Mattoon and Craig Thornton of Arcola.

100 years ago, Dec. 13, 1917

MATTOON -- The Mattoon recruiting station has been authorized to enlist "colored" men for service in the United States Army. Men qualified to be engineer are accepted. Others to be accepted are men qualified as telegraphers, repairmen, for telephone construction, gas enginemen, switchboard operators, chauffers, auto repairmen, motorcycle drivers and brick layers. Nineteen applicants for enlistment left this morning for Jefferson Barracks, Mo... TOLEDO -- The people of Cumberland County, in a special election Tuesday, voted to issue bonds in the sum of $95,000 to assist in constructing 21 miles of concrete roadway on what is known as the Old National Road, running through the county. The other two-thirds of the cost will be paid for by the federal government... CHICAGO -- The biggest deal in baseball history was completed yesterday when the Philadelphia National League club sold pitcher Grover Alexander and catcher William Killifer to the Chicago Nationals for "considerably more than" $50,000, pitcher Prendergast and catcher Dillhoefer. There is a war clause to the deal. In case either Alexander or Killifer is drafted for the military anytime previous to 30 days before the opening of the 1918 National League season, the deal shall be automatically canceled.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Marine Pfc. Dennis R. Edwards of Mattoon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwards, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Vietnam. He was injured Nov. 30. He received fragmentation wounds to the right leg and left cheek from an enemy mortar shell. Edwards is a 1966 graduate of Mattoon High School... SAIGON -- The biggest airlift of the Vietnam war pushed U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam to about 475,000 today, more than the peak of 472,800 fighting men in the Korean war at its height 14 years ago. Two more brigades of the 101st Airborne Division, World War II's Screaming Eagles of Bastogne, have been transferred. About 7,000 of the paratroopers have been flown across the Pacific since Nov. 17, and another 3,000 are due by Dec. 29.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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