100 years ago, Dec. 16, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Joseph W. Schilling of Mattoon was the successful bidder Friday when offers to purchase the 40 acres of land immediately north of the site of the Lake Land College campus were drawn at First National Bank of Mattoon. The Trogdon heirs accepted offers of $80,000 to purchase the land. The winning name was drawn from a common receptacle yesterday afternoon. Schilling said he was a member of a group who joined together to make the bid. Schilling said the group believes the land has value to Lake Land and they will offer the tract to the college for the same $80,000 figure... CHARLESTON -- In near-freezing weather, about 40 Eastern Illinois University students late yesterday afternoon picketed Old Main for about 15 minutes to protest the resignation of Dr. Franklin Kirby, assistant professor in the psychology department. The protest, which began at Thomas Hall and moved across campus to old Main, was organized by a student group known as the Student Committee for Academic Freedom. A spokesman for the group said they hoped the march would prompt EIU President Quincy Doudna to clarify the issues that led to Kirby's resignation. The psychology teacher said he resigned because he was being denied tenure, salary increases and promotion.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Progress on the expansion of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center hasn’t been hampered by the weather, officials said. Excavation for the medical offices pavilion at the southwest corner of the existing health center is nearly done, and on the building’s north side, excavating for the education and classrooms facility is 50 percent complete. In all, the $25 million project will roughly double the hospital’s size to more than 200,000 square feet… MARTINSVILLE -- What will likely be the last activity in Clark County by the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety is underway. Workers recently began decommissioning the site where IDNS had proposed to build a disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. The project, which consists mostly of filling in wells drilled during research of the location, is expected to take several months. Other work at the site includes removal of a meteorological station and other monitoring devices. A couple months ago, an independent siting commission appointed by Gov. James Thompson, rejected Martinsville for the facility.

100 years ago, Dec. 17, 1917

MATTOON -- Joe and Don Pennington, young men who enlisted last week at the Mattoon recruiting station for volunteer service in the Army, returned home last night. This afternoon, they reported to the recruiting officers that they had been rejected by the Jefferson Barracks commandant because there was no room. The Pennington boys passed Saturday night in St. Louis with hundreds of other applicants for enlistment who had no place to stay overnight at the barracks. Sunday morning when they returned to the barracks they saw posted on the bulletin board a notice that all men who had not been housed that night at the barracks would be rejected. Jefferson Barracks officials were unable to take care of the rush of recruits due to throwing down the bars for volunteer service. The Mattoon boys who returned home said they had been staying in St. Louis since Wednesday before being rejec ted on Sunday... MATTOON -- That "lightless nights" order, which was issued in Washington, D.C., a few days ago by the fuel administrator so as to conserve the coal supply of the nation, is not to affect Mattoon, according to Mayor Swan. The order from the capital called for two "lightless nights" each week, to become effective yesterday. The mayor said he has received no instructions from Washington regarding any such plan. Until he does, Mattoon will have no "lightless nights," he said.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No Paper.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston school district should receive at least $20,000 a year under an agreement reached last night with Consolidation Communications. The board voted 5-0 in favor of an arrangement in which the district’s newly formed foundation will receive 5 percent of CCI’s long-distance revenue from customers in the Charleston school district. CCI made the same proposal to the Mattoon school board, which took the matter under consideration last week. Superintendent Bill Hill called the proposal “the first of its kind” in Illinois and, perhaps, in the country… MATTOON -- Spending 40 hours a week for a month ringing a little bell for the Salvation Army is simply part of what makes Christmas special for Mary Rogers. The Mattoon mother of five and grandmother of four spends most of December helping the Salvation Army raise funds. Rogers attends the Salvation Army church and said this is her way to help. She is ringing the bell outside the Mattoon Kmart in an effort to help the organization raise $60,000 this holiday season. The money will be used to food and toys for needy families and to help finance other Salvation Army services.

100 years ago, Dec. 18, 1917

WASHINGTON -- The resolution to submit to the states a prohibition constitutional amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives last night. With a vote of two-thirds required for approval, the vote was 282 to 128, or 25 more than required. This morning the U.S. Senate concurred on the amendment banning alcohol consumption by a 47-8 vote. The Senate action refers the matter to the states. Three-fourths of the state legislatures must ratify the amendment to make it part of the U.S. Constitution. One year after such approval, "the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation into or the exportation from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof, for beverage purposes, will be prohibited." ... MATTOON -- Miss Fern Lacy has been given employment in the office of J.P. Earner, Big Four Railroad car foreman here, succeeding Mrs. Ruby Shrecengost, who has been promoted to the position of stenographer for District Car Foreman Miller in the place of Miss Florence Timmons. Miss Timmons has been given the work of Miss Jean Phillips, who has been advanced to assistant chief clerk in the place of Earl Collins, an enlisted man. Other changes are to be made in the car foreman's office on account of the Army enlistment of Assistant Piecework Inspector Buckler.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- A Carbondale man is in "fairly good" condition at Mattoon Memorial Hospital today suffering from injuries apparently sustained when he dropped 30 feet from a skylight into the Montgomery Ward building at 123 S. 17th St. Under police guard at the hospital is Richard Eric Johns, 26. A hospital spokesman said Johns sustained a broken right heel. An officer on foot patrol was told of a noise that sounded like hammering. Police discovered an open door on the Illinois Consolidated telephone building. Police Chief Robert Plummer said an intruder entered the telephone building, then went out a window and onto the roof of the Montgomery Ward building... MATTOON -- Team A of Mattoon High School captured third place in the Mattoon Invitational Debate Tournament on Saturday. Team members include Faye Gehrke, Kelsey Phipps, Patti Bazzell and Hollene Sparks. Larry Hart serves as the team coach. Teams from Wood River and O'Fallon won first and second places in the tournament.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- The Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning recommended last night that day care providers obtain a city permit as required by zoning status. In a 4-2 vote, with one abstention, the board kept home day care as a conditional use in residential districts. BZAP member Jim Wood said the issue is not intended to single out one person or business, but because a service has been allowed to exist without going through proper channels. There are 49 licensed day cares operating in Charleston. While all are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, none petitioned BZAP for a special permit, as required by city zoning law… MATTOON -- Monday was the deadline for candidates to file for all elected city offices, and Mayor Roger Dettro did not file. Dettro said he probably won’t feel the impact of his decision to retire from public office until the election next spring. Dettro has been mayor of Mattoon for 21 years. Dettro also served three years as a city council member before replacing Morgan Phipps as mayor in 1972 after Phipps’ resignation.

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