100 years ago, Dec. 19, 1917

MATTOON -- Local physicians have been named as members of the medical advisory board for the district, to be advisory to the local military exemption boards of Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas and Edgar counties. The Mattoon men named are Drs. A.T. Summers, J.G. Baker, J.F. Nolan, C.B. Voigt, C.E. Comer and A.A. Powell. Others named to the district advisory board include Drs. O.F. Barnes and E.S. Allen of Arcola, W.C. Blaine and M.E. Mellen of Tuscola and Roland Hazen of Paris... MATTOON -- Thomas Pendergast of Charleston, who enlisted at the Mattoon recruiting station for service in the coast artillery, has written to Rev. Father Dunne of Mattoon of numerous hardships undergone since being sent to Jefferson Barracks for assignment. On Monday night last week, Pendergast stated that about 5,000 recruits were directed to go from Jefferson Barracks to St. Louis to procure lodging for the night. He said he went to 12 hotels before securing a place to stay for the night, and then he was forced to sleep on a cot in a corridor with several other enlisted men... CHARLESTON -- Mrs. L.C. Lord of Charleston, chairman of the women's committee, Council of National defense, 6,813 women of Coles County, both young and old, have registered, in accordance with requests made by the council. Mattoon has registered 3,560 women. From Charleston 1,706 women have registered while 272 Oakland women, 287 Lafayette Township women, 209 women of Pleasant Grove Township and 163 women from Humboldt Township have registered. The remaining number come from other townships in the county.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Joseph R. Spitz was elected president of the Mattoon Association of Commerce at an organizational meeting of the board last night. Spitz, a partner in the law firm of Dilsaver, Gilkerson and Spitz, served as vice president of the association last year. He succeeds Frank Ronchetti as president. Other officers elected last night were Donald G.Raymer, vice president, and Thomas E. Storm, treasurer. George M. Pendell was retained as managing secretary... MATTOON -- Six Mattoon High School girls have been selected to serve as queens for the Mattoon Holiday Basketball Tournament which begins Dec. 26 and continues through Dec. 29. The girls selected include Cindy House, Kathy Mann, Pat Meyer, Sharon Nappier, Susan McHenry and Ruth O'Neal. Six trophies will be presented to the various winners.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Dale A. Cini will assume the position of Coles County associate judge Feb. 1. Area circuit judges voted to appoint the Mattoon attorney to the position over 12 other candidates. Cini, 50, will fill the vacancy created when former Associate Judge Gary Jacobs was elected in November to a circuit judge position. A partner in the Mattoon law firm of Ryan, Cini, Bennett & Radloff, the new judge will preside over traffic, misdemeanor and small claims cases… MATTOON -- Coles Together officials yesterday announced the hiring of a new executive director for the economic development organization, filling a six-month vacancy. Coles Together President Richard Lumpkin said David R. Foster of Whitewater, Wis., has accepted the position. Foster, 44, is currently the director of economic development for the Community Development Authority of Whitewater. He replaces Jim Jay, who held the Coles Together officer’s post for about three years… MATTOON -- An unspecified amount of cash was taken in a robbery at the night depository of Central National Bank last night. Mattoon police said the robbery occurred when an employee of the GNC Nutrition store at the Cross County Mall was making a deposit at the bank window about 10 p.m. A white male about 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing jeans, a dark jacket and dark ski mask approached and demanded money. The employee complied and the man fled on foot.

100 years ago, Dec. 20, 1917

MATTOON -- Virtually all farmer registrants who have applied to the local advisory board for assistance in preparing their questionnaires have asked to be placed in a deferred classification. Men with dependents are asking for a deferred classification also. Questionnaires were mailed by the exemption board yesterday to registrants whose numbers are 694 to 823. All registrants have seven days to complete and return the questionnaires... MATTOON -- Carl Colvin, district leader of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and formerly a member of the faculty of the Eastern Illinois Normal School in Charleston, was in Mattoon today to assist members of the Coles County Agricultural Development Association in increasing membership of the organization to the point where employment of a soil expert will be possible. Coles County has its membership about two-thirds complete, said Mr. Colvin. Coles County wants to raise $3,600. The federal and state governments offer to all counties which organize for soil development a fund of $2,100. Twenty-seven counties in Illinois have been organized for several years. Twenty more counties have organized in the past two years.Eight or 10 counties, Coles included, are now being organized. The Coles County Agricultural and Development Society was organized on Nov. 4, 1915.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- The Mattoon City Council has ratified an  engineering agreement with Dale Francis and Associates for a land survey of the city's proposed municipal golf course. The agreement calls for a $3,000 contract on the project. The survey will be made in connection with the proposed recreational area at Lake Paradise... MATTOON -- Room rates at Mattoon Memorial Hospital will increase an average of $2.50 effective Jan. 1, 1968, William Hurlburt, administrator, said today. Some rooms will see an increase of $1 a day while others will go up $3, he said. Hurlburt also said there will be a 3 percent increase in the minimal starting wage  for all employees in order to remain competitive for personnel needs and to comply with federal laws... CHARLESTON -- The Charleston City Council last night approved pay increases, effective Jan. 1, for most city employees, including police and firemen. Starting salary for patrolmen and firemen is $400. At six months to one year employment in the police department, salary jumps to $500 a month with the new scale. Salaries of other municipal employees were increased 10 percent. The city clerk salary was raised to $8,460 a year, an increase of $960.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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