100 years ago, Dec. 2, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- J.W. Connelly, Mattoon commissioner of public health and safety, yesterday afternoon released the amount of a settlement between the City of Mattoon, James Pappas and the City of Newton. Connelly said he learned the figure, $8,750, from an attorney and not from any other Mattoon city official. Connelly said the total figure was broken into $4,000 from the City of Mattoon, $4,000 from Pappas and $1,750 from the city's insurance company... MATTOON -- Today might be Dec. 2, but it sounded more like  mid-summer as claps of thunder, flashes of lightning and heavy rain covered the area. The thunderstorm, which started before daybreak, awakened several sleepers with its accompanying loud claps of thunder. Heavy rain continued through the morning. Just a few days after Mattoon was covered by 3 inches of snow, this morning's storm dropped 1.5 inches of rain on the city.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston City Council last night discussed a compromise on the disputed Lake Island Tract leases, leaving any real decision on the issue to be made by the council seated in 2009. The resolution that was placed on file for public inspection allows the city to renew expired contracts and those set to expire in the future up to 2009 – the date the last lease expires. City Attorney Brian Bower, Mayor Wayne Lanman and the council members agreed the decision was not ideal for all parties but was a compromise aimed at giving the leaseholders some continuity as well as enable the city to bring the area up to building and water codes. Commissioner Roger Rives said he doesn’t believe it’s the intent of the council to take anyone’s property in 2009… MATTOON -- A little more than 120 acres of farm land about two miles north of Mattoon brought nearly $300,000 in a public auction yesterday at the Burgess-Osborne Auditorium. The tracts are near each other near the intersections of County Road 1000 North and 700 East, just north of Riley Creek, about a mile east of Kal Kan. The first tract, totaling 80.82 acres, brought $2,530 an acre. Eleanor Elliott from Westfield was high bidder. The other tract, totaling 40 acres, brought $2,295 an acre. Larry Price of Humboldt was successful bidder. Auctioneer Mike Stanfield said the sale was about 5 percent more than he had expected… CHARLESTON -- Eli Sidwell, a 10-year member of the Coles County Board, will serve the board as chairman for the next two years. Sidwell’s fellow board members unanimously voted him to the post at a reorganizational meeting and swearing-in ceremony yesterday. Sidwell, a Republican, previously served as board chairman from 1986-88. Tim Yow, also a Charleston Republican, was elected vice chairman. Circuit Judge Paul Komada also administered the oath of office to newly elected county officers State’s Attorney Steve Ferguson, Circuit Clerk Vicki Hite and Coroner John Schilling.

100 years ago, Dec. 3, 1917

MATTOON -- Mayor Swan returned to Mattoon Sunday evening from Milwaukee, Wis., where he went to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his son, Harold O. Swan. Mayor Swan witnessed the passing of the funeral procession for the 10 Milwaukee policemen and detectives who were killed by an Italian bomb at police headquarters in Milwaukee last week. Each casket in the procession was escorted by a platoon of 27 policemen... CHARLESTON -- Eleven Charleston gamblers, all said to have given fictitious names, were arrested Saturday night and taken at once before Magistrate Millar. He assessed fines against each one, the total amount collected being $180. The men were gathered in two separate raids. One was made on Sixth Street in the Briggs block, while the other was on Monroe in the 500 block. It is said the bluecoats were hot on the trail of another gambling house, one which the "higher-ups" of the city are rumored to frequent, but the tip had been given to management. When officers reached the place, all was quiet, the one or two persons present smoking and chatting as though cards were the furthest thing from their thoughts... CHARLESTON -- At the annual meeting of the Coles County Agricultural Development Association held at the Coles County Courthouse on Saturday, it was decided to make an effort to obtain a farm adviser for the county. It is expected that a campaign will be made among the farmers and others interested in the next two weeks. The federal government will donate to any county employing a farm adviser the sum of $2,150 to be jused towards the adviser's salary. At Saturday's meeting officers elected were Roscoe Farrar, Humboldt, president; William E. Dole, vice president; and Harvey Ames, secretary-treasurer.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

OAKLAND -- The city of Oakland’s swimming pool should be open for the 1992 season, according to the renovation schedule provided by a newly hired contractor. Cardinal Pool of Champaign has indicated work should be done by about two weeks before the traditional Memorial Day weekend. Karen Temples, president of the East Oakland Township Park District Board, which oversees pool operations, said yesterday that Cardinal began work last week. The previous contractor failed to make much progress, prompting the park district board to cancel the entire 1992 swimming pool season… SULLIVAN -- A hobby of entering contests resulted in a $250,000 prize for Mary Ann and Doyle Arnold of Sullivan. The Arnolds, who both work at the Sullivan IGA, first saw the national contest sponsored by Buick in a magazine. The couple plans to buy a home and start a college savings fund for their children, Chase and Chandra. Kesler Motors Sales manager Jim Warren each won $10,000 in the promotion, which attracted about 650,000 entries at 3,100 dealerships nationwide.

100 years ago, Dec. 4, 1917

MATTOON -- Three physicians from Mattoon and three from Charleston appeared before the Coles County Board of Supervisors yesterday to present tuberculosis information and to urge an appropriation to provide for the employment of a nurse to have supervision of the tuberculosis cases in the county. The state is organizing through medical societies of each county an anti-tuberculosis association, to work with the Red Cross Society. Dr. T.O. Freeman of Mattoon said 90 percent of tuberculosis cases are curable if discovered in time. He also said that France has 500,000 soldiers suffering from tuberculosis. American soldiers are sure to come home from Europe suffering from the disease. Dr. N.C. Iknayan of Charleston is to serve as medical director of the Coles County effort... MATTOON -- The $60 million good roads bond proposition which is to go befrore the voters of Illinois in November 1918, was endorsed yesterday evening by those who attended the complimentary banquet of the Mattoon Merchants Association at the Buckler cafe. Special guests included the secretaries of the various merchants associations of Illinois, holding their semi-annual convention in Mattoon, and a delegation from the Charleston Merchants Association. Dr. I.A. Lumpkin of Mattoon, president of the Egyptian and Big Four trails, was the main speaker. He explained that if the bond issue carries it will be paid with automobile license fees. The bonds will make possible the construction of 4,800 miles of brick, macadam, concrete, asphalt or other kind of hard roads.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- A $3.9 million building bond issue for Lake Land College won resounding approval Saturday when voters passed the proposition on a 7,238 to 2,805 vote margin. Voters went to the polls in a chilly driving rain. The weather is credited with keeping the total vote below earlier predictions. The proposal, which insures the college district's share of matching funds for building and equipping a permanent campus, was defeated in just five of the 38 precincts. Negative margins were recorded at precincts in Fairgrange, Lerna, Hutton and Oakland in Coles County, and in Beecher City in Effingham County. A tie vote was recorded in Shumway... MATTOON -- An estimated 700 people crowded the First Methodist Church in Mattoon last night to participate in an historic service. The service, marking the opening of the Advent season, was conducted by Franciscan Brothers of St. Joseph Seminary in Teutopolis. The "Service of Christian Symbols" was described by Clifford Brown, minister of First Methodist, as "an historical moment of ecumenical fellowship" in Mattoon. About 20 Franciscan brothers and friars were involved in the presentation which included narration and musical settings on the symbolism inherent in "Angels and Arch-Angels" and its relation to the meaning of Christmas.

25 years ago, 1992

SPRINGFIELD -- The Mattoon school district would be the only one in the 106th Illinois House District to qualify for property tax relief under a proposal from a task force studying school funding. And because it wouldn’t help property owners in more area districts, state Rep. Mike Weaver, R-Ashmore, said he went against the majority of his fellow task force members in opposing the measure. Weaver said the proposal seems to benefit the Chicago and suburban school districts, but doesn’t benefit the downstate districts at all… CHARLESTON -- Twenty-two people have taken out petitions to run for mayor or city commissioner in Charleston. City Clerk Patsy Loew said yesterday the petitions still can be picked up, but Dec. 14 is the last day a petition can be filed in order for a candidate to be on the ballot next spring. Mayor Wayne Lanman and Commissioners Jim Dunn, Bruce Scism and John Winnett have pledged to seek re-election. Commissioner Roger Rives has not yet made a decision.

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