100 years ago, Dec. 14, 1917
MATTOON -- Street Commissioner McDuffie sent out the snow plows this morning, the fifth time since the advent of cold weather. Winter will not be here officially until Dec. 22, but the street department has had five times as much work to do as during the entire winter of 1916-17. Last winter, the snow plows were out one time only. Snow began falling after midnight. This morning the fresh snow on the ground was deeper than either of the previous snowfalls... RANTOUL -- Thomas J. "Tommy" Dolan, who virtually all his life lived in Mattoon, was killed near the Illinois Central Railroad station yesterday morning when struck by one of the company's passenger trains. Dolan was walking along the tracks near the station at the time of the accident. It is presumed he did not realize his nearness to the tracks until it was too late. At the time of the accident, Mr. Dolan was employed in constructing the pikes on the Rantoul aviation grounds.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Mattoon is one of 47 downstate Illinois cities assigned units under a reorganization of the Illinois National Guard announced today by Gov. Otto kerner. Under reorganization, the new Mattoon unit will be Company A, 2nd battalion, 130th Infantry. The authorized strength will be six officers, no warrant officers and 168 enlisted men. Mattoon National Guard units now consist of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, and the 3rd Rifle Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 130th Infantry, with a combined strength of seven officers, no warrant officers and 130 enlisted men. Mattoon's changes will start on Feb. 1 and is to end by May 31... CHARLESTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Jean Hutchison of Charleston received a telegram Tuesday that their son, Pfc. Stanley Hutchison, 23, had multiple fragment wounds resulting from a booby-trap explosion. Hutchison was assigned to Company D, 1st Infantry Division, currently about 40 miles north of Saigon. Hutchison entered the service Nov. 11, 1966, and has been in Vietnam since July. His wife is the former Connie Cuppy... CHARLESTON -- The U.S. Interior Department is expected to make a decision on the proposed Lincoln Homestead National Recreation Area in early 1968, congressional sponsors of the project said today. Sen. Everett Dirksen, Sen. Charles Percy and Rep. William L. Springer issued a joint statement on the status of their bill to put development of the proposed recreational development of Lincoln Lake Reservoir, south of Charleston, in the hands of the National Park Service. The three lawmakers said the Interior Department is waiting on prospective reservoir levels, expected in early January, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University President David L. Jorns told nearly 650 graduates in Sunday’s commencement ceremony “to leave the world a better place than you found it.” In his first commencement address since being named president in September, Jorns delivered an optimistic address that was fitting of a theater professor, interjecting humor while offering a vision for the university. “As you go forward, it’s your obligation, I think, to see that the institutions, like this one, that helped you fulfill yourselves, are preserved and remain for the next generation,” he said… MATTOON -- For most of its 22 years, the local model railroad club has focused its efforts on sharing a hobby with others at its regular meetings. Now the club has developed a larger display for bigger shows and public events. The major models displayed this weekend at the Cross County Mall were put together to promote model railroads and keep live memories of the time when trains played a bigger role in society. Members of the Coles County Central Model Railroad Club own 4-foot sections of the large model. The club owns the ends of the display. Club members said the big display gives youngsters an opportunity to learn about railroads.
100 years ago, Dec. 15, 1917
MATTOON -- Numerous cities and villages on the Big Four Railroad, Charleston and Mattoon included, are facing a water famine, according to reports. Mattoon is one of the few inland cities having sufficient water to meet the demand of the times. Coal cars have been equipped for hauling water. Charleston's shortage is due to inadequate pumping facilities rather than to a lack of reserve supply. The Charleston water plant is said to be in such condition that it cannot be operated steadily... MATTOON -- The house of worship of the Church of Christ, 1712 DeWitt Ave., which was wrecked by the tornado last May, has been reconstructed and equipped at a cost of $1,150. The new building fund was raised by subscription...MATTOON -- Emery Hill, aged 21 years, son of Richard Hill, a farmer living southeast of Mattoon, died this morning at the base hospital at Camp Pike, Ark. Death was due to scarlet fever. Young Hill was a member of the second contingent sent from Coles County to Camp Taylor, near Louisville, Ky. With 98 others, he was transferred recently to Camp Pike, where he was assigned to the 245th Infantry.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Alan Holderfield of Mattoon has been elected president of the lake Land College Student Congress. Holderfield was elected following organization of the congress, the representative student body of the college. Elected vice president was William Rogers of Charleston. Shirley Brown of Mattoon is secretary and Carl Taylor of Elwin is treasurer. Frank Adams, social science instructor, has assisted in organization of the congress and is faculty sponsor... CHICAGO -- The American Farm Bureau Federation, at its 49th annual meeting, re-elected Charles B. Shuman, 60, of Sullivan, Ill., a livestock and grain farmer, to his seventh two-year term as president of the organization. He was elected to a one-year term in 1954 and to his first two-year term the following year.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees says a 4.25 percent pay increase for college secretaries is its best offer. Board members met in executive session for about an hour to discuss contract negotiations. The 4.25 percent increase is in line with other raises given this year to campus groups. The administration, support and supervisory staff received 4.25 percent increases, as did the faculty. Custodians received a 4 percent pay raise… MATTOON -- TCI of Illinois recently contributed $5,548.15 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The cable television company raised the majority of the funds by designating $10 from each cable installation during September and October to MDA. Making the presentation were Dan VanZandbergen, general manager of TCI of Illinois, and Carolyn Cloyd, office manager. The check was presented to Barbara Payne, district director of the MDA.