100 years ago, Dec. 23, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- Army Pfc. Stanley Hutchison, 23, of Charleston has died of injuries sustained in Vietnam. His widow, Connie Cuppy Hutchison, was notified of his death late last night. Pfc. Hutchison was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Charleston, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Hutchison. His body is scheduled to be returned to Charleston on Monday... TOLEDO -- Winners have been announced in the Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the Toledo Kiwanis Club. The winners are Don Wicke, Bill Dryden, Mendell Treadway, John Saathoff, and Robert Burton. 

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- The warm cheer of holiday giving reached about 270 needy families last week with the Charleston Civic Association’s annual Christmas Basket Drive. Civic Association Secretary Gail Bower said it was rewarding to see young children come in with their parents to drop off donated items. Toys for children and food for the entire family were distributed. Food bags included chicken, potatoes, fruit and candy. Bower said a couple of turkeys donated were given to the largest families. Twenty-six volunteers were on hand to help the families select toys and carry the food bags… MATTOON -- Santa Claus holds a special place in the hearts of Tim and Angela Diltz of Mattoon. And, Santa also has several special places in the Diltz household. There are wooden Santas, including one made from a fence post, as well as Santas made of clay and some resting in grapevine wreaths. This year the couple offered some of their Santas to the public at the Market Place held at Peterson Park earlier this year. While they had about 50 available this year, the Diltzes plan to double that number for next year.

100 years ago, Dec. 24, 1917

CAMP ZACHARY TAYLOR, Ky. -- Work for soldiers in training here, including a number from the Mattoon area, ceased for the Christmas holiday today. Only about 2,000 of the men and officers will enjoy the day at their homes, the remainder being held in camp by order of the war department. All of the companies had Christmas trees erected today and presents from home were arriving in great truckloads for the Sammies. It is the first Christmas away from home for many of the boys. Preparations have been made for a great Christmas feast for the men and they will have a dinner "like mother used to make." ... MATTOON -- Ten war commandments for the women of America are proposed by the woman's committee of the Council of National Defense, with the suggestion they be made the basis for a New Year's resolution. They are: 1. Do not chatter. Keep to yourself the news you hear. 2. Do not listen to alarmists or slackers. 3. Be moderate in your spending. 4. Encourage national industries, avoiding imported ones. 5. Do not look upon the departures for the front of those dear to you as abandonment. 6. Do not complain of the difficulties and annoyances cased by war. 7. Multiply your activities in and outside your home. 8. Exhibit hour by hour and day by day the courage a man shows on the battlefield. 9. No matter how long war may last, await victory with strength and patience. 10. If you are stricken in your dearest affections, bear your sorrow nobly that your tears may be worthy of the hero whose death you mourn.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- For the first time, brothers David and Robby Smith, both Navy seamen, will not be together for Christmas. Even in basic training they were together, explained their mother, Diana Groff. Robby, 20, will spend the holidays on a ship near Barcelona, Spain, while David, 19, will spend the holiday at home. Stationed in North Carolina, David Smith is the only one of the Smith-Groff children who will be home for the holidays. When Diane Smith and Howard Groff married about five years ago, they also joined their families of her five sons and his two sons and daughter. Howie Groff, 20, is a Marine in Okinawa, while Elaine Groff, 22, is in the Navy at Norfolk, Va. Another son, Kevin Smith, has been in the Army for four years… WASHINGTON -- Americans will buy more than 36 million live Christmas trees this holiday season, and nine of every 10 are grown on tree farms, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture experts. Farmers grow Christmas trees much like they grow other crops, said F. Dale Robertson, chief of the USDA’s Forest Service, but a Christmas tree’s growing season lasts seven years, instead of the few months that most crops take to mature. Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, employing about 100,000 people with wholesale sales of about $1.2 billion.

100 years ago, Dec. 25, 1917

Christmas. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

Christmas Day. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

Christmas. No paper.

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