100 years ago, Dec. 28, 1917

MATTOON -- Mayor Swan has served notice on Mattoon pool room operators that such places must be closed on Sundays to prevent congregating of minors and others. The mayor noted that he has received numerous complaints about minors, and others, congregating in pool rooms on Sundays. Mayor Swan pointed out this is in direct violation of the city ordinance and he is authorized to revoke all licenses where ordinances are violated... MATTOON -- Work on the interior of the new Illinois Central Railroad passenger station is progressing steadily. The hard wood floor in the apartment that is to be occupied by the Van Noy restaurant has been relaid. Decorators are hard at work on both floors. The heating contractor is completing his work. Stoolman & Company have resumed work on the subway retaining walls.Concrete will be poured when the weather becomes more favorable.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Coles is the only county in the area which escaped measurable damage to its roads and bridges in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding last week. A survey of Cumberland, Shelby, Moultrie and Effingham counties revealed that an estimated $10,000 damage was incurred in those counties. Hardest hit was Shelby County where James W. Mose, superintendent of highways, estimated damage to roads and bridges at $5,000. A total of six Shelby County bridges were affected when abutments washed out. Mose said about a half-dozen roads were closed but damage was negligible. Damage in Cumberland and Effingham counties each were placed at about $2,000 while damage in Moultrie was estimated at $1,000. Elmer Freeman, acting superintendent of highways in Cumberland, said approaches to six bridges were washed out... MATTOON -- With overnight temperatures in the teens and daytime highs only reaching the 20s, ice skating is now a possibility in some areas. The recent cold temperatures have frozen a layer of ice sufficiently thick enough to make ice skating safe on the fish hatchery and duck ponds at Lake Paradise, according to William Roberts, caretaker. He emphasized that the lake itself is not yet safe for skating.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Three children remain in the hospital in an Interstate 57 accident that killed four people. A girl, 13, and boys, ages 9 and 13, were listed in fair condition at Sarah Bush Lincoln yesterday. The children and their parents, all of Memphis, Tenn., were southbound on I-57 when a car headed north crossed the median and struck their van. The children’s parents and both occupants of the northbound car all were killed. The second car’s occupants both were from Edgewood, Ill. Coroner John Schilling said the children all were wearing seatbelts… MATTOON -- A Hardee’s restaurant employee making a night deposit was robbed at the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust facility on Lakeland Boulevard yesterday morning. A man approached the employee with a knife and demanded money. He received an undetermined amount of money from the employee and fled on foot. The suspect is described as 5-foot-6 to 5-8 and medium build. He was wearing a stocking-type mask, a green coat and dark pants.

100 years ago, Dec. 29, 1917

MATTOON -- Five Mattoon men employed at the Illinois Central Railroad baggage station in the transfer of U.S. mail, have been arrested on charges of rifling parcel post matter. The accused men are Earl Powell, aged 20; Earl Littleton, 25; Feris Michael, 22; Emery Cutler, 21; and Cyrus Eveland, 33. The men were arrested by T.J. Healy, special agent for the Illinois Central, and by members of the Mattoon Police and Inspector Lyons. The evidence that officers have against the men was not divulged. One of the men, it is said, confessed to taking a pattern for a suit of clothes. Another is said to have taken some women's clothing. Candies that were being sent as Christmas presents were taken and eaten... MATTOON -- Mrs. D.M. McFall has been appointed chairman of the local red Cross hospital garment work. She will meet with Mattoon High School teachers to make plans for the sewing which the girls of the schools plan to take up at the beginning of the new year. Girls at Mattoon High School will make hospital shirts, bed socks and flannel bandages. Girls of the city's grade schools will make cup covers and straight muslin bandages. Each girl who works will feel that she is doing her bit to win the war.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Construction on Interstate 57 is expected to be completed in Coles and Douglas counties in 1968, according to plans announced t5oday by Gov. Otto Kerner. Work on Interstate 70 in Clark and Cumberland counties also should be finished next year. Included in the I-57 construction are 7.65 miles of paving and six structures from U.S. Route 45 at Pesotum to U.S. Route 36 at Tuscola. Work scheduled on I-70 consisting of 40.97 miles of paving and 27 structures between Montrose and Marshall will complete construction of that route across the state... MATTOON -- One of the oldest gasoline stations in Mattoon is being torn down. Located at 19th and Charleston, the structure was built prior to 1920. The building is being demolished by Farrier Construction Co. No future plans for the site have been announced for the property which is owned by Mrs. Irene Degler. The structure apparently housed one of the first three gasoline stations in Mattoon. The first station was said to be owned by Timothy McVay, behind his home at 1120 Champaign. Another was owned by the Kizer Brothers at 19th and Broadway. The Degler property housed a Texaco station, and most recently, a Shell station.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Three Tennessee children hospitalized after an accident Saturday that killed four people, including their parents, have been warmly received locally, getting Christmas presents from strangers and a wide selection of videos to watch during their recovery. “We’ve had people send Christmas gifts -- most of the (family’s) Christmas presents were destroyed in the van -- and had about 20 calls from people out of the blue wanting to know if there’s anything they can do,” said Greg Christoff, whose brother, and the children’s father, was one of the four people killed in the Interstate 57 accident… CHARLESTON -- B.F. McClerren, an actor, historian and professor in the speech communications department at Eastern Illinois University, portrayed Abraham Lincoln in an interactive presentation for children in Chicago. McClerren’s presentation was part of the Illinois Humanities Council’s third annual Chicago Humanities festival.

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