100 years ago, Feb. 13, 1918

MATTOON -- Robert Stephenson, a first class gunner of Bettery F, Ninth Field Artillery, now stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., spoke to the children of the Lincoln School yesterday. By invitation of the teachers, he gave instructions on the Army salute and also how to stand when the national anthem is being played. Stephenson is home on a 15-day leave, his organization came to the United States a few weeks ago from the Hawaiian Islands and later will go to France. Just before leaving Hawaii, young Stephenson attended the funeral for Queen Lil, the former ruler of the islands... GAYS -- Probably the highest price ever paid for a half-bushel of Indian seed corn was paid here Monday by 12 neighboring farmers who acquired the small lot on payment of $151, slightly more than $1 a pound.v The corn was put up at auction at Armantrout Grocery Store. After the money was paid the corn was given back by the 12 purchasers to be auctioned again Saturday when it is likely the local branch of the Red Cross, which received the $151 paid for the corn, will be further enriched by the sale of the small lot of valuable cereal.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board last night voted to reject the offer of a group of residents to sell a 40-acre tract of land north of the college site to Lake Land. Board members voted 6-1 in favor of a motion to decline the sale offer. Voting against the motion was Dr. L.E. McNeill of Toledo, who had supported purchase of the land. The tract, lying immediately north of the college site and bounded by Illinois Route 121-U.S. Route 45 on the east and Interstate 57 on the north, was offered to the board by Joseph W. Schilling on behalf of several people who in December had submitted a successful bid for the land. Last month, Schilling advised the board the group would sell the land to the board at their purchase price of $80,000... MATTOON -- A former Mattoon man has been commanding an Army battalion which is mopping up after intense Viet Cong attacks in Saigon. American troops, part of a 199th Light infantry Brigade battalion commanded by Lt. Col. John Gibler of San Diego, formerly of Mattoon, have moved from the Saigon racetrack to look for Viet Cong in the surrounding rice paddy area. Lt. Col. Gibler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibler of Mattoon. Another son, Air Force Maj. James C. Gibler, has been flying reconnaissance missions from Chu Lai, south of the demilitarized zone, which separates North and South Vietnam... MATTOON -- Don McElhiney, who racked up a record-smashing 757 series earlier this season, just missed bowling a perfect game last week at the Mattoon Bowling Alley north of the city. According to owner Charles Authenreith, McElhiney threw 11 straight strikes before leaving three pins on his last ball. That left McElhiney with a 297, which is the third-highest single-game score in Mattoon pin history. Harry Schwartz rolled a perfect game many, many years ago at the ETOG Lanes before Bob McNary racked up a 300 score on Nov. 11, 1958, at Mattoon Bowling Alley. Those are the only two 300 scores ever recorded in Mattoon, according to Authenreith. 

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- Spotted owls, an environmentally conscious vice president and rainy weather have sent lumber prices completely through the roof. Chicago Mercantile Exchange officials reported that prices for 1,000 board feet of lumber deliverable in March set an all-time record high of $365.50 recently. Jim Allee, a fourth-generation wholesaler of lumber for nine states, says he’s never seen anything like it. Allee said protection of the spotted owl has reduced lumber production… NORMAL -- Chuck Dickerson, former Mattoon High School head football coach and assistant at Eastern Illinois University, has been hired as offensive coordinator at Illinois State University. Dickerson was at Mattoon in 1968-69 and was on the staff at EIU from 1980 to 1982. The 27-year coaching veteran was tight ends coach and then defensive line coach for two more years on the NFL Buffalo Bills staff from 1987 to 1991.

100 years ago, Feb. 14, 1918

MATTOON -- The local military draft exemption board today sent notices to an additional 19 registrants who are being held for military service on recommendation of the district medical advisory board. The list includes registrants who were initially rejected by the local board prior to Provost Marshal General Crowder's modifications of the physical requirements. Reports are that the medical advisory board has made recommendations in a number of other cases which are to be passed upon later by the local exemption board... MATTOON -- The old baggage depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, a temporary structure just south of the Big Four bridge and east of the Essex House, is being wrecked and removed. This is the last of the temporary structures used by the Illinois Central while its new passenger station was in course of construction. 

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Seven business and professional men today announced that an application has been made with the state for a permit to organize a new bank in Mattoon. The proposed new bank is to be known as the Security Bank and Trust Co. Incorporators are Harlan Heller, Carl Ozee, Joseph N. Hendrix, Thomas Donnell, G. Boyce Bazzell, all of Mattoon, and Glenn Williams of Carbondale.Bazzell said the institution would have a proposed capital of $500,000. The bank is proposed to be located at 112 N. 16th St. Action on the application is expected in the next month to five weeks, Bazzell said... MATTOON -- Hundreds of people were helped by the Salvation Army during the past year, Capt. Kenneth D. Sharp, local corps commander, noted in a report for the organization's annual meeting yesterday. Capt. Sharp pointed out that 930 people were assisted through the Christmas program. Included were 355 shut-ins, 187 children given gifts and 176 families served. Other activities included providing 40 food orders to the needy and supplying clothing to 40 people. Meals were provided to 440 transients and 171 were given lodging. Officers of the board are James L. Warren, chairman; Chester L. Smith, vice chairman; Ninetta Biggs, secretary; and Mrs. Lucile Biggs, treasurer.

25 years ago, 1993

Sunday. No paper.

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