100 years ago, Feb. 27, 1918
MATTOON -- Drastic action was taken this morning by Judge D.T. McIntyre, U.S. commissioner, in the situation concerning the alleged disloyalty of the International Bible Students' Association's membership when he ordered that all literature pertaining to that religious organization be suppressed immediately, so far as it concerns local conditions. This action was taken by Judge McIntyre after he received information that federal authorities in Washington, through the Department of Justice, were contemplating legal steps against the Bible Students' Association. George W. Walters and Miss Emma Timm, two members of the Bible Students' Association who appeared Saturday before Judge McIntyre on charges of disloyalty, were formally arrested this morning. Each was ordered held under bond of $1,000... MATTOON -- The Parent Teachers Association of Mattoon, at the request of the local organization of the Women's Committee Council of National Defense, has arranged for a five days cooking school next week at the First Presbyterian Church. Miss Naomi Newburn, of the department of household science of the University of Illinois will be instructor and lecturer. The program will be: "What the Housewife Can Do to Help Win the War," "Ways of Saving Meat," "Ways of Saving Wheat," "Vegetables and Their Use in the Diet" and "Ways of Saving Sugar." ... MATTOON -- The concrete walls on the subway between the Broadway and Charleston Avenue bridges have been completed by A.W. Stoolman the contractor. Men are now engaged in cleaning up. The spur used by the passenger trains of the Mattoon District of the Indiana Division of the Illinois Central Railroad was completely hidden by dirt and debris for several weeks, but from now on will be occupied daily.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Mattoon Memorial Hospital's medical and surgical facilities in recent weeks have been faced with more patients than can be housed in rooms. frequently, it has been necessary to temporarily house patients in the hallways. Yesterday the medical-surgical floors were so full that the staff was forced to put five patients in the halls. During January, the medical-surgical areas had an occupancy of 115 percent of capacity and the same trend is continuing this month, according to William Hurlburt, administrator. Due to some patient discharges yesterday, the hallways' population dropped to two. The medical-surgical departments have 85 beds... MATTOON -- Jim Coker, a backup catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, announced his retirement from baseball last week after 12 years in the play-for-pay ranks, including eight in the majors. Coker is a former member of the Mattoon Phillies minor leage ballclub. He spent one season (1955) at Mattoon, his first in professional baseball. In 124 games, Coker batted .324 with 13 home runs, 85 RBI and stole 17 bases. Coker, who will be 32 in March, is retiring to go into business. With his retirement, it is believed he is the Mattoon Phillies' last link with Major League Baseball.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- Despite transportation difficulties due to Thursday’s 7-inch snowfall, more than 1,000 people attended Eastern Illinois University’s first-ever Health Fair and Symposium yesterday. Thirteen 50-minute workshops were presented as part of the fair’s schedule. Some workshops, however, were canceled or revised because presenters were unable to get to Charleston after the previous day’s heavy snowfall… ARCOLA -- An Arcola man was in critical but stable condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana after a car-snowplow accident yesterday morning. Jerry Malladay was driving north on U.S. Route 45 about three miles north of Arcola when his car collided with an Arcola Township snowplow driven by Paul Rogers of Arcola. The snowplow was eastbound on County Road 500 N and was crossing the U.S. highway when the accident occurred, Douglas County Sheriff Chuck Talbott said. The car was demolished, he said. The snowplow, a dump truck with a plow on front, was hit near the right door by the fuel tank. It overturned in the ditch.
100 years ago, Feb. 28, 1918
MATTOON -- Edward Phillips, formerly a resident of Mattoon, and Earl Romans of St. Louis lost their lives in a train wreck this morning on a reserve curve of the old line of the Big Four Railroad just west of Hillsboro. They were killed in a wreck of Big Four eastbound train No. 74 in charge of Conductor Mike Cronin. Ten cars of the middle of the train were derailed and piled in confusion. The two bodies were found in the wreckage of a car load of flour, the discovery made by Harry Hill and Fred Kight, Mattoon men who are members of the rescue run to the wreck... PARIS -- Sixty-one American soldiers, gas victims, lay in a hospital today, following a night of horror. The doctors worked all night. Five others were killed in the gas attack. The attack came suddenly this morning after an all-day rain. Stillness prevailed. Suddenly there was a huge flare from the German trenches as the minewerfers were discharged. Then came the detonations of high explosives with the quick spread of deadly gases.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Coles County Clerk Harry Grafton, along with other county officials, yesterday urged the employment of a supervisor of assessments be made mandatory. The officials voiced support for having the Illinois Legislature require counties to have a supervisor of assessments during a hearing of the Illinois County Problems Study Commission held at the Holiday Inn in Mattoon. Grafton and others said a supervisor of assessments helps to equalize taxes and avert a tax multiplier from being imposed by the state.State Rep. William D. Cox, R-Charleston, said Coles County had a supervisor of assessments several years ago, but the post was abolished by the county board of supervisors... MATTOON -- Coles County Sheriff Mike Curtis says there is a small traffic in the county, some being introduced into the area by veterans returning from Vietnam. Curtis told the Mattoon High School PTA last night that the traffic is in amphetamines and marijuana. Curtis said the narcotics come in from large cities and some is brought in "by a few veterans" returning from Vietnam.Inspector Clyde Weatherbee of the state narcotics bureau said the use of narcotics is becoming a major problem in Illinois and the rest of the country.
25 years ago, 1993
Sunday. No paper.