100 years ago, Feb. 8, 1918
ARCOLA -- Something has happened to inject a little pep into the broomcorn market during the past few days. Some of the sales of brush reported recently are: Rue Edgar, crop of broomcorn at $400 a ton; Roy Harshbarger, car load crop at $400 and $325 a ton; Dr. J.L. Polk and tenant, John Heskett, crop at $400 per ton; William Baker, crop of three cars at $425 per ton; and Fred Gasaway, crop at $425 a ton... MATTOON -- Claude M. McHatton, a chauffer for a local bakery, appeared before Judge McIntyre, U.S. commissioner, this afternoon on a charge of uttering expressions intended to aid and assist the German government in its war against the United States. McHattoon is being held under $3,000 bond. His alleged disloyal utterances are said to have been made yesterday following the sinking of the transport, Tuscania, carrying American troops en route to France. He is charged with saying the "German government and its war machine are superior to those of the United States, that Germany will win the war eventually and that America will be better off if Germany does win the war." ... ARCOLA -- David Thompson in figuring out his income tax statement found that Mrs. Thompson was a very active member of the family partnership and that she realized $903.89 from the sale of chickens, eggs and butter during 1917. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have one daughter who husked 3,000 bushels of corn. As prices have advanced on poultry and dairy products, many of the country women are realizing an excellent income.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Two Mattoon High School ROTC cadets have been promoted to the highest ranks in the battalion. Leon Keith Smith has been selected Cadet Lieutenant Colonel while cecil Wayne Brown is Cadet major. Smith is battalion commander and Brown is executive officer of the 1967-68 ROTC unit. Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Smith. Brown si the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob E. Brown. The ROTC unit this year has 116 cadets. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry L. Tuma is commandant of the unit. First Sgt. Stanley Kujawski is military adviser to the unit... SULLIVAN -- Ballads, minstrels and war songs associated with the life of Abraham Lincoln will highlight an evening of "Songs that Lincoln Loved" Monday at Sullivan High School. The event, a part of the Illinois Sesquicentennial celebration, is being staged to honor Lincoln on the anniversary of his birth and to raise funds for a permanent monument to Lincoln in Sullivan's Wyman Park. The monument to be erected is to depict Lincoln speaking in Freeland's grove during his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Stephen Douglas in 1858.It is being designed by Ben Watkins of the eastern Illinois University art department.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- Tom Woodall was prepared to sing for his supper. But he didn’t know he also would be honored with the Outstanding Citizen Award at the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Saturday. Woodall was honored for his service as director of the adult fitness program at Eastern Illinois University and as director of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program. An EIU distance running coach, Woodall also has been active in the Coles County Chorus barbershop chorus. That’s why Woodall thought he had been invited to the Chambber dinner. “I was told my quartet was going to sing, said Woodall when accepting the award. Woodall and his quartet -- Ron Leathers, Gary Nohren and Woodall’s son, Tim -- did sing a couple numbers, to the delight of the audience. Tom and Marge Woodall came to Charleston in 1965… MATTOON -- Jaime and Lupe Garza and their children will be moving into their new house at 717 Prairie Ave. in Mattoon today. The Garzas, along with about 100 volunteers, helped to build and raise money for the home. The house was built through Coles County Habitat for Humanity. The Garzas’ home is the second Habitat for Humanity house built in Coles County and the first built in Mattoon.
100 years ago, Feb. 9, 1918
MATTOON -- The local exemption board for the military draft, at a meeting last night, decided to call for physical examination a number of registrants who were exempted from military service on the grounds of physical disabilities. The board also today placed in the hands of the sheriff and chiefs of police in the county a list of delinquents, registrants who have failed to file questionnaires. The list contains 27 names only, the total number of registrants in Coles County being 2,790. Sixteen of the delinquents are Mattoon residents, five from Charleston and the remaining number from the rest of the county... MATTOON -- Fred Hasley of the car department of the Big Four Railroad is off duty on account of a mashed finger. James Reagin, work report clerk for the Big Four, is sick at home. Reagin is a newly married man. Fireman Kenter is off duty on account of illness. Engineer Prentice is off duty on account of illness. Fireman R.D. Crispin is among the absent. Oscar Hicks, engine dispatcher, returned to the roundhouse yesterday long enough to prepare the time slips. He has been off duty for several days on account of illness.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Ernest Lorenz has been elected president of the Mattoon United Fund for 1968, succeeding Eugene W. Hogan. Lorenz was drive chairman in 1967. Other officers elected yesterday were Bill Davis, vice president and drive chairman; Merle Lowry, secretary; and Grant Fleenor, treasurer... MATTOON -- Two Mattoon area men recently recorded songs inspired by area residents. Dave Schultz, JG photographer, recorded a song which won a prize for a Robinson woman in the Christian Record Talking Magazine's international contest for original music compositions by blind and handicapped people. Schultz recorded the song, "The Waters of Marah," for Margaret Arnett of Robinson. Schultz was accompanied by the Rev. Gerald Van Tine of the First Nazarene Church of Mattoon. Orion Kirk of rural Gays had heard his son, Army Capt. William O. Kirk, complain about the mud prevalent in Vietnam where the captain is stationed. His complaints inspired his father to compose "The Vietnam Mud," a song that has since been recorded on the Crusade label. The elder Kirk, who works in the receiving department at Blaw-Knox, got help with the tune from personal friends Blanche and "Walking Bill" Smith.
25 years ago, 1993
MATTOON -- All labor groups at Lake Land College are finally under contract. Last night, the LLC Board of Trustees approved a contract with the Secretarial Association retroactive to July 1. Negotiations began almost a year ago. The secretaries receive a raise of 4.25 percent. Goble Jessup, who negotiated the contract for Lake Land, said the wage and benefit package was closer to 7 percent, including an increase in health insurance benefits… MATTOON -- Winners have been announced in Saturday’s Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby, held at the Cross County Mall. First Grade winners included James Stanford, first, Pack 57, Mattoon; Michael Warren, second, Pack 33, Mattoon; Second Grade: Bryan Martin, first, Pack 39, Sullivan; Aaron Beard, second, Pack 33, Mattoon. Third Grade: Adam Polifka, first, Pack 41, Charleston; Danny Hilligoss, second, Pack 57, Mattoon. Fourth Grade: Clkint Hilligoss, first, Pack 57, Mattoon; Blake Martin, second, Pack 39, Sullivan. Fifth Grade: Taylor Mullins, first, Pack 33, Mattoon; Bob Becker, second, Pack 57, Mattoon… LEWISTOWN -- Charleston’s best-ever seventh-grade basketball season came to an end last night. The Little Trojans lost to Champaign Franklin in the state Elite Eight 48-47 to finish the season with a 21-1 record. Bill Houseworth was outstanding for the Little Trojans, scoring 33 points in the loss.