100 years ago, Jan. 16, 1918

CAMARGO -- Believed to be the record yield for corn in Illinois is that made on the John Brown farm, south of Camargo in Douglas County. Husking returns show that production will range between 115 and 120 bushels an acre. A year ago, that farm produced 117 bushels an acre, and the average this year will be very close to that of 1916. Due to the high price of corn, the returns will range about $138 per acre, thought to be higher than any other field in the state... SHELBYVILLE -- Albert King, a young farmer living with his mother, Mrs. Isabel King, three miles south of Tower Hill, is in a critical condition from freezing during the blizzard on Saturday. On that day, King, aged 24, walked from Pana to Tower Hill, about 10 miles, and when he reached the latter place the back of his neck and portions of his head and face were frozen solid. Everything possible is being done for the young man, but his condition is reported to be serious.  

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- More than 15,000 people boarded Illinois Central Railroad passenger trains in Mattoon last year, according to Illinois Central figures. Passengers either arriving or departing at the Mattoon depot averaged about 100 people a day in 1967. The Illinois Central has five northbound and five southbound passenger trains that stop in Mattoon each day. An Illinois Central official said the recent loss of railroad post office cars threatens some passenger service. Fewer postal cars means marginal passenger trains may be eliminated in the near future... MATTOON -- Several records were set in 1967 by Ozark Air Lines operations at Coles County Memorial Airport. The number of passengers boarding planes leaving the local airport totaled 4,955 compared to 4,378 the previous year. A record 196,810 pounds of cargo left the airport on Ozark flights. In-bound cargo amounted to 96,951 pounds during 1967.The weight of air mail leaving the airport set a record in December with 3,613 pounds on departing flights.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- Two Coles County couples will be witnesses to history when they attend the inauguration of resident-Elect Bill Clinton and Vice President-Elect Al Gore. Bill and Roberta Hollada of Mattoon and Hal and Barbara Nordin of Charleston received invitations from the Clinton-Gore Inaugural Committee for the Jan. 20 inauguration. The Nordins and Holladas aren’t sure what vantage point they will have of the swearing-in ceremony and what events they will be able to attend. U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard’s office sent the couples a list of several free events that will be open to the public… CHARLESTON -- Tom Corbin, a detective with the Charleston Police Department, has been selected by his fellow officers as the department’s 1992 Police Officer of the Year. The department’s 28 police officers, including all chiefs and managers, vote on the award. Corbin has been a detective for the past three years.

100 years ago, Jan. 17, 1918

CHARLESTON -- During the blizzard conditions Friday afternoon about 60 head of sheep on the Simon Rennels farm in Hutton Township southeast of Charleston sought refuge in an old building on the farm. The building collapsed under the weight of the snow and the animals were suffocated to death. The loss to Rennels will be about $550. He had owned the animals for about two months... MATTOON -- Big Four Railroad Superintendent O.S. Millard and Master Mechanic E.J. Buckbee have notified shop employees, trainmen and all others to cease using the turntable for a walk, advising them that the table when used for such is unsafe, that the practice is dangerous. The turntable during the winter is covered with ice... CHARLESTON -- The sturdy and husky basketball team of Illinois College will arrive from Jacksonville to play the team of the Eastern Illinois State Normal School in the local gymnasium this evening, and the contest promises to be a most royal battle. Jacksonville's team, which is going strong, defeated the Normal team last week by a close score. The teams are considered to be the two topnotchers in the race for the championship of the Little Nineteen Conference and tonight the chance to "go over the top" will be given to one of these teams.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- City and Association of Commerce officials were among those testifying this morning at an Interstate Commerce Commission public hearing to object to the proposed discontinuation by the New York Central Railroad of its east-west passenger service through Mattoon and Charleston.Proposed by the New York Central is the elimination of Trains 312 and 341 running daily between St. Louis and the Indiana-Ohio state line. The railroad presented its case yesterday in St. Louis, reporting that in 1967 an average of 1.7 people a day boarded the east-bound train in Mattoon. An average of 2 people a day boarded the west-bound train for St. Louis... MATTOON -- Lake Land College's first-year basketball team enjoyed a record-setting night last night with a 142-47 victory over Mid-State Junior College of Peoria at the National Guard Armory Gym. It was the Lakers' 10th straight win this season without a loss. Eight players scored in double figures for coach Jim Dudley's squad. Rex Morgan led the way with 23 markers... CHARLESTON -- Construction of a $1 million 7,500-seat stadium at Eastern Illinois University has been given preliminary approval by the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities. At its meeting in Chicago, the board also approved a feasibility study of a $3.5 million auditorium at EIU. A fee of $4.25 a quarter will be charged EIU students beginning in fall quarter 1968 to finance the stadium. 

25 years ago, 1993

Sunday. No paper.

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