100 years ago, Jan. 1, 1918

MATTOON -- Four degrees below zero is the coldest temperature experienced in Mattoon so far this season, according to the records of Captain J. Withington, the local authority on weather. This temperature was recorded on Dec. 10, 11 days before winter arrived "officially." Captain Withington's records show the high for the month was 66 degrees on Dec. 1. The precipitation for December was low, 1 inch only. This was due to snowfall, the total being 10 inches... WASHINGTON -- The federal government set out today to find out all about you and your income. From now to March 1 it will be a most personally inquisitive government. All married persons who received in 2017 an income of $2,000, and $1,000 for a single person, are required to furnish this information to the internal revenue collector in their districts before March 1. One thousand or more relentless revenue agents will be behind procrastinators, prodding them.

50 years ago, 1968

New Year's Day. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

New Year’s Day. No paper.

100 years ago, Jan. 2, 1918

MATTOON -- After Feb. 1, the municipal water and lighting plants will be operated solely by the board of water and light commissioners. A resolution, first adopted by the Mattoon City Council on Sept. 17, 1907, was adopted last night. The city is to pay to the board $32 a year for each arc light operated on the streets. There are now 232 such lights. The commissioners' plan is to buy electricity for the street lights from the Central Illinois Public Service Co. until the wartime prices revert to normal... SHELBYVILLE -- The garage of M.O. Finks, located on Morgan Street a block west of the Shelby County Courthouse, was destroyed by fire early this morning. Only three of the 72 automobiles stored in the garage were saved. Loss to the building and contents is estimated at from $70,000 to $80,000. The origin of the fire is unknown. It is presumed to have started from a stove in the north end of the building. An employee who slept there was not awakened until the entire plant was in flames... CHARLESTON -- Mrs. Cora Bennett has received her Carnegie Hero medal awarded to her late husband, Jack Bennett, who lost his life while trying to save Etheridge from drowning in the Ambraw River some months ago. The medal is a large bronze affair enclosed in a beautiful case. This is the first hero medal to be awarded to any person in Coles County.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Robert Eric Shigley was the first baby of the new year born at Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Mattoon's first baby of 1968 was born at 2:43 a.m. yesterday to Mrs. Richard Shigley of Mattoon. Mr. and Mrs. Shigley are the parents of two other children, Christa, 7, and Elizabeth, 4. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces at birth and was delivered by Dr. Ken R. Momtaz. Mr. Shigley is bindery superintendent at R.R. Donnelley and Sons... CHARLESTON -- The man who styled himself as the "second Abraham Lincoln" died Saturday night when fire struck his small frame home north of Lincoln Log Cabin State Park. Dead is Clarence Hall, 75, who claimed relation to Hall through the Hanks family. Hall was the great-great-grandson of Sarah Bush Lincoln, the stepmother of Abraham Lincoln. Hall, who was bearded, was well known in the area for portraying Lincoln... MATTOON -- The new year of 1968 wasted no time in putting itself into the record books. When it arrived on the scene at midnight Sunday, the mercury at Central Illinois Public Service Co. was well below zero and dropped to a record of 11 degrees below zero before daylight. The reading was the coldest for a Jan. 1 in Mattoon, according to records kept at the newspaper, which date back more than 20 years.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- A total of 141 players braved the cold, the wind and some blowing light snow yesterday at the 18th Annual Frozen Open at Rogala Public Links. Golfers from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri bundled up in their winter’s best and made the most of it. The temperature was 10 degrees when the first foursome teed off. The high temperature recorded in Mattoon yesterday was 19. Greg McCullough won the tournament with a low score of 31. Sean Orr had a 33 while Steve Wagner and Dave Jenks had 34s. Rick Cox shot a 35. In the women’s division, Brandi Brewer shot a 51 while Rachel Birdsong had a 54 and Erin Shinefelt shot 58… CHARLESTON – Finding an alternative energy source for home heating was the goal of Steve and Pam Hutton. The rural Charleston couple decided to go the geothermal route for heating and cooling, and for supplying hot water in their new home. The system uses the ground to help heat and cool. The ground is naturally warmer in winter and cooler in summer than outside air. Coils are sunk about 150 feet into the ground. Les Dallas of LD Mechanical said the geothermal system currently costs about $14,000. Proponents say it will pay for itself in about five years. Dallas said approximately 75 geothermal systems have been installed in the Coles County area.

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