100 years ago, Jan. 13, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

ARCOLA -- Authorities have had "no luck" in apprehending a lone gunman who netted $1,225 in an armed robbery of an Arcola grocery store yesterday. The unmasked bandit struck Bob's Bi-Rite Store near the Illinois central Railroad depot shortly before 6 p.m. yesterday. The man came into the store and asked to see the owner, Robert Carson. Carson told police that the man talked for a few moments and then pulled out a revolver. The man told Carson to act natural, to go to the store office and get the money. The man placed the gun in a pocket and no one else in the store was aware of what was happening. The store has been open for about two months... CHARLESTON -- The first Eastern Illinois University graduate has been killed in Vietnam. First Lt. Thomas A. Grud, 25, of Park Ridge, was killed when his parachute failed to open when his plane was shot down on a reconnaissance mission. He was a Marine Corps pilot.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board eventually will have to find a way to pay the salary of its new board assistant, following action taken at yesterday’s board meeting. The board voted 10-2, with no discussion, to at some time hire a person to the new position strictly to handle operations of the board and its newly formed public building commission. The resolution the board passed makes no mention of the salary the assistant would receive, nor does it indicate when someone will be hired to fill the position. Elaine Karpus, the board secretary, currently handles bills, payroll and keeping board minutes, as part of her duties in the Coles County Clerk’s office. But they are just part of her duties in the clerk’s office… MATTOON -- After rigorous debate last night, the Mattoon school board approved what appears to be the most extensive social science graduation requirements in the area. The board OK’d a recommendation from Mattoon High School Principal Kirk Salmela to increase from four to six the number of social science credits required to graduate. In a survey of 14 other school of comparable size, five credits, or 2 ½ semesters, was the most required for graduation. The measure passed by a 4-3 vote. In another matter, the board approved an agreement with Consolidated Communications in which the school district will receive 5 percent of all long distance telephone call revenue generated within the district. The money, estimated at between $20,000 and $100,000 a year, likely will go into a non-profit foundation. The Charleston school board into a similar plan last month.

100 years ago, Jan. 14, 1918

MATTOON -- Passenger train No. 224 of the Indiana Division of the Illinois Central Railroad, in charge of Conductor J.W. Knight, pulled by freight engine No. 961, in charge of Engineer Bayne and Fireman McKleroy, and passenger engine No. 2007, in charge of Engineer James N. Milton and Fireman John H. Gano, was wrecked at 12:12 o'clock yesterday afternoon in a snow drift about 300 feet south of Jones Switch, a flag station about 3 miles southeast of Mattoon. Several people were injured, including Gano, who was caught between the cab and boiler head and stuck for more than an hour. His right arm had to be amputated. Both engines and one baggage car were derailed. The derailment occurred in a snow drift about 5 feet deep, the engines plowing through it for 80 or 90 feet before meeting with an accident... MATTOON -- Judge D.T. McIntyre is conducting today a secret investigation of complaints of disloyalty made against a citizen residing in the north end of Mattoon. A number of school teachers have been closely questioned. It is claimed that the man in question has been coaching his children to take no interest in anything in favor of the United States, counseling them that they are of German descent and they should hope for German successin the European war.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- Sears will take over the Kmart space at the Cross County Mall and a Hampton Inn will be built near the Holiday Inn, it was announced yesterday. In separate, unrelated announcements, it was revealed that Sears will expand dramatically and take over the 72,000-square foot store pace currently occupied by Kmart at the east end of the mall. Kmart is moving to a new 102,000-square foot building on Illinois Route 16 east of the mall. The Hampton Inn will be built in the lot south of the Wendy’s restaurant and east of the Holiday Inn. A closed Marathon station will be torn down to make way for the city’s newest motel… CHARLESTON -- About 150 Eastern Illinois University employees would be eligible for an early retirement incentive passed by the Illinois Legislature last night. Under the new proposal, employees between the ages of 55 and 60 who have worked at the university eight or more years may retire without paying the usual penalty. State lawmakers passed the measure in hopes that higher-paid staff will retire early, thus leaving openings that can be filled with younger, lower-paid personnel… MATTOON -- U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard’s local office relocated before it ever opened. In a move that apparently is to the liking of all involved, the Coles County Airport Authority Board voted Wednesday to give Poshard office space in the fire station at the northeast corner of the Coles County Memorial Airport. Wednesday’s vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Herb Brooks absent. The change got the OK of board Chairman Mel Lockard and Commissioner J. Fred Parrish. They opposed the original lease agreement the board passed last month by a 3-2 vote. That agreement would have put Poshard’s office in a section of the airport’s main hangar that houses the airport authority and Manager Jerry Carter’s office. Poshard said he prefers the fire station building location because it is more accessible to the public.

100 years ago, Jan. 15, 1918

MATTOON -- At 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Journal Gazette management decided that it would be foolhardy to send its carriers out to face the storm then blowing to deliver newspapers. Management then arranged for delivery to all in the business district, whether subscribers or not. The JG business office also called 27 business houses in various parts of the city and arranged to leave papers with them so subscribers living in the neighborhood could go get them. The Journal Gazette expresses its keen appreciation of the good spirit with which subscribers all over the city accepted the inconvenience. Of the more than 2,100 subscribers who receive the newspaper by carrier, only three made complaint because the carriers were not sent out... CHARLESTON -- The Charleston News says a houn' dawg of doubtful pedigree has been pesticating about the premises of B.F. Hamilton in the north end of Charleston, so Hamilton greased up a rusty old blunderbuss and went forth to kill what the sad-eyed poets call man's best friend. By the time Mr. Hamilton got the gun unlimbered, the mutt had transgressed onto the premises of J.W. Hayes, a neighbor, on the dawg's morning route after food and the pursuit of happiness. Anyhow, Mr. Hamilton fired a broadside, but just at that moment the slippery animal stepped aside and Mrs. Hayes came in line of the gun and received a shot in the calf of one of her legs, which injury has caused her consideranle pain as the shot cannot be located to extract it!

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Marine Corps Pfc. Michael Keith Friese of Mattoon was killed Friday in Vietnam, just two weeks after he had arrived there for duty. Friese, 18, was the son of Mrs. Lucy Friese of Mattoon and the late Henry Friese. His mother was notified Saturday afternoon that Pfc. Friese was killed by enemy mortar fire at a command post area at Long Chu, Vietnam. A 1967 graduate of Mattoon High School, Friese joined the Marine Corps in June. He left the states Dec. 27 for Vietnam. He was a member of a heavy artillery unit... MATTOON -- The Mattoon area, reeling under the impact of at least 8 inches of new snow, which began falling over the weekend, began digging out today from the 13-16 inches of snow covering the ground. Mattoon schools were open today but closings were reported at schools in Charleston, Cumberland, Neoga, Shelbyville, Sullivan, Effingham, Windsor, Gays, Stewardson-Strasburg, Findlay and Lovington.

25 years ago, 1993

ARTHUR -- With a Polaroid camera, a few twists of a dial and some massage, Albert C. Miller told his patients that he could solve their aches and pains. But he was no doctor. For years, Miller ran a “con game” designed to deceive dozens of Amish residents into believing they were receiving proper medical treatment, authorities said. Now, the Iowa man is charged in Douglas County with practicing medicine without a license. He apparently had treated more than 60 of the community’s Amish residents… MATTOON -- The Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild recently contributed $10,000 toward its $50,000 five-year pledge to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation. The Guild raised the money through the Chrysanthemum Ball and other fundraisers. Additionally, the Guild also contributed $7,000 to the Foundation for the Lifeline program to purchase replacement units. Mary Williams and Connie McCarthy, Guild officers, presented checks to Gene Leblond, president and CEO of SBLHC… CHARLESTON -- John Hartford, best known for being a cast member of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour TV show and composer of Campbell’s 1966 hit, “Gentle On My Mind,” will perform in a benefit concert Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. Hartford’s concert is a benefit for the Illinois Friends of the Folk Arts and the Tarble Arts Center for Folk Music Committee. Hartford became involved through his friend John “Doc” Holliday, a member of the Indian Creek Delta Boys, a local string band.

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