100 years ago, Jan. 30, 1918
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Police Department will undertake to stop the practice of pedestrians making short cuts across private lawns and over private property of all kinds. It also will enforce the local traffic regulation intended to prevent pedestrians from crossing streets except at street intersections. Chief of Police Gibler said special watch will be made by the police force at school grounds, at church property and at corner lots in residential districts. It has been the habit of many to cut across grounds of public schools, at the Central Baptist Church, across grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and at diverse other places... CHARLESTON -- J.F. Fraser, who is superintending work on the government Post Office building on Sixth Street, stated this morning that the building will be ready for occupancy by the middle of March. Plastering has been completed for some time, and the latter part of the week the wood finishing on the inside will be started... CHICAGO -- Illinois now has 365 "less" days a year. Because of needs for the European War, Food Administrator Harry Wheeler today decreed that every breakfast is to be meatless, every supper wheatless, every Monday and Wednesday wheatless all day, every Tuesday meatless and every Saturday porkless.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Congressman William L. Springer of Champaign said he will request construction funds for the Lincoln Reservoir after money for the 6,700-acre lake near Charleston was omitted from President Johnson's budget. Springer said he would request the House Appropriations Committee include funds for the reservoir in this year's Public Works bill. The president's budget included $6.8 million for continued construction of the Shelbyville Reservoir and $6.4 million for work on the Kaskaskia River. Funds for planning the Lincoln Lake project will be depleted on June 30. If no additional funds are provided for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, no work would be done on the reservoir before the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1969... MATTOON -- Employment in the Mattoon area, including Coles and Cumberland counties, increased by 100 to reach a total of 24,125 in mid-December, according to Rufus Morris, research analyst for the Illinois State Employment Service here. the gain was accomplished despite seasonal losses in mining and construction because of weather conditions. Seasonal increases in wholesale-retail trade, Morris said, was a factor in the boost. For the next four months the Illinois State Employment Service is predicting a stable economic picture.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- As of Dec. 31, Coles County had five documented cases of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and one Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive case. In addition, Cathie Reynolds of the Coles County Health Department and Coroner John Schilling both said there has been at least one death in the county from an AIDS-related disease. In the seven-county JGTC readership area, there are 16 cases of AIDS and 10 HIV positive cases, although no figures are available from Moultrie County… CHARLESTON -- The city of Charleston is now the home to the 1993 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. Nikki Bauman, a senior at Eastern Illinois University, recently was crowned at the annual county fair convention in Springfield. She was chosen from a field of 70 county fair queens. Bauman is a resident of Olney in Richland County. The new Miss Illinois County Fair said she feels more like a college student than a queen… MATTOON -- Paul Black, a clerk in the Mattoon city clerk’s office, has accepted a position with U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard. Black will be assigned to Poshard’s new Coles County office that is scheduled to open in February. Black has worked for the City of Mattoon since May 1989. An Eastern Illinois University graduate, Black also served four years as a reporter for the JGTC.
100 years ago, Jan. 31, 1918
MATTOON -- Apples, in addition to tomatoes, will be canned this season at the local plant of the Loudon Packing Company, according to an announcement today by Frank M. Buckingham, manager. The order to can apples comes as a surprise, said Mr. Buckingham. Plans of the company were to begin canning apples, beans, sweet corn and other fruits and vegetables in 1919. The local plant currently employs 45 people to can tomatoes. When the plant is equipped to can all the fruits and vegetables named, a force of 150 to 200 will be employed year around... MATTOON -- In order to assist the United States in winning the war against Germany, a movement to enroll boys over the age of 16 , that is to begin on May 1, started yesterday afternoon in the Mattoon schools. About 12 or 14 boys of Mattoon High School were enrolled. Others are enrolling today. Consent of the parents is necessary. Boys are being told it is their patriotic duty to help produce the food that is necessary for supplying the armies of this country and her allies.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Water Board last night adopted a report from consulting engineers which couples an $800,000 water treatment and distribution system improvement program with an increase in water rates. The report has been sent to the Mattoon City Council with the recommendation that the water rate revisions, up an average of 30 percent, become effective by Feb. 1. The current rate for 70,000 cubic feet of water used per month is 25 cents per 100 cubic feet. The recommended new rates are 60 cents per 100 cubic feet for the first 2,000 feet, the next 18,000 cubic feet at 40 cents per 100 cubic feet and 30 cents per 100 cubic feet for the next 30,000 cubic feet... MATTOON -- Six high school semiors have been named recipients of awards presented annually by the Governor Edward Coles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jane Spurgeon of Mattoon, Diane Phillips of Lovington and Janis White of Sullivan have been selected from senior girls for the DAR Good Citizen Award. Ronald O. Wirth of Mattoon, Larry Wood of Lovington and Steven Harris of Sullivan are recipients of the Good Citizenship Award, given to the outstanding senior boy by the National Defense Committee of the DAR chapter... MATTOON -- The Mattoon Rifle and Pistol Club recently elected new officers. Elected were Cloyd Staples, president; Fred Nichols, vice president; Bill Biggs, secretary-treasurer; Homer Iler, executive officer; and Roscoe Kersey, instructor.
25 years ago, 1993
Sunday. No paper.