100 years ago, Jan. 11, 1918
NEOGA -- The mad dog scare has not abated in this vicinity since the first case came up about Dec. 28. Several dogs have been stricken and died with what has every appearance of being rabies, says the Neoga News. On Dec. 7, a scotch collie belonging to John McClory, south of Trowbridge, showed symptoms. Before she left home she bit several hogs and a calf. About 10 days afterward, the calf died and four of the hogs have since died. The dog also appeared in Neoga on Dec. 8 and is known to have bitten several dogs, four of which have developed rabies and died... WASHINGTON -- The woman suffrage constitutional amendment bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last night by a vote of 274-136. The victors had not a single vote to spare. Two-thirds of 440 is 273 1/3. But the House parliamentarian ruled that the clerks could not split a man into any fraction. Galleries crowded with women burst into a salvo of applause such as the chamber has not heard in years. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the matter next month.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Mr. and Mrs. James Phipps of Mattoon today received official notification that their son, Warrant Officer James L. (Larry) Phipps, 24, has been listed as missing in action in Vietnam. The Phipps were visited by a U.S. Army representative who told them their son had been listed as missing since Jan. 9. WO Phipps, a helicopter pilot, has been in the Army for five years and in Vietnam since October. He is a 1962 graduate of Mattoon High School. He recently was featured in this newspaper in a story about getting together with his cousin, Marine Cpl. Ronald Henderson of Mattoon on Christmas Day in Vietnam... MATTOON -- Burglars, hacking and chipping away a steel encased concrete door last night, took an estimated $500 from a safe in the Construction Materials Co. building at 312 S. 21st St. Police theorize at least two people were involved in the burglary discovered at 1 a.m. today bgy policemen on patrol.
25 years ago, 1993
MATTOON -- The first substantial snowfall of winter fell throughout Saturday night and yesterday morning. About 4 ½ inches of snow fell in Mattoon, reported Central Illinois Public Service Co. Area law enforcement agencies reported a few weather-related accidents but none with injuries. The snow sent young people out sledding, snowmobiling, building snowmen and other winter activities… CHARLESTON -- Postmaster Donna Fox admits that drive-up mailboxes on Jefferson Avenue just north of the post office are a problem. But after a total of seven boxes placed in the alley behind the post office were damaged by vehicles or vandals, Fox said the boxes had to be moved back to the street, even though they impede traffic. “We ran out of mailboxes,” she explained… CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Joseph E. Orndorff, son of Eugene and Virginia Orndorff of Mattoon, has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent Office in Washington. Orndorff is the president of Scrip-Safe Security Products, located in Cincinnati. The patented invention is a security printing process used to prevent and detect paper document forgeries and unauthorized paper document reproductions. Orndorff has a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University and master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.
100 years ago, Jan. 12, 1918
MATTOON -- Mattoon is storm bound. Nothing is coming in. Nothing is going out. It is colder than it has been for 25 years, the temperature having dropped overnight to 19 degrees below zero. Neither the Big Four nor Illinois Central operated any of their trains through here last night. All of the Big Four's wires west of Mattoon are down. All of the Illinois Central's wires from Mattoon to Champaign are down. The Interurban cars are running between Mattoon and Charleston on schedule... MATTOON -- The Mattoon Merchants Association has guaranteed the Loudon Packing Co., now controlled by Armour & Co., Chicago, a planting of from 500 to 600 acres of tomatoes to make it possible to operate the local plant year-round. In the event the desired acreage is not secured, the Mattoon plant will be moved to Washington, Ind. The government wants all the tomatoes it can get. The Loudon Co. agrees to pay $15 a ton for tomatoes, this being an increase of $7 a ton over last year.
50 years ago, 1968
WINDSOR -- Ruins of a shop and storage building on the Neal-Cooper Grain Co. property in Windsor continued to smolder this morning after fire struck the building late last night. An isolated section of the 50- by 100-foot structure continued to burn this morning and oil stored in the facility reportedly exploded twice without causing additional damage. Carl Cooper, president of the company, said today the cause of the fire is undetermined. Attempts to arrive at an estimate of the damage were being made this morning. Firefighters from Windsor, Strasburg and Shelbyville were on the scene early this morning... ARCOLA -- Douglas County authorities are investigating the death yesterday of an Arcola High School janitor. Frank A. Clark, 56, was found unconscious in the furnace room of the school and suffering from a blow to the head on Tuesday. He was taken home and then transferred to Jarman Hospital in Tuscola where he died at 5 p.m. yesterday... MATTOON -- Approximately 12 accidents a week were reported and investigated by Mattoon police but there were no traffic fatalities in the city in 1967. There were 606 accidents reported and 565 traffic tickets issued in the city last year, according to Mattoon police statistics. The report also listed major crimes in Mattoon with burglary at the top of the list with an average of three every two weeks.City police also answered 5,223 calls last year, an average of 14 per day.
25 years ago, 1993
MATTOON -- A test plot at Lake Land College produced 240 bushels of corn per acre last fall. Dawn Thomson, farm manager for LLC, said 1992 was a record year in several ways, including an average of 200-plus bushels of corn per acre. Thomson told the Lake Land Board of Trustees last night that the farm this year showed a profit of about $32,000… CHARLESTON -- While some people wiped snow off their cars Sunday, others saw snow drifts where their snows were once parked. The Charleston Police Department towed 44 vehicles late Saturday night and early Sunday because they were parked along the city snow removal routes. The cost to retrieve the cars was $35 to $45, said Bob Bartley of Bartley’s Garage. When there is snow accumulation of more than 2 inches, the city has the authority to put snow routes into effect. Charleston received about 4 inches of snow over the weekend… MATTOON -- Lora “Nicole” White, daughter of Sandie and Mark White of Charleston, was the first baby born at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in 1993. She was born at 10:59 a.m. Jan. 2. She received a savings bond from the hospital presented by Marsha Blair, assistant vice president, nursing, and Vicki Clark, director of obstetrics.