100 years ago, March 1, 1918
MATTOON -- Miss Hazel Henderson, a young woman of Mattoon, has been employed to teach the remainder of the term at the Shinn School. Miss Henderson succeeds Miss Emma Timm, who has been charged with being a disloyal person... SHELBYVILLE -- A high school basket ball tournament was begun here yesterday evening. Three contests were held. Shelbyville defeated Mattoon, score 35-14. Assumption defeated Altamont, 56-22; and Mt. Olive defeated Kansas, 54-11. Mattoon came to Shelbyville about 100 strong, a number of instructors at the high school, including Principal Black, being in attendance. Owing to a wreck west of Shelbyville on the Big Four Railroad, the delegation was five hours late in leaving Shelbyville, departing at 1:40 o'clock this morning.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- Yesterday, Feb. 29, was Leap Year Day in Coles County and the nation. Americans get an extra day every four years. Ozark Air Lines took advantage of the extra day to announce that jet air service comes to Coles County Memorial Airport on April 1. Russell R. Pankey, district marketing and public relations manager for Ozark, said all flights currently serving the Mattoon-Charleston area are operated with DC-3 piston-driven aircraft. New FH-227 Jet-Prop planes cost $1.5 million each and Ozark now has 21 of them to be used throughout its 12-state system. The new plane, he said, has seats for 48 passengers and will cruise at 300 mph... MATTOON -- Linda Gilkerson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Gilkerson of Mattoon, has been awarded a senior trainee fellowship in special education at the University of Kansas. The fellowship, for the 1968-69 school year, is based on scholarship and potential in the special education field. Miss Gilkerson, a junior, was on the Dean's List for the fifth consecutive semester,receiving an "A" in all her courses.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- Lucy Pacquet Gabbard has gone from Eastern Illinois University English instructor to stage and film actress. Pacquet Gabbard and her husband, retired EIU theater professor Glendon Gabbard, have been actors since retiring from EIU. Pacquet Gabbard portrayed Grandma Joad in Steppenwolf’s version of “The Grapes of Wrath,” which received a 1990 Tony Award for Best Play. Now, she can be seen in a couple scenes of the movie, “Groundhog Day,” starring comedian Bill Murray… MATTOON -- Steven L. Childers has been named vice president and general manager for Consolidated Telemarketing of America. He succeeds Joe Dively, who was named general manager/commercial division for the recently formed Telecom Services unit at the parent company, Consolidated Communications. Childers joined Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. in 1986 as division accounting manager… WACO, Texas -- Fierce gun battles erupted yesterday when more than 100 law officers tried to arrest the head of a heavily armed religious cult. At least four federal agents and two cult members were killed. Many more were wounded, including the leader of the Branch Davidian sect, Vernon Howell, who also goes by the name David Koresh.
100 years ago, March 2, 1918
MATTOON -- Thousands of people were turned away from the Majestic Theater and from the First Presbyterian Church last night on seeking admittance to hear the concerts given there by the Great Lakes Naval Training Station Band, which is touring the country in the interest of the war stamp and thrift stamp campaign. Every seat in the opera house was occupied even before time came to open the doors, entrances having been made through fire exits, stage doors, windows and otherwise. The overflow went to the church in a rush and only a small portion could be accommodated. The band assembled on the opera house stage at 8:10 o'clock and after performing the first half of its program, went hastily to the church, where a pleasing program was rendered. It returned to the opera house at 10 o'clock for the remainder of the program and speeches about the war effort... CHARLESTON -- A man, supposed by papers found on him to be William Bomgers, a resident of Baltimore, Md., but a native of Holland, was shot and killed about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon by Charleston Police Officer Glosser in a Big Four Railroad box car just west of Division Street. The Big Four freight train entered Charleston just before 4 o'clock, and Conductor Coughlin of Mattoon, passing by in his train, noticed the seal on a car, containing peanuts, was broken. Two men were in the car, lying on a bag of peanuts. The conductor ordered the men to leave and they refused. Policeman Glosser was summoned. One man departed, but the other refused, Patrolman Glosser said. He threatened to kill the officer and made a motion as though to draw a revolver. The officer immediately drew his revolver and fired. An investigation revealed that behind the dead body was a piece of a coupling pin and an iron bar. Further search of the clothing revealed a razor, a small pocket knife, tobacco and 16 cents.
50 years ago, 1968
ARTHUR -- A fire which injured one employee and destroyed a building struck Progress Industries in Arthur yesterday morning. The injured man, Charles Raymer, 25, of Atwood, was listed in fair condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. A company spokesman said an ink trailer was being cleaned for repairs when a spark from an electric welder apparently touched some paint, causing the explosion. That explosion caused the fire and some other explosions. Fire departments from Progress, Industries, Arthur, Atwood, Arcola and the USI Industrial Chemical Co. at Tuscola were called to the scene shortly after 10 a.m... NORMAL -- Illinois State edged Eastern Illinois University 65-60 last night to close out an undefeated Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball season. For EIU, the season-ending defeat means John Caine will retire as a basketball coach for the second time in as many seasons. Caine thought he had retired from the coaching ranks when he left Lea (Minn.) College last year to work on an advanced degree and supervise student teachers at EIU. But when Rex Darling, the Panther basketball coach, left for a tennis coaching job in Texas in late August, Caine was suddenly appointed varsity basketball coach. The Panthers finished 9-16 with a 5-7 record in the IIAC.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- To maintain enrollment at a level consistent with its state appropriation, Eastern Illinois University has notified high school guidance personnel across the state that a cutoff of new freshmen applications for fall 1993 will be announced in the near future. The exact date of the cutoff has not been established but will be implemented without further notice, said Dale Wolf, EIU director of admissions. President David Jorns said EIU cannot continue to accept more students than it has resources to accommodate… MATTOON -- The National League of Junior Cotillions will open a Coles County chapter this spring. An informational meeting will be held tomorrow at the DeMars Center in Mattoon. This will be only the second location in Illinois to have an NLJC chapter. The first was in Champaign County. The Junior Cotillion program features etiquette and social dance training for junior high-age students. Advisory board members include Lynn Phillips, Kathy Oakley, Kathy Warren, Janie Fisher, Celeste Webb, Dolores Metzger, Chris Thompson, Shawn Fisher, Susan Schilling, Linda Probst and Peggy Kirk.