100 years ago, March 6, 1918
MATTOON -- An effort was made by some members of the Mattoon City Council last night to annul the contract recently made with the Central Illinois Public Service Company relative to the furnishing of electrical current for lighting the streets of the city for the ensuing five years. However, the effort failed. It was one of the stormiest sessions in recent months, virtually every member of the council "taking a shot" at the issue from one of the many angles. Personal attacks were made and clashes between council members were frequent. Mayor Swan, despite the fact he could have quieted the belligerents under the rules, seemed disposed to let each have his say regarding the topic, and it may be stated that all availed themselves of the opportunity. The whole discussion finally came to naught when a vote to have the ordinance repealed failed by a vote of six to five... MATTOON -- Fire was discovered in a pile of rubbish in a closet at the Strand Theater, 1809 Broadway, about 4:30 o'clock yesterday when the last reel of the afternoon picture show was being shown. Both companies of the fire department responded. The firemen of hose company No. 1 misunderstood the telephone operator when the alarm was sent in and they made a run to the Grand Theater in the 1500 block. On the return through Broadway, the auto firetruck ran over a collie dog that is said to have been annoying drivers of vehicles, killing it.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- The Mattoon voter information committee backing the five bond issues to be voted on March 30 says the golf course to be financed by one of the issues will pay for itself. Frank Ronchetti, chairman of the committee, said today an 18-hole golf course is one of the facilities that woulod be constructed by the $495,000 recreation bond issue. The course woujld be one of the features for the planned recreation area at Lake Paradise. Committee members point out there is no public golf course within 17 miles of Mattoon... MATTOON -- The annual meeting of Group 7 of the Illinois Bankers Association elected officers, heard several speakers and honored a local banker. More than 300 bankers from east-central Illinois, plus some from Chicago and St. Louis, attended the event. Grant Fleenor, cashier at First National Bank of Mattoon, was elected secretary-treasurer of the association. L.Q. Wilkinson, president of the Kansas State Bank in Edgar County, is outgoing president. Mrs. Lucile Bowman, senior vice president of Central National Bank of Mattoon, was presented a pin in recognition of her 50 years of service in banking.
25 years ago, 1993
MATTOON -- In the wake of new studies that show that second-hand smoke causes cancer, a number of new federal laws and guidelines regarding smoking in public places may be on the way. A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study says second-hand smoke causes 3,000 lung cancer deaths in non-smokers annually. Local governments, restaurants and other businesses have taken steps toward eliminating smoking. Mattoon Mayor Roger Dettro recently made smoking policies more strict at Mattoon City Hall. Several areas that had been common areas for smoking are now posted off-limits. Municipal buildings in Arcola and Neoga now are smoke-free… CHARLESTON -- The cast lists have been announced for the spring musical at Charleston High School. The three leads for this year’s production of “Damn Yankees” are Applegate, to be played by Larry Yaffe; Joe Hardy, double cast with Ben Davis and Jason Geagan; and Lola, double cast by Laura Beabout and Jackie Nees. Performances will be April 28-May 1 in the CHS Auditorium.
100 years ago, March 7, 1918
CHARLESTON -- Melvin Thomas, who was named on Tuesday by the Coles County Agricultural and Development Association as the first farm adviser for the county, was born on a farm in West Virginia. He lived on the farm until entering the University of Illinois in the fall of 1907. In 1909 he began work on the Agricultural Experiment Station on Soil Survey. Mr. Thomas worked there until resuming his school work in 1912. He graduated from the university in 1914 and accepted a position with the North Dakota Agricultural College where he taught farm management in addition to soil classes. Mr. Thomas is 33 years old... MATTOON -- Word was received today of the death of Webb Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Job Johnson of Coles Station, at Camp Taylor, Ky. Mr. Johnson had been at Camp Taylor since September. He had been suffering from the measles. It is presumed that pneumonia developed which soon brought a fatal determination of the disease. Mr. Johnson was 31 years of age. Just before leaving for Camp Taylor, he married a Charleston young woman, who is now making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson at Coles Station... SPRINGFIELD -- The state utilities commission today granted a certificate of convenience and necessity to Frank Williams to construct and operate an electric transmission line from Windsor through ghe village of Strasburg to Stewardson.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- A public hearing conducted by the Illinois Division of Highways today saw the unveiling of a plan to convert U.S. Route 45-Illinois Route 121 immediately south of Mattoon to a four-lane highway. Representatives of the district highway office at Effingham led this morning's hearing attended by about 75 people. The plans, as announced today, indicate that a four-lane highway will begin about 2 1/2 miles south of Mattoon at the Interstate 57 interchange and continue north to Olive Avenue. Acquisition of right of way should begin this year and construction planned for 1969... MATTOON -- The committee backing the five major bond issues to be voted on March 30 says the two issues on fire stations and equipment will help the city provide adequate fire protection. A $197,000 bond issue would finance two additional fire stations in the city while a $248,000 bond issue would purchase four pieces of firefighting equipment... MATTOON -- Illinois' first all-woman air derby will be held in May at Coles County Memorial Airport. It is sponsored by the Ninety Nine International Organmization of Licensed Women Pilots with the Central Illinois and Chicago chapters in charge. The derby will be called "Illi-nines Air Derby" and is another event held in conjunction with the celebration of the Illinois sesquicentennial. Contestants are limited to 40 planes. Spectators and planes are expected from an 11-state area, said Mrs. Bill McMahon of Charleston, local coordinator.
25 years ago, 1993
Sunday. No paper.