100 years ago, Nov. 30, 1917
MATTOON -- The 1917 football season ended in a blaze of glory when on Thanksgiving Day the Mattoon High School team defeated Paxton 45-0. The largest crowd that has attended a football game in Mattoon for about 10 years was present and greatly enjoyed the contest. The features of the game were the work of Checkley, Kenny and Isaacson. Checkley, by a wonderful diving tackle, downed a Paxton man who had received a long forward pass, at the Mattoon 5-yard line. Paxton attempted another pass for the score by Kenny intercepted and ran nearly the length of the field before being downed. He scored on the next play. Isaacson, playing his last game, was in every play. The game closed the high school careers of Captain Crookshank, Manager Bauer, Newsom, Gammill, Berkowitz and Isaacson... SHELBYVILLE -- When Judge J.C. McBride took up the work of the Shelby Circuit Court this week, he found a number of divorce cases awaiting him. The judge ruled on 12 divorce complaints. Eight women were granted divorces from their husbands and two men were granted divorces from their wives. One complaint was dismissed because she had not lived in Illinois quite a year. Judge McBride also annulled the marriage of Gladys Vest and Walter Vest because the girl was but 14 years old at the time of her marriage. They lived together but one month. The court annulled the marriage and gave the girl her maiden name of Green.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- A. Glen Hesler of Mattoon has assumed office as president of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association for 1967-68. Hesler, a retired executive of the Quaker Oats Co., served as vice president of the EIU Alumni Association last year. He is also on the board of directors of the EIU Foundation. He is a native of Mattoon and a 1925 graduate of EIU. Hesler succeeds John Huffman, Mattoon attorney, as president of the association. Secretary-treasurer is Lynn Swango, chemistry and math teacher at Sullivan High School... MATTOON -- Ten Mattoon residents were among 37 Lake Land College students named to the first Dean's List at the college for fall quarter. Students carried 12 or more hours of classes with a grade point average of 3.5 and above on a 4.0 scale. Named from Mattoon were Shirley J. Kolbus, Ronald L. Lang, Terry E. Bolin, Linda Kay Hall, Loretta F. Ostermeier, Ellen L. Campbell, Charles R. Dills, Sandra Kay Fuller, Mark Reis and Thomas W. Kastl.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- In an effort to reduce plastic waste flow to landfills, two Eastern Illinois University professors are researching property changes during plastics recycling. The research team has successfully produced plastics products from recycled products such as milk jugs. The team consists of Ping Liu, assistant professor of technology, and Tom Waskom, associate professor of technology, assisted by graduate assistant Greg Muncer of Palatine and students in EIU’s materials testing class. Twenty percent of landfill flow is plastics, Liu said. By studying the plastic’s properties during recycling, the team hopes to find a significant way to reduce solid waste… TOLONO -- David Vanderport set a tournament record and Kansas’ basketball team finished second at the Tolono Tip-Off Tournament. Vanderport scored 40 points, a career high for him, and the Bulldogs downed Shiloh 72-50 Saturday. The 6-foot-7 Vanderport was 17-for-21 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three blocked shots and three steals. While Vanderport’s 40 points was a single-game tourney record, his 82 points in the tournament set another record. Through the tournament, Vanderport averaged 27.3 points while shooting 68 percent from the floor and averaged 11 rebounds a game.
100 years ago, Dec. 1, 1917
MATTOON -- William Checkley will be the captain of the 1918 football squad at Mattoon High School. Harold Isaacson will be the manager. This was decided last night at a banquet given to members of the 1917 team by Robert Crookshank, captain. The affair was at the home of the Crookshanks, 600 Lafayette Ave.His mother, Mrs. C.E. Crookshank, served. She was assisted by Miss Ethel Ray and Miss Edna Furness. Manager Bauer presented Clyde Miller, assistant coach, with a check for $25, which he was directed to spend in the purchase of a suitable remembrance of the squad members. R.J. Teed, the coach, was invited to the banquet , but was unable to attend... MATTOON -- An eight-hour a day schedule for the patrolmen of the Mattoon Police Department went into effect this morning. Chief of Police Gibler has developed a plan whereby the men will not be compelled to work 12 hours a day. By agreement, the men will work daily and Sunday, giving up their two days-a-month-off plan. Chief Gibler will continue as a 24-hour man, being on call all the time. In reality he will be on duty 12 hours a day. Desk Sgt. William C. Smith will continue as a 12-hour man, and will continue to have two days off a month. Mattoon will have two patrolmen on duty on three shifts: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m... STOCKHOLM -- Russian provinces are on the brink of an anti-Bolshevik revolt.Bolshevik emissaries are resigning, apprehensive of their own safety. Trotsky, Lenin and others of the Bolsheviki ring in Petrograd are wildly striving, by merciless persecution of those opposed to them, to reach a separate peace in the war with Germany before the deluge. A separate peace would mean the beginning of Russia-wide civil war.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- The City of Newton, the City of Mattoon and James Pappas, owner of Cal Harbor Machine Movers, reached an out-of-court settlement yesterday, the fourth day of the jury trial. Spokesmen for the three parties declined to disclose the amount of the settlement. The City of Newton in 1964 sued the City of Mattoon and Pappas for damages after a quantity of cyanide was dumped into the Kickapoo Creek at Mattoon during work at Kuehne Manufacturing Co. The creek flows into the Embarras River which served as the source of Mattoon's water supply... MATTOON -- Voters in the 17 school districts comprising the Lake Land College district will go to the polls tomorrow to vote on a $3.9 million building bond issue for the college campus. Sought for approval is the sale of bonds to finance the district's share of the cost of purchasing a permanent college campus and equipment for the facilities. Officials say if the actual value of a piece of property were $10,000, the annual tax bill would increase by $4.12. The state junior college board has allocated $2.3 million for the first phase of building at Lake Land, but that is contingent on the district providing 75 percent of the cost to match the state's 25 percent contribution.
25 years ago, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of Illinois Death Row inmate Patrick Wright. The justices, without comment, left intact rulings that Wright and another Illinois inmate were properly sentenced to death. Wright was convicted of fatally stabbing Carol Specht at her Mattoon home in June 1983. It is the second time the high court refused to hear Wright’s appeal. Coles County State’s Attorney Nancy Owen said Wright now can begin a new appeals process, arguing that the death penalty is unconstitutional, she said… CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Education Association made a $350 donation to the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department. The department will use the funds to help pay for its Fifth Quarter program that sponsors dances and refreshments for Charleston High school students after home basketball games. Clyde Frankie, CEA president, and Stan Adkins, vice president, delivered the funds to Wynette Walters of the Recreation Department… CHARLESTON -- For the first time, Eastern Illinois University is requiring families and friends of graduates to have tickets to attend commencement. EIU Print Center Supervisor Wilburn Hutson and Bill Edwards, graphic artist for EIU University Relations, finished the first run of commencement tickets for the Dec. 13 commencement ceremony.