100 years ago, Nov. 11, 1917
Sunday. No paper.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Two Navy men from Mattoon participated in Thursday's recovery of the Apollo 4 unmanned spacecraft. They are Airman Clifford C. Cox Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford C. Cox, and Airman Apprentice Kenneth W. Lampe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Lampe, all of Mattoon. The two servicemen were crewmen aboard the primary recovery ship, the USS Bennington... CHARLESTON -- Members of the Charleston City Council, in an informal meeting yesterday afternoon, discussed a possible $1.9 million revenue bond issue to help finance improvements to the city's water and sewer system. Estimated cost of the project, including a new sewage plant, is $2,777,500, councilmen said. City officials said approximately $1 million of the funds will come from state and federal funds.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University faculty criticized procedures used by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in recommending the elimination of 12 percent of programs offered at state universities. The IBHE used statistics from 1990 when determining the 190 programs at 12 state universities selected for elimination, consolidation or reduction. The following programs at EIU were targeted: master’s degrees in botany, technology, business administration and education in information services and technology; and bachelor’s in German, African-American studies and technology education… SPRINGFIELD -- There are 143 prisoners on Death Row in Illinois prisons. Three of those prisoners are women. The men are at Pontiac Correctional Center (82), Menard (57) and Stateville (1). Of the condemned prisoners, 91 are black, 44 are white and eight are Hispanic. Most of the Death Row inmates come from Cook County (79). Will County is next with 10, followed by DuPage six and St. Clair five. The rest are scattered among 27 counties. Three prisoners received death penalties from more than one county.
100 years ago, Nov. 12, 1917
MATTOON -- C.A. Schneiter, formerly a brakeman on the St. Louis Division of the Big Four Railroad, headquartered in Mattoon, and B.H. Loudermilk of Charleston, Coles County's selected men from the 159th Depot Brigade in training at Camp Taylor, Ky., have returned home in the interest of the $35 million war fund campaign of the Young Men's Christian Association, having been delegated by their commandant, Major General Hale. Hundreds of other young soldiers have returned to their home counties to boost the war fund campaign. Schneiter said soldiers couldn't get along without their Young Men's Christian Association buildings at camp. There are nine YMCA buildings at Camp Taylor for the 35,000 men in training there. The YMCA sells stationery and stamps, shows motion pictures, brings in entertainers, offers Bible study and French language lessons, among other services... MATTOON -- The Mattoon High School football team had little difficulty in defeating the Sullivan High School team on Saturday. The score was 25 to 0. Sullivan had some grounds for expecting victory as their team had just finished winning six straight games after losing its first game on the schedule. Mattoon led just 6-0 at the half as Gammill scored Mattoon's touchdown. Mattoon made three more touchdowns in the second half and made one field goal for the final score.Next Saturday the team plays at Oakland, and the following Saturday at Decatur, closing the season on Thanksgiving Day with Paxton. The Mattoon squad has not lost a game this season.
50 years ago, 1967
Sunday. No paper.
25 years ago, 1992
SPRINGFIELD -- The two court cases involving the constitutionality of the state’s criminal HIV transmission law have been consolidated, with arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court expected to take place in about three months. Mattoon attorney Gregg Bonelli said yesterday the court notified him that it had granted his request to consolidate a Coles County HIV transmission case with one from St. Clair County. In both cases, a circuit court judge ruled that the state’s 3-year-old law against knowingly transmitting the virus that causes AIDS was unconstitutional due to vagueness in its language. Also in both cases, local prosecutors appealed those rulings… CHARLESTON -- For possibly the first time ever, the Charleston Veterans Day ceremony was canceled due to inclement weather yesterday. A 13th straight day of rain brought another 2.07 inches of rain. Local weather observer Dalias Price said that as of yesterday, he has record 5.2 inches of rain for the month. The November average is 2.79 inches of precipitation for the month. Terry Davis, commander of Paul McVey VFW Post 1592, said he could not justify taking the Scout troops and others out in the rain and risking their health… PHOENIX -- Richard Thomas considers his book, “Broomcorn Johnnies, Chicken Tommy and Other Stories,” a written history of Humboldt. Thomas, who grew up in Humboldt, was driven to compile the town’s story when he came back for a high school reunion. His book discusses the founder of Humboldt, Arick A. Sutherland; as well as the first legal hanging in the 1880s and the story of the huge broomcorn industry in this area until after World War II.
100 years ago, Nov. 13, 1917
MATTOON -- Two soldier trains passed through Mattoon late yesterday afternoon enroute from the far west to the far east. Both trains were made up of about 15 cars. Engineer O'Hara and Fireman Yant, engine 6470, were called for the first train. Engineer F. Cox and Fireman John Holly, engine 6430, were called for the second train of soldiers... MATTOON -- Final arrangements for Friday's drive through Mattoon Township for subscriptions to the $35 million war fund of the Young Men's Christian Association were made at a meeting of committee workers last night. Four-minute men are speaking nightly in the local theaters. Speakers on Wednesday will be sent to the railroad shops and other large work centers.Illinois' allotment to the war fund is $3 million. Coles County has agreed upon raising $10,000 with $6,000 to come from the west side and $4,000 from the east side of the county... HONOLULU -- The island territory of Hawaii is in mourning today over the death of former Queen Liliuokalani, last of the islands' native monarchs. Queen Liliuokalani lived through every phase of her country's history. At the time of her birth, in 1818, the "Sandwich Islands" had few white residents, except missionaries and some traders. She lived to see her royal flag hauled down by the Dole government in 1893, after a short insurrection, and later to see the islands under the American flag.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Pledging to provide educational opportunities for everyone, Clem Phipps, president of the Lake Land College board, formally dedicated the college in ceremonies yesterday afternoon. Phipps noted that Lake Land follows the Illinois Public Junior College Act of 1965 which provides for junior colleges to offer an academic transfer curriculum, vocational-technical curricula and an adult education program. Virgil H. Judge, first Lake Land president, said the administration, faculty and staff will do their best "to provide education of a high quality, close to home, moderate in cost and available to all." Gerald Smith, executive secretary of the Illinois Junior College Board, noted there are 82,000 students attending Illinois junior colleges, a figure that represents 23.8 percent of the total enrollment of all colleges and universities in the state... CHARLESTON -- Rain may have prompted cancellation of the Veterans Day program on Saturday, but some young people supporting the military men and women in Vietnam still showed up. A group of about 10 Eastern Illinois University students had been scheduled to participate in the Veterans Day parade until it was canceled because of inclement weather. The group carrying placards supporting the war effort congregated on the Coles County Courthouse square near a statue honoring Union soldiers of the Civil War.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- The 14th consecutive day of precipitation yesterday brought record-breaking amounts of rain to the area for November. The rains brought this November’s total of 7.81 inches of precipitation, breaking the old record of 7.09 inches set in 1958. The almost continuous rain this month led to flooding of yards and streets. The Kansas school district in Edgar County canceled classes yesterday due to flooding on the street on the east side of the school building. Some residents in Neoga and Toledo were without power for several hours… CHARLESTON -- New owners of the ERC landfill intend to make it a regional facility serving about a 50-mile radius. They also are willing to work with area communities interested in developing recycling programs. Laidlaw Waste Systems announced this week it purchased the landfill and Kleenwell Disposal from Carl and Edna Ball, effective Nov. 2. Laidlaw is the third-largest North American provider of solid waste management services with more than 175 locations. Twelve of 18 landfills in a 50-miles radius either recently closed or are expected to close by the end of 1993, a company spokesman said.