100 years ago, Nov. 23, 1917
MATTOON -- Allen Douglas Donnell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Donnell of Mattoon, has been made a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, to serve in the artillery section. Douglas, stationed near San Antonio, Texas, at the officers reserve corps, said he was one of 14 who, because of high grades, were not required to take the final exam for lieutenancy. His parents also announced that on Dec. 1, he will marry Miss Anita Rath of Waterloo, Iowa. A graduate of Mattoon High School, he studied electrical engineering for two years at the University of Illinois. He then spent one year in the Illinois Central Railroad shops Waterloo, at which time he met the young woman who is to become his bride... MATTOON -- After defeating Oakland, the champions of the Wabash Valley, Mattoon will play Decatur High School on Saturday in Decatur. The Decatur team is the biggest and heaviest team to play the locals this season, being heavier than the Urbana club. Coach Teed's Mattoon team has not lost a contest this season.
50 years ago, 1967
Thanksgiving holiday. No paper.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Most Coles County residents can’t remember a wetter month than November 1992, and that’s because it’s been 35 years since that much rain has fallen in one calendar month. Dalias Price, local weather observer, reports that 9.5 inches of rain has fallen this month -- the sixth-wettest month of all time. The fifth-wettest month was 10.53 inches in March 1945. Price said we have a ways to go before setting a new all-time record. That mark is shared by September 1926 and June 1957 when 14 inches of rain fell both times. This month’s total is the highest one-month total since that June 1957 record… MATTOON -- The demise of Superman in the latest comic book sparked a flurry of interest in the 50-plus-year-old superhero, unlike any in recent years, turning him from the Man of Steel to the Man of Green (from cash, of course, not from kryptonite). Superman gets killed by Doomsday in the most recent comic edition, a thing that has wreaked havoc across the nation. The caped crusader and Doomsday kill each other in one fatal swoop. Mike Fleming of Cosmic Book Comics in Mattoon said he ordered 80 copies of the comic and they were gone in an hour. Mike Reinhart, part owner of Midgard Comics in Charleston, had a similar experience. He ordered about 150 comics and they were all sold within an hour… CHARLESTON -- More than 1,500 deer were harvested over the three-day hunting season in the seven-county area, about 10 percent lower than predicted. Paul Brewer, district wildlife biologist, said rain and the fact that about 25 percent of the corn crop is still in the fields convinced some would-be hunters to stay in and watch football. Clark County had the most kills in the area with hunters there harvesting 527 deer. Other county totals were Coles 311, Cumberland 413, Douglas 94, Edgar 279, Moultrie 114 and Shelby 417.
100 years ago, Nov. 24, 1917
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Garren Roger Titus, 18, of Lerna was named the winner of a $1,600 scholarship in the 4-H Forestry Scholarship program, sponsored by Homelight. The scholarship will be awarded at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago during the 46th annual National 4-H Club Congress, which begins tomorrow. Titus is one of five Illinois 4-H members who are national award winners. He is a freshman majoring in forestry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has been active in 4-H for eight years. A former president of his local club, Titus completed five forestry projects and participated in the 1965 forestry camp. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Garren R. Titus... MATTOON -- The city has ordered its official Christmas cards, apparently minus a picture of last year's city Christmas tree. Mattoon City Clerk Charles White has made arrangements to have photos of this year's tree -- leaving nothing to chance. Mayor Morgan Phipps promises that the 1967 tree, also to be erected on the City Hall lawn facing 19th Street, will be just as attractive as the 1966 edition. Charles Plowman of Mattoon called the mayor this week and donated a tree about 30 feet high.
25 years ago, 1992
CHICAGO -- Professor Laurent Gosselin was the lone representative from Eastern Illinois University to testify at the Illinois Board of Higher Education hearing on the board’s recommendation to eliminate 190 programs in higher education throughout the state. The cuts are part of the IBHE’s Priorities, Quality and Productivity initiative. Gosselin question the IBHE’s recommendation to eliminate EIU programs in foreign languages, technology and business. The PQP initiative is designed to cut some costs through the state’s colleges and universities… ARCOLA -- Winnie Stortzum of Boyd Real Estate of Arcola recently was named 1992 Associate-Realtor of the Year by the Illinois Association of Realtors. She was presented with the award at the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Realtors. Stortzum was selected from among more than 35,000 members in the state. The award recognizes services, leadership and reputation in the community and the profession.