100 years ago, Nov. 21, 1917
MATTOON -- Judge D.T. McIntyre yesterday afternoon ordered Hap Alberson, the stranger who was arrested Monday, held for a grand jury investigation on a charge of treason. His case is not a bailable one. The judge said he would "not want to turn loose a man whose poisonous words would sow seeds of treason. We must be on one side or the other. We must not tolerate those against the government." The judge also said Alberson is "an innocent appearing fellow, just the kind that are sent out as spies." ... MATTOON -- Roy Jewell, a Mattoon bricklayer with a shot gun, dogs and a club, killed a large American eagle, known as the "National Bird," while hunting yesterday at the Dole farm northwest of Mattoon. The great bird was brought down from the air by the charge of shot, one wing being crippled. Jewell says the eagle whipped a number of dogs which attacked it, and finally died from blows of a club in the hands of the hunter. The eagle had been flying majestically in the vicinity for several days. Many have criticized Jewell for shooting one of the national birds. The bird was exhibited this afternoon in the Mattoon business district and was pronounced by Col. J.P. Boggs as a large black hawk... LONDON -- Field Marshall Haig has broken the first vaunted defense of the Germans' Hindenburg line in Flanders. After smashing the first line defenses, the British captured the second, more than a mile beyond. About 8,000 prisoners and a great number of German guns were taken.
50 years ago, 1967
HUMBOLDT -- A head-on collision on U.S. Route 45 south of Humboldt late yesterday afternoon took the lives of a father and son and two young women teachers. Dead are Donald S. Hahlbeck,45, of Rantoul; his son, Randolph W. Hahlbeck, 19; Nancy Ruth Dewey, 22, of Naperville; and Nina R. Reed, 22, of Strasburg. The deaths raise the number of 1967 traffic deaths in Coles County to 13. Miss Reed and Miss Dewey, who resided together in Arthur, both were teachers in the Arthur and Arcola school districts. Both were August graduates of Eastern Illinois University... CHICAGO -- The Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities expects enrollments at the four colleges and universities under its jurisdiction will more than double by 1976. The board's study indicated that enrollment at Eastern Illinois University will increase from the current 6,500 to 9,500 by fall 1975. EIU also was given permission to name an addition to the Lincoln-Douglas residence hall complex the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Tower.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Efforts to bring an estranged family together have led Coles County authorities to identify the woman found murdered in the Embarras River under the Airtight Bridge 12 years ago. Coles County Sheriff Jim Kimball announced at a press conference yesterday that the body of the woman found in the river in October 1980 matched the description of Diane Marie Riordan Small, whose sister’s recent report of the disappearance into a national crime data bank led to the identification. Small was 26 and married at the time of her death. She left behind a daughter who is now 14 years old and lives in Kankakee, where she is a ward of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services… MATTOON -- Practice makes worriers. What appeared to be a large plane hovering over the Mattoon-Charleston area about 4:30 p.m. yesterday was actually a military plane practicing instrument landing approaches. Jerry carter, Coles County Memorial Airport director of aviation, said he received a number of reports from people who thought the four-engine KC-135 Air Force tanker was in trouble. Carter said he did not know from what base the tanker operated… TRILLA -- To the average observer, it is just another pretty car. But to Richard Peters, it represents more than 2,000 hours of labor. “It” is a fully restored 1931 Model S Rumble Seat Coupe Hupmobile that recently received the highest award at the 41st annual Illinois Secretary of State’s Antique Auto and Sports Car Meet. The highest honor was bestowed on Peters and his 1931 Hupmobile as the “best overall” vehicle in the show. Peters said he spent more than six years restoring the car to its original condition before completing the task this spring.
100 years ago, Nov. 22, 1917
MATTOON -- Robbers paid a visit to the Bennett School sometime last night, making away with about a dozen cans of fruit and a sweater belonging to one of the teachers, besides not forgetting to carry away the keys to the building, which had been left in the desk of Miss Anna Johnson, the principal. Desks of the pupils were not disturbed. Burglars also broke into the office of the Harryman broomcorn warehouse, 2100 Broadway Ave., last night. Several boxes of shotgun shells were stolen. The safe was tampered with, but was not opened... PARIS -- The British victory around Cambrai in France means the Great War has entered a new stage. It was war by machinery that won the great strike against the Hindenburg line. Foremost in the array of mechanization with which General Julian Byng clinched his victory was the tank. The tank saved thousands of lives. America and its allies can turn out this sort of machinery as fast as Detroit produces Ford cars.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- The case of the City of Newton vs. the City of Mattoon will go into the courtroom next Monday when selection of a jury begins. A motion to change the judge in the legal action brought by the City of Newton in 1964 after the discharge of cyanide into Kickapoo Creek was granted late last week. Circuit Judge John Spivey will be replaced by Judge Harry I. Hannah of Mattoon for the proceedings... STRASBURG -- Students of Stewardson-Strasburg have voted 128-25 to approve a dress code. The code, originated in an advanced civics class, was presented to the school board by Irene Schmitt and Shelia Pikesh of the Student Council. The board indicated approval of the dress code. Included are provisions that: Girls skirts and dresses may not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee, shorts, slacks and mini-dresses with shorts are not allowed; shirts and blouses should be tucked in; boys are required to wear socks; pants should be worn with a belt.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.