100 years ago, Nov. 14, 1917

MATTOON -- Keen competition among various cities during the campaign to raise money for the Young Men's Christian Association war fund, which is to provide care and comfort for American soldiers and sailors and for those of the allies, has raised $1.7 million in Illinois during the first two days. Charleston made a drive for subscriptions Sunday and has subscribed $1,832. Ashmore has subscribed $51. In Mattoon Township most of the subscriptions will be made on Friday. An Army aeroplane will bombard Mattoon with literature on Thursday, about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. At a meeting with instructors yesterday afternoon, the boys of Mattoon High School pledged to give $1 each toward a $100,000 fund which the high schools of Illinois are to raise. The boys agree to earn the money necessary by working after school and on Saturdays. No part of the fund is to be solicited... MATTOON -- Harry H. Wallace of Mattoon, who has been a paymaster for the War Department, connected with the Central Division headquarters in Chicago, has been promoted to the position of disbursing officer, according to information in a letter received from him by W.R. Coppage of Mattoon. In the letter, Mr. Wallace said he accompanied General Carter to see the big Liberty Bond parade in Chicago, reviewing it from the portico of the Fine Arts building. He is so glad that now he will be working with checks instead of cash. "No more watching suitcases full of money, and being in hotels all night with a big roll. My, wasn't I lucky to escape?" Mr. Wallace said he hopes to go to France in the spring... CHICAGO -- There are more Johnsons in Chicago than any other name. The number of Johnsons totals 9,800, according to the new city directory. With Johnstons and Johnstones, they number 12,400. Smiths are next with 7,240, the Browns number 4,250 and the Jones are fourth at 3,690.

50 years ago, 1967

DECATUR -- Federal warrants are expected to be served today on a 35-year-old Decatur man being held in the Macon County jail after he was charged yesterday with the robberies of the Windsor State Bank and State Bank of Gridley. Robert E. Gebhardt, special agent in charge of the Springfield division of the FBI, identified the man as Donald Eugene Oliver of Route 4 Decatur. Authorities also said Oliver is a suspect in house burglaries in Piatt, Macon, Christian, Shelby and Douglas counties. The Gridley bank robbery netted $5,572 and from the Windsor State Bank $18,320 was taken.In each case, the bank robber had two hand weapons... MATTOON -- Army Pvt. David E. Martin was wounded in action in Vietnam on Nov. 8, according to word received by his wife, Phyllis. Pvt. Martin, a member of the Fourth Division, was in a convoy that was attacked by Viet Cong forces in the Dak To area. He was taken to a hospital, but is expected to be able to rejoin his outfit in a few days, she said. Pvt. Martin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Martin of Mattoon. His wife is the former Phyllis Jackson.  

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- A semi-tractor driver was injured by broken glass when a bullet broke his truck’s windshield while he was driving on Interstate 57 early yesterday morning. John Kehoe, 40, of LaMoille, in Bureau County, was treated for injuries and released from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center after glass cut him on the face and neck. Kehoe was northbound on I-57 about four miles north of Mattoon about 3:05 a.m. yesterday when a bullet hit his windshield. The driver told State Police he saw the silhouette of a pickup truck and then a flash of light on an overpass just before the truck’s windshield broke and that truck quickly left the area… MATTOON -- Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center board members, physicians, management, employees and volunteers have made a major commitment in support of the center’s Master Facility Plan. Figures released by the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation show that 54 percent, or $1.2 million, of the foundation’s $2.25 million goal has already been pledged. Of that, $1.1 million has been pledged by what SBLHC officials call their health center “family.” … NORMAL -- Kansas High School volleyball fans cheered yesterday as the team advanced to the semifinals of the Class A state tournament at Illinois State University. The Bulldogs beat Mt. Pulaski 15-13, 8-15, 16-14 to advance to a match this morning with defending state champ Wheaton St. Francis. Coach Brenda McCarty’s Kansas team now is 31-1.

100 years ago, Nov. 15, 1917

MATTOON -- Thomas Ravenscroft, a Big Four Railroad engineer here in Mattoon, has returned to work after an absence of 13 months, due to a leg hurt. Mr. Ravenscroft has been walking on an artificial leg for several months. The leg was amputated below the knee in November 1916. On April 28, it was amputated above the knee. The decay of the leg bone was due to a hurt sustained about three years ago when he was struck by the reverse lever of his engine.Recently, Mr. Ravenscroft has been operating a small restaurant and has been engaged as a milk distributor... SPRINGFIELD -- Plans for the restoration of the village which once thrived upon the top of Old Salem Hill near Petersburg and which was once the habitation of Abraham Lincoln during his young manhood, are about to be gotten under way. The sites in New Salem which mark the buildings where Lincoln engaged in the study of law, kept store and loved Ann Rutledge, are to be brought to light again as a contribution to the centennial celebration next year of the admission of Illinois into the union... PARIS -- Three Americans were killed, 11 wounded and 11 are missing in the first German raid on an American trench in France. More Americans have been killed and wounded in other brisk fighting along the sector they are holding against the Germans.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- Coles and Clark County authorities are investigating the theft and wreckage early today of a school bus owned by the Mattoon school district. The bus, used in the program of the Mattoon Area Educational Extension Center, was stolen from the residence of Larry Davis in Westfield, about 4 a.m. today. Davis is a driver for the center. According to Coles County authorities, the bus was wrecked about a half-mile west of Westfield on the Westfield Road. The driver, who fled after the crash, apparently attempted to negotiate a turn and lost control, causing the bus to turn over. Officials said damage to the right side of the bus was not extensive... MATTOON -- The body of Marine Corps Pvt. Dale E. Shumbarger is scheduled to arrive in Mattoon at 7:19 p.m. today on an Illinois Central Railroad train. It will be accompanied by a Marine corporal. Pvt. Shumbarger, 20, was killed in action at Quang Nam, Vietnam, on Nov. 6. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shumbarger, Route 1 Mattoon. His body will be taken to Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home... CHARLESTON -- A $150,000 judgment awarded Mrs. LaVerne C. Goralski in the death of her husband will be vacated and a new judgment entered in the amount of $30,000. Circuit Judge Harry I. Hannahy of Mattoon gave the ruling in a memorandum opinion filed yesterday in Coles County Circuit Court. Hannah said the suit, filed under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, limits damages awarded to $30,000. Attorney Willis Ryan said he will ask Judge Hannah to delay filing his order because two cases before the Illinois Supreme Court challenge the monetary limits in such cases. Goralski was killed on Feb. 8, 1966, when a plane piloted by Croom Beatty crashed at the Coles County Airport.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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