100 years ago, Nov. 7, 1917
MATTOON -- Henry Gibler, the well-known painter-musician, has been named Mattoon's new chief of police, succeeding C.O. Lawson, who recently became deputy sheriff. Mr. Gibler was given the appointment by Mayor Swan at the Mattoon City Council meeting last night. The vote on confirmation was unanimous... MATTOON -- The new Illinois Central Railroad passenger station is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy in a month or six weeks. The building and its extras represent an expenditure of $120,000. Work on the new passenger station was begun about a year ago. Half of the new roundhouse building will be completed soon. This building and its extras will probably cost $110,000. There are to be 14 engine stalls. The new turntable will be 85 feet long, large enough to handle the biggest of the Illinois Central's engines... LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The big heart that is packed under the olive-drab blouse of Army Capt. G.W. Bliss, Company G, 334th Infantry, bids fair to become as hard as a kiefer pear. And all will be chargeable to the grandmothers of the men stationed at Camp Taylor. The number of those old ladies who die every Friday has the captain's soul swathed in sorrow. He says Company G has more grandmothers than any other outfit in camp. One soldier already has lost six grandmothers since he came here in September. Yesterday, Capt. Bliss walked into regimental headquarters with a stack of telegrams for soldiers who were asked for weekend leave to attend a grandmother's funeral. The telephone rang and Capt. Bliss was called to the telephone where one soldier's sister asked that her brother come home at once because grandmother was very ill. "I'm sorry miss," the captain interrupted, "but there are 11 other grandmothers who have precedence over your brother's grandmother."
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- the city manager form of government or some variation is needed for Mattoon to achieve its growth and progress potential. So stated Frank Ronchetti, president of the Mattoon Association of Commerce, at the organization's annual dinner last night. Ronchetti emphasized he was not casting any reflection on current city officials. He said the city manager form of government is synonymous with city progress. Eugene W. Hogan was named the recipient of the Association of Commerce's annual achievement award. Hogan, manager of the Anaconda American Brass Co. plant in Mattoon, has been active in numerous community projects since coming to Mattoon in April 1956. Among those activities have been with the Mattoon United Fund, Mattoon chapter of the Red Cross, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Mattoon Association of Commerce, Mattoon Memorial Hospital and Coles County Mental Health Association... MATTOON -- "A New Vista -- New Horizons" is the title of the address that Gerald Smith, executive director of the Illinois Junior College Board, will deliver Sunday during formal dedication ceremonies of Lake Land College. The ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Clem Phipps of Mattoon, chairman of the Lake Land Board, will deliver a dedicatory statement. The Effingham High School band will provide a musical prelude to the ceremonies.
25 years ago, 1992
HINDSBORO -- Finding where to spend $60,000 in lottery winnings is no problem for Anita Mercer of Hindsboro. She claimed a first prize of $60,125 from the Oct. 7 Little Lotto drawing. She and three other people correctly matched all five numbers, splitting the $240,500 payout. She said she and her husband, Paul, invested some of the winnings. They also paid bills and bought a bass boat. Mercer’s winning ticket was purchased at Wareco Country Market in Arcola, which received 1 percent bonus of $601… CHARLESTON -- News that may have cost pennies in the 1850s is estimated to be worth thousands of dollars in 1992. According to a Charleston police report, someone took an 1851 Ohio Register newspaper from the home of Brenda E. Fiscus of Charleston between 12:45 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Fiscus, who declined comment when contacted yesterday, told police the newspaper was valued at $40,000.
100 years ago, Nov. 8, 1917
MATTOON -- Thirty thousand fish -- bass, crappie and cat -- reclaimed from the Indian Graves drainage district near Quincy, were received in Mattoon today from a special rail car of division of fish and game of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. the fish were hurriedly hauled from track No. 2 at the Illinois Central Railroad freight house, and were hurriedly hauled in large cans to the Paradise Reservoir. A number of people interested in fish visited the rail car to make an inspection. One of the state men accompanying the fish it is estimated the 22 million pounds of fish from from just the Illinois River annually to eastern markets when they should be consumed within this state... CHARLESTON -- What will they think of next? Starting this week, patrons of a Charleston barber shop have been getting their hair cut by an electric clipper, a most perfect and well-arranged machine. The little machine does its work so rapidly that one now can have a hair cut in one-half the time that it usually consumed, one patron remarked after he had his dome cleared of hair in no time.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- Preliminary estimates indicate the fire that destroyed the Wilb Walker Supermarket and the Ben Franklin store in Charleston last night caused $500,000 in damages. Wilb Walker of Mattoon, owner of the supermarket and the building which housed both stores on Charleston's west side, said plans are to re-build the structure, which was a little more than two years old. There were no injuries in the blaze which firemen battled for more than six hours. Both stores were still open when the fire was discovered at 8:05 p.m... STRASBURG -- Army Spec. 4 Steve A. Giertz, son of Mrs. Wanda M. Giertz, Strasburg, has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries received in Vietnam Oct. 20. He has been transferred from Vietnam to a hospital in Tokyo, Japan.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.