100 years ago, Nov. 4, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Articles of incorporation of the Lake Land College Student Foundation have been signed. Incorporators of the not-for-profit corporation are Rev. Earl O'Neal and Randall Beasley, both of Mattoon; Robert M. Moore, Charleston; Richard E. Kepp, Neoga; Ralph J. Koelsch, Teutopolis; and Junior Lilly, Tower Hill. The purpose is to provide a place where students can meet, talk, study and enjoy the company of each other in an environment of human betterment. The present location of the foundation is 1621 Charleston Ave...  MATTOON -- Dr. William L. Podesta, a Mattoon dentist, has been selected as a member of the 1968 Illinois State Dental Leaders Goodwill People-to-People Travel Program Delegation. The delegation will visit Belgium, Holland, the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary and Germany. The delegation will leave the U.S. on May 18, 1968, and return on June 8. 

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Republicans and Democrats both have reasons to be happy following Tuesday’s elections. Republicans Mike Weaver of Ashmore and Tim Johnson of Urbana both were re-elected as state representatives while Babe Woodyard of Chrisman was re-elected as state senator. And Republicans John Schilling (coroner) and Vicki Hite (circuit clerk) won Coles County offices in their first campaigns for office. Democrat Steve Ferguson was elected Coles state’s attorney while Glenn Poshard defeated his Republican challenger to win the 19th Congressional District election. Coles County voters went to the polls in record numbers. County Clerk Betty Coffrin said 76 percent of registered voters in Coles, or 22,839 people, cast ballots. The previous record, set in 1972, was 22, 407 votes cast… WASHINGTON -- Bill Clinton was elected the nation’s 42nd president yesterday in a Democratic landslide that swept George Bush from office. In addition, voters handed Democrats control of both houses of Congress. The Associated Press tally showed Clinton had won 349 Electoral College votes and led for 32 more, far more than the 270 needed to win the election. Clinton won 43 percent of the popular vote while Bush had 38 percent and independent Ross Perot received 18 percent. In Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Chicago became the first black woman in the U.S. Senate as women doubled their ranks to six.

100 years ago, Nov. 5, 1917

MATTOON -- Mrs. Jeff Swanson of 2900 Piatt Ave. in Mattoon has recovered through John Turner, poundmaster for Mattoon Township, a gold watch which she lost in the May 26 tornado disaster. The watch was found on Turner's property on North 28th Street, several blocks distant from the Swanson residence. The crystal of the watch was broke. Otherwise, it was only slightly damaged. Mrs. Swanson had owned the watch for years, having received it prior to her marriage to Mr. Swanson... DANVILLE -- The Mattoon High School team played at Danville Saturday and encountered a very unsatisfactory game. The referee and head linesman were so incompetent that the game was impossible from any viewpoint. Even though the Danville team scored a touchdown on a forward pass and kicked the goal while Mattoon had a field goal for three points, Principal Baer of Danville was thoroughly disgusted and agreed that the game should not be counted. Even the referee, after the game, freely admitted that he was all wrong and regretted his decisions. The game is not a defeat and is not considered a victory by Danville. The team received good treatment from the Danville team and there is no bad feelings between the teams... WASHINGTON -- The first American casualty list, growing out of an actual clash between American and German soldiers, came back to the homes and hearts of the country today. Three Americans were killed, five wounded and 12 captured, said the War Department, when a German raiding party thrust into an American training camp somewhere in France.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Five of seven counties in the JG-TC area had voter turnouts this week that topped the 80 percent mark. Shelby County residents turned out to vote Tuesday in greater numbers than any of the other six counties. One Edgar County precinct recorded a near-100 percent voter turnout. In Shelby County, 83.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the election. Other counties topping the 80 percent figure include Douglas (80), Clark (81), Edgar (82) and Moultrie (83). Coles County’s 76 percent turnout still featured a record number of voters as 22,839 people cast ballots. The turnout in Cumberland County was 65.5 percent… CASEY -- Forget Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Clark County area residents really wanted Calvin and Hobbes running the country. The little boy with the big imagination and his tiger sidekick came out the winners when WCBH radio station asked listeners what cartoon characters they thought should be elected president and vice president. John Evans, the Casey station’s music director said “character” was such a big issue in the election that station employees thought, “Why don’t we really get some characters in there?” Calvin and Hobbes received 157 votes from listeners with Ren and Stempy second with 136. Calvin and Hobbes, listeners said, advocated later bed times, abolishing mandatory school attendance and generally goofing around.

100 years ago, Nov. 6, 1917

MATTOON -- Between 8 and 5 o'clock yesterday, the hours in which the registration places of the eight precincts of the township were open, the workers of the women's committee, Council of National Defense, registered the names of 1,330 women. The places of registration were kept open again today, and at 5 o'clock this evening it is the intention of the workers to close the registration books, the expectation being that the work will have been completed... MATTOON -- At a meeting this morning in the headquarters of the Mattoon Merchants Association, Ernest Orndorff was named as chairman of an organization to raise the west Coles County quota of the proposed $35 million war fund of the Young Men's Christian Association. A meeting will be held in Charleston this afternoon to select a chairman for the east side organization. It was the consensus of the meeting in Mattoon that Coles County's allotment be placed at $10,000, the west side to raise about 60 percent. The fund-raising effort is needed to carry on the work of the organization in the war... CHARLESTON -- The annual meeting of the board of directors of the Coles County Agricultural Society was held today in Charleston. The following officers of the Coles County Fair Board elected include Alvin Talbott, Charleston, president; R.V. Galbreath, C.E. Armstrong and A.J. Craig, all of Charleston, and J.S. Goble, Westfield, all vice presidents; W.O. Glassco, Charleston, secretary; and J.L. Whisnand, Charleston, treasurer. Other board members include John Replogle, C.R. Doty, Fred Todd and L.K. Bell, all of Charleston; William Mack, Kansas; and George H. Rudy, Mattoon.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Rt. Rev. Msgr. Daniel Daly, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in Mattoon, has announced his retirement as a pastor in the Diocese of Springfield. The announcement was made yesterday from the pulpit of the church Msgr. Daly has served for 23 years. Msgr. Daly will remain in Mattoon for about four weeks. His replacement is expected to be named by Bishop William O'Connor in about two weeks. Msgr. Daly, who is currently president of the Mattoon Ministerial Association, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest in June this year... MATTOON -- Twins generally are more closely associated than are other children in a family because of their sharing many experiences and events throughout their lives. Such was the case at Mattoon memorial Hospital on Saturday when Mrs. William F. Britt and Mrs. Russell Huddlestun, both of Toledo, gave birth to babies the same day. Mrs. Britt and Mrs. Huddlestun are twin sisters. At 3:24 a.m., Mrs. Britt delivered a daughter. Seven hours and four minutes later -- at 10:28 a.m., -- Mrs. Huddlestun gave birth to a son. The new mothers were Paulette and Claudette Coffell of Jacksonville, Fla., prior to their marriages.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Although Board of Governors Universities trustees voted last week to give a 3.75 percent salary increase to its five university presidents, David Jorns, Eastern Illinois University’s new president won’t be spending any of his. According to Stephen Falk, EIU Foundation executive officer, Jorns is donating the $3,900 he would have received to the foundation as an undesignated gift… MATTOON -- Outstanding 4-Hers were recognized at the annual Coles County 4-H Achievement Night on Oct. 26 at the Lake Land College theater. Kimmel Fox of rural Arcola, a 10-year member of the Paradise Skippers 4-H Club, received the Allison-Beck Leadership Award. The Fred M. Davis Achievement Award was presented to Mary Fildes of Charleston. She has completed 11 years as a member of the Lincoln Railsplitters 4-H Club. Vince Walk of Mattoon received the Raymond Muessman Award for Walk’s dedication and enthusiasm for 4-H activities.

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