100 years ago, Nov. 9, 1917
MATTOON -- The past 10 days have witnessed an influx of corn huskers to Mattoon and all other communities in this part of the state. They have been coming in on practically all trains and farmers wanting men have been at the stations and gathered up most of them as soon as the trains stopped. Much of the rush to this section has been caused by reports which have circulated all over the country that wages of from eight to 10 cents a bushel would be paid, but the men who have come have not demanded they be paid that amount... MATTOON -- At the business meeting of the district convention of the Royal Neighbors in the Odd Fellows Hall yesterday, Mrs. Cornie B. Jones of Mattoon was selected president. Other officers selected were Mrs. Anna Allsop of Charleston, vice president; Mrs. Blanche Hallowell of Charleston, secretary; Mrs. Mary Brimberry of Charleston, treasurer. A class of 99 candidates for local membership was taken in at the evening session. About 500 people attended the evening session. Mattoon hostesses were pleased with the large attendance. There were representatives from the camps at Arcola, Tuscola, Sigel, Stewardson, Gays, Hutton, Oakland, Charleston, Ashmore and Janesville.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Mrs. Marjorie Kimball of Ashmore presented several historical documents to Robert Webb, vice president of Lake Land College. this week. The documents had been saved by the late H.P. Houghton, an uncle of Mrs. Kimball, and were donated to Lake Land in his memory. Mr. Houghton was active in local politics and served at one time as village clerk of Westfield. Included in the donation are sample election ballots of Nov. 6, 1916, and Nov. 7, 1944, and sample ballots from the presidential election of 1912. A copy of an issue of the Westfield Intelligence newspaper from 1898 also is included... MATTOON -- Members of the board of directors of the Greater Downtown Development Council will file with the Illinois Secretary of State articles of incorporation as a not-for-profit coporation. The articles of incorporation officially name the organization "Operation Progress." Members of the first board of directors are Robert Bills Jr., Robert Isom, G. Boyce Bazzell, Lewis Linder, Harold Wayner, Charles White and Mrs. Kathleen Steward. Bills is chairman and John Huffman of the law firm of Ryan and Heller is legal counsel... CHARLESTON -- A suit has been filed in Coles County Circuit Court by the Coles County Airport Authority seeking the condemnation of 117 acres of land southeast of the airport. The land, contiguous to the airport, is sought to extend a runway from 3,700 to 6,500 feet in an easterly direction. Dr. Edward Zinschlag, chairman of the authority, said the runway extension is sought so jet airliners can be accepted by the airport. Named in the suit, filed under the eminent domain act, are John Donald Hurst and nine Hurst heirs.
25 years ago, 1992
ARTHUR -- Investigators have charged an Iowa man with practicing medicine without a license, accusing him of duping the local Amish community with misdiagnoses and unorthodox treatments. Douglas County State’s Attorney Rich Broch said Albert Miller, 63, of Kalona, Iowa, was arrested Thursday at a farm where he was using a shed as a makeshift doctor’s office. Broch said Miller was administering medicine mostly to Amish families living in and around Arthur for at least a few months… CHARLESTON -- Vocalist Lou Rawls crooned his way into the hearts of parents and students alike Saturday in the Eastern Illinois University Parents Weekend concert at Lantz Gym. The audience of about 3,500 people gave Rawls and his four-piece band a round of applause when he mentioned his Chicago roots and congratulated EIU’s football team on its upset win over previously unbeaten Northern Iowa earlier that day. Rawls was a late substitute for Ray Charles, who canceled his EIU performance and other U.S. shows to begin a tour of South America… CERRO GORDO -- Kansas High School has its first IHSA Class A state tournament Elite Eight berth after a volleyball win over Casey-Westfield. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Casey 10-15, 15-9, 15-12 for the Cerro Gordo Super-Sectional championship. Kansas, which had split two regular-season matches with Casey, advances to Friday’s state tournament with a 30-1 record. Casey finishes the season with a 30-6 record.
100 years ago, Nov. 10, 1917
MATTOON -- The physicians of Coles County are planning a war against tuberculosis, otherwise known as the "white plague." Preliminary steps were taken in this fight at a meeting last evening in the Mattoon office of Dr. R.J. Coultas. Dr. N.C. Iknayan of Charleston was chosen as chairman of the local campaign. He will go to Springfield Nov. 22-24 to attend an anti-tuberculosis meeting, at which will be presented some of the best known anti-tuberculosis specialists in the country. It is stated that tuberculosis becomes far more prevalent in time of war and immediately after war than at any other time... MATTOON -- The Z.J. Baird farm of 240 acres, seven miles northeast of Mattoon, has been sold to four of the Homann brothers, those figuring in the transaction being Ferdinand, Dan, Oscar and Frederick Homann. The consideration was $51,000, or $212.50 an acre. The Baird farm is one of the best tracts in that entire section of the county... WASHINGTON -- Conditions in Russia remain unsettled. Cablegrams from Ambassador Francis in Petrograd received today confirmed the overthrow of the new Kerensky government. Dispatches told of the arrest of cabinet members and bombardment of the winter palace. The Bolshevik-Maximalist groups -- which gained control of Petrograd -- are reported unofficially to have formed a cabinet, headed by Lenin and Trotsky. The exact whereabouts of Kerensky, the deposed premier, was still a mystery to U.S. officials.
50 years ago, 1967
WINDSOR -- An armed bandit this morning held up the Windsor State Bank and escaped with an estimated $19,000. The man entered the bank at 10:10 a.m. After approaching the second teller's window, he pulled two guns from his pockets and told the five bank employees and one customer to get in the back room. After herding the six into the room, the bandit cleaned out the currency -- mostly $5, $10 and $20 bills. The man then fled to a car parked about a block away... MATTOON -- Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shumbarger of Route 1, Mattoon, have been notified that their son, Dale, 19, has been killed in action in Vietnam. The Shumbargers were notified yesterday by a U.S. Marine Corps officer of the death of their son. A telegram confirming the information was received today.
25 years ago, 1992
SPRINGFIELD -- A doubling of Coles County’s murder rate probably isn’t a real cause for alarm, especially when compared to the county’s overall crime trends. There were two murders in Coles County in 1991 and just one in 1990. Overall, Coles County’s crime rate dropped by 11 percent from 1990 to 1991, compared with a 4 percent increase for the entire state, according to the Illinois State Police annual crime statistics report. The most frequent crime committed in Coles County last year was theft, with 739 reports, but that was still down from the 1990 total of 903… MATTOON -- Members of the Lake Land College board of trustees approved a 4.25 percent raise for the college’s support, supervisory and administrative staff, but remain stalemated with the secretarial association. Cheryl Roberts, president of the secretarial association at LLC, said the group’s latest request also was for a 4.25 percent raise, or $625, whichever is greater. Roberts said the latest offer from the college is a flat 4 percent.