100 years ago, Nov. 28, 1917

MATTOON -- Tomorrow afternoon, when the Paxton High School football team comes to town, the Mattoon boys, as well as the rooters, headed by the Gibler band, will march from the high school to the Illinois Central Railroad station where they will meet the Paxton delegation at 1:17 o'clock. At 1:30 p.m., the march to the fairgrounds will begin. The game starts at 2:30 o'clock and will be the last of the season. This is said to be the first time in the history of the local high school that its football team has gone through the season without being vanquished at least once... MATTOON -- Byram S. Dickerson, formerly a civil engineer on the Big Four Railroad in Mattoon, has been made a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Artillery. In addition, two other men have received commissions at Fort Sheridan as a result of several months training in the reserve officers corps. One of these is Charles W. Lahey of Mattoon, who has been made a second lieutenant in the field artillery.Mr. Lahey is a former member of the Journal Gazette's city carrier staff. Craig VanMeter of Mattoon has been made a second liutenant of infantry.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Post Office this holiday season will deliver about 1.4 million pieces of mailand process an even greater amount for delivery  to other locations, according to Mattoon Postmaster Leonard Finnegan... GAYS -- Major Katherine Pleasants of the Women's Army Corps has been presented the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Army Commendation Medal. Major Pleasants, the daughter of Mrs. Peg Pleasants of Gays, received the certificate and cluster in ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She has been serving as assistant chief of the Adjutant General Military Personnel Branch and Army Community Service Coordinator, at West Point. She now has been transfered to the U.S. Army Combat Developments Command at Fort Belvoir, Va... WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, for nearly seven years manager of the world's biggest military establishment, is resigning to become president of the World Bank. With President Johnson's approval, Mcnamara was secretly nominated for the bank presidency last week. Observers now wonder how McNamara's departure will affect U.S. policy in Vietnam.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Dazzling Holiday Barbies, smirking trolls and hot potato bakers were rapidly filling shopping carts yesterday as Santa’s helpers turned out in droves in Mattoon and Charleston to take advantage of the busiest shopping day of the year. According to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, more than 65 percent of the state’s merchants predicted increased sales and profits this year… MATTOON -- The holiday season brought with it a series of vandalism acts in Mattoon. Some offices were “ransacked” and several windows broken inside old Central Junior High School, 100 N. 22nd St. overnight Wednesday, police said. The building houses administrative offices for the Mattoon school district and the Eastern Illinois Area Special Education. It also is home to the Treatment and Learning Center, a school operated by EIASE for students with behavioral problems. There also was an attempted break-in late Thursday or early yesterday at the J.C. Penney store in the Cross County Mall. Glass was shattered on both north side doors and one door was bent inwards.

100 years ago, Nov. 29, 1917

MATTOON -- Thanksgiving Day is being observed almost generally in Mattoon today. Banks, post office and a number of stores did not open their doors this morning. A union Thanksgiving service was conducted at the Broadway Presbyterian Church, the sermon preached by Rev. J.C. Mullins, pastor of First Christian Church. Another Thanksgiving service was conducted at the Episcopal Church... MATTOON -- The Mattoon area set a new mark this year in the construction of permanent improvements, total estimates amounting to $1,145,748, despite the fact that construction work has been reduced greatly because of the war. The tornado, which swept over Mattoon on May 26, made it necessary to rehabilitate a large section of the city. The Illinois Central Railroad is expending this year approximately $283,000. The new passenger station, which is to be put into service in a few weeks, is being erected at a cost of $120,000.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- A Coles County Circuit Court jury yesterday afternoon heard attorneys' opening statements and testimony from witnesses in the case of the City of Newton vs. the City of Mattoon. The suit claims that cyanide dumped into Kickapoo Creek at Mattoon polluted the Embarras River from which Newton took its water supply, making it necessary for the City of Newton to drill wells. A $90,000 judgment is asked against the City of Mattoon and James Pappas of Cal Harbor Machinery Movers. Papps lives in Calumet City, Ill... MATTOON -- Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class John R. Blagg, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Blagg of Mattoon, has returned home from a year's tour of duty in Vietnam. For three months Blagg held daily sick call for the villagers of Doc Kinh in a Vietnamese straw hut lined with pictures of Major League Baseball players. At one time, "Doc" Blagg was treating about 20 children, 15 women and five elderly men. Infections, he said, provided most of his treatment problems. A number of times he also treated children who had been hurt by an enemy land mine or grenade... MATTOON -- Mahlon Sanders scored 28 points and Rex Morgan had 26 last night as Lake Land Junior College got its first basketball season in history off on a bright note by shooting down Chanute Air Force Base 86-58 before a good-sized crowd in Central Junior High School gym. Mattoon's Don Rowe, who added 14 points, scored the first basket in Lake Land's basketball history, hitting a jump shot from near the free throw line just a few minutes into the contest.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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