100 years ago, Oct. 3, 1917
MATTOON -- There are to be no more long whistle blasts at the waterworks plant and of Illinois Central and Big Four railroad locomotive whistles. Such is the edict pronounced by the Mattoon City Council. It was contended by some of the aldermen that long blasts of these whistles, especially of the waterworks whistle late at night are unnerving to residents living in the vicinity, and should be curbed. Some wished to put an absolute ban on all whistles, even the fire alarm, but it was held that 10 seconds was long enough for any whistle to blow, and it was "so ordered" by the council... CHARLESTON -- A 6-month-old orphaned girl in northern France will be cared for, educated and reared by a group of patriotic and charitable Charleston women who, at a Friday meeting, decided on this laudable course and the application for a French orphan of this age and sex will be made at once. The club is the Jackson Street Sewing Club, and hereafter its activities will be transferred to caring for a child made homeless by the great European War... MATTOON -- Mr. and Mrs. Mat D. Law of Mattoon have received a letter from their son, John Law, who is now in France fighting for his country. Young law says the allies need American troops and need them now. He says he can hear the firing of guns and artillery all the time and that he never saw so many air crafts in his life. "Lots of times at night I think of the people back home and wonder if they the awfulness of this war. I do not think they do, for I did not when I was there. I think I will make it all right and get back to God's country some day, but it is not in sight now."
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- A spokesman for Lake Land College confirmed that the site of the permanent campus of the junior college will be selected within the next 10 days. Robert Webb, vice president of the college, said selection of the site presumably will be made from the 11 proposals received by the Lake Land board. Several sites are between Mattoon and Neoga near Interstate 57 and U.S. Route 45. Other sites lie just east of I-57 near the Lerna Road or along Illinois Route 16 and another site is on Western Avenue a half-mile west of Mattoon. Officials said all of the site proposals meet the 150-acre minimum requirement established by the college board... BETHANY -- Firemen and the three trucks of the Bethany Fire Department this afternoon were still at the scene of a fire which destroyed the Farmers Grain Elevator in Bethany early this morning. Reported at 12:01 a.m., the fire had destroyed the elevator by 1:30 a.m. The structure was filled with soybeans which continue to burn in the rubble.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- A rural Neoga man drowned yesterday afternoon in the west pond at Lake Land College. Gerald W. Foltz, 71, of rural Neoga, was pronounced dead by Deputy Coles County Coroner Gregg Epperson. Billie G. Sentell, also of rural Neoga, said he and Foltz were fishing in a small jon boat when it somehow tipped over about 3:30 p.m. Sentell said he and Foltz held on to the side of the upside-down boat for maybe an hour and tried to kick their way to shore but seemed to go in circles before Foltz slipped into the water. A Lake Land employee saw the capsized boat and called authorities… MATTOON -- Howard Greer of Mattoon has been selected as Coles County’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer for 1992. Greer devotes his retirement to helping others, especially older and retired people. He retired after spending 42 years in the field of education. Richard and Millie Ebbert of Montrose were honored as Outstanding Senior Volunteers in Cumberland County. They have volunteered for nine years at the Life Center of Cumberland County.
100 years ago, Oct. 4, 1917
STRASBURG -- Reconsideration of the case of Samuel C. Brauer, teacher in the parochial school of Strasburg, has been announced to the local exemption board by the district appeal board, and the decision is that Brauer will be obliged to proceed to Camp Taylor as a member of Shelby County's quota for the new national Army. Brauer has made a determined effort to gain exemption. Accepted by the local board, he appealed to the district board which first announced that he was exempted. Now, the board has reversed that decision and directed the local board to include the teacher in Shelby County's quota, and to enter the service no later than Dec. 1... ARCOLA -- Four hundred dollars a ton has been paid for several crops of broomcorn in the central district in recent weeks. About eight crops have been sold for this figure while at least two others were offered that much but were refused at that price, reports the Broom and Broomcorn News.Farmers are extremely bullish, and some are now asking $500 a ton.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- After more than a year and a half of construction, the Findlay-Bruce Road bridge over the Shelbyville Reservoir basin will be opened for traffic on Oct. 10. Construction began in April 1966. The 3,172-foot span cost $1.5 million and was, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, completed on schedule. The bridge is one of the longest in Illinois... MATTOON -- Basketball practice officially began this week at Lake Land College under coach Jim Dudley. The team opens a 21-game schedule Nov. 28 against Chanute Air Force Base. The team includes Bob Esker and Ron Ordner, both of Teutopolis; Bob Kass, New Berlin; Charlie Keller, and Bob Rogers, both of Bloomington; Steve Bolerjack and Mahlon Sanders, both of Decatur; Greg Smith, Stewardson-Strasburg; Mike Bruner, Don Rowe and John Hamilton, all of Mattoon; Dick Martin and Doug Aschermann, both of Bethany; Rex Morgan, Charleston; John Lossin, Riverside-Brookfield; Jerry Nelson, Effingham; and Jack Crumrin, Martinsville.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.