100 years ago, Oct. 7, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- A preliminary study of area medical services and facilities has been authorized by the Wabash valley Interstate Commission. Authorized to conduct the study was Roger Barry, a member of the eastern Illinois University geography department and the Wabash valley's field representative. The purpose of the study, Barry said, would be to determine the effectiveness of existing services and compare those services to what is available in other areas on a population basis... MATTOON -- Six blue and white-clad girls are leading the Jefferson Junior High School cheering section this year. The cheerleaders include Karen Sorensen and Kay Carter, seventh grade; Marcia Willingham and Linda Estes, eighth grade; and Jill Kirk and Paula harkins, ninth grade.

25 years ago, 1992

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Jim Edgar was resting comfortably after an angioplasty procedure yesterday, but it may keep him from attending Eastern Illinois University Homecoming activities this weekend. A spokeswoman said the governor did talk with first lady Brenda Edgar after the procedure was over. “He asked Mrs. Edgar to thank people for their thoughts and prayers,” the spokeswoman said. Attending EIU’s Homecoming football game had been on the governor’s schedule, but his calendar now is on a day-to-day basis. Edgar, a Charleston native and EIU alumnus, and Mrs. Edgar met at the university and have been frequent visitors to Homecoming… SAN DIEGO -- Sean Payton’s coaching career might be all downhill from here. But just six years removed from his All-American quarterbacking days at Eastern Illinois University, Payton is living what some 40-year coaching veterans never do. He’s the guy Heisman Trophy race leader Marshall Faulk answers to daily. Payton is in his first year at San Diego State after two years coaching quarterbacks and receivers at Indiana State. Faulk’s 200-yard rushing game Saturday against New Mexico State actually dropped his average to 209.2 yards per game. That is still 58.8 yards a game better than the nation’s No. 2 rusher.

100 years ago, Oct. 8, 1917

MATTOON -- In the opening football game of the 1917 season, Mattoon High School easily defeated Lovington by the overwhelming score of 98-0. There were few opportunities for the local team to show its strength as the opposition was very weak. In fact, 22 players represented Mattoon at different times during the contest. One of the Lovington players prepetrated a sort of joke on his fellow players, the Mattoon squad and a physician who "attended" him. During the game this Lovington warrior suddenly keeled over, and it was naturally assumed he was badly hurt. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the office of a physician here. The medic began examining him for broken bones and such, but after half an hour's search, failed to find any shattered bones or disconnected joints. In fact, everything about him seemed perfectly normal. Finally, the "patient " got up, put on his clothes and walked out of the office. It was stated later the would-be warrior pulls this stunt whenever he gets real tired during the fiercest part of the contest... ST. LOUIS -- Grover Cleveland Loudermilk kept the Browns in the hunt for the city championship of St. Louis by pitching both games of a doubleheader against the Cardinals yesterday. The lanky righthander pitched Mattoon to the pennant in the old Eastern Illinois League back in 1907. He won Sunday's first contest 2-0, then threw nine scoreless innings in a 0-0 contest that was called because of darkness. In all Loudermilk pitched 18 scoreless innings Sunday and two scoreless innings on Saturday. He pulled that game out of the fire when a Cardinals rally was impending and gave the Browns the victory.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MARTINSVILLE -- In what should include the announcement of a decision, the commission charged with deciding if a low-level radioactive waste facility will be constructed here is set to reconvene Friday morning. The Martinsville American Legion Hall will once again host the Illinois Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Commission. Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, the three commission members will deliberate, and probably vote, on whether a facility to house low-level waste from Illinois and Kentucky will go on a site just north of Martinsville in Clark County… MATTOON -- The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs awarded Mattoon Precision Manufacturing Inc. a $33,856 Industrial Training Program grant yesterday. MPMI is a joint venture between Zexel Illinois and three Japanese companies: Nakabe Manufacturing, Zexel and Gunma Seiki. The firm is a precision machining business supplying automotive components used on vehicles used by both transplant and traditional U.S. automobile manufacturers. This grant will aid in training 31 new employees and the upgrading of nine existing positions within the plant. The facility currently employs 51 people and will employ a total of 75 in the near future.

100 years ago, Oct. 9, 1917

MATTOON -- In a foursome at the Coles Country Club Sunday afternoon, Jack Canavan, the local pro, established a new record for nine holes when he played the round in 31 strokes.He had a hole in two strokes on No. 5, needed three strokes on three holes and scored a 4 on the remaining five holes... SHELBYVILLE -- A worthy example is being set for older Shelbyville women by little Miss Virginia May Parrish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Parrish, who at the age of 5 is busily engaged in knitting for the American soldiers. She has mastered the stitches and is "doing her bit" with a zest and efficiency not equaled by some much older representatives of her gender.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- An aide to U.S. Sen. Charles Percy has voiced renewed interest in the Lincoln Homestead National Recreation Area. Marty Hoffman, Percy's assistant, spent much of Saturday in Charleston and also voiced optimism that the area will become a reality. Hoffman toured the proposed area by car and by air on Saturday, noting that seeing the great variety of things the area has to offer "is an exciting experience." Hoffman noted the Lincoln Reservoir will provide water sports and fishing, plus horse paths, foot trails, bicycle trails, interesting studies of geology, plants and animals "and scenery of greater beauty than is apparent until you get down in the valley." ... SIGEL -- Army Spc. 4 Theodore J. Hanfland, 22, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Hanfland, and wife Dorothy live in Sigel, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement while serving with the 124th Transportation Company near Cat Lai, Vietnam. Hanfland entered active duty in October 1965 and was stationed at Fort Ord, Calif., prior to his arrival in Vietnam in November 1966.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- The 1992 harvest in Central Illinois is fairly well along, according to one area crop expert. Larry Casey, with the Cooperative Extension Service office in Effingham, said yesterday that most of the soybeans in this area have been harvested and that the corn harvest is well underway. Thanks to a record rainfall in July, Casey said, 200-bushel corn yields should be common in much of the area. Bean production could reach the high 50s in bushels per acre… WINDSOR -- Authorities continue to investigate the theft of what was thought to be a multimillion-dollar painting from a Windsor home. On Saturday, a Windsor man reported a Rembrandt painting was stolen from his home. The painting was recovered earlier this week from a Florida man at a ticket counter at JFK International Airport in New York. The Florida man is an acquaintance of Taki Iatropoulos, the owner of the painting. The FBI is assisting Illinois State Police in the investigation and the authenticity of the painting. Iatopoulos, a native of Greece, opened a restaurant in Sullivan in 1990.

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