100 years ago, Oct. 12, 1917

MATTOON -- The women of Mattoon will be called upon early next week to "do their bit" by organizing a local unit of the Council of National Defense Women's Committee. Mrs. Livingston C. Lord of Charleston has been appointed chairman of the work in Coles County. The first work of the local units will be to secure the signatures of all women to the second Hoover food pledge. In this, a woman agrees to conserve wheat by using wheat substitutes, and to save meat by observing one meatless day in seven. In this way, more food will be made available for the men who are fighting in the European War... MATTOON -- The strong wind of yesterday fanned flames that caused $500 or $600 damage to the John R. Hamilton Coal Company building located in the northeast angle at the 15th Street crossing of the Big Four Railroad. There was a stiff wind blowing when the fire broke out. The high wind of the early evening played havoc with booths and stands in the fall festival district. Several stands were overturned. The fronts of one or two of the carnival company's shows were wrecked. The rain which fell was cold, and those people on the streets had to seek the best shelter they could find... OAKLAND -- Automobile thieves made a big haul in Oakland sometime last night. They entered the Curtis Mercantile Company's place and carried away goods to the value of between $500 and $600. They then visited the Pierson garage and stole a new Buick automobile, which had been received from the factory only a few hours before. The car was valued at $1,500. They also carried away from the garage several hundred dollars' worth of tires and casings.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- As part of National Newspaper Week observance, Garry Ross, 12, of Toledo was presented the William B. Hamel trophy as the most outstanding Journal Gazette carrier of 1967. William B. Hamel Jr., president and publisher of the Journal Gazette, made the presentation at a dinner honoring the top five carriers. Garry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Ross and is in sixth grade at Cumberland Elementary School. He has been a carrier since Sept. 9, 1966, and operates a route which serves about 90 subscribers... MATTOON -- Ed Shrader of rural Humboldt could probably have the largest Jack-O-Lantern in Illinois if he chose to use the huge pumpkin he raised for just that purpose. The pumpkin tips the scales at 122 pounds. Raised in a garden plot near the road at the Shrader home, the pumpkin caused many passing motorists to stop and look it over. Elmer Sutton of rural Humboldt provided the seed.

25 years ago, 1992

MARTINSVILLE -- It will probably take the residents of this city and the rest of Clark County a long time to forget what happened Oct. 9, 1992. It may also take quite a while for them to forget the divisions that resulted from the five years that led up to that date. Toward the end of Friday’s proceedings, when the state’s siting commission rejected a Martinsville site for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility, Commission Chairman Seymour Simon called on the people of Clark County to put the issue behind them and try to reconcile. “This process resulted in a terrible division,” he said. “I hope you can forgive each other and rebuild your community.” The siting process began in 1987… CHARLESTON -- Thomas F. “Tim” Monahan Jr. of Arcola and Linda Nugent of Charleston have been elected to the Lumpkin College of Business Dean’s Business Advisory Board at Eastern Illinois University. Monahan is president and chairman of the Thomas Monahan Co. in Arcola. Nugent is principal real estate broker of Linda Nugent and Associates in Charleston. Each will serve a three-year term. The 30-member board provides a link between the Lumpkin College of Business and the business community.

100 years ago, Oct. 13, 1917

MATTOON -- The state highway commission, and not the local county board of supervisors, will hereafter determine what roads shall be state aid roads, according to S.E. Bradt, state superintendent of highways, in an address to the state association of supervisors and county clerks in Joliet. Mr. Bradt said that as a result of county supervisors designating the state aid hard road routes, there were scattered around the state short stretches of good roads that merely lead into mud. The policy of the state commission henceforth will be to construct state aid roads as to connect with other roadways that have been improved... MATTOON -- Hereafter, and until further orders, no Hellenic (Greek) subject will be accepted for enlistment in the U.S. Army. That message from Adjutant General W.T. Bates has been forwarded to the local recruiting offices. Up to the present time, Greeks have been accepted for enlistment the same as aliens of neutral and allied countries. The adjutant general, in his new orders, made no explanation... MATTOON -- A letter has been received from Sgt. Earl M. Van Laningham, a Mattoon young man who is in the aviation section of the signal corps of the U.S. Army, is stationed at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas. Sgt. Van Laningham informs that, even though Mattoon has only a population of some 15,000, about 20 Mattoon lads have received their training at Kelly Field and have been called away for foreign service.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- The Illinois Junior College Board today approved the allocation of $2.3 million in state funds for Lake Land College. The $2.3 million in state funds, plus an additional one-third in matching funds provided in the Lake Land district, would give the college $3,066,000 in the first phase of its projects. Meeting in Chicago, the board today also is expected to approve the site selected this week as the location of the college... BOSTON -- Bob Gibson pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series championship by defeating Boston 7-2 in the seventh and deciding game. It was Gibson's third pitching win in the series and earned him his second Most valuable Player Award, an honor Gibson also won in the 1964 series. Gibson hurled his fifth straight complete game in World Series play. 

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- It appears Lake Land College found the $55,000 it was looking for. Members of the college board of trustees two months ago approved the 1992-93 budget with a projected $54,000 deficit. Last night, the board received the final audit report from the 1991-92 budget and Lake Land finished the year about $55,000 in the black. “With a little luck and a close eye on spending, we can finish this next year with basically a balanced budget,” President Robert Luther said. Keeping a $10 million budget within one-half of 1 percent was an accomplishment, Luther added… CHARLESTON -- Recording star Ray Charles has canceled his Nov. 7 Parents Weekend concert at Eastern Illinois University. Charles, who had major hits with such songs as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “What’d I Say” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” has canceled all U.S. performances after Oct. 312 because of a South American tour. EIU officials say they are working with several other artists to perform. Last year’s Parents Weekend concert featured The Temptations.

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