100 years ago, Sept. 30, 1917

MATTOON -- After today, a face familiar to hundreds, if not thousands, of Mattoon residents will no longer be seen alighting from a brightly colored delivery truck at the front curb. Today, Oscar T. (Dutch) Wakefield retires as deliveryman for Beatrice-Meadow Gold Co. after 34 years of carrying milk and other dairy products to the door step. Wakefield went to work for the company on Aug. 23, 1933, as a driver. His route at that time began at 1 a.m. Today, he began his route at 6 a.m. For most of the 34 years, Wakefield has covered basically the same route on the west side of Mattoon... MATTOON -- Miss Rebecca Barrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Barrow of Mattoon, won the piano auditions during the summer season at the Musical United Nations in Siena, Italy. As the audition winner, Miss Barrow was guest soloist with the orchestra with the performance taped for future showings in Italy and the United States. While in Rome, she attended a reception at the U.S. Embassy and also had an audience with the pope in Vatican City. Currently teaching at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, she will give four concerts in Washington, D.C., this season and 20 concerts on a tour into Mexico later in the fall.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

ASHMORE -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Madigan told a group of area farmers yesterday morning that he expects a compromise on legislation governing the use of ethanol, possibly before the November election. During part of a statewide tour to promote agriculture and President Bush’s re-election effort, Madigan spoke to about 50 farmers who packed into a small office at the Ashmore Grain Co. Ethanol is a corn-based fuel additive. The federal Clean Air Act, however, forbids the use of ethanol-blended fuel in the nation’s nine most polluted cities because the mixture may promote a smog risk… SPRINGFIELD -- As expected, the Illinois Board of Higher Education targeted the state’s intercollegiate athletic departments as one place to cut funding. At a press conference yesterday, the IBHE staff proposed a total elimination over three years of state taxes used for sports programs. Eastern Illinois University Athletic Director Mike Ryan said cutting all state funds would be devastating to the university’s athletic programs. Athletic directors at Western Illinois and Southern Illinois universities also spoke out against the proposal.

100 years ago, Oct. 1, 1917

MATTOON -- Stories that a knitted sweater for the Red Cross workshop in Mattoon has been sold to a soldier have been circulating for some days. The first story stated that a soldier in Wyoming received the sweater and wrote that it fit, he liked it and he had only paid $1.90 for it. The next story said a soldier wrote that he had paid $4.50 for a sweater, and at red Cross headquarters in Chicago came a story that the young man who received the sweater had paid $9 for it. Bruce Smith, manager of the Central Division of the Red Cross, states that no articles knitted or otherwise made by Red Cross workers or volunteers or turned in to the Red Cross are sold either to soldiers or to any shops... MATTOON -- The west side quota of Coles County's third contingent to Camp Taylor in Kentucky will leave tomorrow afternoon at 4:15 o'clock for Charleston on the interurban. The actual start for Camp Taylor will be Wednesday morning on a special train operated by the Big Four. The plan is for the recruits, members of the Grand Army of the Republic and its auxiliary organizations and the Boy Scouts to meet in front of the city building by 3 p.m. They will march to the east side of the library where exercises of the afternoon are to be conducted.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Lawsuits have been filed that involve two of Coles County’s largest institutions – Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and Eastern Illinois University. Physician Kathleen LeVeck filed a breach of contract suit against Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, in which she claims hospital officials prevented the obstetrician/gynecologist from providing services at Coles Clinic, 1710 Wabash Ave., Mattoon. She claims that locks were changed and she was barred from entering the clinic in order to perform her duties. LeVeck presently is working at Carl Clinic. In U.S. District Court in Danville, Judge Harold A. Baker ruled for a second time that an EIU instructor can seek compensation and a jury trial in an alleged sexual harassment suit. Baker has ruled for a second time that Janet Francis-Laribee could seek damages and a jury trial under provisions of the 1991 Civil Rights Act… CHARLESTON -- Enrollment is up in area school districts on the east side of the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier circulation area. The Kansas school district increased enrollment from 295 students last year to 315 as of this week’s preliminary figures. The Cumberland school district has 1,185 students this fall, an increase of 26 from the 1991-92 school year. Casey-Westfield has increased its enrollment by 37 students this school year. Casey-Westfield has 1,179 students this year. At Martinsville, enrollment has increased from 457 last year to 474 as of Sept. 30 this year.

100 years ago, Oct. 2, 1917

MATTOON -- Louis Poliquin, aged 21, a son of L.A. Poliquin, night foreman at the Big Four roundhouse, has received through the Big Four Railroad Company a certificate showing he has completed a four-year apprenticeship. So far as can be learned, this is the first certificate of its kind to have been issued to a resident of Mattoon. On the night following his apprenticeship, Poliquin was put on the night roundhouse force as a full-fledged machinist and with full pay. As an inspector he is said to be unusually proficient... EFFINGHAM -- H.J. Stimson, the apple man, has become about the busiest man in all Effingham County during the past few weeks, in which time he has purchased more than 25,000 barrels of apples. In addition to the large quantities of fruit already bought, he is increasing the big total every day with more purchases. Mr. Stimson has bought more apples in Effingham County this fall than any other single buyer.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- The Mattoon United Fund drive opens today after a series of successful kickoff activities. A kickoff breakfast was held Friday morning. On Saturday, hundreds of people lined Broadway Avenue to view the United Fund Parade, complete with bands, clowns and floats. The goal for the two-week drive is $77,000, and progress of fund-raising activities will be marked each day on a 40-foot thermometer erected at the head of Broadway. Ernie Lorenz is fund drive chairman and Eugene Hogan is United Fund general chairman... MATTOON -- A few servicemen in Vietnam may soon be smelling the aroma of barbecued pork, thanks to the thoughtfulness of the Moose Lodge and Mrs. G.L. Hutton of rural Charleston. The Moose Club donated proceeds of its Ma and Pa Social held recently to Mrs. Hutton for the purchase of barbecue ingredients. Mrs. Hutton plans to make several cases of the food and send it to her son, Peter, for distribution. Other cases of food will be sent to central Vietnam in areas where GIs find good food hard to come by. Donations of cash and pork from several merchants and businesses also have been earmarked for the program. Pvt. Peter George Hutton is stationed at Dong Ha, Vietnam.

25 years ago, 1992

SULLIVAN -- Weeks of extra study prepare students to do well at the annual Eco-Meet on Lake Shelbyville. That study also carries over to everyday experiences, such as vacation trips. “It makes students much more aware of living things around them,” Sullivan coach David VanDeurson said. Shelbyville swept the championships in varsity (high school), junior high and nature sleuth (fourth through sixth grade) divisions. Mattoon placed third and Cumberland fourth in the junior high division. Cumberland also was fourth in the nature sleuth competition. Twenty schools participated… ST. LOUIS -- Stan Royer played a big role in the St. Louis Cardinals’ latest extra-inning drama Wednesday. After hitting an eighth-inning two-run homer to tie the game 2-2, the former Charleston High School and Eastern Illinois University star led off the 11th inning with a single. Pinch-runner Bernard Gilkey scored the game-winning run on a hit by Ray Lankford as the Cardinals topped Montreal 3-2.

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