100 years ago, Sept. 26, 1917
MATTOON -- The Illinois Central Railroad Co. has awarded to Joseph Nelson & Sons of Chicago a contract for erecting a new roundhouse for the Indiana Division in Mattoon. The new structure will cost approximately $60,000. Other improvements include a new turntable. The plant must be completed by Dec. 15. The old roundhouse is in a dilapidated condition and is too small for housing the big engines that are now being used on the Illinois and Indiana divisions. Part of it also was wrecked by the tornado disaster of May 26... MATTOON -- Red Cross Day at the Coles Country Club was a success financially and socially. The Mattoon and Charleston Red Cross chapters will each receive more than $100 after all expenses are paid. More than 400 people were present last evening. Between 200 and 300 people attended the afternoon session. A fair-sized crowd was on the golf course to see the practice games of "Chick" Evans and Ned Sawyer. They played two rounds against C.A. Morse and Jack Canavan. The first nine holes Evans played in 34, the second time around reducing the number of strokes to 32. Bob Peebles, the Champaign Country Club professional who came down with a delegation of Champaign golfers, played a round in an even 30 strokes and following it up with a second round of 34 strokes, making a course record of 64 strokes for 18 holes.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- Fall quarter enrollment at Eastern Illinois University is up 12 percent over the 1966 figure. The enrollment totals 6,491 students, up 704 from last year's fall quarter enrollment of 5,787. By classes, enrollment is freshman, 2,202; sophomore, 1,603; junior, 1,294; senior, 983; and graduate school, 409... MATTOON -- The Rev. Dr. A. Mont Massey, pastor of the First Christian Church in Mattoon, has been presented a 1968 Buick Electra 225 automobile by the congregation, in recognition of his 25 years of service to the church. George Goar, president of the church board, and K.C. Summers, owner of K.C. Summers Buick, presented the keys of the new car to Massey... SHELBYVILLE -- The Shelbyville Broadcasting Co., whose registered address currently is Montrose, has been chartered by the State of Illinois as a new domestic corporation. According to Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell, the corporation has been authorized to issue 300 shares of stock at $100 par value. the corporation will construct and operate a radio station from the Shelbyville area. Incorporators are William H. Beach, Donald E. Cutts and Ross Massey. John P. Ewart of Craig and Craig, Mattoon, is registered as correspondent.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- Three temporary anesthesiologists began work at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center yesterday when contract talks broke off with the former providers. SBLHC officials said three members of Coles County Anesthesiologists had made demands the hospital could not meet. But Phyllis Wise, chairwoman of the anesthesiology department, said she feels the administration lied about a tentative agreement and said SBLHC officials’ concerns about the presence of Carle Clinic are affecting policy… MATTOON -- From the oak-trimmed arches and 1890s photos to the state-of-the-art auditorium and enhanced computer equipment, the new Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. offices in the former Mattoon Masonic Temple combines the best of both eras. The former Masonic building serves as ICTC’s fourth “official” home since the phone company’s beginning in 1894. Company offices first were located at 114 S. 17th St., Mattoon, but they were destroyed by fire in 1901. Later offices were located at 117 S. 17th St., and in 1975 ICTC moved its corporate office to 121 S. 17th, the current headquarters of Consolidated Communications.
100 years ago, Sept. 27, 1917
MATTOON -- Members of the Mattoon Automobile Club support Mayor Swan's movement to prosecute automobilists caught driving at unreasonable and dangerous speed, but will defend those arrested when not driving at an excessive and dangerous speed, says Ernest Orndorff, president of the Mattoon Automobile Club. Mr. Orndorff says there are times when an automobile can be driven on Broadway at 15 to 20 miles per hour without danger to the driver and the public. There are other times when the car should not be driven faster than 10 miles per hour. State law limits speed on country roads to 25 miles an hour.It limits speed in residential areas to 15 mph and in business districts to 10 mph. But Mr. Orndorff pointed out that some autos cannot run less than 10 mph and that 10 is unusually slow... CHARLESTON -- The first marriage resulting from the May 26 tornado, which brought the members of the National Guard Company D of Paris to Charleston for patrol duty for some weeks, resulted in Indianapolis on Saturday when Frances Nelson, formerly Frances Miller of Charleston, was married to Harry Albin, a member of the Paris National Guard. The bride is a daughter of the Rev. Adam Miller of Charleston.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Cable television subscribers now can enjoy 10 channels of crystal-clear, color-perfect, television reception. There are six network affiliates, three educational stations and Channel 5, a locally originated 24-hour time and weather channel. More than 1,000 homes and apartments in Mattoon are receiving 10 channels direct from Central Communications Company's 360-foot receiving tower, which is 1 mile north of Mattoon on Sixth Street Road. The fee is $4.75 per month with a $15 hookup fee. Tom Huffman is the local manager for Central Communications... MOLINE -- Rollin C. Sloan, owner of an Assumption farm implement company and partner in Mattoon and Tuscola farm equipment companies, was one of two men killed yesterday afternoon when the plane he was piloting crashed and burned. Also killed in the crash near Quad-Cities Airport in Moline was John E. Ashley, 42, of Moweaqua. Sloan was a partner in Vermuelen and Sloan of Mattoon and Huber and Sloan of Tuscola.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.