100 years ago, Sept. 9, 1917
Sunday. No paper.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Henne's Band, popular among Mattoon-area residents for many years, recently completed its 47th season with a concert at Lytle Park. Its members, who come from Charleston, Findlay, Villa Grove, Sullivan, Arthur and Toledo, as well as Mattoon, will reassemble next Memorial Day for another season. The band was formed by Everett Henne of Mattoon in 1920, using some members of the old Gibler Band which disbanded in 1919. Henne was a circus musician and later operated a print shop in Mattoon before retiring... SULLIVAN -- Officers have been elected by students at Sullivan High School. They are: Senior Class -- Bill Standefer, president; Phil Volkman, vice president; Tim Daily, secretary. Juniors -- Jack Pound, president; Tom Trigg, vice president; Marsha Schuh, secretary. Sophomores -- Lazan Poland, president; Mike Calvin, vice president; Jenny Ralston, secretary-treasurer. President -- Jim Glazebrook, president; Polly Kendall, vice president; Heidi Sandrisser, secretary-treasurer... GREENUP -- Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hiles Funeral Home in Greenup for Mr. and Mrs. William H. Niccum of Flint, Mich., formerly of Toledo, who died Wednesday within a few hours of each other. William Niccum, 77, former co-owner of the Toledo Democrat, died at his home early Wednesday. Several hours later, his widow, Maude, 69, died of a stroke.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- The Illinois Association of School Social Workers recently announced Sally Clark of Mattoon is the organization’s “Citizen of the Year for 1992.” Clark received the award for “contributing to the enhancement of the goals of school social work through service, support, and personal and public action.” The state organization said Clark views helping children and adults with special needs as her mission. Working with the developmentally disabled and profoundly handicapped children, she brings the youngsters into her home for day care and provides respite care for their families… CHARLESTON -- Gina Bunch is looking for “things” and people. In order to raise more than $1,000 for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida, Bunch is asking local residents to donate items or their time for the Hurricane Relief Rummage Sale on Saturday. All the money raised will be given to the American Red Cross. If people are interested in donating items for the sale, they can call Bunch or her father, Gene Harpster, and arrange a time to store items at Harpster Appliance warehouse… CHARLESTON -- Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Eastern Illinois University recently presented a check for $2,177 to the Coles County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The chapter has raised more than $10,000 for victims of natural disasters… ST. LOUIS -- Charleston’s Stan Royer is a major leaguer again. Royer was one of three players who joined the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday following the end of the Louisville Redbirds’ Triple-A season. The former Charleston High School and Eastern Illinois University standout also played with the Cardinals last September. This year at Louisville, Royer batted .283 and led the team in RBIs.
100 years ago, Sept. 10, 1917
MATTOON -- Charles W. Gilbert of Mattoon, generally known as "Pete," aged 38 years, an extra brakeman employed by the Illinois Central Railroad, formerly a member of the Mattoon Fire Department, was killed in a railroad accident at Mt. Pulaski this afternoon. He was crushed between two cars of southbound freight train No. 291, in charge of Conductor C.E. Thompson of Mattoon. Gilbert is said to have walked between the two cars, not realizing that one of them was in motion, and was caught unawares... CHARLESTON -- Walter Dunn is home from Indianapolis where he sold Directum J., the sensational black stallion pacer which has finished first in seven races this season. Mr. Dunn sold the speedy animal after he won the $1,000 2:08 pace at the Indianapolis State Fair Thursday afternoon. The sale price was $4,000. Directum J. will be in charge of Trainer Palin, a well-known driver who has driven horses on the Coles County fairgrounds track for several years. Mr. Dunn, who has developed some of the best horses in the country, is now at work training some green ones.
50 years ago, 1967
Sunday. No paper.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- There was no victim, no tragedy, Mary McCoy said, that led her to take action against drunk drivers. Even without any personal impact, McCoy still felt there was a need to form a Coles County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. One motivating factor was the accounts her husband, Wayne McCoy, an Illinois State Police trooper, has told her about alcohol-related accidents he’s investigated. The county chapter received its charter on Aug. 31. In talking with local law enforcement officers about the issue of drunk driving, a recurring comment was the suggestion to educate young people on the dangers of drinking and driving, she said. McCoy is president of the local group with Joyce Zschau first vice president, Diane Novak second vice president, Cyndy Ealy secretary and Mary Alice Kramer serving as treasurer… MATTOON -- The volunteer driver for the “Hurricane Express” has been delayed, so the Mattoon relief truck will not head south until Monday, said Bob Jeannot. Terry Bison of Charleston is donating his time to drive a 48-foot semitrailer loaded with water, food and other items to the Miami, Fla., area to help the victims of Hurricane Andrew. Jeannot, store manager at Kmart in Mattoon, said the delay gives organizers a couple more days to fill the semi. Jeannot said the truck has been donated by Jim Dunn of Lincolnland Amoco in Charleston and Sundance Trucking Co. Items such as blankets, baby supplies and food, canned goods and personal care items can be taken to the Kmart service desk until 5 p.m. Sunday.
100 years ago, Sept. 11, 1917
MATTOON -- William Kaufman, a young man of about 27 years, who has boarded at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Powers for the last four years, has mysteriously disappeared. He has not been seen or heard of since about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when he walked out of the office of the Illinois Central Railroad roundhouse, of which he has been night foreman. He left no more trace of his whereabouts than if the earth had opened up and swallowed him. While the young man was subject to the military draft and was a native of Germany, he often had expressed that he "would like to get hold of the kaiser just once," or similar expressions, showing that his sympathies were with his adopted country. Born in Germany, Kaufam's family came to this country when he was 9 months old... CHARLESTON -- Laying of the cornerstone of the new Charleston Post Office building, now in construction, has been fixed for Sept. 18. The ceremonies will be held under the auspices of the Illinois Grand Lodge of Masons. On the day following the cornerstone ceremonies, the people of the community will give the soldiers who are to leave that day for Camp Taylor another demonstration. There will be 94 young men in this contingent... CHARLESTON -- Miss Mary J. Booth, the Eastern Illinois State Normal School librarian, did not go to France as a Red Cross worker. She was to have left from New York. But when Miss Booth arrived in New York, it was found that they could not take care of 100 Red Cross women in France at the time, so only 53 sailed for France. Miss Booth has returned to the normal school to take up her duties as librarian.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- The Coles County State's Attorney's office is alarmed about the increasing number of bad checks surfacing in the county. During the month of August, the state's attorney's office was dealing with 15 to 30 bad checks a day from all over the county, said Ed Kallis, state's attorney's investigator. The situation has reached the point where some large businesses in the county have lost $1,000 a month through bad checks, Kallis said. The investigator classed 80 percent of bad checks as those written against insufficient funds, 15 percent against nonexistent accounts and 5 percent as forgery... MATTOON -- Three Mattoon and two Charleston residents have been chosen as 1967 Outstanding Civic Leaders of America. The Mattoon residents are Clem G. Phipps, H.E. Ury and R.W. Alfred. Selected from Charleston were Mrs. Olive Boulware Alexander and Mrs. Harvey Rechnitzer. Approximately 6,000 leaders were selected from all across the country. The men and women included were nominated by local city officials, chambers of commerce and civic groups.
25 years ago, 1992
CHAMPAIGN -- Hillary Clinton, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at the University of Illinois yesterday, urging people to vote for a vision of change. Secret Service agents estimated more than 10,000 people surrounded the south patio of the University Union as Mrs. Clinton kicked off a voter registration rally sponsored by the College Democrats. Clinton and Sen. Al Gore will oppose President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle in the November election… CHARLESTON -- Rose Mary Shepherd has said that she wants to keep her office in Charleston. It looks like she is going to get her wish. Shepherd, the regional school superintendent, said the former IGA grocery store at 700 W. Lincoln Ave. is likely to be the next location of her office. The Coles County Board has terminated its lease agreement with Shepherd for her present office space on the second floor of the county courthouse. She has until July 1 of next year to find a new location.