100 years ago, Sept. 14, 1917
TOLEDO -- The Cumberland County Board of Supervisors this week passed a resolution approving the state's plan for making the National Road a paved road. The resolution calls for a vote to be held in October when the people of the county will decide if bonds will be authorized and the road built. The state is planning a system of paved roads all over the state. In order to get the system started, the state is making a proposition to several of the established trails, giving preference to the one going through Cumberland County, the National Old Trail Route. There are seven counties in Illinois on the National Road -- Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Bond, Madison and St. Clair. The failure of any one of them to take up this proposition will kill it for the whole trail... CHARLESTON -- Members of the Coles County military draft exemption board met last night and selected 94 men for the second contingent which will depart for Camp Taylor in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 19. Both Mattoon and Charleston will furnish an equal number of men for this contingent, 33, the other townships of the county furnishing the remaining 28 for the quota. Actually, the number leaving will be 93 as Earl H. Hurst of Mattoon is now playing with a band somewhere in Texas. Hurst will be notified that he has been called and will report to the nearest camp. Mileage will be sent to him... MATTOON -- Throngs of children and adults lined the pavements and windows in office buildings to watch the procession of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Led by a troop of gaily coparisaned horses ridden by young women in gay costumes, the lengthy pageant passed along the main thoroughfares of Mattoon to the enjoyment of all. With its five special trains, the Barnum & Bailey Circus rolled into Mattoon at 5:40 a.m.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- The churches and synagogues of the Lake Land College district have established the Lake Land College Student Foundation, according to the Rev. Earl O'Neal, pastor of Central Community Church in Mattoon and member of the Mattoon Ministerial Alliance. The foundation is meeting in the First Methodist Church building at the corner of 17th and Charleston. The foundation is operated on a non-sectarian basis, O'Neal said. It is a place where students of all faiths can gather to study, relax and enjoy the company of each other in an environment devoted to human betterment, he said. Churches and synagogues in the area, as well as individuals, are asked to support the foundation, he said... CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Kiwanis Club has offered financial support and volunteer labor to help establish a new park. J.W. Oglesby, spokesman for the club, told the Charleston Township Park Board last night that the club wants to help in the development of a park to serve the entire township and that the club is willing to support the project over a period of years. Available sites and possible costs were discussed. The park board and Kiwanis representatives plan to meet again for further discussions.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- It appears the Mattoon Public Library expansion is going to become a reality. Members of the library board have worked for two years to work out details for the expansion that will make the building handicapped accessible. Mattoon City Clerk Evelyn Donnell said information was sent to Springfield yesterday that will help Mattoon obtain more than $1 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for the $1.9 million project. Board President Ron Morris said the board has about $200,000 for the project while another $600,000 to $700,000 will be raised through private donations… ARCOLA -- Humor columnist Dave Barry made a return visit Saturday to the Arcola Broomcorn Festival in an attempt to redeem himself after a lousy performance last year. But Barry said he did even worse in this year’s parade with the world famous Lawn Rangers precision lawn mower drill team. Barry said, after his performance, it looks like he will have to try again next year. Attendance at the three-day festival again was about 60,000 people.
100 years ago, Sept. 15, 1917
MATTOON -- The Poseyville melon season is over. Local Illinois Central Railroad officials report there were 15 cars of melons less than during the 1916 season. There were 20 more cantaloupe cars than there were last year. The movement of bananas from the south is in full swing, and yesterday the Illinois Central handled three banana trains from the south, with each train averaging 62 cars... MATTOON -- A branch plant for the manufacture of women's garments is to be established in the Welch building at 1616 Charleston Ave. if the necessary help can be obtained. Fifteen operators will be given employment from the start. John F. Hanrahan, secretary of the Mattoon Merchants Association, said a company representative told him the business could not obtain sufficient help in its present location, and it was decided to go where workers could be secured... VINCENNES, Ind. -- Dr. Wilhelm T. Von Knappe, homeopathic physician, was arrested yesterday on a grand jury indictment on a charge of "libeling the memory of Abraham Lincoln, deceased." The indictment resulted from publication by Von Knappe of a "History of the Wabash Valley," which alleged that Lincoln's mother had Negro blood in her veins and was an ex-chattel, and that Wendell Phillips wrote Lincoln's famous replies to Stephen A. Douglas.
50 years ago, 1967
TOLEDO -- Judy King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard King of Toledo, was crowned queen of the Toledo Fall Festival last night. First runnerup was Polly Thomas and second runnerup was Belinda Cutts. Dianne Shepherd, the 1966 festival queen, crowned the new queen. Almost 6,000 people were served at the free barbecue yesterday... MATTOON -- Seaman David E. Lawrence of 1304 Fourth St., Mattoon, serving aboard the USS Damato in Vietnam, and SA John R. Coffey, 1302 Fourth St., serving aboard the USS Ajax, also in Vietnamese waters, visited briefly recently when the two ships met. Coffey called his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verless Coffey Jr., and told them of the chance meeting with his next-door neighbor so far away from Mattoon. Lawrence's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. lawrence... MATTOON -- Varsity cheerleaders for the Mattoon Green Wave have been selected. They include Vicki Pygott, Judy Sinner, Barb Lidster, Jane Spurgeon and Sue Doak, who also will serve as squad captain.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University students whose cars were towed from the stadium parking lot on Thursday will receive an unusual break on towing costs. Lou Hencken, acting vice president for student affairs, decided yesterday to issue refunds to all 35 of the students whose cars were towed and had to pay $40 each to reclaim their vehicles. Most of the cars towed belonged to freshman and sophomore students. However, the university offers weekly permits to park in the O’Brien Stadium lot during certain hours. The parking hours were changed, but students said they were not informed. Hencken said it was better for the university to acknowledge there may have been a mistake than for students to think their concerns were ignored… CHARLESTON -- The Hurricane Relief Rummage Sale raised almost $1,900 Saturday in the parking lot of Gene Harpster’s Appliance Store on Illinois Route 316. Gena Bunch, sale coordinator, said the turnout was great and that cars were lined up and down the road. Of the $1,900 raised, she said Kevin James collected $400 in donations. All the money will be sent to the Red Cross, which will assist hurricane victims in Florida and Louisiana… CHARLESTON -- Royal Edmond Washington of Terre Haute has received the Ona Norton Scholarship at Eastern Illinois University. Washington received a bachelor’s degree in economics this summer. The scholarship was established through the Eastern Illinois University Foundation in 1987 by the Concerned Citizens of Charleston to encourage, assist and recognize African-American students at EIU who have achieved high scholarship. For a number of years, Mrs. Norton and her husband Kenneth provided housing for black EIU students. Bill Ridgeway, EIU zoology professor and chairman of the scholarship committee of Concerned Citizens, presented the scholarship to Washington.
CORRECTION: In Saturday's newspaper, in the 25 years ago (1992) summary regarding a Florida hurricane, it was Terry Beason who took supplies from Kmart to the state. He was the driver for Jim Dunn. We apologize for the error.