100 years ago, Sept. 19, 1917
MATTOON -- John Moore, who was born in Mattoon, being a son of Dr. Ernest S. Moore, now of Chicago, has become one of the "gas" victims of the kaiser while serving in the ambulance corps at the battle front in France. Moore is the first victim of Germany's recently begun "carnage of gas" to return home -- invalided on account of gas poison. Young Moore said soldiers are gassed without knowing it. A day or so later, the face and hands blotched, then convulsions set in, and vomiting.The simultaneous vomiting and convulsions cause strangulation. Young Moore was a student at the University of Chicago when he joined the ambulance service in France in February. If he regains his strength, he says he will taken another chance with the kaiser's ghostly gas... CHARLESTON -- Three young men, all giving their home addresses in Terre Haute, were arrested late yesterday in connection with the robbery of a general store and restaurant in Ashmore over the weekend. They were arrested at Dudley after being traced to Kansas, Ill.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Four teachers in the special aids field of special education were filmed last night as they made presentations of teaching materials and techniques to new teachers in the eastern Illinois Area for Special Education. The film will be distributed through the Illinois Department of Special Education to special education groups throughout the state. The workshop is designed to provide time-tested teaching techniques to new teachers of special education. Participating as master teachers were special aids educators Edyth Frantz of Lerna, Greta Howse of Oakland, Arthur Kupisch of Mattoon and Joe F. Glassford, pre-vocational coordinator for EIASE... MATTOON -- E.W. Evermon of Mattoon harvested a huge "Guiney bean" from his garden. The plant is like a gourd. Evermon's bean measures 40 inches long and is 12 inches in circumference. Evermon said he will keep the bean for seed for next year's garden. He is a retired New York Central Railroad supply department employee.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- A new 41-bed wing for sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease is planned for the Odd Fellows-Rebekah Home in Mattoon. Luaylace Brown, administrator of the facility on West Lafayette Avenue, said the board of directors has committed $2.5 million for the project. Brown said the unit will feature indoor walking trails, landscaped gardens and single bedrooms… SULLIVAN -- Officials in Sullivan take pride in the kind of audit report the city received this week. Sullivan has used city-operated utilities to help provide services and to operate such things as a civic center with an indoor pool. While many governmental units become accustomed to gloomy financial reports, Sullivan has cash investments of $5.5 million, generally nets more than $200,000 a year from operation of utilities and is as prepared as it can be for unexpected expenses. Mayor Leon Lane said the reserve took at least 20 years to accumulate.
100 years ago, Sept. 20, 1917
MATTOON -- Thus far no tidings have been received from Emery Hill, son of Richard Hill, a Lafayette Township farmer, who failed to respond to roll call in Charleston yesterday morning when the second contingent of the Coles County quota of soldier boys was preparing to depart for Camp Taylor. One report has it that young Hill was seen boarding a Clover Leaf freight train in Charleston yesterday morning shortly before the final roll call was to be taken, but this is not given credence to by the father who believes his son is in Coles County. Members of the young man's family state that Hill had been unable to eat or sleep well for 10 days and they fear his mind has become unbalanced... CHARLESTON -- On Saturday afternoon, the football team of the Eastern Illinois Normal School will clash on the local grounds with the warriors of Oakland High School. The game should be a good one as the Oakland team is the champion of the Wabash Valley and now holds the championship trophy which they won over Terre Haute last fall. Lantz's men, who are light, are said to be showing much "pep."
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Members of the Mattoon City Council have agreed to request an official census of the population of the city for June 1968. The U.S. census Bureau will be asked to make the count. The cost will be borne by the city. Population growth through several annexations has been cited as the prime reason for the census request before 1970... CHARLESTON -- An Eastern Illinois University business professor has been reappointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. Timothy D. Gover of Mattoon, assistant professor of marketing, has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board since the board was formed in 1964. Gover has been a member of the EIU faculty since 1963, and also serves as faculty adviser of the Delta Sigma Pi chapter at EIU.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.