100 years ago, Sept. 16, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

CHARLESTON -- Police and fire officials have issued no statement about the second night of apparent arson incidents. On Thursday night, two pickup trucks, one each in the parking lots of the two Charleston bowling alleys, were struck by fire. Last night, three cars were struck. Two were parked on the campus of Eastern Illinois University and the third was parked in the city parking lot on Sixth Street near the square. Firemen also answered three false alarms last night... STEWARDSON -- The Stewardson-Strasburg school board has endorsed the proposed Neoga site for the Lake Land College campus. The Neoga site is located at the Interstate 57 interchange at U.S. Route 45 north of Neoga. A copy of the resolution endorsing the site will be sent to the Lake Land College board.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- Officials hope three weeks will mean a difference of about 20 degrees and a few hundred people. Hopes for warmer weather and, thus, bigger crowds prompted sponsors to schedule this year’s airshow at Coles County Memorial Airport a few weeks earlier than usual. Joe Ethridge of the Cornbelt Shrine Club, said only once in the previous four years of the show did they enjoy good weather. Performances of Airshow ’92 will begin at noon both Saturday and Sunday at the airport. Crowds last year totaled about 7,000. The event moved here from Lawrence County in 1987… MATTOON -- Lake Land College is enjoying its second-highest enrollment ever, the board of trustees learned at a meeting last night. Fall semester enrollment is 4,543, second only to fall 1991 when it was 4,835. Full-time equivalent figures also are second to last year. There are the equivalent to 2,979 full-time students at the college… CHARLESTON -- A group trying to put more trees into the local landscape will be trying to raise funds over the next month. Brian Nordin of Charleston, National Tree Society local chapter director, said the organization will go door-to-door in Mattoon and Charleston in an effort to obtain funds for planting programs. Nordin said 100 percent of money collected will be used in the two cities. Nordin said he would like to see both communities join the Tree City USA program.

100 years ago, Sept. 17, 1917

MATTOON -- The Mattoon High School has an enrollment of 346 members, which is an increase of 15 over the enrollment at the opening of first semester last year. Principal Black reports everything is in tip-top shape. R.E. Gray of Arcola becomes science instructor today to succeed J.O. Beck, who resigned during the latter part of August... DANVILLE -- Editor Nixie Yeargin of the Oakland Ledger escaped indictment at the hands of the federal grand jury for alleged treasonable utterances against members of the Coles County military exemption board in an article appearing in his newspaper two weeks ago. Editor Yeargin had insiuated in an article that physicians connected with the exemption board were getting "75 cents per head," and at that rate they should soon become rich... KANSAS -- Citizens of the Kansas vicinity were aroused yesterday when hastily organized posses armed with various firearms searched the cornfields for three men who Saturday night broke into two stores in Ashmore. The men were seen in Kansas yesterday morning and eluded the marshal by running into a cornfield. The men broke into the general store of Siner & Prather and the restaurant of Charles Coyle. Investigation at the general store showed the men removed their old clothes and fitted themselves with new suits, new underwear, new shoes and all the furnishings they could carry. At the restaurant they took $10 in cash plus liberal supplies of cigarettes, cigars and items from the soda fountain. They robbers have not yet been located even though the posses beat through the cornfields.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- For the second year in a row, enrollment is up at Charleston public schools. Figures from the sixth day of enrollment show an increase of 57 students over the same day last year. Enrollment at the district’s eight schools was 3,364, compared to 3,307 at the 1991 sixth-day number. The Charleston school board last night voted to rename the CHS auditorium in honor of Alice Jayne Swickard, retired choral director, and rename the junior high band room in honor of John Daum, retired band director… CHARLESTON -- About 50 Charleston High School students gathered on the school lawn before classes yesterday morning to participate in a national prayer observance. CHS Principal Dean Tucker, a teacher and a couple parents joined the students who clasped hands in a circle around the flag pole. Each person spoke a few moments, offering a prayer or witnessing their faith. Students across the country participated in the event called “See You at the Pole.”

100 years ago, Sept. 18, 1917

MATTOON -- Indications are that Mattoon High School will be represented this fall by a strong football 11. R.E. Gray of Arcola, who entered the high school faculty yesterday, will have charge of the school athletics and serve as football coach. Robert Crookshank is captain of the 1917 squad. Irwin Bauer is manager. Bauer last year was considered the best backfield player in this section of the state. Among the veterans practicing with the squad are William Checkley, Harold Isaacson, Merle Storm, Paul Newsom, Abe Berkowitz, Abe Bennet, Lawrence Gammill, Arnet McCusker and Timothy Linck. This year's scedule includes contests with Assumption, Effingham, Urbana, Georgetown, Danville, Sullivan and Decatur... MATTOON -- Edward Shaffer, Big Four Railroad roundhouse supply man, is on the off duty list. He is moving into his new home on North 10th Street, a home that was rebuilt after the May 26 tornado disaster. Gene Cummins, night roundhouse clerk, was unable to report for work last night. Cummins is off duty because of a hurt knee, having struck it with a nail... CHARLESTON -- Willie Smith, an 18-year-old boy who says his home is in Rockford, was brought this afternoon to the Charleston sanitarium suffering from a bullet wound to the side. He is believed to be dying. Smith claims he was shot by a Big Four Railroad brakeman near Loxa. The conductor of the train crew states the shot was fired by a tramp after several had been put off the train. The train crew is being held at Ashmore by order of Sheriff Sensibaugh. An arrest is expected.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Showers last night gave Mattoon its first measurable precipitation since Sept. 8. Rain up to midnight amounted to .24 of an inch, bringing the year's total to 26.11 inches. Last year at this date, the rainfall total was 20.53 inches... CHARLESTON -- The city of Charleston experienced its first day of quiet yesterday after three days of fire calls involving suspected arson. A sixth incident of suspected arson occurred at 11:40 p.m. Saturday when firemen were called to Taylor's motel on South Illinois Route 130. A tarpaulin covering the back of a truck owned by Mrs. John G. Taylor, was set on fire. Damage to the truck was minor, but 60 bushels of oats in the back of the truck were destroyed. On Thursday, two pickup trucks were set on fire, and on Friday, three cars were hit.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Faculty at Eastern Illinois University may receive a 3 percent salary increase this year, pending approval of a tentative agreement. The average salary for faculty at all Board of Governors Universities is $37,100 a year. There are 556 EIU employees included in the 1,969 people represented by the University Professionals of Illinois bargaining unit… CHARLESTON -- The shoulder along a stretch of Old State Road just northwest of Charleston is bare, soon to be reseeded with grass, but now void of the growth that covered it a few weeks ago. Charleston Township road crews have cut away the foliage next to the road, which to the west leads to the area of the Charleston Country Club. Officials say grass is the only safe, workable vegetation to have along the roadway. Crews removed two or three large trees, but mostly took out shrubs, undergrowth and smaller trees less than 10 years old, said Randy Malone, Coles County superintendent of highways. But Brian Nordin of Charleston, Illinois director of the National Tree Society, said he wants people to know there are options to cutting trees.

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