100 years ago, Sept. 2, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Lake Land College officials are predicting that fall quarter registration may reach the pre-registration totals after 406 students went through registration lines Thursday. It is anticipated that day enrollment will reach between 440 and 450 students when all students have been registered. A total of 125 students enrolled in evening classes at Lake Land. Registration continues through Tuesday. Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6... MATTOON -- Why did JG Wire Editor Harold S. Kitching want to pick a fight with the Ku Klux Klan? "I can answer in three words: It is evil," Kitching said. Its evilness, he said, is shown by men who, rather than openly to a desired end, must hide behind white sheets; it is evilness shown by a woman civil rights worker killed in Louisiana; it is evilness shown by defenseless Negro children killed by a terrorist bomb on the steps of an Alabama church; and it is evilness shown by the so-called Grand Dragon of Illinois getting 15 years for bombing a store. The modern Klan came to power in the 1920s and prided itself on being anti-Catholic, anti-Jew, anti-Negro and anti-foreigner... CHARLESTON -- After ending a 16-year career as a high school, junior college and university basketball coach, Dr. John Caine has been named head basketball coach at Eastern Illinois University. Caine, who came to EIU this year as a coordinator of student teachers, was appointed as head coach to replace Rex. V. Darling, who has accepted a head tennis coaching position at Pan American College in Texas. Darling coached the basketball Panthers for the past three years.

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Following months of indecision, the Charleston City Council last night took unofficial action on the Lake Island Tract properties. At the suggestion of Commissioner Roger Rives, the council agreed to extend property owners’ leases for a fixed period of time so each lease would expire at the same date. Mayor Wayne Lanman said he would like the council members to think about a price for renewing the contracts. There are about 20 homes on the island tract at Lake Charleston… CASEY -- Fairview Park in Casey will be the site this weekend of the Illinois Horseshoe Association state championship tournament. The Casey Horseshoe Club is hosting the tournament which will feature about 235 participants in 22 levels of competition. The local horseshow club recently added 10 new horseshoe courts to the park, doubling the number of courts there. Wayne Davis of the Casey club said the 1991 men’s champion had a ringer percentage of about 84 percent. The tournament is being held in conjunction with the annual Casey Popcorn Festival.

100 years ago, Sept. 3, 1917

MATTOON -- Mattoon people will have the honor this afternoon of witnessing a parade of the Coles County boys of the First Call, who are going into training preparatory to representing those who stay at home on the battle front of France, that we might continue to enjoy that freedom for which our forefathers fought, and by virtue of which we have become the most prosperous and happy people of the world. All industries and all businesses, except those which are operated on Sundays and holidays, suspended operations for at least half time today, this being Labor day and the day to pay homage to the young men of the county called to military service. The street parade is at 1:30 o'clock. An afternoon and evening program will be held at peterson Park. A reception, with admittance by ticket only, is to be held tonight at 9 o'clock at the Odd Fellows Hall... MATTOON -- Dr. I.A. Lumpkin has returned from Joliet where he attended a joint meeting of the Illinois Highway Improvement Association, the Dixie Highway Association and supervisors of the counties of Cook, Iroquois, Vermilion, Will and Kankakee. The meeting was called to devise ways for the counties listed, through which the Dixie Highway passes, to finance the county end of the road building proposition. Dr. Lumpkin secured valuable information as to the procedure in the government road building campaign.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- More than anything, cash is needed to assist victims of Hurricane Andrew, local officials said yesterday. The Red Cross’s national disaster relief fund was $20 million in debt before the hurricane, said Stephanie Johanpeter, chapter president for the Red Cross in Mattoon. Checks may be sent to the Mattoon Red Cross or to the Coles County Red Cross in Charleston with a note designating money for the relief fund. So far, about $2,000 has been collected locally by the Red Cross. The Salvation Army office in Mattoon has collected about $3,000 for hurricane relief, said Captain Connie Bridge… MATTOON -- Area motorists, especially those in Mattoon, may have only a short time before an expected seasonal increase puts an end to lower gas prices. Price competition between gas stations in Mattoon have led some dealers to sell regular gasoline at 99.9 cents a gallon this week. Most Mattoon stations were selling at about $1.06 or so, but that’s still 2 to 5 cents a gallon less than prices in Charleston. Dean Willaredt, supervisor at Willaredt Oil Co. of Mattoon, said at 99 cents a gallon stations are losing 8 or 9 cents a gallon… CHARLESTON -- Landlords can be held liable for their tenants’ wild parties if the party-goers are arrested for disturbing the peace. Mayor Wayne Lanman said he has received a few phone calls about late-night loud parties. City Attorney Brian Bower said a landlord has an obligation to see that his property is used for legal purposes. The city’s disturbing the peace ordinance prohibits people from knowingly causing or permitting loud behavior.

100 years ago, Sept. 4, 1917

MATTOON -- Thousands of residents of Mattoon and vicinity turned out yesterday, Labor Day, to pay homage to the Coles County young men who have been called to military service. Music, speeches and other features were conducted from a platform in Peterson Park. About 130 members of the Coles County class of men drafted participated in the activities. The parade moved through Mattoon in a drizzling rain, but after the parade the skies cleared and the park program was carried out without interruption. Judge Brewer of Toledo drove up to deliver the main address. He said there is a bright side to this war, as well as a dark side. He explained, saying kaiserism will be routed and democracies formed everywhere, new homes will be erected where the old ones have been wrecked and new fires kindled where old fires formerly burned... MATTOON -- Twelve young men, who will comprise the first 5 percent of Coles County's quota for the New American Army, will depart from Charleston shortly before noon tomorrow for Camp Taylor in Louisville, Ky., where they will receive training for duty in France. These young men are Joe E. Gray, Mattoon; Orlie Rue, Mattoon; John Marley, Mattoon; Thomas Morgan, Mattoon; Edward Hill, Mattoon; Joe Greenwood, Mattoon; Donald Johnston, Charleston; Eugene Morrison, Charleston; Harlan Breedlove, Charleston; Martin Scherer, Charleston; Clifford E. Hite, Hutton; and Harold Hutton, Hutton.

50 years ago, 1967

Labor Day. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- The proposed North American Free Trade Agreement is a “quick fix” that will result in a net loss in U.S. jobs, according to an area business owner. A detailed four-page news release from the Libman Broom Co. in Arcola disputes assertions that the proposal provides a “level playing field” for U.S. companies. That position received support yesterday from U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard, D-Marion. Poshard is seeking re-election in the newly redrawn 19th Congressional District that includes Coles County. Poshard has represented the now-eliminated 22nd District. He defeated Rep. Terry Bruce, D-Olney, in the March primary and will face Republican Doug Lee of Decatur in the November election… GREENUP -- After several weeks of discussion regarding the moving of the old Greenup railroad depot, the village and the county historical society will begin the process. The Greenup Village Board unanimously voted this week to move the depot from Haughton Park to Main Street. Nina Sugiura of the historical society will meet with Superintendent of Utilities to begin the restoration and moving process.

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