100 years ago, Sept. 12, 1917

MATTOON -- Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Lumpkin, Maurice Evans and Dr. I.A. Lumpkin returned last night from Detroit in a new Hudson touring car purchased by Dr. I.A. Lumpkin. The party had a distressing experience in Detroit, shortly after driving the car away from the Hudson factory. the machine was parked outside the Hotel Statler while arrangements were being made to transfer their luggage from their rooms to the car. When they returned to the street, the auto was missing. The police department was notified and the city was combed for the machine, which was not located until the following afternoon.Beyond the theft of a tire and rim, and some accessories, the car was in good condition. Another new car was stolen about the same time the Lumpkin car was taken, the theft of machines being a common occurrence in Detroit... MATTOON -- Within the next week or 10 days, the addition to the Mattoon High School building will have been completed and ready for dedication. The addition will add two classrooms, one sewing room, one domestic science room, one kitchen and pantry, one linen closet and a commodious gymnasium... CHARLESTON -- On Tuesday afternoon, memorial services were held in the First Presbyterian Church in memory of Paul Rutherford McVey, the Charleston young man who fell in action on the battle field of France. Paul McVey, who was fighting in the Canadian army, was reported officially killed in action on August 26. The report of the young man's death was confirmed in a telegram to his mother Saturday by the Canadian director of records.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Lake Land College has received three additional site proposals, President Virgil Judge told members of the college board last night. The three new proposals join six presented to the board on Aug. 16. Outlined to the board last night were the Degler-Swisher site, 160 acres about a half-mile west of Mattoon on Western Avenue Road; the Herman site, 100 acres a mile south of Mattoon at the intersection of Old State Road and U.S. Route 45; and the Hildreth site, 155 acres fronting the Lerna Road about a half-mile south of Interstate 57. Of the nine proposals, four are on U.S. Route 45 south of Mattoon and two are between Charleston and Mattoon... CHARLESTON -- Lincoln Lake Reservoir engineering and design plans are sufficiently advanced that a construction start in 1969 is possible, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district engineer. Meeting with Wabash Valley Association officials at the Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., Col. Robert E. Wessels said if Congress appropriates funds next year, the Corps of Engineers would be prepared to begin acquiring land for the dam site south of Charleston and let contracts for clearing the land and construction through June of 1969... MATTOON -- The Robert G. DeMars Memorial Youth Center Building Fund was increased by $531.33 yesterday. A check in that amount, representing the proceeds of the circus held recently in Mattoon, was presented by Richard Kiger, chairman of the circus committee, to Mrs. Geneva Wade, co-chairman of the youth center finance committee. The building fund now totals approximately $15,000. 

25 years ago, 1992

CHARLESTON -- Although there have been a couple reports of local residents thinking they have seen a cobra, a local expert says it’s likely a case of “missnaken” identity. In one case, Charles Ward of Charleston said a passenger in his car thinks he saw one of the poisonous cobras along Illinois Route 16 east of Charleston. And Humboldt Village President Leon Mentzer said there have been rumors circulating about a cobra somewhere in the village. Michael Goodrich, a zoology professor at Eastern Illinois University, said there are two snakes common to this area that could be confused for the cobra, which is native to Asia. Goodrich said the hognose snake, common to East-Central Illinois, will spread its neck and rear up, like a cobra, when frightened. And the blue racer, which has a slender body similar to a cobra, also can rear up. The native serpentines are not poisonous, he said… MATTOON -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy and founder and honorary chairwoman of Special Olympics International, will be the special guest at the ninth annual Special Olympics Family Festival. Shriver will attend the festival, sponsored by Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co., at Lake Land College on Sept. 19. Mrs. Shriver started Special Olympics in 1968… CHARLESTON -- Official 10th-day fall semester enrollment at Eastern Illinois University is 10,454 on-campus students, an increase of four over the 10,454 enrolled last fall. Included in the total are a minority enrollment of 738, up from 686 a year ago. Graduate enrollment rose from 1,029 last year to 1,122 this fall. Lou Hencken, acting vice president for student affairs, noted that EIU’s residence halls are at 100 percent capacity with more than half of the student body living in university housing.

100 years ago, Sept. 13, 1917

MATTOON -- Mrs. Rose Morgan of Mattoon today received a letter from her father, William Downing, who has been one of Uncle Sam's fighting men on French soil for about a month. Mr. Downing says he likes the French and the French like the United States soldiers. Mr. Downing, prior to his enlistment last February, was in the employ of McCusker & Albert. Following the death of his wife, he decided to enlist and fight for his country... CHARLESTON -- The annual tax levy, calling for spending $97,720 to run Coles County's business during the coming year, came before the Coles County Board of Supervisors yesterday. As the county is now without funds, the board found it necessary to anticipate $46,095 of next year's moneys to conduct the county's business during the remainder of the present fiscal year... DANVILLE -- Nixie Yeargin, editor of the Oakland Ledger, was summoned before the federal grand jury here today to answer questions regarding certain editorials which appeared in the Ledger two weeks ago. One of these articles was alleged by the Coles County military draft exemption board to be a reflection on its character, it being stated that the physicians were "profiting financially" in its examination of young men to the extent of "75 cents a head."

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Fred M. Young, president of Young Radiator Co., today announced the company will build a 52,000-square feet addition to its Mattoon plant. The addition will be on the existing property, which is bounded by the New York central Railroad tracks on the north, 12th Street on the east and 14th Street on the west. Company officials anticipate adding another 40 jobs. Young Radiator currently employs 270 people in the manufacture od radiators for trucks, tractors and other vehicles and power units... MATTOON -- Marty Pattin is back home in Charleston after completing his third season of professional baseball. He's currently enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, continuing work on his master's degree. Pattin spent the entire season at the California Angels' Triple A team in Seattle. He had a 12-11 won-loss record and a sparkling 2.55 earned run average for seventh-best in the Pacific Coast League. Gary Wagner, the EIU grad from Bridgeport who played with the Philadelpha Phillies' Triple A team at San Diego posted a 10-4 record and had the third-lowest ERA in the league. He had some success with the Phillies before a sore arm resulted in a demotion to the minors... MATTOON -- Don McElhiney, owner and operator of the Gucker Florist Shop on Wabash Avenue, fired a record-breaking 757 series Monday while bowling for Geno's Club in the First Nighter League at the Mattoon Bowling Alley. McElhinet shot single-game scores of 266, 257 and 234 for his total which smashed the previous all-time series high of 728 set by Wayne Maxey in 1962. McElhiney, 48, has been bowling since 1941. His previous series high was 691.

25 years ago, 1992

Sunday. No paper.

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