100 years ago, Sept. 7, 1917
MATTOON -- The garbage collector is off the job. On Sept. 1, Carl H. Ozee resigned as the city's sanitary policeman. Since that date the garbage pails have filled to overflowing, the householders not knowing why the collections were not made as usual. Mr. Ozee told the mayor he had been losing money every day he had been on the job. It is stated that it required an expenditure of more than $10 a day to collect the garbage and that the number of customers who availed themselves of the opportunity to get rid of their garbage in this manner was so small that the fees collected did not reach the amount of expenditure. Mayor Swan now is proposing to have the garbage collector contract with the city to collect garbage from every household and the city will levy a tax on each household to pay for the service... NEOGA -- Apple buyers have been visiting Neoga for some time dickering with the apple growers for the purchase of their crops, and most of the growers have contracted to sell. Hitz and Wurth of St. Louis have closed a deal with C.A. Swengel, L.G. Morris and C.W. Simpson. R.A. Watson of Chicago purchased H.P. McKinney's crop and George Ford of Chicago contracted with F.D. Voris and Sons Co. and Edward Kraft. Apples brought $2.50 to $5 per barrel and $1.25 per hundred pounds for apples in bulk... MATTOON -- The Thirteenth Illinois Engineers, the first regiment of U.S. volunteers ever to set sail for service in a foreign country, was still in England on Aug. 15, according to a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Stephenson of Mattoon from their son, Warren, a member of the regiment. Young Stephenson wrote that he has been to London several times and today four regiments participated in a big parade before the king and queen. He said it was the first time armed troops of a foreign country had paraded the streets of London since the time of William II. The young soldier said he goes to bed early every night and has not missed church services yet.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Total enrollment for the first school year at Lake Land College totals 581, according to Virgil H. Judge, college president. The enrollment consists of 396 full-time and 185 part-time students. The first full day of school for Lake Land students was yesterday... MATTOON -- Lake Land College's chances for a winning basketball team in its initial year of operation received a tremendous boost last week when Rex Morgan, former Charleston High School and Evansville College freshman standout, appeared totally unexpected in the registration line and enrolled for classes. Morgan, 6-foot 4 inches, starred on the freshman team at Evansville after graduating from CHS in 1966. He averaged 25 points a game in leading Evansville's freshman team to an 8-0 record. His single-game high was 34 points against Indiana University's freshmen. Jim Dudley, Lake Land basketball coach, also announced that the school's official nickname will be "Lakers," according to a poll conducted among incoming students. The runnerup nickname was "Sharks." Dudley also revealed the school's official colors will be scarlet and black.
25 years ago, 1992
Labor Day. No paper.
100 years ago, Sept. 8, 1917
CHARLESTON -- Coles County has lost its first young man on the battle front in France. He was Paul Rutherford McVey, a son of Mrs. Samuel McVey of Charleston, where he passed all but three of his 20 years of life. Mrs. McVey received a telegram this morning from the Canadian governmenht that her son was officially reported killed in action on Aug. 26, 1917. McVey went to Canada in April 1916 and joined the 50th battalion, Canadian Infantry. On March 26, he set sail for France and had been serving with Canadian troops on the battle front in France ever since... MATTOON -- Five-cent cigars will sell for 6 cents when the new revenue bill before Congress becomes law, a local cigar manufacturer said today. Ten-cent cigars probably will sell for 15 cents or two for a quarter. When the new revenue law becomes effective, there will be a new schedule of prices. Just what it will be, no one can know, but there will be no more 5-cent cigars... MATTOON -- Kenneth Hopper, a delivery boy for C.F. Haynes' grocery store, pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of leaving his horse untied in a city street. He was fined $5 and costs. Kenneth left his horse and wagon on South 17th Street yesterday afternoon. While he was gone, the horse wandered away and at the intersection of Charleston Avenue and 17th Street almost caused an automobile collision.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University President Quincy Doudna and Hobart Heller, vice president for instruction, led a cornerstone laying ceremony for an addition to the Mary J. Booth Library at EIU. Contents of a box sealed in the cornerstone include university catalogs, commencement programs and newspaper articles. Also on hand were representatives of the architect and contracting firms plus Joseph Szerenyi, director at library services at EIU, and Frances Pollard, associate library professor. The $1.9 million addition is scheduled for completion... MATTOON -- Nursing scholarships have been awarded to two 1967 graduates of Mattoon High School by the Zonta Club of Mattoon. Scholarship recipients are Miss Sharon Wyrick and Miss Sharon Lee Smith. Miss Wyrick received a scholarship to attend Missouri Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis. Miss Smith was awarded a scholarship to the licensed practical nurse program at Lake Land College.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- The local Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association received $1,950 in pledges, according to Virginia Richelderfer, coordinator of the local effort. Children collecting door-to-door raised an additional $2,711.38… CASEY – Bright colors filled the skies over the Casey airport both Saturday morning and evening as part of the 11th annual Balloon Launch. The launch was held in conjunction with the Casey Popcorn Festival, which took place at nearby Fairview Park. Five balloonists from the area participated in the launch, which drew a crowd of about 1,000 people for both launches. The launch came together in just a three-week period. Chris Savage of Casey organized the launch after radio station WKZI, the previous sponsor, went out of business… MATTOON -- Twelve of 30 attempts at $1 million made the green yesterday, but no one made a hole-in-one to win the grand prize. Closest to the pin was Chad Walk at 13 feet, 9 ½ inches. The 30 contestants qualified on a green at the driving range at Buck grove Indian Trails Golf Course. Mike Shoot was closest to the pin qualifier and opted to accept a $1,000 prize, rather than try for the $1 million this weekend. All 30 qualifiers received a prize.