100 years ago, Nov. 25, 1917
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Army Master Sgt. Bobby L. Wolfe received the Army Commendation Medal Thursday in a ceremony at Mattoon High School before the assembled battalion of ROTC cadets. Co. Harry L. Tuma (Ret.), acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Army, made the presentation. Sgt. Wolfe, presently on leave prior to assignment in Vietnam, received the honor for meritorious service as the Army instructor at Mattoon High School from September 1963 to Oct. 13, 1967. He will be attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Infantry Division. Sgt. Wolfe's family will remain in Mattoon during his tour of duty in Vietnam... MATTOON -- The Rt. Rev. Msgr. William Croke has been named successor to the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Daniel Daly as pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Announcement was made by Bishop William A. O'Connor of the Springfield Diocese. Msgr. Daly announced his retirement as pastor of the Immaculate Conception parish early in November.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Attempts to make the intersection of Ninth Street and Roosevelt Avenue safer for Eastern Illinois University students may be an alternative route. At almost the same time of day, both Sunday and Monday, two Eastern Illinois University students were struck by vehicles that failed to stop at the new stop sign on Ninth at its intersection with Roosevelt. The accidents occurred at 6:09 p.m. Sunday and 6:22 p.m. Monday -- times there are not large numbers of students crossing the intersection on their way to and from classes… MATTOON -- Secretaries at Lake Land College say the furniture there is treated better than they are. The 36-member secretarial association is working without a contract and says negotiations are not progressing. The two sides have not met since the Oct. 12 board meeting when Cheryl Roberts, president of the association, and several other members voiced their frustration. One secretary wonders if gender is a factor in the pay dispute. She said there are women on the Lake Land board and a female vice president, who surely appreciate the secretaries’ contributions… SPRINGFIELD -- With Illinois’ unpaid bills growing steadily, state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch warned Tuesday that state government’s fiscal crisis is far from over. As of early yesterday, the backlog of unpaid state bills stood at $512 million -- $181 million higher than when the current fiscal year began on July 1, she said.
100 years ago, Nov. 26, 1917
MATTOON -- Forty-six former pupils of the Longfellow School are now in the military service of their country, and some of whom are now in France. A list of the former pupils includes Vern Allen, Fred Armstrong, Theodore Baker, Chester Bland, Robbins Bledsoe, Albert Bower, Garnett Briggs, Albert Bullock, William Capen, James Hobart Clark, Oliver Campbell, Chester Chamberlain, Joe Claridge, Dewey Cummings, Ivan Davis, Robert Doepel, William Doepel, Albert Ellis, Nelson Fleenor, Roy Franklin, Harlan Groniger, Woods Haynes, Howard Hanson, Walter Hartley, Albert Hill, Herman Ingle, Russell Jones, Paul Kelly, Ted Karney, Phillip Klohr, Melvin Katz, Harry Lehman, Arthur Link, Fred Link, Earp Marxson, Allen Merritt, Frank Mitchell, Joe Parker, Guernsey Ross, Guy Reid, Murray Sanders, Arthur Shaw, Robert K. Shaw, John Schlicher, Warren Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, Earl Sumerlin, Harold Sumerlin, Athur Starkey, Sylvester Troth, David Tomlin, Earl VanLaningham,John Wilson, Newell Young, Oliver Yount and Royal Wisley... MATTOON -- Indications are that A.C. Smith, a member of the Mattoon school board, will have to provide a banquet for members of the high school football club. Mr. Smith promised the members of the team, early in the season, that he would give them a banquet at the Hotel Byers in the event that they won all the season's games. So far, the club has won each game. The local team blanked Decatur High School 16-0 on Saturday. The last game of the season will be played on the local gridiron with the club from Paxton High School on Thanksgiving Day.
50 years ago, 1967
Sunday. No paper.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- A sight in rural areas -- corn still standing in fields well after the average date for the completion of harvest -- isn’t all that unusual. Larry Casey, crop specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service, said farmers will eventually be able to harvest the remaining corn with it stops raining long enough for fields to dry or when the ground freezes. Even with some acres of corn still standing, yields of both corn and soybeans throughout central Illinois turned out to be excellent, he said… CHARLESTON -- Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at 10:26 p.m. yesterday at Wilb Walker’s East, 960 18th St. According to police, a lone male wearing a ski mask and armed with a revolver entered the store and demanded money from the clerk on duty. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money from the clerk, the man fled from the store on foot… MATTOON -- Songs of the Mattoon-based band, Kid Ego, range from society and politics to love and drug abuse. The band, performing this Friday at Ted’s Warehouse in Charleston, plays some original music and covers bands such as Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy Ozbourne, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen, among others. Band members include drummer Mark Allen, John Clarkson, guitar and vocals; Tommy O’Dell, lead vocals; and Mark McConaha, bass.
100 years ago, Nov. 27, 1917
MATTOON -- William H. Simmons, local manager of Hulman & Co., announced to all employees of the Mattoon branch today that henceforth the local branch of the business will operate on an eight-hour schedule. Work commences at 8 o'clock a.m. and closes at 5 o'clock p.m., with one hour off for lunch. Employees will receive the same pay for an eight-hour day that they were receiving for 10 hours, with extra pay for overtime. This is the third time in the last three months that Hulman & Co. have taken action for the benefit of employees in Mattoon. A couple months ago the firm voluntarily gave an increase of wages to every employee. At the time of the second Liberty Loan the firm announced a savings plan by which each employee would become the owner of a $50 Liberty Bond by making total payments of $18, the firm paying the balance and turning over to each employee a bond as a Christmas gift... MATTOON -- The 16th District of Illinois has oversubscribed by $8,814.74 to the red triangle war fund of the Young Men's Christian Association, despite the fact that a couple counties have not completed their canvass. The 16th District has reported subscriptions amounting to $38,814.74, the goal having been set at $30,000. Coles County subscriptions total $9,488 with a goal of $6,000... LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sixty "absolute objectors" at Camp Taylor, all members of the Amish or Mennonite faith, including several from the Arthur, Ill., area, informed their paymaster yesterday that they did not want their pay. Thirty-six dollars for six weeks' service in the Army was handed each man and immediately returned without a cent being touched. All of the men are of the "absolutist" classification, the title given men unwilling to serve in the Army in any capacity. The only work they have been doing has been to keep their quarters clean. A spokesman for the Amishmen said that until they are given work they can conscientiously do, they cannot accept pay. The Amish spokesman said they have recognized priests living in the Arthur, Ill., area who advise them on their activities at camp.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Army PFC Darwyn E. Nelson, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Nelson of Mattoon, was awarded the Air Medal recently for "distinguished and meritorious service" in Vietnam. Nelson, who was previously awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received while on a mission in Vietnam, participated in more than 25 missions over hostile territory between February and July of this year. Nelson is a native of Mattoon and graduate of Mattoon High School. He attended Murray State University in Kentucky before joining the Army in February 1966... CHICAGO -- Lyle Baumgartner of Sullivan won first place in swine judging at the National 4-H livestock judging contest at the International Livestock Exposition. Baumgartner scored 198 out of a possible 200 points. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Baumgartner. A 4-H officials said Baumgartner also won first place swine judging honors at Kansas City earlier this fall... CHICAGO -- Bill McKinney of Neoga has been named as a 4-H Club Congress winner for his beef feeding project. The Club Congress is the highest award that may be earned by a 4-H member. McKinney fed a total of 12 steers this year. This is his 10th year in 4-H club work. He is a sophomore at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, majoring in agriculture. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McKinney.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- A local family with a big heart and a lot of help provided more than 400 people with Thanksgiving dinner yesterday afternoon. The Ott family served almost double the number this year as compared to their 1991 Thanksgiving dinner offered to anyone who inquired at their Wrangler Roast Beef restaurant. The Otts began notifying churches in September about the dinner. The 25 turkeys roasted at IGA for the meal were purchased by the Ott family and supplemented with traditional side dishes. Owner Jean Ott said 65 pies were donated by area residents… SPRINGFIELD -- Newly elected state representative Vickie Moseley has Coles County roots. Moseley upset Republican Sangamon County Sheriff Bill DeMarco in the November election. Moseley, whose maiden name is Sullivan, graduated from Mattoon High School in 1974. Her father, James, was meat manager at Taylor’s IGA for 14 years. Her mother, Clara, worked in the Girl Scouts and in the clothing department at Young’s Department Store.