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100 years ago,

Dec. 3, 1919

MATTOON — While every engine of the Big Four Railroad that can be put on the rails to haul coal is pressed into service, every pound of steam that can be pumped at the Kickapoo station is being employed to furnish water for these engines. During the past 24 hours, the Big Four Railroad has used 1 million gallons of water. That many gallons represent 1,150 tons, and it would take 166 tank cars or three trains to carry that amount of water. That amount is being furnished to the Big Four for $60... MATTOON — An ordinance which would permit Mattoon residents to raise pigs on their property, provided they first have the consent of all residents living on the block, was introduced at last night's Mattoon City Council meeting. It will be acted on at the next meeting. The ordinance is offered as a way to keep Mattoon from becoming "pigless," as it will be on the first of February, when the war-time privilege of keeping pigs in the city, will be ended.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON — A resolution authorizing appropriation of $300,000 for the improvement of South Ninth Street from the Illinois Central Railroad to the Old State Road was approved last night by the Mattoon City Council. Earlier in the day, the Coles County Board of Supervisors approved a grant of $85,000 to the city for the county's share of the project. Plans call for expanding the roadway to 36 feet of concrete pavement. The city's section will include curb and guttering and storm drainage structures... NORMAL — The Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, left with only three teams following Illinois State University's resignation, has voted to disband effective July 1. ISU's resignation left only Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois in the league, which began its modern era in 1950 with seven members. Southern Illinois and Eastern Michigan pulled out in 1962 and Northern Illinois departed in 1966 leaving only four teams.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON — Area students continue to post good test scores in most areas, with one exception, the 1994 school district report cards show. In the second year of a new format, the report cards indicated that the vast majority of area students met or exceeded state-established learning goals, regardless of subject area or grade level. The one exception was 10th-grade writing where more than half of 10th graders in five of 14 area school districts did not meet the goals in writing. Overall, there were 19 instances in which all students tested in a grade tested scored 100 percent in a subject. The Oakland school district led the area with five perfect scores… CASEY — A Decatur couple left approximately $50,000 to a Casey church. The W. Meredith Weck and F. Rosalia Weck Trusts named six recipients of the first distribution of funds. One of the recipients is St. Charles Catholic Church in Casey. The church received $50,000 from Mrs. Weck’s trust. The church is scheduled to receive an additional $34,000 next year. Mrs. Weck returned to her hometown of Casey to teach after graduating from Millikin University. The Wecks both are buried in the Washington Street Cemetery in Casey.

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100 years ago,

Dec. 4, 1919

MATTOON — Discarded railroad ties and other "discarded material" in the back yards of the Big Four and Illinois Central Railroad shops are to be used for fuel as the shortage of coal continues. Superintendent Roth of the Illinois Central said today the old ties and other material will be given to families where it will do the most good, but first priority will go to families of the company's employees. The Big Four is willing to give ties, but there are few in Mattoon, the yards having been cleaned up of this kind of wood during the fall cleaning... CHARLESTON — More wheat was planted in Coles County in 1919 than in any other year in the history of the county. During the year 1919, about 37,000 acres of wheat were planted in Coles County, as against 18,000 acres planted in 1918. Farm Adviser Thomas said the acreage planted to wheat next year will not exceed that of 1918... MATTOON — Farmers generally in Coles County are taking advantage of the freezing but good weather to do their winter's butchering. As a rule the farmer kills one hog about corn husking time, then wait until winter sets in "for certain," then takes care of several. He butchers again before the spring thaw, generally salting down enough pork to last his family during most of the summer.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor 28 years ago, now living in the southern third of Illinois, will gather in Mattoon Sunday for a memorial service. Carl Browning of Mattoon is president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association of Illinois and will preside over the ceremony. Lafayette Kibler is the only other Pearl Harbor survivor living in Mattoon. Some 300 survivors of the Japanese attack on the island of Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, reside in Illinois ... CHARLESTON — A $500,000 compromise appropriation for the Lincoln Reservoir was recommended by a Senate-House conference committee in Washington this week. The $500,000 recommended appropriation is a compromise between the original $1.5 million Senate appropriation and nothing in the House. The Lincoln Reservoir project was approved initially in 1965 to provide a 6,600-acre lake on the Coles-Cumberland county line... CARBONDALE — Students at Southern Illinois University donated $1,768.88 toward an artificial kidney for John Derring, 18, of St. Louis. Rick Hall of Mattoon was the chairman of the drive, sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

25 years ago, 1994

Sunday. No paper.

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