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Glancing Back for June 29 - July 1

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100 years ago,

June 29, 1919

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1969

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- The hectic schedule that comes with being Miss Teen Illinois USA has already begun for Charlotte Martin. Just two days after being crowned, the 18-year-old Charleston High School graduate must drive to Aurora to be photographed for the national competition coming up. On Sunday in Schaumburg, the daughter of Becky and Joe Martin was crowned Miss Teen Illinois USA, culminating months of training. Martin was selected from a field of 106 contestants. Martin was the runner-up in last year’s Miss Illinois Teen USA contest. She plans to attend Eastern Illinois University this fall as a voice major. Martin will participate in the national pageant Aug. 16 in Biloxi, Miss… MATTOON -- As often as small businesses come and go, few people might think a 19-year-old could purchase a store and make it successful – but it happens. Ruth Bly was that young age when she and her 24-year-old husband Ed (now deceased) bought the Johnson Donut Shop on July 4, 1944. Now, after 50 years in business, Bly – known as Mattoon’s “donut queen,” -- is throwing a birthday in honor of her business. She first marketed her donuts through the Sally Ann Bakery and made 110 daily deliveries in Mattoon to many of the small grocery stores scattered throughout the city. She still uses the same mixer and cake maker that she’s had for 40 years.

100 years ago,

June 30, 1919

MATTOON -- The newspaper fellows in the territory of the Central Illinois Public Service Company are doing their level best to make life for the officers of the company endurable during these hot weather days. The Effingham Democrat tells how the very superior (?) service of the company has prompted city officials to give the company 60 days to show something in the way of service or the city will take away the company's franchise. The Arcola Record says the company has moved its local office closer to the Record office so proprietors of the paper will not have to wear out so much shoe leather making trips to the office to holler about rotten service, while the Charleston Courier says the company should be named a "futility," instead of a utility company... MATTOON -- Lt. B.R.J. (Fish) Hassell, who flies a Curtiss biplane for a Chicago clothing company, arrived in Mattoon this afternoon with a shipment of merchandise for the A.H. Adler store, alighting on the C.C. Burks farm, just west of Mattoon. He was met by a special committee headed by Mayor Cisna. The checkered plane, flying high overhead, attracted considerable attention. He also delivered shipments to Hoopeston and Terre Haute. Lt. Hassell departed Mattoon about 3:30 this afternoon for Chicago, having as his guest Glen C. Davies, making the trip at the invitation of the airman... MATTOON -- The first place Chicago White Sox of the American League passed through Mattoon yesterday evening enroute from St. Louis to Cleveland. Grover Lowdermilk, a pitcher of the White Sox, left the party at the Big Four Railroad station to greet Mattoon friends. Lowdermilk was a member of the Mattoon club of the Three-Eye League years ago and still has a large number of admirers here.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Both mainlines of the Illinois Central Railroad were expected to re-open to traffic this afternoon as workmen continued to clear the wreckage of a 17-car freight derailment south of Mattoon. Sections of both the north and south Illinois Central mainlines were torn up when the cars left the tracks about 3:40 a.m. yesterday. The derailment tore out some 800 feet of track and damaged the signal system as it stacked box cars, flat-bed cars and tank cars along the rail bed between Old State Road and the Mattoon yard. Included in the derailed cars was a tank car containing cyanide. The Mattoon Fire Department and employees of DuPont Corp., which shipped the cyanide, came to Mattoon from Memphis. Railroad officials continue to investigate the cause... MATTOON -- Violent weather, which has plagued portions of Central Illinois for more than a week, touched near Mattoon early yesterday when an apparent small tornado ripped a cabin at Lake Mattoon from its foundation. The cabin, owned by Charles Stuttle of Mattoon, was the only structure severely damaged. Debris from the cabin was strewn on the roadway and in a nearby cornfield. No one was in the cabin at the time of the incident... CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University's John Craft added another impressive notch to his long list of triple jump achievements over the weekend with the championship in the national AAU meet in Miami. The St. Anne senior sailed 52 feet, 9 1/4 inches to win the triple jump title. It's his third national title for Craft this month after winning the NAIA and NCAA College Division championships. He also was third in the NCAA major college triple jump competition. The win at Miami gives Craft the opportunity to join the American AAU squad which will face Russia and Great Britain in July in Los Angeles. Craft hasn't decided if he will appear in those meets. He still has one quarter of school remaining before graduation.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- Sunday’s “Picnic in the Park” should be a great day to relax with food and music at Morton Park. Sponsored by the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, the picnic will begin at 2 p.m. with food booths along Pierce Avenue and prize-packed bingo. The day will be capped by a concert featuring vocalist Nancy Hays of Chicago who grew up in Champaign, backed by The Sawyer Brothers. It will be the second day of Red, White and Blue Day activities. The city Recreation Department has scheduled a pet show and miniature golf and volleyball tournaments on Saturday. The Fourth of July Committee plans a parade, flea market, food booths and entertainment on Monday… MATTOON -- The Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild recently presented the health center with the final portion of its $50,000 pledge to the Fund for Health Care Excellence. Pins marking 4,000 hours of service to the Guild were presented to Betty Wheeler and Elaine Burke. In addition, $8,000 in scholarships were presented to students pursuing medical careers. Those receiving scholarships include Elizabeth Montgomery, Kris Andrews and Lynn Schmitz, all of Charleston; Tom Fonner, Angela Sampson, Crystal Cutright, Linda McKleroy and Nikki Hughes, all of Mattoon; Jody Schmitt of Gays; Amy Giertz of Strasburg; and Camilla Whitkanack of Villa Grove.

100 years ago,

July 1, 1919

MATTOON -- W.T. Avey, president of the Central Illinois Trust and Savings Bank, has closed a deal for the purchase of the J.S. Ashbrook farm, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Mattoon, the consideration being $300 an acre. This is better known as the Dead Man's Grove farm and contains 265 acres. This is the highest price ever paid so far for land in the immediate vicinity of Mattoon. It is not the highest price offered for land near Mattoon, however. Charles B. Hoots has refused an offer of $325 an acre for his farm west of the city on Western Avenue... SULLIVAN -- Ten German helmets have been distributed in Moultrie County by E.J. Miller, chairman of the Victory Loan organization in the county. Each township chairman received a helmet, and later will receive a medal made from a captured German cannon. Miller thanked his associates who made it possible for Moultrie County to establish a record in liberty bond sales. Those who have received helmets include T.A. Scott, Maribone; C.L. Ekiss, Dora; H.A. Champion, Dora; R.C. Parks, Sullivan; T.G. Wells, Lowe; W.J. Kenny, Jonathan Creek; George Daugherty, East Nelson; A.M. Blye, Whitley; Ed Anderson, Whitley; and L.G. Hostetler, Lovington.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- The city is seeking a name for the fish hatchery lake which was recently stocked with fish. Ernest Lorenz, city commissioner in charge of the water department, which operates Lake Paradise, Lake Mattoon and the hatchery lake, has invited Mattoon residents to suggest a name. Lorenz said the name will be selected by a committee of the water board. The hatchery lake was given to the state by the city in the 1930s. Mattoon recently reacquired the property. Lorenz said an estimated 100 people used the facilities at the hatchery lake over the weekend. Facilities include areas for picnics... MATTOON -- Six people were treated and released at Mattoon Memorial Hospital for minor injuries yesterday for minor injuries sustained when the train which runs through the Mattoon Beach Amusement Area jumped its track and struck a concrete bridge abutment. Four adults and two teens were slightly injured. James Grey, manager of Mattoon Beach, said the accident was caused by a broken coupling. There were about 22 passengers on the train at the time of the accident, which was about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. He said the train is back in operation today.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- This year’s Fourth of July celebration will honor local men and women who served in World War II. A veterans float will be the featured entry in the parade. All veterans who served in World War II are welcome to ride in the parade, said Betty Coffrin, parade organizer. After the parade, five World War II veterans will ring the Liberty Bell in Morton Park. Bell-ringers include Jay Knott, Bob Hussey, Harold Snyder, Marge Knoop and Irene Blessing… CHARLESTON -- Three local men realized a dream this week. They first toured and then helped pilot a flight on a B-17 bomber airplane. Larry Drake, Don Drake and Randall LeGrand all took tours of the plane at the Decatur Airport recently, not knowing they would be able to purchase a ride. When the opportunity came, there was no doubt about the decision. Although Larry Drake is the only trained pilot of the three, all were excited to have the chance to fly a World War II bomber. Participants took turns in the pilot’s seat flying the plane from Decatur to Springfield… CHARLESTON – Darrell Eaton now holds the record for the most blood donated by any person in the area. The 66-year-old Charleston man donated his 18th gallon of blood yesterday at the Red Cross blood drive at Eastern Illinois University. That translates into 144 pints. He first gave blood at age 18. I just kept doing it and never quit,” he said.

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