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100 years ago,

May 18, 1919

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1969

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1994

MATTOON -- The Budweiser Clydesdales will be hitched up Thursday afternoon for a one-unit parade through Mattoon. The hitching process, which takes about 45 minutes, begins at 4:30 p.m. in Peterson Park. The Clydesdales will leave the park about 5:15 p.m. and tour the downtown area. A public open house is set for 7 to 9 p.m. today at Ronchetti Distributing in Mattoon. The Clydesdales will leave Friday as they make their way to the Indianapolis 500. The Clydesdale hitch is in its 61st year as a representative of Anheuser-Busch… MATTOON -- Lake Land College agriculture students recently were honored at the 23rd annual Agriculture Banquet. Outstanding Agriculture Students Awards were presented to Danyll Adams of Charleston, ag business certificates; Jeff Shrader of Charleston, ag production; Kevin Wirth of Strasburg, ag business; and Brian Davis of Humboldt, ag mechanics. Chad Hill of Charleston received the Interstate Producers Livestock Association Judging Award for the LLC Livestock Judging Team member having the highest score from five national contests. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to several local individuals who are outstanding contributors to the college’s ag program. They included Jim and Mary Replogle of Charleston, Joe Platz of Sigel and Dwight Schilling of Mattoon. Mike Sullivan of Mattoon, a member of the Lake Land College Board, received the Honored Alumni Award at the banquet.

100 years ago,

May 19, 1919

MATTOON -- P.E. Odell, trainmaster of the Indiana Division of the Illinois Central Railroad here in Mattoon, has resigned his position to take employment with the Showers Brothers Furniture Company of Bloomington, Ind. His successor has not been announced. Mr. Odell has been trainmaster for the Indiana Division for three years, coming to Mattoon from the St. Louis Division where he served as chief dispatcher. He has been with the Illinois Central for six years. Mr. Odell and family have made many friends since coming to Mattoon. The Odell family have been making their home at 3212 Prairie Avenue... WESTFIELD -- Plans of the Westfield Motor Railway Company are moving along rapidly and smoothly and the company expects to be fully ready to begin operation on a regular schedule by July 1, and in the meantime a freight engine will be brought to Westfield later this week and the company will begin handling freight within a few days. Officials of the company were in Mattoon last Wednesday arranging with Big Four officials for bringing the engine from St. Louis over the Big Four tracks to Kansas... MATTOON -- While Mattoon had but one representative at the big state interscholastic track meet at Urbana on Saturday, she gained 12th place in Class B. Carl Furness of Mattoon took first place honors in the hammer throw and fourth place in the javelin, giving him six points. Furness threw the big hammer 159 feet, 2 inches which is about 15 feet further than he threw it in the meet at Charleston the week previous.

50 years ago, 1969

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CHARLESTON -- About 20 members of the Charleston branch of Fish, a group of Christian men and women who wish to express their love and concern for their neighbors, recently met at Wesley United Methodist Church to report on the group's progress since last November. Fish has a slogan, "Love Thy Neighbor." In that vein, it was reported that since November the group had taken 61 calls for assistance. Thirty of the calls were for transportation, eight were for babysitting, five calls were for needed meals and the remainder were for referrals. The six primary areas of assistance by Fish are babysitting, assistance for the ill, transportation, providing food, post-natal help and referrals... MATTOON -- Beth Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stephens, and Gene Grass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grass, will compete in the Jaycees State Driving Championship in June. Miss Stephens also won the local driving contest last year and then finished second at the state level. Donna Tarro placed second in the girls division and Gary Koets was runnerup in the boys division during Saturday's local competition... MATTOON -- Susie Pfeiffer, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Guy O. Pfeiffer of Mattoon, has been selected to participate in the School Band and Chorus of America which will make a ninth annual European concert tour this summer. Miss Pfeiffer, who is a Mattoon High School student, sings alto in the Green Wave Choirs. The School Band and Chorus of America is a nonprofit project of the People to People Music Committee in Washington, D.C. Miss Pfeiffer also is a member of the Honors Choir at Eastern Illinois University.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Sheriff’s Department has ended its investigation of a car found in the Embarras River Monday. Officers said the owner of the car did not want the matter to be pursued. The car apparently broke down near the location where it was found in the river about two miles southeast of Charleston. The owner removed the license plates and left the area, officers said. Unknown people then apparently pushed the car into the river… CHARLESTON -- Some describe going to a Motherlode concert as getting together with a bunch of friends and having them play your favorite songs. And the three women in Motherlode couldn’t be happier with that description. Gaye Harrison, Wendy Meyer and Althea Pendergast exude the same friendly charm behind a bowl of French onion soup at a café as they do behind their instruments. Motherlode plays a variety of music, from blues to pop to ballads. Harrison plays mandolin and fiddle, Meyer plays guitar and Pendergast is on a stand-up bass. The group has been together six years.

100 years ago,

May 20, 1919

MATTOON -- Burglars broke into the Elliott Jewelry Store at 1610 Broadway last night and carried away jewelry, watches and silverware worth, it is stated, from $1,200 to $1,500. The burglary took place sometime after 6:30 last evening and before opening time this morning. The crime was one of the boldest ever committed in Mattoon. The thieves broke through a rear window while a light was burning brightly in the rear of the store. They robbed the place while a bright light was burning at the front of the store, taking wrist watches from a front show window. This was the third time the Elliott store has been robbed in the past few years... ... MATTOON -- The Red Men's baseball club on Mattoon defeated Charleston at Peterson Park on Sunday, score 4-2. It was a game for the infielders, there being no defensive chances for the outfielders of the Indians. All outs were recorded in the infield. Hennings, the Mattoon shortstop, threw out 11 batters and had four putouts. Gullion pitched the first five innings for Mattoon. He was relieved by Fuller. Sours pitched the first seven innings for Charleston and was relieved by Hamilton. The attendance was good. The grandstand receipts being over $70... ARCOLA -- The Arcola Record-Herald reports that Leslie Moss, the "old soldier," is home and helping Tom Craddock with his spring work. Leslie was employed on the Craddock farm when the war broke out and though he was 48 years old was able to pass the examination and get back into military service. He was quartermaster-sergeant with Harry Harner much of the time overseas. Leslie now has been in four wars -- the Spanish-American, Boxer Uprisings in China, Mexican and the world war.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Mayor Morgan Phipps urged Mattoon Rotary members to oppose the proposed 4 percent state income tax through letters to their legislators. Phipps also urged Rotarians to become involved in supporting candidates for the upcoming state constitutional convention. Phipps, who is president of the Illinois Municipal League, said he opposes Gov. Richard Ogilvie's income tax proposal for general reasons. He said a companion proposal to lower the state income tax 1 percent if the income tax is approved is not much of a break for taxpayers... CHARLESTON -- More than 600 people are eligible to receive degrees at Eastern Illinois University's 70th annual commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. President Quincy Doudna will preside. Four specialist in education degrees will be awarded. Recipients will be Robert A. Carrell and Richard Lee Mason, both of Charleston, and Raymond H. Lane and Harold E. Voyles, both of Effingham. Four students will graduate with high honors, including Rebecca Lee Regnier Moody of Charleston and Ann Colette Portugal of Arcola.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- Mayor Dan Cougill is among the alumni expected to perform tonight in the Charleston Music Boosters production of “That’s Entertainment!” Cougill is scheduled to play the tuba in a group of alumni band members. Soloists expected to perform include Toby Strader, Jim Pierson, Bob Swickard, April Faires, Kate Eisenhour, Eric Wallace, Laura Swickard, Michelle Marlow, Charlotte Martin, Tim Woodall and Larry Yaffe. Debby Rappe, current choral director for the school district, and Janet McCumber, choreographer for school musicals, also will perform… MARSHALL -- The last of the three defendants charged with the shooting deaths of two Casey hog farm employees pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Just days before his trial was to begin, Victor Phillippi, 21, of Marshall pleaded guilty to the Jan. 21 murders of Jerry Darling, 42, of Greenup and Wesley Allen Hall, 20, of Casey. Phillippi will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole. The other two defendants in the double homicide, Phillippi’s ex-wife Natasha Comer and Luther J. Sanders, both pleaded guilty to reduced charges and face 23 to 114 years in prison.

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