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100 years ago,

Nov. 9, 1919

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1969

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1994

CHICAGO — Gov. Jim Edgar won a second term and led a historic landslide as Republicans seized control of the Illinois House and top statewide offices. Edgar’s victory over Democrat Dawn Clark Netsch was the largest margin of victory by an incumbent in Illinois history. Edgar, of Charleston, won by about 900,000 votes of 3 million cast… CHARLESTON — Molly Ware of Charleston has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference this week in Washington, D.C. The conference is for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Ware, a junior at Charleston High School, is among 350 teens from across the country attending the conference. At CHS, Ware is a member of the cross country and track teams, and a member of the band. In addition, she is No. 1 academically in the junior class… MT. ZION — Mattoon and Charleston will be well represented in tomorrow’s Senior All-Star Game at Mt. Zion High School. Mattoon’s representatives are stopper Lexx Collier, sweeper Paul Leege, midfielders Todd Parker, Kyle Crews and John Kuhl, fullback Brian Kepp and keeper J.R. Johnson. Charleston seniors set to play are keeper Jeremy Hill, defensemen Trevor Belzer, Jason Chase and Cord Hackett, forwards Tim Condron and Kelly McMorris and midfielder Tyler Stranz.

100 years ago,

Nov. 10, 1919

MATTOON — Everything is ready for the big Armistice Day banquet and dance to be given by the Lawrence S. Riddle post of the American Legion tomorrow evening. This affair will be the first coming out of the legion, socially, since its inception several months ago.The legion now has more than 150 members and is growing daily. The banquet will be in the basement of the Presbyterian Church and will be in charge of the local Red Cross canteen and the Women's Working Society of the church. The program of puns and toasts will give the erstwhile doughboy or shave-tail a chance to pull puns on one another. Following the banquet, which will be a stag affair, members of the legion will go with their ladies to the Knights of the Pythias Hall, in which a dance program of 12 numbers will be tripped... MATTOON — There are three cases of typhoid and one case of diphtheria in Mattoon, according to Dr. R.J. Coultas, Mattoon health officer. He cited recent wet weather as a cause for a possible increase in illnesses. Dr. Coultas said sanitary conditions in Mattoon could be improved. "There is altogether too much spitting on the sidewalks," he claims. There is a city ordinance against this practice and Dr. Coultas said he will see to its enforcement. Some parts of the city are poorly drained, he said is another unsanitary contributor. Once Broadway is paved, he will ask merchants to sweep rubbish out the rear doors of their stores, rather than the front... CHARLESTON — Flashing into machine-like form, Millikin swept Eastern Illinois Normal off her feet with a battering, relentless attack and won in the big football contest Saturday by the top-heavy score of 32-0. The defeat had a dampening affect upon the enthusiasm of Charleston's homecoming crowd, which had expected to see the normal school send the Millikin team down to defeat.

50 years ago, 1969

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MATTOON -- The Second Baptist Church, at 26th Street and Shelby Avenue, one of Mattoon's oldest churches, observed its 100th anniversary Sunday with Rev. Odean Weary of Champaign conducting the worship service. The Second Baptist Church, founded Nov. 9, 1869, is associated with the Wood River Baptist Association and has been located on the northeast corner of 26th and Shelby for the 100 years. In 1917, the church was destroyed by the tornado which struck that May. It was rebuilt the following year and presently has about 50 members. Rev. John Argis, who organized a church in Paris in 1868, also organized the Second Baptist here and was its first pastor. The church was attended by Mrs. Patricia Roberts Harris during her childhood. She's the former ambassador to Luxembourg. Current officers of the church are Edward Williams, Sunday School superintendent; Edna Robinson, church clerk; Juanita Butler, treasurer; and Margaret Estell, secretary. The board of deacons includes Coris Robinson, Eli Foster and Edward Williams... MATTOON — Students at Lake Land College have an opportunity to take a variety of courses to "catch up" on work they may have missed in previous schooling, to gain skills in which they may be deficient or, in the case of older students who have been out of school for some time, to take refresher courses. Typical of such courses are the reading classes and the reading-study clinic, available to any student. C.J. Dintelman, reading instructor, said more than 250 students have been enrolled in reading classes or clinic work since the beginning of the improvement courses.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON – The bond issue to provide additional funds for Charleston schools passed by 31 votes out of more than 7,000 votes cast. The $3.4 million bond issue received a total of 3,655 votes in favor and 3,624 votes opposed, a margin of less than 1 percent. The owner of a $60,000 home can expect to pay about $110 more in taxes over the five-year repayment period. The district plans to use the money to buy textbooks and other supplies. The 56-cent rate increase over five years passed after a referendum calling for a 98-cent permanent rate hike was defeated by 3,063 to 1,936 votes in March… MATTOON — Wanted: A disinterested group with time to spend assessing the long-range needs of Mattoon’s water system. Commissioner Hal Kottwitz said last week he plans to appoint such a group before the year is out. A couple years ago there were taste and odor problems in the system. Those working on economic development would like the system to have more capacity. Some have concerns about chemicals from nearby fields. “It’s time to take a look at it,” Kottwitz said. The committee’s recommendations will go first to the water board, then to the Mattoon City Council.

100 years ago,

Nov. 11, 1919

MATTOON — Armistice Day 1918 will ever be recalled by Mattoon residents who experienced the thrill of the realization of the conclusion of a most terrible war — one which pulled at the heart strings of more mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and sweethearts than any other in which the United States was engaged. One of the odd things about the first celebration of Armistice Day last year is the fact that four days prior to the official announcement of the signing of the armistice an unofficial announcement plunged every city in the United States into a spontaneous celebration, Mattoon as well... MATTOON — The vehicle wheel tax ordinance has so far made the city richer by the sum of $1,578.50, the amount received to date for licenses for vehicles which use the streets of Mattoon. City Clerk Walsh, in charge of issuing the licenses, stated today he believed that at least 150 automobile owners have so far failed to procure licenses. Police have been ordered to check up on delinquents. The ordinance went into effect the first of November... MATTOON — Figures in possession of Police Chief Johnson and Police Magistrate Alabaugh relative to crime during the years when alcoholic beverages could be obtained, in comparison to offenses that come to the attention of police now, would indicate that in Mattoon, the prohibition law is having a good effect. One of the direct offenses caused by alcohol is drunkenness. Comparing July, August and September of 1918 with the same months this year, intoxication has decreased over 70 percent. There were 118 arrests during the three months last year against 26 for the same period this year. Drunkenness used to be the primary cause of "family disruptions," stated the judge, "but now, most of that has been done away with." There are some cases of cruelty, but not so many as formerly. "In most cases now, it is lack of support, desertion or some other woman, but there is very little liquor mixed in with it."

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON — The Lake Land College board reluctantly approved a policy on student demonstrations required by state law. Board members last night said it shall be unlawful to infringe on the rights of others, disrupt the normal operations of the college, conduct unauthorized and disruptive assembly, do criminal damage to property and trespass on public or private property. If such unlawful activities occur, college officials will notify law enforcement. Employees and students who participate in such unlawful activities will also be subject to disciplinary actions by the college. The provisions of the policy, however, "should in no way be construed to deprive any employee or students of their right of free speech and assembly." ... MATTOON — Members of the Journal Gazette Fashion Board have been named. The fashion board members include students from Mattoon High School and Lake land College. Members from MHS include Judy Cox, senior; Joyce Young, sophomore; Janice Bogard, sophomore; Marsha Slutzky, sophomore; Sherry Lee Ottaway, senior; Nancy Hill, junior; Linda Schneider, junior; Lynn Cain, sophomore; and Peggy Hollinger, senior... MATTOON — George F. Schrader, a member of the Mattoon Library Board for 36 years, was honored last night at a dinner for members of all the city's boards and committees. Schrader was appointed to the library board in 1933. Willis P. Ryan, partner in the Ryan and Heller law firm and former city attorney, was the featured speaker at the dinner. He cited citizen involvement as an important asset to city government and Mattoon residents.

25 years ago, 1994

MATTOON — Nearly a year ahead of schedule, the new DeWitt Avenue bridge opened yesterday afternoon. The first vehicle crossed the bridge behind long-time resident Bert Cowger a little after 1 p.m. State Rep. Mike Weaver, R-Ashmore, Mayor Wanda Ferguson and former Mayor Roger Dettro were among the dignitaries at the ribbon cutting. Only problem was, no one brought scissors to the ribbon-cutting. JG-TC photographer Doug Lawhead saved the day, providing a small knife suitable to complete the ceremony. Dettro said serious discussion on replacing the old bridge began in 1987… CHARLESTON — Police Chief Herb Steidinger said house parties in Charleston are less problematic than they were a year ago. Police are making more trips to house parties since the bar-entry age was raised from 19 to 21 in June, but officials are reluctant to say that means there are more parties. They say more people are calling to complain because they know the police will respond. Commissioner John Winnett, who opposed raising the bar-entry age, said there are more parties but Mayor Dan Cougill said there still has been a reduction in loud parties.

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