MATTOON — The Kiwanis Club of Mattoon welcomed Carolyn Cloyd as a guest speaker for the club’s Veterans Day program on Nov. 13. Cloyd gave a presentation about Mattoon resident U.S. Army Sgt. Lawrence Riddle who was killed in France on Nov. 10, 1918, just 20 hours prior to the signing of the armistice which ended WWI.
The Riddle family was one of the earliest families to settle in Mattoon and had a family farm on the west side of Mattoon in the vicinity of Riddle Elementary School, which is named for Lawrence and the Riddle family. Shortly after his death the Mattoon High School yearbook name was changed from the Green and Gold to The Riddle in his honor, and the American Legion in Mattoon, which bears in his name, was chartered by a number of Lawrence’s high school friends who also served during WWI.
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In honor of Veterans Day, Cloyd, a volunteer at A Walk Through Time Museum in Arcola, also provided a display of military items which are on loan to the museum. The display included items from the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam.
For more information about A Walk Through Time Museum you can go to the museum’s Facebook page. For more information about the Kiwanis Club go to www.mattoonkiwanis.com.