100 years ago, Feb. 16, 1919
Sunday. No paper.
50 years ago, 1969
Sunday. No paper.
25 years ago, 1994
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston City Council last night gave approval to several zoning and property issues. By a 5-0 vote, the council gave preliminary approval to developer Mike Carlyle’s request for a zoning change so he can build one-story apartments for the elderly near Circle Drive, east of 18th Street. The council unanimously waived the layover period and approved a zoning change for property Chuck White plans to develop on the west side of 18th Street south of the Greenview Apartments. White already is building a subdivision for family residences just west of the proposed commercial strip. In another property matter, council approved Steve and Lola Drake’s Stillwater subdivision on Illinois Route 16 just west of the twin bridges, and approved Glenn and Nancy Frederick’s Briarwood subdivision on Douglas Drive… MATTOON -- With expanded guidelines in place, the City of Mattoon is attempting to increase use of its revolving loan fund. Commissioner Bob McDowell said the loan fund has been sitting idle with about $285,000 available for low-interest loans to businesses. The Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission reorganized, revised and upgraded the application process. A key criteria, McDowell said, is that at least one new job be created or retained for every $10,000 spent.
100 years ago, Feb. 17, 1919
MATTOON -- The abolishment of piece work at the local railroad shops last week was not a local move , or a move on the part of local Illinois Central or Big Four Railroad officials. Piece work has been abolished on all railroads, by order of the nation's director general of railroads. The return to the "work by the day" plan is said to have been made at the request of some employees, alleged to have come as a result of the government granting a minimum wage. Piece work men in some shops have been earning more than the minimum wage by zealous work. A local official of the Big Four said piece work is better for the company and for the good worker. Those who do their work fast and well will lose money under the eight hours of work for a minimum wage. Some of the men have been earning 90 cents an hour or more. All employees now will be required to remain at their work until the whistle blows. Heretofore under the piece work schedule, the men were not required to remain on the job once they completed their work... CHARLESTON -- While Erson Giffin and Glenn Comer were at work in wrecking an old building on the Giffin farm in Hutton Township, they discovered a family of 14 skunks beneath the floor of the structure. The animals were quickly dispatched by the two men, who, removing the pelts, prepared them for market... CHARLESTON -- Miss Sylvia Whittaker, a trained nurse of Charleston, left Saturday for Arthur for a few days. She stopped in Mattoon to have an X-ray picture taken of her hand which had been bothering her. The photograph revealed a needle which was embedded in the fleshy part of her hand. An operation to remove this piece of steel will be performed at a later date.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- Plans for a 61,000-square-foot department store and auto center in the proposed Cross County Mall were announced today by J.C. Penney Co. officials. The store will be located in the proposed 26-cre shopping center planned between the Blaw-Knox plant and the Holiday Inn on Mattoon’s east side. Groundbreaking for the Cross County Mall is planned this fall, said Jay H. Chananie of Chananie Development Corp. in New York. Chananie said the plan is for the mall completed and open for business in the fall of 1970. Ten stores, in addition to Penney, have signed leases and will join the mall. Stores include Walgreen Drug Co., Hillman Jewelers, Hallmark Cards and G.C. Murphy Co… MATTOON -- In a ceremony marked with the austerity of the military service in which her son gave his life, Mrs. Ethel M. Simpson of Mattoon received the Distinguished Service Cross awarded posthumously to Army Sgt. Michael Paul Simpson. Mrs. Simpson received the Distinguished Service Cross and seven other medals awarded posthumously during a ceremony at the National Guard Armory yesterday. Sgt. Simpson died Sept. 20, 1968, at Cu Chi, South Vietnam. Capt. Edward F. Mason read the citation and noted that Sgt. Simpson’s unit received intense enemy fire. Sgt. Simpson positioned his men and called for artillery fire against the enemy. In addition, he assaulted an enemy bunker and, though wounded, destroyed the enemy’s fortification. As he attempted to recover the body of a fallen comrade, he was killed by other enemy fire. Seated with Mrs. Simpson during the ceremony were her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Hurst and her daughter, Laura.
25 years ago, 1994
FINDLAY -- The attorney for the trustee representing investors of Eagle Creek Resort said yesterday they plan to keep the resort open even though the trustee filed a mortgage foreclosure suit seeking possession of the resort’s hotel and two golf courses. Investors also want to sell the property, according to the suit filed yesterday in Shelby County Circuit Court. Mattoon Attorney David C. Nelson, who is representing the bond trustee, American National Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago, said the plans are to keep the hotel and golf courses open while the property is marketed to qualified buyers. Investors purchased more than $13 million in bonds to finance development of the Inn at Eagle Creek and the two golf courses. Nelson said the suit asks the court to turn over possession of the property to an interim manager, Club Management Advisory Group of Florida, to operate the resort’s hotel and golf courses… MATTOON -- An additional 4,500 square feet added on to the Mattoon Public Library expansion is well worth the cost, the project’s consultant said yesterday. Bids for the project came in last month more than $500,000 above projections. The primary reason for the higher bids is the 4,500 square feet added after the city helped purchase the law office building behind the library, said Don Hance, the architect for the project. The initial project was limited to the property at 1600 Charleston Ave. A budget was developed, including a fund drive in which about $650,000 was raised. Then the City of Mattoon helped purchase an adjacent law building to the west of the library. After it was demolished, an extra 4,500 square feet was available spread across three floors of the library.
100 years ago, Feb. 18, 1919
MATTOON -- Sgt. Ralph A. Capen, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Capen of Mattoon, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Pershing in the name of the President for extraordinary heroism in action near Mont Faucon, France, from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1, 1918. Sgt. Capen is first sergeant of Company A, 311th Machine Gun Battalion. He was cited for his service during the Argonne Forest drive, when he rescued a wounded comrade and carried rations to his company, all through heavy artillery fire... MATTOON -- Fifty-seven Hampshire sows and gilts, property of Bert Westrup and Tony Rathe, well known farmers and hog raisers living north of Mattoon, offered for sale at auction yesterday brought a total of $14,962.50. E.C. Stone of Peoria, secretary of the Hampshire Record Association, said the first 40 hogs sold broke the world record. Many bidders came from other states but the highest bid came from Coles County men. Budweiser Lady May was sold to M. Fleenor & Son of Ashmore for $1,340. Maplewood Giant's 2nd, which brought the second-highest price, sold to a West Liberty, Iowa, man for $1,205. Pleasant View Freda sold to a Missouri man for $1,030, and Miss Mattoon sold for an even $1,000 to an Indiana buyer... CHARLESTON -- Arthur Ellington, 14-year-old son of Mrs. L. Ellington, a widow, accidentally fatally stabbed himself yesterday afternoon with a rat-tail file, on which he was endeavoring to place a handle. The Ellington boy had taken the file to the manual training department at the high school to grind down one end so he could place a handle on it. After sharpening the file on one end, he went to the gymnasium where several boys were playing basketball. In some manner, the lad made a slip of the hand and plunged the keen-edged file into his mid-section. the instrument entered to a depth of five or six inches, penetrating several of the organs.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- Donna Denton, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Denton of Mattoon, was in fair condition today at Mattoon Memorial Hospital suffering from burns apparently sustained when a pressurized can exploded in a trash fire, igniting her clothes. The girl’s parents were treated and released for minor burns sustained when they attempted to tear the girl’s burning clothes from her body. Donna had first-, second- and third-degree burns about the abdomen, legs and arms. She was scheduled for surgery this morning… MATTOON -- Mrs. L.M. Stiff and Mrs. William B. Hamel Jr., co-chairmen of the hostesses and princesses committee of the Babe Ruth World Series, announced today that 55 girls have been picked by the judges as finalists for the hostess and princess positions. Approximately 160 girls had applied. The finalists include 27 girls from Mattoon High School, 13 from Central Junior High, 14 from Jefferson Junior High and one from Humboldt Junior High.
25 years ago, 1994
CHARLESTON -- Motorists can help fund Red, White & Blue Days this summer as well as commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II. Charleston’s 4th of July Committee is selling 200 special plates which feature the Statue of Liberty, the logo of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the dates of the Red, White & Blue Days festival July 2-4. Betty Coffrin and Frank Smith of the 4th of July Committee said plates can be purchased for $25. Only 200 sets are available… MATTOON -- Local romance author Cassie Edwards has released her latest book, “Savage Embers.” Edwards, a Mattoon native, has more than 9 million books in print with 40 different titles. More than 20 are Indian romances. She will autograph “Savage Embers” plus another release, “Wild Splendor,” Saturday at Sam’s in Champaign. “Savage Embers,” published by Leisure Books, is about the Arapahoe tribe, and is a continuation of her “Savage” series. Edwards said she plans to write about every major Indian tribe in America.