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100 years ago, May 29, 1918

CHARLESTON -- A partition suit, which involves a tract of land where Thomas Lincoln, father of President Lincoln, lived for many years, has been filed in Coles County Circuit Court. Harriet Martin, who died in Janesville May 6, was at the time of her death the owner of 24 acres of land where Thomas Lincoln lived for many years and died, and the old cabin in which he and his wife resided up to the time of their death remained on this spot until it was moved to Chicago and put on exhibition at the world's fair. After the death of Thomas Lincoln and wife, this land was purchased by John J. Hall, a second cousin of President Lincoln. Now in partition, this land in all probability will be sold at public sale in the next few months... MATTOON -- All excepting five or the regular and alternates summond for the call to Fort Thomas, Ky., were accounted for at the first roll call this afternoon at armory hall. Clyde D. Allen, a sergeant of Company D, 10th Regiment, Illinois National Guard, formerly an employee of G.H. Cokendolpher of Mattoon, was introduced as leader. Owing to the failure of men to report and the granting of exemptions to three others, several of the alternates may have to be called... MATTOON -- Promotional exercises for the eighth grade pupils of the Longfellow and Hawthorne schools on Friday. There are 24 pupils in the class at Longfellow and 26 at Hawthorne who are entitled to entrance into high school next fall.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Skies over the Mattoon area are supposed to clear tonight in time for a pleasant Memorial Day. Temperatures were pleasant today, but more unwanted rainfall came with them. During May the area has received 6.68 inches of rain, nearly equal to the 6.86 inches received during the first four months of the year. The Kaskaskia River near Allenville has flooded so that residents are unable to get directly to Sullivan because of high water. residents must travel to Windsor and then to Sullivan via Illinois Route 32... MATTOON -- Members of two Mattoon veterans organizations will participate in services tomorrow on the 100th observance of Memorial Day, honoring the community's war dead and deceased veterans. It was in 1868 that John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, directed that GAR posts set aside May 30 "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."  

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- A rail car carrying corn starch derailed yesterday evening on the Illinois Central Railroad tracks in Mattoon. One freight train, backing up, could not stop before butting into another. The rail car tipped over, but no contents were spilled and no one was injured… CHARLESTON -- Earlier this month, birders in nine groups searched the fields, forests, ponds and streams of Coles County in the 22nd annual Illinois Spring Bird Count. By day’s end they had identified and counted 3,545 individual birds of 136 species. These numbers fell short of the county records of 4,955 birds counted in 1984 and 139 species recorded in 1991, but 16 Willets, a Caspian tern and an olive-sided flycatcher were all new additions to the county list. The most abundant species this year was a surprise: 232 lesser Golden plovers fed on stubble fields north of Charleston on their 8,000-mile trek from the pampas of Argentina to the high Arctic tundra of Canada and Alaska.

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100 years ago, May 30, 1918

MATTOON -- O. Stotts, living at 2201 Richmond Ave., reports that thieves entered his premises sometime Tuesday night and made away with about 12 dozen peonies, said to have been some of the finest blossoms of the kind in the city. The crime is said to be the work of four women, whose tracks -- all of the high-heeled shoe variety -- were plainly visible in the mud. Mr. Stotts had been nursing his peonies for Decoration Day, but now if he has any for decoration purposes he will have to do just like many others, buy them... MATTOON -- In a story published in this newspaper last week, it was stated that wheat flour had been found in the homes of several farmers in the Fairgrange neighborhood, and the impression was left that the federal investigator had found the farmers named in possession of the flour, whereas such was not the case. the flour had been turned over sometime previous to the appearance of the federal investigator, according to a letter from Fred McNutt, food administrator of Seven Hickory Township... MATTOON -- Members of the Mattoon Post 404 of the Grand Army of the Republic will hold their annual memorial exercises this afternoon at Dodge Grove Cemetery. R.M. John of Pontiac, a veteran of the Civil War who enlisted here in Mattoon, will be the principal speaker. Business in town was suspended at noon today in response to President Wilson's proclamation declaring this day as the annual Memorial Day.

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50 years ago, 1968

Memorial Day. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

Sunday. No paper.

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