100 years ago, Sept. 21, 1917
MATTOON -- Of Course, there are lots of people who don't know anything about golf, but when a player like "Chick" Evans comes to town it is natural for people to be curious and to watch him play. Chick Evans is devoting his time this summer to playing for the benefit of the Red Cross. All funds raised, except his bare traveling expenses, go to the Red Cross. Evans notified Coles Country Club President Gray that he will bring with him Ned Sawyer, another high-class golfer, and the two men will be engaged in match play all day. Besides the golf playing, folk dances under the direction of Miss Orcutt of Charleston; Pantomime, the Pipes of Pan, under the direction of Mattoon's great favorite, Miss Eva Kinzel; solos by Miss Koch of Charleston and Mrs. Kleckner of Mattoon will be given in the evening. The funds raised by this entertainment go to the Mattoon and Charleston Red Cross chapters... MATTOON -- Emery Hill, the young man who failed to appear when his name was called during roll call of the second contingent of Coles County's selective military draft, just before departure on Wednesday for Camp Taylor, Ky., returned to his home southeast of Mattoon last night, arriving as mysteriously as he had disappeared. Young Hill will be taken to Camp Taylor tomorrow in the company of E.H. Slover. The disappearance of Hill was not reported by the exemption board to government authorities.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- Gerald Smith, secretary of the Illinois Junior College Board, has submitted a tentative recommendation to the board calling for allocation of $2.3 million in state funds for construction of buildings at Lake Land College. Smith said his recommendation was submitted to junior college board members today for possible action at the October board meeting.He said the allocation will not become official until Lake Land has made satisfactory application for a building program... MATTOON -- Bernadine Bailey, formerly of Mattoon and now living in Chicago, recently completed writing her 90th book, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Co. Instead of writing about foreign lands or historical characters, as she has done in the past, Mrs. Bailey chose Chicago as the locale of her story, and a Puerto Rican boy as its hero. She made the book up-to-the-minute with a discussion of July's voting in Puerto Rico on independence and a description of the new all-Spanish TV program in Chicago.
25 years ago, 1992
MATTOON -- The Coles County Airport Authority Board approved the bid Saturday from Rick Reed to provide aviation services at the Coles County Memorial Airport. Reed, who operates an agricultural air service from the airport, will replace Foster Aviation, which has been the airport’s service provider for nine years, on Nov. 1. The board voted 3-2 in favor of Reed’s proposal over four others, including Foster’s… MATTOON -- From a ceasefire in Beirut to seeing a team combined from warring factions in Ireland, Jim Santos has many unforgettable memories involving Special Olympics. This year he added the Special Olympics Family Festival in Mattoon to his worldwide travel schedule. Santos, the director of family programs for Special Olympics International, spent the day at the family festival at Lake Land College and sponsored by Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. He said the local Special Olympics Family Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world. He said Special Olympics events are great at breaking down barriers, whether in Mattoon, Lebanon, Ireland, Singapore and other locations.
100 years ago, Sept. 22, 1917
MATTOON -- Mayor Swan stated this morning that steps are being taken to enable the Mattoon Police Department to enforce all state and city regulations for driving automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles through the streets of Mattoon. Special equipment to determine speed rates is to be bought. Automobilists and motorcyclists are violating speed regulations daily, the mayor said. If they are not held within the speed limit, someone will be killed, stated the mayor. State law states the speed limit in all municipalities is 11 miles an hour... MATTOON -- Mayor Swan received this morning from former Mattoon residents Mr. and Mrs. Martin Woods of Streator announcement of the death of their son, Leslie G. Woods, aged 17, trumpeter with the Harvard Medical Unit, who was one of four Americans killed on Sept. 4 when the germans made an air raid on an American base hospital "somewhere in France." Leslie G. Woods was born in Mattoon May 22, 1900. The Woods family moved from Mattoon to Streator several years ago... CHARLESTON -- Ejection proceedings against the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railroad, which runs through the extreme eastern part of Coles County, have been brought into Coles Circuit Court by Charles A. Hite, Marcus Hite and James Hite. Away back in 1880, the Hites gave the railroad considerable right-of-way, it is stated, and one of the considerations of the railroad was that it would furnish free transportation for the lifetime of the Hites and their families. The obligation was faithfully kept until about thyree years ago, when railroad officials repudiated the contract made nearly 40 years ago. The Hites are asking for return of their land and the sum of $100 for each of the three plaintiffs.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- A project for paving of the new Interstate 57 highway north of Mattoon is among 75 state highway projects listed for bids in October, according to Francis Lorenz, Illinois public works director. The local project for bid includes 12.62 miles of pavement plus pavement at interchanges with Illinois Route 133 at Arcola, with U.S. Route 36 at Tuscola and a couple bridges. The entire project is from northeast of Humboldt to Tuscola... A meeting to formally organize a Mattoon Downtown Development Council will be held next weekat the Burgess-Osborne Auditorium. A steering committee has been appointed to present a program of action for the downtown area. Robert D. Bills Jr. is chairman of the steering committee. Members include Charles E. White, Henry Hortenstine, Harold H. Wayner, Robert W. Isom, G. Boyce Bazzell, and Dr. Glenn D. Williams, ex officio member.
25 years ago, 1992
CHARLESTON -- Former Eastern Illinois University President Stan Rives will serve on a state board that oversees the retirement funds of state colleges and universities. Gov. Jim Edgar recently appointed Rives to serve on the Board of Trustees of the State Universities Retirement System. Rives, 61, retired July 31 after nine years of service to EIU. Rives said his major concern is the viability of the fund. Even though $4.6 billion is invested, Rives said is underfunded by $3 billion. He said the pension money must be there when university employees retire… CHICAGO -- Charleston’s Stan Royer made his first start of the season Sunday and hit his first major league homer in the place he wanted to. “I love this ballpark,” Royer said after driving in four runs in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 16-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. “It’s bricks and grass: what a ball park should be.” Royer had four hits on Sunday to follow a 1-for-3 day on Saturday, including the go-ahead RBI single. Since being called up to the Cardinals earlier this month, Royer has had six hits in 11 at bats with six runs batted in… CHARLESTON -- Imagine having to drive an hour to get a cavity filled, buy some gas or get a haircut. While dentists and gas stations may be available locally to everyone, some members of the city’s African American community do face a long drive to get their hair done. Gloria Houseworth, a Charleston resident, said it is a concern for black women. People go to Decatur, Terre Haute and Champaign to get their hair done, she said. Eastern Illinois University student Evette Pearson said minority enrollment is growing and believes the community could benefit by offering needed services.