100 years ago, April 10, 1918
MATTOON -- A battalion from the 139th Infantry from Fort Sill, Okla., going east in a special Big Four Railroad train of 14 cars, paraded through the streets of Mattoon this morning while their train equipment was being inspected in the local yards. The soldiers made a long hike over the Marshall Avenue pavement after leaving the uptown district. Excellent music was furnished by the band. The soldiers were cheered and greeted with hand clapping. The special left the local yards at 10:30 o'clock this morning... MATTOON -- There is said to be dissatisfaction among the union barbers over the increase in the price of shaves. It is stated the dissatisfaction probably will result in all or most of the barbers going back to the old price of 15 cents. Shaves since the first of April have cost 20 cents each. One local barber said 20-cent shaves are forcing the best patrons to buy razors and shave themselves... TOLEDO -- Captain Will L. Smith of Toledo, with the British forces in France, has been wounded in action, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Smith. The word was received during the Picardy battle, three days after the fight started, according to the message from the war department. Captain Smith was engaged in the practice of medicine in Toledo when he enlisted and left for Europe. Dr. Smith's wife and children live in Toledo.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- More than 75 people attended a memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last night at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. The service was sponsored by the youth of the church. Being held in conjunction with Holy Week Services sponsored by the Mattoon Ministerial Association are memorial tributes to Dr. King, who was slain Thursday evening. Rev. George Russell, chairman of the special observances committee of the association, said during today's combined service for local service clubs, a period of special prayer for the plight of our cities and nation was given. On Sunday night, a memorial service for Dr. King was held at Second Baptist Church of Mattoon... MATTOON -- Pfc. Larry G. Manuel,son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Manuel of Mattoon, has been reported killed in action in Vietnam. The Manuels, who recently moved to Mattoon, were notified April 2 that their son was missing in action since March 30. On Monday the Defense Department announced that he had been killed. Details were unavailable. Pfc. Manuel, 18, had been in Vietnam since October.
25 years ago, 1993
CHARLESTON -- Coles County residents and property owners will have an opportunity tomorrow to quiz authorities about the upcoming expansion of the county jail. The Coles County Board has set a $2 million levy, which is $500,000 more than the expected cost of the expansion. It was set high as a precaution because the levy can be lowered but not increased once initially established. Eli Sidwell and Tim Yow of the county board both said they hope people understand that income from housing out-of-county inmates will be the main source of repaying the bonds. Champaign County alone paid Coles about $200,000 to keep its overflow jail population in Coles County’s jail… ST. LOUIS -- Treating the game like an exhibition didn’t matter to the Charleston Trojans. They were thrilled to beat Mattoon 11-6 in a baseball game played at Busch Stadium yesterday. An eight-run third inning sparked the victorious Trojans, but the game doesn’t count on the season record. Flooding the roster with freshmen and sophomores, free substitutions made it difficult to track Charleston’s players while Mattoon simply used a lineup with 16 batting slots. Jacob Bell was credited with the pitching win while Bell, Todd Davis and Jeremy Myerscough each had a triple for the Trojans. Matt Beeler had a pair of hits for the Green Wave.
100 years ago, April 11, 1918
MATTOON -- An Illinois Central Railroad box car, located at the 23rd Street crossing, was robbed a few days ago, according to Special Agent T.J. Cronin of the Central's Indiana Division police department. Four cases of shoes and a quantity of meat were taken. Two cases of shoes were found a short distance from the car, where the thieves evidently discarded them to escape detection. No trace of the stolen meat was found. Local talent is believed to have committed the crime... MATTOON -- To help out the labor situation, which has become acute in many phases of industry, a number of the young men students in the high school have signified their willingness to work at any kind of labor after school hours and on Saturday. Principal Black of Mattoon High School already has the names of about 20 boys. The male students will help in the garden, clean house, wash windows, beat rugs, etc., Principal Black said. Businesses also might need help after school and on Saturdays, he said.
50 years ago, 1968
ARCOLA -- Staff Sgt. James M. Reece, a 1962 graduate of Arcola High School, has been nominated by the 23rd Tactical Fighter Winf for Distinguished First Term Re-enlistee for Tactical Air Command. Reece is a veteran of two tours of duty in Southeast Asia and was chosen as nominee for outstanding achievements since his assignment to McConnell Air Force Base... MATTOON -- Miss Fay Gehrke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gehrke of Mattoon, has been chosen to represent Lawrence Riddle Post 88 of American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State. Set for June 11-18, Girls State will be held at MacMurray College in Jacksonville. Miss Gehrke, a junior at Mattoon High School, was chosen by MHS faculty members on the basis of school activities... SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- "In the Heat of the Night" won five Oscars, including best picture and best actor honors for Rod Steiger last night at the 40th Academy Awards ceremony. Katharine Hepburn was named best actress for her role as a perplexed mother whose daughter plans to marry a Negro in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" Both "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" dealt with the nation's racial problems.
25 years ago, 1993
Sunday. No paper.