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100 years ago, Aug. 11, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

PARIS -- A 60-year-old Paris man recently accused of home repair fraud in Coles County was found dead Saturday morning. Paris police said they are considering the death of Orville Cooper a murder. Cooper’s body was found in a storm sewer in Paris about 8:30 a.m. Saturday by a boy walking in the area. Cooper and two other men were due in Coles County Circuit Court this week to face any new home repair fraud charges that might be filed… MATTOON -- Twenty-eight youths and five chaperones from Mattoon and Charleston left yesterday to travel to Denver to see Pope John Paul II. The group left from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon and made stops in Decatur and Springfield, where their bus was joined by others. A total of 872 people from the Springfield Diocese is making the trip. On Saturday night, they will attend a prayer vigil led by the pope and then Mass on Sunday. They will return Monday afternoon.

100 years ago, Aug. 12, 1918

MATTOON -- The Majestic Theater at 2000 Prairie Ave., the Custer and Kimery Garage at 2004 Prairie Ave., the Mallory Garage and Repair Shop at 2008 Prairie, and a large unfinished structure owned by Joseph Custer, in the rear of the theater, were destroyed by fire early yesterday morning. The loss on buildings and contents is estimated at $25,000 to $45,000. The origin of the fire is unknown. By many, it is believed to have been due to a lightning bolt which came during the latter part of yesterday morning's storm.The fire started in the rear section of the theater. The heaviest loss falls on Joseph Custer and his creditors. Custer bought the majestic Theater three years ago from Mrs. Carrie Kingman, paying $14,000 for it... MARTINSVILLE -- Three people drowned yesterday afternoon in the Wabash River about five miles south of Horseshoe bend, between Darwin and West Union, when one of the party stepped into deep water and other members of the party went to her assistance. All the people were from Martinsville in Clark County. The dead are William Near, 21; Miss Bertha Snyder, 19; and Miss Nettie Deal, 18. The Snyder girl accidentally waded into a deep hole and went under. The others came to her aid but were also pulled under.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Five murder indictments against Thomas Charles Fuller II, 18, of Mattoon have been consolidated into one case for Fuller's trial, scheduled to start Oct. 14. This means that if Fuller is found innocent he cannot be tried again on a murder charge. Fuller could have been tried five separate times. Coles County State's Attorney Ralph Glenn this morning told reporters of the court session after it had been completed. Reporters were not told that the court session was scheduled. Glenn said consolidation of the indictments was approved by Judge Harry Hannah after it was requested by attorneys for Fuller. Glenn said he voiced no objections. Fuller is charged with the murders of five children of the William Junior Cox family... CHARLESTON -- A report of a sighting of a falling airplane sent the Coles County Sheriff's Department and Charleston police on a fruitless search last night. A Charleston resident called police about 10 a.m. yesterday and said he saw what he thought was a plane spiraling to earth near lake Charleston. Sheriff Mike Curtis, deputies and Charleston police converged on the area and searched for a plane. At 11:30 p.m. searchers saw a green flare shoot into the sky in the northwest. A ravine area was then searched on foot. At about 12:30 a.m. today, an Eastern Illinois University policeman said a student at Taylor Hall had fired a flare out a window. Sheriff Curtis returned to the area this morning by air and flew over the region for about an hour. He declared there is no plane out there.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Jean Hudson’s address always has been Rural Route 3, Box 196. She doesn’t want it to change. But, she and all the other rural residents in Coles County will have to get used to new addresses. To receive the full benefits of an enhanced 911 system, each building in the county must have its own exact address, similar to a city address. Under the 911 coordinate system, addresses such as Rural Route 1, Box 54, would be replaced with something like 25 1450 E, with 25 being the house number and 1450 E being County Road 1450 East. The enhanced 911 numbering system is often referred to as the grid system… CHARLESTON -- Police are investigating three separate thefts in which more than $1,000 in goods were taken at each Charleston location. In the first incident, $2,350 in jewelry, wallets and cash was taken between July 22 and Aug. 4 from 2219 S. Ninth St., Apt. 21. In a second incident, $1,552 in car stereo equipment was taken from a parked and locked vehicle at 117 W. Buchanan Ave., sometime between Aug. 1 and Monday. In a third incident, a $1,200 solitaire oval diamond ring was taken sometime in the past three weeks from a home at 1116 Madison Ave. There was nothing in the police reports to indicate the thefts are related.

100 years ago, Aug. 13, 1918

SHELBYVILLE -- "Fair prices" for broom corn cutting in Shelby County this year have been announced by Shelby County Food Administrator J.C. Westervelt. The new rates are 30 cents an hour for those receiving food and lodging, and 40 cents an hour for those not getting food and lodging.The action of the administrator follows a visit by a delegation of a dozen or so broom corn growers who informed him that brush cutters were going to demand $7 or $8 per day, and the growers wanted protection against exorbitant wages... MATTOON -- Six heavily loaded cars of lumber in the third section of Big Four Railroad freight train No. 74 were wrecked near Moulton, west of Shelbyville, this morning about 8:18 o'clock, blocking the main line of track. The train was in charge of Conductor H.F. Livingston. It was pulled by Engine 6013 in charge of Engineer Bushu. The cause of the wreck is unknown. Passenger trains were detoured over the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Road between Pana and Shelbyville, reaching Mattoon one or two hours late. Soldier trains were delayed by the wreck also, causing members of the local canteen to wait several hours on the passenger station platform.

50 years ago, 1968

CHARLESTON -- Leslie Dawson, a Charleston Township farmer, has been selected chairman of the Coles County Agricultural Extension Council for the coming year. Dawson will replace Ron Uphoff who has served four years on the council and is not eligible for another term. Harry Sidenstricker, Mattoon Township, was elected vice chairman, and Cleo Keigley, Morgan Township, was named secretary-treasurer. The council is the board of directors for the Extension Service in the county. Others on the council include Donald Coffey, Ashmore; Orval Funkhouser, Seven Hickory; Robert Hudson, Humboldt; Merle Kolbus, Humboldt; Irvin Lawson, Ashmore; Max Winkler, Seven Hickory; James W. Stewart, Mattoon; Joe Stephen, Hutton; Robert Hawkins, oakland; James Best, Pleasant Grove; John Keller, North Okaw; Harold Moritz, Pleasant Grove; William Thissell, Charleston; Alvin Coartney, Ashmore; and Fred Lutz, Morgan... MATTOON -- Lake Land College, gearing for an anticipated 1,000 students in its second year of operation, will graduate its first students this Saturday. Fifty students are scheduled to be graduated at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church following a commencement address by State Sen. Paul Simon of Troy, candidate for lieutenant governor. Twenty-seven students will receive the certificate of graduate practical nurse, 20 will receive the certificate of dental assisting, two will receive an associate in science degree and one is to receive the certificate in general clerical studies.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston school district’s foundation now has money in the bank, thanks to the first transfer of funds from a promotion arrangement with Consolidated Communications. The telephone company presented the foundation with a check for about $5,300 at the foundation board’s meeting last night. Consolidated donates 5 percent of its long-distance revenue from customers in the school district to the foundation, which then distributes the money. The Mattoon district also participates in the program, and Consolidated officials also have asked the Oakland school district join. Don Yost, foundation board president, said the funds probably will come in on a quarterly basis… MATTOON -- Damage totaled more than $4,000 and more than $300 in cash was taken during the burglary of a grain company office near Coles Station last month. The Coles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the break-in that occurred late on July 29 or early on July 30 at Staley Grain at Coles Station. A report on the incident said $3,000 was done to some filing cabinets and $1,500 in damage was done to a storage cabinet. A bag with $300 in currency and an undisclosed amount of coins were taken, the report said… CHARLESTON -- A 2-year-old girl required medical attention Wednesday night after she apparently choked on some popcorn while watching a movie at the Will Rogers Theatre, 705 Monroe Ave., Charleston. The child was found slumped over a seat and was not breathing shortly before the Charleston ambulance crew arrived at 6:45 p.m. Ambulance personnel believed the girl might have suffered a seizure which precipitated the choking. She arrived at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center at 7:01 p.m. It is the ambulance agency’s policy not to release the name of patients it serves.

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