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100 years ago, Dec. 8, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- If all goes well, this spring the City of Charleston will break ground to extend water and sewer lines west along Illinois Route 16, Mayor Dan Cougill said last night at the city council meeting. The city has applied for more than $2.8 million in federal grants for the project. The Mattoon City Council voted 3-2 yesterday to amend its facilities plan to accommodate the new water line. The land is in the city of Charleston. Mattoon currently provides water and sewer service to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center but does not serve the Professional Plaza area. Cougill also praised Coles Together for helping the city develop a business park on property along Route 16… MATTOON -- Electrolux, the parent company of Blaw-Knox Construction Corp., is seeking a buyer for the Mattoon plant. A company spokesman said Blaw-Knox is a profitable company but Electrolux, a Swedish company, wants to streamline its holdings. Electrolux, a major appliance company, bought White Consolidated Industries, the former Blaw-Knox owner, in 1986. The Mattoon plant manufactures asphalt paving machinery and is the premier company in that industry in the world, the Electrolux spokesman said.

100 years ago, Dec. 9, 1918

MATTOON -- While one Mattoon automobile was reported stolen yesterday, another reported stolen on Saturday was recovered this morning. A Chevrolet of R.V. Richardson, a member of the force at the Bower & Schulhoff Co. store, stolen Saturday evening from a curb at Sixteenth Street and Broadway, was recovered this morning at Sixth and Wabash. Patrolman Bennett took charge of the car. The speedometer indicated the car had been driven 64 miles. Joy riders are believed to have taken it. In the other incident, a seven-passenger Paige automobile of G.R. Richmond was stolen from the curb in front of the Kiger home about 6:30 o'clock Sunday evening. No trace of the missing car has yet been found... MATTOON -- Two teenage boys were shot to death in accidents involving guns yesterday afternoon. Charles Lawhorn, 14-year-old son of Daniel Lawhorn, living about four miles southwest of Mattoon, was accidentally shot between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon while he and a number of compansions were handling a shotgun, and died soon afterward. The accident occurred in the barn lot of the Lawhorn farm after the boy, his father and others of the neighborhood had returned from a hunting expedition. Herbert Fields, aged 17, a son of D.H. Fields of Sullivan, was fatally wounded about noon yesterday in a hunting accident about two miles south of Sullivan. Young Fields and a companion, Hubert Woods, also aged 17, a son of Joseph Woods, went hunting rabbits. Fields, who was carrying the gun, and handed it to his companion. In the transfer, Woods accidentally touched the trigger, shooting his friend.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Water Department will begin during the first week of January to read water meters on a monthly basis. The new monthly billing program, authorized several weeks ago by the city's water board, puts into effect an entirely new service procedure. The last of the bills computed on a bimonthly basis -- bills for the north half of the city -- will be mailed during the first week of January. For the monthly billing, the city, with 6,800 water customers, has been divided into quadrants rather than halves. About 1,700 meters are located in each quadrant. Dean Van Wie, water department superintendent, said staff can read about 225 meters a day... MATTOON -- Eleven members of the Mattoon High School Pep Club served as Santa's Helpers on Santa's float in Saturday's Christmas Parade. Decked out in red and white outfits, Santa's Helpers included Debbie Campbell, Linda Higgins, Sandy Thompson, Connie Sell, Lynn Ferree, Roxanne Lindemann, Debra Chaney, Michelle Lucier, Janet Diepholz, Lucy Clapper and Julie Buckley.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- A meeting on Friday could be the first step in forming a children’s advocacy program in Coles County. Representatives of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, along with local court officials, will present information on CASA and how it could be used in Coles County. The meeting is at noon in Courtroom No. 3 of the courthouse. That is the courtroom normally used by Circuit Judge Ashton Waller, whose duties include presiding over juvenile cases. According to CASA organizers, the local office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services usually has about 200 children in its supervision because of parental abuse or neglect. Organizer Barbara Brown of Mattoon said judges appoint CASA volunteers to monitor cases and advocate in the children’s best interests, reporting to a judge… SPRINGFIELD -- The Board of Governors Universities yesterday approved a $5.5 million wish list of building projects at Eastern Illinois University. If the Illinois Board of Higher Education also approves, the project will begin in the spring. Included in the recommendation are $2.2 million for four additional Greek Court buildings and a $1.2 million recreation area on 80 acres of university-owned land east of campus. The projects also include $500,000 for elevator upgrades at Thomas and Taylor halls, $300,000 for heating plant equipment and $300,000 for renovations to residence hall food services.

100 years ago, Dec. 10, 1918

MATTOON -- L.C. Ellison, well-known farmer of North Okaw Township, is said to be the first of this vicinity to buy and "try out" a motor truck solely for farm use. And he has found it to be a pronounced success, so far as he has gone. Mr. Ellison has 450 acres and since help is scarce he has found it difficult to get his goods to market when the time is "right." Mr. Ellison bought his truck -- a 40-horse power car of well-known make -- and gave it a try out on Friday. From his farm in North Okaw he hauled six loads of corn to Arthur, a distance of 10 miles from his home, and one load of hogs, a distance of 12 miles, making a distance traveled that one day of not quite 150 miles... TOLEDO -- Late Saturday evening Cumberland County Circuit Clerk Charles N. Wiley received a telegram announcing the death of his youngest son, Clarence Wiley, in France, as a result of severe wounds sustained on the battle line. He died on Oct. 10. He was about 19 years of age and could not have been taken yet under the Selective Service Act, but he was willing and anxious to do his part in the great struggle, so he volunteered... MATTOON -- Several of the women clerks in the local Big Four offices have returned to work after out-of-town visits. Miss Marie Crimmins, a clerk in the office of the Big Four's master mechanic, was a visitor in Terre Haute on Saturday and Sunday. Miss Florence Thomas of the car foreman's office and Miss Anna Glynn, a member of the clerical force at the Big Four superintendent's office, also returned from a visit to Terre Haute. Miss Garnett Miller, a clerk in the office of the car foreman, has returned from a few days' visit with family and friends at her former home in Wabash, Ind.

50 years ago, 1968

CHARLESTON -- Thomas Charles Fuller II, 18, of Mattoon was sentenced today to two consecutive sentences of 70 to 99 years in prison for the slayings of five children. Circuit Judge Harry Hannah said he considers the murders of Edward Louis Cox, Gary Lee Cox and Kenneth Winfred Cox as one punishable course of action and the murders of Mary Katherine Cox and Teresa Jean Cox as the second course of punishable action. The sentences of 70 to 99 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet will run consecutively. Not later than 20 years from now Fuller will be eligible for parole on the first set of sentences. If parole is granted, he would start serving the second sentence. It is estimated that it will be from 50 to 60 years before Fuller could possibly be released from prison. Fuller's parents, two sisters and brother were present for the sentencing as were members of the Mr. and Mrs. William Junior Cox family... CHARLESTON -- Moving forward with Lincoln Reservoir is a matter of the utmost urgency, Congressman William L. Springer, R-Champaign, has told the U.S. Bureau of the Budget. He asked that at least $2.4 million for the multi-purpose project on the Embarras River near Charleston be included in President Johnson's final budget to be submitted to Congress in January. Springer said officials and the people of Charleston, "in good faith," have placed reliance on the federal government's assurance that Lincoln reservoir will meet their water requirements for many years to come... CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University will be able to offer student-athletes a full-ride scholarship program after unanimous approval Saturday by the four-member Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The aid policy adheres to the NCAA provision of full tuition and fees, room and board, books and $15 a month for incidental expenses. Previously, the IIAC limited financial assistance to one-half room and board, plus full tuition, fees and books. Each IIAC school may provide a maximum of 130 athletic scholarships with no more thyan 81 for football and 22 for basketball. William H. Zeigel of EIU, outgoing conference president, said the move is designed to enable conference teams to compete with schools of similar size and purpose.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- “The 12 Days of Christmas” holiday song is very popular, but imagine trying to actually obtain all those gifts for a “true love.” Those 12 days of gift-giving, if you took them literally, could cost you between $2,000 and $200,000. With a little thought, most people could come up with the gifts – a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese a-laying, seven swans a-swimming, eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leaping, 11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming. And, believe it or not, many of the gifts can be obtained right here in East-Central Illinois. You can buy a partridge from Gary Hartke of Neoga, five go-o-o-ld rings could cost anywhere from $200 to as much as $17,000. Neal Cole and Merv Baker, both of Charleston, said geese cost about $100 each, etc., etc., etc… LERNA -- Dianne Porter qualified to participate in a national candlelight vigil against drunken driving through a first-hand experience. “I was a victim,” the Lerna woman explained bluntly. In June 1982, she and her husband Don were in an accident with a drunk driver. Four motorcyclists were struck by the driver. The Porters’ injuries were so severe, they each had a leg amputated. The Porters became involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving last year. Mrs. Porter is one of about 500 people who will participate in the vigil.

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