100 years ago, Feb. 6, 1918
MATTOON -- Little business was transacted at last night's Mattoon City Council meeting, an early adjournment being taken out of consideration for Alderman C.W. Haskell, who lost his little son in the afternoon. Harold Haskell, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Haskell, passed away about 4 o'clock in the afternoon at the family residence, 1905 Broadway. Harold suffered from tuberculosis. At the council meeting, a petition signed by about 20 of the colored residents of the city was presented, asking that a license be granted to someone of the race to operate a pool and billiard hall. The city attorney said it was a question to be decided by the mayor. Mayor Swan said such an application had been made to him several times, but he had refused the permit because in his opinion there are already a sufficient number of pool rooms in Mattoon... MATTOON -- Trainmaster Odell has sent to the agents, yard conductors and other officials of the Indiana Division a letter in which he informs them that the Illinois Central Railroad's losses through robbery increased 100 percent in 1917 over 1916. There was less robbery on the Indiana Division than on other divisions of the company, but the trainmaster urges better cooperation in preventing thefts.
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- The ruins of the Coy Hendricks residence at 501 Moultrie Ave. continued to burn and smolder this morning as friends and relatives of the couple made an attempt to salvage items from the ruins of the home. Mrs. Hendricks, who was alone in the home when the fire was discovered, was taken to Mattoon Memorial Hospital for treatment of shock and released. Mattoon Fire Chief Lawrence Metzlaars today blamed electrical wiring as the cause of the fire, which began between the floor of the second floor and the ceiling of the kitchen area... MATTOON -- John W. Huffman, 30, a Mattoon attorney, has been selected as one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America." Huffman, a native of Olney, is an Eastern Illinois University graduate who taught history and economics at Mattoon High School from 1959 to 1961. In January 1964, he graduated from the University of Illinois Law School and joined the law firm of Ryan and Heller in Mattoon.He has been active in the EIU Alumni Association and Immaculate Conception parish schools. He and his wife Marjorie have four children.
25 years ago, 1993
MATTOON -- It’s been more than 20 years since Coles County had an underwater search and rescue team, but it looks like the idea is resurfacing. A coordinated effort by the Mattoon, Charleston and Coles County Emergency Services Disaster agencies is producing an ESDA Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit. Eleven trained divers, led by Mattoon firefighter Oren Lockhart and Ken Morrow of Mattoon, plus 15 shore responders, will soon be available. Jim Closson, Mattoon ESDA coordinator, said planning began in June, and the importance of the project became more apparent a couple months later when an elderly man fell out of a boat and drowned at one of the Lake Land College ponds… MATTOON -- Kara Lowell of Charleston had the high-scoring game of the week among area high school girls basketball teams. Lowell, a senior, scored 27 points in the Lady Trojans’ 58-54 loss to Paris last week. Monica Brown of Casey-Westfield leads the area girls in scoring, averaging 17.8 points a game. Jody Sanders of Mattoon is second at 17.4 points a game. Mattoon is the top girls team in the area, owning a 23-4 record. Casey is 16-4 on the season.
100 years ago, Feb. 7, 1918
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Chapter of the American Red Cross now has five auxiliaries under its jurisdiction, namely, Janesville, Lerna, Etna, Loxa and Humboldt. All are planning definite work. Humboldt reports a membership of 187 and an output of 1,500 gauze dressings and 14 knitted articles in January. Officers of the Lerna auxiliary are J.Will Walker, chairman; R.G. Hall, secretary; D.I. Whitacre, treasurer. Their total membership is 203, 17 new members having been added in January. Loxa reports 55 members... CHARLESTON -- It is now pretty generally understood that the representative of the Brown Shoe Co. of St. Louis, who paid a visit to this city recently, also visited other towns. While he was in Charleston he was shown several sites that might be available for a shoe factory. It is understood that the local people were told what inducements would appeal to the company, which is seeking a location for another shoe factory... WASHINGTON -- Germany's submarine attack on the liner Tuscania has netted a probable toll of 145 United States officers and soldiers, and 65 others. According to reports, the total missing from the liner is 210, with 2,187 saved. The sinking of the Tuscania represents apparently the largest casualty list since the United States entered the war in late 1917. The boat sailed from Halifax...
50 years ago, 1968
MATTOON -- John Scott Jr. of Mattoon became the first Coles County traffic fatality of 1968 when he died yesterday after being struck by a car at 6:55 p.m. Saturday. Scott was crossing the intersection of Western Avenue and 33rd Street when he was struck by a car driven by Donald R. Starwalt, 20, of Charleston. It is the first traffic fatality in Mattoon since October 1966... MATTOON -- The Mattoon City Council last night indicated it would enter into an engineering agreement to plan modernization of the city's traffic signal system. Mayor Morgan F. Phipps said the project will cost about $34,000. Phipps said engineers would synchronize traffic signals on Broadway Avenue and eliminate "criss-cross" walks at 16th and Broadway.
25 years ago, 1993
Sunday. No paper.