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100 years ago, Feb. 12, 1919

MATTOON -- The 13th Engineers, U.S. Army, Railway Company A, which is made up of Illinois Central Railroad employees, has quit railroading for the French and has entered camp for a month's training and cleaning up. At the end of the camp the engineers will return home for mustering out. Warren Stephenson, a son of Charles W. Stephenson of Mattoon, a member of the Illinois Central's accounting department, is a member of the 13th Engineers. He has sent home to his father a number of interesting photographs, which were censored up until the time the armistice was signed... PARIS -- The Society of Nations came into formal existence at noon Monday. At that hour President Wilson and the other members of the League of Nations committee concluded their reading of the first draft of the constitution of the society and were agreed on all points. In large measure the creation of the Society of Nations is due to the ceaseless work of President Wilson. He will soon return home and beready to tell Congress what part he expects the Society of Nations will play in preventing future wars.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Venture magazine will be printed and bound at the Mattoon plant of R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Considered to be the prestige travel magazine of the industry, Venture is a Cowles Communications publication. Plans call for the complete printing and binding operation to be completed at the Mattoon plant, which also prints Family Circle magazine. The first copies of Venture magazine rolled off the presses and handed to Art Frankstein of Chicago, traffic manager for Venture and Look magazines. Normal Ellers of Mattoon, Family Circle representative, also was on hand for the first copy presentation given by Ed Zimmer, binder operator at the local Donnelley plant… MATTOON -- Wayne Calhoun, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.F. Calhoun of Mattoon, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Lt. Col. Calhoun currently is on temporary duty in Southeast Asia as a B-52 pilot. Since arriving in the combat area, he has piloted his giant Stratofortress more than 400 hours, covering more than 200,000 miles in bombing missions. Calhoun enlisted in the Air Force as a private in 1950. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1952. Lt. Col. Calhoun is married to the former Susan Ann Tuttle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Tuttle of Mattoon.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- A stagnant property tax base has limited the Charleston school district’s ability to fund education programs. Public schools rely on income from local property taxes and aid from state government for the bulk of their revenue. In Charleston’s case, state aid has increased over the last decade, but revenue from local property taxes has barely changed, and that’s led to a problem. The school dkistrict also has had to contend with record enrollment, which exceeded 3,400 students this year. On March 15, Charleston school district voters will be asked if the district can raise its tax rate for education by 97 cents per $100 of assessed valuation… CHAMPAIGN -- Bonnie Blair fans can order souvenirs of the Olympic speedskater at the touch of a button. The Champaign Police Department has set up the Bonnie Hot Line – 1-800-BONNIE94. The telephone line is donated by Consolidated Communications of Mattoon, a long-distance and telemarketing service. Volunteers will answer the hotline. The hotline is mainly intended to take requests for the Bonnie Blair T-shirt and sweatshirt produced by University sportswear.

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100 years ago, Feb. 13, 1919

CHARLESTON -- Judge Ben Lindsey of Denver, Colo., who was scheduled to speak tonight tonight to the Eastern District of the Illinois Teachers Association, meeting in Charleston, is snowbound in Nebraska and cannot reach Charleston. The failure of Judge Lindsey to reach Charleston has caused the educators to rearrange their plans completely. President Lord of the Eastern Illinois Normal School will deliver tonight's address. Tomorrow's program will be canceled. There are about 1,000 educators at the conference... MATTOON -- The groceries which were carried by the bad check passer who "stung" Dexter Coverstone, the Western Avenue second hand dealer, for $12, were procured from Frank Orndorff's war grocery, where he passed a bad check for $12.75. The check given to the grocery was drawn by N.J. Morris on the Central Illinois trust and Savings Bank. It has developed that the Hilsabeck Clothing Store took in a bad check for $45 earlier in the month, accepting a check on the Humboldt bank, signed by Leslie Gross. Yesterday it was learned that the check was bad. Gross, or the person supposed to be Gross, obtained $10 in money and the remainder in clothing.

50 years ago, 1969

CHARLESTON -- A decision on whether or not to start kindergarten classes next fall will be made by the Charleston school board at its March meeting. The board delayed action on the proposal last night because of the absence of board member Harold Horn. The Charleston League of Women Voters had requested that kindergarten classes begin in fall 1969 rather than waiting until 1970 when it is required by state law. In a report to the school board, Superintendent Paul Seitsinger said that a census showed that 285 children will be of kindergarten age this fall… MATTOON -- Installation of the transmission line and distribution systems for bringing natural gas service to Lerna and Trilla is scheduled for completion this year, according to Central Illinois Public Service officials. Plans to complete the systems in 1969 were included in a CIPS announcement that about $35 million will be spent this year on construction and replacement of facilities.

25 years ago, 1994

Sunday. No paper.

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