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100 years ago, Feb. 1, 1918

MATTOON -- Sousa's "Jackie Band" from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, will be in Mattoon on March 1, according to an announcement this morning by J. Stanley Weis, Coles County chairman of the National War Savings Commission. With the band will be a number of speakers who will talk to Mattoon people on the subject of war saving... CHARLESTON -- The Coles County military draft exemption board, assisted by a number of physicians, has been at work this week continuing its work of examining the young men of class one for service in the Army. On Tuesday, 200 young men appeared before the examiners, while the next day 150 young men were called. Only eight men are known to have been rejected thus far.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Mrs. M.H. (Florence) Sprengel of Mattoon received the "Outstanding Conservation Farmer" award last night at the 18th annual meeting of the Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mrs. Sprengel is the first woman in the county to receive the award... MATTOON -- Members of the Coles County Medical Society, meeting last night at the U.S. Grant Motor Inn, heard state public health officials urge the development of a master plan for growth of hospital and health facilities in the area. Aden Clump of the Bureau of Health Facilities of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and members of his staff addressed the members. Clump emphasized the need for hospital and medical leaders in Coles and Cumberland counties to review their long-range health programs and establish a master plan for growth of health care facilities... CHARLESTON -- Congressman William L. Springer said yesterday that he will request $2.4 million from the House Appropriations Committee for work on the Lincoln Reservoir next fiscal year. Springer, of Champaign, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had advised him that it has a $2.4 million work capability on the reservoir for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Springer said the funding request includes $2 million for land acquisition. Land purchase would be spread over a three-year period and a total of 38,000 acres would be acquired. 

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- A Mattoon native has served as an assistant to the producer and director of the new movie “Matinee,” which stars actor John Goodman. Craig Titley, son of Dale and Bernice Titley of Mattoon, served as the assistant to Director Joe Dante and Producer Michael Finnell on “Matinee,” which stars Goodman as a filmmaker premiering his newest horror film, “MANT,” during the Cuban missile crisis. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with degrees in English and marketing, Titley was accepted into the film producing school at the University of Southern California… PASADENA, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys scored four quick touchdowns on their way to a 52-17 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills to win the Super Bowl and reign as National Football League champions. That left the Buffalo Bills as the first team to lose three straight Super Bowls. MVP Troy Aikman threw for four touchdowns while Charles Haley and Ken Norton led a Cowboys defense that forced a record nine turnovers.

100 years ago, Feb. 2, 1918

MATTOON -- Having secured two carloads of coal, one from the Big Four Railroad, the other from the Illinois Central, the Mattoon board of water and light commissioners turned on the street lights last night. The streets had been in darkness since the blizzard, the night of Jan. 12 having been an exception. Mayor Swan said the city intends to operate the street lights until midnight each night until other arrangements for supplying the power have been made... MATTOON -- The mean temperature for the month of January was 24.66 degrees, the lowest in Mattoon in 25 years, according to the records of Capt. J. Withington, the local authority on weather observations. Snowfall for January was also the greatest for 25 years, having been 17.6 inches. The low temperature last month was 14 degrees below zero, recorded on Jan. 12, one of the days of the blizzard... MATTOON -- The records and all paraphernalia connected with the office of the Coles County military draft exemption board were moved this afternoon from the Coles County Courthouse in Charleston and placed in the office of Judge McIntyre in the Mattoon Post Office building.One of the members of the board said today the move was made because they needed a fireproof building in which to store the records, the rent at the post office is free while the board had to pay about $10 a month at the courthouse, train service is better in Mattoon than in Charleston and the center of population is in Mattoon instead of Charleston.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Action on an offer to Lake Land College to sell a 40-acre tract of land north of the college campus site was tabled last night after six members of the Lake Land Board indicated their opposition to purchase the land. Tabled after a lengthy discussion was action on a letter from J.W. Schilling of Mattoon, successful bidder in December for the 40-acre tract of land north of the campus site at the intersection of Interstate 57 and U.S. Route 45-Illinois Route 121. Schilling's proposal gives the board 90 days to consider the offer... MATTOON -- The contribution of $150 to the Lake Land College student loan fund by the Toledo Kiwanis Club was announced today by Virgil Judge, Lake land president. the contribution by Toledo Kiwanis is to be known as the "Sesquicentennial Loan Fund." The stipulation of the fund is that the loan must be made to a Toledo resident first, former students of Cumberland High School second and any student in need.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- There will be contested elections for at least two mayoral offices in area communities this April. In Arcola, Alderman Ed Fishel and Mayor Lynda Fishel both filed petitions yesterday to run for Arcola mayor. In Oakland, Mayor Roy Carr will face a challenge in his re-election bid from Alderman Jim Craven… CHARLESTON -- Although Vaughn Jaenike has retired as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Eastern Illinois University, his vision of taking the arts to the people will continue. The family and friends of the Jaenikes have contributed more than $71,000 to establish the Vaughn and Ruth Jaenike Access to the Arts Award Fund through the EIU Foundation. Jim Johnson, chairman of EIU’s art department and an Arts Award Fund organizer, said taking an EIU theatre production into local schools, displaying students’ artwork in businesses and having the EIU jazz band perform off-campus are examples of how the fund might be used… MATTOON -- Two and Camp New Hope. local organizations recently contributed funds to help other community groups. The Coles County Fraternal Order of Police contributed $1,800 to Camp New Hope to be used for scholarships for campers. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows-Coles County Lodge 260 contributed $1,500, with $500 each going to the Charleston Food Pantry, Mattoon Food Center.

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