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100 years ago,

April 11, 1919

MATTOON -- A dish of ice cream is a drink when served at or in the vicinity of a soda fountain. At least, it must pay the war tax which goes into effect the first of next month. A man can come in, buy a pint or quart of ice cream at the fountain and carry it away without having to pay the tax, but if it is served and eaten at the fountain or in an automobile in front or even in an office building adjacent, presumably it then becomes taxable. Soda fountains also would be licensed under the new bill in the Illinois Legislature... MATTOON -- In the presence of several thousand people, the whippet tank sent to Mattoon in the interest of the Victory Loan performed numerous stunts yesterday afternoon on the site of the burned Majestic Theater, showing there were few obstacles on the battle front in France that could not have been overcome by this war machinery. The tank rolled down into holes and climbed over piles of debris without the slightest difficulty, standing at times almost perpendicular on its tail support... MATTOON -- Herman Gifford of Chicago, who has had charge of the sales of the Liberty Loan bonds in Illinois since the beginning of the war; Pvt. George L. Fish of Chicago, who went with the first of the American Expeditionary Forces to France, taking part in a number of principal battles and winning the croix de guerre, and John Lugg of Monmouth, one of the principal speakers of the new loan campaign, spoke from the pulpit of the Methodist Episcopal Church yesterday evening. Each showed the necessity of another big bond issue, there being war debts to pay, and urged Coles County people to join other units in going over the top. 

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- A billfold thought to have been stolen from a traffic accident victim has been recovered intact. Mrs. Sharon Robertson of Mattoon was injured in a traffic accident Sunday afternoon near Mattoon. Authorities discovered that her billfold containing about $70 was missing. It was presumed stolen before authorities arrived. A relative of Mrs. Robertson said the billfold was later found in her home, apparently taken there by someone who discovered it at the accident site. Mrs. Robertson underwent surgery yesterday in a Decatur hospital and is recovering... MATTOON -- The "Sweet 16" Mattoon High School basketball team was celebrated last night at the basketball banquet held at Jefferson Junior High School. Steve Spitz, an all-Big 12 Conference performer, was named the team's most valuable player along with claiming the Moose Club free throw trophy by making .791 percent of his free throws the past season. Al Phillips, also an all-Big 12 performer, was awarded trophies for leading the Wave in shooting percentage (.541) and rebounds (244). Mike Snapp was presented the Bill Myers Memorial Trophy as the team's top sophomore while Jim Cox was selected as most improved player. 

25 years ago, 1994

TUSCOLA -- The City of Tuscola and its mayor were presented a $500,000 state check Saturday morning at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Factory Stores at Tuscola outlet mall. The state grant will help fund infrastructure improvements crucial to the development of the mall, which is set to open this fall. Tuscola will contribute $470,000 in local funds toward the improvements. State officials said the outlet mall developers estimate the stores will generate $49 million in annual sales during its first phase… CASEY -- Heather Sanders must not know about the sophomore jinx. After pitching Casey-Westfield into last year’s state softball final four as a freshman, Sanders fired a no-hitter Saturday in her first start as a sophomore. Kylie Redman went 3-for-3 and A.J. Carrell had a two-run single helping Sanders and the Lady Warriors beat Edwards County 6-0… CHARLESTON -- Rain totals for the month of April already have exceeded the monthly average, but the wetness isn’t over yet. Local weather observer Dalias Price reported that 3.74 inches of rain have fallen so far this month. The average for the month of April is 3.53 inches. Price said more rain is on the way, meaning it will be awhile before fields are dry enough for farmers to work the ground.

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100 years ago,

April 12, 1919

MATTOON -- City Attorney R.G. Real filed his annual report with City Clerk Heermans this afternoon. It shows he conducted 47 prosecutions during the fiscal year, resulting in fines amounting to $1,246.25. Of those fines, $955.25 has been collected to date. Fines assessed were as follows: 14 cases of bootlegging, $946.25; two cases of resisting an officer, $15; five cases of gaming, $133; one case carrying concealed weapon, $25; five cases assault and battery, $63; one case disorderly house, $10; 12 cases of disorderly conduct, $35; three cases of intoxication, $11; two cases of being inmates of disorderly houses; two cases of fast driving, $8... WINDSOR -- Earl Mills, manager of the Gays Mutual Telephone Company, left for parts unknown last week. He took his wife and baby to spend the day with her parents, while he, ostensibly, did some work on country lines. It appears, however, that he returned to his home, got some personal belongings and decamped. Mrs. Mills, after waiting past the time her husband had promised to return for her and the baby, went home, and finding the house topsy turvy, started an investigation. Mills left no word. Mills came here from Kentucky three years ago and married after a few months' courtship. He apparently thought a great deal of his little family and was seemingly an upright citizen. Of late, however, it became rumored that he had a wife in Kentucky, from whom he had never been divorced. This rumor could not be verified.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Political observers, basing their predictions on the condition of the weather Tuesday, estimate that between 7,000 and 7,500 voters will go to the polls in Mattoon to elect a mayor and four commissioners to serve for the next four years. In 1965, 7,294 votes were cast in the city election and local seers believe that if the weather cooperates Tuesday, the 1965 total will be equaled or exceeded. The election pits incumbent Mayor Morgan Phipps against successful write-in candidate Charles Wright. Eight candidates seek the four commissioner spots...  MATTOON -- Kathy Pardieck of Humboldt was named Class of '69 Spring Party Sweetheart yesterday evening in the event held at the Mattoon High School gymnasium. The Spring Party court includes Darla Decker, Susan McHenry, Becky Gass and Mindy Myers. Mrs. Dean Pardieck, Kathy's mother, was crowned sweetheart during her high school years.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- In a combative atmosphere last night, the Charleston City Council voted 3-2 to give preliminary approval to raising the tavern entry age from 19 to 21. Mayor Dan Cougill called the vote nearly 45 minutes after the special meeting began at the Wesley Foundation Lighthouse. Cougill said it was not very productive to continue debating the issue with the 185 audience members, most of whom were Eastern Illinois University students. Cougill joined Commissioners Greg Stewart and Gene Scholes in adopting the Alcohol Task Force’s recommendation to raise the entry age to 21. The effective date is June 10. Commissioners John Winnett and Jim Dunn voted against the motion… SHELBYVILLE – The future of Eagle Creek Resort now lies in the hands of an interim receiver. At a hearing in Shelby County Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Ron Spears approved the appointment of John Fleming, president of Club Management Advisory Group of Florida, as interim receiver. Fleming said the receiver group’s plan is to keep the resort open. Bondholders of the financially troubled resort seek a new owner.

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