100 years ago,
April 16, 1919
MATTOON -- Rev. James Cisna will be the next mayor of Mattoon. In an election in which there was more enthusiasm and interest stirred up than in some of the old wet and dry campaigns, Cisna was elected over George B. Swan, the current mayor. The total vote for Cisna was 2,249 while Swan ran second with 1,460 and Herb Pennington third with 615. In the city clerk contest, Louis Steger, a returned soldier, simply ran away with it, getting 2,852 votes. He defeated Frank A. Heermans, the present clerk, who had 1,261 votes. For city attorney, R.G. Real was re-elected, defeating A. Sumerlin 2,086 to 1,046. Political connections were lost sight of. Cisna was on a People's Party ticket, Steger on the Democratic ticket and Real is a Republican... NEOGA -- The program for Arbor Day in Neoga this year will be of greater significance to the citizens than on any observance previously given the day, for in connection with it, the planting of trees in memory of the eight boys of Neoga Township who recently paid the supreme sacrifice will take place. The names of the boys who died during the European War are Max Will Pugsley, Howard Votaw, Ralph Swank, Leon Latimer, Horace Lindley, Don Colbert, Leonard McCallister and Hedric Rhodes. The community Arbor Day program is April 18 at west side park... CHARLESTON -- Joseph Erritt, aged 41, a brakeman on the Clover Leaf Railroad, was fatally injured shortly after 12 o'clock last night when he was run over by several of the cars of the train on which he was working at the time. He died about two hours later while being taken to a hospital in St. Louis. The accident occurred near Donnellson in Montgomery County. Mr. Erritt is survived by a wife and two children.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- Morgan F. Phipps, defying a statewide trend of defeat of incumbent mayoral candidates, swept to victory yesterday over his novice opponent, Charles L. Wright. Phipps won his third term by a vote of 3,463 to 2,463. Phipps will preside over a council composed of no incumbents after Eli D. Storm, the only commissioner seeking re-election, finished fifth in balloting. Newcomers winning were E.W. Lorenz, Dr. Roger Dettro, James L. Leming and George "Brownie" Wedel... GREENUP -- Voters in Greenup approved the sale of liquor in the village in a referendum yesterday. Greenup voters voted 459-290 to OK the sale of alcohol in the Cumberland County community. Older citizens of the community recalled that Greenup has been "dry" since at least 1932... CHARLESTON -- Max Cougill won an impressive victory yesterday in Charleston's mayoral race. Cougill won all 13 Charleston precincts in defeating John Keiser by a 2,717 to 1,292 count. Keiser is a history professor at Eastern Illinois University. Wayne Lanman and Leonard Durham both were re-elected to the city council. Newcomers elected were Claude "Bud" Atkins and Wayne Seeley.
25 years ago, 1994
MATTOON -- Several local small business owners asked U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard to vote against any health care plan that would mandate employee coverage. About 30 small business owners and farmers gathered at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center yesterday to share their views on the health care debate with Poshard, D-Marion. After a local dentist and florist stated their concerns about requiring them to provide health insurance to their handful of employees, Poshard said if any employer mandates are adopted, he would favor starting with large corporations. Poshard also said he does not think Congress will pass any health reform bill this year… CHARLESTON – Nine people -- at least six of whom are Eastern Illinois University students -- were arrested early Friday morning after an unruly crowd gathered in front of Mother’s bar and refused to disperse. At closing time, about 1:09 a.m., several fights erupted outside the bar at 506 Monroe Ave., Police Chief Herb Steidinger said. The crowd was estimated to have been between 150 and 300 people. As a result of the crowd refusing to disperse, and the number of people and their actions towards officers, the officers used pepper mace to disperse the crowd, the chief said.
100 years ago,
April 17, 1919
MATTOON -- A street parade and mass meeting held in the Moose Club room, were held yesterday evening in honor of Mayor-Elect Cisna and City Clerk-Elect Steger. Earlier in the day, Rev. James A. Cisna was interviewed at the machine shop of the Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company's plant, where he is employed as a machinist. The new mayor said he does not believe in classes. "As mayor of Mattoon I shall strive to to conduct the affairs of this city with regard to that one class -- all the people." He will be in the mayor's office from 6 to 9 o'clock each night of the week but Sunday. He said there will be no showing of moving pictures on Sundays unless the people show that they desire them... CHARLESTON -- Members of the Coles County Board of Supervisors met today to formally organize and selected Assistant Supervisor Joe Webb of Mattoon as the chairman. Supervisor Paul Smith of Mattoon, who was injured when his automobile turned turtle a few days ago, was taken to a Big Four train in Mattoon in an ambulance and then he attended the board meeting while sitting in a wheeled chair, so determined was he to represent his constituents. A resolution was passed endorsing the highway routes of the Big Four Trail and the Egyptian Trail through Coles County. The two trails are part of the network of highways to be built under the state's $60 million bond act.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- The body of Marine Pfc. Terry Lee Glasscock, 19, of Mattoon, who was killed in Vietnam on Easter Sunday, has been returned to Schillings Funeral Home. Pfc. Glasscock was born June 15, 1949, in Mattoon, a son of Jackie and Mary Sydenstricker Glasscock. He married Linda Ann Spurlock, who resides in Kentucky... MATTOON -- Mattoon High School officially began the search yesterday for a new head basketball coach after Eastern Illinois University personnel confirmed a report that Bob Miller had accepted an administrative position at the university. Miller signed a contract as executive assistant in housing at EIU. His job will involve working with student housing on and off campus under housing director Albert Green. Miller's duties at EIU begin July 1... PANA -- Construction has started on a new Boy Scout camp near Pana, according to officials with the Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Council. The new camp, to be known as the Lincoln Scout Reservation, will contain three separate camps. One of the camps will be named Podesta Big Timber in honor of Dr. W.L. Podesta, a Mattoon dentist who gave the original 150 acres in memory of his parents.
25 years ago, 1994
Sunday. No paper.