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100 years ago,

June 11, 1919

JANESVILLE -- At the old Shiloh Church yesterday evening there gathered about 500 people to honor the soldiers of the neighborhood and surrounding country. Although mere boys in appearance, yet they became men that all might still enjoy the freedom for which our forefathers fought. W.W. Balch introduced the speaker for the evening, Lt. Marvel Baker. Born within a stone's throw of the old church, Lt. Baker made appropriate mention of the two gold star boys of the community, John Balch and Ernest White. After the speaking was over the crowd was served with ice cream and cake while a girls choir rendered appropriate music... MATTOON -- Soldiers continue to return for work with the Illinois Central Railroad. Warren Stephenson, MCB clerk, who enlisted for service in the 13th Railway Engineers, will resume work next Monday. The timekeeper job at the local shops is the only one now open to him, it is reported. Clarence Plummer, who was overseas for more than a year as a member of an ammunition train, has returned and resumed his work as chief accountant. Brakeman J.A. Law, who returned recently from overseas where he was a member of Company A of the 13th Engineers Railway, has resumed work for the Illinois Central, having taken run 292 in place of Brakeman Schrader.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- The Mattoon school board last night authorized issuance of tax anticipation warrants in the wake of the recent defeat of a bond referendum to help fund the schools. The board authorized issuance of $15,000 in tax anticipation warrants from the building fund and $275,000 in the education fund. John Wargo, school superintendent, told the board the action constituted only the authorization should the funds be required. The bond referendum that was defeated would have authorized construction of two kindergarten centers, multipurpose rooms at Cooks Mills and Grant Park plus a gymnasium at Humboldt... CHARLESTON -- Denzel Rennels, an employee of the city street department, last night asked the Charleston City Council members to consider the feasibility of setting up a five-day, 40-hour work week for the street department. Commissioner Wayne Lanman and Mayor Cougill said they would like to see that schedule enacted, but pointed out other city employees also work 48-hour weeks. Lanman said water department employees work 48 hours in a five-day week. The commissioner also said a five-day week for the city clerk's office also is being considered. The council agreed to discuss the matter at the next meeting, in two weeks.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- Six months to the day after its inception, Coles County’s volunteer child advocacy program is now in place with advocates ready to work for abused and neglected children. Circuit Judge Ashton Waller, whose duties include hearing cases involving such neglect, yesterday swore in Barbara Brown of Mattoon and Mary Chandler and Sue Stoner of Charleston to the county’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Brown, who along with Waller was largely responsible for bringing the CASA program to the county, is also the program’s director. CASA originated in Seattle in 1976 when a judge wanted to ensure that children’s best interests were presented in court cases… CHARLESTON -- B.F. McClerren of Charleston will portray Abraham Lincoln in C-SPAN’s re-enactment of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Charleston. McClerren, retired Eastern Illinois University speech professor, is a Lincoln presenter. Marty Dominguez of C-SPAN said Russell Brazil of Decatur has been chosen to portray Douglas. In addition to the two Senate candidates, 53 other people were on the platform for the famous 1858 debate. Janet Messenger of the Charleston Tourism Advisory Board said 53 people in 1858 costumes will be on the platform for the C-SPAN telecast. She said people in the audience at the Coles County Fairgrounds who want to be televised also must be in period costume.

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100 years ago,

June 12, 1919

MATTOON -- Fred G. Kelly, who was named by W.G. McAdoo as chairman of the Mattoon Citizens Committee of the Boy Scouts, held a meeting with associate workers yesterday evening. It was decided to solicit associate memberships today and tomorrow. There are two Boy Scout troops in Mattoon at present. Several additional ones are to be organized. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America hopes to have an enrollment of at least 1 million more scouts by Feb. 20, 1920, the 10th anniversary of the founding of scouting in America... MATTOON -- The number of automobiles in Mattoon is increasing rapidly and unless local authorities take steps to enforce regulations, Mattoon is due for a big smash-up one of these days, a smash-up that may cost lives. It will be far better to inconvenience a few people than it will to have somebody killed or badly crippled in an accident. There is no use in the City Council passing ordinances to regulate traffic and then have the police ignore infractions. On the other hand, there is nothing to be gained by arresting people for trivial offenses. There is a happy medium which the police should follow, and it is high time that it be done.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Coping with record numbers of patients is becoming a frequent and frustrating job for Mattoon Memorial Hospital's administration. William A. Hurlburt, hospital administrator, said a record 113 patients are receiving treatment today. The hospital was forced to put seven patients in the halls because rooms were filled. Today's patient total exceeds the previous record of 109 patients achieved in mid-May. Hurlburt said the hospital has performed 15 to 18 surgeries a day for the past few weeks... MATTOON -- The Mattoon school board learned this week of a bequest to the district's Student Loan Fund. The funds, $5,186.97, had been bequeathed in the will of William Stump and the district did not know until the check arrived that the beneficiary was the loan fund. Stump, who died in March 1968 at the age of 89, had provided in his will that the estate was to be divided into four equal parts. One-fourth of the estate went to the Student Loan Fund, with other equal amounts going to the Robert G. DeMars Memorial Youth Center, the Salvation Army Citadel in Mattoon and to Mooseheart in northern Illinois.

25 years ago, 1994

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