100 years ago,
May 9, 1919
CHARLESTON -- Emerson Terrell, the Big Four Railroad brakeman who was indicted in October 1917 for shooting William Asbury, alias William Smith, was found not guilty late yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Terrell, who attended the hearing and sat with her husband, shook the hand of each juror and that of her husband's attorney, William M. Moran, following the return of the verdict. Asbury, the prosecuting witness, was not in attendance. When last heard from he was "touring the sunny south." He was "touring" over the Big Four at the time he was said to have been shot by Terrell... SHELBYVILLE -- If the jump in teachers' salaries reported from some districts of Shelby County becomes universal, there will be little left for the fraternity to ask. The best figure, for a teacher in the county outside of a few city positions is to be paid Robert Gill at Fancher. Mr. Gill, who is one of the county's successful teachers, has been engaged at $142.50 a month for the ensuing year. Mr. Gill has had but six years' experience as a teacher, starting at a monthly salary of $40, and advancing steadily to the above named figure... ARCOLA -- Lt. Otto Twiford has been authorized by Ben F. Cox of Arcola to go to Plainfield, N.J., and buy for him an airplane from the U.S. government. Twiford had with him a blank check signed by the Arcola man, authorizing him to fill it out for whatever sum the government is willing to sell at. Cox claims to have brought the first automobile to Arcola and now has an aching desire to be the first man in the city to own and fly an airplane. It is said that planes that formerly cost from $10,000 to $15,000 can now be bought from the government for $5,000, as it is found there are more than can be used in the military now that the war is over.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- Illinois Chamber of Commerce President William J. Crowley told 200 business leaders from 18 East-Central Illinois communities yesterday that the upcoming Constitutional Convention gives Illinois citizens the opportunity "to study and review their constitution." Crowley told the gathering at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club that the role of businessmen is to "encourage and help elect Illinois citizens of ability, integrity and honesty from our districts who present themselves to the voters as candidates for convention delegates." In addition to Crowley, six members of the state Chamber staff were present to answer questions regarding state and national economic and legislative issues... MATTOON -- Lake Land College reports a total enrollment for the spring quarter of 1,321. Of these students, 892 were single, 402 married and 27 divorced or widowed. Enrollment included 856 male students and 465 women students... MATTOON -- New officers of the Lake Land College Faculty Association were installed recently. The officers are Jim Becker, past president; Dick Neyens, president; Bill Rich, vice president; Mrs. Sharon Fabert, secretary; and Wayne Weaver, treasurer.
25 years ago, 1994
MATTOON -- The Lincoln Trails Toastmasters Club, which meets each Monday at The Airport Steakhouse, recently voted unanimously to change its name to Ken Degler-Lincoln Trails Toastmasters Club. The name change is to honor Degler, who is the only remaining charter member. He helped organize the club 41 years ago and has continued to promote the organization and help new members. Club members Prentiss Faw and Burl Bauer presented Degler with a new club manual showing the updated name. Degler’s speeches, though often on serious subjects, always contained humor and the laughter enlivened his audience… OAKLAND -- Drive into historic downtown Oakland and undoubtedly the first thing to catch your eye will be the Inn on the Square. The majestic colonial-style mansion with white columns occupies the northeast corner of the square overlooking the park. Step through its old-fashioned doors and you are transported to a time of days gone by. Antiques, a tea room, a bed and breakfast, a craft nook, fashion and gift shops all can be found within. And all enhance the beauty of the Inn which was built in 1878 and renovated by the early 1960s. Linda and Gary Miller said they fell in love with the building when they first visited in 1987.
100 years ago,
May 10, 1919
CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Federation of Bankers held its annual meeting yesterday evening at the Charleston Merchants Association headquarters. newly elected officials include J.W. Poorman, cashier at First National Bank of Humboldt, president; J.W. Gannaway, cashier at Second National Bank of Charleston, vice president; Claud King, assistant cashier of First National Bank of Charleston, secretary-treasurer. The federation went on record as endorsing the Pig and Sheep Club of Coles County and voted to offer $100 in prizes, also a trophy in each contest... MATTOON -- The Big Four Railroad's car department at the local shops became 100 percent yesterday with subscriptions to the fifth Liberty Loan, and O.W. Brown, chairman of the committee which had charge of the subscriptions, is radiating smiles. The mechanical department at the local shops is nearly 100 percent and expects to be by night. A pennant, showing the shops at 100 percent has been prepared and is to be floated from the top of the flag staff.
50 years ago, 1969
MATTOON -- A disaster drill at Mattoon Memorial Hospital last night took on larger dimensions than anticipated when seven real emergency cases arrived at the hospital as the drill took place. William A. Hurlburt, hospital administrator, said that during the drill, involving 22 victims of an "airplane crash," emergencies such as a coronary victim, an apparent appendectomy case requiring surgery, a traffic accident victim and the premature birth of a child all occurred at the facility. The drill began about 7 p.m... CHARLESTON -- Jim Seed, executive director of the Charleston Development Association, and Don Drake left for Kentucky yesterday to promote the Lincoln Trails Festival, scheduled May 29 to June 1 at the Coles County Fairgrounds. The two men departed on horseback from the Chamber of Commerce building. Only part of the trip will be made on horseback because of traffic and scheduling. Seed is portraying Abraham Lincoln while Drake is playing the role of Stephen Douglas, Lincoln's opponent in the 1858 U.S. Senate race. Seed and Drake are visiting five communities today, including Lincoln's birthplace of Hodgenville and Lexington. Tomorrow they will be in Frankfort and Louisville... MATTOON -- Two unfamiliar faces were seen at Mattoon High School April 9, 10 and 11. They belonged to Karen Wroan and Jeff Oberman, student council exchangees from University High School of Normal. Patsy Lash and Tom Shepard of MHS traveled to U High for the other half of the exchange. The purpose of the exchange was to promote understanding and observe differences in schools. Each school's student council hopes to profit from new ideas the exchangees brought back.
25 years ago, 1994
MATTOON -- Tuition for the 1994-95 academic year at Lake Land College will increase by $2, from $37 to $39 per credit hour. At the board of trustees meeting last night, members voted to increase tuition, which has not been changed for three years. It is a 5.4 percent increase over the rate set at that time. Board members agreed the tuition increase is less at Lake Land than at many other colleges and they want to keep increases as low as possible… CHARLESTON -- Two Michael Jordan-autographed basketballs accounted for $1,050 of $5,200 raised at Friday’s auction to benefit Carl Sandburg Elementary School. Lynn Dale paid $570 and Mitchell Shick paid $480 for the top items at the auction. The basketballs were provided for Sandburg school by Chicago Bulls’ Director of Media Relations Tim Hallam, who lived in Charleston through sixth grade… JOLIET -- John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection early yesterday, more than 15 years after the gruesome discovery of a makeshift graveyard beneath his home led to his conviction in 33 sex-related murders. Gacy, 52, was convicted in March 1980 in the killings of 33 young men and boys.