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100 years ago, Jan. 12, 1919

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1969

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1994

MATTOON -- A consultant for the 911 Emergency Telephone System Board said he knows of only one other county that has built a new facility to house its 911 dispatch center. Consultant Al Hambric said DuPage was the only county he knows of in Illinois to construct a new building. Hambric said Illinois Commerce Commission regulations allow for a board to construct and own a building. Board Vice Chairman Rex Roberts said some people have questioned him about the board’s decision to build a dispatch center on land at Coles County Memorial Airport. The building should be completed by early fall, (11 Board Chairman Roger Rives said… CHARLESTON -- Jan Grewell, executive director of CCAR Industries, received the 1993 Award for Executive Excellence from the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities at their annual awards ceremony in Springfield. The award is presented to an executive who has displayed outstanding leadership and innovation in the field of rehabilitation. Grewell was nominated by CCAR staff, board members and family members of consumers. She was cited for her dedication to providing services to individuals with disabilities. Grewell has been employed by CCAR for 22 years, including 18 as executive director… MATTOON -- The annual City Bridge Championship for the Blaw-Knox Trophy was held recently at the Cross County Mall. This year’s winning team was Beverly Miller of Mattoon and Shirley Wilson of Charleston. The pair defeated 15 other teams to become champions. Both players are teachers in the Mattoon school district. Other top teams included Larry Wolf and Liz Neal, Mattoon, second place; Grant Sterling and Randal Malone, Charleston, third place; Ron Wolf and Earl Bennet, Mattoon, fourth place; Myra Lang and Kay Giberson, Charleston, fifth place; and Phil Weller and Keith Atteberry, Mattoon, sixth place.

100 years ago, Jan. 13, 1919

MATTOON -- The temperatures today and yesterday were were far different than the same dates of a year ago. The temperature at noon today was 50 degrees. Yesterday, the maximum temperature again was 50 degrees. On the corresponding date a year ago, the maximum temperature was 8 degrees above zero. All Mattoon residents remember the severity of the weather a year ago. On Friday, Jan. 11, 1918, the newspaper said the "predicted blizzard" had arrived "on schedule." By afternoon the temperature had dropped to zero. On Jan. 12, 1918, the newspaper said the temperature had fallen during the night to 19 degrees below zero, the coldest in 25 years as shown by the records of Captain J. Withington. Today, overcoats were laid aside by quite a large number... CHARLESTON -- Knox Faulkner, former monument salesman for the Charleston Monument Company, is lodged in the Coles County jail to answer a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, preferred by Alex Briggs, proprietor of the monument company. Faulkner was formerly employed by Briggs and it is alleged that last June the man turned into the company an order for a monument to be placed in a cemetery at Fillmore, Ill. Faulkner was paid a commission on the order and then disappeared. When the monument was finished and ready for delivery, no person could be located in Fillmore whose name was on the order and no one was buried in the cemetery of the same name which had been chiseled on the monument. Faulkner has not been heard from since his disappearance, but some days ago, he was discovered in Effingham and arrested.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- A 7-year-old boy, the third victim of an apparent double murder-suicide, died at 5 a.m. today at Charleston Community Hospital. Ronnie Lee Potter died of a bullet wound to the head. Authorities said the boy’s mother, Mrs. Nancy Ann Murphy Potter, 26, of Mattoon shot her two children, Ronnie and Lisa Ann, 5, and then took her own life. The shootings occurred about 7:20 a.m. yesterday at the Ashmore home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva T. Davis, step-father and mother of Mrs. Potter. Mrs. Potter and the children had spent Saturday night at the Davis home. Coroner David Swickard said no note was found. Relatives reported that Mrs. Potter had been emotionally disturbed, Swickard said… MATTOON -- Mayor Morgan Phipps, a candidate for re-election, apparently made up his mind a long, long time ago that he would seek election. A copy of the 1926 Mattoon High School Riddle brought to the newspaper office today by Mrs. A.W. Wilson of Mattoon, contained the following item in its Calendar feature: “Feb. 23 – Morgan Phipps says he intends to run for mayor in the next election if he is nominated.” … MIAMI – Quarterback Joe Namath had just led his New York Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts. He obviously was elated. And bitter. “The AFL is here to stay and you’d better believe it. I guarantee.” Namath’s outspoken victory predictions made headlines before the game. The NFL had won the first two championship games between the established NFL and upstart AFL. The Jets’ victory yesterday was the AFL’s first in the “Super Bowl” championship between winners of the two leagues.

25 years ago, 1994

SPRINGFIELD -- A former Charleston mayor who heads the state tollway authority is the biggest user of a tollway helicopter, a published report says. The tollway authority spent more than $100,000 on the helicopter last year, Copley News Service reported yesterday. The most frequent user was the tollway’s executive director, former Charleston Mayor Robert Hickman, who took 26 trips. Hickman took at least 18 trips to Springfield at an estimated cost of $1,200 per trip. Hickman disputed the estimated $400 per hour cost of operating the helicopter. He said gasoline for a round trip to Springfield from Chicago costs about $70. He said the tollway authority owns the helicopter and the pilot is on contract so it will cost a certain amount whether or not he uses it. Hickman was Charleston mayor from 1973 to 1983… MATTOON -- For nearly 30 years, Barb Goodarrt has been a fixture at the Mattoon Holiday Inn. Now that she’s retiring as general manager, another familiar face, Bill Blankenbeker, is taking over the lead management role. Blankenbeker worked at the Mattoon Holiday Inn from 1973 to 1978 while going to college. He left for five years, then returned as from desk and lounge manager. Goodart started as a desk clerk and night auditor in September 1964, about three months after the Holiday Inn opened on Broadway Avenue East.

100 years ago, Jan. 14, 1919

MATTOON -- Several Mattoon men on the Big Four Railroad payroll were off yesterday on account of illness. Engineer Vanderburg of the 10:30 yard engine and Fireman Cain both are off duty on account of illness. Charles McFarland, boilermaker, is numbered with the absent. Machinist Charles Cronia is on the off duty list. Harvey Sherer, night watchman for the car department, reported for work last night after being off duty for two weeks on account of illness. Walter Janes, a machinist's helper, has returned to work after a week's illness... GAYS -- Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Curry, who live south of Gays, have received word that their son, Ota, died from pneumonia in Germany, have been a member of the U.S. Army of occupation. Before the young soldier entered the service of his country, he was employed on the McKinley Traction System, with headquarters at Champaign. Mrs. Curry, the widow, formerly was Miss Waggoner, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Waggoner of near Gays. She is a teacher at the Smyser school.

50 years ago, 1969

MATTOON -- Births and deaths both declined in Mattoon during the past year, according to figures released by City Clerk Charles White. Births recorded at the city clerk’s office totaled 550 with girls outnumbering boys 283 to 267. The 1967 total was 567 with boys leading 310 to 257. Deaths here in 1968 totaled 263, compared to 291 in 1967. Heart disease continues to be the major killer, being the cause of 163 deaths. Cancer was the cause in 40 deaths… MATTOON -- Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub,” spread his sunshine during a visit to Mattoon yesterday. Banks is a warm, charming and highly personable guy who appears to know no enemies and truly loves life. Banks was in Mattoon through sponsorship of the Meadow Gold Milk Co. to help with Babe Ruth World Series ticket sales kickoff at the Burgess-Osborne Auditorium. The 15-year Major League veteran was here with White Sox pitcher Tommy John, who resides in his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind. Banks talked of the Cubs winning the pennant this season and said he hopes the Cubs can clinch the pennant in early August so he can attend the Babe Ruth Series in Mattoon.

25 years ago, 1994

CHARLESTON -- After months of promising that he will not raise Charleston’s bar-entry age of 19, and saying it was a dead issue, the mayor had to think twice. At last night’s Liquor Advisory Forum, Mayor Dan Cougill said he will have to seriously consider raising the bar-entry age here if Champaign raises its bar-entry age to 21. The Champaign City Council last week voted to have its liquor advisory commission research ways to curb underage drinking there… SPRINGFIELD -- Central Illinois Public Service Co. and a union representing about 1,000 employees have reached a tentative contract agreement, officials said yesterday. No details were released, and a statement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 702 said both sides agreed not to comment until after the union vote. Negotiations were at a standstill until U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard, D-Marion, intervened and worked to get the bargaining teams back together. The IBEW and company have been involved in a long dispute regarding overtime pay, health insurance premiums and subcontracting rules. The utility locked out workers for 14 weeks last summer. The union then rejected a contract proposal by a 5-to-1 margin Dec. 16.

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