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100 years ago, Jan. 9, 1918

MATTOON -- The new Illinois Central Railroad passenger station is virtually completed and furnished, and will be opened to the public soon, probably within two weeks. The new building and other improvements related to it have cost the company about $160,000. The furniture and fixtures are high class and are in perfect harmony with the architecture. The decorations are beautiful. The station is well heated and ventilated...MATTOON -- The annual meeting of the Coles-Cumberland Medical Society was held at the Hotel Byers here in Mattoon last night. Following a banquet, the business session was held. Elected president was Dr. J.F. Nolan, Mattoon. Dr. C.E. Morgan Mattoon, was elected vice president while Dr. R.H. Craig, Charleston, is the new secretary. Sixteen physicians from Coles County were in attendance.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Three times as many letters were mailed at the Mattoon Post Office on Saturday as compared to a typical Saturday as people took advantage of the opportunity to use 5-cent stamps on First Class Mail. According to Ted Johnson, superintendent of mails, 12,740 letters were mailed compared to a normal Saturday's output of approximately 4,500 letters. Johnson also reported an ample supply of the new 6-cent stamps and said the 1-cent stamps also are available for those who still have a lot of 5-cent stamps on hand... MATTOON -- The concept of the proposed campus for Lake Land College, formally presented to the college board of trustees last night, has been approved and architects authorized to begin the design phase. Representatives of the board's architectural firms, Phillips, Swager and Associates of Peoria, and Shaver and Co. of Salina, Kansas, gave an hour presentation to the board. The plan is laid out in roughly circular dimensions with main access to the campus from U.S. Route 45. Although board members Ed Resch of Casey and Dr. L.E. McNeill of Toledo questioned the circular buildings design, board Chairman Clem Phipps found the plans "unique and different." The architects and college officials will go to Chicago Friday to present the plan to the Illinois Junior College Board.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Boy Scout Troop 41 of Charleston recently completed a service project at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Nine members of the troop, led by Eagle Scout candidate Paul Heckel, completed more than 300 feet of new rail fencing on the restored Sargent Farm at the site. Heckel, who planned and directed the effort, completed the project as one of the requirements for his Eagle Scout award. Helping him were scouts Paul Leigh, James Corbin, Robert Corbin, Scott Kolifka, Kyle Fischer, Mike Kopp, Mike Comerford and Aaron Dewey. The effort was supervised by Scoutmaster Bill Drewes and Assistant Scoutmasters Gary Kopp and Brady Allison… CHARLESTON -- It was a “stamp-ede” yesterday at the Mattoon and Charleston post offices with residents lining up in an effort to be the first to purchase the new Elvis Presley stamps. Issued on the King of Rock ‘n Roll’s birthday, the first-ever Elvis stamp prompted the largest local turnout ever for a postage stamp. Charleston Postmaster Donna Fox said that post office sold all 8,000 stamps it had on hand. Jerry White of Mattoon was in line at 11:15 a.m. to be first when the stamps went on sale at noon at the Mattoon Post Office.

100 years ago, Jan. 10, 1918

MATTOON -- Automobilists and teamsters report that the country roads are in better condition than ever before during the winter months. The dirt roads, they say, are in better shape than the brick pavements. Automobilists find it necessary, however, to carry chains for emergency uses. Teamsters find it necessary to keep their horses rough shod, many of the grades being slippery because of ice and hard-packed snow. There have been 16 shows so far this winter... MATTOON -- Big Four Railroad Master Mechanic E.J. Buckbee has returned to Mattoon from Harrisburg where he was superintending work personally for about a week, his presence there having been necessitated on account of the burning of the power houses of the coal dock. The mines there are being operated full blast and 500 coal cars a day are being rushed there. The disabling of even one of the 12 or so yard engines in service there works a hardship on the mines and decreases the output... TUSCOLA -- The Tuscola school board this week voted to hold school on Saturdays, meaning six days a week of school, instead of five. The new schedule begins this week. As a result of holding school on Saturdays, Tuscola schools will be dismissed for summer vacation on May 4 this year instead of May 31, which will give teachers and students four months vacation instead of three. The change will release the older pupils and teachers earlier in the spring so they may aid in the greater production of crops by which the United States and allies may be fed during the coming year.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Coles County Farm Adviser Louis Christen blamed the poor 1967 corn crop on "a shortage of growing time" at the Coles County Agronomy Day held yesterday at Burgess-Osborne Auditorium. Approximately 80 farmers heard five agriculture experts discuss farming. Christen said last year there was a shortage of heat units throughout the growing season. That resulted in most corn not maturing until after mid-October. Most of the drying weather was over by then which explains why the corn's moisture was so high... CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board, meeting in special session yesterday, voted 16-4 to accept a bid of $25,610 from Ben Huddleston Construction for the installation of an elevator in the courthouse. The Charleston firm was one of four companies bidding on the project and he submitted the low bid. The elevator will be placed in the southeast corner of the courthouse lobby. Kenneth Davis, a representative of Lee Gatewood architectural firm in Mattoon, told the board that full utilization of the third floor of the courthouse would provide an additional 16,000 square feet of floor space.

25 years ago, 1993

Sunday. No paper.

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