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100 years ago, March 3, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- The City of Charleston will take initial steps toward developing a water line system west of town along Illinois Route 16. The Charleston City Council agreed last night to allow Mark Dwiggins, city engineer, to move ahead with plans to upgrade engineering drawings at a cost of about $30,000. J.W. Oglesby, associate director of Coles Together, said the drawings should be high quality so they could be used for federal and state grant applications. Commissioner Bruce Scism said the staff of U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard, D-Marion, is working on grant money for the city… MATTOON -- The Mattoon City Council last night approved a final plat for a new commercial subdivision near the intersection of Illinois Route 16 and the Lerna Road. The subdivision, named Coles County Airport Center, includes 20.56 acres of land that will be divided into a dozen plots of one to five acres. It is located in the southeast quadrant of the intersection, between the popcorn facility and the Carle Care center.

100 years ago, March 4, 1918

MATTOON -- Two hundred American engineers, including a former Mattoon man, are members of a transportation delegation assisting in rehabilitation of the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia who have been delayed in Japan because of the upheaval in Russia. Peter Eck, for many years connected with the Illinois Central Railroad shops in Mattoon as boilermaker foreman, is with the American engineers. The group finally left Nagasaki, Japan, a few days ago for Russia. Observers say the move of the engineers is designed to protect munitions and supplies stored at Vladivostok. It also would aid in defenhse of the far east against possible future German aggression westward through the Urals... MATTOON -- The horses of the fire department's hose company No. 1 ran off about 3 o'clock this afternoon while being exercised on Broadway Avenue. The heavy hose wagon collided with a storm stop buggy of Fred J. Lebrecht, which had been left standing at the curb near the front of the Red Cross headquarters, two wheels of the buggy being wrecked. The runaway was due to one of the reins on the fire wagon breaking. Roy Miller, driver of the fire team, fearing he would be unable to hold the horses with one rein, jumped the wagon. William Devall, who also was riding on the wagon, jumped also. The horses stopped a few blocks east of the site of the collision.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- On March 11, the Mattoon Plan Commission will conduct a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Mattoon. The plan was prepared by Victor Gruen and Associates. The Gruen company, based in Los Angeles, has prepared a 125-page report that discusses development of Interstate 57, changing shopping habits, prospects for new industrial growth as well as the problems from older sections of the city, narrow bridges, slow rate of growth the prevalence of strip commercial areas and other points... MATTOON -- Ron Kelly has been named wire editor of the Journal Gazette, Ralph E. Closson, news editor, announced today. He succeeds Harold S. Kitching, who had been wire editor since May. Kitching has taken a position as editor of an Ohio newspaper. Kelly, 32, rejoined the JG staff in February after three years at the Decatur Herald and Review. Kelly began his career at the Journal Gazette in 1962 as a sports writer.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- After winning the Coles-Cumberland Spelling Bee, Travis Easton proved that practicing spelling can be w-o-r-t-h-w-h-i-l-e after all. Three other participants qualified along with Easton to advance to the regional spelling bee in Decatur next month. Along with Easton, of Greenup, advancing are Jacob Hesterman of Charleston, William Meek of Neoga and Matt Hatchel of Oakland… CHICAGO -- A state agency indicates that several state universities, including Eastern Illinois University, are using state funds for athletics. According to figures provided by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, state appropriations account for 42.6 percent of EIU’s athletic budget. That percentage is the lowest of all Board of Governors Universities. The amount of state funds that EIU uses in its athletic budget is just 1.7 percent of the university’s total state appropriation… SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Jim Edgar unveiled a $29.4 billion budget proposal yesterday that would make permanent the income tax surcharge and keep all the money for state programs, inviting a brawl with Democrats and local officials. Edgar’s budget is less painful for state agencies and those who count on their services than his past budgets, but raised howls from those opposed to the state taking back tax money that has been shared with local governments since the surcharge’s creation in 1989.

100 years ago, March 5, 1918

MATTOON -- The big whistle at the Big Four Railroad shops' power plant is sounded on Sundays the same as on weekdays since the federal director-general of the railroads has ordered that all locomotive department men must work on the job seven days a week. The seven days a week order took effect on Sunday, March 3... MATTOON -- Frank Crimmins, a train dispatcher for the Big Four Railroad here who went to Camp Taylor, Ky., with the last contingent from Coles County, has written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Crimmins, glowing accounts of camp life. Crimmins was one of the most anxious of the local contingent to reach camp, having long desired to do his part for his country. The Young Men's Christian Association and its work are mentioned in most of the dispatcher's letters. "The YMCA men are always doing something to make our life here a pleasant one," Crimmins writes... CHARLESTON -- Melvin Thomas, in charge of soils of the agriculture department of the University of North Dakota, was named this afternoon to be the first farm adviser for Coles County at a meeting of the Coles County Agricultural and Development Association. Mr. Thomas takes charge of his new duties March 15 and will have his office in the Coles County Courthouse.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Brig. Gen. John R. Phipps of Mattoon has been given command of one of two brigades in the state under the reorganization of the Illinois Nationalo Guard, which went into effect Feb. 1. Gen. Phipps has taken over command of the 33rd Separate Infantry Brigade headquartered in Chicago. All units of the brigade are in the Chicago area. Before the reorganization, Gen. Phipps was one of two assistant commanders of the 33rd Infantry Division... MATTOON -- A burglary which netted four cases of beer was reported to Mattoon police by the manager of the Ronchetti Distributing Co. at 2217 Commercial. Randy Madeira told police today the building was entered sometime after 5 p.m. yesterday. Entry was made by prying open a rear door. Other than the four cases of beer, nothing else in the building had been disturbed, police said... CHARLESTON -- Robert Swinford of Fairborn, Ohio, a graduate of Charleston High School, played an important role in development of the C-5 Galaxy, the world's largest airplane, which was unveiled Saturday at the Lockheed-Georgia assembly plant in Marietta, Ga. Swinford is with the Air Force Systems Command's Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which developed the mammoth cargo and personnel carrier... MATTOON -- What is thought to be one of the oldest family-owned an operated businesses at the same location in Mattoon, has celebrated its 55th year in business. DeBuhr and Son Feed and Seed, 2001 Western Ave., was opened March 1, 1913, by Henry and Herman DeBuhr, grandfather and father, respectively, of the present owner, Bernard DeBuhr. The DeBuhr family moved from Alton to Mattoon in the early 1900s and henry and Herman worked at the IOOF Old Folks Home as farm manager and gardener before opening the feed store.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University may reduce the number of colleges from six to four by June if the academic community accepts a proposal submitted by a restructuring committee. The 19-member committee has proposed combining three colleges into one new college. The colleges of Applied Sciences, Fine Arts and Health, Physical Education and Recreation would be combined into one college. By not replacing dean vacancies, the university could save $300,000 the first year, said Barbara Hill, provost and vice president for academic affairs … CHARLESTON -- The local Christians Upholding Persons ministry is celebrating its 10th year of existence. The CUP program, started in March 1983, is an interdenominational volunteer-supported program that helps offenders, and ex-offenders re-evaluate past mistakes, and prepare them to re-enter society as responsible citizens. Virginia Davis is one of the founders of the local prison ministry. Current president of CUP is Sherry Low… WASHINGTON -- Albert Sabin, the immigrant whose oral vaccine helped to all but eliminate the scourge of polio in the industrialized world, dies yesterday. He was 86. Born in Poland, his family emigrated to the United States when he was a child. The Sabin live-virus vaccine went into widespread use in the United States in 1962. Between 1962 and 1964, 100 million Americans swallowed the vaccine on a sugar cube, many on “Sabin Sundays,” organized by health professionals.

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