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100 years ago, Nov. 10, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

CHICAGO -- The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a report calling for the elimination of three degree programs at Eastern Illinois University that it says are no longer economically or educationally justified. The Priorities, Quality and Productivity Initiative recommendation for 1993-94 adopted at yesterday’s IBHE meeting says the bachelor’s in German and master’s degrees in business administration and technology at EIU should be cut. Four other programs have been cut through the PQP initiative, but EIU and the Board of Governors chose to retain these three programs. The IBHE does not have the authority to make cuts, but it can withhold funding… MATTOON -- With more than $500,000 in hand, Coles Together officially kicked off its second major fundraising campaign yesterday. The campaign, which will mirror the one that took place during the economic development organization’s inception four years ago, has a goal of $1.2 million. Bob Currey, leader of the cam paign’s advance team, presented drive Chairman Gordon Short with $563,000. Also, David Foster, Coles Together executive director, said the organization is negotiating with a Coles County Board committee to trade county-owned land near Ashmore with property along Illinois Route 16 near the Loxa Road. The Loxa Road/Route 16 property would be ideal for a business park, Foster said.

100 years ago, Nov. 11, 1918

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has announced that the armistice submitted by the allies to Germany has been signed. The armistice was signed at 5 a.m. today Paris time and hostilities will cease at 11 a.m. Paris time. The German kaiser signed a letter of abdication on Saturday. The crown prince also signed a renunciation of his right of succession to the thrown. The kaiser and crown prince both are reported to have left for safety in Holland. President Wilson announced that all military draft calls have been canceled. America's casualties are said to be 69,620. Of these 12,460 were killed in action. Thousands more have been killed, wounded or captured, but it will be weeks before the last list is compiled. A London newspaper has estimated the total number of casualties for all countries from the war at 26 million, including killed, wounded and missing... MATTOON -- Thousands turned out this afternoon to parade in the streets in celebration of a cessation of hostilities in Europe, press associations having reported that the armistice had been signed officially. Thousands of revelers lined the streets of the business and residential districts to watch the procession go by. It required 45 minutes for the parade to pass a given point. Business houses closed their doors, schools closed, and almost all teachers and pupils, more than 2,000, turned out... MATTOON -- In a report on the activities of the 131st Infantry, a Chicago regiment, published in the Chicago Daily News recently, the following was said about Lawrence S. Riddle, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Riddle of Mattoon: "Sgt. Lawrence S. Riddle of Mattoon, Ill., from an observation post, discovered a machine gun leaving its shelter. He obtained four volunteers from Company L, charged the gun, killed three men, wounded one and returned with prisoners, who carried the gun."

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Today, Mattoon residents can smile at their reaction when the earth shook. However, the first reactions to the tremor which shook Mattoon about 11 a.m. Saturday were ones of fear and wonderment. The earth trembled, houses shook, windows quivered, dishes rattled and some fell, lamps and vases swayed and stacks of canned foods fell at some stores. The tremor felt here was caused by an earthquake centered at Albion in southeastern Illinois. The tremors were felt in 22 states. The quake measured 5.5 on the Richter Scale, just under the damage point of 6.0... MATTOON -- The joyful news of the cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany was proclaimed in Mattoon 50 years ago by the blowing of every available whistle, the big news having been announced in Mattoon by the Journal Gazette, which received it through the United Press Association. The whistles at the Illinois Central and Big Four railroad shops were the first to let loose. Then the big whistle at the pumping plant of the Clear Water Co. was started. Locomotive whistles, factory whistles, sirens and other kinds, steam, electric and air chimed in.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board of Review has agreed with a state determination that local property value assessments need adjusting. The board has implemented a 4.75 percent increase in the assessment for nearly all residential and commercial property in the county. John Snider, supervisor of assessments, said local assessors haven’t been able to keep pace with increasing property values… MATTOON -- Mattoon Lightworks’ official opening is at 5 p.m. tomorrow when the free holiday light show will shine with more than twice as many lights as a year ago. Crews have been working to put up the 33 displays throughout Peterson Park. Last year there were 12 displays. Last year the approximately 23,000 cars of visitors donated about $10,000, which paid the electric bill, paid for security in the park each evening and allowed the city to buy windmill, firetruck and church displays. Last year the display was open for about 30 days. Park Superintendent Kurt Stretch said this year Lightworks is affiliated with the Starflake Trail, which operates Nov. 12 to Jan. 16, and includes Windsor, Sullivan, Arcola, Arthur, Lovington and Shelbyville, as well as the Festival of Lights at Eagle Creek State Park.

100 years ago, Nov. 12, 1918

MATTOON -- The home of Philip Wollung, the Wollung blacksmith shop and the Henry deBuhr feed store were daubed with yellow paint last night. Overzealous celebrants of the cessation of hostilities in Europe are said to have been responsible. Wollung, after the big street parade, was taken from his blacksmith shop by force and was paraded through the streets in a float. He was bound in chains. Finally, it is said, he was thrown out of the float onto the street, where he was taken into custody by the police and locked up for a short time for safe-keeping. DeBuhr has a son in the U.S. Army, the young man having been called through the selective draft service... NEOGA -- Alfred, the 5-year-old son of D.N. Snyder, a well-known merchant of Neoga, lost his right arm yesterday evening during the peace celebration.The accident occurred about 7 o'clock when the young boy and his mother were walking in the street when some unknown person fired a shotgun from the sidewalk, striking Alfred in the arm. The boy was hurried to Mattoon and Memorial Hospital. A surgeon amputated the arm just below the shoulder. The condition of the little sufferer is reported satisfactory... MATTOON -- Burglars, taking advantage of the celebration of the end of hostilities in Europe, broke into several businesses early yesterday evening. After smashing a window at the Peerless Cleaning Co., about $40 in cash and clothing was taken. At the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. store, 91 pennies, all the money that had been leftb in the cash register, was taken. Also taken was stock from the grocery store shelves. Attempts to break in also were made at the Auer shoe store, the F.W. Woolworth store and at the store of Cokendolpher & Co.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Mattoon will host the 1969 Babe Ruth World Series. Official notification of Mattoon's selection as the host city was received today by William Brandvold, president of the Mattoon Babe Ruth World Series Committee. Teams from throughout the world will compete in the series to be held next summer. The notification did not list tournament dates... MATTOON -- The Journal Gazette, the Charleston Courier-News and Decatur Herald were among 38 newspapers in the United States cited today by The Associated Press Managing Editors Association for outstanding contributions of news and pictures to the AP over the past 12 months. The Journal Gazette was cited for its contributions to the AP with coverage of the shooting deaths of five children of the William J. Cox family in April. The three local newspapers were the only three Illinois newspapers recognized by the AP at the national convention... MATTOON -- K.C. Summers Buick of Mattoon is thought to be one of the first automobile agencies in this area to adopt a new National Automobile Dealers Association retirement plan. Timothy Gover, the JG's business editor, said few automobile dealers have had individual retirement programs for their employees. K.C. Summers, president of K.C. Summers Buick, said all regular full-time employees become participants in the plan when after one year of service and are at least 21 years of age. Summers held a dinner meeting last week at the U.S. Grant Motor Inn for company employees to discuss the plan.

25 years ago, 1993

LERNA -- What an anachronism: Abraham Lincoln, an 1845 attorney, talking into a foot-long microphone before a television camera. Lincoln, portrayed by Joe Woodard of Hazel Dell, was one of several Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site characters and sights that a C-SPAN crew captured on film yesterday. The Charleston area is one of 80 communities the cable network is visiting with its C-SPAN School Bus. The group is visiting high schools, colleges and historic sites around the country. C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb did some filming earlier this year in Charleston about the Lincoln-Douglas Debate of 1858. The bus and crew filmed “Abe Lincoln” and some of his “family members” at the log cabin site… CHARLESTON -- There are some days when Alicia Doudna says she would rather be riding her bike than practicing the violin. The 13-year-old then takes a break, but it’s not long before she returns to playing. All the hard work, whether enjoyed or not, certainly has paid off for the ninth-grader. She recently was accepted into the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra where she will perform in a series of concerts. Alecia is the daughter of Cheryl and Gary Doudna… CHARLESTON -- Veterans were honored in ceremonies in Mattoon and Charleston yesterday as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. As the Coles County Courthouse bell tolled at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, armed forces veterans and others gathered to honor those who served, both living and dead. Veterans Day 1993 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I, the event from which modern Veterans Day celebrations evolved. Michael Loyal, post commander of the Mattoon VFW post, delivered special World War I 75-year honorary medals to Ray Willison, John Beurskens, Larry Bates, Glenn “Bud” Sanders and Howard Campbell.

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