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100 years ago, Nov. 8, 1918

MATTOON -- People of Mattoon, still happy over the report that hostilities in Europe have ceased, celebrated until a late hour last night despite a drizzling rain. Street parades were held. A band concert was held on Western Avenue. A bonfire was built on the street at 17th and Broadway. Whistles were blown for almost an hour and a cannon from the Big Four shops was put into service.  At about 8:30 o'clock, a company of men and boys, armed with shotguns, lined up at the side of City Hall and fired volley after volley at the "kaiser," who hung in effigy from the front of that building... MATTOON -- The deaths in the service of a Mattoon boy and two from Shelby County have recently been reported. Mr. and Mrs. V.L. Reed of Mattoon have received a telegram that their son, Cpl. Rosamond Reed, was killed in action Sept. 29. Cpl. Reed was born in Humboldt in 1897 and lived there until 16 years, when he came to Mattoon with his parents. Andrew Ruff and Fred W. Nippe, both of Strasburg, both have died. Ruff was killed in action Sept. 28 while Nippe died on shipboard enroute to Europe... NEW YORK -- In view of the British and French official statement showing continued fighting on the Western front, the United Press today stated that the cable at noon yesterday signed by Roy W. Howard, president of United Press, and William Philip Simms, manager of the Paris bureau, reporting the signing by the Allies and Germany of an armistice, was written in plain English and not susceptible to any misconstruction, as received in the office. Investigation is proceeding.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- A flight instructor and an aircraft mechanic, both employed by Co-Air Inc., at the Coles County Airport, were killed when their single-engine aircraft crashed at the airport yesterday. Dead are August F. Carlson, 29, of Lerna, the flight instructor, and Thomas Michael (Mike) Reed, 21, of Mattoon, the aircraft mechanic. The plane, owned by Co-Air, was sighted coming down in an impact attitude about 4 p.m... SULLIVAN -- A public hearing to consider annexing the Sullivan school district to the Lake Land College district was held last night. The transcript of the hearing will be presented to the Illinois Junior College Board before approval for a referendum is given. No objection to annexation was offered by the 50 people at the hearing. It was noted that the Sullivan district has 47 students attending Lake Land and would possibly have 100 students from the district attending by next fall.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Whether providing sound effects, making faces or spinning stories, comedian Bill Cosby entertained two Parents Weekend audiences at Eastern Illinois University Saturday. Cosby, who last appeared at EIU’s Parents Weekend in 1974, spent about 1 ½ hours telling EIU students and their parents of the difficulties he had with two of his daughters when they were in school. The second show focused on marriage. And then he concluded both shows with a skit about a trip to the dentist. Because both sold-out audiences didn’t get seated on time, both Cosby performances started about 15 minutes late. Tickets to Cosby’s show were priced at $18 each. The 1974 show tickets were $4.50. But that was before he had his doctorate. And before the successful eight-year run of “The Cosby Show” and “A Diff-rent World” and prior to the Kodak and Jell-O commercials… CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University and the Catholic Newman Center last week completed a real estate exchange worth more than $72,000. The Newman Center offered a small piece of land just south of the University Apartments on Roosevelt Drive while EIU offered a larger piece of property near Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 S. Fourth St. Through the Board of Governors Universities, EIU offered 1.757 acres of land valued at $72,708 to the Newman Center through the Catholic Diocese of Springfield. In exchange, the Diocese will donate .385 of an acre to EIU valued at $19,622 and a payment of $53,086. The university will add some parking to the apartment complex. The Newman Center hopes to build a new center in the future.

100 years ago, Nov. 9, 1968

MATTOON -- The medical board of the local military exemption board examined Thursday and yesterday almost 250 Class One registrants in the 19-26 age groups. An equal number of registrants has been ordered to report for examination next week. Dr. W.G. Wallace, chairman of the exemption board, has not been able to review all the reports of the examiners, but has indicated that nine men were found to be unfit for service and nine eligible only for special or limited service... MATTOON -- Paul Quiett has accepted a position as machinist with the Big Four Railroad in Mattoon. He drove to Mattoon from Montana in an automobile, making the trip without an accident or a mishap. Roxie Murphy, a machinist's handyman with the Big Four here, fell headlong from a scaffold, a distance of about 10 feet, striking his head on the concrete floor, escaping injury. He was assisting at the head end of Engine 6470 at the time.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- The area's first snow of the season arrived this morning, blanketing cars and the ground with a light cover. The season is officially open for the sale of antifreeze, snow tires, chains, and the replacement of dead batteries and frozen radiators. Although the daytime temperature approaches 40 degrees, the thermometer dips to around 30 at night, turning any precipitation into snowflakes... GAYS -- "Business Reply Mail" permit No. 1 was recently issued by Mrs. Blanche Sutton, acting postmaster at gays. It is believed to be the first such permit ever issued by the Gays Post Office. The permit went to Rural Arts of America, a new local mail order business, offering certain specialized items. The business is owned by John C. Waggoner of rural Gays.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Even though the words “I will run for governor” were never spoken, Gov. Jim Edgar kicked off his 1994 gubernatorial campaign last night at Eastern Illinois University. “It’s good to be home again, and with your help we’re going to do it,” Edgar said to about 500 cheering supporters in the Grand Ballroom of the University Union. The Charleston native will officially announce his candidacy for re-election to the state’s highest office this morning in Chicago. He will then fly around the state to Rockford, Springfield, Peoria, Moline, Bethalto and Marion… ARCOLA -- Local job opportunities increased dramatically yesterday as Gov. Jim Edgar presented a $491,131 check to Mayor Lynda Fishel for a new Collegiate Cap & Gown facility. The Community Development Assistance Program grant will help Arcola provide a water tower and access road to a new $4.5 million, 100,000-square foot facility, which will also retain 42 full-time jobs and add 88 new ones… CHARLESTON -- Willie High of Eastern Illinois University is the gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks. The sophomore from Mattoon was picked again after he rushed for a personal best 240 yards on 31 carries in EIU”s 34-28 loss to Northwestern Louisiana Saturday. High, who also had a 55-yard touchdown run in the game, is the only Panther in school history to top 200 yards rushing three times in a season. He now has rushed for 1,176 yards this season with two games still to play.

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