100 years ago, Oct. 10, 1917
MATTOON -- Even though weather conditions were uncertain and there was a cold mist of rain falling, the fall festival today opened on time. Free programs will be offered mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the festival. The program began this morning with concerts by the Gibler Band of Mattoon and the Tripp Band of Charleston on two of the three stages set for entertainment. The afternoon program of band concerts and free acts will not begin on Thursday until 3 o'clock, owing to arrangements made for viewing the big street parade. W.B. Herron is grand marshal and George O. Cobb is assistant grand marshal... ARCOLA -- Broomcorn prices remain firm, although there has been only a moderate amount of buying. Sales range from a low of $280 and high of $400 a ton. This week sees the biggest cutting of the season, and if plenty of help were available most of the corn would be in the shed by Saturday night. Mattoon has a fall carnival this week and many of the "canaries" are taking a few days off to play the shell game and see "The Girls of 49." More cutters are wanted badly... MATTOON -- A special Illinois Central Railroad train of 12 Pullmans was put together here yesterday to transport four companies of the Fourth Regiment, Illinois Infantry, to Houston, Texas, via New Orleans. Trainmen have been notified that coaches and Pullmans of troop trains must be placed next to the locomotive so they can be properly heated. The box cars of equipment for the troops can be placed with safety at the rear end.
50 years ago, 1967
CHARLESTON -- Gail Borton is president of the chapter of Phi Delta Kappa honorary education fraternity at Eastern Illinois University. Borton is principal of Charleston High School. Other officers include Bob Carrell, director of diversified occupations at Charleston High School, first vice president; Fred Hash, Mattoon Jefferson Junior High School principal, second vice president; Bob Cavitt, Mattoon Central Junior High School principal, secretary; and Fred Hattabaugh, EIU Lab School principal, treasurer... WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has passed a $4.7 billion appropriations bill carrying funds for water projects and some energy programs. Funds approved for Illinois include $8.85 million for Lake Shelbyville Reservoir construction; $150,000 for Lincoln Reservoir planning in Coles County; $5 million for Kaskaskia River navigation construction; and $150,000 for Kaskaskia River levee planning.
25 years ago, 1992
MARTINSVILLE -- Saying the selection was driven by politics rather than safety, the state’s siting commission on Friday rejected a location in Martinsville for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. The panel’s unanimous decision led Thomas Ortciger, director of the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, to announce that it will no longer consider Martinsville for the facility. Meeting for the 72nd time since June of last year, the three-member Illinois Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility Siting Commission deliberated publicly for more than 10 hours yesterday before voting. Commission Chairman Seymour Simon, as well as Commissioner Bill Hall, a University of Illinois engineering professor, and Carolyn Raffensperger, president of the Illinois Environmental Council and the third commissioner, all questioned the long-term safety of the selected site… SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Jim Edgar will not attend the Eastern Illinois University Homecoming today, aide said. Edgar was released from a Springfield hospital Thursday after undergoing an angioplasty procedure to clear a blocked artery. The Charleston native and EIU alumnus began his road to recovery yesterday with good humor, a lighter schedule and a commitment to better deal with the stress of the office. “I think I’ve got a new scheduler and her name is Brenda Edgar,” the governor said, referring to his wife.
100 years ago, Oct. 11, 1917
MATTOON -- The big street parade, which was to have been put in motion this afternoon, was postponed on account of rain. It will be a feature attraction tomorrow or Saturday, depending on weather. Rain began to fall just as the grand marshal and assistants were beginning to assemble their forces. A large number of floats were at designated places of formation. Others were being held because the sponsors refused to take them out in the downpour... MATTOON -- A Dokey street parade, two sections of which will be a burlesque circus pageant, will be the principal attraction tomorrow, the third day of the fall festival. Several hundred people will take part. Numerous horses and vehicles will be used. Special costumes will be worn. Comic stunts will be galore. Surprises of many kinds are said to be in store for spectators. Following the parade, when the Dokeys return to their secret apartments, 30 or more candidates will be initiated.A large crowd congregated on Broadway last night for a conspicuous carnival enthusiasm. Many young people solved or attempted to solve the mysteries offered by the various concessions.
50 years ago, 1967
MATTOON -- The campus of Lake Land College will be constructed in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Interstate 57, U.S. Route 45 and Illinois Route 121 three miles south of Mattoon. Selection of the site, by a 5-1 vote, came last night as the Lake Land board held its October meeting. Known as the "Trogdon Heirs" site, the location involves 166.5 acres of land to be purchased outright and an option for 21 months on an additional 132 acres for possible expansion. The purchase price of the initial 166.5 acres is $194,805. If the additional 132 acres are purchased that would add another $115,200 to the price. In a vote on all 11 proposed sites, the Trogdon site was first choice by board members. The Lake Paradise site was second and a site near Neoga at the intersection of U.S. Route 45 and I-57 was third.Board member L.E. McNeill of Toledo cast the only "no" vote. He explained that he thought an option on an additional 40 acres of land immediately north of the site should have been included in the package. Board member Tom Nolan of Oakland was not at the meeting... MATTOON -- Two steel-hauling trucks were struck by bullets on Interstate 57 near the U.S. Route 45 interchange south of Mattoon last night. The shooting, apparently connected to a steel haulers strike now in its eighth week, resulted in no injuries. One of the semi-trailer trucks was struck in the left door and an air line on the second truck was hit. State police said the bullets were believed fired either from an approaching car on I-57 or from a car parked near the interchange.
25 years ago, 1992
Sunday. No paper.