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100 years ago, Oct. 13, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

TUSCOLA -- A lawsuit was filed late last week that could hold up development of the Tuscola Mills mall project. Donald Couch, owner of the Four Seasons clothing store, filed suit in Douglas County Circuit Court that questions the inclusion of the 55-acre mall site in the city’s Tax Increment Financing District. Couch said the land does not belong in the TIF District because it is not “blighted” as required by statutes and it has actively been used as farmland, another cause to disqualify it. Tuscola officials wanted the property in the TIF District because sales tax and property tax revenues could then be used to help pay for improvements to the mall area… CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Barbershop Chorus finished first in its division and fourth overall in the Illinois District Chorus Contest recently in Peoria. With 41 singers on stage, Coles County was declared the AA Plateau Champion for choruses between 41 and 75 members. The overall fourth-place finish equaled the best showing for the Coles County Barbershop Chorus in its 23-year history. They also placed fourth in 1986 and 1990. Chorus Director Tom Woodall of Charleston also won the district’s “Mr. Music” award for outstanding contributions to barbershop activities. In addition to directing the local chorus, Woodall has been a long-time quartet competitor and is an international barbershop judge.

100 years ago, Oct. 14, 1918

MATTOON -- George Ganley, aged 38 years, died at Mattoon Memorial Hospital yesterday morning from gunshot wounds said to have been caused by Fred Bone, a jealous husband, who has been held at the Coles County jail in Charleston since midnight on Oct. 5. Ganley's death will result in a charge of first-degree murder being preferred against Bone. Surviving are three sons and a daughter, the three boys having been living at the home of their father while the daughter was living with her mother. The father and mother separated about one year ago. The shooting is said to have been due to jealousy through Mrs. Fred Bone taking employment with Ganley as his housekeeper...CHARLESTON -- Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alexander, both well known residents of Charleston, are dead, both being victims of influenza. Mr. Alexander died on Saturday evening. Mrs. Clotilde Alexander, his wife, died yesterday morning. Mr. Alexander, aged 31 years, was associated with his father in a mercantile business in Charleston. Mrs. Alexander was 27 years. Mr. Alexander's mother, Mrs. John Alexander, has been suffering from influenza for some time.

50 years ago, 1968

CHARLESTON -- The state will seek the death penalty against Thomas Charles Fuller II, an 18-year-old Mattoon youth accused of slaying five Mattoon area children. State's Attorney Ralph Glenn said this morning he will seek the death penalty as the process of selecting a jury to hear the case began in the Coles County Courthouse. Fuller, 18, of Mattoon, was flanked today by his attorneys and his parents. At noon today, only one prospective juror had been excused by Circuit Judge harry Hannah. Another 13 of the jury call of 75 people were earlier excused as cases of undue hardship. The juror dismissed this morning said she could not impose the "extreme penalty of death" in any circumstance... MATTOON -- Now 30 years old, the Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative is one of the most familiar cooperatives in the area. Organized in 1938 with 338 miles of line serving 753 members, the cooperative now has 1,450 miles of lines with more than 5,000 members. Through this co-op and others like it, power came to the countryside, bringing the convenience of city homes to farm families. The Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative serves all or parts of eight counties -- Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt and Shelby.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- Gov. Jim Edgar will be returning to Charleston in January for the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. Chamber officials announced, and Edgar’s scheduling office confirmed, that Edgar will be the featured speaker at the dinner in Eastern Illinois University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Union on Jan. 15. Ticket sales and other details won’t be announced until about Nov. 1, according to Bob Taylor of the Chamber. Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Charleston Chamber, Taylor said, and the organization wanted to get a “special person” for the dinner speaker… MATTOON -- The Coles County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization recently presented awards to volunteers and elected officers for the new year. Richard Sylvia was named Big Brother of the Year and Lisa Michaels-Barr was named Big Sister of the Year. Jimmy Dinaso was named Volunteer of the Year. Officers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters include Rob Wilkinson, president; April Stremming, vice president; Meri Willaredt, secretary; and Jim Russell, treasurer. New to the board this year are Gayla McDaniel and Katrina Thompson.

100 years ago, Oct. 15, 1918

MATTOON -- The six townships on the west side of the county have subscribed 90 percent of the West Side quota, according to the fourth Liberty Loan bulletin board on the Lumpkin lot at 17th Street and Charleston Avenue. On Saturday, two blind men applied for Liberty Loan bonds. One bought a $50 bond, the other a $100 bond. The man who bought the $50 bond is a member of the Old Folks Home Colony. He had only $47 at the time, but said he would pay the remainder from the allowance sent him by the lodge. He receives only $2 a month... MATTOON -- There was a line of men extending backward from the desk J.P. Earner, Big Four Railroad car foreman, at the shops yesterday afternoon. These men were awaiting slips showing the amount of back pay they are to receive, notice to report for such information having been published on the car department bulletin board. There were smiles on the faces of nearly all the men, although some were not entirely satisfied when they left the office. These men will draw back pay ranging from about $100 to nearly $900. One car inspector will draw $842... MATTOON -- Ralph Spitz, a machinist apprentice with the Big Four, who married last week, has returned to work after a honeymoon trip. owing to the influenza quarantine regulations, the happy young couple did not get farther away from Mattoon than Terre Haute.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Lake Land College, well into the first quarter of its second year of operation, has an enrollment of 1,412 students, the junior college's board was told last night. Vice President Robert Webb said that 432 of the students are part-time and 980 attend classes full-time. When the college opened its doors last fall it had about 500 students. Webb said that in addition to the 337 Mattoon students in the college, 249 students from out of the city are lving here rather than commuting.the vice president also noted that 1,200 student cars and 125 faculty cars are registered with Lake Land. The college has a total of 73 faculty and staff members... CHARLESTON -- Succumbing to a cold that has plagued him for several days, Robert Humphrey last night tossed the campaign ball to his wife Donna. By now a veteran of campaign visits to 26 cities, young Mrs. Humphrey stepped into the shoes of the vice president's son to charm an audience of about 300 students and residents at the Laboratory School auditorium at Eastern Illinois University. She and her husband attended an earlier reception at the Mattoon Holiday Inn. Looking not much older than the students in the audience, Mrs. Humphrey pointed to Hubert Humphrey's record of sponsoring legislation for the Peace Corps, Food for Peace the Ship Hope and civil rights... MATTOON -- In 1906 a small group of farmers organized a marketing cooperative and purchased the 15,000-bushel grain elevator at Dorans. From this small beginning grew the Farmers Grain Co. of Dorans which handles an annual volume of 1 1/2 million bushels of grain. Steady expansion culminated in 1967 of the construction of the present 203,000-bushel concrete structure. At the time it was built, it was the most modern country elevator in the state.

25 years ago, 1993

MARTINSVILLE -- The proposed North American Free Trade Agreement worries some business owners, including Ellen Norton of the Rowe Foundry in Martinsville. She said Illinois has a poor business climate now, with public institutions, such as the super-max prison and nuclear waste storage site, about the only employment opportunities coming to East-Central Illinois. Norton has written to U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard asking him to vote against the NAFTA bill and expects to air her concerns at Poshard’s town meeting on Saturday. Broom manufacturers in Arcola and Greenup also are concerned about the trade agreement… MATTOON -- Jim Thome enjoyed getting mobbed by young fans yesterday. Thome, slated to start at third base for the Cleveland Indians next season, spends his offseason working out at Eastern Illinois University, in part to avoid the crowds, but said he didn’t mind getting recognized on a day he came to talk to Franklin Elementary School children about avoiding drugs. Thome spent the 1993 season in the minor leagues while Cleveland officials avoided the temptation of bringing the 23-year-old along too early. In Triple-A, he batted .332 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI. When he did get called up to the Majors, Thome added seven homers and 22 RBI with a .266 batting average.

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