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100 years ago, Sept. 11, 1918

 CHARLESTON -- Seventeen horses, which were quartered in the local stock yards of the Clover Leaf Railroad, managed to escape from the pens Saturday night and broke for the country -- in all directions. When the escape was discovered, hunting parties were distributed over the country in search of the missing equines, and up to noon today but five of the animals had been recovered. It is believed someone unlocked the gates allowing the horses their freedom... CHARLESTON -- Otto Michaels, farming on the Melissa Winkleblack farm five miles northeast of Charleston, sold a little over seven tons of broom corn which brought him $3,541.50. The corn was sold to Charles Brown, a Paris buyer. The corn was raised on 20 acres of land, and the sale of gthe brush netted a profit to Michaels of $3,234.50. The cost of cutting the brush was $162, threshing, $30, and seed, $15, for a total expense of $207.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Mattoon High School's ban on long hair brought more than 100 students to the school board meeting last night to protest the policy. Of the four students who spoke in behalf of long hair, only one (Marsha Byars) had ear-length tresses. Steve Dalton, a senior, said he let his hair grow an inch past his ears during the summer, but got it cut. School administrators still thought it was too long, he said. Al Joseph, a senior, said any emphasis on appearance should be on cleanliness. Dave Tolle, a senior, said length of hair should be determined in the home. Board members did not comment on the issue, though board President Thomas Donnell noted that several groups were studying a possible dress code for the school... MATTOON -- Army Lt. Robert Thomas Elliott III, 23, of Alaska, formerly of Mattoon, was killed in action in Vietnam Sunday. A member of the 503rd Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Lt. Elliott had been in Vietnam about two weeks when killed. He was born Sept. 21, 1944, in Mattoon, son of Lavern Hofferkamp Elliott and the late Robert Elliott Jr. Lt. Elliott attended Mattoon High School in 1960 and received a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso (Ind.) University... CHARLESTON -- Fall enrollment at Eastern Illinois University is expected to exceed the budget estimate of two years ago by about 200 students. The projection of two years ago was 6,813. President Quincy Doudna said it is difficult to prepare budgets two years in advance, but EIU is prepared -- with faculty and facilities -- to accommodate the extra students.

25 years ago, 1993

ARCOLA -- The broom sweeping contest at the Arcola Broomcorn Festival has become a tradition for a group of Mattoon women. Friends Chris Cottet, Angie Walk and Priscilla Sullivan, all of Mattoon, had the top three finishes in the annual contest. Cottet successfully defended her title by sweeping up 1 pound, 14 ounces of broomcorn in 45 seconds. Walk and Sullivan tied for second place, each sweeping 1 pound, 11 ounces. Walk won a sweepoff to claim second. They were the top three winners in the field of 20 contestants… CHARLESTON -- Pin oak trees in the Coles County area seem to be having a tough time dealing with the recent wet weather and other conditions. Mark Boudreau of the Eastern Illinois University botany department said he’s heard reports of leaf loss in several parts of central Illinois. An infection called anthracnose is caused by several kinds of fungi. Moisture causes the disease, he said. Dan Cooper of Four Seasons Garden Center said the store has received about 20 inquiries concerning problems with pin oaks this summer. Ironically, part of the cure of this infection is by watering the tree. The fungi are spread by the splashing of rain drops, not from excess water.

100 years ago, Sept. 12, 1918

 MATTOON -- Employees of the car department and store department of the Big Four Railroad shops, numbering from 75 to 100 men, quit their work long enough this afternoon to force Erle Teepell, division storekeeper, this afternoon to kiss the American flag. Teepell is said to have aroused the ire of the shop workmen by discharging John Morgan, a member of the yard gang of the store department, for "laying off" today to register for military service. It is claimed by some that Morgan failed to report to work this morning, having taken a half day off to register. Others say that he left his work, contrary to orders from Teepell. Before compelling Teepell to kiss the flag, the workmen held an investigation in which they summoned as witnesses several who were said to have heard Teepell issue orders to the discharge of Morgan... MATTOON -- Edward Shaffer of Mattoon, an employee of the Chuse Manufacturing Co., formerly a supply man at the Big Four Railroad roundhouse, and two sons,each 18 years old but not twins, all registered today for military service. Morris Shaffer, oldest of the two youths, will become 19 years old on sept. 20. Alvin Shaffer became 18 years old on Aug. 5... CHARLESTON -- John T. Kincaid, elected judge of the Charleston City Court on Sept. 3, was today sworn into office and hereafter will be known to his friends as Judge Kincaid. The commissions of Judge Kincaid and Mrs. Cora Daniels, court clerk, signed by Gov. Lowden, were received yesterday. Judge Kincaid, who came from Ashmore seven years ago, is the youngest judge to preside over the court in the eight years since its establishment. He is 31 years old, married and is the father of two children. He was twice elected to the office of city attorney and had opposition in the Republican primary for judge. The court was established eight years ago and C.A. Shuey was elected as the first judge. He was succeeded by Judge C.A. Quackenbush... BOSTON -- Playing in an arctic blast that reached every corner of Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1 yesterday to win the 1918 World Series in six games. 

50 years ago, 1968

NEOGA -- A music teacher in the Neoga junior and senior high schools, Ray Springs admits to being a "rock hound." Springs, contracted the rock hunting itch five years ago while living in Colorado. Since then, he and his wife Betty have traveled 30,000 miles on their treasure hunts. Although geodes are the Springs' principal interest, their collection includes almost every mineral found in the central U.S. The Illinois Geological Survey at the University of Illinois has described Springs' collection as one of the finest private collections in the state... MATTOON -- The Mattoon school board Tuesday night voted to purchase for $35,750 the former Brown Shoe Co. building for use in teaching vocational courses and as a center to aid potential dropouts. Dr. W.L. Podesta, board member who proposed the purchase, said approximately half of the high school student body is enrolled in vocational courses... MATTOON -- The Top Boy Drive-In at 21st and Charleston has been purchased by William and Carl Fisher. The Fisher brothers bought the franchise from Top Boy Systems.The restaurant has been in operation here for more than three years. Prior to coming to Mattoon, the Fishers managed Top Boy Drive-Ins at Champaign and Kankakee.

25 years ago, 1993

Sunday. No paper.

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