Glancing Back: July 25-26 | Opinion

100 years ago, July 25, 1917

MATTOON — The Mattoon Citizens’ Relief Committee is issuing today from its headquarters at 1520 Broadway vouchers good for furniture and kitchen utensils and vouchers for dry goods, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and men’s clothing. The total number of vouchers will be about 1,000, there being about 700 for furniture alone after the May 26 cyclone disaster. The state will not pay the actual cash to any individual. The orders will be accepted by merchants the same as money. The merchant must endorse on the back the amount of purchase and present it to the local committee for approval. The merchant then must submit the order to the adjutant general in Springfield and he will receive a check for his money… MATTOON — Twenty automobiles lined up this afternoon for the third sociability run of the Mattoon Automobile Club. About 20 people who bought tickets were unable to make the trip, owing to a lack of cars. The trip includes the towns of Gays, Windsor, Shelbyville, Findlay, Sullivan, Allenville and Coles. In addition to the regular band of musicians, 10 members of the Gibler band made the run. Members of the Gibler band include Phil Cole, Henry Gibler, Grant Gibler, John Gibler, Frank Berry, Lou Darnell, Gail Weber, Charles Ewell, Earl Luby and Edgar Wilson.

MATTOON — Vandals went on a tire slashing rampage in Mattoon last night. Beginning about 6 a.m. today, the Mattoon Police Department was flooded with calls from car owners reporting that tires on their vehicles had been slashed. By 11:30 a.m. a total of 44 tires on 17 vehicles had been reported slashed. At Bill Rasmussen Chevrolet on South U.S. Route 45, 10 tires — four each on two new station wagons and two on a new car — were slashed. The destruction-bent vandals also struck multiple autos on Champaign, Western and Wabash avenues… MATTOON — Crop fields and lawns that were badly in need of moisture just two days ago are well soaked now. Thundershowers through most of last night dumped 1.54 inches of precipitation on the area. Combined with .79 of an inch received Sunday, the two-day rainfall totals 2.33 inches. A barn on the Fred Thomas farm, four miles southeast of Greenup, burned to the ground last night after it was apparently struck by lightning.

CHARLESTON — Bill Beard of the Lincoln Legal Papers Project is calling the Coles County Courthouse a “cornucopia.” His suggestion that the courthouse is emblematic of abundance referred to the discovery of a sixth document in about two weeks handwritten by Abraham Lincoln. Beard said researchers found a deed transfer in order for a man named Sigler H. Lester to raise bond money in a case charging him with assault with the intent to commit murder and bodily harm. Researchers with the project are trying to track Lincoln’s legal career prior to his election as president in 1860. Coles is one of 71 counties where Lincoln practiced law… MATTOON — Barb Blume-Love, a former three-sport standout at Mattoon High School, was named Millikin University’s NCAA Woman of the Year. Blume-Love earlier was named GTE Academic All-American of the Year in women’s basketball’s college division. Blume-Love managed a perfect 4.0 grade point average while averaging 18.5 points a game over the past two seasons.

100 years ago, July 26, 1917

MATTOON — The third sociability run of the Mattoon Automobile Club ended last evening in Sullivan, rain preventing members of the party from maintaining the rest of their schedule. In Mattoon, 2.28 inches of rain fell. Two cars returned to Mattoon last night. The other cars were placed for the night in Sullivan garages or were abandoned on public highways. A number of the cars which made the run met with minor accidents… CHARLESTON — William P. Horton, engineer at the Eastern Illinois Normal School since February 1914, has handed in his resignation to be effective July 31. Mr. Horton states that the lack of assistance for greatly added duties was one of the factors which caused him to resign. A number of Charleston people have formed a Kodak Club, hoping to become as good a photographer as “Snap Shot Bill.” A meeting of the enthusiastic followers of the Kodak was held this week when they organized the club… MATTOON — A new kind of grafter visited Mattoon yesterday, according to Chief of Police Lawson, and escaped arrest. The grafter registered at the Hotel Byers under the name of L.C. Cummins of Indianapolis. He told the hotel desk clerk that he expected soon a parcel from a local drug store and requested that the package be received and paid for. A boy delivered a package at the desk. The clerk paid to the boy $1.25 and the boy is said to have delivered the money to Cummins. Cummins never returned to the hotel. The package proved a bogus one.

MATTOON — One of Mattoon’s landmarks will soon be missing — the small newsstand at the corner of 16th and Broadway will be moved away. Donald “Doc” Albright, who has sold newspapers and magazines in the 10-foot by 5-foot building for the past 20 years, is closing his business there. He is relocating after buying the Mattoon City News Stand where he will take over management on July 31. Albright, who is blind, opened his newsstand in 1947 with $5 as a rehabilitation project with the help of Coles County Judge William Sunderman and the Mattoon Lions Club. Doc purchased the Mattoon City News Stand from Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Pridemore, who have operated it since Feb. 1, 1956… GAYS — The Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the slashing of 51 tires in gays Monday night. Hardest hit by the malicious vandalism was a fertilizer firm where 47 tires were slashed. E.E. Drummond, manager of the bulk plant, said that 33 tires on 10 anhydrous ammonia trailers and 14 tires on seven fertilizer applicators were punctured with one-half inch holes apparently made with a knife. He estimated the value of the tires at $1,500.


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