Community Newspaper Stories

©Except where noted, these were transcribed by K.Torp

Mr. J.M. HAY, the new lessee of the Union Hotel, has thoroughly cleaned out and renovated that institution. His card may be found in another column. March 21, 1867 - Charleston Courier

Bill Bunnell, like Tom, has sold out hook and line, in Shelbyville, and returned to his old home, not exactly like the prodigal son, where he will remain until the 4th proximo. William has been hobbling around on crutches since his return, in consequence of a burn he received before leaving Shelbyville. March 21, 1867 - Charleston Courier

Mr. James McCrory has traded his farm north of town to Doctor Monroe, for another farm about a mile and a half north of Stockton and removed his family there on the latter part of last week. Mr. Mac and his family will be much missed in the social circle here. March 21, 1867 - Charleston Courier

We regret to learn that Mr. George R. JACKSON, our efficient and accommodating resident gunsmith, is going to remove to southern Missouri in the course of a few weeks. Charleston will then be left without a gunsmith again. March 21, 1867 - Charleston Courier

KLINE and PATTON have their new building up to the second floor. [The Plain Dealer... April 23, 1868]

W.A. TRAVOR is putting up a residence on the lot purchased of M.T. SMITH, on Washington street. W.S. COON has the contract and from the plans we infer that a neat building will grace that locality. [Thursday, April 26, 1877 - Charleston Courier]

Mrs. KENNEDY'S dwelling house, opposite the eastern seminary on Lafayette Street, was discovered to be on fire last Friday evening, about 6 o'clock, but the flames were extinguished before much damage was done, or before the fire department reached the place. With her neighbors assistance, however, she had moved her household goods all into the street as a precaution against the spread of the flames.
[The Plain Dealer, April 21, 1881]

Mr. Levi Brewer, of Toledo, Illinois, has formed a partnership in the law business with his cousin George Brewer, of this city, and has taken up his residence among us. [The Plain Dealer, April 20, 1882]

Clarence HALL is now helping to run the Ledger at Oakland.
[Thursday, April 19, 1883 - Charleston Courier]

R. CADLE, of Mt. Vernon, is now running the Charleston Hotel.
[Thursday, April 19, 1883 - Charleston Courier]

Al NEWBY is now assisting in the sale of clothing at Sol Myers on the south side. [Thursday, April 19, 1883 - Charleston Courier]

T.E. HOBART talks of buying T.J. HUTTON's interest in the grocery firm of Hutton & Montjoy. [Thursday, April 19, 1883 - Charleston Courier]

Mattoon has organized a fire dept. Mattoon is improving in a number of respects lately and may yet reach Paris in a point of modern conveniences. From the Paris Gazette (Edgar County) and reprinted in the Mattoon Gazette, Friday, 13 November 1885 [Contributed by Src #168]

T.P. Logan has started a coal oil wagon, delivering at office or residence at regular market price. Mattoon Gazette, Friday, 13 November 1885 [Contributed by Src #168]

John Huffman is building a magnificent dwelling house one mile west of the city. [Charleston Courier, April 23, 1885]

G.J. Hibbard is improving his dwelling on East Washington street.(The Charleston Plaindealer... Thursday, April 21, 1887)

Jerry McCarty wishes us to say that he is building the additions to his dwelling unaided by any one.(The Charleston Plaindealer, April 21, 1887)

Dan McCarty has added to the general good appearance of his dwelling on East Washington street by building a new portico and the application of a few coats of paint to the walls of the building. [The Plain Dealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]

A good barn is being erected on the Garver place, west of Fair Grange.
(The Charleston Plaindealer, April 21, 1887)

Mr. Ben Warren's house west of Fair Grange, was burned, with all its contents, one day last week, while the family were absent.(The Charleston Plaindealer, April 21, 1887)

George R. Lee has the frame of his new dwelling erected, and the work is progressing rapidly.
(The Charleston Plaindealer, June 23, 1887)

Thomas Threlkeld sold his late residence on East LaFayette Street to Frank McCrory for $1800. [The Plain Dealer - July 28, 1887]

The Mattoon Journal says sparks from a locomotive ignited John Dora's field of oats, near Oakland the other day, and forty acres were burned.
[The Plain Dealer - July 28, 1887]

Stephen Corbin had three or four tons of hay and about 40 rods of fence destroyed by a fire, occasioned by a spark from a traction engine which was passing along the road. [The Plain Dealer - July 28, 1887]

Al Thompson, of Fair Grange, has constructed a model of his check-row attachment to forward to the patent office. (Hickory Township) [The Plain Dealer - July 28, 1887]

Hindsboro: Wm. Highland, from near Arcola, has purchased the farm belonging to M.M. Brown  [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

East Hutton: Albert Goble has moved into his new house. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

East Hutton: G.W. Goble will move into his new house soon.  [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

East Hutton: The commissioners did not change the road that Mr. Parker desired to have changed. 
[The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

S.M. Tooke is preparing to build a handsome residence on his lot in the southeast part of the city. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Mrs. Neal has sold her Ninety-nine cent store, on the east side, to Joe Venemon who will continue the business. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Humbolt: Geo. H. Terry has received the lumber for the addition to his store-room which he intends building soon. The Junken Bros. have the contract for the building.  [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Humbolt: The Odd Fellows have sold their property to G.W. Moore, and intend to build a more commodious hall as soon as possible. We understand Mr. Moore intends giving up the birch for the yard stick.  [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Lerna: David Todd, while boring for water, struck a vein of gas which cannot be excelled any place in the state. Mr. Todd has ordered pipes and will reap the harvest of his good fortune. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Farmington: G.F. Bidle's new barn is progressing finely under the management of Wesley Wosham and Jno. Armstrong. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Westfield: Sunday afternoon about 3 o'clock a fire was discovered in the roof of the house opposite the college, now occupied by Rev. J. Love. However, it was extinguished with but little damage. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Ashmore: W.S. Echard will occupy the Woods property. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Ashmore: John Hawkins will be a resident of our town soon, and will occupy the Sofer property. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Ashmore: C.Brac's real estate was sold Tuesday at administrator's sale. W.N. Austin, James Brac and Lincoln Moore were the purchasers. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

Janesville: Dr. Shoemaker has fitted the Phipps building for his office. [The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

Unity Chapel: J.T. Weaver's blacksmith shop has been turned into a dwelling house occupied by R.Y. Rosebraugh. [The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

North Okaw: The Farmers' Alliance of this place now meets on Saturday night instead of Thursday, with S.J. Jackson as president. [The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

Loxa: M.P. McAdams has applied for the position of census taker for this township and we hope he will be successfull as he is surely deserving.
[The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

Unity Chapel: James Hill occupies the property ---ly vacated by Andrew Burke. [The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

Geo. E. Mason and Joe Perkins have bought the Charleston Courier. Mr. Mason is one of the ablest newspaper writers in central Illinois. [Newton Press, Feb. 12, 1890]

Jos. H. Clark of Indianapolis, will expend about $2,000 in repairing his corner room under the Dole House. The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

The following are the directors of the Charleston national banks as chosen last Tuesday: First National Bank - Will Ed McCrory, Mrs. P.A. Trower, S.N. Nesbit, R.F. McNutt, Albert Wyeth, E.K. Dunn. The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

W.A. McClary has already taken contracts for the erection of four new houses the coming season, one being in Richmond's addition.
The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

Monday night, the Ivanhoe Club elected officers as follows: Charles Hogue, president; S.R. Evans, vice-president; G.H. Rich, secretary.
The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

Jeff Crowder finished his fine story and a half residence Friday  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Walter Mitchell's new residence rapidly approaches completion. It is going to be quite an ornamental addition to East LaFayette street.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Robert Gillman is building an addition to his residence.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Henry Jones is building a residence in Anderson's addition.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Jack Gilbert had two cows bitten by a mad dog one day last week.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Mrs. P.A. Trower is putting a nice new portico in front of her house.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Scott Dowling is building a nice residence north of the one he sold to Joe McMorris.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Cora Grove and Ida Hackett will open a dress-making shop March 13, one door south of Christian Church. Give them a call.  [Charleston Courier, April 6, 1893]

Destructive Blaze
Mattoon, Ills., July 4 - Mattoon was visited by the most destructive fire in its history. The Demaree store and office building, owned by Mrs. Carrie Kingman, the store of the Sterling Clothing company, Richardson Brothers' bookstore and a large furniture concern were totally destroyed. The total loss is $75,000, with $45,000 insurance. The evening bulletin. (Maysville, Ky.), July 05, 1901

Tornado -- Fifty to Seventy Dead
Mattoon, Ill., May 26 - Between fifty and seventy persons were killed and more than 300 were injured when a tornado struck Mattoon late today. The entire business section of the town is wiped out and upward of 2,000 are homeless.
The storm, traveling from east to west, destroyed practically the entire northern half of the town, leaving no building standing in a section several blocks in width.
A lumber yard directly in the path of the tornado contributed largely to the damage. Flying planks struck a number of pedestrians who had been unable to find shelter, and other pieces of timber were hurled for miles around the countryside, one being discovered sticking through the side of a farmer's house.
Other Towns Hit
While the principal force of the storm struck Mattoon, other sections of Illinois were visited by vagrant tornadoes, which left death and destruction as they twisted through a rich farming territory. Casualties were reported as follows:
Westervelt, five dead, twenty-one injured, three of whom will die
Manhattan, one dead, six injured.
Joliet, two injured
Ellwood, four injured; Modesta, one killed, nine fatally hurt
Pearl, one fatally injured, four hurt.
Early reports of property losses indicated that serious damage had been done to many towns. Substantial factories were blown to splinters in Mattoon. Joliet estimated $500,000 damage in Will county alone.
Hail followed the wind in many places, beating growing crops to the ground.
[The Hartford Herald. (Hartford, Ky.), May 30, 1917]

Worth While Club:  Mrs. Buell Newman will entertain the Worth While club at the home of Mrs. Frank Newman on Wednesday afternoon.
[Charleston Courier, May 28, 1922]

The Wednesday Circle: Mrs. Charles Owens will entertain the Wednesday Circle at her home, west of Charleston, Wednesday afternoon.  All members are invited.
[Charleston Courier, May 28, 1922]


Alva Wright bought the creamery station.  Former operator was William Whittington. [June 30, 1925 , Charleston Courier]

©K. Torp and Genealogy Trails