Mattoon memories : souvenir program, Mattoon Centennial, 1855-1955, Pageant and Celebration, September 4-10
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Mattoon memories : souvenir program, Mattoon Centennial, 1855-1955, Pageant and Celebration, September 4-10

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:Q.977.3?aM436Mattoon MemoriesSouvenir program from MattoonCentennial 1855-1955.SURVWHISTOWCAtiUINOlSMeni-o-rics, Mcm^o-ries.tys.Q,977.M436M^TTOOHMEMORIESrou/e/7/r r-^roJiramMATTOON CENTENNIAL—1855 1955anc/ Ce/e6ra/-/orL^jTO^ear?/^Sepfemher d-^/OPrkeSOfof long a - g'oDayslP^O^^'y^^^p\^.w^'\v>A Progressive BankK Progressive CommunitylUBOOK BELONCiTHISRussell FreemoQShelbyville, IllipoisThe Central IVatinnal BankOF MATTOON—1805 Broadway Avenue Just West of the SubwayThe Friendly Bankwith theWindowDrive-upMember F. D. I. C.An Expression of AppreciatinnBOARD OF DIRECTORS••^^^^jT^-r^j-r^i- \ -Tomlin, William Zur-— (left to right) Urban Raef, Mrs. D. L.SeatedChampion, Glenn Stevens.heide, Mrs. HoraceWhitson, Paul— L. Warren, Dr. Horace Batchelor, WilliamStanding JamesCraig Van Meter, H. B. Ewing.Morrison, Dr. Eugene Noskin,— Ford.Not in picture Mrs. W. L.undertakes to celebrate 100 years of itsWhen a community proudlypartthe deeds of those who have played aexistence and to commemoratethan the will-development, nothing is more importantin its founding andresponsibility and of-of public spirited citizens to accept individualingnessis will-fer their best in cooperation and sacrifices. Of equal importance theforce of combined effort.ingness of organized groups to lend constructiveperiod come close and the celebra-Now that the preparation has to ation is being enjoyed, the two little words, THANK YOU, sound inade-quate. However, ...

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: Q.977.3?a M436 Mattoon Memories Souvenir program from Mattoon Centennial 1855-1955. SURVW HISTOWCAtiUINOlS Meni-o-rics, Mcm^o-ries. tys.Q,977. M436 M^TTOOH MEMORIES rou/e/7/r r-^roJiram MATTOON CENTENNIAL —1855 1955 anc/ Ce/e6ra/-/orL^jTO^ear?/^ Sepfemher d-^/O PrkeSOf of long a - g'oDays lP^ O^^' y^^^ p\^ .w^' \v> A Progressive Bank K Progressive Community lUBOOK BELONCiTHIS Russell FreemoQ Shelbyville, Illipois The Central IVatinnal Bank OF MATTOON —1805 Broadway Avenue Just West of the Subway The Friendly Bank with the WindowDrive-up Member F. D. I. C. An Expression of Appreciatinn BOARD OF DIRECTORS ••^^^^jT^-r^j-r^i- \ - Tomlin, William Zur-— (left to right) Urban Raef, Mrs. D. L.Seated Champion, Glenn Stevens.heide, Mrs. Horace Whitson, Paul— L. Warren, Dr. Horace Batchelor, WilliamStanding James Craig Van Meter, H. B. Ewing.Morrison, Dr. Eugene Noskin, — Ford.Not in picture Mrs. W. L. undertakes to celebrate 100 years of itsWhen a community proudly partthe deeds of those who have played aexistence and to commemorate than the will-development, nothing is more importantin its founding and responsibility and of-of public spirited citizens to accept individualingness is will-fer their best in cooperation and sacrifices. Of equal importance the force of combined effort.ingness of organized groups to lend constructive period come close and the celebra-Now that the preparation has to a tion is being enjoyed, the two little words, THANK YOU, sound inade- quate. However, because it is so justly deserved, and because of no better helped to make our Centen-way to publicly thank all our people who have all sincerity, "Thank You."nial a success, we repeat in CnmmitteesCentennial steering Conunittee Members of the Board Wm. Zurheide, Chairman Rev. H. Batchelor Mrs. Horace ChampionUrban Raef. Co-Chairman H. B. Ewing Noskln WhitsonCraig Van Meter, Secretary Dr. E. A. Wm. James WarrenJ. Paul Morrison, Treasurer Mrs. D. L. Tomlin Ford Glenn StevensMrs. W. L. Committees Transportation CommitteeUnderwriting Committee Properties Conunittee Construction Ostergren Raef Automobile Dealers Assoc.Rex Hovious Mis. Urban BurkeTom Storm Bill H. C. Field Duane Hance Special Days CommitteeOlin Wirth Betty Lowell Field Harry Kabbes Bernard DeBuhr Historical Program Raymond Schrader Dick Tomlin - FreedomAlex Summers Sunday of Religion Rev. BatchelorKizer Gate and Ushers H.Paul Spectacle Music Committee Ray Redding Lions Club Ken Jakle Monday - Labor DayMrs. H, Champion Burl L. Bower Mrs. Guy Seymour MattoonMiss E. Oblinger Bill Chapman H. H. Blackwell Joe Sawyer Bill Walters Mr. Chambers -Tuesday Youth DayTitusMrs. Chas. Novelties Kiwanis ClubPress Committee Ernest Lorenz John Miller CommitteeParade Wednesday - Ladies'Prank Drake DayDr. Podesta E. E. Ethington Sisters of theHarry Wendel Sacks SwishHarris Arnold Brown FJ-ank Walters Martin Garbe Adolph KuH Thursday - Governor's DayPaul Neal MoodyWarren Robert Zellers Shrine Club John Phipps Official Hat Distributive Committee -Friday IndustrialHenry Conlin Robert Alexander Historical Window Conunittee Assoc, of CommerceRichard Myers Harry Lange Bill CheckleyJohn Walters Doug Werden Glen Dorgan Saturday - AgricultureLeonard DayLass Dan Handley Dick Myers Auto Implement Dealersand SchwartzOlenBeard Committee CommitteeRadio Kangaroo KourtElks Club Robert Guess Celebration Bail W. F. Ostermeier, Chr.William Ostermeier Ken Wooddell Conunittee Frank Ronchetti KopsOmer Macy Gene Harper Bill Podesta Phil JoplinPhyllis Aliens Concessions Bob Thompson Russell WiselyAndrew Kirk Harry Gaines Martin Garbe Robert Crowder Norman Spear Jack Sanders Keith CarrellSpeakers Conunittee Cy McCurley Denzil GreggToastmasters Walt Storm Bert KesslerLloyd Harris Fireworks Conunittee Andy Sullivan Glenn RothKen Degler Clyde Kirk GeneOliver HoltgreweJohn Jack Higgins Patrons Bob HouseTicket Committee G. LaneR. Bob Gibson Mrs. H. I. Hannah Harlan Heller Mrs. JudgeC. L. Moore Promotional Conunittee Jack Taylor Mrs. Helen Harry LangePegelow Red Graham W. A. Shafer Olie Olson Homecoming Committee Paddy Wagon furnished byHarry Gaines Russel! Alfred Costume and Make-Up Phil JoplinRoscoe Bush Maydine Cone Mrs. Pete George James L. Warren StagJohn Zike Reserve Seat Conunittee Brothers of Brush Mrs. Mary McGinnis Mrs. Geo. Davison Paul Sanders Art Phares, Chr, H. B. Ewing Lorraine Denzil GreggBlew Dean Coleman Monroe JenkinsJoe Spitz, Jr. Cast Conunittee Traffic Safety Committee Urban RaefMerle Lowery Pete George Paul Smith R. G. Lane Dan March Marion Joseph Tom Suerdieck Scenario and Title Mrs. K. Green Ed HornAlex Summers Robt. Leman L. C. BuckHarvey Wright W. Morse LeRoyC. BoggsMrs. J. H. Glover Clarence Bell Queen Contest HousingCommittee J. F. Homann Conunittee Tom Purvis T. NelsonM. Don Shook Ray PooreDecorations Conunittee Herb Williams Raymond Elder J. WeaverC. Mrs. J. J. Link Russ Bailey Mrs. Don Turner D. E. Reiman Charley Varner Kenneth Gardner Part I— —THE PIONEERS "Up From the Prairie" The Centennial Connnittee ami the editors of Memories" e.rpres.s their deep-'"Mwttoon wish to est gratitude to several indiridiidl.s and orijan- i:atif)ns irhose help has made this jnihlieation possibh'. Amon-overnnH'nt surveyors hired in Ken- Xoyes did not l)uy land in Section 13 in 1855, dotucky to land work in the State of Illinois. although he did ac(iuire some lots in 1856. He Mr. Sawyer liked the prospects he saw in the — land west of the Illi-bought Section 14 tiie rich jirairie land of eastern Illinois, retuiMied to —nois Central tracks on a contract from the Kentucky, and made plans to settle permanently railroad and planned the west part of Mattoon in Coles County. as we know it today. Before leaving Illinois, bouolitSawyer had blending of nationalMattoon had a uni(iu(' a tract of land in Section 33. Mattoon township, talents and ])hilosojiliy as a i-esult of the i-ailroad and had hired a man named Bates from near boom. More than half the peoplet-onstruction Charleston Xash.to build a cabin for $10. James and Ten-who settled here were from Kentucky a pioneer woodsman, secured Sawyer's permis- fromnessee, but there was a strong delegation sion to live in the cal)in during that first winter. and many people from New England.Indiana In 182(j numerous families, including ofthose develo])ers of pioneerThe Hoosiers were trained John Sawyer, the Radleys. Harts, and others, — inland shrewd in business mattei-s and wise poured into western Coles County, bought land the ways of the pioneer farmer. The lOasterners and built cabins on the high ground around Wa- practical outlook of the two otherlacked the Point.bash The settlers from Kentucky during insistencegroups, but l)rought to the ])rairie an the next 10 years produced many of Mattoon's on good schools and beautiful churches which business leaders. Among these were James T. set the city apart from other communities in the Cunningham and John Allison, two of the four which helpedarea. Among the Eastern families leading developers of Mattoon. shape the destiny of the new town were the Allison had successful gen- Xoyes, Xeals, Lanes, Riddles, and Jennings. Twoand homes the city— both oneral stores in the Paradise village settlement be- of the oldest brick in —fore the railroad construction program produced Western Avenue stand as reminders of the the town of Mattoon in 1855. Both men bought deeds of the Xoyes and Lane families. The old portions Xoyes home, started in ISO!), stands west of theof Section 13 on which the Original while Ray Red-Town of Mattoon was built, helped plan the Trinity Episcopal Church the city, estalilished several of the early businesses. dings occupy the old Lane home on Western and churches. The other Avenue Road. The Jennings brothers, Ephraimgave land for parks and Ichabod, early business leaders. E.most influential earlv architects of Mattoon and were Charleston in May, 1855. Therailroad builder un the Bunnell House inJeuniugs was the first two cars and caboose,arrived here first engine, jiullingthe Mattoon area, havingground in Mattoon onwork. reached the railroad crossing insupervise the bridge buildingin 1853 to 1855. The wood-burning engine belongedTown were Charles June 9.The founders of Original Alton R. R.. forerunner ofJr.. Usher F. to the Terre Haute &Jones, Davis Carpenter,Floyd New YorkCunningham. the present Big Four division of theEbenezer Noyes, James T.Liuder. ( 'entralCunningham. John L. R. R.Stephen D. Dole. John commenced service, busi-Sanderson. Har- After the railroadsAllison. Eli.sha Linder, H. Q. rapidly through-William B. ness houses and dwellings roseSamuel B. Richardson.rison Messer. out new city. The pioneers watched a dreamThe survey was complet- theTuell, and Josiah Hunt. the first year and saw it ex-notarized in April. come true withinDecember, 1854. a plated in popula-October. ceed all hopes within five years as theat Charleston in1855, and recorded tion climbed rapidly with the approach of thenamed in honor of William1855. The town was Civil War.founders in theMattoon at a meeting of theB. Mattoou's prwluctivediscovery well inThe tapped in 1940. but the real devel-oil field was until 1946. At the heightopment did not come produc-the boom more than 400 wells wereof 250Even now in Centennial Year more thaning. active.wells still are CONGRATULATIONS MATTOON 100th Anniversary FROM Familiesof the Mattoon Lamp Plant and Their500 Employees Industrial ExhibitBe sure and see our At Peterson Park ProductProgress Is Our Most Important ® ELECTRICGENERAL REDDY KILOWATT Your Servant of the Century Congratulations . . . Anniversary!CentennialMattoon on herTo part in the City'sto have played aWe're proud Cost Elec-furnishing dependable Lowprogress, Cen-for over half of thistricity and Gas Service tury. YOU!AND FORMORE POWER TO — plenty.ready now withReddy is future.AHEAD for theReddy will keep Central Illmois Service CompanyPublic Home.Business, Farm andService to Industry,Cost EssentialLow theEngine No. 1 of Illinois Central Bail- road, shown at right, probably pulled hun- dreds of trains through the city of Mattoon. The crossing the I.of HauteO. and the Terre asAlton, now known Division ofthe Big Pour the New York Central R. R., created the town of Mattoon in 1855. Much of the city's pros- perity during the past can be tracedcentury the growth of theto railroads. indicating tliat progress is somehow rehited to—Part II TRANSPORTATION —wlieels tlie wheels of the covered wagon, the By Raij Reddimj stagecoach, the ox-drawn cart, tlie buggy, the 111 referring to the growth and prosperity of train and the automobile, until now that we any community the rather trite expre.ssion, "the liave become airborne we refer to "the irings of creep in.wheels of progress" is almost sure to progress". Pharmacy Established 1865 OWINGS DRUG COMPANY ^M^siii^"L Broadway1621 THE REXALL STORE 1865 Business established by Kemp 1866 Oblinger and Kemp 1870 and Weaver HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATTOON 1878 Weavers Drug Store 1894 Sheppard and Becker 1899 Bros. Home of Railroad & Truck Salvage and 1902 Ov\/ings and Morton Factory Surplus Merchandise 1907 Owings Drug Company FACTORY OUTLET Serving the Mattoon area for over 90 years. 1908 Western Avenue