COLES COUNTY NEWS:

THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING

CLASSIC VERSION

Coles County News:  
 the Reporters and Reporting

                     

PLUS

 

The Life and Times of Louise Lynch Taylor, and other Personalities;

as well as the Print and Radio News Industry in Coles County, Illinois


This online book is from the first print book I authored.  Much of it is in a scrapbook format.  There will also be reading sections to explain the histories of each section, and the stories of personalities. 

This online book also contains family history, describing the Lynch family of Coles County, and my mom, Nina Louise "Lynch" Taylor.  Enjoy!

    

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

 

 

PART ONE:  THE LYNCH FAMILY, OVER 70 YEARS IN COLES COUNTY NEWS AND REPORTING

 

 Nothing like it!                             

1

 This editor (Howard Taylor) and My Brother, Red Taylor

2

 

 

PART TWO: THE STORY BEGINS AT 408 MADISON,  CHARLESTON, ILLINOIS

 

   ___The Lynch Family, Briefly Described

3

  ___ My Second Cousin, Robert Lynch, Graduates from Eastern Illinois University

4

       More about Robert Lynch

5

       The Lynch Boys at the Courier 1903; Arthur and Jim Lynch

6

PART THREE: ARTHUR LYNCH, CHARLESTON COURIER CITY EDITOR

 

  Arthur Lynch, Charleston Courier City Editor, 1897-1951

7

      Arthur at Charleston City Council Meeting

8

           Arthur Lynch, City Editor, Charleston Courier at City Council Meeting        9

      Forest Hamsten of Greenup Tells of Lee Lynch; the Publishers of the Courier

10

  More about Arthur and the Courier; They Lynches in LaterYears

11

 1945 Eastern News Interview-- Arthur Helps Build EIU (Old Main)

12

 

 

PART FOUR:  LEE LYNCH, POPULAR COLES COUNTY REPORTER

 

      Lee Lynch in Radio Broadcasting in the Early Days:  WDZ & WLBH

13

      Portrait of Reporter Lee Lynch

14

      About Lee Lynch:  A Versatile Reporter and Personality

15

      Lee Lynch at the Charleston Daily News

16

      Lee Lynch "Stray Notes" Column

17

      More from "Stray Notes"

18

      More from "Stray Notes"

19

      More from "Stray Notes"

20

·         More from "Stray Notes"

21

·         Lee on the Radio—WDZ, Tuscola

22

·         Lee Moves to Mattoon’s WLBH

23

·         My Grandfather, Joseph Lynch Dies, News Announcement

24

      Joseph Lynch Newspaper Obitiuary

25

·         More about the Lynches

26

·         Lee Lynch, State Representative

27

      Representative Lee Lynch, Democrat Elected

28

      Representative Lee Lynch Dies on Floor of Illinois House

29

·         Illinois Rep. Lee Death Announcement in Illinois Blue Book

30

      Illinois House Resolution Honoring Rep. Lee Lynch

31

·         Lee Lynch Remembered by the Rardin’s (Charleston Daily News publishers)

32

      Lee Lynch Funeral Service

33

      Tributes for Lee Lynch from John Rardin, Daily News Publisher and Howard Taylor

34

 

 

PART FIVE: LEE LYNCH LEGACY PASSED ON TO LOUISE  (LYNCH) TAYLOR

 

Louise (Lynch) Taylor brief biography

35

Louise and news in the 1950’s

36

Emily Lynch turns the Coles County Reporter over to Louise Taylor

37

Mom working, Taylor boys and husband adjusts

38

      WLBH Summer Picnic Photo

39

WLBH Charleston studios

40

Myrtle Jones, Greenup Press reporter & friend

41

      Miss Myrtle Jones and the Antioch News

42

Louise and the news

43

      Louise at Work for WEIC at the Charleston Sesquicentennial Celebration

44

      Louise, Local Democrat Association, Her Relationship in the Community

45

      WEIC's Louise Taylor Nominated for  McCall Broadcast Award

46

      Louise Takes on Politics in Coles County

47

      The Candidates for Coles County Circuit Clerk Newspaper Article

48

Louise runs for Coles County Circuit Clerk

49

Personalities in the News by Louise Taylor in the Daily News

50

John Rardin Publishes  "Personalities in the News by Louise Taylor"

 51

       "More Personalities in the News"

52

       "More Personalities in the News"

53

       Charleston Lion's Club Fund Raiser Photo

54

       "More Personalities in the News" Photos in the WEIC studio

55

       WEIC Photos of the New News Director, Louise Taylor

56

       1954 Charleston Halloween Parade on the Square

57

The 1950’s Weatherettes/ Jim Gire and Civil Defense in Coles

58

Fires in Charleston

59

The Red Cross Fund raising and Volunteerism

60

Local March of Dimes Fund Raiser, 1955`

61

      1955 New Hospital for Charleston Fundraiser:  the Farmer's Market

62

1955 Million Penny Drive, 1955 Charleston Hospital  Building Fund Raiser

63

       1955 Million Penny Drive, 1955 Charleston Hospital  Building Fund Raiser

64

       1955 Million Penny Drive, 1955 Charleston Hospital  Building Fund Raiser

 65 

       1955 Million Penny Drive, 1955 Charleston Hospital  Building Fund Raiser

66

Charleston Personalities Vernon Richey and Shirley Tremble

67

Broadcasting parades and other special events

68

Charleston Poet’s Society

69

More Personalities in the News

70

Testimonials about the Coles County Reporter

71

Sally Ann Bakery Interview

72

Kenny Adkins Hostage Dilemma, Coles County Reporter Involvement

73

       Kenny Adkins Hostage Dilemma

74

       Kenny Adkins Hostage Dilemma

 75 

John Kennedy Memento

76

Whiskey Row Murders (ShotsHeard at 408 Madison Taylor Home)

77

More Area Popular Personalities

78

Senator Estes Kefauver (Tennessee) Meeting

79

Indy 500 Owner, Tony Hulman

80

Vice President Nixon visits Sullivan & a Humorous  Peeping Tom Story

81

A little Birthday Song Request from Coles County Judge, Ben Anderson

82

Louise and boys visit Washington D.C.

83

Recognitions for Volunteer work

84

Appearance on WLS Breakfast Club/  Louise Retires

85

Louise Taylor Continues Public Life & Helping the Youth of Charleston

86

       The Nowhere Teen Center and Dance Hall is Opened

87

Louise Always Supports the Youth of Charleston

88

       Old Newspaper Ads from the Courier

89

       Old Courier Newspaper Cartoon

90

       More Old Newspaper Ads

91

       The Nowhere, 1960's, Louise Taylor for Kids

92

Personal NOTES from Louise

93

       Personal NOTES from Louise

94

Louise Works at the Former Charleston Memorial Hospital

95

       1970 Newspaper Photo of the Charleston Memorial Hospital

96

       Louise and Fellow Works at the Charleston Hospital

 97

Louise runs for Charleston Mayor

98

       Louise Taylor Runs for Charleston Mayor

99

      1973 Mayoral Race Kicks Off!

100

      Mayoral Ballet and other Items

101

Melvin and Louise Taylor Retire, but New Options are Offered

102

      Chief Taylor Newspaper Interview at Retirement from Charleston Fire Dept.

103

      Chief Taylor Newspaper Interview at Retirement (Article)

104 

      Melvin and Louise Taylor Pose--  Conclusion of Part Five

105 

      Claude Rardin, Lee Lynch, Pat Sullivan and Charleston Daily News Workers       106
   

 

 

SPECIAL INTEREST TOPICS:  CLICK THE BLUE TOPIC AND SEE A DETAILED INDEX  Each Section of these will be lettered A-F

 

   

       

PART A:  Richard “Dick” Lynch Biography  
DICK LYNCH, COLES COUNTY CORONER AND PERSONALITY TABLE OF CONTENTS  
Dick Lynch Introduction Page 107
Dick Lynch Contents Page 108

The Lynch Philosophy of Living: Laugh, Laugh, Laugh (The Practical Jokes) 

109
Announcer for WLBH 110
Biographical Sketch of Richard "Dick" Lynch 111
High School Days/ Days at EIU 112
Haberdasher on the Square 113
Coles County Heart Fund Raiser 114
Attends Mortuary School  115
1st Run for Coroner (A Speech) 116
A Friend of Coles County and Coroner, Dick Lynch Dies of Cancer 117
Harry Reynolds Remembers Dick Lynch Article 118
Coroner Dick Lynch Pictures & Articles 119
Annette Lynch Starts the Richard Lynch Foundation 120
Harry Reynolds (Mattoon Journal-Gazette) Remembers Dick 121

Annette Lynch Organizes the Richard H. Lynch Foundation

122

 

PART B:  A 9JR &WDZ-Tuscola Radio History

 

 

WDZ Contents Page 123
9JR (1917-1921) and WDZ (1022-1949--Tuscola Based) Narrative History 124
Starts With a Little Music 125
Radio Station WDZ Went On Air in Tuscola 126
'The Corn Was Green" 127
Pictures and Memorabilia 128
'The Little Station from Tuscola" 133

"Roving Neighbor;" Added Color to Broadcasts

135
Entertainment Has Great Variety 137
Ray Nemec, Chicago-Historian of WDZ 138
Pictures and Memorabilia 139
Old Daily Schedules by Ray Nemec WDZ 141
Pictures and Memorabilia 143
Alumni Replay Memories 145
Sold and Moved to Decatur 147

 

 

PART C:  WLBH-Mattoon History

 

   
A Break from our Sponsors 148
WLBH and Ray Livesay and Section Contents 149
  150
WLBH On-Air in 1946 151
Jimmy Ray Livesay, A Radio Pioneer Worked at WDZ & Lee Lynch Moves to WLBH 152
Personalities:  Phyllis Knight, Women's Program Director and Al Pigg, Agriculture Director 153
Personalities:  Robert Lamere Program & News Director;  Lee Lynch, News; Ken Wooddell, Sports Director & Sales; J.R. "Ray Livesay, President & General Manager 154
Personalities: Robert "Bob" Guess with Ruff Davis (movie star-guest) and Ray Livesay 155
Personalities: Les Davis, Charleston Man on the Street Reporter and Guest 156
Personalities: Earl Wilson, Early Morning Announcer; Howard Miller, later Agriculture Director with William Springer, guest and Ray Livesay 157
Personalities: an Early Photo of J.R. Livesay, Majority Stock Holder and President/General Manager of WLBH 158
PersonalitiesFaye Walls, Effingham Performer and Shirley Trimble, Charleston News 159
Personalities:  Louise Taylor (News) and Walt Ellis (Sports) 160
Personalities:  Larry King (News/Announcer) and Paul Mallady, Sunday Talent Show 161
A List of Early WLBH Employees  162
Personalities:  Louise Taylor at the Charleston Studio 163
A.C. Neilson Fact Report for WLBH in the Early Years 164
Louise (Lynch) Taylor at the Charleston Studio-- Open House Sign In Book page one 165
Louise (Lynch) Taylor at the Charleston Studio-- Open House Sign In Book page two 166
Louise Taylor Charleston Studio Portrait and Note from Dr. Quincy Doudna (EIU President) 167
Map of Regional Coverage for WLBH AM-FM & Programming Topics 168
Contractual Letter from J.R. Livesay and Louise Taylor Sept. 28, 1960 169
Personalities:  Ralph Voight & Elmer Walls, Musician and Engineer 170
Ray Livesay  & the Golden Age of Radio for Central Illinois 171
Ray Livesay Runs for National Association of Broadcasting Director-At-Large (Resume 172
   

 

PART D:  WEIC-Charleston History

 

WEIC Introduction and Index 173
New WEIC Building and Transmitter Built 174
Mr. Jack Owens, Builder and Owner of WEIC Radio Charleston 175
1963 WEIC Printed Newsletter about the Big Rardin Fire on the Square 176
Letter of Invitation to Speak for WSOY Women's Group & a Letter of Thanks from Wayne Shuey for her New Hospital Fund Raising Effort 177
Louise Taylor Joins the WEIC Group as News Director 178
WEIC Building and Towers in the Later Years 179 
Personalities:  Norman Strader, Engineer and Announceer & a List of WEIC Staff 180

 

PART E:  Charleston newspapers: Daily News, Daily Courier, Times-Courier

 

 
  Charleston's Oldest Newspaper: The Courier 183
  The Fight for the New Normal College page one            184
  1895 Charleston's Fight for the New Normal College page two 185
  1895 Charleston's Fight for the New Normal College page three 186
  September 12, 1895 Charleston is Chosen as Home for New Normal College page four 187
  Benjamin Weir Interview, 1945 188
  The Courier History and Lee Lynch 189
  Sample Banner from an Old Courier 190
  The Rardin Family & The Daily News 191
  John Rardin, Publisher & Lee Lynch, Reporter of the Daily News 192
  Lee Lynch Stray Notes Columns in the Daily News 193
 
PART F:  Eastern Illinois University broadcast (radio) and Eastern News (Being updated)  
 
  Eastern Illinois University Newspaper, Radio and Television History Introduction 202
  Eastern Illinois University Newspaper, Radio and Television History Introduction 203
  Eastern Illinois State Normal  College Newspaper (1915-1931) 204
  Controversy with Eastern News Articles 205
  Modern EIU Newspaper and Broadcast   (1949-1974) 206
  Old Main Tower used to Mount Broadcast Tower for Radio 207
  EIU Television Station 208
        PART G:  Oakland Newspaper Histories & the "Cornbread and Beans Festival"  
  The Oakland Newspaper, the Columbian Building 194
  Oakland Newspaper Historical Narrative 195
  Oakland's Old Time Festival, Later to Become the Bean Festival Historical Narrative 196
  Bean Festival Growth and the Role of Radio WLBH and WEIC 197
    198

 

 

PART H:  Mattoon Journal-Gazette

 

Mattoon Newspaper History Introduction 199
Mattoon Journal-Gazette: A Long History    200
Mattoon's Newspaper History (Continued)   201

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

        SUPPLEMENT:    The  Nowhere Picture Scrapbook  

(a separate webpage collection You will leave the Reporters books site when entering)

 

 

 


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