COLES COUNTY NEWS:

THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING

 

Central Illinois Radio & News Coverage History

By: Howard Taylor

         The radio is still popular, but broadcasting isn't the same as in the Golden Days (1930's through the 1960's).  I mean the Golden Days of radio in East Central Illinois.
         It all started at Tuscola, Illinois with the grain reports and intermittent music broadcasts of James L. Bush from the new WDZ.   This would actually be the second commercial radio station in our Country, going on-air March 17, 1921 (St. Patrick's Day).
          Such names as Clyde Wiley, Mark Spies, Edith Bush, Jimmy Livesay, Smiley Burnette, Lee Lynch, and many others would be very popular in a large area of the Midwest.  At night (during testing)  you could hear the little WDZ all over the world.  There wasn't any interference to stop it as would be today.

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

         A 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
      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 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 105 
   

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTIONS

 

PART A:  Richard “Dick” Lynch Biography

107-122

   

PART B:  A WDZ-Tuscola History

123-147

   

PART C:  WLBH-Mattoon History

149-172

   

PART D:  WEIC-Charleston History

173-180

   

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

181-193

   
      PART F:  Oakland Newspaper Histories & the "Cornbread and Beans Festival"

194-198

   

PART G:  Mattoon Journal-Gazette

199-202

PART H:  Eastern Illinois University broadcast (radio) and Eastern News

203-209

   

        CONCLUSION TO THIS BOOK

210

   

        SUPPLEMENT:    The  Nowhere Picture Scrapbook

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