100 years ago

Oct. 5, 1912: Policeman Gus Backlund was called to South Dakota when his daughter was critically ill. The city docked his pay while he was gone and now he’s petitioning for lost wages. The city council debated loudly, but then referred the matter to another committee.

75 years ago

Oct. 5, 1937: The corn wasn’t picked yet so two teenage car thieves thought it would be good cover when they ditched the car. But it wasn’t good enough, not even in the fog. Half the men in countryside joined the search near Towanda. Deputy James Christensen found them.

50 years ago

Oct. 5, 1962: A dynamite blast tore through Ragusa’s Pizza Palace & Italian Restaurant on Main Street in Normal. ISNU dorms nearby were rocked. A second bundle of dynamite was found inside, unexploded. Ragusa’s owners were mystified as to the reason for the bombing.

25 years ago

Oct. 5, 1987: ISU male teachers earn an average of $33,400 per year. Females average $26,900. They trail many in-state colleagues, except those at Eastern and Western Illinois. U of I faculty ranks highest of state university teachers at $46,300 ($35,800 for females).

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