100 years ago
Sept. 14, 1917: The Association of Commerce is sending out bronze medals to the 300 soldiers serving from McLean County. They bear the inscription, “McLean County, Illinois honors her soldier (name). Serve well. Sept. 4, 1917.” They can be worn as medals or watch fobs.
75 years ago
Sept. 14, 1942: Three of the four local movie theaters — the Irvin, Castle and the Normal — are selling war bonds. Movies playing right now include “Honeymoon for Three,” featuring Lt. James Stewart. (His military service was well documented during his film career.)
50 years ago
Sept. 14, 1967: James Hart, who used to write news and poetry for this paper, left an estate of about $100,000 when he died. He lived at the YMCA and paid $3 rent per week. The fortune was left to relatives, friends, churches and public concerns. Hart was 85 when he died.
25 years ago
Sept. 14, 1992: Construction of the Eastland Plaza office building will begin next month at Eastland Drive and the future intersection of the Williamsburg Drive extension. It will have 12,000 square feet. Owner Jerry Gilbert expects completion next spring.