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100 years ago

May 7, 1918: Saint Mary’s Church in the South Hill neighborhood has barred use of the German language in its services. The adjoining Saint Mary’s School has already dropped German. Many of Bloomington’s German residents live in the South Hill neighborhood.

75 years ago

May 7, 1943: Three positive stories from the farm: 32 farmers plowed 210 acres on the farm of the late Silas Schad north of Normal. Now it’s ready for planting. At Emden, neighbors plowed 97 acres in three hours for ailing L. H. Alexander. A similar scene played out at Saybrook.

50 years ago

May 7, 1968: Striking public service workers voted 53-9 this morning to return to work after a seven-day walkout. They go back to work tomorrow night, with garbage pickups resuming on their scheduled day. The city won’t pay overtime for crews to catch up on trash collection.

25 years ago

May 7, 1993: Crimestoppers, the anonymous tip service, has agreed to pay a total of $25,000 to three people whose tips helped police solve the S&S Liquors triple murder case of 1988. Those four suspects are in prison now. The tipsters need to contact Crimestoppers to arrange payoff.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.