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100 years ago

May 9, 1918: There was a rousing patriotic celebration in Arrowsmith, typical of many that are held around the country to show support for the soldiers. The Army sent four planes for the rally. They landed in a nearby field and drew a lot of attention.

75 years ago

May 9, 1943: Paul Stipp, 17, of Saybrook, was killed in a two-car crash last night on Route 47 north of Gibson City. Seven other people were injured. Police can’t explain yet how the accident happened. The victim was not identified as one of the drivers.

50 years ago

May 9, 1968: A shuffle of new principals is afoot in District 87. Charles Brannan will take over at Franklin School; Richard Darnall will move from Franklin to Centennial. Ruth Ahlehius moves from Irving to Edwards. Bruce Holcomb leaves Lincoln School to lead Irving.

25 years ago

May 9, 1993: Mennonite College of Nursing and ISU each held graduation ceremonies. There were 74 grads at Mennonite; 2,706 at ISU. Also, IWU broke ground for a new science center, using the same spade that has been used in groundbreakings since Presser Hall in 1928.

Compiled by Jack Keefe;