100 years ago
May 11, 1918: Lt. Louis E. Davis, son of The Daily Pantagraph publisher H. O. Davis, was killed in a plane crash at Ellington Field, Texas. Many of his family were still at the field, having just concluded a visit. (Davis’ name lives on as namesake of America Legion Post 56.)
75 years ago
May 11, 1943: In World War I, meatless and wheatless days were observed to divert nutrition to the troops. Now it’s catching on again. Twenty-six Bloomington restaurant owners voted to serve only fish and fowl on Fridays. Meatless Friday begins May 21.
50 years ago
May 11, 1968: Pvt. Raymond Witzig, a 1965 graduate of Gridley High School, has been killed in Vietnam. His parents were first notified by letter and then by an Army representative in a personal visit. Before entering the service, Witzig worked at the General Electric plant.
25 years ago
May 11, 1993: Only 1 percent of Illinois’ corn crop had been planted because of adverse weather. But farmers had a make-up period this weekend with sunny skies and steady winds. The state average is 73 percent planted by now, but still only 4 percent is now estimated.