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100 years ago

July 24, 1917: McLean County’s draft quota will be 393 men. To ensure that the full quota can be drafted, twice the number will be called to weed out those who don’t qualify to serve for one reason or another. Those men who are taken will go into the regular Army.

75 years ago

July 24, 1942: Local youth have formed a teen dance club under the auspices of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Municipal Recreation Board. The first dance is set for Aug. 7. Among the rules is the provision that cash remaining after expenses be donated to local causes.

50 years ago

July 24, 1967: Storms pounded Central Illinois, leaving cables and corn down, a Roland Drive foundation washed out, and a house afire from a lightning strike. There were no tornadoes in McLean County, but one touched down at Cornell in Livingston County.

25 years ago

July 24, 1992: A jury convicted Alvin Alexander in the murders of three people at S&S Liquors in 1988. They deliberated for seven hours. Alexander is eligible for the death penalty. His half brother, Glen Wilson, has already been convicted in the case and sentenced to die.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com. HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.

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