100 years ago
Jan. 19, 1915: French authorities in Paris arrested Dr. Wilfred Gardner of Bloomington. He was there to take wounded British soldiers back to London. The French thought he was a spy as he had a blank check from the German-American Bank of Bloomington. He was later released.
75 years ago
Jan. 19, 1940: A new mystery has Danvers residents buzzing: who broke into Musselman’s confectionary and barber shop? The burglar left a trail of blood when he trashed the place and all amateur detectives are poring over clues. Nothing was taken.
50 years ago
Jan. 19, 1965: Normal voters will get to say whether they want Normal to merge with Bloomington. It’ll be an advisory referendum on March 1. Normal City Council voted to place the question on the ballot. Only one councilman, Douglas Poe, actually said he favors the union.
25 years ago
Jan. 19, 1990: The pumping pool is working out well. It impounds excess water from the Mackinaw River and pumps it into Lake Bloomington. So far, officials say, it has added 50 days to Bloomington’s low water supply in only 22 days of operation.