100 years ago
Aug. 1, 1917: Louis Doyle, former cashier at the C&A freight depot, went missing briefly with some of the railroad’s money. He was arrested and jailed. Now he’s trying to settle with the C&A by repaying part of what he took, but the C&A is seeking more charges instead.
75 years ago
Aug. 1, 1942: Bloomington City Council met for 10 minutes. Aldermen argued over who has the tallest weeds in his ward. Worse yet, there’s an issue with the weeds harboring birds who make pests of themselves with their noise and droppings. The matter went to committee.
50 years ago
Aug. 1, 1967: The chilly Fourth of July set the tone for the entire month. Weather records show last month was the coolest July since 1959 by an average of five degrees. July was moist, but this is still a dry year. We’ve had 20 inches of rain and snow in ’67, but the average is 36 inches.
25 years ago
Aug. 1, 1992: It was a busy day. Work has begun on the new outlet mall west of I-55/74. In Normal, Masahide Matsuoka, BHS’ first foreign exchange student, returned for his 30th class reunion and to visit his sponsors. And in Wapella, the school tax protest is up to about $250,000.