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100 years ago

Jan. 12, 1915: When witnesses testify, they are sometimes paid (legally) for their time and trouble. Today’s paper carries a list of those people who never claimed their witness fees. Those fees have now been returned to the county treasurer. Fees range from 50 cents to $10.55.

75 years ago

Jan. 12, 1940: The Hayes-Custer stove factory was sold for $40,000 at a foreclosure auction. It was thought to be worth $250,000 before the bidding started. Reconstruction Finance Corp. was the buyer. The factory was at Empire and Linden streets.

50 years ago

Jan. 12, 1965: Northern pike fishing is coming to Lake Bloomington, and it’ll require some patience. Fourteen hundred pike, fingerling size, have been ordered for April delivery. They won’t reach minimum legal size until 1967 or ’68. Two private lake groups are paying for the fish.

25 years ago

Jan. 12, 1990: The Campbell Soup Company celebrated production of its 20 billionth can of tomato soup. The Pantagraph reported no local festivities. But in the “other” Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, there was a big party featuring well-known celebrities.

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

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