100 years ago
Jan. 13, 1915: The Rev. Joshua Lawrence, 97, died in Topeka, Kan. LeRoy people remember him well as a circuit preacher there for 25 years. When he moved to Kansas he held meetings in a Dodge City billiards room until his congregation was big enough to build a church.
75 years ago
Jan. 13, 1940: Mrs. Sara Lund lay critically ill in Paxton, needing serum from Chicago. Her husband arranged for delivery, and for the first time ever, the IC’s crack passenger train The Floridan stopped at Paxton and handed off the serum. Mrs. Lund is now expected to live.
50 years ago
Jan. 13, 1965: The Veterans Administration hospital at Dwight is scheduled for closing by the end of June. The closing will be part of a cost-saving move that includes 14 VA hospitals around the country along with 23 regional offices.
25 years ago
Jan. 13, 1990: Raymond Caton, 80, died in a long-term care facility. He was an educator, having served as principal at Hopedale High School and NCHS. He was also McLean County regional superintendent. Mr. Caton was born in Stanford, attended IWU, and played semi-pro sports.