100 years ago
Jan. 8, 1915: The new 1915 auto license tags are a gorgeous yellow with raised numerals of navy blue. One car owner described them as “the best ever. (Secretary of State) Stevenson is a sure enough student of true art.”
75 years ago
Jan. 8, 1940: Elks Club steward Albert G. Swearingen was killed in a freak accident when a handgun went off Saturday night at the club. His funeral is tomorrow, with members of the Elks presenting a special funeral ritual at the George R. Flynn Funeral Home.
50 years ago
Jan. 8, 1965: Loren Shoemaker has opened Shoey’s Barber Shop at 1211 Towanda Ave. in the May’s Drug Store Shopping Center. The shop is in the former office of Hartman-Alexander Real Estate. (It continues today alongside the post office.)
25 years ago
Jan. 8, 1990: Richard Davenport, 73, died at a Springfield hospital. He lived in Bloomington, and had dedicated much of his working life to law enforcement. Until his retirement in 1978, he was chief deputy in the McLean County Sheriff’s Department.