100 years ago
May 26, 1911: The funeral of Pantagraph owner and publisher William O. Davis drew many mourners to the Unitarian Church in downtown Bloomington. Reverend Philip Mueller conducted the service, with Joseph Bates, editor of the paper, giving remarks.
75 years ago
May 26, 1936: Earl ‘Father' Hines and his Grand Terrace Garden Orchestra will appear tonight at Shalain Park (now George Mecherle Park). Advance ticket sales are 85 cents at the Illinois Hotel and Biasi's Drug Store. Admission at the gate will be $1.10.
50 years ago
May 26, 1961: Lott Walton, 67, of Bloomington, was fatally injured in an auto accident near Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He was a Bloomington business man. Mr. Walton opened what is believed to be the first self-service laundry in town. It was at 816 North Center Street.
25 years ago
May 26, 1986: Millions of people, including thousands in Central Illinois, joined in Hands Across America. The event was a fund raiser to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. The jagged coast-to-coast human line formed at 2 p.m., and had a few gaps along the way.