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100 years ago

Sept. 13, 1917: BHS has eight boys, ranging from sophomores to seniors, who have dropped out of school to fight in the war since the outbreak of hostilities. Superintendent Stableton says that some sort of public roll would likely be established to honor them.

75 years ago

Sept. 13, 1942: Dozens of housewives, school teachers, business women and other volunteers showed up at the canning plants to peel tomatoes. They were answering the call to save the bumper crop during the labor shortage. The first thing they learned is that peeling is hard work.

50 years ago

Sept. 13, 1967: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Taylor are growing some three-pound tomatoes on their Alexander Road property. They have about six plants. Taylor digs a hole about a foot deep in the ground next to each plant. Then he fertilizes the hole.

25 years ago

Sept. 13, 1992: Two explosions and a fire destroyed the Stokely USA cannery in Hoopeston Friday. No one died but eight workers were injured. It’s not certain what caused the blaze. Stokely employs about 160 people during canning season and closes for the winter.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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