100 years ago
Feb. 19, 1911: The city's first automobile show starts in two days at the Coliseum. There are about a dozen major dealerships in town now, plus several garages for servicing. The auto club has been around since 1902. The first car appeared here in 1901.
75 years ago
Feb. 19, 1936: Mrs. John Mitchell of 702 South Lee Street has made 25 quilts on a quilting frame over 100 years old. It was made by Jeff Owens of near Covell for Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Mitchell. The walnut frame has been in the Mitchell family all this time.
50 years ago
Feb. 19, 1961: Miss Mary Kimball of 507 West Locust is about to turn 95. She is an 1886 graduate at of ISNU and the oldest living former BHS teacher. She came to Bloomington with her family when her father lost his business in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
25 years ago
Feb. 19, 1986: A 23-month old girl died in an apartment fire at 618 South McClun Street while her mother was out. A neighbor gave CPR but it was too late. The victim was Teresa Butcher. The fire apparently started on a gas stove under a pan of grease.
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