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100 years ago

July 21, 1917: The Illinois Central Railroad has agreed to pay most of the cost of building the Washington Street underpass. The city, railroad and state have argued about this for years. The IC’s share is 70 percent; the streetcar line will pay 15 percent, as will the gas company.

75 years ago

July 21, 1942: Father Callistus Sohlbach is leaving St. Mary’s Church after nine years to become pastor at a church in Louisville, Ky. He came here from Kansas City. He was popular in Bloomington, especially in leading his parish through the Great Depression.

50 years ago

July 21, 1967: Bloomington meter maids wrote up a car in a city lot until it had 24 tickets. But they never told anyone. They just wrote tickets. Then a passing cop noticed and told the traffic lieutenant about the car with 24 tickets. They learned the car and plates were stolen weeks ago.

25 years ago

July 21, 1992: IBM announced plans to build a new sales and service facility on Commerce Parkway later this year. The scope of IBM’s services won’t change. But a spokesman says the move will put IBM closer to the data processing center of State Farm, its biggest local client.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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