100 years ago

June 1, 1917: C&A Railroad men have clashed more than once with military guards as they try to enter guarded property. The C&A has now ordered employees to provide copies of ID and work orders to show why they are there, and to let the guards accompany them.

75 years ago

June 1, 1942: The Navy reported that four Illinois servicemen died, four were wounded, and 116 were missing for the 24 days ending May 10. Two are from McLean County: Virgil Robertson of LeRoy and Waldo Hale of Saybrook.

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50 years ago

June 1, 1967: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Primmer of rural Clinton didn’t like their $300 property tax bill. But it was too late to pay under protest. So they paid the bill in pennies, except for the last couple of dollars. The clerk accepted, but it will be a couple of days before they get a receipt.

25 years ago

June 1, 1992: Inventors have come up with a new high-tech bulb which is supposed to last 14 years if it’s lighted four hours a day. It would cost a fraction of what a conventional bulb would cost to operate, but will be much more expensive to buy. Look for it in stores next year.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.