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100 years ago

Jan. 25, 1915: The United Commercial Travelers entertained about 265 people at their annual family party. The hit of the evening was “A Society Circus,” with comical efforts by the band and several UCT members playing the parts of animals.

75 years ago

Jan. 25, 1940: John Keck, who operated Keck Furniture Store on North Main Street, died of pneumonia. He was 74. He had run Keck’s Furniture in Bloomington since 1900. He and his brother Frank also had stores in Champaign, Pontiac, Streator, Lincoln and Monticello.

50 years ago

Jan. 25, 1965: Sir Winston Churchill, who led Great Britain through two world wars, has died after a long illness. In the United States, President Johnson has ordered flags to be flown at half staff until after the funeral and burial next Saturday.

25 years ago

Jan. 25, 1990: A stable economy proved a boon for area airports. Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Springfield and Peoria all saw more passengers using the airports this past year. Peoria was the busiest airport; Decatur the least busy; Bloomington was fourth.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@cbhoa.com.

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