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100 years ago

June 15, 1917: Stage star Margaret Illington, formerly Maude Light of Bloomington, is making her debut at the movies. Fans can see her in “Sacrifice” at the Irvin Theater. It’s a silent movie, but the music will be provided by the Irvin Orchestra and the giant Kimball pipe organ.

75 years ago

June 15, 1942: The aircraft carrier Lexington was attacked and sunk May 8 by the Japanese in the Pacific. Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Lockard of Bloomington was one of those killed. Radioman Robert Wheeler of Lexington survived and is now home on furlough.

50 years ago

June 15, 1967: Finally, some relief from the flying dust on Lincoln Street. West Construction was the low bidder on a contract to pave Lincoln, from the rail crossing to Bunn Street. The contract also calls for paving Clinton Street a block north from Lincoln.

25 years ago

June 15, 1992: Work begins today on widening Linden Street from two lanes to four near the Bloomington-Normal border. Included is reconstruction of the bridge over Sugar Creek. The job should take 14 weeks. Some neighbors fear the four-lane street will attract speeders.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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