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100 years ago

June 9, 1917: Engineer Walter Hewitt, 65, was running his train from Forrest to Peoria when he dropped dead at the throttle in Fairbury. His fireman ran the train the rest of the way to Peoria. Hewitt was well liked up and down the TP&W line. It’s believed he had heart disease.

75 years ago

June 9, 1942: The widening of Route 66 from two lanes to four could begin in McLean County this fall. The first construction would be bridges and overpasses after the land is acquired. The county will pay $50,000 toward the project. The federal government will pay $200,000.

50 years ago

June 9, 1967: Unit 16 school district has a new name: Olympia. It was chosen from entries offered throughout the district, which still has eight high schools. Jane Frank, a 1966 graduate of Stanford High, came up with the name. The proposed new high school will be named later.

25 years ago

June 9, 1992: Bloomington Fire Chief Mike Sinclair will soon answer his last alarm. Sinclair, 55, plans to retire July 6 “because there’s some other stuff I want to do.” He has been part of the fire department for the past 26 years.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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