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100 years ago

June 6, 1917: IWU’s military cadets held their final military drill of the year, parading through downtown Bloomington. Meanwhile, Civil War veterans are gathering in town for the GAR’s encampment, 52 years after that war ended.

75 years ago

June 6, 1942: Bloomington city workers won’t get raises this year. City Council passed a salary ordinance keeping the wages and salaries at last year’s level. Alderman Roy Anderson wanted to raise 50-cent hourly workers to 52½ cents. But this was voted down 10-3.

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50 years ago

June 6, 1967: Unit 5 Superintendent Loren Klaus had submitted his resignation. During his five years Unit 5 has grown in size and progressed academically. But it has also struggled financially during this growth. Klaus will be pursuing a doctorate at ISU.

25 years ago

June 6, 1992: In most places we call it the “el,” short for the elevated railroad that provides public transportation in Chicago. The “el” is marking its 100th anniversary today. The first passenger, a 14-year-old boy, paid a nickel to ride from downtown Chicago south to 39th Street.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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