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100 years ago

June 19, 1917: Normal City Council voted to buy a police car following testimony by Special Officer Miller that officers must travel on foot to answer a call but often get there too late to help. Normal extends a mile in each direction from its downtown, a long way to hoof it.

75 years ago

June 19, 1942: On May 27 Charles Stoddard was found with a fractured skull at 608 W. Front St. He died soon after. The grand jury indicted Walter Newell of Deer Creek for manslaughter. Newell claims he was defending himself against Stoddard and didn’t think he was hurt badly.

50 years ago

June 19, 1967: Bloomington has filled its city planner job, vacant for two years, with James Holland, 22, of Rock Island. He’s an assistant planner there and will earn $621 per month in Bloomington. The planner’s vacancy was filled once before but the hiree quit for a better job.

25 years ago

June 19, 1992: The airport authority approved purchase of 175 acres of land for the proposed north-south runway. If all goes well, planes could be landing on the runway next year, two years ahead of schedule. The proposed runway is 6,400 feet long, or 1.21 miles.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com. HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.

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