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100 years ago

Jan. 5, 1915: South-side ice dealers are elated over this year’s crop of ice. George Agle & Co. has already harvested 1,500 tons from the Heafer ponds (now Anglers and Holiday lakes). The ice is clear as crystal and almost 12 inches thick.

75 years ago

Jan. 5, 1940: Iceman Frank Scott made deliveries to hotels and restaurants, and found himself being pitied by others in the 12-below cold. The job isn’t as bad as you might imagine, he says. Elsewhere, pipes and water meters froze, and gas stations ran short of rental batteries for cars.

50 years ago

Jan. 5, 1965: Bloomington City Councilman Vernon Prenzler has decided not to run for a second term. He said running for another term would not be honest toward the city or to his business. (Prenzler Drive is named for him.)

25 years ago

Jan. 5, 1990: People’s Bank (now Commerce Bank), McLean County’s largest, has been bought out by Indiana-based INB for about $50.5 million. The buyer plans no major changes but will eventually change the name to reflect its affiliation with INB, officials said.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.