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100 years ago

May 30, 1911: Dr. B.P. Marsh, 70, died this morning at his home, 906 North Main Street. He was principal of Bloomington High School from 1867 to 1871. His obituary and picture ran on page one, in an era when local stories and photos almost never appeared there.

75 years ago

May 30, 1936: Four old men are the only survivors of the local Civil War veterans group on this Memorial Day weekend: Charles Mayo, Aaron Will, Benjah Brigham and former governor Joe Fifer. The Memorial Day parade was held today. The veterans group is disbanded.

50 years ago

May 30, 1961: Memorial Day's origin can be traced to Vicksburg, with Southern ladies decorating graves of Confederate and Union dead before the Civil War ended. Bloomington's Gen. W.W. Orme and Capt. Hudson Burr were both at Vicksburg. Orme became sick there, and later died.

25 years ago

May 30, 1986: Retiree Hattie Johnson won $201,937 at Lotto. He's fine with it, but said his wife "had a fit" because lottery winners suddenly get all sorts of new "friends." Mr. Johnson says he'll use his winnings to fix up their house, pay off the bills, and play more Lotto.

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