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100 years ago

June 24, 1917: Burglars made a rich haul at two homes: William Hinkle’s in Normal and Judge Riley’s in Bloomington. In both cases they operated smoothly, didn’t ransack the homes, and stole diamonds, jewels and cash. The total value of the loot is estimated around $2,000.

75 years ago

June 24, 1942: The war hit home today with news of four servicemen killed in action. Yeoman Vernon Harrison of Bloomington; Marines John Janecek of Roanoke, Larry Starr of LeRoy, and Edward Studnicki of Streator were all on casualty lists released by the military service branches.

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50 years ago

June 24, 1967: IWU has received a substantial but anonymous gift to help buy TV equipment for use in training student nurses. The gift is in memory of Sara Stevenson, wife of Dr. Edgar Stevenson. IWU’s Stevenson Hall, home of the nursing school, is named for him.

25 years ago

June 24, 1992: The old Alton rail yard looks more like a dump than a clean-up site. Residents are complaining. City inspectors say as long as the site is safe and free of rats, they can’t do much. The Alabama-based contractor has until Oct. 16 to finish up.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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