100 years ago
May 16, 1918: Lt. Louis E. Davis was buried with military honors in the city cemetery. Pilots from Chanute Field in Rantoul flew slowly over the procession route and dropped wreaths at the grave site. Davis was killed last week in a plane crash in Texas.
75 years ago
May 16, 1943: Sheriff Earl Richards and his deputies arrested 11 people at the 104 Club, 104½ W. Front St. All charges were gambling-related and a lot of gambling paraphernalia was seized. (Today the site is part of the Law & Justice Center property.)
50 years ago
May 16, 1968: A devastating tornado killed two women and injured 56 people at Wapella. Two people were also killed at DeWitt. The storm was part of system that raked across Illinois, leaving a total of five dead. Wapella was the worst hit, along with Freeburg, east of St. Louis.
25 years ago
May 16, 1993: Heartland Community College made history this weekend: the fledgling school held its first graduation, using Eastview Christian Church as a venue. U.S. Sen. Paul Simon was the commencement speaker, and 52 students were awarded their degrees.