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100 years ago

Dec. 5, 1918: A 16-year-old Loda girl has disappeared just as she was to testify before a Ford County grand jury. She’s the prosecuting witness in a sexual assault case against a 21-year-old Paxton man. Insiders say this looks like an elaborate plan with a lot of money behind it.

75 years ago

Dec. 5, 1943: Congressman Everett Dirksen of Pekin announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. Dirksen is in his sixth term. Critics believe he will be a “stalking horse” for Wendell Willkie, eventually quitting the race and supporting Willkie.

50 years ago

Dec. 5, 1968: The Big Rig truck stop on Route 51 was annexed to Normal two weeks ago. Police Chief Bill Bray and State's Attorney Paul Welch visited and checked out its magazine rack. They ordered the manager to take down certain sex-oriented magazines or face prosecution.

25 years ago

Dec. 5, 1993: There is a growing trend in town where riled neighbors turn out to fight proposed developments in their backyards. So far they have wailed their neighborhoods will be ruined by new banks, bike trails and apartments. One attorney cautions, “If you don’t own it, you don’t control it.”

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.