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100 years ago

Dec. 7, 1918: The city formally accepted the proposed land for Centennial Park. Real estate broker Mark Evans had offered a plot of land at Linden and Emerson for a park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Illinois statehood.

75 years ago

Dec. 7, 1943: Christmas shoppers are setting new records this season. Department stores and dress shops report the biggest increase in volume, up about 12 percent from last year. Men’s stores are up big, mostly selling civilian clothes. And the toys are all but gone.

50 years ago

Dec. 7, 1968: Army Lt. Terrence Bozarth was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart medals. He was killed in Vietnam while flying on a volunteer mission in February. Bozarth was a Central Catholic graduate. His parents now live in Kettering, Ohio.

25 years ago

Dec. 7, 1993: The Gridley swimming pool board wants to turn the pool over to the village. The pool board is in debt, can’t pay for repairs, and can raise money only through ticket sales and fund-raising events. This may go to a referendum to establish a village recreation tax.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe;