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100 years ago

May 13, 1918: Bloomington’s youngest Episcopal priest, the Rev. John T. Lillard Jr., was ordained at St. Matthew’s Church. The ordination rites were administered by Bishop Sherwood of the Springfield diocese.

75 years ago

May 13, 1943: The long-awaited, long-resisted dial phones begin in Bloomington-Normal on July 10. Owners of 3,500 local phones will be switched to automatic status; the other 9,500 will have to wait until after the war. Unions resisted the switchover to save operators’ jobs.

50 years ago

May 13, 1968: TV star Danny Thomas was in town to promote the fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. His stops included Maple Grove Nursing Home, a battle of the bands at Miller Park and a dinner at the Scottish Rite Temple.

25 years ago

May 13, 1993: The District 87 school board named Robert Elliott, now an assistant principal at a Virginia high school, as the new principal at BHS. Elliott was hailed for his analytical mind, sensitivity to multicultural issues, and his comfort in dealing with students.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe;