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100 years ago

Sept. 14, 1918: Movie actor Thurlow Brewer of Bloomington is fighting overseas. He wrote to his mother at 705 N. Prairie St., describing the hellishness of battle. He also sent along a few souvenirs from the battlefield, mostly taken from fallen German soldiers and pilots.

75 years ago

Sept. 14, 1943: As the new Methodist church takes shape, Judge William Radliff has been elected chairman of the board of trustees. W.H. Gronmeier was elected secretary. The new congregation will eventually build on a site across from BHS on Washington Street.

50 years ago

Sept. 14, 1968: The costliest apartment project ever in Bloomington is under construction at Lincoln Street and Parmon Road. The price tag for the 33-unit complex is $750,000. The Sampson Apartments on North Country Club Place cost more per unit but have just 12 units.

25 years ago

Sept. 14, 1993: Military spending cuts hit Olin Fabricated Metal Products, which has a $3 million contract with the Army. But the Army cancelled the contract this month because the parts made at the plant are out of the budget now. The impact on Olin’s 75 jobs is unclear.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.