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100 years ago

Oct. 13, 1918: Maurice Wakefield of Heyworth died of the Spanish flu while in military training at Iowa State University. A few days ago John Wakefield, also of Heyworth, died from flu-related complications aboard the ship Mercy. Their familial relationship wasn’t reported.

75 years ago

Oct. 13, 1943: Frances Murray, Bloomington’s new air raid warden, is the first woman to hold such a post in Illinois. She was elected by fellow air raid wardens. Bloomington hasn’t had an air raid, but all wardens meet once a week for practice instruction.

50 years ago

Oct. 13, 1968: Fire destroyed the Robert Oliver home at Kappa, the apparent result of faulty wiring. The house was formerly the Kappa school building, and was remodeled into a private home about 15 years ago. No injuries were reported.

25 years ago

Oct. 13, 1993: Bloomington officials decided not to join forces with Normal in regulating cable television rates. That leaves Bloomington customers exposed to the threat of higher basic cable rates than their Normal neighbors. But a cable official says that’s not likely to happen.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe;