100 years ago

Oct. 10, 1919: In just a few days, construction will begin on the new west wing of St. Joseph’s Hospital. The new wing will contain 110 rooms dedicated to the training of nurses. OSF officials decided they can’t wait for the present fund drive to end before construction begins.

75 years ago

Oct. 10. 1944: The Central Die Casting and Manufacturing Co. will open a small plant at 315 W. Washington St. A truckload of machinery has already been delivered here, and production should start about Nov. 1. There will be 15 jobs, eventually expanding to 70.

50 years ago

Oct. 10, 1969: John J. Rapp, who owned Rapp’s Market on North Madison Street since 1941, has died at age 61. He had been hospitalized about two weeks. He leaves his mother, wife, three children and three grandchildren.

25 years ago

Oct. 10, 1994: Former U.S. Rep. and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Madigan of Lincoln has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. Doctors say the disease can also be treated aggressively with chemotherapy and an experimental “vaccine.” Surgery has been ruled out.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.