100 years ago

Nov. 8, 1919: The old Christian Church at Broadway and Ash (now College) in Normal is being torn. Its 90-foot steeple was a landmark in town since the church was built in about 1872. Some of the lumber from the demolition will go to build a double corn crib, capacity 5,000 bushels.

75 years ago

Nov. 8, 1944: Returns show President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a historic fourth term. But he did poorly in McLean County, where Republican Thomas Dewey drew 19,270 votes to FDR’s 14,024. It was the president’s worst showing here. Republicans swept the county offices.

50 years ago

Nov. 8, 1969: General Telephone customers in Ellsworth and Stanford have approved joining the company’s Extended Area Service. If the ICC approves, the calls between the Twin Cities and the two villages would no longer be subject to long distance tolls.

25 years ago

Nov. 8, 1994: Folks in town are watching for the Miller Park Zoo’s latest escapee: a wallaby. Three of them escaped Saturday morning but two have been caught. The last one is described as kangaroo-like, 18 inches tall, weighing 10 pounds. He could be anywhere by now.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.