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100 years ago

March 16, 1919: The kids at Irving School have sent a gift to Gen. James Harbord, who is probably the school’s most famous alumnus. The gift is a solid gold knife with a diamond setting. It is inscribed, “James G. Harbord, 3-21-1919.”

75 years ago

March 16, 1944: Home Sweet Home Mission served 5,140 free meals last year, including those during the holidays. This was revealed in a report by manager and founder Will Shepler. His report also details the clothing, 31 tons of coal, plus artificial limbs and wheelchairs given out.

50 years ago

March 16, 1969: Arthur Young, former president of the First National Bank in Normal, has died in Waco, Texas. He had been ill. Young retired from the bank in 1962. He was active in the civic affairs of Normal for two decades.

25 years ago

March 16, 1994: State Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch has won the Democratic primary and will run against Gov. Jim Edgar in the November election. With the win, she made history: Netsch is the first woman from the two major parties to win a nomination to run for governor.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.