100 years ago
Sept. 9, 1919: The Bloomington Fans’ Association is looking at ideas for a new field for the Bloomers to play home games. The directors tossed the idea around at their recent meeting. One director offered to donate land with the condition that a ball park is built there.
75 years ago
Sept. 9, 1944: Two more local soldiers are missing in action. Darrell Elroy Dickerson of Bloomington was on the submarine Robalo, which is now reported lost. And 1st Lt. Charles Bain is reported missing over Germany. Their mothers live just a few blocks apart here.
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50 years ago
Sept. 9, 1969: Robert Underwood of Normal is the new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court for the rest of the year. He was chosen by fellow justices after his predecessor resigned. Underwood has been on the court since 1962 and keeps an office in the People’s Bank building.
25 years ago
Sept. 9, 1994: Normal requires its police officers to write an average of one traffic ticket per day. Officers Steve Ploense, Dave Fenton and Mike Ellington haven’t done that, so now they are on two-day suspensions this week. By the way, Bloomington has no such policy.