100 years ago
July 12, 1919: It’s going to cost about $400 to feed a team of fire horses this year at the West Side fire station. That’s more than last year. As a result, city officials are considering retiring the horses and converting an old truck to a fire engine. It will pay for itself if it doesn’t eat hay.
75 years ago
July 12, 1944: Tire rationing for big trucks has already run out for July. McLean County was allotted 53 tires for the month, and they’re gone. There are no figures yet, but the allotments for August and September are expected to be reduced below this month’s level.
50 years ago
July 12, 1969: The area building trades strike is slowly winding down. All unions except for the plasterers have come to terms with the contractors. The plasterers’ agreement expires on Aug. 1. Money remains the bone of contention.
25 years ago
July 12, 1969: Weaver’s Rent-All, long in business on Main Street in Normal, has expanded to a second location. The new Weaver’s is on Hamilton Road in Bloomington. The firm opened in Normal 42 years ago, mostly renting tools.