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1855
Isaac Funk, of Bloomington, McLean county, Illinois, recently sold to Messrs. Hough, of Chicago, fourteen hundred head of cattle that would average seven hundred pounds, for the sum of sixty-four thousand dollars.
[1855 Jan 4 - The Pittsfield Sun]


1857
August 26, 1857 - By the politeness of Mr. Osman, City Sexton, we are enabled to lay before our readers the following statement of the number of deaths which have taken place in this city since the first of August, 1856. Hereafter we shall publish a monthly statement of interments, giving the age and sex of those who leave this world for (it is to be hoped) a better one: Statement of Interments in the Bloomington Cemetery for the Year Ending July 31st, 1857: August 1856 - 26; September - 9; October - 14; November - 10; December - 7; January 1857 - 14; February - 5; March - 8; April - 2; May - 0; June - 2; July - 3; Total 100.
[August 26, 1857 vol. XI issue 38 no. 558 p3 c2, Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill., Submitted by Judy Edwards]


September 9, 1857 - We learn that a young lady, a daughter of Mr. E. G. Sackett, residing about three miles east of town, was bitten by a rattle- snake on Tuesday last. A large snake had been killed a few days before, and Miss S. was passing near the place where the dead snake lay, when another snake, probably its mate, struck her on the ankle. A singular feature of the affair is that the young lady was bitten a year or two ago, and the two wounds are so close together as to almost touch. Dr. Crothers, who was called in, informs us that the patient manifested no fear of the result, and that although she was quite sick and the wound much swollen, she will probably recover.
[September 9, 1857- Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. XI 40 560 3 c1, Submitted by Judy Edwards]


1858
St. Louis, May 15. -- A violent tornado occurred on Thursday, which was so severe as actually to blow a train of cars on the Chicago and Alton railroad off the track at Lexington, Illinois, by which several persons were severely injured. The towns in the vicinity suffered severely, and many houses were prostrated. Three person were killed at Tonawanda [sic = Towanda]. Yesterday, another storm occurred between Bloomington and Springfield, which did much damage to a number of houses at Elkhart and Williamsville. The latter was nearly demolished, and a family of five persons killed.
[20 May 1858 - National Era ]


1889
The Bloomington Lynching. An Infuriated Populace.
Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 1. -- The most bloddy and exciting tragedy in the history of this (McLean) county occurred here this evening. About 6:30 o'clock Ted Franks, the Jailer was shot and killed by a prisoner, Charles Pierce, alias Howlett, incarcerated for horse-stealing. The Jailer went into the jail to change the prisoner from once cell to another. The Jailer had a revolver, 32-caliber, in his hip-pocket, and no coat on. He went to unlock the cell-door, when the prisoner seized the revolver, and shot the Jailer in the back. The Jailer then turned around and was shot in the shoulder. The prisoner fired a third shot, and the ball pierced Frank's heart, going clear through the body, killing him instantly. The other prisoners seized the murderer and prevented him from escaping, and wrested the revolver from him. News of the murder spread like wild-fire and cries of vengeance were soon heard form the knots of men about the streets. By 8 the jail was entirely surrounded by at least 5,000 men, women, and boys, every one demanding the blood of the murderer. The Sheriff and police summoned a stong force to guard the jail and did all in their power; but at 9 o'clock a mob of howling men gained entrance after nearly tearing down the jail. For over an hour the mob worked enthusiastically and madly, amid the yells, screams and cheers of the lookers-on. When they had forced the inner iron doors in the put a rope around the murderer's neck and dragged him out through the wild crowd to a locust tree near by, at the corner of Market and Center streets. In a few minutes he was dangling in the air, a lifeless corpse. The shrieks and groans of the victim of mob violence could be heard while he was dragged remorselessly to the tree, but his cries were drowned in loud cheers and yells of "Hang him!" "Lynch him!" The wildest excitement prevailed. Some of the best citizens were in the front. Business men cheered and encouraged the lynchers, and women cheereed and waved handkerchiefs when the hope was strongest that Patsey Devine, charged with the murder of Aaron Goodfellow, in 1879, now a prisoner in jail, would be lynched too; but the mob dispersed without touching him, though the feeling was very strong. Jailer Franks was a noble man and a good citizen, liked by all. He had lived here over twenty years, and his death is universally lamented throughout the city. Pierce stole a horse and buggy here a few weeks ago, and was captured at Jacksonville, where he is known as a bad man. He was only 20 years old, of medium size, smooth face, and brown hair, with a bad countenance. After hanging on the tree thirty minutes and having been seen by thousands of people, the body of the murderer was cut down and taken possession of by the Coroner. This has been a gloomy, dreary, and dark day; the clouds were leaden and heavy, dropping now and then a spat of rain. Though the mud was terribly deep and adhesive the streets from earliest morning were thronged with an excited populace. For one day the churches had light congregations. Men, women and children in multitudes visited the elm tree, to which the dead body of young Pierce, or Howlett, was hanging, at 9 o'clock last night. THose who visited it this afternoon saw nailed to it the following grotesque card:

"McLean, Illinois - Ax-man, ax-man, spare this tree, and never touch a single bough; and may God spare this elm tree forever to grow to mark where the first justice to a murder ever was done in McLean County, and may the good people stand by the boys that did it."

This was tacked up about noon to-day, and remains undistrubed. Who wrote it, or who nailed it up, is not known. The rope was cut into fragments last night and eagerly seized by the curious crowd. The jail was another center of interest. Its wrecked doors and windows stood as the fury of the populace left them last night. Inside the jail office, where Frank was murdered, were splashes of blood on the floor and bedstead on which the stricken man had died. On a line behind the jail proper hung a white counterpane crimsoned in blotches by the jailer's heart's blood. It was a ghastly reminder. The iron doors of the cell-house were battered and dented by sledges and bars. There was general weeping and wailing in all parts of the Sheriff's house, and even among the prisoners, who swear that had the mob not taken Pierce's life they would have strangled him for killing their best friend. Amoung them the dead prisoner is denounced in vigorous words. The body of Pierce, the neck encircled by a three-quarter inch manila rope, cutting deep into the flesh, lay all day in the ice casket in the under-taker's office. Thousands viewed it with various expressions of word and feature. He was not a bad-looking lad -- black-haired, smooth-faced, pale, irregular features, and an intelligent cast of conntenance. it was learned to-day his right name is Howlett, and that his father is cashier of a bank, at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His life had been one of crime from infancy. He was plucky and brave. Though surrounded by a howling mob, heaping curses and maledictions on his fated head, he spoke quietly and calmly to some who stood about him, bidding good-by to Fire Marshal Chase and shaking hands with him. Popular sentiment is undoubtedly dead to any feeling of regret that Howlett is dead. People are actually glad of that, but the best citizens are truly sorry that mob law ever prevailed in Bloomington. But the causes that led to it are apparent. The popular mind is still brooding over the O'Neil murder yet unpunished and over the murder of Aaron Goodfellow, a noble citizen, for whose murder Patsy Devine was convicted and sentenced to hang. The decision of the Supreme Court reversing the judgment on a flimsy technicality not comprehensible by ordinary citizens was the last straw. This came on Friday, and was generally published Saturday. Before people could understand what that decision meant, and while they only knew that the murderer of Goodfellow was as good as turned loose scot free, came the terrible tragedy, the killing of Jailer Frank. This fairly crazed certain classes of people and the mob followed.
[1881 Jan 3 - Daily Inter Ocean]


1889
April 18, 1888. George M. Duclos, of Bloomington, has gone to New Hampton, Ia. He believes that the J.B. Duclos whose name is in the list of the killed in the Milwaukee & St. Paul road accident at Wapsie is either his father or his brother. His father was a resident of Oregon and his brother a stock dealer of Friender, Dak.
[The Newton Press, Jasper Co., IL April 18, 1888, submitted by K. Torp]


1908
Dec. 8, 1908: Three city firemen were hurt on a fire run when a hose truck hit a rut in the street and overturned. The worst injury was to August Lambrecht, who was knocked out for several hours with a concussion. The others were Walter Goldsmith and Will Fishbeck.
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 9, 1908: Motorman Nowatski was running his streetcar when a boy fired a rifle into the car from outside. Mr. Nowatski wasn’t hurt, but the bullet hole is clearly visible in the car body. The incident at Clay Street (now Oakland Avenue) and Vale was supposedly an accident. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 12, 1908: It was getting dark about 4 p.m. when the electric company shut off power to most of the city. Street cars were idle, while public buildings, stores and homes went dark. The problem was a pipe that fed water into a boiler at the power plant. Repairs took three hours. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 14, 1908: Reverend J.H. Mueller is finishing his 16th year at the Unitarian Church. Since he came, church membership has grown from about 40 families to 175 families. (The church was on East Street near Washington, on land now occupied by National City Bank.)
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 15, 1908: Wife trouble has landed Silas Lewis in police court again. Yesterday he was hauled up on charges of cutting up a dress and shoes that belong to her. He promised the prosecutor he’d behave if he were let go. If he doesn’t, the prosecutor promised jail. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 16, 1908: William Stesman died at the county farm and was buried yesterday in the city cemetery. Little known to most, he had one claim to fame: while working for the Chicago and Alton he is said to have built the first modern-day locomotive pilot (cowcatcher). [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 19, 1908: There will be no more saloon licenses in Bloomington. The city council voted 7-6 in favor of licensing a new bar at 918 West Washington. But passage required eight votes so Mayor Holland declared the ordinance lost. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 20, 1908: A small book telling the history of St. Matthew Episcopal Church has just come out. The church began in 1853, and met for the first several years in rented rooms and other churches. (St. Matthew has been on East Oakland Avenue since the 1950s.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 22, 1908: Architect George Miller has drawn up plans for a rebuilt grandstand for the Bloomington Base Ball Association, parent of the Bloomington Bloomers. It will compare favorably with ballparks at Peoria, Springfield and Decatur. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 23, 1908: A tree fell on Bloomington author-lecturer Elbert Hubbard in the woods near his colony in New York State. He was said to be seriously injured. (He recovered, and died in 1915 on the passenger liner Lusitania when it was sunk by a German U-boat.)
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 24, 1908: The latest mystery is: where is Henry Fischer? He has been missing since July, leaving a wife, nine children and a mortgage on 1319 North Mason Street. His wife wants to find him just to get his name off the mortgage. She doesn’t want to live with him again.
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 29, 1908: Bloomington is one of 27 Illinois cities in line for a wireless telegraph station. It would be part of a network run by the United Wireless Telegraph Company. The network will operate east of the Mississippi River. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

Dec. 31, 1908: Bloomington can expect big things in 1909. Two new interurban lines are expected to come in, and at least one new church will be built. Thousands will be spent on new pavement and sewer jobs. (The two interurban lines never came. But the new church was built.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]


1909
Jan. 1, 1909: There were about 200 people at the dancing party last night at the Bloomington Club. At midnight the lights were shut off, the New Year announced, and dancing then resumed. Today will see various New Year open houses, as is the custom. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

Jan. 2, 1909: A major earthquake left more than 110,000 dead this week in Italy. In Bloomington, organizers were collecting relief funds to be sent to the Red Cross. Mrs. J.T. Lillard, daughter of the late Judge David Davis, gave $200, the largest donation reported so far.
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]


1933
Dec. 6, 1933: Beer joints in town and across the country will have a chance to sell hard liquor as repeal of the 21st Amendment takes effect. But Bloomington’s license law still restricts alcohol sales to beer not over 3.2 percent by volume. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 7, 1933: Former army colonel Mark Ethell of Bloomington has received maybe the oddest thank-you note ever. In the World War, he saved a German prisoner of war’s life. It took the prisoner 15 years to find Colonel Ethell, but when he did he sent a grateful letter. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 8, 1933: The W.H. Roland Company is offering men’s “O’Coats” (overcoats) for $13.95, and suits for $14.95. Monogrammed shirts start at $1.39 in the men’s department, which is in the basement of the store. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 9, 1933: Convicted murderer Walter Brown of Bloomington was involved in a multiple escape plot at the Joliet prison. Authorities suspect a Normal woman was helping him from the outside. Brown, 24, is in prison for killing McLean County deputy Charles Adams. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 10, 1933: Mrs. Caroline Moore of Normal admitted to giving cash to help her brother, Walter Moore, escape from Joliet prison. Brown, who killed a local deputy, had cohorts on the inside. Mrs. Moore also named some cohorts on the outside, but they deny everything. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 11, 1933: There was a surprise party for retired farmer C.L. Mays on his 78th birthday. The whole family turned out at the Mays home on Towanda Avenue. Mr. Mays is best known as the first head of the McLean County Farm Bureau. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 13, 1933: Former Bloomington alderman and businessman Jesse Enlow died at age 91. He had many stories to tell about the Twin Grove area, where he was born in 1842. Because of his sharp memory, people often called on him when they needed historic information. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 14, 1933: The BHS student body petitioned the school board to say whether the high school can stay open through the end of the school year. At the board meeting, members admitted they couldn’t tell. The issue is whether the district will have enough money. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 16, 1933: Hard liquor and beer over 3.2 percent alcohol are now legal in Bloomington. A city ordinance regulating their sales is in effect. Last night the city council approved liquor licenses for a long list of retailers and to a few wholesalers. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 17, 1933: The first toys are gathered but the Pantagraph Good Fellows fund needs more cash. Also, local merchants say the Christmas shopping rush is unusually big, and the stores will be hiring extra clerks to handle the load. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 19, 1933: Two robbers struck the Standard Oil station at 1200 East Washington at about 10:30 last night. One guy stayed in the car while the other robbed attendant James Andes at gunpoint. (The old gas station is now an insurance agency at Washington and Towanda.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 20, 1933: There is no joker (loophole) in Bloomington’s new liquor ordinance. Mayor Wellmerling says liquor retailers have to be closed by 11 p.m. with everyone out, or the joke will be on them. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 21, 1933: Patrolman William Weatherford shot and wounded a 15-year old burglary suspect near the Armor and Co. plant on West Washington Street. The wounds are not believed serious. The suspect has a previous burglary record and had stolen goods stuffed in his pockets. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 22, 1933: The ad says “Free Beer” but you have to buy the fish or chicken special for 25 cents at the Shell Inn, 1219 South Main in Normal. (This location would soon become famous as home of the original Steak ‘n Shake. Today it’s a Monical’s Pizza restaurant.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 24, 1933: Plans are out for a new municipal airport to be built on 164 acres 1.25 miles east of Bloomington on Route 9. It will be paid for with economic recovery funds and civic contributions from G.J. Mecherle, C.U. Williams, Paul and Otto Beich, and others. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 26, 1933: There were only 500 people at Will Shelper’s Home Sweet Home Mission Christmas dinner yesterday. He fed many more last year. Mr. Shelper took that as a sign that the re-employment picture is picking up. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 29, 1933: Mid-winter graduation at the elementary schools will force changes at Bloomington High School. The auditorium will be used as a study hall. 148 eighth graders will graduate from the elementary schools, with 93 percent expected to enter high school. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

Dec. 30, 1933: Advertised in the Pantagraph: Morris Tick Company, long time buyers of scrap iron at 311 South Center, is paying top dollar for furs and pelts. Horse, beef, sheep, mink, coon, skunk, possum, weasel, muskrat and fox skins are all being bought at Tick’s. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

Dec. 31, 1933: There will be watch parties, dancing and traditional noisy welcoming of the New Year tonight. Goings-on are scheduled for the McBarnes Memorial Building, Coliseum, Bloomington Club, Illinois and Tilden Hall hotels, Salvation Army and more. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]


1934
Jan. 3, 1934: From the sports page: Wesleyan’s basketball team defeated the University of Arizona 49-44 at Memorial Gymnasium. IWU’s Bill Conroy led all scorers with 18 points. (About 50 years later, IWU beat Arizona again, this time on Arizona’s court in Tucson.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]


1939
April 25, 1939. There was little leaning on shovels at Illinois Wesleyan university when students and faculty abandoned classes to participate in Campus Cleanup day. This is the first time that students and faculty have taken a day off to work on the campus since 1932, when the whole school painted the fence around Wilder field. [25 Apr 1989 - Compiled by Phyllis Liston - The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois]


1958

Dec. 5, 1958: The accused kidnapper of Food Circus owner Darrell McReynolds has been judged sane and will have to stand trial. The suspect, Rollie Lyons of Decatur, is charged with robbery and with forcing Mr. McReynolds to drive him to Springfield. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 6, 1958: Police Chief Giermann got an earful when he stopped at a coffee shop. A woman thanked him for recovering a bicycle, and then wondered out loud why such stories never make the paper. A reporter happened to be along and later it all appeared on page three. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 7, 1958: On the last day of filming Harold Sinclair’s The Horse Soldiers, a stunt man was killed when he fell off a horse. He was a 25-year veteran of movie stunts. Sinclair is from Bloomington, and the star of the film is John Wayne. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 9, 1958: It was eleven below zero overnight — so cold that the thermometer on the People’s Bank building (now Commerce Bank) at Washington and Center would not show the temperature. As the day warmed up, so did the device and it began to show temperatures again. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 10, 1958: Governor Stratton announced a $25 million construction project for I-74 between Danville and Urbana. That amount will pay for 9.73 miles of new four-lane highway. (Completion of I-74 to Bloomington-Normal was still almost 20 years in the future.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 12, 1958: For three days out of four, we have had sub-zero temperatures. Still, Greg Hutson, 4, managed to get his picture taken enjoying a double decker ice cream cone around noon. By that time it was a “comfy” twelve degrees outside. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 14, 1958: Mrs. Ella Barton, 87, of the Baltz Nursing Home has her Christmas tree up again. For the past 27 years, she has put up the same live rubber tree for the holidays. She kept it alive after the husband of a friend threw it out. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 15, 1958: Three explosions rocked the Bloomington-Normal Sanitary District plant on West Oakland Avenue. They could be heard all over town. Authorities blame gasoline in the sanitary sewer system for the blast. Worker David Peasley of Heyworth was injured. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 17, 1958: The Miller Park pavilion will host seven teenage dances between now and January 3. At least four adult couples will act as chaperones, and Mayor McGraw has announced a set of rules he expects the teens to follow. The dances will be broadcast on WJBC. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 18, 1958: The original Brokaw Hospital building is scheduled to be torn down. But bids for the job were too high, so an unidentified hospital board member gave $1,500 of his own money to save the project. Built in 1896, the old building has been vacant since 1953. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 19, 1958: A safe stolen from Sears and Roebuck in downtown Bloomington has turned up in a Rowe Construction gravel pit at 1523 West Market Street. Police say $8000 is missing. Stealing the safe was a hefty job, since it weighs 2100 pounds. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 20, 1958: Mayor McGraw threw the switch to light up Bloomington’s new mercury vapor street lights. They extend along Main Street from Walnut to MacArthur. Only the north half of the new lights were turned on, leaving the south half still lit by the multiple globe fixtures. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 21, 1958: Bill White turned 95 yesterday. He’s one of the downtown characters, lives at the Ewing Hotel and plays pool at the Empire. He got about 50 cigars from friends, plus a letter of congratulations from President and Mrs. Eisenhower. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 22, 1958: John Wunder and his wife, 706 West Graham, went rabbit hunting near Heyworth. They bagged seven, and thought they had finished them off. But when they got home, one hare jumped out of his hunter’s coat pocket and limped its way to freedom. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 24, 1958: Three pretty girls played reindeer as they pulled Santa’s little red wagon around the square. It was a Christmas parade of just one entry. Mrs. Claus walked behind the wagon. Apparently aware of the pretty “reindeer,” she carried a shotgun. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 25, 1958: Clifford Roderick, 614 East Walnut, probably arose this Christmas morning with a lot of satisfaction and maybe a little bit of eye strain. He built and painted the features of 64 toys, which he donated to the Salvation Army to give to needy kids. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 27, 1958: The Sinorak, 1720 South Main Street, opened Friday as Bloomington’s newest dining and cocktail facility. It’s owned by Pete Karonis. Sinorak is the owner’s name spelled backwards. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]


1983
Dec. 5, 1983: Four area young people received DAR awards for citizenship. They are Robert Neirynck of Bloomington; Carol Johnson of Morton; Janet Baldridge of Delavan; and Barry Housour of rural Bloomington. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 6, 1983: Authorities charged David Hendricks, 313 Carl Drive, Bloomington, with eight counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and three children. He was taken to jail. But his mother-in-law, Nadine Palmer of Delavan, says Hendricks is not the killer. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 7, 1983: The first major winter snowfall here was two inches. It was the apparent cause of a fatal traffic accident on US 51 south of town. A 17-year old girl was killed, and her 18-year old cousin critically injured. Other accidents were also reported. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 8, 1983: Requests for holiday food baskets are on the upswing in Bloomington-Normal. High food prices and unemployment seem to be pushing more people to ask for food, according to officials of community agencies. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 13, 1983: There are still no stoplights at Towanda and Emerson. Neighbors don’t want them, and the city council voted the idea down 5-2 last night. Some onlookers said the council would later regret its decision. (The intersection has now had stoplights for years.) [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 17, 1983: Accused murderer David Hendricks was ordered held without bond. He is charged with the November killings of his wife and three children at the family’s Carl Drive home. Hendricks’ attorneys say they will appeal the denial of bond. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 18, 1983: BHS was the scene of a Christmas party for 800 children of unemployed parents. Volunteers from business, labor and the McLean County Association of Firefighters gave their time to make it work for the second straight year. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 23, 1983: Holy Trinity church, rectory and convent have been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The church consists of the shell of an 1870 Gothic-style church that burned in 1932, with an art-deco style interior. The architect was Paul Moratz. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 24, 1983: As part of the coldest December in 50 years, Bloomington had a record eighteen below zero, with wind chills of minus 50. The worst wind chill was 75 below at Rockford. The cold, wind, and drifting snow affected everything people did. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 26, 1983: The cold and snow continue, but not everyone has surrendered. At 1016 North Evans, 78 year old Clara Gottschalk was out shoveling her walk because she had guests coming for the holidays. Not everyone did what she did. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

Dec. 27, 1983: A water main broke Christmas night at Bloomington Manor Intermediate Care, 1925 South Main Street. 47 residents were evacuated to Miller Park Pavilion, where they spent the night. Fortunately, they had eaten Christmas dinner before the water main broke. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies - By Jack Keefe]

David Hendricks entered a plea of innocent at his arraignment. He is charged with murdering his wife and three children in their Carl Drive home. Grand jurors who heard the prosecution’s case say there’s no direct evidence linking Hendricks with the crime. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

Ty Whitmer, manager of Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, has been elected president of the Convention and Tourism Council of the Association of Commerce and Industry. He has been manager of Howard Johnson’s since it opened early in 1964. [The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]



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