100 years ago
Oct. 18, 1915: Sunday was an important day for St. Mary’s German Catholic Church. Bishop Edmund Dunne came in from Peoria and conferred the holy sacrament of confirmation to nearly 200 people. Along with St. Mary’s, classes from Downs and Colfax took part.
75 years ago
Oct. 18, 1940: It’s homecoming week for ISNU and IWU. About 2,000 students from the two schools staged a joint pep rally. The traditional rivalry was set aside as students of one school cheered for the other to win its game Saturday. (They weren’t playing each other.)
50 years ago
Oct. 18, 1965: The biggest manhunt in McLean County since 1963 ended with arrests of three Chicagoans in a cornfield near Carlock. That climaxed a police chase involving a stolen car that began in East Peoria. Two were caught Saturday: the third was nabbed about 1:30 a.m. today.
25 years ago
Oct. 18, 1990: It usually takes three alarm clocks to wake Todd Trainor, 22. But he was up like a flash when the smoke alarm went off in the condo where he rents a room from Ethel Goad, 82. Trainor gets credit for getting her out and saving her life. The fire loss was $20,000.
Compiled by Jack Keefe; firstname.lastname@example.org.