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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Face-off! Angler’s Club, Bloomington January 1938

Angler's Club playing hockey on Angler's Lake on January 31, 1938

Hockey players Carson, Bower, Smith, Rasmussen, Walsh, and Redman play hockey on Angler's Lake, one of several old play pits. The club has since disbanded.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Excelsior School -- Cheney’s Grove Township, 1938

Three boys in school constructing a model home, 1938

Excelsior School was one of more than 250 one-room schools in McLean County. Joe and Jack Powell working on the kitchen floor while Gayle Bane looks on.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Lathrop's Barbershop, 1914

Group of men, and a dog, posing for a photo in a barbershop, 1914.

George Lathrop was a Bloomington barber for many years. it was located on the 400 block of N. Main St.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Emerson School, Bloomington March 1976

Group of children hold hands in a circle at Emerson School, 1976

Built in the early 1900s, Emerson School was demolished in 1985. The old school site was converted to green space and is known today as Emerson Park.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Illinois State Normal University Quad, 1941

Aerial view of Illinois State Normal University, 1941.

This aerial view, looking north, shows the ISNU Quad in 1941.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Mystery Snow Scene - Mystery Solved!

Scene of a snowy street, undated.

This scene looks north where Clinton St. The house at the end of the street is gone: it was taken down when the intersection was reconfigured.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Snowbound Illinois Central Northeast of Fletcher, February 1908

Train buried in snow, 1908

A heavy snowfall in February 1908 put a halt to this steam locomotive along the Illinois Central Railroad’s “Bloomer Line.”

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Mobile Home Living, Bloomington Catherine Heineman, January 1953

Woman standing in the kitchen of a mobile home, 1953

By 1953, there were at least 10 mobile home parks with a combined 165 “trailers” in the Twin Cities. What’s known today as Greenwood Mobile Home Court is located off Veterans Parkway on the south end of Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

"Gridley High, January 1953 County Hoops Champs"

Gridley High basketball team, 1953

Here’s Gridley High School Coach readying his varsity squad for the 1953 McLean County Basketball Tournament.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

My Store, Bloomington, undated 100 block of South Center Street

Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach in front of their general store, undated.

The name My Store first appears in the 1891 Bloomington city directory. Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, erecting a five-story “trade palace” in 1912.

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