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Archive of: July, 2015

Intern Reflection: Chloe Harkins

My Communications degree program at Illinois State University requires an internship.When I started at ISU last fall I was apprehensive about it. Where would I apply? Would I have time to fit it in with my work schedule? What would I like to do? These questions ran through my noggin' over and over until I realized what I really enjoyed…talking and history.

Photo of the Week, 127: Death in Central Illinois, 1948

On Wednesday, July 14, 1948, 80-year-old Henry David Boyer was found dead in his room in an abandoned commercial building in the Weldon (DeWitt County) business district. Dr. W.R. Marvel of Weldon said Boyer had suffered a fatal heart attack, probably sometime the night of Monday, July 12.

Weldon resident Goke Goken, who had not seen Boyer for several days, entered the building and discovered the body. Boyer had come to Weldon from Marissa, a community in St. Clair County, after the death of his wife some 25 years ago. He had worked as a farmhand.

Photo of the Week, 126: ‘Fab Four’ in Bloomington, 1950

British foreign exchange students (left to right) Anthony Lodge, Ian Humphreys (though in local news coverage Ian’s last name was also spelled Humphries), Michael Wasilewski, and Alan Evans

Seen here are British foreign exchange students (left to right) Anthony Lodge, Ian Humphreys (though in local news coverage Ian’s last name was also spelled Humphries), Michael Wasilewski, and Alan Evans...

What’s Your Favorite Flavor?

National Ice Cream Day, 1988.

Seen here from March 1988 are Laesch employees Ben Christiansen (left) and Ben Kiley filling and packing a supply of chocolate almond ice cream.

Photo of the Week, 125: Coachman Motel September 1962

The Coachman Motel

The Coachman Motel opened on January 30, 1961, at 406 E. Washington St., on the eastern edge of downtown Bloomington.

Photo of the Week, 124: ‘Swing Time’ at Victory Hall October 1935

904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall

Opened in 1919 and located at 904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall was a safe place for boys from troubled families.

‘Swing Time’ at Victory Hall October 1935

Swing set, 1935.

Opened in 1919 and located at 904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall was a safe place for boys from troubled families. At the time of this photograph (unfortunately, no one is identified) Victory Hall was home to 43 “wards”.

And the rockets' red glare … Independence Day, Miller Park, 1957

Fourth of July fireworks at Bloomington’s Miller Park

Fourth of July fireworks at Bloomington’s Miller Park have been a local holiday tradition for several generations...

Photo of the Week, 123: Burkey’s Bowling Palace, Grand Opening, Aug.16-17, 1941

Joseph E. Burkey and his wife Leila opened their six-lane bowling “palace” in mid-August 1941, at 211 E. Front St

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