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100 years ago: Raid shuts down ‘wet’ cafes in Havana | Story

100 years ago

September 9, 1922: Hundreds of people who flocked to Havana, Illinois, famous for its beach resorts, as well as citizens, had a thrill when a car full of dry agents slipped from Springfield and “took cleaned” several cafes. The “wet” places attacked were the cafes of Ed Roloff, Taylor House, Whitey Sewman, Charles Biehl, Ross Curliss, Pete Rudolph and Gus Kraft, Mazana beach. The owners were taken to Springfield for hearings before a US commissioner.

75 years ago

September 9, 1947: The fire truck chasers came in for a lacing by normal fire chief Ralph Rich, who warned enthusiasts that the practice is against the law and dangerous. Rich said drivers chasing the first truck often interfered with the second truck and hindered the arrival of the fire department as soon as possible. He reminded truck chasers that a siren signifies an emergency and that motorists should pull over to the side of the street and stay away from the service.

September 9, 1972: Believing they will have to spend money to make money, McLean County Council Recreation Committee members voted to ask the council to set a budget of $250,000 to begin recreational development at Evergreen Lake. In recent years, the county budget for recreation has been $40,000. President F. Russell Glasener said the increased funding could be used to develop beach and camping facilities that would generate revenue.

25 years ago

September 9, 1997: The Twin Cities’ emergency alert system will be revamped under a proposal approved by Bloomington City Council. The council agreed to pay the city’s share of a $42,000 contract for a new warning control system for cities. The new system would be radio-operated rather than electronic, allowing everyone’s condition to be monitored during testing. Cities now rely on resident reports to determine if a siren is not working.

Compiled by Pantagraph Staff

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement