Jack Keefe presents Back in the Day   –  A daily history of events from the past

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Back in the Day November 29, 2022 thru December 7, 2022 –

Thanksgiving Leftovers  – Happy Holidays !

Back in the Day November 20, 2022 thru November 28, 2022 –

Pre – Civil War Thanksgiving in Bloomington – Happy Holidays !

Back in the Day November 11, 2022 thru November 19, 2022 –

Have you been to this veteran’s monument?

Back in the Day November 2, 2022 thru November 10, 2022 –

Do you know where the Sangamon River begins?

Back in the Day October 24, 2022 thru November 1, 2022 –

History – The Lytleville Fire Department – a local band that rose to fame in 1930!

Back in the Day October 15, 2022 thru October 23, 2022 –

History – A shameless plug for an exciting new book !

Back in the Day October 6, 2022 thru October 14, 2022 –

History – Lester Callaway Hunt – From Central Illinois to Wyoming Governor !

Back in the Day September 27, 2022 thru October 5, 2022 –

Interesting History – 1899 Fire levels West side Cereal Mills

Back in the Day September 18, 2022 thru September 26, 2022 –

Interesting History – Bloomington’s Union Station

Back in the Day September 9, 2022 thru September 17, 2022 –

Interesting History – The story of Carl S. Martin – American Legion Post 635

Back in the Day August 31, 2022 thru September 8, 2022 –

More on the mystery of Viola Ogan

Back in the Day August 22, 2022 thru August 30, 2022 –

Who is Viola Ogan – why was she shot in the back?

Back in the Day August 13, 2022 thru August 21, 2022 –

Super interesting article on General James G. Harbord (origin of Harbord Drive)

Back in the Day August 4, 2022 thru August 12, 2022 –

W. Rebecca Dodsons mysterious stone !

Back in the Day July 26, 2022 thru August 3, 2022 –

Back in the Day July 17, 2022 thru July 25, 2022 –

Back in the Day July 8, 2022 thru July 16, 2022 –

This issue features information on the closing of Park Hill Methodist Church.

Back in the Day June 29, 2022 thru July 7, 2022 –

Correction: The Grand Hotel was on Emerson Street – check it out.

Back in the Day June 20, 2022 thru June 28, 2022

Back in the Day June 11, 2022 thru June 19, 2022

Back in the Day June 2, 2022 thru June 10, 2022

Sampling of what is available for each day

100 years ago
June 3, 1922: Roy Royce, America’s youngest “human fly,” scaled the south side of the
McLean County courthouse all the way to the top of the dome. When he got there, he climbed
to the top of the flagstaff and perched on the ball. It was 4 pm, so he drew a crowd.

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