100 years ago: laying the foundation stone of the new McBarnes Memorial Building |

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100 years ago

May 28, 1922: The cornerstone was laid Saturday for the new McBarnes Memorial Building. The ceremony drew a large crowd. Unfortunately, one of them was a pickpocket who relieved three local men of $114. Police believe the “bath” is from out of town, possibly Peoria.

75 years ago

May 28, 1947: The Alton Railroad will cease to exist at midnight on Saturday May 31. A federal judge has signed the final order approving the merger with GM&O and the agreement is now effective. GM&O’s first sleeper service from Chicago to New Orleans will operate on Monday.

50 years ago

May 28, 1972: Two inmates escaped from Pontiac jail earlier this week. One of them has since surrendered, bringing with him a reporter from Chicago. Journalist and prisoner Robert Carlisle had negotiated Carlisle’s return with the warden. The other prisoner is still at large.

25 years ago

May 28, 1997: Volunteers from Stone Container Corp. raised funds and spent hours reclaiming Price’s cemetery. It is an old pioneer family parcel between Hundman Lumber and Stone Container. The cemetery was deteriorating and the volunteers were motivated to help.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; [email protected]

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