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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

'Madly for Adlai’ Sen. Estes Kefauver, Oct. 18, 1952

Sen. Estes Kefauver in Bloomington, 1952.

Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee stopped in Bloomington to campaign for fellow Democrat and hometown favorite son Adlai E. Stevenson II, who was the party’s presidential nominee. Stevenson would lose to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower in both 1952 and 1956.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Walter Schroeder, August 1958 High-Moisture Shelled Corn

Livestock farmer Walter Schroeder, 1958.

Back in the late 1950s, livestock farmer Walter Schroeder (second from right) of rural Bloomington Township fattened about 500 head of cattle a year.

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Teacher Conference, Oct. 12, 1959 Bloomington High School

Bloomington High School parking lot, 1969.

Nearly 2,000 teachers from a four-county area gathered at the new BHS for an Illinois Education Association meeting in October 1959.

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Rescued Homing Pigeon August 1942

Bloomington policeman holds a wounded homing pigeon, 1942

Elmer Lyons, Bloomington Police Department patrolman, holds a wounded homing pigeon that was rescued by two local women and brought to the station. The police cared for the pigeon at city hall for a few days before crating him (or her) up for a flightless return journey to owner.

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‘Tomatoes for Victory’ Owen Nursery, August 1942

Owen tomato nursery, 1942.

The James W. Owen Nursery maintained a 100-acre “Victory” tomato field east of Bloomington. Back in 1942, Owen Nursery was located on the 1200 block of East Oakland Avenue.

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Prairie Daze Hudson, July 12, 1980

Fraternity outhouse race, 1980.

Acacia fraternity members from Illinois Wesleyan University compete in the outhouse race at Hudson’s Prairie Daze summer fest back in 1980.

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Art Floyd’s Collection Covell, August 1958

License plate collection, 1958.

Art Floyd displays his mounted license plate collection from his garage in the Dale Township. Floyd was a local fastpitch softball legend, having served as announcer at Bloomington’s O’Neil park since 1948.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Downtown Bloomington, circa 1927 100 Block of East Front Street

​View is looking east down the 100 block of E. Front St.

The view here is looking east down the 100 block of E. Front St. The streetcar is turning onto Front from Main Street (or vice versa, we can’t tell which!) Today, the McLean County Law and Justice Center complex blocks Main Street from running from Front south to Olive Street.

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Girl Scouts Learn Weather Forecasting Camp Peairs, Early August 1950

Girl Scout camp counselor and campers, 1950.

Kathleen Keeley, assistant counselor at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Peairs, talks to Dotty Laudeman and Karen Figg about the weather flag she holds in her hands.

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American Legion Carnival Bon-Go Park, July 3-8, 1933

Aerial view of Bon-Go Park carnival, 1933.

The American Legion Louis E. Davis Post No. 56 sponsored a six-day carnival at Bon-Go Park, the popular leisure grounds a few miles south of downtown Bloomington. The carnival included the Beckmann and Gerety Shows, billed as “America’s cleanest carnival.”

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