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by Arline Adamsick Christmas and the holidays were certainly in the air back in December 1968… The Beecher Herald: December 12,1968 “The Spirit of Beecher Blooms in Beecher” “Throughout this community, the Christmas spirit finds expression, as once again people are proving that this happiest of holidays is a time of tradition. A Beecher tradition,…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: December 6, 1968 Just had to lead with this story. It’s, well, funny!! Only in a small town… “Police Investigate Kidnapping Report, Vandalism and Break-In” “Besides a kidnapping scare, Peotone Police have investigated a break-in and 12 complaints of broken windows in buildings and cars this week. (Not funny…

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By Arline Adamsick The Monee Monitor: November 29, 1968 The saga continues, but we all know how it will end! “Raise Objections to Name Change for Egyptian Trail” “The Raccoon Grove Improvement Association held its monthly meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Milne, Friday, November 22. President Verner Lane presided. “Discussed in…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: November 22, 1968 “School Board Considers Future Building Needs” “Peotone School Board spent the major portion of their meeting Monday night discussing future school facilities. “The primary concern at the present time seems to be in the elementary schools. Peotone Elementary has rented space in St. Paul’s Parish Center,…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: November 14, 1968 “Village Board Approves Plan Commission Recommendations” “The village board meeting, held Monday night, took action on the recommendation of the Plan Commission, which had been presented for their consideration. The report read as follows: ‘It is the recommendation of the Plan Commission of Beecher to approve…

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By Arline Adamsick The Monee Monitor: November 8, 1968 Anyone remember the half (1/2) votes? That was in the days when one voted by marking an X inside the box – not a check. “GOP Sweeps County in Record Turnout” According to all predictions, there should be a record turnout this year, too!! “Will County…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: November 1, 1968 How times have changed… “Continue Investigation of Marijuana in Area” “Possession and possible use of marijuana in Eastern Will County continues under investigation by State Narcotics Agents, Sheriff’s Police, and the Police Departments in Peotone, Monee, and Crete. “Contrary to first reports, Peotone Police stated Tuesday,…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: October 25, 1968 “School Board Approves Lease for Parish Center” “The Peotone School Board Monday night signed a lease for the rent of the all-purpose room in St. Paul’s Parish Center at a cost of $300 per month or a total of 2,100 for the seven-month period beginning November…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: October 18, 1968 Oh my, things were not good…but maybe trying to holdup a bank by going to the drive through isn’t the smartest idea? Just a thought!! “Attempted Robbery at Peotone State Bank Monday” “A young white male driving a late model blue Dodge attempted to hold up…

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By, Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: October 10, 1968 Remember the Ice Follies??? Back then, it was a yearly tradition when they came to Chicago. The program was at the Chicago Stadium from October 22 through November 3. Take a look at these ticket prices: Saturday nights – tickets were $3, $3.50, $4.50, $5 or…

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By Arline Adamsick The Monee Monitor: October 4, 1968 Not a bad idea… “Prairie State College Young Investment Club” by Martha Hamilton “If you’re trying to beat inflation and learn abut the stock market, join the Prairie State College Young Investment Club. The club has $1,280 invested in five stocks: American Hospital Supply, El Paso Natural…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: September 27, 1968 Do you remember fall baseball??? “Blue Devil Nine Wins KVC Fall Baseball Crown” “A 2-1 win over Grant Park Wednesday afternoon clinched the KVC fall baseball championship for the Peotone Blue Devils. With one game remaining on the schedule, they have a 4-1 record. Grant Park…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: September 20, 1968 “Dale Cowger Receives Army Commendation” “Sgt. Dale Cowger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darald Cowger of Peotone, recently received an Army Citation and commendation medal awarded to him for ‘exceptionally meritorious service during the period between January 24 and August 19, 1968, while serving as non-commissioned…

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By, Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: September 12, 1968 Ever wonder “how large” enrollments were “back when?” “New High in High School Enrollment” “Beecher High School’s enrollment hit a new all time high when the 66 freshmen walked through the doors August 28. This freshman class became the second largest group ever to enter Beecher.…

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by Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: September 6, 1968 Remember the Bensenville Home – what an icon it was for Peotone… ”Bensenville Festival Will Include Burning of Peotone Mortgage” “Churches in this area belonging to the United Church of Christ help support the Bensenville Home, whose annual festival will be held on the grounds of…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: August 29, 1968 “Beecher Firemen Save Relocatable Classroom” “In the early morning hours of August 27, Beecher Volunteer Fire Department successfully extinguished a blaze in the new relocatable classrooms at Beecher High School. “Responding to an alarm turned in by a professional truck driver passing on Rt. 1, the…

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By Arline Adamsick This week’s news is very similar to information in the current paper – school openings, the filling of teacher vacancies, and the opening of the Will County Fair. The Monee Monitor: August 23, 1968 The teacher shortage in 201-U was getting smaller… “School Board Fills Gaps in District 201-U Faculty” “With the…

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