16-year-old girl becomes fourth person to drown in Fairbury pool

How Time Flies is a daily series in which we go back to the Pantagraph archives to remind ourselves of what’s been happening in our community and region.

100 years ago

July 11, 1924: Miss Thelma de Moss, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Moss, of Fairbury, was drowned late July 10th in the Munz Sand Pool, just south of the city limits. Her companions, Miss Bertha Keller and Caroline Bach, made a vain attempt to save her, and the doctors worked with a heart pump until 7:30 p.m., but could not save her. She is the fourth victim the pool has claimed in the past few years. The pool was formed by sand digging and is estimated to be 30 feet deep in places. Mr Munz, who previously claimed the pool was unsafe, issued an official statement closing it to the public.

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75 years ago

July 11, 1949: Legionnaires and Flanagan Auxiliary members are busy this summer raising and spending $10,000 in the interest of good citizenship. A 4 1/2-acre park is quickly taking shape on the west end of town, with facilities for both adult recreation and supervised play for the community’s younger generation. Bulldozers and cranes are digging up the earth to create an L-shaped lake along the north and west sides of the park.

July 11, 1974: Work resumed today on highway and general construction projects after the end of a 38-day strike by Temsters construction workers. The Illinois Conference of Teamsters reached a tentative contract agreement with the Associated General Contractors of Illinois and the Central and Southern Illinois Builders Associations. Details were not disclosed, pending ratification of the proposed three-year contract. However, according to a report by United Press International, the contract provides for pay increases totaling $2.70 an hour over three years.

25 years ago

July 11, 1999: More than 100 local and national vendors showcased their wares at the 18th annual Sugar Creek Arts Festival in downtown Normal on Saturday (July 10), as blue skies and mild temperatures greeted thousands of people strolling along North and Beaufort streets. Over the years, the Downtown Business Association and the city of Normal have joined forces with the McLean County Arts Center and the Illinois State University Art Department to jointly develop and sustain the festival.

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