On this date…
From Daily News files 100, 50, 25 and 10 years ago
By Bill Behling
December 22, 1897
(Wednesday) _ The celebrated mediums Alex and Kate Hume, just arrived from London, appeared at the Wilson Opera House Sunday night; it is advertised that “spirits fly through the air, visible to all present; they converse with you as in life; they shake hands with their friends.”…Henry Kopp of Bridge Street has been seriously ill with internal bleeding but seems to be better today….Another of Beloit's old settlers, W.P. Adams, 77, who was in the dry goods business and who was a holder of much property in Beloit, has died; a son, E.H. Adams, survives him….Christmas exercises are scheduled at the various schools; the program at the high school includes a reading by Margaret Branigan, and a debate on the subject of annexing Hawaii, with three-student teams taking the affirmative and the negative positions….The Free Press has chided the Daily News for reporting that C.F. Rau bought the American Hotel property at auction for only $3, when the actual price he paid was $3,000; the Daily News says anybody could see that is was a typographical error.
December 22, 1947
(Monday) _ Tony Marino of South Beloit, convicted and sent to prison 22 years ago for the murder of Charles E. Patterson of South Beloit, has been ordered freed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that Illinois handling of the case denied Marino due process of law; Marino, an Italian immigrant, denied the killing and the high court said a waiver of jury trial was not signed by him….The Beloit Lions Club has postponed the start of a $100,000 fundraising campaign to finance a student center, due to plans to include a student meeting place in the new high school center to be built on Fourth Street….The Daily News holiday bowling tournament kicks off this week; Curly Baldwin of Greyhound Bowl and Dormy Hill, co-proprietor of Gateway Lanes, say their alleys are ready.
December 22, 1972
(Friday) _ With their contracts about to expire, Beloit fireman say they will continue to negotiate rather than call a strike, but Earl Farmer, speaking for the police union, says progress is being made in negotiations with the city, but a strike remains a possibility….A proposed new housing maintenance code for Beloit could mean that landlords will be responsible for rubbish removal, keeping screens on windows, installing more toilets and electrical outlets in rooming houses, and other maintenance chores; federal regulations are the basis for the proposed changes….An 11-mile segment of the new Highway 15 freeway in Waukesha and Walworth counties has opened….Three employees of the First National Bank and Trust Co. have been promoted to assistant cashiers: Robert B. Hoyt, R. Thomas Nightingale and Gary K. Keller.
December 22, 1987
(Tuesday) _ Frank Marsden, a former Beloit City Council member, has announced that he's a candidate for election to the Beloit School Board….Gasoline prices are low for the holiday season, with most Beloit stations selling unleaded regular for 80 cents a gallon….Voters in the Kinnikinnick School District at Roscoe will have another chance to decide on a $2.8 million bonding referendum to build a new elementary school; in November, they rejected a $4.3 million bonding plan for a new middle school….The Beloit City Council has approved a $4 million expansion and improvement plan to be undertaken by Beloit Cablevision….Ground has been broken for a $400,000 satellite facility of the Beloit Clinic on Blackhawk Blvd., in South Beloit….Beloit Township board members Richard Swain and John Walters say they're candidates for re-election.