Announcement is made of the engagement of Amanda Zook and Jonathan DeRew, both of Bloomington, Ill. She is the daughter of Rodger and Mary Jane Zook, Heyworth, Ill. He is the son of Mike and Doreen DeRew, Geneseo. The couple will be married at 5:30 p.m. June 29, 2013, at Weaver Ridge Golf Course, Peoria. The reception will follow. They graduated from their respective high schools and Illinois State University. Amanda is employed as a program coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension Office, Bloomington.Jonathan is employed as a chemistry teacher and coach at Bloomington High School.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.