1995 – 25 years ago

A replica rifle has been snatched, again, from the World War I doughboy soldier statue at Lake Bluff Park. Department of Public Works employee Carl Radde discovered the statue’s empty left hand Tuesday. Police discovered a couple of mock cannon balls stacked at the nearby Dahlgren cannon had been knocked down the bluff. The balls were returned to the stack, but a search of the area could not find the gun. After an American Legion Auxiliary fundraising effort, the doughboy was dedicated Nov. 11, 1930, the 12th anniversary of the end of World War I.