Full Text:tion. Father Egan, former beloved pastor of St Mary's church, dies in December. 1981 A & P at Church & Jefferson St. robbed of $8,456.40. Margaret Field becomes head librarian, replacing Margaret Marchi. Mini Mall in former Bowman's Shoe Store on Cass St. School referendum fails for a 90$ tax hike. Board blames it on the poor economy. Must cut budget. Beautification program to start in town. Daffodil Walk through Josyln Woods in Bull Valley on April 24. Pope shot twice as rode through St. Peter's Square. Sodium vapor lighting to be permitted in city. Cripple Creek Hat Co. hold Grand Opening with a Country Jamboree held on Square on Aug. 9. Downpour on Aug. 14 with near record rainfall. Flash flooding. City Council proposing a sign ordinance. Council also met to find way to deal with undesirable people congregating in square. Victorian house on Fremont St. built by Judge Barnes is plaqued as historically significant by Woodstock Environmental Enhancement Commission for restoration done by the Rachford family. 2 armed robbers escape with thousands in cash from Quick Mart on Seminary Ave. Lock employee in cooler. Egypt's President Anwar Sadat assassinated on Oct. 6. Tom Bynes displays Christmas Village that he created at Woodstock Library. 1982-1991 1982 Snow, extreme cold, high winds cause school closings, power outages, closed roads, burst pipes and broken water mains. Jewel-Osco store opens on Rt. 47 on January 14. A & P on Church & Jefferson closes in March. Revenues decline for schools and the city. Clay Street and Westwood schools are closed. City adopts sign control ordinance. Mike Ditka is named head coach of the Chicago Bears. State Bank pays 12.95% interest on IRA accounts. Woodstock Area Recyclers' first drive nets IV2 T. of aluminum cans, 6 T. newspaper, 3V2 T. glass. Woodstock Country Jamboree features Kingston Trio and WGN's Bob Collins. Military jet tanker explodes, crashes in Greenwood; 27 crew killed. House fire on E. Calhoun; 4 injured and first fire fatality since 1958 in Woodstock. Steve Feldt found stabbed to death. Twenty U.S. Immigration agents raid two area companies; remove 43 employees. Unemployment rate in Illinois 12.5%, McHenry County 7.5%. ComEd raises rates 7.8%. AT&T telephone system is restructuring. Automatic Liquid Packaging opens. Wells DuraBar expands. New mini-golf, Bass Pro Shop. East Calhoun Street is reconstructed. The Square is on National Historic Register. Emergency agencies discuss surviving nuclear nightmare. "E.T." movie at theater. 1983 State Bank's ATM a success. Install CT scanner at Memorial Hospital. Americorp buys First National Bank. Can of Campbell's soup is 29 cents. Special tax district set up for Square improvements. Opera House gets elevator; Bob Vila of "This Old House" appears at Opera House. 1983 Ford Escort is $5,497. Woodstock Blue Streaks and Marian Central Hurricanes win state football championships. Odd Fellows building demolished for State Bank expansion. 337 telephone prefix now in use. Mary Calista Barter dies after brutal beating in her home by unknown assailant. City approves Woodstock Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad merger. Flags at half mast for Marines killed in Beirut explosion. Jonathan apples are 79<t for 3 lbs. 12th year of Rotary's Christmas Clearing House. Cabbage Patch doll madness. Baskin-Robbins ice cream store opens. Lights outline Square buildings for Christmas; financed by merchants. Dec. has 18" snow and -20°. 1984 Waterbeds, computers and satellite dishes advertised. D200 schools cover windows and more to save energy. Dial-A-Ride begins 6 a.m. March 6. AT&T, MCI, Sprint, etc. now provide long distance telephone services. McHenry County Waste Advisory Committee to plan for county landfill. Train hits cow, cow dies. Garage sales widespread. 1-year CD at Home Federal pays 10.5% interest. Kids practice break dancing on Square sidewalk. No-fault divorce in effect in Illinois. Aavang's IGA grocery opens in store at Church & Jefferson. Dedicate new Grace Lutheran Church on Kishwaukee Rd. District 200 asbestos removal may cost $500,000. City demolishes old feed store on Jefferson for parking lot. Old Montgomery Wards building being renovated; will become Woodstock Square Mall. Carefree Village opens on N. Seminary Ave. Accent Video, Graftek Press, new arrivals. Rosewood Apparel leaves. City removes stop lights at Dean & Throop, Jackson & Throop. Tavern owners object to DUI crackdown.