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Wabash Employees Hospital 1954: This is the Wabash Employees Hospital which opened in 1903. An addition doubling its size was opened in 1925. (H file photo)

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1948: A pacer, owned by Sandy Beaman of Decatur, went from an unraced ‘maiden’ class to a top class winner. The horse was trained in Decatur at Beaman’s Stables before being introduced to the track. From left are Mr. Beaman, Mrs. Beaman and Charles Nieft, stable foreman. (H file photo)

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