Daily dose: Local history, Jerry Clarke's campaign finances

Daily dose: Local history, Jerry Clarke's campaign finances

Local history

In 1912, Sherman Walter Gordy, about 11/2 years old, died this morning at the home of his parents from burns sustained in an accident two days ago. The infant had been left with two other children, ages 5 and 3, as his mother went across South Water Street to visit with a neighbor. The 3-year-old lighted matches and somehow ignited the baby’s dress. The body will be taken to Parkville, to the home of Sherman O’Brien, the grandfather for whom the child was named.

In 1962, the University of Illinois’ giant Wullenweber radio direction finder, located south of Bondville, is to be teamed with a new electronic computer for expanded research on the ionosphere whose vagaries affect long-distance radio communications. The new computer will have 10 times the memory capacity and computation speed of the 14-year-old Illiac computer. The Wullenweber was invented and named in wartime Germany. Plans, never carried out, were to build several of them hundreds of miles apart to locate radio transmitters. The installation at Illinois is believed to be the largest in the world with poles supporting 120 vertical antennas, each 15 feet high. The installation has been in operation for three years.

Jerry Clarke's campaign disclosure

Jerry Clarke, one of the unsuccessful candidates for appointment to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson on the ballot this fall, reports that he spent $1,638 on his short-lived campaign.

Clarke, of Urbana, was not chosen by the Republican Party county chairmen in the 13th Congressional District to take the place of Johnson, who announced shortly after the primary election that he did not want to run for reelection. Instead the county chairmen chose Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

Clarke, a former aide to Johnson and now chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Wheaton, put $2,000 of his own money into the race.








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