Local history: a big Urbana win over Champaign, another bad Illinois football team, Urbana's first fire truck, Champaign police cleared
Catching up with some big days in local history ....
Saturday, Nov. 10
In 1912, in the most brilliant football game played thus far by the Champaign High School team, they defeated the University High of Chicago Saturday afternoon at League Park in Champaign, 17-13. The crowd which witnessed the game was the biggest of the season. The sidelines were black with rooters and older folk. The entire north side of the field was occupied by automobiles.
In 1962, Urbana’s defense completely throttled Champaign’s vaunted speed attack for a 20-0 win over the Maroons at McKinley Field in Urbana. The win gave Urbana its third Big 12 championship in 10 years under Coach Warren Smith. Urbana will share the conference crown with Decatur, which also finished 4-1. The crowd at the game was estimated at between 8,000 and 9,000. Officials said it was the largest audience to watch the local grid match since the game was discontinued at Memorial Stadium.
Sunday, Nov. 11
In 1912, Father William Frawley, pastor of the new Holy Cross Church now under construction, announced this morning that he has received gifts for the new edifice including the middle altar, two side altars, a solid gold chalice, a cerborium, a monstrance, the sanctuary altar railing and a statue of the Sacred Heart. It is still the opinion of the builders that Holy Cross Church will be ready for occupancy about Dec. 15, a week and a half before Christmas Day.
In 1962, after spotting Illinois a 10-point lead on a drizzly day, Michigan scored twice in less than three minutes to defeat the Illini, 14-10. It was Michigan’s second win of the season, snapping a chain of four losses. It broke the heart of the Illini who just last week had stopped their own 15-game losing streak. It was Bump Elliott’s third win in a row over his brother Pete.
Monday, Nov. 12
In 1912, the Urbana City Council Monday declared itself in favor of purchasing an auto fire truck and doing away with the horses. An election would be held in December to vote on issuing $6,000 in bonds to pay for it. Alderman John Bennett and Chief Roughton reported the truck would be a big saving to the city.
In 1962, all three proposals in an Urbana school district referendum were approved in a special vote. The proposed addition to Hays Elementary School was approved by a 2-1 margin and a proposed elementary school to be built east of Philo Road and north of Florida Avenue was approved by a 3-2 margin. Voters also approved a 36-cent increase in the school district’s tax rate, from $1.69 to $2.05 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
In 1912, one of the worst railroad disasters in Indiana history occurred in the suburbs of Indianapolis today when 16 people were killed and 14 were injured seriously when a Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton passenger train dashed into an open switch while traveling 40 miles an hour. A freight train was standing on the siding, and the passenger train plunged into it.
In 1962, two Champaign police officers have been cleared of any connection with a series of thefts and burglaries that has resulted in the resignation of nine officers since Oct. 19. Polygraph tests were given to two men — whom Police Chief Harvey Shirley would not identify — and a joint statement by the city manager and police chief said that neither was guilty of wrongdoing.