Area history, Jan. 10, 2014

Area history, Jan. 10, 2014

On Jan. 10:

In 1914, Loren Eldridge, night clerk at the Columbian Hotel in Urbana, was held up by two men, one of whom had a revolver. For their trouble, the robbers got away with $7.40 from the hotel cash register. The robbery is the first of its kind in Urbana and has created considerable excitement.

In 1964, pledges are still coming in to pay for the state of Illinois float that appeared in the Rose Bowl parade. Some $8,027 of the $15,000 needed has been raised. Most of the donations came from the Chicago area.

In 1999, the Champaign County Jail is again overcrowded, according to Sheriff David Madigan and State's Attorney John Piland. The average daily population of the jail exceeded 300 in all but one month last year, said Madigan. Piland and Madigan blamed the overcrowding on more police on the streets and tougher domestic violence and drunken driving laws and a large number of drug arrests.

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