Area history, Jan. 23, 2014

On Jan. 23:

In 1914, the board of directors of the C.E. Bonner Manufacturing Co. has found that orders are pouring in beyond the capacity of the plant. President Bonner was instructed to put on a night shift. It is the intention to run at least nine of the powerful steam hammers on the night shift and that will give employment to an additional number of men.

In 1964, Richard L. Thies of Urbana announced Thursday that he is a Democratic candidate for state senator in the 24th District, which includes Champaign, Piatt and Moultrie counties. If he is nominated, he is expected to oppose veteran Sen. E.R. Peters of St. Joseph. Peters faces no opposition in the Republican primary, and Thies thus far is the only Democratic candidate.

In 1999, members of the Lake Park Home Owners Association, a subdivision south of Curtis Road and west of First Street, are concerned about the odors that could come when the University of Illinois' hog farm is moved farther south. "We're acting as a friendly neighbor, letting the president (of the UI) know we've done our research and short-term, we'd like to see the necessary funding released to correct problems," said John Canfield, vice president of the association.

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