Area history, Jan. 25, 2014
On Jan. 25:
In 1914, Champaign fireman Roy Alsip departed today for Cleveland, where he will spend two or three weeks at the Peerless automobile factory. The auto firetruck that the city recently ordered from Peerless is being assembled, and Alsip is going to the factory to receive special instructions on the handling and care of the apparatus. He later will spend two or three weeks at the American LaFrance plant in Elmira, N.Y., where the other auto firetruck ordered by the city is being constructed.
In 1964, the widow of former University of Illinois football star Tony Parrilli, who was shot in a New Year's Day argument, said Friday she would file a $60,000 negligence suit against the village of Willowbrook and a Willowbrook bowling alley where the shooting occurred. Parrilli allegedly was accidentally shot by Robert Winthers, the part-time police chief of the village.
In 1999, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. today accepted the resignation of Dwayne Andreas as chairman of the board after 28 years in that post. Andreas joined ADM in 1966 and was elected chairman and chief executive in 1970. Under him, the Decatur-based company became one of the largest cereal, grain and oilseed processors in the world.