Area history, Feb. 2, 2014

Area history, Feb. 2, 2014

Today is Sunday, Feb. 2 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, the trial of Oliver P. Sullivan of Urbana, charged with the murder of William Larry, also of Urbana, is scheduled to begin tomorrow before Judge Solon Philbrick. Larry, a money lender and real estate owner, was found dead in a field near the southeastern limits of Urbana. At first it was believed he had killed himself but later it developed that he had been murdered. Mr. Larry's sister told police that Sullivan owed her brother a large sum of money on a note that was due.

In 1964, state Rep. Leo Pfeffer of Seymour, who also is the Champaign County Democratic Party chairman, said he is confident he can defeat a group of Democrats who are trying to unseat him. Pfeffer claims the dissidents want to install Harry Tiebout, a University of Illinois professor, as the new chairman. "I'm ready to take them on in a showdown. I don't believe this county is ready for Harry Tiebout for county chairman or anything else," said Pfeffer.

In 1999, the old county sheriff's residence in downtown Urbana could have a date with the wrecking ball, depending on what a Champaign County Board committee decides tonight. A team charged with planning construction of a new courthouse is recommending that the 98-year-old sheriff's residence be demolished instead of renovated.

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