Area history, Feb. 6, 2014

Area history, Feb. 6, 2014

Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, almost every available seat at the First Methodist Church was filled to hear the Miss Helen Keller lecture. The demonstration was almost too marvelous to believe. The young lady who has been deprived of her hearing and sight since infancy talked quite distinctly. Miss Keller's lecture was preceded by an interesting talk by Mrs. Macy, who undertook the difficult task of schooling Miss Keller when she was a small child.

In 1964, a contract has been awarded to build Champaign's new post office at the northeast corner of Neil and Columbia streets in Champaign. The contract has been awarded to Albert G. Kulp of Tulsa, Okla., for himself and as a trustee for J.R. Montgomery. The new building represents an investment of $673,894 and will take 10 months to complete.

In 1999, books, TVs, computers and lava lamps exited the Harvard apartment building, 806 S. Third St., Friday in the arms of students eager to get back some of their possessions. The building has been sealed off since Jan. 26 when construction on a complex next door threatened to collapse an exterior wall at the Harvard.

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