Area history, Feb. 7, 2014

Area history, Feb. 7, 2014

Today is Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, Ira Moore, who resigned as a member of the Champaign police force Thursday and whose attempt to arrest Special Officer J.W. Thompson at gunpoint was reported In yesterday's Gazette, came to the newspaper office today to explain himself. He said that he did not attempt to jail Thompson for stealing chickens, only that he wanted to call the matter to the attention of the fire and police commissioners.

In 1964, Peter J. Pelafos and George W. Williams have taken over management of the Hotel Tilden Hall in downtown Champaign with a pledge that they will continue it as a "civic center" of the city. The hotel was built in the 1880s by the late C.B. Hatch and was operated for years as the Beardsley Hotel.

In 1999, on a recent day, there were 296 people in Champaign County's two correctional centers. It's at the point where the monthly average daily population frequently exceeds 300, beyond the rated combined capacity of 279 beds. The majority of those in the jail were awaiting trial.

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