Area history, Feb. 11, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, William A. Johnson is supervising the overhauling of the machinery at the piano factory, and preparing for its reopening. Seven men are making repairs that will be completed within the next week to 10 days. The plant, now controlled by the American Piano Player Co., will reopen on March 1 with a crew of about 25 men. A new line of player pianos specifically designed for moving picture theaters will be manufactured at the plant. The instruments will imitate an orchestra.

In 1964, the second Champaign High School will be operated as an annex of the present Champaign High School when it opens in the fall. The Unit 4 school board decided upon the recommendation of Superintendent E.H. Mellon that the new unit should be considered a branch since it will not be a complete building. The section now under construction contains only academic facilities.

In 1999, Urbana Free Library board members have given preliminary approval to a plan to move the historic Jaques House on Elm Street to make way for a library expansion. Champaign contractor Bob Spencer plans to move the city-owned, pre-Civil War house to a vacant lot at 709 W. Main St., Urbana.

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