Area history, Feb. 22, 2014

Area history, Feb. 22, 2014

Today is Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, Miss Gueynith V. Dawson, principal at Lawhead School in Champaign, has resigned her position and Miss Margaret O'Brien, who is now teaching second grade at Marquette School, will take her place. Miss Dawson has managed Lawhead very ably and her room has the distinction of not having any absentees or tardies for a month.

In 1964, the president of the University of Illinois Alumni Association has asked Professor Revilo Oliver to resign from the University faculty. Roger B. Pogue of Decatur criticized the professor of classics for attacking the late President Kennedy in an article Oliver wrote for the John Birch Society magazine. "I would hope you submit your resignation to the university," Pogue wrote. "This would leave you free to express yourself as you desire and would give your opinions such acclaim as they deserve on their own merits." Oliver's article suggested that Kennedy was killed because he had ceased to be useful to a communist conspiracy to overthrow the federal government.

In 1999, the Rantoul Public Library hopes to offer Internet access soon as an incentive for more people to get library cards.

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