Area history, March 1, 2014

Area history, March 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, March 1, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, Fred W. Mennerich of Sullivan was killed yesterday by the explosion of an infernal machine that had been sent him through the mails. The house in which Mennerich lived was demolished by the force of the explosion. The bomb was received at the local post office. It had been sent from Decatur. Mennerich at first refused to accept it but later took it to his home.

In 1964, Gov. Otto Kerner said that the federal government's release of $75,000 in planning funds has launched work on the Oakley dam and reservoir project. The dam is proposed for the Sangamon River, just east of Decatur. It is expected that the dam would back up water in the Sangamon bottoms some 50 miles to Monticello.

In 1999, Champaign's fight for state or federal money to install new streetlights in central Champaign might be as tough as its battle with residents to share those costs. The city has asked state Rep. Rick Winkel and state Sen. Stanley Weaver for help with the proposed $3.2 million project.

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