Area history, March 5, 2014

Area history, March 5, 2014

Today is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, the Champaign County Board of Supervisors decided today that the county does not want gravel roads but brick ones, and consequently that will be the standard for the future. Urbana Township is to have road No. 1 and Champaign Township roads 2 and 3. The board's road and bridge committee recommended that 10-foot brick roads be built with a 5-inch concrete curb and gutter. The county has about $51,000 available for this year's work, enough to complete about 5 miles of the kind of road desired.

In 1964, the housing situation for Negroes in Champaign-Urbana is "ungodly," Taylor Thomas, a teacher at Urbana High School, told the Urbana Exchange Club today. He said that he and his wife tried to find "halfway satisfactory housing" in Champaign-Urbana for 15 years before they purchased a home in rural Urbana. "Not because of financial or moral reasons but because we were Negro, we encountered insults and a great deal of embarrassment," he said.

In 1999, after years of planning, the University of Illinois is set to market two areas on campus for a high-technology research park. One is on the north campus, near the Beckman Center in Urbana, and the other is on the south campus along St. Mary's Road in Champaign, said Chancellor Michael Aiken.

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