Area history, March 17, 2014

Today is Monday, March 17, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, the team hitched to the delivery wagon of the Twin City Bottling works became frightened while standing near the Big Four depot this morning and ran south on Neil Street. Just north of the intersection at Church Street, the team crashed into the rear of Dr. W. M. Honn's automobile, which was parked at the curb. The crash freed the horses from the wagon and they continued their mad run. The automobile and wagon were not seriously damaged.

In 1964, a new bank, to be known as American National Bank, will open at the Country Fair Shopping Center by this fall. Aside from bank reorganizations in the 1930s, it will be the first entirely new bank in Champaign since 1919. Organizers include Henry I. Green, vice president of Busey First National Bank; real estate broker John Barr; Stanley Kaufman, president of Kaufman Suburban Inc.; John Petry of C.A. Petry & Sons contractors; and James Klassen, president of Busey FirstNational Bank.

In 1999, in a few years, students at Leal Elementary School in Urbana might not have long summer vacations to look forward to. Leal's principal and staff are considering whether to make it a year-round school.

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