Area history, March 19, 2014

Area history, March 19, 2014

Today is Wednesday, March 19, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, a 2-year-old boy had a miraculous escape from serious injury when he fell through the plate glass window at the S.P. Atkinson Monument Co., 106 S. Neil St., yesterday afternoon. Although shattered glass showered all over the child, he was uninjured.

In 1964, the train does not always stop in Cobden, population 918. But it scheduled a flag stop Thursday to pluck a basketball team from a throng of well-wishers. The Cobden Appleknockers, en route to the state high school basketball tournament, were escorted from a little-used depot by fans wearing old white shorts that players were asked to autograph. Supporters were organizing a car caravan to Champaign for the tournament. Cobden has reserved 370 tickets for Friday's game at the Assembly Hall.

In 1999, builder Rhet Wisegarver hopes to start construction next month on the first of what could be 50 homes planned by developer Clint Atkins in southeast Urbana. Urbana Plan Commission members approved a preliminary plat for a 20-acre subdivision known as Eastgate No. 4. The site is between the proposed Meijer store and Atkins' Stone Creek subdivision and golf course, now under development.

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