Area history, March 25, 2014

Area history, March 25, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914: The Ford Auto Show opens tomorrow at Kirby's in Urbana. Everything is in readiness and Mr. Kirby is being congratulated on producing a show of this kind. Practically every Ford owner in the county has indicated they'll be attending the show. Among the cars in the parade will be that of Jess Kirkpatrick, who has a record of 85,000 miles on his.

In 1964: Three automobile dealerships in Champaign will change locations this week in moves that will provide expanded facilities for all of them. University Ford will move from 315 S. Neil St., to the full block of facilities in the 300 block of East University Avenue, now occupied by Dana Hudelson Inc. and Maxey Motors. Maxey Motors, the local Rambler dealership, will move to the building that had been the home of University Ford. Dana Hudelson will move to 309 S. Locust St. It is the local dealership for Lincoln, Mercury and Mercedes-Benz autos.

In 1999: Lower admission charges this year are aimed at boosting attendance at the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in Rantoul. Last year, organizers charged all guests $5 to enter the grounds, but organizers lost more than $500,000 when thousands of people sat on country roads outside of the event and watched the balloons for free.

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