Area history, March 27, 2014

Area history, March 27, 2014

Today is Thursday, March 27, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: In spite of the rainy weather, good crowds attended the Ford Auto Show at Kirby's in Urbana yesterday and today. The expert from the factory was kept busy answering questions about just how a person could learn to run a car in less than two hours' time. The big parade of automobiles is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow.

In 1964: Jim and Bernadine Fitzgerald are busy with house-hunting in the Champaign-Urbana area. Jim Fitzgerald will be the manager at the new Carson Pirie Scott and Co. store in Urbana, scheduled to open Aug. 1 at Lincoln Square. The family is moving from Palatine, where Fitzgerald is manager of Carson's Randhurst store. The family of four ranges in age from Laurie Anne, 14, to Patrick, 6 months.

In 1999: Although the Camp Creek Playhouse off of Illinois 105 in Monticello may have been totaled by a fire Friday, Carl Sebens, president of the Monticello Theatre Association board, said it wouldn't mean curtains for the group. "We will be doing the next play. The play's cast. We're starting rehearsals next week," Sebens said.

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