Area history, April 1, 2014

Area history, April 1, 2014

Today is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The Sons of Veterans will initiate a class of from 75 to 100 tonight in Nelson's Hall in Champaign. Members of the Grand Army of the Republic will be present and invitations are extended to all Grand Army men who have not received tickets. There will be several speakers, including A.C. Cook, whose talk will be "The Old Camp."

In 1964: A new 733-acre McLean County Lake park north of LeRoy will open this spring. The 158-acre lake is completed, but roads, parking lots and other development in the area is still being finished, according to William Lodge, director of the Illinois Department of Conservation. Fishing and boating will be permitted on the lake, but not swimming or motorboating. Development of the lake has been under way for about 21/2 years, Lodge said. For now, the lake is known as McLean County Lake, but Lodge said the Legislature can change the name if it desires.

In 1999: The Northern Illinois Water Corp., which has been owned by the Mott family in Michigan since the 1940s, has been sold to Illinois-American Water Works Co. The local company likely will undergo a name change next year, said Duane Cole, president of Northern Illinois Water Corp.

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