Area history, April 2, 2014

Area history, April 2, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Sometime between 1 and 2 a.m. today, robbers entered the post office at Homer and made off with at least $500 in cash and 1,500 stamps. From all appearances, the safe was blown open with a heavy charge of nitroglycerine. It is believed that the robbers escaped on the early morning freight train on the Wabash, as a number stamps, a cigar box and a drawer from the safe were found near the section house.

In 1964: The Champaign County Forest Preserve District board has rejected the idea of purchasing Busey Woods north of Urbana as a forest preserve. Forest preserve board President H.I. Gelvin said "the fact that a forest preserve is and must be a public facility would make it impossible to preserve the area as a woodland sanctuary."

In 1999: Six Champaign-Urbana residents and three Chicago area retail developers are the new owners of Lincoln Square in Urbana. They include Illinois football coach Ron Turner, First Busey Corp. Chairman Doug Mills, Champaign attorneys David Sholem and Patrick Fitzgerald, Champaign developer Peter Fox and Urbana real estate appraiser James Webster. The Chicago area investors are David Bossy, J.J. "Jay" Javors and Scott Gendell. Lincoln Square's former owner, IDS Life Insurance Co. of Minneapolis, acquired the property in foreclosure five years ago.

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