Area history, April 4, 2014

Area history, April 4, 2014

Today is Friday, April 4, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: With a crash heard for blocks, the lower floor of J.E. Webster and Co.'s poultry house on East University Avenue in Champaign collapsed at an early hour today. No one was in the building at the time. The accident was caused by excavations being made to increase basement space.

In 1964: John F. O'Neill, director of the First National Bank of Ivesdale, announced that he has sold the controlling interest in the bank to George A. Edwards and Thomas Edwards. J.L. Meyers, who has been associated with the bank since 1917, was reelected cashier.

In 1999: The popular demonstration garden tilled by the Champaign County Master Gardeners will keep its plot in the University of Illinois Arboretum for the time being. The Idea Garden, now entering its third season, is just east of Lincoln Avenue. A spat arose earlier this year when the Master Gardeners proposed installing an irrigation system.

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