Area history, May 1, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Carpenters working on the new Urbana High School building laid down their tools and walked off the job Thursday afternoon because the concrete contractor on the job refused to discharge non-union men. School board members fear that the strike will prevent completion of the contract by Sept. 1, as specified.

In 1964: Non-students are barred from attending the University of Illinois' Jazz-U-Like-It concerts because of a suspicion that narcotics trafficking was taking place among those not connected with the university. Illini Union director Earl Finder said, "It is correct that the decision to restrict admission to the Jazz-U-Like-It programs was based on seemingly adequate grounds for suspicion that there might have been some traffic in narcotics going on at this program. It should be made clear that we have no specific information of such traffic actually occurring."

In 1999: The Hoopeston Garden Family Restaurant was full of lunch customers Friday when co-owner Dave La Bounty was chatting with customers, one of whom pointed to flames in the kitchen. The restaurant was destroyed by the fire although no one was hurt.

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