Today is Friday, May 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914, Mehrl C. Alyea, a junior in agriculture at the University of Illinois, is believed to be dying today as a result of injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a taxicab on John Street Friday afternoon. He bears the reputation of being a daring cyclist.
In 1964: The round barn near Springfield and Mattis avenues, long a landmark in Champaign, has been purchased from Roy Stout by George and Robert Shapland. The Shaplands said they hope to retain the barn as a landmark, possibly through developing it as a restaurant. The land around the barn will be offered for sale, some of it for commercial development.
In 1999: The Great Champaign-Urbana Duck Race, a fundraiser for the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, resulted in the sale of 22,000 ducks at Crystal Lake Park on Saturday. The duck belonging to Karla Dobbs of Sidney helped her net a $1,500 shopping spree at Carter's Furniture. The Carle Clinic Association won the grand prize, a 1999 Pontiac Firebird, and donated it back to the club.