Area history, May 3, 2014

Area history, May 3, 2014

In 1914: Retired farmer William Engle, 72, died Saturday while driving his automobile. Mr. Engle had overexerted himself while working on his machine during the morning and then aggravated his weakened condition by eating a hearty meal. "I'm going blind. I cannot see!" Engle shouted to his friend, William Evans, as he drove. Evans, who is blind in one eye and unable to see well with the other, was further handicapped by his complete ignorance of the operation of an automobile. He sprang to the wheel, however, as his friend sank back in the seat, and stopped the car.

In 1964: A 6-year-old Champaign boy was treated and released at Burnham City Hospital after his bicycle struck the side of a moving auto. The young boy, Richard Gulliford, was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.

In 1999: The dedication ceremony at Kenneth Stratton Elementary School left Gregory Stratton speechless. The 38-year-old Chicago resident hadn't realized how much his late uncle, Kenneth Stratton, meant to people here. More than 500 people attended the ceremony at which the school at 902 N. Randolph St. was dedicated to Mr. Stratton, who died Oct. 21, 1991. Stratton was the first black person elected to the Champaign City Council.

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