Area history, May 7, 2014

Area history, May 7, 2014

Today is Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A serviceman for the Peerless Motor Car Co. answered concerns of Champaign officials who said that the new motor firetruck was operating unsatisfactorily. J.M. Pocta, a serviceman for the company, said that the clutch of the truck had been saturated with lubricating oil. Pocta also said that the firemen have to be properly trained to drive the vehicle. "It is impossible to teach all the men in your fire department to operate a motor fire apparatus intelligently in a month's time," he said.

In 1964: The erection of a newly designed "HI Tower" at Lake of the Woods Park has been made possible through a recent $31,000 gift from anonymous donors. The tower will honor H.I. Gelvin, who has been instrumental as president of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District in directing improvements at the park since its creation in 1948.

In 1999: A push by community and University of Illinois leaders to make Champaign-Urbana a mecca for high-tech businesses could turn out to be a boon for Urbana and southeast Urbana residents in particular. The Atkins Group, in partnership with developer Peter Fox, has decided to put an office park geared to high-tech users on the Rose farm property at the southeast corner of Philo and Windsor roads.

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