Area history, May 8, 2014

Area history, May 8, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 8, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The Walking Club will go to Brownfield Woods tomorrow afternoon. Residents of Champaign and Urbana are invited to join the party, as well as faculty and graduate students at the University of Illinois. The party will leave Urbana on the 1:30 p.m. Kankakee interurban and get off at stop number 7. The distance from the latter to Brownfield Woods is about a mile. The total walking distance will vary from 2-1/2 to 6 miles. On returning, the party will arrive in Urbana at 6:57 or 8:57 p.m.

In 1964: Carson's Drugstore, an old-time drugstore with all the up-to-date supplies, was gutted by a fire last night. The store had been considered a gathering place for Mahomet residents for 95 years. It was opened by current owner John Carson's father, Joe, in 1869.

In 1999: Two local legislators, Reps. Rick Winkel of Champaign and Tim Johnson of Sidney, are being criticized for opposing a proposal that would protect people in Illinois from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. Winkel said he was concerned that the measure creates "a special right. I reject the notion of treating sexual practices as we do race."

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