Area history, May 14, 2014
Today is Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Mrs. Samuel Watson of 813 W. Church St., Champaign, and her sister, Miss Mattie Lemen of Urbana, were knocked down and run over last night by an automobile driven by Richard Shurtz, the son of Dr. S.W. Shurtz. At the time of the accident, the ladies were preparing to board a streetcar that had stopped for them. It is thought that their injuries are confined to bruises and severe shock.
In 1964: Gasoline stations in the Champaign-Urbana area will continue their elimination of price signs at the curb, it was decided at a meeting of 40 service station operators last night. "We believe the price signs should go down for two reasons," said Jack Troxell, Champaign coordinator of the Midwest Retailers Association. "First of all, we believe the signs are the major cause of price war, and secondly, we feel they represent a safety hazard, oftentimes obstructing the vision of motorists."
In 1999: People with library cards in Champaign and Urbana no longer have to go to the library to renew their books. In Urbana, they can do it online, and in Champaign, they can do it by phone.