Area history, May 30, 2014

Area history, May 30, 2014

Today is Friday, May 30, 2014. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date.

In 1914: The new addition to the quarters of the Champaign Fire Department will be ready for occupancy next week. Station No. 2 on South Neil Street will be discontinued when the new building is occupied. The two new motor trucks, the old steamer and the hook and ladder truck will be placed in the new room.

In 1964: Mrs. Frances N. Bauer, who as Fran Myers had reported the activities at the University of Illinois for The News-Gazette through the administrations of seven presidents, died May 28 at McKinley Hospital. Miss Myers, 65, was the wife of Edward Bauer, a professor of civil engineering at the UI. Dr. David Kinley was president of the UI when Fran began her career as a reporter. She was hired by the late D.W. Stevick, publisher of The News-Gazette, when he decided to add a University section to the paper. With that, her intended career in banking was forgotten. In 1928 when air mail service was inaugurated to Champaign, she made the first flight from Atlanta to Champaign.

In 1999: Under a gaming bill approved last week, 2 percent of the proceeds from a new casino license in Cook County would go to an Illinois Sports Facilities Fund that would be reserved for athletic facilities at state-supported universities. Sen. Stanley Weaver, R-Urbana, estimated the bill could generate $4 million to $5 million a year for sports facilities, including a plan to complete the "horseshoe" at the south end of Memorial Stadium.

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