Area history, June 6, 2014

Today is Friday, June 6, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The annual commencement of the Thornburn High School of Urbana was held last evening in the Illinois Theatre. The theater was filled with relatives and friends of the graduating class. The class numbers 72, is one of the largest in the history of the school and is the last to be graduated from the Thornburn School, as the new high school will be ready for next year's class.

In 1964: 301 students graduated Friday evening during Urbana High School commencement exercises in the junior high gymnasium. The graduates were given a glimpse, by University of Illinois Professor Charles H. Bowman, of what they can expect in 36 years, in the year 2000. He told the students that they could expect fresh foods that would be frozen in individual packages, stored in home freezers and cooked instantly in electronic ovens. He predicted that communications will have advanced to allow for instantaneous communication between individuals anywhere in the world.

In 1999: DeLand and Weldon merged their high schools in 1949 for a combined 200 students. Now there are about 60 students in the high school. Should the high school deactivate, its student body likely would be split up between Monticello and Clinton.

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