Area history, June 8, 2014

Area history, June 8, 2014

In 1914, Ralph E. Augustus, a third-year student in agriculture at the University of Illinois, was struck by a streetcar last night and his left leg was so badly mangled that amputation below the knee was required. The accident happened on the private right of way at the point between Busey and Coler avenues in Urbana. Just before the accident, the young man was observed walking west between the rails of the north track.

In 1964, more than 1,500 persons attended the open house Sunday at the new Renner Funeral Home, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Owners P.T. Wikoff and his four sons said they were "extremely pleased and surprised" by the large turnout.

In 1999, to battle the ongoing problem of birds roosting in the higher reaches of the State Capitol building, Secretary of State Jesse White's office will drape a $30,000 net across the north and east entrances to the building.

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