Area history, June 15, 2014

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

In 1914: Class day exercises in connection with the 43rd annual commencement at the University of Illinois were held this morning at the university auditorium. M.A. Van Doren, a prominent member of the class, acted as presiding officer. The exercises opened with a piano duet by Miss Helen Parker and Miss Daphne Rexwinkle. M.O. Nathan gave a few excerpts from the class history, stating that the class of 1914 was the most wonderful class in the university's history.

In 1964: Law enforcement officials are investigating an "around the town" shotgun escapade overnight. Doors, plate glass windows and schools were shot at by vandals, including the Philo Road Dog N Suds, Boyd's Flower and Gift Shop. the Blossom Basket on Cunningham Avenue and Washington School on North Broadway Avenue in Urbana. "It was just lucky that a night janitor didn't step into range behind one of the doors as they fired a blast or we might be looking for these people on manslaughter charges," said Deputy Sheriff Jim Ratliff.

In 1999: A Sadorus area farmer, Jon Schroeder, has been endorsed to serve on the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board. He was appointed on a party-line vote with the board's Democratic minority voting in opposition.

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