Area history, June 16, 2014

Today is Monday, June 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The downtown Champaign streets were alive last night with people out to see the opening of the Knights of Pythias summer festival. There is an animal show with more than 100 wild and domesticated animals. Other tents feature the mysteries of Egypt, illusionists and slight-of-hand performers.

In 1964: Three University of Illinois students have sold the raft on which they floated down the Mississippi River in order to get their train fare home. The three are Davis Spindler of Milwaukee. Mike Moyer of Hinsdale and Nick Truske of Villa Park. Their raft was made up of 16 55-gallon oil drums. They sold it for $75 in order to pay their $74.96 train fare.

In 1999: A fixture in Champaign's Campustown for decades, the Coed theatres are in danger of being closed. JSM Development of Champaign has purchased the property and plans to build retail and offices on the site at 612 E. Green St.

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