Area history, June 19, 2014

Today is Thursday, June 19, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: William B. Whitaker, superintendent of maintenance on the Big Four Railroad, is confined to his home on East Green Street in Urbana, suffering from serious injuries after the gasoline speeder on which he was driving jumped the tracks at Farmer City. Whitaker had been over the west end of the road on an inspection and was returning home when the speeder hit something on the track and jumped.

In 1964: The Lincoln Square shopping center in downtown Urbana will open on Sept. 17, officials of Carson Pirie Scott and Co., the prime movers of the project, said Thursday. Tenants "will complement the medium and high priced merchandise offered by Carson's," a Carson's official said. Those tenants include Neumode Hosiery, Fannie May, Scott Stores, Mary Lester Fabrics, Maling Shoes, Stuart's and McBride Drugs.

In 1999: Champaign Asphalt has been awarded a $1.2 million contract to rehabilitate the north-south runway at the Rantoul Airport on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The runway hasn't been repaired since the Pentagon gave the field to the village in 1993.

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