Area history, July 1, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The population of Champaign has increased by 916 in the last year, according to school census enumerator Charles Gooding. The population of Champaign is now 15,037. Among children under the age of 6, there are 663 white males, 603 white females, 36 Negro males and 25 Negro females.

In 1964: Two men who bought a 12-acre barrow pit lake adjacent to Interstate 74 near St. Joseph are now faced with the unique problem of not being able to get to the lake, under a court ruling handed down by Circuit Judge Birch Morgan. William J.S. Combs and James Hicks purchased the pit from a company that worked on the highway project, but they neglected to get a clear-cut means to the property. Morgan denied a petition for an easement to the property largely on the grounds that the original grantor had made it clear to the state when she sold the lands that there was to be no easement granted.

In 1999: Windy City Pro Wrestling will provide entertainment at the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships later this summer.

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