Area history, July 6, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 6, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Upward of 50 prominent Champaign County Democrats sat down for breakfast this morning with Roger C. Sullivan of Chicago, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. After the breakfast meeting Sullivan was to tour Champaign, Piatt and Douglas counties by automobile, ending the day in Tuscola.

In 1964: Champaign police and fire officials wee seeking to determine this morning if there was any connection between a burglary and fire at the Harlan E. Moore roofing and siding division building at Oak and John streets Monday. The fire did an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 damage. The burglary netted about $3 or $4 taken from soft drink and cigarette machines.

In 1999: When Benjamin Smith's ex-girlfriend heard of his suspected involvement in a two-state shooting spree over the July 4th weekend, she warned her roommates to "get out of the house." Smith took his own life in the spree. Before that, however, ex-girlfriend Elizabth Sahr left town and advised her roommates to do the same.

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