Area history, July 8, 2014
Today is Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: The 19th Congressional District's McKinley Boys' Corn Club is believed to be the largest in the nation, says the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. There are about 1,000 members in the eight counties of ex-Congressman William McKinley's district. With a fair average, corn experts say these boys will raise 125,000 bushes of corn. These boys are not only given trips to Washington, St. Louis and Springfield, but they are chosen to raise corn scientifically.
In 1964: Pennsylvania Gov. Wiliam Scranton drew unexpectedly large crowds in what has been billed as the heart of Illinois' Goldwater country. In Champaign, Scranton drew a crowd variously estimated at between 4000 and 1,000, despite a heavy rain that fell just before his arrival. His whistle-stop tour also stopped at Springfield, Decatur, Mattoon and Kankakee.
In 1999: Champaign County Board members Michael Graham of Rantoul and Barbara Wysocki of Urbana are expected to ask tonight for the formation of a task force to examine the possibility of consolidating the offices of county coroner, auditor and recorder.