Area history, July 12, 2014
Today is Saturday, July 12, 1967. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Roy Parnell, who said he spent the majority of his life in Champaign and had enlisted in the army last March, walked into the local army recruiting office this morning and announced that he was a deserter who wished to re-enter the service. Parnell, 22, then was taken to the police station and locked up.
In 1964: A 120-room Downtowner Motor Inn will be built in downtown Champaign, the first new public accommodations there in a half-century. It will be built at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Randolph Street. It will be five or six floors high and will include adequate parking.
In 1999: The raw material of recent history — boxes of documents that detail the eight-year tenure of former Gov. Jim Edgar — is becoming available for scrutiny by the public at the Illinois State Archives.