Area history, July 16, 2014

Area history, July 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Henry Hickman Harris, for 44 years the president of the First National Bank of Champaign and one of the oldest active businessmen in this section, died last night at his home at Elm and Church streets in Champaign. He was 70 years old. He was a pioneer of Champaign County, and his entire life was spent here. He was the only child of the late B. F. Harris by his first wife and was born April 27, 1844, on the farm where his father first settled. It is on the banks of the Sangamon River, 13 miles west of Champaign and 4 miles south of Mahomet.

In 1964: Chances for an Interstate 57 interchange to serve Chanute Air Force Base were considered bright Thursday after local officials conferred with representatives of the Illinois Division of Highways.

In 1999: Heidi Ladd, a veteran prosecutor in the Champaign County state's attorney's office for 17 years, will don a black robe and take a seat on the judge's bench beginning next month. She will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Donald Parkinson.

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