Area history, July 19, 2014

Area history, July 19, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 19, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Railroads operating in Illinois are preparing to handle the largest crop ever raised in the state. According to the chairman of the Illinois Public Service Commission, the railroads will put 20,000 new grain cars into use this year.

In 1964: The issue of civil rights will cause many Democrats to vote for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, Champaign County Republican Chairman L.C. "Jack" Martin said Saturday. Asked if a "white backlash" would draw Democrats into the Goldwater fold, he said, "Well, I don't think you can get any candidate in the country to say that. But it's true." He said it is "probably true" that few negroes would vote for Goldwater. He predicted the usual 2-to-1 GOP lead in Champaign County vote totals this fall.

In 1999: Four Tuscola teens were killed late Friday night on a country road when the motorcycles they were riding collided. Hundreds of students and community members attended a visitation Sunday at Tuscola High School for Amy Cruzan and Rebecca Stephenson, who died in the accident. Also killed were Timothy Jones and Joshua Irwin.

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