Area history, July 20, 2014

Area history, July 20, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Authorities believe that a young girl buried in the potter's field in Mount Hope Cemetery in Champaign may be 9-year-old Katherine Winters, who disappeared from Newscastle, Ind. The body was exhumed yesterday morning by Champaign County officials. The body is said to have been buried by cemetery authorities after it had remained in a vault for 13 months and no payment was made on the storage charges.

In 1964: A Democratic Party slate is taking shape in Champaign County that may include former County Judge Charles Webber for appellate court judge, Harold A. Baker for circuit judge and Donald M. Tennant for state's attorney. Democratic Party Chairman Leo Pfeffer said he believed Democrats had a good chance to make gains this year in normally heavily Republican Champaign County. "In light of Goldwater being nominated (for president), I feel this will be the greatest opportunity for Democrats since 1936. If there was ever going to be a truly Democratic year, it's going to be this one."

In 1999: Preserving the sheriff's residence on the courthouse square in Urbana and making it part of the courthouse construction project likely would cost Champaign County an extra $600,000, three county consultants said. And saving the 94-year-old residence and former county jail also would limit the possibilities for expanding the courthouse complex in the future.

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