Area history, July 31, 2014

Area history, July 31, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 31, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A strike of 50,000 engineers and firemen on 98 railroads operating west of Chicago has been set for Aug. 7. President Woodrow Wilson has made plans to appeal to the patriotism of the managers and employees in an effort to avert a strike.

In 1964: Victor C. Wimmer, 51, fire chief of Urbana and a member of the department for 24 years, died at home Thursday after a six-month illness. A native of Urbana and a graduate of Urbana High School, Wimmer joined the fire department in 1939.

In 1999: Indianapolis Colts owners Jim and Meg Irsay were expected to present donations later today to a child advocacy program and the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at the Memorial Stadium scrimmage between the Colts and the St. Louis Rams.

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