Area history, Aug. 1, 2014
Today is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Pastor L.S. Person, a Negro Methodist minister from St. Louis, was stricken last night while delivering a forceful sermon at the local Negro Methodist church at Tremont and Fifth streets in Champaign. Dr. H.E. Rowan, who was in the congregation and was one of the first people to come to the stricken preacher's side, ordered him removed to an adjoining building where he expired a few minutes later without regaining consciousness.
In 1964: Martin Cox, 20, of 416 Fairview St., Champaign, was first in line Saturday morning when the box office at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign began selling tickets to the Beatles' first movie, "A Hard Day's Night." In a story written by Roger Ebert, Cox was described as someone who looked at the ticket "like it was a winner in the Irish Sweepstakes." After him, Ebert wrote, were four 15-year-old girls who got up at 4:30 a.m. to get to the theater to buy their tickets. They were identified as Dottie Proff, Pat Doty, Nancy Kneple and Grace Richardson.
In 1999: Keith Kesler has managed the Champaign County Fair for 30 years and said the hot weather this year has led to poor attendance. "I've been here 58 years and this is the worst year we've ever had," he said.