Area history, Aug. 6, 2014

Area history, Aug. 6, 2014

In 1914, a 200-foot wooden bridge spanning the Sangamon River near Foosland went up in flames, cutting off service on the Wabash Railroad's Chicago line. The fire, it is believed, started from red-hot coal or from sparks smoldering in dry timbers, and ate its way clear across the great span before it was discovered. The Sangamon is nearly dry and afforded slight material for firefighters. A new bridge structure is the only remedy, and until it goes into service all passenger and freight service on the north end is canceled.

In 1964, one of the largest personal injury lawsuits ever filed in Champaign County — almost three quarters of a million dollars — has been settled out of court. The suit was filed against the Urbana Park District on behalf of Richard R. Littrell, 8 years old at the time of an incident in 1961. He was severely injured when a canopy support pole at Crystal Lake Pool fell on him during a windstorm and struck him in the head.

In 1999, a new union election for about 200 employees at the Champaign County Nursing Home will be held Sept. 1 and 2. County officials and nursing home management have agreed to stay neutral during the campaign as part of an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

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