Area history, Aug. 12, 2014
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: William Marshky, one of Champaign's veteran draymen, was seriously injured at the corner of University Avenue and Second Street when a streetcar dashed into his dray drawn by a team of horses. He was thrown backward from the set to the bed of the dray and then into the street. He was treated at the scene, then taken to his home at 506 N. Ash St. He had three fractured ribs, a fracture of his right arm and an ugly gash on the right side of his head. It was reported by eyewitnesses that the streetcar didn't come to a complete stop until about 60 feet east of the point where it struck the dray.
In 1964: A whirlwind five-day flight around the world began Wednesday for retired farmer Frank Chamberlin of Coles County, when he boarded an Ozark Airlines plane at the Coles County Airport. He will visit Geneva, Cairo, Bombay, Singapore, Hong Kong and Honolulu before returning to the continental United States on Aug. 17. Chamberlin said he is paying his own way.
In 1999: A new three-story brick building nearing completion in downtown Urbana will bring a new kind of mixed-use development to Urbana's downtown. The lofts at 312 W. Springfield Ave. are being developed on the site of the old Illinois Theater building, which operated from 1908 to 1927.