Area history, Aug. 13, 2014

Area history, Aug. 13, 2014

In 1914, on account of the raise in their costs, the restaurants in Urbana will increase their prices next Monday. A businessman's lunch now will be 25 cents, dinner will be 35 cents and the price of Sunday dinners will be 45 cents. There will be no increase in the prices of sandwiches, coffee or "sinkers," also known as doughnuts. Proprietors say they have to raise their prices or go out of business.

In 1964, officials with the Bank of Illinois say the bank has acted to acquire properties at 114 W. Church St. and 118 W. Church. St. in downtown Champaign. The first property for yaers was the home of Keck's Furniture. The second is now occupied by the Hegenbart grocery.

In 1999, a Champaign family escaped without injury when a natural gas explosion ripped through their home at 912 W. Daniel St. Damage to the home was estimated at $175,000 and $75,000 for its contents. A wrecking crew was expected to bring down the house this morning for safety reasons, Champaign fire officials said.

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