Area history, Aug. 18, 2014

Area history, Aug. 18, 2014

Today is Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: C.F. Swager had been appointed chief gardener for the Illinois Central Railroad, with headquarters in Champaign. Swager and his assistant, William Bedwell, would leave the next day on an extended inspection tour of the railroad system. More than 70,000 plants were to be shipped from the local greenhouse annually. Many of them would be perennials. Swager had charge of the landscape and gardening on the 14 divisions of the railroad and had 12 division gardeners under him, each with three to six men.

In 1964: An appropriation of $2.8 million for construction work on the Shelbyville Reservoir was among the public works appropriations awaiting action by President Lyndon Johnson. Another appropriation included $275,000 for planning of the Oakley Reservoir west of Cerro Gordo.

In 1999: The city of Champaign narrowed its search for a new police chief to five candidates. They included Acting Chief James Luecking and William Becker, a lieutenant with the San Diego Police Department.

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