Area history, Aug. 22, 2014
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: The Fitted Steel Sash Co. is installing three new punch presses at their works at Neil and John streets. The company has a staff of 28 workmen who are constricting two carloads of steel sash each week. The company intends to increase its force to 50 men as soon as the improvements are completed.
In 1964: The Urbana Fire Department will move to its newly constructed headquarters at 402 S. Vine St. on Monday, Fire Chief Charles Paris said. Phones were installed in the new station on Friday and as soon as the equipment and personnel move to the new station, old lines to the station on Elm Street will be cut.
In 1999: Time was when University of Illinois students could catch a movie, buy groceries or shop for clothes in Campustown. But those days are gone. Students now shop at malls and strip shopping centers near interstates, according to a survey by Campustown 2000. "Champaign-Urbana, and not Campustown, has the stores where students are shopping," said the survey.