Area history, Aug. 26, 2014

Area history, Aug. 26, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Champaign police Officer Mitchell arrested three bicycle riders yesterday for riding on the sidewalks. The practice has been the source of considerable complaint recently. Bud Turner, white, was arrested yesterday afternoon while riding alongside the Gazette Building. He was fined $2. Ed Hodge and George Bamett, two Negroes, were caught riding their bikes under the Washington Street subway. Bamett's wheel is held as security for his fine.

In 1964: Two local firemen were overcome by smoke fighting a fire at the Urbana home of Mrs. Wallace Stearn at 609 W. Main St. Fireman Harry McClain of the Urbana Fire Department was rushed to Mercy Hospital, while Ronald Dean of the University of Illinois Fire Department was treated at the scene.

In 1999: U.S. Rep. Tom Ewing, R-Pontiac, said he supports a federal tax cut because the federal government usually finds a way to spend excess money by adding unnecessary programs. Ewing said he expects the federal government's budget surplus to be about $14 billion this year.

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