Area history, Sept. 14, 2017

Area history, Sept. 14, 2017

Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, 28 Urbana area men were notified to hold themselves ready for a 24-hour call to military service. The list of men to whom notices were sent comprised a portion of the district's allotment that would be entrained for Camp Dodge on Sept. 19. The group included men from Urbana, Allerton, St. Joseph, Savoy, Philo, Longview, Sadorus, Pesotum, Sidney and Villa Grove.

In 1967, a large auction sale, including items from the Hotel Tilden Hall in Champaign that dated to the 1870s, was set for auction at the hotel. Demolition plans were expected to follow quickly after the auction.

In 2002, an anonymous letter sent to a Champaign detective the previous month was the apparent break police needed to solve the brutal murder of a Champaign man. Four teenage boys, three from Champaign and Urbana and the fourth from Arkansas, were arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Robert James Nash, 55. The letter said the four "bragged about it after all of them beat him up." Police called the murder a random act of violence, committed without provocation.

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