Area history, Dec. 7, 2017

Area history, Dec. 7, 2017

Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Ernest Abbott and Herman Barrett, two employees of the freight service of the Illinois Traction System, were killed instantly at the Possum Trot bridge, 2 miles east of Oakwood, when two runaway coal cars collided with an electric locomotive on which they were riding. The bridge at the point where the accident occurred was 65 feet above the river.

In 1967, in order to racially balance Champaign schools, a Champaign school district committee developed a plan to change the makeup of Washington School, which currently has an all-black enrollment. Washington would become a "model elementary school," the groups said. Further, the plan said that the percentage of white students in each general classroom in the district should be not more than 93 percent nor less than 74 percent.

In 2002, two University of Illinois professors were asking their colleagues to pass a resolution opposing war in Iraq. The UI's Senate was to consider a resolution sponsored by history Professor James Barrett and library Professor Alfred Kagan. Barrett said the topic of war in Iraq was the subject of widespread conversation at the UI, but he and Kagan wanted those on campus to think not only about how war would affect the country, but how it would affect their work and students.

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