Area history, Jan. 19, 2018

Area history, Jan. 19, 2018

Today is Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, a 16-year-old girl from Ohio was in custody in Chicago after it was discovered that she was carrying a satchel with 36 sticks of dynamite. She refused to tell authorities who gave her the explosive or to whom it was to be delivered.

In 1968, Champaign Police Chief Harvey Shirley said the police department would move into its new headquarters in the City Building on Jan. 28. The new station was in the part of the building that had housed the central fire station until the previous May, when a new fire station opened.

In 2003, 52 years previously, Champaign Mayor Virgil Lafferty snipped a ribbon on the new W.T. Grant store at One Main Street. It was not only the pride of Grant's, but of C.A. Petry and Sons, the local construction firm that built it. It was Jack Petry's first major project after joining the firm. Now his son-in-law, Pat Dorsey, president of Petry-Kuhne Co., was quarterbacking the construction of the Grant building's successor at One Main Street. Construction was to begin the next month on the five-story, 138,000-square-foot, $14.5 million building that would primarily house video-game development firm Volition, along with first-floor commercial space and two top floors of apartments.

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