Area history, Feb. 9, 2018

Area history, Feb. 9, 2018

Today is Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, funeral services for Cpt. L.V. Mnspeaker, the first Champaign man to die in the service of his country since the war began, had been completed. The 34-year-old Army captain died at Camp Lee in Petersburg, Va. He was a victim of pneumonia.

In 1968, two long-haired peace workers gave Magistrate G.R. Skillman a novel excuse for being late to court. They told him that they decided to stay up all night to make sure they met their 10 a.m. court date. But they dozed off, they said. They had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after they stood in front of the county jail and tried to shout messages to two of their friends inside.

In 2003, more than two decades previous, Peter Schmitt sampled his first Grandy's meal in Texas, and it reminded him of the Sunday dinners he used to have on his grandparents' farm in Wisconsin. Schmitt liked Grandy's so much, he imported the concept to Champaign and until recently operated a pair of franchises, one by Market Place Mall and the other at 2006 W. Springfield Ave. That day, his Grandy's at 1905 N. Neil St. was the only one in Illinois. Schmitt closed the Springfield Avenue location about two weeks previously and planned to open a different restaurant there in three months — Za's Italian Cafe.

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